Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mahal Tali Dari Lembu

Mahal Tali Dari Lembu


Mahal Tali Dari Lembu

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 09:04 AM PST

When we first achieved Merdeka, for every RM5 spent, RM1 was for administration and RM4 for development. Today, its the other way around. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development standards, Malaysia is known to have one of the most bloated civil service in the world!

Malays call this 'mahal tali dari lembu' (the rope is more expensive than the cow). But at least we can still see a cow. Better than when some allegedly spend a quarter billion ringgit with no cows to show at all!

According to this site, "the Malaysian Public service has staff strength of 1.2 million employees covering 28 schemes of service including the Federal Public Service, the State Public Services, the Joint Public Services, the Education Service, the Judiciary, the Legal Service, the Police and Armed Forces."

The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) says that 5.5 million people in the country are eligible to pay taxes but only 1.7 million are active taxpayers. As the Malaysian population stands at 28.3 million, it means only six per cent are paying taxes, which explains why the government debt is increasing while wealth disparity and income gap are worsening.

So we have 1.7 million Malaysians paying the salaries of 1.2 million employees in the civil service which means that approximately 1.5 tax-paying Malaysians is paying the salary of ONE civil servant.

And why is this so? Since the 1990's, the civil service has been expanding rapidly with accelerated growth since 2007. To give you a clearer picture, take a look at the following figures:

1990: 773,997 government employees
2000: 894,788 staff members
2010: @ 1.2 million government employees
2011: 1.3 million government employees (Source: FMT)

What about salaries? In 2005, RM25.6Billion was spent on salaries but by 2008, this figure increase to RM41.0Billion (in other words, each tax payer forked out RM22,800)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows Malaysia having the highest ratio of civil servants to the population in the Asia-Pacific region at 4.68% with Indonesia having 1.79%, Philippines 1.81%, South Korea 1.85% and Thailand 2.06%. Obviously, such an over-bloated civil service is an unnecessary financial burden in Malaysia!

Some argue that such a bloated civil service exists to provide jobs for local graduates who have difficulty in finding jobs but at what cost?

Is it justified to use and to deplete public funds to pay for poor quality workforce?

Consider the opportunity costs of such a decision. What social and public goods could have been provided for the betterment of the nation?

Will over-staffing increase efficiency and productivity in any way?

Issues such as poor accountability in public expenditure, corruption and inefficiency could actually influence some to avoid tax simply because one may not get value for tax paid!. Ever so often, we come across reports on how BILLIONS (note: no longer millions) of ringgit are being squandered or the high expenditure of scandals when some of the richest states in Malaysia are also the poorest state?

Many would think, where on earth did all our taxes go to? Is it any wonder that taxpayers feel outraged and  question why the necessity of paying tax if and when such payment is going to waste and not to fund social services such as roads, schools, hospitals and security?

Last year, I blogged on A President, A Queen and Two PMs where I summarized the following:

A. Staff size of the PMD

Year: 1981
PM: TDM
Staff size: 4,414 staff in the PMD

TWENTY YEARS LATER

Year: 2001
PM: TDM
Staff size: 9,673 ( this is an increase of 119.14% after TWENTY YEARS)

Year: 2003
PM: Badawi
Staff size: 21,045 in 2003 (this is an increase of 117.564% in TWO YEARS)

Year : 2009
PM: PM Najib Razak
Satff Size: 25,332 (this is an increase of 20.37% over 6 years)

Year 2010
PM: PM Najib
Staff size: 43,544 people (this is an increase of 71.893% in ONE YEAR!!!!)

After that mathematical exercise, I decided to compare the budgets of our PM with that of the US President , Singapore PM and the Queen of England.  Note that in the Prime Minister's Department, besides the personal officers of the prime minister and his deputy, there are five full ministers, five deputy ministers, ministerial advisers and 45 other agencies.CLICK HERE FOR MORE.


CLICK HERE for Statistik Perjawatan Dan Pengisian Mengikut Kumpulan Perkhidmatan

Bloomberg reported Malaysia will increase civil servants' salaries by as much as 13 percent and boost pensions as the government overhauls the civil-service system. More money flowing out to an over-bloated civil service!

Bernama also reported:

Under the 2011 budget, the operating expenditure is projected to increase by 7.0 per cent to RM162.8 billion in line with new commitments under the 10MP and transformation initiatives of the government.


A total of RM1.2 billion and RM525 million would be provided for 'shovelready' projects under the NKRAs and NKEAs, respectively.


Meanwhile, a total of RM45.6 billion would be allocated for emoluments, RM18.5 billion for debt service charges, RM12.3 billion for pensions and gratuities as well as RM18.7 billion for grants and transfers to state governments and statutory bodies, of which all of these allocation accounting for 58.4 per cent of total operating expenditure.

In June last year, Cuepacs President Omar Osman said in Temerloh that a total of 418,200 or 41 per cent of the 1.2 million civil servants in the country were suspected to be involved in corruption last year.

So we have a bloated civil service and a recent announcement that the government may spend about 232.8 billion ringgit ($74 billion) in 2012,1.4 percent more than this year's outlay. The budget deficit is forecast to narrow to 4.7 percent of GDP from 5.4 percent.

Personally, I strongly feel that government spending should be reduced. In other words, statistics show that there has to be a severe reduction in civil service personnel. Is the increase in the number of government servants justified?Is it merely a move to win more votes at grass root levels?

It is obvious as to where and how should the government cut spending and to increase efficiency. The many excesses are enough to make our blood boil. Are they willing to be prudent or are they in a pre-election splurge mode after which will there be more subsidy cuts where the rakyat will have to fork out more $$$ and get back less?


It's just another day...

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 08:56 AM PST

Somewhere on the globe, people are celebrating November 11, 2011 (11.11.11). In Germany, they organise a War Veteran Day. In New York, Paris, Dusseldorf, Rome and many major cities, they gather for a 'very special day' which comes once in a century.

However, it's just another day for me. Nothing extraordinary, except for its binary. It's also Friday where Muslim males must perform the Friday prayer.

If you hope for something good to happen, there is absolutely no scientific basis for this belief. There are no known logical premises for this belief. The belief that something good will happen is based solely on spiritualism, faith, and/or innate optimism. This belief is not necessarily a bad thing; we don't know everything; the probability is not zero.

And if you think something bad will happen, you are being superstitious. Also, no scientific basis for this belief. There are no known logical premises for this belief. The belief that something bad will happen is based solely on pessimism of reality.

Well... what matters is what we do!

Thanks God that we are still here...


MCLM pushes for the rakyat reform agenda (RaRA)

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 08:23 AM PST

NOTE: i had written this somewhere end of oct. i attended the MCLM forum on 24 oct. and wrote based on what i heard. i sent what i wrote to komunitikini, thinking it would be published but alas, what a disappointment, it didn't. so then i was thinking i will publish it in my CJ.MY blog, 'reflection' because, like komunitikini, it is under malaysiakini too,  but disappointment again… the CJ.MY blog is not working well. i can write a post but i can't publish it! gosh! double disappointment from malaysiakini. so since it had already been written, and not published, it will be a waste of my effort, so i'm now publishing it in my own blog. well today is 11.11.11 - so i have to blog something today!

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The Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) organized a Road-show to explain to the people what is the Rakyat Reform Agenda (RaRA).

On 24 Oct., MCLM was at the Balai Rakyat Bayan Baru, Penang. About 40 people attended the forum. The invited speaker was Datuk Dr Joseph Kitingan. The other two speakers were Haris Ibrahim, president of MCLM and Jayanath Appudurai of Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia.

On 25 Oct. the forum was held at Excelsior Hotel, Ipoh. A good turnout of about 120 people attended.  In Johor, where it was held at the Spastic Children's Association on 3 November, about 60 people attended.  (The same speakers will be at all the there venues).

According to MCLM, Malaysia can be a great inclusive nation if Malaysia return to basic principles. These principles are found in the four pillars of  the RARA, which are as follows:

  1. To honour the agreement made in 1963 between the Federation of Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak prior to the formation of the new Federation of Malaysia.
  2. To restore the national institutions to the Rakyat – the Judiciary, Election Commission, Police Force, Attorney General, etc.
  3. To restore the liberties guaranteed to the rakyat under the Federal Constitution by repealing the ISA, OSA, PPPA, UUCA and Sedition Act.
  4. To adopt the Social Inclusion Agenda, designed to improve race relations in Malaysia.

Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan spoke on the first RARA pillar – the Malaysia Agreement, 1963 and the 20-point agreement. His presentation was aptly titled 'From equal partnership to takeover'. He presented the facts about the agreement and then shocked the participants on how the agreement was not honoured.

0n 9 July, 1963, the United Kingdom, the Federation of Malaya, North Borneo ( now called Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore entered into an agreement that gave rise to the formation of the Federation of Malaysia. Related to this issue are two documents a 20-point agreement relating to Sabah and an 18-point agreement relating to Sarawak.

Datuk Jeffrey first explained the facts of the agreement and later on, on how the terms of the agreement had not been complied with. The non compliance had a strong impact on the state of Sabah and the lives of the people living in Sabah.

"Sabah was cheated and became a subservient state." said Datuk Jeffrey, "As you know, Sabah is now the poorest state in Malaysia. It was only after March 2008, that we see emerging political maturity in Sabah and Sarawak."

The fourth pillar of the RARA on the Social Inclusion Agenda (SIA) was explored by Mr Jayanath Appudurai. The SIA is, Jayanath explained, basically a comprehensive program to address the economic and social needs of the poor and the marginalized, including migrants.

"For over 40 years, NEP has failed to address the real cause of poverty and inequality. 40% of Malaysians fall under these groups… they are the marginalized rakyat. They face a bleak future. SIA hope to solve these problems."

Haris Ibrahim spoke on the other two pillars (2nd and 3rd) briefly.

"The National Institutions like the Judiciary, Election Commission, Attorney General, MACC need to be restored to the Rakyat, to serve the Rakyat. Right now, the institutions seems to be serving their political masters." informed Haris, "For example, the judges are pro-BN, and if PR get into Putrajaya, they will elect judges that are pro-PR – but we don't want that. We want judges that are pro-rakyat."

On the third pillar, about restoring the liberties guaranteed to the Rakyat, Haris explained that this means laws like ISA, OSA, PPPA, UUCA and the Sedition Act should be repeal. These laws should be repeal so as to give the rakyat more freedom, he said.

"MCLM serve the 40% marginalized.  The only way to do that, is to remove BN and install a government that will reform the 40%." continued Haris.

"Simply put," Haris ended with great passion, "We will back any non BN political party that pledge to implement the RARA. We want politicians with integrity. We need politicians who can look at money and say no, I serve the people, not money. We want politicians who can say 'No!' to Najib's money. They want power, we want change, so we say to them, let's harmonise – if we put you in power, you have to pledge to implement RARA."

MCLM was launched in London on 30 October 2010 and its chairman is Raja Petra Kamarudin. To find out more on MCLM, please visit its website – http://mclm.org.uk/



Pembangunan Kota Makkah Didakwa Cenderung Kebaratan

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 09:10 AM PST

Kota Suci Makkah telah berevolusi secara drastik dalam beberapa dekad terakhir. Yang mengkhuwatirkan ialah, Masjidil Haram bakal tenggelam dalam mewahnya pencakar langit yang bertebaran di Makkah.

Namun, Datuk Bandar Makkah membantah pembangunan yang kian pesat tanpa perhitungan. Sebaliknya, pihak berkuasa Makkah mempertimbangkan lebar jalan dan lokasi sehingga tidak sembarangan gedung pencakar langit boleh dibangunkan.

"Projek masa depan akan jauh dari Masjidil Haram, sekitar 300 meter. Bangunan sendiri akan memiliki ketinggian wajar antara 8 hingga 10 lantai," kata Datuk Bandar Makkah, Osama Al-Bar, seperti dikutip Reuters, Rabu (9/11).

Dalam enam tahun, tambahnya lagi, pihak berkuasa Makkah berharap infrastruktur kota Makkah akan bertambah sehingga mempermudahkan umat Islam dari seluruh dunia menuju Masjidil Haram. "Kami akan membuat jalan, pedestrian, jambatan dan jalur untuk MRT," katanya.

Al-Bar juga akan memastikan projek jangka panjang di sekitar masjid akan meliputi hotel, gedung-niaga dan kafe. Pembangunan wilayah pinggiran kota, termasuk perumahan dan taman bagi penduduk, telah diselesaikan.

"Makkah dikenali sebagai sebuah kota tua, memiliki beberapa bangunan tua yang tidak teratur rapi. Projek pembangunan akan mengubah dan meningkatkan kapasiti dan layanan kota Makkah," kata Bar.

Pada tahun 2020, lanjut Al-Bar, penduduk Makkah dan para jamaah haji bakal melihat impak dari pembangunan.

Meskipun bermaksud mengatur semula ruang kota, terdapat pihak yang melihat pembangunan itu meniadakan keaslian kota Makkah. Yang terjadi, nuansa kota ala peradaban barat lebih menonjol berbanding dengan keistimewaan kota Makkah sediri.

Sebagai contoh, Menara jam Raja Abdulaziz. Bangunan ini dimaksudkan untuk menjadi pusat waktu dunia Islam. Namun, senibinanya tidak mencerminkan selayaknya peradaban Islam. Bahkan ada kecenderungan pembangunan ini lebih bernuansa kebaratan.

"Apa yang tidak menyenangkan adalah rekabentuk luar tidak mengikuti tradisional Arab. Bangunan ini seolah-olah seperti bangunan di Australia, tidak memberikan nuansa Arab dan Makkah," kata Wafa Abbet, jamaah haji berasal dari Australia. -republika


Shahrizat's family filthy rich because work like hell!

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 07:44 AM PST

By Shannon Teoh
November 10, 2011

Shahrizat's husband and children control the RM250 million NFC project. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 — The National Feedlot Centre (NFC) paid for a RM10 million condominium belonging to National Meat and Livestocks Corporation (NMLC), a company wholly-owned by Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil's family, PKR said today.

Its secretary-general, Saifuddin Nasution, said the luxury apartment at One Menerung, Bangsar, was recorded by NFC, a cattle farming project managed by the minister's family, as part of a RM83 million "loan" to NMLC.

"They said the RM250 million loan for the project was in a tightly-controlled account. Is the condominium for cows to live in?" the Machang MP told a press conference in the Parliament lobby.

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin had said yesterday that funds from the soft loan could only be drawn after NFC tables a working paper and is approved by the finance ministry.

Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Datuk Seri Noh Omar also said that only RM135 million had been drawn by the NFC as the funds have been placed in an escrow account.

PKR also alleged on Tuesday that over RM84 million was siphoned off from NFC to companies controlled by Shahrizat's husband, Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail, and her children, Izran Mohamad Salleh and Izmir Mohamad Salleh.

Members of PKR and the NGO, Jingga, hold up photographs of the One Menerung condo, after lodging a report with the MACC. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Saifuddin said today that the RM9,758,140 was transferred from NFC's CIMB account in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur to Bandar Raya Developments Berhad on December 2, 2009 as full payment for the property.
"It was not from a special trust account. So the Umno Youth chief and minister's explanations are false.

"If strict monitoring had occurred, surely RM9.8 million cannot be transferred to buy a luxury condo that has nothing to do with cattle farming. This is a clear breach of trust by Shahrizat's family," he said.

He also questioned Khairy's defence of the project, asking if the "Rembau (MP) was involved in approving the project" in 2006 "when he was a powerful Fourth Floor Boy" under his father-in-law Tun Abdullah Badawi's administration.

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli also asked how NFC had slaughtered 1,600 cows in 2009 and still made a loss of RM11 million that year "but can afford a luxury condo."

The Auditor-General's Report released last month had criticised the NFC, pointing out that it was now "in a mess".

The report said production in 2010 was only 3,289 head of cattle or 41.1 per cent of the target set.

But Noh responded on October 31 that the project is a success and had met its targets "as the total number of cattle brought into the farm was 8,016 between 2008 and 2010."

He has also said half of a RM13 million grant and RM115 million of the soft loan, to be repaid at a two per cent interest rate over 17 years, has not been disbursed to NFC.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat said yesterday that "the minister has answered at length and clearly. I am happy that the ministry will continue to monitor the success of this project."

Is Shahrizat going to sue her detractors in order to clear her name and that of her family?

As usual, she will deny all these claims and sweep them under the carpet.
If the claims are untrue, then Shahrizat's family is truly filthy rich because they work like hell!

What if the claims are true? If they are, then Shahrizat's family is as guilty as hell!



THE INDELIBLE INK – TO USE OR NOT TO USE

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 07:20 AM PST

May I ask, "What's so unconstitutional about allowing the use of the indelible ink in the upcoming GE?" AG Gani Patail opined that (he believes) the Federal Constitution does not allow the authorities to force a voter to be marked with permanent ink. But the nine member panel of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that was formed to look into the electoral reforms demanded by Bersih 2.0 however does not agree with the AG. Now, is this another of the AG's trickery to ascertain the BN government's opportunity of winning the next GE by disallowing the use of the indelible ink? There is already a growing perception that this is another of the AG's trickery, and even the driver of the taxi that I rode in this afternoon think so.

India, the world's largest democracy has been using the indelible ink, and what is so unique about our constitution that has 'outlawed' the use of the indelible ink? Why has India to use the indelible ink when they are said to be the true practitioner of democracy? They don't need to, and I don't think we have reached the same level as India with regards to the practice of democracy, and it is for this reason that we should be using the indelible ink during the elections, instead of India. I am no constitutional lawyer, but the AG's opinion sound rather odd to me. I hope Prof Abdul Aziz Bari, a constitutional expert can throw some light into this issue for all Malaysians to be conscious of the truth.

In a recent interview via email with Malaysiakini, former EC boss Tan Sri Abd Rashid had reaffirmed his support in the use of the indelible ink for the 2008 GE that was withdrawn during the final hours prior to the elections. In a media interview he made at the time, Abd Rashid claimed that the decision not to use the indelible was for security reasons, but did not reveal the source that had influence him to make that decision. I now believe that Abd Rashid was pressured (or was he ordered) by someone to withdraw the decision that he had in the first instant wanted to use of the indelible ink. I just wonder what happened to the indelible ink purchased from India at the costs of RM 1.2 million of taxpayers' money for the 2008 GE? Hope it wasn't drained out into the South China Sea.

Badrul Hisham aka Chegubard in a recent press conference has vowed that he would organize a much larger Bersih-like rally if he finds that the government does not heed to the electoral demands of Bersih 2.0 first before calling for the GE; believed to be held early next year. A Bersih 3.0 is not what all like-minded Malaysians would like to see happening to the country. I believe that should Bersih 3.0 proceed, it would be the youth that will be taking the lead. And did we not see in recent times how the youth were able to galvanize themselves into a strong and potent force to rally and protest in the UIA's Prof Abdul Aziz Bari's case? And have we not witnessed the massive support of our youth towards the Bersih 2.0 rally overseas? These are clear signs of growing popular people's protest that our government cannot ignore, and I am not at all surprised that to ignore would only lead to serious consequences to the government, even leading to the possibility in the change of government by force. We have seen such trends in the North African Muslim states recently where powerful governments were brought to its knees by a popular people's uprising against a repressive government. Let this be a warning to ourselves that such a trend could happen to us at anytime.

Enough has been said that the 13th GE will be a 'mother of all battles' of sort. It is a do-or-die for the opposition and similarly, PM Najib has vowed to defend Putrajaya even if bones and bodies were to be crushed. These are strong statements citing the desperation of the BN government to defend itself from relieving power. Likewise, in the case of the opposition, losing this election would not only diminish all hopes of them making any sizable inroads into Putrajaya in the future, but what is worse I think the opposition's failure would call for an end to their challenge.

CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION


Dia Pemandu Yang Merbahaya, Idris Jala, Menteri Yang Tidak Tetap Pendirian

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 07:15 AM PST

Idris Jala tukar pendirian, Malaysia tak akan bankrap

Ketua pegawai eksekutif Unit Pengurusan Prestasi dan Perlaksanaan (Pemandu), Datuk Seri Idris Jala berkata Malaysia tidak akan terjerumus ke kancah kebankrapan, meskipun kenyataan itu bertentangan dengan amarannya tahun lalu.

Idris yang juga Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, sebelum ini berkata bahawa Malaysia akan berakhir seperti negara-negara Eropah yang dilanda hutang jika subsidi tidak dikurangkan.

Sebaliknya,, hari ini beliau berkata, Malaysia berada di landasan yang betul untuk mencapai status ekonomi negara berpendapatan tinggi menjelang tahun 2020.

Beliau berkata usaha itu disokong oleh Program Transformasi Ekonomi pentadbiran Najib (ETP) yang menghasilkan hasil yang positif.

"Malaysia melakukan apa sahaja yang mampu dibuat untuk mengubah negara menjadi ekonomi berpendapatan tinggi.

"Menerusi program dan dasar yang diperkenalkan, saya yakin kita tidak akan jatuh muflis," katanya dipetik Bernama ketika taklimat media selepas menyampaikan ucaptama pada forum anjuran Ernst & Young mengenai "Memecah kod DNA ETP" di Kuala Lumpur.

Pada 27 Mei tahun lalu, Idris berkata rakyat Malaysia mesti bersedia menghadapi pengurangan subsidi kerajaan, atau apa yang disebut sebagai "rasionalisasi subsidi", atau negara akan menghadapi kebankrapan menjelang 2019.

"Kita tidak mahu berakhir sebagai satu lagi Greece," katanya pada hari tersebut.

Subsidi untuk petrol, makanan, elektrik, dan beberapa barangan keperluan lain membentuk sebahagian besar perbelanjaan operasi kerajaan persekutuan dan merupakan hampir lapan peratus daripada KDNK. -mk

Berita sebelum ini:

Idris Jala: Malaysia masih ada risiko jadi muflis

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 Nov ― Datuk Seri Idris Jala hari ini menegaskan semula bahawa Malaysia masih berhadapan dengan risiko menjadi negara muflis dalam satu dekad lagi jika ia membelanjakan wang yang dipinjam untuk perbelanjaan-perbelanjaan operasi seperti subsidi berbanding menggunakannya bagi tujuan pelaburan.

"Jika ekonomi kita mengalami pertumbuhan kurang empat peratus dan jika kita tidak memotong perbelanjaan operasi kita, jika kita pinjam pada kadar 12.5 peratus, jika hutang tahunan kita meningkat 12.5 peratus dan pulangan kita pula tidak berkembang, maka ia akan berlaku," kata Jala hari ini selepas mengumumkan perkembangan terkini mengenai pelaburan dalam Program Transformasi Ekonomi (ETP).

Beliau mencetuskan kebimbangan yang sama tahun lalu ketika ramai membicarakan mengenai isu subsidi, yang kemudiannya menjadi kontroversi.

Hutang kebangsaan Malaysia meningkat 12.3 peratus untuk mencecah RM407 bilion tahun lalu, demikian menurut Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 yang dikeluarkan minggu lalu.

Meskipun ekonomi mengalami pertumbuhan 7.2 peratus tahun lalu, defisit fiskal tahun lalu mengekalkan hutang awam lebih 50 peratus berbanding kadar KDNK bagi tahun kedua berturut-turut.

Pakar ekonomi juga berkara bahawa pertumbuhan ekonomi negara boleh perlahan ke paras 3.6 peratus tahun depan daripada kadar 4.3 peratus yang dijangkakan tahun ini ekoran risiko kemelesetan berganda global.

Bagaimanapun kata beliau, Malaysia tidak akan melalui kemelesetan tetapi akan melalui perkembangan ekonomi yang perlahan ekoran merebaknya krisis kewangan di Eropah.

Katanya, jangkaan beliau tidak bermakna Putrajaya akan berhenti daripada membuat pinjaman.

"Kita harus membuat pinjaman dengan syarat wang itu digunakan untuk pelaburan berbanding untuk perbelanjaan operasi," kata beliau lagi.

"Kita harus memastikan pinjaman kita sepadan dengan pelaburan," katanya lagi. -TMI


Ulasan GB

Pertamanya, ada kemungkinan Idris Jala telah disergah oleh menteri-menteri kabinet yang lain kerana kenyataan awalnya menyatakan negara masih ada risiko menjadi muflis membawa banyak kemudharatan kepada BN di dalam pilihanraya nanti.

Kedua, justifikasi untuk melaraskan (baca: menghapuskan) subsidi sudah di kesan oleh rakyat.

Sebelum ini GB sudah mengulasnya. Petikan:

Sebenarnya kita sudah dapat membaca... kenyataan Idris Jala tersebut adalah justifikasi kerajaan Najib untuk melakukan "penyelarasan subsidi" sekali lagi - dalam erti kata menarik subsidi daripada beberapa barang keperluan dan sekali gus bererti kenaikan harga bagi barangan tersebut.

Beliau menggunakan alasan bahawa negara mungkin bankrap jika negara terus memberikan subsidi... ke atas barangan keperluan.

GB ingan tegaskan kepada Idris Jala yang telah membutakan matanya mengenai Laporan Audit 2010 bahawa: kebankrapan negara BUKAN disebabkan oleh subsidi tetapi adalah disebakan oleh ketirisan, rasuah, pembaziran, ketidak-cekapan, ketidak-berkesanan yang menjadi amalan kerajaan Barisan Nasional di bawah pimpinan Najib kini.

Justeru itu jangan jadikan alasan pemberian subsidi sebagai sebab negara jadi bankrap. Tetapi adalah diakibat dari faktor-faktor kerajaan BN sendiri yang projek NKRAnya hanya mitos dan gimik yang sedap didengar tetapi hampas belaka.

Buka lembaran Laporan Audit 2010 itu dan perbaiki segala kepincangan yang didedahkan. Ambil tindakan segera ke atas pegawai-pegawai dan jabatan-jabatan yang inefficient dan uneffective terutama yang melakukan korupsi.

Sekiranya itu tidak dilakukan, tunggu sehingga hukum kebenaran dan keadilan mengambil tempatnya: BN should get out from Putrajaya!



My Four Boyfriends

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 06:19 AM PST

Once upon a time there was a girl who had four boyfriends.

She loved the fourth boyfriend the most and adorned him with rich robes and treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best.

She also loved the third boyfriend very much and was always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one day he would leave her for another.

She also loved her second boyfriend. He was her confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with her. Whenever this girl faced a problem, she could confide in him, and he would help her get through the difficult times.

The girl's first boyfriend was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom. However, she did not love the first boyfriend. Although he loved her deeply, she hardly took notice of him!

One day, the girl fell ill and she knew her time was short. She thought of her luxurious life and wondered, "I now have four boyfriends with me, but when I die, I will I be a alone."

Thus, she asked the fourth boyfriend, "I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you.. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"

"No way!" replied the fourth boyfriend, and he walked away without another word. His answer cut like a Sharp knife right into her heart.

The sad girl then asked the third boyfriend, "I loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"

"No!" replied the third boyfriend. "Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to marry someone else!"

Her heart sank and turned cold. She then asked the second boyfriend, "I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?"

"I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!" replied the second Boyfriend. "At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave."

His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and the girl was devastated.

Then a voice called out: "I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go."

The girl looked up, and there was her first boyfriend. He was very skinny as he suffered from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly grieved, the girl said,
"I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!"

In truth, you have four boyfriends in your lives...............

- Your fourth boyfriend is your body.. No matter how much time and effort you lavish in making it look good, it will leave you when you die.

- Your third boyfriend is your possessions, status and wealth. When you die, it will all go to others...

- Your second boyfriend is your family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for you, the furthest they can stay by you is up to the grave.

- And your first boyfriend is your spirit. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world. However, your spirit is the only thing that will follow you where ever you go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of you that will follow you to the throne of God and continue with you throughout Eternity.

Thought for the day:

Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you're in the perfect position to pray.

Pass this on to someone you care about - I just did.

Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It means you've decided
to see beyond the imperfections.

Be happy!

-Author Unknown-

*Thanks to Angela who sent this to me a while ago knowing what a horrible day I had today when I discovered that a dear friend has been diagnosed with Stage 4B pancreatic cancer which has also spread to the liver, intestines and lymph notes. The tumor cannot be removed and she has only three to six months more to go.

I have been crying since morning and managed to regain my composure only early this evening thanks to Angela and another friend who knocked sense into my head.

Life is precious, dear reader! Take care and God bless you and yours with good health always!


[Video & Bergambar] Turki Digoncang Gempa Bumi Lagi, 9 Terbunuh

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 06:07 AM PST

Ankara: Gempa bumi bermagnitud 5.7 mengorbankan sekurang-kurangnya sembilan orang di timur Turki awal pagi ini, kurang tiga minggu selepas gempa bumi kuat yang mengorbankan lebih 600 orang di kawasan sama, menurut stesen televisyen TRT.

Lebih ramai mangsa dipercayai terperangkap di bawah runtuhan dan anggota penyelamat sedang berusaha mencari mereka yang terselamat.

Sebanyak 25 bangunan termasuk dua hotel runtuh dalam gempa bumi itu. Salah sebuah hotel yang runtuh tersebut ialah hotel enam tingkat di dalam bandar Van dimana para wartawan dan petugas bantuan ditempatkan, demikian lapor BBC

Seramai 23 orang sudah diselamatkan amun masih ada 100 orang yang masih tertimbus.

Gempa bumi itu berlaku pada 1923 GMT (0323 MST) dengan pusat gempa di daerah Edremit, kira-kira 15 kilometer dari Wilayah Van.












"Cry Freedom" about Steve Biko who died, killed by supremacists in apartheid South Africa

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 04:07 AM PST

"It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die" - Steve Biko. This full length movie is two and a half hours long. A very young Denzel Washington is Steve Biko. South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend the black activist Steve Biko. Directed by Richard Attenborough. Starring Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Josette Simon.


Following a news story depicting the demolition of a slum in East London, South Africa, journalist Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) seeking more information about the incident, ventures off to meet black activist Steve Biko (Denzel Washington). Biko has been officially banned by the South African government and is not permitted to leave his defined banning area at King William's Town. Woods is formally against Biko's banning, but is still critical of his political views. Biko invites Woods to visit a black township to see the impoverished conditions and to witness the effect of the government imposed restrictions which make up the apartheid system. Woods begins to agree with Biko's desire for a South Africa where blacks have the same opportunities and freedoms as those enjoyed by the white population. As Woods comes to understand Biko's point of view, a friendship develops between them.


After a political speech at a gathering outside his banning area, Biko is arrested and later beaten to death while in police custody. Woods works to expose the police's complicity in Biko's death. He meets with Jimmy Kruger (John Thaw), the South African Minister of Justice in his house at Pretoria, but his efforts to expose the truth lead to his own banning. Woods and his family are targeted in a campaign of harassment by the security police. He later decides to seek asylum in England to expose the corrupt and racist nature of the South African authorities. After a long trek, Woods is eventually able to escape to the country of Lesotho, disguised as a priest. His wife Wendy (Penelope Wilton) and their family later join him, and are flown to Botswana with the aid of Bruce Haigh (John Hargreaves), a controversial Australian diplomat who uses his diplomatic immunity to help them.

The film's epilogue displays a graphic detailing a long list of anti-apartheid activists (including Steve Biko), who died under suspicious circumstances while imprisoned by the government. Wikipedia.


Perancangan Jahat SPR: Pengundi Pos Lembah Pantai Naik Mendadak

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 04:45 AM PST

Ahli parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar hari ini menimbulkan kebimbangan beliau mengenai kenaikan mendadak jumlah pengundi pos di kawasannya seperti yang tercatat pada daftar pemilih yang terbaru yang dikeluarkan pada 2 Nov lalu.

Bercakap di lobi Parlimen hari ini, Nurul Izzah berkata bilangan pengundi pos naik 1,363 peratus, dalam tempoh dua bulan. Jumlah itu hanya 149 orang pada 26 September tahun ini tetapi naik kepada 2,180 pada 2 November.

Lebih buruk lagi, kata Nurul Izzah, semakan dengan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya mendedahkan bahawa 457 pengundi pos ini adalah dari Kampung Bohol di Bukit Jalil yang berada di luar kawasan Lembah Pantai.

"Terdapat 2,180 anggota polis yang merupakan pengundi pos, dan ini tidak termasuk isteri-isteri mereka. Majoriti kemenangan PKR di Lembah Pantai pada pilihan raya umum yang lalu adalah 2,895 undi."

Nurul Izzah berkata bahawa perkara itu diadukan kepada SPR dengan satu salinan dikemukakan kepada Jawatankuasa Terpilih Khas Parlimen (PSC). -mk

Daftar pemilih Lembah Pantai pincang

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 Nov: "Pameran awam daftar pemilih yang dilakukan oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya Malaysia (SPR) di kawasan Parlimen seluruh Malaysia bagi sesi 2011/2012 menimbulkan banyak keraguan," kata Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar.

Tambah Nurul Izzah lagi pameran daftar tersebut dilakukan bagi mendapatkan maklum balas dan juga bantahan orang ramai dan juga setiap parti yang akan bertanding pilihan raya akan datang.

Namum jelasnya tindakan SPR ini bagaimana pun dilihat penuh kemusykilan apabila pemberitahuan tentang pameran tidak dibuat kepada Ahli Parlimen termasuk tempoh pameran dan maklumbalas yang begitu suntuk.

"Saya melihat selain tidak dimaklumkan tentang tempoh pameran tersebut, prosedur yang menyulitkan ini mengambil masa seperti mana yang diketahui setiap individu hanya boleh membantah secara maksima sepuluh nama dengan yuran sepuluh ringgit untuk setiap nama yang dicurigai.

"Walaupun terpaksa berkejar menyiapkan bantahan, saya ingin menyatakan tentang wujudnya kepincangan dalam daftar pemilih SPR bagi kawasan Parlimen Lembah Pantai.

"Melalui pemeriksaan yang dilakukan, saya dapati seramai 457 nama pemilih yang bukan sahaja tidak bermastautin di Lembah Pantai tetapi merupakan kakitangan di Pusat Tahanan Polis Bukit Jalil yang malangnya mereka telah disenaraikan di dalam daftar pemilih Parlimen Lembah Pantai bagi suku ketiga sesi 2011/2012," jelasnya yang juga Naib Presiden PKR.

Nurul Izzah memberitahu senarai nama yang meragukan itu melibatkan empat pusat pengundian polis iaitu Balai Polis Pantai dengan 469 nama pemilih dengan penambahan sebanyak 75 nama pemilih.

Manakala Balai Polis Petaling dengan 497 nama penambahan sebanyak 63 nama pemilih, Balai Polis Bangsar/Travers penambahan sebanyak 121 nama dengan daftar pemilih seramai 478 orang, Balai Polis Kerinci pula seramai 41 nama pemilih dengan penambahan sebanyak 25 nama pemilih.

Dalam pada itu terdapat dua pusat pengundian baru polis yang dibuat di Parlimen Lembah Pantai iaitu Ibu Pejabat Polis dan Polis Pantai Dalam yang membabitkan tiga nama pemilih baru.

"Selain itu juga kita menemui senarai pengundi di lokaliti kosong iaitu pendaftaran nama pemilih di Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum di mana kampung tersebut tidak lagi wujud setelah penduduk asal dipindahkan atau diusir dengan pembayaran pampasan di bawah projek KL ECO CITY usahasama SP SETIA-DBKL.

"Bagaimana mungkin wujud pengundi di kampung yang sudah lagi tidak wujud. Apa yang lebih mengejutkan ialah pada masa yang sama berlakunya penambahan nama pemilih daripada 3,204 nama pemilih kepada 3,300 pemilih, penambahan sebanyak 96 nama pemilih walaupun Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum tidak lagi wujud di dalam peta Lembah Pantai," sambung Nurul Izzah lagi.

Pada masa yang sama Nurul Izzah juga memberitahu penemuan-penemuan itu membuktikan wujudnya kecacatan di dalam senarai pemilih yang dipamerkan oleh SPR.

"Pihak berkuasa perlu mengambil tindakan segera atas penyelewengan yang wujud dalam daftar pemilih tersebut.

"Sebaliknya sistem sedia ada dan keengganan SPR bersikap dengan lebih terbuka membantutkan sebarang usaha untuk membersihkan daftar pemilih yang akan digunapakai di dalam pilihanraya umum yang akan datang.

"Ini bukti jelas bahawa daftar pemilih belum bersih sepenuhnya dan saya berharap pihak berkuasa bertindak dan bukan bersekongkol dengan SPR," jelasnya lagi pada sidang media di lobi Parlimen. -HD


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Skandal Feedlot Dilaporkan Ke SPRM, 5 Pemimpin Umno Perlu Disiasat

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 02:28 AM PST

Kuala Lumpur 10 Nov: Sebuah NGO membuat laporan kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) berhubung penyelewengan dana RM250 juta oleh Syarikat National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) milik keluarga Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil.

Laporan itu dibuat oleh Pengerusi Jingga 13, Fariz Musa di pejabat SPRM Shah Alam.

Mereka mendesak SPRM menyiasat lima pemimpin tertinggi Umno termasuk Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak kerana berbohong di dewan rakyat dan Timbalannya, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin selaku bekas Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani yang meluluskan projek dan pinjaman RM250 juta itu.

Selain itu Jingga 13 mendesak SPRM menyiasat Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani sekarang, Datuk Seri Noh Omar dan Ketua Pemuda Umno, Khairy Jamaluddin kerana memutarbelit isu itu di parlimen serta Shahrizat sendiri yang mendapat keuntungan dari penglibatan keluarganya dalam skandal itu.

Bercakap kepada Keadilan Daily, Fariz berkata, SPRM juga perlu menyiasat segera dakwaan penyelewengan oleh NFC membeli kondominium mewah menggunakan wang rakyat berjumlah RM9.8 juta.

"Kondominium mewah itu dibeli keluarga Sharizat menggunakan wang dari dana yang diberi kerajaan kepada National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFC)," kata nya kepada Keadilandaily.com hari ini.

Ia susulan pendedahan KEADILAN hari ini terhadap bukti pembelian itu yang diperoleh melalui empat traksaksi pindahan wang dari akaun semasa NFC di Bank CIMB cawangan Taman Tun Dr Ismail kepada Bandar Raya Developments Berhad pada Disember 2009.

Menurut Fariz, ia jelas merupakan pecah amanah, selain empat transaksi itu hanya dibuat dalam masa sehari dengan jumlah keseluruhan pembayaran sebanyak RM9,758,140.

"Dengan bukti empat transaksi ini membuktikan kenyataan pemimpin Umno semasa di dewan rakyat sebelum ini kononnya baki 250 juta sebelum ini belum diserahkan kepada NFC adalah bohong," katanya.

Beliau turut membidas kenyataan menteri pertanian dan industri asas tani, Datuk Seri Noh Omar dan Ketua Pemuda Umno, Khairy Jamaluddin kerana memutarbelitkan isu itu di parlimen.

"Dakwaan menteri dan Khairy kononnya setiap transaksi memerlukan kelulusan kerajaan dan dipantau ketat adalah bohong.

"Kalau betul adanya pantauan ketat, sudah tentu wang sejumlah RM9.8 juta tidak boleh dipindah begitu sahaja untuk membeli kondominium mewah yang tiada kaitan dengan industri penternakan dan penyembelihan lembu," katanya.

Oleh itu, beliau mendesak SPRM bertindak segera dengan menyiasat, mengheret dan mendakwa lima pemimpin tertinggi Umno ke muka pengadilan selain turut mendesak Jawatankuasa Kira-kira Awam (PAC) bersidang segera untuk menyiasat perkara itu.

Syarikat projek lembu beli kondo mewah RM9.8 juta

PKR hari ini mendakwa syarikat milik keluarga Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil telah menggunakan dana melalui National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFC) untuk membeli satu unit kondominium mewah dengan bayaran berjumlah RM9.8 juta.

Setiausaha agung PKR Saifuddin Nasution mendakwa, tindakan berkenaan merupakan satu bentuk penyelewengan memandangkan bayaran untuk pembelian unit kondominium mewah itu di Bangsar bertentangan dengan tujuan pinjaman wang kepada NFC.

Beliau mendakwa, bayaran penuh bagi pembelian kondominium itu telah dibuat melalui empat transaksi pindahan akaun NFC kepada satu pemaju hartanah terkemuka pada 2 Disember 2009.

"Bayaran untuk pembelian kondominium (dengan harga) RM9.8 juta ini direkodkan sebagai 'hutang' National Meat and Livestocks Corporations Sdn Bhd (NMLC) kepada NFC," kata Saifuddin lagi, dengan menambah bahawa NMLC juga sebuah syarikat yang dimiliki oleh anggota keluarga menteri berkenaan.

Bercakap dalam satu sidang akhbar di bangunan parlimen hari ini, ahli parlimen Machang itu mendakwa jumlah tersebut merupakan sebahagian daripada RM83 juta hutang NMLC kepada NFC pada 31 Disember 2009.

"Dakwaan ini wajar disiasat secepat mungkin kerana ia melibatkan integriti keseluruhan kerajaan Malaysia," katanya yang turut mahu perdana menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan Timbalannya, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin disiasat berhubung dakwaan itu.

Katanya, perdana menteri perlu disiasat berhubung kenyataan menteri kewangan itu mengenai jumlah dana yang telah dipindahkan daripada jumlah RM250 juta.

Muhyiddin pula, tambahnya, perlu disiasat selaku kedudukannya sebagai menteri pertanian yang meluluskan projek dan pinjaman untuk projek feedlot berkenaan sebelum ini, manakala penggantinya Datuk Seri Noh Omar perlu disiasat berhubung penjelasan menteri berkenaan sebelum ini.

Saifuddin menambah, individu yang perlu disiasat ialah Shahrizat selaku menteri pembanguan wanita, keluarga dan masyarakat.

"Kita tak serang ketua wanita umno. Kita serang menteri yang secara terang-terang melalui kaitan keluarganya terbabit dalam konflik kepentingan yang jelek ini," tambahnya.

Selain itu, beliau turut menuntut supaya ketua pemuda Umno, Khairy Jamaluddin disiasat kerana didakwa cuba memutarbelitkan fakta dan "terang-terang tampil untuk melindungi (perbuatan) pecah amanah."

Beliau berkata demikian dengan merujuk kenyataan Khairy semalam bahawa wang berkenaan tidak boleh dipindah dengan mudah dan perlu melalui kelulusan oleh satu jawatankuasa khas.

"Saya nak tanya (Khairy) sekarang. Beli kondo RM9.8 juta, jawatankuasa teknikal mana yang luluskan? Mesyuaratnya bila? Siapa yang pengerusikan? Cek-cek ini siapa tandatangan. Di mana kawalan ketat?

"Kalau (ahli parlimen) Rembau seorang yang punya itegriti dan wibawa, dia kata dikawal ketat, akaun khas bermacam jargon hebat digunakan, macam mana dia nak jelaskan kelulusan RM9.8 juta (untuk beli kondominium)? Apa rasionalnya luluskan? Lembu nak tidur di situ?" soalnya.

Ketika ditanya dalam sidang media sama, pengarah strategik PKR, Rafizi Ramli pula berkata, parti itu mendapat maklumat berhubung dakwaan transaksi untuk pembelian kondominium berkenaan melalui satu sumber yang enggan didedahkan.

"Kalau kita sudah berani buat dan kita sudah melawat ke (kondominium) ini, ini dakwaan yang kita buat dan kita berani bawa ke SPRM. Tanggungjawabnya kalau nak buktikan kami tidak betul adalah tanggungjawab PM, TPM, menteri pertanian, ketua Wanita Umno dan ketua Pemuda Umno," tambahnya.

Beliau turut mencabar supaya pihak berkenaan menunjukkan penyata bank pada tarikh 2 Disember 2009, didakwa melibatkan bayaran melalui satu cawangan bank di Taman Tun Dr Ismail kepada pemaju hartanah terkemuka itu.

"Saya cabar tunjuk bank statement kepada rakyat. Kalau dia tak tunjuk, nak saman pun bolehlah saman bila-bila masa," katanya lagi. -mk



Taxi driver sues cop and Govt

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 12:33 AM PST

Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/11/10/courts/9869668&sec=courts (10.11.2011)
A taxi driver has filed a negligence suit against the Government and a policeman for wrongfully firing a gunshot and injuring both his legs while he was taking a nap in his cab.
Yeow Leong Kang, 42, is claiming RM214,000 in damages, interests, costs and any other relief deemed fit by the court over the shooting incident. He has named Detective Lance Corporal Norhesham Mohd Nor from the Cheras district police station's narcotics criminal investigations division and the Government as the defendants.
Yeow filed the lawsuit at the Sessions Court registry through his lawyer Lim Lip Eng yesterday.
In a statement of claim, Yeow said that Detective L/Kpl Norhesham had negligently fired a shot without any warning. At the time he had parked his taxi beside a bus stop near the Jalan Pudu post-office at 4.30pm on Sept 23 last year. He is contending that Detective L/Kpl Norhesham had failed to ensure the safety of the public. He said he was taken to Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia for treatment and discharged after three days. He claimed that he suffered humiliation as he was shot by the police in a public place and this also caused him to suffer tremendous psychological and mental stress, pain and loss of dignity.
In the lawsuit, he claimed that Detective L/Kpl Norhesham had visited him at the hospital and apologised to him repeatedly and admitted that he had wrongfully shot him. Yeow made a police report at the Pudu police station over the incident on Dec 10 last year.



Misteri Pembunuhan Adrian Jay Pereira Terungkai

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 12:46 AM PST

Malang - Misteri pembunuhan Adrian Jay Pereira pada Isnin lalu mula terungkai apabila polis Indonesia semalam mendedahkan bahawa dua lelaki yang menunggang sebuah motosikal kapcai dipercayai terlibat dalam kejadian tersebut

ANGGOTA polis Indonesia mencari bukti-bukti di luar kawasan rumah sewa Adrian di Malang semalam bagi mengenal pasti pembunuhnya.

Perkara itu diperoleh hasil penemuan bukti dan siasatan polis forensik di Tempat Kejadian Perkara (TKP) yang dilakukan bersama Pasukan Identifikasi Polis Jawa Timur yang mengambil keterangan daripada beberapa saksi yang mempunyai maklumat.

"Kita ketahui pelaku melibatkan dua lelaki yang menunggang motosikal kapcai," kata Ketua Polis Daerah Kota Malang, Adjutan Pesuruhjaya Besar Polis (KBP) Teddy Minahasa yang ditemui Detiksurabaya.com di sini semalam.

Menurut Teddy, dua suspek yang menaiki motosikal kapcai itu juga memakai baju hujan dan mereka memakai topi keledar menutup muka.

Mengulas lanjut, kata beliau, pihaknya yakin kedua-dua suspek yang membunuh mahasiswa semester lima Fakulti Kedoktoran di Universiti Brawijaya itu merupakan penjenayah yang berpengalaman dalam kegiatan mencuri motosikal.

Ia berdasarkan modus operandi yang digunakan oleh suspek sehingga Adrian terbunuh di depan rumah sewanya.

"Dua suspek itu diyakini penjenayah tegar," ujar Teddy.

Hasil siasatan TKP itu, kata Teddy, pihaknya sedang mengumpulkan seluruh data suspek yang terlibat dalam kes-kes kecurian motosikal yang pernah dilakukan sebelum ini.

Katanya, siasatan kes Adrian yang melibatkan pasukan khas diharapkan dapat diselesaikan dalam waktu terdekat.

"Kerjasama daripada orang ramai amatlah diperlukan untuk menyegerakan siasatan kes ini," kata beliau.

Teddy berkata, motif pembunuhan Adrian jelas disebabkan jenayah. -kosmo


Pembunuh Mahasiswa Malaysia Pakai Sepeda Motor
Muhammad Aminudin - detikSurabaya

Malang - Misteri pelaku pembunuhan Adrian Jay Pereira sedikit terkuak, setelah polisi memastikan pelaku berjumlah dua orang dengan mengendarai motor bebek.

Temuan itu diperoleh petugas dari hasil olah Tempat Kejadian Perkara (TKP) yang digelar dua kali bersama Tim Identifikasi Polda Jatim, serta keterangan sejumlah saksi.

"Kita ketahui pelaku dua orang dengan mengendarai motor bebek," kata Kapolres Malang Kota AKBP Teddy Minahasa ditemui detiksurabaya.com di mapolres Jalan Jaksa Agung Suprapto, Rabu (9/11/2011).

Ia membeberkan, pelaku berjumlah dua orang kala itu beraksi berboncengan mengendarai motor bebek serta mengenakan jas hujan, pelaku juga menutupi bagian wajahnya dengan helm full face. "Jadinya wajah pelaku tak terlihat," tandasnya.

Pihaknya memastikan kedua pelaku atau pembunuh mahasiswa Fakultas Kedokteran semester V ini merupakan pelaku lama dalam aksi kejahatan dengan sasaran kendaraan bermotor.

Hal itu diketahui dari modus kejahatan yang dilakukan sebelum menghabisi korban tepat di depan rumah kontrakannya Jalan Kembang Kertas Dalam Kav 21 RT 04/RW 09 Kelurahan Jatimulyo Kecamatan Lowokwaru, Kota Malang, Senin (7/11/2011), malam.

"Mereka kami yakini pelaku lama," ujar Teddy.

Menurut Teddy, dari hasil olah TKP itu pihaknya tengah mengumpulkan seluruh data para pelaku kejahatan pencurian kendaraan bermotor yang pernah ditangani, hingga kini penelusuran dari para pelaku itu tengah dijalankan.

"Tunggu saja hasilnya nanti," tuturnya.

Dalam mengungkap kasus pembunuhan ini, pihaknya juga melibatkan Mabes Polri serta Polda Jatim dengan membentuk tim khusus, ia berharap dalam waktu dekat aktor dari kasus pembunuhan ini bisa terungkap.

"Semoga bisa segera terungkap, peran aktif masyarakat kita butuhkan saat ini," harapnya. -detiksurabaya



Heritage sites vandalised

Posted: 09 Nov 2011 09:30 PM PST

I get totally pissed off when vandals deface heritage sites for their own selfish or political reasons. 

Recently, I read from the Penang Heritage Trust website that some thugs had vandalised the exterior walls of two heritage sites and a modern office tower in George Town.

Obviously, the irresponsible person or groups of persons who drew these graffiti have no pride in George Town's UNESCO heritage status or respect for the international community for that matter. Least of all, they have shown their disdain for the owners of these buildings.

One of the walls belonged to the Convent Light Street while the other was the wall of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. Both buildings are, by the way, located along Farquhar Street and not more than 150 metres to 200 metres apart.

Looking at the photographs of the two walls, anyone can see that the vandalism was perpetrated by the same person or persons. They both proclaimed the same, similar racist message. It doesn't take much to deduce which group of people had carried out this crime against our UNESCO heritage status. No law-abiding Penangite of Chinese or Indian ethnicity would have done this! Never! And neither can this belong to any right-thinking and peace-loving Penang Malay. No, this can only be the work of those vicious Mat Rempit racists in the state who had even dared demonstrate outside the State Assembly building. Full stop! They must be made totally accountable for this outrage to Penang's society.

I reproduce below the statement from the Penang Heritage Trust which they issued on 1 Nov 2011, the same day when the graffiti were discovered:


It is a sad day when see the treasures within the George Town World Heritage Site vandalised by Malaysians to make racial political statements. Bringing gutter politics into the realm of cultural heritage demonstrates a total lack of respect and understanding of what the world community has acknowledged as worthy of conserving for all humanity. 
The Convent Light Street is the oldest girls school in the country founded in 1852, the school has struggled to collect money from its alumni and others to conduct their own restoration within the World Heritage Site. Since the 1990s, the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion has undergone a rigorous restoration at a time when conservation was virtually unknown in Penang and went against public opinion. It has set benchmark standards and helped conservation consciousness to become mainstream. The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion has just been recognised as one of the 10 greatest mansions in the world -  how ironic that it should be defiled so callously. 
The UNESCO World Heritage Listing for George Town is Malaysia's pride and honour, putting us on the same level as historic marvels like Angkor Wat and Rome and the Imperial Palace of Beijing. There would be an international outcry if any of these world monuments were vandalised by ignorant cowards in the middle of the night. The culprits who defiled what we all treasure as part of our shared past should be roundly condemned and brought to account for their actions. 
The graffiti sprayed on the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Convent Light Street and Wisma MWE in the George Town World Heritage Site is an insult not only to the intended, but to all Malaysians and the international community. It is also an illegal act violating the rights of the property owners. What would Malaysians think if heritage buildings around Dataran Merdeka or Jalan Sultan in Kuala Lumpur were spray painted with senseless racist sentiments? A violently-presented racist message that runs deeply contrary to the Malaysian government's promotion of 1Malaysia can only scare off tourists and make Malaysians feel insecure. The Malaysian government can certainly do more to protect heritage properties by sowing awareness and a deep respect for heritage, cultural diversity, and the values of our George Town and Melaka World Heritage Site. 


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Mahkamah Rayuan Tolak Permohonan SYABAS

Posted: 09 Nov 2011 10:56 PM PST

Kuala Lumpur, 9 Nov: Mahkamah Rayuan hari ini menolak rayuan Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas ) terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur yang memutuskan menolak permohonan pihak Syabas untuk memenjarakan Ahmad Lutfi Othman dan peguam Kerajaan Selangor, Fahdah Nur Ahmad Kamal di atas dakwaan menghina mahkamah.

Pada 5 Julai lalu, Hakim Tuan Mohamad Arif Md Yusuf menolak permohonan Syabas yang mendakwa artikel Harakah yang bertajuk 'SAR bantu kempen bantah kenaikan tarif air ' adalah satu penghinaan mahkamah.

Mohamad Arif di dalam keputusannya memutuskan artikel tersebut bukan satu penghinaan kepada mahkamah meskipun ianya diterbitkan dalam keadaan kes Syabas menyaman Kerajaan Selangor masih dalam proses mahkamah.

Hakim tersebut memutuskan artikel Harakah tersebut adalah menyentuh kepentingan awam dan Ahmad Lutfi dan Fahdah dilindungi oleh Perkara 10 Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang menjamin kebebasan bersuara yang merangkumi kebebasan media.

Beliau juga mengarahkan Syabas membayar kos RM20,000 kepada Ahmad Lutfi dan RM20,000 kepada Fahdah.

Ketika menolak rayuan pihak Syabas, hakim-hakim Mahkamah Rayuan yang terdiri daripada Datuk Zainon Ali, Datuk Ramly Ali dan Datuk Zaharah Ibrahim memutuskan bahawa mereka tidak nampak wujudnya kesilapan di dalam keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi dan memutuskan enggan mengganggu keputusan tersebut.

Mahkamah Rayuan juga memutuskan supaya Syabas membayar kos RM60,000 iaitu RM30,000 kepada Ahmad Lutfi dan Fahdah.

Ahmad Lutfi diwakili oleh peguam Mohamed Hanipa Maidin manakala Fahdah pula diwakili peguam Tommy Thomas. -HD

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Mikhail Tal and me

Posted: 08 Nov 2011 07:54 PM PST

Any chess-playing school in the 1960s or 1970s will usually name Mikhail Tal as one of their chess heroes. I was no different. Mikhail Tal was one of my chess heroes when I first started learning how to play the game in 1969. Like many people, we tried to emulate his style of play but we were never successful. As a result, we were always left admiring him from afar for his verve and nerves of steel.

I finally got to meet my chess hero for the first time in October 1982 when I was part of the Malaysian chess team at the Chess Olympiad in Lucerne, Switzerland. And, of course, witnessed first hand most of his games. The only other time I got to meet Tal was in Kuala Lumpur itself. It was in June 1990 and he was in transit through the international airport at Subang on his way to Manila for the interzonal tournament with other Soviet chess grandmasters. By then, it was well known that he had been seriously ill, moving in and out of hospitals. Still, I was shocked when I saw him. He had lost a lot of weight as a result of his health.

Mikhail Tal, the eighth world chess champion, would have been 75 years old if he were still alive today but sadly, the chess world lost his immeasurable chess talent in June 1992.




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Gobala Diberi Amaran Keras, Tidak Minta Maaf Bukti Beliau Bukan Lelaki Sejati

Posted: 09 Nov 2011 09:08 PM PST

Ahli parlimen Padang Serai, N Gobalakrishnan semalam diberi amaran oleh Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam supaya tidak memberi sebarang komen membabitkan perbicaraan kes yang sedang berjalan.

Gobalakrishnan diperintahkan hadir ke mahkamah untuk memberi penjelasan berhubung kenyataannya yang didakwa 'menyerang' peribadi Manjeet Singh Dhillon, peguam dalam kes pembunuhan jutawan kosmetik Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya dan tiga individu lain.

Kenyataan ahli parlimen itu diterbitkan di dalam akhbar Utusan Malaysia di bawah tajuk 'Manjeet selalu burukkan kerajaan' pada 16 Ogos lepas dan kenyataannya itu turut disiarkan dalam Buletin Utama TV3 pada hari yang sama.

Hakim Datuk Akhtar Tahir berkata Gobalakrishnan tidak sepatutnya membuat komen yang tidak betul dan subjudis terhadap kes yang sedang berjalan apatah lagi beliau tidak pernah hadir ke mahkamah untuk mengikuti kes itu.

Beliau berkata apa yang membimbangkannya ialah ahli parlimen itu telah melibatkan mahkamah dan memanipulasikannya untuk tujuan politik.

"Biar saya beritahu anda, hakim-hakim di Malaysia lebih bebas daripada apa yang kamu fikirkan. Kami tidak bodoh dan hanya duduk di sini membenarkan timbalan pendakwa raya dan peguam lakukan apa yang mereka mahu.

"Kami berlandaskan undang-undang. Saya tidak bercadang untuk ambil tindakan kepada kamu hari ini kerana saya percaya untuk memberi peluang kedua. Saya akan memberi amaran kepada kamu dan ini adalah amaran terakhir, ada apa-apa kamu nak cakap," kata Akhtar.

Gobalakrishnan kemudian memberitahu mahkamah bahawa beliau tidak mengingati komen yang diberikannya.

Akhtar berkata beliau telah memanggil wartawan Utusan Malaysia yang menemubual ahli Parlimen itu dan berdasarkan penjelasan wartawan berkenaan Gobalakrishnan didapati telah mengeluarkan komen tersebut.

"Jika anda lelaki sejati anda akan meminta maaf, jangan ulangi lagi. Saya tidak mahu membuang masa saya. Awak boleh pergi jika awak mahu," kata Akhtar.

Gobalakrishnan yang hadir memakai kemeja panjang biru, berseluar hitam dan berkasut sukan kemudian dilihat terus meninggalkan mahkamah.


Sebelum ini, Akhtar turut memberikan amaran yang sama kepada ketua pengarang dan wartawan Utusan Malaysia, Raja Syahrir Abu Bakar serta memerintahkan penerbit Buletin Utama TV3 untuk hadir ke mahkamah bagi memberi penjelasan berhubung penyiaran kenyataan anggota Parlimen Bebas itu.

Pada 18 Ogos lepas, Manjeet yang mewakili tertuduh pertama dalam kes berkenaan, N.Pathmanabhan, membangkitkan mengenai penerbitan artikel tersebut yang didakwa subjudis terhadap perbicaraan kes itu.

Dalam artikel dan berita tersebut, Gobalakrishnan dilaporkan memberi komen berhubung tindakan Manjeet yang didakwa beberapa kali meminta mahkamah mengenakan tindakan menghina mahkamah terhadap pihak pendakwaan dalam kes pembunuhan itu.

Manjeet kemudian memfailkan saman fitnah pada 26 September lepas bagi menuntut gantirugi am serta khas berjumlah RM2.5 juta dan beliau menamakan Gobalakrishnan, Raja Syahrir, Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad dan Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad (TV3) sebagai defendan-defendan.

Dalam penyataan tuntutannya, peguam itu mendakwa tindakan kesemua defendan menyebabkan reputasi dan keperibadian termasuk profesionalisme beliau telah tercemar di mata rakyat Malaysia dan antarabangsa.

Sementara itu, saksi ke-65 pendakwaan, pegawai perubatan dari Jabatan Perubatan Forensik, Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), Dr Amir Saad Abdul Rahim, 40, memberitahu prosiding perbicaraan bahawa sampel darah isteri dan tiga anak salah seorang mangsa, pegawai bank Noorhisham Mohamad, telah diambil pada 19 September tahun lepas untuk dibuat perbandingan asid deoksiribonukleik (DNA).

Turut memberi keterangan pada hari ini ialah jurutera utama DiGi Telecommunication Chong Chee Wah dan penolong pegawai penyiasat dari Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Dang Wangi Sarjan Syed Mohd Nazri Syed Darus, 51.

Pathmanabhan, bekas peguam, dan tiga pekerja ladang T.Thilaiyalagan, R.Matan dan R.Khatavarayan didakwa membunuh Sosilawati, 47, Noorhisham, 38, Ahmad Kamil, 32, dan pemandu Sosilawati, Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44, di Lot 2001, Jalan Tanjong Layang, Tanjung Sepat, Banting, antara 8.30 malam dan 9.45 malam pada 30 Ogos 2010.

Pathmanabhan, 42, Thilaiyagan, 20, Matan, 21, dan Khatavarayan, 31, didakwa mengikut Seksyen 302 Kanun Keseksaan dan dibaca bersama Seksyen 34 Kanun yang sama yang memperuntukkan hukuman mati mandatori, jika sabit kesalahan.

Perbicaraan yang masuk hari ke-47 bersambung hari ini. - Bernama

Ulasan GB

Semakin menjadi-jadi kedajalan Gobala dan semakin banyak kehinaan menimpanya semenjak keluar dari PR.

Baru sahaja beliau dihalau keluar dari Dewan Rakyat lalu.

Dia menyangka dia kebal undang-undang untuk berbuat dan bercakap sesuka hatinya apabila telah menjadi ahli parlimen bebas. Dia berfikir, BN akan bantunya di dalam setiap tindakan.

Semalam diberi pula amaran keras oleh mahkamah. Hakim berkata "Jika anda lelaki sejati anda akan meminta maaf" tetapi apa yang dilakukan Gobala ialah "Gobalakrishnan yang hadir memakai kemeja panjang biru, berseluar hitam dan berkasut sukan kemudian dilihat terus meninggalkan mahkamah."

Rumusan: Gobala bukan lelaki sejati.


2nd Thailand international Half Marathon

Posted: 09 Nov 2011 08:00 PM PST

Last night during the dinner, my friend told me the news. He received a mail from the organizer of the 1st Thailand international Half Marathon. The marathon has postponed from Dec 11 2011 to Feb 2012. Oh no, we have bought the air ticket to Bangkok and the ticket was NOT refundable. So we still need to go on with our plan to visit Thailand.

So as the international run got postponed, we are going to re-plan our journey to spend more time outside Bangkok and only spend our last weekend @ Bangkok before we fly off. As for the run, we gotten two options either run on Feb 2012 with 1st Thailand International Half Marathon or pushed the participation to 2nd Thailand international Half Marathon.

At the end, we decided to push it to Dec 9th 2012 - So see you in Bangkok for the 2nd Thailand International Half Marathon eh~


KR1M bukan main murah malah jauh lebih mahal! ;)

Posted: 09 Nov 2011 07:10 PM PST


The reality of Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia's (KR1M) products is far from the "outrageous" claims of them being up to 50 percent cheaper than in other markets.

Saying this today, Pakatan Rakyat MPs - who had lugged samples of grocery products to Parliament to prove their point - said that while some products in the KR1M shops were indeed cheaper but they were not as cheap as touted. Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak mooted the idea of setting up KR1M in June to tackle the escalating cost of living, and introduced 250 '1Malaysia' products that were claimed to be 40 percent cheaper than other sundries in the market.

NONE DAP's national publicity chief Tony Pua (left) told a press conference, "The price differential is far less than the claims of 30 to 50 percent for most products. A shopping trip to a local hypermarket such as Carrefour, buying products from condensed creamer to canned sardines to dishwashing liquid, will immediately show that the truth is far from the outrageous claims made by the domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism minister and the prime minister." 

Pua said, "For a 1 litre bottle of 1Malaysia bleach, KR1M will charge you RM1.90, claiming huge savings of 36 percent. However, one can easily purchase 1 litre of Carrefour or Tesco branded bleach for only RM1.29 or a massive 47 percent cheaper than KR1M." 

 
Saya hanya sokong dan beli barangan buatan Malaysia yang tak berlabel 1Malaysia!



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