Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Labour pain

Labour pain

Labour pain

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 11:29 AM PST

Labour pain? You don't know anything about labour pain unless you are a porcupine!



Posted: 15 Feb 2011 12:49 AM PST

or you will be C4-nated. pew-pew-pew!

Subramaniam: "Mydaftar" Campaign to Target as Many Indians as Possible

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 04:02 AM PST

3 hours with MCMC 'detectives'

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 09:33 AM PST

I was interviewed for 3 hours at the MCMC yesterday (3.30-6.30PM) over my Sunday's posting 'Rais, you got the most powerful special officer'. I had to substantiate every para of the posting, in which I cooperated well.

The personnel in-charge was Mazlan Othman, MACC director of investigation. Nice, polite and tactful.

I believe the directive to call me up on a Public Holiday came from the top. However, it's okay for me. My ordeal in Baghdad in 1984 for taking a few photos in the street was the worst when the Iraqi police interrogated me for 9 hours! At the MCMC, I felt comfortable.

And so, I gave them the evidence which supported my story and it was confirmed that it came from 'inside'. Halfway, a MACC official called me for 'a date' to be fixed later.

I believe Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim didnt know about his special officer's activities at the MCMC of late. I am also convince he didnt sign any of those letters produced by the officer to influence MCMC board members to award the 1Malaysia netbook distributorship to 6 companies, of his and his friends'.

Where would the report go? AG chamber, I suppose! Anyway, its their job.

I will pursue this case. As of now, I'm really worn out...

we live in fear of extremist muslim in this country

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 09:04 AM PST

…. or in other words, there is no real religious freedom in our country.

every year in our church, come the lent season, the penang office for human development (POHD)t will launch the lenten campaign. all the churches in the diocese of penang will then organised activities or something to raise the awareness of lenten campaign.

basically, lent period is the 40 days before easter, and in this 40 days, catholics are to observe fasting, alms giving, good deeds  and prayer (in preparation for easter).  to make people aware of what they should do during the lent season, the lenten campaign is launched.  materials are provided by POHD to help in the lenten campaign. every year, there will be banners, posters, flyers and envelopes (for donations). every year, there will be a different theme. this year, the theme is 'light a life… as a family'.

ok, now where does the heading of my post comes in, you asked. well, take a look at the poster  for this year. what did you see?  in keeping with the theme, the picture is suppose to portray a family giving some aid to another family.  look carefully… what do you find wrong? er… no, nothing's wrong to me! so i should ask what do you think the extremist muslims and 'too careful' christians find it wrong?  the woman on the left (the one receiving the aid) wears a tudung… which obviously shows she is a muslim.

all the churches in the diocese of penang are suppose to put up the posters (and banners and distribute the flyers – which also contain the same 'family' picture). the priest in one of the church decided not to put up the poster because "i don't want the muslim to come to my church, throwing stones."

it's because of the 'tudung' woman, if the banner is displayed, people will start thinking why are we catholics helping muslim.  people on both side, mind you. the extremist muslim won't like the idea of catholics helping their brothers and sisters, while the 'too careful, trying to please everyone' catholics will wonder why we (actually meaning POHD) have the picture of a malay up, which will provoke some kind of action from the muslim. they remember too well the cow-head incident, the burning of churches incident and so on. that's why some were fearful something will happened if the banner is displayed in front of the church.

on the other hand, we also have some catholics who asked why are we helping the muslim when we should help our own catholics…. BUT then you will also hear some catholics saying, why should we only help our own catholcis, when we should help those of other faith too. in fact, we do help people of other faith of course but we do it quietly. this – the displaying of the banner (including distributing the flyers) – they said is too public.

so what is the answer then? churches that fear actions from extremist muslim will either NOT put up the banner or will re-do the banner.

i totally disagree with the priest and many of my catholic friends too who said, yes, we should not display the banner, we must be careful, we don't want any trouble, blah blah blah. if they decided on this – not to display the banner (or redo the banner) means… well, as my heading said it – but bear in mind, this is my OWN personal opinion -  they are living in fear of extremist muslim.  yes, if that's the case, it means, we can't practise our religion freely because of the fear of extremist breathing down our neck. sad, isn't it. sad.

Dr M: It is Pua's job to criticise. I see no wrong in the government explaining

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 08:53 AM PST

Is RM6 billion too much to spend on warships and is Malaysia engaging in an arms race? Maybe, is the considered opinion of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 

"We may not be good friends with our neighbour in the South but we have no intentions of going to war. Rather than buying all sorts of weapons, it would be better to use the money on other domestic needs," he said.

Commenting on Petaling Jaya Utara parliamentarian Tony Pua's claims that the ships are overpriced, Mahathir said: "It is (Pua's) job to criticise. I see no wrong in the government explaining why the costs are too high."

British PM Adopts Stray Cat

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 08:00 AM PST

BBC ONLINE 15 February 2011 Last updated at 13:19 GMT
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Reunion Again

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 07:26 AM PST

I have had such a busy day today that I have had no time to read the news or to write. I spent the day with my aunt from US who will be returning to San Francisco soon. We had lunch with my family and then went shopping at Gurney Plaza. I only got home by 6pm and rushed to do my housework before my dinner treat for two former students.

At 7 pm, my former student P'ng Zhen arrived with his girlfriend Carrie. His sister, Erene, could not join us as she was sick. We waited for Teng Chern to come and the PZ drove us to the restaurant where we had dinner.

Following that, we all adjourned to my place and chit-chatted till Suru, Teng Chern's girlfriend came over. We had a great time getting to know each other while my younger boy introduced his Transformers collection to PZ.

I am so happy that both boys are doing very well in Australia. Of course, I am also delighted that they have introduced their girlfriends to me and that we get along just fine. Those in the 1990's who keep in touch with me have connected me to their spouses and kids too!

Next month, I will be meeting up with Belinda Worthington and her family who will be in Penang for a short vacation. She has two lovely kids and resides in Melbourne. I last saw Belinda in 1995. I will also be meeting Carrie Khoo (whom I taught in 1987) who now lives in Singapore. I last saw her in 1992 and we lost touch but reconnected thanks to Facebook.

My deepest apologies to commenters for my slow response to their comments. I will certainly respond by tomorrow morning. I have to keep this short as I need to do my post for tomorrow morning. Take care and have a great day tomorrow. Rest well.

Mencari Makna Krisis Mesir

Posted: 14 Feb 2011 10:31 PM PST

Gerakan lashes back at Soi Lek over Kepong seat

Posted: 14 Feb 2011 11:23 PM PST

Kejadian Lucu di Awal Era Komputer

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 09:30 AM PST

Jim Cartlon, seorang wartawan Wall Street Journal, baru-baru ini mengumpulkan keluhan dari para pengguna komputer di Amerika.

Dan ternyata keluhan mereka jauh lebih "tolol" daripada yang kita kira. Berikut petikan keluhan-keluhan pengguna yang super konyol & "super dungu" itu :

1. Compaq pernah mempertimbangkan untuk mengubah perintah "Press ANY Key" menjadi "Press ENTER Key" disebabkan ramai yang menelefon menanyakan di mana letak kunci "ANY" di keyboard.

2. AST Technical Support menerima laporan pengguna kerana kesulitan menggunakan tetikus. Ketika pihak Techinal Support mengunjunginya, mereka menemukan mouse tersebut tidak boleh digunakan… karena masih terbungkus rapi di dalam plastiknya. Penggunanya (seorang wanita) takut dengan mouse (tetikus) sehingga tidak berani mengeluarkannya dari dalam plastik. Takut diserang tetikus komputer?

3. Di tahun 1980-an, ketika disket masih berukuran besar, ahli teknikal Compaq pernah menerima keluhan seorang pengguna yang disketnya tidak dibaca oleh drive-disk komputer. Setelah diselidiki, ternyata pengguna itu sebelumnya memasukkan disket ke dalam mesin tik dan mengetikkan label yang tertempel di disket itu.

4. Sebuah keluhan lain dari pengguna AST yang mengatakan disket mereka terkena virus yang sulit dibersihkan. Petugas AST meminta orang itu mengirimkan sesalinan disket yang terkena virus itu untuk diselidiki. Beberapa hari kemudian, petugas AST menerima fotokopi disket dari pengguna tersebut.

5. Seorang pengguna DELL mengeluhkan kalau dia tidak dapat mengirimkan fax melalui komputer. Setelah diarahkan selama 40 minit melalui telefon, petugas DELL menemukan yang pengguna itu telah cuba menghantar fax melalui komputer dengan cara memegang kertas yang akan di fax di depan monitor, sambil menekan tombol "SEND" di monitor.

6. Seorang pengguna DELL lain mengeluh kerana keyboard yang digunakannya sudah tidak dapat berfungsi sejak dibersihkan. Ketika ditanya caranya membersihkan keyboard, dia menjelaskan, "Saya mencuci dan menggosok semua bahagian keyboard dengan sabun, dan membilasnya dengan air, lalu menjemurnya."

7. Seorang pengguna DELL marah besar kerana tidak boleh menyalakan komputer yang baru dibelinya. "Semua sudah terpasang dengan baik. Tapi setiap kali saya tekan pedal kaki, tidak terjadi apa-apa." Setelah diselidiki ternyata "pedal kaki" yang dimaksud orang itu adalah : mouse.

8. Seorang lagi pengguna DELL marah besar kerana komputer barunya tidak nyala. Dia menjelaskan semua sudah terpasang dengan benar, dan ketika dia menunggu selama 20 minit, tidak terjadi apa-apa pada komputernya. Ketika ahli teknikal DELL menanyakan apakah "power switch" sudah dinyalakan, dia balik bertanya, "Power switch apa?"

9. Berikut adalah tanya-jawab antara petugas Novell NetWire dengan seorang pengguna :
Penelefon : Hello, dengan Tech Support?
Novell : Ya, boleh saya bantu?
Penelefon : Tempat letak cawan di PC saya patah. Apa mungkin saya dapat menggantinya?
Novell : Tempat letak cawan? Apakah itu hadiah semasa anda membeli komputer?
Penelefon : Tidak. Tempat letak cawan ini sudah ada di komputer saya. Dan ketika saya meletakkan gelas saya di atasnya, tempat letak cawan itu patah. Yang saya tahu, di bahagian depan Tempat letak cawan itu ada tulisan "CD-ROM, 16X".
(Saat itu juga, petugas Novell langsung mematikan telefon dan tertawa terbahak-bahak…)

Art within art

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 05:06 AM PST

How long has it been? I thought it was close to 30 years but I was wrong. It was much closer to 40 years. That's about how long it's been since I last met my cousin, Teddy. But I had gotten in touch with him again last month when I saw a piece of art in an exhibition in downtown George Town.

We had promised to meet up in person but it was not until today that we managed to do so at another art exhibition at 86 Armenian Street.

This time, he didn't have to share the limelight with anyone; it was his own solo exhibition, themed 7th Heaven. Do go there if you are the artsy-fartsy type and even if you're not, the artwork is guaranteed to impress you. The exhibition runs until 31 Mar 2011.

I'm going to show you a little view of one of Teddy's art pieces on display. It's lodged between two windows at the studio. But I want you to look at the greater picture too. Just as he creates art with his oils, I'm trying to show a bit of creativity with my cheap camera. So, without trying to over-shadow him - sorry, cousin - here are my impressions of the art studio itself.


My Balik Pulau: Pulau Pinang Saman Adun Umno & Utusan

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 06:30 AM PST

Risalah Balik Pulau: Pulau Pinang saman Adun Umno, Utusan

Kerajaan Pulau Pinang Pakatan Rakyat (PR) memutuskan untuk menyaman Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Umno kerusi Pulau Betong Muhammad Farid Saad dan Utusan Malaysia kerana terus membuat fitnah mengenai isu risalah My Balik Pulau kononnya lupa sejarah dan menghina orang Melayu.

Sehubungan itu, Ketua Menterinya Lim Guan Eng (gambar) berkata, beliau telah melantik firma guaman Karpal Singh & Co untuk menguruskan saman fitnah ke atas kedua-dua pihak berkenaan.

"Kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang akan melantik syarikat guaman Karpal Singh untuk keluarkan saman malu atas Adun Umno Pulau Betong Muhammad Farid Saad dan Utusan Malaysia dengan fitnah mereka pada 2 Februari lalu bertajuk bahawa kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang telah mengedarkan buku risalah My Balik Pulau.

"Dalam laporan bertajuk Lupa Sejarah, Hina Melayu, kerajaan negeri PR Pulau Pinang didakwa mengedarkan risalah yang memperlekehkan sumbangan dan peranan orang Melayu di Balik Pulau," kata beliau dalam satu kenyataan dikeluarkan hari ini.

Lim berkata, Utusan Malaysia milik Umno telah terus mangadu-dombakan isu itu dengan laporan susulan pada hari berikutnya yang berbentuk menghasut sentimen perkauman terhadap kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang kononnya mahu meminggirkan sumbangan orang Melayu.

"Umno, Farid dan Utusan Malaysia telah meludah ke langit kerana yang keluarkan risalah My Balik Pulau tidak lain, tidak bukan adalah kerajaan BN negeri yang lama," katanya, Lim berkata, risalah itu diluluskan oleh kerajaan negeri Barisan Nasional (BN) sebelum era 8 Mac 2008 dan sebelum PR mengambil alih tampuk pemerintahan kerajaan negeri.

"Maka Farid patut tahu kerana beliau adalah sebahagian daripada pentadbiran kerajaan negeri lama. Lagipun beberapa penyokong kuat Umno beliau adalah penyumbang ke atas keluaran My Balik Pulau ini," katanya lagi.

Lim menambah, sungguhpun kerajaan negeri telah menjelaskan perkara itu dan meminta Farid menarik balik dan meminta maaf atas sifat perkauman antibukan Melayu dengan pembohongan dan fitnah yang menganiayai kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang atas sesuatu yang bukan salahnya, Farid enggan buat demikian.

Sebaliknya kata beliau, Utusan Malaysia meneruskan laporan palsu yang mendakwa kerajaan negeri mengeluarkan risalah My Balik Pulau yang sebenarnya dikeluarkan oleh Umno dan kerajaan persekutuan.

"Oleh itu kerajaan negeri telah membuat keputusan pada mesyuarat Exco minggu lepas untuk saman malu Adun Umno ini kerana telah menggembar-gemburkan risalah My Balik Pulau dengan sentimen perkauman di Utusan Malaysia yang membuat laporan besar bertajuk 'lupa sejarah, hina Melayu'," kata Lim.

Lim yang juga Setiausaha Agung DAP Kebangsaan berkata, penasihat undang-undang negeri telah menasihatkan agar beliau sebagai Ketua Menteri mengeluarkan saman malu untuk mewakili kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang.

"Dalam keghairahan buat serangan hentam-keromo ke atas kerajaan negeri PR Pulau Pinang semua fakta dan kebenaran dilupai dan dibelakangkan.

"Sungguhpun yang bersalah adalah BN/Umno dan kerajaan persekutuan sendiri, serangan bertubi-tubi dijalankan ke atas kerajaan negeri PR Pulau Pinang yang dimangsakan sebagai kembiri hitam," kata beliau lagi.

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

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

'Christians sinful' remark by TV personality raises ire

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 06:32 AM PST

These people like to blame everyone except themselves for their shortcomings. Mat Rempit - blame Japanese for making fast and cheap bikes; Rape (including father rape daughter and grandfather rape granddaughter) and incest - Western influence on behavior and clothing of women forcing men to rape and availability of makeup sets causing girls to look too sexy, dressing provocatively; Baby dumping - Western influence and Valentines day; Snatch theft - no business or education opportunities resulting in poverty, have to resort to stealing, need 100% equity under NEP to improve; Business going bankrupt - unfair competition due to other races much more intelligent and hardworking, blame God.

'If Christianity is linked to immorality, then by logical conclusion, Islam is linked to world terrorism. How shallow can this ustazah's thinking be?'

TV9 apologises over guest panellist's remarks

YF: TV9 should get Siti Nor Bahyah Mahamood to apologise for her arrogant and misguided error. If she is unwilling to apologise then it is proof that Siti does not have the ability to tell the truth, what more be a mentor or motivator for Muslims.

If TV9 continues to show Siti's shows, then TV9 (and Astro) is promoting an Islam that condones lying and protects liars. Is that the kind of religious teaching you want your kids to watch? May God speak to you on this. Malaysiakini

When people invoke “democracy,” they mean much more: freedom, prosperity, good governance, social justice and peace

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 06:13 AM PST

Extracts taken from this source_The Star:Democracy can't be imposed. Ceritalah. By KARIM RASLAN

For democracy to work, there has to be a media that is free and fair as well as counter-veiling institutions: NGOs and law courts that are objective and above the fray.

First off, at least for me, the word "democracy" isn't just about elections.

When people invoke "democracy," they mean much more.

They mean freedom, prosperity, good governance, social justice and peace – in fact they're calling for the ends for which democracy has evolved and developed: societal goods that everyone can enjoy because democracy in itself serves no purpose if it doesn't enhance and strengthen these aspects of public life.

Indeed, democracy is merely the means to achieve a desired outcome.

At the same time, democracy in its narrowest sense isn't just a simple process of calling elections and voting.

In order for the process to work, there needs to be a media that is free and fair as well as counter-veiling institutions – NGOs and law courts that are objective and above the fray.

It's also important that there should be a 50:50 chance that the present bunch in government can be thrown out of office: otherwise why bother?

Elections that rubber-stamp the status quo are suspect at best and a sham at worst.

Contrary to what former US President George Bush, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (am I the only person that switches TV channels when the former British PM pops up with his sanctimonious rubbish?) and former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfield may think, democracy cannot be imposed by external forces.

You can't invade someone and thereby "free" them.

Such an idea is nonsensical.

Instead, democracy has to be organic, although it can be "seeded" from elsewhere.

Still, its evolution will depend on the local matrix of culture, religion, history and politics and while it may well be possible to exclude religion from democracy in an increasingly secular Europe, the same is not true of societies where faith plays a major role in public life – principally those in South-East Asia.

To deny this fact is to disregard reality.

Human nature further complicates the equation.

Men and women have shifting aspirations: in short we always want more, and democracy allows for this constant evolutionary process, responding and adapting to popular sentiment – something that dictators such as Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak found hard and indeed impossible to manage.

Interestingly, the drama in Egypt has drawn attention to Indonesia – an example of a majority Muslim nation that's made the transition to democracy.

Of course, there's also the prospect of Iran looming in the other much darker corner.

In Indonesia, democratisation has been fitful and at times painful, bloody and chaotic.

Indeed, the late President Abdurrahman Wahid's pluralist and democratic convictions is part of the reason that the republic was able to make the transition.

While there's no doubt that Indonesians are much better off now, the recent lynchings of Ahma­diyyah members is an indication of how much the country misses and needs leaders such as Gus Dur.

Pluralism and openness cannot be taken for granted.

It has to be guarded and fought for every step of the way.

In conclusion, the pro-democracy argument swept to victory in Hong Kong.

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AKB48 – Idols You Can Meet

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 06:00 AM PST

A self promotional, English subbed, official video of Japanese pop group AKB48, which summarises the group's ideology, activities and achievements.

AKB48 is one of the few Japanese artists who are relatively aggressive in exploring foreign markets. Their overseas appearances are still a handful at the moment, but the company seems ambitious to make the girls an international phenomenon.

AKB48 series – Previous: BLT magazine & kimono

AKB48 – Idols You Can Meet from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Saved by the music: Mary J. Blige on success

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 05:51 AM PST

(Source: The Sun)

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Converting by stealth, no integrity, dirty and low down

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 05:51 AM PST

Islamisation in national schools going overboard by Concerned Parent Not that this is unknown or new. However, as a parent, I found it quite disturbing that the Islamisation of national schools has reached an alarming state. Allow me to give you a first-hand insight. We had enrolled our daughter at a national school in Bandar Sri Damansara for Primary 1.

It happens in Texas too: Watch how it is slipped into the education system, stealthily.

What was supposed to be an eagerly anticipated 'graduation' into formal schooling turned out to be a worrying scenario that has caused us to rethink our future in this country as well as our plans for our kids. We had, of course, heard of the instances of the growing Islamic influence in national schools and some horror stories to go along with it. But perhaps we underestimated the level of abuse that was occurring.

Orientation was conducted on Jan 2 and the very first horror story to greet us was that all children were required to attend Arab language classes. Don't get me wrong. I am of the opinion that learning a foreign language is beneficial. However, in this case, rather than it coming across as such, the exercise smells of propaganda and a subtle attempt to reinforce Islamic principles on us - Muslims and non-Muslims alike. We insisted to the school that our children be exempt from the class. What perplexed us the most was the lack of options presented for non-Muslim students.

When we inquired, the response from the school was that there were no teachers for other languages, namely Mandarin or Tamil. Also, we were told that the children need not worry about the Arab classes as it was purely language and there were no elements of religion in it - something that we came to discover was not true.

This became apparent when this morning one of the parents chanced upon the Arab language teacher in class. Prior to starting the lesson, the teacher made all the students rise and lift their hands to recite the 'bismillah' prayer and other chants. There was no attempt to inform the non-Muslim students that they did not need to do so. Just imagine, these are impressionable seven-year-olds just out of kindergarten. The fact that there was no regard for the rights of the non-Muslim kids by these teachers was just unbelievable!

One would easily be tempted to think that this was part of a bigger plan to influence non-Muslim children into embracing Islamic way of life. This should not be happening in national schools. There was more to come. Not only was it necessary for the children (Muslims) to start off the assembly with an Islamic prayer, the teachers also made it a point to enforce this before and after recess. The students would be ushered out of the classrooms and be made to line up prior to visiting the canteen.

But just before that, the 'bismillah' prayer is recited (again there were attempts to inform the non-Muslims that they were not required to do so) and once recess is over, the Muslim students are again required to recite another prayer. All this is done together with the non-Muslim students. Would this not confuse a child that is eager to learn and yet be constantly reminded that they should not do this and that?

There are a lot more examples but I just wanted to highlight the crux of the matter. I just cannot comprehend the need for all this when, at national schools it is sound education and growth of the children that matters. The religious needs are already met by the agama/moral studies classes, so why the need for Arab classes? What is the objective of these programmes?

Why is there no proper alternative for those who do not practice Islam?

What scares me the most is that this is being practiced or implemented at the national level.If this is the case, then why talk of national integration and a new education blueprint? How can you achieve this with so many divisive policies? To say I am disappointed is an understatement. I just hope that common sense will prevail - but as they say, common sense is not so common after all.

The school later did accede to our request to have the children segregated during Arab classes, but after having one too many encounters with the lackadaisical attitude of the teachers, we are not convinced.

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Mesir: Ikhwanul Muslimin Akan Daftar Sebagai Parti Politik

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 05:54 AM PST

Kaherah - Pasca perletakan jawatan Presiden Mesir Husni Mubarak, Ikhwanul Muslimin merancang untuk membentuk parti politik. Ikhwan akan segera berubah menjadi sebuah parti politik setelah peraturan mengenai kepartian di negara itu diubah.

Dalam pernyatannya, Ikhwan menyatakan keinginannya untuk menjadi parti politik sejak beberapa tahun lalu. Namun semasa pemerintahan Mubarak, organisasi itu terhalang dengan peraturan tentang pembentukan parti politik.

"Saat keinginan untuk dapat membentuk membentuk parti wujud, kami akan membentuk parti politik," demikian isi pernyataan Ikhwan seperti dikutip Reuters, Selasa (15/2/2011).

Ikhwan didirikan oleh ulama berpengaruh Hasan Albana pada 1920. Pendirian organisasi ini tidak terlepas dari keadaan sosio politik dan agama di Mesir. Mubarak selama ini memberikan kesempatan bagi Ikhwan untuk menjalankan aktivitinya, namun tidak boleh bersentuhan dengan politik.

Sebelumnya, Ikhwan menyatakan tidak berminat untuk turut serta dalam pemilihan presiden dan angota parlimen pada pemilihan umum akan datang. Tentera saat ini memegang tampuk pemerintahan setelah Mubarak menyerahkan mandatnya pada Jumaat minggu lalu.

Dewan tentera menyatakan akan menyerahkan kepemimpinan Mesir kepada rakyat dan menegakkan sistem demorkasi di Mesir.

Entertainment roundup (February 15, 2011)

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 05:06 AM PST

Korean model Kim In-aeEntertainment snippet from various sources…

[1] Shu Qi poses in snow.

[2] Japanese win Grammys.

[3] SNSD Yoona Innisfree promo pics.

[4] SNSD SPAO Star Hoodie wallpapers.

[5][6] Kim In-ae in hoodies too (pic).

[7] Lee Hyori on OhBoy magazine.

[8] Asian-American concert in Boston, Mar 4.

[9] The Grammy's official Youtube channel.

Entertainment roundup (February 15, 2011) from YeinJee's Asian Blog

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