Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Story of Mildred Honor

The Story of Mildred Honor

The Story of Mildred Honor

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 10:14 AM PDT

This is a true story and it will give you the chills. I posted in my other blog two years ago but have never posted it here. Today, SK Tio sent it to me and I thought I'd share it again because this is a beautiful and touching story of love and perseverance. Well worth the read. Thanks, SK Tio for sharing this.

After I posted this, an old friend T.K.K. sent me an email alerting me that this is not a true story as verified by Thanks, T.K.K. So let's just treat this as fiction and something to inspire us. :-)

At the prodding of my friends I am writing this story. My name is Mildred Honor and I am a former elementary school music teacher from Des Moines, Iowa.

I have always supplemented my income by teaching piano lessons - something I have done for over 30 years.

During those years I found that children have many levels of musical ability, and even though I have never had the pleasure of having a prodigy, I have taught some very talented students.

However, I have also had my share of what I call 'musically challenged' pupils - one such pupil being Robby..

Robby was 11 years old when his mother (a single mom) dropped him off for his first piano lesson. I prefer that students (especially boys) begin at an earlier age, which I explained to Robby. But Robby said that it had always been his mother's dream to hear him play the piano, so I took him as a student.

Well, Robby began his piano lessons and from the beginning I thought it was a hopeless endeavor. As much as Robby tried, he lacked the sense of tone and basic rhythm needed to excel. But he dutifully reviewed his scales and some elementary piano pieces that I require all my students to learn. Over the months he tried and tried while I listened and cringed and tried to encourage him.

At the end of each weekly lesson he would always say 'My mom's going to hear me play someday'. But to me, it seemed hopeless, he just did not have any inborn ability.

I only knew his mother from a distance as she dropped Robby off or waited in her aged car to pick him up. She always waved and smiled, but never dropped in.

Then one day Robby stopped coming for his lessons. I thought about calling him, but assumed that because of his lack of ability he had decided to pursue something else. I was also glad that he had stopped coming - he was a bad advertisement for my teaching!

Several weeks later I mailed a flyer recital to the students' homes. To my surprise, Robby (who had received a flyer) asked me if he could be in the recital. I told him that the recital was for current pupils and that because he had dropped out, he really did not qualify.

He told me that his mother had been sick and unable to take him to his piano lessons, but that he had been practicing. 'Please Miss Honor, I've just got to play' he insisted. I don't know what led me to allow him to play in the recital - perhaps it was his insistence or maybe something inside of me saying that it would be all right.

The night of the recital came and the high school gymnasium was packed with parents, relatives and friends. I put Robby last in the program, just before I was to come up and thank all the students and play a
finishing piece. I thought that any damage he might do would come at the end of the program and I could always salvage his poor performance through my 'curtain closer'.

Well, the recital went off without a hitch, the students had been practicing and it showed. Then Robby came up on the stage. His clothes were wrinkled and his hair looked as though he had run an egg beater through it. 'Why wasn't he dressed up like the other students?'

I thought. 'Why didn't his mother at least make him comb his hair for this
special night?'

Robby pulled out the piano bench, and I was surprised when he announced that he had chosen to play Mozart's Concerto No. 21 in C Major. I was not prepared for what I heard next. His fingers were light on the keys, they even danced nimbly on the ivories. He went from pianissimo to fortissimo, from allegro to virtuoso; his suspended chords that Mozart demands were magnificent!

Never had I heard Mozart played so well by anyone his age.

After six and a half minutes he ended in a grand crescendo, and everyone was on their feet in wild applause! Overcome and in tears, I ran up onstage and put my arms around Robby in joy. 'I have never heard you play like that, Robby, how did you do it?'

Through the microphone Robby explained: 'Well, Miss Honor .... remember I told you that my mom was sick? Well, she actually had cancer and passed away this morning. And well ....... she was born deaf, so tonight was the first time she had ever heard me play, and I wanted to make it special.'

There wasn't a dry eye in the house that evening. As the people from Social Services led Robby from the stage to be placed in to foster care, I noticed that even their eyes were red and puffy. I thought to myself then how much richer my life had been for taking Robby as my pupil.

No, I have never had a prodigy, but that night I became a prodigy ........ of Robby. He was the teacher and I was the pupil, for he had taught me the meaning of perseverance and love and believing in yourself, and may be even taking a chance on someone and you didn't know why.

Robby was killed years later in the senseless bombing of the Alfred P. Murray Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April, 1995.

And now, a footnote to the story. If you are thinking about forwarding this message, you are probably wondering which people on your address list aren't the 'appropriate' ones to receive this type of message.

So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice.

Do we act with compassion or do we pass up that opportunity and leave the world a bit colder in the process?

-Author Unknown-

May we all make the right decisions and leave a legacy to be remembered. Have a restful evening.

Its tough, admits Najib

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 09:51 AM PDT

Prime Minister Najib admits it. Chief Minister Taib too. It will not going to be easier this time for Barisan Nasional, come Saturday April 16.

Although confidence is high in the BN camp that the ruling party would again secure a two-third majority, the number of votes may falter. Also, a few more state seats could go to the Opposition, especially the Sibu parliamentary by-election in May 2010 say the seat fell to DAP.

The BN assault is shouldered by Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).

The 'urban Chinese' will again be the decider for BN. During the Sibu by-election, the Chinese were more fond of the Opposition promise of a change. SUPP, the Chinese representative in the state BN, lost six seats to the DAP in 2006, and they are again fighting to win the hearts and minds of the Chinese electorate.

Taib said in Kuching yesterday he was confident the BN would gain more than the 48 seats required for the two-thirds majority because the BN still enjoyed support in the Bumiputera areas that form 80 per cent of the constituencies.

The BN held 63 seats in the 71-member state assembly and is contesting all seats again this time.

The bulk of the opposition is coming from Peninsular-based Parti Keadilan Rakyat and DAP which are fielding 49 and 15 candidates respectively while PAS is contesting five seats. Homegrown Sarawak National Party is banking on a revival by standing in 26 seats after its talks with the PKR on seat distribution collapsed, while Parti Cinta Malaysia has six candidates.

A total of 213 candidates including 41 independents are contesting this time around.

Although analysts said BN could win by a bigger majority - plus the possible split in votes among the opposition because they had failed to compromise on seats due to greed - Najib and other leaders remained cautious.

As for the opposition harping on the tenure of Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, it is no longer an issue as Taib himself had indicated that he would retire in a year or two, and that his successor has been identified.

Issue brought up by Iban tribe on as when will 'an Ibanese' can become a Sarawak CM has also been defused while land tittle complication was settled much earlier.

The only thing that matters now is how to convince and persuade the Chinese to opt for BN. As Sibu has provided a morale booster to the Opposition, DAP could provide just the challenge for BN candidates on Saturday.

However, with a full force machinery from the Peninsular - including PM, DPM Muhyiddin and other senior ministers - Sarawakians should be able to get the message clear that only BN can champion their causes.

AJK UMNO Dicekup Dengan Gadis Bawah Umur

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 10:20 AM PDT

Seorang lelaki berusia dalam lingkungan 54 tahun yang merupakan Ahli Jawatankuasa (AJK) UMNO Bahagian UMNO Tanah Merah ditangkap khalwat bersama seorang gadis bawah umur berusia 16 tahun di sebuah hotel di jajahan ini, malam kelmarin.

Lelaki berkenaan ditahan bersama pasangannya pada kira-kira jam 1.30 pagi dalam operasi Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Kelantan (JHEAIK) Tanah Merah diketuai Imam Masjid Bandar, Roslee Ismail dan ahli Rukun Tetangga (RT).

Difahamkan semasa kejadian, penguatkuasa sedang mengetuk bilik hotel berhampiran bilik yang didiami lelaki terbabit dan pasangannya itu, namun tanpa disangka lelaki terbabit keluar dari bilik dan pihak penguatkuasa mengesyaki lelaki terbabit dalam keadaan mencurigakan.

Menurut sumber JHEAIK Tanah Merah, setelah diperiksa lelaki terbabit, yang berpakaian lengkap berada dalam bilik berkenaan bersama seorang gadis belasan tahun yang sedang berkemban.

"Dia bersama pasangannya itu kemudian dibawa ke pejabat JHEAIK untuk tindakan lanjut kerana gagal mengemukakan sebarang dokumen sah mengenai status mereka yang berdua-duaan dalam bilik hotel berkenaan.

"Selepas keterangan diambil kedua-duanya dijamin oleh seorang penjamin sementara menunggu tarikh perbicaraan kes tersebut pada 18 Mei ini," katanya.

Pegawai Agama Jajahan Tanah Merah, Nik Zuhdi Nik Yaacob ketika dihubungi mengesahkan menerima laporan kejadian dan kes itu disiasat di bawah Undang-undang Kanun Jenayah Syariah Negeri Kelantan untuk tindakan susulan.-perakite/karatejau

Please Help Petpositive Spread Animal-Assisted Therapy!

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 09:08 AM PDT

Petpositive: Working with all pets
A young man aged 22 with a spinal injury reaches out and pats a German Shepherd Dog name Zeus for the first time in his life.
Owing to his disability, he has led a very protective life. His parents never allowed him to keep a pet in his life - let alone go near a dog.
A smile, however, brightens up

Taib to Chinese: I gave you four-lane roads. Take it or leave it. I love you, k

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 08:57 AM PDT

Aidila Razak
Apr 13, 11
Two days left into the Sarawak poll campaign, and Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has blown his top over what he characterised was DAP's smear campaign against him.

NONESpeaking to 800 people from Chinese local associations in Kuching, Taib said he is "fed up" with the opposition's slander and lies, warning the crowd, too, that they would lose out if they do not "vote wisely".

"I am fed up with DAP's allegation that I help rich people so I can get money.

"I am rich enough, and with due respect, clever enough to do anything.

"If I compete in business, I can (do so) with anyone. If I can run a country (sic), I can very well run a small or big business," he spat out candidly.

In what appeared to be a moment of catharsis, Taib added that he was "very, very unhappy with DAP propaganda" which has portrayed him as a "devil" who has not developed Sarawak.

"That is the issue of the election. They don't discuss government policy - all (just) lies and accusations.

"It doesn't matter to me. It doesn't matter to me at all. I'm about to retire, but what matters is what happens in the future.

"If the Chinese don't participate in looking after this country, you will be the one who will lose the most," he said by way of warning to the community.
S'wakians better off than those in other states'

Reiterating that he is 'clean', Taib, who was seen jovial after the speech, said that he did not just favour the privileged few, as alleged, but had helped many.

"Some succeeded and some did not. Those who succeeded I must take care so that the country (is looked after)," he said.

He explained that it was always his intention to bring up Sarawakian businessmen so that they can take the lion's share of the economy instead of letting those from outside the state or country to help themselves to Sarawak's resources.

"The chief minister has to get people to come up or I have go give it away to people outside of Sarawak," he said.

Raising his voice to an almost yelling pitch, Taib said that there is no other state where "locals get better work, better pay, better profits and better share than outsiders".

"Can this continue? We will see. I will retire in two or three years' time.

"Their campaign is dirty. I want you to know don't (leave) BN for some 'shouting slogans' (party) from Peninsular Malaysia," he said.
'Parting words of love'

Calling the speech his "parting words" to a community he loves, Taib said that if he was evil like how the opposition makes out, then Kuching would not be so developed.

"When I got here there was nothing, just two-lane roads and now there are four lanes and you don't even realise.

"Take it or leave it. I am retiring in two years. This is my parting words because I love you," he said.
Taib Mahmud has apparently began his speech saying that he would quit in "two or three years' time" before ending it with "two years".
Met later for further comment on claims that he is 'clean', however, Taib only said, "Malaysiakini? Useless. You only twist my words" before walking away.

While Taib let off steam on stage, those at the back of the hall were heard talking about the long-serving CM.

Approached later, some admitted to not having heard what the septuagenarian said as the sound system was not good.

'Will Taib step down in two years?'

A man who only wanted to be known as Mr Wong, however, said he heard Taib loud and clear but disagree with the CM's views.

"I heard that there are three secondary schools (near here) which needed school buses to take them for recreational activities. They wrote to the government but never received it.

"But these 1Malaysia dinners have 100 tables with 100 lucky draws, put the cost together and you could have gotten a bus," he said.

Another man, 'Mr Lee', said that while what Taib said is partly true, the government needs to heed the people's demands.

On Taib's announcement that he will retire in two years, he said: "That is what he is saying but the people are still waiting and seeing. Of course, the opposition wants him out, but I hope we can find a solution that will improve the state."

DAP and PKR are said to be leading in urban majority-Chinese seats, where its rallies are attracting crowds by the thousands.

PRN Sarawak: Najib & BN Semakin Tertekan. Rakyat Tekad Untuk Ubah Kerajaan

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 09:03 AM PDT

Saingan makin sengit, Pakatan mula rasai peluang cerah berbanding 2006

Parti-parti komponen Pakatan Rakyat (PR) yakin bahawa mereka boleh menawan undi kawasan bandar pada hari penentuan pilihan raya negeri Sabtu ini, tetapi Barisan Nasional (BN) kelihatan memiliki sokongan yang cukup untuk memastikan ia boleh memperoleh majoriti dua pertiga kerusi.

Bagaimanapun laporan-laporan positif kelihatan terus memihak kepada PR di kesemua 71 kerusi yang dipertandingkan - memberikan harapan kepada perikatan berusia tiga tahun itu memberi cabaran sengit kepada BN yang tidak pernah disaksikan.

Meskipun pemimpin-pemimpin PR cukup berhati-hati, kehadiran penyokong dengan konsisten pada ceramah-ceramah yang diadakan sejak seminggu lalu dan respons cukup menggalakkan daripada penduduk setempat membolehkan mereka mengakui akan peningkatan sokongan di luar jangkaan mereka.

Ketiga-tiga parti komponen PR – PKR, DAP dan PAS – telah mengisytiharkan bahawa mereka akan menambah kerusi berbanding kedudukan lima tahun lalu jika pun Sarawak tidak jatuh ke tangan mereka.

Gerak-geri risikan menunjukkan mereka memperoleh respons yang semakin meningkat sejak hari penamaan calon Rabu lalu.

Wong Ho Leng dari DAP memberitahu The Malaysian Insider, situasi hari ini lebih menggalakkan dan meyakinkan berbanding ketika pilihan raya kecil kerusi Parliemn Sibu, Mei lalu.

Beliau membuat kejutan dengan memenangi kerusi itu daripada penguasaan Barisan Nasional (BN).

"Kali ini lebih baik. Di Sibu, keadaan menjadi lebih positif ketika menuju penghujung. Tetapi di sini, sokongan sudah kelihatan sejak hari pertama (selepas penamaan calon). Saya berharap dapat mengekalkan persekitaran," katanya lagi.

Wong menyenaraikan lima kerusi disandang BN yang cukup meyakinkan DAP iaitu Repok, Pujut, Piasau, Bawang Assan dan Batu Kawah.

Setiausaha Agung PKR Saifuddin Nasution Ismail juga yakin yang partinya akan meningkatkan undi popular pada jumlah yang signifikan.

"Selalunya, kami membandingkan dengan pilihan raya negeri sebelum ini dan dari sini, adalah jelas dan terlalu sukar untuk menafikan respons baik khususnya di kawasan-kawasan pedalaman," kata Ahli Parlimen Machang ini.

Beliau menambah PKR yakin ia akan memperlihatkan keputusan baik di tiga kawasan yang sebelum ini dimenangi BN dengan majoriti kecil iaitu Saribas, Ba'Kelalan dan Senadin.

Rakan sejawatannya dari PAS Datuk Mustafa Ali pula berkata, respons pengundi sangat menggalakkan sehingga pemimpin-pemimpin setempat parti itu kini "terlalu yakin" akan peluang mereka.

"BN memandang mudah perubahan semasa. Saya boleh melihat sesetengah pemimpin setempat dan jentera mereka terlalu yakin dengan peluang kami (pada kali ini). Saya minta mereka tidak (terlalu yakin)," katanya.

Umumnya bagi PR, ini adalah pilihan raya negeri pertama sejak ia dibentuk tiga tahun lalu khususnya selepas menyaksikan tsunami politik pada pilihan raya umum 2008.

Perikatan itu menggunakan pilihan raya negeri ini sebagai raptai menghadapi pilihan raya umum ke-13, yang disebut-sebut akan diadakan tahun ini.

Sementara pilihan raya negeri ini dilihat sebagai pungutan suara ke atas populariti BN yang semakin terhakis di Malaysia Timur, ia juga dilihat sebagai ujian kepada PR untuk membuktikan popularitinya yang semakin meningkat sejak tsunami politik 2008.

Bagaimanapun sumber-sumber pembangkang risau dengan khabar angin mengatakan BN akan membuat usaha akhir dalam kempennya dengan memberi 'buah tangan' lumayan kepada Parti Kebangsaan Sarawak (Snap), yang hubungannya dengan PR terjejas beberapa hari sebelum penamaan calon, dan bertanding di 26 kerusi yang disaingi PKR.

Ini, menurut beberapa sumber, dilakukan untuk memecahkan undi bakal diperoleh pembangkang dan memastikan kemenangan BN.

Wong juga mengakui mendengar khabar angin sedemikian tetapi enggan membuat spekulasi mengenainya.

Ketika ditemui di ibu pejabat PKR di Satok di sini, Saifuddin juga melahirkan kebimbangan yang sama.

"Kami tidak menafikan bahawa kami menerima sokongan permulaan yang baik, tetapi isunya sekarang ialah sama ada kami boleh mengekalkan (sokongan) sehingga Sabtu ini," katanya.

"(Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri) Najib (Razak) berada di sini dan beliau macam Santa Claus, memberikan buah tangan.

"Ini satu kekurangan besar bagi kami," katanya lagi.

Najib secara perubadi mengetuai kempen sejak Ahad lalum situasi yang tidak pernah disaksikan masa-masa lalu.

Meskipun begitu pemimpin-pemimpin PR kelihatan yakin bahawa mereka telah menerokai kedudukan lebih baik sejak enam hari lalu meskipun di kawasan-kawasan yang sebelum ini sebagai dilihat kubu kuat BN.

Bagi PR satu lagi faktor besar yang mendorong kempennya ialah peningkatan rasa tidak puas hati pengundi terhadap kepimpinan Ketua Menteri Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. -TMI

Media diarah tidak lagi siarkan perhimpunan Pakatan

Sumber dari Media Prima memberitahu semua rangkaian televisyen miliknya telah diarahkan supaya tidak menyiarkan ceramah harian Pakatan yang berjaya menarik kehadiran ribuan orang.

BN yang kini dilihat semakin goyah menjelang pilihan raya negeri Sarawak 16 April ini, terus memperkuatkan cengkamannya ke atas media arus perdana .

Dengan portal berita, termasuk Malaysiakini dan Sarawak Report, yang telah menerbitkan laporan kritikal mengenai ketua menteri, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, tidak dapat diakses akibat serangan siber, rangkaian televisyen telah diarahkan jangan menyiarkan rali dan ceramah-ceramah Pakatan Rakyat.

Sumber yang rapat dengan gergasi media yang dikaitkan dengan Umno itu - Media Prima - memberitahu Malaysiakini bahawa semua rangkaian televisyen miliknya telah diarahkan supaya tidak menyiarkan ceramah harian Pakatan yang berjaya menarik kehadiran ribuan orang.

"Visual rali mega tidak sama sekali boleh disiarkan meskipun ia berkaitan dengan pilihan raya," kata sumber dalaman itu.

Media Prima memiliki semua rangkaian televisyen swasta percuma di negara ini -TV3, ntv7, 8TV and TV9.

Selain televisyen, akhbar Cina juga diberi tekanan selepas BN dikatakan mungkin tumbang di beberapa kawasan yang mempunyai pengundi majoriti masyarakat Cina.

"Walaupun belum diberi arahan, kita mesti berhati-hati dengan laporan berita. Saya tidak fikir, kita mampu lagi memberi liputan pada ratio 60:40 bagi BN dan Pakatan, kita sekarang terpaksa menukarnya kepada 70:30," kata seorang editor akhbar harian Cina.

"Sejak dua atau tiga lalu, liputan ke atas kami telah berkurangan dengan begitu ketara sekali," kata seorang pekerja kempen DAP.-mk

Najib: BN hanya sasar kekal kuasa Sarawak, majoriti dua pertiga 'bonus'

KUCHING, 13 April – Datuk Seri Najib Razak menegaskan sasaran Barisan Nasional (BN) adalah mengekalkan kerajaan negeri yang dipimpin perikatan itu sejak lebih empat dekad lalu, tidak kisah jika hanya dengan majoriti mudah.

Ketika tinggal tiga hari sebelum pengundian, Pengerusi BN ini secara terbuka berkata, pihaknya hanya mahu membentuk sebuah kerajaan walaupun gagal memperoleh majoriti dua pertiga.

Najib yang secara peribadi mengetuai kempen di sini sejak Ahad lalu berkata, jika BN memperoleh majoriti dua pertiga di Dewan Undangan Negeri, ia adalah satu "bonus" bagi partinya.

"Sasaran kami ialah untuk membentuk sebuah kerajaan. Itu minimum. Majoriti dua pertiga adalah bonus kerana ia akan menyediakan kestabilan," kata beliau yang juga Presiden Umno di sini hari ini.

Pengundian pilihan raya negeri ke-10 ini, yang menyediakan 71 kerusi, berlangsung Sabtu ini.

BN memiliki 63 kerusi manakala baki oleh pembangkang.

Sejak 1987, ini kali pertama kesemua kerusi dipertandingkan dan BN berhadapan dengan saingan paling sengit.

Kata Najib, BN tidak mahu melihat secara khusus mengenai bilangan kerusi yang bakal diperoleh perikatan itu kali ini.

"Dalam mana-mana pilihan raya bilangan (kerusi bakal dimenangi) akan naik dan turun," kata beliau yang juga Menteri Kewangan.

Malah Najib juga mengakui bahawa BN berhadapan dengan persaingan sengit di kawasan-kawasan bandar dan pilihan raya negeri kali ini "adalah yang paling sengit dalam politik Sarawak."

"Kami tidak boleh menafikan kerusi-kerusi bandar adalah kawasan yang kami diuji paling sengit," kata beliau.

Sehubungan itu, beliau meminta BN bekerja kuat di kawasan-kawasan bandar kerana calon-calonnya berkaliber dan tidak mahu pengundi menolak mereka hanya kerana protes.

Najib mengulas kenyataan Ketua Menteri Sarawak Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud bahawa beliau yakin akan mengekalkan majoriti dua pertiga dengan memperoleh undi pada jumlah yang banyak di kawasan luar bandar dan separa luar bandar.

Dalam ulasannya Najib juga berkata, pemimpin-pemimpin BN dari Semenanjung Malaysia berada di Sarawak untuk "membantu calon-calon kami agar Sarawak akan kekal di bawah BN." -TMI

Wordless Wednesday – Cik Nas German, Miki makan durian!

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 07:30 AM PDT



PM’s Sandiwara in Sarawak!!! By Martin Jalleh

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 07:22 AM PDT

The PM has excused himself from his duties in Putrajaya (at the taxpayer's expense of course) and planted himself in Sarawak for six days till polling day to give the BN campaign a much-needed push. He seems to be panicking for he has asked the whole Cabinet to park themselves in the Land of the Hornbill and endlessly praise the component BN parties there, whilst pouring scorn on the Opposition.

It appears that Taib Mahmud's campaign has been quite pathetic. After 30 years as CM there is little proof that the people have progressed! But, he now promises he will turn Sarawak into the richest state after the elections! Najib believes that as PM his personality, popularity, position and plenty of "I-help-you-you-help-me" pledges, will lessen public preoccupation with Taib and successfully persuade the masses to vote for BN.

It was pure comedy though when Najib gave his assurance that Taib will step down as Sarawak CM "some time after the state election" and Taib responded he will – "in a few years"! Najib smiled, painfully… Najib's first public meeting, a 1 Malaysia meet-the-leaders session which was plied with goodies in exchange for their attendance, degenerated into what Lim Kit Siang described as a "1 T-Shirt, 1 Tupperware circus".

Not to worry, the PM will fly to many more places to parade and preen on the political stage, promote his "Transformation" programmes and relentlessly pooh-pooh the Opposition's combat cry of "Ubah"! Najib had proudly proclaimed to the Sarawakians that the BN not only promises "but we can deliver and we have delivered for the country". Pray tell, what has Najib delivered since he became PM two years ago?

His think-tank "Performance Management on Delivery Units" (Pemandu) has provided Bolehland with only a plethora of projections, programmes, powerpoint presentations, persuasive charts, and promising plans! Indeed, it has been a prime "performance" by the Prime Minister, thereby making perfect his slogan "1Malaysia: People First, Performance Now", as he offers the rakyat a pipe-dream and a pie in the sky!

Sarawakians need to only look at last year to recognize the PM's play-acting for it was clearly a year of public relations, publicity stunts, political rhetoric, populist slogans and pure propaganda puff by the PM to win over public perception. Najib's flagging image was re-engineered by Apco Worldwide, a global public relations consultant (paid RM77 million yearly with taxpayers' money). He was portrayed as a premier who was ready and raring to redeem Bolehland with his purported radical reforms.

But all he has managed to achieve so far is to present to the nation his slew of acronyms, showcase of plans and pledges, and spate of potential privatised projects costing trillions! His 1Malaysia slogan spun out of control when it was pointed out to him that it is a concept propagated by a Government that promotes and perpetuates a race-based party system – which is the main obstacle to our unity!

Since the introduction of 1Malaysia there has been unprecedented racist extremism and religious bigotry emanating from Perkasa and within Umno and in particular by Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia. Whether it be human rights or civil liberties, the mainstream or online media, Najib's government continued to spin its illusory world and Bolehland's standing in international indexes continued to plummet.

When it came to the economy, Najib chickened out of reforming the "bastardised" NEP and relegated the "New Economic Model" (NEM) to merely a "trial balloon", as a very pleased Perkasa patted him on the back for giving in to their pressure. Statistics in 2010 showed that our 2009 national debt rose to RM362.39 billion or 53.7% of GDP, its highest level in five years. It soared to RM407.1 billion in 2010 but the Government said it was no cause to worry!

There was an exodus of money from Malaysia on a scale which surpassed that during the Asian crisis. Malaysia's FDI plunged 81% and we were the only Asean country to experience negative FDI flow in 2009. Najib's "transformation programmes" did not deter the damning diaspora data in Bolehland to rise to a level which he himself admitted has threatened his vision of transforming Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020.

In 2010, in the midst of Najib's many pronouncements of transformation, the people (especially those in Sabah and Sarawak) struggled with soaring prices and senseless high cost of living while corporate giants and the PM's cronies escaped subsidy cuts. By the end of 2010, the Father of Transformation had only farcical changes, fantasised figures, flip-flops, a frail economy, failing institutions and flawed policies to show, resulting in persitent public protests.

Hopefully, the people of the Land of the Hornbill will put a halt to Najib's hype, hypocrisy and hogwash by rejecting the BN component parties at the coming polls, thereby paving the way for genuine transformation in the next general elections!

13 April 2011)

Malaysiakini Alternatives and Sarawak Report here...

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 07:32 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 –

Free Malaysia is still down.

Down but not out!!

Umrah Dates Confirmed !

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 04:35 AM PDT

I must ask Harris to get up early tomorrow.
We have to dive into the Immigration Department.

The Umrah agency wants our passports by Friday.
Is that possible?
I have not travelled overseas for quite awhile.

And so, I am not sure where on earth is my international passport!!
Definitely lost somewhere in the house.

Harris has never made one so his being a new application will be an easy process.

They have fixed our date of Umrah departure to be on the 5th of May.
We'll be in the Holy Land until the 18th of May.

Fortunately, we got the opportunity, for I was initially told by many that most of the Umrah seats have been fully booked.
Nowadays, it's advisable to make one's bookings at least a few months ahead.

Hence, I was left quiet..ada adalah..takder takperlah..just doa.
But yesterday, my ustad got me his umrah agency friend and Alhamdullillah..

Somebody yelp at me the other day.."after 30 years of marriage, you didn't even once perform your umrah?"
Yea yea..thank you dear for being so shocked!

O my God..the passports, the list of documents required..
I must read the checklist the agency emailed me just now..

As usual, I am so calm and cool until the last minute when I am bound to jump and panic!
Wish me luck with all the necessary things to be done for the Umrah pilgrimage..:D

Mahkamah Batal Saman RM100 Juta Ummi Hafilda Ke Atas Baginda Minda & Malaysiakini

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 06:45 AM PDT

Mahkamah Tinggi hari ini membatalkan saman fitnah dengan tuntutan ganti rugi RM100 juta yang difailkan ahli perniagaan Ummi Hafilda Ali terhadap bekas rakan perniagaannya dan portal berita Malaysiakini.

Hakim Datin Zabariah Mohd Yusof membuat keputusan itu dalam kamar berikutan peguam kedua-dua pihak tidak hadir ke mahkamah.

Saman itu, yang difailkan pada 17 Mac lalu, dijadualkan untuk sebutan hari ini.

Ummi Hafilda, 43, memfailkan saman itu melalui Tetuan Sahrihan & Hamdan di kaunter Mahkamah Sivil dengan menamakan Nor Azman Abdullah @ Baginda Minda sebagai defendan pertama dan Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd yang menyelenggarakan laman berita Malaysiakini sebagai defendan kedua.

Ummi Hafilda dalam saman pemula itu mendakwa defendan dalam satu temu ramah di lobi bangunan Parlimen telah mengeluarkan kenyataan bersifat fitnah dan menyerangnya secara peribadi.

Beliau mendakwa kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh Nor Azman adalah semata-mata untuk memalukannya dan bermotifkan niat jahat.

Ummi Hafilda juga mendakwa kenyataan Nor Azman seolah-olah beliau seorang wanita yang mempunyai banyak skandal dan amat tidak jujur, serta terlibat dengan bekas pembantu peribadi Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Beliau mendakwa defendan kedua pula telah secara cuai membenarkan penerbitan, penulisan dan penyiaran artikel bersifat fitnah tersebut di web portal pada 15 Mac lalu.

Selain menuntut ganti rugi am sebanyak RM100 juta, plaintif memohon satu injunksi untuk melarang kedua-dua defendan daripada terus membuat kenyataan-kenyataan berbaur fitnah terhadapnya.

Ummi Hafilda juga turut memohon ganti rugi teladan dan ganti rugi teruk, serta lain-lain relif yang difikirkan adil dan sesuai oleh mahkamah. - Bernama

PRN Sarawak: PAS Bakal Lahirkan Anak Sulong Di DUN Sarawak

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 06:05 AM PDT

Masyarakat Iban sokong Kak Ani

KOTA SAMARAHAN, 11 April: Calon PAS Muara Tuang, Noraini Hamzah (Kak Ani) diberi sambutan luar biasa oleh masyarakat Iban ketika berkempen di Kampung Merang Lama dan Merang Baru dalam daerah mengundi Semarang, di sini Ahad 10 April.

Lebih 150 orang penduduk tempatan berkumpul di perkarangan rumah bekas Ketua Pemuda PBB, Empawi Anak Adang yang telah meninggalkan parti tersebut hujung tahun lalu.

Kak Ani, ketika menyampaikan ucapan ringkasnya mengucapkan terima kasih kepada sokongan semua penduduk yang meraikan kehadirannya.

Beliau menyeru para pengundi supaya mengundi PAS pada hari pengundian 16 April depan untuk membuat 'satu perubahan'.

"Saya minta semua undilah PAS, kita buat perubahan, sudah lama kerajaan BN memerintah kitak, sudah 30 tahun, (tetapi) tidak ada apa-apa perubahan, air tidak ada, apa pun tiada.

"Saya harap dapat mengundi PAS, kita mau perubahan,"katanya.

Beliau yang ditemui selepas majlis tersebut berkata, sekiranya diberi mandat dan menang dalam pilihanraya negeri Sarawak, beliau akan berjuang menuntut hak rakyat terutama keperluan air yang dihadapi oleh penduduk kempung tersebut

Turut hadir adalah Ahli Jawtankuasa PAS Pusat Datuk Abu Bakar Chik dan Timbalan Pengarah Pilihanraya PAS Pusat, Haji Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kuala Terengganu.

Sokongan pengundi Iban kepada PAS luar biasa

PETALING JAYA: Sokongan pengundi termasuk bukan Melayu kepada PAS meningkat mendadak dan ini memberi petanda akan menang sekurang-kurangnya satu kerusi dalam pilihan raya negeri Sarawak.

"PAS akan meletakkan satu kerusi yang menjadi batu asas di Sarawak," kata naib presiden, Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

"Sambutan pengundi bukan sahaja orang Melayu tetapi juga di kalangan masyarakat Iban yang beragama Kristian juga luar biasa.

"Masyarakat Sarawak yang beragama Islam dan yang bukan beragama Islam sudah tidak takut lagi kepada PAS.

"Selama ini, mereka tidak mendapat gambaran sebenar mengenai PAS setelah faktanya diselewengkan," katanya lagi.

Dalam pilihan raya ini PAS bertanding lima kerusi iaitu Sadong Jaya, Tanjung Datu, Beting Maro, Muara Tuang dan Tanjung Datu.

"Semasa berkempen di kawasan rumah panjang kaum Iban yang beragama Kristian, mereka menerima PAS sebagaimana pengundi Melayu.

"Nampaknya, mereka telah menerima perjuangan PAS," tambahnya.

Hari mengundi bagi pilihan raya negeri Sarawak ialah Ahad ini. Sarawak mempunyai 71 kerusi negeri.

Pada pilihnaraya 2006, Barisan Nasional menang 63 kerusi manakala pembangkang lpan kerusi.

Bagaimanapun, calon PAS yang bertanding kerusi Beting Maro kalah kepada BN. -FMT

夢飛船 -不值得

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 05:27 AM PDT

Filed under: Daily Reports

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Vote tampering caught on video?

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 05:25 AM PDT

KUCHING: DAP has lodged a police report over a video clip purportedly showing an incident of postal vote tampering that took place in Sibu this afternoon.
A DAP election worker who was at the Sibu police headquarters confirmed that the DAP polling agent who filmed the incident was giving his statement at 5.30pm.
The clip, released earlier today showed four women handing over what looked like ballot papers to a bespectacled man in Wisma Sanyan.
As the women left the scene, the unidentified man realised that they were being filmed and attempted to block the camera before running up a staircase into an office.
Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong, condemned the incident and called it "just the tip of the iceberg".
"It is evident from the reaction of the people to the video that they were clearly involved in some sort of hanky-panky," he told FMT.
"We condemn all forms of electoral fraud and vote buying and call on the police and Election Commission to investigate this incident."
Liew added that while DAP had received word of many similar incidents, the party didn't have the means to deter or detect it. He reiterated the party's determination to fight for every vote.
"We won't take this lying down," he said. "So we urge all voters in Sarawak to do their part in ensuring a clean and fair election. If you see any suspicous incidences, record it and we will pursue it."
When contacted, Sibu MP and state DAP chief Wong Ho Leng, said that he hadn't yet seen the video clip and was unable to comment on it at this point in time.
Postal voting for the 10th Sarawak state elections began at 9am today. Postal votes come in a package containing a form, two envelops and a ballot paper.
Voters pick up the package at a centre, fill it out at home and then return the marked ballot paper and filled out form in a sealed envelope.

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Are you listening, Muhyiddin? — George Sandosham

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 04:41 AM PDT

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: It is no wonder that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has to set aside six days and lead the Barisan Nasional (BN) election campaign in Sarawak.

If he left it to his deputy, more people would be alienated and left upset. I have just read a report in The Malaysian Insider where Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has defended the government's handling of the Alkitab issue. He then goes on to perpetuate a lie by saying that the issue has been resolved.

"When have we ever been anti-Christian or anti-religion? It's all a big lie. The Barisan Nasional has always upheld the Rukun Negara," he is quoted as saying in Sibu.

Has Muhyiddin been in dreamland for the past few days? There can only be a resolution to any problem if two or more parties agree to a proposed solution. In this case, the importers of the Malay-language bibles which were seized and then defaced have agreed to collect them but the Christian Federation of Malaysia has clearly said that the Christians have yet to decide whether to accept the so-called 10-point plan by the government.

The CFM is not willing to rush into any decision because it is not bound by the Sarawak election deadline and because BN has a history of double talk when it comes to religious freedom. Over the years, obstacles have been put in the way of Christians practising their faith here.

So it is incredible that the DPM says the Alkitab issue is solved. He is either not following events closely or chooses to ignore the facts. Poor Muhyiddin. He also wants to know when did the government do anything which could be perceived as anti-Christian.

How about the day the government designated the Alkitab as a threat to national security?

It is interesting that the DPM and others are hammering the opposition for capitalising on this issue. But they are barking up the wrong tree. In addition, it seems that everyone is trying to "solve" Christian grievances because of the Sarawak election.

And to me that is sad. It should not matter whether a group of people makes up nine per cent of the population or one per cent. As long as their rights are spelt out in the Constitution, it should be protected.

So far Muhyiddin and gang seem to have failed that test of sincerity. Catholic Herald

Courtesy: The Malaysian Insider

Gadis Dipukau, Dicabul Depan Lif

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 04:00 AM PDT

Pukau, cabul gadis depan lif

AMPANG: Seorang lelaki mencabul seorang gadis selepas memukaunya, tengah hari kelmarin. Gambar fail

Lelaki berusia 40-an itu pada mulanya menyapa mangsa sebelum memukau dan merabanya selain meminta wang.

Menurut sumber, kejadian berlaku kira-kira jam 12 tengah hari apabila lelaki terbabit menunggu mana-mana gadis di hadapan lif tingkat bawah sebuah pusat beli-belah, di sini.

"Mangsa yang bekerja di tingkat atas pusat beli-belah itu keluar pejabatnya untuk makan tengah hari. Sebaik mangsa tiba di tingkat bawah, mangsa disapa lelaki terbabit yang berbadan gempal.

"Lelaki itu menyapa mangsa konon dapat melihat tuah pada wajahnya. Seterusnya lelaki itu meminta tangan mangsa untuk ditilik," katanya.

Beliau berkata, selepas mangsa menyerahkan tangan kanannya, dia berasa seperti dipukau apabila membiarkan saja diperlakukan lelaki terbabit.

"Lelaki itu meraba kemaluan dan payu dara mangsa selama beberapa minit. Selepas puas meraba, lelaki terbabit menyuruh mangsa naik ke pejabatnya semula dan mengambil wang tunai untuk diserahkan kepadanya," katanya.

Berikutan kejadian itu, mangsa membuat laporan di balai polis berhampiran.

Sementara itu, Ketua Polis Ampang Jaya, Asisten Komisioner Amiruddin Jamaluddin mengesahkan menerima laporan kejadian terbabit. -hm

Ulasan GB

Moralnya: Gejala "pukau" (hypnotisme) nampaknya kian menjadi-jadi. Pukau tidak berlaku dan tidak menjadi jika kita mempunyai kekuatan iman dan minda.

Excuse This House

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 03:46 AM PDT

Some houses try to hide the fact
That childen shelter there –
Ours boasts of it quite openly,
The signs are every where!

For smears are on the windows,
Little smudges on the doors;
I should apologize, I guess,
For toys strewn on the floor.

But, I sat down with the children
And we played and laughed and read,
And if the door bell doesn't shine,
Their eyes will shine instead.

For when, at times, I'm forced to choose
The one job or the other;
I want to be a housewife –
But first I'll be a mother.

-author unknown-
Sorry I have been busy with my cousin who is back in town to get his passport. Next post will be up later in the evening as I have to meet a few girlfriends and mmy cousin for dinner. Have a lovely evening.

Bapa Francesca Peter Mati Dalam Keadaan Seorang Islam

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 02:30 AM PDT

Terima takdir bapa peluk Islam

DUNGUN - Jenazah Muhammad Gaberial Peter, bapa Francisca, penyanyi evergreen era 80-an yang popular dengan lagu Sekadar di Pinggiran yang ditemui mati di rumahnya dekat Taman Sri Dungun kira-kira jam 10 malam kelmarin selamat disolatkankan di Unit Forensik Hospital Dungun sebelum dikebumikan di Tanah Perkuburan Islam Kampung Sura, jam 2.30 petang semalam.

Penemuan dokumen memeluk agama Islam oleh sepasukan polis yang melakukan siasatan di rumah Peter mengungkai tanda tanya bahawa dia kini berstatus beragama Islam.

Biarpun perkara terbabit difahamkan tidak diketahui sebahagian ahli keluarganya yang beragama Kristian, namun dokumen yang menjadi status identiti agama Islam itu menjawab segala pertanyaan seterusnya membuka jalan untuk pihak berkaitan menyelesaikan segala kerumitan dihadapi.

Pegawai Agama Daerah Dungun, Mohd Adnan Abdullah mengesahkan, selepas merujuk kepada pihak Majlis Agama Islam Kelantan (MAIK), Peter disahkan memeluk agama Islam pada 10 April 2007 lalu.

"Sehubungan itu ia menjadi tanggungjawab pihak Pejabat Agama Daerah Dungun untuk menguruskan jenazah berkenaan sebelum dikebumikan mengikut cara orang Islam," katanya.

Anak lelaki arwah, John Joseph Peter, 40-an yang beragama Kristian ketika ditemui selepas upacara pengebumian di Tanah Perkuburan Islam Sura berkata, arwah bapanya itu tinggal bersamanya sejak dua tahun lalu.

Katanya, biarpun tidak sempat menemui arwah pada saat akhir, namun dia menerima kehendak takdir dengan pemergian bapanya itu dengan hati yang terbuka bahawa bapanya itu meninggal dalam Islam.

Sementara itu, solat jenazah Muhammad Peter diimamkan Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Sura, Wan Hassan Mohd Ramli.

Wan Hassan yang ditemui berkata, urusan menguruskan jenazah itu dilakukan pihaknya bukan atas dasar untuk mencari publisiti demi kepentingan politik, sebaliknya ia merupakan satu tanggungjawab yang perlu dipikul masyarakat Islam, apatah lagi arwah merupakan saudara baru yang tidak mempunyai ahli keluarga terdekat yang beragama Islam bagi melaksanakan tanggungjawab tersebut.

"Kita melihat kepada kepentingan menjaga rakyat, apabila rakyat yang ada dalam keadaan kesulitan melibatkan kematian, kita perlu bantu apatah lagi dia merupakan saudara baru," katanya. -SH

Taib, why are you so apologetic?

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 01:29 AM PDT

Corrupt Barisan Nasional -Come on, Taib you are the Chief Minister of Sarawak, a VVIP and you do not answer to no one. So, why are you embarrassing yourself, telling Sarawakians in such crucial trying times that you intend to leave? Sarawak needs you more than ever. Don't believe the Opposition lies. At least half of Sarawak wants you stay. The election results will show that your presence is very welcome in your own home state.
Why must you go? Who says Sarawakians don't want you around?. Why do you keep on believing the Opposition lies? If you do believe them, then it couldn't be a lie, could it?
Why is Najib so apologetic to Sarawakians on your behalf? Why is he telling Sarawakians that you have a succession plan? Don't you want to stay on and rule the state till Kingdom come? He has no right to speak on your behalf. It makes us all feel jittery of the future. If you intend to go, then it makes no sense for Sarawakians to keep BN in power!

Can't you see the illogical reasoning? If you are gone, who will fend for us? Who will give us our bread and butter? You have always been there for us. You stuck with us through thick and thin. And the Sarawak we see today was lovingly carved by your diligent hands.
Please do not let Najib pressure you. For all we know, you would probably outlive him politically. Does he know something you don't? And why is he meddling in the affairs of state? Please stay on and help us fight the Colonizers from the West. You may not know it but many Sarawakians want you around, and this will translate into votes very soon. Those that vote against you have succumbed to the poison that Muhyiddin spoke about.
If you wanted to leave, you would have done so long before, way back in 1995. Thank God, you did not forsake us, and the sacrifices you made for the people of Sarawak will echo to the ends of the ... er ... Mulu Caves.
People keep on asking: "if you really intended to leave, why are you still contesting?" Please ignore these undeserving folks. They are like little children clamouring for attention.
Please don't believe them, please don't feel bad, and please don't feel guilty for overstaying. Sarawak is in your hands, and you can decide who comes and goes in your beloved state. Believe me; no one really wants you to go. You have been around for so long, that people have got used to you. Whether, you did anything for us in the last 30 years is beside the point.
Your mumblings about getting the different races to unite at the confluence or something sounds very confusing. And yes, we do talk about you in the coffee-shops and longhouses, and sometimes you are the butt of jokes. But you must be proud, that at least your fame has led to wagging tongues. Topics range from corruption to nepotism, but it really doesn't mean a thing as it is just coffee-shop talk.
We know Sarawak is a big state to govern, and even harder to develop so we really can't blame you for our failures. At least one of us made it. You were the lucky one, with your shrewd business acumen, juggling between your duties as head of state and your vast business empire, while taking enough time of to be a loving family man. I wish more Sarawakians were like you.
We love the way you socked it to Najib, telling him off, how stupid it was to stamp serial numbers on those bibles. You single-handedly solved the Bible issue by just one phone call, and managed to get the PM to sing to your tune. A heroic deed indeed, as someone commented that you held the election in April, so that you could get your hands on those bibles before it got further desecrated, and had it returned to the rightful Sarawak Christians.
By the way, could you also get the AG to drop its appeal on the Allah Controversy as well? Christians here really find it harrowingly to mutter ALLAH's name under their breath each time they say their prayers! Some even say they feel guilty about it! Sincerely, the Christians would love you if you can help them. Never mind PERKASA.
When the news broke out that you have officially announced your succession plan and your intention to retire from Politics, it came as a great shock especially to ... all of us. That you have groomed a successor for the last 20 years, how noble and far- sighted of you. It is a pity you would not name him yet. That we can respect, because with the winds of change currently blowing, your successor may never be able to attain your glory to sit in the Chief Minister's seat. So for now, better to keep his name secret.
But we would dearly love to know who your successor is, as you so lovingly speak of him, saying that he is not only acceptable to the people but also to BN as well. And to know that he will also be a team player is comforting.
We respect your decision that a disorderly succession does anger the people, but don't you think 20 years to groom a successor is a long time? It may take lesser time to cycle on a bicycle to the moon and back than to wait 20 years, of course depending on how fit you are. Is it your son? Is it Alfred Jabu or George Chan? Or maybe Awang Tengah? The suspense is killing us.
However, it comes as a surprise that you have delegated some of your powers to certain ministers a couple of years ago. That the PBB leaders chosen by you to contest were not only team players, but strong winnable candidates as well is a feat. So Pakatan Rakyat, better watch out!
We understood your reluctance to leave after SUPP lost terribly in the last state elections, and your insistence to fill the gap by grooming stronger leadership to replace your once admirable administration.
After all that has been said, I am still totally confused whether you are leaving or not. Or when are you leaving? Why can't you just get to the point and tell us a firm date?
Sarawakians will be relieved once we know. At least we can prepare our departure speeches to bid you a warm farewell and bon voyage. I am not young anymore, and I dread that I may not live long enough to see your departure. And I do not want to be gone, while you are still lurking around. Am I still talking sense?
Why, pray would I want to ask you such an odd question? Well, the fate of Barisan Nasional in Sarawak lies in your presence. Your presence may discourage many Sarawakians to come out to vote. Many are simply bored to vote the same old party. A cross on the Opposition logo sounds very tempting, and it would trigger an adrenaline rush just to be able to do something different. Do I still sound coherent?
But, please don't go. We may miss you more than we can bear. Once you are gone, how can we ever find you again? As you know Sarawakians are not well off, and we cannot embark on long sea voyages to look for you ... er ... just in case we miss you. And if we do find you in the end, would you accept us as a Sarawakian compatriot? Will you extend a roof over our heads and give us shelter? Or will you continue to ignore us?
Dear Readers......If you have read thus must know that I have just overdosed on my drug medication and can hardly keep my eyes open. IF readers do find any sanity in this article, you must be more insane than me.
"Please don't go. Don't go Away. I am begging you to stay "– the last lyrics of the song before I collapsed in deep slumber....zzzzzz 
- Stay put for Iskandar Dzulkarnian's next dream or nightmare ...

Peniaga Masakan Ikan Patin Dakwa Difitnah Kenakan Bayaran RM13,000

Posted: 13 Apr 2011 01:39 AM PDT

Temerloh – Pemilik kedai makan berasaskan ikan patin di bandar ini meminta pelanggan yang mendakwa terpaksa membayar sehingga RM13,000 untuk hidangan ikan jenis itu supaya tampil menunjukkan resit bayaran sebagai bukti kenyataan mereka yang disiarkan akhbar daripada laporan sebuah agensi berita, semalam.

Ini kerana menurut mereka, dakwaan itu telah menyebabkan reputasi perniagaan mereka terjejas apabila pelanggan takut dikenakan harga yang melampau dan tidak munasabah jika meminta hidangan ikan patin.

"Dakwaan harga sampai RM13,000 hidangan ikan patin untuk dimakan 52 orang itu benar-benar boleh merosakkan bisnes kami dan industri ikan patin di Temerloh. Kalau betul, tunjukkan bukti. Jika tidak ada bukti, kami anggap ini fitnah," kata seorang peniaga yang meminta namanya tidak disiarkan.

Menurutnya, dalam isu seperti ini, bukan peniaga sahaja perlu ada timbang rasa, malah pelanggan juga perlu ada sifat tanggungjawab.

"Jangan lempar batu sembunyi tangan. Jangan buat kenyataan yang umum tapi sertakan bukti, sebutkan kedai yang mana satu. Ikan patin Temerloh terkenal di seluruh negara, kenyataan yang seperti ini ibarat masukkan pasir dalam periuk nasi kami selain menghalang orang luar untuk datang makan ikan patin yang memang sedap dan berkualiti," katanya.

Menurut peniaga itu lagi, di kedainya - antara kedai ikan patin yang tersohor di bandar ini - bayaran tertinggi pernah dikenakan hanya sekitar RM6,000 sahaja.

"Itu pun tengok pada hidangan. Pelanggan seramai lebih 130 orang itu minta macam-macam, ada masakan ikan patin, jelawat, udang galah malah rokok saja berkarton. Ada yang ambil rokok sampai tiga kotak seorang," katanya.

Katanya lagi, bilangan pelanggan yang ramai dan permintaan yang boleh disifatkan 'melampau' seperti itu berlaku pada musim Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) Kerdau baru-baru ini.

"Ini perkara biasa pada musim pilihan raya. Mungkin ada orang besar politik yang turun nak belanja anak buah, penyokong atau jentera parti. Mereka boleh berbelanja besar kerana mereka mampu tapi tidaklah sampai RM13,000," katanya.

Menurut peniaga itu lagi, kedainya memang jadi tumpuan penggemar ikan patin malah ada orang kaya dari luar termasuk ahli politik yang jadi pelanggan tetap.

"Mereka ini bukan datang sekali dua malah dengan saya sendiri pun bukan setakat kenal tapi sudah jadi kawan baik. Mereka tahu harga ikan patin dan hidangan ikan sungai lain yang memang agak mahal tapi itu bukan alasan untuk saya kenakan harga yang tinggi bagi orang biasa. Kita hidang ikut pilihan dan permintaan pelanggan tapi tidaklah semahal itu," katanya.:

Menurutnya, jika benar dia meletakkan harga yang 'gila-gila' tanpa mengambil kira kesan terhadap pelanggan pada musim pilihan raya lalu, mana mungkin kedainya terus menerima pelanggan yang ramai selepas musim itu.

"Ada juga pelanggan yang datang pertama kali pada musim pilihan raya, sampai sekarang pun terus datang lagi," katanya.

Seorang lagi peniaga yang hanya mahu dikenali Amran berkata, ada juga pelanggan yang selepas bayar, minta bil kosong dengan pelbagai alasan.

"Biasanya kalau ada yang minta begitu, kami beri sebab mahu jaga hati pelanggan kerana kami tak jangka akan memudaratkan kami. Mungkin mereka sendiri mahu buat tuntutan tinggi kepada bos mereka sama ada ahli politik ataupun syarikat masing-masing. Sekarang, selepas ada dakwaan seperti ini, kami perlu lebih berhati-hati," katanya.

Amran berkata, dia menjual harga ikan patin muncung liar antara RM80 hingga RM100 sepotong bergantung pada saiz, manakala ikan patin buah liar RM16 hingga RM28 sepotong dan ikan patin sangkar RM8 hingga RM10.

Manakala ikan jelawat dijual antara harga RM30 hingga RM40 sepotong, udang galah antara RM20 hingga RM30 juga bergantung pada saiz. -SH

Hidangan ikan patin RM13,000?

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 April – Sekumpulan 50 pelanggan yang makan hidangan masakan kampung termasuk ikan patin di sebuah restoran di Temerloh, Pahang terkejut apabila mereka dikenakan bayaran RM13,000.

Seorang daripada kumpulan itu, yang dipetik Bernama Online dan enggan namanya disiarkan berkata, dia membawa rakan-rakannya menikmati makan tengah hari di restoran berkenaan baru-baru ini yang menyediakan ikan-ikan sungai, ulaman dan sayur-sayuran kampung.

"Selesai makan, pemilik restoran berkenan mengenakan bil berjumlah RM13,000 dan saya terpaksa membayar," katanya.

Beliau berkata, jika dikira, setiap seorang daripada 50 orang itu, dikenakan bayaran RM260.

"Ini melebihi makan di restoran enam bintang di Kuala Lumpur," katanya.

Kejadian itu kini menjadi bualan peniaga serta penduduk di daerah Temerloh.

Difahamkan ikan patin buah atau patin muncung dijual pada harga antara RM90 dan RM120 sekilogram, dan apabila dimasak, ia dijual dengan harga RM25 hingga RM35 seketul mengikut saiznya.

Ikan patin sangkar pula berharga RM15 sekilogram, dan jika dimasak, dijual antara RM5 dan RM7 seketul.

Ikan patin sungai berwarna kelabu manakala patin sangkar berwarna cerah dan putih di bahagian sisik atas dan bawahnya pula berwarna kemerahan serta banyak lemak.

Ketua Pegawai Bahagian Penguat Kuasa Perdagangan Dalam Negeri Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan cawangan Temerloh, Othman Din, meminta restoran dan kedai makan di Temerloh supaya mempamerkan tanda harga atau menyediakan harga pada menu jualan bagi kemudahan pelanggan dan orang ramai.

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