Friday, March 2, 2012

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Namewee Fuck Lynas is now in youtube homepage


Namewee Fuck Lynas is now in youtube homepage

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 11:03 AM PST




We are MALAYSIANS, Don't You Get It?

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 08:08 AM PST

Of late, there are quite a number of articles that seem to be written along racial lines. Dangerous. Most dangerous. With a history like ours, the race card must NEVER be used at all for whatever motives that could be real, hidden, subliminal or deceptive.

Wikipedia defines race card as: Playing the race card is an idiomatic phrase that refers to exploitation of either racist or anti-racist attitudes to gain a personal advantage, typically by accusing others of racism against oneself. CLICK HERE for more.

Bashing any other race be it digitally, verbally, graphically or physically in a multi-racial country like ours is simply NOT on. We are Malaysians, don't they get it?




The following articles highlight this worrying trend:

Journos submit Lynas fracas petition to Penang CPO - This article was about 100 journalists who gathered outside the Police headquarters in Penang yesterday calling for immediate action into the case of their two colleagues injured during Sunday's anti-Lynas rally.

The journalists who work in both alternative and mainstream media wore black as a symbol of their sadness over the incident which involved their friends from Kwong Wah Jit Poh - Adam Chew and Lee Hong Chun.

Special branch officers were among the journalists, but the police allowed the peaceful gathering for 30 minutes.

'We were assaulted, despite being guests at PM's event'

PKR slams escalating Umno 'abuse and thuggery'

Anti-Lynas fracas: Cops release pix of 29 witnesses

BN Youth involved in Penang violence face the boot

Malay Unity At Its Best

The Chinese Must Stop Blaming The Malays

PM must curb violence or be seen as complicit, say groups - This article reported:
Over 70 civil society organisations today called upon Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to take action against political hooliganism mushrooming in the country, or stand accused of condoning such violence and being in bed with its thuggish perpetrators.
"If the political violence continues due to the alleged impunity granted by the police, the PM will be perceived as being complicit in these acts of violence and intimidation," said the groups in a joint statement read out at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today. 
The groups came forward to express their alarm that the worrisome trend of "contrived violence", which they believe is being engineered to suppress free democratic discourse and political choice in the run-up to the 13th general election.
Such political intimidation and violence, the groups claim, will undermine the very fabric of society and its freedoms if left unchecked.

I am not going to comment on the above-mentioned articles which you should read and then make your own conclusion. It is my personal belief that any effort to bring about unity in our country must NOT use any race cards or racial slants/slurs nor should it refer to any race/s. Neither should anyone point any finger at others lest the situation gets out of hand. What is past should remain in history - for us to learn from it and not for anyone to imitate, replicate or to re-enact in whatever form. Neither should anyone use it for whatever agenda.

What should be our response when we come across writings or speeches or anything that plays on racial sentiments? Simple.

AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE. Do not fall victim to such discussions. Focus on what is the bigger picture. Clearly, it is the 13th GE.

You can never know what subliminal influences could affect a person if one were to be exposed to such subtle mind-shaping techniques. Ask yourself what is the main reason why a person would want to play to the galley. Let's not be victims of an unspoken plot! No one in his/her right frame of mind should stoke up fear and resentment in the community for whatever reason! It is our role, responsibility to remain united to build a better Malaysia in every sense of the word.

Read. Understand what the writer/speaker/person is saying and think BEYOND that. Put yourself in the mind of the writer and see the situation and the content. Do not simply accept/believe/respond by jumping into the debate. Just walk away. Do not fall into any trap. If people do not stoke the unwarranted fears or negative statements by their responses, there will be no flames of hatred that could cause damage! What is more important? Nit-picking or the bigger picture? And what IS the bigger picture? It is the 13th GE!!!

Think for a moment whether it helps to make a country a better place with such trivial discourses that might just exacerbate the already potent situation as evidenced by the many reports I listed earlier.

I applaud the responses of the participants of the Anti-Lynas rally in Penang last Sunday. Despite provocation and threats, they kept quiet. Some of the girls were very brave in the way they tried to calm those rabble-rousers, maintain crowd control and to calm the participants by reminding them to keep peace. The same cannot be said of those rowdy gate-crashers.

I also applaud the effort of groups such as SABM, Tindak Malaysia, Suaram, other NGOs and members of civil society who are trying their best to ensure there is a place in the sun for everyone of us in Malaysia.

In closing, I would like to draw your attention to The Race Card: Campaign Strategy, Implicit Messages, and the Norm of Equality by Tali Mendelberg. Princeton Press has put up Chapter One:A THEORY OF RACIAL APPEALS AT THIS LINK. This book won the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award. The review can be accessed AT THIS LINK.

Due to copyright reasons, I cannot put paste any excerpt here but I wish to draw your attention to:

the SIXTH paragraph which begins with "The most important and underplayed lesson..." 

and from the TWELFTH paragraph which begins with "The power of implicitly racial appeals ..." to the end of the chapter. It is a lot of reading but I assure you it will be well worth your time!

In the light of recent developments and trends in articles, it is absolutely vital read the section on IMPLICIT VERSUS EXPLICIT COMMUNICATION to help each one of us have a clearer picture when we read articles or listen to speeches that use the racial card.

Tali Mendelberg's book clearly shows "that implicit communication about race is far more prevalent today among dominant groups and far more deadly because it is less visible than the overt racism of the 1960s."

May the Almighty give us wisdom to understand what we read and to be aware of what we say or write. The time has come for us to LOOK AT EACH OTHER BEYOND RACE.

We are MALAYSIANS! Some still DON'T get it!


[Bergambar] Gambar-gambar Pelik, Aneh & Lucu Hujung Minggu II

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 10:09 AM PST

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Surat Menyurat Mahathir Dengan Israel Bukti Pengiktirafan Malaysia Terhadap Israel

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 07:10 AM PST

Ucapan tahniah bukti pendirian Tun M 'pro-Israel'

Naib Presiden Pas, Datuk Mahfuz Omar menyifatkan ucapan tahniah yang ditujukan atas pelantikan Ehud Barak sebagai Perdana Menteri Israel bukti pendirian Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad selama ini.

Beliau menyifatkan ucapan tahniah itu sama seperti memberi pengiktirafan kepada Israel.

"Terima kasihlah kepada Tun Mahathir yang memberitahu satu Malaysia yang beliau mengiktiraf Israel.

"Mengiktiraf kemenangan pemimpin itu bermakna beliau mengiktiraf pembentukan negara Israel,"
katanya kepada pada sidang media di Ibu Pejabat Pas,

Menurut Mahfuz beliau percaya dasar dan polisi dengan Israel yang dibawa pada zaman Dr Mahathir itu masih diteruskan hingga ke hari ini.

Rabu lalu kerajaan telah mendedahkan tiga surat Dr Mahathir kepada tiga Perdana Menteri Israel yang jelas menunjukkan ketegasan Malaysia terhadap kekejaman Israel.

Bagaimanapun, kandungan surat yang tertulis ucapan tahniah di atas kemenangan pemimpin Israel itu dalam perenggan pertama itu telah menimbulkan pelbagai spekulasi.

Menteri Luar, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman berkata, tiga surat itu adalah bagi menyangkal dakwaan sesetengah pihak bahawa Kerajaan Malaysia tidak konsisten dalam pendirian dan dasar mengenai Palestin.

Dalam satu kenyataan sebelum ini, beliau berkata, ia adalah surat Dr Mahathir kepada Yitzhak Rabin bertarikh 21 Disember 1993, kepada Benyamin Netanyahu bertarikh 14 Mac 1997 dan Barak bertarikh 8 Jun 1999. -SH

Surat kepada Israel dedah sikap pura-pura BN

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 Mac: Pendedahan surat-surat yang ditulis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad kepada tiga Perdana Menteri Israel – Yitzhak Rabin, Benjamin Netanyahu dan Ehud Barak mengesakan kebenaran dakwaan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan membuktikan sikap kepura-puraan Dr Mahathir selama ini.

Setiausaha Agung PKR, Saifuddin Nasution berkata, Mahathir sering tampil dengan imej luaran yang mengambil sikap keras dengan Israel dan memfitnah Anwar sebagai 'pro-Yahudi', namun secara senyap-senyap rapat dengan pemimpin Zionis.

"Mahathir pula bertemu dan berhubungan dengan PM-PM Israel dan menegaskan berulang kali keinginannya mengadakan hubungan antara Malaysia dengan Israel. Malah hasrat ini dilahirkan menerusi tulisan tangan di dalam suratnya kepada Yitzhak Rabin.

"Pendedahan ini telah mengesahkan apa yang dikatakan PKR selama ini. Mahathir dan Najib harus menghentikan kepuraan ini," katanya.

Sebelum ini kata Saifuddin lagi, Anwar diserang teruk oleh pemimpin dan media Umno-BN apabila disoal akhbar antarabangsa Wall Street Journal berkaitan dasar luar negara dan isu Palestin.

Ketika itu, Anwar menegaskan bahawa kemahuan dan hak rakyat Palestin mesti dibela dan itu merangkumi hak untuk mendirikan negara sendiri serta tidak terus dizalimi.

Sikap berbaik dengan Israel itu juga kata Saifuddin diteruskan oleh pentadbiran Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang melantik APCO sebagai perunding kerajaan BN.

Sedangkan ujarnya, antara penasihat APCO adalah Doron Bergerbest-Eilon, bekas Ketua Perlindungan dan Keselamatan, Agensi Keselamatan Israel.

"Kerajaan Malaysia juga selama ini mengambil sikap berat sebelah di dalam isu Palestin dengan hanya mengiktiraf Fatah, tanpa mengambilkira Hamas yang telah dipilih rakyat Palestin.

"Ini membuktikan kerajaan Umno-BN tunduk kepada tekanan Amerika Syarikat dan Israel," tegasnya.
-HD




Sofie’s boys…

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 05:59 AM PST

It's exactly 4 weeks since I last went to visit Sofie. At that time, Ika, her youngest daughter had to be hospitalised and I ended up having to visit them at the hospital for a while before I got Saiful, Sofie's 3rd son, to follow me back to their home so I could unload the groceries.

2 weeks later, it was Ika who called me – this time to tell me that her mother had to be hospitalised. Oh dear, they seem to take turns to get warded. I didn't visit then, as I already had other plans for the weekend.

So today I decided to visit Sofie and deliver the monthly supply of groceries as well. The house seemed quiet when I got there, but the front door was open, so I knew they were in… unlike during my visit last month when the door and even the windows were closed. When I gave the salam, it was Ika who came out and helped to unload from my car. Saiful was sleeping in his room, while Sofie's eldest son, Azlan, was at work.

Sofie herself seemed rather weak. Not as bad as the time when she had to be warded, but I could see she actually still needed some rest. But more rest would mean less income for the family so she's still continuing to sell nasi lemak in the mornings.

Sofie was complaining that ever since Azman went to the culinary school, he had been asking her for money too often. When Sofie told him that she herself doesn't spend as much at home and didn't have much money left, he said to her, "Mak sayangkan duit tu ke, mak nak saya belajar?" He even suggested to Sofie to use the savings in his younger siblings' bank accounts and transfer to his bank account. Whoa! Don't you dare touch their savings boy! Their savings are for their future! You think you're the only one entitled to a brighter future?

Ooohhh, I'm not going to tolerate this. I think this boy is getting a bit too bigheaded. At this moment he probably thinks he has the brightest future amongst his siblings, thus his mother should be willing to spend her entire earnings on him. Wonder if he remembered his promises to me earlier when I sent him to the culinary school – that he'd spend according to his means and that he'd be using the money in his savings account only when needed.

The main problem is he had been befriending students from rich families. So he's spending like they are. Well, not a problem for them as their families could afford it, but for Azman, surely he knows well enough what his mother had to go through all these years. He knew what it was like before we Buddies came into the picture to help them out. It hadn't even been 2 month since he was given the opportunity to study at the culinary school and already this? The next time I see him, he is no longer going to get a short lecture from me. He's going to get much more!

On another note, Azlan, Azman's older brother, now waiting for his SPM results, and who had been working at a small factory before, had stopped work there. Initially Sofie was unaware of the reason, he only said "kerja teruk, gaji sikit". Later on she found out the real reason, especially when she saw some positive changes in Azlan's attitude. Azlan had always been more problematic than Azman. He goes out with his girlfriend and comes home late at night and whenever Sofie advised him he wouldn't listen.

Apparently he had been going out with a girl who has another boyfriend who is now in jail. His "gang" reported to him about Azlan going out with this girl and so he sent a group of friends to hit Azlan and warn him not to go out with the girl anymore. This time Azlan really got scared. He immediately quit his job at the factory and no longer goes out at night. He even agreed to help his mother sell nasi lemak in the mornings (although initially his mother got tensed because he was really really slow in packing the nasi lemak for the customers).

Now he works as a security guard during the day and later at night he works at a petrol station. And he still helps out his mother at home.

Looks like there was an immediate hikmah to the bashings he got.

Ah well, you win some, you lose some…


China Trip: Overnight At KLIA LCCT Terminal

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 05:00 AM PST

China Trip: Overnight At KLIA LCCT Terminal (To Hangzhou/Day 0) – Last December, I went to a 13 days-long China semi-backpacking trip. My travel destinations were Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen and lastly Hong Kong. For the flight, I took the Air Asia to Hangzhou, only then take the fast train to Shanghai, it costs me about RM500 for one-way ticket to Hangzhou.

Since it's Air Asia, my flight departs at LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal), Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It's my first time at the LCCT and I've to spend my night at there because I actually flew from Penang to there and wait for about 8 hours, only then I get to board the flight to Hangzhou.

I was actually very excited of "transiting" at LCCT, overnight at the airport like other travelers do, but then it's not really a good experience. Sleeping on the hard and cold tiles flooring was really bad and uncomfortable. In fact, I didn't get any sleep on there. I think I did successfully fall asleep for about 30 minutes on the bench outside the LCCT. Hahaha.

You can't really get a good sleep after 3.30am when the announcement of flight started going on the loudspeaker. Another thing is, don't bother to tour around the LCCT at night, I was curious so I did not settle down at first when I touched down at LCCT about 12.30am, I toured around the airport for half an hour only then I was busy finding an empty power socket. Luckily, I found one but it's not really working well. I have to readjust the plug to make it works. My phone battery was running low and I need charge badly for the next day usage at Hangzhou. Phew, I got 75% charge after-all.

The night was really long. 6.30am was when I started moving around again, look for a sandwich, toilet, brush and enter to the departure hall. I was started for not feeling well because I didn't get a good sleep. My body was tired and head was heavy. When I got the board the plane, the plane was so far away and I have to walk. At the plane, sleep wasn't pleasant too, I have no idea why. It was a long way, and luckily I've got chicken rice. =D Despite the tired-ness, I was still able to tour Hangzhou on the first day. =D Let's get ready for my China trip.

China Trip: Overnight At KLIA LCCT Terminal

China Trip: Overnight At KLIA LCCT Terminal

China Trip: Overnight At KLIA LCCT Terminal
There's many restaurant at LCCT like McDonald's, KFC, OldTown and more, but not all of them are 24 hours.

China Trip: Overnight At KLIA LCCT Terminal

China Trip: Overnight At KLIA LCCT Terminal
There's not many water fountain at there and they were not working well.

China Trip: Overnight At KLIA LCCT Terminal
Found a good spot, to lie down.


Lousy power socket. Sucks.


Flight to Hangzhou is located at the end of the parking way. LOL


Although it's HOT SEAT, it's very uncomfortable to sleep.


Chicken rice, not nice already. I prefer nasi lemak.


In Hangzhou already.


PAS Persoal Kementerian Belia Taja Program Hassan Ali

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 05:31 AM PST

Mahfuz dakwa kementerian biaya program Hasan Ali

Naib presiden PAS Datuk Mahfuz Omar hari ini menuntut supaya satu audit penuh dijalankan ke atas satu unit strategik di Kementerian Belia dan Sukan yang didakwa telah menyediakan sejumlah dana untuk membiaya program bekas ahli PAS Datuk Hasan Ali.

Mahfuz mendakwa, jumlah sebanyak RM30 juta untuk unit strategik "seperti cawangan Umno" itu telah dikumpul daripada unit lain di kementerian berkenaan.

Mahfuz juga mendakwa, unit berkenaan akan membantu membiayai aktiviti berkenaan untuk menarik belia supaya menyokong Umno dan BN.

Beliau turut mendakwa bahawa keseluruhan dana RM30 juta itu, atau sekurang-kurangnya sebagian daripadanya telah diperuntukkan bagi tujuan itu. -mk

PAS dakwa kementerian belia seleweng duit untuk politik

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Mac: PAS menuntut Kementerian Belia dan Sukan menjelaskan kewujudan Cawangan Strategik dan Urat Saraf di bawah kementerian itu yang didakwa digunakan untuk tujuan pilihan raya.

Naib Presidennya, Datuk Mahfuz Omar berkata, kewujudan cawangan itu sangat diragui ketelusannya lebih-lebih lagi ia tidak mendapat kelulusan Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA).

Menurutnya, cawangan tersebut tiada organisasi khusus, malah peruntukannya diambil daripada bahagian lain dalam kementerian.

"Banyak peruntukan di bawah Kementerian Belia dan Sukan untuk kepentingan belia tapi hakikatnya cawangan ini digunakan untuk tujuan politik, bagi tujuan pilihan raya dengan mewujudkan unit-unit tertentu dalam kementerian.

"Saya angap ini satu penyelewengan apabila mengambil peruntukan dari bahagian lain.

"Semasa pilihan raya Sarawak, cawangan ini bermukim di Sarawak selama tiga bulan dan mengadakan pelbagai program gerak saraf belia yang memakan belanja sehingga RM40 juta. Saya minta Menteri Belia dan Sukan jelaskan perkara ini," kata beliau pada sidang media di Ibu Pejabat PAS, Jalan Raja Laut, hari ini.

Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena itu turut menambah, Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian juga telah mengarahkan cawangan ini untuk mengadakan program politik di semua daerah lebih iaitu 2,000 program setiap negeri dengan kos RM30 juta untuk Pakar Motivasi, Datuk Dr. Hasan Ali berceramah kepada pengundi muda.

"Nampak sangat Umno guna peruntukan untuk kepentingan politik Umno. Sekarang mereka tak perlu turun padang, hanya guna Hasan Ali sebagai mata kapak dan hulu kapak," katanya.


Selain itu, beliau turut mempersoal "kehilangan RM8juta peruntukan yang sepatutnya digunakan untuk belia pada Himpunan Sejuta Belia 2011.

Menurut maklumat, hanya RM2 juta diterima oleh Majlis Belia.

"Saya setuju kalau peruntukan untuk pembangunan belia, tapi bukan dalam bentuk program himpunan sehari yang tidak memberi apa-apa kesan, hanya seperti Karnival Jom Heboh dan sebagainya," katanya.

Turut dipersoal beliau, kos yang terpaksa ditanggung kerajaan akibat pembatalan belia kreatif 2012 yang sepatutnya diadakan pada 10 hingga 12 Februari lalu serta sebab pembatalannnya.

"Karnival ini telah diiklan secara meluas di media massa tapi akhirnya dibatalkan. Kenapa program ini dibatalkan dan berapa pula kos yang terpaksa ditanggung kerajaan setelah pelbagai promosi telah dilakukan?" soalnya.

Dalam pada itu, beliau meminta Kementerian terbabit menjelaskan bagaimana projek perkhidmatan kafe di 17 Instititut Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN) hanya diberikan kepada sebuah syarikat yang berpangkalan di Kelantan.

"Kalau betul kerajaan ingin membangunkan syarikat bumiputera, kenapa hanya beri kepada sebuah syarikat? Sepatutnya kalau ada 17 IKBN, berilah kepada 17 syarikat," katanya. -HD



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[WASPADA] Hendak Wajah Licin, Jadi Menggerutu

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 03:31 AM PST

Johor Bahru - Seorang suri rumah mengakui terpaksa menanggung kesakitan apabila wajahnya bengkak dan menggerutu selepas menjalani rawatan laser di sebuah pusat kecantikan di Ulu Tiram, di sini, akhir tahun lalu.

Menurut Teng Ann Moi, 49, dua hari selepas menjalani rawatan kecantikan bagi menghilangkan jeragat wajahnya dengan kos sebanyak RM1,888, juru kecantikan berkenaan turut memberikannya sebotol cecair helium untuk digunakan setiap hari.

"Saya hanya menuruti apa yang diarahkan, apabila berasa perubahan menyakitkan, saya menghubungi juru kecantikan berkenaan, wanita itu berjanji datang ke rumah saya keesokan harinya untuk membuat rawatan susulan," katanya.

Beliau berkata, wanita berkenaan hanya bertindak memecahkan gelembung di wajah Ann Moi menggunakan jarum dan memaklumkan ianya akan sembuh selain menganggap perubahan itu hanya bersifat sementara.

"Selepas 10 hari masih tidak sembuh, saya nekad bertemu pakar kulit profesional untuk mendapatkan rawatan lanjut. Hasil pemeriksaan mendapati kesan laser berkenaan menembusi lapisan bawah kulit menyebabkan ianya membengkak," katanya.

Ann Moi dinasihatkan mendapatkan rawatan seperti yang disyorkan pakar berkenaan selama tiga bulan dengan kos sebanyak RM23,000. Beliau bersetuju dengan cadangan itu asalkan wajahnya dapat dipulihkan.

"Saya nekad untuk memfailkan tuntutan di Mahkamah Tribunal Tuntutan Pengguna Malaysia (TTPM), bagi menuntut ganti rugi sebanyak RM23,000 kepada pemilik pusat kecantikan terhadap kerugian yang saya tanggung akibat rawatan mereka," katanya.

Pada prosiding kelmarin, Presiden TTPM, Mohd Nasrim Datuk Mohd Salleh berkata, jumlah tuntutan Ann Moi sebanyak RM23,000 hanya boleh difailkan melalui tuntutan di mahkamah sivil manakala pemilik pusat kecantikan bersetuju membayar ganti rugi sebanyak RM5,000.

Kedua-duanya bersetuju menyelesaikan kes berkenaan secara baik, Mohd Nasrim mengeluarkan perintah bahawa bayaran ganti rugi perlu dijelaskan dalam masa 14 hari dari tarikh award dikeluarkan.

"Saya terima tawaran berkenaan kerana saya tidak mahu 'turun naik' mahkamah, saya berharap ianya menjadi pengajaran kepada semua wanita untuk berhari-hati ketika membuat rawatan kecantikan," katanya kepada Sinar Harian selesai prosiding. -SH


Spiritual journey ahead

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 01:48 AM PST

As reported in The Star

Spiritual journey ahead - Air Itam Tai Shang Lao Jun deity

By HAN KAR KAY
hankk@thestar.com.my
Photos by CHAN BOON KAI


THOUSANDS of devotees are expected to pay homage to the Tai Shang Lao Jun deity before it is taken on a grand procession this Sunday.

The statue of the deity was brought down from the Lean Wah Thong Temple and placed on a beautifully decorated float at a foothill near Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam, Penang.

It will remain there until noon on Sunday when the float makes its way to Han Chiang High School for a lighting ceremony before the 1st Tai Shang Lao Jun World Taoist Float Procession.

About 100 devotees followed behind the 400kg statue of the deity when it left the Lean Wah Thong Temple yesterday morning, the first day of the four- day celebration in conjunction with the temple's 115th anniversary.

Organising committee chairman Loh Soon Cheong said the float procession was made possible for the first time, as the temple committee members managed to "gain permission" from the deity.

Loh said it was a coincidence to have businessman Goh Choon Lye sponsoring about RM1mil to ensure the success of the event.

"The preparation work for the float procession has taken about two months to complete," he said.

Spotted among the crowd yesterday were an 88-year-old American woman and her son.

The excited mother, who wanted to be identified only as Joanne, said she was delighted to stumble upon the temple ritual.

"My son and I came to visit Kek Lok Si Temple and I intended to hike along the path up to the temple. But this proved too rigorous for me.

"So we decided to settle down at the foothill to check out this celebration," she said.

Her son David, 57, said it was their eighth visit to the island, and this celebration was a pleasant surprise.

Also present were state Tourism Development and Culture Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang and Air Itam assemblyman Wong Hon Wai, who is also state Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman.

A total of 103 floats are expected to take to the streets for the procession on Sunday.

The parade will cover an 11.8km route starting from Han Chiang High School on Jalan Air Itam.

The procession is to pass through Jalan Scotland, Jalan Utama, Jalan Macalister, Lebuhraya Peel, Jalan Pangkor, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Lebuh Farquhar, Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling, Lebuh Kampung Kolam, Jalan Magazine and Jalan Datuk Keramat, before heading back to the school.

Tai Shang Lao Jun, also known as the Grand Supreme Elderly Lord, is the deity of Lao Zi and also the founder of Taoism.


Music in the Garden at Penang Botanics Garden

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 01:45 AM PST




As reported in Sinchew

細雨未掃走聽眾雅興‧檳花園音樂會"重出江湖"
北馬 2012-02-29 10:55

北海鍾靈樂團表演期間老天爺一直"作怪",時晴時雨,但樂團團員和聽眾的心情沒有受享受。(圖:星洲日報)
檳州愛樂交響樂團自半年前在每個月的最後一個星期天,都會邀請州內其中一所學校的樂團到檳城植物園中央看台公開演奏。(圖:星洲日報)

1 of 2(檳城)在馬來亞獨立前,檳城植物園曾是英國軍樂隊的表演場所。老一輩的檳城人相信仍依稀記得,就算英國人離開馬來亞後,還是有大馬和澳洲軍樂隊、市議會樂隊等不定時到植物園的中央看台公開演奏音樂。

溫文京:半年前重新催生

不過,檳州愛樂交響樂團總指揮溫文京透露,植物園至少三十年前已經失去樂隊表演的風采,他在半年前向檳州政府提出當年的演奏歷史,獻議重新召募州內的中學樂隊,於每個月的最後一個星期天到植物園中央看台表演,立即獲得州政府一口答應,也希望藉此提倡音樂藝術。

北海鍾靈銅樂隊第6支上場

溫文京重新催生久違的"花園音樂會"後,北海鍾靈中學銅樂隊日前成為第六支在中央看台表演的樂團。儘管表演開始下起了細雨,但樂團的團員沒有退縮,先是冒著細雨演奏樂器,過後時晴時雨,部份聽眾繼續撐傘聆聽,雨水沒有打擾音樂愛好者的雅興。

他說,北海鍾靈銅樂團2009年代表馬來西亞前往韓國濟州島參加當地的音樂節,也於2010年檳州學校銅樂隊比賽中奪下演奏組冠軍。

他說,學生能到植物園表演,是一個難得的機會與新的體驗,同時鼓勵更多學校輪流前往植物園表演。

黃漢偉:猴子也會到場
同時享受大自然及音樂

出席演奏會的檳州藝術委員會主席黃漢偉說,在擁有128年的植物園內聆聽音樂,也可以享受到大自然的優美。

他開玩笑地說:"當音樂會表演多次以後,說不定也會吸引植物園裡的猴子到場聽音樂。"

北海鍾靈樂團當天總共演奏9首大家耳熟能詳的中英巫文曲子,包括《茉莉花》、《Getaran Jiwa》、《West Side Story》、等。(星洲日報/大北馬)


New bus stands and designated parking space for bicycles in Air Itam

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 01:13 AM PST

As reported in The Star

Tuesday February 28, 2012
Parking sites for cyclists

By CAVINA LIM
cavina@thestar.com.my
Photos by WAN MOHIZAN WAN HUSSEIN


GOOD news for those who are cycling to Air Itam, Penang. A proper designated parking space for bicycles has been created in the area.

Air Itam assemblyman Wong Hon Wai said more parking spaces for bicycles are now available and this facility would be incorporated into 150 upgraded bus stands on the Penang island.

"So far, six new bus stands with such feature have been built in my area in Air Itam and Balik Pulau as there are many cyclists who love to cycle there.

"Some of the residents in the Air Itam area have complained to me that there are insufficient parking spaces for their bicycles. For instance, they do not have a proper designated place where they can leave their bicycles upon reaching their destinations," he said.



New shelter: Wong (sixth from right) and Penang Municipal councillor L. Prem Anand (seventh from right) checking out the new bus stand at Jalan Thean Teik in Air Itam Wong said the parking space is among six user-friendly and safety components which will be incorporated into the 150 newly-built and restored bus stands.

The other components are sheltered seating area, solar-powered lighting system to conserve energy, notice board with bus schedules, a route map and community notice board, bus shelter location signage boards and a recycle bin.

"As the number of crimes in poorly-lit bus stands is increasing, the solar-powered lighting system could help reduce the rate as it would brighten up the bus stop during the night.


New shelter: A cyclist parking her bicycle at the designated space at the bus stand
"The lighting system feature will be incorporated by April.

"The new bus stand also has disable-friendly features like a wheel-chair accessible route and a blind guide," said Wong.

Wong added that the construction and restoration of the bus stands is being handled by Viewplex Sdn Bhd after the council granted the company the project through the Request For Proposal (RFP) open tender process.

So far, 11 of the innovative bus stands have been constructed including on Jalan Mayang Pasir (1), Jalan Tengah (1), Jalan Sungai Dua (1), Jalan Thean Teik (5), Jalan Gottlieb (2) and Jalan Air Itam (1).

"The cost of the construction and restoration of each bus stand is between RM35,000 and RM50,000," he said during a visit to the newly-completed bus stand on Jalan Thean Teik.

As reported in Sinchew

黃漢偉:讓民眾更舒適等巴士‧建議候車亭上色添"藝"彩
2012-02-26 10:05


黃漢偉(右五)和等候巴士的公眾談天,瞭解公眾對新候車亭的想法。(圖:星洲日報)

1 of 2

(檳城)為了讓公眾可以在更舒適的候車亭等候巴士,檳島將逐步提昇候車亭,而亞依淡區州議員黃漢偉也建議當局可為候車亭漆上不同的顏色做標識,讓候車亭成為裝置藝術。

黃漢偉說,巴士服務在檳州的公共交通系統中扮演了重要角色,因此市政局有責任興建及整頓全檳466個候車亭。

他昨日(24日)為天德路玫瑰組屋主持新候車亭推展儀式時說,他接到不少民眾反映說很多候車亭陳舊、漏水及骯髒,而且晚上候車亭的陰暗也容易成為不法之徒犯罪的角落,威脅著婦女及孩童的安全。

Viewplex承包第二階段工程
需完成150個候車亭

黃漢偉說:"第二階段的提昇工程於去年公開招標,由Viewplex有限公司承包,以更換檳島150個殘舊的候車亭,而目前也已經完成10個,第三批提昇工程則會在3月份開始,因此在候車亭刊登廣告的收益也歸該公司所有。"

他說,第二階段需完成150個候車亭,而目前已經完成了其中10個,分別坐落瑪央巴西路(1個)、登雅路(1個)、雙溪賴路(1個)、天德路(5個)、哥德路(2個)。

候車亭加上6特色

"這些候車亭也加上6個特色,包括有蓋座位、晚上透過太陽能照明、設立巴士包含時間表、地圖和告示的資訊看板、候車亭告示牌及再循環垃圾桶、無障礙設施及腳車停放處。"

他也建議當局可參考香港地鐵站以不同顏色為主題的運作模式,而這也容易讓搭客以顏色認清是否已經到站了。

葉貴龍:方便騎士
盼巴士可載腳踏車



62歲的葉貴龍也在黃漢偉的見證下使用了候車亭腳車停放處,喜愛騎腳車的他希望未來巴士也可以載腳車,讓喜愛騎腳車的人士不必開車到某處騎腳車,反而可搭巴士。

他建議在浮羅山背、亞依淡等處多加腳車停放處,因該處有很多腳車騎士。

東北縣唯一入圍
亞依淡巴剎列模範巴剎

黃漢偉也為亞依淡巴剎被列入檳島市政局模範巴剎入圍行列,成為東北縣唯一入圍巴剎一事感到自豪。

他說,除了亞依淡巴剎,另2個巴剎分別是落在西南區的峇央峇魯巴剎及浮羅山背巴剎。

他說,亞依淡巴剎獲得販商的配合,不久前完成了8個月耗資90萬令吉的提昇工程,自此也令販商生意更加好,尤其是週末期間。

出席者包括檳島市議員柏蘭安南、市局工程師林守海。(星洲日報/大北馬)


Free WiFi for Air Itam folk

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 01:01 AM PST

As reported in the Star.

Free WiFi for Air Itam folk


AIR Itam residents can now enjoy free Internet access under the Penang Free WiFi service after 15 WiFi points were fixed in the area.

Air Itam assemblyman Wong Hon Wai said the service provided by REDtone Telecommunication Sdn Bhd would give residents, especially students, the opportunity to access technology and knowledge for free.

"There are a lot of schools in Air Itam area and the free WiFi can bridge the digital divide.

"This is the first area under the Bukit Gelugor constituency to have access to the Penang Free WiFi service," he said after launching the service and announcing the repainting work completion for Kampung Melayu's Block B flats on Sunday.

Wong, who is also state Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman, said the Kampung Melayu Community Development and Security Committee (JKKK) would organise a colouring contest on March 18 in order to obtain designs and ideas for the Block A flat repainting.

"The contest is open to all children and students living at the two Kampung Melayu flat blocks."

After more than 10 years, the Block B of Kampung Melayu flats is now sporting a new coat of paint in white, beige, red, dark green and light grey.

Repainting work for the block, which was built in the late 1970s, was completed in late January.

The state government paid 80% of the RM270,000 repainting cost while the rest came from the private sector.


Jurulatih Cabul 8 Pengakap Perempuan Didakwa Di Mahkamah

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 02:37 AM PST

Didakwa cabul 8 pelajar

PETALING JAYA: Seorang sukarelawan pengakap yang juga peniaga dihadapkan ke Mahkamah Majistret, di sini, semalam atas sembilan pertuduhan mencabul lapan pelajar berusia antara 13 dan 16 tahun di sebuah sekolah di Sungai Buloh, dekat sini, tahun lalu.

Tertuduh, Ho Lee Fong, 44, bagaimanapun mengaku tidak bersalah dan minta dibicarakan selepas pertuduhan terhadapnya dibacakan di hadapan Majistret Nor Afidah Idris.

Dia yang hadir memakai kemeja lengan panjang berwarna krim kelihatan tenang di dalam kandang tertuduh ketika pertuduhan dibacakan.

Mengikut pertuduhan pertama hingga kesembilan, bapa kepada lima anak itu didakwa melakukan perbuatan mencabul lapan pelajar yang berusia antara 13 dan 16 tahun di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bandar Sri Damansara 1, Persiaran Perdana, Sungai Buloh, di sini, antara April hingga Jun tahun lalu.

Berdasarkan pertuduhan itu dia didakwa mengikut Seksyen 354 Kanun Keseksaan yang memperuntukkan hukuman penjara maksimum 10 tahun atau denda atau sebat, jika sabit kesalahan.

Terdahulu Timbalan Pendakwa Raya, Saphirra Selamat menawarkan jaminan RM15,000 bagi setiap pertuduhan berserta tiga syarat tambahan iaitu pasport ditahan oleh mahkamah, tertuduh perlu melaporkan diri ke balai polis berhampiran pada setiap bulan dan harus menjauhi ke semua mangsa dengan jarak 50 meter.

Peguam bela Amrit Paul Singh yang mewakili tertuduh kemudian memohon wang jaminan dikurangkan sebanyak RM2,000 bagi setiap pertuduhan berikutan tertuduh mempunyai tanggungan lima anak yang mana semuanya masih bersekolah.

"Saya juga meminta pasport tertuduh tidak ditahan, jika tertuduh ingin melarikan diri ke luar negara sudah lama dia berbuat demikian selepas masalah ini berlaku.

"Kerjasama yang diberikan tertuduh sejak dipanggil polis pada 9 Februari lalu bagi memberikan maklumat mengenai masalah ini meyakinkan saya bahawa dia seorang yang bertanggungjawab dan tidak mungkin akan melakukan perkara seperti ini," katanya. Nor Afidah membenarkan jaminan RM5,000 bagi setiap pertuduhan dengan dua penjamin berserta dua syarat iaitu tertuduh perlu melaporkan diri di balai polis berhampiran pada setiap awal bulan dan menjauhi semua mangsa manakala kes ditetapkan semula pada 2 April depan.

Wang jaminan dibayar isteri dan abang tertuduh yang hadir menemaninya.

Pada 16 Februari lalu, akhbar ini melaporkan seorang jurulatih didakwa mencabul lebih 10 pelajar perempuan sebuah sekolah menengah yang menyertai Pergerakan Pengakap dengan memegang payu dara, kemaluan dan punggung mereka.

Difahamkan, lelaki itu melatih pelajar berusia 13 dan 14 tahun di sekolah berkenaan sejak 2008. -hm


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Long term strategic planning for Penang Botanics Gardens

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 12:59 AM PST

As reported in The Star

More time to give views on gardens' SAP

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The public can still submit their views on the Penang Botanic Gardens Special Area Plan (SAP) draft as the deadline has been extended to March 14.

State Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai said 60 feedback had been received so far.

He said the views must be submitted to the Penang Botanic Gardens Department.

He added that a special panel that would be appointed by the state government would review the feedback after the closing date.

Department officer Nazrina Mohd Haniffa said they had also provided online forms since two weeks ago for the public to voice their feedback.

She said this during the first briefing to the public on the SAP draft at the gardens' pavilion building on Sunday.

According to the SAP draft, the total expansion area covers 212.93ha while the existing area spans 29.14ha.

It has been made available to the public since Jan 18.

The public can submit their feedback by filling up the online form available at http://jpbd.penang.gov.my.


黄汉伟:音乐舞蹈语言 盼我国无形文化能申遗

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 12:56 AM PST

As reported in Kwong Wah Yit Poh

黄汉伟:音乐舞蹈语言 盼我国无形文化能申遗
二零一二年二月二十六日 晚上六时五分


(槟岛西南区26日讯)槟州艺术委员会主席黄汉伟行政议员希望继槟州乔治市及马六甲列入世界文化遗产名录后,我国能向无形文化(音乐、舞蹈、语言)文化遗产努力,因为有形的文化资产必须要有无形文化遗产结合,才具备更完整的意义和价值。

"特别是我国富有多元文化、种族及宗教的特色,相信只要我们肯努力,相信一定能将其中的独特色彩纳入无形文化名录"。

他希望我国能向韩国看齐,虽然端午祭的起源地是在中国并拥有2500年历史,但是拥有1500年历史的韩国江陵端午祭却成功申遗,被联合国教科文组织颁布"人类传说及无形遗产著作"。

他赞扬江陵端午祭保有丰富的人类文化, 也是具有独特性的活动,也是韩国保存最完整的传统节日习俗之一。

韩国端午祭成功申遗

黄汉伟周六下午主持在峇央峇鲁阳光广场从本月23日至29日的韩国著名品牌锦红人参促销会仪式时,这么表示。

他希望我国也能申报无形文化,比如音乐及特色庆典,确保能在亚洲及乃全世界宣扬,进一步提升我国的文化艺术的发展。

阳光广场促销锦红人参

来自韩国锦山副州长李桐成欢迎大马-槟城的人能尝试来自韩国锦山著名的锦红人参,功效提神、补血补气、固本培元、对老人及体虚者有极大辅助疗效。

韩国驻大马大使馆秘书长赵源甲希望大马及韩国两国能维持良好邦交,确保两国无论在商贸及文化也能保持良好交流。

与会者有阳光百货超市集团总经理余锦明、瑞华集团董事拿督拉菲。


Beautiful Sunset At Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 11:37 PM PST

Beautiful Sunset At Batu Ferringhi, Penang – Have been looking for some good sunset viewing spot in Penang lately. Batu Ferringhi is not the best place to see sunset but still not bad. You can see the sun set until the hill of the national park area. The best sunset spot I think is at Balik Pulau area where you can see the sunset below the horizon.

Recently, I went to Batu Ferringhi, at the beach outside Hard Rock Hotel to enjoy the sunset with Hueisean, as well as to photograph it. It's so calm during that time when there's less people at the beach. The beach outside Hard Rock Hotel is also cleaner too!


Horse riding at the beach.


The ivory sandy beach.


无边无际, sea with no boundary.


Hueisean was chasing the birds happily.


The sun was getting down.


Half-way down.


Me. HAHAHA


Bridal Photoshooting - David & Jessica

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 10:32 PM PST





Leong & Miaw team up to make Sibu's top professional photographers in the name of i galleries.

This morning Miaw called up to ask for our hotel's Kings Suite to be a shooting venue for two would-be wedded, David & Jessica.

Kings Suite is Premier Hotel's highest category of room. The beaming couple had a great time to have their bridal pictures talen.

Picture (1) shows the shooting in progress.

Picture (2) shows the team posing for a group photo.


Pakatan Janji Tol Hapus Jika PR Memerintah, Najib Mula Mansuhkan Tol

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 11:32 PM PST

PM umum potongan 50% tol lebuh raya Cheras-Kajang

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hari ini mengumumkan pemansuhan bayaran tol RM1 menghala ke Kuala Lumpur di Plaza Tol Batu 9 dan bayaran 90 sen di Plaza Tol Batu 11 menghala ke Kajang, berkuatkuasa tengah malam ini. -fotoBernama

Perdana Menteri berkata keputusan kerajaan itu akan mengurangkan beban pengguna yang kerap menggunakan Lebuh Raya Cheras-Kajang sebanyak 50 peratus, atau pengurangan bayaran tol daripada RM3.80 kepada RM1.90 untuk dua hala.

"Ini adalah usaha dan perjuangan kerajaan Barisan Nasional sejak 2009 lagi dan hari ini kerajaan jadikan kenyataan," katanya pada majlis pecah tanah projek Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (SRJK) Cina Bandar Sungai Long di sini.

Pada majlis itu, Perdana Menteri turut menyampaikan sumbangan RM4.5 juta untuk membiayai sebahagian kos pembinaan sekolah berkenaan.

Sekolah itu akan dibina di tanah seluas 2.4 hektar. Ia mempunyai 36 buah bilik darjah untuk kemudahan 1,500 murid di kawasan berkenaan.

Najib menjelaskan bukan mudah untuk memutuskan mengenai pembinaan sekolah tersebut memandangkan kesukaran mendapatkan tapak, disebabkan itu kerajaan bersetuju untuk membina SRJK (C) itu di tanah bernilai RM20 juta.

"Jika pembangkang bising bagilah tapak yang lain, kenapa tak bagi tapak lain sedangkan mereka ada kuasa untuk luluskan tapak lain, mereka tak bagi tapi mereka buat bising, kononnya mereka yang memperjuangkan kepentingan masyarakat di situ," katanya sambil diiringi tepukan gemuruh orang ramai yang hadir.

Beliau menegaskan soal pendidikan bukanlah perkara yang boleh diambil mudah dan dipolitikkan, hakikatnya mesti mencari jalan penyelesaian, yang mana hari ini terbukti kerajaan BN mampu membawa penyelesaian kepada masyarakat Cina di kawasan berkenaan.

"Jika ada kelemahan tertentu, kita bersedia mendengar suara rakyat, saya tidak takut dan saya kata kalau tidak betul InsyaAllah kita akan betulkan tetapi jangan ada pihak menidakkan jasa yang terbesar selama ini ialah jasa yang dibawa kerajaan BN," katanya. - Bernama

Ulasan GB

Sebelum ini Pakatan Rakyat sudah mengumumkan bahawa Tol perlu dihapuskan kerana syarikat konsesi telah mengaut untung yang besar.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Noh Mohd Yaakob pula menyatakan bahawa jika tol dihapuskan, negara ini akan muflis.

Lim Guan Eng membantah.

"Saya kata tidak. Malaysia tidak akan muflis. Dan sekiranya dia masih yakin dengan kenyataannya, marilah berbahas berdasarkan fakta dan bukan sekadar serangan yang tidak masuk akal.

"Saya harap beliau tidak takut untuk berbahas tentang isu penting seperi isu ekonomi dan kos hidup rakyat ini. Malah sekiranya tol dihapuskan, inflasi juga akan turun," jelas Lim lagi sambil mencabar Noh Yaakob untuk berbahas dengannya secara terbuka mengenai isu ini.

Kini, Najib pula mengisytiharkan penurunan kadar untuk dua tol.

Membuktikan bahawa dakwaan PR adalah benar dan Pakatan Rakyat perlu diangkat ke Putrajaya untuk menggantikan BN untuk penghapusan tol.


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