Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday Farlim Pasar Malam (Night Market)

Wednesday Farlim Pasar Malam (Night Market)


Wednesday Farlim Pasar Malam (Night Market)

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 09:56 AM PST

Wednesday Farlim Pasar Malam (Night Market)

Wednesday Farlim Night Market – It'd been some times I didn't go to night market in Penang, except to those in Bangkok. Haha. Bangkok's night market and Penang's is somehow different as we have got more food here and they have got more clothing at there.

Night market (pasar malam) is fun but then the items and food are repetitive so it gets bored after some times. However, going to the night market once in a blue moon is kinda fun, especially eating the yummy and unhealthy street food.

The plan was actually to search for a cheap RM10 mop for cleaning the floor but it failed because there wasn't anyone selling at there. I recalled back and it's actually the night market at Taman Connaught in Kuala Lumpur that sells the cheap mop, but not here in Penang.

At Farlim's, the stalls are more about clothing, accessories and FOOD! Hueisean and I found no mop and we turned our sight to food instead. Was craving for oily deep fried unhealthy food which is very yummy and we bought ourselves fried dumpling and the unhealthy deep fried chicken skins. OMG.

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The after-dinner "desserts" was pretty satisfying. In addition, I brought a packet of sugar cane and grass jelly to balance the oily unhealthy meal. Fried food at the night market rocks! Chicken skin is so awesome, why it must be so unhealthy?! Haha.


Perception

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 08:41 AM PST

I applied Thursday and Friday off last week... I went down to the city of Merlion. I spent 4 days 3 night in that country... Guess what?


Colleague : Where were you last weekend?
Me : I'm in the city of Merlion. 
Colleague : Oh, you are going to Singapore? Interview ar?
Me: Nope, I went there for meeting my friends and as a tourist since i have not been there since year 2006. Hehehe... i have free place to stay, free food... just need to buy the air ticket over.
Colleague : Sure or not? 
Me: Why you doubt about me?
Colleague : So many people going down to start their new job there... Nevermind we will see...
Me: *just give a big smile* 

Hmm... Why they think like that? First, my another colleague recently tender his resignation and got himself over to Singapore. Secondly, lots of people surrounded us just gotten their job in Singapore. So maybe this why people perceive that way when you travel down to Singapore. I'm NOT sure whether my boss also have this perception.  

Anyway, it's tough to explain and get rid of the perception... 
What would be your reaction if your friends mention he/she was visiting Singapore for a few days?


[Mengejutkan] Sean Stone Peluk Islam Tatkala Barat Menekan Negara Iran

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 09:55 AM PST

Anak pengarah filem Oscar peluk Islam di Iran

KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Feb: Penerbit filem Amerika Syarikat, Sean Stone (gambar), anak kepada pengarah terkenal Oliver Stone, yang pernah memenangi Oscar telah memeluk Islam pada Selasa lalu di Iran, di mana beliau sedang membuat satu dokumentari, lapor AFP.

"Kemasukan ke Islam bukan bermaksud membuang Kristian mahupun Judaism, kepercayaan yang saya dilahirkan dengan. Ia bermaksud saya telah menerima Mohammad dan juga nabi-nabi yang lain," kata beliau dalam satu perbualan telefon ringkas daripada Isfahan, di mana beliau memeluk Islam di pejabat ulama terkenal Ayatullah Mohammad Nasseri Dowlatabadi.

Bapa Sean Stone ialah seorang Yahudi, manakala emaknya ialah seorang Kristian.

Pemuda 27 tahun itu tidak menyatakan mengapa beliau memilih untuk memeluk Islam.

Berdasarkan laporan media Iran, Fars news, Sean Stone telah menjadi seorang Muslim dengan nama pertamanya Ali.

Sean pernah berlakon dalam beberapa filem bapanya, dan pernah mengarah beberapa siri dokumentari.

Tahun lepas, timbul spekulasi hangat bahawa bapa Sean akan merealisasikan cita-citanya untuk membuat sebuah filem blockbuster mengisahkan Presiden Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Pengarah kontroversi, yang pernah memenangi tiga Oscar turut berada di republik tersebut mencari lokasi yang sesuai untuk penggambaran.

Pada 2010, seorang ahli personaliti Barat yang popular, wartawan dan juruhebah Britain Lauren Booth, ipar kepada bekas perdana menteri Britain Tony Blair turut memeluk Islam setelah lawatannya ke Iran. -HD



Ulasan GB

Demikian Hukum Kebenaran & Keadilan berjalan.

Tatkala dunia barat sedang menekan negara Iran dengan pelbagai sekatan, tiba-tiba kita dikejutkan dengan berita anak pengarah filem terkenal Oliver Stone iaitu Sean Stone memeluk Islam di negara Iran. (Kerajaan UMNO BN Malaysia turut mengikut telunjuk Barat mengenakan sekatan terhadap iran apabila Malaysia menghentikan bekalan minyak kelapa sawit ke Iran)

Sama kes semasa tragedi 11 September tatkala Islam diberikan liputan hodoh dengan fitnah yang mengaitkan Islam dengan pengganas, tiba-tiba berduyun-duyun masyrakat Barat memeluk Islam selepasnya.

Itu semua ayat-ayat "manzurah" yang diturunkan oleh Allah s.w.t.

..sesungguhnya tiada sesuatupun yang Allah jadikan itu sia-sia....


Nicht Geiz, sondern Qualität ist geil

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 07:21 AM PST

Tag für Tag präsentiert die Werbung in den Medien die neuesten "Schnäppchen". Es wird uns vorgegaukelt, dass wir den größten Fehler unseres Lebens begehen, wenn wir z.B. einen bestimmten Fernseher nicht sofort kaufen. Oder es heißt: Nur heute ist eine bestimmte Waschmaschine günstig zu haben!

In früheren Zeiten wurde erst eine neue Waschmaschine oder gar ein neues Auto gekauft, wenn das Geld dafür wirklich bereitlag. Mit jedem Geldschein, den man gespart hatte, wuchs die Vorfreude. Heute werden so günstige Konditionen für eine Finanzierung angeboten, dass es auch "Hartgesottene" Sparer in Versuchung führt. Ein anderes Beispiel für die neue Zahlungsmoral ist unser sog. Plastikgeld, die Kreditkarte. Diese vermittelt den falschen Eindruck, jetzt überhaupt kein Geld auszugeben. Die Abbuchungen erfolgen ja viel später.

Wie können die Elektrogeräte-Ketten diese Preise überhaupt anbieten? Was steckt dahinter? Wie können diese Dumping-Preise gehalten werden? Leiharbeit, kaum noch unbefristete Arbeitsverträge, 400 Euro-Jobs, das sind die typischen Merkmale für das sinkende Niveau im sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Bereich. Das altbekannte Gütesiegel "Made in Germany" wird man nicht mehr oft auf den Artikeln vorfinden, anstelle dessen fast immer "Made in Taiwan" oder "…China", denn das sind die Extrem-Niedriglohnländer.

Die Kunden können dies ändern, und zwar nur sie! Die billige Massenware ist auf Dauer gesehen überhaupt nicht günstig. Wie oft wird sie nach kürzester Zeit defekt, welche Umstände kommen dann auf uns zu, sie zur Reparatur einzuschicken, Ersatz oder gar unser hart verdientes Geld für den Artikel zurück zu bekommen? Also, nicht nur "Waschmaschine günstig!" Wie lange hat unsere Letzte Tag für Tag funktioniert? Zwei Jahrzehnte waren hier doch keine Seltenheit. Man hatte Vertrauen in eine bestimmte Marke, Grund genug, sie später wieder zu kaufen.

Ein allseits bekannter Werbeslogan stand für eine Einstellung zum Konsum- und Sparwahn. Die Hauptsache war der drastisch reduzierte Preis einer Ware. Guter Service, Qualität und Umweltaspekte eines Produktes waren in dieser Zeit einfach kein Thema. Er wurde zum Glück gestoppt. Jetzt stellt sich langsam ein Wandel ein.


Kegagalan DEB: UMNO BN Tak Pandang Serius Teguran Raja Muda Perak

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 07:32 AM PST

DEB Gagal: Teguran Istana Takkan Dipeduli Umno/BN

SHAH ALAM, 15 FEB : Kerajaan Umno/BN tidak akan sesekali beri perhatian terhadap sebarang teguran untuk penambaikkan pentadbirannya biarpun teguran tersebut datangnya dari orang kuat istana, ujar Ahli Jawatankuasa Kerja Pas Pusat, Idris Ahmad.

Semalam, Raja Muda Negeri Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah menegur kegagalan Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) gagal mencapai sasaran kerana kemungkinan terdapat penyelewengan di peringkat perlaksanaanya.

"Saya sifatkan teguran itu sangat bertepatan. Orang politik sudah lama tegur, Ketua Audit juga selalu dan sekarang orang istana pula yang memberi teguran kepada kerajaan.

"Kita berharap dengan teguran ini dapat membawa penambahbaikkan dalam perlaksanaan dasar kerajaan," tegas Idris yang dihubungi melalui panggilan telefon.

Bagaimanapun beliau meragui teguran ini akan diberi perhatian ekoran segala teguran yang berlandaskan fakta dan angka sekalipun tidak pernah diperduli oleh Umno/BN malah segala teguran itu sering diperlekehkan mereka.

"Sebaliknya kita memerlukan transformasi politik dan juga perubahan sikap di kalangan kepimpinan negara.

"Sebagai contoh pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat telah terbukti dan teruji mentadbir negeri yang diperintah dengan baik," ujar Idris yang turut menjelaskan Pakatan berjaya mentadbir walaupun terdapat kekangan sumber kewangan daripada Kerajaan Pusat.

Idris turut bersetuju dengan kenyataan Raja Dr Nazrin bahawa kegagalan DEB merupakan kesan daripada pemimpin yang tidak amanah mentadbir dana yang seharusnya disalurkan untuk kebaikan dan keuntungan rakyat.

Katanya selain amalan rasuah, amalan kronisme, sogokan dan salah guna kuasa telah menjadi budaya dikalangan pemimpin dan pentadbiran Umno/BN sehingga tidak lagi mampu dibendung.

"Sejak dari RMK1 hingga ke RMK10, kerajaan sudah memperuntukkan kira-kira RM 1.2 trillion dan setiap RMK diberi dana besar untuk membela rakyat yang susah yang kebetulan majoritinya Melayu.

"Malangnya DEB sentiasa gagal akibat pemimpin yang korup. Mereka hanya ingat rakyat menjelang PRU dan selepas menang mereka lupa rakyat dan berpaling mengutamakan kroni-kroni mereka," jelas Idris kesal.

Bagaimanapun, Idris yakin rakyat kini sudah mampu memilih antara pentadbiran yang telus membela rakyat dan kerajaan yang hanya bekerja mengikis harta dan khazanah milik rakyat.

"Kita lihat sahaja negeri Kelantan yang mana pada tahun 1990 berada di tangga ke-dua kedudukan negeri termiskin. Namun kini Kelantan sudah menurun kedudukannya dan menduduki tangga ke-enam.

"Sebaliknya Sabah menduduki tangga teratas diikuti Terengganu walaupun kedua-dua negeri pentadbiran Umno/BN ini kaya dengan sumber hasil bumi petroleumnya," akhiri Idris. -tvsnews


Raja Nazrin: 'DEB tidak berdosa, berdosa pelaksana'

KUALA LUMPUR - Raja Muda Perak Dr Raja Nazrin Shah menyelar sesetengah pihak yang tidak amanah dalam menjalankan Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) sehingga dasar yang baik itu gagal mencapai matlamatnya untuk membantu orang Melayu dan umat Islam.

Baginda bertitah akibat dari sikap itu, matlamat mahu mengimbangkan agihan ekuiti dalam kalangan ummah gagal dicapai dan dasar murni yang diwujudkan kerajaan itu pula dipersalahkan.

"Sedarilah, dasar tersebut tidak berdosa dan tidak pernah melakukan dosa,

yang berdosa adalah di kalangan mereka yang telah melakukan pelbagai penyelewengan di peringkat pelaksanaan. Akibatnya berlaku kerapuhan pegangan hak milik terutama di kalangan individu Melayu, lalu berlaku ketirisan hak milik harta dan ketirisan hak milik urus niaga bernilai tinggi," titah baginda semasa merasmikan Seminar Wakaf: Penjana Pembangunan di Bank Negara Malaysia di sini.

Menurut Raja Nazrin, kajian menunjukkan bahawa hanya enam peratus daripada kekayaan individu Melayu yang sempat sampai ke generasi ketiga dan hanya dua peratus sahaja disambungkan ke generasi seterusnya.

"Pola daya tahan pemilikan ekuiti di kalangan individu yang begitu sementara sifatnya akan memberi impak negatif dalam jangka panjang dan boleh menyebabkan ummah menerima nasib berdagang di bumi sendiri," titah baginda.
Baginda mengesyorkan satu mekanisme yang lebih berkesan perlu ada untuk memberi jaminan bahawa semua pegangan ekuiti Melayu Islam ini tidak begitu cepat terhakis.

Raja Nazrin turut melahirkan rasa kesal kerana ada individu yang bersifat "pagar memakan padi" yang telah menyebabkan beberapa institusi yang diwujudkan kerajaan untuk menjaga kepentingan ummah menghadapi masalah hingga muflis atau terpaksa diselamatkan oleh pemerintah.

"Konsep wakaf korporat difikirkan sebagai satu alternatif yang berpotensi menggantikan kaedah sedia ada. Konsep yang sedang dirintis ini menyuntik pendekatan arus niaga bersandarkan roh Islam... berpegang kepada konsep iman dan
takwa," titah baginda.

Idea wakaf korporat sudah pun tercetus sejak dari beberapa tahun lepas dan pada zaman dahulu ia berperanan sebagai sumber kekuatan ekonomi ummah sehingga ummah tidak perlu terlalu bergantung kepada dana kerajaan sehinggalah akhirnya ia berkubur akibat manipulasi penjajah, titah baginda.

Konsep ini telah dibuktikan kejayaannya di negara ini melalui penubuhan Waqaf An Nur Corporation yang ditubuhkan pada 3 Ogos 2006 yang boleh dijadikan rujukan untuk diterima pakai di peringkat lebih luas.

Menurut Baginda, bagi membolehkan konsep ini berjaya, idea itu perlu diangkat untuk pertimbangan di Persidangan Majlis Raja-Raja, selain mendapat sokongan ulama serta mendapatkan persefahaman di peringkat kerajaan persekutuan dan negeri manakala individu yang dipilih memegang amanah nanti terdiri daripada mereka yang menghayati semangat Fisabilillah.
- Bernama




New clients, old clients…

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 06:18 AM PST

There were some things I needed to discuss with the staff nurse at the HIV clinic, and so even though I was not on duty, I still went to the hospital today. Parking, as always, was a nightmare, and by the time I got to the counselling room about 10.10 am, none of the volunteers on duty were there yet. (clinic duty is supposed to start at 10 am)

I went straight to the doctor's room, saw the nurse, and spoke to her about Shidah's case. One of the volunteers on duty, my vice-chair, then arrived. The other volunteer on duty, couldn't make it; and since we were told by the nurse that there were a few new cases to be referred to us, I decided to stay on a while. 2 cases were then referred to us at the same time, and so I took one case and my vice-chair took the other case.

Not long after the 2 cases, SN came in with a lady who looked very familiar.

"Kak, akak tak ingat saya ke?" said the lady to me.

Ahh… no wonder she looked familiar! She may be a new case at Ipoh GH but she had been infected for quite some time already, only thing was before this her appointments were in KL. Remember Zana, the problematic young woman whom I had sent to a shelter home in KL before? Well, this lady referred to us today, Aliza, was an occupant of the same shelter home I had sent Zana to, in fact Aliza was more senior. It was at that home that we met, and Aliza remembered me very well because every time Zana created all sorts of problems at the home, I would be the person they'd contact.

Anyway, Aliza is now out of the shelter home and stays on her own, together with another lady friend from the same shelter home. 2 of Aliza's 4 children are staying together with them, while the older 2 are at a boarding school, fully sponsored. Aliza and her friend both work as cleaners, and after work, at night, she sells burgers to get more income to support her children. Well, from now on, her children will also be getting help from our Children Education Fund.

When Aliza was in the counselling room, I saw Hana outside. The moment she saw me, she immediately got into the room. I took the opportunity to ask about her children. Her eldest, now waiting for her SPM result, is doing a temporary job. My main concern was Hana's second daughter. The girl, who initially did well in school, later got worse in her studies and did very bad in her UPSR last year. I had suspected she had been teased in school because of her birth cert which indicated that she didn't have a father (her eldest sis has a different father and her youngest brother has a different father – but at least they both had "official" fathers). According to Hana, she registered this daughter at a new school for secondary, with new friends altogether, none from her old school, and it seems the girl is more keen to go to school nowadays as compared to before this. I do hope this will continue until she finishes schooling. After all, she now has an IC and so there is no need to show her birth cert to indicate "maklumat bapa tidak diketahui".

After a short chat with Hana, I decided to leave as well. After all, I wasn't on duty. There was supposed to be one more new case to be referred, but my vice-chair said he should be able to handle it, so off I went to the doctor's room to inform them that I was leaving. The nurse then told me that Shidah had just called to ask if from now on it was okay for her to just get her supply of ARV without going for any more appointments. Ahh, obviously, she doesn't want her in-laws to find out. But still, even to get her supply of ARV, she'd need to go to the hospital, no? What was she expecting? To get me to bring the supply of ARV to her MIL's house and come out with whatever story on why I was visiting? When the nurse told her she still has to come to the hospital for her appointments, Shidah told the nurse… "Nanti saya kena bincang dulu dengan Kak Afizah." Duh! Akaaaak jugak?!

Well, Shidah had not called me yet after that, I guess she's going to wait nearer to the appointment date before she makes that call.

Later in the afternoon, I decided to visit Lin to deliver some of the reference books I got from various donors. Lin has 2 children sitting for their exams this year – her son will be sitting for SPM and her daughter will be sitting for PMR. It had been quite a while since I last visited her family, her children were beginning to wonder if I'd ever be visiting again. When I called, Lin said she was out elsewhere but her eldest daughter was home. The daughter who graduated from a nursing college about a year ago, has been unable to find a related job and is still applying here and there. For the past year, she had been doing temporary jobs here and there, all unrelated to her qualifications, mostly clerical work.

I had quite a long chat with Lin's daughter. She too seemed quite comfortable opening up to me. I do hope she'll be able to get a proper job soon.

As for the 2 children who will be sitting for their exams this year, Lin had already arranged for tuition for her form 3 girl, but had not been able to influence the form 5 boy to do the same. Both of them are under sponsorship, so tuition fees shouldn't be a problem. But according to Lin, the boy doesn't want tuition because he's shy. Shy to go for tuition?? But why?!

"Dia kata dia malu sebab dia tak pandai," said Lin to me. Aiyo, shouldn't he go for tuition because he is tak pandai??

Hish, macam-macamlah budak-budak ni…


CAMBODIA – FROM A WAR RAVAGED COUNTRY TO AN ECONOMICALLY VIBRANT STATE

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 05:47 AM PST

Most have noticed that I had laid down writing for almost 14 days. The reason was this i.e. that I had been on a weeklong business cum leisure trip to Cambodia beginning 30 January and upon my return, I was down with cough and cold that forced me to confine myself to bed for the next 6 days. For a man of 68, it wasn't easy to recover from the dreaded cough and cold, even if I had forced myself to drink two bottles of Band Essence of Chicken daily hoping to reenergize my ailing body. I never really liked visiting a doctor for a simple illness like this for I know the prescription would be the good old panadol and some anti- biotic pills.

Several friends called to find out what has gone wrong with me. I am feeling better now and the first thing I did was to open my email only to find more than 1001 unread emails. If you were me, would you want to read all the emails or be selective in reading only those that are of interest to you and the rest be ignored?

The trip to Cambodia was an interesting one this time. It gives me the opportunity to meet up with people that I had befriended back in 1992. Some of them are holding high government position; some in business while some have long retired and settled in their villages, and their whereabouts known.

One interesting personality that I met was General Chhum Sucheat, currently holding the position of the Under Secretary of State and spokesman for the Cambodian Ministry of National Defense. I had known him as the Cambodian People's Armed Forces (CPAF) Liaison Officer who was with me throughout the period of my UN duties in Cambodia in 1992. He was at the time just a 37 year old CPAF officer of the rank of Brigadier, while I was already reaching the age of 50 and a Colonel. Surprisingly too, General Ke Kim Yan, CPAF Chief of Defence Force at the time was also of the same age with General Sucheat. The former has ventured into politics and is today a Minister in the Hun Sen government. I was fortunate to have met him again during an earlier visit to Cambodia in 2005 when he was still the Chief of Defence Force.

My first day in Cambodia was to call upon the Malaysian Ambassador at the newly built Malaysian Embassy complex that is also home for the Ambassador and his staffs. I also called upon the Defence Attache, Col Adnan Ariffin in his beautifully furnished office and the Matrade marketing officer Mr. Thorn Sarorn who happens to be a local Khmer who spoke fluent Indonesian and English. I am indeed thankful to the Ambassador and his staffs for having agreed to meet despite me being a nobody, and for me to express the reason for the visit to Cambodia, and to be accorded well by everyone.


My meeting with General Sucheat on the second day brought back many fond memories. As I had alluded earlier he was much younger than me. But what surprised me most is that he now is a tee-totaller; having being told by his doctors to abstain completely from alcoholic liquor because of a heart ailment. In the days that I had known him, he is never without a glass of liquor at hand; more so during period of leisure.

What is obviously visible in Phnom Penh today is that one can no longer see armed soldiers and military vehicles roaming the city. This is strikingly unusual from what was witnessed in the period leading to the UN intervention of the early 90's where armed soldiers roamed freely in the city and around the country side. Road blocks manned by the militia and police were so common around the city center and along the country roads then, that one finds it unsafe to travel after dusk. The city of Phnom Penh has gone through some major facelift, spotting newly constructed high raised modern designed buildings all over the city. From the number of foreign banks seen around the city, I believe businesses in Cambodia are growing at a rapid pace. Malaysia's Cambodian Public Bank (Campu Bank) the first Malaysian bank to venture into Cambodia in 1992 appears to be one of the largest foreign banks having its headquarters in a newly constructed multistory building.

My weeklong trip to Cambodia wasn't in vain. Here, I wish to recall the final paragraph of a book I wrote about the Malaysian Experience in Cambodia, quote, "Malbat has learnt one valuable lesson i.e. that peacekeeping is not about projecting one's physical might; on the contrary, peacekeeping has all to do with the portrayal and the exercise of one's humble and humane values. This was where our soldiers stood above the rest and the sacrifices they made were all for a worthy cause. We gave the Cambodian people the peace that they so deserve. With peace, there would be prosperity and with prosperity, there would be enduring regional stability" unquote.

Having witnessed the rise of Cambodia from the ravages of war, I can now say that Malaysian soldiers were a party to the peace and prosperity that Cambodia enjoys today, and we all ought to be proud.

CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION


Ramai Kena Cekup Di Hari Kekasih

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 06:13 AM PST

Johor Bahru – Hasrat kononnya ingin menjadikan Hari Kekasih sebagai hari istimewa bersama pasangan bertukar menjadi mimpi ngeri kepada 102 orang yang dicekup Jabatan Agama Islam Johor (Jaij), malam kelmarin.

Jumlah itu adalah mereka yang ditahan di seluruh negeri ini dalam Operasi (Ops) Kekasih dilakukan Jaij bermula jam 10 malam hingga dua pagi.

Ketua Penolong Pengarah Penguatkuasaan Jaij, Mohd Zamri Kambari berkata, kesemua mereka ditahan dalam beberapa serbuan di hotel bajet dan tempat awam dan berusia sekitar 18 hingga 40 tahun.

"Daripada jumlah tersebut, 94 orang merupakan rakyat tempatan, tujuh warga Indonesia dan seorang lagi warga Bangladesh," katanya kepada Sinar Harian, semalam.

Menurut Mohd Zamri, sebanyak 44 pasangan disiasat mengikut Seksyen 27 (1)(a) & (b) Enakmen Kesalahan Jenayah Syariah Johor 1997 kerana berkhalwat.

Katanya, seramai 12 orang pula disiasat mengikut Seksyen 29 enakmen sama kesalahan berkelakuan tidak sopan di tempat awam dan dua di bawah Seksyen 19 enakmen sama kerana meminum minuman memabukkan.

Kesemua yang ditahan telah diambil keterangan sebelum dibebaskan dengan jaminan sementara.

Sementara itu, dalam salah satu operasi yang dijalankan, seorang wanita bagaikan tidak serik apabila dicekup buat kali ketiga di sebuah hotel murah di Taman Puteri Wangsa, di sini, kelmarin.

Wanita berusia 22 tahun yang sebelum ini pernah ditahan dua kali atas kesalahan sama dicekup bersama pasangannya berusia 30-an ketika serbuan dijalankan pada jam 11.30 malam.

Turut ditemui di bilik yang disewa oleh pasangan itu peralatan dan dadah dipercayai jenis syabu. Dalam operasi sama, seorang lelaki hampir pitam apabila bilik yang disewanya diserbu penguatkuasa.

Lelaki berasal dari Kota Tinggi itu kelihatan pucat dan berpeluh-peluh apabilanya dihujani pelbagai soalan daripada pegawai bertugas.

Dalam Ops Kekasih tahun ini, seramai 78 penguatkuasa Jaij terlibat di seluruh daerah negeri Johor. -SH

Menggigil dicekup Jais di hotel

PETALING JAYA - Seorang lelaki menggigil ketakutan ketika dicekup bersama pasangannya oleh penguat kuasa Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais) di sebuah hotel bajet di sini, dalam operasi bersepadu cegah maksiat sempena Hari Kekasih, awal pagi semalam.

Walaupun bertegas mendakwa mereka adalah suami isteri yang sah, lelaki berusia 20-an itu gagal menunjukkan kad nikah.

Akibat terlalu takut, lelaki itu mengeluarkan kad nama daripada dompetnya sambil tangannya terketar-ketar apabila penguat kuasa meminta menunjukkan kad nikah.

Bagaimanapun, dia memberi alasan tidak membawa kad nikah dan mahu pulang ke rumahnya bagi mengambil kad tersebut.

Jurucakap Jais berkata, sebelum itu, penguat kuasa terpaksa menunggu kira-kira 15 minit sebelum bilik hotel itu dibuka oleh lelaki tersebut dalam serbuan kira-kira jam 2.30 pagi.

Pasangan itu antara enam pasangan kekasih yang ditahan di bilik hotel bajet di sekitar daerah ini.

Selain Jais, operasi bermula jam 1 pagi itu melibatkan Agensi Anti Dadah Kebangsaan (AADK), Jabatan Imigresen, Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya dan polis.

Jurucakap Jais berkata, daripada lebih 10 hotel bajet yang diperiksa, pihaknya menahan enam pasangan berusia lingkungan 20 hingga 30 tahun kerana berdua-duaan dalam bilik tanpa ikatan pernikahan yang sah.

Kesemua pasangan yang ditahan kemudian dibawa pulang ke ibu pejabat Jais untuk disoal siasat mengikut Seksyen 29 Enakmen Jenayah Syariah Selangor 1995 kerana berkhalwat.


Pasangan cuba lari elak dicekup

DAMANSARA DAMAI – Cubaan sepasang kekasih cuba melarikan diri tidak kesampaian apabila mereka berjaya dicekup unit cegah maksiat Masjid Al-Muhtadeen dan Biro Keselamatan Apartment Idaman di sebuah hotel bajet awal pagi semalam.

Pasangan berusia 28 dan 24 tahun itu cuba melarikan selepas mendapat tahu hotel tempat mereka menginap diserbu.

Ketika disoal, wanita itu memberikan pelbagai alasan termasuk mengakui lelaki yang datang bukan kekasihnya tetapi kawan yang kebetulan mahu menghantar makanan.

"Saya sepatutnya menginap di rumah rakan, tetapi kerana rumahnya tidak cukup bilik, saya disuruh menyewa hotel,"katanya kepada Sinar Harian.

Sementara lelaki yang bekerja sebagai juruteknik menara telekomunikasi mengaku hanya mahu menghantar makanan.

"Dia bukan teman wanita saya kerana saya datang ke sini untuk tolong beli makanan sahaja,"katanya yang tinggal di Bandar Sri Damansara.

Sementara itu mengulas lanjut mengenai operasi yang dijalankan Imam Masjid Al-Muhtadeen, Ustaz Mohd Fadhil Mohd Nor berkata pemantauan akan terus dibuat di lokasi berisiko menjadi port remaja melakukan maksiat di perumahan itu.

"Kita akan lakukan rondaan tambahan pula semalam ialah sambutan Hari Kekasih, kerana tahun lalu kita berjaya memberkas tujuh pasangan berkhalwat di hotel yang sama,"katanya.



'Hadiah' sempena Hari Kekasih

SEREMBAN - Sepasang kekasih yang asyik bermadu asmara di sebuah hotel sekitar bandar ini, terkejut diserbu oleh anggota penguat kuasa Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Sembilan (JHEAINS), awal pagi semalam.

Dalam serbuan kira-kira jam 2 pagi itu, pasangan yang mendakwa dari negeri lain, datang ke Seremban untuk meraikan Hari Kekasih, sebelum mengambil keputusan menginap di sebuah hotel bajet, di sini.

Ketua Penolong Pengarah, Bahagian Penguat kuasa JHEAINS, Ahmad Husaini Mustafa berkata, pasangan kekasih berusia awal 20-an itu bertemu pada petang kel­marin.

Katanya, selepas menyambut Hari Kekasih pada tengah malamnya, mereka mengambil keputusan menyewa sebuah bilik di salah satu hotel di bandar ini untuk bermalam.

"Semasa pemeriksaan, mereka yang lengkap berpakaian, memberi kerjasama kepada anggota penguat kuasa. Hasil pemeriksaan mendapati, teman lelaki wanita terbabit adalah warganegara Indonesia tetapi memiliki dokumen perjalanan sah," katanya.

Menurutnya, mereka juga menyatakan tujuan sebenar datang ke bandar ini adalah untuk mencari kerja kerana tidak mahu berjauhan.

Dalam pada itu, pada Ahad lalu, dua anggota lelaki dari sebuah unit beruniform ditahan kerana disyaki berkhalwat dengan pasangannya di dua lokasi berlainan.

Semua pasangan, berusia 20 dan 30-an itu, berdua-duaan, sekitar jam 3 hingga 5 pagi di Port Dickson dan juga Seremban.

"Semua kes akan disiasat mengikut Seksyen 61 (1) Enakmen Jenayah Syariah Negeri Sembilan 1992," katanya.

SEMENTARA ITU DI BANDARAYA MELAKA, bagi mencegah pasangan Islam meraikan Hari Kekasih dan melakukan maksiat, Jabatan Agama Islam Melaka (Jaim) melakukan pemantauan di kawasan tumpuan orang ramai di negeri ini bermula lewat malam, kelmarin.

Ketua Pegawai Penguat Kuasa Agama Jaim, Rahimin Bani berkata, pemantauan membabitkan lapan lokasi dalam operasi selama tiga jam, bermula jam 11 pagi itu.

"Bagaimanapun, keba­nyakan pengunjung melarikan diri selepas melihat kami membuat rondaan. Antara lokasi yang dipantau adalah Pantai Crystal Bay, kawasan tambak Padang Temu, Kampung Portugis, Pantai Klebang, Pantai Puteri, Dataran Pahlawan, Pantai Marina Bay dan Pulau Melaka," katanya, semalam.

Menurutnya, menerusi pemantauan di Pantai Klebang mendapati, banyak kenderaan diparkir, dipercayai untuk melakukan maksiat.

"Namun, sejurus kenderaan kami tiba, semua pemandu terbabit beredar dari kawasan berkenaan," katanya, di sini, semalam.

"Ada juga kawasan yang lengang dan hanya terdapat pengunjung yang memancing di tepi pantai," katanya.



[Video] Lelaki Iran Cedera Dalam Serangan Bom Di Thailand

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 03:46 AM PST

Bangkok: Seorang lelaki warga Iran yang membawa bom tangan cedera dan empat orang awam turut cedera dalam tiga letupan yang menggegarkan sebuah kejiranan di ibu kota Thailand itu, semalam.

Bangkok berada dalam keadaan berjaga-jaga sejak bulan lalu apabila Amerika Syarikat mengeluarkan amaran mengenai ancaman pengganas di kawasan yang sering dikunjungi pelancong.

Namun, pihak berkuasa masih belum dapat memastikan jika insiden semalam ada kaitan dengan amaran Amerika itu.

Tiga lelaki dilihat melarikan diri setelah sebuah rumah di Sukhumvit Road, di timur Bangkok, meletup.

Skuad pemusnah bom bergegas ke kawasan itu dan melihat tiga lelaki melarikan diri dan seorang daripada mereka melontar bom ke arah sebuah teksi.

'Dia cuba menahan teksi tetapi memandangkan dia berlumuran darah, pemandu teksi tidak mahu berhenti,' kata Jeneral Polis, Pansiri Prapawat.

Lelaki itu kemudian cuba melempar sebutir bom ke arah polis, menyebabkan satu lagi letupan berlaku di tepi sebatang jalan yang sibuk.

Menurut pihak berkuasa, akibat letupan itu, sebelah kaki lelaki, yang dipercayai warga Iran itu hancur dan empat orang awam- tiga lelaki dan seorang wanita Thai - turut tercedera.

Letupan di Bangkok itu berlaku sehari setelah sebuah kereta diplomatik Israel dibom di India - serangan yang menurut Israel dilakukan Iran.

Pihak berkuasa Thailand mengatakan mereka tidak pasti jika kedua-dua insiden itu ada kaitan antara satu dengan lain, namun jurucakap Kementerian Luar Israel, Encik Yigal Palmor, berkata mereka tidak dapat menolak kemungkinannya.

Pasukan keselamatan Thailand menemui lebih banyak bahan letupan di sebuah rumah, yang didiami lelaki Iran itu ketika di Bangkok.

Tapi, kata Jeneral Pansiri, mereka tidak dapat pastikan apakah sasaran sebenar kumpulan itu.

Menurutnya lagi, sebuah pasport ditemui di salah satu lokasi letupan dan menunjukkan pengebom sebagai Saeid Moradi dari Iran.

Tambahnya, pihaknya percaya letupan pertama, yang memusnahkan sebahagian bumbung rumah Moradi, berlaku secara tidak sengaja.

Lelaki itu dan mereka yang cedera, kini dirawat di hospital.

Seorang lelaki Iran turut ditahan di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Suvarnabhumi, malam semalam sedang dia cuba berlepas ke Malaysia.

Lelaki itu masih disoal siasat dan pembabitannya dalam insiden letupan semalam masih belum dapat dipastikan. -- AFP, AP.




Does This Sound Too Familiar?

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 03:00 AM PST

Does the following story remind you of any place/country/government?

Quality Assurance

A toothpaste factory had a problem - they sometimes shipped empty boxes, without the toothpaste tubes inside. This was due to the way the production line had originally been built and installed. Rather than completely redoing the production line, they decided to find a way to detect and stop empty boxes from getting through. So, they hired a top-notch consulting firm to do the job.

The consulting firm flew in several of their best production line engineers. Physical measurements were taken and video cameras were setup to monitor the line during normal production. Data collected was then taken back to the consulting firms headquarters for analysis.

The recommendation of the engineers and designers was to build and install a custom inline scale, using strain gauges, connected to a computer that will weigh each box coming down the production line. If the box is empty, the computer will stop the line, display a warning message on a screen, sound an alarm, and turn on flashing lights to alert workers to the fact that an empty box needs to be removed from the line. One press of a large pushbutton will restart the assembly line.



Unfortunately, the consulting firms in-house prototype shop was booked about six weeks out. So, it was then decided to put the custom electronic production line scale out for bid. Plans and specifications were sent out, along with request for proposals (RFP's), to several engineering specialty firms, to build the custom electronic scale.

Bids were received, evaluated, and the primary contractor selected. Six months and $5,000,000 later, the custom scale is delivered to the toothpaste manufacturer.

Now, when the scale detects an empty box, it stops the assembly line, so a worker can remove it. Pushing a button restarts the assembly line. Included with the scale and new computer is a statistics program that shows how well the scale is doing its job.

A month later the president of the company comes by and decides to check on the new scale to see if it is stopping empty boxes from being shipped. While looking at the computer screen he is amazed to find out that NO empty boxes were shipped out of the factory after the custom electronic scale was installed. Also, complaints about empty boxes have stopped. He says to himself, "The scale cost a lot, but it looks like it was worth it."

However, looking closer at the statistics, he is shocked to see that the number of empty boxes picked-up by the scale was zero, after three weeks of production.

Puzzled, the president goes down to the factory floor, and walks up to the part of the line where the new electronic scale was installed.

After looking at the scale, he notices a portable electric fan blowing across the conveyor belt just before the scale, which suddenly blows an empty box off the line – without stopping the line. He turns to one of the nearby workers and asks, "who put that fan there?"

"I did, sir. I got tired of having to stop what I was doing, go remove the empty box on the scale, and then restart the line. Stopping and starting the line was hurting our overall production. Now, thanks to that little $20 fan, no more empty boxes. Good idea, huh?" "Yeah, good idea...."



-Author Unknown-

Hmm...does this situation sound so familiar??? When $$$ and lots of $$$$$$ is spent to solve a problem which could be easily resolved at minimal cost.

Do leave a comment to share your views. Thanks! Have a lovely evening.


Diperangkap Teman lelaki

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 02:49 AM PST

Melaka - Gara-gara sayangkan kekasih, seorang gadis terpaksa meringkuk dalam penjara selepas diperangkap teman lelakinya sendiri atas kesalahan mengeluarkan cek palsu.

Joanna (bukan nama sebenar), 25, diperdayakan teman lelaki yang baru dikenalinya di Johor Bahru menerusi seorang teman pada 2009 sehingga tidak menyedari nama dan MyKadnya digunakan untuk mengeluarkan lima keping cek palsu berjumlah RM20,000 setahun kemudian.

Menurut Joanna, wang tersebut dikatakan untuk menjamin tiga rakan kepada teman lelakinya yang ditahan polis akibat satu kesalahan undang-undang.

"Ketika itu di Johor Bahru, dia menggunakan nama dan MyKad saya untuk diletakkan dalam cek bagi membayar jaminan rakannya itu. Pada masa itu, saya tidak mencurigai tindakannya, sebelum dimaklumkan bahawa cek tersebut sebenarnya palsu," katanya.

Joanna berkata demikian semasa ditemui Sinar Harian pada Majlis Jalinan Kasih di Kompleks Penjara Sungai Udang, dekat sini.

Joanna berkata, akibat tindakan teman lelakinya itu, dia terpaksa menerima hukuman penjara lima tahun selepas didapati bersalah ketika dihadapkan ke mahkamah.

"Buntu fikiran saya apabila mengenangkan apa yang dilakukan teman lelaki saya itu. Saya tidak ada bukti untuk mendakwa cek itu bukan saya lakukan. Bagaimanapun, teman lelaki saya sedikit pun tidak rasa bersalah dengan apa dilakukan kepada saya selepas saya didakwa di mahkamah," katanya.

Joanna yang merupakan anak sulung dari empat beradik yang juga mempunyai seorang kembar lelaki juga mengakui langsung tidak mengenali tiga rakan teman lelaki yang dijaminnya itu.

"Sepanjang kira-kira setahun saya mengenalinya, saya tidak pernah kenal mana-mana rakannya. Malah, dia akan kawal setiap pergerakan saya walaupun apabila saya hendak ke tempat kerja di sebuah kilang di Singapura," katanya.

Menurutnya, pada awal perkenalan, teman lelakinya itu tidak pernah menunjukkan sikap panas baran. Bagaimanapun, keadaan berubah kira-kira tiga bulan selepas itu apabila sering melenting dan berselisih faham.

"Namun, saya buta kerana menyayanginya tanpa merasakan diri saya dalam bahaya," katanya.

Joanna kini terpaksa menghabiskan dua tahun lagi dalam penjara berkenaan mengakui menyesal dan sedar dengan kesilapan diri serta mahu keluar nanti dengan semangat kehidupan baru.

Dia turut menasihatkan orang ramai terutama anak-anak gadis berhati-hati berkawan supaya tidak terjerumus dengan situasi seperti itu hanya disebabkan terlalu sayangkan teman lelaki sehingga tidak menyedari akhirnya diperangkap.

"Mujur keluarga saya tidak pernah meminggirkan saya kerana mereka percaya saya tidak sejahat itu," katanya. -SH


Bangkok: Huai Khwang Night Market

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 12:38 AM PST

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Bangkok Trip: Huai Khwang Night Market (Day 3) – Oops, I missed out a place after eating my dinner at Somboon Seafood Restaurant on the third day of my Bangkok Trip last week. Right after our dinner, we went to tour around the area of Huai Khwang. Walking along Ratchadaphisek, and turned left into Pracharat Bamphen Road when reaches a junction leaded us to a row of night market and stalls located along the road.

It's the Huai Khwang night market and wet market area. Unlike night market in town, this one is more cater to the locals around that area, selling clothing, accessories, shoes, and also raw food and vegetables at the wet market. Besides, there's many exotic sexy clothing because of the presence of night club workers at this area. We toured around this place for an hour before heading back to the hotel. The wet market is where we stopped as it's boring and smelly. Now I know that they shop for meat and vegetables at night, something different.


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