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- Khalid bewildered over councillor probe 'leak'
- Cow head Protesters gets away with very light punishment
- Requests To Upgrade Infrastructure In Batu Uban
- 'I only dance for you' - Documentary
- Exams/no-exams/wtv. Critical minds ftw!
- In support of Zunar, cartoons & PAS Chempaka
- MANJIT SINGH BANGGALI BASTARD
- God help these nincompoops who are unclear of their duties
- FDI Plunge: Unctad’s data for Malaysia is wrong
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- Expose the lies perpetrated by the MSM
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 07:00 AM PDT
By Stanley Koh
The unexpected bereavement of Selangor's BN government in 2008 bewildered many ambitious members of the coalition. The shock threw them off balance. It dazed and confused them as they tried to figure out what the future held in store for BN and, especially, for their individual selves.
A biologist with a local university reported in 2005 that eight lakes and 11 rivers in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur had alarmingly high levels of pollutants caused by effluents from livestock farms and pharmaceutical industries.
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 12:40 PM PDT
TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010
The damage is already done. Due to witness and prosecution involvement, the case will be viewed as a miscarriage of justice and must be thrown out -it will proceed until DSAI is removed forever.readmoreatest updated Farah Azlina Binti Latif,
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail told reporters today that the junior prosecutor was removed to prevent negative public perception of the Sodomy II prosecution team.
In the run-up to Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial, his lawyers including senior counsel Sivarasa Rasiah had warned that in the end the government would try to nail the Opposition Leader based on fabricated DNA evidence.
And it looks like they may have guessed correctly.
On Thursday, lead prosecutor Mohd Yusof Zainal Abidin managed to get Dr Mohd Razali Ibrahim, one of three HKL doctors who examined complainant Saiful Bukhari Azlan, to stun the Court by agreeing that there was anal penetration.
"With all these reports I have now, there is evidence of penetration even without clinical injuries found on the complainant," Mohd Razali said.
No, he did not reverse or overturn his own HKL medical report, which in fact, he stood by. Corroborated by two colleagues, the report had stated there were no conclusive clinical findings suggesting there was penetration of the anus nor were there any significant defensive wound on the complainant's body.
A second medical report from Hospital Pusrawi also came to the same conclusion. Why then did Dr Mohd Razali, who has handled more than 100 cases involving the anal area, tell the Court that he "would say there was penile penetration"?
Malaysia Chronicle spoke to Sivarasa who explained that it was because Mohd Razali was making an inference based on the Chemistry Department's report and not from his own direct evidence, which is the HKL medical report.
"Mohd Razali has no right to make such an inference as it is outside his scope. He is responsible only for his own medical examination and report, which he has confirmed. He stands by the HKL report which states very clearly there were no signs of penetration," Sivarasa said.
"But based on the Chemistry Department's report of having found semen on the swabs, Dr Mohd Razali put two and two together and now he claims there was penetration. Obviously, we will ask the Court to reject this inference and focus on the doctor's direct evidence, which I repeat is the HKL medical report.
"The chemistry report is none of his business. It is the Chemistry Department which is responsible for the identification of the semen and DNA samples and not the Dr Mohd Razali. Any inference on this aspect should come from the Chemistry Department as it is their direct evidence, not Razali's."
During Anwar's first sodomy trial in 1998, the Chemistry Department found semen on a mattress but the findings were so weak that during cross-examination, its testimony was discredited and had to be rejected by the Court.
Dr Mohd Razali will be cross-examined by the defense soon, while the Chemistry Department has yet to testify.
Nevertheless, the doctor's sensational testimony has stirred up a media storm with the mainstream media quick to insinuate that the medical evidence did indeed show penetration.
"Not true at all. As I said, Razali actually confirmed the HKL medical report that there was no evidence of penetration. He only deduced there was penetration when he was asked by the prosecutor to take into account the Chemistry Department's report and he should not do that," Sivarasa said.
Karpal had wanted more time for preparation in light of Dr Razali's testimony today.
Another lawyer, Sankara Nair, agreed with this.
"This is an ambush, unprofessional prosecution. I want time. What the doctor has said just now is merely an assumption during examination-in-chief.
"He is just a general surgeon. He says he's seen many [posteriors], [it] doesn't make him an expert. We will ask him why he didn't know (about the swab samples)," said Sankara.
Anwar claimed "two or three semen samples" were found on Saiful.But Anwar said he was not surprised by the doctor's testimony.
The Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader claimed that there were "two or three semen samples" found on Saiful, but did not elaborate any further.
"The question is, whose semen is this? You'd be surprised to know whose semen is it from," said Anwar.
Earlier on in court, Karpal claimed that Anwar was in unit 11-5-2 of the Desa Damansara Condominium during the time of the alleged sodomy, not in 11-5-1 as Saiful had claimed.
This did not sit well with Saiful, who insisted that Anwar was with him in unit 11-5-1 at the time.
"No, your honour, it's not true," said Saiful.
Karpal also stressed that this would be the defence team's strategy.
"Our defence is alibi," said Karpal.
Anwar, the 62-year-old PKR de facto leader, is charged with sodomising Saiful at Unit 11-5-1 of the Desa Damansara Condominium in Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara here between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.
The former deputy prime minister has denied the charge, describing it as "evil, frivolous lies by those in power"
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail told reporters today that the junior prosecutor was removed to prevent negative public perception of the Sodomy II prosecution team.
THE WEEK THAT WAS HERE
Queensland University political scientist David Martin Jones, currently working in Malaysia, says: "There is now an interesting collection of scandals dating from the first Anwar case in 1998 that coincides with the fragmentation of Umno-controlled politics."
"For the second time," Danby said, "the Malaysian legal system is being manipulated by supporters of the incumbent government to drive Malaysia's best-known leader, Anwar Ibrahim, out of national politics.
"For the second time, documents are being forged, witnesses are being coerced, and evidence is being fabricated. This trial, like the first trial, is a disgrace to Malaysia, a country that aspires to democratic norms."
Why do so many successful and beautiful women end up so fragile and brittle? Especially those who have not managed to move into the seemingly safe zone of marriage and family before their shelf life expires …
In Women Who Run With the Wolves, the writer Clarissa Pinkola Estes describes the concept of 'hambre del alma' or the starved soul. She explains that sometimes soul-starvation can come from the environment – a woman finds herself in a culture that does not quite support her, feeling always that she is in some way alone and different.
Surprising factors come into play when you are looking for a mate, we find
What does attraction really depend on? What makes you get attracted to a guy/girl you do not know? Experts say that attraction depends on the play of chemicals in our mind and on the kind of visual imagery presented to us, among other things. We found a few fun factors…
Fragrance really plays a big part when it comes to attraction and your nose can actually be a part of your foreplay. Experts say women should opt for a blend of lavender or something floral, while men should go for a fragrance with hints of musk.
The right period
Women are not attracted to the same kind of guys all the time. One week it may be the muscular physique that drives you wild, while the next week you probably have the hots for the slim guy next door. According to psychologist Seema Hingorrany, "Hormones play a major role in how a woman feels at any given time. When a woman is ovulating, she may prefer men with extremely masculine features. During this period, the sexual desire is usually very high. Meanwhile, menstruating women want men with softer, more feminine looks who seem kinder and more cooperative." Psychologist Shilpa Raheja adds, "The hormones at this time of the month makes the woman feel vulnerable, emotional and they therefore want someone who is empathetic and understanding."
Lady in red
You do not need to hear Chris de Burgh croon Lady in red… to figure out what this colour means to men. They are apparently influenced by cultural symbols that associate the colour with romance and sex. According to social psychologists, red may be 'the' colour men are attracted to. After all, the behind of some animals turn red when they are ready to mate! Seema adds, "Association comes into play here. Red is associated with 'sexy'. It is considered a bright and attractive colour that elevates your moods."
This is an easy one. Body language experts have declared that mirroring your actions definitely proves that the person is subconsciously attracted to you. Subtle gestures like he/she is sitting the same way as you are, moving their hands in the same way and leaning their heads in the same direction are giveaways that the person likes you. Seema says, "One usually mirrors gestures of people they are attracted to and when someone subconsciously picks up gestures, they are probably just trying to get accepted."
Mommy is the best
Men look for nurturance in their relationships. And that is the reason why some men, unknowingly, look for someone who is similar to their mother in some way. Seema says, "I have had clients who have told me about how they fall for women who have eyes like their mother or hair like their mother. Our brain forms associations and men sometimes expect the same nurturance from their wife or girlfriend."
Be belly sure
Body language experts say that when you are attracted to someone, your whole attitude reflects that. One giveaway is that a man subconsciously positions his belly button toward the woman in the room he is most attracted to – even if he's speaking with someone else.
Touch me, touch me
If a guy touches you five times in the 15 minutes he is with you, then you are totally in! Psychologists say that a man usually finds excuses to touch you in order to see how you react. The way you respond will give him a hint of whether he is accepted or should back off.
Under Viveka Babajee's awful suicide lies a larger story, an ongoing hazy nightmare filled with phantom wolves and women running with them, sometimes towards them. The question is, why do so many successful, beautiful, competent women end up so fragile and brittle? And why is there such a discrepancy between their external and internal worlds? While the disconnect may be more amplified in show business, it doesn't stop there. Clearly, there is something disturbing in the way society treats and perceives women – and in the way women perceive themselves, especially those who have not managed to move into the seemingly safe zone of marriage and family before their shelf life expires.
As a Mumbai socialite drily puts it, "At the end of the day, every one is looking for love, no matter how successful. Every woman needs to become a desperate housewife before she becomes desperate." Show business has serially spawned divas who have ended up lonely, miserable and even mentally unstable. Way back in the 1900s,a maverick singer called Gauhar Jaan – the first woman to have ever been recorded and one who could command any price, including a whimsical demand that an entire train be booked for her entourage – ended her career impoverished, after being brutally cheated by the man she loved.
The Hindi film world has numerous examples of gorgeous women who walked into sunset boulevard, suddenly bereft of trappings and, above all, of love. Meena Kumari drank herself to death; Madhubala ended up as a reclusive mystery woman; Suraiya became a creaking chandelier who would wear kilos of make-up and jewels right to the end. Sadhana closeted herself and refused to take a lifetime achievement award because she said she wanted her fans to remember her the way she was. And no one can forget how Zeenat Aman allowed herself to be brutally mishandled by the men she loved.
As film critic and director Khalid Mohamed says, "From what I've seen, over the decades in the film and modelling world, women are always secondary citizens. Some make a breakthrough using their beauty and sexuality, but they are always conscious that they have a limited shelf life compared with their male counterparts. Some cling on with the hope that they will continue to be popular. Others look for marriage, and if it doesn't work, things go terribly wrong."
Psychiatrist Dr Ashit Sheth explains the peculiar fragility of women who are viewed as sex objects: "This kind of woman desperately
wants to be understood internally. The fear of being abandoned by society and losing whatever she has created so far is very strong. I see this among air hostesses these days. Because, when they join the airline, their world changes so dramatically. In the end, emotional needs are felt by every body – whether you are a dog or a human being."
But does this vulnerability stop at showbiz or does it extend to women across the board? Activist and publisher of Zubaan Books, Urvashi Butalia suggests that whether she is a corporate executive, a model, or a village panchayat head, a woman usually has to pay a deep personal cost for success; she is often forced to make a choice between her career and family. The tragedy is that she can't seem to have both. "I have no doubt that the hollowness of success at the cost of all other things hits men also, but it hits women very differently," says Butalia. And that is, perhaps, where the "soul-starvation" comes in. "When the image in the mirror – of beauty, success or talent – doesn't match the image inside, you have the breeding ground for vulnerability," says literary critic and writer Nilanjana Roy. "Many of the great women writers had this: not so much a fragility as the lack of an extra skin, coupled with an abnormal sensitivity to their environments. I think of writers like Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf; all of them struggled and often overcame their tendencies to depression, learned to use their insecurities and fragilities as material, but in the end were brought down by this."
Roy questions the prevailing culture "which insists that the beautiful and the successful should be placed under the burden of also having to be flawless – why they can't always ask for or get the help and support they need. We still live in a society where it's considered a sign of weakness to ask for help, or to admit to having problems; the surface counts for more than what's going on inside, and that burden is doubled for the beautiful and the successful."
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 11:16 AM PDT
Forcing every man jack in Selangor to pay RM3 to fund Politically motivated channels of mass communication is probably one of the most un-democratic thing that an administration can do. Even in the USSR and Communist China they never imposed a propaganda levy.
TV Selangor and Selangor Kini, the print version of the Pakatan Government's propaganda machinery is neither necessary nor relevant to the daily life of Selangor folk. Millions of us never tune in to these channels of mass propaganda.
It is unconstitutional to force people to pay for a service that they did not ask for and do not need and has no greater importance than political one-upsman ship.
The New Straits Times is a business entity, it survives on its wits, Fox news is a business entity and survives on its ability to generate profit, Asahi Shinbun is a commercial operation that relies on privately raised revenue.
This decision by Khalid Ibrahim is most welcomed by those who do not like him because it is the political equivalent of pulling the trigger of a Magnum on your own pedal extremities.
I am sure that even those who are ahrdcore supporters of Pakatan would balk at the thought of being force-fed information through a state-wide distributed rag called Selangor Kini.
No Government in the world, not even those in Communist USSR and China had the gall to force the people to pay for party propaganda, they provided it free...
If Pakatan wants to provide it free, then by all means, i can use a few extra pages of old newspaper to line the cat litter or to soak up kitchen mess but if you force me to pay 75 sen per week for the benefit of a political party then that is just wrong...
A Menteri Besar who is not recognised by the peole only has himself to be blamed, he is probably not doing a good job, if he is people would know him...like people still remember Mat Taib.
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 08:03 AM PDT
Majoritas rakyat terkejut dengan laporan Bangsa2 Bersatu yang terbaru. Buat pertama kali, kemasukan pelaburan asing ke Malaysia tinggi sedikit dari Timur Leste, Myammar dan Cambodia. Buat pertama kali dalam sejarah, kemasukan pelabur asing lebih tinggi di Filipina dari Malaysia.
Banyak sebab kita boleh sebut, tetapi keadaan kehakiman Malaysia yang tidak diyakini kebebasannya. Kes Liwat 2 Anwar Ibrahim menunjukkan betapa jahanamnya institusi kehakiman dan keadilan di Malaysia.
Bagaimana hakim boleh membiarkan kes Liwat 2 ini berjalan sedangkan sudah ada dua laporan kesihatan yang menafikan Saiful Al KAzzab diliwat? Juga, pihak pendakwaraya membuat pendakwaan yang bersalahan dengan kenyataan Saiful sendiri yakni beliau dipaksa untuk diliwat dan banyak lagi.
Sekirannya sistem kehakiman Malaysia tidak jauh beza dengan kehakiman di Myammar, Cambodia dan Uganda, maka tiada pelabur mahu terus melabur jutaan ringgit di sebuah negara sebegini.
Tidak hairanlah semakin lama semakin banyak pelaburan asing ditarik keluar dari Malaysia. Apabila mahkamah Malaysia tidak jauh bezanya dengan sarang pelacuran, hanya orang yang tidak siuman sahaja yang mahu terus melabur di Malaysia.
Kalau terus UMNO memerintah, maka selepas ini FDI di Malaysia hanya dapat digambar dengan Timor Leste dan Myammar.
Ini kita belum bincang pasal korupsi lagi ni. Tetapi ikutilah atu komen yang saya kutip dari Malaysianinsider:
sreejit · 6 hours ago
MARI KITA HUMBAN UMNOCO/BN KE LAUT CINA SELATAN
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 05:30 AM PDT
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 06:19 AM PDT
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 11:39 PM PDT
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 04:30 AM PDT
It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.
Good gracious. TMI:
Sigh, as if we didn't have enough gossip already.
I paid little to no attention to this issue when it broke a few days ago, but I'm a little shocked at the development.
It's very simple, to my mind. If Farah Azlina is innocent, wtf is the AG doing taking her off the case?
In this country, you can steal billions, you can literally get caught with your pants down, and still stand in the highest offices of the land with a straight face.
I mean. The poor girl. She must feel like everyone thinks she's some kind of ho.
And in her time of crisis, what does the AG do? Throw her to the wolves.
Just the kind of employer you'd like right? It seems he's not keen on dishing out the same kind of rewards he himself enjoyed for his 'service' way back in Sodomy I.
And wtf is up with this Saiful guy anyway? I'm the last person qualified to make any kind of moral judgment, but under the circumstances, that's really kinda sketch.
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 03:03 AM PDT
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 03:01 AM PDT
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 03:56 AM PDT
Today's news just piss me off!! Not that I am surprise! This act of stupidity 11 months ago was rumoured to have been instigated by UMNO goons! And as such nobody really expected them to be punish by our Malaysian courts!
What we are sad about is that today, we were proven right!
The Cow Head protesters got away with very light punishment!!!
The 12 protesters involved in the infamous cow-head protest last year were ONLY fined RM1,000 each by the Shah Alam Sessions court today, after pleading guilty to an alternative charge of taking part in an illegal assembly.
Four of them however were granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal from additional sedition charges by judge Hasbi Hasan, after the prosecution decided not to pursue the case.
The four maintained their innocence and were supposed to go through separate trials to hear their cases related to the desecration of the cow-head - deemed offensive to Hindus.
But deputy public prosecutor Ishak Mohd Yusoff told reporters after today's trial that they decided not to submit further evidence in both cases as two other protesters, Eyzva Ezhar Ramli, 32, and Mohd Azmir Mohd Zain, 36, had already plead guilty to similar charges.
The group looked visibly relieved when Hasbi read out her judgment, though Eyzva and Azmir appeared expressionless, given the additional punishment meted out to them.
The 12 nevertheless proceeded to congratulate one another and their lawyers at the end of the trial, clearly happy that the whole affair had ended.
The group were initially charged under Section 27(5A) of the Police Act 1967, but were offered an alternative charge under Section 143 of the Penal Code which carries a lower penalty of six months' jail or fine.
(The penalty under Section 27 carries a jail sentence of between two and 10 years and a fine of not more than RM10,000.)
The cow-head protest sparked a nationwide outcry against the offensive display, with a total of 98 police reports lodged across the country against the protest.THIS IS BULLSHIT LAH!
If you demonstrate for Anwar Ibrahim you will be beaten up, shot with tear gas and water hose and lock-up for 2 weeks before you even get your day in court....If you even get to court alive and not thrown into ISA instead.
But demonstrate for UMNO and you will get an audience with the Home Minister Kerishamoodin!!!
This is really BULLSHIT!
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 02:28 AM PDT
By the Administrator
The MPPP has stepped up its effort to improve the infrastructure in Batu Uban. The area consists of lower income groups who need special attention which have been lacking all this while.
Last week, I went with Council officers and some local residents to visit the area. Some complained over the sloppy works of the Water and Irrigation Department which was supposed to alleviate flood but caused more serious flood in the area instead. Some complained over neglected cleansing and maintenance of public drains and roads.
I have passed the necessary information to the government departments and agencies concerned and will follow up on it.
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 11:29 PM PDT
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 08:02 PM PDT
When it rains stuff to blog about, it pours.
I just had a thought about this UPSR, PMR debate.
YB Tony posted some facts about studies that show that kids with major exams like these do better academically. Well and good I suppose.
But it strikes me: what's the big deal? Exam, no exam.
I think many agree that the problem is our kids aren't being given the right environment to build critical minds – the sharp, agile, burning-curiousity type of minds that all world-changers have.
Keep the exams, scrap the exams, whatever. Shouldn't we be discussing how to build those kinds of minds instead?
Some thoughts at The Nutgraph.
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 10:40 PM PDT
Wanted to give as much support as I can to Zunar and Malaysiakini, who are challenging the ban of their books in court.
I think a major reason they've come down so unreasonably hard on these guys is because comics are truly powerful tools of communication.
See how effectively and instantly they put a message across? I love it.
I was fortunate enough to be invited by YB Iskandar via YB Eli to do a short sharing with PAS Chempaka on political communication last night, which I enjoyed immensely. Comics were one of the tools I touted as effective and underused.
Terima kasih atas jemputan!
Zunar has helped nurture a full-on cadre/generation of cartoonists, and I do hope they keep up the good work :)
ps- Was happy to get a comment from Patrick Saw, whose iconic T-shirts are truly a familiar sight to many :) Encouraged by the strength of his support! His famous shirts:
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Posted: 26 Jul 2010 10:06 PM PDT
"banggali (Manjit Singh) mabok,bodoh macam (Raja) petra...perangai babi macam anwar (Ibrahim) !"
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 01:37 PM PDT
From Francis YM, via e-mail
All this while only Alliance and next, the Barisan National were ruling all the states except for Kelantan (the last several years).
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 01:34 PM PDT
From Calvin Sankaran, via e-mail
Predictably these supporters and leaders had swooped upon this FDI issue like a gaggle of vultures and tried pin the blame squarely on the federal government's shoulders. Reading some of these over the top, irrational and alarmist comments, one would conclude that the county is heading for the Armageddon and has no hope whatsoever for the future.
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 01:30 PM PDT
From Ariel, via e-mail
The absurd part was my coursework marks were way too high for me to fail because it was beyond the set passing mark.
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 01:28 PM PDT
From Kleng Soo, via e-mail
Sometimes, it is misleading for the MSM to announce 'the state government' when if fact, it was the previous state government being referred to.
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