Saturday, February 19, 2011

Good Morning Kuantan!

Good Morning Kuantan!

Good Morning Kuantan!

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 06:10 AM PST

Waking up just in time for Subuh, I had to dash to finish my prayers before the heavenly sky greeted Kuantan folks.

I did wake up as early as 3 am this morning but went back to bed about an hour later.
Dozing off at 9 pm last night was so easy with the accompaniment of a mild headache.

So with yesterday's posting, for those who left a comment or two, I have read them and I thank you.
Please excuse me for not publishing them.
Sometimes, I prefer to soak them in private.

Yeah..I am still waiting eagerly for the badly-needed household funds.
I am just the 'housekeeper' and 'accounts clerk'.
Whatever that should be given are for the children's upkeep.

But somehow I sense there's a conspiracy hatched by those 'two' to teach me a lesson not to send over the funds in retaliation to all my very fierce and blunt blog reminders!

Hello..if the bills are not paid, the children will be those suffering the inconvenience.
My my..'they' are walloping me back at my children's expense!

I am sure that he has entrusted her to now make most of his decisions.
She is his closest confidante and what can I expect?
Naturally, decisions that are definitely not to our advantage!

But you know..I will never allow that evil future stepmom to supervise my children.
Let him be the only one under her spell!
As long as I am still around, she better be ready to face my witchy old broomstick!

How one can change so drastically over a new love is shocking!
The priorities can change overnight.
Imagine making the children walk on the crummy, thorny path!

Their future are suddenly catapulted into uncertainty.
Whatever hopes they thought they could depend on from their Baba have come crashing down!

While others whom we know are still generating lots of love and attention from their fathers, my children can rely only a few trickles from him.

It is more convenient for him to just shut his mind off from his children and shove their needs later or totally aside!

If they lack his emotional attention these recent years, he's now slapping them with an extra dosage of monetary hardship.

Coupled with the fact that his new love is so mesmerising and authoritative in his life, he seemed to be showing that he dreads to be burdened with his present set of children.

I am not using the legal approach because we had earlier on, mutually agree that he knows his responsibilities and he too loves his children.

Unfortunately, he is not keeping part of his bargain.
Apart from his once-in-a-while popping in to see them, he has not settled the household bills and has yet to sort out the household rentals.

Whatever small amount that was sent had been budgeted mainly for food and petrol.
He seems to be reserving his funds mostly for his courting expenditures.

Finding solace and happiness in his latest interest, I believe he's taking his sweet revenge by making his children suffer for their mum's outspokenness.

Nevermind then.
I will still keep on hammering some sense into his thick skull!

Meanwhile, I am still thick-skinned enough to get help from wherever possible.
One thing for sure, the Kuantan house is noticeably more peaceful now.

InsyaAllah, I will brave my coward self to steer this precious ship out of the stormy seas, and make it sail happily back on course quickly.
IF they wish to further torture my children and I ,
may Allah swt return back all those bad intentions to them very soon...Ameen.

now they say we can’t use ‘islam’

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 10:31 AM PST

… after fighting that we (non muslim) can't use 'allah'.

believe it or not! you'd better believe it! ROTFL! yes, made us laugh, which in turn, they themselves are making a mockery of islam, making other moderate, liberal muslim ashamed.

who are they? the SAMPAH (rubbish) of penang!! SAMPah ok – suara anak-anak mamak pulau pinang. oh yeah, the mamak again. (have you stop patronising mamak stalls?).

this time, it was not only the SAMPah but also the malaysian people's welfare organisations (pertubuhan kebajikan al-ehsan malaysia). please click on 'read more' to read about it (from malaysiakini).



NGO takes on Guan Eng over use of 'Islam'

Susan Loone
Feb 19, 11

A welfare organisation has lashed out at the Penang government's portfolio for non-Muslim affairs headed by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for using the word 'Islam', claiming its usage is exclusive to Muslims.

The months old Malaysian People's Welfare Organisation's (Pertubuhan Kebajikan Al-Ehsan Malaysia) deputy secretary general Arshad Kassim said yesterday:

"By using the word, Lim can create confusion on the position of Islam as the official religion of the country.

About 15 protestors representing the group handed over a memorandum on the issue to the state government at Komtar today.
Assistants to Deputy Chief Minister I Mansor Othman and state exco in charge of religious affairs Abdul Malik Abul Kassim – Mohd Fitri Ibrahim and Rodziah Khassim – received the document.

Another voice joins din

Members of the Suara Anak-Anak Mamak Pulau Pinang, an Indian Muslim NGO led by its president Abdul Ghani Mohamed Jiman (below), who has been persistently attacking the state government on various issues related to the Malay-Muslim community also joined the group.

In its memorandum, the NGO said it strongly protested and regretted the setting up of the portfolio under Lim and urged the latter to "respect and uphold the federal constitution".

They want Lim to be sensitive to the position of the Muslims and to forget the new portfolio.

"Lim and the DAP cannot use the state government's name to practise abuse of power or go against the federal constitution which only states Islam as the official religion of the federation," they said.

Arshad, who is also the NGO's Northwest chairperson, said that the new portfolio seems to be more powerful thanthe proposed interfaith council which Muslims had been rejected strongly.

Upsetting 'harmony'

"All this while, other faiths have been existing independently and strongly in their various religious organisations without political or government interference," said Arshad.

"The Muslims have not upset the non-Muslims while harmony and goodwill among the races have been always maintained," he added.

Arshad said Lim cannot use the power he has under the state government to 'legalise (halalkan)' buildings which are considered haram; or take over land and its allocation.

He urged Lim not to misuse state agencies, like the Penang Development Corporation, land offices, Penang and Seberang Perai municipal councils and Public Works Department to advance DAP's political agenda.

"Please focus on more important aspects like resolving the problems of the rakyat's 'rice bowl', he said.

Arshad warned Lim that if he refused to concede to their demand, they will present their case to the Agong.

"Is this your country or is this Singapore? He is from Malacca, we do not disturb him at all, but it looks like he should return to Melaka," he told Lim.

Why sound and fury?

Meanwhile, PAS' Parit Buntar assemblyperson Mujahid Yusof Rawa (right) questioned why the NGOs were 'making loud noises' when a similar portfolio had been set up in the Barisan Nasional ruled Perak.

Mujahid said that the Muslims already have a portfolio in Penang under the state Islamic religious council overseen by Abdul Malik, who is PKR's Batu Maung assemblyperson.

Therefore, they (Muslims) do not need to worry about not being represented in the non-Muslim council, he added.

"The new council will improve the relationship among the races, it would act as a bridge, where the races can have dialogues with one another on various issues," he said.

"Any problem pertaining to religious issues can now be resolved within an official framework," he added.

High Cholesterol Patients Not Treated Properly

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 08:55 AM PST

BBC ONLINE 1 February 2011 Last updated at 11:57 GMT
World 'failing to treat high cholesterol' By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC News
Cheap generic versions of statin drugs are available
Most people around the globe with high cholesterol are not getting the treatment they need, claims the largest ever study of 147m people.

If I Have Learned Anything

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 07:43 AM PST

I turned 50 recently and have been doing a lot of soul searching. It is funny how we never stop learning and are constantly evolving to be better, stronger, wiser, forgetting what lies behind and moving on to grasp what lies ahead.

This evening, I slipped into a reflective mood whilst reading the news and thought about the many precious lessons I learnt in the last five years and how some experiences have completely transformed me to be a different person from what I used to be.

As such, I went through my archives to look for this inspiring post which I am reposting again...You have probably seen it in the email circuit but truly, it is most thought-provoking and I hope that it has some value for you and yours. Take care and treasure the moments we have on this earth. Let's do our best and what we can to make the world a better place. Take care and have a restful evening.


- Author Unknown-
* I've learned that you can get by on charm for about 15 minutes.
After that, you'd better know something.

* I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do.

* I've learned that it's not what happens to people that's important.
It's what they do about it.

* I've learned that you can do something in an instant that will give you a heartache for life.

* I've learned that no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides.

* I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.

* I've learned that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

* I've learned that it's a lot easier to react than it is to think.

* I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.

* I've learned that you can keep going long after you think you can't.

* I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

* I've learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

* I've learned that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

* I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done, when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

* I've learned that when the light turns green, you had better look both ways before proceeding.

* I've learned that you can love someone and still not like them very much.

* I've learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.

* I've learned that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and still have the best time.

* I've learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

* I've learned that I'm getting more and more like my mom, and I'm kind of happy about it.

* I've learned that sometimes when I'm angry, I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

* I've learned that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.

* I've learned that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

* I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back.

* I've learned that you should never tell a child his dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if he believed it.

* I've learned that your family won't always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren't related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren't biological.

* I've learned that no matter how good a friend someone is, they're going to hurt you every once in awhile and you must forgive them for that.

* I've learned that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

* I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn't stop for your grief.

* I've learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

* I've learned that sometimes when my friends fight, I'm forced to choose sides even when I don't want to.

* I've learned that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other.

* I've learned that sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of their actions.

* I've learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

* I've learned that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

* I've learned that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

* I've learned that it's not what you have in your life but whom you have in your life that counts.

* I've learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

* I've learned that a good friend is better than a therapist.

* I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

* I've learned that it's hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people's feelings and standing up for what you believe.

[Bergambar & Video] Larry Dilantik Sebagai Ketua Pembasmi Tikus Di Rumah PM

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 08:00 AM PST

Inilah Larry, Ketua Bahagian Pembasmi Tikus di Rumah PM Britain

Larry, Kucing baru di kediaman PM Britain di Downing Street 10, London.

London - Downing Street 10, kediaman Perdana Menteri Britain akhirnya mengambil pekerja khusus bernama Larry. Ia akan menjadi ketua penangkap tikus di tempat tinggal yang kini dihuni PM David Cameron.

Kucing betina berusia 4 tahun itu berjaya memperolehi pekerjaan yang memestikan ia berdepan dengan hama tikus tepat di pusat pemerintahan. 'Pembasmi tikus' itu dipilih dari sejumlah senarai perusahaan penyedia dan perawat haiwan, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Ketua Pengarah Battersea, Claire Horton, menggambarkan Larry 'cukup cerdik dan padano' serta menyatakan kucing tersebut sudah pasti sesuai untuk pekerjaan barunya di lingkungan pusat 'pemerintah' Britain.

"Saya diberitahu bahwa David Cameron, yang dikonfrontasi akibat kewujudan tikus di kawasan Downing Street, berharap Larry sudah dapat turun ke kawasan tersebut untuk memulakan pekerjaannya minggu ini," kata Clair.

"Kami perlukan seekor kucing yang mampu menangani masalah tikus tanpa kasihan, tapi juga tahu bagaimana hendak menjaga perabot dengan baik," bisik pemberi maklumat saya," tambah Claire lagi.

"Larry seolah-olah jenis kucing yang kami cari selama ini, seekor pembunuh dalam kawasan dalam bandar," kata Claire.

Masalah hama rodensia di Downing Street kian parah setelah sejumlah tikus berukuran yang agak besar terlihat melintas di belakang para pemberita televisyen ketika mereka melaporkan berita di luar kediaman rasmi Perdana Menteri.

Kucing, ketua penangkap tikus terakhir Perdana Menteri yang tinggal di Downing Street adalah Humphrey. Ia pencen pada 1997, tepat ketika Tony Blair menjadi PM. -Telegraph

Berita sebelum ini

[Bergambar & Video] Tikus Berkeliaran Dirakam Di Pejabat PM Britain

SPR Silap Sebut? Tiada Cadangan Atau Tiada Arahan?

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 06:54 AM PST

SPR: Tiada cadangan perkenal syarat baru calon pilihan raya

Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) tidak bercadang untuk mengkaji had umur dan menjadikan tahap kesihatan calon sebagai syarat sebelum dibenarkan bertanding dalam pilihan raya di negara ini, kata Pengerusinya Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

Bercakap kepada pemberita selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat SPR dengan parti-parti politik komponen Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak di sini hari ini, Abdul Aziz berkata setakat ini terpulang kepada budi bicara parti-parti politik sendiri untuk memilih calon sesuai bagi mewakili parti serta bertanding dalam pilihan raya.

"Itu urusan parti masing-masing," katanya, dan menambah kata SPR tidak dapat berbuat apa-apa dalam perkara berkaitan dengan had umur atau tahap kesihatan calon kerana hal berkenaan di luar bidang kuasa SPR.

Dipetik Bernama, beliau berkata tindakan mengehadkan umur dan menjalani pemeriksaan kesihatan sebagai syarat menjadi calon pilihan raya memerlukan pindaan undang-undang sedia ada.

Di Kangar, semalam, Pertubuhan Peribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) Perlis mencadangkan SPR mengkaji semula Akta Pilihan Raya 1958 dengan memasukkan beberapa syarat baru berkaitan calon pilihan raya.

Yang Dipertua Perkasa Perlis Ameir Hassan dipetik sebagai berkata antara syarat baru yang dicadangkan ialah had umur calon tidak melebihi 65 tahun dan mereka juga perlu disahkan sihat, sekali gus memberi ruang generasi muda berkelayakan menjadi calon.

Ameir mendakwa wakil rakyat yang melebihi had umur sering mengalami tekanan dan ada di kalangan mereka meninggal dunia menyebabkan berlaku proses pilihan raya kecil yang memerlukan kos besar.

Sejak pilihan raya umum Mac 2008, negara berdepan 16 pilihan raya kecil membabitkan enam kerusi Parlimen dan 10 Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN), termasuk tiga sepanjang tempoh dua bulan pertama tahun ini iaitu di DUN Tenang, Merlimau dan Kerdau.

SPR membelanjakan kira-kira RM10.4 juta bagi pilihan raya kecil berkenaan.

Ulasan GB

Mungkin Pengerusi SPR tersebut tersilap sebut.

Yang sepatutnya diucapkan ialah ... tiada arahan dari UMNO BN untuk perkenal syarat baru calon pilihan raya.

Kerana rakyat semua tahu SPR selama ini bertindak mengikut arahan dari UMNO BN.

Najib Ketar Jika Ledakan Mesir Tercetus Di Malaysia

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 06:17 AM PST

Mahunya Najib tak takut: Tidak mustahil ledakan Mesir tercetus di Malaysia

UMNO perlu melihat kejatuhan Hosni Mubarak di Mesir dari dua sudut. Pertama, kerana terlalu lama dan kedua, kerana terlalu angkuh. Hari ini, apabila Hosni Mubarak meninggalkan Mesir selepas 18 hari diasak penunjuk perasaan, apakah yang ditinggalkan Mubarak di Mesir? Yang pasti, ada 300 nyawa terkorban selama tunjuk perasaan ini berlaku dan ribuan yang lain cedera.

Seperti yang dilaporkan, tentera yang mengambil alih kuasa sekarang ini, kelihatan merestui tunjuk perasaan ini dan akhirnya, pengumuman rasmi dibuat, mengesahkan Mubarak yang pada peringkat awalnya tidak mahu mengalah, akhirnya terpaksa melepaskan jawatannya.

Kalau boleh, Mubarak mahu menunggu sampai September, kononnya penggal pemerintahannya berakhir, tetapi rakyat tidak tertanggung lagi dengan perangai dan sikap angkuh Mubarak. Apa yang pasti, rakyat Algeria juga seperti mendapat suntikan semangat dari apa yang dicapai oleh rakyat Mesir.

Apakah Presiden Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika sudah bersedia untuk berundur? Atau, mahu terus berdegil hingga kejadian lebih buruk berlaku? Begitu juga dengan Yaman, khabarnya keadaan sudah mula bergegar dengan ura-ura tunjuk perasaan.

Panglima Angkatan Tentera Mesir, Fil Marsyal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi berkata, beliau akan menghormati semua perjanjian yang dimeterai Mesir, satu berita yang cukup melegakan negara Yahudi dan Amerika Syarikat.

Antara perjanjian itu ialah perjanjian damai dengan Israel 1979. Selain kebongkakkan Hosni Mubarak, hakikat sebenarnya apa yang berlaku di Mesir ini ialah disebabkan terlalu khayal dengan mabuk kuasa. Keresahan dan kesusahan rakyat tidak dapat dihidu sejak awal. Hingga, apabila Dataran Tahrir dipenuhi dengan penunjuk perasaan dan semua jalan raya sudah tidak boleh dilalui disebabkan dipenuhi dengan penujuk perasaan, mulalah ekonomi Mesir lumpuh.

Hanya beberapa bulan lagi pilihan raya akan diadakan. Tidak pula diketahui apakah boleh dipercepatkan pilihan raya tetapi, belum ada jaminan suasana aman selepas peralihan kuasa berlaku. Satu perkara yang perlu dijadikan ingatan pihak yang sedang berkuasa sekarang ialah penggunaan laman sosial faebook dan internet menjadi komponen penting dalam revolusi rakyat Mesir.

Jika ada ura-ura Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) mahu menyekat Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan (AMCP) seperti yang dinyatakan Ketua Setiausaha (KSU) KDN, Mahmud Adam baru-baru ini, ia sebenarnya sudah terlewat.

Rakyat sudah ke hadapan di dalam penggunaan media baru ini dan sekatan demi sekatan yang dibuat sebenarnya satu usaha memenjarakan kecerdikan berfikir rakyat. Ada penulis yang mempertahankan Malaysia kononnya, apa yang berlaku di Mesir tidak akan berlaku di Malaysia kerana rakyat Malaysia cukup makan dan tidak seperti di Mesir.

Kerisauan rakyat Malaysia yang sentiasa dikelilingi pendatang asing hingga keselamatan keluarga mereka terancam, tidak diambil kira sebagai keresahan dan kesusahan rakyat. Ternyata, kerajaan telah gagal menyelesaikan masalah pendatang asing ini walaupun pelbagai formula diketengahkan termasuk usaha menubuhkan makmal pendatang asing.

Ternyata, ia hanya cakap-cakap yang mahu menghalalkan sejumlah peruntukan besar diluluskan kerajaan untuk menubuhkan makmal tersebut. Namun, tidak seorang pun pendatang asing yang dapat dikurangkan dari bumi Malaysia, melainkan bertambah dari hari ke hari.

Jika desakan dibuat, Menteri Dalam Negeri akan muncul dengan amaran terbaru termasuklah akan mencari hingga ke lubang cacing tetapi, yang pasti pendatang asing makin bertambah. Bukan kecil jumlah rakyat Malaysia yang terperangkap dengan isu keldai dadah tetapi setakat hari ini, pihak berkuasa masih tetap memberi nasihat kepada mereka supaya berhati-hati dengan perangkap tersebut.

Apakah keresahan rakyat ini, selain kenaikan cukai, kenaikan harga barang-barang keperluan dan kesukaran mendapatkan pekerjaan bukan keresahan dan kesusahan yang membolehkan rakyat Malaysia bangkit seperti bangkitnya rakyat Mesir di Dataran Merdeka (Tahrir) mereka?

Bukankah kerana lamanya itulah yang menyebabkan rakyat menolaknya. Berbeza, kata mereka yang menjadi pengampu UMNO, dengan BN. Yang lama adalah parti tetapi individu yang memimpin parti belum pernah mencapai usia 30 tahun pemerintahannya, kecuali sekali Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad mencipta rekod 22 tahun.

Kemenangan besar Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, kata penulis-penulis yang pro UMNO dalam tahun 2004, kerana Abdullah baru dan jika diadakan Pilihan Raya Umum ke 13 kelak, Perdana Menteri, Najib Tun Razak akan mengulangi kejayaan BN seperti yang pernah berlaku dalam PRU 11, 2004 yang lalu.

Bukan senang mahu menyedarkan mereka yang sudah terlalu lama di tampuk kuasa. Malahan, jika mereka dikatakan lama, mereka akan berkata, parti mereka yang lama, tetapi pemimpin-pemimpinnya sering bertukar ganti.

Mereka lupa, 2008 apabila Abdullah nyaris-nyaris tumbang bersama-sama BN bukan kerana dia sudah lama tetapi kerana parti yang diwakilinya sudah terlalu lama berkuasa di Malaysia. Begitulah juga apa yang berlaku kepada Gerakan, MCA dan MIC kerana terlalu lama, parti mereka (calon-calon) ditolak.

Hari ini, walaupun MCA berhempas-pulas mahu memberitahu rakyat dan pengundi bahawa mereka mempunyai pemimpin yang baru, dari Ong Tee Kiat kepada Chua Soi Lek, namun, rata-rata pengundi menolak mereka.

Pengundi-pengundi sudah jemu dengan parti yang terlalu lama berkuasa.


Mahathir Sekadar Menambah Koleksi Bahan Lawak Tentang Dirinya

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 05:54 AM PST

Mahathir terlupa dirinya Menteri KDN ketika Ops Lalang Oleh Chang Teck Peng

Mahathir Mohamad sememangnya terkenal sebagai Perdana Menteri yang dominan, tegas ketika memberi kata duanya. Beliau tidak mengendahkan sindiran pengkritiknya, sebaliknya akan menyanggah kritikan mereka dengan sikap dan nada yang angkuh.

Sesungguhnya, jasa dan silap seseorang tokoh bakal dinilai sejarah. Untuk tokoh seperti Mahathir (gambar kiri), mustahil penilaian terhadapnya hanya berat sebelah.

Tokoh seperti Mahathir sering berkeupayaan untuk menghalalkan setiap dasar dan tindak-tanduknya, malah amat yakin dengan hujah dirinya - meskipun wacananya itu tidak semestinya diterima umum. Keyakinan ini, dari perspektif yang lain, ditafsirkan sebagai keberanian untuk bertanggungjawab - iaitu memikul tanggungjawab terhadap jasa dan silap yang dilakukan.

Namun demikian, sifat Mahathir ini semakin luntur dalam tempoh lapan tahun selepas beliau bersara. Contoh yang terdekat, Mahathir cuba lepas tangan begitu sahaja tanggungjawab politiknya dalam "Operasi Lalang" pada tahun 1987, dalam satu wawancaranya yang dibukukan dalam Doctor M: Operation Malaysia - Conversations with Mahathir Mohamad, oleh Tom Plate. Mahathir mendakwa penangkapan pada 26 Oktober 1987 adalah keputusan polis, dan beliau hanya menerima keputusan itu. Malah, beliau mendakwa dirinya pernah berjumpa dan menjamin kepada pembangkang sebelum "Operasi Lalang", bahawa mereka tidak akan ditangkap.

Sejumlah 106 orang, termasuk ahli politik, pejuang pendidikan Cina, pencinta alam dan pekerja agama ditahan dalam Operasi Lalang, malah 40 orang antaranya dilanjutkan penahanan dua tahun. Permit akhbar The Star, Watan, Sin Chew Jit Poh dilucutkan, dan hanya kembali beroperasi pada tahun 1988. Adalah sesuatu yang tidak masuk akal apabila Mahathir menafikan bahawa dirinya adalah dalang utama di sebalik operasi penekanan politik ini.

Mahathir terlupa

Rakyat bukan menuduh sembarangan apabila menuding jari terhadap Mahathir, sebagai dalang "Operasi Lalang". Setelah Timbalan Perdana Menteri merangkap Menteri Dalam Negeri, Musa Hitam dicantas, Mahathir sebagai PM merangkap jawatan Menteri Dalam Negeri sejak tahun 1986. Jawatan Menteri Dalam Negeri ini hanya diserahkan kepada Timbalan Perdana Menteri (ketika itu), Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, selepas Pilihan Raya Umum tahun 1999.

Meskipun Mahathir berdepan dengan sekta yang berlainan pada awal zaman pemerintahannya, namun beliau berjaya menewaskan Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah bersama pasukan B-nya, dalam pergelutan kuasa yang sengit dalam UMNO. Mahathir berjaya mempertahankan kedudukan sebagai PM, Menteri Dalam Negeri, Pengerusi BN dan Presiden UMNO. Polis Diraja Malaysia berada di bawah bidang kuasa Kementerian Dalam Negeri - adalah sesuatu yang tidak masuk akal bahawa polis berani mengingkari arahan Mahathir - jika dilihat kepada sifat Mahathir yang diktator.

Jikapun tidak membincangkan realiti hubungan politik pada ketika itu, Mahathir tetap tidak boleh memisahkan diri dari tanggungjawab "Operasi Lalang" seandainya disemak peruntukan dalam Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri 1960 (ISA). 40 dari 106 orang tahanan dilanjutkan penahanan dua tahun, yang seandainya dirujuk kepada Seksyen 8 (1) ISA - adalah bidang kuasa Menteri Dalam Negeri untuk mengarahkan agar penahanan dua tahun dikenakan, seandainya pada budi bicara Menteri, tahanan tersebut mengancam keselamatan negara.

Menurut ISA, walaupun Seksyen 73 memperuntukkan kuasa kepada polis untuk menangkap tanpa waran sesiapa yang boleh ditahan mengikut Seksyen 8, tetapi Seksyen 73(3) juga menyatakan bahawa tempoh penahanan ini tidak boleh melebihi 60 hari. Malah, jika penahanan melebihi 30 hari, Ketua Polis Negara perlu melaporkan kepada Menteri Dalam Negeri tentang keadaan penahanan.

Oleh itu, seandainya Mahathir tidak merestui tindakan menindas yang tidak demokratik ini, beliau mempunyai sekurang-kurangnya dua peluang untuk menghalang, dan bukannya menjurus kepada penangkapan. Pertama, mustahil polis tidak berunding dengan Mahathir sebelum operasi penangkapan yang sebegitu besar dijalankan. Namun, Mahathir tidak membantah, sebaliknya merestuinya. Kedua, selepas penangkapan 106 orang, suasana ketegangan (yang didakwa kerajaan) telah dikawal. Persoalannya, mengapa Mahathir tetap menandatangani arahan untuk melanjutkan penahanan selama dua tahun untuk 40 orang tahanan?

Seandainya Mahathir tidak bersetuju dengan penangkapan seawalnya, tetapi terpaksa akur kerana khuatir "berlakunya konflik perkauman" - maka beliau boleh membubuh noktah kepada operasi ini selepas penahanan 60 hari. Beliau tidak perlu menandatangani surat untuk melanjutkan tempoh penahanan - kuasa yang hanya dimiliki Menteri Dalam Negeri, dan bukan polis.

Sebagai PM, Mahathir adalah Ketua Eksekutif (kerajaan), maka beliau tidak terelak daripada tanggungjawab politik terhadap semua keputusan dan operasi kuasa eksekutif. Sebagai Menteri Dalam Negeri, Mahathir juga tidak terelak daripada segala tanggungjawab eksekutif terhadap keputusan dan tindakan PDRM. Kita boleh memahami keterbatasannya jikalau Mahathir sekadar Menteri Dalam Negeri - kerana Menteri Dalam Negeri mungkin membantah penangkapan polis, tetapi dihalang PM. Namun, Mahathir adalah PM merangkap Menteri Dalam Negeri - apa lagi alasan yang ingin dikemukakan untuk membela dirinya?

Menjadi bahan lawak

Bukan kali pertama Mahathir menafikan bahawa dirinya memainkan peranan yang negatif dalam pemerintahannya. Walaupun Mahathir adalah dalang di sebalik "krisis kehakiman 1988", namun beliau tetap berkeras untuk membela dirinya - bahawa bukan dirinya yang memecat Ketua Hakim Negara, Salleh Abas, serta dua orang Hakim Mahkamah Agung yang lain, Wan Suleiman dan George Seah, tetapi tribunal.

Krisis kehakiman 1988 bermula dengan niat Mahathir untuk mengawal kuasa kehakiman. Sebelum tercetusnya "krisis kehakiman", beliau telah bersilat lidah dengan Salleh Abbas dalam isu kebebasan badan kehakiman, kemudian dilanjutkan pula kes kelangsungan UMNO/UMNO Baru (UMNO 11). Tribunal yang menjatuhkan kesalahan "misconduct" (salah laku) ke atas Salleh Abas, ditubuhkan atas cadangan Mahathir kepada Yang Di-Pertuan Agung dengan kuasanya sebagai PM. Motifnya cukup jelas. Kini, Mahathir cuba mengasingkan diri daripada tanggungjawab ini - mungkin "muka tebal" tidak cukup untuk menyifatkan kenyataan sebegini.

Hujah-hujah Mahathir sepanjang lapan tahun yang lalu telah menghakis imejnya sebagai pemimpin dominan yang berkarisma. Seandainya Mahathir memilih untuk mengakui kesalahan politik dirinya, dan menunjukkan keikhlasan dirinya untuk bermuhasabah; atau tetap berpegang bahawa dirinya melakukannya demi kepentingan negara ketika itu, dan berdepan dengan segala tanggungjawab dan kritikan - ia semestinya lebih baik daripada apa yang dilakukan sekarang - enggan meminta maaf, sebaliknya menolak segala-galanya kepada orang lain.

Mungkin Mahathir ingin meninggalkan catatan bertulis untuk membersihkan tanggungjawabnya, agar mempertahankan reputasi sejarahnya. Tetapi perhitungannya silap. Tindakan ini sekadar menambah bahan lawak tentang dirinya dalam sejarah. -MR

*Chang Teck Peng ialah Ketua Pengarang MerdekaReview. Disedut, disunting dan diterjemah dari teks asal yang disiarkan pada 15 Februari 2011

A date with MACC tomorrow

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 10:57 AM PST

The MACC has summoned me to its Putrajaya HQ tomorrow. Public holiday but I also gave my statement for three long hours at the MCMC in Cyberjaya on Tuesday Feb 15, also a public holiday. It doesnt matter.

I was having dinner in Kuching when an MACC officer rang me up. No excuse, whether its a public holiday or not. I was expecting the call sometimes next week but was told it was an urgent case. I will be there.

Looks like my exposure on YB Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim's special officer last week - that he and his friends get a big chunk of the 1Malaysia netbook distribution contract, Phase 2 - is getting immediate attention from 'detectives' of both sides.

And thanks to my blogger friend Jebat Berkokok for a nice commentary in his latest posting, refuting my allegation and 'accusing' me of trying to tarnish Rais' and the ministry's good name. It is his job. It was just his personal opinion.

I also heard the Info Ministry's arm for new media which is based in PJ was trying to engage a few bloggers to produce rebuttals to my stories.

However as at today, only Jebat Berkokok did it. Why must they resorted to such an approach? A cover up? I think I understand.

As a journalist for almost 30 years, rookies like Jebat Berkokok and others would do anything to keep their job, especially when they are government servants. I believe some of them will lick their boss' shoes if asked to. I dont know what Jebat Berkokok does but i sometimes read his writings.

And being a veteran journo, I wont simply post any 'bull' on my blog without substantial or tangible evidence. I hope Jebat Berkokok understands me.

And to Datuk Rais, I didnt accuse him of anything. It was 'a very unfortunate coincidence' that this NA works for him. In fact, I was quite defensive of him when lead bloggers like Rockybru, Big Dog and others hammered him last year. I was even asked to play an 'arbitrator' role between him and Rais.

Had PM Najib's or other ministers' special officers are involved, I will also do the same thing.

To YB Rais: "Maaplah tok. Den sikit pun takdo niat nak burukkan namo atok dan kementerian. Cuma bilo den dah dapek info dan bukti yang den pecayo datang dari SKMM sendighi, den tulihlah pasal ni. Kebetulan pulak, pegawai ni kojo dongan atuk. Kalau nak maghah, maghahlah tapi den cumo mintak botokan mano yang silap, kalau ado. Tu yo. Kalau ado peluang, kito jumpo."

LOOK Is that the new patron saint of Thaipusam - 'LORD Datuk Seri Najib'?

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 04:36 AM PST

[Bergambar] PAS Telah Bersiap Sedia Ganti UMNO

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 05:18 AM PST

PAS telah siap sedia untuk mengambil alih tampuk pemerintahan negara bagi menggantikan tempat yang selama ini didominasi oleh Umno dan Barisan Nasional (BN) sebagai pemerintah.

Naib Presiden PAS, Salahuddin Ayub berkata demikian semasa berucap dalam majlis perhimpunan 30 ribu Pemuda PAS seluruh Malaysia di Kompleks PAS, Kota Sarang Semut, pagi tadi.

Menurut beliau lagi dunia telah membuktikan kezaliman dan sikap diktator yang diamalkan oleh kebanyakan pemimpin tersungkur di tangan rakyat.

"Gelombang yang telah menggerakkan kebangkitan rakyat di Mesir adalah kebangkitan generasi muda. Kebangkitan rakyat kini sudah menular bukan saja ke Tunisia, malah telah merebak ke Yaman dan Algeria.

"Apakah gerakan ini tidak mungkin bangkit di negara ini? Adalah tidak mustahil bagi rakyat untuk bangkit bagi menumbangkan kezaliman dan melenyapkan kemungkaran yang selama ini menodai sistem pemerintahan dalam negara.

"Jangan bimbang dengan Umno dan BN. Mereka kini sudah hampir kepada penghujung jalan. Usia mereka sudah tidak dapat bertahan lama lagi sebagai pemerintah dalam negara ini," ujarnya lagi.

Salahuddin juga menyatakan perubahan juga berlaku di Amerika.

Katanya, imej yang dikagumi oleh masyarakat Inggeris bahawa hanya orang kulit putih saja yang boleh menerajui kerusi Presiden di White House juga sudah berubah apabila Obama yang berkulit hitam menerajui kerusi tersebut.

Oleh kerana itu, katanya PAS dan Pakatan Rakyat juga tidak mustahil untuk menjejakkan kaki ke Putrajaya sebagai parti yang layak untuk menggantikan Umno dan BN dalam pilihan raya umum yang akan datang.

Hadir bersama dalam majlis tersebut ialah Menteri Besar Kedah, Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak, Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, Ketua Pemuda PAS Pusat, Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi, Timbalan Ketua Pemuda PAS Pusat, Azman Shapawi Abdul Rani dan kepimpinan PAS negeri Kedah. -harakahdaily

Mahfuz: PAS popular di kalangan 'rockers'

Pelakon dan penulis lirik terkenal Bob Lokman hari ini mengejutkan banyak pihak apabila hadir ke himpunan besar Pemuda PAS dan di Alor Setar bagi memohon menyertai parti Islam itu.

Beliau menyerahkan borang keahliannya kepada Menteri Besar Kedah Datuk Seri Azizan Razak yang juga pesuruhjaya PAS negeri.

Bagi Naib Presiden PAS Datuk Mahfuz Omar, penyertaan golongan selebriti itu diharapkan memberi anafas baru kepada PAS supaya parti itu dianggotai pelbagai lapisan masyarakat.

"Kami rasa ini akan menarik perhatian lebih ramai golongan muda...," kata Mahfuz kepada Malaysiakini.

Bagaimanapun, tambahnya, Bob - penulis lirik lagu terkenal Isabela nyanyian Search - bukanlah artis pertama yang menyertai PAS.

Sebelum ini terdapat juga artis lain seperti Akill Hayy dan Ito daripada kumpulan Blues Gang menyertainya, kata Mahfuz yang juga ahli parlimen Pokok Sena.

Sementara Amy Searh pula didakwa agak dekat dengan pemimpin PAS dan sering hadir ke program parti itu.

"Kami sebenarnya popular di kalangan rockers (penyanyi rock)," kata Mahfuz sambil berjenaka.

Katanya, penyertaan itu menunjukkan kepelbagaian dalam PAS. -mk

Gambar ehsan sedaka sejahtera/harakahdaily


Posted: 19 Feb 2011 04:27 AM PST

19 Februari 2011

Kami merujuk kenyataan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (Bernama, 18 Feb 2011) yang menyatakan pihak kerajaan pusat "akan berunding dengan pihak pengurusan ladang syarikat milik kerajaan (GLC) untuk mencari langkah terbaik dalam menimbang semula kadar gaji pekerja di ladang masing-masing."

Pakatan Rakyat mengalu-alukan usaha kerajaan persekutuan, walaupun ianya kelihatan serupa panggilan Pakatan Rakyat supaya pekerja ladang GLC dibayar gaji yang lebih baik. Pada 16 Feb 2011, Pakatan Rakyat telah meminta Barisan Nasional menunjukkan kesanggupan politik (political will) yang serius mengenai isu gaji minima ini dengan melaksanakan serta-merta dasar gaji minima untuk setiap GLC, terutamanya bagi pekerja-pekerja di peringkat paling bawah seperti pekerja estet.

Pakatan Rakyat juga mengingatkan kerajaan persekutuan agar memastikan perbincangan-perbincangan isu gaji minima bersama pihak-pihak yang berkenaan hendaklah dijalankan dengan adil dan saksama, dan kami mengambil pendirian bahawa perbincangan-perbincangan tersebut haruslah bersifat terbuka dan telus.

Akhir sekali, kenyataan Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin ini dengan jelas menunjukkan bahawa dasar-dasar Pakatan Rakyat seperti yang dinyatakan dalam Buku Jingga benar-benar mesra rakyat  dan amat mudah dilaksanakan.

YB Abdullah Sani (Ahli Parlimen Kuala Langat)
YB M Kulasegaran (Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat)
YB Nurul Izzah Anwar (Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai)
YB Liew Chin Tong (Ahli Parlimen Bukit Bendera)
YB Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (Ahli Parlimen Parit Buntar)

Surgeon U K. Mg Gyi:Mandalayans are not smart like Yangonthars

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 04:15 AM PST

The former Surgical Head of Department of IMM (or MMU) Professor Dr U Khin Maung Gyi remarked once: (Mandalayans, please don't get offended) …

  • You, Mandalay Thars (Mandalayans) do not use to wear trousers or Long Pants.
  • If you wear Long Pants, you do not want to wear shoes.
  • If you wear shoes, you never tie a tie.
  • You, Mandalayans are not smart.
  • But Yangon Thars used to wear smartly.

The former Surgical Head of Department Professor Dr U Khin Maung Gyi was my favourite boss. He likes teaching and his ward rounds will take hours. Other lectures transferred from Rangoon told me his nick name, Maung Thin. ( Actual Maung Thin was a very famous Medical Doctor, actor and novalist. But Thin in Burmese means teach. Because he was famous for his hobby to teach, his friends give him that nick name.)

Incontrast to his good cetanā, I had a bad abomination, given to brain wash during my very fresh first experience as a Demonstrator (now called Assistant Lecturer) in Public Service by the Lecturer B.S. Ko Lay (PhD Anatomy).

Dr Than Win (now Rector of MMU, pic. below) and I arrived early morning at the Anatomy Department Office on that day. Although we never discussed what to wear, both of us were smartly dressed informally in office attire, not in complete suite, long pants, shoes and tie. We were both holding a breif case full with Anatomy books, blank A 4 papers, note book and other paraphernalia for writting.

We greeted B.S. Ko Lay with,"Mingalarbar Saya" but his reply, may be in jest, shockek us and feel guilty. "I thought you two came here to sell grilled peanut mixed with salt, (Myae Pae Sar Hlore). At that time "Aung Kyaw Win Myae Pae Sar Hlore" was famous because the salesmen wore long pants, shoes and hold the fasionable but cheap bags, in Mandalay. And he called the neck ties in crude Burmese, Lae Patt, which could be interpreted as the neck belts for animals.

In the Anatomy Separtment, almost all the staff was wearing longyis and Tike Pone or Duty coat (white over coat). Since that day we abandoned that unofficial attire and if we wear the long pants, never wear shoes. If we wear the shoes we never tie the tie.

Budak 7 Tahun Didera Teman Lelaki Ibunya

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 03:54 AM PST

Dungun - "Papa pijak kaki, lepas tu dia hantuk kepala saya pada simen. Dia juga lempar saya atas batu, berdarah bibir."

Demikian diceritakan seorang kanak-kanak lelaki berumur 7 tahun yang dipercayai menjadi mangsa dera teman lelaki ibunya.

Budak itu yang masih trauma dengan kejadian itu ketika ditanya Sinar Harian mengakui perbuatan tidak berperikemanusiaan dilakukan teman lelaki ibunya ketika dia tinggal bersama ibunya.

Katanya, setelah ibunya berpisah dengan bapa kandungnya yang bekerja sebagai penjual sayur di Pasar Dungun, dia sering menjadi mangsa keganasan teman lelaki ibunya.

"Setiap kali papa bergaduh dengan ibu, saya akan menjadi mangsa.

"Papa memukul dan juga menghumban saya dalam bilik air," katanya.

Akibat peristiwa itu, budak itu kini takut untuk kembali semula ke pangkuan ibunya yang difahamkan masih tinggal bersama teman lelakinya di Paka.

Anak tunggal itu berkata, peristiwa yang dialami membuatkan dia trauma, lebih-lebih lagi dia terpaksa menanggung penderitaan atas kecederaan dialami akibat didera lelaki yang dipanggil sebagai 'papa' walaupun bukan bapa kandung.

"Papa juga sering memukul saya dengan tali pinggang dan penyangkut baju serta hentak kepala saya," katanya.

Selepas kejadian itu, budak itu diserahkan untuk tinggal bersama bapa kandungnya di Kampung Baru Kuala Abang.

Berikutan kecederaan dialami dipercayai perbuatan teman lelaki ibunya itu, budak itu terpaksa ditahan selama tujuh hari di wad Hospital Nur Zahirah Kuala Terengganu (HSNZ) untuk rawatan lanjut.

Susulan kejadian itu, bapa mangsa yang berumur 54 tahun membuat laporan di Balai Polis Dungun pada 2 Disember lalu.

Ketua Polis Daerah, Superintendan Dahlan Mohd Noor mengesahkan telah menerima laporan itu dan kes sedang dalam siasatan sementara menunggu tindakan mahkamah. -SH

First Facebook talk given at Mandalay Medical University

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 02:58 AM PST

Source_Mizzima:First Facebook talk given at Mandalay Medical University

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A formal talk about Facebook, the popular social networking site, was presented at Mandalay Medical University in Mandalay Division on Tuesday, February 8, according to sources.

Rector Dr. Than Win delivers a formal talk about the Facebook at Mandalay Medical University on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. In Burma, it was considered to be the first formal talk about a social networking site at Burmese academic institutions. Photo : Than Win FacebookRector Dr. Than Win delivers a formal talk about the Facebook at Mandalay Medical University on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. In Burma, it was considered to be the first formal talk about a social networking site at Burmese academic institutions. Photo : Than Win Facebook

The talk is considered to be one of the first about a social networking site presented to a government-backed institution.

Rector Dr. Than Win delivered a talk to students, lecturers and government employees about the the site, which has been cited as an important factor in organizing the demonstrations in Egypt. The site is generally used by friends to keep in touch with friends.

Dr. Than Win, a prominent obstetrics and gynecology doctor, has a Facebook account and his page was widely seen by doctors and medical students inside Burma and in foreign countries, sources said.

Up-to-date information about Mandalay Medical University has been published on his Facebook page regularly.

Some consultants and retired consultants also have Facebook accounts. Among them, Dr. Thein Oke Kyaw Myint, a senior pediatrician and former official of UNICEF; and Dr. Maung Manug Nyo, a retired professor of anatomy and a writer; both are well known users of Facebook.

There are two well known Facebook groups organized by Burmese doctors, who are alumni of  the Myanmar Institute of Medicine and the Institute of Medicine Retired Teachers Fund. Most of the members of the two groups are professors and students from the four medical universities in Burma and the Defense Services Medical Academy.

Similarly, Burmese academics from other fields also have created Facebook groups.

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Jika Umno Bela Melayu Kenapa Perangi Kelantan

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 02:49 AM PST

Shah Alam, 19 Feb: Mursyidul Am PAS, Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat menyifatkan serangan mantan Presiden Umno, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sebagai tindakan terdesak parti itu yang bimbang dengan pengaruh PAS terhadap rakyat.

Beliau mempersoal tindakan pemimpin Umno menyelar PAS yang berpakat dengan DAP demi kepentingan politik, sedangkan Umno sendiri memusuhi PAS sejak dahulu lagi.

'Riak-riak kemenangan (PAS) sudah hampir tiba, justeru mereka (Umno BN) perhebatkan serangan melalui pelbagai cara.

"Kita dituduh berpakat dengan DAP hanya untuk menang pilihan raya. Soalnya PAS sudah dimusuhi sejak sekian lama oleh Umno, sebelum PAS berpakat dengan DAP dan PKR lagi.

"Umno berusaha menjatuhkan PAS di Kelantan sejak hari pertama saya mengangkat sumpah sebagai Menteri Besar lagi," kata beliau ketika berucap merasmikan Konvensyen Nasional Pengupayaan Bangsa-Jaminan PAS, di Auditorium Dewan Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA) hari ini.

Menurut Nik Aziz juga, tiada salahnya jika PAS bermatlamat untuk memenangi pilihan raya kerana Umno BN sendiri dilihat menggunakan pelbagai cara untuk matlamat yang sama.

"Saya juga dituduh hanya ingin menang pilihan raya. Jika demikian apa salahnya menang pilihan raya?

"Bahkan Umno sendiri guna pelbagai cara tidak kira halal atau haram untuk menang pilihan raya," katanya di hadapan hampir 500 hadirin.

Tambah beliau lagi, Umno ternyata gagal membela nasib majoriti Melayu di negara ini apabila mereka sendiri yang menggagalkan Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB).

"Umno jaga Islam pun tidak, jaga Melayu jauh sekali. Ini dapat dibuktikan dengan fakta yang didedahkan bahawa tanah rezab Melayu di seluruh negara susut daripada 3 juta hektar pada tahun 1957 kepada 1.7 juta hektar pada tahun 1990. Apakah ini satu pembelaan Umno terhadap orang Melayu?

"Dasar DEB digagalkan pemimpin Umno sendiri dan hanya mengkayakan kroni mereka sahaja,"

Menteri Besar Kelantan itu juga mempersoal tindakan Umno BN yang mendakwa mereka pembela Melayu yang sejak dari dahulu lagi memusuhi Kelantan sedangkan majoriti rakyat Kelantan ialah orang Melayu.

"Jika benar Umno membela Melayu, untuk apa kami di Kelantan diperangi sedangkan majoriti pemimpin dan rakyat berbangsa Melayu dan beragama Islam? soalnya.

Ujarnya lagi, PAS sebagai sebuah parti yang mencontohi pemerintahan Rasulullah SAW wujud bukan untuk memperjuangkan nasib Melayu sahaja, tetapi tidak sama sekali mengenepikan Melayu.

"Jika Rasulullah S.A.W. diutuskan ke dunia tidak dengan misi ketuanan Arab, begitu jugalah dengan PAS yang mencontohi Rasulullah, datang bukan dengan agenda memperjuangkan Melayu, tetapi tidak sesekali mengenepikan Melayu kerana Melayu bangsa domninan di negara ini.

"Namun PAS sering dtuduh mengenepikan Melayu dan seolah-olah orang Melayu akan mati tanpa Umno. Inilah yang sering ditanam dalam pemikiran rakyat," katanya.

Sementara itu, konvensyen hari ini diteruskan dengan pembentangan kertas kerja sehingga jam 5 petang ini.

Bahrain's revolution more problematic

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 01:43 AM PST

The protests in Bahrain are not the same as in Egypt or Tunisia. Rather than protesting rising prices or freedom, it appears that the Bahrain protests are mostly by the Shiite majority against the ruling Sunnis.

But it is not as if Bahrain is a wasteland of human rights. It actually has one of the best human rights records of any Arab country and it has a diverse population. Bahrain even publicly called for the Jews who fled the country to come back.(It is not thrilled with gays, though.)

In fact, the major Shiite party wants to have more discrimination! From Wikipedia:
Al Wefaq, Bahrain's main Shia Islamist opposition party, has for several years tried to introduce racial segregation, calling for the removal of third world immigrants from predominately Bahraini areas. In 2004, the head of Manama City Council, Al Wefaq's Murthader Bader, called for the introduction of racial segregation in the city with the removal of South Asian nationals to other parts of the country.
So far, this has not morphed into an anti-US protest, but Bahrain is the headquarters of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, and concern is rising there. The Fifth Fleet helps keep the Gulf safe from disruptions of oil shipments that have been threatened by Al Qaeda - and Iran. Iran is of course supporting the Shiites and denouncing the ruling government. Iran considers Bahrain to be a part of Iran proper and an Iranian takeover of the country to "redeem" it is not out of the question.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is very nervous and there are reports that it has sent its own tanks in to help Bahrain fight the protesters. Saudi Arabia has many Shiites that live in areas of the country where oil is pumped, and a revolution that spreads to the kingdom could be disastrous to the world energy supply. The knee-jerk reaction to support every seemingly popular revolution can have far-reaching consequences. Hat tip:Elder of Ziyon

Zambry Di Perak Lebih Dahulu Wujudkan Portfolio Hal Ehwal Bukan Islam

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 01:30 AM PST

Portfolio khas: Kenapa serang Pulau Pinang tidak Perak, soal Guan Eng

SHAH ALAM, 19 Feb — Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng mempersoalkan tindakan Utusan Malaysia secara terus-menerus menyerang pentadbiran negeri itu ekoran keputusannya mengadakan portfolio bagi hal ehwal agama-agama bukan Islam.

Jelas Lim, portfolio itu bukan perkara baru memandangkan kerajaan negeri Perak pimpinan Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir turut mewujudkannya untuk menguruskan hal ehwal agama bukan Islam.

"Apabila saya buat portfolio, saya dihentam dengan begitu teruk... buat tak boleh, tak buat pun tak boleh.

"Portfolio ini bukan perkara baru kerana ia pernah dibuat oleh pemimpin Umno, Menteri Besar Perak yang tidak mendapat mandat rakyat," katanya ketika berucap pada Konvensyen Nasional Pengupayaan Bangsa: Jaminan PAS di sini hari ini.

Kata Setiausaha Agung DAP ini, Zambry telah pun mewujudkan portfolio yang sama pada 2009 selepas merampas negeri Perak daripada Pakatan Rakyat.

"Menteri Besar Perak dulu yang tubuhkan portfolio bukan Islam pada 2009, kenapa tak serang, tak hentam? Kerana beliau pemimpin Umno.

"Bila beliau tubuhkan tidak jadi isu, bila kita buat jadi isu pula," katanya.

Portfolio di bawah kerajaan negeri Perak itu diletakkan dalam Jawatankuasa Kesihatan, Kerajaan Tempatan, Hal Ehwal Pengguna, Alam Sekitar, Pengangkutan dan Hal Ehwal Bukan Islam yang dipengerusikan Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Chenderiang Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.

Semenjak Lim mengumumkan untuk mewujudkan portfolio itu, Utusan Malaysia terus menyerang tindakan tersebut.

Tindakan Guan Eng wujud portfolio baru dikecam

GEORGETOWN: Pertubuhan Kebajikan Al-Ehsan Islamiah Malaysia membantah tindakan kerajaan Pulau Pinang menubuhkan portfolio baru membabitkan pengurusan hal ehwal agama Buddha, Kristian, Sikh, Taoisme dan Hindu.

Timbalan Setiausaha Agungnya, Arshad Kassim berkata, portfolio yang dipengerusikan Ketua Menteri, Lim Guan Eng itu tidak sepatutnya diwujudkan berikutan keharmonian dan kebebasan beragama sudah lama diamalkan di Malaysia.

Selain itu, penubuhan portfolio berkenaan melanggar Perlembagaan Persekutuan kerana hanya agama Islam saja termaktub sebagai agama rasmi dalam perlembagaan negara.
"Kami marah dan tidak berpuas hati kerana Guan Eng berani mewujudkan portfolio itu yang bukan saja tidak menjunjung dan menghormati Perlembagaan Persekutuan, malah tidak prihatin terhadap sensitiviti umat Islam.

"Kami mahu beliau gugurkan hasratnya itu. Jangan sesuka hati dan cuba-cuba membangkitkan kemarahan orang Melayu...ini amaran keras daripada kami yang tidak akan membiarkan beliau bertindak sewenang-wenangnya,'' katanya sebelum menyerahkan memorandum bantahan kepada Timbalan Ketua Menteri I, Datuk Mansor Othman dan Exco Hal Ehwal Agama Islam, Abdul Malik Abdul Kassim melalui pembantu mereka di sini, semalam.

Memorandum itu juga diserahkan kepada Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM), Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom; Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein dan Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM), Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz.

Rabu lalu, Kerajaan Pulau Pinang mengumumkan penubuhan portfolio baru untuk menjaga hal ehwal agama Buddha, Taoisme, Kristian, Sikh dan Hindu.
Arshad berkata, pihaknya akan menyerahkan memorandum itu kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin selaku Ketua Agama Islam negeri ini.

Beliau berkata, pihaknya akan menentang habis-habisan penubuhan portfolio itu kerana penubuhannya menyebabkan kuasa dan hak orang Islam di negeri ini terjejas.

"Ia adalah antara usaha mereka mengubah dasar sedia ada membabitkan bangunan, pengambilan tanah dan peruntukkan rasmi dana kerajaan," katanya. -BH

Ulasan GB

UMNO bantai tak semak dahulu. Di Perak, Menteri Rayuan dah lebih awal wujudkan portfolio Hal Ehwal Bukan Islam, kenapa tarak bising?

How do you say hypocrisy in "Obbummer" By Paul Marshall

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 01:09 AM PST

A terrible drama is unfolding in Afghanistan: There are reports that Said Musa, whose situation I described at Christmas, will soon be executed for the 'crime' of choosing to become a Christian. (For background, see here.)

Musa was one of about 25 Christians arrested on May 31, 2010, after a May 27 Noorin TV program showed video of a worship service held by indigenous Afghan Christians; he was arrested as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy. He converted to Christianity eight years ago, is the father of six young children, had a leg amputated after he stepped on a landmine while serving in the Afghan Army, and now has a prosthetic leg. His oldest child is eight and one is disabled (she cannot speak). He worked for the Red Cross/Red Crescent as an adviser to other amputees.

He was forced to appear before a judge without any legal counsel and without knowledge of the charges against him. "Nobody [wanted to be my] defender before the court. When I said 'I am a Christian man,' he [a potential lawyer] immediately spat on me and abused me and mocked me. . . . I am alone between 400 [people with] terrible values in the jail, like a sheep." He has been beaten, mocked, and subjected to sleep deprivation and sexual abuse while in prison. No Afghan lawyer will defend him and authorities denied him access to a foreign lawyer.

Any and every human being who is imprisoned, abused, or tortured for the free and peaceful expression of their faith deserves our support, but Musa is also a remarkable person and Christian. In a letter smuggled to the West, he says, "The authority and prisoners in jail did many bad behaviour with me about my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. For example, they did sexual things with me, beat me by wood, by hands, by legs, put some things on my head."

He added a thing much more important to him, that they "mocked me 'he's Jesus Christ,' spat on me, nobody let me for sleep night and day. . . . Please, please, for the sake of Lord Jesus Christ help me." (View the full letter here)

He has not, in fact, even appealed to be released, only to be transferred to another prison. He has also stated that he is willing to give his life for his faith. "Please, please you should transfer me from this jail to a jail that supervises the believers. . . . I also agree . . . to sacrifice my life in public [where] I will tell [about my] faith in Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, [so] other believers will take courage and be strong in their faith."

Newspapers in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe have reported the story, but with, the exception of the Wall Street Journal and, of course, NRO, American outlets have not found it worthy of attention. The Journal reports that "Afghan officials have been unapologetic: 'The sentence for a convert is death and there is no exception,' said Jamal Khan, chief of staff at the Ministry of Justice. 'They must be sentenced to death to serve as a lesson for others.'"

The U.S. government — reportedly including Secretary of State Clinton — and other governments have pushed for his release, but to no avail.

But the president has been silent, even as we fight a war that has among its goals the creation of a government that conforms to international human-rights standards.

An American president certainly needs to guard and shepherd his political capital, and should not speak out about every prisoner. But Musa himself has appealed to "President Brother Obama" to rescue him from his current jail. And when an obscure and aberrant Florida pastor, Terry Jones, threatened to burn a Koran, not only President Obama but much of his cabinet, as well as General Petraeus, weighed in on the matter.

If the actions of a Florida pastor who threatened to destroy a book holy to Muslims deserved public and presidential attention, then the actions of the Afghan government, ostensibly a 'democratic' ally, to destroy something holy to Christians, a human being made in the image of God, also deserve public and presidential attention. National Review

Paul Marshall is the co-author, with Nina Shea, of Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom Worldwide, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in October 2011.

Power Puke And Turbo Vomit

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 01:00 AM PST

I stopped cooking when my older boy left home for his tertiary studies for convenience. After reading THIS REPORT, I think I may start cooking again.

Image from Photobucket for illustration only

The report said:

EIGHT food premises in Klang were ordered to close after they failed to meet hygiene standards.

One even had a dead rat in its frying pan.

Sinar Harian reported that the carcass was seen floating in a pan of used cooking oil, discovered in the kitchen of an outlet near Jalan Tengku Kelana.

Health officers also found cockroaches and animal droppings in the eight food premises that were investigated under Operasi Bersepadu Bersih 3 on Thursday.

"A check on the first outlet found that food containers were placed on the floor.

"Many cockroaches were also seen," said Klang Municipal Council Health Department acting deputy director Amran Jali. CLICK HERE for more.

How can it be that some who are humans are so irresponsible to serve/sell food that even animals will probably NOT eat? Is this how low some have become in their pursuit of profit and materialism? Where are their ethics, values and morals or don't these exist in their vocabulary?

Cleanliness should be part and parcel of any human's life. To live otherwise is a sheer reflection of the pathetic moral condition or the lack of it.

In 2008, the world was in a state of shock when the Chinese milk scandal broke out in the People's Republic of China where milk and infant formula, and other food materials and components, adulterated with melamine.

Wikipedia reports that "by November 2008, China reported an estimated 300,000 victims,with six infants dying from kidney stones and other kidney damage, and a further 860 babies hospitalised. The chemical appeared to have been added to milk to cause it to appear to have a higher protein content. In a separate incident four years before, watered-down milk had resulted in 13 infant deaths from malnutrition."

In another development, THIS SITE reported that:

The Chinese food contamination freak show is back in full swing with new reports out of Singapore indicating that certain Chinese companies are now mass producing and selling fake rice to unwitting villagers. According to a report in the Korean-language Weekly Hong Kong, the manufacturers are blending potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plastic industrial resin to produce the imitation rice.

A report in Very Vietnam states that an official from the Chinese Restaurant Association has announced that eating three bowls of this fake rice is the equivalent of eating an entire plastic bag. Consuming such plastic material is obviously a serious health hazard, and officials are allegedly gearing up to conduct an investigation into the factories accused of producing the phony rice.

All this for the sake of profit? Are the producers and those involved in such disgusting acts human?

I have had a few horrible and unforgettable experiences. Once, I bought 100g of Shantung peanuts and was happily munching them whilst driving when suddenly, there was a weird crunchy sound. The stuff was long, and unlike a peanut. Gingerly, I pulled it out and nearly crashed my car when I saw that it was the well-roasted leg of a cockroach.

I drove back to the shop and showed it to the proprietress who she apologized and gave me another packet of peanuts. I never ate it and stopped patronizing that shop.

Last year, a coffee shop in Penang was closed for two months for allegedly recycling straws! I heard from a girl friend that in Sarawak, a shop had to close down after a customer saw a worker blowing bubbles into a glass of hot tea in an attempt to make it look like teh tarik.

Let's hope that those in the food industry will observe high standards of hygiene in food preparation and remember that their customers are ALSO HUMAN!

In the mean time, please excuse me. I feel a power puke and turbo vomit surging within me.

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