Sunday, April 3, 2011

Apa Dah Jadi Ni Cikgu?

Apa Dah Jadi Ni Cikgu?

Apa Dah Jadi Ni Cikgu?

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 09:53 AM PDT

Cikgu : Menunjuk Teladan atau Menjadi Perosakkan Fikiran (Akhlak)?

Bukan untuk mengaibkan tetapi sekadar renungan dan muhasabah diri.

Tugas guru adalah mendidik para pelajar untuk menjadi pelajar sebagai insan yang berguna.

Bukan saja menjadikan pelajar baik dalam akademi tetapi baik dari segi akhlak dan moral.

Moral dan akhlak guru perlulah terjaga untuk menjaga moral dan akhlak pelajar.

Maka tidak heran jika ramai pelajar rosak moral dan akhlak jika keadaan begini terus berlaku. -fariszaz

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Sarawak poll: 'Ngap Sayot' for BN?

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 08:25 AM PDT

BN today announced its candidates lineup for 17 constituencies (except Bakelalan), including 18 new faces for the April 16 state election challenge (read here).

PBB got most seats, at 35 while other components SUPP (19), PRS (9) and SPDP (8). Going by party memberships, it was a fair one (here). Only SPDP has yet to pick it candidate for N70 seat in Bakelalan.

The BN candidates were announced by PBB information chief Tan Sri Adenan Satem in Kuching.

The new faces from PBB are Dr Hazaland Abang Hipni (for Demak Laut), Martin Ben (Kedup), Aidel Lariwoo (Sadong Jaya), Razali Ghapor (Beting Maro), Razi Sitam (Saribas), Datuk Len Talif Salleh (Belawai), Dolah Saidol (Semop), Dr Annuar Rapee (Nangka), Ripin Lamat (Lambir) and Dennis Ngau (Telang Usan).

The first-timers from SUPP are Sim Kiam Chiok (Padungan), Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian (Pending), Sih Hua Tong (Batu Lintang), Ling Kie King (Meradong), Chieng Buong Toon (Bukit Assek), Datuk Tiong Thai King (Dudong) and Henry Ling (Kidurong). The sole newcomer from PRS is Stanley Unja for Pelagus.

Meanwhile, All the four leaders of the component parties of Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) will be defending their respective seats in the upcoming April 16 state election.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is Sarawak BN chairman and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president, will be defending his Balingian seat in Mukah. Taib, 74, won uncontested his first state seat in the Sebandi by-election in March, 1981.

He had been Sebandi assemblyman, now known as Asajaya, before moving to the Balingian state constituency in the 2001 state election.

Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) president Tan Sri Dr George Chan, 74, who is also Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister, will be defending his Piasau state seat for his seventh term. Chan first won the seat in 1983 (then known as Miri) uncontested.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Datuk Seri Dr James Masing will be defending his Baleh seat in Hulu Rajang, also for his seventh term since first winning it in 1983.

As for Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Datuk Seri William Mawan, he will be defending his Pakan constituency of Julau, which he has won six times consecutively since 1983.

The Election Commission has set April 6 for nomination day. Whether BN will register a 'Ngap Sayot' results this time around as compared to the last poll in 2006, depends on sentiments during the 10-day campaigning period.


Posted: 03 Apr 2011 08:15 AM PDT

For a paltry sum of RM2000, Lenggang assemblyman lost his pride and dignity. And for that sum too, a three years jail sentence and a fine of RM20,000 awaits him. That's the sentence pronounced by Session Court Judge on Lenggeng first term BN assemblyman Mustafa Salim. He was charged and found guilty of accepting bribe from a sand mining contractor two years ago, and will be appealing against the sentence.

Najib has said that he shall remain an assemblyman while pending a final appeal and it is unlikely that there will be another by-election, should Mustafa Salim fail in his appeal and goes to jail. Regardless of the final judgment, the pronouncement of his guilt by the Session Court Judge is enough for the assemblyman (if he has any morale left in him) to take immediate leave voluntarily from politics, and all those that uphold honour and dignity does not need to be sympathetic with him; this includes Najib himself. To remain a Yang Berhormat, in light of the sentence meted is a mockery, and I do not need to teach Mustafa Salim what it demands to be called a Yang Berhormat. And I believe Najib would have gain greater respect if he refrains from making any pronouncement concerning this case, least he be construed as showing sympathy and support for a corrupt assemblyman.

In neighbouring Indonesia, it was reported that the Ulama's has decreed that those Muslim corruptors shall not be accorded the customary religious rites upon their death. Some would say that this decree is the extreme that one would accord a dead Muslim. But others would argue that the punishment that awaits corruptors in death is even more severe and unimaginable suffering. I am quite sure all Muslims including Mustafa Salim knows this, but why have corruptors been blind to the fact that Islam forbids the practice of corruption? I am sometimes dumbfounded that Malays today form the majority of those that are involved in corruption, and I say this without inhibition or regret. If this statement of mine were to hurt the Malays (corruptors), then I say that I get a full sense of satisfaction and relief by hurting them, as this is the only language I think they fully understand. And can someone say that I am wrong and outlandish in making such a statement?

Now, what we read of the massive corruption in Sarawak involving a top politician is damning. Yet, nothing is seen to be done, and they say that the top politician goes on to plunder at will. Piles of report concerning this top politician have been made, and what else need to be served in order to get the authorities to commence the investigation. Our top leaders have remained tight-lip and the MACC has been evasive in answering questions relating to the case. The police seems not to know how and where to begin. And for all this, the top Sarawak politician in question walks a free man. I think, this top Sarawak politician has immunity to charges of corruption. Or is he some kind of angel that does no wrong?

Many had asked, "What if it was a top politician from the opposition led state. Will he get the same treatment as the top politician from Sawarak?". Honestly, I am lost for an answer. But taking the example of the treatment that the Kelantan Menteri Besar received from the authorities over the piece of birthday cake and the supposedly free trip to Mecca, then I would say that the entire weight of government i.e. MACC, police, the mainstream media and what have you, will be hounding the top politician till he/she is left high and dry. I cannot imagine what will happen if it were Lim Eng Guan or Khalid Ibrahim? There will surely be lots of protest by predominantly Malay groups that calls for both to resign from their position.

Sadly, this is how Malaysian politics works today………….gutter politics to say the least. And now with the state election in Sarawak drawing near, we hear reports that the military is being used to harass voters into favouring the state government. Hope this report is not true, as this will be fodder for the opposition to whip the state government.


RM200k for a racquet

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 05:41 AM PDT

With RM200,000, one can either;

A. Buy an apartment
B. Pay up four new Perodua Myvis or a new Peugoet 308 CC (soft-top)
C. Own a brand new shining Harley Davidson Softail Custom 105 Anniversary
D. Get married (again)!

But a good Samaritan decided to spend that amount on the racquet world No 1 shuttler Lee Chong Wei used to defend his All-England title recently.

The proceeds will go to the Hope and Smile 3-11 Earthquake and Tsunami fund raising campaign.

The exact amount raised has yet to be revealed. A quick check with the organisers state; "We're in the midst of calculating the overall funds received".

Among the other items auctioned off included;

Chong Wei's yellow jersey which he wore during the All-England final = RM 24,000
Chong Wei's black jersey (which I doubt he) wore during the All-England final = RM 26,000
Another racquet = RM 85,000

Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat played in an exhibition match at Juara Stadium. Chong Wei won 22-20, 19-21, 22-20.

It's all the name of charity.

Astro Arena's Shaukei Kahar even announced - live on tv - NST writer Ajitpal Singh's upcoming wedding dinner on 11 Dec. It was due to a joke Norbakti Alias, Shaukei, Ajitpal and I had shared earlier

HD says: Someone told me that Chong Wei's All-England final racquet was handed to the first lady Rosmah Mansor. Ye ke?

Jambatan Gantung Hampir Siap Dibina Di Galas, Runtuh

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 08:34 AM PDT

Gua Musang: Sebuah jambatan gantung yang hampir siap dibina merentangi Sungai Galas di Kampung Pulai di sini runtuh malam tadi dipercayai akibat hujan lebat. Gambar fail.

Jambatan sepanjang 130 meter bernilai RM220,000 itu dipercayai runtuh pada awal tengah malam tadi tetapi hanya disedari penduduk kampung kira-kira jam 7 pagi Ahad.

Pengerusi MCA bahagian Gua Musang Chee Sien Chen berkata kebanyakan penduduk yang menunggu pembinaan jambatan itu siap, terkejut apabila melihat ia telah runtuh.

"Mujur jambatan itu belum digunakan penduduk, jika tidak mungkin ada yang cedera.

"Kejadian itu dipercayai berpunca daripada stuktur pembinaannya yang tidak kuat dan pernah menjadi pertikaian penduduk akhir Februari tahun lepas kerana bimbang akan runtuh, " katanya kepada pemberita yang melawat jambatan itu hari ini.

Turut melawat jambatan itu Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Galas, Ab Aziz Yusoff.

Pengerusi Tokong Pulai, Lew Kew Bee pula berkata, pihaknya mempertikai pembinaan jambatan gantung berkenaan yang bukan sahaja terlalu mahal tetapi dibuat secara mudah hingga terdedah kepada kejadian runtuh itu.

"Penduduk pernah mengadakan perjumpaan dengan Pengurus Besar Lembaga Kemajuan Kelantan Selatan (Kesedar), Mohd Arshad Ismail bagi membincangkan perkara itu, tetapi dimaklumkan pembinaannya mengikut prosedur.

"Kita diberitahu struktur pembinaan ikut pakar yang pernah berbuat demikian dan dunia juga ikut cara berkenaan. Kini apa telah jadi apabila runtuh sebelum siap," katanya.-BERNAMA

Ulasan GB

Di Tenang, projek-projek mee segera BN terutama jalanraya dimusnahkan banjir. Kini di Galas, jambatan gantung runtuh sebelum dapat digunakan.

Alam sendiri berbicara, "usah undi BN!"

Karpal: Screen sex video in Parliament, precedent set in 1992 in relation to the DP Vijandran sex video

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 07:34 AM PDT

Karpal Singh has called on the authorities to screen the Carcosa sex video in Parliament, as Parliamentary immunity will absolve the MPs from any criminal liability and added that there was already a precedent to such a move in 1992 in relation to the DP Vijandran sex video.

"Making the tape available for public viewing certainly falls foul of section 5(1) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 and section 292 of the Penal Code. However, screening the tape within the four walls of Parliament would give it Parliamentary immunity for all Members of Parliament from criminal or any other liability," said Karpal, a veteran lawyer, who is also the Bukit Gelugor MP.

Hilarious and Adorable Video Clips

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 07:05 AM PDT

I wonder if you have watched these video clips of two adorable babies? Thanks to Angela who sent me these links.



And this one is specially for cat lovers which another friend sent to me:


Have a lovely evening, everyone!

SPRM Mandul Untuk Menyiasat Kes Libatkan Pemimpin UMNO BN

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 06:45 AM PDT

Kredibiliti Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) jatuh ke tahap paling rendah apabila dua pegawainya tersasul dalam satu sidang media mengenai kegagalan suruhanjaya itu menyiasat bagaimana Ketua Menteri Sarawak Taib Mahmud menimbun harta kekayaannya.

Sejak akhir-akhir ini, Taib kerap menjadi sasaran pendedahan di Internet mengenai timbunan kekayaan dan pemilikan tanah yang luas di mana banyak laporan telah dibuat kepada SPRM.

Dalam satu sidang media bagi membentangkan laporan tahunan dari jawatankuasa aduan SPRM pada 31 Mac lalu, kedua-dua Ketua Pesuruhjaya Abu Kassim Mohammed dan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Aduan Mohd Nor Abdullah berdepan dengan soalan bertalu-talu dari para wartawan mengenai sikap membisu SPRM berhubung dakwaan yang telah sekian lama dibuat terhadap Taib.

Ketika mana Abu Kassim cuba mengelak, reaksi Mohd Nor jelas menunjukkan sikap tidak senang beliau. Kedua-dua mereka memberi mesej bahawa "Taib tidak boleh disentuh, jangan kamu cuba mendesak kami lagi".

Kepada soalan daripada para pemberita seperti, sama ada aduan daripada orang ramai telah diterima, sama ada fail telah dibuka, berapa banyak kes, sama ada pendakwaan akan dilakukan, Abu Kassim hanya memberi jawapan-jawapan yang tidak relevan.

Beliau berkata, "kita perlu menyiasat semua kes rasuah, kita tidak boleh menolak perlunya penyiasatan, berdiam diri tidak bermakna tidak ada tindakan, dan sebagainya."

Apabila datang lagi soalan daripada para wartawan, beliau mengulanginya seperti burung kakak tua: "Apabila ada aduan, kami akan siasat".

Mohd Nor, yang duduk bersebelahan Kassim, menyampuk dengan memberi amaran kepada para pemberita supaya tidak bertanya lagi.

Nampak jelas, berdasarkan latar belakangnya sebagai hakim mahkamah rayuan, beliau memberitahu para pemberita supaya tidak melanggar Akta Penerbitan dan Mesin Cetak (PPPA), yang menyebut berita hanya boleh diterbitkan jika terdapat alasan yang munasabah ianya boleh dipercayai.

Beliau berkata, "jika kamu soal saya sama ada siasatan akan dilakukan terhadap Ketua Menteri itu, kamu mungkin telah melanggar Akta tersebut, kerana kamu membuat andaian bahawa Taib terlibat dengan rasuah.

"Kamu tidak boleh 'memancing' bukti"

"Kamu tidak menyoal saya begitu. Kamu tidak boleh cuba "memancing" bukti. Adakah kamu telah membuat penyiasatan? Selidik kebenaran dahulu, kemudian tanya?," soal Mohd Nor.

Tatkala Abu Kassim kelihatan resah untuk menyentuh apa-apa berkenaan Taib, tindakannya itu hanya mengesahkan berita yang sudah pun menjadi pengetahuan umum. SPRM menjadi mandul untuk menyiasat kes yang melibatkan tokoh-tokoh besar dalam Barisan Nasional.

Tindakan Mohd Nor yang garang dan berupa ugutan yang bodoh itu terhadap wakil media telah menimbulkan kemarahan orang ramai, yang sebelum ini tidak begitu ambil peduli.

Mohd Nor bercakap seolah-olah kita tidak tahu mengenai timbunan bukti-bukti mengenai kes rasuah dan penyalahgunaan kuasa oleh Taib yang dibongkar dan disebarkan melalui Internet.

Bukti-bukti tentang salah laku beliau boleh dikumpulkan berjilid-jilid dan begitu terperinci sehingga kita boleh menerbitkan sebuah buku yang tebalnya 2 inci, yang secara rasmi diserahkan kepada SPRM. Laporan yang dibuat hampir setahun lalu hanya membawa kepada sikap membisu dari SPRM.

Laporan-laporan tentang dakwaan terhadap Taib, kebanyakannya diperolehi dari laman sesawang Sarawak Report ( yang menceritakan secara terperinci tentang harta kekayaan keluarga Taib yang bernilai berbilion ringgit dalam bentuk hartanah di luar negara, syarikat-syarikat Malaysia dan pemilikan tanah yang sangat luas di Sarawak.

Sarawak Report membutirkan secara terperinci, yang sungguh menakjubkan, tentang aset keluarga Taib, lengkap dengan bukti pemilikan yang diceduk dari pejabat pendaftar tanah dan pendaftar syarikat.

Mungkin kerana laporan yang terlalu detail ini, di mana bukti-bukti tidak dapat disangkal lagi, membuat pegawai-pegawai SPRM gundah gulana dan kelihatan bodoh di depan orang ramai.

Mengenai contoh begitu banyak laporan yang boleh didapati dari Sarawak Report, laman sesawang itu baru-barunya memuatkan pengkalan data dari Jabatan Ukur dan Tanah Sarawak yang mendedahkan bahawa beribu-ribu ekar tanah yang diambil sejak beberapa tahun kebelakang ini.

Kebanyakan tanah-tanah itu disalurkan kepada kroni dan keluarga yang rapat dengan Taib dengan bayaran premium yang sangat rendah.

Lebih 1.5 juta hektar tanah NCR dirampas

Banyak dari tanah-tanah ini, yang berjumlah lebih 1.5 juta hektar, yang berupa tanah adat (NCR), dirampas secara rahsia daripada penduduk pribumi, hingga menyebabkan mereka terpaksa membuat lebih 200 tuntutan dan aduan.

Beberapa kes telah didengar di mahkamah yang keputusannya memihak kepada para pemilik tanah itu, dan ini membuktikan terdapat kerja rampasan tanah oleh Taib.

Sebagai bukti keluarga Taib menikmati faedah dari rampasan tanah haram ini, nama kira-kira 50 buah syarikat yang terdapat dalam buku daftar Tanah sebagai penerima asal tanah dari negeri itu yang disenaraikan, setiap satu daripadanya ada kaitan dengan keluarga Taib.

Satu lagi berita buruk buat Taib ialah pendedahan terhadap "senarai hitam" 49 syarikat di seluruh dunia, yang setiap syarikat itu ada kaitannya dengan keluarga Taib.

Senarai ini, yang didedahkan oleh Dana Bruno Manser, sebuah pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Switzerland, yang berjuang untuk memelihara kepentingan penduduk pribumi Sarawak, menunjukkan 13 dari syarikat ini berpengkalan di Malaysia, 10 di Australia, sembilan di Kanada, tujuh di Hong Kong, bakinya di UK dan di tempat-tempat lain di dunia ini.

Yang indahnya dari episod rasuah Taib ini ialah Taib sendiri tidak menafikan tentang kewujudan aset kekayaan luar biasa keluarganya.

Dalam satu wawancara bersempena kempen siber yang dilancarkan baru-baru ini oleh beliau sendiri bagi menangkis serangan berupa tuduhan terhadap kekayaannya, beliau menyifatkan kekayaan keluarganya akibat dari sifat keusahawanan dan kebijaksaan anaknya Jamilah.

Taib menerangkan bahawa apabila beliau meninggalkan perkhidmatan kerajaan pusat tiga dekad lalu, beliau memberi sedikit wang kepada Jamilah untuk membolehkan beliau menjalankan perniagaan di Kanada. Berdasarkan kepintarannya dalam bidang perniagaan, perniagaan itu berkembang menjadi empayar perniagaan bertaraf antarabangsa.

Ketika kita masih terkial-kial dalam imajinasi kita bagi menerima hakikat kebenaran cerita Taib bagaimana kekayaan boleh dibina sebegitu pantas, jawapannya terdapat dalam satu lagi wawancara.

Untuk mensahihkan ceritanya tentang kekayaan yang dimiliki, Taib menjelaskan bahawa beliau tidak ada pilihan melainkan dengan menjalankan perniagaan di luar negeri 30 tahun yang lalu, ketika mana anak-anaknya sedang belajar, sudah pun menjalankan perniagaan.

Konflik kepentingan

Beliau berkata, "saya tidak mahu konflik kepentingan ini menghantui saya pada setiap masa. Jika saya menjalankan perniagaan dalam negeri, orang akan berkata, saya menggunakan pengaruh saya untuk mengkayakan diri sendiri, maka kami mengusahakannya di luar negara."

Apa jenis penipuan ini! Siapa di Sarawak yang tidak kenal bahawa sebuah konglomerat yang terbesar, menjadi syarikat induk empayar peniagaan keluarga Taib, mendapat kontrak-kontrak yang lumayan, hingga menyebabkan komuniti perniagaan dari negeri itu menjadi marah.

Apa jenis penipuan yang secara terang-terangan begini? Bagaimana dapat kita menilai kredibiliti cerita kekayaan berbilion ringgit Taib ini?

Dalam menghadapi bukti tentang aktiviti rasuah yang begitu luas ini, Mohd Nor terpaksa membuat ugutan kepada mereka yang bertanya, seolah-olah Taib menjadi mangsa tuduhan yang tidak berasas.

Kisah Taib Mahmud ini hanya merupakan salah satu cerita skandal rasuah mega melibatkan pemimpin elit Barisan Nasional yang kerap kali dilindungi oleh institusi penguatkuasa seperti SPRM, polis, Ketua Peguam Negara atau bidang kehakiman.

Sandiwara SPRM yang terbaru ini hanya mengesahkan tidak ada yang berubah sungguhpun Perdana Menteri Najib Tun Razak sering mencanangkan tentang reformasi melalui slogan-slogannya. -FMT

I want to be free as a Tumbling Kelly (Pyit Taing Htaung) but not a Puppet (Yoke Thae Yoke) with strings

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 06:03 AM PDT

The puppets (or) marionettes of princes, princesses, clowns, orge, and horses are most common in Myanmar. Usually colored red or golden colour with a white smiling face. I never liked to be pulled up like the Puppets. I hate to see the any powerful authorities' trying to convolute even the nonvisible strings of me, Pyit Taing Htaung. I am always willing to talk back my superiors if they are wrong. I am not a very good obedient person. In Burmese,"Ah Htet Phar-Auk Phi" type of person. I don;t want to show off or give orders to my comrades and subordinates. I will work with them or I work the dirty, difficult and dangerous jobs infront of them so that they willingly participate that TASK to help me.

I don't want to be a Puppet (Yoke Thae Yoke) with strings but always wish to be free like a Tumbling Kelly (Pyit Taing Htaung). I don't care if others kicked me or hit me or discriminate me. I will try always to rise up again as a Phoenix .

Pyit-Taing-Htaung is a Burmese version of weeble. Roughly translates to up-whenever-thrown or "that which always rights itself when thrown down." Usually they come in pairs.

It is a tumbling kelly or billiken. In Myanmar, a person who rises up again and again in the face of all vicissitudes of life is likened to a "pyit-taing-htaung." Pyit Taing Htaung always rights itself when thrown down.

The Burmese traditional toy, Pyit Taing Htaung (Tumbling Kelly ) is made of Papier-mâché (French for 'chewed paper'), It is a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as glue, starch, or wallpaper paste. but usually colourful and attractive.

These toys are colourful, attractive and are usually sold on the stairways of the Pagodas all over Myanmar. They differ in size, style, idea, meaning and colour. Although these toys are no longer played by the urban children, as the plastic and electronic ones have replaced them. But they are still kept as souvenirs at home especially expatriate Myanmars who visited back their mother land and at tourist souvenir shops. However, in villages and smaller towns across Burma, rural children can still be seen playing with these toys. In addition to these papier-mache toys, earthenware and glazed pottery toys in the stalls at pagoda festivals.

Phoenix (mythology) From Wikipedia

The phoenix (Ancient Greek: Φοῖνιξ, phoínix, Persian: ققنوس, Arabic: العنقاء أو طائر الفينيق, Chinese: 鳳凰 or 不死鳥) is a mythical sacred firebird that can be found in the mythologies of the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Chinese, and (according to Sanchuniathon) Phoenicians.

A phoenix is a mythical bird that is a fire spirit with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. The new phoenix is destined to live as long as its old self. In some stories, the new phoenix embalms the ashes of its old self in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (literally "sun-city" in Greek). It is said that the bird's cry is that of a beautiful song. The Phoenix's ability to be reborn from its own ashes implies that it is immortal, though in some stories the new Phoenix is merely the offspring of the older one. In very few stories they are able to change into people.

The Roman poet Ovid wrote the following about the phoenix:

Most beings spring from other individuals; but there is a certain kind which reproduces itself. The Assyrians call it the Phoenix. It does not live on fruit or flowers, but on frankincense and odoriferous gums. When it has lived five hundred years, it builds itself a nest in the branches of an oak, or on the top of a palm tree. In this it collects cinnamon, and spikenard, and myrrh, and of these materials builds a pile on which it deposits itself, and dying, breathes out its last breath amidst odors. From the body of the parent bird, a young Phoenix issues forth, destined to live as long a life as its predecessor. When this has grown up and gained sufficient strength, it lifts its nest from the tree (its own cradle and its parent's sepulchre), and carries it to the city of Heliopolis in Egypt, and deposits it in the temple of the Sun.

French author Voltaire thus described the phoenix:

It was of the size of an eagle, but its eyes were as mild and tender as those of the eagle are fierce and threatening. Its beak was the color of a rose, and seemed to resemble, in some measure, the beautiful mouth of Formosante. Its neck resembled all the colors of the rainbow, but more brilliant and lively. A thousand shades of gold glistened on its plumage. Its feet seemed a mixture of purple and silver; and the tail of those beautiful birds which were afterwards fixed to the car of Juno, did not come near the beauty of its tail.

This figurine has a low center of mass (represented by a bullseye) because it is mostly hollow with a weight at the bottom.
So it is clear that I don't like a CABLE to tie me and order my movement. Even if that were not physical CABLE but INVISIBLE CABAL, I would resist. Even sometimes Pyit Taing Htaung Toys have a string on the "nape of the neck" to hang or to be able to carry aroung. It may be like a CABAL, but I would rather politely refuse the "lifting up of my status" by telling in Burmese,"Pyit Taing Htaung Yoke-Kyo Ma Shoke Chin." I hate to see the any powerful authorities' trying to convolute even the nonvisible strings of me, Pyit Taing Htaung. Please do not try to tangle the strings of the Tumbling Kelly or Pyit Taing Htaung.

A cable is two or more wires running side by side and bonded, twisted or braided together to form a single assembly. In mechanics cables, otherwise known as wire ropes, are used for lifting, hauling and towing or conveying force through tension.

Cabal. From Wikipedia

A cabal is a number of people greater than two, together in some close design, usually to promote their private views and interests in a church, state, or other community, often by intrigue. Cabals are sometimes secret societies composed of a few designing persons, and at other times are manifestations of emergent behavior in society or governance on the part of a community of persons who have well established public affiliation or kinship. The term can also be used to refer to the designs of such persons or to the practical consequences of their emergent behavior, and also holds a general meaning of intrigue and conspiracy. Its usage carries strong connotations of shadowy corners, back rooms and insidious influence; a cabal is more evil and selective than, say, a faction, which is simply selfish; because of this negative connotation, few organizations use the term to refer to themselves or their internal subdivisions. Amongst the exceptions is Discordianism, in which the term is used to refer to an identifiable group within the Discordian religion.

When the figurine is pushed, the height of the center of mass rises from the green line to the orange line, and the center of mass is no longer over the point of contact with the ground.

Okiagari-koboshi from Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima

Okiagari-koboshi. From Wikipedia, Okiagari-koboshi or Okiagari-kobōshi (起き上がり小法師?, getting-up little priest) is a Japanese traditional doll. The toy is made from papier-mâché and is designed so that its weight causes it to return to an upright position if it is knocked over.[1] Okiagari-koboshi is considered a good-luck charm and a symbol of perseverance and resilience.

Okiagari-koboshi has long been popular among Japanese children. It is mentioned in a 14th-century play called Manju-Kui,[3] and folklorist Lafcadio Hearn recorded a lullaby from Matsue in Izumo Province in the early 20th century that lists the doll as a gift for a young child:

Nenneko, nenneko nenneko ya!
Kono ko nashite naku-yara?
O-chichi ga taranuka? — o-mama ga taranuka?
Ima ni ototsan no ōtoto no o-kaeri ni
Ame ya, o-kwashi ya, hii-hii ya,
Gara-gara, nagureba fuito tatsu
Okiagarikoboshi! —
Neneko, neneko, nenneko ya!

Translated, it says:

Sleep, sleep, sleep, little one!
Why does the child continue to cry?
Is the milk deficient? — is the rice deficient?
Presently when father returns from the great Lord's palace,
Ame will be given to you, and also cake, and a hii-hii likewise,
And a rattle as well, and an okiagarikoboshi
That will stand up immediately after being thrown down.

Daruma doll of the okiagari-koboshi type

One kind of Daruma doll works on the same principle as okiagari-koboshi and is sometimes referred to by that name; whenever it is thrown down, it rights itself.[7] This depiction of the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma likely arose in connection with a legend that says that he once meditated for nine years, which caused his legs to either atrophy or fall off.[8] A 17th-century children's song shows that the okiagari-koboshi Daruma dolls of the time were almost identical to their modern equivalents:

Hi ni! fu ni!
Fundan Daruma ga
Akai zukin kaburi sunmaita!

Once! twice!
Ever the red-hooded Daruma
Heedlessly sits up again!

A wooden roly-poly toy

Roly-poly toy. From Wikipedia.

A roly-poly toy, tilting doll, tumbler or wobbly man is a toy that rights itself when pushed over. The bottom of a roly-poly toy is round, roughly a hemisphere. It has a center of mass below the center of the hemisphere, so that any tilting raises the center of mass. When such a toy is pushed over, it wobbles for a few moments while it seeks the upright orientation, which has an equilibrium at the minimum gravitational potential energy.

The toy can represent a person, an animal, or anything else. Different toy manufacturers and different cultures produce different-looking roly-poly toys: the okiagari-koboshi and some types of Daruma doll of Japan, the nevаlashka or vanka-vstanka of Russia,[1][2] and Playskool's Weebles. Traditional Chinese examples are hollow clay figures of plump children, but "many Chinese folk artists shape their tumblers in the image of clownish mandarins as they appear on stage; in this way they mock the inefficiency and ineptitude of the bureaucrats".[3]

A toy manufacturer recommends roly-poly toys for small children just developing motor skills; a child can bat at it without its rolling away.[4]

Most roly-poly toys are hollow, with a weight inside the bottom. A Gömböc is a roly-poly toy made of a uniformly dense material, where only the shape of the top half makes the center of mass below the center of the hemisphere.

Dynamogene Theater stages a performance called "Monsieur Culbuto", allowing the audience to interact with a human dressed as a roly-poly toy.[5][6]

The Noddy stories by Enid Blyton have characters Mr. and Mrs Wobblyman, who are based on this sort of roly-poly toy.

Diddy Wishingwell figure in top of Weebles Bar...

Image via Wikipedia

Diddy Wishingwell figure in top of Weebles Barn Dance playset

Weeble. From Wikipedia.

Weebles is a trademark for several lines of children's roly-poly toys originating in Hasbro's Playskool division on July 23, 1971. Shaped like eggs with a weight at the fat, or bottom end, they wobble when pushed, but never fall completely over, hence the name and the slogan "weebles wobble, but they don't fall down." Some Weebles were designed to look like humans. The "Weebleville" series of 2004 and 2005 looked more like anthropomorphic animals, but the "Storybook World" series of 2006 has returned to more humanlike faces for the figures.

The popular catchphrase, "Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down", was used in advertising during their rise in popularity in the 1970s and during the relaunch in the 2000s.

A wide range of accessories were available for the Weebles including vehicles, buildings and furniture. Some sets had a theme to them, such as the Weebles circus set.


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Posted: 03 Apr 2011 02:08 AM PDT

Pelajar Yang Dipukul Guru Meninggal Dunia

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 06:16 AM PDT

Murid kena pukul meninggal, penyelia asrama ditahan

ALOR SETAR: Murid yang dikatakan dipukul oleh seorang guru di asrama sebuah Sekolah Agama Rakyat di Jejawi, Perlis, sehingga koma Khamis lalu, meninggal dunia di Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah di sini hari ini.

Saiful Syazani Saiful Sopfidee, 7, disahkan meninggal dunia pada 8.50 pagi tadi selepas dimasukkan ke hospital berkenaan Jumaat lalu.

Jenazah beliau dikebumikan di Tanah Perkuburan Kampung Tok Paduka, Kangar petang ini.
Dalam kejadian 7 malam itu, seorang guru lelaki berumur 26 tahun dikatakan memukul murid terbabit selama hampir dua jam sehingga pengsan.

Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Perlis, Supt Nashir Ya, berkata suspek yang juga penyelia asrama sekolah berkenaan ditahan pada jam 10 malam tadi.

"Polis masih menunggu laporan bedah siasat dan menyiasat kes ini di bawah Seksyen 302 Kanun Keseksaan," katanya.

Ibu angkat mangsa, Hazirah Chin, 38, berkata sebelum dimasukkan ke Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, anak angkatnya yang tidak sedarkan diri itu dibawa ke Hospital Tuanku Fauziah, Kangar pada jam 1.40 pagi kelmarin.

"Saya dapat panggilan daripada seorang ustaz. Dia tanya sama ada Saiful ada penyakit tarik (sawan). Saya kata tak ada. Lepas itu dia kata dia nak datang ambil saya ke hospital sebab Saiful masuk hospital dan kena pindah ke hospital di Alor Setar," katanya ketika ditemui di rumah mayat Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah.

Hazirah berkata, dia dapat melihat kesan melecet pada pergelangan tangan mangsa selain kesan lebam di bahagian matanya.

"Saya diberitahu Saiful alami pendarahan di bahagian kepala. Pada mulanya doktor kata dia stabil tapi semalam (Sabtu) doktor beritahu dia sudah tak ada harapan untuk hidup.

"Ketika mula-mula masuk asrama, arwah gembira sangat-sangat. Dia kerap balik sebab sekolah tak sampai satu kilometer dari rumah kami," katanya.

Bapa kandung mangsa, Saiful Sopfidee Marzuki, 34, berkata anaknya dipelihara oleh keluarga angkat selepas isterinya meninggal dunia ketika Saiful Syazani baru berusia tiga tahun.

"Kali terakhir saya bertemu anak saya setahun lalu, sebab saya tinggal di Langkawi dan baru berpindah ke Jitra sebulan lalu," katanya.

Saiful Sopfidee berkata, dia dimaklumkan mengenai kejadian yang menimpa anaknya pada jam 8 pagi kelmarin.

Selepas melihat keadaan anaknya akibat dipukul, Saiful Sopfidee membuat laporan polis di Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Kedah pada petang kelmarin. - BERNAMA

Ulasan GB

Innalillahi wainna ilahi rajiun.

Selalunya apabila GB mengkritik kaum guru, ramai pihak melenting, konon GB tak tahu menghargai jasa guru dan sebagainya, sedangkan ramai guru-guru yang bersifat syaitaniah ada di sekolah-sekolah.

Dan kejadian di atas adalah bukti yang nyata.

dugaan percutian.

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 04:25 AM PDT

dear nad n etil,

this is what i found when i google 'COLOMBO'

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have not been targeted, a holiday in Colombo is probably not for the faint-hearted.

More Info: For those who plan to travel to Colombo, safety is of paramount importance
and it is wise to be clued up on the local situation before you go.
Consult our comprehensive, updated Colombo travel guide
for health and safety information, as well as listings of attractions
and excursions."

sekian, terima kasih.

Politics & not public interest, has always been priority of Umno-led BN govt

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 03:54 AM PDT

By Debra Chong
April 03, 2011
Lim: Putting public interest first ahead of political interest has always been the governing creed of the Penang PR state government.
GEORGE TOWN, April 3 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today public interest and not politics is his Pakatan Rakyat (PR) administration's motto, tossing out the likelihood that the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition could win back the state in the next polls.
But the first-term CM said the state PR would not rest on its laurels and would work redouble its efforts to improve service and counter the BN's challenge.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who had dropped in on the island state yesterday, declared the BN would wrest back Penang in the coming general elections, anticipated to be called later this year ahead of its 2013 due date.
Najib, who is also BN president, told reporters that during his day-long walkabout, many locals especially small-time traders had complained of discrimination by the ruling PR state government in business and economic terms, as well as being sidelined for facilities, compared to when BN was in power.
"Putting public interest first ahead of political interest has always been the governing creed of the Penang PR state government," Lim said in a statement today, refuting allegations of bias.
He said the Penang government treats and enforces the laws equally, and pointed to the state's booming economy, which he said had lifted investments to a record high of RM12.2 billion topping the national chart and created more jobs.
"The Penang PR state government will not compete with the federal government in improving the lives of the people as long as there is a public benefit," he added.
Lim repeated his previous stance yesterday that his administration would willingly work with Putrajaya so long as the public benefits.
"That is the principal reason why the Penang state government shelved our completed Penang Blueprint for Industrial Masterplan 2011-2015 in favour of the proposed Greater Penang Masterplan by the federal government," he stressed.

2 Pegawai SPRM Muaturun & Tonton Video Lucah Di Pejabat. Kenapa Tiada Tindakan?

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 04:37 AM PDT

Teguran Sinis Suruhanjaya Ibarat Leteran Emak

SURUHANJAYA siasatan kematian pembantu politik, Teoh Beng Hock yang bersidang sejak 14 Februari lalu secara tidak langsung membuka mata masyarakat tentang cara kerja Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM).

Ini kerana, prosedur yang digunakan oleh badan berkecuali yang sebelum ini dikenali sebagai Badan Pencegahan Rasuah (BPR) baik dalam menyoal seorang suspek atau saksi ditanya dengan teliti, termasuklah oleh Pengerusi suruhanjaya, Tan Sri James Foong Cheng Yuen.

Tetapi, apa yang paling mengejutkan sudah pastilah pendedahan mengenai tindakan seorang pegawai SPRM, Mohd Asyraf Mohd Yunus yang menonton dan memuat turun bahan lucah semasa berada di pejabat.

Dan lebih malang, perbuatan itu 'terbongkar' di satu prosiding suruhanjaya yang dihadiri oleh media, tidak kira dari arus perdana mahupun daripada portal berita yang dikatakan pro-pembangkang.

Tidak dinafikan tiada individu yang benar-benar bersih daripada penyalahgunaan kemudahan di pejabat (terutamanya dengan kewujudan Facebook, Twitter, YouTube dan sebagainya) tetapi dibongkarkan dalam keadaan sedemikian rupa?

Dari satu sudut, persoalan yang timbul adalah apakah perbuatan itu akan diteruskan jika tiada saksi, (dalam kes ini Teoh) mati pada 16 Julai 2009 yang sekaligus akan menyebabkan tiada suruhanjaya yang akan bersidang.

Kredibiliti Mohd Asyraf terus diperkatakan kerana selain daripada insiden bahan lucah, dia dikatakan telah dicamkan secara positif dalam 13 kawat cam.

Semua kawat cam tersebut ekoran daripada laporan polis yang dilakukan oleh orang awam yang mendakwa mereka dikasari semasa berada di pejabat SPRM.

Salah seorang anggota suruhanjaya, Datuk T. Selventhiranathan juga meluahkan kebimbangan dengan jumlah laporan polis terhadap SPRM Selangor.

Menurut beliau, terdapat 59 laporan polis dibuat terhadap SPRM dan 21 daripadanya melibatkan SPRM Selangor walaupun setiap pegawainya menegaskan bahawa mereka hanya menggunakan pendekatan berhemah dalam menyoal balas saksi.

Malah, Bekas Timbalan Pengarah SPRM Selangor, Hishamuddin Hashim sendiri mengakui bahawa beliau bukanlah seorang yang garang dan setiap saksi dilayan dengan baik kerana ia akan memberikan kesan kepada kes yang disiasat.

Keterangan-keterangan yang mengejutkan ini bagaimanapun bukanlah berniat untuk memalukan atau membuka pekung di dada SPRM.

Sebaiknya, James sendiri semasa menempelak Mohd Asyraf yang kerap memberikan jawapan 'tidak ingat' mengenai apa yang berlaku kepada Teoh sejak dia ditahan bermula 15 Julai 2009 mengatakan bahawa soalan-soalan panas itu ditanya untuk mengetahui prosider yang diguna pakai oleh SPRM.

"Kami perlu bertanya kerana antara terma rujukan suruhanjaya ialah untuk menyiasat sama ada prosedur siasatan terhadap si mati dilakukan oleh SPRM dengan betul, adil atau sebaliknya," jelas James.

Sepanjang prosiding yang melibatkan pegawai-pegawai SPRM, James dan anggota suruhanjaya juga berkali-kali meminta cadangan untuk membaik pulih imej SPRM yang tidak keterlaluan jika dikatakan telah tercalar dengan kematian Teoh. James juga mengakui bahawa mungkin ada di antara pegawai yang telah lama berkhidmat perlu sering diingatkan beratnya amanah yang dipikul ekoran telah mula 'besar kepala' dengan 'kuasa' yang diberikan.

Dalam beberapa sudut, selain mendapatkan gambaran yang jelas mengenai 'misteri' yang menyelubungi kematian Teoh, prosiding suruhanjaya juga boleh dilihat sebagai platform untuk memperbaiki imej, bukan sahaja oleh SPRM malah untuk semua yang terlibat.

Seperti penggunaan kamera oleh pihak polis yang ditegur oleh James secara berseloroh meminta supaya kamera lebih terkini digunakan kerana kualiti gambar yang dihasilkan kurang jelas kerana agak kehitam-hitaman.

Ini sekaligus menyebabkan gambar-gambar yang diambil oleh seorang pakar forensik, Dr Prashant Naresh Samberkar dengan menggunakan kamera peribadinya lebih menjadi pilihan peguam-peguam untuk digunakan sebagai rujukan sepanjang prosiding.

Walaupun 'teguran-teguran sinis' ini agak menyakitkan telinga yang mendengar, ia sebenarnya membawa maksud yang baik dan perlu dianggap sebagai 'leteran emak' ataupun 'teguran seorang bapa yang mengajar anaknya' kerana jika diperhalusi ia penuh dengan kasih dan sayang. -mstar

Dua pegawai SPRM muat turun bahan lucah

Suruhanjaya Diraja yang menyiasat kematian Teoh Beng Hock hari ini mendedahkan bukan satu tetapi dua pegawai Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) yang didapati memuat turun video lucah pada malam pembantu politik itu dijumpai mati.

Perkara itu didedahkan dalam laporan awal yang dikemukakan oleh penyiasat persendirian, Michael Leslie Squires, yang diupah oleh suruhanjaya berkenaan selepas menganalisis lima daripada enam komputer milik SPRM.

Pemeriksaan mendedahkan dua pegawai, Raymond Nion dan Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus pada malam 16 Julai, 2008 sedang memuat turun bahan lucah ke komputer mereka.

Semakan Squires ke atas komputer Ashraf mendapati beliau juga memuat turun wayang gambar, muzik dan melayari beberapa laman lucah antara tengah malam hingga jam 1.20 pagi ketika Teoh disoal siasat di premis SPRM Shah Alam.

Beliau juga menjumpai perkara yang sama di komputer Nion
. -mk

JPJ Tak Dapat Kesan Kereta WQU 1925 Yang Bawa Chegubard Ke Hotel Shangri-La

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 02:41 AM PDT

Red panda snow fun

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 02:13 AM PDT

Two cute red panda cubs having fun in snow at the Maruyama Zoo in Hokkaido, Japan. Video recorded by in January 2011 by Miyanomayu3 [Jp]…

Red panda snow fun from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Loji Penapisan Minyak Terbesar Indonesia Terbakar

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 02:00 AM PDT

Jakarta: Anggota bomba Indonesia bertungkus lumus untuk memadamkan kebakaran di loji penapisan minyak terbesar negara itu ketika api merebak ke tangki simpanan ketiga.

Tiada yang cedera dalam kebakaran itu yang bermula di depot miliki syarikat petroleum negara itu, PERTAMINA, di Jawa Tengah.

"Sebuah tangki simpanan terbakar dengan beberapa letupan kecil kedengaran semalam. Menjelang hari ini, api sudah merebak ke tangki ketiga. Kami mencuba sebaik mungkin bagi memadamkan kebakaran itu.

"Saya tidak boleh membuat spekulasi mengenai punca kebakaran itu pada masa ini. Kami hanya boleh menyiasat selepas kebakaran dipadamkan," kata jurucakap Polis Jawa Tengah, Djihartono. - AFP

Kilang Pertamina Cilacap Kebakaran, Pemadaman Melalui Udara

Ahad, 03 April 2011 11:06 WIB

CILACAP - Menteri Perekonomian, Hatta Rajasa, menyatakan usaha pemadaman kebakaran di Pertamina Refinery Unit (RU) IV Cilacap, Jawa Tengah, akan dilakukan dari udara.

"Sekarang sedang diusahakan untuk memadamkan dari udara. Helikopter sedang bergerak dari Jakarta menuju Cilacap," kata Hatta kepada wartawan setelah selesai meninjau kebakaran di Pertamina RU IV Cilacap pada Ahad (3/4) pagi ini.

Hatta mengatakan bahawa pemadaman melalui udara tersebut tidak menggunakan helikopter sewaan dari Singapura.

"Kita menggunakan heli-heli sendiri, heli yang ada di TNI-AU. Ada enam heli yang bergerak kemari," katanya.

Helikopter tersebut akan menembakkan "foam" untuk mendinginkan dan melokalisasi kebakaran. Selain itu, pasukan yang biasa membuat hujan buatan pun juga dilibatkan untuk memadamkan kebakaran.

Menyentuh mengenai persediaan Bahan Bakar Minyak (BBM), menteri tersebut mengatakan bahawa Pertamina telah menjamin bekalan BBM nasional tidak terganggu.

"Sekali lagi, ini yang terbakar bukan kilang. Kilang Cilacap tetap beroperasi dan kilang Cilacap yang merupakan salah satu kilang yang membekalkan BBM tetap bekerja," katanya. -republika

TERKINI: Ahli Parlimen Teluk Intan Ditangkap Polis

Posted: 02 Apr 2011 11:47 PM PDT

Ahli Parlimen Teluk Intan M Manogaran (kiri) dari DAP dan aktivis MS Arjunan (kanan) yang mengadakan protes membantah novel kontroversial Interlok ditahan polis tengah hari tadi.

Kempen di pekarangan Batu Caves itu adalah sebahagian protes diadakan sejak lebih sebulan lalu membantah Interlok daripada digunakan sebagai buku teks sastera di sekolah menengah kerajaan.

Dalam mesej Twitternya, Penasihat DAP Lim Kit Siang berkata:

"YB Mano Teluk Intan dan M.S. Arjunan dari (NGO) Tamil Students ditahan di Batu Caves kerana mengadakan demonstrasi menentang Interlok. Kata tidak buat BN."

Ahli Parlimen Klang, Charles Santiago yang menghantar pesanan Twitternya menyebut:

YB Mano (teluk intan) has been arrested and detained in IPD Gombak over interlok demo at batu caves#fb

Manakala Menteri Besar Perak yang sah, Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin pula dalam reaksinya berkata:

Interlok is not an indian issue! We all are affected/implicated. Muhyidin had taken a very simple approach assume settled. Denial syndrome?

We demand MP Tlk Intan and the Tamil students must be released unconditionally. Hidup rakyat! 3x!

Manogaran kini ditahan di Ibu pejabat Polis Daerah Gombak untuk siasatan lanjut.

Manogaran menang dalam pilihanraya umum 2008 menewaskan giant killer Gerakan, Mah Siew Keong dengan majoriti 1,830 undi.

MP arrested over Interlok protest

KUALA LUMPUR: Police arrested Teluk Intan MP M. Manogaran and a student activist M.S. Arjunan for planning a surprise protest over the Interlok issue.

Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rahim Abdullah said they were detained for preventive measures.

They were arrested in the parking lot of Batu Caves temple around 12 noon Sunday.

"They were planning an illegal gathering at a place of worship, so we have brought them in to keep the peace," he said.

He added that both men would be questioned before being released. -thestar

Ulasan GB

GB sudah ulas sebelum ini dan GB ulangi sekali lagi bahawa krisis Interlok menjelaskan bahawa Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin gagal di dalam peranannya selaku TPM dan Menteri Pelajaran.

Kanyataan akhbar sebelum ini menyatakan bahawa isu Interlok telah selesai hanya penipuan dan penyapuan sampah ke bawah karpet.

Selain Minyak, Balak, Gas & Tanah, Di Sarawak Juga Ada Banyak Buaya - Guan Eng

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 01:26 AM PDT

Sarawak ada balak, minyak, gas, tanah dan juga 'buaya'

Setiausaha agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng mengibaratkan pembabitan Pakatan Rakayta pada pilihan raya ke-10 Sarawak 'pertarung terbesar abad ini'.

Lim yang juga ketua menteri Pulau Pinang berkata pemerintahan berterusan BN sejak Sarawak mencapai kemerdekaannya pada 1963 telah membantutkan demokrasi dan menafikan rakyat daripada menikmati kemewahan daripada negeri itu yang kaya dengan sumber alam semulajadi.

"Sarawak ada balak, minyak, gas dan tanah. Malangnya, ia juga ada banyak 'buaya'," kata Lim pada satu rali di ibu pejabat DAP di Kuching, malam semalam.

Gurauan Lim mengenai buaya itu menyaksikan lebih 500 hadirin gelak besar yang dikaitkanya dengan reptilia yang membaham manusia yang terdapat di sungai-sungai di Sarawak dengan pemimpin kerajaan yang korup.

"Sebab inilah kita perlu pilih calon yang berani untuk tangkap buaya-buaya itu," kata Lim sambil disambut tepukan gemuruh oleh hadirinnya.

Lim kemudian menjadikan Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud sebagai sasarannya dan mempersoalkan keikhlasan janjinya untuk bersara selepas pilihan raya.

Hadirin sekali lagi menjerit "Tidak!" apabila ditanya sama ada mereka mempercayai Taib. Lim kemudian mengingatkan mereka bahawa ketua Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak (SUPP) Tan Sri Dr George Chan juga pernah membuat janji yang sama pada 2006.

Ketika itu, Chan yang juga timbalan ketua menteri berjanji akan bersara dalam tempoh setahun dan menurut Lim sehingga saat ini tiada tanda-tanda bahawa beliau akan berbuat demikian.

"Lagipun, mereka (Taib and Chan) adalah menantu. Jika Chan tidak berundur, adakah awak fikir Taib akan berundur?" soal Lim.

Menurutnya, rakyat Sarawak tidak sepatutnya membenarkan BN terus menang pada pilihan raya 16 April ini atau tidak Taib akan menjadikannya sebagai isyarat untuk beliau terus kekal berkuasa.

"Jika awak mahu Taib pergi, awak mesti pastikan BN ditewaskan,"

Nurul Izzah sings and plays the guitar at festival

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 12:08 AM PDT

GEORGE TOWN: Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar has a hidden talent she plays the guitar.

She even sang two songs at the Rock 4 Rights music marathon at Fort Cornwallis here yesterday.

The PKR vice-president sang Fake Plastic Tree while playing the guitar and then sang another song called Trees, accompanied by local artiste Jes Ebrahim on the guitar.

Showing a different side: Nurul Izzah and Jes performing during the Rock 4 Rights music festival in George Town, Penang yesterday. — MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI / The Star

Nurul Izzah, 30, said she started playing the guitar when her father Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim bought her the instrument for doing well in SPM.

"I wanted to learn to play the guitar ever since I was young but my father rarely bought me gifts," she said, adding that "he bought me a guitar when I passed my SPM with flying colours."

Yesterday's 12-hour event was organised by the Bar Council in partnership with non-govern-mental organisations Frinjan and Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia.

It carried the message of the importance of elections and democracy to youngsters aged 18 to 35.

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