Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Melayu Johor the poorest - truth or 'gormal'?

Melayu Johor the poorest - truth or 'gormal'?

Melayu Johor the poorest - truth or 'gormal'?

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 09:34 AM PST

Is it true that the Johor Malays are the poorest now and not those in Kelantan or Terengganu?

What alarming is an allegation that the Iskandar development project attributes mostly to such a phenomenon although no official surveys or fact-findings could support it.

However, it is true that not many Malays could afford the price of land in Iskandar Malaysia but more Malay and Bumiputra companies are in joint-venture with non-Malays and foreigners to embark on new business there.

Of course Singapore is the 'dominant controller' of Iskandar but I personally believe they got every reason to be there as the development area is three times larger than the size of the Republic! Where else can they go nearest to invest?
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — The Malay Chamber of Commerce (DPMM) claimed today Johor Malays are currently the country's poorest community, a problem it blamed on Iskandar Malaysia.
Its president Datuk Syed Ali Alattas said Putrajaya's land privatisation programme and large-scale land sale to foreigners under the project had triggered massive inflation in the state.
This had made it more difficult for the state's Malay majority, which he described as poor, to cope with the higher cost of living.  
"During the 1800s, the Johor Malays were the richest in the country but they are now the poorest. This is caused by foreigners buying up land here (and caused inflation). We can no longer cope with the high cost of living," he told a press conference here. 
"The development of Iskandar is pushing the Malays backwards, making them more marginalised economically," he said, adding that the economic disparity between the Johor Malays and the non-Malays was one of the key issues raised at its recent congress.
The Iskandar Malaysia project, situated in Nusajaya at the southern tip of Johor, was conceived during the Abdullah administration. It covers 2,217 sq km and is thrice the size of Singapore
Initially seen as competition, a Singapore paper had reported that the Iskandar project had swayed more expatriates into opting to live on this side of the Causeway, drawn by cheaper and bigger homes in Johor, while Malaysians are grappling to find affordable housing.
So, what has PM Najib and our experts have to say on this issue?

On the contrary, it is not fair at all to zoom in to Iskandar only in making such a 'shallow' summary of the poorest Malays in Malaysia.

I still believe the Malays in Kelantan, especially in the rural Gua Musang, Jeli, Tanah Merah and Bachok, and also some parts of Terengganu and Kedah are among the poorest in the country.

Why? Because they are years away from politics!

Another thing is, which political party is Syed Ali with?

Semuga Datuk Siti Istiqamah Bertudung Penuh

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 09:58 AM PST

Berhijab Penuh: Siti Nurhaliza Tunai Janji Dengan Fans Manis bertudung litup sejak menyambut ulang tahun kelahirannya yang ke-34 pada 11 Januari lalu, penyanyi tersohor Dato' Siti Nurhaliza Taruddin mengesahkan bahawa keputusannya untuk berimej sopan dengan berhijab penuh itu dilakukan dengan kerelaan hatinya sendiri.

Malah, Siti Nurhaliza berkata sudah tiba masanya dia menunaikan kata-kata serta janjinya selama ini yang mahu berhijab penuh sebaik sahaja pulang daripada menunaikan Haji di Kota Suci Mekah tidak lama dulu.

"Inilah doa daripada orang ramai dan peminat. Saya pernah kata dulu yang saya akan berhijab penuh, dan kini saya tunaikan jua. Alhamdulilah pada hari jadi saya yang ke 34 yang kebetulan jatuh pada hari Jumaat saya mengambil keputusan untuk berhijab penuh," katanya ringkas yang tidak berniat untuk mengulas lanjut.

Siti Nurhaliza ditemui murai.com.my di majlis resepsi ketiga penjaga gol kebangsaan, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat atau Apex dan Leuniey di Hotel Royale Damansara, malam semalam.

Pada majlis yang berkonsepkan English itu, Siti telah menyumbangkan sebuah lagu untuk kedua-dua mempelai yang berjudul Kengan Terindah dendangan Samsons.

Mengenakan gaun berwarna cokelat lembut atau nude colour rekaan pereka fesyen kegemarannya, Rizman Ruzaini, penampilan Siti itu telah dipadankan dengan tudung litup dari rona serupa.

Bukan sekadar tudung dan gaun dari rona serupa, dia turut memadankan penampilan mempesonanya itu dengan clutch serta tumit tinggi warna yang sama. -murai

Ulasan GB

Semuga Datuk Siti istiqamah dengan tindakannya memakai tudung penuh tersebut.

Itu yang pertama. Yang kedua semuga Datuk Siti mensucikan niat bertudung penuh itu kerana Dia, bukan dikeranakan dengan kerana-keranan yang lain.

Semuga kehidupan Datuk Siti sekeluarga dilimpahi hidayah, inayah, perlindungan dan rahmatNya.

Juz 'Amma -Muhammad Thoha Al Junayd

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 02:02 AM PST

Your Brain Is Flawed - Why Humans are Wildly Irrational

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 06:07 AM PST

This article Your Brain Is Flawed -- 12 Scientific Reasons Human Beings Are Wildly Irrational by George Dvorsky  was first posted HERE.

While flaws in our judgment help us process information more efficiently, they lead us to make grave mistakes.

The human brain is capable of 1016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any computer currently in existence. But that doesn't mean our brains don't have major limitations. The lowly calculator can do math thousands of times better than we can, and our memories are often less than useless — plus, we're subject to cognitive biases, those annoying glitches in our thinking that cause us to make questionable decisions and reach erroneous conclusions. Here are a dozen of the most common and pernicious cognitive biases that you need to know about.

Before we start, it's important to distinguish between cognitive biases and logical fallacies. A logical fallacy is an error in logical argumentation (e.g. ad hominem attacks, slippery slopes, circular arguments, appeal to force, etc.). A cognitive bias, on the other hand, is a genuine deficiency or limitation in our thinking — a flaw in judgment that arises from errors of memory, social attribution, and miscalculations (such as statistical errors or a false sense of probability).

Some social psychologists believe our cognitive biases help us process information more efficiently, especially in dangerous situations. Still, they lead us to make grave mistakes. We may be prone to such errors in judgment, but at least we can be aware of them. Here are some important ones to keep in mind.

1. Confirmation Bias

We love to agree with people who agree with us. It's why we only visit websites that express our political opinions, and why we mostly hang around people who hold similar views and tastes. We tend to be put off by individuals, groups, and news sources that make us feel uncomfortable or insecure about our views — what the behavioral psychologist B. F. Skinner called cognitive dissonance. It's this preferential mode of behavior that leads to the confirmation bias — the often unconscious act of referencing only those perspectives that fuel our pre-existing views, while at the same time ignoring or dismissing opinions — no matter how valid — that threaten our world view. And paradoxically, the internet has only made this tendency even worse.

2. Ingroup Bias

Somewhat similar to the confirmation bias is the ingroup bias, a manifestation of our innate tribalistic tendencies. And strangely, much of this effect may have to do with oxytocin — the so-called "love molecule." This neurotransmitter, while helping us to forge tighter bonds with people in our ingroup, performs the exact opposite function for those on the outside — it makes us suspicious, fearful, and even disdainful of others. Ultimately, the ingroup bias causes us to overestimate the abilities and value of our immediate group at the expense of people we don't really know.

3. Gambler's Fallacy

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The Rebel With A Flawed Cause

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 05:25 AM PST

It is always good to consider both sides of an issue. Consider the following commentary by David Weidner on Aaron Swartz posted in Market Watch.

Swartz was a rebel with a flawed cause
Commentary: 'Aaron Swartz's legacy doesn't need martyrdom '

We all know that on Wall Street money is power.

In the tech world the principle is the same, but the equation is different: Knowledge is power.

And Aaron Swartz, the programmer, writer and activist who died in an apparent suicide Friday, tried to upset the balance of power — by messing with the people who control the knowledge. Read more on the death of Aaron Swartz .

We all know that on Wall Street money is power.

In the tech world the principle is the same, but the equation is different: Knowledge is power.

And Aaron Swartz, the programmer, writer and activist who died in an apparent suicide Friday, tried to upset the balance of power — by messing with the people who control the knowledge. Read more on the death of Aaron Swartz .

Good for him. But let's be honest. As admirable as his talent and ambitions were, as persecuted as he was, there are two key things to remember:

First, Swartz sometimes went too far and encouraged taking the work of others.

Second, his persecutors are not responsible for his death.

By suggesting otherwise sullies his legacy and creates a phony martyrdom.

He doesn't deserve that. Swartz, you may know, is credited with developing RSS, the standard Web feed for news and other updated content. RSS and Reddit, which Swartz helped create, are so pervasive most everyone on the Internet uses or benefits from them whether they know it or not. Swartz created RSS when he was 14.

Wikipedia owes much to Swartz who helped strengthen, clarify and enforce standards. See Swartz's Wikipedia page .

He was also known for promoting free distribution and access to information on the Internet, sometimes called "free culture" — he also clashed with authorities over this. Last year, he was accused of illegally downloading 4 million academic articles.

For Swartz, this wasn't stealing. To him knowledge truly was power. He believed access to information on the Internet was a basic right — or should be — for everyone. To him, the idea was that unfettered access to knowledge would help everyone to realize their full potential.

Put another way, Swartz advocated a redistribution of intellectual wealth.


CLICK HERE for an article by Carla Mozee.

Islamikkah Tindakan Bank Islam Menggantung Azrul Azwar?

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 06:18 AM PST

Azrul Azwar: Bank Islam rugi, bank lain untung

KUALA LUMPUR: Kehilangan Ketua Ekonomi Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin di Bank Islam mempunyai potensi untuk menjejaskan nama bank itu sebagai institusi kewangan negara.

Ini kerana ia kelihatan sebagai permainan politik oleh Bank Islam.

Lantas, badan pemikir Kajian Politik Untuk Perubahan (KPRU) berpendapat kehilangan Azrul Azwar sebagai Ketua Ekonomi Bank Islam merupakan suatu kerugian kepada bank itu dan keuntungan kepada mana-mana institusi kewangan lain yang mungkin mengambil beliau.

Berikut kenyataan KPRU berhubung isu berkenaan.

Badan pemikir Kajian Politik Untuk Perubahan (KPRU) berpendapat bahawa tindakan Bank Islam menggantung tugas Ketua Ekonomi Bank Islam, Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin, hanya menunjukkan Bank Islam mementingkan kepentingan politiknya berbanding melindungi hak kebebasan bersuara kakitangannya.

Justeru, KPRU menyarankan Bank Islam menyemak semula keputusan menggantung tugas Azrul Azwar dan mengembalikan jawatan dan tugas Azrul Azwar kepadanya.

Azrul Azwar mempunyai pengalaman selama melebihi sepuluh tahun dalam bidang ekonomi.

Beliau telah bertugas sebagai penganalisa di Meridian Asset Management Sdn Bhd, RHB Bank, Malaysia Industrial Development Finance Bhd (MIDF) dan Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB).

Hanya kerana memajukan pendapatnya mengenai peluang kemenangan Barisan Nasional, beliau telah digantung daripada tugasnya dan menghadapi risiko untuk kehilangan jawatan beliau sebagai Ketua Ekonomi di Bank Islam.

KPRU menyarankan individu seperti Ketua Ekonomi Bank Islam, Azrul Azwar yang berpengalaman tinggi, dalam bidang ekonomi diangkat penggantungannya dan dilayani sebagai aset dan bukannya musuh politik. Memandangkan Bank Islam telah menjauhi daripada pendapat Ketua Ekonomi Bank Islam Azrul Azwar maka, tindakan menggantung tugas merupakan suatu tindakan ekstrem dan tidak mencerminkan sikap profesionalisme Bank Islam dalam menangani pendapat politik berbeza-beza.

Kehilangan Ketua Ekonomi Azrul Azwar di Bank Islam mempunyai potensi untuk menjejaskan nama Bank Islam sebagai antara institusi kewangan negara kerana ianya kelihatan sebagai permainan politik yang dimainkan oleh Bank Islam. Lantas, kehilangan Azrul Azwar sebagai Ketua Ekonomi Bank Islam merupakan suatu kerugian Bank Islam dan suatu keuntungan mana-mana institusi kewangan lain yang mungkin menggaji beliau.

Sebagai rakyat Malaysia, Azrul Azwar mempunyai hak kebebasan untuk menyuarakan pendapatnya. Sebagai sebuah institusi kewangan negara ini, Bank Islam seharusnya bersikap neutral terhadap para pekerjanya terutamanya dalam mengendalikan pendapat politik yang berbeza.

Kegagalan Bank Islam untuk bersikap neutral hanya merugikan Bank tersebut dan menampakkan Bank Islam sebagai suatu alat politik kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

Ulasan GB

Bank Islam yang sepatutnya menyerlahkan ciri-ciri keadilan Islam tiba-tiba kini bertindak zalim dan kejam apabila menggantung tugas Ketua Ekonominya, Azrul Azwar.

Sekaligus tindakan Bank Islam itu memberikan gambaran buruk terhadap agama Islam apabila ia menjadi alat politik kerajaan BN.

Perkasa basic sebegitu pun Bank Islam gagal untuk pamerkan keadilan Islam, lagi mahu harapkan keadilan melalui ekonomi dan perbankan Islam?

Bangang dan kebodohan yang tiada taranya. Sanggup memecat Ketua Ekonominya sendiri kerana tunduk dan akur kepada tekanan pihak lain.

Hukum kebenaran dan keadilan akan tetap berlaku, Bank Islam sewajarnya menggugurkan nama "Islam" apabila ia sendiri gagal untuk menjunjung kebenaran dan keadilan seperti yang dituntut oleh ajaran Islam sendiri!

Ten Things Your Office Will Not Say

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 04:50 AM PST

1. "You're not as safe here as you might think."

Cubicle dwellers might think that their desk jobs, if boring, are at least danger-free, but there are real occupational hazards at the office: There were 286 fatalities in administrative and support jobs in 2011, for instance, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (versus 721among people working construction).

Surprisingly, though — despite the lurking danger that increases in office security over the years might imply — the most common cause of death had nothing to do with office-security threats. Rather, they involved slipping, tripping or falling, which often happens when employees climb furniture or bookshelves attempting to reach files or other objects, says Dwayne Towles, an occupational safety and health consultant. On rare occasions, of course, Americans go to the office to never return home for more dramatic reasons, succumbing to tragedies ranging from violent homicides to freak accidents. Still, most offices witness less excitement: Real estate and law offices had only 10 deaths each in 2011. "The incident rates are low in an office environment, but that doesn't mean people don't get hurt," Towles says.

2. "Feeling run down? Blame the building."

Desk jockeys commonly joke that work makes them sick. But sometimes, they're correct. An indefinite feeling of illness might actually be caused by the office itself. Occupational health consultants term the phenomenon "sick building syndrome" — though experts say they have learned to take the phrase with a grain of salt. Mold, odors, inadequate ventilation, chemicals and other pollutants can cause real symptoms such as headaches, coughs and fatigue while employees are at the office, usually going away when they return home. Such problems often stem from moisture trapped in walls during construction, which can plague newly constructed buildings as well as old. (Staring at screens can also cause something called computer vision syndrome, a condition where employees' eyes become dry and tired, and that may be linked to glaucoma.) And while it's currently trendy for companies to repurpose historic buildings like fire stations or grist mills into office space, it may make matters worse, as outdated HVAC systems can cause problems if not retrofitted properly, says Everett Mount, president of Safety Synergy, a New Jersey-based occupational health consulting company. "Sick building doesn't really mean old building," says Towles.

But some experts say employee sickness may often be psychological, with workers' stress and frustration (say, fear of layoffs) manifesting as physical symptoms — and paranoia can quickly spread across the office. "I've seen people using indoor air quality to get out of a place where they don't want to be," says Mount, who has investigated a few buildings top-to-bottom following worker complaints and found no problem whatsoever. "'Sick building syndrome,'" he says,"is grossly overused."

3. "You're sitting on your worst enemy."

Before you blame your health problems on your boss or back-stabbing co-worker, consider that the culprit might be right beneath you. Experts say the most dangerous aspect of an office job might be the simple fact that most people sit while doing it: "There's nothing else I can think of that is impacting more people than sitting," says Marc Hamilton, who studies the physiology of inactivity at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Studies suggest that the body loses 20% to 25% of its good cholesterol and becomes insulin-resistant in a full day of sitting, increasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity — and death.

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Which professions are prospering?
A look at 2012's unemployment data shows it was a good year to be a metal worker or a credit analyst. Photo: Bloomberg.

The bad news: Recent research has shown that no amount of exercise can counteract the health damage caused by sitting, and people who exercise spend just as much time sitting as those who don't. Plus, despite a booming ergonomics industry, which makes equipment specially designed to make people more comfortable at their desks (chairs that reduce lower-back pain and keyboards that ease carpal tunnel symptoms, for example), experts say the high-tech — and often expensive — gadgets can't solve the problem that workers are chained to their chairs. Even desks allowing people to stand while they work aren't a sustainable alternative to sitting: "After a while, they don't use it; they just sit," says Jos Verbeek of the Finnish Institute for Occupational Health and Safety.

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Listen UUM: Scumbag Sharifah NO respect Bawani

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 02:43 AM PST

By Debra Chong
Assistant News Editor
January 15, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — A pro-Barisan Nasional (BN) woman activist has become the latest Malaysian Internet phenomenon with her "Listen, listen, listen" diatribe after video clips of her public rebuke of a local university student went viral.
Parodies of Sharifah Zohra Jabeen, president of the little-known organisation Suara Wanita 1 Malaysia (SW1M) that is seen to be aligned with the ruling BN, have spawned on various social media platforms including YouTube and Facebook and has also been picked up and incorporated by a couple of food and beverage joints as part of their advertising gimmick in the last 24 hours.
Controversial Johor-born singer-songwriter Namewee, was even inspired to pen a song dedicated to Sharifah, which he titled "Listen" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qcd6GkPM-k&feature=player_embedded) and uploaded on YouTube earlier today as part of his "Tokok" series. 
"Listen, listen, listen, listen, listen. This is a democracy country. I allow you to speak. But when I speak, you must listen.
"Listen, listen, listen, listen, listen. Don't compare our country with other countries. If you want to compare, what are you doing in Malaysia?" said the bearded 29-year-old, sporting a black "Tokok" tee and goofy silver-rimmed dark shades of two hands with their middle fingers extended upwards.
"But we can compare to the animals. We should compare to the kuching in Cuba, the tikus in Argentina, anjing di Malaysia because the animal are happy with the government [sic]," he added spoofing Sharifah's remarks to University Utara Malaysia (UUM) student, Bawani K.S. in a video recording of an the open forum held last month.
The three-minute clip has generated 24,404 views and drawn 2,970 likes and 58 thumbs-down at the time of writing.
The artiste, whose real name is Wee Meng Chun, shot to notoriety in 2007 with a rap parody of the national anthem "Negaraku" and is well known for his musical satires on a wide variety of subjects.
A two-minute dance remix version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL25dpv_cg0&feature=player_embedded) of Sharifah's remarks produced by Yuri Wong of local music house, The Factory Music Studio, is also up on the popular video-sharing site. 
Grilled chicken restaurant chain, Nando's, also took a jab at Sharifah, in its latest advertisement, telling Facebook followers to "Listen. Listen. Listen. Listen. Our Chicks are A-Okay".
Local pub, Dukes & Duchess, also sent out an open call to its Facebook patrons to join them in a "Listen, listen, listen" party this Saturday. 
In a promotion, the watering hole, located in the Taman Tun Dr Ismail suburb on the fringe of the national capital, urged patrons to "bring your pets to D&D and listen to their problem~If you are not happy to what you heard you can leave [sic]".
Other Internet memes featuring portraits of Sharifah with her now infamous tagline "Listen, listen, listen" and various punch lines have also taken off.
A meme is defined as an idea, behaviour or style that swiftly replicates and spreads from person to person within a culture.

Screenshot of Sharifah Zohra Jabeen (right) berating Bawani at the forum.
The original video posted last week, featured Sharifah as host of a university forum publicly chewing out law student, Bawani who had stood up to voice her views on the Bersih electoral rally and free education — with remarks such as "when this is our programme, we allow you to speak" and "when I speak, you listen".
Cutting off Bawani mid-way, Sharifah told the student to "Listen!" a whopping 11 times and even took away the microphone to stop the former from speaking further.
"Number one, when this is our programme, we allow you to speak," Sharifah said, and then added, "Number two, when I speak, you listen."
Sharifah also quelled another student who attempted to speak out, saying insistently, "Let me speak" before asking the rest of the auditorium audience: "Students in the hall, 2,300 students everywhere. Did I give her respect? Did I give her respect? I came up to her, shook hands with her and gave her respect as another woman. Do you think I need to answer her question with this attitude?"
She then labelled Bersih co-chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan an "anarchist", and criticised Bawani for highlighting the need for free education in the country, even telling her "if you equate Malaysia to other countries, what are you doing in Malaysia?"
"Go to Cuba, go to Argentina, go to Libya, go everywhere. Because all the students in this hall are happy with whatever the government does for them," she said, and ticked Bawani off for having "a very least of pendidikan [education]".
The forum, titled "Seiringkah mahasiswa dan politik?" (Are graduates and politics aligned?), was held at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) in Kedah on December 8.
Undergraduates in local universities have in recent years become increasingly more vocal and critical of the government, more so after the Najib administration moved to loosen the law allowing students to participate in politics, in a bid to draw support from the younger generation who are seen to make up a substantial voter demographic group.
Last year, several student groups took part in demonstrations nationwide to demand greater freedom and free university education.

If someone could summarise this and print on t-shirts for election day...

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 02:20 AM PST


The Voter Agent Training recently conducted at the PJ Civic Centre brought to the fore some very critical issues which every Voter ought to know.

These are :

1. As soon as you enter the polling station, you will be ushered to Kerani 1, who will check your personal identity against your NRIC. He/she will then read out your name, NRIC number and the Siri/Bilangan number in accordance to the List provided by the Election Commission (SPR).

2. Once all that is verified, Kerani 1 will pass your NRIC to the next officer, Kerani 2.3. Here, Kerani 2 will hand you a 'Kertas Undi,' which is identified by its Serial Number. As a Voter, please know your rights. You have the constitutional right under our Election Laws to NOT accept the 'Kertas Undi' that the officer assigns to you.

3. You CAN and should ask for a different 'Kertas Undi' from a different book. To do that, just say to the officer, "Encik (or Cik), saya minta Kertas Undi dari buku lain atau dari bawah." Translated, that is, "Sir (or Madam), I like to request a different ballot paper from a different book or from below."

This must be done so that the Voter CANNOT be identified via the SPR's Master List. It will take just ONE voter to upset the whole sequence, which will eventually affect the SPR's Master List for that voting centre. The aim of doing this is to SAFEGUARD every Voter's identity. No one has the right to know how you want to vote.

4. Once your 'Kertas Undi' is issued to you, just stand there and do NOT leave immediately.Instead please CHECK BOTH SIDES of the ballot paper in order to ensure that there are NO pencil markings or any  other form of suspicious markings on it. If there are, REJECT the ballot paper issued to you and instead request for these markings to be either erased to your satisfaction or for you to be issued with a new 'Kertas Undi.' 

Also do NOT accept any loose-lying 'Kertas Undi,' which may have been strewn about because it was rejected by someone else earlier. ALWAYS ask for a fresh ballot paper from the book.

An alternative, as suggested by certain other people via email, is to bring along your own eraser so that when you see any pencil marks, you can rub them off completely yourself.

5. Kerani 2 will then hand the 'Kertas Undi' to the next officer, Kerani 3. Kerani 3 carries a seal, which will be used to stamp your 'Kertas Undi.' PLEASE watch carefully that the officer stamps your ballot paper FULLY and CLEARLY. After that, see that it is folded into two before the ballot paper is handed over to you.

Incomplete stamp mark can and will render your ballot paper as spoiled vote.

6. You can now proceed to the voting booth.

7. At the booth, please ensure that the ballot paper has only your ONE marking of a single X. If for whatever reason, suspicious or otherwise, you overlooked some pencil marks of numbers or markings on
the front or back of the ballot paper (ie other than your own mark), please ERASE those markings completely.

REMEMBER, these markings can and will render your ballot spoiled – so be Extra Cautious. The most careful approach is to check your 'Kertas Undi' thoroughly before you accept it from the officer.

REMEMBER to check it in front of the relevant officer so that if you have to reject it, he is right in front of you.

8. Do not be afraid or cower in fear when you have to express your objections because there are representatives from the various participating political parties who will be there to observe the whole voting process and they are there to assist you as and when you need.

As mentioned earlier, It is this kind of information that GUILTY PARTY does not want others to know. They thrive on public ignorance so that they can do whatever they feel like brazenly.

One way to stop them is to send this information to as many of your friends as possible so that everyone, on voting day, knows exactly what to do, and is fully AWARE of his/her constitutional voting rights.

Print this out and keep it safely. When Voting Day finally arrives, it will be handy for you to access and read again. PLEASE bring along your own pencil ERASER.

It is VITAL that we get this information across to as many people as possible.

[VIDEO] UMNO Kini Kelam-kabut Dengan Isu Bawani

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 04:32 AM PST

Menteri 'rayu' Bawani, mahu pulih isu

Timbalan Menteri Pengajian Tinggi merayu' KS Bawani, pelajar kontroversi Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) yang lantang dengan pendirian mengenai perhimpunan Bersih dan tuntutan pendidikan percuma supaya menghubunginya, dipercayai untuk meredakan isu.

Saifuddin Abdullah menulis di twitter semalam, nombor telefon peribadinya dengan mesej meminta pelajar tersebut meghubunginya, selepas seorang pengguna twitter memberitahu Bawani mempunyai akaun twitter.

Menurut beliau, mahasiswa termasuk Bawani berhak menyuarakan pandangan tanpa ada sekatan.

Isu ini tercetus apabila rakaman video forum suara mahasiswa yang dimuat naik ke youtube sejak beberapa hari lalu, menimbulkan kemarahan rakyat Malaysia apabila salah seorang ahli panel enggan memberi ruang kepada seorang mahasiswa, iaitu Bawani untuk memberi pandangan.

Video selama 24 minit yang dirakam dalam forum untuk pelajar UUM bulan lepas memaparkan ahli panel, Sharifah Zohra Jabeen Syed Shah Miskin menyekat pelajar itu dari menghabiskan soalannya berhubung pendidikan percuma.

Ekoran kelantangan Bawani memberi pandangan, Sharifah turun dari pentas dan berdiri di hadapan pelajar itu.

Sharifah dengan nada tegas berkata 'Listen' sebanyak 10 kali sebelum mengambil pembesar suara dari Bawani, kemudian Bawani berhenti bercakap.

Difahamkan bahawa Syarifah Zohrah adalah Presiden Suara Wanita 1 Malaysia (SW1M) dan Timbalan Ketua Wanita KIMMA. Semua tahu Kimma atau singkatan kepada Kongress Indian Muslim Malaysia adalah komponen baru dalam BN.

Najib Cuba Bela Kroni Dalam Masalah Air Selangor - MB Selangor

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 12:52 AM PST

Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak didakwa cuba melindungi kroninya dengan terus menyalahkan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor berhubung gangguan bekalan air di Ampang, Cheras dan Gombak sejak dua minggu lalu.

Mengulas perkara itu, Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim berkata, Kerajaan Negeri sentiasa komited untuk membantu membekalkan air terawat kepada rakyat di Selangor.

Menurutnya, Kerajaan Negeri juga tidak pernah melengahkan permohonan Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) membina rumah pam baru bagi menyalurkan air kepada penduduk di ketiga-tiga kawasan tersebut.

"Apa yang dikatakan Najib itu tiada kena mengena dengan gangguan bekalan air yang berlaku sekarang. Najib boleh jadi kurang faham tentang keadaan ini kerana Najib ingin membantu kroninya.

"Tan Sri Rozali Ismail ialah kroni Najib. Jadi bermakna, kalau kroninya buat salah, Najib tidak akan kata dia salah.

"Najib sanggup menyalahkan rakyat dan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor demi mempertahankan kroni," katanya semasa mengadakan lawatan kerja di Sarawak petang tadi.

Gangguan bekalan air itu melibatkan 500,000 penduduk di tiga kawasan itu yang terpaksa mendapatkan air untuk tugas harian daripada lori air Syabas.

Syabas berkata masalah gangguan itu mungkin akan berlarutan sehingga tahun baru Cina.

Dalam pada itu, Abdul Khalid turut mencabar Najib untuk melihat sendiri bekalan air di Selangor dengan memanggil Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN) yang bertanggungjawab mengelola perkhidmatan air.

Abdul Khalid berkata, Najib juga gagal menjalankan tugas sebagai Perdana Menteri secara profesional apabila masih menuding jari kepada Kerajaan Negeri.

"Rakyat tidak mahu lagi kroni, rakyat tidak mahu rasuah, rakyat tidak mahu Umno-BN terus membodohkan rakyat," katanya lagi.

Pada Sabtu lalu, Najib mendakwa masalah bekalan air di Selangor semakin meruncing ekoran keengganan Kerajaan Negeri memberi kelulusan untuk membina stesen pam tambahan dan tidak memberi 'development order' kepada Kerajaan Pusat.

Sebelum ini, Najib mendakwa Kerajaan Selangor suka menunding jadi dan menyalahkan pihak lain berhubung krisis air yang berlaku di Selangor.

Secrets to Longevity

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 11:00 PM PST

Recently, Angela sent me this article written by Koon Yew Yin, one of the founders of IJM Corporation. In his retirement now, he writes often on many socio-political issues. I googled to see the source of the article before posting. Here's an excerpt from his well-articulated piece:

On 28th Dec 2012, I celebrated my 80th birthday [1]. A few guests asked me how I have managed to live so long and happy. I am sure all of you would like to know how I did it. Even my cardiologist said that I may be holding the Malaysian record for being alive after inheriting a blood cholesterol disease and having undergone heart bypass surgery in May 1983. Moreover, I do not have aches and pain which are common for elderly people.

Image from The Star

This is what I do:

1. Every day I walk for around 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening. When there is rain, I walk about in my house.
2. I must remember that physical movement will reduce stress which can shorten my life. As I spend most of my time on the computer, reading, writing or watching TV, I must not sit down for more than one hour at a time. I must stand up and walk a few steps.
3. I have developed a habit of taking a few deep breaths whenever I remember. I can do it at any time, while sitting, driving or waiting for something. I always take a few deep breaths before I go to sleep.
4. When I wake up I usually drink 2 glasses of water. I eat only fruits and drink a cup of coffee for breakfast. Pineapple is my favourite fruit. I do not eat anything until lunch. In between I may drink some water. In this way I can keep my weight down.
5. I drink one glass of wine with my lunch and I have a nap for about an hour. I also drink another glass of wine before I sleep every night. Wine will improve blood circulation and reduce stress.
6. After my afternoon nap, I make a pot of Chinese tea which keeps me awake so that I can enjoy the rest of my day.

This is what I do for my mental health:

Always keep your mind occupied by reading, writing, playing computer, managing my share investment [2] or watching TV. This will slow down the loss of memory.
1. Although I have completely retired from executive work as company director for which I was paid, I am now working harder and longer hours than before and no one pays me a salary. I find working is the most wonderful entertainment and I enjoy doing what I am doing.
2. After having lived for so long, I accept human weaknesses and forgive those who irritate me. Why should I feel angry just because someone misbehaves? I have only a few close friends and they do not mind if I do something stupid.
3. Avoid working more than an hour at a time, have a short break. Take a holiday once a week. Occasionally go for longer holidays for a change of environment.
4. I must mention my wife's important contribution. She takes care of my daily needs without which I would not have lived so long and happy.
5. I love my wife, I love myself and people in general. I enjoy all the good things in life.
6. I also love music, especially classical music. It keeps me calm and smoothen my life. I think it also keeps my blood pressure down.
7. I frequently see my doctor to check my blood pressure which is most important if you want to live a long life.


CLICK HERE to read the rest of the entry.

As long as it is a western power, it should be fine and fully

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 09:46 PM PST

As long as it is a western power, it should be fine and fully supported by the UN. Hey man, what about the palestinians?


visit me at scribd.com - rutz.zainal

Listen...listen...listen!! SOMBONGNYA!!!!

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 10:39 PM PST

Ikan Paus takder masaalah pun...beautiful life..

Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi harus menghentikan semua program "brainwashing" di IPTA

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 09:16 PM PST

Rakyat seluruh negara tergempar dan terkejut dengan sebuah klip video di Youtube yang memaparkan pertelingkahan antara seorang mahasiswa jurusan Undang-undang tahun kedua Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) dengan seorang panelis bernama Sharifah Zohra Jabeen Syed Shah Miskin dalam satu forum yang berlangsung pada 8 Disember 2012 yang lalu. Forum itu akhirnya bertukar menjadi satu medan politik


Posted: 14 Jan 2013 09:08 PM PST

Have you ever wondered why, after strategy is defined, goals being set and yet still people are not focussed on them. I mean the real work doesn't get done.
The 'real' work to many are those work that fall on the laps as a matter of urgency, whirlwinds that require their immediate attention.
It is more fun and exciting to work on the 'now' rather than to plan and agonise of thenext10 months or so, to plan on what to execute and then to slow execute them. The results probably not be seen in the next few days or weeks or even months.
People are keener to work on the urgencies as there would be an immediate gratification rather than to have a delayed gratification.
You may wonder what happened to the goals that were set earlier, gotten swept under the carpet, coz they don't provide you with an immediate impact, be in the the form of acknowledgement, scolding or reward or punishment.

Why don't you take a moment to see around you, and ask yourself, would people still be busy without any goals to work on?

visit me at scribd.com - rutz.zainal

Skandal Rasuah & Pembunuhan Altantuya Libatkan Najib Tersebar Di Australia

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 10:33 PM PST

Akhbar Australia: Kes pembunuhan Altantuya jejas peluang Umno
Akhbar Australia, The Age meramalkan skandal pembunuhan Altantuya Shaariibu yang dikaitkan dengan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak akan menjejaskan peluang Umno BN dalam pilihan raya umum (PRU) akan datang.

"Najib menafikan penglibatannya, tetapi dakwaan tersebut tidak akan hilang. Internet di Malaysia sedang 'panas' dengan pendedahan seorang ahli perniagaan yang tidak berpuas hati dengannya, Deepak Jaikishan, yang mempunyai hubungan dengan Umno," tulis portal akhbar itu semalam.

Menurut akhbar berkenaan, pendedahan Deepak juga merupakan sebahagian usaha untuk membongkar misteri pembunuhan warga Mongolia itu pada 2006.

The Age mengaitkan pembelian dua kapal selam dianggarkan bernilai USD2 bilion pada 2002, ketika Najib menjadi Menteri Pertahanan dan hubungannya dengan Abdul Razak Baginda, yang dituduh membunuh Altantuya pada 2006.

"Antara tuntutan yang dibuat oleh Deepak seperti dinyatakan kepada pembangkang dan laman web bebas adalah bukti akuan bersumpah pada 2008 oleh penyiasat, (P) Balasubramaniam yang menyatakan Najib mempunyai hubungan seksual dengan Altantuya.

"Terdapat perbalahan dalam Umno yang berkuasa dalam negara selama lebih 50 tahun, kaji selidik terbaru menunjukkan populariti Najib menurun pada paras paling rendah dalam 16 bulan.

"Sebahagian penganalisis berkata, PRU kali ini akan menjadi cabaran terbesar kepada pemerintahan Umno. Najib sendiri mengatakan ia sebagai 'titik penentu nasib rakyat dan negara'," akhbar itu dipetik. -KD

Sexist Ads

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 07:00 PM PST

In many ways, we have come a long way. Previously, many grew up reading fairy tales laced with sexist overtones whereby it had to be the prince who would rescue the damsel distress. As time  passed, sexist advertisements were the norm but with the rise of the feminist movement and greater social awareness, sexism in media has been greatly reduced.

CLICK HERE to review this list of sexist advertisements from the 1950's to 1970's.

Do share your responses via the comment box or via writetomws at hush dot ai.


Have a great day!

HKR 112 Paling Aman & Bersih Dalam Sejarah

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 07:24 PM PST

Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat adalah perhimpunan paling aman dalam sejarah negara, ibarat karnival keluarga, menurut Pemerhati Majlis Peguam.

"Sangat aman…Peserta himpunan mengikut arahan. Secara keseluruhan, tiada masalah," kata Peguam Pemerhati Majlis Peguam, Wan Muhammad Hafiz.

"Saya rasa seperti di karnival keluarga. Paling aman dalam sejarah," kata seorang lagi Peguam Pemerhati, Azira Aziz.

Beliau menterjemah demikian kepada Keadilan Daily sebaik kumpulan berjumlah 3,000 rakyat dari Kampung Baru tiba di Stadium Merdeka, Sabtu lalu.

Peserta HKR dilepaskan dari lokasi tersebut diketuai Penyelaras Solidariti Anak Muda Muda Malaysia (SAMM), Badrul Hisham Shaharin atau CheguBard.

Perjalanan ke Stadium Merdeka sejauh lima kilometer mengambil masa kira-kira sejam setengah diiringi, sebuah jip 4WD dan van yang turut dipenuhi minuman dan kelengkapan perubatan untuk peserta.

Kumpulan ini bertepuk tangan dan menyanyi beramai-ramai lagu rock dari kumpulan One Buck Short berjudul 'Kelibat Korupsi' bagi menaikkan semangat peserta.

Mereka turut mengibarkan bendera besar SAMM, bersama puluhan bendera kecil lain menarik perhatian orang ramai dari dalam kedai dan pejabat untuk segera ke pinggir jalan mengambil gambar.

Manakala para pemandu kereta membunyikan hon dan menunjukkan isyarat bagus.

Beberapa wartawan media arus perdana dan online yang ditemui memberitahu, Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat seperti 'pesta jalanan'.

"Sangat menarik dan sangat bagus. Kita boleh 'jual' berita. Liputan membolehkan (jualan akhbar) laris," kata seorang wartawan kanan yang ditemui. -KD

Memang bersih sungguh kali ini

Alhamdulillah. Terbukti acara kemuncak Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat 12 Januari lalu bertaraf grand finale yang mencipta sejarah.

Stadium Merdeka menjadi saksi bahawa gemuruh suara rakyat tidak boleh diremehkan.

Mereka benar-benar mahukan perubahan! Dan ia tidak boleh ditangguh lagi.

Lebih penting, ada amaran tersirat: "Pastikan tiada penipuan dan manipulasi dalam PRU13.

Hormati segala tuntutan Bersih selama ini."

Segalanya berjalan teratur, lancar dan aman sekali. Malah, ramai berasa selesa dengan ketiadaan kelibat FRU. Ratusan ribu rakyat prihatin bergerak tanpa gangguan.

Tekad polis untuk menjadi fasilitator atau pemudahcara boleh dikatakan berjaya.

Tanpa provokasi dan gangguan seperti siri perhimpunan raksasa sebelumnya, Kuala Lumpur tidak bingit lagi dengan tembakan gas pemedih mata atau pertembungan langsung dengan pasukan keselamatan.

Tiada keganasan direkodkan. Harmoni. Menyenangkan. Penuh muhibah dan toleransi.

Walaupun jumlah kehadiran cuba dikecilkan pihak polis, saya kira umum dapat memahami situasi terdesak itu. Ya, apa lagi yang mahu diputar-belitkan untuk memberi gambaran jelek kepada publik, khususnya melalui siaran berita RTM dan TV3 pada malam Ahad lalu?

Strategis dan tukang propaganda Umno-BN kehilangan idea untuk 'spin' isu ini.

Selepas memberi gelaran tidak masuk akal -- "Himpunan Shamsidar" -- Utusan Malaysia dan TV3 terpaksa menelan muntah sendiri. Maka terpaksa diselongkar (sebenarnya direka-reka) bahan yang boleh memaparkan kegagalan perhimpunan yang memecah rekod itu.

Harapan pengarah himpunan, Mohamad Sabu, seperti dilafazkan selepas berjumpa Ketua Polis Negara beberapa hari lalu, agar peserta datang beramai-ramai, membawa keluarga bersama, berjalan santai beriringan, dengan mood festival, bernar-benar tercapai.

Setiap lapisan masyarakat, dengan pelbagai latar belakang, tua dan muda (juga kanak-kanak), lelaki dan wanita, mewakili segenap sektor yang membawa tuntutan berbeda tetapi dengan roh dan semangat yang sama, biarpun penat berhimpit-himpit dan letih mengatur langkah, namun wajah mereka membayangkan kegembiraan dan kepuasan.

Saya hampir terlepas menyaksikan himpunan bersejarah itu selepas keletihan berjalan agak jauh pada malam sebelumnya, untuk bersama-sama memeriahkan acara "countdown" di Kampung Baru.

Hasrat awal untuk berkereta sehampir mungkin dengan stadium, tetapi terpaksa berpusing-pusing sekitar ibukota apabila banyak laluan, termasuk Jalan Sultan berhampiran hotel penginapan saya dekat Pudu Sentral ditutup.

Selepas setengah jam "sesat jalan" dan balik semula ke Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, kami tersekat pula di persimpangan Dataran Merdeka, apabila Jalan Tun Perak ditutup bagi memberi laluan kepada perarakan.

Apa pun, terima kasih kepada pemandu teksi yang bersedia membantu (ada buku "Kebangkitan Rakyat" oleh Yusuf Qaradawi atas dashboard keretanya; bayangkan dia hanya menerima RM3 untuk perjalanan yang saya kira bayaran miternya melepasi RM15), selepas jalan dibuka jam 2.

30 petang.

Dapat juga saya menapak perlahan-lahan sehingga ke tangga stadium, untuk naik memerhati lautan manusia, yang juga sabar memberi giliran dan peluang kepada orang lain menyaksikan acara terhebat itu.

Pemandangan di sekitar stadium begitu menakjubkan.

Limpahan manusia tertib berdisiplin.

Masing-masing senyum hormat, menebarkan salam, mengangkat tangan, menunjukkan tanda "bagus".

walaupun saling tidak mengenali.

Seorang anak muda bukan Melayu, yang tersinggung sedikit tangan saya, ketika berjalan turun tangga stadium, dengan nada sopan, menundukkan kepala, memohon maaf berkali-kali.

Tidak sempat lama mendengar amanat pemimpin, saya terpaksa berjalan balik ke hotel. Bimbang "kelemasan" dalam suasana sesak dan padat. Secara peribadi, saya cukup berpuas hati dan melafazkan syukur berulangkali kerana dapat sama-sama berdiri di antara ratusan ribu yang lain, menyaksikan "sejarah Malaysia baru dalam pembikinan".

Ramai rakan-rakan sekitar Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor sengaja memilih untuk tidak masuk ke stadium.

Semasa berselisih dengan Pesuruhjaya PAS Wilayah Persekutuan, Mohamad Noor Mohamad, selepas berakhir acara "countdown" di Kampung Baru, jam 12.30 malam sebelumnya, dia menyatakan seeloknya masyarakat Lembah Klang memberi peluang kepada orang luar untuk menghayati kemeriahan Stadium Merdeka.

Agak lama juga saya menunggu teksi untuk balik ke hotel. Tak mampu lagi mengheret kaki walaupun perjalanan menuruni bukit. Alhamdulillah, seorang pemandu teksi, kali ini rakan Tionghua yang baik hati, bersedia menempuh kesesakan.

"Memang bersih kali ini, ya?" katanya, ketawa kecil, merujuk suasana aman walaupun lebih ramai berarak berbanding siri demonstrasi Bersih sebelumnya. "Tak takut bawa teksi hari ini?" tanya saya.

"Biasa saja, jalan pun tutup taklah lama, sekarang sudah lancar," balas pemandu yang ramah dan tidak lokek dengan senyuman itu.

"Kalau polis tak kacau, dan jalankan tugas secara profesional, keadaan akan jadi baik macam hari ini," pintas rakan saya, yang menemani sejak pagi. "Mungkin peniaga Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman merungut, sebab laluan mereka tidak sesak seperti demonstrasi Bersih sebelum ini, dan pelanggan tak ramai," tambahnya. Kami serentak ketawa.

Anak lelaki saya pula mengingatkan ada peserta himpunan yang mengagihkan minuman ringan kepada anggota polis di hadapan pintu stadium. "Baguslah, kalau semua bertimbang rasa, saling memahami, dan jadi bukti bahawa demonstrasi tidak perlu ditakuti," kata saya, mahu melihat reaksi pemandu teksi tadi. Dia mengiayakan.

Namun, saya tidak akan lupa wajah bersih seorang anak muda, awal 20-an, yang baru saja pulih dari koma selepas lebih setahun kemalangan, tetapi masih uzur di atas kerusi roda, datang bersama keluarganya, dari Johor. Semangat keluarga ini cukup luar biasa. Dan saya pasti blogger Umno akan memanipulasikan suasana hebat itu daripada perspektif sempit mereka.

Riak muka anak muda itu membayangkan tingginya harapan dan tulusnya impian rakyat Malaysia untuk melihat perubahan besar selepas PRU13 nanti
-Ahmad Lutfi Othman/HD

The Dangers of Plastic Additives

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 02:30 PM PST

Last week, NYT featured the following article by David Jolly which certainly deepens concerns about plastic additives. Thanks to Angela who sent me the link.


About five years ago, Alain Lenoir, a researcher at François Rabelais University in Tours, France, was studying the biochemical process by which ants differentiate between friends and foes.

Scientists had come to understand that the insects used their antennae to sense the makeup of the hydrocarbons of other ants' cuticles. Using chemical analyses like gas chromatography, Dr. Lenoir had begun focusing in particular on hydrocarbons on Lasius niger, the common black ant.

Dr. Lenoir, who has been studying ants since 1968, found something unexpected: in addition to the hydrocarbons, the analysis was consistently revealing the presence of plastic additives called phthalates, and not just in a few specimens – all of them.

Other scientists had reported such findings, he said, but he had brushed off the presence of those chemicals as contamination that occurred in the lab.

Intrigued, Dr. Lenoir, today an emeritus professor, decided to follow up with a new study. The results, published in last month's issue of Science of the Total Environment, an academic journal, confirmed what he had already come to fear.

All of the ants that he and his team studied were contaminated with phthalates, regardless of where the insects originated. For example, the chemical made up as much as 0.59 percent of the substances on the cuticles of ants that had just been collected in a field near Tours.

In another experiment, Dr. Lenoir's team kept the ants in the laboratory in an open plastic box that contained no phthalates. Nonetheless, the amount of the chemicals on the ants' cuticles actually increased – indicating that the phthalates were present in the air and stuck to the ants' cuticles. (The quantity of phthalates on the cuticles of ants in closed boxes did not increase).


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