Sunday, January 9, 2011

Are sexy women suicidal? Jessica Szohr Naked In Only Bodypaint

Are sexy women suicidal? Jessica Szohr Naked In Only Bodypaint


Are sexy women suicidal? Jessica Szohr Naked In Only Bodypaint

Posted: 09 Jan 2011 10:41 AM PST

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American actres Jessica Szohr Naked In Only Bodypaint Are sexy women suicidal?

Jessica Karen Szohr (pronounced Soar; born March 31, 1985 in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, U.S.A.) is an American actress. Szohr began her screen career starring on television shows such as CSI: Miami and What About Brian. In 2007, she earned her breakthrough role as Vanessa Abrams on The CW series Gossip Girl


She stood out like a 'Candle in the Wind' and flickered only a moment before dying out. For 36-year-old Marilyn Monroe, death came like a caressing whisper in the quiet of the night, leaving behind a blurred portrait of the effervescent woman that once was.

Memories of Marilyn's mysterious death rushed back when in a recent interview yesteryear supermodel, Brigitte Bardot revealed, "I've been on the verge of suicide several times – it's a miracle that I'm still alive", bringing to the fore the inexplicable relationship between success, beauty and self-annihilation. We explore why some women decide to give it all up in a flash when they have the world at their feet.

Back home, not too long ago, model Viveka Babajee's family and friends woke up to a rude shock, that of her suicide. Some years back model Kuljeet Randhawa too ended her life in a fit, with best friend, supermodel Nafisa Joseph following in her footsteps a year later. The trend makes one wonder if early success gets too hot to handle? Says marriage and relationship expert Dr Kamal Khurana, "A beautiful and successful woman has many admirers, and hence many experimentation with relationships. A spate of broken relationships is enough to do the damage. She begins to feel companionless in a world that worships her façade, even if she is hurt and bewildered."

Marilyn had once said, "I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else." Curiously all successful women who committed or attempted suicide have one thing in common, an acute internal suffering – a feverish desire to be 'delivered'.

A failed suicide attempt landed American poet and novelist, Sylvia Plath in the hospital, which she described as a 'white landscape' of death in the confessional poem 'Tulips'. According to Plath, the red tulips her husband got her mocked at her from the bedside with their brightness like 'an awful baby', and upset the sheer white that lay all around her. It is believed that the 20th century novelist was prescribed anti-depressants a few days before her death, but Plath finally succeeded in her third attempt to 'attain a different form'.

Avers Dr Khurana that the intent of suicide takes birth long before. "It is pre-ordained and never incidental. When a successful woman searches for the same kind of success in her personal life and is disappointed, she tries in vain to overpower that feeling by trying to harm herself. Suicide is an attempt to gain control over death which she never had in her life."

Perhaps Korean superstar Kim Dual was mindful of her impending suicide when she posted on her blog, "Oh but how lonely it is. Then and now" along with the song by Jim Rivers, I go deep, few days before she was found hanging from the ceiling of her flat in Paris. A regular at Paris Fashion Week and one of the most sought-after faces on fashion magazines like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, Kim left the world reeling from the news of her suicide.

But what makes a successful woman so weak that she resorts to suicide or is it a way of telling the world, 'look what you have drive me to'. Says Miss India World 2008 Simran Kaur Mundi, "Extremely successful women find it difficult to identify a true friend from a fair-weather friend. Besides, being at the top can make you insecure as you have to live up to a certain image and perform come what may. People who are emotionally strong are the ones that survive." But Simran also feels that personal relationships play a big role and is capable of crushing your identity. "Guys are intimidated by successful women, and feel they are too unreal to be friends with," says she.

Depression is a greater demon than just the agony of a failed relationship. It creeps in and stays on until recognized, but it is too late by then. Who would have known that Virginia Woolf, the famous author of Mrs Dalloway, would one day put on an overcoat, fill her pockets with stones and walk into a river and drown herself. Since childhood she suffered bouts of depression, but couldn't overcome it all over again at the onset of World War II.

"Depression is an illness," believes Advaita Kala, the author of Almost Single, "It is like the common cold of the mind that needs to be recognised and cured. As a society we are all heading towards depression as you'll hardly see kids go out to the park and play or call friends over for a birthday party. Social get-togethers have given way to social networking, leaving us melancholy most of the time and the mind prone to idle thoughts."

Marilyn was suffering, she felt she was "a child who nobody wanted, a lonely girl with a dream – who awakened to find that dream come true". "It's tricky," says Advaita, "as you can hardly tell if a person is suffering deep within. But once detected it needs to be treated and not brushed under the rug."

Marilyn Monroe.jpg



In a few new provocative photos Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr stripped down to nothing but body paint for a new ad campaign for SoBe Lifewater. The gorgeous photo shoot took place in the picturesque jungle and streets of Costa Rica. Last year the bodypaint shoot with "Twilight" actress Ashley Greene took place on a gorgeous beach in the same country. And last year about this time, Ashley Greene claimedSobe tricked her into getting naked in a photoshoot so they could take pictures of it. So lets wait and see if Jessica Szhor is going to regret posing nude and make claims she was also tricked. Anyway, see more sexy pictures of Jessica Szohr and her bodypaint in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue next month.Until then you can enjoy these shots! Click on pictures to enlarge.


Posted by sms2maztulis at 6:12 AM

Jessica Karen Szohr (pronounced Soar; born March 31, 1985 in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, U.S.A.) is an American actress. Szohr began her screen career starring on television shows such as CSI: Miami and What About Brian. In 2007, she earned her breakthrough role as Vanessa Abrams on The CW series Gossip Girl


She stood out like a 'Candle in the Wind' and flickered only a moment before dying out. For 36-year-old Marilyn Monroe, death came like a caressing whisper in the quiet of the night, leaving behind a blurred portrait of the effervescent woman that once was.

Memories of Marilyn's mysterious death rushed back when in a recent interview yesteryear supermodel, Brigitte Bardot revealed, "I've been on the verge of suicide several times – it's a miracle that I'm still alive", bringing to the fore the inexplicable relationship between success, beauty and self-annihilation. We explore why some women decide to give it all up in a flash when they have the world at their feet.

Back home, not too long ago, model Viveka Babajee's family and friends woke up to a rude shock, that of her suicide. Some years back model Kuljeet Randhawa too ended her life in a fit, with best friend, supermodel Nafisa Joseph following in her footsteps a year later. The trend makes one wonder if early success gets too hot to handle? Says marriage and relationship expert Dr Kamal Khurana, "A beautiful and successful woman has many admirers, and hence many experimentation with relationships. A spate of broken relationships is enough to do the damage. She begins to feel companionless in a world that worships her façade, even if she is hurt and bewildered."

Marilyn had once said, "I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else." Curiously all successful women who committed or attempted suicide have one thing in common, an acute internal suffering – a feverish desire to be 'delivered'.

A failed suicide attempt landed American poet and novelist, Sylvia Plath in the hospital, which she described as a 'white landscape' of death in the confessional poem 'Tulips'. According to Plath, the red tulips her husband got her mocked at her from the bedside with their brightness like 'an awful baby', and upset the sheer white that lay all around her. It is believed that the 20th century novelist was prescribed anti-depressants a few days before her death, but Plath finally succeeded in her third attempt to 'attain a different form'.

Avers Dr Khurana that the intent of suicide takes birth long before. "It is pre-ordained and never incidental. When a successful woman searches for the same kind of success in her personal life and is disappointed, she tries in vain to overpower that feeling by trying to harm herself. Suicide is an attempt to gain control over death which she never had in her life."

Perhaps Korean superstar Kim Dual was mindful of her impending suicide when she posted on her blog, "Oh but how lonely it is. Then and now" along with the song by Jim Rivers, I go deep, few days before she was found hanging from the ceiling of her flat in Paris. A regular at Paris Fashion Week and one of the most sought-after faces on fashion magazines like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, Kim left the world reeling from the news of her suicide.

But what makes a successful woman so weak that she resorts to suicide or is it a way of telling the world, 'look what you have drive me to'. Says Miss India World 2008 Simran Kaur Mundi, "Extremely successful women find it difficult to identify a true friend from a fair-weather friend. Besides, being at the top can make you insecure as you have to live up to a certain image and perform come what may. People who are emotionally strong are the ones that survive." But Simran also feels that personal relationships play a big role and is capable of crushing your identity. "Guys are intimidated by successful women, and feel they are too unreal to be friends with," says she.

Depression is a greater demon than just the agony of a failed relationship. It creeps in and stays on until recognized, but it is too late by then. Who would have known that Virginia Woolf, the famous author of Mrs Dalloway, would one day put on an overcoat, fill her pockets with stones and walk into a river and drown herself. Since childhood she suffered bouts of depression, but couldn't overcome it all over again at the onset of World War II.

"Depression is an illness," believes Advaita Kala, the author of Almost Single, "It is like the common cold of the mind that needs to be recognised and cured. As a society we are all heading towards depression as you'll hardly see kids go out to the park and play or call friends over for a birthday party. Social get-togethers have given way to social networking, leaving us melancholy most of the time and the mind prone to idle thoughts."

Marilyn was suffering, she felt she was "a child who nobody wanted, a lonely girl with a dream – who awakened to find that dream come true". "It's tricky," says Advaita, "as you can hardly tell if a person is suffering deep within. But once detected it needs to be treated and not brushed under the rug."

Marilyn Monroe.jpg



In a few new provocative photos Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr stripped down to nothing but body paint for a new ad campaign for SoBe Lifewater. The gorgeous photo shoot took place in the picturesque jungle and streets of Costa Rica. Last year the bodypaint shoot with "Twilight" actress Ashley Greene took place on a gorgeous beach in the same country. And last year about this time, Ashley Greene claimedSobe tricked her into getting naked in a photoshoot so they could take pictures of it. So lets wait and see if Jessica Szhor is going to regret posing nude and make claims she was also tricked. Anyway, see more sexy pictures of Jessica Szohr and her bodypaint in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue next month.Until then you can enjoy these shots! Click on pictures to enlarge.


Posted by sms2maztulis at 6:12 AM

 



Slime Darby’s Nazir Razak link It only takes one bad Apple

Posted: 09 Jan 2011 10:37 AM PST


Apple fell into line with other corporate giants by removing an ipad WikiLeaks application earlier this week [GETTY]
It was hard enough getting through the holiday season already.
With Master Card, Visa, PayPal and Amazon.com, all ending their relationships with WikiLeaks, it has become almost impossible for someone who cares about free speech, press freedoms as well as government and corporate accountability to function in society, never mind shopping for Hanukkah and Christmas presents.

But at least Apple wouldn't let me down; or so I thought.

For the last two years my MacBook Pro has literally been on my lap 10 or more hours a day, and it has the wear to prove it – letters rubbed out and hard to press, screen uncleanably dirty, the cover cracked on both sides near the base.
And so as the holidays approached and most everyone else at my department seemed to show up with a shiny new MacBook, it seemed only a matter of time before I gave in and bought a new one myself.
No more.
Et tu, Apple?
On December 21, Apple pulled a WikiLeaks application from its iTunes store, banning it forever. When reporters queried the company about why it did so, the response was: "We removed WikiLeaks because it violated developer guidelines. An app must comply with all local laws. It may not put an individual or target group in harm's way."
And so Apple has joined capital's war on WikiLeaks; adding its power to that of the credit card company's online retailers and even Swiss banks who refuse to do any business with the grassroots whistleblowing organisation that has done more to bring the malfeasance of governments and corporations to the light of public scrutiny than any other organisation in at least two generations.
And because of that, I will never buy another Apple product again. You've made your choice, Mr. Jobs, and now so have I.
Too Dangerous?
You see, if WikiLeaks is too dangerous for Apple, than so must be I.
I have been accused by right wing commentators and activists of putting Americans, Jews, Israelis and impressionable college students in harm's way. I have been named one of the "101 most dangerous professors" in America because I routinely criticised US and Israeli policies (never mind that I've also criticized the policies of most other governments). I've been called a Marxist and an abetter of terrorism and anti-Semitism.
Shouldn't I be banned from iTunes as well?
As part of the project for my book Heavy Metal Islam, I produced a compilation album, Flowers in the Desert, that features some of the best hard rock, metal, hiphop and hardcore artists from around the Muslim world.
From Morocco to Pakistan, these artists have been accused of being deadly threats to their societies by governments and conservative religious figures. They have been arrested, beaten, convicted of crimes, threatened with death by senior religious officials, and banned from performing.
All because they dared to use Western-inspired rock music to express the myriad frustrations, fears and even dreams of their lives growing up in authoritarian, corrupt and often violent countries.
Meeting and falling in love with these artists, their stories and their sounds, I have done whatever I could to spread their message and their music as widely as possible. Including making sure Flowers in the Desert was available on iTunes.

Tell me, Mr. Jobs, shouldn't you pull my album from your store? Who's to say that I'm not more dangerous than WikiLeaks?

I can introduce you to a bunch of conservative Muslims, from at least a dozen countries, who would tell you that WikiLeaks is great but me and my Middle Eastern musical comrades are putting Muslims in harms way and should not be allowed to distribute our Devil's music to anyone.
Don't their feelings count? Shouldn't you pull my album to protect them and their children from harms way? You're not prejudiced against God-fearing Muslims, are you?
First porn, then politics and culture
Pulling WikiLeaks from the iTunes store might have surprised some people; but there have already been hints that beneath the shiny, sleek designs and hyper cool image, Apple harbors censorial inclinations.
To begin with, when the iPad was launched, Jobs made a point of declaring that it would be free of pornography. "Freedom from porn," he declare proudly. "Yep, freedom."
You don't have to be a fan of pornography to understand the implications of one person or corporation prohibiting a consumer from consuming legal content on their products. Magazines, including the prestigious german publications Stern and Bild, have seen their apps pulled because they ran topless photo spreads, or had to put bikinis on models.
And Apple has also banned apps with political cartoons and gay travel guides, leading the Guardian to declare in May that "many magazine publishers developing 'apps' for the new iPad… have had to self-censor."
Not so cool. Not so free. No longer for Me
So I guess Apple isn't as cool as it seems.
Or as functional, if one is concerned about the proper functioning of the public sphere and the democracy that rests upon it.
Come to think of it, WikiLeaks hasn't been convicted of breaking any law, nor has it been shown to have put any Americans in harm's way, unless you consider exposing the lies of our political leaders to the public putting them in harm's way. So Apple has banned WikiLeaks preemptively, when it had no legal reason to do so. That is the essence of self-censorship, the greatest sin a media company can commit.
And that leaves me, with my slowly dying MacBook Pro, wondering how I'm going to survive in what will likely soon be a post-Apple world, at least in my case. I don't want to leave Apple, just as I don't want to stop shopping at Amazon.com, using my Master Card to get more miles for my frequent flyer plan, or paying with PayPal when I just want to pay straight from my checking account.
But however much easier these products and services have made my life, the threat posed by their treatment of WikiLeaks (and who knows what other, far less well-known organisations we don't even know about) to the most basic freedom citizens must enjoy in order for democracy to survive – to know the full truth about what their governments do in their name and with their money – cannot stand.
However much we might love our iPods, iPads and MacBooks, if we are not willing to sacrifice aesthetic elegance for political principle, we don't really deserve to enjoy them in the first place.
Sorry, Mr. Jobs. Email me when I can get WikiLeaks and porn on an iPad. Until then, it looks like I'll be going with a Vaio, Linux and CD Baby when my old MacBook finally dies.
Postscript: About an hour after I sent a friend the link to this article, he sent me an email with a link to the Swedish equivalent of Craig's List, where he decided to put his brand new iPad up for sale.
Postscript 2: A reader emailed me to explain that in fact one can still get porn and WikiLeaks on the iPad the same way you can on any computer: through the internet browser. He also explained that "the technical argument Apple cited for pulling the app was true: Barinov was violating the app-store rules stating that "Apps that include the ability to make donations to recognized charitable organizations must be free…"  while the app is not.
But if this was the main issue, Apple could have demanded that the app be given away rather than sold, when in fact it was banned forever. As for using a browser to view WikiLeaks or porn, that is true, but as the evidence I presented demonstrates, Apple has actively censored content on its iPad and iTunes, which I find indefensible.
Mark Levine is a professional musician and professor of Middle Eastern history at the University of California, Irvine. He is author of half a dozen books, including Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Religion and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam (forthcoming, Random House/Verso, companion CD to be released by EMI Records).


Nazir, Tony and Idris – The 3 stooges

1. The truth must be revealed.
2.  One name keeps cropping up about the Sime Darby mess that began in the time of Slumberjack Badawi:  Nazir Razak. After all the man who pushed Badawi aka Sleepy Head, Slumberjack to sanction the merger of Sime Darby, Guthrie and Golden Hope to come together as Slime Darby was none other than Najib's dear brother Nazir – Top Banker, Mr Lets-get-rid-of-the-NEP, Mr Lets-get-rid-of-government-from-business.
3. For his troubles, Nazir and his associates at CIMB, a GLC,  were paid RM500 million. More than swallowing up the huge fees, what Najib's new boy Bakke Salleh and others are finding out is that Nazir and CIMB had influence far beyond just putting together the Synergy Drive deal.
4. Najib's dear Top Banker brother  worked a nice 'quid pro quo' with the now- disgraced Slime Darby boss Ahmad Zubir Murshid, the first chief executive of the fattened group. In exchange for Zubir agreeing to pay CIMB inordinately high fees for The Merger, Nazir agreed to place people favoured by Zubir as the heads of divisions. That saw Shukri Baharom the man behind the RM1 billion loss at the energy division being given a senior position even though there were more qualified personnel at Golden Hope and Guthrie.
5. Basically Nazir put money before the interest of the enlarged Slime
Darby by sanctioning the appointment of inferior individuals to senior
positions in the Government Conglomerate.
6. The result was that top people like Wahab Maskan of Guthrie and Sabri Ahmad of Golden Hope were sidelined and those like Shukri were given top positions. (This you know thanks to Brother Rockybru and Brother Ashraf Jejak Pujangga)
7.  So today's mess at Slime Darby has its beginning in poor decisions
by CIMB, who put fees over the interest of the company. Now konon, Nazir wants to study Islamic Finance in Oxford.
8.  Now as the investigations into the mismanagement of Slime Darby
continues , it is emerging that the merger should not have been
allowed to proceed. It made the company to cumbersome and hard to
supervise.
9. In fact new boss Bakke Salleh is now proposing that each division have a separate board and talks are underway to list some of the divisions. So the whole idea of the merger is being questioned.
10.  But all this is of no concern to Nazir and CIMB. He has been paid
his millions and he is now to be paid another huge fees for relisting
the separate divisions.

 



Umno committed treason in 1993, says Khalid, Sudan: History of a Broken Land

Posted: 09 Jan 2011 10:32 AM PST

It was the giant of Africa: a nation which once represented the greatest hope for peaceful coexistence between Arab and African, Muslim and Christian. That hope is all but gone. The promise of Sudan was just an illusion.
It is already a fractured country and, in the longer term, this is unlikely to be an isolated matter of north and south breaking apart following the referendum on southern secession. Separatist movements in regions such as Darfur and the Nuba Mountains are watching with more than curiosity. And it is not just Sudan: in other African and Arab countries independence factions are eyeing developments with a view to making their move either through the ballot box or the gun.
In the run-up to the referendum, I travelled to Sudan to make the film. I have been fortunate enough in my life to have visited most of the world's countries and yet, this would be the first time I had set foot in Africa's largest.
To say that the northern Sudanese people are enormously friendly may be clichéd, but it is also very true. Soon after our arrival, the car we had hired in Khartoum broke down and we quickly found ourselves surrounded by young men, all of them trying to help discover and rectify the fault. No-one was looking for money; it simply came naturally to them to help out and was just one example of many we would discover in the following weeks.
Unfortunately though, I also discovered self-delusion: in the coffee shops, restaurants and streets, the vast majority of people I spoke with wanted desperately to believe that it was not too late and that, surely, the South will never leave the union. It will.
Sudan's lost unity
In the South I found determination and certainty: that independence is the only goal and that they will face up to any other problems once that goal is achieved. This naivety is an ironic repetition of events in 1956, when Sudan gained independence from the British/Egyptian administration. Then, as now, internal problems and disagreements were set aside until the target was reached.
Almost five decades of conflict followed and, today, the prospect of intra-tribal war in the South, following its own independence, is very real … but no-one wants to talk about it until the referendum is over.
As always, it is the innocent people who will suffer. Well over two million may have died in the civil wars, but I have little doubt that the self-destruct button humanity has pushed so often in the past will be employed once again.
So who is to blame for Sudan's predicament?
Most northern politicians and historians will tell you it is the British. And they have a strong case. The splitting of the country in 1922, when northerners were not allowed to travel south (over the 10th Parallel) and southerners north (over the 8th), ensured that Muslims were stopped from spreading their faith southwards while the British openly supported the influx of Christian missionaries to the South. This created much of the division that exists today.
The two cultures were never given a proper opportunity to interact, which is a genuine tragedy as they could have learned so much from each other. Most certainly, I met very many individuals from both sides of the soon-to-be border who could have coexisted with ease. I think here of the Tabibi brothers in Omdurman, Aban Raphael in Malakal, villagers in the Nuba Mountains and their counterparts in Bor; all of them good people, wishing only for peace.
But is it really just the British who are to blame? As the youngest son of an Irish nationalist, I am not about to defend the actions of colonialists. But a question must be posed: why, in the 55 years since those colonialists departed, has the Sudanese government failed to invest in the South?
To this day, there are just 50km of paved roads in a country the size of France. Illiteracy amongst women is almost 100 per cent; poverty is rife, healthcare virtually non-existent and starvation a frequent blight.
Add to this the attempts by northern politicians to impose their own interpretation of Sharia Law (the infamous 'September Laws') on southern Christians and another picture emerges. The North imposed its dominance by force and, inevitably, the South rebelled.
'The forgotten tribe'
As the country awaits the outcome of the referendum, I cannot help but think that, whatever the outcome may be, we have not seen the last of conflict. Eighty per cent of the oil is in the South, while the pipeline runs north. There is Darfur, potentially insoluble. And there is Abyei, situated right on the proposed border, inhabited by the southern Dinka Ngok tribe but used by the northern nomadic Misseriya tribe on a seasonal basis for grazing their cattle herds.
Frequently, the Dinka have come under attack from Misseriya militias, resulting in massacres and destruction. But the Misseriya see themselves as the forgotten tribe, and they have a case.
Under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which brought civil war to an end, two referenda were agreed: one for southern secession or unity and the other to give Abyei the opportunity to choose to be part of the North or the South.
There is simply no question that the Dinka Ngok would vote for the South but, under the terms of the CPA, the Misseriya were not given the vote and feel massively aggrieved. They fear that Abyei, as part of the new south, would attempt to stop them crossing the border, denying them the grazing rights they have enjoyed for centuries. As the Misseriya chief, Babu Nimir, told me:
"If Dinka Ngok say that they will not permit the Misseriya to reach the waters, I tell you, we will fight them. We will fight them. We will fight them. And we will go through even beyond Abyei to drink water and to take pasture."
The Abyei referendum has now been effectively abandoned, leaving a dangerous state of limbo which could ignite at any time.
Sudan is already a broken land and it is difficult to envisage any form of lasting peace in the near or even distant future. I can only hope, on behalf of the many good people it was my privilege to meet, that I am wrong.
By Yow Hong Chieh
January 09, 2011
Khalid reiterated that the Selangor government would be making several resolutions to ensure the power of appointment returns to the Sultan and state government.

SHAH ALAM, Jan 9 – The Selangor government's proposed changes to the state constitution are not only to resolve the state secretary impasse but "to right a wrong", Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said tonight.

The Selangor mentri besar said it was not right that the Selangor Sultan had his powers taken away by Umno in order to cement federal power over the state during the 1993 constitutional crisis.
"Umno was the one who took the powers away … but when we informed the Sultan that he did not have powers (of appointment), we were told not to act in a treasonous manner," he said during a rally at Stadium Malawati here.
"Who committed treason? In 1993, they (Umno) had already committed treason."
Khalid reiterated that the Selangor government would be making several resolutions later this month to ensure the power of appointment returns to the Sultan and state government.
He also dared Umno to object to the proposed constitutional amendments.
"We will see their true colours, if they really support the Sultan," he said to cheers from the crowd.
Khalid added that "the drama will continue" until the power to appoint senior officers was returned to the state.
The country's richest state has been in turmoil in recent weeks since the Chief Secretary to the federal government named Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi to the post to replace outgoing state secretary Datuk Ramli Mahmud.
The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government has rejected Khusrin's appointment and insists it has the right to name its own person for the job.
The row over Khusrin's appointment has escalated to the point where the PKR-led state government is now seeking to implement constitutional amendments that will allow it to regain the pre-1993 authority to appoint the state's secretary and other senior civil servants.
The Selangor MB also said that there would be no oath-taking ceremony between newly-appointed Khusrin and himself, adding that the latter wil


DAP Penang State Government victimizing Penang Indian Muslim traders!

Posted: 09 Jan 2011 08:19 AM PST



I would like to question the blatant abuse of power by the DAP Komtar State Assemblyman who arrogantly orders the Penang City Council Enforcement Team to confiscate stainless steel equipment and even a refrigerator from the Nasi Kandar outlet that became the latest victim of official DAP tyranny over there in Penang?


Would the DAP be as strict with enforcing such action on all traders there in Penang where those of us who are Penangites know as to the obvious bias there with regard to the DAP closing one eye on the Chinese illegal traders who outnumber the Malays and Mamaks at any one time if we are to conduct a spotcheck without giving a damn as to who is flouting the laws there?


One look at the face of this obvious arrogant @#$%^&*! and we know the kind of bloody pompous power crazy maniacs we have terrorizing the Muslim traders over there!


I call upon all Muslim traders and businessmen of Penang to rally behind the victimized trader and seek the return of all his trading equipment back to him promptly!


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Tiada Perbincangan Perpaduan PAS-Umno

Posted: 09 Jan 2011 06:23 AM PST














Menteri Besar Kelantan Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat hari ini menegaskan bahawa isu perbincangan antara PAS dan Umno tidak timbul langsung.

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PETALING JAYA: Menteri Besar Kelantan Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat hari ini menegaskan bahawa isu perbincangan antara PAS dan Umno tidak timbul langsung.

"Majlis itu adalah majlis Yang Dipertuan Agong, nak bincang dengan Perdana Menteri macamana?," beliau dipetik berkata oleh laman web Harakahdaily ketika menghadiri majlis santapan malam yang DiPertuan Agong.

"Adalah sangat tidak beretika dan tidak beradab bagi saya untuk menceritakan isi perbualan semasa mengadap," kata beliau yang juga merupakan mursyidul am PAS.

Pertemuan Nik Aziz dengan pimpinan Umno pada 24 Disember lalu dikaitkan dengan kemungkinan berlakunya perbincangan kerajaan perpaduan yang sering dimainkan oleh Umno sebagai satu tipu helah untuk memecah-belah perpaduan Pakatan Rakyat.

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Nik Aziz menghadiri majlis santapan malam itu bersama pimpinan PAS atas jemputan Yang Di-Pertuan Agong menerusi mantan perdana menteri Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ketika beliau menjalani rawatan di Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian baru-baru ini.

Sementara, itu Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang turut mengiyakan bahawa tiada perbincangan politik berlaku semasa majlis santapan malam tersebut.

"Tidak ada perjumpaan lain, selain majlis santapan malam itu," Hadi dipetik berkata oleh Bernama.

Isu kerajaan perpaduan sudah beberapa kali digembar-gemburkan sebelum ini.

Pada sesi Muktamar Tahunan PAS yang lepas, isu kerajaan perpaduan hampir meretakkan parti tersebut kerana Hadi dan timbalannya Nasharudin Md Isa cenderung untuk menyokong cadangan kerajaan perpaduan manakala Nik Aziz pula menentang keras cadangan ini.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2011/01/04/tiada-perbincangan-perpaduan-pas-umno/


PKR Sarawak Official Appointment….

Posted: 09 Jan 2011 05:45 AM PST

Well sometimes it does help to point it out and PKR is and has taken note of their problems. Immediate actions are needed as in politics 1 hour is a long time and with the Sarawak elections due soon this is timely.

Politics is Reality and Perception

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

I want to record my thanks to the Party's leadership, in particular Dato' Seri President and Dato' Seri Ketua Umum Anwar Ibrahim for their confidence in me by re-appointing me as the Sarawak Liaison Chief today.

This is very important because what we have done in preparation for the upcoming elections must not be disrupted. Co-operation amongst Pakatan Rakyat members, NGOs, supporters and sympathisers in preparing for the coming election is unprecedented. This must gain momentum in the next three months.

With my appointment now made official I endeavour to work together with our PR colleagues, Party leaders and members, sympathisers and supporters to ensure PR achieves the historic political victory we all desire after thirty years under a rotten regime of a man and his cronies.

May God bless and bring to reality our sincere and righteous will and desire for change.

Sdr Baru Bian

LET THE BATTLE BEGIN…..



Singaporean Exhibitionist With Huge Milk Tankers Camille Grammer’s nude pics being circulated by former ‘Real Housewives’ co-stars

Posted: 09 Jan 2011 01:09 AM PST

Here is some big titty Asian chick having a little exhibitionist fun in public and exposing her huge boobs. Just look at those massive milk tankers on this chick… I wonder if this parking garage have security cameras. LOL… According to the anonymous contributor, these daring shots are from a car park somewhere in Singapore. You know we love Singaporean exhibitionism here  keep them coming! It would be cool if someone can identify the exact location to independently confirm or refute this is Singapore.


Camille Grammer apparently had some skeltons in her closet.
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Camille Grammer apparently had some skeltons in her closet.

The stars of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" are shopping around softporn pictures of Kelsey Grammer's ex-wife that they discovered — and are eager to share, Life & Style Magazine reported.If appearance is everything to Camille Grammer, as it says in the teaser to her reality show, she should have kept her co-stars closer.
"The Housewives discovered softporn pictures of Camille online and sent the links to everybody they know," a source told the gossip mag.
The pics of a topless Grammer and links to her soft-porn movies have reportedly been circulating around via an email chain of Grammar's former friends.
Grammer had a rough breakup with her former co-stars, becoming the prototypical villain on the show last season. Her co-stars are apparently taking delight in their revenge.
"The women started e-mailing the links to one another and writing the funniest comments," the source told the magazine. "They loved that several porn sites listed Camille as having an average body and looks and too-large boobs."
The naked truth comes while the Housewife is in the middle of a brutal divorce battle with her ex. The only good news for her though? Thanks to an expected $50 million settlement from the "Frasier" star, if her lawyers can work it out with Bravo, she won't have to see her ex-frenemies anymore.
Not that they're taking any joy in that at all. After all, one of the Housewives' said, she pitied Camille having pushed away all of her fellow Bravo stars.
"She would have had a support system in all of us," Housewife Kyle Richards told Life & Style. "I would have been a great friend to her."

 



The bastards at UTUSAN are leading we MALAYSIANS to the Destructive Crossroads

Posted: 09 Jan 2011 01:01 AM PST

Pak Lah denies Rais molested (raped) maid, insists no cover up

And why does Abdullah want so much for the police to charge Anwar? Simple:
because his Deputy, Najib Tun Razak, would invariably get dragged into this
whole mess.

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readmoreSheriff Clarence Dupnik: Arizona 'Mecca For Prejudice & Bigotry'We find ourselves at a violent crossroads. Whether you are a national voice or an individual without a voice — there are simple questions we all must ask ourselves today. As individuals wrestle with either a modest or an extreme sense of unfairness in the American political system, the question we have to ask ourselves is "What are we going to do with that energy?

Whatever is to be said about the state of the gunman today, whether he had psychological issues or not, he was angry. Across America today, people are angry. They may choose to channel that anger in a number of either self-destructive or destructive ways. But whatever any of our feelings are, our challenge and our obligation is to channel that energy into a path based on resolution. For a path based on destruction is just that, destruction.
There are two categories of people. The first category is those in the powerful elite — whether you are an active serving political leader in the legislature, a former political leader, governor or president, a leader of a non-profit group, or the leader of a political organization ranging from the NRA, MoveOn.org and the Sierra Club, or whether you are a national or local broadcaster focusing on political issues or some form of political strategist or advisor. This is the power class: The group that has a clear avenue of expression and power inside the political process, inside the political media, and inside politically organized institutions.
Or you may find yourself as the vast majority of Americans do, as a passive observer with little sense beyond your ability to vote — without having an avenue to express your beliefs and ideas when it comes to the national conversation.
Both the power class and the passive class are experiencing this sense of frustration and unfairness to one degree or another. As the internalization of that energy is self-destructive, it begs the question… How do we as a nation, both as the power class and the passive class, express and ultimately resolve the ongoing unfairness that exists in this country to this day? Though we may not like to believe it, grave unfairness has existed since this country's founding. Yet, the beauty of the idea that is America is the principle of a government beholden to all of its citizens. As frustrating as the unfairness may appear to be, it is imperative we understand the context that this country has always represented: the ideals of quality and freedom. But our country has always fallen short — it has always been an ongoing process of trying to close the gap between that unfairness and our ideals.
today, we find ourselves at a violent crossroads in American history as a result of our inability, or unwillingness to find a healthy outlet to resolve these problems. we now have two options. Internalize the energy into a sea of bile and resentment that will cause you to become less effective, productive and beneficial to those in your life. Internalizing this energy without finding a positive recourse is a recipe for personal disaster. I speak from experience. Internalizing that energy of unfairness, that frustration and that anger is a recipe for self-destruction from a personal to a national level. We now find ourselves with a desperate need for an outlet for that energy, a need for an outlet that solves our problems rather than destroying ourselves or those around us. So I pose two questions: For the power class, how are you using the energy of frustration and anger that revolves around the unfairness of this country? Are you using it as a tool to manipulate your environment in order to accumulate power, wealth, fame, or some other self-serving manifestation?
For the passive class, have you chosen to deal with your knowledge of this unfairness either through denial of its existence, or through a logical apathy founded upon the belief that nothing you do will matter?
It goes without saying that the events of today are a wake-up call for every American, regardless of their position in this society. And as we stand as a group at this violent fork in the road, will those within the power class take this wakeup call to acknowledge the responsibility they have to utilize their influence to serve the interests of increased fairness in America — even if that requires the suffering of personal losses or losses among your powerbase ?
Understand that whether we like it or not, the personal indulgence of this exploitation by some in order to accumulate wealth and power is done so at a mortal danger to all Americans — each likely as concerned for the wellbeing of this country as you, the passive class, may believe yourself to be.
America is in a desperate need of engagement by all of its citizens, and we all must understand that the luxury of denial and logical apathy among the passive can no longer be afforded. What we witnessed today is the worst expression of human nature. The unresolved frustration that led to today's events not only took the lives of at least five people, but also destroyed the life of the shooter himself in the ultimate act of self-destruction. Shockwaves will be sent through the legislative body of America for months to come.
The path of destruction of ourselves, or of others, is an easy path. The path of resolution, shared sacrifice, and the brutal honesty necessary for those who are benefitting the most from the culture of unfairness that plagues this country today must be addressed.
It is easy for someone like myself or anybody else to get up on a soapbox and point fingers as to who may be given bad guy, or where a given failure, may exist. But, setting a path to resolve the unfairness that plagues this country will originate not by looking outward at those whom we believe are perpetrating a given unfairness, but through a period of brutally honest inward reflection into the values that each of us apply to the ways we make the decisions in our days, from one minute to the next.
It is through investment in internal reflection that we can open the door to the knowledge that only our own happiness and fulfillment can manifest a peaceful path to resolving the problems that we face as a nation.
Through that reflection, those in power can ask themselves whether they can muster the necessary courage to reject the forces of their own ego and their own paycheck to make what they know is the right decision.
Through that reflection, the passive class can muster the strength to shed the protections of denial and apathy.
While your voice may feel hollow by itself, the possibility of becoming part of a national chorus of awakened can serve as a deeper foundation for the compassion and wisdom to accept our own shortfalls and those of our leadership as we continue the national trip toward a more fair and free America.

China colony, King-less republic, fading GE: What next from Najib

Fom Selangor becoming a colony of China to the whole of Malaysia turning into a republic without a King or Sultans, Utusan is not letting up its attack no matter how flawed or illogical against the Pakatan Rakyat led by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.
But isn't it strange that the editors of this Umno-owned rag would want to spend so much time on a subject that is losing its appeal even amongst the Malays, its main target audience.
If indeed anyone there was sincere about wanting to help create a better Malaysia, then Utusan would surely do better to warn the country, especially its target Malay audience, about the real danger looming before us all – the deliberate construction of a cult dictatorship similar to the Great Leaders in North Korea aimed at further eroding the already wafer-thin democratic rights held by the Malaysian people.
Because this is exactly what is happening and in its own turf – Umno!
A cult dictatorship and a culture of sycophancy
Look no further than to Saturday's nonsensical BN meet. The way the BN lawmakers were protrayed by the mainstream media speaking of Prime Minister Najib Razak in awed almost hushed tones, and the praises they lavished on him for "agreeing to meet" them is mind boggling.
Could such backward-thinking sycophants ever lead a nation, let alone ram through tough and critically-needed reforms? Yet, these bodek-kakis from Umno, MCA. MIC, Gerakan and the East Malaysian parties were only interested to be captured on film or in the press showering glowing praises of Najib.
No doubt, they may feel they need to bow and scrape to boost their chances of getting picked to stand again in the next General Election. But also, it was obviously encouraged by Najib and his team, most likely on the advice of expensive public relations experts such as APCO.
You see, when an object is hollow – like an empty vessel – it really needs to make a lot of noise to be heard.
From GE in Q1 to long-term "political transformation"
In the run-up to the Saturday binge, Najib himself drew attention to the event by declaring that "everything was geared towards elections". However, after meeting all those 'grateful' MPs, he is now talking about long-term "political transformation".
What a joke!
From GE-13 likely to be within the next few months, maybe even simultaneously with the Sarawak state polls, the date has now been pushed to "long-term" 2012 or even 2013. No wonder Najib was annoyed when reporters bugged him for a clue on the time line! "How can you ask me that?"
If months ago, the spin from his camp was that snap polls were imperative because the global economy was souring fast and could push Malaysia into another recession, their latest is that the PM – being wise as he is – wants to wait for the 'fruits' of his economic 'planning' to kick in before he dissolves Parliament!
That's fine if they insist it is so, but very likely the only kick that will be delivered will be one that sends Najib flying through the main door at Putrajaya – and in an outwards direction!
The real motive – postponing Umno polls
Still, pundits are unsurprised though.They pointed out that the pro-snap GE spin was actually geared towards helping Najib push for a postponement of his Umno party polls. Now that it has been done and Muhyiddin's nose put safely out of the joint, their focus is how to soft-land the fact that there won't be any snap GE after all!.
Disgusting? But that sums up the Najib administration so far. It is up to his party mates to fight for their own democratic rights. No wonder, the Umno elite kicked up such a fuss and spent a "fortune" trying to destabilize the PKR historic direct elections and paint it in a bad light. At least, Malaysians now know that PKR members got to choose whom they wanted for their top leadership. But not, it appears, Umno members!
Pakatan Rakyat leaders say they had no choice but to monitor BN closely, although all along in their personal views, the majority were extremely skeptical of any GE this year.
They say unless Najib can regain two-third parliamentary majority, he is history in Umno and he knows it. Give Muhyiddin a chance, let Razaleigh reform the party – that's what the Umno warlords will demand when the hot-gas balloon that is the SS Najib is finally deflated leaving little trace, if any at all, of having done anything good for Malaysia.
Watch the money
So in the meantime, Najib will have to continue his game of distracting Umno members not savvy enough to catch on yet. Outside of Umno, he will also have to continue to wage the same racist and religious wars that have marked his administration so far. As 2009 started with Malaysia in the the international headlines for all the wrong reasons, the same is likely to happen this year.
Selangor Umno – under Najib – can be expected to top the list of troublemakers, while lures and "marriage" proposals will continue to be sent to PAS. Each time, the stakes and the price will be raised.
But in the meantime, the country will continue to be directionless, badly ruled and poorly administered. Malaysia will continue to suffer.
Opposition MPs who late last year questioned Najib about the huge allocations he 'sapu-ed' (swiped) for his own department during the 2011 Budget must now watch even more carefully where the funds will be spent. The excuse 'leaked' out by the PM's minders then was that the money was for the BN's election war chest.
Whose personal war chest will the money go to now?

 



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Melayu Anti Chinese Community

Posted: 09 Jan 2011 12:21 AM PST

Oleh Anak Mami

Yahoo.......Najib telah mengistiharkan RCI royal commission of inquiry akan diuruskan kes MACC tapi bukan kes pembunuhan Teoh Beng Hock, setakat mana Najib mempunyai hasrat untuk menutup kes jenayah MACC tak payah teka lah

Apa itu RCI dan inkues ?

Dalam kaca mata Najib RCI adalah Rosmah Cuti Institue , RCI ini bukan untuk UMNO , dan bukan untuk Najib and family tetapi untuk Rakyat Malaysia. rakyat mempunyai hak muktamad untuk megetahui kekejaman MACC, selain itu RCI adalah untk memastikan hak rakyat tidak ditindas oleh golongan tertentu.

Dalam Inkues keputusan yang dijatuhkan adalah mahkamah tidak dapat memutuskan punca yang membawa kepada kematian Teoh yang meninggal dunia selepas didapati jatuh dari bangunan Masalam di sini semasa berada dalam siasatan MACC. Jadi Najib terpaksa dirikan pondok RCI dan cari beberapa watak benggong untuk menyiasat kes sebenar ini. Rakyat bukan ingin tahu sejauhmanakah MACC mengikut peratiran menyiasat kes rasuah, rakyat ingin tahu cara mana Teoh Beng Hock mati, Macam mana mayatnya terlempar keluar ingkap , adakah dibunuh mentah mentah atau Teoh Beng Hock nak jadi spiderman spertimana yang pernah dinyatakan oleh Nazri tahi lembu.


soalannya : kenapa Koroner Azmil Muntapha Abas menolak teori bahawa Teoh mati kerana dibunuh ataupun membunuh diri. ??? ini amat hairan kenapa inkues ini semata mata tiada intergriti dan mengorek sampai masuk kubur Koroner telah diberi tekanan politik untuk menutup hal yang sebenar berlaku. Koroner ini ingin memberitahu bahawa Teoh Beng Hock di cekik mati oleh makhluk asing yang terdapat di Perjabat MACC.

Rakyat ingin tahu kenapa dan mengapa TBH boleh mati dibangunan MACC, rakyat ingin tahu adakah MACC itu satu petubuhan Melayu Anti Chinese Community? Setakat manakah zalimnya mereka lakukan pembunuhan keatas pemuda Tionghua ini, Kalau Najib tidak mempunyai niat untuk menegakkan keadilan bolehlah kita katakan tubuhkan RCI semata mata kentot tak berbau.

Rakyat ingin tahu sejauhmanakah MACC , Melayu Anti Chinese Community ini betul betl berjuang untuk kaum Ketuanan Melayu. Siapakah yang menjalankan konspirasi ini untuk menakut nakutkan kaum pemuda Tionghua supaya kow tow kepada UMNO BN.

Rakyat ingin faham sejauhmanakah MACC Melayu Anti Chinese Community dipelopori oleh geng geng TOYO melancarkan strategi untuk melumpuhkan sokogan pemuda Tionghua keatas DAP. itu lah hak hak rakyat yang ingin memahami kes sebenar. tetapi bukannya menyiasat cara mana MACC itu berfungsi untuk menutup kes rasuah warlord Ketuanan Melayu.


PKR Sarawak”Sakit-Lah..!!”

Posted: 08 Jan 2011 11:14 PM PST

A political watcher said to audie61,'You might be right.! Why they only detain and confiscate from the SADIA Secretary Nicholas Mujah .? Isn't Baru Bian The Head or is he now untouchable as he"Planted by BN"?

Something does not add up.

Even now Anwar seems to have second thoughts about him as per this latest article from an internet portal." It seems PKR Sarawak is facing its toughest time and the party "memang sakit lah"

It was also informed to us that the article on "PBB infiltrated by discared PBB" has more than created a swirling wind into PBB. It might be hurting Baru Bian indirectly. The PBB strategists are looking into ways to cut out piece by piece of PKR Sarawak.

 It seems there will be more former PKR members joining a local based party in SNAP. The movements are already very clear. These people who joined SNAP are very much cloesly associated with Baru Bians camp from the PBDS days.

It also points to the facts that the Financiers of PKR Sarawak for Baru's camp are having second thoughts of him and are removing their tracks and changing the combinations to their strong room.

Anwar musts have known about it now.

What do you think..??



Teoh Beng Hock Death: Defying Binary Rationality

Posted: 08 Jan 2011 11:09 PM PST

My good friend who shares the same initials as me, Kamarul Shahrin is an analyst (he sometimes refers to himself as ANALyst) with a GLC. And the analyst being the ANALyst that he says he sometimes is, has come up with another explanation for TBH's death that belongs somewhere between The Twilight Zone and One Step Beyond. Well, analyse this from his blog:

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2011

Cause of Teoh's death unknown - The Star

The Star reported "The lengthy Teoh Beng Hock inquest ended with coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas ruling that the political aide did not commit suicide. Azmil Muntapha, however, also said there was insufficient evidence to prove that Teoh's death was homicide".

At most times, I think in terms of binary rationality, that if a parameter does not fit, then it must be the other. One or Zero. Yes or No. The coroner's statement above is perplexing, suicide was not committed by Teoh. And so, to my mind, his death must have been brought about by an external party. If you don't die from your own actions, then you must have died from other people's actions, in that context. So, it is perplexing indeed. Perhaps, I have been watching too many CSI shows, if there had been a murder, there should be a murderer. That is how I tend to see things.

But then, I cannot manage to grasp a conclusion. Teoh's death did not reach the classification of murder. It is somewhere in the space between the words suicide and murder. Death was the certainty but its cause is not. I am confounded by the apparent ambiguity in the equation. It scares me as it is not just about the case, but about the ambiguity in determining the murder. It tells me that it can happen to just about any Malaysian. Yes, I am afraid. If science cannot explain it, then it will normally categorise it as paranormal until such time, that it can be explained by science. So, is Teoh's death paranormal? I dare to stand firm by my opinion, until such time that the coroner classifies Teoh's death as murder. And I have sufficient cause to worry.

One can die from paranormal activity here. I can be in a building in one minute and in the next minute, I will be falling out through the window, meeting death on the pavement. Paranormal indeed. I have a firm reason to be afraid. Of what can become of future deaths. Not suicide but not murder. It can happen to you.


DO WE NEED A LAW TO GET US TO VISIT OUR ELDERLY PARENTS?

Posted: 08 Jan 2011 08:10 PM PST

Source: Straits Times 8 Jan
Is filial piety is a fading value in our Asian culture? It would appear to be so according to these headlines. If you are a baby boomer, you would have parents in their 80s or 90s. How often do we make time to visit them? Or call them up on the phone to ask how they are doing?

My siblings with mom tucking into durians - her favourite fruit.
I know of siblings who never make the effort to ask after their elderly parents or visit them except for the obligatory once-a-year birthday, Mother/Father's Day and festive visits. At other times, it's a case of "Out of sight, out of mind".

On the other hand, I also know of siblings who make it a point to take their parents out for a meal every weekend, and visit at least every other day. They take turns to make the arrangements and foot the bill. They are concerned about how their parents are doing, and jointly contribute towards taking care of their parents' expenses like nursing care, maid, medical bills, health supplements and other necessities. (Pic: My mom on her 84th birthday on 10-10-10.)

Is it because adult children are too busy with their own lives, or is it because they are simply being honest in displaying their lack of filial piety? There are 1001 reasons why an increasing number of adult children don't or won't take care of their frail parents.

The top five reasons that I've heard:
  • no extra room at home for their parents
  • no one is free to care for them at home
  • their children come first, not their parents
  • they can't afford to support their parents
  • their parents are not easy to live with
  • they don't deserve to be taken care of
Of all the above reasons, I find the last one most unacceptable. No matter how badly our parents may have treated us in the past, we can't stand by and do nothing for them in their time of need. Their blood runs in our veins -this is something we can't deny.

And when they are long gone, can we ever forgive ourselves for neglecting them in their final years?


Rakyat Selangor mahu kembalikan kuasa Raja - UMNO setuju tak?

Posted: 08 Jan 2011 06:37 PM PST

Kalau benar UMNO itu mendaulatkan Raja-Raja Melayu parti itu patut membetulkan apa yang telah dirosakannya sejak krisis perlembagaan yang dilakukan pada tahun 1993 dahulu. Itulah cabararan yang diberikan oleh TS Khalid Ibrahim kepada UMNO semasa berucap diSubang Jaya semalam.

Khalid meminta UMNO menunjukkan bukti dengan menyokong pindaan perlembagaan secara retrospektif yang akan diusulkan dalam persidangan tergempar Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor hujung bulan ini. Kerajaan PR Selangor akan mengusulkan pindaan itu untuk mencari penyelesaian 'once and for all' dalam isu kuasa melantik pegawai tertinggi Selangor yang menjadi Ex- Officio didalam Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan negeri itu.

Cabaran Khalid kepada UMNO itu jika disokong oleh UMNO maka akan terbuktilah parti ini benar-benar jujur kepada institusi Raja Berpelembagaan yang telah kita terima sebagai sistem pemerintahan negara kita sejak kita merdeka dahulu. Jika kita memberikan sokongan kepada pindaan itu UMNO akan dapat memadamkan kesalahan yang dilakukan oleh pemimpinnya pada tahun 1993 dahulu.

Walaupun setengah pemimpin UMNO kita dan penyokong-penyokongnya memberikan alasan yang pindaan pada tahun 1993 dahulu ialah untuk memperbetulkan sikap setengah Raja-Raja Melayu dan keluarganya, tetapi rakyat yang mempunyai siasah dan sahsiah yang murni tidak akan mempercayai alasan itu. Sebenarnya ianya dilakukan kerana hendak mempertahankan kuasa seorang pemimpin politik yang inginkan kuasa sepanjang hayat beliau. Berkuasa dalam jangka masa yang panjang itu merupakan 'ultimate' kepada perjuangan beliau.

Jika benarlah alasan itu baik, kenapa pindaan itu telah mengakibatkan kacau bilau didalam sistem pemilihan SS Selangor baru-baru ini? Telah terbukti jika kuasa yang telah ditarik balik dari Raja-Raja Melayu itu telah disalah gunakan oleh kerajaan Persekutuan dengan menghantar seorang pegawai untuk mentadbir negeri tanpa kerelaan Menteri Besarnya.

Kita semua tahu yang kita adalah negara Persekutuan dan saya ulangi yang kedaulatan Malaysia itu datangnya dari kedaulatan kerajaan-kerajaan negeri yang dipilih rakyat. Tidak menhormati kedaulatan kerajaan-kerajaan negeri bermakna kita tidak menghormatai kedaulatan kita sendiri.

Tindakkan tidak mengormati kerajaan yang memerintah salah sebuah negeri didalam Persekutuan itu merupakan tindakan yang tidak bersahsiah dan ianya melambangkan yang kerajaan persekutuan itu seolah-olah mempunyai 'attribute' seperti kerajaan Malayan Union (MU) anjuran British pada tahun 1946 yang lalu.

Kita mengaku yang kita mendaulatkan Raja-Raja Melayu. Oleh itu pulangkanlah balik kuasa itu kepada Istana. Jangan bermuka-muka dan jangan berbohong kepada rakyat dan Raja. Kalau sikap bermain 'kong kalikong' ini diteruskan kita takut suatu hari nanti rakyat akan meminta kita membuka mulut pemimpin kita luas-luas kerana nak pastikan jenis lidah yang ada dalam mulut mereka itu.

Kita mesti elakkan dari rakyat menganggap pemimpin kita mempunyai lidah biawak yang bercabang-cabang. Apabila persepsi 'lidah bercabang' ini sudah terbenam dalam benak rakyat maka kita akan dihumbankan oleh mereka. Berbohong kepada rakyat merupakan kesalahan yang sangat besar disebuah negara demokrasi yang kononnya hendak menjadi negara maju menjelang tahun 2020 nanti. Malahan ramai pemimpin-pemimpin besar negara maju telah kecundang kerana membohongi rakyat.

Jika berangan hendak menjadi pemimpin negara maju sikap dan nilai kepimpinan kita mesti selari dengan pemikiran dan mentaliti pemimpin negara maju. Pemimpin kita jangan begegar-gegar bercakap tentang negara maju tetapi mentalitinya seperti pemimpin-pemimpin dikebanyakkan negara Afrika. Sekarang ini pun ada pihak yang menganggap Malaysia sebagai 'Zimbabwe in different name'.

Oleh itu jangan kita membuat spekulasi dahulu. Kita terus tunggu dan lihat samada UMNO benar-benar menunjukkan kepada rakyat yang mereka tidak berdolak dalik dalam isu mempertahankan kedaulatan Raja_Raja seperti yang dilaungkan mereka dimana-mana.

Jika UMNO handak membuktikan yang parti ini memperjuangkan kedaulatan Raja-Raja Melayu menyokong pindaan yang akan diusulak oleh DUN Selangor nanti merupakan kesempatan keemasan bagi mereka untuk melakukannya….betul ke tidak?

Barulah rakyat percaya yang kita tidak berbohong. DAN kita pun akan merasa bangga untuk mengaku sebagai ahli UMNO dan rakyat tidak akan menunjuk kearah kita dengan mencemekkan bibir mereka kepada kita.


The Little Brown Moth - By Halimah Mohd Said

Posted: 08 Jan 2011 06:07 PM PST

THE LITTLE BROWN MOTH
By Halimah Mohd Said

In Memory Of A Dear Father

It wasn't big and magnificent. It wasn't streaked with brilliant hues. It was just a little brown moth.

It fluttered across the room just before subuh on the morning of July 24, 1996, brushed my left shoulder, flitted around awhile before fixing itself onto the old marital bed head suspended from the ceiling across the wall of the living room of Teratak Jasa. There it lay inert despite my vibrating efforts to stride across the room, vigorously shake the bed head post and will it to stir just once more with the promise of the quiet, unspoken presence of an aged parent.

I wanted it to kindle my much-diminished spirits, soothe my bleeding heart and nurse my aching grief. But it had done enough, so it must have thought. It had come and was simply and unobtrusively there when I needed it. It was time to leave me to wrestle with my own garishly-hued ghosts and demons just as it would have wrestled with its own brown dreams. We sons and daughters pray for our dead parents to ease their passageway (so we think) when we are in fact praying for our own souls, cleansing our own guilt.

That was my father – Mohd Said bin Mohamed – a man with sturdy brown dreams in a steady slumber behind translucent corneas that never vacillated as my heavily-tinted ones often do with each night's vividly haunting reprieve. Bah was a man with deep intent and unshakeable values – brown ones that were not conspicuous in the hugely colourful world outside. He was old-world and therefore old old-fashioned, unyielding and therefore uncompromising, unchanging and therefore un-modern. Un-dynamic, so some thought.

So he was when I first noticed him with my youthfully fickle eyes. And so he obstinately remained in spirit throughout the last, feeble, opaquely brown days of his life.

But in those earlier days, those who knew him knew him well even when they might not have liked him for calling a spade a spade. They knew that through the clear black-rimmed spectacles he saw a world that was white, where there appeared no murkily grey areas. For this most feared him. Many respected him. A few were fond of him.

We his family strived to love him despite his unwavering paternal discipline, his oftentimes unrepentant aloofness, his consistently strange shyness at showing us he cared. As children we desperately lamented the emotional deprivation of his selfish aloneness, much preferring the company of his books to that of a rather large, female-dominated family. But now in conceding middle age, I am utterly and shamelessly convinced that he did give us his everything, all that he was capable of. Bah loved us with the same understated appreciation he had for his other loves – medicine and English literature.

Perhaps as loved ones and offspring often expect a single, visible, verbal manifestation of affection makes up for the thousand voids and silences we patiently bear.

So it was when he was a medical officer in government service. Those who still remember say he was brutish in expecting devotion to vocation, ruthless in demanding perfection in work, and merciless in instilling commitment to duty in the matrons, nurses and hospital assistants who worked with him. He was neither forthcoming in his appreciation nor open with his thanks. When Dr Said stalked the wards, the floors would quiver and the walls would tremble in empathy with the assistant nurses who would menikus, scurrying away like frightened mice. Only when Dr Said reluctantly managed a rare smile did they feel he actually cared. Then they would smile and care in return. Underneath the irascible surface, they admitted, he was a good man and he meant well.

But thankful patients and their families always remembered him well and wanted to show it in funny ways. So it seemed in those days. And so the family peeled the delicious mandarins that gratefully arrived on Chinese New Year's eve and gingerly bit into the still-soft kuih bakul made by the appreciative patient herself. These little niceties the family was allowed to relish at Bah's expense but never, the more concrete manifestations of human gratitude. Thus we reluctantly returned the generous angpow thrust into our young palms and pockets. Back in our rooms in quiet rebellion, we discarded dreams of wonderful gifts and beautiful presents from a parent who was frugal to the point of being kedekut by sheer circumstance and necessity, we now magnanimously concede.

I remember the younger Bah so well, although being the youngest of seven children, six of whom are daughters, I was relegated to the care of beloved Mak or Nek Yah – so many colourful dreams ago.

As a politician, Dr Said was commended not for his great politically manipulative craft or his resounding oratory skill but for his integrity and honesty, his undying devotion to principles. It was said that he was so highly principled and incorruptible he flatly refused to entertain guests, his many anak buah and sepupu from Linggi, his kampung. He would not suffer fools especially those from Linggi, except that Linggi was also his constituency and the anak buah and sepupu had voted him in.

Perhaps this was because he became a politician late in life and already set in his will, not of his own volition but because he was asked to by a trusted leader. The country needed well-educated men at the helm of the newly-independent nation and that Dr Said certainly was. He was intellectually well-seasoned, peppered and salted. His hunger for knowledge knew no bounds right up to the autumn of his life when his failing eyesight deprived him of the very books he adored, of the very manna he eagerly tucked into when the day's work was done. He read voraciously in English, having been tutored by English teachers at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar for whom he had the greatest admiration. By day he would devour the great thoughts of the great minds of the writers he met nightly in his brown dreams.

Just as he relished the well-articulated feelings and thoughts of the best English poets and writers, Dr Said articulated his own brown thoughts extremely well in the best of English. At home, not a single morning passed after a typical English breakfast of half-boiled egg, toast and marmalade served after subuh, when he did not faithfully sit in the same breakfast chair to enter the previous day's happenings in his diary. Thus, his impressions of every political happening of some significance and every person of some consequence in his brown eyes were painstakingly recorded.

It was with the greatest mischief and the most dishonourable betrayal of human privacy that my siblings and I oftentimes sneaked our noses into his sacred book in order to sneak into his mind and discover whether our misdeeds had been critically assessed and duly reprimanded. And so, rather sneakily and cheekily, we came to know who he liked and who didn't strike his fancy and why so. Secretly we grew to understand the issues and concerns that absorbed his thought-filled days and dream-filled nights. And thus with some care we chose our friends and acquaintances. With some reluctance we allowed Bah's taste in life to influence ours.

At the more formal level, his writings on favourite themes like reminiscences of his schooldays at the Malay College and adat pepatih were well documented in the Straits Times and other newspapers of the period. To this day readers of that era remember well Dr Mohd Said's ruminations written in the old-world English style that came to him so naturally. In retirement, the first part of his autobiography Memoirs of a Menteri Besar was published and was well received by readers with the same literary penchant. Lat's Kampung Boy illustrations juxtaposed against Dr Mohd Said's vivid and humorous descriptions of his own boyhood pranks grace the pages of The Straits Times Annual of some years ago.

Dr Said was a man wise with the words and wit that realised his simple brown dreams. But in the world of politics, wisdom takes different forms and dreams, different hues even in those early days.

I was a foolish teenager and shortly after, a more foolish young adult when Bah was the wise Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan for two elected terms of ten years. So many dreams have passed and so many more incongruities have emerged it seems. Have those dreams changed? Will they ever? Bah's dreams never did – they remained steadfastly brown. Mine are as horrendously colourful as ever. More garish in middle age. I fear being gaudy and ungracious in old age unlike Bah who gently and quietly slipped into his octogenarian days and… oblivion.

Memories are short especially political ones. One that remains horribly black in my mind's eye is that of Bah in early retirement, being openly snubbed by the brother of a Negeri Sembilan chieftain whom he had restored to power. The brother of the chieftain had himself recently acquired financial power and was therefore – powerful? My wickedly vicious mind can not, will not erase the memory of Bah, walking stick in hand, respectfully reaching out to this younger man as he emerged from his limousine at Subang Airport – only to be ignored in total un-recognition. And then there was a confident attempt by virtue of being a retired Menteri Besar to apply for a short stay at York House, the government guest house in London. Dr Mohd Said's application was politely turned down for reasons known only to the officer in charge then – many dreams ago.

We your children remember you, Bah. Your dear friends Suffian and Bunny remember; so do your anak buah and sepupu Intan, Bok Chik and Atan; so do those like Wan Radzi and Zainal who worked closely with you. We all remember you dearly even when, having incurred your wrath, we were duly chastised and admonished.

Strangely, in my mind's eye, your clear brown dreams are juxtaposed against the motley hues of my imaginings and somehow they do not seem incongruous. Are incongruities in life imagined? Some are I suspect. Perhaps like Chomsky's challenge to the linguistic world "Colourless Green Ideas (Can And Do) Sleep Profusely " in some worlds. Sleep in peace in yours dear Bah


Liverpool Dismiss Hodgson, Turn To Dalglish.

Posted: 08 Jan 2011 05:51 PM PST

Liverpool ended the painful six-month reign of manager Roy Hodgson yesterday and installed fans' favourite Kenny Dalglish as caretaker in a bid to restore harmony and arrest an alarming decline in form.

Hodgson, who joined Liverpool from Fulham in July last year, had been under intense pressure after several humiliating defeats, culminating in a 3-1 debacle at Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League on Wednesday.

He leaves with the club four points above the relegation zone in 12th place, having won just seven of 20 league games, and on the day before Liverpool visit arch-rivals Manchester United for an FA Cup third-round match.

Liverpool's fans, long considered among the most loyal in the game, had chanted for Hodgson's dismissal and swamped radio shows and internet forums with tales of their disenchantment and criticism of his selections and tactics.

The return until the end of the season of Dalglish, who won eight league titles as a player and manager at Anfield, will placate the fans but, having been out of club management for a decade, the appointment is seen by many as a desperate gamble.

Hodgson, named manager of the year last season after he helped unfancied Fulham reach the Europa League final, was given the news of his dismissal on Friday night.

VERY SAD

"I have... found the last few months some of the most challenging of my career," he said on the club website (http://www.liverpoolfc.tv).

"I am very sad not to have been able to put my stamp on the squad, to be given the time to bring new players into the club in this transfer window and to have been able to be part of the rebuilding process at Liverpool."

Former Liverpool player and assistant manager Phil Thompson said the fan pressure made Hodgson's position almost impossible.

"It has been very difficult for Roy to carry on. It is unprecedented in the way the fans have turned," he told Sky Sports News.

"Even in the dark days at the end of the (Graeme) Souness reign there were no chants for him to go. Liverpool fans felt as though we were different and we stick together — this was incredible what we've seen."

It has certainly been a season of discontent for the supporters, who began it by campaigning against the club's previous owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks.

The pair eventually, and reluctantly, sold the club to fellow American John Henry and his NESV group.

They inherited Hodgson, just as he was stuck with most of the squad assembled by former manager Rafa Benitez, and neither party seemed particularly happy with their lot.

In a statement on the website Henry said: "Both parties thought it in the best interests of the club that he stand down," but the League Managers Association issued a statement saying Hodgson had wanted to continue in the job.

UPSETTING NEWS

"He has not walked away, he was happy to carry on but at 8pm (2000 GMT) last night he received the news the owners no longer wanted him to continue," the statement said.

"It wasn't a surprise but it was disappointing and upsetting news," said Hodgson, who was involved in negotiations with the club over the terms of his departure until 0300 yesterday.

Looking ahead to former Scotland international Dalglish's arrival, Henry said: "Kenny was not just a legendary footballer, he was the third of our three most successful managers — three giants. We are extraordinarily fortunate and grateful that he has decided to step in during the middle of this season."

Former Liverpool fullback Phil Neal was among the first to welcome the return of his team mate from the trophy-laden days of the 1970s and 80.

"We are not looking to the past with this appointment," said Neal. "He's still got the spirit within him and he's got the experience. He knows what the club was built on all those years ago. Kenny would be the first man to stand in and maybe create a bit of the old type of togetherness really, along with the fans."

Dalglish, a huge Anfield favourite as a player, was in charge when Liverpool claimed the last of their 18 English league championships in 1990.

He left in 1991 and had spells at Blackburn Rovers, where he won the league title again, Newcastle United and Celtic.

He returned to Liverpool as a club ambassador in 2009 but has not managed a team since leaving Celtic in 2000.

He could not have asked for a bigger match to mark his return than an FA Cup trip to Old Trafford to face Premier League leaders United and his old foe Alex Ferguson.

However, his former Liverpool team mate Mark Lawrenson said yesterday that Dalglish might struggle to make the 1330 kick off because he has been on holiday in the Middle East.


Courtesy of Reuters


Bekas SUK Selangor Bohong!!!!!

Posted: 08 Jan 2011 05:20 PM PST

NOTA EDITOR: Samalah semuanya satu keluarga pembohong dan pendusta - Bekas SUK, Khusrin Munawi, Ketua Setiausaha Negara Tan Sri Sidek, SU Sulit Istana dan Najib Tun Razak. Semuanya satu keluarga pendusta dan pembohong.

Si Ramli Mahmud berjumpa MB lima kali sebelum ini. Mengapa tak serahkan senarai SUK yang mahu dilantik KSN/Najib kepada MB Selangor.

MB's aide rebuts ex-SS's assertions
Jan 8, 11 1:29pm
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Contrary to assertions, outgoing state secretary Ramli Mahmud kept the Selangor menteri besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim out of the loop on the candidature and appointment of his replacement, Mohd Khusrin Munawi.

NONEThis despite having attended two state exco meetings, two state economic action council meetings and a function held to fete his retirement in March this year during which he could have informed Khalid or his excos of the decision.

"In these five occasions, Ramli never mentioned that the ruler (Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah) had acceded to (the appointment of) Khusrin," said Khalid's political secretary Faekah Hussin (above).

NONEShe said this in a statement responding to assertions by Ramli (right) and the federal government's chief secretary Mohd Sidek Hassan that the Selangor government had been informed of Khusrin's appointment.

Faekah noted that it had been established practice for the federal-level Public Service Commission (SPA) to send the list of qualified candidates (Grade 54 and above) for the post to the menteri besar.

The menteri besar would then select the candidate or candidates and submit the list to the sultan.

After acceding to the names shortlisted, the MB would surrender the list back to SPA for documentation purposes.

Reiterating the chronology of events according to the state government, Faekah said the reverse happened when the chief secretary sent the names in a Dec 3 letter straight to the sultan through Ramli.

NONE"This clearly was done against procedure, sidestepping the menteri besar, in an non-transparent manner and unprofessionally," said Faekah.

Ramli, on his part, did not inform the MB, Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (in blue, next the sultan), that he had received the names of the three short-listed candidates in the Dec 3 letter.

It was only on Dec 21 - after the MB had on Dec 17 written to the sultan informing him of the candidates for the post of state secretary and requesting a royal audience to discuss the matter - that the MB was informed Khusrin had already received the sultan's blessings to be appointed state secretary.

This was done through the sultan's secretary Mohd Munir Bani who had sent a letter to the MB's private secretary with an attached letter dated Dec 10 to Ramli.

Chief secretary Sidek had said the expectation was that Ramli, as the state government's chief of staff, would inform the MB. Ramli did not.

NONERamli, in his defence, yesterday said he was told the MB had already been informed.

Furthermore, said Ramli, he had not told the excos about the sultan's letter consenting to Khusrin's appointment as he assumed the matter was embargoed though it had already been officially intimated to the MB.

Faekah, however, said both the chief secretary and the former state secretary's statements are "clearly" wrong.

"There was no letter, either from the chief secretary or Ramli," she said.

An act of political sabotage

Rather than prolonging the debacle surrounding Ramli and his replacement Khusrin, Faekah said that federal government agencies can ensure a resolution of the issue by making honesty and professionalism the basis of its relations with the Pakatan Rakyat-held Selangor government.

As such, there is no need for BN-led federal government agencies and its spokesperson to continue peddling such lines as that claiming that Khalid was late in submitting the names of shortlisted candidates for the position of state secretary.

The Selangor government wishes to administer the state professionally and effectively "without being motivated to play political games in the issue of administration or to politicise certain issues", said Faekah.

"For this reason, when facts have been distorted and made to contradict the available evidence, it becomes the responsibility of the MB to clarify.

"It is abundantly clear that the act of the federal government in appointing the state secretary without consulting with the menteri besar is an act of political sabotage. It is such arbitrary acts that caused confusion and led to the problem we have today," said Faekah.

'Federal government caused confusion'

Faekah also praised the sultan for his statement on Jan 6 that she said reflected his sincerity when he alluded to certain quarters manipulating his statements and causing confusion among the people.

"The Selangor government is ready to work with any party that is sincere in struggling to fulfill the welfare of the people.

"If the federal government had respected the spirit of federalism and understand the wishes of the people who had chosen the government of Selangor of today, surely they would not have chosen a state secretary without consulting with the MB that the people had chosen.

"The MB hopes the chief secretary and the SPA generally is able to work together to settle the matter soon. There is no need to prolong the issue by raising other claims, such as that the MB was late in submitting names, and so on.

"The MB believes that by acting professionally and sincerely, this issue can be resolved."


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