Sunday, November 21, 2010

mob mentality from umno – as always, never change

mob mentality from umno – as always, never change

mob mentality from umno – as always, never change

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 10:06 AM PST

and they used children!!

ok begin from the beginning first (?). i attended the '50 years under the brutal ISA' event at komtar walk, penang, yesterday and whadyya know…. pro ISA protesters turned up to disrupt the event!

i was there the whole day for all the events. reached there at about 10.30 when jin cheng from suaram was briefing the volunteers. he did informed them that some trouble-makers might turned up, and true enough, they did – umno youth!! and lead by that 'wanna fist fight with the CM' mamak hero, abdul ghani (the komtar merchants association vice chief).

the event started at 10.30am with photo exhibition of the historical aspects of ISA. at 11.00am, the forum on 'ISA, a political tool for oppression' started.  the speakers were all former ISA detainees.  lim choo leong,  socialist front activist, mohd sab, PAS activist,  v. ganabatirau (one of the hindraf 5 detained) DAP activist and hishamuddin rais.

while mohd sabu was talking, suddenly these group of ISA protestors turned up – lead by penang umno youth chief and that 'komtar merchants hero'. about 50 of them, shouting loud and noisily. i notice almost all of them were mamak! (indian muslim).  well their 'hero' abdul ghani is a mamak himself too. notice this picture,  abdul ghani was leading the group… and did you notice 2 children behind him? what? they used children for their protest?? horrors! then why nobody fire them for that. i remember few years back, many people (the govt esp) made noise that the anti isa and also the hindraf made use of children during protest/rally… and look now, umno did that but everybody close an eye!

it is all right if they just stand there, away from the stage and shout but they had to surge forward to the stage to disrupt the speakers.  oh of course they had to because that was how hooligans act.

then i was thinking too if these pro ISA group want to protest or hold rally/forum, why can't they organise one themselves to voice out their opinion, their support for ISA. why do they have to disrupt the anti ISA group? this was not the first time they did that of course. remember during the aug. 1 anti isa protest at speakers square, they did that too.  this goes to show many things: they are not really pro ISA, they just want to disturb and disrupt the anti ISA group, they are paid by umno to purposely disrupt anti ISA group,  they have no brains to organise a proper pro isa forum/rally or if they do organise one, very few people will turned up. so apa macam ini? so all they know how to do is to act like hooligans to disrupt people's event. shame, shame, shame! and the way the mamak hero, abdul ghani acted, really like a gangster, what with dark sunglasses, big smile on his face and swinging his hands here and there. geli lah seeing him. eek!

coming back to the event that day, after the pro ISA group surged forward, there were some tussle between the two groups. read about it in malaysiakini by susan loone (which i had CnP below).  luckily hishamuddin was around as he was good at diffusing the tension when he approached the mamak hero, abdul ghani, and allowed him to speak. hisham said that since they have a right to be heard, so let him speak.

the first thing he said was that ISA is for 'negeri, bangsa dan agama'. (country, race and religion).  that alone sounded so silly. bangsa? what bangsa? malay? mamak like him and his goons that day? agama? which agama? the agama he masuk – islam? ok lah you go and read further what he said in malaysiakini as i don't want to talk about him further. very fed up to talk about him!! not satisfied with making noises over the komtar merchants issue, now he wants to be mamak hero to champion ISA!! for umno!!

well after this forum, there was a break for lunch. i went with shiela (from SABM penang) for lunch and we came back after 2.00pm for the books launch by dato toh kin woon.  yb ng wei aik  (CM's political secretary) was there too to give a speech. the books are 'beyond the blue gate' by teo soh lung on her experience of detention during operation spectrum and '445 days under ISA' by dr kua kia song on his experience of detention during operation lallang.  to symbolise the launching, all the representatives of the different NGO were called up on stage to blow balloons and burst the balloons, several on-lookers too blew and burst the balloons together with them.

after this, there was another forum, on 'how do religion view ISA' and there were 6 reps from the different religion – yb saari sungib, former ISA detainee and founder member of JIM, chong hung wah, adviser of young buddhist association of malaysia, dr bala tharmalaingam, national deputy president of malaysia hindu sangam and chrisanne chin, representing council churhes of malayisa youth.  they gave good views which i have jotted down in my notebook. after the forum ended, i approached 3 of them personally to interview them as i need to write something for UCAN. wait when (or if) the article came out, i'll update here or inform in new post.

then there was a few hours break before 7.30pm when the entertainment began. shiela said she was tired so she went back. well i went shopping at watson and then went to the church office to rest. after having my dinner at new lane, i walked back to komtar walk for the show. it only started after 8.00pm!

the show began with 2 rap songs by one of WCC member (or maybe he was a WCC volunteer), followed by a chinese song by an old man. quite long he sang… and he forgot he lyrics so many times. i would have thought having forgotten the lyrics, he would stop singing but he went on and on. since i don't understand mandarin (was it mandarin or cantonese he sang in) i find it quite boring actually. i understand (from the MC) the song had something to do with fighting for freedom. after him, choon kai (formerly in suaram) gave a poem recital, followed by songs by 2 young men. then the highlight of the day – stand up comedy by hishamuddin rais. oh i thought he would be very good but i found his presentation not so funny. the last item was this band – forgot their name – which i heard them perform before many times e.g. at speakers square and the 'sape tour' event. i like them as the songs they sang have good meaning touching on democracy, human rights, freedom.

well by the time they finished it was 9.40pm… just in time for me to rush to the komtar's bus station nearby to catch the last bus.

oh don't forget to read the report from malaysiakini and also go to my facebook photo album for photos i took during the event (over 40 photos).

NOTE:  the album will be up tomorrow. try to upload the photos while i write this post but it was only 10% uploaded and have to wait 20 mins for it to finish uploading. since it is my bed-time, i can't wait!


Pro-gov't protestors disrupt anti-ISA forum

Susan Loone
Nov 21, 10

About 50 people from the Komtar trading area and Penang Umno Youth gathered at Komtar Walk to stage a rally to counter a civil society forum discussing the Internal Security Act (ISA) today.

The forum entitled 'Alat Politik untuk Penindasan' (A political tool of oppression), that is still in progress at press time, also features former Gerakan central committee member Toh Kin Woon launching the book '50 Years Under the ISA'.

The 'pro-ISA' protestors – led by Penang Umno Youth chief Norman Dhalan and Komtar Merchants Association (KMA) vice-chief Abdul Ghani Mohammad Jiman – shouted 'Hidup ISA!' (Long live the ISA!), 'Halau pengkhianat!' (Banish the traitors!) and 'Hanya pencuri dan penyanggak takut ISA' (Only thieves and criminals fear the ISA!).

Having proceeded to the front stage where speakers were scheduled to speak against the preventive detention law, the protestors however declined an invitation from the forum organisers to present their arguments on stage.

Throughout this time protestors chanted 'Kekalkan ISA' (Keep the ISA!) and 'Yes to ISA!'

At one point, a tiny scuffle broke out when one of the forum moderators Rozaimin Elias was slapped by one of the protestors when he tried to prevent them from advancing onto the stage.

'Chaos without ISA'

Later, activist Hishamuddin Rais (right, in photo below, with Abdul Ghani on the left) managed to persuade Abdul Ghani speak and explain why he felt the ISA should be continued.

Ghani said that it was needed to protect the country, race and religion.

He added that only a handful of people opposed the ISA and urged Malaysians not to be tricked by the opposition, that he said only offered sweet nothings and would bring doom to the people.

"The ISA is used to chase away traitors; the opposition (Pakatan Rakyat) does not want the ISA to exist as they are the traitors of the country; they have destroyed this nation," he said, while his supporters cheered him on.

"It is also used to punish those who falsify other people's identity cards or passports; without the law, there would be bombings and killings everywhere," he added.

"The ISA is not for ordinary citizens but for those who have squandered away the rights of others; these people talk about human rights, but what happened to the Komtar traders? We were evicted from our business premises," he said.

In August Ghani had led a protest against the state government for allegedly refusing a group of Malay traders to set up business at the Bazaar Ramadam at Komtar. The authorities had responded that Ghani had failed to pay the rental fees despite having collected the amount from the tradiers.

Ghani meanwhile cried foul that he had been asked to pay up before setting stall, complaining this was not what the previous state government had practised.

'ISA safeguards Malays' freedom'

After his speech, Hishamuddin, who is also a writer and filmmaker, thanked Abdul Ghani for expressing his views; and reiterated that everyone should respect one another's rights to freedom of speech.

Hishamuddin, an ex-ISA detainee, complimented Abdul Ghani for a "well-spoken" speech and added that he would like to see the latter as his assemblyperson if he were voting in Penang.

At this juncture, Hishamuddin took the opportunity to urge those who have not done so to register themselves as voters immediately, so that they can decide the future of the country.

The protestors held a press conference (left) after the rally several metres away from the forum, with Abdul Ghani repeating much of what had been said earlier.

The media failed to obtain comments from Norman, who was nowhere to be seen.

Meanwhile, another protestor said he was "proud" of the ISA as it has allowed the rakyat to wander freely without fear in their own country..

Mohd Firdaus Madar Sahim, who said he represented no political party or group, said he was disappointed that the forum organisers tried to prevent him from entering the area.

"This is Komtar Walk, a public area. Why are they stopping me from going near the forum? We have not ended the ISA yet, and they have already started to stop the Malays from walking in this area; just imagine what would happen if the ISA was actually abolished?"


DAP: Pro-ISA protestors are 'Umno stooges'

Susan Loone
Nov 21, 10

The Penang government has condemned the actions of pro-ISA protestors who attempted to disrupt an Anti-ISA forum today, as "Umno stooges" who failed to respect the people's right to assemble peacefully.

Komtar assemblyperson Ng Wei Aik (left) said the group, who tried to break up the forum around the theme "A political tool of oppression" organised by civil society groups, should show some respect and not disrupt panel speakers in the midst of presenting their views.

He condemned the protest as "more violent than the Act (ISA) itself".

Ng, who is Penang DAP Socialist Youth secretary, said although both sides of the political divide could express their different views, it was ultimately the people who would decide whether the ISA be retained or repealed.

"The silent majority will decide this at the general election," he said, when met at the forum venue at Komtar Walk in Penang.

Ng suggested that the pro-ISA protestors could put up candidates at the general election, as independent candidates or as candidates under the patronage of Umno.

He also criticised the police for not taking action against the protestors despite officers at the police station in Jalan Pattani having been of the incident, adding that none turned up during the ruckus.

"What is even more ridiculous is that they asked me 'Where is Komtar Walk'?" 

Ng added that the police had informed that there were more than 10 special branch officers observing the event. 

"They should also play their role to ensure that this program runs smoothly instead of being disturbed by the protestors," he added.

'Police not professional'

As for the Komtar Merchant Association's (KMA) involvement in the rally, Ng said that its vice-chief Abdul Ghani Mohamad Jiman who was at the forefront of the protest should instead look after the interests of the traders that KMA represents.

"Instead he has come here to disturb other people's event; how is he going to defend the traders after this? He is supposed to be a businessman," he said.

PAS vice-president Mohammed Sabu, who was one of the panellists, also expressed his disappointment over the police's inaction.

"Imagine if this were an Umno forum, and we are the protestors breaking up the session, how would the police act?" he said.

"The police are not professional," he added.

When contacted, Penang Gerakan Youth chief Oh Teong Keong condemned the protestors, saying his party does not support "political violence".

Oh said that he had telephoned Norman, who was at the protest, regarding his participation but said that the latter had claimed he was present in the capacity of an NGO representative, not as Umno Youth.

"If we have different views to express, we can always express it in a peaceful manner," said Oh.

At around 11.30 this morning about 50 people from the Komtar trading area along with Penang Umno Youth staged a rally at the premises to counter the forum discussing the ISA.

The 'pro-ISA' protestors – led by Abdul Ghani and Penang Umno Youth chief Norman Dhalan – were later invited on stage for about 10 minutes to express their views.

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Current Controversy Over Culling Badgers

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 08:00 AM PST

From BBC Online: 19 November 2010 Last updated at 11:02 GMT  Badger cull: Are we silly to be so sentimental? By Tom de Castella Journalist Beatrix Potter's odious Tommy Brock (left), and Susan Varley's more sympathetic Badger (lower right)  Few subjects are

Mula-mula Belajar Bersama, Kemudian Berakhir Di Bilik Tidur

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 07:45 AM PST

Kuala Lumpur: Ada ibu bapa percaya rakan anak datang ke rumah untuk belajar, tetapi akhirnya padah menimpa apabila alasan belajar diberi berakhir di bilik tidur.

Ada pula percaya anak berterus terang meminta izin untuk keluar dengan rakan sama ada lelaki atau perempuan untuk belajar, tetapi melencong ke tempat lain hingga kesudahannya 'mendapat ilmu' hal berkaitan seks.

Wartawan Metro Ahad menemui seorang remaja yang terlanjur seawal usia 13 tahun. Malah, seorang pelajar berusia 15 tahun yang ditemui di pusat siber di sini mengakui kerap melakukan seks oral bersama pasangan.

Mereka mengakui bukan daripada keluarga berantakan tetapi mengambil kesempatan di atas kepercayaan dan kealpaan ibu bapa yang bukannya tidak memberi didikan agama, malah bersikap tegas.

Berikut kisah dua pelajar yang 'dahaga di awal usia'.

KES 1 - ADILAH, 13:

"SAYA mula disentuh teman lelaki awal tahun ini. Itulah kali pertama saya melakukan hubungan seks, saya sendiri tidak menyangka akan terlanjur dan ia berlaku dalam sekelip mata.

Ketika itu teman lelaki 'cinta monyet' saya (dikenali sebagai Helmi) berusia 12 tahun datang ke rumah untuk menghantar buku sekolah. Dia pernah beberapa kali datang ke rumah untuk belajar bersama dan ibu bapa saya mengenalinya.

Ayah dan ibu tiada di rumah kerana bekerja. Yang ada hanya adik saya.

Entah mengapa, tiba-tiba Helmi beria-ia mengajak saya masuk ke bilik. Hati saya berdebar-debar dan perasaan bercampur baur masa itu.

Sebaik masuk ke bilik, tanpa melengahkan masa Helmi terus menutup pintu. Entah mengapa saya merelakan saja. Kami terlanjur dan semuanya berlaku terlalu pantas.
Ayah dan ibu tidak mengesyaki apa-apa antara kami. Tambahan pula mereka mengenali Helmi dan tahu kami berkawan.

Helmi sudah beberapa kali datang ke rumah sebab tempat tinggal kami berdekatan. Mungkin dalam usia begini ayah dan ibu tidak percaya kami boleh terlanjur hingga melakukan hubungan seks, tetapi itulah hakikatnya.

Mereka (ayah dan mak) juga percaya dengan saya. Segala yang saya inginkan akan dipenuhi kerana saya anak sulung, meskipun tidak semuanya akan mereka beri.

Pun begitu, dalam masa sama saya takut dengan mereka. Mereka tegas dan sentiasa mengawal tindak tanduk serta segala aktiviti harian saya. Ayah adalah pensyarah manakala ibu guru sekolah menengah.

Dalam diam, mereka tidak tahu banyak perkara negatif antara saya dan rakan. Di kalangan rakan seusia, kami biasa melihat video lucah. Bercerita mengenai seks juga satu kebiasaan buat kami sejak usia saya 12 tahun lagi.

Telefon bimbit diberi ibu dan ayah dijadikan tempat menyimpan video lucah. Saya tidak berani berbuat demikian, tetapi tetap melihat video lucah di telefon bimbit rakan.

Saya terlanjur dengan kekasih juga sebab masing-masing ada perasaan ingin mencuba. Kerana 'kesilapan' pertama itu juga, akhirnya saya mengandung.

Selepas beberapa lama, saya tidak datang bulan. saya cuba beritahu ibu, tetapi takut untuk berbuat demikian.

Melihat perubahan diri saya, seorang saudara menyarankan saya membuat pemeriksaan doktor. Ayah dan ibu terkejut. Mereka tidak percaya dan menafikan saya boleh terlanjur sejauh itu.

Saya hanya mendiamkan diri dan tidak berkata apa-apa kerana takut. Ayah dan mak paksa saya memberitahu hal sebenar, namun saya juga menafikan sudah melakukan hubungan seks sebelum ini.

Akhirnya, ketika pemeriksaan dilakukan, saya disahkan mengandung. Ayah dan ibu sangat kecewa dan terpaksa menerima hakikat itu.

Saya dikurniakan cahaya mata lelaki. Dalam gembira menimang cahaya mata, saya turut kesal atas apa yang berlaku. Namun, semuanya sudah terlambat.

Saya lukakan hati ayah dan emak. Anak saya pula akan dihantar kepada keluarga angkat.

Tiada apa yang dapat saya lakukan melainkan rasa kesal yang tidak sudah-sudah, tetapi saya percaya masih ada ruang dan peluang untuk saya berubah.

KES 2 - RAHMAN, 15:

"SAYA mengenali seks sejak sekolah rendah lagi. Ada saja peluang ke pusat siber, saya dan rakan suka memasuki laman web lucah.

Selepas memasuki sekolah menengah, pergaulan saya bertambah luas dan bebas. Saya mula ikut rakan yang lebih tua daripada saya jadi mat motor (rempit).

Tak usah cakaplah mengenai rakan perempuan, apabila bergelar mat motor semua itu datang dengan sendirinya. Saya juga memiliki teman wanita (Liana, 15), dia rakan satu sekolah. Sudah hampir enam bulan kami bercinta.

Setiap malam, kami sentiasa habiskan masa bersama. Biasanya, saya beritahu ayah dan ibu keluar malam berjumpa Liana untuk belajar bersama. Mereka kenal Liana dan tahu hubungan kami.

Bukan semua masa saya luangkan dengan Liana untuk belajar. Kami suka lepak di pusat siber bersama untuk melayari laman web lucah, selain seronok melayani Facebook dan Hi5 bagi mencari kenalan baru.

Hujung minggu, saya dan Liana keluar merayau di Kuala Lumpur bersama rakan mat motor yang lain.

Ke mana saya pergi, keluarga jarang cari. Abang dan kakak tidak pernah ambil peduli apa yang saya lakukan. Ayah juga tidak pernah marah saya bawa motosikalnya ke mana-mana pun. Saya anak ketiga daripada lima beradik.

Ayah kata, bagus juga saya belajar menunggang motosikal sekarang. Nanti, senang nak ambil lesen memandu nanti (pada usia 16 tahun).

Dalam keluarga, ayah memang 'sporting'. Saya dan dia macam kawan, saya cuma dilarang hisap rokok, sekalipun dia tidak tahu saya merokok sejak tingkatan satu lagi. Liana juga merokok.

Dia (ayah) pesan pada saya, yang penting sekali belajar rajin-rajin. Ayah dan ibu percaya dan sayang saya.

Ayah tidak tahu saya pernah hisap ganja. Kadangkala ada rakan sekolah yang 'senior' beli ganja, kami kongsi bersama-sama. Saya belajar hisap ganja selepas tamat Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) awal Oktober lalu. Biasanya kami beli dengan hasil perkongsian wang.

Bersama Liana, saya sangat bahagia. Saya cintakan dia, banyak perkara kami kongsi bersama. Banyak yang pernah kami lakukan bersama untuk mencuba sesuatu yang baru.

Apabila ada kesempatan berdua-duaan, kami suka menonton video klip lucah di rumah Liana bersama abangnya (berusia 17 tahun).

Kami tidak pernah terlanjur lagi setakat ini, tetapi kerap melakukan seks oral bersama.

Di kalangan rakan, soal seks perkara biasa. Saya ada banyak koleksi video klip lucah dalam telefon bimbit.

Pernah saya terfikir melakukan hubungan seks dengan Liana, tetapi abangnya tidak benarkan. Jika di rumah Liana, abangnya juga sering bersama kekasihnya. Semua yang ingin saya lakukan terbatas kerana abangnya sentiasa ada.

Biasanya kami berkumpul jika ayah dan ibu Liana tidak ada di rumah atau keluar 'bekerja'. Ayah dan ibu Liana adalah jurujual.

Di rumah saya, 'line tak clear'. Ibu suri rumah dan jarang keluar. Sebab itu saya suka habiskan masa di rumah Liana jika ada masa terluang dengan alasan hendak belajar bersama.

Ibu tidak pernah persoalkan dan tanya apa saya buat. Dia hanya tahu saya pergi belajar atau sekadar lepak dengan kawan sekolah.

Saya seronok dan suka dengan sikap terbuka mereka (ayah dan ibu), saya tidak rasa terkongkong.

Daripada habiskan masa sia-sia duduk di rumah, baik saya keluar dengan kawan. Yang penting ayah, ibu, abang dan kakak tidak melarang.

Saya tidak pernah bosan dengan rakan, lagi pula duduk di kawasan apartmen memang banyak kenalan.

Apa yang saya lakukan di luar, bak kata orang pandai makan, pandailah simpan." -hm

Relaxing Weekend @ Penang

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 06:53 AM PST

Nov 19th - We left Penang on Friday evening after Thursday camp out in the office to ensure the system is good to go... Anyway, not sure exactly what has happened to the system as i haven't had a chance to talk to my colleagues. I have a peaceful and relaxing weekend getaway in Penang although it was a short one. The drive from KL to Penang was so challenging as it rained from KL to Taiping. At the end we reached Penang and checked into the hotel.

Nov 20th - Because of the work late the week before and the day before Friday, i was so tired... ended up i slept most of the time during the weekend... So i didn't visit any place in Penang other than Hard Rock Hotel / Cafe for dinner.

Nov 21st - Left Penang @ about 1pm and arrived KL @ 4:30pm... it was a bumper to bumper drive with slow morning traffic some part of the North South Highway. But we were so luck as few of my friends left few hours later than us and still on their way back...

Drive Safely...

Isu Polis Tembak Remaja: Keluarga Dakwa Polis Tembak Mati Dengan Sengaja

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 07:29 AM PST

Keluarga dakwa polis tembak mati dengan sengaja

Dua laporan polis dibuat terhadap Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) atas dakwaan melepaskan tembakan terhadap seorang pemuda dan seorang remaja bagi menyebabkan kematian dan bukannya untuk mempertahankan diri.

Laporan terhadap kejadian pada 13 November itu dibuat di ibu pejabat polis daerah (IPD) Petaling Jaya semalam oleh anggota keluarga almarhum terbabit.

Dalam aduannya Nor Hafizah Mad Razali berkata beliau tidak berpuas hati dengan alasan polis bahawa anaknya Muhammad Shamil Hafiz ditembak kerana cuba menyerang polis dengan parang.

Alasan yang sama diberikan oleh Norhaliza Tuah, kakak kepada Mohd Hairul Nizam yang meninggal dalam kejadian sama.

Mereka mendakwa, kesimpulan itu dibuat berdasarkan keadaan tubuh Muhammad Shamil dan Mohd Hairul Nizam yang ditembak daripada jarak dekat dan "tidak kelihatan seperti berlaku dalam peristiwa tembak menembak". -mk


Polis Tembak Mati Remaja Lagi, Keluarga Ambil Tindakan

Common sense and the law

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 06:21 AM PST

Source_Star: Common sense and the law. COMMENT BY DATUK MAHADEV SHANKAR

The 'common law' is much like an elephant – very difficult to define properly if one is blind, but very easily recognised if one can see.

Was the question tabled in Parliament last month by Bachok MP Nasharudin Mat Isa a bona fide inquiry for information or was he furthering a political agenda?

The opposition MP ostensibly wanted to know when the Civil Law Act 1956 was going to be amended to abolish the application of "English common law" since according to him, after 53 years of Merdeka, Malaysia had already developed its own "Malaysian Common law".

He obviously intended to put the Govern­ment on the defensive. To the valiant response of the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, it will be desirable in the public interest to clarify the underlying misconceptions embedded beneath the seemingly innocuous facade of this loaded question.

The "common law" like the "common sense" of the community on which it is based is much like an elephant – very difficult to define properly if one is blind, but very easily recognised if one can see!

Our five senses are only receptors of external stimuli. They become "perceptions" of external reality only after their integration by our minds.

When the raw data is evaluated and its relevance to our survival properly understood, it becomes our storehouse of experience. Once the individual experience has been collectively validated by a significant segment of the community, it would be deemed to be common sense.

Common sense becomes the basis of acceptable social conduct and acquires the force of law when sanctions are imposed for its breach because not to do so puts the safety of the community at risk.

In its broadest sense, "common law" is "the common sense of the community crystallised and formulated by our forefathers" (see Butterworth's Words and Phrases Legally Defined (2nd edn) (1969) at p.286 and Osborne' Law Dictionary at p.82. So Lord Wilberforce opined in ICongresso (1983) 1.A.C.244AT p.257).

"The law in question is the common law before it was superseded by Statute (the State Immunity Act 1978); it will continue to form part of the corpus of international law."

In Lexis Nexis's Words, Phrases & Maxims: Legally & Judicially Defined there is this passage: "Thirdly, by the Common Law is understood such things as were law before any statute made in that point that is in question."

Thus the concepts of natural justice that "a man shall not be a judge in his own cause", or that "a man has a right to be heard before judgment is given against him" are common sense concepts which have acquired the force of a "common law" which is universally accepted as the benchmark by which the legitimacy of any judicial or administrative decision is tested.

Section 3(a) of the Act enacted that the common law of England and the rules of equity as administered on April 7, 1956, were only to be applied if there was no provision in Malaysian written law on the point in issue.

Local equivalent

The first proviso to that section stipulated that such common law and the rules of equity were only to be applied in so far as "the circumstances of the States of Malaysia and their respective inhabitants permit and subject to such qualifications as local circumstances render necessary".

A further proviso required that in the event of conflict between that common law and the rules of equity, the latter was to prevail.

In other words after a dilution to suit local conditions, equity was to override the written formulation of the common law principles.

Thus, any principle of common law found in an English case decided before April 7, 1956, could be cited in a Malaysian court as binding authority but only if there is no Malaysian equivalent decision.

Furthermore, the Malaysian Court was quite entitled to temper the English decision to suit Malaysian conditions to bring it in line with our notions of fairness and justice. English cases decided after April 7, 1956, had no binding force in Malaysia.

Thus, once the English decision crossed the threshold from citation to incorporation into the judgment, it ceased to be "English common law" and merged into the corpus of Malaysian common law.

It was a one-off exercise which would exclude any further reliance on the English decision because there was now a local equivalent, and the doctrine of judicial precedent would make it binding until it was qualified or reversed by a higher Court.

It is therefore a misconception to suggest that in October 2010, we are still applying "English" common law.

Any further vestige of English judicial dominance was permanently removed by the abolition of all appeals to the Privy Council from 1983.

Retired judge Datuk Wira Wan Yahya Pawan Teh once quipped that "what the law did not prohibit, it permitted".

In the 1860s, there was no English Act of Parliament prohibiting a person from accumulating water on his land.

One landowner did so and caused damage to his neighbour when that water escaped and flooded the neighbour's land.

The state of the common law at that time was that a person was only liable if such escape was the direct result of negligence.

How that common law was developed one stage further to hold such an owner absolutely liable is to be found in a case where after the facts had been set out, an unbroken chain of judicial reasoning on common sense principles proceeded to a conclusion which became the operative law for such cases thereafter referred to as " the rule" in Rylands v Fletcher (1868) LR 3 HL 330.

"The defendants in that case constructed a reservoir upon their land in order to supply water to their mill, and upon the site chosen for this purpose, there was a disused and filled-up shaft of an old coal mine, the passages of which communicated with the adjoining mine of the plaintiff.

"Through the negligence of the contractors or engineers by whom the work was done (and who were not the servants of the defendants), this fact was not discovered and the danger caused by it was not guarded against.

"When the reservoir was filled, the water escaped down the shaft and thence into the plaintiff's mine, which it flooded."

It was held by the Exchequer Chamber and by the House of Lords that the defendants were liable, although guilty of no negligence either by themselves or by their servants.

Sound reasoning

Blackburn J, in delivering the judgment of the Exchequer Chamber said:

"The question of law therefore arises, what is the obligation which the law casts on a person who, like the defendants, lawfully brings on his land something which, though harmless while it remains there, will naturally do mischief if it escapes out of his land?

"It is agreed on all hands that he must take care to keep in that which he has brought on the land and keeps there, in order that it may not escape and damage his neighbours: but the question arises whether the duty which the law casts upon him under such circumstances is an absolute duty to keep it at his peril or is, as the majority of the Court of Exchequer have thought, merely a duty to take all reasonable and prudent precautions in order to keep it in, but no more.

"We think that the true rule of law is that the person who for his own purposes brings on his lands and collects and keeps there anything likely to do mischief if it escapes, must keep it in at his peril, and if he does not do so, is prima facie answerable for all the damage which is the natural consequence of its escape.

"He can excuse himself by showing that the escape was owing to the plaintiff's default; or perhaps, that the escape was the consequence of vis major or the act of God; but as nothing of the sort exists here, it is unnecessary to inquire what excuse would be sufficient."

The rule of law enunciated by Blackburn J. was approved in the House of Lords in the following words of Lord Cairns:

"If a person brings or accumulates on his land anything which, if it should escape, may cause damage to his neighbours, he does so at his peril.

"If it does escape and cause damage, he is responsible, however careful he may have been, and whatever precautions he may have taken to prevent the damage."

The entire passage just quoted was taken from the Malaysian High Court decision in Hoon Wee Thim v Pacific Tin Consolidated Corporation (1966) 2 MLJ 240.

When the full report is read, it will be seen how the late Tan Sri S.S. Gill – a judge and later Chief Justice – adapted the rule to the local circumstances.

Except that the flooding in Rylands v Fletcher took place in England and Pacific Tin had caused a flood in the third mile Cheras Kuala Lumpur, the relevant facts were almost identical.

Even though there was no proof of negligence, Gill found Pacific Tin liable and the company appealed.

These decisions were emphatically not the result of a slavish recitation of an English judicial mantra but the distillation of an unbroken chain of sound reasoning.

They are shining examples of Malaysian Judicial erudition which have not been surpassed.

Those who wish to pursue this line of investigation would do well to read the judgment of Lord Atkin in Donoghue v Stevenson (1924) A.C which was a turning point in the law of negligence.

As Lord Salmon said in Alhphacell:

"The nature of causation has been discussed by many eminent philosophers and also by a number of learned judges in the past.

"I consider, however, that what or who has caused a certain event to occur is essentially a practical question of fact which can best be answered by ordinary common sense rather than abstract metaphysical theory.

"It seems to me that, giving the word 'cause' its ordinary and natural meaning, anyone may cause something to happen, intentionally or negligently or inadvertently without negligence and without intention.

"For example, a man may deliberately smash a porcelain vase; he may handle it so negligently that he drops and smashes it; or he may without negligence slip or tumble against it and smash it.

"In each of these examples, no less in the last than in the other two, he has caused the destruction of the vase."

No less a luminary than our ex Chief Justice Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohamad went to a mufti in Penang for guidance in a matter on which there was no judicial precedent, and was told to use his "fursat".

The learned Chief Justice confessed to us that he was hard put as to how to put his "fursat" into words explaining the reasons for his decision.

But if a judgment is to be credible, reasons must be given.

When Benjamin Cardozo complained to that great American judge Oliver Wendell Holmes that his finding was not logical, he was met with a rebuke that the basis of the common law was not logic but experience.

Let my learned friend Paul Subramaniam have the last word:

"To me, the best encapsulation of the close relation between common sense and common law, and the judge who works his magic to transform the former into the latter, were the parting words of Lord Bridge in his final judgment in Ruxley Electronics and Construction Ltd v Forsyth (1994) 3 All ER 801.

"My Lords, since the populist image of the geriatric judge, out of touch with the real world, is now reflected in the statutory presumption of judicial incompetence at the age of 75, this is the last time I shall speak judicially in your Lordships' House.

"I am happy that the occasion is one when I can agree with your Lordships still in the prime of judicial life who demonstrate so convincingly that common sense and the common law here go hand in hand."

The Common Law and equity are universal concepts and what is illegal or unjust in one part of the world is generally viewed as being illegal and unjust everywhere else.

They are the bedrock on which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is based. No nation should be permitted to call itself civilised until it fully complies with its terms.

> Datuk Mahadev Shankar was called to the Bar in 1956 and was in practice before being appointed a High Court judge in 1983. He was promoted to the Court of Appeal in 1994 and served until his retirement in 1997. He is currently a consultant with a legal firm.

Remember the facts

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 06:19 AM PST

Source_Star: Remember the facts. Behind The Headlines. By BUNN NAGARA

Get the details right, and informed, logical comment of interest and value will follow.

A RECENT training programme of Germany's International Institute for Journalism InVent gGmbH focused on capacity-building for Asean journalists on EU-Asean relations.

The Bonn-based InVent had selected journalists from South-East Asia for a course that covered stints in Europe and Asia. For the Asian segment of their training in Jakarta, InVent invited some of us from various backgrounds to contribute to a workshop.

The theme led discussion to how, when or whether Asean would emulate the European Union as a supranational organisation. The EU is well ahead of Asean in institution building, but since both are widely held as the most successful regional organisations, the issue holds a special mutual interest.

I reminded the journalists that a basic requirement was getting their facts right. And as Asean journalists, they needed an adequate grasp of the region and its affairs.

Even a senior journalist with an international broadcaster had called Malaysian states "provinces", confusing them with the provinces of neighbouring Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Unlike them, Malaysia is a federation of distinct states traditionally headed by sultans.

But journalists alone should not be blamed for errors and inaccuracies when academic experts sometimes know no better, as in a recent Track Two "bilateral" between South Korea and Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

"Track Two" denotes academics, area specialists and other analysts, with any government officials attending in a personal capacity. Unlike Track One government-to-government meetings, it is thought to encourage more open discussion, since statements made would not be official and therefore free of political baggage.

In a session, a Korean professor said since the East Asian Summit (EAS) had been China's idea, Japan was hesitant to join. A survey of sources may show such references, however wrong they may be.

The EAS was originally proposed by Malay­sia, subsequently expressed as a project of Asean Plus Three (APT) – Asean and China, Japan and South Korea. Japan's reluctance to join was regrettable but expected, since it had rejected Malaysia's 1990 proposal, the East Asia Economic Grouping (EAEG).

Tokyo's problem was not with any particular country but its own devastating role in the Second World War that blighted much of Asia, particularly China. Today it feels pangs of historical guilt when asked to join any grouping that included China, without its US (post-war) ally to "hold its hand".

Japan was even reluctant to join the APT when Asean collectively proposed it in the 1990s, retaining the EAEG's membership. It was South Korea, under the visionary president Kim Dae-jung, that did much to win Japan over.

Later, Japan deigned to join the EAS only if India, Australia and New Zealand also joined. It seemed irrelevant that all these countries had also suffered Japanese imperialism, perhaps because it is China today that is "rising" like nothing else.

More recently, at another Track Two forum between Taiwan and Malaysia, an academic researcher from Taipei said the APT had become a part of the EAS.

On the contrary, both the APT and the EAS have remained distinct, and the EAS has distinctly remained a product of the APT. Some "experts" fail to understand that while the APT is a process and a fount of East Asian regionalism, items like the EAS are just individual regional projects from that process.

Malaysia convened the first EAS in Kuala Lumpur in December 2005. Russia attended as an invited guest, and has since wanted to join.

Next year, both Russia and the United States are expected to join. The APT currently comprises 16 members, with the Asean 10 and India, Australia and New Zealand.

By 2011, five significant members out of 18 would not be from East Asia, despite the grouping's name. How will that affect the clout of Asean and the APT?

East Asian countries realise the importance of building a regional community going beyond contractual agreements for group membership. This community needs to be founded on a sense of regionalism, based on a certain geographical spread with reasonable proximity.

Building an Asean community is a key part of South-East Asia's future as a cohesive region of peace, stability and prosperity. Beyond that, there is the APT's East Asian Community project for similar purposes.

Community building is essential by providing the matrix for various countries to work well together. It represents a radically different concept from antagonistic, Cold War-type "balance of power" arrangements in which one big country is pitted against another.

A Singapore analyst said the US was needed close at hand "to balance China". There was again an implicit recognition of a rising China, but not of what should then balance an already risen and sometimes trigger-happy US.

Whether or not his view was typical of a small-state syndrome, it relies on an inherently unstable balance of power equation from the previous century. Besides, such attempted balances at any point in time are unlikely to work when a key player is rapidly rising and continually gaining "weight".

Other regional groupings in Asia are more realistic. These include the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), comprising adjacent countries of a distinct region in Eurasia and Central Asia.

Another is the "strategic triangle" comprising China, India and Russia, an arrangement proceeding faster than its selection of a name. Here again, member countries comprise an identifiable region with contiguous national borders.

The APT, like Asean, is a practical regional body in having developed organically from neighbouring countries with common concerns. Membership evolved from within a region rather than having been concocted from outside.

Unlike academics, journalists cannot afford to get the details wrong because they inform everyone else, including the academics.

This is a reproduction of a painting of early Penang,

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 06:15 AM PST

This is a reproduction of a painting of early Penang, purportedly done by a Captain Robert Smith in 1818. The river flows lazily beside the stately mansion and in the distance, a bridge.

Yes, this is that same bridge which I wrote about recently. Okay, maybe it's not the same bridge anymore - the original one may have collapsed - but the restored bridge is mightily similar to the old one. Plus, the bridge still spans the Pinang River and connects the grounds of the Suffolk House to the other side where the Sri York Condominium now sits.

Animal Farm

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 05:40 AM PST

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Posted: 21 Nov 2010 05:39 AM PST

Fish head at Shusi

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 05:34 AM PST

As usual, sometimes you have to be at the right place at the right time. For me, everything fell into the right place today where food was concerned. There I was, feeling famished after coming down from Batu Gantung and I decided to go for a banana leaf rice lunch at my favourite Shusi Restaurant in Penang Street, George Town. No sooner had I sat down and the rice and vegetables were plonked down on my banana leaf when the boss himself appeared with a fish head the size of a clenched fist. "You want it?" he asked.

Of course! It has been many, many years since I last had a fish head at his establishment. Normally, he would only serve fish meat but once in a long while, the odd fish head or two would find its way into the cooking pot. The odds of fish head being cooked and me visiting his restaurant at the right time must be pretty long itself. So I consider myself lucky today.

Setelah Membaham Wang FELDA, UMNO Tubuhkan BAPAK Untuk Bunuh ANAK

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 06:01 AM PST

Isu Felda: Bapak pro-BN 'lawan' Anak diterajui Exco PAS

SHAH ALAM, 21 Nov — Biro Aduan Peneroka Kebangsaan (Bapak) merupakan alternatif baru bagi menyalurkan aduan dan pendapat untuk warga Lembaga Kemajuan Tanah Persekutuan (Felda) sekiranya terdapat sebarang masalah, perkara dan isu yang membabitkan warga peneroka.

Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Ahmad Maslan berkata penubuhan Bapak yang merupakan biro di bawah Gabungan Wawasan Generasi Felda (GWGF) sangat dialu-alukan kerana ia boleh berfungsi untuk membantu menjelaskan dan menyelesaikan sesuatu isu itu dengan lebih cepat.

"Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak merestui penubuhan Bapak dan berharap ia memberikan faedah kepada semua warga Felda terutamanya menyelesaikan isu berbangkit atau dibangkitkan di kalangan warga Felda," kata beliau pada sidang media selepas merasmikan Bapak di sini hari ini.

Kini, pemimpin PAS mengetuai Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak) yang merupakan sebuah NGO yang mewakili generasi kedua dan ketiga anak peneroka Felda.

Presidennya ialah Mazlan Aliman merupakan ahli jawatankuasa kerja PAS pusat dan ia mempunyai ahli seramai 2,000 orang. Ia telah mengadakan konvensyen nasional pada 20 Februari lalu di Jerantut, Pahang.

Dipetik Bernama, Ahmad berkata, Bapak dianggotai oleh 317 sukarelawan yang bersedia menerima aduan dan cadangan yang dikemukakan warga Felda tentang sesuatu isu dan

berusaha menyelesaikan dalam tempoh paling minimum antara seminggu dan dua minggu hari bekerja.

Katanya, Bapak merupakan idea Pengerusi GWGF Tan Sri Rozali Ismail yang turut berbesar hati menaja segala perbelanjaan yang diperlukan oleh biro berkenaan.

Beliau berkata walaupun Felda mempunyai saluran aduannya sendiri, penubuhan Bapak sangat relevan dalam menangani masalah lain yang dihadapi oleh warga peneroka seperti isu kebajikan dan pendidikan.

Katanya Bapak yang beroperasi di Plaza SunwayMas di Seksyen 9 di sini, menerima aduan 24 jam sehari dan tujuh hari seminggu melalui pelbagai kaedah termasuk faksimili, e-mel, khidmat pesanan ringkas (SMS), portal atau talian bebas tol 1-800-88-4943.

Ahmad yang juga Ketua Penerangan Umno turut mencadangkan supaya GWGF menjadi anggota gabungan Barisan Nasional (BN) agar sama-sama dapat berjuang dan menjaga kebajikan serta masa depan warga peneroka. -TMI

Pudding, Anyone???

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 04:54 AM PST

Thanks to Mr. Krishnan who sent me this post. This article appeared in The Dublin Times about a bank robbery on March 2.

Once inside the bank shortly after midnight, their efforts at disabling the security system got underway immediately. The robbers, who expected to find one or two large safes filled with cash & valuables, were surprised to see hundreds of smaller safes throughout the bank.

The robbers cracked the first safe's combination, and inside they found only a small bowl of vanilla pudding.

As recorded on the bank's audio tape system, one robber said, 'At least we'll have a bit to eat.'

The robbers opened up a second safe, and it also contained nothing but vanilla pudding. The process continued until all safes were opened.

They did not find one pound sterling, a diamond, or an ounce of gold. Instead, all the safes contained covered little bowls of pudding.

Disappointed, the robbers made a quiet exit, each leaving with nothing more than a queasy, uncomfortably full stomach. The newspaper headline read:


Have a lovely evening, everyone!

More Chinese join Rela

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 04:48 AM PST

More Chinese, Indians and Orang Asli aged between 18-30 have joined Rela over the last 10 years or so, according to records with the Home Ministry. This is very encouraging although their participation in the Armed Forces was put to question.

At least, they are showing strong spirit of patriotism. The youth, especially is engaging themselves more in such volunteer forces rather than 'makan gaji' by becoming a full-time policeman or soldier.

As to date, Rela has registered about 2.1 million members, setting it to be 2.5 million by year end. Out of this, about 25 per cent is non-Malays, especially Chinese and Orang Asli. In some areas, the number of Chinese is more than that of the Malays although the population ratio in such areas is 55:45 in favor of the Malays.

Rela or Volunteers of Malaysian People was formed on Jan 11, 1972 under the Special Emergency Act. Under the Government Trans­formation Programme's (GTP) Crime National Key Results Area (NKRA), Rela is listed as one of the enforcement units that assists the police in combating crime.

At the early stage of its formation, Rela was joined mainly by ex-army and ex-police members and the kampung folks. The trend, however, took a more positive mode when youth at the age of 18 (at least) has shown more interest in it.

However, what happened to a government plan last year to uplift Rela's position by making it a special task force unit under the Police?

Pemilihan Minggu Terakhir Dicemari Kekecohan

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 04:22 AM PST

Drama' pemilihan PKR timbul kembali

Gambar: Terus bercakaran. Seorang ahli PKR terpaksa ditenangkan selepas pemilihan kepemimpinan tertinggi parti bagi cabang Hulu Selangor bertukar kecoh dan tegang dengan adegan cabar mencabar menyebabkan pemilihan yang sepatutnya bermula 10 pagi ditangguh lebih dua jam, semalam.

Proses pemilihan PKR yang memasuki minggu terakhir kini kembali 'kecoh' apabila beberapa insiden didakwa berlaku, antaranya pertikaian dalam proses pengiraan undi.

Sekurang-kurangnya terdapat dua kekecohan berlaku semalam yang melibatkan cabang di Puchong dan Hulu Selangor - kedua-duanya di Selangor.

Menurut seorang wakil calon, di Puchong malam tadi berlakunya "drama" merampas kertas undi apabila seorang calon naib presiden dikatakan tidak berpuas hati dengan proses pengiraan undi bagi jawatan itu.

Ia ekoran dakwaan pengiraan pengundian tidak memihak kepadanya dan pengawas yang bertugas sewaktu pengiraan didakwa menyebelahi calon yang lain bagi jawatan yang sama.

Kejadian perang mulut antara kedua-dua pihak itu akhirnya memaksa pihak pengawas di situ meminta bantuan polis untuk menteramkan keadaan dan mengiringi pegawai pemilihan membawa pulang kertas undi ke ibu pejabat PKR di Petaling Jaya.

Sementara itu, di cabang Hulu Selangor pula, media melaporkan sekumpulan ahli PKR bertindak menghalang kereta yang membawa kertas undi daripada memasuki pekarangan sebuah dewan pengundian di Kuala Kubu Bharu semalam.

Lebih 100 orang dilaporkan berkumpul bagi membantah pemilihan peringkat cabang yang tidak tidak dibuat serentak dengan pengundi Majlis Pimpinan Pusat (MPP) PKR.

Sehubungan dilaporkan berlakunya insiden tolak menolak dan pertikaman lidah antara individu kumpulan terbabit dan anggota Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat (JPP) PKR.

Di cabang Ayer Hitam di Johor pula hari ini terdapat dakwaan pemilihan tidak dapat dijalankan susulan dakwaan notis mengadakan pemilihan tidak diterima daripada ibu pejabat.

Ketua penaja cabang Zaid Mohd Yusof berkata, walaupun beliau menerima SMS daripada pengawas pemilihan pada pukul 1 pagi tadi memaklumkan proses berkenaan akan dijalankan, tetapi pihaknya enggan mengadakannya.

Ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini pagi ini, Zaid mendakwa, ini kerana ia " tak ikut prosedur".

"Sepatutnya kamu beritahu lebih awal," kata ketua cabang yang masih lagi ditahap penajaan.

Sementara itu, muncul juga dakwaan terdapatnya kebocoran kertas undi hari ini sebelum pusat pengundian dibuka pada jam 10 pagi tadi.

Memetik sumber dakwaan itu disiarkan oleh sebuah portal berita dan laman blog seorang peguam Haris Ibrahim yang pernah membuat dakwaan hampir sama sebelum ini.

Daripada gambar yang dimuatkan, kertas undi untuk jawatan timbalan dan naib presiden itu berwarna merah jambu, lengkap gambar calon dan mempunya nombor siri.

Malaysiakini turut dimajukan e-mel daripada seorang yang tidak dikenali membuat dakwaan yang sama.

Ketika dihubungi bagi mendapatkan butiran lanjut berhubung dakwaan itu, individu itu mendakwa memperoleh "dua set" kertas tersebut yang diberikan padanya.

Ditanya bagaimana beliau yakin bahawa ia bukan kertas lebihan yang dicetak, dia menjelaskan "tiada lebihan" dicetak dan kesahihannya boleh disemak dengan PKR melalui nombor siri yang tertera.

Mengakui tidak dapat membuktikan kebocoran itu ekoran tindakan pihak tertentu yang mahu menambah undi, dia berkata kemungkinan itu ada.

Malaysiakini sedang berusaha mendapatkan penjelasan dan komen daripada ibu pejabat PKR berhubung dakwaan-dakwaan itu.

Hari ini, sekurang-kurangnya 37 lagi cabang menjadi yang terakhir melangsungkan pemilihannya di seluruh negara.

Keputusan pemilihan akan diumumkan minggu depan dalam kongres tahunnya di Petaling Jaya. -mk

Ulasan GB

Sebijik UMNO, walaupun konsep 1 kepala 1 undi diperkenalkan. Tiada lansung nilai-nilai akhlak murni yang dipaparkan. Itu baru sekitar 5% keluar mengundi. Belum lagi datang sehingga 70%-80%.

Jika PAS menerima dan mengambil konsep 1 kepala 1 undi, kita berharap dan yakin hal seperti yang terjadi di dalam PKR tersebut tidak berlaku. InsyaAllah.

Business : Koperasi Mega Wants To Sell Readymade Malay Delicacies

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 03:23 AM PST

Azlan Iskandar Raih Pingat Emas Kelima Untuk Negara

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 02:55 AM PST

Azlan Iskandar raih pingat kelima negara Sukan Asia

Cita-cita Mohd Azlan Iskandar yang berhasrat untuk menghadiahkan pingat emas kepada negara akhirnya menjadi kenyataan.

Mohd Azlan memenangi pingat emas kelima buat Malaysia pada Sukan Asia Guangzhou, China, selepas mengalahkan Aamir Atlas Khan dari Pakistan 11-6, 11-7 dan 11-6 pada perlawanan akhir skuasy individu lelaki, hari ini.

Azlan sebelum ini telah menumpaskan pemain India Saurav Ghosal 11-5, 6-11, 11-5 dan 12-10 pada perlawanan yang memakan masa 68 minit.

Beliau menduduki ranking ke 15 dunia dan kemenangan pingat emas di dalam Sukan Asia ini dijangka dapat membatu beliau memperbaiki ranking dunia tersebut.

Sementara itu, Ratu skuasy negara yang juga pemain nombor satu dunia Datuk Nicol David mengekalkan kejuaraannya bagi tahun keenam berturut-turut. Beliau berjaya mempertahankan pingat emas Sukan Asia yang dimenanginya di Doha, Qatar empat tahun lalu selepas beliau menewaskan Annie Au dari Hong Kong 11-8,8-11,11-6,11-7.

Terkini 2 kes pecah rumah siang hari di Senawang 20 Nov 2010

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 01:35 AM PST

Hari ini saya mendapat maklumat terdapat 2 kes pecah rumah pada siang hari di Taman Alamanda, Senawang, ketika penghuni keluar rumah. Kejadian berlaku antara jam 1 tgh hingga 5 ptg hari Sabtu 20 November 2010. Mangsa kehilangan barang kemas dan pencuri masuk dengan mengumpil tingkap/pintu belakang. Harap semua pihak mengambil langkah berjaga-jaga dan membuat laporan polis walaupun kes pecah rumah tidak melibatkan kerugian.

Nampaknya kes pecah rumah semakin meningkat akhir-akhir ini terutama pada musim cuti sekolah.

Sila rujuk balai polis berhampiran untuk maklumat terkini kejadian pecah rumah dan lain-lain jenayah sekeliling kita.

Cheng Ho Ikon Hubungan Kaum Malaysia, Husam Musa

Posted: 21 Nov 2010 01:10 AM PST

Cheng Ho & Catatan Perjalanan Ke China

Ekspo Perdagangan Antarabangsa China - Kelantan - Cheng Ho 2010
Tarikh: 21 - 26 November 2010
Lokasi: Stadium Sultan Muhammad IV, Kota Bharu, Kelantan
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E-Buku IH-4: Ke China Bersama Datuk Husam

e-Buku IH-4 Catatan Perjalanan.
'Bersama Datuk Husam Ke China'.

KOTA BHARU, 20 Nov 10: Cheng Ho perlu dikenang sebagai ikon penting dalam sejarah manusia yang menjadikan perjuangan untuk keamanan dan kemakmuran bersama jauh mengatasi kepentingan puak dan bangsa.

Pengerusi Ekspo Cheng Ho yang sedang berlangsung di Kota Bharu, Datuk Husam Musa berkata watak besar dari China ini akan pasti dikenang kerana jasanya dalam memperkenalkan nilai persahabatan dan kebajikan yang membelakangkan persoalan puak, agama dan keturunan dalam membangunkan tamadun.

"Cheng Ho yang mewakili kerajaan China yang amat berkuasa pada zamannya sentiasa merendah diri dengan memberi hadiah, membawa khidmat perubatan dan mengajak berkongsi teknologi baru dengan raja-raja dan rakyat yang dilawatinya di seluruh dunia," kata beliau ketika menutup Seminar Cheng Ho dan penyebaran Islam di Asia Tenggara di Balai Islam Lundang, hari ini.

Seminar sehari itu menampilkan Prof Tan Ta Sen (Singapura), Prof. Hum Sin Hoon dan Mr. Zheng Zi Hai membentangkan kertas kerja masing-masing, manakala Prof. Madya Obaidellah Mohamad bertindak sebagai moderator.

Menurut Husam, semangat Cheng Ho perlu disuburkan semula dalam situasi masyarakat Malaysia yang dibina dengan kecurigaan perkauman selama berpuluh-puluh tahun.

"Kita mahu membina masyarakat baru, yang bersatu atas nilai-nilai tinggi, mengutamakan kebenaran, kebajikan, perkongsian dan semangat tolong menolong dan meninggalkan konsep mengapi-apikan perkauman sempit," ujarnya.

Bangsa, kata beliau memang sesuatu yang tidak mungkin hapus, namun asas persahabatan perlu dibina dengan asas yang lebih kukuh sebagaimana ditunjukkan oleh Cheng Ho.

"Cheng Ho beragama Islam, dia boleh berkhidmat memimpin armada milik maharaja China yang bukan Islam dan mengendalikan puluhan ribu angkatan laut yang memiliki pelbagai latarbelakang.

"Situasi ini tidak mungkin terjadi jika kita terbawa-bawa dengan pemikiran sempit perkauman dan tidak mengutamakan persahabatan dan kepentingan bersama," ujar beliau.

Ekspo Cheng Ho kata beliau, bukan sekadar mendominasi urusan perniagaan dan perdagangan tetapi juga meliputi pertukaran budaya dan pendidikan.

"Pelbagai pertunjukan tempatan dan antarabangsa di bawa bersama ekspo ini bagi menunjukkan mereka yang memiliki keyakinan diri yang tinggi mampu menjulang kecemerlangan dalam apa jua bidang," katanya.

Beliau turut mengumumkan beberapa pihak di negara China telah bersetuju untuk mengadakan program pertukaran pelajar dengan Kelantan.

"Kita telah diberi beberapa tempat untuk belajar di beberapa pusat pengajian dengan pembiayaan sepenuhnya oleh masyarakat di sana," tambah beliau. (AK)

Komen Weblog Ibnu Hasyim: Perkembangan Islam sampaian Laksamana Cheng Ho tidak sesempit Islam yang dikelabui oleh UMNO. Cheng Ho ikon hubungan kaum di Malaysia melalui Islam, bukan melalui asobiah kaumiyahUMNO..

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