Friday, November 26, 2010

UFOs and abductions: Truth or fantasy?

UFOs and abductions: Truth or fantasy?


UFOs and abductions: Truth or fantasy?

Posted: 26 Nov 2010 06:06 AM PST

By Stanley Koh

COMMENT On the night of Nov 30, 1989, something bizarre happened in the New York borough of Manhattan.

A senior United Nations representative saw "a woman floating through the air" along with three small beings and entering a large flying craft. Two of his bodyguards said he was visibly shaken.

The abduction of New Yorker Linda Napolitano has become a landmark case of alien abduction and one of the best documented.

Napolitano claimed she was abducted from her apartment – while the windows were closed – and taken into a hovering UFO by "short, gray skinned humanoids with large pear-shaped heads and enormous eyes". She often referred to them as "the grays".

She could not remember everything that happened but would on occasion be able to recall brief moments of being taken to a room for a body examination.

She was a little more forthcoming with details when put under regressive hypnosis. "I am standing up on nothing. And they take me out all the way up, way above the building. Ooh! I hope I don't fall. The UFO opens up almost like a dam.

"And then I'm inside. I see benches similar to regular benches. And they are bringing me down a hallway. Doors open like sliding doors. Inside are all these lights and buttons and a big long table."

Thousands of similar cases have been documented since 1957 and they continue to be subjects of a conspiracy theory.

Bright light

UFO researcher Billy Booth has written about some well-known alien abductions, such as the cases of Barney Hill and his wife Betty, Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson, Betty Andreasson, and Frederick Valentich.

The American couple Betty and Barney Hill were abducted in 1961 while they were travelling by road during a vacation.

In 1967, another Betty – Betty Andreasson of South Ashburnham, Massachusetts – was working in her kitchen while her seven children and parents were in the living room when a bright light suddenly invaded the house. From the yard, alien creatures hopped toward the house to take her away.

In 1973, fifteen people in Louisiana saw a large silver UFO flying above a housing project in New Orleans on the day Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson were abducted.

The 1978 case of Australian aviator Frederick Valentich is another classic. The 20-year-old was believed to have been buzzed by a UFO before he went missing. Rescuers searched for him in boats and planes along the Bass Straits but failed to find him or his single-engine Cessna.

Valentich's last words, uttered to a communication tower, were: "It seems to be stationary. I'm also orbiting and the thing is orbiting on top of me. It has a green light and a sort of metallic light on the outside."

Earlier, he had sent to the tower a message in these words: "It's not an aircraft. It's flying past. It is long shaped. I cannot identify more than that. It's coming for me right now."

Abduction reports seem to have started in the 1960s, but it was in the 1980s that the subject received major mainstream attention, particularly in the United States.

Physiological exploitation

UFO researchers have observed that by 1987, some 1,200 North American abductions had been filed under the names of abductees and 600 to 700 narratives had been collected. Folklorist Thomas E Bullard have studied 300 of these and considered 103 of them as "high information" cases.

"We humans are victims of a widespread programme of physiological exploitation," David M Jacobs wrote in his 1998 book, The Threat: Revealing the Secret Alien Agenda. Jacobs was a history professor who had investigated these types of abduction for more than 20 years. He said the aliens had a "breeding and hybridisation programme".

Are the numbers of abduction cases increasing?

According to Dimitris Hatzopoulous, who writes for the Best UFO Resources Blog, many researchers think the phenomenon seems to be virtually defunct.

"In June 2002, Dr Mark Rodeghier of the Center of UFO Studies remarked that the number of abduction reports have been down and continuously declining over the last few years compared to the period between the 1980s and 1990s despite much greater publicity and public awareness," Hatzopoulous wrote.

"However, others suggest that there is no significant change in numbers and that since 2003, any discussion of it is considered no-compliance."

Few mainstream scientists believe the reported abductions literally occurred. Some argue that the phenomenon is rife with "kooks" and pseudoscience although they admit that many victims or abductees are sincere persons and believe their kidnappings were genuine.

Mainstream science also argues that if alien life exists it is unlikely to be compatible with human life. Hence, claims of alien abductions are regarded as absurd.

Despite this blanket denial and disbelief, thousands of claimed abductions and unsolved missing person cases linked to UFOs continue to surface. Abductees talk of being taken away from cars, beds, fields, tunnels, basements, churches, schools, cemeteries and other mundane locations.

Turning point

In 1992, a five-day conference marked a turning point in thinking about UFO-related issues, particularly about abduction cases.

Held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the "Alien Abduction Experience" (AAE) conference was chaired by MIT's Professor of Physics, David Pritchard, and the late Harvard Medical School Professor of Psychiatry, Pulitzer Prize winner John Mack.

AAE yielded a 683-page report.

It was attended by well-regarded journalists, including CDB Bryan, who was an avowed non-believer in alien abduction. After the conference, he published Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: A Reporter's Notebook on Alien Abduction, UFOs and the Conference at MIT.

Any list of alien abduction researchers would include Budd Hopkins, who investigated the landmark case of Napolitano.

Hopkins has worked with over 500 abductees since 1975 and contends that these kidnappings were real physical phenomena.

He has argued that in many instances abductees suffered bodily "scoop-marks" and scars indicating that they had undergone surgical operations. "It is an ongoing genetic experiment," he said. He also said that most of the time UFOs were seen at the start or end of abductions.

According to Butch Witkowski, director of the UFO Research Center of Pennsylvania, abductions and human mutilations have been reported around the world.

"About 30,000 people go missing each year and are never seen or heard from again," he added.

One of the most scientifically documented human-extraterrestrial encounters involves American Stan Romanek, who says he has videos, photos and physical evidence to back up his claims of multiple UFO encounters.

Romanek says he has had more than 100 experiences. In a 2003 encounter, he shot a video purportedly showing an extraterrestrial looking into the window of his house. His other evidence include marks on his body, which he says were inflicted by aliens, and photos of burn marks in his yard, which he claims were caused by a UFO taking off from the ground.

So, when we add up all these cases, do they prove that aliens travelling in UFOs have frequently visited earth and abducted earthlings?

The answer may lie in the Billy Meier case, acclaimed contactee of the Plejarens, extraterrestrials from the Pleiades star system. We will tell Meier's story in a follow-up article.

Stanley Koh is a veteran political observer. He was the former chief of MCA's research unit.


Si Salehuddin Hashim Cuba Main Wayang Lagi

Posted: 26 Nov 2010 02:05 PM PST


SAlehuddin Hashim tetiba muncul kembali dengan kenyataan kononnya ada orang memalsukan surat dan tanda tangan beliau. Beliau, yang sedang cuba membela Jenapala Perumal menyatakan surat pemecatan Jenapala itu adalah palsu dan beliau tidak pernah menulis surat tersebut.

Namun, mengikut SU Agung PKR, surat tersebut dijumpai di dalam fail disiplin yang beliau warisi dari SAlehuddin setelah Salehuddin melarikan diri dari PKR. Salehuddin Hashim pula melarikan diri apabila permohonan beliau untuk mendapa jawatan tinggi di Perangsang ditolak oleh MB SElangor dan PKR.

Seterusnya SU Agung PKR, Saiffudin Nasution, MENJEMPUT pihak Polis menyiasat sendiri kesahihan surat tersebut (rujuk rakaman Youtube di bawah).

Tulang Besi sebagai pengelola Malaysiawaves sering mendapat email dari si Jenapala Perumal ini yang memanggil Tulang Besi ke Sidang Akhbar beliau. Dari sumber yang sama juga, Tulang Besi mendapat jemputan ke sidang media si Rahimi Osman. Dari sumber yang sama TUlang Besi mendapat jemputan ke sidang2 akhbar geng2 Zaid.

Maka, Tulang Besi berpendapat Zaid Ibrahim, Jenapala Perumal, Salehuddin Hashim, Rahimi Osman dsbnya ditaja dan ditadbir oleh badan yang sama yang bertujuan mensabotaj PKR dan Pakatan Rakyat. Tak hairanlah Zaid menyerang Anwar Ibrahim secara terbuka walaupun Zaid tiada bukti yang sah untuk membuktikan wujudnya penipuan dalam pemilihan PKR.



Adapun kesah Salehuddin Hashim ni, kita semua tahu. Dia kecewa sebab tak dapat jawatan dalam Perangsang. Tulang Besi telah dedah perangai Salehuddin semenjak Salehuddin ni masih lagi SU Agung PKR lagi (Baca di sini)

Sudahlah Salehuddin, sapa lagi kao nak tipu ni? Takda orang yang termakan dengan penipuan kao. Semua orang dah kenal sapa kao. Elok kao tutup mulut sahaja.


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SCARY: Leaked pictures of Qantas damage

Posted: 26 Nov 2010 11:19 AM PST

A detailed discussion will come in a few days but for now just take a look at these scary pictures, Click on the photos to see the full-size version


蔡細歷:多為“中立派” 爭取40%年輕選票

Posted: 26 Nov 2010 06:54 AM PST

(東甲26日訊)馬華總會長拿督斯里蔡細歷醫生指出,馬華將爭取40%的"中立派"年輕人,支持馬華與國陣。

他披露,說年輕人反政府是不對的,並非所有年輕人都反政府,有不少年輕人是國陣死硬派的支持者,但也有不少是反對黨的擁護者。

他說,308大選過后,馬華展開二次全面性的民意調查,除了國陣和反對黨都有死硬派的支持者,目前尚有40%的年輕人是"中立派",還未決定支持在朝的國陣或在野的民聯。

年輕人走一步看一步

他補充,這些年輕人還沒有決定與選擇,他們走一步看一步,不過,他們將視朝野政黨的表現,靜觀其變才投下手中一票,這意味著馬華及國陣尚有希望。

"馬華必須努力工作來得到他們的認同,爭取這40%的年輕人,支持馬華和國陣政府。"

蔡細歷昨晚為馬青禮讓區團主催,禮讓陽光青年俱樂部主辦,禮讓國中華文學會、敦瑪末國中華文學會及斯里東甲國中華文學會協辦的"我們不平凡文娛晚會"主持開幕時,這么指出。

他強調,黨不能脫節,馬華需要更多年輕人來接班,通過老中青配合,黨才能強大。

"我們要看到馬華各區會三機構組織都有團隊精神,如果各自為政而無法團結,馬華就很難贏得民心。"

提到年輕一代的馬青時,蔡細歷認為應給年輕人一些空間與機會,發揮他們的才華。

"黨考慮給年輕一代(馬青)成為來屆大選的候選人,我們必須確保所委派的候選人,能夠在大選中取得勝利。"

《中國報》26-11-2010


Tulang Besi Telah Selamat Pulang Dari Mengerjakan Ibadah Haji, Alhamdulillah (dgn Gambar)

Posted: 26 Nov 2010 06:10 AM PST

Syukur Alhamdulillah dipanjatkan kepada Allah SWT kerana kembalinya Tulang Besi dari Tanah Suci Mekah. Sesungguhnya, ibadah haji yang Tulang Besi baru laksanakan ini adalah pengalaman yang amat mencabar dan amat menguji keimanan dan kesabaran. Pengalaman2 yang tidak mungkin Tulang Besi dapat lupakan sepanjang mengerjakan ibadah haji adalah:

1.0 Tulang Besi terpaksa mengambil lebih 4 jam untuk mengerjakan Tawaf Ifadah pada hari ke 12 Dzulhijjah. Pada waktu itu, berpusu2 hujjah datang dari Jumrah dan mahu mengerjakan Nafar Awal. Suasana menjadi lebih buruk apabila turunnya hujan rahmat serta petir yang menyambar. Pada masa itu, ramainya yang mengerjakan tawaf, sehingga Tulang Besi terpaksa mengerjakan tawaf di lorong Saiee'. Ia adalah cabaran yang paling getir yang dihadapi Tulang Besi sepanjang ibadah haji.

2.0 Berjalan berkilo meter jauhnya setiap hari terutamanya menuju ke stesen dan pulang ke khemah dari stesen keretapi. Kaki saya menjadi melecet dan hampir2 tidak dapat melaksana melontar jumrah pada hari ketiga tasyriq. MAlah, Tulang Besi terpaksa membayar dam kerana tidak dapat melaksanakan tawaf wida'.

3.0 Terjangkit influenza dua hari sebelum pulang menyebabkan Tulang Besi demam dan batuk2 serta bersin sehingga sekarang

4.0 Berwukuf di Arafah dalam cuaca yang panas dan amat mencabar. Namun, Tulang Besi bersyukur kerana suasana Arafah yang TUlang Besi lalui telah membantu Tulang Besi membina semangat dan perasaan khusyuk kepada Allah sepanjang perjalanan ibadah Haji.

5.0 Bermabit di Mudzalifah dengan berbumbungkan langit dan bintang2. Bayangkan 4 juta hujjah berkumpul di sebuah tanah yang kecil yang dinamakan Mudzalifah. Maklumat yang saya dapat, ada yang sampai di Mudzalifah ketika hampir waktu Subuh kerana traffic jam yang begitu teruk dari Padang Arafah. Agaknya, sebab itulah Nabi SAW menaikki unta sewaktu Baginda melaksanakan ibadah Haji hatta melontar jumrah pun Baginda lakukan dari belakang unta.

6.0 Di Mina, kami makan kambing dengan kerap. BIla saya buat penyiasatan sedikit, rupanya kambing2 yang kami makan itu adalah kambing dam yang dibayar oleh para Hujjaj. Bayangkan kalau ada 1 juta hujjaj membuat haji tamathu, maka ada satu juta kambing yang disembelih untuk dam.

7.0 Setelah habis Haji, Ustaz Hassan, syeikh kepada rombongan kami, menyatakan bahawa Tawaf Wida' ini hukumnya sunat hatta MENGIKUT MADHAB SYAFIEE. Namun, di dalam kitab2 Feqah di Malaysia, masih ianya dinyatakan sebagai wajib kerana kitab2 di Malaysia menggunakan pendapat Imam Syafiee Qaul Qadeem (pandapat beliau sewaktu beliau di Baghdad). Rupanya, apabila Imam Syafiee berhijrah ke Mesir, beliau telah menukar pendapat beliau dari wajib kepada Sunat selari dengan pendapat Imam Malik. Ini bererti tawaf wida itu hukumnya sunat hatta mengikut Madzhab Syafiee. Saya berharap Tabung Haji membuat kajian dalam isu ini serta mengubah buku2 panduan yang mereka sebarkan kepada ramai setakat ini.

8.0 Tulang Besi bersyukur di kerana selamat mengerjakan ibadah haji

Tulang Besi mengucap syukur kepada Allah SWT berjaya menyempurnakan ibadah haji. Tulang Besi mengucapkan syukur kerana telah dijemput Allah SWT kerana tanpa jemputannya nescaya Tulang Besi tidak akan berjaya melaksanakan ibadah ke lima Islam ini.

Sesungguhnya, ini adalah nikmat Allah yang diberikaan kepada Tulang Besi, hendaknya.

Wallahualam





Berjalan ke stesen keretapi sambil bertalbiah menuju Arafah

Berjalan sambil bertalbiah

Bersesak dalam keretapi sewaktu menuju ke Arafah


Beratur menunggu giliran sebelum menaiki keretapi ke Arafah



Menunggu dengan sabar

Peta Pejalanan Keretapi Mekah


Berjalan dan bertalbiah beramai-ramai


More ridicules judgement from Judges in Malaysia!

Posted: 26 Nov 2010 06:02 AM PST

Judge throws out Anwar's defamation suit against Mahathir because it was written in English and not BM! However the bias judgement was written in delivered in ENGLISH!! DAMN!!

So Anwar appeals against this! But...

In delivering the ruling today (24 Nov), the Federal Court dismissed Anwar Ibrahim's preliminary objection to a Court of Appeal judgment over a defamation suit he had filed in 2006 against Dr Mahathir Mohamad because it was in English.

The appellate court judgment was however written in English.

Chief Juarifin zakaria 01dge of Malaya Justice Arifin Zakaria (left)said this morning that the grounds of judgment do not constitute part of a judgment.

Judges have wide discretion to write their grounds of judgment either in the national language Bahasa Malaysia or English.

Quoting the Law Lexicon, he said the reasons for judgment are not themselves judgments though they may furnish the court's reasons for the decision and thus form a precedent.

"Thus it is clear that 'judgment' must be distinguished from 'reasons for judgment' or what we commonly refer to as grounds of judgment," he said.

He nonetheless declared that the court views seriously the use of the national language in courts.

Justice Arifin also cited a 1990 circular by former Chief Judge of Malaya, Justice Hashim Yeop Sani, directing judges and judicial commissioners of the High Courts, Session Courts and Magistrate's Courts to submit to him at least one written grounds of judgment in the national language each month.

This was to identify problems arising out of the implementation of the use of the national language in courts.

"This circular reinforces our view that judges indeed have a discretion to deliver the grounds of judgment either in the national language or the English language," said Justice Arifin.

"For the above reasons we hold that it is not contrary to Article 152 (of the federal constitution) and Section 8 of the National Language Act."

Following the decision - which led to the appeal being struck out - Arifin ordered Anwar to pay costs of RM70,000, although Mahathir's lawyer VK Lingam had applied for RM100,000.

Lingam said he had to prepare more than 6,000 pages of documentation with two other lawyers.

He further said a benchmark must be set for leave applications in Federal Court cases, citing a decision where the apex court had agreed to award RM100,000. Karpal asked for costs be set at RM20,000.

Anwar appeared reseNONEntful of the decision.

"He (Lingam) is a multi-millionaire. I lost the case. He is Mahathir's lawyer, so how can we win?" he said outside the court room.

His lawyer Karpal Singh said he would consider filing a review.

Arifin led a three-member panel also comprising Federal Court judge Justice James Foong and Court of Appeal judge Justice Suriyadi Halim Omar.

Constitutional issue

Karpal had raised a novel constitutional issue at the apex court on Sept 27, when he said all written judgments should be in Bahasa Malaysia.

This was in the preliminary objection after the Court of Appeal dismissed Anwar's appeal last December on the grounds that it was not submitted in the national language. Ironically, the court's judgment itself was rendered in English.

Karpal then asked the apex cosibu by election karpal singhurt to compel the Court of Appeal to write its judgment in Bahasa Malaysia, after which Anwar's appeal application could proceed.

"Most of the written judgments in civil or criminal cases are in English at all levels of the court," he said.

"Hence, this brings into question the validity in the jurisdiction of all those judgments which are written in English."

Karpal said Section 8 of the National Language Act states that all proceedings (other than the giving of evidence) in the Federal Court, Court of Appeal, the High Court or any subordinate court shall be in the national language.

"This provision also applies to judges, as this does not provide them with the exception of writing judgments in English," he said.

azlanSection 8 also says the court may either of its own motion or on the application of any party to any proceedings - and after considering the interests of justice in those proceedings - order that the proceedings (other than the giving of evidence by a witness) shall be partly in the national language and partly in the English language.

The lawyer was attempting to turn the tables on Court of Appeal judge, Justice Abdul Malik Ishak, who in dismissing Anwar's appeal, had said all court documents must be in the national language because the supremacy of Bahasa Malaysia is enshrined in the federal constitution.

Justice Malik, who ironically wrote the judgment in English, said Article 152 of the constitution, read together with the National Language Act, states that all proceedings other than the giving of evidence shall be in the national language.


Mostly taken from Malaysiakini


New Law To End Illegal Downloading Of Music And Movies - By Steven Patrick.

Posted: 26 Nov 2010 05:09 AM PST

The free-and-easy days of illegal downloading of music and movies may soon be over. A proposed new law will enable Internet Service Providers (ISP) to suspend or terminate the Internet accounts of P2P (peer-to-peer) users.

This new law called the ISP Liability Act, will be tabled in Parliament next month, according to Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM) chairman Norman Halim.

RIM has been lobbying the Government for an ISP Liability Act for the past 5 years as illegal online downloads have been cannibalising the legitimate sales of music, worldwide.

"The Act makes the ISPs responsible for curbing online piracy. The ISPs will be fined if they don't take action against illegal downloaders. The ISPs have the technology to track P2P users," said Norman.

However, he said that the fine amount had yet to be determined.

ISPs will send two warning letters to illegal downloaders. Should the downloaders still persist, the Internet access will be suspended or even terminated.

"Other countries that have such an Act have seen their respective music industries recover. One good example would be South Korea," he said.


Courtesy of The STAR


Penangites should be proud of Dr Lim's legacy

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 03:04 PM PST

From Tang Loon Kong, via e-mail

Perhaps the late good doctor Dr Lim Chong Eu told us the meaning of being Malaysians. His lifetime straddled World War 2, Malaya's colonial history and Malaysia's independent era.

I read his book one day when I was back home in Penang, and I was surprised that he piloted with some Mosquito fighter bomber squardrons operating over German held territories when he was stuck in the UK during World War 2.

I did not quite recall this fact it until I read from newspapers that he graduated from Edinburgh University in 1944. Other than the late Ghazali Shafie, I do not think there are other national leaders like the late Lim.

Lim had steel for guts. It took a visionary person like him to introduce Penang to giant companies like Intel and Hewlett Packard, and other American MNCs - much to the envy of others. Penang was the first state in Malaysia, and the first in Southeast Asia to have FTZ.

When I teach, I always take Penang as a successful example of FDI, because of high intellectual preparedness, good airport, good seaport, good infrastructure and indomitable work culture.

The success of Penang gave countries with similar conditions to emulate and progress. It shone a clear path for economies with little or no natural resource. However, I still do not understand why,  under his stewardship, Penang to lose its freeport status in the early 1970s.

I remember, as a kid, Thais, Indonesians, and of course Kedahans and Perakians would flock to Penang to shop and buy perfumes and clothings in the context of Penang's free port status.

Weekends were usually crowded with tour buses and open cab cars bearing unfamiliar number plates.

Perhaps, the late Lim could have plugged this piece of doubt, before he went beyond the point of no return. Nevertheless, he had left a great legacy and the people of Penang should be proud of this legacy.

Read:

Chong Eu – a pioneer in multi-ethnic politics


PKR members should be thankful to Zaid

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 03:04 PM PST

From Pandak Tukan, via e-mail

The top echelon of PKR may feel relieved that the Zaid Ibrahim saga has apparently reached its end within the party's confines. But lest they get too comforted by what had happened, this message has but only one aim: For the party leadership to do some serious soul-searching and the ordinary members to consider things in a clearer perspective.

In the stream of vitriol directed Zaid's way over the past several weeks, two basic issues became mixed up and indistinguishable one from the other.  One was of course Zaid himself and the other was the party elections.

These two became so inextricably linked that people became muddled up in their thinking. Tragically, those people included the ones at the very top level of the party leadership and management.

Yes, Zaid has a mind of his own. A loose cannon, as some liked to say. But surely that particular trait of his had been on ample display well before he joined the party and into the welcoming arms of Anwar Ibrahim.

In fact, Zaid Ibrahim received plaudits from PKR for being Zaid Ibrahim when he was a dissenting voice in his final days in Umno. But when he was just being himself in PKR, all kinds of invective were directed at him.

Was the party being hypocritical when it sang praises of Zaid, the sole Umno stalwart with principles or are Anwar and other PKR leaders such poor managers that they didn't anticipate and therefore had no contingency plans in the likely event that Zaid, the PKR member, will speak his mind about what he had seen and gone through in the party?

Yes, Zaid had ambitions of going up the party hierarchy. What is wrong with that? He was a cabinet minister when he was in Umno.  Plus, everyone would have thought the greater democratic space afforded to ordinary members by the direct elections method was precisely to allow those with the ability, talent and desire to rise to the top of the party irrespective of how long they had been active party members.

In short, an implicit repudiation of the 'serve-time-first' philosophy prevalent within the BN parties.

And yet, when Zaid decided to run for the party's deputy presidency, some accused him of being a Trojan horse, of being impatient and not knowing his place. Is this yet another evidence that Umno-BN attitudes are alive and kicking within the PKR?

The greater issue that should emerge and exercise everyone's mind when Zaid took matters into his own hands and expressed his grouses in the only way he knew how, that is publicly, was the inept way the party elections were being conducted and the fraud and rigging made possible by such ineptitude.

Sadly, the party leadership and management decided to dismiss and ridicule the messenger instead of seriously looking at his message. The justification for this it seems is that the messenger is a sore loser. Well, that is exactly what the Elections Commission says each time PKR or any other opposition party makes a complaint after having lost an election or by-election.

One would have thought the unfairness of such a rebuff should have taught the party to behave more sensibly towards complaints about its own internal elections. Sadly, that does not appear to be the case.

The leadership of PKR does not seem to realise that after behaving the way it has over the issue of the conduct of its own party elections, it has to all intents and purposes forfeited all moral right to criticise the country's Elections Commission over that body's shortcomings.

To put it more plainly: You can't complain about how the country's elections are administered when you can't even properly conduct and manage your own. The party membership and the electorate in general ought to be thankful that the Zaid Ibrahim saga happened.

First, if he did not do what he did, none of the faults, flaws and shortcomings of the party elections would have been brought into the open by ordinary members who would have been bullied into silent submission. The fact that Zaid did it his style, rightly or wrongly, the matter could not so easily be swept under the carpet.

Second and perhaps more important, having brought those into the open, it is the faults and shortcomings of the party leadership that became exposed in the manner that they decided to deal with his complaints.

Had they been able to think more clearly and less emotionally, they would have been more adept in steering the party through the uncharted waters of 'one member, one vote direct elections' infested by individual party members with unabashed political ambitions.

As it was, the party's image has been severely damaged. Whether it is irretrievably so, only the next general election can tell.


Pucuk pimpinan parti punca kemelut pemilihan PKR

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 03:02 PM PST

Dari Aktivitis Reformasi

Aktivis Reformasi berasa terpanggil untuk mengambil tanggungjawab memberitahu pucuk pimpinan parti umumnya Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan khususnya Presiden, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah bahawa apa yang berlaku kepada parti hari ini adalah berpunca dari pimpinan parti di peringkat Biro Politik dan Majlis Pimpinan Pusat (MPP) yang berlebihan bermain politik demi kepentingan peribadi daripada berusaha membina parti menjadi sebuah organisasi politik yang benar-benar demokratik melalui pemilihan 1 ahli 1 undi.

Pucuk pimpinan mesti mengambil tanggungjawab penuh atas krisis dan kemelut perpecahan serta pergaduhan yang berlaku akibat kegagalan mengendalikan pemilihan parti secara adil dan telus. Imej parti sebagai sebuah gerakan rakyat yang menuntut perubahan serta reformasi kini tercalar teruk, sekaligus menggugat keyakinan anggota dan rakyat Malaysia terhadap Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

Aktivis Reformasi kecewa apabila melihat pucuk pimpinan lebih mementingkan jawatan dan pangkat serta kedudukan selesa di sisi Anwar Ibrahim daripada mengambil peduli rintihan serta keluhan anggota bawahan.

Semua permasalahan yang dibangkitkan oleh anggota bawahan dianggap remeh dan tidak penting. Pimpinan parti tidak bersungguh-sungguh untuk menangani permasalahan yang dibangkitkan.

Semua permasalahan tidak diselesaikan secara tuntas dan bertanggungjawab; hanya sekadar melepaskan batuk di tangga dan sampah disapu masuk bawah karpet, asalkan tidak menjejaskan kedudukan pemimpin tinggi parti.

Sejak awal pemilihan parti lagi, kelemahan Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat (JPP) dan Sekretariat ibu pejabat dalam mengendalikan pemilihan, dan ketidakupayaan untuk menyediakan satu persekitaran pertandingan yang adil dan sama rata bagi semua pihak yang bertanding sering dibangkitkan.

Gesaan agar JPP diperkemas tidak dipedulikan. Desakan supaya pemilihan ditangguh juga dibakulsampahkan.

Sehingga hari ini isu manipulasi undi yang berlaku di Libaran, Sandakan, Batu Sapi, Tawau serta Kubang Pasu tidak dijawab. Begitu juga aduan tentang salahlaku JPP di Teluk Intan dan Gopeng.

Apa penyelesaian kepada isu penipuan undi yang dibangkitkan di pemilihan cabang Langkawi? Apa laporan siasatan terhadap isu undi lebih dari jumlah keluar mengundi yang berlaku di Lembah Pantai, Hulu Selangor, Kelana Jaya dan Kelang?

Bagaimana pula dengan isu pengundi hantu di Kota Raja dan Penampang apabila dibuktikan bahawa manipulasi daftar anggota berlaku untuk membolehkan penyokong pemimpin tertentu mengundi lebih dari sekali?

Dalam pada itu:

i. Di Cabang Alor Gajah, ada surat pengakuan daripada ahli yang mendakwa beliau telah diberi kad ahli orang lain untuk mengundi.

ii. Di  Kelana Jaya, semasa Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan Cabang (MATC), pengundi dibenarkan mengundi walaupun terdapat perbezaan maklumat diri dalam buku daftar pengundi.

iii. Di Cabang Merbok (ada rakaman visual) menunjukkan pengawas memangkah kertas undi serta mengarahkan pengundi memilih calon tertentu.

iv. Di Cabang Bayan Baru dan Kubang Pasu, pengawas mengarahkan pusat mengundi ditutup selama setengah jam selepas tamat tempoh mengundi. Dalam tempoh tersebut, tiada wakil calon dibenarkan berada dalam pusat mengundi. Wakil calon hanya dibenarkan masuk apabila proses pengiraan dimulakan.

v. Di Cabang Langkawi, AJK cabang menyediakan dan mengisi borang bagi pendaftaran ahli baru dan ada yang terus dibenarkan masuk mengundi. Ahli PAS juga turut mengundi. Yang tidak jadi ahli pun mengundi dengan menandatangani bagi pihak ahli lain yang tidak hadir semata-mata untuk menunjukkan peratusan keluar mengundi yang tinggi.

vi. Apa pula tindakan yang diambil apabila TV3 melaporkan di Buletin Utama secara visual bagaimana pengawas pemilihan mengajar anggota untuk memangkah calon tertentu.

vii. Dalam masa yang sama, bagaimana pula blogger Haris Ibrahim boleh menyampaikan berita tentang pembocoran kertas undi. Sejauh manakah tahap keselamatan kertas undi sehingga begitu mudah ianya dibocorkan?

viii. Bagaimana boleh pula JPP sewenang-wenangnya membenarkan penangguhan pemilihan bagi cabang Silam yang dibuat hanya 48 jam sebelum masa pengundian? Apakah prosedur penghantaran notis yang ditetapkan dalam perlembagaan parti, sehingga begitu mudah Sekretariat membuat keputusan dengan menerima alasan keletihan susulan pilihan raya kecil Batu Sapi, yang sudah tentu tidak adil bagi anggota lain di Batu Sapi yang ingin mengundi?

ix. Kenapa pula tidak dimaklumkan tentang proses pengundian yang tiba-tiba diadakan di ibu pejabat, yang kononnya melibatkan pengawas pemilihan dan petugas pilihan raya Batu Sapi?

x. Di manakah penjelasan JPP tentang cabang Kota Bharu, Tumpat, Langkawi dan Hulu Selangor yang mengundi lewat dari waktu yang ditetapkan oleh sebab kesilapan teknikal oleh JPP? Apa akan kita lakukan sekiranya SPR lewat membuka pusat pengundian? Adakah kita akan bertoleransi dengan SPR atau kita akan kutuk SPR habis-habisan?

Aktivis Reformasi mengetengahkan sebahagian dari permasalahan yang diketahui umum tetapi tidak ditangani oleh JPP dan pimpinan parti.

Aktivis Reformasi juga sangat yakin bahawa tidak ada pasukan pemantau yang mengesahkan setiap proses pemilihan telah dijalankan mengikut prosedur yang ditetapkan. Kalau ada, di mana dan apakah status laporan-laporan tersebut?

Aktivis Reformasi mengingatkan pucuk pimpinan bahawa implikasi dari pemilihan ini sangat besar.

Tindakan Datuk Zaid Ibrahim meninggalkan parti memberi iktibar terbesar, yakni ia disebabkan kegagalan untuk mewujudkan sebuah pemilihan yang bersih dan adil.

Mahu atau tidak mahu pucuk pimpinan mesti menjawab semua isu-isu yang berbangkit. Sikap mendiamkan diri untuk meredakan kemelut akan menyerlahkan sikap tidak bertanggungjawab pucuk pimpinan parti.

Tindak-tanduk pucuk pimpinan amat mengecewakan bilamana rintihan ahli tidak dipedulikan akan tetapi usaha untuk mengutuk Zaid Ibrahim digiatkan bagi mengalih pandangan anggota dari isu sebenar iaitu kepincangan pemilihan parti yang kerap dibangkitkan.

Aktivis Reformasi dengan ini mendesak pucuk pimpinan untuk melakukan sesuatu bagi mengembalikan keyakinan dan kepercayaan semua pihak terhadap segala kemelut yang timbul.

Protes yang bertalu-talu ini berpunca dari sikap dan tindak tanduk pucuk pimpinan parti yang jelas memperkosa prinsip-prinsip dan nilai-nilai murni yang selama ini menjadi asas dokongan gerakan Reformasi.

Kegagalan pucuk pimpinan untuk mengambil sebarang tindakan atau memberi jawapan dan laporan yang memuaskan akan menyebabkan semakin banyak protes secara terbuka atau secara senyap menghantui masa depan perjuangan parti.


Medical record is indisputable evidence

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 03:01 PM PST

From Shams Fatani, via e-mail

Medical reports/records are hard evidence required by both the defence and procecuting teams. No judge can deliver judgment just from the filmsy memory of a doctor.

And the doctor himself can dispute the judgment extracted under duress from phantom memory testimonies.

No court will accept his remarks except without his medical report/record. This is natural law and natural justice. "You do not know law...." said the prosecution team.

It is just a  mala fide, bad justice and in bad faith. It is bad precedence in the Malaysian justice system. A bad malay translation of 'loyar buruk'.

Read:

Sodomy trial: Cops called in, defence wants judge out


Better off for Umno to wither away

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 03:00 PM PST

From Patau Rubis, via e-mail

I refer to your commentary, 'Umno is not ready to wither away'. BN has to cleanse itself of the parasites and sycophants who are bleeding the nation of its wealth and vibrancy.

Sure, we appreciate competition but not absolute discrimination of making the non-Muslim natives as 'Others' or '...Orang Orang Lain' a category lower than the Chinese and Indians in our NEP and NEM, in promotions, etc.

The word 'AK' to signify the non-Muslim natives come to mean 'Awak Kemudian'. So Umno either tackles it with urgency or there'll come a time when Sarawak will 'fight for its Independence'.

The amount of wealth accumulated by the Taib and Rahman families is making more and more of the younger generation is see red.

Thus, if Umno continues to do what it is doing, it would be better for it to wither away.

Read:

Umno is not ready to wither away


Cuba Google Beruk

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 09:53 PM PST

Paling tepat Google letak laman web pasal beruk adalah mengenai seorang beruk.

Satu sifat beruk adalah seorang beruk memang tidak dapat melarikan diri dari seorang beruk yang lain. Dia haiwan yang ikut kumpulan.

Turun satu beruk, dia naikkan seorang beruk lain sebagai ketua. Walau orang tolak dan persoal beruk tu, beruk terpilih tetap dari kalangan beruk-beruk juga.

Beruk beruk ...

Dengar beruk yang tak dapat diberi kontrak baja bagi satu kawasan?

Wow!
Ana tak habis makan sorang.


Siapa Sebenarnya Berbahaya?

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 09:21 PM PST

Oleh Nurul Izzah Anwar, 26 November 2010

Merujuk kepada kenyataan terbaru bekas ketua AMK Ezam Mohd Nor yang berdasarkan fitnah dan bukan fakta bahawa Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim adalah perosak perpaduan Negara dan juga telah memaksa beliau untuk menghina Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) sebenarnya adalah satu usaha mengelirukan rakyat.

Perihal perpaduan Negara, Dato' Seri Anwar adalah sebenarnya pemimpin yang telah melahirkan sebuah parti politik berbilang bangsa yang telah dikembangkan kepada Pakatan Rakyat yang komited kepada falsafah 'Ketuanan Rakyat' berbanding dengan falsafah BN yang pada pokoknya berpegang kepada 'Ketuanan UMNO'. Pendekatan Pakatan Rakyat ini telah pun disahkan kemurniannya apabila baru-baru ini UMNO telah menggunakan rasuah politik terbaru dengan membuka keahlian terus ke dalam BN.

Pegangan dan pandangan Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim mengenai DEB sememangnya jelas dan jitu di mana beliau tidak persoalkan tujuan DEB tetapi mempersoalkan pelaksanaan dan penyelewengan DEB untuk keuntungan golongan kecil bergelar kroni. Mungkin DEB mesti ditukarkan namanya kepada DEK, iaitu Dasar Ekonomi Kroni?

Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah mengupas dengan teliti bahawa penyelewengan pelaksanaan DEB untuk keuntungan kroni telah merugikan rakyat apabila Negara menghadapi kehilangan keyakinan dunia dengan kemerosotan FDI yang parah, kelemahan sistem pendidikan yang hanya mampu melahirkan golongan pekerja yang 80% berkelulusan SPM sahaja, ketirisan ekonomi melalui penswastaan dan pemberian konsensi penjanaan kuasa dan lebuhraya tol yang berat sebelah, pembaziran melalui projek-projek mega, pemberian komisyen tinggi untuk pembelian oleh kerajaan, kenaikan kos sara hidup yang tinggi dan kejatuhan pendapatan rakyat, penghijrahan tenaga profesional ke luar negara dan tahap hutang negara yang membimbangkan, kesemuanya telah melemahkan daya saing negara dengan tenatnya.

Dan pendekatan Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah terbukti kebenarannya apabila kerajaan di dalam Model Ekonomi Baru telah menyatakan akan melaksanakan tindakan afirmatif (affirmative action) berdasarkan keperluan (needs-based) dan bukan perkauman (race-based) seperti yang diperjuangkan oleh Pakatan Rakyat selama ini.

Mengenai bahaya salah guna kuasa, rakyat dapat melihat dan menjadi saksi bagaimana institusi kehakiman dipergunakan untuk meneruskan tuduhan fitnah dan palsu kes liwat kali kedua terhadap Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Proses siasatan dan bahan bukti yang tidak mengikut piawaian asas keadilan hanya menambahkan kehilangan kepercayaan bukan sahaja rakyat tetapi seluruh dunia terhadap kerajaan cukup mengaibkan.

Oleh demikian, saya amat pelik apabila Ezam yang menjadi pengasas GERAK dan ketika itu cukup bangga menerima gelaran Pejuang Rasuah No.1 telah bertukar nada daripada 'Kotak Rahsia' kepada 'Katak Rasuah' dengan propaganda untuk menjadi pelindung, pejuang dan pencanang amalan rasuah politik BN, rasuah ekonomi DEB dan rasuah kuasa Kehakiman pula.

Oleh itu, siapa sebenarnya berbahaya kepada BN dan siapa sebenarnya berbahaya kepada Negara?


Salespeople ~ Why are there no good ones left in Malaysia?

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 08:49 PM PST

I am sure that most of you have been to the shopping malls and hypermarkets in  your own towns and cities. 


My personal observance and experiences of having dumbos and clueless in whatever town or city you wanna name it so called sales people make a mess of salesmanship have really challenged my willpower to remain calm and courteous when faced with these kind.


These usually couldn't care less attitude of the sickos who pretend that they are salespeople really make me sick!


Just for practicality's sake, I'm gonna refer to the ones let loose in this capital city of Kuala Lumpur or KL for the ones who are familiar with our city's acronym as the 'Clueless in KL'.


The most obvious dimwits I usually come across are the ones at the shoe departments of let's say the shopping centres at Suria KLCC, Mid Valley Megamall, 1Utama, etc.


These apathetic so called sales people would just be chitchatting amongst themselves ignoring the potential customers who would be going around trying out the shoes for themselves and when they want to get service, be left to fend for their own without being attended to by those lamebrains who think that their main function at those departments are to be the stand ins for unneeded mannequins!


The worst are the 'in betweens' @ transvestites who would be chattering away as they damn well please without a bother about the shoppers!


Its truly sickening to see the disappearance of good sales personnel from the general Malaysian shopping scene.


Gone are the days when one would be greeted warmly and sincerely by sales people who really know to appreciate shoppers who come in to their shops and sales areas.


Its a thing of the past to have sales people who really know their products and can explain in depth and detail to their prospective customers as to what the customer needs or wants to know about whatever it is that they are selling?


Coming from the diamond and gold jewellery retail and sales business, I know my stuff about diamonds, precious and semi precious gemstones and gold categories.


Many a times, I have pretended not to know anything about such stuff and asked the sales people at jewellery stores about the 'quality' of their diamond jewellery's only to have such ignorants try to bluff their way out of explaining in detail about their products.


If you ask them about the cut, color, clarity and carat of the diamond pieces they have displayed in the counter, most of them wouldn't know a jot about the very items they handle day in, day out?


It goes to show a serious lack of professionalism in the sales and retail industry.


Companies don't bother training their sales staff and making sure that they are kept to a certain standard of sales etiquette and know how?


Most of the so called sales personnel we find in all these shopping centres and malls are way below the accepted standards of sales professionalism and if we are to expect these bozos to know whatever it is that they are selling, be prepared to be frustrated.


Frustrated at the sheer lack of knowledge, common courtesy or at the low levels of ignorance that most of these persons display when we try to learn something about the products or items that they are selling?


If this country expects to see more business coming from both the locals and the tourists in the retail sales industry, then the owners of businesses better invest in some sales training before unleashing these sales people from hell upon us!


Do not grumble, lament and moan that we are losing business to neighboring countries when many of the businesses here in Bolehland are so tight fisted to spend a bit to educate and equip their retail sales staff with the basic know hows of the business! 


Good business starts with a smile and a cheery outlook on the part of the sales personnel.


Most of the weirdos we meet in our shopping malls and hypermarts look as if they have been constipated for more than a week by the look of their dour looking faces and couldn't be bothered attitudes?


Don't even start hoping to see cheery, smiley faces at the foodcourts, restaurants, etcetera.


You'll be in for a stomach upsetting experience.


No wonder, some folks prefer to eat at home or lepak at the mamak's.


Those chaps are always in an upbeat mood!


Nescafe O Kosong satu!!!


:D


Hawks, doves aflutter over Pyongyang's latest moves

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 11:27 AM PST

By Jim Lobe

ANALYSIS: Given all the other foreign policy challenges he is dealing with, the last thing US President Barack Obama needed three weeks after Republicans swept mid-term elections was the outbreak of a major new crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

Yet the revelation that North Korea has succeeded in building a state-of-the-art facility capable of enriching uranium to weapons grade, followed by its bombardment of a South Korean island that killed two soldiers and two civilians, has propelled Pyongyang to the top of his already over-crowded overseas agenda.

That's not only because the bombardment, which drew heavy retaliatory shelling by South Korean forces, has brought tensions on the peninsula to their highest level in decades, if not since the end of the Korean War more than 50 years ago.

The crisis could also strain increasingly delicate relations between the US and China, which, to the administration's growing frustration, is widely seen here as North Korea's only big-power ally whose continuing diplomatic and economic support is indispensable to keeping the Kim dynasty in power.

China has long feared that regime collapse next door would result in chaos, spurring the flow of millions of refugees into northern China and the possible intervention of South Korean and US troops right up to the border.

Washington's announcement Wednesday that it is dispatching the USS George Washington aircraft carrier task force to take part in joint military operations off the North Korean coast beginning this weekend is certain to cause heartburn in Beijing, as well as Pyongyang, given the increased sensitivity Beijing has shown in recent months regarding its maritime claims, including the Yellow Sea.

While the George Washington is intended primarily to convey solidarity with Washington's South Korean ally, it may well be seen as provocation in Beijing. According to some analysts here, the upcoming exercises likely presage a reinforcement of US military capabilities in the region -- short, however, of returning US tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea, as was suggested earlier this week by Seoul's hawkish defence minister.

Washington has more than 25,000 U.S. troops stationed in the South at the moment.

"I imagine that over the coming weeks and months, you're going to see a further supplementing of the American presence," said Alan Romberg, a former East Asia State Department expert now with the Stimson Center here. "The Chinese won't like it; they'll see this as somewhat directed against them. But this is part of the cost of their letting the North go ahead and act with what we see as impunity."

Policy of strategic patience

Indeed, the administration focused on what it called the "pivotal" role played by China in dealing with North Korea. "We expect China to be clear, like we are, as to where the responsibility for the current situation, the current tension lies," said State Department spokesman PJ Crowley. "This is something that we feel strongly about."

The events of the past several days have produced no end of advice for Obama, who had been focusing the administration's foreign policy efforts on gaining Senate ratification for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia before the end of the year, conducting a major review of strategy in Afghanistan, and preparing for a state visit here by Chinese President Hu Jintao in January at which North Korea may now figure as importantly as trade and monetary policy.

Hawks are arguing for some combination of toughening the US and UN sanctions regimes against Pyongyang; mounting more displays of US military power close to or over North Korea; increasing satellite and other broadcast emissions into the country to foster popular discontent; and increasing what pressure Washington and its regional allies can muster to persuade Beijing to abandon its support for a regime that they see as weakened by a transition between Kim Jong Il and his son and heir apparent, Kim Jong Eun.

"Working with South Korea and Japan, the US should call for unification of the two Koreas on terms acceptable to the South," wrote Henry Sokolski, head of the Non-Proliferation Education Center, in the right-wing National Review. "It should invite China to participate if it wants. Any serious effort will require South Korea to borrow to finance the transition and China to come to terms with possible refugee issues and the like."

More dovish voices, which include that of former President Jimmy Carter, have called on Obama to engage in direct talks with Pyongyang, either bilaterally or in the context of the so-called Six-Party Talks that are chaired by China and include the US, South Korea, Japan, and Russia, as well as the North, on a range of issues, from the future of its nuclear programmes to the negotiation of a final peace treaty ending the Korean War.

Until now, the administration, which says it is pursuing a policy of "strategic patience", has refused to do so, demanding as a pre-condition that Seoul show a "seriousness of purpose" - beyond mere statements - regarding its intention to follow through on a 2005 pledge to completely dismantle its nuclear-weapons programme.

Difficult for Obama

In solidarity with Seoul, it has also demanded that Pyongyang apologise, or at least express regret, for its alleged torpedoing - and the resulting death of 46 sailors - of a South Korean warship last March, although that demand appears to have eased in recent weeks. Backed by China, Pyongyang has vehemently denied responsibility for the sinking.

"Beyond statements of condemnation (for the latest incident), ultimately we don't have a lot of choices," according to John Feffer, a Korea specialist who directs Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute of Policy Studies here.

"Strategic patience has only provoked the North to do whatever it can to prove it is impatient and wants to get back to the negotiating table, with the US in particular. And the sanctions haven't done very much as has been proved by the sophistication of North Korea's new enrichment facility," he said.

"North Korea has told US visitors that it is willing to transfer its plutonium fuel rods to a third country in exchange for Washington's restatement that it has no hostile intent, and that seems to me a useful starting point for talks, however difficult it is to swallow our and South Korea's anger after the latest events," he added.

But most analysts here, including Feffer himself, believe that Pyongyang's actions have made it politically more difficult for Obama to pursue such a course – at least in the short term – lest he be charged with appeasement by Republicans who emerged from the mid-term elections with a majority in the House of Representatives.

"I think the administration is ready to engage North Korea, but the pre-conditions will now apply in spades," Romberg told IPS. "They need to make things right with the South, and that has become far more difficult now."

"And on the nuclear front, while before we were talking only about a plutonium programme and a suspected uranium programme, the latter has now been confirmed," he said. "And dealing with a uranium programme in terms of inspections and verification is much more complicated than a plutonium programme, because uranium is much harder to detect."

-IPS

Jim Lobe's blog on US foreign policy can be read at http://www.lobelog.com.


Great lunch and dinner deal for Hong Leong people

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 06:44 PM PST

Here's a great lunch and dinner deal from 
Damansara Village@ Imbi
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off Jalan Imbi
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Things I learned today. Today.

Posted: 26 Nov 2010 12:36 AM PST

 Bull? No. Just bacteria.

They always say that we learn new things everyday so today was no different. What did I learn today?

1.      There are actually such creatures as Professional Online Gamers!  People who play computer games online for a living.  How do they get jobs like that? Sit at home all day and play games. And get paid enough to make it a career?

2.      The bottle of beefy goodness that I bought from the supermarket turns out to be 100% VEGETARIAN!!! I had always thought that BOVRIL was made from beef. Turns out I was wrong according to the Unilever label on the bottle.  100% vegetarian!!! When the fuck did Bovril become vegetarian??? Since I was a kid vegetarian meant Marmite. And Bovril was beef.  This is really traumatic for me. Another childhood memory becomes a shattered illusion. Could they have brought out a vegetarian variant? Why?

3.     The state of Selangor debuts its first English language newspaper today. It's called the Selangor Times. And it's free. I think. Anyone seen it?
What did you learn today?

Niamah!!!
p/s turns out I am the f**king idiot. I went to do a quick check on Wikipedia and discovered that Unilever in 2004 changed the composition of Bovril from a beef extract to a yeast extract! Unilever also claimed that in taste tests conducted 40% preferred the original and 50% the new taste. 10% didn't notice the difference!  


So, there you go. We learn something new everyday.


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