Tuesday, February 21, 2012

OFA coffee table book, part12

OFA coffee table book, part12


OFA coffee table book, part12

Posted: 17 Feb 2012 04:06 AM PST

Came back from an informal meeting at the Old Frees' Association this afternoon. It was kind of a meeting called at short order to discuss the pictures that would be going into the coffee table book. We have a problem here because many of the photos that we want for the book are of rather poor quality. The president thought that there would be great photos being kept at the office but I cautioned him that I've more or less looked through the whole stack of photographs and frankly, I'm not impressed at all. I think after he looked through the albums himself, he may have come to the same conclusion. We've got to do with the best we have then, and there aren't many. Anyhow, the meeting turned into a discussion about meeting the deadline for the book. Since the Raja of Perlis and the Penang Governor have already confirmed their attendance at the Old Frees' Association function on 31 Mar 2012, that's the deadline facing us now for the launch of the book. Everything will be proceeding full steam ahead from now on. Luckily, I've already received the work files from my co-editor. My new task now consists of going through her stories to ensure that there is standardisation of format. Big job to do there, as I haven't completed all my existing tasks! Therefore, if you see less updates to this blog in the weeks to come, please pardon me as I won't be breathing easy until 31 March is over!
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[Bergambar] Lagi Gambar-gambar Pelik, Aneh & Lucu Hanya Di Malaysia

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 10:08 AM PST

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National Service 101

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 07:36 AM PST

Just found this guy after watching Noah Yap's videos.

Found this rather interesting. So guys these days learn how to swear during NS?
What about those goody-two-shoes boys? Will their parents be stunned if they found their precious boy swearing?

 


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Nepal minister jailed and fined for corruption

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 06:46 AM PST

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal's highest court on Tuesday jailed a serving government minister for corruption in a first for a nation fighting an ingrained culture of graft.
The Supreme Court handed information and communications minister, Jaya Prakash Prasad Gupta, an 18-month sentence and an 8.4 million-rupee (S$131,000) fine after he failed to account for a vast portfolio of property accrued while in office.
Gupta, 52, has held a number of ministerial posts and was appointed to the information ministry after his party struck a deal with the Maoists to form a coalition government in August 2011.
'This bench has reached the conclusion that the defendant's source of income and the property he earned during the given period doesn't match,' Ms Sushila Karki, one of two presiding judges, told reporters.


What do we need to know in facing Iran? By Victor Davis Hanson

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 06:17 AM PST

Given the worrying over nuclear Iran, it is timely to review the rules of nuclear proliferation.

NUCLEAR CRED
Otherwise insignificant nations and failed states gain credibility by shorting their own people to divert billions of dollars to acquiring a bomb. Take away that fact from Pakistan, and the United States would probably have reduced aid to such a de facto belligerent long ago. Without the ongoing appearance of possessing nukes, North Korea would probably earn about as much foreign aid as Chad or Niger. What makes France a world player, in a way that the much larger and richer Germany is not, is not just the burdens of German guilt, but also the fact of a nuclear France. The bomb sometimes achieves what even GDP, population, strategic location, or natural resources cannot.

MADNESS AS FORCE MULTIPLIER
Presumed madness is a force multiplier of nuclear capability, especially in an Islamic apocalyptic context. Under conventional nuclear deterrence, rough nuclear parity, and the assurance that neither side has a first-strike capability sufficient to render its opponent nuclearly impotent, prevent both wars and nuclear blackmail. But if a head of state can feign insanity, or, better yet, convincingly announce a wish for the apocalypse, then he can, in theory, circumvent some traditional rules of deterrence. An Iranian theocrat's supposed willingness to use his sole nuclear weapon to wipe out tiny Israel — at the cost of losing 30 million Iranians from retaliation — yields a cheap way to obtain not just parity with Israel, but potentially a nuclear advantage.

In any given Middle Eastern crisis, a soon-to-be-nuclear Iran will always talk of the return of the hidden imam while threatening to repeat the Holocaust. By these means, it hopes to reap political concessions that its paltry array of nukes would not otherwise warrant. Acting as if one had nothing to lose is an advantage in nuclear poker — analogous to the supposedly prison-bound high-school dropout picking a fight with his graduating, Harvard-bound counterpart.

SORTA, KINDA NUCLEAR
All intelligence concerning the current status of the world's nuclear club is inexact at best. Therefore, to achieve nuclear deterrence, it may not even be necessary for a rogue state to provide conclusive proof that it has nuclear weapons on hand and that they actually work.

Iraq might well never have been able to produce enough weapons-grade plutonium from its Osirak reactor to make a bomb, even had Israel not destroyed the plant in 1981. No matter: Had we known in 1991 that the reactor was intact and had been working for a decade, there is real doubt whether the United States would have dared to invade Iraq during the first Gulf War.

Moammar Qaddafi reportedly gave up his nuclear-weapons program for fear of meeting the same fate as Saddam Hussein. But he may have wrongly surmised, on the basis of our claim that we had invaded Iraq in part to stop Saddam's WMD program, that the existence of such a program would have prompted a U.S. preemptive response. He might have been more accurate had he concluded that uncertainty about the status of his nuclear acquisition might have convinced the U.S. of the dangers of attacking such a potential nuclear power. Had Qaddafi instead accelerated work on his nuclear program from 2003 to 2011 — even falsely claiming at key intervals that he had a bomb — there is less likelihood that NATO would have bombed him out of power last year.

Syria, after the fall of Saddam, apparently better understood these realities and therefore was racing to enrich uranium and obtain one or two bombs. Israel destroyed its enrichment facility near Deir ez-Zor in 2007 when it was unequivocally clear that Syria was not yet nuclear. Note, as in the case of Saddam Hussein in 1981, that Bashar al-Assad did not retaliate against Israel in 2007 — apparently afraid to engage a nuclear Israel over a matter of nuclear weapons. Had the reactor not been bombed then, today, nearly five years later, Assad might well have been able to at least feign nuclear capability in a way that might have shielded him against foreign pressures.

To this day, we do not know whether North Korea has successfully detonated a nuclear bomb that is easily deliverable. But it does not matter; we need to know only that it has achieved some sort of nuclear reaction that suggests the ability to repeat it a few times. That fact prevents any sort of preemptive attack on a North Korean reactor, giving North Korea the sort of exemption that Iraq, Libya, and Syria never quite achieved.

NUCLEAR STOCKPILES ARE NOT ALL EQUAL
The United States, in well-meaning fashion, is supposedly considering unilaterally reducing its nuclear force, perhaps even well below the limits agreed on with the Russians. Rumors circulate that a few in the administration are pondering a more radical reduction, to 400 nukes or even fewer — about what China or India may possess.


Apa khabar orang Cina? By Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN, formerly of the Royal Malaysian Navy

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 06:12 AM PST

COMMENT At least, we now know thanks to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng that "PAS has never killed a single Chinese. This is a fact." The implication being that Umno has? Is this a "fact", too? So, the Chinese have nothing to worry about. And by the by, no need to worry about that syariah law that PAS seems so keen about; hudud does not kill people, people do.

If you really are multiracial party, wouldn't it be accurate (as a nod to your non-Chinese members) to argue that "PAS has never killed a single Malaysian" (To the best of my knowledge they did not kill A Kugan, Aminulrasyid Amzah and Ahmad Sarbaini, just to name a few) and does the DAP really think that the murder of Teoh Beng Hock was racially motivated instead of politically motivated?

Don't get me wrong, from what I've heard and read, Lim did make the appropriate noises when it came to the inclusiveness of his party but the reality is what the Chinese want, what they really, really want, is a Chinese party who will champion their community. Most times all this "justice and fairness" talk seems more like a fait accompli.

What was excruciating besides the horrendous translations during the live debate was the spectacle of Chinese MCA and DAP supporters (not to mention the "titans" themselves) whooping and hollering to the communalist tune of the Umno dance factory.

MCA, the sole member of Umno's First Wife Club, attempting to regain the attention of the Chinese community from the newly cosmetically enhanced DAP, with the most vulgar of come ons - money, money, money, Chinese schools, PAS, PAS, PAS. For far too long the Chinese community had it easy. There was the role of watchdog and running dog and sometimes depending on the issue; the MCA was chided on its role as the latter without any real consequence.

The Malays had the choice between the gravy train which was Umno and piety which was PAS, and although the gravy train only had room for a select few, it was obviously better than the alternative, which was waiting in religious chains for a handout from God. The Indians, of course, chose MIC instead of establishing deep roots within the DAP. The Orang Asli and the indigenous peoples of Sabah and Sarawak had very little choice since their subjugation to Umno involved a whole different set of oppressive state measures that non-Malays are largely ignorant of.

Mainstream political pundits may be excited about a new era of political debate and the apparent (to them) "edge" MCA chief Dr Chua Soi Lek had over Lim but the reality is, the debate was nothing more than the equivalent of a fairly tame Internet flame war, where two grown men strayed off topic and spoke to their respective peanut galleries, with the occasional taunts (questions which really had nothing to do with the topic at hand) from their opponents supporters.

The debate itself highlighted everything which is wrong with the repellent MCA. Chua's admonishment to Lim for giving false hope (isn't "false hope" an oxymoron?) to the non-Malays (and Chinese specifically) that the top roles of public service was beyond them by virtue of "race" points more to the MCA's subservience to their duplicitous master rather than the bitter (hopefully for the time being) BN-created reality.

A reversal of roles?

After watching this debate I'm extremely pessimistic that we will ever move beyond our communal preoccupations. I have no idea if the DAP can sustain its multiracial ambitions seeing as how at the drop of a hat they will engage the MCA over the issue of "Chinese interests". Or put it another way, are the multiracial ambitions of the DAP merely window
dressing?

If Pakatan Rakyat ever comes into power and the MCA somehow survives (there is always a need for dissenting voices) will the guardianship of Chinese interests fall to them? Will the MCA reform and play the role the DAP had played for so long? Will the DAP continue its multiracial stand when history has shown that the Chinese vote will swing to whomever they think best protects their "interest". And let's face it, the interest of the nation takes precedence over any single community.

And since we're indulging in communal expectations and fears, if ever the time comes when Pakatan begins the arduous task of dismantling the state's (read: Umno created) apparatus of racism and bigotry, would the same be done for the private sector which is plagued by it's own forms of discrimination? A private sector dominated by the Chinese community. I haven't heard anyone make the argument that no such discrimination exists or that the state has no business involving itself in the private sector.

There's always a combination of communities which is left out of the discourse when it comes to political issues in Malaysia. This time it was the Indians and Malays. Let me be specific - the Indians and Malays who buy into this whole PKR and DAP are multiracial parties concept. This is exactly what the racialist Umno desires.

The hawks in Umno realise that the MCA is hemorrhaging Chinese votes and the only way this will stop is if the Chinese and other communities are reminded why they fear each other. They need to be reminded that only Umno, with the complicity of their non-Malay lackeys, can keep the peace and maintain stability.

It also plays up on the fears of the Malay community seeing how much influence the Chinese have on their political future. The attacks that the DAP has been under by the outsourced thugs of Umno of the alleged "alliance" between the DAP and the PAP and the attacks Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has received for his so-called pro-Jewish stance and the attacks from former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad of how Pakatan are merely puppets of American and Jewish interests, all contribute to the siege mentality that Umno is determined to instill in the Malay community.

Still playing the same game

We have been told by Pakatan that the rules of the game have changed. Then why is it they are still playing by the same old rules? This debate does nothing but warm the hearts of the hardcore racialists within Pakatan for whom the term "multiracial" is just a variation of the concept of 1Malaysia to be used whenever convenient to fish for votes.

Imagine an alternate scenario where the DAP stuck to its guns and refused to debate the MCA on this racialist topic but rather demanded for a debate between Anwar and PM Najib Razak since these two are contenders for the Putrajaya throne or demanded that the topic centre on issues affecting all Malaysians, whom the DAP claims to represent. As it is, this debate merely confirms that the rules of the game hasn't changed - that the DAP's role in Pakatan is to pick up the Chinese vote as is PKR and PAS to scoop up the Malay vote.

And what exactly was at stake here? The Chinese vote? The desperation of MCA and the by-elections wins of the DAP is evidence that voting members of the Chinese community have chosen to reject MCA and the rotting BN. If the DAP had chosen not to debate the MCA, what did they (DAP) think the Chinese community would do? Abandon the DAP and go running back to MCA?

No, this was a gesture by the DAP to reassure those Chinese who don't sincerely buy into the whole multiracial thing going on in the DAP that their interest would always be protected. Maybe this is the nature of Malaysian politics until the rapidly growing Malay demographic completely erodes any utilitarian value of having multiracial parties.

The "sloppy seconds" debate in English or/and Malay proposed by Lim and Chua, is just adding salt to the wound. The DAP and Pakatan had its chance to make a symbolic gesture or who knows even stick to its multiracial principles but instead chose to play the same old game.

Umno and BN should be kicked out of Putrajaya but every time I see Pakatan in action or imagine the day when PKR, PAS and the DAP eventually reaching Putrajaya with their respective cultural baggage, I am reminded of the final scene in 'The Candidate', where the senator-elect who has compromised everything on his way up, asks - "What do we do now?" Malaysiakini.


I Help You, You Help Me, Projek Lebuhraya KIDEX Untuk Hakim & Peguam UMNO

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 07:25 AM PST

Projek Lebuhraya KIDEX untuk Hakim dan Peguam UMNO: Nurul tuntut penjelasan PM

Krisis perlembagaan Perak masih lagi segar di ingatan rakyat Malaysia, khususnya tuduhan bahawa permohonan Zambry Kadir dipercepatkan sementara menafikan permohonan lawan politiknya Nizar Jamaluddin pula.

Watak utama kemelut ini merupakan Hafarizam Harun, penasihat undang-undang UMNO, mewakili Zambry ketika itu, dan bekas penasihat undang-undang UMNO dan Ketua Hakim Negara ketika itu, Ahmad Zaki.

Justeru, kedua-dua individu ini mestilah berhadapan dengan perhatian umum berkenaan penglibatan mereka di dalam rampasan Perak oleh Barisan Nasional dan kontroversi terbaru melibatkan mereka di dalam pemberian konsesi RM2.2 bilion Lebuhraya Kinrara-Damansara (KIDEX). Hafarizam merupakan pengarah untuk kedua-dua belah syarikat yang menerima konsesi tersebut, iaitu Emrail Sdn Bhd dan Zabima Engineering Sdn Bhd sementara isteri Zaki Azmi merupakan pengarah di dalam Emrail, sebuah syarikat yang tidak mempunyai rekod di dalam pembinaan lebuhraya. Kenyataan syarikat tersebut sendiri menyatakan mereka berhasrat menjadi "Syarikat Kejuruteraan Rel Utama di Malaysia dan Rantau ini."

Mengambilkira kontroversi penganugerahan konsesi ini, Perdana Menteri mestilah respon segera berkenaan isu-isu ini:

1. Pendirian PM berkenaan Seksyen 9 Kod Etika Hakim 2009:

"Seorang hakim akan, pada masa perlantikan atau mana-mana masa kemudiannya sekiranya diminta oleh Ketua Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan membuat perisytiharan bertulis semua asetnya kepada Ketua Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan."

Merujuk kepada peruntukan ini, Ketua Hakim Negara pada masa ini, Ariffin Zakaria mestilah meminta Zaki Azmi membuat perisytiharan aset beliau dan keluarganya secara bertulis berikutan tuduhan-tuduhan ini.

2. Mendedahkan sebab dan kriteria pemberian tender kepada Zabima Engineering dan Emrail. Apakah syarikat-syarikat lain yang dipertimbangkan, dan adakah tender terbuka dibuat demi memastikan kepentingan orang ramai terpelihara?

3. Bagaimanakah pemberian konsesi dan pakej kontrak ini selari dengan dasar pentadbiran ini, khususnya Model Ekonomi Baru, Inisiatif Pembaharuan Strategik dan lain-lain lagi?

4. Apakah terma lengkap konsesi, kadar tol dan perkongsian keuntungan?

Di dalam smsnya kepada Malaysian Insider, Hafarizam mendakwa bahawa syarikat-syarikatnya diserang memandangkan mereka merupakan antara bilangan kecil syarikat Bumiputera yang dianugerahkan projek ini. Malang sekali apabila sebuah isu tentang ketelusan dan kebertanggungjawaban yang akan memberi impak kepada semua rakyat sekali lagi dilihat dari perspektif kaum. Hakikatnya, sekiranya tuduhan ini terbukti benar, sekelompok kecil kroni akan sekali lagi mendapat durian runtuh sedangkan ramai rakyat Malaysia, termasuk majoriti masyarakat Bumiputera terpaksa menjadi mangsa projek ini. Terma perjanjian antara kerajaan dan syarikat-syarikat yang dipilih mesti didedahkan agar projek ini tidak menjadi satu lagi konsesi yang membebankan rakyat Malaysia.

Rakyat Malaysia mempunyai harapan besar terhadap konsesi generasi kedua dan ketiga memandangkan piawai-piawai baru yang dijanjikan kerajaan. Usah kita lupa rekod buruk Kerajaan BN di dalam pemberian konsesi sebelum ini.

Jawapan telus daripada Perdana Menteri mampu meyakinkan rakyat bahawa mereka tidak akan dibebani dengan lebih banyak "bail-out" dan penswastaan semula

Rakyat khususnya bertanya, apa sudah jadi dengan janji Program Transformasi Kerajaan untuk mengurangkan ketirisan dan pembaziran wang rakyat untuk pembangunan negara dan perbelanjaan operasi dengan memastikan ketelusan di dalam pemberian kontrak? Jelas sekali, kerajaan harus membuktikan pemberian projek lebuhraya ini dibuat secara telus demi kepentingan rakyat.

Jika tidak, rakyat akan terus menolak jaminan BN dalam isu transformasi ekonomi dan membuat keputusan mereka di dalam pilihan raya akan datang.

*Kenyataan media oleh Nurul Izzah Anwar (gambar kiri) selaku Naib Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat.


Hafarizam: Kontrak bukan habuan tapi merit

Penasihat undang-undang Umno Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun menafikan dakwaan bahawa dua syarikat yang dianugerahkan konsesi lebuh raya RM2.2 bilion dan dikaitkan dengan dirinya adalah sebagai habuan atau ganjaran kerana peranannya membantu BN merampas Perak dari Pakatan Rakyat.

Sebaliknya, Hafarizam berkata bahawa kedua-dua syarikat itu menghadapi "persaingan sengit" semasa proses tender. Namun pengalaman mereka menyiapkan projek landasan berkembar keretapi dari Rawang ke Ipoh sepanjang 179 kilometer diambil kira.

"Kami mempunyai rekod pencapaian yang baik (dalam projek landasan berkembar) dari Rawang ke Ipoh. (Dakwaan) habuan untuk Perak, saya fikir ini tuduhan keterlaluan.

"Ini langsung tidak mempunyai kaitan sama sekali. Kami menang atas merit! Kami adalah antara beberapa syarikat bumiputera yang dianugerahkan. Mengapa serang kami apabila ada yang lain ... Saya pasti awak juga tahu siapa yang lain yang juga dapat," katanya dalam teks pesanan ringkas kepada Malaysiakini.

Hafarizam diminta mengulas dakwaan oleh penulis blog Raja Petra Kamaruddin yang mendakwa kerajaan persekutuan mengamalkan kronisme dalam penganugerahan projek Lebuhraya Kinrara-Damansara.

Raja Petra berkata Hafarizam adalah ahli lembaga pengarah di kedua-dua syarikat - Emrail Sdn Bhd dan Zabima Engineering Sdn Bhd yang mendapat konsesi lebuh raya itu.

Selain penasihat undang-undang Umno itu, Raja Petra juga mendedahkan bahawa seorang lagi pengarah Emrail adalah Nik Sazlina Mohd Zain, isteri bekas Ketua Hakim Negara Tun Zaki Azmi.

Beliau membayangkan bahawa Hafarizam dan Zaki mungkin diberi habuan untuk peranan masing-masing dalam pergelutan di mahkamah selepas BN merampas kerajaan negeri Perak pada Februari 2009.

Hafarizam adalah antara peguam yang mewakili Menteri Besar Perak sekarang, Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir, manakala Zaki pula adalah Ketua Hakim Negara ketika itu. Zaki bagaimanapun tidak menduduki mana-mana panel yang membicarakan kes berkenaan.
-mk




တံုးအတဲ့မိန္းမ နဲ႔ ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမ….

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 03:06 AM PST

  1. တံုးအတဲ့…မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားနဲ႔အတိုက္အခံျပဳတယ္။
  2. ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားကို အားေပးကူညီတယ္။
  3. တံုးအတဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားရဲ႕ခၽြတ္ယြင္းခ်က္ကိုပဲ ထိုးဆြၿပီး အၿမဲစိတ္တိုတယ္။
  4. ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားရဲ႕အားသာခ်က္ကိုပဲၾကည့္ၿပီး အၿမဲေပ်ာ္ရႊင္တယ္။
  5. တံုးအတဲ့မိန္းမက ေနရာ၊ အေျခအေနမခဲြဘဲ ေယာက္်ားနဲ႔ျငင္းခုန္ရန္ျဖစ္တယ္၊ ေယာက္်ားကို လူပံုအလယ္မွာ မ်က္ႏွာသာမဲ့ေစတယ္။
  6. ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမက လူေတြၾကားမွာ ေယာက္်ားကိုမ်က္ႏွာသာေပးတယ္။ ဆံုးမစရာ၊ ေျပာစရာရွိရင္ ႏွစ္ကိုယ္ၾကားမွာပဲေျပာတယ္။
  7. တံုးအတဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားကို သိမ္ငယ္ေအာင္လုပ္တယ္။ ေယာက္်ားကိုသိမ္ငယ္ေစတာဟာ ကိုယ့္ကိုသိမ္ငယ္ေစတယ္ဆိုတာကို သူေမ့ေနလို႔ျဖစ္တယ္။
  8. ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားကို တန္ဖိုးထားေလးစားတယ္။ ေယာက္်ားကို ေလးစားတာဟာ ကိုယ့္ကိုပိုေပၚလြင္ေစေၾကာင္း သူနားလည္လို႔ျဖစ္တယ္။
  9. တံုးအတဲ့မိန္းမက အတိတ္ေဟာင္းကို ခဏခဏထုတ္ၿပီး ေယာက္်ားကို တဗ်စ္ေတာက္ေတာက္ေျပာတယ္။
  10. ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားနဲ႔အတူ လွပတဲ့အနာဂတ္ေရာက္ဖို႔ ဦးတည္တယ္။
  11. တံုးအတဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားရဲ႕အမွားကို မလြတ္တမ္းဆုပ္ကိုင္ၿပီး ေယာက္်ားအေၾကာင္းအကုန္သိသူလို႔ ကိုယ့္ကိုယ္ကိုထင္တယ္။
  12. ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားရဲ႕အမွားကိုခြင့္လႊတ္ၿပီး ေယာက္်ားဆိုတာ ဘယ္ေတာ့မွ မႀကီးျပင္းတတ္တဲ့ကေလးလို႔ဆိုတယ္။
  13. တံုးအတဲ့မိန္းမက "နင္ ထြက္သြား!" လို႔ ေအာ္ဟစ္တယ္။
  14. ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမက "ငါ့အနားက မခြာနဲ႔"လုိ႔ဆိုတယ္။
  15. တံုးအတဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားကို ျမားတစ္စင္းလို တင္းတင္းဆဲြတယ္။ တင္းတင္းဆဲြေလ ေဝးေဝးကိုေရာက္ေလပါပဲ။
  16. ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားကို ေလတံခြန္လို လႊတ္တယ္။ လက္ထဲက ႀကိဳးကို စိတ္ေအးလက္ေအးကိုင္တယ္။
  17. တံုးအတဲ့မိန္းမက ကိုယ္ေတာ္၊ ကိုယ္တတ္ေၾကာင္းကို ပိုအေရးစိုက္တယ္။
  18. ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမက ေထာက္ပံ့၊ မွီခိုအားထားဖို႔ကို ပိုနားလည္တယ္။
  19. တံုးအတဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားအနား တဖဝါးမွမခြာ ထိန္းေက်ာင္းတယ္။
  20. ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားအနား ခြာလိုက္၊ ကပ္လိုက္လုပ္တယ္။
  21. တံုးအတဲ့မိန္းမက ခ်က္ျပဳတ္ေလွ်ာ္ဖြပ္တာကို သိေပမယ့္ ကိုယ့္ကိုယ္ကို မျပဳျပင္၊ မဖီးလိမ္းခ်င္ဘူး။
  22. ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမက ခ်က္ျပဳတ္ေလွ်ာ္ဖြပ္တာကို သိသလို ကိုယ့္ကိုယ္ကိုလဲ ဖီးလိမ္းျပဳျပင္ဖို႔ မေမ့ဘူး။
  23. တံုးအတဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားကို ဖိအားနဲ႔ စိတ္ဖိစီးမႈေတြေပးတယ္။
  24. ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမက ေယာက္်ားကို စိတ္အားထက္သန္မႈနဲ႔ လႈပ္ရွားမႈကိုေပးတယ္။
  25. တံုးအတဲ့မိန္းမက သူ႔မ်က္ရည္ၾကားမွာ ေယာက္်ားကိုက်ရႈံးေစတယ္။
  26. ထက္ျမက္တဲ့မိန္းမက သူ႔အရယ္အၿပံဳးၾကားမွာ ေယာက္်ားကိုေအာင္ျမင္ေစတယ္။
Source: မူရင္း—read here (Translated by) ႏိုင္းႏိုင္းစေန ဘာသာျပန္သည္။

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[Video] Manjoi Dilanda Banjir Kilat Terburuk Dalam Tempoh 10 Tahun

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 04:37 AM PST

Manjoi - "Habis rumah pusaka peninggalan keluarga dimasuki air Sungai Pari yang terletak berhampiran dengan rumah kami.

"Sebelum ini, pernah juga kejadian banjir ini berlaku namun ia tidaklah seburuk yang berlaku pada hari ini (semalam)," luah Habsah Shariff, 56, salah seorang mangsa banjir yang tinggal di Jalan Raja, Kampung Manjoi.

Beliau yang tinggal bersama suami dan dua anak itu menyedari air semakin naik sehingga ke paras lutut pada jam 8 pagi.

"Kira-kira jam 3 pagi, hujan lebat melanda kawasan ini namun tidak menyangka air naik dengan cepat sehingga turut menjejaskan rumah lain yang terletak berhampiran.

"Boleh dikatakan semua barangan di rumah ini tidak dapat diselamatkan akibat banjir kilat itu," katanya.

Pasangan suami isteri, Mohd Daud Abas, 61, dan Zaleha Mat Lin, 50, berkata mereka menyedari paras air mula naik selepas solat Subuh.

Mohd Daud yang juga orang kurang upaya (OKU) mendakwa mereka sekeluarga tidak mendengar siren amaran yang dipasang Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (JPS).

"Lazimnya, setiap kali paras aircapai tahap bahaya siren amaran pasti berbunyi namun pagi ini ia gagal berfungsi," katanya.

Tinjauan Sinar Harian mendapati, lebih 500 penduduk di sekitar Gugusan Manjoi, Buntong, Silibin dan Batu Gajah terpaksa dipindahkan akibat hujan lebat yang berterusan bermula awal pagi semalam.

Difahamkan, paras air turut naik antara 0.5 hingga satu meter dalam kejadian itu.

Antara kawasan yang teruk terjejas termasuklah Kampung Manjoi Lama, Kampung Datuk Ahmad Said Tambahan 3, Taman Muhibbah, Taman Lim, Kampung Sungai Pari dan Kampung Sungai Terap, dekat Batu Gajah.

Bagi penduduk di Gugusan Manjoi semua mangsa yang terlibat ditempatkan di dua pusat pemindahan iaitu di Dewan Orang Ramai Manjoi dan Sekolah Agama Rakyat (SAR) di Kampung Tengku Hussein.

Dalam perkembangan sama, jambatan konkrit di Taman Wing Onn juga runtuh dan beberapa buah sekolah turut ditutup termasuklah Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Sungai Pari, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Seri Puteri dan SK Seri Mutiara.

SK dan SMK Tarcisian Convent serta SMK Dr Megat Khas turut dinaiki air namun keadaannya tidak serius dan persekolahan dijalankan seperti biasa.

Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (MBI) turut kelihatan sibuk menjalankan kerja-kerja pembersihan sampah sarap yang tersangkut di jambatan Jalan Raja untuk memudahkan aliran air Sungai Pari bergerak lancar.

Terburuk dalam tempoh 10 tahun

Adun Manjoi, Datuk Nadzri Ismail yang melawat kawasan tersebut memberitahu kejadian banjir kilat itu adalah yang terburuk dalam tempoh 10 tahun.

Katanya, sebelum ini pernah juga berlaku bencana sedemikian namun keadaannya tidak membimbangkan.

"Hujan lebat luar biasa yang bermula sejak 2 pagi tadi (semalam) adalah di antara punca berlakunya banjir kilat itu.

"Keadaan itu menyebabkan takungan air sungai tidak dapat menampung lebihan air sehingga mengakibatkan ia melimpah ke kawasan kampung berhampiran.

"Justeru, satu jawatankuasa tindakan banjir daerah kecil Ipoh ditubuhkan bagi mengawasi bencana tersebut yang membabitkan beberapa agensi termasuklah MBI, JPS dan Majlis Keselamatan Negeri (MKN).

Menurutnya, melalui laporan awal yang diterima daripada Jabatan Meteorologi banjir itu ditanda sebagai kawasan jingga yang bermaksud kawasan berkenaan mempunyai risiko untuk dilanda banjir semula.

"Oleh itu, secara keseluruhannya kawasan tersebut masih belum selamat untuk diduduki kerana hujan dijangka akan berlaku pada sebelah petang dan mereka diminta untuk lebih berwaspada," katanya.

Nadzri berkata, sebelum ini, pihaknya pernah menawarkan penduduk yang terdedah dengan risiko banjir untuk pindah ke kawasan lebih selamat namun ada dalam kalangan mereka yang mempunyai alasan tersendiri untuk terus tinggal di kampung tersebut.

"Mungkin mereka mempunyai nostalgia tersendiri dan sayang untuk meninggalkan kampung itu.

"Bagaimanapun, kami akan cuba berbincang dengan keluarga yang berisiko tinggi untuk berdepan dengan banjir supaya mereka ditempatkan di kawasan lebih selamat," katanya.

Beliau turut mengagihkan bantuan makanan kepada penduduk yang terjejas akibat banjir tersebut. -SH








Election Jokes and Political Humor

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 01:06 AM PST

It was election time and a politician decided to go out to the local reservation and try to get the Native American vote. They were all assembled in the Council Hall to hear the speech. The politician had worked up to his finale, and the crowd was getting more and more excited. "I promise better education opportunities for Native Americans!"

The crowd went wild, shouting "Hoya! Hoya!" The politician was a bit puzzled by the native word, but was encouraged by their enthusiasm. "I promise gambling reforms to allow a Casino on the Reservation!"

"Hoya! Hoya!" cried the crowd, stomping their feet.

"I promise more social reforms and job opportunities for Native Americans!" The crowd reached a frenzied pitch shouting "Hoya! Hoya! Hoya!"

After the speech, the Politician was touring the Reservation, and saw a tremendous herd of cattle. Since he was raised on a ranch, and knew a bit about cattle, he asked the Chief if he could get closer to take a look at the cattle.

"Sure," the Chief said, "but be careful not to step in the hoya."


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An American, Japanese and a Nigerian were boasting about how effective the electoral processes in their countries were better than one another. The American was the first to speak. He said elections in his country were so perfect that results were announced in less than 24hours.

The Japanese laughed at the American and said results in his country were announced less than 12 hours after the election.

Not wanting to be rubbished, the Nigerian laughed at the American and Japanese and enthused "results are announced in my country even before the election".
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Two crocodiles that haven't seen each other for a while run into each other in the Ottawa river.

One says to the other you're looking pretty skinny, what are you eating?

There's not much to eat but politicians, and once you shake the sh** out of them, all there is left is a briefcase and an ***hole.

*Posted for laughs and not to insult anyone.

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There was this International Conference on Taxation held in a European Country. The nature of the conference was international sharing of taxation ideas.

To make the story short, The French representative said "Everyone in this room should adopt my Country's taxation system, because in my country we tax our people from child birth to death."

The Conference room exploded in a big applause, because that system will provide great revenue to the country.

But, the Swiss representative stood and said, "That is nothing. Because, in my country we tax our people from womb to tomb! The whole room was clapping louder than before.

An excited Australian, jumped up and said "That is nothing compared to down under, we tax our people from sperm to germ!!

With this, the whole room was in standing ovation and clapping. Several representatives from Europe suggested that it be adopted in every nation.

But then, the American representative, shouted, Quiet! Quiet! Quiet! Here me out first, before you adopt anything. Then, the American said. That is nothing compared in America, in America we tax our people from Erection to Resurrection!

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Due to the current financial situation caused by the slowdown in the economy, Congress has decided to implement a scheme to put workers of 50 years of age and above on early retirement.

This scheme will be known as R.A.P.E. (Retire Aged People Early).

Persons selected to be in the R.A.P.E. scheme can apply to Congress to be considered for the S.H.A.F.T. program (Special Help After Forced Termination).

Persons who have been in the R.A.P.E. and S.H.A.F.T.E. will be reviewed under the S.C.R.E.W. program (Scheme Covering Retired-Early Workers).

A person may be R.A.P.E.d once, S.H.A.F.T.E.d. twice and S.C.R.E.W.E.d as many times as Congress deems appropriate.

Persons who have been in R.A.P.E. could get A.I.D.S. (Additional Income for Dependants and Spouse) or H.E.R.P.E.S. (Half Earnings for Retired Personnel Early Severance).

Obviously persons who have A.I.D.S. or H.E.R.P.E.S. will not be placed in the S.H.A.F.T. or S.C.R.E.W. programs again by Congress.

Persons who are not in R.A.P.E. and are staying on will receive as much S.H.I.T. (Special High Intensity Training) as possible. Congress has always prided themselves on the amount of S.H.I.T. they give our citizens.

Should you feel that you do not receive enough S.H.I.T., please bring this to the attention of your Congressman, who has been trained to give you all the S.H.I.T. you can handle.

Sincerely,
The Committee for Economic Value of Individual Lives (E.V.I.L.)

PS - - Due to recent budget cuts and the rising cost of electricity, gas and oil, as well as current market conditions, the Light at the End of the Tunnel has been turned off.

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Politics is a game whereby the people want to know what the candidates stand for and the candidates, how much the people will fall for.

-Author Unknown-

All these jokes have been posted just for laughs and also as a grim reminder of the state of affairs we face in our own backyard. Pardon my cynicism.

Keep smiling and have a pleasant evening!


Minit Mesyuarat NFC: Mahfuz Selar Sikap Dolak-Dalik Pengerusi PAC

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 02:20 AM PST

NFC: Minit mesyuarat perlu kepada ahli parlimen

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 Feb: PAS amat kesal dengan sikap Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara (PAC), Datuk Azmi Khalid kerana berbolak-balik untuk mengeluarkan minit mesyuarat jawatankuasa itu kepada ahli-ahli Parlimen, khususnya berhubung National Feedlot Corporation (NFC).

Sikap Azmi itu seolah-olah menafikan kepentingan ahli-ahli Parlimen untuk mengetahui lebih jauh mengenai sebarang isu berhubung NFC yang kini kelihatan amat meragukan sehingga menimbulkan pelbagai tanda tanya kepada pelbagai pihak mengenai ketelusannya dalam mengendalikan projek ternakan lembu negara.

Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Mahfuz Omar berkata, pada hal surat permohonan supaya dikeluarkan minit mesyuarat tersebut telah pun dikemukakan oleh beliau kepada Azmi baru-baru ini seperti yang diminta oleh Azmi sendiri.

Menurutnya, sekarang setelah surat itu dikemukakan oleh beliau, Azmi memberikan alasan tidak boleh mengemukakan minit mesyuarat tersebut, kecuali dengan penyertaan surat yang ditandatangani Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Katanya, selepas itu, Azmi memberikan alasan mesti disertakan pula dengan surat yang ditandatangani sama oleh Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang dan Penasihat DAP, Lim Kit Siang.

"Jadi, apa maknanya itu semua? Saya sendiri dah hantar surat, tapi Datuk Azmi ternyata berbolak-balik. Pada hal dia sendiri dah akui ada yang tak kena mengenai projek NFC itu.

"Lagi pun, apa perlunya surat yang ditandatangani oleh semua ahli-ahli Parlimen barulah boleh dikemukakan minit mesyuarat itu? Pada hal surat daripada saya seorang pun sudah mencukupi, manakala kewujudan PAC itu sendiri adalah atas kehendak dan persetujuan ahli-ahli Parlimen," katanya pada sidang media di Pejabat Agung PAS, di sini, hari ini.

Minit mesyuarat PAC yang dimohon untuk dikemukakan oleh Azmi itu, menurutnya, adalah yang dicatatkan pada mesyuarat jawatankuasa itu pada 23 November tahun lalu di Bilik Mesyuarat 1 bangunan Parlimen.

Mesyuarat tersebut diadakan bagi membincangkan tentang projek ternakan lembu negara yang berada di bawah tanggungjawab NFC, dengan dihadiri ahlli-ahli jawatankuasa PAC yang mewakili pelbagai parti, pegawai-pegawai kerajaan dari pelbagai agensi terbabit dan saksi-saksi yang terlibat dengan perjalanan projek itu.

Menurut Mahfuz, minit mesyuarat tersebut amat penting dikemukakan oleh PAC kepada ahli-ahli Parlimen kerana ia jelas melibatkan kepentingan seluruh rakyat dan negara.


Katanya, atas kesedaran itulah beliau mengemukakan permohonan tersebut, manakala Azmi pula sepatutnya memberikan kerjasama yang baik kepada kesemua ahli-ahli Parlimen untuk mengetahui perkara itu dengan lebih lanjut.

"Pelbagai perkara ingin diketahui oleh ahli-ahli Parlimen dan rakyat negara ini mengenai projek ternakan lembu negara di bawah NFC itu.

"Antaranya, kenapa ia diberikan kepada syarikat keluarga Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil, Agro Science? Berapa jumlah pinjaman yang dikeluarkan kepada syarikat itu? Bagaimana pinjaman itu diberikan? Bagaimana dengan perjalanan projek itu dan sebagainya," tegasnya.


Selain itu, beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena berkata, rakyat juga ingin tahu siapakah sebenarnya yang membuat cadangan bagi pemilihan syarikat keluarga Shahrizat untuk melaksanakan projek tersebut.

Penyerahan projek tersebut kepada syarikat keluarga Shahrizat, tambahnya, berpunca dari cadangan beberapa jawatankuasa terbabit termasuk Jawatankuasa Pemilihan dan Jawatankuasa Kemajuan Projek yang dipengerusikan oleh Menteri Pertanian dan kini menjadi Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.


Beliau yakin perkara itu turut terbabit dengan keputusan Muhyiddin, manakala kemampuan dan keupayaan Muhyiddin dalam memilih syarikat untuk mengendalikan projek tersebut amat mendukacitakan.

"Kini projek itu ternyata gagal dan turut terbabit dengan pelbagai penyelewengan sehingga negara mengalami kerugian amat besar. Jadi apa alasan Muhyiddin memberikan projek itu kepada Agro Science?" ujarnya.

Perkara itu, tegasnya, perlu disiasat dengan menyeluruh dan sehubungan itu, beliau mencadangkan agar ditubuhkan Suruhanjaya Diraja bagi menyiasat perkara itu, termasuk dengan memanggil Muhyiddin memberikan keterangan berhubung pemilihannya ke atas syarikat Agroo Science.

"Seperti yang kita maklum, selain Agroo Science, terdapat lima lagi syarikat yang turut memohon untuk melaksanakan projek itu? Kenapa Agroo Science yang dipilih? Apa muslihatnya?" katanya.

Kini setelah kegagalan itu, kesalahan tidak boleh diletakkan ke atas Shahrizat semata-mata, katanya, malah kesemua pemimpin Umno atau BN yang terbabit perlu bertanggungjawab mengenainya. -HD




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