- Projek tanah Upayapadu: Umno diminta tanya Awang Adek
- Ahmad Maslan's prophecy
- Trojan-Horse Therapy Eliminates Cancer In Mice
- Simple But Really Nice Humour..^_^
- 4 Ribu Rakyat Perancis Peluk Islam Setiap Tahun
- PM of Israel, Bibi Netanyahu's Christmas message
- Christmas in Pakistan - Christians celebrate Christmas in Pakistan: "We are scared. We are frightened. We cannot sit together, we cannot speak loudly, we cannot celebrate openly. We receive threats."
- [KERJA 'BINATANG'] Ketua Penerangan ANAK Ditahan & Diikat Tangan Dibuat Macam Hamba Abdi
- My essay in the Malay Mail: Debate is not part of our culture?
- "Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East" by Edward Malnick
- Christmas in Malaysia - An X'mas card to my prime minister by Bob Teoh
- [ISU AIR] Kelentong UMNO BN Terbongkar, Bekalan Air Selangor Cukup Sehingga 2030
- Christmas in Indonesia - Modern, moderate Indonesia supremacists seal off churches, prevent Christmas prayers
- Christmas in the UK - Radical Muslims Take Anti-Christian Protest to St Paul's Cathedral on Christmas Eve
- Puppet Princess is dreaming that she could topple and get the place of the puppet King in 2015
- Breathtaking View Of Teluk Cempedak On A Rainy Monsoon Day.. Brrrr..Sejuk!
- Konspirasi Isa Samad Ambil Alih Koperasi Permodalan Felda Gagal!
- Baby Rafa’s First Time Swimming
- A Gift From the Heart
- PETRONAS Diletakkan Bawah J/Kuasa PARLIMEN Bila PR Memerintah Nanti
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 11:46 AM PST
KOTA BHARU: Beberapa badan bukan kerajaan dan Umno diminta bertanya kepada bekas Timbalan Menteri Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah Malaysia, Datuk Dr Awang Adek bin Hussin berkaitan pembangunan tanah di Gua Musang.
Ini kerana, beliau yang menandatangani surat sokongan agar projek membabitkan Yayasan Islam Kelantan (Yik) dan Upayapadu Plantation Sdn Bhd dilaksanakan.
Demikian kata Ustaz Fadli Shaari (gambar), Setiausaha Akhbar Menteri Besar Kelantan dalam satu kenyataannya hari ini.
Surat yang ditandatangani oleh Awang Adek adalah kedua selepas surat pertama dari Menteri Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi Malaysia pada masa itu iaitu Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui kepada Upayapadu Plantation Sdn Bhd pada 12 Oktober 2005.
Penjelasan Fadli ini merujuk kepada beberapa laporan akhbar yang masih lagi memainkan isu berkenaan sekeping tanah seluas tanah 10,526 hektar milik kerajaan negeri Kelantan yang didakwa sebagai habuan kepada pemimpin DAP Perak agar mereka sudi menyerahkan kerusi Menteri Besar Perak kepada PAS selepas pilihanraya umum 2008.
(Surat Awang Adek dan Peter Chin yang menyokong projek)
Sekalipun penjelasan telah diberikan panjang lebar dalam kenyataan sebelum ini, tetapi kelihatan pemimpin UMNO bersama beberapa NGO pro UMNO masih belum faham atau 'berpura-pura untuk tidak faham'.
Hari ini, 25 Disember 2012, dilaporkan di dada-dada akhbar desakan NGO Orang Muda Berpadu Anti Korupsi (OMBAK), Wira PERKASA dan Pertubuhan Minda Orang Muda (MOM) agar penjelasan dibuat oleh YAB Tuan Guru Menteri Besar Kelantan.
Begitu juga akhbar semalam 24 Disember 2012 di mana Setiausaha Politik Perdana Menteri, Datuk Haji Mohd Fatmi Haji Che Salleh juga turut mengeluarkan kenyataan yang sama nadanya.
"Kenyataan-kenyataan ini seolah-olah ingin menyebut bahawa projek yang dilaksanakan oleh syarikat ini ialah rahsia sehingga ia terdedah dengan laporan blog pisau.net," katanya.
Menurut beliau, ia bukan projek rahsia kerana telah dimaklumkan kepada Kementerian Perusahaan, Perladangan dan Komoditi Malaysia.
Surat kelulusan pula telah dihantar kepada pihak Upayapadu Plantation Sdn Bhd pada 12 Oktober 2005 dan ditandatangani sendiri oleh Menteri Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi Malaysia pada masa itu iaitu Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui.
"Salinan surat-surat tersebut saya kepilkan bersama untuk rujukan," kata Fadli dalam kenyataannya.
Justeru, katanya, beliau meminta semua pihak di Kelantan terutama pemimpin UMNO dan NGO-NGO boleh bertanya terus kepada Dato Dr Awang Adek berkenaan isu ini.
Menyentuh kenyataan Pengerusi OMBAK agar YAB Tuan Guru Menteri Besar mendakwa blogger pisau.net jika benar ia merupakan satu fitnah, Fadli menulis, "saya kira OMBAK boleh bersabar."
"Mana tau, jika nasib baik, OMBAK pun boleh dimasukkan bersama dalam senarai defendan nanti," katanya berikutan cadangan Menteri Besar Kelantan agar pihak yang memfitnahnya sebelum ini disaman.
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 09:48 AM PST
It's good to harbor confidence that we (BN) will win the upcoming general elections with a two-third majority, better than what we recorded in 2008. Taking back the seats lost to the opposition is also part of our main strategy.
But what strategy?
Over confidence, loose argument and illogical approach introduced in 2008 failed to help the ruling party retain that strong two-third majority at the Parliament. We also lost five State Assemblies.
It's easy to say that BN will win, that BN will win big and is capable of wresting 20 opposition seats. I like it, and I believe many others support that idea. Its the same story Ahmad tells those who attend his function nationwide.
However, what is the formula to support his prophecy? Just telling Umno members to work hard when the opposition, on the other hand tells its supporters to 'work harder?'
Tell me and others, what is the calculation or the basis to support that '20 seats' when his information wing is not doing much to woo votes, just like the weakening Infomation Dept and JASA under the Ministry of Information, Communications and Cultre?
With such statement (has repeats it everywhere he goes), the opposition laughs at him and BN, and they will worker extra harder to retain the 20 seats in Ahmad's list.
MALACCA: Barisan Nasional is capable of wresting back 20 opposition-held seats to secure a two-thirds majority in the coming general election, said Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan.Over confidence and complacency led to the 'disastrous defeat' BN incurred about 4 years ago. Everywhere the leaders go, they will relate the same old story again and again. Ahmad Maslan has been giving talks and conducting courses to prepare the 'information people' face the general elections.
And again, what is his formula to undermine the opposition?
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 08:00 AM PST
BBC ONLINE: 21 December 2012
Last updated at 01:14 GMT
Trojan-horse therapy 'completely eliminates' cancer in mice
By James Gallagher
Health and science reporter, BBC News
A hollow Trojan horse filled with soldiers was supposedly used to enter Troy
experimental "Trojan-horse" cancer therapy has
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 06:08 AM PST
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 11:27 AM PST
Badan Statistik rasmi di Perancis mendedahkan bahawa dalam setahun, ia mencatatkan ada empat ribu warga Perancis yang memeluk agama Islam.
Hal ini menyamai dengan apa yang ditunjukkan oleh kajian kementerian dalam Negeri Perancis.
Diumumkan pula oleh para ahli Agama di Perancis, sejauh ini terdapat tujuh puluh ribu warga Perancis yang berpindah Agama menjadi Agama Islam.
Hal ini membuat Agama Islam menjadi pertama yang dijadikan pilihan sebagai pegangan hidupnya, diikuti oleh Kristian Katolik dengan penganut setiap tahun berjumlah 2900 orang dan Yahudi 300 orang.
Menurut para ahli sosiologi Perancis, sebelum usia 15 – 20 tahun merupakan alasan utama yang membuat mereka yakin untuk masuk Islam, dengan alasan pencarian rohani mereka.
Tapi sekarang berbeza, alasan utama mereka memeluk Islam adalah iklim sosial, sebagaimana disampaikan oleh Al-Alokah.
Meskipun sejak dahulu Muslim sudah ada di Perancis, baik Perancis daratan mahupun wilayah kependudukannya di luar Eropah, imigresen massa Muslim ke Perancis di abad 20 dan 21 telah membuat negara ini menjadi salah satu negara dengan komuniti muslim terbesar di Eropah.
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 06:12 AM PST
"Today Christian communities throughout the Middle East are shrinking and many of them are in danger," said Netanyahu, according to the announcement published by his bureau in Hebrew and English. "...this is of course not true in Israel. Here there is a strong and growing Christian community that participates fully in the life of our country."
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 06:04 AM PST
"A dark Christmas for Pakistani Christians," by Shamil Shams for Deutsches Welle, December 25 In many parts of the world, Christmas means a time of celebration. But for Christians in Pakistan, who live under constant fear of persecution by the state and majority Sunni Muslims, there is not much to celebrate.
Christians make up about two percent of the 180 million people living in Pakistan. Rights organizations say that like any other religious minority, they face legal and cultural discrimination in the Islamic Republic. Pakistan's non-government human rights commission, HRCP (Human Rights Commission of Pakistan), reported that the year 2012 was one of the worst years for Pakistani Christians; a number of them were charged with blasphemy, their churches were burnt and houses looted in many parts of the country.
Blasphemy is a sensitive topic in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, where 97 percent of the population is Muslim. Controversial blasphemy laws introduced by the Islamic military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq in the 1980s make life for Christians more difficult. Activists say the laws have little to do with blasphemy and are often used to settle petty disputes and personal vendettas; they say the Christians are thereby often victimized.
Living under blasphemy laws
On August 16, Rimsha Masih - a Christian girl aged between 10 and 14 - was accused of committing a blasphemous act by a religious cleric in her town. The cleric said she had burnt pages upon which were inscribed verses from the Koran. Masih was promptly taken into police custody. Pakistani officials claimed the girl suffered from Down's Syndrome, a genetic disorder causing major learning disabilities. Western governments expressed serious concern over her arrest. After numerous protests by rights organizations and Western governments, a Pakistani court ordered her release from custody. More here.......
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 06:55 AM PST
Maran: Kembara Oren Selamatkan Felda peringkat Pahang, kelmarin kecoh apabila Ketua Penerangan Persatuan Anak-Anak Peneroka Felda (Anak), Noraza Muda yang mengetuai konvoi ditahan dan diikat tangannya.
Tindakan tersebut dilakukan bagi menghalang Noraza dan peserta konvoi memasuki kawasan Felda Kampung Awah, Chenor.
Pengarah Pilihan Raya Pas Maran, Shamsuri Hussin yang turut menyertai program berkenaan berkata, pada awalnya konvoi berjalan dengan lancar dari Felda Bukit Kepayang, Bera.
"Suasana bermula apabila konvoi tiba di Felda Kampung Awah. Noraza ditahan dan diikat kedua belah tangannya.
Katanya, tindakan tersebut menimbulkan kemarahan peserta konvoi dan berlaku ketegangan di kawasan tersebut.
Menurutnya, keadaan kembali reda apabila Ketua Polis Daerah Maran, Pemangku Deputi Superintendan, Sulaiman A. Hamid campur tangan dan mengarahkan Noraza yang ditahan selama 15 minit di sebuah pondok dilepaskan.
Katanya, hasil rundingan dengan penduduk, konvoi dibenarkan memasuki kawasan Felda dan meneruskan program penerangan jelajah di Markas Pas di dalam kawasan Felda itu.
Shamsuri berkata, insiden berkenaan cukup mengecewakan dan pihaknya mengutuk tindakan tidak bermoral pihak yang menghalang jelajah berkenaan.
Menurutnya, peserta konvoi juga terkilan dengan tindakan pihak yang mencetuskan provokasi.
"Perbuatan ini melanggar Perlembagaan dan undang-undang yang memberi hak kepada semua rakyat negara ini untuk ke mana sahaja dan berhimpun dengan aman.
"Pemuda Pas Maran yakin bahawa sebahagian besar peneroka dan penduduk Felda kini matang dalam berpolitik, mereka tahu untuk memilih pimpinan dan wakil dalam memperjuangkan hak dan kebajikan mereka.
Kelmarin, Kembara Oren di Negeri Sembilan kecoh apabila ratusan penduduk menghalang laluan konvoi berkenaan.
Sebelum ini pada 3 November insiden yang sama berlaku di Felda Lawin Selatan, Gerik Perak. -SH
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 04:34 AM PST
I recently attended a reunion of my Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) Bahasa Malaysia debating team.
It's always good to see old friends again but this gathering was extra special given what a closely-knit group we were.
We won the Prime Minister's Trophy in 1999, being the fourth MCKK BM team to do so.
The team which featured Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah won it in 1980 while PKR strategic director Rafi zi Ramli was part of the MCKK team which won it twice in 1992 and 1993.
The gathering reminded me of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's refusal to debate Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
In June, Najib responded to Anwar's challenge to debate saying:
"We will look at the situation. If there needs to be a debate between the leaders, then a debate will be held.
But it is not part of our political culture as a whole.
"Most importantly the rakyat has adequate information (in) making a decision.
"And we will provide political parties the opportunity to broadcast their respective manifestos when the time comes."
It strikes me as ironic that while the prime minister claims debates are not part of our culture, his father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, had established the Prime Minister's Trophy as a debating contest for fully-residential schools in 1974 at his alma mater, MCKK.
Najib has no qualms attacking Anwar. Yet, when Najib had the opportunity to confront Anwar directly, he did not show up.
The opposition leader was present when the prime minister unveiled the budget, but Najib and almost the entire cabinet were absent when it was Anwar's turn.
If Anwar was such a bad finance minister, why didn't they at least turn up in full force to hold Anwar to account?
In fact, if Anwar truly is not a factor in Malaysian politics, now is the chance for Najib to expose this.
The only time Anwar was allowed to be live on national television since his removal was when he debated Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Shabery Cheek on the oil price hike in 2008. But it was quite unfair for Shabery, to be forced to debate the opposition leader.
If debate is not part of our culture, then why did that debate take place in the first place?
How do these critics of debates explain our Parliament's robust tradition of debate from the times of Dr Burhanuddin al-Helmy, Dr Zulkifly Mohamad, Ahmad Boestamam and Dr Tan Chee Khoon?
If debate is not part of our culture, then why did Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek debate Lim Guan Eng?
The truth is, Malaysians want their leaders to debate and deliberate. While the world might focus on the US presidential debates, it is now widely accepted as part and parcel of democracies: the United Kingdom, Egypt, Indonesia and Japan, among others, all have debates.
In March, the Merdeka Center reported that 54 per cent of Malaysians, including an overwhelming 75 per cent of young Malay voters want an Anwar-Najib debate to be held.
Among fence-sitters, 62 per cent of them want a debate to help them decide on which leader is best for Malaysia.
This brings me back to school debates. Recently we saw Batang Kali Assemblyman Mohd Isa Abu Kasim slapped with a RM1,000 fine for uttering a sexist remark in the Selangor State Assembly, when he asked executive councillor Elizabeth Wong to jangan sampai terlupa jaga hutan sendiri (not to forget to mind her own forest).
In 2007, Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin attracted condemnation when, in response to criticism on the Parliament's frequent roof leaks, stated that Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan too "leaked" every month.
When I took part in the debate in support of the motion to fine Isa I recalled that I never encountered such crude, disgusting remarks while I was debating for my school. Such language is certainly not part of our culture.
I remember many debaters had ambitions to be politicians while they were at school, but maybe it is politicians like these that could learn a thing or two from school debaters?
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 03:30 AM PST
Telegraph December 23, 2012 Why? It's a question that the media never asks, because they know the answer and they work furiously to obfuscate and cover up the why and the who. Christianity faces being wiped out of the "biblical heartlands" in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report.
The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam
The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been "blind" to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as "racism". It warns that converts from Islam face being killed in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Iran and risk severe legal penalties in other countries across the Middle East. The report, by the think tank Civitas, says: "It is generally accepted that many faith-based groups face discrimination or persecution to some degree.
"A far less widely grasped fact is that Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers." It cites estimates that 200 million Christians, or 10 per cent of Christians worldwide, are "socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs." "Exposing and combating the problem ought in my view to be political priorities across large areas of the world. That this is not the case tells us much about a questionable hierarchy of victimhood," says the author, Rupert Shortt, a journalist and visiting fellow of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford.
He adds: "The blind spot displayed by governments and other influential players is causing them to squander a broader opportunity. Religious freedom is the canary in the mine for human rights generally." The report, entitled Christianophobia, highlights a fear among oppressive regimes that Christianity is a "Western creed" which can be used to undermine them.
State hostility towards Christianity is particularly rife in China, where more Christians are imprisoned than in any other country in the world, according to the report. It quotes Ma Hucheng, an advisor to the Chinese government, who claimed in an article last year that the US has backed the growth of the Protestant Church in China as a vehicle for political dissidence. "Western powers, with America at their head, deliberately export Christianity to China and carry out all kinds of illegal evangelistic activities," he wrote in the China Social Sciences Press. "Their basic aim is to use Christianity to change the character of the regime...in China and overturn it," he added.
The "lion's share" of persecution faced by Christians arises in countries where Islam is the dominant faith, the report says, quoting estimates that between a half and two-thirds of Christians in the Middle East have left the region or been killed in the past century. "There is now a serious risk that Christianity will disappear from its biblical heartlands," it claims. The report shows that "Muslim-majority" states make up 12 of the 20 countries judged to be "unfree" on the grounds of religious tolerance by Freedom House, the human rights think tank.
It catalogues hundreds of attacks on Christians by religious fanatics over recent years, focusing on seven countries: Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, India, Burma and China. It claims George Bush's use of the word "crusade" after the September 11 attacks on New York created the impression for Muslims in the Middle East of a "Christian assault on the Muslim world". "But however the motivation for violence is measured, the early twenty-first century has seen a steady rise in the strife endured by Christians," the report says.
The 2003 invasion of Iraq left Iraqi Christians "more vulnerable than ever", highlighted by the 2006 beheading of a kidnapped Orthodox priest, Fr Boulos Iskander, and the kidnapping of 17 further priests and two bishops between 2006 and 2010. "In most cases, those responsible declared that they wanted all Christians to be expelled from the country," the report says.
In Pakistan, the murder last year of Shahbaz Bhatti, the country's Catholic minister for minorities, "vividly reflected" religious intolerance in Pakistan. Shortly after his death it emerged that Mr Bhatti had recorded a video in which he declared: "I am living for my community and for suffering people and I will die to defend their rights. "I prefer to die for my principles and for the justice of my community rather than to compromise. I want to share that I believe in Jesus Christ, who has given his own life for us."
The report also warns that Christians in India have faced years of violence from Hindu extremists. In 2010 scores of attacks on Christians and church property were carried out in Karnataka, a state in south west India. And while many people are aware of the oppression faced in Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi and other pro-democracy activists, targeted abuse of Christians in the country has been given little exposure, the report says.
In some areas of Burma the government has clamped down on Christian protesters by restricting the building of new churches. "Openly professing Christians employed in government service find it virtually impossible to get promotion," it adds. The Telegraph
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 03:31 AM PST
The Rt Hon Prime Minister,
Shalom and Yuletide greetings of peace, love, and blessing. Notwithstanding the crucifix controversy during the Christmas reception for you by the Christian community last year, you have decided to join their celebrations this year again. This reflects boldness and courage on your part, Sir.
This augurs well for peace and harmony in the country. It goes without saying that we in Malaysia, continue to enjoy good interfaith relations despite efforts of incendiary bigots in our midst to destroy it. Alhamdulillah, such heinous acts are but in vain as the Lord God Almighty is indeed sovereign over our beloved homeland. Hallelujah. You fondly recall your meeting with Pope Benedict XVI last year, and that Malaysia has formally established diplomatic relations with the Vatican City. As pointed out by you, "another step forward came last week as the government announced that it will ensure that any Malaysian Christian who wishes to travel to Jerusalem for a pilgrimage is able to do so." This reflects the gentle face of Islam surely.
You also pointed out in your Christmas blog, "... since becoming prime minister I have placed a lot of emphasis on the unifying concepts of 1Malaysia and the Global Movement of the Moderates. These concepts are partly about establishing a dialogue, which is important, but I am also determined that they lead to real action too."
I am also encouraged that you would, "...have the pleasure of taking part in a tea party with members of the Christian community to mark Christmas and listen to their views."
Unfortunately, Sir, I would not be at the Christmas reception today as I am away from the country. Allow me to air my views by way of this Christmas card to you and I trust I will have your ear. Surely you are unlike the guy from Pahang who wants to cut off his ears and throw them into the Pahang River, probably polluting it in the process. Silly man, that one.
The Orang Asli slapping case - Kelantan
It's already over two months since a teacher at SK Bihai near Gua Musang in Kelantan had allegedly slapped four Orang Asli non-Muslim students, aged between 12 and 14, on Oct 23 because they had failed to recite the Muslim doa over lunch at their school.
They may be non-Muslims but they this is not the way to treat bumiputeras like them. Sir, your 1Malaysia unifying concepts compels you to act with urgency. Indeed, Islam must be seen as a tolerant religion.
Conversion to Islam of an under-age Iban schoolboy - Sarawak
You may not know it yet prime minister but a top Iban Catholic student of Kolej Datu Patinggi Abang Haji Abdillah - the prestigious residential Mara junior college in Kuching - was recently converted to Islam. This occurred just before his SPM exams without his parents' knowledge or permission. He comes from a very remote village. This is not an isolated case as church leaders there will tell you that this has been going on for a very long time as part of the Umno-BN Islamisation strategy in Sarawak and Sabah.
Sir, you have two options. This first is to kill the rumour if indeed it turns out to be one. This does not take much effort or time to determine this matter one way or another. If indeed the conversion did take place, then the school need to explain how an under-age conversion can be allowed to take place in its premises without his parents' consent or knowledge. There are no two ways about it, Sir. You have to act fast and quick to assure the Christian community, especially that of the Malay speaking bumiputera Christians of Sarawak and Sabah, that your 1Malaysia is exactly what it means. No backdoor conversion, please.
Under-age conversion of four Christian students - Labuan
Recently, four under-age bumiputera Christian students, one Catholic and three Protestants, at a government residential school in Labuan were converted to Islam. The conversion allegedly took place during a school activity. Local pastors have taken the matter up to the school but it had denied the activity was organised by the school.
A comprehensive report has been compiled by church leaders there to be handed to the Sabah state government. But Labuan is a federal territory and as Jakim, or the Islamic Development Department, is parked under your nose in the Prime Minister's Office, it is within your power to intervene and act immediately to resolve the dispute without damaging religious harmony further.
All you need to do is ask to see the voluminous report. And act on it. We have had enough of cow stealing but in this case, no more stealing sheep from the Good Shepherd please.
MyKad Islamisation of bumiputera Christians
Sir, you are already familiar with this case as it was discussed by your cabinet just recently. Indeed, you had asked two Christian cabinet ministers, one from Sabah and the other from Sarawak, to act on the complaint immediately.
But what has happened? Nothing as usual. Does this mean that the National Registration Department can ignore cabinet directives? The complaint is that bumiputera Christians in Sabah (and Sarawak) have been classified by the National Registration Department (NRD) as Muslims automatically when issuing them their MyKad simply on the basis that they have "bin" and "binti" in their names.
The NRD has refused to rectify their errors. Instead it has asked complainants to go to the syariah courts to get an order saying that they are Christians and indeed not Muslims. How much more ludicrous can your administration get? Sir, if you mean what you say, then give the two federal minsters a kick in their butts and while at it make sure one lands on the bum of the NRD chief too. Can be done Sir, just execute the famous Bruce Lee one-leg-three-kicks.
The Allah word and the Al-Kitab
It has been three long years since the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled on Jan 31, 2009 in favour of Herald, the Catholic Weekly, that even though Islam is the religion of the federation, this does not empower the government to prohibit the use of the word 'Allah' by others. It also found that the word 'Allah' was not exclusive to Muslims. But your administration has appealed against it. The Court of Appeal is out on a stroll and not in any hurry to hear it. This is a travesty of justice. As prime minster you should not allow a useless judicial traffic cop to erect illegal roadblocks to justice.
The titular Roman Catholic archbishop of Kuala Lumpur was the one who sued your administration and won. I wonder what you will say to him when you meet him at today's tea party? Malaysiakini
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 03:53 AM PST
Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (LUAS) yakin bekalan air mentah di Selangor kini 100 peratus mencukupi dan mampu menampung keperluan rakyatnya sehingga tahun 2030.
Pengarah LUAS, Md Khairi Selamat berkata, sehingga 20 Disember lalu, kapasiti air bagi Empangan Tasik Subang, Empangan Semenyih, Empangan Langat, Empangan Klang Gates dan Empangan Batu adalah penuh pada tahap 100 peratus sehingga berlakunya limpahan.
Manakala kapasiti air bagi empangan Sungai Tinggi pada tarikh yang sama adalah pada tahap 93.33 peratus dan Empangan Sungai Selangor (90.17%).
"Kapasiti Empangan Sungai Selangor dan Sungai Tinggi ini dijangka akan terus meningkat hasil daripada kadar hujan yang banyak ketika Monson Timur Laut daripada bulan November sehingga Mac.
"Berdasarkan kadar peningkatan takungan, kapasiti kedua-dua empangan ini dijangka akan kembali penuh sebelum bulan Februari 2013," katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.
Menurut Md Khairi, berdasarkan kajian semula sumber air negara (2000-2050), jumlah air larian permukaan di Negeri Selangor adalah sebanyak 17,000 juta liter sehari (JLH) setelah mengambil kira jumlah penyejatan dan susupan semula air bumi.
Manakala jumlah air yang diabstrak untuk bekalan air kepada penduduk adalah sebanyak 4501 JLH.
"Sekiranya usaha dilakukan untuk menakung atau menyimpan sebanyak 40 peratus daripada jumlah air larian permukaan tersebut, sumber air mentah di negeri Selangor boleh dimanfaatkan sehingga tahun 2030," katanya.
Tepis dakwaan Ong Tee Keat
Kenyataan ini sekaligus menepis dakwaan bekas Presiden MCA Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat bekalan air Selangor semakin menyusut dan tiada sumber yang baru.
Md Khairi, LUAS telah mengenal pasti lokasi yang berpotensi untuk dibangunkan sebagai sumber air tambahan seperti kolam projek tebatan banjir Sungai Rasau di Lembangan Klang dan juga Kolam Bestari Jaya di Lembangan Selangor.
Md Khairi berkata, kolam terbabit akan bertindak secara dwifungsi sebagai kawalan tebatan banjir dan juga kolam penstoran air ketika berlakunya aliran banjir.
Sebanyak 20 kolam takungan (banjir atau kolam bekas lombong) lain juga dikenal pasti berpotensi untuk dijadikan sumber air tambahan di Daerah Hulu Selangor, Kuala Selangor dan Kuala Langat.
"Kolam-kolam berkenaan dengan jumlah anggaran 325 juta meter padu merupakan rizab simpanan air mentah yang boleh dibangunkan sebagai sumber air tambahan (tertakluk kepada kualiti airnya).
"Selain itu,beberapa lokasi lain yang mempunyai potensi yang sama sebagai sumber air tambahan seperti kolam bekas lombong MC8 dan MC9 di Lembangan Langat.
"Kajian kemungkinan yang terperinci akan dilaksanakan bagi memastikan kebolehdapatan sumber air berkenaan," katanya.
LUAS dalam masa yang sama juga menurut beliau kini sedang dalam proses pelaksanaan aplikasi' River Bank Filteration' (RBF) dan juga pembangunan sumber air bumi (sehingga 15%) yang dijangka mampu menyumbang kepada peningkatan kebolehdapatan sumber air di Selangor.
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 02:00 AM PST
"How can we think about Christmas decorations or a Christmas tree when our church is still sealed off from us?" "Beleaguered Indonesian Churches Still Shut This Christmas," by Lenny Tristia Tambun for the Jakarta Globe, December 21
While Christians across Indonesia are busy decking out their churches with colorful Christmas decorations, two congregations on the outskirts of Jakarta are fighting just to be allowed to enter their churches for the holiday. For the Rev. Palti Panjaitan of the Batak Christian Protestant Church (HKBP) Filadelfia congregation in Bekasi, the lack of a Christmas tree is the least of his worries. "How can we think about Christmas decorations or a Christmas tree when our church is still sealed off from us?" he said on Thursday.
"Our focus now is just to be able to hold Christmas prayers in our own church."The congregation of around 600 has since 2007 been forced to worship on the street outside its church or in members' homes as the Bogor district administration continues to deny it a permit. The congregation has taken the matter to the West Java State Administrative Court and the Supreme Court, both of which ordered the district to issue the permit and reopen the church. But the district has refused to comply, citing residents' opposition to the presence of the church in their midst. "It should be a very straightforward matter for us to get the permit, but they keep clouding the issue," Palti said.
"In reality, it's only a few people who don't want us there." The group's plan this year, as it has been every Christmas since 2007, is to keep lobbying the local community and authorities to allow them to hold Christmas services in their church. Palti said that if their efforts failed this year, they will have to fall back on their now familiar routine of holding a very brief service at another church in Bekasi. In Bogor, the GKI Yasmin congregation faces a nearly identical quandary, although in its case it was awarded a permit that was promptly revoked by municipal authorities in 2006.
Rini, a congregation member, said that this year the group planned to celebrate Christmas in its church, which remains sealed off despite a Supreme Court ruling ordering it reopened two years ago. "Whether or not the authorities permit it, we're intent on worshiping in our church," she said. "That's all we want, so hopefully we can celebrate Christmas properly this year."She added that the congregation had also sent an invitation to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to be the guest of honor at the Christmas prayer.
The Yasmin and Filadelfia congregations have for the past year tried to draw the president's attention to their plight by holding joint Sunday services on the street outside the State Palace. To date, however, the central government has refused to enforce the court rulings in either case, arguing that under the principle of regional autonomy, the local authorities are free to act as they see fit....Hat tip: Jihad Watch
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 01:57 AM PST
A group of radical Muslims is planning to use St Paul's Cathedral to protest against the sins of British society and the fallacy of the Bible. The protesters were due to gather outside the cathedral at 1pm, while a Christmas Eve Eucharist takes place inside.
Ahead of the protest, radical preacher Anjem Choudary claimed that Jesus belonged to Islam and that British society was riddled with "sin"."We say Jesus is a Muslim prophet and not the Son of God," he said in a leaflet. Choudary, a former solicitor, has previously been linked to raidical groups including Al Gruabba and Islam4Uk, which were banned by the government for inflammatory preaching and praising terroist attacks including 9/11 and the 7/7 London bombings.
St Paul's Cathedral as it appears
Nobody at St Paul's Cathedral could be reached for comment by IBTimes UK. However, a City of London Police spokesman said: "We are aware of it and are not expecting a significant event." IB Times
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 01:46 AM PST
Puppet Princess is dreaming that she could topple and get the place of the puppet King in 2015.
I just cropped that part from other people's picture as a satire .
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 03:45 AM PST
Also Wishing Everybody Happiness And Good Health Always..
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 01:04 AM PST
Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi KL, Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim, membenarkan KPF untuk mencabar keshahihan keputusan Panel Rujukan Pertikaian SKM pada 26 Nov lalu yang membatalkan Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan KPF ke 31, 20 Jun lalu.
Mahkamah juga membenarkan permohonan KPF untuk menggantung arahan SKM yang mengarahkan KPF mengadakan semula AGM pada 27 Dis ini.
Alhamdulillah, konspirasi Isa Samad yang memperkudakan Ismail Sabri Yaakob dan Dato' Md Yusof Samsudin, Pengerusi Eksekutif SKM untuk mengambilalih KPF telah GAGAL!
Keputusan berani hakim yang menyelamatkan caruman dan aset berbilion ringgit milik 246,000 ahli KPF.
ANAK mengalu2kan keputusan yg sangat melegakan ini. Syukur kpd Allah SWT.
Marilah kita sujud syukur bagi menzahirkan kemenangan bermakna ini..
ALLAHUAKBAR 3x -mazlan aliman
Mahkamah Tinggi batalkan AGM KPF 27 Dis
Posted: 24 Dec 2012 10:36 PM PST
Hi! It is 25th Dec and we are on the Xmas break and enjoying it to the max mengalahkan orang yang sambut Xmas. I have been on leave since Saturday and will only be back to work on 2nd Jan! Bliss!
On Sunday we took the kids to our regular pool at POGH. Hey it is Rafa's first time swimming! He uses Abang Miki's old floaties, a swim diaper and Abang's Miki old swimming shorts. Kesiannye laa semua second hand LOL!
Miki's first time swimming was when he was 4 months old. We wanted to take Rafa to the pool when he was 4mo too but the weather doesn't permit. Finally on Sunday it isn't raining and although it is not sunny either but jadilahhh…
The water is chilly and wind is blowing but somehow we know Rafa would not mind! This baby loves water and his bath time so much since forever! Check out his expression the moment we float him on the water!
Happynyeee sampai terjelir-jelir! LOL
He doesn't complain of the cold water, in fact Miki was so impressed when he paddles his tiny chubby feet just like a little swimmer. And all they way he is smiling and grinning his cheeky toothless grins.
Rafa paddles kanan -kiri! Pandai and berani!
Mohammad, Nuh and Luth! Si abang adores his Adik to bits!
Rafa listening to Miki yang tengah kelentong apa tah dengan penuh kusyuk…
This is almost dejavu to me. Just a few years ago we were here taking Miki for his first swim and now we are here again for his brother's first time. Miki was rather scared and holding on to Daddy's face while in the water. But Rafa is totally different. Rafa spend first 10 minutes paddling around and the last 5 licking the water. That's when we pull him out if the pool. He already got water in his nose sampai merah-merah… water in his eyes and his mouth but he doesnt mind at all… Rafa oh Rafa…
But Miki at 5 years is brave enough to swim without his floaties in the grown up pool but of course we are not letting him lah! Below is Miki swooshing down the water slide all alone all by himself, he was so gayat of this thing couple of years ago…
He splashes down from the slide into the grown-up pool and starts swimming away. Pandai anak Mummy… dah besar sangat dah… It was such a joy bringing up Miki until he is what he is today. And with Rafa on board it just keeps getting better. We got a feeling that Rafa is more "hero" than his big brother.
At 5 months sometimes he cries for a bath just like we would cry for milk. He knows where the bathrooom is and would stop crying just as we open the door. Once we took a step into the bathroom he will start giggling happily. When we are removing his clothes, Rafa got the hint that he will be taking his bath already, if we wipe our wet hand on his face it just confirms his anticipation and he would grin tergedik-gedik happy giler nak mandi nih! Kelakar la Rafa!
At 5 months also he loves the out door and gets bored of the house. He would lifts both hands suruh dukung to anybody standing especially in front of the door. No holding him while sitting on the couch too! Too boring and Rafa would cry… Mengada kan? sabar jelah!
Mummy and Daddy and Abang Miki look forward to bringing you to our outdoor activities, Adik Rafa. You be good and stay healthy and strong ok! We love you!!
Posted: 24 Dec 2012 10:30 PM PST
December is the busiest time of the year. Everyone's busy preparing for the holidays and continuing family traditions. Has it ever crossed your mind, as to how many really stop and think what Christmas is all about? Are we teaching our children the true meaning of Christmas or how many gifts need to be bought? If we have taught our children the true meaning of Christmas, what we've instilled in them will be carried into generations to come. I like to see families create traditions all year long. Afterall, the original gift to all of us here on earth, was given from His heart. For through our hearts, one single gift of kindness, can touch an endless amount of hearts forever.
This is a story about a child that saw the importance of giving and never thought about giving up. Some may think a child isn't old enough to carry enough wisdom to teach us all a lesson in living. But I've learned a heart grows from life's many challenges and sometimes a child's challenges can be far greater than some adults. We met a little girl seven years ago, during one of my daughter's occasional hospital stays. Her name was Beth and she was my daughter's room mate for a week. Beth was a very happy girl despite her medical problems she was facing. Her long blonde curls always seemed to bounce with her smile. The girls got to know each other well and had become good friends. On the pediatric floor of the hospital, we saw many seriously ill children. It was so sad, even though my daughter had an uncurable kidney disease and not a very good chance of living to see old age herself. We always saw many children with all kinds of cancer, and sadly enough Beth was one of those children. She was doing two weeks of chemo and radiation. I was amazed at her will and determination to never give up despite how very sick her treatments made her. She was always concerned about my daughter and the other children with cancer she grew to know over her many hospital stays.
My daughter's IV treatments were done after a week and I was happy to finally bring her home. We were awaiting the final discharge orders when Beth appeared from the other side of the curtain that separated their beds. She said, "I want you to have this. I know you need a new kidney, so keep this angel pin with you till you get better. She will watch over you so you smile all over. My friend, John gave this to me to watch over me, but it's time for this angel to watch over you. When you get your new kidney and smile, you can give this angel to someone that needs her too. I'm done reading my book so here's my bookmark that has a poem on it called, Don't Quit!, I know it by heart anyhow." My daughter thanked her and the girls exchanged hugs and big smiles. I knew, we may never see Beth again, but we never forgot the gift she gave from her heart that day. During that year, we found out Beth has passed away. It was so sad to know such a beautiful little girl was no longer bouncing smiles to everyone she would meet. Her sincere kindness will stay with us forever.
We kept that angel for six more years. My daughter had gone beyond what medical journals had studied and expected from her disease. Was it the angel watching over her or pure luck? My daughter ended up on kidney dialysis for over a year, and one month after almost loosing her, a kidney became available and she received a transplant. My heart tells me, an angel upstairs was watching with a loving smile. My daughter had kept that angel pin and now she felt it was time to give it to someone who needed watched over till they could smile again. She gave it to an elderly man trying to overcome the damage from heart problems and undergoing extensive therapy. His family has informed us, that when he returns home he wants to give the angel to someone he knows suffering from a brain tumor.
How many families and hearts this angel has touched no one knows for sure.
But all it took was one single gift of kindness, that has and will touch an endless amount of hearts forever.
So this Christmas season, look around and see that gift that can't be bought. Create a tradition with your children or maybe someone you love. Make someone's day and do the unexpected, let a friend know you care, or greet a stranger with a warm smile. Give the gift that keeps on giving. It's open twenty-four hours a day, three hundred and sixty-five days a year, it's a gift from your heart. Afterall, isn't that what Christmas is all about?
Posted: 24 Dec 2012 10:34 PM PST
Ketua pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim akan memotong dividen tahunan Petronas RM30 billion kepada Putrajaya jika Pakatan Rakyat (PR) menang dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang, menurut laporan portal berita perniagaan Bloomberg.com hari ini.
PR bercadang untuk menetapkan dividen Petronas kepada negara berdasarkan peratus keuntungan syarikat yang ditetapkan, dan dengan ini membenarkan syarikat petroleum negara itu untuk membuat lebih pelaburan di luar negara yang dijangka memberi lebih banyak keuntungan, kata pengarah strategi PKR, Rafizi Ramli (gambar).
"Petronas seharusnya diuruskan secara komersil sepenuhnya," katanya kepada Bloomberg semasa menerangkan cadangan Anwar, yang merupakan ketua umum PKR.
Menurut Bloomberg, pentadbiran PR akan mengadakan jawatankuasa peringkat parlimen di Dewan Negara untuk meningkatkan ketelusan terhadap Petronas, yang sekarang ini melapor terus kepada perdana menteri.
Petronas kini dilihat sebagai sumber kewangan negara, dengan laporan dari Reuters berkata pada Julai lalu ia adalah pembayar cukai terbesar dan sumber kewangan terbesar negara, dan menyumbangkan 45 peratus dari perbelanjaan kerajaan yang terus mempunyai hutang yang tinggi.
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Petronas, Shamsul Azhar Abbas berkata pada September lalu bahawa model sekarang, di mana pembayaran RM30 billion setiap tahun kepada Putrajaya harus ditukar kepada 30 peratus berdasarkan keuntungan, menurut laporan Bloomberg itu lagi.
Selain itu, perubahan polisi PR ialah untuk meningkatkan rizab petroleum negara dan pendapatan Petronas dengan membeli banyak blok petroleum di luar negara, dan mengurangkan pencarian di kawasan petroleum yang kecil di dalam negara.
PR dilaporkan berkata pencarian petroleum di luar negara mungkin merupakan cara yang lebih baik untuk mendapatkan pulangan yang lebih tinggi daripada pelaburan Petronas dalam masa lima tahun yang berjumlah RM300 billion.
"Terdapat banyak kemungkinan akan mendapat blok yang lebih besar untuk kita dapatkan petroleum di luar negara.
"Kita akan hilang peluang untuk jangka masa panjang, kerana China sedang agresif mencar blok petroleum di seluruh dunia," kata Rafizi kepada Bloomberg selepas temuramah bersama Bloomberg Selasa lalu.
Dalam pentadbiran Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Petronas telah menawarkan pemotongan cukai dan perkongsian pengeluaran kepada syarikat carigali petroleum luar negara untuk memikat mereka untuk mencari gali kawasan petroleum luar pantai di negara ini.
Najib pada November 2010 berkata pencarian kawasan baru itu bermungkinan menjana pendapatan sehingga RM50 billion untuk 20 tahun akan datang, menurut laporan Bloomberg.
Tetapi menurut Rafizi, cara Putrajaya itu cuma untuk jangka masa pendek.
"Ini bukan soal kewangan, ini soal masa dan tenaga kerja.
Potensi untuk mencari kawasan baru yang besar sangat terhad," kata Rafizi, dengan Bloomberg melaporkan bahawa pengarah strategi PKR itu pernah bekerja di unit perancangan perniagaan di Petronas.
Andrew Harwood, seorang penganalisis dari syarikat konsultasi dari Singapore Wood Mackenzie Ltd, bersetuju dengan Rafizi.
"Ia sangat munasabah jika syarikat petroleum negara keluar dari sempadan negara untuk pencarian kawasan petroleum baru.
" Beliau berkata dengan melakukan sedemikian, Petronas akan menggunakan sumbernya untuk mencari yang lebih besar, manakala kawasan minyak yang lebih kecil akan ditinggalkan kepada syarikat lain.
Victor Shum, konsultan dari Singapura berkata Petronas harus membuat kedua-duanya dengan mencari sumber tempatan dan membeli blok di luar negara.
"Ini adalah peluang untuk menjadi lebih berjaya dan efisyen dari segi kos.
Mereka perlu cari gali kawasan tersebut," kata pengarah urusan IHS Consultant yang dilaporkan oleh Bloomberg.
Menurut Bloomberg, rizab petroleum Malaysia akan bertahan 29 tahun lagi, sementara itu rizab gas akan bertahan 37 tahun. -TMI
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