Sunday, September 12, 2010

Millions of parents try a kind of psychological witchcraft effective approaches to learning

Millions of parents try a kind of psychological witchcraft effective approaches to learning


Millions of parents try a kind of psychological witchcraft effective approaches to learning

Posted: 12 Sep 2010 03:12 PM PDT

Millions of parents try a kind of psychological witchcraft, to transform their summer-glazed campers into fall students, their video-bugs into bookworms. Advice is cheap and all too familiar: Clear a quiet work space. Stick to a homework schedule. Set goals. Set boundaries. Do not bribe (except in emergencies).
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And check out the classroom. Does Junior's learning style match the new teacher's approach? Or the school's philosophy? Maybe the child isn't "a good fit" for the school.
Such theories have developed in part because of sketchy education research that doesn't offer clear guidance. Student traits and teaching styles surely interact; so do personalities and at-home rules. The trouble is, no one can predict how.
Yet there are effective approaches to learning, at least for those who are motivated. In recent years, cognitive scientists have shown that a few simple techniques can reliably improve what matters most: how much a student learns from studying.
The findings can help anyone, from a fourth grader doing long division to a retiree taking on a new language. But they directly contradict much of the common wisdom about good study habits, and they have not caught on.
For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting, rather than focusing intensely on a single thing.
"We have known these principles for some time, and it's intriguing that schools don't pick them up, or that people don't learn them by trial and error," said Robert A. Bjork, a psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Instead, we walk around with all sorts of unexamined beliefs about what works that are mistaken."
Take the notion that children have specific learning styles, that some are "visual learners" and others are auditory; some are "left-brain" students, others "right-brain." In a recent review of the relevant research, published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a team of psychologists found almost zero support for such ideas. "The contrast between the enormous popularity of the learning-styles approach within education and the lack of credible evidence for its utility is, in our opinion, striking and disturbing," the researchers concluded.
Ditto for teaching styles, researchers say. Some excellent instructors caper in front of the blackboard like summer-theater Falstaffs; others are reserved to the point of shyness. "We have yet to identify the common threads between teachers who create a constructive learning atmosphere," said Daniel T. Willingham, a psychologist at the University of Virginia and author of the book "Why Don't Students Like School?"
But individual learning is another matter, and psychologists have discovered that some of the most hallowed advice on study habits is flat wrong. For instance, many study skills courses insist that students find a specific place, a study room or a quiet corner of the library, to take their work. The research finds just the opposite. In one classic 1978 experiment, psychologists found that college students who studied a list of 40 vocabulary words in two different rooms — one windowless and cluttered, the other modern, with a view on a courtyard — did far better on a test than students who studied the words twice, in the same room. Later studies have confirmed the finding, for a variety of topics.
The brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time, the authors say, regardless of whether those perceptions are conscious. It colors the terms of the Versailles Treaty with the wasted fluorescent glow of the dorm study room, say; or the elements of the Marshall Plan with the jade-curtain shade of the willow tree in the backyard. Forcing the brain to make multiple associations with the same material may, in effect, give that information more neural scaffolding.
"What we think is happening here is that, when the outside context is varied, the information is enriched, and this slows down forgetting," said Dr. Bjork, the senior author of the two-room experiment.
Varying the type of material studied in a single sitting — alternating, for example, among vocabulary, reading and speaking in a new language — seems to leave a deeper impression on the brain than does concentrating on just one skill at a time. Musicians have known this for years, and their practice sessions often include a mix of scales, musical pieces and rhythmic work. Many athletes, too, routinely mix their workouts with strength, speed and skill drills.
The advantages of this approach to studying can be striking, in some topic areas. In a study recently posted online by the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, Doug Rohrer and Kelli Taylor of the University of South Florida taught a group of fourth graders four equations, each to calculate a different dimension of a prism. Half of the children learned by studying repeated examples of one equation, say, calculating the number of prism faces when given the number of sides at the base, then moving on to the next type of calculation, studying repeated examples of that. The other half studied mixed problem sets, which included examples of all four types of calculations grouped together. Both groups solved sample problems along the way, as they studied.
A day later, the researchers gave all of the students a test on the material, presenting new problems of the same type. The children who had studied mixed sets did twice as well as the others, outscoring them 77 percent to 38 percent. The researchers have found the same in experiments involving adults and younger children.
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"When students see a list of problems, all of the same kind, they know the strategy to use before they even read the problem," said Dr. Rohrer. "That's like riding a bike with training wheels." With mixed practice, he added, "each problem is different from the last one, which means kids must learn how to choose the appropriate procedure — just like they had to do on the test."
These findings extend well beyond math, even to aesthetic intuitive learning. In an experiment published last month in the journal Psychology and Aging, researchers found that college students and adults of retirement age were better able to distinguish the painting styles of 12 unfamiliar artists after viewing mixed collections (assortments, including works from all 12) than after viewing a dozen works from one artist, all together, then moving on to the next painter.
The finding undermines the common assumption that intensive immersion is the best way to really master a particular genre, or type of creative work, said Nate Kornell, a psychologist at Williams College and the lead author of the study. "What seems to be happening in this case is that the brain is picking up deeper patterns when seeing assortments of paintings; it's picking up what's similar and what's different about them," often subconsciously.
Cognitive scientists do not deny that honest-to-goodness cramming can lead to a better grade on a given exam. But hurriedly jam-packing a brain is akin to speed-packing a cheap suitcase, as most students quickly learn — it holds its new load for a while, then most everything falls out.
"With many students, it's not like they can't remember the material" when they move to a more advanced class, said Henry L. Roediger III, a psychologist at Washington University in St. Louis. "It's like they've never seen it before."
When the neural suitcase is packed carefully and gradually, it holds its contents for far, far longer. An hour of study tonight, an hour on the weekend, another session a week from now: such so-called spacing improves later recall, without requiring students to put in more overall study effort or pay more attention, dozens of studies have found.
No one knows for sure why. It may be that the brain, when it revisits material at a later time, has to relearn some of what it has absorbed before adding new stuff — and that that process is itself self-reinforcing.
"The idea is that forgetting is the friend of learning," said Dr. Kornell. "When you forget something, it allows you to relearn, and do so effectively, the next time you see it."
That's one reason cognitive scientists see testing itself — or practice tests and quizzes — as a powerful tool of learning, rather than merely assessment. The process of retrieving an idea is not like pulling a book from a shelf; it seems to fundamentally alter the way the information is subsequently stored, making it far more accessible in the future.
Dr. Roediger uses the analogy of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle in physics, which holds that the act of measuring a property of a particle (position, for example) reduces the accuracy with which you can know another property (momentum, for example): "Testing not only measures knowledge but changes it," he says — and, happily, in the direction of more certainty, not less.
In one of his own experiments, Dr. Roediger and Jeffrey Karpicke, also of Washington University, had college students study science passages from a reading comprehension test, in short study periods. When students studied the same material twice, in back-to-back sessions, they did very well on a test given immediately afterward, then began to forget the material.
But if they studied the passage just once and did a practice test in the second session, they did very well on one test two days later, and another given a week later.
"Testing has such bad connotation; people think of standardized testing or teaching to the test," Dr. Roediger said. "Maybe we need to call it something else, but this is one of the most powerful learning tools we have."
Of course, one reason the thought of testing tightens people's stomachs is that tests are so often hard. Paradoxically, it is just this difficulty that makes them such effective study tools, research suggests. The harder it is to remember something, the harder it is to later forget. This effect, which researchers call "desirable difficulty," is evident in daily life. The name of the actor who played Linc in "The Mod Squad"? Francie's brother in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"? The name of the co-discoverer, with Newton, of calculus?
The more mental sweat it takes to dig it out, the more securely it will be subsequently anchored.
None of which is to suggest that these techniques — alternating study environments, mixing content, spacing study sessions, self-testing or all the above — will turn a grade-A slacker into a grade-A student. Motivation matters. So do impressing friends, making the hockey team and finding the nerve to text the cute student in social studies.
"In lab experiments, you're able to control for all factors except the one you're studying," said Dr. Willingham. "Not true in the classroom, in real life. All of these things are interacting at the same time."
But at the very least, the cognitive techniques give parents and students, young and old, something many did not have before: a study plan based on evidence, not schoolyard folk wisdom, or empty theorizing.


UMNO Rompak FELDA, MAS, PLUS, PROTON..... PETRONAS???

Posted: 12 Sep 2010 03:04 PM PDT

Affidavit Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli banyak membuka mata rakyat. Tan Sri Tajuddin memberitahu bahawa wang MAS sebanyak RM600 juta lesap kerana beliau diarahkan UMNO untuk merompak wang tersebut untuk UMNO. Tidak cukup dengan wang tersebut, MAS juga telah berhutang RM8 billion. Tan Sri Tajuddin juga menyatakan kehilangan wang MAS tersebut dilakukan oleh beliau atas arahan Presiden UMNO dan UMNO. Apa pun, sudahlah MAS hilang RM600 juta, duit rakyat digunakan untuk menampung kerugian MAS sebanyak RM8 billion selepas krisis kewangan 1997.

FELDA, PLUS, PROTON...

Kita baru sahaja tahu lebih RM2.7billion (atau RM8 billion) wang FELDA lesap dirompak oleh UMNO. Kononnya untuk tanam semula, tapi Guthrie dan Sime Darby pun tanam semula juga dengan kos yang berkali ganda lebih murah.

Lepas tu apa sebab bangunan FELDA boleh jadi begitu mahal macam tu? Apa untung peneroka FELDA dengan sebuah lagi bangunan di tengah-tengah Kuala Lumpur. Bukankah FELDA sudah ada bangunan di Segitiga Emas? Adakah peneroka-peneroka dari pendalaman Negeri Sembilan boleh tinggal di bangunan Felda yang baru setiap kali mereka melawat Kuala Lumpur.

MAlahan dari pengkajian MAlaysiawaves, bilangan pejabat yang kosong di Kuala Lumpur sudah pun tinggi. DEngan menambah lagi bilangan pejabat di Kuala Lumpur adalah langkah yang bakal membawa kerugian kepada FELDA.

Proton pula bukan sahaja wang rakyat dirompak (dalam bentuk subsidi) sebanyak RM13 billion, rakyat Malaysia sendiri di rompak. Yakni dengan terpaksa membayar RM40k lebih mahal dario harga pasaran setiap kereta yang dibeli oleh rakyat Malaysia.

Misalnya, sepatutnya Proton Wira cuma dijual dengan harga RM20k tapi rakyat Malaysia dipaksa UMNO untuk membelinya dengan harga RM60k.

PLUS: Malaysiawaves telah mendedahkan PLUS digunakan untuk menyelamatkan bangunan UMNO dari dilelong oleh bank.

PETRONAS

Dari pendedahan-pendedahan terbaru ini, saya tak berani nak bayangkan sudah berapa lori wang Petronas dirompak UMNO dan kroni-kroni mereka.

Bayangkanlah sendiri.

TUlang Besi




IMF showing its true colours again – this time it’s in flood-devastated Pakistan!

Posted: 12 Sep 2010 10:43 AM PDT

In his book "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" John Perkins states that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was "financed primarily by the United States and our sister empire builders in Europe. A symbiotic relationship developed between governments, corporations, and multinational organizations…. (which deal) in policies that promoted economic regulation, governmental financial manipulation, and the extensive application of fiscal policy…. No nation on earth has been able to resist the compelling magnetism of globalization. Few have been able to escape the 'structural adjustments' and 'conditionalities' of the World Bank, the IMF, or the arbitrations of the World Trade Organization … that determine what economic globalization means, what the rules are, and who is rewarded for submission and punished for infractions." 

This time Pakistan, which has been sold out by the country's elite, is ripe for end-game punishment. After the destructive flood (which is unnatural) has taken its toll, the IMF's dictate will further plunge the country into chasmic economic hardships and expected chaos. Typical handiwork of the perpetrators of the New World Order furthering their geopolitical agenda. Somehow North Korea, China and Russia also seem that much closer and within easier, striking distance.

The report below is from here.

IMF demands blood from flood-ravaged Pakistan

By Sampath Perera
September 10, 2010

Callously exploiting the humanitarian disaster caused by six weeks of flooding, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is spurning Pakistan's pleas for the release of funds under a 2008 loan agreement until Islamabad implements wrenching policy changes—changes that will further squeeze the incomes of the country's impoverished toilers.

Earlier this summer Pakistan was due to receive a $1.3 billion tranche from an IMF loan of $11.3 billion. But the IMF delayed release of the funds after Islamabad failed to meet various IMF performance targets.

Since then, more than 20 million people and 79 of Pakistan's 124 administrative districts have been affected by the Indus Valley floods.

The current government death toll of around 1,700 is low in comparison with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and last January's Haitian earthquake. But millions of hungry, homeless people remain at risk from disease and in many other respects the catastrophe in Pakistan dwarfs these tragedies.

Earlier this week, Maurizio Giuliano of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs described the floods as "one of the worst humanitarian disasters in UN history, in terms of the number of people that we have to assist and also the area covered."

According to Giuliano, at least 10 million people are currently without shelter. Much of the country's physical infrastructure—including an estimated 1,000 bridges and 4,000 kilometers of highway—has been destroyed and at least 23 percent of the country's late summer-fall harvest ruined.

Since the floods have yet to fully recede, particularly in the south of Sind, and household and business losses have only begun to be tabulated, estimates of the flood damage are bare approximations. But the current government estimate of $43 billion in losses is equal to about a quarter of Pakistan's annual GNP.

Moreover, the floods will have an enduring impact on Pakistan's economy, especially on the availability and cost of food and of cotton, which is vital to Pakistan's textile industry, its biggest export earner. And this occurs under conditions where even before the floods one in four Pakistanis or 45 million people were malnourished.

Last week, the credit rating agency Moody's Investor Service changed its outlook for Pakistan's five biggest banks from stable to negative, due to concerns that the banks will be undermined by nonperforming loans. Nondas Nicolaides, a senior analyst at Moody's, told the British Financial Times, "Mostly the agricultural and textiles sectors" will be damaged by the floods, "but we expect an indirect impact on the banking system going forward."

Under conditions of such an acute social and economic crisis Pakistani officials hoped the IMF could be convinced to relax its criteria for extending the sixth tranche of the 2008 loan. But when they met with IMF leaders in Washington for ten days at the end of August and the beginning of this month they were curtly rebuffed.

According to an account published in the September 8 Dawn, IMF authorities took "a very strong position" during the talks, affirming "that the IMF executive board would not be interested in considering Pakistan's request for more funds unless it made tangible progress" on implementing the IMF-dictated economic restructuring program.

The talks ended with IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn saying this publicly in almost as blunt terms.

Strauss-Kahn indicated that the Pakistani delegation, which was led by Finance Minster Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, had pledged to implement the IMF's diktats—including the elimination of energy price subsidies and the imposition of a general sales tax. But he said the IMF will not release a penny of the $2.6 billion remaining from the $11.3 billion loan negotiated in 2008 until Islamabad makes good on its pledge to implement the requisite reforms.

The IMF's Managing Director said the performance of Pakistan's government would be reviewed again at the end of the year to determine if the reforms had been carried out and only if they had been would a further tranche be transferred to Islamabad.

"Our dialogue with Pakistan on the current Standby Arrangement is progressing," said Strauss-Kahn, "and the authorities have expressed their intention to implement measures for the completion of the fifth review of the programme later this year."

"We will stay in close contact as these efforts proceed. Completion of the [IMF's] fifth review [targets] will allow the Fund to disburse an additional $1.7 billion."

The IMF's Managing Director did say that he would recommend to the IMF's executive board that it lend Pakistan $450 million from the Emergency Natural Disaster Assistance program to help Islamabad provide flood relief.

But with much of Pakistan in ruins—and about a third of the country's national budget already consumed by debt payments—this was, to say the least, cold comfort.

Strauss-Kahn's stance was seconded by the World Bank, which like the IMF is a US-led, western-dominated organization.

Speaking Sept. 1, following a meeting with Finance Minister Shaikh, World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick emphasized the need for Islamabad to implement pro-market reforms before all else. "We need," said Zoellick, "to respond strongly to the crisis at hand, but we need to do it without losing sight of important economic reforms."

He then went on to threaten the Pakistani government and the people of Pakistan, declaring "the response of donors to the floods will also depend on the government's ability to deliver in this area."

Relief to Pakistan's flooded millions thus constitutes for the imperialist financial institutions a bludgeon that they are wielding to press for market reforms that will facilitate profit-making by domestic and especially international capital.

Given the size and scope of the disaster, Pakistan has received little more than spoonfuls of aid from the world's governments. The World Bank, for its part, has made $1 billion available to Islamabad to finance immediate relief and long-term reconstruction. But all of this money has been rerouted from existing World Bank programs for Pakistan.

The reforms that the IMF and World Bank are demanding include:

  • The transformation of a General Sales Tax into a 15 percent Value Added Tax or VAT. The new tax will shift the burden of taxation from business to working people.
  • The complete elimination of energy price subsidies. Previously the government had committed to increase the cost of electricity by at least 25 percent in three phrases over 6 months beginning this October 1. (The World Bank and Asian Development Back estimated earlier this year that a 49 percent increase would be required to meet the government's pledge to end all electricity subsidies.)
  • Full autonomy for the country's central bank and the cessation of loans from the State Bank of Pakistan to the government.

The Pakistan Peoples Party-led coalition that forms Pakistan's government has repeatedly signed on to these and other rightwing policies, including stepped-up privatization. Before the IMF it again did so last week.

Following the Washington meeting, Finance Minster Shaikh declared, "I want to reaffirm the commitment of the government of Pakistan towards the economic reform program, which includes fiscal austerity; domestic resource mobilization; reform of governance structures, including public sector corporations; and an enabling environment for the private sector. We are committed to that program because that is the way to keep the recovery strong and to get back on the growth trajectory."

Pakistan's government realizes, however, that it is sitting atop a social powder keg. Hence its reluctance to carry through policy changes whose immediate impact will be to fuel inflation and depress economic output. The implementation of VAT has been repeatedly postponed and is now slated for Oct. 1 and recently the government cancelled the electricity price increase due next month.

Even before this summer's floods, Pakistan's newspapers were full of commentary about the threat of social unrest due to growing hunger and social inequality and the popular disaffection with a civilian government that has continued the basic policies of the US-backed military dictatorship that preceded it. This includes deepening collaboration with the US in waging war in Afghanistan and against Taliban-allied militias based among Pashtun tribesmen in the country's northwest.

The floodwaters that are ravaging the lives of millions of Pakistanis have also provided a searing exposure of the incompetence, indifference and corruption of the government and of the ruling elite as a whole, further stoking elite apprehension of a social upheaval.

But just as the Pakistani elite, in pursuit of its mercenary alliance with US imperialism, has been ready to plunge much of the country into civil war, so it will buckle under to the pressure of the IMF and World Bank and implement socially incendiary economic reforms in the months ahead.


Danger awaits Istana Mahkota Kelantan

Posted: 12 Sep 2010 10:33 AM PDT

Kelantan to install a new Sultan today (Sept 13)? I am not in the position to meddle in this but I saw the Sultan during a Hari Raya open house at the Istana Mahkota on Friday. He was recuperating fast and many agreed he was not in what was described by some quarters as being in a 'critical condition'.

However, I came across this statement by the Sultan's sister, Tengku Puan Sri Utama Tengku Merjan ibni Almarhum Tengku Yahya Petra who questions the legitimacy of the installation and its consequences to the Federal and State governments should the ceremony goes on.

I dont know how serious this matter is and how the Federal and State government should step in but the tone in which Tengku Merjan wrote was pointing at more miseries await Istana Mahkota...



'Bonsification' of the Malay mind

Posted: 12 Sep 2010 09:34 AM PDT

Renegade filmmaker, writer and columnist Hishamuddin Rais says the last 53 years of Independence have led to the 'bonsification' of the Malay mind.
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Be Careful Who You Call

Posted: 12 Sep 2010 10:06 AM PDT

A few months ago, we ordered pizza from Canadian Pizza. Being regular customers our contact information was on their database system.

I usually try to use such occasions to show Krystyn and JJ ways to handle telephone conversations with customer service personnel at the other end of the phoneline. To cut matters short, the person on the other end showed attitude and I put him in his place (without fuss nor profanities).

Fast forward almost the same number of months, on one Sunday I received 3 anonymous phonecalls at 4.00 am. The phonecall was obscene and the person threatened to kill me and all that shit. I merely laughed at him and he said he knew where I stay, etc. I was laughing because his mobile number was showing on my phone. I lodged a police report at the nearest station at 3.00 pm the same day. The Investigating Officer happened to be from King Edward VII School Taiping too! My alma mater. It was not the culprit's lucky day. He had picked the wrong guy to threaten!

By about 11.30 pm the same day, the culprit was already roped into the balai. Who says the PDRM is not doing its job? The offence is punishable with jail from 3-7 years. It turned out to be the Canadian Pizza guy a few months back! He had carried a grudge for that long and he said he was drunk when he called!

Two questions; (1) What does that make Canadian Pizza? (2) What do I do with the culprit (who is 26 years old); send him to jail for 3 years?

It suffices to say the culprit did not have a good two weeks until I decided what to do with him. I believe he learnt his lesson so I sent him to his temple to make 2 vows: (1) Never to repeat such stupidity and (2) Since he was to get married the following year; vow to be good to his wife and kids. I dropped the complaint.

What about Canadian Pizza? Well, what about Canadian Pizza.


Once upon a time tough guy


















"Tough guy" begging for mercy


Perbalahan UMNO/ PERKASA membunuh diri masing-masing.

Posted: 12 Sep 2010 10:26 AM PDT

Lanjutan kepada apa yang saya tulis dalam 'posting' saya semalam saya sukacita memberikan pandangan peribadi saya terhadap apa yang sedang berlaku diantara UMNO/BN dengan PERKASA.

Dengan selaran yang dilemparkan kepada PERKASA dan pemimpinnya Ibrahim Ali, dengan sendirinya PERKASA nampak sebagai satu NGO yang digeruni oleh BN dan UMNO.

Jika tidak geruni masakan PERKASA dijadikan 'target' selaran oleh pemimpin UMNO dan MCA. UMNO menunjukkan garangnya dengan kenyataan-kenyataan Ketua Pemudanya, Khairy yang tidak habis waktu dan masa membidas Ibrahim Ali dengan 'name calling' yang saya anggap keterlaluan datang dari seorang yang mempamirkan dirinya sebagai seorang pemimpin yang hebat.

Tindakkan pemimpin UMNO dan BN memutuskan untuk berputus arang dengan PERKASA sudah pasti memberi sumbangan yang bukan sedikit kepada kejatuhan UMNO dan seterusnya BN.

Masalahnya jika kesemua pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO bersatu untuk menjauhkan PERKASA, mungkin UMNO boleh memberikan 'consequence' yang 'negative' terhadap PERKASA, tetapi hakikatnya ada dikalangan pemimpin besar UMNO memainkan jari-jaru kecil mereka dengan memberikan sokongan sencara senyap-senyap kepada PERKASA; baik dari moral dan belanja penyelengaraan badan NGO yang berbau politik itu. Kos untuk bergerak untuk PERKASA bukannya kecil.

Tetapi untuk menyalahkan UMNO menyelar PERKASA juga tidak wajar kerana UMNO benar-benar terjejas dengan apa yang dilakukan oleh NGO itu. Akhirnya UMNO ditempatkan diposisi yang tersepit, tetapi UMNO sebagai sebuah parti tentulah terpaksa menentukan sikap dengan kehadziran badan yang dipelopori Ibrahim Ali ini.

PERKASA dengan 'attribute' dan penampilan sebagai kumpulan 'ultra', telah menjadikan MCA rakan kongsi pemimpin UMNO dalam politik dan perniagaan itu merasa terancam telah menyalahkan UMNO kerana membiarkan PERKASA menjadi perkasa, maka MCA juga memberikan reaksi yang sama 'chauvinistic' dengan PERKASA untuk mendapatkan dokongan dari bangsa Cina.

Seperti UMNO, MCA juga mempunyai masalah yang besar dengan bangsa yang dipimpinnya. Orang-orang Cina lebih cenderung untuk memberikan dokongan kepada DAP. DAP yang selama ini dimomokkan dengan imej negatif oleh media massa sudah tidak lagi mempunyai masalah untuk diterima rakyat terutamanya bangsa Cina.

Malahan orang Melayu juga sudah mula menerima parti ini sebagai parti yang tidak seburuk yang dimomokkan oleh pemimpin BN dan media massa sejak berdekad yang lalu. Malahan dalam isu PERKASA yang mana MCA begitu vokal menyebabkan MCA pula dianggap sebagai parti yang sangat 'chauvinistic'; melebihi DAP.

Malahan usaha yang dilakukan oleh DAP untuk meletakkan beberapa calun Melayu diperingkat Parlimen dan Dun-Dun diseluruh negara dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang akan dapat mengambil hati ramai pengundi-pengundi Melayu. Dalam keadaan orang Melayu marah kepada MCA maka apa juga sedikit sebanyak kompromi dari DAP akan menyebabkan mereka memberikan dokongan kepada DAP dengan agak mudah.

Apa kah kemungkinan yang akan berlaku kepada PERKASA? Didalam sesuatu pergaduhan yang menag juga akan merasakan kesakitannya. Bagi PERKASA ianya akan hanya membantu mengurangkan undi BN dengan pergaduahn secara terbuka ini.

PERKASA sedang melakukan apa yang kita tidak terkejut dilakukannya; iaitu untuk berdedia meletakkan calun-calun dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang. Ramai diantara pemimpin-pemimpin PERKASA sedang membuat 'sampling survey' untuk menilai samada mereka akan mendapat sokongan orang ramai jika mereka meletakkan calun-calun bebas menetang BN dan PR dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang.

Dalam politik negara kita selalunya calun-calun bebas hanyalah merupakan calun perosak undi melainkan calun itu ada keistimewaan khusus yang boleh membawa kemenangan kepada mereka. Dalam sejarah adalah nama seperti Cik Gu jabar dari salah satu kawasan DUN yang telah memenangi kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri diatas keistimewaan nama beliau dan tiket bebas.

Beliau hanya boleh menang diatas tiket bebas dan beliau telah tewas dalam pertandingannya buat penggal yang keempat apabila beliau bertanding dengan tiket parti PEKEMAS. Tetapi dalam keadaan sekarang rakyat tidak akan memilih mana-mana calun bebas kerana calun bebas akan hanya dianggap sebagai pengacau kepada parti-parti yang serius bertanding.

Dr Mahathir pun kalah didalam pertandingan untuk menjadi perwakilan UMNO Bahagian Kubang Pasu walaupun telah menjadai Perdana Menteri selama 22 tahun, apa tah lagi jika beliau bertanding diatas tiket bebas dalam pilihanraya umum misalnya.

Jika ada pun yang berkemampuan untuk dipilih sebagai calun bebas dikalangan yang ada pada hari ini ialah Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah diGuaMusang bagi UMNO dan Anwar Ibrahim diPermatang Pau dari PKR.

Jadi jika PERKASA bercita-cita untuk meletakkan calun bebas didalam pilihanraya nanti ianya hanyalah mimpi disiang hari. Bagi saya PERKASA mesti kekal sebagai NGO yang memperjuangkan apa yang sekarang dilalaikan oleh UMNO. Jika itu pendirian kekal PERKASA maka NGO itu akan menjadi NGO yang mempunyai 'consequence' yang penting untuk menentukan siapa yang akan berkuasa selepas ini.

Bagi PERKASA ianya patut tetap dengan pendiriannya untuk memperjuangkan orang Melayu seperti yang telah dilakukan oleh UMNO dulu dulunya. Hanya sekarang ini sahaja UMNO dan pimpinan sudah merasa takut untuk memperjuangkan bangsanya. Pemimpin UMNO sekarang penuh dengan kepura-puraan; depan orang Melayu cakap mereka berlainan jika mereka bercakap dihadapan bangsa asing. Ini merupaka 'indication' jelas yang pimpinan UMNO sudah tidak lagi 'berpelir' dan sentiasa berada didalam keadaan was-was dalam menentukan arah tuju perjuangan mereka.

Bagaimana tidak was-was jika pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO sendiri mempunyai isu-isu besar masing-masing. Bagaimana hendak menyuruh anak berjalan betul jika mereka sendiri berjalan benkang bengkok. Masakan seseorang itu mampu berjalan lurus diatas jalan yang bengkok. Sebaliknya tidak ada sesiapa pun boleh berjalan bengkok diatas jalan yang lurus.

Kita tunggu sahaja apa yang akan UMNO lakukan kepada ahli-ahlinya yang menjadi orang-orang kuat PERKASA ini. Mungkin UMNO kena tunggu arahan dari MCA dahulu sebelum melakukan apa-apa tindakkannya terhadap PERKASA. Khairy mungkin terpaksa tunggu arahan Wee Ka Siong dulu.


PHILOSOPHY FOR OLD AGE

Posted: 12 Sep 2010 07:59 AM PDT

Every now and then we need a reminder to live life to the fullest. The years do seem to go so quickly by as one advances in age. I remember ushering in the new year on 1 January 2010, and now it's already September.

How have we spent the past eight months? More importantly, how will we spend the rest of our years? Complaining about how life has given us a raw deal? Or feeling blessed that we can still wake up each morning and see the sunrise?


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PETELEGAHAN UMNO DAN PERKASA HANYA SANDIWARA

Posted: 12 Sep 2010 07:07 AM PDT

Ketua Pembangkang Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim yakin perbalahan Umno-Perkasa hanya sandiwara bersama untuk menghadapi Pilihanraya Umum ke-13.

Beliau berkata, umum sedia maklum bahawa kepimpinan Umno selama ini mempromosikan Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia.

Bukan sahaja permit kumpulan itu lulus dalam sekejapan, bahkan juga majlis-majlis Perkasa direstui dan dihadiri bukan sahaja oleh mantan Presiden Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, tetapi juga Presiden Umno, Najib Abdul Razak.

Mutakhir ini media melaporkan Umno membuat keputusan untuk menjauhi Perkasa dengan kerana kumpulan itu mengugat kestabilan Barisan Nasional, dan menghakis sokongan rakyat kepada gagasan itu.

Anwar menyifatkan Umno bermain bunga silat untuk mengelirukan pandangan rakyat, kononnya langkah menceraikan Perkasa adalah perlu bagi mencapai matlamat 1Malaysia.

"UMNO tidak boleh lepaskan tanggungjawabnya sebagai satu badan yang selalu mempromosikan PERKASA jika mereka masih berdegil maknanya mereka harus memberikan penjelasan kepada rakyat apa yang berlaku sebenarnya,"kata Anwar

Beliau menggesa Umno menjelaskan kepad rakyat apakah keputusan itu adalah dasar yang kekal, atau sekadar keperluan politik semasa semata-mata.

"Kalau setakat ini kita tidak yakin bahawa sebenarnya UMNO tidak menjiwai apa yang disuarakan oleh PERKASA tetapi hanya satu sandiwara politik sementara", kata Dato Seri Anwar selepas menghadiri rumah terbuka anjuran Parti Keadilan di tapak Expo seberang jaya petang tadi.

Sementara itu, Anwar memberi amaran bahawa tindakan tegas akan dikenakan terhadap mana-mana ahli Parti Keadilan Rakyat yang menganggotai Perkasa, kerana ia bercanggah dengan prinsip perjuangan parti.


BFM-Unity Series - Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

Posted: 12 Sep 2010 07:24 AM PDT

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MAHATIR GAVE NO CHOICE TO NAJIB EXCEPT TO SENT MAHATIR TO PRISON, THESHOOT OUT AT THE HEARTH OF MALAY RACE IS ON

Posted: 12 Sep 2010 06:24 AM PDT

O.K. Corral Gunfighters

The Malaysian Insider understands that Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak has asked senior party leaders to disassociate from the controversial Malay group.

Dr Mahathir is Perkasa's patron, which is seen as representing the views of Umno's conservative faction who are against Najib's proposed economic reforms which they claim will erode Malay control of the economy.

Today's Utusan Malaysia editorial suggests that the newspaper's editors are in the Dr Mahathir corner.

"Awang does not agree at all with the view that Perkasa will be detrimental to BN because it is accused of being racist.

Utusan Malaysia is openly criticise Najib, its editorial today suggests the party president has his work cut out in reining in conservative factions and preparing BN for snap polls which appears to be on the cards in the next six months.By cutting off Perkasa, Najib is now facing formidable forces within Umno, including its own newspaper.

"What is clear is that the Malays are watching the antics of Umno and will make their decision when the time comes. Maybe by that time, it will be too late for Umno to then respond to its own race. Much too late," the Awang Selamat column says in a significant warning to Najib against any continuation of moves to distance Umno from the con

By Yow Hong Chieh
September 12, 2010

SERI KEMBANGAN, Sept 12 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad warned today that Umno could lose further support in the next general election and risk deepening party schisms if it snubs Perkasa."They (Umno) are so very divided that to distance themselves away from Perkasa will divide themselves even more," the former prime minister said at his Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house here.Dr Mahathir (picture) said Umno should not distance itself from Perkasa as the party could ill-afford to alienate even a single vote, given its less than stellar showing in the Election 2008.

"Last election, the margins were very small. If you lose some support, you might even lose the election.

"Umno… is not very strong. We cannot reject anyone because even if we lose 100 or 200 people, we might lose in certain constituencies," he said, adding that in the last election many Umno members voted for PAS.

He added that Umno should instead be getting close to as many groups as possible rather than quarrel with them, and said it was a "prime principle" to pick a fight with only one and not everybody.

Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali yesterday issued a thinly veiled threat to Umno, saying he might give "guidance" the pressure groups's 300,000 members — 80 per cent of whom are said to be Umno members — on how to vote in the next election.

Firing a shot across Umno's bow, Ibrahim said membership numbers meant nothing as only a select hardcore would vote for the party every time.

He claimed the rest could be "overrid[den]" by issues and persuaded to vote for other parties, and hinted that the perceived erosion of Malay rights was one such issue.

"Don't think that Umno members will vote for Umno… You cannot take things for granted, so long as they're your members, they'll support you. No, not necessary," the Pasir Mas MP cautioned.

The maverick independent MP's warning came just a day after Umno's top leaders, who have kept silent so far on the topic of Perkasa, cautiously agreed that supporting the controversial group's views could prove detrimental to Barisan Nasional's (BN) struggle.

Leading the fray was Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, who told The Malaysian Insider that it was "about time" that Umno made a strong stand against Ibrahim and his Malay rights group.

Nazri, who has been the most vocal of all Umno leaders on the topic of Perkasa, even went a step further to assert that all of Perkasa's members from Umno and its patron, Dr Mahathir, were political "has-beens".

Also joining in was Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who told his BN component party counterparts that Umno will not back Perkasa or Ibrahim in the next general election as such a move will only erode non-Malay support for the ruling coalition.

However, opposition leaders, including Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, were sceptical of Umno's attempts to distance itself from Perkasa, pointing out that it was Umno that built up the Malay rights group to what it is.

Dr Mahathir reiterated his claim that Perkasa existed only because the Malay grassroots felt that Umno could no longer look after their interests, pointing out that the vacuum left by a weak Umno will only spur other groups to "take their place".

He blamed increased demands from non-Malays to abandon the social contract for giving rise to groups like Perkasa, which he said was only reacting to challenges to the status quo.

"During my time, there was no Perkasa. Everybody seems to be happy — Chinese, Malays and Indians. But when somebody comes up and questions whether we should allow this to go on… then, of course, there is a reaction to that," he said.




9/11 - the Malaysian connection

Posted: 12 Sep 2010 06:03 AM PDT

An @r$eh*le from Florida had threatened to burn copies of the Quran to mark the event of 9/11. He refused to heed advice and then appeals from American leaders including the military chief of the American forces in Afghanistan not to do so for fear of Muslim backlash against Americans, especially US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In the end he backed off – initially claiming he obtained a quid pro quo from the Muslims not to build a mosque near the so-called ground zero of 9/11, the destroyed Twin Towers, but when his claim was repudiated, he then switched to saying 'God' had wanted him to stop.

Regardless of his divine connection and by-then totally discredited threat to burn the Quran, or for the matter, the fallout from his earlier threats, the @r$eh*le in reality had already achieved his objective, of gaining the necessary notoriety for his own agenda (or interests) ...

... in the same way the instigators of the Prophet Mohamed caricatures had succeeded in their deliberate provocation of Muslims and Arabs by publishing the cartoons. Horrified by the violent Muslim protests, Europe stopped its annual financial sponsorship (Euro 700 million) of the Palestinians. The losers were the Palestinains; the winners? ... you work it out!

Because of these outrageously provocative incidents and the continuous circulation of Muslim-bashing material on the web, many westerners have come to believe that ALL Muslims by nature are violent, in exactly the same way many Americans still believe George Bush's exploitative nonsense that the perpetrators of 9/11 committed that act of terrorism killing more than 3,000 people for no other reason than they hated America's 'freedom'. Some even continue to believe in Tony B-Liar's lie that Iraq's WMD could be delivered to London in a mere 45 minutes.

So we have the sinister convincing the naïve, a bad combination that had led to the illegal invasion of Iraq which saw the killing of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, 4400 plus American troopers and other participants among the Coalition of The Killing.

Many Americans aren't even aware of their country's rapacious foreign policy and actions, where the USA has also been sponsoring, supporting and succouring dictatorships around the world, for its own ends.

You are likely to see blank stares of disbelief from these naïve Americans when you inform them that 9/11, evil as it was, had been political retribution for the evil their country had been and is still committing in the Middle-East. As an American joke about their air force recruitment had said: "Join the air force to see strange lands and strange people, and bomb the hell out of them!"

The sinister lies, the naïve listens and believes!

Likewise in our once-fair land, Malaysia.

We have our equivalent of the a$reh*le who threatened to burn copies of the Quran to remember 9/11. Here we have an opportunist, Malaysia's foremost political frog, who has willingly taken up the role for the big movers behind the scene, as a so-called ethnic warrior frightening the sh*t out of the Malay community that they will lose everything to the Chinese Malaysians unless they marshal around some people who can protect their interests, the very people who had been cheating them like George Bush cheated the American people, and B-Liar cheated the British people, except Bush and B-Liar did it for only 8 years while these people in Malaysia had done it for at least more than 25 years.

The sinister lies, the naïve listens and believes!

Any interest of the Malays the so-called ethnic-warrior will be protecting would be only his.

9/11, 513 – same tactics, same old lies, same innocent people killed, same evil fat cats profited or will profit.


Moronic Malay Wannabe Chinese Muslim Convert Ridhuan Tee Want's Action Taken Against Non Malay Speaking Malaysians!

Posted: 12 Sep 2010 01:34 AM PDT


Courtesy of Hartal MSM

How time flies… It feels like only yesterday that the Icker-Tee ruined my Raya (Read here
http://hartalmsm.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/ridhuan-tee-how-the-grinch-stole-raya/).

One year down the road, and here he goes again.

In his Utusan column today — which you can read at ridhuantee.blogspot.com — he rips into the "species" for whom the 'race agenda' is paramount. No, he's not referring to the Malays.

Ridhuan writes that it's not surprising the police officer could have told off 'go back to China' (directed at the 51-year-old woman snatch theft victim who went to his station to make her police report). It must have been the policeman's long pent-up frustration with regard to Malaysians who can't speak the national language, Ridhuan makes the excuse for his behaviour.

He blames vernacular schools for Malaysians being unable to speak the national language.

He complains that 70 percent of those visited by the census officers recently who failed to cooperate were Chinese because they're unable to speak Malay.

"[In other countries] A basic problem such as national language would have long been settled. It is enforced by law. Whosoever fails to comply is sent back. This stern action is clearly fruitful. But not us [in Malaysia]. We've been too soft until the very people we've been so kind to is stepping on our head."

(Masalah asas seperti isu bahasa kebangsaan telah lama selesai. Ia dikuatkuasakan melalui undang-undang. Sesiapa yang engkar akan dihantar pulang. Tindakan tegas ini ternyata membuahkan hasil.Tetapi tidak kita. Kita terlalu berlembut sehingga kaduk naik junjung.)

"What is happening in our country has never happened elsewhere. It is only us who have been too liberal and accommodating. Hence, the ultra kiasu take advantage. Rest assured you wouldn't see any of this news [discussion on this topic] being given attention in the ultra kiasu websites such as Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini, CPI and others."

Ridhuan insists that merely having a campaign to promote BM is not enough because of the proliferation of racialist media (media perkauman) and also the widespread use of foreign languages can no longer be controlled. He proposes that the federal constitution may need to be amended to strengthen the position of BM.

As usual, the 'Icker' leaves me stumped. He's waging war on Malaysians who choose to use Chinese or English over BM. In this, he goes on a rampage against Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini and CPI.

The two news portals (MK & MI) and the NGO website (CPI, which is on our blogroll, see right) all have active BM sections. Furthermore, Malaysiakini is quadrilingual, CPI trilingual and Insider bilingual.

Actually, I suspect Icker is really raging against that "species" (the ultra kiasu) rather than the language mediums of the three portals he slams.

If his wishes are granted and the Chinese return en masse to China, next Raya I shall have fewer friends visiting for a taste of our family's home-made, mouth-watering pineapple tarts. Rugi!


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The UMNO-Perkasa Relationship

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 09:07 PM PDT

There was an interesting page on Malaysiakini about the relationship between UMNO and Perkasa where the whole good cop/bad cop routine was exposed.

Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised that there are a few people in Malaysia who are not entirely clueless as to how UMNO and Perkasa operate.

The good cop/bad cop routine is usually used when questioning suspects in the interrogation room.

Usually the bad cop enters first. He proceeds to scare the living hell out of the suspect or witness.

Be it throwing tables around, bellowing in rage, or roughing up the witness, he certainly does a good job of intimidating.

But not all witnesses succumb to the bad cop. That's why we have the good cop, who shows up when the witness is still reeling from the experience with bad cop.

He speaks in soothing tones, perhaps even apologises for the behaviour of the bad cop. "Talk to me," he urges gently, "you can trust me."

A lot of witnesses fall for that routine.

In Malaysian politics, UMNO is the good cop, while Perkasa is the bad cop.

Perkasa goes all out to unnerve the citizens, especially the Chinese and Indians. Then UMNO comes in to soothe those frayed nerves.

It is a very effective tag team. Until it is unmasked, that is.

Previously, UMNO used to go out and do the fear-mongering on their own. The old routine of May 13 was rehashed so many times, it's a miracle that people are still falling for it.

But then again, most Malaysians are afraid of their own shadows, so I shouldn't be surprised.

UMNO has discovered that the cow-head protests, the burning of churches and other hate-crime is a blight on its reputation.

So these days they get Perkasa to do their dirty work for them.

Oh yes, you can't have one without the other. You can't have UMNO without Perkasa.


Najib: Blood is thicker than water!

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 08:21 PM PDT

Najib and Susilo: Blood is thicker!


At his Hari Raya open house, Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak, took a break from meeting the people at his official residence, to call on Indonesia President Susilo Bambang to wish him Selamat Hari Raya., on behalf of Malaysian people.
Najib appeared to be very happy in his conversation and later he said what was believed to mean "blood is thicker than water" when describing relationships between the two countries.
I was In Jakarta from the 23rd August until 27th August and I went to Jalan Diponogoro and I did not see hostile Indonesians demonstrating.
It appears the only problems that arose between Malaysia and Indonesia is what that have been highlighted by pro-Anwar Ibrahim's Indonesian media such as the glaringly pro-Anwar Indonesia Metro TV and two other popular Indonesian tabloids.
Back home the only electronic media that have been highlighting our "problems" is what appears to be our own very private pro opposition local television station, not Bernanam TV, and KJ, whom many still believe is still a person who is still "a good friend of Anwar Ibrahim".
KJ wants Malaysia to recall our envoy from Indonesia, to which our brave, laudble, and most admired foreign minister, Anifah Aman, said KJ my be intelligent but not necessarily wise.
If I were Najib I would also ask for a special panel to be set up to investigate this private local television station which appears to be broadcasting news item with malice intended, and to purge all opposition-sympathiser personnel from that station!

Selamat Hari Raya!


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