Tuesday, August 2, 2011

MoonTree 47 – Nice Heritage Place And Cafe To Chill

MoonTree 47 – Nice Heritage Place And Cafe To Chill

MoonTree 47 – Nice Heritage Place And Cafe To Chill

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 09:55 AM PDT

Penang's George Town has gained the UNESCO World Heritage title 3 years back and restoration work of old colonial houses and shop lots can be seen all over the town. Some of these old colonial houses turn into accommodation, cafe, shops, and of course an 3D art gallery. In fact, the whole architecture is a piece of art.

There are already some nice cafe and accommodation hotel which are restored from the old colonial houses and will soon increases more and more. I have been in search of this kind of place all over George Town to chill and enjoy the restored architecture. Muntri Street (Lebuh Muntri) is a nice street with many old colonial shophouses and it's getting more and more famous to tourist as the increasing of the backpacker guesthouse.


MoonTree 47 is a cafe, art gallery cum homestay which is located on Muntri Street. It blue exterior attracted me to check out the place. I went there for lunch few days back and it was a fruitful meal.


Upon entering the place, I come across many antique art pieces like old door and furniture which spice up the place.

I was trilled and excited to see the antique-ish interior. The decoration of the heritage interiors give a sense of relaxing and throw my mind away. It made me want to sit down and surf the Internet all day long in MoonTree 47 and sip their homemade coffee.

Look at the chair and table used, it's so classic and sweet.

It gives me a feel of not belonging to Penang, it's like out of the busy city, slow, steady and chilling.

MoonTree 47 houses a variety of vintage antique collection. Vintage classic furniture, photos, camera, radio, photos and more. It's a nice little museum that have other functions e.g. cafe, homestay. =)

A little bit of green sparks up the place too as you know it's the "Go Green" era. How can a place full of art pieces be complete without green arts? It truely blended a fresh and sense of nature into a vintage space.

How I wish I could spend time online and forget about all the misery and the coming stressful days.

Look at how they decorate the washing area. They are just old items reused and decorated with some colours, mirror and green. It's just so perfect in match.

If got a chance, I'm gonna visit it again and relax myself at there with some nice coffee and MacBook. =D Forgot to mention, free wifi is available. Hehe.

Go To Eat Penang Road Famous Cendol

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 09:44 AM PDT

My brother, Yikhung who is studying in Singapore came back to Penang for holiday and I had my wonderful time spent with him for the past few days but unable to do so now cause I am now back to school. Last Saturday, after fetching him from the airport, we went to Penang Road to eat the famous cendol.

Cendol, chendul, chendol, I don't know which is the correct spelling. I don't really care where the delicious and mouthwatering cendol comes from, but I am pretty sure that our Penang's is uniquely awesome.

We parked our car behind Chowrasta Market and took a walk to the cendol stall.

And we saw tourist strolling along Penang Road and a weird man lying on the road. Really homeless and crazy. It's so dangerous and take the road as a bed which is so uncomfortable. Come on homeless, get yourself wash up and get a job.

It's really thirst quencher on a super hot weather. Icy cold dessert running down the throat to the stomach make the day fresh and happy.

Then I played with my brother new lens all along, it's a Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 lens which is a very sharp fixed lens with wide aperture. Love it a lot.

is that me?

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 08:43 AM PDT

There is a picture posted in Twilight Grandma blog and asked people to guess >.< 
The first three person who have the correct answer wins a homemade cupcake freshly baked by him. 
Now the question is... Is that me?

Picture from Twilight Zone
Okay, can I say one thing over here before it's too late... 
"It looks like me, sound like me, smell like me. But it's NOT me."

Just curious, what make you think it's me?

Parlimen Tak Patut Bubar Selagi Kepincangan Proses Pilihanraya Tidak Dibersihkan

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 09:50 AM PDT

Jangan bubar Parlimen: Mahfuz

Parlimen tidak sewajarnya dibubarkan selagi kepincangan yang wujud di dalam proses pilihan raya tidak diatasi sepenuhnya.

Naib Presiden Pas, Datuk Mahfuz Omar berkata, berikutan perhimpunan Bersih 2.0 yang diadakan 9 Julai lalu, semakin banyak kepincangan dalam proses pilihan raya yang terdedah.

Menurutnya, situasi itu membuktikan bahawa dakwaan Bersih 2.0 mengenai kepincangan dalam pilihan raya adalah benar dan ia turut diakui Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR), Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.

"Disebabkan SPR sendiri mengakui (wujudnya kepincangan), saya ingin meminta pilihan raya tidak diadakan dan Parlimen tidak boleh dibubarkan selagi semua (kepincangan) proses ini tidak diatasi.

"Maknanya, kita mahu pilihan raya umum akan datang adalah pilihan raya yang betul-betul demokratik," katanya kepada Sinar Harian, sewaktu menghadiri majlis pertemuan dengan masyarakat di kawasan Pokok Sena, malam kelmarin.

Mahfuz, yang juga Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena berkata, beliau bersependapat dengan Pengerusi Bersih 2.0, Datuk S Ambiga yang menyatakan tuntutan Bersih 2.0 bukan bertujuan melihat parti mana yang menang.

"Yang penting kemenangan itu adalah benar-benar telus, bersih dan demokrasi, demi kepentingan rakyat," katanya.

Haram jika Najib panggil PRU-13 tanpa reformasi pilihan raya, kata Nurul

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Ogos — Pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat meminta Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak tidak mengadakan pilihan raya umum ke-13 tanpa melakukan pembaharuan pilihan raya yang dituntut rakyat termasuk janjinya Ahad lalu.

Ahad lalu, Najib berkata beliau juga komited untuk menangani isu pengundi hantu menjelang pilihan umum ke-13 — salah satu aspek yang ditekankan oleh pembangkang selama ini.

Kata Perdana Menteri, sistem biometrik yang akan diperkenalkan oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) akan menjadi kaedah terbaik mengatasi perkara itu yang sentiasa dibangkitkan oleh pembangkang.

Justeru kata Najib, pentadbirannya juga mahu memastikan agar transformasi pilihan raya dilakukan SPR.

Sehubungan itu tegas Naib Presiden PKR Nurul Izzah Anwar (gambar), adalah tidak bermoral dan haram bagi Najib untuk mengadakan pilihan raya umum ke-13 tanpa melaksanakan refomasi pilihan raya yang perlu bagi memastikan pilihan raya yang bersih dan adil.

"Pilihan raya yang bersih dan adil merupakan prasyarat di dalam sistem demokrasi yang moden; ke arah mereleasasikan mandat sebenar daripada para pengundi untuk memilih kerajaan yang memerintah hari ini.

"Oleh itu, saya ingin menyatakan bahawa jika YAB dan BN dipilih secara bebas dan adil sebagai kerajaan, maka menjadi tanggungjawab saya untuk berkhidmat sebagai pembangkang yang setia kepada negara," kata beliau yang juga Ahli

Parlimen Lembah Pantai dalam satu kenyataan dikeluarkan hari ini.

Nurul Izzah juga berkata, sebagai peringatan dan imbauan sejarah, rakyat tidak pernah memilih Najib sebagai perdana menteri dan oleh itu, peluang untuk melaksanakan reformasi pilihan raya menyeluruh ini merupakan peluang terbaik untuk menerima mandat dari rakyat untuk memerintah.

"Pelaksanaan reformasi pilihan raya yang berani ini juga memberi isyarat bahawa YAB (Najib) tidak lagi terbuka kepada ugutan oleh elemen-elemen pelampau berhaluan kanan yang telah menyekat refomasi untuk Malaysia yang lebih baik.

Wakil rakyat penggal pertama ini berkata Najib juga perlu menyelami hati nurani dengan menyedari bahawa pelaksanaan reformasi sistem pilihan raya akan memastikan beliau mendapat pengesahan daripada rakyat bukan daripada mereka yang ingin merampas "takhta politik YAB."

Katanya, dengan melaksanakan tanggungjawab moral ini, YAB secara efektif memenuhi syarat-syarat di bawah Perkara 114 Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

"Akhir sekali, saya mengucapkan terima kasih kepada YAB sekurang-kurangnya kerana menyenaraikan refomrasi pilihan raya sebagai perkara yang memerlukan tindakan segera dan secara jujur berharap YAB akan melaksanakan lapan tuntutan yang dibuat oleh Bersih 2.0 sebelum pilihan raya umum ke-13," kata beliau lagi. -TMI

The Last Tango

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 08:39 AM PDT

Can you hear it? The war drums are beating or, as the Malays say, gendang dipukul. The battle cry is resonating loudly. And the natives are getting extremely restless. Very likely, the 13th General Elections will be held in late October to early November after the Budget.

But the 13th general election is not just the 13th general election. It is the final showdown between Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. It is the Battle Royale, the final determination of the last man standing. This is the crucial test as to who will reign Putrajaya as the Emperor of Malaysia and who will sit out his final days in the Sungai Buloh Prison.

But this is not about a turf war between two people who think they are God's gift to Malaysia and therefore should be Numero Uno in the administrative capital of Malaysia that used to be called Perang Besar before the name was changed to Putrajaya.

This is about who shall take the reins of leadership and guide Malaysia through the most critical period where the brain drain and capital flight over the last couple of years promises to relegate Malaysia to the level of a third world nation with third world mentality.

This is about what lays in store for the rakyat if the country is torn apart by battling giants who will lay waste to whatever little is left of this country. Is there not a Malaysian saying that when the elephants fight the grass gets trampled?

A few weeks ago, RPK already predicted that the 13th GE will be held after the Budget - which means the Budget is likely to be an 'election budget' with a lot of goodies to beguile the rakyat into voting for BN. He said:

The government realises how dangerous it is to allow the march to go on. To a certain extent the November 2007 march, BERSIH 1.0, had an affect on the March 2008 general election. They are worried that the BERSIH 2.0 march may also affect the next general election, whenever that may be held -- probably on 11 November 2011 or 11-11-11 according to some estimates.

Lim Kiang also spoke about it here.

RPK has planned for the MCLM AGM to be held outside Malaysia in December because he expects the BN to retain the Federal government which will mean all doors are closed for his return to the country. If not, he would have planned for the MCLM AGM to be held in KL. The AGM will be held outside Malaysia with a video link or SKYPE connection for those in Malaysia to participate.

The performance of Pakatan Rakyat thus far leaves much to be desired. There is a huge gap between what was promised and what has been delivered. Because of this Pakatan Rakyat may fail to win the confidence of the voters. Najib is not about to twiddle his thumbs and let Pakatan take over and then spend a long time in the Sungai Buloh Prison for a variety of crimes, maybe even murder.

Still, it is not too late for Pakatan Rakyat to get its act together. This 'Last Tango' in the guise of the 13th GE will be a life-and-death struggle between Najib and Anwar.

And only one man will be left standing at the end of it. It is winner takes all and loser lose all. One will die and the other will be "immortal'.

Obviously, the stakes are high and this is a fight to the death and could be brutal and bloody, figuratively speaking.

Recently, when Tengku Razaleigh unveiled his Amanah Angkatan Tentera (Amanah), he  hoped that Amanah would help the silent majority make their voices heard to break free from political manipulators holding the country at ransom as it emphasised the spirit of sincerity to boost racial ties, as propagated by the Tunku. While some argue that he could be a Trojan Horse within UMNO, I believe he could be the check and balance needed in UMNO.

Then there would be three camps within UMNO - Najib, Muhyddin and Ku Li. Such a  three-way split, could weaken UMNO from within - a positive development for PR.

For sake of rakyat, Amanah (Ku LI) and MCLM must team up to ensure rakyat get a good deal and are not screwed in this Battle Royale. Amanah is seen as pro-govt and MCLM as anti-govt. At this point, both must form an alliance and become non-partisan for the good of the rakyat.

Whatever the case, the next GE will be a strong metaphor depicting the personal struggle between Najib and Anwar because the loser is going to 'lose his head on the chopping block'.

However, all have to work to ensure that rakyat's interest are not sacrificed.

We can be sure that Najib and his team are NOT going to let Pakatan take over because the repercussions of electoral defeat would be an earth-shaking experience for BN. However, if Pakatan does not make it then Anwar will go to prison for Sodomy 2.

So Malaysians, this is the end game and the stakes are high and the price for losing even higher. Either side could go to prison. And the 13th GE will decide this.

And that is what this is all about--- not about the interests of the rakyat.


EC appoints returning officers, polls imminent by Malaysiakini

The Election Commission (EC) has started to appoint returning officers for all constituencies, a sign that the next general election could be called in the next three to five months, with November seen as having the highest possibility.

According to a report in the Chinese-language Kwong Wah Daily today, the appointment letters for all returning officers were issued over the past two weeks.

By convention, a general election is called three to five months after the issuance of the letters.

"Talk that the general election is around the corner is widespread. All the indicators show that all quarters are preparing for it," reads the report.

The EC has also identified venues for nomination centres, while the Education Department is selecting schools to be used as polling stations.

"The relevant schools have been instructed not to lease out their halls in November," states the report.

It also claimed that the police are preparing for the polls to be held in November.

However, it added that both BN and Pakatan Rakyat are yet to finalise seat allocations, making this the only element lacking in preparations for snap polls.

Speculation abounds

Yesterday Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily reported that all divisions of BN component parties in the 222 parliamentary constituencies have been told to submit lists of preliminary candidates to BN chairperson and premier Najib Abdul Razak and the ruling coalition's top leadership as soon as possible.

Quoting sources, the report said the instruction was issued by the BN leadership before the July 9 Bersih 2.0 rally.

Judging from the current political scenario, it added that the 13th general election will probably fall in November, or in March or April next year, with higher possibility of the latter.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has also speculated that the electoral battle will be held this year.

"However, when Najib cut short his overseas trip... the possibility of polls being held in October or November has again returned to the fore," he said in a statement issued yesterday.

He was of the view that the next general election will be the most important one in the nation's history, as voters will decide whether there should be a change in federal rule.

"All Malaysians must grasp the possibility for the first time in nation's history for change of government in Putrajaya," the MP for Ipoh Timor added.

Sex in a loo: Who is this Senator?

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 09:55 AM PDT

Ah-haaa.... This is really hot and 'pedas', guys! Who is this Senator caught having sex in a loo? I think he couldn't wait to find a better place for the job of he simply likes doing it in an 'exotic' place.

Do read Daily Chilli about it.

Excerpts: The next Senate session may prove to be extra interesting as members will be looking at each other wondering who among them was caught having sex in a men's toilet.

Tongues started wagging about the alleged incident after two well-known journalists tweeted about the matter involving a Barisan Nasional senator.

Citizen Nades or R. Nadeswaran, who is The Sun's correspondent in London, wrote in his tweeter that his soon-to-be ex-colleague Terence Fernandez and some friend came across the senator doing the deed at the men's toilet in a well known bistro in town..."

After a few phone calls, some said he is a 'kaki botol'. I am not sure. However, go on reading...

Konspirasi SPR & JPN. Daftarkan Pendatang Asing Sebagai Pengundi

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 08:09 AM PDT

Pengundi baru: Pagi tadi PR, petang ini warganegara

Kurang empat jam selepas Malaysiakini melaporkan seorang penduduk tetap (PR) yang memegang kad MyPR merah telah didaftarkan sebagai pengundi baru, dia nampaknya telahpun menjadi warganegara.

Dia kini mempunyai MyKad biru, berdasarkan semakan pada sistem dalam talian yang sama Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) di mana butiran pendaftarannya sebagai pengundi, direkodkan.

Semakan pada sistem pengesahan dalam talian JPN sebanyak dua kali - pada jam 5.48 petang semalam dan 11.30 pagi ini - menunjukkan nama Mismah adalah berstatus PR yang telah mengambil kad MyPRnya (No 640704715238), kad pengenalan bagi PR.

Apabila nombor yang sama dimasukkan ke dalam sistem pengesahan dalam talian SPR, Mismah yang sama adalah pengundi berdaftar yang baru.

Bagaimanapun, satu lagi semakan dengan sistem JPN pada jam 3 petang ini menunjukkan hasil yang mengejutkan - Mismah telah menjadi warganegara dengan Mykad biru.

Statusnya pada sistem pengesahan dalam talian SPR kekal sama pada jam 3 petang - pengundi yang baru berdaftar dalam senarai daftar tambahan pemilih yang dipamerkan oleh semakan umum. -mk

PR didaftar sebagai pengundi

Meskipun Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) berulang kali menjamin bahawa tiada warga asing dibenar berdaftar sebagai pengundi, sistem pengesahan Jabatan Pendafaran Negara dan SPR menunjukkan sebaliknya.

Seorang pemegang status penduduk tetap (PR) diterima sebagai pengundi baru di Ijok, kawasan yang disandang Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Malaysiakini dimaklumkan oleh pembaca bahawa PR bernama "Mismah" didaftarkan dalam daftar pemilih tambahan sekarang dan sedang dipamer kepada awam untuk diteliti.

Semakan dalam melalui sistem pengesahan dalam talian JPN dan SPR mengesahan dakwaan itu.

Sistem JPN yang membenarkan pengguna menyemak status individu dengan memasukkan nombor kad PR, menunjukkan Mismah (640704715238) seorang penduduk tetap.

Bagaimanapun, nombor sama yang disemak di sistem SPR mendapati Mismah pengundi baru.

Ulasan GB

Memang binatang punya kerja. Membuat kerja-kerja penipuan untuk memenangkan rejim BN yang ternyata korup.

Tidak mengapa. Kamu-kamu di dalam SPR dan JPN akan diheret nanti ke muka pengadilan. Jangan harap rakyat akan melepaskan kamu-kamu semua.

p/s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, sebagai Ketua Pembangkang perlu pro-aktif di dalam isu sebegini dengan membuat keputusan segera tentang langkah yang perlu diambil sebelum nasi menjadi bubur, sebelum PR dikalahkan dengan penipuan.

Perlu lantik Jawatankuasa adhoc PR khusus dan komprehensif untuk hal ini.

Berdasar bukti-bukti yang sedia ada, SPR dan JPN perlu diheret ke muka pengadilan sesegera munkin.

Surat Terbuka kepada Perdana Menteri Malaysia

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 07:38 AM PDT

Surat terbuka kepada,
Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Sri Mohd Najib BinTun Abdul Razak.
Adalah tidak bermoral dan haram untuk mengadakan Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 sebelum melaksanakan reformasi  pilihan raya yang bebas dan adil
Yang Amat Berhormat Perdana Menteri,
Sebagai Perdana Menteri, adalah amat mustahak untuk YAB memenuhi janji yang termaktub di dalam ucapan penutup Persidangan Pemimpin Pelajar Malaysia Kelima (MSLS) pada 31 Julai 2011, dan saya petik:
"Saya komited untuk melakukan pembaharuan pilihan raya. Kami akan melaksanakannya. Contohnya, terdapat kebimbangan mengenai pengundi hantu. Kami akan memastikan tidak akan ada peluang untuk pengundi hantu."
"Jangan merasa sangsi komitmen kami untuk memperbaiki sistem tersebut. Kami mempunyai kelemahan tetapi tidak ada seseorang pun yang dapat menafikan bahawa terdapat demokrasi."
Rakyat tidak akan membiarkan tindakan mengalihkan perhatian dengan memberi alasan-alasan seperti perubahan kepada tempat perhimpunan, tindakan keras atau secara terpilih mengisytiharkan kumpulan-kumpulan tertentu sebagai tidak sah (berkait BERSIH 2.0).
Sebaliknya, tumpuan perlu dikekal kepada lapan tuntutan untuk merealisasikan proses pilihan raya yang bersih dan adil di Malaysia.
1. Bersihkan senarai pengundi
2. Mereformasikan undi pos
3. Gunakan dakwa kekal
4. Akses Media Bebas dan Adil
5. Masa berkempen minima 21 hari
6. Kukuhkan institusi awam
7. Hentikan rasuah
8. Hentikan politik kotor.

Sebagai peringatan, dan imbauan sejarah, rakyat tidak pernah memilih YAB sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia. Oleh itu,  peluang untuk melaksanakan reformasi pilihan raya menyeluruh ini merupakan peluang terbaik untuk menerima mandat dari rakyat untuk memerintah.

Pelaksanaan reformasi pilihan raya yang berani ini juga memberi isyarat bahawa YAB tidak lagi terbuka kepada ugutan oleh elemen-elemen pelampau berhaluan kanan yang telah menyekat refomasi untuk Malaysia yang lebih baik.
YAB juga perlu menyelami hati nurani dengan menyedari bahawa pelaksanaan reformasi ini akan memastikan YAB mendapat pengesahan dari rakyat bukan daripada mereka yang ingin merampas takhta politik YAB. 
Dengan melaksanakan tanggungjawab moral ini, YAB secara efektif memenuhi syarat-syarat di bawah Perkara 114 Perlembagaan Persekutuan.
Merelealisasikan  Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya yang menikmati sokongan dan keyakinan rakyat.
Akhir sekali, saya mengucapkan terima kasih kepada YAB sekurang-kurangnya kerana menyenaraikan  refomrasi pilihan raya sebagai perkara yang memerlukan tindakan segera dan secara jujur berharap YAB akan melaksanakan lapan tuntutan yang dibuat oleh BERSIH 2.0 sebelum Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13.
Adalah tidak bermoral dan haram bagi YAB untuk mengadakan PRU Ke-13 tanpa melaksanakan refomasi pilihan raya yang perlu bagi memastikan pilihan raya yang bersih dan adil.
Pilihan raya yang bersih dan adil merupakan prasyarat di dalam sistem demokrasi  yang moden; ke arah mereleasasikan mandat sebenar daripada para pengundi untuk memilih kerajaan yang memerintah hari ini.
Oleh itu, saya ingin menyatakan bahawa jika YAB dan BN dipilih secara bebas dan adil sebagai kerajaan, maka menjadi tanggungjawab saya untuk berkhidmat sebagai pembangkang yang setia kepada negara.
Nurul Izzah Anwar
Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai
Naib Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat
Terpenting, Rakyat Malaysia

Open Letter to


Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Sri Mohd Najib BinTun Abdul Razak

Prime Minister of Malaysia


Immoral to Conduct 13th General Elections Before Substantive Electoral Reform Is Implemented

YAB Prime Minister,

As Prime Minister, it is morally imperative for you to fulfill the pledges you made during the closing address at the 5thMalaysian Student Leaders Summit on the 31st of July 2011, and I quote:

 "I am committed to electoral reform. We will undertake it. For example, there are concerns about phantom voters. We will ensure there is no chance for phantom voters."

"Do not doubt our commitment to improving the system. We have shortcomings but no one can dispute there is democracy."

The Rakyat does not deserve to be misled yet again on the long over due need for electoral reform with distractions by way of excuses made for changed venues, heavy-handed crackdown or selectively declaring certain groupings illegal (read BERSIH 2.0).

Instead, the focus remains on the following 8 demands to realize a truly fair and free electoral process in Malaysia:

1. Clean the electoral roll

2. Reform postal ballot

3. Use of indelible ink

4. Minimum 21 days campaign period

5. Free and fair access to media

6. Strengthen public institutions

7. Stop corruption

8. Stop dirty politics

As a gentle and historical reminder YAB, the rakyat has never truly elected YAB as the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Hence, let this opportunity to enact comprehensive electoral reforms present YAB with the opportunity to definitively receive the rakyat's mandate to govern.

The implementation of bold electoral reforms will also signal that YAB will no longer be held at ransom by extreme right wing elements that have held back reforms for a better Malaysia.

YAB must also take heart in realizing that embarking on reforms will also ensure YAB regains legitimacy from the Rakyat against other UMNO pretenders to the political throne. These pretenders must not get the better of YAB.

By fulfilling this moral imperative, YAB will effectively fulfill the conditions stipulated in Article 114 of our Federal Constitution:

Realizing an Election Commission which enjoys the support and confidence of the Rakyat.

Finally, i thank YAB for at the very least listing electoral reforms as an item that requires urgent action and sincerely hope that YAB will focus on action oriented plans to implement the 8 demands made by Bersih 2.0 before the 13th General Elections.

It would be immoral for YAB to hold the GE 13 without implementing the electoral reforms necessary to assure a free and fair election.

A free and fair election is the cornerstone of any modern democracy allowing for the true mandate of the electorate to choose the government of the day.

Hence, I would like to state that if YAB and BN are elected freely and fairly as the next government, then it would be my duty and honour to serve as a loyal opposition for the nation.


Nurul Izzah Anwar

Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai

Vice President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat

Most importantly, Rakyat Malaysia


Najib Tipu Rakyat Lagi, Tak Pernah Pun Tawarkan Stadium

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 07:21 AM PDT

Najib Tidak Pernah Tawar Stadium Shah Alam - Maria Chin

SHAH ALAM 2 OGOS : Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak tidak pernah menawarkan Stadium Shah Alam kepada sekretariat Bersih 2.0 untuk mengadakan himpunan aman rakyat menuntut penambahbaikan dalam sistem pilihan raya negara.

Ahli sekretariat Bersih 2.0, Maria Chin Abdullah berkata Najib jelas mahu kembali meraih kepercayaan rakyat dengan menyatakan beliau menawarkan stadium tersebut tetapi ditolak sekretariat.

"Itu adalah fakta, kalau dia masih nak teruskan dia ada cakap demikian bagi kita buktilah dalam media di mana dia kata (tawar stadium) Shah Alam?," tegas Maria.

Maria mengakui, Najib memang menawarkan himpunan aman tersebut dilakukan didalam stadium, namun beliau tidak sesekali pernah menamakan stadium yang dimaksudkannya, sehinggalah sekretariat berkeputusan mahu menjayakannya di Stadium Merdeka, yang terletak di Kuala Lumpur.

"Saya rasa sangat kecewa apabila beliau (Najib) memutar-belitkan kenyataan sebelum ini yang beliau (ada) tawarkan Stadium Shah Alam, dalam kenyataannya sebelum ini Najib tidak pernah menyebut atau menawarkan mana-mana stadium sehingga kami (penganjur Bersih) memutuskan memilih stadium Merdeka.

Najib harus memberitahu perkara sebenar," kata Maria. Najib semasa merasmikan Persidangan Tahunan Pemimpin Mahasiswa Malaysia Summit (MSLS) Kelima kelmarin menyatakan beliau sebenarnya mahu menawarkan Stadium Shah Alam untuk himpunan tersebut, namun ditolak.

"Kita cadangkan stadium tapi tidak diterima, mereka masih mahu turun ke jalan. "Dalam pemikiran saya, saya mahu berikan Stadium Shah Alam tapi mereka tolak," kata Najib.

Najib juga berkata, beliau menawarkan untuk himpunan aman tersebut diadakan didalam stadium ekoran ia adalah saluran yang betul dan menjamin keselamatan peserta himpunan.

"Kita mahu ia (perhimpunan) dilakukan ikut saluran yang betul, sebab itu kita tawarkan stadium. Mengapa kita tawarkan stadium? Supaya mereka boleh berucap dan tidak turun ke jalanan kerana tiada sesiapa yang boleh jamin perhimpunan di jalan tidak akan timbulkan apa-apa masalah," jelas Najib.

Mengulas kenyataan Najib itu, Maria berkata sebaik sahaja dinasihati Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA), Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin agar mengadakan himpunan tersebut didalam stadium, sekretariat akur dan memilih Stadium Merdeka.

Namun, tatkala itu Najib mengubah kenyataannya dan berkata, mana- mana pertubuhan yang ingin melakukan himpunan mestilah berdaftar dibawah Pendaftar Pertubuhan (ROS).

Tindakan 'flip- flop' Najib itu mengundang pelbagai kritikan daripada 62 Pertubuhan Badan Bukan Kerajaan (NGO), pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat dan rakyat marhaen.

Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibarhim sebelum ini menawarkan Stadium Shah Alam untuk menjayakan himpunan tersebut, namun setelah mengambil kira banyak faktor, sekretariat Bersih 2.0 memilih Stadium Merdeka. -tvsnews

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patah hati.

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 06:39 AM PDT

Do you know where your love is?
Do you think that you lost it?

You felt it so strong, but
Nothing's turned out how you wanted

apa guna hati sejernih kaca,
sekiranya selalu diranap si dia yang kau cinta.

The Most Unusual Survey

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 08:45 PM PDT

A man doing market research knocked on a door and was greeted by a young woman with three small children running around at her feet. He says, 'I'm doing some research for Vaseline.

Have you ever used the product?'

She says, 'Yes. My husband and I use it all the time.'

'And if you don't mind me asking, what do you use it for?'

'We use it in the bedroom.'

The researcher was a little taken back. 'Usually people lie to me and say that they use it on a child's bicycle chain or to help with a gate hinge. But, in fact, I know that most people do use it for ***. I admire you for your honesty. Since you've been frank so far, can you tell me exactly how you use it?'

The woman says, 'I don't mind telling you at all... My husband and I put it on the
door knob and it keeps the kids out.'

And you thought..... what??!!

-Author Unknown-

Thanks to Angela who sent me this joke. Have a nice day, everyone!

*This post was scheduled for 11.45am this morning but forgetful me forgot to check and see if it was in the drafts of scheduled folder. My apologies. Take care and keep smiling!

Rakyat Sudah Tidak Takut, Malah Bangga Dapat Serta BERS✔H 2.0

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 05:24 AM PDT

Dari Ops Lalang ke 709: Suasana ketakutan hilang...

Perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0 membuka lembaran baru gerakan sosial negara kita. Rakyat ghairah berkongsi kisah 709, sama ada di warong mamak mahupun di alam siber. Kini, keenam-enam orang tahanan di bawah Ordinan Darurat telah dibebaskan. Persoalannya, adakah bahang gerakan sosial ini akan dikekal hangat, ataupun dibubuhkan noktah begitu sahaja?

Pemerhati politik, Tang Ah Chai menganggap sama ada gerakan ini dikekalkan atau tidak, bergantung kepada sikap kerajaan (untuk menekan atau tidak gerakan ini) dan pertubuhan masyarakat sivil (lebih proaktif untuk mengekalkan kehangatan gerakan ini).

Tang berkata, sebelum ini, kerajaan dan polis telah memaklumkan bahawa tindakan akan diambil terhadap peserta perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0 dan aktivis Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM). Seandainya Peguam Negara mendakwa mereka ke mahkamah, maka aktiviti akan dipergiatkan untuk menunjukkan "solidariti" kepada mereka. Selain itu, gerakan ini boleh dikekalkan, seandainya BERSIH 2.0 mengutarakan halatuju reformasi yang jelas - maka rakyat mempunyai ruang untuk melibatkan diri dan menyatakan sokongan mereka.

Perkembangan gerakan BERSIH 2.0 sepanjang tempoh dua bulan ini memperlihatkan banyak perkembangan yang positif, terutamanya apabila rakyat tidak lagi diselubungi rasa takut, menurut pengamatan beliau. Tang Ah Chai membandingkan 709 dengan Operasi Lalang pada tahun 1987, yang mana suasana ketakutan tidak lagi menyelubungi masyarakat. Apa yang wujud adalah suasana ketakutan yang cuba ditimbulkan kerajaan.

Beliau menambah, rakyat menjadi takut dan berdiam diri ketika Operasi Lalang. Pimpinan pertubuhan cuba larikan diri ke luar negeri, sebagai alasan untuk mengelakkan diri daripada menyatakan pendirian. Terlalu sedikit yang sanggup menyatakan pendirian, apatah lagi sokongan. Kini, rakyat secara terbuka menyatakan hasrat untuk turun ke jalan raya, malah berkongsi pengalaman dirinya berdemonstrasi dengan rakan-rakan mereka.

"Peserta melihat penglibatan dirinya sebagai satu kebanggaan. Mereka menulis di Facebook, berkongsi dan berbincang isu ini dengan kawan dan ahli keluarga. Mereka mengambil peluang berkongsi kebanggaan dirinya untuk berada dalam perhimpunan tersebut, malah sudi berkongsi dengan nama dirinya yang sebenar," kata Tang Ah Chai.

Beliau berkata, puluhan ribu turun ke jalan raya meskipun polis dan kerajaan mencuba sedaya upaya untuk menyekat kemaraan rakyat, di samping penangkapan secara besar-besaran. Ini menunjukkan bahawa rakyat telah membebaskan diri daripada ketakutan, malah melihat perhimpunan ini sebagai manisfestasi patriotisme. Mereka melihat diri mereka menyumbang untuk memajukan negara. Jelas, ini satu kemajuan gerakan sosial jika dibandingkan dengan Operasi Lalang, 24 tahun yang lalu.

Menggarap imaginasi rakyat

Tang Ah Chai mengulas, selepas perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0, mana-mana perhimpunan yang diadakan mengundang reaksi yang positif dari kalangan rakyat, misalnya perhimpunan untuk menyatakan ketidakpuasan terhadap laporan Suruhanjaya Diraja siasatan kematian Teoh Beng Hock, perhimpunan mendesak pembebasan EO6 dan sebagainya. Usaha ini menampakkan kuasa rakyat di tempat masing-masing, dan ia juga berupa kemajuan yang besar.

Beliau berkata, cabaran terbesar gerakan sosial adalah untuk memastikan agar peserta kekal melibatkan diri. Daripada pengamatan beliau sepanjang beberapa minggu ini, beliau mendapati rakyat mula komited untuk terus menyertai aktiviti seumpama ini.

"Setiap orang mahu melakukan sesuatu. Setiap orang merasai sesuatu yang tidak kena dalam sistem kita - bukan sekadar Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya, atau sistem pilihan raya. Maka setiap tindakan rakyat adalah proses untuk mencari jalan keluar, sama ada untuk dirinya atau negaranya," analisanya.

Beliau menganggap lapan tuntutan BERSIH 2.0, dan pimpinannya, terutamanya Ambiga Sreenevasan berjaya menggarap imaginasi ramai. Malah selepas perhimpunan, dua dialog antara Pengerusi BERSIH 2.0 Ambiga dengan Timbalan Pengerusi SPR, Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, menambah keyakinan rakyat terhadap BERSIH 2.0.

Tang Ah Chai berkata, Ambiga berjaya mengolah tuntutan BERSIH 2.0 dengan fakta dan rasional, mendedahkan kepincangan yang wujud dalam SPR. Tindakan ini dengan sendirinya menyanggah tuduhan kerajaan bahawa peserta perhimpunan adalah perusuh, dan mengikut pemimpin mereka secara buta tuli, segala-galanya akan melabuh tirai setelah tamatnya perhimpunan. Sebaliknya, BERSIH 2.0 menyatakan dengan tegas pendiriannya untuk mereformasikan sistem pilihan raya.

Berbanding dengan BERSIH 2.0, PERKASA dan Pemuda UMNO memberi persepsi "buat kecoh", malah gagal menandingi imej bagaikan badut. Tang Ah Chai menganggap ini sebagai peluang pendidikan, untuk rakyat membezakan pendirian dan tindakan antara BERSIH 2.0, PERKASA dan Pemuda UMNO.

Usaha kekalkan kehangatan

Ketika membicarakan kejayaan BERSIH 2.0, Tang Ah Chai menganggap ia didorong halatuju reformasi yang jelas dan tuntutan yang konkrit. Lapan tuntutan yang dikemukakan adalah nyata - boleh diputuskan segera sama ada untuk melaksana atau tidak. Misalnya, SPR boleh memutuskan segera sama ada tempoh kempen boleh dipanjangkan kepada 21 hari.

Selain itu, perhimpunan BERSIH memberi kesempatan untuk tunjuk perasaan di jalan raya, mengamalkan hak asasi untuk berhimpun - dan bukan lagi sekadar demokrasi luaran seperti menulis surat untuk menyatakan ketidakpuasan. Lebih-lebih lagi, apabila golongan profesional dan tokoh agama tampil untuk memberi sokongan, ia amat memberangsangkan generasi muda.

Meskipun BERSIH 2.0 agak berjaya dalam hal ini, namun Tang Ah Chai menganggap ia harus merangkumi gerakan sosial dari bidang yang berlainan, saling membantu untuk menguatkan dan memantapkan lagi gerakan itu. Justeru itu, kuasa masyarakat sivil akan semakin matang jikalau budaya ini berkembang. -MR

Ulasan GB

Apabila rakyat sudah tidak takut maka ia satu permulaan bagi satu era baru... iaitu keruntuhan penjajahan.

Rakyat telah dijajah sekian lama oleh rejim BN dengan menanamkan perasaan TAKUT di dalam minda rakyat. Dengan ISA, dengan Ordinan Darurat, dengan keganasan polis, dengan lagak SPRM, dengan kehitaman institusi kehakiman, dengan ugutan menteri-menteri terutama Menteri Dalam Negeri & Menteri Pengajian Tinggi, dengan penipuan PM dan TPM.

UMNO BN memperbodohkan sekalian rakyat sepertimana mereka telah memperbodohkan ahli mereka. Mereka masih berada di era jahiliyah, di era zaman purba. Menggunakan undang-undang rimba untuk menyekat kebangkitan rakyat.

Inilah seruan GB berkali-kali: JANGAN TAKUT. Itulah kekuatan dalaman yang perlu ada JIKA kita inginkan perubahan.

Old stalwarts of Ban Hin Lee Bank

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 10:57 PM PDT

It's been quite a while since I ever wrote anything about my Ban Hin Lee Bank days. Maybe I should say something about some of the most senior people that were already working in the bank when I joined the establishment. When I say "senior", I really mean it. These people were the stalwarts: long in age and long in working experience at the bank. They were completely trusted by the bank's management. This was a time when companies treated their employees like part of their families and the people were practically employed for life at these companies. Ban Hin Lee Bank was one of them.

The day I joined, I was placed in a department known as the Securities Department. To a bank noob like me, it was a peculiar name to call a department. The only security people I knew were those that carried guns outside banks or goldsmith shops. But I soon learnt that this department was responsible for processing applications from people who wanted to borrow money from the bank. So I spent my weeks learning how to fill in the new application forms and prepare those loan forms that were due for annual reviews and renewals.

Everything was done manually in those days on huge manual Olivetti typewriters that sported extended heavy-duty carriages so that A3-size paper could be rolled in and typed on. We would go clackity-clack on these old machines and sometimes when mistakes were made, the old Tippex would come in handy. Some departments were more advanced: they had access to electric typewriters. But not the Securities Department. These ancient typewriters were only discarded in the mid-1980s when the first generation personal computers were bought.

The person in charge of this department then was Ng Chak Hon. He was already in his fifties then. A nice man, he gave a lot of advice to us youngsters who were new to the bank's employment. Later on, he was transferred to the new Bukit Mertajam branch in Aston Road to become the branch manager there. I can't remember who took over from him at the head office in Beach Street because at the same time, I was transferred to the bank's new Pulau Tikus branch as well. If I remember correctly, these two branches had opened within days of one another.

Seated quite nearby to our department was Ong Chin Seng who was in charge of the Remittances Department. I was told that he was, at that time, the oldest employed staff of the bank. He had been with the bank since 1935 when it was first established, started out a clerk and retiring about half a century later as a senior officer. Everyone remembers him as going around with a big paper of plastic bag on his arm. His job was primarily to approve and sign all those remittances between banks.

At the old Bank Hin Lee Bank building in Beach Street, the bank counter curved round in a U-shape. The Securities Department was located away from the counter as we had no business attending to the walk-in customers but next to our department were the Savings Account, the Fixed Deposit and the Cheques Receiving counters. The person in charge was Tang Yoke Hong, a grumpy and opinionated old man who, if he was not initialling the transaction slips, would spend his free time picking away at the dead skin around his elbows. It's true, this.

The head cashier, Khoo Heng Chuan, would be in the enclosed Cash Room with the rest of his people. There were three or four cash counters to receive money paid in by customers or to encash their cheques. Also seated in the Cash Room was Madam Teoh Phaik Kheng, one of the directors of the bank at that time.

At the back of the banking hall was the Current Account Department. Here was also the Accounts Department. While during the day the people there would be busy balancing the previous day's transactions, writing the entries into the journals and preparing the daily trial balances, the most important task was at day's end when the transaction slips had to be balanced. This was normally the responsibilities of Tommy Goh and Tan Hun Wee. Hun Wee was another grumpy old man who would later become the cashier at the Pulau Tikus branch. But until he was transferred there, his job was to pour over and balance all the day's transaction slips. You can imagine the bleak look in his eyes during days when the credit and debit slips don't balance - the fault of the departments - and he had to spend hours searching high and low for the errors. If looks could kill, his would have exterminated everyone in the building, myself included. Woe betide the department staff on the next morning when they reported to work. Hun Wee would be there to accuse them of slack and demand that they make good their mistakes. One good thing was that he never took these mistakes to heart so while he was a grump, it was all in the course of work and nothing else after that. Hun Wee took his talent to the Pulau Tikus branch, so while there was some rejoice of sorts at the Beach Street branch, we at Pulau Tikus of course benefited from his experience. Of Tommy, we all remember him as being partially deaf in one ear, or so he wanted us to believe, and if anyone tried to be high-handed with him, all he did to show his displeasure was to turn, literally, his deaf ear to them.

In the bank, nobody could be more colourful than the postal clerk, Chioh Eng Seng. Daily, he would make his way to the Post Office, collect all the letters from the post office box (P.O. Box), come back to the bank and distribute the letters to the various departments. At the end of the day, his job was to seal up all the out-going envelopes, weigh them to determine the individual postage costs and then take the envelopes to the Post Office. I think he was the most care-free among the old staff of the bank. He had a younger brother working in the bank too, Chioh Eng Ghee, whom we called Ah Bak. He seemed to be doing many things - more like a general staff, running errands when needed - but nothing seemed to stick in my mind exactly what his duties were.

Teoh Beng Cheang was the bank's assistant manager and he was completely trusted by the bank's management. Together with Madam Teoh Phaik Kheng, they were among the bank's most powerful signatories because at day's end when the bank needed to withdraw cash from or balance their transactions with Bank Negara Malaysia, their authorised signatures were the ones we had to seek. Beng Chiang was also in charge of the properties that belonged to the estate of Yeap Chor Ee, so looking after the estate's rental income was part of his responsibilities.

There were also three other senior staff of the bank. Oh Hock Seng and Khoo Boo Hean were the respective assistant managers at the Komtar and the Bayan Baru branches, whom I interacted much later when I worked at these branches. And then there was Abdullah Jan. He used to serve in some army overseas and always took great pride to show off his medal for bravery. He always kept it on his person. Now, instead of at the battlefield, we would see him standing at the main door with his gun in hand but at the same time we would wonder whether he could see properly through those thick spectacles of his or whether or not his firearm could actually work. Of course, we never found out but throughout his long stay, he was the bank's most faithful guard.

Di Kulim, Seorang Pemuda Dibunuh Kerana Kutuk Kenalan Wanita Di Facebook

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 03:17 AM PDT

Perkenalan Maut

KULIM: Gara-gara mengutuk kenalan wanita dalam laman sosial facebook (FB), seorang lelaki mati selepas dua hari dimasukkan ke Hospital Kulim (HK) akibat koma kesan pendarahan dalam kepala akibat dihentak dengan topi keledar dalam satu pergaduhan di Taman Tiram, Lunas, di sini, Jumaat lalu.

Dalam kejadian jam 8 malam, Mohd Amran Romli, 20, dikatakan diserang dua abang wanita itu di sebuah pasar raya di taman berkenaan.

Akibat kejadian itu, mangsa dikejarkan ke HK dan dimasukkan ke Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU) hospital berkenaan dua hari sebelum mangsa meninggal dunia kelmarin.

Ketua Polis Daerah Kulim, Superintendan Ghuzlan Saleh berkata, kejadian dipercayai berlaku jam 8 malam di belakang pasar raya di taman berkenaan.

Katanya, dua lelaki terbabit yang berusia 25 dan 26 tahun tidak puas hati selepas melihat mangsa mengutuk hal peribadi keluarga mereka. -hm

Kutuk di Facebook undang padah

Lelaki maut dibelasah abang kenalan wanita

KULIM: Akibat mengutuk hal peribadi keluarga kenalan wanitanya melalui laman sosial Facebook, seorang lelaki dibelasah hingga mati menggunakan topi keledar oleh dua lelaki yang dipercayai abang wanita itu.

Mangsa, Mohd Amran Romli, 20, dimasukkan ke Hospital Kulim selepas kejadian jam 8 malam, Jumaat lalu, di Taman Tiram, Lunas dekat sini, dan disahkan mati akibat pendarahan dalaman kepala, kelmarin.

Mohd Amran dikatakan diserang dua lelaki iaitu abang kepada kenalan wanitanya, masing-masing berusia 25 dan 26 tahun di belakang sebuah pasar raya di taman itu.

Ketua Polis Daerah Kulim, Superintendan Ghuzlan Saleh, berkata dalam pergaduhan itu kepala mangsa dihentak dengan kuat menggunakan topi keledar oleh suspek, menyebabkannya pengsan dan dikejarkan ke Hospital Kulim.

"Mangsa mengenali wanita itu melalui Facebook, tetapi selepas berhubung melalui laman berkenaan beberapa lama, hubungan mereka mula menghadapi masalah.

"Sejak itu mangsa dikatakan sering mengganggu kenalan wanitanya melalui Facebook, selain turut mengutuk hal peribadi keluarganya. Wanita itu kemudian mengadu perbuatan mangsa kepada dua abangnya.

"Sebaik mengetahui hal itu, abang wanita terbabit merancang satu perjumpaan dengan mangsa di belakang sebuah pasar raya untuk menyelesaikan masalah itu.

Bagaimanapun, berlaku pertengkaran dan mangsa dihentak dengan topi keledar sebelum pengsan," katanya ketika di hubungi di sini, semalam.

Beliau berkata, mangsa tidak sedarkan diri sejak dimasukkan ke hospital dan meninggal dunia petang kelmarin akibat perdarahan di kepala.

Kedua-dua suspek ditahan untuk membantu siasatan mengikut Seksyen 302 Kanun Keseksaan iaitu membunuh. -BH

Selamba Merokok Depan Anak Kena Cekup

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 01:20 AM PDT

Baru sahaja Ramadan membuka tirainya, namun sudah ada umat Islam yang mencemarkan kesucian bulan ini dengan tidak berpuasa.

Semalam dengan selambanya seorang bapa merokok sambil memandu kereta dan cermin tingkap keretanya terbuka, lebih memalukan apabila isteri dan dua anak kecilnya juga ada bersama dalam kereta.

Dua kereta peronda JAIPP yang pada ketika itu sudah setengah hari melakukan operasi pesalah Ramadan kemudiannya serta merta mengarahkan lelaki itu berhenti ke tepi untuk diperiksa.

"Maaf ustaz, saya betul-betul ingat hari ini tidak puasa, hendak ambil tindakan pun tidak mengapa sebab saya memang lupa hari ini puasa', itulah alasan seorang bapa muda setelah ditahan Pegawai Penguat kuasa Agama (PPA) Jabatan Agama Islam Pulau Pinang (JAIPP).

Tetapi helahnya itu hanya sementara selepas Ketua Operasi dan Penguat kuasa JAIPP, Khairul Azman Azizan bertanyakan kenapa dia tidak bekerja hari ini (semalam).

Kemudiannya bapa muda itu menjawab 'Hari ini cuti ustaz, cuti peristiwa sebab Ramadan ustaz', jawapannya yang spontan itu menimbulkan rasa lucu dalam kalangan PPA JAIPP dan wartawan akhbar ini.

Alasannya lupa hari berpuasa akhirnya 'kantoi' juga kerana pada mulanya dikatakan tidak tahu hari pertama Ramadan, namun lelaki berkenaan tahu pula waktu bercuti ketika bermulanya Ramadan.

Bapa yang juga suami seharusnya menjadi contoh kepada anak dan isteri namun, dia pula tidak berpuasa.

Beliau menggelabah ketika wartawan merakamkan gambarnya ketika disoal siasat oleh PPA.

"Tak apalah saya mengaku bersalah dan boleh ambil kad pengenalan saya," katanya.

Lebih menyedihkan kerana ketika operasi dijalankan, anak-anak lelaki berkenaan yang masih kecil bersama dengan isterinya hanya terpinga-pinga melihat keadaan bapanya yang dikelilingi PPA JAIPP.

Lelaki yang berusia awal 30-an itu kemudiannya diberikan notis atas kesalahan mengikut Seksyen 15 (a) Enakmen Kesalahan Jenayah Syariah 1996 atas kesalahan tidak menghormati Ramadan, jika sabit kesalahan boleh didenda tidak lebih RM1,000 atau tidak lebih enam bulan penjara atau kedua-duanya sekali. -SH

Kain rentang ponteng puasa di 50 lokasi

GEORGETOWN: Sebagai peringatan kepada umat Islam, khususnya 'kaki ponteng puasa' supaya berpuasa pada bulan Ramadan, kerajaan negeri akan memasang kain rentang mengenai kesalahan ponteng berpuasa di 50 lokasi di seluruh negeri.

Pengerusi Hal Ehwal Agama, Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna negeri, Abdul Malik Kassim (kanan), berkata Jabatan Agama Islam Negeri Pulau Pinang (JAIPP) juga mempertingkatkan operasi penguatkuasaan secara lebih tegas.

Katanya, pemasangan kain rentang itu bertujuan untuk memberi kesedaran kepada masyarakat Islam mengenai kemuliaan Ramadan dan kewajipan menjalani ibadat puasa.

"Bahagian penguat kuasa JAIPP akan bergerak secara serentak di seluruh negeri ini yang membabitkan lima daerah dan mengawasi kawasan tertentu selain menjalankan risikan.

"Kami juga akan menjalankan Ops Jejak untuk mengesan premis yang menjual makanan kepada orang Islam di siang hari; Ops Cegah Maksiat bagi memantau aktiviti bertentangan Islam di rumah tumpangan, hotel dan premis hiburan, manakala Ops Ramal bagi mengesan kegiatan orang Islam dalam aktiviti perjudian," katanya pada sidang media di sini, semalam. Hadir sama, Ketua Penolong Pengarah Penguat Kuasa JAIPP, Jaafar Ismail.

Abdul Malik berkata, pihaknya juga akan memantau mana-mana orang Islam yang sengaja memasuki premis hiburan, termasuk yang meminum arak.

"Semua kesalahan terbabit akan disiasat mengikut Seksyen 15 Enakmen Kesalahan Jenayah Syariah Negeri Pulau Pinang. Mereka yang tidak berpuasa dan tidak menghormati bulan Ramadan boleh dikenakan denda tidak melebihi RM1,000 atau penjara tidak melebihi enam bulan atau kedua-duanya sekali," katanya.

Orang ramai yang mempunyai maklumat mengenai kesalahan atau aktiviti maksiat pada Ramadan untuk membuat aduan melalui laman web E-Aduan Maksiat JAIPP di penguatkuasaanjaipp.blogspot.com atau menghubungi JAIPP 019-4256917 (pulau) atau 013-4419300 (Seberang Perai)," katanya. -BH

With courtesy or in bad taste? - 8TV - Updated

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 09:19 AM PDT

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DAP: The perfect M'sian politburo

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 11:27 PM PDT

"The DAP was formed by patriotic Malaysians is 1966 to blaze out the path towards a democratic socialist, Malaysian Malaysia... we are confronting an unholy alliance of compradore-feudalist interests compounded by the most shameless pandering to chauvinism to perpetuate their interests..." - Dr Chen Man Hin, his foreward in Lim Kit Siang's Time Bombs in Malaysia, May 27 1978.

When DAP Member of Parliament for Bukit Bintang, Lee Lam Thye announced his decision to quit the party in 1990, many shed tears and others were shocked, including pro-BN MPs and journalists who had 'been with him', as friends and foes.

However, none of his friends on the DAP bench showed regrets. In fact, they accepted his 'demise' as a blessing.

DAP did not need a moderate politician who knows what is right and wrong. Lee was perhaps the most constructive Opposition figure the country ever had. He was very supportive of any government's policy deemed to uplift the peoples' standard of living, and in bringing them closer as a nation. But he would also hit out at the government should any of the policies failed to attain its objective.

We don't have a constructive Opposition since Lee - an Opposition who would sit down with the government, share ideas and thoughts as to how the country could be further developed and how Malaysians should be instilled with 'zero prejudice' after more than 50 years of Independence.

Although Lee did not avow the main reason for his decision back then, mostly everybody could read his mind - he was frustrated with the party leadership, especially the manner in which the party was being steered.

Some former DAP members labeled the party as another politburo. Why? The secretary-general is the most powerful, who practices corporate and legalistic entity. The chairman and other office bearers are just there to complete the executive structure.

The Communist Party of the Soviet Union was under the control of a politburo called the Presidium from 1952 until 1966 (the year DAP was founded).

In theory, it acted as the political bureau (hence Politburo) of the Central Committee, elected by them to direct the party between the sessions of the committee and with a mandate that only covered the party.

The Politburo was responsible to, and its membership was subject to, the approval of the Central Committee. But in reality, the politburo was a self-perpetuating body that served as the executive branch of the party (in Soviet Union then, its decisions de facto had the force of law). Elections for the top positions were only held if the secretary-general agrees.

DAP is of no difference. Lim Kit Siang is the most powerful and nobody had tried to challenge him seriously thus far.

Under Stalin, the processes under which the leadership of the party was determined became an entirely hierarchical matter with the General Secretary (i.e. Stalin) determining the composition of the Central Committee and even that of the politburo rather than the reverse.

After Stalin's death the authority of the General Secretary waxed and waned to various degrees and the composition of the politburo again became a matter of shifting alliances among leading members and interest groups within the party, at least until a General Secretary was able to consolidate his position.

DAP will forever be administered in this politburo style, if not Russian, its the China-style. And both are (or were) Communists.

The sec-gen of the Soviet Union Communist Party did not necessarily hold a state office like president or prime minister to effectively control the system of government. Instead, party members answerable to or controlled by the party held these posts, often as honorific posts as a reward for their long years of service to the party.

On other occasions, having governed as General Secretary, the party leader might assume a state office in addition. For example, Mikhail Gorbachev initially did not hold the presidency of the Soviet Union, that office being given as an honour to former Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. Stalin ruled the Soviet Union for well over a decade before assuming the governmental position of Premier of the Soviet Union during World War II.

In China, the politburo was eclipsed by the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China Central Committee in the early 1980s under Hu Yaobang but has re-emerged as a dominant force after Hu's ousting in 1987.

However, DAP 'politburo' has deviated much too extreme since then. Apart from failing to really subscribing the a la Soviet or Chinese forceful political detente, they are now a bunch of fiddlesticks.

Dr Chen's description of the 'unholy alliance' (between Umno, MCA and MIC in the BN) is now best to picture the kind of desperate political agreement DAP has signed up with PAS (and PKR) - PAS being the party it hated most while PKR is being led by its 'once a nemesis'.

I believe Lee Lam Thye, in quitting the party, was able to visualize DAP direction as an Opposition. Being an Opposition party, Kit Siang and team feel that their duty is only to oppose. The government and the country are so bad that nothing deserves their credit.

Why corruption still rampant if MACC Doing Its Best To Stem Corruption?!

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 11:08 PM PDT

July 27, 2011 22:12 PM
MACC Doing Its Best To Stem Corruption, Says Najib
PUTRAJAYA, July 27 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was doing its best to stem corruption, given the various challenges.

"A lot challenges have to overcome but they are determined to do their best to ensure that corruption is dealt with in a most effective way in this country," he told reporters after the first 1Malaysia Online Roundtable with experts in various fields at the Prime Minister's Office, here.

Najib was commenting on one of the proposals of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock for an improvement to the aspects of protection of witnesses questioned by the MACC.

He also said that operational changes would be made to the MACC in terms of training as the RCI report had stated that training was inadequate.

"So, we will strengthen the training; the methods of interrogation and management of witnesses would adhere to a new set of guidelines," he said.

The RCI report had stated that Teoh was driven to commit suicide by the aggressive, relentless, oppressive and unscrupulous interrogation which he was subjected to by certain MACC officers.

Najib said it was up to the MACC and the police to investigate further and for the attorney-general to decide on the next course of action against the officers.

He also said that the suggestions made by the RCI panel members would not tarnish the image of the organisation as they were talking about individuals and not the entire organisation.


Memorising the main verbs in the subjunctive! Easy-peasy!

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 11:01 PM PDT

N'oubliez pas le subjonctif avec un petit chanson!

J'ai écrit les paroles au bas ;)

Je peux utiliser le subjonctif
Et toi ? Tu peux ?
Est-ce que que tu sais les irréguliers ? x4

aie, aies, ait
ayons, ayeiz, aient

sois, sois, soit
soyons, soyez, soient

aille, ailles, aille
allions, alliez, aillent

fasse, fasses, fasse
fassions, fassiez, fassent

On prends la racine des ils pluriels
Et puis, ajout le e pour le je et il
Et pour le tu ajoute es
Ions pour la fin de nous
Ajoute iez à la fin de vous
Finalement ent pour le ils pluriel

Tu comprends ce que je dis dis ?
Attends il y en a plus plus

Utilise-le seulement après le que
Mais mais pas après le tous les que

N'oublie pas la volonté, (l'opinion)
Le doute, la nécessité (et l'émotion)

sache, saches, sache
sachions, sachiez, sachent

puisse, puisses, puisse
puissions, puissiez, puissent

vaille, vailles, vaille
vailions, vailiez, vaillent

veuille, veuilles, veuille
vouilons, vouiliez, veuillent

N'oubilie pas que falloir,
Devient faille
Et n'oubilie pas que pleuvoir
Devient pleuve

Et c'est la fin
De notre chanson.

J'espere que tu ames.

Forming 'le subjonctif' in French

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 10:14 PM PDT

To conjugate all REGULAR VERBS ending -ER, -IR, and -RE, as well as some irregular* ones, take the 3rd person plural ils form of the present tense of the verb, drop the -ent ending to find the stem, and add the subjunctive endings as follows:

ils parlentchoisissentrendentpartentsortentmettent
stem parl-choisiss-rend-part-sort-mett-
Subjunctive endings 
... que je-eparlechoisisserendepartesortemette
... que tu-esparleschoisissesrendespartessortesmettes
... qu' il/elle/on -eparlechoisisserendepartesortemette
... que nous-ionsparlionschoisissionsrendionspartionssortionsmettions
... que vous-iezparliezchoisissiezrendiezpartiezsortiezmettiez
... qu' ils/elles-entparlentchoisissentrendentpartentsortentmettent
*Many verbs which are irregular in the present tense are regular in the subjunctive, including all -IR verbs conjugated like partir and sortir and -RE verbs conjugated like mettre.

In working with the subjunctive, there are 3 kinds of irregular verbs. The first is two-stem verbs, which follow the same pattern as regular verbs for the singular conjugations (jetuil,elleon) as well as the third person plural (ils/elles). 
However, they use the first person plural(nous) as the stem for their nous and vous forms of the subjunctive. Most irregular verbs follow this pattern:
    Subjunctive endings
    ... que nous-ionsbuvionsenvoyionsprenionsvenions
    ... que vous-iezbuviezenvoyiezpreniezveniez
    Subjunctive endings
    ... que je-eboiveenvoieprennevienne
    ... que tu-esboivesenvoiesprennesviennes
    ... qu' il/elle/on-eboiveenvoieprennevienne
    ... qu' ils/elles-entboiventenvoientprennentviennent
    Other verbs which follow this two-stem rule are appelercroiredevoirjetermourirpayerpréférerrecevoir, and voir.
The second category is verbs which have irregular stems but which still use the same endings. This is the complete list:
    ... que je (j')aillefassepuissesacheveuille
    ... que tuaillesfassespuissessachesveuilles
    ... qu' il/elle/onaillefassepuissesacheveuille
    ... que nousallionsfassionspuissionssachionsvoulions
    ... que vousalliezfassiezpuissiezsachiezvouliez
    ... qu' ils/ellesaillentfassentpuissentsachentveuillent
    Note that aller and vouloir are two-stem verbs
The third type of irregular verb in the subjunctive is verbs with two stems and irregular endings. This is, of course, avoir and être.
    ... que je (j')aiesois
    ... que tuaiessois
    ... qu' il/elle/onaitsoit
    ... que nousayonssoyons
    ... que vousayezsoyez
    ... qu' ils / ellesaientsoient

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