Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Public Interest Litigation Workshop for Disabled Persons

Public Interest Litigation Workshop for Disabled Persons

Public Interest Litigation Workshop for Disabled Persons

Posted: 09 Jan 2013 09:08 AM PST

There are laws in Malaysia that protect the rights of disabled persons. The Uniform Building By-Law 34A (UBBL 34A) of the Street, Drainage and Building Act has been in force since 1991 to ensure equal access to public buildings for disabled persons. The landmark Persons with Disabilities Act (Akta Orang Kurang Upaya) was enacted in 2008. Malaysia became a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 8th April, 2008 and ratified the document in 19th July, 2010.

However, Malaysia did not sign the Optional Protocol to the CRPD. The Optional Protocol allows individuals to lodge complaints with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities should a signatory country violates its obligations under the CRPD where the complainant has exhausted all avenues domestically.

The UBBL 34A requires that buildings constructed after it came into force be accessible to disabled persons and that buildings existing before that must be retrofitted with such facilities within three years. These facilities must comply with the Malaysia Standard MS 1184: Code of Practice on Access for Disabled Persons to Buildings. Twenty years later, many old buildings are still not renovated to comply to the by-law and newer buildings were built with facilities that are not usable and not built according to the code of practice. Furthermore, the PWD Act has not changed the situation for the better. Public transport, schools and other infrastructure are still inaccessible to disabled persons.

With these shortcomings in view, the Pusat Rakyat LoyarBurok (PRLB), a community centre run by the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) and the Kuala Lumpur Bar Young Lawyers Committee (KLYLC) conducted a Strategic Litigation Workshop for disabled persons at the KL Bar Auditorium last Saturday to work on legal solutions to compel the authorities to comply with the UBBL 34A and the PWD Act. This workshop was the last of a series of four Public Interest Litigation Workshops to promote the human rights in the country.

It was unfortunate that the auditorium which was located in Wisma Kraftangan was inaccessible. There were no ramps for wheelchair users to get into the building. The venue was then changed to the Malaysian Bar Council's Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium. The switchback ramp outside the building was rather steep and wheelchair users had difficulty ascending it independently on manual wheelchairs. There was also a safety issue with the landing where it did not have rails to prevent wheelchairs from going off the edge.

At the same time, pedestrian walkways leading to the building were fraught with poorly designed kerb ramps, drain covers with wide gaps and broken pavings. Incidentally, the Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur City Hall) headquarters, the authority responsible for the upkeep of these facilities, is just a short walk away.

Strategic Litigation Workshop for disabled persons by the Pusat Rakyat LB and KL Bar Young Lawyers Committee
Disabled persons and lawyers at the Strategic Litigation Workshop held at the Malaysian Bar Council Auditorium.

Nevertheless, in spite of the barriers, about twenty disabled persons and an equal number of lawyers huddled in the auditorium. The workshop kicked off with the lawyers briefing the participants on the legal approaches and processes. Disabled participants also gave feedback on the problems with regards to inaccessibility to public buildings.

After tea break, participants were facilitated on their understanding on where disabled people stand in the scheme of things as citizens in this country in the session that was aptly called the Big Picture. What struck me most was how the interests of disabled people are under-represented in the entire political and administrative system. This session was followed by the Action Pyramid where various options on advocacy activities could be utilised to further the cause.

This workshop and the unfolding events represent another significant milestone in the annals of disability rights movement in Malaysia and a major step forward since the PWD Act came into force in 2008. The Kuala Lumpur legal fraternity, namely the MCCHR and KLYLC, deserve all the credit for their initiative in upholding and protecting the rights of disabled people in this country as provided for under the law.

After the conclusion of the workshop, participants were treated to a very scrumptious lunch of Peranakan cuisine at Precious Old China Restaurant & Bar in Central Market. A big thank you to all lawyers involved for generously contributing their time and effort for the betterment of disabled people in Malaysia. Things will never be quite the same for us again.

Dua Pemimpin Dunia Yang Menghafal Al-Quran

Posted: 09 Jan 2013 10:02 AM PST

HHafiz (penghafal Al-Quran) dan juga pemimpin negara. Itulah dua gelaran yang disandang oleh Mohammed Mursi dan Ismail Haniya.

Mursi tercatat sebagai Presiden Mesir pertama yang hafal Al-Quran.Beliau yang mempunyai nama lengkap Mohammed Mursi Issa Ayyat ini bersama isteri dan seluruh ahli keluarganya adalah penghafal Alquran.

Mursi menjadi Presiden ke-5 Mesir sejak 30 Jun 2012 yang lalu. Mursi menjadi Anggota Parlimen di Majlis Rakyat Mesir pada penggal tahun 2000-2005 dan seorang tokoh terkemuka di Ikhwanul Muslimin.

Sejak 30 April 2011, beliau menjabat jawatan Ketua Parti Kebebasan dan Keadilan (FJP), sebuah parti politik yang didirikan oleh Ikhwanul Muslimin setelah Revolusi Mesir 2011. Beliau dipilih sebagai calon presiden dari FJP pada pilihan raya umum presiden Mei-Jun 2012 yang lalu.

Pada 24 Jun 2012, Lembaga Pemilihan Umum Mesir mengumumkan bahawa Mursi memenangi pilihan raya umum Presiden dengan mengalahkan Ahmed Shafik, Perdana Menteri terakhir di bawah kekuasaan Hosni Mubarak.

Selain Mursi, pemimpin dunia yang juga penghafal Al-Quran adalah Perdana Menteri Hamas, Ismail Haniya. Bahkan anaknya yang bernama Aid berjaya menyempurnakan hafalan Al-Quran dalam 35 hari dan memperoleh gelaran mumtaz (sempurna).

Baik Mursi mahupun Haniya memiliki akar yang sama, iaitu Ikhwanul Muslimin.

Mursi mewakili sayap politik Ikhwan di Mesir melalui Parti Kebebasan dan Keadilan. Sedangkan Haniya adalah pemimpin Hamas yang didirikan oleh Syaikh Ahmad Yassin sebagai pemimpin perjuangan Ikhwanul Muslimin di Palestin. -HalimIslam

The Incredible Table Tennis Prodigy

Posted: 09 Jan 2013 07:08 AM PST

Enjoy the seven year old Chinese table tennis prodigy, Xin-Xue Feng , as she shows off her incredible talents.

CLICK HERE to be dazzled.

Thanks to Angela and a few other friends who sent me this link. Have a restful evening!

Update on Sofie’s children

Posted: 09 Jan 2013 06:34 AM PST

When Sofie was still alive, I used to visit the family on weekdays without much problem. (I prefer to keep Sundays for myself. Hey, I need a break too.) Even during the time when she had started her nasi lemak stall, she'd usually be home by 11 am. So I'd usually go in the afternoon to visit her family.

But ever since Sofie died in Aprill 2012, the sister Sofie trusted most, Rozi, took over as the new guardian. Rozi works Mondays to Fridays and would usually only be home at night. Nope I don't do house visits at night either.

From time to time I do go on weekdays to visit the kids when their aunt Rozi isn't around, but whenever I need to discuss some matters with Rozi, I'd have to wait for Sundays to visit them.

So yep, last Sunday I went to visit. Rozi knew I was coming. When I got to their house, the gate was open, the front door was open, but there didn't seem to be anybody around! As I got down from my car, Saiful, Sofie's 3rd child saw me and said, "Eh, makcik dah sampai!" Apparently Rozi, Saiful, Ika and Rozi's son were at the neighbour's house, just finished their lunch.

They had actually been painting their house in the morning (the landlord paid for the paint and they agreed to paint the house themselves) and with the house in a mess and smelling of paint, Rozi did not cook. When the neighbour, the same one who had been giving free tuition to Saiful and Ika, invited them over for lunch, they simply couldn't say no.

Anyway, I was told Azlan, Sofie's eldest son, was home for the weekend, but had gone out with his cousin. Azlan had completed and passed his first semester exam in IKM and has turned out to be a very responsible boy now. He is in fact already planning to go on to diploma level after he completes his certificate course in another 3 semesters.

The same can't be said about Sofie's second son, Azman. Having wanted to quit school immediately after his PMR (as a matter of fact he did not go to school when he should have), I paved the way for him to join a culinary school, knowing that's where his interest lies. Azman was happy when I arranged for him to join the culinary school. Initially he did okay, but somehow along the way, he became big-headed, he started spending as though he was rich, and he seldom went home. When Sofie died, he got even worse, going back only to the home of his other aunt who had once told the whole kampong about Sofie's HIV. When Azlan, the older brother, tried to advise him, they almost ended up in a fist-fight!

Azman had stopped going to the culinary school, before even completing his one year course. What a waste! Now he's doing odd jobs and no longer goes to see his siblings. He prefers to stay with the other aunt who doesn't encourage him to continue his studies. I can just hope that Azman will come to his senses soon before he wastes his whole future.

The 3rd child, Saiful, is in form 3 this year. He too, like his brothers, are not too much into academics, but I could see his interest lies in the mechanical field. I think it's probably best for him to join a vocational school next year, after PMR. Saiful himself is keen on the idea.

Ika, the youngest, seems to be doing better academically, although according to her aunt Rozi, she'd have to be reminded time and again to complete her homework every time.

I always remind them about the importance of education for their future. I hope they will work hard enough to get something more than just PMR or SPM. For the moment, Azman seems to be in a gone-case situation. But I hope Azlan, Saiful and ika, who I know are as disappointed with Azman as I am, will take their brother's situation as a reminder for themselves NOT to do what he did. I know these 3 are at least happy staying with their aunt Rozi, just like Sofie would have wanted them to be.

JAIM Cekup Bapa, Anak Khalwat

Posted: 09 Jan 2013 07:30 AM PST

Bapa, anak kantoi khalwat

Melaka: Bapa borek anak rintik. Itu yang digambarkan terhadap dua beranak apabila si ayah ditahan kerana disyaki berkhalwat dengan seorang ibu tunggal dan pada masa sama anak gadisnya ditemui berkurung bersama teman lelakinya di bilik di rumah sama di Bukit Katil, di sini.

Dalam operasi jam 12.30 tengah malam, Sabtu lalu, sepasukan penguat kuasa Jabatan Agama Islam Melaka (JAIM) menyerbu rumah didiami seorang ibu tunggal berusia 46 tahun dan anak lelakinya berusia 15 tahun.

Dalam pemeriksaan dilakukan, anggota penguat kuasa menemui seorang lelaki berusia 48 tahun berstatus duda di ruang tamu rumah berkenaan dan siasatan mendapati dia kenalan rapat kepada wanita terbabit.

Ketua Pegawai Penguat Kuasa Agama JAIM, Rahimin Bani berkata, selepas menemui lelaki berstatus bukan muhrim itu anggotanya terus membuat pemeriksaan lanjut. Selepas soal tanya mendapati ada dua lagi individu iaitu anak kepada wanita terbabit dan anak perempuan lelaki itu yang berusia 14 tahun.

Katanya, ketika pintu sebuah bilik diketuk ia dibuka remaja perempuan berkenaan dan apabila diperiksa menemui seorang lelaki berusia 18 tahun menyorok di dalam almari. -HM

The Beloved Who Is Greatly Loved

Posted: 09 Jan 2013 05:00 AM PST

It is not easy to have a dog. The last time I had a dog was 27 years ago, a beautiful Golden Retriever who died tragically when she ran across the road. Then, I was up in Genting Highlands with my aunt. It was my husband who was looking after Goldie then. Needless to say, it was a very painful experience and my husband never allowed me to have another dog till Tiger came into our lives.

So far, Tiger has brought so much laughter, joy and love into our lives. I admit it has been quite challenging. Being quite an OCD character (although not a full-blown one), I have been sweeping and mopping my house a few times a day. Sometimes - six times. It was seven times yesterday and none today cos I am so tired. Then there are the walks and daily exercise we have had to give him, not forgetting talking to him, giving him body massage lovingly when he sits with us .

We took Tiger for his jabs today. Before we reached the vet's clinic, he knew. And he tugged at his leash. However, the docile darling walked in gingerly after coaxing him. The vet gave us many tips after he examined Tiger.

1. We opted for the ten in one vaccination package
2. The vet gave him a heart guard blood test and Tiger has a clean bill of health.
3. Tiger was de-wormed.
4. We bought the following stuff for him:
  • toothpaste
  • dental snacks
  • talcum powder
  • Eye lotion
  • anti fungus/anti tick fur treatment as Dr Goh said must make sure his skin problem does not recur
  • Chewy leather bones cos he does nor like the one we bought from another pet shop
  • A new toy ball cos he destroyed his favorite ball yesterday...that belonged to my sons (a colourful soft ball with a bell inside)
  • Talcum powder n dry cleaning powder so he is not smelly.

Today, the vet taught us how to brush Tiger's coat and how to clean his eyes. See the following video:

You can see for yourself what an adorable darling he is. :-)

Look at his handsome face after he was brushed :-).

He will be back next month for booster shots n for Dr to clean his ears.

In March he will have to go for scaling.

The bill was a bomb but it is OK cos we want to give Tiger the best because we love him. He was flat out in the car on the way home. What a darling he is!

In March he will undergo scaling as he does have bad breath. My husband has been commissioned to brush his teeth every morning!

The bill was a bomb and more than what we can afford but it is OK because we want to give Tiger the best because we love him.

Tiger is very precious to us and I cannot begin to describe we much we really love him. My son brushes his coat everyday and he get to enjoy gives walks five to six times a day. Thanks to my constant sweeping and mopping, my back injury has resurfaced and I have been in pain for two days.

Tiger loves to chew - paper and books. He pinched a book from a friend's bag a few days ago and chewed the cover. Then he loves to chew tissue boxes but I managed to solve the problem by spraying citronella oil on the tissue box and tissue box cover. So far, he seems to have developed a distaste for tissues now :-).

My beloved is a very sensitive and emotional dog. On Sunday..we were out for four hours with Nicholas' piano teacher and his wife. When we came back, Tiger had pee-ed on my favorite chair and after we took him for his walk, he ignored us the whole night!!!!

Whilst writing this mail, a courier man came to deliver a package from Poh Ai who had sent me two books on dogs and a list of toxic substances that dogs must not eat. Tiger was left standing at the main door when I went to collect it. By the time I returned three minutes later...he had pee-ed on the floor ..His way of showing his displeasure. :-(

Other than his 'tantrums'...tiger is the most adorable dog.

My son, hubby n myself love him very much n are always trying to assess who tiger loves most. He can play politics very well for in the absence if others... he is on his ultra super-duper 'I am a canine angel' behaviour.

He loves to be cuddled and massaged in the evenings n sits beside one of us on the sofa, head in the lap.

Every morning when I wake up, I am so thankful for the way Tiger entered our lives. Certainly, he has helped us to love, to care for him and most of all, he has drawn the family together.

Please leave a comment if you have any stories to share about your pets.

Please excuse me now for it is time to give Tiger his tummy tickles and massage :-).

Have a pleasant evening!

This post is dedicated to four persons:

1. Kong Loke who arranged for the adoption. Thank you!!
2. Bernard, who let us have Tiger. Thank you!
3. Poh Ai, my dear friend who has been such an inspiration guiding me along and for her gift of two books that arrived via courier service today. Thank you for being an angel!
4. Dr. Goh - who is really the best veterinarian I have ever seen in Penang! From 1973 to 1985, my dogs were under the care of four different vets. Dr. Goh is sincere, thorough and a very practical, caring vet. Thank you for the way you have taught us to give Tiger better care and love.

[BONGKAR] 5 Ribu Pengundi UMNO Dipindah Ke Lembah Pantai

Posted: 09 Jan 2013 04:31 AM PST

Sekurang-kurangnya 5,000 ahli Umno yang merupakan pengundi Wilayah Persekutuan dipindah ke Parlimen Lembah Pantai dipercayai untuk bantu kemenangan BN pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke 13 (PRU 13).

Mendedahkan demikian, Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar berkata, taktik kotor itu dilakukan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR), bersekongkol dengan Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin yang berminat untuk bertanding.

"Pertembungan kali ini paling sengit kerana semua ahli Umno Wilayah Persekutuan dipindah ke Lembah Pantai. Sengaja dilancar bagi memenangkan calon Umno BN itu.

"Kita kenal pasti lebih kurang 5,000 daripada butiran misalnya mereka ini ada yang mengundi di Seputeh. Keseluruhannya merangkumi pemindahan pengundi. Ahli-ahli Umno yang mengundi di luar akan mengundi di Lembah Pantai termasuk undi pos tambahan 2,000," jelasnya kepada Keadilan Daily.

Nurul Izzah berkata, Ketua Polis Negara dan Perdana Menteri turut diperalat Nong Chik untuk menarik sokongan penduduk setempat terhadapnya.

"Sebelum ini, Ketua Polis sendiri turun ke Lembah Pantai untuk edar bubuk lambuk.

Najib (Razak) pula dua kali turun menyerahkan BR1M (Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia).

"80 peratus perumahan rakyat di Lembah Pantai dicat. Di Sentosa, 100 peratus di bawah kelolaan DBKL (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur). Ini memberikan impak besar termasuk Pantai Dalam. Sebaliknya, Pemuda Umno yang dapat projek tersebut apabila ia diswastakan," sambungnya.

"Nong Chik sama macam Shahrizat kerana segala projek, mereka akan jadi juara.

Projek Shahrizat (NFC) dan keluarga RM250 juta. Belum lagi Nong Chik ada projeknya sendiri," kata Naib Presiden KEADILAN itu.

Pada PRU lalu, Nurul Izzah membuat kejutan apabila menewaskan Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil bagi menawan kerusi Parlimen Lembah Pantai.

Kini, ada ura-ura kerusi itu bakal ditandingi Nong Chik sekalipun terpalit dengan isu rampasan tanah Kampung Baru dan skandal anaknya yang mendapat tender kontrak berbilion ringgit.

Why Are You Doing This? Kindly Stop This! TQ! *updated*

Posted: 09 Jan 2013 03:13 AM PST

This post is specially for ONE PARTICULAR READER who comes into my blog occasionally and then reads MANY pages at one go.

Seriously, this is ABNORMAL behaviour. Even at the pinnacle of my net addiction in 2011, I never ever spent such a long time in any one site and certainly never read more than 5 blog posts in any site.

I blogged about this in THIS POST on November 22nd, 2012.

If I am online or alert and know that she is at it again, (YES, I BELIEVE IT IS A WOMAN based on what she reads)I will close my blog for ten to twenty minutes so that she gets the message.

If ever you click on my url and the page says SIGN INTO BLOGGER, know that I took my blog off because of HER!!!

She first came in at 8:56am this morning:

The visitor with IP: and visited your site the  Wed 09 Jan,08:56:36.

After she went through SEVEN pages of my blog from 08:56:36am to 9:15:52am, I closed my blog for twenty minutes. Then she went away.

At 1:43pm she returned and spent 2 hours and 28 minutes in my blog and went through 63 pages.

The visitors with IP: and visited your site the  Wed 09 Jan,13:43:49.

From 1:43:49 till 3:52:59pm, she went through 56 pages of my blog.

If not for the fact that I was busy with my dog who had just gone for vaccinations, I would have closed my blog for a while.

Since the time I started tracking her on Nov 21, 2012, she has gone through 389 pages of my blog. I lost the earlier configuration I set in 2011 when I tweaked my settings. Otherwise, the results would have been more shocking.

You can see my other post about her HERE where she read 202 pages in 24 hours.

These are the reasons for my reaction.

1. I have publicly told this reader before:

a. Since January 3rd 2012, I do not write on politics and will never ever write on political issues again. So, there is no point scanning page by page for my articles. You can never catch me writing on political issues in my own backyard ever again.

What she does is to go to different pages and refresh. Then she scrutinizes the six posts as listed in the front page and selects what she wants to read.

b. If she is looking for any particular post, all she has to do is to write to me at writetomws at hush dot ai and I will be happy to supply her or anyone else the article she is looking for instead of her messing up my Google Analytics and statistics.

2. I study the readership trends of my blog NOT because I am a blog addict but because:

a. I want to know what are the topics that interest my readers
b. I want to know which are the peak times whereby most readers come in so that I can put more important posts there.
c. I want to know from which country they come so that I can understand the cultural background of my readers so as not to post anything which might be offensive to them.

So dear reader who uses:

Browser: Internet Explorer 8.0
Browser Language: English (United States)
Operating System: Windows 7

and comes into my blog via  IP:, please sign up for an email subscription to my blog via the widget in the right column that says subscribe via email and you will not have to waste time scanning through my blog the way you are doing. I am very flattered and happy you are spending time on my posts and hope you find value in the content.

But please do not mess up my blog statistics this way.

I do not want a spike in my pages viewed because of ONE PERSON and it gives me a very distorted view of public reaction to my blog content.

I try my best to meet readers' reading preferences even though 99.9% do not comment.

For other readers, many of you have subscribed but you have not verified your email address by clicking on the link Feedburner sent to you. Please do so and my blog posts will be delivered to your inbox before 6am everyday.

So to that particular reader who uses Hoffman Laroche ISP, please understand my situation and the importance of blog statistics to me.

It helps me a lot in my planning and research. So if you do wish to read, kindly do not just keep refreshing this way like what you have been doing cos each time the page refreshes, it is considered as one visit. I value honesty in statistics and hope they will be accurate.

While writing this post, she came in again:

The visitors with IP: and visited your site the  Wed 09 Jan,18:41:32 and went through eight pages.

At 6:50pm, I closed my blog. She left via flickspire dot com from "masterwordsmith-unplugged: The Cup or the Coffee?" at 18:50:38.

And then she came in again three minutes later:

The visitors with IP: and visited your site the on Wed 09 Jan,18:53:49. 

By then, I closed the blog at 18:50:50pm. And she knows I know she is here. For after that attempt, she did not try again even though she is still online. 

It is now 6:59 p.m. I am posting this after I re-open my blog.

To that strange reader, kindly email me at writetomws at hush dot ai and I will be happy to engage you in a discussion.

If you want to talk to me via phone, please email me and I will be happy to call you back at my expense. I really want to know why you are doing this. Do subscribe to my feeds and I hope you will not mess up my blog statistics any more. Thank you very much.

Update: Oops she did it again:

The visitors with IP: and visited your site the  Wed 09 Jan,19:30:46

See the following screenshot:

[HKR 112] Penggunaan Stadium Merdeka Diluluskan! -updated

Posted: 09 Jan 2013 03:21 AM PST

Himpunan 12 Jan: Penganjur dibenar guna Stadium Merdeka

Naib presiden PKR Tian Chua berkata bahawa pengurusan Stadium Merdeka membenarkan panganjur Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat menggunakan tempat bersejarah berkenaan bagi perhimpunan 12 Januari.

"Pihak pengurusan balas kepada panitia Perhimpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat bahawa pemohonan mengguna Stadium Merdeka dibenarkan. Hidup rakyat," katanya dalam satu tulisan di Twitter hari ini.

Tambahnya, jawatankuasa berkenaan kini sedang mengadakan mesyuarat bagi persiapan terakhir, susulan perkembangan itu.-mk

Sidang Media selepas Mesyuarat HKR

Lampu hijau untuk himpunan rakyat di Stadium Merdeka

KUALA LUMPUR: Pihak pengurusan Stadium Merdeka telah memberi 'lampu hijau' kepada penganjur Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat (HKR) 2013 yang akan diadakan Sabtu ini.

Pengerusi HKR Mohammad Sabu yang juga Timbalan Presiden PAS berkata, hasil perbincangan antara penganjur dan pengurusan stadium telah memutuskan bahawa perhimpunan itu dibenarkan, namun perlu memenuhi syarat tertentu.

Syarat itu termasuk bayaran deposit RM75,000 dan masa himpunan dalam stadium dihadkan daripada pukul 2 sehingga 5 petang sahaja.

"Kelulusan dibuat pada pukul 2.30 petang tadi dan kita akan hantar jawatankuasa untuk berunding lebih lanjut dengan pihak pentadbir stadium tentang peraturan yang ditetapkan pukul 10 pagi esok.

"Kita juga akan maklumkan segera kepda Ketua Polis Negara (KPN), Tan Sri Ismail Omar mengenai persetujuan ini dan penyelarasan akan dibuat dengan KPN untuk memastikan himpunan berjalan dengan aman, tenteram, dan teratur," katanya dalam sidang media di Pejabat Agung PAS di sini hari ini.

Katanya, proses rundingan itu juga bakal menyentuh cara untuk menempatkan sejuta penyokong HKR dalam Stadium Merdeka yang hanya mampu menampung kapasiti 40,000 sehingga 50,000 orang sahaja.

Sementara itu Naib Presiden PKR Tian Chua turut mengulangi jaminan HKR akan dijalankan secara aman tanpa sebarang provokasi.

"Takkan ada huru-hara. Kita akan pastikan semuanya berjalan dengan lancar. Kita meletakkan sepenuh kepercayaan kepada penganjur dan polis untuk mengawal keadaan," katanya.

Tiada halangan kibar bendera

Mat Sabu turut berkata hasil perbincangan dengan polis semalam, pihaknya diberikan kebebasan untuk mengibarkan sebarang bendera atau kain rentang pada Sabtu nanti.

Malah, tiada sebarang halangan untuk penyokong berjalan secara aman daripada lokasi permulaan yang ditetapkan di Masjid Negara, Dewan Himpunan Cina Kuala Lumpur-Selangor (KLSCAH), dan Kelab Sultan Sulaiman Kampung Baru ke Stadium Merdeka.

"Seramai 10,000 anggota keselamatan penganjur yang terdiri daripada unit amal dan lain-lain unit akan mengawasi penyokong berjalan secara aman ke stadium (Merdeka).

"Polis dah bagi jaminan takkan ada sekatan atau sekatan jalan raya di sekitar Kuala Lumpur," katanya.

Sementara itu, bagi pra himpunan Dataran Anak Muda pada Jumaat ini, perancangan asal untuk berkumpul di Kelab Sultan Sulaiman (NGO) dan Taman Medan (Pemuda Pakatan) akan diteruskan bermula 8 malam sehingga 12 tengah malam.

"Kita akan minta kerjasama daripada Ketua Polis Daerah Dang Wangi OCPD Zainuddin Ahmad supaya memastikan pra himpunan diselaraskan dengan baik," katanya.

Manakala pada Ahad akan diadakan protes anjuran Tuntutan Royalti Minyak 'R' berarak daripada KLSCAH ke Menara Petronas KLCC bagi mengemukakan tuntutan mereka.

SAMM beri amaran jangan timbulkan provokasi

KUALA LUMPUR, 9 Jan ― Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) memberi amaran kepada pihak yang menentang perhimpunan agar jangan menimbulkan provokasi pada Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat (HKR) yang akan berlangsung Sabtu ini.

Menurut penyelaras SAMM Wilayah Persekutuan Azmir Mustapha, beberapa hari ini aktivis-aktivis SAMM seluruh negara diganggu dengan SMS berbaur ancaman dan ugutan dari pihak yang mendakwa diri mereka dari Perkasa, Pekida, Pemuda Umno dan 80 NGO untuk menghalang perhimpunan in.i

"Regim usang ini sedang menghayati zaman-zaman akhir pemerintahan mereka dengan melakukan provokasi, sabotaj dan menggunakan samseng upahan untuk menakutkan aktivis pro perubahan.

"Saya memberi amaran kepada pihak ini untuk tidak sama sekali menyerang kumpulan rakyat yang hadir ke KL112, sekiranya anda menjual, kami sedia membelinya," kata Azmir selepas menyerahkan bunga kepada pihak polis di ibu pejabat polis daerah Dang Wangi di sini hari ini.

Penyerahan bunga itu diserahkan kepada Sarjan Mejar M Nazir iaitu pemangku timbalan ketua balai polis Dang Wangi, sebagai tanda penghargaan SAMM kepada pihak polis yang menjaga keamanan di negara ini.

SAMM juga mengajak pihak polis untuk bersama-sama datang ke perhimpunan pada Sabtu ini di Stadium Merdeka.

Walau bagaimanapun, pihak polis diwakili Nazir enggan menerima risalah yang cuba diserahkan SAMM kepada pegawai polis.

Semalam, pihak polis menurut penganjur perhimpunan akan mengawal perhimpunan yang dianjurkan Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pada 12 Januari ini dan akan memastikan ianya aman dan menjadi "peristiwa bersejarah."

Menurut Setiausaha Agung PKR Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, Ketua Polis Negara (KPN) Tan Sri Ismail Omar berkata perhimpunan ini akan menjadi "peristiwa bersejarah" di mana mereka belajar dari peristiwa lepas.

Gabungan menuntut perubahan pilihan raya Bersih 2.0 cuba mengadakan perhimpunan di Stadium Merdeka pada 9 Julai 2011 tetapi dibatalkan oleh pihak berkuasa pada saat akhir.

Pada perhimpunan ketiga Bersih pada 28 April lalu, kerajaan menawarkan stadium bersejarah tersebut selepas gabungan tersebut memilih Dataran Merdeka tetapi tawaran Putrajaya ditolak kerana dikatakan terlalu lambat.

Perhimpunan 12 Januari ini menyaksikan beberapa kumpulan membuat tuntutan mereka menjelang pilihan raya 2013, termasuk menutup kilang nadir bumi Lynas di Kuantan, membayar royalti lebih adil kepada negeri pengeluar minyak, pendidikan percuma dan pilihan raya bersih dan adil.

Daily Quickie – Tiger Rafa

Posted: 08 Jan 2013 04:10 PM PST

My intan payung Nuh Rafael "Rafa". He is 6 months old now and so manja with me, i don't know how is it gonna be if I have to go outstation for work.

He is very alert of his surroundings. Last week we spent a few nights at the hotel and on the first night Rafa slept at 3am, just because he wasn't used to the new room!

And in order to get Rafa to sleep at night, both Mummy and Daddy must lay down on the bed with him in the middle so that he can roll to one side and hug's Daddy arm like a koala bear and then roll to another to hug Mummy pulak… He will golek kiri kanan until he falls asleep after a few minutes. How cute is that? But if Daddy is not in the room, trust me Rafa just won't fall asleep until probably two hours later.

He is pretty good with his hands. He can pass a toy from one hand to another and once we caught him picking up a spoon with his thumb and index finger. He likes to hold his both his feet and clap them together again and again.. Apa la Rafa.. Mummy ajar tepuk amai-amai pakai tangan bukan kaki lah! Alahai…

Praise the Al-Mighty for Rafa's good health, 6 months old and only once he had a slight fever and cough. Hopefully his eczema will also disappear soon. Amin….

Rafa 6 months

Glass Palace Cronicles of Kings of Burma

Posted: 08 Jan 2013 11:39 PM PST

Pasangan Mengaku Ada Anak Hasil hubungan Sulit

Posted: 09 Jan 2013 01:31 AM PST

Kluang – Seorang wanita mengaku mempunyai seorang anak hasil hubungan sulit dengan pasangannya yang juga suami orang ketika ditahan dalam Operasi Cegah Maksiat di sekitar bandar Kluang, malam minggu lalu.

Wanita berusia 27 tahun itu ditahan oleh Penguatkuasa Jabatan Agama Islam Johor (Jaij) bersama pasangannya berusia 35 tahun dalam satu bilik di salah sebuah hotel bajet.

Malah, lelaki terbabit yang mempunyai tiga anak hasil perkahwinannya mengaku dalam proses perceraian bersama isterinya.

Ketua Unit Penguatkuasa Agama Jaij daerah Kluang, Anuar Kosnin berkata, ketika serbuan dijalankan di hotel bajet itu, Jaij terpaksa menunggu 10 minit, sebelum pintu dibuka.

"Ketika soal siasat dijalankan, pasangan berkenaan memberi alasan mereka akan berkahwin dan menyewa hotel hanya sekadar untuk berjumpa, bagaimanapun mereka gagal untuk meyakinkan pihak Jaij dengan alasan yang diberi.

"Hasil pemeriksaan mendapati, wanita berkenaan telah melahirkan seorang anak yang kini berusia setahun hasil hubungan sulit bersama pasangannya itu," katanya.

Anuar berkata, pasangan tersebut akan didakwa di bawah Sesyen 27, Enakmen Kesalahan Syariah Johor dan boleh dikenakan denda tidak lebih dari RM3,000 atau penjara tidak lebih dua tahun atau kedua-duanya sekali jika sabit kesalahan.

Katanya, operasi yang dijalankan bersama anggota Cawangan Penyiasatan Khas dari Kem Mahkota bermula jam 1 hingga 6 pagi itu turut menahan tiga pasangan berusia antara 19 hingga 35 tahun.

"Kesemua pasangan tersebut turut didakwa di bawah seksyen sama.

Bagaimanapun, pasangan terbabit telah dibebaskan setelah dijamin oleh keluarga masing-masing, namun mereka dikehendaki datang ke Pejabat Agama Daerah Kluang esok (hari ini) untuk diambil keterangan," katanya.

Anuar juga menyatakan bahawa operasi seumpama ini akan terus dijalankan dari semasa ke semasa untuk mencegah maksiat di daerah ini daripada terus berleluasa. -SH

Li Chun, 2013

Posted: 08 Jan 2013 07:25 PM PST

I was bounding down the stairs this morning when I bumped into my aunt. Evidently, she had been waiting patiently for me to come down. Her first words: "What time is Li Chun 立春 this year?"

"Why do you want to know so early?" I asked back. "It's still more than three weeks away."

"I just need to know, that's why" was her reply. Faced with this obstinacy but indisputable reason from her, I had no choice but to reverse myself and creep back upstairs to my study area and search for my once-a-year reference book, Joey Yap's The Ten Thousand Year Calendar. Found it.

I flipped it open to the page on Year 2013. Couldn't find the date. Then I realised that Li Chun, the Coming of Spring, for 2013 was on the preceding page (on Year 2012). The book was arranged according to the Chinese lunar months and as this year's Li Chun will fall even before the first day of the new lunar calendar, the day wouldn't show on the Year 2013 page. So there it was, finally, Li Chun falling on 4 Feb 2013 which corresponds with the 24th day of the 12th lunar month. The exact time of Li Chun will be 00:15 on that day, that is, 15 minutes past midnight.

So I came downstairs again to let my aunt know. Her second request: the next time I go over to the island, she wanted me to go to her regular joss stick shop to pick up several pieces of the red paper with the Chinese character Chun  to stick on the family rice bucket when the day comes rolling by. I wouldn't dare ask her why she needed so many pieces when one would do. I can anticipate her answer: "to keep, lah, it won't spoil one." Irrefutable logic.

Past entries:
Li Chun, 2012
Li Chun, 2011
Li Chun, 2010
Li Chun, 2009
Li Chun, 2008
Li Chun, 2007


Nat Geo Amazing Photography Winners..

Posted: 08 Jan 2013 04:57 PM PST

Check this out..

Watch this video below when time's quite lengthy, but mind boggling..'aliens' detrimental to human health..
Such manifestations that many of us are not aware of..but better be informed.

Mid-Week Humour

Posted: 08 Jan 2013 09:25 PM PST

* I asked my new girlfriend what sort of books she's interested in,
she said: Cheque books.

* The easiest way to make your old car run better, is to check the
prices of new car.

* What is the difference between men and pigs? Pigs don't turn into men when they drink.

* What's the difference between a good lawyer and a great lawyer?
A: A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the judge.

* Nurse: A beautiful woman who holds your hand for one full minute and then expects your pulse to be normal.

* Boss: We are very keen on cleanliness. Did you wipe your feet on
the mat as you came in?
New employee: Yes, sir.
Boss: We are also keen on truthfulness. There is no mat.

* Q: Why dogs don't marry?
A: Because they are already leading a dog's life!

* Q: What's the diff between mother & wife? A: One woman brings you into the world crying & the other ensures you continue to do so.

Thanks to Angela for sharing this list of jokes.

Isu Kalimat ALLAH: Pendirian UMNO BN Yang Keliru & Celaru!

Posted: 08 Jan 2013 10:09 PM PST

SSurah Al-Fatihah yang kita baca 17 kali dalam solat lima waktu tu bunyinya "alhamdulilahi rabbil A'LAMIN".... bukannya "alhamdulillahi rabbil MUSLIMIN..."

Jadi? Apa yang anda faham tentang ayat dalam surah Al-Fatihah tu?

p/s : Mantan Mufti Perlis Dato' Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin ( ) melontarkan satu persoalan yang mencuit minda dan menggoncang jiwa untuk dirungkai secara realiti tetapi berhemah dan berilmiah.

Harap persoalan ini sudah terungkap mengapakah baru sekarang UMNO-BN memainkan isu ini -fb.

Dan yang ini, di atas topi setiap anggota polis digunakan oleh anggota Islam dan bukan Islam ada tertera kalimat "ALLAH" & "MUHAMMAD". Kenapa tak dilarang penggunakan kalimah itu?

UMNO BN sudah kehabisan modal dan isu sebenarnya.

No to Gun Culture

Posted: 08 Jan 2013 07:00 PM PST

In Frontpagemag, Daniel Greensfield wrote:

Hardly had the blood been scrubbed off the floors in Newtown than everyone who was anyone had begun shifting the blame from Adam Lanza to some intangible social failure.

Back in 2002, Michael Moore trundled his bulk over to Colorado to exploit the Columbine massacre for a general rant about gun culture, American foreign policy and how hard it was to find a shop selling bacon grease by the ton at two in the morning.

In his film, which won an Oscar for Best Documentary, Moore gave his audience what they wanted, lots of scenes of "hicks and hillbillies" buying, selling and giving away guns all over the place to illustrate the murderous ravages of American gun culture. Some of those scenes were staged, but it didn't matter since Moore was catering to an audience that had nothing but contempt for working class Americans and would believe any awful thing about them.

What did gun culture have to do with a plot by two disgruntled dorks with tastes in pop culture far afield from the rural gun-loving dystopia that Moore was doing his best to depict? About as much as gun culture has to do with headcases like Adam Lanza or Jared Loughner.

Your average school shooter is unhappy and angry, irreligious, incapable of fitting into a community and filled with rage that he exercises through violent fantasies. His culture isn't gun culture. It's loner culture. Video games do not cause him to kill, but they are how he entertains himself until he can get a taste of the real thing.

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Video Sunamo Yang Sempat Dirakam Di Pantai Dungun

Posted: 08 Jan 2013 07:15 PM PST

Penduduk bersyukur Sonamu tidak melanda
Kuala Terengganu - Penduduk merasa bersyukur kerana ribut tropika Sonamu beserta angin kencang yang diramal membadai perairan pantai timur Semenanjung termasuk Terengganu tidak menjadi kenyataan.

Tinjauan Bernama mendapati ramai penduduk yang tinggal di kawasan pantai seperti di sini, Dungun, Kuala Ibai dan Kuala Abang yang menetap sementara di rumah saudara mara yang tinggal jauh dari kawasan pantai, sudah mula pulang ke rumah masing-masing.

Namun nelayan kecil masih tidak berani ke laut ekoran angin kencang dan laut bergelora musim tengkujuh.

"Tok bersyukur tiada apa yang berlaku dan Tok yakin ini semua berkat usaha masjid, surau dan alim ulama yang tak henti-henti mengadakan sembahyang hajat sejak waktu Zohor kelmarin," kata Suri Dollah, 77, yang sudah pulang ke rumahnya di Kuala Abang yang terletak 20 meter dari pantai, setelah menumpang di rumah saudaranya.

Halimah Osman, 58, menganggap cuaca paling buruk yang pernah berlaku ialah pada 1984 yang turut menyebabkan sebuah kapal kargo tersadai di perairan Tanjung Jara akibat ribut dahsyat.

"Selepas itu tidak pernah lagi ada ribut sedemikian rupa. Cuaca buruk sejak kelmarin adalah sesuatu yang biasa bagi kami yang tinggal di tepi pantai sejak kecil," katanya.

Mohd Yassin Abdullah, 55, yang tinggal di pantai Kuala Ibai berkata sememangnya dia merasa takut dengan ramalan Sonamu kerana pernah mengalami peristiwa banjir besar beberapa puluh tahun dahulu.

"Tidur malam pun tidak lena dan kami telah bersiap sedia kemas sedikit sebanyak kain baju. Namun syukur bila tengok keadaan hari ini mula tenang dan laporan televisyen pun mengatakan ribut sudah semakin beredar," katanya.

Nelayan Yusof Osman, 48, berkata sudah sebulan dia tidak ke laut kerana keadaan cuaca yang berisiko kepada bot-bot kecil.

"Ketika inilah kami membaiki bot yang rosak dan saya membantu isteri yang berniaga di warung," katanya.

Namun terdapat juga kumpulan remaja yang seakan berpesta bagi menyaksikan fenomena ombak besar.

"Saya datang ke Pantai Batu Buruk ini untuk menyaksikan sendiri fenomena ombak besar seperti yang dihebahkan dalam TV dan surat khabar.

"Saya tahu ia bahaya dan pihak berkuasa mengeluarkan amaran supaya tidak menghampiri kawasan pantai, namun saya ingin melihat sendiri fenomena alam yang luar biasa," kata Mohd Aliff Zahari, 22, yang ke pantai bersama rakan-rakannya. - Bernama

New Stevia White Coffee: PappaRich Taipan USJ -

Posted: 08 Jan 2013 06:50 AM PST

I was at PappaRich Taipan USJ last Saturday and got to try out a new drink.

The new drink was Stevia White Coffee (Iced). It was yummy and I was lucky to have tried it.


I was told it was only available in a few outlets and would be launched in stages in all the outlets.

'So, what's so special about Stevia White Coffee?' you ask me.

Well, it is very different from the other normal sugary beverages as it has natural sweetness.
After drinking it, you do not get the sugary feeling sticking in your mouth or around your tongue.
In other words, it is smooth.

Oh yeah, if you don't like coffee, try coco.
Iced drink: RM6.90
Hot drink: RM5.90

English Malaysian Breakfast: RM13.90

We Have Come a Long Way, Baby!

Posted: 08 Jan 2013 02:30 PM PST

In the year 1910, this was in vogue...the Ford Model R...

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year.

A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year.

A mechanical engineer earned about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard.'

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and
used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from
entering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only 30!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health'

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U. S. A. !

I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself. From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD -- all in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

-Author Unknown-

*Thanks to Angela who shared this.

I have a vague feeling I have posted this before a few years ago. Getting older and more forgetful!

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