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- Calon Pro-Mahasiswa UKM Terima Ugutan Culik & Bunuh
- [BONGKAR SIRI 2] Towkeh Ipad 1Malaysia Turut Berlakon Dalam Filem "Masalah Air Selangor"?
- My Boys and Their Music
- The Kachin activist is rightly cursing out of outrage at the Nobel prize winner ASSK
- Aargh!! Aaaaaarrrrgh! Aaaaarrrrggghhhhhh!!!
- [BONGKAR] Pelakon Filem "Masalah Air Selangor" Telah Dikenalpasti!
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- Gambar Menusuk Kalbu...
- No election this year...
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- Maka Akhirnya Raja Nong Chik Sembelih Lembu Betina Lembah Pantai Itu
- Wawancara The Malaysian Times bersama Nurul Izzah Anwar
- The Lady and Her Positive Attitiude
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 09:33 AM PDT
Three prominent bloggers in Vietnam were sentenced to jail terms ranging from 4 to 12 years for 'spreading anti-government propaganda'.
I believe this is the first case bloggers are heavily-penalised for writing what they feel, see and hear, and coming from Vietnam, I think the decision will meet protest from other bloggers and the diplomatic corp, especially the liberalised West.
HANOI (Vietnam) - Three Vietnamese citizen journalists who have criticised the government in online postings were convicted today for spreading anti-government propaganda. They were given jail sentences ranging from four to 12 years.In Malaysia, there were cases when a minister and opposition MPs took few bloggers to court over their 'mis-reporting' and slander. Rais Yatim and Husam Musa are so keen of it. On the contrary, Penang CM Lim Guan Eng has the habit of suing mainstream newspapers like Utusan Malaysia for 'making derogatory remark's about him.
Also, I don't think Malaysian bloggers - be it pro-govt or pro-opposition - will go to jail for criticising BN or Pakatan unless they break the basic rule of the country, which is not to incite racial and religious hatred among Malaysians.
In fact, there are bloggers who sued a corporate leader for defamation.
Georgetown: Two men, believed to be bloggers, who sued a telecommunications businessman for defamation, will have their cases head at the High Court here on Oct 4.
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 08:45 AM PDT
Calon Pro-Mahasiswa UKM diugut culik, bunuh
KUALA LUMPUR 24 September: Gabungan Mahasiswa Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (GMuKM) mendedahkan, enam calon mereka menerima ugutan bunuh dan culik jika tidak menarik diri dalam Pilihan Raya Kampus (PRK) esok.
Jurucakap GMuKM, Ahmad Afef Zulkepli berkata, ugutan itu disampaikan melalui panggilan telefon kepada keluarga mangsa.
Beliau percaya, ugutan tersebut kerana ada pihak yang takut melihat kebangkitan pro-Mahasiswa dalam PRK kali ini, lebih-lebih lagi apabila PRK seringkali dilihat sebagai petunjuk kepada pilihan raya umum.
"Malah, sudah tujuh calon kita menang tanpa bertanding…(sedangkan) pro-Aspirasi tidak cukup calon sehingga ada yang dipaksa bertanding oleh pihak pentadbiran universiti," katanya pada sidang media di lobi Parlimen.
Menurut beliau, sabotaj turut berlaku apabila sepanduk calon disimbah cat, sama seperti program-program Pakatan Rakyat.
"Kami yakin perkara ini (ugutan dan sabotaj) tidak akan berlaku kecuali ada campur tangan daripada pentadbiran universiti dan Umno BN.
"Justeru, kami tuntut Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Majlis Pimpinan Pelajar, Profesor Ir Dr Osman A Karim menafikan kewujudan campur tangan universiti dalam PRK," kata Ahmad Afef.
8 Mei lalu, Gagasan Pro Mahasiswa Nasional mendedahkan operasi 'Ops 2020′ yang menunjukkan campur tangan Pejabat Perdana Menteri dalam penangguhan PRK yang sepatutnya dibuat Mac lalu.
Berhubung perkara itu, Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia pada 29 Ogos lalu meminta Gabungan Pilihan Raya Bersih dan Adil (Bersih 2.
0) menilai tahap PRK yang tidak adil.
Sementara itu, Presiden Ikatan Studi Islam uKM (ISIuKM), Muhamad Azan Safar memaklumkan kemenangan tujuh kerusi tersebut masih belum terjamin.
Katanya, ini kerana ada maklumat jelas menunjukkan pihak pentadbiran universiti akan campur tangan untuk menafikan kemenangan calon pro-Mahasiswa.
Tambah beliau, mungkin ada calon yang akan dibatalkan kemenangan mereka melalui kesalahan teknikal sesama pencalonan yang dipandang serius universiti.
Mengiringi mereka dalam sidang media itu adalah Ahli Parlimen Padang Terap, Mohd Nasir Zakaria.
Dua laporan polis dibuat keluarga mangsa yang menerima ancaman bunuh itu.
Pagi tadi, Pengerusi Pro Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya, Edikoup Lakip Sediyanto turut lapor polis berhubung ugutan tiga samseng upahan di kediaman beliau di Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya. -KD
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 08:20 AM PDT
Kini seorang lagi pelakon utama yang dapat dicamkan.
Beliau ialah Ketua Pemuda Umno Selayang yang juga Exco Pemuda Umno Malaysia, Sohaimi Shahadan, yang merupakan towkeh iPad 1Malaysia.
Sebelum ini GB sudah dedahkan pelakon filem "Masalah Air Di Selangor" yang telah dikenalpasti iaitu Presiden Persatuan Veteran Tentera Melayu (PVTM), Mohd Ali Baharom yang mengetuai senaman punggung di hadapan kediaman pengerusi Bersih, Datuk S Ambiga pada pertengahan tahun ini.
Foto tersebut tersebar semasa pembahagian tong air 1Malaysia di Balakong sikit masa lalu.
Tiada krisis air di S'ngor, iklan komersil didalangi Umno BN – Azmin
S'gor propaganda film in the making?
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 07:15 AM PDT
Many of you know I have two sons. But what most of you don't know is that whilst I enjoy playing with my friends' daughters, I am glad I do not have any daughters because I connect better with the opposite gender haha...and I cannot stand little girls who wince and cry. God knows me best and gave me two boys whom I love dearly.
My older boy was the apple of my dad's eye. His fifth death anniversary will be in about three weeks.
This was Jonathan performing at one recital. I think he was about eight years old ...
When Jon was 9 years old, Nicholas was born...here's a pic of them when Nick was 2 months old..
Jon was ever ready to carry Nicholas, feed him etc except to change his diapers :-)...Nick looked exactly like Jon when he was a baby right till when he was about 5 years old...Even they cannot tell who is who as they wore the same baby/toddler clothes :-)
They were pretty close in their younger days and I guess Jon relished the big brother role he had...their laughter melted my heart ....
You cannot imagine the fun the two used to have...tickling or teasing or just mucking around...Jon has always been Nick's hero...I know they love each other to bits...and I love them VERY much too!
Then Jon had to go away for his studies but the brothers always had fun whenever Jon came back...
And shared glorious moments together...they would always jam in the study upon Jon's return..yours truly would also play along...er but making many mistakes, Still, both boys never complained and we just enjoyed precious moments making music together...bonding...
Undeniably, both of them love music, and love to play the violin, piano and guitar.
I never expected both of them to choose the musical path..Jon plays with Ganesh at Spiral Lounge, Novotel once a week...CLICK HERE FOR THEIR VERSION OF CHICK COREA'S 'SPAIN'.
They also have another gig coming up.....
Jon is also the violinist for the jazz band Juanophobia...
CLICK HERE FOR THEIR RENDITION OF 'SWAY'
Watch Jon playing his cover version of Adele's Set Fire to the Rain AT THIS YOUTUBE LINK.
Nick plays with the Musica Simfonietta and yesterday played at the Whyte House's Monthly Recital.
I love my boys very much and am doing this post for them to remember how their growing up years was not only instrumental in their bonding but also in shaping their musical path...
I am sure you also have fond memories of your children/grandchildren...do share.
In the mean time, may you enjoy the music video clips I have shared here. Take care and do leave a comment to share your responses. Thanks!
P.S. If you need to contact Jon & Ganesh/Juanophobia for gigs, please contact me. Thanks!
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 07:07 AM PDT
If you think a Kachin activist cursing out of outrage at the Nobel prize winner ASSK, using four letter words, is "harsh" try taking bullets from the barrels of the guns of the Burma Army troops commanded by her political partners.
Here is an example that attests to the level of outrage against the Lady who is seen increasingly pursuing her own power-aspiration while strengthening her strategic symbiosis with the murderous regime in Naypyidaw.
It may be harsh for others but NOT for the Hypocrite DASSK the leader of so called democrats….When the persons like Dr ZN who is struggling and fighting tirelessly w/o any awards…I just want to ask you back…Is she worthy of all the following awards…which is increasing daily?
If you think she is WORTHY of the sacrifices and works….just compare them with the above criticism. She need to practice what she preached. Are you stating that she is scared to tell the truth like a normal politician? Freedom from fear should be rephrased Freedom from COURAGE.
2. Thorolf Rafto Human Rights (Norway) 1990
3. Sakharov Freedom of Thought (European Parliament) 1991
4. Nobel Peace Oslo, Norway 1991
5. Honorary Member International PEN (Norwegian Center) 1991
6. Humanities Human Rights Award (USA) 1991
7. Honorary Member International PEN (Candian Center) 1991
8. Marisa Bellisario Price Italy 1992
9. Annual Award of the international Human Rights Law Group (USA) 1992
10. Honorary President Students' Union London School of Economics and Political Science ( UK ) 1992
11. Honorary Member International PEN (English Centre) 1992
12. Honrary Life Member University of London Union (UK) 1992
13. Honorary Professional Fellowship Law and Society Trust (Sri Lanka) 1992
14. Honorary Doctorate in Political Science Thammasat University (Thailand) 1992
15. International Simon Bolivar prize UNESCO 1992
16. Prix Litteraire des Droits de l'Homme Nouveaux Droits de l'Homme, France 1992
17. Honorary Member World Commission on Culture and Development (UNESCO) 1992
18. Member Academie Universelle des Cultures (Paris) 1993
19. Rose Prize arbejderbevaegelsens Internationale Forum/International Forum of the Danish Labour Movement, Copenhagen 1993
21. Member of the Advisory Board Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University 1993
22. Honorary Doctorate of Law University of Toronto (Canada) 1993
23. The Freedom of the City Commune of Giugliano, Italy 1993
24. Bremen Solidarity City of Bremen, Germany 1993
25. Premio Mujer Progresista (Federacion Mujeres Progresistas / Spanish Federation of Progressive Women, Madrid) 1993
26. Honorary Doctorate Philosophy & Letters, Free University of Brussels 1994
27. Honorary Adviser Forum of Democratic Leaders in the Asia-Pacific 1994
28. The Freedom of the City Aversa, Italy 1995
29. Liberal International Prize for Freedom Britanints Liberal Democracy Party, UK 1995
30. Honorary Doctorate of Laws Queen's University, Canada 1995
31. Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding (for 1993) India 1995
32. Gandhi Award Simon Fraser University, Canada 1995
33. Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law University of Oxford 1995
34. IRC Freedom Award International Rescue Committee 1995
35. Companion of the Order of Australia Australia 1996
36. Liberal International Prize (UK) 1996
37. Asia Human Rights of Law (Japan) 1996
38. W.Averell Harrimen Democracy Award National Democratic Institute U.S.A 1996
39. Rajiv Shmirti Parashka [Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Award] India 1996
40. Empty Chair Award Women of the Year Lunch, London, UK 1996
41. Honorary Doctorate of Law Charles University in Prague, Czeeh Republic) 1997
42. Honorary Doctorate of Letters Sydney University of Technology, Australia 1997
43. Honorary Doctorate of Letters California Chapman University, U.S.A 1997
44. Honorary Doctorate of Law Natal University, South Africa 1997
45. Honorary Doctorate of Law America University,Washington D.C, U.S.A 1997
46. Distinguished Alumni Award Central University / Delhi University 1997
47. Honorary Citizenship of Rome (Italy) (May 23,1997) 1997
48. Honorary Doctorate of Letters Glasgow University (UK) 1997
49. Pearl S. Buck Woman's Award Pearl S. Buck Foundation (USA) 1997
50. International Award St. Angela's Peace and Justice Group, Waterford (Eire) 1997
51. Profiles in Courage Award Kennedy Society of Denmark 1997
52. Honorary Doctorate Cambridge University (June 1998) 1998
53. Freedom of the City (Oxford, UK) 1998
54. Honorary Doctorate of Laws University of Wales, Cardiff 1998
55. Honorary Doctorate of Laws University of Bristol (UK) 1998
56. Honorary Doctorate of Laws University of Melbourne (Australia) 1998
57. Honorary degree Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium – December 1998
58. Honorary Degree University of Bath (UK) – December 1998
59. Honorary Degree Bucknell University – May 1999
60. Freedom Award International Republican Institute, USA (October 1999) 1999
61. The Freedom of the City of Dublin Award Ireland (November 1999) 1999
62. 2000 CAW Nelson Mandela Human Rights Award Canada (December 2000) 2000
63. Presidential Medal of Freedom Award U.S.A. (December 2000) 2000
64. Collage United Nations Prize 2001 Germany (June 2001) 2001
65. International Social Welfare Prize University of Southern CaliforniaSchool of Social Work- (December 8) 2001
66. Al Neuharth Free Spirit Award U.S. Foundation, Washington, USA 2003
67. MTV Humanitarian Award, "Free Your Mind" MTV Europe, EDINBURGH, UK 2003
68. The 2004 TIME 100, The most influential people in the world today TIME Magazine 2004
69. Kwangju Human Rights Award May 18 Memory Foundation from South Korea 2004
70. TIME's Asia's Hero 2004 TIME MAGAZINE 2004
71. The Honorary Citizen of Paris France 10/12/2004
72. Honorary Doctorate in Politics, Philosophy and Economics Rangsit University, Thailand 13/12/2004
73. Outstanding Women in Buddhism United Nations Gender and Religious department 8/03/2005
74. Honory Degree in Political Science Thammasat University, Thailand 19/06/2005
75. Freedom of the City Award The City Council of Edinburgh, Scotland 16 /06/ 2005
76. Freedom of Galway City Galway city, Ireland June 2005
77. UNISON Honorary Membership UNISON, Britain's largest trade union, June 2005
78. Olof Palme Prize Sweden, February 2006
79. Freedom Award Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, USA March 2006
80. New Statesmen Magazine Hero New Statesmen Magazine, May 2006
81. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Deshprem Award, India, 2007
82. Award from University of Cape Town, South Africa
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 04:06 AM PDT
Is it argh?
Or do you prefer aargh?
Some say aaargh or aaaargh or aaarrgh but I love aaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrgh best of all!
Aargh , an exclamation or a scream in written form can be an ironic cry or an expression of humorous frustration and usually used in the written rather than the verbal form. Aaaaaaaaaargh is more dramatic because of the added 'a' letters.
Whatever the case, there are probably too many variants of Aargh which are flourishing in its various forms due to the proliferation of the use of emails, online communication and social media.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, aargh is an exclamation used as an expression of anguish, horror, rage, or other strong emotion, often with humorous intent: Now they're talking about putting up taxes—aargh! Apparently, it originated in the late 18th century: lengthened form of ah, expressing a prolonged cry
It seems as though the longer the version, then the longer the scream of the writer, the deeper the frustration. In fact, I use it quite often when I am alone. Somehow, it assuages the pain and frustration when I scream arrrrrrrgh aloud. There is this unexplainable sense of relief and frustration after I expel a loud Aaaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh!!
In fact, aargh is a very peculiar and unusual word because it is probably the only word that offers us amazing versatility.
Did you know that its spelling varies most commonly in the number of 'A's, and to a lesser extent in the number of 'R's? Strangely, repetition of 'G's and 'H's is less common. Perhaps it is because A and R are more vocal and by the time it comes to G and H, the effect desired has already been attained so the person writing it or screaming Aaarrrgh is tired already :-), I know, it is a silly explanation but what the heck? :-)
There have been many types of Aarggh in movies and TV series. Have you ever heard of the Wilhelm Scream?
Check out THIS LINK to listen to it.
According to Wikipedia:
The Wilhelm scream is a film and television stock sound effect that has been used in more than 200 movies, beginning in 1951 for the film Distant Drums. The scream is often used when someone is shot, falls from a great height, or is thrown from an explosion.
Apparently voiced by actor and singer Sheb Wooley, the sound is named after Private Wilhelm, a character in The Charge at Feather River, a 1953 western in which the character is shot with an arrow. This was believed to be the third movie to use the sound effect and its first use from the Warner Bros. stock sound library.
The effect gained new popularity (its use often becoming an in-joke) after it was used in Star Wars, the Indiana Jones series, Disney cartoons and many other blockbuster films as well as television programs and video games.I guess there is no word that can express frustration as much as Aaargh
It appears that when written in capitals, AAAAAARRRRGH - the expression is at a louder volume hence it is a very flexible and somewhat instinctual expression.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrgh clearly has a touch more desperation than Aaarrgh. The use of Aaaaargh is definitely increasing in the 21st century, and in different ways much like the 'Duh' made famous by Homer Simpson.
Interestingly, there are 2, 410, 000 entries if you Google for Aargh and there is even a board game named Aargh!
So the next time you want to say Aargh in frustration or for whatever reason, think for a moment about the many variations and choose the one that best fits your mood and feelings!
Have a lovely evening!
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 08:39 AM PDT
Cuba anda camkan betul-betul pelakon utama di dalam pembahagian tong 1Malaysia di balakong sedikit masa lalu yang bertujuan untuk memburukkan kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor. Perhatikan topi komandonya juga! Kalau tak jelas, klik gambar itu kasi dia besar dan jelas lagi.
Anda sudah pasti kenal nama pelakon itu: Beliau adalah Presiden Persatuan Veteran Tentera Melayu (PVTM), Mohd Ali Baharom yang mengetuai senaman punggung di hadapan kediaman pengerusi Bersih, Datuk S Ambiga pada pertengahan tahun ini.
Jalan cerita filem iklan "Masalah Air Di Selangor mirip dengan pengagihan tong air di Balakong.
Setelah "berjuang" habis-habisan untuk mendapatkan bayaran dari Zahid Hamidi tidak mendapat layanan, kini terpaksa menjadi pelakon di dalam "filem iklan" untuk memburukkan kerajaan PR Selangor - kononnya rakyat Selangor berdepan dengan masalah air paling meruncing dalam dunia!
Baca laporan malaysia kini :
Iklan air masalah air S'gor berjalan 'rahsia' di PJ
Dengar sini, GB ingin mengingatkan pihak-pihak yang terlibat, bahawa Allah sudah berfirman:
Sambil bersikap sombong di bumi dan berusaha merancangkan rencana jahat, dan tidak ditimpakan dengan rancangan yang jahat itu melainkan orang yang merancangkannya sendiri. Maka tiada yang mereka tunggu melainkan seperti berlakunya kebinasaan ke atas orang yang telah lalu. Kerana engkau tidak akan mendapati perubahan bagi Sunnatullah, dan engkau tidak akan mendapati Sunnatullah itu menyimpang. [Fatir: 43]
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 03:04 AM PDT
13 August 1999
Up close and political with Nurul Izzah, who has proved tougher than anyone expected
IT HAS BEEN QUITE a year for Nurul Izzah Anwar. In April of 1998 she left her family for the first time to attend college. Then, one semester into her degree, her father, Anwar Ibrahim, was fired as deputy prime minister and finance minister. Nurul Izzah rushed back to be with her family. Anwar was dragged from their home before her eyes and later charged with abuse of power and sexual misconduct. A lurid trial followed that was rife with homosexual allegations against her father. It ended with Anwar sentenced to six years in prison. At the time just 17, Nurul Izzah watched her mother, Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, take up Anwar's political struggle and launch Keadilan, the National Justice Party, which will contest upcoming elections.
Before long, the shy teenager was herself traveling the globe and making impassioned, if unpolished, speeches. When she wasn't doing that she was attending her father's trial and looking after her five siblings. Nurul Izzah's sudden plunge into the spotlight drew criticism from certain quarters that she was being used to prop up her father's political support. Even close relatives expected her to crumble under the strain. And yet, much to her own surprise, she has endured – proving, perhaps, that Nurul Izzah is very much her father's daughter.
Nurul Izzah was born into politics. When her father and mother were courting, Anwar was still considered a radical and hence an arrest worry. Wan Azizah's father, Wan Ismail Wan Mahmood, suggested that the couple wait until the political climate improved. They went ahead and married in February of 1980. Ten months later, on Nov. 19, Nurul Izzah (Light of Success) arrived. Early on, her mother recalls, the little girl demonstrated an ability to ride out emotional and physical pain. When she was about three years old, Nurul Izzah fell and hit her head. The cut required two stitches, without anesthetic. "She cried a little," says her mother, "but she was pretty tough."
Wan Azizah did not have her second child until Nurul Izzah was four, so she spent a lot of time with her first born and they developed an extraordinarily close relationship, even for a mother and daughter. Eventually, the house was filled with the chatter and play of six children, five girls and a boy. From the beginning, Nurul Izzah played the capable big sister to the rest.
Wan Mahmood recalls a "very active little girl, very cheerful, very bright." They would sing English and Malay songs together, with Nurul Izzah holding a cup like a microphone. While many people say the girl later became shy, her grandfather, who ran the government's Psychological Warfare Unit for some 30 years, says from the beginning he saw "her quality, her personality, which is extroverted, not shy. She could get along with anybody, young or old." It was after Nurul Izzah started school, recalls her uncle Rusli Ibrahim, Anwar's younger brother, that she became more withdrawn and focused on her studies. "Her heart was in her education because she's the eldest," he says. "With five under her, she had to show the best to her younger brothers and sisters."
During her early childhood, Nurul Izzah did not see much of her father; his political career was just taking off and he was always busy. Things changed, however, when she was 12; Anwar had been named deputy prime minister and, she recalls, he decided to make more time for his family. When her father went overseas with her mother, she says, he called his children every day. "We always tried to have family dinner three or four times a week," says Nurul Izzah. "Most days, he'd come home for lunch and we'd discuss." Politics, however, rarely intruded, and Nurul Izzah says she made it personal policy not to ask her father about his job. Until, that is, her friends at school began complaining to her about the controversial Bakun Dam project in Sarawak. Then she asked her father "why it was still on when all the nature foundations were condemning it. He would say: 'What can I do?'"
During those days, the family lived in the seven-bedroom deputy prime minister's official residence in Kuala Lumpur's tony Damansara district. In truth, Nurul Izzah never liked the place. It was old. There were termites. The plumbing was cantankerous. And the grounds were almost surrounded by jungle. It was creepy at night. "We were used to our own house, and this was so grand," Nurul Izzah recalls. "It was not ours; it was government property. My father would scold us if we didn't turn out the lights and would tell us not to waste electricity." Farang, one of Nurul Izzah's friends, slept over and recalls they wouldn't move around in the house at night but would lock the bedroom door and listen to CDs.
Nurul Izzah's room was crammed with books. Among her favorite writers were Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters and the World War I British poet Wilfred Owen, of whom she had posters. Owen seems a strange choice for a contemporary girl, but Nurul Izzah says his verse struck a chord. "When I read it, I saw the value of life, how war destroys everything. The notion of death and how you should treasure life." Although she was in the science stream at the Assunta Secondary girls school, Nurul Izzah wanted to do English Literature as an A-level subject, so she took outside tuition. "We would argue about literary terms," says her former teacher, Veronica Loo. "She's very artsy and has a literary streak which she inherited from her father."
At home, Nurul Izzah played the piano but later took up the guitar – inspired by her favorite band Radiohead, a British alternative act. She especially likes the song "Paranoid Android," which goes like this: When I am king you will be first against the wall/With your opinions which are of no consequence at all/Ambition makes you look very ugly/Why don't you remember my name/Off with his head.
An A student, Nurul Izzah was a prefect throughout school. At first she was reluctant to take the post. "She wanted to keep a low profile," Loo recalls. "She was afraid [the prefectship] was [offered] because of who she was." By all accounts, Nurul Izzah made a good prefect – "stern," says her pal Farang, "but not too strict." But Nurul Izzah didn't like the job. "It reminded me so much of the police," she says. "I had to give out detention slips." Her friends recall a quiet student who wanted to be treated like everyone else and shied away from being photographed. Nonetheless, Nurul Izzah revealed a talent for the stage and was active in the English Literary and Debating Society, which put on regular concerts. In 1996, she played the Lady of Shalott in a dramatization of the Alfred Lord Tennyson poem. Her parents were in the audience. "I 'died' in front of them," she says. "I loved it!"
That was before Nurul Izzah began wearing a tudung, the headscarf favored by traditional Muslim women. She insists there was no pressure from her father, that it was her decision. "I was growing up. Everyone wants to look beautiful, but it's a form of decency and modesty." By then, Nurul Izzah had finished her O levels and was preparing to start university. In the interim she studied the guitar, French and the Koran. "My father didn't want me to waste my time," she says. When she wasn't busy studying, Nurul Izzah and her friend Farang went to movies and slept over at each other's homes. "But I didn't meet boys," she says. "My parents were quite strict."
Nurul Izzah decided on a bachelor of science in chemical engineering. "I wanted to go to Cambridge, but my father wanted me to go to a local university because he was promoting local studies. I understand what he was saying now. I can always do my masters overseas." Farang recalls "there were lots of tears" when Nurul Izzah headed north to Petronas University of Technology in small-town Tronoh, Perak. Farang and Wan Azizah went up to Tronoh to settle Nurul Izzah in. They hung up her Radiohead posters and pertinent sentences from the Koran. "It was my first time living away from home," says Nurul Izzah. "My father called me every day." On Aug. 9, the day before Anwar's 51st birthday, she wrote to him. "I said: We're so lucky our task in life is only to study, get good grades and get a degree. I don't have to fight for a cause. I'm reminded of your time [as a student radical] and I wonder how you did all that. It was amazing. I wish I had something to fight for."
IN LATE AUGUST, her father's calls became more sporadic. Rumors were circulating on campus that he was in trouble. But Nurul Izzah, the good student, had no time to read the newspapers and, besides, she was busy studying for her exams. On Sept. 2, 1998, Nurul Izzah was preparing for the mathematics final, to be held the following day. On her way home from college, she caught sad looks from fellow students, but no one said anything. She wondered: Why are they looking at me like that? At about 7:30 p.m., her best friend called and said: "I'm so sorry." Nurul Izzah asked why. "Haven't you heard?" the friend replied. "The PM has sacked your father." Nurul Izzah broke down in tears. Finally, at midnight, she managed to get her father on the phone. "He said: 'Izzah, be brave. I will fight on. Take your exam and don't worry about me.'" The next day at school, no one seemed to know what to say. "I think they were scared," Nurul Izzah says. "I didn't really get to know everyone because I was new there." But she recalls close friends rallying around her.
Nurul Izzah wrote her math exam and returned to Kuala Lumpur. By then the electricity and the water to the official residence had been cut off. The family moved back to their home in Damansara Heights. For the next three weeks, crowds poured into the house, churning the garden into a sea of mud. Outside, vendors set up stalls selling food, drinks, tapes of Anwar's speeches and bumper stickers calling for "Reformasi." Then, on Sept. 20, balaclava-clad members of the Special Action Forces smashed their way into the house, as police helicopters swept the grounds with blinding searchlights. The authorities bundled into a van Anwar, his wife, Nurul Izzah and the rest of the family – except for one daughter who was left behind in the chaos. Later, her father was transferred to a police car and taken to prison. He was charged with five counts of corruption and five of sexual misconduct. Nurul Izzah's life had changed forever.
Over the next few months she would watch her father fight for his political life. She would endure the seedy allegations of his alleged affairs with his private secretary's wife. She would listen to even more sordid testimony about her father's alleged homosexual dalliances with her mother's former driver Azizan Abu Bakar, and Anwar's adopted brother, Sukma Darmawan Saasmitaat Madja, a man Nurul Izzah has known since childhood. She watched as the police dragged into court the mattress her father allegedly used for his trysts. For her, the 77-day trial was a "test of patience." Now, she is attending Anwar's trial on charges of sodomy (illegal in Malaysia), which she characterizes as "tougher." Never does a day go by when she is not worrying about "the verdict, about my father." She looks sadder in court these days.
In the aftermath of Anwar's sacking, arrest and conviction, many of Nurul Izzah's friends abandoned her, says Rozela Mohamad Dahlan, 19, a former schoolmate who lives near the family. "That shouldn't happen to her," says Rozela. "Maybe they were afraid and their parents didn't allow them to see her." Farang says: "That was the sad part. It really disturbed her. Now, she's seeing who are her true friends." But Nurul Izzah is empathetic. "My friends were quite supportive, but they're scared. They are well-to-do and busy getting their degrees."
Either way, the sleepovers and movies with Farang and Rozela are over. Nurul Izzah is all politics these days. Rozela professes amazement at her friend's sudden transformation. She recently accompanied Nurul Izzah to a political event, where she wore a sash that read: "Puteri Reformasi" – or Princess of Reformation. "She talked about reformasi, the struggle," says Rozela. "I was quite surprised; she's changed a lot." Nurul Izzah, adds Rozela, is still the same person on the phone – "very talkative. But her thinking is getting more mature. If I make stupid jokes, she advises me like a sister."
Nurul Izzah is a poignant symbol for both her father and the reformasi cause, partly because many of the people who support Anwar are young like she is. Nurul Izzah has yet to address a hostile crowd – and given her age and experience most people are going to give her a break. In speeches, she tends to focus on her father's situation and the need for young Malaysians to be more forthcoming about their views. When audience members ask questions about politics, one of her mother's aides sometimes assists. And she has received more than one nasty e-mail to her father's website. At other times she has played to sympathetic ears, including those of Presidents B. J. Habibie of Indonesia and Joseph Ejercito Estrada of the Philippines. In Manila, Nurul Izzah also met Kris Aquino, TV host and daughter of ex-president Corazon Aquino. The two young women had much to talk about, specifically what it is like to be thrust into the political limelight when your mother takes up the father's mantle.
There are those who consider Nurul Izzah's teenage politicking unseemly, not to mention the fact that a young Muslim woman is hobnobbing with elderly gentlemen, however eminent. "She has been made use of by certain parties to give speeches, to condemn the Malaysian government and Dr. Mahathir Mohamad," says Ibrahim Ali, deputy minister in the PM's department. "When a daughter speaks of her father, she will say he is correct. It takes a third party, rather than the wife or daughter, not to be emotional." Nurul Izzah denies she is being manipulated for political purposes. "I have to clear [my father's] name and the family honor. How can I just sit there and do nothing?"
Nonetheless, there is much speculation that Nurul Izzah will follow Anwar and one day run for public office. She was supposed to return to university in June, but has taken another six months off. Anwar's lawyers and her mother's doctor friends are urging Nurul Izzah to ditch chemical engineering for political science; she is resisting the notion. When she was on a speaking engagement in Wales recently, Malaysian students asked her if she wanted to become a politician. "I'll cross that bridge when I come to it," she says. And she has become notably more concerned with her public appearance. In the past, even when she started wearing the tudung, Nurul Izzah favored casual attire. These days, when she goes out, she is wearing the baju kurung, the traditional Malay tunic and long skirt.
Typically, Nurul Izzah leaves the house before nine a.m., accompanied by one or more of her sisters. Traffic willing they spend half-an-hour with their father at the court lockup before he heads to court. If the session is open to the public – sometimes the judge holds an in-camera session – Nurul Izzah watches the defense and prosecution tussle over procedure and legal technicalities. Later, Anwar's daughter attends to her political obligations. Usually she speaks to students, but more recently she has been heading into the kampungs to address ordinary people.
At the family home on Jalan Setiamurni 1, much has returned to normal – and much hasn't. The grass has grown back, but the broken panels in the front door and window are boarded up – a deliberate reminder, perhaps, of the state's heavy-handedness. The dining room has become a meeting room, and the corridor leading to the library (now an office) has been blocked off with a sign that reads: "Only workers allowed entry." Today, Nurul Izzah shares a room with her mother. Her four sisters also share a bedroom. They are too scared to sleep alone. To her younger siblings, Nurul Izzah is no politician, no Princess of Reform. She is still the big sister that she has always been.
Extracted from Asiaweek.com
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 02:48 AM PDT
Posted: 22 Sep 2012 01:53 AM PDT
The old cylindrical pillar postboxes continue to fascinate me. After having tracked down what I believe to be all the surviving colonial postboxes in Penang, I took the opportunity to visit the Central Market when I was down in Kuala Lumpur last month. I had heard that there was one outside the building.
True enough, while circumbulating the Central Market, I came across it at the southern end of building. A piece of paper was glued to the base of the postbox. I ran my hand over the paper, hoping to trace the outline of the royal cypher. It would have indicated the period when this postbox was installed. Unfortunately, there was none. Like the one in Ayer Itam, Penang, the mark had been filed off. It is so disgraceful that all remnants of our rich history are being removed by ignorant people.
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 01:20 AM PDT
After the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple in Christchurch, the Riccarton Bush was our next stop in the itinerary. Originally, I had wanted to visit the farmer's market but found out that it was open only on a Saturday morning. As we would only arrive in Christchurch on Saturday evening, that means that we would have missed it already.
Nevertheless come Sunday morning, we still decided to visit the Riccarton Bush. This place is the largest surviving remnant of the forests that once covered the Canterbury Plains. Our destination was the Riccarton House. Although the building was closed due to the Christchurch earthquake, the vast grounds were still accessible to people and it was there that an artisan's market would be held every Sunday.
Pathway leading up to Riccarton House
Some of the stalls selling a wide variety of stuff
People milling every where
Although the house was out of bounds, it did not stop people from occupying the verandah.
Others were enjoying the outdoor sun in a nippy autumn weather
Nearby, a band was providing entertainment
Directly opposite the house was the Avon River
We strolled around the grounds and came across Deans Cottage, built by pioneering Scottish brothers, William and John Deans, in 1843. This is the oldest building on the Canterbury Plains, built from timber cut in the Riccarton Bush and pit-sawn into boards. The brothers had lived here until their early and tragic deaths. William drowned in a shipwreck in 1851 while John died from tuberculosis in this cottage in 1854. The interior of the cottage has been turned into a museum to showcase the brothers' living conditions in the 19th century.
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 02:48 AM PDT
Kejadian pada jam 3.30 pagi itu, mangsa berusia 41 tahun itu melarikan diri dalam keadaan cedera parah di bahagian perut, tangan dan jari tangan hampir terputus akibat ditikam dengan senjata tajam oleh dua penjenayah yang dipercayai warga Indonesia.
Ketua Polis Selangor, Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah berkata, siasatan awal mendapati berlaku pergelutan diantara mangsa dan dua penjenayah terbabit.
"Motif kejadian masih dalam siasatan, kami dapati barangan berharga mangsa tidak hilang, telefon bimbit dan cincin milik mangsa berada di lokasi kejadian. Senjata penjenayah pula tidak ditemui," katanya.
Menurutnya, polis akan mengambil keterangan daripada mangsa selepas keadaannya sembuh.
"Kami juga masih menunggu laporan perubatan. Keadaan mangsa stabil, doktor menasihatkannya berehat," katanya.
Tun Hisan berkata, difahamkan jiran memberitahu terdapat kenderaan yang mencurigakan berkeliaran di kawasan perumahan berkenaan sebelum ini.
"Dua kenderaan milik mangsa pernah dipecahkan sebelum ini, difahamkan kes kejadian pertama tidak dilaporkan," katanya.
Siasatan awal kes berkenaan disiasat mengikut Seksyen 394 Kanun Keseksaan mendatangkan cedera ketika samun. -SH
Ketua Pemuda UMNO Kepong parah ditikamUlasan GB
Namanya macam pernah didengari, tapi siapakah Datuk Norizan Ali, Ketua Pemuda UMNO Kepong itu?
Beliau pernah mempertikaikan pemberian jawatan Senator kepada Ezam dilihat sebagai tidak adil dan dan seolah-olah memperkecilkan kebolehan pemimpin yang sejak sekian lama berjuang untuk UMNO dan kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN).
Menurut beliau, pelantikan Ezam itu juga dilihat tidak wajar sama sekali kerana individu itu pernah berpaling tadah terhadap kerajaan sebelum ini.
Tiada kaitan diantara kisah itu dengan hal tikaman yang terkena kepada Datuk Norizan, sekadar untuk mengingati dan mengenali siapa beliau.
Kedua, yang terlebih penting sekarang ialah polis perlu buka mata seluas-luasnya. PDRM mendakwa indeks jenayah menurun, sedangkan jenayah terus-terusan berlaku.
Kali ini jenayah berlaku lagi dan terkena kepada seorang Ketua Pemuda UMNO sendiri, masih mahukah mengaburi mata rakyat kononnya kadar jenayah telah menurun? Pun masih nak putarbelitkan angka jenayah untuk menunjukkan kononnya Malaysia paling selamat?
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Posted: 23 Sep 2012 11:34 PM PDT
Posted: 23 Sep 2012 11:22 PM PDT
Assalamualaikum w.b.t dan Salam Sejahtera…
Berikut adalah soalan-soalan yang saya bangkitkan di dalam Sesi Parlimen Mesyuarat ke-3 bagi Penggal ke-5 ini.
Soalan Jawab Lisan
1. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Menteri Belia dan Sukan menyatakan jumlah bilangan orang yang menyertai rombongan Malaysia ke sukan Olimpik di London. Nyatakan senarai nama atlet dan jurulatih dan lain-lain.
2. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Menteri Dalam Negeri menyatakan :-
(a) statistik-statistik terbahagi yang jelas untuk jenayah yang berlaku pada lima tahun lepas ; dan
(b) peratus keseluruhan anggota polis yang ditugaskan untuk siasatan jenayah dan usaha yang diambil menugaskan semula anggota polis dari Jabatan lain ke Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah
3. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Perdana Menteri menyatakan butiran-butiran skim pelindungan baharu yang diberi kepada anggota-anggota peronda Rukun Tetangga (RT) di mana di bawah skim insurans tersebut, sebanyak RM40,000 diperuntukkan untuk melaksanakan skim itu dan ianya dijangka akan bermula pada tahun depan.
4. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Menteri Luar Negeri menyatakan penjelasan mengenai lawatan Member of the Standing Commitee of the Central Bureau of the Communist Party of the People's Republic of China yang dikatakan bertujuan untuk merapatkan lagi hubungan di antara Kerajaan Malaysia dengan Kerajaan Parti Komunis dan menyatakan sama ada ini membuka pintu kepada Kerajaan dimasuki pengaruh komunis.
5. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Perdana Menteri menyatakan langkah-langkah Kerajaan yang diambil bagi mengelakkan terjejasnya harga pasaran hartanah dan lebihan hartanah yang tidak dijual dengan pengumuman projek KLIDB dan Kuala Lumpur International Financial District (KLIFD) memandangkan KLCC masih lagi mengalami 17 peratus kekosongan hartanah.
6. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa da Industri menyatakan adakah Kerajaan akan mengkaji semula pengurusan permit import kenderaan (AP) bagi penghapusan duti eksais kereta seperti yang diumumkan oleh Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed.
7. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Menteri Kerja Raya menyatakan :-
(a) jumlah projek 'sakit' Kementerian dalam tempoh perancangan 2012-2013 Rancangan Malaysia Kesepuluh (RMK-10) dan jumlah kerugian yang dialami oleh Kerajaan akibat kelewatan; dan
(b) tindakan yang diambil terhadap kontraktor yang tidak menyempurnakan projek mengikut jadual.
8. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar menyatakan senaraikan tanah-tanah yang bertaraf institusi yang wujud dan juga yang telah ditukar taraf seperti kes IPD Brickfields atas keputusan kabinet semenjak tahun 2000.
9. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Menteri Pelajaran menyatakan penjelasan mengenai bilangan graduan yang telah berjaya menemui pekerjaan selepas mendaftarkan diri ke dalam program Skim Latihan 1Malaysia yang dilancarkan pada 1 Jun 2011 dan sektor terbesar yang tela menerima para pekerja dari program tersebut.
1. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar menyatakan jumlah surat tawaran Skim Pembiayaan Khas PPR-MTENDPA DBKL Fasa 1 yang telah diedar mengikut lokasi dan kawasan Parlimen. Nyatakan juga jumlah yang menolak surat tawaran dan sebab-sebab yang diberikan.
2. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Menteri Kewangan menyatakan penjelasan tentang perjanjian khas mengenai pembekalan bahan api antara MAS dan Petron Sdn Bhd yang terjamin boleh mengurangkan kerugian MAS sebelum ini.
3. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Menteri Pengangkutan menyatakan rasional Advanced Air Traffic Systems (M) mendapat projek KLIA2 walaupun syarikat tersebut telah kalah dalam bidaan untuk mendapat kontrak itu.
4. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri menyatakan sebab Malaysia telah bersetuju kepada syarat-syarat dalam Perjanjian Perkongsian Trans-Pasifik (TPFTA) yang memberi hak istimewa kepada pelabur-pelabur asing dan syarikat-syarikat swasta dan menghadkan kuasa Kerajaan untuk menguatkuasakan undang-undang pengendalian syarikat-syaikat ini.
5. Puan Nurul Izzah binti Anwar [Lembah Pantai] minta Menteri Pertahanan menyatakan adakah Syarikat Sapura berjaya menepati kesemua spesifikasi Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) di dalam projek Network Centric Operations (NCO).
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 01:02 AM PDT
23 September 2012 : YAB Tuan Guru meluangkan masa menziarahi kematian ibu kepada Tan Choon Hwa, pengerusi TCH Group di Kota Bharu pagi tadi. Penghormatan diberikan kepada seorang ulamak Islam apabila seorang anak muda Cina beragama Kristian mencium tangan TGNA tatkala menyambut ketibaannya di Christian Presbetyrian Memorial Centre di Kota Bharu. Nampaknya orang bukan Islam tahu untuk menghormati u8lamak berbanding dengan sesetengah umat Islam sendiri yang mencaci dan menghina beliau sepertimana kes yang didedahkan sebelum ini dimana seorang yang beragama Islam tergamak untuk menghina TGNA dengan meletakkan gambar haiwan bersebelahan dengan TGNA. Hukum kebenaran dan keadilan berjalan - TGNA tetap dihormati oleh sekalian rakyat berbilang bangsa dan agama sekalipun dibenci oleh orang yang membencinya.
Posted: 23 Sep 2012 09:41 PM PDT
"No election this year...", "Looks like next year la, YB!" and "Not November, maybe December..." are among some passing remarks I heard at the Parliament today.
However, the third one gained my fullest attention.
As Umno General Assembly will be held on Dec 1, means nothing will happen in November.
PM Najib will table the 2013 Budget on Friday Sept 28 and it will take between two to three weeks for it to go through debates, both at Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara. By then, it will be close to end of October.
If PM dissolves Parliament by end of Oct, we have 60 days to the poll but still, the Election Commission needs time to make preparation.
And since Umno GA has been slotted for Nov 27-Dec 1, there is no room to call for general election at that particular time.
So, there goes all the prediction and speculation that the national poll would be in November. Many even agree that since '11' is Najib's favorite number (is it?), November is best for election (read this interesting piece...)
A few days ago, DAP strongman Karpal Singh said the government can complete the term and mandate given by the rakyat before calling for another general election. The mandate ends in April 2013.
So, when is general election?
Do you care as to when?
Posted: 23 Sep 2012 09:01 PM PDT
Posted: 23 Sep 2012 10:03 PM PDT
RRaja Nong Chik Sedia Bertanding Di Lembah Pantai
KUALA LUMPUR: Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin telah menyatakan hasratnya untuk bertanding kerusi Parlimen Lembah Pantai pada pilihan raya umum ke-13, kepada pucuk pimpinan Barisan Nasional (BN).
Ketua Umno Lembah Pantai itu berkata, beliau telahpun memaklumkan perkara tersebut kepada Perdana Menteri.
"Saya telah banyak kali memberitahu Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sebelum ini, sekiranya saya dicalonkan dalam pilihan raya ke-13 kelak, saya mahu bertanding di Lembah Pantai walaupun ia dikatakan sukar untuk dimenangi, berbanding Putrajaya dan Labuan," katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri Program Pencegahan Jenayah anjuran Persatuan Alumni kaum India Universiti Malaya (PANI-UM) dengan kerjasama Persatuan Kemajuan dan Kebajikan Masyarakat Lembah Pantai di Taman Bukit Angkasa, Pantai Dalam di sini, Ahad.
Kerusi Lembah Pantai disandang Nurul Izzah Anwar daripada Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) dengan mengalahkan Ketua Wanita Umno Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil pada pilihan raya umum 2008.
Ditanya mengapa beliau memilih bertanding di Lembah Pantai, Raja Nong Chik berkata, beliau menetap di kawasan itu, lebih 25 tahun dan berkhidmat kepada masyarakat setempat dalam apa jua keadaan.
"Saya mempunyai banyak pengalaman dalam menyelesaikan pelbagai masalah dan isu-isu berkaitan masyarakat setempat dan bukannya seperti beberapa anggota politik lain yang hanya aktif ketika musim pilihan raya sahaja.
"Sudah tiba masanya untuk saya berkhidmat sebagai wakil rakyat dan benar-benar membuat kerja untuk warga Lembah Pantai.
"Bagaimanapun, saya akur sekiranya pucuk pimpinan memilih calon lain untuk kerusi Parlimen Lembah Pantai," katanya.
Mengenai Program Pencegahan Jenayah anjuran PANI-UM itu, beliau mahu penduduk setempat dan persatuan penduduk bekerjasama dengan pihak polis dalam menangani kejadian jenayah, di sekitar Lembah Pantai.
Katanya, penduduk perlu berperanan mencegah jenayah dan mengamalkan langkah keselamatan bagi mengelak diri menjadi mangsa serta melaporkan sebarang aktiviti jenayah, termasuk penagihan dadah atau mencuri kenderaan.
Tepat seperti yang GB katakan sebelum ini bahawa Calon BN Lembah Pantai: Sharizat Bakal Disembelih, Nong Chik Ambil Alih
Petikan ulasan GB dulu:
Patutlah Najib menyatakan beliau gembira Sharizat ambil cuti 3 minggu (atau memang perancangan Najib arahkan Shahrizat bercuti?) Rupa-rupanya ada perancangan lain, untuk meletakkan kawan karib Rosmah Mansor, iaitu Raja Nong Chik, menteri bertaraf senator, untuk bertanding di Lembah Pantai. Kini Nong Chik melilau di sekeliling Lembah Pantai untuk pamer diri sebagai calon Lembah Pantai, menyerang Ahli Parlimen sekarang, Nurul Izzah Anwar.
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Posted: 23 Sep 2012 07:39 PM PDT
September 21, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Sept : Naib Presiden KeAdilan (PKR ) dan Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar hari ini sekali lagi mencabar Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar, Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin berdebat berkaitan berhubung isu skim pembiayaan khas menggunakan dana Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) bagi memastikan masyarakat umum mengetahui isu sebenar penggunaan dana tersebut.
Katanya, sehingga kini tiada jawapan yang diberikan oleh Nong Chik dalam usaha membela rakyat berpendapatan rendah sekaligus membantu golongan miskin bandar memiliki rumah.
"Matlamat skim pembiayaan khas itu iaitu memastikan warga miskin bandar memiliki perumahan. Beliau ambil RM300 juta dengankadar pinjaman 5.5 peratus, pinjaman kepada warga kota untuk beli rumah PPR tapi mereka dicaj kadar faedah sebanyak 6.5 peratus iaitu satu peratus masuk Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan.
"Saya syorkan kita boleh ikut negara-negara lain iaitu tiada caj faedah yang dikenakan kerana mereka miskin. Bukan kita kata, dapat rumah percuma atau sebagainya, mereka bayar, tapi tak kan lah mahu dicaj kadar bunga sedangkan Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil dengan projek Pusat Fidlot Kebangsaan (NFC) dapat dua peratus.Ini sememangnya tidak masuk akal,"katanya dalam satu temubual eksklusif bersama The Malaysian Times (TMT) di sini hari ini.
Nurul Izzah menambah, Nong Chik pernah menyatakan di Parlimen bahawa penduduk di Wilayah Persekutuan tidak mempunyai sebarang masalah untuk membayar perbezaan caj sebanyak RM85 dan perkara ini diulas tanpa sebarang maklum balas daripada penduduk kawasan tersebut.
"Saya tahu warga PPR mempunyai masalah dengan perbezaan caj yang dikenakan kerana gaji mereka pun tidak seberapa. Jadi saya fikir melalui jawapan-jawapan ini dan saya cabar, kalau beliau rasa cadangan-cadangan beliau lebih baik, ok..kita debat. Isu ini sahaja. Tapi sampai hari ini belum lagi berani untuk sahut cabaran saya," jelas Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai itu.
Februari lalu, Nong Chik menyatakan hasrat untuk berdebat dengan tiga Ahli Parlimen dari Pakatan Rakyat iaitu Nurul Izzah, Ahli Parlimen Petaling Jaya Utara Tony Pua dan Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, wakil rakyat kerusi Kuala Selangor berhubung isu penggunaan dana KWSP.
Ketiga-tiga ahli pembangkang itu kemudiannya menyatakan persetujuan menyertai debat tersebut namun, cabaran yang dilaungkan oleh Nong Chik sehingga kini dilihat seperti pepatah melayu 'berkokok di luar gelanggang, bila ke tengah menyusup di bawah kelengkang'.
Skim Pembiayaan Khas ini telah diumumkan oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pada 28 Januari lalu, yang mana skim berkenaan bertujuan membantu golongan berpendapatan rendah memiliki rumah di Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Sekitar 25,000 bakal pembeli telah diberikan surat tawaran oleh DBKL dan pembiayaan sepenuhnya kepada rumah yang dianggarkan bernilai antara RM21,500 dan RM35,000, akan diberikan kepada mereka oleh KWSP.
Sedia bertanding dengan Nong Chik
Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai itu juga menyatakan bahawa beliau mengalu-alukan Nong Chik untuk bertanding pada PIlihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU-13) di Lembah Pantai dan yakin pencalonan Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar itu tidak akan memberi kesan kepada prestasi khidmat beliau di kawasan tersebut.
Nurul Izzah berkata, PR tetap akan memberi khidmat terbaik kepada penduduk di kawasan Lembah Pantai meskipun menerima tentangan hebat daripada pihak-pihak tertentu.
"Saya masih menunggu beliau mengumumkan dirinya sebagai calon tapi beliau belum buat lagi.saya masih menunggu; baiknya Menteri Wilayah memberi khidmat di Lembah Pantai . Rasa tersentuh jiwa sekiranya beliau bertanding," ujarnya sinis.
Ditanya lanjut sama ada pencalonan Nong Chik akan memberi kesan kepada pengundi di kawasan Lembah Pantai yang dipimpin mereka, Nurul Izzah berkata ia bukan hanya melibatkan calon kawasan berkenaan.
"Kami (PR) buat apa yang kita mampu dan kita ambil maklum balas dengan positif. Kami akan cuba pastikan apa yang diminta oleh penduduk dan rakyat dapat dipenuhi dari masa ke semasa.
"Tapi malangnya apa yang kami lakukan tidak mendapat liputan media bahkan ada arahan sehingga gambar dan berita saya dipadam. Namun, itu tidak menghalang untuk saya berjuang untuk penduduk Lembah Pantai dan paling penting penduduk di kawasan ini mempunyai seorang wakil rakyat yang tidak takut bersuara," katanya.
Perbezaan kepimpinan Nong Chik dan Shahrizat
Selain mengulas lanjut mengenai kerjaya politiknya, TMT turut meminta pandangan Nurul Izzah mengenai perbezaan kepimpinan Nong Chik dan bekas Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil .
"Saya letakkan begini, kedua-duanya Menteri. Shahrizat menteri ketika itu dan menteri yang dipilih, kemudian dilantik sebagai Senator. Pun begitu, saya tidak dihalang daripada segi tekanan diberikan dari agensi kerajaan, masjid-masjid, banner saya tidak dikoyak, dirobek dengan kasar dan sebagainya.
"Tapi ini semua berlaku di bawah pimpinan Nong Chik. Jadi saya tertanya-tanya, termasuklah serangan malam berdarah di Lembah Pantai. Batu dibaling, serangan dan sebagainya," kata Nurul Izzah.
Nurul Izzah berkata, sebagai ahli politik, pemimpin perlu bertarung secara professional dan bukannya menggunakan taktik kotor mahupun melemparkan berita-berita retorik terhadap pesaing masing-masing.
"Daripada sudut pandangan saya , Nong Chik terlalu ghairah menyalahgunakan kuasa. Ini kerana, semasa kepimpinan Shahrizat saya diberi kebebasan untuk berceramah, berkempen atau sebagainya namun di bawah kepimpinan Nong Chik, dewan pun saya tidak boleh gunakan. Keputusan bukan dibawah DBKL dan saya tahu arahan keluar dari siapa.
"Atas sebab itu saya nampak Shahrizat lebih berpengalaman meskipun terdapat kontroversi lain mengenai beliau. Saya hargai Shahrizat kerana beliau bersikap professional dalam pertarungan politik. Dalam politik, kita wajib ada padang sama rata. Jangan kita takutkan orang mahupun penduduk tempatan," jelas Nurul Izzah.
Dipetik dari The Malaysian Times:
Posted: 23 Sep 2012 07:30 PM PDT
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