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Rabbits fouling around with eagle

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 03:59 PM PST

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From Around The Blogs: The Week of March 1, 2010

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 03:43 PM PST

From Around The Blogs

By Joe Fernandez

The mainstream media is a tough job for anyone
Design is important as much as sectionalising the paper further to make it as complete a job as possible.

That said, it cannot be denied that the nst needs to ask itself whether it is presenting news as it should be or burying the news angle as usual. This is not about the English language as many posters in this blog seem to imply. This is not about waxing lyrical in the Shakespearian style although there's a place for such things. News that matters can even be badly written and it will get the attention and importance it deserves. Just consider malaysiakini's on the site breaking news feeds. When you don't really have anything new to report on anything, structuring a news story as it should be to get public attention is one of the hardest things to do in the world. If you can't do this, then the rest doesn't really matter. This is what malaysiakini has got down to a fine art despite some lapses in language and grammar and where Nst has been found wanting.

The bloggers have muddled the picture further in Malaysia, as elsewhere, with presentations the man in the street naively takes for journalism. This is somewhat like Chinese newspapers prying into the love lives of unnamed private persons or playing up ghost stories and gory accident scenes and the readers applauding it as great journalism. However, the ineffectiveness of most bloggers lies in the fact that they don't really make a difference when it comes to forcing the authorities to act against wrong-doers. If anything, most bloggers are gluttons for punishment as evident from numerous defamation and sedition cases against them. This should not be seen as attempts to muzzle the bloggers but rather the law making sure that it is not made to look like an ass in the face of what amounts to as virtually asking for it provocation. Most bloggers mix a little bit of half-truth with a lot of fiction or repeat the kind of libel and falsehoods found in police reports and statutory declarations.

Whether the bloggers really made a difference during the last General Election remains a moot point. The thousands of Hindraf supporters who took to the streets during the Nov 2007 street demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur and the mid-Feb Rose Rally in Putra Jaya don't really read the blogs.

It's a numbers game in the vote-count, assuming that the political parties are as organised as they should be to take on the competition. Here, the tsunami-like effect was provided by the Hindraf Makkal Sakthi phenomenon providing the catalysmic effect and the opposition led by Anwar Ibrahim merely jumped on the bandwagon. It must be noted that Indians form significant numbers in 67 parliamentary seats in Peninsular Malaysia despite the community not having even one "Indian" seat. The political tsunami may yet prove to a flash in the pan unless Hindraf Makkal Sakthi re-enters the electoral picture again to make a difference in the numbers game. This would be harder to do if Najib manages to get his two-third majority in Parliament and the new electoral boundaries are passed to neutralise the shift in votes at the last polls.

Sarawak is ripe for the taking but unfortunately the BN is going to win by default because the opposition is not organised as a local affair but rather one parachuted in from Peninsular Malaysia. This is a no no in Sarawak. Even in Sabah, Umno would collapse if PBS pulls out from the BN.

Moving beyond, the Nst has to contend with the numerous anti-press laws, unlike the alternative media like malaysiakini. In fact, it is the existence of these numerous anti-press laws that is fuelling the alternative media as a growth industry in Malaysia. Do away with these laws and the alternative media would collapse overnight. Mind you, the bloggers are not alternative media and would continue to attract people to their trade.

Prime Minister's Department a Hyper Ministry
The Prime Minister's Department has emerged as a Hyper Ministry since the time of Mahathir. Even then, Mahathir was forced out. No matter what Najib does, he cannot prevent Malay politics from splintering & continuing to splinter. The issue is GREED. It has become increasingly impossible to satisfy the greed of every Malay since 1969. So, when jealousy comes in, the politics will splinter. Then, there are the minorities in Peninsular M'sia, the Chinese, Sabah & S'wak. They want their place in the sun & will be wooed by one Malay faction against another. These are all factors that will prevent Najib from projecting himself as another Malay Hitler. The old Umno politics of twisting & turning every issue into a racial them vs us issue will no longer work. The Malays didn't take the bait when Umno twisted the Allah issue into a racial issue & started torching churches & threw wild boar meat, bought neatly wrapped in plastic from the Orang Asli, into the mosques in party strongholds.

Economic downturn blessing in disguise for all
If what Anwar is predicting comes true, it can only be good for the opposition. Those with money should consider it a blessing in disguise. There are always opportunities where there are problems. Those who only have their proverbial shirts on their backs should consider going into small trades for themselves. Those who depend on wages will be run out of town by the illegal immigrants. Umno will never change. Their politics is based on jealousy of the Chinese in business. Hence, they will always be looking for ways to become as rich as possible in the shortest time possible by stealing the people's sweat from the Treasury. We have seen this happening with Umno Klang in the PKFZ scandal where the federal gov't was saddled with multimillion dollar bills for works not undertaken or landed with bills which were double, triple or even ten times what it should have been. There is no secret when it comes to BN's scam development projects.

There's nothing in mandore politics for Indians
What these new mandore politicians mean is that they didn't get their cut from their previous president and want Najib to fork out another RM 5 million ostensibly to run the party. This is like P.I. Bala who was willing to run away from justice for Altantuya for RM 5 million but when the other two rascals involved made off with RM 4.25 million of "his" money, he started singing from India. So, probably Rosmah has paid again the balance of the money due to him. Otherwise, he will continue singing from India in various ways. Better to pay the balance of the RM 5 million due to P.I. Bala rather than risk the premiership. So, it seems that Indians these days can also be what others have been for so long i.e. being totally unprincipled moneyface creatures without even an iota of conscience. The new MMSP president, like a blackmailer, will probably get what he's demanding. That goes for the other "BN-friendly" Indian-based political parties. There's nothing in mandore politics for Indians.

Blanket denials by NRD won't do
The NRD has a lot to explain. What about the confessions or statements by ex NRD officers & former ISA detainees to Police & the Select Parliamentary Committee? Can NRD explain foreigners claiming their MyKads were obtained through Project IC? What is Project IC to the NRD? Ex-NRD staff themselves have been going around as late as 1999 with copies of lists of aliens given MyKads by the NRD. The Special Branch stepped in to deter such public disclosures. The right thing for the NRD in Putra Jaya to do is to contact Dr Jeffrey Kitingan & have a dialogue with him. Experts including lawyers should come in & explain on behalf of the NRD. Blanket denials won't do. Even recently, it was revealed in Tawau that the NRD was using the Mobile Courts as a cover to issue MyKads to illegal immigrants from Sulawesi. All Bugis. The Elections Commission & SB were present. Why the EC & the SB? If only the eligible get MyKads, why is that many genuine cases don't have this document? Many people stateless.


Report lodged against carpet-trader Deepak

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 07:45 AM PST

The police has been urged to investigate carpet company director Deepak Jaikishan, who was implicated by private eye P Balasubramaniam of the Altantuya Shaariibuu case, for alleged "suspicious" earnings running into hundred of millions. Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia coordinator Badrul Hisham Shaharin lodged the report at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters today.
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Cool Cat of Kg Bukit Sekilau, Kuantan, Pahang

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 09:27 AM PST






















I came across this cool looking cat at Kg Bukit Sekilau, Kuantan, Pahang recently. This fine healthy cat was enjoying a fresh fish given to it by its proud owner running a sundry shop there.

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PKR says no to all-Muslim panel for Zul Noordin

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 06:44 AM PST


Sarawak State Election As I predicted Earlier Is Very Near

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 06:29 AM PST


We Want Freedom

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 08:50 AM PST


If you are one of those sad souls who course through the Federal highway everyday like I do to get to work, you may have seen this billboard.

"WE WANT FREEDOM!" it proclaims.

So of course, it got my attention. But it doesn't say much more.

The ad is on the Malaysiakini website as well, so I clicked on it. This is what the site says:

You are a true free spirit.
You have the ability and the courage to transcend
the forces that try to shape you

Individuality is a noble aspiration.
Express yourself.

Find out more on 15th March.

Now I'm really curious. Is it political in nature? Radical activism? Or some commercial ploy to attract attention?


Najib is resigning?

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 07:04 AM PST

What, Najib is resigning next month? No way ... No!


BN money talks in defections, claims PKR

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 06:24 AM PST


The PKR leaders, including three MPs, who quit were driven by dollars and cents, claimed the party's information chief Latheefa Koya today.

In a statement, she said the defections were part of a plan by Barisan Nasional to undermine the will of the people and detsroy PKR, which is led by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

So far three MPs - Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri (Bagan Serai), Zahrain Mohamed Hashim (Bayan Baru) and Tan Tee Beng (Nibong Tebal) – have resigned with former secretary-general Datuk Sallehuddin Hashim promising that more would follow suit.

"It is not coincidental that all of a sudden, the stated MPs profess losing confidence with the party and wanting to build 'an independent block' when the plain fact is that the defectors were driven by monetary rewards," said Latheefa.

"The truth is PKR cannot compete with BN when it comes to monetary rewards," she added.

Citing the political coup in Perak as an example, she said the BN grand design would include the alleged use of certain tycoons to help alleviate these debt-ridden and opportunistic Mps.

"It is simple common sense when suddenly some of them have now been cleared from their debts and are enriched," she added.

BN has denied playing a role in the defections, and accused PKR of shifting the blame for its internal crisis.

'Sallehuddin manipulated them'

Meanwhile, Latheefa claimed that it was Sallehuddin, a former close ally of Anwar, who had facilitated these defections by "manipulating the weak-willed and fickle MPs who are pliable enough to be lured into the BN's trap"."It is therefore of no surprise that Sallehuddin has been present at the last few defectors' press conference," she added.

After his resignation as secretary-general, she said Sallehuddin had actively engaged with BN leaders, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

"Sallehuddin himself revealed to several PKR leaders that he had meetings with both of them two days before Chinese New Year," she charged.

"It is odd and dubious when someone who once held a key position in PKR had suddenly found confidence in the BN and its leaders.

"He would continue to spin the myth that he was disappointed with the party and other assorted lies and half truths, but the truth is that it is all due to dollars and cents," she added.

Apart from Sallehuddin and the three MPs, PKR's former Penang deputy chief minister II Mohamad Fairus Khairuddin had also quit and joined Umno.

However, Latheefa vowed that PKR and Pakatan Rakyat would not be cowed by this vicious campaign.

"We know these attempts are calculated to cripple or destroy PKR as it poses a real threat to BN. After all in the last general election and most subsequent by-elections, BN lost many mixed seats to PKR. The party is nonetheless confident that these defections would only make us stronger," she added.

courtesy of FreeMalaysiaToday


Taib says Sarawak poll will take place soon

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 06:00 AM PST


Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud today asked the party's members to ready their election machinery for a state election which he said could be held at any time now.

"I may call it (the state election) sooner or later, depending on my inspiration," he told reporters after the closing of the 12th PBB general assembly, here.

Abdul Taib, who is the Sarawak chief minister, said that based on the mood of the party members during the general assembly, they are motivated to face a state election.

Declining to say when the state election would be called, he said the party must be well prepared to face the election to ensure a thumping victory for the PBB candidates.

The term of the current government expires in July next year but many political observers and opposition parties believe the chief minister may call an early election to take advantage of the prevailing feel-good factor, with the economy recovering and the many goodies announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during his recent visit to the rural areas of the state.

Fuelling the speculation of an early state election are the constant visits of federal ministers to Sarawak once a month beginning last year.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition won 62 of the 71 seats in the state election in May 2006, with the PBB winning 35 bumiputera-majority seats.

Apart from the PBB, the other BN component parties in Sarawak are the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).

On another matter, Abdul Taib said that during the PBB general assembly, delegates expressed the wish for all development projects planned by the federal government to be implemented as soon as possible.

He said many of the delegates wanted the projects to be implemented fast to propel Sarawak to be on par with the other states in the country. — Bernama


Security raised in Malacca Strait after terror warning

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 05:58 AM PST

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Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia said today they are stepping up security in the Strait of Malacca, a key shipping lane for world trade, following warnings of possible attacks on oil tankers in the area.

The Singapore Navy has received indications a terror group is planning attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Malacca, the Singapore Shipping Association said in an advisory.

The Singapore Navy recommended ships using the strait between Indonesia and Malaysia strengthen security measures. Malaysia's coast guard has already stepped up security in the narrow waterway that tankers use to carry oil from the Middle East to Japan and China.

Indonesia said it is stepping up security there as well, Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro told Reuters. "We will increase the security and step up patrols in that area. Oil tankers can pass, but we will increase our readiness," he said.

An attack that closed the Strait of Malacca or the Singapore port even temporarily could have a disproportionate impact on global trade, since Singapore is the world's top container shipping port and biggest ship refuelling hub.

"Maritime attacks offer terrorists an alternate means of causing mass economic destabilisation," terrorism risk analyst Peter Chalk said in a Rand report on piracy and maritime terrorism.

"Disrupting the mechanics of the global 'just enough, just in time' cargo freight trading system could potentially trigger vast and cascading fiscal effects, especially if the operations of a major commercial port were curtailed," Chalk said.

The Singapore Shipping Association said its warning did not preclude possible attacks on other large vessels besides tankers. A Thai naval attaché in Singapore said the original warning came from Japan, which informed the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) that ships in the Strait could be hijacked. The IMB then warned regional navies of a possible piracy attack, he said.

"Later, they changed the term to "terrorist attack" as there was fear that they could use heavy weapons to attack these ships," the Thai attache, Captain Sutheepong Kaewtab, said.

IMB spokesman Noel Choong said it had received the information from a foreign government agency.

"It is a terror threat," Kuala Lumpur-based Choong said when asked whether it was a terror threat or piracy.

The Malacca Strait has long been infested with pirates.

The threat of an attack by either a terror group or pirates could raise insurance costs for shipowners. A shipping broker in Singapore said he had not heard of the warning and said there had been no effect on rates for booking tankers.

Middle East crude accounts for 90 per cent of Japan's imports, while up to 80 per cent of China's oil imports and 30 per cent of its iron ore imports pass through the Strait of Malacca.

Any attack could also have a big impact on shipments of some major commodities from Sumatra. The island is a key producer for palm oil, rubber and coffee.

But a spokeswoman for Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, the country's second-biggest shipping firm, said the warning would not cause it to change operations. "I don't think we would change the route. Basically the area is dangerous, so we have been taking precautions."

Shipping presents a soft target, particularly after global airline security was massively tightened following al Qaeda's use of hijacked planes as flying suicide bombs in its attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in September 2001.

The main vulnerability is the ease with which large slow-moving oil tankers and cargo ships can be targeted by fast explosives-laden dinghies or speedboats in suicide attacks.

Al Qaeda has launched or planned several seaborne attacks in the past decade — notably the suicide bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American sailors, and a similar attack two years later on the French supertanker Limburg, which killed one crewman and spilled 90,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Aden. The ease with which Somali pirates have been able to board and hijack large vessels — including an oil supertanker in 2008 — has also raised concerns of another kind of terrorist attack in which a ship is commandeered and turned into a "floating bomb" that could shut down a major shipping lane or destroy a port.

But analysts say fears that terrorists could detonate ships carrying crude oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG) are overdone. Crude is not very flammable and LNG carriers are robustly constructed and include significant safety features. They might be easy to board, but not to quickly convert into a weapon.

"The threat should be taken seriously as it comes from the Singapore Navy and has been shared with the shipping community," said Rohan Gunaratna, a Singapore-based expert on radical groups who has written a book on al Qaeda. — Reuters


Umno claims Batu while Gerakan fumes

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 05:51 AM PST

In light of a possible by-election for the Batu parliamentary seat, Umno's Batu division has wrested the Batu BN division chief post from Gerakan, spelling a possible end to Gerakan's 22-year hold on the seat.

Batu is located in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. It has been contested by Gerakan candidates since its creation in 1986.

Sources from Gerakan confirmed to Malaysiakini that Batu Umno division chief Yahya Mat Ghani was appointed as BN chief of the parliamentary constituency last Friday.

gerakan moral forum 120606 ng lip yong talkingThe post was held by Gerakan's Ng Lip Yong (right) who was Batu MP until the party lost the seat to Tian Chua from PKR in the 2008 general election.

The BN division chief had been left vacant till Yahya's appointment.

Grassroots dissatisfied

The appointment had sparked strong dissatisfaction among the Batu Gerakan members. One member described the response as "extremely bad".

"At the division level, we cannot do anything. It is up to the party leadership to deal with it," he said on the condition of anonymity.

The division feared that they would lose the seat to Umno in the next election because the BN division chief is likely to be the candidate. With a possible by-election is on its way, their worries escalate.

Last October Tian Chua was sentenced to a RM3000 fine and six months' jail for biting a police constable. He will lose his parliament seat should he fail to appeal against the judgement.

The Batu BN division chief post was held by Gerakan, for the most part, until 2008.

BN chief controls resources

Gerakan sources pointed out that the BN division chief controls government resources including monetary allocations.

"If there are houses burned down in the constituency, he can distribute funds from the welfare department. If the roads are bad, he can ask the public works department to tar the road."

He said that even if Gerakan is still given the chance to contest but another party manages the allocations and resources, this means more obstacles in reclaiming the seat.

Gerakan is given three parliamentary seats in Kuala Lumpur - Kepong, Segambut and Batu. Although all three seats fell into the hands of the opposition in the last general election, Gerakan still retains the BN division chief posts in Kepong and Segambut.

Tian Chua not threatened

Batu is a racially mixed urban seat with 44.3 percent Malay, 20.8 percent Chinese and 14.3 percent Indian voters. Tian Chua defeated Gerakan youth chief Lim Si Pin in the last general election with a 9455 vote majority.

NONETian Chua (left) believes PKR in Batu will not be threatened by BN fielding an Umno candidate in the next election.

"There will be more Chinese voters (who will) swing towards PKR and the Malay votes that flow back to Umno will be limited," he said.

However his division has not prepared for a by-election as a final decision on his criminal case will not be reached anytime in the near future, he added.

Umno split into factions

Meanwhile Gerakan did not foresee Umno reclaiming the seat because the Umno division had split into three factions.

According to Gerakan sources, Yahya defeated his opponent in the party divisional polls with a slim majority of three votes. This had split the division into two major factions and the third faction was comprised of younger members who were disgruntled with Yahya's leadership.

Another factor that fuels the infighting is Kuala Lumpur Umno's senatorship. The tenure of one of two Umno senators from Kuala Lumpur had expired and a representative of Batu Umno division is likely to succeed the post.

courtesy of Malaysiakini


Are Christians Really Behind MCA and BN/Umno As Claimed By Ong Tee Keat?

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 05:50 AM PST


By Admin

MCA President claimed that the Christians in Malaysia are behind the MCA and for that matter, the Evil BN/Umno regime based on the 'response' the MCA received from the 'Christians' in its Chinese New Year Open House with the theme 'Arise and Shine for 1 Malaysia'.

Ong claimed that the event was well attended by 'Christians'. It appears that Ong Tee Keat, the MCA and BN/Umno will do anything to safeguard Christian votes for crucial state seats in Christian dominated Sabah and Sarawak. It is indeed a cunning game played by BN by using MCA to be the 'Savior' of the Christians in Malaysia while Umno pulls the strings of racist Malay NGO's like PERKASA to stab the Christians from behind. BN is using this strategy as a win win situation.

What the idiot Ong Tee Keat and his Chief Strategist Ti Lian Ker fail to realize is that the Full Gospel Business Men's (read Business Men) Fellowship (FGBMF) sees the MCA organized CNY gathering as a business opportunity to get contacts. Another thing Ong and Ti failed to note is that Malaysians in general would find it hard to pass up free food and entertainment.

The Evil BN/Umno regime which MCA is a part of continues to persecute Christians in Malaysia with its racist and bigoted agenda. Any right thinking Christian would feel hypocritical to attend a function organized by a BN component party when issues like the desecration of the Host by the Al Islam journalist has been swept under the carpet by the Umno compliant AG. What about the banning of the use of 'Allah' by Christians and the confiscation of the Malay Bible and Christian literature, the forced conversion of Christian children to Islam, body snatching cases, the Lina Joy case and the difficulty to obtain permits to build Churches. Why would Christians attend a function organized by a political party that accepts and supports a leader (VP Chua Soi Lek) who is an adulterer. These so-called 'Christians' from the Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship have to worship on Sundays in Hotels and shopping complexes as they can't obtain permits to build churches.

The likes of Ong Tee Keat, Ti Lian Ker and the fake Christian Tan Cheng Liang are nothing but Pariah Running Dogs of Umno who are trying to hoodwink the Christians to vote for BN. The news here is that the Christians are not so gullible like the folks from the FGBMF to fall for MCA and BN/Umno's deception.


MCA stun by en bloc resignation

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 05:49 AM PST


The MCA, embroiled in a protracted leadership spat, was stunned by the en bloc resignation today of two-thirds of its elected central committee (CC) members, which forces the party to hold fresh elections within a month. Dr Chua Soi Lek unexpectedly announced his resignation as the deputy president and a CC member today, along with seven other CC members, at a news conference at the party headquarters. He said he had not informed party president Ong Tee Keat earlier of his decision to quit. NONEA faction led by vice-president Liow Tiong Lai, which has been pushing for fresh polls, delivered to the party headquarters today the quit letters of 13 CC members, taking the total resignations to 21 or two-thirds of the 31 elected CC members. The party constitution provides for fresh polls to be held once two-thirds of the CC members resign. Chua said his resignation was in keeping with the promise he had made at the party's extraordinary general meeting last year where he had stated that fresh elections might have to be held to overcome the upheaval in the party. "What's important is the party and not the leaders or their self interests," he said. Chua said that from January until yesterday, he had received the resignation letters of the seven elected CC members who quit along with him today. In all, the 21 CC members included three vice-presidents - Liow and Kong, who are cabinet ministers, and Tan Kok Hong. Another vice-president and cabinet minister, Dr Ng Yen Yen, who holds the tourism portfolio, is abroad. MCA, the country's largest Chinese political party, held its last polls in October 2008, with Ong voted in as the new president. Ironically, Ong had said in an interview with Bernama that feedback from the ground and the fewer public arguments of late among the party leaders were reflective of a gradual improvement in the level of public confidence in the MCA.

Liow denies collusion with Chua Liow denied any prior knowledge of Chua's intention to resign. NONE"No, I got to know through all the SMSes," he said, adding that he felt greatly vindicated by the eight resignations announced by Chua. "In accordance with Article 41 of the party constitution, fresh elections at the central leadership level shall be called to elect a new dynamic team of central leaders with integrity to lead the party and to fulfill the aspirations of the members," Liow told reporters. Meanwhile, CC member Ti Lian Ker said that with the term of the current leadership due to expire next year, fresh polls now would only intensify the conflict in the party. The new leaders would only serve for about a year, and fresh polls at this juncture would definitely sharpen the conflict in the party, he said when contacted by Bernama. He said that if Chua, Liow and the other CC members who resigned could come up with a compromise team within a month, then fresh elections would not be necessary. "I hope the leaders will come to a consensus and put the party's interests above their personal agenda," Ti said. He said he would still attend the CC meeting scheduled for tomorrow. Chua and Liow said they would not turn up because they have resigned. - Bernama


Catholic Church Demands Apology From Al Islam - By Debra Chong.

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 05:41 AM PST

The Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam, today said the Catholic Church would not pursue legal action against Al-Islam magazine and its reporters who had desecrated a ritual sacred to the Catholic community if it was offered a public apology.

Speaking at a press conference on behalf of the church and the Catholic community at large, Pakiam said it would be enough for the magazine editor and the two reporters to apologise publicly for their acts.

"Forgiveness is a main part of our 'club'," the head of the KL archdiocese quipped, referring to the Catholic church's central belief.

"We strive daily in our prayers for forgiveness," he added.

He pointed out that it would not be the first time the church had dropped the pressure to take a publication to court, referring to a Tamil newspaper that had published an advertisement a few years back mocking a popular image of Jesus Christ holding a can of beer in one hand.

"As soon as the editor apologised, I told them, 'Yes. I accept the apology. The matter is closed," Pakiam said.

Pakiam had earlier at today's press conference slammed the Attorney-General for deciding against prosecuting the Islamic magazine and its two reporters who had published a report of their exploits while undercover at a Catholic church in Ipoh last year.

Two Catholics had filed a police report against the magazine last July, claiming its reporters had desecrated church grounds when they pretended to be Christians and took part in the Holy Communion, a ceremony sacred to Catholics.

The police had investigated the reporters under section 298A (1) of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will, or prejudicing harmony or unity on religious grounds.

The punishment carries a jail sentence of between two and five years.

But the A-G last week disclosed that it would not press charges against the magazine which had published the incident in its May 2009 issue.

The district police headquarters at Dang Wangi here had subsequently informed the complainant, KS Sudhagaran Stanley, in a letter that the deputy public prosecutor had decided to take "No Further Action".

"It appears that the DPP's instruction of no further action implies and conveys the message that no crime has been committed, despite an admission by the journalists of desecrating the Holy Communion," Pakiam said.

The man of the cloth noted that the authorities had failed to understand the magnitude of the wrong done to the Catholic community.

Pakiam described the acts by the magazine's writers as not only disrespectful but "shows contempt for our belief and a hatred for the church when our belief is violated".

However, he told reporters he was not in support of Sudhagaran Stanley's idea for a public demonstration and discouraged other supporters from the Catholic Church from joining in because "it is not an effective way to bring about the resolution to the issue".

"If those in authority fail in their duty to take action against the perpetrators, then others will feel less compelled to act within the constraints of law and basic civilised norms of decency, if this or like incidents are repeated. The lack of positive action would appear to legitimise the actions of the journalists," he added, lamenting that Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had failed to respond to a memorandum sent by the Catholic Lawyers' Society protesting the outrage and received at his office by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Abu Seman.

Pakiam denied the inaction was related to the church's suit on the "Allah" issue, which it finally won in the High Court on New Year's Eve 2009.

In very strong language, Pakiam challenged the home minister to do his duty, but stopped short of saying the church would file another suit to review the A-G's decision.

Pakiam appeared less than eager to push the legal path for justice. Instead, he said, he was "advocating greater understanding and foremost respect from all concerned".

"We live in a multicultural, multi-religious community. There is a need to be respectful of each other's beliefs, failing which we will lose sight of our own humanity and dignity, the very best of the 1 Malaysia concept," Pakiam said.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Cow Beauty Contest

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 05:17 AM PST

Pertandingan lembu tercantik cun melecun

Courtesy of Malaysian Scandal


The real reason why woman go to the bathroom in pairs

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 05:16 AM PST

When you have to visit a public bathroom, you usually find a line of women, so you smile politely and take your place. 
Once it's your turn, you check for feet under the stall doors. Every stall is occupied.
Finally, a door opens and you dash in, nearly knocking down the woman leaving the stall.

 
You get in to find the door won't latch. It doesn't matter, the wait has been so long you are about to wet your pants! 
The dispenser for the modern "seat covers" (invented by someone's Mom, no doubt) is handy, but empty.
  
You would hang your purse on the door hook, if there was one,but there isn't - so you carefully, but quickly drape it around your neck, (Mom would turn over in her grave if you put it on the FLOOR!), yank down your pants, and assume " The Stance." 
 
In this position your aging, toneless (Wow! I should have gone to the gym!!!) thigh muscles begin to shake..
  
You'd love to sit down, but you certainly hadn't taken time to wipe the seat or lay toilet paper on it, so you hold "The Stance".
 
To take your mind off your trembling thighs, you reach for what you discover to be the empty toilet paper dispenser. In your mind, you can hear your mother's voice saying, "Honey, if you had tried to clean the seat, you would have KNOWN there was no toilet paper!" Your thighs shake more.
 
You remember the tiny tissue that you blew your nose on yesterday - the one that's still in your purse. (Oh yeah, the purse around your neck, that now, you have to hold up trying not to strangle yourself at the same time). That will have to do. You crumple it in the puffiestway possible. It's still  smaller than your thumbnail.
 
Someone pushes your door open because the latch doesn't work.
  
The door hits your purse, which is hanging around your neck in front of your chest, and you and your purse topple backward against the tank of the toilet.
  
"Occupied!" you scream, as you reach for the door, dropping your precious, tiny, crumpled tissue in a puddle on the floor, lose your footing altogether, and slide down directly onto the TOILET SEAT.
  
It is wet of course.
  
You bolt up, knowing all too well that it's too late. Your bare bottom has made contact with every imaginable germ and life form on the uncovered seat
because YOU never laid down toilet paper - not that there was any, even if you had taken time to try..
You know that your mother would be utterly appalled if she knew, because, you're certain her bare bottom
never touched a public toilet seat because, frankly,
dear, "You just don't KNOW what kind of
diseases you could get".

By this time, the automatic sensor on the back of the toilet is so confused that it flushes, propelling a stream of water like a fire hose against the inside of the bowl that sprays a fine mist of water that covers your butt and runs down your legs and into your shoes.

The flush somehow sucks everything down with such force that you grab onto the empty toilet paper dispenser for fear of being
dragged in too.  At this point, you give up. You're soaked by the spewing water and the wet toilet seat.

You're e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d.

You try to wipe with a gum wrapper you found in your pocket and then slink out inconspicuously to the
sinks.
You can't figure out how to operate the faucets with the automatic sensors, .....so you wipe your hands with spit and a dry paper towel and walk past the line of women still waiting.

You are no longer able to smile politely to them.

A kind soul at the very end of the line points out a piece of toilet paper trailing from your shoe.
(Where was that when you NEEDED  it??) You yank the paper from your shoe, plunk
it in the woman's hand and tell her warmly,
"Here, you just might need this".
As you exit, you spot your hubby, who has long since entered, used, and left the men's restroom.

Annoyed, he asks,
"What took you so long, and why is your purse hanging around your neck?" .................
This is dedicated to women everywhere who deal with a public restrooms
(rest??? you've GOT to be kidding!!). It finally explains to the men what really does take us so long. It also answers their other commonly asked questions about why women go to the restroom in pairs. It's so the other gal can hold the door, hang onto your purse, and hand you Kleenex under the door!

Send this to all women that understand what bonding in the bathroom is all about!

A Friend Is Like A Good Bra....

Hard to Find....
Supportive....
Comfortable ...

Always Lifts You Up...

Never Lets You Down, or Leaves You Hanging,
And Is Always Close To Your Heart!!!

Share with anyone who needs a good laugh!


 

Courtesy of Malaysian Scandal


Skodeng Camera Zoom Up To 10KM

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 05:11 AM PST

Kamera boleh zoom sejauh 10km.

 


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


والصلاة والسلام على اشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين


 


الكارثة قادمة


 

نشرت صحيفة الشرق الأوسط قبل يومين

انواع جديدة من الدرابيل

والتي أُدمجت فيها كاميرات تعمل بطريقة الدجيتال

وسوف تصل الأسواق السعودية الشهر القادم


 


وهذه والله مصيبة كبيرة وكارثة

 حيث هذه الدرابيل تحتوي على كاميرات

وتقرب المسافات البعيدة

والتي تبعد من عنك مسافة 10 كيلوا متر

وكانها امامك على بعد متر واحد بقمة الصفاوة والدقة

 


وضررها هنا اشد من كاميرات الجوال

 وتستخدم هذه الكاميرات

للتصوير كفيدوا او للتصوير كصورة عادية في الأماكن المفتوحة

و بالطبع سوف يستخدمها ضعاف النفو

 في تصوير العوائلبالمنتزهات


 

وحيث انها يمكن استخدمها على مسافات بعيدة

فلا يمكن كشف ضعاف النفوس اذا ما سولت له نفسة بتصوير العوائل


........ God forbid ........

Afore 10 km mean watch out for Ohalikm
 



In the name of God the Merciful


And prayers and peace be upon His Prophets and Messengers



The disaster to come



Published two days before the Middle East

New types of Aldrabil

And incorporated in a way that Digital cameras

And will reach the market next month, Saudi Arabia



This is God's great misfortune and disaster


Where these Aldrabil contain cameras

And bring long-distance

, Which lies about you from a distance of 10 km away

And as if sitting on a one meter summit Elsafaop and precision


And harm are the most mobile phone cameras


And use these cameras

Camera Kfedoa or to portray an image common in open places


And of course will be used by visually Alnfo

To portray Families parks



And where it can be used at a distance Can not be revealed if the weak souls Salt has the same photograph of the families


Courtesy of Malaysian Scandal


Mansaf ... Jordanian National Food

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 05:11 AM PST

Mansaf makanan kebangsaan dari Jordan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mansaf

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

 

بدايه لا بد منها ولا يستغنى عنها :



 
 



 


 


 


الصورة التاليه شغل جلطات وتسكير شرايين J




أكثر قطع اللحم جاذبيه على الإطلاق:


منسف حضاري(عبدون)



المنسف المتكامل (الفل أوبشن) أقوى سدر منسف على الإطلاق:



حتى الأجواء الرومانسيه لا تخلو من المنسف:


لقطه جانبيه خلابه لسدر منسف في غاية الروعه والجمال:


كيف هالصور على الصبح تفتح النفس  

وصحتين وعافية



 


 



 


Next image filling strokes and Tseker arteries J


 
 
More attractive pieces of meat at all:

 


Mansaf civilized (Abdoun)

 
 
Mansaf integrated (Jasmine أوبشن) and Oq j Sidr Mansaf at all:



Even romantic atmosphere is not without Mansaf:


Love the side views of the Sidr Mansaf very magnificence and beauty:


How Halsour morning to open self -

And Sahteyn and well-being



Courtesy of Malaysian Scandal


Zul walks out of PKR disciplinary board

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 03:21 AM PST

Maverick party leader Zulkifli Noordin today walked out of the PKR disciplinary board meeting in protest of the presence of non-Muslims on the panel. Zulkifli said that the panel should be all Muslim because one of the charges he faced is related to the 'Allah' issue. His demand for an all-Muslim panel was rejected by the panel members. He subsequently walked out of the meeting. According to him, the panel was made up of one Muslim, two Christians and one Hindu.
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