Sunday, January 13, 2013

KL112 people’s uprising rally – i was there!

KL112 people’s uprising rally – i was there!


KL112 people’s uprising rally – i was there!

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 10:14 AM PST

whoaaa!! listen to the people, mr PM! the writings were there – stark and clear! the rakyat are angry!

the sign above read: take note PM. this is the voice of those who wants justice.

the words on the t-shirt above read: najib will be the PM of BE END (BN)

above are only a few photos i took from the historic KL112 (12 jan. 2012), organised by PR, held at stadium negara. such a historic, exciting day, which for sure, i'll have to blog about it.

the rest of my photos are up on my facebook album.

i went with a group of people in a bus organised by suaram. the bus was sponsored by one YB. hui fei, suaram penang coordinator came to fetch me from house at 5.40am to shell green lane, the meeting point where the bus will depart. the bus was full! i was quite surprised to see quite a number of old people! very good!

we reached KL about 11.30am. bus dropped us near puduraya.  i followed hui fei and a few of her friends, walk to masjid negeri, one of the meeting points. (there were 7 meeting points, led by different leaders – to march to the stadium). hui fei said that they decided to go to masjid negeri to join the malay crowd.

since the people there wanted to have their zohor prayers first before the march, we started marching i think near 2.00pm (or maybe even over 2.00pm). that was why when we reach the stadium, it was full already and we could not enter. what a pity for me…. but never mind, outside the stadium (the vicinity) there were many people too and i hang around at first in front of the chinese temple, then later walked to the lane just next to the stadium.

oh yeah from pudu to masjid, i was with hui fei and friends but when the march started i told hui fei that i'll have to seperate from them since i had to stop now and then to take photos. so right from the march at the masjid i was already alone. never mind, i'm used to being alone… and i like it – more freedom for me to go anywhere or do anything – no need i wait for you, you wait for me or dilly dally to wait up for somebody.

although the sun was not really that bright, but it was very hot anyway. i perspire tons of sweat till my mini towel became soaking wet!! at one stage it drizzled but luckily stoped after a while. thank god anyway for the drizzle as at least it cool down the air a little.

i guess in the first place if i did not join hui fei and friends to walk to masjid negeri but stay put near where the bus dropped us, i would have get to enter the stadium. i missed so much interesting happenings inside the stadium… but as i said never mind, as interesting things happened outside too!

since i was not inside the stadium, i decided to leave after 4.00pm (and not after 5.00pm, the time the rally was suppose to end). took monorial to KL sentral and from there took LRT to taman jaya to meet sharon, my KL friend, whose house i stayed at.

oh ya this reminds me, i have to lug along my luggage during the march and when i walked up and down 'hanging around' outside the stadium. no wonder i feel tired… and my feel was killing me, not only with all the walking and standing but it was also a relatively new shoe which 'cut' into my toes!

see, below, is my photo taken when i was at taman jaya A&W restaurant (after leaving the rally). dead tired…. but nevertheless happy! happy to be part of a historic occasion!

i'm glad (and mighty proud) that i was at the people's uprising rally – together with thousands and thousands of people to call for a CHANGE! a change of government as enough is enough or more than 50 years.

please don't forget to visit my facebook page for more photos taken by myself.

[BERGAMBAR] HKR112 Di Kota London & Kaherah Mesir

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 08:34 AM PST


Rakyat Malaysia berarak dari Trafalgar Square ke Parlimen

LONDON, 13 Jan : Sekumpulan rakyat Malaysia di bandar raya ini menyertai Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat sebagai tanda solidariti kepada ratusan ribu rakyat Malaysia yang berhimpun d Stadium Merdeka semalam.

Mereka membawa bendera Malaysia, melaungkan slogan menuntut pilihan raya yang bebas dan adil serta kain pemidang bertulis, 'bebaskan media Malaysia, 'bersihkan senarai undi', 'kerajaan Malaysia paling rasuah di dunia' dan 'Jom balik undi'.

Mereka berarak sejauh satu kilometer dari Trafalgar Square melalui Downing Street menuju ke tapak himpunan di depan bangunan Parlimen Westminster.

Perhimpunan yang turut disertai kanak-kanak itu berlangsung aman, dengan polis trafik London mengawal lalu lintas sepanjang perjalanan.

Dalam jemputan facebook Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat London KL112, penganjur menetapkan jam 12 tengah hari waktu London untuk berkumpul di Trafalgar Square dan menggalakkan peserta memakai baju kuning.

Penganjur turut menyatakan rasa gembira apabila mengetahui Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat KL112 berlangsung aman di Stadium Merdeka di Kuala Lumpur.

Peserta turut membacakan semula ikrar Pengerusi Gabungan Pilihan Raya Bebas & Adil (Bersih), Datuk Ambiga Sreevenasan yang meminta rakyat Malaysia untuk pulang dan menjadi pemantau pilihan raya sempena kempen 'Citizen Election Observers' (Masyarakat Pemerhati Pilihan Raya) Selain kota London dan Kuala Lumpur, Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat KL112 turut diadakan di Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Jordan, Kaherah, Mesir dan bandar lain diseluruh dunia.

Lebih 500,000 rakyat Malaysia berhimpun di Stadium Merdeka semalam, yang dianggap sebagai perhimpunan paling besar dan paling aman dalam sejarah. -KD


500 rakyat Malaysia di Kaherah berhimpun


Kira-kira 500 orang rakyat Malaysia di Kaherah, Mesir berhimpun sempena Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat di Kuala Lumpur semalam.

Perhimpunan itu berjaya diadakan walaupun mendapat ancaman yang tidak profesional daripada pihak kedutaan.

Ancaman itu tidak menghalang semangat anak-anak muda ini untuk menyatakan hasrat mereka melihat negara mereka dipimpin oleh mereka yang amanah, keadilan dan demokrasi.

Anak-anak muda ini tampil dengan menutup muka, membawa sepanduk dan melaungkan seruan kebangkitan rakyat.

Himpunan ini sepatutnya dihadiri oleh pimpinan ikhwan Muslimin Dr. Kamal Helbawi tetapi di minit-minit akhir, beliau mempunyai komitmen yang lain.

Sementara itu, Timbalan Presiden Ikatan Lepasan Mesir Malaysia (Ilmam) Mohd Asri Md Daud ketika dihubungi, menyatakan kekesalan terhadap apa yang dilakukan oleh pihak kedutaan Mesir kepada rakyat dan pelajar Malaysia di sana.

"Bukan persoalannya himpunan atau tidak, tetapi ancaman itu adalah satu unsur tidak profesional dan menafikan hak demokrasi rakyat Malaysia dan di Mesir," tambah asri.

Ilmam juga akan menghantar memorandum dalam masa terdekat ke Kementerian Luar bagi menyatakan kekesalan terhadap duta dan kedutaannya yang tidak mencerminkan sikap terbuka kerajaan yang membenarkan HKR di Stadium Merdeka.
-HD


Najib, UMNO BN & SYABAS Akan Tetap Binasa Jika Terus Guna Isu Air Ugut Rakyat Selangor

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 07:00 AM PST


Sekumpulan penduduk Ampang dan Cheras yang terjejas dengan krisis air di kawasan tersebut meminta satu siasatan terperinci dilakukan bagi mengesahkan tiada unsur sabotaj berhubung krisis bekalan air di kawasan tersebut.

Pengerusi NGO Hak Air Untuk Rakyat (HAYAT) Arshad Ahamad yang mewakili kumpulan penduduk berkenaan berkata, siasatan itu perlu dilakukan pihak polis, Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) serta Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN).

"Kegagalan demi kegagalan pada sistem SYABAS (Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor) dalam tempoh beberapa hari sahaja menimbulkan pelbagai tanda tanya.

"Oleh yang demikian kami mahu siasatan terperinci untuk mengesahkan kejadian-kejadian itu bukan satu sabotaj yang dilakukan oleh mereka yang berniat memburukkan kerajaan negeri Selagor," katanya yang membacakan satu memorandum.

Beliau bersama lebih 40 penduduk lain berhimpun di hadapan Wisma Rozali, yang menempatkan pejabat SYABAS di Shah Alam bagi menyerahkan memorandum tuntutan berkenaan.

Kumpulan penduduk itu hadir ke ibu pejabat syarikat berkenaan susulan kenyataan SYABAS pada Selasa lalu yang menafikan bahawa perkara itu merupakan unsur sabotaj yang sengaja dilakukan pihaknya.

Kumpulan berkenaan turut melaungkan slogan "Hidup rakyat. Hancur SYABAS" dan membawa kain rentang yang antara lainnya dengan tulisan: "Nak selesaikan masalah booster pam pecah Wangsa Maju pun ambil masa lebih 14 hari. Memang tak boleh harap punya SYABAS".

Memorandum berkenaan diserahkan oleh Arshad yang ditemani empat lagi wakil penduduk kepada pengarah eksekutif SYABAS Ismail Hashim.

Ismail semasa menerima memorandum tersebut berkata beliau akan membawa perkara itu kepada pihak pengurusan.

Penduduk di sekitar Ampang dan Wangsa Maju mengalami masalah gangguan air sejak 29 Disember lalu, yang dikatakan berpunca daripada paip di rumah pam Wangsa Maju dan Pudu Hulu mengalami kerosakan.

Dalam sidang media selepas menyerahkan memorandum tersebut, Arshad berkata, pihaknya akan turut mempertimbangkan untuk mengemukakan saman kepada SYABAS sekiranya masalah air tidak selesai.

Katanya, perkara itu akan dibuat dalam masa terdekat sekiranya tiada apa-apa tindak balas daripada SYABAS selepas memorandum itu diserahkan.

"Kita akan mempertimbang untuk saman SYABAS. Insya Allah akan bincang dengan pihak peguam untuk ambil tindakan dalam masa terdekat," katanya lagi.

Ulasan GB

Najib, UMNO BN dan SYABAS akan hancur binasa kerana menjadikan "isu air" sebagai bahan ugutan terhadap penduduk Selangor supaya mengundi BN.

Air adalah hak asasi rakyat,dan sebarang usaha untuk mempolitikkannya akan hanya menyebabkan rakyat menjadi mangsa.

Hukum kebenaran dan keadilan akan mengambil tempatnya kelak! Ketiga-tiga pihak itu akan tetap mendapat balasannya sepertimana janji Allah :


Sambil bersikap sombong di bumi dan berusaha merancangkan rencana jahat, dan tidak ditimpakan dengan rancangan yang jahat itu melainkan orang yang merencanakannya sendiri. Maka tiada yang mereka tunggu melainkan seperti berlakunya kebinasaan ke atas orang yang telah lalu. Kerana engkau tidak akan mendapati perubahan bagi sunnatullah, dan engkau tidak akan mendapati Sunnatullah itu menyimpang. [Fatir: 43]

Death of Internet Activist, Aaron Swartz, 26

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 03:17 AM PST

I am very much shaken by the news that Aaron Swartz, 26, had hung himself in New York on January 11th.

I have the greatest admiration for Aaron Swartz because when he was barely 14, he was part of the team that created the RSS 1.0 script - a code that many sites/feeds use till today (including mine).

For many years, I read many articles from JSTOR thanks to a former student who pursued her degrees in California. She would send me PDF files of those fantastic resources for my lectures or writings.

According to The Tech Online (MIT):
Swartz was indicted in July 2011 by a federal grand jury for allegedly downloading millions of documents from JSTOR through the MIT network — using a laptop hidden in a basement network closet in MIT's Building 16 — with the intent to distribute them. Swartz subsequently moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he then worked for Avaaz Foundation, a nonprofit "global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere." Swartz appeared in court on Sept. 24, 2012 and pleaded not guilty.   
The accomplished Swartz co-authored the now widely-used RSS 1.0 specification at age 14, founded Infogami which later merged with the popular social news site reddit, and completed a fellowship at Harvard's Ethics Center Lab on Institutional Corruption. In 2010, he founded DemandProgress.org, a "campaign against the Internet censorship bills SOPA/PIPA."
I was very moved when I read James Fallows' tribute to the late Aaron Swartz in The Atlantic:


From my friends in the tech world I have over the years heard about someone I hadn't ever met, Aaron Swartz. I feel as if I had been hearing about him forever, but it couldn't have been all that long, since Swartz was only 26 years old when he killed himself yesterday in New York. But starting at age 14, Swartz had won a large number of friends, admirers, followers, and mentors, plus a small but important number of enemies, through his combination of tech-world virtuosity and expansive civic and social imagination.  
When we think of someone who at age 14 is already making important coding contributions, as Swartz did, we often think of someone who has offsetting social or temperamental limitations. And indeed in his late teens Swartz had written about emotional problems and depression; I don't know where this fell on the spectrum between a real medical issue and the strain many people feel at that stage of life. But if you watch even a few minutes of his address at the Freedom to Connect conference less than a year ago, in the clip below, you'll have a sense of the maturity and winningness of his explanation of technological, social, and governmental issues, and their interaction. CLICK HERE for more (including a video of Aaron Swartz).

BBC reports:

In a statement later on Saturday, Mr Swartz's family praised his "brilliance" and "profound" commitment to social justice and also expressed bitterness toward the prosecutors pursuing the case against him. 
"Aaron's death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach," the statement said. 
Sir Tim Berners-Lee - the British inventor of the world wide web - commemorated Mr Swartz in a Twitter post: "Aaron dead. World wanderers, we have lost a wise elder. Hackers for right, we are one down. Parents all, we have lost a child. Let us weep."

Digital Spy reports:
Swartz also co-founded Reddit before leaving his position there in 2007, as well as creating the web.py web application framework and co-founding Demand Progress, a progressive advocacy group. 
Blog posts from 2007 suggest that Swartz had suffered from chronic depression. Cory Doctorow, founder of influential geek and technology blog Boing Boing, wrote in an eulogy today (January 12):

"We have all lost someone today who had more work to do, and who made the world a better place when he did it."

READ MORE AT DIGITAL SPY.

To better understand the chronology of events, please CLICK HERE to read THIS ARTICLE.

If you have time, read another report at The Guardian.

I am deeply saddened that the world has lost not only a brilliant but also dedicated and passionate activist. One so young, so talented and with much vision - now gone. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

Your 'tech-world virtuosity and expansive civic and social imagination' leaves a vacuum that few can fill. I cannot imagine the pain within your heart that must have driven you to that tragic act. You will never be forgotten for your wonderful contributions to IT, the Internet and the struggle for freedom .....I can imagine how distressing it must have been for him had he been jailed. (He was facing 35 years in prison, and a $1 million fine if convicted.) For one who advocated freedom, who had so much to give the world, the decision to end his own life must have been a traumatizing one. :-(

Wherever you may be now, may you rest in peace always, Aaron Swartz.



Smokey Tales

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 03:10 AM PST

Out of every 10 people you pass in the street these days, at least 9 of them smokes! They range from the old to even teens in school uniforms. I seriously couldn't care less if they want to ruin their lungs and die younger but when they light up in my presence, it really pisses me off.

And these people just don't care where they light up. The worse times are during working hours when you would find tons of these idiots lining up the front walkways of their offices puffing away and polluting the entire stretch. The place looks like some smoky filled fantasy land but unfortunately it's just freaking second hand smoke coming out of their ruined lungs!

I have to take a wide berth walking on the roads to avoid this path of destruction. I seriously don't want to inhale some toxic smoke that just came out of your filthy lungs! Smoking in public should be banned and enforced but unfortunately the enforcement here is totally lax! You even find them smoking away in some shopping malls. Walk into a place like Summit and you can smell the stale cigarette smoke air. 

I wish I could bundle up all these selfish smokers and put them in some enclosed bubble where they can smoke their top rated cigars and destroy their lungs away, slowly kill themselves there. That would be awesome. At least the rest of us would have clean, fresh and smoke free air to breathe (and run!) in.

Petpositive In New Straits Times Yesterday

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 02:56 AM PST

Found this on Google Goggles: http://www.google.com/goggles/a/moments/zZ46g-cPBkNVgDbsOhzyZfg?ogi=12400211614786395910

Congratulations, Malaysians at 112

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 02:14 AM PST


12 January came and gone. And by all accounts, it was a successful outing for Pakatan Rakyat, using Merdeka Stadium to spread a message of hope for its band of disparate coalition. The key demand from Pakatan is free and fair elections. If you distill it a little bit more, free and fair elections means the ability for a voter to make an informed decision. That can only come about if there is parity of distribution of information and points of views. Therefore, it can be said that the most important demand from Malaysians is that there is free media. Malaysian mainstream media is neither fair nor free. And without it, no matter what other changes made to the electoral process, the election process will remain unfair and unfree.

Just look at the following article from Malaysiakini, as they analyse the kinds of news coming out from the mainstream media. It's call spinning - not exactly untrue, but clearly missing the big picture. Why did hundreds of thousands (here painted as merely 50,000 thousand or less) brave their fear, the heat, the traffic congestion, and spending the better part of their weekend (and their own money) gathering in the city centre? Where's that part of the story? As a responsible and objective media, that story would have been told. But do they?

I think Malaysians are not stupid. And free media is not as abstract as politicians would like to believe. Malaysians can judge the value of a media, and the significance and danger of a biased media, by just looking at the headlines in the Malaysiakini analysis of other mainstream media. And politicians should tap into this latent anger - a sense of outrage, and how far our mainstream media has sunk.

English, Malay dailies spin sour on KL112
4:05PM Jan 13, 2013 
The Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat yesterday, dubbed 'KL112', which drew more than 100,000 people to Stadium Merdeka and its vicinity, was the largest opposition-organised gathering in recent history.

It is also the first rally of this proportion that came and went peacefully, in contrast to the Bersih 3.0 protest last year that saw a heavy police crackdown as the rally had begun dispersing.

kl112 coverage 130112 nstNotable in this morning's mainstream media coverage of the mammoth event was an overall negative spin from pro-government English and Malay dailies's headlines, while the Chinese dailies broke ranks by giving it a generally good report.

Heading the bashing was the New Sunday Times (the Sunday version of the New Straits Times) whose headlines screamed 'Simply Irresponsible' over a mosaic of unrelated photographs with a clear thread.
The top photograph showed a lady shutting the grills of her shop but leaving open a small gap as she peered out, possibly suggesting her looking at the protesters.

A second picture showed rubbish strewn across the pavement and the third showed an exhausted toddler clad in a yellow rally T-shirt asleep at his bicycle. There was no picture of the rally on the front page.

Three bullets supported the headline reading: 'Children, banners with provocative messages present', 'Anwar threatens trouble if Pakatan loses election', 'Rally organisers did not adhere to all conditions, says Police'.

kl112 coverage 130112 starSunday Star (The Star) took a more neutral headline 'Incident-Free'.

It noted that nothing untoward happened during the rally and the police had kept the peace despite keeping a low profile.

It also reported that organisers had infringed three conditions laid out for the rally, namely for bringing children to the event, carrying provocative banners and breaching the 30,000 capacity limit allowed for Stadium Merdeka.

The paper featured a section of the stadium where Pakatan Rakyat top guns stood on the podium alongside of PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu who was addressing the crowd.

Supporters, mostly clad in yellow and green T-shirts, dotted the landscape around the podium.

Berita Harian's cold shoulder

Umno-owned Migguan Malaysia (Utusan Malaysia) predictably headlined, 'Organisers breach rules' with a sub-headline: 'Police successfully control opposition rally'.

kl112 coverage 130112 utusanIn a series of bullets below, the daily said the police had done well but participants went against the rules by bringing children under the age of 15 and 'seditious' banners that could lead to 'division and animosity'.

The bullets also reported a blog's claim that participants were paid between RM200 to RM700 each.

Propping the headline was a mosaic of three pictures of parents carrying their children at the rally, with the caption 'Inviting danger'.

Significantly, Umno-linked Berita Harian frontpaged nothing about the historic rally. Absolutely nothing.

It frontpaged instead Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak promising to resolve Selangor's purported water woes at a rally in Semenyih coupled with a large photograph of the premier shaking hands with supporters.

The headline was of Johor Islamic Affairs Council advisor Nooh Gadut warning that allowing non-Muslims to use the term 'Allah' could allegedly lead to apostasy.

The daily only reported the KL112 rally briefly on page 10 and 11, with one piece 'KL112' fails to achieve targeted 1 million (turnout)' reporting the event as a failure of sorts and that it breached several conditions, following Dang Wangi police station's press conferenceyesterday.

The other two stories praised the police with the subheading 'Forces succeed in overcoming violent incidents' and the other on an alleged brawl amongst opposition supporters 'Nik Aziz, Anwar followers quarrel'.

The latter quotes an unidentified witness saying he saw shoving and a fistfight at the stadium entrance that had to be broken up by the police.

Sinar, Chinese dailies give thumbs up

Malay daily Sinar Harian however broke the pattern headlining the rally with 'Congratulations' and the iconic photograph of an aerial shot of the venue.

kl112 coverage 130112 sinarIt showed Stadium Merdeka filled to the brim from its seats to the field, as well as supporters packing the surrounding of the stadium and overflowing onto the road in front of the stadium.

In its description, the daily congratulated the rally organisers, the Home Ministry, the police, local authorities and the stadium management for a smooth event with no untoward incidents.

In contrast, all major Chinese dailies -Sin Chew Daily, China Press, Oriental Daily, Kwong Wah Yit Poh and Guang Ming Daily - reported on positive aspects of the rally and noted its massive scale, using a similar photograph, that has managed to capture a bird's eye view of the overall massive crowd at the event's climax.

Guang Ming Daily gave it a clear thumbs up headlining, 'Good show',Oriental Daily frontpaged 'KL rally draws 100,000. People rally peacefully' while China Press ambiguously teased, 'Stadium Merdeka has changed colour. What do you think?'.

112 rally newspaper chinese 130113Sin Chew Dailyled with 'Mega-rally peaceful and boisterous', with this morning's edition seeing a photograph of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's event in Semenyih that was in last evening's late edition frontpage, removed.

It was replaced with more photographs from the Stadium Merdeka event.

Thank You PM Najib For Not Stifling Freedom Of Assembly

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 02:00 AM PST

DATELINE PETALING JAYA

aNt's aNgle: THE DAY AFTER and those of us who cherish freedom, justice and peace for our country are still jubilant over the mammoth gathering in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. 



KL yesterday courtesy of Jeffrey Phang

How beautiful it is when all forces work together to support ordinary Malaysians who go out in the street to show they care about what is happening in our

PASCA #KL112: Harapan PR Kuasai Putrajaya Cerah!

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 04:06 AM PST


Perhimpunan KL112 jadikan PRU13 pertempuran lebih menarik, kata penganalisis

Perhimpunan raksasa di Kuala Lumpur semalam menghidupkan semula impian Pakatan Rakyat (PR) untuk menawan Putrajaya dari Barisan Nasional (BN) yang menggunakan gabungan dasar dan pemberian untuk menggembalikan sokongan, kata penganalisis politik.

Penganalisis memberitahu The Malaysian Insider kemampuan PR untuk menghimpunkan sehingga 100,000 bagi Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat dan kepentingan orang ramai dalam isu-isu diperjuangkan akan menjadikan pilihan raya umum (PRU) pertempuran hebat untuk kedua-dua gabungan.

PR menganggarkan hampir 500,000 hadirin pada perhimpunan di Stadium Merdeka yang ikonik itu tetapi polis berkata paling ramai 45,000 orang.

"Tidak kira apa angka sebenar hadirin, gambar dari udara daripada peristiwa itu menunjukkan peserta yang sangat ramai, mencerminkan keupayaan pembangkang dan badan bukan kerajaan untuk menggerakkan orang ramai," kata Ibrahim Suffian dari Merdeka Centre.

"Tetapi selain daripada mempamerkan keupayaan penganjur, ia juga menunjukkan semangat dan tenaga penentangan terhadap kerajaan, memberi penekanan hakikat pertandingan pilihan raya akan datang tidak syak lagi akan menjadi yang paling sukar dihadapi parti pemerintah dalam sejarah," tambahnya.

Pengarah Center for Policy Initiatives Dr Lim Teck Ghee mengatakan perhimpunan tersebut merupakan "kemenangan nyata" bagi kedua-dua parti pembangkang dan badan bukan kerajaan, memetik kehadiran besar-besaran, tingkah laku berdisiplin peserta dan konsensus "menggerunkan" yang ditunjukkan oleh semua pihak dalam menentang pemerintahan Barisan Nasional (BN).

"Semua petunjuk ini akan menyebabkan kekecewaan dalam BN,"
katanya.

Akan tetapi penganalisis dari Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Prof Datuk Dr Mohammad Agus Yusoff memberikan pandangan berbeza.

"Apabila perhimpunan besar seperti ini tidak terganggu dan berjalan dengan begitu aman, mengapa ianya tidak menarik satu juta penyokong seperti dijanjikan oleh Pakatan Rakyat?" soalnya.

Menjelang acara tersebut, penganjur perhimpunan menganggarkan kehadiran seramai satu juta orang, walaupun kapasiti tempat duduk di Stadium Merdeka hanya memuatkan 30,000 orang.

Perhimpunan yang memperlihatkan orang berpakaian t-shirt dalam warna berbeza bagi menggambarkan isu diperjuangkan, dianjurkan oleh kedua-dua pemimpin politik dari PR dan pelbagai kumpulan masyarakat sivil sebagai wadah terakhir mengetengahkan tuntutan mereka sebelum pilihan raya umum diadakan menjelang Jun.

"Jadi, satu kesan dari peristiwa ini adalah kita tidak boleh sentiasa percaya dengan semua yang pihak-pihak ini beritahu kita. Mereka sentiasa menaikan angka.

"Kadang-kadang, mereka hanya perlu menjadi realistik. Anda tidak boleh menjanjikan sesuatu yang di luar jangkauan anda ... anda hanya akan memberikan harapan palsu," kata Agus.

Akan tetapi dari sisi positif pula, pensyarah itu mengatakan perhimpunan yang berjalan lancar itu, berkemungkinan perhimpunan awam terbesar dalam tahun-tahun kebelakangan ini, harus ditandakan sebagai satu penanda aras kepada pertumbuhan demokrasi di Malaysia.

Beliau mengatakan suasana karnival perhimpunan dan peserta dari pelbagai bangsa dan latar belakang turun bersama-sama untuk dengan satu tujuan cukup untuk menyebabkan seseorang menitiskan air mata.

"Ia menyebabkan semua orang gembira untuk mendapatkan permit. Ia menunjukkan kita rakyat Malaysia sudah boleh mengekspresikan hak kita secara aman. Ini adalah apa yang dikatakan sebagai demokrasi," katanya.

Agus menambah salah satu kesan terbesar dari perhimpunan ini adalah ia membantu pengundi membuat keputusan mereka untuk pilihan raya dengan meletakkan mereka dalam "kedudukan terbaik untuk menilai parti mana adalah yang terbaik".

Pemimpin de facto PR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim membuat beberapa janji pilihan raya dihadapan orang ramai yang kebanyakannya Melayu di Stadium Merdeka.

Bercakap kepada The Malaysian Insider selepas perhimpunan, ramai peserta perhimpunan kelihatan bersemangat dan bersungguh-sunguh mahukan berlakunya perubahan terhadap penguasaan di Putrajaya selepas PRU ke 13.

"Ini adalah kemuncak sebelum PRU 13," kata Md Ishak, seorang Dispatch merujuk kepada pilihan raya.

"Kami marah kepada kronisme. Mereka merompak kita. Kami sangat marah kepada pemimpin sekarang.

" "Saya merasa positif selepas acara ini. Saya selalu marah kepada BN," kata lelaki berumur 36 tahun itu sambil menambah beliau akan mengajak rakan-rakannya untuk mengundi dalam pilihan raya akan datang.

Laila Mahmud seorang kerana mengatakan, selepas mendengar isu-isu dibangkitkan semasa perhimpunan, beliau merasakan kerajaan BN harus digulingkan.

"Di bawah kerajaan hari ini, semuanya mereka kawal. Kami tidak boleh menyatakan ketidakpuashatian kami,"
katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider.

"Suara rakyat tidak didengari oleh kerajaan hari ini," tambahnya.

Laila juga menyatakan keyakinannya dengan kemampuan PR untuk menggantikan BN sebagai sebuah kerajaan persekutuan berkredibiliti.

"Mereka memperjuangkan apa yang rakyat tak boleh dapat. Contohnya harga minyak, barangan, kebebasan untuk memilih kerajaan, pilihan raya adil," katanya.

Pekerja kilang Shamsuddin Hassan, 37 tahun berkata perhimpunan menunjukkan kebangkitan rakyat.

"Ia menambahkan keyakinan kami untuk menukar kerajaan," katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider.

"Saya rasa Pakatan lebih baik. Kita dengar sebentar tadi tentang pelbagai isu, contohnya isu lembu, orang yang bersalah, isu royalti minyak, tambah Shamsuddin merujuk kepada skandal Pusat Fidlot Kebangsaan (NFC) yang menyebabkan seorang menteri meletakan jawatan.

Nasrias Awang seorang suri rumah yang memandu dari Besut, Terangganu untuk menyertai perhimpunan mengatakan BN harus ditendang keluar sebagi kerajaan pusat.

"Saya yakin Pakatan Rakyat akan membawa sesuatu yang baik. Saya yakin perhimpunan akan membangkitkan semangat dikalangan rakyat," katanya yang berusia 45 tahun itu.

It's A Dog's Life

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 01:19 AM PST

What if dogs could work? Thanks to Freddie who sent me this post. I edited it and added other images and captions. Enjoy the different breeds featured here...Have a lovely day!


O.A. (Secretary)


Dog Facebooking at work

Dogs on strike for better wages and food at the canteen

Overtime
Dog laid off

Manager at work

Hungry Systems Analyst


Staff Christmas Party

[VIDEO] Bukan Orang Melayu, Cina & India, Tetapi UMNO BN Yang Habis Jika PR Menang!

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 01:06 AM PST

Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng memberi jaminan, rakyat yang akan menang dengan kejatuhan Umno dan Barisan Nasional.

"Kita nak bagi tahu, jika Pakatan menang bukan Melayu, Cina atau India yang habis tetapi jika Pakatan menang, Umno dan BN yang habis," kata Lim Guan Eng.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap di Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat HKR112 di Stadium Merdeka hari ini.

Menurut Lim Guan Eng, pemimpin Umno dan MCA dalam BN sentiasa menipu rakyat dengan permainan perkauman mereka.

"Di depan Melayu, mereka kata, bila Pakatan menang, Melayu akan habis.

"Di depan Cina pula, bila Pakatan menang, mereka kata Cina yang habis.

"Yang sebenarnya, jika Pakatan menang, Umno dan BN yang habis," kata Lim Guan Eng.

Dalam ucapan itu juga, Lim Guan Eng memberikan jaminan, Pakatan akan menyediakan Wifi percuma kepada rakyat dengan menyediakannya di tempat-tempat awam jika Pakatan menang.

Prolonging The Tension In The Air..

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 03:13 AM PST

Our PM must be quick and decisive..no more dilly dallying.
The PRU 13 must start soon..

The rakyat is tired..BN or PR, we want our government to start serious work.
Politics have been emphasized above everything else.

Bloggers from both sides are taunting each other like quarrelsome kids.
We are exposed to a growing number of issues aimed at smearing each other's political party.

BN needs to rectify its mistakes and hold the elections quickly.
Then just maybe all the daring protests and demos will not occur too frequently?

BN must face the reality..there are a lot of unhealthy propaganda detrimental to BN.
Though we can argue and debate about the number of demonstrators, BN should also take note that the PR supporters were willing to show their disgust..even though they were branded the bad guys.
Millions of the quieter PR supporters probably didn't come..we cannot discount that possibility.

BN must avoid any catastrophic surprises.
It will not be easy but BN still possess that powerful edge to beat PR in the PRU 13.

BN must not hesitate..the PRU 13 must happen quickly.
We need the political parties to start concentrating on improving the economy of the Malaysia.

Costs of living are soaring higher..
All sorts of negative information are continuously being fed to voters.
BN is facing a very bumpy road..
It is grappling hard to woo voters for that 2/3 majority win..

Our BN leaders are deploying enthusiastic, hard hitting pro BN bloggers to retaliate.
Where are our top BN ministers with their inside stories?
People do expect our BN leaders themselves to clear the air too..dirty or clean..

Please answer the rakyat!
Ni balik2 bloggers yang jawab..especially this Helen Ang?
Asyik2 BN blogger suruh read her postings for some maklumat yang menggegarkan...aduhh!
I'm not a racist but really??

I mintak MB facts pun payah dapat..this Cer lady tahu semua..ni yang I bengang!
*Well..tutup kedai like this..*

Ok..whether we're winners or losers, BN must make the economy move more positively and not let it snowball into more chronic chaos!

Our country is riddled with all sorts..crime rate is increasing to an alarming level, many people are living in financial distress, racial and religious challenges have surfaced significantly, more families are torn apart etc...the reality is that life today is not so sweet and rosy for a vast majority of Malaysians..

Yet, both anti and pro government are passionately pouring time and money engaging on political bickerings..both are busy screaming and pointing fingers at each other. 

It's the lives of the rakyat that are slowly turning upside down..they are the ones in dire emotional pain.
Clearly, this urgent matter need to be addressed immediately..and effectively.

p.s.
It's true..life is always stressful..but..we're discussing a different ball game here.

psst..latest gossip!
Two new neighbors are moving in the next and next door..their portions have all been whitewashed and cutely renovated..my house nampak so comot..pengsanlah like this..^_^

[EDISI MERENG] Media Rejim BN Bagai Cacing Kepanasan Fitnah #KL112 Jadi "Himpunan Shamsidar"

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 10:39 PM PST

Sungguh memalukan!

Sedang media antarabangsa dan portal rasmi berita luar negara menyebut Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat yang diadakan di Stadium Merdeka sebagai tajuk utama, hampir kesemua media rejim pencacai Barisan Nasional (BN) menyebutnya sebagai 'Himpunan Shamsidar' dengan niat cuba membodohkan penonton mereka.

Mendahului senarai sudah semestinya Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad (TV3) yang terkenal dengan fitnah menggila menyebut himpunan Shamsidar ini kununnya melanggar syarat yang ditetapkan dalam akta perhimpunan aman (APA).

Rupanya bila meninjau ke rangkaian lain, TV9 dan RTM1, ternyata semua pembaca berita menyebut nama himpunan yang sama sehinggakan TV Al Hijrah yang kurang terlibat dalam menyiarkan berita fitnah turut terpalit sama.

Ditambah lagi dengan kenyataan ketua polis daerah Dang Wangi, Zainuddin Ahmad dalam sidang media 'membetulkan' bilangan peserta dari '80 ribu kepada 45 ribu' yang sebelum itu ditulis mereka sendiri menerusi laman sosial Twitter milik PDRM.

Sambil menyebut himpunan tersebut gagal mencapai sasaran yang diunjur penganjur, kesemua stesen televisyen juga 'sepakat' bahawa himpunan seperti ini akan 'mencemar imej negara selain merosakkan perniagaan yang terpaksa menutup operasi masing-masing'.

Saya tidaklah mahu memanjangkan polemik himpunan ini milik siapa tetapi adakah patut kredibiliti dan mutu berita stesen penyiaran negara kita kini berada pada tahap 'membodohkan pemikiran rakyat' semata-mata gagal dalam usaha memburukkannya dengan cara keganasan seperti yang dilakukan semasa siri himpunan Bersih sejak empat tahun lalu?

Mengapakah editor berita stesen televisyen tidak mahu bertanggungjawab di atas fitnah yang memalukan lagi nama negara malah menteri penerangan, komunikasi dan kebudayaan, Rais Yatim terlupa untuk memantau kerana terlalu sibuk mengira berapa jumlah peserta himpunan terbabit?

Jika isteri Azmin Ali, Shamsidar Taharin yang dijadikan modal fitnah memburukkan Pakatan Rakyat dalam himpunan kebangkitan rakyat ini, saya tidak terkejut sekiranya tuan punya badan akan menyaman kesemua media yang memfitnahnya tanpa merujuk kepada dirinya perkara sebenarnya.

Inilah yang terjadi apabila rejim Zionis BN sudah makin hampir di penghujung kuasa, makin banyak mereka melakukan kesilapan demi kesilapan yang akan menjauhkan mereka dari rakyat yang sudah muak dengan pembohongan mereka. -jalanpulang

The Spinster and Her Will

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 06:58 PM PST


Even though the following joke is funny, I believe there are some important lessons for us. For me, I have learnt not to wait for tomorrow, or to look back at yesterday and regret. Today is what matters for it will be our yesterday while shaping the kind of tomorrow we may have.

Some people may be procrastinators of different sorts - postponing their enjoyment of savings or other pleasures, thinking that they can always enjoy later. They work and work and have no time to rest or to enjoy the fruit of their labour. Then there are some who work and work and only let their families enjoy the fruit of their labour but never themselves.

What is life if we do not live it to the fullest? Carpe diem! Live each day to the fullest for tomorrow may never come...

Take care and God bless!

_____________________

The Spinster And Her Will




A spinster called her lawyer's office and told the receptionist she wanted to see the lawyer about having a will prepared...

The receptionist suggested they set up an appointment for a convenient time for the spinster to come into the office.

The spinter replied, 'You must understand, I've lived alone all my life, I rarely see anyone, and I don't like to go out. Would it be possible for the lawyer to come to my house?'

The receptionist checked with the attorney who agreed and he went to the spinster's home for the meeting to discuss her estate and the will.

The lawyer's first question was, 'Would you please tell me what you have in assets and how you'd like them to be distributed under your will?'

She replied, 'Besides the furniture and accessories you see here, I have RM50,000 in my savings account at the bank. '

'Tell me,' the lawyer asked, 'how would you like the RM50,000 to be distributed?'

The spinster said, 'Well, as I've told you, I've lived a reclusive life, people have hardly ever noticed me, so I'd like them to notice when I pass on. I'd like to provide RM40,000 for my funeral.'

The lawyer remarked, 'Well, for RM40,000 you will be able to have a funeral that will certainly be noticed!'

But tell me,' he continued, 'what would you like to do with the remaining RM10,000?'

The spinster replied, 'As you know, I've never married, I've lived alone almost my entire life, and in fact I've never slept with a man.

Before I die, I'd like you to use the RM10,000 to arrange for a man to sleep with me.'

'This is a very unusual request,' the lawyer said, adding, 'but I'll see what I can do to arrange it and get back to you. '

That evening, the lawyer was at home telling his wife about the eccentric spinster and her weird request.

After thinking about how much she could do around the house with RM10,000 and with a bit of coaxing, she got her husband to agree to provide the service himself.

She said, 'I'll drive you over tomorrow morning and wait in the car until you're finished.'

The next morning she drove him to the spinster's house.

She waited for over an hour, but her husband didn't come out. So she blew the car horn.

Shortly, the upstairs bedroom window opened, the lawyer stuck his head out and yelled,

'Pick me up tomorrow, she's decided to have a free government burial.'

-Author Unknown-

*Posted for laughs with no intention to offend spinsters or celibates. Thanks to Freddie who sent me this joke. If any of you have sent this to me before and I did not mention you, rest assured it is not because I do not appreciate your kind gesture but it is because I have forgotten it! My apoliogies!

                                       

Ethnic minorities in Myanmar rally for Kachin

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 06:56 PM PST


[VIDEO] Ubah Sekarang! Ucapan Presiden PAS Di HKR 211 Stadium Merdeka

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 06:47 PM PST


PAS yakin Pakatan dapat tunai janji

Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang penuh keyakinan Pakatan Rakyat akan dapat melaksanakan janjinya untuk penghapusan tol kerana ia pernah dilaksanakan di Terengganu. Gambar: TMI

"Sebelum ini, apabila kita menang di Terengganu, kita telah berjaya menghapuskan tol," katanya ketika berucap di hadapan puluhan ribu peserta Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat HKR112 di Stadium Merdeka.

Puluhan ribu peserta lagi berada di luar stadium kerana tidak dapat memasuki stadium yang telah penuh sesak itu.

Ustaz Hadi berkata, perhimpunan ini sangat bersejarah kerana di sinilah kemerdekaan negara diisytiharkan.


Katanya, telah lebih 50 tahun rakyat negara ini memberi peluang kepada BN.

"Namun apa erti 50 tahun merdeka jika rakyat merempat di tanah air sendiri, anak muda menganggur, harta negara disapu," katanya.

Ustaz Hadi seterusnya memberikan satu pantun yang berbunyi:

Sila belah buah kedondong
Biji dibelah dengan lidi
Bukan salah ibu mengandung
Yang silap memangkah undi


Pulau Pinang dulu, katanya, jadi 'pulau pening' selama 50 tahun di bawah BN.

"Bila Pakatan ambik baru jadi tak pening. Di Selangor kita beri air percuma, tapi dimanipulasikan oleh media," katanya.

Bagi beliau, rakyat tidak perlu takut kepada BN.

"BN bukan hantu, tapi rakyat macam kita, rakyat kena berani. Mari kita isytiharkan kemerdekaan yang kedua. Bila pulang buat kerja. InsyaAllah kita dapat Ubah Sekarang," tegasnya diambuk terikan takbir dari hadirin.

The Funny Side of Technology

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 02:30 PM PST

Thanks to Angela who sent me these images. Kind of makes you wonder about the other side of IT and technology :-).








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