Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Animal Lovers Jubilant Over End Of Dog-Shooting In Ipoh

Animal Lovers Jubilant Over End Of Dog-Shooting In Ipoh

Animal Lovers Jubilant Over End Of Dog-Shooting In Ipoh

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 09:56 AM PST

Pix by Ipoh Echo: Datuk Rahim receiving memo
THE MOOD IN IPOH in the city of Perak is clearly a jubilant one today, especially among animal-lovers. 

Scores of you jammed our emails, Facebook and Twitter - as well as this Blog - yesterday. 

You wanted to share with us how excited you all were in hearing the news of the immediate banning of

The cat that was out of the bag a long time ago

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 09:08 AM PST

You may want to read this article here about another typical 'airtime scandal'. However, its not about one who monopolises it but a TV commentator who went against the journalism ethics by dedicating much of his shows to the politicians he supports.

MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann was suspended without pay for giving too much airtime and also cash contributions to three Democratic politicians in his "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" show last week.

What the so-called Olbermann scandal has done, though, is reignite a national dialogue about a code of conduct for journalism in a new age of modern digital media and news saturation, and at the same time further underscore the confusion among many information consumers about the increasingly blurred line between news and opinion.

Olbermann is known for blasting the political right, particularly Republicans, and touting the policies of the political left.

In short, his program gives Democratic candidates and liberal causes the air time equivalent of millions of dollars in free publicity. Some would say that benefit greatly overshadows a few thousand dollars in personal contributions

Wow! But here in Malaysia, it is not a 'sin' to contribute thousand hours of airtime to politics. In fact, our TV stations, irrespective of government-owned or private-owned 'pro-govt', have subscribed to this form of propaganda a long time ago. Even the pro-Opposition private station like TV Selangor is specially founded to support the Pakatan Rakyat-led state government.

Such a 'ball game' by newscasters and news producers used to draw viewers to incline towards the political party they ride but the perception has changed. Most of us are getting blase!

And this monopoly will go on unchecked. Just like the awarding of television airtime to selected few, other airtime (including that of telecommunications) will come under the control of the same players. If you are new, dont waste your time, effort and money trying to get one!

A Cautionary Parable

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 07:45 AM PST

This evening, a learned friend drew my attention to the following article from Malaysiakini which I am reposting for those who have yet to subscribe. If not for that tele-conversation, I would have missed this well-written article. Thank you, my friend, for enlightening me in so many ways.

A Cautionary Parable on the "Third Force written by Terence Neto, Malaysiakini

When that new coinage 'Third Force' was first bandied about in Malaysian political discourse late last year, listeners were wondering where it was they first heard the phrase.

Well, it had semblance to the 'Third World' of Cold War discourse, but it was not easy to tie 'force' to 'world' because the first one had a kind of frisson - something welling up from within and ready to break with the force of an angry wave - while the other phrase connoted passivity, a state of being pretty much imposed and not easily alterable.

After that initial bit of grope, the connection of 'Third Force' to something of more recent vogue became evident.

Ah, yes, the reason the 'Third Force' had a compelling ring was its evocation of the 'Third Wave' of futuristic writer Alvin Toffler's minting.

In 1980, Toffler said that humankind was in the third wave of its social evolution, on from the agrarian first wave and the industrial second wave. Toffler presciently held that the third wave would be information driven. Spot on.

Now, the 'Third Force' of Malaysian application has a resonance deeper than its etymological resemblance to something from Toffler.

This is that it fits well with the Hegelian concept of how change is brought about in history. The renowned historian of ideas said every age is animated by an idea (thesis) which engenders its opposite (anti-thesis).

In the struggle for supremacy between the two, a new idea (synthesis) will arise, incorporating finer elements of its contending antecedents, to form a novel and potent mix.

Ditto, the 'Third Force' in Malaysian politics is seen as the outcome of the struggle between the race-based notions of socio-economic development propounded by Umno-BN and the egalitarian concepts - or at least, the pretense to it - of the PKR-led opposition coalition.

The Third Force is reckoned to be the coming together of the disgruntled natives of Sabah and Sarawak, Hindraf, discontented other minorities like Orang Asli, joined by PKR dissidents, to compose a brave new bloc of political representation, more honest than the supposed humbugs of PKR.

The Sabah lesson

Hegel's theory of ideational struggle and progressive refinement fits well with this scheme - in the reckoning of the more zealous among 'Third Force' proponents - of how this moment in the new politics of Malaysia is evolving.

It fits well until you encounter an episode such as occurred to the camp of one of the lead contenders in the now-lame competition to become PKR No 2.

Enabling sums to cover transportation and subsistence costs were funneled to a contact in Sabah in the week preceding the date of the vote in PKR divisions in the state.

But only a portion of the sums required and pledged reached the intended vote-brokers who then promptly took the cash on standby offer by agents of the other side. The eventual count went in favour of the candidate whose agents delivered on the sums that covered the costs of getting out the vote.

What happened to some of the cash meant to ensure that the vote went the other way?

Well, a runner had a weakness for the slot machines of Sandakan.

In sum, politics is not the arena for the super-rational templates of organisation which PKR dissidents angrily denounce supremo Anwar Ibrahim for disdaining or being tardy to implement.

These critics, based on the Sandakan vignette, are newly awakened to an old reality: The drive for political rationality and efficiency is constantly undermined by cussed human nature.

In their zeal for the Third Force of woolly idealism, they are likely to learn more about the why and how of human behaviour, enough to be surprised not that an organisation like PKR works so poorly. It is rather that it works at all.

Taken from HERE.

Please leave a comment to share your views. Thanks!

Polis Tidak Mesra Masyarakat, Disaran Ambil Kursus Komunikasi

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 07:45 AM PST

Polis disaran ambil kursus komunikasi

KUALA LUMPUR - Warga Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) disaran mengambil kursus berkaitan kemahiran berkomunikasi termasuk pelbagai bahasa sebagai langkah menyerapkan rasa 'mesra' dan 'melindungi' terutama ketika berhadapan dengan orang awam.

Naib Pengerusi Yayasan Pencegahan Jenayah Malaysia (MCPF), Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye berkata, latihan itu penting bagi mengelakkan berlaku salah faham antara polis dan masyarakat serta tuduhan kononnya polis tidak mesra masyarakat.

"Mereka (polis) harus dilatih dengan latihan ataupun kursus yang berkaitan dengan komunikasi agar ketika berhadapan dengan masyarakat, hubungan itu menjadi semakin erat dan orang ramai sendiri tidak akan takut untuk membuat laporan polis atau menyalurkan sebarang maklumat.

"Dengan latihan sebegitu, jika ada pengadu yang membuat laporan polis, anggota yang bertugas tahu bagaimana untuk berinteraksi dengan pengadu secara profesional dan mesra tanpa menyinggung perasaannya sekaligus tiada tuduhan sembarangan dari masyarakat," katanya.

Beliau berkata, anggota polis juga disaran mengamalkan 4P -- People Oriented (berorientasikan masyarakat), Protective (melindungi),Performance (pencapaian) dan Proactive (proaktif) bagi meningkatkan profesionalisme pasukan itu dan sebagai landasan mengurangkan kadar jenayah. - Bernama

Quzandria, Mohd Qabil Rangkul Perak Dan Gangsa

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 06:30 AM PST

Quzandria, Mohd Qabil Masing-Masing Capai Perak Dan Gangsa

GUANGZHOU: Penunggang handalan negara Quzandria Nur Mahamad Fathil dan abangnya Mohd Qabil Ambak masing-masing merangkul pingat perak dan gangsa dalam acara dressage individu pada Sukan Asia ke-16 di sini, Rabu.

Kejayaan Quzandria Nur itu merupakan kali pertama beliau mengatasi abangnya dalam mana-mana pertandingan dressage yang disertainya sebelum ini.

"Kami berdua sentiasa bersaing dalam sebarang pertandingan. Dia merupakan ujian paling getir bagi diri saya dan bangga dapat mengatasinya kali ini.

"Walaupun saya mensasarkan emas tetapi nasib tidak menyebelahi saya. Pingat perak juga sudah cukup bermakna," katanya.

Quzandria Nur, yang menunggang kuda bernama 'Handsome', berjaya mengumpul 71.558 mata untuk pingat perak manakala Mohd Qabil memperoleh 71.195 mata untuk gangsa.

Emas disandang oleh penunggang Korea Selatan, Hwang Young Shik, dengan mengumpul 73.134 mata selepas menunggang kuda bernama 'Laura'.

"Sebenarnya, saya agak kecewa sedikit. Saya menampilkan persembahan yang agak sukar berbanding pemenang emas itu. Pergerakan rutin amat sukar di mana peserta lain biasa tidak melakukannya.

"Saya terpaksa meluahkan perasaan ini kerana salah seorang hakim adalah warga Korea dan kelebihan diberikan kepada peserta negaranya. Bagaimanapun, saya akui dressage merupakan sukan subjektif," kata Quzandria Nur.

Beliau juga bangga dengan persembahan kudanya, Handsome sejak bermula acara berpasukan Ahad lalu dan acara individu sejak Isnin.

"Jurulatih saya banyak membantu untuk Sukan Asia ini," kata Quzandria Nur yang berlatih di Denmark di bawah bimbingan Andreas Helgstrand.

Mengulas pencapaian Quzandria Nur, Mohd Qabil berkata dia wajar meraih pencapaian itu serta bangga dan mengucapkan tahniah kepada adiknya.

Mohd Qabil, yang beraksi kali keempat pada temasya sukan itu, berkata beliau hanya berlatih bersama kudanya bernama 'Wup' selama dua bulan di Belanda sebelum sukan itu.

Pada temasya Sukan Asia Doha 2006, beliau turut merangkul gangsa dalam acara itu.

Mohd Qabil dan Quzandria Nur juga berganding dengan Putri Alia Soraya Ahmad Shuhaimi dan Diani Lee Cheng Ni untuk meraih gangsa dalam acara dressage berpasukan Ahad lalu. - BERNAMA

Mana Pengertian "Korban" Apabila Pemimpin Hidup Mewah?

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 05:00 AM PST

Bagaimana pemimpin hidup mewah meminta berkorban untuk rakyat?

PETALING JAYA: "Wajarkah bagi mana-mana individu mendakwa dirinya berkorban untuk agama, negara dan rakyat padahal pada masa yang sama hidup mewah dan membina kekayaan untuk dirinya sendiri?"

Demikian soal calon Ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK), Badrul Hisham Shaharin yang juga dikenali sebagai Chegu Bard ketika bercakap tentang pengorbanan sempena Hari Raya Korban yang disambut oleh umat Islam negara ini hari ini.

Beliau mengingatkan semua pihak agar tidak hanya mempertikaikan pengorbanan pihak lain tetapi harus juga memikirkan adakah diri sendiri pernah berkorban untuk pihak lain.

"Kerajaan meminta rakyatnya berkorban untuknya tetapi apa pula pengorbanan kerajaan untuk rakyat negara ini?

"Apabila negara ini dikatakan bakal muflis oleh Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Idris Jala tidak berapa lama dahulu, rakyat diminta berkorban untuk negara.

Gaya hidup mewah

"Tetapi apa pula pengorbanan mereka ini untuk rakyat dan negara, dengan gaya hidup yang mewah mereka tanpa sedikit pun merasa bimbang akan nasib negara dan rakyat.

"Saya percaya rakyat negara ini tidak merasa ragu untuk berkorban untuk negaranya, asalkan kena pada caranya dan pemimpin sendiri harus menunjukkan contoh teladan yang baik" kata Chegu Bard.

Beliau turut mengingatkan anggota Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) khususnya anak-anak muda agar jangan hanya pandai bercakap tentang pengorbanan yang kononnya pernah dilakukan untuk parti.

"Kadang-kadang ada yang mendakwa telah berkorban itu dan ini untuk parti. Hakikatnya yang mendakwa berkorban ini ada yang membina kekayaan melalui jawatan politik yang disandangnya.

"Jadi dalam situasi ini, siapa yang berkorban sebenarnya? Parti atau orang-orang seperti ini? Tentulah imej parti yang akhirnya terkorban apabila dipandang serong oleh masyarakat nanti," ujar beliau.

Pengorbanan sebenar

Disamping itu beliau menyanjung tinggi pengorbanan sebenar yang pernah dilakukan oleh anggota parti itu dari pelbagai peringkat untuk meletakkan parti berada di kedudukannya sekarang.

"Saya amat menyanjung tinggi pengorbanan ahli parti semua peringkat yang berkorban untuk perjuangan keadilan ini lebih-lebih lagi di akar umbi sehinggakan ada yang terpaksa bergolok bergadai untuk meneruskan perjuangan parti.

"Jadi amat wajar pemimpin yang berada di atas untuk merenung pengorbanan mereka di bawah yang tidak punya apa-apa kepentingan diri.

Apabila ditanya pengorbanan yang pernah dilakukan untuk perjuangan parti, Chegu Bard menjawab, "Di mana keikhlasan jika bertujuan untuk mendapatkan publisiti atas pengorbanan yang telah dilakukan?

"Biarlah beberapa teman rapat yang mengetahui kesulitan, pengorbanan yang pernah saya lalui dalam perjuangan untuk menegakkan keadilan ini. Selain itu, Tuhan saja yang tahu," ujarnya.

Di samping itu, beliau turut mengucapkan selamat menyambut Hari Raya Aidiladha kepada umat Islam di negara ini.

The man who has earned it is the first from this war to live to see it by William McGurn

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 03:26 AM PST

At one o'clock today in the East Room of the White House, an Iowa-born soldier will receive the nation's highest decoration for valor in combat. In our nine-year war in Afghanistan and Iraq, this is only the eighth Medal of Honor. Even more rare, the man who has earned it is the first from this war to live to see the president place it around his neck. The soldier is Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta. On Oct. 25, 2007, then-Specialist Giunta and his team were on a mountain ridge in Afghanistan's violent Korengal Valley when they were ambushed by the Taliban. He took a bullet stopped by a protective vest as he helped pull one soldier to safety.

Then he went forward to help the sergeant, Joshua Brennan, who had been walking point. Two Taliban were carrying Sgt. Brennan away. Spec. Giunta shot the Taliban and brought Sgt. Brennan back. Here we are reminded that in war there are few storybook endings: Sgt. Brennan would soon die of his wounds.

Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta

As a speechwriter for George W. Bush, it was my privilege to write speeches for some of these Medal of Honor ceremonies. Words, however, cannot capture what it's like to watch the surviving moms, dads, brothers, wives and sisters standing up there with a president, hearts bursting with pride over their loved one's achievement, aching with a loss that will never be filled. Because he has lived, Sgt. Giunta's ceremony will be a happier occasion.

Not that he's ready to be called a hero. "I'm not at peace with that at all," he said on "60 Minutes" Sunday night. "And coming and talking about it and people wanting to shake my hand because of it, it hurts me because it's not what I want. And to be with so many people doing so much stuff and then to be singled out . . ."

Sgt. Giunta's words, of course, remind us that he does not need this ceremony. The ceremony is for the rest of us. It reminds us of the sacrifices made so we can sleep easy at night—and of the kind of fighting man our society has produced.

What kind of man is that? When we think of military heroism, we may think of Rambos decorated for great damage inflicted on the enemy. In fact, the opposite is true. Every Medal of Honor from these wars has been for an effort to save life. Even more telling, each specifically recognizes bravery that cannot be commanded. Of the eight who have earned it, three—Army Pfc. Ross McGinniss, Navy Petty Officer Michael Monsoor, Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham—threw themselves on grenades to protect their comrades. Navy Lt. Michael Murphy knowingly exposed himself to enemy fire so he could call in help for his team.

Army Staff Sgt. Jared Monti died trying to rescue a fellow soldier. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Miller was killed while diverting gunfire from Taliban forces so his team could carry their commander to safety. Army Sgt. First Class Paul Ray Smith—the first from these wars to earn the Medal—took on an overwhelming Iraqi force from a machine gun atop a disabled armored personnel carrier, allowing the safe withdrawal of many wounded American soldiers.

On that ridge in Afghanistan, Salvatore Giunta could not save his sergeant. But he did deprive the enemy of its victory—and death of some of its sting. In that same "60 Minutes" segment, a fellow soldier (who earned a Silver Star in the same firefight) put it this way. "The last thing Brennan ever saw was us," says Sgt. Erick Gallardo. "You know, he saw us fighting for him. . . . We fought for him and he's home with his family now because of that." It's a soldier's gift. Because of Sgt. Giunta, the family of Josh Brennan know that when their loved one breathed his last, he did so knowing he was among friends willing to put their own lives at risk for him. There was a day when our highest military distinction would be understood for both the rarity and the honor that it is. It no longer seems to work that way. Maybe it's the price of an all-volunteer professional force. When more of us served, we knew what a Medal of Honor meant—and we knew about Silver Stars, Distinguished Service Crosses, and Bronze Stars too.

Whatever the reason, it's unrealistic to expect any nation, even a wartime America, to spend every hour commemorating those who defend us. Which is precisely why we have the Medal of Honor, and the public ceremonies attached to it. For a brief, national moment, a warrior is held up to the American people as an example to his fellows—and the embodiment of our highest ideals. Today at the White House, Barack Obama and Salvatore Giunta will give us such a moment. Let's hope we're not too busy to notice. WSJ Online

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Posted: 17 Nov 2010 02:54 AM PST

It is undoubtedly one of the smartest addresses in London.  Hampshire House is an enormous and gracious period building overlooking the world-famous Hyde Park, just a stone's throw from Marble Arch and Oxford Street.  It contains some of the largest apartments in the capital, including the regular 'pied a terre' of Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The ground floor apartment used by the Taibs is worth around £8.5 million (RM 43 million) and measures over 4,000 square feet.  A sense of its grandeur can be gained by looking at the pictures of a neighbouring flat that was recently put on the market at this price.  All the Taib family are known to regularly use the building and it is likely that they own or have access to more than just one of the flats, since so many are able to reside there at one time.

Detour on the way to Haj!

Gracious interiors - worth RM45 million (£8.5 million)
Indeed we can report something that was not mentioned by Sarawak's tame media on Tuesday, when Taib's departure from Kuching to perform Haj was extensively covered.  Instead of going straight to Mecca, the Chief Minister in fact came directly to his luxurious Hampshire House in London, which is an over-shoot of his nominal target by several thousands of miles.  The decision to go to the UK first will have shortened his advertised pilgrimage by a number of days.
Sarawak Report has learnt that one reason for the detour was that the Taibs had planned a major family reunion before going on to do their pilgrimage.  The day before the Chief Minister himself arrived, staff at Hampshire House were in full preparations and our information suggests that the family have decided to stage a' coming together' to try and repair some of their public feuds and rivalries.  It is believed that this is an attempt by the Chief Minister to present a united family front as he gets ready to appeal to increasingly fed-up voters in the coming election.

Spacious interiors
Even Onn Mahmud, the brother who had once acted as Taib's closest business fixer, but then fell out with him, has been included in the gathering.  Onn, who was directly implicated in taking millions of dollars in timber kickbacks by the Japanese authorities, has barely spoken to many members of the family for years and has been excluded from Taib's inner circle.  The plan for this event was that family members should ask for each other's forgiveness and make amends with each other, before travelling to Mecca to ask forgiveness of Allah.  They are clearly hoping that this idea of forgiveness will also catch on with the voters of Sarawak.

Sulaiman Rahman Taib, photographed arriving at the gated entrance of Hampshire House on Tuesday 9th November the day before his father's arrival.
Spotted at 'Hide' Park – Sulaiman Taib
However, there is likely to have been another compelling reason behind the Chief Minister's decision to visit his Hyde Park mansion on the way to Mecca, as he may have been meeting his son.  The day before his arrival a Sarawak Report photographer spotted the Chief Minister's absent son, Sulaiman Rahman Taib, arriving in a black chauffeur-driven Mercedes and slipping into Hampshire House, where he is apparently staying. 
Sulaiman Taib has failed to appear in public in Malaysia for the entire past year, despite his role as a member of the Federal Parliament, which has been the subject of considerable speculation and concern.  However, the Taib family has refused to make any statement as to his whereabouts. He has not appeared in his constituency or set foot in Parliament, which is a blatant neglect of the public duties for which he is handsomely paid.  Indeed his extraordinary disappearance has sparked several rumours that he might be dead or under-going treatment for a disease, which the family is unwilling to discuss.

So Sarawak Report is pleased to be able to perform a public service in confirming that the Chief Minister's son is alive, appears well and presumably drawing his salary in London.  In fact 'Rahman' has been spotted a number of times in and around London over past months and it is certainly open to speculation that he is indeed benefiting from Britain's advanced medical skills in the treatment of a number of diseases that might not receive the necessary expertise in Sarawak or Malaysia. 
Taib employee assaulted our photographer

Rahman's driver left opens the door for more passengers after assaulting our photographer. Pictures of the assault have been made available to the police.
However, it is clear that despite their public position, the Taibs do not appreciate our publicising of their whereabouts or possessions.  Rahman Taib spotted the young female photographer and clearly pointed her out to employees, who came out of the building to identify her.
 A short while later the driver of his car assaulted her in the open street as she attempted to take more photographs of female passengers leaving the building and entering his car.  The Taib driver grabbed the young woman by the neck and forced her to erase her photographs until she was rescued by an onlooker.  The matter is now being investigated as an assault by the police.  This kind of brutality,although regularly meted out to members of the public under Taib in Sarawak, is strictly prohibited in the UK.
Late on Tuesday the photographer believes she also spotted the Chief

Taib slipping in at dusk?
Minister entering the building himself  not long after his Singapore Airlines flight touched down in Heathrow.  Sarawak Report would like to invite any readers who might have better photos of the Chief Minister going in or emerging from Hampshire House, 12 Hyde Park Place, London W2 to send them to us and we will be pleased to publish them.
Who owns the multi-million pound flat?
Sarawak Report would also be interested to know exactly who owns the ground floor flat which is so frequently used by the Taibs and which appears to be the current home of Sulaiman.  According to the official Land Registry the public owner of the property is Sultan Abdul Halim Mu-Adzam, the Malaysian contact of the Taibs who invested Onn with his title of Datuk. 
The relationship between the two families and who really holds the possession of one of London's smartest properties is clearly a matter of public interest.  The Chief Minister, given his official salary over the past 30 years, should never be able to afford such a residence, yet in fact this is just one of a string of such properties that the Taibs do own.  Taib himself has been recorded saying "I have more money than I can ever spend". 

Cleansing - a bathroom at Hampshire House
The Chief Minister is also known for attempting to hide his real ownership of companies and properties behind the names of others who have privately agreed to hand over their control of the assets via covert deals that give Taib ultimate control over the wealth of his family and friends.  Sarawak Report has proven a number of cases where the Taibs use such nominees to hold their shares secretly in trust and this includes Abdul Taib Mahmud.  The confused ownership of mansions handed to the Taibs by Samling in the United States is another example of tactic, which was previously exposed by Sarawak Report. 
So, does the Hampshire House residence in fact belong to the Taibs, while being registered under the name of a friendly sultan?  If not and the property is indeed that of the Sultan, why does he allow the Taibs to treat it as their own?   A statement from the Chief Minister on this and all the other matters we have raised with regard to his staggering but inexplicable wealth would, as ever, be truly appreciated. -.sarawakreport

Mamat Hantu Nak Terus Dedahkan Lagi "Cintanya" Dengan Bekas Permasuri Agong

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 04:12 AM PST

Petaling Jaya: Satu negara gempar apabila foto-foto intim membabitkan bekas Permaisuri Agung, Cik Puan Besar Siti Aishah Abdul Rahman tersebar di laman blog milik bekas penerbit rancangan Seekers, Syed Abdullah Syed Hussein Al-Attas.

Di dalam blog itu, Syed Abdullah atau lebih popular dengan panggilan Uncle Seekers memaparkan gambar-gambar yang didakwa bukti kemesraan 'percintaan' di antara mereka.

Ketika dihubungi mStar Online, Syed Abdullah menegaskan, pendedahan sebanyak enam bahagian itu tidak akan terhenti di situ.

"Kisah itu tidak akan terhenti disitu. Ada banyak lagi yang ingin saya kongsi bersama masyarakat," katanya di sini, Selasa.

Syed Abdullah merupakan ketua kumpulan Seekers yang sebelum ini popular sebagai pengkaji fenomena aneh dan paranormal.

Pada 20 Oktober 2006, dia pernah direman selama tiga hari selepas diperintahkan Mahkamah Majistret Kuala Lumpur untuk membantu siasatan setelah dikatakan menyamar sebagai anggota polis.

Majistret Manira Mohd. Nor mengeluarkan perintah terhadap Syed Abdullah, 46, yang lebih dikenali sebagai Uncle Seekers supaya ditahan untuk disiasat di bawah Seksyen 170 Kanun Keseksaan.

Sementara itu, ditanya tujuan sebenar dia menghebahkan hubungan 'cintanya' bersama Siti Aishah, Syed Abdullah memberitahu, tujuan sebenar dia berbuat demikian adalah untuk menyedarkan pihak tertentu bahawa bekas permaisuri itu perlukan kebebasan dan tidak perlu dikongkong.

"Berikan dia (Aishah) kebebasan dan jangan halang dia untuk berkahwin dengan lelaki yang disukainya," katanya.

Tidak gentar dengan segala ugutan yang diterima, dia berkata, apa yang dilakukannya adalah berdasarkan bukti kukuh.

Syed Abdullah Syed Hussein mendakwa hubungannya bersama Siti Aisyah sangat rapat seperti yang digambarkan di dalam salah satu foto di lokasi yang tidak dinyatakan di blognya.

Katanya, walaupun pernah diugut oleh pihak tertentu, dia tekad untuk mendedahkan mengenai perkara itu untuk pengetahuan umum.

"Buat apa saya perlu takut. Saya berkata benar," ujarnya.

Syed Abdullah juga bersedia sekiranya dia dipanggil oleh pihak berkuasa bagi menjelaskan perkara sebenar mengenai pendedahan beraninya itu.

Dalam pada itu dia mendakwa tidak pernah cintakan Siti Aishah namun tidak menafikan pernah bercinta dengannya.

Malah dia mengelarkan percintaan itu lebih kepada cinta amanah daripada Siti Aishah dan tidak menafikan percintaan mereka hanya berlangsung selama dua bulan bermula Mei lalu seperti yang didakwa di dalam blognya.

"Bagaimanapun, cinta antara saya bukanlah cinta dalam erti kata sebenar. Atas dasar itu juga saya menggelarnya 'cinta syyhh'," jelasnya.

Sementara itu, Syed Abdullah juga mengakui sebelum pendedahan itu dibuat, hubungan 'cinta' mereka hanya diketahui oleh ibu kepada Aishah, Datin Seri Shamshina A. Rahman dan ahli kumpulan Seekers.

Bercerita lanjut mengenai perkenalan mereka, dia memberitahu mengenali Siiti Aishah pada Januari lalu apabila bekas permaisuri itu dan keluarganya mengunjungi rumah keluarganya di Janda Baik, Pahang.

Bagaimanapun, dia memberitahu dia dan Aishah tidak lagi berhubung antara satu sama lain sejak Julai lalu. -mstar


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Thoughts on the Third Force

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 02:27 AM PST

The following post is a comment that StraightTalking left in his post called "Why Are We Still Fighting?" I've taken the liberty to post this to generate some discussion on this very controversial and yet hot topic. Do share your thoughts, dear reader, because any development in this area will surely affect us directly and indirectly. Once again, if you have written a piece and would like to share it with others via this blog (you can choose to remain anonymous or indicate your pseudonym), please send it to

Lately there's been a lot of talk about forming a "third" force. Somehow, the people have mixed ideas what a "third" force should be. And some are EVEN confused what the role of a "third" force is. Sometime, when I read all those comments made about introducing a "third" force, I can't help but laugh at their naivety.

Here is what the two different versions of the "third" force, loosely described here, looks like to those out there who are still confused about the current political landscape despite the simplicity of Malaysian politics.

Malaysian politics is really about the good party versus the bad party. It is NOT about individual politicians; some who are clean and some who are dirty. It is simply about political parties. Period.

BN is a tested party and is known to be overall corrupt and inefficient. Pakatan is the untested party but is known to be overall clean and efficient and their plans to develop our country seem noble, achievable and reflect the minds of "new-breed" Malaysians. So the voting choice is quite straight-forward.

It only becomes a difficult choice when BOTH parties are clean and efficient.

Now this is what some want about being the "third" force…

The first version is to pool honest and intelligent people or NGOs together as a sort of "back room" advisers for Pakatan. Tell (read insist) Pakatan who they wish to see nominated as candidates for the GE and not just accept Pakatan's own party choices. And if Pakatan agrees to their choices, they'll back Pakatan, if not, they won't vote Pakatan. This "back room" advisers become the "third" force.

Another version of the "third" force is to actually field candidates from among themselves and go for election. If they get elected, then they will act as the "pressure" group, or king-maker, if you like.

To me, both versions are, to put it mildly, are stupid ideas. And the only reason why the idea of a "third" force is being mooted is simply because some people out there in cyberspace who are NOT politicians, have been imagining that they have become so BIG that they should no longer be merely backing Pakatan as voters. They now want to "participate" actively in the elections. This kind of thinking is not only shallow, it is also stupid.

The people have the "ultimate" choice of which party they want to represent them and THAT ultimate choice is in the form of our VOTES.

Rightly, we should just leave the choice of candidates to the political parties to choose. We should be more concerned about the party's political manifesto and whether they govern according to the manifesto.

A "third" force should emerge only when there is a political "deadlock", i.e. when BOTH parties are "neck-to-neck" potential winners in a general election.

A third (or more parties) party then BECOMES the "third" force, not because it wants to, but simply because the number of winning candidates is so close that the third (or more) party now becomes the "third" force, or simply put, the king-maker.

The party they back becomes the majority and forms the government.

The situation in Malaysia is DIFFERENT.

We don't have two parties "neck-to-neck" in popularity. We don't have two parties that are BOTH good.

All we have are TWO major parties fighting for the right to govern our country in the next five years. One is tested and known to be corrupt and inefficient and the other is new but known to be clean and efficient.


If a "third" force is introduced now it will cause NOTHING BUT DAMAGE TO THE POLITICAL EQUATION!

But right now, what we have are some people (not politicians mind you) who think THEY should be the king-maker!! These people have got their priorities WRONG! Malaysian politics is VERY SIMPLE. Running the country is a tested party and is known to be overall corrupt and inefficient.

Right now, we have Pakatan, a party that is new and barely tested, BUT, judging by their short stint in office, we can see that they are MOSTLY good people who have the people's aspirations in their hearts. Their proposed ways of creating racial unity; their proposed ways of rejuvenating the economy; their proposed ways of governing our country are not only different from BN's, but also looked good.

AND THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS! Don't vote for the INDIVIDUAL. Vote for the party.

Just vote for Pakatan in the coming GE and if they turn out to be bad like BN, vote them out the next time. Finished.

Written by StraightTalking

"E-mail" Sudah Ketinggalan Zaman

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 01:51 AM PST

San Francisco - Pengasas laman jaringan sosial Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg mendakwa, teknologi e-mel bakal pupus seperti surat menyurat kerana ia terlalu perlahan dan tidak formal, lapor sebuah akhbar semalam

Eksekutif berusia 26 tahun itu membuat dakwaan tersebut kelmarin ketika melancarkan perkhidmatan mesej terbaru dan percuma bagi para pengguna Facebook di sini, Amerika Syarikat (AS).

"Ia (perkhidmatan mesej Facebook) bukan e-mel. Ia mengendalikan e-mel dan kaedah komunikasi lain termasuk laman sembang," katanya.

Menurutnya, perkhidmatan terbaru Facebook itu menggabungkan semua bentuk komunikasi web dan teks di Internet serta berfungsi serta-merta.

"Kami mahu orang ramai boleh berkomunikasi dalam apa cara yang mereka mahu sama ada e-mel, teks atau mesej Facebook," tambahnya.

Perkhidmatan itu dijangka membuka persaingan lebih sengit antara Facebook dan Gmail milik Google untuk mendapatkan kesetiaan pelanggan.

Setakat ini, Facebook kekal unggul dengan 500 juta pelanggan diikuti Hotmail dan Yahoo masing-masing dengan 362 juta pengguna dan 273 juta pengguna manakala Gmail ketinggalan dengan 193 juta pengguna.

- Agensi

Beware of car waxes

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 12:35 AM PST

I wonder what goes into car wax? What's it made of? How safe is car wax? Is it corrosive? I had always thought of car wax as only stuff that would need elbow grease to apply on and then wipe it off with a polish.

Recently, I had a rather unpleasant surprise. I have with me a can of Soft99 car wax. I've been using this brand of car wax for some six, maybe seven years. Apply, wait, remove, in that order and my car would be left shining.

The last time I really waxed the car was at the beginning of the year. I haven't done much to my cars since then. Last Sunday, I thought of waxing the cars again. So I went to take out the can from the storeroom. I was surprised.

First, I noticed a big hole at the bottom of the can. Whatever had been in the liquid wax had corroded through the metal can onto the floor. The wax had dried up and bits and pieces of dirty, greasy yellowish brown clumps of stuff were falling out from the hole. Clearly, my can of Soft99 was now worse than useless.

But there was more to bargain with. I took the can and carelessly put in on the cement floor outside the house while I went off in search of a plastic bag. When I returned, I was horrifed to see that some of the dried wax that had spilled from the can had stained the cement. No amount of washing could remove the stain mark. It's still there, on the floor, stained white.

And my third surprise turned into shock. As I tried to clear the store room of the mess that the Soft99 had left behind, I found myself staring at a gaping hole on the floor. It was a four centimetre-wide hole (about twice the diameter of a 50 cents coin) that was about five millimetres deep.

Now, what sort of chemicals are there in this can of liquid wax that can do so much damage? Clearly, it is very corrosive but there is little or no warning at all from the manufacturer. If car wax can do this to the floors in my house, what protection is there for our cars? Or even, how safe is car wax since inevitably, we must handle it with our hands?

Is it just Soft99 or are all car waxes generally the same? Nothing on the Internet seems to provide me an answer. Not even an inadequate answer. All I have are questions and the pictures on this blog to warn people of the dangers of car wax.

Malaysia Rangkul Emas & Perak Dalam Acara Basikal

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 12:00 AM PST

Guangzhou: PELUMBA basikal negara Azizulhasni Awang merangkul emas kedua Malaysia di Sukan Asia selepas menang acara keirin.

Manakala rakan senegara, Josiah Ng menenangi perak, di Guangzhou hari ini.

kemenangan Azizul mengakhiri kematau 40-tahun pingat emas untuk Malaysia di dalam acara basikal di dalam Sukan Asia.

Kali terkahir pingat emas di dalam acara basikal di Sukan Asia ialah pada 1970 di Bangkok, bila Ng Joo Ngan memenangi acara perlumabaan individu dan Allahyarham Daud Ibrahim yang berjaya di dalam acara 1600m bermula beramai-ramai.

PM takes 'vanity staff' off payroll

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 12:44 PM PST

Plan to suppress MI5 and MI6 files

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 01:21 PM PST

Gadis 22 Tahun Ditahan Bersekedudukan Dengan Lelaki Bukan Islam

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 11:31 PM PST

Subang: Seorang gadis berusia 22 tahun ditahan bersekedudukan dengan seorang lelaki bukan Islam di sebuah bilik kecil yang disewanya di Kawasan Perindustrian Puchong Utama, di sini, malam kelmarin.

Gadis itu dicekup penguat kuasa Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ) dan Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais) ketika berbaring bersama pasangannya dalam bilik berkenaan.

Dalam operasi bersepadu bermula kira-kira jam 11 malam itu, dua lagi wanita yang bersekedudukan dengan pasangan bukan Islam ditahan dalam bilik berasingan di kawasan sama.

Yang Dipertua MPSJ, Datuk Adnan Md Ikhsan ketika ditemui berkata, semua wanita itu dipercayai sudah dua tahun menginap di bilik berkenaan.

Katanya, mereka tinggal di bilik kecil yang diubah suai secara haram dari sebuah unit pangsapuri. "Setiap unit pangsapuri empat tingkat di Kawasan Perindustrian Puchong Utama itu memiliki tiga bilik tidur, namun pemiliknya mengubahsuai dengan meletakkan papan penghadang menjadikannya 10 bilik kecil.

"Kami mengesan taktik ini selepas mendapat maklumat jiran dan hasil pemeriksaan, tiga rumah di kawasan itu mengubah suai kediaman berkenaan kepada 10 bilik kecil setiap unit," katanya.

Beliau berkata, tindakan pemilik rumah terbabit menyalahi Akta Jalan, Parit dan Bangunan 1974 dan jika sabit kesalahan mereka boleh didenda maksimum RM25,000.

Menurutnya, tindakan pemilik terbabit juga membahayakan nyawa penyewa di bilik kecil berkenaan sekiranya berlaku kebakaran atau struktur papan berkenaan runtuh.

Adnan berkata, penyewa hanya membayar RM150 sehingga RM170 sebulan dan ia tidak sepadan dengan risiko yang dihadapi mereka.

Katanya, semua bilik berkenaan akan diruntuhkan segera dan pihaknya meminta kerjasama orang ramai untuk menyalurkan maklumat kepada pihak berkuasa tempatan jika ada unit kediaman di sekitar mereka yang diubah suai dengan cara sama.

Menurutnya, tiga gadis yang dicekup itu akan diserahkan kepada Jais untuk tindakan lanjut. -hm

Ipoh City Council To Meet Owner Of Therapy Dog Spunk

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 10:44 PM PST

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50 years under the brutal ISA

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 10:09 PM PST

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Zulfa Dicari Polis Bantu Siasatan, Seorang Kerani Mati Ditikam

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 09:15 PM PST

Kerani maut diserang dua lelaki

Gambar: Zulfa Ismail dicari polis untuk bantu siasatan

SHAH ALAM: Seorang kerani di sebuah pusat pengajian tinggi di sini terbunuh selepas diserang dua lelaki bersenjatakan pisau celoret ketika dalam perjalanan pulang selepas menghantar teman wanitanya di Kampung Padang Jawa, dekat sini, malam Ahad lalu.

Rashidi Mohd Saman, 27, meninggal dunia ketika dirawat di Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) Klang, pagi semalam, akibat cedera parah di perut, tangan kiri, kepala, dagu dan belakang badannya.

Ketua Polis Daerah Shah Alam, Asisten Komisioner Noor Azam Jamaludin, berkata Rashidi sebelum itu diselamatkan anggota polis yang bergegas ke tempat kejadian di Jalan Muhibah, Kampung Padang Jawa, untuk dikejarkan ke HTAR sebaik menerima panggilan daripada orang awam.

Beliau berkata, dalam kejadian kira-kira jam 10 malam itu, Rashidi dikatakan baru menghantar teman wanitanya, seorang pencuci warga Indonesia di pusat pengajian tinggi sama, apabila dihampiri dua lelaki dipercayai warga Indonesia, dengan menunggang sebuah motosikal jenis Yamaha RXZ.

Katanya, kedua-dua lelaki itu bagaimanapun berjaya melarikan diri selepas menyerang mangsa.

"Mangsa berada dalam keadaan koma sehingga meninggal dunia kira-kira jam 5.30 pagi tadi (semalam).

Polis mengklasifikasikan kes ini mengikut Seksyen 302 Kanun Keseksaan iaitu membunuh," katanya pada sidang media di sini.

Sehubungan itu, Noor Azam berkata, polis kini mencari seorang wanita warga Indonesia, Zulfa Ismail, 20, bagi membantu siasatan berikutan wanita itu bersama anaknya yang berusia empat tahun menghilangkan diri selepas kejadian.

Katanya, wanita itu mempunyai suami yang dipercayai masih berada di negara ini.

Noor Azam berkata, selepas kejadian, wanita yang berasal dari Malang, Indonesia itu yang baru bekerja selama dua bulan sebagai pencuci, tidak hadir ke tempat kerjanya.

Katanya, sebelum ini, wanita berkenaan menetap di kawasan setinggan di Kampung Padang Jawa dan Polis tidak menolak kemungkinan kejadian bermotifkan dendam.

Nikah Tak Ikut Hukum Syarak. Hantaran Dilupuskan

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 07:59 PM PST

Kuala Lumpur: Dua warga Indonesia yang terbabit dalam upacara pernikahan menggunakan sindiket diketuai 'Pak Hashim' empat hari lalu, terpaksa melupakan seketika hasrat mereka untuk bergelar suami isteri selepas kedua-duanya didenda RM800 setiap seorang atas tuduhan bernikah tanpa kebenaran pendaftar.

Hakim Syarie Khairul Azwadi Mohamed Noor menjatuhkan hukuman itu terhadap Uswatun dan Nurdin (umur tidak dinyatakan) di Mahkamah Rendah Syariah, di sini, semalam, selepas mahkamah menerima pengakuan salah mereka.

Bagaimanapun, kedua-dua mereka hanya perlu membayar RM150 setiap seorang kerana mereka dibenarkan menambah daripada wang jaminan yang dikenakan terhadap mereka sebelum ini iaitu masing-masing RM650.

Kedua-dua tertuduh yang hanya menundukkan muka turut berdepan hukuman penjara 12 hari sekiranya mereka gagal membayar denda seperti yang diperintahkan mahkamah.

Mahkamah juga memerintahkan barangan hantaran milik pasangan itu dilupuskan.

Mengikut pertuduhan, mereka di dakwa melakukan di sebuah rumah di rumah No 51, Lot 2242, Jalan Kubur, Kampung Pantai Dalam dekat sini, jam 7.45 malam pada 13 November 2010.

Pasangan itu masing-masing didakwa mengikut Seksyen 39 dan Seksyen 40 Akta Undang-undang Keluarga Islam (Wilayah Persekutuan) 1984 yang memperuntukkan hukuman mengikut Seksyen 40 (2) yang boleh didenda tidak melebihi RM1,000 atau penjara tidak melebihi enam bulan atau kedua-duanya sekali jika sabit kesalahan.

Dalam prosiding semalam, kedua-dua tertuduh memohon supaya hukuman yang dikenakan kepada mereka diringankan kerana masih menanggung keluarga. Bagaimanapun, Pendakwa Syarie Mohd Sohibul Kahfi daripada Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (Jawi) memohon mahkamah menjatuhkan hukuman setimpal kerana mereka bukan saja melakukan kesalahan berdasarkan undang malah turut melanggar hukum syarak.

Sebelum menjatuhkan hukuman, Khairul Azwadi sempat menasihati kedua-dua tertuduh supaya tidak mengulangi perbuatan mereka dan mengikut prosedur serta undang-undang yang ditetapkan di negara ini.

"Perkahwinan adalah sesuatu digalakkan dalam Islam untuk menambahkan bilangan zuriat dan generasi yang akan mengembangkan Islam.

"Namun, perkahwinan itu perlu mengikut prosedur terutama hukum syarak. Jika kamu atau mana-mana pihak mempunyai masalah mengenai wali, kamu boleh merujuk kepada pihak bertanggungjawab untuk menyelesaikan perkara itu," katanya. -hm

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