Friday, August 12, 2011

Sector 7 (2011) movie trailer & pics

Sector 7 (2011) movie trailer & pics

Sector 7 (2011) movie trailer & pics

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 09:57 AM PDT

Trailer and teaser/BTS pics for Korean monster film Sector 7, claimed to be Korea's first 3D Imax production. The movie stars Ha Ji-won, Ahn Sung-ki and Oh Ji-ho etc…

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Sector 7 (2011) movie trailer & pics from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Demi Pertahankan Kuasa, UMNO BN Sanggup Jual Negara

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 09:15 AM PDT

Tindakan kerajaan melalui Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) mendedahkan pihak mereka telah mendaftar hampir 100,000 warga asing sebagai warga negara segaligus sebagai pengundi merupakan tindakan bahaya kerana menjual negara sendiri.

Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Husam Musa, berkata kerana ingin kekal memerintah negara, kerajaan sanggup berbuat demikian melalui JPN.

Menurutnya, warga asing yang datang ke negara ini berbagai jenis serta latarbelakang hidup yang berbeza.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada media ketika diminta mengulas berhubung SPR dan JPN yang tidak mengeluarkan sebarang kenyataan berikutan pelbagai pendedahan dibuat oleh pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat di seluruh negara berhubung pendaftaran warga asing sebagai pengundi, pertindihan kad pengenalan dan berbagai lagi.

"Kalau di Singapura, kerajaan negara itu menapis terlebih dahulu mengikut kehebatan mereka khususnya dari golongan professional contohnya sebagai ahli sukan.

"Namun ianya berbeza di negara kita ni semuanya pakai ambil tangkap muat saja tanpa mengenali status individu warga asing terbabit asalkan boleh jadi pengundi pada mereka,"ujarnya .

Tegasnya, kenapa tiba-tiba sahaja mereka telah difaftarkan sebagai warga negara dan terus sebagai pengundi sekiranya tidak ada pihak tertentu mengaturkan usaha itu.

Menurut Husam, mereka hanya berminat untuk menjadi warga Negara dan bukannya sebagai pengundi, tetapi tiba-tiba pula mereka didaftarkan sebagai pemilih.

Menurutnya lagi, hasil maklumat yang diperolehi pihak tertentu menemui warga asing dari negara Bangladesh, China dan sebagainya dengan membawa borang untuk diisi sebagai warganegara tanpa menyelidiki latarbelakang golongan itu sama ada penjenayah atau sebaliknya.

Beliau menambah, konspirasi itu begitu membahayakan negara ini kerana ianya boleh mengancam keselamatan dan kestabilan negara pada masa akan datang.

Sehubungan itu parti-parti politik khususnya dari Pakatan Rakyat perlu merangka gerakerja yang lebih terkehadapan bagi menangani perkara ini

"Ianya tidak begitu sukar memandangkan JPN sendiri telah mengakuinya sebelum ini berhubung pendaftaran terbabit,"ujarnya.

Beliau juga turut melahirkan dukacita di atas kegagalan JPN membuat kenyataan berhubung jumlah warga asing mengikut negara di samping tempoh permohonan sebagai pemilih sebelum ianya disahkan.

Katanya rakyat Malaysia perlu membuat bantahan berhubung perkara itu kerana ianya merupakan tindakan bahaya.

British court dispels the myth that the riots are all about social inequality

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 08:28 AM PDT

(London) Today in London, the first court cases regarding the riots have taken place. And for all the hype over how social inequality is the primary reason why black youths have been rioting, the social status of the idiots in the dock tells a totally different story.

Take for example 31-year-old Alexis Bailey from Battersea, South London. Not only did he have to travel over 10 miles in which to riot and loot in North London, but instead of being a poor disenfranchised youth, it transpires he's a school teacher. Outside court he hid his face with a newspaper while throwing obscenities at the waiting TV camera crews.

Next was Haramein Mohammed, a convicted drug dealer who was only released from prison last week. Then there was a postman and father of two Jeffrey Ebanks, 32, charged with looting in Croydon. And I'll finish (just far too many to list) with student Samon Adesina, 23, who was remanded in custody for a week after allegedly being one of several looters who stole a flat-screen TV from a shopping centre in Surrey Quays. The court heard he thought there were 'free pickings' at the store. He will miss his final year at the university in electrical engineering because he is in custody.

Hardly the picture of the poor taking to the streets in which to protest social inequalities.Hat tip: Eye On The World

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The British Lion Squeals nowadays......

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 08:10 AM PDT

England Used to Be a Country of Men. Something has changed in the English character. By Frank Miniter

With London succumbing to looters and muggers, it's time to ask what happened to the once-manly English people. The August 9 issue of the Daily Mail, for example, includes a photo of a young man taking off his pants on the street as an impatient looter waits with the emasculated Briton's sneakers and shirt already in his hands. Luckily the feeble Englishman chooses boxers over briefs, but I can't help wondering if men such as T. E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, or Lord Acton could have stomached the state of manliness in this generation of Englishmen.

Consider that this latest explosion of looting, robbing, and burning began in Tottenham, a dicey corner of north London, after police shot and killed a 29-year-old Tottenham resident named Mark Duggan. As typically happens, two competing personality profiles of Duggan are being told, depending on the politics of the teller; some say Duggan was a hardened drug dealer, others say he was a beloved family man. What we do know is that police pulled over a taxi in which Duggan was a passenger. Police say they heard a gun fired, which prompted them to shoot and kill Duggan.

The facts of this incident may be in dispute, but the unmanly actions of Tottenham's gangster youth are not. In retaliation for Duggan's death (or using it as an excuse for mayhem), they've burned autos, looted stores, and mugged people along Tottenham's High Road and around parts of London. This reaction says something horrific about the culture in these neighborhoods, just as much as the 1992 Los Angeles Riots displayed that all wasn't right with the culture in the poorer neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

For context, consider the "Tottenham Outrage" of 1909. Two men in Tottenham, armed with semi-automatic handguns, attempted to rob a payroll truck, but the guards resisted. After one robber fired his gun, police came running. The robbers fled on foot. The chase lasted two hours and covered about six miles as other officers and armed civilians pursued and engaged the robbers. One of the thieves committed suicide and the other later died in surgery. One officer and one civilian also were killed. The bravery of the officers and civilians prompted the creation of the Kings Police Medal and the funeral processions for the slain officer the civilian passed through streets lined with mournful Londoners. Those weren't the kind of people who demonize police officers or take off their pants for thieves.

Well, okay, sure, the English people did for too long accept the unmanly ditherings of Neville Chamberlain before World War II. Nevertheless, something has changed in the English character. These aren't the proud men who once made the whole world look them in the eyes. I submit that one of the chief causes of their now emasculated spirit is the loss of so much of their individual liberty — like a child used to a parent fighting his or her battles, a people dependent on their government for everything cannot take care of themselves and are prone to childish outbursts.

By giving up their natural right to self-defense, for example, England's law-abiding citizens have become defenseless both physically and psychologically. The loss of their right to self-preservation has created a culture of dependency on government (for protection and so much more) that has helped neuter the English male. This has also prompted some English citizens to blame the police for the crime rates that law enforcement is legally constrained from doing anything practical to fight.

Britain's licensing of gun owners and the registration of their firearms made it easy for the government to take guns from law-abiding citizens after a mass-murderer in Hungerford killed 16 people in 1987. Within the next decade, British politicians criminalized possession of most handguns — the final deadline for turning them in was Feb. 27, 1998. (This is something liberals would like to do in the U.S., too.) Yet, few have subsequently pointed to the victims of this anti-freedom gun confiscation. The English papers haven't interviewed victims of rape and other crimes and asked what they might have done if they had the ability to defend themselves from criminals.

PM and wife scared to come to court. Rosmah: "Don't bully me, Mr. Karpal"

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 08:38 AM PDT

Premier Najib Abdul Razak and his wife told lawyers representing the opposition leader and also defendant Anwar Ibrahim that they do not want to be defence witnesses.

This was revealed by lead counsel Karpal Singh and also by Sankara Nair who along with senior lawyer Param Cumaraswamy and Ram Karpal, were in the same room when the witnesses were brought in, one by one.

When the defence team arrived at the court complex, Najib and Rosmah were already there.

When the defence team asked Najib who came in first, he said, "I do not wish to be a defence witness. I do not want to be interviewed."

After Najib, Rosmah came in and made the same statement, followed by former Malacca police chief Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof.

All the three of them were in the room and they did not come with their lawyers.

Najib and Rosmah arrived about 2.55pm and left at 3.28pm with their aides standing outside while they attended the brief interview.

Karpal said normally, they would give the defence advance notice but there had been no indication that Najib and Rosmah would turn up today. Therefore, they were caught by surprise.

Karpal described Rosmah as very tense when asked questions and at at one point, she said, "do not bully me, Mr Karpal" and said he did not know why Najib and Rosmah were frightened to come to court, in describing their refusal to answer questions.

Airport Tax Up! Next?

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 07:55 AM PDT

Did you know that airport tax aka passenger service charge will soon be increased? According to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, the operator of Malaysian airports and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) are expected to make the announcement soon.

In a Bernama statement, Kong said the approval for the airport tax increase had been given as part of an operating agreement signed between MAHB and the Transport Ministry in February 2009. However, it had not been implemented and they left it to MAHB to implement it and to make the appropriate announcement.

In a front page story, The Sun said:

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is raising the tax to cover rising operating costs and finance airport expansion.

It is understood that the airport operator has proposed that the tax at the country's 39 airports it manages, excluding low cost carrier terminals (LCCTs), be raised by RM14 for international travellers from Sept 15. These travellers will have to pay RM65 from RM51 (RM45 for airport tax and RM6 for security charge) now.

The last increase was in 2002, when the charges were raised to RM45 from RM40 for international passengers and RM6 from RM5 for domestic departures.

According to sources, the tax at low-cost carrier terminals (LCCTs) in Sepang and the Kota Kinabalu International Airport will also likely be raised by RM7, bringing the airport tax to RM32 from the current RM25 for international passengers.

However, it is not known how much more domestic travellers at KLIA, other airports and LCCTs will have to fork out.
According to this report, Under the deal, the government had agreed to a benchmark airport tax of RM65, excluding LCCTs. Until the tax was raised, the government has to compensate MAHB for the difference.

MAHB had said then that the practice better shields the company from policy decisions that may not be commercially viable.

For the first six months of the year, 31.24 million passengers used the 39 local airports MAHB manages, up 12.6% from 27.74 million in the same period last year.

KLIA saw 18.42 million passengers from January to June, a 13.4% increase from 16.25 million a year ago. The LCCT in Sepang handled 8.57 million passengers, up 19% from 7.21 million.

The Malay Mail carried a report which quoted an unnamed source that said that Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) has no plans to increase airport tax for domestic travellers at this point. Kong also told The Malay Mail that the increment had nothing to do with the recent merger between Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia.

"It has nothing to do with the merger because every airline, including Singapore Airlines and SilkAir, will have to pay the new tax. There is no ulterior motive behind the move," said the minister.

Bear in mind that this latest development comes a day after Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia announced a tie-up aimed at turning around the loss-making national carrier.

On Tuesday, Khazanah Nasional Bhd, which owns 69.5% in MAS, said it will take up a 10% stake in AirAsia, while Tune Air Sdn Bhd, which owns 23% in AirAsia, will hold a 20.5% stake in MAS.

For sure, any increase in this airport tax during the current economic climate would affect air travel negatively. Malaysians would not want to travel as much and even tourists would be deterred from returning to Malaysia, especially if they pay high airport tax and yet see disappointing standards of service/facilities at airports. Such a move would dampen travel momentum and negatively impact passenger growth. Of course if the airport service/facilities and standards of maintenance are HIGH, people would have no qualms about forking out more.

In another report, MATTA Fair Organising Committee deputy chairman Boris Chang said MAHB should focus on improving their efficiency adding that charges should be based on efficiency and not in tandem with charges of other airports.

At the MATTA Fair pre-event press conference, Boris Chang said, "Focus should be on running the management efficiently and if we still manage to gain a decent profit and still be on top of the world, charging less should not be an issue."

So if travel industry feel this way, one really wonders why it is necessary at this point of time to increase airport taxes.

Why do the rakyat ALWAYS have to bear the brunt of such decisions?

If you want your blood to boil, kindly read:

The Opportunists' Utopia

Ahah! Did we not say so?
and the ten links in that report.

Nazri says Tajuddin intervention could save Putrajaya billions

When Politicians Plot, the Public Get Shafted

Excuse me, my blood is really boiling and I cannot think straight. I am completely outraged that the rakyat are scr**ed big time.

Arrrrghhhh!!! CHANGE IS IMPERATIVE!!! Please remember that! Your vote counts. Every vote! And all of us MUST make that difference to secure a massive swing in the right direction.

Najib PM Terakhir: Faktor Rosmah & Pola Sarawak Petanda BN The End

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 07:59 AM PDT

Saya cuma nak tegur PM, kata penulis buku 'Najib Perdana Menteri Terakhir'

Buku "Najib Perdana Menteri Terakhir" tulisan seorang ahli Umno. — Foto Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 Ogos — Penulis buku "Najib Perdana Menteri Terakhir" berkata beliau menghasilkan buku setebal lebih 300 halaman hanya untuk menegur agar Datuk Seri Najib Razak membetulkan segala kelemahannya selaku Perdana Menteri dan Presiden Umno sebelum keadaan menjadi parah.

Buku 25 bab ini dikeluarkan ketika kepimpinan Najib masuk tahun ketiga dan spekulasi menyebut pilihan raya umum ke-13 akan diadakan bila-bila masa.

Petang ini, Najib mempengerusikan mesyuarat Dewan Tertinggi Barisan Nasional (BN) di Menara Dato' Onn.

Malah buku ini berada di pasaran ketika timbul desas-desus Umno berhadapan dengan masalah dalaman, yang telah pun dinafikan oleh beberapa pemimpin kanan parti itu.

Minggu lalu, Persatuan Bekas-bekas Wakil Rakyat Umno (Penawar) juga menafikan laporan blog bahawa pihaknya telah memutuskan untuk meminta Najib meletakkan jawatan sebagai perdana menteri.

"Saya hanya menulis untuk menegur Datuk Seri Najib selaku Presiden Umno dan Perdana Menteri. Saya tidak mengkritik parti.

"Apa yang saya sampaikan cuma pandangan dan suara akar umbi dan rakyat.. saya cuma menyampaikan demi kepentingan parti," kata Shahbudin Husin (gambar) ketika ditanya mengapa menghasilkan buku yang dilihat sebagai tindakan mengkritik presiden parti sendiri.

Pemerhati melihat kritikan dalam bentuk buku ini muncul dalam tempoh singkat berbanding ketika kepimpinan Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yang menjadi memimpin Umno dari 2003 hingga 2009.

Shahbudin, bekas naib ketua Pemuda Umno Wangsa Maju bertanya, "apa ruang yang saya ada untuk memberikan pandangan?"

"Dulu saya pernah memegang jawatan dalam bahagian, kami boleh sampaikan fikiran. Saya fikir ini cara untuk membawa pandangan dan suara rakyat kepada kepimpinan, kepada Datuk Seri Najib... saya tidak mengkritik Datuk Seri Najib, cuma menegur beliau," kata beliau yang juga bekas ahli jawatankuasa Umno Wangsa Maju.

Shahbudin juga mengakui bahawa beliau bersedia untuk menghadapi sebarang tindakan disiplin jika parti memutuskan demikian.

"Saya cuma nak selamatkan parti. Ini penting," katanya yang berusia awal 40-an.

Buku ini dengan tajuk penuh "Tak berubah, faktor Rosmah & pola Sarawak petanda BN The End, Najib Perdana Menteri Terakhir..." dua tahun selepas Najib menjadi perdana menteri keenam.

Shahbudin merupakan memegang jawatan naib ketua Pemuda Umno dari 2004 hingga 2008.

"Sebagai Perdana Menteri dan Presiden Umno, Datuk Seri Najib melakukan banyak kelemahan, disebabkan oleh kepimpinan, masalah yang disebabkan oleh isterinya (Datin Seri Rosmah)... ini orang bercakap, orang di bawah bercakap.

"Harapan saya ialah Datuk Seri Najib akan melakukan perubahan, membawa perubahan... jika tidak berubah, rakyat akan mengubah. Kata-kata ini beliau gunakan sebelum ini, saya harap beliau akan berubah, ini yang saya cuba sampaikan dalam buku saya," kata beliau sambil menambah, "saya lebih sayangkan parti, bukannya individu."

Di bahagian Bingkisan Penerbit, Shahbudin yang merupakan wartawan sebelum aktif dalam Umno berkata, "sudah lebih dua tahun Najib menjadi Perdana Menteri, namun Umno dan kerajaan yang dipimpinnya belum lagi menunjukkan tanda-tanda positif dari segi penerimaan rakyat."

"Jika dihitung, luahan rasa kecewa, tidak yakin malah keraguan lebih banyak kedengaran berbanding sanjungan dan keyakinan," kata Shahbudin.

"Umno dan kerajaan yang diterajui Najib dipertikai hampir dari semua sudut sebenarnya," kata beliau lagi sambil menggariskan alasan-alasan atas perkembangan itu.

"Dari kepimpinan yang terlalu bertolak ansur dan tidak tegas, Melayu rasa dipinggirkan, barisan Kabinet yang diragui, pentadbiran dibayangi skandal dan rasuah, ekonomi yang lembab, pelabur menjauhkan diri, harga minyak, gula dan barang naik, cenderung kepada dasar kronisme dan nepotisme sehinggalah kepada isu campur tangan isteri dan penglibatan beberapa pegawainya yang didakwa rasuah dan salah guna kuasa, semuanya menjurus kepada semakin meningkatnya ketidakyakinan rakyat terhadap beliau," kata penulis.

Beliau menambah, "tidak pernah dalam sejarah Malaysia, seorang Perdana Menteri diragui rakyat sebegini rupa," kata Shahbudin yang turut menolak andaian bahawa beliau dipengaruhi pihak-pihak tertentu dalam Umno agar menghasilkan buku politik ini.

"Tidak, tidak. Saya jumpa orang, hanya merangkumkan pandangan orang dalam bentuk analisis, malah ada yang berkata 'mengapa tidak beritahu awal, ada lagi input boleh diberikan'," katanya lagi.

"Ini menunjukkan ramai hendak memberi pandangan. Saya simpan untuk buku kedua saya," katanya lagi.

Shahbudin berkata, setelah lebih dua tahun menjadi Perdana Menteri dan pilihan raya umum ke-13 pula semakin menghampiri ambang pintu, "buku ini lahir dikira tepat waktunya untuk dijadikan sedikit pedoman buat rakyat negara ini."

Buku ini terdiri daripada 25 bab, termasuk yang bertajuk Sarawak Pemangkin Kejatuhan BN, Jangan Bimbang Jika Umno Tumbang, Menteri-menteri Yang Gagal, 1Malaysia Jadikan Melayu Kelas Kedua?, Juara Rakyat Program Syok Sendiri, Pengundi Muda-KJ Perlu Jadi Menteri, Rosmah Punca Rakyat Tolak Umno, Tun Siti Tak Menyibuk, Melayu Hilang Kuasa Atau Umno Hilang Kuasa, dan Najib Bukan 'Fighter'.

Shahbudin yang sedang menghasilkan buku kedua bertajuk "Kesilapan-kesilapan Najib" juga berkata, buku pertamanya bukan bertujuan memperlekeh Umno dan pemimpinnya dan bukan juga berupa pemberoan dividen percuma kepada pembangkang.

"Buku ini lahir tidak lain atas inisiatif sebagai rakyat Malaysia dan juga sebagai pembayar cukai yang sentiasa inginkan perubahan dan kebaikan untuk rakyat dan negara ini.

"Rakyat adalah keutamaan buku ini," katanya lagi. -TMI

Sebenarnya, Najib Lemah Zahir Dan Batin

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 06:12 AM PDT

Najib lemah zahir dan batin

Seperti mana kebanyakan rejim dihujung usia, penguasa nombor satu akan menjauhkan rakyat dengan fakta sebenar.

PETALING JAYA: Ketua Cabang PKR Rembau, Badrul Hisham Shaharin menganggap Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sebagai seorang pemimpin yang lemah dari segi zahir dan batin.

Beliau berkata Najib lemah zahir dan batin dalam bab pertahankan kedaulatan negara dan juga aspek pertahankan syarikat kepentingan negara.

"Terbaru pertukaran saham MAS dan Air Asia jelas menunjukkan kelemahan pengurusan syarikat negara. MAS dan AirAsia bertukar-tukar saham. Sebab saham AirAsia mahal dan saham MAS murah.

"Tune Air iaitu syarikat induk AirAsia mendapat 20.5 peratus saham MAS manakala Khazanah Nasional Bhd, syarikat induk MAS pula dapat 10 peratus saja saham AirAsia.

Pertukaran saham itu bernilai hampir RM2 bilion berdasarkan harga AirAsia RM3.95 seunit Jumaat lalu dan saham MAS RM1.60 seunit. Khazanah masih pegang 49 peratus saham MAS

"Percaya dan yakinlah jika Najib kekal berkuasa, dia yang berkiblat pengurusan ekonomi pasaran terbuka sepenuhnya pasti akan terus menggadaikan pegangan dan kawalan negara terhadap syarikat strategik," kata Badrul Hisham yang juga dikenali dengan panggilan Chegu Bard.

Dari aspek masa depan ekonomi negara kemampuan kabinet Najib untuk memacunya juga diragui apabila Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Nor Mohamed Yakcop memberitahu wartawan Jumaat lalu yang krisis kewangan Eropah dan kemerosotan ekonomi Amerika Syarikat tidak akan memberi kesan kepada ekonomi Malaysia. Ini jawapan ahli politik dangkal yang fikir politik domestik semata-mata.

"Adakah Menteri ini melihat kejatuhan harga saham di Bursa Malaysia, kemerosotan import oleh Amerika, kejatuhan pengeluaran perindustrian dan kenaikan harga barang pengguna tidak jejas ekonomi negara?

"Kita harus ingat respon menteri ini apabila ditanya mengenai pengucupan ekonomi negara pada 2009 tetapi sebelum itu kita mensasarkan pengembangan. Menteri boleh jawab 'tak sangka'. Adakah kabinet Malaysia diurus oleh bomoh atau ahli nujum yang hanya pakai jangkaan apa yang akan jadi seterusnya?
," tanya CheguBard.

Itu belum diambil kira bagaimana Najib lemah mempertahankan tanah strategik negara dari 'dirampas' Singapura.

Najib hanya peduli imej

CheguBard berkata, seperti mana kebanyakan rejim dihujung usia. Penguasa nombor satu akan menjauhkan rakyat dengan fakta sebenar. Rakyat akan disajikan dengan pelbagai cerita putar belit media.

"Dikhabarkan Najib mempunyai 11 pegawai media. Berapa banyak peruntukan rakyat untuk bela 11 orang pemuja Najib ini. Hampir semua mereka mempunyai pejabat dan kemudahan sendiri dengan menggunakan dana rakyat. Baru-baru ini laporan media online mendedahkan Najib telah menggunakan sejumlah wang untuk membiayai laporan media luar negara agar beliau dilihat positif.

"Najib harus sedar jika sebelum dia menjadi Perdana Menteri orang sering perkatakan bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sebagai kuat tidur dan menantunya Khairy Jamaluddin mengawal kerajaan. Kesempatan ini digunakan oleh orang Umno sendiri untuk menyingkirkan Abdullah.

"Kini lebih hebat lagi imej Najib dikenali sebagai seorang yang lemah zahir dan batin.

Bukan sahaja lemah mengendali negara dan pertahankan hak negara malah lemah mengawal isterinya sendiri. Bukan merupakan misteri lagi apabila setiap peringkat Umno menghebohkan cakap-cakap rahsia terbuka mengenai pelbagai perangai Rosmah Mansor.

"Seorang anak muda Cina mendahului senarai kroni ciptaan Rosmah. Ramai yang cakap kalau Najib lulus (sesuatu projek atau peruntukan) belum tentu dapat tapi kalau Rosmah lulus tentu dapat kerana Najib pasti akur," ujar CheguBard lagi.

CheguBard berkata Najib meminta rakyat berjimat dan dalam pada masa yang sama imej mewah Rosmah terus menghantui negara. Rosmah bukan sahaja akan jadi faktor kejatuhan Najib tetapi dia mampu memainkan peranan Imelda Marcos yang menjadi antara punca utama kejatuhan rejim Presiden Ferdinand Marcos di Filipina dahulu. -FMT

Najib, Rosmah muncul di mahkamah tapi untuk bagi tahu tak mahu ditemubual dan jadi saksi

Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan isteri Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor akhirnya hadir ke mahkamah tetapi enggan memberikan kerjasama untuk ditemubual peguam Anwar.

Karpal Singh yang bertindak sebagai peguam bela utama Ketua Umum KEADILAN itu berkata, kedua-duanya yang ditemui secara berasingan menyatakan mereka tidak mahu ditemuramah mahu pun menjadi saksi perbicaraan kes Fitnah II.

"Kedua-duanya memberitahu mereka tidak mahu ditemubual dan juga tidak mahu menjadi saksi.

"Saya tidak tahu kenapa mereka begitu takut untuk hadir ke mahkamah (dan menjadi saksi)," kata Karpal.

Najib dan Rosmah hadir ke mahkamah secara senyap-senyap dan bersembunyi kerana nama mereka tiada dalam senarai saksi yang akan ditemubual hari ini.

Malah, peguam Anwar juga sedikit terkejut apabila mengetahui mereka hadir ke mahkamah hari ini.

"Kami tak diberikan notis (lebih awal) tentang kehadiran beliau dan isteri.

"Lebih kurang lagi lima minit ke pukul tiga petang saya diberitahu polis yang PM dan isterinya sudah menunggu di bilik sebelah untuk ditemubual," kata Sankara Nair.

Selain Rosmah, peguam bela Anwar menemubual bekas Ketua Polis Melaka, Datuk Rodhwan Yusof petang tadi, kata Karpal.

Mereka kini masih mempunyai baki enam orang saksi untuk ditemubual, kata Karpal.

Mereka termasuklah bekas Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, pemilik kondominium, Haji Hasanuddin Hamid dan isterinya, serta kakak ipar beliau, dan dua orang bekas pembantu rumahnya yang kini berada di Indonesia.

Sewaktu ditanya langkah seterusnya yang akan diambil peguam bela memandangkan Najib dan Rosmah enggan ditemubual, Karpal memberitahu perkara itu hanya akan diputuskan selepas semua saksi selesai ditemubual.

Namun, perbicaraan tidak dapat diteruskan Isnin ini kerana baki enam saksi itu.

"Kita akan minta hakim tangguh kes ke beberapa hari kemudian," kata Karpal. -TMI

Ulasan GB

GB sudah ulas sebelum ini. Petikan:

Kebenaran tetap kebenaran. Bahawa kemenangan UMNO BN di masa lalu adalah kemenangan yang penuh kepalsuan dan penipuan - bermula di Pekan - dan setiap sesuatu yang bertunjangkan dengan kerapuhan akan tumbang tersembam ke bumi.

UMNO BN akan berputih tulang beputih mata, rakyat tidak selamanya boleh diperbodohkan lagi. Tumbangnya UMNO BN bakal menjadi realiti - akibat kroni dan korupsi.

MCA so-called fight for Chinese but cannot even fight for 'Little China' town?!

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 05:12 AM PDT

MRT the death knell for Chinatown?

Patrick Lee | August 11, 2011
Thirty-four shoplots in Chinatown have been acquired for the Jalan Sultan underground station and many feel that this will be the beginning of the end of Chinatown.
KUALA LUMPUR: Property owners in Petaling Street say that building an underground station and tracks in their area is akin to sounding the death knell for Chinatown.
Chinatown's Hotel Lok Ann co-owner Judy Lam said the Klang Valley My Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project builders have said some property owners will be forced to make sacrifices.
"But tearing down Petaling Street is like tearing down the Chinese community. The sacrifice of development does not mean destroying our heritage."
"If you are going to tear down Chinatown, you might as well tear down Little India," she said.
Prasarana Project Development division group director Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff had a public briefing today over the acquisition of the Chinatown lots for the project.
About 50 business owners in Petaling Street affected by the KVMRT project turned up for the briefing. But Prasarana's explanation on why the station had to be built in their area did not appease them.
"The Jalan Sultan (MRT station) is not the only place (to be developed). To make way for development, there are sacrifices that we have to make," Zulkifli told the owners.
He pointed out that many people were affected by the Putra-LRT (now Kelana Jaya RapidKL line) development in the 1990s.
"When we built the 5km Putra tunnel under Kampung Baru, we had to acquire a lot of land, and people had to move away," he said.
"We don't want to purposely acquire the land, the land is for the rakyat," he added.
Many in the crowd responded negatively to the arguments of Prasarana – a 100% government-owned transport company.
Protest note
DAP Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, who was also present, submitted a protest note to Prasarana officials.
FMT had reported that 34 shoplots have been served with compulsory acquisition notices to make way for the Jalan Sultan portion of the KVMRT project.
The track alignment, which was approved by the government a few months ago, will run along Jalan Sultan from KL Sentral and cut through the arch that bears the name "Petaling Street".
The station, along with its tracks, will be built underground, cutting its way through portions of Chinatown.
Zulkifli argued that the MRT project was urgent, warning that if the MRT was not built, Kuala Lumpur would suffer from the same congestion problems plaguing traffic-choked cities such as Jakarta and Bangkok.
Sounding upbeat, he pointed out to the public's alleged resounding positive feedback to the project.
"We received more than 6,000 feedback from the public, with 91% support," he said several times throughout the briefing.
Citing the National Land Code 1965 over land acquisitions, Zulkifli also said that the law did not allow underground tunnels to be built without land acquisition.
He said this after responding to questions from the owners who pointed out that this was not the case in other countries, such as London's underground railway.
"We have had months of discussions with the Attorney-General's Office and the Land Office on how to do so without land acquisitions… It's not possible to do it," he said.
"Because of the tunnels, some buildings will be hit," he added.

'We are willing to fight'
But these reasons did not convince the Chinatown proprietors, some of whom claimed to have been in the area for decades.
Hotel City Inn owner Richard Han asked Prasarana why the government had to pick Petaling Street when there was ample government land nearby.
"What about the police station? Isn't that government land?" he asked.
Other business owners also asked if it was possible to place the track alignment on a nearby parking lot.
Another even suggested moving the Merdeka MRT station, the next stop in the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line after Jalan Sultan.
However, Prasarana was adamant about the track alignment, saying that no changes could be made without massive alignment modifications.
Dr Ooi Lean Hock, a geotechnical expert with MMC-Gamuda – the MRT's project delivery partner – also argued that Kuala Lumpur stood on "highly unpredictable" karstic limestone soil.
"When you tunnel a hole into the ground, there will be an impact on the building (above)… since the buildings there (in Chinatown) are quite old, it will be difficult to ascertain," he said, citing safety concerns.
"You will be at risk," he warned.
Zulkifli also added to this concern, saying that the tunnel construction of the Putra-LRT line in the 1990s encountered no less than "10 sinkholes".
Lam, along with most of the crowd, did not agree with Prasarana.
"We are not willing to sacrifice our heritage. We are willing to fight to the end. We will even fight right up to the prime minister's office," she said.


Posted: 12 Aug 2011 05:02 AM PDT

Don't want an ending.
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SNSD Bad Girl Japanese music video

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 08:30 PM PDT

Korean pop group SNSD has released a music video for Bad Girl, a Japanese song from their self-titled Japan 1st Album which has sold over 800,000 copies…

Average stuff. The group is going to release a new Korean album in September, so the MV is probably just an interim project to keep the buzz running for the girls.

SNSD series – Previous: Daum smartphone wallpapers

SNSD Bad Girl Japanese music video from YeinJee's Asian Blog

How Do I Love Thee?

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 04:22 AM PDT

It's Friday and I thought I'd share two of my best loved romantic poems for a change."Sonnet 43" expresses the poet's intense love for her husband-to-be, Robert Browning. So intense is her love for him, she says, that it rises to the spiritual level (Lines 3 and 4). She loves him freely, without coercion; she loves him purely, without expectation of personal gain. She even loves him with an intensity of the suffering (passion: Line 9) resembling that of her Savior and she loves him in the way that she loved saints as a child. Moreover, she expects to continue to love him after death. Beautifully expressed.
This is what I always believe - that I love my beloved today more than yesterday but less than tomorrow because tomorrow I will love him more than today and even more than yesterday....May your life be filled with love, happiness and health always. Next post will be up at about 10p.m. Do swing by later.

 Sonnet 43

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

-written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning- 

Sonnet 14

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say
"I love her for her smile—her look—her way
Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day"—
For these things in themselves, Belov├Ęd, may
Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry,—
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou may'st love on, through love's eternity.

-written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning- 


BSKL Menjunam : Persatuan Pengguna Saran Najib Ambil Ikhtibar

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 04:48 AM PDT

Kerajaan Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN) di bawah pimpinan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak disarankan agar mengkaji semula kelemahan diri hingga menyebabkan kerugian ratusan bilion ringgit yang dialami pelabur di Bursa Kuala Lumpur (BSKL) sejak Jumaat lalu.

Malah menurut Presiden Persatuan Pengguna Subang dan Shah Alam, Dr Jacob George, kerugian yang dialami pelabur itu juga didakwa berpunca daripada keengganan dari pelabur terus melabur di Malaysia berikutan bimbang dengan agenda politik yang dimainkan Umno-BN.

Sehubungan itu, Dr Jacob berkata, antara faktor utama yang menyebabkan kejatuhan nilai mata wang luar ke dalam negara adalah dari segi 'Foreign Direct Investment' (FDI) sekaligus mengakibatkan kerugian besar kepada semua sektor dalam indusrtri pada waktu ini.

Walaupun (negara) stabil politiknya, kewangannya, pemerintah dan sebagainya tetapi apa yang dibaca di dalam surat khabar tentang politik-politik fitnah, caci, mengugut menjadi satu masalah yang begitu besar," katanya memberitahu Tv Selangor.

Menurut Dr Jacob lagi, melalui kajian yang dilakukan oleh pihaknya beliau mendapati pelabur mengikuti perkembangan semasa negara, terutamanya terhadap media aris perdana yang lantang mengutarakan berita yang langsung tidak memberi manfaat kepada Malaysia.

"Ini daripada sisatan kita sendiri, bila kita jumpa pelabur-pelabur mereka selalunya membaca surat khabar berhubung analisis ekonomi kedalaman dan daripada itulah mereka nak cuba untuk melabur tetapi kita mendapati sejak tahun 2008 politik negara kita menjadi seperti 'kanak-kanak di tadika',"

"Ini adalah gambaran yang telah diberi kepada pelabur-pelabur."katanya.

Justeru itu, beliau memberi contoh negara serantau yang berdekatan dengan Malaysia iaitu Singapura yang telah mengambil pendekatan mengubah dasar mereka dengan begitu drastik atas kehendak rakyat yang inginkan dasar yang lebih mesra rakyat dan lebih terbuka.

Jelasnya, begitu juga di Indonesia yang kini mengamalkan konsep yang lebih matang dan tidak dikuasai oleh pemerintah sahaja.

"Contohnya Indonesia, hari ini kedudukan kewangan Indonesia akan naik dengan begitu tinggi sebab negara mereka nampak sebagai satu negara yang kuat,walaupun dulu mempunyai masalah bom dan sebagainya.

Mereka telah pulihkan ekonomi dan politik mereka serta menunjukkan politik yang matang di mana instituisi kerajaan dan sebagainya tidak dikongkong," ujarnya.

Sehubungan itu, beliau tidak menolak peranan media prokerajaan dalam memainkan peranan dalam memfitnah negara sendiri.

Katanya, ini kerana disebabkan retorik politik untuk orang-orang kampung yang tidak boleh menerima kenyataan itulah politik di negara kita kini semakin tercemar.

Ujar Dr Jacob lagi, tindakan pentadbiran Najib memberikan taraf kewarganegaraan penuh kepada rakyat asing untuk dijadikan pengundi hantu jelas menunjukkan bahawa Malaysia kini lebih senang mengamalkan 'politik sarkas' dan mengakibatkan pelabur asing keluar melabur ke negara-negara serantau seperti Filipina, Vietnam, Kemboja dan Indonesia.

Tegas Dr Jacob lagi, antara isu-isu yang menjadi ikutan pelabur asing adalah dasar kerajaan yang sering kali berubah, apatah lagi dasar itu dibuat demi kepentingan politik semata.

"Ini akan membawa begitu banyak masalah di masa akan datang sebab polisi-polisi dan dasar-dasar yang kita nak buat adalah 'short-term' dan mempunyai kaitan dengan agenda politik. Pemimpin kita perlu tahu semua itu kerana mereka bukan budak kecil kerana dasar-dasar yang hendak dicapainya juga bukan untuk politik dan untuk satu-satu parti tetapi untuk negara."

Malah katanya, jika keadaan seperti itu akan berterusan ia boleh mengakibatkan rakyat hidup dalam keadaan sengsara serta hilang pekerjaan berikutan terlalu banyak syarikat akan ditutup.

"Bila FDI dan pelabur kita keluar ke Vietnam, Thailand akan menyebabkan banyak syarikat-syarikat akan ditutup dan keluar dari negara kita dan akan mewujudkan masalah pengganguran."katanya.

Ujarnya lagi, kegawatan ekonomi akan berlaku jika tiada pemulihan yang dibuat oleh kerajaan, seperti yang berlaku pada tahun 1998.

Malah, kerajaan juga tidak wajar menyembunyikan kenyataan sebenar terhadap apa yang berlaku terhadap kedudukan ekonomi negara.

Tambahnya, beliau turut memuji pendekatan yang diambil oleh kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat di Pulau Pinang dan Selangor dalam mengambil langkah proaktif dengan memperkenalkan strategi serta dasar yang lebih prihatin serta mendatangkan keuntungan kepada rakyat ekali gus menarik minat dan keyakinan para pelabur.

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Art Student Creates Hair Raising Necklaces from Human Hair - SPOOKY!

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 03:36 AM PDT

Art Student Creates Hair Raising Necklaces from Human Hair

By Spooky on June 30th, 2011

Kerry Howley, a creative art student, from Cambridge, England, is creating quite a buzz in the art world, with her collection of delicate necklaces made from human hair.

The idea of creating jewelry from human hair was inspired by people's aversion to cut hair. Hair is usually regarded as a very important part of the human body and is worn with pride, but once its connection to the body has been severed, it's viewed as slightly disgusting. Through her art, the young Middlesex student "hoped to create a delicate balance between the viewer/wearer's feelings of aversion and attraction." She wanted to see if she could make cut hair attractive again.

The main material for Howley's masterpieces was provided by one of her mother's friends, a Japanese woman with hair down to her waist. She only cuts it once every five years, and when she had 30 cm cut off the bottom, she gave it all to Kerry. The 23-year-old art student used broken saw blades to cut and weave the strands of hair into abstract shapes inspired by wallpaper patterns, and spent over 60 hours working on each of the five hair necklaces she has created so far.

Visiting a new client

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 03:03 AM PDT

Having delivered groceries to 2 families on Tuesday, and having a hectic day at the clinic on Wednesday, yesterday I was planning to go out shopping again to stock up on the groceries to be delivered to the other needy families. As I was getting ready, a text message came in from a young chap, Vincent.

Vincent had emailed me earlier from Singapore, seeking my help on how he should go about to set up an appointment at the HIV clinic at Ipoh GH. I told him I could help him out if need be and so I gave him my number. I didn't expect him to contact me so soon though. Just the day before he was emailing from Singapore and the very next morning he texted me saying he was already at the Ipoh GH.

Just as I was about to call him, another call came in on my hand phone. It was from the HIV clinic. The nurse had just called Hasnah, a PLHIV who was supposed to come for her appointment on Wednesday but did not turn up. The nurse was concerned because Hasnah had been on HAART for some time and missing her appointment would mean her supply of ARV was running out as well. When asked why, Hasnah started crying saying she didn't have any money to come to Ipoh (her place is more than an hour's drive away). She even went to the extent of saying, "Saya rasa macam nak bunuh diri."

The nurse got rather concerned. She asked if Hasnah had ever met anyone from Buddies and when Hasnah said no, the nurse immediately told her, "OK takpe, jangan susah hati. Nanti saya telefon Kak Afizah bagitau."  Indeed, immediately the nurse called me up. Since I was going to the hospital anyway to meet up with Vincent, I told the nurse, I'd drop by the clinic to get all her particulars.

So yes, off to the hospital I went. I had promised Vincent I'd call him once I got there and so that was the first thing I did, asking him where he was exactly. He was at the main building where the wards were, not at the specialist clinic where he was supposed to go. So I told him to meet me halfway. But we didn't know how each other looked like so I just told him I was wearing green and he said he was wearing white…. (as though lah nobody else would be wearing green and white kaaan?)

Oh well, we did manage to find each other. It wasn't really so difficult… there was this lady in green looking as though she was looking out for a guy in white. And there was this young chap in white looking as though he was looking for a lady in green. *chuckle*

I then got him to follow me to the specialist clinic, told him to wait in front of the registration counter while I went in to see the nurses at the doctor's room.

I handed over Vincent's referral letter to the nurses and they handed over Hasnah's file to me so I could take down her particulars. I immediately called Hasnah, asked if I could visit her the next day, and she agreed. So the nurses gave me a month's supply of ARV to be given to Hasnah. SN even gave me some condoms to be passed over to Hasnah. You see, Hasnah got HIV from her first husband who, after 3 kids, left her just like that after he married another woman 13 years ago. Their youngest child then was only a year old. They got divorced but the ex never bothered to pay her any alimony nor did he bother about his 3 children anymore.

2 years ago Hasnah remarried. The husband, despite knowing that Hasnah was HIV+, went on to marry her, and even got her pregnant. Their daughter is now a year old, and the husband, so far, still tested negative for HIV. But he doesn't have a fixed income – doing odd jobs at the kampong where they stay. Sometimes he gets more, sometimes he gets less, sometimes he gets nothing at all. I suppose this time he hasn't got enough to enable his wife to come to Ipoh for her appointment.

So this morning off I went to visit Hasnah. Since her kampong is not listed in my Papago GPS, neither could I find it in Google map, I had no choice but to depend on my own internal GPS – Guna Pertimbangan Sendiri. I did still use my Papago GPS though, set to the nearest school. Once I passed the school, I called Hasnah to get further directions to get to her house. She told me to just drive straight in until I got to a row of houses and to call her again once I got there.

I had to drive another 6 or 7 kilometres in before passing the row of houses and then I called her again.

Me: "Akak dah sampai simpang tiga ni."

Hasnah: "Akak jalan terus lagi."

Me: "Errrr… terus?? Kalau terus akak masuk parit…"

Hasnah: "Eh, jap, jap! Saya tanya sepupu saya…. ohhhh…. akak belok kanan pastu teruuuuuus je sampai naik bukit, nanti nampak jalan xxx."

Boy, they sure love to use the word TERUS when giving road directions, don't they?

That was the only hiccup though. I did manage to find her house. The house looked pretty nice and quite big I must say. One look and you may think she's not poor. But she is, really.

You see, all the while after her divorce, Hasnah was supported by her mother, who, as a first generation Felda settler, got some fixed monthly income. Hasnah never really had a problem when her mother was around. But her mother unexpectedly passed away early last year at the age of 62. Just before she died, she got the house renovated by getting a loan. After her death, the monthly income from Felda had to be used to repay the loan. There was a small extension at the back of the house, which the mother made specifically for Hasnah, telling the rest of the siblings, who stay elsewhere, that should anything happen to her (the mother), the extension is for Hasnah's family.

As for the main house, for the moment Hasnah looks after the house, and would move to her own extension unit when her other siblings comes home for Raya or any family gatherings. Hasnah doesn't have to pay rent, but she still has to pay for utilities. Ever since her mother died, there were already a few times when either their water or electricity supply were about to get cut off. Hasnah really really felt the hardship since slightly more than a year ago. Her eldest brother does give her about RM200 a month, but now with a toddler in the house, that amount is not even enough for the toddler alone.

Her 3 older children are all in secondary school now, one will be sitting for his SPM this year. Hasnah has yet to pay for her eldest son's necessary fees. I told Hasnah we should have no problem helping out with her children's educational needs.

I then took out the load of groceries from my car and before I left, I gave her some cash, courtesy of friends who read my FB status update about Hasnah.

"Alhamdulillah, murah rezeki saya hari ni. Terima kasih kak."

To the donors, the terima kasih is meant for you too.


After School Gainer Japan

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 01:49 AM PDT

Quartet of Korean pop group After School members are featured on recent issue of Japanese Gainer Magazine. The eight-member girl group is going to make their official debut in Japan with a remake of their Korean song, Bang, on August 15.

After School Japanese Gainer Magazine

There's more, read the full post »

After School Gainer Japan from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Shin Se-kyung & Stonehenge Jewellery

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 01:21 AM PDT

Korean actress Shin Se-kyung's endorsement pics for Stonehenge [Kr], a domestic jewellery brand. The actress is starring as an assassin in recent movie Blue Salt

Shin Se-kyung and Stonehenge Jewellery

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Shin Se-kyung & Stonehenge Jewellery from YeinJee's Asian Blog

"Abang Pegang-pegang Manja Saja...."

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 02:49 AM PDT

Georgetown - Baru bertunang, tetapi si lelaki sudah pandai melepaskan penat lelahnya dengan melelapkan mata apabila tidur di atas bahu pasangannya.

Pengakuan itu dibuat sendiri oleh gadis berkenaan ketika sedang diperiksa penguat kuasa Jabatan Agama Islam Pulau Pinang (Jaipp) di Jalan Bayan Mutiara berhampiran Jeti Pantai Jerejak.

Pemeriksaan pada kira-kira jam 12 tengah malam itu mendapati kereta pasangan berkenaan diletakkan berhampiran dengan deretan kedai makan, namun agak tersorok di tempat gelap.

Ketika melalui jalan berkenaan, penguat kuasa Jaipp mendapati kedua-duanya yang belum berkahwin berada dalam keadaan mencurigakan dengan berdua-duaan di dalam kereta.

Selepas diminta keluar daripada kereta, kedua-duanya masih berpakaian lengkap, namun berada dalam keadaan seolah-olah selepas bangun tidur.

Gadis berkenaan yang baru sahaja berusia 22 tahun mengaku tunangnya tidur di atas bahunya sahaja, namun tidak melakukan perbuatan lain.

Penguat kuasa Jaipp kemudiannya bertanya lagi supaya dia tidak bercakap bohong dan menyebabkan kenyataannya berbeza dengan si lelaki.

"Dia tidur saja atas bahu saya sebab dia penat, kalau pegang pun, pegang-pegang manja sajalah, tidak lebih daripada itu cik,"
katanya membuat pengakuan.

Seorang penguat kuasa bertanya sama ada keluarganya tahu dia keluar sehingga lewat malam bersama tunangnya, namun kata gadis itu, ibunya tahu.

Dalam pada itu ditanya adakah ibunya tahu dia tidur di situ hingga lewat malam, gadis yang memakai baju T berwarna merah dan seluar jean itu kemudiannya menggelengkan kepala tanda ibunya tidak tahu yang dia keluar dari rumah sehingga tidur di dalam kereta.

Penguat kuasa Jaipp juga memeriksa keadaan dalam kereta dan tidak menjumpai sebarang barang mencurigakan melainkan hanya kerusi pemandu dan juga penumpang di bahagian depan yang diturunkan ke belakang.

Ketua Operasi dan Penguatkuasa Jaipp, Khairul Azman Azizan berkata, pasangan berkenaan kemudiannya diberikan notis mengikut Seksyen 29 Enakmen Kesalahan Jenayah Syariah Negeri Pulau Pinang atas kesalahan berkelakuan tidak sopan di tempat awam.

Menurutnya, jika sabit kesalahan boleh dikenakan denda sebanyak RM1,000 atau penjara enam bulan.

Hadir sama dalam operasi Ops Santai itu, Ketua Penolong Pengarah Bahagian Penguatkuasa Jaipp, Jaafar Ismail termasuk 14 penguat kuasa. -SH

Harga Emas Dunia Meningkat. Langkah Kelantan Perkenal Dinar & Dirham Bijak & Tepat.

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 11:30 PM PDT

Langkah Kerajaan Kelantan memperkenalkan Dinar dan Dirham sebagai aset untuk rakyat di negeri ini menabung merupakan jalan yang tepat apabila satu dinar yang dilancar empat tahun lalu bernilai RM323 hari ini meningkat RM809.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perancangan Ekonomi, Kewangan dan Kebajikan negeri, Datuk Husam Musa, berkata peningkatan itu merupakan sejarah dalam kenaikan harga emas dunia.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada media selepas mesyuarat exco di sini kelmarin.

Menurutnya, harga emas pasaran dunia pula hari ini meningkat kepada USD1,723 dan ianya merupakan satu sejarah dalam kenaikan harga emas.

"Mana-mana masyarakat yang sebelum ini membeli emas mendapat keuntungan yang besar dan rugi sekiranya tidak berbuat demikian bagi mereka yang mampu.

"Bagaimanapun sekarang kita masih boleh membelinya kerana ia belum terlewat memandangkan harga emas pasaran dunia akan naik lagi mencecah USD3,000," ujarnya.

Menurutnya, memandangkan kerajaan negeri menyedari perkara ini PMBK Sawit sejak awal lagi melabur sumber kewangannya di sebuah bank di negeri ini sebanyak RM1 juta.

Tambahnya, keuntungan yang diperolehi dalam tempoh lebih sebulan RM130,000.

Ketika ditanya berhubung pihak tertentu mengkritik tindakan kerajaan negeri sebelum ini, beliau berkata kritikan itu hanya kerana sentimen politik.

"Mereka mengkritik bukan kerana takut rakyat tidak akan mendapat sebarang manfaat sebaliknya kerana dendam politik terhadap kerajaan negeri yang didokongi PAS,"

Sehubungan itu, beliau menyeru masyarakat seluruhnya supaya melabur serta meningkatkan pelaburan masing-masing kerana keuntungannya bakal diperolehi lebih besar khususnya penghujung tahun ini.

Menurutnya, kejatuhan dollar Amerika yang tidak berjaya mengekang kewangan ekonominya disamping jumlah hutang yang kian banyak, akan memberi ruang kenaikan keuntungan harga emas pada masa akan datang.

Hungry ghost festival 2011

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 10:22 PM PDT

For the past 11 days, I've been going to this place, a Taoist temple along Jalan Kampung Besar which is a narrow and busy road that connects the Kulim Road to Jalan Berapit. This temple is very popular with the locals who come here to consult the medium on all matters relating to health, wealth and whatever else. The first half of August was an especially busy month for this temple as it coincided with the start of the Chinese seventh lunar month and the Hungry Ghost festival. This is the very first time that I've been involved as a somewhat reluctant participant. Long story, which I will not want to air out.

Anyway, this is a typical Hungry Ghost festival. Facing the temple was a huge paper effigy of the King of Hades. How high is it, I had asked the temple's medium. About 15 or 16 feet, he answered. What about the other one in BM town near to the Tua Pek Kong Temple? That, he said, would be something like 26 or 27 feet. Impressively large, that one always qualify as the largest effigy in the state. It has become something of a tourist attraction.

The first day I went to the temple, I noticed that some men were putting sone finishing touches to a long and thick bamboo pole. Easily, I estimated, that pole might be some 80 to a hundred feet long. These guys were preparing to hoist it up. A long of patient work but at last, they were ready.

But first, the preliminary blessings must be done by the medium. So I just stepped back and watched him go about his task with the chantings and prayers.

And finally, the bamboo pole was ready for hoisting. A lot of heaving and hoing from the guys to secure the pole to a base beside the effigy. Once that was completed, the temple was ready for its Hungry Ghost celebration.


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