Saturday, February 5, 2011

Kuching my hometown

Kuching my hometown


Kuching my hometown

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 10:59 AM PST

I could never get tired of going home to Kuching. It is a place that I love and a perfect place to live. A place that I grew up in with memories at every turn of the old roads, from Abell Road to Padungan, from Sarawak Plaza to the General Post Office. Foods that resonate with the soul from kueh chap, laksa and kon lo mee to sunny hill ice cream, open air ice kacang, sio be and bak moi.

Sadly the wet market is gone and in its place is a soul less car park. The image of the wet market superimposes itself on the carpark and I wonder why the old wet market structure could not have been kept even if the place was going to be used as a carpark. Why couldn't old structures be retained even if the functionality needs to change.

Along with change, some things seem to be left unattended. There are more roads in Kuching now. But we can't help but notice that the streets are no longer as clean as they used to be. That sparkling clean air and streets that used to greet us as we land in Kuching from the old messy Kuala Lumpur. Now the opposite presents itself, the effect is felt when we return to Bangsar.

And the Kuching airport which I recall was quite recently built, seems to be age surprisingly quick. The departure hall felt a bit dim and gloomy when a few lights would have brightened up the place. And the toilets are not maintained properly where there is high usage.

Well, we had a wonderful time in Kuching, particularly this trip. Although it is now the landas or monsoon season, the rainy weather made it even more fun to hang out in Kuching. I had almost forgotten how cool the landas season is and to enjoy healthy looking plants every where.


Al- Qaradhawi: Peserta Demonstrasi Yang Terbunuh Mati Syahid!

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 10:00 AM PST

Ketua Kesatuan Ulama Islam Sedunia, Syaikh Yusuf al-Qaradhawi menyifatkan Presiden Mesir, Husni Mubarak sebagai 'mula menyembelih rakyatnya sendiri' selepas tercetusnya pertempuran berdarah antara penyokong presiden Mesir itu dan para peserta demonstrasi pada Rabu, 2 Februari 2011 di Medan Tahrir.

Beliau menyifatkan sedemikian kerana pertempuran itu berlaku selepas 9 hari majoriti rakyat Mesir berdemonstrasi menuntut pengunduran Husni Mubarak daripada kerajaan.

Mubarak, menurut al-Qaradhawi lagi "telah mula menyembelih tanahairnya sendiri dan bertindak seperti tindakan Firaun serta menjadikan sebahagian rakyat Mesir berkuasa ke atas sebahagian yang lain".

Syaikh al-Qaradhawi turut berdoa supaya Allah membebaskan rakyat Mesir daripada penderitaan mereka dan membebaskan mereka daripada 'para taghut'.

Ketegasan dan kelantangan al-Qaradhawi

Ketegasan dan kelantangan Syaikh al-Qaradhawi berhubung situasi semasa di Mesir begitu terserlah apabila beliau, melalui stesen satelit al-Jazeera pada 2 Februari 2011, menegaskan adalah menjadi kemestian ke atas setiap rakyat Mesir menyertai 'Perarakan Jutaan Umat' yang akan diadakan pada jumaat depan. (telah berlalu -GB)

Perhimpunan tersebut yang diadakan bagi menguatkan tekanan ke atas Presiden Husni Mubarak, disifatkan oleh para peserta demonstrasi sebagai 'Jumaat Pemutus' yang merupakan kesinambungan kepada perarakan pada Jumaat lepas yang dinamakan sebagai'Jumaat Kemarahan'.

Lebih daripada itu, Al-Qaradhawi yang tinggal dalam buangan di Qatar itu, menganggap bahawa "turun ke jalan raya khususnya hari Jumaat, untuk menyertai bantahan merupakan kewajipan syarak ke atas setiap yang mampu pergi ke tempat-tempat perhimpunan dan tidak ada keuzuran yang menghalangnya".

Sehubungan itu, beliau menggesa para ulama al-Azhar dan lepasan universiti itu agar memimpin dan menyertai perarakan membantah kezaliman regim Husni Mubarak di seluruh Mesir.

Dalam ucapan yang ditujukan kepada Husni Mubarak, al-Qaradhawi memberi amaran kepada Presiden Mesir itu bahawa "kami akan menghadapi kamu dengan doa diwaktu sahur dan dengan setiap orang yang kusut rambutnya dan berdebu tubuh badannya yang jika dia berdoa kepada Allah, nescaya Allah akan memperkenankan doanya".

Beliau merujuk kepada hadis Nabi s.a.w yang memperihalkan kewujudan sebilangan manusia yang sangat mustajab doanya, meskipun mereka pada zahirnya kusut masai rambutnya dan berdebu tubuh badannya.

Sebagi ingatan kepada Mubarak, al-Qaradhawi menegaskan bahawa "doa orang yang dizalimi akan diangkat oleh Allah melepasi awan dan akan dibukakan untuknya pintu-pintu langit sambil Dia berkata, "demi keagungan dan ketinggianKu, Aku akan menolongmu walau pun selepas beberapa ketika".

Peserta demonstrasi yang terbunuh mati syahid

Di akhir ucapannya, al-Qaradhawi memperlihatkan sikap dan pandangannya berhubung rakyat Mesir yang menyertai demonstrasi membantah regim Mubarak dan kedudukan mereka yang terbunuh dalam demonstrasi tersebut pada pandangan syarak.

Dalam ucapan yang ditujukan kepada para pemuda yang menggerakkan demonstrasi di Mesir, al-Qaradhawi menyatakan, "saya mengucapkan syabas kepada para pemuda yang menyertai siri-siri demonstrasi di atas keberanian, kecekalan, kemahuan dan sikap tidak berganjak mereka daripada lokasi-lokasi demonstrasi. Saya katakan kepada mereka, samada kamu menjadi orang-orang yang mulia dan bahagia, atau kamu mati sebagai para syuhada'".

Terdahulu, dalam perutusan khas, al-Qaradhawi di atas nama Kesatuan Ulama Islam Sedunia, memfatwakan bahawa rakyat Mesir yang terbunuh dalam tunjuk perasaan di Mesir sebagai mati syahid.

Asas kepada fatwa ini ialah hadis Nabi s.a.w yang bermaksud, "sebaik-baik orang-orang yang mati syahid ialah Hamzah r.a dan seorang lelaki yang pergi kepada pemimpin yang zalim, lantas menyuruhnya melakukan makruf dan menegahnya dari kemungkaran, lantas dia dibunuh".

Perutusan ini disiarkan oleh laman rasmi Kesatuan Ulama Islam Sedunia, iumsonline.net.

Difahami daripada fatwa ini, rakyat Mesir yang berdemonstrasi membantah regim Mubarak, pada hakikatnya sama seperti seorang yang tampil membantah pemimpin yang zalim yang mengakibatkannya dibunuh, seperti yang disebutkan dalam hadis yang dinyatakan.

Sumber : onislam.net & iumsonline.net

Ulasan GB

Fatwa Dr. Yusof Al-Qaradawi di atas menutup terus pintu-pintu penghinaan dan cemuhan UMNO dan juak-juak mereka terhadap demonstrasi ke atas pemimpin yang zalim.

Ulamak2 UMNO? Apa kata tuan-tuan semua?

Dan ingat, Dr Yusof Al-Qaradawi adalah Tokoh Ma'al Hijrah Malaysia 2009 yang diberikan oleh Kerajaan Malaysia sendiri.


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I have visited your house - My routine walkabout

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 08:27 AM PST

This is part of my routine walkabout at the constituency of Air Itam. I attended to the issue and distributed the new year calendar to the residents.





Attend Court - Registry of High Court

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 08:16 AM PST

I was at the Registry of Penang High Court to show solidarity with Sdr Lim Guan Eng who files a legal suit against Utusan Melayu.



Attend Court - George Town Magistrate Court

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 08:14 AM PST

I was at the George Town Magistrate Court I for inquest's verdict on Chung Ling High School Dragon boat tragedy to show my support to the family.





Criminal element ruled out
2011/01/13
By Melissa Darlyne Chow


GEORGE TOWN: The coroner's court yesterday returned a verdict of misadventure in the inquest into the dragon boat tragedy which claimed the lives of a teacher and five students on Jan 17 last year.

Coroner Noor Aini Yusof found that there were no criminal elements or sabotage in the tragedy which resulted in the deaths of Chung Ling High School teacher Chin Aik Siang, 28, and students Jason Ch'ng, Goh Yi Zhang, Brandon Yeoh Yuen Khye, Cheah Zi Jun, all 17, and Wang Yong Xiang, 16.

Some 30 witnesses, including students who survived the boat accident, testified in the inquest over six days.


Noor Aini said the purpose of the inquest was to determine when, where, how, in what manner and if there were criminal elements involved in the death of the six.

"Based on the testimonies of the witnesses, the incident happened when the dragon boat was hit by strong waves as they were turning back towards the jetty at the waterfront of Gat Lebuh Macallum.

"The boat then hit an iron barge, sank and was sucked underneath the barge.


"Of the 18 who went out that day, 10 students and two coaches survived, while the six perished," she said, adding that the six had died at the waterfront of Gat Lebuh Macallum and its surrounding areas.

Noor Aini also said it was clear the six had died from drowning, as stated in the post-mortem reports.

"A majority of them had not worn life jackets despite having the jackets supplied to them and told to do so by their coaches.


"Only two individuals wore life jackets. The others were either wearing a T-shirt or not wearing a shirt."

Noor Aini said the swift currents on the day were caused by the forces of nature.

She added that the intention of the inquest was not to point fingers at anyone, noting that as a coroner, she had no right to determine if there was negligence on the part of the school, its dragon boat club, the Penang Forward Sports Club or any other quarters involved.

"The six had died on Jan 17 last year at 9am. The cause of death is drowning.

"There are no criminal elements which resulted in the death of the six," Noor Aini said in closing the inquest proceedings.

Deputy public prosecutors Suhaimi Ibrahim, Tan Guat Cheng and Pang Chuin Keat assisted the court in the inquest while Counsel Tham Shien Shyong and Lau Jun Yi held a watching brief for the school.

Meanwhile, former student and Air Itam assemblyman Wong Hon Wai, who was present to lend moral support, said everyone should learn from the tragedy, which was costly as it involved the loss of lives.

Wang Hong Gan, 57, the father of Yong Xiang, said he could not accept the court's verdict.

"My heart still aches. Even if I appeal, it will not bring my son back.

"My son is gone," said Wang, who was the only parent present in court yesterday.


验尸庭:未涉刑事人为破坏 龙舟惨剧纯属意外
●南洋商报

(槟城13日讯)轰动全国的钟灵中学龙舟队翻覆酿六名师生溺毙惨剧,验尸庭今日裁决,这起事件纯属意外事故导致,不涉及任何刑事因素或人为蓄意破坏成分。

验尸官诺艾妮也根据法医解剖报告裁定,六名死者即一名老师及五名学生的死因是于事发当天即2010年1月17日上午9时在五条路及附近一带海域溺毙。

验尸庭无权追究

她说,法庭也根据三名引导官的引导及30名证人供证下,鉴定这起意外的导因,即当时在五条路海域进行训练的龙舟队18名师生欲作第二次转弯返回码头时,龙舟遭到海浪冲击撞向铁船翻覆,急流将船员吸入铁船底下,导致六名死者罹难,其余10名学生及两名教练幸存。

不过,法庭提醒,召开这项验尸庭主要是鉴定这起意外的六项疑问,法庭没有权力也并非要向钟灵中学校方、学校龙舟队、槟州前进体育会或任何一方追究责任。

于去年11月1日召开的钟灵中学龙舟队翻覆意外验尸庭,是经过长达6天的审讯及传召多达30名证人供证后,于今日作出这项裁决,并宣布此案正式审结。

家属:口供有疑点

出庭听判的三名学生死者家属,即黄雍翔的父亲黄鸿彦、谢子俊的父亲谢震山医生及杨延开的小姑,即杨瑞玲的妹妹在聆判后,皆一脸无奈的步出法庭。

现年57岁的黄鸿彦在法庭外受访时指出,虽然出庭的死者家属都对法庭的判决感到不理想,包括部分证人的口供出现疑点及有人推卸责任,不过,都痛心的接受事实。

不过,令他无法接受的是,槟城前进体育会龙舟队竟然在知道农历初三及初十八海浪大及有急流,还允许学生冒险出海训练,这些都是可以被避免的。

询及家属是否将再上诉,为了让已离开的孩子们能够得到安息,他以一句:"算了吧!"作出回应。他说,除非上诉可以让孩子复活,否则已无大意义。

18师生仅2人穿救生衣

验尸官诺艾妮指出,根据证人供证及呈堂证据的照片显示,出事的龙舟队18名师生及两名教练当中,仅有两人有穿上救生衣,其余的皆没有穿上。

她说,根据证人指出,事发当天有准备充足的救生衣,而教练也指示穿上救生衣,但仅有两人穿上。

她说,证人也供证指其余没有穿上救生衣的人,一些有穿衣服,一些则赤裸着上身。

她是于今日上午在槟城推事庭召开的验尸庭上对钟灵中学龙舟队翻覆意外作出判决时,这么指出。

无论如何,她总结验尸庭的判决,指这起意外纯属由大自然灾害(Bencana Alam)的急流引发的意外事故(Misadventure),造成六名师生溺毙,并没有涉及任何刑事因素。

鉴定6疑问找出答案

验尸官诺艾妮指出,钟灵中学龙舟队翻覆意外验尸庭,是根据刑事程序法典第337条文召开,主要是鉴定这起意外中的六项疑问找出答案,即六名师生在哪里死亡、何时死亡、如何死亡、什么情况下导致死亡、是否有人为刑事成分或蓄意破坏、以及是否有其他刑事因素。

秦裕翔家人缺席

她说,于去年11月1日召开验尸庭总共展开六天的审讯,即从11月1日至4日,以及12月29及30日。

她说,被传召供证的30名证人,大多数是在意外中幸存的学生及教练,不过,在验尸庭审讯及供证期间,其中一名死者即罹难的龙舟队顾问老师秦裕翔的家人,从开审至审结皆未出庭。

她说,验尸庭由三名副检察司引导,即首席引导官苏海米依布拉欣、陈钥锖及彭俊杰,而钟灵中学的代表律师是谭贤雄。

蔡耀祖:校方有代表聆判

槟城钟灵中学校长蔡耀祖于较后被记者联络上时,表示校方有派一名主任出席聆判,但不愿对验尸庭判决置评。

他说,校方今早有多项会议要开,以及接待国外的访问团。

林子辉:未接通知

槟城前进体育会主席林子辉则在接受记者电话询问时表示,因没有接到通知,本身迟至昨晚最后一分钟才得知验尸庭今日宣布判决,加上今早必须在浮罗山背法庭处理一些案件,因此无法出庭聆判也没有安排代表出庭。

他对验尸庭的判决表示是意料之中,毕竟验尸庭的范围不能对任何方面追究责任,所扮演的角色只能公开式的调查,及对30名证人的供证作出评估。

针对死者家属对验尸庭的判决感到失望,他表示能够体会,并促请死者家属能够站在法庭立场看待,也对死者家属痛失家人即将届满一周年深感抱歉,希望死者家属能够随着时间的流逝平复心情,重新站起来。

以亚依淡区州议员兼钟灵中学校友身分出席听判的槟州行政议员黄汉伟对验尸庭的裁决,认为这是一个必须经过的法庭程序。

他促请社会人士从这起夺走人命的惨剧中吸取教训,采取防范措施避免悲剧重演。


Don't Throw It Away

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 07:52 AM PST

When the great library of Alexandria burned, the story goes, one book was saved. But it was not a valuable book; and so a poor man, who could read a little, bought it for a few coppers.The book wasn't very interesting, but between its pages there was something very interesting indeed. It was a thin strip of vellum on which was written the secret of the "Touchstone"!



The touchstone was a small pebble that could turn any common metal into pure gold. The writing explained that it was lying among thousands and thousands of other pebbles that looked exactly like it. But the secret was this: The real stone would feel warm, while ordinary pebbles are cold.

So the man sold his few belongings, bought some simple supplies, camped on the seashore, and began testing pebbles.

He knew that if he picked up ordinary pebbles and threw them down again because they were cold, he might pick up the same pebble hundreds of times. So, when he felt one that was cold, he threw it into the sea. He spent a whole day doing this but none of them was the touchstone. Yet he went on and on this way. Pick up a pebble. Cold - throw it into the sea. Pick up another. Throw it into the sea.

The days stretched into weeks and the weeks into months. One day, however, about midafternoon, he picked up a pebble and it was warm. He threw it into the sea before he realized what he had done. He had formed such a strong habit of throwing each pebble into the sea that when the one he wanted came along, he still threw it away.

So it is with opportunity. Unless we are vigilant, it's easy to fail to recognize an opportunity when it is in hand and it's just as easy to throw it away.

-Author Unknown-

*Story sent to me via email...


Warga Amerika Pun Ramai Yang Tonton Al-Jazeera

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 09:11 AM PST

Nama stesyen television Aljazerra kembali disebut-sebut seiring dengan krisis politik di Mesir. Bahkan masyarakat di Amerika Syarikat lebih memilih Aljazeera sebagai stesyen television dunia untuk mengetahui perkembangan terkini dari bumi Mesir itu.

Pengarah Urusan stesyen television yang beribu-pejabat di Qatar itu, Al Anstey, menyatakan pihak White House (Rumah Putih) banyak yang menonton Aljazeera edisi bahasa Inggeris.

"Banyak orang di Amerika Syarikat memilih kami untuk kali pertama. Sehingga meningkatkan tekanan kepada operator dan kami menjadi pilihan masyarakat untuk ditonton," jelas Anstey seperti dikutip Reuters, Sabtu (5/2/2011).

Keadaan ini seperti amat bertentangan jika dibanding keadaan sebelumnya, padahal Aljazeera sempat dituding sebagai steyen television anti-Amerika, terutama dalam pemberitaan mengenai Timur Tengah. Namun Aljazeera tetap mendapat tempat terutama di kalangan warga Arab sejak pertama kali muncul pada 1996 lepas.

Pemerintah Mesir sendiri sudah menghentikan operasi Aljazeera sejak bersemaraknya demonstrasi anti-Pemerintahan Husni Mubarak. Beberapa wartawannya ditangkap.

Keadaan yang sama juga pernah terjadi ketika liputan serangan Israel ke Gaza, Palestin, pada 2008 lalu. -okezone

Ulasan GB

Sewaktu perhimpunan Bersih 1.0 dahulu di Kuala Lumpur, GB masih teringat bagaimana seorang menteri kabinet Malaysia yang ditemuramah oleh stesyen TV AlJazeera...


l Jazeera: Why are protesters being sprayed with Chemical filled water?

Zainuddin Maidin: I am watching, I hear. It is not as what you have been trying to do this, to do it everywhere but in Malaysia people are laugh you. We know our Police at last have allowed this procession to go to Istana Negara you know. Do Police, First Police might be have handled them with tear gas. Police don't, don't fire anybody.

Al Jazeera: Our correspondent came back to our office with chemicals in his eyes...

Zainuddin Maidin: This is the way, your idea is that what you are trying to project what is your mind, you think we are Pakistan, we are Burma, we are Myanmar. Your thinking.

Al Jazeera: Well unfortunately when you refused to let people to protest, it does appear so.

Zainuddin Maidin: That is why we are not like you. That is why you have early perception. You come here and you want to project us as like undemocratic country. This is a democratic country.

Al Jazeera: So why can't people protest then if it is a democratic country?

Zainuddin Maidin: First people protest. We are allowing protest and they have demonstrated. But when we try to disperse them, and then later when they don't want to disperse. But later our Police compromise. They have compromised and allowed then to proceed to Istana Negara. Police, our Police have succeeded in handling them gently, right? Why don't you report that and you take the opposition, someone from the opposition party, you asked him to speak and you don't take from the Government, right?

Al Jazeera: Why did you not break up these protesters more peacefully?

Zainuddin Maidin: Pardon, pardon.

Al Jazeera: Why did you not break up these protests more peacefully?

Zainuddin Maidin: I can't hear you. I can't hear you.

Al Jazeera: Why did you not break up these protests more peacefully?

Zainuddin Maidin: No, we are, first this is illegal. We don't want, normally this demonstration..

Al Jazeera: OK, let me return to my former question: why is the protest illegal?

Zainuddin Maidin: Yeah it is illegal. First is because we have the election in Malaysia. No point of having a protest. We are allowing, we have an election every five years, never fail. We are not like Myanmar, not like other country. And you are helping these. You at Al Jazerra is also helping these, these forces. You know these forces who are not impatient, who don't believe in democracy.

Al Jazeera: Many thanks for joining us.


:) tak dapek den nak nolong camtu bahasa inggerisnya orang yang menjadi Menteri Penerangan Malaysia waktu itu. Macam orang yang dah terencat akal. Patut pun kalah dalam pilihanraya. Spesies ini masih ada di dalam kabinet Najib. Anda pasti kenal mereka!





Heartbreaking Egypt

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 07:04 AM PST

While we rescue our Malaysians and fly them out to safety, what will happen to the people of Egypt?

All the frantic foreigners are being flown to safer destinations or are brought back to their respective countries.
Reunited with their loved ones, many lived to tell the horrific tales and teeth-chattering hours.

We are obviously shocked as to what is currently happening in Egypt..the land of the pyramids, the place where the famous Cleopatra story originated.

The Egyptians are beautiful people.
Their famous singers dominate the Arab world.
Come fasting months, some of the most expensive and tasty dates are imported from Egypt.

I am just quoting a few examples.
There are loads of nice things to talk about when we think of Egypt.
(p.s. but you guys please just google and find them out yourselves okay.)

And while they kill each other and go about on a violent rampage, we feel so sorrowful for the very young, old, sick and those caught in the crossfire.
Properties are destroyed. Lives are lost. Many are seriously injured.

What will happen next?
When will this chaotic, topsy-turvy situation return to its normal peace?

We can only watch and pray for the people of Egypt.
And let us learn some lessons from their turmoil.

Peaceful solutions are always available to sort out any festered anger.
Going to the streets in an animalistic manner does not solve the disgruntled problems but plunges the country into sheer havoc where many innocent lives are lost and the country suffers sheer economic madness and nightmarish chaos.

Any interference by a superpower to calm the havoc may look like as though it is about to be colonised.
With the possibility of a foreign army coming in, if it so happens, will be like a foreign invasion.

For those who followed their hearts and went on a blitzkrieg parade, ask them..are they now happy with what they've started?
Did they bring about more good to the people of Egypt with their wild demonstrations?

Is this the Egypt that is going to reap more good times?
Obviously, Egyptians have to brace themselves with more grim days ahead.
Every damn thing is in a mess!

Pity the people of Egypt..if only the riots were nipped in the bud.
If only damage control measures were quickly implemented to curb the growing angry mobs.

Surely there must have been a more peaceful and diplomatic way to avoid such disastrous confrontations.
O people of Egypt..please stop fighting!
Please save your motherland from destruction.
The whole world is crying..please stop the civil unrest.


Cameron: Multiculturalism has failed in Britain and left young Muslims vulnerable to radicalisation

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 06:22 AM PST

Source_MInsider:Cameron: Multiculturalism has failed in Britain

LONDON, Feb 5 — State multiculturalism has failed and left young Muslims vulnerable to radicalisation, Prime Minister David Cameron will say today, arguing for a more active policy to heal divisions and promote Western values.

Cameron, in a speech to a security conference in Munich, will argue that Britain and other European nations need to "wake up to what is happening in our countries" as well as tackling terrorism through military operations overseas.

"It is time to turn the page on the failed policies of the past," he will say, according to extracts from his speech released by his office.

"So first, instead of ignoring this extremist ideology, we — as governments and societies — have got to confront it, in all its forms."

His comments echo those made by German leader Angela Merkel last year and reflect a push by European governments to better integrate immigrants, given persistent domestic tensions between different cultures.

Aides say his comments on multiculturalism and radicalisation give a direction of travel for future policy, and it remains unclear how the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition intend to turn his vision into a reality.

Critics point out that Western foreign policy in the Middle East and beyond, not just a clash of cultures at home, has played a big part in stirring up anti-Western sentiment.

"Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and the mainstream," Cameron will say.

"We have failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong … All this leaves some young Muslims feeling rootless."

Some members of Cameron's centre-right Conservative party, activists in right-wing movements and some voters believe that Britain has become a safe haven for people with anti-Western political views.

Others argue this tolerant approach is the lifeblood of any open and thriving democracy, fearing a crackdown on civil liberties would undermine the kind of society the government was seeking to establish.

Cameron said it was time to replace Britain's "passive tolerance" with an "active, muscular liberalism" to send a message that life in Britain revolves around certain key values such as freedom of speech, equal rights and the rule of law.

"A passively tolerant society … stands neutral between different values," he will say. "A genuinely liberal country does much more. It believes in certain values and actively promotes them." — Reuters

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Hanya Penyokong UMNO Berhak Didahulukan?

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 07:02 AM PST

Encik datang dari Umno bahagian mana?

SELAYANG, 5 Feb: Dewan Pemuda PAS Selangor (DPPNS) merasa kecewa kerana selain pelajar sakit dan bekeluarga, pelajar pro parti politik tertentu didakwa didahulukan dalam misi menyelamat bagi memindahkan pelajar dari Mesir ke Jeddah.

Timbalan ketuanya, Ahmad Zaidy Abdul Mutalib berkata, pihaknya mendapat maklumat dari pelajar Malaysia masih lagi berada di Mesir, bahawa terdapat pelajar lain dikemudiankan.

Menurutnya, hal ini mengecewakan kerana bantuan dihantar atas nama Malaysia dan hasil wang rakyat, tidak wajar dipolitikkan apatah lagi dalam keadaan getir sekarang.

"Pihak kami menggesa supaya kerajaan menafikan hal ini dengan dibuktikan dalam bentuk tindakan, bukan omongan janji kosong semata. Maklumat menyatakan pelajar perlu menampung sendiri kos tambang balik ke Malaysia dari Jeddah atau pulang semula ke Mesir sekiranya keadaan pulih, juga menyebabkan ramai pelajar di Mesir tidak mahu berganjak dari kediaman mereka di Mesir.

"Ini disebabkan keadaan ekonomi pelajar dan keluarga mereka yang tidak mengizinkan menyebabkan proses memindahkan pelajar Mesir ke Jeddah menjadi bertambah sukar," katanya dalam kenyataan kepada Media.

Menurut Ahmad Zaidy, untuk itu DPPNS mendesak supaya kerajaan mengeluarkan belanja bagi menampung kos penghantaran balik pelajar ini ke Malaysia. Katanya, ini berikutan jika dibandingkan kos sewaktu menyambut Hari Wilayah baru-baru ini begitu juta dengan perayaan-perayaan lain dilaporkan menelan jutaan ringgit, kos membawa pulang pelajar dikatakan hanya kurang daripada itu.

"Kami juga mendapat maklumat ada ibu bapa pelajar datang ke Bilik Gerakan Bantuan Kemanusian Mesir membuat aduan mereka ditanya oleh petugas di Wisma Putera, 'Encik datang dari UMNO Bahagian mana?'.

"Hal ini cukup mengguris hati ibu bapa yang kesedihan dan mengharapkan bantuan dan maklumat mengenai nasib anak mereka di Mesir. Sepatutnya soalan sebegini sama sekali tidak wajar saat-saat sebegini," katanya.

Menurutnya lagi, sebahagian pelajar Mesir membuat aduan juga didakwa diugut diambil tindakan sehingga menamatkan bantuan pembelajaran, sekiranya mereka datang berkumpul bersama ibu bapa di Wisma Putera pada Rabu (2 Feb 2011) lepas bagi mendesak kerajaan supaya tindakan segera diambil bagi membawa pulang pelajar-pelajar Malaysia di Mesir.

Tegas Ahmad Zaidy, DPPNS berharap agar pihak berwajib mendahulukan kebajikan pelajar tanpa mengira fahaman politik dan menyarankan semua orang Islam di negara ini berdoa supaya semua selamat dan kemelut di Mesir akan berakhir dengan kesudahan baik.

"Kepada ibu bapa ingin membuat semakan dan mengetahui perkembangan lanjut berkaitan pelajar di Mesir khususnya berasal dari Selangor, boleh berhubung di Bilik Operasi Bantuan Mahasiswa Mesir Selangor, Bangunan Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (Mais), Shah Alam. "Talian 24 jam turut dibuka iaitu di 03-55143520/ 3534/ 3538/ 3539/ 3576," katanya. -harakahdaily

Ulasan GB

Kenyataan di atas sekaligus menjawab tohmahan blogger-blogger dan ahli-ahli UMNO yang meminta suapaya pelajar-pelajar Mesir itu dibiarkan sahaja kerana mereka menyokong PAS.

Sedangkan "bantuan dihantar atas nama Malaysia dan hasil wang rakyat, tidak wajar dipolitikkan apatah lagi dalam keadaan getir sekarang.

Ya, "hasil wang rakyat". Jika enggan menolong pelajar PAS, tidak mengapa, Allah pasti akan menolong juga, tetapi kerajaan BN jangan paksa ahli-ahli dan penyokong PR membayar cukai. Cukai dari kami kamu ambil, tapi kewajipan kepada rakyat anda lakukan secara berpilih, hanya untuk UMNO.


Guan Eng: Umno Mainkan Isu Rasis Untuk Tutup Rasuah & Korupsi

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 05:00 AM PST

Risalah Balik Pulau: Umno dan Putrajaya ludah ke langit, kata Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 Feb — Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng berkata sekiranya risalah "My Balik Pulau" dianggap sebagai bahan yang lupa sejarah dan menghina Melayu, maka pihak yang bertanggungjawab kepada soal itu adalah "Umno dan kerajaan persekutuan sendiri."

Oleh itu tegas Lim, Adun Umno Pulau Betong Muhammad Farid Saad yang meludah ke langit dan perlu menarik balik dan meminta maaf secara terbuka atas sikap perkauman antibukan Melayu dengan pembohongan dan fitnah yang mempersalahkan kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang.

"Adun Umno ini telah menggembar-gemburkan risalah My Balik Pulau dengan sentimen perkauman di Utusan Malaysia, yang membuat laporan besar bertajuk "lupa sejarah, hina Melayu"," kata beliau dalam satu kenyataan dikeluarkan hari ini.

Lim yang juga Setiausaha Agung DAP berkata, Adun Umno telah membuat tuduhan melulu dan dakwaan palsu bahawa kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang Pakatan Rakyat bertanggungjawab atas isi kandungan yang kononnya "lupa sejarah, hina Melayu" kerana mengeluarkan risalah "My Balik Pulau".

"Sebenarnya Adun Umno ini meludah ke langit kerana yang mengeluarkan risalah My Balik Pulau, bukanlah kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang tetapi adalah Umno dan Kerajaan Perseketuan.

"Sekiranya betul My Balik Pulau lupa sejarah dan hina Melayu, maka yang lupa sejarah dan hina Melayu tidak lain tidak bukan adalah Umno dan kerajaan persekutuan sendiri," katanya.

Dalam kenyataannya dibawa Utusan Malaysia awal minggu ini, Muhammad Farid berkata, meskipun tidak diketahui niat sebenar risalah tersebut diedarkan, dipercayai ia merupakan cubaan pihak tertentu untuk mengaburi rakyat tentang sejarah kawasan yang dihuni majoriti orang Melayu itu.

Wakil rakyat itu mendakawa beliau kesal kerana kandungan risalah tersebut seolah-olah mahu menggambarkan bahawa Balik Pulau bukan dibuka oleh orang Melayu.

Selain itu, terdapat kandungan dan ilustrasi di dalamnya yang menghina orang Melayu.

Ia juga disokong Presiden Alumni Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia (IPGM) Kampus Pulau Pinang, Abdul Said Hussain yang berkata pengedaran risalah itu berbahaya kerana boleh mengundang perbalahan kaum.

Abdul Said berkata, perbuatan tersebut seperti cuba menaikkan sentimen masyarakat Cina bahawa nenek moyang mereka yang mula-mula meneroka Balik Pulau, bukannya orang Melayu.

Menurutnya, sejarah sendiri telah menyatakan bahawa orang Melayu merupakan peneroka di situ dan fakta tersebut seharusnya tidak diubah.

Justeru kata Lim, apa yang keterlaluan ialah Adun Pulau Betong dan Utusan Malaysia telah membuat laporan berturut-turut mengecam kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat yang mengeluarkan bahan lupa sejarah, hina Melayu bila Umno dan kerajaan persekutuanlah yang sepatutnya bertanggungjawab.

Malah tegas Lim, pada risalah "My Balik Pulau" pun ada dicetak nama penyumbang yang terdiri daripada Kementerian Pelancongan, kerajaan perseketuan dan pemimpin Umno Balik Pulau termasuk pusat sumber Muhammad Farid sendiri. "Akan tetapi semua jentera media massa Umno dan blog serta Utusan Malaysia terus menyebarkan fitnah terhadap kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat kerana terus pinggirkan orang Melayu.

"Dalam keghairahan membuat serangan hentam keromo ke atas kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang semua fakta dan kebenaran dilupai dan dibelakangkan," katanya.

Lim menambah, sungguhpun yang "bersalah" adalah Umno dan kerajaan persekutuan sendiri, serangan bertubi-tubi terus dijalankan ke atas kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang yang seolah-olah telah dijadikan tidak ubah seperti kambing hitam Umno.

Sehubungan itu katanya, kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang tidak akan berdiam diri dan menanggung lagi kesalahan orang lain, khususnya Umno "yang jahat seribu jahat ini."

Oleh itu, beliau mendesak Adun Umno Pulau Betong menarik balik dan meminta maaf secara terbuka kepada kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat atas fitnah jahat mereka.

"Sekiranya beliau gagal pada minggu depan, maka tindakan tegas akan diambil.

"Selain daripada mendedahkan muka rasis sebenarnya beliau kepada pengundi bukan Melayu di Balik Pulau bahawa beliau benci dan tidak perlukan undi bukan Melayu tindakan lain termasuk tindakan perundangan akan diambil," katanya.

Lim juga berkata kemungkinan juga perkara itu akan dibangkitkan ketika mesyuarat Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang atas "permainan perkauman Adun Pulau Betong yang mahu melihat ketegangan kaum wujud dan harmoni baik di kalangan rakyat Pulau Pinang retak sama sekali."

"Politik rasis dan benci-membenci Umno dan BN untuk menutup skandal rasuah mereka mestilah dilawan habis-habisan, yang jelas sebagai reaksi terhadap pembongkaran skandal RM30 juta Pulau Jerejak yang berlaku di bawah (kepimpinan) Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon yang serahkan Pulau Jerejak kepada UDA," katanya lagi. -TMI


Risalah 'hina Melayu': Lim mahu ADUN minta maaf

Ketua menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng hari ini menuntut ADUN Pulau Betong Muhammad Farid Saad agar memohon maaf atas tuduhan bahawa kerajaan negeri itu bertanggungjawab ke atas satu risalah yang didakwa "menghina orang Melayu."

Lim berkata, ADUN berkenaan perlu menarik balik kenyataan berkenaan yang disiarkan akhbar Utusan Malaysia pada hari Khamis lalu.

"ADUN Umno Pulau Betong didesak menarik balik dan meminta maaf secara terbuka kepada kerajaan negeri (Pulau Pinang) atas fitnah jahat ini. Sekiranya beliau gagal pada minggu depan maka tindakan tegas akan diambil," kata Lim dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Lim menjelaskan, risalah 'My Balik Pulau' itu sebenarnya dikeluarkan oleh kerajaan persekutuan dan bukannya oleh kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang.

"Sekiranya betul 'My Balik Pulau' lupa sejarah dan hina Melayu, maka yang lupa sejarah dan hina Melayu tidak lain tidak bukan adalah Umno dan kerajaan persekutuan sendiri," kata Lim lagi.

Lim berkata demikian ketika mengulas laporan akhbar harian tersebut pada Khamis lalu yang menyebut risalah berkenaan "mengandungi fakta sejarah tidak tepat" dan "disifatkan sebagai berbahaya kerana boleh mengundang perbalahan kaum."

Muhammad Farid dipetik dalam laporan tersebut sebagai berkata, "meskipun tidak diketahui niat sebenar risalah tersebut diedarkan, dipercayai ia merupakan cubaan pihak tertentu untuk mengaburi rakyat tentang sejarah kawasan yang dihuni majoriti orang Melayu itu."

ADUN berkenaan turut mendakwa, risalah berkenaan "seolah-olah mahu menggambarkan bahawa Balik Pulau bukan dibuka oleh orang Melayu."

Dalam laporan sama, Muhammad Farid turut mendakwa, bahan dalam risalah berkenaan turut "menghina orang Melayu."

Sehubungan itu, Lim Guan Eng berkata, Muhammad Farid bertindak "meludah ke langit" dengan mengeluarkan kenyataan yang disifatkan sebagai satu "pembohongan dan fitnah" itu.

"ADUN Umno ini telah menggembar-gemburkan risalah 'My Balik Pulau' dengan sentimen perkauman di Utusan Malaysia yang membuat laporan besar bertajuk 'Lupa sejarah, hina Melayu'.

"ADUN Umno ini telah membuat tuduhan melulu dan dakwaan palsu bahawa kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang bertanggungjawab atas isi kandungan (risalah ini).

"Sebenarnya ADUN UMNO ini meludah ke langit kerana yang mengeluarkan risalah 'My Balik Pulau' bukanlah kerajaan negeri PR Pulau Pinang tetapi adalah dari Umno dan kerajaan persekutuan.

Lim turut mendakwa, risalah berkenaan turut mencatatkan nama penyumbangnya iaitu kementerian pelancongan serta pemimpin Umno Balik Pulau "termasuk pusat sumber Muhammad Farid sendiri."

"Akan tetapi semua jentera media massa Umno dan blog serta Utusan Malaysia terus menyebarkan fitnah terhadap kerajaan negeri (Pulau Pinang) kerana terus pinggirkan orang Melayu," katanya lagi.-mk




Talented Foreigners

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 04:55 AM PST

Source_MKini:Foreign talent

"Foreigner numbers mirror economic figures" (Singapore Straits Times, Jan 13), almost half of the PR population last year were degree holders, compared with 18 percent of Singaporeans.

Does this mean that, generally, it may be harder for Singaporeans to compete with PRs for jobs because more of them have received higher education?

the recent statistics that about 60 percent of top 'O' Level students are foreigners may have undesirable repercussions for Singaporean students as well.

By the way, how many of the balance 40 percent of top students are Singaporeans, if we take away the PRs?

Grapevine talk has it that some Singaporean students may be less motivated to study and do well in school because they feel that their chances of beating their "genius" foreign classmates may be quite slim.



Reunions and more Reunions

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 04:31 AM PST

It has truly been a very busy CNY week for me. I have not read the news for ages and really have no clue as to what is happening on a local and international scale. For the first time in three years, my older boy is home for a week and that is a grand treat. Also, my cousins and aunts are back from US and HK whilst my husband's sister and her husband are also back from San Diego.

Apart from all this, each day has been spent feasting, fellowshipping and taking lots of photographs and mini movie clips of lion dances, dragon dances and fireworks display.



On the first day of CNY, I had the honor of meeting film producer Saw Teong Hin (who produced Puteri Gunung Ledang and other Malay movies) and other old friends at my cousin's place. It was an afternoon of fun, laughter and gaiety reconnecting and sharing dreams and hopes for our family members. Later that evening, we had a gala time playing with harmless fireworks which my younger boy enjoyed thoroughly. In fact, I do believe my husband slipped into his second childhood as both he and Nick had a glorious time lighting stuff and running away, hands over their ears.

On the second day of CNY, my FB friend Kak Fawzia and her husband (from KL) visited me and we had a great time reconnecting. Then in the afternoon, my former student, JH, now a lawyer in Singapore spent almost 3.5 hrs catching up on old times and sharing our life changing experiences. I was absolutely delighted to hear that he is going to write a book about what he does and I have promised not to blog about it till the book is released.

This afternoon, my husband and I met up with Walski (who blogs at myAsylum) and his wife. The last time we met was in late December 2008. Walski is the first blogger friend I made when I started blogging in 2007 in wordpress. Then I stopped and started a new site in May 2008 and this site in August 2008. Throughout the years, Walski has been a real friend, ever ready to share his know-how in IT and blogging.

Of course, we had the chance to meet up with other friends, most of whom we only get to see once a year and it has been a heartwarming time to catch up with one another. Immediately after putting up this post, I am swinging over to my uncle's place and another old friend's place. CNY is the best time to renew old ties, friendship and relationships.

Take care and have a wonderful evening!


Wanita Masih Cam Polis Yang Didakwa Menampar Dan Merompaknya

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 04:00 AM PST

Wanita cam polis didakwa tampar, rompak dirinya

Seorang pemilik kedai yang mendakwa ditampar dan dirompak oleh anggota polis berpakaian preman minggu lalu hari ini mengecam lima orang anggota pasukan itu yang didakwa melakukan perbuatan itu ke atasnya.

Chow Soo Meng, 36, mengenalpasti anggota polis lelaki itu dalam satu kawad cam di ibu pejabat polis daerah Petaling Jaya pagi ini.

Ibu kepada dua orang anak itu ditemani ahli parlimen Segambut Lim Lip Eng. Polis turut merakam kenyataan wanita berkenaan dan juga kenyataan Lim.

Lim ketika dihubungi berkata, Chow telah mengenalpasti lima anggota berkenaan yang didakwa memecah masuk ke dalam kedainya tanpa mengemukakan waran.

Chow turut mengenalpasti pengawai polis yang didakwa menampar beliau dan juga seorang pegawai polis wanita, kata ahli parlimen DAP itu lagi.

Anggota polis berkenaan sebelum ini didakwa mencuri kira-kira RM20,000 wang tunai dan beberapa barangan lain dari wanita tersebut.

Dalam laporan polisnya, anggota polis berkenaan didakwa telah mengambil beberapa jenis rokok, enam botol minuman keras, oren mandarin dan tiga kartun minuman tin.

Polis telah menafikan dakwaan merompak Chow ketika wanita itu ditahan di kedainya di Sungai buloh pada malam Isnin lalu.

Satu kenyataan polis sebelum ini menyebut, anggota berkenaan merampas wang sebanyak RM15,900 untuk siasatan.

Polis mengesyaki wang berkenaan diperolehi daripada sumber haram.

Ulasan GB

Pelik bin ajaib. Jika benar polis menyatakan bahawa wang itu "disyaki" diperolehi dari sumber yang haram, apa keistimewaan di bawah undang-undang untuk polis menampar wanita hamil berkenaan, dan apa pula hak polis berkenaan "merampas" wang berkenaan sebelum "dipastikan" bahawa wang itu diperolehi dari sumber yang haram? Sumber yang haram pun tidak disebut di dalam kenyataan polis berkenaan.

Amat keeterlaluan. Pihak polis yang sepatutnya menjaga keselamatan rakyat tiba-tiba menjadi mereka yang menggigit rakyat. Dan kemudian ada pula bantuan dari pihak atasan untuk melindungi pesalah berkenaan.

Jika demikian hanya, bagaimana mungkin polis hendak dihormati oleh rakyat?


Masalah Baru Selepas Banjir: Ada Gajah Liar Masuk Kampung

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 03:21 AM PST

Rompin: Penduduk Kampung Denai dan Kuala Kembar, di sini, yang terputus hubungan selepas jalan utama menghubungkan penempatan itu dengan pusat bandar ditenggelami banjir sejak lima hari lalu kini berdepan masalah baru apabila diancam gajah liar yang menghuni hutan bersebelahan.

Kumpulan kira-kira 20 gajah liar itu dipercayai masuk ke penempatan penduduk untuk mencari makanan terutama pada waktu senja dan malam selepas habitatnya turut dinaiki air.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung (JKKK) Pianggu, Mohd Azli Abdullah berkata, penduduk menyedari gajah menghampiri kediaman mereka selepas mendengar bunyi tempikan haiwan itu.

"Penduduk bimbang keselamatan mereka terancam dengan kemunculan sekumpulan gajah liar yang berkeliaran di kawasan tidak jauh dari rumah penduduk.

"Pada waktu itu, penduduk tidak berani keluar rumah untuk menghalau gajah terbabit kerana bimbang diserang haiwan berkenaan yang turut memusnahkan tanaman," katanya.

Katanya, penduduk Kampung Denai yang berjumlah kira-kira 50 keluarga Orang Asli suku kaum Jakun, manakala 10 keluarga warga Kemboja di Kuala Kembar kerap diancam gajah liar berikutan penempatan mereka berhampiran Taman Negara Endau-Rompin.

"Namun, setakat ini belum ada kes penduduk diserang gajah atau haiwan buas lain, sebaliknya hanya merosakkan tanaman seperti sawit, getah dan pokok buah-buahan. Selain gangguan gajah, penduduk turut mengadu diancam babi hutan yang kerap merosakkan tanaman," katanya.

Penduduk Kampung Denai, Long Abdul Aziz, 41, berkata dia yang menetap di perkampungan itu sejak 1987 memelihara anjing untuk menjaga keselamatan keluarga terutama daripada gangguan haiwan liar.

"Saya membela lima ekor anjing bagi menghalau kehadiran binatang liar seperti babi hutan yang banyak berkeliaran di kawasan rumah. "Pada musim tengkujuh ini, haiwan terbabit kerap datang kerana mahu mencari makanan menyebabkan saya meningkatkan keselamatan, selain membawa isteri dan dua anak berpindah ke pusat penempatan sementara mangsa banjir di Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Denai," katanya.

Sementara itu, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Tioman, Datuk Mohd Johari Hussain berkata, penduduk terbabit diingatkan supaya berwaspada terhadap haiwan liar itu bagi mengelakkan mereka diserang.

"Kejadian haiwan liar mengancam penduduk kerap berlaku di kawasan penempatan berhampiran pinggir hutan dan sungai. Mereka yang terbabit dinasihatkan supaya menghubungi pihak berkuasa jika ancaman semakin buruk," katanya.

Mengulas keadaan banjir di kawasan berkenaan, Ahmad Johari berkata, penduduk yang menghuni di pusat penempatan sementara berikutan rumah mereka dinaiki air sudah kembali ke kediaman masing-masing selepas banjir surut.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, masih ada penempatan penduduk yang terputus hubungan akibat jalan ditenggelami banjir menyebabkan mereka sukar mendapatkan bekalan makanan dan perubatan.

"Selain Kampung Denai dan Kuala Kembar, kawasan paling teruk terjejas ialah Mentalong membabitkan 57 keluarga apabila bukan saja jalan utamanya ditenggelami air malah jambatan di kampung berkenaan juga runtuh," katanya.


Berita Terkini

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 12:32 AM PST

FORWARDED FROM SOME MALAYSIANS IN CAIRO AND JEDDAH.

>>>>>Alhamdulillah. Semoga diberkati Allah. Kami semua sampai di Madinah Hujaj di Jeddah.



Kita berasa amat sedih kerana negara Mesir sedang dilanda pergolakan dalaman yang sangat buruk.
Mari kita sama2 memohon kepada Allah SWT semoga peristiwa yang menyedihkan ini beransur menjadi aman damai semula..
Ya Allah Ampunkan Kami.
Peliharalahlah kami dari segala bahaya dan kesulitan.
Berilah petunjuk kepada rakyat Mesir supaya berhenti berperang sesama sendiri.
Janganlah mereka menghancurkan tanah air mereka yang tercinta.
Bukakanlah hati mereka supaya mencari jalan penyelesaian yang baik. Ameen.


BOMOH SU’UT HAS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS IN SAMLING SHARES – EXCLUSIVE

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 01:18 AM PST


Nothing but a cowboy? - Sarawak Report has been sent this
"Wanted" photo of the Bomoh Su'ut (white shirt in the middle)!
Please could he present himself to explain all his money?

The profitability of the business of being a Bomoh has clearly been vastly under-estimated.  Sarawak Report has now established that Taib's spell-monger is in fact one of the wealthiest men in Sarawak!  We can demonstrate that he personally owns hundreds of millions of ringgit of shares in one of the world's biggest timber companies, Samling Global.
Samling, which claims to be the world's largest supplier of tropical plywood, began as a  family company belonging to Yaw Teck Seng and his sons in Sarawak.  However, after decades of close relations with Taib Mahmud it has expanded across the world.  The company's latest Annual Report states that its consolidated global assets are worth $1.3 billion USD (around RM 3 billion) and this is at a period of very low market value.
The timber giant, which made its money cutting down the Sarawak rainforests thanks to the concessions granted by Taib, floated as a public company in 2007 on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.  However, just a few weeks ago the Norwegian Government banned any further investment in Samling, after investigations showed the company  to be involved in illegal logging and environmentally destructive activities.  There have been numerous complaints by native peoples across Sarawak over Samling's greedy plunder of their lands.

Bomoh's shares worth RM 300 million!
Our investigations show that most of the company is still owned by the Yaws with only just one other major shareholder registered as holding over 5% of the company's shares in 2010.  This major shareholder is none other than Taib's own Bomoh!!  Bomoh Ahmad bin Haji Su'ut is listed as the owner of 5.5% of shares in Samling Global with a total ownership of 225,592,070 shares, which he holds in the name of his company Tapah Plantations!  Did he get these shares by magic?
Bomoh Ahmad Su'ut owns Tapah Plantations
Samling Global's Annual Report 2010 confirms quite clearly the fact that Su'ut is the owner of 5.5% of the company.  Furthermore, the documents produced at the time of the company's stock market launch in 2007 make clear that the Bomoh held the same 225,592,070 shares at that time also.  Shortly after the launch the value of these shares reached a high of around $100 million USD.  In ringgit at today's rate that is an amazing RM300 million!
Samling Global's 2010 Annual Report registers only on person apart from the Yaws as a significant shareholder owning over 5%. It is Taib's Bomoh Ahmad bin Su'ut!
What is the truth?
These are breath-taking facts, but many onlookers wonder if all maybe not quite as it seems?  Such is of course the case with most magic tricks and spells, which are only an illusion!  Could it be that the Bomoh is acting merely a distraction, a mirage, a case of smoke and mirrors to mask the genuine transaction that has taken place?  In short could it be that the Bomoh is acting as a proxy to disguise another far more likely owner of these hundreds of millions of ringgit worth of shares?
Another Su'ut family home, with flash car outside - but are we talking 300 million ringgit status?
For many years this Bomoh acted as the well-known spiritual advisor and close confidant of the Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.  He performed regular black magic on his behalf and his brother in law is a very close friend indeed of Taib's sister Zaleha.  In return the Chief Minister has rewarded him with lands and concessions, as we exposed in our previous article.  So we think it is only fair to ask whether indeed the Chief Minister might also have entrusted this Bomoh with the role of 'front man' in the case of this share ownership?
Sarawak Report has already exposed the Chief Minister's habit of concealing his real ownership of shares by forcing the public owners to sign secret documents confirming that they are holding them in trust for him.  We have documentary, signed evidence of this practise as his way of hiding his true ownership of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property which is registered in the name of family members in the US.  Could not the Bomoh have signed a similar document for his boss?
Some answers please
Since the whole state must be wondering at how such a lowly fellow as a spell-mongering Bomoh could have found the money to purchase such a vast shareholding in Samling, we turn to the circumstantial evidence. The Chief Minister is the person who over the last 30 years has exercised total control over the logging and oil palm plantation concessions which have been given to Samling.  Is it really beyond the realms of possibility that these shares were a little 'thankyou' gift to the Bomoh's master at the time of the company's launch as a global public venture?
See Sarawak Report - $1 dollar Mansion
Sarawak Report already has evidence that two mansions in the United States passed fromSamling to the Taibs.  One of these transferred for the nominal cost of just US$ 1 dollar!  Samling's vast property holdings in the United Sates are also intriguingly linked to those of the Taibs.
Certainly, if it is not the case we would like to see a public denial.  We have for months now attempted to gain an explanation for the Chief Minister's fabulous wealth, as displayed by his string of properties and possessions across the world and his extravagant lifestyle, but we have received no answer.  Therefore we feel forced to turn to the circumstantial evidence and require that the obvious conclusions be either denied or considered as confirmed.
More proxies?
In fact the Bomoh is not the only major shareholder associated with the Chief Minister registered by Samling Global. As part of its legal obligations as a public company the Initial Public Offering procedures in 2007 forced the company to reveal two other names that will be familiar to the people of Sarawak.  Hamad bin Sepawi, the Chief Minister's cousin, who has been frequently favoured  with land concessions at the expense of the natives as well as numerous top jobs and contracts in the state is one.  Another is Wan Morshidi Bin Tuanku Abdul Rahman, whose family is closely linked to Abdul Rahman Ya'kub, the previous Chief Minister, who originally equally favoured Samling with preferential concessions.  Both  Sepawi and Morshide 'owned' 5 of the company at the time of the launch, whereas the Bomoh 'owned' 5.44%.
Top shareholders at Samling Global's Initial Public Offering in 2007
The Bomoh, as we have shown, is certainly is hugely well-off and enjoys a very comfortable life-style.  But the level of wealth he displays does not match the vast ownership of Samling shares that are in his name.  With Abdul Taib Mahmud however it is a different matter and his fabulous life-style was never achieved on the RM20,000 or so a month that he officially earns in his capacity as Chief Minister of Sarawak!



ELIA GENEID SHOWS SARAWAK’S YOUTH HOW TO BE GO-GETTER LAND GRABBERS!

Posted: 05 Feb 2011 01:15 AM PST


[By Our Guest Writer from Asian Tatler Magazine]
Mixing business with partying – an example for Sarawak's womanhood?
We all love to admire this well-connected socialite and businesswoman, Elia Abas/ Geneid!  She may look like a barely-dressed party girl, but Elia was scarcely into her 20s by the time she had established herself as a major figure in the oil palm plantation business, with a series of multi-million ringgit concessions all to herself!
But, of course the gorgeous young trend-setter is also Chief Minister Taib Mahmud's neice and therefore has several brilliant (if hidden) attributes.  Indeed, the Taib family has provided endless shining examples for the rest of Sarawak's youth, showing how to seize the many 'Equal Opportunities' that are handed to them through government projects!
As Taib exhorts the rest of the nation's young people to show more energy and initiative and to work their way out of poverty, he can be proud of how all his nieces and nephews have been so successful in demonstrating the path to riches

The party-scene will miss you Elia!
Even more amazingly, Elia has been able to turn herself  into a multi-millionairess, while at the same time managing to spend so much time publicly partying and carrying on with goodness-knows how many chaps!  Two marriages and three engagements in two years is pretty good going for such a young thing!
Demure look for wedding No 1 (the marriage lasted 2 months)
Isn't it lucky she has made so much money that she can pay for the millions of ringgit that has been spent in celebrating it all?  "Work hard and play hard" is clearly the motto that has been drummed into the mini-Taibs from an early age by their stern Uncle (the Chief Minister himself!!!).  [See our earlier reports with pictures on these lavish events] and [More here!]
So, what do we know about Elia's business career and how she has maximised the opportunities which are on offer to her and also of course to others?  Well, in 2008 Elia managed to secure an amazingly good deal with the Land Custody and Development Agency (LCDA) that happens to be controlled by her Uncle Taib.  She spotted the opportunity, whereas others were so slow and lazy that they never even knew that the land was available!
In fact the eagle-eyed Elia had worked out that nearly 10,000 hectares of land had been removed from Native Customary Land owners in Tatau, Bintulu without them even having realised the situation!   She moved double-quick and (presumably because nobody else had yet expressed an interest in the land) she was able to pick it up for a mere snitch at just RM5.5 million.  This was a fraction of its real value of course and she arranged for it  to be paid in installments later!  What a hard business brain!!
'Stupid' Iban natives miss out!
Sarawak Report has made enquiries and discovered that the Iban communities of Tatau had their land alienated by Taib in 1996.  The stupid things are so poor they claim they could not afford a lawyer to fight their case, so how do they ever expect to take advantage of the opportunities Taib so kindly makes available to them?  Quite rightly, Taib has once again this week denounced as 'crabs' (?) those people who criticise the wealth of go-getters like Elia and the rest of his family members.  In fact he has made so many speeches denouncing the critics of his wealth we really think this must be the key platform on which he wishes to fight the coming election.  We have such a clever Chief Minister – three cheers for all your wealth and let us remind everyone about it and how cleverly you accumulated it!
Too distracted to read his people's thoughts? Given the rumours surrounding the new first lady's obvious weightiness, will we have to start paying for her new family soon?
Once the Ibans had lost their lands, Taib sold the timber concession to Borneo Pulp and Paper, who chopped down the 150 million year old jungle (the oldest in the world by the way) and turned it into …. well pulp and paper.  Then in 2008 it was Elia's chance to show her quick-witted gumption.  She rounded up RM5.5 million (from her piggy bank?) and made the purchase before anyone else could get to hear about it.  Well, no one else was going to hear about it actually, because in his 'land of equal opportunity' Taib likes to hand these concessions out privately… to his family.
Minda from Sugai Anap (son of the former Pengulu Jipun) is a spokesmen for the Iban longhouse communities who have lost their livelihoods because of this development.  He expressed astonishment on learning that the young Elia now has the concession for his lands.  He told us
"We received a letter from the British in the past to say this was our area, but the Government has now told us this is not relevant anymore.  To begin with the company came and paid the 4 headmen to keep quiet, but when they came with their bulldozers we made a police report.  This matter  is in discussion now".
Ikrar Bumi Sdn Bhd
Mixing business with glamour - an example to Sarawak's youth?
Elia managed to secure a series of so-called 'Provisional Licences' to turn the whole area into an oil palm plantation between 2008 and 2009 – the deal was finalised in March last year.  The licences are provisional, because in theory the local people who have Native Customary Rights in the area need to be brought into agreement about it.  But nobody really takes any notice of these useless types – no commercial instinct, basically lazy.
The company under which Elia has secured this huge land-bank is called Ikrar Bumi Sdn Bhd.  Coincidentally, it is registered at the headquarters address of Parabena, a company run by her mother Raziah Mahmud who is Taib's sister.  Taib himself has shares in Parabena and this company has received a large number of valuable Government contracts and concessions.  We have calculated that the sister companies registered at Parabena address have received lands totalling an area of about half the size of Brunei!  What a truely amazing family?!
Just under 10,000 hectares of Native Customary Rights land for RM5.5 million – Good work Elia!
Of course Elia is a very young lady, so the person who has actually been doing the boring work of dealing with the land registry on her behalf is shown in the official records to be one Joanna Kho, who happens to be her Mum's secretary.  Kho gives her telephone number as the main number for Parabena Sd Bhd.
But there is no doubt as to whom the beneficiary of all this is.  Elia is her mother's second child, born during the first of her three marriages.  Therefore her actual name is Elia Abas, the name of Raziah's first husband.  Elia Abas is a Director of Ikrar Bumi, as is her mother.  She also owns 998 of 1,000 shares of the company! Gosh!
Elia Abas owns 998 out of the 1,000 shares! Wow!
Elia's business acumen is further demonstrated by the fact that although Ikrar Bumi had only RM1,000 in shareholder capital, she has been able to convince her Uncle Taib that it is acceptable to purchase a RM5.5 million state asset with only a promise of future payment.  Why cannot the rest of Sarawak's youth just buck up and take notice and follow this shining example?  We should all feel ashamed to be poor when Elia manages to be so fabulously rich!
Where she will make her money?
However, Elia is still to close the deal by transferring her new lands for a multi-million profit to another gneuine plantation company which can actually get down to the business of sorting out any complaints from the natives and digging up their lands to plant oil palm.  After all you can't really expect a pretty, rich girl of such quality like her to dirty her hands with an actual job!
Joys of wealth, Elia and lucky husband No 2 - But don't be 'envious' demands Taib, follow Elia in taking the equal opportunities he has given you!
Normally, any protests about the 'provisional licence' sold on by the likes of Elia have been easily dealt with by such second parties.  They just lie.  The natives are told they have no rights and that the licence is not  provisional, but a full licence to log and then plant the land.  The stupid fellows are led to believe that they are not elegible for more than a few ringgit compensation!   If they do kick up a fuss, well then the gangsters move in and the police turn a blind eye until the issue is sorted out.
Well that is business for you and it is how the Taibs take advantage of their opportunities. You really do have to admire how clever they are, really don't you?  Amazing!   But, in fact, we are getting just a little bit worried on behalf of the stylish Elia. By this time, as the practice goes, she should have long-since washed her hands of the matter and sold on the licence to one of these enforcers for a fat profit.
But is the gravy train coming to an end for the Taibs?
Victors against Raziah's Quality Concrete – the Ibans of Kampong Ensika have won a restraining order against this Taib Land Grab
Confidentially, Sarawak Report's Tatler Correspondent is left wondering why Raziah and Robert have allowed such a long time to pass before encouraging their daughter to cash in on her profits and quickly distance herself?
Certainly, in previous years such a sale would have been conducted in a matter of days or weeks!   So has Elia been too diverted by the preparations for her three lavish wedding parties over the past couple of years?  Or could the family be encountering deeper problems?
Perhaps they are suddenly finding it rather hard to find a buyer willing to take on their hot potato?  Don't forget these days there could be a very messy and public court case now the angry locals have discovered what has happened.
Things are changing very fast on that front.  More and more of these situations are ending up in court, thanks to Land Rights Lawyers such as the new PKR leader Baru Bian.  He has 200 such cases going through the courts and has started winning against the Government of Taib Mahmud with frightening regularity!
So many pretty gems for Elia and her sisters! Rubies no less! - But might they have to tighten their purse strings if they cant steal more land?
And, of course there is another problem, which is that all these big oil palm companies want to look 'sustainable' these days.  It is the new fashion and Tatler says it is hot, hot, hot!  Meano Deforestation is out, Greenwash is in!
So, buying dodgy provsional licences off the internationally notorious Mahmud Family doesn't look at all good on the Annual Report and would involve a lot of explaining to shareholders and NGOs!  Best avoided. Look at the example just this week, when Mummy Raziah's own latest land grab in Simunjan, Sebangan was halted by the courts.  This is an expensive blow to Quality Concrete Sdn Bhd, which had taken on the area at enormous cost after a huge payout to Raziah.  They had even given her a position on their Board  and shares in the company to sweeten the deal!
So, could it be that pretty, clever, go-getting Elia is having a difficult time finding her buyer after all?  What was easy a couple of years back may not be so easy now!
Do not criticise the 'wealth creators' like Elia!
All this must be causing worrying moments for the the Chief Minister, who has been trying time and again in speech after speech to get it through to us that we must ENCOURAGE the wealth-creating activities of young ladies like Elia for the good of us all.
Where would we be without all her expenditure?  What about the jobs serving at her parties and cleaning after her (and writing about her)? We NEED her wealth!
Elia and her wealthy family live it up in Monaco last summer at the Islamic Fashion Show!
There is also the personal concern of the Chief Minister that his family may not yet be quite rich enough and of course he may have a whole lot more little ones to worry about very soon indeed with his lovely young wife, so many decades his junior.
For these reasons Taib is known to have started threatening the judges who have been finding against him in these cases and seeking to undermine their careers.  However, they are answering to the judgements of a higher court and have little option but to carry out the law.
Elia and her nice big house..... don't be 'envious' because you should have earned it (like Elia didn't)!
This all may mean that Elia will have to restrict herself to just two husbands.  Unlike her mother she may not be able to afford a third!



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