Sunday, September 19, 2010

'Pregnant school' gets students

'Pregnant school' gets students


'Pregnant school' gets students

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 10:25 AM PDT

A good start. Five pregnant teens will enrol at the Sekolah Harapan in Jasin today. The Form Four and Form Five students are from Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Pahang and Johor.

The school, specially 'designed' to cater for teenagers who got pregnant out of wedlock, is also meant to reduce, if not halt, baby dumping case which is on the rise in the country (read here).

However, Chief Minister Ali Rustam, in announcing this yesterday did not say whether the students, of whom one is a Chinese, are already married to their 'boyfriends' as getting-married-first is a 'compulsary permit' for them to enrol.

The idea received pros and cons response when it was announced about two months ago. The Opposition and some NGOs lambasted it as not practical because it would encourage our teenagers to indulge themselves in free sex while some quarters supported it.

I was in Kelantan during Hari Raya. I was told that some 'madrasah' in the State were issued with 'sembahyang raya' sermons about the issue, which among others made fun of the Sekolah Harapan and Ali himself, that the school is built on 'sins'.

I dont know how many more young pregnant girls will seek 'protection' at the school but I am sure those involved will undergo special rehabilitation programme aided by Jabatan Agama Islam Melaka.

What is your comment, friends?


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stop using the constitution as a ‘weapon’!

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 10:05 AM PDT

i say this to PERKASA – stop using the constitution (article 153)  as….

-  defense weapon – for the existence of perkasa!

-  attack weapon – attacking non malays for questioning malay rights/social contract!!

of course they will not listen to me as i'm only a 'tiny ant', smaller than 'small fry nurul'.  the perkasa boss, katak ibrahim already dismissed nurul izzah anwar off as a small fry when she wanted to debate with him on article 153 of the constitution, remember (downright coward, he is!!)…. but this is the good thing about a blog – i can shout all i want here in my own blog. i can let go my feelings.

ya, i'm very fed-up of perkasa forever saying they exist to defend article 153 of the constitution. the latest article from malaysiakini where another stupid minister defend pekasa, towards the end, he ibrahim ali had this to say:

In Kota Bharu, Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali said his NGO was not involved in politics but was only voicing out the people rights as provided for by the constitution.

"I wish to reiterate here that we are not a political party and are also not supporting any party including Umno but are championing the people's rights under the constitution," he told reporters after holding a briefing session for the machinery organising a people's gathering here on Sept 25.

see? "voicing out the people rights as provided for by the constitution."  and  "championing the people's rights under the constitution".  so perkasa exists for that? then he is a constitutional illiterate!  gosh! can you believe that – that even our very own PM is constitutional illiterate when he said that perkasa is merely championing the people's rights under the constitution!

what is article 153? in case you are not sure, read about it here. prof. azmi sharom put it so eloquently when he said that article 153 had been used (and still is) as the holy grail for those who hold the view that affirmative action is unquestionable.Article 153 of the Federal Constitution is seen as the holy grail for those who hold this view. However, if we examine the provision closely we will notice two things.

Firstly, affirmative action is not a Malay right. Article 153 does not endow a right. What it does is to merely give government the power to take affirmative action despite the overarching ideal of equality which is enshrined in Article 8 of the Constitution.

To support this contention, we see that Article 8 clearly states that all citizens in this country are equal except for situations specifically provided for in the Constitution. Those "specific provisions" are found in Article 153 and there are not many of them.

They include the power to establish quotas for the civil service, permits and licences, scholarships and education.

Therefore anything other than these areas should not be subjected to affirmative action.

Furthermore, any affirmative action has to be reasonable. The idea of what is reasonable must surely be open to research and debate otherwise there will always be the risk of abuse and wastage of resources.

This being the case, although questioning the existence of such a power to have affirmative action is moot, discussion on the efficacy of affirmative action policies and programmes surely is not.

The way the discourse is today, and not merely by the racialist fringe but by mainstream politicians in power, is that even the implementation of Article 153 is not to be questioned at all.

This is surely wrong based both on the meaning of the Constitution as well as the principle held by the founding fathers that Article 153 was an unfortunate but necessary aberration from the ideals of equality and that it was to be used not in perpetuity.

(read his excellent article in full at his own blog)

if you are not convinced of his article, then let art harun convinced you via video.

these two who spoke up regarding article 153 of the constitution are not non malays but malays like all those in perkasa. why then is perkasa forever holding on to article 153 as a weapon to defend and attack?



The Saturday Profile: For Filipino Boxer, Money Opens Door to Politics

Posted: 18 Sep 2010 07:07 AM PDT


Christians & politics

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 08:58 AM PDT

The Star Online > LifefocusSunday September 19, 2010Christians & politicsBy ANDREW SIAOpinions are divided on Christian involvement in politics, but most people agree on the need to fight for justice.starmag@thestar.com.mySINCE the "political tsunami" of March 8, 2008, Christians have become increasingly vocal on national issues. However, according to the Malaysian Census of 2000, only 10% of


Gagal Tarik FDI, Ahmad Husni Salahkan PR

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 08:51 AM PDT

Pelabur berhati-hati apabila pembangkang burukkan kerajaan: Ahmad Husni

Tindakan pembangkang memburuk-burukkan kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) mempunyai kesan kepada pelabur asing kerana mereka lebih berhati-hati terhadap suasana sosial di negara ini.

Menteri Kewangan Kedua, Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, berkata langkah pembangkang membangkitkan isu perkauman dan agama di kalangan masyarakat berbilang etnik menimbulkan kegelisahan di kalangan orang-ramai.

Katanya, kegelisahan masyarakat dibimbangi akan bertukar kepada konflik antara etnik dan pelabur mengambil-kira risiko berkenaan sebelum membelanjakan wang mereka di negara ini.

"Prinsip demokrasi di negara kita, selepas pilihanraya parti pembangkang masih bermain politik dengan membangkitkan pelbagai isu kaum dan agama hingga boleh menimbulkan konflik.

"Pelabur asing memang mengambil-kira risiko sosial yang akan mereka tanggung jika melabur di negara yang tidak stabil dari segi sosial ini," katanya kepada pemberita di sini, tengah hari tadi.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika mengulas laporan BERNAMA bahawa tindakan pembangkang memburuk-burukkan nama negara mengakibatkan pelaburan langsung asing (FDI) merosot sehingga 81 peratus bagi tahun 2008 dan 2009.

Laporan itu memetik Timbalan Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir bahawa pembangkang kemudiannya akan menyalahkan kerajaan yang mereka dakwa tidak cekap kerana FDI menyusut.

Mukhriz berkata, pada 2009, jumlah keseluruhan FDI adalah RM5.66 bilion tetapi tiga bulan pertama tahun ini negara sudah menerima FDI RM5.6 bilion, satu jumlah yang hampir dengan pelaburan sepanjang tahun lalu.

Ulasan GB

Menyalahkan pembangkang apabila menteri-menteri UMNO BN gagal untuk menarik FDI. Satu escapisme yang melambangkan ketandusan dan kekeringan minda dari kalangan mereka yang menganggotai kabinet kerajaan.

Ahmad Husni berkata:

selepas pilihanraya parti pembangkang masih bermain politik dengan membangkitkan pelbagai isu kaum dan agama hingga boleh menimbulkan konflik.

Sakarang saya ingin bertanya menteri berkenaan, selepas pilihanraya dulu, siapa bawa lari ADUN-ADUN PR dan kemudian memaksa mereka menyertai BN dan seterusnya merampas Perak?

Siapa yang menyekat pembangunan ke negeri-negeri yang diperintah oleh Pakatan Rakyat? Siapa mempolitikkan dan merampas royalti minyak Kelantan di atas nama wang ehsan?

Siapa yang punya angkara membuat banyak karenah di negeri Selangor dan Pulau Pinang jika bukan UMNO BN yang berusaha untuk merampas kedua-dua negeri berkenaan dari tangan Pakatan Rakyat?

Parti mana yang memainkan isu perkauman terutama di dalam soal ketuanan Melayu sehingga berebut dengan NGO bernama Perkasa untuk menjadi juara ketuanan Melayu jika bukan UMNO? Parti mana heret kepala lembu satu ketika dulu jika bukan UMNO?

Pemimpin parti mana yang keluarkan kenyataan-kenyataan rasis selama ini yang menuduh kaum Cina dan India tidak berterima kasih dengan kerajaan kerana telah mengundi pembangkang di dalam pilihanraya yang lalu jika bukan TPM bernama Muhyiddin dari UMNO?

Hah, kamu bikin najis di seluruh negara pada siang hari, kamu tuduh orang lain melakukannya. Kamu dah tak berupaya menarik FDI sepatutnya berundur dari memegang jawatan menteri daripada perhabiskan wang rakyat membayar gaji.



Maglin, the Umno stooge, asks the Catholic community to open to dialogue

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 07:13 AM PDT

September 19, 2010
SEPT 19 — Newly-minted Information Deputy Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz took some time to get into the news cycle but did a fine job yesterday asking the Catholic community to keep their hearts open to dialogue with the government in addressing any problems.
National news agency Bernama, which is under his ministry's watch, reported him as saying that through these dialogues, the government would have better understanding of the needs of the community.
"No one will know our needs if we do not explain or tell them," he said at the St Mary Catholic Society's dinner in conjunction with its centenary celebration here.
That really isn't an issue or a problem, dear deputy minister.
While you might not have alluded to any problems, the biggest issue this year began just a day before New Year's Eve when the High Court in Kuala Lumpur agreed that the Catholic Church has a constitutional right to use the word Allah to describe the Christian God in its Bahasa Malaysia publication.
The government through the Attorney-General's Chambers have since applied and received a stay of execution pending their appeal to a higher court. There has been no date set for the appeal and the High Court decision remains a paper victory.
Be that as it may, what use is a dialogue after the government unilaterally decided that the Roman Catholic Church cannot use the word Allah in its publication? Was there a dialogue before the decision was made?
After all, the publication is clearly marked for non-Muslims.
These are the questions one expects a minister or deputy minister to ask before shooting from the hip and advising a community to be open to dialogue.
A dialogue is only possible among two equals. Otherwise it is a monologue.
D'Cruz must see the chronology of the issue before asking the community to open its heart to a dialogue. There was never a problem until the executive decided it was a problem, as far as the Allah issue is concerned.
Even then, it isn't a problem with Muslims outside the ruling government, according to Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusof Rawa when he read excerpts from his book "Menuju PAS baru" at the Central Market Annexe today.
A dialogue is great. But D'Cruz asked the wrong party to open its heart to a dialogue. He should instead tell that to the government that he serves.



The Star: Watch what you say online

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 06:44 AM PDT

Source_The Star:"Watch what you say online," by Dr BAHMA SIVASUBRAMANIAM

It is a myth that cyberspace is a lawless wilderness. Conventional laws can and do apply to cyberspace activities.

CYBERSPACE is a beehive of activity: communications take place, transactions are completed and even wars are conducted!

It is therefore a myth that cyberspace is a lawless wilderness. Cyber users harbour a delusion that cyberspace accords them anonymity and therefore out of reach from the arms of the law.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Illegal and unlawful activities can be detected and perpetrators can be identified and prosecuted or sued, as the case may be.

Conventional laws can and do apply to cyberspace activities. Where there are no adequate conventional laws that apply to such activities, special laws have been promulgated. In Malaysia, these include the Computer Crimes Act 1997 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. The latest in this series of legislation is the Personal Data Protection Act 2010.

While there is no denying that a netizen cannot escape liability from legal action should there be any breach of law, it must be noted that the same "lifesavers" and defences are available to him as if he had committed the wrongs the conventional manner.

For example, in a conventional defamation action, the maker of the defamatory remarks would usually be asked to apologise before formal legal action is commenced against him. I do not see why the same should not be applicable to the cyber wrongdoer. Also, defences such as truth/justification and fair comment would be equally as available to him.

This brings me to the next point. The Internet Service Providers ("ISP") have an important role to play in cyberspace for obvious reasons. It is after all the conduit, the means of access to the Internet.

However, due to the nature of its work and functions, it is sometimes unfair and indeed unrealistic to make the ISPs liable for wrongdoings in cyberspace. In the United States, liability of an ISP will depend on its role and its functions, especially in defamation suits – whether it is an information carrier or information controller.

Where the ISP's role is the former, the court does not accord any liability for the ISP is perceived as a postman, merely carrying information from one point to another. The ISP would be, however, liable if it is an information controller as it exercises a degree of control over the posts made by subscribers of its accounts.

In Malaysia, there is no such distinction. An ISP is deemed to be responsible and/or liable for a commission of any wrongdoing in cyberspace. S. 211 and S. 233 of the Communica­tions and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) make an author and its intermediary who knowingly enable the transmission of offensive, false, menacing material to be convicted of an offence under the Act.

Both sections carry penal sanctions.

Safe harbour

An interesting aspect to the position of the ISPs vis-à-vis the law is the unique shield called the "safe harbour" defence. The defence is statutorily provided for in the US under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998 and other pieces of legislation. It simply gives the ISP and even a website owner an opportunity to rectify the wrongdoing complained of.

The defence is not available where the ISP had actual knowledge and/or awareness of the wrongdoing or it did not remove the offending material expeditiously once it had received knowledge or became aware of the wrongdoing.

Also, the ISP cannot rely on the safe harbour provision if it had the right to control the wrongdoing activity or if the ISP stood to gain a financial benefit from the wrongdoing. In other words, the ISP (or anyone who relies on that defence) must have acted in good faith.

The "safe harbour" defence is not a blanket defence. There are cases where parties' attempt to rely on it have failed – the infamous Napster case being one of them.

Napster provided peer-to-peer networking facilities which allowed file-sharing. The software enabled music to be uploaded and downloaded freely and free of charge and, most importantly, without the consent of the copyright owner.

The courts held that even if Napster fulfilled the requirements of an ISP (which it did not as it was merely a facilitator of sharing of music files), it still could not rely on the safe harbour defence as it did not take appropriate action against infringers by terminating them.

It would be interesting to see a similar Napster-type case in Malaysia. There are no specific statutory provisions that actually set out the safe harbour defence here but the CMA and the statutory instruments created under it do provide a similar defence to an ISP who unknowingly transmitted prohibited content. This defence is called the "notice and take down" measure and is provided under the Content Code, which is an instrument created under S. 213 of the CMA.

A few words about the Content Code (the Code). The Content Code Forum, a statutory body created under S. 212 of the CMA, is empowered under S. 213 to create a code which will include model procedures for dealing with offensive or indecent content.

The Code covers a myriad of issues relating to the service of disseminating of content by the service providers in the communications and multimedia industry.

What is interesting about the Code and which is missing from the CMA is that the Code acknowledges the potential problems an ISP may face, especially where the commission of an online offence could take place without its knowledge.

Article 4 of Part 5 of the Code provides: It is recognised that it is impractical, difficult and ineffective to monitor or control a user's access to Content available Online.

Article 2 of the same Part states anyone who provides access to any Content but have neither control over the composition of such Content nor any knowledge of such Content is deemed an innocent carrier for the purposes of this Code. It acknowledges also that an innocent carrier cannot be held responsible for the content provided or transmitted. This is akin to the role of the ISP as information carrier in the US. Articles 2 and 4, read together, provide the base for the "notice and take down" mechanism mentioned above.

The upshot of the Code is simply this. The ISP will be notified of the offending material by the Complaints Bureau of the Content Forum (the notice). The ISP then has two (2) working days from the date of notification to inform the subscriber of the offending content and request him to remove the content (take down).

If the subscriber refuses to do so, the ISP has the right to suspend his account: Article 7. If the ISP takes all these steps, then it can rely on this as a defence in any prosecution, action or proceeding of any nature, whether in court or otherwise since it had complied with the Code. This is not only set out in Article 6.3 of the Code but also is a statutory defence provided under S. 98 of the CMA.

I would venture to suggest that this defence should be equally available to anyone who has or had inadvertently posted indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character content even though the Act and the Code provide this defence to the ISP and others of its ilk only. However, this defence should not be seen as a carte blanche for would-be abusers of the Internet, for the law will not allow perpetrators of online abuses to easily escape liability, as demonstrated by many cases involving social networking websites such as Friends Reunited and Facebook.

The earliest reported case arising from an online wrong was a defamation suit filed in England. Reputed to be the first of its kind, this action arose out of a post made in the Friends Reunited website. A retired teacher, Jim Murray, brought an action in libel against a former student called Jonathan Spence. (He had initially considered suing the Service Provider but decided against it. Friends Reunited had promptly removed the offending material). Spence posted remarks alleging that his former teacher Murray was dismissed from school for "making rude remarks about a girl" and strangling a pupil. Murray disputed these claims and pointed out that he had retired and was not dismissed. The Lincoln County Court agreed with Murray and ordered Spence to pay damages. That was in 2002.

As recently as July 29, 2010, the High Court in England awarded £10,000 damages to Raymond Bryce, a law student who brought an action against a friend (now-ex) for defamatory remarks posted on his page in Facebook. Jeremiah Barber implied that Bryce was a paedophile and posted indecent photographs of children, superimposed with Bryce's photograph. The Court was mindful of the fact that defamatory remarks published in an online medium could reach a wider circle of audience, unlike the traditional medium such as newspapers.

Interesting tests

In Malaysia, aside from the defamation suits that arose from blogging (the Jeff Ooi and Rocky Bru cases being two examples), two prosecutions of online postings provide interesting tests of the law. Both prosecutions are under the CMA. In the first case, Mohammad Tarysif Tajudin was charged in the Sessions Court in January this year under S. 233 of the CMA for making a post on Facebook.

S. 233 caters for improper use of network facilities or network services and states that any person who knowingly makes, creates or solicits AND initiates the transmission of any comment, request, communication, etc, which is indecent, false, menacing with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass commits an offence. Mohammad Tarysif, allegedly under a pseudonym, is accused of posting offensive comments in his Facebook page, offering his "services" to throw petrol bombs at churches for a negotiable price.

The trial is yet to begin.

The second case of prosecution under the CMA is the case of Irwan Abdul Rahman, also known as Hassan Skoedeng. He was charged in the Sessions Court on Sept 2, 2010, over an allegedly tongue-in-cheek post called "TNB to sue WWF over Earth Hour". The charge was also under S. 233. This case is not straightforward.

Is the "offending" article satirical or tongue-in-cheek? If it was, it is not an offence.

However, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), who is tasked with the prosecution of Irwan, must prove that the accused's post was "obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character" and that he had the INTENTION "to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any person at any number or electronic address".

The proceedings are of interest not just to lawyers but also to anyone who writes in cyberspace. What is "annoying"? Should "annoying" under the CMA have a more complex interpretation and a higher degree of proof than "annoying" as a common parlance? Who decides what is abusive or threatening or harassing? What is the standard of proof? Interesting questions that demand firm and irrefutable answers.

The overall conclusion is simply this: your actions in cyberspace will not go unnoticed, particularly if those actions are illegal or unlawful. Article 3.5 of Part 5 of the Content Code states very aptly: The online environment is not a legal vacuum. In general, if something is illegal "offline", it will also be illegal "online". In this matter, the relevant existing laws apply.

Those of us who are avid users of the Internet should be mindful of this provision.

> Dr Bahma Sivasubramaniam is head of Law Unit, Faculty of Management, Multimedia University. He is also advocate and solicitor, High Court of Malaya.



Apa Lagi Zambry, Sahutlah Cabaran Adakan Pilihanraya!

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 05:51 AM PDT

Nizar Cabar Zambry Bubar DUN, Bukti Sokongan Mantap

Jika benar - bubar Dewan dan adakan pilihanraya - itu cabaran Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin kepada Menteri Besar Zambry Kadir yang mendakwa sokongan untuk Umno-Bn di Perak semakin mantap.

"Saya ulangi cabaran saya. Ini bukan pertama kali...banyak kali dia sebut bahawa Umno disayangi semula (dan) BN diberikan sokongan padu...jadi kalau betul, beliau harus pulihkan demokrasi di Perak dan adakan semula pilihanraya,' kata beliau kepada Tv Selangor.

Bernama hari ini memetik Zambry sebagai mendakwa sokongan rakyat di Perak terhadap BN semakin memuncak kerana ramai yang menerima baik gagasan 1 Malaysia ciptaan Perdana Menteri, Najib Razak.

Nizar yang juga Ahli Parlimen Bukit Gantang, beberapa kali mencabar Zambry untuk mengadakan pilihan raya negeri untuk mendapatkan mandat daripada rakyat yang menyokong Pakatan rakyat pada pilihanraya umum 2008.

Selepas kejayaan pembangkang itu, Nizar menjadi Menteri Besar tetapi digulingkan apabila Umno memancing tiga ADUN pembangkang untuk menyokong Barisan Nasional.

Dua daripada mereka menghadapi tuduhan rasuah ketika itu tetapi dibebaskan setelah menyokong BN untuk membentuk kerajaan negeri yang baru.

Sehingga ini, Zambry tidak pernah menyahut cabaran Nizar walaupun sering mendakwa Umno semakin diterima rakyat.

"Tetapi apabila mereka tidak menyahut keyakinan itu bermakna itu hanyalah kenyataan-kenyataan sonsang untuk menyedapkan diri mereka" tegas Nizar lagi.

Menurut Nizar lagi, Zambry dalam keadaan begitu terdesak sehingga terpaksa merujuk kepada dakwaan beberapa pemimpin Angkatan Muda Keadilan Perak dan 72 anggota Wanita cabang Ipoh Barat bertindak keluar parti sebagai bukti sokongan Umno makin kuat.

Hakikat ialah mereka yang keluar itu menghadapi masalah displin, malah ada antara mereka bukan ahli PKR sama sekali.

Nizar berkata kenyataannya ialah Zambry semakin ditolak oleh rakyat Perak.

"Orang di tempat dia sendiri di Pangkor, telah menolak dia. Itulah sebabnya dia mengeluarkan kenyataan itu untuk meyakinkan diri dia dan BN bahawa mereka masih kuat sedangkan hakikatnya orang di sana sudah tidak berkenan pada dia," kata Nizar. -TVS



Zambry: Sokongan rakyat terhadap BN semakin meningkat

Sokongan rakyat terhadap Barisan Nasional (BN) kini semakin meningkat kerana ramai yang menerima baik pendekatan gagasan 1 Malaysia, kata pengerusi BN Perak Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.

Beliau berkata perubahan itu jelas dirasai kerana sebelum ini, ramai terpengaruh dengan hasutan parti pembangkang yang menimbulkan pelbagai isu sehingga menimbulkan kebencian terhadap kerajaan BN.

"Bagaimanapun, hari demi hari, penipuan serta fitnah yang mereka (pembangkang) jaja di seluruh negara, semakin terbongkar dan membuatkan rakyat jelik terhadap perbuatan mereka itu.

"Ini boleh dilihat dengan perkembangan terkini yang berlaku, iaitu tindakan pemimpin dan anggota parti pembangkang meninggalkan parti masing-masing dan menyokong BN," katanya kepada pemberita selepas majlis Jamuan Hari Raya anjuran Umno Bahagian Parit hari ini.

Zambry (gambar) yang juga Menteri Besar Perak berkata, jumlah kehadiran orang ramai pada majlis rumah terbuka Aidilfitri anjuran komponen BN tahun ini juga meningkat berkali ganda berbanding pada tahun lepas.

"Ini semua hasil kerja keras semua komponen parti BN, khasnya Umno yang semakin agresif menarik semula sokongan pengundi.

"Lebih memberangsangkan lagi, kelmarin empat pemimpin Angkatan Muda Keadilan Perak dan 72 anggota Wanita cabang Ipoh Barat parti itu, turut bertindak keluar parti," katanya.

Zambry berkata peristiwa itu boleh dianggap satu kemenangan besar kepada BN dan dijangka lebih ramai pemimpin dan anggota parti pembangkang melakukan tindakan sama tidak lama lagi.

Kira-kira 5,000 pengunjung menghadiri program tahunan yang diadakan di Dataran Parit berkenaan, yang turut dihadiri isteri Menteri Besar Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli, anggota Parlimen Parit Mohd Nizar Zakaria dan Ketua Umno Bahagian Parit Datuk Zaim Abu Hassan. — Bernama


Ulasan GB

GB ucapkan tahniah kepada MB Rayuan, Datuk Dr Zambry jika benar dakwaannya sokongan rakyat semakin meningkat untuk BN. Justeru itu, apa lagi ditunggu-tunggu. Mohon menghadap Sultan Perak dan persembahkan kepadanya bahawa: dah boleh ada pilihanraya untuk negeri Perak.

Pilihanraya itu penting supaya semua hasil gaji dan elaun yang kamu terima boleh dihalalkan oleh rakyat Perak. Sebab rakyat Perak tak memilih BN di dalam pilihanraya umum 2008. Rakyat pilih Pakatan Rakyat. BN merompak kerajaan Perak dari tangan Pakatan Rakyat. Sampaikan jawatan MB pun yang kamu pegang pun adalah kerana rayuan di mahkamah setelah mahkamah tinggi memutuskan Mohd Nizar sebagai MB perak yang sah. Ia tetap kekal. Jijik dan hina pegang jawatan MB yang rakyat tak restui.

Justeru itu dari segi hukum, semua gaji dan elaun yang kamu belasah dari hasil rompakan kerajaan negeri itu tetap haram. Selagi tidak ada pilihanraya semula untuk negeri Perak, majoriti rakyat Perak, saya yakin, akan tetap tidak menghalalkannya.

Tapi kita yakin, jiwa Zambry sekecut ikan masin. Takkan berani menghadapi pilihanraya negeri. Kerana tahu BN tetap tewas, mungkin lebih dasyat lagi.



One Party With Contradictory Statements?

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 05:00 AM PDT

The old adage says that birds of the same feather flock together but the same cannot be said of Gerakan. The clash of the old blood with the new blood is evident in a recent report by Susan Loone in Malaysiakini HERE.


The report stated that a group within the party dubbed the "voice of the grassroots", submitted 60 signatures to the state liaison committee calling for an extraordinary general meeting to get Teng to step down. The group is appealing to the 393 state delegates to cast a vote of no-confidence against Teng on Oct 10 and to decide on the future direction of the party which lost its grip on Penang in the last GE.

Gerakan Youth members are unhappy with Teng's statement to the media the party may lose in the next general elections. Teng emphasized that Gerakan should focus on other issues of greater important and urgency.

In sharp contrast, The Malaysian Insider reported HERE that Gerakan has the confidence and resoluteness to regain the seats it lost to the opposition in the last general election.

Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the party was working very hard and was mobilising its party machinery to achieve this goal.

Earlier, Penang Umno liaison chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi suggested that Gerakan hand over the seats it contested in the last general election to the other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties if it was not confident of winning.

Interestingly, another report in FMT by Hawkeye reported that Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) is calling for an infusion of new blood in Barisan Nasional if the coalition wants to recapture Penang in the next general election.

Well, it looks as though there might be a minor earthquake in Penang. One group wants to oust the state Gerakan head Datuk Dr. Teng Hock Nan who believes that "the party may lose in the next general elections". The National Gerakan President Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon thinks otherwise.

Penang Umno liaison chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has in no uncertain terms voiced his opinion of Gerakan's prospects in the next elections while newbie PCM's recent statements has shown us their intention that goes far beyond being a BN-friendly entity.

So with all these contradictory statements and in-fighting, they still expect to capture Penang and dislodge the PR-led government?

Tsk tsk tsk....dream on in your fairy tale make-believe wonderland ....!!!


Joseph moved from success to significance.

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 04:41 AM PDT

Joseph or Yosef (Hebrew: יוֹסֵף ‎, Standard Yosef Tiberian Yôsēp̄, Arabic: يوسف‎, Yusuf ; "May Yahweh add"[1]) was the eleventh of Jacob's twelve sons in the Hebrew Bible.[2] Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, but rose to become the most powerful man in Egypt after Pharaoh. He then brought his entire family down to Egypt, where they were settled in the land of Goshen. (Source: Wikipedia)
Two things marked the life of Joseph - success and significance. These are the two verses that tell us of his success:
  1. Genesis 39:3
    When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did,
    Genesis 39:2-4 (in Context) Genesis 39 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Genesis 39:23
    The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph's care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.
    Genesis 39:22-23 (in Context) Genesis 39 (Whole Chapter)
Joseph experienced success not only in Potiphar's house but also in the prison cell.

Lastly, Joseph move from success to significance when all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph and do what he tells you." (Ge 41: 55)


Apa Hal PEKIDA Salahkan Majlis Peguam?

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 03:05 AM PDT

Tak wajar Pekida salahkan Majlis Peguam, kata Speaker

Speaker Dewan Negara berpendapat tidak wajar mana-mana pihak menyalahkan Majlis Peguam kononnya ia telah gagal membersihkan peguam-peguam bermasalah, sehingga membawa kepada pembunuhan kejam jutawan Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya dan tiga yang lain.

Menurut Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang, berdasarkan maklumat sebelum Majlis Peguam itu turut telah mengambil tindakan tegas ahli-ahlinya termasuk salah seorang suspek kejadian tersebut.

Abu Zahar yakin Majlis Peguam tidak akan bertolak ansur dengan mana-mana pihak yang melakukan jenayah atau salah laku ketika mengamalkan perkhidmatan guaman mereka.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas pendirian Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Dakwah Islamiah SeMalaysia (Pekida) semalam yang menyalahkan Majlis Peguam yang didakwa gagal membersihkan peguam-peguam yang bermasalah.

Bekas Presiden Persatuan Peguam Muslim ini bagaimanapun berkata, Majlis Peguam perlu mengikut prosedur yang telah ditetapkan sebelum mengambil sebarang tindakan ke atas mana-mana peguam jika didapati bersalah.

"Ada jawatankuasa disiplin yang akan mengambil tindakan sewajarnya (ke atas manmana peguam)," kata beliau.

"Kita memandang serius terhadap perkara ini dan memandang serius terhadap semua ahli peguam yang melakukan kesalahan," kata beliau kepada The Malaysian Insider pada majlis rumah terbuka Aidilfitri di Dewan Serbaguna Parlimen hari ini.

Abu Zahar berkata sebagai pengamal guaman setiap peguam perlu menjalankan tugas dengan penuh kredibiliti dan tidak mencemarkan imej Majlis Peguam.

"Saya tidak menyangka apa yang berlaku dan setiap ahli peguam perlu faham tindakan bakal dikenakan ke atas mereka jika disabitkan salah," katanya tegas.

Selain itu beliau berkata, undang-undang di negara ini jelas dan tidak boleh diperkotak-katikkan untuk kepentingan individu.

Semalam Pengerusi Pekida, Shahril Abdul Aziz bersama anggotanya menyalahkan Majlis Peguam yang didakwanya gagal membersihkan peguam-peguam bermasalah.

Mereka juga membakar kain rentang mengecam Majlis Peguam. Noorhisham Mohamed, seorang pegawai bank, Sosilawati, pemandu jutawan kosmetik itu Kamaruddin Shansuddin dan peguam peribadinya Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, dipercayai dipukul sampai mati dan dibakar di Ladang Gadong dan abunya dibuang di Sungai Panchau, Banting, Selangor.

Semalam, polis memperoleh perintah tahanan reman ke atas dua peguam adik-beradik yang merupakan suspek kes bunuh mereka.

Sepatutnya Majlis Peguam mengambil langkah-langkah lebih tepat dengan mengeluarkan peguam bermasalah dengan membuat penyataan terbuka dalam media ataupun memperkenalkan kad kuasa yang mesti diperbaharui setiap tahun sebelum mereka mahu menjalankan perniagaan mereka, kata Shahril.

Shahril mencadangkan satu suruhanjaya diraja ditubuhkan segera bagi menyiasat majlis berkenaan.

Dijangkakan semua suspek akan dibicarakan dalam masa terdekat ekoran terbabit dalam kes pembunuhan kejam ini.

Sementara itu, Presiden Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia, Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar ketika dihubungi berkata, Majlis Peguam sebelum ini sudah mengambil tindakan terhadap ramai ahli peguam, malah suspek pembunuhan kejam itu juga telah dipecat oleh badan peguam tersebut.

"Majlis Peguam sudah ambil tindakan pada tahun lepas memecat mereka, sudah ada tindakan daripada Majlis Peguam terhadap ahli peguam yang bermasalah.

"Untuk melakukan dan pemantauan 24 jam sehari terhadap semua ahli Majlis Peguam, memang susah sedikit kerana kita tidak tahu apa yang dilakukan oleh mereka setiap minit dan tidak menjangka apa yang dilakukan dan terjadi kemudiannya," katanya.

Bagaimanapun beliau meminta Majlis Peguam melipatgandakan pendidikan akhlak, moral serta spritual kepada semua ahli peguam secara lebih kerap bagi mengelak perkara jenayah dilakukan dalam kalangan peguam.

Zainul berpendapat tindakan Pekida yang membakar kain rentang itu merupakan tindakan ekspresi mereka yang tidak boleh dilarang.

Beliau berkata selagi tunjuk perasaan itu tidak mengganggu keamanan negara, ia dibolehkan.

"Kalau Pekida hendak membakar kain rentang ke, logo peguam ke, semuanya adalah tindakan ekspresi mereka dan mereka berhak menunjuk perasaan selagi keamanan terjaga," katanya.

Kelmarin, Majlis Peguam meminta polis mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap peguam menyeleweng dan terlibat dalam sebarang kes pecah amanah atau penggubahan wang haram.

Presidennya, K Ragunath berkata setiap tahun, kira-kira 30 hingga 40 peguam dipecat oleh Majlis Peguam dan laporan polis terhadap mereka juga telah dibuat, namun tiada sebarang tindakan lanjut diambil.

Ketika dihubungi hari ini, Ragunanth berkata pihak akan mengadakan sidang media mengenai isu tersebut. -tmi


Kes Sosilawati: Pekida berkabung, bakar kain rentang

Kira-kira 120 anggota Pertubuhan Kebajikan & Dakwah Islamiah SeMalaysia (Pekida) hadir ke rumah Noorhisham Mohamad yang mati dibunuh bersama Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya pada 30 Ogos lalu bagi menyertai bacaan Yaasin dan tahlil kepada arwah.

Majlis itu diadakan di rumah Noorhisham di Taman Seraya, Ampang pada jam 12.00 tengah hari diketuai oleh Pengerusi hal ehwal khas Pekida Shahril Abdul Aziz.

Noorhisham - seorang pegawai bank, Sosilawati, pemandu jutawan kosmetik itu Kamaruddin Shansuddin dan peguam peribadinya Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, dipercayai dipukul sampai mati dan dibakar di Ladang Gadong dan abunya dibuang di Sungai Panchau, Banting, Selangor.

Sementara itu, dalam sidang media selepas itu, Shahril menyalahkan majlis peguam yang didakwanya "gagal membersihkan peguam-peguam yang bermasalah".

"Sepatutnya Majlis Peguam mengambil langkah-langkah yang lebih tepat dengan mengasingkan peguam-peguam bermasalah dengan membuat penyataan terbuka di dalam media ataupun memperkenalkan kad kuasa yang mesti diperbaharui setiap tahun sebelum peguam-peguam mahu menjalankan perniagaan mereka," katanya.

Justeru, Shahril mencadangkan satu suruhanjaya diraja ditubuhkan segera bagi menyiasat majlis berkenaan.

Sebelum ini, dilaporkan seorang peguam merupakan suspek utama kes pembunuhan kejam itu.

Turut hadir dalam majlis itu Pengerusi Pekida Wilayah Persekutuan Roslan Dahaman dan Timbalan Presiden Majlis Permuafakatan Ummah (PERWARIS) Rahimuddin Md Harun.

Sejurus selepas tamat sidang media itu, kelihatan beberapa orang yang hadir membakar kain rentang bertulis "Presiden majlis peguam mesti letak jawatan" tanda tidak puas hati mereka.

Sambil mengucapkan tahniah kepada kecekapan polis menyiasat kes itu dengan segera, Shahril juga mengingatkan supaya isu pembunuhan itu tidak dipolitikkan.

"Kami juga mengingatkan dan mempersetankan mana-mana pihak yang cuba mempolitikkan isu ini serta merendah-rendahkan kewibawaaan serta martabat PDRM...," katanya.

Sebelum itu, pertubuhan itu juga membuat kutipan wang bagi membantu meringankan beban keluarga Noorhisham.

Kelihatan beberapa anggota keluarga pegawai bank itu agak tenang dan menyertai majlis bacaan tahlil di halaman rumah keluarga si mati. -mk


Ulasan GB

Ringkas sahaja.

Ini kisah seorang pencuri yang berlari menjerit "pencuri, pencuri" supaya orang ramai menangkap pencuri yang salah.

Sebenarnya Suruhanjaya Diraja patut ditubuhkan bagi menyiasat Pekida, bukan Majlis Peguam. Pihak polis boleh mengeluarkan statistik laporan jenayah yang dilakukan oleh ahli-ahli Pekida.



When the Stars Twinkle One Starry Night...

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 12:37 AM PDT

How many of you remember that innocuous and yet unforgettable nursery rhyme "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"? The lyrics for that song are actually from an early nineteenth-century English poem, "The Star" by Jane Taylor.



The poem, which is in couplet form, was first published in 1806 in Rhymes for the Nursery, a collection of poems by Taylor and her sister Ann. The song is sung to the tune of French melody "Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman" (oldest known publication 1761). Actually, the English lyrics have five stanzas but it is only the first one that became famous.

The Star by Ann and Jane Taylor

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!

Repeat:
*Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!*

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
(*repeat)

Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
(*repeat)

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.
(*repeat)

As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveller in the dark,—
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

I still remember I was probably about two or three years old when my mother taught me that rhyme with actions. Until today, I never told anyone how I feel about the rhyme. I never imagined that one day, someone would be able to capture my thoughts and put it in video.

Please watch THIS VERY MOVING VIDEO that certainly encapsulates the naivety of childhood and more...

Whenever I looked at the starry, starry sky, I always wondered and hoped that an alien could whisk me away to space to play with the stars...and this video clip certainly made me relive my childhood fantasies..Hopefully, it might even remind your childhood. Do pass it on to your friends who have kids or those who might enjoy such clips.

Incidentally, the song is a popular target for parodies. "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat", is a parody of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" recited by the Mad Hatter during the mad tea-party, in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (which you can read HERE). It reads:

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!

How I wonder what you're at!

Up above the world you fly,

Like a tea tray in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, ...

So when the stars twinkle one starry night, you can tell your kids or grandkids the story of this nursery rhyme and maybe even show them the video! :-) Take care and have a lovely day! Next post will be up by dinner time. Cheers!


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Dapatkan DNA Sabitkan Kesalahan Pembunuh Bedebah Itu?

Posted: 18 Sep 2010 11:15 PM PDT

DNA kunci pertuduhan

Ujian asid deoksiribonukleik (DNA) kini 'kunci' utama untuk mengukuhkan pendakwaan terhadap suspek utama kes pembunuhan jutawan kosmetik, Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya, 47, yang juga peguam terkenal.

"Kunci utama kini adalah keputusan DNA terhadap serpihan tulang dan abu yang ditemui di tempat kejadian. Jika apa didakwa suspek benar, pertuduhan boleh dilakukan terhadap suspek.

"Jika ujian DNA tidak dilakukan, bagaimana pihak pendakwa boleh membuktikan tulang dan debu ditemui adalah milik mangsa yang dilaporkan hilang?" katanya ketika dihubungi Metro Ahad.

Beliau mengulas kes pembunuhan Sosilawati bersama tiga individu lain iaitu pemandunya Kamaruddin Shansuddin, 44; peguamnya, Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, serta pegawai CIMB cawangan Kampung Baru, Noorhisham Mohamad, 38.

Mohd Radzlan berkata, sebarang kes jenayah, terutama membabitkan kes bunuh, perlu dibuktikan terlebih dulu kaitannya antara kejadian dengan suspek sebelum pendakwaan dilakukan.

Namun, katanya, ada juga sesetengah kes bergantung kepada budi bicara pihak pendakwa raya untuk melakukan pendakwaan terhadap suspek kes berkenaan.

Menurutnya, polis sudah merakam pengakuan suspek dan senjata yang digunakan untuk membunuh mangsa ditemui dan ia cukup untuk mendakwa suspek, namun hasil ujian DNA itu akan mengukuhkan lagi pihak Peguam Negara untuk melakukan pertuduhan.

Secara peribadi, beliau berpendapat sebarang pertuduhan yang dilakukan perlu disertai dengan laporan siasatan polis yang lengkap.

Katanya, suspek yang ditahan berkaitan kes pembunuhan jutawan kosmetik itu adalah peguam dan dia juga mahir mengenai selok-belok perundangan.

"Jika kertas pertuduhan tidak lengkap, suspek boleh mempersoalkannya dan tidak mustahil dia boleh melepaskan diri hanya kerana kesilapan teknikal itu.

"Bagaimanapun, semuanya terpulang kepada budi bicara pihak pendakwa raya untuk melakukan pertuduhan terhadap suspek," katanya.

Mohd Radzlan berkata, jenayah peguam itu dilakukan secara profesional kerana suspek mahir untuk menghilangkan bukti.

Katanya, tindakan membakar mayat mangsa sehingga menjadi abu cukup membuktikan suspek sememangnya berpengetahuan tinggi untuk menghapuskan bukti yang boleh mengaitkannya dengan kes berkenaan.

Dalam kejadian 30 Ogos lalu, keempat-empat mangsa dipukul, ditikam dengan senjata tajam sebelum mayat mereka dibakar berhampiran Ladang Gadong, Tanjung Sepat, dan abu mereka dibuang di Sungai Panchau, kira-kira dua kilometer dari tempat mangsa dibunuh. -HM


Not So Perkasa

Posted: 18 Sep 2010 10:58 PM PDT

APRIL 2 — Perkasa is an interesting NGO. Their raison d'être appears to be predicated on the following: the right of Bumiputeras to own 67 per cent the nation's economic wealth because they form the majority; the ISA as being integral to 1 Malaysia; the word Allah is exclusive to Muslims. We must salute Perkasa for having the gumption [...] No related posts. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.


Kawan Sosilawati Pula Mati Tergantung

Posted: 18 Sep 2010 09:55 PM PDT

Seorang rakan baik jutawan kosmetik Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya yang dipercayai mati dibunuh bersama tiga yang lain baru-baru ini, ditemui mati tergantung dalam bilik tidur utama rumahnya di Taman Pauh Jaya, di sini semalam.

Mayat Sarina Jaafar, 45, yang juga pengasas Kosmetik Aveer, ditemui jam 8.30 pagi oleh saudaranya yang bergegas ke kediaman itu selepas menerima panggilan telefon daripada wanita berkenaan. Ketika kejadian, mangsa berseorangan di rumah.

Difahamkan, kejadian itu mempunyai kaitan dengan tekanan, malah kematian Sosilawati juga dikatakan mengganggu perasaan ahli perniagaan terbabit.

Timbalan Ketua Polis Daerah Seberang Prai Tengah (SPT), Superintendan Mohan Singh, berkata pihaknya menerima panggilan dari seorang wanita mengenai kejadian itu dan bergegas ke kediaman Sarina, tetapi mendapati mayat sudah diturunkan dan dihantar ke Hospital Seberang Jaya untuk bedah siasat.

"Laporan bedah siasat mendapati tiada sebarang unsur jenayah dalam kes ini," katanya ketika dihubungi Berita Minggu, semalam.

Sarina yang mempunyai empat anak berusia 16 hingga 24 tahun hasil perkahwinan pertamanya adalah usahawan kosmetik berjaya di negeri ini. Selepas bercerai dengan suami pertama, Sarina bernikah kali kedua lima tahun lalu.

Anak sulung Allahyarham, Mohd Azrul Affendi Zakaria, 24, berkata beliau yang ketika itu berada di Kuala Lumpur hanya mengetahui mengenai kematian ibunya selepas dimaklumkan adik perempuannya lalu bergegas pulang dari ibu negara.

Beliau yang kali terakhir bertemu Allahyarham petang kelmarin, berkata ibunya mungkin letih bekerja dan mengalami tekanan.

"Kejadian yang membabitkan Datuk Sosilawati amat menyedihkan ibu saya berikutan mereka sangat rapat selepas berkawan lama dan sama-sama terbabit dalam perniagaan produk kecantikan," katanya. -BH


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