Thursday, June 16, 2011

Why blame DAP for Facebook 'distortion'? Just show proof lah, Yen Yen! ;)

Why blame DAP for Facebook 'distortion'? Just show proof lah, Yen Yen! ;)

Why blame DAP for Facebook 'distortion'? Just show proof lah, Yen Yen! ;)

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 10:19 AM PDT

Yen Yen blames DAP for Facebook 'distortion'

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
June 16, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 — Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen blamed DAP for "distorting" facts on the tourism ministry's RM1.8 million expenditure to develop six Facebook pages, insisting today  she did not contradict a detailed account of the costs.
Her deputy, James Dawos Mamit, had told Parliament that each Facebook page had cost RM293,072.
"My deputy minister had answered it very clearly... Facebook is free.
"The cost is for the integrated social media campaign, the DAP has taken the campaign and distorted it... I accuse him (Anthony Loke) of distortion," she told reporters today.
The tourism minister said that so far RM250,000 had been spent on the campaign.
She said yesterday the RM1.8 million would cover the cost of six different campaigns over seven months, and included the cost of contests and advertising on Google and Facebook.
But Ng did not point out which part of her deputy's speech which stated that the RM1.8 million was not used for the ministry's Facebook page, despite repeated questioning by reporters.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today that the Cabinet would seek an explanation from her over the matter.
He said that if the tourism minister's explanation was not satisfactory, the government might investigate the matter.
The government has been on a cost-cutting drive after complaints that it was not walking the talk of asking people to adjust their lifestyles to mitigate the effects of subsidy cuts for fuel, electricity and sugar in recent months.
DAP Youth chief Anthony Loke had said that unless Dr Ng explained the reason behind the "exorbitant" costs for the "social media branding" exercise, he would lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Citrawarna 1 Malaysia, the most popular page, has so far attracted 20,292 Facebook fans since it was launched on May 21.
The ministry had said that the RM1.8 million included costs for designing, flash programming and coding, testing and debugging, uploading and launching the application, system server deployment and campaign management.

Lelaki Mati Minum Berbalang Air Dalam Rawatan Bomoh Di Marang

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 09:23 AM PDT

Kuala Terengganu - Seorang lelaki yang mempunyai masalah mental meninggal dunia selepas menerima rawatan daripada seorang bomoh wanita warga Thailand di Pulau Rusa, Marang, di sini malam tadi. Gambar fail.

Lelaki berumur 26 tahun itu dihantar ke rumah bomoh berkenaan oleh bapanya untuk berubat pada 7.45 malam, dan bomoh wanita berusia 43 tahun itu, kemudian memaklumkan bahawa pesakit itu terkena buatan orang.

"Semasa rawatan, bomoh itu menyuruh mangsa meminum beberapa balang air sebelum menyumbat mulutnya dengan hos sehingga mangsa tidak sedarkan diri.

Setelah itu, bomoh tersebut memberitahu bahawa dia telah berjaya mengeluarkan penyakit mangsa dan menyuruh bapa mangsa membawa anaknya itu ke hospital," kata Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Negeri, ACP K. Manoharan kepada pemberita hari ini.

Bagaimanapun, sebaik dibawa ke Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah di sini pada 12.30 tengah malam, lelaki itu disahkan telah meninggal dunia.

Ekoran laporan yang dibuat oleh bapa mangsa pada 2.15 pagi, polis menyerbu rumah bomoh itu tetapi dia bersama suaminya, yang berusia 33 tahun dan berasal dari Rantau Panjang, Kelantan, telah melarikan diri.

Manoharan berkata dalam serbuan itu polis merampas beberapa barang yang digunakan untuk merawat mangsa.

Beliau meminta orang ramai yang mempunyai maklumat mengenai wanita itu supaya menghubungi mana-mana balai polis. - Bernama

Makan-makan story – Nasi Tomato and Tomyam

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 08:51 AM PDT

Today we cerita about makan-makan lah! Can you all believe what we had on Azman's birthday? Domino's Pizza! *slap forehead* Kesian laki aku, dapat isteri mithali…

Daddy Azman never asks for anything (unlike Mummy Di LOL) for his birthday or any other celebration that's why I took it for granted He only wants to spend quality time with his family. Hehe! Paling untung dapat laki camni! Pasang api lilin pun sendiri.. Love you Daddy!

The no 3 candle is from Miki's birthday in January and we paired it with 5 candle stick so can you guess how old he is?

The birthday boy and the boy who thinks he must blow the candle on every cake at any time of the year…

Anyway recently I have started to cook again. Maybe because I was so insaf after the pizza party kot! hhaha. I made my debut Nasi Tomato, yay! Served it with Ayam Masak Merah and Jelatah.

Seriously this is my first Nasi Tomato ya'll! If I knew if was super easy to make I would have tried ages ago.Saute sliced onions, garlic, ginger, cinnamon sticks, cumming seeds, star anise, cloves etc in ghee. Then add tomato puree and two cups of chicken stock. Add salt to taste. Add some water. Let it cook for a while before pouring it into the rice pot. I used the electric rice cooker of course! And the type of rice is definitely basmathi.  I added some raisins while the pot is boiling so that they would become nice and plump when the rice is done.

My nasi tomato turned out great at the end…I was so happy! But because I didnt have the confidence while I was making this dish, I stirred the rice a little too much resulting my long basmati jadi kontot-kontot sikit! LOL.. It's OK next time we try again…

Nasi Tomato

I served it with Ayam Masak Merah and Jelatah which is actually salad lah! The chicken is too easy too make, tak payah cerita here lah! I made a careless mistake with my jelatah actually. I was supposed to add shredded carrots into the slices of cucumber, pineapple and onions that has been mixed with vinegar, salt and sugar. If I didnt forget, the salad would have been improved in taste and also appearance, wouldnt it?


Another dish that I cooked and managed to snap a photo is the above tomyam soup with chicken and vegetables. There are lots of juicy chicken cutlets in there although it's not visible in the pic because if you can see the pattern I always serve a large amount of vege in every meal.

It has been so long since I last made tomyam, I forgot how easy it is. This time, due to extreme laziness, I didnt blend the onion, garlic, ginger and galangal root.  In fact, I didnt have ANY galangal root at all!  But I must say that fish sauce is a must have ingredient in this dish.. It still turned out amazing. Kalah warung kat Puchong yang kalau  aku order makanan dia serve kat ujung meja tu.

Both of my handsome boys love it very much, Miki ate a whole bowl with rice and Azman was frustrated that we finished it off without leaving a second helping for him. I am definitely making this again soon. Maybe you moms out there can try it too because it's pretty healthy you know, no santan, just white meat and lotsa vegetables.

Happy cooking everyone! And happy eating!

Extraordinary Seminar On Disabled On Thursday

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 08:06 AM PDT

Tagged: Disabled, MBPJ, OKU, Selangor State Government

Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) akan menganjurkan seminar  'Creating a Barrier Free City-An Action for Implementation' khusus ke arah perancangan bandar yang menekankan kepada keperluan orang kurang upaya (OKU)

Will Israel take over the energy market?

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 07:56 AM PDT

A nice article about Israel's energy potential in the Financial Post: In the first 25 years after Israel's founding in 1948, it was repeatedly attacked by the large armies of its Arab neighbours. Each time, Israel prevailed on the battlefield, only to have its victories rolled back by Western powers who feared losing access to Arab oilfields. The fear was and is legitimate – Arab nations have often threatened to use their "oil weapon" against countries that support Israel and twice made good their threat through crippling OPEC oil embargoes.

But that fear, which shackles Israel to this day, may soon end. The old energy order in the Middle East is crumbling with Iran and Syria having left the Western fold and others, including Saudi Arabia, the largest of them all, in danger of doing so. Simultaneously, a new energy order is emerging to give the West some spine. In this new order, Israel is a major player.

The new energy order is founded on rock – the shale that traps vast stores of energy in deposits around the world. One of the largest deposits – 250 billion barrels of oil in Israel's Shfela basin, comparable to Saudi Arabia's entire reserves of 260 billion barrels of oil – has until now been unexploited, partly because the technology required has been expensive, mostly because the multinational oil companies that have the technology fear offending Muslims. "None of the major oil companies are willing to do business in Israel because they don't want to be cut off from the Mideast supply of oil," explains Howard Jonas, CEO of IDT, the U.S. company that owns the Shfela concession through its subsidiary, Israeli Energy Initiatives. Jonas, an ardent Zionist, considers the Shfela deposit merely a beginning: "We believe that under Israel is more oil than under Saudi Arabia. There may be as much as half a trillion barrels."

Because the oil multinationals have feared to develop Shfela, one of the world's largest oil developments is being undertaken by an unlikely troop. Jonas's IDT is a consumer-oriented telecom and media company that is a relative newcomer to the heavy industry world of energy development. Joining IDT in this latter-day Zionist Project is Lord Jacob Rothschild, a septuagenarian banker and philanthropist whose forefathers helped finance Zionist settlements in Palestine from the mid-1800s; Michael Steinhardt, a septuagenarian hedge fund investor and Zionist philanthropist; and Rupert Murdoch, the octogenarian chairman of News Corporation who uncompromisingly opposes, in his words, the "ongoing war against the Jews" by Muslim terrorists, by the Western left in general, and by Europe's "most elite politicians" in particular.

Where others would have long ago retired, these businessmen-philanthropists have joined the battle on Israel's side. While they're in it for the money, they are also determined to free the world of Arab oil dependence by providing Israel with an oil weapon of its own. The company's oil shale technology "could transform the future prospects of Israel, the Middle East and our allies around the world," states Lord Rothschild.

To win this war, Israeli Energy Initiatives has enlisted some of the energy industry's savviest old soldiers – here a former president of Mobil Oil (Eugene Renna), there a former president of Occidental Oil Shale (Allan Sass), over there a former president of Halliburton (Dick Cheney). But the Field Commander for the operation, and the person who in their mind will lead them to ultimate victory, is Harold Vinegar, a veteran pulled out of retirement and sent into the fray. Vinegar, a legend in the field, had been Shell Oil's chief scientist and, with some 240 patents to his name over his 32 years at Shell, revolutionized the shale oil industry.

Before oil met Vinegar, this was dirty business, a sprawling open mine operation that crushed and heated rock to yield a heavy tar amid mountains of spent shale. The low-value tar then needed to be processed and refined. The bottom line: low economic return, high environmental cost.

Vinegar boosted the bottom line by dropping the environmental damage. No open pit mining, no spent shale, no heavy tar to manage. In his pioneering approach, heated rods are inserted underground into the shale, releasing from it natural gas and light liquids. The natural gas provides the project's need for heat; the light liquids are easily refined into high-value jet fuel, diesel and naphtha. The new bottom line: oil at a highly profitable cost of about $35-$40 a barrel and an exceedingly low environmental footprint. Vinegar's process produces greenhouse gas emissions less than half that from conventional oil wells and, unlike open pit mining, does not consume water. The land area from which he will extract a volume of oil equivalent to that in Saudi Arabia? Approximately 25 square kilometers.

Although the Israeli shale project is still at an early stage, its massive potential and Vinegar's reputation have already begun to change attitudes toward Israel. "We have been approached by all the majors," Vinegar recently told the press, and for good reason. "Israel is very well positioned for oil exporting" to both European and Asian markets. The majors have other reasons, too, for casting their eyes afresh at Israel. Through its natural gas finds in the Mediterranean's Levant Basin, and with no help from the oil majors, Israel is becoming a major natural gas exporter to Europe. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Levant Basin has vast natural gas supplies, most of it within Israel's jurisdiction.

Attitudes to Israel in some European capitals – those in line to receive Israeli gas — have already warmed and the shift to Israel may in time become tectonic, in Europe and elsewhere, when oil is at stake – 38 countries have an estimated 4.8-trillion barrels of shale oil, many of which would benefit from the shale oil technology now being pioneered in Israel. Speeding that shift could be the Arab Spring, which many fear will flip pro-Western Arab states into hostile camps. Long time U.S. ally Saudi Arabia is reportedly so distrustful of the U.S. following its abandonment of long-time Egyptian ally, President Hosni Mubarak, that it has pulled back its relationship with the West in favour of China.

Before 1973, when the Arab world first punished the West for its relationship with Israel, Israel was a favourite of the left and of most of the free world. Under Arab punishment, much of the world started seeing the world through Arab eyes and turned on Israel. But freed of the threat of Arab punishment, and in a new world energy order, Western countries may turn again, to their benefit. Rupert Murdoch well expresses the highest hopes of his partners: "If [our] effort to develop shale oil is successful, as I believe it will be, then the news we'll report in the coming decades will reflect a more prosperous, more democratic and more secure world."
Isn't it amazing how European attitudes towards Israel might change just because of oil and natural gas? Elder of Ziyon

Further illustrations of what flotilla humanitarians look like

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 07:49 AM PDT

People might be confused when they hear the words "peace activists" or "humanitarian workers" when referring to those who choose to sail to Gaza in flotillas. So, in a continuation of this morning's post on the topic, I can illustrate exactly what they mean when they use those magic words.

Barbican: Apa Autoriti UKM Ganti JAKIM Halalkan Barbican?

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 08:21 AM PDT

Ujian UKM sahkan Barbican bebas alkohol

KUALA LUMPUR – Keputusan ujian Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) dan sebuah makmal swasta di sini mendapati minuman jenama Barbican bebas daripada elemen alkohol.

UJIAN pengesanan halal UKM mendapati produk Barbican bebas daripada elemen alkohol baru-baru ini.

Pengarah Suria Wholesaler Sdn. Bhd., Ahmad Al Yateem berkata, laporan itu diterima pada 7 Jun selepas syarikat itu menghantar sampel minuman edaran pihaknya ke UKM pada 1 Jun lalu.

"Perkembangan positif ini membuktikan Barbican bebas alkohol dan selamat diminum oleh pengguna beragama Islam.

"Saya harap orang ramai terutama pengguna yang beragama Islam tidak perlu bimbang lagi untuk meminum Barbican," katanya ketika ditemui Kosmo! di sini semalam.

Media sebelum ini melaporkan, syarikat tersebut menjadi syarikat kedua selepas Malaysia Iranian Corporation Sdn. Bhd. yang tampil menegaskan bahawa produk edaran mereka bebas alkohol dan boleh diminum oleh pengguna beragama Islam. -kosmo

Berita sebelum ini

Ulasan GB

JAKIM sebelum ini telah menyatakan bahawa status "halal" untuk bir bernama BARBICAN belum diputuskan lagi.

Tetapi sebuah akhbar tempatan hari ini telah menyatakan "keputusan ujian Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) dan sebuah makmal swasta di sini mendapati minuman jenama Barbican bebas daripada elemen alkohol".

Kita merasakan ada seuatu yang tidak kena di situ di mana yang dihantar adalah "sampel minuman edaran pihaknya". Bukan pemeriksaan rambang ke atas minuman berkenaan. Sesiapa pun boleh hantar sample yang berbeza dengan minuman yang diedarkan kepada orang ramai!

Kedua, mengapa tidak tunggu pengesahan JAKIM?

Ketiga mengapa begitu cepat mengeluarkan kenyataan "Saya harap orang ramai terutama pengguna yang beragama Islam tidak perlu bimbang lagi untuk meminum Barbican"?

Isu ini perlu diselesaikan segera.

JAKIM perlu bertindak dan pihak-pihak yang selain JAKIM sekalipun berstatus universiti, masih boleh menimbulkan keraguan kerana apa autoriti yang ada padanya untuk mengesahkan minuman berkenaan halal?

American Muslims Are Victims, that’s the mainstream media’s faith-based narrative and they’re sticking to it by Clifford D. May

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 07:43 AM PDT

Muslims living in America face bias, discrimination, and persecution. That is the mainstream media's story and they're sticking to it — despite the fact that there is no evidence to back it up. You might call it a faith-based narrative.

I've written about this before, (for example, here, here, and here), but the most recent example appeared in the Washington Post, kicking off a series on American Muslims pegged to the upcoming tenth anniversary of the atrocities carried out by self-proclaimed Islamic holy warriors on Sept. 11, 2001. Marc Fisher, a veteran journalist whose work I generally admire, profiled Fawaz Ismail, proprietor of a thriving Virginia flag-selling business. Prior to 9/11, he felt so all-American that he called himself "Tony." But after 9/11, "Ismail felt his adopted homeland pushing him away."

In what manner? Did people threaten him? Did they hurl racial or religious epithets? Did they boycott his business? Did they throw garbage on his lawn? Did they tell him to get out of the country? Did they call for a ban on Muslim immigrants? Trust me: If anything like that had happened, Fisher would have included it in the story.

But all that happened was what Fisher reports: Ismail had a bad feeling about his fellow Americans. So he "decided to push back." He stopped calling himself Tony. "A lot of people use a nickname to make it easier for Americans to pronounce," he says, "but now, I don't care. They're going to have to pronounce my name. It's not that hard — Fah-wahz."

There was, Fisher explains, "pride in that decision but also a real and still-growing anger" — though not, curiously, directed at the terrorists who incinerated thousands of Tony/Fawaz's fellow American citizens, justifying such barbarism in the name of his religion and thereby staining it.

No, he is angry at "Americans who assume that anything Islamic is shorthand for terrorism" Who are these Americans? Pres. George W. Bush, who called Islam "a religion of peace"? Pres. Barack H. Obama, who went to Cairo to pay his respects to "the Muslim world"? The many Christian and Jewish groups that have initiated outreach and inter-faith programs in recent years?

Ismail says only: "It's hard hearing your faith put down all the time as this scary, evil thing." Fisher helpfully adds: "And hard to endure the cloud of suspicion that American Muslims feel has grown rather than dissipated over the past decade." There's that word again: feel. This is all about a feeling, a free-floating sense of victimization, humiliation, and self-pity — its basis in fact is not substantiated in a story that is almost 4,000 words long.

We learn instead about Ismail's Muslim friends who resort to "sleeping pills and antidepressants . . . I smoke because I'm stressed. Sometimes I wish I was born a Swede." Yes, who has ever heard of a Swede suffering from angst? They're all cheery and giggly — you know, like Ingmar Bergman.

Fisher asserts that "every day" American Muslims must cope with "stares, cutting comments, airport humiliations." And as Washington Post readers surely know, evangelicals, Mormons, and Jews never suffer such indignities. For non-Muslim Americans, the procedures put in place at our airports in response to the jihadi threat are an absolute delight.

Fisher does note that "over the past 18 months alone" American citizens who subscribe to a militant reading of the Koran did carry out a massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, and did attempt to bomb Times Square. Also, there have been "sting operations that led to the arrests of alleged Muslim proto-terrorists" in several cities.

The consequence of all this: "U.S. Muslims have felt compelled to explain." If that were true, would it really be so cruel and unfair? And, anyway, who has explained what to whom? In Fisher's story, no one even discusses the links between fundamentalist Islamic theology and bloodshed.

One American Muslim interviewed by Fisher reveals how her family has suffered. In a Virginian supermarket "a woman looked at Sadaf Iqbal's oldest daughter, 4-year-old Asiyah, and said: 'She has such beautiful curly hair. It's a shame she'll have to cover it up.' Iqbal, 30, who has covered her hair in public since she was 11, reacted with stunned silence. . . . Iqbal's husband, Ibrahim Moiz — a 31-year-old Fairfax City lawyer who handles small-business and family cases, often from Northern Virginia's large, rapidly growing Muslim community — would not have stayed silent. His anger, he says, would have 'taken control of me.'" Continue here to page 2 of the National Review......

Apabila Penggodam Berjaya Mencuri Data Pelancongan Sabah...

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 06:00 AM PDT

Data Pelancongan Sabah bocor selepas digodam

Di sebalik jaminan polis bahawa tidak ada data yang akan bocor dalam serangan ke atas laman web kerajaan malam semalam, satu set data pengguna didakwa berjaya dicuri dari laman Pelancongan Sabah dan disiarkan di Internet.

Data 392 akaun pengguna laman itu kemudian dimuat-naikkan ke sebuah portal bebas yang tidak dikenali. Ia turut memuatkan emel pengguna, nama pertama dan akhir pengguna dan juga kata laluan mereka yang telah dipadamkan.

Sementara itu, The Star/Asia News Network melaporkan laman yang digodam itu dikesan awal pagi ini oleh ketua pegawai eksekutif syarikat berkenaan.

"Sebahagian daripada laman web itu didapati telah dipadamkan apabila saya melayarinya," kata Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran, yang mengetuai Hack In The Box (M) Sdn Bhd.

"Saya baru pulang dari lawatan luar negara," kata portal itu.

Laman Pelancongan Sabah telah dihentikan seketika.

F-Secure Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd, sebuah syarikat perisian keselamatan komputer mengesahkan perkara itu.

Ulasan GB

Baru pagi tadi GB sudah ulas perkra ini di sini, dan nampaknya menjadi kenyataan. Petikan:

Kita khuatir pencerobohan yang berlaku bukan sekadar pengambil-alihan skrin utama, tetapi yang lebih membahayakan pihak penceroboh telah dapat mengakses pengkalan data dan kemudian mencuri maklumat-maklumat berharga dari pengkalan data berkenaan.

Wikileaks adalah contoh terbaik dimana pengkalan data berjaya diakses dan maklumat di bawa keluar dari server mangsa.

Yang didedahkan ialah Data Pelancongan Sabah, tetapi GB yakin masih banyak pengkalan data yang telah dicuri terutama apabila pengkalan data yang diceroboh menggunakan MySql.

Kredibiliti polis sendiri tergugat apabila memberikan jaminan palsu kononnya tidak ada data yang akan bocor dalam serangan ke atas laman web kerajaan malam semalam.

Khir pressured me to lie, says Ditamas boss

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 05:56 AM PDT

Corrupt Barisan Nasional - SHAH ALAM: Former Selangor menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo had put pressure on Ditamas Sdn Bhd director Shamsuddin Hayroni to lie to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in 2009 so as not to implicate either of them in any offence.
"When I was called in by the MACC in 2009, I received a lot of pressure from Khir," Shamsuddin testified today when being re-examined by deputy public prosecutor Abdul Wahab Mohamed at the corruption trial of Khir at the Shah Alam High Court.
"At the time… I was asked not to involve him and myself in any charges," he said, prompting some angry exclamations from some Khir supporters seated in the packed gallery.

"Many times Khir promised me that we would not be prosecuted and told me that he will make sure everything was under his control," said Shamsuddin, who was explaining why he made several changes to a statement he gave MACC in 2009 and another one on June 7, this year.
"I was under the assumption that I was only a witness but when MACC handed me a letter (informing me) that it is bringing charges against me, I was shocked," he said.
While Shamsuddin was giving an emotional testimony, Khir was seen shaking his head several times in the dock.
"In this honourable court, I say… when I knew I was being charged… Khir still told me: 'Don't worry Sham, we can solve this'. That's what he said," he said haltingly.
"But as an ordinary person, I could not take it. I discussed with my wife and met my lawyer and told him everything. I don't even understand why I was being charged," he said, adding that that was when he decided to tell what truly happened.
Earlier, Wahab asked Shamsuddin to explain why he admitted yesterday that he changed three key facts in a previous his statement he gave to the MACC, his latest one on June 7 and the current testimony in court.
Khir's defence counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin objected to Shamsuddin's lengthy explanation and sought to re-examine the witness.
Kamarul: You said that you gave a false statement because of pressure from Khir?

Kamarul: If that's the case, then you are saying that you committed an offence under Section 30 of the MACC Act?
Shamsuddin: No it's not false, it's just different.

 You prefer the word 'different'… you initially said you were the one who hired (landscape artist) Nasir (Ismail), and now you say it's Khir (who hired). Is that not giving a false statement initially?
Shamsuddin: I admit it was a false statement (made) under tremendous pressure from Khir at the time

 So I put it to you that when you felt that you could gain an advantage from it, you are someone who is ready to lie?

I am not.
Perfectly reasonable
When asked, Shamsuddin agreed that he willingly gave such a statement initially and was not forced by the MACC officers.
Earlier, Kamarul had argued that Khir's offer to pay RM3.5 million for his mansion was perfectly reasonable as a valuation firm from a bank had calculated its value as such.
Kamarul said that valuer Rahim & Co, engaged by HSBC bank, had estimated the value of the Section 7 property at RM3.5 million and Shamsuddin had "no basis" to expect more.
"So you have here a valuation report two days before May 16, 2007, when Ditamas passed a resolution to allow Shamsuddin to enter an agreement to sell the property at RM3.5 million to Khir and his wife," said Kamarul.
Shamsuddin, who admitted he was aware of the valuation, however, maintained that RM3.5 million was too low a price. He at first did not agree to it but later "had no option" but to sell it to Khir as he was the menteri besar and he feared for his Selangor projects and businesses.
Shamsuddin said he had wanted to sell the property he bought for RM6.5 million at a price of between RM5million and RM5.5 million. He had engaged independent valuer Trans Asia, which had valued the property at RM5.52 million when it was 60% complete then. The same valuer estimated the property to be worth RM7.6 million when completed.
However, Kamarul pointed out that Shamsuddin had every opportunity to show Khir the valuation report by Trans Asia but failed to do so.
"You never told him about Trans Asia so Khir didn't know about the RM5.52 million valuation, so wasn't it reasonable for him to offer RM3.5 million?"
No authority
Kamarul also suggested that when a dispute arose between Shamsuddin and Khir over the selling price, Khir suggested that they rely on the valuation report to be prepared by his bank.
Shamsuddin agreed but maintained his stand that he only agreed out of fear.
He also admitted today that he actually had no authority to sign the purchase agreement to buy the house because Ditamas had not passed the resolution (to buy the house) at that time.
He admitted that he failed to declare RM1.5 million in stamp duty, and did not submit documents for transfer of the land for RM1.5 million.
However, he denied a suggestion by Kamarul that all these meant that the real price of the mansion was actually RM5 million and not RM6.5 million.
Khir, 46, was arrested by the MACC on Dec 6 last year and charged at the Shah Alam Sessions Court together with Shamsuddin, 55.
Khir was charged with obtaining – for himself and his wife Zahrah Kechik, 46 – two plots of land and a bungalow located at No 8 & 10, Jalan Suasa 7/1L, Shah Alam, from Ditamas through Shamsuddin, at the price of RM3.5 million in 2007 when in fact the lots were bought by Ditamas on Dec 23, 2004 for RM6.5 million.
The charge comes under Section 165 of the Penal Code which says that an offence is committed when a public servant obtains something at a much lower value from someone with whom he has dealings in his official capacity. If convicted, the offence carries a maximum two years' jail term, fine, or both.
Shamsuddin was charged with abetting Khir. However, on June 6, just a day before his statement to the MACC, he was acquitted and discharged after the prosecution dropped its case against him. He has since turned into a star witness for the prosecution.
Today was the seventh day of Khir's trial, which also heard testimonies from the ninth and 10th witnesses, namely Zaleha Baharom, a director of the government Property and Valuation Services Department, and Nor Sidek Mohd Nor, a valuer from Trans Asia.
Hearing continues next Monday before Judge Mohtarudin Baki.

Life and Wisdom

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 05:30 AM PDT

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Kara – Go Go Summer music video & pics

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 04:57 AM PDT

Korean girl group Kara is going to release a new Japanese single, Go Go Summer, on June 29. Check out the music video and some concept pics…

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Kara – Go Go Summer music video & pics from YeinJee's Asian Blog

FELDA Ada Potensi Besar Jatuh Bangkrap, Pinjam Wang KWSP RM6 Billion

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 05:21 AM PDT

Felda hari ini mengaku membuat pinjaman RM6 bilion daripada Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja namun menegaskan agensi itu tidak bermasalah membayar semula pinjaman itu.

Timbalan Menteri Di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Ahmad Maslan memberitahu Parlimen, Felda mencatat keuntungan RM1.197 bilion tahun lalu dan dan nilai keseluruhan syarikat itu adalah RM19.18 bilion.

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

Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim meminta kerajaan Umno-BN menyatakan sama ada RM6 bilion itu digunakan oleh anak syarikat Felda, Felda Global Ventures untuk melabur dalam syarikat milik asing.

Pelaburan itu, menurut Anwar, menyebabkan Felda menanggung kerugian berkumpul RM500 juta dari tahun 1997 hingga tahun lalu.

Malah katanya hal ini mengakibatkan timbul pelbagai persoalan mengenai kelemahan dalam pengurusan dana Felda dan apakah pinjaman yang dibuat bertujuan untuk menampung kerugian agensi terbabit.

"Siapa yang beri kebenaran? Adakah Menteri Kewangan dirujuk dan apa jadi dengan pemimpin-pemimpin korporat yang terlibat dalam kes ini?

"Kalau anda terus bergolak dengan undang-undang dan secara berterusan membuat keputusan bertanggungjawab, Felda akan diterima.

"Dan saya persoalkan keputusan untuk mengambil kerja konsultant. Tidak ada rekod dari segi pengalaman atau kepakaran dalam pelaburan dan teknologi urus niaga perindustrian," ujar beliau.

Ahmad sebelum ini gagal untuk memberikan jawapan kepada Anwar kerana tidak mempunyai maklumat penuh mengenainya.

Pinjaman RM6 bilion oleh Felda itu didedahkan oleh Pengerusi Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak) Mazlan Aliman pada bulan lalu, namun ia tidak disahkan oleh Felda sehingga kenyataan Ahmad hari ini.

Tahun lalu, Ahmad mengaku, juga di Parlimen, bahawa rizab Felda susut daripada lebih RM4 bilion pada tahun 2004 kepada RM1.35 bilion tahun 2009.

Peneroka Felda dilihat sebagai "simpanan tetap" Umno ketika pilihanraya dan sebarang kritikan terhadap pengurusan Felda sering mengundang tindakan padah daripada pemerintah.

Tahun lalu, lidah rasmi Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Suara Keadilan diharamkan dan disaman kerana mendakwa Felda mungkin bangkrap jika terus menanggung kerugian akibat pemborosan dan pelaburan yang tersasar.

Sementara itu, Anwar turut menyangkal keterangan Ahmad kononnya Felda mencatatkan keuntungan tinggi, sebaliknya ujar beliau, agensi itu mampu memperoleh keuntungan berlipat ganda sekiranya pengurusan lebih telus.

Ini kerana menurutnya, peneroka berhak untuk menikmati lebih banyak keuntungan memandangkan harga kepala sawit dan getah dunia melambung tinggi.

Jelas beliau, aset dan keuntungan Felda keseluruhan perlu dibandingkan dengan pencapaian anak syarikat agensi kerajaan itu.

"Untung yang sepatutnya RM5 bilion jadi RM1 bilion, itu harus dipertanggungjawabkan. Yang kita bangkitkan mengapa pilih syarikat Amerika (Syarikat) yang dipertikai. Mengapa terima mudah kerugian RM500 juta? Jawab menteri, "peneroka tidak dibebankan". Ini jawapan tidak tepat.

"Keuntungan itu pulangnya kepada peneroka. Kalau untung RM5 bilion maknanya untung peneroka. Kalau untung RM5 bilion jadi RM1 bilion kena persoalkan kerana itu hak peneroka yang patut mendapat keuntungan sebegitu rupa. Tetapi (menteri) boleh jawab dengan begitu yakin dan boleh beritahu kepada kampung di Felda yang kita untung," katanya lagi. -tvsnews

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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.

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Waspada: Tonton TV Tingkat Diabetes

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 03:45 AM PDT

Mereka yang menghabiskan lebih banyak masa di hadapan televisyen lebih berisiko untuk mendapat penyakit diabetes dan jantung, walaupun menonton hanya dua jam sehari, menurut satu kajian.

Setiap hari, penduduk Amerika Syarikat menghabiskan purata kira-kira lima jam menonton televisyen, manakala penduduk Australia dan Eropah antara 3.5 jam hingga 4 jam sehari, kata penyelidik yang diketuai Frank Hu, di Sekolah Perubatan Harvard.

"Mesejnya mudah. Mengurangkan masa menonton TV adalah satu langkah penting untuk mengurangkan risiko diabetes dan penyakit jantung," kata Hu.

Mereka yang duduk di hadapan televisyen kurang melakukan senaman dan banyak memakan makanan tidak sihat, katanya.

"Kombinasi gaya hidup duduk, diet tidak sihat dan kegemukan mencetuskan 'satu pembiakan sempurna bagi diabetes jenis kedua dan penyakit jantung."

Ini bukan kajian pertama dikaitkan dengan masa menonton televisyen yang mempunyai kesan penyakit. Kebanyakan kajian mendapati kaitan yang kuat kepada obesiti dan satu laporan pada 2007 mendapati lebih banyak masa televisyen dikaitkan dengan tekanan darah tinggi di kalangan kanak-kanak obes.

Dalam kajian terbaru yang disiarkan dalam Journal of the American Medical Association, Hu dan rakannya meneliti lapan kajian untuk melihat kaitan antara masa menonton televisyen dan penyakit, yang secara keseluruhan meliputi lebih 200,000 penduduk untuk tempoh purata 7 hingga 10 tahun.

Hu dan rakannya mendapati bagi setiap dua jam sehari masa menonton televisyen, risiko untuk mendapat penyakit diabetes meningkat 20 peratus, manakala penyakit jantung meningkat 15 peratus.

Setiap dua jam sehari masa menonton televisyen meningkatkan risiko mati sebanyak 13 peratus. Berdasarkan keputusan itu, Hu dan rakannya menganggarkan di kalangan sekumpulan 100,000 orang, sekiranya mereka mengurangkan masa menonton televisyen sebanyak dua jam boleh menghalang 176 kes diabetes baru, 38 kes kematian akibat kardiovaskular dan 104 kematian pramatang, setiap tahun. – Reuters

Apabila Jamil Khir & Ng Yen Yen Menipu Di Parlimen...

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 02:31 AM PDT

Murtad: 2 versi penjelasan menteri

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom menafikan laporan portal berita mengenai 135 kes permohonan murtad diluluskan bagi tempoh 2000 hingga 2010.

Beliau menegaskan bahawa sehingga kini belum ada satu pun kes murtad yang diluluskan oleh Mahkamah Syariah, lapor Bernama.

Jamil Khir menjelaskan 135 kes itu dipohon di bawah murtad tetapi setelah diteliti oleh Mahkamah Syariah mereka didapati tidak sah masuk Islam, sekali gus tidak timbul soal (mereka) murtad.

"Timbul kekeliruan di sini, contohnya seseorang itu memohon untuk kedudukannya sebagai Islam, tetapi kemudian mahu kembali ke agama asalnya, setelah disiasat, mahkamah mendapati dia bukan Islam, jadi tidak timbul soal murtad.

"Sama juga untuk pasangan berkahwin yang hendak daftar untuk perceraian, tetapi mahkamah mendapati mereka berkahwin secara tidak sah di Thailand kerana tiada saksi dan wali, jadi tidak timbul soal perceraian," katanya kepada Bernama pada Rabu.

Malaysiakini kelmarin melaporkan jumlah permohonan untuk murtad adalah 686 manakala permohonan yang diluluskan adalah 135 orang.

Jawapan di parlimen

Laporan itu dibuat berdasarkan jawapan Jamil Khir yang menjawab pertanyaan lisan anggota parlimen Bakri Er Teck Hwa di parlimen kelmarin.

Soalan itu berbunyi: "Tuan Er Hwa [Bakri] minta perdana menteri menyatakan jumlah permohonan murtad bagi penganut Islam dan berapakah permohonan yang diluluskan mengikut negeri dari tahun 2000 - 2010 serta tindakan Jabatan Agama Islam untuk menangangi gejala murtad."

Sementara jawapan Jamil Khir pula berbunyi: "Permohonan menukar status agama oleh orang Islam di Mahkamah Syariah dari tahun 2000 hingga 2010 adalah berjumlah 863 kes. Daripada jumlah tersebut, sebanyak 168 kes telah diluluskan."

Jamil Khir juga memberikan statistik lengkap yang menyatakan jumlah permohonan dan kelulusan mengikut negeri.

Bagaimanapun perangkaan yang dibekalkan kepada Dewan Rakyat itu tidak selaras dengan jumlah yang dikira.

Mengikut kiraan Malaysiakini, jumlah permohonan untuk murtad adalah 686 manakala permohonan yang diluluskan pula adalah 135 orang. -mk

Yen Yen claims Facebook pages free, contradicts reply in Parliament

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — With Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) both demanding an explanation for the tourism ministry's RM1.8 million Facebook campaign, Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen denied any wrongdoing today and accused DAP of twisting the truth.

"The opposition just goes around saying it's for Facebook. They are twisting the issue.

"The Facebook pages do not cost a single sen. This is a social media advertising, promotions and branding campaign and also data collection," the MCA vice president told reporters today.

However, her contention that the Facebook pages were free appeared to contradict her ministry's detailed account of the cost for each page.

Yesterday, Deputy Tourism Minister James Dawos Mamit had replied in Parliament to Anthony Loke (DAP-Rasah) that each Facebook page had cost RM293,072.

Dr Ng also added today that the RM1.8 million would cover the cost of six different campaigns across seven months and includes the cost of contests and advertising on Google and Facebook.

"It is important for us to reach the high-spending market.

''We use Facebook as the vehicle because you can run campaigns there. Twitter is not visual," she explained.

DAP Youth chief Loke had said that unless Ng explained the reason behind the "exorbitant" costs for the "social media branding" exercise by her ministry, he will lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Citrawarna 1 Malaysia, the most popular page, has so far attracted 20,292 Facebook fans since it was launched on May 21.

The ministry had said that the RM1.8 million included costs for designing, flash programming and coding, testing and debugging, uploading and launching the application, system server deployment and campaign management. -TMI

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Menteri-menteri yang kenyataannya berbelit-belit umpama lidah biawak yang bercabang. Di parlimen lain, di luar parlimen lain. Lebih menyedihkan ia melibatkan juga seorang Menteri yang menjaga hal-ehwal ugama Islam.

Kedua-dua menteri ini patut dirujuk ke Jawatan Khas Parlimen supaya tindakan diambil. Tetapi malangnya di Malaysia, hanya wakil rakyat pembangkang saja yang biasanya diheret ke J/K Parlimen sedangkan mereka dari parti kerajaan, walau pun menipu di parlimen tetapi tidak dikenakan tindakan.

Andy Rooney Says...

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 01:15 AM PDT

Andrew Aitken "Andy" Rooney (born January 14, 1919) is an American radio and television writer. He is most notable for his weekly broadcast "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney", a part of the CBS News program 60 Minutes since 1978. Starting in the 2011-2012 season, he's no longer on each week, but only about once a month. CLICK HERE for more.

The following is a list Andy Rooney's statements that T.O. sent me recently. Do leave a comment to share your responses. Thanks and have a lovely evening.

All men are not created equal but should be treated as though they were under the law.

As an old reporter, we have a few secrets, and the first thing is we try the phone book.

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.

Don't rule out working with your hands. It does not preclude using your head.

I didn't get old on purpose, it just happened. If you're lucky, it could happen to you.

I don't like food that's too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking.

If I wanted a picture I'd buy a painting.

I just wish we knew a little less about his urethra and a little more about his arms sales to Iran.

If dogs could talk it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one.

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.

It would be a better world if everyone in it knew all the truth about everything.

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose.

Men wake up aroused in the morning. We can't help it. We just wake up and we want you.
And the women are thinking, "How can he want me the way I look in the morning?"
It's because we can't see you. We have no blood anywhere near our optic nerve.

Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us.
Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.

Nothing in fine print is ever good news.

Obscenities... I think a lot of dumb people do it because they can't think of what they want to say and they're frustrated.

A lot of smart people do it to pretend they aren't very smart - want to be just one of the boys.

Taxes are important. President Bush's tax proposals leave no rich person behind.
Voters approve of President Bush helping the kind of people they wish they were one of.

The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

The average bright young man who is drafted hates the whole business because an army always tries to eliminate the individual differences in men.

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.

The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort - the opening, terror.
Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing - the opening a wonderfully joyous moment.

The federal government has sponsored research that has produced a tomato that is perfect in every respect, except that you can't eat it.

We should make every effort to make sure this disease, often referred to as 'progress', doesn't spread.

The only people who say worse things about politicians that reporters do are other politicians.

The world must be filled with unsuccessful musical careers like mine, and it's probably a good thing.
We don't need a lot of bad musicians filling the air with unnecessary sounds. Some of the professionals are bad enough.

There are sixteen cans of coffee here; together they hold a total of thirteen and a half pounds of coffee. Doesn't that seem like cheating?

We should change our attitude toward the United Nations. There has to be some power in the world superior to our own.
We should not have attacked Iraq without the okay of the United Nations.
Now we have to live with that mistake. We're living with it, and too many of our guys are dying with it.

We're all proud of making little mistakes. It gives us the feeling we don't make any big ones.
Andy Rooney

We've sent a man to the moon, and that's 29,000 miles away. The center of the Earth is only 4,000 miles away.

You could drive that in a week, but for some reason nobody's ever done it.

Jika semua bayi dilahirkan memegang senjata, Shay Adora Ram adalah Ahmad Boestaman dan agamanya, Burhanuddin Helmy

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 12:59 AM PDT

"Their first voices, you say, are tears. I can well believe it. You thwart them from their birth. The first gifts they receive from you are chains."

-Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile-


Tidak perlu kita menceritakan kembali atau menjelaskan kembali perkara-perkara yang telahpun diketahui dari dulu lagi. Siapa yang tidak tahu proses membina negara-bangsa kita gagal? Siapa yang tidak mengetahui bahawa pembinaan bangsa Malaysa sedang dalam proses dan masih belum lagi siap? Cerita dan tulisan-tulisan sebegini hanya menyumbang kepada penyampahan ruang alam maya  yang  sudahpun penuh dengan pelbagai sampah, penyakit dan kisah-kisah karut yang menyamar sebagai karya seni dan tulisan intelektual. Paling bagus habuk-habuk sebegini berfungsi untuk mengingatkan kita kembali kepada bagaimana murahnya hati pemerintah kerana mencuba sedaya-upaya untuk melahirkan masyarakat yang lebih baik dan adil. Tidakkan ini hanya semua penipuan dan ilusi semata-mata?

Dunia ini dan masyarakat kita, tidak pernah mempunyai harapan. Tuhan dan agama-agamanya – dengan apa sahaja nama yang dipanggil; yesus kristus, allah, buddha, vishnu – sudah mati. Nilai-nilai murni telah lama terkubur. Tokoh-tokoh, malah raja-raja yang kononnya akan membawa kita kepada masa depan yang lebih cerah tidak lagi wujud. Mungkin, mungkin mereka pernah wujud pada suatu masa dahulu.

Pernahkah mereka memberitahu bahawa krisis yang sangat asas yang dihadapi sekarang bukan persoalan tentang apakah bangsa, tentang pembentukan bangsa yang masih dalam proses, atau bahkan kerana kesepakatan bersama tidak dapat dicapai? Dalam hal dan keadaan ini, perbezaan atau kepelbagaian tidak boleh diterima, walau apa jua hujah atau alasan sekuat manapun yang dibuat untuk menyokong konsep perbezaan dan kepelbagaian.

Dalam ruang awam dan kerangka negara hukum, seseorang individu adalah pertama sekali dan terutamanya seorang warganegara. Dalam konteks Malaysia sebagai contoh seseorang individu adalah pada peringkat yang paling asas dan pertamanya seorang warganegara Persekutuan Malaysia.

Untuk menafikan konsep dan kerangka asas ini adalah untuk menafikan wujudnya negara Persekutuan Malaysia. Sesebuah Negara dan kuasa yang dimilikinya – termasuk kuasanya untuk menguatkuasakan kekerasan – datang daripada kedudukannya sebagai konstruk politik-perundangan. Seseorang individu itu hanya wujud kerana Persekutuan Malaysia wujud. Tanpa adanya Negara ini, semua yang lainnya tidak wujud. Malah raja-raja dan sistem monarki yang ada serta agama yang diamalkan hanya wujud kerana  dibenarkan wujud. Ini adalah prinsip pertama Negara dan kewujudan manusia.

Oleh itu, apa-apa perkara yang mencampuri dan menghalang prinsip asas ini mesti dimusnahkan dan dilenyapkan. Ini termasuk kaum, agama, bangsa, dan bahasa. Jika pernah dikatakan bahawa pada suatu ketika dahulu konsep etnik atau kaum tidak wujud di alam Nusantara dan Asia ini, barangkali itu keadaan yang diperlukan sekarang atau perlu kita kembali kepada. Yang hanya ada, dan perlu ada, adalah warganegara Persekutuan, bahasa Persekutuan dan undang-undang Persekutuan.

Selain pemimpin-pemimpin yang menjadi halangan kepada tercapainya princip pertama ini, institusi-institusi dan sistem kerajaan serta feudalisme merupakan hambatan utama kepada kewujudan asasi kita di dunia ini. Dalam hal ini maka falsafah menjadi praxis politik atau tindakan politik massa bagi merebut perubahan dan bukannya usaha untuk mencapai demokrasi dan membuka ruang demokrasi. Bahkan siapa lagi yang mempercayai bahawa falsafah masa depan adalah pemikiran dan tindakan komunikatif akan melemahkan pergerakan untuk melampaui dan mendahului sejarah. Kerana dalam pertempuran ganas terhadap sistem yang menyeluruh dan feudalisme yang sanggup pertahankan status quo dengan kekerasan dan penipuan, sehingga menafikan hak individu sebagai insan moral, berbicara dan berbincang dan berkomunikasi tidak wujud dalam kosa kata.

Bagaimana untuk berbincang dan berkomunikasi dengan mereka yang menafikan kewujudan kita? Dengan mengisi borang dan menulis surat rayuan?

UMNO & Utusan Terasa Khutbah Jumaat Ditujukan Kepada Mereka

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 01:04 AM PDT

Khutbah Jumaat Tiada Motif Politik, Kata Mufti Selangor

SHAH ALAM 15 JUN : Mufti Selangor, Datuk Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahid menegaskan khutbah Jumaat mengenai dosa fitnah yang dibacakan di masjid- masjid seluruh negeri Selangor, tidak mempunyai motif politik sebagaimana yang didakwa oleh Utusan Malaysia.

Beliau menjelaskan, khutbah itu sekadar mendidik ummah negeri ini tentang bahaya gejala fitnah dan syarat-syarat Islam yang perlu dipatuhi dalam menuduh seseorang berzina.

"Saya bersangka baik bahawa khatib bertujuan mahu memberikan penjelasan kepada masyarakat agar kita lebih berhati-hati supaya jangan sampai membuat sebarang tuduhan yang tidak ada bukti (atau) saksi kerana jika seseorang itu membuat tuduhan zina ataupun qazaf mestilah ada bukti (dan) saksi," kata beliau kepada TvSelangor.

Justeru Tamyes menyifatkan tindakan Utusan Malaysia menggambarkan masjid di Selangor 'diperkudakan' demi kepentingan politik pihak tertentu adalah tidak benar dan bertujuan mencetuskan kontroversi semata-mata.

Artikel 'Masjid Selangor Diperkudakan' ditulis oleh Pengarang Utusan, Zulkifli Jalil. Beliau mendakwa khutbah itu bertujuan membersihkan nama Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim daripada dikaitkan dengan isu video lucah Datuk T.

Khutbah Jumaat itu menyifatkan tindakan umat Islam yang membuat kenyataan berbentuk fitnah bercanggah dengan syariat Islam.

"Perhatian ini wujud kerana ada kecenderungan sebahagian umat Islam membuat kenyataan berbentuk fitnah yang sangat jelas bercanggah dengan syariat Islam tidak kisah sama ada ia dilakukan sama ada oleh individu, kumpulan, persatuan dan pihak-pihak lain," kata khutbah standard yang disampaikan di masjid-masjid di seluruh negeri Selangor itu.

"Fitnah ialah mengadakan satu berita palsu atau bohong terhadap seseorang yang mempunyai perasaan permusuhan dengan motif- motif yang buruk.

"Fitnah boleh menimbulkan qazaf dan ia bererti membuat pertuduhan terhadap seseorang melakukan zina atau liwat tanpa empat saksi adil dan orang yang menuduh telah melakukan jenayah qazaf dan fitnah," menurut khutbah rasmi itu.

Tamyees hari ini berkata tuduhan melulu yang dibuat oleh Zulkifli dan pihak-pihak tertentu dalam Umno kononnya khutbah itu berbau politik adalah tersasar.

Beliau berkata kandungan teks khutbah yang dibaca oleh khatib disemak dan diteliti oleh Jawatankuasa Panel Khutbah yang dilantik oleh Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) sebelum diedarkan kepada masjid-masjid untuk dibaca setiap minggu.

"Sebenarnya kandungan khutbah ini adalah yang disemak oleh satu lajnah ataupun jawatankuasa penilai khutbah di Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor yang dipengerusikan Pengarah JAIS sendiri, ahli jawatankuasanya terdiri daripada ahli akademik."

Tamyes bersetuju bahawa khutbah Jumaat tidak harus memecah-belahkan umat Islam namun "kalau niat imam atau khatib yang membacanya adalah sebagai peringatan kepada kita agar lebih berhati-hati apabila membuat tuduhan, itu suatu perkara yang digalakkan oleh agama."

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Sekian lama UMNO BN memperkudakan khutbah Jumaat tidak dihebohkan tiba-tiba apabila khutbah Jumaat menasihati agar jangan menimbulkan fitnah, penulis Utusan itu seperti terasa pedasnya lada apabila menggigitnya. Terasa pedih telinga mendengarnya.

Sememangnya Utusan dan UMNO suka untuk menyebarkan fitnah, lantarannya, khutbah Jumaat yang menggesa agar tidak menyebarkan fitnah dirasakan seperti ditujukan kepada mereka.

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Social media expert Dave Duarte: RM300k a bit much for 1 Facebook app!

Posted: 15 Jun 2011 10:50 PM PDT

Social media expert Dave Duarte believes the RM1.8 million price tag for Malaysia Tourism's Facebook page does not guarantee a bang for the government's big bucks.

The managing director of Huddlemind Labs in South Africa said successful social media campaigns should invest more in advertising such as on Google Ads to attract traffic rather than developing the platforms and added that RM300,000 seems "a bit much" for a single Facebook application.

In an interview after appearing at the World Bloggers and Social Media Summit in Kuala Lumpur this morning, he said, "(The Facebook page) should be connected to other things, like TV perhaps."

 Duarte (left) said the Tourism Malaysia Facebook site rings in well above average costs for social media campaigns as global expenditure figures tend to hover around just US$30,000 per year.

Duarte who has headed several social media campaigns, knows from experience that small budgets can translate into big business and in one such campaign conducted with no money spent, Duarte and a business partner managed to more than double the sales for a winery for the year, bucking national industry trends at the time.

He added that Malaysia, as one of the highest Facebook users in the world, is a prime market for a targeted social media tourism campaign.

Similarly, with 11 million users nationwide, Duarte felt that the 20,000-odd fans which the site has attracted over the month could possibly be a tad low with the ministry aiming to get 120,000 fans by the end the year.

Isteri Mahu Jual Organ RM1juta Untuk Bayar Hutang Suami Kepada Along

Posted: 15 Jun 2011 10:59 PM PDT

Johor Bharu: "Ini ikhtiar akhir, saya mahu jual buah pinggang atau mata pada harga RM1 juta untuk melunaskan hutang along," demikian luah ibu kepada dua anak berusia 35 tahun yang hanya mahu dikenali sebagai Fatimah di sini, semalam.

Suami Fatimah dikenali sebagai Ahmad, 39, terpaksa menanggung kadar bunga mencecah RM54,000 sejak September lalu melalui pinjaman RM30,000 untuk memulakan perniagaan, sudah tidak tahan lagi diganggu lelaki tidak dikenali yang sering datang ke kediamannya di Larkin di sini, bagi menuntut hutang terbabit.

Fatimah yang tidak bekerja berkata, dia sedar perbuatan menjual organ tubuh salah di sisi undang-undang, tetapi beranggapan ia jalan terakhir mampu dilakukannya bagi melunaskan hutang secepat mungkin.

"Saya melakukannya kerana tidak sanggup melarikan diri daripada buruan along selain kasihan dengan ibu yang sering menjadi mangsa maki-hamun lelaki tidak dikenali.

"Harga diletakkan pula memang tinggi kerana saya beranggapan selepas menjual organ, saya mungkin berdepan masalah kesihatan dan wang itu akan digunakan untuk membiayai kos sepanjang hayat," katanya. -hm

Jual organ bayar hutang suami

Wanita tawar buah pinggang, sebelah kornea mata pada harga RM1 juta

JOHOR BAHRU: Trauma diancam samseng pengutip hutang yang dihantar sebuah syarikat kewangan berlesen bagi menuntut hutang ditanggung suaminya, seorang ibu muda dari Kulaijaya di sini, mahu menjual buah pinggang dan kornea matanya pada harga RM1 juta.

Hasrat wanita berusia 35 tahun itu terbongkar ketika dia mengunjungi pejabat Bahagian Pengiklanan, The New Straits Times Press (NSTP) di Bandar Baru UDA di sini, untuk membeli ruangan bagi mengiklankan jualan sebiji buah pinggang dan kornea sebelah matanya.

Beliau mahu menjual dua organ berkenaan kepada sesiapa saja yang berminat membayar jumlah terbabit, tanpa menyedari perbuatannya adalah menyalahi undang-undang.

Ibu kepada seorang bayi berusia 19 bulan itu, berkata dia nekad mahu menjual organ berkenaan kerana tidak tahan lagi menanggung beban hutang selepas suaminya meminjam dengan sebuah syarikat kewangan berlesen di Kuala Lumpur yang mengenakan faedah sehingga RM6,000 sebulan.

Katanya, suaminya mendapat pinjaman RM30,000 daripada syarikat terbabit selepas seorang rakan menjanjikan kontrak menambak tanah di Terminal Pengangkutan Tambang Murah (LCCT) dekat Sepang, yang perlu disiapkan dalam tempoh dua bulan sebelum Ramadan tahun lalu.

"Suami saya diminta menyediakan 100 hingga 200 lori untuk projek itu menyebabkan dia teruja dan mula berusaha menyediakan lori yang dikehendaki dengan melayari laman web sebelum menemui dua lelaki yang mendakwa mampu menyediakan pengangkutan terbabit.

"Yakin mendapat projek itu, suami saya meminta bantuan abangnya di Kuala Lumpur untuk menguruskan pinjaman dengan syarikat kewangan terbabit dan berjanji membayar RM15,000 sebulan serta 'duit kopi' RM6,000 setiap bulan sehingga projek diselesaikan dalam masa dua bulan," katanya.

Katanya, selepas sebulan berlalu, lori dijanjikan dua lelaki yang dikenali menerusi iklan laman web itu gagal diperoleh, meskipun sudah membayar mereka RM3,000.

"Pada akhir bulan pertama itu, suami saya memulangkan kembali wang pokok RM15,000 serta faedah sebanyak RM6,000, tetapi selepas ini suami sudah kehabisan wang untuk membayar mereka sedangkan baki hutang mula membiak dengan faedah yang dipersetujui dengan syarikat itu.

"Suami saya gagal mendapat projek menambak tanah terbabit dan sejak itu kehidupan kami sekeluarga mula dilanda kebimbangan apabila pengutip wang mula datang ke rumah abang ipar selaku penjamin serta rumah keluarga kami di Kulaijaya.

"Nak makan pun saya tidak ada duit, mujur seorang rakan meminjamkan wang untuk suami yang membolehkan beliau mengusahakan gerai roti canai di Kuala Lumpur dan berhasil membayar RM500 sebulan sepanjang Januari hingga April tahun ini. Namun, masih tidak cukup, kereta juga sudah ditarik bank dan rumah sewa di Kuala Lumpur juga sudah tiga bulan tidak dibayar.

"Namun, mereka (pengutip hutang) tetap datang meminta kami menjelaskan baki bayaran dan sehingga kini faedahnya tidak pernah berkurangan. Saya dan suami kini tersepit apabila diburu pengutip hutang syarikat," katanya.

Katanya, beliau mengambil keputusan menjual organ itu kerana mahu membina hidup baru walaupun hasrat itu tidak diberitahu suaminya. -BH

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