- Daim's prophecy
- A Colonoscopy Journal
- Whitney Houston: Bathtub drowning on cocaine! 8-(
- A Matter Of Life And Death
- Kes Anak Nazri Aziz Dituduh Pukul Pengawal Akan Disembunyikan?
- Security guard alleges assault by Nazri's son
- Malaysia Paling Selamat: 24,635 Kes Rogol Dari 2003-2011, Purata 8 Kes Rogol 1 Hari
- Fidelis, the OFA commemorative book, part 26
- Spasso Milano Italian Cuisine @ Pavilion KL: Mmm
- Laporan Polis Oleh FELDA Bukti Najib Campurtangan Adalah Benar
- Simple, Pure and True
- Azalina Dikecam Tuduh Peserta Demo Orang Asing
- YouTube: Myanmar food
- Visiting the old & the new…
- Ucapan Menjunjung Kasih Titah Ucapan DYMM Sultan Selangor
- Towards a first class state assembly
- Hassan Ali Belanja RM300K Ubah Pejabat, RM500K Untuk Persidangan Badan Warisan
- Western Australia no to Lynas. Umno-led gov't YES
- Whitney Drowned After Cocaine Use
- Alam Flora will maintain public toilets in KL from next month
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 11:45 AM PDT
Former Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin rang an alarm by predicting BN will only find an easy passage in Johore, Malacca and Pahang in the next general election. As for other States, competition is expected to be very, very stiff.
The Umno veteran - who seldom spoke to the Press when he was a minister - told Nanyang Siang Pau that PM Najib must cut out the deadwood to ensure the ruling party gains more support from the voters.
A year before the 12th general election, the former Umno treasurer issued a warning that BN would lose Penang, Selangor and Kedah. His 'prophecy' came true when BN lost five states on March 8, 2008 and its two-third majority in Parliament.
I would rather say that Daim was a bit pessimistic.
Why? A few hours before his interview with the Chinese paper, I was with two Najib's senior aides, talked general election over a cup of coffee. The two Datuks gave another version of the story, an optimistic one.
"Our PM is convinced that BN will take back Selangor and Kedah from the Opposition. He received encouraging reports from all component parties, including Umno's Mentri Besar and Chief Minister. Everything points to success," according to one of them.
"Bro. Every corner is being covered now. So, there is no need to worry. The Opposition will be wiped out!"
Waaaah! So confident.
But what kind of reports did Najib get from each and every State? That everything is in order, and that Umno is in a perfect condition to stand up for the general election?
Former PM Pak Lah was also very confident in 2008. He didn't listen to Daim and neither did he seek advise from others. The most damaging part was, most of the reports from Umno State liaison officers were far from the actual situation.
I know at least three Cabinet ministers who only want 'good news' from their officers in their respective constituency. Any bad news will be up to the officers to attend.
So, I am not sure if Najib prefers the bad news first or the good news. Or did he deploy some party agents to check on the reports and verify that what stated on the paper really reflected the actual situation in the respective State?
As how Daim put it - Najib is a good general but the soldiers around him are not fighting the war with him... they are fighting for their own survival!
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 10:23 AM PDT
Recently, a friend and another relative went for a colonoscopy and I thought of this article which I posted years ago. Written by Dave Barry, it is such a well-written and funny post on a serious subject.
I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy.
A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis.
Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner.
I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!'
I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called 'MoviPrep,' which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America 's enemies.
I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous.
Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavor.
Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder together in a one-liter plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons). Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am being kind - like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.
The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humor, state that after you drink it, 'a loose, watery bowel movement may result.
This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof, you may experience contact with the ground.
MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic, here, but, have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything. And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another liter of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.
After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep.
The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic I was very nervous. Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, 'What if I spurt on Andy?' How do you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough.
At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on, makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked..
Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep.
At first I was ticked off that I hadn't thought of this, but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would have no choice but to burn your house.
When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist. I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere. I was seriously nervous at this point.
Andy had me roll over on my left side, and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my hand.
There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during this particular procedure, 'Dancing Queen' had to be the least appropriate.
'You want me to turn it up?' said Andy, from somewhere behind me..
'Ha ha,' I said. And then it was time, the moment I had been dreading for more than a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like.
I have no idea. Really. I slept through it. One moment, ABBA was yelling 'Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine,' and the next moment, I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood.
Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more excellent when Andy told me that It was all over, and that my colon had passed with flying colors. I have never been prouder of an internal organ.
On the subject of Colonoscopies....
Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite humorous..... A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:
1. 'Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!'
2. 'Find Amelia Earhart yet?'
3. 'Can you hear me NOW?'
4. 'Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?'
5. 'You know, in Arkansas , we're now legally married.'
6. 'Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?'
7. 'You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out...' (hahahaha!~ I loved this one!!)
8. 'Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!'
10. 'Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.'
11. 'You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?'
12. 'God, now I know why I am not gay.'
And the best one of all:
13. 'Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?'
written by Dave Barry
ABOUT THE WRITER
Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist for the Miami Herald.
* Many thanks to Freddie who sent me this post! Have a nice day and a great weekend! I first posted this article in 2009 and thought I'd do a repost for the sake of humor.
You can read more about Colonoscopy HERE.
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:23 AM PDT
The coroner's report is out.
Besides cocaine, she had other drugs in her system, such as marijuana, alprazolam (Xanax), cyclobenzaprine (Flexiril) and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl).
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:00 AM PDT
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 11:08 AM PDT
Satu lagi jenayah tersembunyi yang dilindungi UMNO bakal berlaku, kali imi melibatkan anak lelaki Nazri Aziz, menteri di jabatan perdana menteri.
Anak Nazri, Mohd Nedim Mohd Nazri Aziz, didakwa memandu Porschenya ke satu bangunan kondominium di Mont Kiara diekori pengawal peribadinya dengan sebuah MPV, terlibat dalam satu pergaduhan dengan penyelia keselamatan bangunan tersebut,
Ini bukan kes keganasan pertama melibatkan anak lelaki Nazri. Tahun 2004, seorang pelajar undang-undang berusia 23 tahun Darren Kang dipukul hingga mati oleh sekumpulan pekerja restoran di Desa Sri hartamas, berhampiran Mont Kiara, setelah satu selisih fahan yang melibatkan anak Nazri. Pekerja-pekerja tersebut- 10 warga Thai dan seorang warga tempatan ditangkap. Manakala anak Nazri dibebaskan selepas soalsiasat polis.
"Ketika ini, untuk berlaku adil pada semua pihak, perlu ada siasatan lanjut.Lapuran yang dibuat kepada polis oleh kedua dua pihak dan maklumat mesti didedahkan. Tidak harus ada apa-apa yang disembunyikan.Apa berlaku dimasa lalu tidak harus dibiarkan berulang samula- bukan sekrang di tahun 2012," Timbalan Presiden PKR Tian Chua memberitahu Malaysia Chronicle.
"Tambahan lagi, harus ada penjelasan kenapa anak lelaki Nazri mempunyai banyak wang dan memandu Porsche, perlukan pengawal peribadu yang memamdu MPV. Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia patut terus bertindal dan bukan purapura tidak sedar keadaan ini. Kes jenis ini menunggjukkan keangkuhan keluarga elit Umno. Malah kerabat diraja juga tiada hak untuk membuli orangramai, tanpa mengira samada mereka rakyat Malaysia atau pekerja asing, golongan profesional atau buruh."
Tahap keangkuhan yang mengejutkan
Ketua Polis Daerah Brickfieds Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid mengesahkan menerima 2 lapuran polis berkaitan insiden itu. Anak lelaki Nazri, Mohd Nedim Mohd Nazri Aziz, didakwa memukul penyelia keselamatan di sebuah kondominium pada malam Selasa lepas.
"Kes ini diklasifikasikan dibawah Seksyen 160 Kanun Keseksaan melakukan kekecohan di tempat awam," Ketua Polis Wan Abdul Bari dilaporkan berkata. Beliau bagaimanapun enggan mengulas lanjut.
Kedua laporan polis tersebut dipercayai dibuat oleh pengawal peribadi Nedim dan penyelia keselamatan berusia 50an dan mengalami lebam. Penyelia itu yang awal membuat lapuran di Balai Polis Jalan Travers, pada malam kejadian selepas menjalani pemeriksaan di sebuah hospital.
Menurut lapuran berita, penyelia tersebut mahu Nedim mendaftar nama sebelum membenarkan nya memnadu masuk dengan Prosche nya, tetapi Nedim enggan menurut. Nedim dipercayai baru mendirikan rumahtangga. Pengawal peribadi nya kemudian memberitahu pengawal keselamatan Nedim ialah seorang 'Tengku' atau kerabat diraja, tetapi penyelia itu masih berkeras..
Naik marah, Nedim didakwa turun dari kereta, mencekik leher penyelia dan menumbuk kepala nya sementara pengawal peribadi nya memegang penyelia tersebut. " Penyelia itu tidak dapat melawan kerana dipegang oleh pengawala peribadi," satu sumber dari pengurusan kondominium dilaporkan berkata.
Dilaporkan juga pihak pengurusan kondominium diberi tekanan hebat untuk melindungi kes ini.
Cerita dari pengawal peribadi
Satu lagi laporan polis oleh pengawal peribadi Nedim bagi pihak majikan nya di balai yang sama. Pengawal itu mengaku ada kekecohan dan menuduh penyelia itu menimbulkan provokasi dengan berkelakuan biadap.
Menurut sumber dari pihak Nedim, penyelia itu yang mula menumbuk pengawal peribadi dan mencabar pengawal tersebut untuk bertumbuk. Pengawal peribadi Nedim kemudian menendang perut penyelia itu manakala penyelia itu menumbuk muka pengawal peribadi. -Malaysia Chronicle
Pengawal keselamatan dakwa diserang anak menteri
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 08:10 AM PDT
The son of de facto law minister Nazri Abdul Aziz was alleged to have assaulted a security supervisor at a plush condominium at Mont Kiara on Tuesday night. Contacted today, Brickfields district police chief Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid confirmed the that two police reports related to the incident had been lodged. "The case has been classified under section 160 of the Penal Code committing affray," he said, declining to divulge details of the case.
A condominium management spokesperson confirmed that there had been a minor altercation between the security and the visitor, adding that further comments should be directed to the police. A source, familiar with the incident, told Malaysiakini that the alleged assault was captured on CCTV cameras.
Cover up pressure on
The individual added that the condominium management was now under pressure to cover up the incident because security firms depend on the federal government to renew their licence.
The minister's son is said to be Mohamad Nedim Mohd Nazri Aziz (right), who drove a Porsche sports car to the condominium. Followed by a luxury MPV, driven by his bodyguard. The bodyguard had alighted from the luxury MPV to have his particulars recorded on behalf of both vehicles, but the condominium guards insisted that both drivers do so separately.
An argument ensued, resulting in the supervisor being called in to mediate the situation. "The bodyguard claimed that the person in the Porsche was a 'Tengku (royalty)', but the supervisor explained that they had to register each driver because of the regulations set by the management," said the source.
This apparently angered Nedim who alighted from his vehicle and allegedly choked the supervisor's neck before landing a punch on his head. "The supervisor could not fight back as he was being held by the bodyguard," claimed the source.
Nazri's calling card
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 08:06 AM PDT
2009 paling banyak kes rogol di Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, 23 Mac: Sebanyak 24,635 kes rogol direkod oleh negara ini dari tahun 2003 hingga 2011, kata Menteri Dalam Negeri dalam jawapan bertulisnya di Parlimen.
Datuk Seri Hishamudin Husein memaklumkan perkara ini ketika menjawab soalan anggota Parlimen PAS Padang Terap, Mohd Nasir Zakaria.
Kes rogol ini pula meningkat dari tahun ke tahun dengan tahun 2009 mencatat rekod tertinggi iaitu 3,626 kes untuk tahun tersebut.
Pada tahun 2010 pula, kes rogol yang direkodkan adalah sebanyak 3,595 manakala tahun 2011 3,301 kes dicatat.
Mohd Nasir dalam soalannya bertanya Menteri Dalam Negeri statistik jenayah rogol yang berlaku di Malaysia dari tahun 2003 hingga 2011.
Dalam jawapannya, menteri memaklumkan, keseluruhan kes rogol dari tahun 2003 hingga 2011 adalah 24,635 kes.
Pada 2003, jenayah rogol mencatat 1,479 kes, 2004 (1,765), 2005 (1,931), 2006 (2,431), 2007 (2,098), 2008 (3,409), 2009 (3,626), 2010 (3,595) dan 2011 (3,301).
"Sedih saudara.. Inilah statistik jenayah rogol 2003 hingga 2011 di Malaysia," kata Mohd Nasir ketika mengulas jawapan menteri ini kepada Harakahdaily.
Bagi beliau, umat Islam perlukan undang-undang Islam yang objektifnya bukan sekadar menghukum dan mendenda penjenayah, tetapi mendidik, mengajar, mencegah, menghukum dan mengamankan dunia.
Namun, Timbalan Menteri KDN Datuk Wira Abu Seman ketika menjawab soalan beliau tentang memperkasakan Undang-undang Jenayah Islam menjawab "Kita akan kekal dengan sistem yang ada. Beliau menyambung kehendak Tun Mahathir." -HD
Statistik itu berdasarkan angka-angka rasmi bagi mangsa-mangsa yang membuat aduan. Jika dari tahun 2003-2011 sudah lebih 24,000 kes rogol, ini bererti purata satu hari ada 8 kes rogol.
Jika angka kes rogol itu dicampurkan dengan yang tidak rasmi dan yang tidak membuat aduan pula mungkin berkali-kali ganda lagi banyaknya. Tidakkah itu mengerikan?
Jika demikian halnya, bagaimana berita ini:
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 05:25 AM PDT
D-8 days till launch. There is nothing else that we can do now except to wait for Fidelis, the commemorative book of the Old Frees' Association, to be ready. After all the hard work of the past four to five months, I'm left twiddling my thumbs most evenings.
This afternoon though, there was still one thing to do. We all met up at The Phoenix Press print factory in the Prai Industrial Estate on the mainland, having been invited there by their chief marketing officer, TC Hon. While we had initially hoped that, maybe, we could see the pages in the process of being printed, we were told instead that the pages had all been completed.
The few of us at The Phoenix Press. Left to right: Saik Mun, Jin Teik, myself and Rajendren.
It's not exactly rolling off the press but there is still a kind of excitement in seeing the commemorative book in the raw.
They were now in the process of being folded into their signatures and stitched together. The cover is being printed separately, as well as the slip cases, but with the others in a hurry, we could not see the processes.
Part of the book being carted from one area of production to the next.
Nevertheless, we have been assured that the whole book will be ready before the launch of the Penang Free School Bicentenary Celebrations by the Raja of Perlis on 31 March 2012. In fact, as we were leaving The Phoenix Press, Hon was already discussing with Rajendren and William about the delivery next Thursday.
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 06:12 AM PDT
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 05:46 AM PDT
Campur tangan Najib dalam kes Felda hina mahkamah
KUALA LUMPUR 22 Mac: Naib Presiden KEADILAN, N. Surendran berkata, kandungan minit mesyuarat antara Najib dan Felda menunjukkan wujud campur tangan serius dalam proses kehakiman dan boleh dianggap satu jenayah menghina mahkamah.
Menurutnya, kandungan minit mesyuarat itu jelas memperlihatkan kerajaan cuba mempengaruhi hakim dalam kes saman peneroka ke atas Felda.
"Ia perkara yang mengejutkan dan cukup merisaukan. Malah, sehingga hari ini Najib dan pihak kerajaan tidak memberi apa-apa penjelasan berkenaan dakwaan serius yang turut disokong bukti ini.
"Mahkamah harus mengeluarkan notis arahan kepada Najib untuk hadir memberi penjelasan mengapa beliau tidak patut didakwa menghina mahkamah," kata Surendran yang juga merupakan seorang peguam.
19 Mac lalu, Setiausaha Agung KEADILAN, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution mendedahkan dokumen rasmi mesyuarat antara Najib dan pengurusan tertinggi Felda.
Butiran minit 7.9 dokumen tersebut menyatakan Najib mengarahkan pegawainya agar memastikan hakim dan peguam diberi kefahaman subjek dan kaedah teknikal bagi pengiraan OER.
Beliau juga dipetik sebagai mengarahkan agar pegawainya memastikan Felda menang kes ini supaya tidak menjejaskan kes-kes seterusnya.
Dalam kenyataan sama, Surendran turut mengulas tindakan Ketua Penerangan Umno Datuk Ahmad Maslan yang hanya akan memberi penjelasan di Parlimen 26 Mac nanti berhubung pendedahan tentang campur tangan Najib itu.
"Ini adalah isu serius yang membabitkan kepentingan awam dan melibatkan integriti dan kebebasan badan kehakiman. Mengapa mereka harus menangguh jawapan mereka sehingga 26 Mac?" soal beliau lagi.
Beliau turut menggesa pihak polis dan SPRM untuk menyiasat sama ada wujud unsur salah guna kuasa.
"Kegagalan pihak berkuasa untuk mengambil sebarang tindakan berkenaan isu ini hanya akan terus menghakis keyakinan masyarakat terhadap mereka," ujar Surendran lagi. -KD
KEADILAN dedah Najib campur tangan kes mahkamah Felda
FELDA buat dua laporan polis berhubung kebocoran dokumen sulit
Mana Najib mahu lari hah?
Baris Pastikan hakim dan peguam diberi kefahaman subjek dan kaedah teknikal bagi pengiraan OER. Pastikan Felda menang kes ini supaya tidak menjejaskan kes-kes seterusnya'" amat jelas dan membuktikan Najib mempunyai peranan di dalam menganggu dan mempengaruhi sistem kehakiman di negara ini.
Sepatutnya ia sudah cukup untuk mengheret Najib ke muka pengadilan dan mahkamah perlu mengeluarkan notis arahan kepada Najib untuk hadir memberi penjelasan mengapa beliau tidak patut didakwa menghina mahkamah.
Jika tidak pastikan rakyat menghakiminya semasa pilihanraya nanti untuk menghumban beliau keluar dan kerajaan BN dari Putrajaya.
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 03:09 AM PDT
The following story 'If You Love Her Enough' by Bill Walls is a simple, pure and touching tale. Pass it on to inspire your loved ones today.
If You Love Her Enough
My friend John always has something to tell me. He knows so much that young men have to have older and more worldly wise men to tell them. For instance who to trust, how to care for others, and how to live life to the fullest.
Recently, John lost his wife Janet. For eight years she fought against cancer, but in the end her sickness had the last word.
One day John took out a folded piece of paper from his wallet. He had found it, so he told me, when he tidied up some drawers at home. It was a small love letter Janet had written. The note could look like a school girl's scrawls about her dream guy. All that was missing was a drawing of a heart with the names John and Janet written in it. But the small letter was written by a woman who had had seven children; a woman who fought for her life and who probably only had a few months left to live.
It was also a beautiful recipe for how to keep a marriage together.
Janet's description of her husband begins thus: "Loved me. Took care of me. Worried about me."
Even though John always had a ready answer, he never joked about cancer apparently. Sometimes he came home in the evening to find Janet in the middle of one of those depressions cancer patients so often get. In no time he got her into the car and drove her to her favourite restaurant.
He showed consideration for her, and she knew it. You cannot hide something for someone who knows better.
"Helped me when I was ill," the next line reads. Perhaps Janet wrote this while the cancer was in one of the horrible and wonderful lulls. Where everything is -- almost -- as it used to be, before the sickness broke out, and where it doesn't hurt to hope that everything is over, maybe forever.
"Forgave me a lot."
"Stood by my side."
And a piece of good advice for everyone who looks on giving constructive criticism as a kind of sacred duty: "Always praising."
"Made sure I had everything I needed," she goes on to write.
After that she has turned over the paper and added: "Warmth. Humour. Kindness. Thoughtfulness." And then she writes about the husband she has lived with and loved the most of her life: "Always there for me when I needed you."
The last words she wrote sum up all the others. I can see her for me where she adds thoughtfully: "Good friend."
I stand beside John now, and cannot even pretend to know how it feels to lose someone who is as close to me as Janet was to him. I need to hear what he has to say much more than he needs to talk.
"John," I ask. "How do you stick together with someone through 38 years -- not to mention the sickness? How do I know if I can bear to stand by my wife's side if she becomes sick one day?"
"You can," he says quietly. "If you love her enough, you can."
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 04:03 AM PDT
96% penduduk Pengerang bantah loji penapisan'
Jawatankuasa Bertindak Penduduk Pengerang hari ini menyangkal dakwaan Ahli Parlimen BN, Datuk Azalina Othman bahawa hanya 200 penduduk menghadiri perhimpunan Ahad lalu kerana membantah rancangan Petronas membina kilang petrokimia bagi projek pembangunan hab industri minyak dan gas penapis gas di pekan itu.
Jawatankuasa penduduk juga menyangkal dakwaan Azalina mereka yang menyertai bantahan itu semuanya orang asing. Tapak terbabit terletak dalam kawasan pilihan raya Azalina.
Menurut pengerusi jawatankuasa tersebut Kasran Abdullah, kajian mereka yang dijalankan November lepas di tujuh kampung terbabit, menunjukkan 96 peratus penduduk membantah projek Pembangunan Bersepadu Petrokimia dan Penapisan Petronas (Rapid).
Katanya, jawatankuasa itu telah mengumpul lebih 1,600 tandatangan responden yang menentang projek itu dan senarai tersebut akan diserahkan kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dalam bentuk memorandum.
Mereka yang menandatangani bantahan tersebut terdiri daripada kira-kira 1,000 orang Cina dan 600 orang Melayu.
"Tandatangan itu dikumpul hanya daripada ketua keluarga, bukan dari semua penduduk kampung dan ia tidak termasuk anak-anak mereka," kata Kasran, yang juga seorang ahli Umno, ketika dihubungi oleh Malaysiakini. -mk
Rakyat asing sertai demo Pengerang, dakwa Azalina
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 02:25 AM PDT
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 01:27 AM PDT
I wasn't on clinic duty last Wednesday. 2 other volunteers were on duty that day but the staff nurse still called me in the afternoon to inform me of a case which the doctor personally wanted me to follow up with. The lady the doc wanted to refer to me, goes for her appointments at a hospital in another town, and so we Buddies had not met her even though she had been seeing the doctor there since 2004. The same doctor sees HIV patients at that hospital too, and so, although we Buddies have not met this lady, she has been seeing the same doctor for some time already.
I must commend this good doctor. Despite her busy schedule, she still makes it a point to find out if her patients have problems. And knowing that we Buddies do have our own Children Education Fund, the moment she found at this lady, an HIV+ single mom with 4 kids, had not been getting any financial help for her children, she immediately thought of Buddies. So the good doc took down the lady's phone number and asked the staff nurse to give the lady's particulars to me so I can do the necessary.
Yesterday morning I called her. Nani, in her late thirties, was not home when I called. Her daughter answered the phone, saying that her mom went to the hospital and didn't bring along the handphone. I told the girl I'd call back later. However, about an hour later, before I managed to call again, Nani called me back as I was driving in town. I guess she was rather curious to know who called. After explaining to her who I was, and after getting some very brief details, I asked if I could visit her at home, and she agreed. I made arrangements to visit her this morning, as her work shift starts in the afternoon.
Later yesterday evening, one boy called me up. His mother is a client of another buddy, but I did visit the family last month after not getting the needed reports from the buddy in charge. Since the boys are under our sponsorship programme, I needed to send reports to the sponsors and so I decided to visit the family personally, together with our part-time staff who also knows this family. During that visit, we told the boy to call us should he need any advice especially pertaining to his studies. He was then waiting for his SPM results, and apparently he had been getting offers from unknown private colleges. We advised him against joining these colleges, who claimed they offer PTPTN and whatever loans, but we aren't even sure if they had obtained the necessary approval.
Yesterday the boy called as he was getting a bit confused as to what course and which institution he should apply for. His results are considerable quite good – 5A, 2B, 1C and 1D. I personally think his chances for matriculation is quite slim though. He has applied for polytechnic as well but he also wanted to apply to private institutions in case he doesn't get any offers from the public institutions. He asked if it was okay for him to apply to a private institution quite near his place. The institution offers a foundation course. I told him to go ahead as that institution is already a reputable institution.
After the boy called, then only I remembered there were 3 other clients' children who sat for their SPM last year, all under our sponsorship programme. One is under another buddy, so I shall ask that buddy to call and find out. One is Sofie's son, who had not been doing too well in school. I will call Sofie maybe early next week to find out. I decided to call Aini first to find out about her daughter's results. The girl had expressed her interest to further her studies and these are the cases I want to concentrate on first. Sofie's son did imply that even if he does further his studies, it'll be the short technical courses. That will have a later deadline, and so I want to concentrate on the ones with a nearer deadline first.
Aini's daughter managed to get 1A, 5B, 1C and 1D. She scored A and Bs for her technical papers, but only got a D for her maths. She wants to apply for polytechnic, but from what I read, they require minimum C for maths. However, a friend mentioned that she may still qualify due to her good results in her technical papers, as long as she doesn't apply for the premier polytechnics.
Anyway, this morning, together with a new volunteer, I went to visit the new client, Nani and my old client, Aini. I had initially wanted to go to Nani's house first in another town, but when I called to get directions to her house (her kampung is not listed in my GPS and neither could I find it on google maps), she said she had to go to her son's school and should be back by 11 am.
And so I decided to visit Aini first. I brought along my netbook and usb modem. Aini's daughter had gone to the cyber cafe before but got stuck as she got a bit confused with all the online applications. Well, this old lady had never done any online applications before either (my time everything had to be done on paper), but I guess I am more used to the computer and the internet than this young lady. But oh yes, together we went through the online process, and I did get confused myself! But… we still have next week to submit the applications, and so I told her I'd go through the guidelines first and will probably be visiting again next week (this family stays in Ipoh and so I shouldn't have any problem visiting them).
By 10.30am, we left Aini's house and headed over the town where Nani stays. I estimated we may take about half an hour or so to reach her place. The directions I got earlier from Nani in the morning seemed quite clear and she did say, her house was not that far off from the main road. Found the landmark easily, and as soon as we got to the junction leading to her kampung, I called. She just told me to drive straight in not far from the main junction, and before I knew it, I saw her waving at me (I told her I was in a Kenari).
Nani has 4 children. The first 3 aged 17, 14 and 12 from her first husband; and her youngest, a 6 year old girl, from her second husband. From what I gathered, she probably got HIV from her first husband but had not known about it until she remarried and got pregnant. It was during her pregnancy that she found out about her HIV. Her second husband however, died in a road accident some time after Raya last year.
The eldest son stopped schooling after his PMR. Nani couldn't afford to pay for his bus fares and the boy felt he should help out his mother. He does odd jobs, and shares his income with his mother. The second son is now in form 2 and has to take the bus (RM2 a day to & fro) to school. The 3rd child, a girl, is in year 6 and will be sitting for her UPSR this year. The youngest, goes to a pre-school near her sister's primary school . Nani sends the girls to school on her motorbike everyday. She pays a neighbour RM30 a month to fetch the youngest girl from her pre-school every day (while she's at work) while the 12 year old will hitch a ride with a friend to get home. Nani herself works as a sales promoter and works on shift. Her problem however, is that, other than she herself having to take leave from work whenever she needs to go for her own hospital appointment (which is not that often), she also has to take leave every month to bring her youngest daughter for her appointments as well. Nope, the youngest girl does not have HIV – she has a hole in her heart. Nani's employer is not too pleased with the fact that Nani takes leave quite often.
The house Nani stays is her late father's house. Her siblings are all staying elsewhere. But the old house, with leaking roof and all, is built on an old mining land, she or her family doesn't own the land.
Nani is already thinking of moving out and stay nearer to the hospital that she frequents. Before her 2nd husband died, they had got assistance from e-kasih to open up a burger stall. They have already got all the equipments before the husband got involved in the accident. Her in-laws (first husband's family), who also stays in that town, seemed more helpful too. So Nani is thinking of moving to that town and setting up a burger stall at her new place . At least whenever she needs to go to the hospital, it will be nearer and she doesn't have to face an employer who's not too pleased with her leave applications.
I assured Nani that we Buddies will help out with her children's schooling needs. She does however have to sort out her other needs like house rental etc if she does indeed decide to quit her current job and move to another town.
Nani was thankful with what we offered. To her at least now she doesn't have to worry about her children's schooling needs…
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 01:05 AM PDT
Seri Setia mohon turut serta dalam perbahasan menjunjung kasih ke atas Titah Ucapan DYMM Tuanku.
Di dalam ucapan Baginda, Baginda telah mengingatkan agar kita semua berbahas secara rasional dan tertib, bukan emosi; mengutamakan rakyat, bukan parti dengan bertunjangkan Undang-Undang Tubuh Kerajaan Negeri dan Perlembagaan Persekutuan.
Malangnya kita menyaksikan beberapa insiden politik fitnah dan samseng akhir-akhir ini yang bertentangan dengan semangat demokrasi. Media-media arus perdana memaparkan bahan-bahan lucah kepada anak-anak kita. Video-video lucah diedar dengan berkulitkan gambar Tuan Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat. Pemimpin-pemimpin pembangkang diserang oleh samseng.
Pagi tadi juga kita mendengar Sungai Pelek membangkitkan beberapa isu berkaitan SJKC. Pertama, kononnya peranan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dalam protes masyarakat Cina terhadap pencabulan terhadap SJKC pada 1987. Lupakah beliau, pada tahun itu, selaku Ketua Pemuda UMNO, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak telah memberi amaran untuk menghunus keris bermandikan darah Cina?
Juga adakah Sungai Pelek tidak sedar, kenyataan yang dirakamkan oleh video yang dibuat Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pada 15 Mei 2010 pada Pilihan Raya Kecil Sibu, bagi mengatasi masalah banjir di sana:
"Can we have deal or not? Can we have an understanding or not? You help me, I help you. It is quite simple."
Bayangkan, kenyataan sebegini dibuat oleh seorang Perdana Menteri dan Presiden Parti!
Datuk Seri Najib yang juga Pengerusi Perhubungan UMNO Selangor telah meletakkan Selangor sebagai negeri barisan hadapan untuk ditawan BN dalam Pilihan Raya Umum akan datang. Justeru tidak mengejutkan apabila kita melihat pelbagai perkara ajaib berlaku di dalam daftar pemilih Selangor.
Di kawasan Seri Setia misalnya, pengundi yang beralamat di Kampung Saujana, tanpa pengetahuan mereka telah dipindahkan ke DUN Kota Damansara dan Parlimen Subang. Malah, pendedahan terbaru mendapati YAB Ijok sendiri dipindahkan daripada mengundi di Kuala Selangor ke Parlimen Lembah Pantai!
Rakyat sudah bergerak ke hadapan, malangnya pemimpin BN dan kuncu-kuncu mereka nampaknya masih terperangkap di dalam politik usang dan mencabul demokrasi. Hairan sekali, apabila bab ini, pejuang yang mendakwa mempertahankan Melayu-Islam tak sentuh langsung pula. Mungkin mereka kena belajar adabul ikhtilaf.
Seri Setia juga mengambil maklum peringatan DYMM Tuanku tentang Tanah Rizab Melayu. Malang sekali, penyelewengan ini berlaku ketika zaman UMNO-Barisan Nasional yang hari ini menyerang Pakatan Rakyat menggadaikan hak Melayu. Malah usaha ini cuba diteruskan termasuk permohonan UMNO Bahagian Puchong yang diketuai Ketua Pembangkang Seri Serdang menjual sebidang tanah rizab Melayu kepada syarikat bukan Bumiputera Lagi Gemilang Sdn Bhd telah ditolak oleh YAB Ijok pada 25 Januari 2010.
Yang Berhormat-Yang Berhormat Sekalian,
Jika pada PRU-12 dahulu YB Sungai Panjang meletakkan objektif pembangkang sifar, namun rakyat dengan izin Allah s.w.t. telah membuktikan sebaliknya. KEADILAN, PAS dan DAP telah membentuk Kerajaan Negeri yang kini sudah mencapai usia empat tahun dan boleh berbangga dengan pelbagai pencapaian yang dibuat demi rakyat.
Kita semua maklum tentang Program Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor. Meskipun dasar-dasar seperti pemberian air percuma, Tabung Warisan Anak Selangor dan Skim Mesra Usia Emas diserang oleh BN, kerana pada hakikatnya dasar-dasar yang mengagihkan hasil negeri untuk rakyat tersebut tidak terbayang oleh kerajaan BN sebelum ini meskipun selepas 50 tahun memerintah, dasar ini telah diciplak oleh BN.
Pemberian bil elektrik percuma bawah RM20 dan Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia misalnya adalah gula-gula yang hanya dibuat selepas melihat impak program Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor. Bezanya, jika BR1M dibuat secara 'one-off' menjelang pilihan raya, MES diperkenalkan secara berterusan 100 hari selepas Kerajaan Pakatan dibentuk di Selangor.
Tidak beberapa lama dahulu, pimpinan BN sering menyatakan bahawa hanya mereka yang mampu membawa pembangunan. Hanya BN yang mampu mewakili masyarakat pelbagai kaum. Namun pencapaian Pakatan Rakyat, khususnya di Selangor, negeri paling maju dan majmuk di negara telah membuktikan momokan tersebut benar-benar meleset.
Menurut seorang sarjana, Dr Ooi Kee Beng:
"Daripada lima buah negeri yang dimenangi oleh Pakatan Rakyat pada Mac 2008, Selangor mempunyai nilai signifikan yang agak berbeza mengambil kira Selangor sebagai pusat perkembangan ekonomi, tumpuan demografik, pembangunan, hubungan antara kaum dan minat kepada politik. Pulau Pinang, Kedah dan Kelantan adalah negeri-negeri yang tidak menggambarkan ciri nasional… dan Perak tidak membawa makna ekonomi."
Lebih penting lagi, pencapaian di Selangor juga meliputi kejayaan institusi bukan material semata-mata sebagaimana dibuktikan dengan adanya Enakmen Kebebasan Maklumat dan penghidupan Jawatankuasa-Jawatankuasa Terpilih di Dewan khususnya SELCAT.
Seri Setia juga ingin membangkitkan beberapa isu-isu setempat di DUN Seri Setia. Isu sampah telah mendapat perhatian meluas daripada media-media arus perdana. Sebenarnya, banyak masalah ini diperbesar-besarkan dan Kerajaan Negeri sudah memulakan langkah-langkah untuk mengatasinya.
Namun tidak dinafikan masih ada masalah sedikit-sebanyak dalam isu sampah ini termasuk di DUN Seri Setia. Antara rungutan yang diperolehi oleh Seri Setia daripada Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan apabila saya menyampaikan aduan penduduk tentang masalah pungutan sampah ialah pusat pelupusan sampah tidak dibuka 24 jam sehari 7 hari seminggu.
Kesannya meskipun kontraktor mengutip sampah, mereka terpaksa menunggu masa lama untuk membuang sampah di pusat pelupusan. Bagi yang tidak bertanggungjawab, mereka membuang sampah di tempat-tempat lain. Saya berharap Kerajaan Negeri mengambil tindakan segera dalam hal ini.
Satu lagi isu ialah kesesakan lalulintas. Seri Setia berjiran dengan Subang Jaya dan menghadapi kesesakan yang serius khususnya di Lebuhraya Persekutuan dan Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong. Kawasan Seri Setia berhadapan dengan pembangunan baru seperti projek Paradigm, Icon City dan lain-lain lagi, serta pembangunan sedia ada.
Selepas Pakatan Rakyat mengambil alih, MBPJ telah memperkenalkan bas komuniti. Namun Seri Setia difahamkan penggunaan bas komuniti masih lagi belum mencapai tahap optimum.
Di dalam perbincangan Seri Setia dengan PKNS, mereka memaklumkan ada rancangan memperkenalkan sistem pengangkutan bas transit bersama pemaju-pemaju di beberapa kawasan di Petaling Jaya.
Justeru Seri Setia berharap Kerajaan Negeri menerusi PKNS dan MBPJ dapat bersama-sama menggabungkan syor mereka bersama agar dapat menambahbaik bas komuniti menjadi sistem bas awam di bawah Kerajaan Negeri bagi seluruh Petaling Jaya.
Yang Berhormat-Yang Berhormat Sekalian,
YM Tunku 'Abidin Tuanku Muhriz pernah menulis bahawa meskipun Malaysia merupakan satu-satunya negara persekutuan di rantau ini, namun pada realitinya semakin banyak kuasa ditumpukan pada Kerajaan Pusat berbanding dengan negara-negara jiran.
Justeru, amat bertepatan sekali untuk YAB Ijok dan Kerajaan Negeri secara konsisten membangkitkan isu menghidupkan semangat federalisme sebagaimana termaktub di dalam Perlembagaan negara.
Pembahagian kuasa-kuasa di dalam Perlembagaan antara senarai Persekutuan, senarai negeri dan senarai bersama menggambarkan keadaan negara sewaktu merdeka. Namun selepas lebih 50 tahun merdeka, sewajarnya semua pihak membincangkan semula senarai-senarai ini. Kuasa-kuasa seperti polis, pendidikan dan pengangkutan awam yang lazimnya diletakkan pada kerajaan tempatan atau negeri di negara-negara lain masih merupakan di dalam senarai Persekutuan di Malaysia.
Negara Jerman, misalnya, telah memperkenalkan devolusi pendidikan kepada kerajaan-kerajaan negeri pada tahun 2006. Kesannya, wujud persaingan antara negeri-negeri di Jerman untuk mengekalkan guru dan pelajar terbaik, sekaligus meningkatkan pelaburan dalam sektor pendidikan yang memberi manfaat kepada seluruh negara.
Antara syor YAB Ijok yang boleh digunapakai ialah penubuhan Suruhanjaya Pemberian Geran sebagaimana diamalkan di negara-negara persekutuan Komanwel yang lain seperti Australia dan Kanada. Penubuhan Suruhanjaya ini membolehkan agar setiap negeri menerima peruntukan yang adil daripada Kerajaan Pusat berdasarkan kedudukan ekonomi, bilangan penduduk, keluasan kawasan dan sebagainya.
DYMM Tuanku telah menyeru agar perbezaan pandangan politik tidak menghalang usaha-usaha murni untuk kebajikan seluruh rakyat Selangor. Namun amalan penubuhan Jawatankuasa Kemajuan Kampung Pusat (JKKKP) yang membayangi JKKK Kerajaan Negeri membuktikan kegagalan BN untuk berbuat demikan.
Seri Setia juga berharap pihak Pembangkang dapat turut sama menyokong usaha ini kerana apabila Pakatan Rakyat membentuk Kerajaan Pusat kelak, negeri-negeri BN juga tidak mahu didiskriminasikan sebagaimana negeri-negeri bukan BN sebelum ini.
Seri Setia mohon mencadang.
Sekian, terima kasih.
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 12:53 AM PDT
The Speech of ADUN DAP of Kampung Tunku Lau Weng San when discussing the Royal Address Motion upholding My Majesty the Sultan of Selangor on 21st March 2012 in Shah Alam:Towards a first class state assemblyKampung Tunku would like to take part in the debate on Royal Address Motion upholding Love of His Royal Highness The Sultan of Selangor and I would like to honor the highest to the Sultan of
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 01:31 AM PDT
Azmin: Hasan Ali belanja RM300k ubah suai pejabat
Bekas exco kerajaan negeri Datuk Hasan Ali (gambar) didakwa membazirkan ratusan ribu ketika memegang jawatan khususnya ketika mengubahsuai pejabatnya, kata ADUN PKR bagi kerusi Bukit Antarabangsa Azmin Alipada sidang dewan undangan negeri Selangor hari ini.
Semasa perbahasan titah diraja, Azmin berkata bekas exco yang bertanggungjawab terhadap hal ehwal agama Islam, adat Melayu, infrastruktur dan kemudahan awam telah membelanjakan RM300,000 untuk pengubahsuaian pejabat beliau.
"Beliau juga membelanjakan RM550,000 untuk menganjurkan persidangan Badan Warisan dan Adat Istiadat Melayu, Selangor. Wang itu lebih baik disalurkan kepada rakyat," katanya.
Azmin, yang juga timbalan presiden PKR, juga membidas Hasan kerana didakwa membelakangkan dasar tender terbuka negeri ketika menganugerahkan sub-kontrak penyelenggaraan jalan. -mk
Akhirnya kudis parasit Hassan Ali itu pun bernanah.
Berlagak bersih, dan akan lebih banyak pekung yang bakal terdedah nanti.
Silap haribulan masuk "dalam" senasib Khir Toyo.
Posted: 22 Mar 2012 11:16 PM PDT
By Shannon Teoh
March 23, 2012
Posted: 22 Mar 2012 10:54 PM PDT
BBC ONLINE: 22 March 2012
Last updated at 22:49 GMT
Whitney Houston drowned after cocaine use, says coroner
The pop star was laid to rest in her home state of New Jersey after a star-studded funeral
Houston's death was caused by accidental drowning, but drug abuse and
heart disease were also factors, a coroner has ruled.
Posted: 22 Mar 2012 10:31 PM PDT
Public facility: Each AST cost RM400,000 and is fully automatedSource: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2012/3/23/central/10954409&sec=central (By BAVANI M, 23/3/2012)
STARTING next month, waste concessionaire Alam Flora Sdn Bhd will take over the maintenance and cleaning of public toilets in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) spends more than RM1mil annually to maintain the 44 public toilets in the city, including 20 Automatic Street Toilets (AST), each costing RM400,000. Alam Flora will now be answerable directly to the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation under the Housing and Local Government Ministry. The corporation will take on a regulatory and management role from DBKL. Apart from collecting garbage, Alam Flora has also taken over the grass-cutting contract and road-sweeping and drain-cleaning work which was previously undertaken by DBKL's Landscape and Recreation Department.
Alam Flora chief executive officer Mohd Zain Hassan said they had received the grass-cutting contract recently and were now streamlining the operations. Mohd Zain said the move to manage toilets was done to standardise cleaning services and provide better service. He said the company's main challenges in the city was keeping commercial areas like Bukit Bintang and Imbi clean. "This is where you have a high concentration of foreign workers. "They throw rubbish into drains and from apartments,'' he said.
Mohd Zain said hawkers also throw food and rubbish into drains and block the pathway by placing chairs and tables. He said Alam Flora was spending RM802mil over the next four years to buy equipment and improve technology in line with the privatisation exercise.
Alam Flora and two other concessionaires had signed a 22-year concession agreement for the privatisation of solid waste management with the federal government on Sept 19. DBKL spends a whopping RM160mil annually for waste management.
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