Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gosh..Not funny okay..

Gosh..Not funny okay..

Gosh..Not funny okay..

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 07:23 AM PDT

I can recall only these few.
There may have been other instances but I shall not bother.

Please try to be careful.
One may get clobbered if unlucky.

 Case 1.
Using the car alarm key, I thought I was entering my Wira..this was some few years back.
"Hey..when did I buy this buttoned kind of head rest..why is my car smelling with tobacco?"
Then, I realised I got into the wrong car.
I quickly dashed out and went into my car which was parked just beside it.

Case 2
I had entered a bank in Kemaman. When I came out, I casually slid into the backseat of 'my car'. son and his father were in the front..or was I the one in the passenger frontseat...can't remember.
Holy cow! I startled the driver and and another young chap in the car.
Our car and theirs were parked back to back and of course I opened the wrong door.
We stared at each other, I said sorry and quickly let myself out.
They were by then laughing, and so were those who were waiting in the right car..they saw the whole hilarious scene.

Case 3
I had not paid my car instalments on I thought a few burly looking guys were about to 'tarik' my car..I had just came out from the supermart to buy some groceries.
Running towards them and screaming I said, "Dah bayar dah bayar!"

Guess what! They were milling near their car..mine was just next to theirs..*malu2*

Case 4
It was already maghrib just now..I hate to go home when the azan is already on because I do believe in all the 'you know what' flying around at that time.
I had already bought some satay, nasi lemak and mee goreng for Hnn and Harris.
Then I went to buy a bag of catfood for the stray cats at P. Selamat supermarket.

Hurriedly, I clicked my alarm but, the door was locked..I thought.."patutnya bukak!"
Again I clicked the car key alarm and tried hard to pull the door open.."kenapa ni?"

Luckily the owner was not there..otherwise I would have been wrongly accused of trying to break into someone's car..
Again, my car was just beside the 'mistaken' car.

Realising my folly, I started my engine immediately and zoomed off.

Such carelessness can happen..and I pray this is the last..hopefully.
I am sure I can be easily forgiven.. afterall I am just an innocent makcik..:)

Remembering Chanel

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 08:35 AM PDT

It is a sad day today. My son's cat, Chanel, passed away today from kidney failure. He was barely one year old. I first blogged about Chanel HERE.

I confess I am scared of cats because I was badly scratched by a cat when I was about five years old. Apart from that, I am also allergic to animal dander so I never had cats. Even when rearing hamsters, I used to be down with allergies all the time until I moved the cages out of the house.

I was not particularly pro-Chanel before I met him and tried to persuade my son to give him away. I had the same reaction when I first met him last November. He seemed er....over-friendly but as time passed, I realized he was actually a cutee. Despite me screaming away whenever he jumped on my bed, I really wanted to cuddle him and play with him.

And now, I will never have that chance.

My older boy is heartbroken. So am I because I know how he feels - because in many ways, he is like me. I wept buckets when my dogs and hamsters died, even when my goldfish passed away. In my younger days, I was even insane enough to lay hands on my goldfish to pray for them :-(. My favourite dog passed away four days before I got married and my wedding photos show the sadness on my face even thought it was supposed to be the happiest day of my life.

When I spoke to my boy yesterday, I had a hunch Chanel would pass away so I reminded him to check with the vet regarding Chanel's progress this morning. Then he called me early this afternoon to break the news. I was so upset and called Cat-in-Sydney to break the news to a fellow cat-lover and she explained to me that it was probably a congenital defect from birth as cats usually develop kidney problems when they are six. Later, Jon confirmed that the vet told him the same thing.

As a mom, my heart bleeds because my son is heartbroken. Honestly, my older boy is my mirror image in character and emotions. I can feel what he feels and vice versa cos we are just so alike. I know how sad he feels now and I am crying too because I wish I could be there to comfort him.

When any of my pets died, I took it so badly that till today, regardless of how strongly I beg or lobby or petition for another pet, my husband will not let me have another pet.

And I told my son the same thing - that he cannot have another pet until he has a less hectic lifestyle.

My heart broke when I called him after dinner to ask about what happened before Chanel was hospitalised and put on the drip....whether he had enough water, food etc. and then he related how Chanel used to eat a lot and kind of went off food for a month and lost weight which was why he sent him to the vet and the rest is history....

I wish I had been kinder and more loving to Chanel when I was with him last year...This is my prayer for Chanel...

Dear God,

My dearest son's cat, Chanel, went to heaven today. We know he is in a better place in pet heaven with you because he does not have to suffer here on earth any more.

Can you please take care of Chanel? I know he is a frisky cat but I also know that my dearest son misses him very much. Somehow, I believe you led Chanel to Jon so that he could have someone waiting for him when he went back home from work, someone he could talk to, scold or even shower love and attention.

Thank you, God, that you let Jon have Chanel for almost a year and thank you for all the happy moments that they shared. Thank you that he learnt what it is like to have a little baby to care for as he had Chanel from the time when he was a kitten.

I am sure you know what Chanel likes to eat and how he loves to play. Please make sure the other cats in heaven do not bully him...Thank you for your love and for teaching us how to love.

Please comfort my son during this time of loss and grief. Surround him with happy memories of Chanel and when he is flooded with memories of Chanel when at home, dry his tears, dear God. Give him strength to endure the pain and the loss. :-(

Thank you for the gift of life to all of us, humans and animals alike. Please bless pet lovers and their pets with health and beautiful memories.


*This post is dedicated to the memory of Chanel and also to my beloved Jon whom I love so much. Take care, son. Mom loves you - ALWAYS.


Specially dedicated to my son Jon and pet lovers

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All of the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor and those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing, they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, after so long a time, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.


A Prayer For Dog and Cat Lovers
by anonymous

My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful for me. Remember that before you get me.

Give me time to understand what you want from me.

Place your trust in me. It is crucial to my well-being.

Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work and entertainment as friends. I have only you.

Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice.

Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget it.

Please don't hit me. I can't hit back, but I can bite and scratch and I really don't want to do that.

Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right foods or I've been out in the sun too long or my heart is getting old and weak.

Take care of me when I get old. You will grow old, too. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say "I can't bear to watch," or "Let it happen in my absence".

Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember I love you!

Puppet (Yoke Thae Yoke) President U Thein Sein?

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 07:13 AM PDT

Photo: Ship Lone ကုလား ၾကီး  Kay Te Zat O Ar Taw Ka

You keep demanding that my government issues General Amnesty. Even I as President (Thein Sein) enjoys no such thing!

I am sure that my friends U Aung Tin, Dr. Maung Zarni and others want to be free as a Tumbling Kelly (Pyit Taing Htaung) but not a Puppet (Yoke Thae Yoke) with strings…But the catch point is…we (Tumbling Kellys) are seem to be on the ground at the lower position but Puppets are seen high up, flying in the sky, because the strings pulled them up. I hope and pray that Daw is is not metamorphosing from a Pyit Taing Htaung to a Yoke Thae Yoke PRINCESS.

U Aung Tin ဦးသိန္းစိန္အစုိးရအဖဲြ႕ႏွင့္ တပ္မေတာ္ အရာရွိႀကီးမ်ားခင္ဗ်ာ။ ဒီလုိကာတြန္းမ်ိဳးကုိျမင္လုိ႔ မ်က္ေစ့ျပာသြားတယ္ဆုိရင္ ဒီလုိကာတြန္းမ်ိဳးကုိ မခံစားတတ္ရင္ ဒီမုိကေရစီႏုိင္ငံေတာ္ကုိ သြားမယ္လုိ႔ အသံေကာင္း ဟစ္မေနၾကပါနဲ႔လုိ႔ ေျပာခ်င္ပါတယ္။ ႀကိတ္ပုန္း အာဏာရွင္စနစ္ကုိ တည္ေထာင္ေနတာသာ ျဖစ္မွာပါ။
The puppets (or) marionettes of princes, princesses, clowns, orge, and horses are most common in Myanmar. Usually colored red or golden colour with a white smiling face. I never liked to be pulled up like the Puppets. I hate to see the any powerful authorities' trying to convolute even the nonvisible strings of me, Pyit Taing Htaung. I am always willing to talk back my superiors if they are wrong. I am not a very good obedient person. In Burmese,"Ah Htet Phar-Auk Phi" type of person. I don;t want to show off or give orders to my comrades and subordinates. I will work with them or I work the dirty, difficult and dangerous jobs infront of them so that they willingly participate that TASK to help me.

Najib Bakal Jadi Duta Di Mongolia Selepas PRU13?

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 10:31 AM PDT

Najib tak akan dipenjara, tapi jadi duta di Mongolia- Anwar

JOHOR, 21 Okt: Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mengulangi jaminan bahawa Pakatan Rakyat tidak akan memenjarakan Datuk Seri Najib Razak jika berkuasa kelak, sebaliknya melantik beliau sebagai 'duta di Mongolia'.

"Kita jangan ada pemikiran untuk menghumbankan Najib dalam penjara, kesian dia. Kita kena beri ajaran yang adil kepada beliau dengan memberikan kedudukan yang paling penting.

"Ikut perkiraan saya, tempat yang paling sesuai untuk diberikan kepada Najib waktu itu adalah sebagai Pengarah Kedutaan Malaysia di Mongolia," katanya sambil disambut hilai tawa lebih 6,000 hadirin di Ceramah Perdana Merdeka Rakyat Johor di Sutera Mall, Taman Skudai Utama, Skudai semalam.

Terdahulu sebelum itu, ketika berucap di Majlis Minum Petang di Sri Merlimau di Parit Sulong, Anwar menggesa agar rakyat tidak termakan pemberian serta sumbangan Umno BN.

"Pemberian mereka bukan lahir dari ikhlas dan jujur untuk membantu rakyat tapi ia hanya bersifat sementara dan hanya bertujuan untuk meraih sokongan rakyat.

"Jika kita termakan, bermakna kita akan tergolong dalam golongan 'edan', iaitu dalam bahasa Jawa bermaksud orang yang gilakan kuasa dan benar-benar gila," katanya disambut gelak ketawa 300 hadirin.

Majlis Minum Petang itu turut dihadiri Pengerusi Majlis Pimpinan KEADILAN Johor, Datuk Seri Chua Jui Meng, Exco Negeri Selangor, Dr Xavier Jayakumar dan pimpinan KEADILAN serta Pakatan lain. -KD

Anwar: Najib Perlu Undur Demi Keselamatan Diri Dan Negara.

JOHOR BAHRU, 21 OKT : Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim menggesa Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak berundur secara baik demi keselamatan diri dan negara ekoran pencapaian yang mengecewakan sepanjang tempoh pentadbiran beliau.

Bercakap di hadapan hampir 6,000 hadirin di tempat letak kereta Sutera Mall, Skudai dekat sini, Anwar menjelaskan, Najib hanya pandai memperlekeh kebolehan pentadbiran PR di Selangor dan Pulau Pinang sedangkan hutang negara telah mencapai RM 500 billion.

"Najib kata kita 'tidak pandai' mengurus. (Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang) Lim Guan Eng dan (Menteri Besar Selangor) Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim perintah, kita ada lebihan kewangan.

"'Pandai' Najib urus negara, hutang negara sudah sampai RM500 billion," katanya sinis pada ceramah perdana siri Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat Johor semalam.

Menurut Ketua Umum PKR itu, beliau menjangkakan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 akan berlangsung dalam masa terdekat.

Hadir sama dalam jelajah ini Ketua Parlimen DAP, Lim Kit Siang, Pengerusi PKR Johor, Datuk Seri Chua Jui Meng, Pengerusi SAMM, Badrul Hisham Shaharin dan wakil kepimpinan Pakatan Rakyat Johor.

Tegasnya, sekarang merupakan masa terbaik untuk rakyat Malaysia terutamanya di negeri Johor untuk menolak sentimen perkauman Umno-BN dan bangkit membuat perubahan.

"Kepada rakyat, ini bukan soal pimpinan. Ini hasrat rakyat. Sudah cukup sudah rasuah dan fitnah.

"Saya beritahu orang Melayu di sini, yang hilang kuasa bukan Melayu tetapi pemimpin Umno yang rasuah.

"Ini perubahan terpenting kerana berhadapan Melayu yang lebih yakin," laung Anwar.

Anwar turut mengulangi fakta tentang prestasi kewangan dan urus tadbir baik yang ditunjukkan oleh negeri PR seperti di dalam laporan Ketua Audit Negara.

Jelas Anwar, belum pernah negara yang muflis sekiranya hasil pendapatannya diagihkan secara sama rata seperti pemberian skim rakyat di negeri pimpinan PR sejak tahun 2008.

Anwar turut mengulangi isi kandungan Buku Jingga antaranya penurunan harga minyak dalam tempoh 24jam selepas mentadbir Putrajaya selain menyediakan modul pinjaman pendidikan lebih baik berbanding skim Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN).



Members of MYANMAR ECONOMIC HOLDINGS LTD (MEHL) Board of Directors ဦးပိုင္ ဘုတ္အဖြဲ ့၀င္ လူႀကီးမ်ား

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 06:44 AM PDT

Source: FB of Dr. Maung Zarni



ဦးပိုင္ ဘုတ္အဖြဲ ့၀င္ လူႀကီးမ်ား

Members of MEHL Board of Directors
As of June 30, 2008Lt. General Tin Aye ChairmanMajor

General Win Than Managing DirectorMajor
General Hla Shwe Member
Lt. General Khin Maung Tun Member
Major General Thein Htike Member
Major General Nyan Tun (Navy) Member
Maj. Gen. Khin Aung Myint (AF) Member
Major General Tin Ngwe (Rtd.) Member
Major General Hlaing Myint Member
Colonel Thein Htay Member

ဦးပိုင္ မွ ပိုင္ေသာ ကုမၼဏီမ်ား

MEHL Business Interests
As of June 30, 2008
MEHL-Owned Manufacturing Companies

Myanmar Ruby Enterprise
Myanmar Imperial Jade Co. Ltd.
Myanmar Rubber Wood Co. Ltd.
Myawaddy Drinking Water Co.
No. 1-2 Sin Min Cement Factories
Ngwe Pin Le Livestock Breeding and Marine Products
Granite Tiles Factory
Padonma Soap Factory
Kanpauk Palm Oil Plantation
Kanpauk Raw Palm Oil Production Plant
Okkan Sugar Factory and Sugarcane Plantation
Okkan Sugarcane Plantation
In Nga Kwa Sugar Factory and Sha Pyin Sugarcane Plantation
Sharpyin Sugarcane Plantation
Burger Paints Manufacturing Co.
Moe Gyo Sulphuric Acid Factory
Plastic Consumer Goods Factory
Taw Win Plastic Bag Factory
Taninthayi Bird's Nest Collection and Manufacturing
Inn Taw Kaw Industrial Zone
Be'lin Granite Tiles Factory

MEHL-Owned Trading Companies

Myawaddy Trading Ltd.
Pyithaya Export-crops Plantation and Trading
Doe Ya Myay Export-crops Plantation and Trading
Military Welfare Shops
Shweli Supermarket

MEHL-Owned Services Companies

Myawaddy Bank
Bandoola Transportation Ltd.
Myawaddy Travel and Tour Co. Ltd.
Nawaday Hotel and Tourism
Myawaddy Agricultural Services Co. Ltd.
Myawaddy Trading Ltd. (Foreign Currencies Exchange)
Myanma Land and Development Co. Ltd.
Attaran Hotel and leasing service
Taninthayi Guest House –X-Ray Scanning Equipment Services
Leasing Land to International Language and Business Center (ILBC)
-anpiMaritime Co., Ltd.

MEHL Joint Ventures

Myanmar Segal International Ltd.
Myanmar Daewoo International Ltd.
Rothmans of Pall Mall Myanmar Private Ltd.
Myanmar Brewery Ltd.
Myanmar Posco Steel Co. Lt.
Myanmar Noeveau Steel Co. Ltd.
The First Automotive Co. Ltd.
Hanthawaddy Golf Club and City Club Ltd.
National Development Corporation

ဦးပိုင္၏ ကုမၼဏီခြဲမ်ားႏွင့္ ၀င္ေငြ (USD)

Total Sales of MEHL-Owned Businesses
(In thousands of USD)

Company Product Value

Myanmar Ruby Enterprise
Mogoke Gems Gems 4,989
Mineshu Gems Gems 755
Nantyar Gems Gems 8,788
Gold Exploration Gold 607
Mawchi Mining Lead 4,100
Myanmar Imperial Jade Co.
Shal Family Co. Jade Bracelets 223
Imperial Jade Production Jade 4,290
Myanmar Rubber Wood Co. Rubber 10
Myawaddy Drinking Water Water 20
Sin Min Cement Factories Cement 1,030
Burger Paints Paint 163
Ngwe Pin Le Co.
Fisheries Fish 162
Export of Marine Products Fish 690
Marine Finished Products Fish 64
Aquaculture Fish -26
Marine Industrial Zone Land Plots 702
Breeding Industry Livestock 562
Heavy Machinery Machines 90
Diesel Trading Petrol Sales 140
Sein Pin Le Factory Food Prod. 11
Marine Products Auction Fish -13
Mayan Zwe Ba Pond Prawns -8
Mee Pya Prawn Pond Prawns 14
Myawaddy Ice Factory Ice 120
Shwe Pyi Tha Ice Facotry Ice 550
Ngwe Pin Le Co. Livestock 500
Granite Tiles Factory Tiles 25
Be'Lin Granite Tiles Tiles 11
Padonma Soap Factory Soap 120
Okkan Sugar Factory Sugar -291
Inn Nga Kwa Sugar Factory Sugar 118
Moe Gyo Factory Acid 97
Taw Win Factory Plastic Bags 28
Plastic Consumer Goods Plastic 43
Kan Pauk Oil Plantation Palm Oil 4
Inn Ta Kaw Industrial Zone Land Plots -139
Taininthayi Bird's Nest Manufacturing 100
Myawaddy Trading Ltd. Trade 11,000
Pyithaya Export Crops Trade 110
Doe Yamyay Export Crops Trade 55
Myawaddy Bank Bank Services 75
Bandoola Transport 6 Transport Cos. 555
Myawaddy Travel and Tours Tourism 16
Nawaday Tourism Co.
–Central Hotel Tourism 713
–Ngwe Saung Beach Hotel Lease 1,000
–Mogok Motel Tourism 750
–Nawady Hotel Tourism 250
Myawaddy Agricultural Svcs. 4 Farms 69
Myanmar Land Dev. Corp. Land 2,008
Attaran Hotel Tourism 12
Taninthayi Guest House Tourism 9
X-Ray Scanning Med. Equip. 107
ILBC Land Lease Land 484
Lanpi Maritime Co. Shipping 0
Myanmar Segal Textiles 750
Myanmar Daewoo Textiles 23
Rothmans of Pall Mall Cigarettes 1,145
Myanmar Brewery Beer 1,887
Myanmar Posco Steel Steel 114
Myanmar Noveau Steel Steel 36
First Automotive Co. Isuzu Cars -90
Hanthawaddy Golf Course Golf -31
National Dev. Corp. Housing 615

Total 49,811

The Dream Tempered By Reality

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 06:41 AM PDT

She dreamed a dream, and it came true. But what happened next for Susan Boyle?

The middle-aged church volunteer from a small town in Scotland became an instant global celebrity in 2009 with her heart-stopping rendition of the "Les Miserables" number "I Dreamed a Dream" on a TV talent show.

A week is a long time in showbiz -- and in our hyper-speed online age three and a half years is an eternity -- but Boyle is still going strong. She has sold millions of records, received an honorary doctorate, sung for Pope Benedict XVI and performed in Las Vegas. A stage musical about her life has played to enthusiastic crowds across Britain and is headed for Australia, and next month she releases her fourth album, "Standing Ovation."

But the 51-year-old singer who entered the TV talent contest to make her late mother proud is remarkably unchanged. She's still a bit frumpy, though she's acquired a new hairdo, more expensive clothes and a makeover. She still lives in her down-at-heel home town, has outbursts of anger and struggles to overcome her nerves before live performances.

It's a fairy tale, yes, but with dark shadows lurking in the corners.

"People can't accept that you can dream a dream, but part of the dream is also a nightmare," said Elaine C. Smith, a Scottish actress who knows Boyle and plays her in the biographical stage show "I Dreamed a Dream."

"Fairy dust comes out, but shrapnel comes out as well."

Boyle now has a car and chauffeur to take her to appointments, but she sticks close to familiar places and routines. She has bought a new house, a modern four-bedroom two-story in Blackburn that cost 300,000 pounds ($480,000), but locals say she often stays in the modest row house she grew up in.

And she still shows up occasionally to sing karaoke at The Crown pub.

"She belts them out like she used to and is not averse to a duet," said 20-year-old local Helen Cameron. "It's nice that this has not changed her. I think she's under a lot of pressure normally. Here she can be herself."

As well as having the support of her community, Boyle is well protected by her manager, Andy Stephens, and a close circle of friends and family - a factor that helps act as a "psychological vaccine" against the pressures of sudden fame, according to Cary Cooper, professor of psychology and health at Lancaster University.

"If you don't have the proper social support system to protect you, your celebrity status can cause you enormous stress," said Cooper, who has studied the relationship between celebrity and stress. "She is still rooted in her friends and people who know her. Most celebrities aren't."

Boyle's life changed in a few minutes when her first appearance on "Britain's Got Talent" was broadcast in April 2009. The soaring voice emerging from the dowdy, frizzy-haired figure; the audience titters turning to gasps; the shocked faces of Simon Cowell and the other judges - it was artfully staged television, but also a moment of genuine emotion.

"We judged her. Anybody who says they didn't is telling lies," Smith said. "She walked on and opened her mouth, and within minutes everybody watching was in tears."

The Internet clip went around the world, and keeps on going. On YouTube alone it has been viewed more than 106 million times.

Boyle's first album, "I Dreamed a Dream," topped both the U.K. and U.S. charts. So did her second, "The Gift."

Although Boyle's covers of pop classics and musical theater standards rarely make critics swoon, her three albums collectively have sold more than 14 million copies.

This month she's sung on "Dancing With the Stars" in the U.S. and performed in Las Vegas with Donny Osmond, a childhood idol.

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BN in denial by Josh Hong

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 05:01 AM PDT

It is clear and simple that both Suaram and Malaysiakini have done nothing wrong in uncovering and reporting on all the critical information surrounding the Scorpene submarine deal, potentially among the top corruption scandal cases in the history of Malaysia. What can be so wrong for an NGO and an independent media to expose political trickeries and economic mismanagement of a government? On this, I must salute Suaram secretariat members Cynthia Gabriel (left in photo) and Fadiah Nadwa Fikri (centre in photo) for their flawless and passionate pursuit of the case, and the Malaysiakini team for their faithful coverage of the news. In doing so, they are just like any decent Malaysians who desire a homeland that is just, fair, transparent and caring.

Their biggest 'transgression' is, however, the fact that it involves the current prime minister, backed by a coalition that makes no excuses for its ambition to be government for life. Ever since the farcical Sodomy I scripted and directed by Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his cohorts back in 1998, Malaysia has become a byword for corruption, judicial injustice and political intolerance.

This terribly unfavourable image has remained even long after Mahathir stepped down, because those who came after him have failed miserably to reform the state. Instead of redressing the damage left by Mahathir, they have only accentuated it. Worse, we even allowed a man who is so tainted with corruption and implicated in a murder case to assume the highest office in the country!

It is by now abundantly clear that Najib Abdul Razak is not the reformist that many of the mainstream media pundits made him out to be. His ridiculous remarks that Malaysia needs no women's rights movement and that the country has become a more vibrant democracy on his watch are only contradicted by the lack of women's leadership in both the public and private sectors, unless he means his wife Rosmah Mansor (above), the self-styled First Lady and the condos-for-happy-cows Sharizat Abdul Jalil, whose Ministry of Women he has taken over. Not on equal footing. Najib has also turned a blind eye to the demonisation of both Suaram and Malaysiakini by his mouthpieces such as Utusan Malaysia and The Star. If foreign funding is really such a sinful thing to do in Malaysia, I would challenge all the government bodies and government-linked NGOs to open their accounts for the whole nation to scrutinise. Now that Umno is caught with the RM40million funding controversy, all that the government can do is to dispatch a minion by the name of Abdul Rahman Dahlan (left) to pen a paltry argument as a counter-attack.

What Umno and the Barisan Nasional as a whole have conveniently forgotten is that the people are acutely mindful of the fact that the ruling coalition and the opposition pact do not compete on an equal footing, and this a home truth that continues to fly in the face of Najib even if he wants to repeat his self-aggrandising claim to make Malaysia "the best democracy". Throughout Malaysia's electoral history, the BN has done everything to ensure that the race would not be too close for comfort. As of today, the opposition has no access to the mainstream media, and their public rallies are often harassed and even aborted due to thuggery.

Anyone, practically anyone, who dares to stand up against the big bully would only end up asking for trouble, ranging from being barred from leaving the country (as has happened to several Bersih committee members) to merciless judicial persecution (as Suaram is now facing). Stigmatisation and even demonisation using the issues of race and religion is only part and parcel of the price to pay for demanding greater democracy.

BN spending like there is no tomorrow Meanwhile, the government would resort to the national coffer in dishing out goodies and subsidies especially in the rural areas in exchange for votes. Day in day out, the rakyat are told to be grateful and contented, while the powers-that-be indulge themselves in posh cars and impressive condos. If any of their younglings gets on the wrong side of the law, such as Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz's son (right), the government is to the rescue, while a poor imam who flung a shoe at a judge in protest of the flawed judicial process was sent to jail.

The wasteful manner in which the ruling coalition is handling public monies, clearly indicated in the Auditor-General's Report recently, only confirms that the government has been spending as there is no tomorrow for them, which is most probably true. Given the massive discontent and the ceaseless scandals, I would not be surprised the days for the BN are numbered. Ending this irresponsible and authoritarian regime is now the only way to save the country.

BN politicians should therefore be wise to halt their indiscriminate attack against those who are seen to be against them because, who knows, one day that they may find themselves in need of Suaram and Malaysiakini, too, and that day may not be too far in the future. Malaysiakini

JOSH HONG studied politics at London Metropolitan University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. A keen watcher of domestic and international politics, he longs for a day when Malaysians will learn and master the art of self-mockery, and enjoy life to the full in spite of politicians.

This year's AGM, MCA's death knell? By Hazlan Zakaria

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 04:42 AM PDT

COMMENT As the MCA general assembly (AGM) drew to a close at its national headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today, what was supposed to be a triumphant concerto, seemed to play discordant notes instead.

At least, to this observer of Malaysian politics, in place of an uplifting confident symphony, the sounds of violent thrashing and ear-splitting keening fills the air. As if a monster, mortally wounded, is about to die. And we all know, attested by countless Ultraman episodes and Godzilla movies, monsters in their death throes will thrash about violently, and let out a loud death knell, before dying.

The gyrations of the soon-to-expire creatures, oft translating into a whole lot of damage, as it tries to either claw its way out of its appointment with death via some lifeline, or avenge itself and injure the one that have dealt it the mortal blow. Observing what came out of the Chinese party's AGM, I wonder if the same thing that happened to dying monsters is happening to the BN component party. The gathering started on a sharp note, as banners adorning the venue, and T-shirts issued to delegates, portray statements that claw at the opposition Pakatan Rakyat.

Singling out Pakatan components, the MCA printed matter stuck daggers into PAS for its "hudud policy", PKR for their economics that "will bankrupt the nation" and the DAP for "inciting hatred" as well as sleeping with the Islamic party which is its "ideological" nemesis.

'BN-blue theme an offering to Najib?'

Similar stinging statements were printed on BN-themed blue T-shirts handed out as part of a new look for the party delegates to wear, in place of their once white uniforms. The BN-blue T-shirts are an offering perhaps, to Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak who came a-calling. A huge banner reading "MCA can deliver" was also installed in San Choon Hall where the AGM was held, facing the podium where Najib gave his opening speech.

The statement appeared next to a large 1Malaysia logo, while delegates also held up "I love PM" placards. This may have worked its magic for in his speech, Najib thanked the Chinese party for standing by Umno and promised that the Malay party will also stand by MCA, though he said that they can stand "with" and "by" him, but not "behind" him, in a poorly-hidden attempt at taking a swipe at the sodomy-accusations which plagued opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

But if one were to think that Najib's sodomy-inspired humour were crass, one certainly had not observed the goings on at the MCA AGM closely enough. Something more off colour and off kilter shot out of  MCA Wanita vice-chairperson Heng Seai Kie's (right, in photo) mouth as she accused PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat of urging Muslim men to rape non-Muslim women.

What more, her claims were defended by no less then MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek (above) himself. Chua, who once resigned all his party post after admitting to being the person in a sex video allegedly shot by an MCA snoop team before re-taking the presidency, also defended his claim that PAS-imposed hudud is backward and will spell doom for 1.2 million workers in the tourism, F&B, entertainment, hospitality and gambling sectors.  Chua also reasoned that the stabs against Pakatan is MCA's way of being on a war footing to face the coming polls.

Such paraphernalia and thrashing about setting the tone of Pakatan-bashing and BN-kissing that took centre stage all throughout the two-day event. No counter-arguments to opposition policy ideas One has to wonder if MCA is hitting out with no holds barred at Pakatan that had savaged them in the 2008 political tsunami, and looking to Umno for a rescue, perchance? While MCA deputy president Liow Tiong Lai (right) had claimed that the Chinese party is not resorting to attacking Pakatan out of a dearth of policy ideas, we have to wonder why the party came out bristling with long-knifed attacks, and not counter arguments to the policy ideas of the opposition.

It is as if, while Pakatan is trying to deal with policy issue in order to prepare for becoming the next federal government, MCA is sharpening its claws and daggers in order to prepare to become an opposition party. After all, like other BN component parties, they have already experienced it at the state level in the Pakatan-ruled states. Liow, however, insists that the party will make a comeback despite "doubts" about its future being raised by certain quarters.

His confidence was shared by MCA Youth chief Wee Ka Siong (left) who told party members that if they act like superheroes in the Marvel-comics inspired Hollywood blockbuster Avengers, the party will persevere. What the MCA will be in the coming years will be determined in the ballot boxes of the upcoming 13th general election, as the voters will determine whether the Chinese party will be a superhero, or a monster's corpse. If this year's AGM is any indication, one would feel that the vote will most likely be for the latter. Malaysiakini

[VIDEO & BERGAMBAR] Sejarah Tercipta, Zulfahmi Naiki Podium Moto3 Malaysian GP 2012

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 06:13 AM PDT

Sepang: Sejarah tercipta petang ini apabila pelumba Malaysia Zulfahmi Khairuddin dari pasukan AirAsia-SIC-Ajo berjaya menaiki podium dengan menduduki tempat kedua di dalam kejuaraan Moto3 selepas mencatatkan masa 40'54.151s.

Pelumba Jerman Sandro Cortese dari pasukan Red Bull KTM Ajo merangkul kejuaraan Moto3 selepas mencatatkan masa terpantas 40 minit 54.123.

Manakala penunggang Jerman Jonas Folger dari Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 di tempat ketiga dengan masa 40'54.370s.

Sejak semalam lagi sejarah telah tercipta apabila pelumba Moto 3 Malaysia, Zulfahmi Khairuddin memulakan perlumbaan di Motogp Sepang di petak pertama.

Zulfahmi mencatat sejarah sebagai pelumba pertama Malaysia dan Asia yang memulakan perlumbaan di petak pertama dalam kategori Moto 3 yang menggantikan kategori 125 bermula awal tahun ini dan pada hari ini sekalipun menduduki tempat kedua, tetap merupakan satu sejarah kerana ini merupakan kali pertama Malaysia menaiki pentas podium di dalam mana-mana perlumbaan kelas Grand Prix.

Pemimpin politik muda negara ucap tahniah kepada Zulfahmi

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Okt — Selepas tiga tahun, penantian Md Zulfahmi Khairuddin akhirnya berbaloi apabila menaiki podium buat kali pertama selepas memperoleh kemenangan di tempat kedua pada pusingan MotoGP di litar antarabangsa Sepang hari ini.

Dalam cuaca hujan, Zulfahmi mencipta sejarah tersendiri dan untuk negara serta menceriakan ribuan penonton yang hadir untuk memberikan sokongan kepada anak kelahiran Banting.

Kejayaan Zulfahmi turut dikongsi kegembiraan dengan pemimpin politik muda negara yang menulis ucapan tahniah kepada penunggang negara berusia 21 tahun tersebut.

"Tahniah Zulfahmi kerana menduduki tempat kedua. Saya diberitahu anda memberikan saingan yang hebat.

"Tahniah kepada anak muda tempatan," tulis ahli parlimen PKR, Nurul Izzah Anwar di Twitter.

Selain itu, Khairy Jamaluddin turut menyampaikan ucapan tahniahnya kepada Zulfahmi dan yakin anak muda negara tersebut akan meraih lebih banyak lagi kejayaan podium selepas ini.

"Well done Zulfahmi, great race! Saya yakin lebih banyak podium selepas ini," tulis ketua pemuda Umno tersebut dalam Twitter.

Dalam sesi kelayakan semalam, Zulfahmi mempamerkan aksi hebat selepas meraih petak pertama apabila mencatat masa terpantas 2m13.885s diikuti rapat dua pelumba Jerman, Jonas Folger daripada pasukan Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 dan Sandro Cortese daripada pasukan Red Bull KTM Ajo.

Menguasai sepanjang perlumbaan, Zulfahmi hampir mengharumkan nama negara buat pertama kali jika lagu Negaraku dinyanyikan tetapi malangnya pada pusingan terakhir Sandro Cortese memintas penunggang negara tersebut.

Walaupun sekadar muncul naib juara, Zulfahmi tetap masih boleh berbangga apabila muncul rakyat Malaysia pertama berjaya berdiri di atas podium dalam kejohanan dunia tersebut.

Dengan kejayaan ini, penunggang negara berusia 21 tahun tersebut kini berada ditangga ketujuh dengan 112 mata selepas 16 perlumbaan.

Kali pertama Zulfahmi turun berlumba ialah pada tahun 2009 atas tiket wildcard, selepas itu dia terpilih untuk bersama pasukan AirAsia-SIC (Sepang International Circuit) pada 2010. Pada musim 2011, Zulfahmi mendapat suntikan apabila mendapat tawaran bersama pasukan Ajo Motosport dan kemudiannya disusuli dengan penubuhan AirAsia-SIC-Ajo.

Tahun 2012 merupakan tahun paling mencabar buat Zulfahmi kerana bukan sahaja terpaksa berlumba di dalam kategori baru tetapi juga perlu menyesuaikan diri dengan jentera barunya KTM selepas bertukar daripada jentera Derbi.-TMI

Cheaper cars wanted

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 03:38 AM PDT

By Azam Aris of | The Edge Malaysia – Thu, Aug 9, 2012 DO Malaysians deserve cheaper cars? After having to pay so much more than consumers in other countries for so many years to buy a car, the majority would say, "Yes! We want cheaper cars!" I remember in the early 1980s when my brother bought his first car — a Mazda 323, which only cost about RM17,000. The other options

More pictures of Akikah and Berendoi Rafa in Penang

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 03:10 AM PDT

An unfortunate event happened to us last week, and Azman lost his Macbook. Sighh… The machine doesn't matter but what I weep for the most is Rafa's photo collection since birth. Sedih kan? Gone also all the pics from Raya and his Akikah. So I went back to my Facebook and kutip-kutip mana-mana gambar I have uploaded before and publish here for future remembrance.

Above-  Me control ayu while Rafa is staring at his milk bar.
Below – Door gift we gave to guests, IKEA jar with candy and sweets inside it.

The night before we drove back to Penang, we stop by at IKEA to buy the jars, then the next day we went to Mydin in Bukit Jambul, Penang for the sweets and that flowery, beady decorative thing we superglued on top.

Above – The marhaban ladies doing their thang… most of the guests were outside having lunch. Rafa slept like baby he is. :)

Below – Pakcik-pakcik yang baca doa selamat tadi tengah nak makan..

Below – We had nasi beriyani yang sangat sedap. Siapa nak contact caterer please ask my Mum! hehe. Lauk-pauk was ayam goreng berempah, dalca, the akikah goat was turned into masak kurma, perut kambing with kuah asam and hati/limpa etc masak lada hitam thingy. Sedap… orang kata lah… I tak sempat jamah dah habis… Ada jugak sambal ikan bilis and jelatah.Pastu ada laksa Penang and lots of kuih muih and tapai pulut…



Below- My and my beloved Aunt, we call her Cik Pura. :)

Below is me posing before the guests arrived. Gedik kan? Haha standard la baru lepas pantang nak tunjuk pinggang yang tak berapa ada. huhu

Above – Mikael, Rafa el and Sarah Khadeeja, my niece.
Below – Friends forever! Aminah and Mimie thanks so much for coming! The girl in red is Aminah's niece, Aina. When Minah and I studied at Kolej Matrikulasi Pulau Pinang (KMPP) ages ago… she was just 3 years old. And such a pretty young lady she is now. :)

Diyanazman kalau tak tangkap gambar sengal memang tak sah! Hahahah..

I love the above pic the most. It doesn't matter if we lost  computers and gold chains and diamond rings. Ya Allah just don't take away my family from me. Keep us close, healthy and happy. I can never live without Azman, Miki and Rafa. Amin.



Jui Meng : Umno Makin Lemah Punca Soi Lek Sanggup Hina Islam

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 03:42 AM PDT

Datuk Chua Jui Meng mengesa Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek memohon maaf kepada umat Islam kerana mengeluarkan kenyataan menghina Islam di dalam blog video dan Facebook.

Sebelum ini, Soi Lek yang juga Presiden MCA mendakwa seramai 1.2 juta rakyat Malaysia akan kehilangan pekerjaan sekiranya PAS melaksanakan hudud di Malaysia.

Soi Lek yang memetik satu SMS oleh individu tidak dikenali, menyenaraikan pelbagai industri yang terjejas dengan kehilangan pekerjaan sekiranya hudud dilaksanakan.

Jui Meng yang juga Naib Presiden PKR menambah Presiden MCA itu sepatutnya tidak mengeluarkan kenyataan sedemikian kerana Soi Lek sendiri tidak memahaminya.

"Dia dan pemimpin MCA sekarang semakin lebih keras 'menyerang' agama(Islam) dan saya pada hari ini menuntut beliau memohon maaf kepada umat Islam di Malaysia," kata Jui Meng ketika dihubungi TVSelangor.

Tindakan ini ujarnya, disebabkan kegagalan pemimpin Umno memberikan penjelasan kepada Soi Lek sehinggakan sanggup mengeluarkan kenyataan tidak berasas berkenaan pelaksanaan hukum hudud.

"Pemimpin Umno kini semakin lemah dalam medan politik, Umno kini sudah tidak mampu memperjuangkan sesiapapun sehingga untuk partinya sendiri.

"Dalam keadaan ini, MCA sudah naik kepala terhadap Umno dan tidak peduli sekarang, keadaan Umno akan semakin lemah di masa akan datang dengan MCA berterusan menyerang Islam," katanya.

Jelasnya, sehingga kini tiada seorangpun kalangan pemimpin Umno yang berani menegur sikap Soi Lek yang secara terang-terangan banyak kali memperlekeh agama Islam dan pelaksanaan hukum hudud.

"Umno sudah tidak ada pendirian sendiri untuk berhadapan dengan MCA dan membiarkan MCA menyerang agama Islam," katanya.

[DASYAT] 11 Isteri Kongsi Satu Suami

Posted: 20 Oct 2012 11:43 PM PDT

Pakatan madu di laman sosial

KUALA LUMPUR: Usianya baru 30 tahun tetapi memiliki sekurang-kurangnya 11 isteri berikutan licik menggunakan 'ayat power' untuk memperdaya gadis naif dengan imej warak, selain kepakarannya memalsukan dokumen bagi meyakinkan jabatan agama di negara ini.

Dalam kebanyakan kes, kaki temberang itu mengaku masih bujang tetapi ada juga antara isterinya dipikat menerusi cara meraih simpati seperti kononnya menghadapi masalah rumah tangga selain sudah bercerai.

BERANI.... lelaki terbabit ketika bernikah dengan seorang daripada 11 isterinya.

Menggunakan gelaran ustaz untuk memperdaya mangsa, lelaki sama sebelum ini hanya menipu pengunjung masjid dengan mengadakan ceramah agama serta memperdaya bakal jemaah umrah, selain pernah melakukan pecah amanah sebelum menghentikan seketika kegiatan itu sejurus gambarnya terpampang di akhbar atas beberapa pertuduhan jenayah.

Selepas sekian lama mendiamkan diri, lelaki terbabit kini terjun semula ke dunia penipuan, tetapi kali ini mangsanya adalah wanita hingga mampu memiliki sekurang-kurangnya 11 isteri, termasuk ada antaranya ditinggalkan sehari selepas berkahwin.

Seorang daripada wanita dikahwininya, Naimah Ismail, 24, (bukan nama sebenar), berkata dia hanya bernikah empat hari sebelum ditinggalkan dan kini dalam proses menuntut fasakh daripada lelaki terbabit.

Lelaki lebih empat isteri persenda agama

KUALA LUMPUR: Lelaki yang berkahwin serentak dengan lebih daripada empat isteri boleh dikategori sebagai mempersendakan agama kerana Islam mengharamkan perbuatan itu.

Pengerusi SukaGuam, Datuk Khairul Anuar Rahmat berkata, berkahwin lebih daripada empat isteri hanya berlaku pada zaman jahiliah dan selepas kedatangan Islam, seorang lelaki hanya dibolehkan mempunyai empat isteri dalam satu-satu masa.

Menurutnya, kes seorang lelaki yang kini dipercayai mempunyai tujuh isteri adalah kali pertama didengar dan ia boleh berlaku jika perkahwinan secara poligami ini tidak didaftarkan kepada pejabat agama.

"Memang perkara ini boleh berlaku dan jika ia berlaku, bermakna lelaki berkenaan sengaja mempersendakan agama dan tindakan boleh diambil terhadapnya.

"Enakmen Jenayah Syariah mempunyai peruntukan terhadap mereka yang mempersendakan agama, jadi individu terbabit boleh dibawa ke muka pengadilan," katanya.

Khairul Anuar berkata, poligami sememangnya sesuatu yang halal dan diharuskan Islam dan melalui sistem perkahwinan ini seseorang lelaki boleh mempunyai lebih daripada seorang pasangan hidup.

"Dalam Islam, poligami hanya dibenarkan ke atas si suami untuk beristeri lebih daripada satu dengan had empat orang seperti firman Allah (surah an-Nisa: 3) yang bermaksud: "Dan jika kamu takut tidak berlaku adil terhadap perempuan-perempuan yatim (apabila kamu berkahwin dengan mereka), maka berkahwinlah dengan sesiapa yang kamu berkenan dari perempuan-perempuan (lain): dua, tiga atau empat.

"Kemudian jika kamu bimbang tidak akan berlaku adil (di antara isteri-isteri kamu) maka (berkahwinlah dengan) seorang sahaja, atau (pakailah) hamba-hamba perempuan yang kamu miliki. Yang demikian itu adalah lebih dekat (untuk mencegah) supaya kamu tidak melakukan kezaliman," katanya.

Know-who and Know-how dillema

Posted: 20 Oct 2012 10:38 PM PDT

Source: Extracted some conversations on the FB of my friend, Surgeon Dr Saw Aung.
Oo Hla Oo I have known you for a long time and I know well how you are full of knowledge. It is not wonderful you collected such a number of books where wisdom flows from and forever!
Saw Aung. It is my library at the top floor of my house.sein hla kyay, no, all gone with age
Oo Hla Oo Are you a clinician or acedamician there? Is Daw Thet accompany with ypu? Where is my friend. yr younger son? We are OK at Maw La Myaing. My girls 8th and 6th Standard.
Ko Ko Gyi Essence of Teaching Higher Education (@University) was said to know where to search (which books/publications in library etc)…But with the Google search facility in Smart Phones…while drs discuss the options for treatment during consultations, pts googled and argue ….But Surgeons are in a better position or in the upper hand…But pts would ask for more advanced technology beyond the normal surgeons..
 If googled…the results would be few hundred thousands pages for each search….Drs have an advantage of knowing which to read and accept/apply.
Saw Aung Ko Ko Gyi,thanks saya .I think your computer has myanmar font.ဘြိုဳင္ လာျပင္ တ့ဲ လူ ပံုျပင္ လိုပါဘဲ။ဘယ္ေန၇ာေခါက္တတ္ဖို့ဆ၇ာ၀န္ေတြလိုအပ္ေနဆဲပါ ဆ၇ာ
Ko Ko Gyi Yes I have Zawgyi font. TQ… And may you allow me to add…One lost screw is only worth RM 1.00. But the knowledge to know that there is a loose screw or lost screw, where to get the specific screw and knowhow to fix it may worth RM 99.00….But we R not getting that kind of consultation fees yet! But for the Surgeons like my brother Dr Saw Aung could earn more for the know-how….But in real life those KNOW-WHO could earn more than know-how professionals.
Saw Aung အသိ၇ွိမွအလုပ္ျဖစ္မွာ ဆ၇ာကို ကို ၾကီး ခင္ဗ်ာ့

The Media Amplification of Sexual Deviance

Posted: 20 Oct 2012 10:02 PM PDT

As an educator, mother, blogger and citizen, I am deeply distressed about two moral issues currently plaguing our local scene. We must always remember that we are not in solitary existence. There must be a deep sense of accountability, responsibility and morality in what we say and do, especially publicly and even more in virtual space. Whatever we do privately is of course private. However, when what is private becomes public and challenges social mores, I believe the siren is wailing to tell us that the signs of dysfunctional and deviant values have reared its ugly heads in the real world, our country and the Asian region. Worse still, the mass media and online portals have jumped on the bandwagon  in the glorification, amplification and magnification of the scenario that directly challenges cultural, religious, moral, legal values/guidelines.

The setting for my rant is the disclosure of the sexual antics of a young Malaysian couple and their nonchalant stand about their behaviour, values and motives because I believe every person must be responsible in his/her actions because everything one says or does (especially in virtual reality) will eventually influence/affect his/her immediate circle being family and friends and the community in which he/she lives.

First of all, I wish to say that I am not judging anyone here but I am very concerned about the way the whole situation has been blown out of proportion. Most importantly, I am very appalled at how the MSM delights in reporting what the couple says about the situation because ultimately, such airing may affect the values, perceptions and perspectives of wider society (especially the youth) in an IT-savvy society. Of course we all know that any story on sexual deviance sells. However, to splash a photograph's of the girl's face on the front page knowing full well that she may be kicked out of the home if conditions are not met is certainly a possible indication at how corporate social responsibility may be at stake in the pursuit of readership!!!

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy functions as a built-in, self-regulating mechanism whereby a business monitors and ensures its active compliance with the spirit of the law, ethical standards, and international norms. CSR is a process with the aim to embrace responsibility for the company's actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere who may also be considered as stakeholders. MORE HERE.

A sensible and educated person should also uphold social responsibility in his/her life to recognize that personal behavior affects others and that one should ultimately be accountable to others, especially the family and the law, or actions/words said.

It is understandable that one who is not refined or educated may demonstrate inconsiderate/rude behavior and then to displace his/her responsibility to others by blaming the external environment for pushing them to such acts of deviance.

Any sensible person with a right mind would try to affect others positively to make the world (or at least the community in which he/she lives) a better place.

The actors of the social scene are no ordinary persons but two young adults who have gone through tertiary education - an ASEAN scholar who has yet to graduate from the law faculty and the other who graduated from a local public university.

Consider the immeasurable trail of damage left behind by their disclosures - the cumulative effects of their behavior/public statements on:

a) their parents
b) their immediate family members and relatives
c) their other agents of socialization who would be wondering where they went wrong with them - e.g. teachers, religious leaders, community leaders, neighbours etc.

Did they show any consideration for their loved ones and friends?

Did they show any concern and/or awareness of how what they did/said impacted others and affected the social ambiance and reputation of the young adults of our country from those who are not Malaysians?

Tragically, I doubt they even realize the effect of what they did and said realistically lasts much longer than the acts portrayed in their postings/interviews.

Their perspectives centres on 'I' and 'We'.

Did they consider or care about the impression that others have on them both on a short-term or long-term basis on their:

a) familial and social relationships - How would their parents, siblings, relatives and friends care and relate to them knowing that they not share their frame of reference in this issue?
Do they care that they have actually hurt themselves when they hurt their loved ones?
b) social standing - How can they appear anywhere publicly in full knowledge that many might have seen their intimate physical details?
c) career path - What would be in the minds of would-be employers who might be questioning their value systems? Worse still, there could be those who might take advantage of them e.g. in the endorsement of certain types of toys or demanding certain favours etc.
b) business opportunities - What would potential business associates think of them, their value system and integrity or morality etc?

Consider this analogy. If one throws rubbish indiscriminately anywhere and anytime, one pollutes the community in which one lives and ultimately, boomerangs back to the irresponsible one.

Honestly, I believe we all have but one life and it is up to us whether we make it count or only make it count for OURSELVES.

Imagine what kind of society we would have if everyone did not uphold socially acceptable values, customs, expectations etc and only concentrated on making money regardless of the means.

Then, narcissistic beings or a narcissistic society would NOT care because they do not realize:
  • how everything we do matters because it affects all around us
  • how the doing results in the 'having' because it will contribute to the baggage one will carry forever. E.g. how will they justify their actions to their children in future?
  • the need to do their part to build a better society/world INSTEAD of desensitizing other youths to the importance of social conformity to maintain social order and throw them into a state of normlessness
  • etc....
I am deeply saddened. My heart goes out to their parents who must be hurting so badly inside. Is there no love and respect left for themselves as young people? Is there complete disregard for conformity in the pursuit of individualism??? May there be people around them who can counsel, lead and guide them to practise individual social responsibility. You can read more about Individual Social Responsibility HERE.

The way the media has gone to town with this issue is sickening. What is their real motive? Can it be perceived as glorification, amplification and magnification of deviance?

Is such sexual deviance newsworthy? Where is their corporate social responsibility? What sort of genuine news values are present in the situation that merited such airing by so many types of media? In this way, they are indirectly telling them and others that such deviant acts are acceptable because it can bring you fame, name and that it is all part of the game of life! :-(

Are they endorsing what they did? Social responsibility can never be cultivated by promoting anything that directly goes against our value, legal and moral system such as lewd and lascivious content. Yes, I know it is a scene where the two individuals were exercising their personal choices in their acts but making them public and then to be elevated for public scrutiny via air space or articles in the MSM is sending another message to the wider society, particularly the younger set.

In an age where one can:
  • access unsavoury websites with the click of the mouse
  • upload anything anywhere anytime also with the click of the mouse
  • where one can snap pics or record scenes anytime and anywhere and post it publicly also with the click of the mouse....

surely the media can play its role by sending a more responsible message to society and be a CSR citizen!

Think about the following scandals:
  • Savile BBC case
  • Sandusky football sexual abuse case
  • Lance Armstrong doping revelations etc
  • Tiger Woods
  • Bill Clinton and the flak he received for the Lewinsky case
  • Arnold-Schwarzenegger
  • etc and of course - our own home-grown political sex scandals
Think about:

a) how the local and foreign media reported it
b) how the guilty ones reacted when interviewed:

Did they CELEBRATE their acts?
Were they smiling from ear to ear?
Did they express remorse for what they did?
Did they say that others are 'sexually repressed'?

My bone of contention is not what they do privately but publicly and also how the situation was reported.

Compare it with reports on the Savile Scandal HERE. The family was so ashamed that they even removed Savile's tombstone and his is now an unmarked grave. That is the DEPTH of the remorse, sadness and despair felt by the family members as a result of Savile's actions.

Compare it with reports on the local issue HERE, particularly by the MSM.

I am sure many cannot fathom the rationale, justification or reactions the couple has displayed nor can many comprehend why they can still be smiling when filmed or photographed in the post-exposure period. Neither can I.

There are many  theories for deviance including:

I. Rational choice theory including:
  • classical deterrence theory 
  • control theory
  • routine activities theory.
II. Structural-functional theories such as:
  • Classic functionalism
  • Social Disorganization Theory
  • Anomie Theory
III. Symbolic interactionalist theories including:
  • Classic symbolic interactionist theory
  • Differential Association theory
  • Neutralization theory
  • Labeling theory
IV. Conflict theories such as:
  • Marxian Theory
  • Group Conflict Theory
  • Feminist Theory.
You can read more about them HERE and HERE.

Whatever the case, I am quite sure that it is highly probable that there could be a myriad of reasons why they did what they did and that those who know them cannot understand the motives either. May they have closure on this issue and move on to a better life instead of capitalizing on this scenario for mercenary purposes.

One of the first topics I learnt as an undergraduate in journalism class was news values. Consider the following points by Wikipedia which I have posted at the end of this post. I just hope that the media can seriously consider their corporate social responsibility role in such situations and report such incidents in such a way that it deters rather than encourages such forms of behaviour.

All in all, we can clearly see the pervasive influence of the internet on not only the way we communicate but also on our value system. What sort of society do we have when some are proud of deviance and others glorify it? Where are we heading? Is society regressing? Not sure? Check out THIS LINK and another one HERE and HERE. Make your own conclusions and if possible, please share your views. Thanks.


News Values - from Wikipedia

News values, sometimes called news criteria, determine how much prominence a news story is given by a media outlet, and the attention it is given by the audience. A. Boyd states that: "News journalism has a broadly agreed set of values, often referred to as 'newsworthiness'..."News values are not universal and can vary widely between different cultures. In Western practice, decisions on the selection and prioritization of news are made by editors on the basis of their experience and intuition, although analysis by J. Galtung and M. Ruge showed that several factors are consistently applied across a range of news organizations.

Conditions for News

  1. Frequency: Events that occur suddenly and fit well with the news organization's schedule are more likely to be reported than those that occur gradually or at inconvenient times of day or night. Long-term trends are not likely to receive much coverage.
  2. Negativity: Bad news is more newsworthy than good news.
  3. Unexpectedness: If an event is out of the ordinary it will have a greater effect than something that is an everyday occurrence.
  4. Unambiguity: Events whose implications are clear make for better copy than those that are open to more than one interpretation, or where any understanding of the implications depends on first understanding the complex background in which the events take place.
  5. Personalization: Events that can be portrayed as the actions of individuals will be more attractive than one in which there is no such "human interest."
  6. Meaningfulness: This relates to the sense of identification the audience has with the topic. "Cultural proximity" is a factor here -- stories concerned with people who speak the same language, look the same, and share the preoccupations as the audience receive more coverage than those concerned with people who speak different languages, look different and have different preoccupations.
  7. Reference to elite nations: Stories concerned with global powers receive more attention than those concerned with less influential nations.
  8. Reference to elite persons: Stories concerned with the rich, powerful, famous and infamous get more coverage.
  9. Conflict: Opposition of people or forces resulting in a dramatic effect. Stories with conflict are often quite newsworthy.
  10. Consonance: Stories that fit with the media's expectations receive more coverage than those that defy them (and for which they are thus unprepared). Note this appears to conflict with unexpectedness above. However, consonance really refers to the media's readiness to report an item.
  11. Continuity: A story that is already in the news gathers a kind of inertia. This is partly because the media organizations are already in place to report the story, and partly because previous reportage may have made the story more accessible to the public (making it less ambiguous).
  12. Composition: Stories must compete with one another for space in the media. For instance, editors may seek to provide a balance of different types of coverage, so that if there is an excess of foreign news for instance, the least important foreign story may have to make way for an item concerned with the domestic news. In this way the prominence given to a story depends not only on its own news values but also on those of competing stories. (Galtung and Ruge, 1965)
  13. Competition: Commercial or professional competition between media may lead journalists to endorse the news value given to a story by a rival.
  14. Co-optation: A story that is only marginally newsworthy in its own right may be covered if it is related to a major running story.
  15. Prefabrication: A story that is marginal in news terms but written and available may be selected ahead of a much more newsworthy story that must be researched and written from the ground up.
  16. Predictability: An event is more likely to be covered if it has been pre-scheduled. (Bell, 1991)
  17. Time constraints: Traditional news media such as radio, television and daily newspapers have strict deadlines and a short production cycle, which selects for items that can be researched and covered quickly.
  18. Logistics: Although eased by the availability of global communications even from remote regions, the ability to deploy and control production and reporting staff, and functionality of technical resources can determine whether a story is covered. (Schlesinger, 1987)

THIS IS THE PROOF that we need UN Peacekeepers in Myanmar esp in Rakhine

Posted: 20 Oct 2012 09:28 PM PDT

There was a protest by Buddhists in Myae Pone Town to shift the Muslim Quarter to the out of town.

Source:ေျမပံုျမိဳ႕တြင္ မြတ္ဆလင္ ရပ္ကြက္ ျမိဳ႕ျပင္ထုတ္ရန္ ဆႏၵျပ ေတာင္းဆို


ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ ေျမပံုျမိဳ႕တြင္ ေဒသခံ ရခိုင္တိုင္းရင္းသားမ်ားက ယေန႕ ဆႏၵျပပြဲ တစ္ခု ျပဳလုပ္ရာ ျမိဳ႕ထဲရွိ မြတ္ဆလင္ ရပ္ကြက္ကို ျမိဳ႕ျပင္သုိ႕ ထုတ္ေပးရန္ ေတာင္းဆို ဆႏၵျပခဲ့ၾကသည္ဟု သိရသည္။

ေျမပံုတြင္ ျပည္သူမ်ား ဆႏၵ ထုတ္ေဖၚေနၾကပံု။

၎ဆႏၵေဖၚထုတ္ပြဲကို ရဟန္းေတာ္မ်ားႏွင့္  ေဒသခံ ျမိဳ႕မိ ျမိဳ႕ဖမ်ားမွ ယေန႔ နံနက္ ၈ နာရီခြဲတြင္ ျပဳလုပ္ ခဲ့ၾကသည္ဟု သတင္း ရရွိသည္။

ဆႏၵေဖၚထုတ္ပြဲ ျပဳလုပ္ရသည့္ ရည္ရြက္ခ်က္ႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္ျပီး ေနျပည္ေတာ္တြင္ ေရာက္ရွိေနသည့္ ေျမပံုျမိဳ႕နယ္ ျပည္သူ႕လႊတ္ေတာ္ ကိုယ္စားလွယ္ ဦးေဖသန္း က နိရဥၥရာ သို႕ ေျပာသည္။

" အခုအခါမွာ မူဆလင္ေတြနဲ႕ ရခိုင္ေတြကို သီးျခားခြဲျခားထားဖို႕ ဆိုတာက ေျမပံုျမိဳ႕ အတိုင္းအတာနဲ႕ ေျပာတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အခု စစ္ေတြ၊ ေျမာက္ဦး၊ မင္းျပား စသျဖင့္ ဒီေဒသေတြမွာ မူဆလင္ေတြနဲ႕ ရခိုင္ေတြဟာ အခုအ ခ်ိန္မွာ တတ္ႏိုင္သေလာက္ သီးသီး ျခားျခားေနၾကပါတယ္။ ရခိုင္ေတြေနတဲ့ ေနရာကို မူဆလင္ေတြ ၀င္မရသ လို မူဆလင္ေတြေနတဲ့ ေနရာေတြကိုလည္း ရခိုင္ေတြကလည္း မသြားပါ။ ဒီလို သီးသီးျခားျခားေနၾကတဲ့ အခ်ိန္ မွာ ေျမပံုျမိဳ႕နယ္မွာ မူဆလင္နဲ႕ ရခိုင္ အတူတကြ ေနၾကတဲ့ ရပ္ကြက္ေတြ၊ လမ္းေတြ ရွိပါတယ္။ တေန႕ေန႕မွာ ျပ ႆနာေတြ ျဖစ္လာမွာကို စိုးရိမ္ၾကပါတယ္။ အဲဒါေၾကာင့္ မူဆလင္နဲ႕ ရခိုင္ကို သီးျခား ခြဲျခားထားဖို႕အတြက္ ေတာင္းဆို ဆႏၵေဖၚထုတ္တာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။"

ဆႏၵျပပြဲတြင္ ဘဂၤလီႏွင့္ ရခိုင္မ်ားကို သီးျခား ခြဲထားေပးရန္၊ ေျမပံုျမိဳ႕အ တြင္း တျခားေနရာအသီးသီးက ေရာက္ရွိေနၾကေသာ မူဆလင္မ်ားကို မိမိေန ထိုင္ရာေနရာမ်ားသို႕ ျပန္ပို႕ေပးရန္၊ ၁၉၈၂ ခု ႏိုင္ငံသားျဖစ္မႈ အက္ဥပေဒ အတိုင္း ေထာက္ခံပါေၾကာင္း၊  ဘဂၤလာေဒ့ခ်္ႏိုင္ငံတြင္ ျဖစ္ေပၚေနသည့္ ရခိုင္မ်ားႏွင့္ ဗုဒၶ ဘာသာ၀င္မ်ားကို မူဆလင္မ်ားက ၀င္ေရာက္ဖ်က္ဆီးမႈမ်ားကို ဘဂၤလာေဒ့ခ်္အစိုးရအေန႕ျဖင့္ တားျမစ္ ေပးရန္ အတြက္ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္အစိုးက ကူညီေပးရန္ႏွင့္ တရားမ၀င္ ၀င္ေရာက္လာသည့္ ဘဂၤလီမ်ားကို စခန္းသြင္းျပီး တတိယႏိုင္ငံသို႕ ပို႕ေဆာင္မည္ဟု သမၼတၾကီး ေၾကျငာခ်က္ကို ေထာက္ခံေၾကာင္းတို႕ ျဖစ္သည္။

" ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႕ ျမိဳ႕ဦးဘုရားကေနျပီးစထြက္ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီကေန ေတာင္္းဆိုမူေတြ လုပ္သြားပါတယ္။ ငါးလုပ္ငန္းရံုးေရွ႕ကျပန္ပတ္ျပီးေတာ့ ျမိဳ႕ဦးဘုရား ကို ျပန္ ပတ္လာၾကပါတယ္။ ျမိဳ႕တပတ္ ပတ္ၾကပါတယ္။ လူကေတာ့ခါ ၂၀၀၀ ေက်ာ္ ၃၀၀၀ ခန္႕ရွိပါတယ္။ အစ တုန္းက နယ္ကလူေတြပါ ပါ၀င္ဖို႕လို႕ ခန္းမွန္း ထားေပမယ့္ နယ္ကလူေတြက မေရာက္ၾကပါဘူး။ ျမိဳ႕တပတ္ လွည့္ လည္ျပီး ေတာင္းဆိုခ်က္ ၅ ခ်က္ကို ေတာင္းဆိုခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္" ဟု ဆႏၵေဖၚထုတ္ပြဲကို အေျခအေနႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္ျပီး ဆႏၵေဖၚထုတ္ပြဲတြင္ ပါ၀င္ခဲ့သည့္  ကိုေမာင္ေမာင္က နိ္ရဥၥရာ သို႕ ေျပာသည္။

ယခုကဲ့သို႕  အေျခအေနမ်ားသည္ ေျမပံုတျမိဳ႕တည္းသာမဟုတ္ဘဲ တျခားျမိဳ႕နယ္မ်ားတြင္လည္း ျဖစ္ေနသည့္အ တြက္ ယခုအခ်ိန္မွာ သီးျခားစီ ခြဲျခားထားသင့္သည္ဟု ဦးေဖသန္းက ေျပာသည္။

" အခု ျဖစ္ေနတာက တျမိဳ႕တည္းမဟုတ္။ ျမိဳ႕တိုင္းျမိဳ႕တိုင္းမွာ ျဖစ္ေနပါတယ္။ စစ္ေတြမွာဆိုရင္ အင္ဘာလာ ရပ္ ကြက္မွာ ျဖစ္ေနပါတယ္။ ဒီအခ်ိန္ကာလမွာ အတူယွဥ္တြဲေနထိုင္ေရးဆိုတာက တျဖည္းျဖည္း လုပ္ယူ သြားရမွာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ေလာေလာဆယ္မွာေတာ့ခါ အုပ္စုႏွစ္စုဟာ မ်က္ႏွာခ်င္းဆုိင္ မဆိုင္ဘဲနဲ႕ ခြဲျခား ထားႏိုင္ရင္ ေလာေလာ ဆယ္ျဖစ္ေပၚေနတဲ့ အေျခအေနကို ထိန္းႏိုင္မွာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ေနာက္မွ တျဖည္းျဖည္း ကိုယ့္ေဒသရဲ႕ ဥပေဒ လႊမ္းမိုးလာတဲ့အခ်ိန္၊ တဦးနဲ႕တဦး အခ်င္းခ်င္း နာလည္လာတဲ့အခ်ိန္မွာ အတူယွဥ္တြဲ ေနထိုင္ႏိုင္မယ္လို႕ ယံု ၾကည္ ပါတယ္။ ဒီေန႕ ဒီအခ်ိန္မွာ ခြဲျခားထားတာဟာ အသင့္ ေတာ္ဆံုး ျဖစ္တယ္လို႕ ယံုၾကည္ပါတယ္" ဟုု ဆိုသည္။

အလားတူ ယေန႕တြင္ ေက်ာက္ျဖဴ၊ ေတာင္ကုတ္၊ ရမ္းျဗဲႏွင့္ မင္းျပားျမိဳ႕တို႕တြင္လည္း OIC ကို ကန္႔ကြက္ေၾကာင္းႏွင့္ သမၼတဦးသိန္းစိန္အား ေထာက္ခံေၾကာင္း လက္ကိုင္ပိုစတာမ်ားကိုင္၍ ဆႏၵေဖာ္ထုတ္ခဲ့ၾကသည္ဟု သိရသည္။

Why does Myanmar Government fail to control Anti-Islam activities like this?

Posted: 20 Oct 2012 09:07 PM PDT

Resolutions adopted in Sittwe on 18 Oct 2012 at the Rakhine Statewide Meeting designed to forge the Unity among Buddhist Monks in Rakhine:
Select resolutions -# no INGO which is not under the direct control of the UN will be allowed to o
perate in Rakhine

# All international aid must be handled by the government.

# Anyone who supports "Bengali Kular or niggers" will be branded "traitors" and public notices along with these traitors' pictures will be circulated widely.

Terima Kasih MCA kerana Hina & Tentang Hudud!

Posted: 20 Oct 2012 10:26 PM PDT

Tatkala MCA berjuang habis-habisan menghina dan menentang hudud, di sana terdapat beberapa orang non-muslim yang erpandangan positif terhadap undang-undang Islam tersebut.

Membuktikan bahawa langkah MCA - sekutu Barisan Nasional yang diterajui UMNO itu bukan hanya menyentuhi sensitiviti umat Islam malah turut tidak disenangi oleh non Muslim juga.

Kini, MCA dilihat sebagai sebuah parti cauvinis yang ANTI-ISLAM.

Ia juga petanda tamatnya era pemerintah BN menjelang PRU13 nanti.

Justeru itu, terima kasih MCA kerana sumbangan bermakna anda untuk tumbangkan BN!

PANAS! Chua Soi Lek Melampau Hina Hudud! Ini Balasannya!

Kenyataan biadap berunsur menghina agama yang diucapkan Presiden MCA, Chua Soi Lek yang mendakwa 1.

2 juta rakyat akan hilang pekerjaan jika hukum hudud dilaksanakan nampaknya memakan diri! Lihat saja apa yang terjadi semasa perhimpunan Agung parti itu yang bermula sejak semalam hingga lewat petang ini.

Foto yang dirakam di atas diambil kira-kira jam 11 pagi semalam semasa perwakilan pemuda sedang membahaskan usul menyokong kepimpinan perdana menteri Najib Altantuya dan memastikan kemenangan Barisan Nasional (BN) dalam pilihanraya umum akan datang.

Hampir satu pertiga kerusi yang diperuntukkan di dalam Dewan San Choon, tempat persidangan tersebut kosong tanpa dipenuhi seperti tahun-tahun lepas.

Ada di antara perwakilan pemuda yang ditemui enggan memberikan sebarang komen mengapa dewan yang boleh menempatkan lebih 1,500 perwakilan pada satu-satu masa terdiri daripada sayap pemuda, wanita dan senior parti itu kosong semasa persidangan berlangsung.

Ketua Pemudanya, Wee Ka Siong dalam ucapannya tanpa berlapik terus menghentam Pakatan Rakyat kununnya hutang negara dalam keadan terkawal walaupun sudah mencecah RM502 bilion sehingga hujung tahun ini.

Kelmarin, kenyataan Chua tersebut menerima kritikan keras daripada PAS dan NGO pendesak Melayu PERKASA.

Ketua pemuda PAS, Nasrudin Hasan mendakwa pemimpin MCA itu meracau-meracau dan cuba menjadi hero kartun apabila mengeluarkan kenyataan seperti itu.

Nasrudin juga berkata Chua tidak profesional kerana mengeluar kenyataan "dangkal", "melucukan" dan "tidak berasas" itu, dengan hanya bersandarkan SMS daripada individu yang tidak dikenali.

Manakala PERKASA membayangkan haram bagi umat Islam untuk mengundi MCA dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang ekoran kenyataan terbarunya berhubung hudud yang didakwa menghina Islam.

Setiausaha agungnya Syed Hassan Syed Ali berkata, walaupun PERKASA memutuskan untuk memenangkan BN dalam pilihan raya umum depan, tidak bermakna ketetapan itu tidak boleh berubah terhadap calon MCA.

Chua menimbulkan dakwaan itu dalam satu blog video dan di Facebook dengan memetik satu SMS oleh individu tidak dikenali.

Beliau menyenaraikan pelbagai industri yang terjejas sekiranya hudud dilaksanakan, termasuk pekerjaan di resort perjudian Genting Highlands, pusat pertaruhan dan juga rumah urut.

Jika beginilah suasana dan semangat yang ditunjukkan sayap pemuda sebagai tunjang serta pelapis MCA pada masa depan, diyakini parti tersebut akan terus tenggelam seperti mana prestasi yang ditunjukkan pada pilihanraya umum lalu.

MCA dan Chua Soi Lek jangan salahkan sesiapa, sebaliknya salahkan diri sendiri kerana kaum Cina sendiri sudah lama meninggalkan parti perkauman yang hanya mengikut telunjuk Umno hatta dalam pemilihan presidennya sekalipun!

[VIDEO] Kelantan vs ATM (3-2) Final Piala Malaysia, Saksikan 5 Gol-gol Menarik

Posted: 20 Oct 2012 08:02 PM PDT

Kelantan membuktikan kehebatan sebagai gergasi Pantai Timur apabila mencatat kejuaraan treble musim ini dengan merangkul Piala Malaysia 2012 setelah menewaskan Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) 3-2 di Stadium Shah Alam, malam ini.

Sebelum ini, Kelantan menjuarai Liga Super dan Piala FA. Pencapaian Kelantan ini kali terakhir dilakukan oleh Kedah selama dua musim berturut-turut pada 2007 dan 2008.

Indra Putra Mahayuddin menjadi wira pasukan Kelantan apabila menjaringkan gol kemenangan sekali gus memastikan Piala Malaysia menjadi milik The Red Warriors setelah hampa pada tahun lepas.

Kelantan, juara Piala Malaysia 2010, tiga kali mendahului ATM sebelum wisel penamat masa tambahan.

Tahun lalu, Kelantan kalah dengan Negeri Sembilan.

Dalam perlawanan malam ini, ATM hampir mendapatkan jaringan awal pada babak awal perlawanan menerusi pemain pertahanannya bagaimanapun, sepakannya tersasar.

ATM sekali lagi hampir menjaringkan gol tetapi percubaan Kaptennya, Hairuddin Omar berjaya dikekang oleh pertahanan Kelantan.

Kelantan terus mengatur strategi dan melakukan serangan, namun percubaan Muhammad Afiq Azmi berjaya ditepis oleh Mohd Farizal Harun pada minit keenam.

Pada minit ke-12, Kelantan sekali lagi hampir mendahului lawan tetapi tendangan Norshahrul Idlan Talaha sedikit melencong ke tepi tiang gol.

Susulan serangan pasukan Kelantan, ATM melakukan serangan balas.

Kali ini tandukan Hai-0 sekali lagi melambung tinggi pada minit ke-13.

Kelantan mula menemui rentak permainan apabila terus melakukan serangan diketuai Kaptennya, Mohd Badhri Radzi.

Begitupun, serangan menerusi Indra Putra dan Afiq terus gagal membolosi gawang lawan apabila berjaya didakap oleh Farizal Harun.

Keghairahan Kelantan dalam memburu gol pertama akhirnya tertunai apabila rembatan kencang NorShahrul Idlan Talaha berjaya menewaskan Farizal Harun pada minit ke-43.

Bersambung babak kedua, tidak sempat Kelantan mengatur rentak permainan, ATM terlebih dahulu menjaringkan gol penyamaan menerusi Rezal Zambery Yahya iaitu minit ke-48.

Selang satu minit kemudian, Kelantan memperkemaskan corak permainan dengan aksi lebih tersusun dan Mat Yo sekali lagi menjadi wira apabila menjaringkan gol kedua.

Kegembiraan Kelantan bagaimanapun tidak bertahan lama, apabila jaringan Marlon Alex James pada minit ke-61 berjaya menyamakan kedudukan, sekali gus menggegarkan stadium dengan sorokan penyokong ATM.

Setelah kedua-dua pasukan terikat 2-2, perlawanan diteruskan di masa tambahan selama 30 minit.

Umpama mendapat semangat dari gol kedua, anak didik B.Sathianathan melancarkan gerakan bertali arus melalui kombinasi pemain Hai-0, Marlon dan Aidil namun berjaya dikekang oleh pertahanan Kelantan.

Sebaliknya, Kelantan yang mendapat sorokan lebih 60,000 penyokong nyata menyuntik semangat dalam diri mereka.

Dengan itu, pada minit kelima masa tambahan, gerakan menarik Indra Putra akhirnya berjaya menewaskan penjaga gol ATM, Farizal Harun sekali gus memadam impian skuad The Army untuk menjulang Piala Malaysia buat julung kali.

Pencapaian anak buah Bojan Hodak mendakap piala keagungan bola sepak tanah air itu kali ini adalah yang kedua selepas kali pertama memenanginya pada 2010 apabila menumpaskan Negeri Sembilan 2-1 di Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil.

Walaupun turun tanpa penyerang import dari Lubnan, Mohamed Ghaddar di jentera serangan, ia tidak sedikit pun menjejaskan asakan pasukan dari Pantai Timur itu bagi menyekat ATM daripada melakar sejarah menjulang piala berprestij itu buat pertama kali. -SH

Berikut kedudukan jaringan:

ATM (2) mln Kelantan (3)

Jaringan ATM:
Rezal Zambery Yahya minit ke-48
Marlon Alex James minit ke-61

Jaringan Kelantan:
Norshahrul Idlan Talaha minit ke-43 dan minit ke-49
Indra Putra minit ke-95

Magic Bullets in Cancer Therapy

Posted: 20 Oct 2012 05:47 PM PDT

Recently, Eureka featured an article written by Chuck Harrison who has over 30 years of cancer drug discovery and development experience in preclinical and translational settings. The article Magic Bullets: The Next Evolution in Targeted Cancer Therapy  The article discussed how new 'armed antibodies' represent proverbial magic bullets–envisioned by a Nobel Laureate 100 years ago can kill tumors with greater efficacy and fewer side effects.

Excerpt from the article:

In the early 1900s, German Nobel Laureate Paul Ehrlich imagined an ideal therapy for disease, a drug precisely targeted to an invader, which if linked to a toxic chemical would act like a missile, carrying a destructive payload directly to the disease. Ehrlich said the drug would be a 'Magische Kugel,' which in English means 'Magic Bullet.' Such a therapy, he theorized, would be ideal for countless diseases, including cancer. Science had the payload. What it didn't have was the missile.

Whether the idea came in a dream, whether it arrived as a classical "aha" moment in a dusty lab, or at a patient's bedside while scribbling notes, the search for Ehrlich's Magic Bullet took a huge leap when someone asked, "Why not antibodies?"

Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system. In the body, they bind with high specificity to antigens, receptors on the surface of foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. Fitting like a lock in a key, such binding enables immune cells to "see" and attack invaders. And because Nature has innumerable invaders, the human body has many antibodies–10 million to be exact.

Scientists had their missile.

In 1975, Georges Kohler and Cesar Milstein created the first laboratory-produced antibodies, called monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). A year later, on Thanksgiving Day, a doctor named Ron Levy ran a groundbreaking experiment, inspiring him to run through the halls of his lab with joy. He'd created monoclonal antibodies that specifically recognized cancer cells.

In 1979, immunologist and cancer researcher Lee Nadler teamed up with Phil Stashenko, another immunologist, and created a monoclonal antibody targeted to antigens on non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cells. Their drug failed. When given to a man with advanced lymphoma, the mAb bound to few tumor cells. And the patient's immune system rejected the drug, due to the fact it was created from mouse cells.

To avoid rejection, scientists from IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corporation used recombinant technology to create a part human, part mouse antibody called a chimera. In clinical studies, their "humanized" drug, Rituxamab, cut tumor sizes in half. And when combined with other chemotherapies, it cured 79% of patients. The drug's approval in 1997 led to the development of similar antibody-based therapies, some of which worked by killing cells directly (e.g. Rituxamab), others which slowed or stopped tumor growth by interfering with surface receptors on cancer cells, or some which better enabled the immune system to fight the disease.

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