Sunday, October 7, 2012

i miss you. mr. policeman.

i miss you. mr. policeman.

i miss you. mr. policeman.

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 11:32 AM PDT

Recently, there is this new old guy who had been occupying quite abit of my mind.

Who is he?

He shall remain anonymous at the moment. He knows the existence of this blog. But I dont think he remembers the link to this hardly-updated blog of mine. For convenience sake, let's call him – Policeman.

I have got a weak spot for guys in uniform, especially for those in his unit. (now you know! haha!)

He is 29 this year, from a relatively well to do family. He drives a red Mitsubishi Lancer GLX. He adores Piglet (more of because his Chinese zodiac is pig). He is a middle child; two sisters at home. He is a Newcastle fan. From the nickname I suggested, yes, he serves the people. He lives a couple of MRT stops away from me.

He smokes and has this huge tattoo on his back and a couple of words written in elf language. (I dont know whats inside my head exactly. But I do find guys with tattoo more attractive. *facepalm*) He's not exactly a giant – 170cm and tallest in the family. He's a lil tanned, slim built. Looks even stunning when he put on his shades! (SQUEALS!) He can whip dishes and clean the house too!!!

He is taking a part time degree with uniSIM. (Yea, perhaps we could meet in school. But he told me he rather work than to take time off and go for classes. Sighs)

How do you know him?

A friend of online friend of mine whom by now, I am pretty close to, told me I should go out and meet new people and stop being depressed of sorts. And so, he introduced me to a dating site, hoping I would meet my THE ONE. And so I went, took an effort to write something about myself so people would understand me better.

There was one question that was stated in the profile – The most private thing I'm willing to admit. Which I daringly wrote…

i do have this pillow that my mum made for me when i was 11. and i have this SUPER BAD habit to flick the corners every time… before i actually drift off to sleep. and the corners are all torn… oopsies! (redfaced!!!)

And so, that became our common topic. Yes, we both LOVE to flick pillow corners. Just that I still flick my smelly pillow (which I affectionately call it Chouchou (臭臭) and he flick anything that is "hard" enough like the collar of his uniform, or G2000 tops or pockets of his berms.

So why aren't you two together?

To put it simply, he is not ready. I think I am ready (though sometimes what the ex said still etches in my head).

I may not be able to relate but I can understand his phobia of committing into a relationship. While I dont want to risk it and rush him into one, neither do I want to "keep a distance" because you think i am "looking at you as a potential mate".

I just want to say I enjoy those times with you – be it when we are out as friends or out as dates. I always wish time will stop when I am out with you. I dread to bid goodbye and part ways with you. It kills me a little whenever you are busy and I cant hear your voice nor meet you.

I will let you be, on your own, like you always prefer it to be. Maybe its like what my girlfriend told me – You may not have the time to accompany me due to the nature of your work.  And I do admit, I am quite a clingy girlfriend. Perhaps its better this way.

P.S. Just remember to drop random texts when you are free. It never fails to make me shed tears of happiness. =)

Filed under: Daily Reports, Heartfelt, Random-ness

Oh Cheng Chan

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 05:06 AM PDT

An interesting piece of news from 16 July 1897, as it had then appeared in The Straits Times:

It was just a one-paragraph story that went:
A death has been one of the immediate results of the late gang-robbery at Mr Cheah Chen Eok's house off the Waterfall Road. We regret to report that Mr Oh Cheng Chan, who fractured his thigh in jumping from the window on the occasion, and probably suffered other internal injuries, died on Wednesday morning. It is quite time the lash or rattan were applied to villains, whose practices cause such sad consequences.
By the way, Oh Cheng Chan was my great-great-grandfather on my mother's side, which means that I am the fifth generation living here in this country. That's how far I had managed to trace my roots. The manner of his tragic death notwithstanding, I'm mighty proud of and excited by this fact. Pretty chuffed by it, actually.


Lagi Artis Berhijrah Memakai TUDUNG

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 10:04 AM PDT

Langkah mulia artis-artis tempatan berhijrah memakai tudung bukan perkara baru dalam industri hiburan tanah air.

Ia merupakan satu perubahan positif kerana dapat mengubah persepsi sesetengah masyarakat yang sering memerikan label yang negatif kepada artis.

Kini seorang lagi artis yang boleh dikatakan masih baru dalam bidang seni, Anzalna Nasir, 24, didapati memaparkan profil memakai tudung di akaun Twitter miliknya.

Manis sungguh wajah gadis yang berasal dari Tasik Gelugor, Pulau Pinang itu. Wajahnya yang mulus itu amat sesuai dikenakan dengan tudung berkenaan. Namun, persoalannya adakah Anzalna sudah benar-benar berubah atau ia sekadar lakonan semata-mata? Jika benar Anzalna sudah mula memakai tudung ataupun baru hendak berjinak-jinak dengan menutup aurat, penulis berharap ia kekal untuk selamanya dan bukan untuk sekejap pakai sekejap buka pula.

Mungkin Anzalna mahu mencontohi beberapa artis yang sudah pun memakai tudung seperti Diana Amir, Sheila Hamzah, Farah Asyikin dan Yatt Hamzah. Ia satu perubahan yang sangat positif untuk Anzalna.

Apa pun, yang penting, Anzalna diharap jangan cuba menjadikan tudung sebagai alat untuk meraih publisiti murahan atau perhatian dengan menyertai mana-mana politik. Kajap pakai, kejap tak pakai. Kalau pakai…pakai terus…kalau tak nak, jangan buat main (walaupun patutnya pakai jugak kalau tak nak pun). Teringat kata-kata Ustaz Azhar Idrus yang popular; "Kejap pakai tudung, kejap tak pakai tudung…mu ingat masuk neraka kejap-kejap?".

Ustaz Azhar juga pernah memberi komen mengenai perkara artis menutup aurat ini di dalam sebuah ceramahnya. Katanya penghijrahan kepada sesuatu yang lebih baik menjadi kemestian untuk umat Islam.

"Kadang-kadang kita ni artis, dulu kita lagha, sekarang kita ok dah, mulakan perjalanan. "Nombor satu, kita kena jaga. Jangan kita hentam kawan-kawan yang sama-sama dengan kita sekarang yang masih belum berhijrah. itu yang kita kena jaga," kata Ustaz Azhar- mynewshub

We all request for the urgent dispatch of UN Peacekeepers in Rakhine State

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 06:42 AM PDT

This news clearly proved that Rohingyas need the protection of UN Peacekeepers.

Myanmar President U Thein Sein, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar Military, Riot Police (Lone Htein), Frontier Special Force (Nasakha), and Police could not prevent the TERRORIST Rakhine Buddhists from attacking the Muslims in Rakhine.
Source of photos above: Myanmar Muslim Net

စစ္ေတြပလီၾကီးအား ရခိုင္အၾကမ္းဖက္သမားမ်ားမွ မီးရိႈရန္ၾကံ

Now, About 3:00pm, Rakhine peoples fired recently attacks to the ancient big mosque compound including many houses on the main road in Sittwe. Rakhine peoples and authorities are trying to kill Rohingya Muslim and fire Aung Mingala village. Now they are surrounding Muslim village in Sittwe but military and security forces are trying to control the crowd.
At first the caretaker house and Imam houses were set fired by the mob of racist Maugh. Rohingya in Mawlek ,Koshai para are at tense. Now the whole compound of Mosque is burning.Now, About 3:00pm, Rakhine peoples fired recently attacks to the ancient big mosque compound including many houses on the main road in Sittwe. Rakhine peoples and authorities are trying to kill Rohingya Muslim and fire Aung Mingala village. Now they are surrounding Muslim village in Sittwe but military and security forces are trying to control the crowd.
On Phone ( RB News)

Guan Eng Patut Saman Utusan Sekali Lagi

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 07:11 AM PDT

Guan Eng: Utusan 'putar' kenyataan pemimpin gereja

Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng mendakwa Utusan Malaysia sekali lagi "memutar" fakta untuk menjejaskan nama baiknya melalui laporan berhubung ucapannya dalam satu perjumpaan bersama sekumpulan pemimpin gereja di negeri itu kelmarin.

Lim berkata, individu yang dipetik dalam laporan akhbar berkenaan hari ini menafikan menyebut seperti yang dilaporkan akhbar milik Umno itu.

"(Bekas Presiden Majlis Gereja Malaysia) Thomas Philips menelefon saya untuk menyatakan bahawa beliau tidak pernah menyebut seperti itu dan orang-orang saya juga menghubungi seorang lagi paderi, yang juga menafikan menyebut apa-apa mengenai saya atau Pulau Pinang.

"Tentu Utusan bertanya soalan umum kepada mereka tanpa menyentuh politik di gereja dan mereka menggunakannya untuk diatur seiring dengan dialog yang saya adakan dengan pemimpin gereja di Pulau Pinang.

"Ini (tindakan) yang tidak bermaruah," katanya lagi ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini hari ini.

Katanya lagi, Utusan benar-benar ingin menyerangnya dengan memuatkan berita tersebut di muka depan dalam edisi hari ini.

Sedangkan, kedua-dua pemimpin Krisitan itu amat menyayanginya, kata Lim lagi.

Utusan: Ucapan Guan Eng 'seakan semai kebencian'.

Satu laporan akhbar Utusan Malaysia hari ini mendakwa, ucapan ketua menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng dalam satu pertemuan bersama sekumpulan pemimpin gereja di negeri itu "seakan menyemai kebencian" di kalangan golongan tersebut.

Pengarang yang menggunakan nama pena Awang Selamat dalam pojok akhbar Utusan edisi Ahad itu memberi alasan, ucapan yang disampaikan setiausaha agung DAP itu "menekankan soal ketidakadilan".

"Guan Eng tidak boleh menyalahkan mana-mana pihak yang beranggapan kenyataanya itu boleh dilihat sebagai menghasut," kata pengarang itu lagi.

Dalam pertemuan itu, Lim didakwa menggesa golongan pemimpin gereja "menyuarakan keadilan untuk semua" yang dikaitkan Utusan sebagai "slogan" Pakatan Rakyat.

"Tidak sukar untuk menafsir kata-kata Guan Eng itu yang sememangnya membawa agenda DAP. Ternyata beliau mahu gereja memainkan peranan politik," tulisan itu dipetik.

Tulisan itu juga sekali lagi menimbulkan dakwaan mengenai "pertemuan paderi Kristian yang dikatakan berakhir dengan ikrar tertentu", yang didakwa anjuran DAP pada Mei tahun lalu.

Dakwaan itu adalah berhubung laporan tajuk utama Utusan pada 7 Mei lalu berjudul 'Kristian Agama Rasmi?' - berhubung dakwaan penubuhan negara Kristian dan melantik seorang perdana menteri di kalangan penganut agama berkenaan.

"Kegemparan" itu bagaimanapun senyap selepas kerajaan setelah mengeluarkan satu surat teguran kepada Utusan, walau pelbagai pihak termasuk MCA mahu akhbar tersebut terus disiasat.

Pemimpin DAP juga tidak berpuas hati dengan tindakan berkenaan dan mahu kerajaan menggantung permit penerbitan Utusan Malaysia kerana menerbitkan berita palsu berhubung dakwaan itu.

Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein juga mempertahankan bahawa "ada asas" kebenaran dalam laporan tersebut.

Seterusnya dalam satu jawapan di Parlimen pada 3 Oktober lalu menyebut, beliau berkata siasatan yang dijalankan menunjukkan "tiada bukti kukuh yang boleh menyokong keterangan untuk menyabitkan kesalahan kepada mana-mana individu" dalam kes tersebut.

Menteri dalam negeri juga menyatakan bahawa jabatan peguam negara telah memutuskan "tiada tindakan lanjut" dijalankan untuk kes berkenaan.

Ulasan GB

Tak sudah-sudah dan tak serik-serik Utusan melakukan kerja-kerja untuk membakar sentimen bangsa walhal dah pun kena saman pada penghujung tahun lalu dimana mahkamah mengarahkan Utusan membayar pampasan RM200,000 kepada Guan Eng dan RM25,000 lagi sebagai bayaran kos.

GB lampirkan semula berita penghakiman itu:

Mahkamah Tinggi Buktikan Kerajaan Pulau Pinang Adil Kepada Semua Kaum

SHAH ALAM, 15 DIS : Keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Pulau Pinang yang mendapati Utusan Malaysia bersalah kerana memfitnah Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng jelas menunjukkan bahawa dasar kerajaan negeri itu bertujuan membela semua rakyatnya sebaik mungkin tanpa mengira kaum atau agama.

Di dalam kenyataan bersama, Exco-exco Kerajaan Pulau Pinang berkata penghakiman ini menunjukkan secara konklusif bahawa Guan Eng dan pentadbirannya bukan anti-Melayu atau anti-Islam, seperti dakwaan palsu Utusan Malaysia yang berniat jahat.

"Kami berasa amat kesal dan kecewa melihat keadaan media massa arus perdana pada hari ini, yang dikuasai oleh parti-parti komponen Barisan Nasional dan sering dipergunakan untuk memecahkan keharmonian kaum dan agama di Malaysia," menurut kenyataan itu.

Semalam, Utusan Malaysia didapati bersalah kerana memfitnah Setiausaha Agung DAP itu di dalam artikel yang bertajuk "Kebiadaban Guan Eng" yang diterbitkan pada 20 Disember tahun lalu.

Utusan Malaysia diperintahkan membayar Lim pampasan berjumlah RM200,000 dan RM25,000 lagi sebagai bayaran kos.

Artikel tersebut menuduh Lim sebagai seorang 'rasis' dan 'anti-Melayu' berdasaran ucapan 'A People's Goverment for the Real Malaysians' semasa Konvensyen Pakatan Rakyat sehari sebelum itu.

Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman, Datuk G V Varughese di dalam penghakimannya menggariskan tujuh perenggan daripada artikel itu yang dikatakan telah memfitnah Lim.

Kenyataan itu juga menyatakan Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat menerima dan menyokong sepenuh-penuhnya keputusan Hakim dalam perkara ini sekaligus membuktikan ketujuh-tujuh dakwaan Utusan Malaysia sebelum ini adalah fitnah belaka.

"Penghakiman semalam menyaksikan kesemua dakwaan itu sebagai 'half-truths' atau 'kenyataan separuh benar' itu sebenarnya "tidak benar sama sekali", dan setelah mengkaji dakwaan-dakwaan tersebut, berpendapat bahawa dakwaan-dakwaan itu berniat jahat dan bertujuan untuk menipu pembaca-pembaca Utusan Malaysia.

"Hakim juga memutuskan bahawa Utusan Malaysia telah mengamalkan 'selective vendetta' atau dendam terhadap Ketua Menteri dan DAP dengan tujuan untuk memfitnahkan mereka secara tidak adil,"jelas kenyataan itu.

Sebelum ini, akhbar kawalan Umno itu menyenaraikan tujuh dakwaan salah laku pentadbiran Guan Eng terhadap rakyatnya.

Berikut adalah dakwaan-dakwaan yang disenaraikan oleh Utusan Malaysia: * Menindas orang Melayu dan melenyapkan satu demi satu perkampungan Melayu di bumi Pulau Pinang;
* Membatalkan atau menghalang perarakan Maulidur Rasul pada tahun 2010 (yang sebenarnya telah diadakan);
* Tidak membenarkan peniaga-peniaga Melayu untuk berniaga di KOMTAR semasa bulan Ramadan;
* Merobohkan gerai-gerai milik penjaja Melayu;
* Menggunakan dana dari sumber perjudian untuk memberi RM100 kepada warga emas;
* Merobohkan kampung-kampung Melayu di Kg Jalan Pokok Asam dan Kg Genting, Balik Pulau; dan
* Mengusir penduduk-penduduk India dari Kg Buah Pala.

"Kami berharap bahawa Utusan Malaysia dan media massa arus perdana yang lain akan mengambil iktibar daripada keputusan Hakim dan menghayati seruannya bahawa pengamalan kewartawanan yang bertanggungjawab adalah amat penting kepada sistem demokratik di Malaysia," tambah kenyataan itu.

General Ne Win’s Agent Provocateurs before massacring at anti-Chinese Riots

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 05:46 AM PDT

In 1967, Latha Secondary School was torched by the henchmen of Ne Win's government, where school girls were burnt alive. Similarly, Chinese shops were looted and set on fire. Public attention was successfully diverted by Ne Win from the uncontrollable inflation, scarcity of consumer items and rising prices of rice.

From the FB of Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw-Myint>>> My first feeling was a sense of déjà vu": reading of news of the present situation brought back sad memories of the Burmese-Chinese riots in 1967, another case started by rumours of sexual assault of a Burmese teacher by Chinese students in one of the Chinese schools in Rangoon. Till the end, I could never get any confirmation of what really happened but this also resulted in mobs of indignant Burmese going around attacking Chinese people, shops and houses. As I was an intern at the time, an intern at the Children's hospital which was immediately in front of the Chinese Embassy. I could see columns of Burmese armed with knives, spears and swords coming towards the Embassy. Freddie (Dr. Myo Nwe), Ko Ko (Dr. Aye Maung Than) and I were there stuck for five days and four nights in the hospital as it was not safe for us to go out, as well as there were only three of us when the troubles started. Later, when Freddie and I moved to the surgical ward in Rangoon General Hospital, we sadly had to look after the wounded Chinese, all victims of assault by the mobs. One patient was a young lady who had parts of her anatomy cut off (fingers, ears, nose and breasts), stabbed many times in her chest, abdomen and even her private parts and left as dead but who unfortunately survived.  We got shouted and cursed by these patients every time we came near their beds to change dressings or to give antibiotics and analgesics. We could bear these only because of their sad plight and our understanding of them being innocent victims of mob hysteria.

More sadly for us was that some very close Chinese friends, who went to school with us and some who became good friends to us in medical school, all who were more like brothers than friends, they refused to talk to those like me who were Burmese for about a few months. Again, I could understand their resentment.

I keep praying that what is happening now would not spread to the degree of unrest like in 1967 and that people would come to their senses to realise that those they were attacking and those being attacked are, not very longer ago, must be their close neighbours and friends.

From FROM WIKIPEDIA>>>In 1962, Ne Win led the Socialist coup d'état, establishing the Revolutionary Council under the Burmese Way to Socialism. In February 1963, the Enterprise Nationalization Law was passed, effectively nationalizing all major industries and prohibiting the formation of new factories. This law adversely affected many industrialists and entrepreneurs, especially those without the full citizenship.[41] The government's economic nationalization program further prohibited foreigners, including the non-citizen Chinese, from owning land, sending remittances, getting business licenses and practicing medicine.[42] Such policies led to the beginnings of a major exodus of Burmese Chinese to other countries—some 100,000 Chinese left Burma.[36]

Although a kabya himself, Ne Win banned Chinese-language education and created other measures to compel the Chinese to leave. Ne Win's government stoked up racial animosity and ethnic conflicts against the Chinese, who were terrorized by Burmese citizens, the most violent riots taking place at the time of the Cultural Revolution in China in 1967.[36] All schools were nationalized, including Chinese language schools. Beginning in 1967 and continuing throughout the 1970s, anti-Chinese riots continued to flare up and many believed they were covertly supported by the government.[43] In 1967, Latha Secondary School was torched by the henchmen of Ne Win's government, where school girls were burnt alive. Similarly, Chinese shops were looted and set on fire. Public attention was successfully diverted by Ne Win from the uncontrollable inflation, scarcity of consumer items and rising prices of rice. The 1982 Citizenship Law further restricted Burmese citizenship for Burmese Chinese (as it stratified citizenship into three categories: full, associate, and naturalized) and severely limited Burmese Chinese, especially those without full citizenship and those holding FRCs, from attending professional tertiary schools, including medical, engineering, agricultural and economics institutions.[14] During this period, the country's failing economy and widespread discrimination accelerated an emigration of Burmese Chinese out of Burma. FROM WIKIPEDIA

ဝါးလုံးရွည္ အတီး>>>၁၉၆၇ ခုႏွစ္ ဂ်ဴလိုင္လ ၂၁ရက္ ေသာၾကာေန႕၊ သန္လ်င္ ျမိဳ႕ရွိ တရုတ္ ဗမာ အေရးအခင္းမွ ဆႏၵျပပြဲတေနရာ(ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ၾကီး ေနဝင္း သက္ေတာ္ရာေက်ာ္ ေရွပါေစတဲ့ေနာ္။)

U Aung Tin >>>တစ္ခ်ိန္က ဗုိ္လ္ခ်ဳပ္ႀကီးေနဝင္း သက္ေတာ္ရာေက်ာ္ရွည္ပါေစဆုိတဲ့ ပိုစတာကုိင္ဆဲြျပီး တရုပ္ျမန္မာ အေရးအခင္းကုိ ဖန္တီးခဲ့တယ္။ (ပုံကုိ ၾကည့္ပါ)။ အခုေတာ့ ရာဇဝင္ဘီး တစ္ပတ္လည္ျပီး ဦးသိန္းစိန္သက္ေတာ္ရာေက်ာ္ ရွည္ပါေစကုိင္လုိ႔ ရခုိင္အေရးအခင္းကုိ ဖန္တီးျပန္တယ္။ သံေဝဂယူတတ္သူမ်ားအတြက္ ယူစရာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

An appeal for peace in Rakhine State

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 05:11 AM PDT

Tun Khin of the Burmese Rohingya Organization UK. photo: screenshotSource: An appeal for peace in Rakhine State by Tun Khin. Tun Khin of the Burmese Rohingya Organization UK. photo: screenshot. One thing that kept the military regimes in place in Burma for more than 60 years is the ability of the Burmese military to divide and rule. They have used divide and rule tactics between Burmans and ethnics, between Burmans and Burmans and between ethnics and ethnics. They have also used divide and rule tactics between Rohingya and Rakhine.My older relatives tell me of a time when there wasn't the same level of mistrust or even hatred between Rohingya and Rakhine. There was no voice of opposition heard from any quarters, including Rakhine, over the recognition of Rohingyas as an ethnic group during U Nu's era.

My relatives remember government radio broadcasting in the Rohingya language during U Nu's time as prime minister. I remember as a child playing with Rakhine friends and visiting each other's homes to eat.

The reasons for the current level of mistrust and violence between the communities are many, but by far the greatest reason, and at the root of why the situation has become so bad, are lies and propaganda that began to be spread about the Rohingya when Ne Win became dictator.

Ne Win rewrote history, invented Burmese propaganda and lies, and introduced discriminatory policies against the Rohingya. Some of these policies where enshrined in law, such as the 1982 Citizenship Law, while others were in practice, increasing harassment by security forces and discrimination.

Decades of lies and propaganda, underpinned by the 1982 Citizenship Law, which stripped us of citizenship and the rights that come with it, have institutionalized the hatred and discrimination. Of course there were always some tensions, as there often is when two communities of different ethnicities and religions live side by side. But Ne Wins lies and propaganda encouraged those differences, and encouraged hatred, rather than building community cohesion and understanding.

It breaks my heart to see the situation in Rakhine State today. There is so much suffering. In the recent violence and then the attacks by government forces, mainly Rohingya have suffered, but I know that some Rakhine people have suffered as well.

Aid being promised by Muslim countries and the international community could be used not just to assist in the current humanitarian crisis, but also for long-term projects to fight poverty and promote development in Rakhine State.

International donors should not just be talking to the government about aid and development. Instead they should talk to local community leaders, and let us work jointly together to promote development that not only helps both communities, but also in the process promotes communal understanding and brings us closer together. Let both sides experience first-hand the benefits of us working together, how it will benefit both communities. Because fighting poverty together, as well as politically struggling for democracy and human rights, united and working together, we are all stronger.

Rohingyas with a long history in Arakan are an integral part of Burma's society. All Rohingya people want is to live peacefully in Burma, with our human rights respected.

Burma is our homeland. It is impossible to force all Rohingya people out of the country. The only solution is for us to work together to find a way to live peacefully together.

That means Rakhine trying to understand the situation from a Rohingya perspective, and Rohingya also trying to understand the concerns of Rakhine. They are living together with their Rakhine compatriots in the same place, drinking the same water and breathing the same air.

There is no point in being antagonistic to each other. It hurts all of us, our children and their children to come. Unless both Rohingya and Rakhine cultivate the political will to change this situation, we both suffer.

Divided we all suffer. The only winner is President Thein Sein and the military and ex-military, which have oppressed us all for so long. Let us revive our traditional relationship for the sake of our children. Let us work together on democratic principles with mutual respect, love and affection.

That is my appeal to all Rakhine.

Tun Khin is president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. His grandfather was a parliamentary secretary during the democratic period in Burma.

Jangan kelentong lagi, kita semua orang Malaysia

Posted: 06 Oct 2012 03:49 AM PDT

I want to make it clear that Kee Thuan Chye is my old classmate. We are just old friends who may share, if I may say so, some common ideals. Apart from that, we do not owe one another anything.

Having said that, I wish to congratulate him for getting his best-selling book, No More Bullshit, translated into Bahasa Melayu. It was a move that I had urged him to do and I am certain, others may have done as well. I did tell him that if he wanted to push his message to the kampongs and rural folks, he should get some of his more pertinent chapters translated into Bahasa.

I am glad that he has gone one step further and had the whole book translated. I'm only waiting for it to hit the bookstores.


Azalina Perlu Buktikan Demonstran Pengerang Dibayar RM30'

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 05:07 AM PDT

Anggota Parlimen Pengerang Datuk Azalina Othman dituntut membuktikan dakwaannya bahawa peserta perhimpunan membantah projek petrokimia di kawasan itu pada 30 September lalu dibayar RM30 seorang.

"Kita menuntut supaya Azalina mengemukakan bukti dengan tuduhan berkenaan, kalau tidak, tarik balik kenyataannya dan meminta maaf kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia," tuntut gabungan 30 NGO yang mengelarkan diri mereka "Johor Yellow Front".

Azalina kelmarin berkata di Parlimen, orang ramai, yang kebanyakannya didakwa orang luar, hadir ke perhimpunan itu kerana setiap peserta dibayar RM30.

Beliau juga mendakwa kebanyakannya peserta yang hadir orang luar dan jumlanya hanya 3,000 orang sahaja dan bukan 7,000 seperti didakwa penganjur.

Dalam kenyataan bersama 30 NGO itu hari ini, mereka juga mengkritik Azalina yang didakwa gagal mendengar suara rakyat tempatan yang menolak projek itu.

"(Tetapi) Datuk (Azalina) bukan sahaja tidak menghadiri perhimpunan ini, yang lebih mengecewakan, Datuk membuat tuduhan yang mengelirukan rakyat jelata.

"Ini termasuklah kenyataan 'orang tempatan/orang luar'," menurut kenyataan itu lagi.

Mereka juga berkata, projek petrokimia itu ditolak kerana isu alam sekitar, pengambilan tanah penduduk dan terjejasnya rezeki mereka.

"Kami hendak memastikan kehidupan hadapan anak-anak kita jauh dari pencemaran. Kesemua tindakan ini menunjukkan kita mencintai tanah air kita dan berhati suci untuk memeliharanya," kata gabungan NGO itu lagi. -mk

Updates on Botanical Garden Draft Special Area Plan

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 01:13 AM PDT

As reported in Guang Min Daily

 植物園特別區域藍圖草案 公聽會意見兩極化

 2012-10-03 18:23







黃漢偉指出,目前,全球只有英國倫敦著名的皇家植物園丘園(Kew Gardens),及意大利的帕多瓦植物園,被聯合國教科文組織列入世界自然遺產。

獅城考察獲益多 植物園可申遺


如果獲得有良好的管理 ,被列入世界自然遺產也有其可能性的。



New TNB Substation at Jalan Thean Teik early 2013 to resolve power instability issue

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 12:42 AM PDT

As reported in Guangmin.

解決頻停電問題息民怨 天德園建新電流轉駁站



The power failure at Thean Teik substation happened on Thursday noon. 24 hours later, YB Wong Hon Wai returned to the same site and listen to the briefing by TNB engineer on the new substation currently been built. It will be ready early 2013 and will help to balance the load of the current capacity.










Rapid Pengerang: Konspirasi Ghani, Najib Rampas Tanah Penduduk Besar-besaran

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 02:03 AM PDT

Keadilan mendedahkan wujud konspirasi antara Menteri Besar Johor, Datuk Ghani Othman dan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak di sebalik projek Pembangunan Bersepadu Penapisan & Petrokimia (Rapid) di Pengerang Johor.

Menurut Naib Presidennya, Datuk Chua Jui Meng, Ghani dan Najib sengaja merampas tanah penduduk seluas 22,500 ekar menggunakan Akta Pengambilan Tanah 1960, bertujuan membolot sebahagian tanah tersebut untuk diagih kepada kroni mereka.

"Berdasarkan pemerolehan tanah secara besar-besaran ini, kerajaan negeri membeli tanah tersebut dengan harga murah, kemudian diagih kepada syarikat kroni.

"Selepas status tanah ditukar daripada pertanian kepada pembangunan, harga tanah tersebut akan melambung sehingga 100 peratus.

"Ini adalah taktik yang diguna Ghani dan Najib sekaligus menguntungkan mereka dan kroni Umno BN," katanya pada sidang media di Ibu Pejabat KEADILAN tengah hari tadi.

Rapid pada asalnya berminat melabur di Selangor Pengerusi KAEDILAN Johor itu berkata, projek Rapid telah beroperasi di Taiwan selama 52 tahun dan ia dikendali oleh syarikat China Petroleum Corporation (CPC) dan Kuo Kuong Corporation.

Katanya, Presiden Baru Taiwan, Ma Ying-Jeou tidak meneruskan lesen tersebut selepas menerima tentangan daripada rakyatnya.

Jelas Jui Meng lagi, CPC dan Kuo Kuong bersama satu syarikat tempatan Everwish Sdn Bhd kemudiannya memohon untuk meneruskan projek itu di Pulau Indah, Selangor.

"Bagaimanapun, kerajaan Selangor menolak projek ini walaupun dikatakan akan meningkatkan jumlah pelaburan asing (FDI) dengan menerima RM10 bilion setahun serta 20,000 peluang pekerjaan," katanya.

Najib, Ghani sambar apa yang ditolak Taiwan dan Selangor

Jui Meng berkata, selepas Selangor menolak permohonan tersebut, CPC dan Kuo Kuong memohon kepada Petronas untuk meneruskan projek Rapid di Malaysia.

Najib yang juga Pengerusi Petronas, tanpa berfikir panjang menerima projek itu dan mengisytihar ia akan dibangunkan di Pengerang dengan kos RM60 bilion, pada 13 Mei 2011.

"Untuk menunjukkan rasa bersyukur atas projek yang akan dilaksanakan itu nanti, Najib mengumumkan pengecualian cukai selama 10 tahun terhadap projek ini," katanya.

Menurut Jui Meng, ketika cadangan projek itu di Pulau Indah, CPC dan Kuo Kuong memohon penggunaan tanah hanya seluas 2,889 ekar.

"Ia tidak memerlukan kerajaan negeri mengambil tanah penduduk menggunakan Akta Pengambilan Tanah 1960, ia mengikut persetujuan pembeli dan penjual berdasarkan pasaran semasa," katanya.

Beliau berkata, berbeza di Johor, kerajaan negeri sewenang-wenang merampas tanah seluas 22,500 ekar dengan niat membolot sebahagian tanah dengan harga yang murah.

"Ghani memperdaya penduduk Pengerang, kerana yakin tiada bantahan daripada mereka, seperti yang berlaku di Kuantan apabila penduduk membantah projek Lynas.

"Mungkin mereka merasakan Johor adalah kubu kuat Umno, dan rakyat akan menerima apa sahaja yang dilakukan oleh Umno BN," ujarnya. -KD

Two Lips and Seven Kisses plus other Jokes

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 12:30 AM PDT

Laughter is good for the soul. I am sharing the following collection of jokes for humour with no intention to offend anyone. Have a great day!!!
This letter was sent to the School Principal's office after the school had sponsored a luncheon for seniors. An elderly lady received a new radio at the lunch as a door raffle prize and was writing to say thank you.

Dear Lions Bay School,

God bless you for the beautiful radio I won at your recent Senior Citizens luncheon. I am 87 years old and live at the West Vancouver Home for the Aged. All of my family has passed away so I am all alone. I want to thank you for the kindness you have shown to a forgotten old lady.

My roommate is 95 and has always had her own radio; but, she would never let me listen to it. She said it belonged to her long dead husband, and understandably, wanted to keep it safe.

The other day her radio fell off the nightstand and broke into a dozen pieces. It was awful and she was in tears.

She asked if she could listen to mine, and I was overjoyed that I could tell her to **** off.

Thank you for that wonderful opportunity.

God bless you all.




There was this old woman who heard a song called "Two Lips and Seven Kisses." She called up information after hearing the song on the radio to get the name of the record company. In dialing, she erroneously called up a gas station, and she asks, "Do you have "Two Lips and Seven Kisses?"

The gas station attendant who answered the phone said, "No, but I have two nuts and seven inches!"

So the woman asked, "Is this a record?"

To which the man replied, "No, its average!"


Two doctors were in a hospital hallway one day complaining about Nurse Jenny. "She's incredibly dumb. She does everything absolutely backwards." said one doctor. "Just last week, I told her to give a patient 2 milligrams of Percocet every 10 hours. She gave him 10 milligrams every 2 hours. He nearly died on us!"

The second doctor said, "That's nothing. Earlier this week, I told her to give a patient an enema every 24 hours. She tried to give him 24 enemas in one hour! The guy nearly exploded!"

Suddenly, they hear this blood-curdling scream from down the hall. "Oh my God!" said the first doctor, "I just realized I told Nurse Jenny to prick Mr. Smith's boil!"


What a woman says...

This place is a mess! C'mon!
You and I need to clean up!
Your stuff is lying on the floor and
You'll have no clothes to wear if we
don't do laundry right now!

What a man hears...

blah blah blah blah blah C'MON!
YOU AND I blah blah blah blah!
blah blah blah blah ON THE FLOOR blah
blah blah NO CLOTHES blah blah blah blah
blah blah blah RIGHT NOW!


An old Indian was asked the name of his wife.
He replied, "Wife Name - Three Horse."
"That's an unusual name for your wife, Three Horse. What does it mean?"
"It's an old Indian name. Means Nag, Nag, Nag."

Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company's Christmas Party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn't taste like alcohol at all. He didn't even remember how he got home from the party. As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong.

Jack had to force himself to open his eyes and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And, next to them, a single red rose! Jack sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed. He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house. He takes the aspirins, cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror. Then he notices a note hanging on the corner of the mirror written in red with little hearts on it and a kiss mark from his wife in Lipstick:

"Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to get groceries to make you your favorite dinner tonight. I love you, darling! Love, Jillian"

He stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast, steaming hot coffee and the morning newspaper. His son is also at the table, eating. Jack asks, "Son... What happened last night?"

"Well, you came home after 3 A.M., drunk and out of your mind. You fell over the coffee table and broke it, and then you puked in the hallway, and got that black eye when you ran into the door.

Confused, he asked his son, "So, why is everything in such perfect order and so clean? I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me??"

His son replies, "Oh THAT! Mom dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take your pants off, you screamed, "Leave me alone, I'm married!!"

Broken Coffee Table: $239.99. Hot Breakfast: $4.20. Two Aspirins: $.38. Saying the right thing, at the right time. . . PRICELESS!!!


A farmer stopped by the local mechanic shop to have his truck fixed. They couldn't do it while he waited, so he said he didn't live far and would just walk home.

On the way home he stopped at the hardware store and bought a bucket and a gallon of paint. He then stopped by the feed store and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose. However, struggling outside the store he now had a problem - how to carry his entire purchases home.

While he was scratching his head he was approached by a little old lady who told him she was lost. She asked, "Can you tell me how to get to 1603 Mockingbird Lane ?" The farmer said, "Well, as a matter of fact, my farm is very close to that house. I would walk you there but I can't carry this lot."

The old lady suggested, " Why don't you put the can of paint in the bucket. Carry the bucket in one hand; put a chicken under each arm and carry the goose in your other hand?"

"Why thank you very much," he said and proceeded to walk the old girl home. On the way he says "Let's take my short cut and go down this alley. We'll be there in no time."

The little old lady looked him over cautiously then said, "I am a lonely widow without a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won't hold me up against the wall, pull up my skirt, and have your way with me?"

The farmer said, "Holy smokes lady! I'm carrying a bucket, an, a gallon of paint, two chickens, and a goose. How in the world could I possibly hold you up against the wall and do that?"

The old lady replied, "Set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the paint on top of the bucket, and I'll hold the chickens."


A cowboy walked into a barber shop, sat on the barber's chair and said, "I'll have a shave and a shoe shine." The barber began to lather his face and sharpen the old straight edge while a woman with the biggest, firmest, most beautiful br**sts that he had ever seen knelt down and began to shine his shoes. The cowboy said, "Young lady, you and I should go and spend some time in a hotel room."

She replied, "I'm married and my husband wouldn't like that."

The cowboy said, "Tell him you're working overtime and I'll pay you the difference." She said, "You tell him. He is the one shaving you."


A young girl gets married and a few days later her mother goes to visit. When she knocks on the door, she is shocked to see her daughter open it naked. "What are you doing?" she asks. "Mom, it's my LOVE dress!! Don't you like it?" I'll come back in a few weeks when the honeymoon is over" replies the mom.

When she goes back, she is shocked when once again her daughter is naked. "Now what are you doing?" "Mom, it's my LOVE dress. It keeps the marriage spicy!"

Later that night the mom decides to try it for herself. When her husband comes home, he gives the same reaction: "Honey, what are you doing?" she give him the same answer her daughter gave her, "It's my LOVE dress! What do you think of it?" Her husband thinks long and hard and says, "I think you should have ironed it!"

When her husband passed away, the wife put the usual death notice in the newspaper, but added that he had died of gonorrhea. Once the daily newspapers had been delivered, a good friend of the family phoned and complained bitterly, "You know very well that he died of diarrhea, not gonorrhea." Replied the widow, "Yes, I know that he died of diarrhea, but I thought it would be better for posterity to remember him as a great lover rather than the big sh** that he really was."

A man enters a barbershop for a shave. While the barber is foaming him up, he mentions the problems he has getting a close shave around the cheeks. "I have just the thing," says the barber taking a small wooden ball from a nearby drawer. "Just place this between your cheek and gum."

The client places the ball in his mouth and the barber proceeds with the closest shave the man has ever experienced. After a few strokes, the client asks in garbled speech, "And what if I swallow it?"

"No problem," says the barber. "Just bring it back tomorrow like everyone else does."

Rumah Pangsa Padang Tembak: Janji Kosong Barisan Nasional

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 12:20 AM PDT



根据昨天报道,邓章耀表示只要国阵在下一届全国大选赢回槟州执政权,他承诺将拆除打枪埔组屋以进行重建,再以一屋赔一屋方式,用800平方尺兑换现有400平方尺的单位。 而他所建议的地点就是现在打枪埔巴刹旁的停车场。


  1. 财务预算
  2. 当地交通情况
  3. 密度过于密集







  1. 国阵代议士从1995年直到2008年,多次答应在打枪埔兴建多层停车场,不过从未兑现。
  2. 在国阵执政时期,因为城中城计划(Penang Global City Center, 101间单位被拆毁,居民被逼迁。这些被拆毁的单位及居民都没有被妥善安排。这项计划是由我国当时首相阿都拉·巴达威推介。
  3. 1990年末代士兵从打枪埔E座及J座组屋迁出后,一共有至少150间空置单位被空置超过10年之久。国阵并未对此采取任何的行动或建议。


  1. 取消拥有高密度的城中城计划。
  2. 将先有的一部分停车场提升成为"直线公园"(Linear Park.
  3. 州政府将空置超过10年的150间组屋维修并将这些单位以每月90零吉租给有需要的人士。

Kenyataan Akhbar oleh YB Wong Hon Wai, EXCO Perancang Bandar dan Desa, Perumahan dan Kesenian di George Town, Pulau Pinang pada 18-09-2012

Saya ingin mengingatkan Pengerusi Barisan Nasional Pulau Pinang, Encik Teng Chang Yeow, supaya jangan membuat janji kosong kepada penduduk-penduduk di Rumah Pangsa Padang Tembak.

Beliau menyatakan kelmarin bahawa penduduk-penduduk di Rumah Pangsa Padang Tembak akan mendapat satu rumah seluas 800 kaki persegi sekiranya Barisan Nasional kembali menjadi pemerintah negeri Pulau Pinang. Tapak cadangan tersebut ialah tapak car park yang sedia ada bersebelahan Pasar Awam Padang Tembak.

Rumah Pangsa Padang Tembak terdiri daripada 9 blok rumah pangsa yang masing- masing 6 blok 16 tingkat dan 3 blok 17 tingkat. Jumlah unit setiap tingkat ialah 24 unit. Jumlah unit kediaman ialah 3660 unit dan unit kedai/fasiliti ialah 81 unit. Jumlah unit keseluruhan ialah 3741 unit.

Formula cadangan oleh Teng Chang Yeow dan Barisan Nasional tidak mengambil kira
  1. model kewangan
  2. keadaan lalulintas dan trafik
  3. densiti yang akan terlalu padat

Secara konservatif, kiraan kos pembinaan ialah RM120,000 seunit, maka RM120,000 darab dengan 3741 unit bersama kos sampingan lain. Maka satu dana RM500 juta  diperlukan untuk pembangunan semula Rumah Pangsa Padang Tembak.

Teng Chang Yeow mempunyai rekod menyatakan bahawa beliau tidak kisah sekiranya Kerajaan Negeri bankrap dalam kes pembatalan projek tanah bukit. Sekali lagi menunjukkan beliau tidak mempunyai model kewangan berkenaan pembangunan Rumah Pangsa Padang Tembak.

Tambahan pula, mengikut model Teng Chang Yeow dan Barisan Nasional, akan wujud 9 blok baru Rifle Range yang ketinggian 36 tingkat (32 tingkat rumah pangsa dengan 4 tingkat car park). Ini kerana keluasan baru 800 sekaki persegi iaitu 2 kali ganda daripada keluasan sedia ada. Ketinggian tingkat hendaklah double dengan car park. Ini jelas menunjukkan densiti yang amat tinggi dan membawa masalah trafik yang amat teruk.

Kerajaan Negeri telah mengkaji cadangan pembinaan Rumah Pangsa Padang Tembak dan cadangan pembangunan Rumah Pangsa Padang Tembak bukanlah cadangan baru.

Saya menyatakan bahawa Kerajaan Negeri bersedia membangunkan semula Rumah Pangsa Tembak sekiranya Kerajaan Persekutuan meluluskan dana RM500 juta tersebut. Tambahan pula, tanah yang sekarang diduduki oleh Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) yang diuruskan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan di sebelah blok C Rumah Pangsa Padang Tembak perlu dimasukkan dalam perancangan pembangunan semula supaya satu model pembangunan yang merangkumi model kewangan, densiti yang sederhana serta aliran trafik diambil pertimbangan keseluruhan.

Isunya samada Kerajaan Persekutuan bersedia untuk memperuntukan dana RM500 juta dan FRU hendaklah dipindahkan ke tempat lain supaya Rifle Range baru boleh dibangunkan semula?

Saya ingin mengingatkan Teng bahawa banyak penyewa-penyewa di Rifle Range yang terlibat. Saya ingin mengingatkan Teng sejarah 101 unit rumah di car park yang dipindahkan oleh Barisan Nasional tanpa pampasan munasabah.

Saya ingin mengingatkan Teng bahawa
  1. Wakil Rakyat Barisan Nasional dari tahun 1995-2008 telah membuat janji untuk membina multi-level carpark di kawasan Padang Tembak dan janji tersebut tidak pernah dikotai.

  1. Semasa pemerintahan Barisan Nasional, sebanyak 101 unit rumah di tapak tersebut dirobohkan dan penduduk-penduduk diminta dipindah keluar. Rumah tersebut dirobohkan tanpa penyelesaian yang memuaskan hati penduduk-penduduk tersebut. Perobohan tersebut dikaitkan dengan Penang Global City Center (PGCC) projek yang dilancarkan oleh bekas Perdana Menteri YAB Tun Abdullah Badawi.

  1. Terdapat melebihi 150 unit rumah di Blok E dan Blok J, Rumah Pangsa Padang Tembak yang terbiar kosong selama 10 tahun tanpa apa-apa tindakan oleh Barisan Nasional. Ini berikutan perpindahan askar-askar dari blok E dan J yang keluar dari Padang Tembak pada akhir 1990an.

Saya ingin mengulangi bahawa tindakan Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat yang antara lain:
    1. Membatalkan PGCC projek yang mempunyai densiti rumah yang tinggi.

    1. Menjadikan capark sedia ada lebih elok dengan sebahagiannya dijadikan linear park.

    1. Kerajaan Negeri telah memperbaiki kesemua 150 unit rumah yang terbiar kosong selama 10 tahun dan menyewa kepada orang-orang perlukan bantuan dengan harga sewa RM90 sebulan.

Kenyataan Teng Chang Yeow hendaklah dilihat dari perspektif sejarah 3 perkara yang saya sebut tadi iaitu janji kosong multi-level carpark, PGCC dan 150 unit kosong terbiar selama 10 tahun.

Jelasnya, dari rekod-rekod Barisan Nasional di Rifle Range, janji Teng hanyalah janji kosong semata-mata.

Penang State Museum to hold activities on Penang's history

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 12:55 AM PDT

As reported in Sinchew 


Photo courtesy of Sinchew Jit Poh









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Urusetia, Pertandingan Mengarang Esei Sejarah Tempat Kelahiranku
Lembaga Muzium Negeri Pulau Pinang
No.57, Jalan Macalister,
10400 Pulau Pinang.




As reported in The Star

IN an effort to encourage people to delve in the local history, the Penang Museum will be organising a series of programmes to attract the public.

The first programme is the Local History Studies Research Work-shop aimed at raising awareness among people about the importance of local history to society.
State Museum and Art Gallery curator Haryany Mohamad said the workshop to be held on Saturday would focus on the steps and preparation to conduct effective local history studies.

"It will be conducted by experienced lecturers and researchers in the field," she said, adding that admission is free for those aged 19 and above.
In the first series of the day-long workshop, the focus will be on Muslim traders in Penang.

"We will be organising other such workshops which will focus on other aspects of the local history in the future," said Haryany at a press conference on Mon-day.

Other than that, there will also be an essay writing competition in line with the vision and mission of the museum to collect materials related to the legacy of history, humanity and the natural environment.

She said the theme would be the history or events related to Penang.

Also present during the press conference was state Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai.

The public will be able to participate in the competition via two categories — Category A for those aged 13 to 17 years old, and Category B for college or university students aged 18 and above.

A total of nine prizes will be awarded for each category which include cash as well as certificates.

The registration forms and details on both the workshop and essay competition can be obtained from the official website at

Derma buku kepada sekolah di Seberang Perai Utara dilangsungkan di Perpustakaan Bertam

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 12:02 AM PDT

YB Wong Hon Wai, Pengerusi Lembaga Muzium telah melawat ke Perpustakaan Awam di Bertam, Seberang Perai pada 13 September 2012. 

Beliau telah memberikan ucapan dalam majlis derma buku kepada semua sekolah-sekolah di Seberang Perai Utara sempena dengan program Muzium negeri untuk berdamping dengan sekolah-sekolah.Satu ceramah sejarah bertajuk "Sejarah Seberang Perai" juga telah diberikan oleh Dr Mahani yang juga merupakan Ahli Jawatankuasa Lembaga Muzium dan lecturer di USM. 

Penang launches RM50m project to upgrade low-cost housing

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 12:32 AM PDT

As reported in Malaysia Insider

Penang launches RM50m project to upgrade low-cost housing

UPDATED @ 02:22:03 27-09-2012
By Opalyn Mok
Sep 27, 2012 
GEORGE TOWN, Sept 27 — The Penang state government today launched a RM50 million programme to supplement the federal government's 1 Malaysia Maintenance Fund (TP-1M) programme.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the Housing Assistance Programme of Penang (HAPPY) would supplement the balance of the cost of upgrading or repairing low-cost housing not covered under the TP-1M programme.

"The RM500 million TP-1M programme will only pay up to 90 per cent for repair costs of low-cost housing projects and 70 per cent for low medium-cost housing projects while the balance 10 per cent and 30 per cent will be borne by the project management body (JMB) or residents association," said Lim.

He said the management bodies or residents associations would have problems paying for the repair costs and this was where the HAPPY programme came in.
"The funding for this programme is from the savings the state government made in its budget since 2008," he said in his speech at the opening of a seminar for JMBs and the official launch of HAPPY.

Housing executive councillor Wong Hon Wai said the state government will work closely with the federal government to implement the programme as the state will pay for the balance of the repair costs in applications approved under the TP-1M programme.

Funds will only be allocated to low-cost housing worth RM42,000 and below and low medium-cost housing worth between RM42,000 and RM80,000. The prices are based on the original price of the property and not the property's current value.

"About 600 projects in the state will benefit from this programme," Wong said.

The funding for repair work includes for common facilities such as lift repairs, paintwork, piping, sewage and wiring works.

P. Pinang lancar projek naik taraf perumahan kos rendah berharga RM50juta

UPDATED @ 09:49:30 27-09-2012
Oleh Opalyn Mok
Sep 27, 2012

GEORGE TOWN, 27 Sept — Kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang melancarkan projek bernilai RM50 juta sebagai tambahan bagi program Dana Penyelenggaraan 1Malaysia (TP-1M) yang diperkenalkan kerajaan pusat.
Program Bantuan Perumahan Pulau Pinang (HAPPY) bertujuan untuk menampung baki kos naik taraf atau membaiki rumah kos rendah yang tidak ditanggung dalam TP-1M.

"Program RM500 juta TP-1M hanya membayar 90% untuk kos pembaikan projek perumahan kos rendah (LC) dan 70% bagi kos sederhana rendah (LMC) manakala baki 10% dan 30% akan ditanggung oleh pihak pengurusan projek (JMB) atau persatuan penduduk (RA),"kata Lim.

Beliau berkata badan-badan pengurusan atau persatuan penduduk LC dan LMC mungkin menghadapi masalah untuk membayar kos pembaikan dan menyifatkan program HAPPY adalah penyelesaian kepada masalah ini.

"Pembiayaan untuk program ini adalah hasil dari penjimatan kerajaan negeri dalam berbelanja sejak 2008," katanya semasa merasmikan seminar JMB dan program HAPPY.

Exco perumahan, Wong Hon Wai berkata kerajaan negeri akan bekerjasama dengan kerajaan pusat dalam melaksanaan program ini memandangkan kerajaan negeri akan membayar baki kos penyelenggaraan selaras sepertimana yang terkandung dalam program TP-1M.

Dana ini hanya diperuntukkan untuk perumahan kos rendah bernilai RM42,000 dan ke bawah, manakala perumahan kos sederhana rendah pula dalam lingkungan antara RM42,000 ke RM80,000. Harga yang diberi berasaskan harga asal hartanah tersebut dan tidak berdasarkan nilai semasa hartanah.

"Kira-kira 600 projek-projek di negeri ini akan mendapat manfaat daripada program ini," kata Wong.

Pembiayaan untuk kerja-kerja membaiki antaranya termasuklah meliputi kemudahan sedia ada seperti pembaikian lif, mengecat, perpaipan, kumbahan dan pendawaian.

A Tale of Two Seas

Posted: 06 Oct 2012 09:32 PM PDT

Thanks to Mr. SKT who sent me the following post:

Sitting in the Geography class in school, I remember how fascinated I was when we were being taught all about the Dead Sea.

As you probably recall, the Dead Sea is really a Lake, not a sea (and as my Geography teacher pointed out, if you understood that, it would guarantee 4 marks in the term paper!)

It's so high in salt content that the human body can float easily. You can almost lie down and read a book! The salt in the Dead Sea is as high as 35% - almost 10 times the normal ocean water. And all that saltiness has meant that there is no life at all in the Dead Sea. No fish. No vegetation. No sea animals. Nothing lives in the Dead sea.

And hence the name: Dead Sea.

While the Dead Sea has remained etched in my memory, I don't seem to recall learning about the Sea of Galilee in my school Geography lesson. So when I heard about the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea and the tale of the two seas - I was intrigued.

Turns out that the Sea of Galilee is just north of the Dead Sea. Both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea receive their water from river Jordan. And yet, they are very, very different.

Unlike the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee is pretty, resplendent with rich, colorful marine life. There are lots of plants. And lots of fish too. In fact, the sea of Galilee is home to over twenty different types of fishes.

Same region, same source of water, and yet while one sea is full of life, the other is dead. How come?

Here's apparently why. The River Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee and then flows out. The water simply passes through the Sea of Galilee in and then out - and that keeps the Sea healthy and vibrant, teeming with marine life.

But the Dead Sea is so far below the mean sea level, that it has no outlet. The water flows in from the river Jordan, but does not flow out. There are no outlet streams. It is estimated that over 7 million tons of water evaporate from the Dead Sea every day. Leaving it salty. Too full of minerals. And unfit for any marine life.

The Dead Sea takes water from the River Jordan, and holds it. It does not give. Result? No life at all.

Think about it.

Life is not just about getting. Its about giving. We all need to be a bit like the Sea of Galilee.

We are fortunate to get wealth, knowledge, love and respect. But if we don't learn to give, we could all end up like the Dead Sea. The love and the respect, the wealth and the knowledge could all evaporate. Like the water in the Dead Sea.

If we get the Dead Sea mentality of merely taking in more water, more money, more everything the results can be disastrous. Good idea to make sure that in the sea of your own life, you have outlets. Many outlets. For love and wealth - and everything else that you get in your life. Make sure you don't just get, you give too.

 Open the taps. And you'll open the floodgates to happiness.

Make that a habit.

To share.  To give. And experience life.

-Author Unknown-

Nak Pecah Rekod Kamu Punya Pasal, Persoalannya Kenapa Salahgunakan Jentera Kerajaan?

Posted: 06 Oct 2012 11:28 PM PDT

Rekod kenduri kahwin terbesar kekal

Walaupun dihurung kontroversi, rekod kehadiran teramai ke kenduri kahwin anak Ketua Menteri Melaka Datuk Seri Ali Rustam akan tetap kekal dalam Malaysia Book of Records (MBR).

"Apa yang penting bagi MBR, kami tetapkan kaedah dan peraturannya dan mereka memenuhinya.

"Berhubung siasatan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah (SPRM), saya tidak boleh komen apa-apa," kata jurucakap MBR kepada Malaysiakini ketika ditanya sama ada siasatan itu akan menjejaskan rekod yang dicipta.

Menurutnya MBR lagi, penganjur berjaya membuktikan jumlah kehadiran tetamu, termasuk memberikan senarainya.

Perkahwinan anak sulung ketua menteri Mohd Ridhwan Ali dengan pasangannya Nur Azieha Mohd Ali pada 30 September lalu dikatakan dihadiri seramai 130,000 tetamu, yang membolehkannya direkodkan dalam MBR. -mk

'Kahwin, bersalin, sakit, mati darah daging Ali Rustam'.

Ahli Parlimen Tangga Batu Datuk Idris Haron tampil membela Ketua Menteri Melaka Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam dalam kontroversi membabitkan perkahwinan anak lelaki beliau di Melaka baru-baru ini.

Menurutnya, Ali dikenali rakyat sebagai pemimpin yang akan memenuhi setiap jemputan rakyat baik majlis kahwin atau kematian.

Justeru, penganjuran majlis kahwin anak lelaki Ali dengan kehadiran ramai rakyat adalah sebahagian daripada amalan ketua menteri itu yang akrab dengan rakyat.

"KBSM - kahwin, bersalin, sakit, mati - telah menjadi darah daging Ali Rustam.

"Dia tidak melakukannya hanya kerana politik, tidak seperti sesetengah pemimpin yang letak sejadah di bahu untuk menunjuk-nunjuk yang dia akan bersolat jenazah sedangkan umum tahu yang solat jenazah tak perlu sejadah pun," kata Idris kepada Malaysiakini.

Idris juga tidak terkejut dengan kesudian ramai tetamu ke majlis tersebut kerana menurutnya Ali Rustam sendiri pernah memenuhi 23 undangan kenduri kahwin rakyat dalam masa sehari.

"Dalam adat Melayu Melaka, adalah wajib memenuhi undangan dan apabila orang hadir ke majlis kita dan menyumbang, itu diistilahkan 'menanam'.

"Kita wajib membalasnya apabila tiba masa mereka mengundang kita pula. Jika orang tak minat, jemput sejuta orang pun tetamu tak datang.

"Saya tidak lihat majlis ini sebagai kontroversi tetapi kebahagiaan antara pemimpin dan rakyat atas ikatan tulen yang dibina sekian lamanya," katanya.

Umno Cheras: Mereka tak faham adat Melayu.

Sementara itu, Ketua Umno Cheras, Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee yang kebiasaanya dilihat berani mengkritik Umno dari dalam turut mengambil pendirian mempertahankan Ali.

Menurutnya isu itu dipolitikkan DAP Melaka yang tidak faham adab Melayu yang tidak mempersoalkan majlis perkahwinan terutamanya jumlah tetamu atau perbelanjaan.

"Yang peliknya pemimpin bukan Melayu seperti DAP yang suka buat isu.

"Pembangkang akan bangkang dan politikkan apa-apa sahaja isu jika babitkan pemimpin Melayu untuk alih sokongan rakyat," katanya.

Setiausaha DAP Melaka, Khoo Poay Tiong merangkap ADUN Ayer Keroh sebelum ini menggesa Ali Rustam mendedahkan perbelanjaan majlis kahwin anaknya yang dihadiri lebih 100,000 tetamu.

Ketua Pemuda PKR Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin turut membuat laporan SPRM Melaka dan membangkitkan kemampuan Mohd Ali menganjurkan majlis tersebut.

Ulasan GB

Nak buat majlis kenduri kahwin dengan menjemput seluruh 27 juta rakyat Malaysia hadir pun itu hak Ali Rustam.

Tetapi yang menimbulkan persoalan ialah salahguna kuasa sebagai Ketua Menteri untuk memperalatkan jentera kerajaan dan kakitangan awam untuk majlis yang bersifat persendirian. Itu pokoknya.

Sekeping surat ditujukan kepada Yang di-Pertua Majlis Perbandaran Alor Gajah (MPAG), Kamaruddin Mat Shah, Yang di-Pertua Majlis Perbandaran Jasin (MPJ), Murad Husin, Setiausaha MPAG, Shahdan Othman, Setiausaha MPJ, Ainu Nizla Kasman dan Pengarah Perbadanan Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal, Zainuddin Samad mengarahkan mereka semua menghadiri mesyuarat tersebut.

Surat tersebut bertajuk "Mesyuarat Majlis Persiapan Hiasan Luaran, Kebersihan Dan Logistik Sempena Majlis Perkahwinan Anak YAB Ketua Menteri Melaka" dipercayai dibocorkan sesetengah pihak yang tidak mahu penyelewengan Ali Rustam berterusan.

Itu yang rakyat persoalkan sekarang!

Surat itu sudah cukup untuk menjelaskan satu penyalahgunaan kuasa yang besar dan kesemua mereka yang terlibat yang namanya disebutkan di dalam surat itu sepatutnya boleh didakwa kerana "bersubahabat" membiarkan Ali Rustam mempergunakan mereka untuk majlis berkenaan!

Sepatutnya mereka yang menerima surat itu telah membuat laporan polis dan SPRM kerana diarahkan untuk melakukan kerja-kerja yang tidak termasuk di dalam bidang tugas mereka.

Dan kepada pembela-pembela Ali Rustam seperti pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO di atas dan yang lain-lain perlu menyedari bahawa kamu bersubahat menggalakkan Ali Rustam untuk terus melakukan salahguna kuasa tersebut dan hukum kebenaran dan keadilan akan tetap terkena kepada kamu juga... "yang bersalah yang yang bersubahat dengan pesalah tidak akan terlepas dari hukuman Tuhan yang sifatnya Maha Adil itu sekalipun SPRM mungkin melepaskan kamu!" Hanya masa, lambat atau cepat yang akan menentukan.

Tak belajarkah dari kes Khir Toyo, bagaimana Tuhan membalasnya?

[VIDEO & GAMBAR] Kerabat Diraja Terengganu Diantara Yang Serah Borang Sertai PAS

Posted: 06 Oct 2012 08:17 PM PDT

Jabi, Setiu - Bersempena Majlis Perasmian Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat - PAS Ganti Umno Kali Ke-5 (PGU5.0) yang disempurnakan oleh Mursyidul Am PAS Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, tiga orang tokoh anak Terengganu telah mengisytiharkan diri mereka menyertai PAS.

Berikut adalah biodata ketiga-tiga tokoh tersebut;

1. Tengku Sri Paduka Raja Tengku Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah
YAM Tengku Ibrahim Shah Ibni al-Sultan Ismail Nasir ud-din Shah adalah anakanda ketiga kepada Sultan Ismail Nasir ud-din Shah ibni al-Marhum Sultan Zainal Abidin, Sultan and Yang di-Pertuan Besar of the State of Trengganu Dar al-Iman yang ke-14 memerintah selama 34 tahun dan 1945 hingga 1979

Tengku Ibrahim yang lebih dikenali di kalangan rakyat sebagai Tengku Paduka (Ku Duka) kerana mendapat gelar Tengku Seri Paduka Raja kerana beliau merupakan waris ke lima dalam susunan kerabat DiRaja Negeri Terengganu.

Tengku Ibrahim dilahirkan di Kuala Trengganu, 25 Januari 1939 mendapat pendidikan dari Sekolah Menengah Sultan Sulaiman dan juga Kolej Melayu kuala Kangsar Tengku Ibrahim mempunyai pengalaman luas dalam pentadbiran negeri Terengganu apabila memulakan perkhidmatan awam negeri Terengganu pada 1959 dan pernah berkhidmat sebagai Penolong Pegawai Daerah (ADO), Penolong Setiausha Kerajaan Negeri Terengganu.

Penglibatannya dalam dunia politik tanah air, Tengku Ibrahim pernah menjadi Pengerusi Perhubungan Parti Melayu Semangat 46 dan bertanding pada pilihanraya umum ke-8 pada tahun 1990 dan menjadi wakil rakyat DUN Tanggol pada tahun 1990 - 1995.

Apabila Parti Melayu Semangat 46 dibubarkan pada bulan Mei 1996, Tengku Ibrahim telah menjadi ahli parti Umno.

Hari ini beliau membuat pengistiharan memilih PAS sebagai wadah perjuangan dan meninggalkan UMNO.

2. Datuk Omar Abu Bakar.

Dilahirkan di Kijal, Kemaman, Terengganu pada tahun 1950.

Mendapat pendidikan di universiti nasional dan universitas Papajaran Bandung, Indonesia dlm bidang pengajian bahasa, sosiologi dan antrapologi.

Beliau merupakan bekas Wartawan Utusan Malaysia dan bekas pegawai akhbar Kementerian Pertahanan dan Pegawai Perhubungan Khas kpd 3 Bekas Menteri Pertahanan:
i. YAB Tan Sri Taib Mahmud (skg KM Serawak)
ii. YAB Tun Hussein Onn
iii. YAB Tun Mahathir.

Penglibatan beliau dalam politik adalah, beliau pernah menjadi AJK & Ketua Penerangan Umno Kemaman Zaman TS Wan Mokhtar.

Datuk Omar juga bekas Setiausaha Jentera Pilihanraya Kebangsaan Semangat 46 Malaysia dan S/U. Semangat 46 Bhg. Kemaman dan Bekas Calon 46 Dun Bukit Bandi (skg Air Puteh Kemaman 1990)

Selain itu, pelbagai jawatan dibarisan kepimpinan aktivis sosial di peringkat negeri dan Nasional, dan beliau juga berkeluarga ipar sepupu kepada Bekas Pengerusi FELDA Tan Sri Raja Mohd Alias Ali.

3. Ahmad Amzad Bin Mohamed @ Hashim

Dilahirkan pada 15 Januari 1970, Kuala Terengganu, Berkahwin dan dikurniakan dengan 7 orang anak Mendapat pendidikan di
1. Sekolah Menengah Sains Sultan Mahmud
2. Lulusan ijazah perakaunan UNIVERSITI KEBANGSAAN MALAYSIA
3. Aktivis pelajar ipu-ukm
Amzad Sekarang bekerja sebagai Pengerusi Eksekutif Norstar Technologi, Pulau Pinang.

Amzad juga berpengalaman dalam bidang korporat, mengambil alih dan memulihkan MSET Shipbuilding CORPORATION SDN. BHD. sebagai Pengarah Urusan (1995-April .

Beliau juga mengambil alih dan memulihkan PMINT Engineering sekarang dinamakan MSET Engineering dari tahun 2000 – 2006.

Amzad juga bertanggungjawab Rekabentuk dan Membina pelbgai jenis kapal dan bot pelbagai kegunaan untuk pelbagai kementerian dan jabatan kerajaan termasuk tempahan dari syarikat syarikat luar negara seperti dari Amerika syarikat, Australia, German, dan lain lain negara.

Antara jawatan persatuan dan NGO yang pernah disandang oleh Amzad adalah seperti :

1. Ahli Majlis Industri Pertahanan Malaysia (sehingga pertengahan 2004)
2. Ahli CWG ( cluster work group ) MITI
3. Presiden Pergerakan Profesional Muda Terengganu. Presiden 2004-2005, 2007

Kecemerlangan dalam dunia perniagaan dan korporat diiktiraf dan pernah menerima anugerah Kategori Kejuruteraan dan Pembuatan, Yayasan Pembangunan Usahawan Terengganu. -BO

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