Monday, December 31, 2012

welcome 2013 and merry new year to all

welcome 2013 and merry new year to all

welcome 2013 and merry new year to all

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 08:01 AM PST


Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past — have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don't do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

(taken from here)

Renal and Liver Function Tests, Lipid Profile and KUB Ultrasound for December 2012

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 07:37 AM PST

Blood test results
Comparative renal function test, liver function test and lipid profile results for December 2012.

I had my blood extracted and a KUB (kidneys, ureters and bladder) ultrasound on 17 December at University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and went back to the Rehabilitation Medicine Department on 26 December for the review. Serum creatinine increased slightly but is not significant. However, urea is markedly elevated from 7.5 mmol/L in February 2012 to 9.3 mmol/L in June 2012 and to 10.7 mmol/L in December 2012. I suspect it could either be caused by Lipitor or the fish oil that I have been taking.

KUB Ultrasound Report for December 17, 2012

Both kidneys are increased in echogenicity.
Right kidney measures 9.6cm in bipolar length.
Left kidney is small in size measuring 7.7cm.
No calculi or hydronephrosis.
The bladder wall is trabeculated.

1. Renal parenchymal disease.
2. Trabeculated bladder secondary to neurogenic bladder.

As for the KUB ultrasound. the findings showed no significant changes from the previous one done in November 2011. I am scheduled to see a nephrologist in March 2013 for a review of my kidneys with a renal function test and liver function test done prior to that. In view of this, I have unilaterally decided to stop taking Lipitor until then to see if it affects my serum urea level. Other than that, I am quite happy with the results of the blood tests and ultrasound of the kidneys and bladder.

The Connection - K-Pop and Plastic Surgery

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 05:45 AM PST

IT'S NO SECRET K-pop has spiked in popularity in recent years. According to Korea JoongAng Daily USA, by 2010, over 900 K-pop videos on YouTube by South Korea's top three media companies had received over 500 million hits from Asia alone. (This was long before Psy's "Gangnam Style," of course.) Money Today reported that the four top-paid Korean male celebrities are in the music industry. And, thanks to "hallyu," or the Korean wave, referring to the increasing international popularity of Korean culture, K-pop has gained a considerable fanbase abroad, too. A reporter for Monocle on Bloomberg Television dubbed K-pop South Korea's "most potent weapon," and YouTube has officially added K-pop as a genre to its "Music" page.

However, even as countries around the world are reveling in the music of girl and boy bands like Girls' Generation, 2NE1 and Big Bang, some Koreans internally are worried that K-pop may be encouraging the growth of another trend: teen plastic surgery.

Commonplace today on numerous K-pop fan websites are speculative stories about whether pop idols with picture-perfect facial features are natural or the work of a talented plastic surgeon. Sample headlines from fan sites include: "Chocolat denies plastic surgery rumors: 'We are 100% natural beauties'"; "Did SNSD's Taeyeon & Tiffany recently undergo cosmetic surgery?"; "Brown Eyed Girls' Miryo addresses plastic surgery rumor; "IU denies that she went under the knife"; "ZE:A's Kwanghee hasn't been able to drink alcohol since he got plastic surgery."

Often accompanying such stories are recent photos of the K-pop star alongside his or her childhood photos, so that netizens can draw their own conclusions.

Certainly, plastic surgery in South Korea, in general, has made headlines over the years. Last April, The Economist reported that the Asian country emerged as the most-cosmetically enhanced population in the world. The report was based on data from a 2010 Survey by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, which found that, while the total number of aesthetic surgical procedures was highest in the U.S., when adjusted for population size, Korea topped the list. (To be fair, some Korean media pointed out that nearly half of those procedures were non-invasive, such as Botox injections.)

Just a decade or so ago, the majority of Koreans receiving plastic surgery were in their 20s and 30s. But that majority appears to be shrinking as more teenagers go under the knife—so much so that, in 2011, South Korea's Ministry of Education issued a booklet to warn high school students about "plastic surgery syndrome." An e-Seoul survey reported last year by Korea JoongAng Daily found that 41.4 percent of teens were "willing to have plastic surgery for beauty." This percentage is about 10 points higher than that of interviewees in their 20s, 20 points higher than that of interviewees in their 30s, and 30 points higher than that of interviewees in their 40s or older.

It could be mere coincidence that, with the incredible rise of K-pop, the plastic surgery age may be trending younger. However, while it's difficult to prove a direct correlation, it's no secret that K-pop stars are recognized not only for their music, but also for their physical appearance. And what's become almost trademark for most Kpop idols are features like double eyelids and high-bridged noses, facial features that many East Asians aren't necessarily born with. Even members of Korean boy bands are known to be "pretty."

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[LIVE] Sambutan Ambang 2013 Di Dataran Shah Alam

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 08:02 AM PST

Sambutan ambang tahun baru 2013.. LIVE!! Bersama Ustadz Azhar Idrus serta para penceramah dan selebriti serta ikon sukan anjuran Kerajaan Negeri Selangor.


Gunakan stream di bawah ini jika STREAM I gagal dibuka. STREAM II

The Four Most Important Political Lessons of 2012

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 04:35 AM PST

What are the most important political lessons of 2012?

First, we saw the end of the electoral power—at the national level—of the Republican Party's theologically rigid agenda. Mitt Romney's primary season embrace of the social and economic agenda of the more rabid elements of his party doomed him, especially the shrill immigration rhetoric and the harshly insensitive theory that no additional sacrifice or contribution should be sought from those at the top. When he tried to move away from the sharpest edges of this during the general election, the public didn't trust him.

Romney's defeat was not simply the arithmetic of voting blocs; it was the larger statement that " We all did build this." The sense of community in our politics and society re-asserted itself against the hard individualism of the right. Hence the near certainty that Congress will enact immigration reform and tax rates that require the wealthiest to pay more. The two theologians of the Republican Party—Grover Norquist on taxes and Wayne LaPierre on guns—are now struggling. This is good for our politics.

Second, the president did best and crafted his majority when he spoke to true progressive values. During much of his first term he was quite tepid in his embrace of those values. And his poll numbers were flat, the public disengaged from his efforts. But when he finally spoke up on the agenda that the public cares about—from same-sex marriage to immigration reform to a fair distribution of the tax burden—the public responded. The lesson is clear: The timorous politics of so many Democrats who feel compelled to rush to the middle, to be meek, to shy away from the agenda of change that is needed, is not only wrong substantively, it is wrong politically.

Third, revolutions are messy things. The initial euphoria of the Arab spring—the most important foreign policy event of the past several years—has now been replaced by the grind of upheaval that has no clear direction. Yet the move toward secular society does seem to have traction, the desire for freedom as we understand it seems to be real. There are countervailing forces—the Islamists' desire to impose an intolerant theology. Yet in Egypt and elsewhere the foundation of democracy is visible, if under threat. Whether the state of Egypt ends up replicating Pakistan (we hope not) or Turkey (we hope so), it surely will not be Iran. The Middle East is still a mess, from Syria to Iran. Yet it does appear to be moving in the right direction.

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Banglo Milik Zuhasnan & Jamaluddin Jarjis Mungkin Dirobohkan

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 04:57 AM PST

Dua banglo, masing-masing milik Anggota Parlimen Setiawangsa Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique dan Duta Khas Malaysia ke Amerika Syarikat Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis, yang terletak di Puncak Setiawangsa berkemungkinan akan dirobohkan bagi memberi ruang zon penampan antara tebing runtuh dan rumah-rumah berhampiran.

Ketua Pegawai Operasi Institut Kerja Raya Malaysia (IKRAM) Mohd Taufik Harun berkata sebelum sebarang tindakan diambil pihaknya perlu mendapatkan semua maklumat berkenaan keadaan tanah dan cerun tersebut.

"Orang boleh bagi pelbagai cadangan, tetapi kami akan mencari penyelesaian sebenar," katanya di Pusat Operasi Bencana Tebing Runtuh di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata langkah tersebut bertujuan menyelamatkan empat rumah lain yang terletak di atas bukit dan mengurangkan tekanan tanah di atas bukit.

"Buat masa ini kita lihat tiada kesan teruk akan berlaku terhadap rumah penduduk di kawasan atas tapi yang kita dikhuatiri adalah rumah penduduk yang berada di bawah tebing cerun," katanya.

Menurut beliau hari ini pergerakan tanah masih aktif tetapi tidak seaktif Ahad.

"Tindakan segera sekarang kita perlu musnahkan banglo yang terjejas itu sebab akan sebabkan runtuhan tanah lebih teruk dan kita akan cuba alihkan bongkah konkrit yang berat kira-kira 8,100 kilogram secara perlahan-lahan," katanya.

Beliau berkata kaedah yang betul bagi proses merobohkan banglo itu perlu dilakukan bagi mengelakkan keadaan runtuhan tanah dan cerun menjadi teruk. - Bernama

"Syria rebels 'beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs' as fears grow over Islamist atrocities," by Nick Fagge

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 02:30 AM PST

Daily Mail, December 30   Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits.

She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs. He had recently married and was soon to be a father. Volatile fighting: The news of the kidnapping and beheading of Mr Arbashe came as pro-government forces celebrated their victory against rebels at the Air Defence Base in Tal Hassil near from Aleppo Airport last night.

Volatile fighting: The news of the kidnapping and beheading of Mr Arbashe came as pro-government forces celebrated their victory against rebels at the Air Defence Base in Tal Hassil near Aleppo Airport last night. Sister Agnes-Mariam de la Croix said: 'His only crime was his brother criticised the rebels, accused them of acting like bandits, which is what they are.' 

There have been a growing number of accounts of atrocities carried out by rogue elements of the Syrian Free Army, which opposes dictator Bashar al-Assad and is recognised by Britain and the West as the legitimate leadership. Sister Agnes-Miriam, mother superior of the Monastery of St James the Mutilated, has condemned Britain and the west for supporting the rebels despite growing evidence of human rights abuses. Murder, kidnapping, rape and robbery are becoming commonplace, she says. 'The free and democratic world is supporting extremists,' Sister Agnes-Miriam said from her sanctuary in Lebanon. 'They want to impose Sharia Law and create an Islamic state in Syria.'...Hat tip: Jihad Watch

CAMERA Top Ten MidEast Media Mangles of 2012

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 02:26 AM PST

Every day, Israel is assailed with false accusations from the media. And every day, CAMERA is on the front lines in the battle for accuracy and fairness.This year, our researchers and analysts tackled many of the worst offenders. Among them, our…

Top Ten MidEast Media Mangles for 2012:

1. "60 Minutes" Indicts Israel for Suffering of Christians
During a segment entitled, "Christians of the Holy Land," Bob Simon, "60 Minutes" and CBS deceived viewers by downplaying Muslim hostility toward Christians and falsely portraying Israel as an oppressor – instead of an island of safety in a region where Christians are increasingly under siege. In addition to launching a letter writing campaign, CAMERA Board Members attended a May CBS Shareholders meeting to raise concerns directly, distributing a letter to the CBS Board detailing the falsehoods in the report. When Jeffrey Fager, Chairman of CBS News and Executive Producer of 60 Minutes, disregarded the substantive concerns raised claiming the broadcast "was fair and accurate reporting about a newsworthy subject," CAMERA ran an ad in the Wall Street Journal laying out the facts and calling for public action.

2. Washington Post Photo Coverage of Gaza Conflict Grossly Biased
Alongside text coverage of "Pillar of Defense" and its aftermath, The Washington Post published 28 photographs in less than two weeks; nineteen featured Palestinian Arabs, four of them on page one, and nine featured Israelis, none of those on page one. Even prior to the recent operation, however, the newspaper demonstrated a pattern of unbalanced photo coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Rather than addressing this issue, Post Ombudsman Patrick Pexton wrote a column defending the newspaper's photographic coverage and saying, memorably, that "the overwhelming majority of rockets fired from Gaza are like bee stings on the Israeli bear's behind."

3. Ha'aretz Drives the Apartheid Canard
With the publication of a front-page news story and accompanying commentary by Gideon Levy falsely claiming that a poll showed a majority of Israelis advocated anti-Arab policies, (a headline declared that "most Israeli Jews support an apartheid regime in Israel,") Ha'aretz promoted the message, as Levy neatly put it, that "We're racist ...and we even want to live in an apartheid state." The incendiary story quickly inspired headlines in mainstream international media outlets including the Guardian, The Independent, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Telegraph, The Globe and Mail, Agence-France Presse, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Calgary Herald, as well as Al Jazeera and fringe anti-Israel outfits. Presspectiva, CAMERA's Hebrew site, was the first to publish an in-depth analysis in Hebrew demonstrating how Levy misrepresented the poll results and was the first Hebrew site to provide the complete poll results. The analysis was cited by every major Hebrew blog that discussed the Ha'aretz "apartheid" poll scandal. Ma'ariv's Ben-Dror Yemini, who also wrote a detailed piece critical of the Ha'aretz "apartheid" poll coverage, cited CAMERA/Presspectiva extensively. Five days after the deeply flawed articles first appeared, Ha'aretz issued clarifications, but the clarifications did not address all of the problems with the newspaper's coverage, and did not begin to douse the flames ignited by the false front-page stories. The newspaper eventually published critical op-Eds as well as a partial and disingenuous "apology" by Levy himself. Following the "apology," CAMERA noted that Levy has a long history of deceiving the public.

4. Media Misconstrue E-1 Facts. Israeli Building Would NOT "Bisect" West Bank
The media, led by The New York Times but also including The Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the Jewish Daily Forward and many others, have dramatically misinformed the public about Israeli construction in the area known as "the E-1 corridor." Among the false allegations are that construction of new homes by Israel would bisect the West Bank, cut off Palestinian cities from Jerusalem, make a contiguous and viable Palestinian state impossible, and destroy any chance for a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Communications from CAMERA prompted The New York Times to issue several corrections. Many other media outlets have not yet corrected their misrepresentations. CAMERA's new monograph, Indicting Israel: New York Times Coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, details how The New York Times treats Israel with a harsher standard, omits context, and shows a clear preference for the Palestinian narrative.

5. The Guardian's Ever-Changing Israeli Capital
Originally, The Guardian correctly stated in the caption of a photograph that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Days later, they issued a "correction" saying they had "wrongly referred to the city as the Israeli capital. The Guardian style guide states: 'Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel; Tel Aviv is.'" Nearly four months after that, following many complaints, The Guardian re-corrected, sort of, writing "A correction to a picture caption said we should not have described Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. It went on to relay the advice in our style guide that the capital was Tel Aviv. In 1980 the Israeli Knesset enacted a law designating the city of Jerusalem, including East Jerusalem, as the country's capital. In response, the UN security council issued resolution 478, censuring the 'change in character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem' and calling on all member states with diplomatic missions in the city to withdraw. The UN has reaffirmed this position on several occasions, and almost every country now has its embassy in Tel Aviv. While it was therefore right to issue a correction to make clear Israel's designation of Jerusalem as its capital is not recognised by the international community, we accept that it is wrong to state that Tel Aviv – the country's financial and diplomatic centre – is the capital. The style guide has been amended accordingly." Got it?

6. Before and After the Toulouse Massacre, Media Silent on Hate-Indoctrination
On March 19, in Toulouse, France, during the busy morning school drop-off period, Mohammed Merah rode up to the Ozar HaTorah Jewish School on a scooter, killed Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, his six-year-old son Aryeh, and his three-year-old son Gabriel then chased down and murdered seven-year-old Myriam Monsonego. "As regards the killing of the children at the Jewish school in Toulouse, he was very explicit," said Interior Minister Claude Guéant. "He said he wanted to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children." Major media, The New York Times chief among them, have failed over many years to report accurately, consistently and with due prominence the pervasive and genocidal rhetoric against Israel and the Jewish people, giving only passing attention to the issue. Their dereliction on this issue has done incalculable harm, not least in signaling to the hate-mongers that no price is to be paid for promoting extreme bigotry.

7. Spanish Newspaper El Pais Claims Gilad Shalit "Involved in a Gaza Massacre"
In the sub-headline of an article about kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit being invited to a Barca-Real Madrid football (soccer) match, influential Spanish newspaper El Pais falsely claimed that Shalit was "involved in a Gaza massacre." The paper also wrote that he was eventually freed in exchange for 477 Palestinian prisoners. The newspaper published a letter from ReVista de Medio Oriente, CAMERA's Spanish-language Web site, and one from the President of the Federación de Comunidades Judías de España (Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain). The newspaper also published a correction, saying "Corporal Gilad Shalit was not involved in any killing in Gaza," and continuing on to state "Shalit was apprehended by Hamas on the Gaza border in 2006 and was held captive for five years until he was exchanged for 1027 Palestinian prisoners, not 477 as stated on Wednesday and yesterday."

8. AFP "Fauxtography" Picked Up by Global Press
A January 25 Agence France-Presse photograph, in which a Palestinian construction worker is said to be screaming in pain after he was run over by a trailer driven by an Israeli soldier, prominently appeared in the print editions of the International Herald Tribune (January 26) and The Washington Post (January 27), and was featured on the Web sites of The Wall Street Journal, the Guardian and MSNBC (slide 13), among others. At worst, this incident was staged and the man pretended to be run over and injured, while neither happened. At best, there was zero independent confirmation that he was injured. After much work by CAMERA's Israel office highlighting the dubiousness of the claims, the Journal commendably clarified, though AFP regrettably defended the photograph despite the lack of credible evidence that such an incident occurred.

9. NPR, No Perspective Radio, Falsely Claims Israelis Violent to Palestinian Arabs
NPR's"All Things Considered" program featured a segment reported by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro entitled "Report: Violence Against West Bank Palestinians Is Up." The thrust of the story was that Israeli residents are violent toward Palestinian residents of the West Bank and that violence is systemic. While statistics refute this assertion, Garcia-Navarro quoted four people to bolster that position and only one to negate it. The report which presumably serves as the basis for the story actually shows that during the week of the incident featured, the same number of Palestinian Arabs and Israelis were injured in the disputed territories, four. CAMERA has reported numerous times on troubling coverage of the Middle East by National Public Radio.

10. Journal of Palestine Studies Defends Ilan Pappé's Fabricated Quotation with Another Fabrication
After CAMERA informed the Journal of Palestine Studies (JPS) of a falsified quote published in its pages, attributed to Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion by revisionist historian Ilan Pappé, editors nonetheless defended "the overall accuracy" by pointing to another purported statement by Ben-Gurion that they claimed showed Pappé was essentially correct. Pappé claimed that Ben-Gurion wrote, "The Arabs will have to go, but one needs an opportune moment for making it happen, such as a war." JPS maintained this quote, while incorrect, was close enough to what they say Ben-Gurion actually wrote, namely that "We must expel Arabs and take their place." There is no evidence that he ever believed either sentiment. In fact, all evidence suggests Ben Gurion always intended just the opposite – and actually wrote "that there is enough room for us and for the Arabs in the land."

Can we expect 2013 to be a better year for Israel and media coverage? While CAMERA is gratified at the many instances of responsible action by members of the media, it's also obvious there will be many challenges! Camera

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Saudis Sweat Bullets As Energy Revolution Changes the Rules

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 02:39 AM PST

They will not have much money to spread their messages of hate against the Jews and other infidels. Oh, yes they can drink their oil and eat their sand at that time in the near future-edit.

The US shale gas boom, drastically cutting the cost of gas, is shaking the foundations of the Saudi Arabian economic model—and more is coming. The highly profitable $100bn Gulf petrochemical industry is taking a hit as its biggest customer—the U.S.—is importing less and relying instead on domestic production.

US petrochemical companies, propelled by cheaper access to raw materials, are competing effectively against companies like the Saudi Basic Industries Corp (Sabic), the world's largest chemical maker. Sabic also has some home-grown problems. The rapidly growing Saudi population wants to consume (subsidized) petrochemicals at home, air conditioning Saudi houses and running Saudi cars instead of exporting product abroad.  Falling production, demand, and prices are beginning to hurt the once stalwart $89bn company. The Financial Times reports:

"The cyclical Gulf petrochemicals industry is already suffering, as lower prices have coincided with higher raw material costs. Sabic…has reported declining profits in every quarter so far this year. In the third quarter net income fell 23 per cent from the year-earlier period; it fell 35 per cent in the second and 5 per cent in the first quarter."
US gas prices have plummeted due to new techniques, known as fracking and horizontal drilling, developed to extract the vast deposits of shale gas in the North American bedrock. Production has jumped by nearly a quarter since 2000, reducing demand for Saudi gas. If China figures out how to exploit its own shale gas reserves the Saudis will have every reason to be nervous. The two pillars of the Saudi economy—oil and petrochemical exports—will both be on shaky ground.

But the changing energy landscape threatens more than economic consequences for the Gulf state. The US could surpass Saudi Arabia as the world's leading oil producer by 2020, and this could mean big changes for US foreign policy and the domestic economy.

Via Meadia recently wrote that the Gulf region, Russia, Venezuela, and other former oil monopolists will see their power and influence decrease in the face of a new American led energy order. Countries like Brazil, China, Canada, and Israel will also make gains due to the discovery of their own energy reserves.

To add icing to the geopolitical cake, America's energy revolution could jolt some much-needed life into the long term prospects of the US economy. Since the 2008 financial crisis, more than 600,000 new jobs have come from the fracking industry, and these jobs pay well. The new industry will draw workers away from the coasts and into the American heartland, reviving the surrounding states. As the energy revolution unfolds, the Saudis are likely to have less discretionary money for missionary projects and the United States will be in a stronger position to press its longtime partner on a variety of issues. Interesting times. American Interest

Wang Hantaran Mahal Punca Perkahwinan Gagal

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 03:25 AM PST

Ramai pasangan gagal meneruskan perkahwinan hingga bercerai-berai kerana menghadapi tekanan emosi. Antaranya, akibat masalah tidak cukup wang belanja selepas hidup berpasangan atau setelah mempunyai cahaya mata.

Perunding motivasi dan kaunseling, Hushim Salleh berkata, kes sedemikian banyak berlaku kepada pasangan yang membuat pinjaman peribadi dengan bank atau institusi kewangan. Bahkan ada yang berhutang dengan pemberi pinjam tanpa lesen (ah long) bagi menyediakan wang hantaran dan kos kenduri.

"Ramai datang ke klinik kaunseling saya mengadu tertekan sebab terpaksa membayar hutang ketika melangsungkan majlis perkahwinan. Sedangkan perbelanjaan harian berubah bila dah hidup berdua dan beranak-pinak.

"Peringkat awal semua nampak manis. Cinta masih baru. Tak nampak kesan. Lepas berbulan atau setahun dua, pasangan itu akan rasa kesannya. Gaji tidak seberapa tapi hutang yang beribu kena bayar setiap bulan. Bayangkan kalau individu baru tamat universiti berkahwin secara berhutang," ujar beliau.

Hushim menambah, sedia maklum pasangan baru tamat pengajian jika makan gaji tidak akan terus menerus menerima gaji lumayan. Selepas berkahwin banyak belanja hendak guna seperti duit sewa rumah, bil air dan elektrik, peralatan serta makan minum. Perbelanjaan makin bertambah setelah pasangan mendapat anak.

"Tapi gaji suami atau isteri dipotong setiap bulan sebab nak bayar hutang. Mungkin juga tolak Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) atau sesetengah tu tolak hutang belajar.

"Secara psikologi bila tak cukup duit, biasanya pasangan saling mempertikai dan mengaitkannya dengan hutang wang hantaran dan belanja kahwin dulu," jelas Hushim.

Tambahnya, akibat pertengkaran tidak berkesudahan, emosi pasangan terganggu serta tertekan. Mereka mula memikirkan semula diri pasangan hingga ada beranggapan tidak mengenali pasangan yang sudah dinikahi. Dalam erti kata lain ungkit mengungkit.

"Bila bertengkar, macam-macam perkataan disebut. Terkeluar sifat sebenar pasangan. Bergaduh setiap masa. Ketika inilah mereka terlupa soal cinta.Dah tak kenal cinta. Cinta jadi retorik semata-mata. Daripada cinta terbalik jadi benci.

"Masalah akan lebih teruk dan tidak berkesudahan kalau ada yang masuk campur keluarga kedua-dua pihak. Tapi tidak mampu menyelesaikan konflik. Kepada pasangan yang gagal mencapai persefahaman kebiasaannya mengambil keputusan bercerai.

"Ada kes seorang pensyarah buat kenduri kahwin besar-besaran. Tapi bercerai selepas 15 hari. Bila lalui kaunseling, puncanya sebab bertengkar dan ungkit mengungkit wang hantaran serta belanja kenduri.

"Waktu bersanding hanya ingat yang indah-indah. Tapi lepas selesai majlis, baru sedar terlalu banyak guna duit. Lalu saling menyalahkan sesama sendiri dan mula fikir tak sefahaman.

Akhirnya bercerai," akhiri beliau. -SH

Ulasan GB

GB pernah ulas satu ketika:

Malah bukan sahaja "menyebabkan golongan muda yang mahu berkahwin menangguhkan dahulu hasrat tersebut" lebih teruk dari itu, pasangan boleh terjebak dengan perbuatan maksiat apabila gagal untuk menempuh lautan kesabaran apabila dilanda ombak percintaan dan gelora nafsu.

Itu sebab mengapa Rasulullah pernah bersabda:

Yassiru wa la tu 'assiru
Bashiru wa la tu naffiru

Permudahkan dan jangan dipersusahkan
Gembirakan dan jangan menakutkan. Sahih Bukhari & Muslim

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Group Photo After The First Committee Meeting

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 11:15 PM PST

MAF of Sibu South District had its first committee meeting on 29th December, 2012 at 4:00pm at The Masland Church.

MAF of Sibu South District 2013-2014

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 11:04 PM PST


The committee members of MAF of Sibu South District posed for a group photo after the election on 16th December, 2012.

Selangor Cemerlang Dibawah Pakatan Rakyat, UMNO BN Cemburu & Sakit Hati

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 12:21 AM PST

Tatkala tirai 2012 hampir dilabuhkan, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) terus membuktikan kemampuan mentadbir negeri-negeri yang diterajuinya dengan pelbagai kejayaan membanggakan di sepanjang memerintah.

Antara pencapaian yang dianggap sebagai mercu tanda kejayaan negeri PR pada 2012 termasuklah pengkiktirafan Ketua Audit Negara yang dikepalai Tan Sri Ambrin Buang terhadap pengurusan fiskal yang baik oleh Kerajaan Selangor, Pulau Pinang, Kedah dan Kelantan.

Menurut Laporan Ketua Audit Negara (LKAN) 2011 yang dibentangkan di Parlimen pada 15 Oktober lalu, jelas membuktikan pengurusan kewangan di negeri PR jauh lebih baik meninggalkan negeri ditadbir Umno-BN.

Antara yang mendapat pujian dalam laporan LKAN, kutipan yang diperoleh Kerajaan Selangor meningkat sebanyak RM62.5 juta berbanding tahun sebelumnya.

Negeri Selangor turut mencatat sejarahnya tersendiri apabila buat kali pertama, rizab Kerajaan Negeri itu mencecah lebih RM2.5 bilion.

Selain itu, sambutan rakyat Selangor terhadap pelbagai Agenda Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor oleh Kerajaan Negeri juga semakin dicemburui Umno-BN.

Sehingga 30 September 2012, Kerajaan Negeri membelanjakan sebanyak RM766,913,379 bagi menjayakan 16 program bantuan atau skim bantuan untuk rakyat Selangor sejak program tersebut dilancarkan.

Dalam tempoh sama, seramai 166,441 rakyat Selangor dan 1,303,601 isi rumah menerima pelbagai manfaat dari program-program tersebut.

Antara program yang diperkenalkan, Pemberian Air Percuma, Skim Mikro Kredit Selangor (SkimSel), Hadiah Anak Masuk Universiti, Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE), Tabung Warisan Anak Selangor (TAWAS), Pusat Tuisyen Rakyat, Skim Mikrokredit Miskin Bandar (MiMBAR), Skim Bantuan Tadika (TUNAS) dan Skim Bantuan Asuhan Rakyat (SiKEMBAR) dan lain-lain.

Umno-BN Melawan Dengan Fitnah

Maka, tidaklah menghairankan apabila Umno-BN semakin menggila menyerang dengan memfitnah Kerajaan Negeri Selangor bagi memastikan tampuk pentadbiran negeri terkaya itu kembali ke pangkuan mereka.

Antara tindakan luar kewarasan yang diambil Umno-BN termasuklah projek pembikinan iklan fiksyen 'krisis air Selangor' yang diadakan di sebuah pangsapuri di Petaling Jaya pada 24 September lalu.

Bagaimanapun tembelang politik tidak bermoral ini terburai juga setelah beberapa media termasuk TV Selangor sendiri berjaya menghidu kegiatan tersebut.

Ketika di lokasi penggambaran, TV Selangor sempat diberitahu oleh beberapa pelakon bahawa mereka dibayar RM50 untuk menjayakan beberapa adengan yang menggambarkan 'krisis air Selangor'.

Penggambaran tersebut juga tampak lucu apabila lori tangki yang kononnya membekalkan air kepada 'mangsa krisis air' itu bukan sahaja tidak membawa hatta setitik air, malah 'mangsa-mangsa' itu sendiri mengambil air paip sebelum diisi ke dalam baldi-baldi yang dibawa sebagai prop penggambaran.

Penduduk yang kurang senang dengan tindakan tersebut juga memberitahu kediaman mereka tidak pernah mengalami gangguan bekalan air seperti mana yang mahu digambarkan dalam filem fiksyen itu.

Manakala pada Oktober lalu, penduduk Taman Medan Cahaya turut menjadi mangsa politik kotor Umno-BN apabila mereka diperalat untuk menyertai demontrasi menuntut 20 meter padu air percuma dari Kerajaan Negeri.

Bagaimanapun, Pengerusi Persatuan Penduduk Blok B, Mohamad Fuad Jam Jam dan penduduk Blok H, pangsapuri terbababit, A Ramlee Yahaya, memberitahu pangsapuri terlibat sudah menerima bekalan air percuma sejak 2011 lagi.

Selain itu, Mohamad Fuad turut memberitahu sebelum demontrasi diadakan, persatuannya dimaklumkan penganjur demontrasi, tujuan utama demontrasi diadakan adalah untuk memprotes penerbitan filem menghina Nabi Muhammad SAW sekaligus menimbulkan kekeliruan di kalangan penduduk.

Politik Ganas Berleluasa

Oleh kerana tekanan memuncak untuk kembali berkuasa di negeri PR dan mengekalkan kuasa di Putrajaya, Umno-BN berterusan menggila dengan bertindak ganas bagi menghalang kemaraan PR.

Beberapa insiden ganas melibatkan serangan penyokong Umno-BN terhadap penyokong PR di tapak ceramah samada di Selangor mahupun di negeri-negeri lain turut menjadi antara topik hangat diperkatakan di sepanjang 2012.

Terbaru, dalam kejadian di Negeri Sembilan, Ketua Penerangan Anak, Naraza Muda cedera di bahagian kepala dan pengsan selepas dipukul dengan sebatang kayu tajam oleh penyokong Umno-BN dalam Konvoi Kembara Oren pada 23 Disember baru-baru ini.

Manakala, dua penyokong PR turut mengalami kecederaan akibat diserang dengan satu senjata tajam oleh penyokong Umno-BN dalam ceramah PR di Gombak pada 4 Disember lalu.

Insiden keganasan Umno-BN lain yang paling diperkatakan di sepanjang 2012, siri serangan terhadap konvoi 'Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat' termasuk bas 'Merdeka Rakyat' yang dinaiki Ketua Umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Lebih malang lagi, polis sendiri tidak menunjukkan kesungguhan untuk mentangani isu keganasan politik ini sekaligus menjadikan ia berlarutan.

Gadai Tanah Rizab Melayu

Selain bertindak ganas terhadap penyokong parti lawan, Umno-BN juga tidak segan silu memainkan isu perkauman bagi menakutan pengundi Melayu yang kononnya bakal kehilangan kuasa politik mereka.

Bagaimanapun malang bagi Umno-BN, usaha-usaha mereka tidaklah mendatangkan kesan maksimum seperti yang mereka harapkan apabila tindakan ganas itu turut dicemuh masyarakat umum.

Selain itu, tindakan 'patriotik' Umno-BN itu juga disia-siakan dengan pembongkaran tindakan khianat parti tua itu menjual tanah milik Kerajaan Negeri dan tanah rizab Melayu sendiri.

Di Selangor sahaja, dari 1999 hingga 2008, dianggarkan tidak kurang 24 Lot tanah milik Kerajaan Negeri dianggarkan bernilai lebih RM300 juta, yang diperolehi Umno-BN ketika era pentadbiran Umno-BN dijual pada harga rendah atau bertukar tangan kepada pihak ke-tiga.

Umno-BN juga bijak mengaut keuntungan mudah dengan menyelitkan kepentingan mereka dalam setiap urusniaga penjualan tanah tersebut kepada pihak ke-tiga.

Oleh demikian, rakyat Selangor harus bijak membuat pilihan dalam pilihan raya yang bakal diadakan pada 2013 nanti.

Jika dinilai dari segi prestasi, ia bukanlah suatu pilihan sukar buat rakyat Selangor kerana rekod lebih empat tahun prestasi pentadbiran PR Selangor dan rekod pentadbiran 55 tahun Umno-BN menceritakan segalanya.

Nine Sugar-Related Health Risks

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 10:30 PM PST

Sugar is hidden in almost everything we eat and drink these days and that includes your morning coffee. You might be tempted to dismiss some of this "extra sweetness" as harmless but think again… Every bit of additional sugar in your body can create all sorts problems in your system. In fact, piling on dreaded belly fat is just one of them!

Here's what you need to know about what too much sugar is doing to your health right now…

Health Risk #1 

A rise in blood sugar levels makes your body produce more insulin. Over time, your body becomes resistant to insulin, putting you at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Health Risk #2

Sugar slaughters the growth hormones that keep you healthy and youthful both inside and out. You'll see the effects of too much sugar in every part of your body, including your skin.

Health Risk #3 

Sugar feeds cancer cells! This allows them to grow and crush out healthy cells in your body. It also means that you increase your chances of developing cancer.

Health Risk #4 

Sugar increases cholesterol, which can affect your heart. Sugar also increases blood pressure, which leads to various types of cardiovascular disease.

Health Risk #5 

This one might come as a bit of a surprise. Did you know sugar causes food allergies? Well it does and it's also a contributing factor for skin problems like eczema.

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Specially For New Year's Eve...

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 08:57 PM PST

Mark Twain New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions. Brooks Atkinson Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. Bill Vaughan Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to. P. J. O'Rourke The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to. Jay Leno Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average… which means, you have met your New Year's resolution. James Agate New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. Eric Zorn Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle. Bill Vaughan An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. Charles Lamb New Year's Day is every man's birthday. Oprah Winfrey Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. Mark Twain New Year's Day now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Judith Crist Happiness is too many things these days for anyone to wish it on anyone lightly. So let's just wish each other a bile-less New Year and leave it at that. Anonymous Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits. Joey Adams May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions! Anais Nin I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me. Oscar Wilde Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. Robert Paul I'm a little bit older, a little bit wiser, a little bit rounder, but still none the wiser. Anonymous A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other. Leonard Bernstein From New Year's on the outlook brightens; good humor lost in a mood of failure returns. I resolve to stop complaining. G. K. Chesterton The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterwards. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

The first MSSPP chess competition in 1972

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 07:54 PM PST

The year 1972 was a watershed year for chess in Penang. Not only was the Penang Chess Association founded in that year, the state's first Penang Schools' Sports Council's (Majlis Sukan Sekolah-sekolah Pulau Pinang, MSSPP) chess competition was initiated in July 1972. This resulted from a flurry of chess activities that had swirled around the state since the beginning of the year.

Of course, the momentum has continued unabated ever since. For instance, that year ended with the Malaysian Schools' Sport Council's (Majlis Sukan Sekolah-sekolah Malaysia, MSSM) chess competition at the grand Dewan Sri Pinang auditorium in December 1972. I have touched before on the first MSSM chess competition, which started off as only a team event, here and here.

Today, I would like to mention something about the first MSSPP chess competition instead. In 1972, I had already started to document some of the early chess events in the state. While reading through my old notes, I realised that there are a lot of memories which should be shared with other chess players for posterity.

The first MSSPP chess competition was organised over five days by the Han Chiang Primary School starting at 3p.m. on a Friday, 7 July 1972. See? I had even taken note of the time that the first round was supposed to begin! At that time, the Penang Chess Association president, Fang Ewe Churh, was also the headmaster of the primary school. It did not come as a surprise then that he would offer his school to run the first MSSPP tournament.

As there were 14 teams, it was decided that for the Preliminaries, they be divided into two groups of seven teams each. In each group, they would play a round-robin and the first two teams would then advance to the Final of the competition. As this was the very first time that a chess competition was being held in the state, there were no chess clocks. I would believe that nobody owned a chess clock in Penang except for perhaps the PCA president and even then, maybe he would have one or two only. So it was announced that everybody would have to observe fair play and not delay making their moves on purpose. I think there was some threat of action if the participants ignored the rule.

Unfortunately, I did not keep any record of all the teams that played in this first ever MSSPP competition but in the group which included the Penang Free School - and naturally enough, I was a member of the team - we had Georgetown Secondary School, Methodist Girls' School, Saint George's Girls' School, Saint Xavier's Institution, Technical Institute and Tunku Puan Habsah Girls' School as rivals. The teams in the other group included Bukit Mertajam High School, Chung Ling High School, Han Chiang High School and Padang Polo Secondary School. No idea about their other three teams. Our PFS team comprised Tan Seang Beng, Wong Peng Hung, Khaw Teik Kooi, Khoo Chuan Keat, Toh Kok Chuan and I.

According to my notes, we beat GSS 4-0, beat SXI 3½-½, drew with TI 2-2 and then mopped up MGS, SGGS and TPHGS with identical 4-0 scorelines to top the group. The Saints finished second behind us.

As can be deduced from the scores, our toughest match in the preliminary rounds was against the Technical Institute. I had observed then that our team underestimated our opponents. Halfway through my own game, I felt that something was going wrong with our common strategy. One of my youthful team mates, Peng Hung, was careless and had lost to the TI's Cheah Khye Peng. Luckily, I was able to restore the balance by beating Saw Boo Pheng. This match proved to be a titanic struggle. After about 3½ hours of play, the officials called for a 10-minute break (a quirky rule, this) during which time, my team mates huddled and decided that in the interests of fair play, they would agree to split the points in the two remaining games. So at seven o'clock, the PFS-TI match was declared as a 2-2 draw.

Below are some old pictures taken by one of the Han Chiang teachers at the start of the preliminary rounds. There are a few commentaries below some of them. The story of the Finals continues after the pictures.

Lim Swee Aun of the Saint Xavier's Institution in the short-sleeved shirt on the right.

 Tan Heng Boo (left) of the Bukit Mertajam High School.

The SXI player beside Lim Swee Aun (same shirt) was Ooi Gim Eng. At the top of the picture were Toh Kok Chuan (Penang Free School) laying against Khor Bean Hwa (Technical Institute).

The two teams at the back of the playing hall were Penang Free School (facing the camera) and Technical Institute (back to the camera). The three PFS players seen here were Toh Kok Chuan, Tan Seang Beng and myself. 

There was about a month's break before the Final of the first MSSPP chess competition was contested. It started on 8 August 1972 and last five days. This time, the PFS team came better prepared after the experience of the preliminary rounds. Moreover, we knew that the opposition was going to be much tougher among the top four teams that qualified from the two groups.

I had written in my notes: "In the first of the round-robin system of play, the Penang Free School team set the ball rolling by overcoming the team from High School Bukit Mertajam 4-0. The Chung Ling High School team scored a 3-1 win over Saint Xavier's Institution. In the second round, Chung Ling High School beat High School Bukit Mertajam by 3-1, while Penang Free School beat Saint Xavier's Institution by 3-1. In the last round of play, Penang Free School and Chung Ling High School drew 2-2, and Saint Xavier's Institution beat High School Bukit Mertajam 3-1."

And I concluded: "With the completion of the rounds, Penang Free School became the champions with a score of nine points, Chung Ling High School became the runners-up with eight points, third were Saint Xavier's Institution with five points and fourth were High School Bukit Mertajam with two points."


Memories of 2012

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 08:35 PM PST

Selangor Akan Halang Perjanjian Tanah LTAT, Siasat Segera Siapa Arah Beli Syarikat Deepak

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 10:16 PM PST

Kerajaan Selangor hari ini mengumumkan akan mencuba sedaya upaya untuk menghalang rancangan Putrajaya membeli bidang tanah di Bukit Raja yang didakwa ada kaitan dengan penyalahgunaan kuasa kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) seperti didakwa ahli perniagaan Deepak Jaikishan.

Dalam satu kenyataan hari ini, Setiausaha Politik Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid, Faekah Husin berkata negeri itu telah mengarahkan Jabatan Tanah dan Galian Selangor untuk meneliti perjanjian tersebut bagi menyiasat sama ada berlakunya pelanggaran peraturan.

"Kami tidak teragak-agak untuk menghalang mereka.

"Kerajaan negeri berpendapat transaksi itu adalah serius melibatkan penggunaan dana awam daripada dana pencen angkatan tentera," katanya dalam satu kenyataan.

Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT), melalui unit pelaburannya Bousted Holdings Berhad, Khamis lalu mengumumkan rancangan untuk memiliki 200 ekar tanah daripada syarikat Awan Megah Sdn Bhd milik Ketua Wanita Umno Selangor Senator Datuk Raja Ropiaah Abdullah.

Selain itu, dana itu turut digunakan untuk membeli syarikat Deepak, Astacanggih Sdn Bhd pada harga RM 30 juta, yang mana dakwa pembangkang sebagai "rasuah" dan tindakan untuk menutup mulut peniaga karpet itu daripada terus mendedahkan penyelewengan kerajaan.

Pada hari yang sama, Deepak turut menarik balik saman yang dikenakannya terhadap Putrajaya atas kesalahan pelanggaran perjanjian terhadap tanah di Bukit Raja.

Faekah hari ini mendedahkan penyiasatan awal pihaknya mendapati tanah itu telah pun diserahkan kepada Suruhanjaya Tanah Negara untuk digunakan bagi membina pangkalan tentera.

Beliau berkata ianya amat mencurigakan bagaimana tanah yang itu dikomersialkan sedangkan ia telah digazetkan sebagai tanah tentera, dan merasakan ia hanya boleh dilakukan melalui campur tangan pegawai tinggi dalam kerajaan.

"Kerajaan negeri juga akan menyiasat jika tanah itu kemudiannya ditransaksikan kepada Raja Ropiah pada RM7 sekaki persegi atau RM72 juta dan dakwaan beliau telah menjual sebahagian tanah itu kepada syarikat lain pada harga RM16 sekaki persegi untuk mendapatkan keuntungan mudah.

"Kami akan meneliti kesemua dokumen, satu persatu," katanya.

Deepak sebelum ini memfailkan saman terhadap Awan Megah terhadap pelanggaran perjanjian jual beli ke atas tanah 200 ekar tersebut, dan menamakan firma tersebut, Kementerian Pertahanan, unit hartanah kerajaan Syarikat Tanah Dan Harta Sdn Bhd dan Cebur Megah Development Sdn Bhd dalam samannya.

Astacanggih Sdn Bhd bersetuju untuk membeli tiga bahagian tanah itu pada 2007 untuk RM13 juta dan RM72 juta jaminan bank untuk bon tanah daripada Raja Ropiah, yang diberikan RM100 juta perjanjian penswastaan untuk membangunkan Pusat Pengajian Pertahanan Nasional (Puspahanas).

Tanah itu sepatutnya diletakkan di bawah syarikat bertujuan khas Cebur Megah kerana kerajaan tidak membenarkan tanah yang diswastakan dijual kepada pemenang.

Tanah masih lagi dalam tangan kerajaan kerana projek itu akan dilaksanakan.

Ketua Wanita Umno Selangor itu didakwa menjual sebidang tanah pada RM2 juta tubai dan RM16 juta fasiliti overdraf dalam "kerjasama" dengan Guppyunip Sdn Bhd, syarikat yang mengkhusus kepada barangan plastik. -TMI

Siasat siapa paksa LTAT beli syarikat Deepak

KUALA LUMPUR: Satu siasatan menyeluruh mesti dibuat untuk mengenal pasti siapa yang memaksa Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) membeli syarikat milik Deepak Jaikishan, kata Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Mahfuz Omar.

"Bukan sahaja mesti dibuat siasatan menyeluruh untuk mengenalpasti siapa paksa Deepak jual syarikatnya, Astacanggih Sdn Bhd, tetapi lebih dari itu, mesti juga disiasat siapa yang memaksa LTAT membeli 80 peratus saham syarikat Deepak itu.

"Siasatan juga mesti dibuat bagaimana kedua-dua pihak dipaksa termasuk sejauh mana ia melibatkan penyalahgunaan kuasa mana-mana pemimpin negara," kata beliau.

Dalam kenyataannya sebelum ini, Deepak yang membuat pelbagai pendedahan yang dilihat akan menjatuhkan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak mengakui beliau dipaksa menjual syarikatnya itu kepada sebuah agensi di bawah Kementerian Pertahanan.

Deepak berkata, penjualan syarikat tersebut hanya untuk menampung wang yang telah dibelanjakannya dalam urus niaga tanah dengan Awan Megah Sdn Bhd yang tidak menjadi.

"Ianya benar bahawa saya dan pemegang saham saya telah menjual saham kami dalam Astacanggih untuk RM30 juta yang merupakan harga kos sebenar kami RM13 juta untuk Raja Ropiaah, RM8 juta untuk sumbangan politik, RM7 juta kos kewangan dan RM2 juta untuk kos guaman dan pelbagai kos.

"Ini adalah kata dua yang telah dipaksa ke atas kami," Malaysiakini memetik beliau.

Mahfuz mempersoalkan, adakah paksaan ke atas Deepak sama seperti paksaan ke atas penyiasat persendirian, P Balasubramaniam untuk membuat akuan bersumpah (SD) kedua bagi membatalkan SD beliau yang pertama yang mengaitkan Najib dalam kes pembunuhan Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Bagi Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena itu, rakyat terutama tentera dan bekas tentera berhak untuk tahu semua yang berlaku dalam skandal itu terutama termasuk siapakah yang menerima sumbangan politik dari urusniaga itu.

"Ia tidaklah terlalu kompleks kepada rakyat untuk membuat kesimpulan bahawa kepentingan anggota tentera dan bekas tentera diperjudikan untuk menutup mulut Deepak yang membuat pelbagai pendedahan mengenai Najib termasuk pendedahan bagaimana pakatan dibuat untuk memaksa Bala menandatangani SD keduanya," kata beliau.

Urusniaga mengejut itu bukan sahaja melibatkan pembayaran RM30 juta untuk membeli 80 peratus saham terbitan Astacanggih malah ia juga melibatkan RM130 juta untuk membeli 200 ekar tanah dari Awan Megah.

"Bagaimana orang seperti (Ketua Wanita Umno Selangor, Datuk) Raja Ropiaah (Raja Abdullah) membuat pelbagai keuntungan dengan transaksi Astacanggih dan tanah 200 ekar tanah milik Kementerian Pertahanan yang masih belum lagi dipindahmilik kepada Awan Megah itu.

"Saman Deepak ke atasnya digugurkan dan duit pula dapat berpuluh juta.

"Yang peliknya keuntungan dibuat dengan transaksi jual beli tanah milik Kementerian Pertahanan dan kesemua ini mewajibkan satu siasatan menyeluruh dibuat," kata Mahfuz.

Jika rakyat tidak yakin kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) berani dan bersedia membuat siasatan ke atas skandal tutup mulut Deepak itu, kerajaan baru mestilah dipilih untuk membongkar penganiayaan ke atas hasil titik peluh anggota tentera itu- HD

Weather Report..

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 07:33 PM PST

It's pouring rain in Kuantan..the atmosphere is winter grey.
I'm not sure what time the monsoon rain waltzed in..but I know before Subuh the thunder and lightning had already tangoed in.
The air is so refreshing and chilly.
The sounds of the heavy rainwater flowing in the drains and thick rainfall pelting outside denotes a likelihood of some flooded areas soon.
Normally, this sort of rain will last for a few hours..intermittently.
The stray cats came late and terribly hungry for their daily breakfast.

We Muslims hold our religious belief that all hujan is 'hujan rezeki/rahmat'..Alhamdulillah.
So lets doa together..

May the end of the year be a beautiful day for all of us and usher in more happiness and success.
And May Allah SWT Bless us all with as much good health as possible and may our spiritual strength increase in a very promising manner..and gain us easy entry into Paradise Hereafter.
For our beloved families and all those whom we deeply care for, may our love for them also fully bloom with enchantment and true devotion eternally.
And may our children and our future generations be very Alhamdulillah dunia and akhirat.

Will try to video some scenery today... must practice on my Nat Geo skills..:)
Happy New Year everybody.

May Allah SWT grant all our wishes and make all our beautiful prayers and dreams come true.

Hujan baru sidang..sekian lapuran cuaca dari Kubang Buaya Kuantan..:)

Rapuhnya Benteng Ciptaan Manusia Berhadapan Dengan Kekuasaan Allah

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 07:41 PM PST

Gambar runtuhan tanah di puncak Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur.

Hebatnya ciptaan mManusia membuat benteng untuk mengelakkan tanah runtuh..... Namun, sekuat mana [un benteng dibina, ia tidak mampu samasekali untuk menghalang kehendak & kekuasaan Allah SWT...

Peringatan Untuk Kita Bersama... -fb

DBKL: Pemaju diarah roboh banglo jejas teruk

KUALA LUMPUR - Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) dijangka mengeluarkan pada Jun depan peta bencana yang mengenal pasti kawasan tanah tinggi di Lembah Klang yang berisiko untuk didiami.

Menyatakan demikian, Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib berkata, pihaknya telah meminta Institut Kerja Raya Malaysia (Ikram) menjalankan kajian mengenainya mulai Januari depan.

"Kita akan jalankan kajian dengan segera sebagai langkah keselamatan bagi kediaman yang sudah didiami mahupun yang bakal dibina (di kawasan tanah tinggi)," katanya kepada pemberita dekat lokasi kejadian tanah runtuh di Puncak Setiawangsa di sini hari ini.

Terdahulu, beliau mengiringi Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dalam tinjauan ke kawasan kejadian yang berlaku pada 10 malam, Jumaat lepas.

Mengulas lanjut, Ahmad Phesal berkata, peta bencana itu dapat menjadi panduan kepada pemaju perumahan dan penduduk bagi membolehkan mereka mengambil langkah keselamatan tertentu.

Ahmad Phesal menafikan dakwaan kononnya pemaju di sekitar Bukit Setiawangsa dan Puncak Setiawangsa membina kediaman tidak mengikut spesifikasi.

Beliau berkata, syarikat berkenaan telah mengikuti segala piawaian pembinaan dan keselamatan ketika membangunkan kawasan perumahan itu lebih 20 tahun lalu.

"Spesifikasi ini berubah dari semasa ke semasa dan apabila berlaku kejadian bencana alam seperti ini, kita tidak boleh menunding jari kepada satu pihak kerana insiden seperti ini tidak dapat dijangka.

"Namun Bahagian Siasatan Cerun, Jabatan Kerja Raya sedang menjalankan siasatan bagi mengenal pasti punca utama kejadian berdasarkan keadaan tanah dan struktur pembinaan oleh pemaju," katanya.

Beliau juga menyatakan bahawa pemaju diarah merobohkan segera sebuah banglo lereng bukit yang terjejas teruk dalam kejadian tanah runtuh itu.
- Bernama

Ulasan GB

Itu yang tersurat, orang yang jernih hatinya akan dapat membaca yang tersiratnya pula....

sekuat mana pun benteng UMNO/BN, sebanyak mana pun wang dicurahkan oleh Najib hendak mempertahankan kekuasaan UMNO/BN, sehebat manapun agensi-agensi kerajaan (SPR,SPRM, PDRM, JAKIM dan lain-lain) digunakan untuk menahan keruntuhan UMNO BN, jika Allah swt mengkehndaki ia runtuh, maka ia tetap runtuh juga..

Setiap sesuatu yang dijadikan oleh Allah itu tidak ada yang sia-sia.

Pemerintahan yang korup, yang rasuah, yang zalim, yang batil akan tetap binasa - demikian hukum kebenaran dan keadilan berbicara.

Firmanullah swt:

"Sesungguhnya dalam penciptaan langit dan bumi dan silih bergantinya malam dan siang terdapat tanda-tanda bagi 'orang-orang berakal' iaitu orang-orang yang mengikut Allah baik mereka yang berdiri, duduk atau dalam keadaan berbaring dan juga mereka yang memikirkan tentang penciptaan langit dan bumi seraya berkata : Ya Tuhan kami tidaklah Engkau menciptakan itu dengan sia-sia, Maha Suci Engkau, maka peliharalah kami dari siksa neraka."-( Al-Imran : 190-191)

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