Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hilmi Malek @ Elizabeth Wong's Ex-Bf

Hilmi Malek @ Elizabeth Wong's Ex-Bf


Hilmi Malek @ Elizabeth Wong's Ex-Bf

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 09:47 AM PST

After several years hiding in Batam, Hilmi Malek is finally caught.

He took pictures of Elizabeth's private parts while she was sleeping, posted it on the internet so that BN people can pressure her to resign.

From KOSMO tabloid, Hilmi said he lost his Hand phone.

Bee End found the forest but lost the tree.

Instead of focusing on specific problems in Selangor they want to focus on whether she shaves or not or whether he was a weakling to be seduced. Whether she shaved or not is a wider issue not a problem specific to Selangor alone. I think guys would agree that shaving is a matter of personal choice and taste and I don't see how this is relevant unless Bee End wants to pass a law to make it illegal not to shave. If they do that then PAS may not agree and the Taliban would start bombing us.


[Video] Demo Anti Israel Di Pelabuhan Klang

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 09:46 AM PST

NGO berdemo di Pelabuhan Klang bantah kapal Israel

Sekumpulan NGO dan aktivis mahasiswa hari ini berhimpun di Westport dekat Pelabuhan Klang bagi membantah dakwaan akses kapal Israel di situ.

Kumpulan kira-kira 80 orang yang diketuai Ketua Penyelaras Jingga 13 Fariz Musa itu berhimpun sejam sambil melaungkan slogan anti-Israel.

Perhimpunan itu berlangsung aman dan hanya diperhatikan kira-kira 20 anggota polis yang bertugas.

Turut kelihatan Naib Ketua Pemuda PKR Azmizam Zaman Huri dan aktivis popular siswa Adam Adli.

Fariz ketika dihubungi selepas itu berkata, perhimpunan itu dianjurkan hari ini kerana mereka mendapat maklumat terdapat lagi kapal dari Israel yang berlabuh di situ hari ini.

"Kita kesal dengan hubungan dagang ini kerana ia seolah-olah membantu negara haram Israel membeli peluru bagi membunuh rakyat Palestin," katanya.

Katanya, banyak lagi perhimpunan akan diadakan selepas ini, bermula dengan perhimpunan di kedutaan Palestin pada 29 Februari.

Pada tarikh itu, katanya, mereka akan menghantar memorandum memaklumkan perkara itu dan menyerahkan bukti yang dikumpul pada negara itu.

"Kita pilih tarikh itu kerana berdasarkan maklumat kita, pada hari itu ada lagi kapal akan masuk ke sini," katanya.

Bagaimanapun kumpulan itu tidak dibenarkan masuk ke kawasan pelabuhan dan tidak dapat memastikan sama ada kapal dari Israel ada berlabuh di Pelabuhan Klang hari ini.

Isnin lalu, sambil mendedahkan dokumen dari Jabatan Kastam, Wesport dan syarikat Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, Jingga 13 berkata kapal-kapal yang dimiliki sebuah syarikat yang didakwa dikuasai oleh kerajaan Israel mempunyai akses bebas ke Westport, Pelabuhan Klang.

Ini termasuk kapal, Zim Atlantic, yang berlabuh di Pelabuhan Klang pada 16 Februari lalu yang datang secara langsung dari pelabuhan Ashdod di Israel. -mk





Najib Kata ISA Mansuh Tetapi Mahkamah Jatuhkan Hukuman Kepada Penentang ISA

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 08:27 AM PST

ISA: Tidak selaras dengan pengumuman Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 Feb: Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) menyifatkan keputusan kepada 14 individu kerana terbabit dengan perhimpunan membantah ISA tidak selaras dengan pengumuman Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak bahawa ISA dimansuhkan.

"Perdana menteri sendiri sudah pun mengumumkan bahawa ISA dimansuhkan dan pada masa sama kerajaan telah membuat pindaan terhadap akta polis. Tapi mereka dijatuhkan hukuman di bawah seksyen 27 Akta polis," kata pengerusinya, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh ketika ditemui di luar kamar Mahkamah Sesyen Jalan Duta, hari ini.

Beliau juga berkata, kesemua mereka berjuang menentang akta yang zalim.

"Perjuangan mereka ini adalah satu perjuangan yang mulia iaitu untuk memansuhkan undang-undang zalim seperti ISA," katanya.

Kekesalan itu turut dikongsi Timbalan Dewan Muslimat PAS Pusat, Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud.

Beliau berkata, meskipun menghormati keputusan mahkamah, pihaknya tetap berpendapat ianya tidak wajar.

"ISA kini sudah dimansuhkan dan kita ada akta perhimpunan awam," katanya.

Sementara itu, Bad Latif, suami kepada OKT Nashita Md Noor pula berkata, hak rakyat untuk berhimpun secara aman seperti termaktub dalam Perlembagaan ternyat dinafikan.

Katanya, penghujahan peguam bela juga juga jelas menyatakan mereka ditangkap sebelum perhimpunan bermula.

"Kita menjangkakan yang terbaik, kalau boleh bebas tanpa penjara atau denda. Walau bagaimanapun, hukuman satu hari dan denda 2,000. Kita tak puas hati sebab hak kita untuk berhimpun seperti dalam artikel 10 Perlembagaan yang membenarkan perhimpuan menyuarakan pandangan dinafikan.

"Kita tak melakukan apa-apa kesalahan dan dalam hujah tadi peguam bela sebut mereka ditangkap bukan masa perhimpunan,"
katanya.

Terdahulu, 14 daripada 16 tertuduh dijatuhi hukuman penjara sehari dan denda RM2,000 oleh Hakim Ainul Shahrin Mohamad.

Manakala kes terhadap dua lagi yang tidak hadir hari ini akan diputuskan kemudian.

Waran tangkap dikeluarkan kepada tiga lagi yang tidak hadir hari ini. -HD

Kutipan derma kilat untuk sampaikan mesej: Mereka tidak keseorangan!

Sebaik sahaja keputusan mahkamah sesyen diumumkan, sekumpulan warga internet melancarkan kutipan derma kilat untuk membantu mereka yang disabit kesalahan kerana terlibat dalam perhimpunan Mansuhkan ISA pada 1 Ogos 2009. Antara yang melancarkan kutipan derma ini, Koh Wee Sun berkata, usaha ini sekadar untuk menyampaikan satu mesej, "Mereka tidak keseorangan!"

Secara terus terang, Koh Wee Sun mengakui bahawa dirinya tidak pasti sama ada mereka mampu untuk mencapai angka yang diperlukan. Bagaimanapun, usaha ini bukan sekadar kutipan wang semata-mata, tetapi untuk menunjukkan kepada mereka yang didenda, bahawa ramai lagi yang nampak dan menghargai perjuangan mereka.

Koh Wee Sun ialah seorang suri rumah tangga. Beliau pernah memberikan sejambak bunga kepada Muhammad Safwan Anang melalui Chua Yee Ling ketika aktivis siswa itu dimasukkan ke dalam wad kecemasan, lantaran kejadian pertembungan fizikal dalam satu perhimpunan pada awal pagi 1 Januari 2012, di luar Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). Mengapa saya terfikir untuk beri bunga kepada Safwan.

Koh Wee Sun terharu apabila membaca tulisan salah seorang tertuduh, Nashita Md Noor di MerdekaReview, semalam. Koh menganggap Nashita yang juga seorang ibu, telah ke depan untuk memperjuangkan isu-isu keadilan sosial, sedangkan dirinya masih selesa dalam zon yang selamat. Semalam, Koh yang berada di Johor Bahru, menyeru dalam laman sosial Facebooknya, agar rakannya hadir di mahkamah untuk memberi sokongan kepada Nashita, pada hari ini.

Sehingga jam 4 petang, Koh memaklumkan kepada MerdekaReview bahawa beliau telah berjaya mengutip lebih RM12,000, dan angka ini masih bertambah. 11 orang tertuduh dijatuhkan hukuman denda RM2000, dan penjara sehari. Mereka wajib menjelaskan denda RM2000 pada hari ini, atau akan dipenjarakan 7 hari. Untuk menangguhkan hukuman penjara, mereka perlu membayar wang jaminan RM500. -MR


Saya antara yang gagal gembira menyambut pemansuhan ISA

1 Ogos 2009. Kami ditahan selama tiga hari dua malam di Pusat Tahanan Sementara Bukit Jalil yang baru dibuka pada 27 Julai 2009, maka kami bernasib baik kerana tandas yang terbuka dan terdedah itu masih bersih. Kami hanya dapat mandi pada jam 1.00 pagi hari Isnin (3 Ogos). Dua hari tidak dapat mandi dan tiga hari menahan diri dari membuang air besar! Syukur dengan tidak memakan nasi selama tiga hari kami selamat dari menyimpan makanan berat di dalam perut untuk diproses menjadi bahan buangan. Kami hanya menjamah sedikit roti yang dikongsi bersama dan sedikit air kosong yang juga turut dikongsi.

Ini adalah sebahagian pengalaman yang berharga yang telah saya (gambar kanan, kanan) kongsikan pada tarikh 4 Ogos 2009 sebaik dibebaskan dari Penjara. Berpeluang menghuni sebuah penjara. Dipenjarakan kerana kami berani melawan.

Apa yang kami lawan hingga kami tertangkap pada tarikh tersebut 1 Ogos 2009? Apakah signifikannya tarikh tersebut yang berjaya menarik perhatian puluhan ribu rakyat turun memenuhi segenap jalan di Kota Raya tanpa ada rasa gentar walau amaran demi amaran diberikan oleh pihak Polis untuk tidak turun ke jalanraya pada tarikh tersebut.

1 Ogos 2009 adalah hari ulangtahun ISA digubalkan pada tahun 1960, maka tarikh tersebut telah dipilih oleh GMI, Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA untuk menjadi lambang kebencian rakyat yang membuak kepada sikap pemerintah yang masih mahu mengekalkan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri yang zalim dan kuno.

Pada 1 Ogos 2009 dilaporkan puluhan ribu orang turun ke jalanraya di Kuala Lumpur walaupun pelbagai sekatan dijalankan dan amaran dikeluarkan. Himpunan dicadangkan bermula pada jam 2.30 petang, namun seawal jam 3 pagi telah berlaku tangkapan oleh pihak polis ke atas mereka yang dipercayai datang ke perhimpunan tersebut.

ISA Zalim. Saya tidak mempunyai ahli saudara yang pernah ditahan ISA, namun saya tetap berkongsi penderitaan mangsa kezaliman ISA khususnya yang menimpa para isteri tahanan ISA serta anak-anak mereka. Saya melihat dan berkongsi penderitaan mereka. Sebagai AJK Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA kami merancang pelbagai aktiviti seperti menghantar memorandum kepada SUHAKAM, Kementerian Dalam Negeri, PDRM termasuk cubaan mengadakan pertemuan dengan Perdana Menteri. Malah GMI juga membuat pertemuan dengan pihak Mufti setiap negeri di Malaysia bagai menjelaskan bahawa ISA juga adalah haram di sisi Islam dan mesti dimansuhkan. Semuanya gagal.

Maka dengan kefahaman rakyat tentang betapa zalimnya ISA dan menghayati penderitaan keluarga maka rakyat berani untuk meluahkan rasa mereka di secara terbuka bagi membuat desakan.

Pada hari tersebut sejumlah 589 orang telah ditangkap dan dikumpulkan di Pusat Gerakan Am Cheras. 489 orang telah dibebaskan pada tarikh yang sama, 91 orang dihantar ke Pusat Tahanan Bukit Jalil untuk dilokapkan. Akhirnya 29 orang telah didakwa di mahkamah dan dibicarakan. 16 orang didakwa menyertai perhimpunan haram dan 13 orang didakwa di bawah akta Pertubuhan.

Saya bersama anak lelaki, Ammar (gambar kanan, kanan), adalah antara yang ditangkap pada tarikh tersebut. Ammar yang ketika itu baru berusia 13 tahun telah dipenjarakan di Penjara Juvenil Sri Petaling bersama seorang rakannya yang berusia 16 tahun, Suhaib Mat Sah (gambar kanan, kiri), yang merupakan anak kepada seorang tahanan ISA yang masih meringkuk di dalam Kem Tahanan Kamunting ketika itu. Anak saya melalui pengalaman yang perit dengan mereka digari dan dipakaikan pakaian lokap. Dihalang dari berjumpa dengan peguam dan tidak diberikan makanan sehingga peguam menemui mereka pada jam 10 malam sedangkan kami ditangkap sejak jam 12.30 tengahari. Ammar dan Suhaib dibebaskan keesokan harinya setelah dibawa ke hadapan majistret.

Saya dan empat orang lagi wanita ditangkap ketika kami duduk-duduk di bangku di hadapan Pertama Kompleks. Perhimpunan dijangka bermula pada jam 2.30 petang. Pada jam 12.30 tengahari sekumpulan polis yang berpakaian preman datang menghampiri kami dan mengepung kami sehingga sekumpulan polis yang beruniform datang dan mengarahkan kami menaiki sebuah trak polis. Makluman awal mereka hanya mahu membuat sedikit dokumentasi ke atas kami.

Seterusnya kami dibawa dengan trak ke Cheras. Di sana kami melihat ramai pihak polis telah bersedia ada di sana di satu tempat yang sungguh besar. Proses dokumentasi dijalankan di sana. Walaupun berada di bawah kawalan polis saya dan empat orang lagi sahabat wanita tetap menjalankan tugas kami menyampaikan maklumat kepada semua yang ditangkap dan dibawa ke sana.

"Jangan beri apa-apa keterangan kepada polis. Kita hanya beri keterangan bila peguam kita ada bersama." Kami berusaha menyampaikan kepada seramai mungkin akan hak mereka untuk berdiam diri. Kami memberikan semangat kepada mereka. Kami lantang, kami melawan apabila polis gagal menunaikan permintaan asas kami iaitu hak kami untuk bertemu dengan peguam yang setia menanti kami di luar pusat tahanan.

Akhirnya kami 29 orang, 24 lelaki dan lima wanita dipenjara dan didakwa di Mahkamah. Perbicaraan berjalan hampir dua tahun. Pada November 2011 Hakim membebaskan 13 orang yang dituduh di bawah akta Pertubuhan dan 16 orang lagi termasuk saya dan empat wanita yang lain diperintah untuk membela diri.

Dengan membuat pilihan untuk memberikan keterangan dari kandang salah dan tidak boleh disoal balas kami memberikan kenyataan bela diri kami pada 16 Januari 2012. Kami bersyukur kerana ianya selesai dengan pantas. Tiada siapa yang suka didera terpaksa turun naik mahkamah berkali-kali bertahun-tahun lamanya. Kami berpendapat tujuan sebenar peserta perhimpunan aman ditangkap, dipenjara dan didakwa tiada lain selain dari mahu mendera dan menyusahkan rakyat yang berani bangun melawan.

Pada malam 15 September 2011, bagi meraikan sambutan Hari Malaysia, dengan bangganya Perdana Menteri Malaysia membuat pengumuman bahawa Akta ISA akan dimansuhkan, begitu juga Seksyen 27 Akta Polis. Ini memang satu pengumuman yang agak mengejutkan namun saya adalah salah seorang yang tidak menyambutnya dengan gembira dan bertepuk tangan. ISA masih wujud, masih ada yang ditangkap dan ditahan di bawah ISA, kini ada seramai 13 keluarga yang baru menjadi mangsa kezaliman ISA di Tawau Sabah.

22 Februari 2012, esok adalah tarikh yang ditetapkan oleh Mahkamah untuk menjatuhkan hukuman ke atas kami 16 orang bagi dakwaan di bawah Seksyen 27 Akta Polis. Ironi bukan? Ianya sudah diumumkan untuk dimansuhkan namun kami masih menjadi mangsanya.

Apakah hukumannya pula?

"Hukuman - Mana-mana orang yang melakukan satu kesalahan di bawah seksyen ini boleh apabila disabitkan dikenakan denda tidak kurang daripada dua ribu ringgit tetapi tidak lebih daripada RM10,000 dan hukuman penjara selama tempoh tidak melebihi satu tahun."

Kami? Pasrah kepada Allah Yang Maha Esa. Kami tidak bersalah, kami bertujuan berhimpun dengan aman dengan peruntukan yang ada di bawah Perlembagaan. Kami ditangkap sebelum perhimpunan berlangsung. Kami rakyat biasa yang mahu bangun menentang kezaliman atas rakyat.

Atas prinsip ini kami tidak pernah mengaku bersalah atau terlintas di hati untuk mengaku bersalah. Jika denda yang dikenakan atas prinsip perjuangan kami rela dipenjarakan demi sebuah perjuangan!

*Nashita Md Noor ialah ibu kepada empat orang anak, suri rumah, aktivis masyarakat, tiga kali ditangkap dan dua kali merengkuk dalam penjara. Kini dibicarakan untuk dua kes perhimpunan aman, PROTES kenaikan harga barangan dan himpunan Mansuh ISA.
-MR



Let's listen to Kanang

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 06:54 AM PST

Those who used to worship the Communist Party of Malaya (PKM) and politicians who attributed our Independence to their struggle, read this.

Dato' Kanang anak Langkau, the hero who dedicated 21 years of his life for some famous battles against the insurgents, including Konfrontasi (1962-1966) and the Second Malaysian Emergency (1968-1983) has volunteered to speak the truth about who and what PKM was all about.

I strongly recommend Mat Sabu and his friends to attend the talks and debate with Kanang.

Fully-organised by the Ministery of Information, Communication and Culture, the Colloquium on Malaysian History will also feature former IGP Tun Hanif Omar. Others are Dato' Ramlah Adam, Dato' Seri J. J. Raj and Dr Leon Comber.

Let's listen to Kanang and the other speakers this Saturday, Feb 25 from 9am to 5pm at the Experimental Theater, University Malaya.

If you still believe that PKM played a role in our Independence, please produce your facts and stand by it, if you can. You may enter a debate with them if u like.

I will be there.

It would be interesting to have people like Mat Sabu and his PKM sympathizers at the function. Whether they are pro-government or not, let's put politics aside as among the objectives of the colloquium is to provide a better insight of the PKM and why we didn't recognise their struggle.

To KPKK, its a good effort. I hope it doesn't stop just there. We need to clear the air before our present and future generation are given the wrong impression about PKM and our Independence.


After The Dance

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 06:22 AM PST

When I was in primary school, a few writers impacted my reading habit. Apart from Somerset Maugham, Ernest Hemingway and Agatha Christie, Leo Tolstoy is (September 9, 1828 – November 20, 1910) one of my favourite authors from my childhood. Lately, I have been reading his books and short stories again. This evening, I would like to share with you one of his short stories -  After the Dance.



AFTER THE DANCE - written by Leo Tolstoy 

"--AND you say that a man cannot, of himself, understand what is good and evil; that it is all environment, that the environment swamps the man. But I believe it is all chance. Take my own case . . ."

Thus spoke our excellent friend, Ivan Vasilievich, after a conversation between us on the impossibility of improving individual character without a change of the conditions under which men live. Nobody had actually said that one could not of oneself understand good and evil; but it was a habit of Ivan Vasilievich to answer in this way the thoughts aroused in his own mind by conversation, and to illustrate those thoughts by relating incidents in his own life. He often quite forgot the reason for his story in telling it; but he always told it with great sincerity and feeling.

He did so now.

"Take my own case. My whole life was moulded, not by environment, but by something quite different."

"By what, then?" we asked.

"Oh, that is a long story. I should have to tell you about a great many things to make you understand."

"Well, tell us then."

Ivan Vasilievich thought a little, and shook his head.

"My whole life," he said, "was changed in one night, or, rather, morning."

"Why, what happened?" one of us asked.

"What happened was that I was very much in love. I have been in love many times, but this was the most serious of all. It is a thing of the past; she has married daughters now. It was Varinka B----." Ivan Vasilievich mentioned her surname. "Even at fifty she is remarkably handsome; but in her youth, at eighteen, she was exquisite--tall, slender, graceful, and stately. Yes, stately is the word; she held herself very erect, by instinct as it were; and carried her head high, and that together with her beauty and height gave her a queenly air in spite of being thin, even bony one might say. It might indeed have been deterring had it not been for her smile, which was always gay and cordial, and for the charming light in her eyes and for her youthful sweetness."



"What an entrancing description you give, Ivan Vasilievich!"

"Description, indeed! I could not possibly describe her so that you could appreciate her. But that does not matter; what I am going to tell you happened in the forties. I was at that time a student in a provincial university. I don't know whether it was a good thing or no, but we had no political clubs, no theories in our universities then. We were simply young and spent our time as young men do, studying and amusing ourselves. I was a very gay, lively, careless fellow, and had plenty of money too. I had a fine horse, and used to go tobogganing with the young ladies. Skating had not yet come into fashion. I went to drinking parties with my comrades--in those days we drank nothing but champagne--if we had no champagne we drank nothing at all. We never drank vodka, as they do now. Evening parties and balls were my favourite amusements. I danced well, and was not an ugly fellow."

"Come, there is no need to be modest," interrupted a lady near him. "We have seen your photograph. Not ugly, indeed! You were a handsome fellow."

"Handsome, if you like. That does not matter. When my love for her was at its strongest, on the last day of the carnival, I was at a ball at the provincial marshal's, a good-natured old man, rich and hospitable, and a court chamberlain. The guests were welcomed by his wife, who was as good-natured as himself. She was dressed in puce-coloured velvet, and had a diamond diadem on her forehead, and her plump, old white shoulders and bosom were bare like the portraits of Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great.

"It was a delightful ball. It was a splendid room, with a gallery for the orchestra, which was famous at the time, and consisted of serfs belonging to a musical landowner. The refreshments were magnificent, and the champagne flowed in rivers. Though I was fond of champagne I did not drink that night, because without it I was drunk with love. But I made up for it by dancing waltzes and polkas till I was ready to drop--of course, whenever possible, with Varinka. She wore a white dress with a pink sash, white shoes, and white kid gloves, which did not quite reach to her thin pointed elbows. A disgusting engineer named Anisimov robbed me of the mazurka with her--to this day I cannot forgive him. He asked her for the dance the minute she arrived, while I had driven to the hair-dresser's to get a pair of gloves, and was late. So I did not dance the mazurka with her, but with a German girl to whom I had previously paid a little attention; but I am afraid I did not behave very politely to her that evening. I hardly spoke or looked at her, and saw nothing but the tall, slender figure in a white dress, with a pink sash, a flushed, beaming, dimpled face, and sweet, kind eyes. I was not alone; they were all looking at her with admiration, the men and women alike, although she outshone all of them. They could not help admiring her.

"Although I was not nominally her partner for the mazurka, I did as a matter of fact dance nearly the whole time with her. She always came forward boldly the whole length of the room to pick me out. I flew to meet her without waiting to be chosen, and she thanked me with a smile for my intuition. When I was brought up to her with somebody else, and she guessed wrongly, she took the other man's hand with a shrug of her slim shoulders, and smiled at me regretfully.

"Whenever there was a waltz figure in the mazurka, I waltzed with her for a long time, and breathing fast and smiling, she would say, 'Encore'; and I went on waltzing and waltzing, as though unconscious of any bodily existence."

"Come now, how could you be unconscious of it with your arm round her waist? You must have been conscious, not only of your own existence, but of hers," said one of the party.

Ivan Vasilievich cried out, almost shouting in anger: "There you are, moderns all over! Nowadays you think of nothing but the body. It was different in our day. The more I was in love the less corporeal was she in my eyes. Nowadays you think of nothing but the body. It was different in our day. The more I was in love the less corporeal was she in my eyes. Nowadays you set legs, ankles, and I don't know what. You undress the women you are in love with. In my eyes, as Alphonse Karr said--and he was a good writer--' the one I loved was always draped in robes of bronze.' We never thought of doing so; we tried to veil her nakedness, like Noah's good-natured son. Oh, well, you can't understand."

"Don't pay any attention to him. Go on," said one of them.

"Well, I danced for the most part with her, and did not notice how time was passing. The musicians kept playing the same mazurka tunes over and over again in desperate exhaustion--you know what it is towards the end of a ball. Papas and mammas were already getting up from the card-tables in the drawing-room in expectation of supper, the men-servants were running to and fro bringing in things. It was nearly three o'clock. I had to make the most of the last minutes. I chose her again for the mazurka, and for the hundredth time we danced across the room.

"'The quadrille after supper is mine,' I said, taking her to her place.

"'Of course, if I am not carried off home,' she said, with a smile.

"'I won't give you up,' I said.

"'Give me my fan, anyhow,' she answered.

"'I am so sorry to part with it,' I said, handing her a cheap white fan.

"'Well, here's something to console you,' she said, plucking a feather out of the fan, and giving it to me.

"I took the feather, and could only express my rapture and gratitude with my eyes. I was not only pleased and gay, I was happy, delighted; I was good, I was not myself but some being not of this earth, knowing nothing of evil. I hid the feather in my glove, and stood there unable to tear myself away from her.

"'Look, they are urging father to dance,' she said to me, pointing to the tall, stately figure of her father, a colonel with silver epaulettes, who was standing in the doorway with some ladies.

"'Varinka, come here!' exclaimed our hostess, the lady with the diamond ferronniere and with shoulders like Elizabeth, in a loud voice.

"'Varinka went to the door, and I followed her.

"'Persuade your father to dance the mazurka with you, ma chere.--Do, please, Peter Valdislavovich,' she said, turning to the colonel.

"Varinka's father was a very handsome, well-preserved old man. He had a good colour, moustaches curled in the style of Nicolas I., and white whiskers which met the moustaches. His hair was combed on to his forehead, and a bright smile, like his daughter's, was on his lips and in his eyes. He was splendidly set up, with a broad military chest, on which he wore some decorations, and he had powerful shoulders and long slim legs. He was that ultra-military type produced by the discipline of Emperor Nicolas I.

"When we approached the door the colonel was just refusing to dance, saying that he had quite forgotten how; but at that instant he smiled, swung his arm gracefully around to the left, drew his sword from its sheath, handed it to an obliging young man who stood near, and smoothed his suede glove on his right hand.

"'Everything must be done according to rule,' he said with a smile. He took the hand of his daughter, and stood one-quarter turned, waiting for the music.

"At the first sound of the mazurka, he stamped one foot smartly, threw the other forward, and, at first slowly and smoothly, then buoyantly and impetuously, with stamping of feet and clicking of boots, his tall, imposing figure moved the length of the room. Varinka swayed gracefully beside him, rhythmically and easily, making her steps short or long, with her little feet in their white satin slippers.

"All the people in the room followed every movement of the couple. As for me I not only admired, I regarded them with enraptured sympathy. I was particularly impressed with the old gentleman's boots. They were not the modern pointed affairs, but were made of cheap leather, squared-toed, and evidently built by the regimental cobbler. In order that his daughter might dress and go out in society, he did not buy fashionable boots, but wore home-made ones, I thought, and his square toes seemed to me most touching. It was obvious that in his time he had been a good dancer; but now he was too heavy, and his legs had not spring enough for all the beautiful steps he tried to take. Still, he contrived to go twice round the room. When at the end, standing with legs apart, he suddenly clicked his feet together and fell on one knee, a bit heavily, and she danced gracefully around him, smiling and adjusting her skirt, the whole room applauded.

"Rising with an effort, he tenderly took his daughter's face between his hands. He kissed her on the forehead, and brought her to me, under the impression that I was her partner for the mazurka. I said I was not. 'Well, never mind. just go around the room once with her,' he said, smiling kindly, as he replaced his sword in the sheath.

"As the contents of a bottle flow readily when the first drop has been poured, so my love for Varinka seemed to set free the whole force of loving within me. In surrounding her it embraced the world. I loved the hostess with her diadem and her shoulders like Elizabeth, and her husband and her guests and her footmen, and even the engineer Anisimov who felt peevish towards me. As for Varinka's father, with his home-made boots and his kind smile, so like her own, I felt a sort of tenderness for him that was almost rapture.

"After supper I danced the promised quadrille with her, and though I had been infinitely happy before, I grew still happier every moment.

"We did not speak of love. I neither asked myself nor her whether she loved me. It was quite enough to know that I loved her. And I had only one fear--that something might come to interfere with my great joy.

"When I went home, and began to undress for the night, I found it quite out of the question. held the little feather out of her fan in my hand, and one of her gloves which she gave me when I helped her into the carriage after her mother. Looking at these things, and without closing my eyes I could see her before me as she was for an instant when she had to choose between two partners. She tried to guess what kind of person was represented in me, and I could hear her sweet voice as she said, 'Pride--am I right?' and merrily gave me her hand. At supper she took the first sip from my glass of champagne, looking at me over the rim with her caressing glance. But, plainest of all, I could see her as she danced with her father, gliding along beside him, and looking at the admiring observers with pride and happiness.

"He and she were united in my mind in one rush of pathetic tenderness.

"I was living then with my brother, who has since died. He disliked going out, and never went to dances; and besides, he was busy preparing for his last university examinations, and was leading a very regular life. He was asleep. I looked at him, his head buried in the pillow and half covered with the quilt; and I affectionately pitied him, pitied him for his ignorance of the bliss I was experiencing. Our serf Petrusha had met me with a candle, ready to undress me, but I sent him away. His sleepy face and tousled hair seemed to me so touching. Trying not to make a noise, I went to my room on tiptoe and sat down on my bed. No, I was too happy; I could not sleep. Besides, it was too hot in the rooms. Without taking off my uniform, I went quietly into the hall, put on my overcoat, opened the front door and stepped out into the street.

"It was after four when I had left the ball; going home and stopping there a while had occupied two hours, so by the time I went out it was dawn. It was regular carnival weather--foggy, and the road full of water-soaked snow just melting, and water dripping from the eaves. Varinka's family lived on the edge of town near a large field, one end of which was a parade ground: at the other end was a boarding-school for young ladies. I passed through our empty little street and came to the main thoroughfare, where I met pedestrians and sledges laden with wood, the runners grating the road. The horses swung with regular paces beneath their shining yokes, their backs covered with straw mats and their heads wet with rain; while the drivers, in enormous boots, splashed through the mud beside the sledges. All this, the very horses themselves, seemed to me stimulating and fascinating, full of suggestion.

"When I approached the field near their house, I saw at one end of it, in the direction of the parade ground, something very huge and black, and I heard sounds of fife and drum proceeding from it. My heart had been full of song, and I had heard in imagination the tune of the mazurka, but this was very harsh music. It was not pleasant.

"'What can that be?' I thought, and went towards the sound by a slippery path through the centre of the field. Walking about a hundred paces, I began to distinguish many black objects through the mist. They were evidently soldiers. 'It is probably a drill,' I thought.

"So I went along in that direction in company with a blacksmith, who wore a dirty coat and an apron, and was carrying something. He walked ahead of me as we approached the place. The soldiers in black uniforms stood in two rows, facing each other motionless, their guns at rest. Behind them stood the fifes and drums, incessantly repeating the same unpleasant tune.

"'What are they doing?' I asked the blacksmith, who halted at my side.

"'A Tartar is being beaten through the ranks for his attempt to desert,' said the blacksmith in an angry tone, as he looked intently at the far end of the line.

"I looked in the same direction, and saw between the files something horrid approaching me. The thing that approached was a man, stripped to the waist, fastened with cords to the guns of two soldiers who were leading him. At his side an officer in overcoat and cap was walking, whose figure had a familiar look. The victim advanced under the blows that rained upon him from both sides, his whole body plunging, his feet dragging through the snow. Now he threw himself backward, and the subalterns who led him thrust him forward. Now he fell forward, and they pulled him up short; while ever at his side marched the tall officer, with firm and nervous pace. It was Varinka's father, with his rosy face and white moustache.

"At each stroke the man, as if amazed, turned his face, grimacing with pain, towards the side whence the blow came, and showing his white teeth repeated the same words over and over. But I could only hear what the words were when he came quite near. He did not speak them, he sobbed them out,--"'Brothers, have mercy on me! Brothers, have mercy on me!' But the brothers had, no mercy, and when the procession came close to me, I saw how a soldier who stood opposite me took a firm step forward and lifting his stick with a whirr, brought it down upon the man's back. The man plunged forward, but the subalterns pulled him back, and another blow came down from the other side, then from this side and then from the other. The colonel marched beside him, and looking now at his feet and now at the man, inhaled the air, puffed out his cheeks, and breathed it out between his protruded lips. When they passed the place where I stood, I caught a glimpse between the two files of the back of the man that was being punished. It was something so many-coloured, wet, red, unnatural, that I could hardly believe it was a human body.

"'My God!"' muttered the blacksmith.

The procession moved farther away. The blows continued to rain upon the writhing, falling creature; the fifes shrilled and the drums beat, and the tall imposing figure of the colonel moved along-side the man, just as before. Then, suddenly, the colonel stopped, and rapidly approached a man in the ranks.

"'I'll teach you to hit him gently,' I heard his furious voice say. 'Will you pat him like that? Will you?' and I saw how his strong hand in the suede glove struck the weak, bloodless, terrified soldier for not bringing down his stick with sufficient strength on the red neck of the Tartar.

"'Bring new sticks!' he cried, and looking round, he saw me. Assuming an air of not knowing me, and with a ferocious, angry frown, he hastily turned away. I felt so utterly ashamed that I didn't know where to look. It was as if I had been detected in a disgraceful act. I dropped my eyes, and quickly hurried home. All the way I had the drums beating and the fifes whistling in my ears. And I heard the words, 'Brothers, have mercy on me!' or 'Will you pat him? Will you?' My heart was full of physical disgust that was almost sickness. So much so that I halted several times on my way, for I had the feeling that I was going to be really sick from all the horrors that possessed me at that sight. I do not remember how I got home and got to bed. But the moment I was about to fall asleep I heard and saw again all that had happened, and I sprang up.

"'Evidently he knows something I do not know,' I thought about the colonel. 'If I knew what he knows I should certainly grasp--understand--what I have just seen, and it would not cause me such suffering.'

"But however much I thought about it, I could not understand the thing that the colonel knew. It was evening before I could get to sleep, and then only after calling on a friend and drinking till I; was quite drunk.

"Do you think I had come to the conclusion that the deed I had witnessed was wicked? Oh, no. Since it was done with such assurance, and was recognised by every one as indispensable, they doubtless knew something which I did not know. So I thought, and tried to understand. But no matter, I could never understand it, then or afterwards. And not being able to grasp it, I could not enter the service as I had intended. I don't mean only the military service: I did not enter the Civil Service either. And so I have been of no use whatever, as you can see."

"Yes, we know how useless you've been," said one of us. "Tell us, rather, how many people would be of any use at all if it hadn't been for you."

"Oh, that's utter nonsense," said Ivan Vasilievich, with genuine annoyance.

"Well; and what about the love affair?

"My love? It decreased from that day. When, as often happened, she looked dreamy and meditative, I instantly recollected the colonel on the parade ground, and I felt so awkward and uncomfortable that I began to see her less frequently. So my love came to naught. Yes; such chances arise, and they alter and direct a man's whole life," he said in summing up. "And you say . . ."

-written by Leo Tolstoy-


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Taklimat KPF Kecoh: Isa Samad Halau Keluar Peneroka

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 07:14 AM PST

Taklimat KPF Felda kecoh

PETALING JAYA: Taklimat antara Pengerusi Felda Tan Sri Isa Samad dengan kira-kira 500 pemegang saham Koperasi Permodalan Felda (KPF) dikhabarkan kecoh apabila salah seorang peneroka dihalau keluar daripada dewan kerana mempersoalkan kepimpinan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Difahamkan, taklimat antara Isa dan sebahagian pemegang saham diadakan di Dewan Perdana Felda di Kuala Lumpur petang tadi susulan pembatalan Mesyuarat Agung Khas (EGM) KPF pada saat-saat akhir yang sepatutnya dijadual berlangsung hari ini.

Menurut Presiden Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak) Mazlan Aliman, insiden itu terjadi apabila soalan yang dikemukakan salah seorang pemegang saham daripada Felda Sendayan di Negeri Sembilan itu gagal dijawab dengan baik oleh Isa.

Katanya, semasa sesi dialog generasi kedua Felda yang berumur dalam lingkungan 50-an itu bangkit bertanyakan Isa mengenai jaminan yang akan diperoleh pemegang saham KPF jika ia disenaraikan dalam Bursa Malaysia.

Namun, menurut Mazlan jawapan yang diberikan Isa hanyalah "Perdana Menteri akan bagi jaminan".

Isa Samad angkuh

"Lelaki itu tidak berpuas hati dengan jawapan Isa kemudian bertanya lagi kalau Najib lepas ni tak jadi Perdana Menteri dan digantikan dengan orang lain, kalau berlaku masalah dalam KPF siapa yang nak bertanggungjawab?

"Isa kemudiannya menjawab 'kalau awak tak percaya Najib sila keluar daripada dewan'," kata Mazlan ketika dihubungi.

Menurut Mazlan, lelaki yang menetap di Felda lebih 50 tahun dan memiliki saham KPF melebihi RM250,000 itu kemudiannya dibawa keluar oleh polis bantuan dalam keadaan dimalukan dan disaksikan pemegang saham yang lain.

Mengulas mengena kejadian terbabit, Mazlan berkata tindakan Isa itu adalah tidak wajar dan tidak profesional memandangkan beliau sendiri yang mahukan dialog itu dijalankan.

"Hasil dialog petang tadi menunjukkan kecenderungan peneroka yang hadir memihak kepada peneroka yang dihalau itu.

"Namun Isa sebagai bekas Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan itu menggambarkan sikap pemimpin yang angkuh, ego dan tidak boleh terima teguran," katanya yang turut kesal dengan kejadian itu. -FMT

Kecoh: Isa halau ahli KPF keluar dewan

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 Feb: Seorang perwakilan Koperasi Permodalan Felda (KPF) hari ini meluahkan rasa kecewa apabila dihalau keluar oleh Pengerusi Felda Tan Sri Isa Samad ketika satu sesi taklimat di Dewan Perdana Felda petang ini.

Sanggam a/l Raju (gambar) yang juga peneroka dari Felda Sendayan dihalau keluar dewan selepas bangkit menanyakan soalan kepada Isa ketika sesi soal jawab dibuka.

"Saya tanya dia (Isa), Tan Sri, saya bukan menghalang penyenaraian ke bursa saham ini, tetapi saya nakkan satu jaminan daripada Suruhanjaya Koperasi atau Koperasi Permodalan Felda tentang aset itu semua.

"Dia jelaskan dengan saya, jaminan daripada kerajaan, tak percaya dengan PM (Perdana Menteri) ke, PM jamin," kata Sanggam.

"Saya kata hari ini PM boleh jamin la sebab dia perdana menteri, tapi besok bila dia dah tak jadi perdana menteri nanti jadi dolak dalih.

"Lepastu dia (Isa) kata, kamu tak percaya PM kamu keluar dewan," ceritanya lagi ketika ditemui di luar dewan.

Difahamkan taklimat hari ini dibuat sebagai menggantikan Mesyuarat Agung Perwakilan Khas yang sepatutnya diadakan tetapi dibatalkan.

Ia kerana mematuhi keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Kuantan melarang penyenaraian Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (FGVH) dibincangkan.

"Kemudian saya kata pada dia, saya ini sudah 50 tahun dalam felda, kamu (Isa) ini cap jari pun belum kering baru setahun lebih, patutnya kamu yang keluar dewan," katanya sambil menambah beliau kemudian bertindak keluar dari dewan itu.

Menurutnya, suasana ketika itu bertukar kecoh apabila ada peneroka turut marah kepada Isa.

Beberapa orang lain juga katanya turut bertindak keluar dewan bersamanya kerana tidak berpuas hati dengan sikap Isa itu.

Selain menuntut soal jaminan terhadap aset mereka, Sanggam dalam soalannya juga turut mempersoal tawaran bayaran durian runtuh yang dijanjikan kepada peneroka sekiranya FGVH disenaraikan kelak.

Beliau mempersoal tawaran itu yang disifatkannya tidak kekal lama berbanding aset tanah yang bakal dicagarkan.

Tambahnya lagi, pada sesi yang dikatakan 'taklimat' itu, Isa mengambil kesempatan itu memburuk-burukkan pakatan pembangkang.

Sebelum ini, Isa pernah mencetuskan kontroversi apabila didakwa mengeluarkan kata-kata menghina Ketua peneroka Felda, Shamsuddin Othman yang juga seorang ahli lembaga pengarah agensi itu.

Antara lain Shamsuddin atau lebih dikenali sebagai Pak Sam dihambur oleh Isa dengan ayat seperti "jika budak kecil, saya dah lempang", "munafik", "pembohong", "penipu" dan "jika saya jumpa saya akan lutu dia".

Kata-kata penghinaan itu didakwa dinyatakan Isa ketika memberi taklimat mengenai penyenaraian FGVH di Kuala Pilah bagi peneroka-peneroka Felda Wilayah Raja Alias pada 12 November tahun lalu.
-HD





Ku Li Bidas Kenyataan Najib: 'Buat Malu Sahaja Kata Kelantan Termiskin'

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 05:26 AM PST

Veteran Umno, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah mendakwa kenyataan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak baru-baru ini bahawa Kelantan menjadi negeri miskin tercorot sejak diperintah kerajaan PAS adalah tidak wajar dan memalukan.

Katanya, adalah tidak molek untuk seorang pemimpin negara bercakap sedemikian apatah lagi dengan nada menghina negeri tersebut semata-mata kerana Kelantan diperintah oleh kerajaan PAS.

"Kita tak boleh lah berbangga ini negeri sudah tidak miskin lagi, negeri Kelantan sudah jadi termiskin.

"Saya tak nak dengar percakapan macam itu, buat malu sahaja," katanya yang lebih dikenali sebagai Ku Li ketika ditemui Harakahdaily semalam.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas kenyataan Najib di satu majlis Lahad Datu, baru-baru ini kononnya Kelantan adalah negeri miskin tercorot dan bukan lagi Sabah, negeri dibawah bayu itu.

Najib berkata kedudukan tercorot itu bermula sejak negeri tersebut berada di bawah pemerintahan kerajaan PAS Kelantan.

"Kita boleh rasa seronok lah dengar berita ini, tapi takkan lah kita nak biar Kelantan menjadi negeri termiskin pulak.

"Apakah kita ini nak terus membanding satu negeri yang miskin dengan satu negeri yang lain. Sampai bila kita nak tengok negeri ini miskin," soal Ku Li lagi yang juga anak kelahiran Kelantan dan kini ahli parlimen Gua Musang.

Mengulas lanjut perkara itu Ku Li berkata, jika benar sekalipun Sabah sudah mengatasi Kelantan, seorang pemimpin negara sewajarnya memikirkan langkah penyelesaian untuk memajukan negeri yang didakwa tercorot itu, dan bukan hanya mengeluarkan kenyataan seolah-olah berbangga dengan perbezaan kedua-dua negeri tersebut.

Apatah lagi katanya majoriti masyarakat di Kelantan adalah Melayu dan sewajarnya dibantu.

"Macam Kelantan pulak, yang tinggal di sana anak Melayu. Takkan kita tak nak cari jalan nak perbaiki kehidupan orang Melayu di Kelantan berbanding dengan orang-orang lain.

"Kita juga nak pejuangkan anak-anak Melayu dapat nikmat daripada minyak (royalti) dan sebagainya supaya kehidupan mereka berubah dan taraf hidup mereka meningkat naik berbanding orang lain," tegasnya yang juga kini sebagai Presiden NGO Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (Amanah).

Sebelum ini, beberapa pihak turut menyelar kenyataan perdana menteri itu.

Ianya termasuk Pensyarah Jabatan Pengajian Media, Universiti Malaya, Profesor Madya Dr Abu Hassan Hasbullah yang mendakwa kenyataan Najib itu hanya membuka pekung dirinya sendiri sebagai pemimpin nombor satu negara.

Abu Hassan berkata, jika benar dakwaan itu, ia bermakna kegagalan kesemua enam perdana menteri termasuk Najib untuk memajukan kesemua negeri dalam Malaysia ini sejak BN memerintah lebih 50 tahun lalu.

"Sekira benar Kelantan ini negeri miskin mengikut kata PM DS Najib, maka ini bermaksud benar-benar gagalnya enam orang Perdana Menteri dalam memajukan setiap pelusuk tanah air, setiap orang dari rakyatnya.

"(Ini) kerana negeri Kelantan ini adalah salah satu negeri dalam gabungan 14 negeri di dalam Persekutuan Tanah Melayu atau Malaysia, dan sama sekali bukan sebuah negeri yang berada di Thailand, atau Indonesia, atau Brunei, atau Kemboja, dan tidak mungkin sebuah negeri di Benua Afrika," coretnya melalui Facebooknya Hassan Hayastani. -HD


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Mae Toi and Suthasinee Noinn

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 04:04 AM PST

I go through phases in my life as I get bored easily :-). The only one activity that has sustained my interest for the longest time is blogging. :-) The past few months have seen be dabbling in video production and then photo-editing/art followed by baking and cooking not forgetting reading e-books online.

Last week, I started to watch short films in YouTube hence my post on "Validation" which you can read HERE.

This evening, I came across this YouTube video clip of Mae Toi which you can watch AT THIS LINK.

I read most of the comments in the YouTube channel and realized that the story of Mae Toi is real. Subsequently, I googled for her name and discovered a lot of inspiring and fascinating information which I would like to share with you this evening.

Mae Toi's real name is Suthasinee Noyinn. Since she graduated, Mae Toi has been working with charities on a voluntary basis.

Ms. Suthasinee Noiin, more commonly known as 'Mae Toi', is the founder and initiator of the "Home for aids orphans". Presently, she is hospitalized in Ubon with cancer.

For more than 20 years, she has worked with the unprivileged children. Even though she is struggling with cancer, Mae Toi is still a good social worker, with a good heart, and soldiers on to devote herself to children and adults with HIV & Aids, as well as those who suffer from drug addiction.

Mai Toi started a foundation called SUTHASINEE NOIIN FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTHS or "Baan Home Hug" which is "House of Love" in Thai. For over 20 years, this home provided warmth and care for children with H.I.V., abandoned children, some of whom had been forced to be beggars and some who were victims of sexual abuse.

The late Norwegian friend of Mai Toi, Atle Bratteli, set up THIS WEB SITE for Mai Toi when he realized the home needed clothing, food, toys, furniture etc and volunteers.

According to this site, Mai Toi said "Baan Home Hug is a warm house for children in need and helpless. We live together with love and scantiness. Right now I had sold all of my property together with donation are still not enough to feed 104 lives. The children take care of each other here is like brothers-sisters, They have to grow vegetables and feed on insects to survive. But due to drought here, there's only enough water to shower but not to water the plants."

We may not be like Mae Toi but in our own little ways, let us reach out to those in need and offer our resources, money or assistance. We only have one life. Let us make it count!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.

If you wish to make a donation to Mai Toi's Home, PLEASE CLICK HERE. Thank you!

If you have time, you might want to check out another Thai video AT THIS LINK or perhaps this SHORT VIDEO CALLED SIGNS.

If you prefer something that can make you smile, check out THE ELEVATOR - a short comedy film by Greg Glienna, the creator of Meet the Parents, A Guy Thing and Relative Strangers.

If you are an emo junkie like me :-), please watch THIS VIDEO CLIP - guaranteed to bring on the tears, especially with its moving soundtrack. You may also want to watch THIS ONE about a loving father.

Have a pleasant evening! Do share some links of clips that have touched you!


Perangai UMNO: Depan Rakyat Maki Israel, Belakang Rakyat Cium Bontot Israel

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 03:45 AM PST

Khairy sahkan Malaysia berdagang dengan Israel

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 Feb: Ketika para blogger Umno bermati-matian berkata tiada kapal Israel masuk ke Malaysia, Ketua Pemuda Umno pula mengesahkan Malaysia mempunyai hubungan dagang dengan Israel.

(Salah sebuah kapal Israel yang mendarat di Perlabuhan Klang)

Khairy berkata, kerajaan mempunyai polisi dan pendirian yang jelas bahawa Malaysia tidak mempunyai hubungan politik dan diplomatik dengan Israel.

"Sebagai seorang Ahli Parlimen, saya sedar bahawa ada hubungan perdagangan antara Malaysia dan Israel tetapi ia adalah hubungan antara syarikat.

"Saya harap perkara ini dapat diketahui umum bahawa kita berdagang bukan kerana kita sokong Israel tetapi ini keperluan dari segi globalisasi," katanya.

Selain menolak kenyataan bloger Umno, kenyataan Khairy juga menolak kenyataan pihak pengurusan Perlabuhan Klang baru-baru ini.

Westport, Port Klang melalui Ketua Korporatnya, Mejar (B) Manisegaran seperti yang dilaporkan oleh Sinar Harian mengakui kehadiran Kapal Israel, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd yang berlayar dari Israel [Sinar].

Namun beliau mendakwa tiada sebarang urusniaga berlangsung kerana kapal tersebut hanya singgah sahaja.

Sebelum ini, pelbagai pihak dalam Umno membuat pelbagai tuduhan kepada Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berikutannya kenyataannya dalam The Wall Street Journal.

Namun bagi para blogger Pakatan, tindakan ini hanya umpama, "Depan rakyat maki Israel, belakang rakyat cium bontot Israel" sahaja. -HD


Mahathir Terlupa UMNO Berbai'ah Di Perhimpunan Yang Lalu

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 01:55 AM PST

Tak perlu bai'ah, kata Tun Mahathir

SHAH ALAM - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mempertikaikan langkah Pas yang mahu mewajibkan calonnya, yang akan bertanding dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13, mengambil sumpah bai'ah atas alasan ia seolah-olah menunjukkan ahli-ahlinya tunduk kepada pemimpin mereka.

Bekas Perdana Menteri berkata, manusia sepatutnya hanya tunduk kepada ALLAH dan bukan kepada sesama manusia.

Beliau yang juga bekas Presiden Umno memberitahu bahawa pemimpin-pemimpin Pas juga merupakan manusia biasa, bukannya Nabi atau raja.

"Dia orang (pemimpin Pas) hanya manusia biasa. Bukan Nabi, bukan raja. Tak perlu bai'ah ini," katanya pada sidang media selepas memberi syarahan perdana di Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) di sini hari ini. -SH

Hadi: Calon PAS pada pilihan raya wajib berbai'ah

Setiap calon PAS yang bertanding dalam pilihan raya diwajibkan berbai'ah, satu bentuk pengakuan yang lebih besar dan berat dari bersumpah, kata presiden parti parti itu, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang hari ini.

Ini bagi menentukan calon tidak menyeleweng dari dasar Islam, cara dan matlamatnya, kata beliau.

Abdul Hadi berkata, sesiapa yang melanggar bai'ah yang dibuat "maka akan celaka dunia dan akhirat".

Beliau turut menyentuh dakwaan kalangan tertentu kononnya PAS sudah menyeleweng dari dasar Islamnya apabila membawa konsep negara berkebajikan.

"Jawapannya, PAS tetap dipelihara oleh undang-undang tubuhnya yang menghalang daripada melakukan sesuatu yang menyeleweng daripada Islam," kata Abdul Hadi dalam satu kenyataan di Kuala Lumpur.

Dalam pada itu, beliau mendakwa negara kebajikan yang dilakukan Barisan Nasional (BN) berunsurkan rasuah demi kemenangan pilihan raya
.- Bernama


Ulasan GB

Kerana nak hentam PAS, Mahathir terlupa bahawa ahli-ahli UMNO di dalam Perhimpunan Agung Umno 2011 telah melakukan bai'ah - sesuatu amalan yang dilihat oleh banyak pihak, meniru kaedah PAS.


Perwakilan Umno Sumpah Bai'ah Taat Setia


KUALA LUMPUR: Perhimpunan Agung Umno 2011 mencatat sejarah apabila semua perwakilannya bersumpah bai'ah untuk taat dan setia kepada parti.

Timbalan Presiden Umno, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata, sumpah bai'ah berkenaan dibuat bagi memastikan kelangsungan perjuangan Umno dalam memartabatkan agama, bangsa dan negara.

"Dengan semangat kesatuan, kesepakatan, kejujuran, keikhlasan, keyakinan dan kesungguhan untuk meraih sokongan padu rakyat demi kemenangan kita dalam pilihan raya akan datang, ayuh kita lafazkan ikrar taat setia ini," katanya ketika menyampaikan ucapan penggulungan pada Perhimpunan Agung Umno 2011 di PWTC, Sabtu.

Ikrar sumpah bai'ah yang diketuai Muhyiddin berbunyi:

"Kami orang Umno, berikrar untuk merapatkan saf perjuangan, mengeratkan ukhuwwah, menghapuskan sengketa, menghindari hasad dengki dan irihati dan meletakkan kepentingan parti mengatasi kepentingan peribadi.

"Kami orang Umno berjanji taat setia kepada parti dengan memberikan sepenuh kepercayaan dan sokongan padu kepada Yang Amat Berhormat Presiden untuk memimpin kita mencapai kemenangan besar dalam pilihanraya nanti.

"Kami orang Umno bersumpah untuk bekerja dengan gigih, tersusun dan teratur, berjihad dan berinfaq di jalan Allah bagi memastikan kemenangan Umno dan Barisan Nasional dalam Pilihanraya Umum ke-13.

"Kami orang Umno berikrar untuk memberikan sokongan padu dan tidak berbelah bahagi kepada calon-calon yang bakal dipilih oleh pucuk pimpinan parti untuk bertanding dalam pilihanraya nanti."

Ikrar beliau itu disambut dan dibaca oleh semua perwakilan di dalam dewan.
-mstar 3/12/2011





Visiting the teenage children…

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 12:27 AM PST

Earlier this month, when I went to visit Sofie's family at her home, I ended up having to visit them at the hospital instead. Ika, her youngest child had to be warded. During that visit, Sofie looked more like a patient than the actual patient.

Last Saturday, as I was just relaxing after my weekly pasar tani routine, a call came in from Sofie's number. However when I answered the call, it wasn't Sofie's voice that I heard, but Ika's.

"Makcik, mama masuk hospital!"

She then passed the phone to her mother. Sofie said she started feeling weak after she went to take her monthly supply of meds from the pharmacy, and since they didn't have stock of her usual meds, they gave her a replacement. Apparently, she kept on vomiting after taking the new med, and started feeling really weak until finally she was admitted to the district hospital near her place. Sigh! SN and myself had always reminded them to call SN or the HIV clinic if they had any problems with their meds, but they never seem to do so!

It was a Saturday, so I told Sofie to call SN first thing on Monday.

On Monday, Azman, Sofie's son, sent me a text message. Being a first semester student at the culinary school, the promised monthly allowances had not yet been processed and he needed money to survive. I figured I'd take the opportunity to meet up with him to pass him some pocket money, and at the same time to have a slow talk with him. Just the week before I received some unpleasant news about him – seems he had been coupling with a senior female student and other than going almost everywhere together, they had been chatting at the pantry of their hostel right up to 2 or 3 am when everybody else were sleeping. Probably to him he was doing nothing wrong, just chatting.

After checking with him on the free time he had the next day, I promised to see him at the school at noon on Tuesday. After sending some work done to my old office, I immediately headed to the culinary school which was just nearby. Azman came over to see me the moment he saw my familiar Kenari. After giving him his pocket money and discussing about his studies, he mentioned about the need to pay his hostel fees. I asked if he could ask to postpone paying his hostel fees until his promised monthly allowances are cleared.

"Yang bulan ni depa bagi tangguh, tapi bulan depan depa tak bagi dah, sebab bil api, air semua dah tertunggak depa kena bayar," he said.

I immediately jumped at the opportunity and said, "Dah tu, engkau gi dating dengan girlfriend engkau sampai pukul dua tiga pagi kat pantry sapa suruh? Naik la bil api!"

"Ala, bukan buat apa pun… sembang aje."

"Sembang pun! Kalau dah time tidur tu, masuk tidur ajelah. Jangan nak dating-dating kat hostel sampai ke pagi."

Somehow Azman was not surprised I knew all the things he had been doing. Apparently, the management had called him and had already warned him about the matter. And they even said to him that "ada sorang makcik mintak tolong tengok-tengokkan awak". Of course Azman could already figured out who the busybody makcik was…

Anyway, I reminded him to please not create any problems. I reminded him about the "hell" that his mother had to go through in her life to raise her children and that he must make full use of the opportunity given to him at the culinary school. Azman promised me he'd be more careful in future. As I had thought, to him just chatting with the girl at the hostel until the wee hours of the morning was nothing to be worried about. His father, had done worse things. Thank goodness Azman didn't put up a long face after the short lecture I gave him. In fact, he thanked me for the reminder and was excited when I told him about our coming Family Day planned for July.

Later the same day, after 4 pm, together with our part time staff, I went to visit another client whose children are under our sponsorship programme. The client is under another buddy and I had not been getting the updates I needed to send a report to the individual sponsor. So off we went to the town where she stays/works. When we got to the front of her workplace, my part time staff went down to look for the client. The client had earlier informed us that she'd bring us to her house from her workplace.

I had initially thought that she would have to join us in my car and we'd go off together to her house. It turned out that her house was just upstairs! You see, her workplace was at the ground floor of the flats and her flat was on the second floor! How convenient! No worries about transportation and she could easily go home for home cooked lunch without having to buy lunch outside!

It was good to note that her sons are doing well in their studies. The older boy is temporarily working while waiting for his SPM results. He hopes to be able to take up a diploma in electrical engineering. His younger brother, now in form four, managed to score 6A's and 1B in his PMR last year.

I hope these children will do well with all the help they are getting. And hopefully, in future, when they have become successful, they too will help other children going through the same predicaments…


Methodist Senior Learning Centre - Start Of The Academic Year 2012

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 12:36 AM PST







I copied some photos of the event from Meng Lei's blog to enhance the presentation.

Photo 1 shows Martin Ho teaming up with son to drum up the event. Together they made a good partnership.

Photo 2 shows Rev. Tiong Chiew Ing, the main driver behind the centre.

Photo 3 shows a section of the audience in full attention.

Photo 4 shows a harmonica solo presentation by a student.

Photo 5 shows Mr. Wong Kah Ling, chairman of the board of Methodist Senior Learning Centre, giving his speech.


Black & White At Shing Kheang Aun

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 10:36 PM PST

Black & White At Shing Kheang Aun – Went to lunch just now at the Hainanese restaurant Shing Kheang Aun in George Town. It was very hot, and sunny. I have my camera with me, mounted with Sigma 30mm f1.4, when I saw down by the table, I got bored, and then I started snapping away. Switching mode from colour to monochrome black & white.

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Happy Wednesday people! =)

 


Perjuangan Perkauman: Dr. Asri Bidas Panjang Hujjah Harussani

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 11:54 PM PST

Apakah Islam galakkan perjuangan perkauman?

Apakah Islam dan Nabi Islam Muhammad SAW menggalakkan perjuangan yang bersifat perkauman?

Islam agama universal ini wajarkah dikaitkan dengan 'jihad perkauman' yang telah mencetuskan pelbagai perbalahan sepanjang sejarah?

Wajarkah Islam dikaitkan dengan perjuangan perkauman?

Sehingga semasa saya di Malaysia baru-baru ini, dalam seminar bersama para penulis maya, seorang tokoh agama berjawatan tinggi dalam forum melahirkan rasa tidak puas hati kerana di Tanah Melayu ini ada masjid India, Benggali dan Cina.

Kelihatan, begitu sekali Islam itu diacuankan secara perkauman sehingga menafikan hak budaya muslim kaum lain. Untuk menjawab persoalan ini, saya ingin sebutkan beberapa noktah berikut;

Tiada siapa yang mampu menentukan bangsanya sebelum dia lahir samada untuk dia menjadi Arab, atau Melayu, atau Inggeris atau India atau selain itu. Ia adalah ketentuan Allah, bukan atas usaha atau kejayaan seseorang.

Maka hakikat ini mestilah difahami supaya kita tidak menyalahkan atau menghina seseorang atas sebab bangsa atau keturunannya kerana itu bukan pilihan atau kesalahannya. Sebaliknya kita menilai seseorang berdasarkan perbuatan dan akhlaknya. Inilah sikap yang adil.

Dosa keturunan tidak ditanggung oleh anak cucu. Dosa seseorang tidak boleh dibebankan atas orang lain yang sebangsa dengannya yang tidak terlibat dengan kesalahan itu.

Allah menjelaskan prinsip ini dalam al-Quran: (maksudnya) "dan seseorang yang boleh memikul, tidak akan memikul dosa perbuatan orang lain. dan tiadalah Kami (Allah) mengazabkan sesiapapun sebelum Kami mengutuskan seorang rasul (untuk menerangkan yang benar dan yang salah). (Surah al-Isra, ayat 15).

Maka, perjuangan apapun yang mahu ditegakkan, hendaklah menilai setiap insan berdasarkan kepada akhlaknya, bukan titih keturunannya. Keadilan dalam Islam buta warna bangsa dan agama sekalipun. Keadilan untuk semua.

Sabda Nabi SAW:
"Wahai manusia! Sesungguhnya tuhan kamu sama, bapa kamu sama (Adam). Ketahuilah! Tiada kelebihan orang arab ke atas 'ajam (yang bukan arab), atau 'ajam ke atas arab, atau yang berkulit merah ke atas yang berkulit hitam, atau yang berkulit hitam ke atas yang berkulit merah melainkan ketakwaan" (Riwayat Ahmad dan al-Baihaqi, dinilai hasan oleh al-Albani).

Jika hal ini tidak dihayati, perkauman atau racism akan berlaku. Akan ada pihak yang teraniaya hanya kerana keturunannya walaupun mungkin dia tidak bersalah.

Diskriminasi seperti ini pernah berlaku di Amerika, sehingga Martin Luther King dalam pidatonya yang terkenal 'I have a dream' menyebut: "I have a dream that my four little children one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character".

Maka, berdasar dua asas di atas, apa-apa sahaja tindakan atau pembahagian ekonomi dan sosial yang berasaskan bangsa terdedah kepada unsur-unsur ketidakadilan disebabkan faktor di atas. Hakikatnya, menilai berdasarkan agama lebih luas dari berasaskan bangsa. Kemudian, menilai keperluan kehidupan berdasarkan latar ekonomi seseorang lebih luas dari penilaian berdasarkan agama atau bangsa.

Tujuan Allah menciptakan berpuak dan berbangsa agar saling kenal mengenali antara satu sama lain.

Firman Allah: (maksudnya) "Wahai manusia! Sesungguhnya Kami telah menciptakan kamu dari lelaki dan perempuan, dan Kami telah menjadikan kamu berbagai bangsa dan bersuku puak, supaya kamu berkenal-kenalan. Sesungguhnya semulia-mulia kamu di sisi Allah ialah orang yang paling bertaqwa di antara kamu. Sesungguhnya Allah Maha Mengetahui, lagi Maha mendalam pengetahuanNya. (Surah al-Hujurat: 13).

Lihat dalam ayat ini, Allah memanggil "Wahai manusia!". Panggilan yang sangat adil merangkumi setiap bangsa dan puak. Bukan panggil perkauman atau fanatik keturunan.

Kata Sayyid Qutb dalam menafsirkan ayat ini: "Penciptaan manusia berbagai bangsa dan suku puak bukan untuk berperang dan bergaduh, tetapi untuk berkenalan dan bermuwafakat. Perbezaan bahasa, warna kulit, tabiat, perangai, kelebihan dan kemampuan adalah kepelbagaian yang bukan bertujuan untuk perbalahan dan perkelahian. Sebaliknya, untuk bantu membantu dalam menunai tanggungjawab dan keperluan. Tiada bagi warna kulit, jenis bangsa, bahasa, negara segalanya itu nilai dalam timbangan Allah.

Sebaliknya, di sana hanya satu timbangan yang menentukan nilai dan kelebihan manusia, iaitu "Sesungguhnya semulia-mulia kamu di sisi Allah ialah orang yang paling bertaqwa di antara kamu". (Fi Zilal al-Quran 6/3348. Cairo: Dar al-Syuruq).

Maka, apa-apa sahaja tindakan atau peraturan yang boleh membawa permusuhan kaum, atau permusuhan atas dasar bangsa dan etnik, maka ia menjurus kepada unsur ketidakadilan yang ditolak oleh prinsip asas Islam.

Tiada kaum yang boleh menganggap mereka 'lebih tuan' dalam ertikata racial supremacy. Adapun hadis Nabi: "Para pemimpin dari Quraish" (Hadis sahih riwayat Ahmad, al-Tabarani, al-Baihaqi dll) tidak boleh dijadikan hujah ketuanan sesuatu bangsa. Hadis ini bukan soal ketuanan, tetapi soalan kemampuan dan pengaruh politik diambil kira dalam perlantikan pemimpin. Oleh kerana Quraish mempunyai pengaruh dan kemampuan politik dalam kalangan Arab ketika itu, maka mereka paling layak.

Dalam masa yang sama Nabi bersabda:"Sekalipun jika memerintah kamu seorang hamba habsyi, jika dia memimpin kamu dengan Kitab Allah, maka dengar dan taatlah" (Riwayat Muslim).

Hadis ini menafikan ketuanan kaum (racial supremacy) tertentu.

Di samping itu, kita hendaklah tahu bahawa setiap mukmin itu bersaudara tanpa mengira bangsa dan puak. Hak-hak persaudaraan Islam telah ditentukan oleh Allah dan rasulNya. Nilai persaudaraan ini hendaklah sentiasa kita pegang. Perbezaan keturunan dan bangsa tidak boleh menjejaskan hal ini.

Inilah asas perpaduan yang terpenting. Inilah perpaduan yang menyelamatkan kita dunia dan akhirat. Firman Allah: (maksudnya) "Dan berpegang teguhlah kamu sekalian dengan tali Allah (Islam), dan janganlah kamu berpecah-belah; dan kenanglah nikmat Allah kepada kamu ketika kamu dahulunya bermusuh-musuhan, lalu Allah menyatukan di antara jantung hati kamu, maka menjadilah kamu dengan nikmat Allah itu bersaudara (persaudaraan Islam).

Dan kamu dahulunya berada di tepi jurang neraka (disebabkan kekufuran kamu semasa jahiliyah), lalu Allah selamatkan kamu darinya (disebabkan nikmat Islam). Demikianlah Allah menjelaskan kepada kamu ayat-ayat keteranganNya, supaya kamu mendapat petunjuk hidayahNya. (Surah Ali 'Imran ayat 103).

Menolong seseorang berdasarkan agama memberikan ruang yang lebih terbuka daripada menolong seseorang berdasarkan bangsa. Ini kerana seseorang boleh memilih agamanya, tetapi tidak boleh memilih bangsanya.

Menolong Kaum Dalam Islam

Setelah kita faham dan beriman dengan asas-asas yang disebutkan di atas. Bertindak berteraskan asas ini, maka tidaklah menjadi kesalahan jika kita dalam masa yang sama berusaha memajukan bangsa atau keturunan kita dengan syarat kita tidak menzalimi dan menghina kaum yang lain. Dalam Islam pun, harta pusaka juga diwarisi oleh kaum keluarga.

Kita juga disuruh menghubungkan silaturrahim sesama keluarga dan al-Quran juga menyuruh kita membantu keluarga di sudut harta. Firman Allah: (maksudnya) "Maka (sebagai tanda syukur) berikanlah kepada kaum kerabatmu, miskin dan orang musafir akan haknya masing-masing; pemberian yang demikian adalah baik bagi orang-orang yang bertujuan memperoleh keredhaan Allah dan mereka itulah orang-orang yang berjaya. (Surah al-Rum, ayat 37)

Nabi juga memuji sikap tolong menolong dalam memajukan atau membantu kaum atau puak sendiri, dengan syarat tidak menzalimi puak yang lain. Sabda Nabi: "Sesungguhnya kaum al-`Asy`ariyin apabila habis bekalan mereka dalam peperangan, atau kurang makanan keluarga mereka di Madinah, mereka himpunkan apa yang ada pada mereka dalam satu kain. Kemudian mereka membahagikan dalam satu bekas dengan sama rata. Sesungguhnya mereka daripadaku dan aku daripada mereka. (Riwayat al-Bukhari dan Muslim).

Ertinya, walaupun Islam menentang 'asabiyyah namun Islam tidak menentang usaha membantu dan memartabatkan kaum sendiri, jika ada keperluan ke arah itu dan tidak membawa kepada pemusuhan antara puak dan kaum.

Adapun asabiyyah sebenarnya adalah sikap berpuak yang membawa kepada membelakangkan kebenaran dan kezaliman kepada kepada pihak lain. Sikap fanatik puak itu mungkin menjelma dalam bentuk bangsa, ataupun parti politik, atau mazhab, atau kumpulan atau apa sahaja yang fanatik dan menolak kebenaran orang lain.

Sabda Nabi: "Sesiapa yang berperang di bawah rayah 'immiyyah (bendera kebutaan) dan menyeru kepada 'asabiyyah atau marah kerana 'asabiyyah maka kematiannya adalah jahiliyyah". (Muslim).

Rayah 'immiyyah (bendera kebutaan) adalah kiasan kepada suatu puak yang berhimpun atas suatu perkara yang tidak diketahui sama ada benar atau batil, namun membela atas dasar ketaksuban. Ertinya, jika ada ciri demikian maka itu 'asabiyyah yang dilarang; samada perjuangan parti atau perjuangan kaum. Maka, bukan sahaja perjuangan politik bangsa boleh menjadi 'asabiyyah, perjuangan atas nama Islam jika fanatik dan menolak kebenaran hanya kerana keputusan parti juga boleh dinamakan 'asabiyyah.

Usaha memartabatkan kaum bukan prinsip perjuangan tetapi boleh menjadi keperluan sementara yang dilakukan apabila keadaan mendesak seperti yang berlaku kepada kabilah al-Asy'ariyyin dalam hadis di atas. Sebab itu al-Quran bukan sahaja menyebut membantu kaum kerabat yang susah, tetapi juga membantu golongan miskin, orang musafir yang kesusahan tanpa dikaitkan dengan kaum kerabat atau bangsa.

Ertinya; prinsip Islam mengatasi segalanya termasuk isu bangsa. Perjuangan bangsa jika bertentangan dengan prinsip-prinsip Islam yang disebutkan tadi adalah diharamkan. Namun, usaha memartabatkan bangsa jika tidak bertentangan dengan prinsip-prinsip Islam seperti prinsip persaudaraan Islam, keadilan untuk semua dan tidak menghina bangsa lain, maka ia diizinkan, bahkan terpuji.

Namun, berjihad menentang kaum lain atas nama bangsa, bukan ajaran Islam. -Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin

Harussani: Nabi anjur pertahan Raja, kaum

Mufti Perak, Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria hari ini menyokong usaha untuk memperjuangkan Islam seperti yang dipromosikan pertubuhan pro-Melayu JATI yang disifatkannya sebagai satu jihad kepada orang Islam.

Katanya jihad itu diwajibkan ke atas orang Islam, apatah lagi apabila serangan ke atas Islam kini "begitu hebat sehingga ramai di kalangan orang Islam menjadi murtad."

"Wajib kita pertahankan akidah kita daripada serangan ejekan atau diperhina. Namun hari ini kita lihat agama kita tidak diambil berat oleh orang Islam sendiri, malah ada yang mempertahankan perbuatan itu," katanya lagi.

Tambahnya, orang Islam juga wajib mempertahankan Raja-raja Melayu memandangkan golongan itulah yang mula-mula sekali menerima Islam di negara ini.

"Maka raja tidak boleh terpisah dengan kita," katanya lagi dalam ucapannya di majlis perasmian penubuhan NGO tersebut di Shah Alam hari ini.

Tambahnya, perjuangan untuk mempertahankan raja juga dianjurkan oleh Nabi Muhammad melalui sabda baginda bahawa "raja itu adalah bayang Allah di bumi ini."

"Jadi kita pertahankan kerana itu disebut oleh Rasulullah. Bukan dalam satu riwayat saja tapi banyak riwayat," tambahnya.

Mengulas mengenai pandangan sesetengah pihak mengenai perjuangan kaum, Harussani berkata Nabi Muhammad sendiri telah menyeru kepada kaum Quraisy pada waktu itu supaya mempertahankan bangsa mereka.

"Ada orang kata kalau kita bercakap bangsa Melayu dikatakan kita ini orang yang nasionalis. Nabi juga bercakap tentang kaumnya.

"Kita pertahankan bangsa kita bukan bermakna taksub dan memang wajib pun kita pertahankan kerana negara ini adalah kepunyaan orang Melayu.

"Salah satu wasiat raja-raja sebelum merdeka ialah selain gunung ganang, sungai atau lubuk-lubuk maka setengah daripada tanah Melayu itu mestilah hak orang Melayu, yang lain itu biarlah berebut sesama kamu," katanya lagi.

Wasiat berkenaan - dokumen yang sering didakwa sebagai asas perjanjian kepada raja-raja Melayu dalam pembentukan Persekutuan Malaysia - turut dinyatakan dalam tayangan video ketika majlis perasmian tersebut.
-mk



If all Malaysians 'racists', then Mahathir uber 'racist'!

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 10:22 PM PST

By Clara Chooi
February 22, 2012


Girls’ Generation Tour in Bangkok 2012

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 09:12 PM PST

Korean pop group Girls' Generation held a concert in Bangkok on February 12, which concluded their 2nd Asia Tour which covered 11 cities and attracted some 230,000 fans in 23 shows. Photos by Pingbook [Th], via Snsdpics

Girls Generation Tour in Bangkok 2012

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Girls' Generation Tour in Bangkok 2012 from YeinJee's Asian Journal


Kes Simbah Asid Di Marang: Janda 24 Thn Terkilan Jika Beliau Jadi Penyebabnya

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 10:07 PM PST

Marang: "Saya kesal kalau benar saya yang menjadi punca mereka bergaduh," kata janda berusia 24 tahun yang enggan dikenali dari Kampung Serating, Merchang, di sini, yang terkilan kerana dikatakan penyebab kejadian simbah asid di kampung terbabit, pagi Ahad lalu.

Bagi mengelak prasangka buruk terhadapnya, ibu kepada dua anak itu menjelaskan salah seorang suspek dan mangsa adalah bekas teman lelakinya dari kampung sama.

Menurutnya, mereka bersengketa apabila mengetahui seorang daripada mangsa iaitu Sharul Zaman Salim, 38, cuba melamarnya beberapa minggu lalu.

"Memang dia (Sharul Zaman) melamar saya minggu lalu, tetapi saya menolak kerana beranggapan mereka hanya sebagai kawan saja.

"Kejadian itu juga menyebabkan penduduk kampung memandang serong kepada saya selain tidak dapat menumpukan sepenuh perhatian terhadap kerja sebagai pembantu kedai makan dan sangat terkilan seandainya betul kejadian itu ada kaitan dengan saya," katanya.

Sementara itu, Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah negeri, Asisten Komisioner K Manoharan berkata, susulan tangkapan terhadap dua lelaki berusia 39 dan 32 tahun yang dipercayai terbabit mencederakan dua mangsa dalam kejadian di Kampung Padang, Merchang, di sini, Ahad lalu, polis menahan seorang lagi lelaki berusia 26 tahun bagi membantu siasatan.

"Lelaki terbabit seorang buruh binaan dari Kampung Padang, Merchang ditahan di premis mencuci kereta di kampung berkenaan kira-kira jam 4.30 petang semalam (kelmarin) dan penahanan terhadap lelaki terbabit dipercayai dapat membantu siasatan yang kini hampir selesai," katanya. -HM

Mangsa simbah asid dibedah esok

MOHD. FAZIL terlantar di wad mangsa kebakaran HSNZ, Kuala Terengganu semalam dan dijangka dibedah esok.


KUALA TERENGGANU - Dua lelaki yang menjadi mangsa kes simbah asid ketika tidur di sebuah rumah di Kampung Padang Merchang, Marang dekat sini Ahad lalu dijadual menjalani pembedahan menampal kulit baharu esok.

Mohd. Fazil Idrus, 18, dan Shahrulzaman Salim, 38, kini dalam keadaan stabil dan ditempatkan di Unit Kebakaran Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah (HSNZ) di sini.

Bapa Mohd. Fazil, Idrus Mat Nor, 54, berkata, anaknya itu bakal dibedah bagi membolehkan kulit paha lapisan pertamanya diambil untuk ditampal pada bahagian muka, tangan dan kaki yang melecur teruk.

"Kami harap pembedahan itu berjaya, sedih juga rasa apabila Mohd. Fazil masih enggan bercakap sejak ditimpa musibah itu," katanya ketika ditemui di sini semalam.

Idrus juga belum tergamak membenarkan Mohd. Fazil melihat cermin bagi mengelakkan anaknya itu terkejut.

"Saya tidak tahu bagaimana dia mahu hadapi semua ini kerana hampir separuh daripada mukanya telah melecur," tambahnya.

Kosmo! kelmarin melaporkan mengenai nasib malang dua sahabat itu yang cedera parah selepas disimbah asid oleh individu tidak dikenali ketika tidur di sebuah rumah di Kampung Padang Merchang. -kosmo


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雪州民联政府没调涨门牌税,黄糩璊须针对其误导性言论道歉

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 08:26 PM PST

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首相夫人罗斯马出席土权晚宴,马华怎么说?

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 08:15 PM PST

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The Fable of Governmentium Ad Infinitum

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 06:44 PM PST

Investigators at a major research institution have discovered the heaviest element known to science. This startling new discovery has been tentatively named Governmentium.

This new element has no protons or electrons, thus having an atomic number of 0. It does, however, have 1 neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons, and 111 assistant vice neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.


These 312 particles are held together by a force called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

Since it has no electrons, Governmentium is inert.

However, it can be detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

According to the discoverers, a minute amount of Governmentium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete when it would normally take less than a second. Governmentium has a normal half-life of approximately four years; it does not decay but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons, vice neutrons, and assistant vice neutrons exchange places.

In fact, a Governmentium sample's mass will actually increase over time, since with each reorganization some of the morons inevitably become neutrons, forming new isotopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to speculate that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration.

This hypothetical quantity is referred to as the "Critical Morass".

You will know it when you see it. When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element which radiates just as much energy since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

-Author Unknown-

*This is a fictitious satirical fable, author unknown. I only changed the paragraphing of this piece which I first posted HERE under a different title.

*Posted for laughs and a grim reminder of the reality before us. I reckon such a scenario will be ad infinitum unless major changes can be made by people power.

Have a nice day.


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