Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Just Yesterday Once More

Just Yesterday Once More


Just Yesterday Once More

Posted: 26 Oct 2011 09:53 AM PDT

At my age, it is easy to be sentimental and be so aware of my own mortality. Of late, I have been reflecting a lot about life and the legacy I will leave behind when I am gone one day.

Each morning, I am glad for another day to live, to love and to give.

I wonder to myself what is the point of being in the rat race and then have no time to smell the roses, to be with the family, to love oneself and to grow from within and without.

Contrary to what some may think, I live a very simple life and am contented with very little. As long as I have a roof over my head, food on the table, the internet and my laptop and most of all - my family and good health, I am satisfied, contented and cannot ask for more.

This week, I have a few reunions with my former classmates, some of whom I have not seen since 1976. Tonight I spent the whole evening with another former classmate, a pharmacist by training who retired early and spends her time on medical missions. After dinner, we went round the heritage area and soaked ourselves in the beauty and splendour of the heritage of Penang.

Tomorrow evening, we are having another reunion over Hainanese food together with old classmates who came back all the way from US, Singapore and various parts of Malaysia.

Last night, I was hit by a bout of nostalgia and recorded this song which you can listen to AT THIS LINK. Unbelievably, I recorded that song at 1.45am yesterday morning...

It is nothing great - I did not rehearse but just did a spontaneous recording in one take with no editing but using my laptop microphone and that was it.

And yes, I am not a man :-) and that is me in the first few seconds of the video.

Take care and enjoy the moments with your loved ones and friends. And when you have time, think of yesterday...once more.


Treasure


Perkasa anti human rights, non-Malays, non-Bumis!

Posted: 26 Oct 2011 09:34 AM PDT

Human rights movement like communism, says former IGP

By Yow Hong Chieh
October 26, 2011

Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Mohd Nor chatting to Shazryl Eskay Abdullah at the Perkasa general assembly. – Picture by Jack Ooi

 



 

 

 

 

 

Human rights movement like communism but '1Melayu, 1Bumi' movement like a ticking time bomb, a disaster waiting to happen.



[Bergambar] Banjir Di Thailand Semakin Buruk, Kapalterbang Turut "Bersedih"...

Posted: 26 Oct 2011 10:20 AM PDT

Bangkok - Keadaan di ibu negara ini semakin buruk apabila lebih banyak kawasan ditenggelami air dan kesemua 50 daerah diletakkan dalam keadaan bersiap sedia menghadapi kemungkinan banjir malam ini.

Banjir telah merebak ke daerah Thai Wattana dan penduduk diarahkan mencari perlindungan di pusat-pusat pemindahan, sementara pusat pemindahan di Lapangan Terbang Don Mueang terpaksa memindahkan lebih 4,000 orang ke pusat-pusat lain berikutan paras air yang semakin naik.

Lapangan Terbang Don Mueang yang menampung penerbangan domestik telah ditutup sementara sejak semalam hingga 1 Nov.

Bagaimanapun, Pusat Kawalan Operasi Pemulihan Banjir, pusat operasi utama negara, kekal di situ sekalipun seluruh daerah berkenaan kini dilanda banjir.

Gabenor Bangkok Sukhumbhand Paribatra mengarahkan kesemua 50 daerah itu bersiap sedia menghadapi banjir malam ini oleh kerana kira-kira empat bilion meter padu limpahan air banjir dari utara dijangka sampai ke ibu negara malam Rabu.

Beliau berkata paras air pasang laut yang tinggi yang dijangka berlaku boleh menghalang aliran air limpahan banjir ke Teluk Siam, dengan itu mengancam seluruh bahagian ibu negara.

Banjir telahpun melanda bahagian utara, timur dan barat ibu negara ini.

Kira-kira sepertiga bahagian negara terus digenangi air dan 2.4 juta penduduk di lebih 10,000 kampung dari 26 wilayah di bahagian utara dan tengah terjejas oleh banjir yang melanda sejak 25 Julai.

Jumlah kematian meningkat ke 373 hari ini.-- BERNAMA














aNt His Wheels To Melaka And Makes Astounding Dicoveries

Posted: 26 Oct 2011 09:00 AM PDT

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[Bergambar] 3 Kereta Terbabit Dalam Kemalangan Terbakar, Suami Isteri Rentung

Posted: 26 Oct 2011 09:10 AM PDT

Suami Isteri Rentung, Dua Anak Cedera Parah Pada Pagi Deepavali

Seremban, 26 Okt (Bernama) -- Hasrat sebuah keluarga untuk meraikan Deepavali di rumah seorang daripada anggota keluarga mereka di Alor Gajah, Melaka tidak kesampaian apabila pasangan suami isteri itu maut manakala dua anak mereka cedera parah dalam kemalangan di Batu 10, Jalan Seremban-Tampin, Rabu.

P. Mugunthan, 42, dan isterinya, K. Sothi, 36, rentung dalam kereta Honda Civic mereka yang terbakar selepas terbabit dalam nahas jalan raya dengan dua lagi kenderaan pada kira-kira 8.56 pagi, menurut Ketua Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Rembau Zamrus Zainal.

"Kedua-dua anak lelaki mereka yang berusia 13 dan 10 tahun berjaya diselamatkan oleh orang ramai," katanya kepada pemberita di tempat kejadian.

Dua lagi lelaki yang memandu kereta Proton Iswara dan Toyota Camry yang terbabit dalam kemalangan itu juga terselamat, katanya.

Mayat pasangan suami isteri itu dihantar ke Hospital Seremban untuk bedah siasat dan kedua-dua anak lelaki mereka turut dihantar ke hospital sama untuk rawatan, kata Zamrus.







foto-foto ehsan fotoBernama


[Bergambar] 3 Kereta Terbabit Dalam Kemalangan Terbakar, Suami Isteri Rentung

Posted: 26 Oct 2011 09:10 AM PDT

Suami Isteri Rentung, Dua Anak Cedera Parah Pada Pagi Deepavali

Seremban, 26 Okt (Bernama) -- Hasrat sebuah keluarga untuk meraikan Deepavali di rumah seorang daripada anggota keluarga mereka di Alor Gajah, Melaka tidak kesampaian apabila pasangan suami isteri itu maut manakala dua anak mereka cedera parah dalam kemalangan di Batu 10, Jalan Seremban-Tampin, Rabu.

P. Mugunthan, 42, dan isterinya, K. Sothi, 36, rentung dalam kereta Honda Civic mereka yang terbakar selepas terbabit dalam nahas jalan raya dengan dua lagi kenderaan pada kira-kira 8.56 pagi, menurut Ketua Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Rembau Zamrus Zainal.

"Kedua-dua anak lelaki mereka yang berusia 13 dan 10 tahun berjaya diselamatkan oleh orang ramai," katanya kepada pemberita di tempat kejadian.

Dua lagi lelaki yang memandu kereta Proton Iswara dan Toyota Camry yang terbabit dalam kemalangan itu juga terselamat, katanya.

Mayat pasangan suami isteri itu dihantar ke Hospital Seremban untuk bedah siasat dan kedua-dua anak lelaki mereka turut dihantar ke hospital sama untuk rawatan, kata Zamrus.







foto-foto ehsan fotoBernama


'Human rights society like communism'

Posted: 26 Oct 2011 07:52 AM PDT


Former IGP Tan Sri Rahim Noor, best remembered for his stinging punch that blue-blackened Anwar Ibrahim's eye in 1998, today dropped a bombshell to the rise of human rights groups in the country, likening them to communism.

Such a trend, he said would lead to the questioning of "accepted truths" like the social contract.

"Every century has its wave... and we cannot avoid being hit by this wave... Now, it's the human rights wave... Before that, it was the wave of Marxism, Socialism," he said after officiating the 2nd Perkasa general assembly at Dewan Centrum in KL.

Calling the human rights movement a new religion, Rahim warned that civil liberties activists saw the US and UK as their spiritual home and drew parallels to how the Comintern had engineered the global spread of communism from its Moscow base.

"Now we see many things being questioned because of the human rights wave. They question the self-evident [social contract], as though they're trivialising what was agreed upon."

He added that many leftist Malay leaders during the post-World War II period had been tricked into thinking the communists had their interests at heart but realised later that they were being used by "wolves in sheep's clothing".

I tend to agree with him.

Human rights group and some NGOs are acting like 'rulers and legislators of the governments', attacking any country to their whim and fancy. Those who sit at the helm of such organisations are usually agents of the Opposition.

In Malaysia, some groups get foreign fundings, including from the radical groups in the US, many of which are linked to Israel.


Pendedahan Audit: SPRM Jangan Hanya Buka Siasatan Tetapi Tiada Tindakan - YB Azan

Posted: 26 Oct 2011 07:38 AM PDT

Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) bukan hanya perlu menyiasat penyelewengan yang didedahkan dalam laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010, tetapi turut mengemukakan hasil laporan dan pendakwaan.

Ahli Parlimen Indera Mahkota, Azan Ismail berkata, ini kerana laporan Audit jelas menunjukkan berlaku penyelewengan dan kelemahan ketara terhadap projek yang dilaksanakan kerajaan pusat dan negeri.

"Kita merasa agak bimbang, siasatan ini hanya untuk memperbaiki imej SPRM berikutan langkah kerajaan untuk mengambil hati rakyat sempena pilihan raya.

"Berbanding tahun lepas tiada tindakan yang diambil meskipun SPRM kata akan siasat. Tidak ada guna jika siasatan tetapi tiada tindakan. Apa yang kita mahu ialah SPRM kemukakan hasil siasatan dan mengambil langkah susulan termasuk melakukan pendakwaan," jelas Azan.

Beliau juga menyentuh mengenai kesungguhan SPRM menyiasat terhadap laporan Audit di peringkat negeri Pakatan Rakyat seperti di Pulau Pinang dan Kedah.

"Berdasarkan laporan Audit, jelas menunjukkan prestasi pengurusan kewangan di negeri Pakatan Rakyat pada keseluruhannya memuaskan. Kalau nak buka juga kertas siasatan di negeri Pakatan berasaskan laporan media perdana, SPRM tidak ubah seperti burung kakak tua," katanya.

Media hari ini melaporkan SPRM membuka 36 fail siasatan berikutan isu yang dibangkitkan dalam Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010.

Sebanyak dua fail siasatan dilapor dibuka di ibu pejabat, dua fail di Sarawak, tiga masing-masing di Pulau Pinang dan Johor, enam masing-masing di Terengganu dan Kedah, tujuh masing-masing di Perak dan Sabah.

Menurut kenyataan SPRM pihaknya telahpun menyiasat sebahagian besar isu yang dibangkitkan dalam laporan berkenaan dan mengalu-alukan kerjasama semua pihak dalam memberi sebarang maklumat. -KD


Cin-cin A-lok

Posted: 26 Oct 2011 06:10 AM PDT

Sometime back in 1970, a group of Universiti Malaya Arts students staged a play at the open theater in Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur. My father, along with Cikgu Hamdan, Cikgu Jabil, Cikgu Rupee, Ciku Si Aba and many more (most were teachers who furthered their studies at UM) were directly involved and father was appointed as the director of the play, which revolved on a group of officials from Melaka Royal Court paying homage to the Chinese emperor in China.


I cannot remember much of the play now as slightly more than 40years has passed. But I do remember my sisters and I being frightened by one of the actors who was dressed up as a Chinese character, much like one would see at a Chinese Opera: colourful robe; strange-looking black hat with 2 pony tails near the ears; and make-up which left part of the face with a deathly-pale look in contrast to the eyes which were blackened. Any kid of around my age then would certainly be frightened when jumped by such a figure.  

Another part I remember well was when the officials were presented to the Emperor of China, where they were told to bow down and never look up especially when facing the Emperor. Failure to do as told would simply mean the poor fellow would lose his head. Literally!


The Emperor, speaking through a translator, inquired about everything there is about Melaka. When the subject touched on the food Melakans eat (the Emperor wanted to serve them there and then), an idea hit one of the officials from Melaka. He asked for cincalok, a dip greatly favoured by the people of Melaka, and knowing well that it is not available in China. The Emperor was bemused when his court officials were not unable to find the dip but was also unable to pronounce it well, finally settling on 'Cin-cin A-lok' instead of simply Cincalok.


Embarrassed at the inability of the mighty Chinese Empire to serve a simple dish to his guests, the Emperor asked them to make another request which that bright Melaka guy quickly replied "Kangkung!" (Water Spinach). However, noted the official, the kankung must be long and not have any of its part cut, except for the root. Also, the official requested that they be allowed to eat in accordance to their tradition. When asked about the tradition, he replied that they eat by hand and kangkungs are normally lifted high. In truth, such a tradition does not exist but was merely a ploy to sneak a look at the Chinese Emperor. And when served, that is exactly what happened. Well, at least in the play, it did.


About 2 days ago, I managed to watched a documentary '1421: The Year China Discovered America', on History Channel. From its trailer prior to the day, I knew it was regarding Admiral Zheng He's maritime expedition and did not think much about it as there has been several documentaries on it, and this one would most probably be a repeat of one. But somehow that day, there I was, glued for 2hours to the TV as I watched Gavin Menzies present his findings which were quite incredible, to say the least. I mean, the guy must have spent years and a good deal of money on this quest. Have to admit though, no matter how interesting the show was, it has little bearing for the guy whose blog one is reading now...save for a very short narration within an equally short time.

"When Zheng He reached Melaka, he quickly built a fortification there for his supply base. Later, when the locals began to show hostility, Zheng He appointed a puppet ruler to help quell them".
"The locals (present day Malaysians) were fed a fairytale version (regarding Hang Li Po and what we thought we knew about our history)".


The 2 quotes up there (not verbatim), were the main reason why I stayed till the end of the documentary, hoping Menzies would trace Zheng He's return trip and particularly about Melaka. Unfortunately, there were no mention on both and I am now left wondering about this new bit of information which, if true, debunks whatever I have read and learnt during primary schooldays. Would this mean Parameswara is simply an old folk tale and Bukit Cina was not a gift from the Sultan of Melaka to the Chinese entourage escorting Puteri Hang Li Po? Who was the puppet ruler Zheng He appointed then? If when Menzies mentioned is true, what is it our school history books been teaching us? I, for one, would not like my offspring to grow up acing in subjects such as history, only to later find out that Cincalok is actually pronounced Cin-Cin Alok.


*Gavin Menzies
Hang Li Poh 1
Hang Li Poh 2


ps. Do forgive my bad English. Someone from Kuantan and from the same social network remarked in disgust regarding this. While he may be right, online is the only place I can practice English.


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