Thursday, June 21, 2012

Complete the term? Why not?

Complete the term? Why not?


Complete the term? Why not?

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 10:45 AM PDT

Yup! Let the government complete its full five year term. Why not? That's the mandate given by the 'rakyat' in every national poll.

So, why the haste? Nobody is applying pressures on PM Najib to dissolve the Parliament to pave the way for an early general election, except the Opposition.

Don't listen to the Opposition. If they are given the opportunity to form a government, I believe they will also want to complete the full term.

However, it has been Barisan Nasional tradition and 'goodwill' to call for a fresh poll after four years. Not only to provide the opportunity for the Opposition to try their strategy but to test its own popularity before the electorates.

Nothing's wrong with that either.

So, when Minister at PMO Nazri Aziz suggested for the present government to continue with its duty till its final mandate day, I guess many would agree. The Opposition would object although they are aware that nothing can stop it.

Nazri said he wanted to push for a fixed five-year mandate for those elected in a general election, saying it was fairer if prime ministers and chief ministers knew they would govern for a fixed period.

Several dates have been mooted over the past two years as potential polls dates for Datuk Seri Najib Razak to gain his own mandate after taking over from Tun Abdullah Badawi in 2009, leading to concerns in the economy over uncertainty in policy-making.

"Personally, I agree that five years means five years, so that when we go to polls, the mentris besar and prime minister know that they will sit in there for five years. I would like to be the catalyst to bring this principle to Malaysia. It is fairer," the de facto law minister told Parliament Thursday.

Some may ask, why five years?

Simple answer - we have the five-year Malaysia Plan for the government to study its policy, implement and monitor its success.

Five-year is also good in the sense that whoever appointed to a position is able to assess his leadership, identify any weakness and to make correction. The 'rakyat' too are able to weigh the impact of certain development program on their everyday life.

Some big projects dan major policies may take years to yield result, thus demanding more time to evaluate it. A new Cabinet could easily abandon or cancel the projects earmarked by the previous regime although some are already moving.

We had experienced that between 2004 and 2008.

So, what Nazri proposed did make sense. The Opposition can wait. In fact, that period could be fully-utilised to intensify their campaign.

No need for Anwar & Gang to apply bad and skunk tactic to takeover Putrajaya. Just try win the voters in a clean and honorable manner!


[PENTING] Jika Kereta Anda Dilanggar Dari Belakang, Jangan Cepat Turun Kereta..

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 11:32 AM PDT

Kisah ini terjadi sekitar jam 9 malam tadi setelah diminta oleh isteri yang sedang sarat mengandung untuk membelikan nasi goreng. Terbayang wajah isteri yang sedang kelaparan di rumah, saya memecut laju sedikit. Gambar hiasan.

Setibanya di hadapan Petronas SKVE menghala ke Shah Alam/Banting, sebuah kereta Wira menghentam kereta saya dari belakang. "Bam!" Lantas saya berhenti ke tepi. Keadaan agak gelap walaupun banyak kereta sedang melalui lebuhraya tersebut.

Seorang lelaki berbangsa India turun dari kereta tersebut yang berhenti di belakang. Lagak jalannya macam gengster dengan tubuhnya yang besar. Saya buka tingkap dan tanya "Apa sudah jadi?"

"Brek tada makan la, bang!" katanya sambil memandang pada belakang kereta saya. Saya masih berada di dalam kereta.

"Macam mana ni, bang? teruk ni.. kemek ni.." katanya sambil menggaru-garukan kepalanya.

Saya jadi serba salah juga, nampak muka mamat ni macam betul-betul bersalah. Namun saya juga teringat kisah-kisah 'langgar dan rompak' sebegini. Untuk keselamatan saya masih bertahan di dalam kereta.

"Bang, boleh turun tengok tak kalau boleh setel kat sini ke?" umpan mamat tu.

Saya pun jadi tidak menentu, antara mahu turun dan lihat atau teruskan berada di dalam kereta.

"Mari tengok ni bang, kemek jugak ni. Kena settle ni.." tambah mamat tersebut.

Saya pun matikan enjin kereta. Tarik nafas dalam-dalam dan beristighfar. Kemudian saya buka pintu perlahan-lahan. Lain macam pula rasa di dalam hati ni, seolah-olah ada sesuatu yang tidak kena. Saya terus tutup pintu kereta dan meminta nombor telefon mamat tersebut.

Pada mulanya mamat itu macam gabra semacam untuk berikan no telefonnya kemudian dia minta saya tunggu sekejap dan dia terus ke keretanya di belakang.

Setelah itu dia berikan no telefon kepada saya untuk saya salin. Katanya itu nombor kawannya seorang lagi yang berada di dalam kereta.

"Besok saya call" kata saya.

"Tak nak turun tengok ke ni, bang?" tanya mamat tersebut.

Saya gelengkan kepala dan terus memecut ke hadapan. Saya perasan ada sebuah kereta Proton Perdana berhenti di hadapan sedikit dari tempat saya berhenti tadi.

Setelah sampai di restoran di Taman Equine, saya turun dan terus memeriksa belakang kereta saya.

Apa yang saya dapati ialah LANGSUNG TIADA SEBARANG KEROSAKAN!

Menggeletar lutut setelah mengetahui situasi yang amat menakutkan berlaku sebentar tadi. Alhamdulillah tiada sebarang perkara yang buruk terjadi.

Kepada rakan-rakan, semoga kisah ini menjadi pengajaran kepada kita termasuk saya sendiri. Nyawa lebih penting dari kerosakan kereta yang tidak seberapa.

Memang kita akan berasa geram, marah atau bengang sebab yang dilanggar itu adalah sebuah kenderaan yang kita bayar setiap bulan. Tetapi pertimbangan juga HARUS diberikan kepada keselamatan nyawa sendiri.

Semoga menjadi iktibar kepada kita semua.

Seri Kembangan, 10:15 malam, 1 jam setelah kejadian, 18 Jun 2012 -carigold



Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012: Road closures (Sunday, 24 June) - www.kl-marathon.com

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 08:11 AM PDT



Blood Test Results For June 2012

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 06:31 AM PDT

Blood test results
Comparative renal function test, liver function test and lipid profile results.

Serum creatinine went up slightly but still within range. Urea level spiked from 7.5 mmol/L in February to 9.3 mmol/L. It must be the fried anchovies that I have been indulging on a little too much of late. Need to cut down on that together with spinach and oatmeal. Otherwise, the doctor was not too concerned with the results and scheduled me for the next check up in six months instead of the usual quarterly. The consultation at the uropathy clinic in March also did not see the urgency for me to get a urodynamic test done as the blood tests have shown that the condition of my kidneys have somewhat stabilised at current levels. All is well, for now, and this gives me some leeway to enjoy some durians and hawker food when I am in Penang later this week.

Related posts:

  1. Blood Test Results For February 2012
  2. Blood Tests For July 2011
  3. Blood Work for August 2010
  4. Blood Tests, KUB Ultrasound and ECG for November 2011
  5. Another Reprieve?


Weng Heong yummy bak kut teh: Tmn. Intan Klang

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 06:30 AM PDT

My wife and I came here to eat before attending a funeral service on Sunday 22, April 2012.


Thank God, incidentally, there was an empty lot and an empty table right before us soon as we arrived.

Soon, we just took order the 'standard' order for two pax.


 A teapot of hot water and a bag of tea.

 A kettle of hot water for tea refills.

 Must-have rice.
A claypot of pork and vege with herbal soup. Otherwise, known as 'bak kut teh'.

The 'yow char koay' that goes well with the soup of 'bak kut teh'.
The total bill came up to RM26+ for two pax.



[JOM TONTON] Video Ceramah Haire Othman Di Pentas PAS

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 07:54 AM PDT

Batu Gajah: Pelakon, seniman, sastrawan kini berbondong-bondong menyertai PAS dan yang terbaru, pelakon filem Leftenan Adnan, Hairie Othman pula akan menyertai PAS.

Menurut Hairie, beliau bersama-sama pelakon, Zulkifli Ismail akan menyerahkan borang permohonan keahlian kepada Timbalan Presiden PAS, Tuan Hj Mohammad Sabu dalam satu program di Taman Melewar, Gombak 6 julai ini.

Beliau tampil dalam siri ceramah PAS di Batu Gajah bersama Leman Raja Lawak yang baru sahaja sertai PAS, semalam.

Turut menyampaikan ceramah ialah Pengarang Berita Harakah, Tarmizi Mat Jam, Setiausaha Pakatan Rakyat Perak, Dr Khairuddin Abdul Malik dan Bekas Setiausaha Dewan Negara, Salleh Bakar.

Dalam ucapan sulungnya di pentas PAS, Hairie berkata, faktor mendorongnya untuk menyertai PAS ialah atas kesedarannya sendiri.

"Tidak sesiapa yang mempengaruhi dan memaksa saya masuk perjuangan ini tetapi atas kesedaran saya sendiri," katanya di hadapan ratusan hadirin.

Katanya, ramai artis yang menyokong BN kerana untuk mencari 'makan' dan meneruskan karier dalam bidang hiburan.

Anak kelahiran Negeri Kedah ini sangat kesal dengan kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Mustapha Mohamad yang mendakwa artis yang menyertai PAS ini bukanlah untuk berdakwah sebaliknya untuk berpolitik.

"Kenapa jika artis yang tidak sealiran dengan mereka dihina dan dijadikan isu sedangkan yang menyertai Umno tidak pula dibangkitkan?

"Saya telah memberikan komen tentang kenyataan menteri itu di facebook dan ramai yang menyokong komen saya itu," jelasnya.

Hairie berkata, ramai yang memberi sokongan kepadanya selepas komen-komennya dalam laman facebook seolah-olah pro kepada pembangkang.

"Ramai yang memberi sokongan dan mengajak saya sertai PAS dan hari ini, hari bersejarah saya berucap pertama kami dipentas PAS," katanya dalam nada gembira.

Beliau mengakui tindakan ini akan memberi kesan kepada karier lakonannya namun beliau sanggup menghadapinya.

"Kalau saya fikir dunia, saya tidak akan membuat keputusan menyertai perjuangan ini namun saya sanggup menerima risiko kerana yang memberi rezeki bukannya BN tetapi Allah ," jelasnya.

Hairi menjelaskan, umat Islam perlu mengetahui serta mengakui politik dan Islam tidak boleh dipisahkan.

Oleh itu, katanya Umat Islam perlulah menyokong parti yang memperjuangan Islam iaitu PAS dan menolak parti yang memperjuangkan assobiyyah.

"Saya akan bersama-sama membantu dalam misi menawan Putrajaya dan saya sanggup untuk turun ke seluruh negara untuk bantu berkempen dan memberi ceramah kepada rakyat," jelasnya. -Muhammad Faeez




For Umno, 'V' is for Vindictive by Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN, formerly of the Royal Malaysian Navy

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 03:38 AM PDT

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power. - John Steinbeck
When Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not worrying about the supposed 'reforms' the administration of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak plans to carry out that will wreck havoc on the delicate social fabric of Malaysia, he's worrying about the 'trumped-up charges' that will be his downfall if Pakatan Rakyat ever comes into power. I don't think that the former prime minister has anything to worry about with regard to the former, since the Najib regime has so far displayed no sincere commitment to reforming the electoral process or any interest in the slaying of Umno/Malay nationalist sacred cows.

If anything, his deafening silence when it comes to 'Malay' rights pressure groups like Perkasa (which coincidently Mahathir is the patron of) or Perkida is evidence that the hawks in Umno are ruling the roost. With regard to the latter, I'm sure anyone who has been in power for as long as this former strongman would be a tad anxious if the state apparatus he controlled for so long, and still has influence over, was in the control of another party.

It doesn't help that the contender to the Putrajaya throne, Anwar Ibrahim - his former apprentice turned bitter foe - has publically stated that he intends to aim his political guns on the Umno top brass. I've always said that what Anwar intends to do is maintain the ground-level political machinery of Umno while cutting off the serpent's head. This way, PKR not only can conjure up the grassroots level support of PAS but will have in its control the well-oiled machinery of Umno chieftains who no doubt will jump ship in the unlikely event of a Pakatan takeover of Putrajaya.

And in this way, or so the thinking goes by some PKR middle-grounders I've spoken to, PKR will not be beholden to the Islamic impulses of PAS in the long term. Lim Kit Siang's rather twee rejoinder to Mahathir that he should not be an impediment to buried financial skeletons being dug up aside, Mahathir should not be overly concerned. After all, isn't Karpal Singh on record as saying he would be willing to defend the former prime minister if the need arose?

And even though the system has been compromised by Umno, it has not reached a point where social order has broken down, the level of desperation in the public has not reached breaking point, the military has no direct influence and so, the fate of Mubarak or Gaddafi is not for Mahathir. And trust me when I say this is a good thing. In a follow-up piece, I intend to address the good doctor's concerns about the vitriolic racial rhetoric that seems prevalent ever since he left office. Here however, I'd like to make the argument that it does no good for Pakatan, or for the rakyat, to go after the perpetrators of political or social malfeasances in Umno or anywhere else should they come into power.

No one is clean

Let me be very clear that I think the money trail should be diligently followed and all monies owed to the government retrieved. I have issues with the way how Pakatan is running Selangor but Khalid Ibrahim has been a shrewd operator in the way he has collected what is owed to the state government, even though he has run into federal-influenced interference in many instances. Crony deals should be renegotiated and the culture of patronage should be abolished. Money politics, which like a cancer has infected every organ of the government, should be sanctioned by the law.

However, the culture of vindictiveness that Umno has promulgated should end if and when the party loses power. Ever since 2008, when Pakatan became a viable ruling alternative, BN has been in vindictive mode not seen since the early days of the Mahathir regime (or maybe his whole tenure). Don't like what the Bersih 3.0 protest says about the mood of the country? Then attack its main proponent using outsourced thugs. Don't approve of the criticisms levelled by the Bar Council on a host of issues? Publicly discuss plans to set up an alternative legal body.

Have a problem with a state for its opposition to the PTPTN scheme? Punish students in the recalcitrant state (and then retreat from said position, which makes it even worse). Losing the cyber propaganda war? Table an amendment to the Evidence Act! Many people would say that if Pakatan comes to power, there will be nothing vindictive about going after "wrongdoers" who have profited from "leakages" (isn't this a term coined by the honourable gentleman from Rembau?) and instituted policies, economic and social that have led this country down a ruinous path. This is, they would argue, merely justice.

I sympathise with this view, but I would remind them that nobody, BN or Pakatan, comes to this with clean hands. And if you are naïve enough to think that there would be no backroom deals between Pakatan and BN and convenient scapegoats offered to a bloodthirsty public, then I suggest that you lay off the Pakatan Kool-Aid. Old grudges that have been lying dormant for so long in exiled BN members, now rehabilitated Pakatan diehards, would surface, diluting the concept of 'justice'. The newly-inherited political machine has to be lubricated and 'big fishes', although convenient targets, are not necessarily the only predators causing mischief in Malaysian waters.

Yes, we could spend the man hours and effort (not to mention financial resources) honing in on the decades-long governmental corruption that has plagued this country and unearth the nexus between present day political personalities or their proxies who were involved in scandals. Yes, we could discover the hidden hands of big patronage businesses that to this very day have links to both BN and Pakatan. We could unearth the sordid financial scandals that leached public coffers and the greedy, stupid 'cronycrats' that inhabit the halls of power and drag them out into the light of 'justice'.

And all, this would be played out in a now 'free' press that would no doubt satiate the desire of a certain segment of the voting public frustrated by decades of governmental malfeasances. No doubt, this would also soothe those who were at the mercy of the regime's security apparatus and whose lives were destroyed for voicing dissent.

Freak shows

And the tragedy is that all this would detract from the serious work of carrying out institutional reforms that this country desperately needs. I would argue that this freak shows would also give the new ruling regime the perfect opportunity to get conveniently sidetracked from the real work of making reforms that it pledged the voters. I would much rather have some sort of general amnesty policy instituted, as far as financial corruption scandals are concerned, with an admission of guilt and a return of money as a 'get out of jail' card.

It goes without saying that they and their proxies would never be able to do business with the government again. I have no doubt they would even be supplicants from Pakatan but if nobody steps up, then of course the full force of the law should be deployed. What we (and by 'we' I mean anybody interested in real reforms, not necessarily Pakatan partisans) are talking about, and I assume this is the ideological bedrock of Pakatan, is serious institutional reform that would take dedicated long-term commitment.

We are not only talking about changing the mindset in a variety of government bodies; we are talking about changing the mindset of a majority community suckling on the teat of political party benevolence in the guise of government service, for instance. We are talking about transparency, professionalism and the re-creation of government bodies not beholden to their political masters.

Put it this way: I would rather have a newly-constituted, independent Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) watching the newly-elected regime like hawks for any sign of corruption than one that's mucking about with the former regime's malfeasances. We are talking about changes that would affect the very fabric of the Malaysian polity, changes that would be terrifying to the current ruling regime. And these changes would have to be made in chaotic circumstances, where roles are being redefined, and no doubt where Pakatan in its supposed class-based approach would run into the realpolitik of race and Islamic preoccupations from its erstwhile component pact members.

But all this is wishful thinking. Like many others, I am sceptical of Pakatan claiming the Putrajaya throne. The numbers game is against them. And even if they do win, like the PKNS fiasco demonstrates, there's a strong whiff that maybe Pakatan is not as committed to the reform that it aspires to.

In the current political reality, something is better than nothing, I suppose, although I may have to dust off my own personal three-letter acronym, BAU or business as usual. This reflects the nebulous change that Pakatan offers, all the while cognisant of traditional BN values.Malaysiakini


THE USE OF THE ARMY RANK STRUCTURE BY RELA - RELA ACT 2012

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 03:37 AM PDT

Rafoc Secretariat rafocsecretariat@yahoo.com
2:03 AM (7 hours ago)

to Rafoc
To All Retired Armed Forces Officers,
 
You may wish to know that under Section 22 of the RELA Act 2012, an act which has been passed by Parliament and which will come into force with effect from 22 June 2012, RELA will be using the established Army rank structure.
 
Many members of RAFOC and other retired Armed Forces officers have expressed their "objection" to the use of the Army rank structure by RELA. They are not against the RELA Act 2012 per se but only objected to the use of the Army rank structure, which has been exclusively belonged to the Malaysian Army since 1933 and used by armies world-wide.
 
Although there are one or two organizations such as Civil Defence, Security Guards etc. that use the Army rank structure but their use have not been legalized as such. Their use is therefore "illegal" or not authorized. The RELA Act 2012 "legalised" the use of the Army rank structure by the RELA.
 
The Army, for that matter the Armed Forces, holds esteemed and sacred the commission and the rank structure conferred to them. Their commissions are conferred by SPB Yang DiPertuan Agong and can only be withdrawn or revoked by him.
 
Having met the prerequisite to become an officer cadet and a vigorous selection process, those who were successful underwent a period of military training to become an officer, either in our own local institutions or abroad. Not all who applied were selected to undergo the training and not all who underwent the training were commissioned. Their commissions were conferred in a traditional ceremony, solemnly officiated by SPB Yang DiPertuan Agong or one of the rulers on his behalf, befitting the profession.
 
Having made a Second Lieutenant, they had to attend numerous professional courses and had to pass a written and a practical examination before they could be promoted to the next higher rank as Kaptain and Mejar. Their promotions are also based on the vacancies that existed in the establishment and goes through the appropriate Promotion Board and endorsed by the Armed Forces Council before the consent by SPB Yang DiPertuan Agong. They are not promoted simply on a time scale. Hense, a number of officers left or had to leave the Service before their due retirement age or on reaching the end of their short service commission date to facilitate for the upward movement of the younger officers.
 
Their commissions and promotions are gazetted in the Government Gazette. A commissioned officer holds his commission, using his last rank in Service, till death unless his commission is revoked by the Yang DiPertuan Agong for disciplinary or reasons unbecoming of an officer. Hense, retired Armed Forces officers still have their last rank before retirement, with their names and they are still referred to by their rank. They are proud to use them or to be referred by their rank even though it is only a Kaptain or Mejar when some of their intake members are Kolonels or Jenerals.
 
Likewise, the Other Ranks also goes through a vigorous selection process before they are selected for the basic recruit training. Again, not all who applied to join the Armed Forces were selected to go through the recruit training and not all who underwent the recruit training were selected to serve the Armed Forces. On joining the Service, they also had to attend numerous professional courses and must have the proper leadership qualities required before they are promoted. Again, their promotions are also subject to the vacancies in the establishment and promoted through a properly constituted Promotion Board.
 
With all due respect, RELA is not part of the Armed Forces. They have their roles to play but their roles are not part of the total defence plan per se. We have the Territorial Army as the back-up force to the regular forces in the total defence plan of the country. The Territorial Army is part of the Armed Forces set-up.
 
Not having to state the shortfalls of the RELA officers in comparison to the Army officers as stated above, and not having to state other not-so-nice comparisons, we see no similarity nor justification to warrant the use of the Army rank structure by the RELA organization. They should use their own or other rank structure as appropriate to their organization.
 
We hope the appropriate authorities take recognition of this. We are not privy to know if the Army or for that matter, the Armed Forces or the Ministry of Defence or the Armed Forces Council have been referred to on the use of the Army rank structure by the RELA or by the Ministry of Home Affairs before the Act was tabled in Parliament. We are not sure if SPB Yang DiPertuan Agong, as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, was made aware or has been duly advised beforehand and consented to the use of the Army rank structure by RELA.
 
On the part of the retired Armed Forces officers, Kol Abd Malik bin Alwi, (Bersara), President of Kelab Pegawai-Pegawai RAMD, has taken the initiative to convey our objection, in writing to our YAB. Prime Minister. Kol Abd Malik has also briefed our RAFOC Committee on this matter during our committee meeting on 14 Jun 2012. Our RAFOC Committee deliberated on the matter and agreed to support the effort by Kol Abd Malek on this objection. Thus, Jen Tan Sri Dato' Seri Abd Rahman bin Abd Hamid, (Bersara), our RAFOC Deputy President and Lt Jen Tan Sri Dato' Seri Abd Ghani bin Abd Aziz, TUDM, (Bersara), one of our RAFOC Vice-President, accompanied Kol Abd Malek to meet YB. Minister of Defence on 14 Jun 2012 to state our case. YB. Minister of Defence has agreed to refer the matter to YAB. Prime Minister. To date, we are yet to get the feed-back. 22 June 2012 is only this Friday!
 
Please let your objection be made known to the relevant authorities and your peers still serving in the Armed Forces through your net-work. We must protect the exclusive and the sacred use of our Army rank structure by our Armed Forces. RELA should use other rank structure.

On behalf of its members, in particular and on behalf of the retired Armed Forces officers' community, in general, RAFOC has made its objection known to the relevant authorities. We want Section 22 of the RELA Act 2012 rescinded.
 
 
 
 
DATO' NAWAWI MAT DESA
Lt Kol (Bersara)
Honorary Secretary
On behalf of the Committee


We are telling Lynas that we are sending it to HELL

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 03:25 AM PDT

There will be a sea of black cloth fluttering in the sky at the Occupy Balok-Gebeng rally at the Balok beach in Pahang on Saturday, with the organisers gearing up to prepare anti-Lynas banners using the colour of mourning.

NONEClement Chin (right), Himpunan Hijau steering committee member, said some 500 banners, in black with white wordings, will be held up on the beach while thousands of pieces of black cloth will be distributed to participants to create their own banners.

Chin said, "We want to send the message that this is a very solemn and critical moment, for Lynas is about to start operations. We can't wait any more."

Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack said a team of 20 volunteers were working against time to complete the 500 banners by Saturday and added, "We are telling Lynas that we are sending it to hell."


The real So You Think unveiled

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 02:56 AM PDT

I was a bit upset when So You Think was sold off to the Irish about a year and a half ago. This was an incredibly handsome horse with a confident stride, and I had marvelled at its performances during the 2010 Australian racing season. After So You Think was moved to his new base in Ireland, he continued racing. There were successful runs but there were also disappointments. In my opinion, the highest profile races which the horse did not win were at last year's Royal Ascot and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and this year's Dubai World Cup.

Then came word that this year's Ascot races in England could jolly well be the horse's final appearance before he is sent back to Australia to assume his stud career. So You Think would be taking part in the Prince of Wales' Stakes again.


In the race yesterday, So You Think was again installed as the favourite to win but he came against a very strong challenge from Carlton House, owned by Queen Elizabeth II herself. When they thundered down the final furlong, Carlton House was about a half length in front of So You Think but the jockey, 19-year-old Joseph O'Brien, urged the horse to give a final kick that saw him power through and finish two and a quarter lengths ahead.

All the words can never describe So You Think's superlative run but there is now YouTube to enable us to feast on the Royal Ascot and this 150th anniversary of the Prince of Wales' Stakes. So here it is...

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Artis Tidak Lagi Takut Sekalipun Diugut

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 04:16 AM PDT

Bachok: "Saya tidak takut biar pun ada pihak mengugut. Kita hanya perlu takut kepada Allah Taala sahaja dan bukan takut kerana manusia.

"Biar pun berjuang bersama di pentas Pakatan Rakyat tanpa mendapat bayaran tetapi hati saya senang," kata artis Dayangku Intan pada ceramah di Kampung Mahligai malam tadi.

Menurutnya tidak menjadi kesalahan untuk berjuang di pentas politik bagi menegakkan kebenaran.

Kata beliau ada rakan-rakan artis menanyakan tidak takutkah berjuang bersama Pakatan Rakyat, nanti susah hendak cari makan.

"Kamu artis hendaklah bangkit bagi menyuarakan hak. Sekarang artis tempatan tidak lagi mendapat keistimewaan berbanding artis yang didatangkan dari luar negara.

"Artis luar yang datang dibayar begitu mahal. Jadi kalau dilayan sebegitu rupa oleh kerajaan kita perlu bangkit bagi menyuarakan hak," ujarnya pada ceramah di pentas PAS.

Program itu mendapat sambutan hangat apabila ramai hadir mendengar ceramah sulung artis terbabit di Kelantan, yang kini berjuang di pentas Pakatan Rakyat.

Orang ramai berderetan di atas tali air yang terletak bersebelahan tempat ceramah. Di hadapan pentas orang ramai melimpah.

Hadir sama Yang Dipertua PAS Bachok, Datuk Omar Mohamad, Adun Jelawat, Abdul Azziz Kadir dan Ketua Penerangan PAS Kota Bharu, Nor Azariza Alawi.

Ramai muslimat turut mengambil peluang bersalam dan bergambar dengan Dayangku Intan sebaik selesai ceramah.

Dayangku mendakwa beliau pernah diundang menghadiri program di sebuah rancangan televisyen di mana program berkenaan mendapat banyak tajaan di kalangan pengiklan.

Kata beliau biar pun stesen televisyen terbabit mendapat banyak pendapatan melalui iklan, namun beliau sebagai tetamu yang diundang bercakap kira-kira 45 minit hanya dibayar RM100 sahaja.

Dayangku Intan yang datang bersama suami juga memberitahu sudah lama tidak membaca akhbar harian yang dimiliki Umno.

"Sekarang saya hanya baca akhbar diterbitkan PAS, PKR dan melayari internet sahaja bagi mengetahui perkembangan semasa.

"Sebenarnya di mana sahaja berada saya tetap bercakap mengenai isu rasuah yang begitu kronik berlaku dalam negara sekarang," katanya.

Menurutnya rakyat sudah bosan dan inginkan perubahan dalam pentadbiran negara.

Sementara itu Abdul Azziz berkata, beliau sudah beberapa kali berusaha menjemput Dayangku hadir pada program di Bachok, namun hanya malam tadi yang menjadi kenyataan.

Manakala pada 28 Jun ini seorang lagi selebriti, Abby Abadi dijangka menemui peminat pada program Sembang Petang di Dewan Majlis Daerah Kuala Krai di Guchil, manakala pagi 29 Jun pula program di padang Majlis Daerah Pasir Puteh. -HD


Jack Osbourne Fights MS With Awareness

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 02:08 AM PDT

18 June 2012
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Jack Osbourne diagnosed with MS, Ozzy and Sharon reveal











BBC Health - what is multiple sclerosis?


The Osbournes have revealed that son Jack has multiple sclerosis (MS).

The TV and music star family said Jack was diagnosed from
tests taken when he lost 60% vision in his right eye earlier this


DIY And Save Yourself Some Money

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 01:32 AM PDT

When my daughter in law Noralyani wanted to prepare a concrete working area at the back of her house covering an area of approximately 100 sq.ft., she was quoted at RM3,600 for the job. She felt that the amount was too much as it would only be a temporary feature as one day she may want to extend the kitchen as being done by her two immediate neighbours. After discussing with her husband, they decided to enlist my help since I was coming to Kuala Lumpur for my 40th  Year Reunion Dinner with my classmates, The Class of '72 College of Agriculture Malaya. on the 16th of June. I had a few days to spare before I leave for home on the evening of the 19th of June.
Having told Yani to order some sand and cement and a few tools such as the spades and a piece of 4 mm plywood for the job, I came to KL bringing along along from home some of the required tools such as the cement trowels and whatever else I could carry in my bag.
To help me with the job, I had roped in my son in law Ridzuan who happened to be home for the weekend.
The work area measuring 10 ft by 13 ft need no earth cutting as the highest end is at the right height and only the lower end needed to be filled in. A low brick wall was laid on the lower slope using cement bricks. Then sand was used to fill in to the desired level.

Ridwan helping to fill the area with sand while grandson pretended to work.
Work was continued the next day. Some manual compaction was done to prevent sink holes from developing. When that was done a lean cement mixture was laid and leveled so that water will flow towards one corner nearest to the drain hole.
The day ended with Ridzuan asking to be excused for the next day as he needed to rest his aching body on Monday to be ready for work on Tuesday. (Monday was a holiday for Israk Mekraj in Negeri Sembilan where he works).
I was in a fix as I need to lay another layer of cement rich concrete before I can consider the cement rendered surface done. I didn't have anybody to assist me on Monday and doing the job alone could be too much for my 62 years old body. Suddenly Yani volunteered to assist me saying that she was eager to learn a thing or two on how to do the job. 
Yani helped to carry the sand from the front of the house to the back using a wheel barrow, making the dry mix, later mixing the cement/sand mixture with water added.  When we were laying the final layer, she even volunteered to do the back breaking job of the final plaster and finishing stroke to bring the surface to a shine. Wow! That saved me a lot of backache.
That night Yani offered to take me for a massage so that I will recuperate fully before my trip back to Pasir Mas. I declined the offer as I know my body could repair itself and thus saved the money for other things.

Who says menial jobs are for men only? My daughter in law proved that women can do it too and even first timers can DIY (Do It Yourself) if you are willing to try.
All in all we spent less than RM600 for the purchase of the following items:
                    3 cu. yds of sand.
                    4 bags of portland cement.
                  100 cement bricks for the retaining wall and sink stand.
                    1 length of half inch diameter PVC pipe and pipe fittings.
                    1 faucet
                    1 second hand stainless steel sink.
                    1 roll of brick mat which I forgot to use.

With a saving of RM3,000, don't you think DIY is worth a try? The reward is numerous among which you learn how to do things new to you. You also learn to appreciate how tough it is for those who do such work for a living. The biggest reward is of course proving that you too can do it if you set your mind to it.
During difficult times, saving a few thousand ringgit is definitely good for the family.
 


A Full Circle

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 12:17 AM PDT

I figure the most difficult stage in life is ageing, not the angst-filled teenage years. At this point of time, I see how I am so much like my dad and how my older boy is really like me. Standing between the two men I love - my older son and memories of my late father, I realize that indeed, life is a full circle.


My mind is not as sharp as it used to be. It could be an overload of information as I read volumes and volumes of stuff everyday, ranging from literature to science to health to music to conspiracy theories and a teeny weeny bit on politics.

And it is so easy for me to forget important details such as my own telephone numbers or that of my friends/relatives, passwords, and the worse thing is when I write. Words zoom into my head as I write and disappear like a flash of lightning and then I have to google for it.

The other day, I added three instead of four cups of flour when making my bread. Of late, I have made some spelling errors in my blog titles (No REHrets instead of No Regrets for my other blog. By the time I realized it, it was too late as the feed had been burnt and subscribers received the one with the errata. It's the same for this joke I put in this blog. I forgot to change the size of parrot and got the shock of my life when I saw it on my phone while waiting to pick up my son from class!

All these senior moments remind me of the fragility and the brevity of life. I could not understand how my late dad could forget stuff. As he had always been such an organized person, so on top of things and so efficient, I could not (years ago) understand why in the last few years of his life, he was always misplacing things, phoning me to lament how he had lost this and that and then a few days later to say that he had found them. But now I do because I am exactly like my dad used to be and my son is quite similar to what I used to be.

Unbelievably, I am at that stage of my life now but the difference is - I am still er....considerably 'young' :-). Yet, my memory faileth me. Some don't understand why I blog. It is not for $$$ because you can see I have no advertisements in my blog. I don't earn but instead, have spent a lot for my blog, all at my own expense. Some readers have offered donations of cash but I have never accepted any offer (although I would not mind a new computer - kidding) But I blog to keep sane in this senseless world and to keep mentally agile...to pour out my thoughts for otherwise, in my very reclusive and I-don't-want-to-meet-people-unless absolutely necessary mood, it is easy to become intellectually sterile.

Yes, I know age is a number but as the days pass by, as more white hair groweth and even more hair falleth to the floor, I take every opportunity to seize the day and to tell my loved ones how much I love them - everyday! And I try to do all I want to do, go where I have dreamt of going and accomplishing the stuff that I want to do because tomorrow might never come!!!

The past two months, I have come to the realization that I had spent a lot of time helping others because of my political idealism only to realize that alas, things are not as simple and 'pure' as I thought, and people are not as 'real' as I had hoped. But it was a good wake-up call. In giving of my time to helping others regardless of whether they appreciated or 'used' me, I learnt a lot and at least I can die knowing that I answered the call to duty in a certain way. I have no bitterness or anger and am totally blase to that part of my past.That chapter of my life is closed and and a new one began. That of coming to terms with my senior moments.

The following video really speaks of what is in my heart and how I feel at this juncture of my life. Every morning when I awake at 6.15am, I am thankful for yet another day to live, to love and when I go to sleep, I am thankful for yet another day that has passed.

Dear reader, take time to smell the roses, to take one day at a time. Call your mom or dad to tell them you miss them. Most importantly, make beautiful memories with your loved ones for them to remember you, for tomorrow might never come....

Take care and do leave a comment to share your thoughts and responses. Have a beautiful day and a wonderful life!


Buaya Sepanjang 10 Kaki Kelihatan Di Sungai Muar

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 02:09 AM PDT

Ledang - Sebuah pasar raya di Tanjung Agas, dekat sini, gempar apabila salah seorang pekerjanya melihat kemunculan seekor buaya yang timbul di permukaan Sungai Muar, berhampiran premis berkenaan, Isnin lalu.

Gambar: Antara gambar buaya timbul di Sungai Muar yang sempat dirakam Hairi.

Mahu dikenali sebagai Hairi, 32, berkata, ketika kejadian kira-kira jam 7.15 malam, dia sedang membuat rondaan di sekitar pasar raya itu.

Menurutnya, dia terlihat kelibat objek yang tiba-tiba naik dan masuk semula ke dalam air.

"Pada mulanya saya sangka batang kayu tetapi selepas diamati, barulah saya menyedari objek berkenaan adalah seekor buaya dewasa setelah lampu suluh mengenai matanya.

"Saya segera memanggil rakan yang kebetulan memegang kamera dan turut merakam kejadian ini. Reptilia ini agak besar dan panjangnya tidak kurang daripada 10 kaki, namun sejak kebelakangan ini ia kerap muncul pada waktu petang.

"Kehadiran buaya ini telah menimbulkan kebimbangan ramai kaki pancing di pinggir sungai ini," katanya. -SH


Jenny Kiu Visited Us

Posted: 20 Jun 2012 11:47 PM PDT

Our ex-supervisor Jenny Kiu popped in for a short visit this afternoon (21-6-12). Bringing along were some goodies for her ex-colleagues. Jenny told me that she still cherishes the memories of her years at Premier Hotel. Every time she comes back for holiday, Jenny never fails to drop by to say hello to her old-time friends. Jenny was a hardworking and responsible supervisor. When she moved over to a greener pasture, we all felt a great loss. With her capability, Jenny strives ahead and shines in her new undertakings. Presently she is attached to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and doing well there. We wish her all the best. We posed for a group photo before Jenny left.


Majalah Seri Dewi & Keluarga Edisi Julai 2012.

Posted: 20 Jun 2012 11:22 PM PDT

Berikut adalah wawancara saya bersama Majalah Seri Dewi & Keluarga yang disiarkan di dalam Edisi Julai 2012 dari mukasurat 138 hingga ke mukasurat 140.

Terima kasih diucapkan kepada Majalah Seri Dewi & Keluarga kerana sudi datang menemuramah diri saya ini.


Debatkini: Prof Diraja Ungku Aziz Ucap Syabas Kepada Mujahid Yusof Rawa

Posted: 20 Jun 2012 11:46 PM PDT

Tak semena mena Prof Di Raja Ungku Aziz tokoh yang paling disegani terutamanya dalam bidang pendidikan dan seorang ahli ekonomi yang banyak menyumbang idea kepada agama, bangsa dan negara mengucapkan syabas secara terbuka kepada Dr. Mujahid Yusof Rawa dalam salah satu postingnya di Facebook.

Ucapan tersebut dibuatnya atas satu laporan yang dikeluarkan oleh Malaysiakini tentang isu Negara Islam yang berjaya diseliakan dengan baik oleh Dr. Mujahid dalam debat yang dikatakan menjadi panas apabila wakil dari MCA menyerang Hudud dan mempersoalkan isu murtad

Ucapan syabas ini sudah cukup untuk membuktikan bahawa Prof Ungku Aziz menyetujui hujah hujah yang bernas yang lahir dari Dr. Mujahid dan merupakan pengiktirafan kepada usaha penerangan Islam kepada non muslim.


Nota :
* Selama puluhan tahun dalam persekongkolan, ameno memang gagal mutlak dalam memberikan penerangan berkaitan Islam kepada sekutunya.
* Ameno menjadi punca kenapa non muslim gagal untuk memahami Islam melainkan Islam hanya difahami sebagai Agama Persekutuan
* Ameno jugalah yang menjadi biangnya sehingga non muslim berani untuk mempertikaikan Islam secara terbuka sedangkan dalam Islam, kita juga diajar untuk menghormati agama orang lain.
* Sungguh benarlah para cerdik pandai sudah kian terbuka untuk memberi sokongan
Ameno kian membusuk sampai ke usus atau dalam bahasa geografinya .. bangkai bernyawa -debik karmic


Debatkini: PAS, MCA 'perang mulut' isu negara Islam

Perdebatan mengenai masa depan demokrasi di Malaysia menjadi 'panas' apabila isu negara Islam dibahaskan oleh Naib Presiden MCA, Gan Ping Sieu dan Ahli Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat, Mujahid Yusuf Rawa.

Ketika pusingan kedua pada sesi menjawab soalan Debatkini, Gan (kanan) dilihat mengutarakan isu adakah PAS akan menukarkan perkara asas di dalam negara sekiranya menjadikan negara ini, negara Islam dan melaksanakan hudud.

Sehubungan itu, Mujahid yang juga merupakan ahli Parlimen Parit Buntar dengan lantang membidas kenyataan Gan dengan mengatakan bahawa, walaupun PAS menjadikan agama Islam sebagai asas, tetapi parti itu sentiasa membuka ruang untuk demokrasi.

Beliau juga percaya, agama Islam merupakan sebuah agama yang menghormati pilihan.

"Kita komited dengan proses demokrasi. Walaupun dasar PAS ialah Islam tetapi kami percaya, Islam itu sebagai panduan. Sebab itu kita boleh komited dengan situasi yang pelbagai kaum.

"Saya juga percaya, kita perlu membincangkan (isu murtad) dengan lebih intelektual. Ia adalah intipati dalam ajaran Islam. Ttapi ia juga adalah interpretasi.

"Berdasarkan pengetahuan saya, mereka yang meninggalkan agama ini tidak meninggalkan iman dan dalam konteks sejarah, mereka yang murtad, adalah kerana menentang sistem atau boleh dikatakan sebagai pengkhianat," katanya menjadikan murtad sebagai contoh dalam Debatkini anjuran Malaysiakini di ibu negara malam tadi.

Menjelaskan kenyataanya itu lagi, Mujahid berkata, seseorang yang murtad itu perlu memilih diantara iman dan hati naluri sendiri dan jika melakukannya kerana menghormati undang-undang, maka tiada isu mengenai murtad.

"Isunya ialah, orang yang murtad dijadikan alat politik bagi mereka yang berfikiran sempit antara dua-dua belah pihak," katanya di hadapan kira-kira 300 hadirin.

Sementara itu,sebagai membidas kenyataan Mujahid (kiri), Gan berkata, walaupun enakmen hudud tidak dilaksanakan, tetapi beliau mendakwa, PAS cuba menerapkan elemen tersebut di Kedah apabila penggubalan undang-undang bagi menghalang fatwa dicabar di mahkamah diluluskan.

"PAS kata undang-undang hudud tak boleh dilaksanakan kerana Umno takut dengan MCA. Saya amat mengambil berat tentang perkara ini. Bayangkan tekanana ke atas perdana menteri dan rakan-rakan dalam BN apabila mereka kata Umno tidak boleh laksanakan hudud.

"Saya percaya Islam itu ialah bersederhana dan tiada paksaan. Tetapi jika kami mahu ingin melaksanakan (hudud) sebagai cara hidup, maka, jauhkanlah," kata Gan.

Selain itu, Gan yang juga merupakan seorang peguam menambah, beliau turut menganggap sistem perundangan Islam atau hudud akan menjadi 'mimpi ngeri' kerana. katanya, setiap hukuman yang dikenakan bergantung sama ada banduan tersebut beragama Islam atau tidak.

Justeru, membidas kenyataan Gan, Mujahid dengan tegas berkata, tiada istilah 'Hudud PAS'.

Mujahid menjelaskan, PAS mempunyai aspirasi dengan melakukan sesuatu secara demokratik.

"Di Kelantan dan Terengganu, enakmen hudud dikenalkan secara demokratik dan kamu mungkin tidak suka tetapi dalam demokrasi, anda tidak mungkin akan membenci semuanya.

"Kita telah sampai ke peringkat di mana, kita melihat hubungan antara Islam dan negeri ini tidak secara formatif tetapi dengan cara substantif bagi menyuntik Islam kepada negara.

" Ini merupakan lonjakan terbesar PAS. Sama ada MCA atau Umno tidak suka, itu adalah masalah mereka. Kita progresif. Islam ialah meletakkan diri dalam demokrasi. Kita percaya tidak ada pemisah antara Islam dan demokrasi," kata Mujahid lagi.
-mk



Dtk Majal and Dtk Seri Hon Ramo...

Posted: 20 Jun 2012 10:06 PM PDT

I strongly believe this two buggers - a businessman, the other a politician - should be investigated by Bukit Aman, the MACC and the media.

I have written about in once. There were good response from readers who are aware of the situation. Some were very direct, very precise.

Its about one Datuk Majal and Datuk Seri Hon Ramo, both Malays and Umno 'strongmen'. They contribute well to the party and to their friends and cronies. And they also hold supreme positions in protecting thugs and gangster groups in the Klang Valley.

After some 'diggings' with Bukit Aman officials, traders, illegal gambling den owners, pirated CD sellers and some victims, I think this is a serious matter. However, I should be proud for them too - the only Malays who have full control on such groups!

This is not an accusation. I'm only calling for an investigation. I don't bank much hope on the police since they are not able to reach out for them. Its a delicate yet a dangerous case. They could be on the take too. And my life will be at stake if I spell out their names in full.

However, let me give you an example. A Malay pirated CD seller is busted minutes after opening up his business at a Cheras 'pasar malam', next to a non-Malay who also sells similar items. He was brought and locked-up for 3 days at the police station, produced in court and sent to 3 months jail.

However, the non-Malay who was also busted, got out of lock-up within an hour after being picked up, with all his CDs returned. Someone bailed him out, using the two big names I mentioned above. Whether its name dropping or what, it really works.

Go to Petaling Street, the non-Malay traders would name-drop Datuk Majal's name. Some say the Datuk controls and protects them from any enforcement actions.

I was also informed that two big clans - one named after a city in Russia, the other after an Orang Asli tribe - are close to them, channeling political fund and helps the Datuk to expand his business (a chain of restaurants).

I tried to call Hon Ramo last month but his officers shooed me off on the pretext that he was not in the office and had got no time for me. Fine.

If investigations establish a link among them, I think Prime Minister Najib should put a brake on it. The politician is not fit to hold any position at State or Federal level. The MACC should look into his wealth and make assessment of his income and expenditures.

It looks like I also need to lodge a police report for my protection and my family's safety. Personally, I don't see Umno should keep this kind of people. The rakyat must also reject them should they contest in the next general election.

Just a simple question to local councils, Ministry of Domestic Trade, the police and Home Ministry - if the Malays are not allowed to sell illegal items like pirated CDs, why allow the non-Malays to sell it freely?

Will someone please answer!!!


Freeballing

Posted: 20 Jun 2012 09:00 PM PDT

Last Saturday, i went for my PT session and realized i forgot to bring an extra fresh underwear... Oops! Of cause, I was not gonna to wear the sweaty underwear after the gym. What choice did i have? Hmmm.... I don't have any choice...

So I decided to go freeballing... It was my first freeballing in the public. I felt so insecure and naked too. Moreover, the down under feel so cooling when I walked over from 1MK to Plaza Mont Kiara to get my lunch before heading back home. I was so conscious while crossing the road,  walking towards Subway to buy my lunch. Don't know how the surrounding people look at me... I don't know how to describe but it was not a good feeling indeed.

Anyway, anyone have done this before and mind to share?


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