Friday, September 10, 2010

Malaysia university standards are not international standards!

Malaysia university standards are not international standards!

Malaysia university standards are not international standards!

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 09:00 AM PDT

Varsity rankings mere perception
Thursday, September 9th, 2010 13:32:00
PETALING JAYA: Each country has its own university standards, says Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin when commenting on University Malaya (UM) slipping to 207th spot in the 2010 QS World University Rankings, a drop of 27 places from the previous year when it was ranked at 180.
"It's not fair to compare local universities with universities from other countries as each country has its own standards and requirements that their own universities have to fulfil," he said when contacted by The Malay Mail yesterday.
He said the rankings were just based on perception and there was no data to clarify the rankings and this made the whole exercise subjective.
"My ministry has its own strategic plan based on the nation's development needs, and as far we are concerned, UM has shown many improvements in that area," said Mohamed Khalid.
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) also dropped from its 320th placing last year to 360th now.
However, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) showed improvements from their rankings last year.
UKM is now ranked at number 263 compared with 291 in 2009, while UPM and USM are now at numbers 319 (previously 345) and 309 (previously 314) respectively.
The QS World University Rankings are a league table of the world's top universities embracing aspects of research quality, teaching quality, graduate employability and internationalisation to give students a better perspective of the shortlisted universities in which they may be interested to enroll.
The overall rankings are based on six indicators: academic peer review, employer review, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, and proportions of international students and international faculties.

pelik tetapi benar.

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 08:46 AM PDT

a few things to avoid during hari raya:

1. wearing high heels to the tanah perkuburan n ur kasut tenggelam ke dalam tanah2 kat kubur tu.
2. name ur kera jagaan kat kampung, 'michael'. it reminds me of MJ.
3. wearing seluar naga2 dengan baju melayu.
4. wearing baju kurung@ kebaya yang too transparent ke rumah orang-orang tua di kampung2. what are you trying to do? nak kena pelempang dengan those ppl ke?
5. wearing a helmet at the tanah perkuburan. although death cant separate mat rempit n their helmet. (courtesy of nadia)
6. drive ur motor too slowly kat jalan kampung and too many cars tgh beratur kat belakang. jalan kampung dahla kecik.

Sad but I have to move on

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 07:19 AM PDT

Last year, I blogged about how I used my savings to get a HTC Touch Cruise for my husband's Father's Day present. Well, he did not like it and I ended up using it. Amazingly, I won a LG Chocolate Touch handphone in a lucky draw a week later and he wanted that one.

Fourteen months later, I lost the phone. And the best part is that I only discovered that I lost the phone today :-(. That is the price I had to pay for being forgetful and for using a few numbers. :-( It has been so depressing. In my retirement now, there is no way I am going to fork out $$ to buy another 'canggih' phone that I bought last year which came with gps and many other gadgets (*tears*). We have searched the whole house a few times and all our efforts have come to naught. My husband and son are convinced that in my traumatized state (caused by inaccessibility to MT and FMT sites) I must have thrown away the phone :-( when I was clearing the house.

I am very forgetful but I never realized how forgetful until today. :-( Strangely, when I call the number, the phone is ringing. If someone had found it, surely he/she would have removed my sim card and used his own. So their theory that I threw away the phone must be quite correct. Sighs. I backtracked and went to the few restaurants I patronised for the past few days and alas, they said they had not seen it. I recall the last time I used the phone was on Tuesday :-(.

So, I guess I have to come to terms with the loss and use my other ancient phones which no second-hand phone dealer would even look at.

I am posting this poem to psyche myself to feel better :-(. Life goes on and I have to move on...sans my HTC...*tears*...I take responsibility for my forgetfulness and carelessness and idealistic me hopes and prays for a miracle...that perhaps, the phone will suddenly appear...:-). Have a pleasant evening everyone!

Winners Are People Like You

Winners take chances Like everyone else, they fear failing,
but they refuse to let fear control them.

Winners don't give up. When life gets rough, they hang in
until the going gets better.

Winners are flexible. They realize there is more than one
way and are willing to try others.

Winners know they are not perfect. They respect their
weaknesses while making the most of their strengths.

Winners fall but they don't stay down. They stubbornly refuse
to let a fall keep them from climbing.

Winners don't blame fate for their failures, nor luck for their successes.

Winners accept responsibility for their lives.

Winners are positive thinkers who see good in all things.
From the ordinary, they make the extraordinary.

Winners believe in the path they have chosen even when it
is hard, even when others can't see where they are going.

Winners are patient. They know a goal is only worthy
as the effort that is required to achieve it.

Winners are people that believe in themselves.
They make this world a better place to be.

Malaysia Today Blocked: Malaysians Must Know The Truth - Tajudin Ramli will not be enjoying his Hari Raya this year

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 07:07 AM PDT

M'sia Today 'blocked to stop release of documents'
Malaysia Today, the hard-hitting news website edited by Raja Petra Kamarudin, has been blocked by mysterious technical problems twice in the last 24 hours after publishing damning articles of deep corruption in the government.

One implicated Umno in looting MAS, the country's flag carrier while another alleged that a friend of Prime Minister Najib Razak was attempting to steer RM200 million into the pockets of Najib's family from China Railways Engineering Corporation (CREC), for double-tracking the national railway.

Raja Petra said in an email from London, where he now lives, "We are under severe attack. We've been down for the last 12 hours and a day before that for 24 hours. Looks like someone is spending a lot of money to keep us off the air. It was the MAS story. The site was brought down just a few hours after that. We revealed documents to and from the court to compromise the MAS case against Tajudin Ramli."

While it wasn't clear who was doing the blocking, whoever it is must be learning that the Internet is a sieve The offending stories almost immediately appeared in another anonymous blog called 'Malaysians Must Know The Truth'.

Asia Sentinel has also covered a news story regarding the attempt by unknown forces to block Malaysia Today from printing documents involving a huge scandal.

Bakar Al-Quran: Kiamat Semakin Hampir

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 06:40 AM PDT

Gereja batal kempen bakar al-Quran, imam nafi kompromi alih bina masjid

Di sebalik tekanan dari dalam dan luar Amerika, Pastor Terry Jones dari Florida membatalkan kempennya mahu membakar al-Quran yang dijadual untuk dilakukan esok sempena ulang tahun kesembilan memperingati serangan pengganas 11 September.

Jones, pastor sebuah gereja kecil di Gainesville mengumumkan keputusan itu pada sidang media di Florida semalam, yang turut dihadiri Imam Muhammad Musri dari Islamic Society of Central Florida.

Beliau juga mendakwa pemimpin-pemimpin Islam telah bersetuju untuk menggugurkan projek membina pusat kebudayaan Islam bersama masjid berhampiran tapak Pusat Dagangan Dunia (WTC) yang musnah dalam serangan 11 September 2001.

Dipetik Reuters, Jones (gambar) berkata beliau mendapat jaminan daripada Muhammad Musri tentang pendirian masyarakat Muslim.

Jones turut meminta mana-mana kumpulan lain agar tidak membakar al-Quran dan beliau akan terbang ke New York esok untuk mengadakan pertemuan dengan Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, yang mengetuai projek pembinaan itu.

Bagaimanapun laporan menyusul berkata, Feisal menafikan kenyataan Jones bahawa satu perjanjian telah dicapai untuk memindahkan tapak projek pembinaan pusat dan masjid.

"Saya gembira kerana Pastor Jones telah memutuskan untuk tidak membakar al-Quran," kata Feisal dalam satu kenyataan dikeluarkan di New York.

"Bagaimanapun, saya tidak bercakap dengan Pastor Jones atau Imam Muhammad Musri (dari Florida). Saya terkejut dengan pengumumman mereka.

"Kami tidak bermain-main dengan agama kami atau agama lain. Ataupun kami akan adakan perjanjian barter (sedemikian).

"Kami berada di sini untuk menghulur tangan bagi membina keamanan dan keharmonian," kata Feisal lagi.

Laman web NBC melaporkan, pada sidang media kedua sejurus selepas penafian Feisal, Jones pula berkata, beliau "berbohong tetapi saya tetap akan mengadakan pertemuan dengan beliau."

Pada sidang media pertama, Jones bertemu dengan Muhammad Musri yang memberitahunya bahawa pegawai-pegawai masyarakat Islam memberi jaminan bahawa tapak pembinaan masjid akan dipindahkan.

"Saya ada bertanya beliau tiga kali, dan saya ada saksi," kata Jones.

Bagaimanapun selepas sidang media pertama Muhammad Musri memberitahu beliau dijemput untuk mengadakan satu pertemuan bersama Jones dan imam New York berhubung cadangan memindahkan masjid.

Jones juga memberitahu Setiausaha Pertahanan Amerika Robert Gates ada menghubunginya awal semalam.

Gates meminta Jones agar menggugurkan rancangan membakar al-Quran.

Rancangan Jones itu menjadi kontroversi antarabangsa sejak awal minggu ini, yang turut dikecam oleh Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu dan Pertuduhan Persidangan Islam (OIC).

Pelbagai pihak dari Malaysia juga mengecam tindakan sedemikian.

Awal semalam, Presiden Barack Obama dan Setiausaha Negara Hillary Clinton telah merayu Jones akan mengkaji semula rancangannya.

Pemimpin-pemimpin tentera Amerika menjelaksan pendirian mereka bahawa rancangan Jones akan membawa kesan buruk mendalam di luar negara.

Laporan Reuters juga menyebut pentadbiran Obama juga telah mengadakan perbincangan bagi menentukan sama ada mahu memanggil pastor itu bagi memintanya membatalkan rancangan membakar al-Quran.

"Kemungkinna itu ada dibincangkan dengan mendalam oleh pentadbiran," kata jurucakap Pentagon Geoffrey Morrell.

Pastor Jones membuat pengumuman itu ketika Interpol mengeluarkan kenyataan amaran kepada kerajaan di seluruh dunia berhubung kemungkinan peningkatan risiko tindakan pengganas jika pelan membakar al-Quran diteruskan.

"Jika rancangan untuk membakar al-Quran diteruskan di Amerika sebagaimana telah dirancang, ada kemungkinan besar serangan ganas akan menimpa mereka yang tidak berdosa," kata kenyataan Interpol atas nasihat Pakistan, rakan pentadbiran White House.

Dengan rancangan mahu membakar al-Quran, sambutan Aidilfitri di Amerika kali ini agar tegang dengan bantahan terhadap pelan masyarakat Islam di New York mahu membina pusat kebudayaan Islam bersama masjid di Manhattan, berhampiran WTC yang menjadi sasaran pengganas sembilan tahun lalu.

Obama dan Datuk Bandar New York Michael Bloomberg sebelum ini mengatakan bahawa mereka menyokong hak bagi masyarakat Islam membina pusat itu manakala Republikan termasuk bekas calon jawatan Naib Presiden Sarah Palin menentangnya.

Suruhanjaya Pemuliharaan Lokasi Ternama New York sebulat suara menolak bantahan mempertikaikan status bangunan di Lower Manhattan, sekali gus membuka laluan kepada pelan pembinaan masjid dan pusat kebudayaan tersebut, 3 Ogos lalu.

Keputusan itu membenarkan bangunan sedia ada diroboh dan dibina pusat Islam 13 tingkat menerusi pembiayaan sekitar RM300 juta (AS$100 juta).

Suruhanjaya itu mendapati bahawa bangunan sedia ada, yang berusia 152 tahun berkenaan, dua blok dari tapak WTC yang ranap, bukan premis yang istimewa untuk memenuhi kriteria dijadikan bangunan ternama.

Projek itu mencetuskan protes hangat daripada pengkritik yang mengatakan kehadirannya berhampiran dengan WTC akan menyinggung upacara memperingati kematian 3,000 orang sembilan tahun lalu dalam serangan pengganas di bumi Amerika Syarikat. -TMI

Nik Aziz Sifatkan Rancangan Bakar Al-Quran Di Luar Jangkaan Manusia

KOTA BAHARU: Mursyidul Am PAS, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat berkata rancangan paderi di Amerika Syarikat untuk membakar Al-Quran sebagai sempena ulang tahun kesembilan serangan pengganas ke atas Pusat Dagangan Dunia (WTC) di New York pada 11 September 2001 sebagai tindakan di luar jangkaan manusia.

Menteri Besar Kelantan itu berkata, Allah Taala akan laknat jika ada pemimpin agama seperti itu.

Katanya, cadangan paderi berkenaan tidak masuk akal kerana mereka orang berilmu, yang tahu bahawa Islam bukanlah agama pengganas dan golongan ini boleh membuat kajian mengenai agama Islam dalam pelbagai bahasa.

Malah, katanya persoalan siapa yang bertanggungjawab ke atas serangan WTC sehingga hari ini belum dikenal pasti lagi.

"Kalau kata komunis bakar nak bakar al-Quran itu munasabah kerana mereka tiada beragama, sedangkan paderi Kristian adalah orang yang berilmu dan boleh membuat kajian mengenai agama Islam dalam pelbagai bahasa.

Beliau tahu bahawa Islam tidak perlu khianat kepada orang lain, jadi tak ada sebab mereka boleh bertindak demikian, katanya kepada pemberita pada rumah terbuka Aidilfitri di kediamannya di Kampung Pulau Melaka, dekat sini, hari ini ketika diminta mengulas mengenai rancangan itu. - BERNAMA

Ulasan GB

Sebagai seorang umat Islam memang saya tersentak mendapat tahu adanya pihak yang merancang untuk membakar AL-Quran.

Dan rancangan itu dibatalkan.

Seandainya ianya diteruskan, umat Islam mungkin bangun untuk bertindak balas di dalam cara yang lain. Ia terus-terusan bakal menimbulkan pertelagahan agama Kristian-Islam yang tiada berkesudahan.

Itu pendirian sebahagian besar umat Islam. Mempertahankan agamanya.

Bagi GB pula, GB tetap yakin dengan firman Allah s.w.t. di dalam Surah Al Hijr -ayat 9: "Sesungguhnya Kamilah yang menurunkan adz-Dzikr (Al-Qur'an), dan Kamilah yang akan menjaganya".

Bahawa yang ditentang oleh mereka bukanlah umat Islam tetapi yang ditentangnya ialah Allah s.w.t. sendiri. Dan kita yang yakin denga firmanNya meyakini juga janjiNya akan pertahankan Al-Quran itu, yang sejak diturunkan sehingga kini tidak ada sebatang alif pun berubah, apatah lagi jika mahu dibakar atau dihapuskan Al-Quran itu.

Jika berlaku juga pembakaran yang tak dapat dihalang oleh umat Islam, itu petanda hampir masa untuk berakhirnya alam dunia yang kita tinggal ini - namanya kiamat.

Kiamat itu memang sudah hampir. Banyak petunjuk dari Tuhan. Malah orang barat sendiri mengakui kiamat semakin hampir. Filem 2012 arahan Roland Emmerich mengisahkan tentang perut bumi yang semakin panas dan tidak stabil yang menyebabkannya ledakan gunung berapi dan gempabumi berterusan yang menunggu masa untuk alam dunia ini musnah seluruhnya.

Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2010

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 02:18 PM PDT

Photos of some antique cars which are taking part in the 2010 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge [En], a reminiscent of the 1907 Peking-Paris Rally…

Antique car at Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2010

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The Sound Of Silence ...

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 05:16 AM PDT

Today is Hari Raya, the culmination of Ramadhan, the holy month of fasting but from the sounds of it, I'd swear that it was just another ordinary day. The festivities this year, in my opinion anyway, is pretty subdued. Normally, just on the stroke of midnight, there would be a cacophony of firecrackers to be heard but last night I only heard a maximum of three small fireworks sessions that lasted a mere 3 minutes in total.

I remember last year, the firecrackers kept on blasting away till the very wee hours of the morning so much so that I couldn't get a proper nights sleep. It's so unlike a festival feel. It doesn't matter if it's Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali or even Christmas, the firecrackers sessions are always a must. This year though it's been a quiet affair.

I don't know about your neighbourhoods though, maybe over here the residents decided to go  back to their respective hometowns because of the long break or something. Not that I'm complaining though, I had a decent nights sleep :D I was anticipating being kept awake with the noise but it didn't happen. Even Pebbles, who is terrified of firecrackers slept blissfully.

With all that said and done, I'm really enjoying the holiday prancing round the house with my ugg boots, and if you don't know what ugg boots are, then you should be ashamed of yourselves ... LOL! Wifey is a little worried though cos I'm in a shopping spree mood and she knows I'm going to drag her along on my shopping sessions ... hahaha ...

Hope you guys are having a great holiday too :)

Son Ye-jin’s Amsterdam working holiday

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 02:13 AM PDT

Korean actress Son Ye-jin was in the Netherlands last month for a working holiday – a photo shoot with Singles magazine. But it seems that her personal vacation pics are capturing the public attention instead…

Korean actress Son Ye-jin in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Akhbar Media Arus Perdana Di ambang Kebangkrapan. Teruskan Boikot

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 01:31 AM PDT

Akhbar-akhbar Malaysia kini sedang mengalami kejatuhan di dalam edarannya apabila pembaca beralih kepada Internet untuk berita-berita terkini dan kisah skandal mirip tabloid untuk bacaan hiburan dan sensasi mereka.

Edaran akhbar arus perdana — The Star, New Straits Times, Utusan Malaysia dan Berita Harian — telah merudum sejak lima tahun belakangan ini, malah di dalam beberapa kes begitu dramatik sekali. Hanya satu akhbar terkecuali iaitu akhbar harian Cina Sin Chew yang memperlihatkan peningkatan.

Angka-angka dari Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) menunjukkan dalam masa 2005 ke 2009, edaran The Star jatuh dari 310,000 ke 287,000 (-7.4 peratus), the New Straits Times dari 139,000 ke 111,000 (-20 peratus), Utusan Malaysia dari 213,000 ke 169,000 (-21 peratus) dan Berita Harian dari 204,000 ke 155,000 (-24 peratus).

Walau bagaimana pun Sin Chew, menyaksikan lompatan dari 324,000 ke 382,000 (+18 peratus).

Arah-aliran menurun ini berterusan untuk tahun ini dengan edaran NST menjunam bawah 100,000 naskah beberapa hari sebelum ini.

Selain dari kejatuhan di dalam edaran, akhbar arus perdana juga tidak dapat dijual banyak di luar Lembah Klang, sehingga menjurus persoalan samada mereka upaya untuk mempengaruhi pendapat orang awam sepertimana yang diharapkan oleh Barisan Nasional (BN).

The Malaysian Insider difahamkan editor-editor kanan akhbar ingin memberikan pandangan alternatif dan pembangkang lebih luas dengan kawalan ketat dari Putrajaya dan Umno tetap berterusan.

Kombinasi perubahan citarasa dengan ledakan persaingan Internet telah menyebabkan kejatuhan ini.

Ramai pembaca korporat telah beralih membaca akhbar online dan mengurangkan langganan untuk pejabat mereka.

Masyarakat awam pula dilihat begitu bosan dengan darama politik dengan pendapat bahawa media arus perdana begitu dikawal oleh kerajaan dan dilihat menapis berita-berita yang disiarkan.

Satu kajian dari pihak bebas, Merdeka Center menemukan 54 peratus Melayu dan 55 peratus Cina tidak percaya dengan laporan dari media arus perdana.

Pelajar-pelajar kolej pula, samada tidak yakin dengan media arus perdana atau mengabaikannya terus, lebih suka mempelbagaikan sumber untuk mendapatkan maklumat dan hiburan. -petikan dati TMI Terjemahan bebas GB.

Ulasan GB

Demikian episod terkini dan kita yakin edaran media arus perdana ini akan terus merudum sehingga akhirnya mereka gulung tikar!

Terlalu membiarkan diri mereka menjadi lembu-lembu UMNO BN yang sedang menghampiri kepupusan itu ditambahi pula dengan ledakan internet yang mungkin disekat, pembaca yang kini berminda global tidaklah mudah untuk diperbodohkan oleh media-media arus perdana ini.

Kita yakin para pengiklan yang masih mempercayai akhbar media arus perdana kini, akan beransur-ansur beralih membelanjakan bahagian pengiklanan mereka untuk akhbar alternatif dan seterusnya menghentikan pembaziran mereka di perbelanjaan peingiklanan di media arus perdana. Sehingga akan sampai di satu ketika rakyat juga akan memboikot para pengiklan yang mengiklankan produk mereka di media arus perdana.

Selain daripada akhbar, media eletronik seperti radio dan TV dari arus perdana juga akan menerima kesan yang sama dimana penonton TV1, TV2, dan TV-TV kepunyaan Media Prima akan beralih kepada stesyen-stesyen luar negara serta menonton berita-berita dari internet seperti Al-Jazeera dan lain-lain.

Rakyat Malaysia telah berubah, lebih berilmu dan globalisasi, cuma UMNO BN dengan konco dan pencacai mereka masih tinggal di dalam gua.

Eid Mubarak

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 12:12 AM PDT

Happy Eid Mubarak to all Muslims! Especially my blogger's friends, close friends, best friends and whatever category you are.

Anyway, I'm still stuck in Penang. Doing nothing for 3 days. No boyfriends (hahaha :D), no friends, no works, just sleep whole day. I wish I can go out from the house and going around. Sadly, I don't have car either. *SIGH*

p/s: My friend is getting engage and HONESTLY, I don't really like her future fiance. Ermmm. Anyway, all the best for her and hope he's the right man (I suppose)

NSEW – Keep It Coming music video

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 11:23 PM PDT

English music video of Keep It Coming by pop duo NSEW, formed by two (presumably) popular Kazakh acts Madu and Orda…

Couldn't find much about the singers, and the limited online resources seem to contradict each other. It's a decent song anyway. Video via ZarinaMadu@YT.

Check out a previous MV which I've posted, I Don't Believe, solo by Madu.

NSEW – Keep It Coming music video from YeinJee's Asian Blog

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SOH Soi Lek, race will always dominate coz you're a CHINESE chauvinist!

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 07:45 AM PDT

September 10, 2010

It will always be about race, says Dr Chua. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 — MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek says Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will find it equally hard to manage race relations and the expectations of each community if it succeeds in dislodging Barisan Nasional (BN) from power.
In an interview published in Singapore's The Straits Times today, Dr Chua said that Malaysian politics had become "more racially charged than ever", despite the emergence of PR which campaigns on a non-racial platform.
He argued that this was because politics involved balancing the needs of all ethnic groups, and suggested that it would always be a zero-sum game between the different communities.
"Everybody will have some degree of satisfaction and some degree of dissatisfaction," he said.
Dr Chua's remarks come after he and his party took another body blow from Umno and Malay groups following his suggestion for a gradual reduction of Bumiputera quotas.
Dr Chua and his party were publicly taken down a peg by many Umno leaders, in a spat which makes it even more difficult for the MCA to regain support from Chinese voters.
According to the MCA's own estimates, the party has the support of barely 30 per cent of Chinese voters.
The DAP, a Chinese-dominated multi-racial party in the PR coalition, is now seen as the choice of the Chinese community.
The Chinese have also thrown their weight behind PKR and even PAS in the PR coalition.
Despite Dr Chua's arguments, recent surveys have shown that the Chinese and even the Malay communities are increasingly becoming weary of race-based initiatives practised by BN.
But the MCA president maintained in his interview with The Straits Times that PR parties are still race-based as well.
"So whoever comes to power, whether it's BN or PR, it's a game of balancing, of managing the expectations, needs and fears of all the races. And this is not an easy game," he told The Straits Times.
Dr Chua also denied that BN or Umno had contributed to the racially charged atmosphere he described, calling hardline Malay groups like Perkasa, which is seen as aligned to Umno, "a minority of the minority".

Dr Chua, you are dead wrong. PR parties are not race-based. Race-based, no! Dominated by a particular race, yes! So, please get your facts right!

DAP, PAS and PKR are open to any race!

Is there anything wrong for a government to be controlled by a particular race? No, there is nothing wrong as long as every citizen is treated EQUALLY in spite of ethnicity.  Singapore is an excellent example of a ethnocracy that practices meritocracy!

E for Elephant

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 09:09 PM PDT

In the kindergarden, we learnt E for what? We always answer E for Elephant. So the next things is how Elephant looks like...

By now, everyone should know how elephant look like... It's one of the giant animal *wink*

Today is not a working day, it's suppose to be a nice day to sleep late... however, i think there is an elephant staying one unit above me. Early morning, the heavy footstep on the ceiling of my room has woke me up.. It's sound like the ceiling going to collapse and the whole building was shaking (No Earthquake in Indonesia)... I was shocked and pissed... What a inconsiderate creature upstair... 

I just wondered how the creature looks like... it look like this... :p
Picture capture from clipartof

Or it look like this...
Picture from clip-for-free

Maybe it's practicing

Anyway, i could not continue my sleep and decided to blog about it... Sigh~ So everyone E for what now?

Do you have an Elephant stay one unit above you?

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The Setting Sun and the New Beginning

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 08:35 PM PDT

The Malaysian Insider carried two articles HERE and HERE serve to emphasize that the sun is setting for the media industry, especially in Malaysia.

In the past few years, we have seen how major technological changes have changed the face of the journalism. With the turbulent forces at work in the political landscape, we can see how the momentum of these changes is quickening to the extent that even a simple process of news gathering to dissemination has changed. All this brings benefits and disadvantages.

The bottom line is, if media practitioners do not wake up to the harsh reality of changes in our country and cope with the dynamic changes, for sure, some may have to explore other areas of development to be better equipped for life in journalism or venture to seek employment in other areas.

Looking Back

1. In the fourteenth century, Johann Gutenberg started the print revolution.

2. Then the telegraph was invented making it possible for writers to transmit their stories over telegraph and telex lines.

3. The invention of the telephone enabled reporters to gather news more easily and quickly.

4. Then came the evolution of photography, motion picture photography and television.

5. At this point of time, the most revolutionary and impactful development has certainly been the invention of computers and the Internet which have completely changed the face of journalism and the media industry to the extent that it is not only the means and form of communication that is being changed, but also the content and dimension of its messages.

With all the advances in technology, the quality and potential of online publishing has outstripped that of the print media. Typesetting features and tools needed to bring out well designed publications are available in latest DTP programs for the personal computer.

Since I started blogging, it has been an unending journey of learning. Each day, I realize how little I know and much more I have to learn to keep abreast with changes to handle graphics, pictures and presentation with ease.

While the new media offers the tool of photo-journalism, the credibility of photographs is dubious with the ease of computer manipulation of images.The credibility of a picture now depends on the credibility of the newspaper and the photojournalist and other ethical issues.

With word processing, one would think that both the print and new media in Malaysia would offer a higher standard of proofreading but this has not been the case. Word processing and archiving have brought negative effects Most publications have practically abandoned proof-reading, leaving the job to spell check engines of word processors which have their own limitations. It will not flag a spelling mistake if spelling is wrong only in the current context. For example, the engine would pass the word if you type `their' where `there' is needed. A more dreaded mistake in publishing is when a word such as `public' getting printed without the `l'. Such a horrible error can be undetected by spell checks!

Perhaps it could be due to the ease of publishing news - bypassing proof-readers/editors with just a click of the mouse. Still, one would think that such errors would be picked up and corrected after that but more often than not, it has not happened.

Online publishing such as in news portals, forums and blogs make it easy for writers to search archives and to incorporate it into copy. Reference to past events and issues from the archives will help reporters to add much more background and depth to their reports. This can also mean that anyone can be easily caught for their contradictory statements as evidence can be retrieved from archives.

In time to come, reporters may be dictating their stories on the field via voice recognition programs. The electronic media may embrace such a technology but would print journalists welcome? Voice recognition is already here but needs more time to mature.

Then, the distinction between various media in the near future may be blurred to the extent that an integrated newsroom might be needed. The same newsroom would produce the print and online editions of the newspaper and news broadcasts over radio, cable and television.

Press releases are commonly issued through electronic bulletin boards and the Internet enabling embargo to be executed easily! Journalists can dial up and get the information any time after it has been posted. Bulletin boards can be of real help if used while managing calamities and other incidents. Authorities like the police keep on posting information as and when they become available on bulletin boards and without the need to answer calls from reporters, they can concentrate on their responsibilities.

In a nutshell, I can see how the media industry is changing with the availability of electronic sources of information including:

* the electronic bulletin board
* the Internet
* computer networking
* electronic databases
* other tools such as E-mail, telnet, Internet browsers and search engines
* etc. etc.

Note the possibility of Internet sites or files disappearing without trace especially if the material is controversial.

Suffice to say that the Internet has revolutionized communication and hastened the slow death of the print media. It is now within the reach of ordinary individuals to publish something with a world wide reach - an unimaginable scenario in the past. In the past, publishing required large investments but all we need now is a computer and an Internet connection. Many large organisations are now offering free server space for Web publishing to host free personal Web sites (with substantial space) to attract more hits and advertisements to their combined sites and services. Clearly, it is cheaper to host websites than to own a publishing house/newspaper.

I surmise that the Internet is still in infancy with opportunities that are only beginning to bloom.
In the near future, we are going to see even more changes.

Despite the advantages that the new media offers, the main weakness is internet security - the maintenance of which are high and need international expertise. As we all know, the MT site is still blocked at the point of writing. FMT and DSAI's blog are open now but for how long? Will there come a time when we kiss goodbye to twitter, YouTube, Facebook etc? We all have to think of alternative ways to communicate in such challenging times such as in podcasts etc.

Whilst, I believe the Internet is a major source of news, access could be limited through unseen hands. If so, it may not displace any of the established media in the near future although circulation might fall. One thing is for sure - internet publications can multiply exponentially.

By then, it will no longer be more many voices and one world, as the famous UNESCO publication (Many Voices, One World, Sean MacBride, International Commission for Study of Communication Problems, UNESCO, Paris) put it.

It will be millions of voices (sites) and ONE cyber world.

The sun is setting for the print media but a new sun is rising for a new beginning indeed...

Lucu: Bila Gambar Berbicara Senada Dan Seirama

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 08:45 PM PDT

Bila gambar berbicara senada dan seirama....

Lambat lagi jatuh BN ni. Panjang ni lagi. Aik PM. Tak sampai sejengkal ke?

Aku tak kisah. Aku taknak turun. Biar kalah kat SIBU pun. Boleh tahan lagi. Panjang ni lagi hah.

A'ah. Boleh tahan lagi. Kalau kail panjang sejengkal. Lautan dalam jangan diduga. uhuukkss.

Auw. Sempat lagi. Aku baru pegang naib presiden. tapi tak cukup sejengkal ni. Sempat tak?

Relax. Boleh tahan lagi. Takkan tak sempat jadi PM. Sekejap cukuplahh.

Ish dang lagi. Bertahan. Terus bertahan. Paling kurang dang reboh Mat Said jadilah.

Helo brother. Jangan khoyal banyok sangat. Dok dang doh ni . Tinggal skat ni doh. Pr- 13 mapuh

Hoh. Orang dok caye doh ke BN. Umur pendek doh

Betul tu. Betul tu. Singkat doh nyawa tu

Ceh. Dok syok gitu lah tu. Rakyat dok berahi belaka doh ke mung. Rasuah pun orang dok pakoh jugok. P'raye umum kekgi mampuh lah lagu ni.

aku panggil dulu nok royak hok nilah. Setakat ni je. Mung dok sibuk caye ke APCO.

Jangan bimbang. Abang him ada. Panjang lagi masa. Dang kita perkasa kan lagi.

Tutup kun doh. Brahim mung nok lompat mane lagi. Rapat jip dah ni. Tenggelam doh kapal ni.

Hah! hah! hah! mung khianat sgt kat ku. Sampai masa doh. Giliran mu pulok. Pong!!!!

Apa pandangan Tok Guru Presiden? Hah! Setakat ni je. Nyawa2 ikang.

Pandangan Tok Guru? Ambo raso supo ja. Takat ni. Bleh gali liang doh siap2.

Saya sependapat. Setakat ini saja lagi tinggal nyawa UMNO-BN ni

Aik. Cik Lim. makin singkat pe. Rakyat dah meluat maa..

Wan Azizah. Bersabar dik. Habis dah UMNO-BN. Mereka dah takde chance

Yes! Sudah sampai ajal kamu.

Sememangnya kezaliman tiada masa depan.

I rasa pun macam tu jugak. Giliran PR pulak

Habis macamana Tok Guru? Oooo kito tolak UMNO-BN tepilah. Giliran Kitolah pulok

Datuk Seri. Kalau dia main tipu macamana? Haiyakkk! Kita ada strategiii.

Itu macam ke? alamak! susahlah

Jangan libatkan aku. Nasib ko lah labu! Aku nak pindah Australia. bagi kat depalah memerintah.

Boleh masuk Pas semula ka?

Hancussssssss... oak alohhh... setakok je lagi... uwaaaa

Hi HI Bye Bye.... semua aku kecewa kerja kami digangu pihak ketiga...ha ha ha dah pencen baru kecewa ....

terima kasih kepada pemilik dan pengumpul tulisan dan gambar-gambar di atas. GB rembat entah dari mana...

WWF-Malaysia Calls On Revocation Of Anson Wong's Wildlife Trade License

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 04:30 PM PDT

6 September 2010 Last updated at 14:29 GMT BBC ONLINE Malaysia jails man who smuggled 95 snakes on a plane Mr Wong was arrested after airport staff was alerted to his broken bag on a conveyor belt A notorious wildlife trafficker has been sentenced to six months in jail in Malaysia for attempting to smuggle 95

Avatar 3D Special Edition and Phua Chu Kang The Movie

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 03:00 PM PDT

Is it worth spending RM18 to watch Avatar 3D Special Edition? Definitely, a Yes, if you haven't watched it before, a Maybe if you have seen it before but want to see it again. For RM18, you get to watch eight or nine minutes of extra footage. Notably, the most breath-taking is the hunting of the sturmbeests.

Is it worth spending RM10 to watch Phua Chu Kang The Movie? Definitely, a No, unless you want to spend 90 minutes watching a brainless slapstick show that does nothing to tickle your funny bone. Huh, the television series are much better!



Posted: 09 Sep 2010 03:00 PM PDT

How many of you are experts in lateral thinking? If you have time, please take this test which my dear friend Angela sent me recently. Do leave a comment if you have time. Thanks! Have a lovely day!

selamat hari raya

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 11:31 AM PDT

to all my muslim friends…. and non muslim friends too who celebrate hari raya.

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