Saturday, August 20, 2011

Syabas PAS! Rich vs poor: Umnoputras and cronies vs suffering rakyat! X(

Syabas PAS! Rich vs poor: Umnoputras and cronies vs suffering rakyat! X(


Syabas PAS! Rich vs poor: Umnoputras and cronies vs suffering rakyat! X(

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 09:21 AM PDT

PAS rallies urban Malays against BN under Barang Naik campaign

UPDATED @ 09:24:55 PM 20-08-2011
By Debra Chong
August 20, 2011
Mahfuz (left) handing out Protes BN flyers to a passing motorist at the Ramadan bazaar in Kampung Baru as the still recuperating Mohamad hobbles along with his walking stick. — Pictures by Jack Ooi
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 — In branding an anti-price hike campaign Protes BN, PAS aims to win over urban Malay voters feeling the pinch of inflation and bleed the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government of Bumiputera support in the coming polls.
PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu launched the campaign today in Kampung Baru, the urban Malay heartland in the shadow of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, by distributing several flyers depicting the BN's lavish lifestyle at the cost of public money.
One of them showed a caricature of a man, supposed to be Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib, tipping over with his little finger a domino block marked as "petrol" on the side to touch the next block marked "sugar" and with a number of other blocks in a close arrangement.
Another carried a picture of the prime minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor's head next to a cut diamond and the headline "Bini Najib (BN): Ro$mah yang Membazir".
Both flyers were printed with the Protes BN [this time standing for Barang Naik] logo and the slogan: "Change Now, Save Malaysia".
A Protes BN flyer depicting a caricature of the prime minister as saying 'A little raise and a huge outcry'.
Mohamad, popularly called Mat Sabu, explained that the campaign was to create awareness among the urban Malay Bumiputera community of the tie between government policies and the impact on their daily lives.
"The Malays, they are not sensitive to what goes on daily, for example, bribery, misappropriation [of money]... they grumble but not to the extent of protesting," he said in a speech.
He compared the Malays to the ethnic Chinese whom he said "knew the value of money, the value of price", as he related how Pakatan Rakyat (PR) ally DAP allegedly beat former MCA president Tan Koon Swan at the height of the latter's might in a 1986 contest.
But according to records, Tan had won the Gopeng parliamentary seat with a majority of 6,135 votes in the August 4 general election of that year.
He quit his post after being sentenced to jail for abetting in a criminal breach of trust involving Pan-Electric Industries, a Singapore-based conglomerate with a market capitalisation worth S$230 million, that collapsed in 1985 and forced both the Singapore and Malaysian stock exchanges to shut down for three days.
Mohamad said the awareness campaign was necessary because Malays are not "sensitive" and do not feel the loss of their consumer rights or their money as acutely as the ethnic Chinese.
Pokok Sena MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar, who helms the Islamist party's consumer affairs bureau, was also present and said the campaign was also taking place on Facebook.
Mahfuz said the party aims to enlist 5,000 members through Facebook in the next 10 days before the Aidilfitri celebration.
There were 154 likes on the Protes BN page at the time this article was written.
Just yesterday, Najib said that a system based fully on meritocracy would lead to inequality.
He also said focusing entirely on meritocracy would not be fair to those living in rural and suburban areas, claiming they would not be able to compete on a level playing field with their urban counterparts.
Today, the sentiment was echoed by his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who reassured unhappy Malays that safeguarding Bumiputera interests was still Putrajaya's main agenda. 
Najib's and Muhyiddin's remarks come ahead of a general election that is expected to be held within a year.
Critics have accused Najib of diluting his New Economic Model (NEM) by creating agencies like the Bumiputera Agenda Driving Unit (Teraju) and failing to focus on needs and merit-based affirmative action policies.
But government officials said the move was necessary as Bumiputera equity in the economy remained low, despite the billions doled out since the New Economic Policy (NEP) began in 1971.





How Woodstock opened my ears (Part 1)

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 07:49 AM PDT

I could have easily titled this post as "that deaf, dumb and blind boy" and get away with it. Truth be told, when I was 14 or 15 years old, I was totally naive to the world. Literally deaf, dumb and blind to everything in life. I won't talk about everything in my life but just stick to music in this post.

At that time which was around 1969 or 1970, I was already listening avidly to a lot of music and this came by courtesy of the Royal Australian Air Force which broadcast locally from Butterworth to their large base of Australian servicemen and their families. (1445kHz on the AM band.) The music wasn't totally the mainstream pop which was played over Radio Malaysia's English Service or Redifusion. I found the pop music over RAAF Radio edgier and I grew to appreciate it.

Because of RAAF Radio, I had always suspected that my musical preferences at that time were already diverging from the mainstream pop music enjoyed by my contemporaries at school. But by and large, I was still very naive. My tastes might have stood me out different from my crowd but upon reflection now, I was not really that much different from them at that age.

It was not until the Chinese New Year of 1971, I think, that I began having a very slightly wider perspective of music. A few days prior to the celebrations, my father had brought back this triple album from his friend's record shop. Woodstock, the title said.

I put it on the record player and gave it its first spin. (We were still using the old Pye radiogram that came with a Gerrard record player as a standard accessory. No stereophonic sounds then; everything that we listened to was in glorious monaural.)


Frankly and unsurprisingly, I didn't take an immediate liking to the album. There I was, being exposed to the new (in 1971, they were new to me) sounds of folk, blues, soul and rock music for the first time, and I wasn't impressed much. The names of many of the singers and the bands were mostly alien to me. Okay, so over the radio I've listened to Joe Cocker and The Band and The Who, or at my friend's house I've listened to Joan Baez and Crosby Stills Nash and Young, but performers like Richie Havens or John B Sebastian or Country Joe McDonald? Who were they? Butterfield Blues Band? Come again? Boy, did I have a lot to learn!

So after the Chinese New Year break, my father, sensing my seemingly lack of enthusiasm with the album, returned it to the record store. That was the end of my short-lived association with the Woodstock records.

To be continued....


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Pegawai SKMM Sudahlah Aju Soalan Bodoh, Berlagak Samseng Pula

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 09:52 AM PDT

Soal siasat SKMM: Jurugambar Suara Keadilan diaju soalan 'bodoh'

KUALA LUMPUR: Yuisriah Yusof (gambar), Ketua Jurugambar Suara Keadilan – sebuah akhbar rasmi KEADILAN, berdepan pelbagai soalan tidak munasabah dan 'bodoh' sepanjang Suruhanjaya Komunikasi Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) mengambil keterangannya.

"Adakah patut SKMM tanya: Adakah kamu yang muat naik gambar dalam portal Malaysian Insider? Adakah gambar itu diubah suai?

"Saya jawab, kerja saya hanya tangkap gambar, tidak tahu nak adobe (ubah suai)," katanya yang tidak mahir menggunakan photoshop, malah komputernya juga tidak ada perisian itu.

Beliau ditanya kira-kira lapan soalan ketika memberi keterangan di pejabat SKMM di sini, petang ini ditemani peguam dari Lawyer For Liberty (LFL), Fadiah Nadwa Fikri.

Yuisriah atau lebih mesra dipanggil Kak Yuis dipanggil SKMM kerana membantu siasatan berhubung gambar kecederaan pengawal peribadi Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Fayyadh Afiq Albakqry.


Pada Himpunan Bersih 2.0 pada 9 Julai lalu, Fayyadh cedera teruk di muka dan hancur tulang pipi selepas terkena kanistes gas pemedih mata di laluan bawah KL Sentral.

Lima plat besi terpaksa dimasukkan di tulang pipi Fayyadh manakala Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam Khalid Samad yang turut berada di lokasi sama, pula cedera di kepala hingga menerima enam jahitan.

Gambar kecederaan Fayyadh yang berlumuran darah dan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yang cedera, sempat dirakam Yuisriah yang membuat liputan di kawasan itu sebelum tersebar luas di internet.

Ketika ditemui di lobi pejabat itu, Fadiah menyatakan kekecewaannya dengan gelagat pegawai penyiasat SKMM kerana mengugutnya keluar dari bilik siasatan sedangkan beliau ada tanggungjawap terhadap anak guamnya.

"Apabila saya masuk ke dalam, sua pegawai itu menjerit, suruh keluar. Mereka ugut mahu panggil polis tapi bila saya tanya nama, mereka cuma kata – jangan bercakap soal undang-undang.

"Ini melanggar undang-undang dan mengancam saya selaku peguam. Saya kecewa kerana tidak menghormati saya sebagai peguam," katanya. -KD


'MCMC officers behaved like thugs'

LFL lawyer is outraged over MCMC's insinuation that it is above the law.

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) today questioned a journalist over a picture she had taken during the Bersih 2.0 rally.

But according to Lawyers For Liberty (LFL) coordinator, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri (pic), the officials had behaved like thugs in their intimidation and harassment of both her and her client.

Fadiah had accompanied her client, Yusriah Yusof, a photographer with opposition mouthpiece Suara Keadilan, to the MCMC headquarters earlier this afternoon.

Yusriah was being questioned over her picture of Anwar Ibrahim's bodyguard, Fayyadh Afiq Albakqry, taken after he was hit in the face with a tear gas canister while shielding Anwar.

The picture of his bloodied face were among the many circulated online in the aftermath of the rally as evidence of police brutality.

When the investigating officer (IO) met them at the entrance, Fadiah introduced herself and said that she was accompanying her client into the investigation room. The IO denied her entry and an argument ensued.

"He said that lawyers were not allowed to be present during the questioning," she told FMT. "I told him that under the Federal Constitution my client had the right to have her lawyer present and asked him what his basis was in disallowing that right."

"I even asked him why she was being questioned and whether there was a report made against her. The IO said of course there is a report but he wasn't going to divulge it to me."

When Fadiah pointed out that even the police released reports to lawyers, the IO apparently shot back, "That is the police, we are MCMC."

Shouting match

He, however, eventually reluctantly allowed Fadiah into the investigation room but then told her that he wanted to take her statement too.

"I refused and told him that I am merely accompanying my client and I'm not the party under investigation," she said. "We continued arguing until he shouted 'you're a Malay, right? you're a Muslim, right?… stop asking questions!'"

"I told him not to bring religion into this and to respect the law. He shouted back that if I wanted to talk about the law then I should go to the court because this was his office and he didn't want to talk about it."

Before a stunned Fadiah could respond, two more officers entered the room and shouted to her to leave. While she argued with them, the IO began taking Yusriah's statement, disregarding the photographer's obvious distress.

"I turned my back on the two and focus on my client," Fadiah said. "These men were in the baju Melayu complete with the sampin and they were behaving like thugs. They were talking like the law didn't apply to them."

"I am shocked by MCMC's arrogance and ignorance. Even when they called my client in for questioning they never sent her an official notice. Just a casual phone call."

The two officers threatened to lodge a police report against her, but when she she asked for their names in return, they replied that she had no right to know as she was in their office.

Fadiah added that the line of questioning was to determine the authenticity of the picture and if copies had been distributed to other publications.

"It was obvious that they want to send out a warning that the public and journalists who take and distribute such pictures will be hauled in for quesitioning," she said.

"It is pure harassment of journalists, particularly my client because they couldn't even tell her the basis of the investigation or what law she had breached."

Yusriah is the first journalist to be questioned over this picture. The Suara Keadilan editor is expected to be called in next as are the other media that have published the image. -FMT


Ulasan GB

Semakin hari semakin banyak kisah pegawai-pegawai dari agensi-agensi penguatkuasa undang-undang samada polis, SPRM dan kini SKMM (Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia) berlagak samseng dan merasakan dia paling berkuasa di dalam negara ini.

Keganasan mereka yang tahapnya binatang sudah tidak terbendung lagi semenjak akhir-akhir ini.

Ini adalah akibat dari sistem pemerintahan yang bobrok dan kacau bilau - dan ia perlu dihentikan sesegera mungkin sebelum rakyat menjadi mangsa kerakusan pihak yang terlibat.

Saya ingin ulangi, jika PR memerintah, mereka ini tidak akan dilepaskan lagi... ke lubang cacing kita akan cari!




Woot! Oxford is keeping up with the times. Retweet, sexting officially words!

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 07:24 AM PDT

Woot! Retweet and sexting enter the dictionary

"Retweet", "sexting" and "cyberbullying" are officially words, according to the latest edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary. 

Woot! Retweet and sexting enter the dictionary
Photo: PHIL COBURN
11:33AM BST 18 Aug 2011



MCMC – STOP MONKEYING AROUND

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 06:56 AM PDT

Did any of you saw the video of an argument that ensued between lawyer Fadiah Natwa Fikri ( a lawyer representing Lawyers for Liberty) and an uncouth MCMC officer (he deserve to called one) in front of the MCMC headquarters recently?

Fadiah Natwa was merely acting as a lawyer for Suara Keadilan's Yusriah Yusof who was summoned to MCMC for a statement over a photograph she took of a bloodied bodyguard of Anuar Ibrahim, injured in the face after being hit by a police teargas canister during the Bersih rally. The photograph was widely circulated online in the alternative media, but absolutely nothing appeared in the MSM, for a very simple reason i.e. that a photograph like this is bad publicity for the police.

If one were to listen to the subsequent explanation given by Fadiah Natwa to reporters as to how she and Yusriah had to tolerate the aggressive and arrogant MCMC officers conducting the interview on Yusiah, one wouldn't believe these are officers of our most distinguished civil service. If what was described by Fadiah was true, then I think they (MCMC officers) were all poorly trained public servants and do not deserve to be salaried at public expense. This is a poor reflection of officers of the government that has brought shame and disrepute to the entire civil service and the government, and if nothing is done to remedy this, the public will continue to lose faith and confidence in MCMC as well as the government. I do not know how the MCMC Minister will react to this, but I suppose he would just regard this incident as something trivial.

And having seen this incident, I am not at all surprise that such insolent and aggressive culture of our civil servants has permeated some other department of the government as well, notably the police and MACC. I'll stick by my argument that namely these two departments and now including the MCMC need a complete revamp from 'head to toe', for civil society no longer have any respect for them.

The decision taken by MCMC to act on Yusiah for a mere photograph raises a lot of questions. What offence has Yusiah breached by taking the photograph? Is it because Yusiah is a photographer for Suara Keadilan that makes the photo taking an offence? Had the photo taken by the MSM, would MCMC act the way they did on Yusiah? I do not think so because the MCMC officers are good and loyal servants of the government and they would not have bothered with an interview. This smack of stupidity, ignorance and sheer arrogance of power of some low level government officials who think they can do what they wish, to the extent of exerting their will on an innocent lady photographer. If indeed the Suara Keadilan lady photographer has committed an offence that is punishable by law, then launch a police report. I am now beginning to wonder who instructed the MCMC officers to conduct an interview on Yusiah. Or does MCMC think they are law in themselves?

To you Fadiah Natwa, I salute you for your stand against those MCMC male aggressors.
And to Yusiah Yusof, the photo makes good publicity during GE 13. Keep it up.


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And the Winner Is?

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 06:52 AM PDT

On Aug 9, MAS and AirAsia had entered into a collaboration agreement to establish a framework to explore the possibilities of mutual co-operation. With that Tune Air Sdn Bhd, jointly owned by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and Datuk Aziz Bakar, gets 20 per cent share of the national airline. Many have expressed their fears that the merger might lead to less competition and higher airfares to consumers.

On the surface, it can appear as if Tony Fernandes is the winner of this development since AirAsia is directly competing with MAS. During the times when MAS was in the red, AirAsia was reaping profits.

Will the share swap will enable MAS to rise again as a premium airline? It is common knowledge that MAS has been in the red for the past few quarters. Was it necessary for Putrajaya to intervene to help MAS? In 2002, BinaFikir consultancy, then led by Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar, (currently managing director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, MAS's ultimate main shareholder) had its books cleaned up in 2002 under the wide asset unbundling (WAU) exercise.

Since that WAU exercise, MAS had two rights issues since the WAU, raking in RM1.6 billion in 2007 and RM2.67 billion in 2010 to fund its operations and fleet purchases.

In reality, there was a turnaround from 2006-2008. In December 2006, Datuk Seri Idris Jala and his management team joined MAS and took a few drastic measures including:
  • the sale of the iconic MAS building in the heart of Kuala Lumpur
  • the sale of the Four Seasons hotel in Langkawi
Bear in mind that at that time, MAS  had little other assets to sell. Earlier in 2003, it had already sold all its aircraft much  to Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad (PMB) under the widespread asset unbundling (WAU) exercise.

If not for that move, MAS would have had cash flow problems. MAS at that time had little other assets to sell, having sold all its aircraft much earlier in 2003 to Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad (PMB) under the widespread asset unbundling (WAU) exercise — way before Datuk Seri Idris came into the picture.

Eventually, the share price of MAS improved and some sang glorious songs praising Idris for helping MAS to turnaround.

The 2004/2005 MAS annual report said:

Malaysia Airlines' total revenue in 2004/2005 improved by RM2.6 billion to RM11.4
billion due primarily to the record 24 per cent increase in international passenger
traffic growth of 1.7 million passengers and a 21 per cent increase in cargo tonnage flown. International passenger revenue grew by 29 per cent to RM7.9 billion while cargo revenue increased by 44 per cent to RM2.4 billion.
These statistics differ from that of Wikipedia:

1. Prior to the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997, the airline suffered losses of as much as RM 260 million after earning a record-breaking RM319 million profit in the financial year 1996/1997. The airline then introduced measures to bring its P&L back into the black. For the financial year 1999/2000, the airline cut its losses from RM700 million in the year 1998/1999 to RM259 million. However, the airline plunged into further losses in the following year, amounting to RM417 million in FY2000/2001 and RM836 million in FY2001/2002. With these losses, the airline cut many unprofitable routes, such as Brussels, Darwin, Honolulu, Madrid, Munich and Vancouver. The airline recovered from its losses in the year 2002/2003. It achieved its then-highest profit in the year 2003/2004, totaling RM461 million.

2. In 2005, Malaysia Airlines reported a loss of RM1.3 billion. Revenue for the financial period was up by 10.3% or RM826.9 million, compared to the same period for 2004, driven by a 10.2% growth in passenger traffic. International passenger revenue increased by RM457.6 million or 8.4%, to RM5.9 billion, while cargo revenue decreased by RM64.1 million or 4.2%, to RM1.5 billion. Costs increased by 28.8% or RM2.3 billion, amounting to a total of RM 10.3 billion, primarily due to escalating fuel prices. Other cost increases included staff costs, handling and landing fees, aircraft maintenance and overhaul charges, Widespread Assets Unbundling (WAU) charges and leases.

A former MAS staff Song Eu Jun had this to say:

While the sale of the MAS building was a necessary pain, it merely bought a few extra months for Datuk Seri Idris and team to stem the flow of the cash bleed.


From a profitability point of view, MAS was also heavily in the red. Annualised, MAS lost RM1.7 billion in 2005. In Datuk Seri Idris' first year on the job, he reduced the losses to RM133m and turned the company back into the black with a record profit of RM853m in 2007.


The profit in 2007 was the highest in MAS's corporate history and was earned through massive operational cost reduction of RM745 million as well as on the back of record revenues of RM9.4 billion. The profit numbers were real as reflected in the cash balance at that time of RM5.3 billion which had grown from RM1.5 billion at the end of 2005 when Datuk Seri Idris joined MAS. One may doubt the accounting, but you cannot window-dress cash in the bank.


It was not a result of asset sale, which was realised in 2006, it was not a result of creative accounting (there were no accounting policy changes or one-off profits in 2007).


It was achieved through changes introduced by the management team, by cutting ridiculously unprofitable routes, reducing operational cost and increasing yields (the price of the ticket per kilometre travelled).


Other drastic actions such as the Mutual Separation Scheme (MSS), reducing the staff force from 23,000 to 19,500, were needed. However, while the staff reduction amounted to approximately 15 per cent of staff force, the largest single staff reduction by a GLC, the reality is that with a 60-year old behemoth like MAS, cultural changes will take years to happen. If at all!


So if the turnaround was achieved then, why does MAS find itself in the position it is now?
Song Eu Jin opined that it is because of Datuk Seri Idris' premature departure to start anew as CEO of Pemandu - a move which he lamented was truly a loss for Malaysia Airlines at a critical period for MAS which was facing increasingly volatile fuel prices and capital commitments in the form of new aircraft. (You can read my post on this topic HERE.)

By the time the new CEO, Tengku Datuk Azmil too over,  he faced the return to the pre-turnaround culture at MAS. It is reported that almost all of the management team which Datuk Seri Idris brought in to turn around the airline have since left the company, the last being Datuk Bernard Francis who left merely a month before the recent changes at MAS. Tengku Datuk Azmil Zaharudin lost his job the day on the day of the merger (Aug. 9th) but will join Khazanah as an executive director effective September 12, 2011.

Some argue that what Idris Jala did was to dump the assets of MAS including selling the MAS building and some old air crafts for liquidity and to improve cash flow. By doing so, the inflow from the sales of those assets would be greater than the operational loses. Then, the accounts would no longer be bleeding red. Such a move is only short-term because eventually, when there were no more assets to be stripped, the accounts were in the red again.

What about the MAS building in London? Did they ever try to sell that building? Does it belong to MAS? If it does not, who is the rightful owner and is MAS paying rental?

Clearly, solutions used in the past were mainly financial in nature to keep the airline in the black. A former staff expressed here that operational fixes are needed.

The Malaysian Insider recently featured an article written by Datuk Rashid Khan (commercial director, Malaysia Airlines when he retired in 2010) on the MAS turnaround. He said that the MAS turnaround received many commendations from international airline organisations. The MAS share price was at a historic high during Idris' tenure. The MAS turnaround story was even featured as a MBA case study by Harvard University.

He acknowledged the relentless support of 19,000 + MAS employees who were dedicated and committed during Idris' tenure. The blood, sweat and tears of MAS people and Idris Jala's leadership made the difference. So the question that remains is, why did the government pluck Idris Jala out of that rosy scenario to be replanted in a new role - a move which has seen how things for MAS went downhill from there?

On August 11th, The Malaysian Insider reported that Putrajaya has directed all government-linked companies, including Malaysia Airlines and the national debt restructuring company Danaharta, to cease all civil suits against Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli, the former chairman of the national carrier and protege of Tun Daim Zainuddin. Tajuddin, who is facing millions in legal claims for allegedly causing MAS to suffer losses in excess of RM8 billion during his tenure, had made a whopping RM13 billion counter-claim. 

Past experiences have show that the government has been mollycoddling MAS by providing all sort of protections for the company and bailing it out instead of letting the national airline run as a corporate entity - independently and competitively!

The company is said to be using old aircraft that are fuel guzzlers thereby increasing operation costs. If this is true, MAS should really try its best to work efficiently via  lower fuel efficiency to reduce wastage. Other operational costs such as on board catering should be reduced so profit margins can increase.

In The Star today, Sarawak Tourism Board chief executive Datuk Rashid Khan expressed concerns that flights to the state could be reduced following the share-swap deal between Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Air Asia. A former MAS commercial director, Rashid said that when there is rationalisation or reforms, something will inevitably have to go. He feared that Firefly, MAS' affordable sub-carrier launched two years ago, might be asked to pull out or reduce flights to destinations operated by Air Asia as well. Air Asia is likely to dominate in negotiations on the development of the low-cost aviation segment, since it was more successful in the segment.

For MAS to improve, it needs to revamp the entire operational system and improve in all areas without depending on government protections or bailouts any more.  It is only when MAS can perform and operate competitively that it will and make a real profit.

So far, have they really sought out the creme de la creme to run the company or have there other 'requirements' that were of priority? One wonders why Idris Jala was plucked out of MAS at a time when the had been instrumental in achieving a turnaround for MAS. And one wonders why Air Asia and MAS made the collaborative agreement.




Ultimately, who is the winner and the loser in this game? Only time will tell.


Further reading:

1. Mr. Jahabar Sadiq, Editor of The Malaysian Insider wrote a very good analysis here where he considered who really wins in the swap.

2. MAS turnaround story was real by Rashid Hassan

3. The MAS business turnaround by Song Eu Jun

4. When politicians plot, public gets shafted by Mariam Mokhtar

5. Heads I Win, Tails You Lose!

6. MAS profit down on higher fuel costs

7. Is MAS still EMAS?

8. The MAS Scandal


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Warren Buffett says, "Tax me more!": The super-rich pay LOWER tax rates!

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 05:22 AM PDT

The Truth-O-Meter Says:
Buffett

The "mega-rich" pay about 15 percent in taxes, while the middle class "fall into the 15 percent and 25 percent income tax brackets, and then are hit with heavy payroll taxes to boot."

Warren Buffett on Sunday, August 14th, 2011 in a "New York Times" op-ed

Warren Buffett says the super-rich pay lower tax rates than others

True
It's not often you see someone stand up and say, "Tax me more!"
Yet that's just what famed investor Warren Buffett has done in an op-ed in the New York Times headlined, "Stop Coddling the Super-Rich." Buffett says that very wealthy people like himself pay lower tax rates than the middle class, thanks to special tax categories for investment income.



Wither future of Petaling Street??

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 03:14 AM PDT

This is an appeal which has just appeared on facebook. It warrants reproducing it in full on my blog so that non-facebook readers can be aware of this plight. This issue is with regard to the federal government's acquisition of land in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown for the MRT project, done without warning or consultation with the people whose lives will be most affected by the decision. What distresses me is that the acquisition will lead to the destruction of Chinatown, one of the very few remaining heritage areas in Kuala Lumpur.

Obviously, the government is showing that it is impervious to the hardship of the people as it bulldozes its way through and at the same time, demonstrates that it cares even less for the preservation of cultural heritage. Here then is the facebook appeal:


Pre-war shoplots on Jalan Petaling & Jalan Sultan, some of which are more than a century old, are at risk of being demolished to make way for an underground MRT line. Acquisition notices were also served to business owners, which came as a shock because there was no prior consultation or correspondence from the government. As a result, a famous Malaysian tourist landmark known all over the world is now in danger of having its landscape changed forever.
Most of us have been here for decades, some close to a century even. Generation after generation, we have toiled, worked and preserved this place and made it into what it is today.
Soon, Yook Woo Hin where KL residents will fondly remember stopping by for a 'pau' or Chinese steamed bun on the way to school, Kwong Fook Wing the tailor who made coats for many notable dignitaries and the quaint and rustic Lok Ann Hotel which has been in business since 1957 will be no more.
We are not against development, in fact the MRT line will make it even easier for foreign tourists and Malaysians alike to visit Jalan Petaling and Jalan Sultan. We are however against the arbitrary acquisition of the property where we've been operating our businesses in for years. The line runs underground anyway so we do not see why the acquisition exercise is even required in the first place. We just want to make a living here in this place we quite literally call home. Please help support our cause to raise awareness about our plight! Thank you!
So this is the full appeal. You can click here to go to the facebook page and when you are there, click on the Like link to support the cause.


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Stripping Tony Pua naked

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 05:03 AM PDT


Looks like Tony Pua got nowhere to hide. He is being stripped naked, layer after layer. His wrongdoings are being exposed.

I guess stopthelies must be someone who is or used to be very close to Tony Pua. Otherwise, the blog owner would not be able to detail out Tony's fraudulence.

For thing, he used to cheat the government.

Who's government? Pak Lah's!

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Jari Kaki Saya Pun Ketawa Dengar SPR Kata Kesilapan Hanya 0.0001% - Lateefa

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 07:25 AM PDT

Pemimpin PKR mencemuh dakwaan pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof yang membuat kenyataan bahawa margin kesilapan dalam daftar pemilih hanya 0.0001 peratus daripada jumlah 12.4 juta pengundi berdaftar.

"Jari kaki saya pun ketawa," kata pengerusi hal ehwal undang-undang PKR, Latheefa Koya,dengan nada yang tidak ceria.

Sekiranya dakwaan Abdul Aziz itu adalah benar, ini bermakna hanya 12.4 pengundi yang terjejas.

Apabila dibandingkan dengan senarai panjang kes-kes yang dikeluarkan oleh pihak PKR, PAS dan DAP, telah menunjukkan beribu-ribu pengundi terlibat. Exco Kelantan, Husam Musa turut menunjukkan bukti 100,000 pekerja asing yang diberi kewarganegaraan sebagai pertukaran mengundi BN. Kenyataan ketua SPR ini jelas kelihatan bodoh dan defensif.

Serangan senjata terbaik

Pada sidang media di Putrajaya, Aziz telah memutuskan bahawa serangan adalah pertahanan yang terbaik, dan bermula dengan memberi amaran agar Bersih jangan "mengacukan pistol" di kepalanya. Beliau berkata SPR bersedia untuk mempertimbangkan tuntutan Bersih tetapi berhak untuk tidak melaksanakan 8 langkah reformasi pilihan raya itu.

"Saya memberitahu mereka agar jangan berbuat demikian (meletakkan pistol di kepalanya). Anda boleh mencadangkan apa-apa dan beberapa cadangan mungkin kita persetujui dan mungkin juga tidak. Tetapi jangan harapkan kita untuk bersetuju dengan kesemuanya, "kata Abdul Aziz pada hari Jumaat.

"Walaupun bilangannya agak kecil, hanya 0.0001 peratus berbanding dengan 12.4 juta, tetapi kita tetap membersihkannya setiap hari. Bersih melaporkan di media satu atau dua kes, dan mereka membuat ia seolah-olah seperti tiga perempat daripada keseluruhan adalah kotor . Walaubagaimanapun, bilangan sebenar adalah sangat kecil ".

Beliau juga cuba menyangkal aduan yang penyelenggaraan rekod SPR adalah sangat lemah. Pelbagai kelemahan dalam daftar pemilih telah ditemui dan dilaporkan, termasuk pengundi dengan dua identiti, seorang pengundi yang salah dinamakan sebagai 'Kg Baru dan pengundi dengan nombor MyKad yang tidak wujud.

"Kita hanyalah manusia, dan kita boleh membuat kesilapan.Wartawan juga kadang-kadang melaporkan berita yang salah. Hal yang sama dengan kerani saya. Janganlah terus mengetengahkan perkara sebegini, ia tidak adil ," kata Aziz.

Beliau kemudiannya menawarkan untuk "membersihkan" daftar pemilih bersama-sama, akan tetapi tidak ramai yang mengambil serius komen-komennya.

Pemimpin PKR bersetuju bahawa manusia memang mudah melakukan kesilapan, tetapi mereka menegur kerana kesombonganAbdul Aziz. Kalau bukan kerana kes yang timbul minggu lalu, beliau dan SPR akan terus bertegas bahawa daftar pemilih tidak perlukan pengauditan.

Pakatan mungkin akan boikot PSC

Abdul Aziz juga berkata suruhanjaya itu mengalu-alukan cadangan jawatankuasa parlimen reformasi itu dan mengatakan bahawa dia akan bertemu dengan Nazri Aziz, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri untuk membincangkan hal itu pada Isnin depan.

Walau bagaimanapun, PSC telah dikritik sebagai salah satu lagi taktik melambat-lambatkan, dan kemungkinan Pakatan Rakyat tidak akan mengisi 3 kerusi yang ditawarkan pada panel yang terdiri daripada 9 ahli itu.

Bersih sebelum ini telah mencadangkan PSC untuk dijadikan sebagai Suruhanjaya Diraja Siasatan terhadap reformasi pilihan raya di Malaysia dan mahu "istilah-rujukan" untuk jawatankuasa itu disediakan dalam tempoh setahun selepas penubuhannya.

Ia juga menegaskan bahawa tidak ada sebab untuk SPR tidak melaksanakan tuntutan terhadap 8 perkara asas itu dengan serta-merta.

Sementara itu, PAS ingin menawarkan satu cadangan balas kepada PSC yang dianngap tidak memuaskan hati ramai pihak disebabkan komposisinya adalah tidak adil dan juga tidak melibatkan Bersih. Pemimpin-pemimpin PAS mahu jawatankuasa itu untuk menjadi satu jawatankuasa bukan Parlimen dan melibatkan badan-badan lain termasuk Majlis Peguam dan NGO. - Malaysia Chronicle

SPR dakwa kesilapan daftar pemilih hanya 0.0001%

Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof hari ini mengakui memang terdapat kesilapan dalam daftar pemilih tetapi mendakwa ia cuma mewakili hanya 0.0001 peratus daripada sejumlah 12.4 juta pengundi berdaftar.

"Meskipun jumlahnya kecil, hanya 0.0001 peratus berbanding 12.4 juta, tetapi kita masih membersihkannya setiap hari," katanya pada sidang akhbar di ibu pejabat SPR di Putrajaya hari ini.

Abdul Aziz mengulas laporan media mengenai kesilapan yang terdapat dalam daftar pemilih termasuk pengundi yang mempunyai dua identiti, seorang pengundi yang diberikan nama 'Kg Baru' dan pengundi dengan nombor MyKad yang tidak wujud.

"Kita manusia, kita semua buat kesilapan... wartawan juga kadang-kadang buat laporan salah. Sama juga dengan kerani saya... Tolong jangan tonjolkan (kesilapan kami), ini tidak adil."

Beliau juga membidas pihak pembangkang dan media Internet kerana memperbesar-besarkan apa yang didakwanya sebagai "kesilapan kecil".

"Harap-harap mereka yang berminat membersihkan daftar pemilih bersama kami - PAS dan satu lagi yang selalu hubungi kami - Malaysiakini, saya tidak tahu sama ada kamu (wartawan Malaysiakini) ada di sini atau tidak - jika kamu ada perangkaannya, sila hantar kepada kami supaya kami dapat mengesahkannya. Kenapa tidak kita bersama membersihkannya (daftar pemilih)?

"Tetapi (sebaliknya) mereka laporkan di media, satu atau dua kes dan mereka memperbesar-besarkannya, menjadikan seolah-olah tiga perempat daftar pemilih itu kotor ; tetapi jumlah sebenar amat kecil," kata Abdul Aziz. -mk



Pilihanraya Tak Tunggu PSC, Rakyat Semakin Sangsi Tujuan Sebenar Najib

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 04:05 AM PDT

PSC : Kenyataan Terbaru Najib Buat PR Makin Sangsi

KUALA LUMPUR 20 OGOS : Pendekatan yang diambil oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dalam keghairahannya membawa penambahbaikan sistem pilihan raya ,hari demi hari menimbulkan tanda tanya di kalangan ahli Pakatan Rakyat akan sejauh mana keikhlasan penubuhan Jawatankuasa Khas Parlimen (PSC) itu.

Hal ini kerana, Najib dalam kenyataan terbarunya berkata, parlimen boleh dibubarkan pada bila-bila masa sahaja tanpa perlu menunggu PSC.

Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat antaranya yang nyata terkilan dengan kenyataan terbaru Najib itu.

"Sejauh mana kesungguhan Barisan Nasional untuk penambahbaikan pilihan raya jika kenyataan yang tidak berapa cerdik ini dikeluarkan?
," Nik Aziz dipetik sebagai berkata.

Najib petang semalam memberitahu pilihan raya umum ke-13 boleh diadakan bila-bila masa dan tidak akan bergantung pada prosiding jawatankuasa pilihan khas parlimen yang dibentuk untuk membincangkan isu-isu berkaitan dengan pilihan raya.

Bagaimanapun kata perdana menteri, oleh kerana jawatankuasa itu akan terbubar dengan sendiri bersama pembubaran parlimen, apa sahaja pembaharuan yang boleh dilaksanakan akan diadakan terlebih dahulu.

"Pilihan raya boleh diadakan bila-bila masa, tiada apa-apa kaitan dengan jawatankuasa pilihan khas parlimen. Ada perkara yang boleh dijalankan lebih awal," kata beliau selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat Majlis Tertinggi Umno semalam.

Sementara mandat semasa parlimen akan berakhir April 2013, sesetengah pihak berpandangan bahawa jawatankuasa itu memerlukan tempoh satu tahun untuk menyiapkan laporannya.

Jawatankuasa itu akan dibentuk Oktober ini.

Rabu lalu, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz berkata, jawatankuasa khas itu akan dianggotai oleh sembilan orang dengan pengerusinya merupakan seorang menteri.

Turut melahirkan pendirian yang sama ialah Timbalan Presiden DAP Kebangsaan, Dr Tan Seng Giaw yang meminta Najib menjelaskan sebab Kabinetnya mengesyorkan pembentukan jawatankuasa pilihan khas pada sesi Parlimen Oktober ini jika beliau berhasrat mahu memanggil pilihan raya umum bila-bila masa.

"Rakyat Malaysia tertanya-tanya dengan apa yang dimaksudkan oleh Perdana Menteri apabila beliau mengatakan kerajaan akan berusaha untuk melaksanakan syor-syor dikemukakan oleh jawatankuasa sebelum pilihan raya.

"Sebaik sahaja jawatankuasa itu diluluskan oleh Parlimen pada sesi Oktober ini, ia akan mengambil masa, kemungkinan enam bulan atau lebih sebelum ia boleh memberi syor-syor dan undang-undang pilihan raya dipinda dan dilaksanakan," kata Dr Tan yang juga ahli parlimen Kepong.

Oleh itu soal beliau, jika Najib mengisytiharkan pilihan raya umum awal, bagaimana syor-syor jawatankuasa pilihan khas ini boleh dilaksanakan.

Tak Perlu Tunggu PSC, Pilihan Raya Boleh Pada Bila-Bila Masa Pun-PM

KUALA LUMPUR 20 0G0S : Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak memberitahu pilihan raya umum boleh diadakan pada bila-bila masa sahaja dan ia tidak berikat kepada keputusan yang dibuat oleh Jawatankuasa Khas Parlimen (PSC) mengenai penambahbaikan pilihan raya.

Namun katanya, kerajaan akan cuba melaksanakan sebarang cadangan penambahbaikan yang dibuat oleh jawatankuasa itu sebelum pilihan raya umum.
"Kami akan cuba, pasti ada sesuatu yang boleh dilakukan dengan kadar segera, sesuatu yang mungkin akan mengambil sedikit masa. Jadi, apa yang kita boleh lakukan dengan segera, kita akan lakukannya dengan segera," katanya dalam sidang media selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat Majlis Tertinggi Umno di Menara Dato'Onn semalam.

Najib yang juga presiden Umno berkata bentuk-bentuk penambahbaikan pilihan raya akan dibincangkan dan ditentukan oleh semua wakil parti-parti politik yang menyertai jawatankuasa tersebut.

Najib juga memberitahu, jawatankuasa itu hanya akan diketuai oleh parti majoriti dan bukannya pembangkang.

Beliau juga berkata pengagihan jumlah wakil jawatankuasa secara sama rata seperti yang dituntut oleh pembangkang juga tidak akan dipertimbangkan kerana ia bergantung kepada kekuatan sesuatu parti.

Minggu lalu, Pakatan Rakyat mengemukakan tujuh syarat untuk menyokong jawatankuasa itu antaranya ia mestilah diketuai oleh parti pembangkang.

Pengarah Stretegi PKR, Rafizi Ramli berkata, tujuan utama Pakatan mahu meletakkan wakilnya untuk mengetuai jawatankuasa mengenai reformasi pilihan raya itu adalah untuk mengelakkan sebarang manipulasi oleh parti pemerintah.

"Kalau jawatankuasa itu diketuai oleh Umno atau orang yang rapat dengan pimpinan kerajaan sekarang, sudah tentu ada risiko (iaitu) agenda jawatankuasa tersebut disalahguna untuk melengah-lengahkan dan juga memberi kelebihan (kepada Umno-BN)," katanya ketika dihubungi Tv Selangor minggu lalu.

Menurut Rafizi, kesangsian terhadap ketelusan Najib semakin meningkat apabila perdana menteri itu gagal mengotakan janjinya terhadap tuntutan rakyat untuk berkumpul di Stadium Merdeka ketika himpunan Bersih 9 Julai lalu.

Malah beliau turut menyatakan kekhuatirannya sekiranya jawatankuasa 'dwi-partisan' itu nanti hanya bertujuan untuk meredakan kemarahan rakyat yang sedang memuncak terhadap Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) walhal berniat melengah-lengahkan reformasi pilihan raya.

"Rakyat mahukan jawapan dan tindakan daripada mereka (kerajaan). Jadi saya rasa Najib sekurang-kurangnya perlu memberi tindakbalas. Tapi tindakbalas yang bagaimana? Kalau ianya hanya pengumuman, kemudian tidak ada tindakan konkrit dan melangkah ke pilihan raya umum tanpa melakukan perubahan yang dituntut oleh Bersih.




Ulasan GB

GB sudah ulas sebentar tadi di SINI. Petikan:

Bukankah kenyataan Najib di atas satu BUKTI NYATA bahawa Najib itu seorang pendusta dan penubuhan J/P Khas Pilihanraya yang diwarwarkan sebelumnya adalah satu sandiwara semasa?

Jika pilihanraya ke 13 hendak diadakan juga sebelum J/K Khas Pilihanraya menghabiskan siasatan dan cadangannya, apa erti pilihanraya ke 13 itu yang nantinya masih penuh dengan penipuan dan penyelewengan?

Apakah nanti apabila Najib melihat J/K yang bersidang sudah menemui penipuan dan penyelewengan terutama di Parlimen Pekan sendiri, maka cepat-cepat pilihanraya dipanggil?

Setakat mana kuasa J/K Khas itu pun masih kabur? Apakah hanya terhad kepada mengutarakan cadangan-cadangan perbaikan tanpa sebarang kuasa pendakwaan? Jika demikian padamkan saja hasrat penubuhannya.



MBPJ To Offer Technical Advice To MAHB On Disability

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 01:33 AM PDT

Disabled group insists on aerobridge at new KLIA2 terminalBy ISABELLE LAI, The StarKUALA LUMPUR: A group of disabled individuals has voiced its strong disagreement with Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd's (MAHB) decision not to install aerobridges at the new KLIA2 terminal.

At a gathering held at Bangsar LRT station, they insisted that aerobridges were essential for safe boarding and


Chemical Analysis of Woman

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 01:30 AM PDT

Earlier today, I put up a post on Wives followed by one on Chemical Analysis of Man.
Here's another one on Chemical Analysis of Woman that TO sent me. I am posting it for the same of humor with no intention to offend or to insult anyone. Have a nice day.



Terbukti, Betapa Teruknya Polis Malaysia, Bangla Pun Dirompaknya!

Posted: 20 Aug 2011 09:20 AM PDT

Lima anggota polis berpangkat konstabel mengaku tidak bersalah di Mahkamah Sesyen di sini hari ini atas 16 dakwaan merompak secara berkumpulan 16 warga Bangladesh sejumlah wang tunai RM34,516, pada 8 Ogos lalu.

Mohd Afizi Mohd Nasir, 27; Muhammad Hairey Muhammad Puzi, 21; Azrin Adha Abdullah, 25; Mohd Faiz Muhammad, 25; dan Mohammad Firdaus Jamaludin, 20; didakwa melakukan rompakan ke atas kesemua mangsa yang berumur antara 20 dan 40 tahun di sebuah rumah No 52, Jalan Nagasari, Dang Wangi di sini pada 12.01 pagi.

Kesemua tertuduh yang bertugas di Bahagian Tugas Am dari Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Dang Wangi didakwa merompak wang tunai dan 19 telefon bimbit pekerja-pekerja buruh binaan itu.

Pertuduhan ke atas kesemua mereka dibuat mengikut Seksyen 395 Kanun Keseksaan dan jika sabit kesalahan boleh dipenjara maksimum 20 tahun dan boleh disebat.

Terdahulu, Timbalan Pendakwa Raya Nurmardiana Mamat menawarkan jaminan sebanyak RM30,000 dengan seorang penjamin bagi setiap tertuduh, namun peguam Mohamad Arfizi Mohd Ramli yang mewakili kesemua tertuduh memohon jaminan itu dikurangkan kepada RM10,000 dengan alasan kesemua mereka merupakan penanggung tunggal keluarga.

"Saya juga merayu di bulan Ramadan yang mulia ini supaya kesemua mereka diberi peluang untuk menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri yang bakal menjelma bersama keluarga masing-masing," katanya.

Hakim Zulhazmi Abdullah membenarkan kesemua tertuduh, masing-masing diikat jamin RM10,000 dengan seorang penjamin dan menetapkan 20 Sept ini untuk sebutan.

Kesemua tertuduh membayar wang jaminan itu. - Bernama

Ulasan GB

Ini bukan kali pertama polis menyamun dan merompak orang awam. Ada beberapa kes sebelum ini yang melibatkan kes samun dan rompakan dilakukan anggota polis seperti kes bulan Feb yang lalu dimana seorang wanita yang hamil lapan bulan mendakwa ditampar dan dirompak oleh anggota polis berpakaian preman yang didakwa memecah masuk ke kedainya di Sungai Buloh - dan mereka kemudian menangkapnya.

Pada tahun lepas, seorang ahli perniagaan menjadi mangsa sekumpulan polis yang membelasahnya gara-gara kerana tidak mempamerkan cukai jalan yang tamat tempoh di skrin kereta.

Malah beliau telah mengalami kecederaan fizikal di mata kanannya dipukul ekoran enggan menyerahkan sejumlah wang yang dimilikinya.

Sikap sesetengah anggota polis yang bertindak seperti "binatang" dengan membelasah rakyat sesuka hati amat perlu dikenakan tindakan disiplin kerana ia mencemarkan imej polis.

Rakyat membenci polis bukan kerana dihasut sesiapa, tetapi adalah lantaran perlakuan sesetengah polis sendiri yang menyebabkan mereka dibenci.

Mahkamah pula berlembut dengan penjenayah di kalangan anggota polis ini - Hakim Zulhazmi Abdullah membenarkan kesemua tertuduh, masing-masing diikat jamin RM10,000 dengan seorang penjamin dan menetapkan 20 Sept ini untuk sebutan.

Masa himpunan Bersih yang lalu, polis memaparkan ke seluruh dunia aksi keganasan mereka. Tetapi polis juga cuba melindungi dan menutup perbuatan durjana mereka dengan mengeluarkan video palsu kononnya tindakan polis itu paling betul, paling mulia, paling wangi, paling sopan.

Itu sebab mengapa jenayah di kalangan polis tidak dapat dibendung dan rakyat sentiasa hidup di dalam ketakutan - kerana harapkan pagar, pagar yang makan padi.



SP: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, The Wait is Over

Posted: 19 Aug 2011 05:24 PM PDT

Now you can get your precious Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Celcom at these places with of course some amazing discounts.

Piazza, e@curve, Mutiara Damansara KL

  • Date : 20 August 2011
  • Time : from 10am
  • 1st 300 customers can enjoy the Galaxy Tab 10.1 @ the amazing offer price of RM999!*
  • 20 lucky customers will be able to get it @ an even more fantastic offer price of RM99!*

Queensbay Mall, Penang

  • Date : 20 August 2011
  • Time : from 10am
  • 1st 50 customers can enjoy the Galaxy Tab 10.1 @ the amazing offer price of RM999!*

Celcom branch, Jalan Kempas, Johor Bahru

  • Date : 20 August 2011
  • Time : from 10am
  • 1st 50 customers can enjoy the Galaxy Tab 10.1 @ the amazing offer price of RM999!*

*Subject to 24-months contract on Celcom Broadband Basic or Advance. Terms and conditions.

Get a load of that! Visit www.celcom.com.my/smartphones for more deals and info.

I know, 24 months seems like a long time, but the upside is, Celcom has the widest 3G coverage in Malaysia and they continue to expand their network (I am a Telco Consultant by profession, I'm not spewing bulls here). They also won the best Telco provider for 2010.

I wished they released Galaxy Tab way earlier in April/May before I got my iPad. Now, after buying so many apps, I'm trapped. Selling my iPad would mean losing the paid apps. Urgghh.. tensi tensi.

ps: I'm writing Sponsored Post day in day out. I'm sorry. Orang kate, rezeki datang bergolek bile nak kahwin. #truestory


Kenyataan Tidak Berapa Cerdik PM -Nik Aziz

Posted: 19 Aug 2011 08:43 PM PDT

KL, 20 Ogos 11; "Sejauhmana kesungguhan Barisan Nasional untuk penambahbaikan pilihan raya jika kenyataan yang tidak berapa cerdik ini dikeluarkan?" Tanya Menteri Besar Kelantan Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (gambar) merupakan salah seorang pemimpin yang terkilan dengan kenyataan Perdana Menteri semalam.

Pakatan Rakyat mula sangsi dengan keikhlasan dan kesungguhan kerajaan pusat diterajui Datuk Seri Najib Razak dalam membawa penambahbaikan sistem pilihan raya ekoran kenyataan semalam bahawa pilihan raya umum boleh diadakan bila-bila masa meskipun jawatankuasa pilihan khas bersidang.

Petang semalam, Najib berkata pilihan raya umum ke-13 boleh diadakan bila-bila masa dan tidak akan bergantung pada prosiding jawatankuasa pilihan khas Parlimen yang dibentuk untuk membincangkan isu-isu berkaitan dengan pilihan raya. Jawatankuasa sembilan anggota itu akan dibentuk Oktober ini.

Bagaimanapun kata perdana menteri, oleh kerana jawatankuasa itu akan terbubar dengan sendiri bersama pembubaran Parlimen, apa sahaja pembaharuan yang boleh dilaksanakan akan diadakan terlebih dahulu.

"Pilihan raya boleh diadakan bila-bila masa, tiada apa-apa kaitan dengan jawatankuasa pilihan khas Parlimen. Ada perkara yang boleh dijalankan lebih awal," kata beliau selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat Majlis Tertinggi Umno.

Sementara mandat semasa Parlimen akan berakhir April 2013, sesetengah pihak berpandangan bahawa jawatankuasa itu memerlukan tempoh satu tahun untuk menyiapkan laporannya Turut melahirkan pendirian yang sama ialah Timbalan Presiden DAP Kebangsaan Dr Tan Seng Giaw yang meminta Najib menjelaskan sebab Kabinetnya mengesyorkan pembentukan jawatankuasa pilihan khas pada sesi Parlimen Oktober ini jika beliau berhasrat mahu memanggil pilihan raya umum bila-bila masa.

"Rakyat Malaysia tertanya-tanya dengan apa yang dimaksudkan oleh Perdana Menteri apabila beliau mengatakan kerajaan akan berusaha untuk melaksanakan syor-syor dikemukakan oleh jawatankuasa sebelum pilihan raya.

"Sebaik sahaja jawatankuasa itu diluluskan oleh Parlimen pada sesi Oktober ini, ia akan mengambil masa, kemungkinan enam bulan atau lebih sebelum ia boleh memberi syor-syor dan undang-undang pilihan raya dipinda dan dilaksanakan," kata Dr Tan yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kepong.

Oleh itu soal beliau, jika Najib mengisytiharkan pilihan raya umum awal bagaimana syor-syor jawatankuasa pilihan khas ini boleh dilaksanakan.

"Menterinya (Datuk Seri) Nazri Aziz bercakap mengenai meminda undang-undang pilihan raya sebelum pilihan raya umum akan datang. Kini, beliau bercakap yang ini tidak terikat dengan kerja-kerja yang akan dibuat oleh jawatankuasa (pilihan khas)," kata wakil rakyat veteran ini.

Rabu lalu, Nazri, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri berkata jawatankuasa khas ini akan dianggotai oleh sembilan orang dengan pengerusinya merupakan seorang menteri.

Sambil berkata rakyat Malaysia tertanya-tanya apa hendak dibuat oleh Perdana Menteri dengan membentuk jawatankuasa pilihan khas, Dr Tan menambah: "Adakah beliau (Najib) benar-benar iklhas?"

Dr Tan juga berkata pada hari yang sama Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) pula mengumumkan pihaknya bersedia untuk mengadakan pertemuan dengan kepimpinan Bersih 2.0, yang telah mengemukakan lapan tuntutan pilihan raya. Bersih 2.0 telah mengadakan perhimpunan di ibu negara pada 9 Julai lalu kerana tujuan menuntut pembaharuan sistem pilihan raya.

"Kerajaan telah mengambil tindakan ke atasnya. Mengapa Najib mahu mengadakan jawatankuasa pilihan khas sedangkan ia mahu mengadakan pilihan raya umum bila-bila masa," katanya lagi. (IH)


Bang Aziz, kami tak bangang macam hang...

Posted: 19 Aug 2011 08:33 PM PDT

Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof hari ini mengakui memang terdapat kesilapan dalam daftar pemilih tetapi mendakwa ia cuma mewakili hanya 0.0001 peratus daripada sejumlah 12.4 juta pengundi berdaftar. "Meskipun jumlahnya kecil, hanya 0.0001 peratus berbanding 12.4 juta, tetapi kita masih membersihkannya setiap hari," katanya pada sidang akhbar di ibu pejabat SPR di Putrajaya hari ini.

"Kita manusia, kita semua buat kesilapan... wartawan juga kadang-kadang buat laporan salah. Sama juga dengan kerani saya... Tolong jangan tonjolkan (kesilapan kami), ini tidak adil."

Beliau juga membidas pihak pembangkang dan media Internet kerana memperbesar-besarkan apa yang didakwanya sebagai "kesilapan kecil".

source:malaysiakini

0.0001% dari 12.4 juta pengundi,bererti hanya 12 kesilapan.

Hello...bang Abdul Aziz, hang ingat kami ni bangang macam hang kah?


Tugas SPR adalah untuk mengemaskini daftar pemilih selalu.

PRU diadakan 5 tahun sekali, PRK diadakan bila ada kematian YB, itu pun pada 2 tahun pertama saja.


Jadi sepanjang hari2 lain SPR dok buat apa? Tidor, main golf dan dapat gaji buta!


Kalau wartawan tak tonjol kesilapan SPR, sapa lagi? UMNO?

Sekiranya kesilapan ini tak didedahkan, bang Aziz dan SPR akan terus tidoq dan tak akan mengaku bahawa ada banyak kesilapan....

cheers.


Chemical Analysis of Man

Posted: 19 Aug 2011 11:50 PM PDT

The following is a humorous piece that TO just sent to me. I am posting this for laughs with no intention to insult or offend any male. Take care and have a nice day!
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Man (A Chemical Analysis)
WORK PLACE
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
INFORMATION SYSTEM




MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET

MAN - A CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

ELEMENT Man

SYMBOL Ego

OCCURRENCE Large quantities in all populated areas. Highly concentrated deposits at all sporting events and areas known as "singles bars".

Extremely low quantities can be found in any location where cleaning up is required. (See Women and Slave Labour)

DISCOVERER Eve. Discovered by accident one day when she had a craving for ribs.

ATOMIC MASS Accepted as 170 lbs, known to vary from 98 to 360 lbs.

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Surface often covered with hair--bristly in some areas, soft in others.

Boils when inconvenienced, freezes when faced with Logic and Common Sense.

Melts if treated like a God.

Can cause headaches and severe body aches; handle with extreme caution.

Specimens can be found in various states ranging from deeply sensitive to extremely thick.

Becomes stubborn and unyielding when pressure is applied; yields only when subtlety, subterfuge, flattery are applied.

CHEMICAL PROPERTIES

Is repelled by concentrated quantities of precious and semi-precious metals and stones (See Jewellery Store). However, is attracted to small quantities of these when viewed worn against the skin of a woman. It is believed woman's skin combines with the aforementioned to create a highly magnetic attraction for this element.

May explode spontaneously if wallet is opened.

Requires copious quantities of substances known as attention, reassurance, and stroking.

Is repelled by most household appliances and common household cleansers.

Is repelled by small children clothed in diapers, particularly those of the malodorous variety.

When saturated with Alcohol will be fairly inert and will repel most other elements.
Is rendered non-functional when confronted with the items in #5 & #6.

Is neutral to common courtesy and fairness.

Is impervious to embarrassment.

Most powerful embittering and aggravating agent known to woman.


SEA Pacific Paper Tech - Progressively contributing towards the sustainability of our environment.

Posted: 19 Aug 2011 11:12 PM PDT

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‘MCMC officers behaved like thugs’

Posted: 19 Aug 2011 11:04 PM PDT


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) today questioned a journalist over a picture she had taken during the Bersih 2.0 rally.
But according to Lawyers For Liberty (LFL) coordinator, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, the officials had behaved like thugs in their intimidation and harassment of both her and her client.
Fadiah had accompanied her client, Yusriah Yusof, a photographer with opposition mouthpiece Suara Keadilan, to the MCMC headquarters earlier this afternoon.
Yusriah was being questioned over her picture of Anwar Ibrahim's bodyguard, Fayyadh Afiq Albakqry, taken after he was hit in the face with a tear gas canister while shielding Anwar.
The picture of his bloodied face were among the many circulated online in the aftermath of the rally as evidence of police brutality.
Post-Bersih 2.0 Rally, Here Are The Winners - Part 1 (Photo) 
Post-Bersih 2.0 Rally, Here Are The Winners - Part 2 (Videos) 
Post-Bersih 2.0 Rally, Here Are The Winners - Part 3
When the investigating officer (IO) met them at the entrance, Fadiah introduced herself and said that she was accompanying her client into the investigation room. The IO denied her entry and an argument ensued.
"He said that lawyers were not allowed to be present during the questioning," she told FMT. "I told him that under the Federal Constitution my client had the right to have her lawyer present and asked him what his basis was in disallowing that right."
Police dogs or Police are dog? 



"I even asked him why she was being questioned and whether there was a report made against her. The IO said of course there is a report but he wasn't going to divulge it to me."
When Fadiah pointed out that even the police released reports to lawyers, the IO apparently shot back, "That is the police, we are MCMC."
Shouting match
He, however, eventually reluctantly allowed Fadiah into the investigation room but then told her that he wanted to take her statement too.
"I refused and told him that I am merely accompanying my client and I'm not the party under investigation," she said. "We continued arguing until he shouted 'you're a Malay, right? you're a Muslim, right?… stop asking questions!'"
"I told him not to bring religion into this and to respect the law. He shouted back that if I wanted to talk about the law then I should go to the court because this was his office and he didn't want to talk about it."
Before a stunned Fadiah could respond, two more officers entered the room and shouted to her to leave. While she argued with them, the IO began taking Yusriah's statement, disregarding the photographer's obvious distress.
"I turned my back on the two and focus on my client," Fadiah said. "These men were in the baju Melayu complete with the sampin and they were behaving like thugs. They were talking like the law didn't apply to them."
"I am shocked by MCMC's arrogance and ignorance. Even when they called my client in for questioning they never sent her an official notice. Just a casual phone call."
The two officers threatened to lodge a police report against her, but when she she asked for their names in return, they replied that she had no right to know as she was in their office.
Fadiah added that the line of questioning was to determine the authenticity of the picture and if copies had been distributed to other publications.
"It was obvious that they want to send out a warning that the public and journalists who take and distribute such pictures will be hauled in for quesitioning," she said.
"It is pure harassment of journalists, particularly my client because they couldn't even tell her the basis of the investigation or what law she had breached."
Yusriah is the first journalist to be questioned over this picture. The Suara Keadilan editor is expected to be called in next as are the other media that have published the image.





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