Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Was A Year Of Accessibility

2011 Was A Year Of Accessibility


2011 Was A Year Of Accessibility

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 08:00 AM PST

IT'S that time to say goodbye again to another great
year gone by.



This weekend, the whole wide world will be welcoming in a

spanking new one.



I can think of nothing more fitting a tribute to 2011 than to
take a

quick lookback at some of the incredible stories this column
has

covered over the past twelve months.

   

From your feedback, I got to know that many of them helped to


The Morality Of Defence Spending by Lt Col (Rtd) Tommy Pereira formerly of the Royal Malaysian Engineers Regiment

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 06:40 AM PST

I have served a few years in the Malaysian Army but do not pretend to be knowledgeable in the subject of strategic studies,not that it really matters, as the nation obviously has many experts. I have also been a taxpayer since 1972 and still am, although according to Pemandu only about 1 million Malaysians pay tax. (This is another topic on which I have a huge grouse to air as well.)


This letter is thus written in my capacity as a taxpayer.

For the last five decades the Government has been spending on defense as if we have a bottomless pile of money. As a taxpayer I am questioning the rationale behind this unbridled spending.

I am certain that for each item of expenditure there would have been numerous papers written to justify each such expenditure. I am also certain that most, if not all, of these papers are top secret,as ordinary laymen like me are not qualified nor intelligent enough to contribute, discuss, understand or possess the security clearance to have access to them. But if I had been clever enough to sneak into the country, secure a citizenship and with the aid of godfathers end up in the corridors of power I would off course have access to them. In fact if I claimed to be an expert even if I were a non-citizen but with the right connections, I would be paid handsomely to provide my views.

The first question I would like answered is; who decides whether money should go into providing shelter, basic necessities and quality education or be spent on expensive items for defense? Can anyone with a conscience deprive our citizens of their basic necessities on the pretext of building up our defense? Can all the money in the world guarantee that we will protect our nation from all threats?

We just need to look at what is happening around us to realize that at the end of the day no level of military sophistication will guarantee us a safe nation. Recent events should serve as a clarion call to remind us that it is the unity of our citizens which will ensure a safe nation within which every citizen will be allowed to prosper.

We can own any number of submarines, modern fighter aircraft and modern tanks but if a true aggressor wishes to do so all of them could be taken out within a short time. At the end of the day it will be the collective will of a united nation which will turn the tide. Iraq, with all the money it had spent on defense and with a wide array of weapons and armaments in its arsenal capitulated within weeks in the nineties and again in 2003.

Libya did not have a regime change because of a foreign invasion. In spite of all the reports we hear of a tax free, heavily subsidized nation it imploded because of the dissatisfaction of its citizens. NATO air power was only effective because a large number of Libyan citizens were prepared to fight on land. Wikipedia states that the small Libyan Navy had 8 Foxtrot Submarines from the Soviet Union in 1982. It also had a number of Frigates and Corvettes. During the February 19th Movement, Libyan Navy vessels were initially used by the Gaddafi regime to bombard rebel(Libyan) locations especially around Tripoli.On a single night in May 2011 NATO took out 8 of the Libyan Navy vessels thus incapacitating the Navy.

The developments in other Arab nations, including the once mighty Egypt, should be lessons for defense and strategic planners of all nations. We should also be wary of Armed Forces, within in a corrupt system, who will not flinch when asked to turn their weapons on their own people, like in many Middle East nations.

For centuries we have learnt that no matter how powerful an arsenal a nation has, if there is a capable aggressor it will be defeated and subjugated. This lesson has been passed down to us from events stretching back thousands of years. For recent history we only need to look as far as Germany, Italy, and Japan in the last Century and Iraq in this Century.

No amount of money spent on the wrong items of defense is a guarantee of any peace. In fact the more a nation spends erroneously on defense the more it is encouraging it's perceived adversaries to spend on armaments as well. However, if a nation diverts its funds from defense spending to providing basic amenities to its people, ensuring good infrastructure, good education, good health care and provide jobs, the less likely its citizens will allow its nation to be attacked by outside forces. It will also be less likely to implode.

We still have hundreds of thousand if not millions needing a roof over their heads. They are unable to eke out a living due to lack of access and opportunities. They are unable to have a decent meal. Never mind education, water, electricity, mobility and the other items which many take for granted.

We seem to be in a rush to declare our townships "Cities", our sites "Heritage", our states "Developed" or "Historical" and our nation developed, by 2020. But does anyone, especially those in Parliament, truly care about the plight of an alarmingly large number of our citizens.

If we were to take into account the billions we have had at our disposal since independence is there any excuse for a single Malaysian not to have a roof over his head. We have had the same government in power for over five decades so we cannot, like the British, Americans, Australians and New Zealanders blame disruptions resulting from the true exercise of democracy, for this pitiful fact.

What I would like to know is who ultimately decides whether a Ringgit should be spent on providing basic necessities for our citizens or spent on the latest aircraft, naval vessel or tank.

Who decides that a Malaysian citizen should continue to be deprived of water, electricity, foodand education so that we can build up our defenses. Who decides that we should build high end "villages" for our EXCOs while metres away our people are crammed into slums.

Who decides that our people should be allowed to continue to be deprived of basic medical care while they themselves fly out to the best hospitals in the world? Who decides that we should not provide classrooms for our children while they send their children to Oxford and Cambridge and the like?

Who decides we need mega structures while school children and ladies have to negotiate creaky make shift bridges over raging waters just to get to school or the market? Who plays God to the extent that a fellow human being is to continue to be condemned to "Hell on Earth" while they conjure up enemies and decide that our money should be spent on defense.

While there are many areas of unjustified spending, especially in our nation, I would classify spending on mega defense projects such as submarines, the latest fighter aircraft and heavy armaments as the most mortal of sins. It does not have a multiplier effect apart from that on the bank balances of the advisers, agents, the suppliers and many others along the hierarchy . A Ringgit spent is a Ringgit down the drain or sea or river.

As an analogy, we can provide a decent house of 750square feet for RM 40,000. This includes water supply and solar panels for electricity. A Billion Ringgit could thus provide decent houses for 25,000 families. Nine Billion Ringgit could therefore provide houses for 225,000 families. Even RM 500 Million, which is the figure claimed to have been paid as commission for a single deal could have been used to build 12,500 houses or 50,000 people assuming an average of four to a household. Instead there are those who justify such expenditure by flippant statements such as "Willing buyer willing seller".

As it is impossible, for me at least, to obtain actual figures let us assume that currently we have 2 million (based on 8% of our population) people who need 500,000 houses. If we take the earlier figure of RM 40,000 as the cost of one complete house we would need RM 20 Billion. Haven't we spent many times that amount on various adventures over the last five decades. Can we, in all honesty, look at those in need of a home in the eye and say to them "sorry we cannot afford to allocate money to provide houses for you". It is akin to condemning a person to prison. In fact it would be better to commit a crime and end up in prison as you are guaranteed shelter and food if not the other amenities. The innocent homeless do not have even shelter and food, so who is better off.

It is not too late for us to conduct honest evaluations of our situation and our actual priorities. We do need an Armed Force. That Armed Force should be built up within our means. We should focus on quality with high ideals. We should ensure that all of them are truly patriotic and not there just to earn a living or collect medals.

Why do we need to engage in an arms race? Who are we competing with. Nations with a siege mentality can be excused for high defense spending. The top eight military spenders in terms of ratio of GDP are in the Middle East. And yet when their nations imploded there was nothing they could do. In Libya for example while NATO air bombardments destroyed large sections of Libya, more real damage to the property of the citizens resulted from the weapons of the Libyan Armed Forces.

In terms of global defense spending as a ratio of GDP, There are only two nations from Europe in the top ten, Macedonia(6%) and Greece (4%). It is interesting to note that once powerful Japan, restricted to spending less than 1%, but because of its large GDP still has a credible defense capabilitiy. Likewise Germany.

The Philippines with a GDP which is 25% of ours, with almost 100 million people living in thousands of islands, ongoing insurgencies in the North and South to contend with and embroiled in the overlapping claims issue over the Spratly Islands, only spend less than 1% of their GDP, do not have any armaments to speak of, never mind fighters or submarines, and yet have not been invaded by any foreign forces.

We should take a lesson from Europe. That continent had been at war for the last two thousand years right up to the Second World War. Then it was the Soviet Era. However in the 1950s some European nations, including Germany and France, started cooperating economically. Then Europe witnessed the crumbling of Communism and the expansion of nations wishing to cooperate and ensure the stability of their continent. Their resources were diverted towards economic growth. For the first time in their history Europe is at peace.

Greece while a member of the EU continued to spend up to 4% of their GDP on defense as they had their problems with Turkey, and is now in ruins, not solely because of defense spending, it must be admitted.

The best form of defense is projecting a vision of a nation which is solidly united and with no territorial ambitions. It should make it clear in no uncertain terms that invaders will be met with the full force of the anger of its citizens even if it does not have cutting edge defense equipment. It only took weeks for the Allies to invade and throw out regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq but years later they are still struggling to project some semblance of success in their endeavours. They are pulling out of Iraq with their tails between their legs no matter what the American spin doctors and Obama spew out.

You can destroy the best armaments in the world but you can never destroy the will of a true patriot. History has countless examples to prove this yet with the glitter of quick riches we justify our military spending with numerous justifications most of which are kept secret.

It is quite simple to paint a gloomy picture to justify an Arms Race. At one time it was communism, then the Domino theory. We have spent Billions. Can we truly say that it was all necessary? The reality is that even if a nation were to fall, most of the decision makers would be the first to take flight while the poor subjugated, deprived masses would have to contend with the reality of continuing to eke out a living.

We should focus on building up an Armed Force which is truly capable of defending the nation to the last man even if it means resorting to insurgency tactics. We cannot afford to have an Armed Force which crumbles when it is deprived of its modern armaments, which is a very strong possibility in all conflicts.

We should look at equipping them with modern but basic weapons, educating them correctly, housing them properly and utilising them in nation building activities all the time. In peace there is no challenge greater than keeping an Armed Forces motivated. There are military personnel highly trained in all fields which a nation sorely needs, such as medicine, engineering, infrastructure building and even education, but languishing in their barracks. Some even resort to crime.

They can be utilized to go into the interiors and build up nucleus of secure communities wherein all basic amenities including education and healthcare will be provided.


A nucleus team can comprise:

a. A Section From the Engineer Regiment(For construction)

b. Two Electrical and Mechanical Corps Personnel

c. Two Medical Corps staff

d. Two Education Corps personnel

e. A platoon of Infantry

This team, with the right equipment and pre-prepared materials, should be able to complete a settlement comprising 25 houses including sanitation, a classroom a medical room, a community centre and a trading centre, all with water supply and solar powered electricity, within one month. The locals will also be trained to participate in the construction and soon will be able to continue with minimal supervision.

Most of the citizens in the rural areas are usually experts in tilling the land. All that needs to be done is to encourage them to produce for the market, in addition to producing for their community thus developing nucleus farming communities, adapting to some form of modern agriculture methods.

The team can remain for six to 12 months and then be pulled out. While undertaking their construction tasks for the community, they will continue to abide by military rules and procedures including training.

They will also be tasked to train the locals in basic community leadership and security duties. In fact this had been an active part of the Armed Forces activities in the past under "Hearts and Minds" "JiwaMurni" and other similar programmes. Why it has not been exploited to the fullest is a mystery.

We can also use retired and serving Armed Forces Personnel to assist in character development, sporting activities and outdoor activities in schools thus, in the long run, eliminating the need for national service training. This will also free teachers to concentrate on academic activities.

This nation is regularly subjected to floods. We are also well aware of the flood prone areas. Yet year after year we see women and children being evacuated and made to sit and sleep on floors. By now we should have built proper hostels in the affected areas to house these people. Over the last five decades we could have built sufficient houses for all if not most of those living in flood prone areas so that many need not be evacuated unless it is a once in a 100 years type of floods.

The urban poor continue to live in crowded slums and are fast developing into major threats to society. Crime rates have increased.

We have large tracts of land. We are far from self sufficient in agriculture, poultry and meat. We can build up our production capacity by following similar approaches to the Felda schemes. This should be made available to the urban poor and will go a long way rather than RM 500 handouts.

There are many other similar areas where funds spent on non-priority items of defense can be utilized to cater for the basic needs of our nation.

It is time we conducted an honest appraisal and focus on the welfare of our people first. It is time we become accountable for each sen spent.

27th December 2011


The Morality Of Defence Spending by Lt Col (Rtd) Tommy Pereira formerly of the Royal Malaysian Engineers Regiment

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 06:11 AM PST

I have served a few years in the Malaysian Army but do not pretend to be knowledgeable in the subject of strategic studies,not that it really matters, as the nation obviously has many experts. I have also been a taxpayer since 1972 and still am, although according to Pemandu only about 1 million Malaysians pay tax. (This is another topic on which I have a huge grouse to air as well.)

This letter is thus written in my capacity as a taxpayer.

For the last five decades the Government has been spending on defense as if we have a bottomless pile of money. As a taxpayer I am questioning the rationale behind this unbridled spending.

I am certain that for each item of expenditure there would have been numerous papers written to justify each such expenditure. I am also certain that most, if not all, of these papers are top secret,as ordinary laymen like me are not qualified nor intelligent enough to contribute, discuss, understand or possess the security clearance to have access to them. But if I had been clever enough to sneak into the country, secure a citizenship and with the aid of godfathers end up in the corridors of power I would off course have access to them. In fact if I claimed to be an expert even if I were a non-citizen but with the right connections, I would be paid handsomely to provide my views.

The first question I would like answered is; who decides whether money should go into providing shelter, basic necessities and quality education or be spent on expensive items for defense? Can anyone with a conscience deprive our citizens of their basic necessities on the pretext of building up our defense? Can all the money in the world guarantee that we will protect our nation from all threats?

We just need to look at what is happening around us to realize that at the end of the day no level of military sophistication will guarantee us a safe nation. Recent events should serve as a clarion call to remind us that it is the unity of our citizens which will ensure a safe nation within which every citizen will be allowed to prosper.

We can own any number of submarines, modern fighter aircraft and modern tanks but if a true aggressor wishes to do so all of them could be taken out within a short time. At the end of the day it will be the collective will of a united nation which will turn the tide. Iraq, with all the money it had spent on defense and with a wide array of weapons and armaments in its arsenal capitulated within weeks in the nineties and again in 2003.

Libya did not have a regime change because of a foreign invasion. In spite of all the reports we hear of a tax free, heavily subsidized nation it imploded because of the dissatisfaction of its citizens. NATO air power was only effective because a large number of Libyan citizens were prepared to fight on land. Wikipedia states that the small Libyan Navy had 8 Foxtrot Submarines from the Soviet Union in 1982. It also had a number of Frigates and Corvettes. During the February 19th Movement, Libyan Navy vessels were initially used by the Gaddafi regime to bombard rebel(Libyan) locations especially around Tripoli.On a single night in May 2011 NATO took out 8 of the Libyan Navy vessels thus incapacitating the Navy.

The developments in other Arab nations, including the once mighty Egypt, should be lessons for defense and strategic planners of all nations. We should also be wary of Armed Forces, within in a corrupt system, who will not flinch when asked to turn their weapons on their own people, like in many Middle East nations.

For centuries we have learnt that no matter how powerful an arsenal a nation has, if there is a capable aggressor it will be defeated and subjugated. This lesson has been passed down to us from events stretching back thousands of years. For recent history we only need to look as far as Germany, Italy, and Japan in the last Century and Iraq in this Century.

No amount of money spent on the wrong items of defense is a guarantee of any peace. In fact the more a nation spends erroneously on defense the more it is encouraging it's perceived adversaries to spend on armaments as well. However, if a nation diverts its funds from defense spending to providing basic amenities to its people, ensuring good infrastructure, good education, good health care and provide jobs, the less likely its citizens will allow its nation to be attacked by outside forces. It will also be less likely to implode.

We still have hundreds of thousand if not millions needing a roof over their heads. They are unable to eke out a living due to lack of access and opportunities. They are unable to have a decent meal. Never mind education, water, electricity, mobility and the other items which many take for granted.

We seem to be in a rush to declare our townships "Cities", our sites "Heritage", our states "Developed" or "Historical" and our nation developed, by 2020. But does anyone, especially those in Parliament, truly care about the plight of an alarmingly large number of our citizens.

If we were to take into account the billions we have had at our disposal since independence is there any excuse for a single Malaysian not to have a roof over his head. We have had the same government in power for over five decades so we cannot, like the British, Americans, Australians and New Zealanders blame disruptions resulting from the true exercise of democracy, for this pitiful fact.

What I would like to know is who ultimately decides whether a Ringgit should be spent on providing basic necessities for our citizens or spent on the latest aircraft, naval vessel or tank.

Who decides that a Malaysian citizen should continue to be deprived of water, electricity, foodand education so that we can build up our defenses. Who decides that we should build high end "villages" for our EXCOs while metres away our people are crammed into slums.

Who decides that our people should be allowed to continue to be deprived of basic medical care while they themselves fly out to the best hospitals in the world? Who decides that we should not provide classrooms for our children while they send their children to Oxford and Cambridge and the like?

Who decides we need mega structures while school children and ladies have to negotiate creaky make shift bridges over raging waters just to get to school or the market? Who plays God to the extent that a fellow human being is to continue to be condemned to "Hell on Earth" while they conjure up enemies and decide that our money should be spent on defense.

While there are many areas of unjustified spending, especially in our nation, I would classify spending on mega defense projects such as submarines, the latest fighter aircraft and heavy armaments as the most mortal of sins. It does not have a multiplier effect apart from that on the bank balances of the advisers, agents, the suppliers and many others along the hierarchy . A Ringgit spent is a Ringgit down the drain or sea or river.

As an analogy, we can provide a decent house of 750square feet for RM 40,000. This includes water supply and solar panels for electricity. A Billion Ringgit could thus provide decent houses for 25,000 families. Nine Billion Ringgit could therefore provide houses for 225,000 families. Even RM 500 Million, which is the figure claimed to have been paid as commission for a single deal could have been used to build 12,500 houses or 50,000 people assuming an average of four to a household. Instead there are those who justify such expenditure by flippant statements such as "Willing buyer willing seller".

As it is impossible, for me at least, to obtain actual figures let us assume that currently we have 2 million (based on 8% of our population) people who need 500,000 houses. If we take the earlier figure of RM 40,000 as the cost of one complete house we would need RM 20 Billion. Haven't we spent many times that amount on various adventures over the last five decades. Can we, in all honesty, look at those in need of a home in the eye and say to them "sorry we cannot afford to allocate money to provide houses for you". It is akin to condemning a person to prison. In fact it would be better to commit a crime and end up in prison as you are guaranteed shelter and food if not the other amenities. The innocent homeless do not have even shelter and food, so who is better off.

It is not too late for us to conduct honest evaluations of our situation and our actual priorities. We do need an Armed Force. That Armed Force should be built up within our means. We should focus on quality with high ideals. We should ensure that all of them are truly patriotic and not there just to earn a living or collect medals.

Why do we need to engage in an arms race? Who are we competing with. Nations with a siege mentality can be excused for high defense spending. The top eight military spenders in terms of ratio of GDP are in the Middle East. And yet when their nations imploded there was nothing they could do. In Libya for example while NATO air bombardments destroyed large sections of Libya, more real damage to the property of the citizens resulted from the weapons of the Libyan Armed Forces.

In terms of global defense spending as a ratio of GDP, There are only two nations from Europe in the top ten, Macedonia(6%) and Greece (4%). It is interesting to note that once powerful Japan, restricted to spending less than 1%, but because of its large GDP still has a credible defense capabilitiy. Likewise Germany.

The Philippines with a GDP which is 25% of ours, with almost 100 million people living in thousands of islands, ongoing insurgencies in the North and South to contend with and embroiled in the overlapping claims issue over the Spratly Islands, only spend less than 1% of their GDP, do not have any armaments to speak of, never mind fighters or submarines, and yet have not been invaded by any foreign forces.

We should take a lesson from Europe. That continent had been at war for the last two thousand years right up to the Second World War. Then it was the Soviet Era. However in the 1950s some European nations, including Germany and France, started cooperating economically. Then Europe witnessed the crumbling of Communism and the expansion of nations wishing to cooperate and ensure the stability of their continent. Their resources were diverted towards economic growth. For the first time in their history Europe is at peace.

Greece while a member of the EU continued to spend up to 4% of their GDP on defense as they had their problems with Turkey, and is now in ruins, not solely because of defense spending, it must be admitted.

The best form of defense is projecting a vision of a nation which is solidly united and with no territorial ambitions. It should make it clear in no uncertain terms that invaders will be met with the full force of the anger of its citizens even if it does not have cutting edge defense equipment. It only took weeks for the Allies to invade and throw out regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq but years later they are still struggling to project some semblance of success in their endeavours. They are pulling out of Iraq with their tails between their legs no matter what the American spin doctors and Obama spew out.

You can destroy the best armaments in the world but you can never destroy the will of a true patriot. History has countless examples to prove this yet with the glitter of quick riches we justify our military spending with numerous justifications most of which are kept secret.

It is quite simple to paint a gloomy picture to justify an Arms Race. At one time it was communism, then the Domino theory. We have spent Billions. Can we truly say that it was all necessary? The reality is that even if a nation were to fall, most of the decision makers would be the first to take flight while the poor subjugated, deprived masses would have to contend with the reality of continuing to eke out a living.

We should focus on building up an Armed Force which is truly capable of defending the nation to the last man even if it means resorting to insurgency tactics. We cannot afford to have an Armed Force which crumbles when it is deprived of its modern armaments, which is a very strong possibility in all conflicts.

We should look at equipping them with modern but basic weapons, educating them correctly, housing them properly and utilising them in nation building activities all the time. In peace there is no challenge greater than keeping an Armed Forces motivated. There are military personnel highly trained in all fields which a nation sorely needs, such as medicine, engineering, infrastructure building and even education, but languishing in their barracks. Some even resort to crime.

They can be utilized to go into the interiors and build up nucleus of secure communities wherein all basic amenities including education and healthcare will be provided.

A nucleus team can comprise:

a. A Section From the Engineer Regiment(For construction)

b. Two Electrical and Mechanical Corps Personnel

c. Two Medical Corps staff

d. Two Education Corps personnel

e. A platoon of Infantry

This team, with the right equipment and pre-prepared materials, should be able to complete a settlement comprising 25 houses including sanitation, a classroom a medical room, a community centre and a trading centre, all with water supply and solar powered electricity, within one month. The locals will also be trained to participate in the construction and soon will be able to continue with minimal supervision.

Most of the citizens in the rural areas are usually experts in tilling the land. All that needs to be done is to encourage them to produce for the market, in addition to producing for their community thus developing nucleus farming communities, adapting to some form of modern agriculture methods.

The team can remain for six to 12 months and then be pulled out. While undertaking their construction tasks for the community, they will continue to abide by military rules and procedures including training.

They will also be tasked to train the locals in basic community leadership and security duties. In fact this had been an active part of the Armed Forces activities in the past under "Hearts and Minds" "JiwaMurni" and other similar programmes. Why it has not been exploited to the fullest is a mystery.

We can also use retired and serving Armed Forces Personnel to assist in character development, sporting activities and outdoor activities in schools thus, in the long run, eliminating the need for national service training. This will also free teachers to concentrate on academic activities.

This nation is regularly subjected to floods. We are also well aware of the flood prone areas. Yet year after year we see women and children being evacuated and made to sit and sleep on floors. By now we should have built proper hostels in the affected areas to house these people. Over the last five decades we could have built sufficient houses for all if not most of those living in flood prone areas so that many need not be evacuated unless it is a once in a 100 years type of floods.

The urban poor continue to live in crowded slums and are fast developing into major threats to society. Crime rates have increased.

We have large tracts of land. We are far from self sufficient in agriculture, poultry and meat. We can build up our production capacity by following similar approaches to the Felda schemes. This should be made available to the urban poor and will go a long way rather than RM 500 handouts.

There are many other similar areas where funds spent on non-priority items of defense can be utilized to cater for the basic needs of our nation.

It is time we conducted an honest appraisal and focus on the welfare of our people first. It is time we become accountable for each sen spent.

27th December 2011


Kes NFC: Ini Wayang Ke Apa? Boleh Tersenyum Girang Bila Kena Dakwa?

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 10:37 AM PST

Datuk' didakwa menipu pengerusi NFC

Seorang ahli peniagaan didakwa bergelar "Datuk", hari ini mengaku tidak bersalah atas dua tuduhan menipu pengerusi National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail.

Shamsulbahrin Ismail, 45, didakwa mengikut Seksyen 402 Kanun Keseksaan di Mahkamah Sesyen Kuala Lumpur.

Bagi pertuduhan pertama, Shamsubahrin didakwa menipu Mohamad Salleh iaitu dengan sengaja menjanjikan suatu perkhidmatan rundingan dan nasihat bertujuan memperdayakannya sehingga mendorong Mohamad Salleh bersetuju membayar wang perkhidmatan kepadanya.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Samsubahrin Resources Sdn Bhd itu didakwa melakukan kesalahan itu di sebuah restoran di Bukit Tunku di ibunegara pada jam 6 petang 20 November lepas.

Bagi pertuduhan kedua pula, Shamsubahrin didakwa menipu Mohamad Salleh dengan memperdayanya hingga mendorong Mohamad Salleh menyerahkan cek-cek berjumlah RM1.755 juta.

Dia didakwa melakukan kesalahan itu di kawasan Solaris, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur pada 25 November hingga 6 Disember lepas.

Kedua-dua pertuduhan dibuat mengikut Seksyen 420 Kanun Keseksaan yang membawa hukuman penjara maksimum 10 tahun dan dengan sebat serta denda, jika sabit kesalahan.

Lelaki yang memiliki beberapa syarikat termasuk perkhidmatan limosin itu direman oleh polis dan diserahkan kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) selepas ditahan pada 22 Disember.

Shamsulbahrin yang kelihatan ceria ketika dibawa ke mahkamah hari ini berdepan hukuman sebat, denda serta penjara antara satu hingga sepuluh tahun sekiranya didapati bersalah.

Tidak bayar jamin

Hakim Ahmad Zamzani Mohd Zain menetapkan ikat jamin RM300,000 dengan seorang penjamin dan tertuduh juga diarahkan untuk menyerahkan pasport beliau.

Ketua pengarah eksekutif Shamsulbahrin Ismail Resources Sdn Bhd itu tidak dapat membayar jaminan tersebut hari ini.

Mahkamah turut menetapkan kes berkenaan untuk disebut semula pada 31 Januari.

Tertuduh yang kini masih dalam siasatan polis – dilaporkan disiasat untuk 10 kes penipuan berasingan.

Peguam J Rao memohon supaya mahkamah mengurangkan jumlah jaminan kerana aset tertuduh telah dibekukan mengikut Akta Pencegahan Rasuah 1997 pada 23 Disember.

Aset berkenaan juga mengikut Akta Pencegahan Pengubahan Wang Haram 2001 pada 27 Disember. -mk

Ahli perniagaan bergelar 'Datuk' didakwa menipu pengerusi NFC

Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail keluar dari mahkamah sambil melambaikan tangan kepada media. — Foto oleh Jack Ooi

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 Dis — Seorang ahli perniagaan bergelar "Datuk" yang cuba memberi rasuah kepada pegawai kanan CCID semasa siasatan skandal Pusat Fidlot nasional (NFC) hari ini didakwa atas tuduhan menipu di Mahkamah Tinggi di sini.
Datuk Shamsubahrain Ismail dituduh menipu Pengerusi NFC Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail sebanyak RM1.76 juta sebagai bayaran rundingan untuk mendapatkan perkhidmatan penasihat.

Shamsubahrin didakwa dengan dua tuduhan menipu di bawah seksyen 420 Kanun Jenayah.

Beliau dikatakan melakukan kedua-dua kesalahan itu pada 20 November di sebuah restoran di Bukit Tunku dan antara 25 November dan 6 Disember di Solaris Mont Kiara, juga di Kuala Lumpur.

Jika sabit kesalahan Shamsubahrain boleh dijatuhkan hukuman penjara maksimum 10 tahun dan sebat serta boleh dikenakan denda jika sabit kesalahan.

Beliau mengaku tidak bersalah di atas kedua-dua pertuduhan itu.

Hakim Ahmad Zamzani Mohd Zain menetapkan ikat jamin sebanyak RM300,000 dengan seorang penjamin dan mengarahkan Shamsubahrain menyerahkan passportnya.

Kes ini akan disebut semula pada 21 Januari.

Shamsubahrain sebelum ini ditahan reman oleh polis kerana dikatakan cuba memberi rasuah kepada tiga hingga empat pegawai kanan CCID yang menyiasat skandal NFCorp.

Polis menyiasat NFCorp atas kesalahan pecah amanah berikutan dakwaan PKR bahawa syarikat itu menyalahgunakan dana jutaan ringgit yang diberikan kepada NFC.

Shamsubahrain, yang memiliki syarikat khidmat perunding dan syarikat teksi premium kemudiannya diserahkan kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM).

Agensi anti-rasuah itu telah mengumumkan akan menyiasat dakwaan terhadap NFCorp walaupun sebelum ini mengatakan tidak akan berbuat demikian.

SPRM turut merampas sebuah komputer dan beberapa dokumen semasa melakukan serbuan di ibu pejabat NFCorp di Solaris Mont Kiara.

PKR membangkitkan perkara itu selepas projek ternakan lembu bernilai RM250 juta yang dibiayai kerajaan — diuruskan Mohamad Salleh, suami kepada Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil — gagal mencapai sasaran pengeluaran dalam Laporan Ketua Audit Negara.

Parti pembangkang juga turut membuat beberapa pendedahan berkaitan dengan skandal itu termasuk pembelian dua unit kondominium oleh NFC di Bangsar dan mendakwa syarikat itu menggunakan dana projek untuk perbelanjaan peribadi dan ke luar negara.

Ia juga mendakwa berlaku perpindahan wang ke syarikat yang tidak berkaitan dengan NFCorp di Singapura serta pembelian Mercedes-Benz CLS350 berharga RM534,622 dan dia lot tanah di Presint 10 Putrajaya bernilai RM3,363,507.

Pendedahan terbaru dibuat PKR Selasa lalu, menuduh sebanyak RM10 juta telah digunakan untuk pembelian seunit kondominium di Singapura untuk keluarga Shahrizat.

Shahrizat cuba mengelak daripada dituduh terlibar dengan mengatakan hanya beliau "satu-satunya isteri" pengerusi NFC dan tiada apa-apa kaitan dengan NFC.

Beliau turut berdepan dengan gesaan agar meletakkan jawatan sebagai menteri termasuk dari pemimpin Umno serta bekas perdana menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. -TMI


Ulasan GB

Pendakwaan yang dilakukan ke atas "Datuk" Shamsulbahrin Ismail sungguh menimbulkan prasangka dan pelbagai spekulasi dari rakyat.

Pertama, kerana tertuduh lansung tidak menampakkan sebarang riaksi takut, cemas atau resah sewaktu dibawa ke mahkamah, sebaliknya tersenyum girang malah boleh melambai-lambai tangan kepada pihak media sekalipun tangannya bergari. Sesuatu senario yang amat jarang berlaku terhadap mana-mana kes yang seumpama. Apakah skrip yang disediakan terlupa untuk mengarahkan "datuk" berkenaan supaya berlagak seperti orang salah?

Kedua, yang disuruh siasat oleh rakyat sebelum ini ialah suami Shahrizat, iaitu pengerusi National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail. Tetapi lain pula yang disiasat dan orang lain pula yang didakwa. Shamsubahrin dikatakan menipu Mohamad Salleh iaitu dengan sengaja menjanjikan suatu perkhidmatan rundingan dan nasihat bertujuan memperdayakannya sehingga mendorong Mohamad Salleh bersetuju membayar wang perkhidmatan kepadanya dan didakwa menipu Mohamad Salleh dengan memperdayanya hingga mendorong Mohamad Salleh menyerahkan cek-cek berjumlah RM1.755 juta.

Seolah-olah kini polis dan SPRM bertindak bagi pihak NFC dan Mohamad Salleh dengan mendakwa dan membuat tuduhan kepada Shamsubahrin.

Shamsubahrin memang sudah ada rekod penipuan. Apakah beliau kini dipergunakan untuk menjadi "kambing hitam" bagi menyelamatkan NFC dan suami Shahrizat?

Tidak mengapa. Tuhan ada. Kita serahkan kepadaNya untuk mendedahkan kebenaran dan keadilan".

Allah itu Hakim Yang seadil-adilnya. Justeru perbanyakkanlah berdoa seperti yang selalu GB nukilkan di blog ini:

Kita sebagai rakyat terbanyak hanya mampu terus berdoa kepada Allah s.w.t.

اللهُمَّ أَرِنَا الحَقَّ حَقّاً وَارْزُقْنَا التِبَاعَةَ
وَأَرِنَا البَاطِلَ بَاطِلاً وَارْزُقْنَااجْتِنَابَهُ

1) Allahumma arinaal haqqa haqqaan, warzuqnattiba'ah,
wa arinaal bathila bathilaan, warzuqnajtinaabah


Ya Allah, tunjukkanlah yang haq itu sebagai haq, dan kurniakanlah kami kekuatan utk mengikutinya, dan tunjukkanlah yg batil itu sebagai batil dan kurniakanlah kami kekuatan untuk menjauhinya.

رَّبِّ أَدْخِلْنِي مُدْخَلَ صِدْقٍ وَأَخْرِجْنِي مُخْرَجَ صِدْقٍ
وَاجْعَل لِّي مِن لَّدُنكَ سُلْطَاناً نَّصِيراً
وَقُلْ جَاء الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقاً

2) Rabbi adkhilni mudkhala sidqin wa akhrijni mukhraja sidqin waj'alli min ladunka sulthanan nashiran wa qul ja alhaqqu wa zawaqal bathil innal bathila kaana zahuuqa

Ya Allah, masukkanlah kami dengan cara yang benar dan keluarkanlah(pula) kami dengan cara yang benar dan berikanlah kepada kami dari sisi-Mu kekuasaan yang menolong. Dan katakanlah yang benar telah datang dan yang batil telah lenyap. Sesungguhnya yang batil itu adalah sesuatu yang pasti lenyap.

Kebenaran tetap akan menang mengalahkan kebatilan sepertimana janjiNya:


Firman Allah bermaksud,

Katakanlah : Telah datang yang haq (kebenaran) dan telah lenyap yang batil atau yang palsu. Sesungguhnya yang batil itu pasti lenyap. (Al Israa' 81)

Kebimbangan rakyat nampak nya
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Time To Talk Dog On BFM

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 05:39 AM PST

 

PETPOSITIVE NEWS UPDATE!

DATELINE PETALING JAYA


LISTENERS
to business radio station BFM will soon be treated to a rare opportunity of hearing two local councils talk about stray dogs in the country. 



The Canine units of the Petaling Jaya City Council or MBPJ and the Klang Municipality (MPK) will appear on the air to field in questions put by listeners to the 24-hour broadcast. 


Tindakan Jamil Khir & MAIWP Khianati Golongan Asnaf Tidak Berakhlak

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 05:22 AM PST

Jamil Khir khianati golongan asnaf

SHAH ALAM: Sebuah badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) mendesak Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom memohon maaf secara terbuka kepada seluruh umat Islam dalam tempoh 48 jam terhadap tindakannya yang didakwa menyeleweng wang zakat untuk kepentingan diri.

Setiausaha Jingga 13, Saifuddin Shafi Muhammad dalam sidang media berkata Jamil menghina hukum Islam apabila menyalah guna kuasa dan mengkhianati golongan asnaf yang lapan dengan membiayai kos guaman untuk kepentingan peribadi.

Maka beliau mendesak Jamil yang memegang portfolio Hal Ehwal Agama Islam memohon maaf dan sekiranya gagal, mereka akan membawa isu tersebut untuk perkenan Yang Dipertuan Agong.

"Tindakan beliau (Jamil) tidak berakhlak termasuklah Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (Jawi), Datuk Che Mat Che Ali dan Ketua Pendakwa Syarie Wilayah Persekutuan Shamsuddin Hussain yang menggunakan wang zakat untuk kepentingan diri.

"Jingga 13 meminta agar Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) menyiasat secara terperinci penyalahgunaan kuasa dilakukan Menteri serta dua individu lain tanpa prejudis.

"Jamil bukan sahaja tidak layak menjadi Menteri manguruskan hal ehwal agama tetapi wajar meletakkan jawatan andai beliau seorang yang berakhlak dan bermaruah. Ini termasuk Che Mat dan Shamsuddin," katanya selepas membuat laporan penyelewengan tersebut di pejabat SPRM di sini pagi tadi.

Semalam FMT melaporkan kenyataan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP) Muhammad Yamin Ismail menyatakan pembiayaan kos guaman Jamil Khir dan dua lagi pegawai kanan agensi itu dalam menghadapi kes permohonan qazaf
Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim diambil daripada geran kerajaan.

Sebelum ini Laporan Audit Negara mengesahkan sebanyak RM63,650 telah dikeluarkan daripada dana zakat MAIWP bagi mendahulukan bayaran khidmat guaman untuk ketiga-tiga mereka. -FMT

Zakat: Jingga 13 mahu Agong pecat Jamil Khir jika tidak minta maaf

SHAH ALAM, 30 Dis — Gerakan anti-rasuah Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Jingga 13 hari ini akan meminta Yang di-Pertuan Agong memecat Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom dari pentadbiran negara sekiranya menteri yang bertanggungjawab dalam hal ehwal Islam itu tidak meminta maaf berhubung dakwaan penyalahgunaan wang zakat.

Setiausaha Jingga 13 Saifuddin Shafi Muhammad memberitahu wartawan bahawa selaku ketua agama negara, Yang di-Pertuan Agong mempunyai kuasa untuk memecat menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri itu yang menggunakan RM63,650 untuk membiayai kos guaman.

"Jika beliau (Jamil Khir, gambar) tidak meminta maaf dalam 48 jam, kami akan menghantar memo kepada Agong selaku ketua agama untuk mempertahankan Islam," katanya sebelum memfailkan satu laporan terhadap Jamil Khir di Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia Selangor di sini.

Dakwaan penyalahgunaan wang zakat didedahkan bekas pegawai kanan polis Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim awal minggu ini.

Bekas pegawai siasatan jenayah Kuala Lumour mendakwa Jamil Khir dan dua pegawai Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP) menggunakan wang zakat untuk membiayai kos guaman tahun lalu seperti yang disahkan dalam Laporan Ketua Audit Negara.

Menurut laporan itu, Jamil Khir, Setiausaha MAIWP Datuk Che Mat Che Ali dan ketua pendakwa MAIWP Shamsudin Hussain telah menggunakan RM63,650 dari wang zakat untuk membiayai kos guaman dalam menghadapi kes permohonan qazaf Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Laporan itu juga mengesahkan wang itu telah dibayar balik selepas agensi itu memperoleh RM70,000 pada Jun tahun lalu.

PKR memberikan tekanan ke atas Jamil Khir, berulang kali meminta perkara itu diperjelaskan.

Semalam MAIWP berkata peruntukan khas telah disediakan untuk membiayai kos guaman. -TMI




I buy Massimo, cheap and nice. Gardenia is pricey!

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 08:58 AM PST

Earlier, I blogged that my family has already consumed Massimo as soon as it entered the market, not knowing anything about the 'Umno-linked' Gardenia.

In fact, my family has not consumed Gardenia for a long, long time. Before Massimo, it was another cheaper (though not necessarily nicer) bread than Gardenia. ;) Now that there is Massimo, the cheaper and better bread, consuming it makes sense, even more so when I know about the 'Umno-linked' Gardenia. ;)

Finally, Gardenia takes out ads to deny crony, racist claims. What a waste of money! Just reduce the price and let Malaysians enjoy eating Gardenia. That way, you will 'kill' Massimo. So simple!



Kes Ujian Dara: Samira Bongkar Rahsia Tentera Mesir

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 03:34 AM PST

Kaherah: Seorang wanita Mesir yang menuduh tentera mencabul kehormatan tahanan wanita di penjara kini dianggap 'hero' kaum Hawa di negaranya selepas mahkamah mengarahkan tentera menghentikan amalan itu yang dilabel 'ujian kononnya untuk menentukan seseorang masih dara atau tidak.'

Kes itu difailkan Samira Ibrahim (gambar), 25, yang mendakwa dipaksa tentera untuk menjalani ujian itu pada 9 Mac lalu selepas dia ditahan semasa menyertai protes di Dataran Tahrir.

"Kes ini adalah untuk semua wanita Mesir, bukan saja saja. Saya rasa amat kecewa. Saya dicederakan dan tidak menyangka askar boleh bertindak begitu. Satu perkara yang diberitahu ayah saya ialah hanya undang-undang akan membantu kamu," katanya.

Pengurus pemasaran itu mendakwa menerusi video YouTube dikenakan kejutan elektrik atas tuduhan menjadi pelacur. Dia diarah menanggalkan pakaian di depan askar dan diperiksa oleh lelaki di hadapan sekumpulan anggota tentera yang mentertawakannya.

Doktor tentera yang menjalankan ujian itu kini berdepan dengan perbicaraan pada 3 Januari depan di mahkamah tentera, menurut stesen televisyen kerajaan.
Jeneral yang memerintah menafikan anggota tentera menjalankan ujian itu dan tidak meminta maaf.

Ketua perundangan tentera, Jeneral Adel el-Mursi, berkata penghakiman itu tidak boleh dilaksanakan kerana tentera tidak menjalankan ujian dara secara paksa, menurut laporan agensi berita MENA.

Seorang lagi jeneral yang enggan disiarkan namanya dipetik sebagai berkata ujian itu dijalankan hanya untuk melindungi tentera daripada tuduhan merogol.

Minggu lalu, tentera mengumumkan penyiasatan terhadap insiden itu. Organisasi hak asasi manusia pula percaya, banyak lagi ujian seumpama itu dilakukan askar.

"Mahkamah mengarahkan pelaksanaan prosedur ujian dara terhadap gadis dalam tahanan tentera dihentikan," kata hakim Mahkamah Pentadbiran Kaherah, Aly Fekry sambil disambut tepukan gemuruh orang awam yang mendengar keputusan itu.

Samira adalah seorang daripada tujuh wanita yang mendakwa mereka diarah menjalani ujian itu selepas ditahan tentera.

Pengurusan jeneral ketenteraan dalam kerajaan peralihan negara itu mengundang kritikan hebat daripada aktivis hak asasi tetapi laporan layanan buruk wanita di tangan askar ketika ditahan meningkatkan kemarahan rakyat Mesir.

Antara contoh kekerasan terhadap wanita berlaku baru-baru ini apabila tentera dirakam menarik rambut seorang wanita tidak bersenjata, memukulnya hingga menyebabkan colinya kelihatan. – Reuters/Agensi


Singapore Trip: Tampines

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 01:34 AM PST


#1.

Singapore Trip: Tampines – Tampines might not be a familiar attractions in Singapore to you, but then you will always notice about it when you are going to the Changi Airport on MRT and you will notice a the second last stop of the East West Line is Tampines.


#2.


#3: A very well-organized town.


4: Lot's of bicycle user here.


#5.

Tampines was not really in the itinerary, it's just a spontaneous decision after visiting a design fair at the Singapore Expo. What can you find at Tampines is lots of residential area, and of course the Tampines 1 and Tampines Mall shopping mall located right beside the MRT station.

Tampines Mall is a community shopping mall, a mall not for tourist but the residents in that area and there's a higher end Tampines 1 Mall which I didn't visit that day.


#6: Tampines Mall.


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#9.


#10.


#11

Thank you for reading my post! =D Happy New Year's Eve's Eve.


NFC: So easy for dubious 'datuk' to cheat a Datuk?

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 01:14 AM PST

A man who claimed to be a 'datuk'  pleaded not guilty today to cheating the director of National Feedlot Corporation of almost RM2 million in consultation fees.

NONEShamsulbahrin Ismail, 45, faces two counts of cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court:
1. He is accused of cheating NFC director Mohamad Salleh Ismail into handing over cheques for the sum of over M1.755 million at Solaris Mont Kiara on Nov 25 to Dec 6, 2011

2. He is also charged with cheating by promising Mohamad Salleh "consultancy services" which he knew he could not deliver, in order to charge a fee, at a restaurant in Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur.

Shamsulbahrin, in a blue striped shirt and a blazer, calm and has to hand over his international passport to the court.appeared. Bail was set at RM300,000 with one surety and if found guilty, Shamsulbahrin faces a jail term between one and 10 years.

Shamsulbahrin, who owns several companies including a limousine service outlet, was first arrested on Dec 22 for attempting to bribe police investigating officers in the NFC probe, and had his remand extended several times this week.
  
He was handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission hours after he was detained by the police.


Rumah Terbakar Di Besut - Empat Lari Bertempiaran

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 01:27 AM PST

Empat lari bertempiaran

BESUT - Empat bersaudara bertempiaran lari menyelamatkan diri apabila sebuah rumah yang mereka diami terbakar dalam kejadian ketika hari hujan di Kampung Lak Lok Dalam dekat Alor Selising, Jertih, di sini semalam.

Mangsa, Siti Hasmah Taji Mohamad, 25, berkata, kejadian jam 7.30 pagi semalam itu berlaku ketika dia bersama seorang anak saudara dan dua sepupunya sedang tidur di dalam dua bilik berasingan di dalam rumah terbabit.

Menurutnya, dia terhidu bau hangit seperti sesuatu terbakar di bahagian dapur rumah dan selepas diperiksa mendapati penjuru dapur yang menempatkan ruang yang ditutup dengan almari telah terbakar.

"Sebaik menyedari kejadian itu saya terus mengejutkan anak saudara saya, Aqil Qayyim Ramadan Azwan, 4, dan dua sepupu Syazaliani Shamsuddin, 15 serta Mohd Said Ismail, 21, yang sedang tidur untuk menyelamatkan diri.

"Kami keluar sehelai sepinggang tanpa sempat menyelamatkan harta benda termasuk dokumen penting," katanya.

Siti Hasmah berkata, ketika kejadian dua sepupunya tidur di rumah berkenaan untuk menemaninya kerana ibunya, Siti Mariam Ab Fatah, 55, tidak ada di rumah kerana melawat saudara yang sakit di Bachok, Kelantan.

Menurutnya, kebakaran itu menyebabkan sebuah motosikal milik bapanya yang bekerja di Kuala Lumpur musnah, termasuk beberapa set pelamin milik kakaknya untuk disewakan.

Siti Mariam berkata, dia redha dengan kejadian itu walaupun rumahnya musnah, kerana yang paling penting nyawa anak, cucu dan anak saudaranya yang berada di dalam rumah itu selamat.

Dia menganggarkan kerugian yang dialami melebihi RM100,000.

Sementara itu menurut Ketua Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Jertih, Zuzuki Safei, pihaknya menerima panggilan pada jam 7.39 pagi lalu menghantar tujuh anggota bersama sebuah jentera ke tempat kejadian.

Kata beliau, api berjaya dikawal sepenuhnya kira-kira 10 minit selepas bomba tiba di tempat kejadian dan 90 peratus rumah kayu itu musnah.

"Punca kebakaran dan jumlah sebenar kerugian masih dalam siasatan," katanya.

Dalam pada itu pelbagai pihak tampil menghulurkan bantuan antaranya sumba­ngan­ Ahli Parlimen Besut dan Adun Jertih melalui wakilnya. -SH


Roll Back to Quarter 2 & Quarter 3 - 2011

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 11:36 PM PST

April
My new project finally gone live and the first batch of customers came in and used the system... It was a hard work for the whole team to get the release completed. Anyway, it also earned me tans of replacement leaves. So now you know why i got to travel so much in a year ;-)

May
My very first run in Putrajaya. It was a relay run as Medie007 signed up for 5 of us including himself. Each of us running 3km and i was not performing well as my route was going uphill :( Anyway, it was an enjoyable run back in May.
Run TZ Run
June
My very first trip to Bangkok. The city of Angel... The city was very big... of cause bigger than the city of potholes. BTW, and as what Twilight said everything is CHEAP CHEAP and CHEAP... We have a good time there. I couldn't imagine i was back to the city 6 month later...


July
This month of the year was very dry... nothing much happened and moreover after the vacation in June. The most disappointed moment was having the announcement from my boss ... No travel for the rest of the year :(... Anyway, i was using the month of July to slim down since i gained weight in the beginning of the year. So i tried out a PT session...

August
My dearest Nikon D70 died... death cause : Moldy. Anyway, i gotten another baby Nikon D7000. This was the month which I had so much photographing with my new Nikon D7000. Why? i went to Ho Chih Ming, Vietnam for 10 days. It was a nice trip as i was having the drivers to drive me around. Hehehe... sis's driver. :p

September
Another change happened in this month... Guess what? the change of BOSS. I was reported to the Senior manager instead of the director. This was a not so good feeling as they re-shuffle the organization. Anyway, i survived the change and moving forward.

Coming up Roll Back to Quarter 4 - 2011


Three-year-old Janson singing a medley: London Bridge, ABC Song, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star!

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 12:04 AM PST


A Different World Today

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 10:38 PM PST

Thanks to Linda who sent me the following post which shows what a different world we live in today...

____________________

Scenario :
Johnny and Mark get into a fight after school.

1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends.

2010 - Police called, arrests Johnny and Mark.. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it. Both children go to anger management programs for 3 months. School governors hold meeting to implement bullying prevention programmes

Scenario :
Robbie won't be still in class, disrupts other students.

1957 - Robbie sent to office and given 6 of the best by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2010 - Robbie given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADHD. Robbie's parents get fortnightly disability payments and School gets extra funding from government because Robbie has a disability.

Scenario :
Billy breaks a window in his neighbour's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2010 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang.

Scenario :
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 - Mark gets glass of water from Principal to take aspirin with.

2010 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug taking. Car searched for drugs and weapons.


Scenario :
Johnny takes apart leftover fireworks from Guy Fawkes night, puts them in a paint tin & blows up a wasp's nest.

1957 - Wasps die.

2010- Police & Anti-Terrorism Squad called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, investigate parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated. Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario :
Johnny falls while running during morning break and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary . Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2010 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

This should be sent to every e-mail address to show how stupid we have become!

Think about it!

-Author Unknown-

Please leave a comment to share your views. Thanks! Have a lovely day!


Isu Hakim Memplagiat: Tindakan Ketua Hakim Negara Memalukan!

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 12:07 AM PST

Aduan dakwaan hakim plagiat penghakiman ditolak

Siasatan yang dijalankan oleh Ketua Hakim Negara mendapati dakwaan peguam Karpal Singh bahawa seorang hakim Mahkamah Rayuan telah memplagiat penghakiman seorang hakim mahkamah Singapura pada 2000 tidak mempunyai merit.

Berikutan itu, aduan tersebut ditolak, kata pegawai khas 1 kepada Ketua Hakim Negara, Che Wan Zaidi Che Wan Ibrahim.

Dalam satu kenyatannya hari ini, beliau berkata Karpal telah dimaklumkan secara rasmi mengenai perkara itu melalui surat dari pejabat Ketua Hakim Negara.

Menurut Che Wan Zaidi, Ketua Hakim Negara telah menerima satu surat aduan bertarikh 29 September 2011 dari Karpal yang mendakwa seorang Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan telah memplagiat penghakiman seorang hakim mahkamah Singapura pada tahun 2000.

"Satu siasatan telah dijalankan oleh YAA Ketua Hakim Negara.

"Berdasarkan siasatan yang dijalankan dan setelah berbincang dengan Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan menurut Seksyen 13 (1) Kod Etika Hakim 2009, YAA Ketua Hakim Negara berpendapat bahawa dakwaan plagiarisma oleh Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan seperti yang dibangkitkan oleh YB Encik Karpal Singh adalah tidak mempunyai merit dan aduan tersebut ditolak.

"YB Encik Karpal Singh telah juga dimaklumkan secara rasmi mengenai perkara ini melalui surat daripada Pejabat Ketua Hakim Negara.," tambahnya.

Sebelum ini, Karpal yang juga ahli parlimen Bukit Gelugor menggesa Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan Datuk Hakim Abdul Malik Ishak supaya meletakkan jawatannya berikutan dakwaan plagiarisme.

Pada 4 Oktober lalu, Karpal mengemukakan usul mengikut Perintah-Perintah Tetap 27 yang dibaca bersama dengan 36 (8) dan Perkara 127 perlembagaan persekutuan, yang mahu dibentangkannya di Dewan Rakyat.

Menurut Karpal yang juga pengerusi DAP, beliau sendiri telah menulis kepada hakim kanan itu pada 22 Ogos lalu dan memberi beliau masa selama tujuh hari untuk menjawab dakwaan berkenaan.

Karpal kemudiannya menulis sepucuk lagi surat pada 29 September lalu dan memberitahu hakim itu bahawa sekiranya tiada jawapan diberikan beliau akan mengandaikan ia sebagai pengakuan salah laku. -mk

Ulasan GB

Tindakan Ketua Hakim Negara yang menolak aduan karpal Singh mengenai seorang hakim Mahkamah Rayuan telah memplagiat penghakiman seorang hakim mahkamah Singapura pada 2000 tidak mempunyai merit amat memalukan negara.

Ketua Hakim Negara jelas cuba menutup perbuatan salahlaku hakim berkenaan.

Apabila Ketua Hakim Negara sendiri gagal untuk menjalankan keadilan di dalam institusi kehakiman, apa lagi yang boleh kita harapkan dari para hakim yang ada?

Hukum Kebenaran dan keadilan akan tetap berlaku dimana di satu hari Ketua Hakim negara itulah nanti yang akan diminta meletakkan jawatannya kerana kegagalan mengenakkan kebenaran dan keadilan.

GB sudah mengulas sebelum ini. Petikan:

Ini satu jenayah serius. Bagaimana boleh seorang hakim bertindak memplagiat keputusan hakim lain dari negara lain di dalam mengadili kes yang dia sepatutnya melakukan pengadilan secara serius di dalam menegakkan kebenaran dan keadilan?

Lebih memalukan ialah beliau adalah seorang hakim di Mahkamah Rayuan.

Apakah ini standard dan darjat hakim-hakim yang ada di Istana Keadilan negara?

Seorang pelajar pun jika ditangkap memplagiat hasil kerja orang lain, belaiu akan diberikan markah kosong, malah tindakan disiplin diambil menghlangnya menduduki peperiksaan / menyerah tugasan untuk beberapa tahun. Inikan pula seorang "hakim". Binatang punya manusia!

Dahulu pernah Suruhanjaya Diraja Siasatan Kes Lingam, seorang hakim bernama Mokhtar Sidin yang bersikap durjana menggunakan sepenuhnya apa yang ditulis oleh peguam VK Lingam dalam penghakiman rasmi hakim berkenaan.


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Blog Renovation

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 03:45 AM PST

It's time to carry out the yearly blog layout..
Last year, to welcome 2011, my youngest daughter Banun did it for me..thank you.

In ushering 2012, my eldest son Hakim is in the midst of helping me design a new one.
I am so excited.
He says it'll be ready by tonight.
In between his own busy schedule these 2-3 days, he has almost got it done.

Whatever it is, I told him that I want to keep that photo of the 23 year old apron dressed lady.
*at the header*
That was taken in Manchester..so it's one of my priceless momentos!

Many bloggers are having their new blog look.
Some do it 2-3 times a year..ahhh..rajin betul!

Mild renovations are always done by some ever so often throughout the year.
Maybe that is because they can click these changes so cleverly.
As for me, I really do not know how to do them.

So, Happy New Year 2012 everybody! **fireworks**

Bismillaahirrohmaanirrohiim..

May Allah SWT bless us all with longevity, consistently good health, better health, tremendous happiness, lots of rezeki, success in everything we wish for, peace and harmony, and of course, may we always be soleh and beriman..so that we can accumulate and increase our ever so little bekalan amalan for akhirat.
May Allah SWT always protect us all and keep us safe from harm and evil.

Ameen..

p.s.
See you next year guys! InsyaAllah..:-))


The Malaysian Vendetta

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 09:14 PM PST

Selamat Petang Kuala Lumpur,

Saya, seperti juga anda menghargai keselesaan dalam rutin, keselamatan benda-benda biasa dan keamanan dalam pengulangan. Saya suka lepak di mamak dan tonton tv di rumah seperti mana manusia normal yang lain. Dan dalam semangat menyambut tahun baru ini saya fikir kita patut buat suatu yang istimewa dan meletakkan makna baru kepada tarikh 31 desember.

Sememangnya ada yang tidak mahu kita bersuara. Saya jangkakan sekarang arahan sedang dipekikkan melalui telefon dan lelaki dengan senjata sedang dalam perjalanan ke dataran. Kenapa? Kerana apabila cota digunakan untuk membantai komunikasi, kata-kata akan tetap memiliki kuasanya. Kata-kata merupakan perkakas kepada makna dan kepada sesiapa yang bersedia untuk mendengar, bersedialah untuk kebenaran. Dan sebenarnya ada yang sangat tidak kena dengan negara ini.

Kekejaman, ketidakadilan, dan penindasan. Anda pernah mempunyai ruang untuk membantah dan menyatakan pendapat sebebasnya tetapi sekarang maklumat anda ditapis, dan sistem pemantauan berterusan memakasa anda untuk tunduk, patuh dan setia. Bagaimana ini boleh berlaku? Siapa yang harus dipersalahkan? Sememangnya terdapat orang-orang yang lebih bertanggungjawab daripada kita dan mereka akan dipertanggungjawabkan. Tetapi apabila berbicara tentang kebenaran… jika anda mencari seseorang untuk dipersalahkan, tempat pertama yang anda patut lihat adalah di cermin.

Saya tahu mengapa anda lakukannya, saya tahu anda takut. Mengapa tidak? 13 mei, pergaduhan kaum, komunis, operasi lalang… Terdapat rentetan masalah dibingkaikan untuk merosakkan pertimbangan dan merompak kewarasan anda. Lalu Ketakutan menguasai dan dalam keadaan panik anda berlindung di belakang Barisan Nasional. BN menjanjikan kestabilan, BN menawarkan keamanan. Dan sebagai balasan anda hanya perlu menyerahkan ketaatan, tunduk, patuh dan setia kepada setiap rencana mereka.

Hari ini saya bercadang untuk menghentikan ketaatan ini. 2011 akan diingati dalam sejarah sebagai tahun revolusi aman tanpa keganasan. Ia bermula di Tunisia dan merebak ke Dataran Tahrir Mesir. Dataran Tahrir adalah simbol pembebasan dan kuasa rakyat di abad ke 21. Kita juga melihat gerakan rakyat di Sepanyol yang diikuti oleh pergerakan Occupy Wall Street.

Arus demokratik yang dijana oleh warga di atas jalanan ini adalah satu perubahan besar di zaman kita sebagai tanda penentangan terhadap elit seluruh dunia. Hari semakin suntuk dan tahun ini akan pantas berakhir. Awan hitam masih terawang di langit Malaysia dan tiada bezanya dengan tahun-tahun yang lepas.

Tekanan terhadap hak asasi manusia masih tidak dipedulikan. Warga menderita dalam bentuk dan tahap berbeza. Adalah sukar bagi orang biasa untuk menjelaskan dan menyuarakan derita dan perjuangan mereka. Oleh itu kita mahu semua orang mencari suara mereka dan memformulasi tuntutan masing-masing.

Beberapa tuntutan datang daripada ketidakadilan seperti : halangan protes jalanan, rang undang-undang perhimpunan aman, kilang nadir bumi Lynas, rompakan tanah orang asli dan orang asal sabah dan Sarawak, korupsi dalam kerajaan, eksploitasi pendatang, kematian dalam tahanan polis dan sprm, tekanan terhadap kebebasan akademik baik pelajar mahupun pensyarah dalam auku dan pelbagai lagi.

Jadi, jika anda tidak nampak. Jika jenayah kerajaan ini tidak penting bagi anda, saya cadangkan supaya anda tinggalkan 31 desember tanpa apa-apa makna.

Tapi jika anda nampak apa yang saya nampak, anda rasa apa yang saya rasa, dan anda mahu apa yang saya mahu, saya minta untuk anda berdiri di sebelah saya memakai topeng V pada malam ambang tahun baru di dataran merdeka dan kita berikan mereka tahun baru yang tidak akan dapat dilupakan.



2011 in pictures

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 08:40 PM PST

2011 had been quite an eventful year for me – in my voluntary work, in my personal life and also in activities with my school alumni friends.

In my voluntary work with Buddies, after re-elected as the chairperson in March, it was activities after activities other than the regular clinic duties and visits to my clients' homes.

There were the exhibitions…

Men Against Violence campaign in Chenderong in April

buddy april

Talk & exhibition in Royal College of Medicine Perak, also in April

buddy april2

At Kg Ulu Geroh (Orang Asli village) in October

buddy oct

And in Taman Meru also in October

buddy oct3

Then there was the charity run in May where I ended up injuring my knee, but still managed to personally collect a total of RM4,700.

buddy may

We had our Family Day in July at The Roots, Tg Rambutan

7-2

I attended the National AIDS Conference in Penang in October

buddy oct2

and then we had a briefing for my fellow volunteers in November on the latest in the world of HIV

buddy nov

And finally, our annual dinner in December at Assam House Restaurant, Medan Gopeng.

dinner

On the personal side, involving family matters, there were a few downside, like the "atap terbang" incident at home during a storm in March (thank God nobody got hurt)

P storm march

And in May the shocking news of my cousin's 11 year old son who perished in the landslide at the orphanage in Hulu Langat.

P ulu langat may

Of course, there were happy moments as well, like my niece's wedding in March

p wedding march

and my nephew's engagement in June.

p engagement june

Not forgetting, my RM0 airfare trip to Ho Chi Minh City in February with my sister and my niece.

p vietnam feb

And of course, there were activities involving my school alumni members, whether official activities, or just unofficial activities with friends.

Playing hockey with the under-50 team against the school under-15 team… :-)

hockey may

Chairing the committee elections during the OGA AGM in July

oga agm july

And the unofficial Jalan-jalan Cari Penat activities with felllow adventure loving friends…

Spelunking in Gua Tempurung in July

gua tempurung july

Enjoying outdoor adventures in Belum-Temenggor in September…

the boat rides

oga belum2 sept

trekking up the lookout tower 4,011 feet above sea level

oga belum3 sept

trekking to the Rafflesia site

oga belum4 sept

enjoying the cool waterfall

oga belum1 sept

visiting an Orang Asli village

oga belum5 sept

kayakking around the island

oga belum6 sept

Then later in November, we went for the canopy walk at FRIM…

frim2 nov

frim1 nov

Many more activities lined up for 2012 insyaAllah, involving Buddies, family and school friends…

 


Adam Adli — student activist, villain, folk hero! Yay!

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 09:02 PM PST

By Lisa J. Ariffin
December 30, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 — Adam Adli Abdul Halim would have just been another student activist until his act of bringing down a banner bearing a picture of Datuk Seri Najib Razak during a peaceful demonstration drew more media attention than the cause itself.

Following the incident, what started out as a small student protest for academic freedom on December 17 has now escalated into a growing movement of undergraduates, university lecturers and members of the public, uniting and demanding the government repeal the controversial Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA), which strictly prohibits political activities on campuses.


File photo of Adam Adli (centre) speaking to the press in Kuala Lumpur on December 23, 2011. — Picture by Jack Ooi

















It had also put the 22-year-old student of the Sultan Idris University of Education in the public limelight, drawing both admiration and disapproval alike.
Despite his sudden catapult to fame and accelerated awareness of the UUCA, Adam Adli remains unfazed and hopes this exposure "will be the end of our 40 years of unfinished struggle".

"Academic freedom will be another big cause to be fought together in the struggle to rebuild our corrupted country... It is just as important as other issues discussed in society," he told The Malaysian Insider.

"Many people, including the students, have never heard of academic freedom, UUCA, and 'magna carta' (a Bill drafted by students to replace the Act) until this (incident) happened. (Now), it seems that even the pro-government bloggers are struggling to understand our cause," he said.

The self-professed rebel stands by his actions and reiterates "lowering the banner was a sign of protest".

"But another reason unnoticed was, if I didn't lower the banner, how on earth would I be able to raise the academic freedom's flag?" he asked.

"It was two birds with one stone. It was a sign of protest on (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's) policy on students and universities and also a sign of victory for the many hours of protest on that day."

Adam Adli said his interest in student activism dates back to 2010 when he was banned from campus elections for participating in Demonstrasi Air 2009, a protest against the Selangor water price hike.

"Since there, there was no turning back for me. The reason is clear: we need to prove to the people that we, as students, are part of the people and system. We want to represent the people," he said.

"Students had their role in history of fighting for the people, thus within this short time we would like to carve our own history. But first we have to free the students and universities, then we will prove to the people what can we do for the country," he added.

In recent weeks, cybertroopers have rallied behind Adam Adli, with Facebook page "We Are All Adam Adli" drawing close to 30,000 'likes'. However, all is not rosy in Adam's struggle.

In addition to criticisms from the public and numerous government officials, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar said the authorities are keeping a close watch on Adam and advised him to exercise caution when going about his activities.

This prompted the feisty student to respond confidently that he does not feel threatened by such statements.

"I'm not going to give up. How can they restrict me? I don't see why must they do so," Adam Adli said.

"I believe, and I know, I'm not doing anything wrong … I'm just voicing out my rights to protest over government policies and actions," he added.

He stressed that the uprising of youth can never be denied and "it is about time for everyone to realise the struggle of student activists".

"Students are not fools or tools. They see, they learn, they acquire the knowledge, and they are ready to make our country a better place. In no time I believe many more will come out," he said.

"The future now belongs to the youths."

Why should there be banners bearing the faces of 'Umno-appointed' PMs anyway?

Are they above the Agong and Malay rulers? I believe they are especially since Dr M removed the Rulers' immunity to prosecution following the constitutional crisis of 1992-93.

In Raja Petra's posting entitled 'My reminder to the Sultan of Selangor: How Umno stripped the Rulers naked', he said:
It would appear from Dr Mahathir's 1993 speech that it is perfectly legal to sue members of the royalty. It would also appear that UMNO members, particularly prime ministers, can make allegations against the country's royalty that opposition leaders and members of the press can't. We invite readers to decide for themselves. We reprint Dr Mahathir's historic 1993 speech below in its entirety.

Read the 'seditious' speech by Dr M!


Singapore Trip: Walk At Orchard Road

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 07:57 PM PST

Singapore Trip: Walk At Orchard Road
#1: People walking here and there.

Singapore Trip: Walk At Orchard Road – How can going to Singapore and not going to the famous shopping street, Orchard Road? Haha. Actually you can because it's just shopping malls and I have been there for many times. On my week long trip to Singapore, brother and I were bored, no where to go and randomly went to Orchard Road.

Of course Orchard Road is nice, with many shopping malls, mid-end to high-end, no low-end, very organized, spacious pedestrian walkway, air-conditioned underpass, very straight and linear.


#2: People queing up for iPhone 4S since 12pm.


#3: More people in the iPhone 4S queue in front of Paragon.

Many people like to go to Orchard Road, but then it's just like other typical shopping district in big city to me, e.g. Hong Kong's Causeway Bay, Kuala Lumpur's Bukit Bintang and Shanghai's Nanjing Road.


#4: The wet Orchard Road.


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#6: External escalator at OG.


#7: The special architecture of ION @ Orchard.

We started our walk from ION @ Orchard and hopping from mall to mall. As I walk further, it started to feel nothing, because that most of the shops are repeating from mall to mall. One fine example is that on this Orchard Road, you can find three UNIQLO outlet. WOW.


#8.


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#10: Toast box has good toast and mee siam.

It was a rainy day so the road was wet out there and luckily there's no huge downpour. It's just little drizzle all over the afternoon.


#11: Roof top of *SCAPE Park.


#12: Wish I can own one unit at one of these condominium, they are extremely expensive!


#13:  A place at *SCAPE that allows you to CHAT! And relax, get a coffee, sit down, study or talk with others.

I found a very cool place call the *SCAPE Youth Park, it includes a mall and also a sheltered open space which allows stalls and event booths to be set up here. The whole place is dedicated to the youth, a place for them to gather, hang out, do their dance routine, sell at the flea market, play some card games and more. Retail outlets in there are mostly stuff for the youth. I think this is a good place to gather youth instead of them hanging out at the wrong places and with the wrong gangs.


#14: AKB48 official shop in Singapore, but too bad the group is not in Singapore. Do you know AKB48? It's a girls group in Japan that has 48 girls!


#15: DBS Remix, a new banking experience made for the Youth. It's like a playground in there because there's many tablet for you to play and touchscreen for you to find banking service.


#16: Trying out the interactive info touchscreen.


#17: Alright, nickchan.net is here. =D

Didn't really buy anything at there. It's just walking for fun and taking photos here and there. Went to the bank to play with the LCD touch screen and drank Gongcha Bubble Tea. Haha. Orchard Road is pretty, not as pretty as Shanghai's Nanjing Road East, but then it gets boring something, what do you think?


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