Monday, February 22, 2010

Clay Bennett Editorial Toons

Clay Bennett Editorial Toons

Clay Bennett Editorial Toons

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 03:54 PM PST

Anwar vs. Najib: What Buddhism says ..

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 07:26 AM PST

Divinely Speaking

The First Circle

Inner Circle of pig, snake and cock
  1. A pig is a deluded animal who eats without any consideration that everything is element, just element, nothing more. He signifies one who lacks mindfulness in the contemplation of the 4 postures - eating, walking, sitting and lying down. As a result, there appears the idea of Self in opposition to others. At the same time, the process of body and mind continues.

    Vijja means One who knows, the Awakened One, one who is full of bliss and continuously mindful of the 4 postures (eating, walking, sitting and lying down), of speaking, and of thinking, one who realises that body and mind are only element, not Self.

  2. A snake is a poisonous animal who bites and kills his enemies with venom. This signifies vindictiveness, so he stands for anger (Dosa).

  3. A cock is an animal who is full of vanity and likes to show off his beauty. He also thinks that he is virtuous in every respect. So he represents delusion (Moha). The three animals bite one another so that they are linked together in a circular chain. This illustrates the rising and falling of consciousness (Jitta). The continuation creates Kamma, which is followed by Vipaka(result) of happiness and suffering due to greed, hatred and delusion. Only the Buddha (Vijja) is able to destroy the defilements.

he Second Circle

Second Circle
Black Dhamma, White Dhamma

Black Dhamma
is the Kamma which is caused by Ignorance (Avijja) and is a continuous delusion. One who is in the sphere of Black Kamma is like one who walks at night, clothed only in darkness, dirty and useless.
White Dhamma
is the good Kamma which is under the influence of the Buddha (Transcendental wisdom (Vijja) or the one who knows). One who is ethical lives in the sphere of light, clean and pure.
Black Kamma
Acting in an evil way results in evil = Black Kamma = an unskilful action leading to hell: for example, the mind which is depressed, anxious, unwise or stupid.
White Kamma
Acting in a good way results in good = White Kamma = a skilful action leading to the destination of happiness: for example, the mind which is bright, calm, cool and wise.

The Third Circle

the 5 scenes of the third circle (surrounding the two inner circles)

This Circle is connected with the Second one. In the first three stages, at the beginning, a person who has transcendental wisdom creates various good actions and gains the related results:
  1. Having taken and maintained 5 precepts, a human mind is obtained for the next rebirth. Keeping the precepts and practising meditation will lead to heaven. When the mind is cheerful and bright, it has the same quality as the mind of a celestial being.
  2. More mental development and keeping of precepts retain the mind in heaven and transform it into the mind of a celestial being.
  3. After more meditation practices, the mind develops a high level of absorption (Jhana) and automatically has the same quality as the mind of a divine being - of the formed sphere or of the formless sphere. (Brahma god who has Metta (loving kindness), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (sympathetic joy) and Upekkha (equanimity).)

The results of bad Kamma are Rebirths in woeful states as follows:- - A description of a human mind where there is the continuity of greed, hatred and delusion.

  1. An illustration of the plane of hell beings. The mind that enters hell represents an angry mind, full of vindictiveness.
  2. A scene of the world of hungry ghosts (Peta) where human mind becomes the mind of a hungry ghost because of greed, craving for other people's belongings.
  3. A description (or picture) of the animal plane. The animal mind is a mind which, lacking mindfulness, is under the power of delusion and can rapidly lower its capacity. The mind is at a very low level and can sink into deeper and deeper hells according to its state. It is being controlled by greed, hatred and delusion and will be overcome by suffering until the end of his or her life. Thus the Buddha (Vijja or Transcendental wisdom) cannot appear. Only the one who has recollection of Him can escape from the hells and enter a higher realm.

The Fourth Circle of the Wheel of Dependent Origination

1. Avijja (Ignorance): This first link is illustrated by a man who does not know where he is going as he cannot see anything and cannot do anything right. He is totally deluded because of Ignorance. It is the mind full of delusion and wrong views about matter and mind (Rupa-Nama). As a result, it keeps on grasping and clinging to the aggregates of form, sound, smell, taste and mind objects, without any investigation into the separation of each element and aggregate from one another. The mind will eventually attach to the belief that there is a Self, a solid being which will not decay or dissolve. There is no ability to separate body from mind and no knowledge of the cause of rising and falling of consciousness. This delusion about the idea of Self in opposition to others stems from a lack of insight into reality. In fact these phenomena are consisted only of the 4 elements of earth, water, fire and wind, plus intentional activities and consciousness. Therefore Avijja stands for a deluded human being (Moha) who is full of ignorance and does not realise the Truth. So he is portrayed by a blind person.

2. Sankhara (Volitional activities) is represented by a potter shaping pots on his wheel. He is trying to make something into a form from the material already available. This shows the way Form, Taste, Smell, Sound, tangible objects, and mind-objects are created through mind contact. It is the mind which is full of impulses, emotions and various thoughts every time there is a contact between one of the six senses and an object. Like (merit) and dislike (demerit) will automatically follow. There will also be neutral feeling (Anechabhisankhara) which is neither merit nor demerit. So Sankhara is the cause of impulses and emotions.

3. Vinnana (Consciousness): A monkey holding a crystal depicts restless mind in which the rising and falling of consciousness takes place all the time. The crystal represents virtue. When the crystal is clear, the virtue is there; but when it is dull, there is none. A house represents the sense spheres (Ayatana). Awareness must be developed every time there is contact between one of the 6 senses and an object.

4. Rupa-Nama (Matter and Mind) is portrayed by a man and a woman on a boat. (Matter is depicted by the boat and Mind by the passengers). The physical form is represented by the boat and Consciousness is represented by the people. Though the two phenomena are different, they have to depend on each other.

5. Salayatana (6 Sense Organs) is depicted by the image of an empty house with doors and windows which symbolise the six senses. The house stands for the body, the doors for the mind, and the windows for the eyes, ears, nose and tongue.

6. Phassa (Contact): A couple embracing represents the contact from which consciousness of being male and female arises. As a result, impulses and emotions are produced and defilements, craving, like, dislike and imbalance follow.

7. Vedana (Sensation) is reflected by a man with an arrow sunk deep in his eyes and is in great pain. It indicates the strong feeling which our sensory experience, driven by impulses, evokes whether it is pleasure or pain.

8. Tanha (Craving) is depicted in the image of a man smoking opium. He is an addict who always craves for more and more of the drug. Having no contentment, he cannot have enough of it. Craving cannot be fulfilled. It is the mind which causes impulses and emotions.

Upadana (Grasping) is represented by a monkey plucking fruits from a tree. Grasping them brings about attachment when he is under the illusion that the fruits belong to him.


Bhava (Becoming): A pregnant woman indicates the embryo in her womb. Becoming signifies the plane of existence which corresponds to volitions; it signifies the existence of body and mind. There is attachment to the concept of 'my place', 'our place', 'our group', 'our nation', Self, love and hate. Intentional activities continually produce impulses and emotions with the rising and falling of consciousness.

11. Jati (Birth): A woman giving birth to a baby reflects rebirth into different kinds of being such as female, male, animal or other. It is birth into the 3 planes of existence. It is the mind in which volitions cause impulses and emotions. Concurrently, consciousness keeps on rising and falling, followed by love and hate. Birth and existence take place continuously without end.
12. Jara-Marana(Old age and Death): This last link is personified by a man leaving home, his belongings carried in a basket on a pole over his shoulder. This indicates leaving the body behind as there will be no return. The only things that can be taken are merit and demerit. The house, representing property, will have to be left behind. He will be accompanied by sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, despair, disappointment, and mourning at the separation from loved ones. The greatest suffering in life comes at death, which is Marana. Marana is the mind which has died from good, evil, this world, the next world, merit and demerit. At every moment the mind is born and dies. Consciousness, after rising, must fall. This process is called, "the present death." The death of the (5) aggregates is called, "the death in the 3 planes of existence." The ending of the process of rising and falling of consciousness is called, "the death of the present moment" - each moment is always dying as mind rises and falls. (Nibbana).

Deep eh? I am still blur as to what to make up of this on Anwar/Najib ... More HERE

” 2 Aduns Misinformed..??”

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 05:46 AM PST

This was declared at the Press Conference yesterday,"Our group wants to merge earlier with PRS. The rest (from SPDP) can join later,"

According to our privilege source Mawan is being pushed by his mosts ardent supporters and political strategists to take drastic action. However Mawan has his own ways and means to deal with those who went against him and he said specifically,"I've talked to the YBs concerned and it seems Rosey and Paulus were misinformed and were talked into coming to this meeting. They regret their actions and we will take it from there."

Who says Mawan has losts his leadership qualities? According to an SPDP member from Belaga he says the whole ship is docked and its only a few of them who mutineered and those who rebelled their days are numbered and the party will not forget their disloyalties. The President  might be forgiving but the rakyat and the SPDP members might not be too kind.


Drug Recall - Very Serious

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 05:29 AM PST

Confirmed By: & FDA Feb 20, 2010\

STOP TAKING anything containing this ingredient. It has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke
(bleeding in brain)
among women ages 18-49 in the three days after starting use of medication The FDA recommended that everyone (even children) seek alternative medicine.

The following medications contain Phenylpropanolamine:

Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant
Acutrim Plus Dietary Supplements
Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control
Alka-Seltzer Plus Children's Cold Medicine Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold medicine (cherry or orange)
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Original
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine
BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder
BC Sinus Cold Powder
Comtrex Flu Therapy & Fever Relief
Day & Night Contac 12-Hour Cold Capsules
Contac 12 Hour Caplets
Coricidin D Cold, Flu & Sinus
Dexatrim Caffeine Free
Dexatrim Extended Duration
Dexatrim Gelcaps
Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free
Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets
Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui-Gels
Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir
Dimetapp Elixir
Dimetapp 4 Hour Liquid Gels
Dimetapp 4 Hour Tablets
Dimetapp 12 Hour Extendtabs Tablets
Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops
Permathene Mega-16
Robitussin CF
Tavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal Congestion
Triaminic DM Cough Relief
Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head
Triaminic Syrup Cold & Allergy
Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough

I just found out and called the 800# on the container for Triaminic and they informed me that they are voluntarily recalling the following medicines because of a certain ingredient that is causing strokes and seizures in children

Orange3D Cold &Allergy Cherry (Pink)
3D Cold &Cough Berry
3D Cough Relief Yellow 3D Expectorant

They are asking you to call them at 800-548-3708 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 800-548-3708 end_of_the_skype_highlighting with the lot number on the box so they can send you postage for you to send it back to them, and they will also issue you a refund. If you know of anyone else with small children,

DO PASS ALONG TO ALL ON YOUR MAILING LIST so people are informed. They can then pass it along to their families.

Pakatan Rakyat to form disciplinary committee

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 02:30 AM PST

Pakatan Rakyat announced today that a disciplinary committee will be formed to handle inter party friction and solve members' disciplinary issues. It will be headed by parliamentarian R Sivarasa .
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Room where Kugan's body found now divided in two

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 01:38 AM PST

The interrogation room where a doctor found A Kugan showing no signs of life at the Taipan USJ police station last year, has now been divided into two - the first being a reception room, leading into the second, an office.
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'Allow ISA detainees to meet family members, lawyers'

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 12:05 AM PST

Abolish ISA Movement (AIM) and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) have urged the police to allow Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees to meet family members and lawyers.
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Why Mahathir has ruined Malaysia?

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 04:27 AM PST

Ex YADIM President Sues Dr Asri for RM1.5mil

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 04:04 AM PST

Former Islamic Da'wah Foundation Malaysia (Yadim) president Datuk Nakhaie Ahmad is suing former Perlis Mufti Dr Asri Zainul and seven others for RM1.5 million for defamation.

The suit was filed through Messrs Ibrahim & Fuaadah at the Civil High Court registry here today.

Besides Asri, Kumpulan Karangkraf Sdn Bhd, Akhbar Cabaran Sdn Bhd, Datuk Hussamuddin Yaacub, Sri Diah, Azmi Tarmizi, Lailatun Khalilah Nasir and Siti Azila Alis, are also named as defendants.

Hussamuddin is the publisher of Sinar Harian newspaper, while Sri Diah, Azmi and Lailatun Khalilah are the editors, and Siti Azila, its journalist.

Kumpulan Karangkraf is the owner of the newspaper and Akhbar Cabaran, the printer.

In the statement of claim, Nakhaie, who is now Malaysian Muslim Welfare Organisation (Perkim) chairman, stated that Asri had made three defamatory statements against him at a media conference on Nov 1 last year and in two articles published by Sinar Harian on Nov 2 and 5 the same year.

He claimed that the statements gave the impression that he was the master-mind in the issue on the memorandum opposing Asri's appointment as Yadim president and on alleged irregularities in the institution.

Nakhaie also claimed that the statements damaged his credibility and reputation.

He is seeking RM1.5 million in exemplary and punitive damages from all the defendants.

news courtesy of Malaysian Digest

Charming Caning Conference

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 04:03 AM PST

malaysiakini photo

Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, our minister for Women, Family and Community Development, tells us that an Arab country, Oman, does not have any legislative provisions for caning sentence either under syariah or civil law.

That's right, under BOTH syariah and civil laws.

Nah nah nah, you Arabs, we Malaysians Boleh!

Being minister for women, she now wants her Ministry to organise global meet on caning.

This amazing and brilliant idea follows the recent caning of three women who had illicit sex. I wonder what their sex partners received?

Obviously our dear Shahrizat, like Najib and Hishamuddin, is neither here nor there – too afraid to stand up for women, too embarrassed to keep her mouth shut, she now digs a bigger hole for herself, to hide or to bury herself?

But hey, don't blame her just because she's behaving like a cacing kena abu. It does show in a certain way she has some troubled conscience ... but not enough!

She said: "We can share ideas and practices and gain in-depth knowledge on how each country views the caning sentence."

Share practices?

Gawd, gasp, omigosh, another world first!

Najib moving BN to the right, not Umno to the centre

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 03:58 AM PST

Umno is wrong to think that it can appeal to a wider spectrum of voters by expanding the number of parties in the Barisan Nasional coalition that it heads, Pakatan Rakyat leaders said.

They also warned Malaysians not to be taken in by the latest proposal from Prime Minister Najib Razak, the president of both Umno and the BN, as it will actually end the 'consensus' in the BN and transform it from the 'moderate' coalition that it propounds to be into a harder-edged fundamentalist outfit.

"The issue is not the lack of components, it is the lack of reforms," PAS vice president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man told Harakahdaily.

"Such a proposal is not new and at one level, it shows Umno lacking confidence in long-time partners MCA, MIC and Gerakan to bring back the non-Malay votes. But that is not all. It is actually a half-baked idea and underscores that they are still muddling their way through," PKR strategic director Tian Chua told Harakahdaily.

"The fact that Umno now wants an extreme Malay-rights group like Perkasa to join BN shows Umno is itself divided and not confident of recapturing the Malay votes from PAS and PKR. But Umno is forgetting that it is actually its own racist and corrupt policies that chased voters away in the first place."

Ending the 'consensus' in BN

Najib had announced after an Umno supreme council meeting last week that the ruling coalition - which currently has 13 members - wanted to include political parties and non-governmental organizations that are friendly to its cause.

He did not mention names but it is well-known that he wants the BN to accommodate newly-formed Indian party Makkal Sakti, Perkasa, as well as several elected representatives who are now on their own after having quit or having been fired from the Pakatan for not being up to mark.

"It is typical Umno bulldozing its way through. If it succeeds and no doubt it will because you can be sure MCA, MIC and Gerakan won't have the guts to speak up, then it also spells the end of 'consensus' in the BN," said Tian.

The PM has already appointed his cousin Hishammuddin Hussein to head a special committee to look into ways of amending the BN charter so as to allow new parties to join without requiring the prior approval or 'consensus' of the other BN components.

"We are considering it but it will require support from all component parties and a change to the BN's constitution," Hishammuddin, the Home Minister and an Umno vice-president, had said.

BN moves to the right, not Umno to the centre

However, Umno's unilateral call may win it further brickbats from its main existing partners - MCA, MIC and Gerakan - and their constituents.

Although Umno calls the shots in BN, the other components currently have the right to reject new applicants. For example, MIC has already announced it does want anything to do with Makkal Sakthi.

It would also be extremely tough for MCA, MIC and Gerakan to explain to their respective voters why they would allow a rightist-group like Perkasa, which has been making the headlines of late with fiery calls for Malay supremacy, to be in the same team.

"Of late, Najib and his spin masters have been trying to imply that he wants Umno to return to the middle ground, but again, he is being dishonest with Malaysians. What he is actually doing is taking the entire BN further to the right, not shifting Umno to the centre. Don't be fooled by the double-speak," Tian added.

"Only actions count and the very first reform would actually be to get rid of racist politicking. This means his administration distancing itself from extremists like Perkasa - not inviting it to join their coalition!"

Giving in to Muhyiddin, Mahathir

According to political watchers, the latest BN move by Najib indicates that he may have succumbed to pressure from the fundamentalists within his own Umno party, currently led by his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin and former premier Mahathir Mohamad.

However, such a move was likely to backfire, with the BN ending up antagonizing both the Malay and non-Malay voters even more.

"Is moving back to fundamentalism really the right move? Definitely not. Groups like Perkasa won't sustain," PAS leader Wan Rahim Wan Abdullah told Harakahdaily.

"It is just Mahathir using old methods to try and shackle the Malay votes but Malays are not racist at heart. Sure they would like to be in power, but who is really in power - only the elite in Umno. Do you really think the Malays are not smart enough to realize that, or that the corruption will continue until there is no more money left in the country's coffers?

"Do you think the Malays are not concerned? Do you think they have not been evaluating alternatives, that they have not heard PAS, PKR or Pakatan?"

Unable to regain the trust of the non-Malays

At the recent Thaipusam and Lunar New Year celebrations, Najib launched highly-publicized campaigns to appeal to the Indians and Chinese to give him and his centrist 1Malaysia slogan another chance.

Yet the difference in the size of the crowds that came to see him and the Pakatan said it all.

At a Chinese New Year rally held in Pandamaran, Selangor on Saturday, about 5,000 people braved the rain to see him, while 20,000 attended the joint open house held around the same time by the Pakatan some 20km away.

"Umno has been in power for 52 years, which Malaysian does not know its racist style? Even as Najib spoke, the people in the crowd were saying to themselves 'What a joker!'" a veteran party watcher who followed the events said.

"The Indians are asking amongst themselves, 'What about Kugan Ananthan?'. The Chinese are also smirking 'Wah, you say all these and yet you get another pathologist to insist Teoh Beng Hock committed suicide. You say all these and yet you get the courts to declare Zambry the rightful MB of Perak, not Nizar!' Really, Najib should save his breath if this is all he can do."

1Malaysia finished

It is no secret that the scandal-hit and indecisive Najib faces great opposition from Muhyiddin and Mahathir to reform Umno and make it a more liberal party, with fresh policies that better reflect the demands of the current electorate.

"Signals were flashed when Muhyiddin was suddenly coy in declining to comment as to whether groups like Perkasa would be among NGOs to be admitted into the BN as part of the ruling coalition's expansion plan to incorporate admission of NGOs and BN-friendly groups," said Lim Kit Siang in his blog.

"Perkasa, which stands for the very negation of Najib's 1Malaysia and the former Prime Minister's "Bangsa Malaysia" concept under Vision 2020, has nonetheless received the patronage of Mahathir.

"The former Prime Minister has given his stamp of approval to Perkasa, saying that it is increasingly popular within the Malay community because Umno is being seen as incapable of protecting their rights.

"The time has come for Muhyiddin to declare whether he is the right-hand of Najib or Mahathir in the present administration. When it comes to the crunch in any fundamental difference between Najib and Mahathir, where would the loyalty of Muhyiddin, as the custodian and surrogate of the Mahathir legacy in the Najib premiership, lie?"

news courtesy of Harakah Daily

Warning ... Don't update your bootleg Windows 7!

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 03:57 AM PST

Beware if you're using an illegal copy of Windows 7

There have been a number of activation hacks going around that people
have used to activate illegal (pirated) copies of the OS with stolen
product keys. Microsoft has announced that they are preparing to
distribute an update (rated "important") that will upgrade the Window
Genuine Advantage technology that detects illegal copies. However,
before the outcry begins, note that this update is voluntary and you
can choose not to install it. You can read more here:

MIC against direct recruitment into BN

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 03:50 AM PST

The MIC is expected to resist the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition's proposal to allow membership for friendly individuals, political parties and non-governmental organisations.

This is because, the party which boasts of 630,000 members, will lose its "monopoly" at the BN supreme council when it comes to Indian matters, in the event other Indian-based political parties are allowed in, say political pundits.

"This proposal, if it comes into effect, will definitely ensure more Indian participation in the BN. Presently, there is the veto power or the consensus system which requires all component parties to agree before an applicant is allowed into the BN.

"Once this is removed, there will be more Indian political parties coming into the BN.

"The MIC will definitely lose its dominance but it will be a boon for the Indian community as the BN leadership will be able to hear directly, the problems faced by Indians, generally from various parties, rather than just from the MIC alone," said former MIC vice-president Tan Sri M. Mahalingam.

Last Friday, Prime Minister and BN chief Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that BN would amend its constitution to admit BN-friendly individuals, political parties and non-governmental organisations.

The 1.8 million-strong Malaysian Indian community is fragmented into various groups and the community has at least, six political parties to choose from.

The six parties are MIC, People's Progressive Party or PPP (although multiracial, the party is predominantly made up of Indians), Indian Progressive Front (IPF), Malaysian Indian United Party (Miup), the newly-formed Malaysian Makkal Sakti Party and the proposed Hindu Rights Action Front (Hindraf).

Of the parties above, only the MIC and PPP are in the BN. It is an open secret that IPF's application to join the grand coalition in the past was shot down by the MIC.

If the latest proposal is to become a reality, political observers expect IPF, Miup and Makkal Sakthi, who are all BN-friendly, to apply to join the coalition.

While inclusion of these parties will eclipse MIC dominance in the BN, it will directly increase Indian participation in the ruling coalition, which is desperate to win the hearts and minds of the now-fragmented Indian community.

At the last general election in 2008, the community deserted the BN, which it had supported over the last 50-odd years, by backing the opposition.

Out of the nine parliamentary and 19 state seats contested at the polls under the BN banner, the MIC managed to win only three parliamentary and seven state seats.

"The Indian votes are split and MIC alone cannot do the job of bringing back these votes.

The BN top leadership realises that for the coalition to succeed, it needs the backing of all communities in the country.

"What the MIC wants, is for the party leaders to decide…the BN can't decide for all," said Mahalingam, a former deputy minister.

Political analyst Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria feels that the BN's move to woo those with similar ideology and providing them access to voice their grouses would be good for the coalition.

"However, the BN should be cautious in its approach of allowing members in. It should allow those who have an impact on the electorates, meaning those who have and will bring in the votes.

"Enlarging the coalition by allowing more parties to join does not mean more votes. It should pick quality alliances and weed out bogus parties," said the former head of Yayasan Strategik Sosial, the MIC think-tank.

He said BN should only allow those who had similar political ideologies as the coalition and encourage smaller or splinter parties to consolidate or merge before joining the BN.

"So far, as I see it, these Indian parties have the same ideology. For these parties, it is more of personality conflicts which is preventing them from merging into bigger entities. Definitely, this proposal will receive some resistance from the MIC.

"It must be noted that having many splinter parties does not necessarily enhance the BN. Consolidation of political parties and opening up BN membership may be the way forward for the ruling party. Small parties from small ethnic communities do not make a big difference in votes," he said.

- Bernama

Islam stresses education, not punishment: ex-mufti

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 03:41 AM PST

Former Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said Islam lays more stress on educating its adherents than punishment as such.

NONETherefore, said the religious scholar, if those found guilty of such sins as zina (extra-marital sexual intercourse) or consuming alcohol could be led to repent and avoid punishment, this should be the preferred course of action.

"There are many examples in which Prophet Muhammad avoided taking action in cases of zina and gave various reasons for the perpetrator not be punished. The Prophet always emphasised repentance for misdeeds rather than punishment," said Mohd Asri in a statement.

The Penang-born Mohd Asri was responding to reports that three Muslim women had been caned under Syariah laws for engaging in extramarital sex.

Officials said the three women were caned on February 9 at a women's prison outside Kuala Lumpur. The women and four men were caned following a December decision in the religious courts.

While one woman has been released from prison, the other two would be freed by this June.

This followed an earlier controversial decision by the Islamic authorities to sentence former part-time model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno to six strokes of the cane for drinking beer.

NONEUntil the February 9 caning, Kartika was to have been the first woman to be caned under Islamic law in Malaysia. Her case is currently under review, with human rights groups urging the religious authorities to reverse the sentence.

Kartika, meanwhile, has urged that the authorities get the punishment over with.

In his statement, Mohd Asri said punishments must not only be fair but seen to be fair. Punishments will continue to be seen in a negative light by the public as long as they are meted out only to the 'small fish' while the' big ones' are let off scot free, he said.

If punishments were to be carried out equitably, it is not only those Muslims caught consuming alcoholic beverages who should be brought to book but those Muslims as well who sold, distributed and owned any shares in the alcoholic beverages companies.

"Those in the religious departments and agencies must be truthful and courageous enough to bring even those Muslims who own shares (in such companies) to justice, notwithstanding the 'immunity' they enjoy," said Mohd Asri.

Unlike civil courts' punishment

Mohd Asri also noted that the Islamic spirit behind punishment by caning, far from injuring the individual concerned, is to educate.

"(Caning according to Islam) does not inflict extreme pain as it occurs in the civil courts' application of (corporal) punishment.

"In fact, Prophet Muhammad explained that in some cases, even a cloth or the bare hand is to be used (to punish). If this is the type of caning to be used by the authorities, then it does not hurt, and this is how it is seen within the Islamic perspective," said Mohd Asri.

"Such punishment is better than imprisoning them for months or years," he added.

Mohd Asri also said that Malaysia needs to rectify the perception that its Islamic authorities punish only women. Punishment of men should also be reported by the local media, he said.

Mohd Asri noted that the public commission of sins is punishable by punishment of the guilty party in a public place.

The act by religious authorities of 'spying' on Muslims in order to catch them in a sinful act and bring them to book is itself against Islam.

"There is a lot of literature that has been published and on the Internet on this subject. I have also written extensively on the matter.

"Only those caught in the open can be punished in the open," he stressed.

Questioning Islamic laws vs their application

The former mufti warned, however, against those quarters that were against Islamic punishments in principle.

Muslims, in particular, must be clear as to the differences between objecting to how Islamic laws are carried out, and the Islamic laws themselves.

"If they question Islamic law and punishment, it would have implications on the validity of their aqidah (beliefs)."

Muslims should not question the Islamic laws as these have been ordained in the Quran and the practices of the Prophet, while non-Muslims should not question what has been established as being prescribed by Islam for Muslim as this would affect communal harmony in the country, said Mohd Asri.

news courtesy of Malaysiakini

Pakatan unable to challenge BN in S'wak: PM

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 03:38 AM PST

Opposition parties will not be able to challenge the Sarawak BN in the upcoming state election because voters in the state have their own yardsticks in choosing who to vote, said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Najib, who is also BN chairman, said he believed the results of the 2008 general election would not influence sentiments or support of voters to Sarawak BN component parties because people in the state were concerned more on local issues than national issues when choosing their candidates.

"One of their main concerns is rural development," he told reporters after launching a RM5.8 million rural electrification project at Rumah Radin, Lachau in Sri Aman today.

He said Sarawak BN was capable of continuing rural development in the state as it already had a proven track record in this area.

The component parties in Sarawak BN are Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).

In the 2006 state election, Sarawak BN won 62 seats in the 71-seat state assembly with the rest going to independents and candidates from the DAP, PKR and Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM).

Asked whether Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud had discussed with him the date of the upcoming state election, Najib broke out in laughter and said," Even if I discussed, I will never tell you."

On the merger plans between the PRS and SPDP which had been mooted by the leaders of the two parties since 2006 but has yet to be a reality, Najib said he left this in the hands of Sarawak BN.

"Whatever suits Sarawak BN will be fine for us at the national level," he said.

On PKR advisor Anwar Ibrahim's remarks that BN would face a similar fate (as in the 2008 general election) in the next GE even if he (Anwar) was in jail, Najib said they were just empty political rhetorics.

"I leave it to the people, won't engage in chest thumping, I will focus on my work to uplift Malaysians wherever they are," he added.

- Bernama

Large explosion at Petronas plant in Labuan

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 03:35 AM PST

There was a large explosion at the Petronas Methanol Labuan (PML)'s S1001 contolled natural gas Flare Tip that caused operations at the RM511 million methanol plant to cease today.

Eighty-two PML contract workers and 46 of its staff were working there when the explosion occurred at 11.37pm but no one was hurt.

Two fire engines from the Labuan Fire and Rescue Service and the PML rescue unit rushed to the scene and controlled the situation within 30 minutes.

Speaking at a news conference, PML production chief Mohd Kamis Abdul Manap said a detailed invesitgation will be conducted to determine the cause of the explosion.

"We will conduct a comprehensive investigation before operations can continue.

"We will identify if there was weakness in the safety aspect," said Mohd Kamis.

The PML plant was built in 1984 and its biggest customer is Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) in Kuantan, Pahang.

Other markets include Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan and China.

In 2007, two Petronas sub-contract workers were seriously burned in an explosion while carrying out works at the PML plant in Rancha-Rancha.

- Bernama

Ku Li: Oil royalty ad completely off target

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 03:30 AM PST

Former finance minister and Petronas founder Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has questioned the federal government's wisdom in engaging in a costly information blitz to explain the Kelantan oil royalty issue through leaflets and advertisements in newspapers.

azlanDescribing the advertisement - paid out of taxpayers' money - as implying either "culpable stupidity or gross deceitfulness" by the federal government, he said it fails to point out that almost all the oil found in Malaysia is located more than 3 nautical miles offshore, but that Petronas has nonetheless been making oil payments to various states.

"By the argument deployed in the advertisement, Terengganu, Sabah and Sarawak too are not entitled to the 'cash payments' of 5 percent of profit oil (commonly and a little inaccurately referred to as 'oil royalties'). Everything is at the arbitrary behest of the federal
government," Tengku Razaleigh wrote in his blog.

"Yet last year, according to its annual report, Petronas paid out RM6.2 billion in petroleum cash payments, with RM3 billion to Terengganu, RM2.3 billion to Sarawak and RM0.9 billion to Sabah. One wonders (on) what basis this payment was made, since none of this was for petroleum found within 3 nautical miles offshore of these states."

An immediate implication of the argument laid out in yesterday's advertisement, he said was that Terengganu was also ineligible for the oil payments.

This means, he said after cutting off oil payments when Terengganu fell into opposition hands and replacing it with "compassionate payment", there is absolutely no basis for the government's promise to return Terengganu to cash payments again.

"All of Terengganu's oil is found very far offshore. In this matter whatever holds for Kelantan holds for Terengganu and vice versa."

NONEKu Li, as he is popularly known, said the argument for depriving Kelantan of 5 percent cash payments on the basis of its petroleum resources being found beyond 3 nautical miles is "an insult to the intelligence".

Yesterday, the federal government had placed a one-page advertisement in major Malay dailies explaining why Kelantan was only entitled to RM20 million 'goodwill' payment.

The federal government's main argument was that the oil and gas were pumped out beyond the 3 nautical mile limit of the state borders, prescribed as territorial waters under Malaysia's Emergency Ordinance (Essential Powers) No. 7 1969.

The Information, Communication and Culture Ministry was behind the publicity campaign.

Agreement 'guarantees returns'

Tengku Razaleigh, the Gua Musang MP, said he had helped draft the Petroleum Development Act, to which Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Johor are signatories.

"They would benefit from the 5 percent cash payments. The Act was drafted because we knew these states did not have oil onshore or within their territorial waters.

"The device we used was a 'Vesting Deed' by which the states vested, in perpetuity, all their petroleum resources to Petronas, onshore or offshore. In return for this Petronas guaranteed the cash payment of five per cent from oil found anywhere, offshore or onshore, of the state.

budget2004 oil industry"This rendered any consideration of federal or state boundaries whether at 3 or 12 nautical miles or whatever irrelevant for the purpose of reckoning the payment. States are entitled to 5 percent of profits for any oil found offshore or onshore."

Ku Li said he had traversed the country to sign the agreement with the menteri besar of each state government.

The second prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein, he said, was driven by the nation-building concern that these poorer east coast states, which are Malay predominated, should benefit directly from offshore oil.

"I drafted the Petroleum Development Act to reflect this concern."

Saying Umno Kelantan is making a mockery of Abdul Razak's legacy, the Kelantan prince said it is a mark of how Umno has strayed off course.

"It is this benefit to the people which Umno Kelantan opposes 34 years after Abdul Razak's death. Umno Kelantan is doing its utmost to deprive the people of Kelantan of sovereign rights secured by an Umno-led government of another day.

"No one in their right mind could mistake this as behaviour that is beneficial to Umno's long-term standing in Kelantan, let alone elsewhere as people observe this behaviour."

Ku Li said he had spoken and written at length on the issue and have been reluctant to say more.

Moreover, as a member of the ruling coalition, he was embarrassed to have to belabour such elementary points against the government.

'10 years of misquotation'

He said the government's advertisement was also trying to exhume "10 year-old misquotations" in a government newspaper to allege that he once denied Terengganu had any right to the 5 percent cash payment.

Denying that he had made any such remark, Ku Li questioned if the government media is to be believed and why the government relies on misquotation.

Tengku Razaleigh said that, as a a BN backbencher at the time, he had opposed the federal government's intervention to prevent Petronas from making oil payments to Terengganu and the move to channel those funds instead into wang ihsan (compassionate fund).

salleh abbas salleh abas tun salleh abbasHe and former Lord President and Terengganu executive councillor Salleh Abas (right) had offered themselves as witnesses to the Terengganu government in the suit it filed against the federal government to recover those oil payments.

He said between 2000 and 2009, a total of RM15.8 billion was paid out through the legal black hole of wang ihsan, but not to the rightful party as specified under the Petroleum Development Act, which is the state government's consolidated fund.

"The outcome of that spending is the Monsoon Cup, a crystalmMosque in which it is impossible to pray, a leaking swimming pool, a collapsed bridge and a collapsed stadium. The people of Terengganu remain poor while billions of ringgit have been paid out in their name."

He denied of putting the interests of the state before those of Umno.

NONEThe issue goes far beyond Kelantan, he said, as the arguments in the newspaper advertisement seek to undercut the rights of all the states in respect of a natural resource, which is within the state's sovereign right.

"It violates a contract between Petronas and the states, denies the Petroleum Development Act, denies the raison d'etre of Petronas (which was formed to ensure the integrity of the federation by way of an equitable sharing of this valuable resource).

"It also sets the federal government in contravention of an Act of Parliament."

He concluded by saying this is not a question of politics or personality, or about what he said or anyone else said or about Umno or PAS.

Tengku Razaleigh stressed that it is about the government complying with written agreements governed by an Act of Parliament and respecting parliamentary democracy.

"The rights of the people are not to be fulfilled or withheld depending on who they have voted for. In treating Terengganu and Kelantan in this manner we are depriving them of money that is rightfully theirs, undermining sovereign state rights, and eroding parliamentary democracy."

"We should do the right thing by the people at whose pleasure we serve."

news courtesy of Malaysiakini

Strategi untuk runtuhkan BN

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 03:12 AM PST

Oleh Anak Mami

Rakyat tidak perlu mengharapkan parti politik berjuang untuk rakyat, tetapi rakyat haruslah berjuang untuk rakyat sendiri, Ahli politik diibaratkan manusia yang pandai buat mimpi, tapi pada realiti, kalau disentuh dengan duit .. maka segala janji janji akan jadi angin bertiup di tepi telinga .

Cara cara meruntuhkan BN adalah mendapatkan balik hak rakyat, tapi bukan memberikan hak kita kepada PR. kalau lah PR tidak menunaikan janjinya terhadap rakyat, maka kita haruslah menruntuhkan PR. tidak kira siapa dia PAS, DAP dan PKR. biarlah Anwar merengkok dalam penjara, itu nasib dia. Biarlah rakyat beperang dengan BN, tapi rakyat hanya melantik PR sebagai wakil mulut rakyat.

1) Rakyat mesti "Lawan Tetap Lawan" terhadap BN
2) Rakyat mesti terbalikkan apa yang BN cakap di media
3) Rakyat mesti hari-hari bencikan BN
4) Rakyat jangan tertipu dengan dakyah mengenai PR
5) Rakyat mesti cepat2 perbetulkan apa yang BN merepek kepada
rakyat lain yang mungkin tiada akses ke internet atau media
6) Rakyat perlu bawa balik Harakah, Suara Keadilan dan media
alternatif ke rumah2 dan kampung2 sewaktu pulang bercuti atau
kenduri keramaian agar rakyat lain dapat tahu cerita sebenar
7) Rakyat yang ada asas pendidikan tinggi perlu pengaruhi rakyat
lain untuk membenci BN, Rakyat perlu sentiasa bercerita keburukan BN setiap
hari sampai di telinga rakyat lain sudah sebati dengan cerita buruk BN ini
9) Rakyat perlu perbetulkan cerita-cerita merepek di media, biar media
cakap lain, rakyat cakap lain.
10) Rakyat perlu bantu rakyat yang nak jatuhkan BN tanpa mengira platform yang
digunakan sama ada PKR, PAS, DAP atau badan badan NGO
11) Rakyat perlu bidas dan komen yang sebenar bila ada suara suara rakyat
lain yang bercerita songsang mengenai PR
12) Rakyat perlu tanamkan di jiwa mereka, tanpa BN sebagai pemerintah, negara tetap
akan aman dan makmur, malah akan lebih aman dan makmur lagi
13) Rakyat perlu disedarkan bahawa selama ini rakyat ditipu hidup hidup dan
diperlekehkan sewenang2nya oleh BN dengan permainan tektik kotor mereka.
14) Rakyat perlu mencari contoh di sekeliling tentang keburukan BN ini, contohnya
Exco Pemuda BN yang tiba2 kaya raya dengan mengharapkan kontrak yang ditipu, AJK Bahagian yang tak perlu bersusah-payah belajar tinggi2 atau berkerja keras, tiba2 menjadi jutawan dengan rumah besar, kereta mewah dan hidup yang berbeza dalam sekelip mata
15) Rakyat perlu bandingkan pemimpin2 PR, isteri dan anak2 mereka
dengan pemimpin2 BN, isteri dan anak2 mereka yang pasti amat
16) Rakyat perlu pandai memberi point mengikut individu, tempat dan masa.
17) Akhir sekali, tipa2 hari rakyat mesti sebut BN akan MATI.....biarlah beribu kali rakyat sebut...
18) Rakyat berperang dengan BN, bukannya BN berperang dengan PR

Akhir sekali kepada blogger, dan pembaca blog, jangan pedulikan blogger UMNO, jangan baca artikel mereka, dan gunakan artikel mereka sebagai bahan perbualan. Kalau boleh jangan pandang dan dengar penyokong hujah hujah BNm, biokot semua media perdana. Sepak dalam longkang.

My Fan or Porn Star Wannabe?

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 01:53 AM PST

Recently, a Japanese chick buzzed me a few times and then yesterday, she even forwarded her whole online Album to me ... Here name is みさっち (I forgot how to read these letters ... I used to know some of them a long time ago.)

She even has Nude Gallery HERE (good luck if you get through this private link to her Nude Album ... the one with a 'locked' icon) which I am pretty impressed ...

Honestly, I don't know how to handle her. Maybe I should tell her while I do like sushi sashimi, I think I am too old to live the life of Tiger Wood. Plus, I really don't have the resources to fool around, no, no tiger business for now. I am neither Tiger Wood nor Chua Soi Lek. Not now.

But you know what? I think chances are crazy chicks will just tell you hey, I don't want money, car or diamond ring. I want you, you, you ... Oh, I know what, I should just tell her the truth, the pic I used on that particular Buzz account is actually not me, it's Chow Yuen Fatt's brother, Stephen Chow Sing Sing. I am Chulanlongkorn But not The King. I am Chulalongkorn that sell Goreng Pisang on Chow Kit Road! See if she is still interested?

What are you guys waiting for, man? Buzz lah. If you want 4,000 Malaysians, follow me HERE.

Najib or Khairy, interested or not? I won't ask Anwar since you said he is butt-plunger, I also cannot ask Nik Aziz, aiyah he gotta maintain some reputation lah.

Inoffensive Nicknames for Breasts

Posted: 22 Feb 2010 01:04 AM PST

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