Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Taste Of Victory

The Taste Of Victory


The Taste Of Victory

Posted: 28 Dec 2010 11:31 AM PST

The year was 1978 and I was in Upper Six at King Edward VII School, Taiping. We had a fantastic rugby team for the first time in years and were fresh from victories in two friendlies (Bukit Mertajam High School and Sultan Abdul Hamid College) and two district games (Vocational School and St Georges Taiping). The team had scored a total of more than 200 points and not only had no team manage to cross our try-line, none had managed to score a single point! We were formidable but we were next to play Malay College Kuala Kangsar; a team we had not beaten since the early sixties! 15 years to be exact.

Just before the game, our charismatic new coach Mr Yew Siew Seng showed up with a bottle of what looked like plain water. He said the water was air jampi from a bomoh from nearby Kampung Air Kuning and he was serious in that only the Muslim players be allowed to take a sip each. The rest of us pork-eating players were not supposed to. The team created history that day. We beat MCKK 26-12 to lift the Perak schools title officially for the first time, enroute to winning the national championships. It was our toughest game that season but needless to say, the boys played like they had raging fire in their bellies.

I found out later that the water actually came from a school tap and of course with nary any chlorine let alone incantations from a shaman!

Now you will understand Seth Godin's snippet below better.


Folk wisdom and proofiness

"Is it feed a cold, starve a fever, or the other way around, I can never remember?"

Does it matter if you get the rhyme wrong? A folk remedy that doesn't work doesn't work whether or not you say it right.

Zig Ziglar used to tell a story about a baseball team on a losing streak. On the road for a doubleheader, the team visited a town that was home to a famous faith healer. While the guys were warming up, the manager disappeared. He came back an hour later with a big handful of bats. "Guys, these bats were blessed and healed by the guru. Our problems are over."

According to the story, the team snapped out of their streak and won a bunch of games. Some people wonder, "did the faith healer really touch the bats, or was the manager making it up?" Huh? Does it matter?

Mass marketers have traditionally abhorred measurement, preferring rules of thumb, casting calls and alchohol instead. Yet, there's no real correlation between how the ad was made and how well it works.

As the number of apparently significant digits in the data available to us goes up (traffic was up .1% yesterday!) we continually seek causation, even if we're looking in the wrong places. As the amount of data we get continues to increase, we need people who can help us turn that data into information.

It's important, I think, to understand when a placebo is helpful and when it's not. We shouldn't look to politicians to tell us whether or not the world is getting warmer (and what's causing it). They're not qualified or motivated to turn the data into information. We also shouldn't look to a fortune teller on the corner to read our x-rays or our blood tests.

Proofiness is a tricky thing. Data is not information, and confusing numbers with truth can help you make some bad decisions.


100 HARI DI PUTRAJAYA; SELANGOR** TELAH LAKSANA, MUHYIDDIN KETINGGALAN*

Posted: 28 Dec 2010 08:59 AM PST

Dari Setiausaha Politik Menteri Besar Negeri Selangor

Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin telah menunjukkan betapa
cetek semangat beliau terhadap kepedulian kepada rakyat apabila beliau
membayangkan Malaysia akan jatuh bankrap jika program 100 Hari Pakatan
Rakyat dilaksanakan. Ia juga menunjukkan betapa beliau tidak yakin dengan
kemakmuran hasil mahsul Negara yang dikurniakan Allah SWT.

Apa-apa pun, saya tidak terperanjat apabila beliau berpendirian sedemikin
walau sedikit kecewa kerana orang no. 2 negara gagal meletakkan kebajikan
rakyat sebagai asas mentadbir Negara. Ini menunjukkan UMNO-BN sememangnya
akan meneruskan corak pemerintahan sejak 52 tahun dahulu yang tidak
meletakkan kebajikan dan kepentingan rakyat sebagai keutamaan walau terpukul
teruk pada 2008 yang lalu.

Kerana kedangkalan pemikiran pemimpin BN terhadap keperluan rakyat, Pakatan
Rakyat mempersembahkan program 100 hari untuk rakyat Malaysia bagi
melaksanakan reformasi menyeluruh dalam semua aspek pentadbiran;
perundangan, ekonomi dan pendidikan. Sebagaimana yang dijangka, tanpa
berfikir panjang Muhyiddin melahirkan keraguan terhadap kemampuan Negara dan
mempersenda pula jasa para guru apabila menyatakan Negara akan bangkrap jika
imbuhan RM500 diberikan kepada mereka. Dengan gelojoh pula mencabar negeri
Pakatan melaksanakannya.

Terbukti Muhyiddin dan BN telah menjadi mangsa kepada perbuatan mereka
sendiri yang menggunakan arus perdana alat propaganda untuk memutar belit
fakta sehinggakan mereka jelas tidak tahu bahawa Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat
Selangor telahpun melaksanakan lebih daripada 60% daripada 9 program yang
disenaraikan di dalam Dasar Bersama Pakatan Rakyat. Bajet Selangor Hasil
Negeri Untuk Rakyat begitu komprehensif telah melaksanakan agenda Pakatan
tersebut.

Pakatan Rakyat Selangor telahpun menjaga kebajikan kakitangan awam khusus
profesion perguruan. Bukan sahaja kita mengikhtiraf kewujudan dan
kepentingan peranan mereka, kita telah menaikkan elaun guru KAFA sebanyak
RM500 menjadikannya RM1,000 sebulan dalam tempuh setahun mentadbir Selangor.
Kakitangan kerajaan pula diberikan sumbangan musim perayaan sebanyak RM500
dan RM500 lagi untuk bonus hujung tahun. Inilah yang dikatakan rakyat
didahulukan, bukan sekadar slogan murahan.

Selangor telah memperkemas urusan pentadbiran negeri yang lebih telus dan
bertanggungjawab dengan menubuhkan Jawatankuasa Pilihan Khas Mengenai
Keupayaan, Kebertanggungjawaban dan Ketelusan (SELCAT) yang telah berjaya
mengadakan beberapa siri sesi pendengaran awam berhubung dakwaan
penyelewengan dana awam dan salah urus tadbir.

Selangor telah menjangkau ke hadapan apabila meluluskan Enakmen Kebebasan
Maklumat untuk membolehkan rakyat tahu bagaimana negeri Selangor ditadbir
termasuk tatacara perbelanjaan hasil negeri. Selangor mahu pembayar cukai
turut serta dalam pembangunan, pada masa yang sama mewujudkan proses
timbangtara dalam penggunaan hasil negeri. Untuk itu Selangor menjadi negeri
pertama yang melaksanakan pendengaram awam di kesemua Pihak Berkuasa
Tempatan. Melalui Pelan Tiga Tahun Selangor seluruh rakyat Selangor
berpeluang berbincang bersama Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT)   dan jabatan
kerajaan berkaitan permasalahan rakyat baik dari segi mutu perkhidmatan yang
ditawarkan, masalah keselamatan hinggalah masalah domestik. Penyelesaian
menyeluruh juga telah dicadangkan dalam sesi tersebut.

Visi melindungi dan menyelamatkan Khazanah Nasional. Di Selangor, kita telah
memperkasa Menteri Besar Pemerbadanan (MBI) yang membolehkan MBI mengambil
alih kesemua syarikat berkaitan kerajaan (GLC) supaya pentadbirannya selari
dengan matlamat penubuhan dan menyelamatkan aset milik kerajaan Selangor
dari disalah guna samada atas tiket penswastaan mahupun oleh pemimpin dan
syarikat kroni yang tamak.

Dalam tempuh kurang 3 tahun memerintah, MBI telah Berjaya mengenal pasti dan
mengutip semula hutang lapuk dari syarikat Talam Corporation Berhad (Talam)
berjumlah RM392 juta yang ditinggalkan kerajaan BN. Hasilnya, sebanyak RM50
juta dari kutipan hutang ini kita kembalikan semula kepada rakyat menerusi
Skim Mikro Kredit Selangor (SKIMSEL) untuk membantu golongan miskin luar
bandar manakala RM20 juta diperuntukkan untuk membantu rakyat miskin di
Bandar menerusi skim yang sama.

Mengenai Felda yang tersimpang jauh dari matlamat asal penubuhan; yakni
memberi peluang peneroka memiliki tanah yang telah mereka usahakan maka
terdapat banyak tanah felda di Selangor tergadai kepada pihak ketiga. Malang
sungguh kerana terdapat juga tangan-tangan pemimpin UMNO yang turut
terpalit. Kerajaan Selangor sedang berusaha keras menyelamatkan tanah-tanah
milik peneroka Felda termasuk tanah-tanah peserta program Revolusi Hijau  yang
telah tergadai kerana penyelewengan yang dilakukan kroni-kroni BN. Kita
telah berjaya menyelamatkan ribuan ekar tanah dan menyelesaikan ribuan unit
rumah terbengkalai menerusi program pembangunan semula projek terbengkalai
antaranya di Bukit Botak, Ukay Perdana dan Alam Perdana.

Penstrukturan semula syarikat GLC telah membolehkan Selangor melaksanakan
program pemberian air percuma sejak Jun 2008.  Pemberian air percuma ini
bukti kita mengurus harta rakyat dengan cekap dan bijaksana. Dengan
kebijaksanaan inilah maka hari ini kita telah mengenal pasti asset milik
rakyat bernilai lebih RM10.9 bilion yang digunakankan syarikat kroni yang
tamak. Pengurusan air di Selangor, Kuala Lumpur dan Putrajaya akan lebih
efisien dan berfaedah kepada rakyat sekiranya kerajaan negeri berjaya
mengambil alih semula pengurusan air, malangnya mendapat kekangan dahsyat
dari Kerajaan Persekutuan.

Pakatan Rakyat Selangor juga telah mereformasikan suruhanjaya bebas supaya
adil dan tidak dikawal oleh parti-parti atau pemimpin politik tertentu. Kita
menawarkan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) membuka pejabat
cawangan di Pejabat Menteri Besar dan Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd  (KSSB).
Malah, SPRM dan KSSB telah menubuhkan jawatankuasa bersama bagi menghalang
jenayah rasuah.

Program yang dinyatakan ini tidak termasuk program kebajikan yang kita
laksanakan seperti Skim Mesra Usia Emas, Hadiah Anak Masuk universiti,
Tabung Pendidikan Anak Pekerja Ladang, Tabung Warisan Anak Selangor, Ujian
Kesihatan Untuk Wanita, Tuisyen Rakyat, dana kesihatan, bantuan untuk
sekolah agama rakyat, sekolah Cina serta Tamil dan banyak lagi.

Kesemua program yang kita laksanakan ini tidak pula menyebabkan Selangor
jatuh bankrap. Malah, Selangor mencatatkan lebihan pendapatan sepanjang 2010
dan berjaya membentangkan belanjawan berimbang untuk 2011.

Ini jauh lebih baik berbanding sesetengah negeri di bawah BN yang
membentangkan belanjawan defisit. Malah Malaysia sendiri membentangkan bajet
deficit sejak 10 tahun yang lalu. Manifesto yang dibuat Pakatan Rakyat tidak
akan menjadikan Malaysia sebuah negeri bankrap jika diurus dengan baik,
jujur, telus dan bertanggungjawab seperti diamalkan di Selangor.

Program kebajikan ini kita gunakan 100 peratus hasil negeri tanpa
mengharapkan satu sen pun bantuan dari Kerajaan Pusat. Menerusi pentadbiran
yang amanah, jujur dan iklas, kewangan Selangor masih kukuh dan lebih baik
berbanding negeri-negeri bawah BN.

Walaupun tanpa slogan perpaduan yang diciplak  daripada Kerajaan Zionis
dengan bayaran RN78 juta, Kerajaan Selangor telah melaksanakan program
tersebut yang telah memanfaatkan semua bangsa.  Malah, orang Umno juga
menerima manfaat daripada program berkenaan.

Muhyiddin boleh mengulangi komitmennya terhadap "Melayu dulu" serta
mengulangi retorik mahu membantu rakyat di bawah lembayung slogan 1Malaysia
tetapi Pakatan Rakyat akan terus melakukan apa yang diperjuangkan sejak mula
lagi iaitu  melakukan reformasi dengan telus dan kebertanggungjawaban.

*FAEKAH HUSIN*

*SETIAUSAHA POLITIK KEPADA MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR*


Raja Petra Kamarudin & the rest of the iceberg an inconvenient truth Of Dog Meat and Friendship

Posted: 28 Dec 2010 05:24 AM PST


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thisAnd the tyrants looked at them and desired what they owned

 

And the tyrants looked at them and desired what they owned

And plotted and planned to take it.

"Dispossess them!"
"Massacre them!"
"Use all necessary force to bring them to submission!"

And the dispossessed cried for mercy.
Yet, no one heard.
" reformasi" They yelled.

And the tyrants cried "ISA THEM KUGAN THEM!"
"Starve and beseige them!"
"Use all necessary force to bring them to submission!"

And to the world the tyrants raged: "Security!"
And the sycophants cried in defense of the tyrants.

Then Conscience spoke and asked.
"Who will secure the starved, beseiged and dispossessed?"
Silence.
"Accountability!"

Corrupt political leadership does not attractive men of outstanding integrity; neither can it be expected to enact effective laws to maintain high integrity in government. That truism has practically reduced our options to only one – a change of political leadership. That is, if we are still serious about restoring the rule of law and the pursuit of excellence for the country. "He is not immune from action under the law. Investigation can be made if he had acted beyond the scope of his official duties," MACC's Legal and Prosecution Division Director Datuk Abdul Razak Musa told reporters.

so is najib when when he sent theabuse of power liketext message correspondence is between yab dato' sri mohd najib tun abdul razak, deputy prime minister of malaysia, and dato' shafee abdullah"tentative" charge and that "all is not loST

Fear is, and has always been, the hallmark of political tactics. The people will only willingly submit to tyranny if they are made to believe that without government a fearful state of affairs might obtain. No other emotion can bypass rational argumentation, grab allegiance and push people to violence like fear.
Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
Machiavelli was writing for kings and emperors. Nowadays, of course, politicians have the loyalty of the people, and no longer need to be feared. Rather, they use fear for the further purpose of expanding their power.
The very existence of government is predicated on fear, the fear of chaos and general violence of all against all. Never mind that government itself is the greatest creator of chaos and violence; never mind that Anarchies have always been less violent than their contemporary societies; government propaganda and Big Media have been successful in implanting the belief that Anarchy equals chaos and violence by constantly making this correlation. Now we are stuck with the laughable absurdity of a society of people who fear that, if we remove the entity which causes wars, outlaws victimless crimes and takes over vast swaths of said society, we will have widespread violence and chaos.
The dishonest usurpation of the Articles of Confederation, and its thuggish replacement by the US Constitution (a document which deserves a place alongside the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf as rallying points for the enemies of freedom), was based on fear of widespread chaos, using the Shay Rebellion as the case in point. Very often, fear is generated by taking one or a few isolated cases and letting people's imagination run wild. "What if we get rebellions all around? What will we do without a strong central military to protect us?" These scenarios are always outlandish, but as long as people believe that it might just happen, they will fear it, no matter how improbable it is (see, for instance, the tactics of global warming fearmongers).
Now think of all the areas in which government takes over, intervenes or legislates, and you will find a tactic (if not all tactics) based on fear. Fear of terrorism, fear of other "countries," fear of "immigrants" taking over, fear of losing one's culture, fear of being attacked, fear of being sick, fear of dying, fear of accidents, fear of having to take responsibility for one's actions, fear of losing control over other people.Fear, of course, is rarely the actual reason underlying any government policy. The actual reasons for government policies are generally more mundane: corporate favours, popularity, interventionist foreign policy, expansion of the tax base, control over prevalent ideas, and so on. But fear is the most powerful tool that they possess in order to get those policies accepted and supported by the general population.
Take the "War on Terror." The WoT has been a tremendously powerful and efficient tool in expanding the power of government. Why? Because the fear tactics underlying it became ridiculously easy to implement after 9-11. This operation made it easy for everyone to swallow the party line that "terrorists want to kill you for your freedom." Never mind that the 9-11 attacks came after a concerted strategy that aimed to attack US military assets in the Middle East, and that the enemy of the terrorists is the interventionist policy of the US Empire, not "our freedom." Never mind that we are not free. Never mind that the attacks that came afterwards had absolutely nothing to do with stopping terrorism.
Most FEAR MONGERING start with government lies and deceit, and the 9-11 attacks really illustrated the power of fear. Unthinkingly, the American public bought the lies completely, because they were gripped with fear and the desire for revenge. Fear overrides discourse and thought. Fear is primal, visceral, animalistic, a similar overwhelming feeling to the one primitive man must have felt when he faced a saber-tooth tiger. A man experiencing fear either flees or fights. If he cannot fight himself, then he will cheer on those who can. Thus the terrorists' strategy of sinking the US government in war debt predictably won out, because their terrorist attacks were so spectacular that they had the expected effect.

 

Fear is, and has always been, the hallmark of political tactics. The people will only willingly submit to tyranny if they are made to believe that without government a fearful state of affairs might obtain. No other emotion can bypass rational argumentation, grab allegiance and push people to violence like fear. he always remind me not be vulgar but street is my university ,



Najib, ONE Malaysia atau MULTI Malaysia
Utusan: Pakatan scared of 1 MalaysiaMuhyiddin: Pakatan is afraid of 1 MalaysiaOpposition not based on reality of actual capability :Najib

MCLM
IS THE
THIRD FORCE?
IT IS

 

 


Syed Husin knew of this "guy" candidate quite well, so he told off the backers that they should have done a thorough background check and would have found that their nominee was a regular pub-goer who often ended up drunk.
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Raja Petra Kamarudin P.R job Malaysian roadside medseller vs The London Street Medicine Seller.

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what Mahatir has been giving the Malays in 22 years as Prime Minister?

 

There could be more to that innocent-looking drink from a Malaysian roadside hawker.

Tun Dr Mahathir

 

MALAYS in Malaysia are FEED these drinks

 

They down these beverages, in plastic packets or cups.

 

But there's a hard truth about these beverages.

 

They are actually drugs and can give addicts the same high as opium.

 

Known as air ketum (Malay for ketum drink),

 

BITTER DRINK

 

The bitter drink is made by boiling the leaves of the ketum plant for about two hours in a pot.

 

The main component of ketum leaves is mitragynine, which works on brain receptors in the same way as opium, according to several websites.






Shiite adherents 'resilient' against ISA

Posted: 28 Dec 2010 03:37 AM PST

Selangor Islamic Authority (Jais) deputy director of enforcement Mohamad Rais Rasid has expressed frustration that despite stern action against the Shiites under the Internal Security Act, they remain active in their activities. "Some of them were arrested under the ISA, and yet they are still active," he said. www.malaysiakini.com
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Malaysia Boleh News Of The Year

Posted: 28 Dec 2010 05:01 AM PST

Our much beloved ex-PM has made it into the top 3 anti-Semites elite-list.

Of course, that is nothing new. He has been spouting bigoted statements ever since he joined UMNO way back when the Ice Age was coming into the groove.

I went through the entire list of his fellow anti-Semites, and if you ask me, his statement is the most offensive of the entire list.


In fact, I even echo the sentiments of nominees 7 and 9.

Go check out what HartalMSM has to say about the hypocrite.


Ongoing jihadist recruiting in Malaysian universities

Posted: 28 Dec 2010 04:02 AM PST

Or as Captain Renault from 'Casablanca' might have deadpanned, "I'm shocked, shocked to find 'militant recruiting' going on in here."

This headline from AFP reads "Malaysian colleges a hotbed for militant recruiting".  Uh, militant what, exactly?  Militant Christianity?  Militant Buddhism?  Militant environmentalism?

Remember that the media encodes their coverage of the Islam's Great Jihad against the World--'militant' is always a codeword for 'a devout follower of Islam' or 'one who wages jihad (violent or otherwise) against kufr,apostates, and other enemies of Islam.'

Besides, since we all, ahem, know that 'militancy' is caused by poverty, a lack of education, and a lack of knowledge of the supposedly peaceful teachings of Islam, shouldn't Malaysian universities be the last place such recruiting would take place?

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia's universities have become prime recruiting grounds for Islamic militants looking for youngsters to draw into terrorist networks, security experts warn.

Unlike neighbouring Indonesia and Thailand, the moderate Muslim-majority nation has remained largely free of terror attacks but there are fears that lax admission policies have created a haven for jihadists. (Of course, the creation of jihadists has absolutely nothing to do with the teachings of the Quran and Islam. Never ever think about that, dear reader!)

A string of arrests and detentions this year have highlighted the growing presence of radicals using Malaysia as a base to sign up supporters and plan attacks.

"The terror threat to Malaysia is very real in terms of terrorists who come in as students," Zamihan Mat Zin, deputy head of the Malaysian Islamic Training Centre, told AFP.

"They are under the radar so they can recruit and create terrorists in our midst," said Zamihan, who is among a group of Muslim scholars engaged by the government to rehabilitate terror suspects in custody. (They're 'under the radar' when your heads are in the sand, yes?)

In June, authorities deported 45-year-old Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian scholar Aiman Al Dakak along with eight other foreigners from Syria, Yemen, Nigeria and Jordan, most of them students. (Most of those places are majority Muslim countries...just a coincidence, n'est-ce pas?)

Al Dakak gave lectures to Malaysian and foreign students at his Kuala Lumpur home, allegedly indoctrinating them with jihadist ideology and urging them to carry out bombings on places of worship in the multi-ethnic nation. (What's the difference between 'jihadist ideology' and Islam? Isn't it a distinction without a difference?)

The following month, engineer Mohamad Fadzullah was detained under internal security laws for trying to recruit students at Malaysia's national university and technical institutes for the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) extremist group.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said after the deportations that the phenomenon was an "unhealthy trend which can affect national security". (Yeah, piles of dead bodies and explosions in major cities can be 'unhealthy'.)

He said foreign militants were using Malaysia as a base to carry out financial transactions, share information and sign up new followers. (emphasis added)

Apparently the wise Muslims who run this country have conveniently forgotten about the last two terrorist kingpins that came from this country.  Both, as it were, were highly educated MUSLIMS who taught in Malaysian universities.


PERKASA mahu PEMANDU versi Melayu

Posted: 28 Dec 2010 03:03 AM PST

Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (PERKASA) menggesa kerajaan menubuhkan sebuah jawatankuasa yang setara dengan Unit Pengurusan Prestasi dan Pelaksanaan (PEMANDU) bagi menangani agenda bumiputera. Mendakwa unit kerajaan itu tidak berkesan menangani agenda itu, Pengerusi Biro Ekonomi PERKASA Zubir Harun (kiri) berkata badan baru itu boleh memfokuskan kepada usaha meningkatan kebajikan ekonomi kepada orang Melayu. www.malaysiakini.com
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At the MTUC delegates conference

Posted: 28 Dec 2010 01:50 AM PST

With the general election just around the corner, outgoing Malaysian Trade Unions Congress (MTUC) president Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud said that it is time for the union to demand for workers' rights. "Overseas, before elections, trade unions will meet with opposing political parties to table their demands in exchange for support," he told reporters after delivering his keynote speech to the 552 delegates who attended the MTUC congress in Petaling Jaya today. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Two years after the massacre: A letter from Gaza

Posted: 28 Dec 2010 03:22 AM PST

I personally would like to draw readers' attention toward this piece of letter, signed by 40 NGOs, students association, peace organisations, etc on the fate of Palestinians in Gaza, two years after the siege by Israeli soldiers.

We the Palestinians of the besieged Gaza Strip, on this day, two years on from Israel's genocidal attack on our families, our houses, our roads, our factories and our schools, are saying enough inaction, enough discussion, enough waiting – the time is now to hold Israel to account for its ongoing crimes against us.

On the 27th of December 2008, Israel began an indiscriminate bombardment of the Gaza Strip. The assault lasted 22 days, killing 1,417 Palestinians, 352 of them children, according to main-stream Human Rights Organizations.

For a staggering 528 hours, Israeli Occupation Forces let loose their US-supplied F15s, F16s, Merkava Tanks, internationally prohibited White Phosphorous, and bombed and invaded the small Palestinian coastal enclave that is home to 1.5 million, of whom 800,000 are children and over 80 percent UN registered refugees. Around 5,300 remain permanently wounded.

This devastation exceeded in savagery all previous massacres suffered in Gaza, such as the 21 children killed in Jabalia in March 2008 or the 19 civilians killed sheltering in their house in the Beit Hanoun Massacre of 2006. The carnage even exceeded the attacks in November 1956 in which Israeli troops indiscriminately rounded up and killed 275 Palestinians in the Southern town of Khan Younis and 111 more in Rafah.

Since the Gaza massacre of 2009, world citizens have undertaken the responsibility to pressure Israel to comply with international law, through a proven strategy of boycott, divestment and sanctions. As in the global BDS movement that was so effective in ending the apartheid South African regime, we urge people of conscience to join the BDS call made by over 170 Palestinian organizations in 2005.

As in South Africa the imbalance of power and representation in this struggle can be counterbalanced by a powerful international solidarity movement with BDS at the forefront, holding Israeli policy makers to account, something the international governing community has repeatedly failed to do.

Similarly, creative civilian efforts such as the Free Gaza boats that broke the siege five times, the Gaza Freedom March, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and the many land convoys must never stop their siege-breaking, highlighting the inhumanity of keeping 1.5 million Gazans in an open-air prison.

Two years have now passed since Israel's gravest of genocidal acts that should have left people in no doubt of the brutal extent of Israel's plans for the Palestinians. The murderous navy assault on international activists aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea magnified to the world the cheapness Israel has assigned to Palestinian life for so long. The world knows now, yet two years on nothing has changed for Palestinians.

The Goldstone Report came and went: despite its listing count after count of international law contraventions, Israeli "war crimes" and "possible crimes against humanity," the European Union, the United Nations, the Red Cross, and all major Human Rights Organizations have called for an end to the illegal, medieval siege, it carries on unabated.

On 11th November 2010 UNRWA head John Ging said, "There's been no material change for the people on the ground here in terms of their status, the aid dependency, the absence of any recovery or reconstruction, no economy…The easing, as it was described, has been nothing more than a political easing of the pressure on Israel and Egypt."

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My higher-valued contribution as a Blogger!:)

Posted: 28 Dec 2010 01:34 AM PST

Tuesday, 28 December 2010 16:36

As published by malaysia-chronicle.com:

Mercenaries wanted - Reward is a huge prize!

Written by YL Chong

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When I sighted a news/advertorial item at a popular web portal, I thought it was April 1 cometh early for 2011. But when I saw the same item at a second portal, I know it's for real and serious. Ah, I told myself, there's finally a decent MARKET VALUE for writers, and a collateral benefit for YL as blogger-Desiderata is his rising market value, eh!

I hope readers don't mind my reproducing the whole item as it must be understood clearly with no room for any misunderstanding from a summary:

"Bloggers Wanted
Posted by Cyber Trooper on December 16, 2010 at 17:28:32:

As part of BN Machinery to counter oppostion and pro opposition bloggers. UMNO and PBB has set up a RM10 million Cyber War Fund.


We invited Sarawakians with journalistic instinct to contact or visit any PBB, PRS and SUPP branches to register yourself as an interested party.


Qualified Candidates will be notified within 7 days.


Training will be conducted by NST, Malay Mail (Datuk Rocky Bru) and Utusan Melayu at Pusat Latihan UMNO at Janda Baik.


Every blogger will be given a granted of RM30,000 to set up their blog, whether it is free or paid hosting, besides being paid monthly allowance of RM5,000.00 per month.


We therefore call on all responsible Sarawakians to register themselves at offices of Sarawak BN Component parties.


It is your duty to defend Sarawak from the onslaught by Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak.


YB Abdul Karim Hamzah

YB Fadzillah Yusof

(ends report/advert)


Desiderata the blogger in me knows for a fact that UMNO, especially the youth wing, has on its payroll cyber-troopers who not only write propaganda, but also go into other bloggers' comments to flood with pro-BN stands and even outright condemnations of any pro-Opposition articles or comments, hitting out "personally and under-the belly" too, and most times, irrelevant to the topics discussed. I must admit pro-Pakatan Rakyat supporters also do the same, but to my knowledge, they are small in numbers relatively, and aren't really paid to the level that's indicated openly in the news/advert now reprinted above.

The reality is that whenever any general elections, including the impending Sarawak state elections before July 2011, atre around the corner, like now, the "moneyed" parties will step up the gears, hence the above recruitment drive by UMNO and its East Malaysian allies.

But in the political arena, the newly-minted Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement -- sometimes acknowledged successor to The Third Force Haris Ibrahim had been writing about months ago, but often denied by other backers about its ancestry -- too has emerged with not a small budget. According to MCLM founder-President Haris, who deems himself a man of integrity, also has a start up fund of RM10million to move the movement to come up with some 30 candidates, from so called "men of integrity" from his circle. Okay, also from Founder-Chairman Raja Petra Kamarudin's circle.

A kopitiam mate of mine when told of this "high prize" -- RM30k for starters and RM5k as monthly stipend, that's surely NOT kacang pputih or hitam! -- being paid to bloggers now in demand in Sarawak laughingly told Desi: "Hey, YL, go and apply-lah using a pseudonym!" He knows fully well this is a temptation for any church-mousey writter! But he also knows Desi well enough and often pays for my char kuey tiaw while I pay for the tehtarik. LOL!

But my recent curiousity about the identities of the MCLM's funders is not satisfied because neither RPK nor Haris had indicated details on the sources of funding in their launching talks in London and Kuala Lumpur respectively. At least the UMNO guys are upfront about their mission of recruiting blogger-writers. Hence, I have told fellow PKR comrades that it's easier confronting the UMNO people because at least "I know where they are coming from"!

What's so different with MCLM whose cornerstone policy is stressing "integrity" and yet wishes to maintain ANONYMITY of its financiers? Such anonymity always raises the suspicions they are beholden to "third parties" -- and who's to rule out these third parties could be BN moles penetrating the Third Force to ensure the BN's status quo at Putrajaya.

I had better not go on too long on this money thingy -- another PKR member of parliament may want some space upping his market value before "frogging" in the footsteps of departed "men of integrity" Wee Choo Keong and Zulkifli Noordin. I quote the first three paragraphs from The Star report today:

"Rebel Padang Serai MP N. Gobalakrishnan has stepped up his criticism of PKR leaders despite the looming threat of disciplinary action.

He said allegations into party adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar should be looked into.

He said allegations that Anwar and his associates were involved in manipulation during the recent party polls should be investigated and that action should also be taken against Dr Xavier for allegedly resorting to gangsterism during the recent elections."

Like the law of nature that says "Nature abhors a vacuum", so soon after Zaid Ibrahim and RPK had vacated the MSM's Flavour of the Month chair, another dissident like Gobala quickly steps in to criticise PKR and its defacto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Were these people born just yesterday -- they came on board PKR's party knowing full well Anwar's past, and only after a two-three years failed attempt to get what they wanted/want from PKR and Anwar, thy do the hatchet job for BN-UMNO.

As I wrote recently, "With Friends like RPK and Haris Ibrahim, PKR doesn't need enemies"! After Gopala, who's next to become the MSM's Flavour of the week? Sabah PKR leader left in the wilderness with Zaid's departure Jeffrey Kitingan maybe? The time span is shortened from a month to seven days because the value falls with each departing frog. Or is it already departed toadie hanging on to party membership to negotiate for a higher price?

- http://desiderata2000.blogspot.com


ANWAR WIKILEAKS: The Father of Cronyism and his list of cronies

Posted: 28 Dec 2010 01:22 AM PST


Anwar Ibrahim was known as the father of cronyism when he was Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. That much is acknowledged by anyone who knows anything about Malaysian Politics.

Even his former nemesis from DAP and PKR would nod sagely when you say to them that Anwar was the master at cronyism, he dished out projects worth tens of billions to firends and families and distributed the nation's wealth like it was his own.

Now he goes around the country promising to end cronyism and corruption. If it came from a red arsed babboon, it would have more dredibility but since it comes from Anwar, one has to wonder if the leopard can change his spots.



So here is the list of top Cronies who benefitted from Anwar's tenure as Finance Minister.


Anwar's father: Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, his siblings Farizan and Marzukhi holds 7.1 million shares in three companies.
Pengkalen Holdings Berhad (Ibrahim and Farizon - 250,000 shares each)
Nissan Industrial Oxygen Inc (Ibrahim 3,790,500 shares)
Pernas Corporation (Marzukhi 2,800.000 shares)

Dr Rahim Ghouse: said to be the beneficiary of the Express Rail Link contract worth RM2.4 billion

Datuk Kamarudin Jafar, his company Lankhorst received over RM1 billion worth of Government contracts. his companies hold shares in KL Linear City, People Mover Rapid and Sabah Shipyard and it is said that these are now worth RM11.319 billion.

Azmin Ali is said to have enjoyed millions and allowed him to amass seven luxury cars and multi-million ringgit home in Tasik Titiwangsa.

Source: House PK


A coming of age

Posted: 27 Dec 2010 03:47 PM PST

NEW This was FMT's first full year of operation. And what a year it has been for news, especially in politics. It is true that 2008 was the year that political reporting in Malaysia had its Woodstock, but 2010 was no less exciting for the reporter, the politician and the observer. Some might even argue that it was an even more sensational year. The ecstatic reception of the opposition gains of 2008 waned a little, and more and more Malaysians raised their doubts about Pakatan Rakyat's ability to lead, especially during the tumultuous PKR elections that took place in the later part of the year. Perhaps PKR was trying to do too much too soon with its one-member-one-vote election. Perhaps Malaysians had become wiser and more critical.Barisan Nasional, on its part, had finished licking its wounds and was bouncing back aggressively. Not only did it use the established media under its control to the hilt; it also finally got wise to the power of the Internet and unleashed a large army of bloggers to help it fight its cause.

Any news organisation cannot but welcome all of this activity. And FMT remained, throughout, true to its promise to be free and independent. We can ignore the ranting of some who think that "independence" in a news organisation means it must be "anti-establishment" all the time and cast the opposition always in a flattering light, whatever its missteps and inherent faults and whatever the public thinks.

We agree that politics is not the only domain of human activity that generates news. But in Malaysia, at least, nearly everything – crime, business, sport and entertainment, even road accidents – has a political dimension because of the long reach of the politician's arms, particularly if he is a ruling politician. Furthermore, politics is bread and butter to online news portals because of the tight controls imposed on the print media. We are proud to be one of the few regularly updated Malaysian-based portals offering the latest news gathered and presented by professional journalists as well as comment pieces written from a wide range of perspectives.

We welcome competition. It keeps us on our toes. More than that, however, we believe the Malaysian public needs to feed its hunger for independent news reporting so that it can participate meaningfully in democratic governance. And variety on the menu is always a good thing. Indeed, we believe the cyberspace above Malaysia still has plenty of room for professionally-run news portals. We look forward to welcoming them into the neighbourhood. We no longer feel like the new kid on the block, thanks in large part to the support of our readers. Some have complained that our site does not offer the same level of interactivity that other portals do. They want to be able to publish their comments. That and a few other things are about to change.

We look forward to an even more exciting year. And we will still be free and independent.


Satu perbualan talipon

Posted: 28 Dec 2010 01:03 AM PST


Kring kring kring ...

"Hello ..."

"Helo ... Apo koba?"

"Apo maksud tu?"

"Sajo talipon ..."

"Kenapo sekarang baru nak sajo talipon? Selamo ini takdo nak talipon."

"Sajo nak talipon. Nak tahu. Sihat ko. Anak-anak macam mano?"

"Sihat ..."

"Baguslah ... Alhamdulillah."

"Apo lagi hal aku yang tiba-tiba ko nak tahu?"

"Takda ... Lain kali boleh talipon tanya kaba?"

"Talipon la ...."

Bondo tak kono, talipon pun tak boleh.


Action must be taken now to avert tragedies

Posted: 27 Dec 2010 10:31 AM PST

From Frankie Yeoh, via e-mail

It's very obvious that this type of double decker buses are only suitable for city use and not for highways and steep and meandering road as it's too unstable, especially when negotiating corners.

 

Why is the minister and ministry officials taking it at a snail's pace to get to the cause of the real problem? Every time a tragedy happens, they pose for the journalists and promise to probe..probe..probe, and then their job is finished.

Why can't they come out with remedial action now to stop the unnecessary loss of lives, instead of only blaming the bus operators or the errant drivers?

And also, Puspakom. Have they been doing their job efficiently and responsibly?

Also read:

27 killed in tour bus crash on Cameron Highlands road


Alcatel Bribed KL Officials, Says US.

Posted: 27 Dec 2010 10:18 PM PST

Alcatel Lucent SA has agreed to pay more than US$137 million (RM430.4 million) to settle US charges that it paid millions of dollars in bribes to foreign officials to win business in Latin America and Asia, US authorities said yesterday.

The telecommunications equipment maker was accused of making payments to government officials in countries including Costa Rica, Honduras, Taiwan and Malaysia to win or keep contracts worth tens of millions of dollars, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Justice Department said.

Between December 2001 and June 2006, the company used consultants who funneled more than US$8 million in bribes to officials, and Alcatel also improperly hired third-party agents in countries like Nigeria to help win deals, authorities said.

Overall, the company admitted it earned about US$48.1 million in profits as a result of the improper payments, the Justice Department said.

"Alcatel and its subsidiaries failed to detect or investigate numerous red flags suggesting their employees were directing sham consultants to provide gifts and payments to foreign government officials to illegally win business," Robert Khuzami, head of the SEC's enforcement division, said in a statement.

Alcatel was charged with two counts of violating the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and entered into a deferred prosecution agreement. Three of its subsidiaries agreed to plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery law.

The company agreed to pay US$92 million to settle the criminal charges filed by the Justice Department and also pay more than US$45 million to settle the SEC's civil charges.

In 2006, France's Alcatel bought Lucent Technologies Inc, including its famous Bell Laboratories, which was the pioneer of many communications technologies. The company said the bribery violations occurred before the combination.

Alcatel set aside money for the settlements in the fourth quarter of 2009 and said they would not have an impact on its 2010 results.

"We take responsibility for and regret what happened and have implemented policies and procedures to prevent these violations from happening again," Steve Reynolds, the company's general counsel, said in a statement.

The case is the latest in a series of bribery cases brought by the Obama administration to crack down on illegal payments by businesses to win contracts.

The cases are: USA v. Alcatel-Lucent France SA et al, 10-cr-20906 and Securities and Exchange Commission v. Alcatel Lucent SA, 10-cv-24620, in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.


Courtesy of Reuters


THE 8 TRAITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL RETIREES

Posted: 27 Dec 2010 10:04 PM PST

With a little help from the Retirement Docs' Quiz you can rate yourself and find out whether you have the traits that are prerequisites for achieving retirement happiness. If you don't, it's not too late to make adjustments or changes for a new YOU in 2011.

I took the quiz and my score put me in the top 40 percent, indicating that I still need some "fine-tuning in specific traits". Do take the quiz and find out how you fared.

The quiz is a condensed version of the much larger Retirement Docs' Survey conducted by medical doctors F.T. Fraunfelder and J.H.Gilbaugh. More than 1500 of their patients, all retirees, participated in the survey. The data collected forms the backbone of their book "RETIRE RIGHT".


From the survey results the doctors discovered that the top 20% of the respondents shared the same traits. The conclusion - if we possess these traits, the authors guarantee that we too will have a highly successful (=happy+fulfilling) retirement.

HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL RETIREES have
  • the ability to plan ahead
  • a positive attitude
  • an acceptance of change (learn to adapt and adjust)
  • a support network of family and friends (even pets!)
  • a healthy lifestyle
  • a sense of purpose
  • a variety of enjoyable leisure activities
  • a belief in God, religion or spirituality
For more details on each of these traits, you will have to read the book. It's available on Amazon. I managed to borrow a copy from the National Library of Singapore.

I intend to start working on improving my score right away. That's my retirement investment plan for 2011. Much more meaningful than making new year resolutions.


Action must be taken now to avert tragedies

Posted: 27 Dec 2010 10:31 AM PST

From Frankie Yeoh, via e-mail

It's very obvious that this type of double decker buses are only suitable for city use and not for highways and steep and meandering road as it's too unstable, especially when negotiating corners.

Why is the minister and ministry officials taking it at a snail's pace to get to the cause of the real problem? Every time a tragedy happens, they pose for the journalists and promise to probe..probe..probe, and then their job is finished.

Why can't they come out with remedial action now to stop the unnecessary loss of lives, instead of only blaming the bus operators or the errant drivers?

And also, Puspakom. Have they been doing their job efficiently and responsibly?

Also read:

27 killed in tour bus crash on Cameron Highlands road


It takes a thief to catch a thief

Posted: 27 Dec 2010 10:18 AM PST

From Kleng Soo, via e-mail

Educate these local fishermen why they should not use bomb-fishing. By the way, are they locals or foreigners? Employ them to become marine park wardens (replace those who only sit behind the counters, selling tickets to tourists entering the marine park), so that they can earn a living. It takes a thief to catch a thief.

Also read: New fame brings more danger to Semporna http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/fmt-english/news/general/14702-new-fame-brings-more-danger-to-semporna


Cynical attempt to denigrate long-time citizens

Posted: 27 Dec 2010 10:15 AM PST

Datuk Karim Tarmizi, via e-mail

I refer to the letter, 'Crackpots and pea-brained logic'. To follow the above writer's logic, there will be total chaos in defining who belongs to which country in this world currently. All the Anglo Saxons who populate USA, New Zealand and Australia cannot claim such countries as theirs. The same applies to China which may belong to some Mongolian tribe somewhere.

The principle is already well articulated. Any country, by universal convention belongs to groups of people who form the first conventional society and institutionalised goverment in that area.

When the Anglo Saxons came to the Americas they were the first to establish a formal society and government there compared to the disparate tribes and clans that were roaming and fighting in the Americas then. The same applies to Australia and New Zealand.

The fact cannot be denied that some Malays have come from as far Yunan (China), Sumateras, Thailand, Middle East and other neighbouring countries. But, they as a group of people, were the ones who establish society and governmental system that become the basis of government and states, etc. currently.

To deny that basic universal convention is nothing but a cynical attempt to denigrate long time citizens of this country. This attitude of mind will create a lot of disharmony and disrespect among Malaysian.

Perhaps you can call George Bush and tell him he is not an original the US citizen but the USA belongs to the Red Indians.

Also read:

Crackpots and pea-brained logic

 

 

 


Penang Councils Have Much to Catch-Up With Southern Thailand

Posted: 27 Dec 2010 06:06 PM PST

By the Administrator

From 20th to 22nd December, a delegation of Penang Island Municipal Council consisted of Councillors and officers from the 2 local governments and government agencies conducted a working visit to Had Yai City and Songkhala City. Deputy Mayor and Mayor from the respective councils greeted the delegation with briefing of their latest developments, and site-visits of market places and infrasturcture works were followed suit.

The bright street lights, clean and beautiful land-scape, organised and controlled hawking have put pressure on the delegation which noticed how far Penang had lagged behind, and indeed much to brush-up or catch-up.

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