Monday, March 14, 2011

DNA: Datuk Najib Altantuya, Razak Baginda makan semeja dlm gambar!

DNA: Datuk Najib Altantuya, Razak Baginda makan semeja dlm gambar!

DNA: Datuk Najib Altantuya, Razak Baginda makan semeja dlm gambar!

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 10:04 AM PDT

In tit for tat, Anwar to revive Altantuya issue

May be a bit too late for Anwar to revive the 'Altantuya' issue. 

Najib has already won the perception war. 'I never knew Altantuya,' he swore.

How will D.N.A respond to Anwar? In his usual fashion, he will just say, 'Frivolous.'

>>> Play back to:

Saturday June 30, 2007

Picture causes ruckus in court

THERE was a heated exchange among lawyers and prosecutors during the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial following a witness' testimony that she had seen a picture of the deceased and Abdul Razak Baginda with a government official.
In the aftermath, a police report was lodged against one of the defence lawyers while the grudge between a veteran counsel and the lead DPP intensified.
It began when Burmaa Oyunchimeg, a cousin of Altantuya, was being re-examined by DPP Manoj Kurup on a contention made by lawyer Wong Kian Kheong on Thursday.
Daily ritual: Abdul Razak waving to his family members as he is escorted to the courthouse yesterday along with C/Insp Azilah and Kpl Sirul Azhar who have always arrived with jackets covering their faces.
The 26-year-old witness was asked why she disagreed with Wong, the counsel for Abdul Razak Baginda, that she did not have personal knowledge of how Altantuya disappeared.
Her answer was that she knew Altantuya came here to see "Razak Baginda."
"She only knew Razak Baginda in Malaysia. I knew why she wanted to see Razak Baginda because I've seen a picture of Altantuya, Razak Baginda and a government official."
DPP Manoj immediately stopped her from continuing, and repeated his question.
Burmaa said Altantuya's second cousin Namiraa Gerelmaa and friend Uuriintuya Gal-Ochir had told her about it.
Just before the witness was discharged, lawyer Karpal Singh, who represents the family of the victim and the Mongolian government, asked to pose two questions and clarify the testimony on the "government official."
The moment "government official" was mentioned, lawyer Hazman Ahmad representing C/Insp Azilah Hadri and lead prosecutor DPP Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah stood up almost simultaneously to deny that there was such evidence.
A commotion followed as Hazman and DPP Tun Abd Majid continued to dispute Karpal Singh's observations while Justice Mohd Zaki checked his notes.
In the midst of it, Burmaa put up her right hand and said loudly: "Yes, I said that."
"In Hong Kong ... after Altantuya came back from France, she went to Hong Kong to meet me to show me the picture," she said as the judge replied that he had not noted that part down earlier.
At this point, Hazman and DPP Tun Abd Majid began quarrelling with Karpal Singh over the matter.
After the commotion, Justice Mohd Zaki finally made a ruling that since he had missed the part, Karpal Singh could proceed to ask about the "government official."
Karpal Singh: You said after Altantuya came back from France, she showed you a picture. Can you tell us what the picture was?
Burmaa: There was a picture ... having a meal. A picture of Altantuya having a meal with Razak Baginda and a Malaysian government official and other people.
Karpal Singh: Who was the government official in the photo?
Justice Mohd Zaki: You should ask her whether she knows him or not.
Burmaa: Najib Razak. I remember the name Najib Razak because the name Razak is the same. I thought maybe they were brothers.
Justice Mohd Zaki: What is the relevance of this to the charge?
Hazman: Political basis.
DPP Tun Abd Majid: Irrelevant.
Karpal Singh: The relevance is in the affidavit of the third accused (Abdul Razak), he had mentioned that the ADC of Najib Razak, the police officer ...
Burmaa: (Putting up her right hand to interrupt) The picture was even shown to her (Altantuya's) father.
Karpal Singh: It was the ADC that directed and who helped in the three police personnel going to the house of Razak to take Altantuya away.
DPP Tun Abd Majid: DSP Musa Safri is listed as a witness in our list. You can examine him when he is called to testify later.
Hazman: It's subjudice. The witness (DSP Musa) has not been called yet. This witness (Burmaa) is being coached. If he wants to make allegations, I also can make.
Karpal Singh: There is an allegation of coaching. My Lord, would he withdraw that? This witness has not been coached.
DPP Tun Abd Majid: What is the purpose of watching brief? To safeguard the interest of the victim's family. You are not here to turn this court into a political forum. This is a court of law... The AG (Attorney-General) has given his assurance that we will produce everything in court leaving no stone unturned.
Wong, suddenly stood up to implore all parties including the press to allow his client Abdul Razak to defend against a capital punishment charge through the process of law.
Justice Mohd Zaki: I've been thinking, what is your purpose of watching brief, Mr Karpal?
Karpal Singh: My Lord, it's to make sure everything comes out in the open.
The judge then told the court what he had recorded so far and that he was not allowing Karpal Singh to ask Burmaa any further questions. He then adjourned the court.
After the break, DPP Tun Abd Majid asked if Burmaa's testimony about the picture would form part of the evidence.
The judge replied: "It is part of the record. Unless both sides want to pursue further on the replies?"
When Justice Mohd Zaki saw that no one had stood up, he discharged Burmaa from the stand.
Up to this point, the alleged photograph had not been produced in court.
After the proceedings ended at noon, Burmaa lodged a police report against Hazman over his allegation that she had been coached on how to give evidence in the trial.

stop sexual crimes!

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 09:49 AM PDT

beside the film screening of the exiled documentaries on the bakun dam, this saturday, there is also another interesting event in penang on saturday – a walk organised by the women's centre for change. The objective is  to spread the message that sexual crime sagainst women and children should be stop.

the walk will start at queensbay at 6.00pm. before 6.00pm, there will be many NGO stalls up for you to visit, and after the walk, there will be live performances. it will be a fun filled event for the whole family. do come and have fun, and at the same time, do your civic duty to help in promoting the message that sexual crimes should be stop. for details, please visit the women's centre for change website.

It is time to be afraid...

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 09:49 AM PDT

What has the world come to, when the most powerful economic houses are drowning in deficits. And it becomes apparent that when there are such enormous deficits, that the nations are ill equip to take any other shocks or contingencies in their systems. Japan is now a prime example. Potentially digging into international reserves for rebuilding effort, selling bonds thereby destabilising the US market, slow down in production that may disrupt that little growth it has, inability to adjust interest rates because it is already so very low... with all the brainpower in technology and economics, we are witnessing top economies straight-jacketed about what they can do, their options dwindling. What if another major disaster strikes? What if the middle east flares up in political conflagaration?

Bringing the focus back home to Malaysia, we too have a very significant deficit, but the government keeps spending. Isn't it time Malaysians rise in anger like the tea party in the US? We can't afford indiscriminate spending, made worse not just by bad judgment, but by endemic corruption. It is amazing that majority Malaysians haven't woken up yet to the massive damage that BN is causing to our system - politically, institutionally, economically, education, social..our very future. BN is malignant leukemia in our system. It is a force of malevolence that feeds and grows strong on the complacency of Malaysians.

What's the opposition doing?

You are still making measured criticisms.

We're past measured criticisms. It's about time you get angry. It's about time you paint a real, graphic picture not only for the next few months, but the next decade of the cesspool that Malaysia is sinking into so that the message - the right message - and the correct message - gets through the numbskull of whole generations of unthinking, uncritical Malaysians - no doubt a product of our ineffective education system.

If efficient Japan can sink into the despair of today (but without doubt they will rebuild because they are resilient peoples), think of what a laid back Malaysia with no real innovation can do when a major challenge comes our way. We won't have anymore cash to relieve suffering, much less rebuild.

Isn't that reason enough to PANIC, NOW?

film screening of exiled documentaries

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 09:37 AM PDT

anyone of you remember the tv2 documentary on bakun dam that was taken off the air, and the producer, chou, was sacked? only 2 episodes of his documentary was shown on TV and he was sacked. well, now you have a chance to watch the movie brought to you by a few NGOs. here are the details:

Penang Chinese Town Hall Youth Section, SUARAM (Penang branch), Student Progressive Front (SPF) USM, Persatuan Bahasa Tionghua (PBT) USM, Penang Diocese Campus Ministry Office and Sembang-sembang Forum would like to invite you to attend the screening of documentary "Exiled" in Penang. We will organise two sessions of screening in Penang which will be in English and Chinese. Please refer to the detail as below:

*Film Screening of "Exiled" documentaries and sharing (Mandarin session)*

*Date :18.3.2011 (Friday)*
*Time :8.00 pm – 11.00pm*

*Venue :2nd floor, Penang Chinese Town Hall (PCTH)
a) Bakun Trilogy: Episode 1 Flood (42mins)
b) Bakun Trilogy: Episode 2 Injustice (48mins)
c) Defend Our Homeland (60mins)

*Film Screening of "Exiled" documentaries and sharing (English session)*

*Date :19.3.2011 (Saturday)*
*Time : 2.00 pm – 5.00pm*

*Venue :Caring Society Complex, Jalan Utama, Penang*

a) Bakun Trilogy: Episode 1 Flood (42mins)
b) Bakun Trilogy: Episode 2 Injustice (48mins)
c) Defend Our Homeland (60mins)

Free admission. Through these films, we hope to engage people in Penang to have a better understanding on Sarawak issues and some other community issues. We also strongly recommend all Sarawakians in Penang, people who are facing community issues like land, telecommunication towers, urban and town planning etc to join us to for exchange of views.

We sincerely look forward to your enthusiastic participation. Thank you.

Please kindly contact Ong Jing Cheng 012-7583779 for further information.

(btw, the screenings had been held at other states before and will also be held at some other states.  please visit the people's documentary blog for the programme.

Councillor May Face The Sack

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 09:00 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA (March 13, 2011): A Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) councillor is in hot soup following allegations that she abused her power in trying to get a disabled trader at the Taman Megah market to move to the back.

Tiew Way Keng is currently the subject of two police reports and an MBPJ inquiry. If she is found to be at fault, she could face the sack.

State government officials

Engkaulah Suami Yang Aku Impikan

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 09:28 AM PDT

Ketika engkau mencintaiku, engkau menghormatiku. Dan ketika engkau membenciku, engkau tidak mendzalimiku. (Dr. Ramdhan Hafidz)

Aku masih ingat saat malam pertama kita, saat itu engkau mengajakku soalat Isya' berjamaah. Setelah berdoa engkau kecup keningku lalu berkata: "Dinda, aku ingin engkau menjadi pendampingku Dunia-Akhirat".

Mendengar ucapan itu, akupun menangis terharu. Malam itu engkau menjadi sosok seperti Sayidina Ali yang bersujud semalam suntuk kerana bersyukur mendapatkan sosok isteri seperti Siti Fatimah. Apakah begitu berharganya aku bagimu sehingga engkau mensyukuri kebersamaan kita?

Malam itu, aku tidak dapat mengungkapkan rasa syukurku ini dengan ucapan. Aku hanya mampu mengikutimu, bersujud di atas hamparan sajadah. Tanpa bisa aku membendung air mata ini tiada hentinya mengalir kerana mensyukuri anugerah Allah yang diberikan padaku dalam bentuk dirimu.

Akupun berikrar, aku ingin menjadi sosok seperti Siti Fatimah, dan aku akan berusaha menjadi isteri sebagaimana yang engkau impikan.

Dan ternyata sujud itu bukan hanya di saat malam pertama, setiap kali aku terbangun pada akhir sepertiga malam, ku lihat engkau sedang bersujud dengan penuh kekhusu'an.

Aku kadang-kadang iri dengan kesolihanmu, engkau terlena dalam sujudmu sedang aku berbaring di atas katil yang empuk dengan sejuta mimpi. Kenapa engkau tidak membangunkan aku? Padahal aku ingin bermakmum padamu agar kelak aku tetap menjadi isterimu di surga. Aku hanya merasakan kecupan hangat melengkapi tidur malamku saat engkau terbangun untuk melakukan solat malam. Apakah kecupan itu sebagai isyarat agar aku terbangun dari tidurku dan melaksanakan solat berjamaah bersamamu? Atau kerana engkau tidak tega membangunkan aku saat engkau melihat begitu pulasnya aku dalam tidurku?

Aku yakin, dengan ketaatanmu pada agama, engkau akan membahagiakanku dunia-akhirat. Tidakkah agama kita mengajarkan bagaimana suami harus menyayangi isteri, membuatnya bahagia, melindungi dan membuatnya tersenyum. Dan sebaliknya, isteri harus berbakti, melayani dan membuat suaminya terpesona padanya.

Aku tidak peduli siapakah engkau, miskin dan kaya tidak ada bezanya bagiku. Aku hanya tertarik pada sosokmu yang bersahaja dan sederhana. Raut wajahmu yang penuh dengan keikhlasan membuatku ingin selalu menatapnya. Lembutnya sifatmu membuatku yakin bahwa engkau adalah suami yang dapat menerima segala pemberian Tuhan dan akan menyayangiku apa adanya.

Aku tidak peduli dengan rumah comel dan sederhana yang engkau persembahkan untuk kita tempati bersama. Rumah yang hanya terdiri dari ruang tamu, kamar kita, dan satu ruangan yang berisi buku-buku terutama buku agama. Namun dari rumah yang comel ini, aku melihat taman surgawi menjelma di sini. Aku yakin engkau adalah sosok suami yang tekun belajar dan memahami agama, dan dengan bekal ini aku yakin engkau dapat membimbingku untuk meraih syurga ilahi. Sebagaimana agama kita telah mengisyaratkan bahawa, barang siapa berjalan dijalan ilmu, maka Allah akan mempermudah jalan menuju ke syurga.

Saat kulihat engkau begitu berbakti kepada kedua orang tuamu dan senang menjalin silaturahim, aku yakin engkau akan berlaku baik pada anak-isterimu. Aku lihat engkau jarang sekali berbicara, tapi masya Allah kalau sedang bekerja, engkau menjadi sosok yang tekun dan rajin.

Dan dari cara tutur katamu, aku mendengar kata-kata mutiara yang penuh hikmah, sehingga yang tergambar dalam fikiranku adalah sosok Lukmanul Hakim, sosok suami dan ayah yang selalu mendidik keluarganya, mengajarkan anaknya untuk tidak menyekutukan Allah.

Sungguh aku bangga mempunyai suami sepertimu melebihi kebanggaanmu padaku. Aku lebih memerlukanmu jauh melebihi keperluanmu padaku. Terima kasih suamiku, kerana engkau telah membimbingku… -dakwatuna

History Lessons Again - Smile!

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 08:21 AM PDT

Since last Friday evening, I have been feeling blue about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. While I am relieved that all my friends are safe in other parts of Japan, I have been deeply saddened by the vast destruction that occurred in the twinkling of an eye. The pain, grief, trauma and deep sense of loss will surely resonate down the passage of time.

This afternoon, I felt much better because I met up with two former students whom I taught in 1988 and 1989. Stephanie and Carrie (her younger sister) each has three kids. It has been 23 years since I last saw them and I was really touched when they messaged me in FB about giving me and two other former colleagues a lunch treat at the CRC Restaurant.

Since coming home from lunch, I have been keeping abreast with various online news websites and trying to make sense of the madness but when I saw the images, I was deeply troubled. In an attempt to smile and be happier, I went through my archives and decided to repost the following list of interesting responses. They are oldies but still goodies. Hope they bring many smiles to your face. Take care and have a good rest! Good night!

The following were answers provided by 6th graders during history tests. Watch the spelling! Some of the best humor is in the misspelling.

1. Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.

2. Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.

3. Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.

4. The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.

5. Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice.

6. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.

7. In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the java.

8. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out: "Tee hee, Brutus."

9. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw.

10. Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah."

11. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible.

Another important invention was the circulation of blood.

Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking.

Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper.

12. The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter.

Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couple. Romeo's last wish was to be laid by Juliet.

Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote.

The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.

13. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress.

Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence.

Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two cats backward and declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot stand." Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.

14. Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands.

Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. They believe the assassinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor This ruined Booth's career.

15. Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic.

Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large.

16. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.

17. The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine.

The invention of the steam-boat caused a network of rivers to spring up.

Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbits. Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species.

Madman Curie is covered the radio. And Karl Marx became one of the Marx Brothers.

Keep smiling! Take care and don't forget to pray for Japan. Thanks!

[Bergambar] Imej Satelit Sebelum-Sesudah Tsunami

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 08:00 AM PDT

Imej-imej satelit dramatis keadaan Jepun bahagian timur sebelum dan sesudah bencana mengungkapkan betapa besarnya kehancuran yang disebabkan tsunami hebat yang melanda kawasan itu setelah gempa berkekuatan 9.0, Jumaat (11/3/2011).

Gambar-gambar tersebut, yang disusun Google, NASA, Pusat Aerospace Jerman dan Organisasi Antariksa Nasional Taiwan, mengungkapkan seberapa jauh dinding air menerjang daratan serta jejak kehancuran yang ditinggalkannya.

Gambar-gambar itu menunjukkan lumpur hitam di ladang yang sebelumnya hijau.

Kebanyakan jembatan tampaknya bertahan, beberapa hilang dalam gambar pasca-tsunami dan infrastruktur pengangkutan lainnya tersapu atau terkubur di bawah lapisan puing.

Meskipun sejumlah gambar diambil dua hari setelah gempa dan tsunami, gambar-gambar itu menunjukkan bahawa kebakaran terus berkobar saat pasukan penyelamat berjuang untuk menjangkau daerah yang luas tersebut.

Gambar-gambar itu sekarang digunakan oleh lembaga-lembaga yang melakukan penyelamatan dan pencarian di daerah itu dalam upaya untuk memetakan kawasan yang rosak sehingga bantuan dapat disalurkan. -dailymail

Sebuah komuniti pesisir di Natori disapu hanyut tanpa sisa dari muka bumi.

Ladang-ladang hijau di Torinoumi berubah menjadi coklat hancur binasa setelah tsunami surut.

Higashi Matsushima, bahagian timur laut Jepun memperlihatkan keadaan seberapa jauh air masuk ke darat.

Inilah imej satelit milik NASA sebelum dan sesudah tsunami melanda pesisir pantai timur Jepun.

British sniper kills two Taliban... with one bullet

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 07:23 AM PDT

Operating from a remote patrol base in Helmand, two British snipers were responsible for killing 75 Taliban fighters in just 40 days. In one remarkable feat of marksmanship, two insurgents were dispatched with a single bullet.

Soldiers from 4 Rifles check the bodies of the two Taliban killed with one bullet fired by
Rifleman Mark Osmond, while local children look on
(Telegraph) The arrival at the newly-established Patrol Base Shamal Storrai (Pashto for "North Star") in late August 2009 of Serjeant Tom Potter and Rifleman Mark Osmond marked the start of an astonishing episode in the history of British Army sniping.

Within 40 days, the two marksmen from 4 Rifles, part of the Welsh Guards Battle group, had achieved 75 confirmed kills with 31 attributed to Potter and 44 to Osmond. Each kill was chalked up as a little stick man on the beam above the firing position in their camouflaged sangar beside the base gate – a stick man with no head denoting a target eliminated with a shot to the skull.

Osmond, 25, was an engaging, fast-talking enthusiast, eager to display his encyclopedic knowledge of every specification and capability of his equipment. He had stubbornly remained a rifleman because he feared that being promoted might lead to his being taken away from sniping, a job he loved and lived for. Potter, 30, was more laid back, projecting a calm professionalism and quiet confidence in the value of what he did.

Potter had notched up seven confirmed kills in Bara in 2007 and 2008 while Osmond's total was 23. Both were members of the Green Jackets team that won the 2006 British Army Sniper Championships.

On one occasion they killed eight Taliban in two hours, 'I wasn't comfortable with it at first,' said Osmond, 'you start wondering is it really necessary?' But the reaction of the locals soon persuaded him. 'We had people coming up to us afterwards, not scared to talk to us. They felt they were being protected'.

Most of the kills were at a range of 1,200 metres using the 7.62 mm L96 sniper rifle.

The snipers used suppressors, reducing the sound of the muzzle blast. Although a ballistic crack could be heard, it was almost impossible to work out where the shot was coming from. With the bullet travelling at three times the speed of sound, a victim was unlikely to hear anything before he died.

Walkie-talkie messages revealed that the Taliban thought they were being hit from helicopters. The longest-range shot taken was when Potter killed an insurgent at 1,430 metres away. But the most celebrated shot of their tour was by Osmond at a range of just 196 metres.

On September 12th, a known Taliban commander appeared on the back of a motorcycle with a passenger riding pillion. There was a British patrol in the village of Gorup-e Shesh Kalay and under the rules of engagement, the walkie-talkie the Taliban pair were carrying was designated a hostile act. As they drove off, Osmond fired warning shots with his pistol and then picked up his L96, the same weapon – serial number 0166 – he had used in Iraq and on the butt of which he had written, 'I love u 0166'.

Taking deliberate aim, he fired a single shot. The bike tumbled and both men fell onto the road and lay there motionless. When the British patrol returned, they checked the men and confirmed they were both dead, with large holes through their heads.

The 7.62 mm bullet Osmond had fired had passed through the heads of both men. He had achieved the rare feat of 'one shot, two kills' known in the sniping business as 'a Quigley'. The term comes from the 1990 film Quigley Down Under in which the hero, played by Tom Selleck, uses an old Sharps rifle to devastating effect.

Potter and Osmond's working day would begin around 7 am and end a dozen or so hours later at last light. Up to about 900 metres, they would aim at an insurgent's head, beyond that at the chest.

Often, Potter would take one side of a compound and Osmond the other. Any insurgent moving from one side to the other was liable to be shot by the second sniper if the first had not already got him. Each used the scopes on the rifles to spot for the other man, identifying targets with nicknames to do with their appearance.

A fighter wearing light blue was dubbed 'the Virgin Mary' and one clad in what looked like sackcloth was referred to as 'Hesco man', after the colour of the base's Hesco barriers. Both the Virgin Mary and Hesco man were killed.

Others were given a nickname because of their activities, like Hashish man, a Taliban who doubled up as a drug dealer. Occasionally, insurgents got posthumous monikers. If one target presented himself, both snipers aimed at him simultaneously in a coordinated shoot.

"Everybody you hit they drop in a different way,' says Potter. 'We did a co-ord shoot on to the one bloke and he just looked like he just fell through a trap door. So we called him Trapdoor Man."

Major Mark Gidlow-Jackson, their company commander, describes Potter and Osmond as the "epitome of the thinking riflemen" that his regiment sought to produce. "They know the consequences of what they're doing and they are very measured men. They are both highly dedicated to the art of sniping. They're both quiet, softly spoken, utterly charming, two of the nicest men in the company, if the most dangerous."

Serjeant Potter and Rifleman Osmond are identified by pseudonyms for security reasons.
Hat tip : Eye On The World

The exhibition & the desperate housewife…

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 07:20 AM PDT

There was an exhibition in Sunway College Ipoh on Sunday 13th March, organised by Perak Women for Women (PWW) in conjunction with International Women's Day, and in collaboration with Sunway College Open Day.

I was however unable to participate as I had family matters to attend to. My niece got married over the weekend.

The vice-chairman couldn't make it as he is currently undergoing a second round of chemo treatment for his cancer.

Our honorary secretary couldn't make it either as she's overseas until the coming weekend.

So I had to depend on the other volunteers to take charge. During our last board meeting, nobody volunteered to take charge for the whole day so we had one person in charge of the morning session and another for the afternoon session. Luckily our part time staff, who took charge of the exhibition booth of another organisation, had her booth just next to ours, so she could monitor our booth as well. Apparently the volunteers who were able to be on duty for the day were the more reserved type who were rather shy to approach the public.

Well, there is another exhibition coming up on 26th March and this time, insyaAllah, I should be around. Hopefully I can get a few volunteers, especially the trainees, to help me out. At least they can get some exposure as well.

Anyway, remember Shidah, the lady who was abused by her husband? I had earlier told her to call me or directly call the number of PWW if she needed help. PWW had been handling a lot of cases where the wives got beaten up by their husbands, and so I figured they'd know better what to do.

But Shidah never did call and the one time that I called her, she told me she was okay. I did get missed calls from her after that but when I returned the calls, she never answered. My guess is when I returned the calls, her husband was around and so she didn't dare answer.

However this afternoon I received a call from her…

Shidah: Hello, ini Kakak Afizah?

Afizah: Ya, saya. Siapa ni?

Shidah: Saya Shidah, kakak ingat saya?

*With her Malay in Thai dialect, I immediately figured out who she was.

Shidah: Saya kena pukul lagi kakak. Sekarang saya mau talifon pun susah, suami saya check talifon saya. Ini saya curi-curi talifon kakak.

Shidah needs to go to the hospital this Wednesday for her blood test, and despite the fact that her husband usually locks Shidah at home, he'd always send her to the hospital for her appointments/blood tests. So Shidah wants to take the opportunity to see me at the hospital. I agreed.

Right now I'm hoping to get someone from PWW to come along with me to the hospital to meet up with Shidah so we could discuss and plan what to do. Having her blood test done this week means her appointment with the doctor is coming up soon. If we can plan something this week, then maybe we can take the next course of action during her appointment with the doctor…

Rosmah oh Rosmah…

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 05:16 AM PDT

Kelantan Tunggu Kedatangan Chua Soi Lek

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 06:55 AM PDT

Nik Aziz tunggu MCA tanpa syarat

Menteri Besar Kelantan Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat bersedia menerima kunjungan pemimpin MCA bagi membincangkan pengharaman jualan loteri di negeri itu tanpa sebarang syarat, kata setiausaha akhbarnya.

Ahmad Fadhli Shaari berkata, tarikh dan tempat pertemuan itu bagaimanapun akan ditentukan kemudian, dijangka lusa (Rabu), apabila beliau pulang daripada menghadiri program di Kedah.

"Kita mengalu-alukan kesediaan MCA untuk bertemu dengan Tok Guru (Nik Aziz). Beliau terbuka, tak ada masalah," katanya yang juga ketua penerangan Pemuda PAS negeri.

Ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini hari ini, Ahmad Fadhli berkata, pihaknya dimaklumkan oleh MCA semalam berhubung perkara itu.

Semalam, setelah ditimbulkan dalam mesyuarat jawatankuasa pusat MCA, presidennya Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek berkata pihaknya mahu bertemu Nik Aziz bagi mendapatkan penjelasan berhubung tindakan kerajaan Kelantan itu.

Katanya, kecuali Nik Aziz, MCA tidak beminat berjumpa dengan sesiapapun bagi mendapatkan penjelasan kenapa pengharaman dibuat itu dibuat selepas 20 tahun PAS berkuasa di Kelantan. -mk

Haram loteri: MCA mahu jumpa MB Kelantan

MCA akan mengadakan pertemuan dengan menteri besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat bagi mendapatkan penjelasan berhubung tindakan Kelantan mengharamkan penjualan tiket loteri di negeri itu.

Presiden MCA Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek berkata perkara itu ditimbulkan dalam mesyuarat jawatankuasa pusat parti itu petang ini.

"Pejabat saya telah hubungi pejabat menteri besar Kelantan untuk (tetapkan) tarikh sesuai bagi kita bertemu dan mendapatkan penjelasan daripadanya.

"Kami tidak beminat untuk berjumpa dengan sesiapapun selain Nik Aziz kerana beliau diiktiraf sebagai (mursyidul am) PAS.

"Kita tidak berminat untuk berdebat dengan sesiapapun... Kita cuma mahu faham, kenapa selepas 20 tahun barulah (langkah pengharaman) dikuatkuasakan," kata Chua lagi dalam satu sidang media di ibu pejabat parti itu petang ini.

Tambahnya, parti itu juga mahu menegaskan kepada Nik Abdul Aziz bahawa MCA tidak menggalakkan masyarakat untuk berjudi.

"Judi bukan satu budaya orang Cina... Tapi ini adalah soal kebebasan untuk memilih seperti yang terkandung dalam perlembagaan.

"Kita tidak akan terima nilai yang dikenakan ke atas kita oleh agama lain," katanya lagi.

Tambahnya, MCA juga akan menyokong tindakan undang-undang yang akan diambil oleh salah seorang anggota jawatankuasa pusat parti itu ke atas Majlis Perbandaran Kota Baru - Bandar Raya Islam.

Chua berkata, Datuk Ti Lian Ker akan mengambil tindakan itu memandangkan pihak berkuasa tersebut bertanggungjawab menguatkuasakan pengharaman berkenaan.

"Kita mahu mahkamah buat keputusan sama ada tindakan ini selari dengan perlembagaan," kata Chua lagi.- mk

Ulasan GB

Kita cuma mahu faham, kenapa selepas 20 tahun barulah (langkah pengharaman) dikuatkuasakan," kata Chua lagi dalam satu sidang media di ibu pejabat parti ..

Kita juga mahu tahu, kenapa selepas 20 tahun (PAS memerintah Kelantan dan telah melaksanakan pelbagai pembaharuan bersandarkan Islam) barulah sekrang MCA mahu jumpa TGNA?

Walau bagaimanapun, kita ucapkan kepada Chua Soi Lek dan pimpinan MCA supaya teruskan lawatannya ke Kelantan dan bertemu TG Nik Aziz.

Di sana anda akan temui jawapan terhadap segala persoalan yang anda kebingungan selama ini hasil dari persahabatan anda dengan UMNO yang telah banyak menyelewengkan ajaran Islam.

Kalau boleh bawa seramai mungkin ahli-ahli MCA untuk lihat sendiri bagaimana kehidupan masyarakat tionghua di Kelantan daripada anda menuduh yang bukan-bukan.

Kes Bekas Setiausaha Politik Menteri Disebut Semula 8 April

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 06:06 AM PDT

Butterworth:: Mahkamah Sesyen di sini, menetapkan 8 April ini untuk sebutan semula perbicaraan kes bekas Setiausaha Politik Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Hasbie Satar, yang didakwa terbabit dalam kegiatan pengubahan wang haram berjumlah RM2,134,656, tahun lalu.

Gambar: BEKAS Setiausaha Politik kepada Menteri Di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Hasbie Satar, 38, (kanan) tiba ke Mahkamah Sesyen Butterworth, hari ini bagi menghadapi tuduhan pengubahan wang haram berjumlah RM2,134,656. - Foto Rosli Ahmad

Hakim Tuan Ikmal Hishan Mohd Tajuddin membuat keputusan itu selepas peguam Hasbie, Badrul Munir Mohd Bukhari, memohon supaya pihak pendakwaan mengemukakan semula kertas pertuduhan lebih lengkap dan terperinci mengenai jenis kesalahan tertuduh.

Hasbie, 38, didakwa melakukan kesalahan itu di Pangsapuri Sri Molek, Jalan Laksamana, Teluk Air Tawar, dekat sini pada 11 Februari tahun lalu.

Beliau didakwa mengikut Seksyen 4 (1) Akta Pencegahan Penggubahan Wang Haram dan Pencegahan Pembiayaan Keganasan 2001 yang memperuntukkan hukuman penjara lima tahun atau denda RM5 juta atau kedua-dua sekali, jika sabit kesalahan.

Hasbie dihadapkan ke mahkamah pada 10 Februari lalu dan mengaku tidak bersalah atas dakwaan berkenaan.

Benefits of the Outstanding Student (Lu-Ye Chun လူရည္ခၽြန္) Project

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 05:16 AM PDT

The famous writer and Anatomist, Professor Dr Maung Maung  Nyo commented and asked me under my LYC picture album:

  1. Very nostalgic (pictures)!
  2. Were Luyechuns similar to Boy scouts at Boy scout Jamboree?
  3. Or were they similar to Communist Young Pioneers?

My brother Dr Alfred Balwin (USA) also asked me:

  1. Nyi Lay Ko, among many SPDC Projects, is Out  Standing Student Programme (Lu Yay Chun) a Success or a Failure?
  2. Nyi Lay Ko, I just need a simple answer Yes or No!

My reply:  Luyechun or Out Standing Student Programme was a success for the country and for the award winners. But it was a failure for the General Ne Win's government because they failed to BRAIN WASH most of us.

Dr Alfred: The country creates a brain drain. 2/3 of the Lu Yay Chun has already expatriated. No time to BRAIN WASH!!!

My reply:  At least just look at MOH Minister Dr Pe Thet Khin, MMU Rector Dr Than Win,  MMU Med Head Prof Dr Aung Gyi and Dr Khin Swe Myint (Ph D Japan, Rector – Mandalay University).

LYC Programme brought for them opportunities for gaining success for them and it benefit our country. Congratulations. A lot of Lu Yae Chuns were abroad. But at least PTK, TW and AG were not only in Myanmar and in Gov service but the leaders in the MOH and Medical Education field. U Sein Win , is also a former LYC that I know in KL. He is an Educationist, worked in RTM Radio Television Malaysia for a dozen of yr and is now in UM.

If think other way round, it is better for a country to export high income experts instead of cheap labour and maids. Expatriates also remit the FE back to the mother land in addition to tax.

Dear Ahkogyi, List of overseas Chinese  and List of Non-resident Indians are impressive. Overseas Chinese and Indians abroad were migrated out for various reasons various reasons but no doubt they had contributed enormously for the progress in economy and technology of their countries of origin. I BELIEVE, hope and pray that even our children would help Myanmar or Burma later.

I BELIEVE, hope and pray that even our children, second or third generation migrants abroad could or would be able to help our motherland, Myanmar or Burma later.

 I believe that it was started with the very good intention. By this selecting, competition process and awarding of bright students was aimed to be useful and beneficial for the future of the country and of course for the ruling government and BSPP party.

Mudita (Sympathetic or vicarious joy, the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people's well-being rather than begrudging it. Wiki.) When I was in 6 th. std. Mdy newspaper published about LYC Nwe Nwe Tin. After reading her story, I admired her and wish to be like her. So studied and train myself not only academically but also for the physical fitness and general knowledge. (Nwe Nwe Tin got LYC for 4 times and married to LYC Sai Thi Sai, both became doctors and trained further as Anatomist)  

Bright students had to compete at the school level, township and district level in General Knowledge, Burmese language, Maths and Physical fitness competition. General Knowledge covers the Burma/world history, geography, politics and of course also cover the BSPP and Government. Physical fitness competition was general PE, push-ups, sit-ups, Standing long jump competition , shot put  and (Track Running) Sprints.

Awarding, touring to get more general knowledge, dozens of dinner parties each year, marching, propagating of BSPP doctrines. At that time, General Ne Win's Socialist Party Central Committee members were preparing for set up of the Youth wing called Lanzin Lu Nge. We felt honoured because they were even discussing, actually explaining the concepts, structure, rules and regulations and ideologies behind those things.

Students got the destinations to yearn for and once won, got exposure to the real world. We got the chance to travel and were treated as VIPs. LYC news published in the newspapers, even on front pages, dinners given by the Divisional Commanders, Division Council Chairmen, Education & Health Minister, Minister of Information and by General Ne Win and Madam Daw Khin May Than. (I think for the first three years only and the year 1966 was the last time General Ne Win gave the Dinner. All the LYCs had the chance to shake hands with both of them.) I even suspect that they purposely went abroad for health reasons during the time LYC were around in Rangoon. Or just the coincidence only but they were not in the country at that summer times, may be they also had holidays to avoid the hot April weather. At his dinner, all the Revolutionary Council members were seated in different tables to dine together with LYCs.

Even the most intelligent (Deputy) Minister, Dr Nyi Nyi, General Tin Oo (now NLD), BSPP CECs of Education, famous journalists, writers, were with us. BSPP CEC, U Than Oo, U Kyaw San etc were there. U Than Oo even rationalized the nationalization of the schools, by saying that the mission schools were the remnants of colonialization  and Christian propaganda. National Footballers to movie stars were brought in to introduced to us.

We got the lectures on various topics by university lectures, excursions to various factories, museums and other interesting places. We were treated as VIPs everywhere. Our news are published extensively in newspapers, radio (no TV at our time), LYC songs were broadcasted on radio and the Information ministry showed the LYC news movies in all the cinemas. Even they showed the news in the cinemas of Dolly Lin and my pictures raising the flag ceremony at the Kyayng Thar Pwe daw sports opening (1967) in Mandalay.

So the bright students were motivated, trained, gained better fitness, gained general knowledge, exposed to the top echelon in the various fields. And later LYSs were honoured in different ways throughout the whole year in the respective school and township.

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Posted: 14 Mar 2011 04:50 AM PDT

Oops! He did it again! 
Second All-England badminton title, back-to-back!

Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia, Lee Chong Wei from Penang, Lee Chong Wei from Province Wellesley, Lee Chong Wei from Berapit

FLOM: Jawapan Nazri Hanya Untuk "Membodek" Najib & Rosmah

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 04:30 AM PDT

Wanita Pertama: Nazri putar belit fakta Perlembagaan

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz sebenarnya dangkal dan cuba menghina Perlembagaan negara berhubung Wanita Pertama Malaysia.

Ahli Parlimen Ampang, Zuraida Kamaruddin berkata, ini kerana jelas diperuntukkan dalam Perkara 32 (2) Perlembagaan Persekutuan dalam Bab 1 berkaitan jelas menyatakan hak gelaran Wanita Pertama Malaysia adalah kepunyaan Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Nur Zahirah.

Beliau yang juga Ketua Wanita PKR menyatakan demikian sebagai respons kepada jawapan Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz di Dewan Rakyat hari ini berkenaan soalan ahli Parlimen Sungai Petani, Datuk Johari Abdul berkaitan takrifan wanita pertama dan penyediaan peruntukan berkaitan boleh disifatkan sebagai sekadar play-safe statement, penuh niat putar belit dan berunsur manipulasi terhadap Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Katanya, jawapan Nazri yang mendakwa bahawa penggunaan gelaran Wanita Pertama hanyalah sebagai kod amalan menunjukkan bahawa beliau sebenarnya dangkal dan cuba menghina Perlembagaan negara.

Menurutnya, Perkara 32 (2) berbunyi, "Ketua Utama Negara bagi Persekutuan, dan Isteri Yang di-Pertuan Agong (digelar Raja Permaisuri Agong) hendaklah diberi keutamaan daripada segala orang lain di dalam Persekutuan selepas Yang di-Pertuan Agong".

"Jika benar penggunaan gelaran Wanita Pertama hanyalah sebuah kod amalan seperti yang didakwa, maka saya pasti bahawa isteri Perdana Menteri juga tertakluk dibawah Kod Protokol yang ditetapkan Jabatan Perdana Menteri, dengan mengambil kira beliau hanya sebagai seorang pegawai kakitangan buat Perdana Menteri," katanya dalam kenyataan kepada Harakahdaily.

Namun, jika demikian, soalnya bagaimanakah sejumlah peruntukan sebanyak RM4.5 juta boleh diluluskan buat seorang ''kakitangan' untuk menganjurkan Sidang Kemuncak Wanita Pertama.

Beliau juga mempersoalkan bagaimanakah seorang ''kakitangan' biasa boleh diberikan peruntukan untuk melancong ke seluruh dunia.

"Apakah seorang 'kakitangan' juga dibenarkan berkempen dan membuat pelbagai janji secara melampau dengan menggunakan wang kerajaan sewaktu pilihan raya, yang sehingga kini satu pun tidak tertunai?

"Adakah wujud pula Kod Protokol istimewa dan khas, yang hanya terpakai untuk Isteri Perdana Menteri?" soalnya.

Maka, beliau menggesa agar Mohamed Nazri agar berani untuk segera menjawab dengan jujur, berpaksikan fakta dan realiti yang tepat bagi membuktikan bahawa beliau benar-benar bebas daripada tekanan mana-mana pihak dalam menjalankan tugasnya. -HD

Gelaran Wanita Pertama rujuk isteri PM: Nazri

Panggilan Wanita Pertama dalam konteks Malaysia merujuk kepada isteri Perdana Menteri, persidangan Dewan Rakyat diberitahu hari ini.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, berkata panggilan itu adalah satu gelaran tidak rasmi yang tidak berasaskan kepada sebarang peruntukan perundangan tetapi berasaskan kepada amalan dan kelaziman yang biasa.

"Ini adalah amalan lama dalam politik antarabangsa. Sebagai contoh di United Kingdom, Ratu Elizabeth bukan dianggap Wanita Pertama kerana beliau digelar sebagai Ratu.

Wanita Pertama ialah isteri kepada Ketua Eksekutif iaitu isteri Perdana Menteri.

"Begitulah juga seperti yang berlaku di negara Jepun. Justeru, tidak perlu timbul sebarang kekeliruan dari segi penggunaan gelaran berkenaan," katanya ketika menjawab soalan Datuk Johari Abdul (PKR-Sungai Petani) yang bertanya mengenai takrifan Wanita Pertama Malaysia, sama ada merujuk kepada isteri Perdana Menteri atau Raja Permaisuri Agong.

Mengenai peruntukan kewangan untuk membiayai kegiatan Wanita Pertama pada 2011, Mohamed Nazri berkata tiada peruntukan kewangan khusus untuk membiayai kegiatan isteri Perdana Menteri.

Menjawab soalan tambahan Johari, Mohamed Nazri turut menegaskan bahawa tidak wujud unit khas untuk Wanita Pertama di Jabatan Perdana Menteri.

Katanya penggunaan panggilan Wanita Pertama juga tidak bercanggah dengan peruntukan 32 Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang meletakkan Raja Permaisuri Agong sebagai yang utama. - BERNAMA

Ulasan GB

Ringkas saja, jawapan Nazri tidak lain hanya untuk "membodek" Najib dan isteri. Tak lebih dari itu.

The Numbers Don't Add Up! Watchout!

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 03:40 AM PDT

According to many reports in various online portals such as HERE:

Searchers have found 2,000 bodies in Japan's quake-hit Miyagi region.

The police chief in the prefecture said the death toll there was certain to exceed 10,000, with that many missing in the port town of Minamisanriku alone.

The national police agency said the confirmed death toll now stood at 1,597 but hundreds of bodies are being found along the shattered coastline.

Now if the police said death toll = 1597, what happened to the 2000 bodies and the 10 000 missing persons????

BBC News reported HERE:

The BBC's Rachel Harvey in the port town of Minamisanriku says everything has been flattened until about 2km inland.

It looks unlikely that many survivors will be found, she adds.

According to THIS SITE:

The Unites States Navy has moved its Seventh Fleet away from an earthquake-stricken Japanese nuclear power plant after detecting raised radiation levels.

The fleet said today that the radiation was from a plume of smoke and steam released from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, which has been hit by two explosions since Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was about 100 miles (160km) offshore when its instruments detected the radiation.

But the fleet said the dose of radiation was about the same as one month's normal exposure to natural background radiation in the environment.

More than 180,000 people have been evacuated from the area.

Read more here.

Remember that on Saturday, when another explosion blew apart the building surrounding the plant's No. 1 reactor, authorities declared an exclusion zone within a 20 kilometre radius of the plant and evacuated 210,000 people.

In the latest issue of The New York Times:

As the scale of Japan's nuclear crisis begins to come to light, experts in Japan and the United States say the country is now facing a cascade of accumulating problems that suggest that radioactive releases of steam from the crippled plants could go on for weeks or even months.

The emergency flooding of two stricken reactors with seawater and the resulting steam releases are a desperate step intended to avoid a much bigger problem: a full meltdown of the nuclear cores in two reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. On Monday, an explosion blew the roof off the second reactor, not damaging the core, officials said, but presumably leaking more radiation.

So far, Japanese officials have said the melting of the nuclear cores in the two plants is assumed to be "partial," and the amount of radioactivity measured outside the plants, though twice the level Japan considers safe, has been relatively modest.

But Pentagon officials reported Sunday that helicopters flying 60 miles from the plant picked up small amounts of radioactive particulates — still being analyzed, but presumed to include cesium-137 and iodine-121 — suggesting widening environmental contamination.

In a country where memories of a nuclear horror of a different sort in the last days of World War II weigh heavily on the national psyche and national politics, the impact of continued venting of long-lasting radioactivity from the plants is hard to overstate.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the entry!

According to a very reliable international source, ALL RED CROSS around the globe has NOT been given clearance to assist them in rescue operations in the disaster-stricken zones. WHY?

There are also many repeats in various news channels. WHY???

The numbers don't tally. Reports are NOT really forthcoming. I am sure that things are worse than what we hear or read!!! :-(

My heart goes out to Japan, her victims and the rest of us on this earth. We have to brace ourselves for VERY TOUGH TIMES AHEAD.

As I type this, the fact remains that many survivors are spending another night without water, electricity, fuel or enough food, as authorities appeared overwhelmed by the monumental scale of the disaster. Hypothermia, dysentery and many other diseases could set in soon because of all the complications.

We all may face a serious nuclear disaster that has more dangerous and far-reaching consequences than the 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan. Think of the loss in lives, property and the impact on Japan and the world economy, on your life, my life - all of us.


To think that there are still people fighting over bibles, cartoons, race and accenting on MINOR issues without realizing the MAJOR fact that in many ways, Malaysia is a very blessed country! We are not really in the earthquake zone. I hope that leaders and citizens will stop bickering and appreciate what we have, foster harmony, unity and learn to see and to accept one another as MALAYSIANS.

May God help and deliver us from times of trouble!!!

Ministry removes 'dangerous defence weapon'

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 03:09 AM PDT

The barbed wires at 10 blocks of flats owned by the Defence Ministry will be removed. — Picture by Lim Poh Chin

Source: (2011/03/13)

The Defence Ministry is removing the barbed wires at the 10 blocks of flats owned by the ministry, following the safety concerns raised by Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng last week.

Army public relations director Col Fadzlette Othman Merican told Streets that a unit had been tasked to ensure that the barbed wires, which could injure the residents, be removed. "The exercise to remove the barbed wires has started. They were installed to protect the housing scheme because some units were not fully occupied. "We wanted to prevent the theft of fixtures such as lights and fans," she said.

It was reported on March 7 that the residents were uneasy with the presence of barbed wires surrounding Blocks A, B, C, D, K, L, M, N, P and Q of the 40-year-old housing area.
Lim, on a walkabout, pointed out the barbed wires, that were approximately 0.6m high, surrounding the derelict three-storey walkup flats. Instead of barbed wires, Lim said the ministry should put up barricades which would not be a danger to the residents. He said he had received a complaint from a couple whose child was injured after tripping over the barbed wires at night.
The ministry purchased 380 flat units in 1975. They housed army personnel, who moved out in 2009. Five more blocks with a total 216 units are occupied by the public, and two blocks rented out and converted into PKNS's office.

SKE48 Cheer Fight

Posted: 09 Mar 2011 06:40 PM PST

Japanese girl group SKE48 turn cheerleaders in a recent photoshoot.

SKE48 Japanese high school cheerleaders

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SKE48 Cheer Fight from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Posted: 14 Mar 2011 02:38 AM PDT

Korean pop group JYJ for NII fashion. The trio are members from popular boyband TVXQ, but are seeking to end their exclusive contract with their agency. They are continuing their work under the name JYJ while the legal battle continues.

Korean pop group JYJ for NII fashion

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JYJ & NII from YeinJee's Asian Blog

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