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- Review on Corus Paradise Resort Port Dickson
- Hadir di Sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor
- UMNO Jadikan Warga FELDA Labis Sama Dgn Orang Asli Galas
- [Video] Argentina Perkenal Undang-undang Mesra Hijab
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- Blogger Anjur Debat Azahar vs Cikgu Mala
- Can Vote Or Not?
- More Reports On Poodle Abuse
- Special Forces Obituaries
- Ummi Hafilda suing 2 papers, 2 bloggers
- Fari, I hope you are not going to do like this to Daryn
- Animal lovers lodge police report - Free Malaysia Today
- Israel Akui Iran Tiada Nuklear
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I received an email from The Corus Paradise Resort Port Dickson after staying over there last weekend. There is a link requesting for feedback on how's my experience during the stay.
So from the link within the mail, when i clicked a simple feedback form pops up...
So under the comments column, i placed these two...
So, do you think they will reply to me on my feedbacks/comments?
PS: I just got to know from the tripAdvisor website... the 2011 Dirtiest Hotel in Asia... Guess what? Corus Paradise Resort Port Dickson is the 2nd... i should have seen this before, anyway, please do not go to this hotel. I feel like i got cheated.
TripAdvisor link : http://www.tripadvisor.com/DirtyHotels-g2
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Posted: 27 Jan 2011 09:05 AM PST
BN digesa henti ugut pengundi Melayu
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 Jan: Umno dan BN diakui sedang menekan para pengundi di Dun Tenang dengan menggunakan taktir kotor dengan membuat pelbagai ugutan kepada para pengundi di kawasan itu agar tidak menyokong PAS.
Perkara itu didedahkan sendiri oleh para pengundi di kawasan itu ketika ditemui petugas-petugas PAS dalam kempen pilihanraya kecil Dun Tenang yang akan berlangsung 30 Januari ini.
Timbalan Ketua Dewan Muslimat PAS Pusat (DMPP), Siti Zailah Mohd Yusof menjelaskan, kebanyakan para pengundi yang menjadi mangsa ugutan itu terdiri daripada pengundi-pengundi Melayu terutama yang tinggal di kawasan Felda.
Menurut beliau, berdasarkan maklumat yang diterima oleh beliau daripada petugas-petugas PAS di Tenang, para pengundi terbabit sememangnya cenderung untuk menyokong PAS, tetapi mereka takut berbuat demikian disebabkan ugutan-ugutan daripada para pemimpin Umno atau BN yang dikenakan dalam pelbagai bentuk.
"Antaranya, ada yang diugut akan ditarik balik pencen, anak-anak mereka yang bekerja akan ditukar kerja ke tempat lain yang berjauhan dari kawasan itu, bantuan kebajikan akan ditarik balik dan sebagainya," katanya ketika dihubungi Harakahdaily hari ini.
Politik ugutan itu dimainkan oleh Umno atau BN disebabkan mereka sendiri menyedari kedudukan para pengundi di Dun Tenang sekarang yang lebih memihak kepada PAS.
"Berdasarkan kajian yang dilakukan oleh pihak kita, saya berani mengatakan kemenangan sebenarnya sudah berada di pihak PAS jika mereka mengadakan pertandingan di padang yang rata.
"Sokongan orang-orang Cina dan India kepada PAS atau Pakatan Rakyat di kawasan itu sekarang sememangnya memberangsangkan, manakala sokongan daripada orang-orang Melayu pula semakin meningkat.
"Tetapi disebabkan mereka menggunakan taktik kotor terutama politik ugutan, pengundi-pengundi Melayu di kawasan itu menjadi takut untuk menampakkan sokongan mereka kepada PAS, termasuk takut untuk menaikkan bendera PAS dan menampakkan reaksi cenderung kepada PAS," katanya yang juga ahli parlimen Rantau Panjang.
Sungguhpun begitu, beliau yakin, pengundi-pengundi Melayu akan sedar tentang kepentingan mereka memberikan undi kepada PAS pada hari mengundi nanti, sekiranya mereka terus didekati oleh para petugas PAS dan diberikan penjelasan yang secukupnya tentang kelebihan perjuangan PAS berbanding Umno BN.
Dari tinjauan yang dilakukan oleh para petugas PAS juga, katanya, para pengundi Melayu di kawasan itu juga ternyata tidak berpuas hati dengan kepimpinan Umno di Johor termasuk di kawasan itu kerana masih amat banyak isu-isu rakyat yang gagal diselesaikan, walaupun Umno BN telah memerintah negeri itu sejak lebih 50 tahun lalu.
Selain politik ugutan, Siti Zailah turut kesal dengan para pemimpin Umno BN yang masih terus menerus memainkan politik wang dalam pilihanraya Dun Tenang, walaupun ia sudah diketahui umum salah dari segi undang-undang. -harakahdaily
Ingat Galas! UMNO bawa taktik Galas ke Labis. Di Galas, orang asli yang diumpan dan diugut, tetapi di Labis, warga FELDA yang menerima umpanan dan ugutan tersebut. Tak sudah-sudah UMNO BN melembukan rakyat 1Malaysia.
Posted: 27 Jan 2011 07:01 AM PST
Argentina perkenal undang-undang baru mesra tudung
BUENOS AIRES - Argentina memperkenalkan undang-undang baru yang memberi lebih kebebasan kepada rakyatnya yang beragama Islam untuk mengekalkan amalan tanpa dikenakan sebarang tindakan, semalam.
Parlimen negara itu menggubal akta tersebut yang membenarkan wanita Islam memakai tudung di tempat awam.
Menurut akta tersebut, wanita Islam juga dibenarkan menggunakan gambar bertudung di dalam kad pengenalan mereka.
Presiden Argentina, Cristina Fernandez berkata, beliau berharap negara bukan Islam lain mendapat mesej yang cuba disampaikan iaitu perbezaan kepercayaan dapat diatasi dengan cara baik.
Sebanyak dua peratus daripada populasi negara Amerika Selatan itu adalah penduduk beragama Islam.
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Posted: 27 Jan 2011 06:09 AM PST
Chinese New Year is only one week away. The excitement is building up, something that I have not felt in a while. This feeling is also partly due to the fact that the wheelchair has arrived but I am not able to use it yet. Some assembling and adjustments are needed first. I am really looking forward to getting on the new chair as the one I am using now creaks every time I shift my weight.
Nevertheless, the sight of new ang pau packets and the cookies that Wuan brought back, and the thought of being able to savour hou si fatt choy and yee sang has certainly put me in a festive mood. In the midst of all these, I reminisce about the times when I was barely a teenager, excitedly anticipating the arrival of the annual celebration. The was always an unmistakeable crispness in the air as I counted down the days, one that put spring in my steps and happiness in my face.
A few weeks before the day, the larder would already be bursting with groceries for the big cookout for the reunion dinner and new year lunch. My favourites were the puffed cream-coloured pieces of fish maw, dried shiitake mushrooms and waxed goose liver sausages; rare commodities reserved for auspicious occasions during those times. Cans of button mushrooms, lychees and longans together with a crate or two of Anchor beer would line the larder top.
Welcoming the new year could also never be complete without the hustle and bustle of spring cleaning. That was then followed by curtains and cushion covers being replaced with fresh and brightly coloured ones. Greeting cards from relatives and friends and my father's business associates and clients decorated the metal grille in the living room. The garden was spruced up. Unkempt hedges were trimmed. The final task after all that was putting up the "cai", the red cloth hung above the main entrance, to signify the auspicious celebration.
Those were the best times of the entire year for me as a kid – new clothes, delicious food, lots and lots of ang paus, and not forgetting the hordes of relatives that came visiting, many I only got to meet during that time. Those excitement and anxiety that I felt then is what I am feeling now. I just cannot wait for the first day of the Chinese New Year to arrive.
Posted: 27 Jan 2011 05:57 AM PST
Blogger tawar diri anjur debat antara calon Tenang
LABIS: Sebuah kumpulan blogger bebas hari ini menawarkan diri untuk menganjurkan satu majlis perdebatan antara kedua-dua bagi pilihan raya kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri (Dun) Tenang, Mohd Azahar Ibrahim dari Barisan Nasional (BN) dan Normala Sudirman (PAS).
Kumpulan yang menggelarkan diri mereka sebagai 'Kumpulan Blogger-blogger Independent' (Kubid) itu menyarankan supaya diadakan perdebatan antara kedua-dua calon bagi membincang dan menjelaskan isu-isu yang berbangkit dan berkaitan dengan kawasan tersebut.
Wakil Kubid, Sariffuddin Abdullah berkata penganjuran sesi debat itu bagi membolehkan pengundi mengetahui dan menilai usaha serta hala tuju yang cuba dibawa setiap calon dengan lebih jelas serta berkesan terutama menjelaskan isu-isu yang didakwanya disembunyikan.
"Hasrat kami adalah mahu melihat amalan politik baru iaitu politik berpengetahuan, 'knowledge political' subur diamalkan dan dijadikan amalan murni di arena politik negara di mana dengan adanya diskusi atau debat terbuka ini yang lebih telus antara calon yang bertanding," katanya pada sidang media di sini hari ini.
Katanya, berdasarkan pemantauan Kubid sepanjang lima hari berkempen, kedua-dua calon banyak menjurus kepada kempen-kempen yang bersifat populis dan 'kosmetik' yang bertujuan mengaburi mata pengundi kepada isu sebenar yang sedang berlegar di Tenang.
"Kami mempersoalkan tentang kewibawaan dan integriti calon-calon yang bertanding. Di manakah letak kewibawaan calon itu sekiranya kempen-kempen yang dijalankan lebih menjurus menyerang peribadi antara satu sama lain? Di manakah etika dan moralnya?" soal beliau.
Pada sidang media itu, Shariffuddin menyerahkan surat jemputan kepada Naib Presiden parti PAS Datuk Mahfuz Omar untuk mempelawa calonnya, Normala menyertai debat itu manakala surat jemputan kepada calon BN akan dihantar selewat-lewatnya petang ini.
Katanya, Kubid bercadang mengadakan debat tersebut esok pada 9 malam di satu tempat yang akan ditetapkan setelah persetujuan dicapai antara kedua-dua calon. - Bernama
Posted: 27 Jan 2011 05:09 AM PST
Just because one is out of the country should not mean that one automatically loses the right to vote. Article 119 of the Federal Constitution grants the right to vote to all Malaysian citizens of the age of 21 and over who are resident and registered in a constituency or who are registered as absent voters in accordance with election laws.
The Oriental Daily reported in October last year that the Malaysian Election Commission is not neglecting the voting rights of a million Malaysians residing overseas, but is actively studying ways to amend the Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002 to make such persons entitled to postal votes.
According to that report, Vice-Chairman of the Election Commission, Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, said that the Election Commission is exploring various options and intends to appoint agents to represent the Election Commission in Malaysian embassies around the world, so that Malaysians can register themselves as postal voters at embassies. At the same time, the Election Commission intends to update the data of Malaysian voters overseas.
Under the Election (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002, only:
Realistically, much as many patriotic Malaysians overseas may want to exercise their right to vote, it is logistically and economically challenging for them to do so. Presently, there is no provision for Malaysians overseas to vote at Malaysian embassies and consulates abroad - something which is routinely done by many other countries.
A group of Malaysians demanding voting rights for all citizens living abroad called MyOverseasVote campaign is committed to challenging the unequal treatment of the majority of Malaysians overseas on the grounds that it is contrary to the grant of equality under Article 8 of the Federal Constitution. It seeks to raise RM200,000 from Malaysians (20 sen for every Malaysian overseas) to create a legal fund for its action. This will cover the legal fees and expenses needed to take the claim all the way to the Federal Court, and cover the contingency that the applicants, if unsuccessful, are forced to cover the Election Commission's legal costs. You can visit their website AT THIS LINK to read up more about their efforts which include raising funds to legally challenge 'discriminatory' regulations preventing many Malaysians overseas from registering as 'absent voters'.
MyOverseasVote (MOV) international coordinator Andrew Yong said, "We want the court to say that the current regulations are against Article 8 of the federal constitution, which guarantees equal treatment for all citizens under the law. We want the court to declare that the Malaysian government and the Election Commision cannot discriminate against citizens abroad from voting on arbitrary grounds."
In a recent statement given by Teo Nie Ching, Assistant National Publicity Secretary cum Serdang MP HERE:
According to the statistics provided by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Dato' Seri Mohamad Nazri Aziz, there are currently 11,381,193 registered voters and 4,304,620 unregistered voters in Malaysia.
So here we have a paradox - 4 million Malaysians living in Malaysia who HAVE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE and it might take RM59.5 million to register these Malaysians while we have about 1 million Malaysians overseas who WANT TO VOTE BUT CANNOT vote and are trying to raise $$$ to bring their grouses to court.
So it is not a simple question of do you want to vote? Neither is it a simple question of can we vote or not?
In the Oriental Daily report, Vice-Chairman of the Election Commission, Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar raised the following issues:
1. The existing mechanism is plagued by many problems which prevent postal ballots from arriving at counting centres in time.
2. He believes that the entire mechanism should be improved. "The time from nomination to voting is short. We need to rely on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to post ballot papers to embassies around the world.
3. Ballot papers travelling back and forth are unable to be delivered to the constituency counting centres in time."
4. Apart from the restriction imposed by the regulations, the EC currently lacks the proper facilities and manpower to allow overseas Malaysians to vote.
5. The Commission is unable to keep track of voter migration as many Malaysians living abroad do not report themselves to the local embassy. Therefore, these voters are automatically classified as ordinary voters during the election.
In that report, Wan Ahmad stressed that the Commission has never neglected the rights of overseas Malaysian voters, and urged citizens currently residing overseas to provide their details to the Malaysian embassy. Once the Commission has established a mechanism, overseas Malaysian voters will be able to vote at the embassy.
Well, let's see what happens in the near future. I am sure there is a way to solve this paradoxical situation if all parties try to reach a reasonable arrangement.
In the mean time, let's hope for the best for the Tenang by-election and for the next GE. What might befall us? Only time will tell. May the better candidate win!
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Tun Ibrahim Ismail
Tun Ibrahim Ismail, who died on December 23 aged 88, was a Special Operations Executive officer who pulled off a daring 10-month triple-cross while a prisoner of the Japanese during the Second World War; he later went on to be head of Malaysia's armed forces.
Force 136, with (in the centre row) Ibrahim Ismail (third from left), Yeop Mahidin (third from right) and Abdul Razak Hussein (far right)
7:48PM GMT 26 Jan 2011
Ibrahim was in charge of the only all-Malay team in SOE's Force 136, which aimed to recapture Malaya from the Japanese in 1944-45. British colleagues, led by Col Christopher Hudson, considered him so "extraordinarily keen" to get into action that they agreed to send him on a mission about which most had grave doubts.
Operation Oatmeal was designed to infiltrate a sabotage and observation team on to the western coast of Trengganu, some 14 hours' flying time from Force 136's base in Ceylon. One attempt to get ashore safely had already been aborted, and by the time Ibrahim and his three men set off on the night of October 30 1944, the Japanese were on high alert for potential spies.
The four-man team, which included two wireless operators, was then reduced to three, as one man fell sick on the Catalina flying boat that was delivering the party to the drop zone. Things went from bad to worse when the remaining three were unable to kayak to the Malayan mainland, as planned, and had to wade ashore on the Perhentian Islands, 10 miles off the coast.
They were left with little option but to appeal to the local chief, or "Batin", for help, and Ibrahim and his two men were provided with a boat to get to the mainland. On arrival there, however, they were quickly detained by the Japanese, and understood that they had been betrayed.
Ibrahim was on the end of "some slaps and kicks" but, when he and his team members – Mohamed Zin bin Haji Jaffar and Yahya bin Haji Mohamed – were left alone for a moment, they agreed to "twist the story and chance that things would work out well".
During a month of interrogations, the three gradually managed to convince their captors that they were not trusted by the British and were keen to work for the Japanese. The price of any slip-ups was made clear every morning when, through the bars of their cell, they watched Japanese officers practise their "head-chopping drill".
Back at base, it was clear that something had gone wrong, and when the Oatmeal team suddenly got back in contact without transmitting the security check "MY BOOTS ARE GREEN", it was obvious that the men had been captured.
In fact, Ibrahim had been captured complete with his codebook, detailing such security procedures. But he managed to convince the Japanese that this printed material was a ruse to deceive potential captors and that he had memorised the genuine security checks.
By mid-November the Oatmeal team was being used to "double cross" Force 136, with the Japanese keen to lure other spies into their snare. In Ceylon, meanwhile, SOE was aware that they now had a perfect conduit for feeding the Japanese misinformation.
This triple-cross was masterminded from India by a group of intelligence officers that included Col Peter Fleming, brother of the Bond author Ian. To gain time, they first demanded that the Oatmeal team travel to Penang, 300 miles away through jungle, in order to "investigate U-boat activity".
By this time Ibrahim and his men had been transferred from their cell to a room in the secret police headquarters. Such was their status among the Japanese that they were once, Ibrahim reported, invited to a dinner party at the house of the OC.
Having "crossed" the jungle (in fact the Japanese flew their prize intelligence assets to Penang), the three men bolstered their credentials with their captors by requesting that a "contact" be parachuted in to assist them. Naturally, no new spy could be dropped into the hands of the Japanese, so this contact was "taken ill" just before departure and, in August 1945, supplies were sent instead. "The Japs could not believe that their dream of fooling the British would come true and were quietly congratulating each other," Ibrahim noted.
So delighted was one Japanese officer that, as he watched the supply drop drift to earth, he failed to notice a 10ft deep pigtrap near the drop zone and fell in. "Luckily for him there were no bamboo spikes," Ibrahim recorded.
In fact it was the Japanese who were being fooled. Not only was the shipment missing all its vital components (due to a "packing error"), but the Oatmeal team had quietly been feeding their captors information that the land assault on Malaya would occur on the Isthmus of Kra, 650 miles to the north of where the invasion forces of Operation Zipper were due to come ashore.
In the event, Oatmeal received a message on August 17, before Operation Zipper was put into action, confirming Japan's unconditional surrender following the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Ibrahim was immediately concerned that "the Japs might just bump us off", and had regretfully to inform his captors that his religion would not permit him to commit hara-kiri with them. Eventually the Oatmeal members were released and made contact with British forces which had landed without opposition in early September.
"It really was incredible," Ibrahim noted in his mission report, "the way the Japs, from private up to general, swallowed everything we told them. But we had to revise our story every night. It was a terrible strain on our nerves."
Ibrahim Ismail was born on October 19 1922 in Johor, a state now in southern Malaysia. After attending the Dehra Dun military academy he was commissioned into the Indian Army following the Japanese invasion of Malaya. From there he was recruited into Force 136, which was to prove something of a nursery for future Malaysian leaders. Others there included Captain Abdul Razak Hussein (later Malaysia's second prime minister); Captain Hussein Onn (its third prime minister); and Mohamad Ghazali Shafie (a future foreign minister).
Postwar, Ibrahim joined Johor's local army before serving with the Royal Malay Regiment (RMR) from 1951. He rose to the rank of battalion commander with 6 RMR and drew on his experience with SOE to help combat his country's communist insurgency. He also served during the Confrontation with Indonesia following Malaysian independence.
In the wake of Sino-Malay race riots in Kuala Lumpur in May 1969, parliament was suspended and Ibrahim joined the National Operations Council, which governed until the restoration of parliamentary rule in 1971. By that time he had been appointed Chief of the Defence Forces, a position he held until 1977, when he retired in the rank of full general. It had not been a relaxing run-up to retirement, as the region was engulfed in the fallout from the Vietnam War and the threat of communist insurgency. Ibrahim had also had to help organise Malaysia's strategy towards Vietnamese refugees.
In 2000 Ibrahim Ismail was appointed a Grand Commander of the Order of the Crown of Malaysia, which conferred on him the honorific title "Tun".
With his wife, Toh Puan Zakiah Ahmad, he had four children. The Telegraph
Posted: 27 Jan 2011 04:42 AM PST
Ummi Hafilda lodged a report at Bukit Aman today (why Bukit Aman?) against two newspapers and a few bloggers for 'defaming' her.
Blogger Shila of Asam Pedas wrote: "Setahu saya, laporan polis hanya boleh dibuat di balai polis biasa. Bukit Aman hanya buat follow-up kes yang sudah dilaporkan. Tetapi kes Ummi ini special pula. Saya tanya dia kenapa buat laporan di situ, dia kata dia dah beritahu Datuk Bakri (Zinin). Wah! Dahsyat kabel Ummi ya!"
There is also a U-Tube showing Ummi giving statement to members of the media, immediately after making the reports.
The newspapers are Harakahdaily and the newly-lanched Media Rakyat for its headline 'Kisah Dalam Kain Diselak' about two weeks ago. Apart from suing the two papers, Ummi will also file a libel suit against bloggers Tukar Tiub and Tranungkite.
Bloggosphere is getting more interesting. I just cant wait for bloggers to sue each other over issues like... for instance 'intellect and mosquito bloggers'.
Even our media industry is already all 'lite up' with Rocky's Bru against NSTP ex-4...
Thanks a lot, Shila of Agendadaily.com
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Tel Aviv - Penipuan rejim Zionis selagi lagi terserlah apabila ketua agensi perisikan tentera Israel akhirnya mengakui Iran tidak membangunkan senjata nuklear seperti didakwa Tel Aviv dan sekutunya di Barat.
Jeneral Aviv Kochavi (gambar) juga tidak setuju dengan penilaian Amerika Syarikat (AS) yang berbangga kononnya sekatan ekonomi ke atas Iran berjaya memberikan kesan buruk kepada republik Islam itu.
Kochavi yang baru dilantik memegang jawatan itu pada November lalu mengeluarkan kenyataan itu semasa memberi taklimat kepada parlimen Israel, kelmarin.
"Agak mustahil bagi Iran untuk menjalankan proses pengkayaan uranium sehingga 90 peratus yang diperlukan untuk menghasilkan bom atom," katanya.
Teheran berulang kali menafikan tuduhan Barat bahawa negara itu sedang menghasilkan bom atom dan siasatan Agensi Atom Antarabangsa membuktikan program nuklear Iran adalah bagi tujuan aman.
AS dan sekutunya kerap menyasarkan Iran yang didakwa membina bom atom tanpa membangkitkan isu sama ke atas Israel, satu-satunya negara Timur Tengah yang mempunyai bom nuklear.
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