- UNIQLO miniature Japan
- New Policy to restrict foreigners to purchase property in Penang
- Be Careful About So-Called 'Healthy' Soft Drinks
- Midnight Madness
- Shafie Apdal Pernah Tuduh PAS Parti Ajaran Sesat, Siapa Lagi Mahu Tiru Beliau?
- Preve: Drive it to believe it. Preve roda koyak. Preve!
- Wow. Phewww! Ramainya orang! It was my husband’s friend who
- [Bergambar & Video] Dataran Shah Alam Jadi Kuning, Laungan SPR ‘Ngapusi’ Bergema
- Walking Can Fight Depression
- Struggles Of The Blind-Deaf Community
- ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံရဟန္းေတာ္မ်ားအဖြဲ႔ ခ်ဳပ္မွအသိေပးေၾကညာခ်က္ထုတ္ျပန္
- Benar, Tidak Bijak Singkirkan Najib Selepas PRU, Tetapi Nobatkan Dia Ketua Pembangkang
- Pelancaran CD Single lagu sempena BERSIH 3.0 'Mentari Kuning Menyalalah' nyanyian Amin Iskandar terbitan SAMM
- Old Mandalay
- If you think you've done enough...
- [WASPADA] Sosej Bercampur Pasir
- Read, Be Inspired and Arise
- Coca-cola Hug vending machine
- President U Thein Sein and Daw Suu should not ignore nor condone the spread of Hate letters
- Ace Electronics Complex
Posted: 20 Apr 2012 09:46 AM PDT
Screensaver from Japanese fashion house UNIQLO, which showcases various Japanese places and lifestyle in miniature form (with diorama illusion videography technique). Not as amusing as the dancing girls version, but pretty cool nonetheless…
Turn on the volume (the small icon at the middle) for full viewing pleasure. You can download the screensaver (or see it in better resolution) at UNIQLO's website.
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 09:43 AM PDT
As reported in Guangmin.
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 09:00 AM PDT
BBC ONLINE: 16 April 2012
Last updated at 23:40 GMT
Sugar warning for 'healthy' soft drinks
People underestimated the amount of sugar in many so-called 'healthy' soft drinks
People underestimate the amount of sugar in drinks which are perceived to be "healthy", research suggests.
The Glasgow University study asked more than 2,000 people in the UK to estimate how much
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 08:59 AM PDT
After being with her all evening, the man couldn't take another minute with his blind date. Earlier, he had secretly arranged to have a friend call him to the phone so he would have an excuse to leave if something like this happened.
When he returned to the table, he lowered his eyes, put on a grim expression and said, "I have some bad news. My grandfather just died."
"Thank heavens," his date replied. "If yours hadn't, mine would have had to!"
At a jewelry store, a young man bought an expensive locket as a present for his girlfriend. "Don't you want her name engraved upon it?" asked the jeweler. The young man thought for a moment, and then, ever the pragmatic, steadfastly replied,
"No, just engrave it: To My One And Only Love. That way, if we break up and she throws it back to me in anger, I can use it again."
A man and his wife were driving through country on his way from New York to California. Looking at his fuel gauge, he decided to stop at the next gasoline station and fill up. About 15 minutes later, he spots a Mobil station and pulls over to the high octane pump.
"What can I do for y'all?" asks the attendant. "Fill `er up with high test," replies the driver. While the attendant is filling up the tank, he's looking the car up and down. "What kinda car is this?" he asks. "I never seen one like it before." "Well," responds the driver, his chest swelling up with pride, "this, my boy is a 1999 Cadillac DeVille."
"What all's it got in it?" asks the attendant. "Well," says the driver, "it has everything. It's loaded with power steering, power seats, power sun roof, power mirrors, AM/FM radio with a 10 deck CD player in the trunk with 100 watts per channel, 8 speaker stereo, rack and pinion steering, disk brakes all around, leather interior, digital instrument package, and best of all, a 8.8 liter V12 engine."
"Wow," says the attendant, "that's really something!" "How much do I owe you for the gasoline?" asks the driver. "That'll be $30.17," says the attendant.
The driver pulls out his money clip and peels off a $20 and a $10. He goes into his other pocket and pulls out a handful of change. Mixed up with the change are a few golf tees. "What are those little wooden things?" asks the attendant. "That's what I put my balls on when I drive," says the driver. "Wow," says the attendant, "those Cadillac people think of everything!"
The following part of this post is most uncharacteristic of me as it has some naughty and saucy jokes so anyone who is likely to be offended by such humor is kindly advised to leave this post. You can click either OLDER POST or NEWER POST. I am posting these for laughs at midnight on Saturday so that the younger and more *coughs* innocent ones will not see these. Do forgive me if I have offended you in any way for that is not my intention at all. Take care and have a lovely Sunday!
Thanks to Freddie who sent me this naughty one. :-)
Q: Why men walk more and women talk more?
A: Coz men have three legs and women have four l**s!
Wives r Incoming Calls
Lovers r Outgoing Calls
A man stands nude in front of a mirror and examines himself and says: 2 inches more and I'll be a king.
His wife sitting behind says 2 inches less & you'll be a queen.
Why do women wear flowered panties?
A: Cuz its their way of saying, 'In memory of those who were bu**ed here!
Three guys were introduced 2 a girl:
hi I'm Peter not a saint,
hi I'm Paul not a pope,
I'm John not a baptist,
the girl said hi I'm MARY not a v**gin!
Wife asked her husband how many women he had slept with.
Husband proudly replies, only you darling. With the others, I was awake!!!
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 10:22 AM PDT
Menteri di Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah, Datuk Shafie Apdal yang namanya terpalit di dalam skandal dengan artis, Zahida Rafik, pernah menuduh PAS sebagai sebuah parti ajaran sesat.
Di dalam ucapan perasmian Majlis Perwakilan UMNO Bahagian Kulaijaya bertempat di Dewan Raya Kampung Pertanian pada tahun 2010, beliau menyatakan Pas adalah parti ajaran sesat, Pas adalah serpihan daripada ahli UMNO yang tidak mendapat tempat dalam parti.
"Sebab itu perjuangan mereka didorong oleh harta dan kuasa dan bukannya perjuangan untuk mempertahankan hak dan masyarakat Melayu," katanya.
Kini segala-gala terdedah dan terbongkar siapa yang sesat.
Shafie sehingga kini masih gagal untuk membuat penafian terhadap skandal yang telah didedahkan oleh pemandu peribadi selebriti yang dikaitkan dengan menteri berkenaan dalam satu laporan polisnya.
Di dalam laporan polis itu, Noor Azman Azemi, 38, menyatakan Datuk Shafie Apdhal telah memintanya untuk bekerja sebagai pemandu peribadi kepada Zahida untuk memastikan gerak-geri Zahida dapat dipantau. Datuk Shafie dan Zahida mempunyai hubungan intim antara satu sama lain.
"Sayalah antara orang kepercayaan yang dipercayai. Walaubagaimanapun saya diminta Datuk untuk melaporkan segala langkah Zahida kepada Datuk.
"Datuk akan berjumpa dengan Zahida (saya akan memandu dan berurus dengan pemandu Datuk Shafie) secara rahsia di mana-mana hotel sekitar Kuala Lumpur setiap minggu. Pada setiap kali perjumpaan itu Datuk akan menyerahkan wang tunai antara RM100,000 hingga RM200,000.
GB telah mengulas sebelum ini:
Demikianlah hukum kebenaran dan keadilan berjalan.
Ucapan Shafie Apdal itu juga pernah dijawab oleh Mursyidul Am PAS, Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat di satu ketika dimana TG Nik Aziz menyifatkan dakwaan Shafie bahawa PAS sebuah parti ajaran sesat bukan sahaja satu tuduhan yang berat, sebaliknya amat tidak berasas.
Nik Aziz berkata tidak ada sebab PAS yang menjadikan al-Quran dan Hadis sebagai dasar dalam perjuangannya, ditentang sekiranya Umno sendiri bukan sebuah parti yang sesat.
Beliau sebaliknya mendakwa Umno yang sebenarnya parti sesat kerana menolak perjuangan Islam.
"Umno sebenarnya parti sesat, sebab itu mereka melawan perjuangan PAS biarpun perjuangan PAS berlandaskan al-Quran dan hadis," ujarnya.
Beliau juga turut menyifatkan kenyataan Shafie Apdal itu sebagai mengarut serta tidak berasas.
Menurutnya, sesat atau sebaliknya perjuangan bukan boleh diukur dengan kefahaman sains, sebaliknya agama.
Jelasnya lagi, orang Islam sendiri setiap kali menunaikan solat sering menyebut tidak ingin sesat di mana Allah sendiri telah memberi nikmat kepada mereka berada di jalan yang benar.
"Hanya empat golongan mereka yang diberi nikmat oleh Allah, antaranya meneruskan perjuangan yang ditinggalkan oleh Rasulullah dan para nabi iaitu memperjuangkan Islam.
Umno sesat sebab lawan perjuangan Islam
Sekarang siapa lagi yang berani mahu jadi seperti Shafie dan celupar mulutnya tuduh PAS sebagai parti ajaran sesat?
Biar nanti hukum kebenaran dan keadilan mendedahkan siapa sebenarnya yang tersesat.. sehingga jadi macam Shafie yang telah terkedu dan tak boleh bercakap apa-apa setelah rahsianya didedahkan Allah swt.
Marilah kita sama-sama berdoa agar kebenaran dan keadilan itu didedahkan siapa sebenarnya yang sesat.
اللهم ارنا الحق حقا وارزقنا اتباعه وارنا الباطل باطلا وارزقنا اجتنابه
Allahumma arinal haqqa, haqqa, warzuqnattiba'ah,
wa arinal bathila bathila, warzuqnajtinabah
Ya Allah, tunjukkanlah yang kebenaran itu sebagai kebenaran, dan kurniakanlah kami kekuatan untuk mengikutinya (memperjuangkannya), dan tunjukkanlah yangg batil itu sebagai batil dan kurniakanlah kami kekuatan untuk menjauhinya (menghapuskannya).
رَّبِّ أَدْخِلْنِي مُدْخَلَ صِدْقٍ وَأَخْرِجْنِي مُخْرَجَ صِدْقٍ وَاجْعَل لِّي مِن لَّدُنكَ سُلْطَاناً نَّصِيراً وَقُلْ جَاء الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقاً
Rabbi adkhilni mudkhala sidqin wa akhrijni mukhraja sidqin waj'alli min ladunka sulthanan nasiiran wa qul ja alhaqqu wa zawaqal bathilu innal bathila kana zahuqa
Ya Allah, masukkanlah aku secara masuk yang benar dan keluarkanlah(pula) aku secara keluar yang benar dan berikanlah kepadaku dari sisi-Mu kekuasaan yang menolong. Dan katakanlah yang benar telah datang dan yang batil telah lenyap. Sesungguhnya yang batil itu adalah sesuatu yang pasti lenyap.
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 09:04 AM PDT
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 07:04 AM PDT
It was my husband's friend who alerted him about this. He said the clothes are super cheap. So cheap clothing, here we come.
Here's what we got (the cat not included). Total damage? RM259. Would've been roughly RM450 has we bought the stuff elsewhere (inluding Sogo during sale time). Thats RM191 savings. About 42.44%!! Haha precisely calculated! :p
Most of the savings came from the clothings. About RM10 – 12 for paired stuff, and RM3 for loose tops & bottoms. Roughly about 50 – 70% marked down. Yang singgit pun ade tapi sedikit hodoh la tapi kira ok la, singgit. Kan.
Other stuff were marked down roughly 20 – 30%.
I think a savings of almost RM200 is worth the time and energy spent. The sweats paid off. Yup you gotta sweat it off, baybeh! ^_^
Some tips that I could share:
* You gotta sweat it off, yes you do ^_^
* Come with a long list of stuff to buy. Not worth your energy and time coming for less than 10 items.
* Just take whatever you think you need from the front section (toiletteries, BPA free bottles etc) then move straight to the back section, where the clothes are. There are about 20 cashier counters there, and lesser people. Try not to turn back to the front section to avoid congestion.
* As you move towards the clothing section, well, the game begins. Aku pun tak berapa nak paham tapi layan je la. Many bloggers talk about this so you'll know what I meant hehe. Just grab whatever "you think might suit you", and find a spot to sort "what you actually want" later. Apparently that's how the game is played.
* Please bring along your patience. In a place like that, we need patience as much as we do the money ^_^
* Please leave your kiasu-ness at home, this isn't Singapore.
* Final one, kalau boleh jangan la marah-marah kat pakcik guard tu. Kesian dorang asik kena marah je. Kalau nak marah, cari Operations / Sales manager dia sebab dorang yang tak plan flow betul-betul. Pakcik guard buat keje je.
There's a number of bloggers out there who shared their tips. Do Google them, they're really helpful. :)
Me and couz, happy to have survived the human tsunami, treating ourselves with McD's Horlicks Crunchy McFlurry ^_^
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 08:06 AM PDT
Shah Alam: Sebelum Dataran Merdeka dibanjiri 500,000 rakyat sempena Bersih 3.0 pada 28 April ini, Dataran Shah Alam terlebih dahulu bertukar menjadi serba kuning.
Ia berikutan lebih 200 masyarakat pelbagai kaum dengan memakai t-shirt Bersih 3.0 berhimpun selama dua jam mulai jam 3 petang sebagai acara pemanas badan.
Bertema 'Sembang-sembang, Duduk-duduk, Bantah-bantah', perhimpunan itu menarik perhatian orang ramai manakala pemandu kenderaan yang lalu lalang membunyi hon tanda sokongan. Beberapa invididu pula mengambil kesempatan menjual mafla, topi dan t-shirt bersih 3,0 aneka corak yang mendapat sambutan luar luar biasa hingga penjual tidak menang tangan.
Dalam acara anjuran badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Prorakyat Selangor dengan diketuai presidennya, Khairul Anuar Othman, pemimpin parti politik turut menyampaikan kata-kata perangsang.
Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Sekinchan, Ng Suee Lim mengajak rakyat Selangor menyertai Bersih 3.0 kerana Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) adalah agensi 'ngapusi.'
Merujuk penyelewengan dan manipulasi daftar pemilih SPR yang diperalat kerajaan Umno, beliau berkata, ngapusi dalam bahasa Jawa bermakna penipu.
Khairul pula meminta rakyat tidak terpedaya dengan helah media arus perdana yang cuba menggambarkan daftar pemilih SPR sudah bersih sedangkan banyak kes lapuk gagal dibaiki.
"Sistem pilihan raya di Malaysia ini perlu direformasi. Terdapat banyak kepincangan yang berlaku dalam SPR yang langsung tidak dibaiki," katanya. -KD
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 05:39 AM PDT
BBC ONLINE: 13 April 2012
Last updated at 23:06 GMT
Walking could be a useful tool in treating depression
By James Gallagher
Health and science reporter, BBC News
Mild exercise for mild depression?
as simple as going for a brisk stroll could play an important role in
fighting depression, according to
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 05:30 AM PDT
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 04:23 AM PDT
၂၀-၄-၂၀၁၂ ေန႔တြင္ အသိေပးေၾကညာခ်က္တစ္ေစာင္ထုတ္ျပန္ေၾကညာလိုက္သည္။
ယေန႔အခ်ိန္သည္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္အပါအ၀င္ ဒီမိုကေရစီေရး လိုလား ၾကသူအားလံုးမွ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေသာနည္းျဖင့္ အသြင္ကူးေျပာင္း ႏိုင္ေရးကို ဦးတည္ ေနခ်ိန္တြင္ ယင္းလုပ္ရပ္မ်ားမွာ မလိုလားအပ္ေသာ အေျခအေနမ်ားကို ဖန္တီးလိုသူမ်ား၏ လုပ္ရပ္ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းႏွင့္ ရဟန္းသံဃာေတာ္မ်ားႏွင့္ ယင္းလုပ္ရပ္မ်ားမွာ လံုး၀ ပတ္သက္မႈမရွိေၾကာင္း ကို သိေစလိုသျဖင့္ထုတ္ျပန္ရျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 06:11 AM PDT
Tidak bijak singkirkan Najib lepas PRU'
Sekali pun BN kehilangan lebih kerusi dalam pilihan raya akan datang, usaha menjatuhkan Datuk Seri Najib Razak seperti terjadi kepada pendahulunya sebelum ini masih dianggap langkah tidak bijak, kata penulis terkenal.
Barry Wain (gambar) berkata, perdana menteri amat popular di kalangan rakyat sekarang ini, malah kerajaan serta BN bergantung kepada pengaruh itu.
"Walaupun Najib masih menang pilihan raya tetapi jatuh beberapa kerusi, beliau mungkin berada bawah tekanan, tetapi sukar kerana Najib secara peribadinya popular.
"Beliau amat popular, jauh lebih popular daripada Umno, kerajaan dan BN," kata Wain dalam majlis ucapan anjuran Kelab Penulis Asing Malaysia (FCCM) di Kuala Lumpur.
Bekas perdana menteri Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sebelum ini menghadapi penolakan daripada dalam setelah kejatuhan buruk BN pada 2008 walaupun mengejutkan banyak pihak kejayaan besar empat tahun sebelum itu.
Bercakap kepada 30 anggota FCCM, Wain sebagai bekas penyunting Wall Street Journal yang berpindah ke Asia hampir 40 tahun itu berkata, Umno juga patut mengekalkan Najib kerana ia berkaitan isu penggantian. -mk
Kenyataan Barry Wain di atas menyebut beberapa perkara:
i) BN kehilangan lebih kerusi dalam pilihan raya akan datang
ii) "Beliau (Najib) amat popular, jauh lebih popular daripada Umno, kerajaan dan BN,"
iii) Oleh itu tidak bijak untuk singkirkan Najib.
Pertama Barry Wain mengakui bahawa BN akan kehilangan lebih kerusi di dalam pilihanraya akan datang. Kedua, usaha UMNO BN selama ini lebih kepada menggilap imej Najib. Justeru Najib dilihat lebih popular dari kerajaan, UMNO dan BN sendiri. Malah penulis itu menyebut "kerajaan serta BN bergantung kepada pengaruh Najib".
Tetapi Malaysia ialah sebuah negara raja berperlembagaan, bukan sebuah republik yang diketuai seorang Presiden, dimana kerajaan dibentuk bukan di atas pengaruh individu tertentu tetapi parti mana yang dapat kerusi lebih.
Jika BN kehilangan lebih banyak kerusi ini bererti peluang BN membentuk kerajaan semakin tipis dan jika Najib tidak perlu disingkirkan, wajar sangat BN bersedia untuk menamakan Najib sebagai Ketua Pembangkang di Parlimen selepas PRU nanti.
Mudah-mudahan ia akan menjadi satu kenyataan. InsyaAllah.
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 03:14 AM PDT
Ceramah Umum & Pelancaran CD single khas BERSIH 3
Brsama A.samad,TS Kadir,Datuk Chua Jui Meng,che'GuBard,Rafizi & YB William leong.
22April, 9mlm, Padang Selayang Indah (belakang NSK Selayang)
Dapatkan CD single khas lagu sempena Bersih 3.0 - keluaran terhad terhad, "Mentari Kuning Menyalalah" + bonus track "Burhanudin Helmi" nyanyian Amin Iskandar terbitan SAMM
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 02:50 AM PDT
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 02:48 AM PDT
This appeared in Malaysiakini:
The coalition for clean and fair elections Bersih said today that the amendments to the Election Offences Act passed by the Dewan Rakyat early today remove safeguards from fraud.
In particular, it feels the amendments are frustrating all plans laid out to nab phantom voters and reduce multiple voting.
Speaking to reporters today, Bersih said the amendments - passed by the lower house after midnight - dilute the role of independent polling agents, who are now even told when they can enter the polling station to observe polling and counting of the ballots.
"The Election Commission (EC) can even only allow counting agents in after the counting is done, going by the amendments.
Hopefully this is not what it has in mind but it can happen," said Bersih steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah (right) of the amendment to Section 14 1(A).
Candidates are also not allowed to place election monitors at the election booths (barong) where EC clerks check a voter's identity card and give out ballot papers.
Section 26A subsections (2) and (3) are deleted in full, barring election monitors, candidates and their staff from observing the registration of voters during polling day.
"This is a major blow to plans to weed out phantom voters. They can now walk in freely and the polling agent (even if he is allowed into the polling station) will have no opportunity to look at the identity card of the voter," Bersih co-chaiperson Ambiga Sreenevasan said.
She said this also reduces the effect of the indelible ink in reducing multiple voting, as independent agents cannot verify if someone who has been marked is not allowed to vote again.
Other amendments to Section 26 also bars election monitors or independent polling agents from checking the identity of those entering the polling centre.
The exclusion zone for polling day has also been extended from 50m to 100m from the polling station, which Bersih argues makes it "impossible for election monitors to see if anything illegal is going on".
Anyone found guilty of violating this face a fine of RM5,000 or a maximum one year in jail or both.
"What's the point of the indelible ink? Who can check if people inked go in there for the second time? On one hand they are allowing the indelible ink and on the other hand they are reducing its effect," Ambiga said.
Call for public to urge resignation of EC
She added that amendments to Section 11(c) could also lead to more dirty politics in election campaigns.
The clause, which was deleted in full, required printed materials to have names and addresses of the printers and publishers.
"This means that anyone can now put up anonymous defamatory, racist or sexist posters without identifying the publisher or printer," she said, adding that the end of dirty politics is part of Bersih's eight demands.
The amendments still need to be passed by the Dewan Negara and gazetted into law, but Ambiga (left) believes that it was passed in an "unholy rush" this morning so it will be in place for the next polls.
"It was rushed through with eight Bills yesterday with little discussion and you can see why," she said.
She also questioned if the parliamentary select committee on electoral reform members were consulted on the amendments.
"I urge the public to read the amendments and see for yourself what has been deleted to understand what is happening.
"Read it and fax the EC with your views, and if you feel fit, call for the resignation of EC commissioners," she said.
If you think you've done enough, think again.
With the latest amendment to the Election Offences Act, it is likely that major fraud will be perpetrated during election day.
First, it's time for Malaysians to rise. If there is to be Tahrir Square, let it be now because by election day, it would have been too late.
Second, now it's time for all employers of Malaysia to tell your foreign employees, legal or illegal, that if they vote for BN (whethr compelled or otherwise), they will only prolong their suffering with low wages. It is only by voting for Pakatan that we can achieve higher income, and the income of all groups, including foreign blue collar workers in Malaysia, will also be positively affected. So they should not vote for BN.
Third, and this is where the real danger of electoral fraud is, is that there are double registrations of Election Commission personnel, army, police and other civil service personnel (and use of registered foreigner-voters) which can be used to double the amount of votes that this demographics is expected to deliver to the BN. I urge all family, friends, relatives of such Election Commission personnel, military or police officers that you know to play your part, and remind those officers in charge of postal ballots etc.. that they are not to commit electoral fraud. If not for themselves, think of the next generation when BN would have stripped Malaysia of all its resources into the hands of the few elites, and the rest of us fall into pariah class. If you don't want this for your children and their children, your courage and your conscience come election day will be the line on the sand between a Malaysia we can be proud of, or one that's headed to the dumps.
Lastly, come election day, all Malaysians especially voters will now have to take matters into our own hands. Spot people who are suspicious. They may hide their fingers because they have been inked, and want to vote again. Make citizen's arrests if you have to, because we can assume that the police is not going to help.
Within a space of a few months, the prospects of a free and fair election has instead of improving, now dimmed considerably, and Malaysia's democracy is falling into a precipice in which we may never recover. You can just imagine returning BN to another 5 years of power. More video allegations on Anwar, Federal Court ruling him guilty of sodomy, Karpal Singh in jail for sedition over speaking the truth, more plundering of our national coffers, continued racial and religious vitriol by Perkasa. Haven't you had enough of all these nonsense? We've been making international news not because we're an innovative nation, but for all the wrong reasons.
If you think you've done enough, I'm afraid Malaysia needs you again. Gather, so that we don't need a Tahrir Square uprising. Gather, so that there is no chance in hell BN turns Malaysia into a Myanmar (which by the way is turning around with its reforms). Please show up this Saturday. We need to have a gathering visible from space to shake BN to the core and effect real reforms in Parliament.
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 03:42 AM PDT
Kuantan – Seorang kakitangan swasta tidak dapat menikmati sosej berperisa lada hitam kegemarannya selepas merasa pasir ketika mengunyah sosej itu.
Roslam Mohamad, 46, berkata, dia membeli sosej itu bersama isterinya, Norehan Zakaria, 37, di sebuah pasar raya, di sini malam kelmarin.
Menurutnya, ketika pulang dari pasar raya berkenaan, dia meminta isterinya untuk menyediakan sosej tersebut, namun kecewa setelah merasainya.
"Pada mulanya, saya menyangka rasa kasar itu ialah serbuk lada hitam yang ada di dalam sosej berkenaan.
"Namun, setelah beberapa kali merasa benda yang sama, saya jadi pelik. Dalam fikiran saya, takkanlah serbuk lada hitam sekasar itu," katanya ketika ditemui di rumahnya yang terletak di Indera Mahkota 6, di sini semalam.
Tambahnya lagi, isterinya juga turut mengadu perkara yang sama setelah memakan sosej itu.
"Bila isteri saya menyatakan perkara yang sama, saya yakin bahawa 'benda' kasar itu ialah pasir, bukannya serbuk lada hitam yang tidak hancur.
"Saya dan isteri juga cuba untuk menguraikan isi sosej itu dan mendapati isinya bercampur dengan pasir," katanya.
Roslan berkata, dia sering menjadikan sosej sebagai hidangan malamnya namun itu adalah kejadian pertama dialaminya.
"Sebelum ini, saya pernah membeli makanan yang dihasilkan oleh syarikat yang sama dengan sosej itu. Puas hati dengan produk yang dihasilkan membuatkan saya ingin membelinya lagi.
"Namun, apa yang berlaku membuatkan saya benar-benar serik dan akan berhati-hati selepas ini," katanya.
Katanya, jika benar tekstur kasar yang dirasainya itu pasir, dia meminta supaya pihak bertanggungjawab lebih peka serta mengutamakan kebersihan dan keselamatan pengguna.
"Jika dibiarkan, saya bimbang ramai lagi yang mengalami nasib yang sama seperti saya. Justeru, saya harap pihak terbabit mengambil tindakan segera serta meneliti semula bahan-bahan yang digunakan dalam pembuatan sosej itu," katanya. -SH
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 01:44 AM PDT
Age and speed are indirectly co-related. The older a person, the slower his/her speed in many tasks. These days, the only area which this is inapplicable in my life is my driving speed. :-) Anyway, with so many tasks at hand, I am very selective with what I read as I get easily bored and constantly seek refreshing material to devour be it in music, literature or even online articles.
Earlier this afternoon, The New York Times featured an article by Colin Moynihan about how police arrested a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters who were lying on a sidewalk at the corner of Wall Street and Broad Street yesterday afternoon after one demonstrator announced that the law allowed them to do so as a form of political protest.
Organizers said that the eight people who were arrested were trying to draw attention to statements made by police commanders over the last few days that protesters were not allowed to lie on the sidewalks.
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A little closer to home, here's an article by Josh Hong which merits your attention. Will you be there next Saturday?
Sit-in protest and democracy
written by Josh Hong and published in Malaysiakini AT THIS LINK.
The atmosphere was joyous and almost festive. Fahmi Reza, founder of Student Power, was jumping from one end to the other just to get people to sit down for the lecture, and so enthusiastic was he that his lanky body seemed to belong to someone else.
And there was Azmi Sharom (right), the Universiti Malaya (UM) associate professor who persistently pushes the boundaries of academic freedom, ready to speak with a cigarette in his hand. Was there a cooler way to deliver a talk?
The topic? Not just about one's right to affordable tertiary education, but also on Article 153 of the federal constitution and its implications for race relations in this country.
"The definition of Malay cannot be based on race, for a simple reason that none of our prime ministers is 100 percent Malay!" Azmi grinned, and the crowd laughed out loud.
"Tapi boleh kah Ridhuan Tee diingat sebagai orang Melayu menurut Artikel 153?" one young student asked curiously.
"Oh, memang. Dia ni 100 persen Melayu!" Azmi's tone couldn't be more sarcastic.
"Tapi dia Melayu Umno!" someone interjected to boisterous laughter.
All this, of course, will never happen in a conventional lecture room in any of our universities. But Universiti Dataran Merdeka is different in that the participants are eager to quest for real knowledge that cannot be found elsewhere.
They are protesting against the increasing costs of tertiary education that will soon be beyond the ability of an ordinary Malaysian household, but also using the opportunity to challenge and even subvert the doctrines that are jealously guarded by the powers-that-be as the sacrosanct truth.
So why did the peaceful, rational and edifying event have to be met with violence?
Thugs attack students in Dataran MerdekaWho is outsourcing thuggery to reckless, irresponsible and even dangerous forces that now seem bent on scaring the general public?
Najib Abdul Razak recently appeared on NTV7 and defended the police, arguing that crime rates had come down substantially. If our police were indeed so professional, why have they repeatedly failed to tackle the slew of attacks by the thuggish elements, who - 'coincidentally' - only struck at those who happen to disagree with Barisan Nasional policies?
I would say our police can indeed be efficient, but only selectively.
Beating the police at their own game
The daring character of these ruffians and the failure of the police to ensure the safety of the students at Dataran Merdeka are telling and instructive of the capricious nature of the BN-ruled Malaysia. One may blame the onlookers for appearing to have done nothing, yet how does one fight off a sizeable group of hoodlums who have beaten the police at their own game time and time again?
With the connivance and acquiescence of you-know-who, these unruly youths will continue to frighten to their heart's content those who yearn for change, while the police stand idly by allegedly because of "the lack of capacity".
The refusal by Hishammuddin Hussein to condemn the incident is only expected. The home minister's reputation was so terribly damaged after the fiasco over the Bersih 2.0 protest last July that he is now only full of resentment and bitterness towards civil society.
What is most despicable is the tweet by Khaled Nordin which appears to imply that the students only have themselves to blame. Such acerbity from someone holding the portfolio of higher education - while tarnishing further Malaysia's already tainted image - is emblematic of BN politics nonetheless. It is akin to saying one deserves to be robbed by a snatch theft simply for being 'audacious' enough to carry a suitcase in public!
There is simply no hope for the future generations if Najib is to materialise his flamboyant and pompous pledge to transform the country with the likes of Hishammuddin, Khaled Nordin, Kong Cho Ha, Liow Tiong Lai and, lest we forget, Rais Yatim.
But why should the public continue to back a prime minister who does not even have the guts to appoint a right person to oversee the Women's Ministry? This ludicrous arrangement only strengthens the perception of Rosmah Mansor being a back-seat driver!
No, we have not heard any unequivocal condemnation from any prominent government figure. Would there be such 'elegant silence' if the victims had been BN politicians? Or would Najib and his cohorts continue to bury his head in the sand over some anti-Islamic/Malay remarks?
It is also utterly ridiculous for the government to accuse the students of serving the opposition's agenda. If anything, it is the dearth of a proper channel to address various issues concerning our tertiary education - ranging from escalating costs to the stifled academic freedom - that some are compelled to take to the streets. If they happen to find a common platform with a political party, so be it.
Wasn't it Antonio Gramsci who famously argued that civil society is a site of social contestation, wherein collective identities, ethical values and alliances are forged? Too bad that the BN henchmen have chosen to be absent from the meaningful struggle.
Be that as it may, one ignores the latest havoc at one's peril, for it could be a harbinger of more sinister things to come as 'the mother of all elections' draws near. It is therefore vitally important that Malaysians be bold to stand up and be counted, and the best way to regain democracy is for one to be present at Dataran Merdeka on April 28.
JOSH HONG studied politics at London Metropolitan University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. A keen watcher of domestic and international politics, he longs for a day when Malaysians will learn and master the art of self-mockery, and enjoy life to the full in spite of politicians.
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 01:34 AM PDT
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 01:17 AM PDT
The following HATE letter writer, publisher (not my Muslim friends who made known to us) , distributers and the authorities who fail to take action are LEGALLY LIABLE to be charged in ICC International Criminal Court with Crimes against Humanity.
I believe that the persons who allegedly endorsed and supported this pamphlet failed to understand the nature of the Democracy, Human Rights and the seriousness of the Crimes against Humanity. Authorities should educate all the citizens without ignoring this kind of HATE CRIMES.
A legal definition is found in the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG). Article 2 of this convention defines genocide as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group." From Wikipedia
Eight Stages of Genocide
Genocide is a process that develops in eight stages that are predictable but not inexorable. At each stage, preventive measures can stop it. The process is not linear. Logically, later stages must be preceded by earlier stages. But all stages continue to operate throughout the process.
1. CLASSIFICATION: All cultures have categories to distinguish people into "us and them" by ethnicity, race, religion, or nationality: German and Jew, Hutu and Tutsi. Bipolar societies that lack mixed categories, such as Rwanda and Burundi, are the most likely to have genocide. The main preventive measure at this early stage is to develop universalistic institutions that transcend ethnic or racial divisions, that actively promote tolerance and understanding, and that promote classifications that transcend the divisions. The Catholic church could have played this role in Rwanda, had it not been riven by the same ethnic cleavages as Rwandan society. Promotion of a common language in countries like Tanzania has also promoted transcendent national identity. This search for common ground is vital to early prevention of genocide.
2. SYMBOLIZATION: We give names or other symbols to the classifications. We name people "Jews" or "Gypsies", or distinguish them by colors or dress; and apply the symbols to members of groups. Classification and symbolization are universally human and do not necessarily result in genocide unless they lead to the next stage, dehumanization. When combined with hatred, symbols may be forced upon unwilling members of pariah groups: the yellow star for Jews under Nazi rule, the blue scarf for people from the Eastern Zone in Khmer Rouge Cambodia. To combat symbolization, hate symbols can be legally forbidden (swastikas) as can hate speech. Group marking like gang clothing or tribal scarring can be outlawed, as well. The problem is that legal limitations will fail if unsupported by popular cultural enforcement. Though Hutu and Tutsi were forbidden words in Burundi until the 1980's, code-words replaced them. If widely supported, however, denial of symbolization can be powerful, as it was in Bulgaria, where the government refused to supply enough yellow badges and at least eighty percent of Jews did not wear them, depriving the yellow star of its significance as a Nazi symbol for Jews.
3. DEHUMANIZATION: One group denies the humanity of the other group. Members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects or diseases. Dehumanization overcomes the normal human revulsion against murder. At this stage, hate propaganda in print and on hate radios is used to vilify the victim group. In combating this dehumanization, incitement to genocide should not be confused with protected speech. Genocidal societies lack constitutional protection for countervailing speech, and should be treated differently than democracies. Local and international leaders should condemn the use of hate speech and make it culturally unacceptable. Leaders who incite genocide should be banned from international travel and have their foreign finances frozen. Hate radio stations should be shut down, and hate propaganda banned. Hate crimes and atrocities should be promptly punished.
4. ORGANIZATION: Genocide is always organized, usually by the state, often using militias to provide deniability of state responsibility (the Janjaweed in Darfur.) Sometimes organization is informal (Hindu mobs led by local RSS militants) or decentralized (terrorist groups.) Special army units or militias are often trained and armed. Plans are made for genocidal killings. To combat this stage, membership in these militias should be outlawed. Their leaders should be denied visas for foreign travel. The U.N. should impose arms embargoes on governments and citizens of countries involved in genocidal massacres, and create commissions to investigate violations, as was done in post-genocide Rwanda.
5. POLARIZATION: Extremists drive the groups apart. Hate groups broadcast polarizing propaganda. Laws may forbid intermarriage or social interaction. Extremist terrorism targets moderates, intimidating and silencing the center. Moderates from the perpetrators' own group are most able to stop genocide, so are the first to be arrested and killed. Prevention may mean security protection for moderate leaders or assistance to human rights groups. Assets of extremists may be seized, and visas for international travel denied to them. Coups d'état by extremists should be opposed by international sanctions.
6. PREPARATION: Victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity. Death lists are drawn up. Members of victim groups are forced to wear identifying symbols. Their property is expropriated. They are often segregated into ghettoes, deported into concentration camps, or confined to a famine-struck region and starved. At this stage, a Genocide Emergency must be declared. If the political will of the great powers, regional alliances, or the U.N. Security Council can be mobilized, armed international intervention should be prepared, or heavy assistance provided to the victim group to prepare for its self-defense. Otherwise, at least humanitarian assistance should be organized by the U.N. and private relief groups for the inevitable tide of refugees to come.
7. EXTERMINATION begins, and quickly becomes the mass killing legally called "genocide." It is "extermination" to the killers because they do not believe their victims to be fully human. When it is sponsored by the state, the armed forces often work with militias to do the killing. Sometimes the genocide results in revenge killings by groups against each other, creating the downward whirlpool-like cycle of bilateral genocide (as in Burundi). At this stage, only rapid and overwhelming armed intervention can stop genocide. Real safe areas or refugee escape corridors should be established with heavily armed international protection. (An unsafe "safe" area is worse than none at all.) The U.N. Standing High Readiness Brigade, EU Rapid Response Force, or regional forces — should be authorized to act by the U.N. Security Council if the genocide is small. For larger interventions, a multilateral force authorized by the U.N. should intervene. If the U.N. is paralyzed, regional alliances must act. It is time to recognize that the international responsibility to protect transcends the narrow interests of individual nation states. If strong nations will not provide troops to intervene directly, they should provide the airlift, equipment, and financial means necessary for regional states to intervene.
8. DENIAL is the eighth stage that always follows a genocide. It is among the surest indicators of further genocidal massacres. The perpetrators of genocide dig up the mass graves, burn the bodies, try to cover up the evidence and intimidate the witnesses. They deny that they committed any crimes, and often blame what happened on the victims. They block investigations of the crimes, and continue to govern until driven from power by force, when they flee into exile. There they remain with impunity, like Pol Pot or Idi Amin, unless they are captured and a tribunal is established to try them. The response to denial is punishment by an international tribunal or national courts. There the evidence can be heard, and the perpetrators punished. Tribunals like the Yugoslav or Rwanda Tribunals, or an international tribunal to try the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, or an International Criminal Court may not deter the worst genocidal killers. But with the political will to arrest and prosecute them, some may be brought to justice.
© 1998 Gregory H. Stanton. Originally presented as a briefing paper at the US State Department in 1996.
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 12:38 AM PDT
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