Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Decoration at Bukit Bintang

Christmas Decoration at Bukit Bintang


Christmas Decoration at Bukit Bintang

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 10:16 AM PST

Showing you some random photos taken at Bukit Bintang at night 2 weeks ago while on a walk with my parents. They came to Kuala Lumpur to visit me and fetch me back to Penang together. Yoyoyo, yes I am in Penang, for 2 weeks already. Rocks!

Some sort of AIDS Aware event was going on that day.

Lot 10 has became boring to me already. But you should check out the new walkway outside, kinda nice. =)

Very crowded that day, probably because of school holiday. Walking was pretty difficult, they should make a better pedestrian walkway IMO.

Nice Christmas decoration outside Pavilion. Not really have the mood for shopping because all the stuff look same to me and I have no buying list at that moment, and one thing is that the Malaysian Sale isn't really a big deal. Just a small discount which available many times throughout the years. Hmm. They should have something like Black Friday sale in the US. Woo. Rocks.

I love Malaysia. Haha. Very random I know, and good night for now. =D


Hiking And Helping Out A Kids Camp

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 08:59 AM PST

Have not been to hiking for a while already. Recently, Merritt invited me to hiking at Penang Municipal Park, also known as Youth Park for most people, and then I started to go hiking again. Woo. Hiking is fun because can see the green, breath in fresh air and also take a nice view of the city from high.


Zez Chien


Hock Sheng, the one who sat beside me last year and always slept in class.


Yiphing, the flat head.\

I went to hiking on one Friday with Yiphing and Arron. Luckily I brought along a camera, so I could record down some of our hiking fun in pictures.


So ngam, they wore the same shirt. Arron and Zez Chien.

After some chit chat chit chat with them, we 3 started the hike from the ground to the top which they call it station no 5, Moon Gate. What a lovely name. Haha. There's actually another hiking trail located in the Botanical Garden which leads up to the top of Penang Hill. I prefer something light and easy though. =)


I can actually see my house from here. LOL.


This is Station 3.

The hike to Moon Gate or Station No 3 which is the station before Moon Gate, there's a nice platform where you can take a beautiful view of the city whereby if you take the trail up to Penang Hill, you only get to see Penang city when you are on top.


Hock Sheng and Jing Min, classmates for last year. It's so nice to see them again. Really very very long time didn't meet again. I wonder what happened when everyone goes to work few years later. OMG.

There's actually two way that can lead you up to Moon Gate. One is through the hiking trail in Penang Municipal Park, another one is in front of Botanical Garden, which leads you straight up to Moon Gate without stopping at Station 3. My friends who were with the kids were on the other route.

It had been some times I didn't come up here already. The really last time was like half year ago. My god, miss the moment so much. If you come hiking in the afternoon or evening, there's nice free food like fried bee hoon can eat. =) Cooked by some frequent hikers.

At the same time, my high school friends was bringing a bunch of kids from a camp to go hiking too. They were the helper for the camp and I automatically joined them and helped them out.


Yong Chieh, basically most of them were my classmate during Form 5 last year. I miss my high school life, serious, all the shouting and not doing homework and talking about girls. Ah.


Jin Sheng, always call him Da Ge which means big brother.

We were up there early so we sit down and chit chat again while waiting for the little children to come up. My friend, Jing Min had a pack of food, he left it on the table and came to talk with us, a minute later, it's gone and it's seen snatched by a naughty monkey up there. So be careful with you food, keep it hidden else they will come snatching for you. They become notorious when there's little people at there.


A
h Geog. Geoffrey who now has a girlfriend already. What's-her-name-again? Sorry. =(


Wei Huai with one of the girl's barbie doll. There's one funny kid who brought a dog up, and in fact it's a toy dog and he said want to bring the dog up and look around. Haha.


Morning stretching and exercise. =) Good for health. Don't sit so much in front of the computer or else you will have big ass like me. Haha.


Yiphing with the barbie now.

Just join the fun with them, chit chat, talk jokes with the little kids and I helped them to take group photographs. It was fun because the kids were so cute, but some very playful. Haha. Most of the kids were banana, so they don't really speak Mandarin. Ahhhh, I strongly recommend you send your children to learn Mandarin, dear parents. No why, it's just a must. =)


Ernie in the middle.


Jia Ying here, my primary school friend.


Andy, the kapster in school.


Okok, you are funny, a bit. HAHA, and you successfully caught my attention.


Yong Chieh.


Zhao Qin.


Big big group photo. Although I am not really an official helper, but I still get to take a group photo with them. Haha. Spot for me.


You are suppose to see Joanne, my primary school mate in the photo but she was busy making a stubborn boy look at the camera, and still failed in the end. Really stubborn. Then you see that Hock Sheng again. =)

Due to time problem, I didn't join my friend to go down the hill together, instead, I went down with Yiphing and Arron again and we went for brunch. And the afternoon was a sleeping afternoon for me because the midnight of the day was the RM1 karaoke with the guy. Haha.

Woo. Fun.


Mini-Coffin Shock Penang DAP Convention's Delegates

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 03:48 AM PST


The big-mouth Singaporeans: What did they say on WikiLeaks?

Posted: 11 Dec 2010 11:58 PM PST

The bigmouths from S'pore - arrogant and condescending
WikiLeaks has released several US State Department cables exclusively to Australia's Fairfax Media group that allegedly carry controversial comments by senior Singapore foreign affairs officials on Malaysia, Thailand and other countries in the region.

Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age carried the content of the cables in their Sunday editions today.

The cables reportedly detail separate meetings in 2008 and last year between senior US officials and their Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) counterparts Peter Ho, Bilahari Kausikan and Tommy Koh.

Mr Ho and Mr Kausikan were both permanent secretaries at the MFA at the time, and the latter still holds that position. Mr Koh is the ministry's ambassador-at-large. Another cable dated November 2008, reporting the conversations of US diplomats with their Australian counterparts, mentions former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy case.

The cable reportedly says: "The Australians said that Singapore's intelligence services and Lee Kuan Yew have told Australia's Office of National Assessments (ONA) in their exchanges that opposition leader Anwar 'did indeed commit the acts for which he is currently indicted'."

The report adds that unnamed "Singaporeans" made the assessment on the basis of "technical intelligence", which is likely to relate to intercepted communications.

The Australian ONA is also recorded as saying its Singapore counterparts concurred with its assessment that Mr Anwar's sodomy charge "was a set-up job and he probably knew that, but walked into it anyway".

Mr Tommy Koh

Mr Koh allegedly described Japan as "the big fat loser" in the context of improving ties between China and ASEAN.

He attributed the relative decline of Japan's stature in the region to Japan's "stupidity, bad leadership, and lack of vision."

He also allegedly did not spare India and was equally merciless towards them, describing his "stupid Indian friends" as "half in, half out of ASEAN"

Mr Peter Ho
Mr Ho alleged assessment of Malaysia according to WikiLeaks as reported by the Australian press stated that former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been "throwing stones" at his replacement, Abdullah Badawi.
"As for... Najib Razak, he is an opportunist. Although he has not been critical of Singapore, he will not hesitate to go in that direction if it is expedient for him to do so." the report quoted him as saying.

Mr Bilahari Kausikan
Mr Kausikan was also implicated in the cables for his assessments of Singapore's neighbours reported the Australian press.

He was allegedly quoted telling US Deputy Secretary of Defence for East Asia David Sedney in 2008 that, "the situation in neighbouring Malaysia is confused and dangerous", fuelled by a "distinct possibility of racial conflict" that could see ethnic Chinese "flee" Malaysia and "overwhelm" Singapore.

He supposedly also said: "A lack of competent leadership is a real problem for Malaysia," Mr Kausikan said, citing the need for Najib Razak - now Malaysia's Prime Minister - to "prevail politically in order to avoid prosecution" in connection with a 2006 murder investigation linked to one of Mr Najib's aides.

Mr Kausikan was also allegedly critical in his assessment of Singapore's other neighbour, Thailand reported the Australian press.

He had supposedly said that Thaksin Shinawatra was "corrupt" along with "everyone else, including the opposition".

He allegedly continued to add that Thaksin "made a mistake in pursuing a relationship with the crown prince by paying off the crown prince's gambling debts".

He supposedly also said that the crown prince was "very erratic, and easily subject to influence," and warned of continued instability in Thailand.

The Australian press also mentioned that Mr Kausikan had raised his worries about other neighbouring countries and their state of affairs in his 2008 report.

He had supposedly said that Burma's neighbours, including China and India, are "more concerned with stability than justice" and they feared the Burmese junta's demise could produce "an Asian reprise of the breakup of Yugoslavia".

Also that he would be "more comfortable with a nuclear-capable North Korea, than a nuclear-capable Iran".
The report also finally pointed out that he had apparently said that Russia's economy is "Third World", its health system a shambles and its demographic challenges almost insurmountable. - asiaone.com 

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Posted: 12 Dec 2010 03:16 AM PST


Prof. Shahrir hasilkan buku 'Kepimpinan Tok Guru Nik Aziz'

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Najib names Samy Vellu as special envoy to India

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Thousands quit Afghan police force

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Kejayaan kedua Red Warriors sangat bermakna- Nik Aziz

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Town Stimboat and Next Three Days Outing

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 08:13 AM PST

I don't know why I was so obsessed with the word "Stim" lately and they as in my friends invited me for steamboat which I keep spelling it as STIMBOAT. STIM-BOAT. Stim has many meaning, one means high (as in sexually aroused) and one means blur, and my meaning is more on the blur part. Haha. So last last week, Arron, Simon Hong, Chien Chern and Zez Chien invited me to go "stimboat" dinner and also to watch Next Three Days at Gurney Plaza.

Yeah, it was a fun day because it had been some times I go out with my secondary school friends which I usually mixed with. Now everyone is studying in different college and it's kinda hard to meet up and go out together like during last time. Last time we attend class together and go places together, but now, everything has changed, everyone busy with their own stuff already. Me too have my stuff to do.

This is saddening sometimes. But I really really hope we can keep in touch for a long long time. Friendship should last forever IMO, but it doesn't seems to be. But anyway, let's talk about what we did.

We meet up at Gurney Plaza to catch a movie and there's not many movie to watch. We picked The Next Three Days. The movie is kinda cool I tell you, it's prison break, and that's all. A little bit boring at the front part but the movie get interesting after then. A good watch.

Then we went to "stimboat" at our usual steamboat place which is the Town Steamboat Restaurant at Macalister Rd. It's a steamboat buffet. Surprisingly, we stopped eating after we were really full because usually when we go there, we will eat until over-full-full, but this time was different. Just nice-full then we stopped.

After that, we went to take a walk at Straits Quay and went back home to sleepy. =)


The MCLM Public Forum in London

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 07:59 AM PST

The public forum of the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) was hosted by Raja Petra Kamarudin, Yolanda Augustin and Farouk A. Peru on 12th December, 2010 from 13.00hrs to 15.00 hrs GMT (21.00hrs Malaysian local time). Viewers all over the world followed the live streaming of this forum via UStream at THIS LINK.



On average, there was about an average of less than 170 viewers at any one time of the telecast which also had quite an interesting exchange in the chat box. Even though it was a tad distracting, I must say it was a welcome change when the live streaming lagged.

Maverick blogger, Raja Petra Kamarudin, gave an overview of the aims and objectives of the MCLM and the concerns of those who believe in this movement. Issues pertaining to both West and East Malaysia were raised as well as reasons to justify the establishment of this movement. As usual, he donned his trademark beret and spoke candidly, and at certain times, with much passion about the MCLM.

Unfortunately, the lag in the streaming and the deficiency in the sound quality in many instances marred the whole presentation. Nonetheless, I am sure RPK or other committee members of the MCLM will be presenting a write-up of the event. Hopefully, the recording of the whole forum can be uploaded in youtube for all to understand and appreciate the motivation of this MCLM.

The most disappointing fact of the live broadcast was the poor lighting that left RPK's face in the shadows most of the time. Whilst one can say that it gave the broadcast a sombre mood, I personally believe that RPK's delivery would have been many notches above the bar if only someone had done something about the lighting. Sighs.

You can view the organizational structure of the MCLM at THIS LINK. Before you make a decision to join the MCLM, you might want to view their Constitution which is available HERE. Membership application forms are available at THIS LINK.

Excerpt from THIS LINK:

MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT

The Federal Constitution of 1957 guarantees all citizens of, first, Malaya and, later, Malaysia, the rights and liberties accorded to all free men of all democratic nations and provides for the establishment of institutions of state to secure and safeguard those liberties.

The existence and application of draconian laws in the context of a systemic failure on the part of many of those institutions to honour their duty to uphold, protect and preserve the Federal Constitution has resulted in those guaranteed rights and liberties becoming, for many, illusory.

Our Vision
The Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) envisions a nation that has fully realised the aspirations of our founding fathers that Malaysia be a nation founded upon the principles of liberty and justice, her people bound together by a unity of purpose and imbibed with self-belief, to make Malaysia a land of prosperity and peace, ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people and the maintenance of a just peace among all nations,.
Our Mission
MCLM believe that many Malaysians desire changes and reforms as comprehensively laid out in The People's Voice and The People's Declaration.
MCLM aims to take a leading role in realising these aspirations and encouraging the wider participation of civil society in shaping the future of our nation.

It is common knowledge that the MCLM has received mixed reaction from Malaysians who are pro-Opposition. Those who are not keen on the MCLM are more concerned that a two-party system exists as a check and balance against many weaknesses. However, those who are supportive of MCLM believe the playing field should not be confined to just BN and PR because it almost seems as though PR is showing up cracks and weaknesses in its system and structure. Undeniably, the Zaid-Azmin battle and other issues have dented PKR's image and rakyat confidence in PR but we must persevere to work together to put into place a clean, efficient and people-centred government by the next GE.

I guess many of us would have adopted a wait-and-see approach before making a decision about this MCLM. The political scene in Malaysia is certainly very dynamic at the moment and I am very sure many things will be happening in the next few weeks - which will probably shock many of us. So stay tuned for more news in the not so distant future.


Undang-undang Syariah Islam Mampu Cegah Aids

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 08:18 AM PST

Syariah Islam cegah AIDS

Ketua Pegawai Syariah Islam Wilayah Aceh, Prof Rusydi Ali Muhammad mengatakan Undang-undang Syariah Islam yang dilaksanakan sejak tahun 2003 membantu mencegah penyebaran penyakit AIDS.

Logiknya, Kanun Khalwat, yang melarang orang yang bukan muhrim berduaan, boleh menyebabkan penderita AIDS di Aceh tidak sebanyak di wilayah-wilayah lainnya.

"Seberapa jauh keberkesanannya kita boleh berdebat juga, terbukti sekarang ini pun penyakit HIV ada juga di Aceh ini. Kita boleh katakan seandainya tidak ada undang-undang ini mungkin lebih parah lagi," kata Rusydi Ali Muhammad kepada BBC Indonesia.

Jumlah penderita HIV/AIDS di Aceh sejauh ini diketahui 46 orang, 15 di antaranya meninggal dunia.

"Untung ada undang-undang seperti itu, membatasi, membentengi sehingga kesnya tidak seberat Papua, misalnya," kata Rusydi Ali Muhammad lebih lanjut.

Takut

Ketika ditanya apakah Perda Syariah Islam membuat kehidupan masyarakat di Aceh lebih baik, dia mengatakan secara kualitatif boleh dilihat dari cara anak-anak berpakaian.

Kecenderungan berpakaian Islami sekarang tidak hanya boleh dilihat di sekolah-sekolah Islam tetapi sudah sampai pada sekolah-sekolah umum.

Hukuman sebat terbaru bagi pesalah Kanun Khalwat dilakukan hari Jumaat lalu(10/12) di Jantho terhadap seorang pria dan wanita bukan suami-istri yang berciuman. Mereka masing-masing disebat lapan kali dan ditonton oleh ratusan warga.

Namun beberapa undang-undang antara lain Kanun Aqidah dan Akhlaq dan Kanun Khalwat, kata Pengarah Koalisi LSM HAM Aceh, Evi Narti Zein, justeru menimbulkan ketakutan di kalangan masyarakat.

Menurutnya, selain Kanun judi dan minuman keras, tidak ada kanun lain yang efektif.

"Kalau bicara soal khalwat, definisinya sendiri masih sangat ganjil dan sangat multi interpretasi di dalamnya. Sekarang ini masalah terjadi ketika orang tidak dapat maklumat yang penuh dan kedua, menyangkut aturan khalwat harus dihukum dan lain sebagainya. Nah ada denda juga," kata Evi Narti Zein.

Pihak yang bertanggungjawab, katanya, lebih menekankan aspek penghukuman bukan soal maklumat, pendidikan dan pemahaman bagi masyarakat sehingga menimbulkan ketakutan.

"Lazimnya Syariah Islam ini suasana bukannya menjadi lebih baik menurut saya. Ini menjadi hampir sama dengan yang dulu," kata Evi Narti Zein.

"Bezanya dulu kan lawannya jelas. Masyarakat takut sama tentera, takut sama kelompok bersenjata atau GAM. Nah, sekarang tetap takut, takut dengan Polis Syariah atau Satpol PP atau WH (Wilayatul Hisbah), atau masyarakat yang melakukan kekerasan secara komunal atau kemarahan massa," tambahnya.

Berdasarkan data Koalisi LSM HAM Aceh, terdapat 100 lebih hukuman sebat sejauh ini utamanya kerana khalwat, judi dan minuman keras. Tetapi, kata Evi Narti Zein, jumlah pesalah diperkirakan lebih tinggi dari angka tersebut kerana pesalah Kanun Khalwat boleh mengelak dari hukuman sebat bila mampu membayar denda sekitar Rp3 juta (RM1,042.97).


Mayat Terakhir Tragedi Chendering Ditemui

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 07:00 AM PST

Mayat Terakhir Tragedi Di Pantai Pandak Ditemui

ANGGOTA Bomba dan Penyelamat mengangkat mayat mangsa lemas, A Vijaykumar, 18, yang dijumpai di berhampiran Pulau Kapas dan di bawa ke jeti LIKM, Chedering, Kuala Terengganu di sini, hari ini. - Foto Aswadi Alias

KUALA TERENGGANU: Mayat terakhir tragedi lemas di Pantai Pandak, Cendering, di sini petang Jumaat lepas, ditemui kira-kira 10 batu nautika dari lokasi kejadian, pagi Ahad.

Mayat A.Vijaya Kumar, 18, ditemui terapung berhampiran Pulau Kapas kira-kira pukul 10.33 pagi oleh Pasukan Bomba dan Penyelamat Kuala Terengganu selepas dikesan oleh pesawat ringan milik Polis Di Raja Malaysia yang turut terlibat dalam operasi mencari.

Penolong Pegawai Penguasa Bomba dan Penyelamat Kuala Terengganu Khairul Anuar Ahmad berkata ia merupakan mayat terakhir tragedi Jumaat lepas, menjadikan jumlah semua yang lemas dalam kejadian itu ialah lima orang, manakala seorang lagi masih menerima rawatan di Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah (HSNZ).

"Kami mengalami sedikit kesukaran untuk membawa mayat yang ditemui hari ini kerana keadaannya yang mulai reput, menyebabkan kami terpaksa berhati-hati," katanya kepada pemberita di sini, Ahad.

Beliau berkata dengan penemuan mayat terakhir itu, operasi mencari dihentikan pada pukul 12 tengah hari ini, 33 jam selepas ia dilancarkan pada hari Jumaat lepas.

Kejadian pada hari Jumaat lepas berlaku pada kira-kira pukul 2 petang semasa enam bersaudara yang berasal dari Kampung Jawa, Klang, Selangor itu sedang berkelah di pantai berkenaan.

Yang maut dalam kejadian itu ialah tiga beradik S.Kumatha, 28, adiknya S.Reymond, 26, dan adik perempuannya S.Roshini, 16, manakala dua lagi ialah S.Mohan, 21, dan A.Vijaya Kumar, 18.

Seorang lagi yang terlibat dalam kejadian, G.Mathevii, 19, masih dirawat di Unit Rawatan Rapi HSNZ, dan keadaannya masih kritikal.-BERNAMA


Musim tragedi


MALANG... penyelamat membawa naik mayat Raymond, tengah hari semalam.


KUALA TERENGGANU: Kejadian lemas membabitkan enam individu termasuk tiga beradik di Pantai Pakdak, Chendering, dekat sini, kelmarin, disifatkan sebagai tragedi paling besar membabitkan mangsa lemas di Terengganu setakat ini.

Sambil memberikan nasihat kepada orang ramai supaya menghindari aktiviti di kawasan berisiko lemas seperti pantai dan air terjun pada musim tengkujuh, Timbalan Ketua Polis Terengganu, Datuk Hamzah Md Jamil berkata, pasukan penyelamat masih menggiatkan usaha mencari tiga lagi yang dilaporkan hilang di laut.

Menurutnya, pasukan penyelamat membabitkan 18 anggota polis, bomba (24), Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (12) dan Jabatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia (14) akan mencari sehingga mangsa ditemui dan setakat ini pencarian tertumpu di lokasi mangsa dilaporkan hilang.

"Operasi mencari akan bergerak mengikut arus dan ia akan dikembangkan beberapa batu nautika jika tiada perkembangan positif atau tanda mangsa ditemui," katanya ketika melawat tempat kejadian di sini, semalam.

Dalam lawatan sama, beliau turut melahirkan rasa simpati dan takziah kepada keluarga mangsa yang setia menunggu di lokasi kejadian dan mengingatkan mereka supaya bersabar sementara pihak berkuasa menjalankan gerakan mencari.

Harian Metro semalam melaporkan, keseronokan enam sekawan bermain ombak di Pantai Peranginan Chendering, di sini, berakhir tragedi apabila dua daripada mereka lemas manakala tiga lagi masih hilang dalam kejadian kira-kira jam 2 petang, semalam.

Sebelum kejadian, tiga daripada mereka yang juga adik-beradik, Kumuda Shanmugan, 28, Raymond, 26, dan Roshini, 16, dari Kampung Jawa, Klang, Selangor serta tiga rakan mereka dikenali sebagai Mogan, 21, Mathavi, 20, dan Vijaykumar, 18, pergi ke pantai berkenaan untuk mandi.

Bagaimanapun, sebaik tiba di pantai itu Mathavi terjerumus ke dalam pasir sebelum ditarik ombak besar ketika bermain di gigi air di kawasan berbatu di pantai berkenaan.

Panik dengan kejadian itu, tiga beradik terbabit bersama dua lagi rakan terjun ke laut untuk menyelamatkan mangsa yang ketika itu hampir lemas.

Bagaimanapun, mereka turut lemas akibat dipukul ombak sebelum disedari orang ramai yang menghubungi pihak berkuasa.

Sepasukan anggota Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat dari Balai Kuala Terengganu dan Chendering yang tiba beberapa minit kemudian menyelamatkan seorang daripada mereka, manakala dua lagi ditemui lemas dan satu lagi masih hilang.

Mereka yang lemas ialah Roshini dan Kumuda, manakala yang masih hilang ialah Vijaykumar.

Mayat Raymond ditemui jam 12.30 tengah hari semalam sementara mayat Mogan ditemui jam 4.30 petang semalam, manakala Mathavi yang diselamatkan lima individu terbabit kini ditempatkan di Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU) Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah, di sini. -hm



The essentials against graft

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 06:11 AM PST

Source_Star: The essentials against graft By SHAILA KOSHY

For a solid strategy to wipe out corruption, enforcement must work in tandem with prevention and education. That's the experience the Hong Kong ICAC is sharing with the world.

WHEN its Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) was set up in 1974, Hong Kong was said to be a sump of corruption. In just three years, it had smashed all the corruption syndicates in the government and prosecuted 247 civil servants, including 143 police officers.

 "Anonymous reports we want. We don't mind the motive. We get some of our best information from the discarded mistress" BERTRAND DE SPEVILLE

But for many years, 90% of investigations that were initiated did not end up in court, said Bertrand de Speville, who served as the ICAC commissioner from Feb 22, 1992, to Jan 21, 1996.

In Malaysia, public perception is that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is not doing very well and many are thinking the only way to kill corruption is through government reform. However, de Speville believes this to be "a gross fallacy".

He was in Malaysia for the launch of his book titled Overcoming Corruption, The Essentials (in English and Bahasa Malaysia) by the not-for-profit think-tank Research for Social Advancement last month.

The book has also been translated into several European languages as well as Arabic and Pashto (spoken primarily by the Pashtuns in Afghanistan).

While he was here, the MACC took the opportunity to share his experience and that of the ICAC's in tackling corruption.

In an exclusive interview with Sunday Star, de Speville spelled out the clear difference between government reform and anti-corruption measures, and the importance of community support.

He pointed out that the media focused mostly on the enforcement aspect of anti-corruption and not on the prevention and education elements. These are equally important, he said.

He also talked about the importance of accepting anonymous reports; why the MACC should not prosecute; and why it should be allowed to investigate other crimes as well.

Challenging the prevalent opinion of most international donors that the way to "snuff out" corruption is by government reform, he said: "It is a gross fallacy. Any such reform that you try to put in will be promptly undermined by the existing corruption. It will fail to take root."

While agreeing that many countries need governance reform, he said it was crucial to focus on the fight against corruption also, as in the ICAC model, because they were two different things.

The former British barrister who went to Hong Kong in 1981 as legal adviser to the government there said 15 years of international donor interventions had made virtually no progress against corruption worldwide.

Without mincing his words, he said: "The World Bank's economists and political scientists had little to show for their experiments except a huge industry dedicated to churning out expert opinions."

Governance, he stressed, is about running things. "Anti-corruption is about upholding a value, one we all share, a value like all our important values that we find in our criminal law, a value that says bribery is wrong."

de Speville acknowledged, however, that prevention work (where one is looking at a system for awarding multi-million dollar contracts, which involves looking for opportunities for corruption and eliminating them as far as one can) and government reform could look very similar.

He emphasised that if Malaysia did not keep the conceptual difference in mind, Malaysians would "fall into the trap of thinking you can cure corruption by government reform, and the anti-corruption body would get saddled with all sorts of things which are not its area of work".

He has seen several such examples, said de Speville, who set up a consultancy in Britain that advises corporations, governments and international bilateral donor agencies on corruption risks.

"And then they wonder why they are not succeeding in their fight against corruption. That is crazy!"

de Speville said Hong Kong and the world had found to their cost in the 20th century that enforcement (investigation, prosecution, and sentencing) must work in tandem with prevention (eliminating opportunities for corruption) and education (changing public attitude to corruption).

The three, he stressed, are inter-dependent and the success of one enhanced the other two, as Hong Kong had discovered.

Although all are equally important, it was difficult for many to accept it at first, even the media, he said. "(News about) the other two branches don't sell newspapers. It's the enforcement side that sells newspapers because people look there to see whether the anti-corruption body is making any headway or not."

While many in Malaysia have been pushing for the MACC to decide on prosecutions, de Speville does not believe it is the right thing to do. "Prosecution should be carried out by the prosecution authorities."

No matter how serious the problem, he said, "We maintain our basic criminal justice principles, one which says investigators investigate, prosecutors prosecute, and judges try, convict and sentence."

de Speville added that it was the Attorney-General's constitutional role to decide whether to prosecute. "It's not the constitutional role of the MACC. If there is an allegation that decisions are being wrongly made by anybody, that is a corruption matter and should be looked into by the anti-corruption body with a view to prosecution, and justice should take its course."

Touching on the investigation policy of an anti-corruption body, he cited five reasons why it must investigate all allegations, small or big.

While it could appear small, like the end of a ball of wool when tugged at, it could get bigger and bigger, he explained.

And if the body dismissed the person who's picked up the courage to report it, warned de Speville, he and his friends would never return even if they had something important to reveal later.

As a result, he said, the public would perceive that the body only investigated certain cases.

It is important that the MACC commissioner and officers constantly explain and emphasise what their investigation policy is and their reasons for it, he added.

"People are not stupid. Sooner of later, the message comes through and they understand why we do so," he said, adding that an independently commissioned survey every year showed public support to be running at 98% to 99% for the ICAC, which practises this policy.

Asked whether an anti-corruption body should only investigate offences prescribed under the anti-corruption law, he replied: "No. It must have the mandate to investigate other criminalities like fraud (an offence under the Penal Code) in order to get at the suspected corruption."

He urged people to come forward and not be afraid, and cited an example in Hong Kong where the ICAC employed a common sense approach to the requirement that a report must be made before investigations commence.

"Sometimes, we see a story in the newspaper and call up the editor and ask to interview the reporter. Sometimes we are told, 'Sorry, no way. We'd like to help but we have to protect our reporters and our source of information.' We respect that you can't be persuaded as good citizens to tell us what is going on because of your professional ethics. So what do we do?

"The officer will now make a report to the report centre. What he says will be recorded, together with the article, and it goes into standard operating procedure for dealing with complaints that come into the office.

"That's the same as a member of the public coming to us and telling us what he knows or suspects."

Once it is recorded in the system, the senior management will look at it and decide on further action.

"If it's a matter for the police or social welfare or marriage counsellor, we refer to the relevant agency," said de Speville.

Yes, he said, smiling.

"People come to complain to us all the time about their marriages. We don't discourage that. We regard it as a mark of trust in us. It's a compliment."

"People could call the ICAC 24 hours," he added.

"You don't have to identify yourself. We deal with anonymous reports; you get very valuable information that way."

When the ICAC started out, he said, 70% of the reports were anonymous and only 30% were identified. And it's taken 36 years for the proportions to switch around.

"Anonymous reports we want. We don't mind the motive. We get some of our best information from the discarded mistress," he said, chuckling quietly.

Under the ICAC law, it is an offence to lodge false reports.

"But you have to be very careful about using that provision because you can see what effect it has on the rest of the community. You would only prosecute that very rarely and only in the grossest case."

If investigations do not end up in court, the community needs to be satisfied that they have been thoroughly looked at, he said.

"This is where that Investigations Review Panel that you've started here has an important role to play," he stated, explaining that the panel can either agree with the recommendations of the officers or ask that the matter be looked at further.

"And you have to preserve confidentiality if it's not going to court."



Artis Perlu Contohi Prinsip Ricky - Jauhi Perkara Yang Dilarang Tuhan

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 06:00 AM PST

Ricky reda kekasih tiada dara

MENYAKSIKAN senario pergaulan bebas antara lelaki dan perempuan terutama membabitkan remaja membuatkan aktor popular, Ricky Harun, 23, meluah rasa syukurnya kerana dia masih dilindungi daripada gejala sosial.

"Lihat saja sekarang para pelajar perempuan berpakaian menjolok mata. Mereka bergaul tanpa batasan dengan lelaki. Situasi ini membimbangkan. Jika tidak dibendung, ia boleh melarat," jelasnya yang lahir pada 12 Januari 1987.

Enggan berselindung, pelakon utama filem Kawin Kontrak itu mengaku ada rakannya mengamalkan gaya hidup bebas termasuk remaja beragama Islam.

Malah, tanpa segan silu mereka memperlihatkan budaya tidak bermoral di depan orang lain.

"Namun, saya tidak pernah terikut dengan stail hidup mereka yang kebaratan. Meskipun berkelakuan nakal sebelum ini, saya sebaliknya masih berpegang pada prinsip menjauhi perkara dilarang Tuhan," luah Ricky yang membawa nama lengkap Ricky Chilnady Pratama Harun.

Pada waktu sama, anak sulung daripada dua beradik itu tidak berdepan masalah jika teman wanitanya kelak tidak punya dara lagi.

Jika itu ditakdirkan jodohnya, Ricky menerima keadaan tersebut dengan perasaan terbuka.

"Harus bagaimana lagi kalau saya mengalami situasi ini. Mahu atau tidak, saya kena terima si dia seadanya disebabkan sudah terlalu sayang dan mencintainya.

"Soal kekasih masih perawan atau sebaliknya, saya enggan membuat penilaian terhadap wanita ini," ucapnya santai


Chinese dogs, sorry diplomat advise Myanmar not to release Daw Suu (ေဒၚစုကို ျပန္မလႊတ္ရန္ တရုတ္ကျမန္မာကို အႀကံေပးခဲ့)

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 05:47 AM PST

ေဒၚစုကို ျပန္မလႊတ္ရန္ တရုတ္ကျမန္မာကို အႀကံေပးခဲ့

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံဆိုင္ရာ တရုတ္သံအမတ္ႀကီးရီေဒါင္ဘိုက ေအာက္တိုဘာလ  ၂၀ ရက္ေန႔မွာ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံျခား ေရး၀န္ႀကီး ဦးဥာဏ္၀င္းကို ေနျပည္ေတာ္မွာ သြားေရာက္ေတြ႔ဆံုၿပီး တရုတ္အစိုးရက ေပးပို႔ထားတဲ့  ျမန္မာ ႏိုင္ငံနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္တဲ့ အမွာစကားကို သြားေရာက္ေျပာၾကားရာမွာ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ ကို ျပန္လႊတ္ ေပးဖို႕အတြက္ကို စဥ္းစားပါအံုးလို႔ ေျပာဆိုခဲ့တယ္လို႔ မိနစ္ပိုင္းေလးအတြင္းကပဲ  ျမန္မာအစိုးရရဲ ့ ႏိုင္ငံျခား ေရး၀န္ႀကီးဌာန သံတမန္ေရးရာဦးစီးဌာနက တာ၀န္ရွိသူ ၎ရဲ ့ ႏိုင္ငံျခားေရး ၀န္ႀကီးဌာနရဲ ့ အီးေမးလ္ လိပ္စာနဲ ့ပဲ ပို ့လာတဲ့စာမွာ အခုလို ေဖာ္ျပထား ပါတယ္။

"အေနာက္ အုပ္စု ႏိုင္ငံ ေတြ ဟာ မထင္မရွား လွ်ဳေလွ်ာက္ဘို ကို ႏိုဘလ္  ဆုေပးလိုက္ တာေၾကာင့္ ျမန္မာ ႏိုင္ငံရဲ ့ အခ်ိန္ တိုင္းမွာ မိတ္ေဆြရင္း ခ်ာ ျဖစ္ခဲ့တဲ့ တရုတ္ ျပည္သူ ့သမၼတ ႏုိင္ငံေတာ္ႀကီးရဲ့ေခါင္းေဆာင္ေတြဟာ စိတ္ပ်က္ရေၾကာင္း တကယ္လို ့ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ ကို ျပန္လႊတ္မယ္ဆိုရင္ တရုတ္အစိုးရအေနနဲ ့ လတ္တေလာမွာအျခား ျပစ္မႈေတြ ပါရွိေသး တဲ့ လွ်ဳေလွ်ာက္ဘို ကို ျပန္လႊတ္မွာ မဟုတ္ေသးတဲ့အတြက္ ျမန္မာ အစိုးရ အေနနဲ ့ ေဒၚစု ကို ျပန္လႊတ္ေပးတာဟာ တရုတ္ကို အရွက္ခြဲသလို မရည္ရြယ္ဘဲနဲ ့ ျဖစ္ေနမွာစိုးတဲ့ အတြက္ ျပန္လႊတ္ေပးဖို႔ကို စဥ္းစားသင့္တယ္လို႔ ေနျပည္ေတာ္ႏိုင္ငံျခားေရး၀န္ႀကီးဌာန  မွာ ေအာက္တိုဘာလ ၂၀ ရက္ေန ့က ေတြ ့ဆံုစဥ္ ေျပာၾကားခဲ့တယ္"

 လို႔  အဆိုပါအီးေမးလ္မွာ ေဖာ္ျပထားပါတယ္။ ထိုေန႕က ေနျပည္ေတာ္ကို ေရာက္ရွိေနတဲ့ တရုတ္သံ အမတ္ဟာ အစိုးရရဲ ့ အလံေျပာင္းမယ့္ပြဲကိုလည္း တက္ေရာက္ခဲ့ပါတယ္လို ့အဆိုပါ ႏိုင္ငံျခားေရးဝန္ႀကီး ဌာန အႀကီးတန္း၀န္ထမ္းတစ္ဦး  ရဲ့ေမးလ္မွာ ေဖာ္ျပထားတာျဖစ္ၿပီး ဦးဥာဏ္၀င္း နဲ ့ သံအမတ္ႀကီး ဘာေတြ ေဆြးေႏြးတယ္ ဘာအေၾကာင္းေတြပါတယ္ဆိုတာ မသိရေပမယ့္ ဦးဥာဏ္၀င္းဟာ  အေရွ့ေတာင္အာရွ ႏိုင္ငံျခားေရး၀န္ၾကီးမ်ား၏ အာရွေဒသအတြင္း အစည္းအေ၀းအတြက္ ဟႏိြဳင္းကို မသြားခင္ သူ ့ကို တရုတ္ သံအမတ္နဲ ့ ေတြ႕ဆံုစဥ္ ေျပာၾကားခဲ့တာ ျဖစ္တယ္လို ႔လည္း အီးေမးလ္မွာ ေရးသားထားပါတယ္။

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံျခားေရး၀န္ႀကီးက တရုတ္သံအမတ္ႀကီးရဲ ့တိုက္တြန္းခ်က္နဲ႔ပတ္သက္ၿပီးလည္း စစ္အစိုးရ ေခါင္းေဆာင္မ်ားကို အစီရင္ခံစာ တင္ထားေၾကာင္း သူ ့ကို တစ္ဆက္တည္း ေျပာခဲ့ေပမယ္ ့ ႏွစ္ႏိုင္ငံ ေခါင္းေဆာင္အခ်င္းခ်င္း တယ္လီဖုန္း နဲ ့ ျဖစ္ျဖစ္ ေဒၚစုအေၾကာင္း ေဆြးေႏြးျဖစ္ခဲ့ၾကေပမယ့္ အေသးစိတ္ ကို သူ မသိရွိ ရဘူး လို ့ဆို ပါတယ္။

ျမန္မာ ႏိုင္ငံျခားေရး ၀န္ႀကီး ဟာ အခု လို တရုတ္ သံမတ္ႀကီး နဲ ့ေတြ ဆံု အၿပီး ေနာက္ ရွစ္ရက္အၾကာ ဟႏိြဳင္း အစည္း အေ၀းမွာ ဗုိလ္ခ်ဳပ္မႈးႀကီး သန္းေရႊက ေရြးေကာက္ ပြဲမွာ ပါ၀င္ယွဥ္ ၿပိဳင္မွာမဟုတ္ ေၾကာင္း နဲ ့ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ လြတ္ေျမာက္ေရး ကို ေတာ့ အတိအက်ေျပာသြားျခင္းမရွိပါဘူး။

ႏို၀င္ဘာလ ၁၃ ရက္ေန ့မွာ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ ကို ျပန္လည္လႊတ္ေပးခဲ့ေတာ့လည္း တရုတ္က ထူးထူးျခားျခား တိတ္ဆိတ္ ေနခဲ့ပါတယ္။

အခုလို ျမန္မာ၀ီကီလိခ္ကို ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံျခားေရး၀န္ႀကီးဌာနကေန တရား၀င္မဟုတ္တဲ့ စာေပးပို ့မႈဟာ ယမန္ေန ့က ၀ီကီလိခ္၀ဘ္ဆိုတ္ကေန ဖြင့္ခ်ထားတဲ့ အေမရိကန္သံ အရာရွိတစ္ဦး နဲ ့တရုတ္သံအရာရွိ ေန႔လည္စာ သံုးေဆာင္စဥ္မွာ တရုတ္သံက  ျမန္မာစစ္ေခါင္းေဆာင္နဲ ့စစ္အုပ္စုကို ေ၀ဖန္ အပုပ္ခ်ၿပီး ၂၄ နာရီ အၾကာမွာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

တစ္ဆက္တည္းမွာ ေပးပို႔သူရဲ့စာအဆံုးသတ္မွာေတာ့  ျပည္ေထာင္စုျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေတာ္အစိုးရဟာ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကို ျပန္လႊတ္ေပးဖို႔အတြက္ ၎တို႔ဘက္က  ႏွစ္ကာလ ၾကာရွည္စြာရပ္တည္ ေပးခဲ့သူတစ္ဦးရဲ ့အၿငိဳအျငင္ကို ခံခဲ့ရတယ္လို ့ေရးသားထား ပါတယ္။



Ibu Cut Tari Menggigil Dengar Nama Ariel

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 05:30 AM PST

Jakarta: Selebriti, Cut Tari Aminah Anasya (gambar) berkata ibunya fobia mendengar nama Muhammad Nazriel Irham atau Ariel 'Peterpan.'

"Ibu sudah sembuh, tetapi jika terdengar atau melihat gambar Ariel, dia akan menggigil.

"Saya simpati dengannya sehingga terpaksa melarang ibu menonton televisyen," kata Cut Tari ketika ditemui di pejabat peguamnya, Hotman Paris Hutapea di Jakarta, semalam.

Menurut selebriti itu yang terkait dengan video lucah bersama penyanyi berkenaan, walaupun dia sudah melakukan kesalahan besar hingga memburukkan nama keluarga, ibunya tetap memaafkannya.

"Saya bernasib baik kerana ketika dilanda masalah sebesar ini, saya masih mempunyai ibu.



"Dia tidak pernah berhenti berdoa, kadang kala hingga jam 3 pagi. Saya kesal dengan perbuatan saya tetapi dia tetap memaafkan saya," kata Cut Tari.

Dalam pada itu, dia juga berkata sudah bersiap sedia untuk bersemuka dengan Ariel Peterpan apabila menghadiri perbicaraan penyanyi berkenaan di Bandung, hari ini.

"Ia, saya suda bersedia. Tetapi ini bukan kali pertama saya menemuinya selepas kes video lucah kami terbongkar," katanya.

Hotman pula berkata, anak guamnya itu perlu bersedia dari segi mental bagi menjadi saksi dalam perbicaraan itu, lebih-lebih lagi video dia melakukan seks dengan Ariel mungkin ditayangkan dalam perbicaraan itu.

Ariel menghadapi tuduhan menyebarkan video seksnya dengan Cut Tari dan teman wanitanya, Luna Maya. - Agensi


Malacca’s China made monorail and cheap Korean nuclear reactors

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 05:09 AM PST

I am worried after reading the following news. China could made from rockets, bullet-trains, cars, atomic energy used electricity factories BUT, quality? Everybody with the right mind knows.

Korea made may be a little bit better. But they are also new comers. Physical appearance and quantity may be same and cheaper. But quality wise, I don't wish to write.

If we have enough money or even if not enough yet, if we could arrange for the credit payment, we need to think about the quality, safety, durability etc. When I was young, in the 60′s I witnessed my father buying car accessories for our cars, Jeep, Dodge and Chevrolets, all were old cars but my father refused to even look at the Japanese spare parts, he always insists on made in USA spare parts. No wonder his cars were tip top and travelled on the very rough terrains of the SSS or Southern Shan State. They used to go to Maymyo, Mandalay, Shwebo, Monya, Myingyan in the hot dry rough area, some even looks like semi-deserts. 

After fascination with so called cheap sales in the early 80's in Malaysia, we learned that the of the sales are CHEAT sales. Marked up the price 100% and later reduced 50% and the price was almost the same. And most of the sales items were old model, old fashion or with factory defects or left over old stocks with stains or other numerous problems. So instead of buying the unnecessary things at the sale, we would buy when we need only. We could even bargain because it is not a sale with fixed price. And we got the luxury of choosing from several different brands from different outlets.

And we never buy just to get the presents or other offers or for other attractions.

 Source Star newspaper:

MALACCA: Barely two months after its grand launch to mark Malacca's developed state status, the city's RM15.9mil monorail line has ground to a halt owing to a host of problems.

Launched on Oct 20, the monorail has been idle for a month after developing problems with its wheels and software system.

The China-made monorail line, spanning 1.6km from Taman Rempah in Pengkalan Rama to Kampung Bunga Raya Pantai along the Malacca River, is part of the state's aim to tap the potential of the river as a tourist attraction.

 Project under scrutiny: The monorail line is part of Malacca's aim to tap the potential of the river as a tourist attraction.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam had launched the system to mark the recognition of Malacca as a developed state, 10 years ahead of the national Vision 2020.

Hours after the launch, however, a coach with some 20 passengers stalled about 100m from the Hang Jebat station.

Operator Menara Taming Sari Sdn Bhd used a skylift to rescue the stranded passengers.

The project is a joint venture between the Malacca Historic City Council and state subsidiary Kumpulan Melaka Bhd and Agibs Engineering & Construction Sdn Bhd.

The Tourism Ministry has approved an additional RM13.2mil for the monorail phase two extension project under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

On Thursday, a visibly upset Mohd Ali said four engineers from China were trying to iron out the problems affecting the monorail.

"Some screws keep breaking and the rims of the wheels had to be replaced.

"We hope the engineers will be able to fix it within a week," he told reporters after closing a refresher course for National Service trainers at Permata Resort Camp in Alor Gajah.

He said if the monorail continued to face problems, the state government would not buy additional monorails from China for the proposed extension project and would, instead, source them from Europe.

Menara Taming Sari chief executive officer Nazry Ahmad admitted the monorail had been out of service due to "several technical and mechanical problems".

"We have been facing problems with the monorail on and off since it was launched. It is now closed to the public," he said yesterday.

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has expressed interest in tapping into South Korea's expertise in operating smart or small scale nuclear reactors as a cleaner source of energy.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said South Korea was globally acknowledged as a leader in the field of green technology including the safe operation of nuclear reactors.

"We would like to look at South Korea's strength in green and renewable energy, as well as alternative technology, especially in operating smart nuclear reactors," he said at a joint press conference with South Korean president Lee Myung-bak here yesterday.

"I explained to the Prime Minister the safety, efficiency and reliability of Korean nuclear reactors and I have invited him to come for a visit next year to see for himself how reliable it is," he said.

The two leaders earlier held a bilateral meeting and witnessed the signing of the Treaty of Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters and the MoU on the foresight and R&D evaluation performance between the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP).

They also witnessed the signing of the MoU on joint promotion efforts in bio-technology and bio-fuels between Malaysia Bio­technology Corporation Sdn Bhd (Biotechcorp) and Korea Energy Management Corporation (Kemco).

Najib said discussions also touched on working together to explore markets in third countries overseas by taking advantage of Malaysia's excellent links in certain parts of the world and Korea's technological advancements.

"We also agreed we should encourage investment between our two countries particularly in getting Korean companies already present in Malaysia to increase their level of reinvestment here," he said.

He said both countries would also look into further enhancing economic cooperation by signing a separate Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to complement the existing Asean-Korean FTA.

Najib said there had been a 34% increase in bilateral trade between Malaysia and South Korea this year that saw trade jump to US$16bil (RM50.3bil).

 



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