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- Singapore: Chicken Rice @ Koufu, NUS U Town
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- So this was Socrates
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Posted: 25 Mar 2012 09:44 AM PDT
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Singapore: Sentosa Beach, Malaysian Food Street & Crane Dance @ Universal Studios Singapore – Woottt, I went to Sentosa Island in Singapore last week. Brother and I actually have no where to go, shopping was boring, nothing to buy and expensive, so we just went to walk around in Sentosa Island, taste the Malaysian Street Food and also check out the Crane Dance at night.
Since it's still early, the Crane Dance is at 9pm, we headed to the beach of Sentosa via the monorail. I have never been to the Sentosa Beach before and after visiting it, I have got to say, it's not a good beach, Batu Feringghi is so much better because of great & relaxing view. From the Sentosa Beach, looking out you will see huge ships park in the middle of the sea and at far, you will see many refineries. The view is just not pretty for relax despite how clean the beach is and the tiny soft sand. I like the sand though, wonder where do they come from.
Malaysian Food Street
After beach exploration, my stomach started to growl and we headed to the Malaysian Food Street located right beside the entrance of Universal Studios Singapore. Funny right? Malaysian, eating out Malaysian Food in Singapore. Haha. Actually Malaysian Street Food is like a food court which all the Malaysian Food are really brought from Malaysia, Resorts World Sentosa brought in the group of Malaysian street food owners to cook and sell their food at there. Some of the taste are pretty authentic like the Hokkien Prawn Mee.
I've tried Penang Chendol and it's not really good, but Ampang Yong Toufu was good too. Price starts from S$5. If you are Malaysian and is craving for Penang food, I think this is a good place, just that you have to pay extra S$3 for monorail entering the island. Haha.
At 9pm, we went to see the Crane Dance, which is a new attractions in Universal Studios Singapore. It's actually two very huge cranes dancing. The cranes actually represent to birds and water sprayed out from both side of the crane are the wings of the big birds. There's music and visual accompany with the dance and the show is about 10 minutes. Pretty cool, you can see the real cargo cranes at the port of Singapore from there.
That's it for my Singapore short trip. =D
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Posted: 25 Mar 2012 09:24 AM PDT
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Singapore: Chicken Rice @ Koufu, NUS U Town – When visit to Singapore, the Singaporean sure will introduce their famous Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice. Well, I've got to say, Penang also has nice Hainanese Chicken Rice marrrrr. Haha, Actually I don't really know about what's so great about their Chicken Rice, I have tried good one and not so good one in Singapore. Surprisingly, the one in the Koufu Food Court of NUS U Town is good to me. Haha. S$4/plate. Singapore's President Nathan praised good before too. LOL
What do you think about Singapore's Chicken Rice & our Malaysia's Chicken Rice?
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Posted: 25 Mar 2012 11:01 AM PDT
Beberapa keping gambar lagi yang pelik, aneh dan lucu untuk kita hilangkan tekanan setelah sehari suntuk mengikuti isu-isu berat yang berlaku sekeliling kita.
Gambar-gambar ini bersepah ini internet, dikutip untuk paparan di blog GB ini untuk kita segarkan semula minda kita untuk menghadapi isu-isu baru selepas ini. Selamat menyaksikan dan selamat berhibur.
Posted: 25 Mar 2012 08:27 AM PDT
Diserang anjing ketika main
SUNGAI LALANG – Seorang budak lelaki menerima 20 jahitan akibat diserang anjing ketika sedang bermain bola sepak di Padang Awam Taman Bandar Baru, Sungai Lalang, dalam kejadian jam 6 petang kelmarin.
Mangsa, Muhammad Nabil Amin Abd Wahab, 10, yang menerima rawatan di Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim berkata, dia menjadi penjaga gol ketika bermain bola semasa diserang tiga ekor anjing dari arah belakang.
"Semua rakan yang terlihat anjing menghampiri melarikan diri terlebih dahulu dan saya yang sakit kaki tidak dapat berlari menyebabkan menjadi sasaran tiga anjing yang sedang kelaparan.
"Saya ternampak mulut anjing yang terbuka luas sehingga menyambar kaki kiri dan sempat menjerit meminta tolong tetapi tiada siapa yang datang," katanya.
Ketika itu, katanya, seekor anjing berada di atasnya manakala dua lagi berada di bahagian kepala mengawasi setiap pergerakannya.
Nasibnya baik apabila pelanggan kedai makan berdekatan yang sedang menikmati minum petang ternampak tangannya yang terkapai-kapai meminta tolong datang membantu.
Nenek mangsa, Che Som Zakaria, 58, berkata, pagi hari berkenaan, dia terdengar kejadian anjing liar mengejar penduduk di lokasi sama lalu menasihati penduduk lain supaya menutup pintu pagar bagi mengelakkan kejadian tidak diingini.
Menurutnya, pada waktu petang kejadian, dia dikejutkan dengan nasib cucu yang diserang tiga anjing ketika bermain di padang sama.
"Dia baru sahaja berehat selepas kecederaan luka di kaki kanan akibat terpijak kaca di padang sama ketika bermain dengan kawan-kawan namun tidak menyangka kejadian lebih teruk berlaku terhadap dirinya," katanya kepada Sinar Harian.
Ibu mangsa, Nor Azila Osman, 29, berkata, anaknya sudah seminggu tidak ke padang permainan itu kerana belum sembuh sepenuhnya dari jahitan luka akibat kaca.
"Dia memang dah lama tak ke padang sebab tak boleh jalan dengan baik dan hari ini (semalam) sepatutnya jahitan luka kaca dibuka tetapi semalam (kelmarin) kena tambah jahitan lagi di kaki kiri," katanya.
Nor Azila berkata, kejadian digigit anjing kerap berlaku di kawasan perumahan berkenaan di mana sebulan lalu seorang budak perempuan sekolah rendah turut terkena gigitan anjing sewaktu pulang sekolah.
Dia dan suami, Abd Wahab Tajudin, 34, yang sedang berada di tempat kerja terus ke hospital sebaik mendapat maklumat dari keluarga.
Bapa saudara, Rosli Ismail, 40 berharap pihak berkenaan mengambil tindakan sewajarnya ke atas anjing liar yang sering berkeliaran secara berkumpulan di kawasan terbabit memberi ancaman terutama kepada kanak-kanak.
Dalam pada itu, satu laporan polis dibuat keluarga mangsa berhubung kejadian itu. -SH
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Posted: 25 Mar 2012 07:17 AM PDT
For a change, I read up on Socrates - his life and his works on a restful Sunday afternoon. I am so amazed by Socrates' depth of knowledge, ideas and wisdom.
Here are some interesting excerpts from Wikipedia:
Socrates (469 BC – 399 BC)was a classical Greek Athenian philosopher. Credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, he is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of later classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon, and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. Many would claim that Plato's dialogues are the most comprehensive accounts of Socrates to survive from antiquity.
Through his portrayal in Plato's dialogues, Socrates has become renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics, and it is this Platonic Socrates who also lends his name to the concepts of Socratic irony and the Socratic method, or elenchus. The latter remains a commonly used tool in a wide range of discussions, and is a type of pedagogy in which a series of questions are asked not only to draw individual answers, but also to encourage fundamental insight into the issue at hand. It is Plato's Socrates that also made important and lasting contributions to the fields of epistemology and logic, and the influence of his ideas and approach remains strong in providing a foundation for much western philosophy that followed.
Socrates lived during the time of the transition from the height of the Athenian hegemony to its decline with the defeat by Sparta and its allies in the Peloponnesian War. At a time when Athens sought to stabilize and recover from its humiliating defeat, the Athenian public may have been entertaining doubts about democracy as an efficient form of government. Socrates appears to have been a critic of democracy, and some scholars interpret his trial as an expression of political infighting.
Claiming loyalty to his city, Socrates clashed with the current course of Athenian politics and society. He praises Sparta, archrival to Athens, directly and indirectly in various dialogues. But perhaps the most historically accurate of Socrates' offenses to the city was his position as a social and moral critic. Rather than upholding a status quo and accepting the development of what he perceived as immorality within his region, Socrates questioned the collective notion of "might makes right" that he felt was common in Greece during this period. Plato refers to Socrates as the "gadfly" of the state (as the gadfly stings the horse into action, so Socrates stung various Athenians), insofar as he irritated some people with considerations of justice and the pursuit of goodness. His attempts to improve the Athenians' sense of justice may have been the source of his execution.
According to Plato's Apology, Socrates' life as the "gadfly" of Athens began when his friend Chaerephon asked the oracle at Delphi if anyone was wiser than Socrates; the Oracle responded that no-one was wiser. Socrates believed that what the Oracle had said was a paradox, because he believed he possessed no wisdom whatsoever. He proceeded to test the riddle by approaching men considered wise by the people of Athens—statesmen, poets, and artisans—in order to refute the Oracle's pronouncement.
Questioning them, however, Socrates concluded that, while each man thought he knew a great deal and was wise, in fact they knew very little and were not wise at all. Socrates realized that the Oracle was correct, in that while so-called wise men thought themselves wise and yet were not, he himself knew he was not wise at all, which, paradoxically, made him the wiser one since he was the only person aware of his own ignorance. Socrates' paradoxical wisdom made the prominent Athenians he publicly questioned look foolish, turning them against him and leading to accusations of wrongdoing. Socrates defended his role as a gadfly until the end: at his trial, when Socrates was asked to propose his own punishment, he suggests a wage paid by the government and free dinners for the rest of his life instead, to finance the time he spends as Athens' benefactor. He was, nevertheless, found guilty of both corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens and of impiety ("not believing in the gods of the state"), and subsequently sentenced to death by drinking a mixture containing poison hemlock.
According to Xenophon's story, Socrates purposefully gave a defiant defense to the jury because "he believed he would be better off dead". Xenophon goes on to describe a defense by Socrates that explains the rigors of old age, and how Socrates would be glad to circumvent them by being sentenced to death. It is also understood that Socrates also wished to die because he "actually believed the right time had come for him to die."
Xenophon and Plato agree that Socrates had an opportunity to escape, as his followers were able to bribe the prison guards. He chose to stay for several reasons:
He believed such a flight would indicate a fear of death, which he believed no true philosopher has.
If he fled Athens his teaching would fare no better in another country as he would continue questioning all he met and undoubtedly incur their displeasure.
Having knowingly agreed to live under the city's laws, he implicitly subjected himself to the possibility of being accused of crimes by its citizens and judged guilty by its jury. To do otherwise would have caused him to break his "social contract" with the state, and so harm the state, an act contrary to Socratic principle.
The full reasoning behind his refusal to flee is the main subject of the Crito.
Socrates' death is described at the end of Plato's Phaedo. Socrates turned down the pleas of Crito to attempt an escape from prison. After drinking the poison, he was instructed to walk around until his legs felt numb. After he lay down, the man who administered the poison pinched his foot. Socrates could no longer feel his legs. The numbness slowly crept up his body until it reached his heart. Shortly before his death, Socrates speaks his last words to Crito: "Crito, we owe a rooster to Asclepius. Please, don't forget to pay the debt." Asclepius was the Greek god for curing illness, and it is likely Socrates' last words meant that death is the cure—and freedom, of the soul from the body. Additionally, in Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths, Robin Waterfield adds another interpretation of Socrates' last words. He suggests that Socrates was a voluntary scapegoat; his death was the purifying remedy for Athens' misfortunes. In this view, the token of appreciation for Asclepius would represent a cure for the ailments of Athens.
Perhaps his most important contribution to Western thought is his dialectic method of inquiry, known as the Socratic method or method of "elenchus", which he largely applied to the examination of key moral concepts such as the Good and Justice. It was first described by Plato in the Socratic Dialogues. To solve a problem, it would be broken down into a series of questions, the answers to which gradually distill the answer a person would seek. The influence of this approach is most strongly felt today in the use of the scientific method, in which hypothesis is the first stage. The development and practice of this method is one of Socrates' most enduring contributions, and is a key factor in earning his mantle as the father of political philosophy, ethics or moral philosophy, and as a figurehead of all the central themes in Western philosophy.
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TIME magazine has ranked Plato's speech on Socrates as the greatest speech of all time:
Facing charges of "corrupting youth," Socrates delivered this speech — as rendered by Plato — to an Athens jury. It proved unsuccessful; he was convicted by his peers, and subsequently killed himself by swallowing hemlock. But this skillful piece of rhetoric underlines the realization that has propelled philosophy ever since: that human knowledge is woefully limited.
Here's the speech taken from HERE. It is a very long speech but worth reading. By the time you finish, I am sure you would agree with me that despite whatever technological/scientifi/medical progress man has achieved, modern society cannot and has not produced deep thinkers/philosophers like Socrates or Plato etc.
A well-written essay on the speech can be accessed HERE.
How you have felt, O men of Athens, at hearing the speeches of my accusers, I cannot tell; but I know that their persuasive words almost made me forget who I was -- such was the effect of them; and yet they have hardly spoken a word of truth. But many as their falsehoods were, there was one of them which quite amazed me; -- I mean when they told you to be upon your guard, and not to let yourselves be deceived by the force of my eloquence. They ought to have been ashamed of saying this, because they were sure to be detected as soon as I opened my lips and displayed my deficiency; they certainly did appear to be most shameless in saying this, unless by the force of eloquence they mean the force of truth; for then I do indeed admit that I am eloquent.
But in how different a way from theirs! Well, as I was saying, they have hardly uttered a word, or not more than a word, of truth; but you shall hear from me the whole truth: not, however, delivered after their manner, in a set oration duly ornamented with words and phrases. No indeed! but I shall use the words and arguments which occur to me at the moment; for I am certain that this is right, and that at my time of life I ought not to be appearing before you, O men of Athens, in the chara cter of a juvenile orator -- let no one expect this of me. And I must beg of you to grant me one favor, which is this -- If you hear me using the same words in my defence which I have been in the habit of using, and which most of you may have heard in the a gora, and at the tables of the money-changers, or anywhere else, I would ask you not to be surprised at this, and not to interrupt me.
For I am more than seventy years of age, and this is the first time that I have ever appeared in a court of law, and I am quite a stranger to the ways of the place; and therefore I would have you regard me as if I were really a stranger, whom you would excuse if he spoke in his native tongue, and after the fashion of his country; -- that I think is not an unfair request. N ever mind the manner, which may or may not be good; but think only of the justice of my cause, and give heed to that: let the judge decide justly and the speaker speak truly.
And first, I have to reply to the older charges and to my first accusers, and then I will go to the later ones. For I have had many accusers, who accused me of old, and their false charges have continued during many years; and I am m ore afraid of them than of Anytus and his associates, who are dangerous, too, in their own way. But far more dangerous are these, who began when you were children, and took possession of your minds with their falsehoods, telling of one Socrates, a wise man, who speculated about the heaven above, and searched into the earth beneath, and made the worse appear the better cause. These are the accusers whom I dread; for they are the circulators of this rumor, and their hearers are too apt to fancy that specula tors of this sort do not believe in the gods. And they are many, and their charges against me are of ancient date, and they made them in days when you were impressible -- in childhood, or perhaps in youth -- and the cause when heard went by default, for the re was none to answer. And, hardest of all, their names I do not know and cannot tell; unless in the chance of a comic poet.
But the main body of these slanderers who from envy and malice have wrought upon you -- and there are some of them who are convince d themselves, and impart their convictions to others -- all these, I say, are most difficult to deal with; for I cannot have them up here, and examine them, and therefore I must simply fight with shadows in my own defence, and examine when there is no one who answers. I will ask you then to assume with me, as I was saying, that my opponents are of two kinds -- one recent, the other ancient; and I hope that you will see the propriety of my answering the latter first, for these accusations you heard long befo re the others, and much oftener.
Well, then, I will make my defence, and I will endeavor in the short time which is allowed to do away with this evil opinion of me which you have held for such a long time; and I hope I may succeed, if this be well for you and me, an d that my words may find favor with you. But I know that to accomplish this is not easy -- I quite see the nature of the task. Let the event be as God wills: in obedience to the law I make my defence.
I will begin at the beginning, and ask what the accusation is which has given rise to this slander of me, and which has encouraged Meletus to proceed against me. What do the slanderers say? They shall be my prosecutors, and I will sum up their words in an affidavit. "Socrates is an evil-doer, and a curious person, who searches into things under the earth and in heaven, and he makes the worse appear the better cause; and he teaches the aforesaid doctrines to others." That is the nature of the accusation, and that is what you have seen yourselves in the comedy of Aristophanes; who has introduced a man whom he calls Socrates, going about and saying that he can walk in the air, and talking a deal of nonsense concerning matters of which I do not pretend to know either much or little -- not that I mean to say anything disparaging of anyone who is a student of natural philosophy.
I should be very sorry if Meletus could lay that to my charge. But the simple truth is, O Athenians, th at I have nothing to do with these studies. Very many of those here present are witnesses to the truth of this, and to them I appeal. Speak then, you who have heard me, and tell your neighbors whether any of you have ever known me hold forth in few words or in many upon matters of this sort. ... You hear their answer. And from what they say of this you will be able to judge of the truth of the rest.
As little foundation is there for the report that I am a teacher, and take money; that is no more true than the other. Although, if a man is able to teach, I honor him for being paid. There is Gorgias of Leontium, and Prodicus of Ceo s, and Hippias of Elis, who go the round of the cities, and are able to persuade the young men to leave their own citizens, by whom they might be taught for nothing, and come to them, whom they not only pay, but are thankful if they may be allowed to pay them. There is actually a Parian philosopher residing in Athens, of whom I have heard; and I came to hear of him in this way: -- I met a man who has spent a world of money on the Sophists, Callias the son of Hipponicus, and knowing that he had sons, I aske d him: "Callias," I said, "if your two sons were foals or calves, there would be no difficulty in finding someone to put over them; we should hire a trainer of horses or a farmer probably who would improve and perfect them in their own prop er virtue and excellence; but as they are human beings, whom are you thinking of placing over them?
Is there anyone who understands human and political virtue? You must have thought about this as you have sons; is there anyone?" "There is," he said. "Who is he?" said I, "and of what country? and what does he charge?" "Evenus the Parian," he replied; "he is the man, and his charge is five minae." Happy is Evenus, I said to myself, if he really has this wisdom, and teaches at such a modest charge. Had I the same, I should have been very proud and conceited; but the truth is that I have no knowledge of the kind.
I dare say, Athenians, that someone among you will reply, "Why is this, Socrates, and what is the origin of these accusations of you: for there must have been something strange which you have been doing? All this great fame and talk about you would never have arisen if you had been like other men: tell us, then, why this is, as we should be sorry to judge hastily of you." Now I regard this as a fair challenge, and I will endeavor to explain to you the origin of this name of "wise," and of this evil fame. Please to attend then. And although some of you may think I am joking, I declare that I will tell you the entire truth. Men of Athens, this reputation of mine has come of a certain sort of wisdom which I possess.
If you ask me what kind of wisdom, I reply, such wisdom as is attainable by man, for to that extent I am inclined to believe that I am wise; whereas the persons of whom I was speaking have a superhuman wisdom, which I may fail to describe, because I have it not myself; and he who says that I have, speaks falsely, and is taking away my character. And here, O men of Athens, I must beg you not to interrupt me, even if I seem to say something extravagant. For the word which I will speak is not mine. I will refer you to a witness who is worthy of credit, and will tell you about my wisdom -- whether I have any, and of what sort -- and that witness shall be the god of Delphi. You must have known Chaerephon; he was early a friend of mine, and also a friend of yours , for he shared in the exile of the people, and returned with you. Well, Chaerephon, as you know, was very impetuous in all his doings, and he went to Delphi and boldly asked the oracle to tell him whether -- as I was saying, I must beg you not to interrupt -- he asked the oracle to tell him whether there was anyone wiser than I was, and the Pythian prophetess answered that there was no man wiser. Chaerephon is dead himself, but his brother, who is in court, will confirm the truth of this story.
Why do I mention this? Because I am going to explain to you why I have such an evil name. When I heard the answer, I said to myself, What can the god mean? and what is the interpretation of this riddle? for I know that I have no wisd om, small or great. What can he mean when he says that I am the wisest of men? And yet he is a god and cannot lie; that would be against his nature. After a long consideration, I at last thought of a method of trying the question. I reflected that if I co uld only find a man wiser than myself, then I might go to the god with a refutation in my hand. I should say to him, "Here is a man who is wiser than I am; but you said that I was the wisest."
Accordingly I went to one who had the reputation of wisdom, and observed to him -- his name I need not mention; he was a politician whom I selected for examination -- and the result was as follows: When I began to talk with him, I could not help thinking that he was not really wise, although he was thought w ise by many, and wiser still by himself; and I went and tried to explain to him that he thought himself wise, but was not really wise; and the consequence was that he hated me, and his enmity was shared by several who were present and heard me. So I left him, saying to myself, as I went away: Well, although I do not suppose that either of us knows anything really beautiful and good, I am better off than he is -- for he knows nothing, and thinks that he knows. I neither know nor think that I know. In this l atter particular, then, I seem to have slightly the advantage of him. Then I went to another, who had still higher philosophical pretensions, and my conclusion was exactly the same. I made another enemy of him, and of many others besides him.
After this I went to one man after another, being not unconscious of the enmity which I provoked, and I lamented and feared this: but necessity was laid upon me -- the word of God, I thought, ought to be considered first. And I said to myself, Go I must to all who appear to know, and find out the meaning of the oracle. And I swear to you, Athenians, by the dog I swear! -- for I must tell you the truth -- the result of my mission was just this: I found that the men most in repute were a ll but the most foolish; and that some inferior men were really wiser and better. I will tell you the tale of my wanderings and of the "Herculean" labors, as I may call them, which I endured only to find at last the oracle irrefutable. When I le ft the politicians, I went to the poets; tragic, dithyrambic, and all sorts.
And there, I said to myself, you will be detected; now you will find out that you are more ignorant than they are. Accordingly, I took them some of the most elaborate passages in their own writings, and asked what was the meaning of them -- thinking that they would teach me something. Will you believe me? I am almost ashamed to speak of this, but still I must say that there is hardly a person present who would not have talked bett er about their poetry than they did themselves. That showed me in an instant that not by wisdom do poets write poetry, but by a sort of genius and inspiration; they are like diviners or soothsayers who also say many fine things, but do not understand the meaning of them. And the poets appeared to me to be much in the same case; and I further observed that upon the strength of their poetry they believed themselves to be the wisest of men in other things in which they were not wise. So I departed, conceivin g myself to be superior to them for the same reason that I was superior to the politicians.
At last I went to the artisans, for I was conscious that I knew nothing at all, as I may say, and I was sure that they knew many fine things; and in this I was not mistaken, for they did know many things of which I was ignorant, and in this they certainly were wiser than I was. But I observed that even the good artisans fell into the same error as the poets; because they were good workmen they thought that they also knew all sorts of high matters, and this defect in them overshadowe d their wisdom -- therefore I asked myself on behalf of the oracle, whether I would like to be as I was, neither having their knowledge nor their ignorance, or like them in both; and I made answer to myself and the oracle that I was better off as I was.
This investigation has led to my having many enemies of the worst and most dangerous kind, and has given occasion also to many calumnies, and I am called wise, for my hearers always imagine that I myself possess the wisdom which I f ind wanting in others: but the truth is, O men of Athens, that God only is wise; and in this oracle he means to say that the wisdom of men is little or nothing; he is not speaking of Socrates, he is only using my name as an illustration, as if he said, He , O men, is the wisest, who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing. And so I go my way, obedient to the god, and make inquisition into the wisdom of anyone, whether citizen or stranger, who appears to be wise; and if he is not wis e, then in vindication of the oracle I show him that he is not wise; and this occupation quite absorbs me, and I have no time to give either to any public matter of interest or to any concern of my own, but I am in utter poverty by reason of my devotion to the god.
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Posted: 25 Mar 2012 07:54 AM PDT
Hindraf: 'Nambikei' kami remuk macam tembikai
Barisan Bertindak Hak-hak Hindu (Hindraf) hari ini berhimpun di pejabat perdana menteri (PMO) di Putrajaya kerana mendakwa kerajaan BN telah menghampakan kepercayaan masyarakat India.
Mempermainkan ungkapan "nambikei" (kepercayaan) yang sering digunakan perdana menteri untuk mendapatkan sokongan minoriti kini, Hindraf berkata ia kini pecah di tanah seperti buah tembikai.
Dalam perhimpunan kedua ini, lebih 100 masyarakat India berkumpul di Putrajaya sambil menuntut Datuk Seri Najib Razak menunaikan permintaan 18 perkara berhubung komuniti mereka.
Pemimpin Hindraf - yang tampil bersama buah tembikai bertulis nambikei - mengaku kecewa kerana gagal bertemu dengan wakil PMO walaupun sudah memaklumkan sebelum ini.
P Uthayakumar lalu melaungkan perkataan "Umno rasis" sebelum menghempaskan buah tembikai itu berkecaian di atas tanah.
"Nambikei kami pada kamu (Najib) sudah remuk macam tembikai ini," katanya. -mk
Posted: 25 Mar 2012 02:50 AM PDT
Posted: 25 Mar 2012 05:44 AM PDT
mungkin dia ingat macam main tetris kot.
the most left guy feel like shit liao looking at his work.
none of them had intention in correcting him, all kaki bodek.
how come things like this can happen 1.
please la malaysian,choose the rite ppl to lead u.
Posted: 25 Mar 2012 05:33 AM PDT
Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong's surprise appearance at a Chinese education rally in Kajang today drew heckles from participants.
According to eye witnesses, a scuffle broke out between Wee's bodyguard and a middle aged man, when the former stopped the latter who tried to approach and punch Wee upon his arrival at 11am.
Wee, who appeared at the rally at New Era College with heavy police escort, has been blamed for failing to resolve the matter. [Watch video here] and later confirmed the incident, saying that the man almost touched his left cheek, saying, "I could not identify him, I only know he was wearing a T-shirt."
The rally, organised by Chinese education group Dong Zong, in protest against acute shortage of Chinese-educated teachers, is dubbed the "325 assembly".
Indeed, time and again, MCA has proven that it cannot fight for the Chinese, let alone Malaysians of every race and creed.
Do we need MCA to fight for Chinese? No.
If the 'I am-Malay-first-Malaysian-second' DPM was sincere, he should have resolved the matter. If he did not, he could have at least attended the rally too.
Worst of all, the 1Malaysia PM can do nothing.
The Chinese is the 'second-biggest-majority' race in Malaysia yet the government has shown nothing but apathy to the shortage of Chinese-medium teachers.
Posted: 25 Mar 2012 05:01 AM PDT
"The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is one of the largest savings funds in the world which has accumulated more than RM 440.52 billion in 2011. And this represents the life savings of about 12 million Malaysians. Of course money kept under the pillow would not generate more income. It has to be invested prudently. The issue now is has the EPF under UMNO-led government invested the hard-earned savings of Malaysians judiciously. Until 2011 the government has already used 60 per cent of the people's savings on various loans and investments."
-epf borrowed up to 60% of its money to the gov
-epf money use to bail out cronies, loss making glc, means to obtain cheap loans for umngok political agenda
-the loans to gov is at interest discount (around 2%) so epf has to sell investments to pay 4-5% dividends
-govt may use epf money to bail out if govt debt per gdp is more than 55%
i wondered how gomen going to paid back to epf 200billion mang......
so the new appointed government has to clear this debt ?
Posted: 25 Mar 2012 08:56 AM PDT
Pemandu Ferrari Fernando Alonso berjaya menjadi juara the Formula One Grand Prix Malaysian yang berlansung sebentar tadi mengatasi Sergio Perez pemandu Sauber dan Lewis Hamilton, pemandu McLaren di tempat ketiga.
Di beberapa minit terakhir, Perez hampir memintas Alonso tetapi kesilapan yang dilakukan di pusingan ke 51 dimana keretanya terbabas ke kawasan rumput menyebabkan Alonso berjaya menjarakkan masa darinya.
Pemandu dari pasukan Red Bull Racing-Renault, Mark Webber di tempat keempat dan pemandu Lotus Renault Kimi Räikkönen di tempat kelima.
Bruno Senna dari pasukan Williams-renault di tempat ke 6, paul de Resta dari pasukan Force India-Mercedes tempat ke 7, Jean-Eric Vergne dari STR-Ferrari di tempat ke 8, Nico Hulkenberg dari pasukan Force India-Mercedes ke 9 dan juara dunia 7 kali, Michael Schumacher pemandu pasukan Mercedes yang membawa lambang Petronas mengutip 1 mata di tempat ke 10.
Bagi seorang lagi juara dunia iaitu pemandu Red Bull Racing-Renault, Sebastian Vettel mengalami nasib yang tidak berapa baik dimana tayar keretanya pecah namun berjaya memasuki litar semula dan menempatkan dirinya ke 11.
Grand Prix Petronas Malaysia 2012 di Litar Sepang terpaksa digantung sementara pada pusingan kesembilan petang ini ekoran hujan lebat.
Keputusan itu diambil demi keselamatan pemandu apabila jarak penglihatan dikatakan terjejas teruk. Ia digantung kira-kira 51 minit.
Bagaimanapun ia disambung semula kira-kira jam 5.15 petang, kata pegawai-pegawai perlumbaan.
Ketika digantung, persaingan didahului oleh Lewis Hamilton dari pasukan McLaren.
Posted: 25 Mar 2012 04:57 AM PDT
Sunday March 25, 2012
Hurrah for Anthony's abilities
I READ the beautifully written Journey of discovery by Anthony Thanasayan (Wheel Power, March 15). It's amazingly superb and insightful.
Tayebi and his mother deserve accolades for being splendid individuals.
Their choice of Anthony as a candidate for Amir's leadership training
programme is truly remarkable. Best wishes to Amir,
Posted: 25 Mar 2012 04:53 AM PDT
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Posted: 25 Mar 2012 04:34 AM PDT
Chukai – "Sebagai pelanggan saya rasa tertipu," keluh pekerja swasta, Ishak Kamarudin, 42, yang kesal dengan harga RM1.80 bagi segelas air panas yang disifatkannya sebagai tidak munasabah.
Ishak dari Taman Alamanda, Jalan Kubang Kurus, dekat sini berkata, dia yang menjamu selera bersama isteri dan dua anak di sebuah restoran di Taman Chukai Utama pada 23 Februari lalu terkejut apabila melihat caj yang dikenakan untuk air panas yang diminta berharga RM1.80.
Menurutnya, harga yang dikenakan itu tidak masuk akal dan seolah-olah mengambil kesempatan terhadap pelanggan.
Malahan, katanya, harga air panas juga tidak dimasukkan di dalam menu menyebabkan pelanggan tidak mengetahui harga untuk minuman berkenaan.
"Ketika saya pergi ke kaunter untuk membayar, tergerak hati saya untuk minta bil dan bila lihat bil, terkejut saya lihat harga air panas dalam gelas RM1.80. Disebabkan ragu-ragu, saya tanya pemilik restoran itu yang menjaga kaunter sama betul atau tidak harga air panas itu RM1.80 dan dia mengiakannya.
"Bukan kerana harga RM1.80 semata-mata saya persoalkan perkara ini, tetapi saya rasa tertipu kerana harganya tidak dimasukkan ke dalam menu," katanya ketika ditemui Sinar Harian semalam.
Kata Ishak, restoran itu kerap dikunjunginya sekeluarga untuk menjamu selera dan dia sering meminta air panas, tetapi sebelum ini dia tidak pernah melihat bil sebaliknya hanya membayar sahaja.
Berikutan itu Ishak kemudiannya membuat aduan di Pejabat Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan (PPDNKK) Cawangan Kemaman pada 26 Februari lalu.
"Lepas seminggu kemudian saya dihubungi pihak PPDNKK Kemaman yang telah membuat pemeriksaan di restoran tersebut dan tuan restoran kata dia tersilap. Namun bagaimana ia silap sedangkan ketika saya tanya sebelum ini tuan restoran itu mengiakan harga itu," katanya.
Posted: 25 Mar 2012 02:53 AM PDT
Pilihan raya umum semakin dekat
PORT DIKCSON – Keyakinan rakyat terhadap kerajaan yang semakin bertambah memberi tanda bahawa pilihan raya umum sudah dekat, kata Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Katanya, beliau yakin Barisan Nasional (BN) mampu memenangi pilihan raya umum akan datang dan mengekalkan pemerintahan.
"Saya rasa-rasalah dan bila sudah ada rasa, bunyinya sudah dekatlah tu (pilihan raya umum)," katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada Majlis Penyerahan Rumah Mampu Milik Berkualiti Tinggi di Taman Intan Duyung dekat sini semalam.
Hadir sama Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan; Pengerusi Penyelaras BN Telok Kemang, Tan Sri Mohd. Isa Abdul Samad serta beberapa menteri kabinet dan pemimpin parti komponen BN.
Najib memberitahu, bagi memastikan BN memenangi semua kerusi, calon yang diletakkan hendaklah yang boleh memenangkan parti seperti dibuktikan pada pilihan raya kecil Bagan Pinang dan Hulu Selangor lalu. -kosmo
Najib timbang 3 Jun tarikh PRU13?
Nampaknya semacam hampir pasti: Pilihanraya pada bulan Jun.
Najib dijangka akan membubarkan parlimen selepas Umno mengadakan sambutan ulang tahun ke-66 parti itu pada 1 hingga 13 Mei dengan acara kemuncak berlangsung di Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil pada 11 Mei.
Jika demikian bererti kita akan menghadapi pilihanraya dengan daftar pemilih yang tidak dibersihkan.
Harapan untuk mengadakan perhimpunan BERSIH 3.0 nampaknya tidak kesampaian apabila sehingga kini belum ada sebarang pengumuman rasmi dari BERSIH 2 untuk menganjurkannya. Malah jika dianjurkan pun, maka masanya sudah begitu suntuk dan aura perhimpunan itu bakal pula "ditawarkan" dengan sambutan UMNO pada bulan Mei nanti.
Itulah sebab mengapa sebelum ini GB berkali-kali mendesak supaya Bersih tidak boleh berlengah.
Di dalam "Art Of War", dinyatakian kekalahan berpunca dari strategi yang tidak bijaksana dan kerap procrastinate (berlengah-lengah).
Posted: 25 Mar 2012 01:02 AM PDT
Acap kali kita dihidangkan impian pimpinan kerajaan supaya Malaysia terus berjaya menjadi negara maju, hingga bila kita tiba kepada tahun 2020, sasarannya adalah gaji per kapita (GNI) daripada RM23,700 kepada RM48,000, hampir seperti negara-negara dunia pertama lainnya.
Tetapi kita mesti beringat – sasaran apa pun yang dimahukan, tidak boleh tidak kerajaan wajib membudayakan kepimpinan terpuji dalam membangunkan negara tercinta ini. Bukankah kepimpinan itu menerusi teladan?
Justeru apa kata pimpinan bila berlakunya manipulasi pilihan raya, rasuah dan salah guna kuasa yang berleluasa, peningkatan penggunaan samseng atau pembuli politik dalam mengekang golongan yang dianggap musuh politik kerajaan sedia ada?
Apa kata Perdana Menteri apabila ahli-ahli partinya bertanggungjawab terhadap gangguan ceramah-ceramah pembangkang – dari Himpunan Hijau di Pulau Pinang ke Felda Lepar Hilir 1 di Pahang dan Padang Keluang di Johor dilakukan dengan dukungan ahli-ahli Umno dan kumpulan Perkasa yang sememangnya mendapat sokongan daripada pimpinan Umno.
Apa kata Perdana Menteri seandainya disamakan budaya samseng ini dengan halangan kebebasan demokratik di Congo pada pertengahan 90-an, atau belenggu pelanggaran hak asasi manusia di Zimbabwe ketika itu? Tentunya Perdana Menteri tidak mahu perbandingan dengan rejim komunis di Timur Eropah pada tahun 80-an yang menindas rakyat. Mahu tidak, ekologi budaya politik ketiga ini dipraktis banyak rejim yang takut kehilangan kuasanya.
Sebaliknya, jika Perdana Menteri berani menggandingkan permohonan maaf beliau dengan teguran membina terhadap serangan yang kini kian menggila terhadap semua aktiviti pembangkang, barulah boleh kita melihat pendirian tegas menuju ke arah 'budaya politik dunia pertama.'
Budaya politik dunia pertama akan membahaskan isu-isu penting mengenai ekonomi, kesejahteraan sosial dan tidak menjadikan agama dan bangsa sebagai tebusan retorik politik ketakutan yang hanya memecah-belah masyarakat.
Ekologi budaya politik dunia ketiga berpunca daripada sanubari dan mentaliti politikus yang hanya mahukan kuasa untuk harta dan bukan kuasa untuk rakyat. Masa depan negara terancam apabila kebanyakan negara-negara dunia ketiga sedang menatarkan reformasi politik contohnya di Myanmar baru-baru ini. Rejim junta itu secara menakjubkan memberi ruang liputan di rangkaian televisyen nasional negara kepada semua parti politik termasuk daripada pihak pembangkang! Bayangkan wajah ayu Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yang terpenjara berkali-kali selama 15 tahun lamanya kini dapat ditonton oleh penduduk Myanmar tanpa perlu berjalan jauh untuk bertemu srikandi mereka itu.
Bayangkan sebuah Malaysia yang mengamalkan budaya politik dunia pertama yang dengannya Kuasa Rakyat menjadi asas utama kerajaan, di mana "kuasa datang daripada rakyat untuk rakyat" menjadi tiang seri kenegaraan yang akan terus membangun dan maju, dilengkapi pula dengan keluhuran Perlembagaan Persekutuan sebagai asas pemerintahan yang adil lagi saksama.
Bayangkan pilihan raya umum yang bebas, bersih dan adil menjadi teras mandat sebenar pemilihan kerajaan memerintah. Daftar pengundi akan bersih daripada pengundi hantu, pengundi yang dibeli dengan kewarganegaraan dan pengundi yang berpeluang mengundi berbilang kali. Perhimpunan aman pula dibenarkan tanpa syarat yang membebankan. Waktu kempen pilihan raya yang munasabah dibenarkan sementara akses kepada media massa tidak terhad ataupun jelas berpihak. Politik yang berpandukan wang ringgit mesti diharamkan. Suasana sedemikian layak diberi sijil kerana pilihan rayanya mempamerkan cetusan suara pilihan rakyat yang tulen berasaskan persaingan idea yang sihat.
Bayangkan Parlimen yang berfungsi secara demokratik sehinggakan soalan Parlimen saya kepada Perdana Menteri – agar menyenaraikan projek-projek, termasuk jumlah geran pembiayaan atau pinjaman kerajaan yang melebihi RM5 juta yang diberikan kepada syarikat-syarikat yang dimiliki oleh ahli-ahli keluarga menteri dan timbalan menteri sejak tahun 2004 hingga 2011 – dijawab bukan ditolak.
Bayangkan kedudukan tahap tinggi Malaysia berbanding negara lain, bukan kedudukan rendah Laporan Perkembangan Dunia (UNDP 2010); di mana tahap perkembangan sumber manusia menempatkan Korea Selatan di tangga ke-12, Singapura (27), Brunei (37) dan Malaysia (51). Bila ditambah dengan prestasi pendidikan yang semakin merudum – di mana peratus rakyat Malaysia yang berjaya menamatkan pendidikan menengah pula adalah 68.7 peratus, berbanding Korea Selatan (96.4 peratus), Hong Kong (75.2 peratus) dan Brunei (88.2 peratus) – terus meyakinkan kita bahawa hanya pengamalan budaya politik dunia pertama yang dapat membebaskan rakyat daripada penjara kemunduran ini.
Bayangkan sebuah Malaysia yang lebih terbuka, lebih bersatu, lebih maju dan lebih sejahtera, berdiri sama tinggi, duduk sama rendah sebagai negara dunia pertama dalam semua segi – sosial, politik dan ekonomi – jika budaya politik berjaya ditransformasikan.
Apa kata Perdana Menteri?
(pertama kali disiarkan di Sinar Harian pada 20 Mac 2012)
Posted: 25 Mar 2012 01:01 AM PDT
Kota Bahru - Bekas Pesuruhjaya Pas Selangor, Datuk Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali diingat tidak terlalu ghairah memburukkan nama Pas melalui siri jelajah yang diadakan di seluruh negara.
Timbalan Exco Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan, Abdul Fatah Harun mengingatkan perkara tersebut memandangkan pihaknya turut mempunyai bukti terdapat beberapa kes yang menunjukkan Hasan tidak melaksanakan tugas dengan baik semasa menganggotai parti itu.
Bagaimanapun kata beliau, pihaknya tidak mahu mendedahkan perkara tersebut memandangkan Hasan merupakan bekas ahli Pas, sekali gus kesan dirasai oleh parti itu sendiri.
"Kita juga boleh sebut jika mahu, sepertimana yang didedahkan oleh Azmin Ali (Adun Gombak Setia), tetapi kita tidak mahu memperbesarkan kerana ia dilakukan semasa ia menjadi ahli Pas, sedikit sebanyak kita juga akan terpalit," katanya kepada Sinar Harian semalam.
Kelmarin, Timbalan Presiden PKR, Azmin Ali mempertikaikan tiga perkara berkenaan dengan Hasan ketika menyertai perbahasan di Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor.
Fatah yang juga bekas Pengarah Strategi Pas Kelantan berkata, pihaknya tidak mahu mengambil berat dakwaan yang dibuat Hasan ketika siri jelajah di negeri ini kerana ia tidak menjejas imej Pas negeri mahupun peringkat pusat.
"Dia pernah ke Kelantan dan menyebut beberapa perkara tetapi kita mengambil sikap berdiam diri kerana ia kita tidak terjejas dengan dakwaan tersebut, tetapi sekiranya ia melampaui batas kita sedia sebut apa yang ada dalam simpanan kita," katanya. -SH
Posted: 25 Mar 2012 04:39 AM PDT
Posted: 24 Mar 2012 10:56 PM PDT
Selagi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) bukan badan bebas dan tidak diletakkan secara langsung di bawah kuasa Parlimen, selagi itu pilihan raya Malaysia tidak bebas.
Selagi Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) bukan badan bebas dan tidak diletakkan secara langsung di bawah kuasa Parlimen, selagi itu usaha mencegah dan membasmi rasuah, khususnya di peringkat tinggi kerajaan, akan gagal.
Selagi Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) bukan badan bebas yang diletakkan secara langsung di bawah kuasa Parlimen, selagi itu media massa Malaysia tidak bebas.
Selagi Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan (PPPA) tidak dimansuhkan sama sekali, selagi itu media massa Malaysia tidak bebas.
Selagi Akta Hasutan dan Akta Rahsia Rasmi tidak dihapuskan, atau dilonggarkan untuk menggalakkan kebebasan maklumat, selagi itu media massa Malaysia tidak bebas.
Selagi Akta Kebebasan Maklumat tidak dilaksanakan, selagi itu media massa Malaysia tidak bebas untuk melaporkan dengan berani dan benar.
Selagi lesen dan kebenaran stesen TV dan radio swasta dikawal oleh kerajaan, selagi itu tidak wujud media bebas di negara ini.
Selagi Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) tidak dihapuskan tanpa perlu diganti sebarang akta lain, termasuk mana-mana undang-undang yang membenarkan tahanan tanpa bicara, selagi itu rakyat Malaysia tidak akan bebas.
Selagi sistem kehakiman takut dan tunduk kepada eksekutif (pembuat keputusan = parti pemerintah = kerajaan), selagi itu keadilan tidak wujud; yang salah boleh bebas dengan wang, yang benar dizalimi kerana tiada wang.
Selagi sistem tender terbuka tidak diamalkan dengan telus dan mengikut undang-undang yang adil, selagi itu diskriminasi, pilih kasih, salah guna kuasa, penyelewengan dan rasuah serta kronisme akan terus berleluasa.
Selagi warna kulit sahaja menjadi asas penentu dalam apa-apa bidang, selagi itu rakyat sentiasa curiga dan was-was antara satu sama lain, sama seperti yang telah berlaku sejak lebih 50 tahun lalu.
Selagi sistem politik Barisan Nasional yang berasaskan politik perkauman dan dominasi satu parti, selagi itu rakyat akan terbelenggu dan takut sehingga mencacatkan kreativiti minda, menjadi mandom, lembap dan 'lebih kurang' (mediocre).
Ini semua hanya sebahagian kecil daripada masalah yang rakyat hadapi sejak berpuluh tahun lalu. Tak nampak sebarang tanda pemulihan.
Jadi apakah yang Datuk Seri Najib Razak maksudkan dengan reformasi dan transformasi itu? – Roketkini
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