Friday, November 12, 2010

The RM300,000 dinner

The RM300,000 dinner


The RM300,000 dinner

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 08:34 AM PST


The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has declined to attend a function to commemorate Selangor Foundation's 40th anniversary.

The reason being, it costs Yayasan Selangor more than RM300,000. What an amount for a dinner! What would they be serving? Golden egg? Or mermaids?

The Sultan had initially agreed to attend the function with the hope that his presence would inject new spirit for the staff at the foundation and in appreciation of their efforts in helping to improve the performance of students from less fortunate families in the rural areas in Selangor (here).

The function was planned to be held on Nov 15 at the Tun Dr Ismail Hostel, Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur.

The sultan had suggested that the foundation organised a lunch, which would be cheaper, instead of a dinner, but it was not heeded by the foundation.

The latest news was, Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim too has decided to stay away from the dinner. And did he say anything about not being advised of the cost?

Then, who actually decided on the RM300,000?


No other 'best man' but Najib? Selangor Umno say Najib best man to lead

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 08:03 AM PST

So, pathetic lah. Why do you need a PM who is a leader of a country to lead a state? I guess Najib is the only 'credible' leader left standing in Umno. If a 'murderer' can be 'credible, that is. 
Najib Razak and the Ghost of Altantuya
(Source: The Korea Times)



[Bergambar] Tren Mekah Bermula Bulan Ini

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 08:22 AM PST

Tren Mekah

Diumumkan bahawa kini umat Islam yang ingin menggunakan Mekah 's metro pertama ketika mereka berkumpul di kota suci harus membayar SR250 (Saudi Riyal) untuk tiket yang boleh digunakan selama tujuh hari.

Menurut akhbar PAKEM, tiga jenis tiket akan merangkumi semua tempat suci di Mekah dan akan membolehkan para jemaah haji untuk naik kereta api ke bandar untuk melakukan ibadah ritual mereka sebelum kembali ke tempat tinggal mereka di dalam atau di luar bandar,

Habib Zain Alabidin, wakil Kementerian Urusan Kota di Arab Saudi berkata: "Harga tiket adalah ditetapkan sebanyak SR250 (RM 209) yang akan merangkumi perjalanan penuh ke dalam dan keluar dari Mekah selama tujuh hari ... tiket lain adalah harga SR100 (RM83) selama empat hari".

Para pegawai mengatakan kereta api ini mempunyai kapasiti mengangkut 170,000 penumpang dalam tahap pertama dan dua juta pada tahap ketiga dan terakhir selesai. Arab Saudi telah memperuntukkan hampir SR6.7 bilion (US $ 1.8 bilion) untuk metro, perkhidmatan secara berterusan yang bermula bulan ini untuk pertama kalinya dalam sejarah Mekah'.

Para pegawai berharap projek untuk sebahagian besar menyumbang kepada mengurangkan kesesakan jalan disebabkan oleh ribuan kereta berhampiran Makkah.

Habib Zain Alabidin mengatakan kereta api akan beroperasi sepanjang tahun. Projek ini merupakan sebahagian daripada program mahal oleh Arab Saudi untuk mengatasi kesesakan lalu lintas besar-besaran di dalam dan sekitar bandar dan memudahkan akses kepada semua tempat-tempat suci di Mekah.

Projek kereta api, bermula tiga tahun lalu, mengenangkan beberapa siri kejadian yang telah menewaskan ribuan jemaah haji sebelum ini, runtuh bangunan dan kemalangan lain selama beberapa hari pada musim haji.

Lebih dari dua juta umat Islam dari Arab Saudi, Teluk Kerjasama Dewan negara dan bangsa-bangsa lain berhimpun di Mekah pada setiap tahun untuk menunaikan ibadah haji.

China Railway Construction Corp, sebahagian daripada konsortium Saudi-Perancis-China yang memenangi kontrak, telah melaksanakan projek ini, yang melibatkan hampir 5,000 pekerja. -hbriver

Projek kereta api ini adalah projek terbesar kedua selepas Dubai Metro.

Sumber:"Tiket metro Makkah ditetapkan sebanyak SR250" Emirates 24, 31 Oktober 2010"

Makkah Haji Madinah Train" Islam Newsroom 18 Oktober 2010















More Funny One-Liners

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 07:15 AM PST

The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

Good girls are bad girls that never get caught.

Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

Laugh at your problems, everybody else does.

The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.

Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR". What's my mother going to do?

He who smiles in a crisis has found someone to blame.

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

God must love stupid people. He made SO many.

Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

Never get into fights with ugly people, they have nothing to lose.

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.

My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.

Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

A bargain is something you don't need at a price you can't resist.

My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion. He said okay, you're ugly too.

I intend to live forever. So far, so good.


Patriotism beyond the military

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 06:23 AM PST

Source_MKini: Patriotism beyond the military by Josh Hong
In the feudal era, soldiers played a pivotal role in territorial expansion for kings and emperors, to whom they swore their allegiance. The Treaty of Westphalia, signed in 1648, defined kingdoms by their rite of self-sovereignty and provided the rudimentary framework for nation-states. It also made it possible for the military to place greater loyalty on the state and the constitution rather than the ruler.

Like it or not, the military has long been one major state institution involved in the construction of citizenship. However, Morris Janowitz, an American sociologist of German origin, warns that while military service bears the hallmark of modern citizenship, under no circumstances should a soldier's military background take precedence over his (or her) status as a citizen. Hence, he or she must first and foremost be accountable to a democratically elected civilian government.

Salient marker for patriotism

Given that a strong and well-functioning military is essential to safeguarding territorial integrity and national interests, joining armed forces becomes a salient marker for patriotism. All the excessive celebration over modernism has yet to shatter the myth in many societies that martyrdom is not only glorious, but desirable.

Many a time, military recruitment presents one with an opportunity to alter one's life chances. While most middle and upper class families shun a military career and prefer to enroll their children in prestigious universities by all means for better futures, youths who grow up in neighbourhoods racked by poverty, joblessness and hopelessness often consider military service as a viable venue for upward social mobility.

colin powell 01This has been the case for many African-Americans of humble origins, and Colin Powell's (left) senior appointments in the US military were no small feat by any standard.

It may not be fair to criticise the upper and middle classes of eschewing military careers. Still, it is certainly no coincidence that only 1 percent of US representatives and senators have a child in uniform, while less than 1 percent of Ivy League graduates opt to serve in the US military.

On the other hand, poverty and social exclusion explain a great deal about why the blacks make up 24 percent of the US army, although they only represent less than 15 percent of the overall US population.

And those sent to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq by the US and British governments are, more often than not, sons of relatively poor parents. Can one imagine Britain dispatching Prince Charles or either of his two sons, William and Harry, to the frontline? Aristocrats in the British army have always been few and far between.

military malaysia army tentera 131106 anti aircraftAt the risk of being politically incorrect, I would argue the British Empire would not have reached its zenith without the sweat and blood of the downtrodden Englishmen, Irishmen, Welshmen and Scotsmen.

Even in China, outstanding military men are most likely to have come from the underclass. Ban Chao, a brilliant student during the Han Dynasty, ditched a promising scholarship and joined the military due to extreme poverty. He rose to become an excellent cavalry commander in Chinese history.

Had it not been the incessant wars, social unrests and great uncertainties, Jiang Baili of the late Qing era could have made it to become a high official in the Manchurian court. Instead, he entered military academies and later established himself as a highly respected military strategist and adviser to Chiang Kai-shek.

Military reflects racism and class dofferences

What does all this tell us? First of all, the military reflects racism and class differences, and staggeringly so. Roman Caesars exploited the Africans and the Middle Easterners for their imperial ambitions, while the Japanese army forcibly conscripted poor kids to fight the formidable Americans during World War II.

military malaysia army tentera 131106 jungleBut the conscious effort by the ruling elites to ethnicise the state apparatus and the military has given rise to the pervasive indifference and even resentment among the others. Can one blame the Chinese or the Indian parent for not sending his/her child to train as a soldier?

Being a fundamentalist liberal myself, neither race nor nation will be where my ultimate loyalty lies, but I do respect others' right to swear their allegiance to a country from where they draw strength and inspiration.

But a real patriot must be more than just a young man or woman who is blindly beholden to mendacious and corrupt political leaders. He or she must be able to expose the wrongs and the crooks in the nation that he or she loves without fear or favour, which is far more important than joining the military under the delusion of a bankrupt state ideology.

Joseph Goebbels once said that "the common man hates war, but he will follow you into war if you convince him he is threatened, and tell him often enough that he is not patriotic enough".

JOSH HONG studied politics at London Metropolitan University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. A keen watcher of domestic and international politics, he longs for a day when Malaysians will learn and master the art of self-mockery, and enjoy life to the full in spite of politicians.

 



Projek MMC Gamuda Dihentikan Sehingga Ada Jaminan Bayar Pampasan Kerosakan Akibat Banjir

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 06:58 AM PST

Henti projek MMC Gamuda: Tiada agenda politik

Kerja pembinaan landasan berkembar diarah dihentikan segera sementara menunggu jaminan daripada MMC Gamuda JV bahawa ia akan membayar pampasan kerosakan akibat banjir.

Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng berkata keputusan itu dibuat dalam mesyuarat exco kerajaan negeri hari ini berikutan dakwaan bahawa projek itu, yang bermula Januari 2008, telah memburukkan situasi banjir di Kedah.

Menurutnya, syarikat itu dikritik kuat oleh Menteri Besar Kedah Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak dan Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Chor Chee Heung.

"Pulau Pinang memandang serius dakwaan dua pemimpin tersebut, seorang dari BN dan seorang lagi dari Pakatan Rakyat; Mereka belum menarik balik kenyataan mereka," kata Lim dalam satu sidang akhbar hari ini.

Oleh itu, katanya, ia bukan lagi masalah politik tetapi pendapat dua pemimpin tersebut mengenai situasi berkenaan.

Kontrak pembinaan sistem berkembar sepanjang 329km yang bernilai RM12.84 bilion dari Padang Besar ke Ipoh, ditandatangani pada 2007.

Lim berkata arahan henti kerja itu akan ditarik balik apabila syarikat berkenaan memberi jaminan bertulis bahawa ia akan menanggung semua kos kerugian akibat banjir di Pulau Pinang, seperti yang ia lakukan di Kedah.

"Ini untuk membela kehidupan rakyat kita, terutama mereka yang tinggal di tanah besar," tambahnya.

Beliau berharap satu pertemuan awal diadakan antara kerajaan negeri dengan wakil MMC Gamuda dan mahukan komitmen bertulis tanpa sebarang syarat.

Lim berkata, kerajaan negeri mahu syarikat berkenaan membuka landasan yang menyebabkan air hujan bertakung apabila banjir berlaku di negeri itu.

Menurutnya, situasi banjir kali ini adalah 'luar biasa', yang terburuk dalam sejarah banjir di Kedah, ekoran hujan lebat. -mk


Kedah dakwa landasan berkembar menjadi punca banjir

ALOR SETAR: Kerajaan PAS Kedah mendakwa banjir buruk yang kini melanda negeri ini adalah disebabkan kerja pembinaan landasan kereta api berkembar yang sedang berjalan.

Sehubungan itu, kerajaan negeri menggesa kontraktor landasan kereta api berkembar itu, MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture (Gamuda) membesarkan saliran air supaya air banjir dapat disalirkan ke sungai dengan cepat.

Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak, berkata semasa banjir besar lima tahun lalu, kawasan Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Halim dan beberapa kawasan lain tidak pernah ditenggelami air, tetapi sejak pembinaan landasan kereta api berkembar, banjir yang melanda Kedah semakin buruk. "Kami panggil mereka (Gamuda) datang mesyuarat dengan kita hari ini, tetapi mereka tidak datang. Jika mereka tidak datang juga, saya akan arahkan pihak Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran untuk membuka laluan air itu dengan segera.

"Kami mahu berbincang dengan pihak Gamuda mengenai perkara ini supaya masalah ini dapat diatasi dengan segera," katanya selepas mesyuarat perkembangan banjir di Wisma Darulaman di sini hari ini.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Azizan berkata bekalan air di daerah Padang Terap, Kota Setar (dari Kepala Batas hingga pusat bandar, Jalan Putra, Gunung, Jalan Langgar dan Hutan Kampung) dan Kubang Pasu (Tanah Merah, Taman Kepala Batas, Jalan Kampung Naga dan Taman Tabung Haji) telah pulih sepenuhnya.

"Bagi daerah Pokok Sena, bekalan air bertambah baik. Petang ini, kita akan menerima 10 lori tangki dan sebuah lori besar air minuman dari Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (SYABAS) dan sembilan lori tangki daripada Lembaga Air Perak.
"Syarikat Air Darul Aman telah menyediakan 89 tangki air kepada orang ramai," katanya.

Azizan berkata, beliau amat berpuas hati dengan kerjasama yang diberikan oleh pejabat daerah, bomba, polis, Jabatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia, pasukan sukarela, Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat dan agensi kerajaan pusat dan negeri dalam menangani bencana itu.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan negeri telah menambah peruntukan bencana sebanyak RM300,000 lagi menjadikan jumlah keseluruhan yang diperuntukkan ialah RM600,000 dan jumlah itu akan ditambah lagi jika keadaan memerlukan. -bernama



Projek Landasan Berkembar Memburukkan Situasi banjir Di Kedah - Chor

Keadaan banjir di Alor Setar telah menjadi bertambah buruk dengan landasan berkembar, demikian dinyatakan oleh Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Datuk Chor Chee Heung.

Beliau menambah saliran air telah terganggu dengan kewujudan landasan berkenaan, dan sepatutnya pelan kontingensi untuk membenarkan air mengalir keluar telah dilakukan.

Chor menyatkan beliau telah memaklumkannya kepada Menteri Pengangukutan Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha mengenai hal tersebut.

Akibat dari saliran keluar air yang tersekat, kawasan yang tak mengalami banjir serius pada masa lalu kini turut tenggelam dengan beberapa kaki air, tambahnya, dengan mengambil contoh Taman Lumba Kuda, Taman Golf, Taman Rakyat dan Taman Malaysia.

Chor, yang juga Ahli Parlimen Alor Setar, tinggal bersama keluarganya di Taman Lumba Kuda.

"Rumah saya sekrang ditenggelami air sedalam empat kaki. Kami dah duduk situ sejak 1985, dan ini kali pertama air memasuki ke dalam rumah. Memang ada banjir sebelum ini tetapi hanya jalanraya yang terlibat," katanya.

Chor yang belum pulang ke rumahnya sejak Khamis lepas kerana melawati kawasan-kawasan yang ditenggelami air di tempat lain di samping memantau dan mengarahkan pasukan Bomba Dan Penyelamat di dalam kerja-kerja menyelamatkan mangsa banjir.

Beliau menyatakan saudara maranya terpaksa datang untuk menolong isterinya. -thestar


Ulasan GB

Tiadanya CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) di pihak MMC Gamuda amat dikesalkan. Malah mereka cuba mengelak untuk memikul tanggungjawab yang telah menyebabkan rakyat Kedah sengsara dan menderita.

Mereka setakat ini, belum lagi diberitakan ada menghantar apa-apa bantuan kepada mangsa banjir.

Syarikat MMC Gamuda yang dianggotai oleh ahli lembaga pengarahnya seorang anak kerabat di raja tidak sepatutnya berlepas tangan di dalam menangani isu tanggungjawab sosial yang merupakan etika perniagaan yang wajib dilaksanakan dan bukan hanya mementingkan faktor pemaksimaan keuntungan semata-mata.



Baby So’od…

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 05:59 AM PST

When the matron from the shelter home in KL expressed her concern that there may not be anyone to pay full attention to the baby if I send Liza and baby So'od to KL, Liza told me that she could take care of the baby herself. Liza seemed matured enough, so I figured there shouldn't be a problem.

However, after delivering baby So'od on Tuesday, the little boy was well and fine but it seemed like Liza was the one who had problems. Low HB, then feeling dizzy every time she got up. Lucky for her, the nurses helped out to take care of little So'od at the hospital.

The doctors however said there was nothing wrong with Liza and discharged her from the hospital today. She definitely wasn't ready to travel all the way to KL and I wasn't ready to send her either. If I were to send her to KL, I'd need to make a move in the morning to make it a day trip. This weekend I have weddings to attend. So initially I thought Monday would be a good day and the matron from the KL shelter home had no problem with that. After discussing with Liza and her sister whom I got to meet on Wednesday when I went to visit Liza at the maternity ward, we agreed that Liza and So'od be sent to Kak Ana's shelter home first (the home is meant more for disabled children… but Kak Ana had been very nice to me by offering her place if any of the cases I handled needed temporary shelter. This was the same place I sent my little Cek Mek.) and then when it is more convenient for me, I'd send them to KL.

This morning when Liza confirmed that she would be discharged, I told her I'd fetch her after zohor. I figured the timing would be just nice for me to send them to Kak Ana's place about 1 1/4 hours drive away. So immediately after zohor I rushed to the hospital. When I asked Liza if she was ready to leave, she said she had not received any documents whatsoever after the doctor told her that she'd be discharged. Aduh, I thought maybe her sister would come to settle whatever necessary… but turned out she didn't even come.

I went to the counter to ask, and was told that all the documents were ready, they were just waiting for someone to settle the bill and get the medication from the pharmacy. Well, looked like Opah Pi had to be the one helping to settle whatever necessary. I told Liza to get changed while I settle matters.

Settling the bill was not a problem at all… it was done within just a minute after I reached the payment counter. Next, to get their medication from the pharmacy. That was where I got to wait for quite some time. There were so many people, and when I got my number, it was 24 numbers away to my turn…

Got the medications, went back to the maternity ward to get Liza and baby So'od. Liza had changed but had lied back on the bed again. She couldn't stand for too long, she'd get dizzy. So'od was not a problem at all… he was such a good boy. I helped to pack their stuff, took a wheelchair for Liza, and as I carried So'od from the bed onto Liza's lap, he opened his eyes wide and looked around.

We then got stuck with all the procedures at the counter before I could wheel Liza out of the ward. Then, another round at the guard downstairs before leaving the building. I guess they needed to take extra precautions to avoid babies being kidnapped out of the ward by the wrong people.

Liza still being weak and unable to stand up for too long, I had to help carry little So'od every time Liza needed to get up. So'od really opened his eyes wide when we were about to leave the building, even the lady guard at the door commented that So'od was so cute.

Liza then got in to the back seat of my car where she could lie down. I then placed So'od beside her. Throughout the journey to Kak Ana's place she was lying down, except when we reached a small town when she asked if I could stop to buy a drink as she was so thirsty.

It was already 5.30 pm by the time we reached Kak Ana's place. The moment I brought So'od down from the car, the kids there were shouting, "Eh, eh! Ada baby! Keciknya dia!!"

All the kids were calling So'od baby except one little girl aged 1 year plus who came over to So'od and said, "Kakak…" Hehehe… she is the youngest there now and had been so used to calling every other kid kakak, so she thought So'od was kakak too. In the first place, So'od is not even a girl… but then even we adults wouldn't be able to tell if a 4 day old baby is fully clothed, right?

And oh, guess who was the little girl who called So'od kakak? Yep, none other than My Little Cek Mek! Oh, she's a big girl now, I almost didn't recognise her. Somehow, looking at her now, her face… her short straight hair… reminded me so much of  a little someone many many years ago… ME!!

Anyway, Liza was really knocked out by the time we got to Kak Ana's place, she vomitted and really needed to lie down. So Kak Ana just led her to one of the girl's beds. I asked for a place where I could perform solat asar… I knew I wouldn't have the time to do so by the time I could get back to Ipoh as it was already getting late. After my prayers, I heard little So'od crying. Kak Ana was busy in the kitchen while Liza was still in pain. I then looked for So'od's milk bottle to feed him. He drank a bit and then I put him back beside his mother on the bed. Then I went over to Kak Ana's office to discuss some matters quickly.

After a few minutes So'od cried again. When I went to check out, I heard Liza saying, "Lampin dia dah penuh, tolong… saya tak larat sangat ni." Liza was obviously in pain… she wasn't fit to travel yet but what choice did I have? It was already 6 pm then, so I gave So'od his dose of medication (to be given every 6 hours); changed his diapers (and cleaning his poo in the process), then carried him away from the bed to give Liza some space to really rest.

Kak Ana then took the baby from me to enable me to go back. It was already after 6 pm, she too was concerned about me getting home after dark. We (Liza, Kak Ana and myself) had already decided that the earliest I'd be sending Liza to KL will be after Raya Haji, to give Liza more time to rest and get better before travelling again.

On the way back to Ipoh, I called the matron from the shelter home to tell her I'd have to postpone sending Liza to her place until after raya. Then I called my mother to inform her that I'd be home late. If I didn't call her, she'd be worried sick seeing that I wasn't home by Maghrib.

I reached home safely at 7.30 pm. When I left home after zohor, thinking that all would be ready when I reached the hospital, I thought I'd be able to get back home by 6.30 pm.  But what to do… So'od punya pasal, dah gelap baru balik.

And So'od made me add some new job descriptions to my voluntary work – cleaning his poo and changing his diapers. Even Cek Mek was not that privileged… :)

Looks like I have a week break before sending Liza and baby So'od to KL. Hopefully, by then Liza will recover.

 


Projek MMC Gamuda Dihentikan Sehingga Ada Jaminan Bayar Pampasan Kerosakan Akibat Banjir

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 05:22 AM PST

Henti projek MMC Gamuda: Tiada agenda politik

Kerja pembinaan landasan berkembar diarah dihentikan segera sementara menunggu jaminan daripada MMC Gamuda JV bahawa ia akan membayar pampasan kerosakan akibat banjir.

Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng berkata keputusan itu dibuat dalam mesyuarat exco kerajaan negeri hari ini berikutan dakwaan bahawa projek itu, yang bermula Januari 2008, telah memburukkan situasi banjir di Kedah.

Menurutnya, syarikat itu dikritik kuat oleh Menteri Besar Kedah Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak dan Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Chor Chee Heung.

"Pulau Pinang memandang serius dakwaan dua pemimpin tersebut, seorang dari BN dan seorang lagi dari Pakatan Rakyat; Mereka belum menarik balik kenyataan mereka," kata Lim dalam satu sidang akhbar hari ini.

Oleh itu, katanya, ia bukan lagi masalah politik tetapi pendapat dua pemimpin tersebut mengenai situasi berkenaan.

Kontrak pembinaan sistem berkembar sepanjang 329km yang bernilai RM12.84 bilion dari Padang Besar ke Ipoh, ditandatangani pada 2007.

Lim berkata arahan henti kerja itu akan ditarik balik apabila syarikat berkenaan memberi jaminan bertulis bahawa ia akan menanggung semua kos kerugian akibat banjir di Pulau Pinang, seperti yang ia lakukan di Kedah.

"Ini untuk membela kehidupan rakyat kita, terutama mereka yang tinggal di tanah besar," tambahnya.

Beliau berharap satu pertemuan awal diadakan antara kerajaan negeri dengan wakil MMC Gamuda dan mahukan komitmen bertulis tanpa sebarang syarat.

Lim berkata, kerajaan negeri mahu syarikat berkenaan membuka landasan yang menyebabkan air hujan bertakung apabila banjir berlaku di negeri itu.

Menurutnya, situasi banjir kali ini adalah 'luar biasa', yang terburuk dalam sejarah banjir di Kedah, ekoran hujan lebat. -mk


Kedah dakwa landasan berkembar menjadi punca banjir

ALOR SETAR: Kerajaan PAS Kedah mendakwa banjir buruk yang kini melanda negeri ini adalah disebabkan kerja pembinaan landasan kereta api berkembar yang sedang berjalan.

Sehubungan itu, kerajaan negeri menggesa kontraktor landasan kereta api berkembar itu, MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture (Gamuda) membesarkan saliran air supaya air banjir dapat disalirkan ke sungai dengan cepat.

Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak, berkata semasa banjir besar lima tahun lalu, kawasan Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Halim dan beberapa kawasan lain tidak pernah ditenggelami air, tetapi sejak pembinaan landasan kereta api berkembar, banjir yang melanda Kedah semakin buruk. "Kami panggil mereka (Gamuda) datang mesyuarat dengan kita hari ini, tetapi mereka tidak datang. Jika mereka tidak datang juga, saya akan arahkan pihak Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran untuk membuka laluan air itu dengan segera.

"Kami mahu berbincang dengan pihak Gamuda mengenai perkara ini supaya masalah ini dapat diatasi dengan segera," katanya selepas mesyuarat perkembangan banjir di Wisma Darulaman di sini hari ini.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Azizan berkata bekalan air di daerah Padang Terap, Kota Setar (dari Kepala Batas hingga pusat bandar, Jalan Putra, Gunung, Jalan Langgar dan Hutan Kampung) dan Kubang Pasu (Tanah Merah, Taman Kepala Batas, Jalan Kampung Naga dan Taman Tabung Haji) telah pulih sepenuhnya.

"Bagi daerah Pokok Sena, bekalan air bertambah baik. Petang ini, kita akan menerima 10 lori tangki dan sebuah lori besar air minuman dari Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (SYABAS) dan sembilan lori tangki daripada Lembaga Air Perak.
"Syarikat Air Darul Aman telah menyediakan 89 tangki air kepada orang ramai," katanya.

Azizan berkata, beliau amat berpuas hati dengan kerjasama yang diberikan oleh pejabat daerah, bomba, polis, Jabatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia, pasukan sukarela, Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat dan agensi kerajaan pusat dan negeri dalam menangani bencana itu.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan negeri telah menambah peruntukan bencana sebanyak RM300,000 lagi menjadikan jumlah keseluruhan yang diperuntukkan ialah RM600,000 dan jumlah itu akan ditambah lagi jika keadaan memerlukan. -bernama



Projek Landasan Berkembar Memburukkan Situasi banjir Di Kedah - Chor

Keadaan banjir di Alor Setar telah menjadi bertambah buruk dengan landasan berkembar, demikian dinyatakan oleh Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Datuk Chor Chee Heung.

Beliau menambah saliran air telah terganggu dengan kewujudan landasan berkenaan, dan sepatutnya pelan kontingensi untuk membenarkan air mengalir keluar telah dilakukan.

Chor menyatkan beliau telah memaklumkannya kepada Menteri Pengangukutan Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha mengenai hal tersebut.

Akibat dari saliran keluar air yang tersekat, kawasan yang tak mengalami banjir serius pada masa lalu kini turut tenggelam dengan beberapa kaki air, tambahnya, dengan mengambil contoh Taman Lumba Kuda, Taman Golf, Taman Rakyat dan Taman Malaysia.

Chor, yang juga Ahli Parlimen Alor Setar, tinggal bersama keluarganya di Taman Lumba Kuda.

"Rumah saya sekrang ditenggelami air sedalam empat kaki. Kami dah duduk situ sejak 1985, dan ini kali pertama air memasuki ke dalam rumah. Memang ada banjir sebelum ini tetapi hanya jalanraya yang terlibat," katanya.

Chor yang belum pulang ke rumahnya sejak Khamis lepas kerana melawati kawasan-kawasan yang ditenggelami air di tempat lain di samping memantau dan mengarahkan pasukan Bomba Dan Penyelamat di dalam kerja-kerja menyelamatkan mangsa banjir.

Beliau menyatakan saudara maranya terpaksa datang untuk menolong isterinya. -thestar


Ulasan GB

Tiadanya CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) di pihak Gamuda MMC amat dikesalkan. Malah mereka cuba mengelak untuk memikul tanggungjawab yang telah menyebabkan rakyat Kedah sengsara dan menderita.

Mereka setakat ini, belum lagi diberitakan ada menghantar apa-apa bantun kepada mangsa banjir.

Syarikat Gamuda MMC yang dianggotai oleh ahli lembaga pengarahnya seorang anak kerabat di raja tidak sepatutnya berlepas tangan di dalam menangani isu tanggungjawab sosial yang merupakan etika perniagaan yang wajib dilaksanakan dan bukan hanya mementingkan faktor pemaksimaan keuntungan semata-mata.



My column in the Malaysian Insider: Let’s Perfect the Two-Party System First

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 04:53 AM PST

I am currently visiting Britain for a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference. Part of my trip will also include meetings with Malaysian students and expatriates all over the country.

As you probably know, I'm a UK graduate — from King's College London — and so it's always good to meet other young Malaysians who are pursuing their studies abroad as I did, or starting their careers. Back then, opposition-leaning students had to organise meetings covertly out of fear of reprisal.

It's good to see therefore that the various Malaysian societies who host me now do so openly. As a matter of fact, the talk I gave in Warwick was hosted by the local Umno Club!

The young Malaysians I met, like their compatriots back home, are bright, talented and passionate about their homeland. One can only wish them well and hope that they will someday return to enrich our nation in turn.

Many of them have asked about the state of Pakatan Rakyat, and the troubles we've had lately. Their questions often remind me that I have to be at my best at all times. They also remind me that Pakatan has a long way to go on the road to Putrajaya.

That the last couple of months have been hard for Pakatan, especially Keadilan, is an understatement. We've suffered from several by-election losses and no small amount of internal problems.

Keadilan's decision to hold its party elections on a one-member, one-vote system was historic but it has been hit by various technical problems and overinflated egos. It must also be admitted Pakatan hasn't yet offered up a dynamic alternative to the comfortable, but ultimately fatal mediocrity that characterises Umno/BN's style of government.

Also, it doesn't help that certain establishment figures are determined to find fault with whatever we do. When Malaysians complain of state governments "not doing anything", one sometimes wonder whether they are aware of how centralised power has become in Malaysia.

Most financial, security and oversight powers reside in the federal government. If it chooses to withhold its co-operation from certain states — as it has for those served by Pakatan — the ability to effect substantive reform there is severely limited. Such a situation will continue until and unless Malaysians elect a government that is willing to respect the spirit of federalism.

But I digress: Pakatan has been able to achieve much since 2008, but we ought to be doing much better. We definitely need to pull up our socks and realise that the wave that brought our candidates to office more than two years ago can just as easily knock them back. Believe me when I say that Pakatan is not unmindful of this and are working to improve ourselves.

For all the attacks on us by the establishment media, Pakatan has made great strides forward as a coalition. Keadilan, DAP and PAS are all committed to centrist, multi-racial politics: there will be no going back on this for us. We realise taking back Putrajaya for the people requires the support of all Malaysians, and not just our core supporter bases.

The initial problems aside, Keadilan's elections have and will in the future provide our party leadership with greater legitimacy: better than any party that relies on backroom negotiations and "money politics." Our leaders are truly elected, unlike certain politicians.

The party elections have brought out better grassroots leaders, of all ages, genders and ethnicities. They will provide us with candidates for the next elections, and will more than make up for the defectors and non-performers Malaysians have had to put up with. The decision of our leadership to trust the wisdom of the ordinary members has paid off.

Despite the sabotage and obstruction, Pakatan has achieved a lot in the states we serve. We've had a convention and launched a Common Policy Framework that clearly sets out the agenda of a Pakatan federal government. We stand by this document and it will form the basis of our manifesto in the next general election.

It will take time but Pakatan is well on the way to shaping up as a viable alternative to Barisan Nasional, towards the two-party (or rather two-coalition) system of politics we've all been waiting for.

The problem, however, is that people get impatient. Taking a leaf from Britain and Australia, there's been a nascent movement in Malaysia's blogsphere to forge a third party to contest the next general election in order to become kingmakers.

Romantic notions notwithstanding, it's not clear, at least to me, how much difference a "third party" could make in Malaysian politics. Third parties are supposed to draw support away from both "established" parties.

The partisans of this line do not seem to have any ideas on how to crack open Malaysia's rural heartlands, i.e. where Umno's source of power lies. They have no real vision for winning votes from Barisan, and indeed seem to only want to punish Pakatan because certain of their idols did not get their way.

They are also fond of citing the "success" of the Liberal Democrats in the recent UK elections. Here's a reality check: the Lib Dems are now lingering at about nine per cent in popular support, having been blamed for the harsh policies of their Conservative coalition partners.

If anything's anything, a third party would simply split the vote of Malaysians who want to see real change. To me therefore (and I may be wrong about this), the only effect a third party would have in Malaysia would be to simply ensure the continuance of Barisan Nasional's rule.

Or is that the point?

Malaysians deserve so much more from their politicians; I will be the first to admit. But trying to set up a "third force" will definitely not make things better.

Pakatan holds the promise to become the party of change, the political arm of the Malaysian people. It needs your support to live up to its potential.


[Bergambar] David John, Pemain Billiard Terkenal Dunia Peluk Islam

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 05:59 AM PST

Pemain billiard terkenal dunia pula peluk Islam

MASHAD (Iran), 12 Nov: Pemain billiard terkenal dunia, David John (gambar) mengumumkan dirinya memeluk agama Islam dalam satu upacara di bandar Mashad, Iran timur laut.

Upacara itu turut dihadiri oleh Ketua Pendidikan Jasmani, Ali Saeid Lou dan Imam Sayyed Reza Taghavi, menurut Taqrib News Agency (TNA).

David pernah menajdi juara EBSA, kejohanan billiard yang penting di peringkat dunia, pada tahun 2002 dan 2003.

Sebelum ini, adik ipar bekas Perdana Menteri Britain Tony Blair, Lauren Booth, memeluk Islam selepas menziarahi makam Fatimah al-Masumeh di bandar Qom, Iran sekembalinya ke Britain enam minggu lalu.

Booth, 43, wartawan penyiaran di Press TV, saluran berita bahasa Inggeris Iran adalah adik kepada Cherie Blair, isteri bekas perdana menteri Britain itu.

"Setelah menziarah makam Fatimah Al-Masumeh itu, saya merasa suatu kejutan spiritual, nyaman dan tenteram," katanya kepada akhbar The Mail.

David John menukar namanya menjadi Davood setelah memeluk Islam (Davood sama dengan David mengikut nama Iran) dan berkata, "Revolusi terjadi dalam diri saya ketika saya sampai di Mashad. Saya berharap bahawa selama ini saya boleh menjadi seorang Muslim lebih baik lagi belajar," katanya.

"Saya pernah menjadi jurulatih di Dubai, Qatar dan Bahrain untuk beberapa tahun dan selama itu saya sudah begitu akrab dengan Islam," tambah David.

"Ketika saya datang ke Iran, saya tertawan dengan budaya Iran dan setelah menuju ke Mashad saya memutuskan untuk memeluk Islam," tegas David.

Ketika upacara, Imam Sayyed Reza Taqhavi mengucapkan selamat kepada kemasukannya dalam Islam sambil menyebut, "pandangan kita terhadap Non-Muslim dan Muslim adalah humanistik."

"Menghormati semua manusia adalah salah satu peraturan dalam Islam," kata Imam Sayyed Reza Taqavi. -harakahdaily













I'll Vote For BN

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 04:16 AM PST

Gotcha!!! Sorry I lied, but I know that statement will burn your ass and you'll sit up and read this because you want to know who that sweetheart is who said "I'll vote for BN". You see, I've been thinking about some heavy stuff lately and I need you to help me find some answers. Don't mind? OK, and to REALLY make myself listen to your advice, I'll need you to pretend like you're my personal shrink and I'm here to sort out some very messy thoughts and then you can advise me just like some smart-ass shrink I see in the movies. Can you do that? Good. So, let's start…



Me: Hi Shrink!

You: Hi ST how have you been keeping lately?

Me: Not so good. Recently, I've been thinking of migrating to Australia with the family.

You: Australia? Wow! Beautiful place. I love Perth. But why are you leaving?

Me: (Sigh) Don't ask lah…everything seems to be going wrong here!

You: Like?

Me: Haven't you been reading what's on the Internet lately?

You: Oh, you mean the gossip about Paris Hilton is it?

Me: No, it's about the coming general election! It's so confusing. Tell me, which party should I vote for?

You: That's for you to decide, not me ST.

Me: Why not? You're my shrink…I pay you to give me answers about things that are bugging me.

You: I answered you already ST. That's for you to decide; and that's my answer.

Me: I have to give it to you…you're good…answering a question without really answering it…

You: Well, I learnt it from the politicians. I observe how they lie, I mean talk…

Me: Really? Like how?

You: Well, you know, they'll say one thing and mean another thing most of the time.

Me: Not me, I'm a man of my word. Otherwise, I won't have married my wife! (giggles)

You: Not only that, today they'll say one thing, tomorrow, they'll say something else.

Me: Ya lah…we cannot trust politicians; uh-uh…they think we're fools or what!!

You: Well, as a matter of fact we are. Malaysians are fools and our politicians know that.

Me: Huh? You mean I've been paying 300 bucks an hour sitting here talking to a fool? Hello?

You: See? You are already a bigger fool for paying me…LOL! But seriously, Malaysians are fools.

Me: Now, please explain to me why you say Malaysians are fools. I don't get it…

You: Let me put it this way…do you think the Americans, Europeans, and Japanese are smart people?

Me: Well…their economies are stronger than ours, their currencies stronger…OK, I'll buy that.

You: And not only that…they invent so many things that we use today, so they must be smart…

Me: Hmm…come to think of it, if these people never existed, my house would be very empty…

You: So, tell me, why do they always change their government every now and then?

Me: Maybe that's because their previous government didn't do a good job…

You: Aha!!! So they change their government because they think that they have done a bad job right?

Me: Of course. If my staff did a bad job I'll sack him. No question about it.

You: So, do you think BN has done a good job, a lousy job or deserved to be sacked?

Me: BN!! I won't even let them clean my toilet!! !@#$@#%&!@#!!!

You: Then WTF! How come they're still running the country after more than 50 years!!?

Me: Well...maybe Malaysians are afraid of change…

You: Afraid of change!!? Hello? Just look at the number of divorces in Malaysia!!!

Me: So how come they're still running the country when they've done such a bad job?

You: Read my lips…Europeans are smart. Malaysians are fools!! THAT'S WHY!!

Me: You're right man, must change the government just like the Europeans. They fark up we throw them out. It's time to kick some ass…bloody hell, screw me until I want to leave my country! Shit!

You: Feeling better now?

Me: I feel great! You are good huh…I feel excited already…can't wait for the general election!

You: So still thinking of migrating?

Me: Me? What for? BN should be migrating, not me!!! They should migrate to Timbuktu!!

You: OK, ST…your session's over. How shall I bill you?

Me: Bill it to my wife…she asked me to come and learn to behave like a good boy…

You: She's smart. Women always pretend to be stupid, but they're actually smarter than men.

Written by StraightTalking

StraightTalking is simply a regular reader/commenter who sees things as it is beneath all the noise and chatter and says it straight without any pretensions.

You can read his other writings in this blog at:

Torn Between Two Lovers

Let's Rock and Roll

The Good News and the Bad News

A Promise Is A Promise

Is Pakatan going to Putrajaya or Balik Kampung?

Lessons for Pakatan Rakyat


“Please use your liberty to promote ours,” ASSK

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 04:17 AM PST

Source: Please Use Your Liberty to Promote Ours (1997)

"Please Use Your Liberty to Promote Ours" in the International Herald Tribune (4 February 1997)
  1. Those of us who decided to work for democracy in Burma made our choice in the conviction that the danger of standing up for basic human rights in a repressive society was preferable to the safety of a quiescent life in servitude. Ours is a nonviolent movement that depends on faith in the human predilection for fair play and compassion.
    Some would insist that man is primarily an economic animal interested only in his material well-being. This is too narrow a view of a species which has produced numberless brave men and women who are prepared to undergo relentless persecution to uphold deeply held beliefs and principles. It is my pride and inspiration that such men and women exist in my country today.
  2. We have faith in the power to change what needs to be changed but we are under no illusion that the transition from dictatorship to liberal democracy will be easy, or that democratic government will mean the end of all our problems. We know that our greatest challenges lie ahead of us and that our struggle to establish a stable, democratic society will continue beyond our own life span.
    But we know that we are not alone. The cause of liberty and justice finds sympathetic responses around the world. Thinking and feeling people everywhere, regardless of color or creed, understand the deeply rooted human need for a meaningful existence that goes beyond the mere gratification of material desires. Those fortunate enough to live in societies where they are entitled to full political rights can reach out to help their less fortunate brethren in other areas of our troubled planet.
  3. Part of our struggle is to make the international community understand that we are a poor country not because there is an insufficiency of resources and investment, but because we are deprived of the basic institutions and practices that make for good government.
  4. Investment that only goes to enrich an already wealthy elite bent on monopolizing both economic and political power cannot contribute toward égalité and justice — the foundation stones for a sound democracy.
    I would therefore like to call upon those who have an interest in expanding their capacity for promoting intellectual freedom and humanitarian ideals to take a principled stand against companies that are doing business with the Burmese military regime.
  5. Please use your liberty to promote ours.


Ways to eliminate Corruption (by Aung San Suu Kyi)

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 03:45 AM PST

Source: Aung San Suu Kyi from Wikiquote. Freedom from Fear (1991). Acceptance message for the 1990 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought (July 1991)

It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.

Most Burmese are familiar with the four a-gati, the four kinds of corruption.

  1. Corruption induced by desire (Chanda-gati), is deviation from the right path in pursuit of bribes or for the sake of those one loves.
  2. Corruption because of anger (Dosa-gati), is taking the wrong path to spite those against whom one bears ill will, and
  3. Corruption because of ignorance (moga-gati) is aberration due to lack of wisdom.
  4. Corruption because of FEAR (bhaya-gati) is perhaps the worst of the four, for not only does bhaya, fear,
    • stifle and slowly destroy all sense of right and wrong,
    • it so often lies at the root of the other three kinds of corruption.
    • Just as chanda-gati, when not the result of sheer avarice, can be caused by fear of want or fear of losing the goodwill of those one loves,
    • so fear of being surpassed, humiliated or injured in some way can provide the impetus for ill will.
    • And it would be difficult to dispel ignorance, unless there is freedom to pursue the truth unfettered by fear.

With so close a relationship between fear and corruption it is little wonder that in any society where fear is rife corruption in all forms becomes deeply entrenched.

The effort necessary to remain uncorrupted in an environment where fear is an integral part of everyday existence is not immediately apparent to those fortunate enough to live in states governed by the rule of law.

Just laws do not merely prevent corruption by meting out impartial punishment to offenders.

They also help to create a society in which people can fulfil the basic requirements necessary for the preservation of human dignity without recourse to corrupt practices.

Where there are no such laws, the burden of upholding the principles of justice and common decency falls on the ordinary people. It is the cumulative effect on their sustained effort and steady endurance which will change a nation where reason and conscience are warped by fear into one where legal rules exist to promote man's desire for harmony and justice while restraining the less desirable destructive traits in his nature.

Among the basic freedoms to which men aspire that their lives might be full and uncramped, freedom from fear stands out as both a means and an end. A people who would build a nation in which strong, democratic institutions are firmly established as a guarantee against state-induced power must first learn to liberate their own minds from apathy and fear.

The quintessential revolution is that of the spirit, born of an intellectual conviction of the need for change in those mental attitudes and values which shape the course of a nation's development. A revolution which aims merely at changing official policies and institutions with a view to an improvement in material conditions has little chance of genuine success.

Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights,

fear tends to be the order of the day.

  1. Fear of imprisonment,
  2. fear of torture,
  3. fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood,
  4. fear of poverty,
  5. fear of isolation,
  6. fear of failure.

A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man's self-respect and inherent human dignity.

It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.

The wellspring of courage and endurance in the face of unbridled power is generally

a firm belief in the sanctity of ethical principles

combined with a historical sense that despite all setbacks the condition of man is set on an ultimate course for both spiritual and material advancement.

It is his capacity for self-improvement and self-redemption which most distinguishes man from the mere brute.

At the root of human responsibility is the concept of perfection, the urge to achieve it, the intelligence to find a path towards it, and the will to follow that path if not to the end at least the distance needed to rise above individual limitations and environmental impediments.

It is man's vision of a world fit for rational, civilized humanity which leads him to dare and to suffer to build societies free from want and fear. Concepts such as truth, justice and compassion cannot be dismissed as trite when these are often the only bulwarks which stand against ruthless power.



Ahli MBPJ Disaman Kerana Fitnah Menerusi Facebook

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 04:30 AM PST

Lelaki dan tiga saudara disaman kerana didakwa fitnah menerusi Facebook

SHAH ALAM - Seorang wanita memfailkan saman terhadap Ahli Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) Mahharul Ismail dan tiga anggota keluarganya kerana didakwa mengeluarkan kata-kata fitnah menerusi laman sosial Facebook.

Zalina Jaafar, 42, selaku plaintif memfailkan saman itu menerusi peguamnya Faizul Mohd Nasir di pejabat Pendaftar Mahkamah Tinggi di sini hari ini.

Selain Mahharul, dua adik perempuannya, Maisarah dan Norsyam serta anak saudara mereka, Wan Ikhwan Wan Azani, turut dinamakan sebagai defendan.

Zalina, yang menyatakan jawatannya sebagai pembantu seorang "ahli majlis" Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), mendakwa Mahharul telah mengeluarkan kata-kata fitnah terhadapnya di laman sosial milik ahli majlis PKR itu pada 28 Sept lepas dan kenyataan di laman sosial milik Wan Ikhwan dikeluarkan pada 21 Sept lepas.

Beliau turut mendakwa Maisarah dan Norsyam dengan niat jahat telah mengeluarkan kata-kata fitnah yang menyentuh peribadinya secara palsu pada laman sosial milik Wan Ikhwan.

Zalina berkata pernyataan-pernyataan oleh kesemua defendan telah menyebabkan karakter dan reputasi berkaitan dirinya telah dicemari.

Beliau menuntut ganti rugi RM10 juta, ganti rugi teladan, kos dan faedah pada kadar lapan peratus setahun serta relif-relif lain yang difikirkan sesuai oleh mahkamah.

Zalina, yang turut hadir di mahkamah, juga memohon perintah injunksi bagi menghalang semua defendan daripada terus mengeluarkan kata-kata fitnah yang serupa terhadap dirinya.-BERNAMA

Ulasan GB

Menarik sebagai satu berita. Apakah ia benar, atau gimik untuk manuktkan rakyat Malaysia menggunakan facebook atau apa.

Jadi PKR tolong siasat kebenaran perkara ini kerana nama PKR dibabitkan.

Zalina, yang menyatakan jawatannya sebagai pembantu seorang "ahli majlis" Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), mendakwa Mahharul telah mengeluarkan kata-kata fitnah terhadapnya di laman sosial milik ahli majlis PKR itu pada 28 Sept lepas dan kenyataan di laman sosial milik Wan Ikhwan dikeluarkan pada 21 Sept lepas.


Angel of peace (Aung San Suu Kyi)

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 02:09 AM PST



The Race

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 02:03 AM PST

Dear friends,

I shall continue running for the Vice Presidency of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KEADILAN) in spite of the calls and allegations of fraud that led to the pullout of Deputy Presidential contender Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.

Let me state categorically that I believe in the collective wisdom of our members who, with their democratic right to vote, will ultimately decide the future direction of this party. As such, I believe it is my duty and responsibility to the party members who nominated me, as well as to non-party members who have invested their time, confidence and trust in our party, to continue this race.

We have thus far been assured that the JPP is reviewing the election process and results. I am certain that the JPP will take the necessary actions to rectify any allegations of fraud.

When I have won the trust and mandate of party members to be one of the four elected Vice Presidents, I will embolden my efforts at realizing the Politics of Hope and Liberation and strengthen this party to live up to the principles and ideals of democracy and justice that Malaysia yearns for.

Malaysians, friends, members of PKR – the time has come for all of us to demand honest politics and live by the highest of standards. Truly, this will be the only way for us to build a better Malaysia.

Lastly, once these party elections are complete, let us close ranks, in unity. Let us continue working with our Pakatan allies in moving forward to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of all Malaysians. Let us move forward, for a better Malaysia.


The role of the Speaker

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 02:03 AM PST

[Another interesting article from BBC website]The Speaker presides over the House of Commons and is responsible for keeping order during debates and ensuring that the rules of the House are obeyed.The Speaker must always act impartially and protect the right of all MPs to speak during debates. He or she does not take part in debates and votes only if there is a tie and a casting vote is


Aung San Suu Kyi – Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 02:02 AM PST



The Speaker

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 02:01 AM PST

[An interesting article from UK Parliament Website]The Speaker of the House of Commons chairs debates in the Commons chamber. The holder of this office is an MP who has been elected to be Speaker by other Members of Parliament. During debates they keep order and call MPs to speak.The Speaker is the chief officer and highest authority of the House of Commons and must remain politically impartial


Aung San Suu Kyi on Non-Violence

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 02:01 AM PST



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