Friday, July 6, 2012

Dr M says Anwar should retire immediately

Dr M says Anwar should retire immediately


Dr M says Anwar should retire immediately

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 10:37 AM PDT

Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim should not waste any more time if he intends to retire from politics.

"He should retire right now. It is futile... his desire to become the prime minister," he told reporters after paying a courtesy call on visiting President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus in Kuala Lumpur.

Anwar had indicated in an interview published recently by the Financial Times that he might consider quitting politics if the opposition fails to wrest federal power in the next general election, due by April next year.
 
Dr Mahathir said Anwar's statement was mere rhetoric because, even if the opposition pact were to lose in the next general election, he would continue to dream to become the prime minister.

The former prime minister said in jest that probably an honorary post of prime minister could be established for Anwar to occupy for five days to enable him fulfill his dream prior to retirement.

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Sushi Etiquette

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 10:17 AM PDT

Here's something interesting that Sandy sent me ...specially for those who love Japanese cuisine.


NZ travelogue: the Fo Guang Shan temple

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 09:23 AM PDT

My wife was visibly surprised when I pulled up at the Fo Guang Shan or the International Buddhist Association NZ at the junction of Harakeke Street and Riccarton Road in Christchurch, New Zealand. Frankly, so was I. I had not expected to see such an impressive Buddhist temple in the heart of the city but here it was!


But I have got to say that this was a Buddhist temple that was totally unlike others that I have seen. The concept of the building was fresh and the design was modern. After we parked the car, we went round to the front of the building. There were three stone statues to greet visitors. One was obviously that of a Buddhist monk sitting in deep meditation, no doubt about that, but the other two required a stretch of the imagination before we could accept that they were indeed a modern artistic interpretation of some Buddhist images.



The interior was also equally interesting. On the upper floor was the huge shrine hall and a long corridor while the lower floor housed a cafe as well as an exhibition room.



When we visited, an exhibition of calligraphic paintings by the 82-year-old Venerable Master Hsing Yun was on display. This old monk, it seemed, was a master of the one-stroke calligraphy, that is to say, every piece of his work would have to be completed in a single continuous movement. He was forced into mastering this technique because of failing eye sight.



During the Christchurch 6.3 magnitude earthquake in 2011 when a great part of the central business district of the vity was destroyed, the Fo Guang Shan provided a great community service to the victims. Their earthquake relief service centre gave free hot meals, free basic medical supplies and cleaning items and free Internet access to the victims. In addition, there was access to the temple's main shrine for anyone who needed spiritual counselling.



So that's it; our visit to the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple in Christchurch. From here, it was next to the Riccarton Bush where there was a Sunday morning market going on. More later....
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[DEDAH] Kenapa Aku Tulis Buku "ASAL BUKAN NAJIB" - Shabudin Husin

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 11:01 AM PDT

Asalkan Bukan Najib adalah buku terbaru saya selepas Najib Perdana Menteri Terakhir dan Kesilapan-Kesilapan Najib. Buku ini sudah berada di pasaran sejak dua tiga hari yang lalu dan boleh didapati di kedai-kedai buku di seluruh negara.

Kenapa tajuknya Asalkan Bukan Najib, saya ditanya oleh beberapa kenalan rapat yang berkesempatan menatap buku tersebut.

Sebenarnya buku terbaru ini adalah kesinambungan daripada dua buku terdahulu. Dalam buku pertama, Najib Perdana Menteri Terakhir, saya mengambil kesempatan dalam buku tersebut untuk menegur Najib berkaitan beberapa isu yang berlaku dalam politik negara yang gagal ditanganinya dan jika ianya dibiarkan berlarutan akan menyebabkan UMNO tewas dalam pilihanraya dan seterusnya menjadikan Najib sebagai Perdana Menteri yang terakhir mewakili UMNO.

Dalam buku kedua, Kesilapan-Kesilapan Najib pula, saya telah menyenaraikan beberapa kesilapan yang telah dilakukan oleh Najib sepanjang menjadi Perdana Menteri yang gagal diuruskannya dengan baik sehingga menyebabkan sokongan rakyat terhadap UMNO dan BN didapati semakin merosot hari demi hari.

Kesilapannya yang terbesar ialah membiarkan isterinya terus menunjuk kuasa seolah-olah berkongsi jawatan Perdana Menteri.

Oleh kerana ternampak bahawa Najib tidak mahu memperbaiki segala kesilapan yang diperkatakan rakyat dan menjadi bualan di mana-mana itu, saya juga menyarankan dalam buku tersebut agar Najib menjadi seorang yang berjiwa besar iaitu dengan sedia berundur dan memberi laluan kepada timbalannya, Muhyiddin Yassin bersama pasukannya yang lebih mantap untuk mengemudi UMNO dan kerajaan bagi menghadapi PRU 13.

Secara jelas disebutkan dalam buku tersebut bahawa jika Najib masih memimpin UMNO dan kerajaan, harapan untuk mencapai kemenangan masih jauh dari jangkauan dan untuk mengelak UMNO daripada kalah serta Najib sendiri dipersalahkan serta mencemar nama baik Tun Abdul Razak, maka eloklah beliau mengundur diri.

Namun Najib bukan saja tidak mahu mengundur diri, malahan meneruskan lagi deretan kesilapan dalam mengurus parti dan kerajaan sehingga beliau kini dianggap sebagai Perdana Menteri paling lemah dalam sejarah Malaysia. Rakyat juga lebih banyak bercakap tentang kekalahan berbanding kemenangan UMNO dan BN.

Maka sebab itulah buku Asalkan Bukan Najib ini diterbitkan.


Buku terbaru ini diterbitkan khusus untuk mengajak rakyat membuat perubahan dan menolak kepimpinan Najib jika negara ini ingin diselamatkan.

Terdapat dua kaedah bagaimana untuk menolak Najib. Pertama, melalui pilihanraya umum dan kedua, melalui pemilihan UMNO yang akan diadakan selepas itu. Tetapi salah satu peluang untuk perubahan itu jangan sesekali dilepaskan.

Melalui pilihanraya umum, Najib boleh ditukar dengan memberi undi sebanyak-sebanyaknya kepada calon-calon Pakatan Rakyat supaya mereka boleh menubuhkan kerajaan baru yang memungkinkan Anwar Ibrahim atau Haji Hadi sebagai calon Perdana Menteri.

Namun demikian, sekiranya pilihanraya umum masih memberi kemenangan kepada UMNO dan BN dengan majoriti yang tipis dan tidak melepasi garisan majoriti dua pertiga, tugas melakukan perubahan seterusnya terletak di tangan ahli-ahli UMNO pula. Mereka wajar mengusulkan perubahan kepimpinan dalam pemilihan UMNO yang akan diadakan selepas pilihanraya umum dengan calon berpotensi untuk mengganti Najib ialah Muhyiddin Yassin dan Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

Saya telah mengulas panjang dalam buku tersebut bahawa sekiranya Najib terus dikekalkan, masalah dalam UMNO dan kerajaan tidak akan selesai malahan mungkin akan muncul berpuluh lagi kes seperti lembu NFC, menteri yang rasuah, menteri berskandal, isterinya Rosmah lebih bermaharalela serta pelbagai kemungkinan lagi.

Atas asas mengajak rakyat melakukan perubahan, maka terhasillah buku Asalkan Bukan Najib ini. Marilah kita berhijrah.


Gambar Berbicara: Kasih Sayang Merentasi Segala Sempadan

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 08:40 AM PDT










Door knockers at Armenian Street

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 06:12 AM PDT

Went walking along the cultural heritage enclave of Armenian Street in George Town, Penang this afternoon and came across this pair of door knockers. I have always been fascinated with them.

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Saksi: Telinga Peserta Bersih Hampir Putus Akibat Pisau Cukur Polis

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 06:00 AM PDT

Kuala Lumpur 6 Julai: Telinga seorang peserta Himpunan Bersih 3.0 hampir terputus akibat terkena kawat berduri polis yang dipercayai diperbuat daripada pisau cukur atau 'razor blade'.

Menurut Sukarelawan Persatuan Bulan Sabit Merah (PBSM), Khairul Anuar Pawanchik, 60, kawat berduri yang diguna dalam himpunan 28 April lalu itu diperbuat dari pisau cukur untuk menentang musuh dalam peperangan dan bukan untuk orang awam.

"Kawat berduri itu bukan kawat biasa, ia adalah 'razor blade barbed concertina wire' yang hanya diguna dalam 'killing zone' untuk melemahkan musuh dalam peperangan.

"Ia juga digunakan pada dinding penjara untuk menghalang banduan dari melarikan diri," jelas Pegawai Komunikasi PBSM itu lagi, semalam.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang pendengaran awam mengenai dakwaan pelanggaran semasa dan selepas perhimpunan Bersih 3.0 di Ibu Pejabat Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (Suhakam).

Pesara Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) itu juga berkata, semasa himpunan tersebut, beliau menyaksikan seorang peserta cedera dengan telinganya terkulai dan hanya mampu menahan sakit menggunakan tangannya sambil melarikan diri dari polis.

"Kecederaan itu berbeza dari luka akibat terseret di jalan raya ataupun digunting, kerana ia seolah-olah terhiris, dan melalui pengalaman saya, kesan itu berpunca dari kawat berduri tersebut," kata Khairul.

"Saya menolak sama sekali penggunaan kawat berduri dalam perhimpunan yang melibatkan kehadiran beratus ribu rakyat," tambahnya.

Khairul merupakan saksi ketiga yang memberikan keterangan di hadapan panel siasatan yang dipengerusikan Naib Pengerusi Suhakam, Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee dan dibantu oleh Pesuruhjaya Profesor Datuk Dr Mahmood Zuhdi Abdul Majid dan Detta Samen.

Dua lagi saksi ialah seorang pekerja sosial, R Kunabal dan Baharudin Hashim.

Turut dipanggil menjadi pemerhati, Majlis Peguam dan pegawai polis. -KD


In 1973 we were still not only citizens but Original Ethnic Nationalities but why now removed?

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 05:07 AM PDT

ေျဖႏုိင္သူမ်ားႏွင့္ ေျဖရဲသူမ်ား ေျဖၾကပါ

၁။ မူလဘူတက ျမန္မာျပည္မွာ တုိင္းရင္းသား (၁၄၄)မ်ိဳးရွိတာကုိ သိပါသလား။

၂။ ဗုိလ္ခ်ဳပ္မွဴးႀကီးေစာေမာင္က (၁၃၅)ျဖစ္ေစသတည္းလုိ႔ မာရွယ္ေလာႏွင့္ ဖန္ဆင္းလုိက္တာႏွင့္ (၁၃၅)မ်ိဳး ျဖစ္သြားရတာကုိ သိပါသလား။

၃။ မၾကာခင္က တုိင္းရင္းသားလူမ်ိဳး (၁၀၁)မ်ိဳးသာ ရွိတယ္ဆုိကာ ေရြးေကာက္ပဲြေကာ္မရွင္က ဇုိမီးကုိ တုိင္းရင္းသား မဟုတ္ဘူးဆုိျပီး ဇုိမီးတုိင္းရင္းသား တစ္အုပ္စုလုံးကုိ အရွင္လတ္လတ္ ေဖ်ာက္ဖ်က္ပစ္လုိက္တာကုိ သိပါသလား။

၄။ ဇုိမီးေတြက ကန္႔ကြက္သျဖင့္ လူမိသြားျပီး ဥံဳဖြ ဇုိမီးတုိင္းရင္းသား ျပန္ျဖစ္ေစလုိ႔ မိန္႔ၾကားလုိက္ရာ ဇုိမီးလူမ်ိဳးမ်ား ခ်က္ခ်င္း ေငါက္ေတာက္ထ အသက္ျပန္ရွင္လာရတာကုိ သိပါသလား။

၅။ မူလ (၁၄၄)မ်ိဳးကုိ (၁၃၅)မ်ိဳးလုိ႔ သတ္မွတ္လုိက္တုန္းက အပယ္ခံလိုက္ရတဲ့ လူမ်ိဳး(၉)မ်ိဳးက ဘယ္ေခ်ာင္မွာ ငုတ္တုတ္ ေပ်ာက္သြားပါသလဲ။

၆။ တစ္ဖန္ လူမ်ိဳး(၁၃၅)မွ (၁၀၁)မ်ိဳးသာျဖစ္ေစလုိ႔ ဦးသိန္းစိန္အစုိးရက မိန္႔ဆုိလုိက္ျပန္ေတာ့ ေနာက္ထပ္ ပယ္လုိက္တဲ့ လူမ်ဳိး (၃၄)မ်ိဳးကုိေကာ ဘယ္ေထာင့္မွာ လူမသိ သူမသိ သြားသတ္ပစ္လုိက္ပါသလဲ။

(တစ္ကယ္ေတာ့ မ်ိဳးျဖဳတ္ခံ (Genocide) လိုက္တဲ့ ကာယကံရွင္ ျမန္မာတုိင္းရင္းသား (၃၄)မ်ိဳးကေတာ့ သူတုိ႔ကုိယ္ သူတုိ႔ ဘယ္တုန္းက ဘယ္လုိ အရွင္လတ္လတ္ ေပ်ာက္ကြယ္သြားျပီ ဆုိတာေတာင္ ယခုအထိ မသိရွာေသးပါဘူး။ လူဦးေရ သန္း(၆၀)ေလာက္ရဲ့ တုိင္းရင္းသား (၁၃၅)မ်ိဳးမွာ သိန္းဂဏန္းသာရွိတဲ့ ခ်င္းလူမ်ိဳးကုိ (၅၃)မ်ိဳးခဲြျဖစ္ေအာင္ ဗရဗြ ခဲြစိတ္ထားတဲ့အတြက္ ခ်င္း၊ ကူကီး၊ ဇုိမီးစသည့္ ကာယကံရွင္ေတြကပင္ မႏွစ္သက္ၾကပါ။ ညွိႏႈိင္းျခင္းျဖင့္ အလြယ္တစ္ကူ ေျဖရွင္းႏုိင္တဲ့ တုိင္းရင္းသားစာရင္းကုိပင္ မလိုအပ္ဘဲ တစ္ဖက္သတ္ အာဏာသုံး လုပ္ေဆာင္ေနဆဲျဖစ္သည့္ ဦးသိန္းစိန္အစုိးရ၏ တုိင္းရင္းသားမ်ားအေပၚ ထားရွိေသာ ေစတနာမွန္ကုိ ေမးခြန္းထုတ္စရာ ျဖစ္သည္။)

၇။ လူမ်ိဳး (၁၄၄)ျဖစ္ေစ၊ (၁၃၅)ျဖစ္ေစ၊ (၁၀၁)မိ်ဳးျဖစ္ေစ တစ္ခါဘူးကမွ ကာယကံရွင္ တုိင္းရင္းသားေတြရဲ့ ဆႏၵသေဘာထားကုိ ေတာင္းဆုိ ညွိႏႈိင္းျခင္း မရွိဘဲ အစုိးရဆုိသူေတြကသာ တစ္ဖက္သတ္ မိမိထင္သလုိ သတ္မွတ္ခဲ့တာခ်ည္း ျဖစ္တယ္ဆုိတာကုိေကာ သိပါသလား။ တုိင္းျပည္ရဲ့ လုံျခံဳေရးအတြက္ ဒီေလာက္အေရးႀကီးတဲ့ တုိင္းရင္းသားကိစၥကုိ အစုိးရဆုိသူေတြက မိမိစိတ္ၿကုိက္ ေမွာက္ခ်ည္ လွန္ခ်ည္ လုပ္ေနတာကုိ မွန္တယ္လုိ႔ ထင္ပါသလား။ လုပ္ခြင့္ရွိတယ္လုိ႔ ထင္ပါသလား။ လက္ခံေပးႏုိင္ပါသလား။

၈။ ဦးႏုက မဲရခ်င္လုိ႔ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာကုိ တုိင္းရင္းသားအျဖစ္ သတ္မွတ္ေပးခဲ့တယ္လုိ႔ ေထာက္ျပျပီး ကန္႔ကြက္ၾကတယ္။ ေကာင္းပါျပီ။ (က်ေနာ့အျမင္ကေတာ့ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာတုိင္းရင္းသား ျဖစ္ မျဖစ္၊ ႏိုင္ငံသား ျဖစ္ မျဖစ္ အပါအဝင္ တုိင္းရင္းသားေရးရာကိစၥအားလုံးကုိ အစုိးရႏွင့္ သမုိင္းပညာရွင္ေတြ၊ တုိင္းရင္းသားေပါင္းစုံ ႏုိင္ငံေရး ေခါင္းေဆာင္ေတြပါတဲ့ ေကာ္မရွင္ (သုိ႔) ကြန္ဖရင့္တစ္ရပ္ကသာ ေျဖရွင္းသင့္တယ္လုိ႔ ယုံၾကည္တယ္။)

သုိ႔ေသာ္ ျမန္မာ့သမုိ္င္းမွာ တစ္ခါဘူးကမွ တုိင္းရင္းသား မျဖစ္ခဲ့တဲ့၊ ဒီမုိကေရစီအစုိးရ အဆက္ဆက္ႏွင့္ ဦးေနဝင္းေခတ္တစ္ေလွ်ာက္လုံး ႏုိင္ငံျခားသားေတြသာ ျဖစ္တယ္လုိ႔ တသမတ္တည္း သတ္မွတ္ခဲ့တဲ့ ကုိးကန္႔ကုိ တရုပ္နဂါးေၾကာက္ျပီး ၁၉၉၀ ေနာက္ပုိင္းမွ တုိင္းရင္းသားအျဖစ္ အာဏာစက္ႏွင့္ သတ္မွတ္လုိက္တာကုိေကာ အမ်ိဳးေပ်ာက္မွာ စုိးေၾကာက္ပါတယ္ဆုိသူမ်ားက ဘယ္ေခ်ာင္မွာ အိပ္ေပ်ာ္ေနဆဲျဖစ္လုိ႔ မကန္႔ကြက္ရပါသလဲ။

ဒီမုိကေရစီႏွင့္ လူ႕အခြင့္အေရးေတြအတြက္ တုိက္ပဲြဝင္ေနပါတယ္ဆုိတဲ့ ႏုိင္ငံေရး၊ လူမႈေရး ေခါင္းေဆာင္မ်ား၊ စာေပ ယဥ္ေက်းမႈ ပညာရွင္မ်ားကေကာ စံႏွစ္ခု(Double Standard) ကုိင္စဲြထားတာ လိပ္ျပာသန္႔ပါရဲ့လား။

တရုပ္နဂါးေၾကာက္လုိ႔ ႏွာမ်ား ေစးသြားတဲ့ ယုန္ကေလးမ်ား ျဖစ္သြားရွာျပီလား။

ေျဖႏုိင္သူမ်ား၊ ေျဖရဲသူမ်ား ေျဖၾကပါ။

ေအာင္တင္
ဇူလုိင္ (၄) ၂၀၁၂



8 Stages of Genocide slowly unfolding in Rakhine and Myanmar

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 04:35 AM PDT



They say :Never Again but now quietly committing again in Myanmar

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 03:58 AM PDT

Mr. President Obama, why no visible action in Rakhine and Myanmar yet?

Mr. President Obama, why no visible action in Rakhine and Myanmar yet?

Answer to the question in this YouTube = Rohingyas and Myanmar Muslims

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Posted: 06 Jul 2012 03:54 AM PDT



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Posted: 06 Jul 2012 03:50 AM PDT



Proof of ongoing Genocide in Myanmar

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 02:54 AM PDT

Proof of ongoing Genocide in Myanmar

On 3rd of June 2012, ten Myanmar Muslims on pilgrimage trip (Tabalique) were ruthlessly massacred by 300 strong Radical Buddhist Terrorists without any reason except that they were happened to be Muslims. (Don't come and give LAME EXCUSE about other criminal case, which may even be just a set-up plot by the Radical Hardliners to detonate the fuse of Communal Riots against the Muslims.)

Just read the NASTY and inhumane writing (posting) and comments and compare with the No. 3. DEHUMANIZATION from The 8 Stages of Genocide which is copied below.

Wake up and take what you need to do: UN, UNSG, UNSC, ICC, USA, EU and OIC have DUTY to protect and uphold the justice.

No 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.

 



Kontroversi Hudud Dedah Kejahilan & Kebiadaban Ahli UMNO Terhadap Hukum Allah

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 04:24 AM PDT


Demikianlah jahil dan biadabnya golongan ini terhadap hukum Allah. Inikah yang diajarkan oleh pemimpin UMNO kepada ahli-ahlinya?

Ini lagi:



Mengikut kitab-kitab dari ulamak muktabar seperti Said Hawa menjelaskan perkataan-perkataan yang meragukan hukum Islam boleh membawa kepada murtad. Mestika Hadith terbitan Jabatan Perdana Menteri sendiri, ada menyebut beberapa contoh kata-kata yang boleh membatalkan iman seseorang atau yang boleh menjadi murtad iaitu:

Kata-kata (menghina atau merendahkan) mana-mana hukum Islam seperti :

• Hukum apa ini?
• Hukum ini sudah lapuk.
• Zaman sekarang tidak sepatutnya diharamkan riba' kerana menghalang kemajuan.
• Dalam zaman serba maju ini kaum wanita tak perlu dibungkus-bungkus (tutup aurat dengan memakai telekong).
• Berzina kalau suka sama suka apalah haramnya?
• Minum arak kalau dengan tujuan hendak menyihatkan badan untuk beribadat apa salahnya.
• Berjudi kalau masing-masing sudah rela menerima untung ruginya apa salahnya.
• Kalau hendak sangat menurut hukum-hukum Islam, sampai kiamat kita tidak maju.
• Seseorang berkata,"Perbuatan yang demikian tidak beradab", apabila diceritakan bahawa Nabi Muhammad SAW selepas makan baginda menjilat sisa makanan dijarinya (sebelum dibasuh tangan).
• Seseorang berkata,"Aku tidak mahu memotong kuku sekalipun sunnah", apabila diberitahu bahawa memotong kuku adalah sunnah.
• Membaca ayat-ayat suci al-Quran, hadith nabi dan nama-nama Allah dengan cara mempersenda dan mempermain-mainkannya.


Sekalipun kitab Mestika Hadith itu diterbitkan oleh Jabatan Perdana Menteri, tetapi Perdana Menteri Malaysia sendiri telah menolak hudud.





Firmanullah swt yang bermaksud

Dan tidaklah patut bagi laki-laki yang mu'min dan mukminah bagi yang perempuan, apabila Allah dan Rasul-Nya telah menetapkan suatu hukum, maka ada pilihan untuk mereka. Dan barang siapa mendurhakai Allah dan Rasul-Nya maka sungguhlah dia telah sesat, sesat yang nyata. (Surah Al-Ahzab:36)

Maka patutkah aku mencari hakim selain daripada Allah, padahal Dialah yang telah menurunkan kitab (al-Qur'an) kepadamu dengan terperinci Orang-orang yang telah Kami datangkan kitab kepada mereka, mereka mengetahui bahwa al-Qur'an itu diturunkan dari Rabbmu dengan sebenarnya. Maka janganlah kamu sekali-kali termasuk orang yang ragu-ragu. (Surah Al-An'am:114)


理大指威北具考古潜能 黄汉伟:有望增旅游区知名度

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 01:30 AM PDT

理大指威北具考古潜能 黄汉伟:有望增旅游区知名度
哈雅妮(左起)、黄汉伟、帕特里克及古天发推广第2届浮罗山背艺术交流与研讨会,旨在打造浮罗山背成为艺术村,提升当地艺术文化。
哈雅妮(左起)、黄汉伟、帕特里克及古天发推广第2届浮罗山背艺术交流与研讨会,旨在打造浮罗山背成为艺术村,提升当地艺术文化。
 
(槟岛西南区5日讯)槟州城乡规划、房屋及艺术委员会主席黄汉伟行政议员指出,理大考古研究队曾向州政府接洽,透露他们发掘到威北是深具潜能的考古区,目前尚需要时间来进行更详细的鉴定工作。他说,上述好消息是续槟城乔治市被列为世界文化遗产后,或有望进一步提升州内的旅游景点知名度。同时,这也是理大考古研究队耗20年鉴定霹雳玲珑为考古遗址,并获得联合国教科文组织列为世界文化遗址的另一个创举。他是于周三下午在浮罗图书馆主持颁发槟州博物馆及艺术画廊出版的艺术刊物给西南县50所学校及公共图书馆仪式上,致词时如是表示。

他指出,这些艺术刊物捐献给学校,可以让中小学生及老师观赏本地艺术家的作品,从中增广见闻,提升对艺术文化的知识。他说,浮罗山背的自然景象,深具4大特点即骑脚踏车天堂、榴梿、生态旅游及艺术文化,吸引国内外旅客远道而来,足可媲美乔治市古迹区,更成为不可错过的观光景点。

哈雅妮:推广艺术文化教育
槟州博物馆主任哈雅妮指出,该馆全力推广艺术文化教育工作,这次共移交400本艺术刊物给州内中小学,上个月已赠送艺术刊物给37所东北县学校,随后会再分配至威省。她说,去年参观博物馆人数有7万7505人,相较前年6万8227人,增加4%,以学校机构组团为主,助年轻人了解州内历史及珍惜先贤贡献。

她续说,去年博物馆举办31项活动,相较前年仅有26项,增加了19%。该馆也跟随时代步伐,设立面子书、部落格及推特来转达资讯,让人们掌握最新讯息,拉近彼此距离。


Going hiking!

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 01:12 AM PDT

Will be back next week…

hiking


Now, Talam had spoken up, against MCA this time.

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 12:57 AM PDT

MCA's Chua Tee Yong made "mega-blunder" in his allegations against Selangor State Government for spending RM1 billion taxpayers' monies to bail out Talam Corporation, which is now called as Trinity Corporation Berhad.Talam has issued a statement to rebut Chua Tee Yong's baseless allegations. In my opinion, the manner in which the statement was worded was quite "strong". Not many private company


Danger lurks in Taman Sri Kuching playground

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 11:36 PM PDT

Exposed live wires pose threat to public
TROUBLE WAITING TO HAPPEN: Lim shows the switch box that has been neglected for a year. In the centre is Yap — Pix: Shahir Omar 
IN A MESS: The playground in a state of neglect
Residents of Taman Sri Kuching in Segambut are worried about wires jutting out from a Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) switch box at a playground near Jalan Selingsing 3.
The switch box fell off from its trap more than a year ago and nothing was done to address the problem. The playground was poorly maintained and has turned into a haunt for foreigners who sit around consuming alcohol at night.
A resident, Yap Yee Siam, 65, said the problems started after the switch box dropped from its trap. "A group of foreigners playing football had accidentally hit the switch box," he said. "Since then, I consealed the box with canvas to prevent water from seeping through."
Yap said residents fear for children's safety while at the playground. "Many do avoid the fallen switch box but accidents can happen," he said.
Yap said TNB staff visited the playground several times but there is no initiative to repair or replace the switch box. "In the morning, there are rubbish and beer bottles strewn all over the area," he said.
Yap hoped the authorities will look into it to prevent any untoward incidents. Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng visited the playground yesterday and said he would check with City Hall.


Skandal LRT Gugat Kedudukan Najib, Polis Jadi Kuda Tunggangan UMNO BN

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 12:34 AM PDT

PM bimbang skandal LRT gugat kedudukan'

Pengarah Strategi PKR Rafizi Ramli melihat siasatan terhadapnya - kerana mendedahkan dokumen projek sambungan LRT didakwa bernilai RM1 bilion - disebabkan kebimbangan perdana menteri terhadap kemungkinan dakwaan itu menggugat kedudukannya.

Katanya, tindakan menubuhkan pasukan khas polis untuk menyiasat kebocoran maklumat itu, seperti dumumkan Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Datuk Seri Bakri Zinin mengesahkan dokumen berkaitan asli.

"Kenyataan Bakri semalam mengesahkan dua perkara: Bahawa dokumen-dokumen Kementerian Kewangan termasuk minit yang ditandatangani oleh Najib dan dokumen lain berkaitan tender tersebut adalah benar dan asli.

"(Ia juga mengesahkan) bahawa Najib bimbang skandal ini bakal menggugat kedudukan beliau apabila maklumat mengenainya tersebar luas," katanya. -mk

Skandal projek LRT: Usaha Najib takutkan saya sia2 – Rafizi

KUALA LUMPUR 5 Julai: Ketangkasan polis menubuhkan pasukan khas kononnya bagi menyiasat dokumen skandal projek Transit Aliran Ringan (LRT) Ampang mengesahkan persepsi rakyat bahawa pasukan itu mengutamakan Umno berbanding keselamatan rakyat, kata Rafizi Ramli.

Pengarah Strategi KEADILAN itu berkata, sehingga kini polis enggan menyiasat dokumen sulit mengenai strategi dan kekuatan pertahanan negara yang dijual kepada syarikat asing seperti didedah di Mahkamah Perancis baru-baru ini.

"Apakah beliau (Datuk Seri Bakri Zinin) tidak memahami bahaya jutaan rakyat yang sedang dan bakal menggunakan sistem LRT laluan Ampang jika sebuah syarikat yang tiada pengalaman dalam sistem LRT dianugerah kontrak ini?

"Adakah beliau sendiri berani menaiki LRT sistem laluan Ampang saban hari ke tempat kerja jika beliau sedar seluruh kerja-kerja pembinaan dikendali oleh sebuah syarikat yang hanya berpengalaman mengilang meter air," soalnya dalam kenyataan.

Semalam, Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah (JSJ) Bukit Aman itu mengumumkan penubuhan pasukan itu bagi menyiasat pendedahan dokumen tender kontrak sambungan projek LRT Ampang yang disifatkannya sebagai rahsia kerajaan.

"Kenyataan Bakri ini sebenarnya mengesahkan bahawa dokumen Kementerian Kewangan termasuk minit yang ditandatangani Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan dokumen lain berkaitan tender adalah benar dan asli.

"Malah kenyataan beliau juga menunjukkan Najib bimbang skandal ini bakal menggugat kedudukan beliau apabila maklumat mengenainya tersebar luas,"
tegas beliau.

Kata Rafizi, sebarang usaha menakutkannya dari terus membongkar skandal itu adalah sia-sia.

"Saya juga meneruskan siri pendedahan seterusnya 9 Julai ini. Mulai minggu depan, kami mula turun ke stesen LRT untuk mengedar risalah maklumat dan melancar kempen 'Utamakan Keselamatan Rakyat' di seluruh LRT laluan Ampang," kata Rafizi lagi.
-KD



Isu LRT: Utamakan keselamatan rakyat, Rafizi gesa polis

SHAH ALAM - Pengarah Strategi PKR, Rafizi Ramli berkata, tindakan polis yang kelihatan lebih mementingkan kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN)-Umno berbanding keselamatan rakyat bakal mengundang bahaya kepada jutaan pengguna ekoran keengganan penguatkuasa itu menyiasat Perdana Menteri.

Menurut beliau, Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Bukit Aman, Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin menolak mentah-mentah dari menyiasat campurtangan Perdana Menteri dalam anugerah kontrak kerja-kerja pembinaan tambahan LRT laluan Ampang, sebaliknya segera menubuhkan pasukan khas mahu menyiasat kebocoran maklumat sulit negara apabila dokumen tender diketahui umum.

"Saya kesal dengan kenyataan Mohd Bakri kononnya kebocoran maklumat sebegini menjejaskan keselamatan dan kepentingan negara.

"Apakah beliau tidak memahami bahaya kepada jutaan orang awam yang sedang dan bakal menggunakan sistem LRT laluan Ampang sekiranya sebuah syarikat yang langsung tidak ada pengalaman di dalam sistem LRT dianugerahkan kontrak ini?
"katanya.

Rafizi juga menyoal sama ada Mohd Bakri berani mengambil risiko menaiki LRT sistem laluan Ampang setiap hari ke tempat kerja sekiranya beliau sedar bahawa seluruh kerja-kerja pembinaan dikendalikan oleh sebuah syarikat yang hanya berpengalaman mengilang meter air.

"Paling dikesali, pimpinan PDRM tidak pula bergegas mahu menyiasat kebocoran maklumat pertahanan negara apabila dokumen sulit mengenai strategi dan kekuatan pertahanan negara dijual kepada syarikat asing seperti yang didedahkan di Mahkamah Perancis baru-baru ini.

"Jelas sekali, kepimpinan PDRM berbeza pendapat dengan rakyat Malaysia mengenai makna sebenar kepentingan awam,"
katanya lagi.

Semalam, Mohd Bakri dipetik berkata, polis memandang serius pendedahan dokumen rahsia tersebut kerana dokumen yang telah dikelaskan sebagai rahsia kerajaan itu secara tidak langsung boleh menjejaskan kepentingan negara.

Dalam pada itu, Rafizi juga berkata, beliau sedar tanggungjawab yang perlu digalas dan risiko yang perlu dihadapi dan nyawa jutaan rakyat Malaysia yang menggunakan sistem LRT laluan Ampang adalah terlalu berharga serta perlu dipertahankan sehinggalah kontraktor yang layak dan berkemahiran dilantik bagi projek ini.

"Sebarang usaha untuk menakut-nakutkan saya dan rakan-rakan dari terus membongkar skandal ini adalah sia-sia.

"Saya akan meneruskan siri pendedahan seterusnya pada hari Isnin 9 Julai 2012 seperti biasa. Malah, mulai minggu depan kami akan mula turun ke stesen-stesen LRT untuk mengedarkan risalah maklumat dan melancarkan kempen Utamakan Keselamatan Rakyat di seluruh LRT laluan Ampang," katanya.
-SH


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The Black Swan Theory

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 10:53 PM PDT

Recently, I wrote a post HERE which might have been befuddling to some. It is unfortunate that due to certain developments, it is safer to write in veiled terms than to make postulations in black and white. The purpose of that post was to emphasize the point that things are not clear-cut in black and white terms. There is no one scenario of A versus B, the good guys versus the not-so-good guys or good triumphing over evil. Whilst idealism can be a motivating factor, it can also blind us from seeing reality as it is. Remember - various combinations of possibilities can arise and the powerful ones have worked these out for their self-preservation. It is only those who have been beguiled by agenda-setting schemes or attempts to shape public opinion and then to have a herd mentality who may be susceptible to oversimplification of events/developments. Hence, there is such a deep need for Malaysians not to be fooled by reports or any form of writing, mine included - even though I try, to the best of my ability, to write as objectively as possible. Most importantly, it is vital that we have a bird'e eye-view of developments and think as far back as even 2001 and see how things have rolled out till now. Find the golden thread to put it all together. Join the dots and then see who is the Master of them all whose plans have been executed to the hilt by those chosen for their talents, network and abilities. To make it easier for us to size up the current situation, consider The Black Swan Theory.


*I wish to express my grateful thanks to UP41 for enlightening me in this area.
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Do black swans exist? Well, years ago, people thought all swans must be white just because no one had ever encountered a black swan. In 1697, Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh discovered black swans in Western Australia after which the term 'black swan' metamorphosed to connote that a perceived impossibility might later be disproven. As far back as the 19th century John Stuart Mill used the black swan logical fallacy as a new term to identify falsification.

In the 17th century, writer Francis Bacon warned that our minds are wired to deceive us.

"Beware the fallacies into which undisciplined thinkers most easily fall--they are the real distorting prisms of human nature." 

"Assuming more order than exists in chaotic nature." 

The sad reality is that our brains are wired for narrative, not statistical uncertainty. In order to simplify the world that we live in, we tell ourselves simple stories to explain complex things/people/situations which we do not/cannot understand. Ever so often, it is likely that whatever reason we postulate may be simplified, distorted or wrong.

It was Lebanese-American writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb who first made this argument in Fooled by Randomness (2004), an engaging look at the history and reasons for our predilection for self-deception when it comes to statistics. In 2007, he wrote The Black Swan: the Impact of the Highly Improbable (revised and completed in 2010), about predicting the future.

Nassim explains that the problem exists because  we place too much weight on the odds that past events will repeat (diligently trying to follow the path of the "millionaire next door," when unrepeatable chance is a better explanation).  He highlights that the really important events are rare and unpredictable. He calls such events Black Swans which is in direct reference to a 17th century philosophical thought experiment.

Nassim also argues that it is futile to explain really big events in our world which are rare and unpredictable. Any attempt to explain them may be satisfying but pointless. and thus trying to extract generalizable stories to explain them may be emotionally satisfying, but it's practically useless. His rationale:  "History does not crawl, it jumps." He argues that whatever assumptions we have are developed from the bell-curve predictability of what he calls "Mediocristan." In reality, our world is really shaped by the wild power law swings of "Extremistan."

According to Wikipedia:

The black swan theory or theory of black swan events is a metaphor that describes an event that is a surprise (to the observer), has a major impact, and after the fact is often inappropriately rationalized with the benefit of hindsight.

The theory was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb to explain:
  • The disproportionate role of high-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare events that are beyond the realm of normal expectations in history, science, finance and technology
  • The non-computability of the probability of the consequential rare events using scientific methods (owing to the very nature of small probabilities)
  • The psychological biases that make people individually and collectively blind to uncertainty and unaware of the massive role of the rare event in historical affairs
Unlike the earlier philosophical "black swan problem", the "black swan theory" refers only to unexpected events of large magnitude and consequence and their dominant role in history. Such events, considered extreme outliers, collectively play vastly larger roles than regular occurrences.

Identifying a black swan event

Based on the author's criteria:

  1. The event is a surprise (to the observer).
  2. The event has a major impact.
  3. After the first recorded instance of the event, it is rationalized by hindsight, as if it could have been expected; that is, the relevant data was available but unaccounted for in risk mitigation programs. The same is true for the personal perception by individuals.

An example Taleb uses to explain his theory is the events of 11 September 2001. 9/11 was a shock to all common observers. Its ramifications continue to be felt in many ways: increased levels of security; "preventive" strikes or wars by Western governments. The coordinated, successful attack on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon using commercial airliners was virtually unthinkable at the time. However, with the benefit of hindsight, it has come to be seen as a predictable incident in the context of the changes in terrorist tactics.

Coping with black swan events

The main idea in Taleb's book is not to attempt to predict black swan events, but to build robustness against negative ones that occur and be able to exploit positive ones. Taleb contends that banks and trading firms are very vulnerable to hazardous black swan events and are exposed to losses beyond those predicted by their defective models. On the subject of business in particular, Taleb is highly critical of the widespread use of the normal distribution model as the basis for calculating risk.

In the second edition of The Black Swan, Taleb provides "Ten Principles for a Black-Swan-Robust Society".
Taleb states that a black swan event depends on the observer. For example, what may be a black swan surprise for a turkey is not a black swan surprise to its butcher; hence the objective should be to "avoid being the turkey" by identifying areas of vulnerability in order to "turn the Black Swans white". (Source: HERE)

Here's an excerpt of New York Times review of the book:

A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.


Why do we not acknowledge the phenomenon of black swans until after they occur? Part of the answer, according to Taleb, is that humans are hardwired to learn specifics when they should be focused on generalities. We concentrate on things we already know and time and time again fail to take into consideration what we don't know. We are, therefore, unable to truly estimate opportunities, too vulnerable to the impulse to simplify, narrate, and categorize, and not open enough to rewarding those who can imagine the "impossible."


For years, Taleb has studied how we fool ourselves into thinking we know more than we actually do. We restrict our thinking to the irrelevant and inconsequential, while large events continue to surprise us and shape our world. In this revelatory book, Taleb explains everything we know about what we don't know, and this second edition features a new philosophical and empirical essay, "On Robustness and Fragility," which offers tools to navigate and exploit a Black Swan world.


Elegant, startling, and universal in its applications, The Black Swan will change the way you look at the world. Taleb is a vastly entertaining writer, with wit, irreverence, and unusual stories to tell. He has a polymathic command of subjects ranging from cognitive science to business to probability theory. The Black Swan is a landmark book—itself a black swan. (MORE HERE)

So, please be on guard because:

  • What you read may not be what the writer intended OR
  • What you think (opinions/perceptions) may be what the writer INTENDED but need not reflect the truth because there could be a hidden agenda that can only be understood in the bigger picture
  • What you think may not happen COULD happen
  • What you see is only but a part of the big picture which could be completed in many ways based on the different combinations that the one-in-charge had already foreseen
It just does not make sense that certain things happen the way they have been occurring because there has to be an unknown person/force orchestrating events and making them come true via their puppeteers or social engineers. To be overly optimistic that change can happen is not advisable even though I am all for change. It is because no one can predict the future and we have to be prepared for the 'what-ifs...' for otherwise, we would be wilting in idealistic hopes
Let us not be fooled in just condemning this and that but let us really think:

Why?

Why couldn't he/they/she have.....?

As we question before believing any side, may the truth be revealed to us. And at all costs, let us not fall prey to propaganda.

Download the free e-book The Black Swan: the Impact of the Highly Improbable HERE. Read and be enlightened.


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