Monday, June 20, 2011

George Carlin Stuff

George Carlin Stuff

George Carlin Stuff

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 10:14 AM PDT

How come wrong numbers are never busy?

Do people in Australia call the rest of the world "up over"?

Does that screwdriver belong to Philip?

Does killing time damage eternity?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why is it that night falls but day breaks?

Why is the third hand on the watch called a second hand?

Why is it that when you're driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Are part-time band leaders semi-conductors?

Can you buy an entire chess set in a pawnshop?

Daylight savings time - why are they saving it and where do they keep it?

Did Noah keep his bees in archives?

Do pilots take crash-courses?

Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

How can there be self-help "groups"?

How do you get on or off a nonstop flight?

How do you write zero in Roman numerals?

If a jogger runs at the speed of sound, can he still hear his Walkman?

If athletes get athlete's foot, do astronauts get mistletoe?

If Barbie's so popular, why do you have to buy all her friends?

If blind people wear dark glasses, why don't deaf people wear earmuffs?

If peanut butter cookies are made from peanut butter, then what are Girl Scout cookies made out of?

If swimming is good for your shape, then why do the whales look the way they do?

If tin whistles are made out of tin, what do they make fog horns out of?

If white wine goes with fish, do white grapes go with sushi?

If you can't drink and drive, why do bars have parking lots?

If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?

Why do the signs that say "Slow Children" have a picture of a running child?

Why do they call it "chili" if it's hot?

Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game," when we are already there?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

*I am not sure if I have posted this list before. Call it midnight forgetfulness. If I have posted this previously, please pardon my forgetfulness. The whole list sounds vaguely familiar but I cannot remember if I read if before or if I posted it previously. Sighs....Signs of old age...Take care and have a lovely evening.

[Bergambar & Video] Kuala Terengganu Selepas Dilanda Ribut Taufan

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 09:55 AM PDT

Kuala Terengganu – Hampir 150 buah rumah di 13 buah kampung dalam kawasan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Teluk Pasu, Manir, mengalami kerosakan akibat dilanda ribut malam tadi.

Gambar: SEBUAH kereta Perodua Kelisa di timpa sebatang pokok di Pantai Batu Buruk akibat dilanda ribut kuat. Foto: Aswadi Alias (19/06/2011)

Wakil rakyatnya, Datuk Rahin Mohd Said berkata, bilangan rumah yang terbabit dalam kejadian pukul 9 malam itu mungkin meningkat kerana bancian belum diselesaikan.

Katanya, ribut berserta hujan lebat itu telah menyebabkan banyak rumah mengalami kerosakan bumbung serta banyak pokok tumbang dan menghempap bumbung rumah, kereta dan kabel elektrik di sepanjang jalan.

"Ribut ini antara yang terburuk dalam sejarah di kawasan ini," katanya kepada pemberita selepas melawat rumah-rumah mangsa ribut di beberapa buah kampung hari ini.

Rahin, yang juga Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pelancongan, Kebudayaan, Kesenian dan Warisan negeri, berkata, Kampung Kebur Air merupakan yang paling buruk apabila lebih 30 buah rumah mengalami kerosakan.

Katanya, kerajaan negeri akan memberi bantuan awal seperti atap dan peralatan bagi membolehkan rumah mangsa dibaiki. – Bernama

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A Very Busy Day Indeed

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 08:46 AM PDT

It has been a very busy day for me and I have not had much time to read the news or to update my blog or to respond to comments. My deepest apologies to readers and subscribers.

Firstly, my younger boy had his ABRSM Grade 8 piano practical exam this afternoon. I stayed away from him and tried my best not to pressure or to nag at him and tried to hide my nervousness.

We prayed along the way to the exam centre at Hotel Royale and found a parking lot easily at Penang Plaza. As always, we were early and by the time we arrived, my boy was like a cat on a hot tin roof.

Believe me - it has always been extremely stressful for me to wait outside the exam hall. For those of you are more recent readers,, I used to teach music part-time and have to confess that it was not easy for me to teach music as patience is definitely NOT one of my virtues where teaching music is concerned. It is much easier to lecturer than to be a music teacher!

I listened to him play the scales and his pieces and then the sight reading and aural tests. I did not hear anything wrong apart from a few slips here and then. When my boy came out of the exam room with his hands raised in the air and a broad smile on his face, I thought all was alright.

"Rejoicing?" I asked.

"Freedom, mom!" was his quiet response.

"I thought you played quite well," I said encouragingly.

"Were you listening carefully, mom?" he asked. "I played one bar in a higher octave for the second piece because I was just too nervous. But I played very well in the third piece and reasonably well in the first piece so let's hope for the best."

My heart sank but I told him that he tried his best, that was enough for me. With that, we left for home while he said he will work hard for his Grade 8 violin exam in August. By next month, my 12.5 year old son will start preparing for the Diploma in Music. Last  Saturday, his band won the Inter-School Penang State Battle of the Band Competition. He is certainly walking in his brother's footsteps.

My older boy is the violinist in Juanophobia and the band is in round three of the Passport to Fame Battle of the Bands Contest and you can hear their first recorded single TAKE THE WORLD (a group effort in this original composition) AT THIS LINK.

Juanophobia performing in Round 2 of Battle of the Bands in Johore Baru last Friday.

Angela is also out in Penang so I was with her from 5pm till past 10pm reconnecting and spending time with her daughter and sister as well.

Will post this first and then do another post later. Take care and have a lovely evening.

PAS Youth ready to protect non-Malays from 'bloodthirsty, violent' Perkasa

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 08:04 AM PDT

WIKILEAKS : Malaysia Sedang Menghampiri Bankrupsi.

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 01:19 AM PDT

WIKILEAKS (Laporan Kedutaan Amerika di Kuala Lumpur) telah mengambil kenyataan Ahli Lembaga Pengarah Petronas bernama Mohd Azhar Osman Khairuddin(Azhar). Tulang Besi ingin memetik beberapa kenyataan beliau yang dilaporkan oleh WIKILEAKS dari kabel yang boleh di baca di bawah:

1.0 Jumlah minyak di Malaysia adalah kecil dan akan kehabisan dalam masa yang terdekat. (Mengikut CONOCO, rezab minyak di Malaysia menurun 10% setiap tahun. Mengikut jangakaan Tulang Besi, Malaysia akan menjadi pengimpot minyak sebelum tahun 2020.

(5. (C) Azhar told us that Malaysian O&G reserves are not large and are running out soon. (Note: Conoco Philips Malaysia confirmed that without new discoveries, Malaysian oil production will decline at approximately 10% per year, from 550,000 bpd in 2008 to roughly 490,000 bpd in 2009 and 450,000 bpd in 2010.) )

2.0 45% dari perbelanjaan kerajaan Malaysia adalah dari hasil minyak. Ini bermakna, kerajaan Malaysia akan bangkrap apbila minyak di Malaysia kering nanti.

( Azhar noted that revenues from Petronas accounted for 45% of the GOM budget last year and stated that the GOM is over-reliant on Petronas to fund its operations.)

Kedua-kedua kenyataan yang dipetik Kedutaan Amerika bersumber dari Ahli Lembaga Pengarah Petronas ini adalah SANGAT-SANGAT merisaukan Tulang Besi.
Ia bermakna:

1.0 Apabila minyak habis nanti, Malaysia akan bangkrap. Ini adalah kerana 45% dari perbelanjaan kerajaan Malaysia datang dari hasil minyak. Apabila hasil minyak ini habis, hasil kerajaan Malaysia akan berkurangan 45% dan ini bermakna kerajaan Malaysia akan bangrap laksana kerajaan Greece sekarang ini.

2.0 Hasil minyak Malaysia seharusnya ditabung untuk masa depan anak cucu kita. Bukan untuk dibelanjakan bagi tujuan pembangunan ataupun mengkayakan kroni serta UMNOPUTRA

3.0 Kerajaan Barisan Nasional telah gagal menaikkan hasil negara sehingga terpaksa bergantung kepada hasil minyak dengan begitu besar sekali untuk perbelanjaan. Tidak seperti kerajaan Norway yang menyimpan semua hasil minyak mereka untuk masa depan rakyat mereka. Rakyat Malaysia pula akan berhadapan dengan kelaparan, kemiskinan, kepapaan dan berbagai masaalah sosial apabila hasil minyak Malaysia habis nanti

4.0 Membuktikan kerajaan UMNO dan Barisan Nasional tidak mampu mengurus kekayaan negara. Segala hasil minyak negara sudah habis dibelanjakan, namun rakyat Malaysia tidak dapat melihat dengan jelas hasil dari perbelanjaan tersebut.

5.0 Bantuan2 kepada orang miskin dan yang memerlukan sudah tentu akan berkurangan atau dipotong sama sekali memandangkan Kerajaan Barisan Nasional yang lebih mementingkan kroni dari rakyat Malaysia.

6.0 Malaysia akan menerima nasib seperti Indonesia apabila hasil minyak Malaysia habis kelak

Dengan kata lain, rakyat Malaysia sedang menuju ke arah masa depan yang begitu gelap dan mendung sekali. Wajiblah kerajaan Barisan Nasional ditukar.

Nasihat Tulang Besi kepada rakyat Malaysia. Jangan berhutang. Selesaikan semua hutang tidak kira hutang apa. Kalau ditakdirkan Malaysia bangkrap, maka BLR semua akan naik. Percayalah.

Tulang Besi



E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/19/2020

REF: 09 STATE 121808

Classified By: Econ Counselor Matt Matthews for reasons 1.4(b) and (d)

1. (C) Summary: Post approached the three Malaysian companies listed in Ref A that are reportedly doing business or contemplating doing business in Iran. Petronas told us January 11 that it has no active investments in Iran, no commitment has been made to invest in South Pars Phase 11 and its contractual obligations in the Munir block are complete, with no further investment under consideration.
Petronas officials noted that Petronas is concerned about investing in Iran due to current political uncertainties there. Amona told us via telephone they sold their oil and gas (O&G) business, including any interest in the redevelopment of the Resalat Oilfield.
Post has made contact with representatives from SKS Ventures, which will be reported septel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Principal Assistant Secretary and America Desk Officer Muhammad Radzi Jamaludin (Radzi) told post that the Ministry of International Trade and Investment (MITI) held a meeting with Petronas, Amona, and SKS Ventures and told them to cooperate with embassy inquiries on Iran investments. End Summary.
2. (C) Comment: Our meeting with Petronas was at a surprisingly high level and the information offered was unusually frank and forthcoming for such a sensitive topic. As a Petronas Board member, Azhar is well positioned to provide accurate information on Petronas' Iran investment plans. Post will continue to press for additional details on Petronas South Pars Phase 11 activity. End Comment.
3. (C) Deputy Econcouns Salin and econoff Williams met January 11 with Petronas Board of Directors Member and Corporate Secretary Mohd Azhar Osman Khairuddin (Azhar) and his assistant, Head of Legal Research, Planning and Issues Management, Abdul Rahim Mydin (Rahim) to query Petronas about existing and planned investments in Iran,s oil and gas sector (O&G) and awareness of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA). Deputy Econcouns delivered ref A points and provided additional background on our information request.
4. (C) Azhar said that Petronas does not have any investments in Iran at this time. Azhar explained that Petronas aspires to be a global company and desires a positive relationship with the USG. However, he related that Petronas was a relatively late entrant to the O&G business and was not competitive with international oil companies (IOCs) in most development areas.
Petronas made the conscious decision in the mid 1990,s, with the blessing of the GOM, to compete in countries where Western sanctions precluded the largest IOCs from competing such as Iran, Sudan, Myanmar, and Mauritania, according to Azhar. He claimed that in 1996 the Petronas president met with Clinton Administration officials informing the USG of Petronas, plans to invest in Iran and that Secretary Albright gave Total, Gazprom, and Petronas ISA exemptions on South Pars Phases 2 and 3.
Azhar said that Petronas developed the Siri field without an exemption and that both of Petronas, prior Iran projects are now finished. He mentioned that Petronas does have an ongoing trading relationship with Iran, exporting lubricants to Iran.
5. (C) Azhar told us that Malaysian O&G reserves are not large and are running out soon. (Note: Conoco Philips Malaysia confirmed that without new discoveries, Malaysian oil production will decline at approximately 10% per year, from 550,000 bpd in 2008 to roughly 490,000 bpd in 2009 and 450,000 bpd in 2010.)
Azhar noted that revenues from Petronas accounted for 45% of the GOM budget last year and stated that the GOM is over-reliant on Petronas to fund its operations. He said Petronas feels tremendous pressure to grow its business in order to maintain Malaysia's political status quo and added that Petronas wants to stay insulated from politics, but must comply with GOM policy.
He acknowledged the large amount of liquid assets on Petronas, balance sheet and Petronas, concerns that those funds be invested in productive O&G assets to promote future profitability rather than be spent now on domestic programs for political gain. He described Petronas as a stabilizing force in Malaysia and in ASEAN regionally and his desire that the USG recognize the important role Petronas plays in maintaining political stability in the region.
6. (C) Azhar was not aware of press accounts of Petronas investment plans in the South Pars Phase 11 gas field and was noticeably irritated that Petronas gas subsidiary Carigali had not mentioned Phase 11 when it briefed Azhar on its Iran activities. He was quite clear, from his position as a member of the Petronas Board of Directors, that no final investment decision had been made on any new project in Iran.
Azhar added that Petronas is closely following the political situation in Iran between President Ahmadinejad and the opposition and stated that Petronas is very concerned about investing in Iran at this point due to political uncertainties and the possibility of "disruptive changes."
7. (C) (Note: In a follow-up telephone call January 14, Rahim told econoff that investment in South Pars Phase 11 is still under consideration, but that Petronas has not committed to the investment. Econoff asked follow-up questions on the status, timing, and cost of due diligence, contract status with Iran/CNPC, and when a final decision could be reached. Rahim asked econoff to forward the follow-up questions via email and that he would try to respond. End Note.)
8. (C) Azhar was excited about Petronas successful bid with Shell to develop the Majnoon oilfield in Iraq. He praised the open and transparent competitive bidding process and said that Iraq's opening is putting a lot of pressure on Iran. Petronas is bullish on the political situation in Iraq and plans to compete for additional business in Iraq, according to Azhar.
Amona Claims O&G Business Sold
9. (C) Econoff and LES Tang Loon Lian contacted Amona December 9 via telephone regarding its announced investment in the Resalat Oilfield. An Amona representative told us Amona had sold its entire oil and gas business to Oil Corp., a publicly traded Malaysian company.
Local news databases did not report announcement of a sale. A search of Bursa Malaysia publicly listed companies showed that Oil Corp. is losing significant amounts of money and appears near bankruptcy.
Post will continue to check for additional details on the status of Malaysian participation in the Resalat transaction.
MFA and Trade Ministry Authorize Cooperation
10. (C) During a January 12 meeting, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Principal Assistant Secretary and America Desk Officer Muhammad Radzi Jamaludin (Radzi) told econoff that he had recently attended a MITI-led meeting, in which MITI called in Petronas, SKS Ventures and Amona and told them to cooperate with the embassy in our ISA inquiry.
Radzi said that Petronas told MITI it does not have any investment in Iran now and that the private companies (SKS and Amona) claimed they had no financing sources for their projects in Iran.
Radzi also described how Malaysian firms go to Iran with suitcases of money to purchase oil and gas concessions from the Iranians. He said that they bring too much cash to count the money, so they weigh it to determine if the amount is correct.
Radzi did not offer why Malaysian firms would purchase an O&G concession from the Iranians for a project they are unable to finance.

The Geography of Bliss + Why Read?

Posted: 19 Jun 2011 08:44 PM PDT


Memburu bahagia ke mana-mana

Selepas memendam buku ini berkali-kali sejak Mei 2010, akhirnya saya berjaya mengkhatamnya. Walhal saya kaki travelog dan buku ini tak kurang dari segi premis dan humornya (meskipun humor gaya Amerika yang selalu bernada kutukan terhadap subjek yang dihumorkan). Entah kenapa sebelum ini buku ini berasa susah untuk difahami, kemudian dengan anehnya pula mengusik kord tertentu dalam diri dan dapat pula dinikmati selaju-lajunya, senikmat-nikmatnya.

Ketika memilih buku ini, saya bukanlah kekurangan bliss atau happiness dalam hidup, seperti subtajuk buku tersebut yang berbunyi: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World. Saya sebetulnya terpengaruh kerana buku ini berada dalam senarai laris Selain itu saya selalu terpesona dengan cerita orang Amerika – selalunya orang Amerika - yang telah cemerlang di sudut kerjaya dan materi, tetapi akhirnya tetap memilih untuk melakukan kembara jiwa atau rohani. Seperti juga Elizabeth Gilbert yang sampai mencampak hidupnya – termasuk suami dan harta sepencarian – kerana mencari damai jiwa. Barangkali kerana kepuasan afirmatif daripada seluruh idea spiritual quest itu, saya terus-terusan memburu buku bercorak begini.

Premis utama buku ini mudah sahaja, mencari jawapan kepada persoalan kebahagiaan, dengan melawati beberapa buah negara yang rakyatnya antara paling bahagia di dunia, dan negara yang rakyatnya antara paling tidak bahagia di dunia. Negara-negara itu: Netherlands, Switzerland, Bhutan, Qatar, Iceland, Moldova, Thailand, Great Britain, India dan Amerika, telah dinilai indeks kebahagiaan masing-masing oleh World Database of Happiness, berpangkalan di Netherlands (Malaysia juga ada, cuma tidak dipilih pula).

Di negara-negara itu, pengarangnya Weiner (baca Whiner), mencerap dan menilai kehidupan dari mata rakyatnya. Apa yang mereka takrifkan dengan kebahagiaan? Kenapa mereka berasa bahagia, dan kenapa pula tidak? Jawapan yang diperolehi kadangkala tidak terjangkakan, dan membawa pandangan baru mengenai sesebuah negara dan rakyatnya yang selama ini diketahui secara permukaan.

Namun ternyata dua hal yang sering menjadi tempat jatuh yang empuk tatkala menghadapi segala cabaran dunia, adalah kekuatan rohani, dan juga keutuhan budaya. Bukan wang (kerana Amerika antara negara paling kaya di dunia, tetapi indeks kebahagiaannya rupa-rupanya lebih rendah dari Malaysia!), dan bukan pula materi (kerana orang Bhutan dan India, walaupun miskin, tetapi tidaklah berada dalam senarai paling corot orang-orang tak berkebahagiaan).

Travelog ini memang mampu membuka mata mengenai hakikat hidup sementara, dan menguatkan keberadaan agama berbanding ateisme (jika kita pilih melihatnya dari sudut itu). Jika mahu dapatkan buku ini, boleh cuba di MPH – di situlah saya membeli buku ini pada tahun lalu.


Hati melonjak hingga langit ke tujuh kerana buku ini sampai

Dan ini pula buku yang saya terima hari ini jasa berBookMooch (sekali lagi!), dipos ekspres oleh Wan Nor Haslina di Langkawi. Hati pun melayang-layang hingga ke langit lapis ke tujuh! Terima kasih Wan. Sangat menghargainya.

Bersih must march on undaunted....

Posted: 19 Jun 2011 10:11 PM PDT

A peaceful rally calling for electoral reform would have gone down as almost a non-event in any democracy, but not in Malaysia. Here, the news of such an impending rally has virtually caused the incumbent ruling power to go into a state of panic.

Ever since the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections - a civil society movement known as Bersih - called for a peaceful rally on July 9 to press for electoral reform, hardly a day goes by without some bigwigs pressing the panic button, as if calamities will befall the nation if such a rally were to take place.

The home minister has warned of dire consequences to political and economic stability, Umno's ultra-racist wing Perkasa has called for a rally of its own to crush the Bersih rally, the police chief has warned Bersih of preventive arrest, and hundreds of reports have been lodged with the police by Umno and its associated bodies to oppose such a rally.

And now, the latest, Deputy Prime Minister Muyhiddin Yassin called the Bersih rally an opposition plot to topple the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government when he officially opened a local Umno annual meeting in Beaufort, Sabah on June 18.

(Bersih had earlier extended invitation to all political parties including ruling BN and opposition alliance Pakatan Rakyat, as well as NGOs and activists to participate in this mass movement to restore integrity to the Malaysian electoral system, which has been hopelessly corrupted to favour the incumbent ruling coalition. While Pakatan component parties have accepted the invitation, BN has not.)

BN'S rationale absurd

Muhyiddin debunked Bersih's agitation for reform by citing the opposition's impressive electoral gain in the 2008 general election as proof of the electoral system's fairness.

He asked: "If it is not free and fair, how could they make such electoral gains? If they win they keep quiet, and if they lose, they claim unfairness. I think their motive is to have a shortcut to Putrajaya."

Equating the opposition's electoral win as proof of the system's fairness has become BN's standard answer to fence off rising condemnation of BN's massive abuses that have gone from bad to worse.

But such an argument is as illogical as it is laughable. Whether an election is fair should be determined by the conditions under which the election is conducted, factors such as the presence or absence of an impartial election commission and the existence or non-existence of a level playing field. It should never be determined by whether a contestant has won or lost.

Malaysian elections are so notoriously unlevel that one should have no hesitation to conclude that Pakatan would have been swept to power in the 2008 election if there had been a free and fair election, considering the fact that the popular vote was virtually split at 50-50.

Electoral system hopelessly flawed

How can anyone consider Malaysian elections fair, when the election commission is unabashedly acting as ruling coalition BN's virtual agent, and the entire mass media of the country (with the exception of the Internet) serve as BN's propaganda machines to the complete exclusion of Pakatan?

Since the 2008 election, BN's election bribery has gone from covert to overt, famously dramatised by none other than Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak himself when he publicly attempted to buy votes by offering instant cash aid to the tune of millions of ringgit subject to a BN win in two successive by-elections (Hulu Selangor and Sibu).

Strangely, or rather shockingly, while the video clip of this drama had been watched by a worldwide audience via YouTube, the presiding judge (Azahar Mohamed) threw out a subsequent election petition to nullify the Hulu Selangor by-election result on the ground of "lack of evidence".

When even the court sanctioned such open bribery committed by the top leader of the ruling coalition, the floodgate for all kinds of corruption, intimation and abuse of authority was virtually thrown wide open to work in BN's overwhelming advantage. And this is exactly what happened in the recently concluded Sarawak state election, where BN swept to a landslide victory on the twin strategy of bribery and intimidation.

Bersih's move commendable

Under these circumstances, Bersih ought to be commended for its gallant and timely move to call for a mass rally whereby a petition will be delivered to the Agong to put a stop to the election system that has been turned into a complete mockery of democracy.

Among Bersih's reform proposals are: prohibition of vote-buying of any form, restoration of independence and impartiality to enforcing bodies on election offences, fair media access to all contesting parties, reform of the current dubious postal voting system and cleanse the electoral roll that is fraught with irregularities and phantom voters.

It will be seen from these proposals that the current Bersih move is not only not a threat to national interests, but a most reasonable and logical proposition to save democracy and restore justice and decency to a country where the state institutions have been pervasively perverted by BN's prolonged autocratic misrule.

With regard to the police's avowed refusal to grant a permit to the rally, we have to respectfully advice the police that they have no authority to obstruct such a peaceful rally. Freedom of assembly is a constitutional right guaranteed to all citizens, and the role of the police in such an event is to ensure that peace prevails throughout the rally.

Any attempt by the police or any quarter to disrupt a peaceful rally of such noble intentions will be construed as a serious breach of the constitution and will not be taken kindly by peace-loving Malaysians.

Be assured that Malaysians will not back down or compromise on such important principles as the right to have free and fair elections and the right to have freedom of assembly.- Kim Quek


Ambiga: Perhimpunan BERSIH tetap diteruskan


Felda Hutang RM6 Billion: Jawab Segera

Posted: 19 Jun 2011 11:15 PM PDT

Hutang RM6 bilion: Anak masih tunggu penjelasan Felda

Tidak cukup sekadar mendakwa kedudukan kewangan Felda adalah stabil dan para peneroka tidak perlu bimbang, kata Mazlan Aliman.

PETALING JAYA: Para peneroka Felda di seluruh negara masih menunggu penjelasan yang lengkap daripada Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Ahmad Maslan berhubung hutang agensi kerajaan itu yang berjumlah RM6 bilion dari Kumpulan Simpanan Wang Pekerja (KWSP).

Pengerusi Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak) Mazlan Aliman berkata, tidak cukup sekadar mendakwa kedudukan kewangan Felda adalah stabil dan para peneroka tidak perlu bimbang.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada FMT berhubung kenyataan Datuk Ahmad Maslan yang mengakui Felda ada membuat pinjaman RM6 bilion dari KWSP dan menyatakan bahawa kedudukan kewangan agensi itu adalah stabil dan para peneroka tidak perlu risau.

Tegas Mazlan, "sehingga hari ini kita masih menunggu penjelasan yang lengkap dari Ahmad Maslan mengenai butiran pinjaman dan untuk apa pinjaman RM6 bilion itu dibuat.

Kalau dulu, Ahmad Maslan mendakwa salah satu sebab Felda mengalami susut rezab tunai lebih RM1.3 bilion dalam tempoh lima tahun adalah disebabkan perbelanjaan tanaman semula.

"Baru-baru ini, Ahmad Maslan mendakwa sebahagian pinjaman RM6 bilion itu juga digunakan untuk membiayai kos penanaman semula pokok kelapa sawit," terang beliau yang juga Ahli Jawatankuasa Kerja PAS Pusat dan Pengerusi Lajnah Tanah dan Pembangunan Wilayah parti itu.

Mazlan menjelaskan, sekiranya Felda membelanjakan sebanyak RM4 bilion untuk menjalankan kerja-kerja penanaman semula maka ini bermakna kos seekar menelan belanja sebanyak RM100,000.

Tidak masuk akal

"Ini suatu jumlah yang tidak masuk akal kerana sekiranya para peneroka sendiri yang mengerjakan tanaman semula, ia hanya menelan belanja sebanyak RM10,000 sahaja untuk seekar," jelas beliau.

Beliau menegaskan bahawa banyak keraguan yang timbul di mana Ahmad Maslan perlu memberi penjelasan yang memuaskan kerana pengurusan kewangan Felda tidak dijalankan dengan telus.

"Keadaan ini juga menunjukkan komitmen kerajaan yang langsung tidak peduli akan nasib para peneroka dan kerajaan dilihat seolah- oleh lebih cenderong untuk menutup segala kelemahan dan penyelewengan yang berlaku dalam agensi itu

Oleh sebab itu katanya, Anak menggesa satu suruhanjaya bebas ditubuhkan untuk menyiasat pengurusan kewangan Felda yang didakwa mengalami kerugian yang teruk.

Sementara itu, Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim baru-baru ini mendakwa pelaburan luar negara yang dibuat oleh Kumpulan Felda dengan menggunakan wang yang dipinjam daripada KWSP itu semuanya mengalami kerugian.

"Kami percaya bahawa semua pelaburan luar negara yang dibuat oleh Felda Global dengan menggunakan pinjaman wang KWSP itu mengalami kerugian terkumpul hampir RM500 juta dari tahun 2007 hingga 2010," ujar beliau.

Menurut Ketua Pembangkang itu, pelaburan luar tersebut meliputi dalam syarikat Felda Iffco Sdn Bhd, Twin Rivers Technologies US, TRT-ETGO Canada, Felda Global Ventures Middle East dan juga Felda Global Ventures Arabia. -FMT

Ulasan GB

GB sudah ulas sebelum ini di SINI. Petikan:

Ahmad Maslan tidak dapat memberi penjelasan kenapa, Felda perlu membuat pinjaman RM6bilion jika kedudukan kewangannya kukuh.

Yang nyata selama ini, rakyat melihat, FELDA dijadikan "penyedia dana" untuk UMNO-BN.

Cukup menghairankan KWSP boleh membenarkan pinjaman sebegitu besar kepada FELDA yang berada di ambang kebangkrapan sedangkan wang KWSP adalah milik rakyat.

Kita tidak tahu asas penilaian pelaburan yang digunapakai oleh KWSP meluluskan pinjaman kepada FELDA sedangkan sudah dimaklumkan bahawa rizab Felda susut daripada lebih RM4 bilion pada tahun 2004 kepada RM1.35 bilion tahun 2009.

RM6 bilion itu digunakan oleh anak syarikat Felda, Felda Global Ventures untuk melabur dalam syarikat milik asing dan pelaburan itu, telah menyebabkan Felda menanggung kerugian berkumpul RM500 juta dari tahun 1997 hingga tahun lalu.

KWSP perlu jawab dan bertanggungjawab kepada rakyat selepas ini.

Sajak Mengelamun

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 07:53 AM PDT

Di waktu malam yang sunyi
Anak2 meriah ke tuition ke kedai makan
Kucing kucing Parsi ku pun semua tidak berbunyi
Santai bahagia atas lantai simen di depan.

Bermain FB berdekah dekah keseorangan
Berhibur sakan bersama rakan
Sejenak sahaja lama bukan
Tetapi kenyangnya nyamuk aku di makan.

Aku di beli semangkuk wantan mee
Steamed chicken rice ada pesanan Banun
Berkemban makan siapa perduli
Tekak haus rootbeer float aku balun.

Teringat siang tadi aku dicaci
Selama ini katanya aku goyang kaki
Macamlah selama ini aku rehat
Ada orang gaji pun, takkanlah aku tidak bersilat.

Yang dicintai setahun jagung
Yang dibenci 30 tahun
Biar aku dimaki hamun
Asalkan yang baru tidak tersinggung.

Apalah nak di kecewa lagi
Aku menangis ditemani Illahi
Kini Tuhan sudah buat aku berani
Mulut yang tajam tidak aku takuti lagi.

Tidak lagi aku pemalu maupun penakut
VIP ke berpangkat pun aku tidak menciput
Terus terang akan aku berpedang
Tidak menyorok melangkah ke medan perang.

Berbekal yang ada kurang rupa
Aku senyum tabah harungi luka
Jangan mencabar jangan menghina
InsyaAllah segala doa2ku di Kaabah makbul juga.

Semua Bersemangat Tunggu Tarikh 9 Julai

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 07:48 AM PDT

Semua dijemput sertai himpunan aman Bersih 2.0

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 Jun: "Saya mewakili Mursyidul Am, Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, presiden, Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang dan seluruh pimpinan PAS memberikan sokongan dan dokongan penuh kepada Bersih 2.0," kata Penolong Setiausaha Agung PAS Pusat, Dr. Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi.

Laungan takbir bergema dari penyokong PAS sewaktu beliau menyatakan demikian sewaktu berucap di majlis pelancaran Bersih 2.0 di Dewan Perhimpunan Selangor-Kuala Lumpur (KLSCAH) malam tadi.

Majlis pelancaran malam tadi berlangsung meriah dengan kehadiran jawatankuasa induk Bersih 2.0 dan jawatankuasa sokongan terdiri daripada beberapa NGO dan parti-parti politik.

Hadirin turut teruja dengan kehadiran sasterawan negara, Datuk A. Samad Said yang sempat mendeklamasikan "ekor" salah satu sajaknya.

Pengerusi Gabungan Pilihan Raya Bersih dan Adil (Bersih), Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan turut membacakan lapan tuntutan Bersih 2.0 iaitu bersihkan senarai pengundi, mereformasikan undi pos, gunakan dakwat kekal, tempoh kempen minima 21 harian akses media yang bebas dan adil, kukuhkan institusi awam, hentikan rasuah dan hentikan politik kotor.

Beliau yang juga seorang peguam menegaskan, himpunan tersebut akan berjalan secara aman dan semua rakyat termasuk parti politik dari BN dijemput untuk menyertainya.

Paluan gendang turut mengiringi wakil-wakil NGO yang membawa sepanduk lapan tuntutan tersebut masuk ke dewan dan disambut laungan "bersih, bersih" dari hadirin yang majoriti terdiri daripada golongan muda dan pertengahan.

Majlis yang dihadiri hampir 1,000 hadirin itu turut melancarkan kutipan derma untuk aktiviti Bersih.

Dewan Muslimat PAS Pusat (DMPP) mendermakan satu dinar emas bersamaan RM750. -hd

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Why let Singapore spit on us?

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 06:48 AM PDT

This is a picture of Singapore's latest unmanned aerial aircraft, which enjoys a free-and-easy intrusion of Malaysia's airspace, especially in Johor. And this is confirmed by a Mindef senior official.

In other countries, notably the US and Europe, such intrusion would be dealt with accordingly; either the plane will be shot down or a protest note will be sent to its country of origin.

However, we let Singapore spit on our head by allowing their military aircraft to penetrate deep inside our airspace. What kind of actions have we taken? Try let one of our aircraft to stray a few kilometers inside their territory, and I bet it will be shot down of driven out.

I used to write about this in a local English daily some years ago, and Mindef and our Foreign Ministers did send a note of protest to the Republic but it didnt really stop them from carrying out espionage mission on us.

At the Dewan Rakyat today, Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said there have been 2,508 violations of Malaysian air space by Singapore military jets since 2008. What Malaysia did was lodging diplomatic protests against the violations.

But they keep on coming.

Ahmad Zahid said that every suspicious movement of a Singapore military aircraft was monitored with the equipment of the Malaysian armed forces and Civil Aviation Department. "This year alone, up to May, 19 aircraft movements (violations) were detected on an average of four a month," he said in a written answer to a question from Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau).

He said there were 985 violations of Malaysian air space by Singapore jets in 2008, 1,286 in 2009, and 218 in 2010.

Please remember that their soldiers are being trained by the Israelis. Our previous regime, apart from selling sands to the Republic (if I am not mistaken), had also allowed them to use our airspace for their military trainings.

So, are we going through diplomatic channel again? One or two could be a coincidence but a few thousands are deliberate attempt to undermine our security!

"Kenyataan Ibrahim Ali Sangat Bahaya" - KJ Mahu Ibrahim Ali Disiasat

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 06:48 AM PDT

Khairy: Ibrahim Ali tak wakili majoriti Melayu

Kenyataan bersifat 'rasis' dibuat Datuk Ibrahim Ali khususnya terhadap kaum Cina ketika satu majlis anti-Bersih 2.0 semalam tidak menggambarkan keseluruhan pendirian orang Melayu, kata Ketua Pemuda Umno Khairy Jamaluddin hari ini.

"Saya hanya mahu orang ramai mengetahui bahawa ini adalah pandangan seorang Ahli Parlimen yang tidak mewakili majoriti kaum Melayu.

"Kami adalah kaum berhati mulia, kami tidak melanggan pandangan ini," kata Khairy kepada pemberita di sini hari ini.

Sehubungan itu, Khairy menggesa agar dikenakan tindakan ke atas Presiden Perkasa itu.

"Apa yang beliau kata sangat bahaya... sekurang-kurangnya apa yang boleh dilakukan ialah adakan siasatan dari segi hasutan," kata beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Rembau.

Terdahulu, Setiausaha Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng menyifatkan Umno seolah-olah menunjukkan warna sebenar parti itu bahawa ia hanya berkepentingan untuk satu kaum apabila membenarkan ugutan ala Nazi disampaikan oleh Ibrahim dan Perkasa yang diwakilinya semalam.

"Dengan keengganan parti tersebut untuk mengambil tindakan, Umno bersalah atas sokongan terhadap Perkasa dan pendirian parti itu.

"Malah, ia amat jelas sejak sekian lama, sebagaimana ditunjukkan oleh Umno yang kurang mengambil tindakan terhadap kes-kes seperti demonstrasi seperti protes kepala lembu pada 2009 dan pelbagai ucapan pemimpin mereka yang menyamakan kaum India dengan pengemis dan wanita Cina sebagai pelacur," kata beliau dalam satu kenyataan dikeluarkan hari ini.

Semalam, Ibrahim yang juga Ahli Parlimen Bebas Pasir Mas bersama 164 badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) melancarkan "perang" terhadap Himpunan Bersih 2.0 dengan membakar gambar Pengerusi Gabungan Pilihan Raya Bersih dan Adil Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan dan memberi amaran kepada kaum Cina agar jangan keluar pada 9 Julai ini atas alasan "apa sahaja boleh berlaku."

Ibrahim menegaskan, perhimpunan anti-Bersih 2.0 yang bakal diadakan serentak akan diteruskan dan beliau tidak akan bertanggungjawab atas sebarang insiden tidak diingini.

"Cuba bayangkan jika berlaku huru-hara... jika himpunan Bersih 2.0 tidak dibatalkan, saya percaya kaum Cina perlu simpan bekalan makanan.

"Ya, apa sahaja boleh berlaku. Dan, saya minta agar polis mengambil apa sahaja tindakan dan gunakan kuasa mereka untuk bertindak,"
katanya semasa melancarkan Gerak Aman semalam.

Bersih bersama Pakatan Rakyat dan aktivis parti bersedia menggerakan Himpunan Bersih 2.0 menuntut pilihan raya adil dan bebas sebagai kesinambungan himpunan yang kali pertama diadakan pada November 2007.

PAS telah berjanji akan menggerakkan 300,000 peserta untuk menyokong perhimpunan itu untuk mendesak Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) mengadakan pilihan raya adil dan bebas pada pilihan raya umum ke-13 tidak lama lagi. -TMI

Tiada Alasan Untuk Tidak Siasat Ibrahim Ali

KUALA LUMPUR 20 JUN: Ketua Pemuda Umno, Khairy Jamaluddin mengarahkan pihak berkuasa menyiasat kenyataan Presiden Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa (Perkasa), Datuk Ibrahim Ali di bawah Akta Hasutan 1948 bersabit ugutan kepada kaum Cina menjelang perhimpunan Bersih 2.0, 9 Julai nanti.

"Tidak ada lagi perkara yang lebih jelas untuk menyiasat beliau di bawah Akta Hasutan," kata Khairy kepada media di lobi parlimen hari ini.

Ibrahim dalam ucapannya di Kampung Baru semalam bersama 164 badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) melancarkan "perang" terhadap Himpunan Bersih 2.0 dengan membakar gambar Pengerusi Gabungan Pilihan Raya Bersih dan Adil (Bersih), Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.

Beliau turut memberi amaran kepada kepada masyarakat Cina supaya tidak keluar rumah atas alasan "apa sahaja boleh berlaku" pada hari tersebut.

Khairy kemudian menyifatkan kenyataan tersebut sebagai menakut-nakutkan warga Cina.

Justeru beliau mengajak rakyat untuk mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya kenyataan Ibrahim itu dan tindakan tegas harus dikenakan ke atas ahli parlimen itu.

"Saya menegaskan kepada masyarakat Cina bahawa pandangan ahli parlimen ini tidak mewakili suara Melayu majoriti. Kita masyarakat Melayu menghormati semua kaum," ujar beliau lagi.

Khairy berkata beliau akan tetap mengetuai perhimpunan Pemuda Umno pada 9 Julai nanti untuk menyatakan sokongan kepada SUruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) namun memberi jaminan tidak akan bertembung dengan penyokong Bersih.

Naib Presiden PKR, Nurul Izzah Anwar sebelum itu melebel Ibrahim sebagai pengecut dengan bertindak mengugut kaum Cina.

Sehubungan itu Nurul Izzah berkata masyarakat tidak perlu takut dengan ugutan tersebut. -tvsnews

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IKEA Attacks in Europe 06/16/2011

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 04:38 AM PDT

A string of attacks on European IKEA stores have left company officials and police baffled. The latest scare occurred in the German city Kiel on Wednesday, just five days after the minor explosion of an incendiary device at one of the Swedish retailer's stores in Dresden. For most IKEA shoppers, the largest concern is whether they will be able to assemble their new sleeper-couch once they get it home. Recently, though, shoppers at some outlets of the Swedish furniture giant have begun to worry about their safety.

Customers in Germany have been left shaken by a recent bomb attack at an IKEA warehouse store in Dresden and an additional scare on Wednesday in Kiel. The incidents came on the heels of a string of attacks in late May on outlets in neighboring Belgium, France and the Netherlands. Ongoing investigations have made little headway. On Wednesday evening, officials at an IKEA in the northern port city Kiel discovered a suspicious "mobile device" and quickly cleared out the store. Ultimately, a bomb squad brought didn't find any explosive devices, but the incident does underscore how nerves have been rattled by the Dresden attack.

IKEA says it has no information on the background of the Dresden attack, which occurred last Friday. The earlier attacks likewise remain a mystery. A company spokeswoman said earlier this week she would not speculate on any possible motives behind the attack. The company did say, however, that it has not received any threats.

Looking for a Connection

The explosion in the Dresden store happened in the kitchen department at around 7:45 p.m. on Friday evening. The damage to IKEA property was limited, but two customers were slightly injured -- with a 32-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man both suffering acoustic trauma. The store was cleared out and a special police unit, complete with five bomb-sniffing dogs, inspected the premises. By Saturday, the store had reopened to the public.

The Dresden explosion is similar to those which took place on May 31 at IKEA branches in Ghent, Belgium, the French city of Lomme and the Dutch city of Eindhoven. Investigators with the the Saxony State Criminal Police Office (LKA) said this week they haven't ruled out a connection between the Dresden incident and the others. Authorities do believe, however, that the late May explosions are linked, but have yet to pinpoint a connection.

On Tuesday, police in the Netherlands released security camera footage of a man suspected of involvement in the Eindhoven attack. The footage shows a man walking towards the IKEA furniture store but not entering. Shortly after, a small explosion went off in a trash can outside the store. Police officials in Germany said they are in contact with their Dutch counterparts about the case and expect to receive copies of the footage in the near future.

New Leads in Dresden

On Wednesday, German authorities revealed that several e-mail messages claiming responsibility for the attack in Dresden had been received. LKA officials are in the process of analyzing the messages, the content of which is largely similar.

"We are investigating intensively to figure out who was behind this," an LKA spokeswoman told reporters on Wednesday. Police said they are trying to determine whether the person or people behind the letters were actually responsible for the explosion. They did not say, however, if any demands had been made or whether threats of further attacks had been made.

German news agency DAPD reported Wednesday that messages claiming responsibility for the attack were sent to both the LKA in Dresden and IKEA, but neither organization would reveal details about their contents.

Hoever, Dresden's Dresdner Neuesten Nachrichten newspaper reported what it claimed to be the contents of the letter in its Thursday issue. "With this letter, I claim responsibility for the attack on IKEA Dresden," the letter-writer reportedly stated. The newspaper claimed that the sender had written the letter in broken German and had demanded an eight-digit sum of money and claimed the person would commit further attacks of the money hadn't been received within seven days. The e-mail, sent from a Yahoo address, the paper reported, also included a photo of a young man. But sources told the newspaper it could also have been sent by a copycat.

Increased Vigilance at IKEA Stores

So far, neither witnesses nor surveillance video from the IKEA store has turned up any promising leads for investigators in the case, and police have been unable to identify any suspect. Police have created a composite sketch of what they believe the Dresden suspect may look like, which was broadcast on a popular German crime-solving show on Wednesday night. But a spokeswoman for KLA said one day later that only about 10 leads had been generated by the show and that none had brought the investigation forward.

In response to the attack, IKEA officials said Wednesday they had increased security measures. "Security standards at IKEA are very high at all of our furniture stores," the company. "One measure will be that we will place uniformed security guards in front of our stores. That is a purely preventative measure to protect our employees and customers."

Earlier this week, IKEA Germany spokeswoman Sabine Nold said employees at the company had been asked to increase their alertness and vigilence and had been trained to detect possible threat situations. Spiegel International

With reporting by Alison Kilian, Hendrik Ternieden and Jens Witte

KDN Tidak Konsisten: Ibrahim Ali Perlu Ditahan Di bawah Akta Hasutan - Majlis Peguam

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 05:31 AM PDT

Majlis Peguam: Gunakan Akta Hasutan terhadap Ibrahim

Ancaman presiden PERKASA, Datuk Ibrahim Ali bahawa "apa saja boleh berlaku pada hari itu" jika Bersih 2.0 meneruskan perhimpunannya pada 9 Julai, adalah tidak bertanggungjawab serta rasis, dan tindakan hendaklah diambil terhadapnya di bawah Akta Hasutan, kata Majlis Peguam Malaysia.

Presiden Majlis Peguam, Lim Chee Wee menggesa kerajaan menggunakan Akta Hasutan terhadap Ibrahim jika pihak berkuasa merasakan akta itu masih lagi relevan.

Katanya, Majlis Peguam menentang Akta Hasutan, "tetapi jika kerajaan menggunakan akta tersebut terhadap Karpal Singh kerana kenyataannya mengenai isu (krisis perlembagaan) Perak, maka saya tidak nampak mengapa (kerajaan) tidak boleh berbuat demikian terhadap kenyataan Ibrahim itu."

"Kerajaan mestilah konsisten dan memberi layanan sama rata terhadap semua di bawah undang-undang," katanya ketika diminta mengulas kenyataan Ibrahim, dalam satu sidang akhbar di Kuala Lumpur hari ini.

Majlis Peguam, katanya, mengecam kenyataan rasis Ibrahim itu sebagai tidak bertanggungjawab langsung dan tidak wajar.

Semasa pelancaran 'Gerak Aman' semalam, penyokong PERKASA memijak dan membakar gambar pengerusi BERSIH, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, yang juga bekas pengerusi Majlis Peguam.

Ibrahim juga dilaporkan berkata akan berlaku huru-hara jika demonstrasi gabungan pembangkang dan aktivis politik, tidak dibatalkan. -mk

Perhimpunan Bersih Adalah Platform Suara Rakyat

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 04:06 AM PDT

Perhimpunan Bersih 2.0 akan menjadi platform utama kepada suara rakyat dalam mengukur sejauhmana komitmen kerajaan Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN) dalam mengamalkan sistem demokrasi, kata Setiausaha Kebangsaan DAP, Teresa Kok.

Malah katanya, sebarang tindakan provokasi daripada mana-mana pihak yang cuba menghalang himpunan besar-besaran itu hanya akan menghantar mesej buruk kepada sistem pentadbiran kerajaan terutama Polis Di Raja Malaysia (PDRM).

"Saya mahu beri peringatan kepada Barisan Nasional (BN) jika ada mana-mana penyokong yang tertangkap, maka kita akan hantar mesej kepada dunia bahawa BN memang mahu pilihan raya yang kotor," ujarnya.

Beliau yang hadir ke Dewan Perhimpunan Cina Kuala Lumpur malam tadi bersempena pelancaran Perhimpunan Bersih 2.0 menyatakan sokongan penuh terhadap program anjuran gabungan NGO seluruh negara termasuk wakil SAPP dari Sarawak.

Teresa yang hadir bersama pemimpin-pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat menunjukkan sokongan positif seraya menyeru seluruh rakyat turun untuk menyertai perhimpunan itu nanti.

Perhimpunan Bersih kali pertama diadakan pada 2007 berjaya mengumpulkan lebih 100 ribu rakyat tempatan mengadakan perarakan secara aman.

Dalam pada itu, Naib Presiden PKR, Nurul Izzah Anwar yang turut sama menyatakan sokongan padunya kepada himpunan besar-besaran itu nanti menegaskan bahawa segala dakwaan yang dilemparkan kepada Ketua Umum, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim bahawa beliau individu utama dalam perancangan menanam kebencian terhadap BN menerusi Bersih 2.0 adalah dusta sama sekali.

"Walaupun dakwaan Datuk Seri Anwar adalah dalang, saya mahu tekankan ini semua dusta," kata Nurul Izzah.

Beliau sebaliknya menjulang Pengerusi Bersih, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan yang berjaya mengumpul kekuatan suara rakyat seluruh negara dalam menuntut pilihan raya yang bersih dan adil.

Perhimpunan Bersih 2.0 pada 9 Julai nanti akan bermula di tiga lokasi sekitar ibu negara Kuala Lumpur iaitu, pusat membeli belah Sogo, perkarangan Masjid Kampung Baru dan di hadapan DBKL jam 2 petang.

Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim dimaklumkan akan turut serta dalam perhimpunan itu. -tvsnews

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New Zeal And Enthusiasm For Painting

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 02:04 AM PDT

The Perahu Nelayan Traditional for Pak Pin.

2010 was a very lean year as far as my painting goes. For the whole of the year only one painting was done and it was upon the request of my wife Fatthiyah who wanted to give it to her school as a farewell gift upon retirement at the end of the year. Since it was done on a small canvass, the painting of a field of tulips did not have an impact and she had to buy another memento to replace it. Since it was her choice to do it on that size, I can't be blamed.
The above picture is my painting done for Tuan Haji Ariffin Mamat aka Pak Pin an avid collector of my paintings. So far ten of my paintings are among his collection in his home in Taman Melati, Kuala Lumpur. Pak Pin is a Malaysian Kelantanese residing in Jeddah. Pak Pin had asked me to paint another painting of the same boat that I did for Dato' Jaffar Lamri but from another angle. For this painting I had made another visit to the fish landing jetty in Pulau Gajah, Pantai Sabak, Kota Bharu. Lucky thing for me, the boat was still moored to the jetty. I had signed the painting in 2009 but did not deliver it till recently in June 2011.
Though he had asked me to deliver the painting to his sister's house in Kelantan, I did not do so as I was not satisfied with the painting. It was only in 2011 after further touch up that I felt it is good enough to be delivered. Together with other paintings for my children, I brought the painting to Kuala Lumpur and his son Aidil was kind enough to come and collect from me at Taman Amanputra while I was visiting my daughter. Sorry Aidil, uncle forgot to take a picture of you to be included in this blog. I promise that it will be included when I visit your home in KL.
Among my children, my youngest daughter was one of the earliest to have a painting done for her. The triptych was a slight deviation from the black and white that she had earlier requested which I failed to come up with something worthwhile. It was actually my first attempt at an abstract painting. It was named as Cantuman Kasih 1 as suggested by Pak Pin.
Cantuman Kasih 1 as see on the wall of my daughter's home in Kerteh, Terengganu.

Since the painting for my eldest daughter Azura was based on the same concept I as the one for Azini, I am naming it Cantuman Kasih 2. I even helped her to hang it on her wall. From the look on her face, she doesn't seem too happy with it especially after she had seen the one for my son Azrin and also the one for Pak Pin. I guess an abstract is not for her and I promise her to do another one or two.

Cantuman Kasih 2 on the wall of Azura's home in Taman Amanputra, Puchong.

For my son Azrin I did a painting of The Bird of Paradise flower and it was on a bigger canvass as he had a large wall to cover. In fact he had asked of a 3' x 5' which I was not willing to attempt. Anyway the 30" x 34" unframed canvass took up another bigger dimension after framing and had to be carried in the passenger section of my cousin's car when taking it to KL.

Azrin is seen here drilling the holes to hold the painting.

Space enough for some smaller frames to keep Bird of Paradise some company.

Azrin with his wife Yani and baby Ilham posing with the painting.

The whole clan including yours truly wanted to be in too.

Right now I am working with another three paintings. One is for Aleef Muhamad who had given me a picture of the paddy field near her home in Kelantan. Another is for a certain collector from Jeddah who maybe visiting my home in Pasir Mas. It will be a gift to him.
The third painting is a new request from a friend of my son Azuan by the name of Dominic Singh of Bank Negara KL. It is a painting of some Japanese kois and in its final stages of completion.

Hopefully 2011 will be a bumper year for me and my zeal and enthusiasm to paint will continue so that I will be able to cope with the few more paintings that was long overdue to some people.

If BN is Bersih, it will not face opposition, let alone being toppled by them! ;)

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 08:34 AM PDT

On Nov 30, 2009, Dr M blogged about 'Umno' and said:
1. Pilihanraya Umum ke-13 hanya dua tahun lagi. Saya sedang meneliti reaksi rakyat terhadap UMNO dibawah pimpinan baru. Saya terkejut. Saya terkejut kerana seorang bekas pemimpin UMNO yang kanan telah meluahkan perasaannya dengan berkata "UMNO is rotten to the core" (UMNO busuk hingga ke ususnya).

The truth is the BN government is a corrupted government with 'rotten-to-the-core' Umno leading the way.

Kes Khalwat Salim Parlan: Mahkamah Tetapkan Perbicaraan 26 Julai

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 02:25 AM PDT

George Town - Mahkamah Rendah Syariah di sini, hari ini menetapkan 26 Julai ini untuk perbicaraan kes khalwat Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha (Strategik) Kementerian Belia dan Sukan Datuk Salim Parlan dan pasangannya, Nur Diayana Norslan.

Hakim Syarie Nik Bukhari Hashimy Nik Yahaya menetapkan tarikh itu selepas menolak permohonan pihak pembelaan supaya mahkamah menetapkan tarikh untuk sebutan semula kes berkenaan.

Terdahulu, pembelaan yang diwakili Wan Faridulhadi Mohd Yusoff membuat permohonan itu sementara menunggu keputusan permohonon kebenaran poligami dan pengesahan nikah di Selatan Thailand yang difailkan anak guamnya di Mahkamah Syariah Kuala Lumpur minggu lepas.

Ketua Pendakwa Syarie Mohd Zulkhairi Aziz yang membantah permohonan itu berkata kes itu perlu diteruskan sementara menunggu keputusan permohonan berkenaan.

"Kita tidak tahu bila kes di Kuala Lumpur itu akan selesai. Ia mungkin mengambil masa yang lama... mungkin setahun atau dua tahun. Kita tidak tahu bila akan selesai," katanya.

Nik Bukhari kemudiannya menetapkan perbicaraan akan dijalankan sementara menunggu keputusan permohonon kebenaran poligami dan pengesahan nikah itu.

Bagaimanapun, jika permohonan itu diterima mahkamah, pihak pendakwaan boleh menarik balik atau membatalkan kes berkenaan.

Pada 19 April lepas, Salim, 51, dan Nur Diayana, 30 mengaku tidak bersalah atas tuduhan berkhalwat di sebuah hotel di Batu Ferringhi.

Salim, yang juga bekas Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ), didakwa melakukan kesalahan itu di sebuah bilik bernombor 224 di sebuah hotel di Batu Ferringhi, 16 April lepas, pada kira-kira pukul 5 pagi.

Dia dituduh mengikut Seksyen 27 (a) Enakmen Kesalahan Jenayah Syariah Pulau Pinang 1996 manakala Nur Diayana mengikut Seksyen 27 (b) enakmen yang sama. - Bernama

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011 01:27 AM PDT

Thanks to Nick who wrote the following post on Top 20 Signs that tell you  that you're in Malaysia when:

Your keep hearing suggestions to change your lifestyles (spending wise) coming from a minister whenever the government wants to raise the price of petrol.

You learnt that the word "Rationalization" better explain the act of increasing the price of basic necessities rather than the word "PRICE INCREASE or Barang Naik" (Huh? Explain it to me again! ).

You keep hearing that the price of fuel after rationalization, is actually lower than those enjoyed by the neighbouring countries. (Three increases annually and we are still cheaper? Is it dirt cheap to begin with?)

You used to go to mamak stall or a kopitiam and especially the local pub to hear tall tales and incredulous stories. Nowadays you just have to read the local dailies and the evening news.

Electricity rate increase by The National Power are implemented to ensure it enjoys maximum profit and NOT to stave it from falling into the red. (The same goes for the Highway operators as well. (But then, if they are facing bankruptcy – are we supposed to rescue them with our money too? I must be too stupid to understand this logic!).

Fuel prices always raises in tandem with world market price but whenever there is a decrease in the global oil prices, there's no reduction and the government is quiet like a mouse. (Aiyah, do have to change my lifestyle again kah??)

You can create your own FB page without paying someone else a single cent and yet the government paid RM 1.8 million to "someone" to do it. (I wonder who was that "someone" laughing all the way to the bank?)

A nationwide campaign was launched to provide EVERY student with their own Netbook but neglected to remember that all classroom in the country only have 2 power outlets each. (Welcome to the world of bizarre and unexplained phenomenon where students are supplied with a hand cranking devices with utilizes a bicycle tyres and a dynamo to provide power for their netbooks…Just kidding!).

The only honest and actual news reporting in the evening news on TV is the weather forecast. (Sadly we didn't have paparazzi type of girls presenting the weather otherwise we would have a nation well verse in metrological foreplay ..err.. I mean forecasting).

The thing that is true and factual in the local dailies are 4d numbers and the horse race results. (There are at least some truth in those paper after all. Otherwise they would only be fit for toilet paper).

Old and over the hill politicians are made minister and for one ministry, it could also include the ICT portfolio. (Ok, let's change mode! BTW anything that has numbers and decimal points are connected to those despicable Anonymous Hacker group, I think?? Damn, the gerbil on the wheel is slow today…maybe I need a Viagra!).

Submarines bought by the government that is worth billions and billions of RM are not capable of submerging. No one was at fault or have taken responsibility or taken to task and by the way, the sub still can't swim..err.. submerge! (Has anyone seen the manual??? No? What is a manual???)

Everyone goes to the police station to place a police report on political issues and on political parties but NOT as often to report crime or to seek protection. (One could be thrown in jail for reporting a crime. Remember the reporter who was placed under ISA for her own protection?).

The communist insurgents were defeated decades ago but curiously enough the ancient law passed by the Parliament to fight them is still being used. (China and Vietnam is our enemy now? Where's that IA when you need him?)

Gambling is forbidden to Muslims but how come some are allowed to be directors and shareholders in those gambling companies? (Huh? Run that by me again!).

Organizing and holding a rally to press for clean and fair election are deemed anarchist and traitorous not to mention subversive elements BUT a Malay supremacist NGO threatening violence and rioting is just an expression of freedom of speech. (No need to add anything here!)

You see the people appeal for the reduction of cost of living and the government reply with a stupid remarks such as "Don't use a car, use the public transport instead" or "The people need to change their lifestyles". (Instead of eating 3 times a day I should only have a meal every other day, is that it?).

Military spending of billions wins over the cost of subsidies that cost the government extra hundreds of millions only. (Does the government know that billions is more than millions or are they like Dr Evil who thinks billions is much much more than a trillion?).

The lay people would rather believe the opposition politician than take the word of a fool..err..full minister of Communication. P.S.- They say evolution has made humans masters of the planet but I think it is likely he was born before the process started).

The people are embarrassed of their government but the government doesn't realized that they are embarrassing themselves. Really, a million youths assembled to defend Putrajaya??? More like thousands of them coming to watch Korean popstar group and ignoring the PM altogether.

Written by Nick and sent to me via email.

So, tell me again - what sort of country are we living in today?

Mohd Sabu: Himpunan Bersih Adalah Aman Jika Polis Bertindak Adil

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 12:27 AM PDT

Himpunan Bersih 2.0 aman, polis patut kerjasama

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Jun: Timbalan Presiden PAS, Mohamad Sabu tetap memberi jaminan bahawa himpunan Bersih 2.0 pada 9 Julai ini akan berjalan dalam keadaan aman jika pihak polis memberikan sepenuh kerjasama.

Sehubungan itu, beliau sekali lagi menyeru Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) supaya menjaga keselamatan peserta himpunan dan memastikan tiada sebarang kekecohan.

"Saya merayu sekali lagi kepada Polis Diraja Malaysia, ketua polis negara supaya menjaga keamanan dan keselamatan rakyat serta tidak melakukan tindakan keras kepada rakyat yang menuntut demokrasi dan pilihan raya adil dan bebas," kata beliau pada sidang media di ibu pejabat PAS, Jalan Raja Laut, dekat sini hari ini.

Mohamad yakin polis mampu memantau mana-mana pihak yang berniat melakukan kekacauan dan rakyat akan berasa gembira sekiranya memorandum tersebut pada diserahkan kepada Yang Dipertuan Agong dalam keadaan aman.

"Kalau kita sampai ke Istana Negara dengan selesa dan baik, semuanya akan berjalan dengan lancar…kita juga akan bersurai dengan baik.

"Keadaan akan jadi tidak elok apabila polis bertindak sembur gas pemedih mata dan air asid, itu yang sebabkan peserta berlari, peniaga terpaksa tutup kedai, peniaga air kena buang air sebab dimasuki air asid.

"Kalau perkara ini tidak berlaku naka saya percaya semua akan gembira, rakyat akan gembira dan peniaga juga akan gembira,"

Jangan peduli "gendang" Perkasa

Sementara itu, naib presiden PAS, Datuk Husam Musa berkata, penganjur Bersih 2.0 tidak perlu tunduk kepada amaran polis kerana matlamatnya jelas untuk menuntut pilihan raya yang adil dan bersih.

Beliau berkata, pihak penganjur harus mencontohi Mesir yang menyediakan buku panduan ringkas kepada peserta demonstrasi mereka.

"Revolusi di Mesir mereka ada buku panduan. Kalau pergi demonstrasi macammana tak nak berlaku huru hara.

"Kita pergi demo memang nak secara aman tpi kalau FRU datang sembur kita, orang jadi panik, mata tak nampak, tak boleh bernafas macammana nak buat?

"Dalam tips ini sebut kena bawak air lemon, atau cuka epal untuk lindungi kita. Ini satu cadangan yang baik.

"Mata kena pakai cermin mata yang boleh lindungi mata, pakai baju banyak lapis supaya orang tak nampak kita nak pergi Bersih tapi nampak kita macam nak pergi shopping," katanya sewaktu bercakap dalam satu forum di Dewan Perhimpunan Cina Selangor-Kuala Lumpur (KLSCAH) malam semalam.

Beliau juga berkata, tindakan Pertubuhan Peribumi Perkasa (Perkasa) yang juga mahu mengadakan perhimpunan membantah Bersih pada hari yang sama tidak harus dihiraukan.

"Perkasa kata mereka nak pergi saya rasa adalah dalam 30 orang.

"Kalau kita berhimpun 1,000 hingga 2,000 orang, Perkasa jadi sangat kecil dan kita tak perasan pun ada Perkasa di situ.

"jadi jangan takut. Bila gendang bunyi kuat, biasanya isinya kosong. kalau Perkasa bunyi kuat, mesti tak ramai datang,"
katanya disambut ketawa hadirin.

Sementara itu,BERSIH akan mengadakan pelancaran Perhimpunan Bersih 2.0 di Dewan Utama, KLSCAH pada jam 8.30 malam ini.

Pemimpin Bersih, NGO dan masyarakat awam akan memberikan ceramah dan taklimat berhubung perkembangan dan tuntutan Bersih. -HD

Himpunan aman kecoh bila FRU tembak gas

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Jun: Pusat Pembangunan Kebudayaan LLG menegaskan, perhimpunan aman ialah hak asasi manusia, jikalau Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil (Bersih) masih berhimpun secara aman, tanggungjawab kerajaan dan polis ialah membantu pihak penganjur mengatur perhimpunan dan mengawal lalulintas.

"Kami berharap kerajaan bertolerasi terhadap aktiviti perhimpunan aman, bukannya menyekat saluran rakyat meluahkan perasaan," kata presidennya, Datuk Dr Toh Kin Woon.

Katanya, sesiapa yang mempunyai pengetahunan tentang aktiviti perhimpunan aman di Malaysia akan tahu, pasukan FRU yang menembak gas pemedih mata dan meriam air adalah penyebab utama yang mengakibatkan kekecohan.

Jelasnya, perhimpunan aman tidak akan membawa sedikit pun ketidakselesaan kepada penghuni atau peniaga bandar sekiranya FRU tidak berbbuat begitu dan menyuraikan para peserta secara paksa.

Pada 26 Mac lalu, ujarnya pertubuhan-pertubuhan wanita menganjurkan perarakan "Jalan untuk Berubah", pihak polis memberi kerjasama dengan pihak penganjur, mereka hadir dan mengawal lalulintas.

Begitu juga perarakan Hari Hak Asasi Manusia yang dianjurkan oleh Presiden Majlis Peguam, Yeo Yang Poh beberapa tahun dahulu, pihak polis juga tidak mengganggu perarakan.

"Kedua-dua perhimpunan dan perarakan ini telah berjalan secara lancar dan aman, tidak mengakibatkan kekecohan dan kesesakan lalulintas," ujarnya.

Ini, katanya membuktikan tuduhan pihak polis terhadap himpunan aman Bersh 2.0 pada 9 Julai ini adalah tidak berasas.

Oleh sebab itu, katanya Pusat Pembangunan Kebudayaan LLG menyokong sepenuhnya perhimpunan aman yang dianjurkan oleh Bersih.

Pihaknya juga setuju dengan tujuh permintaan reformasi sistem pilihanraya yang dikemukakan Bersih iaitu pendaftaran pengundi secara automatik, sistem undi pos untuk para pengundi luar negara, penggunaan dakwat yang tidak dapat dipadamkan, capaian media aliran utama secara saksama untuk semua parti, tempoh kempen minimum 21 hari, kebebasan badan penguatkuasaan bertindak berhubung kesalahan pilihan raya dan menghapuskan rasuah pilihan raya.

Tambahnya, tujuh permintaan yang dikemukakan oleh BERSIH adalah indeks penting bagi mencapai pilihanraya adil dan politik berdemokrasi, parti-parti politik dan pertubuhan-pertubuhan tidak wajar membantah.

Pihaknya turut kesal serangan pemimpin politik dan Perkasa terhadap Bersih.

Perkasa mengumumkan bersama 30 pertubuhan Melayu akan turut sama berhimpun dengan Bersih pada hari yang sama bagi menghalang demonstrasi Bersih.

Katanya, tindakan Perkasa itu yang bertujuaan menggagalkan perhimpunan Bersih telah mencabul hak kebebasan perhimpunan penyokong Bersih.

Pemuda Umno pula tiba-tiba mengumumkan satu perarakan "bagi menyokong sistem demokrasi" pada hari yang sama, ini merupakan satu lagi kerja untuk bertembung dengan Bersih.

"Kami menyeru Perkasa dan Pemuda Umno memilih tempat lain atau tarikh lain menganjurkan perhimpunan membantah reformasi sistem pilihanraya, jangan membuat kekecohan secara terancang dan menggagalkan perhimpunan aman Bersih," katanya.

Justeru, katanya Pusat Pembangunan Kebudayaan LLG menyeru semua rakyat menyertai perhimpunan aman Bersh 2.0 bagi membaiki kelemahan sistem pilihan raya kini dan menyumbang kepada proses demokrasi negara kita. -HD

Ulasan GB

Semalam GB telah nyatakan:

GB ingin menyatakan pula bahawa jika BERSIH dihalang mengadakan perhimpunan aman, atau pihak polis cuba mengekang perhimpunan dengan kekerasan seperti dulu-dulu, maka inilah senario yang akan berlaku:

1) Indeks hak asasi manusia untuk negara Malaysia di mata dunia akan merudum dan dengan sendiri menjauhkan para pelabur ke negara ini.

2) Rakyat akan bangkit dengan lebih hebat untuk tumbangkan BN di dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang kerana gelodak kebencian rakyat terhadap sistem pilihanraya yang tidak adil dan tidak telus oleh SPR akan dibuktikan dengan penolakan rakyat terhadap BN dengan lebih jelas dan nyata.

Dan jangan lupa, undi rakyat pada pilihanraya 2008, bilangan yang diperolehi oleh Pakatan Rakyat adalah lebih kurang sama dengan Barisan Nasional!

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