Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Keluarga Ahmad Sarbani Serah Bukti Petunjuk Punca Kematian

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 10:00 AM PDT

Keluarga Allahyarham Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed telah menyerahkan bukti kepada polis, yang dipercayai akan membantu menentukan bagaimana penolong pengarah Kastam Diraja Malaysia (KDRM) itu ditemui mati di premis SPRM, minggu lalu.

Ketika mendedahkan perkara itu di sini hari ini, peguam-peguam keluarga itu enggan berkongsi maklumat apa yang dimaksudkan dengan bukti baru tersebut.

"Kami berharap mereka (polis) akan menyiasat perkara ini," kata peguam Ghazali Mohd Ramli pada sidang media di sini hari ini.

"Kami tidak boleh mendedahkannya kepada media sebab kami tidak mahu menjejaskan siasatan," kata beliau lagi.

Bagaimanapun kata beliau, pihaknya percaya ia akan menentukan sama ada Ahmad Sarbaini membunuh diri ataupun sebaliknya. Justeru, beliau mempersoalkan mengapa Ahmad Sarbaini perlu pergi ke pejabat SPRM jika mahu membunuh diri.

Menurut Ghazali, hidup Ahmad Sarbaini dan keluarganya adalah serba kecil dan biasa sahaja.

Setakat ini polis telah mengambil keterangan daripada 20 orang termasuk ahli keluarga Ahmad Sarbaini, SPRM dan kakitangan KDRM.

Polis juga telah menganalisis sistem kamera litar tertutup (CCTV) dari pejabat SPRM di Cheras termasuk telefon bimbit milik Allahyarham Ahmad Sarbaini.

Pengarah Bahagian Siasatan SPRM Datuk Mustafar Ali pada hari kematian Ahmad Sarbaini berkata, pegawai itu telah datang ke bangunan SPRM kira-kira pukul 8.26 pagi tanpa sebarang temu janji dengan pegawai siasatan.

Ahmad Sarbaini ditemui mati di gelanggang badminton kira-kira 10 pagi Rabu lalu, tetapi rakan-rakan rapatnya berkata adalah satu perkara yang mustahil bapa lima anak itu akan membunuh diri.

Seorang lagi peguam keluarga Ahmad Sarbaini, Awtar Singh Gill berkata, dakwaan dalam laporan media kononnya Allahyarham mempunyai kekayaan luar biasa adalah tidak benar.

Katanya, keluarganya juga meminta media tidak membuat spekulasi bukan-bukan.


Awal petang tadi, The Malaysian Insider melaporkan bahawa di sebalik kematian mengejut itu, keluarga Allahyarham Ahmad Sarbaini mahu individu yang menyebabkan kematiannya didakwa dan dibawa ke muka pengadilan.

Sepupu Allahyarham yang hanya mahu dikenali sebagai Ismail berkata, tidak mungkin penolong pengarah KDRM itu akan "membunuh diri" seperti mana yang didakwa pihak tertentu termasuk laporan media.

"Kami juga mahukan siasatan terperinci yang dibuat, kami tidak mahu keputusan yang akhirnya kata bukan bunuh diri atau dibunuh, kami mahukan keputusan tepat," katanya.

Dia merupakan salah seorang daripada 62 pegawai kastam yang menjadi tumpuan Operasi 3B.

Kematiannya adalah kejadian kedua dalam dua tahun ini. Kes kematian Teoh Beng Hock, yang ditemui jatuh dari Plaza Masalam, yang menempatkan pejabat SPRM Selangor, pada Julai 2009 masih disiasat oleh suruhanjaya diraja.

Tambah Ismail, tuduhan mengatakan Ahmad Sarbaini "membunuh diri" telah menyebabkan keluarga Allahyarham tertekan dan tidak boleh menerimanya.

Malah menurut Ismail, keluarga mereka juga menafikan dengan keras Ahmad Sarbaini telah "membunuh diri". - TMI


Sarawakians, Seize the Moment!

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 09:56 AM PDT

By Martin Jalleh

Sarawakians, you stand at the threshold of a great deciding and defining moment of change. You can either decisively help shape the future of your State or let it slide and sink like a tragic struggling shipwreck.

Sarawakians, may you be steadfast in this challenging hour! Sadly, after three decades, you are one of the poorest "richest" States in Bolehland and many in the land of the Hornbill are languishing in poverty

"Sack" those who for the past 30 years have betrayed Sarawak by bleeding the State dry, siphoning and stashing their ill-gotten gains overseas and building a scandalous empire there.

Stop the scoundrels and self-serving sycophants who suck up to the powers that be to satisfy their insatiable greed, whilst marginalized indigenous Sarawakians suffer indescribably and struggle to eke out a living!

Ship out those who have repeatedly and rampantly robbed her people of their rights, ransacked the State's coffers, ravished her natural resources and remained silent as the children of her natives are raped!

Stand firm against the local colonialist master who has through the last 30 years of larceny surreptitiously sequestered more than 1.5 million hectares of Native Customary Rights (NCR) land for his family members!

Send into political oblivion the spent white-haired chief (whose political shelf life has long expired) and other senior ministers of suspect character, soiled reputations, who readily sell their souls to remain in power.

Shame the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for its deafening silence over the mounting and meticulous evidence on corruption by the Sarawak State Government as revealed in the Sarawak Report.

Say "NO MORE!" to being sidelined and side-stepped by the Executive in Putrajaya and being treated like a bastard or stepchild. Say "NO MORE!" to being deceived, denied and deprived of what is rightfully yours.

Shout aloud "ENOUGH!" to being suckered, spit at and stepped on by the BN government and spineless Sarawak BN MPs who in Parliament have sacrificed your rights at the altar of political expediency!

Shun the short-term and sudden seductions of the "Santa Claus" PM whose political acumen has sunk so very low as seen in his vote buying and his desperate attempts to destroy his opponents with sex and slime.

Spurn the shallow, hollow and bellow of the small-minded Deputy PM who never fails to spew out senseless speeches, silly scare tactics, sabre-rattling tricks and sinister theatrics.

Stomach no more the shocking, scandalous and shambolic state of affairs concerning education and health, which were ironically highlighted by the sudden and recent allocations made by the PM and DPM!

Send the PM and deputy PM who are bankrupt of ideas and who have come to bribe you with the rakyat's money, back to Semenanjung without their "Fixed Deposit" – as Umno continues to be their "Fixed Deficit!!

Stir and summon the indomitable spirit of people power to take on the insurmountable odds and to overcome the BN's offering of blood sacrifices and invoking of evil spirits to cast spells and curses on the opposition.

Save your state, Sarawakians! By your self-determination, show the shameless leaders of the BN and their supercilious political representatives that you cannot to be bought over or bullied!

Sarawakians, by your solidarity, save the country!  Strike at the very roots that have caused Bolehland to degenerate into a "sick country" and a "sham democracy" (Tengku Razaleigh)!  Reject BN at the elections!

P.S. Please forward to your friends in Sarawak. Thanks!

(12 April 2011)



prologue.. to.. the.. ending..

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 09:08 AM PDT

I was asked to list down everything that went wrong.

Seriously I don't know where to start and how to start. It was an accumulation of various issues. And because it was painful, I chose not to remember. Now that I'm being asked to recall, I can't quite recall much that happen for the past 2 years.

I was told. My tolerance level was high. Exceptionally high in fact. Was it? I don't know. I can't judge.

The day I decided it was enough,  I had many things on my mind. Whether you would demand a talk right after my overseas revision lecture. Whether you would grab my arm and stop me from moving off. Which is often what you did whenever we had any major arguments. Be it we are alone or that we are in the public place. To me, its as though you wouldn't even bother if it's gonna be embarrassing for me, you or both of us. In your mind, you just WANT TO FUCKING TALK.

In case you didn't know, or that you could have forgotten. I NEVER LIKED talking about past arguments. I just want to let it go and move on. But to you, we SHOULD talk it out, as a couple.

There are things I would keep to myself or tell my close friends but will never tell you. Because I feel that you wouldn't like what I would want to say. Or that you think its offensive. I never even discuss with my parents about it.

There's noise when you eat. That's what I was told in the beginning of the relationship. I decided its a good habit. So I should change. You make the utmost effort to make sure i dont make any noise when I eat. When dinner at home, I started to behave like you. Eat quietly. Then I realised – my mum made noise when she eats. She doesn't think its an issue. She never corrected me either, even till now, 22 years of my life as a daughter.

The way I walk, was not feminine enough. I told you. My bone structure doesn't allow me to walk with "my two legs close to each other". Yet, you still attempt to change the way I walk. Wear heels you'd say, you walk nicer with heels. My now current Area Manager Mr R. Ong, asked me a few months back – Why can't you walk slower and legs closer. I replied, I can. A few weeks later, I will report sick. And don't blame me for customer complaints saying why are your staffs walking so slow. He gave me a smile, I understand. Because my knee will hurt whenever I try to stand straight. My body weight will be shifted to be on my knees. And when you walk, you feel like walking while kneeling down. Something like a half squat, but without your ass down. To those who didn't know: When I stand straight, my two legs are curved – C shaped.

This 22 years, my parents had NEVER mention to me that my way of walking is ugly. They NEVER attempt to change the way I walk. Initially they were pretty against of me running because of my knees during my secondary school days. But after seeing me bringing home trophies and medals. They relented and supported me wholeheartedly. Recently my dad had just complained: Mummy, your daughter's trophies and medals are intruding MY cupboard. I got no place to put my stuffs. Everything inside are all hers. We should marry her off and tell her to get a cupboard herself to keep all the medals and trophies.

The way I dress. T-shirts and jeans with sandals. Always the same I know. Why? Because that's the safest choice to go out with. Why don't you wear dresses and heels? Can, get a car, drive me everywhere and anywhere. and I WILL make the effort to dress up. Why should I dress up when I don't know if I am going to walk long distances with my heels and dress. Will I get caught in the rain? Will I have gastric issues later? Will it be cold at the cinema later? If I bring a jacket, my boyfriend would have nothing to wear. If I bring a shawl, at least we could share, even though I think a shawl can do little to keep you warm  inside the cinema. Not that I can't walk long distance. I work in the F&B line. I have worked 11 hour shifts with only about 30mins-45mins break in between. I have been used to it. You want to shop. Okay, we'll shop and walk around. But barely two to three hours of walking, you are tired and you want to sit down and drink coffee.

  • Don't you think this dress look either a little too short/long for you? You sure don't need to tailor it?
  • Why not you wear a belt? You look weird around your waist.
  • Why you like to wear this shirt? Puffy sleeves nice meh?
  • Why this bow here. And the sleeves so puffy.
  • Is your shirt is abit too tight? It's showing your tummy.
  • you stand in front of the mirror, dress, shoes and bag and see lor. not nice then dont wear out lor.
  • You go try, take photo and let me see.
  • Why your hair so wet? Never use hair dryer to dry your hair? You know my mum…

In case you didn't know, I am no longer as early as before. One of the reason why? I spent longer than usual time to stand in front of the mirror to check, double check, triple check that I think I look normal then I would head out. Or else I would just change and change. Hanging clothes back to wardrobe. Take out clothes to try. Put back. Try. Put back. Hair cannot be too wet. Teeth must be clean, no yellow stains. Bag match my clothes. Shoes match my bag and my clothes. okay. out.

You know I absolutely hate late people. I believe in punctuality. I hate to sit there, wait and do nothing. YOU CAN PLAY YOUR DS, you'd always say. Ya, when you go dating, you spend your time waiting at the platform playing your DS because your boyfriend miss the bus.. AGAIN. And so eventually, I started playing game at the very right moment I get my seat when I get onto the train. Then you'd say, STOP PLAYING YOUR DS, TALK TO ME. And so, I have to bring my DS out everything I go with you because there is a minimum 50% chance that you would be late. And that I only have the time of a train traveling from my station to FIVE stations down and I should stop playing my game and talk to you. Sometimes you would make me wait.. one train to go… sometimes.. two trains to go. the last straw was five trains during the peak hour. You said, I could have not waited for you and went on to school on my own. Somehow, I don't know why. Your sentence came into my mind – BECAUSE I AM YOUR BOYFRIEND AND SO… IT.. SHOULD.. BE.. OKAY.. FOR YOU TO WAIT FOR ME? With that, I WAITED FOR YOU! Since it occured, I believe it was God who had want me to wait for you.

On one occasion: My mum says you don't look Teochew, more like Hokkien.

Yes. Because I look exactly like my mum and my body physique is exactly like my dad's. My mum is a 100% Hokkien. Therefore, its normal that I don't look Teochew.

On another occasion: My mum says Teochew girls… have distinct features… are usually.. QUITE pretty.

I am a Teochew, and will always be a Teochew even though I am not a 100% Teochew.

I am proud to be Teochew. So are my chinese best friends: Vanessa Tan, Shelin Ang and Cherie Teo. We may not be pure Teochews because our mums are not Teochews. But BECAUSE we are Teochews, we understand each other more than anyone else do.

That. Only we, Teochews girls can understand. So are you a Teochew?

For him.

You promised to hold it till the end of the exams. You told me to work hard. But today, you broke your promise and almost stop me from going home because you said we should talk like adults. We should talk like normal people. I told you to leave but you stood at the door refusing to leave because I never give you a chance to talk. Neither did I explain what had gone wrong in this relationship.

You asked for a second chance now. again. I gave you a second chance 26 April 2010. You promised you will change. You will not make me wait. Yes, you said, you will not change the way I walk. But instead you will walk BEHIND me and watch HOW I walk and then tell me HOW did I walk. And then when other girls walk past (walking not-so-nicely) – This is how you walk. =)

Will such things happen again? I don't know. You will change for like 2 months? Then it would be back to square one? Then everything will be back to the cycle again.

Adding my friends, asking them how to save this relationship isn't going to help. Talking to them in the middle of the night when they have 6 hours lectures the next day is even worse. You can't sleep is your issue. My friend still want to sleep and prepare for the 6 hours lecture the next day. She gave your warnings. She told you what to do, and what NOT to do. You told her – Its okay, because I am her boyfriend. Okay, yes that was a fact. But it was a warning given way before all this happened and you decided it was not that important. you are were my boyfriend – thats what important. right?

Afterall what can she advise you when you yourself told her that. And now that it happen, you messaged her through the night asking her for help? Because of you, SHE is the one who fall asleep in class, not paying attention. Don't forget, her body isn't like before because of the accident. She gets tired more easily than before. Please spare my friends AND THEIR BOYFRIEND(S). It not that she didn't give you warning, she gave tons of it. Its you who didn't listen. You didn't help yourself, why should my friends help you now?


46th Anniversary Celebration for Penang State Museum and Art Gallery

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 08:45 AM PDT

槟博物馆破天荒庆生 华盖街主馆明免费开放
■北马新闻 2011-04-12 20:45:49 点击数:4

■博物馆将在周年庆活动上展出成立历史资料展览。


■黄汉伟展示博物馆复刊的年报。中为哈雅妮。

(槟城12日讯)槟州博物馆及画廊将于4月14至17日,破天荒庆祝周年纪念,成为1965年正式成立以来首次庆祝"生日"。

庆祝活动将在中路57号分馆举行,不过华盖街主馆也将会在14日当天免费开放给公众参观。

黄汉伟:引导青少年参观

博物馆委员会主席黄汉伟行政议员指出,该馆是于1965年4月14日由当时的州元首拉惹敦乌达主持启用仪式。不过自启用后,一直都没有庆祝过周年纪念。他说,今年首办的庆典将会邀请州元首敦阿都拉曼莅临主持开幕。博物馆方面希望通过这项活动,采取主动及互动方式教育及引导青少年到博物馆;提高博物馆与槟州画廊的知名度;加强与政府部门、私人界及教育机构的联系与合作;以创意、新鲜有趣方式呈献槟城历史、文化遗产及视觉艺术。

主任:30活动让公众参与

博物馆主任哈雅妮说,4天庆典将会有30项活动让公众参与,年龄层涵盖儿童到成人。这次馆方也获得18个政府及非政府组织参与举办这些活动。

重新出版停刊年报

她说,配合周年纪念,博物馆也将会重新出版自1993年停刊的年报。活动期间将设博物馆之友柜台,让国内外朋友申请加入以享有博物馆产品及入门优惠。她说,理大天文学会也会在会场架设天文望远镜,让与会的公众人小朋友有机会在市中心观赏到天文景象。

包括历史展及各项比赛

博物馆周年庆开幕仪式将于14日上午10时,闭幕礼则落在14日下午5时。14日至17日庆祝活动开放时间为上午10时至晚上8时,入场免费。活动包括博物馆成立历史展览、雕塑比赛、历史问答比赛,儿童绘画比赛、讲故事比赛、传统游戏、传统食品展、摄影、脸及手绘、手工艺示范、音乐表演、短片播映等。


Public Consultaton for Special Area Plan for George Town

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 09:07 AM PDT



喬治市維護工作草圖需要公眾咨詢
由星洲日報大北馬于 2011年4月12日22:32 发布

(檳城)《特別區域計劃及馬六甲海峽歷史城:喬治市維護工作草圖》公開給民眾參與,同時歡迎公眾出席兩場匯報會,以收集大家對管理世界文化遺產城的意見。

一個由檳州政府及中央政府屬下機構組成的行動小組,包括檳州城鄉規劃局、國家遺產局、檳島市政局及喬治市世界遺產機構,從4月11日至5月9日一連四星期宣傳喬治市維護工作草圖,同時獲取公眾的咨詢。

在1976年城鄉規劃法令13條文賦予的權力下,草圖內容已於檳島3個地點展出,同時讓公眾觀看草圖後,當場填寫意見反饋表格,提出他們的上訴、建議和抗議。有意更詳細瞭解草圖內容的公眾,可以購買一片25令吉的草圖光碟。

檳州首席部長林冠英表示,世遺區居民、非政府組織、團體與社團、學生及各領域人士及公眾,都可以參與維護喬治市工作草圖的宣導活動,除了讓行動小組更完善草擬特別區域計劃,也在喬治市的規劃與決策出一份力。

他說,這份草圖涵蓋喬治市的109.38公頃(42.16%)世遺核心區,以及150.04公頃(57.84%)緩衝區。

他強調喬治市維護工作草圖並非最終決定,也不會影響古蹟區內現有的商家,但剛剛提呈的申請包括非法燕屋一律不獲批准,以保持古蹟區的活動形態。

行動小組咨詢顧問諾麗查說,喬治市維護工作草圖是聯合國世遺中心要求的《古蹟管理藍圖》"跟進版",以地方上人民利益及人文價值為前提,完成後再提呈世遺中心。

草圖展出地點:

1:光大2樓(大眾書局外)

2:打石街喬治市世界遺產機構

3:舊關仔角市政廳大廈

展出日期:2011年4月11日至5月9日

開放時間:星期一至五,上午9時至下午4時30分。

公眾填妥表格後可寄至:Pengarah,

Jabatan Perancang Bandar dan Desa Negeri Pulau Pinang

Tingkat 57, KOMTAR

10000 Pulau Pinang.



草圖匯報會

日期:2011年4月18日、5月8日

時間:上午9時30分

地點:舊關仔角市政廳大廈


Ameng Dipenjara 8 Tahun Dan 10 Sebatan

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 09:23 AM PDT

Penyanyi kumpulan Spring, Wan Aminuddin Wan Ismail atau lebih dikenali sebagai Ameng, dihukum penjara lapan tahun dan dikenakan 10 sebatan oleh Mahkamah Sesyen di sini hari ini kerana kesalahan dadah.

PENYANYI Wan Aminuddin Wan Ismail atau Ameng Springs berbual dengan isterinya, Sabariah Zakariah, di Mahkamah Sesyen Melaka selepas dijatuhi hukuman lapan tahun penjara dan sepuluh sebatan atas tuduhan memiliki dadah hari ini.

Hakim Abu Bakar Katar menjatuhkan hukuman itu selepas Ameng, 42, mengaku bersalah terhadap kesemua tiga pertuduhan yang dikenakan terhadapnya.

Ameng, didakwa bersama-sama isterinya Sabariah Zakaria, 41, bagi pertuduhan pindaan pertama dan kedua.

Sabariah yang mengaku tidak bersalah kemudiannya dibebaskan selepas pihak pendakwaan menarik balik kedua-dua pertuduhan terhadapnya.

Bagi pertuduhan pindaan pertama, Ameng dihukum penjara lapan tahun dan 10 sebatan selepas mengaku bersalah memiliki kanabis seberat 105.90 gram dalam sebuah bilik hotel di Jalan Melaka Raya 3, Taman Melaka Raya, Bandar Hilir di sini pada 5.20 petang 1 Februari lepas.

Bagi pertuduhan pindaan kedua, Ameng dihukum penjara dua tahun setelah mengaku bersalah pada waktu, tempat dan tarikh yang sama, memiliki dadah methamphetamin seberat 0.22 gram.

Bagi satu lagi pertuduhan, Ameng dihukum penjara satu tahun dengan dua tahun pengawasan polis selepas dia mengaku bersalah melakukan pemberian diri sendiri dadah jenis methamphetamin, di pejabat siasatan jenayah narkotik Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Melaka Tengah di sini, pada 6 petang 1 Februari lepas. – Bernama


The Parable of Distrust

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 07:30 AM PDT

Once upon a time, lived a man called Joseph, who had the misfortune to get caught in a serious flood. The water was rising all around him and was soon up to his knees. He climbed the staircase to the first floor but still the water rose. It wasn't long before the water was up to his waist and he looked out of the window to see what was happening to his neighbours.

A boat was passing and the occupant shouted, "Hey, Joseph! Quick, climb aboard my boat and I will take you to safety." Joseph smiled and replied, "Thank you very much, but I have had a word with God and he will take care of me. You use the space on your boat to help others less fortunate than myself." Soon the boat was out of sight.

The flood would not stop and the water continued to climb. Joseph was forced onto the roof of his home and he surveyed the catastrophe below him.

A helicopter flew over Joseph and a man used his microphone to tell Joseph that worse was yet to come. He threw a rope down to Joseph and cried, "Quick Joseph, climb up while you still have a chance!"

Nevertheless, Joseph had been a good man all his life and placed his faith in the Lord, so he declined the offer, requesting that they go in search of other people. "You don't have to worry about me," he shouted, "I have spoken with God and he will not let me die."

The helicopter flew away and the waters rose and rose until finally it was all over. Joseph was taken from this earth.

As stated earlier, Joseph was a good man, so naturally he was taken to the pearly gates to meet St. Peter. On entering heaven he was taken and introduced to God who welcomed him with open arms.

But, Joseph was not content and asked God, "I am confused my Lord. I have been a devout follower my entire life, and never once have I strayed from your chosen path. I believe I was too young to die now. I prayed to you and asked you to save me, but my faith let me down. How could you have been so cruel?"

And the Lord replied, "What do you mean I let you down? I sent you a boat to save you, and a helicopter as well."

Author Unknown
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There are many times in life when we try to help each other, but our efforts are met with distrust or total apathy. Such incidents teach us to be wiser and to be more sensitive in the way we help others. When help is in sight, we should receive it. Similarly, when we want to help others, let's do it wholeheartedly.

Our fellow rakyat in Sarawak will go to the polls this coming Saturday. May they put their trust in the RIGHT candidate and vote for change.


Wu Lien Teh

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 06:02 AM PDT

This dedication had been long in coming. I had planned to write it quite a while ago but somehow, had been putting it off for various reasons. Today's the day that I get to tackle this topic. Finally.

Ask any Old Free or a current student of the Penang Free School and he will tell you that he is very familiar with the name of Wu Lien Teh. We either belonged or did not belong to the Wu Lien Teh House. I wasn't in Wu Lien Teh House; I was with Hargreaves House. But Wu Lien Teh House was our competitor on the sports field, so we couldn't ignore this name even if we wanted to.

But who was Wu Lien Teh that was so honoured with a House name in Penang Free School? Hargreaves, Pinhorn, Cheeseman and Hamilton, I can understand. At one time or another, they were either illustrious teachers or headmasters of the school. I can also understand naming Tunku Putra House after our first Prime Minister, Tengku Abdul Rahman.

But Wu Lien Teh House? Nope, it was never explained to me in school and I had to find out the hard way: through my own investigations. If you cannot wait to read this dedication till the end, you can take a short detour to the ultimate wikipedia guide on Wu Lien Teh here.

On the world stage, Wu Lien Teh (born 1879) is a revered figure in China. In the winter of 1910, the Peking Foreign Office summoned him to go investigate an unknown epidemic which was killing 99.9 per cent of its victims. This turned out to be the beginning of the large pneumonic plague that swept through Manchuria and Mongolia, and which ultimately claimed 60,000 lives. Within a short period of four months, he identified the source of the disease and ordered the cremation of the victims. This was the turning point of the epidemic. The suppression of this plague changed the face of modern medicine in China.
 
A lesser known aspect of Wu Lien Teh was that he was from Penang. He came from a very big family and had his education at the Penang Free School. He won the Queen's Scholarship in 1896 and studied medicine at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, registered as Ngoh Lean Tuck.

In 1903, he returned to Penang and went into private practice. He was very involved in social issues and founded the Anti-Opium Association in Penang. As a result, he found himself facing off against the powerful shady forces that controlled the very lucrative trade in opium. Inevitably, the dark forces found a way to fix him up. In 1907, a mere one ounce of tincture opium discovered in Wu's dispensary was declared illegal and it led to a trial that attracted worldwide publicity. But he was also noticed by the Chinese Government in Peking which offered him the post of Vice-Director of the Imperial Army Medical College in Tientsin one year later.

In 1937, with the Japanese occupying much of China and the Nationalists in retreat, Wu moved back to Malaya where he adjusted to a life of relative obscurity and worked as a General Practitioner in Ipoh. But he never did escape the Japanese in the end because as we know, Malaya was occupied by them in 1942. How Wu had survived the ordeal, I don't know. Nevertheless, in a letter Wu wrote on 4 Oct 1945 to some friends at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in the United States, he said: "We have all gone through terrible times during the past four years. Some have lost brothers and sisters, others fathers, others again have themselves suffered injuries and personal losses."

I've heard that in Ipoh, he gave free medical treatment to those who were too poor to pay. He spent much of his time over his collection of 2,000-plus volumes of books on Chinese, European and Indian art, philosophy, science, history and culture, which were later donated to the Nanyang University (later known as the University of Singapore) in 1957. He practised medicine right up to the age of 80 and then decided to move back to Penang for his retirement. He died on 21 Jan 1960, at the age of 81 years, merely a week after moving into his new home.

So there we have it, a nutshell recollection of a most remarkable man who was lauded around the world for his medical achievements. But except for the House named after him at the Penang Free School, Plague Fighter Extraordinaire Dr Wu Lien Teh (or Dr Ngoh Lean Tuck) remains quite unrecognised in the state where he was born. A very pity indeed. Ironically, it's left to Perak to honour him with a Jalan Wu Lien Teh in the suburb of Ipoh Garden South in Ipoh.

As a postscript note, the Singapore-China Friendship Association is organizing a talk on Wu Lien Teh at the Sales Gallery of Eastern & Oriental Berhad in Beach Road, Singapore on 14 Apr 2011. I hear that next year in China, there'll be a big international gathering in Harbin to commemorate him on 13-15 Jan 2012. Already, there exists a Wu Liande Memorial Hospital and an associated Wu Liande Museum in Harbin. But nothing in the country of his birth. Shameful.
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Malaysiakini Alternatives & Sarawak Report

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 07:28 AM PDT

Malaysiakini suffered a massive attack from Cyber Troopers, guess to shut it down before the Sarawak elections. Only 3 more days to go. Well they have not been totally knocked out, here are their alternative sites, they are using wordpress, blogspot and facebook to good effect:







Malaysiakini down, hit by cyber attacks Posted on April 12, 2011 by malaysiakinicom Apr 12, 11 5:46pm A cyber attack beginning at 11am today shut down Malaysiakini servers simultaneously, making the website inaccessible to readers four days ahead of the Sarawak election. The Malaysiakini technical team has determined it to be a denial-of-service attack, where an attacker uses computers in different parts of the world to swarm Malaysiakini servers to the point that they are unable to cope with the massive traffic. Both our servers, which are hosted at two data centres – TM Brickfields and Jaring – have been affected by the attack. Malaysiakini has posted all of today's reports in Facebook. Readers can access Malaysiakini in full via Facebook Notes. We will soon be making our reports, especially those on the Sarawak election, available on WordPress, Blogspot and other publishing platforms. Malaysiakini is also working to bring up a new set of servers. We apologise for the technical problem and we will keep readers informed of developments via Facebook and Twitter.

Similar to attacks on 'Sarawak Report'
The attack on Malaysiakini came three days after Sarawak Report, a website which has been critical of Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, was shut down by a similar assault. According to site founder Clare Rewcastle Brown, the attacks has been building up with interruptions over the past week, culminating in a concerted attack over the weekend. She explained that web experts said it was a distributed denial of service attack – the type that brought down Wikileaks at one time. In a DOS attack, multiple bots, or programmes running on servers or personal computers in different countries are used to bombard a site's server with multiple requests to view the site. The 'bots' will repeat the request for data so many times they flood the server, beyond its ability to respond. Sarawak Report has this morning moved to a new address




Down but not out!!


after sarawak report, now malaysiakini

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 07:08 AM PDT

they (BN) are afraid, it seems, very afraid. few days ago, sarawak report had been attacked… and today suddenly malaysiakini became the target of attack. if you can't access malaysiakini with its usual link, try this instead -  http://office.malaysiakini.com.

the following is a report from malaysiakini regarding it being attacked.

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A cyber attack beginning at 11am today shut down Malaysiakini servers simultaneously, making the website inaccessible to readers four days ahead of the Sarawak election.

The Malaysiakini technical team has determined it to be a denial-of-service attack, where an attacker uses computers in different parts of the world to swarm Malaysiakini servers to the point that they are unable to cope with the massive traffic.

Both our servers, which are hosted at two data centres – TM Brickfields and Jaring – have been affected by the attack. It is learnt that the attack was launched from overseas.

Malaysiakini has posted all of today's reports in Facebook. Readers can access Malaysiakini in full via Facebook Notes.

We will soon be making our reports, especially those on the Sarawak election, available on http://malaysiakinicom.wordpress.com or
http://malaysiakinicom.blogspot.com.

For Malaysiakini's Chinese-language website, please go to http://www.facebook.com/mkinicn and http://malaysiakini-cn.blogspot.com/.

For Bahasa Malaysia, go to http://www.facebook.com/mkinibm.

Malaysiakini is also working to bring up a new set of servers.

We apologise for the technical problem and we will keep readers informed of developments via Facebook and Twitter.

Similar to attacks on 'Sarawak Report'

The attack on Malaysiakini came three days after Sarawak Report, a website which has been critical of Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, was shut down by a similar assault.

According to site founder Clare Rewcastle Brown, the attacks has been building up with interruptions over the past week, culminating in a concerted attack over the weekend.

She explained that web experts said it was a distributed denial of service attack – the type that brought down Wikileaks at one time.

In a DOS attack, multiple bots, or programmes running on servers or personal computers in different countries are used to bombard a site's server with multiple requests to view the site.

The 'bots' will repeat the request for data so many times they flood the server, beyond its ability to respond.

Sarawak Report has this morning moved to a new address – http://www1.sarawakreport.org/

Alternative websites where you can access Malaysiakini for FREE:

WordPress: malaysiakinicom.wordpress.com

Blogspot: malaysiakinicom.blogspot.com



Rakyat Juga Bijak Menilai Siapa Rais!

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 07:31 AM PDT

Rakyat Harus Bijak Menilai Siapa Anwar Ibrahim - Rais

BINTULU: Insiden Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim melenting terhadap wartawan menjadi barometer bahawa sahsiah beliau sebenarnya sahsiah yang dilakonkan pada masa-masa tertentu, kata Menteri Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

"Anwar Ibrahim sebenarnya mempunyai pelbagai facet ataupun permukaan... yang karismatik pun ada, satu lagi yang tidak dikenali kita pun ada, kebengisannya pun jarang kita akui, tapi nyata telah dilahirkan terhadap media.

"Dengan cara itu, media sendiri dapat menghayati siapa Anwar sebenarnya," katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan stesen radio Bintulu FM di Studio RTM di sini, Selasa.

Pada sidang media yang diadakan di Kuching Ahad lepas, Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat itu melenting terhadap wartawan ketika diajukan soalan berkaitan jam tangan Omega yang dikaitkan dengan isu video seks yang didakwa melibatkan seorang pemimpin kanan pembangkang.

Rais, yang diminta mengulas insiden itu, berharap agar rakyat sendiri boleh menilai parti pembangkang selepas insiden berkenaan.

Beliau berkata seseorang pemimpin tidak perlu menghalau orang ataupun menggunakan kata-kata kesat terhadap wartawan biar apapun laporan yang dibuat oleh media.

"Saya pun mempunyai saham dalam hal ini dan pengalaman saya adalah tidak perlu menggunakan kata-kata yang di luar dugaan ataupun di luar yang perlu kita nyatakan kepada umum," katanya.

Ditanya sama ada insiden berkenaan akan memberi kelebihan kepada Barisan Nasional (BN) dalam pilihan raya negeri 16 April ini, beliau berkata ia terserah kepada rakyat.

"Sepatutnya rakyat terasa bahawa ini adalah sesuatu yang sebenarnya Anwar Ibrahim dan mereka harus tahu siapa beliau," kata Rais yang yakin BN akan dapat memenangi majoriti dua pertiga dalam pilihan raya ini.-BERNAMA

Ulasan GB

Cuba selepas ini wartawan bertanya kepada Rais mengenai isu siapa menteri yang merogol amah dulu? Cuba buka kisah Robengah di depannya dan cuba minta pandangannya tentang sikap Migrant Care yang berkeras mempertahankan tuduhannya bahawa seorang menteri itu telah merogol seorang amah dari Indonesia yang pernah berkhidmat dengannya? Bagaimanakan agaknya sikap Rais ketika itu?

Perhatikan juga perwatakannya yang mempunyai pelbagai facet (mengguna istilahnya sendiri) bila berdepan dengan orangramai.

Baru sharpshooter cut & paste artikel dari harakahdaily, dah kelam-kabut mohon injunksi mahkamah supaya beliau keluarkan artikel itu dari blognya.

Justeru, rakyat seperti GB berkata: Rais perlu mencerminkan dirinya terlebih dahulu dan tidak perlu menuding kepada Anwar jika ekornya sendiri bergelumang najis. Rakyat juga bijak menilai siapa Rais yang hendak menilai Anwar!



Harsh Words

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 05:51 AM PDT

I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh excuse me please" was my reply.
He said, "Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you."

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said good-bye.
But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.
He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,
"While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use,
but the children you love, you seem to abuse.
Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."

By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.
I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.

"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.
I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."

I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."
He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway."

I said, "Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue." 
-Author Unknown-
If any of us died tomorrow, our employer can easily replace us. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.
As such, if we pour ourselves more into work than into our own families, we are investing in the wrong place.
May we always treasure the moments with our loved ones.
Have a lovely evening, everyone!


"Allah" issue: Who started it? By Jacqueline Ann Surin - 12 Jan 10

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 05:10 AM PDT

This post is for the peoples of Sarawak, open your eyes and ears, all unnecessary problems were created by the BN, they throw stones and hide their hands behind their backs. Vote wisely-edit.

LEST we forget, the source of the Allah controversy that resulted in churches, and a Catholic school, being torched and threatened did not begin on the streets. It did not begin with narrow-minded and ignorant Muslim pressure groups threatening to spill blood to assert their sole right to use "Allah".

Lest we forget, it began with the 1986 government ban on the use by non-Muslims of the word "Allah", and three others — "solat", "Kaabah" and "Baitullah". That's the Barisan Nasional (BN) government we are talking about, the one that Umno leads. Hence, lest we forget, the issue of non-Muslims using the word "Allah" would not be an issue at all in Malaysia if the Umno-led government had, to begin with, respected the legitimate rights of other faith communities. The "Allah" issue would not have spiraled into, to quote a friend, suburban terrorism — and it is terrorism when violence and intimidation are used towards achieving one's goals — if the Home Ministry had not acted to deny the rights of non-Muslim citizens in the first place.

Today, in the aftermath of churches being torched and threatened, we hear Umno leaders, most notably Prime Minister and party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak denying that Umno is responsible for the situation we find ourselves in. We hear BN leaders condemning the violence committed against churches throughout the country. But as a lawyer friend commented on Twitter on 8 Jan 2010: "If you inflame passions, you cannot condemn violence."

Doing what's right

We know historically and culturally that firstly, "Allah" predates Islam; and secondly that it is used by non-Muslims in other Muslim countries with no restriction. So, the government is responsible for this narrow-minded and bigoted interpretation of who can use "Allah" in Malaysia. And by continuing to defend its position through a court appeal, the government is the one responsible for perpetuating the notion that Muslim rights will always supersede non-Muslim rights no matter if it is illogical, irrational or unconstitutional.

Are we surprised then that some groups will resort to acts of terrorism in Malaysia in order to assert their superiority at all costs? With the kind of government we have today — one that consistently does little to delegitimise violence in the name of Malay and Muslim superiority — I'm not at all surprised that there are those who think they can get away with using fear and intimidation to strip others of their rights. After all, the government is already doing it. And even in this particular issue, Najib and his Umno ministers continue to resist doing the right thing instead of kow-towing to and fanning the flames of ignorance and fear among the bigots in our midst.

No more dialogue

In an attempt at damage control, the government and a couple of politicians including Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin have now called for an interfaith dialogue to resolve the issue. But really, the time for dialogue is over. Meaningful dialogue can only happen when all parties to the dialogue are treated as equals. In the current scenario, I'll wager that any "dialogue" will involve non-Muslims acceding to the perceived "sensitivities" and assumed rights of Muslims to own copyright to the word "Allah". And mind you, the use of the word "Allah" is not a "sensitive" issue, as top Umno leaders and the Umno-backed Utusan Malaysia are fond of restating repeatedly. It's a copyright issue. And there is nothing at all that gives Muslims in Malaysia, or elsewhere, the copyright to use the word to refer to God and deny others the right to do so.

Indeed, there have been Muslims who demand that Christians should use the word "Tuhan" instead of "Allah" so that Muslims won't be confused. But if Christians and Sikhs have not been confused thus far from the use of "Allah" in their worship, what makes Malaysian Muslims so special that the government should continue to perpetuate their ignorance about a word that pre-dates Islam? Additionally, since copyright for the word does not belong to Muslims, what right do Muslim groups and politicians have to demand that non-Muslims can only use "Tuhan" and not "Allah"?

Instead of an interfaith dialogue where non-Muslims are likely to be asked to compromise on their rights to protect the false sensitivities of some Muslims, here's what I would like to see happen. If Najib's administration is really sincere about 1Malaysia, I would like to see the government host public forums and seminars for Muslims who may be confused about the word "Allah". Really, what's stopping the Umno-led government from wanting to educate the ummah? Islam, after all, brought enlightenment to those who lived during zaman jahiliyah — the age of ignorance. If Umno is such a champion of Malay Muslims, why is it perpetuating this age of ignorance instead of educating Muslims while simultaneously respecting the rights of non-Muslims? Why is it enforcing the ban and appealing the High Court decision that nullified the ban when it is even stated in the Quran that "Allah" doesn't just belong to Muslims?

Perchance the home minister, who was from Umno in 1986 when the ban was gazetted, and continues to be from Umno, is ignorant about historical fact and constitutional rights? Or perhaps Umno would rather Muslims remained ignorant? Or perhaps, Umno just doesn't care about the legitimate rights of non-Muslims no matter the rhetoric about 1Malaysia?

BN-sponsored fascism

The West often likes to describe Malaysia as a "moderate Muslim state". We are far from it. We have become a fascist state under BN rule. How so? Well, a state that actively and aggressively promotes racial and religious superiority is no different from the Nazi state that asserted that the Aryans were superior to the Jews. And the systematic use of violence, fear and draconian laws to diminish and suppress the legitimate rights of minority groups can only be described as fascist. The BN will, of course, deny responsibility for the way the "Allah" issue is playing out. The government will provide financial aid to churches to prove to Christians that it does not condone these acts of violence. It will now be open to interfaith forums, where before it banned any such attempts by groups such as Article 11.

Too little too late, I'm afraid. Make no mistake: the BN government started this. And by denying culpability now and stubbornly refusing to do what is right despite the historical, cultural and religious evidence, the BN is responsible for the rising fascism in our midst. Is this the kind of Malaysia we want to live in? Is this the kind of government we want?
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Jacqueline Ann Surin thinks peace-loving citizens should set the benchmarks for what constitutes 1Malaysia instead of letting the government spin its public relations exercise. What would you like to see happening for you to believe that Najib's 1Malaysia is for real? The Nut Graph


NGO Serah Memo Pertikai Perbelanjaan Ketenteraan RM23 Billion

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 05:23 AM PDT

NGO serah memo bantah perbelanjaan ketenteraan

Sekumpulan lebih 10 orang aktivis hari ini berhimpun di hadapan Markas Angkatan Tentera, Kuala Lumpur bagi menyerahkan satu memorandum berhubung peruntukan ketenteraan negara yang didakwa semakin meningkat setiap tahun.

Memorandum berkenaan antara lainnya mempertikaikan peningkatan perbelanjaan ketenteraan sehingga RM23 bilion dalam Rancangan Malaysia Ke-10 (RMK).

"(Sedangkan), menteri pelajaran pada masa yang sama mengumumkan terdapat 600 buah sekolah di negara ini berada dalam keadaan kritikal," memorandum itu dipetik.

Memorandum itu juga menyebut, peruntukan perbelanjaan pertahanan mencecah 15.9 peratus daripada jumlah keseluruhan perbelanjaan kerajaan dalam tempoh RMK-3 dan 15 peratus dalam tempoh RMK-6.

"Sementara itu, peruntukan kesihatan hanya sekadar 1.6 peratus dan 1 peratus bagi tempoh RMK-4 dan RMK-5.

"Ini secara jelas menggambarkan bahawa kerajaan BN telah menunjukkan komitmen dan fokus luar biasa terhadap ketenteraan dan peruntukan pertahanan pada beberapa dekad lepas,
" menurut memorandum itu lagi.

Memorandum berkenaan ditandatangani oleh 26 NGO dan parti politik, antaranya Suaram, Food Not Bombs Kuala Lumpur dan Parti Sosialis Malaysia.

Turut hadir dalam perhimpunan itu ialah ADUN Kota Damansara Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim dan juga pengarah Suaram Kua Kia Soong.

Ketika bercakap kepada media, Kua berkata jumlah perbelanjaan sebanyak RM6 bilion untuk pembelian kapal peronda tentera oleh kerajaan sepatutnya boleh digunakan untuk membina 6000 buah sekolah.

"Apa yang kita perlukan ialah hospital dan bukan pesawat Hornet, sekolah dan bukannya kapal selam.

"Jika ditanya, (kerajaan) cuma akan kata (sebab) keselamatan negara," kata Kua lagi yang mendakwa, kerajaan tidak bertindak secara telus dalam memberi penjelasan berhubung perbelanjaan ketenteraan
.

Memorandum berkenaan diterima oleh setiausaha bahagian kewangan kementerian pertahanan Mohd Shahbudin Ibrahim yang menemui pemimpin aktivis berkenaan di luar kompleks kementerian tersebut.

Penyerahan memorandum berkenaan dibuat sempena hari tindakan sedunia bagi menentang perbelanjaan ketenteraan (GDAMS) yang disambut pada hari ini. -mk


Wheelchair Users – What Price Independence?

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 03:53 AM PDT

Wheelchairs are like shoes. One size does not fit all. A customised chair makes a lot of difference to the person using it. My first made-to-measure aluminium chair was a folding Japanese-made Max Pleasure Synergy that costs RM5,700 in 2007. I enjoyed a great deal of independence from it. The small footprint made it very maneuvreable. My posture improved tremendously; I was no longer slouching. For the first time in two decades, I actually looked good in a wheelchair.

Unfortunately, the crossbrace fractured after just three years of moderate use. The crossbrace is the X-shaped mechanism that allows the chair to be folded. I have also had the same issue with the crossbraces of two other steel wheelchairs that I used previously. Both were standard off-the-shelf wheelchairs. They were heavy, difficult to push and fitted me badly.

A custom-made wheelchair takes many aspects of the user's body and needs into account. The width, depth and height of seat from floor all make a difference; so are the sizes of the rear wheels and front casters. One can choose either a folding or rigid chair. A folding chair takes up less space when folded and is easy to store in the car boot. It is also heavier because of the crossbrace. The rigid chair is lighter because it does not have a crossbrace. The rigid wheelchair has less flex of the frame thereby translating to more energy efficient propulsion.

The current wheelchair that I am using is the Tilite ZRA Series 2. This is a rigid wheelchair with its main frame constructed from aerospace-grade titanium tubes. Titanium has better strength-to-weight ratio compared to other materials used for making wheelchairs. It also does not rust and corrode. That makes it durable, an important factor for something that I am totally dependent on for my mobility.

This wheelchair is also twice as expensive. The costliest part is the titanium frame, followed by the rear wheels, shipping and then the cushion. Friends, non-disabled people and wheelchair users as well, asked me why I was willing to cough up so much for a few titanium tubes on wheels when I can buy another aluminium chair for only half the amount I paid.

In getting a wheelchair, especially for long-term users, the decision cannot be based solely on cost comparison alone. There are other factors to consider like durability and functionality of the wheelchair. The most important factor to consider, however, is the implication from pushing a heavy wheelchair ten or twenty years down the road. The repetitive actions of propelling the wheelchair has been proven to wear out the shoulders in the long run.

An injured shoulder will rob me of my mobility and independence. Should that happen, I may have to depend on someone to help me with my activites of daily living for a period of time pre and post-surgery. The question is do I scrimp on cheaper wheelchairs now and suffer the consequences in the later years or do I take preventive measures now to preserve whatever functions I still have for as long as possible?

For me, the answer is simple: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. The RM13,000 I paid for the Tilite ZRA Series 2 and cushion is a necessary expenditure albeit a steep one. It is justifiable nonetheless. I am already living with a host of spinal cord injury-related health issues, many I could not have prevented even if I had wanted to. My shoulders I can. This wheelchair is the gift to myself for sustaining a better quality of life in the long term. In that sense, it is worth every sen I paid for it.

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My comments on - Religion and politics should be separate - Taib tells church

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 03:33 AM PDT

This was out in Malaysian Insider:
Religion and politics should be separate, Taib tells church
UPDATED @ 04:36:10 PM 12-04-2011
By Clara Chooi
April 12, 2011


KUCHING, April 12 — Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud moved today to repair the government's fraying ties with the church but at same time advised its religious leaders to keep politics and religion separate.

The chief minister's suggestion comes as the ruling Barisan Nasional heads into its toughest battle yet to retain power over Sarawak, long considered its fixed deposit.

Taib sat with representatives from the Association of Churches Sarawak (ACS) this afternoon for nearly 90 minutes to discuss the grouses faced by the local Christian community and attempt to assuage growing concerns over the Alkitab row.

When approached later however, Taib would not disclose the details of the discussion but declared that the row was over.

When asked if the Alkitab issue had been raised, the leader shook his head and said: "No".

"The case has been resolved so it's okay. No reason (to discuss it) in the first place anyway... Not in the case of Sarawak," he said.

He said the conversation instead had been centred on the church's lack of funds to improve and maintain its mission schools.

"I had a dialogue with leaders of Christian churches and they explained some of the problems that they are facing... mainly grants for schools and how to expand their mission schools to cater to the demands of their flock," he said.

Taib also brushed off reports of chain SMSes being spread among the Christian community urging them to vote against the Barisan Nasional in the coming polls as a vote for the opposition was a vote for Jesus.

"Have they got the authority from Jesus to say that?" he quipped before leaving the Pullman Hotel here.

Bolly speaking to the press after the meeting where he said the Alkitab row was discussed extensively.

When met later, however, ACS chairman Right Reverend Datuk Bolly Lapok admitted to reporters that the Alkitab row was discussed extensively and that Taib had declared the issue resolved.

He also revealed that in explaining the government's stand on the matter, the chief minister had then said that such issues touching religion should not be handled together with politics.

"The CM was telling us what his government is doing regarding the Alkitab.

"As far as he is concerned, it has been cleared and he expressed that politics and religion should best be handled separately and if they are handled together, it is very easy to get abused and would cause unnecessary upset to Sarawakians," he said.

When suggested that Taib's words meant that the chief minister was directing the church not to politicise the Bible row, Bolly neither agreed nor disagreed.

Instead, he said that only the issues of the impounding of the Alkitab and the stamping on books were considered resolved.

"And the letter from (Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri) Idris Jala to the churches has been welcomed but the letter also acknowledged that there are other issues which government is prepared to dialogue on with the church," he said.

Bolly, however, refused to reveal the outstanding issues, but noted that they were grouses affecting the relationship between the church and the state.

"The other issues differ from church to church, from state to state and this is what we do not wish to touch on, given the sensitive time at the moment," he said, referring to the looming April 16 polls.

He skirted a question on whether the church felt that the Alkitab row had been completely resolved but urged that the matter be put to rest.

"We are reiterating our position as has already been stressed earlier, which is that the Alkitab is just one of issues that affect the government-church relationship.

"So as far as the Alkitab is concerned, that is what we discussed. Let's leave it behind," he said.

Bolly acknowledged that the opposition camp had been using the Alkitab issue as campaign fodder but would not say if the church was against such a move.

"The approval of how one conducts one's self when campaigning, we leave it to their own wisdom.

"You do not want me to become a judge here," he said.

He stressed that the church would remain non-partisan and would not side with any political party.

"What we seek is to discern what is Christ's mind on the matter and so we trust that we have been faithful to our calling and have been getting across what the church needs to convey to other parties," he said.

Bolly also refused to comment on the chain SMSes, pointing out that he had not seen them.

"I cannot comment on what I have not seen... Not until I am ready.

"I do not know why people are so upset about it but before we comment, we need to see the content (of the SMSes)," he said.

Last month, the Home Ministry drew flak from Christians after stamping and serialising 35,000 Malay bibles, valued at about RM140,000, without the importers' consent.

The Christian Federation of Malaysia, the umbrella body that represents over 90 per cent of churches nationwide, has said Christians only wish for their constitutional rights to worship to be upheld.

Finally relenting to the community's demands, Putrajaya issued a 10-point solution to end the impasse on April 2, just four days before nomination day for the Sarawak polls.

But the solution raised more furore as it stipulated two separate sets of rules for the community residing in the peninsula and those living across the South China Sea in Sabah and Sarawak.

In his letter, Jala said that Christians in Sarawak and Sabah would be free to bring in and use their bibles in Malay and various indigenous languages and no restriction will be applied.

But at the same time, a slightly different set of rules apply to Christians in Peninsular Malaysia.

According to Jala, this is because Muslims are the majority community on the peninsula unlike in Borneo where they are the minority.

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My comment is actually very simple. It's really rich that separation of state and religion comes from Taib. Why didn't he say anything when Tun Dr Mahathir declared that Malaysia is an Islamic state?

Why didn't he say anything when the BN federal government and state governments implement measures to make our governmental administration more and more Islamic?

How does he explain the Home Ministry's resistance to have Bibles in BM made available to Peninsular Malaysians?

Since he didn't do anything, he is complicit in meshing religion with the state.


Bangunan Retak Tiada Kelulusan Majlis Tapi Masih Terus Dibina

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 03:58 AM PDT

Melaka: Agak membimbangkan apabila sebuah bangunan sembilan tingkat yang pembinaan terpaksa dihentikan kerana tidak mendapat kelulusan di Kampung Semabok Luar dekat sini, retak di beberapa struktur binaannya.

Ia termasuk keretakan pada dinding, kerangka dan tiang hingga menyebabkan serpihan batu mula menimpa kediaman penduduk yang terletak hanya kira-kira 15 meter daripada tapak projek terbabit.

Bangunan yang dibina pada pertengahan tahun lalu itu juga mulai condong berikutan dakwaan penduduk bahawa ia dibangunkan di atas tanah berstatus pertanian dan kediaman, selain tidak mendapat kelulusan daripada pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT).

Dakwa mereka lagi, pemaju gagal mempamerkan papan pemberitahuan projek, selain tidak langsung berbincang dengan penduduk kampung sebelum melaksanakan kerja pembinaan.

Wakil penduduk, Muhamad Nuh Sani, 32, berkata cadangan asal pemaju projek itu adalah membina bangunan hotel setinggi lima tingkat, tetapi terpaksa dihentikan atas arahan Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (MBMB) kerana kegagalan mendapatkan kelulusan pelan bangunan.

"Bagaimanapun, pemaju meneruskan juga kerja pembinaan hingga ketinggian bangunan itu melebihi daripada apa yang dinyatakan sebelumnya, iaitu dari lima menjadi sembilan tingkat.

"Keselamatan penduduk kini semakin terancam. Pemaju dan syarikat terbabit seolah-olah langsung tidak memikirkan nasib buruk yang mungkin menimpa penduduk di sini," katanya kepada Sentral di sini.

Beliau berkata, penduduk sudah lima kali membuat laporan polis di Balai Polis Kandang, di sini sejak tahun lalu.

Seorang lagi penduduk, Abdullah Ab Samad, 50, meminta PBT supaya menghantar segera jurutera untuk menilai tahap kekuatan bangunan berkenaan demi menjamin keselamatan penduduk kampung terbabit.

Beliau berkata, pada masa sama, penduduk juga akan menyerahkan memorandum kepada Ketua Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam supaya mengambil tindakan segera bagi mengatasi masalah itu, selain meminta pemimpin negeri itu supaya tidak membenarkan mana-mana pihak membina hotel di kampung terbabit.

"Tindakan tegas perlu diambil terhadap pemaju, kontraktor, arkitek dan juru perunding yang terbabit secara langsung mendirikan bangunan tanpa kelulusan mahkamah dan MBMB," katanya. -hm

Ulasan GB

Aneh, bangunan itu didirikan tanpa kelulusan. Tetapi dibiarkan oleh MBMB sehigga ia telah dibina dan kini mendatangkan masalah kepada penduduk setempat.

ia dibangunkan di atas tanah berstatus pertanian dan kediaman, selain tidak mendapat kelulusan daripada pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT).

Dakwa mereka lagi, pemaju gagal mempamerkan papan pemberitahuan projek, selain tidak langsung berbincang dengan penduduk kampung sebelum melaksanakan kerja pembinaan.

Wakil penduduk, Muhamad Nuh Sani, 32, berkata cadangan asal pemaju projek itu adalah membina bangunan hotel setinggi lima tingkat, tetapi terpaksa dihentikan atas arahan Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (MBMB) kerana kegagalan mendapatkan kelulusan pelan bangunan.

"Bagaimanapun, pemaju meneruskan juga kerja pembinaan hingga ketinggian bangunan itu melebihi daripada apa yang dinyatakan sebelumnya, iaitu dari lima menjadi sembilan tingkat.


Pemilik, pemaju, kontraktor, arkitek dan juru perunding yang terbabit perlu dikenakan tindakan paling keras di atas kesalahan-kesalahan di atas SEBELUM orang berpersepsi MBMB terlibat sama kerana projek berjalan lancar sehingga dah terpacak bangunan tersebut.


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