Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hudud: Either PAS drops it or leave PR!

Hudud: Either PAS drops it or leave PR!

Hudud: Either PAS drops it or leave PR!

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 10:48 AM PDT

How come, man?

Nik Aziz remained adamant about his hudud. He said there is no doubt PAS will implement the Islamic Law should Pakatan Rakyat wins the next general election.

MCA is worried and so is DAP. Unexpectedly, PKR is also against such a law in Malaysia.

So, how would the three PR components face each other over the issue? I believe there won't be any consensus because looking at the current scenario, DAP and PKR will be all out to fail Nik Aziz and Hadi Awang on their plan.

Weirdos at work!

Anwar Ibrahim himself, as PR de facto leader is now sucked into the problem. If no compromise is reached among the three, Pakatan will fall apart. Bickering over hudud will soon tear the political pact apart.

How to find an amicable solution to this burning topic?

Let me suggest - either PAS or DAP breaks the pact. Leave Pakatan and be on their own. As for PKR, they will find comfort working with DAP than with PAS. PAS to the PKR leaders is bringing more trouble of late, especially when some of its office bearers question Anwar's and Lim Kit Siang's credibility as the probable PM and DPM.

"I don't think I should mention this the second time, as it (the proposal) had been made a long time ago and everybody knows about it," Nik Aziz told reporters after chairing a state executive council meeting in Kota Bharu yesterday.

And in Kuala Lumpur, PKR's Youth wing has chosen to side with DAP chairman Karpal Singh in opposing  Pas' hudud aspirations. Its chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin yesterday warned his PAS counterpart Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi, that he had opened a Pandora's box over his recent comment on the implementation of hudud, which had raised the ire of Karpal and other DAP members.

He said it was improper for Nasrudin to dredge up the longstanding issue as he claimed that the stance of the alliance between PKR, DAP and Pas on the Islamic criminal law was clear.

"I would like to advise Nasrudin to refer to our agreement late last year that hudud is not part of Pakatan Rakyat's joint policy until all member parties agree to it."

Shamsul Iskandar added that close to 30 top opposition party leaders had met for over three hours on Sept 29 last year to resolve the deep-rooted hudud issue, which has seen DAP and Pas repeatedly at loggerheads.

"DAP's objection has to be respected and PR will continue to allow its members to air different views," he said.

On Friday, Karpal had expressed displeasure upon learning that Nasrudin had, during a political debate, suggested that he was willing to consider hudud for the country.

Perhaps there is another solution to the issue - either PAS drops hudud or being dropped from Pakatan Rakyat!

Polis Sahkan KGT Tiada Penyelewengan - Muka Para Blogger Pencacai Sudah Labuh

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 10:47 AM PDT

Ketua Polis Negeri, Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman berkata, pihaknya telah menjalankan siasatan terhadap empat laporan polis yang mendakwa KGT terlibat dengan penyelewengan.

"Kita sudah menjalankan siasatan terhadap empat laporan polis yang dibuat berhubung skandal KGT ini dan hasil siasatan mendapati tiada unsur penyelewengan dan tiada unsur jenayah komersial. Sehubungan itu, polis menutup kes ini,"

Ulang lagi sekali.

Ketua Polis Negeri, Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman berkata, pihaknya telah menjalankan siasatan terhadap empat laporan polis yang mendakwa KGT terlibat dengan penyelewengan.

"Kita sudah menjalankan siasatan terhadap empat laporan polis yang dibuat berhubung skandal KGT ini dan hasil siasatan mendapati tiada unsur penyelewengan dan tiada unsur jenayah komersial. Sehubungan itu, polis menutup kes ini,"

Mana Kickdefella, Jogho Kelate dan Wan Ikhsan mau letak muka?

Maka aku hendak bertanya. Dimana pendekar-pendekar yang istihar perang itu? Dimana si Kickdefella yang hebat mengecam KGT. Mana Jogho yang begitu "besungguh" berhujah sebelum ini. Dimana bekas Amk Kelantan yang bersemangat melancarkan perang. Mana dan mana jejaka hebat ini.

Dimana sinis Kickdefella yang kononnya meminta Husam Musa menyertai rancangan TV Karoot Komedia X? Sekrang siapa yang patut menyertai lawak rancangan TV Karoot Komedia X? Tapi aku berpendapat, si Kickdefella ni, untuk menyertai rancangan TV Karoot Komedia X pun tak layak. Kickdefella hanya layak bersama UMNO. Hanya UMNO yang padai buat jenaka tidak ada unsur humor ini.

Aku cabar keluar dan buat lagi kenyataan tidak kelakar di TV3.

Kepada tiga sahabat ini, aku cabar supaya buat lagi kenyataan kelakar tiada unsur humor ditv3. Aku tahu dan yakin, tv3 dan RTM tentu tidak keberatan untuk mewawancara kamu. Aku berharap TV3 atau RTM memberi rancangan khas untuk anda sekalian untuk membuat lawak.

Harap Husam saman pelawak tidak lawak ini.

Meraka sebelum begitu hebat menyerang dan hebat mendapat liputan tv dan akhbar. Siapa yang taja mereka? Aku berharap Husam dapat menyaman mereka dengan nilai emas atau dirham supaya dapat memberi pengajaran kepada mereka-mereka yang lain supya jangan lagi buat kelakar bodoh macam ini. Mereka ini bukan sahaja menyerang KGT, bahkan dengan jelas menyerang Husam dari setiap masa dan penjuru. Maka aku berharap, mereka ini dihadap ke mahkamah.

Dan kepada mereka yang terlibat dalam kegiatan yang tidak beretika ini. Nasihat aku, jadi pandailah terlebih dahulu sebelum menyerang orang bijak pandai. Dan berharap mereka bertaubat di bulan mulia ini dan aku menunggu mereka memohon maaf secara terbuka kerana mereka juga menyerang secara terbuka. Pun begitu andai permohonan maaf dibuat secara terbuka, saman tetap juga diteruskan demi pendidikan ummah.-jeminghassan

MBPJ Studying Usefulness Of Dog Parks

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 09:00 AM PDT



PET LOVERS in Petaling Jaya could soon be taking their dogs for a walk in the park.

This has not been possible for public parks in the past because the council has marked them as off limits for dogs owing to irresponsible pet owners.

However MBPJ's Canine Advisory Team or CAT - a monthly committee of the Petaling Jaya City Council or

Police personnel poorly utilised in crime fighting.

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 08:43 AM PDT

  • Liew Chin Tong
  • 9:59AM Jul 21, 2012
MP SPEAKS Reprioritising the tasks of police personnel is the way forward to lower the crime rate and safeguard our families instead of "chasing shadows" in the BN government's obsession with regime security.

Recently, national debate about whether the recent spike in crimes was mere 'perception' has captured headlines and fuelled a blame game. However, police distribution is an important factor that has escaped public notice. Statistics will show a clearer picture of what is hindering the men in blue from making us feel safe.

As of January 2011, for every uniformed police handling crime, there are six in non-crime sectors. This means six times as many police officers are tasked with non-crime related jobs, than those who are fighting crime.

It is a sobering fact that the Criminal Investigation Department makes up only 9 percent, or 9,346, of the total 105,929 uniformed police force. No wonder we feel unsafe!

Overall, barely 14 percent of the uniformed police force is in crime-related departments (criminal investigation department, narcotics and commercial crime investigation).

Meanwhile, a whopping 86 percent of police personnel belong to the non-crime related sectors (management, internal security and public order, logistics, special branch, and special task force).

azlanCould this be due to the BN government's obsession with regime security by placing emphasis on the surveillance of political foes, resulting in such a cock and bull story of Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorists and former communists who have supposedly infiltrated Pakatan Rakyat as alleged by the Special Branch?

These startling figures were revealed by the Home Ministry in a written parliamentary reply during last year's parliamentary session. The Home Ministry has refused to answer a similar question at this year's parliamentary session.

In 2005, the Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission of Inquiry Report made recommendations on transforming the Malaysian police into an efficient, incorruptible, professional world-class police service focussed on three core functions - to keep crime low, to eradicate corruption and to uphold human rights.

The total number of uniformed police personnel has increased from 82,135 in 2001 to 105,929 a decade later. (Civilian staff in the police force is not included in the statistics). Throughout the years, there has not been changes in the distribution of personnel among departments despite public concern over the increase crime.

azlanFor instance, in 2011, 41 percent of uniformed police are in management, 31 percent internal security and public order, 9 percent in logistics, 5 percent in Special Branch, whereas the Criminal Investigation Department only had 9 percent of the uniformed personnel.

The police was given an allocation of RM4.5 billion in 2010, RM5.8 billion in 2011 and RM6.3 billion in 2012 respectively. There is an increase of RM1.8 billion, or 40 percent, between 2010 and 2012.

Consistently in the past three years, the Criminal Investigation Department has received only 8 percent of the total allocation. Talk about misplaced priorities!

There is no point quarrelling over statistics unless the government is willing to move beyond its own obsession with regime security and take measures to prioritise the safety of ordinary Malaysians.

LIEW CHIN TONG is DAP MP for Bukit Bendera.

How the Media Misleads

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 08:38 AM PDT

This morning, I came across a fantastic blog callled RYviewpoint run by a Canadian retiree who describes himself as 'an over-the-hill but under-the-cover guy waiting by the highway of life to see what random deliveries fate has for me..."

Sadly, he decided to stop blogging at that site on the February 1st, 2012 and he eloquently explains the reasons for that decision in THIS POST. Honestly, I really hope he will resume blogging again for otherwise, cyberspace would truly lose an insightful and classy writer like him who not only shows a high level of integrity but writes with such sincerity, style and flair.

I have made a personal commitment to read his past posts everyday for it is rare to come across someone like RYviewpoint who can write brief but hard-hitting posts. His blog has over 5000 blog posts and I will definitely try to read every single one.

One of his posts How Media Misleads is really worth a read and you can access it HERE.

Excerpt from that post:

If the media lies, then a representative government is impossible. And that makes the constitutional requirement for a free press a waste of effort. At least a significant majority of the press must be honest enough to tell the truth. A free press can be honest or sold out. MORE HERE.

Kisah Zinedine Zidane Ke Tanah Suci

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 08:33 AM PDT

Ramai pemain bola sepak beragama Islam yang mencapai puncak karier di pelbagai kumpulan Eropah. Namun kemasyhuran tidak membuat pemain bola Muslim lupa dengan agamanya. Meski mereka bertabur prestasi dan publisiti di tengah-tengah gemerlapnya budaya Eropah, namun mereka malah rindu untuk bisa dekat dengan Sang Pencipta.

Kerana itu, di tengah-tengah ketatnya jadual pertandingan tidak sedikit di antara mereka yang melakukan perjalanan ritual suci ke Makkah mahupun Madinah. Di antara pemain bola yang sudah melakukan ritual pergi haji mahupun umrah yang terungkap ke media adalah Zinedine Zidane, Franck Ribery, Nicolas Anelka, dan Hamit Altintop.

Zidane mempunyai pengalaman spiritual ke Tanah Suci. Pemain Terbaik Dunia tiga kali tersebut termasuk Muslim yang memiliki keimanan cukup mapan. Ketika divonis cedera otot dan harus mendapat rawatan dari pasukan perubatan, Zidane diperintahkan untuk berehat demi masa pemulihan. Tapi bukannya malah berbaring dan mengikuti terapi kesihatan, masa lapang itu dimanfaatkannya untuk pergi haji.

Laman maklumat haji di Arab Saudi menyebutkan, pengarah sukan Real Madrid itu melakukan ritual haji pada 29 Januari 2004, bersama isteri dan anak-anaknya. Zidane dan keluarga mendarat di Lapangan Terbang King Abdul Aziz, Jeddah, dan kemudian melanjutkan perjalanannya ke Madinah. Di sana ia disebutkan sempat melakukan ziarah ke makam Rasulullah SAW.

Kemudian pada Hari Tarwiyah yang jatuh pada 8 Zulhijjah 1424 Hijriah, legenda Real Madrid itu meneruskan perjalanannya ke Mina. Pada hari berikutnya, Zidane langsung mengikuti prosesi puncak pelaksanaan ibadah haji di Arafah dan menunaikan solat di Masjidil Haram. Sayangnya perjalanan pergi haji Zidane itu tidak didokumenkan media sehingga sedikit maklumat yang boleh digali darinya selama di Arab Saudi.

Lelaki kelahiran Marseille, Perancis, 23 Jun 1972 itu adalah legenda Les Bleus yang berasal dari keluarga pendatang Muslim keturunan Algeria. Walaupun hidup dan besar di lingkungan sekular khas Barat, sang ayah yang bernama Ismail sangat menekankan pendidikan agama kepada anak-anaknya. Zidane mempunyai tiga kakak laki-laki dan seorang adik perempuan.

Zidane berkahwin dengan penari berdarah Sepanyol, Veronica, dan dikurniakan tiga anak, yakni Anizo, Luqa, dan Theo. Di tengah kesibukannya membela kelab dan Perancis, Zidane dikenal sangat ketat dalam menjalankan kewajipan solat lima waktu. -detikislam

Subway Ramadan Meal @ Subway 1Shamelin Mall

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 06:10 AM PDT

 The Subway is a bit hidden.
 You can choose one cookie for Ramadan meal.

Ramadan meal:
1 sandwich + 1 drink + 1 cookie = RM9.90.
 I had the Ramadan meal while my wife had the Classics steak sandwich.

Human-Right-Ignorant Radical Racist Bama Buddhist

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 05:18 AM PDT

Thank you for admitting that, "Truth be told, we don't want to see any Muslim and mosque in our Myanmar soil. That is the desire of Buddhist Myanmar people."

United Nations former expert adviser on human rights said: Massacre of Muslim Rohingyas are correct

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 05:11 AM PDT

Source: Myanmar refuses visa to Ansar Burney in The News (International) Wednesday, July 25, 2012 From Print Edition

LONDON: The Burmese embassy in London has refused the visa application of Ansar Burney, the United Nations former expert adviser on human rights. Ansar Burney had applied to visit the troubled country on a "fact-finding mission" but he was informed on Tuesday afternoon that his application cannot be entertained.

Burney told The News: "The embassy has told me that they are not allowing journalists and human rights activists in the country. I am completely gutted. This action proves that Burma has something to hide from the world.

This action shows that reports of Muslims massacre in western Myanmar and Muslim Rohingyas are correct. I wanted to go there only to find facts about this case."Burney had applied for visa last week and was told to collect it on Tuesday.

ပါကစၥတန္ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေခါင္းေဆာင္ ဗီဇာ အျငင္းပယ္ခံရ
ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္တြင္း ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ မူဆလင္မ်ား အစုအျပံဳလိုက္ သတ္ျဖတ္ခံရမႈအတြက္ အခ်က္အလက္မ်ား လာေရာက္ေလ့လာရယူရန္အတြက္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသို႔ လာေရာက္လိုသည့္ ပါကစၥတန္ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရး လႈပ္ရွားမႈေခါင္းေဆာင္ Ansar Burney ႏွင့္ လုပ္ေဖာ္ကိုင္ဖက္ တဦးတို႔အား ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွ ျပည္၀င္ခြင့္
ဗီဇာ ျငင္းပယ္လိုက္ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။မည္သည့္ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးလႈပ္ရွားသူ၊ စာနယ္ဇင္းသမားမ်ားကိုမွ အခ်က္အလက္ ရွာေဖြေလ့လာေရး မစ္ရွင္အျဖစ္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသို႔ လာေရာက္ခြင့္ မျပဳႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း လန္ဒန္ရွိ Ansar Burney Trust International သို႔ ျမန္မာသံရံုးမွ အေၾကာင္းၾကားလာျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။

"သူတို႔ႏိုင္ငံကို စာနယ္ဇင္းသမားေတြနဲ႔ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးအဖြဲ႔ေတြကို ၀င္ခြင့္မေပးဘူးလို႔ သံရံုးက က်ေနာ့္ကို ေျပာလာပါတယ္။ က်ေနာ္ လံုး၀ကို အဖ်က္ဆီးခံလိုက္ရတာပါပဲ။ ဒါဟာ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအေနနဲ႔ ကမၻာၾကီးကေန ထိန္၀ွက္ထားစရာ တစံုတရာ ရွိေနတယ္ဆိုတာ သက္ေသျပလိုက္တာပါပဲ" ဟု Ansar Burney အား ကိုးကား၍ International The News တြင္ ေဖာ္ျပပါရွိသည္။
ပါကစၥတန္ ဖက္ဒရယ္ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရး ၀န္ၾကီးေဟာင္းလည္းျဖစ္၊ လန္ဒန္ရွိ ပါကစၥတန္ သတင္းစာကလပ္၏ အတြင္းေရးမွဴးလည္း ျဖစ္သည့္ Ansar Burney သည္ ဇူလိုင္လ ၁၉ ရက္ေန႔က ဗီဇာေလွ်ာက္ထားခဲ့ၿပီး ခြင့္ျပဳရန္
အတြက္ သံရံုးမွ အားမခံခ်က္ ရရွိထားၿပီးေသာ္လည္း ဇူလိုင္လ ၂၄ ရက္ေန႔တြင္ ယခုကဲ့သို႔ ျငင္းပယ္ခံရျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။

ကုလသမဂၢ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေကာင္စီ အၾကံေပးပုဂၢိဳလ္ေဟာင္း တဦးျဖစ္သည့္ Ansar Burney သည္ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံ
အတြင္း မူဆလင္မ်ား အစုအျပံဳလိုက္ သတ္ျဖတ္ခံေနရသည္ ဟူေသာ အစီရင္ခံစာမ်ားႏွင့္ပတ္သက္၍ ကိုယ္တိုင္ သြားေရာက္ ေလ့လာကာ အခ်က္အလက္မ်ား ရွာေဖြစုေဆာင္းၿပီး အမွန္တရားကို ေဖာ္ထုတ္မည္ဟု ဆိုထားသည္။

ယခုကဲ့သို႔ ျမန္မာအစိုးရ၏ ျပဳမူခ်က္မွာ ၎ႏိုင္ငံတြင္း အျပစ္မဲ့ မူဆလင္မ်ားအား သတ္ျဖတ္ေနမႈမ်ား၊ မူဆလင္ အမ်ဳိးသမီးငယ္မ်ားအား အဓမၼျပဳက်င့္ေနမႈမ်ား၊ အျခားေသာ ယုတ္မာရက္စက္မႈမ်ားႏွင့္ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရး ခ်ဳိးေဖာက္မႈ
မ်ား ျဖစ္ေနသည္ဟူေသာ ျမန္မာအစိုးရအေပၚ ထြက္ဆိုခ်က္မ်ားအား သက္ေသျပလိုက္ျခင္းသာ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း Ansar Burney က မွတ္ခ်က္ျပဳ ေျပာဆိုသြားသည္ဟု Pakistan Today သတင္းတရပ္တြင္လည္း ေဖာ္ျပပါရွိသည္။

Ansar Burney to visit Burma

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations former expert adviser on human rights and Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International, Ansar Burney has said that alarming reports of Muslims massacre and communal violence is grinding on in western Myanmar and Muslim Rohingyas are increasingly being hit with targeted attacks that have included killings, rape and physical abuse and such reports are creating confusion in international community and human rights organisation.

In a press release on Monday, Burney said the four members team of Ansar Burney Trust International has already applied for visa to go to Rakhine, Myanmar on a fact-finding mission and to help crying and dying humanity.

Ansar Burney in this regard appreciated the announcement of US ambassador to Myanmar for a donation of $3 million in food aid to northern areas of the country affected by fighting between troops and ethnic militias.

Burney said that the Ambassador Derek Mitchell announced at the US Embassy on Friday that the $3 million food aid donation for displaced people in Shan and Kachin states in northern Myanmar would be delivered through the UN World Food Programme.

The Ansar Burney Trust accused security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists of Muslims massacre and carrying out new attacks against Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar. "The Myanmar government declared a state of emergency on June 10, deploying army troops to quell the unrest and protect both mosques and monasteries but attacks on Muslims and mosques are continuing under the umbrella of army and government," Ansar Burney added.

He said the Burney Trust believes that ethnic and religious cleansing against innocent Muslims under whatever pretext is unjustifiable and inexcusable under international law, and demanded with the United Nations that UN must take urgent measures to protect the Rohingyas Muslims massacre by calling on Myanmar's government to end its crackdown.

Ansar Burney said that almost 800,000 Rohingya Muslims live in Myanmar. Thousands attempt to flee every year to Bangladesh, Malaysia and elsewhere in the region to escape a life of abuse that rights groups say includes slavery, forced labour, violence against women and restrictions on movement, marriage and reproduction.

An Uncertain Fixed Deposit?

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 03:45 AM PDT

The following article by Adila Razak of Malaysia was first posted here.

The BN stands to lose more than 60 percent of its parliamentary seats in Sabah in the next general election, said a Sabah-based political scientist.

UiTM Sabah lecturer Arnold Puyok said that, based on his research, BN could lose up to 14 of the 22 seats now held by BN in the state.

Seats like Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Pensiangan are being considered "easy wins" for the opposition.

"I don't think the 'fixed deposit' will remain," he said, referring to the popular term for Sabah and Sarawak, which have been traditional BN strongholds.

He was speaking at a roundtable discussion on the next general election, organised by the politics, security and international relations cluster of the National Professors' Council.

Puyok said the BN will have difficulty in retaining not only Chinese seats in Sabah, but also areas where the Kadazan-Dusun make up the majority of voters.

"BN could lose up to 10 marginal areas (where the) Kadazan-Dusun (make up the) majority (of) voters," he said, noting that the toughest battles will be seen in areas which are more urban and densely populated.

He predicted a "tripartite" battle in Sabah between the BN, the United Borneo Front led by veteran Sabah politician Jeffrey Kitingan and an alliance between Pakatan Rakyat and a local movement.

The local movement he said, is likely to be Angkatan Perubahan Sabah, led by local politicians like Beaufort and Tuaran MPs Lajim Ukin and Wilfred Bumburing, who are rumoured to be leaving the BN.

However, he posited that Lajim and Bumburing, both political strongmen in the 1970s and 1980s, have little traction outside their areas today.

"People still look at (Joseph) Pairin (Kitingan, left) as a source to unite the Kadazan-Dusun, and I don't see (Bumburing shifting) support from BN to the opposition," he said.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak political scientist Jeneri Amir said that, while Sarawak BN anchor party PBB is likely to win all 14 of its seats, the same cannot be said for its partners.

"PRS has six seats, but the Sarawak Workers Party is planning to contest four of these and is likely to win two... ," he said.

"SUPP is in bigger trouble, and is likely to lose five of its seven of its seats as the perception among the Chinese is that a vote for SUPP is a vote for (Sarawak Chief Minister) Abdul Taib Mahmud."

SPDP, he said, is also in trouble due to recent defections.

The 2011 Sarawak election has shown popular vote for BN dropping by close to 10 percent compared to the 2006 state polls, he added.

'Sabah, Sarawak kept Umno afloat'

UKM lecturer Jayum Jawan said the question is no longer whether the Borneo states are fixed deposits, but rather a "floatation device (pelampung) to keep Umno and Malays from sinking".

"In 1963, when Singapore left Malaysia, in 1969 when the ruling coalition lost its two-third majority and were fearful even though in other countries people could rule with much less than that...and again in 2008," he said, listing the instances when the two states had provided support.

"In 2013, when the parliamentary term is over, I don't know if Sabah and Sarawak will be a floatation device for any battle ship."

Jawan (left) added that, in Sabah and Sarawak, the church is the "third force" with its strong network throughout the states.

"Christians are voters too and have their interests...The church was previously only concerned in the hereafter but now they are concerned in the 'herenow'.

"Whether this will affect the next general election we will see, but it will definitely be a strong factor in Sarawak politics henceforth."

He said the people of Sarawak are feeling that they are not in the mainstream of development and when someone comes along promising change, it is very appealing.

"This cannot be taken lightly. The opposition can offer the moon and the stars, that is their job, and the job of the government (of the day) is to deliver on its promises," he added.

Astaghfirullah.. Kes Cikgu Rogol Cikgi

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 06:00 AM PDT

Sabak Bernam - Perubahan sikap seorang guru wanita yang menjadi pasif dan pendiam membongkar rahsia dia dirogol rakan sekerjanya. Gambar fail.

Ketua Polis Daerah Sabak Bernam, Superintendan Noor Mushar Mohamad berkata, dalam kejadian jam 5 pagi, 14 April lalu, mangsa yang baru bangun dari tidur diterkam suspek berusia 37 tahun di ruang tamu rumahnya sebaik sahaja dia membuka pintu.

"Suspek seorang guru sekolah rendah bertindak menerkam dan merogol mangsa yang ketika itu bersendirian di rumah.

"Bagaimanapun tiada ugutan yang dibuat dan mangsa tidak mengalami sebarang kecederaan," katanya kepada Sinar Harian ketika ditemui di pejabatnya di sini, semalam.

Menurut Noor Mushar, disebabkan kejadian itu, mangsa berusia 33 tahun itu trauma dan berubah sikap menjadi pasif serta pendiam yang kemudiaannya perubahan itu disedari oleh suami mangsa.

"Mangsa yang pada mulanya takut menceritakan tragedi itu akhir terpaksa mengakui menjadi mangsa rogol selepas didesak berkali-kali oleh suaminya.

"Mangsa ditemani suami kemudiaannya membuat laporan di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Sabak Bernam, kira-kira jam 2 petang, Ahad lalu," katanya,

Berdasarkan laporan yang diterima, polis bertindak menahan suspek yang sudah berkahwin namun masih belum mempunyai cahaya mata itu di kediamannya di sekitar Sungai Besar kira-kira jam 10 malam, pada hari sama laporan dibuat.

"Suspek kini ditahan dan disiasat mengikut Seksyen 376 Kanun Keseksaan kerana kesalahan merogol.

Sementara itu, katanya, orang ramai diminta segera membuat laporan dan tidak mendiamkan diri sekiranya menjadi mangsa jenayah.

"Laporan itu penting bagi memudahkan siasatan dijalankan dan membolehkan tindakan segera diambil ke atas penjenayah," katanya. -SH

[TAZKIRAH] Mana Mak?

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 03:15 AM PDT

Jam 6.30 petang.

Mak berdiri di depan pintu. Wajah Mak kelihatan resah. Mak tunggu adik bungsu balik dari sekolah agama.
... ...
Ayah baru balik dari sawah.

Ayah tanya Mak, "Along mana?'

Mak jawab, "Ada di dapur tolong siapkan makan."

Ayah tanya Mak lagi," Angah mana?"

Mak jawab, "Angah mandi, baru balik main bola."

Ayah tanya Mak, "Ateh mana?"

Mak jawab, "Ateh, Kak Cik tengok tv dengan Alang di dalam?"

Ayah tanya lagi, "Adik dah balik?"

Mak jawab, "Belum. Patutnya dah balik. Basikal adik rosak kot. Kejap lagi kalau tak balik juga jom kita pergi cari Adik."

Mak jawab soalan ayah penuh yakin. Tiap-tiap hari ayah tanya soalan yang sama. Mak jawab penuh perhatian. Mak ambil berat di mana anak-anak Mak dan bagaimana keadaan anak-anak Mak setiap masa dan setiap ketika.

Dua puluh tahun kemudian

Jam 6.30 petang

Ayah balik ke rumah. Baju ayah basah. Hujan turun sejak tengahari.

Ayah tanya Along, "Mana Mak?"

Along sedang membelek-belek baju barunya. Along jawab, "Tak tahu."

Ayah tanya Angah, "Mana Mak?"

Angah menonton tv. Angah jawab, "Mana Angah tahu."

Ayah tanya Ateh, "Mana Mak?"

Ayah menunggu lama jawapan dari Ateh yang asyik membaca majalah.

Ayah tanya Ateh lagi, "Mana Mak?" Ateh menjawab, "Entah."

Ateh terus membaca majalah tanpa menoleh kepada Ayah.

Ayah tanya Alang, "Mana Mak?"

Alang tidak jawab. Alang hanya mengoncang bahu tanda tidak tahu.

Ayah tidak mahu tanya Kak Cik dan Adik yang sedang melayan facebook. Ayah tahu yang Ayah tidak akan dapat jawapan yang ayah mahu.

Tidak ada siapa tahu di mana Mak. Tidak ada siapa merasa ingin tahu di mana Mak. Mata dan hati anak-anak Mak tidak pada Mak. Hanya mata dan hati Ayah yang mencari-cari di mana Mak.

Tidak ada anak-anak Mak yang tahu setiap kali ayah bertanya, "Mana Mak?"

Tiba-tiba adik bungsu bersuara, "Mak ni dah senja-senja pun merayap lagi. Tak reti nak balik!!"

Tersentap hati Ayah mendengar kata-kata Adik.

Dulu anak-anak Mak akan berlari mendakap Mak apabila balik dari sekolah. Mereka akan tanya "Mana Mak?" apabila Mak tidak menunggu mereka di depan pintu.

Mereka akan tanya, "Mana Mak." Apabila dapat nomor 1 atau kaki melecet main bola di padang sekolah. Mak resah apabila anak-anak Mak lambat balik. Mak mahu tahu di mana semua anak-anaknya berada setiap waktu dan setiap ketika.

Sekarang anak-anak sudah besar. Sudah lama anak-anak Mak tidak bertanya 'Mana Mak?"

Semakin anak-anak Mak besar, soalan "Mana Mak?" semakin hilang dari bibir anak-anak Mak . Ayah berdiri di depan pintu menunggu Mak. Ayah resah menunggu Mak kerana sudah senja sebegini Mak masih belum balik. Ayah risau kerana sejak akhir-akhir ini Mak selalu mengadu sakit lutut.

Dari jauh kelihatan sosok Mak berjalan memakai payung yang sudah uzur. Besi-besi payung tercacak keluar dari kainnya. Hujan masih belum berhenti. Mak menjinjit dua bungkusan plastik. Sudah kebiasaan bagi Mak, Mak akan bawa sesuatu untuk anak-anak Mak apabila pulang dari berjalan.

Sampai di halaman rumah Mak berhenti di depan deretan kereta anak-anak Mak. Mak buangkan daun-daun yang mengotori kereta anak-anak Mak. Mak usap bahagian depan kereta Ateh perlahan-lahan. Mak rasakan seperti mengusap kepala Ateh waktu Ateh kecil. Mak senyum. Kedua bibir Mak diketap repat. Senyum tertahan, hanya Ayah yang faham. Sekarang Mak tidak dapat lagi merasa mengusap kepala anak-anak seperti masa anak-anak Mak kecil dulu. Mereka sudah besar. Mak takut anak Mak akan menepis tangan Mak kalau Mak lakukannya.

Lima buah kereta milik anak-anak Mak berdiri megah. Kereta Ateh paling gah. Mak tidak tahu pun apa kehebatan kereta Ateh itu. Mak cuma suka warnanya. Kereta warna merah bata, warna kesukaan Mak. Mak belum merasa naik kereta anak Mak yang ini.

Baju mak basah kena hujan. Ayah tutupkan payung mak. Mak bagi salam. Salam Mak tidak berjawab. Terketar-ketar lutut Mak melangkah anak tangga. Ayah pimpin Mak masuk ke rumah. Lutut Mak sakit lagi.

Mak letakkan bungkusan di atas meja. Sebungkus rebung dan sebungkus kueh koci pemberian Mak Uda untuk anak-anak Mak. Mak Uda tahu anak-anak Mak suka makan kueh koci dan Mak malu untuk meminta untuk bawa balik. Namun raut wajah Mak sudah cukup membuat Mak Uda faham.

Semasa menerima bungkusan kueh koci dari Mak Uda tadi, Mak sempat berkata kepada Mak Uda, "Wah berebutlah budak-budak tu nanti nampak kueh koci kamu ni."

Sekurang-kurangnya itulah bayangan Mak. Mak bayangkan anak-anak Mak sedang gembira menikmati kueh koci sebagimana masa anak-anak Mak kecil dulu. Mereka berebut dan Mak jadi hakim pembuat keputusan muktamat. Sering kali Mak akan beri bahagian Mak supaya anak-anak Mak puas makan. Bayangan itu sering singgah di kepala Mak.

Ayah suruh Mak tukar baju yang basah itu. Mak akur.

Selepas Mak tukar baju, Ayah iring Mak ke dapur. Mak ajak anak-anak Mak makan kueh koci. Tidak seorang pun yang menoleh kepada Mak. Mata dan hati anak-anak Mak sudah bukan pada Mak lagi.

Mak hanya tunduk, akur dengan keadaan.

Ayah tahu Mak sudah tidak boleh mengharapkan anak-anak melompat-lompat gembira dan berlari mendakapnya seperti dulu.

Ayah temankan Mak makan. Mak menyuap nasi perlahan-lahan, masih mengharapkan anak-anak Mak akan makan bersama. Setiap hari Mak berharap begitu. Hanya Ayah yang duduk bersama Mak di meja makan setiap malam.

Ayah tahu Mak penat sebab berjalan jauh. Siang tadi Mak pergi ke rumah Mak Uda di kampung seberang untuk mencari rebung. Mak hendak masak rebung masak lemak cili api dengan ikan masin kesukaan anak-anak Mak.

Ayah tanya Mak kenapa Mak tidak telepon suruh anak-anak jemput. Mak jawab, "Saya dah suruh Uda telepon budak-budak ni tadi. Tapi Uda kata semua tak berangkat."

Mak minta Mak Uda telefon anak-anak yang Mak tidak boleh berjalan balik sebab hujan. Lutut Mak akan sakit kalau sejuk. Ada sedikit harapan di hati Mak agar salah seorang anak Mak akan menjemput Mak dengan kereta. Mak teringin kalau Ateh yang datang menjemput Mak dengan kereta barunya. Tidak ada siapa yang datang jemput Mak.

Mak tahu anak-anak mak tidak sedar telepon berbunyi. Mak ingat kata-kata ayah, "Kita tak usah susahkan anak-anak. Selagi kita mampu kita buat saja sendiri apa-apa pun. Mereka ada kehidupan masing-masing. Tak payah sedih-sedih. Maafkan sajalah anak-anak kita. Tak apalah kalau tak merasa menaiki kereta mereka sekarang. Nanti kalau kita mati kita masih ada peluang merasa anak-anak mengangkat kita kat bahu mereka." Mak faham buah hati Mak semua sudah besar. Along dan Angah sudah beristeri. Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik masing-masing sudah punya buah hati sendiri yang sudah mengambil tempat Mak di hati anak-anak Mak.

Pada suapan terakhir, setitik air mata Mak jatuh ke pinggan.

Kueh koci masih belum diusik oleh anak-anak Mak.

Beberapa tahun kemudian

Mak Uda tanya Along, Angah, Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik, "Mana mak?".

Hanya Adik yang jawab, "Mak dah tak ada."

Along, Angah, Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik tidak sempat melihat Mak waktu Mak sakit.

Kini Mak sudah berada di sisi Tuhannya bukan di sisi anak-anak Mak lagi.

Dalam isakan tangis, Along, Angah, Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik menerpa kubur Mak. Hanya batu nisan yang berdiri terpacak. Batu nisan Mak tidak boleh bersuara. Batu nisan tidak ada tangan macam tangan Mak yang selalu memeluk erat anak-anaknya apabila anak-anak datang menerpa Mak semasa anak-anak Mak kecil dulu.

Mak pergi semasa Along, Angah, Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik berada jauh di bandar. Kata Along, Angah, Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik mereka tidak dengar handphone berbunyi semasa ayah telepon untuk beritahu mak sakit tenat.

Mak faham, mata dan telinga anak-anak Mak adalah untuk orang lain bukan untuk Mak.

Hati anak-anak Mak bukan milik Mak lagi. Hanya hati Mak yang tidak pernah diberikan kepada sesiapa, hanya untuk anak-anak Mak..

Mak tidak sempat merasa diangkat di atas bahu anak-anak Mak. Hanya bahu ayah yang sempat mengangkat jenazah Mak dalam hujan renyai.

Ayah sedih sebab tiada lagi suara Mak yang akan menjawab soalan Ayah,

"Mana Along?" , "Mana Angah?", "Mana Ateh?", "Mana Alang?", "Mana Kak Cik?" atau "Mana Adik?". Hanya Mak saja yang rajin menjawab soalan ayah itu dan jawapan Mak memang tidak pernah silap. Mak sentiasa yakin dengan jawapannya sebab mak ambil tahu di mana anak-anaknya berada pada setiap waktu dan setiap ketika. Anak-anak Mak sentiasa di hati Mak tetapi hati anak-anak Mak ada orang lain yang mengisinya.

Ayah sedih. Di tepi kubur Mak, Ayah bermonolog sendiri, "Mulai hari ini tidak perlu bertanya lagi kepada Along, Angah, Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik , "Mana mak?" "

Kereta merah Ateh bergerak perlahan membawa Ayah pulang. Along, Angah, Alang dan Adik mengikut dari belakang. Hati ayah hancur teringat hajat Mak untuk naik kereta merah Ateh tidak kesampaian. Ayah terbayang kata-kata Mak malam itu, "Cantiknya kereta Ateh, kan Bang? Besok-besok Ateh bawalah kita jalan-jalan kat Kuala Lumpur tu. Saya akan buat kueh koci buat bekal."

"Ayah, ayah....bangun." Suara Ateh memanggil ayah. Ayah pengsan sewaktu turun dari kereta Ateh..

Terketar-ketar ayah bersuara, "Mana Mak?"

Ayah tidak mampu berhenti menanya soalan itu. Sudah 10 tahun Mak pergi namun soalan "Mana Mak?" masih sering keluar dari mulut Ayah sehingga ke akhir usia.

Sebuah cerita pendek buat tatapan anak-anak yang kadang-kadang lupa persaan ibu. Kata orang hidup seorang ibu waktu muda dilambung resah, apabila tua dilambung rasa. Kata Rasulullah saw. ibu 3 kali lebih utama dari ayah. Bayangkanlah berapa kali ibu lebih utama dari isteri, pekerjaan dan anak-anak sebenarnya. Solat sunat pun Allah suruh berhenti apabila ibu memanggil. Berapa kerapkah kita membiarkan deringan telepon panggilan dari ibu tanpa berjawab?

Sunni, Syiah dan Ramadhan

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 12:12 AM PDT

Oleh: Alfian Zohri  (Anak muda yang meminati Malek Nor dan Remy Ishak, kini berkelana di Korea Selatan, menghayati K-Pop)

Saban hari semenjak tercetusnya revolusi di dunia Arab, tidak pernah lekang dari muka akhbar akan cerita tentang rakyat dan pemerintah. Cerita pembunuhan dan perlawanan antara kedua dua kelas tersebut. Dunia dikejutkan dengan kematian Kolonel Gaddafi dan berita perbicaraan Husni Mubarak. Akan tetapi intipati ceritanya kini telah berubah, cerita baru ini telah membawa rakyat dunia kepada kasus Sham (Syria) yang kian meruncing.

Ramai dari umat Islam khususnya dari Malaysia yang masih lagi beranggapan kasus di Sham adalah penentangan antara kelas mazhab Sunni dan kelas Syiah. Ini dapat dilihat dari laman sosial Facebook secara jelas ada yang memuat naik artikel artikel dan gambar gambar berkaitan dengan konflik antara kedua-dua mazhab tersebut. Ini adalah bacaan politik yang salah, secara realpolitik-nya konflik di Sham tercetus bukan kerana perbalahan mazhab, diulangi bukan kerana mazhab.

Benar, majoriti rakyat negara bekas mandat Peranchis itu bermazhab Sunni manakala pemerintahnya dari kalangan Alawis yang kita ketahui berfahaman Syiah adalah minoriti. Mengatakan konflik ini adalah komplot puak Syiah yang mahu menghapuskan pengaruh puak Sunni adalah satu tindakan yang tidak bertanggungjawab. Bagaimana pula dengan Saddam Hussein seorang Sunni, yang mengeluarkan arahan membunuh seberapa ramai golongan Syiah sewaktu hayatnya di Iraq? Adakah dengan menyalahkan perbezaan mazhab antara satu sama lain dapat menyelesaikan konflik di kota kuno itu?

Di sini marilah kita berlaku adil. Dari bacaan akhbar telah kita ketahui munculnya gerakan "Free Syrian Army". Tentera tentera ini adalah tentera kerajaan Sham yang bertindak mengundurkan diri dari terus membunuh rakyat Sham diatas arahan Bashar dan saudara kandungnya Maher selaku komander elit divisyen ke-4 askar Sham. Golongan Free Syrian Army ini terdiri dari pelbagai pangkat dari kelas atas dan bawah, kebanyakkannya dari bani Alawis. Jadi mengapa mereka bertindak keluar dari askar kerajaan sedangkan majoriti yang mati dibunuh adalah golongan Sunni?

Ini kerana tidak kira fahaman Sunni atau Syiah, kita semua adalah manusia, manusia yang dilahirkan dengan perasaan dan nafsu. Golongan yang bertindak keluar dari askar kerajaan Sham telah sedar bahawa pembunuhan massa yang sedang berlaku di kota kota seperti Homs dan Tremseh adalah perbuatan orang gila kuasa. Apakah adil menyalahkan segelintir golongan Syiah hanya kerana perbuatan pemerintah yang mabuk kuasa?

Adakah faktor Iran, Amerika dan Israel memainkan peranan di dalam konflik Sham pada ketika ini? Menyalahkan Amerika dan Israel adalah satu percubaan jalan singkat. Di dalam bahasa pasarnya disebut 'potong line'. Peranan Amerika dan Israel di dalam konflik Timur Tengah seperti Palestin dan Lebanon sememangnya diketahui umum, Noam Chomsky dan Gilbert Achcar telah mengarang 'Perilous Power' mengenai dasar luar Amerika di negara negara teluk, oleh itu berkemungkinan wujudnya campur tangan Amerika ketika ini.

Akan tetapi sekali lagi marilah kita berlaku adil. Secara realpolitik-nya rakyat Sham telah bangkit menentang regim zalim Bashar dek kerana tempias revolusi Arab yang bermula dengan Tunisia. Rakyat Sham telah sedar bahawa masanya telah tiba untuk mendobrak kerajaan keluarga Assad dan rakyat Sham sendiri telah menerima pukulan yang maha hebat oleh kerana cubaan menggulingkan legasi Assad. Ribuan massa tidak kira usia telah mati dibunuh secara kejam saban hari. Ini adalah tidak lain hanya untuk melemahkan gerakan rakyat.

Gerakan rakyat yang mengambil jalan raya sebagai pentas politik adalah gerakan asli atau 'genuine'. Tuntutan mereka jelas, lakukan pembaharuan di dalam sistem negara yang sudah porak-peranda. Sehubungan itu, menuduh konflik di Sham sebagai campurtangan Amerika dan Israel adalah sama seperti menidakkan kebangkitan rakyat yang dahagakan pembaharuan sekaligus adalah tidak adil bagi rakyat Sham kerana mereka telah berjuang dengan darah dan keringat bagi menuntut hak hak yang telah dirampas

Adapun tulisan ini dikarang bukanlah untuk membela Amerika mahupun negara haram Israel ataupun memenangkan mana mana mazhab. Cukup untuk berlaku adil serta tidak menyalahkan mana mana pihak secara membabi buta.

Sayugia diingatkan, proses pendemokrasian tidak boleh dicapai sekelip mata dan usahlah bermimpi untuk bertemu syurga dengan jalan ringkas hanya dengan menyalahkan mazhab itu dan mazhab ini.

Semoga Ramadan ini bakal menerangi.




Lau Weng San slams Chua’s Talam claims

Posted: 24 Jul 2012 11:06 PM PDT

Lau Weng San slams Chua's Talam claimsFrom Free Malaysia TodayPatrick Lee | July 24, 2012Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim's 'silence' over the White Paper on Talam is because he has made his statements in the State Legislative Assembly.PETALING JAYA: MCA's "selective" deciphering of the Selangor Legislative Assembly's Hansard to gain mileage over the alleged Talam Corporation scandal has come under

[VIDEO] Ular Sawa Hamil Dilanggar, Anaknya Berterabur Di Jalanraya

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 12:35 AM PDT

Ini adalah rakaman video yang menggambarkan seekor ular sawa raksasa yang sedang hamil dilanggar sebuah kendaraan dijalan raya hingga mati, tragisnya telur yang berisi janin ular dalam kandungan ular itu berterabur keluar hingga bersepah di jalan raya.

Masih banyak orang bingung sebenarnya ular itu bertelur apa beranak seperti halnya mamalia lain, tapi bukankah ular tidak menyusui? Bererti bertelur yang lebih tepat adalah Ovovivivar.

Kebanyakan jenis ular berkembang biak dengan bertelur. Jumlah telurnya boleh beberapa butir saja, hingga puluhan dan ratusan butir. Ular meletakkan telurnya di lubang-lubang tanah, gua, lubang kayu lapuk, atau di bawah timbunan daun-daun kering.

Beberapa jenis ular diketahui menunggui telurnya hingga menetas; bahkan ular sawa 'mengerami' telur-telurnya. -ohalkisah

Pusat Khidmat Rakyat DUN Seri Setia kini di Bandar Sunway

Posted: 24 Jul 2012 10:22 PM PDT

Pusat Khidmat Rakyat DUN Seri Setia sudah berpindah dari Dataran Glomac ke Taman Subang Indah, PJS 10.

Pusat Khidmat Rakyat DUN Seri Setia berada di dalam bangunan sama dengan Bilik Gerakan Pilihan Raya KEADILAN Kelana Jaya.

Alamatnya ialah 10-1 Jalan PJS 10/2, Taman Subang Indah, 46000 Petaling Jaya. SEmentara itu Pusat Khidmat tersebut boleh dihubungi menerusi telefon atau faks 03-56116324.

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad mengadakan Klinik Khidmat Rakyat untuk bertemu pengundi pada 9.00-11.00 malam (Selasa malam Rabu) dan 3.30-5.30 petang (Khamis).


Posted: 24 Jul 2012 10:41 PM PDT

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刘永山:雪议会纪录可获答案 斥蔡智勇选择性忽略

Posted: 24 Jul 2012 10:37 PM PDT

刘永山出示州议会纪录光碟,指卡立早在两年前的州议会上,已回答蔡智勇的疑问。摘自《光华日报》二零一二年七月二十五日 凌晨十二时二十三分(吉隆坡24日讯)民主行动党甘榜东姑区州议员刘永山指责马华青年专才局主任拿督蔡智勇在雪政府与达南土地交易争议课题上,是在选择性引用州议会纪录来符合他的政治"口味"。刘永山在记者会上表示,其实蔡智勇对该课题的质疑,早在两年前的雪州议会纪录上,就可寻获答案,可惜却被其选择性的忽略。他今日是针对蔡智勇指责雪州政府购买位于达瑙布特拉(Danau Putra)和八丁燕带(Bestari Jaya)两块土地,作出回应。他指出,针对蔡智勇提问为何无法提呈白皮书,卡立于2010年7月13日的州议会上早已说明,虽预料在2010年尾,可将白皮书提呈给州议会,但卡立同时也提到,提呈白皮书前提是必须在所有合约准备妥当之下;而达南仅在2011年3月15日才交上股东通知书而已,

One Step At A Time

Posted: 24 Jul 2012 09:27 PM PDT

It's almost the end of July already. Where did the time go? Next thing you know we'll be celebrating the New Year already!

Aside from the fact that I've been pretty busy with work, I can't remember a single thing I did the entire month. Must be age catching up with me. I suppose being busy is a good sign, right? More business, more money?

With that said, I've been pretty free this entire week. Work has been easy and I'm actually enjoying the change of pace. Sometimes a little boredom can help soothe the overworked soul.

The Ramadan season is upon us and for once I haven't visited a single Ramadan Bazaar just yet. I'm not planning to this year cos I heard the prices of the food being sold at the bazaar near my place has gone up.

Besides, I'm watching what I eat these days. I'm on a strict diet regime to get in shape to tackle my second marathon in approximately 3 months time and better my personal best timing. I'm signed up for quite a bit of races after the Ramadan month and really need to make sure I'm capable of breezing through them.

I have a race this weekend, a relay race, which is my first relay event ever and I just saw a section of the route which incorporate stairs that lead to heaven and beyond. I'm actually not happy about it cos in my opinion, you don't put stairs in a running event. If this was a trail or some obstacle course run, then it would be fine but not a running event.

Oh well, I can't complain and just have to take one step (no pun intended) at a time and just do my best. All my plans of a quick fast under 5 minute paced run are totally dashed now! Just go with the flow, Nick, go with the flow. All the other runners are going to be running up those stairs too!

The freaking stairs that all the runners are going to have to tackle!
Picture courtesy of PAR8 - 2012.

Deceiving Ourselves via Selective Attention?

Posted: 24 Jul 2012 09:13 PM PDT

According to wiseGEEK:

The issue of why people pay attention, how much they do and to what is often more referred to as selective attention. In any busy scene, be it a classroom or a freeway, it's virtually impossible to note everything at once. What a person pays attention to in these circumstances is what they select to pay attention to, though it may be noted that selection is not necessarily conscious. Selected attention can then be viewed as the process by which people find something upon which to concentrate, and the level of concentration they can continue to exert as distractions arise.

There are many theories as to why people select certain things or why they have varying levels of selective attention. Some believe that the memory or the working attentional state can only hold so much at a time; so people filter out what they deem unnecessary or unimportant, usually without being aware of the filtering process. A number of theories have linked the study of attention to the senses and to the idea of how these arouse focus decisions in humans, and others believe neural function is very much involved. For instance, if two people call someone else at the same time, to whom will that person respond? Possibly, people are already attuned to respond to a more familiar voice, a louder voice, or a voice of a certain pitch, and so they'll automatically select which person gets the response, and they may not even realize another person has also called them.

Degree of selective attention may vary depending on people, and some people have low attentional levels, particularly if they have certain learning disorders. Conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can make it challenging for students to stay appropriately focused and any distractions may make a student lose focus. It's hard for the ADHD child to remain in touch with a single thing, though at times they can also exhibit hyper focus. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In 1999, two neuroscientists Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simmons conducted a simple experiment with students in a psychology course they were teaching at Harvard University. One of the best-known experiments in psychology, it appears in text books and is taught in introductory psychology courses throughout the world. Not only has it been featured in magazines such as Newsweek and The New Yorker, it has also been aired in television programs such as Dateline NBC. The Exploratorium in San Francisco and other museums have also showcased this clip which humourously reveals something about how we see and don't see in our world. They went on to write "The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us" which highlights several critical shortcomings of our brain.

"The Invisible Gorilla" examines six everyday illusions that profoundly influence our lives namely illusions of:

  • attention
  • memory
  • confidence
  • knowledge
  • cause and potential.

According to the two neuroscientists, these illusions represent distorted beliefs we hold in our minds that are "not just wrong, but wrong in dangerous ways."

Watch the following clip. Follow the instructions carefully.

The clip illustrates the first illusion : attention.  We think we pay attention to much more of the world around us than we actually do. Focused on a specific task (counting the number of bounced passes) just as many don't spot the gorilla that strolls leisurely into the scene, we may miss certain important aspects of life/information.

Often, we think we see more than we actually do (illusion #1). We may even overrate our abilities to recall what we have seen (illusion #2). Also, we constantly overestimate our own qualities and abilities (illusion #3).

These illusions explain a lot of otherwise inexplicable human behavior. For instance, three witnesses of a robbery may very different versions of what happened. We may sometimes even "recall" events that never actually occurred.

Sometimes, we may hold on to distorted beliefs that both wrong and dangerous. Here's an extract from The Invisible Gorilla:

What we intuitively accept and believe is derived from what we collectively assume and understand, and intuition influences our decisions automatically and without reflection. Intuition tells us that we pay attention to more than we do, that our memories are more detailed and robust than they are, that confident people are competent people, that we know more than we really do, that coincidences and correlations demonstrate causation, and that our brains have vast reserves of power that are easy to unlock. But in all of these cases, our intuitions are wrong, and they can cost us our fortunes, our health, and even our lives if we follow them blindly...

"You can make better decisions, and maybe even live a better life, if you do your best to look for the invisible gorillas in the world around you." 

There may be important things right in front of you that you are noticing due to the illusion of attention. Now that you know about this illusion, you will be less apt to assume you're seeing everything there is to see. You may think you remember some things much better than you really do, because of the illusion of memory. Now that you understand the solution, you'll trust your own memory, and that of others, a bit less, and you'll try to corroborate your memory in important situations. You'll recognize that the confidence people express often reflect their personalities rather than their knowledge, memory, or abilities. You'll be wary of thinking you know more about a topic than you really do, and you will test your own understanding before mistaking familiarity for knowledge. You won't think you know the cause of something when all you really know is what happened before it or what tended to accompany it. You'll be skeptical of claims that simple tricks can unleash the untapped potential of your mind, but you'll be aware that you can develop phenomenal levels of expertise if you study and practice the right way.

I came across this book when checking out YouTube videos. When I asked my younger boy to watch the video, he laughed and said he saw it many years ago and told me that I am behind time. :-(

How many passes did you count? Did you see the gorilla? Do share your views/experiences and observations. I hope that as the next GE draws nigh, we will really be vigilant and pay attention and remember all important details. Have a nice day!

CLICK HERE to read more of Dan Simons' views on The Invisible Gorilla – The Illusions Of Attention, Memory, Confidence, Knowledge & Potential.

CLICK HERE to read Dr Doug Green's Summary of The Invisible Gorilla.

CLICK HERE to read David A. Shaywitz's excellent review of The Invisible Gorilla that was published in WSJ.

CLICK HERE to go the official site of The Invisible Gorilla.

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