Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Soon You Can Replace Yale Key With NFC-enabled Phone

Soon You Can Replace Yale Key With NFC-enabled Phone


Soon You Can Replace Yale Key With NFC-enabled Phone

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 10:01 AM PDT

Soon You Can Replace Yale Key With NFC-enabled Phone

Soon You Can Replace Key With NFC-enabled Phone – NFC-enabled is getting more and more popular. NFC also stands for Near Field Communication which is a wireless signal just like what you use for your metro card like the Touch N' Go (Malaysia), EZlink (Singapore), Octopus Card (Hong Kong) and Pearl Card (UK).

The world top key and lock manufacturer, Yale Locks & Hardware has just unveiled a new door lock that can be unlocked with a NFC device. What's demoed in the video is an iPhone with an extra accessories which serve as the NFC adapter, unlocks a door lock. Soon it will hit the US market, but no news about Asia yet. Check out the video to know more.

I wonder is it safer or normal metal key safer? What do you think?

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Ahmadinejad Arrives in New York on a Wave of Religious Repression

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 10:18 AM PDT

When Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits New York for the U.N. General Assembly, he is due to dine on September 21 with students from the Columbia International Relations Council and Association (CIRCA). A CIRCA spokesman says they are "thrilled to have this opportunity." The students should use the opportunity to press Ahmadinejad on the following:

Currently Iran is outdoing itself in repression. In the aftermath of its violent attacks on the democratic opposition following the 2009 elections, the regime has been increasing arrests not only of political opponents but of the religiously differing. Jamsheed Chosky reports that Ayatollah Ahmed Jannati, chairman of the Council of Guardians and adviser to Ahmadinejad, has denounced non-Muslims as "animals who roam the Earth and engage in corruption."

The government continues to target Baha'is. In 2008 it arrested seven Baha'i leaders and charged them with, inter alia, "insulting religious sanctities" "and "propaganda against the state." When Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi agreed to defend them, she was attacked in the government-controlled media and denied access to her clients' files. In March 2011, the seven were told without explanation that, despite an appeals courts lowering their sentences, they would serve the original term of 20 years.

Since the regime bars Baha'is from higher education, and much else, they have formed a private Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE). On May 22, authorities raided 39 homes of BIHE administrators, staff and students. At least seven are still detained. On September 10, a senior lawyer for the detainees, Abdolfattah Soltani, was himself arrested. Soltani co-founded the Defenders of Human Rights Center along with four other lawyers including Ebadi. The center was shut down by police in December 2008.

Arrests of Christians have accelerated and the regime is demonizing them as conspirators, "parasites," and 'like the Taliban.' It has also seized 6,500 bibles. In 2009, one leader reported that "there are more arrests, of Christians as well as Baha'i, in the last several months … [than] maybe the whole 30 years before."

Early this year, after passing a death sentence for apostasy on pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, the government conducted a massive roundup of Christians. As is becoming common in the region, it started its repression at Christmas.

According to Middle East Concern, the Supreme Court has instructed the Revolutionary Tribunal of Gilan Province to review Nadarkhani's case, specifically whether he had been a Muslim. If the Tribunal concludes that he had, then the Supreme Court's ruling is that he should be killed unless he recants his Christian faith. Reportedly, the review will begin on September 25. Among many other arrests, Behnam Irani, a member of Nadarkhani's church, has been detained in Karaj since May 31 and five others have begun serving one-year sentences in Shiraz.

Zoroastrians are also under increasing pressure. Ayatollah Khomeini had a particular hatred of Zoroastrians because of their links to Persian history and nationalism. He accused the Shah of wanting "to revive Zoroastrianism." Current Supreme leader Khamenei continues this animus and has referred to them as kaffers (infidels), a term usually reserved for Iran's non-recognized religious groups

On August 2, Mohhsen Sadeghipour began serving a sentence of 4.5 years in prison, 74 lashes, and a fine for "anti-regime propaganda by propaganda for the Zoroastrian faith and organizing ancient ceremonies." Sadeghipour's brother in law, Pouria Shahpari, was arrested on August 22 for blasphemy, also because of "propaganda for Zoroastrianism." Pending appeal, he was sentenced to 2.5 years and 74 lashes. Sadeghipour and Shahpari were punished simply for defending and promoting their faith.

Of course, the regime also persecutes Muslims. After Khamenei gave a speech in Qom denouncing "false mysticism" and the dangers of religious minorities, including Sufis, it has arrested members of the Gonabadi dervish community. Amnesty International reports that, on September 3, members of the Basij militia gathered in Kavar armed with batons and chanting anti-dervish slogans, and set fire to stores displaying photos of dervish leaders. Subsequently, at least six people were shot and hospitalized. About 60 were arrested.

The regime also followed its increasing practice of arresting lawyers who defend minorities. Three attorneys who have defended dervishes, Amir Eslami, Afshin Karampour, and Omid Behruz have been arrested this month.

Iran's religious repression is not some minor quirk. As Nina Shea and I recount in our forthcoming book Silenced, it is at the heart of the regime's ideology. Dissidents and dissenters are charged with "friendship with the enemies of God," "hostility towards friends of God," "fighting against God," "obstructing the way of God and the way towards happiness for all the disinherited people in the world," "dissension from religious dogma," "insulting the Prophet," "insulting Islam," "propagation of spiritual liberalism," "promoting pluralism," "calling into question the Islamic foundations of the Republic," and, our favorite, "creating anxiety in the minds of … Iranian officials."

Like all ideologies, it can rebound on its creators. Ahmadinejad has himself recently been accused of "witchcraft," "experimenting with exorcism," and "communicating with genies." Mullahs have denounced his administration as containing "deviants, devils and evil spirits." The regime's greatest weakness may be its religious one.

Ahmadinejad obviously doesn't expect to hear much criticism about these or other matters in New York. Despite the fact that, when he spoke at Columbia in 2007, he denied that there were any homosexuals in Iran, this month the regime has already executed three men for "lavat," homosexual conduct. The CIRCA students will make their meal most worthwhile if they persistently and consistently, and by name, raise these and other cases. National Review.

— Paul Marshall is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom and author, with Nina Shea, of Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide, being published in October by Oxford University Press.


The Battle for Civilization

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 10:13 AM PDT

The Battle of Marathon, 2,500 years ago last week, isn't just ancient history.

Before dawn on Sept. 12, 490 b.c., 10,000 mostly Athenian hoplites formed for an assault on the Persian force assembled before them on the Marathon Plain, nearly 25 miles from Athens. At the sound of a single trumpet, the advance began. Eight men deep on the flanks and four deep in the center, the phalanx of bristling spear points and blazing shields began its slow, inexorable march toward the enemy.

Picking up the pace, first to a fast walk and then to a trot, the Athenian hoplites closed on their enemy at what must have appeared to the waiting Persians a dazzling pace. At 600 yards' distance the mass of men began to scream their fierce and nerve-shattering battle cry: Alleeee!

Hastily, the Persian commanders aligned their troops. Men holding wicker shields went to the front as thousands of archers arrayed themselves behind them. The Persian army showed no panic. They were professional soldiers, victors of a hundred bloody battles. In another moment their archers would release, and tens of thousands of deadly bolts would fill the sky. Afterward, the waiting spearmen would advance to slaughter the shattered and decimated remnants of the Greek force.

But the Persians had never before faced an army like this one. Athenian hoplites learned the art of war against other hoplites, and their kind of war was not decided by a hail of arrows. It was settled by a collision of wooden shields and deadly iron-tipped spears, wielded by heavily armored men. It was a horrible and terrifying confrontation of pushing, screaming, half-crazed men, who gouged, stabbed, and kicked at their opponents until one side could bear the agony no longer and broke. The victors would then launch a murderous pursuit of their defeated foes as the bloodlust propelled them forward.

This was the kind of war charging down on the Persians, and it arrived at almost incomprehensible speed, for at 200 yards' distance the Athenian trot became a sprint. Finally, the Persian archers let fly, but to no effect. Never having seen such a rapid advance, they mistimed their shots, and most of the arrows flew harmlessly over the charging hoplites. Hastily the archers reloaded, and the shield-bearers uneasily began inching backwards, as ten thousand metal-encased killers closed upon them.

In a shuddering instant, the hoplites smashed into the lightly protected Persians and convulsed their defensive line.

Then the killing began.

Before the battle was over, nearly 6,500 of Persia's elite, and until that day supposedly invincible, soldiers had perished. Athens' battlefield victory had cost it 192 citizen hoplites.

But the day was not won yet. To the Athenians' horror, those Persians who had escaped were sailing south — toward an undefended Athens. Although they were near the limits of human endurance, the Athenians hefted their heavy shields and formed in marching order. Racing against time, the exhausted hoplites force-marched the 25 miles to Athens. By the time the Persians arrived off Athens' western coast, awaiting them on the ridge overlooking the beach were thousands of Athenian hoplites ready to contest their landing. The Persians admitted defeat and sailed for home.

* * *

Almost unremarked in the memorials for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 was the 2,500th anniversary of the first time Western civilization came under assault from the East. (Many say the 2,500th anniversary was last year, but they forget to account for the year 0 — and I use the Athenian calendar, as Herodotus would have.) In the 2,500 years since the Battle of Marathon, the threat from the East has waxed and waned from one century to the next. In the years after the Industrial Revolution the West's increasing technological superiority caused many to believe the threat from the East had disappeared, or at least was so weakened as to be of little concern. In fact, during the Age of Imperialism the West felt itself strong enough to counterattack. But the Western offensive surge was but a brief interlude, and one much of the West has spent the past two generations in abject apology for.

If the 9/11 attacks demonstrated anything, it is that our collective repentance for imperialism did not bring forth a new era of peace. The threat from the East is diminished, but far from vanquished. Thankfully, between us and those who would do us harm stands the finest military force in the world. Unfortunately, as the budget battles heat up, many in Congress are placing America's military squarely in their crosshairs. They would do well to remember that, 2,500 years ago, Western civilization's continuing existence rested on a thin line of bronze-encased men "as hard as oak" who bravely went forward against overwhelming odds, to victory and never-ending glory. This nation's modern hoplites have followed that tradition for a decade of continuous conflict. Unfortunately, the threat continues. One must sincerely hope that our modern Solons possess the wisdom of the ancients, who would never consider putting away their armor and shields while the enemy remained at the gates. National Review

— Jim Lacey is professor of strategic studies at the Marine War College and the author of a new history of the Battle of Marathon, The First Clash.


The Big Picture

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 09:59 AM PDT

According to The Boston Globe:

North Korea has long been enigmatic - especially to the West. An elaborate cult of personality created around the ruling Kim family permeates both the cultural and political lives of the nation. The world's most militarized nation, it has been developing nuclear weapons and a space program.

In 2002, President George Bush labeled North Korea part of an "axis of evil," primarily due to its aggressive military posture but also because of its abysmal human rights record. North Korea has long maintained close relations with the People's Republic of China and Russia.

In an attempt to ameliorate the loss of investments due to international sanctions over its weapons program, North Korean officials have initiated a tourism push, focused on Chinese visitors. Still, every travel group or individual visitor is constantly accompanied by one or two "guides" who normally speak the mother language of the tourist. While some tourism has increased over the last few years, Western visitors remain scarce. The last several photos in this post are by Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder, who offers rare glimpses of life in the shuttered country. -- Paula Nelson

Please click here to view 54 fantastic photographs.


NetSentry – Monitor Your Data Usage On Android

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 09:20 AM PDT

NetSentry – Monitor Your Data Usage On Android – I've realized that my Nexus One uses a lot of data. Although I do have a data plan, but sadly, it's not unlimited, I only have the 500mb data plan and unlimited data plan is rather expensive for Maxis. I turned of Gmail syncing and now it only auto sync Calendar and Contact.

I need to test use for another month to see whether 500mb is enough for me or not. The only thing I must not do to make sure that I won't use a lot of data is Youtube, as you know Youtube sucks a lot of data.

NetSentry - Monitor Your Data Usage On Android

Unlike my old Nokia N95, there's no data counter on the Android. But after some searching in the Market, I found an application that can shows how much data you have used and auto resets every month. It's called NetSentry, better than NetCounter IMO.

I set 500MB data limit, so I assume there will be a notification when reaching the limit. Hopefully, 500MB is enough for me or Maxis must revise their data plan rate.

Scan the QR code with your Android barcode reader or click here to download.


Arthur's Day celebration in Malaysia

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 08:17 AM PDT

This Friday is Arthur's day celebration. Lot's of pubs and bars has put up the Guinness offer i.e. drink Guinness get T-shirts / shirts free... So, one of the bar @ Sunway Giza has posted an Ad on the offer... the offer has started on Sept 18th and ends on Sept 22nd 2011. So go and get your T-shirt and Shirts eh~

Anyway, one of my friend has written in his status on asking around who wanna to go to the Arthur's Day celebration @ Speed City, Kuala Lumpur. As i'm curious and google this celebration and all i got is this poster...


Anyway, in a small print @ the center of the poster (if you can see), i realized this event is by exclusive invitation only. Hmmm... i wondered my friend might have gotten more than one exclusive invitation and he's asking around to have some companion to go for the celebration. Unfortunately, I have to drive to Taiping on the next day. So i think i would pass for this round. Will join you next time eh~

Whoever that is going for this party... Enjoy yourself.


Cuai & Salahguna Kuasa: Polis Diperintah Bayar RM900K, Ada Saman Lain Menunggu

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 11:30 AM PDT

Polis diperintah bayar RM900,000 akibat kecuaian

Seorang lelaki yang lumpuh akibat ditembak polis hari ini berjaya dalam tuntutan samannya apabila Mahkamah Tinggi memerintahkan pihak polis membayar ganti rugi berjumlah RM900,000.

Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur, Siti Khadijah S. Hassan Badjenid memerintahkan Lans Kopral Nadzri Ahmad dan Ketua Polis Negara membayar jumlah itu meliputi kos tambang ke hospital, kos ulang alik sebagai pesakit luar, kos beg kencing, kehilangan pendapatan dan lain-lain.

Dalam penghakimannya Siti Khadijah berkata perbuatan Nadzri yang melepaskan tembakan terhadap Johari Kasman, 28, (plaintif) jelas menunjukkan salah guna kuasa dan terdapat percanggahan antara keterangan pakar dan afidavit pembelaan berhubung jarak tembakan dilepaskan.

Katanya semasa kejadian Nadzri bertugas dengan memakai pakaian preman dan menahan plaintif kerana berkelakuan mencurigakan tetapi plaintif enggan berhenti hingga timbul pergelutan.

Siti Khadijah berkata walaupun kejadian tembakan itu berlaku, Nadzri tidak melepaskan tanggungjawabnya begitu sahaja malah bertindak membawa plaintif ke hospital.

"Defendan pertama telah menjalankan tugas dengan penuh dedikasi. Berat mata memandang, berat lagi memikul tanggungjawab. Plaintif mempunyai empat rekod jenayah lampau yang kesemuanya kesalahan mencuri kenderaan.

"Defendan berkata ketika kejadian (23 Oktober 2004) plaintif memandu menggunakan motosikal curi dengan nombor pendaftaran palsu, tetapi defendan tidak mempunyai bukti bahawa plaintif terlibat pada hari itu," katanya.

Pada 18 Oktober 2007, Johari mengemukakan saman terhadap Nadzri dan Ketua Polis Negara kerana cuai hingga menyebabkannya lumpuh setelah ditembak di belakang.

Johari mendakwa Nadzri tidak memperkenalkan diri sebagai anggota polis dan gagal memberi amaran sebelum menembaknya.

Menerusi pembelaan, kedua-dua defendan berkata tindakan menembak itu bertujuan mempertahankan diri dan sebelum pergelutan berlaku plaintif bertindak menghayun topi keledar beberapa kali hingga terkena kepala Nadzri.

Katanya Plaintif juga cuba merampas pistol defendan.

Sepanjang prosiding Johari memanggil empat orang saksi manakala defendan seramai enam orang.

Peguam V Rajadevan mewakili Johari dan Peguam Kanan Persekutuan Mariam Hasanah Othman mewakili defendan. - Bernama


Polis disaman kerana didakwa seksa lelaki

Tiga tahun lalu, langsung tidak pernah terlintas di fikiran Prabakar Bala Krishna bahawa dia akan menderita kerana perkara-perkara yang dia sendiri tidak terfikir sanggup untuk melakukan

Apabila dia dicekup oleh polis pada malam 23 Dis, 2008 - bersama-sama dengan seorang lagi individu, Solomon Raj Chandran - beliau anggap bahawa ia hanya satu pemeriksaan anti-jenayah yang lazim dan tidak akan mengambil masa yang lama untuk selesai.

Walau bagaimanapun, menurut Prabakar, apa yang dialaminya pada hari-hari selepas itu telah meninggalkan dia dengan trauma dan ketakutan sehingga hari ini.

Selepas lima hari dalam tahanan polis, Prabakar dan Solomon akhirnya dibebaskan dengan kecederaan yang parah - badan mereka melecur. Mereka mendakwa polis mencurah air panas ke atas mereka semasa soal siasat.

"Apabila mereka tangkap saya, mereka hanya beritahu saya bahawa saya disyaki sebagai seorang penjenayah. Saya ikut mereka kerana saya fikir mereka hanya mahu periksa air kencing saya," kata Prabakar yang bertutur dalam bahasa Tamil.

"Tetapi apabila kami sampai (balai polis) Brickfields, mereka mula pukul saya. Bila saya tanya mereka mengapa, mereka arahkan saya supaya senyap dan paksa saya akui pelbagai tuduhan jenayah yang saya enggan lakukan."

Prabakar bersama Solomon berada di kompleks mahkamah Jalan Duta Kuala Lumpur hari ini, untuk bersama-sama memfailkan saman ke atas lapan anggota polis dan kerajaan berhubung dakwaan disiksa. Mereka diiringi peguam merea, N Surendran.

Selain melecur, mereka juga mendakwa polis telah berulang-kali membelasah mereka. Dalam kes Prabakar, dia mendakwa digantung dari kipas siling dengan seutas tali dan diugut akan dibunuh menggunakan tali berkenaan.

Prabakar mendakwa pada hari dia dibebaskan, pihak polis telah memberi amaran kepadanya supaya tidak memberitahu sesiapapun tentang penyeksaan itu, lebih-lebih lagi kerana terdapat parut di perut dan badannya.

"... dan jika sesiapa yang bertanyakan mengenai kesan melecur itu, hanya beritahu bahawa saya tertumpah sup mee panas ke atas diri sendiri," kata pemandu lori berusia 30 tahun itu.

Prabakar berkata, dia dalam ketakutan sejak kejadian itu dan terpaksa mendapatkan rawatan psikiatri. Katanya, doktor yang merawatnya telah mengesahkan dia mengalami trauma yang teruk. -mk


Ulasan GB

Inikah yang KPN banggakan bahawa polis bersikap profesyenal?


Obviously, 'cool' Najib afraid to be interviewed, subpoenaed. NATO Najib!

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 09:29 AM PDT

UPDATED @ 02:00:18 PM 03-08-2011
By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
August 03, 2011

ON Aug 12, 2011

PM and wife: We don't wish to be your witnesses

Najib, Rosmah, Musa subpoenaed

MalaysiakiniMalaysiakini – Mon, Aug 22, 2011

Anwar Ibrahim's lawyer Karpal Singh informed the court today the defence has subpoenaed seven witnesses, including Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor, former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan and ex-Malacca police chief Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof.
He said this after Anwar concluded testifying from the dock this morning, reading out a 32-page statement.
All four individuals had been called to be interviewed by the defence over the past two weeks.
However, all of them stated their refusal to answer any questions when interviewed by the defence.
The others for whom the defence applied for subpeonas are Pusrawi Hospital doctor Dr Mohamad Osman Abdul Hamid, nurse Yazihan Jusoh and a maid from Indonesia known only as 'Suliati'.
According to Karpal ( right ), they have applied for the subpoenaes and the witnesses are expected to come to court.
Asked whether they can decline, Karpal said they cannot, or warrants of arrest can be issued against them.
"It can only be set-aside. So far, they  have not made any application to do so," he said.
In 1998, Anwar made attempts to call then-prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The former premier had his own lawyers set aside the attempt.
Another lawyer for Anwar, Sankara Nair ( left ), told Malaysiakini that they applied last Friday for the subpoenaes to be issued.
"The prosecution has accommodated and the subpoenaes have been issued," he said.
This means that all seven were supposed to be at the court's disposal today, said Sankara.
"The prosecution verified that all seven subpoenaes had been served and they were supposed to come."
"Najib, Rosmah, Musa and Rodwan were not in court despite the subpoenas being issued," added the lawyer.
Commenting on this, Anwar said, "We have issued subpoenas for Najib and Rosmah, and there is no reason why they should not come.
"It is important they set a good example, as public figures, by cooperating with the law," he said.
Tomorrow, Anwar's expert witnesses, specialist forensic pathologist Dr David Wells and DNA expert Dr Brian Mc Donald, are scheduled to take the stand, along with Mohamad Osman.

TODAY, That's not cool, Anwar tells Najib

Anwar Ibrahim has described Najib Abdul Razak's application to set aside his subpoena as "not cool", giving short shrift to the premier's bid to achieve an image makeover and asked, "Now he is filing the application to have it set aside ... why shy away?"

NONEPrior to this, Najib had said he would testify in the Sodomy II trial if subpoenaed, also indicating that he dares to face Anwar in court.

Anwar, is defending himself against the charge based on a complaint by his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008.



Pendakwaan Mohd Sabu Dikecam Banyak Pihak, PR Anggap Niat Jahat

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 08:38 AM PDT

NGO, parti politik kecam Putrajaya dakwa Mat Sabu

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Sept – Sekumpulan 46 pertubuhan bukan kerajaan dan satu parti politik mempertikaikan tindakan pentadbiran membawa Timbalan Presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu ke mahkamah pagi tadi berhubung kenyataannya menyentuh tragedi Bukit Kepong bulan lalu.

Pertubuhan-pertubuhan bukan kerajaan itu mendakwa pihaknya kecewa dengan pendakwaan ke atas Mohamad di bawah Seksyen 505 Kanun Keseksaan.

"(Tindakan) mendakwa Mohamad Sabu ini bercanggah dengan janji Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang mahu mempromosikan keterbukaan dan demokrasi ketika (perutusan) Hari Malaysia," kata pertubuhan bukan kerajaan dan parti politik terbabit dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Pertubuhan-pertubuhan itu juga menegaskan perkembangan terbaru hari ini menimbulkan persoalan mengenai keikhlasan Najib, yang mengumumkan siri pembaharuan, sama ada beliau benar-benar ada kawalan penuh ke atas pasukan polis.

"Kami menggesa agar kerajaan dengan segera menggugurkan tuduhan bersifat politik ke atas Mohamad Sabu dan berhenti daripada menakut-nakutkan pihak yang mencabar kewibawaan fakta sejarah rasmi dan ideologi.

"Kami juga menggesa perdana menteri dan timbalan perdana menteri, daripada menggunakan jentera kerajaan untuk 'menjenayahkan' Mohamad Sabu, berhadapan dengan beliau dalam debat, menerusi TV berhubung isu Bukit Kepong,"
kata beliau lagi.

Kenyataan itu juga menambah, ahli-ahli politik, pegawai polis dan tentera yang sudah bersara selain Perkasa boleh berdebat dengan Mohamad ataupun mencabar pandangan di media atau forum-forum.

"Mereka harus menghormati hak Mohamad Sabu untuk memberikan pandangannya," kata kenyataan itu sambil menambah, menggunakan kuasa kerajaan untuk melenyapkan suara-suara yang berbeza adalah tindakan pengecut.

"Ia menunjukkan pendirian tidak selamat dan tidak yakin untuk menghadapi debat sceara fakta dan alasan kukuh," katanya lagi.

Pagi tadi, Mohamad dihadapkan ke Mahkamah Sesyen Butterworth kerana dituduh membuat tohmahan yang memburukkan nama baik anggota polis dan keluarga mereka dalam ceramahnya di Padang Menora, Tasek Gelugor, 21 Ogos lalu.

Mohamad, 57, yang lebih dikenali sebagai Mat Sabu, dari Guar Petai, Tasek Gelugor, mengaku tidak bersalah dan minta dibicara terhadap pertuduhan.

Dia didakwa memfitnah anggota-anggota polis dan keluarga mereka yang mempertahankan diri dalam serangan pengganas komunis di Balai Polis Bukit Kepong pada 23 Februari 1950, dengan mengetahui bahawa tohmahan yang dibuat akan merosakkan nama baik anggota polis dan keluarga mereka.

Mohamad didakwa melakukan kesalahan itu dalam ucapan kepada orang ramai pada 10 malam hingga 12 tengah malam 21 Ogos di hadapan Pusat Asuhan Tadika Islam ) Al-Fahmi, Markas Tarbiyah Pas, Padang Menora, Tasek Gelugor.

Jika sabit kesalahan, dia boleh dikenakan hukuman penjara sehingga dua tahun atau didenda atau kedua-duanya.

Bagi pertuduhan alternatif, Mohamad didakwa telah memfitnah anggota-anggota polis iaitu Konstabel Marin Abu Bakar Daud, Konstabel Jaafar Hassan dan Konstabel Yusoff Rono serta ahli keluarga mereka yang mempertahankan diri dalam serangan pengganas komunis di Balai Polis Bukit Kepong pada 23 Feb 1950, dengan membuat tohmahan dalam ucapan kepada orang ramai pada masa, tarikh dan tempat yang sama.

Pertuduhan itu mengikut Seksyen 500 Kanun Keseksaan, membawa hukuman penjara sehingga dua tahun atau didenda, atau kedua-duanya.

Mahkamah menetapkan 27 Oktober sebagai tarikh sebutan semula dan 5 hingga 9 Disember sebagai tarikh perbicaraan kes. -TMI

Pendakwaan 'terpilih' Mat Sabu berniat jahat, kata Pakatan

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Sept – Pakatan Rakyat mendakwa Datuk Seri Najib Razak tidak mengotakan janji untuk meningkatkan tahap kebebasan awam apabila mendakwa Timbalan Presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu berhubung kenyataannya menyentuh tragedi Bukit Kepong bulan lalu.

Ketua Umum PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim menyifatkan tindakan itu sebagai "berniat jahat" dan merupakan pencabulan terhadap janji-janji pembaharuan yang diumumkan Najib minggu lalu.

"Kita juga prihatin apa yang berlaku di Mahkamah Sesyen Butterworth, keputusan kerajaan untuk mendakwa Mat Sabu bercanggah dengan apa yang diwar-warkan Najib sebelum ini.

"Kerajaan mengatakan mahu mansuhkan ISA (Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri) namun pendakwaan ke atas Mat Sabu adalah rakus dan berniat jahat," katanya pada sidang media di ibu pejabat PAS di sini.

Pagi tadi, Mohamad dihadapkan ke Mahkamah Sesyen Butterworth kerana dituduh membuat tohmahan yang memburukkan nama baik anggota polis dan keluarga mereka dalam ceramahnya di Padang Menora, Tasek Gelugor, 21 Ogos lalu.

Mohamad, 57, dari Guar Petai, Tasek Gelugor, mengaku tidak bersalah dan minta dibicara terhadap pertuduhan.

Dia didakwa memfitnah anggota-anggota polis dan keluarga mereka yang mempertahankan diri dalam serangan pengganas komunis di Balai Polis Bukit Kepong pada 23 Februari 1950, dengan mengetahui bahawa tohmahan yang dibuat akan merosakkan nama baik anggota polis dan keluarga mereka.

Mohamad didakwa melakukan kesalahan itu dalam ucapan kepada orang ramai pada 10 malam hingga 12 tengah malam 21 Ogos di hadapan Pusat Asuhan Tadika Islam ) Al-Fahmi, Markas Tarbiyah Pas, Padang Menora, Tasek Gelugor.

Jika sabit kesalahan, dia boleh dikenakan hukuman penjara sehingga dua tahun atau didenda atau kedua-duanya.

Pertuduhan itu mengikut Seksyen 500 Kanun Keseksaan, membawa hukuman penjara sehingga dua tahun atau didenda, atau kedua-duanya.

Mahkamah menetapkan 27 Oktober sebagai tarikh sebutan semula dan 5 hingga 9 Disember sebagai tarikh perbicaraan kes.

Tambah Anwar, Pakatan Rakyat yang dianggotai PAS-PKR-DAP menentang gerakan komunis.

"Pendirian kita tentang komunis tidak berbangkit kerana kita menentang gerakan komunis militan.

"Kita membantah pendakwaan terpilih Mat Sabu,"
katanya. -TMI


Mat Sabu Mengaku Tidak Bersalah, Bakal Dibicara

BUTTERWORTH 21 SEPT : Timbalan Presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu mengaku tidak bersalah atas dakwaan mengeluarkan kenyataan yang memburukkan nama baik anggota polis dan keluarga mereka dalam ceramahnya di Padang Menora, Tasek Gelugor, pada 21 Ogos lalu.

Beliau menyatakan demikian di hadapan Hakim Ikmal Hishan Mohd Tajuddin di Mahkamah Seksyen Butterworth di sini sebentar tadi.

Ikmal menetapkan ikat jamin sejumlah RM 15 ribu dan tarikh sebutan kes ialah pada 27 Oktober hadapan dan perbicaraan akan dijalankan pada 5 hingga 9 Disember.

Beliau didakwa di bawah Seksyen 500 Kanun Keseksaan yang boleh membawa hukuman penjara sehingga 2 tahun atau dikenakan denda atau kedua-duanya sekiranya didapati bersalah.

Mohamad yang lebih dikenali sebagai Mat Sabu kelihatan tenang tiba di mahkamah dan diiring ratusan penyokong yang tiba sejak jam 8 pagi di perkarangan mahkamah tersebut.

Ketika ditanya komen beliau, Mat Sabu menyatakan kesediaan beliau menghadapi kes tersebut.

"Kes ini berkenaan intrepertasi sejarah dan sepatutnya diselesaikan menerusi dialog dan debat, bukan mahkamah.

"Namun, memandangkan (sudah) jadi kes mahkamah, kita akan hadapinya," kata beliau.





Polis Nak Buka Kertas Siasatan Video Seks II Tapi Tak Siasat Penyebarnya

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 06:53 AM PDT

Video Seks Versi Baru: Polis Akan Buka Kertas Siasatan

KUALA LUMPUR: Pihak polis akan membuka kertas siasatan baru berhubung klip video seks yang dikaitkan dengan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim di mana telah dimuatnaik pada Selasa di beberapa laman blog termasuk papagomo.com.

Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Ismail Omar bagaimanapun berkata, ia hanya akan dibuat sekiranya terdapat laporan polis mengenai perkara itu.

"Kita perlu meneliti rakaman itu sebelum membuat siasatan baru.

"Prosedur siasatan yang sama akan dilakukan seperti kes (video seks dikaitkan dengan Anwar) sebelum ini bagi proses pendakwaan," katanya pada sidang media selepas Majlis Ulang Tahun Facebook PDRM dan Pelancaran Twitter PDRM di sini, Rabu.

Beberapa laman blog termasuk papagomo.com pada Selasa menyiarkan klip video berdurasi 16 minit 16 saat yang memaparkan adegan seks seorang lelaki yang didakwa mirip Anwar bersama wanita Cina.

Klip video tersebut dengan jelas menunjukkan aksi seks kedua-dua individu terbabit tanpa sebarang tapisan.

Sementara itu, Ismail berkata, setakat ini peminat Facebook rasmi PDRM mencecah seramai 85,000 orang.

"Facebook rasmi PDRM yang dilancarkan pada 21 September 2010 merupakan sebagai satu aktiviti kemasyarakatan PDRM.

"Melalui alam siber, Facebook PDRM juga bertindak sebagai wadah merapatkan jurang komunikasi dan mengikis persepsi negatif terhadap PDRM," katanya.

Mengenai Twitter PDRM, Ismail berkata, ia merupakan antara platform media sosial yang digunakan untuk menyalurkan maklumat dan hebahan terus kepada masyarakat dengan cepat, tepat dan ringkas.

"Twitter PDRM juga akan menjadi medium untuk mengetengahkan berita semasa PDRM seperti kejayaan tangkapan, program bersama masyarakat serta kenyataan atau siaran media oleh pucuk pimpinan.

"Ini termasuk hebahan umum seperti aktiviti PDRM yang akan dan sedang dijalankan serta laporan kesesakan lalu lintas secara harian terutama pada waktu puncak di laluan-laluan utama seluruh Malaysia," katanya. -mstar


Klip Video Baru Tanda Terdesak : Kak Wan

Semenyih 21 SEPT : Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail menganggap tindakan pendedahan satu lagi klip video oleh blogger UMNO sebagai tindakan terdesak untuk memfitnah Ketua Umum parti itu, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim setelah episod 'sumpah laknat' yang cuba dijalankan sebelum ini gagal.

Wan Azizah menyatakan betapa tindakan itu diambil setelah kegagalan pihak tertentu cuba memburukkan nama Anwar yang juga suami beliau dengan pelbagai fitnah dan tohmahan selain berhadapan kes liwat di Mahkamah.

"Kenapa mereka keluarkan video seks, sekarang keluarkan sedutan keluar lif itu? Sebab kes ini tak menjadi. Rakyat tak percaya. Kes sumpah Datuk Trio itu juga tidak betul dan dapat kita menangkis dan beri hujah bahawa itu tidak benar dan fitnah semata. Mereka ibarat desperado yang nak mempertahankan kekuasaan mereka," kata beliau kepada TV Selangor semalam.

Kelmarin, negara sekali lagi dikejutkan dengan pendedahan terbaru keratan video menerusi rakaman CCTV yang menunjukkan Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan ahli perniagaan Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah di media arus perdana setelah di muat-naik (upload) dalam blog pro-umno, Papa Gomo.

Papa Gomo menyiarkan rakaman bertarikh 13 Januari 2011 yang disebutnya sebagai rakaman "eksklusif", menunjukkan dua lelaki yang didakwa ahli perniagaan Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah dan Anwar, masuk dan keluar lif bangunan Apartmen Ampang, yang dikatakan tempat berlaku aksi seks tersebut.

Menerusi blog tersebut, klip rakaman itu seakan disunting untuk menunjukkan rakaman CCTV itu dengan video seks di Carcosa selari dengan urutan tanda masa peristiwa tersebut.

Bagaimanapun, pendedahan itu menimbulkan keraguan apabila pakaian kedua-dua lelaki dalam CCTV itu, tidak kelihatan sepadan dengan kedua-dua lelaki yang ditunjukkan dalam video seks berkenaan.

Dalam pada itu, Wan Azizah turut mahu rakyat khususnya penyokong Pakatan terus berjuang dalam menentang kezaliman.

"Kita, rakyat mesti teruskan perjuangan. Contohnya ISA. Walaupun baru sebut ISA akan dimansuhkan, itu kemenangan rakyat tapi kita kena teruskan sebab kalau semangat kendur, (perjuangan) akan kedur juga," kata beliau lagi. -tvsnews



Ulasan GB

Dari kenyataan Ketua Polis Negara di atas jelas membuktikan bahawa pihak polis "bekerjasama" dengan blogger-blogger UMNO mengedarkan bahan lucah.

Malah pihak semacam tidak sabar-sabar hendak membuka kertas siasatan baru terhadap video seks itu sedangkan para penyebarnya didiamkan begitu saja, walhal laporan polis yang dibuat terhadap penyebar-penyebar klip video berkenaan sebelum ini tidak dihiraukan.

Sedangkan para penyebar-penyebarnya yang telah melakukan kesalahan yang nyata kerana

Klip video tersebut dengan jelas menunjukkan aksi seks kedua-dua individu terbabit tanpa sebarang tapisan.

Sungguh malang negara ini apabila polis mebiarkan mereka diperalatkan sebegitu rupa sehingga melupakan prinsip asas keadilan dan kebenaran.

Laporan sebelum ini





Dinner At Jogoya Japanese Buffet, Starhill Gallery

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 06:55 AM PDT

Dinner At Jogoya Japanese Buffet, Starhill – Jogoya Japanese Buffet restaurant is as the name stated, a Japanese buffet centric restaurant based in the premium shopping mall, Starhill Gallery in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Besides this outet at Starhill, there's another one outlet in Taipei's tallest building – Taipei 101.

I have been wanting to go try out this place and finally I had a chance to visit and dine out at there. The price is RM88++ per person which is more likely an international buffet rather than a standalone Japanese food buffet. Japanese food is of course the main food that you can find in there, but there's still other choice like Chinese food, Thai food and Western Food.

First thing first was of course getting must stomach half filled with delicious Japanese sashimi and fresh raw oyster which I don't really eat in normal days. They are my all-time favourite. After trying out the Japanese section with sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, Japanese steamboat and other Japanese food, only then I move on to try some other Asian dishes like Chinese food, Thai food. And lastly, went back to a little bit of Japanese food.

The only section that I didn't try out was Western corner which I was not really interested in it.

RM88++ is indeed worthwhile but somehow, I bet you couldn't try all the dishes in there with over 200 dishes to choose from.

Well, in taste wise, it may not be the super delicious, but somehow reach the standard of good-to-eat. Eating buffet is not really a comfortable thing to me because stomach get full and bloated after eat, shouting for how full it is after that. Somehow, it's a good experience for me.

It's a PORK FREE restaurant means it's a halal restaurant, however there's alcohol like red and white wine. There's some section which you drop a small clip with your table number for the food you want and they will cook it and send to your table.

Besides, there's various of desserts for you to choose from with many variety of pudding, cake, Haagen Dazs and New Zealand Natural Ice Cream, ice kacang and more.

They do have promotion from time to time. Sometimes is buy-1-get-1-free for lunch section, now they have a promotion of 2nd customer get 50% off, but then it's only available for lunch.

Check out the website for more and now it's time to enjoy the photos that I have taken after my meal. =D


Chicken and mushroom soup in the tea pot.


Beautiful and delicious salmon sushi. Yum yum yum!


Fresh korean oyster. It's really succulent and juicy which makes it feels good in the mouth as if it's swimming in there. The icy cold oyster flush down my throat and gave a boom to me. Yum. I wonder why Korean's oyster though? Why not other country's oyster.


Freshly cut salmon sashimi.


Haagen-Dazs ice cream! Unfortunately there's does not has my favourite macadamia nuts.


Mango pudding, looking pretty.


Free flow of wine.

Weight increased after the visit, guess I'll get the weight down, and go back in other time. =D


The European Caliphate By Clifford D. May

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 04:39 AM PDT

A refugee from the Muslim world sees it taking shape. For more than 30 years, Bat Ye'or, a refugee from Egypt, has been writing about dhimmis — Christians and Jews living under oppression in Muslim lands. Now, she has a new book, Europe, Globalization, and the Coming Universal Caliphate, that looks at Muslims living in lands that once were Christian but today call themselves multicultural. She predicts Europe will not remain multicultural for long. She is convinced that Europe, sooner rather than later, will be dominated by Islamic extremists and transformed into "Eurabia" — a term first used in the mid-1970s by a French publication pressing for common European-Arab policies.

Immigrants can enrich a nation. But there is a difference between immigrants and colonists. The former are eager to learn the ways of their adopted home, to integrate and perhaps assimilate — which does not require relinquishing their heritage or forgetting their roots. Colonists, by contrast, bring their culture with them and live under their own laws. Their loyalties lie elsewhere.

Ye'or contends that a concerted effort is being made not only to ensure that Muslim immigrants in Europe remain squarely in the second category, but also that they become the means to transform Europe politically, culturally, and religiously. Leading this effort is the Organization of the Islamic Conference, established in 1969, which, a few months ago, no doubt on the advice of a highly compensated public-relations professional, renamed itself the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The OIC represents 56 countries plus the Palestinian Authority. It claims also to represent Muslim immigrants — the "Diaspora" — in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. It is pan-Islamic: It seeks to unify and lead the world's 1.3 billion Muslims. In a manual first published in 2001, "Strategy of Islamic Cultural Action in the West," the IOC asserts that "Muslim immigrant communities in Europe are part of the Islamic nation." It goes on to recommend, Ye'or notes, "a series of steps to prevent the integration and assimilation of Muslims into European culture."

The IOC, she argues, is nothing less than a "would-be, universal caliphate." It might look different from the caliphates of the Ottomans, Fatimids, and Abbasids. It might resemble, instead, a thoroughly modern trans-national bureaucracy. But, already, the OIC exercises significant power through the United Nations, and through the European Union, which has been eager to accommodate the OIC while simultaneously endowing the U.N. with increasing authority for global governance. Among the other organizations that Ye'or says are doing the OIC's bidding are the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, and the European Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Cooperation (PAEAC).

In the eyes of OIC officials, no problem in the contemporary world is more urgent than "Islamophobia," which it calls "a crime against humanity" that the U.N. and the EU must officially outlaw. Even discussing why so much terrorism is carried out in the name of Islam is to be forbidden. The OIC insists, too, that international bodies ban "defamation of religion," by which it means criticism of anything Islamic. Defamation of Judaism, Christianity, Bahai, Hinduism, and even heterodox Muslim sects such as the Ahmadiyya is common within the borders of many OIC countries, a fact the OIC refuses to acknowledge.

Instead, the OIC has specifically "warned" the EU and the "international community" of the "dangers posed by the influence of Zionism, Neo-Conservatism, aggressive Christian evangelicalism, Jewish extremism, Hindu extremism and secular extremism in international affairs and the 'War on Terrorism.'"

Though funding for terrorist groups flows generously from individuals in oil-rich OIC countries, the organization itself is not a supporter of terrorism. Neither, however, is it an opponent. Violence directed against those it views as enemies of Islam is defined as "resistance" — even when civilians, including women and children, are the intended victims.


Dr.Asri: Pas Kelantan Tidak Bersalah

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 05:02 AM PDT

Pas Kelantan tidak bersalah jika gagal melaksanakan hukum hudud seperti yang dikehendaki sejak 1993 kerana suasana kondusif masih tidak mencukupi selain kuasa Kerajaan Negeri yang terhad.

Sehubungan dengan itu, Bekas Mufti Perlis, Prof Madya Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin (gambar) menyarankan kepimpinan Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat menggiatkan kempen kebaikan undang-undang Islam itu terlebih dahulu bagi mengelak tanggapan negatif masyarakat khususnya bukan Islam.

"Kerajaan Negeri tiada kuasa penuh untuk laksanakan hukum ini.

"Jika dibuat ia akan terdedah kepada eksploitasi dan ini bahaya. Bagi saya Kelantan elok kempenkan keindahan hudud itu dahulu, tidak payah fikir dan buat hudud kerana melaksanakannya bukan bidang kuasa Kerajaan Negeri," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas membentangkan kertas kerja "Hudud suatu Perbincangan Tanggapan, Suasana dan Keberkesanan" di seminar Undang-Undang Syariah Peringkat Kebangsaan sempena Sambutan Hari Hududullah Kelantan yang dirasmikan Nik Abdul Aziz.

Menurutnya, jika Pas Kelantan tidak melaksanakan hudud ia tidak melanggar syariat Islam kerana undang-undang itu gagal dibuat disebabkan suasana negeri itu yang tidak kondusif.

"Saya faham perasaan bimbang Menteri Besar Kelantan sebagai pemerintah untuk laksanakan hudud kerana beliau takut disoal Allah kelak, tetapi kuasa Kerajaan Negeri terhad dan ia ditentukan Kerajaan Pusat.

"Jika tidak laksanakan hudud, beliau tidak melanggar syariat Islam kerana faktor-faktor itu. Dalam isu ini ia harus dilihat dalam kerangka lebih luas," katanya.

Menurutnya, hukum hudud memerlukan ijtihad-ijtihad baru sebelum dilaksanakan kerana keadaan masyarakat majmuk di negara ini menyebabkan ia tidak boleh terikat dengan teks lama.

Dalam usaha itu, katanya, kerajaan perlu mempromosikan aspek keadilan dalam pemerintahan, kebajikan rakyat, kesaksamaan dan sebagainya secara habis-habisan supaya masyarakat benar-benar memahami syariat Islam itu.

Dr Asri berkata, Malaysia tidak kondusif melaksanakan hukum hudud setakat ini tetapi usaha ke arah itu perlu dilakukan supaya masyarakat bukan Islam dan antarabangsa mendapat gambaran jelas mengenai hukum berkenaan. -SH


That's not 'sempoi', Anwar tells Najib...

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 02:00 AM PDT

Anwar Ibrahim has described Najib Abdul Razak's application to set aside his subpoena as "not cool", giving short shrift to the premier's bid to achieve an image makeover.

Prior to this, Najib had said he would testify in the Sodomy II trial if subpoenaed, also indicating that he dares to face Anwar in court.


"Now he is filing the application to have it set aside ... why shy away?" asked Anwar, who is defending himself against the charge based on a complaint by his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008.


"Everybody knows Saiful met him at his residence and now he is trying to shy away. Of course this will delay matters and we have to deal with it. Such actions by Najib are uncool," he quipped.


Anwar said Najib is resorting to the same tactic that former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad used in 1998.


"Najib has to answer as to the meeting - which he initially denied took place but then admitted (to having held with Saiful).

"
His wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also described Najib's action as "not cool".

Najib, 58, has highlighted how he uses social media like Facebook and Twitter to engage with youth. Yesterday, he took part in three radio programmes during which he projected a relaxed image.


Last Saturday, he attended the SuaraKami concert, which he yesterday described as "awesome", "great" and "sempoi", a popular Malay word that means 'simple', 'laid back' or 'cool'.

source:malaysiakini

Najib, Rosmah akan mohon ketepi sepina

Najib, Rosmah Akan Buat Permohonan Tolak Sepina Jadi Saksi

Anwar 'uneasy' as PM breaks vow to testify in Sodomy II trial

All along, Najib and his goons are trying to nail Anwar, and now when given the opportunity, why Najib let slip this chance?

Why are they chickening out. Now doing a Mahathir stunt.Bik Mama has no balls...oops,memang tak ada balls pun!!

Striking out the subpoena is seriously NOT SEMPOI!


Obviously they have something to hide and dare not face the truth.Berani kerana benar...



cheers.


Download Google+ For Android In Malaysia Now

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 02:59 AM PDT

Download Google+ For Android In Malaysia Now – Google+ For Android app was available in the US region only and now has come to Malaysia. Some people have been using it through manual apk download from the net, but now you can download right from the Malaysia's Android Market. If you are into Google+ then this is the app for you.

One question, are you still using Google+?

[SOURCE]


Always Rain In Klang Valley

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 02:46 AM PDT

Always Rain In Klang Valley

Always Rain In Klang Valley – It'd been raining almost everyday and the rain has just stopped now long here in Petaling Jaya. Is it the rain season right now? I wonder where the rainfall is coming from. It's really raining non-stop and heavily here and there. There's hurricane in the US past few weeks, there's typhoon in Taiwan, there's hurricane in Japan, what's happening to the earth? 2012 is coming? Haha.

Rainy day is very nice to stay indoor, relax, chill and sleep at home, but it's not nice to be out, it's so troublesome that I have to carry an umbrella all around, pants and feet get wet, and of course the most hate of all, traffic jam.

How about you? Do you like rainy day?

 


Bekas Atlet Boling SUKMA Dipenjara 5 Tahun Perkosa Gadis Bawah Umur

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 03:31 AM PDT

Melaka: Bekas atlet boling Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) negeri, Nor Afizal Azizan, 20, yang sebelum ini dilepaskan dengan bon jaminan berkelakuan baik selama lima tahun tanpa cagaran RM25,000 atas kesalahan merogol seorang gadis bawah umur tahun lalu, dihukum penjara lima tahun oleh Mahkamah Tinggi, di sini, semalam.

Hakim Datuk Ahmad Nasfy Yasin membuat keputusan itu selepas meneliti secara terperinci fakta kes dan keseluruhan hujahan timbalan pendakwa raya (perayu) dan peguam tertuduh (responden) pada prosiding rayuan silang itu.

Beliau turut menegaskan mahkamah perlu berhati-hati menggunakan peruntukan Seksyen 294 Kanun Acara Jenayah (KAJ) bagi kes rogol.

"Mengikut fakta, kedua-dua pihak iaitu mangsa dan responden sepatutnya dipersalahkan kerana mangsa juga sukarela dalam kejadian rogol ini. Namun, ini kesalahan serius walaupun ada fakta responden seorang atlet Sukma dan punya masa depan cerah, ia tidak cukup untuk mahkamah memberi pertimbangan hukuman mengikut peruntukan Seksyen 294 KAJ.

"Kesalahan Seksyen 376 Kanun Keseksaan ini dilaporkan berlaku setiap hari ketika ini, sebab itu timbul isu buang bayi dan sebagainya.

"Jika mahkamah mengesahkan perintah seksyen berkenaan, bermakna ia mengizinkan kejadian (rogol) berlaku,"
katanya.

Ahmad Nasfy berkata, jika mahkamah meneruskan perintah Seksyen 294 KAJ akan menjadi rujukan yang tidak berpatutan (bad president) kepada mahkamah rendah dalam kes berkaitan selepas ini.

"Terpulang kepada mahkamah atasan menimbang keputusan ini. Atas semua sebab dinyatakan ini, saya mengubah keputusan hukuman dan perintah Seksyen 294 KAJ diketepikan dan diganti penjara lima tahun mulai hari ini (semalam)," katanya.

Terdahulu, Timbalan Pendakwa Raya Ifa Sirrhu Samsudin merayu diketepikan keputusan hukuman Mahkamah Sesyen bertarikh 5 Julai lalu dan berhujah atas beberapa faktor, perbezaan umur responden dan mangsa, isu tiada paksaan atau suka sama suka serta status responden sebagai atlet boling bukan 'tiket'untuk mendapat hukuman ringan.

"Beza umur responden enam tahun dengan mangsa sepatutnya dia lebih matang memikirkan kesan dan akibat perbuatannya. Malah, sebagai pemain boling dia sepatutnya menjaga imejnya dan tidak melakukan perbuatan salah di sisi agama Islam dan undang-undang.

"Selain itu, dia tidak patut menggunakan statusnya untuk dapatkan hukuman rendah.

Adakah semua atlet mesti diberikan peluang seperti responden jika melakukan kesalahan?" katanya.


The Sisters Brothers (Granta Books, 2011)

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 12:56 AM PDT

Explain the title

They are a pair of brothers, Charlie and Eli Sisters, so they are known as the Sisters brothers.

What's it about?

It's set in the Old West and the brothers are hired muscle working for a rich businessman referred to only as the Commodore. He sends the brothers to Sacramento to find and kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. Why, is not their place to ask. Sounds like a straightforward western so far but the brothers' journey from Oregon to Sacramento certainly isn't. Literally anything can happen, and does, from one page to the next. The brothers' come across numerous odd characters on their way to Sacramento and while these characters don't really affect the overall plot, the vignettes offer a glimpse to the way the brothers' think and relate to each other. It is only in the second half of the book that their original mission, to find Warm, is accomplished but even there it didn't turn out as straightforward as expected.

So it's not a typical 'koboi' story then?

Definitely not. There are no shoot-'em-ups every chapter although violent acts do appear and are portrayed realistically but briefly. Also they don't speak like characters in a western. In fact the dialogue is written in what can been described as Victorian-like. Very proper English, don't you know. Not what you'd expect from a western. This isn't a complaint, merely an observation. It gave me a surreal feeling reading it that's for sure.

The Sisters Brothers was a serendipitous read. A simple, entertaining book. Sometimes that's all a bookworm is looking for.


Filed under: Book-reading, Fiction Tagged: new books


Google+ opens to the world, yes! I was officially on Google+ on July 7 2011!

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 06:30 AM PDT

Today, the Internet is abuzz with news that Google+ is now open to the worldThat means everyone can join without having to receive an invitation to join. I was invited to join and on Google+ since July 7.

So what are you waiting for?!


Go to www.google.com/+ NOW and join the next BIG wave in social network.



Mat Sabu Terus Dikagumi Rakyat

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 12:26 AM PDT

Maran - Ketika hebat dikecam pelbagai pihak sejak kebelakangan ini, namun masih terdapat sejumlah besar penduduk luar bandar yang masih menyokong dan mengagumi kenyataan berani Timbalan Presiden Pas, Mohamad Sabu atau lebih dikenali sebagai Mat Sabu berhubung isu Mat Indera, komunis serta pejuang kemerdekaan.

Seorang pekerja swasta, Abdul Hamid Zainal Abiddin, 52, berkata, kenyataan Mat Sabu itu ada kebenarannya dan ia berjaya 'membuka mata' pihak terbabit.

Menurutnya, nama-nama yang dibangkit Mat Sabu adalah pejuang kemerdekaan namun nama mereka tidak disenaraikan kerana menentang penjajahan British.

"Sejarah tingkatan tiga tercatat bahawa British mengharamkan pertubuhan yang bangkit memperjuangkan kemerdekaan seperti PKMM, Angkatan Wanita Sedar (Awas) dan Angkatan Pemuda Insaf (Api).

"Pertubuhan ini yang berjuang ke arah kemerdekaan negara dari penjajahan. Tetapi Umno ketika itu bersekongkol dengan British dan hanya membawa slogan 'Hidup Umno' bukan bergerak sebagai pejuang kemerdekaan," katanya ketika ditemui pada Jamuan Hari Raya dan Perasmian Pejabat Pas Maran, di sini.

Seorang peniaga, Abu Hanafiah Mohammad, 42, berkata, dia bersetuju dengan cadangan agar sejarah negara ditulis semula kerana terdapat beberapa pengkaji sejarah yang mengiktiraf pejuang berhaluan kiri dalam membebaskan tanah air ini dari cengkaman penjajah.

Menurutnya, pemimpin pertubuhan yang enggan bersekongkol dengan penjajah tidak diiktiraf oleh kerajaan namun kini, rakyat semakin bijak menilai sesuatu isu berbangkit.

"Saya rasa, sebab ini ramai yang tidak berpatriotik menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan malah ramai tidak mengibarkan Jalur Gemilang.

"Ini kerana, sambutan kemerdekaan adalah sambutan Umno dan bukan sambutan rakyat sepenuhnya," katanya. -SH



Dakwaan ini seronok dan menarik - Mohamad Sabu

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Sept: Timbalan Presiden PAS, Haji Mohamad Sabu yang didakwa hari ini ekoran ucapannya mengenai Bukit Kepong menyifatkan kesnya sebagai 'seronok dan menarik'.

"Ini kes mengenai sejarah, tunggulah nanti. Kes ini akan jadi seronok dan menarik," katanya.

(Mohamad Sabu dan peguamnya, Mohamed Hanipa Maiden)

Beliau juga menyifatkan tindakan menyelesaikan perbezaan pandangan mengenai sejarah di dalam mahkamah adalah sesuatu yang kelakar.

"Kes ini adalah mengenai interpretasi sejarah dan sepatutnya diselesaikan melalui dialog dan debat, bukannya di mahkamah," katanya yang kelihatan bersemangat tinggi menghadapi dakwaan ke atasnya.

Beliau juga menyifatkan dakwaan ini sebagai usaha untuk menghentikan rakyat dari membincangkan fakta sejarah yang telah diselewengkan atas kepentingan Umno.

Mengulas dakwaan ke atas Mohamad itu, Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Mahfuz Omar menyifatkan perkara itu sebagai "kartun, kelakar, tak wajar".

"Pendakwaan itu berlaku dua tiga hari selepas (Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) mendakwa hendak menjadikan Malaysia demokrasi terbaik.

"Pendakwaan ke atas Mohamad itu menjadikan Najib antara perdana menteri paling haprak dalam sejarah dunia kerana bercakap lain, buat lain," katanya.

Menurut Mahfuz, ketika Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi menjadi Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad pernah menyifatkan Abdullah suka berbohong (developed a habit of lying).

"Waktu itu Dr Mahathir mendakwa, Abdullah membuat kenyataan-kenyataan yang sebenarnya bohong.

"Hari ini, nampaknya Najib lebih teruk dari Abdullah. Hampir setiap kali dia bercakap, selepas itu hampir serta merta cakapnya langsung tak boleh dipercayai apabila apa yang berlaku bertentangan sama sekali dengan apa yang dia bising-bisingkan terutama apa yang didakwanya sebagai 1Malaysia.

"Cakap tentang demokrasi terbaik, tetapi kerana pandangan yang berbeza pun diheret ke mahkamah," katanya.

Mahfuz juga mempersoalkan tindakan berpilih kerajaan Najib.

"Orang-orang yang menghina pejuang kemerdekaan yang menentang penjajah dengan mendajwa kononnya negara ini tidak pernah dijajah tidak pula diambil tindakan.

"Kenyataan seperti hakikatnya adalah persendaan yang sangat sadis terhadap pejuang kemerdekaan yang menentang penjajah," katanya.

Sebelum ini, blogger ahli Umno, Dato' Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz berkata, jika negara ini tidak dijajah, negeri-negeri Melayu waktu itu semuanya adalah negeri-negeri berdaulat, maka semua mereka yang berkhidmat dan bermatian untuk negeri-negeri tersebut adalah pendukung negeri-negeri yang berdaulat.

Mereka, bekas Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Pulau Manis dalam kawasan Parlimen Pekan itu, adalah "loyal subjects" dan sesiapa yang membunuh "loyal subjects" adalah pengkhianat.

"Maka demikian, celaka sungguhlah Umno. Tok nenek saya dari Tembeling dan Tebing TInggi yang bertombak dan berlembing melawan Inggeris semua adalah pengkhianat rupa-rupa nya.

"Mat Kilau, Mat Kelubi, Bahaman, Tok Gajah, Tok Janggut, Pa Andak Endut dan Maharajalela semua adalalah pengkhianat?" Mohd Ariff mempersoalkan dalam blognya, http://sakmongkol.blogspot.com.

Mohamad dihadapkan ke Mahkamah Sesyen Butterworth atas dakwaan mengeluarkan kenyataan yang memburukkan nama baik anggota polis dan keluarga mereka dalam ceramahnya di Padang Menora, Tasek Gelugor, pada 21 Ogos lalu.

Beliau yang didakwa mengikut Seksyen 500 Kanun Keseksaan mengaku tidak bersalah.

Selain itu, beliau turut berdepan dengan pertuduhan pilihan mengikut seksyen sama dengan dakwaan memfitnah tiga anggota polis yang mempertahankan diri dalam serangan komunis di Balai Polis Bukit Kepong pada 23 Februari 1950.

Pihak pendakwa meminta jaminan RM50,000 dikenakan ke atas Mohamad tetapi selepas dibantah peguam Mohamed Hanipa Maiden, mahkamah membebaskannya dengan jaminan RM15,000 sehingga hari perbicaraan.

Jika bersalah, Mohamad menghadapi kemungkinan dipenjarakan sehingga dua tahun, atau didenda atau kedua-duanya sekali.

Hakim Ikmal Hishan Mohd Tajuddin kemudiannya menetapkan sebutan kes paad 27 Oktober dan perbicaraan daripada 5 Disember hingga 9 Disember. -HD



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