Friday, February 3, 2012

venerating (not worship) our ancestors

venerating (not worship) our ancestors

venerating (not worship) our ancestors

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 11:13 AM PST

refer to my photo blog on komunitikini entitled 'cultural twist to CNY service'.


gee i just find out two days ago that this post of mine in komunitikini received so many comments and likes. think by far, this is the most no. of comments for my photo blog/articles in komunitikini.  my other photo blog/articles mostly did not have comments at all or if there were comments, there will be only 3 or so.  i guess it is expected that if we put up controversial issues, there will be lots of feedback.
okay before i give my personal view of what i'm going to talk about - THE RITE OF COMMEMORATION (OR VENERATION) OF ANCESTORS – performed after the chinese new year (CNY) mass, first i'm giving an overview of the rite.
The Rite:
Every year, during the Lunar New Year, there will be Masses around the churches in Malaysia for Chinese Catholics. Apart from the usual liturgy for the Mass, several churches will include the Rite of Commemoration of Ancestors. Most of the churches in Penang did this during the CNY eve Mass.
An ancestral table will be set up at the side next to the altar, where a 'Ancestral Tablet' was placed on the table.
This Rite had been a source of controversy all the time as there were differing views that it should or should not be allowed.
Many priests do allow the Rite. In the beginning, it was done after the post-communion prayer but as more people complained that it should not be part of the liturgy, now it was done after the final blessing and dismissal.
The Rite of Commemoration of Ancestors began with intercessory prayers, where the first few prayers were directed at the ancestors, departed family, relatives and friends.
Next to the main altar, a table will be set up, where the ancestral tablet is placed there.
After the prayers, the altar boys light up three joss-stick and hand them over to the celebrant. On behalf of the congregation, the celebrant raises the joss-sticks with both hands to the height of his forehead, as a sign of honoring the ancestors. Then he place the joss-sticks into the holder, which is placed a the table (where the ancestral tablet is – let's just refer to it as 'the ancestral table&#39.
The congregation is then called to bow three times to the ancestral tablet.
This is followed by the offering of gifts. All the gifts offered are symbolic in meaning.
Two baskets of flowers, symbolize love for ancestors. Three cups of wine to symbolize remembrance to ancestors, and two tray of fruits to symbolize admiration for ancestors.
These are the three basic gifts but in some parishes they also add some other gifts like red candles to symbolize hope and peace, 'Nian gao' (a kind of Lunar New Year sticky cake) to symbolize unity and fellowship.
Mandarin oranges, a must-have during Lunar New Year, are then bless and pray over. The oranges symbolize peace, happiness and prosperity.
Then came the New Year Greetings. Congregation were called to kneel and bow three times as a sign of worship and thanksgiving to God. They then stand and first, bowed to the celebrant and then to each other.
Finally, they came forward in line to receive 'Angpow' (red packet filled with cash) from the celebrant and the blessed orange from the wardens.
In some parishes there will be a lion dance performance and letting off of fire-crackers, after the whole thing is over.
The Rite of Commemoration of Ancestors had been approved by Pope Pius XII in 1939. This 1939 instruction, is known as "Plane compertum est" . It declared that rituals performed on the occasion of funerals or commemoration for the dead are conducted to demonstrate honour and respect to the ancestors.
my say/view:
what i'm gong to write here will be my own personal view. i'll be writing whatever come out of my mind so there might not be a smooth or continous flow. never mind as i'm not writing for a publication/media. i'm writing for myself in my own blog. that's the good thing about it. i can say anything i like without fear of stepping on people's toes. er… well… i might step on people's toes but they are always welcome to make some comments or more serious, make disclaimer if they think i misquote them or what. but no, most probably i'm not going to quote people. i will mention what some people say but without names, so as the saying say 'siapa makan cabai, dia rasa pedas!' (he/she will know it if i refer to her/him). 
well, i'm going to talk about THE RITE OF COMMEMORATION OF ANCESTORS which is done every year AFTER the chinese new year mass in church.
some people don't understand, they thought we are worshiping our ancestors when we have this RITE OF COMMEMORATION OF ANCESTORS during the CNY mass. we are NOT. we are honoring our ancestors (or commemorate them, see, the name of the rite).  they said we should only worship god and not our ancestors.  no, when we performed this rite inside church, it doesn't mean we are worshipping them with this rite, we are honoring them. we only worship god, not humans, dead or alive. also some don't understand the rite was done AFTER the mass ended… so it is not part of the mass liturgy. (though it had been the norm to say the rite was done during the CNY mass but actually it was after the mass). of course those who are against it will still argue it does not make any difference if it is during the mass or after the mass. well if your mind is already dead set that this rite is wrong, for sure you will say it does not make any difference… but it does if you understand the liturgy and the rite.
personally for me i don't mind this rite being performed after the CNY mass BUT also, to me,  this is something we can do without. i mean though i'm all FOR the rite, i'd rather that it is not performed after the CNY mass. this does not means that i'm against it of course. i'm all for it but i just thought it is not necessary to have it in church after the CNY mass… but at the same time i'm not saying it is wrong… unlike others who feel it is wrong and quick to condemn and criticise.
still there are others who said people don't honor their ancestors at home, why do they want to honor their ancestors in church during CNY? well i would say, that's precisely the reason. they don't it at home so need to do it once a year in church. just like we have a valentine's day, a mother's day, a father's day. they need one day in a year to remind them. see, they are obligated to go to church every sunday and receive holy communion. they only receive holy communion in church… not when they are at home, so it doesn't mean that what they don't do at home (take communion), they should not do it in church. 
as chinese, to us filal piety is important, thus many chinese will want to honor their ancestors during this special day – the CNY. yes sure we can honor our ancestors when we go to their graves, like on all souls day… but on all souls day we are honoring our ancestors individually as a person or as a family. it is not communal.  see, people will say too that you can always pray at home, why need to go to church to pray? we go to church to pray to gather together as one big community – it's a communal prayer we involved in. likewise, yes, we can honor our ancestors at home (regularly or whatever), we can honor our ancestors during all souls day but we are doing all these as individuals. so during the CNY mass, it will be an appropriate time that for once do this honoring of ancestors as a community.
of course some will argue that honoring our ancestors is something personal and we should not do it together as a community. well yes true… if you see it that way. yes the truth is there is no right or wrong answer. there are just different opinion from different people.  
then there's this thing about joss-sticks. many people seems to go into a shock when they see the priests (or catholics) holding joss-sticks. why? to them, they think joss-sticks belongs exclusively to the buddhists (or taoist or… confuciousnist?). only the buddhists use joss-sticks to pray. if catholics hold joss-sticks then it is consider sacrilege or what. come one lah, just as you made noise about the word allah is not exclusive to the malaysian muslim (where catholics should be allowed to use), joss-sticks are not exclusive to buddhists. a joss-stick is merely an INCENSE ON A STICK. so anybody of any faith can use a stick to burn incense during their prayers. geddit?
whether one is FOR or AGAINST this rite, it doesn't make any difference to the person's faith, like making you less a catholic if you are against it, or maybe more of a catholic if you are against it? simply because this is only a rite of commemoration of ancestors, nothing to do with liturgy, with worshipping god.  
one thing i notice that most of those who are against this rite will be the converts (not born christians) or the 'deserters' (sorry for want of a better name, don't know what else to use)…. those who like what we label our politician as 'frog'… who jumped from one denomination to another.  or those who are english educated.  do they feel ashamed of their own chinese roots… to show their chinese tradition? of course the argument will go on and on… no they are not ashamed, they just feel the rite should not be done in church, blah blah blah. yes, their own view… but i'm also expressing my own view here!
some people argue that having this rite in church will send the wrong signals to others (esp. non christians) who happened to witness it (live or on photos). they will think catholics are pagan worshippers or what… but hey haven't they heard of education? it's our duty then to educate them why it is not wrong. uh oh but they they will want to educate those who are for it, why it is wrong! well as i said there are no wrong or right answers actually, only views here and there. so i'd better quit talking about this now as even if i talk until the cows (not sharizat cows) come home, it won't end. however, i would like to post here some information i found from the net here and there just for the record in my blog.
taken from the net. (to be updated)
1. Ancestors' veneration refers to those rituals that are performed in order to express honour or respect for the deceased by the family members. In those rituals, filial piety is, and always has been, at least to some extent, the motivating factor.
2. On December 8, 1939, the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith issued a decree allowing Catholics to participate in ancestors' veneration.
3. This 1939 instruction, known as "Plane compertum est" was approved by Pope Pius XII. It declared that rituals performed on the occasion of funerals or commemoration for the dead are conducted to demonstrate honour and respect to the ancestors. It also stated, as a general acknowledgement: "Today, it is clear that, in the East, some ceremonies, although of great antiquity and originally connected with pagan rites, nowadays, on account of changing customs and ways of thinking, have come to have a merely social significance, out of respect for one's ancestors…"
4. Vatican II (1962 – 1965) called for the recognition of the native genius of each and every culture throughout the world as expressed through their indigenous traditions. It went beyond simply permitting Catholics to participate in native traditions, such as is allowed in "Plane compertum est" for Chinese ancestral rites:
- The Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church "Ad Gentes", for instance, advised native Catholics to imbue their national treasures with the Christian message.
- The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy "Sacrosanctum Concilium" called for the creation of new rites within the Catholic Church to express clearly the view of a particular race or culture. ("Inculturation" is the term used to describe these processes.)
5. On July 18-19, 1964, seven Chinese bishops in Taiwan, had an official meeting with Mgr. Joseph Caprio, Pronuncio, and unanimously agreed to issue the following instructions on Ancestors' Veneration:
  1. In remembrance of the deceased, the setting up of a tablet (bearing his name without the addition of superstitious inscriptions) by the family members is no longer forbidden.
  2. It is allowed to bow or prostrate in front of the ancestor tablet, photograph or coffin.
  3. Offering of fruits or food in front of the ancestor tablet or at the grave is no longer forbidden.
  4. Burning of joss papers for the deceased is forbidden, because of its superstitious character.
6. Based on these instructions, liturgical texts, known as the "Proposed Catholic Ancestor Memorial Liturgy for Church and Family use" were issued by the Chinese Bishops' Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, on December 29, 1974. These liturgical texts combined Catholic tradition with ancestor veneration.
These texts are probably available in Singapore in Chinese. A proper English translation of them should be made, for a wider use in our churches…
From the Liturgy Commission of Hongkong (thanks to Fr. Henry Siew), here is how the Memorial Rites for Ancestors are conducted (according to liturgical books published):
- Such memorial services can be held on All Souls, Quing Ming Day, Lunar New Year, after the Mass.
- An appropriate table is set up, with a Crucifix, an ancestors' tablet, fresh flowers, candles & incense bowl.
  1. All bow once to the ancestors' tablet at the beginning of the rites.
  2. The main celebrant or the head of the family gives instruction on the meaning of the remembrance.
  3. Intercessory prayers.
  4. Offering of gifts: flowers, fruits, wine.
  5. Offering of incense. If the group is small, all participants will offer incense in order of seniority.
  6. Final prayer.
  7. The whole assembly offers three bows.
A document from the Office of the Apostolic Visitor, Singapore, dated 4th Nov. 1958: "Propositions and Directives regarding the recent Instructions on the Sd. Congregation of the Propagation of the Faith on the Subject of Chinese Rites", gives a summary of the Chinese Rites controversy and its solution.
Although pre-Vatican II, the guidelines it gave then are still relevant today. For example:
"Aims of the Church's change of attitude regarding the Chinese Rites:
- To make known the attitude of the Catholic Church, which is one of understanding and interest towards all human cultures, provided that their manifestation be not intrinsically evil.
- To show, in a tangible way, that Catholics have a respect for traditions and preserve their civic and social qualities, the deficiency of which would be an obstacle to conversions.
- To facilitate the admission of converts into the Catholic Church, by permitting them
a. to observe family rites (for example, showing marks of respect to ancestors) so as not to break their ties with their family and relations.
b. to participate in social ceremonies (for example, on the occasion of a funeral) so as not to isolate themselves from the community to which they belong.
Those who have the charge of souls will examine how far the changing customs and ways of thinking have affected the individuals, families and ethnic groups that depend upon their priestly ministry, so as to be in a position to instruct them in conformity with the Church's teaching. In carrying out this enquiry, it will be necessary to bear in mind that:
The older generation of Christians, brought up in the old discipline, are not the best judges in this matter.
A great diversity in the appreciation of the religious content of the Rites and Ceremonies can be encountered in one and the same family. This appreciation varies even further according to the different provinces of China from which the faithful originally came, and according to the education they have received.
On account of the pastoral ministry of the priest and because of his incompetence in this matter, those questioned may easily believe that it is their duty to reply that the rites are tainted with superstitious practices.
The best opportunity to clarify doubts on these matters is through the confessional and in the course of religious instruction.
Religious Instruction
General instruction in the principles which have guided the Church in her attitude towards the Chinese Rites and Ceremonies. These principles are those of esteem, understanding and sympathy for the traditions and customs of every country, provided they are not bad in themselves. Thus the Church has not the slightest intention or desire of pressing the  faithful to "change their ceremonies, rites and customs, as long as they are not manifestly contrary to faith or good morals."
Particular instruction on such and such a ceremony, whether permitted or forbidden. This teaching must be given in accordance with the mentality of those present on the subject of the religious content of the ceremonies (e.g.: presence of Buddhist monks or Taoist ministers at funerals).
If necessary, these points of moral theology must be clearly explained:
– Superstitious practices and vain observances.
– Active and passive participation.
– The necessity for the participant to make his/her position clear in order to avoid giving scandal.
Liturgy Commission, July 2003
Archdiocese of Singapore

The Chinese Rites Controversy, which began in seventeenth century China and largely concerned disagreement amongst Catholic missionary orders as to whether or not participation in ancestor veneration and Confucian rituals should be permitted by the Church, concluded in 1742 with the bull Ex quo singulari which ruled against Catholics taking part in these rites. However, the Church rescinded this decision in 1939 when Plane compertum est allowed such participation by Catholics of Chinese ancestry. Subsequently, in 1974 the Chinese Bishops' Conference in Taipei, Taiwan approved the "Proposed Catholic Ancestor Memorial Liturgy" in which ancestor veneration became an integral part of Chinese Catholic life. Through extensive library research I trace the history of these developments until 1939. After this date, I attempt to construct the history of the performance of the ritual by Catholics mainly in Taiwan and the United States–as well as to reflect on the meaning of the rite in the Catholic context–primarily through interviews and correspondence with Catholic scholars, clergy and parishioners, recorded personal observation of five such ancestor memorial services, and by a survey. I conclude that the ultimate creation and performance of the ancestor memorial liturgy by the Catholic Church is the practical realization of the ideal to renew attempts at worldwide inculturation as set forth during Vatican II in the 1960s.

To Those Who Were Kids in the 1940's-1970's

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 09:32 AM PST

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

-Author unknown-

Kepala Babi: PAS Anjur Solat Hajat, Sokongan Terhadap Pakatan Semakin Meningkat

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 11:10 AM PST

Kes Kepala Babi : Pas Anjur Solat Hajat Aman

SHAH ALAM 3 FEB : Susulan insiden penemuan kepala babi di beberapa buah masjid semakin menjadi-jadi, PAS Selangor akan menganjurkan solat hajat memohon agar insiden ini tidak merebak dan menimbulkan huru hara.

Setiausaha Pas Selangor, Mohd Khairuddin Othman berkata solat hajat akan dilakukan di peringkat negeri, dan di setiap daerah dan cawangan.

Solat hajat ini dibuat dengan tujuan merapatkan muafakat penganut agama Islam supaya tenang dan matang menghadapi pihak yang cuba mencetuskan ketegangan antara agama di Selangor.

"Kita tahu ada orang yang cuba melakukan provokasi perkauman di Selangor dan ahli-ahli kita tidak mudah termakan provokasi ini.

"Kita mahu ahli-ahli PAS menyelidik dan menjejaki dalang di sebalik insiden ini,"

Selangor dan Lembah Klang paling kerap dihadap dengan provokasi kaum dan agama semenjak kerajaan negeri bertukar tangan dalam PRU-2008.

Sebelum ini, pada tahun 2010 Masjid Jumhuriah Taman Datuk Harun, Petaling Jaya diletakkan kepala babi.

Isu kepada babi timbul dan diperkatakan semula dengan kejadian terbaru berlaku di Masjid Nurul Iman, Rawang pada 31 Januari lalu dan Masjid Al-Hidayah, Sentul, Kuala Lumpur semalam.

"Kita arahkan ahli-ahli PAS membantu menjaga kesucian masjid dan surau. PAS selangor sedia bekerjasama dengan semua agensi termasuk polis serta akan menahan sesiapa saja yang cuba mengulangi insiden kepala babi ini," katanya dalam satu kenyataan media kepada TVSelangor.

Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim menawarkan RM10,000 kepada mana-mana pihak yang mempunyai maklumat berhubung serangan terbaru ini.

Orang ramai yang mempunyai sebarang maklumat boleh menghubungi talian 1800-888-2824. -TVSNEWS

Kepala babi: Abim khuatir cetus ketegangan agama

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Feb: Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) memandang serius insiden terbaru penemuan kepala babi di Masjid Sentul seperti mana yang dilaporkan di media massa hari ini.

"Dalam hal ini, Abim mengecam keras perbuatan yang sama sekali tidak menghiraukan sensitiviti agama Islam sehingga sanggup mencemarkan masjid sebagai tempat ibadat umat Islam," kata setiausaha agungnya, Mohamad Raimi Ab Rahim.

Katanya, provokasi yang dilakukan oleh pihak tidak bertanggungjawab itu amat dikesali serta sama sekali tidak boleh dimaafkan.

Sekiranya perbuatan itu tidak dihentikan serta merta, ujarnya Abim khuatir keharmonian interaksi di kalangan masyarakat berbilang agama dan bangsa di negara ini yang akan terjejas, sekaligus mencetuskan ketegangan agama yang tidak diingini.

"Dalam hal ini, Abim memberi amaran keras kepada individu atau kumpulan di sebalik insiden memalukan ini agar menghentikan segera tindakan bersifat provokatif tampak semakin berani," ujarnya.

Tegasnya, perbuatan itu sama sekali tidak boleh diterima serta dijustifikasikan dalam keadaan atau atas apa nama sekalipun.

Apa yang pasti, katanya umat Islam seluruh negara berasa amat terguris terhadap insiden yang berlaku ke atas rumah Allah.

Tambahnya, Abim ingin menjelaskan bahawa masjid dan surau merupakan tempat yang amat suci dan mulia di sisi umat Islam dan tidak sama sekali akan berdiam diri sekiranya rumah ibadat mereka terus diperlakukan sedemikian.

Justeru, ujarnya lagi tindakan tegas daripada agensi-agensi pihak berkuasa terutama sekali Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) adalah digesa untuk mengelakkan tindakan berniat jahat sebegini daripada berulang sekali lagi, serta merebak menjadi epidemik politik, agama dan perkauman yang tidak dapat dikawal lagi.

"Berdasarkan kepada kenyataan ini, Abim menggesa agar pihak PDRM serta pihak yang berkenaan agar melaksanakan siasatan segera serta mendakwa pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab ini," katanya lagi.

Beliau berkata, Abim pada masa yang sama memohon agar seluruh umat Islam di negara ini agar bertenang serta memberi kerjasama yang sewajarnya untuk menangani polemik itu serta mengelakkan diri dari mengamalkan pendekatan witch hunt.

"Dalam hal ini, Abim mengharapkan agar umat Islam tidak bertindak melangkaui batasan yang ditetapkan dalam ajaran Islam serta menzahirkan bantahan mereka berdasarkan kepada peruntukan yang telah ditetapkan dalam kerangka perundangan negara," ujarnya.

Katanya, Abim juga menyeru agar jawatankuasa masjid di seluruh negara dapat mengambil inisiatif untuk mengadakan solat hajat pada hari ini dan selepas solat Jumaat esok memohon agar kesucian masjid dan surau di seluruh negara terpelihara serta pihak yang bertanggungjawab segera dibawa ke muka pengadilan.

Ulasan GB

Semalam GB sudah ulas. Petikan:

Sekalipun solat hajat dilakukan supaya pelaku yang melakukan tindakan tersebut diberikan hidayah, namun turunnya hidayah Allah adalah menikut bentuk dan kehendak Dia.

Dia boleh saja menurunkan hidayah dengan pelbagai cara sekalipun dengan azab atau bala dan bencana.

Seringkali manusia mendapat hikmah dan hidayah selepas berlaku sesuatu azab dan sengsara menimpanya.

Justeru itu beringatlah wahai pelaku tersebut.

GB melihat tindakan provokatif melampau golongan desperado ini tidak lain hanyalah untuk menimbulkan kekacauan dan huru-hara sebelum pilihanraya untuk mengugut dan menakut-nakutkan rakyat supaya tidak mengundi Pakatan Rakyat.

Kita lihat kes-kes seumpama ini jelas dilakukan di kawasan-kawasan di mana Pakatan Rakyat berkuasa.

Kejadian letupan bom di mahkamah tempohari belum lagi diketemukan jawapannya. begitu juga insiden simbahan cat merah, bakar kenderaan, molotav cocktail dan lemparan kepala babi. Sehingga kini, untuk setiap kes itu, pihak polis belum menemukan sebarang jawapan yang pasti.

TETAPI, dengan berlakunya insiden-insiden sedemikian rakyat semakin buka mata. Alangkah dasyatnya mereka yang melakukan tindakan provokatif melampau itu. Undi kepada Pakatan Rakyat bukan semakin menurun tetapi akan semakin meningkat lantarannya.

Lagi banyak kepala babi diletakkan di masjid, maka akan lebih banyak undi yang Pakatan akan perolehi.

Masjid adalah rumah Allah. Meletakkan kepala babi di situ bukan hanya mengundang kemurkaan umat islam tetapi kemurkaan Allah sendiri kerana masjid adalah rumahNya dan GB yakin Dia sendiri akan mendedahkan siapa pelaku itu.

Rakyat turut bencikan huru-hara. Rakyat bencikan kekacauan. Justeru itu, tindakan untuk mengugut dan menakut-nakutkan rakyat itu akan gagal akhirnya rakyat akan memilih Pakatan Rakyat setelah mereka bosan dengan taktik provokatif melampau golongan desperado berkenaan!

MCA yes to unconstitutional ‘no tax, no vote’ proposal

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 08:21 AM PST

Unconstitutional to bar non-taxpayers from voting, says Bersih
By Yow Hong Chieh
February 02, 2012


MCA yes to 'no tax, no vote' proposal





OFA coffee table book, part 9

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 06:41 AM PST

We've just had a meeting of the editorial board of the Old Frees' Association coffee table book project this afternoon. The book is progressing well enough. I would believe that by now there is enough material to fill about 176 pages although after today's meeting with the company that's doing the layout designing work, the book may get closer to 192 pages.

If this is indeed where we are heading, then I must say that our initial projections have been proven wrong. Not to say that we are unhappy about this but far from it, the whole editorial board is excitedly happy. At the start of the project, we had wondered whether we could have enough stories for a 96-page book.

So what's the latest status today? For a start, we went through the guidelines with the layout designers. After viewing his first draft of some selected articles, we have now decided that having a two-column book will afford us greater leeway with designing the pages. We have also streamlined the number of sections in the book, reducing them to four. I think that was a rather good suggestion by the OFA president.

The four sections of the coffee table book will now cover the Penang Free School, the Old Frees' Association, prominent alumni who are now deceased and personal reflections from present Old Frees who continue to make their marks locally and around the world.

Among the prominent Old Frees that have passed away, we shall be featuring Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Dr Lim Chong Eu and Dr Wu Lien Teh. We've also lined up short biographies of people like P Ramlee, Zainul Abidin bin Sultan Mydin and Husain Abdoolcader. Old Frees that contributed to modern Singapore would be their four distinguished judges: Wee Chong Jin, Tan Ah Tah, AV Winslow and AWD Ambrose.


The police and a school boy...

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 08:07 AM PST

I did not go to KL Police HQ (IPK KL) this morning to act as a 'lawyer' for a 16-year old schoolboy accused of raping a girl of his age last year. The officer in charge of the case told the boy's mom that the case is postponed to 'sometimes in March'.

Without a man in the house, the duo are trapped in a dilemma over the case. People around them are not even helping. The headmaster and other teachers too are not offering any words of comfort to them.

I don't care if the boy is guilty or not but until full investigation is conducted and a verdict is reached, he remains innocent. Furthermore, there was already signs for the case to be settled outside the court.

What flabbergasted me is the manner the case runs.

A few months ago, the father of the victim (from Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras) lodged a police report at Kepong Police Station over her daughter's remark that the accused (from Cheras Baru) raped her.

A week later, a few officers from IPK KL went to pick up the boy from his classroom when an examination was in progress.

Hey! I am not against the police. I am always in support of the police when others badmouth the whole organisation for corruption, bias, racist, etc. In fact, I've never written anything adverse about the police force.

However, a big force such PDRM is not free from some misconduct and wrongdoing committed by some of its personnel. And who says the MACC is free of corruption.

The issue I'm putting to question now is the 'mishandling' of the boy's case. As one of the persons involved in preparing the 'Laporan Suruhanjaya Diraja Mengenai Penambaikan Perkhidmatan Polis' in 2004, among key elements mentioned in the report was 'penggunaan budibicara dalam menangani kes juvana' (applying good jurisdiction on juvenile case).

But there was no good jurisdiction when the police took away the boy from his classroom before his own teachers and colleagues. It was embarassing. If the boy is produced in court, there will be no point to put him on trial behind close door as too many people already know who the accused is.

And what if he is acquitted?

You may call this a remote case. But still, the officers who 'snatched' him from school should bear in mind the legal repercussion the might face if the boy's mom knows her right to sue the Force for all the embarrassment caused.

Why didn't they wait for him to go home first and pick him up from there instead of arresting him at home?

He was even intimidated to confess of rape or they 'will put him in a dark room and bashed up', according to him and his mom. What's all this? Is it necessary to scare him to death for a crime he could not have commit?

I hope this posting serves as a friendly advise from someone who always appreciate the job of PDRM. The police is one of the most important force to our security. However, in carrying out our duty, we must not act overboard.

20th Century Battlefields 1973 Middle East

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 06:39 AM PST

A 59 minute documentary on the Arab Israeli conflict, where the Israelis inflict defeat upon defeat on the Arabs with audacity and at will. A tiny Israel against the many Arab Armies equipped by the Russians.

[Video & Bergambar] Seremban Dilanda Banjir Luarbiasa

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 07:31 AM PST

Seremban - Banjir kilat luar biasa yang berlaku di sekitar bandar Seremban petang semalam sesuatu yang jarang berlaku.

Walaupun hujan tidak sampai sejam, hampir semua kawasan di sekitar bandar ini dinaiki air.

Lebih memburukkan keadaan apabila kawasan letak kereta bawah tanah di Wisma Umno turut dipenuhi air, termasuk beberapa kampung serta perumahan di sekitar Sikamat serta Temiang.

Difahamkan, operasi KTM Berhad juga tergendala berikutan landasan dipenuhi air banjir.

Ketua Balai Bomba Rahang, Zakaria Ahmad berkata, pihaknya menerima panggilan kecemasan pertama di Kampung Nusun Nyiur dan Kampung Baru Sikamat, kira-kira jam 5.30 petang dan disusuli panggilan dari Wisma Umno Seremban.

Katanya, seramai 11 anggota diarah ke lokasi terbabit berserta dua jentera bomba untuk membantu mengepam keluar air.

"Semasa pasukan bomba tiba di Kampung Baru Sikamat, air sudah pun membanjiri kawasan berkenaan. Kerja mengepam air dari kawasan terbabit perlu pantas dilakukan.

"Manakala di sekitar Wisma Umno pula, kami mengambil masa sehingga jam 9 malam untuk melakukan kerja mengepam air dari kawasan parkir bawah tanah," katanya kepada Sinar Harian.

Menurutnya, sepanjang kejadian banjir itu, tiada kemalangan mahupun kecederaan dilaporkan.

Sementara itu, seorang mangsa banjir, Ushrah Mohs Isa, 47, berkata, banjir yang sering berlaku di kawasan rumahnya adalah perkara biasa.

Menurutnya, setiap kali hujan lebat, pasti kawasan rumahnya di kuarters KTMB akan dinaiki air dan dipenuhi dengan tanah lumpuh.

"Saya sudah biasa, malah setiap kali hujan turun saya dan anak akan bersiap sedia mengemas barang kerana tahu rumah pasti dilanda banjir.

"Walaupun saya mempunyai rumah lain di Sikamat, namun disebabkan beberapa masalah dalaman saya terpaksa juga duduk di rumah ini," katanya.

Mohd Rahmat Ismail, 25, pula berkata, kejadian berlaku semasa dia dan keluarga sedang berehat di ruang tamu.

Katanya, sebaik sahaja hujan turun, dia sudah menjangkakan rumahnya pasti akan dinaiki air berikutan kawasan di perumahan kuarters lama KTMB sudah sinonim dengan banjir.

"Saya sudah bersedia dan menerima apa sahaja yang berlaku kerana keadaan ini sudah dijangkakan.

"Bagaimanapun, terdapat beberapa barangan elektrik yang tidak sempat diselamatkan dan rosak terkena air," katanya. -SH

Ulasan GB

Itu hujan tak sampai 1 jam...
Bagaimana agaknya jika hujan lebat lebih 1 jam?
Jadi lautankah nanti bandar Seremban?

Belanja Sakan: Jingga 13 Ke SPRM Serah Bukti Baru, Cabar Najib & Rosmah Saman

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 05:23 AM PST

Rosmah boros: Jingga 13 cabar PM, Rosmah saman

SHAH ALAM: Gerakan Anti-rasuah dikenali sebagai Jingga 13, mencabar Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan isteri, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor mengambil tindakan undang-undang ke atas individu terlibat berhubung pendedahan 'perbelanjaan mewah' berjumlah RM325,000 (AS 100,000).

Tuduhan perbelanjaan mewah itu didakwa mengaitkan Rosmah sepertimana yang dilaporkan menerusi akhbar dan blog di luar negara.

Menurut Ketua Koordinator Jingga 13, Fariz Musa, tuduhan itu disifatkan serius dan menjejaskan kredibiliti Najib serta maruah rakyat negara Malaysia apabila Rosmah didakwa boros dan bermewah-mewah seperti yang dilaporkan.

Fariz berkata, Najib dan Rosmah sebelum ini menafikan laporan akhbar Australia Sydney Herald, kolumnis Andrew Horney dan artikel wartawan Patty Huntington dalam blog Frockwriter serta email oleh kakitangan Little Hero, Holly Beer tentang perbelanjaan RM325,000 di butik pereka fesyen Carl Kapp.

"Jesteru Jingga 13 mencabar Najib dan Rosmah ambil tindakan undang-undang dan menyaman kesemua mereka jika segala tuduhan tersebut liar,fitnah dan direka.

"Kami juga mendesak Najib tidak mengeluarkan sebarang kenyataan yang boleh mempengaruhi siasatan bagi tujuan menyelematkan beliau dan isteri berkait skandal tersebut," katanya dalam sidang media di hadapan Ibu Pejabat Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Selangor di sini hari ini.

Bukti baru dikemuka kepada SPRM

Jingga 13 juga hadir mengemukakan bukti tambahan yang didakwa mengesahkan segala dakwaan perbelanjaan mewah Rosmah tersebut.

Ini termasuklah kenyataan Pengerusi Festival Fesyen Islam, Raja Rezza Shah yang didakwa bercanggah dengan Karl Kapp dan laporan Hutington melalui satu email.

Terdahulu pada 26 Januari lalu Jingga 13 turut hadir ke SPRM untuk mengemukakan dokumen dan bukti mengenai perbelanjaan mewah tersebut.

Satu aduan juga turut dibuat ke atas Datuk Shah Rezza atau nama sebenarnya Raja Shah Zurin Raja Aman, Najib dan Rosmah berkait skandal FLOS berjumlah RM325,000 membabitkan pembelian 61 helai pakaian dan penginapan semalaman di hotel mewah di Sydney bernilai RM65,000 (AS 20,000). -FMT

Lagi pendedahan mengenai keluarga Shahrizat- Rafizi

KUALA LUMPUR 3 Feb: KEADILAN akan menyambut kepulangan Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil sekembalinya beliau dari bercuti dengan pendedahan terbaru berhubung dakwaan penyelewengan melibatkan keluarga menteri pembangunan wanita itu.

Pengarah Strategi KEADILAN, Rafizi Ramli berkata pendedahan tersebut yang akan dibuat pada Rabu depan, adalah berkisar mengenai dakwaan pembelian hartanah oleh keluarga Ketua Wanita Umno itu.

Buat masa ini tidak dapat dipastikan sama ada dakwaan pembelian itu berkait dengan National Feedlot Corporation — syarikat milik keluarga menteri berkenaan yang terjebak dalam skandal projek lembut Pusat Fidlot National.

"Shahrizat akan kembali minggu ini jadi mungkin kita akan sambut dia dengan sesuatu… Kita sedang mengesan lebih banyak hartanah yang mungkin telah dibeli oleh keluarga itu," kata Rafizi kepada Malaysiakini.

Tambahnya, KEADILAN akan dapat mengesahkan salah satu daripada perkara itu, minggu depan.

Perdana menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak sebelum ini memberikan cuti kepada Shahrizat selama tiga minggu untuk membantu siasatan berhubung penyelewengan dalam NFC, yang akan berakhir pada minggu ini.

Penyelewengan NFC sebelum ini dikesan melalui pendedahan oleh Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 yang dikeluarkan akhir tahun lalu.

Ekoran itu, KEADILAN membuat pendedahan bersiri terhadap salahguna dana sebanyak RM250 juta yang disalurkan kepada NFC.

Antaranya pembelian unit kondominium di Bangsar dan Singapura masing-masing berharga RM13.8 juta dan RM9.9 juta, kereta mewah jenis Mercedes Benz berharga RM534,622 serta dua bidang tanah bernilai RM3,363,507 di Putrajaya.

Wang NFC juga diguna membiayai percutian keluarga Shahrizat di luar negara, selain disalurkan kepada restoran-restoran mewah yang juga milik keluarga Shahrizat.

KEADILAN turut mendedahkan penggunaan kad kredit oleh keluarga Shahrizat sebanyak RM593,500 pada tahun 2009 dengan dibiayai oleh dana NFC.

Najib Digesa Buktikan Rosmah Bukan 'First Lady Of Shopping'

SHAH ALAM 3 FEB : Aktivis politik, Jingga 13 hari ini mendesak Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak mengambil tindakan undang-undang menyaman kesemua mereka yang terlibat mendedahkan sikap boros isterinya Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Ketua koordinator Jingga 13, Fariz Musa berkata cabarannya adalah untuk Perdana Menteri membuktikan segala tuduhan terhadap isterinya yang digelar 'First Lady Of Shopping' adalah tidak benar.

"Kalau benar ianya satu fitnah, sila tampil untuk saman kesemua mereka yang terlibat, bukannya hanya bermain persepsi untuk mempengaruhi siasatan dan kefahaman rakyat," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita di Pejabat Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia Selangor (SPRM) di sini hari ini. Jingga 13 tampil ke SPRM hari ini untuk mengemukakan bukti tambahan bagi laporan rasmi mereka yang telah dihantar pada 26 Januari lalu.

Beberapa media antarabangsa dan tempatan sebelum ini pernah melaporkan gelagat Rosmah yang suka membeli belah di luar negara.

Terbaru, Najib dan Rosmah telah mengeluarkan kenyataan menafikan bahawa Rosmah telah "berbelanja sakan" di dalam satu lawatan membeli belah ke Sydney, Australia Januari lepas.

Akhbar Autralia Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), Kolumis Andrew Hornery dalam kolum 'Private Sydney' serta artikel wartawan fesyen, Patty Huntington mendakwa Rosmah telah membelanjakan RM325,000 (A$ 100,000) di butik milik pereka fesyen, Carl Kapp.

"Kita yakin dan percaya bahawa rakyat Malaysia sedang menanti reaksi dan tindakan Najib Razak dan Rosmah Mansor berhubung isu scandal ini.

"Tidak pernah berlaku pada mana-mana isteri Perdana Menteri Malaysia sebelum ini tidak kira Siti Hasmah (isteri bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed Tun Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali) mahupun Arwahyarhamah Endon (Datin Seri Endon Mahmood), sebaliknya berlaku apabila Rosmah bersikap boros dan tidak sensitif kepada kesusahan rakyat yang menderita dengan kenaikan harga barang dan sebagainya,"katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Jingga 13 juga mendesak Najib agar tidak mengeluarkan sebarang kenyataan yang boleh mempengaruhi siasatan bagi tujuan menyelamatkan beliau dan isterinya dengan scandal tersebut.

Bercakap kepada pemberita, Fariz juga mengesa Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) menjalankan siasatan secara telus dan tidak bersikap 'double standart' terhadap kes-kes seperti ini.

"Kita tidak mahu melihat kes-kes kecil ditangkap sedangkan jerung-jerung besar bebas tanpa sebarang tindakan secara tegas.

"Kita lihat sepertimana yang berlaku pada kes Khir Toyo (bekas Menteri Besar Selangor Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo) dan rakyat biasa, kes mencuri susu bayi melibatkan RM20 ditangkap mencuri dan dihukum 3 tahun penjara. Kes Khir Toyo melibatkan jutaan ringgit hanya satu tahun penjara," katanya. -TVSNEWS

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In Retrospect

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 02:52 AM PST

On this day forty years ago, I lost my beloved mother and my life has never been the same ever....

I was 11 years old when it happened and it took me decades to come to terms with the loss. Each visit to the cemetery traumatized me and after a few years, I just could not bring myself to visit her grave. It was a major issue during Cheng Beng and I could not make my father understand why I just could not go to the grave. Left behind, I would hide in my room and cried for days, every year...on her death anniversary and during Cheng Beng and yes, I cried a lot this morning. It was made worse because I listed to John Tesh singing "Mother, I Miss You".

Mother, I  Miss You

Is it Me?
Or have I deceived myself
I thought I heard you call my name
Out in the pouring rain

I really thought
I thought I saw your face
But after a second look
I saw me the clearest day

Mother I miss you
In night's I just wish
You were here with me
So we can laugh and talk again

Mother I miss you
but I'll just kiss you
And send it on the wind
Cause you know
I plan to see you again

So much I wanted to show you
So much I wanted to give
I thought our time would be much longer
Listen my best friend

However, I would go to the Phor Tay memorial hall to place my floral offering at the altar before her memorial plaque. The fact that my father remarried within 100 days did not help matters. Teenage angst coupled with my grief was a deadly combo.

Forty years. That is a long time. I still love her so much and regret being such a naughty girl. :-( They say time time can heal the pain but I believe it only blurs the edges of the photographs of melting moments we treasure in our hearts and minds. Her face is still crystal clear and I can remember every nuance of her voice, even the scent she loved - Elizabeth Arden's "Blue Grass".

Often times, I really believe I should have been an engineer because of what I did when I was a pre-schooler. As 'Thumbelina' was my favourite fairy tale, I thought little people lived in transistor radios, the black and white television console we had at home and even in the one and only musical box I had. Growing up as an only child was a very lonely experience which drove me to seek unusual 'companions'.

When my parents went out and left me alone, I would run to dad's tool-box and took out his screwdrivers and other tools. Most excitedly, I unscrewed the back of the radio and with much anticipation, I thought I would be the savior to release those tiny people living in the transistor radio. I was totally unprepared for what I saw in the radio. Undaunted by the wires, I proceeded to remove those wires because I thought they were the culprits that had trapped and imprisoned little people inside. You can imagine what happened when my parents returned and found the mess I left behind. One cannot expect a 5 year old to put things together again!

Later on, I did the same with the television set. Unscrewed the asbestos board and almost took apart the cathode ray tube.

The musical box with the ballerina was also not spared. I remember my fascination with musical boxes and how I had to beg and persuade my parents to buy me one. Well, I also took it apart and was most disappointed to see the set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder that plucked the tuned teeth (or lamellae) of the steel comb. Still dissatisfied, I even tried to dismantle that contraption and failed miserably.

I hated dolls. I remember been given those yukky talking and walking dolls which had long blonde curly locks and yes, I destroyed them as well. I removed the neck to see what was making it talk and peered down the neck to see if I could pull out its organs. :-( And I pulled out the hair to see if it had hair roots like my own hair.

Needless to say, my favorite toys included machine guns, trains (one of which I still have to this day), toy soldiers and even a policeman's helmet and baton!

My mother could not understand why I had to do all this. Then, I could not understand why she was so angry with me but now I do! Mom could not understand why I hated wearing those frilly, prickly lacy dresses that she sewed so lovingly and why I balked at wearing frilly underwear!!! I had sensitive skin and was always upset with those lacy material that pricked my skin! Looking back, I am regretful and realize what a loving mom she was to do so much for me - including teaching me how to have good posture, sending me for ballet lessons and how she devotedly taught me at home till I could read fluently by the time I was four years old. She even taught me how to write essays at that tender age!

Being in the express class, the pressure to excel was always there. I skipped a year in school when I was given a double promotion from Std 3 to Std 5. More pressure. And that was when the clash between my mom and I worsened. Eventually, she went back to work and that was when I improved and was less rebellious. By then, it was too late for she fell ill when I was in Form 1. And the rest is history.

When mom was alive, I was amongst the top five in the school but with her demise, my grades gradually dropped and I just lost interest in my studies, preferring to bury myself in my novels and reading. My ambition in secondary school was to finish reading every single book in the library and believe me, I did just that. Whilst I did do well in school, it was a pale shadow of my achievements when mom was alive.

By the time I finished my sixth form, I was 'enlightened' and excelled in university and graduated top of my class missing first class honors by a hair's breath :-(. To this day, I regret not begging my dean for an adjustment via extra units etc. I am sure I would have been more than who I am today had my mom not died at such a young age. Yet, I know that I am also who I am today because of the legacy mom left in me.

I still miss my mom so much. I wish she had been there for my graduation, when I got married and when I had my kids. I would have wanted to see the smile on her face and the joy at my achievements. Sighs...but all I can do now is to cherish the memories of those times with her and to treasure my recollection of the way she loved me. She will always be in my heart!

In closing, here's an essay that I wrote in 1972 as an 11 year old..a few months after my mom passed away. My English teacher then was Rose Tunku Ismail Mohd Jewa.

If your parents are still alive, treasure the moments with them. Spend time with them and never forget to hug them or tell them how much you love them!!! Take care and have a lovely weekend!

Do leave a comment to share your thoughts and responses. Thanks! Have a wonderful weekend!

Rafidah Hentam Shahrizat, Gesa Ketua Wanita Itu Letak Semua Jawatan

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 03:13 AM PST

Rafidah Serang Shahrizat Agar Berundur

Rafidah dalam wawancara dengan The Malay Mail semalam dilapor melancarkan serangan pedas pada penggantinya Shahrizat dengan berkata seorang pemimpin patut berundur sekiranya mendatangkan masalah kepada parti.

Walaupun tidak menamakan Shahrizat, harian berbahasa Inggeris itu melaporkan, ia jelas merujuk kepada isteri pengerusi syarikat pengendali NFC Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail itu.

"Ini untuk (kebaikan) semua, sama ada berkenaan isu lembu atau tidak. Itu tindakan paling matang untuk berdepan dengan masalah kamu," beliau dilapor sebagai berkata.

Beliau juga mempersoalkan tindakan menteri itu mengambil cuti tiga minggu kerana beliau patut membuat keputusan dan tidak harus meninggalkan isu itu kepada perdana menteri.

Sementara itu UMNO Cheras hari ini sekali lagi menggesa Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil berundur daripada kabinet kerana isu Pusat Fidlot Kebangsaan (NFC) sedikti sebanyak memberi masalah kepada Umno.

Ketuanya Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee berkata,desakan itu bukan atas alasan 'kebencian peribadi' tetapi demi kebaikan parti dan kerajaan.

"Dalam isu ini, Shahrizat harus buktikan keikhlasan perjuangan beliau, sama ada untuk parti dan kerajaan atau pun lebih mengutamakan kepentingan keluarga," tegasnya.

Sebelum ini, Syed Ali pernah mendesak supaya Shahrizat meletakkan jawatan sebagai menteri kabinet kerana tidak mahu isu NFC menjadi beban kepada Umno dalam pilihan raya umum ke-13 akan datang.

Dalam tulisan terbaru di blog Umno bahagian itu, Syed Ali yang juga setiausaha Umno Wilayah Persekutuan dilapor berkata, di sesetengah tempat, isu itu menjadi bahan sindiran pelbagai pihak.

"Di sesetengah tempat, saya diberitahu isu NFC kini menjadi bahan sindiran kononnya mana-mana kawasan yang terbiar ditumbuhi rumput dan lalang, tak perlu lagi guna mesin pemotong rumput, sebab Umno dah ada lembu di Gemas," katanya.

Beliau juga menyokong saranan bekas ketua Wanita Umno dan menteri kabinet Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz yang dilapor berkata, pemimpin yang membawa masalah kepada Umno dan kerajaan perlu segera meletakkan jawatan.

Rafidah: Leave if you are a burden!

Equating tainted leaders to a gangrenous toe, former minister says they should put party above self and quit

INCURRING THE IRON LADY'S IRE: Rafidah denied there were any similarities between the current NFC funds abuse uproar and the AP scandal during her time in government

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has launched a scathing, thinly-veiled attack on her successor Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, suggesting that the latter should vacate all posts in Umno and the government.

In a candid interview with The Malay Mail recently, Rafidah stopped short of naming Shahrizat but the references were clearly pointed at the Women, Family and Community Development Minister.

"If you are a problem to the party and government, please move out!

"That's it (for) everyone, whether it's got to do with cows or anything (else). That's the most matured way of dealing with your problems," said Rafidah.

"Why are you so hung up about the three-week decision (to take a break)? You're missing the point!

"The point is: damn it, decide, don't leave it (the decision to go) to the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak). Don't leave the onus on the Prime Minister to decide for you."

Rafidah's remarks are bound to re-ignite talks of hostility between the two Umno heavyweights. Shahrizat had toppled Rafidah from her Wanita chief post in 2009.

The Kuala Kangsar MP said a chain was only as strong as its weakest link.

"If your toe has gangrene, you don't chop off the whole leg, you just amputate the toe!"

Hence, she said leaders who have become a liability to their respective political parties should take the right step and leave the party or at least resign from their posts rather than passing the burden to party leadership as they do not fit Najib's definition of a "winnable candidate".

The Prime Minister had on several occassions stressed that the Barisan Nasional would only field what he termed as "winnable candidates" in the next general elections.

"Whoever is in the wrong, please do the needful. But do not use the same brush stroke to tarnish the government.That's why I say if you're a bother to the government, you are a liability to the government and to the party, (and should) make the decision to move away," she said.

Known as the Iron Lady, Rafidah was also quick to slam anyone who intends to open old wounds such as the allegations of the awarding of Approved Permit (APs) that was used against her during her time in government.

She said it was unfair to equate the two incidents.

"There was no evidence and there was no link to any family member," she said.

"You think I'm not a God-fearing woman and do all these things? It's a sin, you know!"
Shahrizat, who is currently abroad, did not respond to calls and text messages.

• Look out for Rafidah's interview next week

Pre-Bangkok Trip: Top 5 Website To Read About Bangkok

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 01:04 AM PST

Pre-Bangkok Trip: Top 5 Website To Read About Bangkok – In 24 hours, I will be flying to Bangkok, Thailand, the land of smile for a 5 days 4 nights short trip. Although I have been there before 4 years ago, but I didn't really recall much about it and so I am doing a research again. I found out Bangkok is mainly about shopping, eat, shopping, eat, see, and experience the Buddhist temple. More attractions located out of Bangkok city which I don't think we have time for it.

Anyway, here are my top 5 websites that I am reading and researching about Bangkok travel.

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Trip Advisor, my favourite and must-visit website everytime I go travel. I like it because I can read a lot from the reviews and know which attraction is worth to go and not.

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CNNGo, more in-depth recommendation of local attractions, lifestyle and food. It's more on Asia country.

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Lowyat.NET Travel & Living, a local Malaysian forum on discussing travel destination world wide. Can learn more about their travel experience and personal guide.

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Chinese Cari Travel Forum, another forum but this one is in Chinese.

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Lastly, Google! HAHAHA. But then my favourite is still Lowyat.NET and Trip Advisor.

Penyanyi Dangdut Dibelasah Suami

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 01:13 AM PST

Artis dihentak

KUALA LUMPUR: Penyanyi dangdut dan pelakon, Ani Mayuni membuat laporan polis mendakwa dipukul dan ditendang suaminya selain kepalanya turut dihentak ke dinding bilik di rumah mereka di Desa Rejang, di sini, semalam.

Dalam laporannya, Ani atau nama sebenarnya Aishah An Nur Osman, 33, berkata, kejadian yang berlaku kira-kira jam 8 pagi itu menyebabkan dia mengalami kecederaan di kepala, tangan, dada dan leher.

Sebelum kejadian itu, Ani dikatakan menghubungi suaminya yang berada di luar rumah dan memintanya membeli sarapan.

Bagaimanapun, sebaik pulang ke rumah kira-kira 30 minit kemudian, suaminya terus meluru masuk ke dalam bilik dan mengasarinya.

Bagaimanapun, artis yang popular dengan lagu Sedap itu bernasib baik apabila abang kandungnya yang kebetulan datang ke rumah menyelamatkan dia daripada terus dipukul. -hm

Kepala Babi: Dilakukan Pihak Yang Sama & Petanda Bunga-bunga PRU13

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 11:56 PM PST

Idris Ahmad: Provokasi Kepala Babi Petanda PRU13 Makin Dekat

SHAH ALAM 2 FEB : Pelbagai provokasi dan amalan fitnah yang dicetuskan golongan berkepentingan serta media arus perdana yang cuba mencetuskan ketegangan kaum menjadi penanda PRU13 semakin hampir.

Ahli Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat, Idris Ahmad, melahirkan kekesalan berhubung insiden meletakkan kepala babi yang berlaku di Masjid Al-Hidayah Sentul seperti yang dilaporkan hari ini.

Dalam reaksinya kepada TVSelangor berkata, kejadian ini tidak sepatutnya berlaku memandangkan kejadian ini merupakan kes kedua dalam tempoh seminggu.

Awal minggu ini menyaksikan satu kepala babi ditemui di sebuah masjid di Rawang oleh ahli jawatankuasa masjid sebelum solat subuh.

Justeru, beliau meminta pihak polis bertindak tegas bagi mencari pihak yang bertanggungjawab memandangkan perkara ini dilihat sebagai satu bentuk provokasi sentimen keagamaan menjelang Pilihanraya ke-13 (PRU-13).

"Jika perkara ini berlaku dalam era tahun 60an, sudah pastinya perkara yang tidak diingini akan berlaku di negara ini," katanya.

Selain itu sentimen perkauman bukan sahaja melibatkan usaha provokasi keagamaan seperti isu kepala babi dan kepala lembu turut melibatkan kenyataaan pemimpin-pemimpin Umno dan NGO (Perkasa) yang bersifat perkauman.

Media milik Umno juga hampir setiap hari cuba mencetuskan suasana tidak harmoni dengan meniup api perkauman dan pelbagai bentuk fitnah.

Keadaaan ini dianggap sebagai disengajakan oleh pihak tertentu bertujuan meraih sokongan kaum tertentu setelah merasakan tiada jalan lain untuk mendapatkan sokongan rakyat.

Beliau menambah, perkara sebegini merupakan 'bunga-bunga PRU-13' yang bakal berlangsung bila-bila masa.

Insiden meletakkan kepala babi ini tercetus selepas Pakatan Rakyat berjaya menawan beberapa buah negeri selepas PRU-12 bermula di Petaling Jaya yang melibatkan dua buah masjid diikuti kejadian sama yang berlaku di Johor.

Selain itu, insiden provokasi bermotifkan sentimen keagamaan ini turut belaku melibatkan kejadian kebakaran gereja di Taman Melawati dan simbahan cat merah di sebuah surau di Seremban.

Merujuk kepada kejadian sebelum ini, sehingga kini belum ada sebarang tangkapan yang dilakukan. -tvsnews

Tian: Isu Kepala Babi Di Lakukan Pihak yang Sama

SHAH ALAM 2 FEB : Ahli Parlimen Batu, Tian Chua menganggap isu kejadian kepada babi yang ditemui di beberapa masjid sebagai bermotifkan politik serta dilakukan oleh pihak yang sama.

"Ini semua seolah-olahnya dibuat oleh golongan yang sama bermotif politik," katanya kepada TVSelangor ketika dihubungi hari ini.

Bagaimanapun, katanya kaedah digunakan pihak tidak dikenalpasti itu sudah diketahui umum dan beliau berharap masyarakat bertenang serta tidak terperangkap dengan isu ditimbulkan ini.

Isu kepada babi timbul dan diperkatakan semula dengan kejadian terbaru berlaku di Masjid Nurul Iman, Rawang pada 31 Januari lalu dan Masjid Al-Hidayah, Sentul, Kuala Lumpur hari ini.

Sebelum ini kejadian hampir sama berlaku beberapa bulan lalu di sebuah masjid Kampung Datuk Harun, Kuala Lumpur serta juga masjid di Johor Bahru.

Tian menjelaskan isu meletakkan kepada babi di masjid itu adalah sesuatu yang sensitif dan ia dilihat satu pendekatan bagi mewujudkan ketegangan kaum.

"Nampaknya macam ingin melaga-lagakan masyarakat dan mengalih pandangan daripada isu pokok yang kita hadapai sekarang iaitu seperti ekonomi dan rasuah.

"Yang kita khuatir ada golonan tertentu cuba menggunakan isu ini untuk memberi justifikasi dan menekan hak asasi serta mengambil kesempatan juga menakutkan masyarakat. Ini yang kita khuatir," katanya beliau yang juag Naib Presiden PKR.

Beliau berharap pihak polis menjalankan siasatan rapi berhubung perkara itu kerana ia telah berlaku beberapa kali dan tidak boleh dibiarkan begitu sahaja.

Katanya, isu seperti itu tidak seharusnya berlarutan dan menjadi sesuatu yang tidak disenangi masyarakat.

Lip Eng hits back at mayor over budget row

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 10:30 PM PST

Source: (by Ikram Ismail, 2/2/2012)
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng (pic) has denied claims he did not show up at a public seminar organised by City Hall in mid-December to discuss details of expenditure for City Hall's 2012 budget. He was responding to a claim by KL mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail after Lim alleged City Hall had denied Kuala Lumpur MPs full details of how the council's RM2.3 billion budget was to be spent. Ahmad Fuad had claimed on Wednesday Lim should not make demands now as he had been given a chance to have his say but did not show up at the forum.
Lim hit back at the mayor, saying he was present at the seminar. "I was there in the afternoon until the seminar ended and the mayor should acknowledge my presence."
Ahmad Fuad had, in The Malay Mail report yesterday, claimed the only MPs who attended the function was Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Batu MP Tian Chua.
Lim said he could not recall which other MPs attended the seminar. "I am just asking for basic treatment. The same type of treatment City Hall owes to other city folk. City Hall can ensure there is transparency by uploading the detailed budget on its website for public scrutiny."

Mayor says he has no hidden agenda behind City Hall's 2012 budget

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 10:29 PM PST

Source: (by Azril Annuar, 1/2/2012)
KUALA LUMPUR: "What makes him so special?"
KL mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail today took a swipe at Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng after the latter alleged City Hall did not disclose the full details of the city's 2012 budget when it was unveiled last month.
Lim had earlier accused Ahmad Fuad of refusing to disclose full details of the the budget to the public and KL's members of Parliament. "We are KL's MPs who have debated the national budget in Parliament. So why can't we look at the detailed city budget?", Lim questioned. Lim claimed that during a meeting between several KL MPs and the mayor that was held prior to Chinese New Year, the MPs had asked for a copy of the budget. However, he said Ahmad Fuad refused to entertain their request and only allowed them to view the summarised hard copy version. Lim also accused Ahmad Fuad of not consulting with the public and the MPs before the budget was approved.
Responding to Lim's allegation, Ahmad Fuad said Lim failed to attend a seminar which was organised by City Hall last year despite being invited to attend.
Ahmad Fuad told The Malay Mail that the city council had engaged with around 200 to 300 citizens and consulted, explained and discussed the tentative budget and invitations were sent to "everyone including Lim". "We called for a seminar, we invited around 500 people and around 200 to 300 showed up. The only MPs who bothered to attend was Nurul Izzah (Lembah Pantai) and Tian Chua (Batu). So why is he bringing this up? Why am I being accused that I did not consult the public or the MP?
"He did not show up. He accused me of having an agenda? What agenda? I have to report to the Ministry (Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing ministry) and the prime minister.
He said that during the seminar, City Hall representatives explained to the public on how revenue for the city was generated and how the city plans on spending the budget allocated. Public concerns were also taken note of and it was included in the budget. Ahmad Fuad said his plate was full as City Hall has to be audited and there are procurement procedures which he has to oversee in addition to attending monthly meetings with the chief-secretary to the government.
"Why does he (Lim) want special treatment and have a 'special meeting' just for him when other concerned citizens can come to the seminar. We even advertised it. "Maybe he trusted us so much that he feels that KL is in good hands," Ahmad Fuad said.

Gelora Takuut

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 10:27 PM PST


Takuut bila kembali
Amalan entah mencukupi
Anggapan nafas panjang lagi
Kebahagiaan abadi sering dicanai ketepi.

Takuut sambil tangisi
Untuk semua yang sibuk mendongak langit tinggi
Cakap insaf walhal masih belum perduli
Bangunlah insan yang iman masih nyenyak lagi.

Takuut masa untuk pergi
Saat sedih sudah menghampiri
Meraung kita tidak terperi
Buangkan rasuk sombong hidup tidak akan mati.

Takuut tidak soleh digolongi
Azab kubur tidak terperi
Diseksa kerana engkar pada Illahi
Balasan dosa tidak sempat ditaubati.

Takuut lantas mengakui
Nafsu syaitan gembira dituruti
Tenggelam dalam urusan duniawi
Ampuni lah kami Ya Allah Ya Tuhan ku..kami telah menzalimi diri.


1 Care: Putrajaya Plunder People! Say no to Umno!

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 08:03 PM PST

Anti-1 Care group demands Putrajaya kill proposed healthcare scheme

By Clara Chooi
February 02, 2012
Critics claim the scheme would force employees and businesses to contribute 10 per cent of their monthly income to a government-run insurance fund. — Reuters file pic
PETALING JAYA, Feb 2 – The newly-formed Citizens' Healthcare Coalition (CHC) came out for the first time today to demand the government shelve its proposed "1 Care" insurance scheme, warning that its implementation would spell "disaster" for Malaysia's healthcare system.
The pact insisted that the present two-tiered model was superior to "1 Care", which it predicted would only turn healthcare management into a "business".
"We believe the (current) Malaysian model is superior for the Malaysian environment. We do not want healthcare to be turned into a business.
"We believe there should be both public and private sectors – public as a service-oriented model and private as a corporate model... it is not possible for a service sector model to be corporatised," Federation of Private Medical Practitioners Associations of Malaysia (FPMPAM) president Dr Steven Chow said during CHC's maiden media briefing at the Global Business and Convention Centre here this evening.
According to CHC, "1 Care" is a new national healthcare system that will force all households to surrender nearly 10 per cent of their monthly household incomes as contribution to a government-run Social Healthcare Insurance (SHI) scheme.
The group insists that the scheme would not achieve its objective to provide equitable access to healthcare for all segments of society and would only increase costs.
Even worse, the group has said, the SHI scheme only covers very basic healthcare expenditure and poses many limitations such as: every individual is assigned to a primary healthcare provider (PHCP) or general practitioner and cannot select his or her own doctor; the assigned doctor is only budgeted to see each individual a maximum of six times a year; "the cheapest, not-original medicine" will be dispensed; individuals will not be covered for all illnesses, especially intensive care; and if an individual insists on selecting his or her own choice of doctor, he will have to pay out of his own pocket.
The CHC also warned today that despite claims from the authorities that "1 Care" was still at the conceptualisation stage, its engagement with ministry officials indicated that the scheme has already entered phase three of its implementation plan.
"It is past conceptualisation, there already is a blueprint for implementation, which are basically the nuts and bolts of implementation process, to be ready by 2012.
"To us in the medical fraternity, '1 Care' is definitely in the final stages of implementation," Dr Chow told the press conference.
Another CHC spokesperson, Dr T. Jayabalan concurred, adding that numerous technical working groups have already been formed while even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak himself had made special mention of "1 Care" during a speech in 2010.
"Another thing is that there have been numerous roadshows held by the ministry... the last one was 10 days ago in Seremban. Definitely, it is afoot," he said.
But both Dr Chow and Dr Jayabalan agreed that it was still "not too late" to convince Putrajaya to shelve "1 Care", with the latter pointing out that "elections is around the corner".
"They (the government) might turn around and say... okay, if you don't like it (we will shelve it). And elections is around the corner too," he said.
"If the government does not respond, then they are arrogant," said Dr Chow.
The duo added that CHC's "Tak Nak 1 Care" campaign activities are fast gaining attention from the public and in the coming weeks, more would be done to spread public awareness.
"On our side, our association plans to inform its members, hold similar forums in Ipoh, Kuantan, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Penang.
"We will inform members so they can duly inform their patients, so as much information can be transmitted to the ground," said Dr Chow.
"The change that can come is through informing others. What action the people would want to take, we will support.
"We will probably also be submitting memorandums, get the NGOs to get the rakyat to petition... We can see far ahead that the country is headed to disaster if it disbands its present (healthcare) system for an American system," said Dr Jayabalan.
Apart from the forums, CHC has also kicked off its campaign online, using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread its message.

Tragedi Pasar Payang K.Trengganu: Suspek Tikam Gadis Jurujual Kain Ditahan

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 08:46 PM PST

Maut ditikam lelaki gila

KUALA TERENGGANU – Polis yakin dapat menyelesaikan satu kes pembunuhan melibatkan seorang pembantu kedai kain yang mati ditikam sebanyak enam kali di bangunan Paya Keladi, Jalan Kampung Daik di sini kelmarin ekoran penahanan seorang lelaki semalam.

Gambar: RAKAN sekerja, Siti Aminah Ahmad menunjukkan selipar Wan Manisah yang tertinggal selepas diheret dan ditikam hingga mati oleh seorang lelaki di Kuala Terengganu kelmarin.

Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah negeri, Asisten Komisioner K. Manoharan memberitahu, suspek berusia 28 tahun itu ditahan pukul 4.30 petang di Pasar Besar Kedai Payang di sini kira-kira 250 meter dari tempat kejadian.

"Kita masih mencari senjata yang digunakan untuk menikam mangsa. Kes itu dianggap selesai dengan penahanan suspek," katanya.

Manoharan berkata demikian ketika mengulas mengenai Wan Manisah Wan Mansur (gambar kecil), 27, yang disahkan meninggal dunia pada pukul 2.05 pagi di Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah (HSNZ) iaitu kira-kira enam jam selepas kejadian dia diserang dan ditikam seorang lelaki kurang siuman.

Kejadian berlaku apabila suspek yang meluru masuk ke dalam premis itu terus memeluk Wan Manisah dari belakang selepas mangsa cuba menghalangnya.

Suspek kemudian mengheret mangsa hingga ke depan kedai sebelum menghentak kepala wanita itu ke lantai dan menikam belakang badan mangsa hingga mengenai paru-paru.

Bedah siasat mendapati terdapat enam tikaman pada bahagian kiri badan mangsa iaitu tiga di lengan dan tiga di belakang. -kosmo

Suspek dalam kes bunuh pembantu kedai kain ditahan

KUALA TERENGGANU - Polis menahan suspek yang dipercayai terbabit dalam kejadian bunuh seorang pembantu kedai kain di sini malam tadi.

Suspek yang berusia 28 tahun ditahan kira-kira 4.30 petang ini di Pasar Besar Kedai Payang dekat sini.

"Kita percaya dengan tertangkapnya suspek, kita dapat menyelesaikan kes pembunuhan yang melibatkan pembantu kedai berkenaan," katanya ketika dihubungi.

Suspek dipercayai berasal dari Sarawak. Dalam kejadian kira-kira 8 malam di sebuah kedai kain di Jalan Kampung Daik, mangsa Wan Manisah Wan Mansor, 27, di dapati ditikam sebanyak enam kali.

Mangsa kemudiannya meninggal dunia di Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah kira-kira 2.05 pagi tadi. - Bernama

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[GEMPAR] Kereta & Rumah TPJ PAS Johor Terbakar Dalam Cubaan Membunuh - Bergambar

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 06:53 PM PST

BMW, rumah TPJ Johor terbakar, dipercayai khianat

JOHOR BAHRU, 3 Feb: Sebuah kereta BMW milik Timbalan Pesuruhjaya PAS Johor, Dzulkefly Ahmad serta tingkat bawah rumahnya di Taman Universiti, di sini hangus terbakar dalam satu kejadian yang dipercayai perbuatan khianat, awal pagi ini.

Dzulkefly ketika dihubungi Harakahdaily berkata, kejadian berlaku kira-kira jam 3.40 pagi sewaktu beliau dengan enam anggota keluarganya sedang nyenyak tidur di tingkat atas.

"Ketika itu kami semua sedang tidur. Tiba-tiba terdengar satu letupan kuat. Saya kejut isteri dan saya lihat enjin kereta BMW terbakar dan ada api di tingkat bawah rumah.

"Tidak lama kemudian satu lagi letupan kuat berlaku. Kami kejut semua anggota keluarga dan buat keputusan untuk keluar ke pintu belakang dan terus menghubungi pihak bomba," katanya.

Menurutnya, pihak bomba yang tiba kira-kira beberapa minit kemudian berjaya memadamkan api daripada terus marak.

Ekoran kebakaran itu kereta BMW miliknya itu keseluruhannya hangus manakala bahagian ruang tamu tingkat bawah juga turut terbakar.

"BMW keseluruhannya hangus, sebuah lagi kereta Camry yang diletak di sebelahnya, separuh terbakar tapi saya rasa masih boleh dibaiki.

"Bagaimanapun saya bersyukur sebab tiada kemalangan jiwa berlaku," katanya sambil memaklumkan telah membuat laporan polis.

Sementara itu, Mazlan Aliman dalam respons segeranya memberitahu, beliau tidak menolak kemungkinan kejadian itu adalah cubaan membunuh.

"Badan Perhubungan PAS Johor dukacita dengan insiden ini.

"Saya mengesyaki ini cubaan membunuh, bukan perbuatan khianat biasa lagi ni. Nasib baik Haji Dzul dan keluarga sempat melarikan diri," katanya yang juga Timbalan Pesuruhjaya PAS negeri itu.

Dzulkefly sebelum ini menurut Mazlan, banyak mendedahkan isu-isu panas di negeri Johor dan dikhuatiri ada pihak yang tidak senang dengan tindakan beliau.

Sehubungan itu, beliau yang turut bergegas ke tempat kejadian awal pagi tadi mendesak pihak polis menjalankan siasatan terperinci agar pihak bertanggungjawab dapat dibawa ke muka pengadilan.

"Kita yakin dengan kepakaran pihak polis, dan kita harap polis menjalankan siasatan terperinci," katanya. -HD

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