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- Last Day Of Building Construction Class
- Midnight At Taylor’s University Architectural Studio
- Foreign Investors Should Leave Malaysia Now
- Why is Ibrahim Ali Not Arrested?
- Islam Under Attack in Malaysia?
- UMNO Backing Crusade Against Christians?
- Anwar ordered to enter defence from June 6-30
- Saksi Pembela Diugut Dan Kewibawaan Saiful Jadi Persoalan.
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- Memories of the Old Penang
- English Song Singing Competition Jointly By SAGA & IMEB
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- Mohamad Sabu 22 Mei 2011 di Dewan Cina Seremban
Posted: 16 May 2011 10:50 AM PDT
On one fine midnight, after attending the Hennessy Artistry event at night, I saw people playing ice hockey at the ice skating ring in Sunway Pyramid. It's pretty late at about 2am already, where all shops are already closed and extremely silent thoughout the mall, but the ring was noisy. Cheering and shouting from the team could be heard.
Midnight is a good time to play ice hockey because they can book the whole ring. It's pretty cool seeing people play in during the night as there's no ice skating ring in my hometown, there's actually one 12 years back (at Bukit Jambul Complex) but failed due to low reception.
I salute them can run so fast on the ice because I can't even skate. The pro part of all is that they never fell down. I couldn't imagine myself playing this. Haha. If it's a dry ground, without ice is OK, perhaps floorball or hockey. =D
We didn't know them and we just see. And our "see" already took us like half an hour. Hahaha. We really got nothing to do in the middle of the night. Cool eh, them. RANDOM.
Posted: 16 May 2011 06:00 AM PDT
Posted: 16 May 2011 09:52 AM PDT
After spending so many midnight time in campus, it came to the last day of Building Construction which was one of my subject for semester 2 of Diploma In Interior Design. It doesn't really comes to an end because I'll be taking Building Construction 2 for the next semester. Walao eh!
Well, time flies and it finally came to an end. Thanks to the sleepless night and awesome project, mister lecturer, Sivaranam. =) It's a tired day but the sky was blue, really very blue. Even though it's blue, it didn't brighten up my mentality because I was physically tired and sleep, but I still could force myself to shout (very random).
I believe that day was not only me that was tired, most of everyone were. Treated myself in a good Chinese restaurant in campus as a reward for not sleeping.
Then went to feel and molested the iPad 2 (even I already had an iPad) at the campus' Apple store and it marks the end of the day. Bye bye Building Construction class. Hello, Building Construction exam! Which happening in 2 days time. I gotto read now. Cheers!
Posted: 16 May 2011 09:40 AM PDT
I spent a few nights at the studio in my campus lately due to last minute work. Yeah yeah, I bet many of you also always do last minute work. Haha. It's so last minute that I only get to go back and sleep for like an hour or 2 early in the morning, then go back in class, though the experience was fun, especially with a group of people, loud music in the silent campus and big studio room.
Building Construction's project was the troublesome one which took so many of my precious energy and nights of sleep. Satisfaction reached, yet the quality not that good due to wrong method, but anyway, we learned the lesson.
I realised the good of Taylor's University is that there's place for people to use to do work. I and my team can't be doing this at home because it will be very messy and we have to clean it ourselves, but in the studio, we can make it as messy it is, and someone will eventually come and clean it later.
To use the studio, we need to book it 3 days in advance, but then we didn't. We just "borrowed" the room from our senior who booked it. The lousy thing about studio is that there's no wifi service, which "Great, concentration" because that area is not covered in the hotspot and only one LAN connection port available.
However, the best part is the usage of projector and loud speaker. We played the music all night long.
Well, it would be great that there's 24/7 cafe or food corner open in Taylor's University, unfortunately, no. Though there's plenty of vending machines around, yet they still doesn't get on par with a plate of Maggi Goreng at the midnight mamak. Yes, we went out to hunt for food during our pauses.
I realised that the campus switch the air-conditioned to a warm temperature at a period of time in the midnight, as so it's pretty warm sometimes. Luckily it was raining out there, which the rain drop accompanied us together with the music.
I actually brought a pillow, thinking that I would be sleeping in the studio and go to class in the morning, but I failed because I just couldn't fall asleep, even how sleepy and tired I was. I just took a 5 minutes drive home and sleep. Even it's just an hour of sleep, it's still better than not sleeping.
Well, sometimes it's funny when people just come to campus and that's the time when I go back home. It's almost sunrise, and I met a bunch of friends, came all the way from Sepang, 50km away to Taylor's, early in the morning, to borrow the study room and read, before heading to breakfast. That's the power and craziness of Penangites.
Well, don't laugh. Bricks laying takes time. =D Not proud, but that's the 2 sleepless night in studio.
Posted: 16 May 2011 09:38 AM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — Politicians must refrain from endorsing media on ethnic grounds, MCA vice-president Gan Ping Sieu said today.
Gan voiced concern over Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakop's recent call for party members to support Utusan Malaysia, saying that it would only encourage the Malay daily to further its "ethno-centric" agenda.
"I am deeply saddened to learn that Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakop has called on Umno members to openly support Utusan Malaysia because the daily purportedly defends Malay rights.
"Of late, Utusan Malaysia appears to be trying to rewrite the fundamental tenets of what responsible reporting entails ... It crossed the line with its coverage of the "Christian State" issue recently, earning a reprimand from the Home Ministry, after causing unnecessary alarm and anxiety among the different races in the country," said the MCA leader in reference to the daily's claims of an unsubstantiated plot to install a Christian prime minister.
Gan warned that Ismail's open endorsement of Utusan would only damage the newspaper's credibility and reaffirm the belief that it is nothing but a media tool of Umno.
Utusan Malaysia, in an article entitled "Kristian Agam Rasmi?" (Christianity the official religion?) claimed that DAP leaders and Christian priests were conspiring to take over Putrajaya, abolish Islam as the religion of the federation and install a Christian prime minister.
The Home Ministry eventually only slapped Utusan Malaysia with a warning letter for publishing the unsubstantiated report.
Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali waded into the controversy last Saturday night when he threatened Christians nationwide that he would wage a crusade or holy war should they proceed with their alleged agenda to usurp Islam.
Previously, Utusan Malaysia called on its owners Umno to spearhead a 1 Melayu, 1 Bumi movement involving all Malay parties, claiming that the DAP is intent on toppling the country's Malay leadership.
Utusan Malaysia has also told Barisan Nasional (BN) to ignore the Chinese community for not supporting the ruling coalition during last month's Sarawak state election.
Posted: 16 May 2011 09:30 AM PDT
Ibrahim Ali is not the bogeyman but a real threat — Haris Ibrahim
May 16, 2011
MAY 16 — The Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) is sickened by the racist and anti-Christian rants of Ibrahim Ali, the president of Perkasa.
We are equally sickened by the tepid response from the home minister and the rest of the BN government to his incessant and increasingly rabid provocations.
Most recently, Ibrahim has called for a crusade against Christians. He has said that he is ready to fight, he is prepared to be detained under the Internal Security Act, he is willing to answer to a higher power if he is wrong.
His words clearly indicate that there is nothing holding him back from initiating an attack against Christians or those parties he suspects are backing the unsubstantiated "Christian conspiracy." This makes him a dangerous threat to Malaysia's peace, stability and security.
Therefore, it is alarming to note that there has been no action taken against Ibrahim. Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has merely said that Ibrahim does not speak for all Malays. He expressly denied that Ibrahim is not an extremist, but said that there were extremists in the Chinese community.
Is the home minister confirming that his ministry practises double standards when it comes to national security?
The home minister must realise that by allowing Ibrahim to continue his irrational but dangerous pro-Malay agenda, he is driving away investors and capital from Malaysia.
Already Talent Corp has had to issue a statement urging overseas Malaysians to ignore the heightening race rhetoric emanating from the country.
The MCLM has time and again called on the home minister and the BN government to act firmly and decisively against Ibrahim and Perkasa.
They should not allow these extremists to shape the public discourse on race relations in Malaysia because that can only end in disaster and bloodshed.
If the home minister cannot or will not take steps to protect the peace and harmony desired by all rational Malaysians, we will take steps to elect a government that will.
* Haris Ibrahim is the MCLM president.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.
Posted: 16 May 2011 09:23 AM PDT
Yusri Mohamad, a product of the International Islamic University, ABIM and Pembela, and onetime personal aid to PKR President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, claims that Islam is under attack. And should we be surprised when Muslims make a mockery of Islam? Anyway, this "Islam under attack" is all in the narrow minds of Muslims.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Islam's position under siege in M'sia, warns Pembela
(Malaysiakini) - The Coalition of Muslim Organisations (Pembela) has claimed that the position of Islam in Malaysia is under siege.
Speaking to reporters today, spokesperson Yusri Mohamad said this is particularly in relation to recent developments in Islam-Christian affairs.
Specifically, he cited the designation of a non-Muslim affairs exco in Penang and the 'pseudo-appointment' of Christian Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Idris Jala to handle issues pertaining the Malay-language Bible as threatening Islam's position as the official religion.
He claimed there is no provision in the federal constitution for any official non-Muslim affairs body, and that making Idris the go-to minister for Christian affairs is thus unconstitutional.
"There is a (threat). These sorts of threats come in seasons but now have become more serious and are putting a lot of pressure on the way we deal with issues pertaining to Islam," he said.
"Islam is the official religion and is a pillar of our nation, but attempts are being made to make its position equal to other religions.
"Followers of other religions are portrayed as marginalised and oppressed... Islam and Muslims are dressed in an ugly mask and is made to seem guilty so that they give in (to demands)."
The fact that Idris was appointed to handle the Al Kitab issue was also wrong, he said, since Idris cannot be said to be non-partisan because he is Christian.
"He says he is non-partisan politically but this is a religious issue, and he is partisan. As we understand it, the (10-point proposal) was produced without consultation with the Fatwa Council, religious scholars and Muslim NGOs," he said.
Instead, he said the matter should have been handled by two ministers in the Prime Minister's Department - Jamil Khir Baharom who is in charge of Islamic affairs, and Koh Tsu Koon who is in charge of national harmony.
"We feel that the government can act within their powers...but Christian groups are now using terms like 'deface' and 'desecration' which is pushing the issue ... out of hand," he said.
As such, Pembela, a coalition of about 80 NGOs, will be hosting a conference on Saturday to discuss the issue of the sovereignty of Islam in Malaysia.
Themed 'Islam under siege: What will we do?', the event will be open to all Muslim NGOs and will feature a forum on the topic.
Among the topics to be discussed are the Al Kitab, conversions to Islam, religious freedom and the way such matters are handled by the government.
"We hope to then take the outcome of our discussion to the cabinet, prime minister, Rulers Council, political parties and mufti," he said.
Pembela not 'extremist'
Commenting on a police report recently lodged by a Christian against Pembela, Yusri said said the coalition is not an extremist group as perceived.
"We feel that the police report was a way to blow up the issue. Pembela has been around for a while and anyone who does a background check will find that we are not an extremist group," he said.
Pembela has never officially said it is willing to 'shed blood against Christians', as stated in the police report, he said.
"But perhaps during the peaceful demonstrations there were harsh words said, which is normal in a demonstration. You can't expect us to berbalas pantun.
"It is wrong to say that our movement is a threat to our non-Muslim friends," he said.
He added that police had contacted Pembela a week after the report to ask for recordings and materials distributed during the demonstration in March to assist in their investigation.
"No member (has been) called for questioning," he added.
Posted: 16 May 2011 09:10 AM PDT
The DAP rebuked the government today for refusing to punish Datuk Ibrahim Ali over his crusade threat against Christians, declaring this as proof that Umno backs the leader's controversial Malay rights group Perkasa.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng described Perkasa as Umno's "alter ego" while his deputy Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said both parties were playing a game of "good cop, bad cop" to woo Malay support.
"We have always believed that Ibrahim Ali is working hand in hand with Umno. Umno is using Perkasa to stir up Malay fear to force unity and make them support Barisan Nasional (BN).
"They are trying to use this common enemy syndrome and BN hopes to use Perkasa to actually send the message that Umno has been trying to send all this while," said Ngeh.
He also accused Ibrahim of being a bad Muslim for professing himself as a protector of Islam but at the same time inciting unrest by calling for violence against the Christians.
He charged that Ibrahim's main agenda was to cause fear among the Muslims and fabricate a struggle between the races in order to emerge as a "hero of Islam".
"Religion should remain pure but far too often politicians use it for their personal agenda. In my opinion, he is not practising Islam at all... by making false accusations, inciting hatred, he is not a good Muslim," he said.
The DAP leaders also agreed that the government's failure to punish Ibrahim for his threat, which they said was a form of "criminal intimidation", was clearly a case of double standards by the administration.
As an example, DAP national organising secretary Teresa Kok pointed out to The Malaysian Insider that an investigation had immediately been called when an article alleging a conspiracy by the Christians to usurp Islam was published in Malay daily Utusan Malaysia.
"Why, when Utusan published a blogger's article talking about rumours that Christians want to change the religion of the federation, which is not at all the case, the cops came out to say that they were investigating it. And so many people were called up.
"What about this one? Is this not equally as inflammatory?" she said when contacted.
Kok added that all eyes would be on the government now to see if any action would be taken against Ibrahim.
Lim said the statement by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein yesterday in explaining the issue was unsatisfactory and only further confirms Umno's backing of Perkasa.
When asked for his remarks yesterday, Hishammuddin appeared to brush off concerns, saying Ibrahim does not represent the sentiments of all Malays.
"I don't think Ibrahim Ali represents all the Malays or all the Muslims. Same as Osama bin Laden, he doesn't represent all the Muslims.
"There are extremists, I'm not saying Ibrahim Ali is an extremist, please don't quote me wrongly but I'm saying that there are different levels of understanding so let the public decide who they want to represent (them)," he said, adding that there are extremists in the Chinese community as well.
"This is a weak excuse by Umno because if action is only taken based on the strength of your representation not the nature and ill-intent of your violence, why then act against terrorists because they also do not represent all the Malays?
"This latest justification by Hishamuddin on why no action is taken against Ibrahim only confirms that Perkasa is Umno's alter ego," said Lim.
He pointed out that when Ibrahim launched his crusade threat against Christians on Saturday during the ceramah organised by the Komunity 1 Malaysia group in Kampung Changkat in Gombak here, several Umno leaders were present — Gombak Umno chief Abdul Rahman Kamaruddin, his deputy Abdul Aziz Jantan and division information chief Ismail Ahman.
In his speech, Ibrahim had called for a crusade or holy war against the Christians if the community proceeds with its agenda to usurp Islam.
"Please record my words — if there is any party in Penang, especially the Christian priests who are being backed by the Penang DAP, should continue with their agenda which we already know, I would like to offer that if they want to hold a crusade, we can," he had said.
Posted: 16 May 2011 09:02 AM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court on Monday ordered Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to defend himself against a charge of sodomising his former personal assistant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan three years ago.
High Court judge Justice Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah determined that the prosecution had established a prima facie case and the 63-year-old PKR adviser must enter his defence in a continuation of his trial fixed from June 6 to June 30.
"The accused is charged with carnal intercourse against order of nature.
"The defence tried to paint Saiful as a witness who was not credible and that he was not a good Muslim. With great respect to defence, these arguments are irrelevant.
"Saiful appeared to be a truthful witness and his evidence reliable, with the minute details given in his account.
"Therefore, the next question is whether there is evidence to corroborate Saiful's statements.
"The three doctors who testified confirmed that there was penile penetration.
"As for contamination of DNA evidence, all samples taken were immediately sealed. I find the possibility of contamination of samples to be remote.
"Based on all the above reasons, the prosecution has made a prima facie case against the accused. The defence is called," he said.
A total of 27 prosecution witnesses were called to take the stand during 59 days of hearing.
On Aug 7, 2008, Anwar pleaded not guilty to performing carnal intercourse against the order of nature on complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan at a condominium unit in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.
The alleged offence took place between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.
He is charged under Section 377B of the Penal Code and if convicted, could be sentenced to up to 20 years' jail and whipped.
Anwar remained composed after he heard the ruling on Monday. He smiled as he greeted supporters.
The lawyers then entered chambers.
Supporters said they were not surprised by the ruling as it was widely expected.
Posted: 16 May 2011 09:00 AM PDT
Anwar : Polis Ugut Saksi Pembela Kes Liwat Fitnah
KUALA LUMPUR 16 MEI : Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mendedahkan tindakan polis "menakut-nakutkan' saksi pembelaan yang dijadualkan memberi keterangan apabila perbicangan bersambung bulan depan.
"Saya dengar ada kes saksi-saksi kami telah ditakut-takutkan oleh polis. Kita mahu hentikan ini dan kita mahu lihat hakim membuat keputusan dengan mengutamakan kebenaran tentang kedudukan saya sebagai dituduh," kata Anwar.
Hakim Zabidin Mohamad Diah menetapkan 6 hingga 30 Jun 2011 sebagai perbicaraan pembelaan dengan tiga puluh saksi disenarai pendekkan bagi memberi keterangan.
Ini termasuk pegawai perubatan Hospital Pusrawi, Dr Osman Hamid iaitu individu pertama memeriksa Saiful pada 28 Jun 2008.
Pemeriksaan itu mendapati dubur Saiful tidak menunjukkan sebarang tanda atau kecederaan untuk menyokong dakwaan liwat yang dibuat oleh beliau.
Dr Osman, seorang warga Myanmar, turut memberi perakuan bersumpah bahawa beliau diugut oleh polis untuk bekerjsama dengan pihak berkuasa jika tidak mahu menghadapi pendakwaan di mahkamah.
Peguambela juga dijangka memanggil Hassanuddin Abdul Hamid iaitu pemiilik unit 11-5-1 Kondominium Desa Damansara, di mana jenayah liwat itu di dakwa berlaku.
Hassanuddin dilaporkan berada bersama Anwar dan beberapa orang lain sepanjang petang 26 Jun 2008.
Hassanuddin dan isterinya tidak dipanggil sebagai saksi oleh pendakwaraya.
Dalam satu ceramah, baru-baru ini, Setiausaha Agong PKR Saifuddin Nasution mendedahkan kenapa pendakwaraya tidak memanggil Hassanuddin.
Berikut petikan penuh ceramah Saifuddin :
"Dia (polis) soal siasat Hasanudin dan isterinya Kak Sham. Bila Saiful buat aduan, polis serbu kondominum, ambil semua contoh, gunting karpet sana sini semua. Lepas itu, pergi soal siasat suami isteri ini."
"Satu soalan saja polis tanya, "Sepanjang Anwar ada dalam bilik bersama tuan rumah ini, ada tak Anwar keluar sekejap dari bilik itu?" suami isteri itu kata "Tak ada, Anwar ada bersama kami". Polis tanya lagi, "cuba ingat balik, diantara pukul 3 petang ke 5 petang, 26 Jun 2008, ada tidak Anwar keluar dari bilik ini?". Suami isteri kata, "Tak ada".
"Akhirnya, suami isteri itu sebut, bilik itu ada cctv, tengok lah Anwar keluar ke tak. Polis kata cctv itu tolak ke tepi dulu, kami nak tanya kamu dulu. 36 jam suami isteri ini ditanya oleh polis soalan yang sama."
"Oleh kerana suami isteri ini tak beri kenyataan seperti yang mereka hendak, maka tak dipanggil menjadi saksi, kerana kalau jadi saksi, ditanya soalan sama, mereka akan kata "Yang Arif, ya Anwar ada bersama kami". Sedangkan tuduhan ke atas Anwar ialah 3.01 minit hingga 4.30 petang kamu telah meliwat Saiful. Masa bila dia liwat sedangkan suami isteri dan tamu lain pun ada dengan Anwar," kata Saifuddin. -tvsnews
"Tali menjerut Anwar semakin mencengkam" tulis Wira Arjuna. Peluang untuk Anwar melepaskan diri dari pertuduhan itu semakin mengecil. Ia akan sama seperti kes Liwat 1 yang mana kebanyakan hujah pembelaan, Hakim Augustine Paul ketika itu dengan mudah mengklassifikasikannya "tidak relevan". Pagi tadi sewaktu menyampaikan keputusan penghakimannya, Hakim Zabidin berhujah dengan cara yang serupa, dimana cabaran pembela terhadap kewibawaan Saiful sebagai saksi tidak relevan katanya.
Sedangkan fokus utama ialah aduan Saiful itu sendiri. Dan Saiful sebagai saksi utama perlu mempunyai integriti. Integriti Saiful telah lama hancur musnah malah semenjak awal perbicaraan lagi.
1) Doktor yang merawatnya kali pertama menyatakan TIADA KECEDERAAN untuk menyokong dirinya diliwat.
2) Saiful tidak membuang air besar selama dua hari selepas didakwa diliwat oleh Anwar. Pengakuan itu dilakukan hanya selepas blogger menunjukkan Saiful mendakwa diliwat pada 26 Jun 2008 (Khamis) dan 2 hari lepas itu (Sabtu) baru Saiful menemui pegawai perubatan.
3) Sehelai seluar dalam berwarna biru-hitam diambil dari rumah teman wanita Saiful. Seorang Islam ada mempunyai "teman wanita" yang seluarr dalam boleh dihantar ke rumahnya?
4) Saiful ada menjalinkan hubungan sulit dengan Timbalan Pendakwa Raya (DPP) Farah Azlina Latif.
Cukup empat poin di atas AMAT RELEVAN dan sudah sepatutnya membatalkan kedudukan Saiful sebagai saksi yang berwibawa. Tetapi malangnya, mahkamah berpendapat disebaliknya.
Justeru seperti yang GB katakan sebelum ini: konspirasi berjalan terus.
Dan menurut Wira Arjuna lagi, di dalam kes video seks pula, tuduhan akan tetap dibuat, berasaskan ketekunan Gani meminta polis berulang kali untuk menambah "bukti-bukti" dan keterangan bersabit video itu.
Posted: 16 May 2011 08:51 AM PDT
Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter: Eskimo Pi
2000 pounds of Chinese soup: Won ton
1 millionth of a mouthwash: 1 microscope
Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement: 1 bananosecond
Weight an evangelist carries with God: 1 billigram
Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour: Knot-furlong
365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer because it's less filling: 1 lite year
16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone: 1 Rod Serling
Half of a large intestine: 1 semicolon
1000 aches: 1 kilohurtz
Basic unit of laryngitis: 1 hoarsepower
Shortest distance between two jokes: A straight line. (think about it for a moment)
453.6 graham crackers: 1 pound cake
1 million microphones: 1 megaphone
1 million bicycles: 2 megacycles
2000 mockingbirds: two kilomockingbirds (work on it....)
10 cards: 1 decacards
1 kilogram of falling figs: 1 Fig Newton
1000 cubic centimeters of wet socks: 1 literhosen
1 millionth of a fish: 1 microfiche
1 trillion pins: 1 terrapin
10 rations: 1 decoration
100 rations: 1 C-ration
2 monograms: 1 diagram
8 nickels: 2 paradigms
3 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital: 1 I.V. League
100 Senators: Not 1 decision
Signs That You've Had TOO MUCH Of The 90's:
You try to enter your password on the microwave.
You now think of three espressos as "getting wasted."
You haven't played solitaire with a real deck of cards in years.
You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.
You e-mail your son in his room to tell him that dinner is ready, and he emails you back "What's for dinner?"
Your daughter sells Girl Scout Cookies via her web site.
You chat several times a day with a stranger from South Africa, but you haven't spoken to your next door neighbor yet this year.
You didn't give your valentine a card this year, but you posted one for your email buddies via a Web page.
Every commercial on television has a website address at the bottom of the screen.
You buy a computer and a week later it is out of date and now sells for half the price you paid.
The concept of using real money, instead of credit or debit, to make a purchase is foreign to you.
Your reason for not staying in touch with family is that they do not have e-mail addresses.
You consider 2nd day air delivery painfully slow.
You hear most of your jokes via email instead of in person.
Your idea of being organized is multiple colored post-it notes.
Posted: 16 May 2011 08:16 AM PDT
NGO Aman mahu Ibrahim Ali ditahan guna Akta Darurat
KUALA LUMPUR, 16 Mei — Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (Aman) menggesa Kementerian Dalam Negeri menahan Presiden Perkasa Datuk Ibrahim Ali di bawah Akta Darurat (Kuasa-kuasa Perlu) ekoran kesediaan melancarkan "perang jihad" ke atas komuniti Kristian.
Ibrahim (gambar) dalam ceramahnya kelmarin memberi amaran kepada komuniti Kristian bahawa beliau akan melancarkan "perang jihad" jika mereka meneruskan agenda mahu merampas kedudukan Islam negara ini.
Ahli Parlimen Bebas Pasir Mas itu berkata, beliau bersedia untuk jatuh atas kenyataannya itu demi mempertahankan maruah Islam.
Menurut Pengerusi Aman AP Raja Retinam, kenyataan yang dikeluarkan Ibrahim itu "amat bahaya", boleh mencetuskan keadaan tidak aman dalam negara.
"Kenyataan yang dikeluarkan Ibrahim Ali berhubung perang jihad adalah satu kenyataan amat bahaya, kami mahu beliau ditahan di bawah Seksyen 4 Akta Darurat kerana keluarkan kenyataan yang tidak sepatutnya.
"Malah dalam kenyataannya itu beliau seolah-olah mencabar polis, macam mana sehingga hari ini masih tiada tindakan yang dikenakan terhadap Ibrahim Ali... sudah lebih 48 jam tapi kenapa tiada tindakan diambil?" katanya selepas membuat laporan polis terhadap Ibrahim di Balai Polis Sentul di sini.
Selain itu, tegas Raja Retinam, Ibrahim perlu menerima hukuman seperti mana yang dikenakan terhadap ketua rangkaian Al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden awal bulan.
Sebelum ini Aman mendakwa ia merupakan gabungan kira-kira 200 pertubuhan bukan kerajaan.
"Beliau dilihat cuba menghasut rakyat untuk bertindak menentang komuniti Kristian, ini tidak boleh," katanya.
Tambah Raja Retinam, ini bukan kali pertama Perkasa dan Ibrahim mengeluarkan kenyataan yang boleh mengancam keselamatan dan keamanan negara.
"Kenyataan yang dikeluarkan beliau adalah amat dahsyat, Kementerian Dalam Negeri harus ambil tindakan segera, tahan beliau di bawah Akta Darurat.
"Ini bukan kali pertama Perkasa dan Ibrahim Ali mengeluarkan kenyataan yang berbaur perkauman seperti ini, ini sudah menjadi budaya Perkasa dengan sekarang disokong Pembela (Pertubuhan-pertubuhan Pembela Islam).
"Saya tidak nampak kenapa Ibrahim Ali ini kebal, begitu juga dengan Utusan Malaysia, sepatutnya terbitan Utusan Malaysia digantung dan editor juga perlu digantung sehingga siasatan selesai," katanya merujuk kepada laporan Utusan Malaysia bertajuk "Kristian agama rasmi?" yang diterbitkan pada 7 Mei lalu.
Bercakap secara peribadi sebagai anak jati kelahiran Kelantan, Raja Retinam menyifatkan Ibrahim tidak layak untuk menjadi rakyat negeri itu.
"Saya sebagai anak Kelantan berasa malu dengan kenyataan yang dikeluarkan Ibrahim Ali, saya anak jati Kelantan dan rakyat Kelantan tidak akan kata perkara sebegitu.
"Saya rasa kelayakan beliau sebagai anak Kelantan perlu digugurkan kerana mengeluarkan kenyataan yang menjatuhkan imej orang Melayu dan Islam, beliau tidak layak untuk jadi rakyat Kelantan, rakyat Kelantan bukan seperti itu," katanya.
Selain itu, beliau juga menegaskan, Umno tidak sepatutnya bertindak mempertahankan Utusan Malaysia yang mengeluarkan laporan yang tidak benar dan bersifat fitnah.
"Umno terpaksa mempertahankan Utusan Malaysia sebab Umno adalah bos walaupun apa yang dilaporkan itu tidak betul.
"Utusan Malaysia bukan mewakili orang Melayu," katanya dengan merujuk kepada edaran akhbar itu yang dikatakan merosot.
Ekoran kenyataan yang dikeluarkan Ibrahim itu, Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein menegaskan apa yang dikatakan Ibrahim itu tidak mewakili keseluruhan masyarakat Melayu.
"Saya tidak melihat Ibrahim Ali mewakili keseluruhan orang Melayu atau (masyarakat) Muslim (negara ini). Seperti Osama bin Laden, beliau tidak mewakili keseluruhan umat Islam," katanya.
Semalam, Presiden Gerakan Senator Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon meminta polis agar menyiasat ucapan-ucapan Ibrahim sejak beberapa hari lalu.
Malah hari ini DAP menggesa Putrajaya mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap Ibrahim. -TMI
Yang GB lihat, kenyataan Ibrahim Ali itu menambah-parahkan sakit tenat yang sedang menimpa UMNO BN kini.
Ditambahi pula dengan sikap kerajaan yang enggan untuk bertindak ke atas Ibrahim & Utusan akan menyebabkan pekung UMNO BN semakin terserlah. Pekung apa? Pekung assabiyah dan perkauman sempit.
Membiarkan Ibrahim bercakap dan bertindak sesuka hatinya, menimbulkan porak peranda dengan kalimah jihad yang dia sendiri keliru dan jahil mengenainya, akan hanya membantu kecepatan berakhirnya riwayat BN sendiri. Teruskan.
Posted: 16 May 2011 07:31 AM PDT
Police have quizzed eight pastors who were present at the gathering in Penang that Utusan Malaysia had alleged to have hatched a so-called 'conspiracy' to make Christianity the official religion.
Speaking to reporters in Kuala Lumpur, Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi who was present at the dinner last weekend where the 'plot' was supposedly hatched, said that the pastors were called up in the week following his police report on May 8 denying the Malay daily's claims and the police's questions to the pastors suggests confusion of the authorities over the manner of Christian worship with the taking of a pledge.
Ooi added that the fact that a Muslim man, Mohamed Razali, had now come forward to make a report which authorities claimed gave the Utusan Malaysia report "some basis" was also illogical because should there be a conspiracy, they wouldn't have invited anybody, moreover a Muslim. Ooi said, "That is common sense and to allude that I was the organiser to call for such a pledge - they should take note that I am a practicing Buddhist."
Yesterday,Mohamed Razali, a member of DAP's Jelutong branch, had lodged a police report on the controversy.
DAP revealed Razali is UMNO's member
Posted: 16 May 2011 06:48 AM PDT
Screaming "With our blood and soul, we will defend you, Islam," jihadists stormed the Virgin Mary Church in northwest Cairo last weekend. They torched the Coptic Christian house of worship, burned the nearby homes of two Copt families to the ground, attacked a residential complex, killed a dozen people, and wounded more than 200: just another day in this spontaneous democratic uprising by Muslim hearts yearning for freedom.
In the delusional vocabulary of the "Arab Spring," this particular episode is known as a sectarian "clash." That was the Washington Post's take. Its headline reads "12 dead in Egypt as Christians and Muslims clash" — in the same way, one supposes, that a mugger's fist can be said to "clash" with his victim's face. The story goes on, in nauseating "cycle of violence" style, to describe "clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians" that "left" 12 dead, dozens more wounded, "and a church charred" — as if it were not crystal clear who were the clashers and who were the clashees, as if the church were somehow combusted into a flaming heap without some readily identifiable actors having done the charring. In full from the National Review...
Posted: 16 May 2011 06:53 AM PDT
Petaling Jaya: Ahli Parlimen PKR Kelana Jaya Loh Gwo Burne hari ini mendakwa menerima satu sampul surat berisi beberapa keping gambar lucah mirip Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan sekeping cakera padat (CD) dipercayai klip video seks yang didakwa mirip ketua pembangkang itu.
Loh berkata, satu sampul surat berwarna coklat yang terletak dalam peti surat di pejabatnya di Mentari Kelana Jaya di sini, namun tidak beralamat dan hanya tertulis 'CD' itu ditemuinya kira-kira jam 3 petang semalam.
Beliau bagaimanapun tidak dapat memastikan sejak bila kewujudan sampul surat tersebut kerana berada di luar negara minggu lalu.
Sejurus membukanya, beliau mendapati beberapa helai kertas bersaiz ukuran A4 yang menunjukkan gambar video lucah menyerupai Anwar dan sekeping CD tidak berlabel.
Beliau kemudiannya mendakwa menerima satu panggilan telefon mencurigakan daripada seorang lelaki tidak dikenali kira-kira pukul 3.54 petang yang bertanyakan pendapatnya jika beliau sudah menonton CD tersebut.
Fasih berbahasa Inggeris, lelaki itu melalui perbualan telefon dengan Loh berkata beliau mungkin menemui sesuatu yang menarik tentang bosnya (Anwar) yang jelas bukan seorang pemimpin yang berkaliber.
"Saya tanya siapa yang bercakap, namun beliau berkata 'kita mungkin boleh jadi kawan'.
"Lelaki itu juga berkata kepada saya jangan bimbang kerana saya akan diberi habuan jika menolongnya mengaibkan Anwar dan terus mematikan panggilan," katanya kepada pemberita di pejabat PKR Kelana Jaya di sini hari ini.
Terganggu dengan panggilan tersebut, Loh membuat satu laporan polis di balai polis Sungai Way 12.30 malam tadi.
Ditanya jika sudah menonton CD tersebut, Loh menafikannya.
"Tidak perlu kerana jika keluarga Anwar sendiri sudah mengesahkannya, kenapa perlu saya tonton dan mempercayai kesahihan video tersebut," tegasnya.
Bulan lalu, Ahli Parlimen PKR Kapar S Manikavasagam turut membuat laporan polis di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Dang Wangi kerana menerima cd yang sama, namun beliau mengesahkan itu bukanlah Anwar selepas empat kali menontonnya. -FMT
Manalah rakyat nak percaya kepada pihak polis. Setiap sesuatu yang berlaku menunjuk dan mengarahkan kepada maruah dan integriti polis yang tercemar.
Datuk Eskay menyatakan hanya ada satu salinan dan salinan itu diserahkan kepada polis.
Kini begitu ramai memperolehinya, sampaikan di masjid pun diedarkan.
Dan polis berdiam diri tanpa apa-apa tindakan... dan rakyat sudah mempersoalkan apakah polis juga berada di belakang konspirasi pengedaran video seks ini. Jika tidak kenapa polis lansung tidak bertindak menyekat pengedarannya.
Posted: 16 May 2011 05:30 AM PDT
London: Laman web yang dikendalikan Raja Petra Kamarudin, Malaysia Today dijangka akan meningkatkan pelawatnya lagi apabila memulakan kerjasama dengan laman dari Australia, WikiLeaks.
(GAMBAR: Petra dan Assange bersalaman dan menunjukkan dokumen perjanjian kerjasama antara mereka)
Kedua-dua laman itu melalui pemiliknya, Raja Petra dan Julian Assange menandatangani perjanjian kerjasama antara kedua-duanya hari ini di the Sunday Roast lunch dekat the Duke of York.
Turut serta di majlis itu adalah anak Raja Petra, Sara Petra.
WikiLeaks menggegarkan dunia apabila membuat pelbagai pendedahan tentang dokumen yang kebanyakan dimiliki oleh kerajaan Amerika Syarikat.
Turut didedah adalah dokumen-dokumen berkaitan dengan Malaysia.
Raja Petra pula banyak menggegarkan politik Malaysia apabila membuat pelbagai pendedahan.
Antaranya adalah membuat pendedahan melalui Kenyataan Bersumpah kononnya isteri Perdana Menteri, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor turut berada di tempat pembunuhan Altantuya Shaariibuu di Puncak Alam.
Baru-baru ini, Raja Petra melalui TV3 menegaskan itu bukan kenyataan beliau tetapi kenyataan seorang pegawai kanan tentera sebagaimana yang dinyatakan dalam Kenyataan Bersumpahnya.
Beliau meminta pihak berkuasa menyiasat dakwaan itu.
Ekoran itu, Kementerian Pertahanan memaklumkan pegawai tentera berkenaan telah digantung tugasnya. -HD
Posted: 16 May 2011 05:07 AM PDT
If I am not blogging or doing housework or skyping with Angela, I normally while away my time Facebooking. Yesterday, I went down memory lane with my old friend's brother T.O. who lives in Hertfordshire.
It all started when I posted the youtube link of Do You Love Me? from Fiddler on the Roof.
We started talking about movies and this is how it all started:
T.O.: I remember going to see this movie in Capitol Theatre (Penang) - demolished long ago.
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Me: Ah - I also watched it there!! Think it was in early 1970s!! Have a wonderful Sunday!
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Phil Y: Yep, The Capitol definitely. Just diagonally across the road from where I lived. Many memories of movies caught there.
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T.O. : 3rd class 65 sen, 2nd class $1.00, 1st class $1.40 and balcony $2.00.
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Phil Y: Yep ;)
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T.O: 3rd class - first 3 rows in front of big screen.... there was a Chinese school adjacent to Capitol... and Paramount, Royal, Eastern and Rialto (?) further down the road....
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And on and on we went....
Subsequently, I asked TO to share his input on Great World Park and this is what he wrote in a few emails. He also sent me a sketch of the area!
Rialto was very adjacent to that carousel (I still call it merry-go-round).
When riding on the carousel (as a kid), one could see that Rialto cinema in full view.
Rialto was the "cheap" cinema – lowest ticket prices (as in Globe within New World Park). It only showed re-runs of old Chinese movies.
Those who paid for entrance into Great World Park, got option to see movie for free at Rialto, if prepared to stand at the sides of the auditorium.... sort of open-air but for the roof and side and back of the cinema.
And those who paid to see a movie in Eastern got to enter Great World Park without any further charge.
Eastern was attached to Great World Park and there was a cheap cinema inside of Great World Park... those didn't buy seats could watch from the sides of "open" cinema....
The one in Campbell Street was Sun cinema (showing Chinese movies only)... now a "disco" for a long time.
There was Oriental Emporium adjacent to Capitol....
Lido was at NEW World Park in Swatow Lane. With Globe actually inside of New World Park.
Royal was outside of Great World Park... adjacent and opposite the big ferris-wheel. Rialto was inside of the park and adjacent to the merry-go-round. It was without walls on two sides, so those who already paid for entrance into the park could stand and watch the movie for free. Globe was the same sort of cinema inside of New World Park. Royal was also adjacent to Paramount (which only showed Indian movies).
And dodgem cars! My mum took me to ride the merry-go-round when I was a child. From the top of the ferris-wheel one could see Royal opposite the road (i.e. outside of the park). Rialto only showed re-runs of old Chinese movies.
Same in New World Park.
If you paid to watch a movie in Lido, you could also enter New World Park.
And Globe (within New World Park) was same sort of cheap cinema as Rialto in Great World Park.
Paramount Cinema only screened Indian movies only.
Royal nearby also showed predominantly Indian movies, but changed later (i.e. showed non-Indian movies).
Remember the wrestling matches and Rose Chan at New World Park?
Don't forget the annual "Trade Fair" held in New World Park.
A major event in Penang in those old days!
We thought so much to see at the Trade Fair then. I first saw televisions at the Trade Fair!
I think Great World Park (along with Rialto and Eastern cinemas) closed down to make way for the development of Komtar at that time (I was already in England). Remember the Indian stalls selling used books and magazines along that road where Eastern was sited?
Those Indian bookstalls were once on top of the big drains outside of St John's.
-written by TO WONG-
Thanks, TO, for sharing these beautiful memories.
I invite Penangites who have fond memories of these places to leave a comment to share their memories.
Thanks! Have a lovely evening!
Posted: 16 May 2011 04:43 AM PDT
English Song Singing Competition Jointly By SAGA Central Region & IMEB - Rules & Entry Form
English Songs Singing Competition Jointly organized by SAGA and IMEBby Thomas Ling on Monday, 09 May 2011 at 11:02
SAGA - Sarawak Australian Graduates Association (Central Region)
...IMEB - International Music Examinations Board
Inter-school English Song Competition Entry Form
Date 2nd July 2011 Saturday
Venue Wei Kuo Hall (卫国礼堂), Sibu (Jalan Ling Wen Shun)
Time 7:00 pm
Closing Date 15th June 2011
Fntry fees RM 10
Name of Student: Age:
Date of Birth: I/C No.:
Gender: Male, Female
Telephone No.: (home) Mobile phone: Email:
Entry Category (please select one): A – Primary School (Below 13)
B – Secondary School/college (Below 20)
I hereby certify that the above information is true and correct. I have read and agreed to all contest rules.
Signature of Contestant
Please submit your entry form to:
IMEB Malaysian Representative Mr. Thomas Ling (0138101535) at 2A Lorong Suarah 1, Sibu 96000
Or by fax: 084 316773 by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Entry fees will be collected later for submissions
by fax or email.)
To give a platform for young people to show case their singing talent, especially those who can sing songs in English. 让爱好唱英文歌的年轻人有展示才华的平台。
To promote IMEB, the International Music Examination Board from Australia. 推介澳洲国际音乐考试学院。
To promote SAGA, the Sarawak Australian Graduates Association, the sponsor of this competition. 让更多人认识 留澳同学会。
Dr. Timothy Smith (IMEB Syllabus Consultant, Examiner) (Australia) 音乐博士，音乐考监官。
PhD, MEd, BEd, DipTeach, ETC(Adv), PGDES, LAGMS, DipMus(Hon)
John Yong 杨礼宝(USA)
M.M in music education, Gainesville, University of Florida
M.M in Composition, Mankato, Minnesota State University
B.M in String Performance, Edmond, University of Central Oklahoma
Thomas Ling 林垂正(Sibu)
Bachelor of Music - Performing (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
Licentiate of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (London)
IMEB Malaysia representative
悉尼音乐学院音乐学士, 英国皇家音乐学院教学专业文凭, 澳洲国际音乐考试学院马来西亚代表
All songs must be in English, and the titles and lyrics must be submitted with the entries. The organisers reserve the rights to turn down any song deemed to be inappropriate in contents. (Love songs are accepted generally, but not songs with explicit immoral content)
An entry fee of RM 10 will be charged for each contestant. There will be no refund after submission. 报名费RM10
A preliminary audition round may be held if the entry number is too big for one night. 如人数太多将举行入围赛。
All contestants must prepare their own accompanying CDs or live accompanists. Only a piano is provided. Any other instruments must be prepared by contestants. The CDs must be handed in 2 days before the contest for testing with the system. 伴唱CD，伴奏者自备。
The judges' decision is final. Disputes are not entertained. 裁判员的决定为标准及最终成绩。
The contestants will be judged on the vocal ability, musicianship, stage craft, entertainment value and outfit. 裁判制度：唱功，音乐感，台风， 娱乐性质，服装。
Prizes: 1st: RM 500, 2nd: RM 300, 3rd: RM 100 for Category 1 (plus trophies)
1st: RM 800, 2nd: RM 500, 3rd: RM 300 for Category 2 (Plus trophies)
Posted: 16 May 2011 04:37 AM PDT
English Public Speaking Speech Contest Jointly By SAGA Central Region & Sibu Swan City Toastmasters Club
Interschool Public Speaking Speech Contest
The Sarawak Australian Graduates Association (SAGA) has teamed up with the world's largest non-profit organization in public speaking, Toastmasters International via her local chapter the Sw...an City Toastmasters Club to conduct an Interschool Public Speaking Contest. The aims of the contest are to:
1. Promote the usage of the English Language
2. Promote and provide an opportunity for students to improve their public speaking skills and to recognize the best as encouragement to all.
The contest will be open to all senior secondary school students in the Sibu region and will be held on 3rd July 2011 at 8.30 am . The venue will be at Methodist Wei Kok Hall, Sibu.
Attractive prizes for all contestants sponsored by Sarawak Australian Graduate Association are as follow:
First prize: RM 500 plus a trophy and a certificate
Second prize: RM 300 plus a trophy and certificate
Third prize: RM 200 plus a trophy and a certificate
Forth prize: RM 150 plus a trophy and a certificate
Four consolation prizes of RM 100 each plus a trophy and certificate
All contestants will receive certificate of participation as well.
There will be 2 sessions:
9:00 am to 12 noon Junior Secondary students Form 3 and below
2.00 pm to 5.00 pm Senior Secondary students, Form 4 and above.
For more information, please contact the Organizing Chair Wong Toh Hee 016-888 0038 Dr. Clement Chen 019-889 6699
Posted: 16 May 2011 02:47 AM PDT
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