Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jangan Pergi Dulu Wahai Ramadhan....

Jangan Pergi Dulu Wahai Ramadhan....


Jangan Pergi Dulu Wahai Ramadhan....

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 10:31 AM PDT

Rasanya.. Masih banyak ibadah yang harus dibenahi.. masih banyak dosa diri, ingin mengisinya dengan sesuatu berarti.. ramadhan jangan pergi!

1. jangan dulu pergi.. wahai bulan yang awalnya adalah rahmat, pertengahannya ampunan, dan akhirnya pembebasan dari api neraka. #ramadhan

2. jangan dulu pergi.. Wahai bulan orang-orang berpuasa dan menghidupkan malam-malamnya dengan ibadah.. #ramadhan

3. jangan dulu pergi.. Wahai bulan ketika Allah setiap malamnya membebaskan ratusan ribu orang yang harus masuk neraka #ramadhan

4. jangan dulu pergi.. Wahai bulan mustajabnya doa.. #ramadhan

5. Ibadahku belum lagi sempurna, doaku belum lagi membahana, malam-malamku masih kurang dengan airmata.. #ramadhan

6. jangan dulu pergi... Wahai bulan segala pahala kebajikan digandakan.. Wahai bulan keberkahan.. #ramadhan

7. jangan dulu pergi..amalan shalihku belum seberapa.. Itupun, belum tentu diterimaNya.. #ramadhan

8. jangan dulu pergi.. Masih kurang ku bertilawah, masih kurang kuberibadah berjamaah, masih kurang kubersedekah.. #ramadhan

‎9. jangan pergi..Lisanku masih kurang bertasbih, malamku tak sempurna bertarawih, dosaku masih membuih..

‎10. Tinggal hitungan hari, kau pergi.. Meninggalkan diri yg berharap kembali fitri. Kembali suci.. #ramadhan -oki setiana dewi


The Stranger and The Myth

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 08:40 AM PDT

Friends and former students who have known me for long are aware of my deep love for the works and philosophy of Albert Camus. CLICK HERE to listen to how his name is pronounced.

According to Wikipedia:

Albert Camus (7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960) was a French pied-noir author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay "The Rebel" that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom. Although often cited as a proponent of existentialism, the philosophy with which Camus was associated during his own lifetime, he rejected this particular label. In an interview in 1945, Camus rejected any ideological associations: "No, I am not an existentialist. Sartre and I are always surprised to see our names linked..." 
In 1949, Camus founded the Group for International Liaisons within the Revolutionary Union Movement, which was opposed to some tendencies of the Surrealist movement of André Breton. 
Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times". He was the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, after Rudyard Kipling, and the first African-born writer to receive the award. He is the shortest-lived of any Nobel literature laureate to date, having died in an automobile accident just over two years after receiving the award. CLICK HERE for more.
Of all the books he has return, my favourite will always be The Stranger. Even though Camus never consideedr himself an existentialist; the theme and outlook of the book are often cited as exemplars of existentialism. Some even argue that Camus explores various philosophical schools of thought, including (most prominently and specifically) absurdism, as well as determinism, nihilism, naturalism, and stoicism.

Published in1942, The Stranger is about a man who feels no pain when his mother dies and eventually kills an Arab. It is the rudimentary part of the existentialist and absurd fiction, hailed by contemporaries as a lyrical masterpiece. I have had the privilege of teaching  International Baccalaureate students who had to study this book for World Literature. Each time I teach a different student, I never cease to be amazed at how I find new insight in the book. Till today, many academicians are still analyzing Meursault's psychology and philosophy. Despite its simplicity and brevity, there is certainly no other novel like it. It is a paradoxical tale because in its brevity, it says so much. Words are few are yet the volumes of emotion and possibilities to understand those emotions are endless It is almost one enters a different world when reading Camus - where one may despair at Mersault's imperfections and yet wanting to expose his vulnerable side.

If you hate reading and only want to read one short book, please read The Stranger. You will not regret it. I have read it five times and even now, I still get so piqued, fascinated and intrigued as to how Camus could have woven such a masterpiece in its simplicity!!! If you have time, check out one of my favourite posts which I wrote back in April 2011: The Stranger and TBH Inquest.



Number two in the To-Read-List of Albert Camus' books would definitely be The Myth of Sisyphus which some regard as the "bible" of absurdity. Quite unbelievably, the book comprises only 120 pages. Originally published in 1942 in French as Le Mythe de Sisyphe, it was only in 1955 that the English translation by Justin was released.

Most skilfully and philosophically, Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd whereby he shows how futile it is for man to see meaning, unity, and clarity especially when the unintelligible world seems quite devoid of God and eternal truths or values.

In The Myth of Sisyphus, the question of whether one may commit suicide upon the realization of the absurd. However, Camus declares that revolt is required and he goes on to discuss approaches to the absurd life.and how we can handle the absurdity of life.

Hence, Camus compares the absurdity of man's life with the situation of Sisyphus. The protagonist is a figure of Greek mythology condemned to the same repetitive meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again.

Quite sarcastically, Camus' finishing line for the book is "The struggle itself [...] is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."

My perspective to life has changed quite a bit after studying Camus' work. He preaches that the doctrine of the absurd can be discovered in his book despite its thin pages. To Camus, the only true thing in life is that  life is absurd and that man's life is full of absurdities. Read it HERE. If you have read it before and don't really understand it, check out Spark Notes on the book HERE.

Here's the summary from Spark Notes:

The central concern of The Myth of Sisyphus

The absurd is a contradiction that cannot be reconciled, and any attempt to reconcile this contradiction is simply an attempt to escape from it: facing the absurd is struggling against it. Camus claims that existentialist philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Chestov, and Jaspers, and phenomenologists such as Husserl, all confront the contradiction of the absurd but then try to escape from it. Existentialists find no meaning or order in existence and then attempt to find some sort of transcendence or meaning in this very meaninglessness.

Living with the absurd, Camus suggests, is a matter of facing this fundamental contradiction and maintaining constant awareness of it. Facing the absurd does not entail suicide, but, on the contrary, allows us to live life to its fullest.

Camus identifies three characteristics of the absurd life: revolt (we must not accept any answer or reconciliation in our struggle), freedom (we are absolutely free to think and behave as we choose), and passion (we must pursue a life of rich and diverse experiences).

Camus gives four examples of the absurd life: the seducer, who pursues the passions of the moment; the actor, who compresses the passions of hundreds of lives into a stage career; the conqueror, or rebel, whose political struggle focuses his energies; and the artist, who creates entire worlds. Absurd art does not try to explain experience, but simply describes it. It presents a certain worldview that deals with particular matters rather than aiming for universal themes.

The book ends with a discussion of the myth of Sisyphus, who, according to the Greek myth, was punished for all eternity to roll a rock up a mountain only to have it roll back down to the bottom when he reaches the top. Camus claims that Sisyphus is the ideal absurd hero and that his punishment is representative of the human condition: Sisyphus must struggle perpetually and without hope of success. So long as he accepts that there is nothing more to life than this absurd struggle, then he can find happiness in it, says Camus.

Camus appends his essay with a discussion of the works of Franz Kafka. He ultimately concludes that Kafka is an existentialist, who, like Kierkegaard, chooses to make a leap of faith rather than accept his absurd condition. However, Camus admires Kafka for expressing humanity's absurd predicament so perfectly. Source: HERE

Originally, I wanted to write on ten of Camus' books. Then I cut it down to five. And now, it is 11.37pm. Definitely past my bedtime (11.30pm) and my brain has shut down already. I wish I could write more but the alphabets seem to be doing their own strange jig on the laptop screen so I have to bid you Good night.

To be continued....


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The Growing Up Years

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 07:10 AM PDT

As our Muslim friends begin the exodus from the cities to the kampungs, mothers like me are busy ferrying their children to all kinds of activities. Older now, I prefer to have my son at school as it is busier for me when he is at home.

For instance, the whole of next week I will have to drive him to and fro rehearsals from early afternoon to night time as the Musica Simfonietta Orchestra to which he belongs will be performing at the 121st  Anniversary of Methodist Girls' School at the Straits Quay Convention Centre.

Even though it is my alma mater, I will not be going for the dinner. Being quite agoraphobic by nature, I shudder at the thought of being in such a huge crowd. Also, I hate to dress up for occasions and prefer to be dressed in my jeans, skirts or shorts. I reckon my year mates are going decked in their kebayas.

Anyway, this afternoon, I had to drive my younger boy to his buddy's house for play time. After two and a half hours resting at home, I drove to pick him up. On the way home, I asked him, "So what did you guys do?"

"Play."

"I know, but play what?"

"Computer games" was the animated response.

And then I went on a long lecture about the kind of games I used to play when I was in school and how important it is for us to connect to people. Alas, he was not too receptive of my enthusiastic ideas and  reminded t.me that he belongs to a different generation.

Looking back, each school break meant that the neighbourhood children would be out in the evenings as during schooldays, we would be hitting the books.

In the neighbourhood where I grew up, we had a cul-de-sac where the Tan siblings had constructed a D-I-Y badminton court. There, the two Ooi households, another Khoo household, the Tans and the Soons would gather for our nightly competitions. On my right lived Patrick who is a doctor in Singapore. His sister Grace is a lawyer and brother Greg works in a bank. Three doors away was Chong who works in Australia, his eldest sister Chean Eng who works in US, architect (and violin teacher to both my boys) Chean Hong and Datuk Ooi Chean See, former MPO conductor. Right across the road lived Beng and Girlie and on my left the Tan brothers - Hooi Chee, Hooi Sheong, Hooi Aun and Hooi Guan who were indisputedly the champions in the neighbourhood and finally Pauline. Apart from all of them were our friends as well who would cycle over and play. Although most of us were book worms and the scholarly type, the minute exams ended, ooo-la-la, we would let our hair down to really play!!!

And do we see that now? How often do we see neighbourhood kids playing together, growing up together and still maintaining the friendship forged during the transition from childhood to teenage hood to adulthood?

Hardly ever. How tragic!

Apart from badminton, we would take turns playing in each other's home and enjoyed board games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, carom and reading. Late in the evenings, we would cycle around the neighbourhood, try to harvest papayas, rambutans and mangoes from some homes but the real fun was being chased by dogs as we cycled away furiously. Of course I had been bitten by dogs - twice. Once on my left leg and another time on my hand. But it was worth it. The adrenalin rush is unforgettable. I don't remember ever succeeding in harvesting anything but it was all in good fun - cycling around and scouting for potential targets. Then we had tremendous fun singing at the top of our voices after all that 'exercise'.

Those days, my backdoor neighbours lived the Khoo sisters and brothers. Boo Soo just passed away recently and his sister Sharon aka Yong was then dating the late Ronnie Ng, my guitar sifu. So when we were not doing any other activities, we would be sitting in the swing in my garden, strumming our guitars and singing in harmony.

Sighs. Teenagers today cannot imagine what they have missed out in life just by being glued to their iPads or smart phones.

On weekends of school breaks, Beng's father who also passed away a couple of months ago, would take us to Chin Farm up in Batu Feringghi. At that time, he was working as a medical representative and had the use of a small van. However, officially he was only allowed to ferry three passengers so Pauline, Girlie, Beng, Francis, one tall guy whose name I cannot remember, Tammy and I were packed like sardines at the back. Each of us brought our own food and drinks and had so much fun then.

I don't really see children playing together in neighbourhoods. I did see it during my older boy's time. For sure, he takes after me. From the time he was in Standard 3, he would cycle around the neighbourhood with Tze Liang, Khuan Zhi and Tze Yang etc whereas now, my younger boy (who is more like his dad) is reserved and not as gungho as the brother.

There were times Girlie (who later married the late Boo Soo) and I walked to town just to save money to watch movies. If it was a 7pm movie, we would cycle there and then race all the way back home. Before we reached home, we would stop by the Free School Road stalls located in the quadrangle and there, we would meet up with other friends including Tammy's sister-in-law who passed away a few years ago, Christie, Jen and others.

Of course we also hung out with other kids from the other roads in Green Garden. The Ho siblings were there and in my upper secondary days, I hung out with the girls from Convent Green Lane including YH, WL, D and her sister and the guys from PFS including P who married YH, Boon Hoe who is so successful in the music industry, CL and the others. I remember I only had BM tuition class and even though it was pretty competitive, I was quite laid back, lost in my own world of books.

If I had a choice, I would relive my childhood and teenage hood in the 1970's and not in the 21st century. Those days, we played - really played. We enjoyed hiking up Penang Hill on our own, organizing camps by the beach without the trappings of bureaucracy and it was perfectly safe!

I still remember my first camping trip was in Form 2 with my cousins and our friends. We could just sleep in our tents, fish peacefully and actually catch fish, cook, swim in the sea with no fear of pollution. I remember how I canoed to the small island of Pulau Tikus during my courtship days with my husband and how we used rocks to knock off the oysters, rinsed them in the sea and ate them RAW like that with no tummy aches whatsoever.

On other occasions, the whole gang cycled round many areas including taking our roller-skates to Youth Park to have a jolly good time. And then to wander to Botanical Gardens, walk around there, dip in the stream, catch peacock fishes and tadpoles with leaves and then to take them home and watch them grow. The mothers were horrified that we contributed greatly to the development of a frog community but it was really wonderful.

Gosh - I cannot believe I used to be such an outdoor person in my younger days - so sociable and always on the go. For every single term of every single year, my teachers would write - 'Too talkative. Talk less and work more.' And now, hmm ...I cannot believe what an introvert I have become. Time has a strange way of changing people. For sure, nothing makes me happier than to be at home!!!!!

When I look at my son, I feel so sorry for him. There are no kids in my neighbourhood at all. on my right is an older teen and right across the road is a family of three siblings and another household of older teenagers in college.

However, I guess it is alright for he has me :-) and our books. Yet, I know my younger boy has missed out a lot in life by not going out to be with friends. It is a totally different environment now. At least my older boy had camping trips etc but even so, it is different from the fantastic childhood I had with the neighbourhood kids.

In the mid 1990's, I tried to bring the kids together so that my older boy could have playmates. I bought percussion instruments and had 'band' practices with the kids - all in good fun. But alas, we moved to my present neighbourhood and my older boy lost the chance to grow up with the neighbourhood kids like me.

In many ways, I am sure growing up in the kampung is even better than what I experienced. It is sad that as society progresses, many have lost the capacity to feel, to care, to share and to be united. The ties that bind do not really seem to be there any more.

I remember how my best friend in the neighbourhood was an Indian girl named Emily Raj. We were inseparable. We went to school in the same bus, were desk-mates, took the same subjects, were in the same clubs and the only difference was that she was in Lily House and I was in Martin. To this day, I still remember the smattering of Tamil she taught me. If I was not playing with the others, I would be in Emily's house chatting or studying. Her mom was like a mom to me and it meant so much then as I lost my mom when I was 11.

Frankly, it was simply wonderful. Any one of us could go to any one's house unannounced, sit down, share whatever they were eating or had in the house and just talk with our friends, their siblings or parents.

I really miss those days of playing seven stones, 'kar lee tuay' and just plain enjoyable tomfoolery - just being ourselves.

My school mates came over for slumber parties  and we would sing and play and scream - even dance on the bed which amazingly did not break into pieces. One of those songs we sang was 'Smoke on the water' and to this day, sometimes they still talk about it in Facebook. Once, I made my cousin dress up in a raincoat, with prawn crackers sticking out of his mouth, tomato sauce smeared on his face and a black hat. Boy oh boy - he really looked like Freddy Kruger. And he waited in the bathroom for my girlfriend to have her shower. The minute she closed the door and turned around, she saw him, screamed and fainted. :-( Sighs. I cannot believe I could play such nasty pranks. My cousin passed away a few years ago from cancer.

Now that I have passed the half century mark, I look back fondly at those days. Quite a number of them have passed away and the beautiful part is - some of us still keep in touch, although we are not so close any more. And when we meet, we compare our blood pressure levels, cholesterol levels, what our kids are doing and even insurance policies.

Life is a circle and as I reach my sunset years, I look back and am glad for every single experience I had - even the many accidents I had as a teenager - including being knocked down by a vehicle ( I don't know what) till I was unconscious for a few hours, being in motorcycle accidents when I was in sixth form and of course the many pranks we played on each other. Unforgettable.

And I certainly would not exchange all that to grow up in the 21st century.

:-)

Oh well, I guess I got kind of carried away with my memories. If you did read till the end, thank you for bearing with me. Please leave a comment to share your experiences. If you are a parent with young kids, never let them play with electronic gadgets or devices.Give them good old Play Dough, toys and books. Most of all, let them run free in the wind, under the sun to be at one with nature and with others.


Hari Raya season: No handbags, look out for aliens

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:09 AM PDT

Funniest festive season crime prevention advisory ever:
1. 'Do not carry handbags in public'.

2. 'Quickly contact the police if you see aliens'.

Who were the clowns who gave this advisory? (No prize for the correct answer).

News link for the above advisory:
1. http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/homeowners-also-to-blame-for-break-ins-says-cid-chief

2. http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/do-not-carry-bags-in-public-1.118293


[VIDEO] Sekali Lagi, Nasya Berkata "Tiada Niat Masuk UMNO"...

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 10:07 AM PDT

Shah Alam – Bekas Timbalan Presiden Pas, Nasharudin Mat Isa menegaskan, beliau tidak ada niat untuk masuk Umno, sekali gus menafikan tanggapan banyak pihak bahawa kemunculannya di Makkah pada majlis Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak kelmarin sebagai isyarat akan melangkah ke parti teras Barisan Nasional (BN) itu.

"Tiba-tiba dikaitkan dengan saya akan masuk Umno. Untuk kesekian kalinya saya sebutkan secara terbuka, saya tidak ada niat untuk masuk Umno, cuma saya menganggap semua yang mengucap kalimah syahadah sebagai saudara saya seiman termasuk lah pemimpin dan ahli Umno, dan mereka yang bukan Islam sebagai saudara saya seinsan.

"Perbezaan pandangan politik tidak seharusnya dijadikan sebab untuk kita tidak memikirkan maslahat ummah," kata beliau dalam satu kenyataan petang ini.

Mengenai pertemuan dengan Najib di Makkah, Nasharudin yang juga Ahli Parlimen Bachok berkata, "kepada mereka yang membuat andaian, tuduhan dan suu' dzan, nasihat saya adalah ittaqillah, ittaqillah, ittaqillah dan bersitghfarlah khasnya pada hari hari terakhir ramadan ini."

Katanya, beliau kesian melihat mereka yang menghukum tanpa tahu hujung pangkal.

"Berbaik sangkalah sesama Muslim. Hampir sebulan sepanjang Ramadan ini, doa qunut yang dibacakan dihadapan Kaabah ketika solat witir, menyeru kepada merapatkan saf dan menyatupadukan orang orang Islam.

"Imam solat saban malam memohon dengan doa Ya ALLAH satukanlah suara umat Islam," katanya.

Nasharudin menjelaskan beliau telah mengaturkan pertemuan di Makkah antara beberapa orang ulama di tanah suci bersama dengan Perdana Menteri bersempena dengan persidangan khas OIC.

"Saya dijemput ke Makkah dengan visa khas selepas Perdana Menteri bersetuju untuk bertemu dengan ulama-ulama tersebut.


"Perbincangan telah diadakan di sebuah villa kenalan bersebelahan dengan Masjidilharam. Yang dibincang antara lain adalah isu di Syria dan Rohingya.

"Para ulama tersebut menyebut tentang peranan yang boleh dimainkan oleh Malaysia. Perbincangan juga menyentuh beberapa kejayaan yang telah dicapai oleh Malaysia. Mereka juga telah meninggalkan beberapa pesanan kepada Perdana Menteri seperti memastikan Malaysia terus mengangkat pegangan ahli sunah wal jamaah dalam memelihara kesucian Islam," katanya.

Katanya, pertemuan itu sedikit pun tidak berbincang tentang Pas atau Umno sebab isu yang dibincangkan adalah jauh lebih besar dari Pas atau Umno.

"Kami berbincang tentang keadaan semasa ummah. Rasullullah menyebut, man lam yahtamma biamril muslimin falaisa minhum.

"Adakah berbincang tentang ummah satu jenayah?" katanya. -SH



Rakyat Bachok kecewa kenyataan Ustaz Nasa

BACHOK: Rakyat Bachok melahirkan rasa terkejut dengan kenyataan anggota parlimen kawasan itu, Nasaruddin Mat Isa yang dianggap mereka sebagai mencemarkan maruah perjuangan.

Kata mereka bukan sahaja tidak sopan, sebaliknya tidak memikirkan susah payah penyokong PAS di peringkat akar umbi memenangkannya pada pilihan raya umum lalu.

Pesara tentera, Othman Ismail ketika ditemui memberitahu, peringkat awal kemenangannya Nasharuddin mempamerkan ciri-ciri seorang wakil rakyat yang baik.

Bagaimanapun katanya, masuk tahun ketiga dan keadaan lebih parah selepas gagal mempertahankan jawatan sebagai Timbalan Presiden PAS.

"Surat untuk Ustaz Nasaruddin dah bertimbun di pejabat PAS Bachok, beliau tak datang dan tak jenguk pun," ujarnya yang juga bertugas sebagai setiausaha kerja PAS kawasan berkenaan.

Nasharuddin dalam kenyataan ketika bersama Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak di Makkah semalam dilaporkan mahu PAS menyatakan pendirian sebenar kerana DAP menolak penubuhan negara Islam atau PAS keluar daripada Pakatan Rakyat.

Seorang pendakwah Ustaz Rosdi turut melahirkan rasa terkilan terhadap Nasharuddin kerana tidak lagi bertanya khabar tentang rakyat.

"Saya juga masih teringat pesanan Ustaz Nasharuddin pada saya sebelum ini supaya jangan menyokong Umno dan BN kerana mereka menentang hudud.

"Jadi saya harap Ustaz Nasa berpegang teguh pada kata-katanya sebelum ini walaupun sering bersama Perdana Menteri sejak akhir-akhir ini," ujarnya.

Seorang lagi penduduk, Zulkifli meminta Nasharuddin bertemu dan berbincang dengan anggota parti dan bukannya mengkritik dalam media berhubung sesuatu dasar parti.

Seorang pemuda, Nazri Ismail turut melahirkan rasa kecewanya terhadap tindak tanduk Nasharuddin sekarang.
-HD


Ulasan GB

Pertama,

Nasharudin menjelaskan beliau telah mengaturkan pertemuan di Makkah antara beberapa orang ulama di tanah suci bersama dengan Perdana Menteri bersempena dengan persidangan khas OIC.

"Saya dijemput ke Makkah dengan visa khas selepas Perdana Menteri bersetuju untuk bertemu dengan ulama-ulama tersebut.

Jika hal yang di luar urusan parti boleh diuruskan dengan baik, mengapa hal yang menjadi amanah parti kepada kamu tidak kamu tunaikan?

"Surat untuk Ustaz Nasaruddin dah bertimbun di pejabat PAS Bachok, beliau tak datang dan tak jenguk pun,"

Itu belum lagi kegagalan kamu untuk hadir di dalam mesyuarat PAS Pusat yang kamu adalah salah seorang AJKnya sepertimana yang pernah didedahkan oleh Setiausaha Agong tidak berapa lama dulu! Mengapa amanah umat Islam dan ahli PAS kepada kamu tidak ditunaikan? Apakah Presiden PAS atau Setiuasaha Agong kena menyampaikan "visa khas" supaya hadir maka barulah kamu akan hadir? Justeru itu, kami ahli-ahli PAS pula kini menyeru, ittaqillah! ittaqillah! ittaqillah!

Kedua: Pendirian Nasharuddin lain dulu lain sekarang



Ketiga: Persoalan niat. GB sudah ulas dahulu. Petikan:

Benar bahawa setiap amal itu bergantung kepada niatnya. tetapi "niat" saja tidak memadai jika amalan perbuatan dan tindakan kita tidak seiring dengan niat tersebut.

GB rasa Ustadz Nasha lebih maklum berkenaan hal tersebut.

Sewaktu peristiwa isra mikraj Rasulullah telah diperlihatkan tentang beberapa orang yang menerima balasannya di dalam neraka. Jibril memberitahu baginda bahawa "itulah keadaan orang-orang yang niatnya baik tapi amalnya jahat".

Niat Ust. Nasha baik, tiada terlintas untuk memasuki UMNO. Tetapi tidakan beliau mengeluarkan kenyataan-kenyataan di media pro-UMNO (kemudian dimanipulasikan) menimbulkan fitnah yang besar kepada jemaah itulah yang merosakkan.

Tak termasuk lagi dengan pertemuan yang mencurigakan dengan para blogger UMNO bersama-sama dengan Hassan Ali satu ketika. Ia bukan lagi satu rahsia. Itulah yang melahirkan fitnah untuk jemaah PAS.

Kali pertama GB berkesempatan untuk mengenali secara terus Ust Nasha ialah di satu pilihanraya kecil dimana GB berkesempatan bersama-samanya berjam-jam lamanya (Ust Nasha tidak mengenali dan menyedari bahawa yang mengatur dan menemaninya di sebuah bilik gerakan ketika itu ialah blogger kecil bernama GB).

Di dalam satu aktiviti yang diaturkan untuk kami iaitu pertemuan dengan penduduk kampung di sebuah restoran yang dihadiri sama oleh Datuk Mahfuz Omar, GB duduk bersebelahan dengan Ust Nasha.

Ketika itu ramai wartawan membuat liputan.

Dan diperlihatkanlah kepada GB bahawa rapport (hubungan) Ust Nasha dan para wartawan media pro-UMNO memang baik. Ia bukan satu kesalahan, malah ia boleh menjadi sesuatu yang baik jika kita dapat menggunakan kelebihan itu untuk sesuatu yang baik.

Kelemahan ketara yang GB lihat ialah Ust Nasha akan memberi responsnya kepada semua soalan wartawan, yang kemudian responsnya itu dilaporkan secara tidak betul di dalam akhbar keesokan harinya.

Dan itulah yang berlaku selama ini.

Jangan lupa bagaimana kenyataan-kenyataan Ust Nasha semasa muktamar diputarbelitkan oleh para wartawan (jika bukan para wartawan maka sang editornya) sehinggakan jemaah PAS bergolak sakan lantarannya ketika itu.

Sudah seringkali dinasihatkan oleh pemimpin tertinggi parti terutama oleh Mursyidul Am PAS sendiri, TG Nik Aziz supaya berhati-hati dengan corong mikrofon media pro-UMNO, tetapi masih kerap pemimpin PAS terjebak dan tertipu dengan keghairahan untuk mendapatkan publisiti.



2020: Too Soon for Turkey - They don’t yet merit the Olympics By Michael Rubin

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 05:12 AM PDT

On Sunday, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games came to a close. London's spectacle was successful, even if marred at times by scandal and excessive political correctness. The end of the games may bring calm to London traffic, but the closing ceremony was simply the starting whistle for the final leg of another race: The competition to host the 2020 games.

The Olympics will travel to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Games, but the 2020 decision is looming. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) already whittled the finalists down to three, when Baku, Azerbaijan, and Doha, Qatar, failed to make the final cut. In January 2013, the remaining contenders — Madrid, Tokyo, and Istanbul — will submit bid books and, over the following several months, will welcome visiting IOC delegations. In June, the three finalists will address issues raised during the evaluation visits at IOC headquarters in Lausanne; on September 7, 2013, the IOC will formally elect the 2020 host at a meeting in Buenos Aires.

Of the three finalists' countries, only Turkey has never before hosted the Olympic Games. Tokyo won the bid for the 1940 games, cancelled because of World War II, but hosted the event 24 years later. Barcelona brought the Olympics to Spain in 1992. Madrid has bid for the honor three times already — in 1972 it lost to Munich; it failed to make the final cut for 2012; and it lost to Rio for the 2016 games. Many Spaniards question whether they can even afford to continue their 2020 bid, and so it is likely that Madrid will become a four-time loser.

Enter Turkey. On its surface, there is much to be said for Istanbul. It is a beautiful city, and can literally claim to bridge two continents. Having failed to make the cut for five previous Olympiads, it has persistence going for it. Yet, because of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statements in London, awarding Istanbul the games could do more to undercut the Olympic spirit than any choice since Berlin in 1936.

Speaking to reporters in London after meeting privately with IOC head Jacques Rogge, Erdogan rooted Turkey's case to host the games in religion. "No country with a majority of Muslim population has ever hosted the Olympics," he said, later telling Turkish television, "It is not fair." Emphasizing the point, the Turkish Olympic Committee selected from five Istanbul 2020 logo finalists the only one that emphasized mosques and minarets. Never has a host-city logo featured such religious symbols unless one counts those incorporated into the national flag or, in the case of the 1992 winter games in Albertville, the regional flag of Savoy.

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Muslim Brotherhood 'Crucifies' Opponents, Attacks Secular Media

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 05:06 AM PDT

August 15, 2012  •  Investigative Project on Terrorism
Last week in Egypt, when Muslim Brotherhood supporters terrorized the secular media, several Arabic websites—including Arab News, Al Khabar News, Dostor Watany, and Egypt Now—reported that people were being "crucified." The relevant excerpt follows in translation:
A Sky News Arabic correspondent in Cairo confirmed that protestors belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood crucified those opposing Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others. Likewise, Muslim Brotherhood supporters locked the doors of the media production facilities of 6-October [a major media region in Cairo], where they proceeded to attack several popular journalists.


Egypt's Jihad Organizations Call for Christian Genocide

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 05:07 AM PDT

August 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm
According to today's issue of El Fegr, "Elements of terrorist, jihadi organizations distributed leaflets today inciting for the killing of Copts in Suez, Ismailia, and Upper Egypt, promising them [Copts] a tragic end if they do not return to the truth."
An image of a copy of the letter appears on El Fegr's website. Titled "An Urgent and Important Notice," it begins by calling on "all brothers and sisters" to "kill or physically attack the enemies of the religion of Allah—the Christians in all of Egypt's provinces, the slaves of the Cross, Allah's curse upon them…" It proceeds to promise a monetary reward for whoever helps "achieve Allah's rights against his enemies."


'60 Hours' of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 04:47 AM PDT

A special CNN-IBN show on the third anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, in which 166 people lost their lives.


President Thein Sein best discussion on the Rohingya conflict

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 04:12 AM PDT



Rais Yatim Masih Berusaha Selamatkan SEKSYEN 114A

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 05:41 AM PDT

Seksyen 114A: K'jaan sedang teliti, tiada cadangan pinda

Kabinet sedang meneliti Seksyen 114A Akta Keterangan 1950 yang hebat diperkatakan dalam alam maya ketika ini selaras dengan arahan perdana menteri, kata Menteri Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

Katanya, kerajaan mempunyai pendirian yang teguh mengenai perkara itu, namun setakat ini tidak ada ada cadangan untuk sebarang pindaan baru terhadap Akta berkenaan.

Seksyen 114A adalah satu daripada dua pindaan yang dibuat terhadap Akta Keterangan yang digazetkan Julai lepas, dan ia mula mendapat reaksi pelbagai pihak daripada kalangan pengguna internet.

Kempen-kempen tentangan terhadap akta itu dibuat oleh pertubuhan Pusat Kewartawanan Bebas (CIJ) dan sepanduk yang dibuat oleh pertubuhan itu melalui laman facebook dengan tajuk 'Stop 114A' itu dimuat turun oleh pelbagai pengguna internet dalam negara.

Perkembangan itu dengan pantas menarik perhatian Najib yang ketika ini berada di Makkah untuk Sidang Kemuncak Luar Biasa Pertubuhan Kerjasama Islam (OIC), yang terus mengarahkan kabinet membincangkan perkara itu, menerusi ruang twitternya semalam.

Rais berkata kabinet sudah mendapat ilham daripada apa yang ditweet oleh perdana menteri berhubung isu itu, dan seksyen berkenaan sedang diteliti dengan rapi ketika ini.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika ditemui di majlis berbuka puasa anjuran kementeriannya dengan kerjasama Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) dan Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan di Masjid Putra di Putrajaya.

Terdahulu dalam ucapannya di majlis itu, Rais meminta supaya kesatuan ummah di Malaysia diperkukuhkan lagi agar Islam terus berkembang mekar dalam negara. - Bernama

114A: Lagi bukti Najib "PM terburu-buru"

KUALA LUMPUR: Hasrat kerajaan untuk mengkaji semula Akta Keterangan 1950 (Seksyen 114A) merupakan satu kejayaan kepada kempen yang dijalankan Pusat Kewartawanan Bebas (CIJ), semalam.

Hasrat yang disuarakan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak itu bagi membuktikan kononnya beliau mendahulukan rakyat, sepertimana yang sering diucapkan.

Naib Presiden PAS, Salahuddin Ayub, berkata kempen yang disertai berpuluh-puluh laman web itu menunjukkan kerajaan sering meminda akta secara terburu-buru tanpa meneliti secara keseluruhan.

Sebelum ini banyak juga perkara yang dumum Najib untuk dilaksanakan terburu-buru namun terpaksa menarik balik selepas mendapat bantahan banyak pihak.

Ia termasuklah dalam isu Saraan Baru Perkhidmatan Awam (SBPA) dan Perjanjian Tukar Saham MAS-AirAsia yang akhirnya dibatalkan biarpun telah menelan kos yang besar.

Semalam, CIJ melancarkan kempen bantahan dalam talian, yang dikenali sebagai Hari Tegah Siar Internet, yang disifatkan akan mendedahkan pengguna Internet yang tidak bersalah kepada risiko penganiayaan.

Kempen ini banyak dibincangkan di laman web rangkaian sosial dan telah mendapat liputan meluas daripada organisasi berita antarabangsa.
-HD



Ulasan GB

Apa yang jelas dari laporan BERNAMA di atas, Rais Yatim masih cuba untuk "menyelamatkan" Seksyen 114A Akta Keterangan 1950 yang dikritik hebat oleh rakyat dengan memberikan penafsiran beliau sediri terhadap "tweet" Najib.

Rais memang sudah diketahui memusuho warga siber, seorang yang begitu ketinggalan di bidang ICT tetapi menjadi menteri penerangan dan komunikasi.

Beliau mengharapkan sangat seksyen 114A dapat dikuatkuasakan kerana ada beberapa kes yang melibatkan beliau sendiri sebagai plaintif terutama di dalam kes rogol amah bagi menekan defenden dan warga siber yang lain untuk tidak menyebarluaskan lagi apa yang beliau dakwa sebagai "fitnah" itu.


All spruced up

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 01:57 AM PDT

After more than three years of dilly-dallying discussions and meetings, there's finally a nice exterior for us to be proud of: the Swee Cheok Tong 瑞鵲堂 in Carnarvon Lane, George Town. We are considered to be located within the buffer zone of the George Town world heritage site although across the street from us, the houses there are all within the core zone.


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MPAJ To Set Up Canine Committee

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 05:37 AM PDT

PET+BARKING NEWS! 





 

DATELINE AMPANG, SELANGOR


 

A special task force to look into effective and humane stray animal management will be set up soon by the Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) local council. 

 

This was decided at yesterday morning's meeting chaired by councillor S Supiramany.

 



As many as a dozen people met at Councillor Supiramany's service centre in Jalan


Isu Pertukaran Tanah – Tanah Awam dikorbankan untuk keuntungan Swasta?

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 01:46 AM PDT

KENYATAAN MEDIA
16 Ogos 2012
UNTUK SEBARAN SEGERA
ISU PERTUKARAN TANAH – TANAH AWAM DIKORBANKAN UNTUK KEUNTUNGAN SWASTA?
Pada sidang Parlimen April lepas, saya telah bertanyakan tentang isu pertukaran tanah yang menyebabkan para penduduk Brickfields kehilangan Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah yang telah berbakti selama 30 tahun. Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan telah mengesahkan bahawa:
a) Sejak 2 Mac 2012, tanah tersebut yang dikenali sebagai PT 20 (Lot 18) Seksyen 94A Bandar Kuala Lumpur (BKL) masih kepunyaan Pesuruhjaya Tanah Wilayah Persekutuan tetapi akhirnya akan berpindah milik kepada entiti swasta, Primamuda Holdings Sdn. Bhd.
b) Pertukaran tanah (land swap) di mana tanah tersebut akan ditukarkan dengan pembangunan Balai Polis Jalan Travers dan sebuah Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah bagi menggantikan IPD Brickfields.
Sungguhpun begitu, saya telah meminta kerajaan mengesahkan bahawa pertukaran tanah asal melalui keputusan Kabinet pada 21 September 2005 melibatkan Lot 55, Jalan Travers, Bukit Persekutuan, bukan tanah di Brickfields. Pada waktu itu, para penduduk Bukit Persekutuan yang terjejas berjaya menghalang pertukaran tanah yang menswastakan tanah insitusi, selaras dengan Polisi CF3 dalam Pelan Struktur Kuala Lumpur 2020 untuk "memastikan bahawa setiap tanah kerajaan digunakan oleh kerajaan atau sebagai kemudahan awam."
Para penduduk Brickfields tidak begitu bernasib baik. Kelihatan bahawa tanah milik awam akan secara mudah ditukarkan untuk meraih keuntungan dengan secara biadab dan rakus, melibatkan bukan satu, tetapi dua lokasi yang disemak semula. Jika benar, ia akan menunjukkan sifat diskriminasi di dalam keputusan tersebut – jika pertukaran tanah itu tidak sesuai buat penduduk Bukit Persekutuan, mengapakah ia disesuaikan dalam sebuah kawasan yang sesak dan padat dengan penduduk, yakni Brickfields?
Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan, bagi pihak Kabinet, harus mendedahkan pengurusan pertukaran tanah yang sebernarnya, syarat-syaratnya, dan kos yang ditanggung oleh pemaju dalam mendapatkan tanah bernilai tinggi tersebut.
Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan juga harus menggantikan pondok polis yang dirancang dengan sebuah balai polis yang dapat berkhidmat dan memenuhi keperluan para penduduk Brickfields. Sebarang pekara yang kurang dari itu adalah merugikan dan merupakan satu bentuk pengkhianatan terhadap perkhidmatan awam.
Akhir kata, kami meminta Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan mendedahkan semua pertukaran tanah institusi awam yang serupa, sama ada yang telah dibuat atau  dalam perancangan. Semua tanah institusi awam dan lokasi sebenar perlu disenaraikan kepada umum agar rakyat boleh mengemukakan cadangan dalam pertukaran tanah, contohnya seperti yang dilakukan Ketua Wanita Bukit Bintang, Senator Mariyani Yit.
Nurul Izzah Anwar
Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, merangkap Naib Presiden KEADILAN
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MEDIA STATEMENT
16 August 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAND SWAP FIASCO – PUBLIC LAND SACRIFICED FOR PRIVATE PROFIT?
During the last April parliamentary sitting, I had asked regarding the land swap arrangement which cost Brickfields' residents their 30 year old District Police Station. The Federal Territory Ministry confirmed that indeed:
a) The said land, as of the 2nd of March 2012, known as PT 20 (Lot 18) Seksyen 94A Bandar Kuala Lumpur (BKL) remained in the ownership of the Federal Territory Land Commissioner but will eventually be transferred into the hands of the new owners – private entity Primamuda Holdings Sdn. Bhd.
b) A land arrangement whereby the above institutional land would be swapped in exchange for the development of the new Jalan Travers Police Station and a replacement District Police Station.
However, I ask that the government confirm that the original land swap vis a Cabinet decision on the 21st of September 2005 involved Lot 55, Jalan Travers, Federal Hill and not the land in Brickfields. At the time, the affected Federal Hill residents succeeded in blocking the land swap privatization of institutional land in line with Policy CF3 of Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 to "ensure that all government land is used for government or public facility purposes.
The people of Brickfields were not as lucky. It appears that public land was conveniently swapped for private profit in such a brazen manner involving not one but two revised locations. If this is true then it would also point to the discriminatory nature of the decision – if the swap was not suitable for Federal Hill residents, why would it be suitable in a highly congested and densely populated Brickfields?
The Minister of Federal Territories, on behalf of his cabinet colleagues, must disclose the exact land swap arrangement, its terms, and costs incurred on the developer in obtaining such prime land.
The Minister of Federal Territories must also replace the planned "police beat" with a proper police station that can adequately serve the needs of the residents of Brickfields. Anything less would be a disservice and a betrayal of public service.
Finally, we ask that the Minister disclose all other similar public institutional land swap deals that have been made or currently being planned. All available public institutional lands and their exact locations should be publicly listed so that the rakyat can submit similar land swap proposals such as the one made by Bukit Bintang Wanita Chief, Senator Mariyani Yit.
Nurul Izzah Anwar
MP for Lembah Pantai and Vice-President of KEADILAN


Datuk Seri Diburu Polis

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 02:24 AM PDT

Polis sedang mencari seorang ahli perniagaan bergelar 'Datuk Seri' dan anak lelakinya bagi membantu siasatan kes seorang peniaga minuman mati dibelasah sekumpulan lelaki di sebuah tapak perniagaan di kawasan Downtown, The Mines, Seri Kembangan awal pagi Isnin lepas.

Ketua Polis Selangor Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah, berkata ahli perniagaan itu ialah Jaafar Shaari, 50, alamat terakhir di No 3, Jalan P11 K/12, Presint 11, Putrajaya dan anaknya Ahmad Jiwari @ Wari, 23, alamat terakhir di Lot 141, Kampung Pedas Hilir, Jalan Kundur, Pedas, Negeri Sembilan.

Polis meminta kedua-dua mereka tampil untuk membantu siasatan, katanya kepada pemberita di pejabatnya di Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Selangor di sini hari ini.

Difahamkan kejadian kira-kira 2 pagi itu berlaku selepas mangsa Azhari Sidek, 44, mengambil sebuah meja usang ditinggalkan di kaki lima tempat kejadian sebelum diletakkan berhampiran gerai miliknya.

Bagaimanapun, tindakan mangsa itu tidak disenangi seorang lelaki dikatakan menjalankan perniagaan di kawasan sama yang mendakwa meja berkenaan miliknya hingga berlaku pergaduhan.

Menurut adik angkat mangsa yang enggan mahu dikenali, lelaki terbabit memanggil beberapa rakannya untuk membelasah abangnya akibat rasa tidak puas hati itu.

Sementara itu, Tun Hisan berkata seorang suspek lelaki tempatan ditahan bagi membantu siasatan kes rogol dan bunuh seorang pekerja kilang perempuan berusia 19 tahun di sebuah unit flat di Jalan Taming 2, Taming Jaya dekat Balakong Isnin lepas.

Beliau berkata suspek berusia 26 tahun yang ada ikatan kekeluargaan dengan mangsa ditahan pada pukul 2 petang berdekatan Jalan Semenyih, Kajang, semalam.

"Siasatan mendapati suspek bekerja di kilang yang sama dengan mangsa," katanya.

Dalam kejadian Isnin lepas, mayat Sabturiah Faisal, 19, yang berasal dari Kampung Merotai Besar dekat Tawau, Sabah dijumpai dalam keadaan terlentang di dalam bilik tidurnya oleh abang ipar mangsa pada pukul 7 malam.

Mengikut laporan media, polis yang menyiasat mayat mangsa mendapati ada kesan lebam pada leher, perut, dan tangan kanan anak ketujuh daripada 12 beradik itu.

Difahamkan, polis turut menemui kesan tompokan air mani di bilik mangsa dan mengesyaki gadis itu menjadi mangsa rogol oleh individu yang dikenalinya. -BERNAMA


Last round pre-Raya visits

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 12:33 AM PDT

Like previous Ramadhans, this year quite a substantial amount of donations came in, to be distributed to the poor families I deal with. Some was even given to me before Ramadhan so that I could distribute the donations to the various families during the beginning of the month, either in cash, or, in some cases, I'd buy necessities and deliver them to their homes.

Ramadhan this year is coming to an end soon, yet I still do get some donations coming in, including a few Raya gifts (cookies/chocolates/cakes etc). And this being the final week of Ramadhan, I decided to go for a few visits to distribute the Raya gifts and money, while a few others, I just banked in some cash into their bank accounts so they could use the money for Raya.

The first I met yesterday was Wani, the one who sells Raya cookies and had for the past few years sought my help to get orders. Her children are under our sponsorship programme and her child's sponsor had passed some money through me to be given to her. Wani had earlier promised to come to Ipoh in the morning to deliver the cookies, but she had some things to settle first and couldn't make it then. When she found out that I'd be going to visit Fuzi in the afternoon, she asked if she could meet me at the town where Fuzi stays, since the town is located half way between Ipoh and the town where Wani stays.

So yes, we met up in front of a school in that town, she passed me the cookies, I passed her some money (to pay for the cookies and also the money from her child's sponsor), invited her and her children to a sponsored Raya event in mid-Sept, hug hug, wish each other Selamat Hari Raya and off we went separate ways. She, back home, while I headed to Fuzi's house.

I didn't warn Fuzi I was coming, though. So when I honked, it was her youngest boy, 6 year old Iwan, who opened the door and upon seeing my car, shouted to his mom at the top of his voice, "MAMA!! MAKCIK FIZAH DATANG!!!"

Fuzi was actually on the phone. Apparently she had totally forgotten that she was supposed to bring her son Ijam to Ipoh GH for his appointment (note: Ijam is HIV positive), and so the doctor called her to find out what happened to the boy. I must commend that doctor, he'd go out of his way to make sure his paediatric patients get the necessary medical treatments.

Ijam was at school, the only children at home were Fuzi's eldest, Wina, and the youngest boy, Iwan, who was happily showing off to me a RM10 note. "Budak-budak ni dah mula dapat duit raya, Kak. RM10 sini, RM10 sana… sekarang ni anak-anak yang sudah lebih kaya dari saya," said Fuzi, laughing away. As I was about to leave, I took out 6 Raya packets from my bag, 5 smaller ones for Fuzi's children, and 1 bigger one for Fuzi. When I told her about the Raya event, Fuzi immediately said yes. Her children always look forward to any events I invite them to, even if the event is held at the Buddies Centre. Surely her kids would be even more excited when they find out that this event will be held at a hotel.

From Fuzi's house, I headed over to visit Sofie's children, Saiful and Ika. I had contacted their aunt at work, and she told me that the children would be home after 2 pm. And true enough, the moment I reached the house, both Saiful & Ika came out. They were expecting me. They told me that their eldest brother, Azlan, would be coming back on Friday. As for their other brother, Azman, he hadn't even been calling them to ask how they're doing. Ever since he joined the culinary school, he had been befriending sons/daughters of rich people, and had been spending like one too. He did as he pleased and didn't show any respect at all to his aunt. Let's see how long he can last that way… the way he had been spending, I'm not sure how long the money from his Tabung Kemahiran loan can last.

Anyway, both Saiful and Ika are excited about joining the Raya event at the hotel. Even if their aunt can't go (she usually works on Saturdays), these 2 siblings have no problem coming along with me or any assigned volunteer fetching them.

This morning, I decided to make one last visit before declaring my own Raya leave… :)

Remember Laila, Shila's daughter? Ever since Shila passed away last year a few days before Ramadhan, I had been liaising more with the girl's grandma or aunt. When my phone went kaput during my Kinabalu trip last month, I lost their number. And so I didn't inform them about my visit this morning. I wasn't sure if Laila herself was at home, but I figured her grandma would be home at least.

True enough, when I got to their house, Laila was at school. Today was the last day for her UPSR trial exams. But both Laila's grandma and aunt were home. I was happy when they told me that Laila had shown some progress in school. From the usual C's, D's and E's she used to get, for the recent exam at school, the girl managed to score 5B's. Her teacher was impressed with the improvement, and encouraged her to try improve her grades even further for her UPSR.

Laila's grandma also agreed to bring Laila for the Raya event in mid-September, which is immediately after the UPSR exams… so the timing is just nice. Since I couldn't meet Laila today, hopefully I can meet her then.

And so that wrapped up this year's Ramadhan and pre-Raya visits. I hereby declare that I am now officially on leave until after Raya. It's now me-and-my-family time! :)


Balik raya: Lembah Pantai di hatiku

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 12:14 AM PDT

Alhamdulillah, Hari Raya Aidilfitri akan menyusul selepas Ramadan sebagai tanda kemenangan setelah pengorbanan dilunaskan selama sebulan, Insya-Allah.

Ibadah membawa seribu erti yang meliputi pelbagai pengalaman berpuasa daripada anak kecil yang mengira waktu tangan jam menanti Maghrib, remaja bertarung menahan lapar dahaga, kaum ibu yang sibuk persediaan sahur, buka puasa dan juga persediaan raya yang dibantu suami tercinta, malah seluruh keluarga semua menanti takbir raya dengan penuh kesyukuran.

Semestinya, kita bersyukur apa dianugerahkan ALLAH kepada kita sebagai sebuah negara majmuk yang kaya sumber, kaya bakat modal insan, kaya budaya dan kaya sejarah.

Tetapi setelah 55 tahun Merdeka, kita masih miskin demokrasi, miskin penyamarataan ekonomi, miskin media yang bebas, miskin pilihan raya yang bebas dan adil dan paling merisaukan kita masih miskin jati diri sebagai warga sebangsa, senegara, sejiwa.

Oleh demikian, pada bulan mulia ini saya mengambil kesempatan merenung akan nasib negara dan juga perjalanan tugas serta amanah saya pegang sebaik mungkin sebagai wakil rakyat untuk kawasan Lembah Pantai.

Alhamdulillah, saya bersyukur kerana sebagai wakil rakyat bertanggungjawab untuk melaksanakan dua peranan penting iaitu sebagai penggubal undang-undang di Parlimen dan sebagai pemberi khidmat di kawasan Parlimen menjadi pemudah cara antara rakyat dan pihak berkuasa tempatan.

Peranan dan sumbangan saya sebagai pemberi khidmat di kawasan Parlimen adalah melalui lawatan meninjau keadaan kawasan dan program khidmat masyarakat kerana walaupun Pakatan Rakyat menang 10 daripada 11 kerusi di Kuala Lumpur serta tidak diberikan peruntukan RM2 juta untuk kawasan Parlimen, saya tetap bersyukur kerana mendapat sokongan dan bantuan dari banyak pihak untuk menjayakan program-program demi rakyat.

Selain itu, saya akan teruskan agenda membanteras jenayah di Lembah Pantai termasuk memenuhi tuntutan jemaah masjid agar kerajaan mengambil tindakan sewajarnya ke atas kawasan lampu merah di Brickfields termasuk dikembalikan tanah IPD Brickfields yang bertaraf tanah insitusi dengan dibina semula Balai Polis dan bukan Pondok Polis di Brickfields.

Ops Tawan dilaksana PDRM di Bangsar perlu diperluaskan ke kawasan Brickfields, Pantai Dalam dan Kg Kerinchi malah seluruh negara agar nikmat keselamatan dapat dirasai semua lapisan dan bukan hanya di pusat komersil dan perumahan seperti di Bangsar saja.

Saya juga bertekad bekerjasama dengan penduduk dan SPAD dalam memartabatkan pengangkutan awam agar perjalanan penduduk ke tempat kerja, bersantai malah ke sekolah berjalan lancar dan masalah kesesakan diurus dengan lebih teratur dan berkesan.

Di samping itu saya rasa terkilan kerana kesediaan saya menyahut jemputan berdebat mengenai Skim Pembiayaian PPR-PA yang dibuat Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik di mana saya mencadangkan Skim Sewa Hingga Milik Tanpa Faedah berbanding penggunaan dana KWSP pada kadar pinjaman enam peratus tidak ditunaikan.

Di dalam isu keganasan politik seperti yang berlaku pada Malam Berdarah Lembah Pantai di mana warga emas dan anak kecil cedera dibaling batu ketika program ceramah umum, akan diteruskan usaha meminta Suhakam menjalankan siasatan termasuk meminta PDRM menyiasat laporan-laporan polis yang telah dibuat.

Dan wawasan saya untuk Lembah Pantai malah seluruh Wilayah Persekutuan adalah untuk dikembalikan hak pilihan raya tempatan dengan hak mengundi Datuk Bandar sendiri agar rakyat dapat menentukan segala perkhidmatan kerajaan tempatan memenuhi aspirasi dan kehendak rakyat.

Di persada antarabangsa, tugas saya adalah menghadiri persidangan dan perjumpaan untuk menegakkan isu-isu seperti kepimpinan wanita dalam politik, memperkukuh ruang demokrasi serta peranan generasi muda dalam pembangunan negara.

Di peringkat nasional, saya terlibat merangka dasar mesra rakyat seperti pendidikan percuma bermula pemansuhan hutang PTPTN, cadangan hapuskan cukai kereta berganda, mansuh sistem monopoli sumber makanan, penyemakan semula perjanjian konsesi tol lebuh raya dan penjana kuasa elektrik, serta meletakkan Petronas di bawah seliaan Parlimen menjadi garis politik gagasan Pakatan Rakyat yang saya perjuangkan.

Tanggungjawab menarik perhatian umum terhadap beberapa kepincangan kerajaan seperti pendedahan isu NFC, Scorpene, sistem radar ruang udara yang terdedah kepada risiko serta sistem pertahanan NCO yang masih belum selesai mengundang risiko kecil terhadap diri saya berbanding kepentingan umum yang jauh lebih besar dan akan saya teruskan insya-Allah.

Di Parlimen pula saya ketengahkan agenda pemulihan demokrasi melalui usul seperti Pemansuhan Deklarasi Darurat, Pemansuhan Auku, Pemansuhan Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan dan pindaan Akta Pembangunan Petroleum.

Dan saya bersyukur apabila Perdana Menteri melaksanakan beberapa pindaan terhadap usul sama tadi. Walaupun tidak dilaksana sepenuhnya, ia tetap membuktikan agenda Parlimen mampu dipengaruhi pembangkang.

Semoga ALLAH berkati usaha jadikan Malaysia lebih baik.

(Pertama kali disiarkan di Sinar Harian pada 14 Ogos 2012)


OIC will take Rohingya case to UN

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 11:53 PM PDT

Taken the relevant gist from the Source: OIC suspends Syria's membership, will take Rohingya case to UN Arab News Thursday 16 August 2012

MAKKAH: In a closing statement, the OIC also decided to take to the United Nations the issue of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingyas, displaced by deadly sectarian violence. It described as a "crime against humanity" the Myanmar government's handling of minority Muslims.

key decision taken up by the OIC was to condemn "the continued recourse to violence by the Myanmar authorities against the members of this minority and their refusal to recognize their right to citizenship."

King Abdullah decided last Saturday to grant $50 million to the Rohingya, describing them as victims of "several rights violations, including ethnic cleansing, murder, rape and forced displacement."

"The summit has decided to bring this matter before the General Assembly of the United Nations," it said in a final statement.


The move had been approved on Monday at a preliminary meeting of OIC foreign ministers and was agreed on the summit's second night. The two-day emergency solidarity summit was held on Tuesday and Wednesday in the holy city of Makkah.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah presided over the meeting. The move by the OIC represents 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide.

In a conciliatory move, King Abdullah proposed on Tuesday setting up a center in Riyadh for dialogue between Muslim Sunnis and Shiites.
In a second statement called the "Makkah Pact," the participants proclaimed their support for "Muslim people who are oppressed like the Syrian people."
It underlined the summit's support for "the oppressed Muslim peoples… who face the combat aircraft and heavy guns of the regular armies as is the case of the Syrian people."
The statement backed cooperation between Muslim states, the fight against divisions between Muslims, promotion of "moderate" Islam and the "fight against terrorism and the thinking behind it."

Myanmar Rohingyas

Another key decision taken up by the OIC was to condemn "the continued recourse to violence by the Myanmar authorities against the members of this minority and their refusal to recognize their right to citizenship."

"The summit has decided to bring this matter before the General Assembly of the United Nations," it said in a final statement.

The OIC announced on Saturday before the summit that it had received a green light from Myanmar to assist displaced Rohingya.

It said Myanmar gave its agreement following talks in the capital Yangon on Friday between a delegation from the pan-Islamic body and President Thein Sein on the "deplorable humanitarian situation in Rakhine state."
The delegation assured Thein Sein that Islamic humanitarian organizations were willing to provide aid to all residents of the strife-torn state.
King Abdullah decided last Saturday to grant $50 million to the Rohingya, describing them as victims of "several rights violations, including ethnic cleansing, murder, rape and forced displacement."
Violence between Buddhists and Rohingya has left scores dead, with official figures indicating that 80 people from both sides died in initial fighting in June.
The entire state has been under emergency rule since early June with a heavy army and police presence.

— With reports from agencies



Dua Lelaki Sewa Bilik Lakukan Seks Songsang Di Dungun

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 01:04 AM PDT

Pantai Sura (Dungun) – Menjijikkan! Itu gambaran yang boleh diberikan buat dua remaja lelaki yang bernafsu songsang apabila sanggup menodai kesucian bulan Ramadan dengan menyewa bilik penginapan bagi melakukan hubungan sejenis.

Perbuatan tidak bermoral dua remaja lelaki termasuk seorang daripadanya penuntut institut pengajian tinggi awam (IPTA) ini, terbongkar hasil serbuan sepasukan polis Bahagian Siasatan Jenayah Narkotik Daerah di sebuah tempat penginapan dekat sini, kira-kira jam 2.00 petang semalam.

Serbuan tersebut dilakukan setelah maklumat diterima mengatakan salah seorang suspek yang berasal dari Berek Kastam, Dungun itu dipercayai terlibat dengan penyalahgunaan dadah.

Ketika serbuan di lakukan, dua remaja lelaki itu difahamkan berada dalam keadaan bogel, berpelukan antara satu sama lain atas katil dalam sebuah bilik yang disewa dengan kadar RM60 semalaman itu.

Salah seorang suspek, pelajar semester enam jurusan perhotelan itu ketika ditemui, turut mengaku tidak berpuasa dan datang ke situ bersama rakan lelaki berusia 29 tahun itu untuk melakukan adegan asmara.

Hasil serbuan berkenaan, sehelai coli hitam dipercayai milik pelajar IPTA yang berasal dari Sungai Buaya itu turut dirampas polis.

Kedua-duanya dibawa ke Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah untuk siasatan lanjut sebelum diarahkan menjalani ujian saringan air kencing untuk mengesahkan pembabitan mereka dengan penyalahgunaan dadah. -SH

Ulasan GB

DUNGUN sedang menunggu bala dan mala petaka dari langit.

"Apabila maksiat sudah merajalela di kalangan umatku, Allah akan menurunkan siksa dari sisi-Nya kepada mereka secara merata…" -HR. Ahmad dll


Nuggets of Wisdom

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 10:45 PM PDT

1. Every so often you push your luck.

2. Never underestimate the power of a kind word or deed.

3. Never give up on anybody -- miracles happen every day.

4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

5. Learn to listen.

6. Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.

7. Don't expect others to listen to your advice or ignore your example.

8. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.

9. Leave everything a little better than you found it.

10. Don't forget: a person's emotional need is to feel appreciated.

11. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

12. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.

13. Make new friends but cherish the old ones.

14. Don't use time or words carelessly, neither can be retrieved.

15. Judge your success by the degree that you're enjoying peace, health, and love.

16. Smile a lot: it costs nothing and is beyond price.

-Author Unknown-


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