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Posted: 26 Jun 2012 11:15 AM PDT
When her children were ready to have laptops of their own, Jill Ross bought software that would keep an eye on where they went online. One day it offered her a real surprise. She discovered that her 16-year-old daughter had set up her own video channel.
Using the camera on her laptop, sometimes in her bedroom, she and a friend were recording mundane teenage banter and broadcasting it on YouTube for the whole world to see.
For Ms. Ross, who lives outside Denver, it was a window into her daughter's mind and an emblem of the strange new hurdles of modern-day parenting. She did not mention it to her daughter; she just subscribed to the channel's updates. The daughter said nothing either; she just let Mom keep watching.
"It's a matter of knowing your kids," Ms. Ross said of her discovery.
Parents can now use an array of tools to keep up with the digital lives of their children, raising new quandaries. Is surveillance the best way to protect children? Or should parents trust them to share if they are scared or bewildered by something online?
The answers are as varied as parents themselves. Still, the anxieties of parenting in the digital age have spawned a mini-industry, as start-ups and established companies market new tools to track where children go online, who they meet there and what they do. Because children are glued to smartphones, the technology can allow parents to track their physical whereabouts and even monitor their driving speed.
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Posted: 26 Jun 2012 09:32 AM PDT
As reported in Sinchew Jit Pao
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Posted: 26 Jun 2012 08:59 AM PDT
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Posted: 26 Jun 2012 10:35 AM PDT
Beberapa keping gambar yang memaparkan salah seorang aktivis Gabungan Profesional Tuntut Royalti, Pendaratan Minyak dan Gas ke Negeri Kelantan (Royalti) dalam keadaan berlumuran darah tersebar sejak pagi tadi.
Beliau merupakan pengendali blog adukataruna.blogspot.com atau nama sebenarnya Khairul Nizam Abdul Ghani. Malaysiakini melaporkan Aduka menerima tiga jahitan akibat kecederaan itu.
Difahamkan berlaku kejadian tumbuk menumbuk di antara aktivis Royalti Minyak Kelantan dengan kumpulan yang dipercayai penyokong Umno.
Menurut Aduka, beliau yang menyertai perhimpunan Pra-Himpunan Royalti Menjunjung Titah Tuanku Sultan Kelantan telah dipukul oleh sekumpulan 15 orang yang disyakinya sebagai anggota Pemuda Umno.
Tinjauan di laman Facebook Dato Nik Aziz Nik Mat, Menteri Besar Kelantan mendapati beliau menyiarkan satu ucapan takziah terhadap aktivis Menuntut Royalti Minyak Kelantan yang menjadi mangsa.
Di bawah ini kenyataan media yang dimaksudkan.
Rakaman Takziah dan Simpati YAB Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Kepada Mangsa Keganasan Himpunan Menyokong Royalti Minyak
1. Saya telah diarahkan oleh YAB Tuan Guru Datuk Bentara Setia Menteri Besar Kelantan untuk merakamkan ucapan takziah dan simpati terhadap lima orang mangsa keganasan pihak yang tidak dikenali semasa Himpunan Menyokong Royalti Minyak di hadapan Kota Darulnaim pada pagi ini Isnin 26 Jun 2012.
2. Beliau yang sedang berada di Shah Alam, Selangor bagi menyampaikan ucaptama di Majlis Wacana Ilmu Mengenai Rasuah anjuran Kerajaan Negeri Selangor pada hari ini juga turut melahirkan rasa kesal terhadap insiden ini yang disifatkan tidak wajar berlaku sekiranya semua pihak menghormati hak bersuara yang telah dijamin di dalam perlembagaan.
3. Justeru, YAB Tuan Guru telah menyampaikan sumbangan tanda simpati kepada semua mangsa yang terlibat. Sumbangan tersebut telah disampaikan oleh YB Datuk Abdul Fattah Mahmood, ahli Exco kerajaan Negeri Kelantan sebagai mewakili YAB Tuan Guru Menteri Besar Kelantan di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Kota Bharu ketika semua mangsa sedang membuat laporan polis sebentar tadi.
4. YAB Tuan Guru juga turut merakamkan setinggi-tinggi terima kasih di atas sokongan yang telah ditunjukkan oleh rakyat Kelantan terhada usaha kerajaan negeri menuntut royalti minyak dan pendaratan gas yang telah dinafikan oleh kerajaan pusat. Juga terima kasih kepada pihak keselamatan yang telah memberikan kerjasama di dalam memastikan perhimpunan aman ini berjaya dilaksanakan.
Yang menjalankan tugas,
AHMAD FADHLI BIN SHAARI,
YAB Menteri Besar Kelantan.
Bertarikh : 26 Jun 2012
Cerita ringkas R berdarah
Posted: 26 Jun 2012 08:09 AM PDT
Pre-empting Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's answer to the adjournment speech by PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar on the Scorpene saga later tonight, the opposition party insists that the minister must answer for the leaked naval documents revealed in a French inquiry on the matter. They based their demands on recently-leaked investigation papers from the French Scorpene probe obtained by journalist John Berthelsen and published by news portal Asia Sentinel which clearly mentioned the secret navy papers as being part of the evidence discovered by investigators.
PKR vice-president Tian Chua (right) also refuted a Defence Ministry written answer to him that Terasasi was not involved in the purchase of the Scorpene submarines from DCNS by Malaysia. The written answer said that the Defence Ministry had no knowledge that Terasasi had any dealings in the purchase, nor of any contact between Terasasi and Thint Asia, a DCNS subsidiary.
Terasasi's involvement in the Scorpene saga was allegedly uncovered during the French probe, as details of the investigation revealed by the lawyer for Suaram who are pursuing the case, Joseph Breham, had mentioned the Malaysian company's alleged involvement in negotiations for the subs, including allegedly providing the secret Malaysian navy papers to DCNS. Malaysiakini
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Posted: 26 Jun 2012 07:53 AM PDT
The following article is Dr. Lim Mah Hui's address to the Full Council Meeting of MPPP given on June 25, 2012.
As a Councillor, Dr. Lim has tried his best to voice the concerns of Penangites. We need more leaders like him to walk the talk and to be ready to go down to the grassroot level to unravel the true state of affairs. Leaders are judged by the footprints they leave behind in their service - not by arrogant boastful balderdash which, through the passage of time, sound more and more hollow. I am utterly outraged that despite the many protests (probably the highest incidences in the history of Penang), leaders remain ambivalent to the real issues that have seriously impacted the quality of life in Penang. Sadly, some who are unaware of the true state of affairs are beguiled by such boastful trumpeting and look at Penang through rose-tinted lens. Alas, reality really bites till it hurts. I know because I am well aware of how my friends in various affected areas are suffering and lobbying in despair.A cloud of hopelessness looms over us. The time has come for more to speak up. Be informed and do not be fooled by public relations gimmicks. Quo vadis, Penang? Will the charm, splendour, history, character, quality of life and enigma be lost thanks to development? Read and judge for yourself and leave a comment to share your views.Thanks!
Sorry for this late post. Very busy today attending brain development classes and doing art work. Cheers!
People, Planning and Development
by Dr. Lim Mah Hui
Selamat pagi and selamat sejahtera. Yg Bahagia YDP Ar Puan Patahiyah dan Ir Ang Eng Thye, Pengarah2 and Ketua2 Jabatan, Ahli2 Majlis, Para wartan, tuan2 dan puan2. Saya harap membincang tentang proses masyrakat, perancangan dan pembangunan. Saya minta izin untuk memberi pembentangan dalam bahasa Inggeris.
In recent years and more so in recent months, there has been a spate of protests from angry residents in various parts of Penang island over what is happening in their communities. This is not an isolated incident. It is quite widespread and has become a societal problem and issue. To mention a few examples, residents in Pykett Avenue, Moulmein Road in Pulau Tikus, Lembah Permai and Mount Pleasure in Tanjong Bunga, Savoy Garden in Ayer Itam, 3 residents association in Taman Desaria in Sungai Ara are protesting against projects in their neighbourhood that are threatening to degrade or destroy their living environment. Suddenly a 30 storey high rise apartment is approved in a low rise residential area where individual house owners have difficulty getting permission to build three storey houses. Or suddenly a high retaining wall appears a few feet from their backyard threatening their safety; or a steep hill slope is cut causing erosion and flooding to their houses as happened in parts of Tanjong Bunga.
If such incidents were limited to one or two, it would be bad enough. But when they appear in increasing frequency, these incidents should serve as a signal for MPPP that something is not quite right.
As public officials and servants, we should start asking, why would people, especially people from the middle class who have a comfortable life, want to come out to protest? What is it that is causing them to take such actions?
What is emerging from this disturbing pattern is that there seems to be a growing gap between planning and people. Planning and development is not about putting up buildings and more buildings. It is about creating a liveable environment for people. People should be at the centre of the development and planning process. Planning should not be simply a top-down, technocratic process; it should start as a bottom-up process involving ordinary people in making decisions that affect their everyday life. It should be people-centric.
But right now many neighbourhoods are beginning to feel that the planning and approval process has left them behind; it is top-down, bureaucratic and developer-centric with little concern for the interests of ordinary citizens and residents.
Let me illustrate with an example: there are special committees set up to liaise with developers, architects and engineers to facilitate and fast-track development projects. But there are few, if any, similar committees or avenues to solicit or to address the concerns of ordinary citizens, beyond the monthly meetings to hear individual complaints from rate payers.
The present planning and approval process under Section 21 of Town and Country Planning Act requires residents within 20 meters of a project be given notice and a chance to voice their concerns or objections to the project within a time frame (usually two to three weeks). This requirement is appropriate when the project is a single house or a small building.
But when it is a huge development project that has major environmental, traffic and social impact on a whole neighbourhood, is this guideline adequate and meaningful? Should not the larger community in the area be properly consulted in the first place? The fiasco and experience of the PGGC project should be a good lesson that the present guideline of limiting objections to neighbouring lots for big scale projects must be changed.
I would suggest the Council take the initiative to hold consultative meetings with not only surrounding neighbourhood but to the public at large to explain to them the possible impact of major projects and to solicit their input and feedback BEFORE approval, rather than stick to the present process of simply ticking off technical requirements and approving the projects speedily only to invite objections from irate residents and having to deal with appeals and protests down the line.
In other words, a consultative process before hand is better than an confrontational process after approval has been given. Or take another example, when a traffic or environmental impact study is made, it should be open to public review, consultation and input before acceptance?
I have suggested last year that instead of the present system of relying on reports of consultants hired by developers, we should have developers contribute to a common pool of funds from which the Council can access to hire its own independent consultants. This would minimize the conflict of interests.
What has happened to this suggestion?
I would like to formally table this again for deliberation and adoption by the Council as soon as possible. The same process should be adopted for geo-technical and environmental consultants.
In other words, is our planning, approval, objection and even appeal process too one-sided, especially since residents are unorganized individuals with little knowledge and resources. Most likely they don't know the intricate planning laws and guidelines; and the planning process and decisions may not be transparent to them. They do not have access to documents and information to assist them in their objections and appeals?
On the other hand, developers are companies with vast financial resources and well-organized lobby groups. If you take them to court or they take you to court, they can hire the best lawyers in town, drag on legal cases for long period. In short, it is a battle between David and Goliath.
I think the signs are clear. Increasingly more and more citizens are pushed to voice their concern and even their anger in public protests because they perceive something is not right with the planning and approval process. They feel they are marginalized, ignored and pushed over.
If we are serious about promoting local democracy (Local Agenda 21), we must begin at the local council where people should not only be given the chance but indeed be encouraged to participate in decisions that affect their lives. This is aspect of participatory democracy is just as, if not more, important than electory democracy.
If existing processes and guidelines are outdated and causing more problems than solutions, then we should change or improve on them.
I list below as a start some issues and guidelines that should be relooked.
1) What is the density we should allow for residential, mixed, and commercial development?
2) Are present guidelines for provision of car parks adequate?
3) Should we not introduce height control?
4) Are present hill slope development guidelines adequate to protect our people and environment?
5) Should we allow for further development only after adequate infrastructural facilities are in place as opposed to the current practice of before.
In conclusion, I urge the council to engage more with the people and find ways to democratise the whole planning process. People are want change and we should respond to their aspirations.
Posted: 26 Jun 2012 06:31 AM PDT
Arakan Conflict: The Rates of Death and Displacement Can Be Much Higher By MMSYYangon – The Arakan conflict in western Burma might have taken many more lives than the official report of 50 plus deaths. According to sources from Arakan state, more Rohingyas have been killed, but an exact number of deaths and displaced people is difficult to obtain as the government has barred journalists and relief organizations from visiting various places.
According to a letter submitted to a Member of Parliament U Shwe Maung by a Muslim community representative from the town of Sittwe, 159 Rohingyas were killed and 1,240 people are missing. The list that accounts for the Sittwe area from June 9 to 18 shows that 800 people have been injured (bullet and knife wounds). The list also shows that 94,613 Rohingya minority people have been displaced.An email exchange between Rohingya activists in Thailand and Europe indicates, however, that the actual numbers are much higher.A freelance reporter, who remains to be anonymous, predicts that Rohingya people in places where journalists are denied access to might be facing severe treatments including extra judicial killings and forced relocation.
Information shows that Border Administration Force (or Na Sa Ka) and security police have been raiding the homes of the Rohingyas, randomly shooting people, and secretly disposing bodies.
A Rohingya youth in Germany told MMSY News that he lost three relatives in Sittwe and that one is still missing. He added that Muslims' homes are being bulldozed in the town of Sittwe.
Mg Win, a Rohingya migrant worker in Bangkok whose family lives in Sittwe, said, "People have been taken away, but they were not told where they have been taken to".
Mg Win complaints, however, that the media reports are not accurate as houses are being burnt down by ethnic Rakhines and authorities.
Win Than, a migrant woman in Bangkok, agrees with Mg Win. She said her house in Sittwe was burnt down, and her family has been living in her grandparents' village. She added that Na Sa Ka and security police are forcing Rohingyas to sign that they burnt down their own homes.
Although the scene in Sittwe seems calm presently, widespread but silent killing and house burning are still happening in various places. Rohingyas are specifically targeted by the authorities. "Even in Sittwe, Muslims (not just ethnic Rohingyas) are being forced out of their homes," said Win Than.
Families who lost their family registration papers due to fire are being arrested. Burmese authorities are charging them with illegal entry without carefully examining whether they are residents or illegal immigrants.
Rohingya women have been targeted for rape as well. On June 15th, Na Sa Ka and security police located in the Maungdaw township raped five women between the ages of 14 and 35.
During the climax of the conflict, entire Rohingya villages were burnt down by Na Sa Ka. People were killed in their own homes; they could not leave due to Curfew. The bodies were transported by military trucks.
When sources were asked why the Rohingya side is still not able to provide photos or evidence of killing and burning experienced by the Rohingya, the sources said that it is difficult for Rohingyas to get photos. Many are still hiding in their houses as they have been shot as soon as they step outside their homes. Taking photos of the incidents and/or communicating information to outside world is virtually impossible.
Meanwhile, journalists and relief organizations are not allowed to freely collect information in Arakan state. The actual extent of killing, displacement, and injuries (estimated to be at a higher rate than previously disclosed) will continue to be unknown to the public.
On June 22nd, the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned the public that the Arakan state could face "severe humanitarian crisis" due to the conflict.
Posted: 26 Jun 2012 07:46 AM PDT
Artikel dengan tajuk 'A 21st-century checklist of the new autocrats' telah disiarkan pada 8 June lalu oleh akhbar The Globe and Mail.
Ianya telah ditulis oleh Ketua Biro Beijing Mark Mackinnon, pengamal media yang telah memenangi anugerah, yang pernah menemuramah beberapa orang pemimpin politik dunia yang kontroversi.
Antara mereka yang telah ditemuramahnya ialah Ketua Pembangkang Burma Aung San Suu Kyi, Mikhail Gorbachev, bekas Perdana Menteri Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra, Presiden Israel Shimon Peres dan Raja Abdullah II dari Jordan.
Dalam artikel itu Mackinnon membahagikan pemimpin politik kepada empat kategori iaitu false democrats, mad egotists, violent populists dan callous capitalists.
Najib telah diletakkan dalam kategori yang pertama iaitu "false democrat."
Dalam Bahasa Malaysia ialah 'Pengamal Demokrasi Palsu' dan dalam bahasa yang lebih sopan pula 'Penipu Demokrasi' kalau tak silap aku lah..
Antara yang tersenarai bersama Najib ialah Presiden Russia Vladimir Putin, Presiden Palestine Mahmoud Abbas, Perdana Menteri Ethiopia Meles Zenawi dan juga Perdana Menteri Kemboja Hun Sen.
Pemimpin yang telah terkeluar dari senarai ahli kelab penipu itu pula ialah Slobodan Milosevic dan Hosni Mubarak
Antara ciri-ciri utama yang membolehkan Najib mendapat gerlaran tersebut ialah beliau mengadakan demokrasi tapi tidak ada niat untuk melepaskan kuasa..
-Key characteristics: They hold elections but have no intention of giving up power. Serious political rivals are jailed and their parties are outlawed on legal technicalities. Mr. Putin's spin doctors call it "managed democracy" – giving voters the appearance of choice while ensuring they have very little to choose from on election day.
-Reason for hope: Because they allow the trappings of democracy – opposition parties, some independent media, the very process of going through an election every few years – these false democracies create the possibility of change. Mr. Milosevic and Mr. Mubarak were ousted because citizens used the political space allowed them in a false democracy. Russia's opposition has similarly been on the advance over the past seven months. The next election in Malaysia promises to be interesting.
-Reason for despair: False democracies give the impression of being freer than they really are, which means they rarely face the kind of international pressure that the really nasty regimes get.
Tak percaya?? tengok nih!!
Kalau tak puas hati jugak.. sila lihat di SINI
Apa lagi Pemuda UMNO dan PERKASA?? Buat demo depan kedutaan Kanada cepat... ASD
Sebelum ini GB sudah tulis:
"Bukankah GB dah kata sebelum ini, akan lebih banyak "haramjadah" menimpa Najib lagi selepas ini.... tunggu dan lihat. Apa yang GB kata sudah jadi kenyataan."
Kemudian ada pula komen yang memperli GB... mana GB tahu ilmu ramalan?
Ini bukan soal ramalan be dan GB juga bukan seorang tukang ramal!
Tetapi bagi orang berilmu dan yang belajar dari ayat-ayat manzurah (ayat yang dipelajari dari kejadian-kejadian alam), itulah namanya SUNNATULLAH, itulah namanya hukum Kebenaran dan Keadilan, itulah namanya Golden Rule, itulah namanya Hukum Karma, itulah namanya hukum tabie dan sebagainya.
Yang penipu, yang jahat, yang zalim, yang kejam akan TETAP menerima hukumannya. Dia tidak akan terlepas.
Apatah lagi beliau sendiri pernah "mengharamjadahkan" rakyatnya sendiri, dan itulah yang beliau akan perolehi kembali.
Terkini: "Kementerian Luar sedih dengan artikel dalam akhbar Kanada yang mengkategorikan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sebagai "demokrat palsu", dengan meletakkannya sebaris dengan autokrat lain dunia."
Hukum Kebenaran Dan Keadilan tidak berpihak dan tidak pilih kasih walaupun Kementerian Luar dikatakan "sedih" dengan perlabelan itu. Ia juga pengajaran buat Anifah Aman, Menteri Luar yang begitu ketara mutakhir ini kelihatan begitu kuat "ampu bodeknya" mempertahankan Najib.
Kamu Anifah saya lihat cuba menentang arus kebenaran dan keadilan... tetapi kamulah nanti yang akan tertimpa bahana dan bencananya juga selain boss kamu yang kamu tatang, Najib.
Wait and see!. (Tok Guru kami pun sekali-sekala cakap guna bahasa Inggeris. Orang ugamawan tidak sebodoh yang kamu sangka, Hati mereka bersama Allah sepanjang masa!)
Posted: 26 Jun 2012 04:23 AM PDT
Things happened exactly like few years back when i was in Kijal Awana... heading to a nice beach area which could take lots of nice Sunset pictures... Kaboom~ it dropped and broke....
I was wondering whether i should bring my usual lowpro camera bag with cushion or just a sling back and place into the big bag... My decision was the sling back. Another thought came to me that should i place a sweater at the bottom of the sling bag to serve as the cushion. At the end i skipped that thought... Sigh~
On the day...
My flight was 7:25am and was a bit sleepy as i left for the airport on 4:30am. Checked-in, bought a coffee and sat @ Starbie to chill out before walking into the departure hall. When i was approaching the security check and i brought out my small camera bag from the bigger bag... my hand slipped and the bag dropped on the floor. The lens was detached from the body because one of the plastic has destroyed. I was like kept saying "Shit Shit Shit"... Anyway, I could not do anything but taking the camera with me and lot it in the safe while i was in Phuket... Sad~
Now, i need to send my baby to Nikon for repair, hopefully they won't charge me a bomb...
Folks no nice pictures from me for my Phuket Trip... I was using my Galaxy Notes to take picture only.
Posted: 26 Jun 2012 05:04 AM PDT
Rupa-rupanya selama ini Kerajaan Umno-BN mengamalkan sistem perhambaan terhadap pengusaha teksi di negara ini.
Ia kini baru disedari Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak setelah sokongan rakyat terhadap Umno-BN terhakis tegar dari hari ke hari. Najib yang juga Presiden Umno berikrar untuk menghapuskan monopoli lesen teksi oleh syarikat swasta yang disifatkannya sebagai "perhambaan moden".
Kerajaan sebaliknya akan mengeluarkan lesen secara terus kepada individu di bawah satu model baru dalam satu tempoh rancangan. Ia boleh dianggap satu taktik Umno-BN untuk menumpukan undi para pemandu teksi kepada dacing dalam PRU-13 tidak lama lagi.
Namun, kelompok yang dikenali sebagai "ahli politik licik" sama seperti tukang gunting rambut itu, tidak mudah diperdayakan dengan janji manis yang sepatutnya telah lama menjadi hak mereka.
"Saya tak suka dengar syarikat dapat terlalu banyak lesen teksi. Era kita bagi pada syarikat individu kita akan tamatkan. Dan dalam model baru ini kita beri kepada individu dalam satu bentuk sistem baru di mana kepentingan individu kita pelihara dengan sebaik-baiknya.
Sebab sistem pajak teksi ini satu bentuk perhambaan moden yg saya tak suka,"katanya yang disambut dengan sorakan oleh lebih 5,000 pemandu teksi di perhimpunan Teksi Rakyat 1Malaysia (TR1Ma) di Bukit Jalil, 24 Jun lalu.
Najib yang terlalu berharap sokongan padu pemandu teksi turut mengumumkan peruntukan sebanyak RM35 juta melalui Yayasan 1MDB Najib sebagai insentif kepada pemandu teksi berkenaan.
Jumlah itu meliputi baucer subsidi kepada kira-kira 70,000 pemandu teksi seluruh negara untuk menukar set tayar berjumlah RM525. Kerajaan telah mengenalpasti lebih 300 pusat menukar tayar seluruh negara bagi mendapatkan tayar buatan Malaysia jenama Goodyear atau Continental. Selain itu, Kementerian Penerangan juga memperuntukkan sebanyak RM1 juta bagi memberikan perlindungan insurans, tambahnya. -sanggahtoksago
Posted: 26 Jun 2012 03:30 AM PDT
While French police investigations have revealed that Altantuya Shaariibuu never entered France from 1999 to 2006, there are photographs of her taken in Paris published several years ago, that indicate otherwise. A report on the French police investigations was carried by online news portal Free Malaysia Today (FMT) in an article headlined 'French probe: Altantuya never entered France'. The report published yesterday was based on confidential investigative documents submitted to the French judicial inquiry that is looking into alleged kickbacks paid out in the 2002 Scorpene submarine deal between French firm DCNS and the Malaysian government.
However, in 2007, a series of photographs made available to Asia Sentinel by Syed Abdul Rahman Al-Habshi, the former honourary Mongolian consul-general in Malaysia, showed Altantuya "on the trip of her life to Europe". According to the Hong Kong-based news portal, Syed Abdul Rahman had then declined to say where the pictures came from. They are believed to have been found among Altantuya's possessions after she was killed, according to Asia Sentinel in an article headlined 'Who was Altantuya Shaariibuu?', written by John Berthelsen on Dec 5 of that year. "If you go to the Asia Sentinel site, you will see pictures of her standing in front of a Louis Vuitton store, the Buddha Bar, Notre Dame Cathedral and a whole flock of other locations in Paris," Berthelsen told Malaysiakini.
Berthelsen, a former Asian Wall Street Journal correspondent in Malaysia, also said Altantuya's family had declined to elaborate on the photographs. However, in April this year, Altantuya's father Setev Shaariibuu told a press conference hosted by Suaram in Kuala Lumpur that his daughter's visa to France was issued in Kuala Lumpur under the name "Amina Abdullah" and that she was supposed to enter Paris after flying to Germany.
Red flag on alleged Altantuya-Najib photo
The FMT report says the latest revelation from the French police investigation raises a red flag on the existence of a photograph of the Mongolian woman, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his close ally, Abdul Razak Baginda in Paris, allegedly taken between 2004 and 2006. The alleged photograph was made known at the murder trial of Altantuya during the testimony of her cousin Burmaa Oyunchimeg, who had accompanied the Altantuya to Kuala Lumpur to purportedly extort money from Abdul Razak.
The photograph was not among Altantuya's possessions after her body - blown into bits with C4 military explosives - was found in a jungle clearing in Shah Alam in October 2006. Two police officers who were once bodyguards to Najib have been convicted of Altantuya's murder and sentenced to death. They are now awaiting their appeal. Abdul Razak was also charged with abetment in Altantuya's murder, but he was acquitted without being called to make his defence. FMT reported that the French police investigation papers revealed that Najib - who was defence minister at that time - and Razak were on an official visit to Paris from June 16 to 18 in 2000.
Najib also visited France in July 2001, July 2003, June 2005 and October 2007 but it is possible that Najib and his entourage could have entered France through diplomatic channels, the FMT report said. Officials of state-owned defence giant DCNS have also informed the French police that they never met a person named Altantuya and did not know who she was during the course of their negotiations for the Scorpene deal, the report said. The confidential documents also raise questions about Altantuya's role as a translator for the deal since the DCNS officials had also informed the French police that negotiations for the submarines were done in Malaysia, not in France. "One official - DCNS former sales manager in Malaysia, Fredric Faura - told the French investigators that the negotiations were conducted in English, not in French, so there is no need for an interpreter," FMT added in its report.
"Furthermore, Altantuya did not speak French, so she could not have acted as an English-French interpreter." Malaysiakini
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 11:58 PM PST
Whether it was "Beckham" or "Bhaji on the Beach", the London-based Chadha has explored themes of migration and cultural identity with a healthy dose of humour.
Chadha, 49, spoke to Reuters recently, on the sidelines of the 40th International Film Festival of India where a retrospective of her films is being screened, about why her movies appeal to migrants everywhere, and not just Indians.
Q: All your films have an Indian vibe. What kind of a reaction do you get from Indian audiences?
A: "Depends on the films, but generally speaking, it is a very affectionate feeling towards me and my films. Maybe it is the Punjabi nature of me and my films, but they have always given me a lot of love."
Q: How Punjabi are you and how British?
A: "I don't know if I could divide that. I think I am Punjabi in a British way and very British in a Punjabi way. I am Indian, but also very British. I am part of the diaspora and I produce creative work which comes out of me being part of the diaspora. My ancestors originate from Jhelum and Rawalpindi (in Pakistan), then my family went to Kenya and now I live in England. All of this creates a very interesting cultural context."
Q: What does that cultural context bring to your style of film making?
A: "That's the essence of what my films are. My films are complete combinations. No else can make my kind of films — an Indian can't make them, a British person can't make them, only I can make them. It is also partly about how I choose the film, how I put the stories together, everything. You can't decipher one moment."
Q: Your films are seen as tailor-made for the Indian diaspora. Do you agree with that? Is that your biggest audience?
A: "Well, it is a large part of my audience. But it isn't just Indians. It is the culture of diaspora and that's what attracts them. Most cities in the world have very mixed populations, so my films work in those kinds of cities for sure."
Q: It is said about Indians abroad that they watch so many Indian films because they have a greater connect with their motherland than Indians in India. Do you agree?
A: "I think it's not so much about a longing for the motherland; it's more about the language. We enjoy seeing films in our languages, we love the music and dance. But I think people are comfortable living where they are, but it is culturally interesting to keep the language alive, as opposed to a hankering after the motherland, as it is made out to be."
Q: Tell us about your latest film
A: "My next film is called 'It's a Wonderful Afterlife' with Shabana Azmi. I can't really talk much about it because Studio18 is distributing it in India and they have big plans. I will say that it is a different genre for me. It's the world of 'Bend it Like Beckham', but in a different genre. It is very entertaining, and I also think that it is one of the most proficiently made films." — Reuters
Posted: 26 Jun 2012 01:23 AM PDT
Oleh Multaqa Asatizah & Du'at (MURSHID)
Kami, selaku pendakwah dan asatizah telah dan kerap ditanya berkenaan isu mengadakan pilihanraya sewaktu musim haji. Justeru itu, sebagai respon kepada pertanyaan tersebut, pihak Multaqa Asatizah & Duat (MURSHID) dalam mesyuarat yang lalu berpendapat seperti berikut :- Di dalam system demokrasi, pilihanraya dan proses pengundian adalah ibarat suatu mahkamah besar bagi memilih siapa yang lebih layak diberikan amanah memerintah, maka sewaktu sistem demokrasi dijadikan panduan dan diterima oleh majoriti rakyat, tugas terbesar kerajaan melalui Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) adalah memastikan semaksima mungkin penyertaan rakyat dalam pilihanraya, justeru kempen untuk pendaftaran pengundi mestilah dipertingkatkan kecanggihannya dan dipermudah di seluruh tanahair. Rakyat Malaysia selaku pengundi layak yang berada di luar negara perlu di jamin hak mereka agar boleh mengundi melalui kaedah yang berkesan lagi dipercayai. Kami juga bersepakat bahawa Pilihanraya dan proses pengundian TIDAK BOLEH atau HARAM dilaksanakan sewaktu musim perayaan dan ibadah umat Islam khususnya musim haji yang mana berpuluh ribu pengundi dan petugas haji sedang berada di luar Negara.
Sekiranya pilihanraya tetap dilakukan di musim haji, itu merupakan suatu pengkhianatan terhadap amanah dan sistem pemilihan. Ini adalah kerana proses pengundi adalah suatu proses KESAKSIAN. Firman Allah : وأشهدوا ذوى عدل منكم ..(الطلاق: 2) Mafhum : "Bersaksilah dengan mereka yang adil dari kalangan kamu"( At-Talaq: 2) Juga Firman Allah : وَلاَ يَأْبَ الشُّهَدَاء إِذَا مَا دُعُوا Ertinya : Janganlah saksi-saksi itu enggan (memberi keterangan) apabila mereka dipanggil ( Al-Baqarah : 282) Dalil-dalil di atas menunjukkan, apabila kita berada di dalam suatu situasi atau keadaan sistem yang memerlukan mereka yang bermaklumat memberi kesaksian demi memberikan keputusan demi keadilan, mereka adalah dikira sebagai saksi yang diharamkan untuk menolak dari memberikan keterangan dan kesaksian.
Dalam konteks pilihanraya, rakyat sebenarnya bertindak sebagai SAKSI sama ada untuk menyokong atau menolak mana-mana calon yang bertanding. Justeru, SEKIRANYA pihak berkuasa memutuskan pilihanraya akan dijalankan pada musim haji, ia adalah suatu tindakan yang akan menghalang rakyat dari keluar menunaikan tanggungjawab mengundi. Jika seorang saksi TIDAK DIBENARKAN untuk menolak tanggungjawab memberi kesaksian, maka tentunya DIHARAMKAN juga bagi pihak ketiga untuk menghalang saksi dari memberikan kesaksian seperti sengaja mengadakan sesi perbicaraan ketika saksi berada di luar negara. Justeru, setiap individu yang mempunyai hak dan berkelayakan memberikan kesaksian samada di mahkamah, termasuk kesaksian dalam bentuk mengundi sewaktu pilihanraya, tidak dibolehkan untuk sengaja menyembunyikan kesaksian atau dinafikan hak dan ruang memberi kesaksian termasuk oleh pihak berkuasa sekalipun. Firman Allah Ta'ala :
وَلَا تَكْتُمُوا الشَّهَادَةَ وَمَنْ يَكْتُمْهَا فَإِنَّهُ آثِمٌ قَلْبُهُ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ عَلِيمٌ
"Maka janganlah kamu (wahai orang-orang yang menjadi saksi) menyembunyikan perkara yang dipersaksikan itu dan sesiapa yang menyembunyikannya, maka sesungguhnya dia adalah orang yang berdosa hatinya dan (ingatlah), Allah sentiasa Mengetahui akan apa yang kamu kerjakan." (Al-Baqarah :283) Akhirnya, kami menyeru pihak berkuasa agar teguh menjalankan amanah yang terbaik buat rakyat bagi mereka menjalankan tugas dan amanah selaku pengundi yang perlu memberi penyaksian parti dan calon yang dipercayainya. Kami yakin, pihak berkuasa tentunya bijak dalam memutuskan keputusan dalam hal ini.
Posted: 22 Apr 2009 09:16 PM PDT
Thank you Tun Dr Mahathir, Tun Dr Siti Hasma Mohamad Ali and family members and other dignitaries who attended my daughter's wedding on 18th. April 2009 at the Palace of the Golden Horses Hotel.
Datuk Seri Aziz Shamsudin with his wife, DYMM Tunku Maziah and husband Datuk Abang Abu Bakar, Datuk Zainal Abidin Zin and wife Datin Asimah and many Datuks, Datins, Tan Seris, Doctors, specialists and professors, lecturers attended the wedding.
I will post the photographs once I got them.
We had a Nikkah ceremony in our house one day in advance i.e. on 17th. April 2009.
For me the presence of my mother, three brothers, nephews and nieces are also very important. They just came to KL for the wedding.
They arrived KLon 12 & 13 of April 2009 with MAS and MAI airlines. We arranged a three story town house at the condominium. We need to pay RM2500.00 for fifteen days rental. And I arranged a car, Toyota, Avenza with a driver for their stat here as a 24 hour standby. That will cost RM 2250.00 for the car and driver. Petrol, parking, toll fees and food for the car and driver is not included. Ko Zar Nie just helped to drive them around.
We got the bad news about my number 5 brother, Mg Mg's wife's illness with, SLE. She is in the hospital in Mandalay with renal, liver and heart failure.
We got the good news that my youngest brother, Khin Maung Htway, the Cardiac Surgeon is accepted by IJN for hands-on-training and they would issue a fellowship certificate later. Now he is waiting for the MMC and Immigration approval.
Posted: 26 Jun 2012 02:46 AM PDT
Jika perkara seperti di atas pun tidak dianggap rasuah oleh SPRM, maka SPRM itu sendiri yang perlu disiasat.
Akan tiba masanya, SPRM bakal ditimpa bala dan musibah besar tak lama lagi kerana menipu rakyat. Itu hukum kebenaran dan keadilan.
Bukan sekadar satu barang yang harganya dibeli dengan harga mahal, malah hampir kesemuanya. Mahalnya pula bukan sekadar sekali ganda malah berkali-kali ganda.
Ada agenda SPRM menutup salahlaku kerajaan UMNO BN. Tetapi, Tuhan tidak akan membiarkan hal ini berlalu dan tertutup tanpa hukuman. Itu keyakinan orang beriman, itu keyakinan orang yang benar dan adil.
Kita sama-sama tunggu detik itu.
Posted: 26 Jun 2012 12:24 AM PDT
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Posted: 26 Jun 2012 12:23 AM PDT
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Posted: 26 Jun 2012 12:24 AM PDT
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Posted: 26 Jun 2012 12:22 AM PDT
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