Friday, February 11, 2011

In A Romantic Mood?

In A Romantic Mood?


In A Romantic Mood?

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 08:18 AM PST

With all the brouhaha over Valentine's Day, perhaps you might have lost the mood for Valentine's Day. You should not - because Valentine's Day should be celebrated everyday! If you are feeling blue because of work or other reasons, you might want to check out some of my favorite movies for the right mood :-).



* "The Notebook"
* "La Vie En Rose"
* "Love Story"
* "An Affair to Remember"
* "Beauty and the Beast"
* "Captain Corellis' Mandolin"
* "Chocolat"
* "Last of the Mohicans"
* "Moonstruck"
* "You've got Mail" etc etc...

If you love to read, perhaps you might want to check out the following movies which were based on books :-).

* "Anthony and Cleopatra"
* "Avatar"
* "Casablanca"
* "Count of Monte Cristo and Mercedes" from Alexander Dumas
* "Dr. Zhivago"
* "From Here to Eternity"
* "Ghost"
* "Heathcliff and Cathy" from "Wuthering Heights"
* "Lady and the Tramp"
* "Lancelot and Guinevere" from King Arthur's Round Table Legend
* "Roman Holiday"
* "Romeo and Juliet"
* "Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler" from Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind"
* "The Way We Were"
* "Titanic"
* "Tristan and Isolde"
* "West Side Story"

Of course, let's not forget unforgettable love stories. In many of these stories, couples unite but someone else often gets hurt or is left behind in the process. Among these are:

* Brangelina - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
* Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
* Celine Dion and Rene Angelil
* Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
* Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles
* Prince Edward and Mrs. Simpson

Some of the most romantic songs I love would include:

* If I Should Love Again
* Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You
* The Way We Were
* Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You
* Endless Love
* Theme from "Winter Sonata"
* And I love you so
* The Way You Look Tonight

Please feel free to add on to the above categories. I would love to hear your views. Despite my romantic and sentimental nature, I have not celebrated Valentine's Day for over two decades. :-) The reason is in the first paragraph of this post. Nonetheless, it is very meaningful and significant for those who are just beginning to grow in the throes of love.

Wherever you may be, may you and yours be filled with a love that lasts forever!


PRK Merlimau: Lebih Ramai Bukan Melayu Hadiri Ceramah TG Nik Aziz

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 08:52 AM PST

Lebih ramai kaum bukan Melayu yang hadir mendengar ceramah TG Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat daripada kaum Melayu di Merlimau malam tadi. Ini adalah satu perkembangan yang baik sempena pilihanraya kecil DUN Merlimau yang bakal diadakan pada 6 Mac nanti.

TG Nik Aziz di dalam ucapannya menyeru semua penduduk di Merlimau termasuk kaum Cina dan India di Merlimau supaya tidak gentar untuk melakukan perubahan dan tidak termakan hasutan UMNO yang menakut-nakutkan kaum bukan Islam terhadap Islam.

Apa yang berlaku di Kelantan adalah bukti nyata bahawa Islam tidak pernah meminggirkan mana-mana kaum kerana Islam dengan keadilannya adalah sesuai dengan fitrah manusia.

TG Nik Aziz menjelaskan bahawa asal manusia semuanya dari Adam. Islam datang menghapuskan rasisma. Baginda Rasullullah saw, menurut TG Nik Aziz telah berjaya menyatukan penduduk Arab yang terdiri dari pelbagai kaum dan puak seperti Salman dari Parsi dan Bilal dari Habsyi (Afrika) di bawah naungan Islam.

"Tiada kelebihan diantara manusia melainkan yang bertaqwa," jelas TG Nik Aziz.

Sebelumnya, YB Salehuddin Ayub di dalam ucapannya merakamkan rasa gembira kerana melihat ramai kaum bukan-Melayu terutama kaum Cina yang hadir pada majlis pertemuan malam tadi.

Di dalam ucapannya YB Salehuddin telah menyatakan bahawa PAS, DAP dan PKR akan mampu menggantikan kerajaan Barisan Nasional sebagai teraju pemerintahan negara.

Berbeza dengan zaman lampau, kaum Cina terutamanya, takut untuk hadir di dalam ceramah-ceramah PAS, tetapi suasana hari ini sudah berbeza.

YB Abdullah Sanusi, Ahli Parlimen Kuala langat pula meminta kaum bukan-Melayu di Melaka melakukan perubahan seperti yang ditunjukkan oleh kaum bukan-Melayu di Selangor.

"Jika Selangor boleh berubah, tiada sebab Melaka tidak boleh," jelas beliau.

YB Abdullah Sanusi menyeru supaya rakyat Melayu, Cina dan India bekerja bersungguh-sungguh supaya UMNO BN dikuburkan ke dalam Muzium Negara," tambahnya.

Majlis Ramah Mesra ini telah dirancang lebih awal iaitu sebelum penetapan tarikh penamaan calon dan pilihanraya bagi DUN Merlimau oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya, malah sebelum kerusi DUN Merlimau kosong kerana kembalinya Allahyarham Mohd Hidhir ke rahmatullah. Justeru itu tidak timbul soal berkempen lebih awal, jelas pemimpin PAS Kawasan Jasin yang GB temui.





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Polis Siasat Klip Video Penari Bogel

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 07:13 AM PST

Polis Sabah masih meneruskan siasatan ke atas sebuah klip video yang menunjukkan sekumpulan wanita menanggalkan pakaian dan menari dalam keadaan berbogel di tengah-tengah spekulasi menyatakan klip video dua minit itu telah dirakam di satu kawasan di negeri Sabah.

Ketua Polis Sabah Datuk Hamza Taib menyatakan semalam bahaw atiada bukti video yang menunjukkan wanita berbogel yang dilihat menari di hadapan penonton itu, dirakam di Sabah.

"Apa yang dapat dikatakan dari maklumat yang kita kumpulkan dari video tersebut ialah semuanya berlaku di waktu siang hari.

"Ia mungkin di Sabah atau juga di negara jiran," tambahnya, menyatakan polisjuga sedang cuba untuk mengenalpasti individu-individu di dalam video berkenaan.

Hamza menyatakan pihak polis negeri sudah menghantar sesalinan video ke unit forensik untuk penganalisaan yang lebi terperinci.

Laporan mengenai klip video tersebut telah tersebar di akhbar tempatan di sini beberapa minggu lalu dan menyatakan ia berkemungkinan dirakam di Sabah berberdasarkan muzik latarbelakangnya merupakan sebuah lagu Kadazandusun.

Hamza semalam menerangkan lagu berkenaan mungkin telah dimasukkan semasa proses suntingan video tersebut dilakukan.

Beliau menambah polis sedang menyiasat kes berkenaan di bawah Seksyen 294 294 Kanun Keseksaan kerana melakukan aktiviti tidak bermoral di khalayak ramai.


King Alaungphaya’s letter engraved on a gold sheet and adorned with 24 rubies, to King George II was ignored not deemed worthy of a reply

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 06:10 AM PST

A letter made from pure gold that was sent to King George II from a Burmese king in 1756 has finally been deciphered by experts. Source:The Telegraph,"Burmese letter to King George II deciphered after more than 250 years" By Victoria Ward

A letter made from pure gold that was sent to King George II from a Burmese king in 1756 has finally been deciphered by experts.

The letter, sent by King Alaungphaya, was an effusive and gushing appeal for camaraderie and trade with Britain. But although engraved on a gold sheet and adorned with 24 rubies, it was simply banished to a vault in the King's home town of Hanover, Germany, and not deemed worthy of a reply.

 
The Golden Letter at the Leibniz library in Hanover

 

George II in 1727, the year of his succession.

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The letter has languished there, in the Leibniz library, for more than 250 years as nobody could read it. But historians who have spent three years examining the document have now unravelled its contents. 

Amid the valuable gems and flowery language, King Alaungphaya confirms his permission for a harbour to be built in the city of Pathein to encourage trading co-operation between the two countries. Written in Burmese script, it is addressed to "the most meritorious and supreme [king] master of all the parasol-bearing kings … lord of ruby, gold, silver, copper, iron, amber and precious stone mines, lord of white elephants, red elephants and elephants of various colours".

It goes on to convey "kindest greetings to the English king who rules over the English capital".

The letter, which was contained in an elephant tusk, referred to the presence in Burma of Henry Brooke, a British envoy working for the British East India Company who was in charge of the settlement in Pathein.

It went on: "Following the humble request of your esteemed Highness' envoy, Mr Henry Brooke, We have granted the site for your ships in Pathein at the place he wanted.

"A sealed royal order was sent to the officer of the English king and the governor of Pathein was instructed to measure and hand over [the piece of land] in Pathein.

"When close friendship prevails between kings of different countries, they can be helpful to the needs of each other that we are eager to fulfil."

Dr Jacques Leider, a Luxembourg historian and Burma expert, said the letter was sent at a time when Burmese royal power was threatened by foreign invaders. King Alaungphaya hoped to procure guns and cannon through fostering close trade relations with Britain.

As war raged, the letter was taken to Madras, India, and then forwarded to London before being handed to King George II by William Pitt, the Secretary of State. King George II sent it to the royal library in Hanover, where it was lodged in March 1758, and no official reply was ever made.

Danish King Christian VII damaged the letter during a visit in 1768, making it harder to decipher.

Georg Ruppelt, director of the Leibniz library, said: "As far as we know, the golden letter is a one-off."

It will be formally presented to the library on January 18 but is deemed too valuable to be displayed permanently.

 

 

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Would the Muslim Brotherhood allow Christianity to exist? By Rich Lowry

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 06:06 AM PST

Lights Out for the Middle East's Christians? The tumult in Cairo may spell much worse to come for the Copts.


Hosni Mubarak can count on at least one loyal supporter. Coptic Christian leader Pope Shenouda wants the anti-Mubarak protesters to stand down. He has two inarguable reasons to stick with the dictator: fear and experience.

Even if the Muslim Brotherhood doesn't take over, there is every reason to believe that a democratically elected Egyptian government will become more Islamist and more hostile to the country's roughly 8 million Christians, who are overwhelmingly Copts. As a horrifying premonition, the Copts need look no farther than democratic Iraq, where the ethnic cleansing of Christians is still unspooling, slowly but inexorably.

It's an irony almost too bitter to bear that George W. Bush, an evangelical Christian fired by a vision of freedom with religious overtones, waged a war of liberation in Iraq that led to the uprooting of the country's Christians. And did almost nothing to prevent it, or even remark upon it. Iraq's Christians are the collateral damage of the country's post-Saddam revolution.

In a civil war, a small, defenseless minority hated by fanatics of both warring sides will not fare well. But even after the surge tamped down Sunni–Shiite violence, the war on Christians continued. One convent in Hamdaniyah in the north has been attacked 20 times since the start of the war, and as recently as last spring; according to USA Today, it was down to four nuns last year out of an original 55.

Before the invasion, roughly 1.4 million Christians lived in Iraq. About half of them have fled, with many more sure to follow. For a community that dates back almost to the inception of Christianity, this is nothing short of a historic cataclysm.

Iraq's Christians have fallen prey to a one-two punch of terrorism and official indifference. Sunni extremists attack churches and assassinate individual Christians. In October, gunmen took 100 Christians hostage at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church in Baghdad and slaughtered more than 40 of them. The Shiite government can't or won't stop these depredations. By one estimate, 2010 was the deadliest year yet for Iraq's Christians.

In Egypt, Copts are already targeted. A suicide bombing on New Year's Day in front of an Alexandria church killed more than 20. Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute notes that "the context is a government that has failed to make the rights of religious minorities a priority." And this was under the pro-Western, relatively secular dictator.

When the Muslim Brotherhood takes a place at the table, it will no doubt do all it can to imbue Egyptian government with Islamism's enmity toward Christians. In terms of public opinion, the Brotherhood may be pushing at an open door. According to a Pew survey in Egypt last year, 84 percent of Egyptian Muslims — not yet familiar with Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists — support executing apostates.

If the fashionably tolerant deigned to notice any of this, they might call it "Christophobia." They prefer, though, to avert their gaze from the rancid hatreds roiling the Islamic world and delude themselves with pleasant absurdities. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says the Muslim Brotherhood is "largely secular." This is a description that doesn't even quite apply to American Episcopalians, let alone to the militant Islamic group explicitly devoted to jihad.

In Egypt, we may see another collision between our democratic universalism and Islamic particularism. We rightly believe that all men are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights. Many of the people upon whom we project this vision of universal freedom, though, believe justice prevails only if their faith and its believers rule. Unfortunately, they're the ones who get to vote.

This is why Egypt could experience both a democratic opening and yet more Christian persecution. At 10 percent of the population, Copts are the region's largest Christian community. If Egypt becomes intolerable for them, it's lights out for Christianity in the Middle East.National Review

— Rich Lowry is editor of National Review. He can be reached via e-mail, comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. © 2011 by King Features Syndicate.


Burmese king’s palace in India gets makeover

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 05:54 AM PST

 The Times of India

 Source: Indiatimes through Moe Makha:
  1. Burmese king's palace gets makeover 
  2. Burmese king's palace gets makeover
MUMBAI: The state government has planned a major makeover for the palace in which the last king of Burma, King Theba(w), stayed during the latter half of his life. The historic palace is situated in the heart of Ratnagiri. The palace was set up by the British to house King Theba(w) and his family, who were exiled after the British conquered Burma (now Myanmar). The department of archaeology and museums has decided to transform the palace, which was declared a state-protected monument in June 2000, into a museum. full-fledged and one of its kind museum inside the palace, which was declared a state protected monument in June 2000. The department has the custody of the palace.

King Theba(w), who moved into the palace on November 13, 1910, spent the rest of his life in exile and died in the palace at Ratnagiri. . He even died inside the Palace.

None of his family members are alive now. The palace was later converted into the official residence of the collector in the post-independence period. In 1994, the Myanmar government wrote to the Centre and the state government requesting proper conservation of the historic monument.

The department was allotted a portion of the palace after the government declared it a protected monument. A Mumbai University wing functioned from the remaining portion. This portion was handed over to the department two years ago.

The department has now initiated restoration work.

The museum is expected to house exhibits on Maratha, European and Moghul warships, ancient sculptures, and local Konkani art.

While the renovation work (painting, waterproofing, etc) is under way, the department officials have plans to initiate a museum with exhibits on Maratha, European and Moghul warships, ancient sculptures, and local Konkani art. Bhalchandra Kulkarni, curator, regional museums, said, "Separate galleries will be set up for each category." Kulkarni added that the warships will be wooden replicas of the actual ships, built by artists from Kolhapur. He further said that his team was in touch with artists from Kolhapur to build the replicas. "We have gone through historical records and pre-independence era books to collect pictures and data about the ships."
Three rooms (galleries) will be dedicated to warships. "There will be 25 of them in all, including eight Maratha shops, ten European ones, two from the Moghul era. The rest would be replicas of boats and ships used by the local fishermen," Kulkarni said.

A separate gallery will be dedicated for the memoirs of King Theba(w). The government plans to use the museum to promote local art as well. Kulkarni said that a portion in the palace will be dedicated for exhibits depicting local painting talent. Ancient sculptures will be put on display too. Stuffed skin of rare dead animals from the local area will be displayed in another portion of the museum.
The palace campus is spread across 27 acres.

သီေပါဘုရင္ ထိန္းသိမ္းခံခ့ဲရသည့္ စံအိမ္ေတာ္ကုိ အိႏိၵယက ျပဳျပင္မြမ္းမံ

ေဖေဖာ္၀ါရီ ၁၁၊ ၂၀၁၁

ေနာက္ဆုံးဘုရင္ ေနထုိင္သြားခ့ဲသည့္ စံအိမ္ေတာ္ကုိ ၂၀၀၇ ခုနွစ္က ေတြ႔ျမင္ရပုံ (ဓာတ္ပုံမ်ား – shwesue.com)

သီေပါမင္း ေနထိုင္သြားခ့ဲသည့္ အိႏၵိယႏုိင္ငံ ရတနာဂီရိရိွ စံအိမ္ေတာ္ကုိ ျပန္လည္ ျပဳျပင္ရန္ စီစဥ္လ်က္ ရိွသည္။

ျဗိတိသွ်အစုိးရက သီေပါဘုရင္ႏွင့္ မိသားစုကုိ ထုိစံအိမ္တြင္ ထိန္းသိမ္းခ့ဲသည္။

၂၀၀၀ ျပည့္ႏွစ္ ဇြန္လက ျပတုိက္ျဖစ္လာသည့္ စံအိမ္ေတာ္ကုိ ျပင္ဆင္ မြမ္းမံရန္ ေရွးေဟာင္းသုေတသနႏွင့္ ျပတုိက္ဌာနက ဆုံးျဖတ္ခ့ဲျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။

သီေပါမင္းသည္ ထုိစံအိမ္သုိ႔ ၁၉၁၀ တြင္ ေရာက္ရိွခ့ဲျပီး ဘ၀ တေလွ်ာက္လုံး ေနထုိင္သြားရသည္။

၁၉၉၄ တြင္ ျမန္မာအစုိးရက စံအိမ္ကုိ သမုိင္း၀င္ အေဆာက္အအုံအျဖစ္ သင့္ေလ်ာ္သလုိ ျပဳျပင္ မြမ္းမံရန္ အိႏၵိယ အစုိးရထံ အေရးဆုိခ့ဲသည္။

ယခုအခါ ျပတုိက္ဌာနက စံအိမ္ကုိ ျပင္ဆင္ေနျပီး ေရွးေဟာင္း စစ္သေဘၤာ ပုံစံငယ္မ်ား၊ ရုပ္တုမ်ား၊ ေဒသခံ အႏုပညာပစၥည္းမ်ား ျပသမည္ဟု သိရသည္။

သီေပါဘုရင္ အထိမ္းအမွတ္ ျပခန္း အပါအ၀င္ ျပခန္းေပါင္း ၂၅ ခန္းရိွမည္ဟု ဆုိသည္။

အစုိးရက ျပခန္းကုိ အေၾကာင္းျပဳျပီး ေဒသခံ အႏုပညာပစၥည္းမ်ားကုိ ပဲြထုတ္မည္ ျဖစ္သည္။

သီေပါမင္း ပုံတူပန္းခ်ီ

ဘုရင္ ႏွင့္ စုဖုရားႀကီးတုိ႔၏ အုတ္ဂူ ပန္းခ်ီကား

ယခုအခါ အုတ္ဂူအနီး လူေနအိမ္မ်ား ေဆာက္ထားၾကသည္။


 

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Sejak Bila Pegawai Keselamatan Boleh Gunakan Tangan Tutup Mulut Pelajar?

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 05:45 AM PST

Seorang pegawai keselamatan mengambil tindakan yang tidak patut terhadap seorang pelajar dengan menekap mulutnya ketika mahu memberikan ucapan.


Satu sidang media anjuran kumpulan Pro-Mahasiswa (Pro-M) Universiti Malaya hari ini terganggu apabila ia cuba disuraikan oleh pihak berkuasa universiti berkenaan.

Insiden yang berlangsung selama kira-kira 15 minit itu bermula apabila seorang pegawai keselamatan mula menghampiri kumpulan mahasiswa berkenaan yang berkumpul di Gazebo, Kompleks Perdanasiswa.

Dalam kejadian pada jam 11 pagi itu, pegawai berkenaan seterusnya meminta kumpulan mahasiswa seramai kira-kira 20 orang itu supaya beredar.

"Saya minta kepada semua bersurai. Kalau tidak bersurai, saya akan hantar nama kamu ke HEP (Hal Ehwal Pelajar). Tolong fikir masa depan (kamu) dan emak ayah kamu di rumah," kata pegawai berkenaan.

Selain itu, seramai sepuluh orang pegawai keselamatan yang lain turut berada di situ bagi mengawal keadaan.

Lima orang pegawai berkenaan kemudiannya mula mengambil butiran peribadi mahasiswa yang enggan berganjak daripada lokasi berkenaan.

Pelajar berkenaan memberikan kerjasama yang baik dan menunjukkan kad pelajar masing-masing.

Bagaimanapun, kumpulan pelajar berkenaan berkeras untuk meneruskan sidang media walaupun dilarang daripada berbuat demikian.

Menurut seorang aktivis pro-M Sabri Jamaluddin mendakwa, seorang pegawai keselamatan mengambil tindakan yang tidak patut terhadapnya dengan menekap mulutnya ketika mahu memberikan ucapan.

Ekoran itu berlangsung 'pujuk-memujuk' antara beberapa aktivis pro-M dengan pasukan keselamatan bagi meneruskan sidang media berkenaan.

Kumpulan pelajar berkenaan memberi alasan, sidang media perlu diteruskan memandangkan para wartawan telah hadir untuk membuat liputan.

Di saat itu juga, jumlah pelajar yang menyertai kumpulan itu bertambah kepada 40 orang.

'Semua naik ke atas!'

Keadaan kemudiannya menjadi tegang apabila pihak keselamatan enggan bertolak ansur dan membunyikan siren kereta perondanya yang diletakkan berhampiran kawasan tersebut.

Kumpulan pelajar berkenaan bagaimanapun cuba meneruskan sidang media dalam keadaan bising.

Salah seorang pelajar yang mengetuai kumpulan itu, Mohd Izzuddin Hilmi kemudiannya mengarahkan pelajar berkenaan supaya berpindah ke bahagian atas kawasan aktiviti pelajar itu.

Semua naik ke atas (Gazebo)," kata Mohd Izzuddin dengan muka merah padam.

Akur dengan arahan itu, kumpulan berkenaan mula menaiki tangga Gazebo berkenaan sambil melaungkan "Student Power" dan "Bangkit Mahasiswa" beberapa kali.

Beberapa minit kemudian, barulah bunyi siren daripada kereta peronda keselamatan itu dihentikan dan pelajar berkenaan berjaya meneruskan sidang media berkenaan.

Dalam sidang media itu, Presiden Mahasiswa Islam Universiti Malaya (PMIUM) Ahmad Syazwan Muhammad Hasan mengkritik insiden itu sebagai "kematian demokrasi di kampus".

"Ia sebagai usaha untuk menutup kebebasan bersuara. Nak buat sidang media, disekat, malah nombor kad matrik diambil," katanya.

Pelajar berkenaan berjaya mengadakan sidang media selama 10 minit sebelum disuraikan oleh dua anggota keselamatan kampus.

Ulasan GB

Menteri Pengajian Tinggi dan Timbalannya, sila jawab soalan ini:

Apakah Pegawai Keselamatan di IPTA ada hak untuk menggunakan tangannya di dalam menjalankan tugasnya dengan menutup mulut mahasiswa, apatah lagi di dalam keadaan pegawai keselamatan itu bercekak pinggang? Banyak besar kamu punya pangkat? Tinggi sangat kamu punya belajar sehingga boleh tunjuk lagak sedemikian rupa?

Apakah pelajar yang melakukan satu "sidang media", pihak universiti sudah merasakan begitu takut dengan aktiviti pelajar?




UMNO Goyah Bila MCA Kecundang Di Kawasan Campuran

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 05:10 AM PST

Pola pengundian PRK Tenang mungkin petanda kejatuhan Barisan Nasional dalam tempoh tujuh tahun. Bayangkan, PAS menumpaskan MCA di kawasan campuran, yang merupakan kubu MCA sebelum 8 Mac 2008. Sebelum "tsunami politik", kubu MCA sebenarnya berada di kawasan campuran - kerana DAP gagal meraih sokongan Melayu, sementara PKR dan PAS gagal memperolehi undi Cina.

Namun, senario politik telah berubah. Keputusan PRK Tenang menyaksikan pola pengundian di mana semakin tinggi kadar pengundi Cina, maka semakin tinggi kadar undi untuk PAS. Kini, kebanyakan pengundi Cina akan menyokong "orang Melayu Pakatan Rakyat" - ketika membuat pilihan antara "orang Cina UMNO (MCA)" dengan "orang Melayu Pakatan Rakyat (PAS dan PKR)".

Jikalau pola ini kekal, maka ia bermakna MCA akan tewas kepada DAP di kawasan majoriti Cina, malah berkemungkinan tumpas kepada PAS dan PKR di kawasan campuran. Jadi, persoalannya, daripada 15 kerusi parlimen yang sedia ada, berapakah yang mampu dipertahankan MCA dalam PRU akan datang?

Pakatan DAP-PAS

PAS dibantu kedua-dua rakan partinya, DAP dan PKR dalam PRK Tenang kali ini. DAP terutamanya, menurunkan pemimpin peringkat kebangsaannya untuk berkempen. Malah, untuk kali pertama DAP menyiarkan iklan di akhbar Cina, Sin Chew Daily (1/4 muka surat di edisi tempatan) setiap hari - untuk PRK yang ditandingi rakan parti. Menurut Penasihat Strategi Pilihanraya, Liew Chin Tong, daripada 14 PRK yang berlangsung, hanya PRK Bukit Gantang (ditandingi Nizar Jamaluddin) dan PRK Sibu (ditandingi DAP sendiri), yang mampu menyamai PRK Tenang dari segi sumber yang dicurahkan oleh DAP.

Matlamat strategi DAP adalah supaya prestasi PAS mengatasi DAP. Keputusannya menyaksikan matlamat ini tercapai. Dalam pilihan raya yang lalu, DAP yang bertanding kerusi parlimen Labis memperolehi lebih undi Cina di kawasan DUN Tenang berbanding PAS, sementara PAS memperolehi undi yang lebih banyak daripada DAP di kawasan Melayu. Tidak sukar untuk menjelaskan fenomena ini - sesetengah penyokong DAP menolak calon PAS, manakala sesetengah penyokong PAS tidak yakin dengan calon DAP.

Antara faktor yang menjurus kepada fenomena ini adalah hasil daripada dasar pecah dan perintah oleh Barisan Nasional dalam ruang wacana. Dalam PRK Tenang kali ini, MCA menyerang PAS yang kononnya membawa Islam yang ekstrem, sementara UMNO menyerang PAS kerana mengkhianati agama dan bangsa - manifestasi wacana tradisional yang digunakan BN.

Namun, apa yang membimbangkan BN adalah, perbezaan kadar undi Cina yang diperolehi DAP dan PAS semakin rapat. Dalam empat peti undi yang mana kadar pengundi Cinanya lebih tinggi, kadar undi yang diperolehi PAS pada tahun 2008 telah mengatasi kadar undi yang diperolehi DAP pada tahun 2004, walaupun masih belum terjangkau kadar undi yang diperolehi DAP pada tahun 2008. Dalam PRK Tenang kali ini, kadar undi yang diperolehi PAS di Labis Tengah hampir menyamai kadar undi yang diperolehi DAP pada tahun 2008!

Seandainya fenomena ini juga berlaku di dua kawasan pengundian yang berdekatan (iaitu Labis Timor dan Labis), ia membawa makna bahawa komuniti Cina telah melihat dan menerima DAP-PAS sebagai satu gabungan. Pengundi Cina DAP menyokong PAS, lebih kurang keadaannya sebagaimana pengundi Melayu UMNO menyokong MCA.

PAS dan undi Melayu

Persoalan yang tercungkil di sini adalah, apakah PAS akan menjadi MCA versi Melayu? Sebelum ini, ada pandangan bahawa PAS mungkin tidak senang apabila DAP menyindir MCA kerana kehilangan sokongan Cina. Ini kerana PAS juga berdepan dengan masalah gagal meraih sokongan Melayu di kawasan desa dan mungkin dilihat sebagai boneka DAP.

Sememangnya, terdapat sesetengah pemimpin dari golongan konservatif yang agak gelisah apabila PAS semakin bergerak ke tengah. Namun, PAS adalah sebuah parti yang pragmatik. Meskipun melihat kegagalan sebagai ujian daripada Tuhan, namun kemenangan tetap akan diiktiraf. Misalnya, Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin (gambar kanan) yang meraih sokongan bukan Melayu, meskipun kehilangan sedikit sokongan Melayu - tetap disanjung tinggi akar umbi partinya. Pemimpin yang popular di kalangan bukan Melayu seperti Dzulkefly Ahmad, Husam Musa, Khalid Samad, Siti Mariah dan sebagainya, juga tidak tersingkir dalam pergelutan kuasa yang sengit dalam parti.

Pemimpin PAS yang saya kenali tidak bimbang dengan kebangkitan pengaruh DAP. Mereka hanya mengeluh kerana kadar pengundian Cina yang rendah sehingga gagal menghakis undi majoriti BN. Di kubu UMNO, ada kalanya PAS langsung tidak berpeluang untuk bertemu dengan pengundi. Jadi, bukan sesuatu yang mengejutkan apabila PAS kehilangan sedikit undi Melayu ketika dalam PRK.

Mengapa PAS tetap tenang ketika berdepan dengan asakan demi asakan dari UMNO, malah tidak khuatir bahawa dirinya mungkin berakhir sebagai MCA? Pokoknya, PAS agak yakin dan berpegang kuat pada ideologinya. Mereka tenang ketika menghambat kuasa, maka sanggup bersikap fleksiber dalam pendirian partinya, tetapi tidak berganjak dari prinsipnya. Berbanding MCA, yang kekosongan dalam "ideologinya", dengan makna kewujudannya sebagai "wakil Cina dalam kerajaan". Segala kompromi yang dilakukan pemimpin MCA dilihat sebagai demi kuasa dan kepentingan individu, lantas gagal meyakini pengundinya.

UMNO gagal mengekalkan keabsahan kemajmukannya

Jikalau pola pengundian PRK Tenang kekal, undi Melayu (dan India) kembali ke pangkuan BN pada kadar berlainan mengikut faktor tempatan, dan undi Cina pula tetap bersama pembangkang - apakah senario politik Malaysia seterusnya?

Apakah akan wujud fenomena "Melayu sebagai pemerintah, Cina sebagai pembangkang" (sebagaimana yang dipropagandakan MCA sekarang)? Secara tepat, jawapannya tidak. Ini kerana seandainya kadar sokongan Cina terhadap PR cukup tinggi, maka ramai pemimpin Melayu PKR dan PAS bakal menang di kawasan campuran. Dengan kata lain, ramai calon MCA, Gerakan dan MIC akan kecundang, dan menjurus kepada senario "Pemerintah hampir semuanya Melayu, Pembangkang pula mencerminkan kemajmukan (sungguhpun lebih banyak wakil Cina)".

Jadi, apakah ia akan menjurus kepada ketidakstabilan dalam hubungan kaum? Cuba bayangkan kabinet yang didominasi lebih 80% Menteri UMNO - semestinya menjolok mata. Maka, mungkin semua wakil rakyat MCA, MIC dan Gerakan yang "terselamat" akan diberi jawatan menteri, menjadi Mah Hang Soon (EXCO Perak) versi Persekutuan atau Subramaniam (Menteri Sumber Manusia-MIC) versi Cina.

Untuk mengekalkan keabsahan sebagai kerajaan yang mentadbir sebuah negara yang berbilang kaum, maka UMNO perlu memikat hati komuniti Cina. Mana-mana tindakan yang menindas kaum Cina dan bukan Melayu akan dikecam pemimpin Cina dan bukan Melayu dalam PR. Lebih penting, tindakan tersebut akan dihujani kritikan pemimpin Melayu dan muslim PR sebagai "rasis".

Sememangnya, golongan kanan dalam UMNO akan menyuarakan ketidakpuasan terhadap kerajaan kerana memberi layanan yang baik kepada "golongan minoriti yang tidak tahu bersyukur". Maka ia akan menyukarkan Najib atau pewarisnya untuk mengimbang antara dua pihak - lantas mempercepatkan langkah kemusnahan BN.

Tembak kuda dahulu

Sebelum ini, analisa terhadap strategi untuk meleraikan BN adalah berdasarkan logik "tangkap ketua dulu jikalau nak tangkap gerombolan perompaknya" (pepatah Cina). Maksudnya, BN tidak akan tumbang selagi UMNO tidak tumbang. Maka lebih 50% Melayu diperlukan untuk menyokong PR demi menjatuhkan UMNO.

Namun, iktibar yang diperolehi selepas PRK Tenang adalah, "tembak kuda dulu untuk jatuhkan orang di atasnya". Seandainya MCA dan parti komponen BN yang menjadi tunggangan UMNO ditembak, maka UMNO perlu turun dari kuda dan berperang secara dekat - tanpa diselindungi mitos politik "perkongsian kuasa".

Dari sudut ini, mungkin ramai pengundi Cina yang gagal mengundi "huan" (tukar) kali ini kerana trak kerajaan enggan membawa mereka ke pusat pengundian. Namun, sebahagian keputusan ini memberi isyarat bahawa, seandainya pola pengundian Cina ini berulangan di kawasan lain, soal "Tukar" hanyalah persoalan masa sahaja. -MR

*Wong Chin Huat ialah pengkaji politik dan kolumnis MerdekaReview. Disedut, terjemah dan disunting dari teks asal yang disiarkan pada 3 Februari 2011


Walk Walk Walk - Walking Our RM Away!

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 04:49 AM PST

I am still reeling in shock after reading The Malaysian Insider's report HERE where the Federal Territories Minister today denied that RM10 million was excessive for Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre's 142-metre pedestrian walkway.

According to that report, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar's "baseless" claim that the walkway connecting KLCC to Hotel Impiana KLCC was too costly had not factored amenities such as:

  • air-conditioning
  • escalators, elevators
  • CCTV cameras directly linked to the police and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)
  • special tiles for the disabled.

In a press statement, Raja Nong Chik said "The bridge was also built with a steel structure as well as other high-quality construction materials."

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article.

On Tuesday, Nurul Izzah demanded that the government clarify why it had spent an "excessive" sum of RM10 million to construct the walkway, which translated to an average of RM70,422 to lay out each metre.

"The amount demands clarification as public monies were undoubtedly used — a Bernama report dated September 8, 2010 disclosed that Petronas contributed RM100 million for the two-phase construction — and therefore must be taken to task," she had said in a statement which you can read HERE.

Amongst some of the points she raised included:

  • a call to the government to reveal the total cost for maintenance and operations for the government's plans to build more such walkways to connect major city roads to public transport terminals.
  • an appeal to the government practised open tenders to ensure that it was putting taxpayers' money to good use.
  • a request for the government should reveal the estimated cost to maintain the walkways as the price of energy would eventually increase over time .
Earlier this week, Bernama reported that the plan to construct 12 kilometres of pedestrian walkways along Jalan Kia Peng, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Imbi, Jalan Perak, Jalan Sultan Ismail and the Bukit Nanas monorail station, Ampang Park LRT station and the Assyakirin Mosque would be ready by year-end. CLICK HERE for more.

To me, it is quite shocking that RM10m is being used to construct a 142 metre walkway (which works out to Rm75,000 for a meter) from KLCC to Hotel Impiana KLCC. Such an expenditure is excessive.



What is the social benefit for this project? Can't RM10million be used in BETTER ways that benefit more people such as subsidies for our petrol, or for education or for improvements to our health industry or many other social needs?

Just last week, Bernama announced HERE that the government has agreed to allocate RM6bil to build six second generation patrol vessels for the Royal Malaysian Navy.

Walk walk walk...is the rakyat's money walking away just like that in multi-million/billion dollar projects?

Let's hope the authorities concerned will be more prudent in the way they spend their money and carefully weight social/external costs and benefits.

Always, RAKYAT FIRST!


Tiada Kes Prima Facie Ke Atas Bekas Ahli Parlimen PAS Jeli - Mahkamah

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 04:30 AM PST

Bekas Anggota Parlimen Jeli Lepas Dan Bebas Tuduhan Palsukan Dokumen

KUALA LUMPUR: Mahkamah Sesyen pada Jumaat melepas dan membebaskan bekas anggota Parlimen PAS kawasan Jeli, Mohd Apandi Mohamad (gambar) terhadap 13 pertuduhan memalsukan dokumen berkaitan sewa hotel, sembilan tahun lepas.

Hakim Nasir Nordin membuat keputusan itu terhadap Mohd Apandi, 51, selepas pihak pendakwaan yang diwakili Timbalan Pendakwa Raya Hizwen Azleena Othman Kamal, gagal membuktikan kes prima facie.

Dalam penghakimannya, Nasir berkata terdapat beberapa keterangan daripada saksi pendakwaan yang bercanggah, menyebabkan pihak pendakwaan gagal membuktikan tarikh sebenar tertuduh menginap di hotel berkenaan seperti dalam pertuduhan.

"Keterangan saksi juga dilihat mengelirukan dan tidak konsisten berhubung nombor bilik yang diduduki oleh tertuduh ketika kejadian dan perkara ini tidak dijelaskan oleh pihak pendakwaan," katanya.

Beliau berkata pertuduhan berhubung status dan prinsipal tertuduh sebagai kapasitinya iaitu Ahli Dewan Rakyat kawasan itu yang dikemukakan oleh pihak pendakwaan adalah bersifat kabur dan tidak jelas.

Pihak pendakwaan mengemukakan seramai 37 saksi sepanjang prosiding itu.

Mohd Apandi didakwa sebagai Ahli Dewan Rakyat kawasan Jeli, mengemukakan tuntutan penyataan palsu berhubung sewa Hotel Perdana Resort, Pantai Cahaya Bulan yang terletak di Kota Bharu berjumlah RM31,050.

Beliau yang diwakili peguam Datuk Sukri Mohamed, didakwa melakukan kesalahan itu di Cawangan Kewangan, Pejabat Parlimen Malaysia, Jalan Parlimen di sini antara 11 Feb 2002 dan 23 Julai 2003.

Dia didakwa mengikut Seksyen 11 (C) Akta Pencegahan Rasuah 1997 yang boleh dihukum menurut Seksyen 16 akta sama, yang boleh dikenakan hukuman penjara minimum 14 hari dan maksimum 20 tahun dan denda sehingga lima kali ganda nilai suapan atau RM10,000, mengikut mana yang lebih tinggi. - BERNAMA


Umno-led BN gov can acccept Chua, the 'sinful' adulterer but not Valentine?

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 03:12 AM PST

Published: Friday February 11, 2011 MYT 4:40:00 PM
Updated: Friday February 11, 2011 MYT 5:25:39 PM

Valentine's Day not Christian celebration, say churches


PETALING JAYA: Valentine's Day is a secular observance that is not celebrated religiously by churches in Malaysia or worldwide, said the Council of Churches of Malaysia.
Its general secretary Reverend Dr Herman Shastri said the National Fatwa Council had erred when it referred to Valentine's Day as a Christian observance and has hurt the feelings of Christians in Malaysia.
"To suggest that Valentine's Day is observed by Christians is unfair and misleading.
"Although the word 'Valentine' draws some connection to St Valentine, the church's authorities have not endorsed the connection, be it Roman Catholic or Protestant," he said in a statement in reference to an article on Valentine's Day posted on the website of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
The website described Valentine's Day as: "The practice of celebrating the day of love (Valentine's Day) has not been recommended by Islam. (The) spirit (of the) festival has elements of Christianity and the practice is mixed with immoral acts (and) are prohibited by Islam that clearly contradicts the belief, Sharia and Islamic morality. Therefore, Muslims are prohibited from engaging in celebrating the day."
Dr Shastri said the council appealed to the authorities to repeal such hurting inferences that Christianity promotes sexual promiscuity because of Valentine's Day observance, often made in the media and in the said Fatwa.
On Wednesday, PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hasan Tantawi was quoted as saying that the Kedah, Kelantan and Selangor governments had directed all local authorities to work closely with police and Rela in order to carry out operations to check immoral activities during Valentine's Day.
On Thursday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom said the National Fatwa Council had, in 2005, decreed that Muslims should refrain from celebrating Valentine's Day, as it was not part of Islamic practices.
He added the Jakim would launch an anti-Valentine's Day campaign on Friday.
Well-known motivator Siti Nor Bahyah Mahamood had also commented on Valentine's Day saying "immoral activities, partying and unmarried couples associating in private are traditions of the Christian community".
Jakim should pressure Najib to remove Chua Soi Lek from office since he was caught committing the act of adultery!


This video clip moved the emigrants to Tears (with English subtitles)

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 02:52 AM PST



Gadis Meninggal Setelah Bercium Kali Pertama

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 03:21 AM PST

SSeorang gadis remaja pingsan lalu meninggal akibat sindrom kematian mendadak orang dewasa - Sudden Arrhythmic Death syndrome (SADS) beberapa minit setelah dia berciuman untuk pertama kalinya.

Lamanweb Telegraph.co Khamis (10/2/2011), yang mengutip penyelidikan atas kes tersebut melaporkan, Jemma Benjamin (18 tahun) dicium teman mahasiswanya Daniel Ross (21) di rumah pemuda itu setelah mereka keluar malam bersama pada April 2009. Namun Benjamin tiba-tiba jatuh ke sofa dan meninggal di depan mata Ross.

Siasatan menyebutkan Jemma meninggal karena SADS, satu keadaan jantung yang jarang yang membunuh 500 orang di Britain setiap tahun. Ross, yang mengenal Benjamin selama tiga bulan, berusaha keras untuk menyelamatkan gadis itu sebelum para doktor tiba di tempat kejadian. Namun pemeriksaan menujukkan, tidak ada apa-apa yang boleh dilakukan untuk menyelamatkan Benjamin.

Ross mengatakan kepada polis bahawa ia dan Benjamin sudah berteman selama tiga bulan - tapi itu untuk pertama kalinya mereka berciuman. Dia mengatakan, "Itu bukan hubungan seksual tapi kami bertemu beberapa lain kali seminggu. Kami akan pergi ke sebuah bar untuk makan dan kembali ke rumah saya untuk mengambil kad kredit yang saya lupa bawa. Kami berbual dan akhirnya berciuman di lorong dekat pintu depan. Kami ke dapur lalu ruang tamu dan Jemma duduk di sofa."

Ross mengatakan, kelopak mata Benjamin "tiba-tiba mulai terkulai" dan mulutnya mulai berbbuih sebelum dia jatuh di tempat tinggalnya yang merupakan flat mahasiswa di Treforest, Pontypridd, South Wales. Dia berkata, "Saya menelefon ibunya untuk mengetahui apakah dia menderita epilepsi. Dia jatuh dan tidak sedarkan diri."

Pemuda itu lalu menelefon 999 dan diberi panduan CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) melalui telefon oleh operator kontrol Layanan Ambulans Welsh tetapi ia tidak dapat menyelamatkan gadis tersebut.

Ayah Benjamin mengatakan kepada persidangan atas kes itu bahawa dia pifir anak perempuannya dan Ross "hanya berkawan". Dia mengatakan, "Jemma sangat pemalu dan penakut."


Christians deplore link to Valentine’s Day and sins

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 01:10 AM PST

11 February 2011

MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE CHRISTIAN FEDERATION OF MALAYSIA
CHRISTIANS DEPLORE LINK TO VALENTINE'S DAY AND SIN

Christians in Malaysia vehemently deplore and are hurt by public statements made recently which link Valentine's Day to sin and Christianity.

The Christian Federation of Malaysia strongly objects to the perpetuation of such statements and the impudence of some people to say that a religious faith in Malaysia indulges in sinful activities.

In a recent statement made by the Pas Youth leader, quoting a statement by the National fatwa Council, there is an insinuation that Valentine's Day has "some Christian elements and sin", which can be interpreted to mean that Christianity condones and promotes sinful activities on Valentine's Day.

Further, a certain Muslim lady evangelist has said in a programme aired on national television and circulated on www.YouTube.com sometime ago in regards to Valentine's Day that "maksiat, disco, couple-couple bersunyi sunyian, inilah tradisi masyarakat yang beragama Kristian" that is that vices, disco-going and couples meeting in quiet places are the traditions of the Christians.
Statements which have a tendency to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility against any particular religious community cannot and should not be tolerated.

We strongly urge that better research be done and no mistake be made of linking the Christian faith to Valentine's Day which is celebrated publicly in many countries today and not just in the West. It is not a Christian festival celebrated by the church today.

The earliest records indicate that a feast was dedicated to Valentine on February 14 by Pope Gelasius I, as a martyr of Rome. But details of his background are vague and much of the writings about him have been the stuff of legends and especially romanticised during the Middle Ages. The association with love and marriage may have arisen as part of popular culture at that time rather than as religious literature.
The Catholic Church has removed the memorial of his feast since the promulgation of the new Roman liturgical calendar in the year 1969 (although his name remains on the list of saints and martyrs). In place of this commemoration, the feast of two revered saints of the Eastern Church, Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the Apostles of the Slavs, are celebrated on 14 February.

Today, Christians do not commemorate Valentine's Day as a religious festival. Its celebration by the public is very much within the domain of secular culture and has nothing to do with the Christian faith.

CFM further reiterates that we do not believe in nor practise the moral policing of individuals and groups in our society. The Church in Malaysia has always advocated that we should educate and teach the beliefs and tenets of our faith and live by them rather than to be engaged in spying upon and arresting Malaysians presumed to be engaged in alleged immoral activities.

The Bible espouses love and hence CFM invites all Christians to express the love of God in their families, with their spouses and their loved ones and also with people from the various communities in Malaysia not only on this special day but throughout the year.

Bishop Ng Moon Hing Chairman and the Executive Committee,

The Christian Federation of Malaysia

CHRISTIAN FEDERATION OF MALAYSIA
(PERSEKUTUAN KRISTIAN MALAYSIA)
Address: 10, Jalan 11/9, Section 11, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Telephone: (03) 7957 1278, (03) 7957 1463, Fax: (03) 7957 1457
Email: cfm.exesec08@gmail.com



Mubarak Enggan Undur, Rakyat Lempar Kasut

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 01:35 AM PST

Mubarak Serah Kuasa Kepada Naib Presiden, Namun Enggan Undur

KAHERAH: Presiden Hosni Mubarak pada Khamis mengumumkan akan menyerahkan kuasanya kepada Naib Presiden, Omar Suleiman dan mengarahkan pindaan perlembagaan.

Namun perubahan kuasa itu masih mengekalkan gelarannya sebagai Presiden sehingga peralihan kuasa yang akan dilakukan pada September depan.

Ucapan itu dibuat bagi memenuhi kehendak rakyat yang mendesak beliau meletakkan jawatan.

"Saya mengambil keputusan untuk menyerahkan kuasa kepada Omar mengikut apa yang terkandung dalam perlembagaan.

"Saya sedar bahaya yang sedang melanda dan ini telah memaksa kami untuk mengutamakan negara." katanya.

Bagaimanapun, ucapan itu telah menimbulkan kemarahan lebih 200,000 penduduk yang berkumpul di Dataran Tahrir pada hari ke-17 mereka berkumpul di situ dan membantah penyerahan kuasa kepada Omar.

Mengulas mengenai ucapan Hosni, Omar dalam satu temubual menyeru penunjuk perasaan yang berkumpul supaya kembali ke rumah dan menjalani kehidupan seperti biasa.


Mubarak Enggan Undur, Rakyat Lempar Kasut

Kenyataan Presiden Mesir Hosni Mubarak untuk tetap kekal sebagai presiden, mengundang kemarahan rakyatnya yang berkumpul di Tahrir Square. Warga Mesir melayangkan sepatu sambil meneriakkan Mubarak untuk turun.

Ketika Presiden Mubarak menyatakan akan terus menyelesaikan masa jabatannya hingga September mendatang, ratusan ribu rakyat Mesir marah memberontak marah. Mereka langsung berteriak meminta Mubarak pergi dari Mesir.

"Kami tidak akan pergi. Dia (Mubarak) yang akan pergi," ungkap para penunjuk perasaan seperti dikutip Reuters, Jumaat (11/2/2011).

Media CNN melaporkan saat ini rakyat mulai meninggalkan lokasi protes, yang letak berdekatan dengan Istana Presiden. Nampak raut kekecewaan terlihat jelas dari warga yang mengikuti protes ini.

Seperti yang juga dilaporkan oleh CNN, sebaik saja Mubarak selesai memberikan pidato rakyat Mesir beritndak langsung memberikan penolakan atas ucapan Mubarak itu. -








Dogs Adoption Drive

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 12:21 AM PST

Canine welfare project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) is urging animal lovers to start off the Year of the Rabbit by giving a puppy or dog a second chance in life.

"We have so many rescued dogs and puppies in desperate need of homes and we hope that people will come forward to take them in,'' said MDDB adoption coordinator Christine Lai. Lai said MDDB also had several lost dogs that were yet to be claimed by their owners.

MDDB will have its adoption drive on Saturday (12/2/2011), from 12.00pm to 7.30pm, at Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng's service center at No 22A Jalan Jambu Mawar off Jalan Kuching, Taman City, Kuala Lumpur.

"Those wanting to seek directions to the service center can call 019-3576477, 012-3739007,'' said Lai.

MDDB is looking forward to finding homes for several adult dogs and some 20 puppies. "We need to urgently find them homes as only then can we take in more rescues,'' said Lai. Lai also said MDDB was in dire need of dry and canned dog and puppy food as well as dry and canned cat and kitten food.

"We are running very low on cat and dog food and our supplies will last us barely a week,'' she added. Those wanting to donate food as well as pet shampoo and other necessities can drop them off at the adoption drives.

Details visit www.malaysiandogsdeservebetter.blogspot.com or the Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better page on Facebook.

Related news: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/2/10/central/8023143&sec=central


LEADERS – PLEASE SAY SOMETHING SENSIBLE

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 12:07 AM PST

Former US Ambassador to Malaysia John Mallot's article, 'The Price of Malaysia's Racism' published by the Asian Wall Street Journal (AWSJ) recently has met with criticism by our leaders, notably from Information, Communication and Culture Minister Dato Seri Dr Rais Yatim, and Deputy PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin.

If Rais Yatim is amazed that AWSJ had published Mallot's article that accused the Malaysian government 'of tolerating and in some cases, provoking ethnic factionalism through words and actions', I too am amazed at the response given by Rais Yatim, and including that of Muhyiddin Yasin.

Being senior ministers and seasoned members of the ruling government, I would have thought that both should be able to provide an intellectual response to the article and substantiated with facts as rebuttal, rather than to admonish Mallot like a teacher scolding his/her pupil.

I wish to draw my readers to some of the responses that I read from the media as under:

Rais Yatim said, I quote"When he was the Ambassador in KL, Mallot enjoyed the modernity and progress of our country. Of course, he preferred to associate himself with the opposition. We abhor such an envoy" Rais Yatim went on to describe Mallot's criticism as outdated.

Muhyiddin Yassin said, I quote "Just his personal opinion and the media shouldn't make a fuss"unquote. Quote "I do not know where he is now"unquote. Quote "His comments don't carry any weight now because he holds no public office" unquote.

Are the responses from the two ministers above enough to convince Malaysians like me, to believe that the responses are intellectually acceptable? I don't think so, and I am not convinced as well.

Now just read what Umar Mukhtar's response to Mallot's article that is published in Malaysian Insider today Friday, 11 February, and compare that to the responses by the two ministers. Don't you see the difference?

I do not know who Umar Mukhtar is, but he has provided a 'tit-for-tat' answer to what all Mallot has written. This is what I call an intellectual answer; not a 'school boy' type answers. I am not saying that the two ministers are intellectually deficient, but what I want to impress upon them is that they ought to put on their thinking cap before making any statements or responses, especially to the media.

Please remember Mr. Minister, that whatever you say goes a long way, and I am quite sure Millot too reads your responses.


CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION


Accompanying Sofie…

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 12:00 AM PST

When I sent Sofie home after she was discharged from the hospital at the end of January, I told her I'd come fetch her at home to bring her for her appointment at the ID clinic on 10th Feb. Looking at her condition then, I simply didn't have the heart to let her go to the hospital by bus, even if accompanied by an adult.

Yesterday, as I was getting ready to go out to fetch Sofie, I received calls from unfamiliar numbers. After my bath, I noticed 3 missed calls – all from different numbers but almost similar… the different number was just the last digit. I figured the calls must have come from a government department or agency, but wasn't quite sure which exactly. If I were to call back, who would I say I wanted to speak to? So I thought I might as well just let whoever it was to call me back if it was important.

Then when I was already driving, my phone rang again. When I answered, I was going "hello! hello!" a few times, yet couldn't hear anyone at the other end. After the 3rd time, and the same thing happened, I decided to call back the last number. It was actually a district hospital.

"Tadi ada siapa2 call saya ke?"

"Ni nombor xxx-xxxxxxx ke? Puan Afizah ke?"

"Ya, saya."

"Sekejap ya, ni panggilan dari Hospital ________. Ada orang nak bercakap, nanti saya passkan line."

The person who wanted to talk to me was one of the nurses whom I met during my clinic duty on Wednesday. The ones who  accompanied Hamidah to the hospital. Well, knowing that I may be visiting Hamidah at the hospital and/or her children at home, the nurse felt it was important to notify me as soon as possible about Hamidah's death. Yes, Hamidah passed away the same night after she came back from the hospital appointment in Ipoh ID clinic. I never had the chance to do any follow-up. I thanked the nurse for having the courtesy to inform me. It wasn't her duty to inform me but she did anyway, and I appreciate that very much.

Anyway, yesterday I used my GPS to go to Sofie's house as she had moved to another house. Although she wasn't well enough, her sister couldn't take it any longer being charged outrageous amounts by the landlord for water (refer my earlier posting on 1st Feb). So they moved immediately after the CNY holidays. Sofie's sister arranged for everything. The present house is bigger and nearer to Ipoh. The previous house had only 2 rooms and 1 bathroom. The present house has 3 rooms and 2 bathrooms. The rental? Same for both houses. So Sofie and her sister certainly got a better deal at the present house. More importantly the house has its own individual water meter (unlike the old house) so whatever amount they have to pay for water will be for whatever they use.

Sofie, Saiful and Ika were having their breakfast when I got to their house. The 2 older boys were at school. Ika's & Saiful's school session is in the afternoon. But Sofie was not comfortable leaving them home by themselves while waiting for their bus to fetch them, so yes, the 2 kids got to skip school again. There was no way we'd be able to come back on time to enable them to go to school. Sofie looked a lot better than when I last sent her home. Still visibly weak but at least she didn't need a wheelchair.

At the hospital, I dropped them off first before going round to look for a parking space. There was none the first round… not even my usual place which is quite a walking distance from the specialist clinic. I then came in another round, and this time somebody just got out of a parking lot very near the specialist clinic. My luck! :-)

There weren't many follow-up cases at the HIV clinic, only 8, but each one's turn took quite some time as the specialist there really looked into details. By the time Sofie's turn came, it was already around 12 noon. I went in as well to find out Sofie's status. The doctor took some time looking at Sofie's file and analysing all her previous test results. She was quite upset to note that none of the medication given to Sofie had any effects on Sofie. Viral load is still very high and CD4 is still very low.

Sofie started on her first line of HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy) in 2009. That was probably the best line for her, but she blew it because of her own non-compliance. Not that she didn't take her medication at all, but she didn't follow the time. Despite being told that she must take her medication on time, she'd usually take them when convenient for her. So the first line of HAART didn't work out. During this time, the specialist was on sabbatical leave and so her case was just referred to MOs who let her continue with the medication despite tests showing unfavourable results. "If I was around then I would stopped her medication long ago! What a waste!" she said. You see, once they aren't compliant, the medication will not work on them and they will have to change to another line of medication.

So a few months ago, Sofie started off with another line of medication. This time Sofie made sure she took her medication regularly and on time. But alas, the second line is simply not suitable for her. She vomitted every time she ate and her internal organs were affected as well. The doctor stopped the medication as well and she was hospitalised.

This time, after looking through all the previous records, the doctor was upset. Upset with the fact that Sofie had not been compliant when taking the first line of medication. "Saya bukan tak mau tolong you tapi saya sendiri susah mau tolong kalau you tak mau tolong diri you sendiri," she said to Sofie. I can understand the doctor's frustration. She doesn't have much choice left for Sofie's next line of medication. She wanted to make sure that Sofie will not blow it this time around.

Noticing that Sofie's left eye seemed reddish and a bit swollen, the doctor worried that it could have been caused by infection. So the doctor prepared a referral letter for Sofie to see the ophtalmologist downstairs. She also wanted to see Sofie's latest test results so Sofie was also sent to do some blood and urine tests. Sofie will have to come for another appointment next week. Then the doctor will decide if it was the right time to start Sofie with her next line of HAART.

By the time we were done talking to the doctor and the nurse, it was already after 1 pm. We went down for Sofie's blood and urine tests as it was open during lunch hour. To see the ophtalmologist we'd have to wait until the clinic reopens at 2 pm. So I brought them to the hospital cafeteria first for lunch. By 2 pm, we went straight to the eye clinic, showed the referral letter, Sofie had to go through a few tests before she was given a piece of paper and asked to get a number for her turn to see the ophtalmologist. Judging from the number of people at the clinic, it would take some time before Sofie's turn came. Well, at least she managed to see the ophtalmologist on the same day instead of being given another date for her appointment.

Since it was already after 2pm, I told Sofie I'd go off first and come back later. I actually decided to go home for my zohor prayer first. My house isn't that far from the hospital so it didn't take long to reach my house. After my prayer, off I went to the hospital again. Went straight to the eye clinic but couldn't see Sofie, Ika or Saiful. I tried to call but my calls simply couldn't get through. The phone reception at the eye clinic was very bad.

After a few times going in and out of the eye clinic, I finally saw the 3 of them. They just came out from one of the rooms and were told to wait for their card. Thank God, according to the ophtalmologist the red eye was not due to infection. We were then given the medicine slip and a card for Sofie to go to the counter to get a date for her next appointment. There was a queue there, so I told her to settle her appointment while I went over to the pharmacy to get her medicine.

There was quite a long queue to get a number at the pharmacy, but once I got the number, I didn't have to wait too long. By the time I got Sofie's medication, I went back to the eye clinic and Sofie was not done yet although her queue was shorter. It was already her turn though so we didn't have to wait much longer.

But I sure do pity Sofie. She will have to come for her appointment at the ID clinic on the 17th, then at the eye clinic on the 21st. Then on the 23rd, she will have to bring Saiful to the eye clinic for his appointment. Sofie tried to ask for her appointment to be changed to 23rd so she could come with Saiful on the same day, but the nurse told her that she's supposed to come within 10 days which is supposed to be 20th, but since 20th is on a Sunday, they gave her the next day's appointment. So nope, no changes.

I jokingly told them to set up a tent at the hospital compounds so they didn't need to travel too often to the hospital.

I won't be around next week so Sofie will have to come to the hospital on her own. I will check on her after I come back.


Tumeric Curry Powder Help Stroke Victims

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 12:00 AM PST

BBC ONLINE: 10 February 2011 Last updated at 09:50 GMT Spice drug fights stroke damage Tumeric is widely used spice  A drug derived from the curry spice turmeric may be able to help the body repair some of the damage caused in the immediate aftermath of a stroke.
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are preparing to embark


Ingin Kembali Ke Agama Asal Kerana Kecewa Dengan Suami

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 12:17 AM PST

Melaka - Demi cinta, seorang janda sanggup memeluk Islam untuk berkahwin dengan seorang duda.

Namun, sejak tiga tahun lalu, istana kasih yang dibina tiba-tiba dipukul badai apabila mendapati suaminya curang dengan wanita lain.

Kerana itu juga, Anne, 53, (bukan nama sebenar) bercadang untuk kembali kepada agamanya asalnya iaitu Kristian gara-gara terseksa batin dan mental sejak suaminya tidak lagi menyentuhnya.

Lebih malang, Anne mendakwa suaminya memperlakukannya seolah-olah 'habis manis sepah dibuang' apabila tidak lagi tidur sekatil selepas dia banyak berkorban wang ringgit membayar hutang puluhan ribu ringgit suaminya yang berusia setahun muda daripadanya itu.

Anne ketika menemui wartawan Sinar Harian dengan sebak bercerita, dia berasal daripada suku kaum Bidayuh di Sarawak, berkahwin dengan anak kelahiran Melaka yang kini bekerja di salah sebuah jabatan penting di bawah kerajaan negeri.

Menurutnya, sebelum Islamnya, dia pernah berkahwin dan mempunyai tiga anak lelaki yang kini berumur 34, 31 dan 29 tahun.

"Cuma anak bongsu sahaja mengikut saya memeluk Islam dan kini sudah mendirikan rumah tangga.

"Sebelum berkahwin dengan suami sekarang, dia juga mempunyai seorang anak perempuan berumur 26 tahun hasil perkahwinan terdahulu," katanya.

Anne berkata, perkahwinan keduanya pada 2003 tidak dikurniakan anak dan kehidupannya bahagia.

"Mungkin ketika itu saya mempunyai wang simpanan. Walaupun suami tidak membimbing saya dengan sempurna, saya tetap mengambil inisiatif sendiri dengan mencari guru agama.

"Alhamdulillah, saya boleh buat semua yang dituntut Islam seperti solat dan mengaji," katanya yang tertekan dengan penderaan batin oleh suami.

Menurutnya, suaminya mula menampakkan sikap dinginnya sejak 2007 lalu.

"Apa salah saya? Siapakah saya di sisi suami. Selama ini saya begitu patuh dengan suami sehingga selangkah hendak keluar rumah, saya minta izin kerana saya faham Islam melarang isteri keluar rumah tanpa izin suami.

"Apa lagi tanggungjawab yang tidak cukup saya jalankan? Sehinggakan saya habiskan segala wang simpanan saya untuk atasi masalah suami dengan bank, malah sebahagian besar kos belanja bina rumah kami sekarang saya tanggung sampai duit saya sudah tiada lagi," katanya.

Anne berkata, hatinya sudah remuk dan amat sedih selepas tiga tahun bersabar dengan sikap suami yang tidak bertanggungjawab.

"Jika diikutkan hati, saya rasa bagai hendak keluar kembali daripada Islam walaupun hakikatnya saya sayangkan Islam.

"Lagipun, isteri mana yang tidak sakit hati jika terbaca khidmat pesanan ringkas (SMS) di telefon bimbit suami yang tertera ayat cinta dan sayang daripada perempuan lain," katanya.

Paling kecewa menurutnya, hasratnya mendapatkan pertolongan Jabatan Agama Islam Melaka (JAIM) tidak banyak membantu sebaliknya pihak berkenaan hanya mampu menyuruhnya bersabar dan memberikan sedikit sesi kaunseling.

"Kerana tidak tahan dengan perangai suami, saya bawa hati yang lara tinggal bersama keluarga yang beragama Kristian dan kini menetap di negeri ini.

"Saya terpaksa keluar dari rumah daripada dilayan bagai tunggul kayu. Sekurang-kurangnya keluarga saya tetap melayan saya dengan baik," katanya.

Menurutnya, suami tahu di mana dia berada tetapi tidak pernah mengambil peduli, sebaliknya tergamak menghantar pakaiannya yang masih tertinggal di rumah mereka.

Sementara itu, Timbalan Pengerusi Majlis Agama Islam Melaka (MAIM), Datuk Ghazale Mohammad ketika dihubungi terkejut dengan kejadian itu dan berjanji akan melakukan siasatan secara terperinci mengenai dakwaan yang dibuat wanita terbabit.

Menurutnya, pihak MAIM amat mengambil berat soal saudara baru terutama membabitkan hal kebajikan mereka.

"Saya bimbang, wanita berkenaan merujuk pada salah tempat untuk menyelesaikan masalah yang dihadapi sehingga terpaksa menanggung penderitaan sejak tiga tahun lalu.

"Apa pun, saya akan cuba dapatkan maklumat terperinci mengenainya dan akan segera membantu secepat mungkin," katanya. -SH


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