Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Visit To Logos Hope – The Floating Book Fair

A Visit To Logos Hope – The Floating Book Fair


A Visit To Logos Hope – The Floating Book Fair

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 10:30 AM PDT

Have you heard about Logos Hope before? It's the largest floating book fair that travels around the world. The Logos Hope is actually a name of a ship that is currently park at the Swettenham Pier in Penang. On board is a mini books fair, or also can say it's like a mini Popular bookstore featuring many Christian books, and also many other books too.

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Entrance is RM1 for everyone and free for children below 12 years old. I was curious and I went to check out the Logos Hope with my girlfriend, Hueisean to see what is it like on board.

It was the Hari Raya day 1, Malay friends went to visit and celebrate and we went to check out the floating book fair. Upon arrival, I see many people queue up to get on the ship.

To my surprise, the queue was pretty long and it took about 20 minutes to reach the entrance. Since it was near to sea, with sea breeze blowing, it's nice to wait patiently and chit-chat at the same time. Slowly, we reached the ship and we got excited.

The Logos Hope, by GBA Ships travel around the world with a vision of "Bringing knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world." I really salute the volunteer crew that work on board and travel around the world with most of the time on the ship. It's not an easy job.

Thankfully, the weather was pretty good, partially Sunny, with a cloudy blue sky. We walked into the ship slowly, up the stairs, into the main deck where the book fair is.

Best part is that it's open until 10pm from Tuesday to Sunday and everyday open at 10am except Sunday at 1pm. So you can go relax in the ship sometimes although there's nothing much.

 

Upon entering, I could see many people wandering around. There's an area where people can see the history of the ship in both electronic media format and photo format. I was not really interested in it, so took a photos with the logo and started to go with the flow.

GBA Ships! Yeah. Do you know GBA? I think many don't know about because everyone now is so high tech and advance and only know about iPhone and PSP, GBA was the GameBoy Advance, a gaming device with better graphic. I had one and sold it. Ouch.

Went to check out the books with many Christianity books around. Some are good buy because they are cheap but I have no idea how old are them. Lot's of language dictionary too. I was looking for home improvement interior design book, I found but didn't buy any because they were too old. If you are a book lover, you must get on board and I am sure you will find your desire books.

 

One cool thing is that the price of the book on the ship is using Units and 100 Units is RM8. I wonder why.

Found a cafe named International Cafe selling pop corn, pastry, some juice and soft drink but did not get any because of the long queue, then we went out of the ship and headed somewhere else!

Must visit if you are in Penang. If you are in Kuala Lumpur, it's coming to Port Klang this month on 28th September 2011 and park for a month. Check out the schedule at the site.

P/S: Good night people, tomorrow got school! Down.


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Posted: 04 Sep 2011 10:26 AM PDT


Wartawan Tak Dibekal Jaket Kalis Peluru & Tiada Latihan, Mahathir Turut Selar Tiada Persediaan

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 10:27 AM PDT

Wartawan Bernama TV Khairulanuar Yahaya yang turut menyertai misi kemanusiaan ke Somalia hari ini mendedahkan wakil media yang menganggotai misi terbabit tidak dibekalkan dengan jaket kalis peluru sepanjang berada di negara berkonflik itu.

Misi anjuran Kelab Putera 1 Malaysia, yang sepatutnya kembali ke tanah air pada 8 September nanti terpaksa pulang pagi ini ekoran kematian jurukamera Bernama TV Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, akibat terkena tembakan curi semasa membuat liputan di Mogadishu kelmarin.

Jenazah Noramfaizul dikebumikan di Tanah Perkuburan Islam Universiti Putra Malaysia pada pukul 2.10 petang tadi.

Kira-kira 500 orang hadir untuk memberi penghormatan terakhir.

"Kami memang tidak diberikan dengan baju kalis peluru, kalau media negara asing, ada antara mereka yang pakai baju kali peluru (semasa buat liputan).

"Saya tidak tahu mengapa kita tidak dibekalkan, dalam misi-misi sebelum ini juga kami tidak dibekalkan dengan baju kalis peluru," kata Khairulanuar, yang sudah empat kali menyertai misi kemanusiaan, kepada The Malaysian Insider.

Jelas beliau, sepanjang berada di Somalia sejak 28 Ogos lalu keadaan di negara itu selamat dan tidak diserang oleh sesiapa.

Bagaimanapun, Khairulanuar yang masih trauma dalam kejadian yang meragutnya nyawa rakannya mengakui terkejut apabila diserang sekumpulan pengganas.

Katanya, kejadian berlaku yang berlaku dalam sekelip mata dan hanya mengetahui Noramfaizul ditembak selepas seorang wartawan lain menjerit.

"Saya dengar dua das tembakan tapi tidak tahu ditembak ke mana, saya hanya tahu Noramzul ditembak selepas seorang wartawan lain yang turut berada dalam kenderaan menjerit.

"Bunyi tembakan itu sangat dekat... berdesing telinga," katanya menambah kematian Noramfaizul tidak sia-sia kerana bapa dua anak itu berkhidmat untuk negara.

Sementara itu wartawan Astro Awani Tan Su Lin berkata, mereka tidak diberikan latihan awal untuk berada di zon tidak selamat.

"Kami diberitahu ia sangat bahaya, mengancam nyawa," katanya kepada pemberita di pangkalan Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia, Subang.

"(Tetapi kami tidak dapat) baju kalis peluru... kenderaan kami tidak ditampal dengan tanda media," katanya.

Wartawan berusia 27 tahun ini berkata misi ke Somalia adalah tugasan pertamanya di zon perang.

"Banyak askar... anda boleh lihat orang membawa AK47 dan anda tidak akan rasa apa-apa. Malam pula anda akan dengar bunyi tembakan," kata Tan.

Melissa Ong, 27, wartawan NTV7 berkata pasukan misi akan sentiasa diiringi kenderaan bersenjata.

"Sebuah kenderaan akan mengikuti kami dengan M16, AK47. Ada antara kami yang berada dalam kenderaan kalis peluru, kami tukar-tukar," katanya.

Turut tercedera dalam serangan itu adalah jurukamera TV3 Agi Saregar Mazlan yang cedera di lengan.

Kejadian itu berlaku ketika kru Bernama TV, TV3, Astro Awani dan RTM bergerak dari pusat operasi ke asrama tempat mereka tinggal kira-kira satu kilometer, selepas membuat liputan memberi bantuan kepada mangsa kebuluran di sekitar Mogadishu.

Noramfaizul yang cedera parah di bahu kanan dan paru-paru meninggal dunia pada pukul 11 malam waktu Malaysia selepas menerima rawatan.

Dalam pada itu, laporan Bernama Online menyebut, Bernama akan meneliti semula beberapa prosedur operasi standard (SOP) dalam menghantar wartawan untuk tugasan di luar negara, terutamanya di zon kritikal atau dilanda konflik.

Pengurus Besarnya Datuk Hasnul Hassan berkata selain menyediakan wartawan dengan latihan secukupnya, pertubuhan itu akan turut meneliti aspek keselamatan.

"Kami berkemungkinan perlu melihat bagaimana petugas kami dapat dilindungi dengan sebaik-baiknya. Sekiranya SOP perlu diubah, kami akan mengubahnya selepas berbincang dengan jawatankuasa pengurusan," katanya.

Hasnul berkata Bernama tidak akan berhenti daripada menghantar wartawan untuk tugasan di luar negara, sambil menambah pertubuhan berkenaan sering menghantar wartawan berpengalaman ke luar negara.

"Ini adalah dasar kami. Bagaimanapun, jika membabitkan keadaan yang sukar, keputusan dibuat atas dasar sukarela," katanya. -TMI


Misi keamanan perlu ambil kira risiko yang bakal dihadapi: Tun M

SERDANG: Bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hari ini menasihati penganjur misi kemanusiaan supaya mengambil kira risiko yang mungkin dihadapi anggotanya di tempat yang bakal mereka bertugas, terutama di negara seperti Somalia, yang tidak mempunyai kerajaan yang kukuh.

"Sebelum pergi, anda kena sedar bahaya yang mungkin dihadapi," katanya kepada pemberita pada majlis rumah terbuka Aidilfitri beliau di sini.

Dr Mahathir berkata demikian bagi mengulas kematian jurukamera BernamaTV Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, 39, akibat terkena tembakan ketika dalam perjalanan dengan sebuah kenderaan pacuan empat roda bersama beberapa anggota media lain dari Malaysia di Somalia pada Jumaat.

Mereka ke Mogadishu untuk membuat liputan misi bantuan kemanusiaan anjuran Kelab Putera 1Malaysia di negara yang dilanda kebuluran itu.

Dr Mahathir berkata keadaan di Somalia tidak stabil kerana rakyatnya berperang sesama sendiri.

Sambil menyifatkan kejadian yang menimpa Noramfaizul sesuatu yang malang, beliau mengucapkan takziah kepada keluarga jurukamera itu.

Majlis rumah terbuka itu dihadiri pelbagai lapisan masyarakat, termasuk naib pengerusi Yayasan Pencegahan Jenayah Malaysia Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye dan penyanyi popular Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin. -- BERNAMA



Isu Kematian Noramfaizul: Kelab Putera 1Malaysia Perlu Dipertanggunggjawabkan

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 08:37 AM PDT

Kelab Putera perlu tanggungjawab kematian jurukamera, kata saudara

SUBANG, 4 Sept — Keluarga terdekat Noramfaizul Mohd Nor mahu penganjur misi kemanusiaan ke Somalia, Kelab Putera 1 Malaysia memikul tanggungjawab atas kematian jurukamera Bernama TV itu kelmarin.

Kelab itu diketuai oleh ahli Majlis Tertinggi Umno Datuk Abdul Azeez yang juga Ketua Putera parti itu.

"Mereka (Kelab Putera 1 Malaysia) adalah pihak yang menganjurkan (misi)kemanusiaan). Mereka tidak boleh lepas tangan," kata pak cik Noramfaizul, Abu Bakar Md Yasin (gambar atas) kepada The Malaysian Insider di Pangkalan TUDM di sini hari ini.

"Mereka seharusnya telah melakukan risikan awal. Ia negara asing," kata bekas kakitangan awam Kementerian Pertahanan ini.

Seorang lagi bapa saudara pak cik Noramfaizul, Md Tahir Md Yasin berkata kematian itu sepatutnya boleh dielakkan.

"Mereka seharusnya memakai baju kalis peluru. Ia bukan negara stabil," kata beliau kepada The Malaysian Insider.

Bekas guru berusia 69 tahun ini berkata, Bernama juga seharusnya bertanggungjawab atas kematian Noramfaizul, selain Kelab Putera 1 Malaysia.

Mary Francis, pakar psikologi yang merupakan salah seorang peserta misi kemanusiaan memberi pandangan yang seiring dengan kenyataan Tahir dengan berkata: "Mereka tiada jaket kalis peluru. Ini penting di negara yang berkonflik."

Katanya, peserta pasukan ada memakai jaket kalis peluru ketika jenazah Noramfaizul dibawa pulang.

"Bagaimanapun ia sudah terlewat... dia mungkin selamat jika ada mengenakan jaket," katanya.

Suri rumah berusia 54 tahun ini yang menitiskan air mata berkata, pasukan misi kemanusiaan seharusnya telah diberikan latihan secukupnya.

Timbalan Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Senator Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz berkata, wakil media misi sewajarnya telah diberikan latihan dan disediakan aspek keselamatan yang baik.

"Menyediakan jaket, kereta kalis peluru... seharusnya mereka disediakan tahap keselamatan tentera yang lebih baik," katanya.

"Mereka seharusnya telah diberikan latihan zon perang. Peserta kali pertama (pula) tidak seharusnya dihantar," kata beliau. -TMI

Ulasan GB

GB sudah ulas hal di atas di dalam entri: Kenyataan Tidak Bertanggungjawab Najib - Ambil Mudah Aspek Keselamatan Misi Somalia. Petikan:

Kenyataan paling tidak bertanggugjawab dari seorang Perdana Menteri yang baru pulang "bercuti" dari Australia sewaktu rakyat sedang merayakan hari Lebaran dan Hari Merdeka di dalam negara.

Beliau berkata "Kadangkala, meskipun anda memakai jaket kalis peluru, ia tidak beri jaminan 100 peratus"

Justeru itu maka langkah keselamatan sudah tidak perlu diambil semata-mata kerana ia tidak memberi jaminan 100% selamat? Apa-apa pun langkah keselamatan memang tidak boleh memberi jaminan 100% selamat kerana kesemuanya di tangan Allah s.w.t., namun ia tidak bererti langkah keselamatan tidak perlu diambil lantarannya.

Ini baru betul-betul kisah Pak Pandir dengan Mak Andeh. Apa kata Pak Pandir kepada bininya Mak Andeh dalam cerita rakyat apabila anaknya mati? Kata Pak Pandir kepada Mak Andeh;

"Andeh, Andeh! Bukannya kita sahaja yang mati anak rupanya, orang lain pun ada juga yang mati anaknya, perempuan juga dan rupanya pun semacam betul-betul dengan anak kita."

Kedua, apakah kerana yang terlibat itu ialah Kelab Putera 1Malaysia maka PM meminta orangramai jangan persalahkan sesiapa demi untuk menyelamatkan nama kelab berkenaan?



Spad and Soi Lek on the same page or Spad trying to save Soi Lek's ass?

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 09:06 AM PDT

The Land Transport Commission (Spad) has clarified that its stand on land acquisition of heritage buildings along Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur was not contradicted by MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek.

NONESpad chief executive officer Mohd Nur Kamal (right), in a letter to MCA-owned English daily The Star, made the clarification following "inaccurate interpretations" of a MCA-Spad-property owners dialogue on Aug 23 and said that this was corroborated by transcripts of Chua's press conference after the Aug 23 meeting where the latter had said: "Government will proceed with the acquisition but with the condition that it would strengthen the buildings affected by the construction of the MRT tunnel, for the safety of the buildings' occupants..."

In Mohd Nur's letter,Chua was quoted as saying, "But after the tunnel is completed in about six months, they will be allowed to move back to conduct business as usual."
Aiyo? Why lah? Trying to fool the rakyat again?
Here's the report in The Star Online on Tuesday August 23:

Published: Tuesday August 23, 2011 MYT 5:09:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday August 23, 2011 MYT 9:16:57 PM

KL Chinatown traders can stay on

By YUEN MEIKENG

KUALA LUMPUR: The 31 shop lots near Jalan Sultan will not be demolished for the construction of the Klang Valley MY Rapid Transit (MRT) project, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.
He said the shops would remain as they are an important part of KL Chinatown's identity.
"During the six months of constructing the MRT tunnel underneath the area, the occupants will have to evacuate their property but will be told to return after that.
"Buildings affected by the construction will be strengthened," he told reporters after attending a dialogue between the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), representatives of the Jalan Sultan traders and others at the SPAD headquarters here Tuesday.

On the next day, there was a 'double' confirmation!

Wednesday August 24, 2011

Jalan Sultan saved

By YUEN MEIKENG
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: It was cheers all around as the face of Chinatown in Petaling Street will remain despite the construction of the MY Rapid Transit (MRT).
The 31 shophouses along Jalan Sultan would not be torn down, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He added that the decision not to demolish the buildings was important to maintain the identity of Chinatown.
"The area is also an important tourist and historical landmark in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur," he said after leading a delegation of Jalan Sultan traders to meet the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and others yesterday.
Dr Chua said all parties managed to reach an understanding and agreement in the meeting.
"The Government will proceed with the acquisition (of the land underneath the Jalan Sultan area) but on the condition that it would strengthen the buildings affected by the construction of the MRT tunnel, for the safety of the buildings' occupants," he said.
Dr Chua added that the occupants would be required to move out.
Jubilant: Jalan Sultan traders and property owners celebrating upon hearing the news that the units would not be demolished for the MRT project yesterday.
 
"But after the underground tunnel is completed in about six months, they will be allowed to move back in to conduct business as usual," he said.
It was previously reported that work on the MRT project touted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as the most practical solution for transportation needs in the Klang Valley would be completed in 2016.
The first phase spans 51km, with 31 stops from Sungai Buloh to Kajang.

Was Soi Lek trying to mislead the people by not mentioning the 'no guarantee' clause

OR


was he just  as confused in the MCA-Spad-property owners dialogue on Aug 23 -  hence declaring that after the underground tunnel was completed, the property owners could move back in to conduct business as usual?!



"Jelajah Patriot" Hanya Bertujuan Rendahkan Martabat Bekas Perajurit

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 07:55 AM PDT

Jika Umno begitu serius dalam memperjuangkan nasib bekas perajurit yang berjuang demi tanah air tercinta, parti itu seharusnya membantu semua bekas tentera, anggota polis dan ahli keluarga warga Bukit Kepong kerana difahamkan ada di antara mereka masih belum menerima pampasan atau bantuan dari kerajaan pusat.

Justeru Naib Presiden PKR, Nurul Izzah Anwar menegaskan tindakan Pemuda Umno mahu mengumpulkan semua bekas tentera, anggota polis dan ahli keluarga warga Bukit Kepong menerusi siri jelajah seluruh negara dalam program Pentas Patriot bagi menjawab kontroversi kenyataan Timbalan Presiden PAS, Mohamad Sabu amat mendukacitakan selain bersifat hanya membazir.

"Kita juga terfikir mengapa para "patriot" ini menganggap siri jelajah sebegini lebih membawa manfaat dan kebaikan daripada menyokong, mengawas, dan memberi maklum balas kepada badan kebajikan para perajurit seperti Lembaga Tabung Amanah Tentera (LTAT) dan badan-badan seperti itu?

"Jika mereka bekerjasama dengan badan-badan ini – untuk perjuangkan pembelian aset-aset Exxonmobil, sebagai contoh – pasti pejuang dan perajurit negara akan menikmati kebaikan dan keuntungan, dan kepentingan negara akan terjaga lagi terselamat," tegas Izzah dalam kenyataan medianya.

Tegas Izzah lagi, Umno-BN sepatutnya mengutamakan kepentingan rakyat dan bukanya memberi tumpuan kepada matlamat parti semata-mata terutama sayap-sayap pemuda.

Tambah Izzah, apa yang menyedihkanya lagi adalah UMNO sekali lagi mengguna peluang sedia ada untuk menimbulkan syak wasangka dan rasa benci di kalangan rakyat demi masa kepentingan politiknya sendiri.

"Bukanlah lebih baik jika UMNO menyalurkan masa, wang ringgit dan tenaga mereka untuk membantu bekas perajurit Malaysia yang memerlukan bantuan, dan bukannya untuk menjalankan program-program jelajah sebegini? Bukankah Utusan Malaysia, akhbar alat sebaran mereka, sudah cukup untuk mencerca PAS, Mohamad Sabu dan Pakatan Rakyat amnya?" katanya.

Katanya lagi, Umno wajib sedar bahawa tindakan itu hanyalah bertujuan mempersendakan prinsip-prinsip asas negara kerana kerajaan pimpinannya masih memperguna empat perisytiharan darurat yang masih wujud, walaupun sudah 54 tahun kita merdeka.

"Malah bukankah ini menunjukkan Umno secara tidak langsung merendahkan martabat para perajurit yang kita kasihi dan memperlekehkan perjuangan mereka selama ini, kerana kononnya negara masih belum selamat dan masih memerlukan empat perisytiharan darurat ini?


"Atau adakah UMNO yang sebenarnya memerlukan empat perisytiharan darurat ini demi masa depan politik sempit mereka?," jelas Izzah.




60 Sen???

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 06:24 AM PDT

I know the cost of things out there has gone up by quite a bit but I was quite unprepared for how much I had to pay for an ice cold glass of Chinese tea today.

Wifey and me don't really eat out much these days cos we're not prepared to pay for the exorbitant food prices out there. She'd rather cook the meals herself but sometimes we're pretty lazy to cook so we do go out and eat, like today for instance.

The boys start school tomorrow and we took them for a haircut this afternoon, I was due for one too. After the haircut, we headed to the Chinese restaurant a few doors away from the barber. As usual, we all ordered what we wanted and I ordered cold Chinese tea for my drink. The drinks came and I just paid for all our drinks not knowing how much each of them really cost but I knew mine was the cheapest, after all it's just Chinese tea.

But the weather was sweltering and I was still thirsty so I ordered another glass of that cold Chinese tea and when it arrived, I gave the waiter RM1 and he gave me change for 40 sen. Good god, the tea cost me 60 sen! I was shocked to say the least.

Bloody hell, how much does it cost to boil some tea leaves in water which is provided free by the state government and then dump some ice into it (which is also made by that free water)? And it's not like that tea tasted like real Chinese tea or anything, it was practically tasteless and to charge me 60 sen was really crazy.

I know it's only 60 sen but like I said, the water we get these days in the state of Selangor is free and I know nothing is really free but 60 sen for a glass of watered down, tasteless Chinese tea is just a little too much. If I had known, I would have ordered a glass of watermelon juice or something, at least it's justifiable to pay for something like that.

I remember when Chinese tea cost only 20 sen ... siggghhh ... In fact, I knew of some restaurants that gave you Chinese tea for free back then! Maybe next time, I'm going to ask them first how much a glass of cold Chinese tea costs before ordering one. Or better yet, maybe next time I'll just bring my own bottle drinks.

Oh well Nick, it's not like anyone forced you to eat there anyway. But 60 sen for a glass of cold Chinese tea? Daylight robbery la! Evren a glass of champagne at celebrity weddings don't cost that much.

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And so..... they come in support of Mat Sabu

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 06:17 AM PDT

I learnt history and I read history. During our struggle for the Independence, there were heroes - the Malays, Chinese, Indians and others. Some were traitors too. However, communism was not accepted back then, long before and after Merdeka.

And Mat Sabu's remarks that declared the communists as heroes (and not the Malayan people who served the colonial master British) is opening up more polemics.

Some parties have deplored Mat Sabu while the rest seemed to have supported him.

Here are some excerpts from comments in Malaysiakini:

"Our history is viewed through Umno's racial lenses. Had those in the Bukit Kepong police station were British, the attackers would be heros. After all, local Malay chief Maharajalela was a folk hero in the annals of our history for killing British Resident in Perak, JWW Birch. But Bukit Kepong serves Umno's Malay versus Chinese agenda. Mat Sabu sought to turn the issue on its head by arguing that the leader of the attack was actually a Malay, Mat Indera."

"Let's get this straight. The attack on the Bukit Kepong police station was before Merdeka - Aug 31, 1957. The country was colonialised by the British and all personnel who worked for the administration were under the payroll of Her Majesty, the Queen of England. Those who went against and fought the British colonialists then are nationalist, irrespective of their party orientation. Those under employment of the British government, irrespective of their racial background, worked for the colonial masters. If Mat Indera (Muhammad Indera), a nationalist with the communist party and his comrades, had successfully driven out the British occupiers, they would have been hailed as war heroes just like the communists in China and Vietnam who had driven out their own countrymen in the Koumintang and the South Vietnamese Army respectively as they were aligned to the American imperialists. Victors get to write their version of history."

"The communists were of course the true heroes of Malaya (then). They fought against the British colonialists, then the Japanese, then the British again and got 'independence' for Malaya. They are patriots. Those local police and soldiers were cannon fodder, employed by the British and the ruling aristocrats and their running dog, MCA, to protect themselves. The communists had no choice - it was either to attack or be attacked."

"Even Karpal Singh, a very principled politician had criticised Mat Sabu. I am aware that many Chinese Malaysians died at the hands of the communists just because they refused to help the communists, especially those who worked for the government. Government teachers, including Chinese teachers, were killed directly in front of their students in broad daylight back in those days."

I believe we will read more varieties pretty soon. So many factions, including politicians are riding on it. And our rakyat could be split into two (especially our young ones) over the 'actual heroes and villains' issue. How strong and adequate are our text books and documents?

I am also of the opinion that the communist were/are heroes in the countries of their origin... but NOT in the case of Malaysia.

Should I blame Mat Sabu? I guess he didn't pay much attention to this subject...



Hadi Pertahan Mohd Sabu: British Kita lawan, Komunis Pun Kita Lawan

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 05:51 AM PDT

Marang – Presiden Pas, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang mempertahankan timbalan presidennya, Mohamad Sabu dan membidas media kerana terus menyerang pemimpin itu termasuk melabelkan Umno sebagai sebuah parti yang 'hanyut'.

"Jangan keluarkan berita sehingga jadi fitnah, Pas ialah sebuah parti Islam yang lawan semua (penjajah), British kita lawan, komunis kita lawan," katanya ketika ditemui di sini, mengulas serangan Umno dan medianya terhadap, Mohamad Sabu.

Mohamad Sabu dalam kenyataannya sebelum ini mencadangkan agar sejarah negara dikaji semula sehingga menimbulkan kontroversi.

Ini berikutan dakwaan Umno melakarkan sejarah negara berdasarkan kepentingannya, tetapi bukan cerita sebenar.

Mohamad Sabu yang dipetik berkata, isu serangan ke atas Balai Polis Bukit Kepong pada 1950 diceritakan Umno sebagai penjahat menyerang hero iaitu polis yang mempertahankan balai itu.

"Ia menjadi satu kepercayaan ramai apabila Jins Samsudin membuat filem Bukit Kepong berdasarkan persepsi itu. Antara yang menyerangnya adalah kumpulan dipimpin Mat Indera, di samping komunis yang juga melawan penjajah British ketika itu.

"Polis ketika itu bertugas dengan penjajah Inggeris yang menjajah Tanah Melayu pada waktu itu. Antara pihak menentang Inggeris adalah pejuang Islam dipelopori Abu Bakar Al Bakir, kumpulan Nasionalis Melayu pimpin Ahmad Boestaman dan komunis," katanya.

Namun, katanya, kesemua mereka tidak menjadi hero yang memperjuangkan kemerdekaan dan melawan bagi pengkisah sejarah negara yang dipimpin Umno, tetapi menjadi hero adalah Datuk Onn Jaffar dan Tunku Abdul Rahman.

"Pada hal Datuk Onn adalah menteri besar yang dilantik Inggeris untuk mentadbir Johor. Tunku Abdul Rahman pula adalah pegawai British," katanya.

Mengulas lanjut, kata Abdul Hadi yang juga merupakan Ahli Parlimen Marang berkata, perkara itu bukan sesuatu yang baru kerana Umno hanya menyokong pihak berkuasa yang dapat memberi keuntungan kepada mereka sahaja.

"Umno hanya sokong siapa yang berkuasa. Masa British berkuasa sokong British kalau Jepun berkuasa sokong Jepun, kalau komunis berkuasa mereka akan sokong komunis kerana mereka (Umno) hanyut, tetapi Pas akan melawan semua
," katanya. -SH


Thumbs Up At Weld Quay Xiang Xia Tomyam Mee

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 03:54 AM PDT

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It'd been quite some times I didn't meet up with this guys. 1 years and 9 months that I have been away from high school and them. High school was a good time, especially the friends and people that I stick together all the time.

Though, time tick tocks and everyone has their own life and way to go. It's fated that we met and we walk our own life.

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Yong Chieh, Tee Jin, Khai Liang, Zez Chien, Jin Jie and me.

Friends are always friends, no matter how far the time goes, we will meet again. This is for sure, because we've got something call Chung Ling High School Alumni. LOL. I haven't join by the way. Nice meeting you guys at the Weld Quay famous Tomyam Mee by the way. =)


Why Penang Hill development was not realised: Koh's indecisiveness loh!

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 04:00 AM PDT

Click here to read.



Kenyataan Media: Sifat Hipokrit UMNO-BN dalam Menghantar Pulang Pelarian Islam Uighur ke China

Posted: 03 Sep 2011 09:47 PM PDT

Ketika umat Islam sedang meraikan Hari Raya Aidilfitri dan Utusan Malaysia-milik UMNO menyerang Timbalan Presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu sebagai simpatisan-komunis berikutan kenyataannya tentang insiden Bukit Kepong, Kerajaan Malaysia telah menghantar 11 pelarian Islam Uighur yang mencari perlindungan pulang ke Kerajaan Komunis China.

KEADILAN secara keras mengutuk sifat hipokrit ini dan pelanggaran hak asasi manusia.

Etnik Uighur adalah orang Islam daripada wilayah Xinjiang di China. Kerajaan Malaysia memberi alasan tindakan diambil memandangkan 11 orang ini terlibat di dalam sindiket pemerdagangan manusia. Agensi Pelarian PBB (UNHCR) telah menyatakan lima lagi yang masih ditahan telah memohon status pelarian dengan UNHCR dan agensi tersebut telah meminta untuk bertemu dengan kesemua 16 pelarian Uighur tersebut.

Tetapi permohonan UNHCR tersebut telah ditolak dan UNCHR telah melahirkan kekesalan mereka terhadap keputusan Kerajaan Malaysia tersebut.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) telah mengutuk tindakan kerajaan memulangkan 11 pelarian Uighur tersebut dan mendesak agar kerajaan tidak memulangkan 5 orang yang masih lagi ditahan di Malaysia. Memulangkan mereka kepada Kerajaan Komunis China mendedahkan mereka kepada risiko serius diseksa.

Kerajaan China secara berterusan telah menganggap permintaan penggunaan bahasa Uighur serta mengamalkan agama Islam sebagai keganasan, pemberontakan dan penderhakaan. OIC yang turut dianggotai Malaysia telah menyeru agar China mengatasi masalah asas penindasan masyarakat Uighur.

HRW telah mendedahkan bahawa China telah menekan negara-negara seperti Malaysia, Thailand dan Pakistan untuk memulangkan pelarian Uighur. Tren ini bermula di Cambodia pada 2008 ketika negara tersebut dipaksa memulangkan 20 orang Uighur yang dilindungi oleh UNHCR termasuk seorang wanita hamil dan dua anak kecil ke China.

Di Amerika Syarikat, Perwakilan Republikan Chris Smith dan Senator Demokrat Sherrod Brown, yang mempengerusikan bersama Suruhanjaya Ekskekutif Kongres mengenai China juga telah mengutuk tindakan Malaysia terhadap pelarian Uighur tersebut.

Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar, Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara mendakwa bahawa pelarian Uighur ini terlibat di dalam aktiviti pemerdagangan manusia. Namun mengapakah mereka tidak didakwa di bawah Akta Anti Pemerdagangan Manusia tetapi dipulangkan ke China?

Mengapakah Malaysia membenarkan campurtangan Kerajaan Komunis China di dalam isu yang bukan sahaja melibatkan hak asasi manusia tetapi nasib umat Islam yang kononnya diperjuangkan UMNO selama ini? Malang sekali bukti terbaru kelemahan pentadbiran pimpinan Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berlaku bukan sahaja ketika umat Islam sedunia sedang meraikan Hari Raya tetapi ketika rakyat Malaysia meraikan Kemerdekaan negara.

KEADILAN mendesak Menteri Dalam Negeri Dato' Seri Hishamuddin Hussein untuk menjelaskan dengan serta-merta serta menjamin bahawa lima orang pelarian Uighur yang masih ditahan di Malaysia dilayan sebagai pelarian sah mengikut undang-undang dan amalan antarabangsa.


Mat Sabu's Silap Mata

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 02:50 AM PDT

It was in July when I first saw Mat Sabu - a jovial gentleman in his wheelchair giving his speech at the Ops Scorpene Fund Raising Dinner. Holding his X-ray films, he told the audience the injuries he sustained during the Bersih rally with the sole intention of maintaining the credibility of his claim - and all that done with smiles on his face that reached his eyes. I had a good first impression of Mat Sabu - a jovial man oozing with earnest sincerity.


The recent uproar over Mat Sabu's alleged remarks about the attack on Bukit Kepong in 1950 during British occupied Malaya puzzled me greatly.

Mohamad Sabu, or popularly known as Mat Sabu, rocked the boat when he allegedly said the communist terrorists led by a Malay, Mat Indera, were the heroes in the attack on a police station in Bukit Kepong, Johor, during the Emergency in 1950. All the policemen and their family members including children were massacred. You can read more about the background of Bukit Kepong here. You can watch the video HERE.

Frankly, I have watched the video and cannot understand the furore.

Historically, the Bukit Kepong incident refers to an armed encounter which took place in an area surrounding the police station on February 23, 1950 between the police and the Malayan Communists in pre-independence Malaya.

The truth of the matter is this - during the Japanese Occupation (read HERE),  the communists were fighting against the Japanese alongside the British and Malayans. There were many deaths. After the British left, fighting continued because ideological conflict. From one viewpoint, the communists were 'heroes' whilst from another, they were zeroes and enemies of the state.

Black Mamba, a commenter in Malaysiakini wrote:

Let's get this straight. The attack on the Bukit Kepong police station was before Merdeka - Aug 31, 1957. The country was colonialised by the British and all personnel who worked for the administration were under the payroll of Her Majesty, the Queen of England.

Those who went against and fought the British colonialists then are nationalists, irrespective of their party orientation. Those under employment of the British government, irrespective of their racial background, worked for the colonial masters.

If Mat Indera (Muhammad Indera), a nationalist with the communist party and his comrades, had successfully driven out the British occupiers, they would have been hailed as war heroes just like the communists in China and Vietnam who had driven out their own countrymen in the Kuomintang and the South Vietnamese Army respectively as they were aligned to the American imperialists.

Victors get to write their version of history.

Mat Sabu did not strike me as a loose cannon. Whilst others may argue that his controversial remarks have cast doubts, especially among the rural Malay electorate where communism is taboo,  I believe this is Mat Sabu's sleight of hand to deflect interest in the DUMC and Sodomy issues by throwing a red herring in BN's path.

Mat Sabu, a well seasoned politician, would have thought about the implications before making any public statements. In all likelihood, anything could be taken out of context and twisted to put PAS in bad light or even to undermine Mat Sabu's popularity. If not, why then a road show as reported here?

His speech has been blown out of proportion and taken out of context. All he did was to allude that BN has been manufacturing and using its own history. And we all know history is always written by victors, never mind the truth. This Malaysian Insider article echoes these sentiments. The 'enlightened' ones argue that much of our history has been slanted via selective perception and racial bias! If one has eyes that see not, and ears that hear not, one would accept what is churned out in the MSM.

Even Karpal Singh has called for Mat Sabu to retract his statement and to apologise. Doesn't he believe in freedom of speech any more?

In his latest post Easier to Talk, RPK has argued that both the opposition and government are identical in the manner in which they 'practise' democracy - allowing freedom of speech so long as what is said is in line with THEIRS. He stated that both do not respect these freedom although they shout and scream about democracy.

If one traces recent news coverage, there is an inverse correlation between these three topics. There is a lot of fodder on Mat Sabu and the Bukit Kepong issue so that focus on DUMC and Sodomy II is dimmed. Even the TDM has joined the fray spewing more of his theories.

Judge for yourself how the Malay press flayed Mat Sabu in this Malaysiakini post.

With that fateful speech, it is highly probable that Najib's people are rankled because PAS and Anwar issues have slipped through the cracks and the current focus is glaringly ALL Mat Sabu and Bukit Kepong! With such development, Mat Sabu should emerge as a clear winner in this scenario.



Padah Berasmara Dalam Kereta, Tertolak Gear Reverse Lalu Rempuh Penghadang

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 04:14 AM PDT

Changsa – Satu pasangan yang berasmara dalam sebuah kereta nyaris maut kerana mereka tidak mematikan enjin kereta, lapor sebuah akhbar semalam.

Pasangan itu pada mulanya berasmara dalam kereta yang diletakkan di tempat letak kereta di atas bumbung sebuah bangunan di sini, selatan China baru-baru ini.

Mereka tidak mematikan enjin kerana mahu menikmati hawa dingin ketika berasmara.

Namun, si lelaki, Qiao Hou tertolak gear menyebabkan kereta berkenaan mengundur dan merempuh penghadang tempat letak kereta.

Kereta itu tidak terjatuh sebaliknya bahagian belakang kenderaan tersebut tergantung pada ketinggian 18.28 meter.

Kekasih Hou menjerit menyebabkan beberapa orang bergegas membantu mereka keluar dari kenderaan itu.

– Agensi


Legotron: Fully Working 4×5 Camera Made Of LEGO Bricks

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 03:12 AM PDT

Fully Working 4×5 Camera Made Of LEGO Bricks
August 19, 2011
Fully Working 4×5 Camera Made Of LEGO BricksThey say that if you set a 1,000,000 monkeys at 1,000,000 typewriters for 1,000,000 years and let them type randomly at the machines, one of those monkeys will end up accidentally writing the complete works of William Shakespeare.
Similarly, I wonder, if we sat down 1,000,000 monkeys with a ton of LEGO bricks, will they end up building a fully functional camera.
Well, photographer Cary Norton took the monkey part out of the equation and proved that a fully functional camera can indeed be built from heap loads of LEGO bricks
The camera, named Legotron,  uses a 4x5 film back and took over a year (with lapses) to build. Images are quite impressive.



Kenyataan Tidak Bertanggungjawab Najib - Ambil Mudah Aspek Keselamatan Misi Somalia

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 01:34 AM PDT

Najib: Usah salahkan sesiapa ekoran kematian jurukamera di Somalia

SUBANG, 4 Sept — Datuk Seri Najib Razak meminta orang ramai tidak mempersalahkan sesiapa atas kematian jurukamera Bernama TV yang menyertai misi kemanusiaan di Somalia, kelmarin.

Gambar: Najib Razak dan Rosmah Mansor berbual dengan isteri Allahyarham Noramfaizul Mohd Nor di Pangkalan TUDM Subang. — Foto oleh Choo Choy May

Perdana Menteri berkata keselamatan tidak boleh dijamin seratus peratus meskipun langkah-langkah berjaga diambil ataupun diberi latihan.

"Kadangkala, meskipun anda memakai jaket kalis peluru, ia tidak beri jaminan 100 peratus," kata Najib pada sidang media di Pangkalan TUDM di sini hari ini selepas menerima jenazah.

Jenazah Allahyarham Noramfaizul Mohd Nor yang maut akibat terkena tembakan curi semasa membuat liputan misi kemanusiaan di Mogadishu tiba kira-kira pukul 10 pagi tadi. -TMI


Jenazah Noramfaizul Tiba Di Pangkalan TUDM Subang

SUBANG JAYA 4 SEPTEMBER : Jenazah jurukamera BernamaTV Noramfaizul Mohd Nor yang maut akibat terkena tembakan curi semasa membuat liputan misi kemanusiaan di Mogadishu, Somalia, tiba di Pangkalan Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) di Subang, pada jam 10 pagi tadi.

Suasana hiba menyelubungi perkarangan pangkalan itu sebaik jenazah Allahyarham dibawa keluar daripada pesawat C-130 TUDM yang turut membawa pulang anggota misi bantuan Malaysia itu.

Jenazah Allahyarham disambut anggota keluarga termasuk ayah Mohd Nor Mat Yassin, 66, dan ibu Naemah Abd Majid, 63.

Selain anggota keluarga, Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan isteri Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor turut menyambut ketibaan jenazah Allahyarham Noramfaizul dan kumpulan misi bantuan kemanusiaan bertujuan membantu mangsa kebuluran di Somalia.

Jurugambar dan jurukamera mewakili pelbagai organisasi media kelihatan berkerumun di bahagian belakang pesawat ketika keranda dilitupi "Jalur Gemilang" yang membawa jenazah Allahyarham dibawa keluar untuk dibawa ke Masjid TUDM.

Dalam kejadian pada Jumaat itu, kenderaan yang dinaiki Noramfaizul, 39, dan petugas media Malaysia lain yang diiringi tentera kerajaan Somalia, ditembak ketika mereka dalam perjalanan pulang ke tempat penginapan. -tvsnews





Ulasan GB

Kenyataan paling tidak bertanggugjawab dari seorang Perdana Menteri yang baru pulang "bercuti" dari Australia sewaktu rakyat sedang merayakan hari Lebaran dan Hari Merdeka di dalam negara.

Beliau berkata "Kadangkala, meskipun anda memakai jaket kalis peluru, ia tidak beri jaminan 100 peratus"

Justeru itu maka langkah keselamatan sudah tidak perlu diambil semata-mata kerana ia tidak memberi jaminan 100% selamat? Apa-apa pun langkah keselamatan memang tidak boleh memberi jaminan 100% selamat kerana kesemuanya di tangan Allah s.w.t., namun ia tidak bererti langkah keselamatan tidak perlu diambil lantarannya.

Ini baru betul-betul kisah Pak Pandir dengan Mak Andeh. Apa kata Pak Pandir kepada bininya Mak Andeh dalam cerita rakyat apabila anaknya mati? Kata Pak Pandir kepada Mak Andeh;

"Andeh, Andeh! Bukannya kita sahaja yang mati anak rupanya, orang lain pun ada juga yang mati anaknya, perempuan juga dan rupanya pun semacam betul-betul dengan anak kita."

Kedua, apakah kerana yang terlibat itu ialah Kelab Putera 1Malaysia maka PM meminta orangramai jangan persalahkan sesiapa demi untuk menyelamatkan nama kelab berkenaan?

Pagi tadi tatkala GB menyiarkan satu entri bertajuk: Apakah Misi Somalia Patuhi Ciri Keselamatan? seorang pengunjung yang menggunakan nickname "Rasional" menulis seperti berikut:

Ini bukan isu politik (eventhough cara ia diberitakan dan apa yang akan jadi lepas ini memang telah atau akan jadi politik pun). Ini isu keselamatan krew media. Sedangkan field reporter CNN dan BBC yang 'embedded' dengan tentera di Iraq, Afghan dan Libya sekalipun sentiasa memakai kevlar vests. Memang terlalu banyak ketirisan dalam perancangan misi ini. sedangkan ramai lagi wartawan antarabangsa yang telah menjadi mangsa ketika membuat liputan, setakat seorang wartawan Malaysia terkorban ketika menjalankan tugas, sekadar jadi statistik sajalah. Satu kehilangan nyawa yang sia-sia dan amat boleh dielakkan.


Jikalah misi itu dilakukan oleh Pakatan Rakyat dan wujud kematian seperti kes Noramfaizul ditembak mati, sudah pasti kerajaan dan sekalian media pencacai akan mengutuk dan bergendang hiruk pikuk sebulan lamanya menyalahkan penganjur lantaran tidak mengambil keselamatan yang wajar.



Another Accident

Posted: 03 Sep 2011 11:42 PM PDT

Yesterday, I had the most tiring day of my life. After fulfilling work commitments in the morning, I spent the whole afternoon cleaning the house thoroughly. Just as I was about to finish the physically draining routine, I checked my hand phone and realized I had a missed call from Alexis Goh, my former schoolmate and Hash House Harriers kaki-sifu.

I called her and to my horror, she told me that she had been admitted to Gleneagles Medical Centre. While setting the run for the Hash House Harriers yesterday in Tanjung Bungah, she tripped into a drain and fractured her arm. A section shattered into pieces and her lower arm was dangling by the skin. *gulps*

Her Hash kakis helped to bandage her broken arm with towels. As they were only halfway through the run, they took two hours to get back on the road after which Mr and Mrs Green rushed her to Gleneagles where she is under the supervision of one of the orthopaedic surgeons there.

At the emergency ward, they had to cut her clothing (which she said she will be keeping for keepsakes) to carry out the x-rays and other tests. Alexis said that any movement was excruciatingly painful. Following that, the doc put her arm in a cast and is observing her condition. Apparently, the bone has shattered so badly that it is quite impossible to put any plates/metal parts. The doc recommended that she opted for a non-surgical route of recovery and a decision will be made by this evening. Here's her pic - smiling even though in pain:



After I delegated my son to finish mopping my kitchen, I showered and rushed to pick up Alexis from GMC after which we had a quick bite at White Beach Restaurant and then drove to her apartment to pick up her stuff.

While she had her shower, I had a gala time playing with her 'toy'. Hmm...if I had such a contraption in my home, I would be glued to it instead of my laptop :-).


In between, I took the opportunity to snap some pics of the beautiful floating mosque.


After she finished her shower, I helped Alexis to pack and then we headed back to the hospital. There was a slight delay as one of her taps was broken and we had to wait for the security guard to switch off the mains for her before we left.

Another shot of the mosque:



Can you imagine that through it all, Alexis never murmured about her accident or her pain? In November last year, she broke her ankle and now, her arm. A very strong and resilient character indeed! In July, I was on a run with her and she was simply amazing. You can read about it here in my post called "We Will Get There."


After we reached the hospital, we discovered that the doctor was waiting patiently to see Alexis. We had been out of the hospital for over two hours and there was no word of rebuke from the kind doctor! While he was talking to Alexis, Nee and Chris came and when the doc left, the four of us went to Northam Cafe for supper.

Alexis remains an inspiration for her fortitude in withstanding all kinds of challenges and her amazing zest for life. After all that happened and despite the pain, the smile on her face remains!

It has certainly been a rough two weeks for me - first with hubby's hospitalization, the band victory, Noor Kamariah and her hubby's accident, a friend's hubby's death and now, Alexis' accident. I hope the coming days will be happy, sunny and cheery days. Will try to blog now...Have to catch up with the news first.

Take care and have a great day!


Eid Al-Mubarak

Posted: 03 Sep 2011 10:40 PM PDT

Eid-al-Mubarak/Salam Aidilfitri/Selamat Hari Raya,

My family

One-third of Othman A Manas & Rakiah Hj Mohamed's childrens, grand childrens and great grandchildren, another two-third yet to arrive....

Salam Eid,
Azhar Othman


MCA, Umno's running dog, can't save Chinatown, 'selling out' the Chinese!

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 03:16 AM PDT

By Clara Chooi
September 03, 2011

Ong suggested today that the MRT owners and transport regulators convene a town hall meeting with the local communities concerned. — file pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 — Former Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat expressed suspicion today over the Jalan Sultan property acquisition controversy, saying it was unusual for outgoing MRT owner Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB) to be so adamant in its pursuit of acquiring such iconic areas knowing it would trigger public furore.
Ong cast doubt over the purpose of the acquisition to make way for the multibillion ringgit MRT project and questioned why the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and SPNB had not consulted the affected business owners along the famous street prior to announcing the acquisition.
"Why did they choose to target the most densely populated business district that is characterised by historic buildings, knowing very well that it is likely to trigger community protest? This seems to run contrary to the usual norm in the practice of Prasarana of evading as much as possible resistance from the affected community.
"If in the recent past, protest raised by any residential village or kampung affected by the new proposed LRT route could warrant considerate accommodation from Prasarana and result in the ultimate re-routing, why then should it be so difficult to practise the same in handling the Jalan Sultan protest?" Ong asked in a blog posting today.
He backed his suspicion with the argument that the acquisition was likely due to the commercial value of the land by pointing to Performance Management and Deliver Unit (Pemandu) chief executive Datuk Seri Idris Jala's recently sighted letter stating that the acquisition was to help fund the expensive rail project.
"I sincerely hope the adamant stance of Prasarana and SPAD in pursuing the Jalan Sultan land acquisition issue is not driven by the commercial value of the land acquired following Pemandu's clarification on the misgiving arisen from Minister Idris Jala's letter to ACCCIM president Tan Sri William Cheng.
"The minister's letter had indeed caused a stir as it was perceived as an indication of a strong desire by the authorities to re-develop the land nearby, modelling the 'rail plus property model' in Hong Kong," he wrote in his blog today.


Ong also said that the apprehension felt by Jalan Sultan business owners was justifiable due to similar acquisition attempts in 1970. — file pic
The Malaysian Insider published Jala's letter to Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Malaysia (ACCCIM) president Tan Sri William Cheng last month where the minister admitted that the government was pursuing a "rail-plus-property" model as it would not be able to recoup the cost of the first line between Sungai Buloh and Kajang through fares alone. "For the government to manage the project efficiently and sustainably, fare box revenue will not be sufficient to finance the high capex and opex for the MRT network," Idris had said in the letter dated August 23, written in response to Cheng's queries about the acquisition of the Jalan Sultan land.
But the efficiency unit stepped in to refute the article shortly after its publication, denying that acquisition and development of land along the MRT route is the only way for the government to pay for the multi-billion ringgit project. In a joint statement with SPAD, the regulators said the report quoting Jala's letter was "misleading" and used "out-of-context" paragraphs.
Ong said today that the apprehension felt by Jalan Sultan business owners was justifiable due to similar acquisition attempts in 1970 of shophouses on Jalan Tun HS Lee, Jalan Sultan and Jalan Sekolah by UDA Holdings to develop UDA Ocean and Plaza Warisan.
He said both buildings have, to date, only served commercial purposes, triggering the question on whether the acquisition then had been done for the right reason. UDA Ocean and Plaza Warisan, he pointed out, are both not related to public amenities.
"Premised on the past unpleasant perception that went unanswered, understandably certain quarters especially the critics and sceptics may view the present move of acquisition in the name of making way for MRT development as a ploy designed to nibble away at Chinatown (encompassing Jalan Petaling, Jalan Sultan and Jalan Tun HS Lee) progressively," he said.
To lay the entire controversy to rest, Ong suggested that the MRT owners and transport regulators convene a town hall meeting with the local communities concerned where every point raised must be addressed, dealt with and displayed for public scrutiny.
"Any ambiguity and hesitation in addressing such concerns would readily be construed as reducing the town hall-like dialogue engagement with the stakeholders to a mere political ploy," he said.
Ong also suggested the formation of a committee comprising experts, both legal and technical, to look into alternative solutions as well as to draft out agreements seeking to protect the interests of stakeholders.

Now, there's not even a whimper after a 'bang' from Soi Lek when he announced that 31 shops in Chinatown spared.

MCA, truly a running dog of Umno!

 

Image Source:

http://mob1900.blogspot.com/2007/08/machai-amazing-kow-towing-k-9.html



Hipokrisi Khairy Si "Pet-Riot" Yang Bakal Terdedah Nanti

Posted: 03 Sep 2011 11:04 PM PDT

KJ: 'Pentas Patriot' akan dedah tembelang Mat Sabu

Ketua Pemuda Umno, Khairy Jamaluddin mengumumkan rancangan pergerakan itu untuk menganjurkan siri jelajah ceramah bagi menentang "penghinaan" kenyataan Timbalan Presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu.

Sambil menamakan siri jelajah itu 'Pentas Patriot' Khairy pada laman mikro-blog popular Twitter berkata siri ceramah itu akan membabitkan tokoh sejarah dan generasi mereka yang dibunuh semasa PKM mengganas di negara ini.

"Pemuda Umno akan anjurkan siri jelajah ceramah 'Pentas Patriot' siri dengan bekas kommando, askar dan polis bagi menentang penghinaan Mat Sabu itu," katanya.

Sejak Utusan Malaysia pada 27 Ogos lalu, menyiarkan ceramah Mohamad atau lebih dikenali sebagai Mat Sabu yang didakwa berkata pengganas Parti Komunis Malaya (PKM) yang menyerang dan membunuh anggota keselamatan dan keluarga mereka dalam tragedi Bukit Kepong adalah sebagai hero sebenar, beliau telah dibidas dan kecam hebat oleh pelbagai pihak khususnya, Umno dan BN.

Mat Sabu pada satu sidang medianya minggu lalu berkata laporan itu adalah "satu putar belit dan tokok tambah cerita untuk memfitnahnya dan PAS".

Utusan juga menyiarkan kenyataan Mat Sabu mendakwa Muhammad Indera, lelaki Melayu yang bersekongkol dengan Goh Peng Tun dan 200 anggota komunis adalah hero sebenar, bukannya 25 anggota polis dan keluarga mereka yang mempertahankan diri dalam serangan di balai polis Bukit Kepong itu.

Blog-blog pro- pembangkang kemudian menyiarkan semula video ceramah Mat Sabu Padang Menora, Tasek Gelugor, Pulau Pinang, 21 Ogos lalu bagi membuktikan perkara itu seganja diputar belit bagi memfitnah Mat sabu dan PAS.

Berikut petikan itu.

"… Bukit Kepong, polis itu polis British, hak serang Bukit Kepong tulah pegawai kerajaan, ketuanya Mat Indra, Melayu.

"Tetapi semua sejarah itu ditutup, Jins Samsuddin buat filem, Jins Samsuddin tu Umno, cerita Bukit Kepong, hak serang balai polis tu penjahat, polis itu polis British.

"Sebelum merdeka negara kita diperintah oleh British, tapi dia buat filem yang hero hak pertahan balai polis, hak serang tu pengganas, padahal Mat Inda ketua penyerang balai polis tu dan akhirnya dia dihukum gantung di Jering Taiping.

"Begitulah juga Tok Janggut, Tok Janggut ni lawan British, tapi sebelum British nak... nak bunuh dia, dia menghasut Sultan Kelantan untuk mengisytiharkan Tok Janggut sebagai penderhaka, bila isytihar Tok Janggut sebagai penderhaka, barulah Tok Janggut dihukum gantung di Pasir Puteh Kelantan.

"Semua sejarah negara kita bohong…."
kata Mat Sabu. -mk


`Mengapa Umno hipokrit'

PETALING JAYA: Seorang pemimpin kanan PAS mendakwa parti Islam itu tidak pernah berbaik-baik dengan komunis sebaliknya menuduh Umno telah mengadakan perjanjian persefahaman (MOU) dengan Parti Komunis China.

Idris Ahmad, bekas Ketua Penerangan PAS yang kini AJK Pusat mendakwa, Umno telah mengadakan MOU dengan Parti Komunis Cina pada 5 Ogos lalu.

Malahan ada usaha untuk menghantar Pergerakan Pemuda dan Puteri Umno untuk mempelajari daripada Parti Komunis Cina, dakwanya dalam blog beliau hari ini.

"Sekiranya MOU ini dibuat oleh PAS atau DAP atau PKR, maka sudah tentu sebelum turun daripada kapalterbang akan disumbat ke Kemunting.

"Apakah Komunis China, berbeza dengan komunis Malaya? Bukankah Parti Komunis Malaya bernaung di bawah Parti Komunis China?

"Komunis, ideologinya tetap sama tidak kira di mana tempat. Kenapa Umno hipokrit? Jika benar anti komunis kenapa menghantar pulang 11 pejuang Uighurs ke China, walaupun dibantah oleh Suruhjaya Tinggi PBB bagi Orang Pelarian di Kuala Lumpur.

Pekak dan buta

"Sedangkan mereka ini menentang kerajaan komunis China kerana menceroboh wilayah mereka d Xinjiang pada Julai 2009.

"Inilah sikap hipokrit Umno dalam apa jua isu. Isu Palestin Umno tunjuk hero, tetapi dalam masa yang sama, Apco Yahudi dibayar RM77 juta setahun," tambahnya.

Idris mendakwa, Umno melalui bantuan media mereka yang tidak ada etika kewartawanan dan tidak takut dosa dan pahala dengan sewenang-wenangnya menuduh PAS menyokong komunis.

Beliau berkata, orang pekak dan buta pun tersenyum apabila Umno menuduh PAS sokong komunis.

"Tidak ada rekod Pas berbaik dengan komunis. Sedangkan umno menjemput Parti Komunis China menghadiri Persidangan Agung Umno dan yang terbaru mengadakan MOU dengan Parti Komunis China.

"Pemimpin umno juga pernah ditangkap menjadi agen komunis di negara ini. Walaupun pemimpin Umno pernah menuduh PAS lebih merbahaya daripada komunis. Namun kerja-kerja untuk berasmara dana dengan komunis tidak pernah dilakukan oleh PAS," tegasnya -FMT


Ulasan GB

Rasanya kenyataan Ustaz Idris Ahmad sudah menjawab rancangan Ketua Pemuda UMNO, Khairy Jamalauddin tersebut.

Dan seperti GB katakan sebelum ini di entri Isu Ceramah Mat Sabu - Lagi Dikecohkan Lagi Terdedah Tembelang UMNO [updated]:


Jadi ucapan Mat Sabu adalah berkisar kepada kisah sebelum merdeka. Mengapa UMNO kecoh mengenainya? Apakah UMNO masih sayang penjajah British sampai sekarang? Mungkin. Itu sebab mengapa agaknya masih ada pencacai UMNO yang minum arak, malah, itu sebab UMNO masa kini masih mengikuti jejak langkah British untuk menjajah tetapi kali ini menjajah bangsa sendiri dengan merompak hak orang Melayu/Islam seperti merampas hak royalti rakyat Kelantan. Itu kenyataan. Itu kebenaran.

Kedua: Teruskan buat kecoh mengenai isu video Mat Sabu. Kerana dengannya semakin ramai yang akan mengkaji sejarah dan akan semakin terdedah tembelang dan pekong bahawa UMNO itu sebenarnya talibarut penjajah dan ini akan merupakan satu titik-tolak baru untuk keruntuhan UMNO sebagai pemerintah negara ini.

TAHNIAH MAT SABU!




Foto Khairy Jamaluddin di dalam satu posing istimewa yang pernah menimbulkan kontroversi sedikit masa lalu



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