Saturday, November 13, 2010

Namsan locks of love, Seoul, South Korea

Namsan locks of love, Seoul, South Korea


Namsan locks of love, Seoul, South Korea

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 10:25 AM PST

At Seoul's Mt Namsan, thousands of love padlocks can be seen hanging on the fences around the base level of N Seoul Tower. Locks of love is a custom in some cultures where love birds would lock their padlocks at public areas and throw away the key to symbolise that their love will be locked forever.

Namsan locks of love, Seoul, South Korea

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10 ‘gems’ to share

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 09:34 AM PST

1]    Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout.

2]    Do you know why a cars' WINDSHIELD is so large & the Rear-view Mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. *Look Ahead and Move on!

3]    Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write one!

4]     All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If   going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.

5]    Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

6]    Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!

7]    When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8]    A blind person asked Swami Vivekanand: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"

9]    When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are  safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10]  WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE!



Hishamuddin Tak Pandang Serius Kejadian Warga Nigeria Loloskan Diri

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 08:36 AM PST

Kejadian dua warga Nigeria lolos diri tidak jejas keselamatan negara - Hishamuddin

KLUANG -- Kejadian dua tahanan warga Nigeria yang berjaya meloloskan diri dari kenderaan Jabatan Imigresen dua hari lepas, tidak menjejaskan keselamatan negara, kata Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

Beliau berkata bagaimanapun, kementeriannya memandang serius perkara itu dan siasatan terperinci sedang dijalankan terhadap dua pegawai Imigresen yang mengiringi kedua-dua tahanan berkenaan.

"Dalam hal berkaitan negara, saya sudah kata, kita (KDN) akan mengambil tindakan tegas, tidak kira orang luar atau pegawai kita sendiri sekiranya tindakan mereka menjejaskan keselamatan negara.

"Sudah tiba masanya kita serius hal-hal berkaitan pintu masuk negara dan saya cukup yakin mereka yang terlibat bukan sahaja bertaubat, tetapi menjadi pengajaran kepada pegawai lain," katanya kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri rumah terbuka Deepavali anjuran Parlimen Sembrong dekat di sini hari ini.

Hishammuddin yang juga anggota Parlimen Sembrong berkata, kedua-dua pegawai berkenaan kini digantung tugas bagi membolehkan siasatan dilakukan, dan pihaknya akan mengemukakan laporan kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia untuk siasatan lanjut.

Insiden pada 11.30 malam itu berlaku ketika dua warga Nigeria berkenaan dalam perjalanan ke Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) di Sepang untuk dihantar pulang ke negara asal mereka.

Sebelum itu, mereka ditahan di Depoh Tahanan Imigresen KLIA atas kesalahan penyalahgunaan pas pelajar dan dikenakan tindakan pengusiran. Dalam perkembangan lain, Hishammuddin meminta anggota polis, Jabatan Pertahanan Awam (JPAM) dan Ikatan Relawan Rakyat (Rela) yang membantu mangsa banjir di Kedah dan Perlis, supaya kekal di kedua-dua negeri untuk tempoh seminggu lagi bagi menghadapi kemungkinan berlakunya gelombang kedua banjir.

"Kebanyakan anggota ini datang dari negeri lain. Kalau air sudah surut, kita izinkan mereka pulang, tetapi kita juga tidak menghadapi masalah untuk menggerakkan mereka semula sekiranya diperlukan," katanya.

Beliau berkata anggota polis, JPAM dan Rela yang berada di Kedah dan Perlis kini menumpukan usaha membersihkan tempat ibadat, sekolah dan taman perumahan di kedua-dua negeri. -- BERNAMA

berita sebelum ini.


Dua Tahanan Warga Nigeria Lolos Ketika Dalam Perjalanan Ke KLIA

Dua warga Nigeria berjaya meloloskan diri dari kenderaan Jabatan Imigresen ketika dalam perjalanan ke Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa KL (KLIA) di Sepang untuk dihantar pulang ke negara asal, Rabu malam.

Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam berkata kedua-dua lelaki tersebut sebelum ini ditahan di Depoh Tahanan Imigresen KLIA atas kesalahan penyalahgunaan pas pelajar dan dikenakan tindakan pengusiran.

Bagaimanapun, difahamkan van Jabatan Imigresen yang membawa Solomon Udo Eneh dan Osuji Chinedu, bersama seorang lagi warga Palestin, singgah di sebuah stesen minyak sebelum dua lelaki yang bergari itu bertindak melarikan diri.

Mahmood berkata dalam kejadian pukul 11.30 malam itu, dua pegawai Imigresen yang mengiringi tahanan tersebut telah digantung tugas dan usaha menjejak dua warga Nigeria itu sedang berjalan dengan bantuan polis.

"Pasukan petugas khas sudah ditubuhkan untuk menyiasat insiden berkenaan," katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan sambutan Hari Inovasi Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) di sini.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, warga Palestin yang berada dalam kenderaan itu tidak melarikan diri dan dia rela dihantar pulang ke negara asalnya. -BERNAMA


Ulasan GB

Kenyataan Menteri Keselamatan Dalam Negeri, Hishamuddin Tun Hussein yang menyatakan bahawa kejadian dua tahanan warga Nigeria yang berjaya meloloskan diri dari kenderaan Jabatan Imigresen dua hari lepas, tidak menjejaskan keselamatan negara itu amat merbahaya.

Ini bererti beliau tidak memandang kejadian seumpama itu sebagai serius.

Kini, dimana anda nak cari dua warga kulit hitam yang dah lepaskan diri itu? Ia seperti menunjukkan kepada kita betapa lemah Jabatan Imigresen dan lemah juga kementerian dan menterinya!

Menteri KDN sepatutnya bertanggungjawab sepenuhnya. Beliau sepatutnya meletakkan jawatan.


A Datuk Seri, the APs conman

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 06:52 AM PST


Thanks to Tok Pa who replied my SMS with a solid answer: "Pengeluaran AP, surat hanya ditandatangani KSU dan TKSU saja. Orang lain tak boleh..."

That was on Wednesday Nov 10. His SMS 'rescued' a Datuk and his friend from surrendering a bank draft of more than RM4 million to one 'Datuk Seri H' who claimed to have been awarded with 200 APs for imported cars.

(Someone told me this guy is not really a Datuk Seri but a bogus Datuk staying somewhere in Klang).

The LA was signed by one Mohamad Ramdan of MITI. It appeared to be very original, except for the Sec-Gen or Deputy Sec-Gen signature not on it.

And again, this rascal used Mukhriz Mahathir's name. The 200 'APs' were said being approved under a special political allocation, and that RM2 million has to be paid before it appears in the MITI computer system. It was also meant to help Mukhriz 'political agenda'.

I believe this 'Datuk Seri' has been preying on Malay entrepreneurs who found it difficult to get the APs from MITI. They include those wanting to have more.

APs are like gold. Those awarded with are usually Bumiputera car importers. However, there are people who make quick bucks by selling it at between RM30,000 and RM45,000 each.

Mukhriz, the Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry said earlier this month that the Bumiputera Automotive Fund, which was set up to boost development of Bumiputera entrepreneurs in the automotive field, has so far collected almost RM226 million in levy paid for open APs this year.

The fund gets its source from the RM10,000 levy imposed on each open AP to import cars. As of October 15 2010, the fee collected from open APs is RM225.91 million.



PKR Kuala Nerus Kecam Saifuddin

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 06:37 AM PST

Pemilihan cabang PKR Kuala Nerus tergendala kerana boikot

KUALA TERENGGANU, 13 Nov — Pemilihan pusat dan peringkat cabang PKR Kuala Nerus tergendala kira-kira dua jam ekoran tindakan "memulau" sekumpulan pemimpin yang tidak berpuas hati dengan keputusan ibu pejabat mengarahkan pemilihan dan mesyuarat agung tahunan bahagian itu diadakan semula.

Ekoran tindakan kumpulan berkenaan, yang didakwa menutup pejabat pagi ini, pemilihan dan mesyuarat terpaksa dipindahkan ke lokasi lain yang berhampiran.

Kuala Nerus adalah antara 41 cabang PKR mengadakan pemilihan hari ini — hari ketujuh dalam siri pemilihan pusat parti itu.

Ibu pejabat memutuskan untuk meneruskan pemilihan pusat meskipun sebelum ini ada desakan agar pemilihan ditangguhkan ekoran dakwaan kecacatan dan manipulasi dalam proses pengundian.

Pemilihan yang sepatutnya bermula pukul 10 pagi tadi ditunda dua jam bagi mencari lokasi alternatif.

"Ya, macam itulah. Ada sedikit masalah, rasa tidak puas hati ekoran keputusan ibu pejabat agar mesyuarat tahunan dan pemilihan bahagian diadakan semula," kata seorang pemimpin yang enggan namanya dipetik.

Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat (JPP) mengarahkan agar cabang Kuala Nerus mengadakan semula mesyuarat agung tahunan dan pemilihan cabang ekoran pertikaian calon yang sepatutnya bertanding jawatan ketua cabang September lalu digugurkan daripada senarai pemilihan.

Oleh kerana cabang itu diarahkan mengadakan mesyuarat bahagian dan pemilihan bahagian, maka proses pengundian bagi pemilihan pusat juga diadakan serentak.

Ekoran tindakan memboikot oleh kepimpinan yang dipilih September lalu selain turut meletakan jawatan dalam parti pagi ni, JPP terpaksa memindahkan pusat mengundi ke satu premis pejabat di Batu 6 atas ihsan seorang ahli parti dengan membenarkan pejabatnya digunakan untuk tujuan pemilihan.

Semua ahli jawatankuasa cabang Kuala Nerus telah mengambil tindakan drastik dengan meletak jawatan berkuat kuasa pagi ini dan surat letak jawatan telah diserahkan kepada kepimpinan negeri dan pusat untuk tindakan lanjut.

Pada pemilihan kali ini hanya jawatan Ketua, timbalan dan naib serta jawatan ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan dan ahli jawatankuasa Wanita cabang dipertandingkan.

Jawatan-jawatan lain dimenangi tanpa bertanding semasa pencalonan September lepas.

The Malaysian Insider difahamkan kumpulan penyokong ahli jawatankuasa yang meletak jawatan turut memboikot pemilihan hari ini.

"Dalam dua jam pertama hanya 30 hingga 40 orang yang keluar mengundi," kata sumber itu kepada The Malaysian Insider.

Cabang itu mempunyai sekitar 600 ahli.




Kami amat menyesali dengan tindakan ini tetapi demi mempertahankan prinsip keadilan, prinsip yang diyakini bahawa kami dipihak yang benar dan Setiausaha Agung (Saifudin Nasution Ismail) serta pihak JPP dan Jawatankuasa Disiplin telah, dengan sengaja, mengkhianati dan menzalimi kami dengan sokongan tangan-tangan ghaib diperingkat pusat yang sejak dari mula lagi terlibat dengan manipulasi dalam urusan Pemilihan Cabang.

Setelah Setiausaha Agung, Saifudin Nasution Ismail mengambil alih mempengerusikan mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat (JPP) dan Jawatankuasa Disiplin PKR yang asalnya diketuai oleh Dr. Molly Cheah dan dianggotai oleh diantaranya Malek Hussain, Sabaruddin, Raden Shamsul Akmar, beliau membuat keputusan untuk mengadakan semula Pemilihan dalam Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan Cabang (MATC) di Cabang Kuala Nerus dengan memasukkan semula nama calon Ketua Cabang iaitu Muzafeq yang mana sejak dari mula lagi telah dibatalkan oleh JPP kerana penama tersebut hilang kelayakkan oleh sebab-sebab seperti yang telah dimaklumkan dalam lampiran bukti 'Borang Bantahan Pencalonan' tempohari. Dan Jawatankuasa Disiplin pula tidak mengambil sebarang tindakan keatas individu-individu yang terlibat memulakan serta melakukan pergaduhan dan kekecohan pada Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan yang lalu.

Semasa Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan tersebut, pihak Pengawas Pemilihan JPP yang telah dihantar oleh PKR Pusat seramai (4) empat orang yang diketuai oleh saudara Faizul Latif, telah dengan sengaja tidak melapurkan kejadian dan situasi sebenar kepada Pusat, dan telah membuat keputusan yang amat tidak rasional dan diluar autoriti beliau (kerana telah diugut) sepertimana yang telah diarahkan oleh Raden Shamsul Akmar (SUK Pusat cum Penyelaras JPP). Ini adalah satu agenda JAHAT DAN KHIANAT yang telah dilakukan oleh mereka. Semoga mereka yang terlibat dilaknat Allah swt. Kami sedikitpun tidak akan Redha dengan perkara ini.

Setelah Surat Protes Rasmi yang menceritakan keadaan sebenar yang berlaku di MATC pada 25hb September yang lalu dan Lampiran Laporan Polis yang telah dibuat, pihak SUA dan JPP telah tidak mengambil kira aduan tersebut dan ini merealisasikan sikap sebenar mereka dan 'double-standard' yang diamalkan oleh individu oportunis dan hipokrit di Pimpinan Pusat yang didalangi sepenuhnya oleh Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (SUA) .

Sebagaimana kenyataan media dari JPP pada 29hb September 2010 oleh Dr.Molly Cheah dan arahan dari Presiden bahawa JPP akan bertindak tegas dan memecat ahli yang terlibat mencetuskan kekecohan dan pergaduhan pada MATC lalu nampaknya hanya retorik semata-mata.

Majlis Pimpinan Wanita dan seluruh Jawatankuasanya yang berhak hadir dalam MATC telah memutuskan untuk tidak bersetuju diadakan semula Pemilihan di MATC kerana mereka mengalami kesan trauma dengan keganasan yang dicetuskan pada hari tersebut.

Kami berpendapat pihak SUA dan JPP serta mana-mana individu yang terlibat, telah meremeh dan merendahkan minda, moral dan maruah kami. Kami rasa perjuangan menegakkan keadilan dinegara ini tidak akan terlaksana selagi golongan opportunis seperti ini terlibat didalam PKR yang mana individu-individu ini hanya muncul apabila tiba masa memungut, merampas hasil titik peluh, jerih payah yang telah disemai,dibaja dan dituai oleh kami sejak dari zaman reformasi lagi.

Oleh itu, diatas sebab persoalan tentang ketelusan, kepincangan dan berat-sebelah pihak Pusat, kami seluruh Pimpinan dan Jawatankuasa Cabang, bersama dengan seluruh Pimpinan Wanita dan AMK, dengan berat hati mengisytiharkan Perletakan Jawatan dalam Parti peringkat Chabang berkuatkuasa serta merta dan memutuskan untuk menarik diri dari bertanding semua jawatan dalam Pemilihan Chabang dan menyerahkan urusan pentadbiran Cabang Kuala Nerus kepada Majlis Pimpinan Negeri Terengganu.

Lawan tetap Lawan.
Sekian.

Wan Bukhari Wan Mohamad.
Keahlian No. T030000378.
(Ketua Cabang Kuala Nerus).

Raduan Bistaman.
Keahlian No. T030000390.
(Setiausaha)


Ulasan GB

Tuhan akhirnya membuktikan GB berkata benar bahawa Saifuddin ini manusia yang tidak boleh dipercayai. Lansung tidak takut dosa kerana menipu, sepertimana Ketua de Fakto PKR sendiri. Sebelum ini GB telah menulis di SINI. Petikan:

Dari awal GB lihat Setiausaha Agong PKR yang bernama Saifuddin Nasution itu tidak benar-benar berkecuali, tidak jujur malah dalam banyak hal dan ketika, menampakkan secara jelas beliau terlalu partisan, terutama di dalam pemilihan yang sedang berlansung ini.

Beliau dilihat seperti mahu mengaturkan siapa perlu duduk di jawatan apa di dalam pemilihan PKR. Dengan kedudukannya sebagai Setiausaha Agong, beliau mengeluarkan procedure-procedure anih bagi mengubah "padang permainan" agar calon yang disukainya berjaya.

Sebelum GB ulas lebih lanjut, kita lihat dulu rentak dan tarinya. Lebih banyak cakap dan tindakannya akan lebih banyak mendedahkan siapa Saifuddin sebenarnya.


Nak terima, terimalah, nak tolaklah. Tetapi AKHIRNYA, kebenaran itu PASTI menang.


Daw Aung San Suu Kyi ထြက္ထြက္ျခင္း ေျပာေသာ စကားမ်ား

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 06:09 AM PST

Program bersama Kelab UMNO dan Persatuan Mahasiswa Malaysia Warwick

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 06:04 AM PST

Isnin lepas, sehari selepas saya tiba di Britain untuk seminar anjuran Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, saya hadir ke Universiti Warwick untuk forum anjuran Kelab UMNO Warwick dan Malaysian Student Association Universiti Warwick.

Tahun lepas, saya turut hadir dalam acara anjuran MSA Warwick.

Dalam forum ini, saya dan Farquar Haqqani, Pengerusi Majlis Tertinggi Pelajar-Pelajar Malaysia di UK (UKEC) diberikan tajuk Bajet 2011.

Dalam ucapan saya, saya tekankan bagaimana Bajet 2011 ini suatu peluang yang dilepaskan untuk memperbaiki kedudukan ekonomi negara. Projek mega mahupun barang-barang mewah yang lebih murah bukanlah penyelesaian kepada kemelut ekonomi kita. Sebaik-baiknya penekanan diberikan kepada pendidikan dan meningkatkan pelaburan dalam ekonomi bagi membawa ekonomi ke tahap nilai yang lebih tinggi.

Namun dalam sesi soal jawab, seperti boleh dijangka, persoalan lebih cenderung kepada persoalan politik.

Antara soalan terakhir yang diutarakan pada saya:

Saya pengundi atas pagar. Saya akan menghadiahkan undi saya kepada KEADILAN jika saudara dapat meyakinkan saya tentang kenapa perlu undi KEADILAN.

Sekarang nampak tiada beza. Masalah Zaid Ibrahim dan Pemilihan KEADILAN tak ubah seperti masalah Pemilihan UMNO.

Saudara kritik rancangan BN jadikan Malaysia hab hiburan (entertainment hub) tetapi Selangor berhadapan masalah arak.

BN bergelut masalah kronisme sedangkan Selangor berhadapan masalah pasir.

Jawapan saya lebih kurang begini:

Menjawab pertanyaan saudara secara khusus:

Dalam isu pemilihan KEADILAN dan dakwaan Zaid Ibrahim, ya wujud masalah teknikal dan pengurusan pemilihan. Tetapi pihak yang menuduh wujud konspirasi atau kartel bagi menggagalkan usaha Zaid Ibrahim menang jawatan Timbalan Presiden gagal memberi bukti terhadap tuduhan mereka. Sepanjang pengalaman saya parti berusaha secara berterusan belajar dari pengalaman dan meningkatkan proses Pemilihan. Saya sendiri meminta untuk mengundi awal memandangkan berada di Britain tetapi tidak boleh memandangkan kakitangan ibu pejabat sendiri tidak tahu warna kertas undi yang ditukar tiap-tiap minggu.

Menyentuh isu arak di Selangor pula, Kerajaa Negeri telah berjaya meyakinkan pengusaha pasaraya dan kedai runcit yang utama di Shah Alam untuk dasar pengawasan sendiri (self regulation) sama ada langsung tidak menjual arak di kawasan majoriti besar Islam ataupun tidak mempamerkannya di kawasan majoriti Islam. Ini jauh lebih baik berbanding dasar BN.

Dalam isu pasir pula masalah utama ialah kecurian. Secara peribadi saya rasakan usaha Kerajaan Negeri mungkin terlalu 'ambitious' dalam cuba campurtangan dalam industri pasir yang pekat dengan rasuah, salahguna kuasa dan pihak-pihak berkepentingan tetapi hasil daripada pasir sudah meningkat. Malah anggota KEADILAN sendiri mengadu mereka sukar mendapat kontrak pasir kerana tender terbuka yang dilaksanakan.

KEADILAN memang parti muda tetapi KEADILAN cuba mendepani zaman secara berterusan, sebelum ini ketika memilih menjadi parti pelbagai kaum dan terkini dengan proses pemilihan satu anggota satu undi. Anak-anak muda diberikan ruang sepenuhnya.

Sudah 50 tahun BN diberi peluang. Berilah peluang kepada KEADILAN dan Pakatan untuk 5 tahun akan datang dan lihat ada perubahan atau tidak. Masalah yang wujud selama ini banyak timbul apabila BN mengambil mudah sokongan rakyat dan merasakan mereka boleh menang selama-lamanya.

Seorang mahasiswa menulis catatannya di sini.

Nantikan gambar-gambar apabila saya pulang ke Malaysia nanti.


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Posted: 13 Nov 2010 06:01 AM PST

Burma releases Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 05:36 AM PST

Burma releases Aung San Suu KyiThe military authorities in Burma have released pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi earlier today. The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner (honoured in 1991) has been detained under house arrest for 15 years of the past 21 years.

Aung San Suu Kyi helped set up the National League for Democracy (NLD) party which won the 1990 general election despite her arrest a year earlier. But the military, which rules the Southeast Asian nation since 1962, refused to relinquish power.

Military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) won the country's first election in 20 years last Sunday. The ballot was widely condemned though.

Read more about Aung San Suu Kyi on BBC (news) and Wikipedia (bio).

Burma releases Aung San Suu Kyi from YeinJee's Asian Blog


KEMBALIKAN HAK AIR KEPADA RAKYAT!

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 05:40 AM PST

Bermula tahun 1997, kerajaan BN telah menswastakan syarikat-syarikat air di Selangor.Sejak ini, Syabas dan syarikat-syarikat lain telah merugikan ratusan juta duit rakyat.Kerajaan negeri Selangor yang diterajui Pakatan Rakyat kini ingin mengembalikan pengawalan syarikat-syarikat air ini kepada tangan rakyat.Pelan Syabas:TahunKenaikkan Tarif200937%201225%201520%Laporan audit terhadap SYABAS


Aung San Suu Kyi / Suddenly (A Burmese Song) – Mary Win (Original Music Video / Burma / Myanmar)

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 05:29 AM PST



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Aung San Suu Kyi Released

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 05:21 AM PST



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Posted: 13 Nov 2010 05:19 AM PST



KTMB Bela Gamuda MMC, Belakangkan Kepentingan Rakyat

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 05:57 AM PST

Landasan Keretapi Berkembar Bukan Punca Banjir - KTM

KUALA LUMPUR: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB)menganggap langkah kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang yang mahu projek Landasan Berkembar Elektrik (PLBE) dihentikan kerana mendakwa ia punca banjir di Kedah adalah tidak wajar dan tidak berasas.

Pengurus Kanan Unit Komunikasi Korporat KTMB Mohd Fazli Ismail berkata projek itu tidak menyumbang kepada banjir yang lebih kronik di Kedah mahupun seperti dikhuatiri di Pulau Pinang.

"Laporan Jabatan Meteorologi menunjukkan hujan lebih dari luar biasa iaitu hampir sekali ganda direkodkan pada 2005, iaitu peningkatan paras air dari 119m kepada 207mm.

"Banjir juga berlaku di Selatan Thailand dan tidak ada PLBE dijalankan. Adalah tidak berasas untuk meletakkan punca dan kekhuatiran berlakunya banjir atas sebab PLBE," katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini, Sabtu.

Beliau berkata arahan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng supaya kontraktor PLBE menghentikan kerja-kerja serta merta akan membawa implikasi kos dan kelewatan penyiapan projek.

Mohd Fazli berkata arahan itu akan turut menjejaskan perancangan pembangunan industri pelancongan melalui perkhidmatan kereta api yang akan kelak membawa manfaat kepada rakyat di Perak, Kedah, Pulau Pinang dan Perlis.

Katanya KTMB dan kontraktor bertanggungjawab iaitu MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture bagaimanapun akan mengaturkan perbincangan lanjut bersama wakil kerajaan negeri untuk mencari penyelesaian perkara berkenaan.-BERNAMA

Ulasan GB

KTMB tidak mengakui fakta bahawa Gamuda MMC yang telah mengakibatkan banjir di Kedah sepertimana yang telah diakui sendiri oleh Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Datuk Chor Chee Heung.

Sikap KTMB yang melihat isu ini dari perspektif komersial dan keuntungan semata-mata adalah amat tidak wajar dengan membelakangkan kepentingan rakyat di negeri-negeri terbabit. Patutlah KTMB rugi berganda-ganda sepanjang tahun. Sebabnya mereka cuba menjadi binatang raksaksa di dunia perniagaan tanpa memperdulikan "social obligations" lantas tiada "barakah" di dalam setiap urusniaga mereka. itu pun masih tidak sedar tetapi membela rakan niaga yang bernama Gamuda MMC yang jelas-jelas membelakangkangkan kepentingan awam di dalam projek yang mereka laksanakan.

Tidak ada lansung tanda-tanda untuk berubah supaya mereka menjengah ke dalam diri agar menjadi manusia-manusia yang bertaqwa sepertimana firman Tuhan:

"Seandainya penduduk suatu tempat beriman dan bertakwa, nescaya Kami bukakan atas mereka barakah dari langit dan bumi. Akan tetapi mereka mendustakan Kami, sehingga Kami siksa mereka karena perbuatannya." (Al A'raaf: 96).


p/s Nampaknya pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat terutama pemimpin PKR tengah sibuk berpolitiking. Sedangkan masalah negara kian menokok. Lansung tak dihiraukan.

Nak rebut Putrajayalah, PAS gantikan UMNOlah, Anwar dabik dada jadi hero sebab rakyat berdemo untuknyalah dulu dan bermacam-macam karenah pemimpin PR ni. Macam-macam yang retorik dihamburkan untuk menyapu sampah ke bawah karpet.

Blogger juga yang terpaksa berperanan untuk menjawab serangan-serangan pihak kerajaan dan agensinya yang dilihat keterlaluan menyusahkan rakyat.

Pemimpin-pemimpin PR sibuk berangan-angan. PR tak sedar-sedar dah "dikurniakan" kekalahan berturut-turut dari Bagan Pinang, Hulu Selangor, Galas & Batu Sapi. Ia akibat PKR dan PAS punya tabiat berpolitiking.



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Posted: 13 Nov 2010 04:08 AM PST

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Kritikan Peribadi Calon: Jangan Hanya Pandang Sebelah Pihak

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 04:07 AM PST

Tindakan Tegas Elak Kritikan Peribadi Sesama Sendiri - Wan Azizah

PETALING JAYA: Tindakan tegas akan diambil terhadap mana-mana pihak yang didapati menyalahi etika yang digariskan, kata Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Beliau berkata, jaminan itu diharapkan tiada kritikan berbentuk peribadi sesama pimpinan dan ahli secara terbuka kerana keadaan itu akan membuka ruang kepada musuh.

"Apa yang berlaku ini merupakan proses mematang dan memantapkan parti. Kita yakin ia akan menatijahkan semangat dan kekuatan baru kepada ahli dan parti," katanya dalam satu kenyataan pada Sabtu.

Pengerusi Majlis Pimpinan Negeri (MPN) Pahang, Datuk Fauzi Abd Rahman pada Jumaat menyerahkan satu Resolusi Rapat Anak Muda Malaysia bertarikh 10 November 2010.

Resolusi tersebut mengandungi enam perkara berkaitan perjalanan perjalanan pemilihan pimpinan parti yang sedang berjalan ketika ini.

Wan Azizah difahamkan resolusi itu satu proses yang baik mengikut saluran tepat dan menunjukkan kematangan ahli dalam menangani isu-isu berbangkit.

"Pimpinan parti, khususnya saya sendiri dan Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat (JPP) akan memberi perhatian serius resolusi enam perkara tersebut dan semua memorandum serta surat aduan yang telah diterima dari akar umbi.

"Bahkan kita telah pun memulakan tindakan dan tumpuan diberikan kepada kes-kes yang mempunyai petunjuk yang jelas," katanya.

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Serangan peribadi? Bagaimana sebelum ini calon yang dijulang oleh pimpinan PKR menyerang peribadi lawannya secara terang-terangan?

Boleh lihat sini:

Azmin Serang Zaid Habis-habisan Setelah Mendapat Pencalonan Tertinggi

Azmin Sifatkan Zaid "Deperado", Guna BH Serang Lawan.


Mitigating Floods

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 03:11 AM PST

Last weekend, my dear doctor friend gave me a call to say he was stopping by to pass me some Deepavali goodies. While waiting for him, I got ready the presents for his birthday and for Deepavali. When he arrived, I was very shocked when he brought a huge bag that had four gigantic containers of various types of muruku and biscuits and a packet of munchies. When I asked him about his Deepavali celebrations, I was totally shocked when he told me that his whole family had to be evacuated by boat!!! It was truly a very wet Deepavali celebration for him and his family not forgetting other Hindus in the affected areas.

Image taken from HERE.

Most indignantly, he questioned why residents living near the Timah Tasoh Dam in Perlis were not alerted when the dam released water after breaching the 29m danger level? The floods in Thailand should have been a good indicator of what would happen but apparently, our country does not have an effective flood alert and communication system to allow citizens to be fully prepared for such a large scale disaster.

The Star carried an analysis of the situation HERE but I wish to share some issues raised by my friend.

1. Hospital services were disrupted. It must have been very difficult for ambulances to reach the homes of those who needed medical attention because of the flood waters. Hopefully, no one died from any delays.

2. It is likely that water-borne diseases such as cholera, dengue and typhoid may set in as many homes did not have water or power supply. Nonetheless, some continued to remain in their own homes even under such conditions.

3. The flood was so bad that it reached the first floor of some double-storey homes and even the roofs of other homes. Can you imagine the losses to farmers, residents, hotels, shopping complexes, restaurants and small businesses?

4. Towing services and car workshops had brisk business but for the flood victims, think of the untold losses to their cars and vehicles.

5.The Star article HERE also raised the same point that my doctor friend related to me:

A check with the Meteorological Department revealed that the rain between Oct 30 and Nov 3 was due to a rare tropical depression.

"The highest daily rainfall in November recorded over the last 60 years was 16.4cm on Nov 18, 1951. For October, the highest was 14.5cm, recorded on Oct 11, 1986.

"The highest daily rainfall during this period was 13.8cm, recorded on Nov 1," a department spokesman said.

With such heavy rainfall, it was logical to expect that the rivers and monsoon drains in Kedah and Perlis would overflow and cause floods. Surely, the authorities knew all this, yet this information was not passed on.

It is obvious that they did not utilise all the resources at their disposal to warn the public.

Such a warning could have helped people take precautions, such as moving their belongings to higher ground or even to the upper floor of their homes.


However, the authorities did not pass on the information and it would be interesting to see what they have to say in their reports! Who are they going to blame and who will take responsibility for this terrible disaster?

It is the responsibility of the authorities concerned to do their best in flood risk management. Efforts have to be coordinated. Personnel and machinery must be in tip top condition. With ample warning from the Weather Department, planners, engineers, administrators and environmentalists must do their best to offer solutions to mitigate floods!

The rakyat must not pay the price for the incompetence, indifference or inefficiency of certain quarters!

Always, rakyat above all else!!


Another proof of Corruption - Dirty leaky Little India

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 02:24 AM PST

Hurriedly undertaken projects funded by taxpayers' money have cost more for repairs  of the shoddy works. Paintwork is peeling off, fountain developing a leak and then, a shut down.
Structures have more sand than cement, old garbage lodged in corners, cavities, drains and back-lanes can be seen everywhere. We are not only seen as 'Apple Polishers' but a nation possessing a culture of filth, disposing our garbage everywhere!

In the first part of his exposure of Little India, Harakahdaily's environmental photojournalist ARSHAD KHAN lamented there was nothing to shout about in this corner carved out of Brickfields, a working class area in Kuala Lumpur. Concluding his report with this second part, he takes us on a tour of rubbish dumps and shoddy works that characterise the city's latest and much trumpeted 'tourist attraction'. 

WHAT DRAINS ARE FOR ... Clogged drains are everywhere here.
The fountain is not the only place with leakage in Brickfield's Little India. Besides the water, perhaps some funds also leaked away.

 But that is very normal here, taxpayers' money spent, not accounted for; just like roofs, buildings and bridges collapsed without any one's care.

When this 'Indian town' was first visited on November 4, 2010 following the frenzied media publicity, the crowds here were seen simply mingling around, with no one seen admiring or even taking any snaps of the new structures and paintwork.

Some commented that the former layout and work were more original than the new artificial one. True, if compared to other locations.

PAINTWORK OR PATCHWORK ...A closer look reveals the shoddy works at the 'elephant fountain'
Since I have some experience loafing around India itself and Singapore, this in Malaysia has other messages than the actual picture someone has been trying to paint.

Hurriedly undertaken projects funded by taxpayers' money have cost more for repairs  of the shoddy works. Paintwork is peeling off, fountain developing a leak and then, a shut down.

Structures have more sand than cement, old garbage lodged in corners, cavities, drains and back-lanes can be seen everywhere. We are not only seen as 'Apple Polishers' but a nation possessing a culture of filth, disposing our garbage everywhere!
Developed nations no longer have to display signboards reminding their citizenry not to litter or smoke. But habits and culture, it would seem, are impossible to change.
Shut down at the fountain

At the fountain someone commented 'they' wanted the fountain to be different, requiring major changes, hence the shut down.

TRUNKS WITHOUT WATER ...The elephants stopped playing long ago after a shut down

How else to camouflage shoddy work? Why the flip flops with taxpayers' money that also goes towards salaries of civil servants and politicians? 

Another mismanagement, misuse of authority and funds.
Why the leaks? Why is the paint falling off? What can the ordinary people expect out of something that benefits only certain group without the approval of taxpayers? This whole project is political in nature but disastrous in economics and returns.





By Arshad Khan, Harakah Daily 


A Malaysian Saga of Corruption Ignored

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 02:00 AM PST

One of Mahathir's protégés evades charges, but his accusers are nearly capsized

On June 4, 1995, Tajudin Ramli, then one of Malaysia's brightest
bumiputera, or native Malay stars, was named a Tan Sri, the country's second highest honor, by the country's reigning sultan. At the time he had been the managing director of Malaysian Airline System, Malaysia's nationally owned flag carrier, since July 1, 1994.

Like his friend the former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, the then 49-year-old Tajudin was a native of Alor Setar in Kedah state. He would be the recipient of a long list of national honors including being president of the Malay Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia. He was regarded as a shining example of the bumi businessman that Mahathir wanted to foster to run the country and take the commanding heights of the economy back from the ethnic Chinese.


Unfortunately, according to a long list of whistle-blowers within the airline, he was also involved in looting it of tens of millions of dollars and very nearly putting it into bankruptcy, so that it had to be rescued by the government before he was forced out in 2001. It is a story that has taken years to emerge, and when officials recommended prosecution, they came under fire that nearly ruined their careers and almost put them in jail.


According to allegations in documents made public last week on
Malaysia Today, the widely read website of fugitive gadfly Raja Petra Kamarudin, Tajudin colluded with three other MAS officers and directors through two nominee companies, one in Singapore and the other in Hong Kong, to establish a company called Advanced Cargo Logistics GmbH Germany, at Hahn Airport in Frankfurt, Germany, to provide ground-handling services for MAS.

According to a report filed in March of 2007, to then-Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi by Ramli Yusuff, the director of Malaysia's Commercial Crime Investigation Department and an official who seems to have been singularly incorruptible, "Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli was in control of MAS from 1994 to 2001. When he left MAS in 2001, MAS had accumulated losses in excess of RM8 billion (US$2.54 billion). Many projects were made under very suspicious circumstances."


The ACL agreement, Ramli's report said, "was not an arms-length dealing." Evidence showed that all of the directors were closely connected to Tajudin, including Rizana Mohd Daud, Tajudin's sister-in-law, his brother, Bistamam Ramli, and companies owned by Tajudin or his family.


MAS suffered losses of approximately RM10-16 million per month from the moment the government-owned airline began to operate into the Frankfurt airport, according to Ramli's report. "As of November 2000, MAS had suffered RM174 millon in losses." To prevent the airline from going bankrupt, the MAS board closed the Hahn project, only to have ACL sue the airline for RM300 million for breach of contract on the basis that the contract obligated MAS to fly into Hahn for 10 years. Tajudin himself then sued various parties and the government of Malaysia for RM13.6 million.


Ramli recommended a series of charges against Tajudin, Wan Aishah Wan Hamzah, the former MAS director, and others for not declaring their interest in ACL.


"Since ACL is controlled by Tajudin's family companies, it is therefore presumed…that he has used his office and position as Executive Chairman of MAS to benefit ACL when MAS entered into (the agreements,)" the report continued. "This offence is punishable with mandatory imprisonment (up to) 20 years and a fine not less than five times the sum of gratification."


"CCID's investigation has disclosed that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Tajudin, Wan Aishah and (another official) for all of the above offenses." The case was then handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruptin Agency for investigation and possible prosecution.

What happened then was totally unexpected. Instead of preferring charges against Tajudin, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) went after Ramli Yusuff on three separate allegations, all widely reported in the media, that he had not declared his assets as required under Malaysian law despite the fact that he had declared them as required every year since he had been in office. He was also accused of misusing a Malaysian police airplane although on the flight in question he was on duty, in uniform, and escorted by other police officers. Malaysia's mainstream media, all of which are owned by component parties of the national ruling coalition, wrote that Ramli and his family possessed assets worth RM27 million. He was accused of abuse of power for allegedly forcing villagers in the Lahad Datu district of Sabah off their land to allow a company in which he had an interest to take it over.

Officials brought 75 witnesses to testify against Ramli in a Sessions Court in Kota Kinabalu. Ultimately, Ramli would face charges in three different courts as officials appealed his not guilty verdict before he was finally acquitted for good on Aug. 9. Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan, one of the country's top police officials, appeared in the Kota Kinabalu court to testify against Ramli, only to have Judge Supang Lian tell him that his "evidence was incredible and not to be believed."


Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail appealed the Kota Kinabalu ruling to the High Court but lost again before Judge Rahman Sebli, who acquitted Ramli. Finally, Ramli was acquitted earlier this month outright by Judge SM Komathy, for the third time without having to put on a defense.


Ramli, however, wasn't the only one to go before the courts. His lawyer, Rosli Dahlan, who was also the lawyer for the airline itself, prepared Ramli's defense against the criminal charges only to be arrested himself on charges of collaborating with Ramli. At one point, on a pretext that Rosli had mishandled a letter from the MACC, police officers invaded Rosli's office, arrested and handcuffed him, then kept him in a cell overnight, refusing him medical treatment for injuries to his wrists from the handcuffs. They also refused his request to file a report against the arresting officers.


Rosli went to court in January in a court specially created to handle MACC cases, only to have the case fizzle out when a prosecutor announced that neither Rosli nor Ramli had been charged for corruption and that Rosli wasn't a suspect for anything.


"One wonders why, in Allah's name, since Rosli was a witness, did the MACC not interview him nicely or ask for his cooperation?" asked blogger Din Merican. "Why did the MACC abuse, arrest and charge him if they needed his cooperation? Why did the MACC conspire with the mainstream media to widely publicize that Rosli was arrested and charged for hiding assts worth RM27 million? Why after doing all that, then did they on the first day of Rosli's trial the MACC meekly admitted that Rosli was just a witness? Is there something amiss?


For his part, Rosli has charged that the MACC, Bank Negara, the government of Malaysia and the three major newspapers owned by the political parties had conspired with those in power to damage him for his attempts to defend Ramli.


And for his part, Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli remains uninvestigated and uncharged, and a continuing example of bumiputera power at the top of Malaysia's political and social structure.




Asia Sentinel.com 


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