Sunday, December 11, 2011

Hello From Shanghai, China

Hello From Shanghai, China


Hello From Shanghai, China

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 06:52 AM PST

Hello From Shanghai, China

Hello From Shanghai, China – Hello my baby, my friends, my family and my reader! Finally I get to sit down in front of the computer provided at the bar area of Blue Mountain Bund Youth Hostel to do a little blogging. The weather out there is about 3 degree Celsius and it's feeling warm in the indoor. Today's weather is kinda nice at about 4-5 degree Celsius and my body is getting used to the temperature already. It was freezing cold in the past few days, it's rising now.

Today is day 5 of being in China. Arrived in Hangzhou on day 1, then went to Zhouzhuang, an ancient water town on Day 2 and Day 3, then exploring Shanghai since day 4.

I guess I have already covered most of the interesting attractions as introduced by most of the people, the Lonely Planet like the Nanjing Road East shopping street, The Bund, Pudong financial district area, the two awesome Apple Store in Nanjing Road and Pudong, French Concession area, Xintiandi, Xujiahui Cathedral, Tian Zi Fang, Dongtai Road Antique Street (went there late and only a few shops were open) as well as Yuyuan Garden and Cheng Huang Temple. Where else do I miss?

The another two more temple like the Jade Buddha and Jing An Temple are introduced by the Internet, however both of them need an entrance fees which is RMB30 and RMB10. It doesn't seems to worth it to me. HAHA.

Food in Shanghai is just OKOK, not really my type of food I think. Price is cheap by the road side but doubt about the cleanliness, it gets more expensive in the restaurant. Xiao Long Bao is awesome but imagine eating it everyday. HAHA. Overall, I am not very attracted with Shanghai's food, I favor towards food in the North e.g. Hong Kong, Guangzhou. The fastfood in China especially KFC is yum-yum though! =D

Shanghai is big, huge. It's many size of Hong Kong, and Singapore. It has a feel of Hong Kong, but I prefer Hong Kong as it's denser and more happenings throughout the day. Shanghai gets quiet at night where major attraction closes after sunset. Shopping district and bar areas in Shanghai maybe happenings but that's all. That's why I see so many people hanging out in the hostel's bar area at night.

Well, I'm gonna sign off now and take a rest for the last day in Shanghai. No idea when am I gonna visit yet. But the day after will go to Shenzhen for two days and later Hong Kong for 5 days. Check out my photo updates on Away From Computer and Twitter @nicholaschan

See ya.


HSKOBA ostrich

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 09:21 AM PST

just came back from rugby alumni league at padang utara, pj with zatil dzulkifli. had an awesome time with etil which came on the behalf of tv3. view terbaik dari ladang. especially no 10 n 19. congrats to HSKOBA - farid, dol, telo, boboi, syqal, bagong, abg rahmat, abg hasman n dagu for winning the league n managed to hold the title for 4th times already. proud of u guys!
watch them on tv3.
bak kata telo,  kita dah bagi bangga org klang!


Ghapur Pula Belasah Shahrizat, Tak Mahu Terpalit Najis Lembunya

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 10:02 AM PST

Projek lembu: Ghapur pula gesa Shahrizat letak jawatan

Seorang lagi pemimpin BN hari ini menggesa Ketua Pergerakan Wanita Umno Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil supaya melepaskan jawatan parti dan kerajaan yang disandanganya berikutan kontroversi projek ternakan lembu, Pusat Fidlot Kebangsaan (NFC).

Ahli parlimen Kalabakan Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh yang juga Ketua Umno Bahagian Kalabakan berkata Shahrizat perlu berbuat demikian demi kepentingan BN dan Umno, salah sebuah parti komponen, yang bakal berdepan pilihan raya umum ke-13.

"Ini adalah isu paling besar yang berlaku dalam sejarah kerajaan di bawah kepimpinan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Ia cukup memalukan dan kita tidak mahu isu ini menjejaskan BN dan Umno. Kalau isu ini sampai pada waktu pilihan raya, saya rasa undi kita akan kurang," katanya.

Ghapur diminta mengulas mengenai isu itu selepas merasmikan majlis berkhatan beramai-ramai kanak-kanak kawasan Dewan Undangan Negeri Merotai di Kg Pasir Putih, di Tawau.

Ditanya jika Shahrizat masih mendapat sokongan Pergerakan Wanita Umno, Ghapur berkata, "Ini bukan soal sokong-menyokong tetapi ini soal keseluruhan parti. Bila kita buat salah, kita mesti bertanggungjawab".

Menurut Ghapur di negara maju seperti Amerika Syarikat jika sesuatu isu atau skandal menimpa seseorang pemimpin, pemimpin yang terlibat akan segera meletak jawatan sebagai tanda bertanggungjawab.

"Kita juga perlu tahu bahawa bukan pembangkang yang bongkar isu ini tetapi ia didedahkan oleh Ketua Audit Negara," tambah Ghapur. - Bernama

Ulasan GB

Semakin ramai di dalam UMNO sendiri yang sedar dan mahu Shahrizat letak jawatan.

Yang tak mahu Shahrizat letak jawatan adalah mereka yang sudah terpalit dengan najis lembu NFC tersebut - melantung busuknya - dalam erti kata mereka mempunyai kepentingan dengan projek berkenaan.

Diantaranya termasuklah Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani, Noh Omar, Ketua pemuda, Khairy jamaluddin, bapa mertuanya yang juga bekas PM, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Menteri Di JPM, Nazri Abdul Aziz dan Perdana Menteri sendiri iaitu Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak. Yang anehnya orang bukan politik, Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara yang bernama Khalid Abu Bakar turut terbabit sama.

Bagi orang politik, kesemua yang terpalit dengan najis lembu NFC tersebut sudah pasti akan dihukum rakyat sewaktu pilihanraya nanti. Rakyat melihat mereka bukan saja sudah terpalit dengan najis lembu tetapi sudah pun berotak lembu, yang tak dapat nak dibetulkan semula menjadi manusia yang berakal sempurna.

Teruskan perjuangan anda mempertahankan Shahrizat dengan projek lembu yang telah menelan wang rakyat secara haram itu, anda bakal disembelih di dalam PRU nanti...... insyaAllah.



Tan and Bon slug it out over Assembly Bill

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 07:53 AM PST

The following article is by Nigel Aw of Malaysiakini.

Photos are by King Chai of Loyar Burok.

A Twitter dare turned into a vibrant debate session on the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 between Kedah Gerakan youth chief Tan Keng Liang and prominent human rights lawyer Edmund Bon.



Held at the Pusat Rakyat Loyar Burok in Bangsar Utama, Kuala Lumpur before a packed audience of about 100, Tan faced an audience mostly 'hostile' to his points defending the Bill.


Tan feels it is alright for the government to ban street protests, but this must come with a proper definition of designated protest areas.

"The view from Gerakan is to fight for more designated areas, this is something the government has not announced yet.

"I believe we can work together on this to request more places in every state including Putrajaya; why can't we have it in Putrajaya? This is the centre of power," he said.

Pointing out that no police permit was required at designated areas, he added his view that this is a better alternative as street protests were no longer "viable" in a civilised society with the advent of Facebook and Twitter.

"In the 60s and 70s, there was no other way to bring out people's views; going to a street protest was the best option at that time but we have evolved, now is the age of technology," he said.

Tan was rebutting an earlier point made by Bon who explained that street protests was a necessary instrument for democracy, citing how Onn Jaafar had led 15,000 people to demonstrate against the Malayan Union before Independence.

Sabotuers vs the 99 percent

While acknowledging that Malaysians have generally been well behaved in street protests, Tan adds that there has always been the possibility protestors may take advantage of the demonstration to cause problems.

"I trust Bon, I believe he will be well behaved in a street demonstration, but you don't know if anyone will try to take advantage of him," he quipped.

He stressed that it only takes one percent of bad hats in a protest to cause things to go awry. Therefore, he said the ban on street protests was justified, based on the interest of non-protesters

However, Bon replied pointing out that the 99 percent others need not be dictated by the one percent as there are several existing laws to deal with the scenario, including the Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code.

"But if the government and police refuse to do their job and are politically partisan, what can we do?

"We can just be peaceful... It is the clampdown by the institutions that make our peaceful assembly violent."

Street protests, Bon adds, is more effective in creating exposure about a cause, such as an anti-domestic abuse march or cancer awareness march, than a static rally.

'BN ignored us, Pakatan walked out'



The debate today was moderated by Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) CEO Wan Saiful Wan Jan and is a culmination of exchanges on Twitter over the Bill.

While Tan and Bon were at odds over the legislation, they agreed that the MPs had let the rakyat down.

"We have 222 MPs in Parliament but they do not listen to you, some of the MPs just walked out, and the other MPs totally ignored the alternative bill (proposed by the Bar Council).

"We need to start making the roles of politicians extinct as mere administrators, (in that) for every law (they propose) they must come back and consult the people. That is people power," said Bon.

"I have said certain things that may be sensitive but he (Bon) did not stage a walkout," quipped Tan.


Puad tegur bos NFC jangan jadikan Umno mangsa!

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 07:48 AM PST



Attending DAP State Convention 2011

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 06:06 AM PST

Jelaskan Hubungan "Abang-Adik" Zahid Hamidi & Papagomo!

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 07:19 AM PST

Menteri Pertahanan Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi didesak menjelaskan kepada rakyat, apakah keistimewaan penulis blog Papagomo sehingga dibenarkan menaiki kapal selam Scorpene KD Tun Razak, Jumaat lalu.

Dalam kenyataan medianya, setiausaha publisiti DAP, Tony Pua berkata, kehadiran penulis blog pro-Umno dalam kapal selam berkenaan telah membuktikan bahawa Zahid yang juga naib presiden Umno telah berbohong.

Beliau sebelum ini dilaporkan berkata tidak ada penulis blog yang dibenarkan menaiki kapal selam itu melainkan wartawan Bernama dan TV3 yang turut disertai oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng dan dua timbalannya.

"Keistimewaan yang dimiliki Papagomo adalah jelas membuktikan salah guna kuasa, dan menteri pertahanan mesti menjelaskan kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia tentang pembohongannya dan hubungan intimnya dengan blogger Umno itu," katanya.

Sejak dua hari lalu, Papagomo telah menulis di blognya bahawa beliau adalah "blogger pertama belayar di atas kapal selam Scorpene KD Tun Razak".

Dalam pos blognya semalam, beliau juga mengakui berada di kapal selam itu selama kira-kira lima jam, dan telah menemubual anak-anak kapal perkara-perkara berhubung kapal selam berkenaan yang dipercayai adalah rahsia negara.

Sementara itu, Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pada majlis makan malam amal PKR di Straits Quay Pulau Pinang, malam tadi juga mempersoal tindakan kementerian pertahanan itu.

Menurut Anwar tindakan membawa penulis blog itu mungkin menjejaskan keselamatan negara dan beliau mahu pihak berkuasa menyiasat perkara berkenaan. -mk

Laporan Polis Serentak Seluruh Malaysia Terhadap Papagomo – AMK

KUALA LUMPUR: Angkatan Muda KEADILAN akan membuat laporan polis di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah terpilih di seluruh negara terhadap penulis blog Pro-Umno, PapaGomo petang ini.

Menurut Ketua AMK, Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, tindakan itu bagi memberikan tekanan kepada polis agar segera menyiasat penulis blog tersebut yang sering menyebarkan fitnah terutama membabitkan Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"Tindakan blogger peringkat melampau, fitnah yang disebar ini seolah menunjukkan beliau tidak boleh disentuh. Hari ini kita memberi isyarat kepada polis dan membangkitkan satu persoalan, apakah polis akan mendiamkan diri walaupun berpuluhan laporan polis dibuat?"
katanya kepada KeadilanDaily.

Katanya jika tiada sebarang tindakan dibuat terhadap blogger tersebut ini jelas menunjukkan segala fitnah yang dilemparkannya mendapat restu dari Umno BN.

Laporan polis akan dibuat serentak jam 2 petang ini i IPD Shah Alam, IPD Ipoh dan IPD Seremban 2, IPD Batu Pahat, beberapa tempat di Sabah dan Sarawak.

Sementara itu Ketua AMK Selangor, Irwan Ismail berkata AMK menolak politik jahat yang dibuat penulis blog pro-Umno dan menyifatkan pemerintah sebagai tidak mempunyai modal untuk menjatuhkan Pakatan Rakyat.

"Mereka tidak ada modal lain, hanya mampu memfitnah, tidak mempunyai fakta yang kukuh dan AMK Selangor menolak sekeras-kerasnya fitnah yang dilemparkan oleh blogger tersebut."

Terbaru seorang kolumnis media, Amin Iskandar membuat laporan 6 Disember lalu terhadap PapaGomo atau nama sebenarnya Wan Muhammad Azri bin Wan Deris di Balai Polis Jalan Travers, Kuala Lumpur.

Dalam laporan polisnya, Amin berkata, PapaGomo dalam blognya menuduh beliau kononnya dicabul Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sedangkan kenyataan itu adalah fitnah.

Sebelum ini AMK turut mendesak pihak polis mengambil tindakan segera terhadap individu dan penulis blog pro BN kerana menyebar video seks fitnah, yang dikaitkan dengan Anwar Ibrahim.

Walaupun pelbagai desakan dan bantahan dibuat terhadap mereka, namun Polis tidak mengambil sebarang tindakan terhadap mereka terutamanya PapaGomo. —Keadilan Daily


Pengumuman:
Mari hadir beramai-ramai ke Mahkamah Jalan Duta bagi memberi sokongan moral terhadap kes Fitnah II Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pada 12 Disember 2011 (Isnin) dan 13 Disember 2011 (Selasa) ini (Tarikh baru yang ditunda).

Reformasi!

*Mohon cuti awal-awal untuk keadilan!


Ulasan GB

Hubungan Zahid Hamid dengan papagomo diibaratkan hubungan "abang-adik" di dalam konspirasi mereka menyerang dan memfitnah pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat.

Yang nyata: Ada konspirasi terrancang diantara Ahmad Zahid Hamidi dengan papagomo.

Laporan polis juga perlu dipertimbangkan jkuga untuk Menteri Pertahanan, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi yang menggunakan "perkhidmatan" papagomo.

Permainan belakang diantara Zahid Hamidi & papagomo ini perlu didedahkan.



Announcing Chinese New Year Heritage Festival at George Town

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 06:01 AM PST





檳城街頭文化廟會 2012
祥龙献瑞庆壬辰文化庙会2012
日期/Date:2012年1月29日(29th January 2012)
時間/Time:下午3時至午夜12時(3pm to 12am)
地點/Venue:馬來西亞檳城州喬治市世界文化遺產城(UNESCO World Heritage Site, George Town, Penang, Malaysia)

As reported in Kwong Wah Yit Poh

祥龙献瑞庆壬辰文化庙会 呈现古人对龙信仰
二零一一年十二月十日 晚上七时十分

(槟城10日讯)槟州年度新春重头好戏《祥龙献瑞庆壬辰文化庙会2012》,除了将通过"海底水晶龙宫"的方式,呈现古人对龙的信仰、崇拜及不同的传说,更首次展览并示范峇峇娘惹的传统服装、婚礼、食品和游戏,邀你在古色古香的古迹陪衬下,感受文化艺术魅力!

这项由槟州政府及槟州各姓氏宗祠联委会联合主催,槟州各姓氏宗祠青年团联委会主办的《祥龙献瑞庆壬辰文化庙会2012》将于明年1月29日,即农历正月初七,下午3时至午夜12时在乔治市古迹区隆重引爆。

黄汉伟:利用古迹力量

大会主席,也是掌管文化委员会事务的黄汉伟周五在新闻发布会上表示,这是利用古迹区的力量,混合文化艺术所展现的新春文化活动,具有多重意义,除了推动文化工作,带动新年气氛,也显现了州政府对文化遗产城的重视。

"在推动旅游业的同时,也冀透过这年度最具规模的新春庙会,让对古迹区产生疏离感的年轻一代,陌生的年轻一代,重新认识古迹。去年的庙会吸引了约10万名国内外游客。"

他说,虽然有单位建议为何不把庙会地点移师至旧关仔角或槟州同乐会广场举行,但大会考量,在现成的古迹区办庙会,不只是能够联系当地的宗祠家庙,更能展现槟城华人在古迹区的生命力,以及多元种族的街头文化色彩。因此,最后决定把明年庙会的地点定在乔治市古迹区。

四大主题区 谢川伟:呈现中华文化精髓

工委会主席谢川伟说,明年是龙年,龙对华人而言是吉祥与腾飞的象征,2012年的庙会年度盛事,则将通过四大主题区,即:"信仰"、"饮食"、"文艺"及"保健",带出中华文化五千年的精髓。

四大主题区中的"信仰区",将通过"海底水晶龙宫"的方式呈现古人对龙的信仰、崇拜及不同的传说;"饮食区"将利用"龙门客栈"来呈现,让现代人了解古人的饮食方式和食肆;"保健区"将更深入去了解各门派的拳术及各种神兽的玩法。

至于"文艺区"则要让现代人了解古人对文娱及艺术的热忱,将之继续发扬光大。值得一提的是,大会也以"万龙图"为题,准备一匹长布希望可收集2万名公众用毛笔字写成的"龙"字。现场也通过戏剧表演的方式,呈现棋盘上你争我斗的"真人象棋"。

他表示,其他街道及建筑物的活动包括《追踪溯源,承先启后》介绍华人姓氏来源及槟城各宗祠郊庙的资料展,认识堂号及猜姓氏灯谜;展出过往庙会经典图片的《那些年......》图片展;孙中山基地将展示孙中山在槟城的事迹和资料;慕韩别墅将举行"孙中山百年纪念图片展";开放给公众参观的回教博物馆。

"此外,现场设有的'籍贯区',将有槟城各大籍贯乡会会馆及属会的历史图片展、籍贯剧场、民族服装、美食品尝及不同的文化展览;呈献独特传统老行业的《槟城夕阳行业旧头路》、《华人传统节庆》将演绎及展览华人的传统节庆食品、用品和庆祝方式;峇峇娘惹区,以及《古早儿时玩意儿》,将带领公众回味小时候的古早玩意儿,并让现时代的儿童认识过往爸妈小时候的游戏。"

今年的新春庙会设立在古迹区,即:打铜仔街、本头公巷、大统巷、打石街、亚贵街、四方巷、牛干冬及甘榜哥南。出席新闻发布会者包括宗联委主席孙诗景、工委会总策划钟骓巾宾、秘书骆汶焕、青联委副主席汪家伦、洪玉璇等人。


DAP losing Indian support and votes

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 05:27 AM PST

DAP national chairman Karpal Singh, while calling Penang deputy chief minister P Ramasamy a 'warlord', also urged the latter to make a public apology for labeling him 'a godfather' or he is subjected to actions by the disciplinary committee.

In the latest spate of domestic bickering in the DAP, Karpal told the party's annual convention in Penang that the party could not afford to have a 'mafia', a reference to the label 'godfather' Ramasamy gave him earlier.

"Who built the DAP? The veteran leaders had built the party and no one should forget the sacrifices of these leaders. The present leaders would not be what they are now without the sacrifice made by the veterans," he said, turning the convention as a platform to criticise Ramasamy.

"Godfather portrays the image of a mafia group, while the DAP has never tolerated the mafia," he said, adding that Ramasamy joined the party to 'do things his own way'.

"Nobody can become warlords in the DAP, including Ramasamy by trying to nominate his election candidates," he said.

After that heated session, Ramsamy told reporters that he was prepared to leave the party for good if it comes to that as the allegations against him were baseless and a conspiracy to tarnish his reputation. "I can go back to my hometown Sitiawan," he said.

The crisis in DAP gains quick response from some bloggers.

Stopthelies says Lim Guan Eng, who now spots a new hairdo took Ramasamy along, according to news reports.

"He should have taken Tony Pua, the pseudo economic and defence expert. He should be visiting LIMA so he can get his facts correct.

"Back to Penang. Temperature is still soaring with Karpal's faction headed by two Penang assemblymen RSN Rayner and A.Tanasekharan demanding Ramasamy's head. They want him to apologise and the war has extended with Ramasamy's aide,M.Satee tweeting away against the two."

Blogger Tun Faisal says Ramasamy was battered for being 'an Indian' in DAP, and this shows how racist the party is.

"Hari ini kita dibuktikan betapa DAP adalah sebuah parti yang rasis dan double standard ,P Ramasamy akan dihadapkan ke jawatankuasa displin dan akan dihukum ini berbeza apabila Lim Guan Eng, Ng Wei Aik, Jeff Ooi, Nga Khor Meng, Ronnie Liew, Tony Pua dan hampir kesemua evengelis Kristian di dalam DAP terlepas daripada tindakan dan diberi layanan istimewa..."

I guess the internal problem will not end just there. If Rama leaves the party or being subjected to the disciplinary committee, his supporters within the Indian community will also leave as Rama is portrayed as a champion for the Indians.

In the last general election, almost 35 per cent votes for DAP came from the Indians, and should Ramasamy leaves the party, the Opposition will be adversely affected in the next national poll, which is expected to be early next year.

However, this 'warlord', 'godfather' and 'mafia' things are getting so common nowadays, especially among the Pakatan Rakyat pact. The only issue is to identify and then deny it.



Believe It Or Not...

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 04:14 AM PST

I have not been well since last night, thanks to my sensitive stomach. On November 5th, I started my "I must get back my figure" program and have been observing a very strict diet, exercising a lot and trying my best to shed as much weight as possible. My target is a loss of 30 pounds and to date, I have lost 17 pounds.

Last night, my younger son had a craving for banana leaf rice and even though I love it, I only had a very small portion. Since I have abstained from spicy food since November 5th, that meal triggered a severe gastric attack which was in full blown proportion last night by midnight and kept me awake till two this morning. It reared its ugly head again before lunch and after resting the whole afternoon, I can stand and walk around. I would have continued to have felt miserable if not for my 76 year old aunt from US who is back in Penang for a visit.

She called at half past four today when I had visitors and then I only remembered to return her call when my husband reminded me. That phone call practically 'cured' me of my giddiness.

A few days ago, my 76 year old aunt went to Genting Highlands with my 97 year old aunt and 80 year old uncle and his 15 year old grandson. And they brought along a wheelchair for my elderly aunt!

Rationale: This will probably be my aunt's final visit to Genting Highlands due to her age. My 97 year old aunt, who has been living in US for almost 40 years, recently returned to Malaysia to live with her adopted daughter as there is no one to look after her in US as her other sister is in a nursing home after suffering from a stroke.

Unbelievably, my elderly aunt wore adult diapers and was at the casino from 10a.m. till 3a.m. and only went back to the room when my 76 year old aunt scolded her very fiercely because she was so knackered and could not leave her eldest sister alone at the casino.

She did not even want to eat any meal and asked my aunt and uncle to pack sandwiches for her lunch and dinner!

In fact, her diapers were full and had to be changed and she refused to budge. My other aunt said that the two machines beside my eldest aunt's machine were not used much. If anyone came by, they would use the machine for a while, and then put their fingers to their nostril and then went off!!

*faints*

At the end of the trip, my first aunt (the 97 year old one) was very happy with the trip and upon arrival in Penang, asked when she could go again to Genting Highlands. And if it was not possible to go again, she asked if she could go to a certain club in Penang to play the slot machines.

*faints*

My 76 year old aunt then told her, "Tua Chee (meaning elder sister), you really need a personal maid to take care of you now."

My first aunt (who is 97 years old) replied, "Wait till I am older."

Honestly, while I do not approve of her love for casinos, I take my hats off to my two aunts. Despite their age, both have so much energy, enthusiasm and zest for life and all that it offers. And both of them never cease to amaze me with their wit, sharp remarks and wisdom.

Their positive outlook in life - a case of do not worry, live each day as it comes.

I guess that is their secret to longevity and youthfulness!

So, even though I feel queasy and nauseated now, I am going to end this post and drive to my aunt's house.

Why? She ended the phone conversation by telling me to throw up and then to drive to her house with my husband because she wanted to teach us how to do the waltz properly.

*stunned*

This 76-year old aunt competes in Blackpool every year!!

The dancing shoes are calling me so chotto matae kudasai while I puke and then go for my waltz class with my aunt :-). I really love her for since my mom passed away in 1972, she has been like a mom to me. :-)

Next post will be up later! Take care and have a wonderful evening.


Whither medical excellence for Myanmar?

Posted: 20 Mar 2009 01:43 AM PDT

Burma's BSPP Ne Win's government had destroyed the Burmese Medical training with the almost freezing of the Post-graduate Medical Education. After every few years they would send one group of few (less than half dozen) post graduate training doctors abroad. That was dictated by not depending to the needs of the country but the cronies and children of the top leaders.

Even internal Post-graduate training was reduced to TWO persons per discipline or subject eg General Surgery, Medicine, Paediatrics, ENT, Ophthalmology etc. Yes, you are not wrong and I am writting the truth. Two persons only for the MSC entrance for the three Medical Institutes in the whole country. So if that two MSc students were sent to one Institute, they need to wait another three years to get another 2 trainees. For eg in Surgery or Medicine, there are dozens of well experienced Professors and Senior Lecturers but they usually got 2 Postgraduate intake in every three years.

In other reputable Medical training Universities they accepted at least few dozens as the Post graduate students but there would be strict Part 1 exam to choose the best amongst them. The common concept amongst the examiners is,"The Post-graduate student must prove themselves or earned the marks that they worth to be passed the exam.' In the undergraduate exams there is some leeway for the students that the examiner must prove that the candidate should be failed. So it is somewhat easy to get enlisted as a Post graduate (or some times called as graduate course in other countries), as if entrance is easy but difficult to pass. But under Ne Win, it was difficult entry as cronies and Children of Military and Professors only could be accepted and they all must be passed at all costs. So it was reverse condition from the rest of the world. Because they were the "Royal family members" or related to the big shots or children of the Professors or who could bribed a lot (with money or rarely with sex) they would get their Post Graduate degrees.

After the mass exodus of specialists after Ne Win's resignation, the brain drained Myanmar Medical authorities reversed the above method of manpower training. We need to praise the present Military Governments for their more opened minded, progressive approach of accepting back the Muslim doctors and others without any cable.

Under Ne Win's Apartheid, open anti-Muslim policy we are labled as Kalas and discriminated but Chinese blooded doctors were accepted as many professors themselves had Chinese blood and they shamelessly give favours to Chinese blooded Medical Students and Post-graduate students.

Now I am away fro Myanmar and heard that because of the better mindset and openess of the present SPDC leaders many poor Burmese, Ethnic Minorities and Muslims got a chance to get further study chances. TQ Bo Gyoke Hmu Gyi U Than Shwe, Dr U Kyaw Myint, Dr U Pine Soe and all the leaders. May God bless all of you.

Please read the following good article I had read today. But even Malaysia, not only many Chinese, Indians, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists but a lot of foreigners around the world including Myanmar Buddhists could get a chance for Post Graduate training.

I still remember the words of Prof. Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Syed Jalaludin Syed Salim, Ph.D University of London ex-VC of UPM and now the People's Bank (Bank rakyat) Chairman:

"I had studied in India and got first degree, Post Graduate Degree in New Zealand and London.

Our Government's policy is to accept Foreign Students at least 2% for the undergraduate and up to 10% for the graduate degree courses even in Government universities.

Some local Professors and Lecturers are jealous to give places to foreigners.

I had to tell them that if we do not accept the foreigners, there will be no competition, and locals would be lazy without any sparing rivals.

We forced the Foreign Graduated to do research for us, we gained a lot and our university would just lost just a paper printed with graduation certification only."

He accepted our youngest sister, who graduated with MSc and PhD from his university.

I wish to write my experience in the MSc O&G exam interview in University Malaya. I had a gift of God to estimate what they would ask and could give the answers with surprising facts and figures which the examiners could not dispute. Almost at the end of the interview the Indian and Chinese Professors showed almost animosity to accept me and questioned me why I never go to UK for the training. I got the same feelings as in Burma under Ne Win's system, I hit back at them pointing to all the examiners and told them off that they would not be able to become specialists nor consultants if other more developed countries like UK, US, Australia etc refused to train them. Now I came from Myanmar to the more developed country like Malaysia. According to the Medical Ethic they should not refuse training as I am here not for money or asking for a job as I already got the job in Malaysia and got the permission to stay here from Home Ministry even if I do not work anywhere. I asked them that if I went to UK and finished the MRCOG Part 2, whether they could accept me back or not. I told them that they are very protective and would refused me because I could not finished five year experience after the post graduate degree.

I told them that if I continue to stay then, I could easily get my Red IC and had choosen not to go to UK.

Although I thought I would be rejected, I was surprisingly accepted.

I do not know that my words had affected the Hearts and Minds of Malay Lady Doctor, who I did not know then, and at one Eid or Hari Raya, about 10 years later, we met at her house because her husband invited us.

At the time of interview she was the Professor/Head of the Department of O&G UKM, or National University of Malaysia and the Dean of UKM. Her husband is the Prof. Syed VC of UPM., I had mentioned above.

I never recognized her but she told my wife in front of many people that she liked my answers and courage and she was the one who strongly supported to choose me. The world seems to be so small, I was lucky that I did not have a bad history that others could point the fingers.

The rest is history. UM or University Malaya started to accept a lot of Myanmars for the graduate training.

Although I withdraw from the course I left a good reputation that first few Myanmar Doctors just accepted by the Professors with my introduction only.

I never charge any agent fees nor even get any presents and after helping five doctors (Buddhists/Muslims/Rohingyas) Allah rewarded our family with the Red IC we wanted.

When the others need to search and spend for connections, I just got with the one letter written to the Prime Minister! Yes, up to now he never seen me and had never give a single present. Actually all happens according to Allah's will and our good unselfish deeds or help to other fellow humans in need.

Dr. Soe Aung wrote on my FB Wall: "Dr Ko Ko Gyi is the first Burmese Medical Officer worked at University Malaya. Before him, non of Malaysian University wanted to to appoint Burmese MOs. Due to his strong knowledge in Medicine ( I really don't know how he remember everything) , dedicate in his work (he still can work 365 days  a year), excellent clinical skills ( worked at Mandalay GH)  , University Hospital started to accept Burmese doctor and later,  followed by HUKM.  I was the first one benefit from his excellent work and subsequently my brother. I  thanks and fully appreciate his jobs on introducing NG and Lee Locum, loan me money for a day to do MPH (at that time,  I need to show bank account to do MPH), introducing AE UH Medical officer and etc. JUST TO LET new Medical Officers FROM UH and HUKM know. In fact, I learned medical ethic and professionalism from my mother, our lecturers from Burma and later from Dr Ko Ko Gyi in Malaysia. I learnt the most important one from him  is telling patients what I believe the best for them without fears and favors."

Now let us read the following good article I had read today. 

Time magazine's March 23, 2009 issue carried four striking pages of frontispiece advertorial from Singapore Medicine. In short, it captures the essence of what Singapore usually touts itself, i.e. that Singapore is "the ultimate healthcare destination – one destination that's done them all."

Four simple steps are articulated:

1. First, collect really good doctors

2. Then, put them into slick healthcare facilities,

3. Third, connect the above two to a wonderful healthcare system, and

4. After that, put them all into an accessible, convenient and safe country.

It goes on to say that "putting them all together takes some skill but even trickier is making it sustainable and not just on paper. Prices must not escalate, the public sector must continue to serve the local population, the quality of healthcare must not fall, and the commitment of putting patients first must not waver. Keeping all things in balance is where many stumble. There… 4 easy steps to create a world class medical destination. Not many actually get there, but some do…"

medical doctorsThere is much that can be admired with such a simplistic take on marketing and self-assurance. But we in Malaysia already know that Singapore and its proud citizens appear to have buckets of such self-belief and its carefully-nurtured culture of excellence and meritocracy.

Its government of PAP-leadership and dominance for 44 years, has never pretended otherwise, and has always exhorted its citizens to be world-beaters, the best in the world that they can ever be, and has striven relentless toward this goal.

Founding patriarch and much admired (and criticised) Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew brooks no nonsense when he plainly tells his wards that unless Singapore invests in its people and services par excellence, Singapore will not survive.

Especially so, when seen in the context of it being surrounded by a sea of potentially hostile neighbours. None of these are not in fulsome praise with Singapore's stupendous progress. Notwithstanding its much acclaimed if disgruntled "pulling-up-its-own-bootstraps" performance and efforts, there is more begrudged resentment than genuine approbation. More than one piqued regional leader had even labelled Singapore, an inconsequential "tiny red dot" in Asia, a denigrating snot even, as decried by one exasperated Taiwanese legislator.

Singapore has excelled

But let's be brutally honest, it is an extremely bright red spot! One that has put many lesser or even greater nations to shame! Why? Because its dogged pursuit of nearly incorruptible and flawless administrative and socially-directed economic policies, has made this tiny island city-state into one of the wealthiest nations in the world.

Economically and administratively, Singapore has excelled. It has become one of the richest nations (albeit for a small population of around 6 million). It has also been recognised as one of the least corrupt, most efficient, unabashedly meritocratic, cleanest countries in the world.

Yes, it has done so with uncompromising suppression of its still fledgling if dismembered hapless opposition. Anyone who dares to challenge its superlative vision, who dares breathe and preach too much unfettered democratisation, who dares criticise without the full facts and arguments of any semblance of brilliance and superlative stance, would be challenged vigorously to the point of utter defeat, even destruction.

Thus for a long time, the people of Singapore has had to stifle their creative juices or any seeming inconsequential aspirations for greater freedom of expression – why rock the boat, why derail the gravy train that has provided so much, so well…? What's the beef about having your individual say when you can't provide a better alternative?

Singapore still believes in a unique form of rigidly-guided democracy, one where a paternalistic neo-Confucianist mindset oversees its top-down system of highly-virtuous mandarin-like governance, where state interests supersede individual freedoms – which, to be fair have been loosening recently.

It is also one of the most autocratic which has relentless bankrupted many an opposition politician because of their less than stellar pursuit of the truth, where defamation is seriously regarded as its checks and balances against any perceived slight on the Singaporean government's honour and jealously guarded 'morality'.

But it has delivered its promises of an enviable, high quality of life, if not socially, at least materially, within the constraints of its tiny footprint in terms of land area, natural resources and influence.

Thus, it is not surprising that it has always had aspirations to grow to its self-realised larger-than-life potential of being an economic giant which can teach the world a thing or two, about what constitutes good governance and administration. This is a neo-Confucian-Asian model of philosophy-king benevolence, where the majority of its citizens thrive and are taken care of, to the point of placid contentment, and indeed docile acceptance of its pampered lot, and its puissant godlike leaders.

World class service centre

It probably is unfair to label its citizens as subservient, but many of my emigrated friends are quite content and happy with the status quo, which has bred a less critical mindset, but who remain seriously competitive and very intolerant of inefficiency and corruption.

It has developed into a world-class services centre, which vies with and competes unyieldingly with the best in the world. In this context, are we surprised that Singapore would have tried to do their stuff any differently? No, that is why in many ways and on many an occasion, that is their modus operandi. It has not been afraid of attracting foreigners to beef up its intellectual genetic pool.

It so happens that healthcare is just one of its core centres of excellence – and Singapore has undoubtedly projected its strength and its capability by showcasing more than a few of its superlative talents and expertise.

Thus, our neighbouring city state has been constantly and consistently selling its excellence, and not unashamedly touting its own superduper facilities and expertise. This, Singapore and its supremely confident physicians and surgeons have always positioned and marketed its supremacy, its capacity for the best that modern healthcare can offer and then some more.

Sometimes, these promotional exercises can be very overbearing and over the top. Although mostly uninvited in neighbouring Asean countries, Singaporean healthcare companies have brazenly advertised in naked marketing activities which appear to infringe upon the codes of conduct of local or regional medical practice. Such excesses, even if pursued with ignorance, smacks of arrogance, which rightly peeve many local physicians–they are viewed as being too brash, too deprecating of local/regional standards, or lack thereof.

Many Malaysian doctors feel piqued and somewhat angered that they have been unfairly compared with, even slighted; our egos busted. Often our shortcomings become glaring and we get irritated that for some reason of other, we appear second-rated and not nearly as good as we should be.

Deep down perhaps, there is that little bit of green-eyed envy that for some inexplicable reason, Malaysian healthcare cannot really be considered at par with many aspects of that of Singapore.

What piques us is that many of our own locally-trained doctors are now practising in Singapore, our own colleagues of yesteryears who have found the climate of challenge and excellence to their liking and choice. At least half a dozen of my own class of 1979 University of Malaya's medical school are now deeply ensconced in the Singapore health care system. Many more of my school friends from the 1970s are also thriving and serving in the Singapore Medicine system.

But I suppose this is true of any community – we are now so globalised, so mobile, that we can be wherever or whoever we wish to be. It is sad but not altogether surprising that so many of our talents have found the Singaporean experience to their taste. There have also been others in other countries, who have chosen not to return to serve in our Malaysian system.

Because, Singapore has always touted its unapologetic culture of excellence and meritocracy, many talented people especially those from nearby Malaysia, are attracted to and would naturally gravitate towards such a city state. The attraction is due to possibly sociocultural similarities and even ethnically-proximate comfort zones. Malaysia's loss, as they say, is Singapore's gain.

Are our standards below par?

More seriously, we have to ask ourselves, Malaysian doctors, where we are in the scheme of things? Are we truly comfortable with where and who we are?

Are we necessarily inferior in delivering healthcare? Are our standards below par, when compared with Singapore and the rest of the world? If this is so, is this perception unfair and unrealistic, or is it the unvarnished truth?

Why is there this divergence in health care delivery and standards when not too long ago we were so close as even one single country and people in the 1960s? Clearly, because any if not every doctor in Malaysia can possibly work and function well in Singapore, there should not be any reason, why the general perception is so divergent, that superb consistent competent care can more often than not be obtained from Singapore rather than in Malaysia.

Why this possibly preferred pilgrimage across the Causeway for many a second or third opinion or tertiary specialised medical care, remains an ultimate choice for many a patient who can afford to choose. The reasons are not hard to fathom.

Until and unless Malaysia get beyond its own parochial and ethnically-sensitive constraints, it will be hard for us to compete for such true excellence. We can gripe and show all our angst and outrage, but we will have to do more to show that we can be truly world-beaters.

It is no shame to look over our nearby shoulder across to Singapore, and see how they have done so well, so fast and so consistently. I believe we do have the human capital, which we have shared from a common stock for so long.

It is just the will and the determination to want to be the best, to maintain that excellence of service, that is lacking or missing.

Whither medical excellence for M'sia? by Dr David KL Quek in Malaysiakini

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Gamis Minta Video Sembang Rakyat Yang Hina Hudud Disiasat

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 05:20 AM PST

Kuala Lumpur: Gabungan Mahasiswa Islam SeMalaysia (Gamis) mendesak agar siasatan segera dijalankan terhadap penyebaran video Sembang Rakyat di laman sosial facebook dan youtube.

Video tersebut yang berjudul 'Musim Hudud PAS' dan 'Lagi Hudud' dikhuatiri akan mencetuskan salah faham serta penghinaan terhadap hukum Islam yang juga menjatuhkan kesucian agama Islam.

Sehubungan dengan itu, Gamis telah membuat laporan polis di Pejabat Polis Daerah Dang Wangi berhubung isu ini, demikian menurut Presidennya Akram Ikrami Taib Azamudden dalam satu kenyataan media hari ini.

Beliau meminta pihak berkuasa terutama polis dan Kementerian Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan menjalankan siasatan segera dan mengambil tindakan sewajarnya.

"Gamis juga mendesak agar semua krew penerbitan video ini termasuk pengarah dan pelakon yang terlibat memohon maaf secara terbuka terutama kepada seluruh umat Islam kerana penyiaran dan penyebaran video ini menyentuh sensitiviti umat Islam.

"Apa yang menjadi perhatian Gamis berhubung isu ini adalah pertikaian soal pelaksanaan hukum hudud.

"Bagi peringkat mahasiswa, kami tidak peduli soal pertembungan parti politik dalam video ini, tetapi yang kami rasa tercabar ialah penghinaan terhadap hukum Islam tersebut," ujar beliau.

Menurut Akram Ikrami, lakonan mereka jelas menunjukkan penyelewengan tentang kefahaman hukum hudud dan yang lebih merisaukan ialah ia akan menimbulkan salah faham dan kekeliruan dalam kalangan masyarakat."

"Gamis mendesak agar pihak polis menyiasat penerbit, pelakon dan penyebar video ini dan pihak kami juga mendesak Kementerian Penerangan mengambil tindakan serius berhubung isu ini.

Selain itu katanya, Gamis memohon agar pihak Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) selaku pihak yang berautoriti memberi penjelasan sebenar berkaitan hukum hudud.

Gamis juga menyatakan kesediaan untuk menjadi koordinator bagi menerangkan isu ini serta merancang tindakan susulan untuk membawa isu ini kepada Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multi Media, katanya.

Sementara itu, Pengerusi Serikandi Gerakan Muslimat Muda (Sigma), Rohayu Rusli berkata, Gamis dan Sigma menggesa NGO Islam yang serius memperjuangkan isu aqidah untuk turut sama menyatakan pendirian berhubung isu ini. -FMT



BREAKING NEWS – BIGDOG BOARDS RMN SUBMARINE

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 02:58 AM PST

Someone called me to quickly view Bigdog aka Mohammed Zakhir Mohammed's blog and to read an article of him boarding the RMN submarine berth at Langkawi for LIMA 2011. I reluctantly viewed the blog and upon reading the first paragraph itself, I began to get spells of dizziness and nausea.

The paragraph goes like this, "I was in Langkawi for the LIMA 2011 this week. I was given the trust by the Minister of Defence and Chief of Navy, to be given the honour of the first new media practitioner and blogger to go inside Perdana Class submarine, KD Tun Razak". Scrolling down the article was a photo of Bigdog taken at the officer's cabin of the submarine. From the photo, he appears to be physically a large person and for that size, he does not fit being a crew of any submarine. Submariner's work in confine spaces and being XXL in size, he is unacceptable not only to the navy, but to all other service of the Malaysian Armed Forces.

Having declared himself as being given the TRUST and HONOUR as the FIRST new media practitioner and blogger to board an RMN submarine, he then deserve to be awarded a FIRST BLOGGER TO BOARD A SUBMARINE MEDAL by the Defence Ministry. It is just like Neil Alden Armstrong being awarded the CONGRESSIONAL SPACE MEDAL OF HONOUR for being the first person to set foot upon the moon. I hope the Chief of Navy will not place a plaque in the officer's cabin that reads, "BIGDOG WAS HERE" in honour of Mohammed Zakir Mohammed.

Curiosity has now set in me to begin asking this silly question - how did Bigdog get an invite to visit the submarine? He must be someone very special; a preferred blogger among the many other bloggers roaming cyberspace (me included). From his writings, he sounded like someone align to the powers that be, and hence the preferential treatment and the only blogger to board an RMN submarine. You all know what this mean.

And what a coincidence – he must be in the submarine together with Penang Chief Minister Lim Eng Guan. If this was so, then he was a sort of 'marker' to keep a close watch on Lim Eng Guan and to snarl him around.

So Bigdog, I must congratulate you for being the first blogger to board a submarine, and I look forward to you being honoured with a Datukship for this, in the near future.

CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION


'Asal Bukan UMNO' [ABU] Ditubuhkan Untuk Kuburkan UMNO

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 03:23 AM PST

Ekoran kegagalan Umno memimpin Malaysia selama lebih 50 tahun, satu pergerakan dikenali sebagai Asalkan Bukan Umno (ABU) telah ditubuhkan untuk mengkuburkan Umno dari terus mencengkam Malaysia.

Menurut Presiden Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM), Badrul Hisham Shaharin atau Che Gu Bard kempen Gerakan Rakyat Membebaskan Malaysia Dari Cengkaman Umno/BN diadakan serentak diseluruh Semenanjung tepat jam 3.30 petang ini kecuali di Pulau Pinang dan Terengganu yang diadakan pada waktu yang berbeza hari ini.

"ABU akan melancarkan kempen ke seluruh Negara untuk menyeru rakyat supaya berani menyatakan pendirian jijik dan perasaan meluat mereka terhadap penyelewengan dan rasuah yang Umno/Bn amalkan, lantas dengan tidak teragak-agak menolak Umno/Bn.

"Kesan yang kini dirasai rakyat ialah kenaikan harga barang yang melampau. 80 peratus rakyat Malaysia kini terpaksa menanggung beban kos sara hidup yang semakin tinggi. Sedangkan pemimpin-pemimpin Umno/Bn dan kroninya hidup mewah sekali,"katanya.

Selain itu katanya pelbagai penyelewengan dan salah laku pemimpin umno seperti amalan rasuah, kronisme, pemborosan serta dasar perkauman tegar parti tersebut perlu dilenyapkan dari terus bertapak di negara ini.

Gerakan ini dipelopori gabungan beberapa NGO yang terdiri dari organisasi massa termasuk Parti Rakyat Malaysia, Parti Sosialis Malaysia serta kumpulan mahasiswa KAMI.

Presiden MCLM, Haris Ibrahim dalam kenyataannya menyebut usaha menyedarkan masyarakat telah giat dijalankan dalam setahun ini bagi menyampaikan berita sebenar kepada rakyat.

"Usaha ABU adalah untuk membawa kebenaran supaya rakyat sedar tentang apa yang telah dilakukan Umno untuk rakyat dan juga kroni-kroni mereka sehingga negara ini hampir bangkrup," ujar Haris tegas.

Sementara itu, satu forum besar-besaran akan diadakan di Markas Tarbiyah PAS, Taman Melewar, Gombak pada 15 Disember ini.Satu pengumuman penting yang akan merubah situasi politik di negara Malaysia bakal dibuat pada hari tersebut. -tvsnews




Garrett popcorn shop now @ Suria KLCC. Go get it!

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 06:39 AM PST

Our first visit to the first Garrett popcorn shop in Malaysia coincided with the 'Peaceful Assembly' flashmob (refer to previous posting).

Well, we spent RM57 on two Garrett popcorn regulars.

Ka-ching! Money went to the tenant of KLCC.

After that, we walked over to the centre court.

The flashmobbers were there.

Later, I submitted my Garrett receipt to the flashmob organisers.
The receipts collected were as evidence that the 'flashmobbers' were conforming to the norms of "shopping, dining and leisure-related acitivities".

Vid taken using my HTC Desire S - a FREE device from Maxis for signing up a 24-month contract that comes with a RM78-monthly-for-3GB data plan.


Sultan Selangor Dukacita Utusan Politikkan Isu Pemberian Pingat Kepada Hassan Ali

Posted: 11 Dec 2011 01:32 AM PST

Sultan Selangor dukacita anugerah pingat jadi isu politik

SHAH ALAM, 11 Dis ― Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah melahirkan rasa dukacita kerana mendapati ada pihak cuba mempolitikkan isu pemberian darjah kebesaran sempena hari keputeraan ke-66 baginda.

Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Selangor Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi berkata Sultan Selangor meneliti 2,068 permohonan yang diterima tahun ini, dengan keutamaan kepada pegawai kerajaan, polis dan tentera.

Beliau berkata daripada jumlah itu, hanya 113 penerima akan dianugerahkan darjah dan bintang kebesaran, yang terdiri daripada sembilan dari istana, 82 penjawat awam, lima dari badan bukan kerajaan dan 17 dari sektor swasta.

"Ketiadaan penerima daripada orang politik disebabkan mereka belum memenuhi syarat untuk dikurniakan darjah dan bintang kebesaran negeri," katanya dipetik Bernama Online.

Katanya tidak ada calon daripada pakatan pembangkang atau Barisan Nasional yang akan dianugerah darjah dan bintang kebesaran kecuali satu anugerah kepada anggota Exco kerajaan negeri Datuk Dr Hasan Ali dari parti PAS.

"Penganugerahan kepada Hasan disifatkan memberi keadilan kepada parti komponen PR (Pakatan Rakyat) kerana Selangor ditadbir kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat yang mengandungi tiga parti komponen iaitu Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), DAP dan PAS," katanya.

Pada 2009, Sultan Selangor mengurniakan darjah kebesaran Seri Paduka Mahkota Selangor (SPMS) kepada Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim yang mewakili PKR, dan darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Selangor (DPMS) kepada Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri Datuk Teng Chang Khim pada 2010.

Tahun ini, Sultan Selangor berkenan menganugerahkan DPMS kepada Hasan. -TMI

Sultan Selangor dukacita anugerah Hasan

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 Dis: Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Selangor Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi menjelaskan penganugerahan darjah kebesaran Selangor kepada exco kerajaan negeri Datuk Hasan Mohamed Ali adalah sebagai memberi keadilan kepada parti komponen Pakatan Rakyat negeri itu.

Beliau yang dipertik Bernama berkata, pemberian anugerah itu bukan atas kapasiti Hasan sebagai ahli politik tetapi atas kapasitinya sebagai seorang penjawat awam.

"Penganugerahan kepada Hasan (tengah) disifatkan memberi keadilan kepada parti komponen Pakatan kerana Selangor ditadbir kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat yang mengandungi tiga parti komponen iaitu PKR, DAP dan PAS," katanya yang dilapor agensi berita itu.

Pada 2009, Sultan Selangor mengurniakan darjah kebesaran Seri Paduka Mahkota Selangor (SPMS) kepada Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (atas, kiri) yang mewakili PKR, dan darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Selangor (DPMS) kepada Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri Datuk Teng Chang Khim pada 2010 mewakili DAP.

Tahun ini, Sultan Selangor berkenan menganugerahkan DPMS kepada Hasan.

Sehubungan itu kata Khusrin, Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah melahirkan rasa dukacita kerana mendapati ada pihak cuba mempolitikkan isu pemberian darjah kebesaran Selangor sempena hari keputeraan ke-66 baginda itu.

Permainan Utusan

Penjelasan itu sekaligus menolak telahan kolumnis tetap akhbar Umno Utusan Malaysia, Zaini Hassan yang membuat andaian anugerah kepada Hasan itu perlu dilihat sebagai satu usaha untuk mengahwinkan PAS dan Umno demi perpaduan umat Islam.

Zaini dalam tulisannya yang disiar di akhbar itu 7 Disember lalu mendakwa Hasan sangat diperlukan untuk memainkan peranan "melakukan perkahwinan" antara PAS-Umno.

Nama Hassan sering dikaitkan oleh Utusan sebagai orang "penting" dalam mewujudkan kerajaan perpaduan antara Umno dan PAS selepas pilihan raya umum 2008.

Dalam kolumnya itu, Zaini berhujah bahawa di Selangor, faktor Dr Hasan masih lagi penting kerana pengikutnya di dalam PAS sangat besar dan pengaruhnya di kalangan penjawat awam Melayu dalam kerajaan Selangor juga amat besar.

Perkembangan itu, menurut Zaini, memberikan kelebihan kepada Dr Hasan bertindak sebagai pemangkin kepada perkahwinan PAS dan Umno. -HD





Ulasan GB

Sultan Selangor tidak sebut "siapa" yang mempolitikkan isu berkenaan.

Yang nyata, titah Sultan Selangor tersebut ditujukan kepada Utusan Malaysia kerana akhbar berkenaanlah yang paling awal mempolitikkan isu pengurniaan pingat tersebut.


Lagi Banyak Wang Diberi Kepada SPRM, Lagi Banyak Rasuah Dirasakan Berlaku…

Posted: 10 Dec 2011 11:36 PM PST

Kuala Lumpur – Apabila lebih besar peruntukan dan lebih ramai kakitangan diberikan kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia, nampaknya negara menjadi lebih korup.

Di mana perginya peruntukan berbilion ringgit yang diberikan oleh kerajaan, hasil kutipan wang cukai rakyat dan hasil sumber negara, kepada SPRM, dan sebelum itu Badan Pencegah Rasuah, sejak 1994?

Itulah persoalan yang dibangkitkan oleh Ketua Parlimen DAP Lim Kit Siang sempena Hari Anti-Rasuah Antarbangsa pada hari ini.

Peruntukan kewangan tahunan untuk BPR/SPRM (RM)






















Tahun
Peruntukan

1994
28.6 juta

1995
29.9 juta

1996
29.5 juta

1997
32.4 juta

1998
32.2 juta

1999
28.2 juta

2000
41.8 juta

2002
63.8 juta

2003
67.7 juta

2004
70.4 juta

2005
76.4 juta

2006
99.1 juta

2007
148.1 juta

2008
146.7 juta

2009
162.1 juta

2010
156.8 juta

2011
211.2 juta



Menurut Kit Siang, apabila Datuk Seri Najib Razak menjadi Perdana Menteri pada April 2009, beliau mengumumkan Pelan Transformasi 1Malaysia, termasuk Program Transformasi Kerajaan (GTP) yang mahu memberi keutamaan kepada usaha membasmi rasuah sebagai satu daripada Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Negara (NKRA).

Beliau menjelaskan bahawa 'kejayaan besar' pentadbiran Najib amat mengecewakan rakyat kerana:

Menduduki tangga paling buruk dalam sejarah kedudukan Indeks Persepsi Korupsi (CPI) yang dianjurkan oleh Transparency International (TI) dalam tempoh 17 tahun, iaitu di tangga ke-60 daripada 183 negara dengan markah 4.3 daripada 10 mata penuh;

Kegagalan teruk SPRM, yang menggantikan BPA pada 2009, dalam usaha membasmi rasuah walau pun telah diberi peruntukan tahunan yang besar;

Terhakisnya imej wibawa SPRM dengan dua kematian misteri di premis SPRM – Teoh Beng Hock pada Julai 2009 dan Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed pada April 2011;

Hanya empat ahli politik ditahan atas tuduhan rasuah pada 2010 berbanding 23 orang pada 2009.

"Apa yang telah terjadi kepada Pelan Integriti Nasional yang dilancarkan pada 2004 yang bermatlamat mahu meletakkan Malaysia menduduki sekurang-kurangnya di tangga ke-30 dalam CPI T dengan markah 6.5 menjelang 2008?

"Parlimen telah meluluskan peruntukan RM202.2 juta kepada SPRM pada 2011 dan apa yang mampu ditunjukkannya? Kedudukan negara paling teruk dalam CPI TI," kata Kit Siang.

Beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Timur mahu Najib menjelaskan kepada rakyat tentang fenomena ganjil ini yang menyebabkan kerajaan beliau dilihat sebagai yang paling korup dalam sejarah Malaysia berbanding zaman pemerintahan Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Beliau juga mempersoalkan mengapa Najib masih berdiam diri dengan pendedahan CPI TI itu kerana sudah diketahui umum jika kedudukan Malaysia lebih baik, tentu Perdana Menteri akan berkokok berderai-derai melalui media massa yang dikuasai kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

Katanya Najib dan kabinetnya serta SPRM perlu menjelaskan kepada rakyat, mengapa selepas mendapat peruntukan yang begitu besar termasuk untuk tahun 2021 dengan RM211.2 juta, tidak ada hasil yang boleh dibanggakan sama sekali.

Malah, menurutnya, kedudukan Malaysia dalam menangani rasuah kini sedang disaingi oleh negara-negara yang sebelum ini turut bermasalah dalam korupsi seperti negara-negara Asia yang lain, negara-negara Persidangan Pertubuhan Islam (OIC) dan negara-negara benua Afrika.

Semua ini menunjukkan usaha membanteras rasuah melalui NKRA Najib sejak 32 bulan lalu telah gagal dan rakyat perlu membuat perubahan untuk mengatasi masalah itu, tambahnya. – Roketkini


KARA, Japanese Christmas, fried chicken

Posted: 10 Dec 2011 08:44 PM PST

A Japanese commercial featuring Korean pop group KARA, for convenience-store-chain Family Mart's fried chicken for the upcoming Christmas celebration…

Fried chicken is synonymous to Christmas party in Japan. It's a long story… in short the tradition started in the 1970s after an ingenious marketing campaign by Kentucky Fried Chicken (very popular in Japan) – that fried chicken was the best alternative to the customary Xmas turkey which was scarce in those days.

KARA, Japanese Christmas, fried chicken from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Christmas shopping, again?

Posted: 10 Dec 2011 08:26 PM PST

In his book 'A Doctor in the House', former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wrote about 'Christmas Shopping' - a habit to finish unspent budget unnecessarily.

Some ministries and agencies will have to find ways to finish the allocation for that fiscal year or having the new budget for the next financial year deducted. Having failed to spend also brings the impression of incompetency.

"In the past, unspent budget allocations for the various Ministries and Departments would be used up at the end of every year for what was called 'Christmas shopping". They were determined to use up all the funds allocated to them for the year; how else might they ask for increased funding, or to resist cuts, for the next year?

"Public servants try not to return funds because doing so implies that they are inefficient or too generously funded in the first place, so they will do just anything to show that all their allocations have been spent.


"Often, it was said, they bought useless things, inappropriate equipment of gadgets that quickly became obsolete after hardly any use..."
, according to TDM, who 'put a stop' to such a bad habit after taking office in 1981.

However, I just wonder if such a practice is still on subscribe.

After some trips throughout the country over the past two months, I noted some agencies were busy sending their personnel to various meetings and 'courses'. And the venues chosen are normally 'far from home' and at posh hotels and resorts.

Few senior officials at different agencies also told me that their bosses have issued order to buy things that are irrelevant with their scope of work.

I am of the opinion that the Auditor General office should be more efficient in its job. Auditing should start sometimes in October every year and not January. When Ishak Tadin was auditor general, the reports came as early as April and not by year-end as in practice today.

Yes, no government is perfect but we should be able to control such an expenditure. No point of telling the public that an agency bought a RM1.70/kg sugar at RM170/kg when it was done 15 months ago.

Christmas is around the corner and New Year 2012 is just about 20 days away. General election will be held possibly early next year and all this will scrutinized by the voters.


[Video] 13 Terbunuh Pesawat Jatuh Atas Sekolah

Posted: 10 Dec 2011 08:55 PM PST

Manila: Sekurang-kurangnya 13 maut, termasuk dua kanak-kanak apabila sebuah pesawat ringan terhempas ke atas bangunan sebuah sekolah berhampiran ibu negara Filipina semalam selepas juruterbangnya memohon melakukan pendaratan kecemasan sejurus berlepas.

Gambar: ANGGOTA Bomba dan Penyelamat menjalankan tugas di tempat nahas pesawat ringan terhempas di Manila, semalam. - Foto AFP

"Pesawat malang itu terbakar selepas terhempas", kata Datuk Bandar Paranaque, Florencio Bernabe.

Tiada kelas diadakan ketika kejadian tetapi pegawai masih menentukan berapa ramai mangsa di darat yang cedera atau terbunuh.

Barnabe berkata pasukan bomba melaporkan pihaknya menemui mayat rentung maut termasuk juruterbang dan pembantunya. Bagaimanapun, kedua-dua mereka berada dalam pesawat.

Inspektor Kanan Polis, Dennis Sirilan, berkata api merebak dengan cepat ke rumah setinggan berhampiran sekolah selepas pesawat dua enjin itu terhempas.

Sirilan berkata, beliau melihat pesawat itu berlegar di udara sebelum terjunam ke atas Sekolah Rendah F Serrano, yang rosak teruk akibat kebakaran.

Pasukan bomba lambat tiba di tempat kejadian berikutan keadaan jalan sempit. Kesan kebakaran masih dapat dilihat di kawasan itu selepas api berjaya dikawal tiga jam kemudian.

Setiausaha Agung Pertubuhan Palang Merah Filipina, Gwen Pang, berkata seorang bayi dan seorang kanak-kanak antara yang terkorban.

Beliau berkata, sekurang-kurangnya 10 mangsa dibawa ke hospital, termasuk lima yang mengalami kebakaran teruk.

Ketua Pihak Berkuasa Penerbangan Awam, Ramon Gutierrez, berkata pesawat Beechcraft Queen Air yang mempunyai enam hingga lapan tempat duduk itu melakukan panggilan kecemasan sejurus berlepas dari Manila ke Pulau Mindoro. Ia terhempas sebelum sempat pulang ke lapangan terbang. – AP/BH




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