Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Refreshing Connection

A Refreshing Connection

A Refreshing Connection

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 08:42 AM PST

I started my teaching stint at Uplands International School in 1987. It was quite an experience to teach my first group of Sociology and Economics students. One young man whom I remember clearly till today is Jarno S. He stood out from the rest because he dared to be different but I never doubted that he is a special and highly intelligent character.

A few months ago, I managed to reconnect with Jarno, thanks to Facebook. Twenty-four years is a long time to have lost touch and yet, both of us never forgot the other. It has been a very interesting journey to reconnect with him as we would leave our comments occasionally on each other's walls in response to status updates.

Recently, I came across one of his updates which moved me so deeply. He wrote:

Sleep well everyone. And when you get up... rub those dreams into your eyes. Listen to that intuitive seed inside of your self. Yes, quieten down... listen. It grows it knows it shows. Don't build a wall. This plant belongs to the soul jungle, it grows over walls, through them, everywhere, every when. Trust, dive deep.

In response, I wrote to him and invited him to share his thoughts and writings in this blog. This evening, he sent a very positive response and we managed to have a brief FB chat where I encouraged him to write more and to try to get his works published. I was completely intrigued by the wonderful transformation and asked him to tell me more about himself.

Jarno and the boys with whom he goes to the forest once a week to make huts swing on tree swings. One of his friends said, "All boys need a Jarno!"

He said that he has been collecting his writings over the years, must be 20 years worth. And when I asked if he had gone through very deep experiences as could be seen from his writings, he said that he works in a tea shop. He went on to say:

I have been working on my roots all these years. Shoots here and there. More or less a jack of all trades becoming a master of myself. I am ready to bloom now. Like I said, I've been doing a lot of inner work...just through living and learning. 
Life is the book of which every day is an open page. One needs live that fully without wanting to rush to the ending. Doing that well, one reaches the end well. Answers and clarity trickle in. Those answers get modified and fine-tuned and clarity gets clearer if one remains open and honest with oneself and others. The deep journey. 
I've been a cleaner, I've made little exhibitions, did the Christmas market with self made driftwood candle stands, abseiled down tall buildings to clean the windows having to try to rescue a fellow worker who fell and died.....
I've seen quite a few different things. most of all what kept me going again and again was writing and creative work. also a trust that all this was a preparation for me, a tilling for the harvest... 
I feel the time is really here and I am ready to dive head first into it... There have been numerous thorns in this rose garden.... I'm ready for more roses. Your honest open no holding back comments are a balsam for my soul, I thank you dearly... they are food for the journey...

Very beautifully written with much depth, lucidity and sincerity! I will be featuring his writings here whenever he sends them to me. Jarno, I am very proud of you!!!

Dokumen Teperinci Dedah Seleweng Wang Zakat: PKR Takkan Lepaskan Jamil Khir & MAIWP

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 09:58 AM PST

Petaling Jaya, 11 Jan: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) mendedahkan dokumen bukti dakwaan berlakunya salahguna wang zakat Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP) yang selama ini dinafikan oleh Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom.

Pengarah Komunikasi PKR, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad berkata, pihaknya akan membuat satu laporan polis dan menyerahkan dokumen terperinci berkaitan kes ini di Balai Polis Dang Wangi esok.

"Pertama ialah set dokumen daripada MAIWP sendiri termasuk baucer bayaran bernombor 2010B4112 bertarikh 29 April 2010 sebanyak RM32,150. Baucar tersebut secara terang merakamkan kumpulan wang yang digunakan merupakan kumpulan wang zakat.

"Keduanya merupakan surat daripada Ketua Audit Negara, Tan Sri Datuk Setia Ambrin Buang kepada Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Negara, Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid yang mengesahkan bahawa RM63,650 wang zakat iaitu bayaran pertama sebanyak RM31,500 pada 9 Februari 2010 dan bayaran kedua berjumlah RM32,150 pada 29 April 2010 digunakan bagi membayar kos guaman MAIWP," katanya.

Dalam baucar bertarikh 29 April 2010 tertera nama Zainul Rijal Talha & Amir selaku penerima baucar atas perihal transaksi dengan penerima berhubung bayaran guaman Kes Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim melawan Shahsuddin Hussain, Datuk Che Mat Che Ali dan Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

Turut dinyatakan adalah kumpulan wang zakat dan bank pembayar Bank Islam Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur.

Sebelum ini, Jamil Khir berulang kali menegaskan bahawa MAIWP mempunyai peruntukkan sebanyak RM700,000 daripada kerajaan bagi menampung pelbagai bayaran termasuk kos guaman.

"Laporan Ketua Audit Negara menyebut wang itu dipulangkan semula pada Disember 2010 kira-kira enam bulan selepas peruntukkan tersebut disalurkan ke dalam MAIWP. Jamil langsung tidak menyebut tentang hal ini," jelas beliau.

Nik Nazmi turut menafikan dakwaan laporan Utusan Malaysia pada 4 Januari lalu yang memtik Bahagian Hal Ehwal Korporat Jabatan Audit Negara bahawa isu salahguna zakat ini tidak dilaporkan di dalam Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 sebaliknya PKR merujuk kepada surat Ketua Audit Negara kepada Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Negara.

Beliau turut menyatakan kesedian untuk bertemu dengan Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom bagi membincangkan perkara ini jika dijemput berbuat demikian.

Ulasan GB

GB sudah ulas hal ini. petikan:

Ia BUKAN fitnah seperti yang didakwa oleh Jamil Khir sebaliknya Jamil Khir yang memberikan jawapan yang salah untuk mengelirukan rakyat.

Ini juga BUKAN persoalan politik seperti yang didakwa, tetapi persoalan akauntabiliti dan etika kerja. Soal hukum, soal amanah dan pertanggungjawaban.

Dipandang dari sudut apa sekalipun, perbuatan menggunakan wang zakat untuk tujuan selain dari yang dibenarkan syarak tetap berdosa. Wang zakat adalah milik Allah s.w.t. yang diarahkan diagihkan kepada golongan asnaf, bukan untuk biaya (samada sementara atau kekal) wang guaman pengerusi dan pengarah MAIWP.

Sudahlah qazaf yang dituntut ugama untuk dilaksanakan dihalang, guna pula wang zakat untuk biaya kos guaman menghalang qazaf berkenaan. Bertimpa-timpa kesalahan dan dosanya.

Tiada alasan lagi, Jamil Khir serta 2 lagi perlu diheret ke muka pengadilan.

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Boost sperm quality with sushi dinner

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 07:19 AM PST

January 11, 2012

Healthy sperm needs a certain omega-3 fatty acid found in fish sources like salmon and tuna, a study has found. –

LOS ANGELES, Jan 11 – Gents, if you want your swimmers to get some tail action, best tuck into a plate of fish.
To understand the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in male fertility, it's important to understand the anatomy of sperm.

As researchers from the University of Illinois explain it, normal sperm are composed of a cap-like structure that surrounds the anterior end of the sperm head called the acrosome.

It's here, in the cap, where the enzymes needed to successfully penetrate an egg are housed and concentrated.

But in order for the sperm to develop this arch or cap-like structure and the rest of the building blocks needed to fuse the rest of the sperm together – pointy head and extra long tail – sperm need a certain omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the study, announced Monday, found.

"Without DHA, this vital structure doesn't form and sperm cells don't work," said Timothy Abbott, study co-author.

Marine fish like salmon and tuna are excellent sources of DHA.

The scientist began to investigate the importance of DHA in male fertility after finding that mice which lacked the fatty acid were basically infertile.

When DHA was introduced into the mice's diet, however, fertility was completely restored.

Because DHA is also abundant in tissues like the brain, retina and the testes, authors of the study say their research could have implications relating to brain function and cognitive illnesses like dementia and vision.

Meanwhile, another study out of Harvard University last year also found that poor nutrition can damage sperm quality, as those who consumed diets high in saturated fats including deep-fried and processed foods had poor-quality swimmers compared to men who ate whole grains, vegetables and fish regularly.

Foods that have been shown to boost male fertility include eggs, salmon, natural yogurt, nuts, seeds, berries, sweet potatoes, broccoli and asparagus. – AFP

Just To Share

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 05:02 AM PST

It has been a very busy day for me. My new year resolution was not just to lose 10 more pounds by April to hit 30 pound loss (current nett loss is 19 pounds whereas before X'mas it was 20 pounds) but also to cook/bake more and to explore other avenues of creative, musical and literary adventures.

Today, I cooked herbal chicken soup with wolf berry, mushrooms, American ginseng which my aunt gave me plus other condiments. The day before, I made potato bread with poppy seeds and over the weekend, I also made banana muffins with poppy seeds and grilled lamb chops. So now you know why I have not been blogging much of late. :-)

Potato bread with poppy seeds

Banana muffins with poppy seeds

Grilled lamb chops

After I drove my son home, I went about doing my homework for my photo-editing class tomorrow. My first lesson was last week. Believe it or not, I started at 4.30pm and I finally got a hang of it on the ninth attempt. I finished it at 7.45pm! Phew! Following that, I called my teacher and told him the good news. I will be blogging about him in a few days' time.

I used Corel Draw Painter 11 to do superimpose a pic taken last night when I met up with a Facebook friend from Klang on a different background.

This was the original pic:

:-) I will be going for my second class tomorrow afternoon and am very excited about it.

My older boy produced his first YouTube clip last night (home production) and it is my pleasure to share it with you all. He graduated with an honors degree in Contemporary Music and teaches at various places. He is also the violinist for Juanophobia, a jazz fusion band that won the Battle of Bands competition last year. Here it is - Jonathan and his cover version of Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain".

Have a lovely evening, everyone! 

Bahan DNA Tercemar. Harapan Saiful Merayu Tipis

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 07:08 AM PST

Bapa Saiful mohon Peguam Negara rayu kes liwat II

Azlan Mohd Lazim, bapa kepada pengadu kes liwat II, Mohd Saiful Bukhari berkata beliau akan mempertimbangkan untuk mengambil tindakan sivil susulan keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Isnin lalu yang memihak kepada Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Katanya, buat masa ini beliau masih menunggu langkah yang akan diambil peguam negara -- sama ada akan merayu keputusan tersebut.

Peguam Negara juga masih belum menghubungi beliau berhubung tindakan itu, kata Azlan, 58, ketika ditanya pada sidang media hari ini.

Dalam pada itu, Azlan turut menyelar Majlis Peguam yang sebelum ini membuat saranan kepada Peguam Negara untuk tidak merayu kes berkenaan.

"Pada hemat saya, tindakan majlis peguam itu... langkah untuk menidakkan hak seseorang warganegara untuk diadili dan didengar rayuannya ke peringkat tertinggi," katanya.

Badan itu sebaliknya perlu bersikap neutral dan tidak menghalang proses keadilan, kata Azlan lagi.

"Adakah gesaan itu melambangkan pendirian semua peguam atau hanya pendirian individu tertentu yang menduduki kerusi Majlis Peguam yang berkepentingan politik?

"Diharap pihak Peguam Negara tidak terpengaruh," katanya lagi yang menambah anggota keluarga itu juga menerima keputusan mahkamah dengan tenang.

Katanya, masih ramai yang masih bersimpati dengan Saiful dan juga keluarga beliau atas keputusan tersebut.

"Tapi apa boleh buat itu keputusan mahkamah," katanya lagi dalam sidang media di kediamannya di Petaling Jaya.

"Sebagai bapa saya akan terus bersama anak saya untuk dapatkan keadilan,

Katanya lagi, Mohd Saiful, 26, kini berada di dalam negara dan bekerja di Kuala Lumpur.

Azlan berkata anaknya itu juga kini masih bujang, seperti dirinya. -mk

Saiful: Saya tidak akan serah kalah, mahu kes dibawa ke Mahkamah Rayuan

Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan berharap pihak pendakwa dapat mengemukakan rayuan di Mahkamah Rayuan untuk mendapat pembelaan adil untuk dirinya.

Dalam tulisan terbaru di blognya, Mohd Saiful (gambar), 26, bekas pembantu peribadi dan pengadu kes liwat Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata beliau mempunyai hak untuk mendapat pembelaan yang adil hingga ke peringkat tertinggi badan kehakiman.

"Semua sedia maklum keputusan pada hari ini tidak memihak kepada saya. Namun saya redha dan menghormati keputusan ini...saya menerimanya dengan hati yang tenang.

"Bagaimanapun aduan saya sebagaimana laporan polis yang dibuat pada 28 Jun 2008 mempunyai hak untuk diadili hingga ke peringkat mahkamah atasan. Oleh itu saya dan keluarga berharap agar pihak pendakwa raya dapat memfailkan dan membawa kes ini ke Mahkamah Rayuan," katanya.

Anwar, Ketua Umum PKR dan Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh hari ini dilepaskan dan dibebaskan dari tuduhan meliwat Mohd Saiful tiga tahun lalu.

Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Datuk Mohd Zabidin Diah membuat keputusan itu dengan alasan tiada keterangan yang menyokong keterangan mangsa selain pihak pendakwaan gagal membuktikan Anwar melakukan perbuatan itu.

Anwar, 64, dituduh meliwat Mohd Saiful di Kondominium Desa Damansara di Bukit Damansara di sini, antara pukul 3.10 petang dan 4.30 petang 26 Jun 2008.

Tambah Mohd Saiful, beliau percaya setiap perkara yang berlaku "ada hikmahnya" selain ia ketentuan Allah.

"Sebagai hamba Allah, saya percaya bahawa setiap yang berlaku itu pasti ada hikmahnya. Perancangan Allah pastinya jauh lebih hebat dari manusia.

"Iman dan keyakinan saya pada Allah tetap teguh. Allah Maha Mengetahui lagi Maha Bijaksana." katanya.

Di akhir tulisannya, Mohd Saiful berkata beliau tidak akan sesekali menyerah kalah. -TMI

Ulasan GB

Meneliti keputusan hakim, maka kita akan dapati pihak pendakwa tidak mempunyai alasan untuk membuat rayuan. Ini kerana pihak pendakwa tidak mempunyai bukti lain untuk diketengahkan selepas kedua-dua bukti materi telah ditolak iaitu DNA dan oral-lisan.

Hakim Mohamad Zabidin, dalam keputusan yang mengejutkan memutuskan Anwar tidak bersalah dan mengarahkan supaya beliau dibebaskan.

Hakim Mohamad Zabidin yang tidak membaca penghakiman penuh kecuali kesimpulannya berkata kedua-dua bukti iaitu DNA dan oral-lisan tak boleh sabit kesalahan.

"Selepas meneliti bukti, saya tidak boleh pasti 100 peratus bahawa bukti telah diusik.

"Justeru, mahkamah keberatan menerima bukti sedemikian dari SP1 Saiful."

Mengimbau kembali perbicaraan, Pakar forensik dan patalogis Australia, Dr David Wells menyifatkan integriti spesimen yang diambil daripada pengadu Saiful Bukhari Azlan dalam kes fitnah liwat II ke atas Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim amat kritikal.

Kita juga telah didedahkan maklumat bahawa seorang pegawai polis, Pegawai penyiasat (IO) DSP Jude Blacious Periera mengakui bahawa beliau memotong bahagian luar plastik spesimen DNA untuk tujuan penandaan.

Malah Jude turut memberitahu bahawa beliau menyimpan spesimen tersebut di dalam almari tidak berhawa dingin lebih daripada 40 jam.

Pasukan peguambela pada hari ini berjaya menimbulkan kesangsian tentang cara pengendalian sampel DNA yang diambil oleh doktor dari Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) ke atas Saiful.

Katanya Jude sendiri telah melanggar prosedur analisis kimia dengan memotong bekas plastik yang mengandungi sampel DNA pengadu.

Dalam pada itu Sankara yang ditemui di perkarangan Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur berkata, "Pakar mengatakan IO telah potong beg. Ini memberi peluang kepada kontaminasi dan perkara ini memang berlaku. Kononnya untuk buat penandaan baru dan pakar cakap prosedur ini tidak betul. Itu menujukkan kejayaan pihak pembela hari ini".

Sekarang apabila bahan bukti utama telah tercemar dan ditolak, apa lagi yang hendak dirayukan? Apa evidences lain yang hendak dikemukakan? Dubur Saifulkah? Itupun disyaki telah dicemari.

Tiada ruang untuk pendakwa raya hendak persoalkan dan menekan mahkamah supaya bahan bukti itu diterima semula kecuali ada permainan lain direncanakan untuk menafikan keputusan hakim tersebut.

Justeru itu, harapan untuk Saiful agar Peguam Negara merayu adalah tipis dan GB merasakan peguam negara tidak akan mengambil risiko dimalukan lagi jika membuat rayuan terhadap kes ini. Apatah lagi Peguamcara II, Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden mewakili pihak pendakwaraya dan Pejabat Peguam Negara bagi kes liwat II dilaporkan sebelum ini telah pun meletakkan jawatannya!

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Utusan Cuba Jadi Jaguh Moral, Lupakah Bagaimana Gelagat Wanita & Puteri UMNO?

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 04:18 AM PST

Muslimah PAS pertahan `gelagat' ahli ketika menyokong Anwar

Petaling Jaya: Muslimah PAS mempertahankan tindakan ahli dan penyokongnya ketika menyokong Datuk Seri Anwat Ibrahim di perkarangan mahkamah tinggi Kuala Lumpur, Isnin lalu.

Timbalan ketuanya, Dr Mariah Mahmud berkata, tidak ada apa salahnya bernyanyi beramai-ramai dengan bersemangat.

Beliau berkata, amalan ini berlaku di negara-negara Islam lain termasuk di Timur Tengah dan Indonesia.

Menurutnya, Muslimah yakin yang apa yang berlaku bukan satu kesalahan dan dosa dan bukan kayu ukur akhlak dan moral muslimat.

Dr Mariah berkata, tidak ada percampuran dengan lelaki dan perempuan, tidak ada pendedahan aurat, tidak ada lenggang lengguk yang mengiurkan, intonasi suara bukan intonasi yang jatuh kepada haram dan perkataan yang digunakan tidaklah lucah.

"Apalah "kesilapan" yang sedikit ini dibandingkan dengan dosa rasuah, penyelewengan, kezaliman, penolakan hukum Hudud yang dilakukan pimpinan Umno/BN serta fitnah I dan II terhadap Anwar? " katanya.

Terlalu gembira

Menurut Dr Mariah, nyanyian pun dalam sekitar 10 minit kerana yang hadir dari sebelum Subuh lagi terlalu gembira dengan pembebasan Anwar.

Ahli Parlimen PAS Kota Raja itu berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas laporan akhbar akhbar Utusan Malaysia dan rakaman You Tube yang memaparkan kegembiraan sebahagian Muslimat PAS selepas pengumuman pembebasan Anwar.

Dr Mariah mendakwa, kegembiraan yang dizahirkan secara nyayian beramai-ramai dan senikata yang zahir secara spontan telah menaikkan kemarahan penyokong Umno dan BN.

"Ini membuka peluang mereka untuk membina persepsi negatif terhadap PAS. Satu kesinambungan usaha Umno/BN untuk memburukkan PAS.

"Maka mereka cuba menggambarkan yang akhlak muslimat buruk dan mempersoalkan moral muslimat," katanya lagi. -FMT

Utusan dakwa gelagat muslimat PAS memalukan

Muslimat PAS yang berhimpun di luar Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur, Isnin lalu mempertontonkan gelagat yang cukup memalukan sewaktu menunggu keputusan perbicaraan kes liwat Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, dakwa Utusan Malaysia.

Menurut laporan di halaman 4, akhbar milik Umno itu berkata meskipun bertudung labuh dengan sebahagian besar mereka berjubah, muslimat PAS itu itu "menyanyi-nyanyi dan bersorak tanpa mempedulikan orang ramai yang memerhatikan aksi mereka".

"Dengan dipimpin oleh seorang ketua yang memegang pembesar suara, muslimat PAS itu menyanyi-nyanyi dan bersorak tanpa mempedulikan orang ramai yang memerhatikan aksi mereka.

"Lebih memalukan, muslimat PAS itu seolah-olah lupa diri sehingga sanggup mengeluarkan perkataan ''Umno mampus'' malah ada kalangan mereka yang gagal menjaga aurat dengan selamba bersalaman dengan lelaki bukan muhrim," petik akhbar itu lagi.

Pada perhimpunan Isnin lalu, tidak kurang 5,000 hadir bagi menyokong ketua umum PKR itu. Mereka bukan sahaja daripada penyokong PKR tetapi juga membabitkan penyokong Pakatan Rakyat yang lain seperti DAP dan PAS serta juga orang ramai.

Utusan juga mempersoalkan Ketua Muslimat PAS, Siti Zailah Mohd Yusof yang bukan setakat tidak melarang gelagat tidak senonoh pengikutnya, malah kelihatan gembira dan bersama-sama meraikannya.


Sebelum ini, beberapa blog pro-Umno juga membuat dakwaan yang sama dan memuat-naikkan gelagat yang dikatakan tidak sopan itu ke laman sosial Youtube.

Antaranya blog di yang turut mempertikaikan akhlak muslimat PAS itu sedangkan menurut blog berkenaan PAS satu masa dahulu pernah mengharamkan wanita menyertai tilawah al-Quran kerana suara wanita adalah aurat.

''Jika dulu PAS sering mengutuk Wanita serta Puteri Umno kerana tidak berakhlak dan bebas bersalaman dengan bukan muhrim. Adakah itu berakhlak?

''Walaupun Ketua Muslimat PAS berada di situ tetapi tiada langsung usaha untuk menghalang daripada menghentikan perbuatan tidak berakhlak ahli-ahlinya. Malah, beliau pula yang turut sama bergembira.

''Kami tidak berhasrat menulis lebih panjang lagi. Kami pulangkan kepada rakyat untuk menilai akhlak sebenar muslimat-muslimat PAS yang selama ini memperjuangkan Islam melebihi orang lain," petik blog berkenaan.

Dosa rasuah

Sementara itu, mengulas laporan berkenaan, Timbalan Ketua Dewan Muslimat PAS Pusat, Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud berkata kegembiraan yang dizahirkan secara nyanyian beramai-ramai secara spontan itu telah menaikkan kemarahan penyokong Umno dan BN dan membuka peluang mereka untuk membina persepsi negatif terhadap PAS.

"Apalah 'kesilapan' yang sedikit ini dibandingkan dengan dosa rasuah, penyelewengan, kezaliman, penolakan hukum hudud yang dilakukan pimpinan Umno BN serta Fitnah I dan II terhadap Anwar?" katanya kepada Harakahdaily.

Menurut Siti Mariah ia satu kesinambungan usaha Umno BN untuk memburukkan PAS yang cuba menggambarkan yang akhlak muslimat buruk dan mempersoalkan moral muslimat.

Baginya, rakaman itu sebenarnya hendak ditujukan kepada ahli-ahli PAS dan penyokong PAS yang tidak hadir di Himpun 901 dan akan melihat rakaman tersebut di luar konteks peristiwa.

"Kami menduga ia akan memberi persepsi negatif terhadap muslimat PAS kepada mereka yang mungkin tidak pernah turun ke jalan raya untuk demonstrasi dan tidak mungkin memahami perasaan mereka yang sentiasa berhadapan dengan kezaliman pihak berkuasa, biasa disembur dengan gas pemedih mata dan air beracun," katanya lagi dipetik Harakahdaily.

Menurutnya, anak-anak muda itu menghabiskan usia muda mereka bersama berjuang menuntut keadilan dan menyanggah kezaliman regim Umno BN.

"Saya menghadiri dan bersama dengan sebahagian wanita dalam Himpun 901 dari awal hingga peserta Himpun 901 bersurai. Saya juga acap kali turun berdemo dan sentiasa memantau pergerakan muslimat," katanya.

Portal rasmi PAS itu juga melaporkan Siti Mariah berkata, sesiapa yang ada bersama pada Himpun 901 tahu yang sebahagian Muslimat PAS dan wanita yang hadir telah berhimpun di satu sudut tempat berhimpun untuk bermunajat kepada Allah SWT untuk membebaskan Anwar.

Bacaan Ma'thurat dan Yasin

"Kami telah mengetuai bacaan Ma'thurat dan Yasin. Malah pengumuman pembebasan Anwar diumumkan sebaik sahaja muslimat habis membaca Yaasin."

Katanya lagi, sebahagian muslimat telah mengadakan sujud syukur sebaik sahaja keputusan diketahui di tempat perhimpunan.

"Semasa bergerak keluar daripada tempat parkir menuju ke masjid berhampiran kami berselawat beramai-ramai. Ini semua tidak pula dimasukkan ke YouTube," katanya.

Tambah beliau lagi, selepas berselawat barulah mereka menyanyikan lagu reformasi dengan spontan.

Baginya, tidak ada apa salahnya bernyayi beramai-ramai dengan bersemangat dalam sekitar 10 minit.

Kata beliau, sememangnya semua yang hadir dari sebelum Subuh lagi terlalu gembira dengan pembebasan Anwar.

Jelasnya lagi, tidak ada percampuran dengan lelaki dan perempuan, tidak ada pendedahan aurat, tidak ada lenggang lengguk yang menggiurkan, intonasi suara bukan intonasi yang jatuh kepada haram, dan perkataan yang digunakan tidaklah lucah.

"Kalau kita singkap sirah Rasulullah SAW, apabila Nabi SAW sampai di Madinah baginda di sambut oleh muslimat dengan nanyian dan rebana untuk menzahirkan kegembiraan," katanya. -mk

Ulasan GB

Cuba wartawan Utusan siarkan yang ini, tunjuk punggung ada, lucah ada, percampuran lelaki & perempuan ada. Muslimat manakah itu? PASkah UMNO?

Kalau tak mahu siar memang dasar kewartawanan Utusan di tahap bingai:

The Greatest Speech Ever Made

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 01:15 AM PST

(Song: Window by The Album Leaf) One of the most inspirational speeches in recorded history was given by a silent comedian by the name of Charlie Chaplin. If you like what you see please share the video any way you can and pass the message on.

My Home Town Sibu Blog

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:51 AM PST

This blog by Eric Luk keeps readers up to date with Sibu's happenings.

I strongly recommend it to you!

Have a good day!

First clinic duty of the year… roped in a new volunteer!

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:40 AM PST

Done with my back-to-school stuff for the children from various families (well, most of them anyway), today was my first clinic duty for the year. I have already told the 2 volunteers who are supposed to join me for clinic duty, one of them is to join me every 2nd Wednesday of the month, while the other on the 4th Wednesday of the month. But today, the volunteer who was supposed to join me didn't turn up and didn't call or SMS me either. I think she was expecting me to remind her every time there's clinic duty. Sorry lah, I have so many other things to remember, am not about to be her PA and remind her every single time…

The moment I got to the ID clinic today, I asked SN if she had managed to get hold of Jah's husband. You see, on Monday SN called me up, asking me for the phone number of Jah's husband. SN had been trying to call Jah's old number, she never got through. As far as I know, Jah's old number had not been in use ever since she got married to this guy. I so happened to have the husband's number because recently just before Jah gave birth, he had been contacting me to seek help for a number of things (if you remember one of my earlier postings, he asked if I could be his kakak angkat), but he stopped contacting me after I told him our financial help was basically more for children education.

Anyway, according to SN, she tried the number I gave, and while the phone rang, nobody answered. After a few times, her calls didn't get through at all. Probably he was avoiding SN as he knew SN wanted him to go to the hospital to get his wife's supply of ARV. Ah well…

Today I also got to know about the death of an acquaintance. I had known this guy before through my NGO activities, and for the past few months he had been contacting me via SMS asking about various questions on HIV tests and treatments – where to get tested, what to do once he got the referral letter, how to get an appointment, etc. Apparently he had set an appointment at the ID clinic but he died before the date of his appointment due to some opportunistic diseases. And he's still so young.

Back to my clinic duty, I had 3 cases referred to me today. The first case was a guy in his 30's, married, 3 kids (the youngest just a few months old). He used to work as a security guard for some time until one day he was caught as a suspect in a murder case. He had to spend about a year or two in jail before he was finally acquitted. He then went back to work as a security guard at his old work place, but put back on probation. After a few months, at the end of his probationary period, he had to do a medical check-up. It was during this check-up he was found to be HIV+. And when the results of his medical tests were handed over to his manager, he was laid off from work.

Laid off because of HIV? Oh please, he's only working as a guard, what danger could that cause to customers of the company? He hasn't been working for a few months now, but according to him, his old boss is helping out to appeal to the management to take him back in, as HIV is not an excuse for him not to do his job well. He is after all, still strong and healthy. According to him, the latest that he heard was that there's a 90% chance he may get his job back. I hope so too. I gave him our brochure & our number, since he didn't want a buddy, he said he'd call us when he needs to consult us for anything.

The second case referred today was a young guy in his 20's, just married last year. He found out about his HIV during his pre-marital mandatory testing. They went ahead with the marriage anyway, and when I asked if his wife's family okay with his HIV status, he just said yes. It's his family who aren't aware of his HIV status.

Later after talking to him, I found out that although he himself is still not on ARV as his CD4 is still relatively quite high, his wife is already on ARV with a CD4 of 200+. Hmmmm… my guess is that during the mandatory testing, they were BOTH tested HIV +, and so of course his wife's family had no objections whatsoever to their marriage. He too preferred not to be assigned any buddy, so again I just gave him our brochure so he could contact us when needed.

The third case today was another guy in his early 30's. He seemed calm and very open. Apparently SN had spoken to him before and told him about us Buddies. After seeing him today, I found that he is more suitable as a volunteer rather than a client, and when I asked if he'd be interested to join as a volunteer, he immediately agreed. Good thing I had a membership form in my bag, and so he decided to fill in the form right away.

So although 3 new cases were referred to me today, there were no new clients. Instead, out of the three, we got a new volunteer! Yayyy!! We now have 5 PLHIVs as volunteers!

Dog Training Tips

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:31 AM PST

There are a few real keys to dog training, whether you are trying to train your dog to come when called, sit, stop barking or any other behavior. Understanding their importance is critical to achieving rapid results that are long lasting and help develop the bond between you and your dog. The first is simple; you must win your dogs mind. If you don't achieve this first then you will be

Penny for your thoughts... 2 for a money-making website!

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:30 AM PST

As crazy as it sounds - you can get money-making websites for just 2 cents a piece! The best part? You don't have to do any "tech" stuff, writing, designing, or even pay for hosting. These sites are ready, and waiting for you, ready to earn within 5 minutes! I can't imagine that this opportunity will be around forever, so act now Seriously, only 2 cents per site, and these are real

Search Police Records 2

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:30 AM PST

Being a parent means that you are constantly worrying about the safety and well-being of your children. As your children become more involved with other children, sports, or school clubs, it is more likely that they will interact with and be driven by other parents and adults. Unless you know these adults well, what assurances do you have that your children will be safe? Sadly, the answer

Kenapa Dr Rani Layak Untuk Menjadi Exco Gantikan Hassan Ali?

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 01:48 AM PST

Rani paling layak ganti Hasan Ali

Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri Selangor menyokong penuh saranan Datuk Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim yang meminta supaya Datuk Dr Hasan Ali meletakkan jawatan selaku exco kerajaan negeri secara sukarela.

Ini kerana beliau tidak lagi mewakili parti setelah dipecat keahlian beliau oleh PAS baru-baru ini.

Menteri besar juga menyerahkan kepada pimpinan PAS Selangor untuk melantik pengganti kerana kuota exco tersebut adalah untuk parti PAS.

Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri Selangor dengan ini juga menyokong penuh saranan Naib Ketua Dewan Pemuda PAS Dr Raja Ahmad Al Hiss, supaya kekosongan untuk exco diserahkan kepada Dr Abdul Rani Osman selaku pesuruhjaya PAS negeri dan Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Meru.

Dr Abdul Rani adalah orang yang selayaknya mengisi kekosongan kuota tersebut bukan sekadar beliau merupakan orang PAS nombor satu Selangor tetapi beliau juga cukup dekat dengan rakyat dan cukup prihatin dengan permasalahan rakyat.

Jawatan Ini Jawatan Yang Memeningkan Kepala

KLANG: Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor, Dr Abdul Rani Osman yang disebut-sebut bakal dilantik sebagai Exco Kerajaan Negeri Selangor yang baru mengantikan Datuk Dr Hasan Ali yang dipecat Ahad lalu berkata, beliau akan memikul amanah itu jika hanya diarahkan oleh kepimpinan PAS pusat.

Ini kerana katanya, beliau tidak mempunyai sebarang cita-cita untuk menyandang jawatan tersebut kerana ia adalah satu jawatan yang memeningkan kepala.

Bercakap dalam satu pertemuan dengan akhbar The Star, ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Meru itu yang pada Jun tahun lalu turut mengantikan Dr Hasan sebagai pesuruhjaya PAS negeri menegaskan, pendiriannya itu tidak berubah walaupun sekarang nampaknya kerusi tersebut bakal dikosongkan ekoran perkembangan terbaru dalam parti.

"Bukannya kerana saya keberatan atau apa, tetapi hakikatnya ialah saya tidak berminat. Ia (jawatan Exco) datang bersama bebanan yang memeningkan.

"Ia adalah satu tanggungjawab yang sangat besar. Hanya jika kepimpinan parti mahukan saya mengambil alih barulah saya terima tetapi saya tidak minta diberikan peluang itu," katanya.

Apabila diberitahu bahawa banyak pihak melihat beliaulah calon yang paling layak untuk kerusi tersebut, Dr Rani menjawab; "Masih ramai ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri dari PAS yang lebih layak dan kanan daripada beliau untuk diamanahkan jawatan ini."

Antara yang menyokong agar Dr Rani dilantik mengantikan Dr Hasan sebagai Exco ialah Dewan Pemuda PAS Selangor atas dasar beliau kini adalah pesuruhjaya PAS negeri.

Dr Hasan yang dipecat sebagai ahli PAS Ahad lalu masih berpeluang membuat rayuan kepada Majlis Syura PAS berhubung pemecatannya itu.

Bagaimanapun sehingga kini, beliau masih belum memutuskan apakah langkah seterusnya termasuklah tentang kedudukannya dalam pentadbiran kerajaan negeri.

Juga masih samar-samar apakah kepimpinan PAS pusat hanya akan mencadangkan satu nama baru untuk mengisi kerusi Exco tersebut selepas Dr Hasan memutuskan untuk membuat rayuan atau tidak. -mstar

Ulasan GB

Memerhatikan jawapan yang diberikan oleh Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor, Dr Abdul Rani Osman tatkala diajukan sebagai Exco Kerajaan Negeri Selangor yang baru mengantikan Datuk Dr Hasan Ali yang dipecat, menampakkan beliau memang seorang yang merendah diri dan tawadhu - sifat yang begitu jarang ditemui di kalangan pemimpin.

Biasanya seseorang akan melompat kegirangan apabila disebut-sebut sebagai exco, malah ada yang lebih dasyat, merancang pula nak jadi MB sebaik saja menang pilihanraya dengan pelbagai helah dan cara, tetapi tidak diizinkan Allah rencananya itu.

Malah satu ketika seingat GB, ketika nama Dr.Rani Osman disebutkan untuk menjadi Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor pun, beliau sanggup bernazar hendak sembelih kambing jika tidak terpilih.

Dr.Rani mengetahui bahawa sesuatu "jawatan" itu bukan satu tasyrif (keistimewaan), tetapi satu taklif (bebanan tanggungjawab).

Inilah ciri yang pernah disabdakan oleh Rasulullah saw.

Rasulullah saw bersabda kepada Abd al-Rahman Bin Samurah ra:

"Wahai Abdulrahman, kamu jangan meminta imarah(pemimpin), kerana, jika tugas pemimpin diberikan kepada kamu kerana kamu minta ia akan diserahkan kepada kamu dan kamu dibebani. Jika ia diberikan kepada kamu bukan kerana kamu minta, kamu akan dibantu atas (kendalian) nya". - Bukhari, Muslim

PAS perlukan ramai pemimpin seperti Dr.Rani ini.

Seperti yang pernah GB utarakan sebelum ini bahawa PAS adalah "hizbullah", maka Allah yang akan memilih siapa yang layak untuk memimpin gerakan Islam ini. Dan Allah akan memilih mereka yang paling merendah diri dari kalangan beriman untuk memimpin ummah.

Dan itulah diantara ciri kemenangan hizbullah seperti firmanNya di dalam Surah Al-Maidah ayat 56

وَمَن يَتَوَلَّ اللّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ فَإِنَّ حِزْبَ اللّهِ هُمُ الْغَالِبُونَ
Dan sesiapa yang menjadikan Allah dan Rasul-Nya serta orang yang beriman itu penolongnya, maka sesungguhnya kumpulan (parti) Allah itulah yang menang.

Reverse Records Finder 2

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:29 AM PST

Are you receiving very personal e-mails from someone who knows quite a bit about you, but you cannot tell who that person is from their e-mail address? The simple fact is, it is very easy for an individual to set up a dummy e-mail account that cannot be easily traced back to them. This means that you, a regular computer owner, may not have the means to trace the mysterious e-mail address

 Reverse Records at Your Fingertips

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:29 AM PST

A few years back, the only people who had access to personal information were licensed private investigators, police detectives and the federal government. Now with the newly passed laws and databases available here you too can investigate and locate practically anyone - job applicants, potential dates, neighbors, lost relatives, even friends. Using our 100% legal and fully organized

Reverse Cell Phone Search 2

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:28 AM PST

Are you plagued by repeat telephone calls from a number that is not familiar to you? Caller ID is fantastic, but it may not provide you with the name of the phantom caller. The simple fact is Caller ID only displays the names of people whose phone numbers are listed in the telephone book. If a number is unlisted or is a cell phone number, these numbers are unlisted. As a result, the name of

Reverse Cell Phone Lookups Can Help Out in the Small Things

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:25 AM PST

In this mobile society, everyone has some small electronic device vying for their attention: cell phones, Blackberries, PDAs, MP3 players, and all the combinations they can create. Without doubt, these gadgets have made our lives somewhat easier, or at least more connected. But, there is a whole new list of stressors in today's world that didn't stress out our parents a few decades ago. And

Reverse Cell Phone Lookup 2

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:24 AM PST

Prank calls are disruptive and annoying. These calls are especially troublesome when they repeatedly disrupt your life. These calls are not limited to the daylight hours. In fact, these prank calls frequently rise in frequency at night. In the past, these calls were conducted on land lines that were linked to private homes. These calls were easily traced. In today's modern age, these phone

Relieving Stress with Reverse Phone Lookups?

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:23 AM PST

The stress of modern life is intense enough. The last thing we need is a pile of little complications that combine to make life just a little bit harder. As you're going over your finances near the end of the month, you open up your cell phone bill and glance through it quickly. But something catches your eye. A number appears over and over again, and you don't recognize it at all. Was

Purchasing Items Online from an Individual

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:22 AM PST

The internet has made shopping easier than ever before. You don't have to visit a store or shop to try and find the things you want, and if you can't find an item in your hometown, you will probably be able to find it on the internet. It is a great convenience, especially to those who are strapped for time, however there are risks associated with it as well. When you purchase something from

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