Monday, October 24, 2011

The Monk Who Flew In A Jet

The Monk Who Flew In A Jet


The Monk Who Flew In A Jet

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 10:11 AM PDT

In 2008, as my friend and I sat down in the restaurant to eat our dinner, we saw a man in the hotel lobby. Immediately, we assumed that he was alone so decided to invite him for dinner.

"I don't eat dinner," the elderly man declined the offer, "I am on my way to the gym."

The next morning, I met him in the hotel lobby and noticed that he was wearing the same clothes.

"Excuse me," he said politely and then looking at the young monk sitting next to me, said affectionately, "Son, it is time for us to go home." The son obediently picked up his small cloth bag from the floor and followed his father.

Earlier, curious to see a monk in the Uma hotel in Paro, I had started a conversation with him.

"Yesterday was my father's 70th birthday and he wanted me to spend it with him in a special place," the monk informed me. The monk could have been in his early thirties. He had short hair and was wearing saffron robes and had a pair of slippers on. "What a beautiful country you have? They had flown into Paro in their own jet.

So who are these people? The elderly man is Ananda Krishnan and the monk his only son.

Krishnan is the second richest man in Malaysia. According to Forbes he is worth 7.6 Billion dollars. The Tamil Malaysian of Sri Lankan Tamil origin is a self made man and is a notable philanthropist but leads a low profile life. He and his son are both Buddhists.

Few years ago, the billionaire lost his son. He started to look for him and his search stopped in a Buddhist monastery in north Thailand. Shocked to see his son in saffron robes, short hair with a begging bowl in his hand the father invites his son for a meal.

"I am sorry; I cannot accept your invitation." Like all my fellow monks, I have to beg for my food." Krishnan reply made headlines, "With all my wealth I cannot even afford to feed my own son."

The son still lives in the monastery in the forest of Thailand and like all the monks in the monastery depends on other people's generosity for his sustenance.

READ THE REST OF THE ENTRY HERE.

Thanks to Angela who sent me this by email. I surfed the net to check for the original post and found it. Have a nice day!


First Time World Animal Day Seminar By Local Government

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 09:00 AM PDT

The following is an unbiased view of the Animal Cruelty Seminar organised by the Petaling Jaya City Council as seen in the eyes of Cruzin Thots. (Please click on the title to get to the blog.) Part two will be printed tomorrow. Saturday, 22 October 2011 MBPJ Forum in Conjunction with World Animal Day ************************************** Wikipedia: World Animal Day is celebrated each year on


Apa Kejadah RM4 Juta Beli Kuda Tapi Tak Boleh Berlumba, Beli Teropong Harga 29 Kali Ganda?

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 10:03 AM PDT

Sebanyak 18 ekor kuda dibeli dengan kos hampir RM4 juta oleh Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN) tetapi tidak dapat diturunkan dalam persaingan World Endurance Championship (WEC) 2008 sebab tidak memenuhi syarat kelayakan termasuk masalah kesihatan.

Hanya lima ekor kuda layak untuk bersaing dalam kejohanan tersebut.

Kesemua 23 kuda itu dibeli dengan kos RM5.66 juta.

Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 menyebut "pihak Audit dimaklumkan 18 ekor kuda dengan kos perolehan berjumlah RM3.94 juta tidak layak bertanding kerana tidak memenuhi syarat kelayakan yang ditetapkan oleh Persekutuan Equestrian Antarabangsa."

"Ini disebabkan kuda yang dibeli tidak mendapat latihan yang mencukupi memandangkan peroleh kuda dibuat dua bulan sebelum kejohanan.

"Di samping itu beberapa ekor kuda juga mengalami kecederaan sebelum kejohanan bermula," kata Ketua Audit Negara Tan Sri Ambrin Buang.

Pada Februari 2007, MSN telah diminta untuk membeli enam ekor kuda bagi tujuan WEC 2008 dengan mendahulukan peruntukan sedia ada dan agensi itu telah membelanjakan RM1.98 juta bagi tujuan itu.

Pada Jun tahun yang sama, Kementerian Belia dan Sukan telah menetapkan spesifikasi dan bilangan kuda untuk ditambah sebanyak 17 ekor lagi menjadi 23 ekor untuk pertandingan tersebut.

Kata beliau, pada pandangan Audit perancangan perolehan kuda hendaklah dibuat secara teliti dengan mengambil kira tahap kesihatan dan kebolehan kuda untuk bertanding.

"ISN (Institut Sukan Negara) sepatutnya merancang perolehan dengan mengambil kira tempoh latihan yang diperlukan bagi setiap kuda untuk memenuhi syarat kelayakan FEI.

"Ini menyebabkan sebahagian besar kuda yang diberi tidak dapat menyertai (World Endurance Championship) WEC 2008," katanya.

Kata laporan, walaupun usaha dilakukan untuk memastikan kuda tersebut sihat, kesihatan kuda tidak dapat dijamin sempurna sepanjang masa.

Laporan Audit berkata pihaknya mendapati ISN perlu memastikan perolehan kuda digunakan untuk menyertai kejohanan peringkat antarabangsa dan pembangunan sukan berkuda bagi tempoh tertentu sebelum diserahkan kepada agensi kerajaan yang lain. -TMI


Harga binocular zoom 29 kali lebih tinggi


Jabatan Taman Laut Malaysia (JTLM) membelanjakan RM56,350 bagi sepasang 'binocular marine' atau teropong visi malam, 29 kali lebih tinggi daripada harga pasaran bernilai RM1,940, dedah Laporan Ketua Audit 2010.

Jabatan itu juga membayar jumlah yang sama bagi sepasang binocular visi malam jenama Bushnell, atau 1,893 peratus lebih tinggi daripada harga sebenar RM2,827.

Ia juga didapati 'terlebih bayar' RM38,470 dan RM13,918 bagi set radar Colour Marine berharga RM8,255 dan sebuah TV LCD dengan pemain cakera DVD bernilai RM16,100 dan RM2,182 masing-masing.

Barangan lain termasuk:

Komputer riba dan pencetak warna berharga RM3,428 pada harga RM11,845 (lebihan 246 peratus)

Hand-held portable VHF Transceiver berharga RM1,561 pada harga RM4,324 (lebihan 177 peratus)


"Semakan Audit mendapati tiada bukti JTLM telah membuat kajian pasaran sewajarnya. Bagaimanapun pihak JTLM mempunyai anggaran harga jabatan yang tidak dapat dikenal pasti asas perkiraannya.

"Analisis Audit mendapati perbezaan harga yang ketara antara 177 peratus hingga 2,805 peratus terhadap kadar harga yang ditetapkan dalam kontrak berbanding anggara harga pasaran," petik laporan itu.



Mara ditegur beli peralatan pada harga tinggi

Di sebalik membelanjakan peruntukan RM54 juta untuk menyediakan kursus latihan bagi golongan miskin tegar, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) membelanjakan wang untuk mendapatkan peralatan tertentu - seratus peratus lebih tinggi berbanding harga pasaran.

Laporan Audit 2010, yang dibentangkan di Dewan Rakyat hari ini, menyatakan bahawa dana yang disediakan di bawah program rangsangan ekonomi kedua untuk membantu golongan miskin meningkatkan pendapatan mereka.

Berikut beberapa barang yang dilaporkan dalam laporan berkenaan:

# Ketuhar berharga RM1,200 berbanding harga pasaran RM419, untuk membuat roti dan pastri bagi kursus di Kelantan

# Katil Boleh Lipat berharga RM500 berbanding harga pasaran RM100
Dapur gas dua pembakar pada harga RM200 setiap satu, dan bukannya RM59.90

# Mesin gunting rambut yang dibekalkan pada harga RM250 setiap satu, dan bukannya RM79

# Pengisar pada RM140 dan bukannya sebanyak RM60


Katil boleh lipat itu digunakan untuk kursus urutan secara tradisional bagi ibu selepas bersalin dan mesin gunting rambut digunakan untuk kursus menggunting rambut.

Laporan tersebut mencatatkan bahawa sebahagian besar pembelian dibuat melalui rundingan terus, tidak melalui tender terbuka - dan tanpa kelulusan daripada Kementerian Kewangan.

Prosedur operasi standard tidak dibentangkan sebelum lembaga pengarah MARA meluluskannya,
kata laporan itu.

Laporan itu juga memberi komen bahawa Giatmara perlu menyatakan prosedur operasi standard secara mendalam dan terperinci bagi program yang hendak dijalankan di seluruh negara.

Beli peralatan, bekalan eletrik tiada

Laporan itu turut mencatatkan pembelian beberapa peralatan untuk peserta kursus yang dibuat tanpa mengambil kira keperluan yang betul.

Sebagai contoh, di Kapit, Sarawak, ketuhar dan mesin jahit disediakan tetapi tiada bekalan elektrik di pusat latihan tersebut.

Laporan itu juga mencatatkan beberapa peralatan termasuk pengadun dan pengisar yang dibeli di bawah tahap keupayaan sebenar untuk digunakan mengadun kek dan oleh itu, ia tidak boleh digunakan.

Giatmara juga membeli pengisar untuk mencampur makanan ikan dengan spesifikasi yang rendah dan peserta kursus boleh secara mudah mendapat makanan ikan di Perak.

Laporan Audit Negara mencadangkan Giatmara membuat penilaian sesuatu peralatan yang hendak dibeli mengikut kapasiti dan kesesuaian bagi mencapai hasratnya. -mk


Ulasan GB

Sudah nyata ada ketirisan yang besar di dalam pelbagai Jabatan di pelbagai Kementerian kerajaan pusat untuk menghabiskan dan menjahanamkan wang rakyat.

Berlaku salahlaku dan rasuah yang ketara. Memberi erti NKRA (untuk mengurangkan rasuah) kepunyaan Najib tercampak ke tong najis.

Siasat dan tangkap segera mereka yang terlibat.


Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 08:11 AM PDT

New blog, new entry and fresh ideas.

That's what Stopthelies is all about. I find it rather amusing. The owner/writer is obviously a professional, judging from the style and composition.

Its latest entry Gay Elton John cannot, but Bisexual Anwar OK laments Pahang PAS Youth for declaring its protest against Elton John's Greatest Hits Tour, scheduled for Nov 22 in Genting Highlands, describing the performance by the "gay singer" as "incompatible" with Malaysian culture.

Wow!

"What a pathetic joke! What hypocrisy! Gay Elton John cannot but bisexual-adulterer Anwar Ibrahim is good enough to be our Prime Minister!," says Stopthelies, which traffic is increasing rapidly since its 'inception' about three months ago.

You may find it interesting, too. Continue reading...


[TERKINI] Kes Aziz Bari, UIA Tarik Balik Penggantungan, Diarah Lapor Diri Esok

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 08:30 AM PDT

Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) telah menarik balik arahan gantung tugas yang dikenakan ke atas pensyarah undang-undangnya Prof Abdul Aziz Bari hari ini.

Perkara itu dimaklumkan oleh unit perundangan menerusi satu surat yang difakskan sekitar pukul 6.30 petang tadi, kata peguam beliau Dr Zulqarnain Lukman kepada The Malaysian Insider.

"Surat diterima petang sekitar 6.30 petang, selepas kami hantar respons kepada surat tujuk sebab petang tadi, ia ditandatangani oleh pegawai unit perundangan... UIA arah Prof Abdul Aziz Bari lapor diri kepada dekan Kulliyah Undang-undang," kata Zulqarnain.

Bagaimanapun kata beliau, surat petang ini menyebut bahawa siasatan akan dijalankan tetapi hanya penggantungan tugas ditarik balik.

Dalam laporan petang tadi, The Malaysian Insider memetik Zulqarnain berkata UIA memaklumkan akan mengumumkan keputusan hasil siasatannya ke atas Aziz esok.

Zulqarnain memberitahu, beliau telah dimaklumkan oleh pegawai unit perundangan hari ini bahawa siasatan pihaknya sudah selesai dan akan meneliti penjelasan Aziz yang diserahkan petang tadi.

"Berdasarkan apa yang diperkatakan oleh pegawai dari unit perundangan UIA, mereka akan meneliti penjelasan Prof Aziz dan akan memberikan jawapan... keputusan mereka sama ada akan mengambil tindakan susulan, meneruskan tindakan, berhenti di sini (setakat surat tunjuk sebab) atau sebaliknya,"
kata Zulqarnain.

Beliau menghantar surat penjelasan Aziz, menjawab surat tunjuk sebab UIA, kira-kira 3 petang tadi.

Zulqarnain berkata dalam responsnya, Aziz telah menjelaskan bahawa kenyataan beliau mengenai titah Sultan Selangor adalah satu bentuk kebebasan dalam memberi pandangan, yang sama sekali tidak bertentangan denagn Artikel 15(3) Peraturan-peraturan Disiplin Universiti dan juga Seksyen 3(2) Akta Hasutan.

"Asasnya penjelasan kami kepada UIA adalah begitu, apa yang dikatakan oleh Prof Aziz ialah ia kebebasan bersuara, tidak melanggar undang-undang dan peraturan negara... Seksyen 3(2) Akta Hasutan sendiri memberi pengecualian," katanya.

Pengurusan UIA mengeluarkan surat tunjuk sebab kepada Aziz berhubung kenyataan pensyarah undang-undang itu ekoran titah Sultan Selangor berkaitan isu Gereja Methodist Damansara Utama dan tindakan Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais) baru-baru ini.

UIA telah memberi masa selama seminggu sehingga 4 petang esok kepada Aziz untuk menjawab surat tunjuk sebab itu.

Surat tunjuk sebab itu juga menyebut beliau digantung perkhidmatan sehingga siasatan selesai dan dilarang memasuki kampus UIA.

Jumaat lalu, Rektor UIA Prof Datuk Seri Dr Zaleha Kamaruddin berkata Aziz perlu menjawab surat tunjuk sebab yang dikeluarkan Lembaga Disiplin, Tatatertib dan Kakitangan UIA berhubung kenyataan mempertikaikan titah Sultan Selangor.

Beliau berkata jika Aziz tidak membalas surat tunjuk sebab itu dalam masa ditentukan, pensyarah berkenaan boleh dihadapkan ke Lembaga Displin, Tataterib dan Kakitangan UIA untuk dibicarakan.

Zaleha berkata kenyataan Aziz berhubung titah ucapan Sultan Selangor akan disiasat mengikut Peraturan 15 Peraturan Tatatertib Kakitangan universiti itu.


Najib didesak hormati kebebasan akademik

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Okt: Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) mendesak Perdana Menteri dan Kerajaan BN menghormati kebebasan akademik di negara ini yang kini amat tercalar dengan tindakan penggantungan terhadap Profesor Dr Abdul Aziz Bari oleh pihak pentadbiran UIA.

Pengerusi SMM, Ahmad Syukri Abdul Razak berkata, pihaknya amat berharap agar kejadian seperti yang terjadi ke atas Dr Aziz itu tidak akan berulang pada masa akan datang.

Menurutnya, namun dalam hubungan ini SMM amat kesal dengan sikap Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang tidak mengeluarkan sebarang kenyataan menyokong prinsip kebebasan akademik.

Katanya, sebaliknya kenyataan Perdana Menteri dilihat senada dengan rektor UIA yang jelas gagal untuk menyokong prinsip kebebasan akademik di negara ini.

"SMM menuntut agar Datuk Seri Najib menyokong prinsip kebebasan akademik dengan tuntutan universal yang termaktub dalam Deklarasi Prinsip Kebebasan Akademik dan Ahli Akademik 1970, Senarai Hak Akademik 2001 dan Kempen Akademik untuk Kebebasan Akademik," katanya pada sidang media di lobi Dewan Rakyat di bangunan Parlimen, di sini, hari ini.

Rektor UIA, menurut beliau, masih lagi berdegil dan angkuh, apabila penggantungan terhadap Aziz masih belum ditarik balik yang seolah-olah memandang remeh tuntutan mahasiswa yang berdemonstrasi Jumaat lalu.

Katanya, oleh itu, SMM akan menganjurkan satu lagi demonstrasi di UIA Gombak esok bagi menyerahkan memorandum kepada Najib yang akan hadir ke universiti itu untuk merasmikan Debat Piala Perdana Menteri sekitar jam 8.00 malam.

Sehubungan itu SMM menyeru mahasiswa seluruh negara hadir menyertai demonstrasi itu dalam menuntut kebebasan berakademik di negara ini.

"SMM juga akan menganjurkan kempen menuntut kebebasan berakademik melalui roadshow, forum awam, ceramah dan seumpamanya dalam masa yang terdekat ini," katanya.

Turut hadir pada sidang media itu, Ahli Parlimen Padang Terap, Nasir Zakaria, Presiden Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam Universiti Malaya (PMIUM), Safuan Anang, Presiden MPMUM, Syahid Zaini dan beberapa orang kepimpinan SMM lain.

Sebelum itu, Nasir Zakaria berkata, penggantungan Aziz Bari merupakan satu lagi titik hitam sejarah negara yang sekali gus menghitamkan lagi rekod Barisan Nasional memerintah negara kita.

Katanya, penggantungan terhadap Aziz selaku pensyarah kanan UIA yang sudah berkhidmat selama 22 tahun sangat mengejutkan dan menyedihkan warga Malaysia.

"Beliau adalah antara putera terbaik Melayu yang merupakan pakar undang-undang perlembagaan. Adakah hanya kerana memberi pandangan berdasarkan pengalaman akademik dan pengalaman beliau dan beberapa laporan polis sudah cukup untuk menamatkan riwayat akademik beliau," katanya.

Prof Dr Aziz Bari, katanya, terkenal berani dan kontroversi. Beliau bukan sekadar berkongsi ilmu di media perdana, wacana, kelas toturial malah menjangkau kepada media alternatif yang mesra pembangkang.

"Beliau bukan sekadar mengkritik kerajaan tetapi pernah mengkritik kepimpinan pembangkang. Beliau berani dan tegas terhadap pandangan beliau walaupun berdepan cemuhan," ujarnya.

Sebelum itu, Ahmad Syukri dan rakan-rakannya turut menyerahkan memorandum bagi mendesak perlaksanaan kebebasan akademik di negara ini kepada Timbalan Menteri Pengajian Tinggi, Saifuddin Abdullah menerusi pegawai khasnya, Shahmi untuk dipanjangkan kepadanya di bangunan Parlimen hari ini. -HD



Ulasan GB

Syabas kepada semua pihak yang menyokong Prof Abd Aziz Bari khususnya kepada Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM).

Kebenaran akan tetap tertegak juga.



Bonus bonanza at GLCs despite losses. So good...

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 07:36 AM PDT

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
October 24, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) and Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd were among six government-linked companies (GLCs) that paid employees up to two months' bonus despite suffering an accumulated RM354.91 million in losses in 2009, the Auditor-General's report said today.

The report also said that sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional was among ten government companies that have not paid Putrajaya any dividends despite making net profits in 2009.

IWK, which suffered losses amounting to RM33.35 million in 2009, made between one-and-a-half to two month's bonus payments to its staff during the year.

Prasarana, which lost RM188.03 million in the same year, gave out one-and-a-half months' bonus to its staff.

Companies such as Halal Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HIDC), Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB), and Mimos Bhd recorded RM14.57 million, RM92.59 million and RM5.3 million losses respectively in 2009. These companies paid out two to three months' worth of bonuses to staff.

"Among the justification for approval for bonus payments are to lessen the financial burden of employees... higher KPI (key performance index) standards which reaches desired targets and companies which are not profit-oriented," said the report.

The report also found that 10 GLCs have not made paid Putrajaya any form of dividends despite making profits last year.

It also said two companies — Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation Sdn Bhd (BiotechCorp) and UDA Holdings Bhd — recorded after-tax profits  for three years in a row, but have not paid any dividends to the government or stated reasons for not doing so.

Eight other companies — Pembinaan BLT Sdn Bhd, Water Asset Management Company (PAAB), Hotel Seri Malaysia network chain (RHSM), Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd, Sepang International Circuit Sdn Bhd, Cyberview Sdn Bhd, Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd — also did not pay dividends to the government despite being profitable in 2009.

"The Auditor-General is of the view that to ensure the best form of administration, all companies need to have a dividend policy which is fitted in the company's corporate plans.

"This is needed to safeguard the company's image and the interest of the government which has investments in these companies," the report said.



[Bergambar & Video] Turki Diguncang Gempabumi, Lebih 200 Maut

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 07:04 AM PDT

Istanbul — Lebih 200 orang disahkan terbunuh dalam gempa bumi berukuran 7.2 yang memusnahkan bahagian barat Turki, kata Menteri Dalam Negeri Idris Naim Sahin hari ini.

Beliau yang menyelia operasi kecemasan di Ercis, salah satu bandar yang teruk dilanda gempa bumi, Idris berkata, seramai 117 orang disahkan maut di Ercis manakala 100 lagi terbunuh di Van.

Seramai 1,090 lagi dilaporkan cedera dalam gempa bumi yang melanda petang semalam, katanya.

Pegawai-pegawai mendakwa beratus-ratus orang masih belum dikesan.

Terdahulu, Perdana Menteri Tayyip Erdogan berkata sekurang-kurangnya 138 orang terbunuh dalam gempa bumi kuat yang menggegarkan Turki semalam, tetapi bilangan mereka yang terperangkap di bawah runtuhan bangunan di wilayah Van masih belum diketahui.

Tayyip melawat bandar Ercis menggunakan helikopter untuk melihat tahap kerosakan dan kemusnahan.

Sebalik sahaja kembali daripada tinjauan, Tayyip dalam satu kenyataan disiarkan menerusi televisyen berkata, sekurang-kurangnya 93 orang disahkan terbunuh di bandar Van dan 45 lagi di Ercis.

Tayyip menambah Turki berupaya untuk menangani malapetaka itu dan mengucapkan terima kasih kepada negara-negara yang hendak menghulurkan bantuan termasuk Israel dan Armenia, kerajaan yang mempunyai hubungan dingin dengan Ankara sejak kebelakangan ini. — Reuters










Bersih vs Himpun: Double standards By Scott Thong

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 04:51 AM PDT

PM Najib Razak is saying that the Bersih 2.0 rally should have been held - all nice and orderly like - in a stadium instead of invading the streets of KL. Just like how the wonderful and cooperative Himpun rally was held in Stadium Shah Alam last Saturday.

Let's recap why Bersih 2.0 was not held in a stadium.

When PM Najib was forced to accept the breadth and depth of public support for Bersih 2.0, he moved quickly to try and wrest control of the situation. Bersih 2.0 was verbally legitimised and even promised the use of a stadium for their rally. They decided on the historic and symbolic Stadium Merdeka which has capacity for 30,000 people.

Abruptly, their request to use the stadium was turned down and Bersih 2.0 was de-legitimised again - despite PM Najib's overtures and promises - with the excuse that the expected 300,000 attendees would be way over Stadium Merdeka's capacity. That would be ten times too many people for the stadium to hold.

Way to troll the entire population of Malaysia! You can almost imagine our IGP's face scrunched up in a a wry smile, going "Problem?"

Outraged at this about-turn, the rally went ahead anyway, bringing its message of clean and fair elections to streets (and worldwide via sympathetic rallies). After everything, Bersih 2.0 claims 50,000 attendees showed up. Meanwhile, the media estimates between 10,000 to 15,000 people - well within the capacity of Stadium Merdeka. And the police mockingly put the number at a pathetic 6,000.

Wherefore then the justification for denying Bersih 2.0 the use of Stadium Mereka? Can a measly 6,000 people not safely gather and chant their slogans as the tear-gassing, chemical-spraying police in full riot gear close in on the stadium?

Now let's look at Himpun.

The full title of the rally itself clues us in to the hoped-for turnout - 'Himpunan Sejuta Umat', one million people.

Yet Himpun was cleared to use Stadium Shah Alam - in record time nonetheless - even though the venue can only accommodate between 70,000 to 100,000 with some squeezing.

Similar to Bersih 2.0's original planned turnout-to-stadium-capacity ratio, Himpun would have had ten times too many people for the stadium to hold. But Himpun's planned excess of 900,000 people is a completely different paradigm from Bersih 2.0's mere excess of 280,000!

How can PM Najib and the authorities justify and handwave away the blatant double standards shown here? The hypocrisy is insulting enough, but expecting us to swallow it is doubly insulting!

(Don't get me started on the narrow, factional purpose of the Himpun rally - protesting 'apostates from Islam', which carries worrying echoes of the official plus mob persecution of Christian Copts in Egypt which is often triggered by rumours of converts leaving Islam.)

And just for the record, only a paltry 4,000 attendees actually showed up for Himpun. Can we take that as a resounding Malaysian TAK NAK!!! To religiously divisive politics?

So in this Bizarro World, fringe gatherings with disruptive aims are to be commended and legitimised, while broadly-appealing rallies with noble goals are actually lawbreaking riots bordering on rebellion and civil war.

Finally, I'm going to risk making readers fed up with US/Malaysia political comparisons - but US politics offers us key lessons about what might be up with our local politics.

For a few weeks now, Occupy Wall Street and its related protests have been touting their narrow, factional demands which basically amounts to 'end capitalism for fairness' but which as a practical matter translates to 'people who work hard all day should give free stuff to slackers like us' - complete with plenty of vulgarity, violence, crassness, lawbreaking, hundreds of arrests, and even the occasional defecating on police cars.

However, the media has been coddling the protests with carefully edited coverage, focusing only on the few individuals who seem the least abnormal, ridiculous and unreasonable. The ABC, CBS and NBC networks gave them 33 full stories or interview segments in just the first 11 days of October 2011.

Meanwhile, the massive nationwide Tea Party protests against wasteful government spending - comprising hundreds of rallies, each with thousands of very normal, job-holding attendees - were given only 13 total stories by ABC, CBS and NBC in all of 2009.

Even then, they are usually depicted as hateful, potentially violent and radically extreme - despite the total lack of observational evidence and about zero total arrests. They even pick up their own trash, instead of pooping on the street!

So in this Bizarro World, fringe gatherings with disruptive aims are to be commended and legitimised, while broadly-appealing rallies with noble goals are actually lawbreaking riots bordering on rebellion and civil war.

Wait, didn't I just use that whole paragraph earlier?

You see, it all depends on who is favoured by certain political parties and their crony mainstream media. And who they oppose as a threat to their precious status quo of power and control. Malaysiakini


Getting Even

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 04:41 AM PDT

A few days ago, I wrote about being pissed at that little 'diva-ish' dog of mine. She was snubbing the new food I bought (which was thrown away in the composter) for her and insisted on being given her old food which she eventually got, cos that dog knows how to order me around.

Well, yesterday I took my revenge ... muahahaha! The wife and me took Pebbles for a walk in the evening. As usual, this dog will lead you every which way and never seems to want to follow the route wifey and me had planned for her.

So there we were struggling with trying to get her to follow us when I decided to suddenly grab her leash and make her run along with me. I don't really run all that slow and it was such a funny sight to see that little fluff ball trying to keep up with me with those oh so short legs of hers ... hahaha!

By the time I got home (which was actually not too far away) she was panting and giving me the eye. Serves her right for bullying me 25 hours a day! She was so tired later that she skipped dinner and decided to head into her little bed in the hall and just slept away while waiting for the wife and me to finish watching TV.

She was really tired to even want to skip her dinner, which consisted of her usual chicken crumble dish. Normally, when we watch TV, she'll be running around playing with her toy or jumping on our laps but not last night. Last night, all she wanted to do was sleep.

Yes, I get even with dogs too ... hahaha! But fret not, we're friends again today with her being my official shadow following me around everywhere I go :D


Happy Deepavali

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 04:41 AM PDT

May this festival of lights triumph over the evil doers here in Malaysia, God knows there are many, just look at my scrolling text at the top of my blog. I take this opportunity to wish all my Hindu brothers, sisters, relations and friends a very "Happy Deepavali". To the rest of the Malaysians , whose virtue is tolerance and mutual respect, enjoy this festive season with your Hindu friends. Enjoy this one more time, I always enjoy watching this ad, I hope you enjoy this as much as I have.




ARE YOUR CO-WORKERS KILLING YOU?

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 04:35 AM PDT

Tiada Tindakan ke Atas Hassan Ali, Tapi Kena Terima Impak Dari Ahli

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 05:18 AM PDT

Exco Hal Ehwal Agama Selangor Datuk Dr Hasan Ali tidak akan dikenakan tindakan displin oleh PAS susulan menghadirkan diri dalam Perhimpunan Sejuta Umat Selamatkan Akidah (HIMPUN) di Stadium Shah Alam Sabtu lalu.

Ketua Penerangan PAS Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, berkata Dr Hasan yang juga ahli jawatankuasa parti itu berbuat demikian atas sifat peribadi sebagai "menyokong kesucian Islam".

Katanya, Dr Hasan berhak hadir untuk menyatakan pendirian bersatu menegakkan Islam serta menguatkan akidah, lapor sebuah harian berbahasa Melayu.

"PAS tidak akan mengenakan sebarang tindakan ke atas beliau atau mana-mana ahli parti yang turut serta dalam HIMPUN," beliau dipetik sebagai berkata.

PAS memutuskan tidak menyertai perhimpunan itu bagi menghormati pendirian penganjur yang tidak mahu melibatkan parti politik.

Manakala PAS Selangor mengarahkan ahlinya tidak terlibat dengannya selaras dengan arahan PAS di peringkat pusat.

Impak pada ahli

Sementara itu, Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor Dr Abdul Rani Osman berpendapat, kenyataan Dr Hasan berkaitan perhimpunan itu bersifat peribadi dan bukan pandangan parti.

"Seperti mana yang beliau declare (isytihar) sendiri, beliau hadir bukan atas tiket PAS dan bukan sebagai exco agama kerajaan negeri.

"Kalau itu pendirian beliau, saya tidak boleh buat apa-apa, jadi hormati pendiriannya.

"Cuma impak kepada ahli, saya tidak dapat menapis setiap tanggapan ahli PAS terhadap beliau," beliau dipetik sebagai berkata oleh Sinar Harian hari ini.

Manakala Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim pula dilapor berkata, beliau menghormati tindakan Hasan menghadiri perhimpunan itu dan tidak menghalang mana-mana kakitangan kerajaan negeri ataupun individu menghadirinya.

"Atas dasar hak individu dan (hak) asasi, saya tidak menghalang sesiapa pun," katanya kepada harin berbahasa Melayu itu lagi.

Sementara itu, Umno didakwa menggunakan Himpunan Sejuta Umat (Himpun), yang diadakan Sabtu lalu, sebagai satu lagi platform untuk menghidupkan semula perbincangan tentang kerjasama kedua-dua parti itu, dengan menggunakan dakwaan kononnya wujud ancaman daripada masyarakat Kristian, lapor The Malaysian Insider.

Umno, sejak pilihan raya umum 2008, berulang kali berkata bersedia untuk mengadakan perbincangan mengenai kerjasama dan perpaduan dengan PAS.

Tetapi pemimpin-pemimpin PAS telah menolak tawaran Umno itu, sebaliknya mahu kekal dengan kerjasama dalam Pakatan Rakyat.

Timbalan Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor Khalid Samad memberitahu The Malaysian Insider bahawa penganjur Himpun telah menggambarkan Islam berhadapan dengan ancaman agar ahli-ahli PAS akan menghadiri dan menyokong kempen itu bersama Umno.

"Meskipun Umno telah mengatakan bahawa mereka tiada apa-apa kaitan dengan perhimpunan, saya fikir adalah ketara apabila anda bergabung dengan kumpulan-kumpulan seperti Perkasa yang mendakwa program itu telah menyatukan PAS dan Umno.

"Ia satu lagi usaha untuk mendesak supaya diadakan perbincangan perpaduan antara kedua-dua PAS-Umno... anda bermain dengan kad agama dengan PAS, anda cuba untuk melaga-lagakan kami dengan bukan Muslim, untuk menunjukkan bahawa kami ini kononnya ekstremis... mereka (Umno) cuba sekali lagi," kata Khalid.

PAS memutuskan untuk tidak menghadiri Himpun atas alasan ia bukan aktiviti parti politik, tetapi tidak menghalang ahli-ahlinya menghadiri perhimpunan tersebut atas kapasiti orang perseorangan.

Khalid berkata beliau percaya pihak-pihak yang ada hubungan dengan Umno cuba menggambarkan sudah ada gunung sedangkan yang wujud hanya "busut."

"Hanya disebabkan seorang pemimpin PAS hadir majlis itu ia tidak bermakna PAS dan Umno kini sudah bergandingan.

"Mengapa mahu mencetuskan ketegangan agama? Tiada bukti yang kukuh wujudnya ancaman Kristian. Lebih baik kami menggunakan masa dan usaha kami untuk memperbaiki perkara-perkara lain di negara ini — rasuah, (soal) urus tadbir baik," kata Khalid yang juga Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam.

Semalam, Perkasa berkata meskipun Himpun gagal mengumpulkan 100,000 hadirin yang disasarkan tetapi ia berjaya menyatupadukan kaum Muslim segenap lapisan masyarakat.

Setiausaha Agung Perkasa Syed Hassan Syed Ali berkata, baginya kempen semalam adalah sesuatu berjaya kerana membawa bersama pemimpin Umno dan PAS.

"Bagi saya ia satu kejayaan. Salah satu bahagian yang berjaya ialah ada pemimpin PAS dan Umno di pentas yang sama dan individu lain yang tidak menganggotai mana-mana parti.

"Saya percaya ahli-ahli Umno atau PAS dan Melayu dalam Keadilan, mereka semua sokong (Himpun) tetapi kemungkinan mereka kena ikut arahan daripada pemimpin mereka, yang saya tak faham mengapa mereka tidak dibenarkan," kata Syed Hassan.


Battlefield 3 review

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 04:24 AM PDT

Battlefield 3 review The first reviews of EA's Battlefield 3 have gone live ahead of its release in the US tomorrow (October 25th) and in Europe on Friday (October 28th). EA's long awaited shooter currently has an impressive Metacritic average of 94 per cent. "Once players step out of that troop carrier and see the sun shining in their eyes like never before – once they see the light –


Urban Meyer not a Dolphins candidate

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 04:08 AM PDT

 In today's Penn State football news, the Lions find themselves ranked behind West Virginia in the Lambert Trophy standings. Elsewhere Urban Meyer discusses the coaching speculation with tampabay.com and former Purdue and ex-CD East punter Cody Webster's says he's going into PSU game with a chip on his shoulder....... Read Full Article From HereContain Reading......   keywords: urban myer,urban


St.Peter’s High School Mandalay Homage invitation, list of teachers and students

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 04:07 AM PDT

Old Peterite Club

School Alumni are known as Old Peterites. Every member of the school becomes a member of the Old Peterite Club (or OP Club). This keeps alumni updated with developments and achievements at the school as well as taking an interest in the further success of individuals in later life.


There are often events organised to allow Old Peterites to meet at balls and
dinners. The current President of the Old Peterite Club is Mark Hepworth.

Friends of St Peter's

Membership of this association is open to all staff, parents and guardians,
past and present, former "Friends" and Old Peterites. The committee consists of representatives from the Houses and four members of staff, elections take place in the Summer term. The Headmaster is the President. The Friends run a variety of social and fund-raising events for the benefit of members and the school.

Famous alumni

Current members of the school are known as 'Petrites' (and 'Olavites' for St
Olave's Junior School) with alumni referred to as 'Old Peterites', or OPs
for short. Notable OPs

Source: here

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The 7 types of physician bad handwriting

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 04:01 AM PDT



Rahsia kenapa Final Piala Malaysia 2011 di Shah Alam TERBONGKAR

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 03:52 AM PDT



Audit beri amaran selenggara segera bumbung Stadum Nasional elak runtuh - KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Okt 2011 - Bumbung Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil, pusat sukan yang menjadi lokasi nadi Sukan Komanwel 1998, telah tamat tempoh jaminan tiga tahun lalu dan memerlukan kerja-kerja penyelenggaraan segera demi keselamatan dan keselesaan pengguna, kata laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010.

"Semakan Audit mendapati bumbung stadium tersebut telah tamat tempoh jaminan pada 2008 dan masih digunakan sehingga kini.

"Sebahagian besar bumbung didapati telah terkoyak dan skru kabelnya longgar dan berkarat," kata Ketua Audit Negara Tan Sri Ambrin Buang dalam laporannya dikeluarkan hari ini.

Katanya, masalah itu antara lain berpunca daripada kelewatan dan ketiadaan kelulusan mendapatkan peruntukan daripada kerajaan.

Selain Stadium Nasional, Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil juga berhadapan dengan masalah mendapatkan peruntukan.'

Tanpa merujuk kepada mana-mana kes sebelum ini, Ambrin berkata tindakan segera perlu diambil bagi mengelakkan insiden bumbung stadium runtuh.

Terengganu menyaksikan bumbung Stadium Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin runtuh dua tahun lalu.

Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil ialah pusat sukan dan bangunan sukan paling terkenal di Kompleks Sukan Negara, Bukit Jalil. Ia mempunyai tempat duduk berbumbung untuk 100,000 penonton.

Maklumat sebelum ini menunjukkan ia mampu menganjurkan pelbagai acara dan juga sebagai tempat acara olahraga dan telah direka bentuk mengikut piawaian Kejohanan Dunia dan Sukan Olimpik dan mempunyai kemudahan padang dan trek.

Ambrin berkata pihak Audit berpendapat berlaku kelewatan melaksanakan kerja-kerja penukaran bumbung di Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil yang telah tamat tempoh jaminan kerana peruntukan yang dimohon semenjak 2006 tidak diluluskan.

"Ini boleh menjejaskan keselesaan pengguna kerana terdesah kepada hujan serta membahayakan pengguna sekiranya berlaku bumbung runtuh terutamanya bagi penganjuran acara dan kejohanan peringkat antarabangsa.

"Selian itu, PSM perlu membuat perancangan rapi untuk kerja penukaran bumbung tersebut supaya kerja dapat dilaksanakan dengan teratur dan mengikut jadual yang ditetapkan.

"Ini bagi memastikan hasil penyewaan stadium tidak terjejas sekiranya berlaku kelewatan penukaran bumbung," kata beliau.

Laporan itu menyebut Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia (PSM) telah mengambil tindakan memohon peruntukan bagi mengatasi masalah itu dengan membuat enam permohonan dan telah dipanjangkan kepada Kementerian Belia dan Sukan mulai 2006 hingga 2010

PSM telah membuat dua permohonan tahun lalu, RM40 juta pada 8 Februari dan RM35 juta 20 September di bawah peruntukan Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan.

"Bagaimanapun kerajaan telah meluluskan peruntukan sejumlah RM30 juta di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan pada bulan Disember 2010.

"PSM melalui Kementerian Belia dan Sukan telah menyerahkan pelaksanaan kerja penukaran bumbung stadium kepada Jabatan Kerja Rayat pada April 2011 kerana PSM tidak mempunyai kepakaran teknikal," katanya lagi.

Ambrin berkata kelewatan bukan disebabkan pihak PSM kerana perbadanan telah memulakan tindakan awal mulai 2006 bagi mengatasi masalah yang timbul.

"Kelewatan juga adalah berpunca daripada pihak lain dan disebabkan kekangan kewangan kerajaan adalah faktor utama kelewatan ini berlaku. PSM selaku pengurus dan pentadbir Kompleks Sukan Negara telah melaksanakan tugas dengan melaporkan masalah yang dihadapi," katanya lagi.

Malah katanya, semakan lanjut mendapati PSM telah memohon peruntukan bagi menukar bumbung Stadium Putra sebanyak empat kali, antara 2006 dan 2010, tetapi tidak diluluskan.

"Pada Mac 2010, PSM sekali lagi telah memohon peruntukan sejumlah RM6 juta di bawah peruntukan Rancangan Malaysia Ke-10. Kerajaan telah meluluskan permohonan sejumlah RM6 juta pada Januari 2011," katanya.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/bahasa/article/audit-beri-amaran-selengara-segera-bumbung-stadum-nasional-elak-runtuh/


Najib akan adakan Pilihanraya Umum tanpa menunggu proses penambahbaikan pilihanraya.

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 03:46 AM PDT

Najib akan adakan Pilihanraya Umum tanpa menunggu proses penambahbaikan pilihanraya.


Malaysia antara negara demokrasi terkebelakang dari segi proses pilihanrayanya. Sehingga kini tidak ada siapa boleh mengesahkan bila PRU itu akan berlaku yang ada hanyalah spekulasi-spekulasi. Mengambil kira semua spekulasi dan beberapa maklumat dalaman yang diperolehi ialah Najib Razak akan membubarka parlimen dalam masa terdekat ini.

Tahun ini Najib dan Rosmah akan menunaikan ibadah haji dan akan pergi dengan penerbangan terakhir. Pemergian beliau ini juga dikaitkan dengan pembinaan pembaikan imej belia dan isterinya yang teruk tercalar dengan beberapa isu. Telah disusun di Tanah Suci nanti liputan yang akan menyiarkan gambar - gambar pasangan suami isteri ini untuk memberikan satu persepsi baru kepada orang ramai khususnya dalam usaha mengepung undi orang Melayu. Jangan terkejut nanti kalau imej atau klip Najib dan Rosmah memasuki kaabah akan dimainkan tiap malam.

Najib dan Rosmah dijadualkan balik dengan pesawat penerbangan khas sekitar 6 November. Selepas itu dia akan mengukur kejayaan misi hajinya selain dari membuat beberapa keputusan akhir menjelang tarikh penting. 11 November 2011 menurut maklumat yang diyakini Najib akan membubarkan Parlimen dan serentak dengan itu negeri - negeri dibawah Bn juga akan membubarkan DUN. Sehingga kini dalam Pakatan Rakyat masih belum ada kata sepakat dalam pembubaran DUN di negeri dibawah PR.

1 Disember dikatakan akan diadakan penamaan calon dan 10 Disember (sabtu) akan diadakan proses pengundian. Angka berkaitan 1 ini sengaja dipilih kerana mengikut nasihat paranormal dan tukang tilik yang biasa digunakan menyatakan nombor berkaitan 1 merupakan nombor tuah bagi Najib dan Rosmah. Diyakini sehingga hari ini dari maklumat dalaman sah Najib akan mengikut tarikh ini walaupun kuat yang menasihatinya agar jangan mengadakan PRU awal dan secara mengejut.

Pada 9 Julai puluhan ribu rakyat telah turun ke jalanraya kerana menuntut Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil. Walaupun penuh sekatan hampir tidak masuk akal apabila melihat puluhan ribu yang masih berjaya hadir walaupun K.Lumpur dibuatkan seperti darurat oleh penguasa dengan melakukan kepungan dan memaksa banyak organisasi untuk tidak menjalankan operasi pada hari tersebut. Ini semua kerana iltizam dan kehendak kuat rakyat untuk menuntut pilihanraya bersih dan adil.

Najib sendiri akhirnya terpaksa mengakui bahawa kepincangan wujuda dan proses pilihanraya memerlukan reformasi. Satu jawatankuasa terpilihan Parlimen diwujudkan untuk maksud tersebut.

Malangnya usaha Najib hanya pada kulit. Dalam mengumumkan langkah pemerkasaan demokrasi dalam negara beliau (baca : bn) sendiri terus mengerjakan banyak perkara jahat membunuh demokrasi khususnya dalam proses pilihanraya. Isu penganugarahan istemewa warganegara asing dengan wargananegara secara mudah dengan syarat mengundi Bn dilihat antara kemuncak kekurang ajaran Bn ini.

Jesteru ini Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia memberikan peringatan kepada Najib, Rosmah dan regim bn keseluruhanya,JANGAN ADA SEBARANG PROSES PRU SEHINGGA SELESAI PROSES PENAMBAHBAIKAN PRU KHUSUSNYA MELAKSANAKAN 8 TUNTUTAN BERSIH. Jika PRU diadakan sebelum proses reformasi PRU diadakan maka PRU tersebut bakal m,enjadi PRU terkotor dalam sejarah negara.

Jika PRU tetap diadakan sebelum proses reformasi PRU selesai maka PRU yang diadakan itu hanyalah penipuan dan hanya proses bohong yang hanya ingin memanjangkan hayat Umno dan barisan Nasional selaku regim pemerintah. ia hanya satu proses demokrasi palsu dan menipu rakyat.

Najib dan regimnya mungkin boleh terus berdegil memanggil PRU dan jika ini berlaku yakinlah pasti akan ada monilisasi terbesar rakyat dan SAMM tidak menolak kemungkinan kali ini bukan sekadar demonstrasi protes tetapi ia mobilisasi rakyat benar - benar menumbangkan rakyat untuk memasuki Putrajaya. Mobilisasi rakyat kali ini akan benar - benar berwajah Malaysia dengan menolak sebarang sentimen perkauman. Dari pengamatan SAMM yang sama bergelumang dibawah, majoriti rakyat yang sedang terhimpit kehidupan mereka telah bersedia, rakyat tidak redha Bn terus mendapat mandat dengan cara menipu dan terus menghancurkan negara.

Ulasan lanjut akan dibuat dalam forum mengakar perubahan malam esok. Jumpa disana. Pihak media juga dijemput hadir

ditulis oleh che'GuBard
Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia
24 Jun 2011


Rogol Wanita Dalam Tandas, Penganggur Dipenjara 16 Tahun

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 03:52 AM PDT

Kuala Lumpur - Seorang penganggur hari ini dijatuhi hukuman penjara 16 tahun dan enam sebatan oleh Mahkamah Sesyen di sini atas tuduhan merompak dan merogol dua wanita di tandas awam, tiga bulan lalu.

Hakim Emelia Kaswati Mohamad Khalid menjatuhkan hukuman itu terhadap Endry Roni Afandi, 27, selepas dia menukar pengakuan bersalahnya hari ini dan memerintahkan hukuman itu berjalan serentak bermula tarikh dia ditangkap pada 13 Julai lalu.

Sebelum menjatuhi hukuman, Emelia berkata, faktor kepentingan awam dan rayuan daripada peguam bela dipertimbangkan sebelum membuat keputusan.

"Tertuduh sebagai ketua keluarga sepatutnya tahu membezakan yang baik dan buruk serta faktor kemiskinan yang dihujahkan oleh peguam bela bukanlah alasan untuk tertuduh melakukan jenayah," katanya.

Bagi pertuduhan pertama, mahkamah menjatuhi hukuman penjara enam tahun terhadap Endry kerana merompak seorang eksekutif bank, 32, dengan menggunakan sebilah pisau pemotong sayur di dalam tandas awam di bawah Stesen LRT Bandaraya, Dang Wangi di sini antara jam 5.15 hingga 5.30 petang, 8 Julai 2011.

Bapa kepada anak lelaki berusia lapan bulan itu didakwa mengikut Seksyen 392/397 Kanun Keseksaan yang membawa hukuman penjara maksimum 14 tahun dan boleh dikenakan denda atau sebat.

Dia turut dijatuhi hukuman penjara lapan tahun dan tiga sebatan kerana merogol mangsa di tempat, waktu dan masa yang sama, mengikut Seksyen 376(2)(b) Kanun Keseksaan yang membawa hukuman penjara sehingga 20 tahun dan sebatan.

Sementara itu, mahkamah turut menjatuhi hukuman penjara enam tahun terhadap Endry kerana merompak seorang kerani, 24, dengan menggunakan senjata yang sama dan menjatuhi hukuman penjara lapan tahun dan tiga sebatan kerana merogol mangsa.

Dia didakwa melakukan kesalahan itu di tandas awam yang beralamat di Stesen Minyak Shell, Danau Kota, Setapak antara 2 hingga 5 petang, 10 Julai 2011.

Bagaimanapun, mahkamah memerintahkan hukuman penjara lapan tahun dan tiga sebatan terhadap tertuduh berjalan selepas tertuduh selesai menjalani hukuman terhadap kes pertama.

Pendakwaan dikendalikan oleh Timbalan Pendakwa Raya Nurul Farahah Mohd Suah manakala tertuduh diwakili peguam S Letchiemanan. - BERNAMA



Sods in the City

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 02:52 AM PDT

The tragic story of that little girl who died recently in Guangzhou after being hit by a van and ignored by passersby has me reflecting a lot on the year I spent there. This essay is not about her, but I feel like iin some ways it is. It was based in part on a couple of blog posts I wrote while living in China, and appeared in a book called Down the Block: An Anthology of City Life, which was published in the US a couple of years ago.

I put this on Facebook yesterday and some friends wanted to share it; since my privacy settings are set quite high, I don't know how widely the note could be shared, so I'm putting it here.

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So there I was one cool, crisp night, on the side of one of the busiest streets in Guangzhou, China, wrestling with a vagrant. He had a strong grip, as did an accomplice who jumped in to keep me from getting away. A fellow Canadian who just happened to be passing by with his Chinese wife entered the fray, to even the odds. My Malaysian wife Leen, who had been left alone (a white man apparently represented a bigger payoff than a brown-skinned woman), dove in along with the Canadian man's wife, finally tipping the odds in my favour. In a tangle of arms and legs, I somehow managed to break free.

"Run, Baby!" yelled Leen. "Run!"

I sprinted along the sidewalk, zigging and zagging through the ever-present crowd, who seemed completely oblivious to the sight of a foreigner on the run. I was moving fast, but so was my pursuer. I could hear him behind me, his footsteps, his breathing, his voice. He was screaming at me, a shrill cry that shot across the distance between us and clawed at me. I veered right and headed for the safety of the Garden Hotel.

When I reached the brightly-lit front entrance I turned around and there he was, stopped dead in his tracks. He knew the hotel was forbidden territory, a place where people with money are greeted with smiles, and people like him are chased away by security guards. He screamed again, really crying this time, then turned and walked back into the night that had spit him out at me.

Wow, I thought. For a five-year-old, he sure has a hell of a grip.

Yeah, so he was about five. Maybe six, I don't know. But damn it, he was strong.

It all began when Leen and I took the number 862B bus into the city so we could take some money out of the ATM at the Garden Hotel, one of the few ATMs in Guangzhou that liked Malaysian bank cards. We got off the bus and were strolling over a pedestrian bridge that crossed Guangzhou Dadao Bei when suddenly I noticed a small child walking along with us. He gently held onto my leg, saying something in Chinese but obviously asking for money.

Now I should point out here that I'm a big softie. Some might say I'm a sucker but no, I'm not one of those, because I know the games people play and I don't hand out money to every Tom, Dick, Harry or Wong who asks for it. But I am most definitely a softie. And that cost me that night, not money (well, not much) but a little chunk of my evening.

Before we could go down the other side of the bridge, the kid wrapped himself around my right leg and tried to keep me there. I tried to shake him off but he was stuck like he belonged there. That's when I met that Canadian guy. Turns out they had gotten him before too. I say they because suddenly there were three kids. I made the mistake of suggesting Leen give one of them some change, and that just spurred the other two on. The one on my right leg wasn't going anywhere, and the cuteness of it all was wearing off really fast.

"Just keep walking," the Canadian guy told me. Oh sure, I thought. I'll just walk down these steps with a kid stuck to my leg. It did sound absurd, but in the end that's what I did. I limped down the stairs like I was wearing a full-leg cast, all the while yelling, "Get off me, you little…!" And when I got to the bottom one of the other two kids wrapped himself around my left leg, at the request of the first kid, who wasn't about to let me get away without a fight. Leen, the Canadian guy and his wife all did their best to pry the pint-sized muggers away from me. A tall, dapper-looking western man walked past, shaking his head. "You poor sod," he clucked in a British accent.

This 'poor sod' got away. But that kid almost had me. In a way, he did have me. Because I couldn't stop thinking about him, and the many others I had seen just like him. I would see many more like him as well. Yes, that kid got me all right.

China is not what many people think it is, especially in the cities, and especially in the city of Guangzhou. The economic center of Guangdong, the wealthiest and most populous province in China, Guangzhou is – in some ways, anyway – no more communist than any city in America. There seems to be no limit to how rich – or poor – people can get. Tens of millions of people from all over China have added themselves to the local population in search of prosperity. A few do very well; some manage to get by. But many of them, local and outsider alike, get chewed up and swallowed down by the concrete beast that is Guangzhou.

Like anywhere else, people in Guangzhou do whatever they can to make ends meet. But when there's very, very little in the way of a social safety net, 'whatever they can' could be pretty much anything. I often found myself impressed by the ability of the Chinese to find solutions to whatever problems they faced. I also often found myself frustrated by the short-sightedness of many of their solutions, but I understood: survival is a day-by-day thing. In China, you do whatever work you can find. If you can't find work, you work anyway. And if your hard work doesn't bring in enough money, instead of complaining you just do more work.

Doing more work means putting a bundle the size of a small house on the back of your motorcycle and carting it across town. It means taking a job hauling bricks at a dangerous construction site, whether you're a young man or an old one – or a young woman or an old one. And, if all else fails, it means begging on the streets. If even that doesn't feed you…well, there's no telling what you might be driven to do, right?

So I actually felt a little guilty. I probably should have just given the kid one more yuan and continued on my way. It wouldn't have hurt me, but it would really help a poor person. Unfortunately, many people in China, Malaysia, and many other countries would disagree. "Don't give them any money," they might say. "They're lazy." "They're con artists." But the fact is, while some of them are, many of them aren't. Sometimes it's easy to spot the scammers, but most of the time it's not. It rankles me when people can look at a toothless, filthy old hag begging for scraps and say she's a lazy cheat. People with that kind of attitude are in complete denial of the fact that there are poor, homeless people in the world. That old hag might be lucky to pull in enough money to buy a small meal by the end of the day. I'd rather give her the benefit of the doubt.

That kid? I suppose he was both a scammer and someone to be pitied. Some scammers – the real scammers – employ whole teams of dirty-faced but cute kids to look as pathetic as possible and rake in some easy cash. It's not fair to the kids, who probably don't see much of that money, if any.

We did manage to salvage that evening, thanks to the nice dinner we had with the Canadian man and his Chinese wife – and the fact that we didn't have to go back over the pedestrian bridge to catch the 862B back home. Good thing, too, because if I had seen that kid again I would have shown him a thing or two. Seriously. Really, I would have hurt his feelings or something. Or maybe I would have given him money. But only a little, really. So there.

When Leen's birthday rolled around a few months later, and it just happened to be on a weekend, we thought the perfect way to celebrate would be to venture into the city for a day of shopping, eating and merry-making. If the city you're in is Guangzhou – and you don't have a crippling phobia of large crowds – the place to go for all those things is Beijing Road.

Beijing Road is a pedestrian-only street, unless you count the cops who ride up and down in their police golf carts. Speaking of counting, this time I counted the number of times I was approached by people selling various fake and/or stolen goods: eleven. It's funny because I could see them coming a mile away. They're like heat-seeking missiles, and the heat is generated by the wads of money they think every white man has in his wallet. If I caught them quickly enough I could simply wave them off and say "Bu yao" (don't want) before they opened their mouths. But sometimes they managed to start the sales pitch, which is usually something like, "Watchy, watchy?"

Sometimes they're not selling watches. Sometimes they're selling everything. Sometimes if you say you're not interested in a watch they'll say, "Armani suit?" Then they'll say, "Laptop computer?" And then they'll say (while tracing an hourglass shape with their hands), "Pretty girl?" And if you don't want the pretty girl they'll make one last pitch: "Watchy, watchy?" I got the sales pitch eleven times from one end of Beijing Road to the other—not far—and I told Leen that the twelfth was going to earn a reply of "Fucky offy," or "Kissy my assy." We both thought that would be pretty funny, but we reached the end of the street and had to cap that day's number at eleven. No witty comebacks this time.

After I treated the birthday girl and myself to some ridiculously expensive ice-cream, we walked towards the riverfront. There we bought the last few tickets for the 7:10PM cruise and hung around for a bit to wait for it since we still had plenty of time. A cute little boy came up and offered to sell me a couple of red roses, and when I declined he pushed them into my hand and said, "Free!"

Well, I thought, if they're free, I'll take them. Then I felt a little guilty and thought, Hey, this kid needs the money, I should give him a buck or two. Then I slapped myself and thought, Hey! That's his game! The kid wants me to feel sorry for him and just give him the money anyway, like those kids who jump out and clean your windshield when you're at a red light and then ask for you to give them money for it! I don't want to give him any money at all, the cunning little… And then I smiled as I thought, Hey, this cute little kid is pretty clever then, eh? And a good businessman, too. I won't give him money because I feel guilty, I'll give him money because I think he's damn smart. And because I promised Leen I'd get her flowers for her birthday and this really makes it easier for me. Way to go, kid. So I gave him three yuan and sent him on his way. At least this kid didn't latch onto my leg.

We were hanging around, waiting for our turn on the river cruise, when the kid reappeared and approached Leen. I had already given her the flower, but there he was again, trying to sell more. I thought I would have to argue with him – not easy when you don't speak much of the local language – but suddenly a cop strode up and smacked the kid on the back of the head. You poor sod, I thought. The little flower-seller scampered off, but soon another kid—a little girl, much smaller and much cuter than the first kid—was pushing more roses at Leen. I should have seen what was coming next.

Before we knew it the kid was wrapped around Leen's leg and held on like her life depended on it. Our Chinese friend Ice and several passers-by had to work quite hard to pull the kid away from Leen. The little girl started crying as they tried to pry her little arms and legs away, and she only let go after Ice yelled something in a scary, enough-with-the-messing-around voice. It's sad, really, because these kids are really just pawns being used by adult ringleaders who do none of the work but take all of the money. Before we joined the queue to get on the ship I saw a lady about my age discreetly hand out roses to some of the kids and then skulk off into the shadows to watch her tiny minions wreak havoc on unsuspecting tourists.

Again I found myself feeling sorry for the kid. Another 'poor sod'. Maybe her life really did depend on whether she could bring in enough money. I don't know. But I know China is not a classless communist utopia. China is a place where money rules, just like anywhere else, perhaps even more so. China is a place where you'd better have money if you have a serious accident, or else you'll be stuck in a big room with a bunch of other non-paying patients, put on a drip, and checked on every few hours until you pay up, recover, or die, whichever comes first. I've seen the third option come first, after a student at the college where we were teaching English hit his head in a classroom and was rushed to the nearest hospital. His family didn't have money because they had spent everything on his education. By the time the college's staff and students managed to pool together enough money for lifesaving surgery, it was too late – the kid had gone without the surgery for too long. His parents lost their only child, their only hope for a brighter future.

There are several different ways you can react when you catch a glimpse of the scab-covered underbelly of a bustling city and the country in which it sits. Perhaps the most interesting thing about China, and its wealthiest, most populous city, is that you don't have to react in just one way. You don't just see the underbelly, you see the whole dragon – in all its magnificent beauty and at the same time its fearsome ugliness. China leaves you with competing, contradictory visions. You can have every possible reaction to China.

A lot of visions, good and bad, come to me when I remember Guangzhou. Among them are visions of parents whose children are the most precious things in their lives. And then there are visions of children whose lives are precious to no one. There are visions of people who do whatever it takes to survive in a place where they can climb real high or sink real low. There are visions of people who have done both.

And still there are visions of that little boy who stuck to me like glue and then chased me all the way to the Garden Hotel. I'll always remember the conflicting reactions that were stirred in me – the urge to swat the kid away competing with the urge to help him. Annoyance and pity – I'll always remember feeling both of those as I stood breathless near the lobby of the Garden Hotel, just a few steps away from a completely different world. And I'll always wonder how that kid is doing now. If I go back to Guangzhou, maybe I'll see him clinging to some foreigner's leg. "You poor sod," I'll say as I walk by. "You poor sod."


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