Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tropfest Penang 2012

Tropfest Penang 2012


Tropfest Penang 2012

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 10:41 AM PDT

Tropfest Penang 2012

Tropfest Penang 2012 – Went to Tropfest – The World's Largest Short Film Festival which was also the last event of the month-long George Town Festival 2012. It's my first time checking out a 'film festival' and also watching film at the outdoor, so close the nature. It was held at the Quarry Park of Penang's Botanical Garden. Seating were on the nature grass floor.

Tropfest Penang 2012

Tropfest Penang 2012

It's a good experience, together with few hundreds people watching the professional short film from around the world. I thought it's a projector screen but instead it was a very huge LED screen.

Tropfest Penang 2012

Tropfest Penang 2012

Tropfest was actually originated from Australia, where filmmaker showcases shortfilm in a small gathering in a cafe named Tropicana Cafe, sooner it'd became a annual festival for short filmmaker around the world, becoming Tropfest of today. If you've missed it nevermind, you can check it out again next year at this month.


Singapore City Night View From Marina Bay Sands

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 10:08 AM PDT

Singapore City Night View From Marina Bay Sands

Singapore City Night View From Marina Bay Sands & Louis Vuitton Island Maison – I was in Singapore two weeks ago and that time, I've my tripod and camera with me! Unfortunately, I've forgotten to bring my wide-angle lens. AIYA! Anyway, it's still good that I can set on slow shutter speed and put it on tripod, and shoot a few cool Singapore night scene.

Singapore City Night View From Marina Bay Sands

I've got to say that Singapore's cityscape is really very awesome, comparable to Hong Kong, Shanghai and other big city already. Malaysia? Sorry, I don't find a similar good one. The buildings in Malaysia are so spread out far away.

The nicest spot to see Singapore's city is from Marina Bay Sands, the bay front area near the Louis Vuitton Island Maison. The view is just simply splendid. The photo would be perfect if I've bought along my wide angle, but nevermind, Singapore is like just an hour flight away.

Singapore City Night View From Marina Bay Sands

Singapore City Night View From Marina Bay Sands

Singapore City Night View From Marina Bay Sands

Singapore City Night View From Marina Bay Sands

The Louis Vuitton Island Maison is very very cool. The whole glass island structure specially dedicated to Louis Vuitton sports a retail showroom and museum gallery of Louis Vuitton products. Man! It's just so awesome! Feeling jealous of Singapore already.


[IKTIBAR] Sedapnya Lelaki Itu Makan Biskut Aku...

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 11:20 AM PDT

Kisah ini berlaku di sebuah lapangan terbang. Seorang wanita membeli sebungkus biskut dan disimpannya dalam beg tangannya. Sementara menunggu waktu berlepas, beliau singgah di sebuah restoran. Wanita itu melabuhkan punggungnya di sebuah kerusi di restoran tersebut, dimana seorang lelaki sedia ada duduk di sebelah wanita tersebut.

Kebetulan tiada lagi tempat/ meja lain tanpa pelanggan. Wanita itu rasa tidak selesa, namun tetap memesan minuman dan setelah minuman dipesan dihidangkan diatas meja dihadapannya.

Beliau mula membasahkan tekak dan mengunyah sekeping demi sekeping biskut daripada atas meja itu.

Wanita itu rasa amat geram dan tidak senang hati apabila lelaki di sebelahnya turut memakan biskut tersebut. Dalam hatinya berkata "Sedapnya kamu memakan biskut aku tanpa meminta izin pun". Dan setiap kali wanita itu mengambil biskut, setiap kali itu jugalah lelaki itu mengambil dan memakannya.

Sakitnya hati wanita itu terhadap lelaki tersebut bukan kepalang. Bagaimanapun, lelaki itu kelihatan sangat ceria dan tersenyum lebar meskipun dia sedar wanita di sebelahnya sangat tidak senang dan memandang negatif kepadanya.

Sehingga tinggal sekeping biskut yang terakhir diatas meja itu dan kali ini wanita ini berhenti daripada mengambilnya. Dalam hatinya berkata : 'Aku mahu melihat apa lelaki itu buat pada biskut yang sekeping itu".

Setelah beberapa ketika, apabila difikirkan wanita itu tidak mahu mengambilnya, lelaki itu pun mengambil biskut itu dan dipatahkannya menjadi dua- sebahagiannya diberikan kepada wanita itu, manakala sebahagiannya lagi lalu dimakan. Bertambah-tambah sakit hati wanita itu.!

Setelah mendengar pengumuman penerbangan, wanita tersebut terus bangun menuju ke pesawat.

Di dalam pesawat, wanita itu membuka beg tangannya dan alangkah terkejutnya, didalam beg tangannya masih ada biskut yang dibelinya tadi. Barulah wanita itu tersedar biskut yang dimakan tadi adalah biskut lelaki tadi!

Ya awda, apa bezanya wanita itu dan lelaki tersebut? Meskipun lelaki itu berkongsi biskutnya dengan wanita itu tetapi tetap ceria meskipun reaksi negatif wanita yang memakan biskutnya, bahkan sanggup berkongsi biskut yang terakhir. Sebaliknya wanita itu tidak gembira dan sakit hati justeru dibelenggu prasangka buruk.

Mengakhir coretan ini dan moral dari kisah ini ialah "never judge the book by it's cover". - jangan menilai buku berdasarkan kulitnya, begitu jugalah jangan mudah menilai orang dari luaran, apatah lagi kesannya menjadikan awda mudah berburuk sangka pada orang lain. Selalunya seseorang itu bukanlah sebagaimana yang kita ni sangkakan.

Renung-renungkan, fikir-fikirkan bersama. -arab-families.com


In visual searches, computer is no match for the human brain

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 08:56 AM PDT

You're headed out the door and you realize you don't have your car keys. After a few minutes of rifling through pockets, checking the seat cushions and scanning the coffee table, you find the familiar key ring and off you go. Easy enough, right? What you might not know is that the task that took you a couple seconds to complete is a task that computers -- despite decades of advancement and intricate calculations -- still can't perform as efficiently as humans: the visual search.

"Our daily lives are composed of little searches that are constantly changing, depending on what we need to do," said Miguel Eckstein, UC Santa Barbara professor of psychological and brain sciences and co-author of the recently released paper "Feature-Independent Neural Coding of Target Detection during Search of Natural Scenes," published in the Journal of Neuroscience. "So the idea is, where does that take place in the brain?"

A large part of the human brain is dedicated to vision, with different parts involved in processing the many visual properties of the world. Some parts are stimulated by color, others by motion, yet others by shape.
However, those parts of the brain tell only a part of the story. What Eckstein and co-authors wanted to determine was how we decide whether the target object we are looking for is actually in the scene, how difficult the search is, and how we know we've found what we wanted.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the article.


Old man punched, robbed at 1 Utama mall car park!

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 09:41 AM PDT

I was surprised to learn from my wife that the victim was our friend's uncle.
Here's the print screen of my wife's posting with the comment from our friend:

'What's going on in Kuala Lumpur?' Facebook page has the news covered in English. Visit:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=481767321852178&set=a.362615530434025.95225.361352220560356&type=1&theater

The story was also reported by 8TV in its Mandarin News at 8 PM today.

Lastly, check out the story @ STOMP:
This Urban Jungle
Posted on 17 Jul 2012


Supporting Rohingya human rights draws ugly attacks

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 06:43 AM PDT

Burma-Campaign-UK-logoSource: Supporting Rohingya human rights draws ugly attacksby Mark Farmaner

Burma Campaign UK (BCUK) supports human rights for the Rohingya people. For Burma Campaign UK to make such a statement shouldn't be surprising or controversial.

We are a human rights organization working on Burma. How could anyone disagree that the Rohingya people are entitled to full human rights and the normal rights and protections under international law?

But some people see that statement as such an outrage that Burma Campaign UK staff deserve to be raped and killed. We need to be "punished," "taught a lesson" and "hung." All these views and many more – many vicious and obscene – have been emailed to us or posted on YouTube and Facebook.

The level of abuse, hatred and anger directed against Burma Campaign UK and other organizations who say that Rohingya should have human rights, and which work with Rohingya to defend their human rights, has been astonishing.

There has even been a demonstration in Rangoon, outside the British Embassy, which, as well as attacking exiled media in almost exactly the same way the dictatorship used to, accused Burma Campaign UK of "propaganding" for the Rohingya. I doubt anyone in that protest could cite an example of us "propaganding," whatever that means, but in the current hysteria some people seem willing to believe anything they hear as long as it is anti-Rohingya.

That they were allowed to protest at all was a good sign, but have those people also used their new freedoms to protest for the release of hundreds of political prisoners still in jail, or to protest against the Burmese Army raping women in Kachin State?

The hysteria has gone to such levels that some people from Burma are claiming, and, incredibly, others are believing, that Burma Campaign UK somehow stirred up the violence which broke out in Arakan State. They claim that we are responsible for the violence that has taken place

Burma Campaign UK has long faced criticism for supporting human rights for the Rohingya, and for a variety of sometimes bizarre reasons, as well as what may be genuine misunderstandings.

One lie being spread around on blogs, emails and sites like Facebook is that we are making money out of working for Rohingya. Burma Campaign UK has never received a grant for working on Rohingya issues. In any case, all of Burma Campaign UK's income is spent on campaigning for human rights and democracy in Burma. We are a nonprofit organization.

Another lie in a similar vein is that Middle East countries fund us. Sometimes it is implied we are funded as part of a Middle East plot to take over Burma and turn it into a Muslim country.  It is even claimed that there is evidence for this. When Rohingya activists attended an Organisation of Islamic Conference meeting and set up the Arakan Rohingya Union, pictures were posted on Arakan blogs of the delegation, with captions and an article saying I was in the picture, and this was proof that I and Burma Campaign UK were taking Middle East money.

The only problem was, I wasn't in the picture. I didn't even know the event was taking place. The person in the picture was Harn Yawnghwe from the Euro Burma Office. At the time we thought it funny that people making these attacks could not even tell the difference between a Shan Prince and myself, we never expected it to be taken so seriously, but this lie took hold. It was spread on email and more blogs, on Facebook, and people actually believed it. On my recent trip to Burma, even very senior democracy leaders in Rangoon talked about it.

One common lie is that we support the Rohingya having a state of their own. We have never said that, and although some Rohingya organizations talked about this decades ago, we have never even heard any Rohingya organization saying they want their own state. There seems to be some great misunderstanding that if the Rohingya are recognized as an ethnic group, somehow that will entitle them to land or their own state. This simply isn't true, and Burma Campaign UK has never said we support that.

Another reason we are attacked over Rohingya issues is that we have a Muslim staff member. From the moment Wai Hnin Pwint Thon joined Burma Campaign UK, messages started to be left on our Facebook Page by people from Burma, attacking her because she is a Muslim.

It was not until years later when she was pictured at a demonstration protesting against the dictatorship's abuses of the Rohingya that it became Rohingya linked abuse posted on our Page. But now Wai Hnin Pwint Thon is subject to torrents of abuse, much more than our non-Muslim staff and volunteers who were on the same demonstration as she was, and have been on other protests with Rohingya as well.

Lies posted and spread about Wai Hnin Pwint Thon include that she is secretly Rohingya (she isn't), she has been accused of working with Rohingya Solidarity Organization (she doesn't), of wanting to create a Caliphate in Burma (she doesn't), of taking money from Rohingya (she hasn't), and even that she has had several children with different Rohingya men (she hasn't). She has faced not just lies but abuse, much of it sexual in nature.

Many people seem to think that any lie or story they hear about someone with any connection to supporting Rohingya human rights is justification for personal attacks, abuse and even threats. Given that this is the way their leaders behave, perhaps that is not surprising.

Around a year ago, I tried to engage Dr. Aye Chan in a conversation on why he and his followers spent much more time criticising Rohingya than they did the dictatorship. Aye Chan was incapable of having the discussion without repeatedly making personal attacks. The email conversation was forwarded to various email groups, and my in-box was flooded with abusive emails. When I asked Aye Chan to ask his supporters not to use personal abuse and threats, and to condemn those who do, he repeatedly refused to do so. When leaders not only fail to condemn abusive and personal attacks, but even make personal attacks themselves, their followers will copy their behaviour.

More recently we have been accused of being pro-Rohingya. I am still not exactly sure what that means. Certainly we are pro-human rights for the Rohingya, how could we or anyone else who believes in democracy and human rights not be?

But the implication is that we are pro-Rohingya, and therefore somehow anti-Rakhine. It is worrying how so many people now see the two as automatically going together. Burma Campaign UK supports the human rights of everyone in Burma, and that includes Rohingya and Rakhine. To talk about Rohingya having human rights does not make us anti-Rakhine. We have campaigned on many Rakhine related issues, including Shwe gas, Rakhine political prisoners, and were one of the few campaign groups actively campaigning for the 34 Rakhine and Karen prisoners in jail in India.

Burma Campaign UK has been criticised for not doing enough on Rakhine issues, and this is also cited as evidence of some kind of pro-Rohingya bias. But we have never refused any request when we have been asked to work on any Rakhine related issue by any Rakhine community or human rights group. We would do more on Arakan issues, but some members of the Arakan community in the UK will not work with us because we support human rights for the Rohingya. When we tried to meet with Arakan community leaders, it took months to arrange, and only one person turned up. In the past we made repeated offers of all kinds of training and support to the Arakan community in UK, and to groups in exile, and none have been taken up.

Burma Campaign UK was also fiercely criticized for circulating information from the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK about the recent violence. Circulating information on behalf of human rights groups is a major part of our work. Every year we circulate media releases, briefings and reports from dozens of organisations from Burma, and from international NGOs.

If any organization working on Arakan human rights had also provide a briefing with information not being reported, we would have circulated that as well. But they didn't.

I have tried to have some conversations with some of the people criticizing myself and Burma Campaign UK for bias, asking them for examples. So far no one has been able to provide a single one. Yet the perception remains.

It seems impossible to dispel the belief by some that working for Rohingya human rights means bias against Rakhine. From our perspective, it seems that this is a deliberate tactic of extremists to polarize the debate and incite more hatred and intolerance.

Any public comment or photograph relating to the Rohingya seems to act as a lightning rod for more abuse and threats, and this article will probably result in the same.

But I hope some people may take the time to consider the truth. What possible reason or interest could Burma Campaign UK have in being biased?

Our agenda is solely human rights and democracy. We have been working relentlessly for this for more than 20 years. Why have people been so ready to believe lies and bad things about people who have worked so hard to support their cause? And why do people not simply ask what the truth is before passing on lies and gossip?

Even for those who disagree with Burma Campaign UK, is it right that we should receive threats and abuse just for having a different opinion than them? That is the approach and mind set of the dictatorship. It shouldn't be the way things are done in a democracy. People do need to ask themselves why they are so ready to believe these lies.

The terrible events in Arakan State in the past month and the reaction of many people to those events, casts a long shadow over Burma. Violence and intolerance took hold. Is this the kind of Burma people want to see in the future?

Isn't one of the main reasons for having a democracy that disagreements can be debated and settled politically, not through violence and threats?

Burma's democracy movement is an anti-dictatorship movement, but it must also be a movement for human rights, for tolerance and for equality.

 



The visits/deliveries begin…

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 06:40 AM PDT

After the Buddies Family Day on 1st July, I was rather busy with my preparations for my Kinabalu attempt. Other than emailing photos of the Family Day to clients whose children has email accounts, all other activities had to be put on hold temporarily.

Then during the first phase of the climb from Mesilau to Laban Rata, I accidentally sat on my handphone, causing a small crack on its screen. As a result, I wasn't able to read anything on the screen. While I could still receive and make calls (provided I remember the recipient's phone number), I could not retrieve the phone numbers stored in that phone.

One of the first few things I did after I got home was to get myself a new phone. That wasn't much of a problem. I could easily get the numbers of family members. I could get the phone numbers of friends either via email or facebook. That wasn't much of a problem either. The hardest part was to get the phone numbers of my clients! I had to go to the center and retrieve their numbers from the first contact reports. But not all the numbers could be retrieved from there. Some of them change phone numbers as often as they change their clothes (ah ok, so I exaggerate), and their latest number had been saved in that old phone that I sat on.

I guess for those whose numbers I still can't retrieve from anywhere, I will just have to wait for the clients to call/text me. They'd usually contact me when they need my help.

Anyway, donations from friends to be distributed to the poor families for Ramadhan have started coming in. I have started shopping for groceries and today I started with my visits/deliveries.

My first destination was Fuzi's house. I called first to make sure she was home (Fuzi is one of the few who never changed her phone number, and so I could easily retrieve her number from our files). Fuzi and her youngest boy Iwan came out to greet me when I arrived at their house. I told Fuzi to help me get the stuff out of my car… Iwan wanted to help but all the stuff were rather heavy.

Good thing Fuzi's eldest daughter was home. I knew she had a netbook computer that she got from her school last year, and so I asked her for the netbook so I could copy photos of the Family Day from my thumb drive to the hard disk of her netbook. Saves me the headache of having to choose which photos to print for them.

After Fuzi's house, I headed over to Aini's house. I could not retrieve Aini's phone number from anywhere and so I just took my chances. Most of the time Aini would be home anyway. And if she was home, it would be a good chance for me to get hold of her phone number to be stored in my new phone.

I was relieved to see the front door open when I arrived at Aini's house. Aini was having a nap in front of the TV. Her eldest daughter, who just got back from school (she's in form 6), was getting ready to go for work. She used to work every day while waiting for her SPM results, and now that she's continuing her studies in form 6, she works 3 days a week. She needed the money to pay for her broadband, which she needs to use to do her school work.

Aini herself still limps when she walks, but her health has improved a lot. And one good thing she's happy about is that for her HAART, the doctor has given her the once-a-day ARV drug instead of the ones which had to be taken every 12 hours. And why is she so happy about it? Because now that she only needs to take her ARV once a day, she takes hers at 11 pm and that means this year she can fast!

I've got a few more families, including new clients, to visit either before or during Ramadhan. Based on the donations that have been coming in, there should be enough to go around…


Siapa Lelaki Berseluar Jeans Yang Disukai Wanita Berpurdah Ini?

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 08:34 AM PDT


Kalau anda nak tahu inilah Rachid Nekkaz,

Seorang ahli perniagaan muslim Perancis yang mengumumkan dia akan membayar setiap denda bagi wanita yang didakwa dengan kesalahan memakai niqab -

Bukan sahaja di Perancis tetapi "dalam mana-mana negara lain di dunia yang melarang wanita daripada berbuat demikian" .....

Jutawan Muslim Bersedia Membela Wanita Hijab Di Perancis


Pada malam sebelum sambutan Hari Bastille keesokannya, terdapat satu revolusi ke udara di Perancis dan kali ini di pimpin oleh seorang ahli perniagaan Islam yang dikenali sebagai Rachid Nekkaz. Pemaju hartanah berusia 38-tahun ini marah apabila Perancis telah berusaha satu langkah lebih dekat untuk mengharamkan burka (purdah), apabila wanita yang ditangkap memakai tudung penuh dikhalayak awam akan dikenakan denda € 150 (RM582) dan sesiapa yang disabitkan memaksa seorang wanita untuk menutup atau memakai tudung akan menghadapi denda sehingga € 30.000 (RM121,600) dan setahun penjara.

Peringkat pertama dalam meluluskan undang-undang kontroversi hari ini, telah diluluskan di dalam Dewan Rendah Negara itu dengan ahli-ahli mengundi Dewan Rakyat dengan bilangan undian 335 undi berbalas 1 bagi memperkenalkan larangan itu. Jika senator Perancis di Dewan Atas Negara itu mengesahkan cadangan itu pada bulan September, ia akan menjadi undang-undang rasmi pada musim bunga 2011.

Nekkaz, bersama-sama dengan majoriti 5,000,000 umat Islam Perancis, marah akan undang-undang baru ini kerana ianya dilihat sebagai penganiayaan agamanya, ini menunjukkan bahawa kurang daripada 2,000 orang Islam Perancis sebenarnya memakai tudung penuh.

Beliau telah memulakan kempen untuk menentang undang-undang dan beliau menyediakan €1,000,000 (RM3,887,111) wang sendiri untuk membayar denda mana-mana wanita muslim yang disabitkan. Bercakap di luar Dewan Negara itu, Nekkaz berkata:

"Satu juta bunyinya banyak, tetapi untuk melindungi kebebasan seseorang itu tidak lah banyak, dan saya berharap, orang lain di negara ini yang berpegang kepada perlembagaan dan mahu melindungi kebebasan asasi kami, supaya menyertai saya bagi membanteras undang-undang ini"

Nekkaz, merupakan seorang Muslim moden Perancis (beliau dilahirkan di Perancis hasil daripada perkahwinan ibu bapa beliau yang berbangsa Algeria), telah menubuhkan sebuah kumpulan kempen yang dipanggil 'Hands off my Constitution', dan merancang untuk meningkatkannya kepada 1m € dengan menjual beberapa hartanah yang beliau miliki di pinggir bandar Paris.

Di hadapan kamera beliau menulis cek peribadi sejumlah tujuh angka sebelum menerangkan undang-undang yang dicadangkan sebagai 'Anti-Perlembagaan' dan menuntut bahawa Presiden Sarkozy mengambil ideanya.

Ianya seolah-olah tidak mungkin. Bukan sahaja Sarkozy telah menyifatkan tudung penuh sebagai menjatuhkan maruah kepada wanita, tetapi hal ini merupakan isu yang mempunyai sokongan padu daripada pihak UMP beliau. Menteri Keadilan, Michele Alliot-Marie berkata minggu lepas bahawa memakai tudung "adalah berjumlah terputus hubungan dari masyarakat dan menolak semangat republik Perancis yang diasaskan pada keinginan untuk hidup bersama''.

Dan Nekkaz seumpamanya telah tidak membantu dalam membanteras undang-undang oleh pendekatan berkecamuk dari Parti pembangkang Sosialis. Mereka ingin melihat pengharaman terhad kepada institusi negeri. Tetapi tanggapan itu telah dihina oleh Alliot-Marie, yang berkata ia akan menjadi "di sisi undang-undang tidak keruan" dan mustahil untuk menguatkuasakannya. "Bagaimana kita dapat meyakinkan rakyat Perancis bahawa kebebasan, kesaksamaan dan menghormati maruah wanita bermula di stesen keretapi tetapi berhenti di pintu keluar?''

Sosialis berkecuali dalam undi hari ini di Dewan Rakyat dan telah berkata mereka akan mengambil pendirian yang sama dalam undi Senat September, di mana ia kelihatan undang-undang tertentu itu akan ditulis ke dalam Perlembagaan Perancis. Tetapi pasukan polis negara sedang bersiap sedia dengan serangan balas. Keselamatan telah ditingkatkan di Dewan Negara untuk undian hari ini dan terdapat kebimbangan rusuhan jalanan akan berlaku jika rang undang-undang itu diluluskan.
-theweek.co.uk/


Senat Perancis haram purdah

KENZA DRIDER membaca buku di sebuah kedai di selatan Perancis berikrar terus memakai purdah walaupun kerajaan mengenakan denda yang tinggi.


PARIS: Senat Perancis meluluskan rang undang-undang pengharaman memakai purdah di kawasan awam dan tempat lain, keputusan yang membabitkan kurang 2,000 wanita Islam, tetapi dilihat sebagai simbol mempertahankan nilai dan budaya tempatan.

Rang undang-undang diluluskan dengan 246 menyokong dan satu menentang, langkah terakhir sebelum pengharaman itu diluluskan sebagai undang-undang. Rang undang-undang itu diluluskan di Dewan Rakyat, Julai lalu.

Ia bakal menjadikan pemakaian purdah suatu kesalahan, termasuk yang dipakai pelancong di kawasan awam dan tempat lain.

Rang undang-undang pengharaman itu menetapkan denda AS$185 (RM582) bagi wanita yang memakai penutup muka.

Denda juga dikenakan kepada orang yang didapati memaksa wanita memakai purdah, manakala denda AS$38,000 (RM121,600) dan penjara setahun dikenakan jika wanita dipaksa memakai purdah di bawah umur.

Bagi umat Islam undang-undang itu adalah satu lagi tamparan kepada agama kedua terbesar di Perancis dan meningkatkan risiko Islamofobia di negara yang mana masjid dan rumah ibadat lain sering menjadi sasaran kebencian.

Tetapi, ada wanita termasuk Kenza Drider berikrar terus memakai penutup muka, walaupun ia diharamkan dan menegaskan beliau lebih rela didenda daripada tunduk kepada ketidakadilan.

"Ini tidak adil dan melanggar kebebasan beragama. Saya akan terus pakai purdah," katanya. Beliau adalah wanita tunggal berpurdah ditemuramah jawatankuasa Parlimen yang mengambil masa enam bulan sebelum meneruskan langkah meluluskan undang-undang itu.
– AP



Till Death Do We Part - Final Part

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 05:00 AM PDT

The following story is an old but a beautiful and touching tale which has many lessons for all of us. Most websites chose to post only the first part of the story (until the florist) but I am posting it in full so that you can get the whole impact of how love, if not treasured - can be lost forever. Part 1 was posted HERE and Part 2 was posted HERE.

Carry Me In Your Arms - Final Part
-Author Unknown-

She closed her eyes and said softly.

"Let us start from today, don't tell our son." I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for bus while I drove to office.

On the second day, both of us were more at ease with each other during the carrying process. She leaned on my chest. We were so close that I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realised that I hadn't looked this intimately at her carefully for a long time. I realized she was no longer young anymore. There were some fine wrinkles on her face.

On the third day, she whispered to me, "The outside garden is being demolished. Be careful when you pass there."

On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I seemed to feel that we were still an intimate couple and I was holding my sweetheart in my arms. The visualization of Dew became vaguer.

On the fifth and sixth day, she kept reminding me about stuff around the house such as, where she put the ironed shirts, I should be careful while cooking, etc. I nodded. The sense of intimacy was even stronger.

I didn't tell Dew about this.

I felt it was easier to carry her with each passing day. Perhaps, the workout everyday made me stronger.
I said to her, "It seems not difficult to carry you now."

She was picking her dresses. I was waiting to carry her out. She tried quite a few but could not find a suitable one.

Then she sighed, "All my dresses have grown fatter."

I smiled. But I suddenly realized that it was because she was thinner that I could carry her more easily, not because I was stronger.

I knew she had buried all the bitterness in her heart. Again, I felt a sense of pain. Subconsciously I reached out a hand to touch her head. Our son came in at the moment.

"Dad, it's time to carry mum out." He said.

To him, seeing his father carry his mother out had become an essential part of his life. She gestured our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I would change my mind at the last minute. I held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room to the hallway. Her hands were wrapped around my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly as if it was our wedding day again. However, her much lighter weight made me sad.

On the last day, when I held her in my arms, I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school.
She said, "Actually I hope you will hold me in your arms until we are old."

I held her tightly and said, "Both you and I didn't notice that our life lack such intimacy."

I jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind. I walked upstairs. Dew opened the door.

I said to her, "Sorry Dew, I won't get a divorce. I'm serious."

She looked at me, astonished. Then she touched my forehead, "You have no fever."

I moved her hand off my head.

"Sorry, Dew. I can only say sorry to you. I won't divorce my wife. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn't value the finer details of life, not because we didn't love each other any more. Now, I understand that since I carried her into our home and she gave birth to our child, I am supposed to hold her until I am old. So I have to say sorry to you."

That seemed to wake Dew up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears.

I walked downstairs and drove to the office.

When I passed by the florist on the way, I ordered a bouquet of my wife's favourite flowers for her. The salesgirl asked me to write the greeting words on the card.

I smiled and wrote: "I'll carry you out every morning until we are old."

That was what he thought... he returned home with the hope of giving his wife the flowers.

As he came through the driveway, there were cars belonging to his and her family at his house. His heart was beating fast. Just as he was about to walk through the door, a stretcher with a body wrapped in white was coming out.

He sobbed his heart out as he realized it was his wife and that when he carried her out of the house in his arms that morning it was the last time.

He thought of all the time he'd wasted, the pain he caused his wife during her last days, not realizing he had given the virus to her, he realized then that he neglected a thing so beautiful and wonderful, a treasure he should have preserved, but it was too late, the damage had already been done.

All the things he could have done differently. All the things he could have said, all the times they could have done things to make their love grow, all the sweet memories they should have built.........nothing could turn back the clock.



Reality hit. He was a selfish self absorbent fool, a womanizer with no morals who brought shame and death to his home because of greed and lack of respect for women and in this case particularly his wife, and the sad reality of his wife dying and the inevitability of him too dying leaving their son an AIDS orphan hit home.

-Author Unknown-

Apparently, this is cited as a true story by many websites but I cannot verify if this is true. Even if it is just a piece of fiction, may it inspire us to love our spouses more.

To the Married: Don't take your marriage for granted. Remember to cherish, treasure and nurture love in the family.

To those who are single but wish to get married: Know your ideal partner and never settle for less less the marriage ends in the divorce court.



God bless you. Take care and do leave a comment to share your views/responses.


Story of Stuff, Full Version; How Things Work, About Stuff

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 04:42 AM PDT



Till Death Do We Part - Part 2

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 04:00 AM PDT

Part 1 of this story was posted 2 hours earlier at THIS LINK.Most websites chose to post only the first half of the story but I am posting it in full so that you can get the whole impact. The final part will be posted at 8 p.m. so please swing by later.


Carry Me In Your Arms
-Author Unknown-

Once again, Dew said to me. "He Ning, divorce her, O.K.? Then we live together."

I nodded. I knew I could not hesitate anymore.

When my wife served the last dish, I held her hand.

"I've got something to tell you". She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes. Suddenly I didn't know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the serious topic calmly. She didn't seem to be annoyed by my words.

Instead she asked me softly, "Why?"

"I'm serious." I avoided her question.

This reply made her angry. She threw the chopsticks away and shouted at me.

"You are not a man!"

That night, we didn't talk to each other. She was weeping throughout. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer because my heart had gone to Dew.

With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car and 30% stake of my company. She took a glance at it and tore it into pieces. I felt pain in my heart. The woman who had been living with me for ten years would become a stranger one day. But I could not take back what I had said. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To her, crying was actually a form of release. The idea of divorce which had me obsessed for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer.

I came back home on a late night after entertaining my clients. I saw her writing something at the table. I fell asleep soon. When I woke up, I found she was still there. I turned away to the other side on the bed and was soon fast asleep again. She brought up her divorce conditions. She didn't want anything from me. However, I was supposed to give her one month's time before divorce.

During the month, we must try as far as possible to live a normal life. Her reason was simple. Our son would finish his summer vacation a month later and she didn't want him to see our marriage broken. She passed me the agreement she drafted, and then asked me, "He Ning, do you still remember how I entered our bridal room on the wedding day?"

This question suddenly brought back many wonderful memories for me.

I nodded and said, "I remember."

"You carried me in your arms."



She continued, "I have a requirement for our divorce. You have to carry me out in your arms when we divorce. From now to the end of this month, you must carry me out from the bedroom to the door every morning."

I accepted with a smile. I knew she missed those sweet days and wished to end her marriage on a romantic note.

I told Dew about my wife's divorce conditions. She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd.
"No matter what tricks does she resort to, she has to face the result of divorce." She said scornfully. Her words somehow made me feel uncomfortable.

My wife and I hadn't had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. We even treated each other like strangers. Hence, when I carried her out of the bedroom on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son cheered and clapped behind us.

"Daddy is holding mummy in his arms!" His words gave me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting room then to the door. I walked more than ten meters with her in my arms.

-To be continued-

The final part of this beautiful and touching story will be posted at 9p.m. this evening. Please swing by later to catch the concluding segment. Have a pleasant evening.


[BINGAI] RM28 Juta Untuk 2 Ekor Panda, Kan Lebih Baik Naiktarafkan Zoo Yang Ada?

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 05:38 AM PDT

Kerajaan tidak perlu membazir puluhan juta ringgit semata-mata membawa masuk dua ekor panda dari China sebaliknya menggunakan dana itu untuk menaik taraf zoo.

Presiden Persatuan Kebajikan Haiwan Malaysia, Shenaaz Khan berkata, zoo di Malaysia masih banyak kekurangan akibat peruntukan terhad dan kebanyakan beroperasi mengguna dana sendiri.

"Kita lihat saja di Zoo Negara dan Zoo Melaka. Keadaannya begitu kritikal disebabkan kerajaan tidak memberi perhatian serius. Sepatutnya zoo-zoo inilah yang perlu diberi peruntukan bukan untuk panda," katanya ketika dihubungi.

Bulan lalu, Malaysia dan Persatuan Pemuliharaan Hidupan Liar China menandatangani memorandum Persefahaman (Mou) untuk meminjam sepasang panda dari republik itu selama 10 tahun.

16 Julai lalu, akhbar melaporkan Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) yakin kos lebih RM25 juta bagi menyediakan prasarana pasangan panda itu, akan membawa pulangan.

Mengulas lanjut, Shenaaz turut menempelak kerajaan kononnya mahu mengatasi kepupusan panda sedangkan tujuan sebaliknya mengaut keuntungan yang belum pasti.

Beliau berkata, jika kerajaan serius mewujudkan program konservasi, ia boleh dilakukan terhadap haiwan di negara ini yang semakin diancam kepupusan.

"Kita ada banyak haiwan-haiwan yang diancam kepupusan. Sebagai contoh beruang dan harimau. Mengapa kerajaan tidak memberi dana untuk program-program sedemikian sedangkan haiwan ini berasal daripada negara kita," katanya. -KD


Till Death Do We Part - Part 1

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 02:05 AM PDT

The following story is an old but a beautiful and touching tale which has many lessons for all of us. Most websites chose to post only the first half of the story but I am posting it in full so that you can get the whole impact. Part 2 will be posted at 7p.m. so please swing by later. It is not easy to stay happily married. It takes a lot of love, commitment, patience, effort, tolerance, the willingness to forgive and to give all we are and have to the one we married. Have a great evening!

Carry Me In Your Arms 
- Author Unknown -

On my wedding day, I carried my wife in my arms. The bridal car stopped in front of our one-room flat. My buddies insisted that I carry her out of the car in my arms. So I carried her into our home. She was then plump and shy. I was a strong and happy bridegroom.



This was the scene of ten years ago.

The following days were as simple as a cup of pure water. We had a kid, I went into business and tried to make more money. When my assets steadily increases, the affections between us seemed to ebb. She was a civil servant. Every morning we left home together and got home almost at the same time. Our kid was studying in a boarding school. Our marriage life seemed to be enviably happy. But the calm life was more likely to be affected by unpredictable changes.

Dew came into my life.

It was a sunny day. I stood on a spacious balcony. Dew hugged me from behind. My heart once again was immersed in her stream of love. This was the apartment I bought for her.

Dew said, "You are the kind of man who is the best at attracting girls."

Her words suddenly reminded me of my wife.

When we just got married, my wife said "Once successful, men like you will be very attractive to girls."

The thought of this made me somewhat hesitant. I knew I had betrayed my wife. But I couldn't help doing so.

I moved Dew's hands aside and said, "Can you go select some furniture, O.K.? I've got something to do in the company."

She was obviously unhappy because I had promised to go and shop with her. At the moment, the idea of divorce became clearer in my mind although it used to be something impossible to me. However, I found it rather difficult to tell my wife about it. No matter how mildly I mentioned it to her, she would be deeply hurt.

Honestly, she was a good wife. Every evening she would be busy preparing dinner while I would be sitting in front of the TV. After the dinner is ready, we would watch TV together or I would be slacking in front of the computer, visualizing Dew's body. This was my way of entertainment.

One day I said to her in a joking manner.

"Suppose we divorce, what will you do?" She stared at me for a few seconds without saying a word.

Apparently she believed that divorce was something too distant a thought away from her. I couldn't imagine how she would react once she got to know I was serious.

When my wife went to my office, Dew had just stepped out. Almost all the staff looked at my wife with a sympathetic eye and try to hide something while talking to her. She seemed to have got some kind of hint. She gently smiled at my subordinates. However, I saw some hurt in her eyes.

-To be continued-

Part 2 will be posted at 7pm


Chinese Opera At Kuan Yim Teng

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 01:27 AM PDT

Chinese Opera At Kuan Yim Teng (Goddess Of Mercy Temple) – Came back to Penang feels so good, it's so much colourful and culture-ful when compare to the fast moving city of Kuala Lumpur. Just a few days ago, I was driving around the little city of George Town, passed by the Goddess Of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street and found that there's a Chinese opera was going on.

Chinese Opera At Kuan Yim Teng

Chinese Opera At Kuan Yim Teng

Chinese opera often plays during some religious month of the Goddess. I am not sure about what was it about but I just find it interesting. I parked my car, went to do some prayers and snap a few photos of the Chinese opera set up right in front of the temple.

Chinese Opera At Kuan Yim Teng

Chinese Opera At Kuan Yim Teng

Chinese Opera At Kuan Yim Teng

I wasn't very sure about the dialogue, just understand like half-half. If there's subtitle, it would be great. =D The opera team came all the way from Muar, Johor.


Strays Best Friend Sabrina Yeap Passes Away

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 01:17 AM PDT

PETPOSITIVE NEWSFLASH!


DATELINE PETALING JAYA, SELANGOR:





THE founder of the animal welfare group Furry Friends Farm Sabrina Yeap has died. She was reportedly admitted into hospital last night and slipped into a coma shortly after..

Yeap was a well-known animal rescuer especially during the dramatic rescue missions that were held in Klang in the Pulau Ketam animal tragedy a few years ago.


Polis: Tiada Laporan Libatkan Anwar - Sah Blogger UMNO Pemfitnah

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 02:34 AM PDT

Shah Alam - Polis mengesahkan tidak menerima sebarang laporan daripada seorang mahasiswa, mendakwa dia telah diliwat oleh Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, sebagaimana dilaporkan oleh sebuah blog semalam.

Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Bukit Aman, Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin berkata, setakat ini beliau tidak dimaklumkan berhubung dakwaan tersebut.

"Sepanjang pengetahuan saya, tiada laporan yang diterima berkaitan dakwaan ini," katanya ketika dihubungi Sinar Harian.

Kira-kira 10 hari selepas Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur mengeluarkan penghakiman bertulis membebaskan Anwar daripada kes liwat, sebuah blog yang pro-Umno mendakwa satu laporan polis telah dibuat kononnya beliau meliwat seorang penuntut institut pengajian tinggi utara Semenanjung.

Sementara blog itu, www.papagomo.com membawa laporan tersebut, penyokong dan pegawai-pegawai Anwar dari PKR melihat ia sebagai konspirasi terbaru dan usaha terdesak pihak Umno dan Barisan Nasional (BN) untuk terus menyerang Anwar menjelang Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13).

Anwar telah dibebaskan daripada kes meliwat bekas pembantunya, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan awal Januari lalu. Susulan penghakiman bertulis itu, Peguam Negara telah memfailkan notis rayuan dengan mengetengahkan sembilan alasan pada minggu lalu.

Saiful membuat laporan polis dia diliwat akhir Jun 2008.

Blog itu menulis, dia mendapat maklumat ada satu laporan polis telah dibuat petang semalam terhadap Anwar, yang juga Ketua Umum PR dan PKR.

"Gomo baru mendapat maklumat bahawa petang tadi (semalam) ada laporan polis telah dibuat ke atas Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim oleh seorang mahasiswa dari utara yang menyatakan beliau telah diliwat oleh pemimpin PKR pada malam sebelumnya (kelmarin)," kata pemblog itu.

Bagaimanapun entri blog itu menambah bahawa dia tidak pasti sama ada laporan tersebut benar ataupun sebaliknya. -SH

Laporan sebelum ini
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Sockpuppet (Internet) or Person with multiple account with different user names for decepting others

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 12:26 AM PDT

A sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception.

The term—a reference to the manipulation of a simple hand puppet made from a sock—originally referred to a false identity assumed by a member of an internet community who spoke to, or about himself while pretending to be another person.

The term now includes other uses of misleading online identities, such as those created to praise, defend or support a third party or organization, or to circumvent a suspension or ban from a website.

A significant difference between the use of a pseudonym and the creation of a sockpuppet is that the sockpuppet poses as an independent third-party unaffiliated with the puppeteer.

The term "sockpuppet" was used as early as July 9, 1993[4] but did not become common in USENET groups until 1996. The first Oxford English Dictionary example of the term, defined as "a person whose actions are controlled by another; a minion," is taken from U.S. News and World Report, March 27, 2000.

Continue to read all in Wikipedia



Provokasi UMNO Ganggu Ceramah Nurul Izzah di Pagoh

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 11:51 PM PDT

Sekumpulan pemuda UMNO memakai baju T-Shirt UMNO, JATI dan penglibatan kanak-kanak lingkungan usia 10 tahun membuat provokasi dengan menaiki motor, mengebar bendera Umno, menyanyi lagu Umno dalam ceramah PKR malam kelmarin di Pagoh Felda.

Nurul Izzah dalam ucapan nya beri amaran kepada penyokong UMNO yang buat provokasi, Negara ini bukan milik UMNO.

Keadaan semakin menjadi panas jam 10 malam apabila Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai , Nurul Izzah Anwar memberi ucapan, namun keadaan terkawal oleh petugas-petugas Unit Amal Malaysia.

Tinjauan wartawan ditempat kejadian, provokasi berlaku sepanjang jalan masuk ke Felda.

Provokasi lisan dengan bersorak 'tibai' dan 'liwat'. Pemasangan kain rentang, "PKR tiada di hati kami, hanya UMNO di hati kami dan jangan ganggu kawasan kami."

Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar ketika memberi ucapan ceramahnya malam tadi meminta agar rakyat yang hadir tidak perlu takut dengan provokasi murahan UMNO.

"Saya minta agar rakyat tidak perlu takut dengan provokasi murahan ini kerana kejadian ini sering berlaku apabila PAKATAN Rakyat (PR) mengadakan ceramah kelompok.

"UMNO jangan ingat negara ini milik mereka. Negara ini milik rakyat. Suara rakyat seharusnya dihormati.

"Pimpinan UMNO sewajarnya mendidik penyokong-penyokong mereka agar menghormati majlis orang

"UMNO sewajarnya mengajar penyokong-penyokong mereka jika tidak suka seseorang, tidak suka Parti Pembangkang mereka seharusnya tidak menghina, mengaib orang lain kerana Islam tidak ajar kita buat demikian", ujar beliau.

Menurut Nurul Izzah, perkara ini tidak sepatutnya berlaku, walaupun kerap dibuat aduan polis namun tiada tindakan sewajarnya diambil untuk memberi kesedaran kepada mereka yang terlibat.

Beliau beranggapan penyokong-penyokong UMNO sering buat provokasi kerana takut rakyat buat perubahan apabila mendapat informasi tepat melalui ceramah yang disampaikan pimpinan (PR).

Nurul Izzah merangkap Naib Presiden Keadilan mengajak seluruh rakyat Johor membuat perubahan pada PRU13 nanti yang akan berlaku dalam masa terdekat.

Katanya, "di negeri Selangor pelbagai kejayaan telah dikecapi dalam tempoh empat tahun Pakatan memerintah.

"Rakyat Selangor bagi warga emas 60 tahun keatas telah menerima Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE) RM2500. Sumbangan tesebut diberikan kepada waris apabila ibubapa mereka meninggal dunia untuk urusan jenazah, kenduri dan sebagainya.

Bantuan Pendidikan sebanyak RM1000 bagi pelajar yang dapat melanjutkan pengajian ke IPT dan banyak perkara yang telah dikecapi oleh semua rakyat Selangor.

Apakah negeri Johor tidak mahu kemudahan tersebut?", soalnya kepada semua rakyat yang hadir dalam ceramah malam tadi .

Nurul Izzah berucap dalam ceramah selama setengah jam menambah lagi, "PAKATAN janji sekiranya kita berjaya tawan Putrajaya PRU13 nanti, Pendidikan Percuma diberikan kepada semua mahasiswa, tol di hapuskan, gaji minima RM1100, harga petrol diturunkan".

"Kita harap rakyat Johor buat perubahan besar dengan menolak kezaliman UMNO yang memerintah 50 tahun bagi mengentikan aktiviti rasuah yang diamalkan, pemberian pelbagai kemewahan kepada kroni sedangkan rakyat terus tertindas," katanya.

Ceramah malam tadi juga diadakan majlis perasmian Ranting PKR, Felda Sri Jaya Bukit Serampang, Pagoh Felda yang oleh Nurul Izzah. -fb Azwar khaulah







Unknowingly signed letter with ‘lies’? Is Ling 'lying'?!

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 10:00 PM PDT

How many letters containing "lies" that Ling had unknowingly signed or PKFZ letter was the only one?

Pray, tell me. If Ling could make such a big blunder on the "mother of all scandals", what about the rest?

Ling, just another "liar" ex-minister of Malaysia.

Liong Sik: Letter to Dr M contained 'lies'


DRe1M: Now Najib's volunteering dream comes true

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 08:33 PM PDT

@ Malaysia Today

Volunteering with favours

http://www.malaysia-today.net/mtcolumns/from-around-the-blogs/50600-volunteering-with-favours


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