Friday, November 18, 2011

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Posted: 18 Nov 2011 09:47 AM PST

Between Fidlot and Pakatan Rakyat's 'jenglots'

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 09:20 AM PST

It's now clear (at least) that there was no element of fraudulent or any sign of failure at the government's National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) as claimed by the Opposition. While IGP Ismail Omar gave his assurance that the police was still investigating the allegation, all parties were advised to stop making any speculation.

Pity Shahrizat for being the subject of political attack by the Pakatan Rakyat. Although she denied any hanky-panky in the deal, nobody seemed to believe her, including some BN backbenchers who found some 'personal advantage' in it.

Only a few stood for Shahrizat, especially Umno youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin who said the allegations against the government and Shahrizat were 'a wild political attack' and 'weak in terms of facts'.

First, their accusation that NFC was given 5,000 acres (2,023 ha) of land in Gemas, Negri Sembilan, for free is false. NFC has never been given that much land. As an integrator of Pusat Fidlot Negara (PFN), KJ said it was offered 1,500 acres on lease by the Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI), and this was confirmed by the Menteri Besar himself.

This means the land is not just 70 per cent smaller as claimed but it is also on lease.

So, the claims that raw beef from the farm was sold to major restaurants in Singapora, namely Meatworks, Senor Santos and Brawn were also unfounded because any imports of raw beef to Singapore is impossible because the Republic prohibits the import of raw beef from Peninsular Malaysia due to fear of foot and mouth disease.

And again, the Opposition 'jenglots' who made the allegations did not do any homework to support their claim.

The NFC project also did not fail to reach its target under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP), which is 60,000 cattle a year although it only started in late 2008, a two-year delay after the commencement of the 9MP.

In fact, it was stated on page 138 of the Auditor-General's 2010 Report that the target of producing 8,000 cows in 2010 was achieved.

And the government did not hide anything pertaining to the RM250 million soft loan for NFC. Actually, not all of the amount paid for NFC's usage but the Opposition made the allegation based on NFC's financial report for Dec 31, 2009 which was already outdated.

Looks like the Opposition is losing much ammo in this 'campaign against the government'. Their jenglots (or their living dead) are all over to continue belittling the government and undermining all development policies.

I think this 'jenglots' should go speak to the 'lembu' at Fidlot for the whole truth!

Also read Rocky's Bru...


Posted: 18 Nov 2011 09:15 AM PST

[Video & Bergambar] Harimau Yang Jarang Dilihat Dirakam Di Kawasan Pembalakan Indonesia

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 09:23 AM PST

Jakarta - Kumpulan pemuliharaan Dana Hidupan Sedunia (WWF) semalam mendesak pemerintah Indonesia memulihara hutannya selepas gambar-gambar menunjukkan beberapa ekor harimau yang jarang dilihat berada di sebuah kawasan pembalakan.

Gambar: SEBUAH kamera tersembunyi merakamkan gambar seekor harimau batu di Bukit Tigapuluh, Sumatera pada 18 Mac lalu. - Reuters

Menurut WWF, gambar itu menunjukkan harimau Sumatera, harimau emas, harimau bintang, harimau akar dan harimau batu berkeliaran di sebuah kawasan hutan yang tidak dilindungi.

Ia menyatakan, harimau tersebut ditemui berada di antara Taman Negara Bukit Tigapuluh, Sumatera dan sebuah kawasan pemuliharaan haiwan liar.

Lebih tiga bulan dalam tahun ini, kamera WWF merakamkan 404 gambar harimau liar termasuk 226 ekor harimau Sumatera, 77 ekor harimau akar, 70 ekor harimau emas, empat harimau batu dan 27 harimau bintang. - AFP

Foto-foto ehsan BBC:

Harimau Sumatera ini termasuk salah satu dari lima spesies harimau yang jarang ditemui yang dirakam oleh kamera dalam kajian yang dilakukan WWF Indonesia. Kajian dilakukan di kawasan hutan Bukit Tiga Puluh dan koridor hutan di sekitar. Foto-foto oleh WWF Indonesia/PHKA.

Kucing congkok
Selama kajian tiga bulan, kamera WWF menghasilkan 404 foto harimau, termasuk 226 harimau Sumatera, 77 harimau dahan, 70 kucing emas, 4 kucing batu, dan 27 kucing congkok.

Kucing emas
WWF Indonesia mendesak kerajaan dan perusahaan-perusahaan untuk mengambil tindakan segera guna menyelamatkan kawasan yang memiliki keanekaragaman kehidupan.

Kucing emas
Karmila Parakkasi, Koordinator Penelitian Harimau WWF menyatakan spesies harimau ini dilindungi oleh kerajaan Indonesia dan tercatat sebagai binatang yang terancam pupus.

Macan dahan
Parakkasi juga menyatakan temuan spesies, termasuk harimau dahan ini, menunjukkan kawasan Bukit Tigapuluh dan koridor hutan seliling sangat kaya.

Macan dahan
WWF Indonesia juga meminta agar kerajaan Indonesia menimbang semula keizinan konsesi penebangan hutan di kawasan itu.

Kucing batu
Sejumlah perusahaan kayu yang beroperasi di kawasan ini, menurut WWF Indonesia, termasuk Barito Pacific.

More A Grant Than A Loan

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 07:53 AM PST

I have been very busy for the past few days with a visitor from Singapore who flew in to see our mutual friend who is in hospital as a result of a recent diagnosis of Stage 4B cancer of the pancreas/bile duct. So sorry I have not been able to write. I just came back from a forum on GE13 - Are You Ready? which featured Assoc Prof. Dr. Azmi Sharom and a few other speakers. I will be writing about it either later or tomorrow. In the mean time, do read the following article by Adila Razak from Malaysiakini here.

'NFC's statement show it's more a grant than a loan' by Adila Razak

The explanation given by the controversial company National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) over a government loan running to hundreds of millions supports PKR's argument that the RM250 million was more a grant than a loan.

According to PKR chief of strategy Rafizi Ramli (right), this is because NFC executive chairperson Mohamad Salleh Ismail had revealed that there is no repayment schedule stipulated for the loan.

"(PKR secretary-general) Saifuddin Nasution exposed that there is no repayment schedule nor interest paid for the loan. This was confirmed by NFC in a Berita Harian report today.

"So while it is called a loan, the RM250 million is more a grant, as a loan would include collateral, interest and a repayment schedule... we don't know how we can recover the RM250 million," he said.

In its report on a NFC press conference yesterday, Berita Harian said that Mohammad Salleh admitted that the company did not contravene any agreement "as the terms of the agreement did not stipulate the repayment schedule".

The daily reported that the payment needs to be made after "a certain period" and that the stipulated period has yet to expire.

'Not one condo, but two'

Rafizi, who is has experience as a chartered accountant and auditor, said that Mohamad Salleh's response yesterday also did not refute any of the allegations made by the PKR.

Instead, he said the company revealed more information which strengthens PKR's argument of misappropriation of funds.

"(NFC) confirmed that it did not spend RM9.8 million on a condominium purchase but RM13.8 million on two... each costing RM6.9 million.

"I am surprised by the audacity of NFC not only to deny misappropriation but to proudly say that they not only have one but two condominiums," he said.

He added that the company also did not refute PKR's claim that NFC had paid for Shahrizat's personal expenses.

Rafizi added that he has also sent a letter to Umno Youth chief and Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin, who has fervently backed NFC, to invite him to debate the matter on Dec 12.

"The venue and the style of debate can be agreed upon later," he said of the letter sent today.

Dailies Berita Harian and New Straits Times had carried a report which details nine responses for nine allegations made by PKR.

"We will be calling another press conference on Monday to answer this. Give us two days to study their response," Rafizi said.

He also expressed dismay that NFC had taken so long to respond to weeks of exposes, and only after being urged to do so by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Wise Asri sniped at silly Ali over solar bibles. Yeah!

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 07:54 AM PST

By G. Manimaran
November 18, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 — Islamic scholar Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin sniped at Selangor PAS leader Datuk Dr Hasan Ali today for "insulting Muslims" by claiming they would be influenced by Christians using high-tech devices to proselytise to them.
"It is an insult to Muslims and the Islamic faith. As if Muslims who listen to Bible readings would eventually be swayed.
"This is as if the Bible's influence surpasses that of the al-Quran," Asri (picture) said in a statement to The Malaysian Insider.
The former Perlis mufti added Hasan's remarks were unsuitable as they had come from a person living in the age of technology.
"These days all readings, whether the al-Quran or the Bible, can be sourced from the Internet.
"All sorts of gadgets, whether the computer or others, can be used to download these readings," he pointed out.
Asri said by publicising the matter, Hasan was indirectly promoting the reading of the Bible to those of other faiths.
"But even then, it is not an offence. The world is not a closed one. Those who hear and evaluate for themselves can find the truth they seek.
"The role of religion in this era is not as a blockade but to help explain and educate in a mature manner," he said.
Hasan, the Selangor executive councillor in charge of religion, said yesterday that evangelical Christians were using high-tech devices such as solar-powered talking bibles to proselytise to Malay Muslims in the state.
He said the state's religious authority (Jais) had discovered that Christian missionaries were now spreading their gospel through technologically-advanced means apart from setting up welfare groups providing cash and other financial aid to single mothers and the destitute.
He added that Jais's research showed Christian evangelists were spreading their faith to young Muslim students in free tuition classes and counselling sessions, besides distributing Christian pamphlets in public places, homes, universities and places that were ostensibly called "community centres".
According to a website called Book of Joe, the palm-sized radio-like device contains all the books in the New and Old Testaments and is fitted with batteries that will run for almost 10 hours before needing to be recharged, whether by the sun, a light bulb or a nine-volt AC adapter. It costs only US$99.95 (RM310).
This latest disclosure, after the controversial August 3 raid by Selangor Islamic authorities on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) in Petaling Jaya, could trigger another Christian-Muslim conflict.
Christian leaders have consistently denied claims that they are attempting to convert Muslims, but relations between the two creeds with roots in the Middle East continue to smoulder in multi-religious, multi-cultural Malaysia where the religion of the federation is Islam as stated in the Federal Constitution.

Janson singing 'God is great' by Darlene Zschech

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 07:09 AM PST

He keeps singing, '...and your name, will be praised, fill the earth, fill the heaven...'.
 (Vid taken on Sunday, July 17, 2011, using Sony Ericsson XperiaX10 mini pro)

This is the original song by Hillsong

God Is Great Lyrics by Darlene Zschech

All creation cries to You
Worshiping in Spirit and in truth
Glory to the Faithful One
Jesus Christ, God's Son
All creation gives You praise
You alone are truly great
You are alone are God who reigns
For Eternity... (Y EAHHHH!!!!) woo ^_^

God is great And His praise
Fills the earth Fills the heavens
And Your name will be praised
Through all the world
God is great Sing His Praise
All the earth All the heavens
Cause we're living for the Glory of Your Name, Glory of Your Name

All to You oh God we bring
Jesus teach us how to live
Let your fire burn in us
that all may hear and all may see

God is great And His praise
Fills the earth Fills the heavens
And Your name will be praised
Through all the world
God is great Sing His Praise
All the earth All the heavens
Cause we're living for the Glory of Your Name, Glory of Your Name

Holy Is The Lord....
The whole earth sings
The whole earth sings... (x4)

God is great And His praise
Fills the earth Fills the heavens
And Your name will be praised
Through all the world
God is great Sing His Praise
All the earth All the heavens
Cause we're living for the Glory of Your Name, Glory of Your Name

Memang Wajar Dr.Asri Libas Hassan Ali

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 07:31 AM PST

Dakwaan murtad kerana Injil tenaga solar hina Islam'

Kenyataan exco kerajaan negeri Selangor, Datuk Hasan Ali bahawa umat Islam di negara ini boleh dimurtadkan dengan menggunakan sejenis radio rakaman menggunakan tenaga solar yang dimuatkan dengan cerita-cerita Kristian atau disebut 'Solar Powered Handheld Talking Bible' sebagai menghina, kata bekas Mufti Perlis, Profesor Madya Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin.

NONE"Saya rasa kenyataan itu satu penghinaan kepada masyarakat Islam di Malaysia dan boleh menjadi satu tindakan kempen tidak langsung tentang 'the power of reading the Bible' seperti yang ditonjolkan oleh sesetengah pihak.

"Bagi saya, maaf terpaksa katakan bahawa kenyataan itu juga sesuatu yang amat tidak wajar bagi seorang exco kerajaan yang hidup di zaman teknologi. Hari ini segala bacaan samada al-Quran ataupun Bible boleh di dapati di internet. Pelbagai peralatan, samada komputer ataupun selainnya boleh melakukan 'download' semua bacaan ini.

dr.asri"Tidak perlu untuk bersembunyi mendapat atau mendengarnya. Bagi saya, kenyataan beliau tanpa disedari boleh menjadi kempen mendengar Bible yang sebelum ini tidak ramai yang mengambil kisah. Itu pun bukan satu kesalahan. Dunia tidak tertutup." kata Dr Asri dalam satu kenyataan kepada Malaysiakini.

Menurut bekas mufti itu, di Malaysia, al-Quran dikumandangkan di pembesar suara, TV, radio, dan majlis-majlis kerajaan tetapi tidak pula dihebohkan kononnya masyarakat bukan muslim telah memeluk Islam kerana terdengar bacaan al-Quran setiap hari

Kebenaran hakiki

"Tiba-tiba dihebohkan kononnya ada yang masuk Kristian kerana mendapat alat kecil yang membaca Bible. Alangkah hinanya umat Islam dan agamanya. Seakan-akan orang Islam yang sekian lama mendengar al-Quran, terus berubah kerana terdengar atau mendengar bacaan Bible.

NONE"Tindakan ini seakan kuasa ataupun pengaruh Bible mengatasi al-Quran," kata Dr Asri.

Menurut beliau lagi, setiap orang yang mendengar dan menilai akan dapat menemui kebenaran yang hakiki. Justeru, peranan golongan agama di era ini, katanya, bukan menghalang tetapi berhujah dan menerangkan apa yang diyakini secara matang.

Semalam, dalam jawapannya di Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor, Hasan berkata Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) telah mengesan lapan cara yang dilakukan oleh pihak Kristian bagi mendakyahkan orang Islam.

Selain menggunakan alatan canggih itu, menurut Hasan (bawah, kanan), pihak Kristian juga menubuhkan pelbagai pertubuhan kebajikan atau persatuan bagi tujuan memberi bantuan berbentuk kewangan terhadap mereka yang mempunyai kesempitan hidup seperti ibu tunggal, orang miskin dan warga emas.

pkr taman ehsan selayang ceramah 020810 hasan ali"Jika benar seperti yang didakwa, ada pihak Kristian yang menyebarkan alatan itu secara percuma dan bantuan lain lagi kepada saudara-saudara muslim kita, maka saya mencadangkan beliau kena mengerahkan JAIS membuat kerja yang lebih bermanfaat .

"Ini boleh dilakukan dengan menyebarkan secara percuma alatan yang sama atau lebih canggih yang mengandungi ayat al-Quran dan terjemahannya. Juga mengandungi ucapan-ucapan dakwah kepada Islam secara hikmah dan bijaksana," katanya.

Mendapat tauliah

Dr Asri juga meminta JAIS supaya memastikan dulu bahawa "alat itu 'mendapat tauliah' supaya alat itu tidak ditangkap atau dirampas".

Walaupun tidak menyebutnya secara langsung, beliau dipercayai merujuk keputusan JAIS yang mensyaratkan mana-mana pihak yang ingin menyampaikan ceramah agama atau tazkirah di semua 2,081 surau dan 380 masjid di seluruh Selangor, perlu mendapat tauliah jabatan itu, terlebih dahulu.

NONESebelum ini, beberapa pemimimpin dan tokoh agama menghadapi masalah dan dihadapkan ke mahkamah kerana mengajar agama Islam tanpa tauliah. Mereka termasuk Dr Asri sendiri.

Pemimpin PAS lain seperti Mursyidul Amnya, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor Datuk Abdul Rani Osman, ahli parlimen Shah Alam, Khalid Samad dan terbaru pengacara dan penulis lirik terkenal Bob Lokman juga dilarang berceramah.

Dr Asri dalam kenyataannya juga mengingatkan mana-mana pihak yang mendakwa bahawa sejumlah besar umat Islam di negara ini murtad adalah memalukan umat itu sendiri dan perlu bertanggungjawab terhadap kenyataan mereka itu.

Himpun placards"Sesetengah pihak menyebut ratusan ribu, ada yang menyebut puluhan ribu, ada yang menyebut beribu-ribu. Harap nama-nama mereka dapat diserah kepada pihak-pihak yang dapat mengkaji punca untuk mengatasi masalah.

"Janganlah ia hanya satu dakwaan kosong yang tiada bukti yang diyakini, ataupun memang wujud tetapi tidak berani didedahkan kerana mereka tahu mungkin kesalahannya akan balik kepada pihak berkuasa yang menguruskan urusan agama itu sendiri," katanya.

Perlekehkan umat

Menurut Dr Asri, beliau bimbang usaha mempertahankan Islam secara membuta-tuli itu secara tidak langsung boleh memperlekehkan umat dan agama Islam sendiri tanpa sedar.

azlan"Mungkin kita ingin menutup kelemahan kita dengan menudingkan jari kepada pihak lain. Itu bukan tindakan yang baik bagi pihak yang berkuasa.

"Memalukan, umat yang majoriti sering menampilkan diri sebagai tertindas oleh agama yang minoriti. Padahal jika kita benar-benar menggerakkan kemampuan yang ada dalam kalangan Islam di Malaysia, banyak yang boleh dilakukan," katanya.

Beliau berkata cara dan gaya mempertahankan Islam para era ini memerlukan pendekatan yang lebih bersifat semasa dan berkesan.

azlan"Malangnya hal ini tidak berlaku. Menyedihkan. Orang lain tertawakan cara kita, maka jangan hairan jika ada muslim juga yang bertambah keliru.

"Mungkin yang hendak masuk Islam menjadi terbantut, yang lemah iman tergugat. Maka jangan hairan jika benar ada yang murtad atau yang baru masuk ingin keluar semula.

"Siapakah punca langsung dan tidak langsung? Berhati-hati dalam isu ini," akhiri kenyataannya itu.

Ulasan GB

Pendedahan Dr. Hassan Ali kononnya bahawa umat Islam di negara ini boleh dimurtadkan dengan menggunakan sejenis radio rakaman menggunakan tenaga solar yang dimuatkan dengan cerita-cerita Kristian mendedahkan kejahilan beliau sendiri di dalam dunia teknologi moden dan maklumat.

Ini bererti beliau sudah lama terkurung di dalam gua kebodohan sendiri kerana penyebaran ugama, tak kira apa pun ugama, sudah jauh melangkaui daripada hanya apa yang didedahkan olehnya.

GB ingin bertanya kepada Dr. Hassan Ali dan Jais sendiri, apa sumbangan dan usaha kamu pula di dalam menggunakan teknologi-tekonologi berkenaan untuk menyebarkan dakwah dan pengembangan Islam?

Mana Al-Quran digital kamu? Mana 'Solar Powered Handheld Talking Quran' kamu? Atau paling sengkek, mana portal dan lamanweb Q&A mengenai Islam kamu?


Yang hanya kamu tahu nak tangkap dan dakwa orang sampaikan tazkirah di surau seperti kes Bob Lokman. Yang kamu tahu nak berarak buat HIMPUN sehingga HIMPUN sendiri yang kononnya nak perjuangkan aqidah tetapi masing-masing tinggalkan waktu Asar. Yang kamu tahu, ialah bagaimana nak berperanan untuk tumbangkan kerajaan pimpinan Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim di Selangor.

Wahai orang yang bernama Hassan Ali dan pertubuhan yang bernama JAIS. Mari kukuliahkan kepada kamu:

Dunia hari ini adalah dunia tanpa sempadan. Dengan adanya internet maklumat semakin rancak di alam siber. Pelbagai bahan yang ada di "langit" ini. Kita tidak dapat menahannya dan tidak dapat mengawalnya, malah tiada sebuah negara pun di atas dunia yang mampu mengawal internet. Tiada sebuah kerajaan pun di dunia yang mampu mengawal arus gelombang maklumat yang bergerak di alam siber.

Bahan lucah, porno, maklumat mengenai ugama-ugama lain, malah ajaran Ayah Pin dan Abuya Asyaari pun bersepah di alam siber.

Ada ratusan, malah ribuan tapak web yang menghidangkannya kepada masyarakat dunia termasuklah masyarakat islam di negara kita.

Malah kini orang sedang sibuk dengan facebook, dengan blog, dengan twitter, dengan segala macam mak nenek teknologi hujung jari terdapat di alam siber ini.

Terangkan kepada saya bagaimana kamu-kamu dapat mengawal itu semua?

Tak boleh. Yang boleh dan perlu kita lakukan kini ialah menggunakan teknologi yang sama, alam yang sama TETAPI menawarkan isi kandungan yang berbeza.

Peperangan zaman dahulu menggunakan kuda dan panah. Tetapi peperangan zaman ini adalah peperangan teknologi dan peperangan maklumat.

Umat Islam perlu muncul dengan ilmu Islamnya untuk dihidangkan di alam siber. Kita perlu menawarkan kebenaran dan keindahan Islam dengan taktik dan teknik yang baru. Menggunakan dan memenafaat alam digital sebagai satu uslub dan media baru di dalam dakwah. Malah ia dilihat sebagai satu wajibul-waqti (kewajipan semasa) ketika ini. Kita perlu tampil dengan kaedah baru, membawa obor Islam untuk menangkis segala serangan aqidah dan syariat yang berlaku ekoran perkembangan pesat teknologi moden hari ini.

Jangan pula kamu datang berlagak dengan press conference bebal kamu dengan menyatakan kesemua blog, twitter, facebook dan peralatan dakwah kena ada tauliah daripada JAIS pula!

Sekarang sekali lagi saya bertanya: apa sumbangan Hassan Ali dan JAIS di dunia siber dan era teknologi moden di dalam usaha memperjuang, memperkembang dan memertabatkan Islam daripada hanya melemparkan tuduhan tetapi kemudian tidak dapat mendakwa kerana ketiadaan bukti?

Another child…

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 05:53 AM PST

When our sole volunteer in Taiping alerted me about a girl whose parents died of HIV related illnesses, and who herself had been suffering from various ailments, the volunteer wasn't sure when I asked if the girl was HIV+ or if she had ever been tested for HIV. The volunteer herself got the news from somebody else. I told her to try get more details, and if possible, to visit the girl.

So she went to visit and amongst the details she got was that the girl had indeed been tested HIV+ and was already regularly going for treatment at the paed's clinic. Since it was a paed's case, it was never referred to us as cases in Taiping referred to us were only from the adults clinic. Was told that the girl's HIV status was known to all and sundry in the kampong as her case was highlighted in a tabloid paper. Guess the reporter was trying to highlight the girl's sad story and to add more impact to the story, even the girl's HIV status was disclosed.

What bothered me most was the fact that the girl was no longer schooling. My colleague wasn't able to give me a clear answer as to why the girl stopped going to school… was it because her HIV status had been known to all… or was it because of her illness? How can we help the girl?

I needed to know more. So I told my colleague to arrange for another visit – this time I myself wanted to join the visit.

Since it was my colleague's off day from work today, we decided to pay the girl a visit. There was another couple sitting outside chatting with the girl's grandma when we got there, but since the girl's status was known to all, I wasn't too worried about confidentiality. I found out that the couple were relatives anyway, and the grandma even invited us to sit together with the couple. The girl, Nasya, 13, did come out to salam with us. At one glance she looked okay.

I started chatting with the grandma and was told that since the girl seemed to be doing a whole lot better now, they were thinking of sending her back to school beginning next year. Apparently the girl went to school only up to standard 6, sat for her UPSR but after that she had to be hospitalised for whatever ailments and they never even went to get her UPSR results from school. Until now, they don't know her results.

According to the grandma, Nasya stopped going to school when she was hospitalised and even after she was discharged, she had difficulty walking. She had to go to the hospital quite regularly and at one time even had to be referred to Ipoh GH when her condition worsened. I couldn't really tell what her ailments were based on my conversation with the grandma, but it probably was somewhat related to some kind of brain infection, which I have seen quite often amongst the HIV cases referred.

The doctor had to change her to a new line of ARV which seemed to work better for her. She seemed a lot better now although not fully recovered. Although at one glance she looked okay, when we observed her walk, she wasn't really back to normal. And according to the grandma, Nasya tends to forget certain things. And when we asked her to write, she was slow. even when writing her own name. When we asked her to write her address as well, she forgot. And she even had problems reading.

I don't think it would be a good idea sending her to a normal school. She won't be able to cope.  And she'd probably end up not learning anything. We figured it would probably be better if she goes to Sekolah Pendidikan Khas. The grandma did agree with me but said that since Nasya's aunt was the one who had been arranging this and that for Nasya, she'd have to discuss the matter with the aunt first. I told the grandma that if they needed help in the registration etc, we are willing to help out.

I understand Nasya will have to be registered as an OKU before she can be accepted into such schools. Maybe we'd also need to discuss the matter with the doctor handling her case before taking the next step.

Democracy or Theorocracy (Sharia) - Debate For and Against

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 06:46 AM PST

An 88 minute debate between Robert Spencer, Anjem Chaudary and Abu Bara. The "Inquisition" of very long ago, has changed quite a bit, nowadays they are called "Blasphemy Trials". Ring a bell?

This is non-negotiable. The difference between "Man made laws" protecting our natural human rights and freedoms, and "theocratic law of God" defining what those human rights and freedoms are allowed or not allowed to be, is that under our man made laws the human being is sanctified as an individual to be honored and protected equally; but under Allah's laws that same human being is to be constrained or forced to be 'sanctified' as an imperfect being, unequally. End result is that our democratic "sanctity" of the individual trumps religious constraints on individuals; which is why we have a "separation of religion and state" in the civilized world. Where one honors the individual and respects their (God given) conscience in a democratic rule of law, the other demands that individuals obey (in submission) religious interpretations of what conscience is supposed to be. One is called Freedom, the other Tyranny.

Our "human sanctity" is not negotiable by mullahs, priests, prophets, politicians, universalists, shamans, moralists, preachers, internationalists, or communists and fascists. That Sanctity is our God given right. That is what democratic, constitutional rule of law (so-called Man-made laws) seeks to protect above all else, that we are free human beings, free to pursue our right to happiness with our conscience, reciprocally for all equally, without harming or trespassing on that right for others. That is why Freedom is far far far superior to Theocracy. Jihad Watch.


Why Does America Defend the Weak and Small? - Our Small Friends By Victor Hanson Davis

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 05:55 AM PST

Recently, an open mike caught French president Nicolas Sarkozy and American president Barack Obama jointly trashing Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Sarkozy scoffed, "I cannot stand him. He's a liar."Obama trumped that with, "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day."

Two days later, in one of the most bizarre op-eds published by the New York Times in recent memory, Paul Kane suggested that the United States could literally sell out its support for democratic Taiwan for about $1 trillion. He argued that the Chinese might be so thankful to us for letting them get their hands on the island that they might forgive much of what we owe them.

So why does the United States take risks in guaranteeing the security of countries such as Israel and Taiwan? Surely the smart money — and most of the world — bets on their richer enemies. The Arab Middle East has oil, hundreds of millions of people, and lots of dangerous radical-Islamic terrorists. China is more than one billion strong, with the fastest-growing economy in the world.

But President Obama should remember that America does not think solely in terms of national advantage. In fact, only the United States seems to have an affinity for protecting tiny, vulnerable nations. In two wars, and more than twelve years of no-fly zones in Iraq, America saved the Kurds from a genocidal Saddam Hussein.Greece today has few friends. Its northern-European creditors are furious with its profligacy and duplicity. Nearby, an ascendant Turkey is flexing its muscles over occupied Cyprus and new finds of gas and oil in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean. In short, a bankrupt Greece of only 11 million people, residing in one of history's most dangerous neighborhoods, has few strong friends other than the United States. The same is true of Christian Armenia, which likewise is relatively small and near to historical enemies in Turkey and Russia.

All of these peoples — Israelis, anti-Communist Chinese, Kurds, Greeks, and Armenians — have a few things in common. They have relatively small — and often shrinking — populations, aggressive neighbors, few strong allies, many expatriates and refugees in the United States, and tragic histories of persecution and genocide. Half the world's Jews were lost to the Holocaust. Had Mao Tse-tung — the most prolific mass murderer in history — gotten his way, the entire anti-Communist Chinese population who fled in terror to Taiwan would have been wiped out. In the early 1920s, nearly a million Greeks perished in Asia Minor — ethnically cleansed by a Turkey that had at one time conquered and occupied Greece for more than 350 years. A million Armenians perished in the breakup of the Ottoman Empire during World War I. The stateless Kurds have often been persecuted by Arabs, Iranians, and Turks.

Apabila Semua Dah Terlondeh, Apa Lagi Wak Nak Temberang?

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 05:25 AM PST

Seleweng Tanah : ADUN BN Minta Satim Bertanggungjawab

Isu penyelewengan berhubung penjualan tanah kerajaan di Science Park 2 membabit Ketua Pembangkang Dun Selangor, Datuk Satin Diman turut mendapat kecaman dari pemimpin Barisan nasional.

Adun Sungai Burung dari Barisan Nasional(BN), Shamsudin Lias mengesa Ketua Pembangkang Selangor, Datuk Satim Diman tampil kehadapan bagi membuktikan dirinya tidak bersalah atas dakwaan penyelewengan tanah ketika era pemerintahan BN dahulu.

"Sekiranya terbukti beliau (Satim) lakukannya, beliau perlu bertanggungjawab, prinsip kita jelas, saya sendiri jelas sekiranya kita langgar undang-undang, kita perlu bertanggungjawab.

"Kalau benar wujud salahguna kuasa, perkara ini boleh dilaporkan kepada pihak Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) dan polis, itu sahaja,"katanya.

Di dalam sesi DUN 15 November lalu, Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim menjelaskan bahawa Satim menjual tanah milik kerajaan Selangor pada tahun 2006 dengan harga yang murah kepada Nikmat Inai Sdn Bhd.

Menurut Khalid transaksi penjualan yang dilakukan oleh Satin amat licik sehingga tidak dapat dikesan berlaku sebarang penyelewengan.

"Ada juga beberapa isu mengenai Bekas Menteri Besar, saya sedang kumpulkan dan jika perlu saya akan dedahkan.

"Apa yang ingin saya pamerkan ialah beza antara pentadbiran Pakatan Rakyat dengan Barisan Nasional, yang mana kita melaksanakannya pentadbiran untuk kepentingan semua rakyat tetapi sebaliknya bagi mereka (BN) yang hanya memberi kepada kroni,"jelas khalid

Pendedahan tersebut menyaksikan seorang lagi pemimpin tertinggi BN Selangor terpalit dengan pelbagai penyelewengan.

Satim ketika itu adalah ahli lembaga pengarah dan pemegang saham utama di dalam Nikmat Inai.

Tanah dilokasi Science Park-2 seluas 80 ekar di Cyberjaya itu dianugerahkan oleh kerajaan negeri kepada Perbadanan Kemajuan Pertanian Selangor (PKPS).

Satim bagaimana pun menjual tanah tersebut kepada syarikatnya sendiri pada harga RM1.80 sekaki persegi atau RM 6.5 juta.

Susulan itu, syarikatnya menjual semula kepada Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) pada harga RM5.30 sekaki persegi atau RM19.2 juta.

Ditanya mengenai urus niaga untung atas angin ini, Shamsudin (gambar) menjelaskan ia bukan isu kerana tanah tersebut diberikan kepada Satim dan terpulang kepada beliau untuk menguruskannya.

"Itu terpulang kepada tuan empunya tanah, asalkan urusan itu tidak menyeleweng dan melanggar undang-undang," jelas Shamsudin.

Turut disebut dalam pendedahan Khalid itu ialah pemberian tanah melibatkan seorang bekas Menteri Besar Selangor dan isteri kepada seorang Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani.

Sementara itu, Adun Sungai Pelek, Yap Ee Wah dari BN ketika ditemui TVSelangor di Lobi DUN semalam enggan memberi apa-apa reaksi berhubung perkara ini dengan memberi alasan bahawa beliau tidak hadir pada sesi DUN 15 November lalu.

"Saya tidak boleh memberi apa-apa reaksi kerana saya tidak hadir pada hari itu, Saya keluar kawasan untuk memberi sumbangan, ia tidak adil bagi saya untuk mengulas benda ini.

"Minta penjelasan dari mana-mana adun pembangkang yang lain," katanya. -tvsnews

Ulasan GB

GB dah ulas sebelum ini. Petikan:

Sebelum persidangan DUN Selangor bermula, Wak Satim Diman komain hebat buat kenyataan kononnya mahu "belasah" kerajaan PR Selangor sebab tak tunai janji pilihanraya katanya.

Alih-alih seluar Wak Satim pula yang terlondeh, satu demi satu, ibaratnya mula-mula seluar yang di luar lepas itu yang dalam pula.

Ia kerana nawaitu Wak Satim sendiri yang salah.. nak masuk perbahasan DUN semata-mata nak serang PR. Cukup tak baik hati Wak UMNO yang sorang ni. Bukan untuk membela rakyat di kawasannya.

Wak ni dah lama tak baca Al-Quran ni. Dengar sini Wak, GB nak mengingatkanmu, bahawa Allah sudah berfirman:

Sambil bersikap sombong di bumi dan berusaha merancangkan rencana jahat, dan tidak ditimpakan dengan rancangan yang jahat itu melainkan orang yang merancangkannya sendiri. Maka tiada yang mereka tunggu melainkan seperti berlakunya kebinasaan ke atas orang yang telah lalu. Kerana engkau tidak akan mendapati perubahan bagi Sunnatullah, dan engkau tidak akan mendapati Sunnatullah itu menyimpang. [Fatir: 43]

It’s Official: To Protect Baby’s Brain, Turn Off TV

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 06:21 AM PST

It's Official: To Protect Baby's Brain, Turn Off TV

A decade ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that parents limit TV consumption by children under two years of age. The recommendations were based as much on common sense as science, because studies of media consumption and infant development were themselves in their infancy.
The research has finally grown up. And though it's still ongoing, it's mature enough for the AAP to release a new, science-heavy policy statement on babies watching television, videos or any other passive media form.
Their verdict: It's not good, and probably bad.
Media, whether playing in the background or designed explicitly as an infant educational tool, "have potentially negative effects and no known positive effects for children younger than 2 years," concluded the AAP's report, released Oct. 18 at the Academy's annual meeting in Boston and scheduled for November publication in the journal Pediatrics. "Although infant/toddler programming might be entertaining, it should not be marketed as or presumed by parents to be educational."
Since the AAP made its original recommendations in 1999, passive entertainment screens — televisions, DVD players, computers streaming video — have become ubiquitous, and the average 12-month-old gets between one and two hours of screen time per day. (Interactive screens, such as iPads and other tablets, are considered in the new recommendations.) The 0- to 2-year age group has become a prime target for commercial educational programming, often used by parents convinced that it's beneficial.
As screens proliferated, so did research. "There have been about 50 studies that have come out on media use by children in this age group between 1999 and now," said Ari Brown, a pediatrician and member of the AAP committee that wrote the new report.
Those studies have found that children don't really understand what's happening on a screen until they're about 2 years old. Once they do, media can be good for them, but until then television is essentially a mesmerizing, glowing box.
Used at night, TV might help kids fall asleep, but that appears to come at a delayed cost of subsequent sleep disturbances and irregularities. While the result of TV-induced sleep problems hasn't been directly studied, poor sleep in infants is generally linked to problems with mood, behavior and learning.
At other times, media consumption comes with opportunity costs, foremost among them the silence of parents. "While television is on, there's less talking, and talk time is very important in language development," said Brown.
'The way these kids' programs came out was, 'These are really educational!' Well that's great, but prove it. Show me the science.'
Three studies since 1999 have tracked educational television use and language development, and they found a link between increased TV time and developmental delays. Whether that's a cause or effect — parents who leave kids in front of televisions might simply be poor teachers — isn't clear, nor are the long-term effects, but the AAP called the findings "concerning." In the same vein, there may also be a link to attention problems.
Even when media plays in the background, it distracts babies from play, an activity that is known to have deep developmental benefits. And for parents who use media to carve out a few precious, necessary free minutes in busy schedules, Brown recommended letting kids entertain themselves.
"We know you can't spend 24 hours a day reading to your child and playing with them. That's okay. What's also okay is your child playing independently," she said. "That's valuable time. They're problem-solving. They're using their imagination, thinking creatively and entertaining themselves."
As for iPads and other kid-friendly interactive computing devises, Brown said research has barely started, much less come to conclusions. But she counseled skepticism of promotional claims, which have been made with some of the same zeal as products of now-dubious standing, such as the controversial Baby Einstein videos.
"The way these kids' programs came out was, 'These are really educational! They're going to help your kids learn!' Well that's great, but prove it. Show me the science," Brown said. "I don't have a problem with touch screens, and they're not necessarily bad. But we need to understand how this affects kids."
Image: Yoshihide Nomamura/Flickr
Citation: "Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 Years." By the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media Executive Committee. Pediatrics, Vol 128 No. 5, November 2011.

Selangor Tak Ikut Bubar DUN Jika Pilihanraya Sebelum Jun 2012

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 03:28 AM PST

Selangor hanya akan menyertai piliharaya Umum sekiranya dilakukan selepas bulan Jun tahun hadapan.

Menteri Besar Selangor berkata tempoh selepas Jun dianggap relevan dan sesuai selepas belanjawan negeri dapat dilaksana dan dinikmati oleh rakyat.

"Kalau tidak apa guna kita buat belanjawan sekiranya belanjawan tersebut tidak dapat dinikmati oleh rakyat.

"Kalau dalam bulan Jun, Julai dan Ogos tahun depan kita akan sertai pilihan umum bersama pusat kalau tidak kita akan buat berasingan," kata beliau yang juga Adun Ijok.

Menurut Khalid, adalah amat berhemah sekiranya belanjawan sebanyak RM 1.6 bilion dapat dinikmati oleh rakyat Selanor supaya keikhlasan kerajaan Selangor dapat dinilai oleh rakyat.

"Kita masih ingat semasa Pilihanraya Umum 2008 dahulu dimana pilihanraya Umum dilakukan pada bulan Mac dan semua belanjawan tersebut telah habis dalam masa hanya tiga bulan oleh pentadbiran BN," jelas beliau di sidang media sejurus selepas tamat sidang DUN Selangor.

Ketika di tanya berhubung persetujuan parti diperingkat pusat beliau berkata kepimpinan tertinggi parti memberi sepenuh kepercayaan kepada kerajaan negeri untuk memilih tarikh untuk mengadakan pilihanraya negeri.

Ditanya mengenai kebimbangan sokongan rakyat terhadap kepimpinan negeri sekarang Khalid berkata tidak ada sesiapa pun boleh memberi jaminan berhubung sokongan rakyat.

"Perlembagaan negara membenarkan pilihanraya dalam tempoh lima tahun dan tempoh empat tahun lebih yang kita pilih adalah amat sesuai dan munasabah.

"Rakyat pun bukan mahu kita buat pilihanraya setiap tahun tetapi rakyat mahu melihat pentadbiran dan pengurusan kerajaan yang baik dan memberi manfaat kepada rakyat.

Menurut Khalid lagi, beliau menyerahkan seluruh kepercayaan kepada rakyat negeri selangor untuk memastikan kepimpinan negeri dimasa akan datang. -tvsnews

Skandal ‘Lembu’ Lambang Transformasi Najib

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 01:01 AM PST

Mengikut piawaian Barisan Nasional (BN), skandal National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFC) tidak sebesar mana, kerana hanya melibatkan kurang dari RM300 juta dana awam.

Namun perdebatan hangat yang berterusan tentang skandal ini membolehkan kita menilai tahap tadbir urus negara ini. Dan yang lebih mustahak sama ada terdapat anjakan paradigma di kalangan pemimpin BN di bawah program transformasi yang diperkenalkan oleh Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Skandal NFC ini memperlihatkan kebiasaan sikap rakus dan tamak BN apabila berdepan dengan dana awam. Sejumlah besar dana awam diberi kepada syarikat-syarikat kroni yang tidak kompeten yang merampok wang dan seterusnya menemui kegagalan untuk mengendalikan projek seperti yang diharapkan.

Respon daripada para pemimpin BN, dari perdana menteri ke bawah, tidak berasas melainkan hanya mencari pelbagai alasan dan percubaan untuk menutup skandal ini.

Budaya ketelusan dan kebertanggungjawaban nampak begitu asing bagi manusia seperti mereka ini meskipun beratus juta wang pembayar cukai dicurahkan begitu sahaja, ibarat 'menuang air di daun keladi', bagi mengembar gembur pelan transformasi Najib untuk negara ini.

NFC diberi tanggungjawab untuk "mentranformasi industri ternakan dan daging lembu supaya muncul sebagai pengeluar daging halal bertaraf antarabangsa", menurut Bernama yang melaporkan majlis menandatangani perjanjian pinjaman mudah RM250 juta pada 6 Disember 2007.

Sasaran pengeluaran ialah sebanyak 60,000 ekor lembu bagi Fasa 1 dari ladang lembu di Gemas. Operasi dijadual bermula Februari 2008.

NFC kacau bilau

Empat tahun kemudian, Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 menyebut situasi projek NFC berada dalam keadaan kacau bilau. Jumlah lembu yang mampu disembelih hanya 5,742 sehingga November tahun lalu. Walaupun sasarannya dikurangkan kepada 8,000 ekor lembu setahun, projek itu masih dianggap gagal.

Lebih memburukkan lagi keadaan apabila adanya laporan mengenai salah guna dana awam seperti RM9.8 juta digunakan untuk membeli kondominium mewah dan lebih RM800,000 dibelanjakan untuk keraian dan elaun perjalanan dalam tahun 2009 walaupun syarikat itu mengalami kerugian sebanyak RM7 juta dalam tahun 2008 dan RM11 juta pada 2009.

Kelihatannya, NFC akan menerima nasib malang seperti projek mega Barisan Nasional yang lain – Zon Bebas Pelabuhan Klang (PKFZ), Perwaja dan lain-lain.

Siapa yang memiliki NFC? Keluarga Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat yang juga Ketua Wanita Umno.

Suaminya, Mohamad Salleh Ismail, adalah pengerusi dan tiga anak mereka adalah Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif (CEO) dan pengarah- pengarah eksekutif syarikat itu.

Lebih malang, anggota keluarga Shahrizat langsung tidak mempunyai pengalaman dan kepakaran dalam bidang ternakan lembu dan pengeluaran daging lembu.

Untuk makluman, terdapat lebih 300 ladang feedlot di negara ini dan banyak syarikat yang terbukti berjaya dalam industri penawaran daging lembu ini.

Dengan ramainya bilangan rakyat kita yang mempunyai kepakaran dalam bidang ini, bukankah lebih baik kita amanahkan sahaja kepada para usahawan yang lebih berkelayakan dari anggota keluarga Shahrizat?

Dan lebih melucukan apabila diperhatikan bahawa mereka yang sibuk membela NFC dan Shahrizat adalah personaliti tertinggi Umno seperti Perdana Menteri, Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani, Ketua Pemuda Umno dan terkini, mantan perdana menteri Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Pemimpin Umno bela Shahrizat

Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dalam Parlimen pada 11 November lalu, tidak ada apa yang salah dan sedikit masa lagi pengeluarannya akan meningkat kepada 12,000 ekor lembu dari 6,000 ekor lembu sebelumnya.

Timbalannya Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, yang memulakan projek ini ketika beliau menjadi Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani berkata dalam satu sidang media pada 29 Oktober lalu bahawa beliau "tidak nampak apa yang pelik dan satu kesalahan" dengan projek itu. Beliau kemudian menyerahkan kepada penggantinya Datuk Seri Noh Omar untuk menjawab soalan-soalan berikutnya.

Noh menafikan wujudnya penyelewengan dalam pemberian projek itu dan menyifatkannya sebagai satu "kejayaan", dengan memberi berbagai alasan walaupun pengeluaran lembu dan daging lembu adalah rendah.

Ketua Pemuda Umno Khairy Jamaluddin pula, walaupun tidak memegang apa-apa jawatan dalam kerajaan, kelihatan pelik kerana secara tiba-tiba beliau muncul sebagai juara, sebagai pembela yang paling lantang bersuara.

Selain itu, Pak Lah juga timbul untuk menyelamatkan Shahrizat. Pada 15 November, beliau berkata, Shahrizat tidak perlu meletak jawatan kerana beliau bukan CEO dan tidak terlibat. Pak Lah menyuarakan pandangannya kerana ramai yang meminta Shahrizat melepaskan jawatannya sebagai menteri.

Tetapi agak menghairankan, tidak ada sesiapa pun yang mendesak supaya kedua-dua menteri ini (Muhyiddin dan Noh Omar) didakwa.

Muhyiddin kerana memberi projek ini kepada syarikat yang tidak layak dan Noh Omar kerana gagal mengawal-selia pelaksanaan projek ini.

Berhubung badan pemantau rasuah, Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) yang selama ini membisu walau pun sudah tiga minggu skandal ini muncul, hanya baru-baru ini menyerahkannya kepada pihak polis dengan alasan bahawa ini kes polis, bukan SPRM.

Adakah pihak polis akan melakukan sesuatu? Tekaan anda adalah serupa dengan saya. Inilah yang dikatakan transformasi Najib! -FMT

NFC Salleh put blame on everything except the cow

Posted: 17 Nov 2011 10:29 PM PST

National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd chief executive chief officer Mohammad Salleh Ismail has put the blame on renegade staff for triggering the controversy over the company's finances, according to a Sinar Harian report today.

In the Malay language daily, Mohamed reportedly said that the issue arose from the actions of two NFC staff who went rogue and attempted to sabotage the company. Mohamaed believed they told the opposition about the company's internal finances because they were upset with the company and added that his company has filed a police report on suspicion that the duo had taken the company's thumb drive.

On calls for his wife Shahrizat Abdul Jalil who is women, family and community development minister to resign over the fiasco, Mohammed declined to comment but he told the daily that the matter was in the hands of his wife, the prime minister and his deputy.

When contacted, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli laughed off the new development but refused to confirm if the duo investigated by the police are the source of the leak to PKR and said, "I would not confirm or deny the (source) of the would be dangerous for the whistleblowers."

Rafizi, who expects the police to come knocking soon, however, added that any probe on the whistleblowers would be a "distraction" from the real issue and told Malaysiakini that the police should instead focus on the report on the condominium, not chase after these poor whistleblowers.

Rafizi had revealed that the RM181 million government soft loan to NFC to manage a beef centre was used to buy luxury condominiums and several Umno leaders had benefited from the money and added that PKR has "a lot more information to reveal" if the company and its political ties do not own up to the irregularities exposed.

Rafizi who is scheduled to hold a press conference on the matter later today, said, "Politics aside, I personally just want them to admit that they made a mistake and for the government to take back the money."

Is the financial information of a public company a secret? Is it not open for public scrutiny? Is it not subject to internal and external auditors as well? So, what's the big deal about these two so-called whistleblowers unless there is indeed hanky-panky in the finances of the company? If in fact they're whistleblowers, then there should be more 'hidden' info than those already in the Auditor-General's Report.

[Video] Aaliyah, 8 Tahun, Pemenang Pingat Emas Termuda Sukan SEA Ke 26

Posted: 17 Nov 2011 11:11 PM PST

Palembang - Pada usia 8 tahun, Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah muncul atlet paling muda negara memenangi pingat emas pada Sukan SEA Ke-26 kali ini selepas menjuarai acara tricks wanita dalam sukan ski air di Palembang semalam.

AALIYAH (dua dari kiri) diapit kakaknya, Phillipa (kiri) Alex (dua dari kanan) dan bapanya, Hanifah selepas menang emas bagi acara tricks wanita dalam sukan ski air di Palembang semalam.

Apa yang paling membanggakan, murid tahun 2 Sekolah Kebangsaan Bandar Seri Putera, Bangi, Selangor itu menewaskan peluncur yang lebih berusia daripadanya sekali gus menjadi tumpuan bukan sahaja media Malaysia tetapi juga dari negara tuan rumah.

"Ini kali pertama saya menyertai Sukan SEA dan apabila menang emas memang rasa seronok sangat. Saya gembira dan merasa amat teruja dengan kejayaan ini," katanya yang masih kekok ketika bercakap kepada media.

Anak daripada isteri kedua Hanifah Yoong ini menewaskan peluncur dari Thailand di tempat kedua dan Indonesia (ketiga).

Terdahulu, Aaliyah sudah menunjukkan tanda awal dia mampu memenangi emas apabila mengungguli pusingan pertama dengan mengumpul jumlah mata tertinggi.

Ini sekali gus memberi kelebihan kepadanya untuk beraksi dengan lebih baik pada final ketika dia turun sebagai peluncur paling akhir untuk membuat persembahan.

Sementara itu kakak tiri Aaliyah, Philippa Yoong turut menyumbang emas buat kontinjen negara semalam apabila menjuarai acara slalom wanita sukan ski air.

Phillipa, 33, anak daripada isteri pertama Hanifah dan adik kepada Alex Yoong menewaskan peluncur Singapura, Sasha Christian di tempat kedua dan Thoyibhatus Ummu Sholika dari Indonesia, ketiga.

Ibu kepada tiga anak itu turut mencatat rekod baharu Sukan SEA bagi acara tersebut iaitu 1bouy @55kph 13m line. Kali terakhir acara ski air dipertandingkan ialah pada 1997 di Jakarta.

"Saya agak tertekan ketika beraksi kerana diletakkan harapan untuk menang emas di sini. Syukur saya akhirnya berjaya juga," katanya.

Ski air juga menyumbang pingat perak semalam menerusi Alex dalam acara slalom lelaki.

Kaliber si kecil

DOA yang dikirimkan guru dan kehadiran ibu bapa memberi sokongan menjadi titik kejayaan atlet termuda negara, Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah.

Hanya memiliki ketinggian 145 sentimeter dan berat 28kg, Aaliyah, 8, melakar sejarah Sukan Sea apabila muncul peserta termuda pada temasya ke-26 dengan meraih emas acara ski air.

Adik tiri kepada bekas pelumba formula satu (F1), Alex Yoong itu membuktikan kehebatannya apabila mengenepikan peserta lebih berusia malah mengejutkan kakak tirinya yang jauh berpengalaman, Phillipa Yoong Hanifah yang menduduki tempat ketiga dalam acara tricks.

Ski air terus menceriakan kem negara di Palembang apabila Phillipa terlebih dulu menghadiahkan emas pertama dalam acara slalom manakala Alex menyumbangkan perak acara sama.

"Kami tidak pernah memaksanya terbabit dalam ski air. Penyertaan ini hanya sebagai pendedahan kepada Aaliyah. Dia memang begitu berminat dengan sukan ini. Saya pernah menyekatnya untuk terbabit dalam acara ski air, tapi minatnya itu tidak dapat dihalang.

"Pada usia lima tahun dia sudah menunjukkan bakatnya. Pada mulanya dia mendapat tunjuk ajar daripada ayahnya selain mengikut abang dan kakaknya berlatih biarpun tidak mempunyai papan luncur yang sesuai," kata ibunya, Norzeela Sulaiman. Norzeela berkata, biarpun Aaliyah terlalu muda dan sikap keanak-anakan itu masih jelas ketara, namun ketika dalam pertandingan dia begitu matang dan keinginannya untuk menang dapat dilihat daripada usaha dipamerkan.

Aaliyah mengumpul 5,770 mata untuk menewaskan peluncur Thailand, Sareeya Promsuntisit, 4,980 mata manakala Phillipa ketiga, 3,750 mata.

Anak sulung dari tiga adik-beradik hasil perkahwinan kedua Hanafiah Yoong pernah muncul juara bawah 17 tahun di Kejohanan Asia yang berlangsung di Putrajaya, Oktober lalu.

Mengulas kekalahan Phillipa kepada adiknya itu, dia berkata, Aaliyah memang layak untuk menang. "Dia berusaha keras menjalani latihan sebelum beraksi di Sukan Sea ini. Saya gembira dengan kejayaan Aaliyah," katanya yang menghadiahkan satu emas dan satu gangsa pada kali terakhir acara ini dipertandingkan di Sukan Sea Jakarta 1997.

Sebagai peserta yang memiliki tubuh jauh lebih rendah dan kecil berbanding atlet lain, penyertaan Aaliyah menjadi tumpuan penonton dan media.

Aaliyah berkata, dia teruja kerana memenangi pingat emas untuk Malaysia.

"Keyakinan saya tidak pernah luntur walaupun saya hampir hilang imbangan pada pusingan pertama, tapi mujurlah dapat mengatasinya," kata atlet luar biasa ini kepada wartawan. -hm

'Lepas menang boleh minta hadiah'

Mama (Norzeela Sulaiman) ingatkan jangan jatuh saja: Aaliyah Yoong

BIARPUN papan ski air digunakan jauh lebih besar daripada saiz kakinya, atlit termuda kontinjen negara, Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah tidak menjadikan itu satu halangan menewaskan lawan yang jauh lebih tua daripadanya.

Baru mencecah usia lapan tahun, pelajar Sekolah Kebangsaan Bandar Seri Putra, Bangi itu terpaksa menggunakan peralatan digunakan atlit berusia 10 tahun ke atas kerana perbelanjaan menempah papan ski air khas adalah mahal.

"Saya buat macam biasa, tak ada tekanan. Mama (Norzeela Sulaiman) ingatkan jangan jatuh saja dan lepas menang nanti saya boleh minta hadiah," katanya yang mahukan alat permainan video atau pun patung Barbie sebagai hadiah kemenangan.

Dengan hanya ketinggian 145 meter dan berat 28 kilogram, Aaliyah mempamerkan aksi menarik dalam acara trick terbuka wanita dengan menewaskan enam atlit lain apabila mengumpul 5,770 mata. Atlit Thailand, Promsuntisit Sareeya memenangi perak (4,980) manakala seorang lagi atlit negara, Phillipa Yoong merangkul gangsa (3,750).

Terpaksa bercuti lebih kurang tiga bulan daripada bersekolah, Aaliyah mencatat keputusan membanggakan apabila merangkul emas dalam acara trick bawah 17 tahun serta gangsa dalam acara trick terbuka pada Kejohanan Asia di Putrajaya, bulan lalu.

Ibunya, Norzeela berkata anak sulung daripada tiga beradik itu mula bermain ski air sejak berumur lima tahun dan tidak pernah mengadu penat atau sakit kerana perlu berlatih lima hari seminggu.

"Aaliyah seperti kanak-kanak lain yang nakal dan suka bermain tetapi apabila bermain ski air dia fokus dan sangat matang dengan apa perlu dibuatnya. Saya lihat dia berbakat sejak kecil lagi dan sudah berkeras mahu menyertai ski air," katanya yang berterima kasih dengan bantuan Perbadanan Putrajaya. -BH

Aksi Aaliyah Memenangi Sukan Ski Air Sukan SEA Palembang

[Video] Latihan Aaliyah Beberapa Bulan Sebelum Sukan SEA

Friday Teaser #8 : Food from different country

Posted: 17 Nov 2011 08:00 PM PST

In the food fair, we could taste food from various country... In the food fair we could get Japanese, Chinese, Swedish, Italian, American...etc

So where can we get different variety of food from various country in one place outside Food Fair?

If NFC not in a mess, then A-G's Report in a mess!!

Posted: 17 Nov 2011 09:12 PM PST

'Feedlot project not in a mess'
The National Feedlot Corp (NFC) has denied that the project is in disarray, instead it has met the target set by the government.

The AG's Report said that NFC was in a mess and its production last year were only 3,289 head of cattle or 41 per cent of the target set but its chairman Mohamad Salleh Ismail said as the 30-year contract was only in the third year, teething problems during initial stage were to be expected.

pakatan rakyat convoy visit national feedlot corporation 031111 abbatoirWhen commenting on the Auditor-General's Report at the NSC office in Gemas today, he said, "In fact, NFC has raised 8,016 head of cattle in 2010, surpassing its target of 8,000 head of cattle. We are importing cattle from Australia and we have to feed them for between four and six months. We do not slaughter them soon after arrival. We will not slaughter the cattle if there is no market. And when they are not slaughtered, cattle feed costs will also increase."

Aiyo if like that, no point having the annual Auditor-General's Report when its findings are always either disputed or denied by the affected parties.

Pemuda Cabul Gadis Dalam Bas Ekspres, Dihalau Turun Oleh Pemandu

Posted: 17 Nov 2011 08:28 PM PST

Kajang: Helah seorang lelaki yang pura-pura tidur selepas cuba mencabul seorang pelajar perempuan di dalam bas ekspres gagal apabila dihalau keluar selepas mangsa memaklumkan perbuatan kejinya kepada pemandu bas berkenaan, 11 November lalu. Gambar Fail

Dalam kejadian jam 8.30 malam itu, mangsa berusia 19 tahun menaiki bas yang dalam perjalanan dari Melaka ke ibu kota dan pada mulanya curiga apabila mendapati tangan penumpang yang duduk di sebelahnya diletakkan berhampiran pinggangnya.

Ketua Polis Daerah Kajang, Asisten Komisioner Ab Rashid Ab Wahab berkata, pada mulanya mangsa menyangka lelaki itu ingin mengambil beg yang diletakkan di sebelahnya tanpa mempedulikan tindakan suspek.

Katanya, sangkaan mangsa meleset apabila suspek tiba-tiba memegang bahu mangsa beberapa minit.

"Suspek yang beranggapan mangsa tidak menyedari perbuatan itu kemudian semakin berani apabila meramas payu dara mangsa menyebabkan mangsa tersentak dengan perbuatan suspek.

"Mangsa yang bengang diperlakukan sedemikian kemudian menoleh mukanya untuk memandang suspek tetapi sebaik ditoleh, suspek berpura-pura tidur," katanya.

Ab Rashid berkata, mangsa yang tidak berpuas hati kemudian mempersoalkan tindakan suspek yang cuba mencabul kehormatannya.

Bagaimanapun, suspek yang bijak berlakon kemudian pura-pura tersedar dari tidurnya selepas mangsa memanggilnya beberapa kali tetapi menafikan memegang payu dara mangsa.

"Mangsa yang tidak berpuas hati dengan lakonan dan alasan diberikan segera mendapatkan pemandu bas untuk melaporkan kejadian itu.

"Terkejut dengan aduan mangsa, pemandu bas berkenaan memberhentikan basnya di Hentian Rehat dan Rawat (R&R) Serdang dan mengarahkan suspek keluar dari bas berkenaan," katanya.

Sebelum suspek beredar, pemandu berkenaan sempat mengambil butiran peribadi suspek untuk diberikan kepada pihak berkuasa. Beliau berkata, mangsa membuat laporan polis di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Kajang untuk tindakan lanjut. Suspek sudah dikenal pasti dan usaha mengesannya sedang dijalankan.

Kes disiasat mengikut Seksyen 354 Kanun Keseksaan kerana mencabul kehormatan. -hm

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