Thursday, October 28, 2010

*sigh* playing the racial card again

*sigh* playing the racial card again


*sigh* playing the racial card again

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 10:59 AM PDT

as if we have not heard enough of racial rhetorics from the umno general assembly, here comes the 'self appointed guardian of islam' ex MP from kulim, zulkifool, pointing his hands at the chinese.

"the chinese will rule if PR takes over putrajaya" he said. well not exact words but it was what he meant when he revealed a secret pact between PKR and DAP…. and worst… he said DAP was responsible for starting may 13!

well wasn't what he said consider as seditious, just like what najib had said that, there'll be bloodshed, crushed bodies, lost lives, ethnic cleansing if umno lost putrajaya? of course! but since they are not from the opposition, they are not non umno malays (well zoo still denied he's umno friendly but we all know better), there will be no action against them.

*sigh*  what to do, that's bolehland for you. go and read what this zoo guy had to say in the malaysian insider.  at the time of writing, there are near 200 comments! read the comments. some are very good.



Will Brian's Death Help All Other Disabled & Elderly Homes?

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 10:55 AM PDT

PETPOSITIVE SAYS: First, Our deepest sympathies and prayers go to the diseased Brian Goh Kah Heng and his family.Check this out:  An illegally run centre for people with learning disabilities. They had no approval from the Department of Social Welfare (JKM) to operate. And none, obviously, from the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) as well because permits are only given with the JKM's blessings -


melaka, here i come

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 10:27 AM PDT

will be off to melaka this morning. a friend is driving there – 4 of us in a car. attending our st vincent de paul's 'president's day'. it is open to all presidents and delegates. i'm neither one… but why did i go then? oh, i'm invited as guest to do the reporting and to present about our website (maintains by me). will be staying at the d'village resort in air keroh.

i like melaka. i had been there a few times already. think once when i was there with my family, we stay at d'village resort too. couldn't quite remember but just remember it was in air keroh and from the pictures of the chalets, it looks similiar to the ones we used to stay in.

well i'll be bringing my notebook along, and since i have maxis broadband modem, so it looks like i can still get connected to internet. yippy! just hope there is good reception there.  i might not have time to blog though. let's see first.

oh i'll be back on sunday evening and on monday it is a holiday for us, being all saints day, a church holiday.  thank god. at least give me a day to rest without having to take leave.



Lullaby song

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 09:20 AM PDT

How many lullaby song can you sing? I know there are plenty of lullaby songs from each corners of the world. It come from different ethnic, culture and languages...

So any of you can sing a lullaby song? Come sing along with this clip...


okie, TZ's eyes cannot open and it's time to hit the bed. Good night everyone... ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz


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Alat Pengesan Tsunami Di Mentawai Rosak

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 09:53 AM PDT

Alat pengesan Tsunami Mentawai Rosak

"Siren gempa dan tsunami memang sudah ada, tapi ada stesyen mengesan tsunami di dermaga Sikakap itu rosak. Kami yang biasanya mendengar siren waktu itu tidak terdengar sama sekali," kata Ferdinand Salamanang, warga di Kecamatan Sikakap, Pagai Utara, Kabupaten Mentawai.

Ferdinand selamat dari bencana tsunami yang melanda Kepulauan Mentawai malam Isnin (25/10), walaupun dusun tempat dia tinggal terletak sekitar 100 meter dari garis pantai.

Tetapi kampung tempat tinggalnya lenyap hampir tak ada bekas.

"Kampung saya menjadi seperti lapangan bola sekarang. Kerana dari 74 unit rumah penduduk, satu unit gereja GKPM, Gereja Kristen Protestan Mentawai, satu unit Sekolah Dasar Filial 3 lokal dan TK 2 lokal rata dengan tanah. Yang tersisa hanya tapaknya saja."

Saat tsunami menghentam sekitar pukul 21.30 WIB Isnin malam aktiviti warga dusun terhenti. Maklumat terakhir dari Badan Penanggulangan Bencana Daerah Sumatra Barat mencatat 272 orang meninggal dunia, 412 masih hilang dan sekitar 4.000 ketua keluarga tinggal di pusat pemindahan.

Alat pengesan tidak berfungsi

Wilayah Sumatra Barat sebenarnya telah memasang sistem peringatan awal tsunami.

Namun Kepala Pusat Maklumat Awal Tsunami dan Gempa Bumi BMKG, Fauzi, mengakui sejumlah alat penyedia data maklumat dini tsunami tidak bekerja.

Banyak desa di Mentawai yang hancur

BMKG hanya mengharapkan alat pengukur gempa untuk memaklumkan ada tidaknya kemungkinan tsunami, sedangkan buoy atau pelampung yang terpasang di lepas pantai untuk menngesan dan mengesahkan data kemunculan tsunami tidak berfungsi kerana ia rosak.

"Alat kawalannya ada yang di pantai, biasanya di pelabuhan, seperti di Teluk Bayur itu berfungsi. Kemudian yang memang tidak berfungsi itu adalah pelampung di tengah laut. Nah itu memang tidak jalan," kata Fauzi.

"Kami memerlukan data dari pelampung, juga dari pengukur gelombang yang ada di pantai. Tetapi kalau pengukur gelombang mendapat data berarti tsunaminya sudah sampai di pantai," tambahnya.

Menurut Fauzi data yang terkumpul dari alat-alat pemantau inilah yang kemudian disampaikan kepada masayarakat melalui media dan pemerintah daerah setempat.

Alat-alat seperti itu rata-rata menghabiskan kira-kira Rp5 miliar per alat,

Sementara itu Timbalan Teknologi Pengembangan Sumber Daya Alam BPPT, Ridwan Jamaludin, mengaku pelampung itu memang tidak berfungsi sejak sebulan lalu.

"Di Kepulauan Mentawai ada satu kita pasang. Di utara ada lagi satu yang kita pasang. Hanya persoalannya adalah kerosakan yang menjadi mengendalakan yang masih belum dapat kita atasi. Dua-duanya rosak. Saya menggunakan kata rosak...... Alat-alat seperti itu rata-rata menghabiskan kira-kira Rp5 miliar per alat," kata Ridwan.

Kerosakan alat ini katanya memang sering terjadi, dan belum ada kepastian bila alat-alat pengesan tsunami ini akan difungsikan kembali.

Sejak tsunami tahun 2004 yang menyebabkan 200,000 orang tewas di Wilayah Nanggroe Aceh Darusalam, sistem peringatan awal tsunami dipasang di berbagai tempat di pantai Barat Sumatra.

Namun tampaknya belum dapat berfungsi sepenuhnya, paling tidak di Mentawai. -BBC









Risalah Banyak Salah Ejaan, Kementerian Pelancongan Memalukan Negara Di Ekspo Shanghai

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 08:39 AM PDT

Risalah Promosi Malaysia Di Shanghai Banyak Kesilapan Memalukan

KUALA LUMPUR: Memalukan apabila risalah mempromosikan Malaysia yang diedarkan di Pavilion Malaysia sempena Ekspo Dunia Shanghai 2010 mempunyai banyak kesilapan ejaan dan penggunaan tata bahasa serta struktur ayat yang lemah.

Demikian dedah Anthony Loke (DAP-Rasah) pada sidang media di lobi Parlimen di sini pada Khamis.

Beliau berkata, setiap pelawat yang mengunjungi Pavilion Malaysia akan diberikan 'goodie bag' daripada Tourism Malaysia yang antaranya mengandungi beberapa risalah dalam bahasa Inggeris dan Mandarin.

"Apa yang memalukan apabila tahap penguasaan Inggeris yang 'dipersembahkan' dalam risalah berkenaan amat mendukacitakan.

"Lebih menyedihkan apabila mendapati sebanyak 11 kesilapan ejaan pada risalah asli yang mempromosikan Malaysia. Ayat pertama sahaja menggunakan perkataan-perkataan 'bombastic' tetapi struktur ayatnya begitu lemah," katanya.

11 kesalahan ejaan yang dikenal pasti dalam risalah itu seperti nulticultural (multicultural), Taman Nerara (Taman Negara), incite (invite) dan decelopment (development).

Antara lain adalah Pacilion (Pavilion), locationgs (location), pictureque (picture), visitous (visitor), form (from) dan ctry (country).


"Saya difahamkan, perkataan 'locationgs' adalah Inggeris ala loghat Terengganu. Itu baru 11 kesilapan ejaan, belum lagi penggunaan tata bahasanya sangat lemah," katanya.

Anthony berkata, beliau bukanlah pakar tetapi tertanya-tanya apa yang dapat diperjelaskan oleh 'pakar' kepada Menteri Pelancongan, Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen mengenai perkara tersebut.

"Saya juga tertanya-tanya bagaimana 'pakar' itu boleh cuai sehingga terlepas pandang mengenai kesilapan yang tidak sepatunya berlaku," katanya lagi.

Anthony turut kesal dengan konsep Pavilion Malaysia yang menelan belanja RM35 juta tidak mencerminkan tema ekspo dunia berkenaan iaitu 'Better City – Better Life'.

Menurutnya, hanya produk tempatan ditonjolkan dan itu bukan tujuan utama sebaliknya mempamerkan apa yang negara boleh sumbangkan kepada kehidupan lebih baik.

"Saya betul-betul kecewa dengan Pavilion Malaysia, ditambah pula dengan kesilapan yang berlaku amat memalukan.

"Risalah itu diberikan kepada semua pelawat dari seluruh dunia. Bayangkan apa yang mereka fikir mengenai Malaysia berkaitan dengan standard bahasa Inggeris,"
katanya.

Anthony memperjelaskan, risalah tersebut diperoleh dari Shanghai sewaktu kunjungannya bersama Ahli Parlimen DAP lain ke ekspo itu pada September lalu.

Katanya, beliau bukan 'insan bertuah' apabila seorang sahaja yang mendapat risalah sedemikian (dengan kesilapan ejaan, penggunaan tatabahasa dan struktur ayat lemah).

"Ini adalah edisi pada September. Saya tidak tahu berapa edisi yang mereka ada. Sudah tentu bukan sehelai dua diedarkan kerana ia pasti dicetak dalam jumlah besar," katanya. -mstar


<br><br>*Kenapa Anda Perlu Daftar Pemilih?*<br><br>*<br>*<br><br>Malaysia kini

Posted: 27 Oct 2010 05:58 PM PDT

Kenapa Anda Perlu Daftar Pemilih?


Malaysia kini mempunyai 15 JUTA warga yang berkelayakan untuk menjadi pengundi, dengan kata lain, 15 JUTA inilah yang bakal memilih siapa bakal meneruskan legasi kepemimpinan Malaysia, Negara yang kita cintai.


Namun, dalam bilangan 15 JUTA itu, yang telah sedia ada adalah 11 JUTA orang, masih terdapat 4 JUTA pengundi berkelayakan tetapi belum mendaftar sebagai pemilih. Angka 4 JUTA ini bukan angka yang sedikit, 4 JUTA pemilih baru ini bakal penentu masa depan Negara. Bilangan inilah yang bakal menentukan siapa yang akan memerintah Malaysia pada masa akan datang.


Setiap daripada kita sering melaungkan pendapat dan idea tentang apa yang kita mahu, ada yang berceramah, ada yang membuat demonstrasi, dan banyak lagi lagak dan gaya. Akan tetapi sedarkan kita, yang menjadi pemilih adalah kita, jika sekadar berdemo dan berarak menunjukkan ketidak puasan hati, tetapi tidak mengundi, tidak ada gunanya.


Sistem pemilihan di Malaysia, telah membuka ruang kepada warganya untuk memilih siapa yang kita mahu bagi meneruskan legasi pemerintahan, tetap dengan yang sedia ada atau membuat pembaharuan supaya Malaysia mendapat nafas baru, semuanya di tangan anda!


1 UNDI daripada kita bakal memenangkan idealisme yang di sokong, dan tanpa 1 UNDI kita itu, harapan untuk melihat Malaysia di terajui oleh kerajaan yang telus akhirnya hanya akan tinggal harapan. Tanggungjawab sebagai seorang pemilih sangat besar, jika kita mengundi dan memenangkan pihak yang salah, maka ia akan memberi kesan kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia, dan kita pastinya akan dipertanggungjawabkan atas pilihan itu.


Begitu juga jika kita memandang enteng tanggungjawab sebagai pemilih, kita tidak mengundi walaupun layak dan secara tidak langsung kita biarkan pihak yang tidak sepatutnya menang itu terus selesa, maka dengan hal itu juga kita akan dipertanggungjawabkan!. Anda hanya ada satu pilihan…


DAFTAR PEMILIH DAN TURUN MENGUNDI!!!


Siapa Yang Layak Untuk Mendaftar Sebagai Pemilih?


Syarat-syarat kelayakan untuk mendaftar sebagai pemilih adalah seperti yang berikut:

(a) Seorang warganegara Malaysia;

(b) Telah mencapai umur 21 tahun;

(c) Bermastautin di bahagian pilihan raya yang ingin didaftarkan; dan

(d) Tidak dihalang / hilang kelayakan oleh undang-undang yang berkuat kuasa.


ANDA SUDAH LAYAK?...DAFTAR SEKARANG!!!


Di mana Boleh Mendaftar?


(a) Pejabat-pejabat SPR

(b) Pejabat-pejabat pos berkomputer

(c) Wakil-wakil jabatan

(d) Wakil-wakil parti politik (daftar baru sahaja);

(e) Pasukan Outreach SPR


* Di syorkan supaya selesaikan saja urusan daftar pemilih di pejabat pos berkomputer yang berhampiran, sangat mudah dan cepat. Hanya perlu membawa diri dan kad pengenalan, urusan seterusnya akan diselesaikan oleh pegawai yang bertanggungjawab, anda hanya perlu menunggu dalam masa 10-15 minit, kemudian semak dan tandatangan, mudahkan?

Bagaimana Cara Mendaftar?


Untuk mendaftar sebagai pemilih biasa, anda perlu:

(a) Datang sendiri ke mana-mana pusat-pusat pendaftaran;

(b) Serahkan kad pengenalan anda kepada petugas SPR yang akan mengisikan borang pendaftaran anda;

(c) Semak borang pendaftaran yang telah diisikan oleh petugas SPR dan pastikan semua maklumat yang diisikan adalah betul dan mengikut sebagaimana dalam kad pengenalan anda sebelum menurunkan tandatangan;

(d) Menurunkan tandatangan anda selepas berpuas hati; dan

(e)Dapatkan salinan borang pendaftaran dan simpan sebagai bukti sekiranya perlu untuk membuat sebarang tuntutan semasa tempoh pameran, Rang Daftar Pemilih Tambahan nanti.

Mendaftarlah Sekarang, Ianya Mudah!


Sebenarnya urusan daftar pemilih tidak rumit dan tidak juga mengambil masa yang lama, hanya dalam masa sekitar 10 - 15 minit, ianya dapat diselesaikan dan anda berpeluang menunaikan hak kepada agama, negara dan bangsa!

Masa Depan Pilihan Kita!


Melihat kepada perkembangan semasa, senario politik di Malaysia sekarang nampaknya tidak menentu. Sebagai warganegara yang bertanggungjawab, adalah menjadi kewajipan bagi kita untuk memperbaiki keadaan ini, dan caranya adalah dengan MENGUNDI!, tetapi untuk mengundi pilihan hati, Barisan Nasional atau Pakatan Rakyat, langkah pertama yang perlu dilakukan adalah MENDAFTAR SEBAGAI PEMILIH terlebih dahulu!.


Masa depan negara pilihan kita!, kitalah yang yang mencorakkannya, jika putih, putihlah ia, jika hitam, hitamlah ia. Jangan pula setelah segalanya selesai, baru kita merungut itu dan ini, menyalahkan pihak – pihak yang lain dan sebagainya, sedangkan diri sendiri tidak menunaikan tanggungjawab sebagaimana yang sepatutnya dilakukan.

Daftar Pemilih, Mengundi : WAJIB!


Memilih pemerintah yang adil adalah wajib bagi mengelakkan berlaku kezaliman dalam Negara yang tercinta. Jika kita hanya menjadi penonton kepada senario yang berlaku, tidak ambil peduli, maka tindakan itu adalah satu tindakan yang TIDAK BERTANGGUNGJAWAB dan TIDAK AMANAH!.


Bilangan 4 JUTA yang masih belum mendaftar seperti yang telah disebutkan ini jika ia condong kepada Barisan Nasional, maka tampuk kekuasaan berkemungkinan besar akan kekal sebagimana sekarang buat masa ini, sebaliknya jika ia condong kepada Pakatan Rakyat, maka peralihan kuasa daripada Barisan Nasional kepada Pakatan Rakyat bakal berlaku, begitulah hebatnya kuasa kita sebagai pemilih!


Memilih antara Barisan Nasional atau Pakatan Rakyat adalah hak kita, timbanglah antara baik dan buruknya, kelebihan dan kekurangannya. Mengambil bahagian dalam memilih kerajaan yang benar – benar adil adalah satu KEWAJIPAN, justeru sebelum layak untuk mengundi adalah WAJIB untuk kita MENDAFTAR SEBAGAI PEMILIH!...

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Kisah Berkenaan Remaja Sekolah

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 07:00 AM PDT

Dungun – Seorang pelajar yang masih menuntut di Tingkatan Empat di salah sebuah sekolah menengah dekat sini diperintah berkelakuan: baik selama setahun oleh mahkamah selepas didapati berkhalwat dengan teman lelakinya.

Tertuduh wanita yang difahamkan sudah kematian :bapa dihadapkan ke Mahkamah Rendah Syariah Dungun kerana didapati berkhalwat dengan teman lelaki di rumahnya dekat Kampung Sungai Buaya, April lalu.

Mengikut kertas pertuduhan yang dibacakan Pendakwaraya Syarie, Azmi Tengah, ketika serbuan dilakukan oleh sepasukan Anggota Pe-nguat Kuasa Syariah kira-kira jam 10.40 malam di sebuah di Jalan Lembah Kubur, Sungai Buaya, sebaik pintu diketuk, ia dibuka oleh seorang wanita Melayu yang berkemban dengan kain batik.

Hasil pemeriksaan di sebuah bilik bahagian belakang rumah tersebut mendapati seorang wanita Melayu memakai baju tanpa lengan berwarna putih dengan seluar pendek paras lutut.

Pemeriksaan lanjut pula menemui seorang lelaki Melayu yang menyorok di bawah katil dengan hanya memakai seluar 'boxer' berwarna kelabu tanpa baju.

Hasil soal siasat, kedua-dua pasangan terbabit didapati tidak mempunyai hubungan muhrim manakala, teman lelakinya dipercayai memasuki bilik tertuduh me-lalui tingkap.

Sehubungan itu, kedua-dua tertuduh yang masih berstatus pelajar itu kemu-diannya dihadapkan ke mahkamah atas kesalahan khalwat mengikut Seksyen 31(a) dan (b) Enakmen Kesalahan Jenayah Syariah Takzir Negeri Terengganu yang membawa hukuman denda tidak melebihi RM3,000 atau dua tahun penjara atau kedua-duanya sekali.


Perbicaraan terhadap tertuduh lelaki selesai ketika perbicaraan sebelumnya iaitu pada 18 Julai lalu apabila mahkamah menjatuhkan hukuman denda RM2,400 atau dua bulan penjara ke atasnya.

Selepas mendengar hujah pendakwa raya dan me-ngambil kira rayuan daripada tertuduh, Hakim Syarie, Shamsuddin Ngah akhirnya memerintahkan murid Tingkatan Empat itu dikenakan jaminan berkelakuan baik selama setahun dengan bon jaminan berjumlah RM1,500.

Wang jaminan kemudiannya dijelaskan oleh ibu tertuduh yang difahamkan bekerja sebagai tukang masak di sebuah institusi pengajian tinggi (IPT) awam berdekatan. -SH


Remaja dirogol rakan sekolah

AMPANG – Seorang pelajar perempuan berusia 13 tahun dirogol di rumahnya di kawasan Keramat, sewaktu ketiadaan ibu bapanya, baru-baru ini.

Lebih memalukan, kejadian 15 Oktober lalu berlaku ketika umat Islam sedang bersia-siap untuk menunaikan Solat Jumaat.

Ketua Polis Daerah Ampang Jaya, Asisten Komisioner Abdul Jalil Hassan berkata, sewaktu kejadian, bapa saudara mangsa terlihat kelibat anak saudaranya itu di dalam bilik bersama seorang lelaki.

Difahamkan, suspek yang berusia 16 tahun itu merupakan rakan sekolah mangsa.

Beliau berkata, bapa saudaranya memaklumkan kejadian itu kepada bapa mangsa sebelum kedua-dua mereka mengepung bilik tersebut.

"Suspek ketika itu berjaya meloloskan diri dan meninggalkan mangsa di atas katil.

"Susulan itu, polis memberkas suspek di rumahnya di Hulu Kelang," katanya pada sidang media di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Ampang Jaya, semalam.

Abdul Jalil berkata, siasatan mendapati, mangsa memberitahu telah melakukan hubungan seks dengan suspek beberapa kali di dalam rumahnya sewaktu ibu-bapanya keluar bekerja.


Katanya, kes disiasat mengikut Seksyen 375 Kanun Keseksaan kerana merogol.

Sehubungan itu, beliau menasihati ibu bapa sentiasa memberi tumpuan kepada anak-anak perempuan yang selalu ditinggalkan sewaktu mereka pergi bekerja bagi mengelakkan kejadian serupa berlaku. -SH



Magh people are Arakanese or Rakhine in Bengal

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 06:57 AM PDT

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Magh people From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Magh is the term used in Bengal for the Arakanese or Rakhine people of Arakan. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the kingdom of Arakan expended its territories to the Chittagong area of Bengal. Arakanese navy of the kingdom of Arakan had plundered along the coast of Chattagong; as well as in the rivers of Bengal; and captured many Bengalis and sold them in the slave markets that were run by the Dutch East India Company, VOC in Batavia. For those notorious activities in the past, the Arakanese were called as Magh pirates by the people of Bengal.

Another alternative suggestion for the term Magh suggests that the word is derived from Maghada country where the Buddha lived. That country is mentioned in the Arakanese Chronicles as the original residing place of the ancestors of the Arakanese kings who were the relatives of the Buddha.

During the hey days of the Arakanese kingdom, many Arakanese people who were called as Maghs lived in Chittagong region of Bengal. As Chittagong, what is now in Bengladesh, was part of Arakan in the past, the Arakanese Magh governors ruled part of Bengal by residing in that city as the capital of the colonial region of Arakan. Arakanese king also appointed Bohmong Rajas to rule in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in Bohmong Htaung. The Chakma region of CHT and the kingdom of Tripura were also part of Arakan at that time. Those people living in CHT, especially in Bandarban were still ruled by Bohmong Raja until now since the Arakan's rule of Bengal. The Arakanse who have been living in CHT, Bengal, since the ascent of Arakanese kingdom in the 16th century were also known as the Marma people. Those Marmas are known as Magh to the people of Bengal as they are the Arakanese descendants. Arakanese people living in Tripura state of India since that ancient time, are also called as Mog or Magh by the local people of Tripura State.

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Origin of some of the Muslims in Manipur, Arakan and Panthay Burmese Chinese Muslims!

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 06:12 AM PDT

Source_Indian Muslims:Muslims in Manipur By Farooque Ahmed Makakmayum

Comment: This is a very good news for our cousin brother Rohingyas. If the Arakan Muslims and Panthay (Burmese Chinese Muslims) could be the origin of the Manipur Indian Muslims and they stayed with the Magh people (the Arakanese nationalities known in Bengal) Mag…hs_http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magh_people
The border between the two countries appeared later in history and you all could not be alien to any of the two countries….

I now put briefly about the history of Manipuri Muslims, Pangals who are acculturated to the Meiteis in various aspects.

'Pangan'/'Pangal' is a word derived from 'Bengal', from where most of the Muslims came between 1550 AD and 1690 AD. And neighbouring history is also referred to for a better grasp of idea.

On close scrutiny and critical analysis, I find that the Manipuri Muslims are one of the earliest settlers (i.e., from circa 680 AD) outside the Arab Peninsula and the Gulf region vis-a-vis histories of South Asian and S.E. Asian Muslim histories including China where the Prophet Muhammad (570-632 AD) sent two preachers by sea in c. 616 AD.

Teaching of Prophet Muhammad (Sa'd bin Waqqas) and that of Tang period Chinese records reveal that in a return journey to China in reciprocity to the Chinese embassy to Arabia, i.e a Muslim embassy to Chinese capital Chan'gan reached in 651 AD. The Hui of China (Chinese Muslims) trace their origin to the date of 25 August, 651 AD.

"The advent of Islam in South China makes a fascinating study. The earliest Muslims came to these parts by sea. Arab traders were known to have sailed to China even during the period beyond historical records. Records exist from 5th century A.D. (Tang Dynasty 618-907) which shows the route from Siraf in the Persian Gulf to Muscat in the Gulf of Oman, thence to the South Indian (Malabar) coast. From there the route continued to Ceylon (Sarandip), to Nicobar group of islands, to straits of Malacca, then round the South coast of the Malay Peninsula to the Gulf of Siam and thence to Canton and Hangchow in China.

According to Muslim traditions, when the early Muslims were being persecuted in Mecca some of them were allowed to migrate to Habash (Abyssinia) but most of them later came back, including the famous companions and muazzin Bilal. However, the Books of Individual Records noticed that four companions did not return, one of them being Abi Waqqas, a maternal uncle of the Holy Prophet. It is narrated that Abi Waqqas had gained favour with the Najashi King of Habash who had allowed him to sail to China.

"This tallies with the account of Liu Chih (who wrote a 12-volume Life of the Prophet in Chinese in 1721 A.D.) according to which Abi Waqqas, the Holy Prophets maternal uncle, arrived in China with three other Sahaba. Broomhall gives the date of this arrival in China of the Sahaba. Broomhall gives the date of this arrival in China of the Sahaba as 611 A.D. The Chinese historian gives the date as 587 A.D. Both the dates are incorrect, since the first revelation to the Prophet came in 611 A.D. and the first batch of Muslim emigrants went to Abyssinia in 615 A.D.

Abi Waqqas could not have reached Canton before 616 A.D.) Abi Waqqas then went back to Arabia to being the Holy Quran and came to China the second time after 21 years. An inscription at Canton dated 1861 A.D. also states that Abi Waqqas landed in Canton in 587 A.D. and built the mosque of Holy Remembrance. It is believed that the earliest mosque built in China is the present mosque of Holy Remembrance at Canton. The mosque was built along-side the Smooth Minaret (Kwang Ta) which was built earlier by the Arabs as a lighthouse.

The mosque and the minaret exist even today in Canton, and the tomb of Abi Waqqas as well as a small mosque are also located in the Muslim graveyard of Canton. According to Great Ming Geography, two of his companions lie buried in nearby Fukian. It is almost certain that these were the first Muslim preachers who came to South China by sea and propagated Islam in the coastal cities of Kwangchow, Chuanchow, Hangchow and Yang- chow.

There is, however, a difference of opinion about the exact dates because of the difficulties in calculations in the Western Gregorian Calendar and the Chinese and Muslim Lunar Calendars.

"The introduction of Islam in Western China makes a still more colourful and fascinating study. According to Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.) records, two embassies, one from Yezdegrid, the grandson of Khosroes and the other from the Roman Empire, came to the court of Tai Tsung, the second tang Emperor (627-650) in 638 and 643 respectively and both reported their defeats at the hands of the Arabs. Yezdegird, the last of Sassanian Kings of Iran, had sought refuge with the Turkish tribes of Ferghana and had also sought friendship with Emperor Tai Tsung whose capital was at Chang An (modern Sian). The Chinese of the time were at the height of their power, and had their frontiers with the Persian Empire.

In 650 Tai Tsung died and his son, Emperor Kao Tsung, received an appeal for aid from Firuz, the son of Yezdegird. Kao Tsung sent an emissary to Caliph Osman at Madina to plead for Firuz and the Caliph in return sent one of his generals to Sian in 651 and thus the first Muslim Embassy was established in Western China."
(Source :: http://www.geocities.com/khyber007/china.html)

Prophet Muhammad (born to a Quraish clan) proclaimed: "Utubul ilma lau kana bisseen" (literal meaning: Go in quest of knowledge unto China). Thus China and Arab civilizations were familiar to each other since early Tang period by virtue of trans-Asia trade by the Silk Route and sea route as well. Another lesser known silk route passed through Manipur to Yunnan along which early Arab caravan, muleteers and Persian traders and adventurists (known as Posa/Posse/Pasa from Persian/Farsi in Japanese and Chinese annals) traded in items as horse-trade and on return journey the Middle east and Syrian Arabs brought back silk, spice and other items.

Another silk route was via Tripura-Arakan besides the Patkai range along which the Ahoms (Tai) led by Sukanpha came and settled in Upper Burma in 1228 AD and earlier Turuskas (a disgruntled section of Bakhtiyar Khilji's army that conquered gaur/Bengal in 1204 AD) reached Gauhati and Mikir Hills, some of which reached and settled in Manipur setting up a principality within the Meitei kingdom, known as Pathan Ningthourel/Turushka principality as found in Puyas (Yengkhom Bhagya Singh, 1956, "Leithak Leikharol", pp. 112-3) and Vaishnavite literatures.

Earlier, a group of Arabs led by Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyya (son of Caliph Ali) of Ummayad dynasty based in Damascus (Syria) sailed from Kufa across the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal trying to reach China but ended up in Arakan and then Maundaw in 680 AD. Some of them led by a saint probably Hanafiyya himself visited and preached in Manipur, and founded a nascent Arab hamlet possibly taking Meitei women as wives in Manipur by circa 680 AD during king Naophangba's reign.

Habib Siddiqui notes: "Some historians tell us that the first Muslims to settle the Arakan were Arabs under the leadership of Muhammad ibn Hanafiya in the late 7th century (CE). He married the queen Kaiyapuri, who had converted to Islam. Her people then embraced Islam en masse. The peaks where they lived are still known as Hanifa Tonki and Kaiyapui Tonki" (http://www.weekly holiday.net/2005/020905/edit.html). A. Ezzati (1994, Spread of Islam, Tehran, pp. 333, 428): This Hanifa was a son of Ali, the 4th Caliph, 656-661 AD) and reached Arakan in 680 AD.

Rajkumar Kokngangsana ("Kanglei Langba Pakhangba", 1955: 2) and Khulem Chandrasekhar Singh ("Sakok Lamlen Ahanba", 1992: 10) wrote in these puyas: "Lairen Naophangbaki hakthakta nongchuplomdagi Pangal Musalman guru ama phaorakye". R.K. Sanahal (Pangal Thorakpa, 1983/1989) and N. Dibendra Singh (2005) noted that Muslim (Pangal) Aribam clan had been existing, the clan name being conferred by king Naophangba, since the reign of this ancient king.

This group from Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyya included some Persians (Pasa) that founded hamlets in Sylhet and Cachar in 7th-8th century. Pemberton (1966:113) noted of a Pasa (Basa) kingdom apparently in Cachar of 777 AD (Chietharol Kumbaba, 1989; 2005 by S.N. Arambam Parratt) till where Shan adventurer Samlungfa raided, before he raided Manipur. A Chinese account Chia Tin's itinere of 785-805 AD, mentions of a Ta-ts'in Po-lo-men of Manipur which G.E. Gerini (1909:813) opined to be Sylhet.

From the Ummayad Caliphate (660-750 AD) based in Syrian Arabia (Damascus), Hanifa (Hanafiyya) and his group reached Arakan coast; Tang period Chinese account recorded of contemporary Syrian people as Ta-ts'in and the Arabs in general as Ta-shih, as they (Syrian and Arab Muslims) came from the land of Syria-based caliphate. Hence the Ta-ts'in meant the Arabs (Aribah whose literal meaning is 'Pure Arab' in Peter Thomas Hughes, The Dictionary of Islam, 1999) settlement or abode in Manipur within the Meitei (Kathe) kingdom.

As such the Aribam (the earliest Manipuri Muslim clan) term could have been derived from the word 'Aribah', or it could be mere co-incidence of name as Ariba/Liraba/liba in Meitei language simply means 'old' or 'antiquity'. Aribam clan (sagei/yumnak) also exists prominently among the Meitei community. "Leithak Leikharol" (op. cit, pp. 112-3fts.), records of Pasa Ningthourel and Pathan Ningthourel, that would explicitly mean two Manipuri Muslim abodes or principalities as initiated in different periods.

L. Joychandra (Lost Kingdom: 1995:1) noted that Manipuri (Meitei) king Naofangba reigned between 624 AD and 714 AD. Ch. Manihar (A History of Manipuri Literature, 1997:104) and Wahengbam Ibohal (History of Manipur, 1986:215) noted that Pasa is the old name of Sylhet, while Pemberton (eastern Frontier of India, 1966:113) noted that Pasa/Basa 'probably means Banga, the ancient capital of Cachar country).

Henry Yule noted that Muslims of early Manipur (Kathe Musalmans) are descendants of early Muslims of Arakan, Cachar and Manipur that later altogether got fusioned to form a Muslim (known as Pangal) community. All these records would account that the earliest Muslim clan of Manipur are traced to the period of around 685 AD of initiation of the first Muslim clan. They fanned out eastward to Shan-Pagan area and further to Yunnan, as Moshe Yegar noted of Chinese annals revealing that Chinese travellers found Persian colony on Yunnan-Burma border in 860 AD.

The Pansi (derived from Persian) Muslims of Upper Burma and Panthay of Yunnan have the reputation of being sturdy horse-riders. Frank. M. Lebar et al (Ethnic Groups of Mainland Southeast Asia, Toronto/New Haven, 1964:2) wrote:
"The Panthay of Burma are chiefly known as muleteers on the trade routes. They are excellent caravan drivers, carrying goods as far as Rangoon and Moulmein. They are mostly engaged in trade, and cultivate only just enough to supply their immediate needs. Much of the domestic work is carried in by slaves or by hired servants (Scott and Hardiman: 1900:600-13)."

During, king Irengba's period of Manipur (984-1074 AD according to "Cheitharol Kumbaba") there were distinctly two Pasha and one Pangal villages (Mars) indicating the diverse nature of ethnic origin of Manipur Muslims- from different directions and different eras- that later subsumed to make the Pangal or Meitei-Pangal community as is known today. Abbasid period (750-1258 AD) coins were also found in Lalmai-Samtata region of frontier Bengal (Richard M. Eaton, 1997). The Pangals living at Khuga valley under their chieftain Maradon Adon (Murad al Abdullah) were noted to be a peasant community as found in Moirang Ningthourel Lambuba, K.C. Tensuba's account, Ningthourel Lambuba etc.

According to the Lost Kingdom (op. cit), king Irengba ruled in 1031 to 1121 AD; and Khuman principality was prominent at this time. Asim Roy (1983:89) noted that there were legendary tales, corroborated in early hagio-logical (hagiography) accounts of Muslims of Bengal-Samatata-Arakan continuum regarding Muhammad al Hanifa (son of Caliph Ali, 656-661 AD, from his second wife from Hanifa clan of Central Arabia), who must have brought the heroic tales of Amir Hamza, a maternal uncle of Prophet Muhammad, as Amir Hamza's tales are found in legends and early annals of Muslims of Bengal.

Earlier it was thought that Amir Hamza could have arrived in this frontier region because of such renderings, but the fact is that Hamza died in the Battle of Uhud in 625 AD. Historians such as Abul-Fazl Ezzati, Taher Ba Tha, Maung Than Lwin, Habib Siddiqui and Ashraf Alam noted that Muhammad al Hanifa (Hanafiyya) landed in Arakan and married the local queen there, and their tombs are still exiting in Maungdaw, north of Arakan, who are revered as saints.

Source: http://e-pao.net/epSubPageExtractor.asp?src=manipur.Ethnic_Races_Manipur…



Pemimpin UMNO Titiwangsa: Kita Tak Perlu Undi Cina Dan Undi India

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 06:00 AM PDT

Chua: Ada pemimpin Umno "tak berapa cerdas"

Rakaman video di internet yang memaparkan seorang pemimpin bahagian Umno yang membuat ucapan bahawa partinya tidak memerlukan sokongan Cina dan India dijangka tidak akan menjejaskan sokongan masyarakat Cina pada pilihan raya kecil di Galas, kata presiden MCA, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

Katanya, pemimpin seumpama itu tidak mencerminkan pandangan pemimpin atasan Umno.

"Jika kita mahu jawapan yang jelas, tanya perdana menteri. Perdana Menteri dengan jelas mempromosikan polisi 1Malaysia untuk setiap kaum. Ini amat jelas, katanya kepada wartawan di pekan Gua Musang hari ini.

Chua berkata MCA tidak akan menyokong pemimpin akar umbi seumpama itu dan malah akan mencadangkan kepada pemimpin Umno agar mereka tidak dikemukakan sebagai calon pada pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Katanya, pemimpin Umno itu gagal bertindak atas semangat BN bagi menjaga kepentingan semua kaum.

"Ini (klip vedeo) memberitahu kita bahawa ada pemimpin akar umbi Umno yang tidak berapa cerdas dari segi politik. Mereka ini kurang bijak. Kita akan laporkan kepada perdana menteri.

"Mereka tidak sepatutnya keluar. Kita akan ikuti kes ini. Mereka tidak tidak mewakili BN dan sepatutnya bersara dan pulang,"
kata Chua.

Chua mengulas klip video yang memaparkan ucapan ketua Umno bahagian Titiwangsa, Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra pada tarikh yang tidak disebut.

Menurut Johari, bagi membolehkan Umno menawan semula kerusi parlimen Titiwangsa, mereka memerlukan sokongan 70 peratus undi Melayu di sana.

"Tuan-tuan, jika kita dapat 70 peratus daripada 32,000 undi Melayu, maka kita tidak lagi perlu undi Cina dan India," kata Johari sambil disambut tepukan gemuruh daripada hadirin di majlis itu.

Ketika berita ini ditulis, video yang dimuat-naik di Youtube itu telah menarik minat 50,000 orang menontonnya dengan 600 komen yang kebanyakan mereka membidas Johari.






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Sungguh Dasyat Dan Kejam: Peluru Tembusi Tengkorak Aminulrasyid

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 05:21 AM PDT

Patologi: Peluru tembusi tengkorak Aminul

Aminulrasyid Amzah, remaja yang mati beberapa bulan sebelum sempat meraikan hari jadi ke-15nya pada 26 April 2010, tidak ditembak dari jarak dekat.

Menurut ahli patologi Dr Khairul Azman Ibrahim (gambar), dari Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang, tembakan yang dikesan itu berbentuk bulat dan bukan "berbentuk bintang dalam kes-kes yang ditembak kurang daripada jarak satu kaki".

Katanya juga, tiada kesan terbakar - satu ciri ketara dalam luka yang ditembak dari jarak dekat.

"Saya juga dimaklumkan oleh pegawai penyiasat terdapat lubang peluru di cermin belakang kereta (dipandu Aminulrasyid)," katanya.

Khairul berkata remaja berkenaan mati "beberapa saat atau minit" selepas peluru mengenai bahagian kiri belakang tengkoraknya dan menembusi otak sebelum keluar dari tengkorak daripada bahagian kanan, berhampiran keningnya.

"Peluru tembus di bahagian depan tengkorak tetapi bukan di kulit menyebabkan bahagian sekitar lebam di bahagian kening mata kanan," katanya.

Menurut beliau lagi peluru juga dijumpai di bawah kulit.

Beliau juga memaklumkan kepada Mahkamah Sesyen Shah Alam, luka lain seperti kesan calar adalah kemungkinan akibat pergeseran dengan objek tumpul yang mungkin disebabkan oleh perlanggaran atau hentakan dari dashboard kereta.

Katanya lagi, beliau menerima mayat remaja itu pada jam 5.55 pagi 26 April 2010 dan badannya sudahpun kaku, menunjukkan Aminulrasyid sudah mati lebih empat jam.

Aminulrasyid ditembak pada jam 1.30 pagi 26 April tahun lalu di Jalan Tarian 11/2, Shah Alam, kira-kira 50 meter dari persimpangan di rumahnya.

Koperal Jenain Subi, 48, dituduh menembak mati remaja tersebut selepas keretanya dikejar polis dan berdepan dengan hukuman 30 tahun penjara jika sabit kesalahan. -mk


Miss A & Kim Bum for Edwin

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 04:18 PM PDT

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Rubber trees

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 04:47 AM PDT

Living in a small urbanised state like Penang means that I do not get to see rubber trees any more. But it so happened that on my way to Lunas recently, I passed by this smallholding and stopped to have a closer look.


As luck would have it, I met this lady busy at work on one of her rubber trees. She said that there were about 200 trees in her estate and she would tap the trees on alternate days. How long would it take her to go through 100 trees, then? Slightly over an hour, she said. She taps and collects the coagulated latex at the same time.


The bark would grow back in about two years, she said, and she can then re-tap the same tree for more latex. According to her, the trees in the smallholding are about 30 to 40 years old,


I peered down one of the cups. Quite a lot had been collected already.

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Lessons for Pakatan Rakyat

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 04:00 AM PDT

First of all, I wish to say that what I'm about to relate is purely of my own personal views and opinions and not based on studies or research by PR experts. I apply this in my daily interaction with people, both locals and foreigners, with strangers, with colleagues, business associates, with my family, among friends AND enemies. I must quickly add that while these are my thoughts, I concur with the wisdom of most experts in the PR universe, both present and past, and in many ways, my styles are a reflection of their mental behavior.

We often hear the maxim - "Be a good listener". Actually, I feel that, although it is a good habit, it is not entirely correct, because someone HAS to do the talking so that there's something to listen to! Public relations is a discipline and activity that relates to, among others, maintaining, or changing (or rebranding if you like), or enhancing an image and value of a person, or company, or a product with a view to increasing the mind-share of the general public by using tools to create awareness and then to manipulate, and if necessary, to alter perceptions in favor of that person, or company, or product.

PR is, in a simple word, Propaganda

There are numerous colorful titles bestowed on the people who do PR. They are variously called campaign manager, PR manager, spokesperson, Chief of Communications, publicist, etc; etc. Or you can call them Head of Propaganda. But no matter what you call them, they all do the same thing – they talk to the public.

To deliver their thoughts to the general public, PR has a variety of channels or platforms to choose from which I do not need to elaborate here. However, choosing the channels or platforms is NOT the ultimate skill. Choosing the right words and message IS the ultimate skill. It is no use talking about something that is uninteresting, or boring, or irrelevant, or too difficult or technical for the masses to understand. Advertising companies know this only too well.

Listening is easy. Talking is not.

To ensure a continuous flow of enthusiastic listeners requires skill. I said listening is easy, but only if the talker MAKES it easy. The moment the listener loses interest, he loses concentration, and the moment his concentration is lost, so is your message. Even as I write this article, I must be wary of your interest in what I'm writing. I must make sure that what I've written so far has been interesting, organized, and relevant so that you WILL continue reading the rest of this article.

To win readership, or viewership or listener loyalty, PR must make the reader, or viewer, or listener LIKE you. No one likes to read or listen to someone who they DON'T like. I must add here, that you have done a pretty good job as can be seen from the number of commenters (and I can safely assume that there's a much larger readership who chose not to comment) who eagerly await a new post by you; almost like a daily drug that they must take before going to bed. And I can see what posts are popular and what are not. I'm sure you can see that – but whether you'll want to make a deliberate effort to post "bestsellers only" is of course entirely up to you.

As I have said earlier, WHERE you said is not as important as WHAT you said. Take a look at some of the more popular orators (let's not include religious or spiritual leaders) – people like M L King, Mandela, Lee Kuan Yew, Mahathir, Lee Lam Tai, Obama, Gandhi, Warren Buffet, Alan Greenspan, George Soros, Hitler, Osama bin Laden, etc; etc. Like it or not, for good or for bad, they all have massive followers. And it is simply because of WHAT they said. They all share one thing in common – They know how to manipulate the human mind.

It is all a mind game.
You don't have to love a person to make that person love you. You don't have to hate a person to make that person hate. Or you may love or hate a person without that person knowing it. You may be a bad person, but you can make others perceive you as good; or you can be a good person, but make others perceive you as bad. Because, although there is such a thing called common sense – not everyone has it.

Pakatan Rakyat is a made up of mostly honest and capable people fighting for a good cause. Noble as it is, that alone is not good enough. What they need is supporters and to win supporters, they need to engage in the mind game. This goes back to the above paragraph – you don't have to love the person to make that person love you. What I wrote about Maslow's Law (The Hierarchy of Needs) is one of the most important keys to Pakatan Rakyat's success or failure.

The journey to Putrajaya is made up of hundreds of constituencies. All these constituencies have its peculiar set of needs; some similar, and some at different levels in the hierarchy of needs. Pakatan Rakyat must investigate, understand, and act according to the needs of the particular constituency. An urban and a rural constituency have different needs. A poor and a rich constituency too, have different needs. You can't wear a black shirt to a wedding; neither can you wear a red shirt to a funeral.

The 2008 tsunami happened not because the people LOVE Pakatan Rakyat. It was because the people HATE Barisan Nasional. What Pakatan Rakyat won were mostly protest votes. That year, Barisan was saying AND doing all the wrong things. Add that to a disastrous global financial meltdown, and we have an army of Angry Malaysians. Change! - was the battle-cry. As a result, Barisan lost five states.

CHANGE!

What kind of "change" do the people want? Change of government? Change of policies? Change of what? Study the manifestos of Pakatan Rakyat. They are anti-corruption. They are anti-cronyism. They are anti-Malay Supremacy. They don't want the NEP. They want equality. They want meritocracy. They want competency. They want accountability. And they want transparency. Good! These are all key elements of a progressive nation. Who wouldn't want it? – It is an ideal government. So let us CHANGE! BUT – do the people really want to CHANGE the government? Or do they really just want to change certain government policies? Aha! Now THIS is interesting.

In the aftermath of the 2008 tsunami, Barisan Nasional has gone back to the drawing board to see where they went wrong. Obviously, some smart-asses saw the writing on the wall. PAKATAN RAKYAT IS SAYING ALL THE RIGHT THINGS AND BARISAN NASIONAL IS NOT!! It is as simple as that. Pakatan Rakyat is saying what the people WANT to hear! Whether Pakatan Rakyat really believes in it is NOT important, but what they SAID to the people IS important.

Barisan Nasional realized that to remain in power, they too, had to "change". The government doesn't need to change. But Barisan Nasional needs to "change". They need to say the same things that Pakatan Rakyat is saying. And they need to say it LOUDER. Thus Barisan Nasional began to "change". This goes back to the same paragraph above – You don't have to love a person to make that person love you. They don't need to be ala Nike's "Just Do It!" Barisan Nasional needs to, "Just Say It"!

In order to "change", Barisan Nasional needed to first rebrand itself. And to rebrand, it must start from the top. They need a new face at the top. The Prime Minister has to go - and Badawi promptly became that casualty. Next comes the "talking". They MUST say what the people want to hear. Now take a look at what Barisan Nasional is saying to the people.

"We are now 1Malaysia!"

"We are dismantling the NEP. We will replaced it with a New Economic Model"

"The Malays will no longer get handouts – they will have to work hard for it"

"We'll do everything we can to stop the brain-drain!"

"We'll liberalize certain sectors of our economy to attract FDIs"

"Malaysia is for all Malaysians – give us some time to reach that goal".

"We are replacing the ACA to give it more clout. It will be called the MACC".

"We want meritocracy in our institutions of higher learning. No more places for the undeserving".

And the list goes on…Do they really mean it? Are there signs that we're getting there? Who cares? What is important is the people want to HEAR such stories. When a two-timing weasel says, "I love you" to his girlfriend, he does not mean it as much as he said it. But does the girl cares? No! If he says it to her everyday; she'll believe the two-timing weasel! Of course they'll eventually break up after the girl finds out about his infidelity, but only after a period of unnecessarily wasted time and heartbreak.

Pakatan Rakyat is now in a dilemma.

The enemy is now saying the same thing. The ruling party is talking like the opposition! Of course Barisan Nasional is not DOING the same thing, but who cares? They are SAYING the same things! Not everybody knows how to read between the lines. Sure, there are CEOs, and other intelligent beings and big cities, but there are also farmers and kampongs. These simple folks will pay you to marry their daughters if you said the right things to them!

Say it right!

How often do we hear Pakatan Rakyat say something right nowadays? Instead of hearing them saying the right things, we hear them quarreling. With the restricted public exposure allowed in the MSM and TV, Barisan Nasional makes DOUBLY sure that only those that will cause damage to Pakatan Rakyat's public image are shown. And they will show it over prime-time TV free-of-charge.
To counter Barisan Nasional's current public image, Pakatan Rakyat must review its PR strategy. Remember, it's all a mind game. Like I said much earlier, doing the right thing and having honest and capable leaders is NOT enough. To win big, they must first win the hearts of the people. Don't worry about winning the "hearts and minds". Focus on the "heart". To win the hearts of the people, they must SAY the right things ALL THE TIME! And that means - NO MORE QUARRELING!!

To do that, they'll need to expand their reach to the masses. Forget about the MSM and TV. What Pakatan Rakyat has now is the Internet. That's all.

Tell me, has any known politician ever come into your blog and make a comment? If no, then why not? The Internet is a very cheap and convenient tool any politician can use to reach a wide audience - FAST. And blogging is the most dangerous and lethal weapon in the Internet universe that can be used to influence public opinion. You may have one or two visitors at first, but if you say the right things, you'll have a million visitors fighting for your attention in no time.

But how often do you see Teresa Kok's writings? Or Khalid Ibrahim's? Or Karpal Singh's? Or Tian Chua's? Or Tony Pua's? Grand Master Lim Kit Siang has his, but it's not popular enough. Why? He doesn't write interesting articles; that's why. He writes what I would call "old man's tales".

His style will NEVER connect with readers, especially young readers. Just look at CheDet. That man, e**l as he is, is one smart ***********. He writes and says the right things – things his readers want to read and comment. Of course to us its wrong, but do we read his blog? I don't. Najib quickly saw its value and jumped on the bandwagon. So too has Khairy. And they all have a very important AND BIG audience – YOUNG MALAYSIANS. And THIS is dangerous.

We are the World!
They are no kids on this planet who don't like the Internet. This is a fact. To today's kids, the Internet is their world. They make friends on the Internet. They make enemies on the Internet. They chit-chat. They play games. They gamble. They watch porn. They watch movies. And they do many more crazy things that you and I are not aware of. It is their life! If there's anyone more important to Pakatan Rakyat, it is those kids.

Get them on your side and you can, with true conviction, sing, "WE ARE THE WORLD".

Pakatan Rakyat must now immediately assemble a team of YOUNG AND TALENTED Internet propagandists. Pay them way above market value because they are worth it. You and I have spoken about cyber-troopers. How come there's none from Pakatan Rakyat? Pakatan Rakyat must infiltrate into the kids' army camps because this is where Pakatan Rakyat's bullets come from. The old guards have all but outlived their usefulness. Now is the time to harness in a new generation of soldiers – those who will not only defend but also attack the enemy.

So, to recap, I spoke of two MAJOR PR lessons for Pakatan Rakyat to review – Maslow's Law and the Internet. These two-prong attacks will for now, in my opinion, greatly strengthen and rejuvenate Pakatan's floundering public image in time for GE13.

Thank you for sharing your time with me.

Written by StraightTalking

*Thanks to StraightTalking who wrote this post and sent it to me on April 29th last year. I did not post it then because of the political climate but due to recent developments, I am posting it now, with StraightTalking's permission.

Please leave a comment to share your thoughts. Thanks! Feel free to send any articles/posts to my email at mwsmithunplugged@gmail.com Take care and have a lovely evening.


Lagi Kes Polis Tembak Orang Awam : Banyak lagi Cara lain, Kenapa Perlu Tembak, Tanya Isteri Mangsa.

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 03:40 AM PDT

Wanita terkejut suami ditembak

PASIR GUDANG – Seorang wanita terkejut selepas melihat suaminya terbaring di depan pagar berlumuran darah sementara seorang anggota polis berdiri di: sampingnya, sebaik pulang dari tempat kerja, kira-kira jam 6 petang, kelmarin.

Seperti lagak dalam drama, suaminya yang ketika itu masih sedarkan diri menunjukkan dan berkata bahawa bahagian belakang pinggangnya cedera parah terkena tembakan.

Wanita terbabit yang enggan namanya disiarkan tidak menyangka hasrat suaminya yang ingin keluar menjala ikan berakhir dengan tragedi ditembak kerana dikatakan melarikan diri daripada pihak berkuasa.

Menurutnya, suaminya yang ketika itu menunggang motosikal bersama beberapa rakan, melarikan diri daripada ditahan kerana tidak memakai topi keledar dan hanya mempunyai lesen L serta cukai jalan tamat tempoh.

"Ketika saya pulang makan tengah hari di rumah, suami ada memberitahu dia ingin keluar menjala ikan bersama rakan dan saya pergi semula ke tempat kerja memandu kereta sendiri.

"Betapa terkejutnya saya sebaik pulang dari tempat kerja apabila melihat suami terbaring berlumuran darah di depan mata kerana ditembak seperti lagak dalam drama yang ditonton di televisyen," katanya, semalam.

Dia yang masih bersedih dengan tragedi yang menimpa suaminya, bimbang dengan masa depan empat anaknya yang masih kecil kerana keadaan suaminya yang dirawat di hospital masih belum stabil serta belum sedarkan diri.

Wanita itu juga mempertikaikan kenapa suaminya ditembak, sedangkan banyak cara lain boleh digunakan untuk menangkap suaminya jika benar dia melarikan diri kerana ketakutan kerana melakukan kesalahan jalan raya.

"Saya tidak berpuas hati kerana suami saya ditembak seperti penjenayah bahaya, sedangkan dia cuma melarikan diri kerana menunggang motosikal dengan tidak memakai topi keledar dan cukai jalan mati serta hanya ada lesen L.

"Saya bimbang jika apa-apa berlaku kepada suami kerana anak kami empat orang masih kecil dan perlukan kasih sayang ayah; saya tidak boleh bayangkan apa akan terjadi jika apa-apa berlaku kepada suami saya," katanya.

Sementara itu, Ketua Polis Daerah Seri Alam, Superintendan Mohd Roslan Zainuddin ketika dihubungi berkata, perkara itu akan disiasat secara terperinci.

Namun beliau enggan mengulas lanjut. -SH


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