Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Corrections Officer Jessie Lunderby Fired For Nude Playboy Spread

Corrections Officer Jessie Lunderby Fired For Nude Playboy Spread


Corrections Officer Jessie Lunderby Fired For Nude Playboy Spread

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 02:48 PM PST

Jessie Lunderby (born December 23, 1988 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.A.) is an American model, best known as the Playboy Cybergirl of the Week for June 7. She was a detention officer for a country sheriff's department. Jessie Lunderby weighs in at just under 100 pounds, but her lifelong ambition is to become an undercover cop or work for the drug task force. Her measurements are: 32D-24-33 and she is 5'1″ in height.

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Jessie Lunderby, the Arkansas female prison guard who was named Playboy's Cyber Girl of the Week in June, has been fired from her position with the state. Yesterday, the blonde beauty met with law enforcement officials for the first time since they suspended her for the naked pictorial and was told she was being let go because she was "a distraction in the facility." Before her photo shoot hit the Internet, Lunderby said she had told her bosses about it and: "They knew about it. I informed them of it; they had plenty of time to tell me, 'No, it can't come out.' … They never said no." However, Rick Hoyt of the Washington County Sheriff's Office objected to the pictures because he believed they undercut Jessie's authority with inmates. "On any given day she has to be hands on, or giving directions, taking requests from prisoners," he said, refraining from making any obvious jokes about how much any guy would love to be hands on with Lunderby herself. Especially guys in prison who will not be seen a pussy in the flesh anytime soon.
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Lunderby claimed she found out about her suspension not from the prison but from the press. Jessie said she was furious she read the news in the press, through a statement to local news. "I was furious. That's my job. They put it into the news, and they didn't even tell me first." Back in June, Lunderby was investigated for "conduct unbecoming of an officer" and for failing to get permission for off-duty work. But Jessie said she did get permission and that it wasn't an issue until the photos came out. I wonder if Jessie has grounds for a wrongful termination suit, particularly if they knew she was posing for Cyber Girl of the Week? Probably it was something she said. In the interview withPlayboy she seem very easy to please. "There is no particular song or CD that puts me in 'the mood,'" she says. "I'm usually in the mood all the time!" LOL… The last thing Arkansas need is a female prison guard who is usually always in the mood. Hahaha… But she can give me a call anytime! If she was willing to pose nude when she was happily employed, just imagine what she will do now that she's jobless and desperate for cash. Lunderby has three days from her termination to file a grievance with the county. Click on pictures to enlarge.
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Najib Masih Takut Untuk Berdebat Dengan Anwar

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 09:56 AM PST

Sedih hati Tulang Besi. Perdana Menteri MAlaysia MASIH TAKUT untuk berdebat dengan Anwar Ibrahim setelah mengeluarkan kata-kata nista terhadap cadangan Pakatan Rakyat yang terkandung dalam "Buku Jingga".

Kalau saya jadi Najib pun saya takut jugak nak berdebat sebab saya tahu saya akan kalah. Polisi UMNO dan BArisan Nasional adalah menjadikan kekayaan Malaysia sebagai hak milik UMNOPUTRA serta kroni-kroni mereka.

Najib kelak terpaksa menjawab mengapa subsidi dan bantuan kepada kroni tidak dipotong sedangkan subsidi pada rakyat yang pertama sekali dipotong.

Najib juga pasti sukar menjawab mengapa 1/3 pekerja-pekerja di Malaysia mendapat pendapatan di bawah kadar kemiskinan?(pendapatan di bawah RM700 sebulan)

Najib tentu sukar menjawab kenapa kontrak-kontrak yang besar mudah sahaja diberi kepada kroni tanpa ada proses tender terbuka?

Najib juga susah menjawab mengapa gaji siswazah baru tamat belajar tidak banyak berubah dari tahun 1980an?

Najib juga harus menerangkan mengapa 30% dari pendapatan rakyat terpaksa dibelanjakan untuk kenderaan?

Najib pasti sukar menerangkan mengapa harga minyak dinaikkan ke tahan yang hampir sama pada tahun 2008?

dan banyak lagi yang Najib tahu dia tidak dapat jawab. Sebab tu dia kata:

"Kenapa saya harus takut berdebat dengannya? Saya adalah perdana menteri. Saya ada semua maklumat....adoi... dia akan demam,"

Dia memang tahu semua maklumat. Pasal tu dia takut nak berdebat. Hahahahaha.

Bagi saya kalau mereka ada maklumat pasal Anwar Ibrahim, dah lama maklumat ni keluar. Tak payah nak pukul, nak sumbat penjara, nak kena telanjang dsbnya. Hahahaha lagi satu kenyataan bebal dari Najib. Kes Saiful ni pun, tiada rakyat Malaysia yang berani mengaku secara terang-terang mereka mempercayai Saiful Bukhari. Hahahaha lagi sekali Tulang Besi gelak.

Najib juga kata:

"Nak tubuh kerajaan pada 16 September, tak tubuh lagi. Ini dah tahun 2011. Kita tunggu sehari demi sehari tak jadi, dia kata 30 anggota Parlimen dari BN (Barisan Nasional) nak seberang masuk pembangkang. Kita tengok-tengok, belek-belek mana dia 30, rupanya lima anggota Parlimen dia (pembangkang) (yang keluar) jadi (anggota) Bebas.


Sebenarnya Najib kena jawab, mengapa beliau bawa 30 MP pergi ke Taiwan kalau perancangan 16 September Anwar Ibrahim tidak benar?????


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Say NO to Governmental Sabotage!

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 09:34 AM PST


Civil Society groups and Selangorians have come together to form a Rakyat initiated effort called Hormati Suara Rakyat Selangor (HSRS) to show their disappointment and anger over the appointment of Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi as the new Selangor state secretary.

The group, formed on January 11, 2011, will hold a public rally soon to pressure the the Chief Secretary to the Barisan Nasional federal government, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Haji Hassan, to declare Khusrin's appointment null and void. At least 10,000 people to participate in this public rally.

The Hormati Suara Rakyat Selangor Public Rally details are as follows:

Date: January 23, 2011 (Sunday)
Time: 4pm to 7pm
Venue: Kelana Jaya Stadium

Khusrin's appointment is a culmination of the relentless attempts by the BN federal government to frustrate the Selangor Administration in carrying out their policies and programmes.

The fact is Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim did not receive the recommended list from the Public Services Department. Since this have been revealed, it is only imperative Sidek declare the appointment of Khusrin as null and void, as due process and convention was not followed.

The Rakyat in Selangor deserves the right to expect their elected Pakatan Selangor State Government to provide the best services. By denying the MB the choice of the Top Civil Servant, the Rakyat in Selangor are also denied their rights.

HSRS's maiden effort in organising this rally is to get the Rakyat to come together to voice their dissatisfaction on the current state of affairs and to show the many instances where the Pakatan Selangor Government policy implementation has been sabotaged by civil servants still loyal to their previous political masters.

At the rally, we will highlight the many instances where local issues for residents could not be resolved due the non-cooperation of the BN federal agencies such as Public Works Department (JKR), police, SYABAS, Social Welfare Department (Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarat) and the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

Further Details HERE


PRK Tenang - Najib mulakan kempen dengan isu peribadi.

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 03:24 PM PST

DiTenang sudah bermula kempen pilihanraya kecil dan BN akan mengumumkan nama calunnya hari ini. PAS telah pun mengumumkan calunnya dua hari yang lepas. Peperangan mulut telah bermula diantara BN dengan PR dan suhu politik semakin panas. Itu belum lagi diadakan penamaan calun.

Semalam Najib telah menyelar Anwar kerana ketua pembangkang itu terus meminta diadakan debat terbuka diantara beliau dengan Najib. Najib tidak berapa berani untuk mengupas dalam khalayak ramai tentang kebaikan pelan transformasinya yang berharga RM51 billion yang terlalu tinggi berbanding dengan pelan alternatif dari PR. Najib cuba mengelak dengan menggertak Anwar akan menelanjangkan semua hal Anwar jika Anwar terus berdegil untuk tidak berdebat dengannya.

Yang Anwar minta ialah untuk berdebat tentang ekonomi tetapi Najib pula memilih untuk mengentam Anwar dengan isu peribadi dan terang-terang mahu menelanjangkan hal peribadi Anwar. Najib berkata beliau tahu segala-galanya hal peribadi Anwar.

Disinilah apa yang saya selalu katakan yang politik negara kita sedang dipimpin oleh pemimpin yang keanak-anakan. Tak berani nak menjawab digertaknya pula Anwar dengan isu peribadi. Apa yang ingin diketahui oleh rakyat ialah bagaimana BN terpaksa berbelanja sebanyak RM51 billion dan PR akan berbelanja hanya RM19.2 billion sahaja. Perdebatan itu bukan hendak mendebatkan isu peribadi.

Sikap Najib itu melambangkan 'childishness' beliau sebagai pemimpin yang kekurangan 'magnanimity' dan itu sangat membahaya bagi politik tanah air. Saya bukan mempertahankan Anwar kerana saya tidak pernah menyokongnya. Dalam isu ini saya sokong sesiapa yang sanggup memaparkan perancangan masing-masing didalam isu pelan pembangunan yang dicadangkan oleh kedua-dua belah pihak. Dalam hal ini nampaknya Anwar lebih berani dan sanggup melakukannya.

Dalam tulisan saya beberapa hari yang lalu saya juga ingin tahu bagaimana Najib boleh menunjukkan bukti berbelanja 19 billion ringgit boleh mebangkrapkan negara sedangkan membelanjakan 51 billion ringgit itu akan memajukan negara. Tentu Najib ada alasannya. Alasan itulah yang orang ramai nak tahu.

Sebagai orang yang tidak pandai macam saya, saya hendak juga tahu dari Najib yang sangat pandai itu. Najib bersekolah diNottingham sedangkan saya bersekolah disekolah atap sahaja. Sebagai pemimpin adalah tanggungjawab beliau untuk menunjukkan kepada orang-orang seperti saya apa yang saya tidak tahu. Malahan ada pantun yang terkenal yang diketahui oleh semua orang:

Buah cempedak diluar pagar,
Ambil galah tolong jolokkan,
Saya budak baru belajar,
Kalau salah tolong tunjukkan.

Kalau Anwar boleh membangkrapkan negara semasa debat itulah Najib boleh memberitahu Anwar dan semua yang hadzir nanti dimana salahnya pelan PR itu dan tunjukkan bagaimana hendak mengadakan pelan yang lebih baik dari apa yang diunjurkan oleh PR itu.

Jika diadakan debat itu diTenang akan lebih baik lagi kerana dalam pilihanraya itu nanti ramai rakyat dari seluruh negara akan hadzir dan jika Najib benar-benar pada pihak yang lebih pandai tentang pelan itu, disitulah Najib boleh mendapat mata yang banyak didalam pilihanraya umum nanti.

Sekarang dua tanah rancangan Felda sedang menjadi tumpuan kedua-dua belah pihak. Ada hampir 4000 pengundi disana yang sedang menjadi rebutan oleh pihak-pihak yang akan bertanding itu. Orang Cina mewakili 39 peratus dari jumlah keseluruhan pengundi-pengundi dikawasan DUN ini.

BN mungkin boleh menang lagi tetapi saya menjangka 'majority'nya akan menurun dan itu sudah cukup untuk membayangkan betapa merbahayanya kedudukkan BN pada pilihanraya umum nanti. Tetapi tidak juga perkara yang mustahil jika PAS memenangi kerusi itu dengan 'majority' yang tipis.

Saya tidak pandai untuk menelah apa keputusan yang sebenarnya didalam pilihanraya kecil ini, tetapi cukup setakat mengatakan yang BN terpaksa bekerja keras untuk mempertahankan kerusi yang sangat penting bagi kita ini.

Tetapi eloklah kita elakkan dari menggunakan isu peribadi dalam kita mempertahankan kerusi ini dari diserang PAS. Jangan buat macam Najib yang menggertak untuk menelanjangkan Anwar semalam. Itu cara yang tidak baik. Tumpukan kepada isu-isu dasar sahajalah.

Jangan membidas saya dengan mengatakan yang pembangkang yang memulakan isu peribadi ini. Kalau kita tuduh yang pembangkang memulakannya, dan kita ikut pula cara itu maka kita adalah dalam proses untuk menjadi pembangkang pula.

Sebagai parti yang memerintah kita terpaksa tunjukkan kematangan dan 'magnanimity' kita. DAN yang penting sekali cuba sedaya upaya untuk meyakinkan pengundi yang BN dan pemimpin-pemimpinnya tidak pernah menerima rasuah. Barulah kita dihormati…bukan gitu?


WHAT'S YOUR LIFE EXPECTANCY?

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 07:59 AM PST

If you are curious to find out your life expectancy, try this test. It's easy and takes only a few minutes. If you don't like the numbers that you end up with, just treat it as a wake up call to pay more attention to your health. If the clock says you'll live to a ripe old age, don't celebrate just yet. Remember, this is just a fun activity.


Hipokrasi UMNO: Video Masjid dan Kuil Hindu Bersebelahan di RRI Sungai Buloh

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 07:42 AM PST

Terlanjur Tulang Besi mengimbas kembali isu "Azan" dan penangkapan Teresa Kok di bawah ISA angkara UMNO dan PAS pro UG, maka Tulang Besi mahu juga menghidupkan kembali isu pemindahan kuil Seksyen 17 Shah Alam ke Seksyen 23.

Isu yang begitu hangat dimainkan oleh UMNO sehingga mereka mahu membakar dan membunuh orang Hindu di Selangor. Dalam dialog di Seksyen 23 bersama kerajaan negeri, juak-juak UMNO terpekik terlolong macam kena sawan konon mahu menghalang kuil Hindu dipindah ke Seksyen 23.

Padahal, sewaktu "beruk-beruk" ini terpekik terlolong, masjid dan kuil di RRI Sungai Buloh telah pun berada sebelah menyebelah sejak berdekad-dekad lamanya. Sahlah, UMNO + PERKASA+PERWARIS dsbnya adalah golongan Lidah Bercabang. Terpekik terlolong di Seksyen 23 tapi di RRI Sungai Buloh (yang masih di bawah kekuasaan Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam) masjid dan kuil hindu telah sedia tersergam sebelah menyebelah.

Isu yang melihatkan betapa Hasan Ali dan kuncu2nya menyokong pendirian UMNO sepenuhnya. Isu yang menunjukkan betapa Khalid Samad dilayan seperti sampah oleh PAS Selangor sendiri.

Namun, video di bawah membuktikan UMNO adalah lidah bercabang dan PERKASA adalah sebuah pertubuhan yang melacurkan diri mereka untuk kepentingan UMNO dan bukannya untuk kepentingan Melayu.

Tengoklah sendiri bagaimana "beruk-beruk" UMNO berlakon konon mahu mempertahan Islam tapi sebenarnya berlakon. Hakikatnya semua beruk beruk UMNO ini bangsa lidah bercabang, muka tak malu dan tiada maruah.




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Khazanah should learn from Temasek's greed

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 07:38 AM PST

Khazanah's boss Azman Mokhtar was cautious about further investments and acquisitions, saying it would be silly if the entity fails to recognise the high risk of spreading its empire.

"You can see markets started in 2011 in fairly buoyant fashion ... but we think one has to be nimble in this market," he said, adding that the government's investment agency was cognisant of factors beyond its control such as liquidity, investor sentiment and global events that could quickly sour the market (here).

"We need to increase our portfolio value, but the portfolio value is not just about the market price," he said about Khazanah Nasional which manages some RM112 billion in its portfolio.

And perhaps Khazanah should learn something from its 'carbon-copy' Temasek Holdings which has to pay a 15 billion Indonesian-rupiah (US$1.7 million) fine after Indonesia's Supreme Court again rejected its request for a review of a previous ruling that it breached antimonopoly laws.

"Temasek is disappointed that its application for Civil Review has been rejected as it has not contravened Indonesia's antimonopoly laws," Goh Yong Siang, Temasek's senior managing director of strategic relations, said (here).

Indonesia's Anti-Monopoly Commission, or KPPU, had previously ruled that Temasek violated the country's antitrust laws as it held indirect stakes in two cellular providers, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia and PT Indosat. Temasek appealed that ruling in May 2008, but it was turned down later that year.

And for Khazanah to consider investing abroad, they should take the cue from Temasek. After all, if Amok is appointed a minister in PM's Najib Cabinet, he wont leave behind a lump of manure behind...



Penulis Interlok terima anugerah PERKASA

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 05:25 AM PST

Sasterawan negara Datuk Abdullah Hussain tersenyum lebar ketika mengalu-alukan kedatangan anggota Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (PERKASA) yang hadir ke kediamannya petang ini. Wajahnya tetap ceria, walau tidak mampu mendengar kata-kata yang dipertuturkan kepadanya oleh presiden PERKASA Datuk Ibrahim Ali yang mengetuai rombongan berkenaan. Sebaik melabuhkan punggung di sebelah Abdullah yang berkerusi roda, Ibrahim terus bertanya kepadanya, "berapa dah umur sekarang?" Abdullah bagaimanapun tidak mampu memberikan jawapan. Isterinya Datin Siti Saroja Basri kemudiannya menyarankan supaya Ibrahim bertanya melalui tulisan. Apabila Ibrahim berbuat demikian, barulah Abdullah menulis kembali kepadanya. "Dah 91 tahun tahun!," kata Ibrahim yang kelihatan terkejut dengan jawapan berkenaan.
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Ibrahim: Dia (Murugiah) mesti guna kepala otak!

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 04:45 AM PST

Pengerusi Perkasa dan Ahli Parlimen Pasir Mas Ibrahim Ali mengutok pemimpin-pemimpin kaum berkenaan buku Interlok.
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Now Will Tan Sri Muhyiddin wet his pants When Hillary Clinton Issues Message To Tunisia After Revolution

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 05:48 AM PST

Hillary Clinton Issues Message To Tunisia After Revolution

Hillary Clinton Issues Message To Tunisia After Revolution Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday urged Tunisia's new leadership to restore order and adopt broad economic and political reforms in the wake of the popular revolt that overthrew the North African nation's authoritarian president.
At the same time, the State Department rejected claims that revelations of rampant corruption in leaked U.S. diplomatic documents had sparked the uprising. The department also issued a travel warning to U.S. citizens, suggesting they forgo travel to the country and consider leaving if already there, and authorized the departure of nonessential U.S. Embassy personnel and of all family members of U.S. staff at government expense.
In a phone call to Tunisian Foreign Minister Kamal Merjan, Clinton offered U.S. support for Tunisia as it transitions from the autocratic rule of ex-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Clinton called for the government to address the underlying causes of the popular discontent that fueled the uprising, such as unemployment and poverty.
"She urged that the government work to re-establish order in the country in a responsible manner as quickly as possible," the State Department said in a statement released as looting and violence continued to rock Tunisia in the aftermath of Ben Ali's ouster on Friday. "She also underscored the importance of addressing popular concerns about the lack of civil liberties and economic opportunities, and the need to move forward with credible democratic elections."
Clinton said she was encouraged by remarks by Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi and interim President Fouad Mebazaa "indicating a willingness to work with Tunisians across the political spectrum and within civil society to build a truly representative government."
A day before Ben Ali fled the country, Clinton delivered a stark warning to Arab leaders that they must open economic and political space to the Mideast's exploding youth population if they wanted to blunt extremism and prevent unrest and rebellion. In a speech in the Qatari capital of Doha on Thursday, Clinton said the foundations of development and progress in the Middle East were "sinking into the sand" and would continue to do so unless reforms were enacted.
Meanwhile Sunday, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley rejected suggestions that blunt assessments of Ben Ali and his family, their lavish lifestyles and graft contained in cables released by the WikiLeaks website had contributed to discontent over high unemployment and poor economy.
Crowley said in a Tweet that Tunisians were well aware of the situation long before WikiLeaks published the cables and that Tunisians alone were responsible for the uprising.
Many commentators have suggested that the cables contributed to the discontent. Some have said the developments constitute the first "WikiLeaks revolution," something that Crowley dismissed.
"Tunisia is not a Wiki revolution," he said. "The Tunisian people knew about corruption long ago. They alone are the catalysts of this unfolding drama."
The cables described the extravagances of Ben Ali and his cronies, particularly those of his wife, Leila Trabelsi, whose family had financial interests from banking to car dealerships. Looters and vandals have hit some of those interests in the days since the president left amid street protests and violence.
Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has through the local news agency reported that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has praised Malaysia for its standards in democracy, economy and governance.
According to the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister who was on official visit to Washington, the US said that 'Malaysia should be emulated by other developing nations because it is 'democratic, effectively governed and economically sound.'
While Malaysians and the government of the day may take credit and feel elated, Hillary's statement of view-point can also be an insult to many – both in Malaysia and in the region.
While we may celebrate the accolades of praise from 'Big Bother USA', critical questions beg answers, namely: then why are the international bodies consistently rating us so lowly for a variety of benchmarks like transparency, press freedom, education standards, etc.?
If the USA says that Malaysia 'should be emulated by other developing nations', then it simply means that the nations in the region who also qualify for the developing label are not good enough.
It means that other governments too must have oppressive and suppressive laws like the Internal Security Act; the Official Secrets Act; the Printing and Publishing Act and the coming-soon Cybernet Law.
It also means that immigration records can be deleted and there should be no questions asked. It also means that military controlled C4 explosives can be used by ordinary uniformed personnel and there is no need to investigate how such dangerous ammunition is used on foreiign nationals.
It also means that Heads of Sate like our Prime Minister can proclaim in public that if the ruling government loses in the general election there will be 'crushed bodies, lost lives and ethnic cleansing'.
It also means that you can throw a high ranking minister into prison and land land him with a black eye.
There is more. But suffice these few thoughts to just help us seek a clarification from the United States of America.
Now can we imagine what would be the consequences if the neighbouring nations take the US Secretary of State's verdict on Malaysia seriously and implement all the same standards of economy, democracy and government into their own nations?
Not so long ago, when the Tun Doctor was at the steering wheel of the nation, we drew much criticism from the USA. Today Hillary has shown a reverse stand. Have we so suddenly and magically transformed? If so, how?
Yes, Malaysia has been an economic success. That is because in the past we gave the colonial robbers our tin and rubber. And later we have been enjoying our fossil fuel and palm oil. But what happens when the nation's oil wells run dry by 2018 or thereafter?
Yes. Malaysia was effectively governed in the past. That is why we never had a rebellion or civil war. But the USA knows that past success does not guarantee the future – so said your own President Mr Barack Obama. It has to be consistently earned.
Hence, if it is true that Malaysia is a model to be emulated, how come we have bitter battles smouldering on the political front in the country? Are other developing nations not having better peace, co-existence and progress? Are other nations less democratic? Are other nations not economically progressing given their more limited natural resources?
It is not an Asian tradition to arrogantly blare that one is an example for others to follow. It is for others to seek out and accept one as a model.
Perhaps, Hillary Clinton does not appreciate Asian culture the way we Asians do. Unless of course if the Deputy Prime Minister has not divulged the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Please your excellency the Secretary of State, USA do not put our deputy prime minsiter at such odds. Your clarification will be most looked forward to not only by all Malaysians but also by all citizens of the developing world.

 



Fox Shoots Hunter With Gun On the stump in Tenang UMNOBARISANISM was outfoxed…by a fox.

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 05:02 AM PST

A man in northern Belarus was recently outfoxed…by a fox.
According to Reuters, the hunter approached the fox after wounding it, intent on killing itwith the butt of his rifle.
However, the two ended up getting into a tussle, and the fox managed to trigger the rifle, shooting the hunter in the leg.
A prosecutor from the Grodno region said, "The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw."
The hunter is currently in the hospital with a leg wound, and the fox just happened to escape.
According to National Geographic, the fox's resourcefulness is what earned it its reputation for being sly, intelligent and cunning. Though this incident of a fox shooting a hunter was only an accident, it certainly gives the fox another reason to be thought of as crafty.
This isn't the first time an animal has shot a human, AolNews reports. At least three incidents involving dogs and cats unintentionally triggering guns have been reported in the last decade.
UPDATED In the interest of the Malaysian people who are becoming increasingly worried about the state of the economy and the prospect of crippling inflation, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has written a formal request to Prime Minister Najib Razak for an open and public debate.
However, although the 63-year old Anwar is unlikely to get a civil reply from his counterpart in the federal government, Najib will now have no choice but to agree after publicly insisting that there was no reason for him to fear Anwar
"Yes. Najib now has no way out but to agree after his swaggering speech in front of all the Felda settlers. Very 'malu' (shameful) for him to pretend he doesn't know now. If previously, people accused him of cowardice, he could still close an eye. But today, he himself told thousands of people, 'why should I be afraid of debating with Anwar?' Now, let's hope that he has the guts to carry out his words," PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.
Attacking Anwar for sodomy but mum on Altantuya
On the stump in Tenang, where a by-election will be held at the end of this month and even before official campaigning is allowed to start, Najib went all out to muddy his rival's reputation.
Najib told some 7,000 Felda settlers at the Chemplak settlement in Tenang that he was the prime minister and because of this exalted position, why should he be afraid to debate with Anwar.
Like his Umno colleague and newly-appointed Felda chairman Isa Samad, Najib hit Anwar on his sodomy charges. Not surprisingly, he omitted to mention that Anwar had accused him of fabricating these very charges to derail Anwar's political comeback. Najib's government has been condemned and shamed by many nations in the world for trying to frame Anwar with an unfair trial.
"Why should I be afraid of debating with him? I'm prime minister, I have all information. If I expose them… adoi… he will get a fever. Do I need to debate with him?" Malayskini reported Najib as telling the crowd.
The 57-year old Najib is himself at the centre of a sex scandal involving the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibu, with whom he allegedly had an affair. Both he and his wife Rosmah Mansor were accused of manipulating behind the scenes and although they have denied the allegations, their former former bodyguards were sentenced to hang for the murder. Even so, most Malaysians believe there were master-minds who ordered the killing and many still suspect it was the first couple.
Meanwhile, Pakatan Rakyat leaders also slammed Najib for bringing election goodies to Tenang and said they would lodge complaints that he was campaigning before it was permissible.

Najib, who is also the Umno president, had promised the Tenang settlers that Felda would set aside RM1.6 billion for community and development projects to improve their lives. This would also include other settlers in the country.
"It is against Election Commission rules to campaign before Nomination day. Najib thinks he is being smart by bringing the goodies early so that he won't be accused of bribing voters. But he is breaking another rule – that of campaigning before campaigning period is officially open," said Tian.
Fear of civil debate and Najib's own low culture
Najib began the debate controversy when he lambasted the Pakatan's 100-days reform plan as "irresponsible" and would bankrupt Malaysia like Greece. Yet his own department had months ago warned that Malaysia could go bankrupt by 2019 if subsidies on consumer essentials were not cut and prices not raised.

Anwar has frequently slammed Najib for being "unmanly" to target consumer essentials which affect the lower income, but not daring to reduce the same aid to crony firms that have been given billions of ringgit in subsidy far exceeding the sum total of retail subsidies for goods such as petrol, cooking gas, sugar and the like.
Indeed, Anwar's public exposure that Independent Power Producers enjoyed subsidies totalling RM19billion and toll concessions RM4billion have infuriated Najib, whom pundits say has no valid rebuttal to make.
"We cannot take such a populist approach to the point where we sacrifice our country's future. We cannot afford to do that, it would be irresponsible to the point where our children and our grandchildren will pay the price and suffer. As a matter of fact, we do not even have to wait for our children or grandchildren, according to our calculations, if these promises are implemented without taking into account the country's finances, it would just take two years," Najib had said.
His comments sparked the debate challenge from Anwar the very next day. But instead of accepting the proposal in the spirit of working for the good of the people, Najib and his advisers have chosen to regard it as a personal challenge to his credibility.
Even Umno leaders appear to have little confidence in his being able to trump Anwar in a public discourse. Minister in the PM's Department Nazri Aziz and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin have rushed to offer to stand in for him. Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali was also among the first to advise him not to accept.
"This is Umno for you. They cannot be civil and behave with respect to other people. They can only hurl insults or burn effigies to hide their own fear. Najib is their leader, so it is not surprising that he exhibits this sort of low culture too," Gopeng MP Lee Boon Chye

Mahathir's Legacy: An Open Verdict?

www.themalaysianinsider.com

Let us disabuse ourselves, quickly, of the notion that 2011 would be an improvement over last year. Nothing so far has given us any reason for optimism. Just look at the way the affairs of thenation were being conducted in the first week of the new year.
Appointment of Selangor State Secretary
For example, the appointment of the Selangor state secretary. The Sultan in this very public controversy, Iam afraid, has been badly advised. He has blithely, amidst much pomp and circumstance, naturally, trespassed, in a manner of speaking, into a politically explosive situation, a veritable minefield if ever there was one. Minefields, political or otherwise, are not known for their ability to distinguish a Sultan from a Mentri Besar.
He is a constitutional monarch, the Sultan, I mean, not the MB who is a political animal. His Royal Highness should confine himself to matters in which he has a clearly defined role to play.
Plunging into the murky waters of politics, where even killer whales fear to put in an appearance, is to risk losing the special constitutional protection that sets His Royal Highness apart from the chattering hordes of common politicians.
HRH has now blown to smithereens the aura and mystique of his royal person. Rightly or wrongly, many now invariably see him in a new light, and from a different perspective or angle, as a person who no longer is above the political fray.
I know this is not true, but perceptions are difficult creatures to tame. All rather unfortunate because the controversy could arguably have been avoided. There is, of course, that little legal maxim "The King Can Do No Wrong." Unfortunately it was inappropriate to apply it in this context. I hope we have all learnt a good deal from this unfortunate and unhappy episode.
The Attorney-General and Ramon Navaratnam: Strange Bedfellows
Then, there was that "clearing-of-the-air" farcical drama. The ever nimble-footed, redoubtableAttorney-General of Malaysia, acting on his own initiative and, no doubt, prompted by the urgings of his newfound conscience, went to the citadel of all that is good and honourable, to prostrate himself and grovel before Ramon Navaratnamand the serried ranks of the country's pillars of the establishment.
I am assured these are men of unquestionable honour with an unquenchable thirst for the truth. A-G Gani Patail, looking suitably contrite, shedding a few tears for effect, was there to explain how he managed, on the salary of a civil servant, to pay for the high-end haj package for himself and the accompanying family entourage. He was responding to allegations of impropriety centring on the question of who actually paid for the trip.
The good Tan Sri Gani Patail turned up with a few grubby receipts as proof that the trip was "kosher".Ramon Navaratnam, the well-known eager upstager, pronounced his satisfaction with the explanation given by the A-G and, therefore, in his infinite wisdom, he verily declared that no investigation into the allegations of corruption against the A-G was necessary.
Now that a new operating procedure has been put in train, citizens suspected of corruption will not be investigated. I suppose just as well considering the incomparable cutting-edge investigation prowess of the MACC. Suspects will only be required to appear before Navaratnam & Co. And an instant decision is guaranteed. Now that a pattern has been set, we should remember that what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Even the MACC can understand that.
The whole sad and disgraceful spectacle was a total sham, deftly organised and orchestrated by the increasingly farcical MACC. Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan would have approved entirely the creative energy and ingenuity of Datuk Abu Kassim in producing an operetta to the accompaniment of nothing more than a lot of empty drums signifying nothing more than a lot of hot air.
The MACC and Robert Phang
If they were alive today, they would have named it "The Pirates of Putrajaya" as a companion edition to their own amusing "The Pirates of Penzance". I should have been extremely surprised if the MACC had not produced this masterpiece of deception.
A good try both Ramon and Abu Kassim who obviously deserve each other. In the meantime,Robert Phang is being demonised because he had the moral courage and rectitude to challenge Ramon's lightning verdict of NOT GUILTY. The A-G shed tears: the nation is in mourning because justice has been sacrificed and trivialised yet again.
The Teoh Beng Hock Verdict
The long-awaited coroner's verdict on the death of Teoh Beng Hock had finally been delivered. The open verdict is nothing if not an affront to human dignity and a travesty of justice. Any reasonable citizen following the proceedings would have, in all the circumstances, been entitled to expect other than an open verdict which in the event has opened a can of worms to destroy the last vestige of public trust in the criminal justice system, long eroded by corruption.
The Justice emasculated by Che Det & Co
The system, as we all know, was emasculated by successive prime ministers, starting with Mahathir. The unholy trinity of corruption, abuse of power with impunity, and desecration of religious, ethical and moral values in national life, sanctified by Che Det, will I am sure last many lifetimes unless we say enough is enough.
Che Det, the Emasculator of Malaysia's institutions of governance
The verdict reminds me of a comment on public enquiries I came across a long time ago (source forgotten) which goes: "As civil servants are apt to say, one does not commission an enquiry unless one clearly knows the answer." The coroner, a civil servant, knew at the outset what verdict should be delivered. Blame the corrupt system. The coroner was merely doing the job expected of him by the Najib Administration.
Mahathir's legacy has left this nation in a shambles. Should he not at least admit responsibility and ask for forgiveness so that we may start afresh to rebuild Malaysia without the excesses of the past?

Fox Shoots Hunter


 



Can survive one

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 12:45 AM PST

RM3,000 a month can survive one. 
Well thank you so much, YB!

There is this very funny story in The Malaysian Insider today.  In it the minister of international trade and industry Mustapha Mohd was quoted as saying that his ministry will use RM3,000 a month salary as a proxy for high income jobs.  First of all, what is the meaning of using it as a proxy? And second of all, the minister also said that "you won't be rich with RM3,000 but you can survive."  But I thought that if you had a high-income job you would be able to do much more than just "survive". No? Maybe I don't understand these things lah. Maybe the YB has some great economic theory which eludes poor working slobs like me. But then I remember this is the same YB who when asked why there was a need for a new multi-million Ringgit Istana Negara replied that it's 'nice' to have or something silly like that. So how?


Niamah!!!


Siapa yang depan boleh, belakang pun boleh?

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 04:04 AM PST

One thing you can depend on Chinese Malaysians is their amazing ability to stage a jolly good show, bring about a festive mood so to speak, at either a religious celebration or a political event, especially during a general or by-election campaign. And their ability in this regard is not just limited to the two mentioned events ;-)


Remember the recent Penang 'koe-tai' during the 7th Moon (Ghost) Religious Rites, where scantily dressed sweeties pranced on a village stage, crooning songs in Mandarin, Cantonese and god-knows what other languages. The celebratory atmosphere was so jolly enjoyable that the God of Hades had great difficulties marshalling those lost souls back into Hell after the month was up wakakaka.

Now the MCA (well, they're Chinese Malaysians, aren't they?) have done it again – see Malaysiakini's
Anwar targeted as sexy dancers jazz up pro-BN bash which reported:

Over 1,000 Tenang constituents were treated to a sumptuous dinner last night with free beer, sexy dance performance and a lucky draw, featuring a 100cc motorcycle as the grand prize.

Where's Kimmia when you really needed them wakakaka!

Okay, it's good for the villagers to have a bit of fun, and the pending by-election in Tenang provides the opportunity for such an occasion. But I wonder about the campaign speech by former Umno vice-president Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, where he stated:

"Anwar depan boleh, belakang pun boleh."

Given that Anwar Ibrahim is currently being prosecuted for alleged sodomy in a court trial, thus the matter being sub judice, hasn't Isa Samad's speech been in contempt of court proceedings?

Isa Samad will in all likelihood get away with such a blatant contempt of court proceedings, so it's teflon-ised BN leaders like him who's sebenarnya yang depan boleh, belakang pun boleh, reaming right royally the dignity of the courts.


Should You Wait to Tell Her How You Feel? Here’s What Popular Songs Say

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 02:34 AM PST

So you like that girl… But you're not sure she likes you back. Do you even have a chance? Maybe you should just wait and see?

Well, here's what several popular songs have to say about that decision…

Michael Learns to Rock – 25 Minutes

I find her standing in front of the church
The only place in town where I didn't search
She looks so happy in her wedding dress
But she's crying while she's saying this

Boy I missed your kisses all the time but this is
Twenty five minutes too late
Though you travelled so far boy I'm sorry you are
Twenty five minutes too late

Smokie – Living Next Door to Alice

Oh, I don't know why she's leaving,
Or where she's gonna go,
I guess she's got her reasons,
But I just don't want to know,
'Cos for twenty-four years
I've been living next door to Alice.
Twenty-four years just waiting for a chance,
To tell her how I feel, and maybe get a second glance,
Now I've got to get used to not living next door to Alice

Michael Buble – You Don't Know Me

I never knew
The art of making love
Though my heart aches
With love for you
Afraid and shy
I've let my chance to go by
The chance that you might
Love me, too

You give your hand to me
And then you say good-bye
I watch you walk away
Beside the lucky guy
You'll never never know
The one who loves you so
Well, you don't know me

Thanks to Chick for that last one.

And a case in point from Learn From My Fail:

Never, ever put off asking a girl out for two years. When you finally do, you will learn that she used to like you but moved on. You won't be able to do the same.

Conclusion: There are tons of songs about how the guy was just a bit too late to let his feelings for the girl be known. By contrast, I can't think of any songs lamenting the fact that he told her just a bit too soon. So be bold, tell her how you feel about her before it's too late!

After all, it's the man's responsibility to bear the (potential) rejection and heartbreak.

PS. This principle kinda applies to family too:

Mike & The Mechanics – The Living Years

I wasn't there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn't get to tell him
All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I'm sure I heard his echo
In my baby's new born tears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

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Balu ke mahkamah tuntut bedah siasat kedua

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 12:00 AM PST

Anggota keluarga M Krishnan yang mati ketika dalam tahanan polis 7 Januari lalu dan perwakilan Pakatan Rakyat hari ini mengemukakan permohonan di mahkamah di Jalan Duta hari ini untuk memaksa kerajaan menjalankan bedah siasat kedua. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Projek perintis kesihatan mental

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 12:46 AM PST


The Star melaporkan Kementeriaan Kesihatan dan Pendidikan akan melancarkan projek perintis di 4 sekolah untuk mengenalpasti dan menangani masaalah kesihatan mental pada peringkt awal.

Harap mula di MCKK.

Ada bercita-cita mahu jadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia tapi masa meminta berkata, "Tak akan tak biasa di sekolah asrama."

Kini dah melarat menjadi teruk. Tapi mulanya di situlah.


“Kawasan Kita Dahulu”

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 12:32 AM PST

There are only 71 seats in the Sarawak State Assembly. Say what you like, you win one you win for your coalition. This morning was a chance breakfast meeting with 3 BN Ybs one of them an Assistant Minister.Their seats are N32( Bukit Saban),N60( Kemena) and N69 (Batu Danau).

Called it chance but it turned out to be an opportune not to be missed with some relevant questions especially after the flying visit by PM Najib to Sarawak. First thing uttered by N32 Yb was,"have to look after and take care of bloggers as if you treat them well they will treat you likewise.Very kind assuring words hmm and was there more to come?

 N60 said its also the case with you own Kawasan(constituency). I am having a very quick breakfast and you have to excuse me if I leave early as my area now is hit hard and some areas are flooded. I will be looking after the needs of my Kawasan now. The immediate need is relief action and there is no need to politicise whatever issues the opposition would like to bring up.

Just take Queensland (Australia) tell me is the infrastructure in place? This is the worst flood right and so I have to be with my people and I am going there eventhough the flight to the remotest affected interior is full of danger with the swirling wind plus rain but I leave it to the hands of the almighty one. Only he knows what my destiny and my heart is clear 'MY Kawasan Dahulu"

N69 said,"there are people saying that I have not been looking after my kawasan. I know my kawasan and i know who my voters are and I work on my weaknesses but also maintain close grip on my strong supporters. ' Every constituency in Sarawak is different and as an elected representative one must know the area well and do not leave it to the last hour to campaign. The opposition can harp all they like and they will appear only and during election time."

When the SNAP symposium in Sibu was addressed to them they say,"They are looking at it that it looks like SNAP is a new fresh air to some leaders. But we must remember its the same faces we fought over and with over the years. 

We are confident that we will be able to withhold the opposition surge as we know our terrain very well and quietly we have done our work without much hoo-hah eventhough the opposition says otherwise. We shall see who comes on top and the PM has already said,'Winnable candidates" Are we not winnable?

It was supposed to end here but then a phone call was received and we left to meet up with another BN Yb N14. He was disturbed on the matter of some BN members reportedly rumoured to crossover to join SNAP. He was asked to doublecheck by the CMs department and it seems that it was too good to be true.

A number of calls and smses were received that a top PRS SC member was going to have a PC and declare himself as a SNAP member. We immediatedly called the PRS SG Nissom in the presence of the YB and clarified with him and he said," He had a frank talk with the person and told him that if he does cross the line he needs to resign from PRS and please do not jeorpadise the party"

We got in touch with the person in question and the sms read,'Bro dont read too much for me quitting or joing SNAP.am just a mosquito and nobody of importance"

A BN strategists told us that what ever is being replied does not total up. There is a new alliance sought out between these Pakatan group "It is a configuration of a new SNAP and many former PBDS,new dayak graduates and sympathisers are joining. They are using a clever ploy of creating havoc amongst themselves but in actual fact they are united and are in agreement to fight BN in totality' Do you believe that SNAP and PKR are going head-on?

He does want to be part of this picture and he is just redirecting it all away and will be part of the team to ensure that Pakatan Sarawak will see an end to Taibs regime. It seems that now BN YBs are fully aware of the threats coming and they will obviously look after their own constituencies.

Even Pakatan YBs for that matter will be no use to their Coalition if they lose out in their own areas and no matter what is being analysed and post mortem the fact will remain,

" YOU LOST YOUR KAWASAN "

Dont for once said its not a neutral playing field as if you are good enough to win you are good enough to maintain it no matter what issues are brought up. The ones that cries after the election results are announced are just trying to FOOL themselves that they have not done enough. 

The fact remains,"Kawasan Kita Dahulu"



古迹保护见新章

Posted: 17 Jan 2011 10:28 PM PST

载自光华日报"异言堂"

作者:林武灿 人民公正党槟州州委、经济学士、南京大学文学硕士

古迹保护见新章

  

两年前槟城联合马六甲荣获联合国教育科学及文化组织(UNESCO) 颁发世界遗产城市地位。

世界上四面环水的岛屿很多,但是在岛上有一座山作靠背者则稀有,所以槟榔屿山明水秀,钟灵毓秀,灵气所钟,故有地灵人杰之说。

不只如此,在英殖民主义者尚未登陆时,槟城已有本地的寺庙与回教堂,甚至出了一位后来被供奉为神明的民间传奇人物张理,或称大伯公,在丹绒道光的海珠屿有碑文为证。

欧洲文化特别是指英国与葡萄牙文化,亚洲的文化,保括中国、印度、中东、印尼、泰国等文化,早已在这风光绮丽的州属种下幼苗,并在阳光与雨水的滋润下开花结果。

除了丰硕的人文建设以外,尚有许多历史性的建筑物与街道,见证了沥沥的槟城发展美丽诗篇,记载了温长岁月的磨练与光阴的痕迹。在这里虽没有"河马"史诗的壮阔,或"离骚"话语的悲悯,但也足以供今人抚今追昔,供后人有迹可循,与有荣焉!

如此种种,需要公共与私人领域处心积虑地好好看待与保护这些人文与建筑物等,方不致一旦人物两失时,才遗憾"人去楼空",则为时已晚了。

可能欧洲有过文艺复兴启示的关系,古迹保护在欧洲是一项重要的项目与工程,它不只在法律上获得保障,而且也在公共与私人界获得舆论与经济上的支援。

在一个私有制的资本主义社会里,如果有人认为某座建筑物值得保留下来、或不可拆除或翻建的时候,它将产生一种矛盾。业主将会认为这是我的私有产业,一切有我作主,你又能与我奈何?

因此,法律的订立与执行非常重要。在这里特别是指地方政府的发展控制条规,它必需有能力应对因经济私益的考量而展开的有违古迹保护的发展计划,以及任何有损这项传统文化的议程。

其实古迹保护并不可以脱离整个发展的过程。现代人必须懂得如何将时尚的创意设计与传统的古迹保护原则联系在一起,两者应是互相辅助而非互相排斥的东西。换句话说,只要搭配得当,新与旧的共存并非勉强,也绝对不会是一种偶然。

本地有好多建筑界的老手,他们的手艺、或称鬼斧神工,但是许多也今已失传。这又是为什么呢?

看起来起码有几个原因,第一,这些建筑技术与工艺来自民间,并未升格为教材或供予系统化训练。第二,鲜有支援古迹保护计划的基金来作这方面的用途。第三,要学习或继承这种传统手艺的门生可以说已越来越少了。

在英国就有好几个类似基金的存在,例如"古迹彩票基金" (Heritage Lottery Fund) ,它主要是提供经济的支援,再由"英国人古迹" (English Heritage) 去提供咨询服务,以展开古迹保护的各个大小计划,并且聘用熟练的本土老工匠,再有条不紊地去训练新手,使到代代薪火相传,古迹保护的实际的工艺与技术也就后继有人。

其实古迹的保护除了可以带来视觉感上的享受,或一种审美的情趣以外,还可以把陈旧的建筑物,改良为商业或住家的用途。槟城的闻商已故旦斯里骆文秀称这些老屋宅为'古董厝',可见其价值珍贵,而其位于红毛路的故居就是其一。

莲花河的张弼士故居是一个成功的例子,它是这位前中国驻马客家籍领事的老家,连同其对面整排的前工人宿舍等,好几年前在维修后已恢复原貌,今已成为游客访槟的热门卖点。据考证在中国河婆地方他也拥有几乎同样格式的别墅。

目前在哈登巷一带的好几排老屋,正紧锣密鼓地在维修保护中,并计划转变为廉宜旅店 (Budget Hotel),相信大有看头及为槟州的旅游业增添异彩。

据知,一些邻国的商家已垂涎槟城的老屋,并且准备大事投资及加以维修它们,例如头条路有一整排陈年老屋,似乎也已在披上新装的情况下,准备再呈现旧的时韵味与情趣,及投入"生产"的领域。难怪槟城老屋子的价格近来也吹起了阵阵的涨风。

因此,只要我们懂得诠释与尊敬我们本州的天然美化环境,只要我们懂得欣赏建筑物与空间的关系,充分地利用城市设计的原则,使到我们的社群能够参与整个古迹保护的过程,在开诚与积极的态度的大前提下,古迹保护的事业配合了其特有的经济功能,肯定能大放光茫,同时将令槟城人对此一绝会永远地感到无以伦比的荣耀!


消除贫穷还看民联

Posted: 17 Jan 2011 10:27 PM PST

载自光华日报"异言堂"

作者:林武灿 人民公正党槟州州委、经济学士、南京大学文学硕士

消除贫穷还看民联

  翻开1974年的经济报告,我们会发觉到我国贫穷问题基本上是发生在郊区,而大多数的贫穷家庭是马来人。这是一个画面。

  当时的贫穷率为马来人73%,81%大部分是在郊区。华人的贫穷率则为17%。

 其实于1957年   至1970年之间,我国人民的收入不均趋势早已经浮现。在1957年,人口的20%拥有全民总收入的50%,但是在1970年却涨至收入的56%。

 另一方面,在1957年,人口的低下层60% 只享有全民总收入的30%,在1970年时却降至25% 而已。

 今天的画面又是个什么样子呢?很可悲的,经过了53年的国家经济调控后,这种贫富悬殊的现象不但没有改善,反而变本加历。

 在1990至2009年之间,人民的购买力已明显地下降了4%。

 在2000至2010年之间,虽然其他国家(包括贫穷国家 )的人民薪水平均已有3.2% 的增加,但是在我国却只有2.6% 的增加而已。

 目前,大妈每月收入少过RM1,500 的家庭占全国人口的40%,而4个这样的家庭中有3为马来人。

 在大妈4百万工人当中,34% 每月的收入少过RM700,或称已进入贫穷底线。

 但是,联邦政府每年约390亿令吉的津贴当中,有62% 是拨给私人大企业领域。换句话说,每年有190亿令吉是拨给煤气的津贴、40令吉是给大道公司,而只有40亿才是作为食品(即糖、面粉与米)的津贴。

 在百物涨价的通货膨涨环境下,大马贫富悬殊问题已一再扩大与加深,至今尚未看出联邦政府有任何治理的良方。

 在此,我们不得不对新经济政策(1970-1990)要消除贫穷、以及消除以种族来识别经济功能的效果产生质疑。

 其实新经济政策虽然成功地制造了一小撮马来富豪,以及新的马来中产阶层,但是绝大多数的马来人还是生活在贫穷困或其边缘。所谓"侯门酒肉臭,路有冻死骨"。

 问题是许多名义上应该惠及土著的计划与措施,都让那些有钱有势的土著先占优势而获取,或称因朋党群带关系而惠及。例如,刚上市的挂牌公司如果必须将 30% 或更多的股权保留给土著的话,那些连吃饭都有问题的土著哪里还有能力去购买它呢?

 在这,那些买了股票的土著拥有者,如果再把股票卖给非土著的话,那么在股票拥有权的纪录上将永远无法达致30% 土著股权的目标,而新经济政策的这个目标是否将因此而永远延续下去呢?

 几年前在政府机构任职的经济学者林德义博士曾经指出, 我国的土著拥有股份早已超过30% 甚至更高的巴仙率,然而他的计算法并没获得联邦政府的苟同,造成林博士毅然离职以表不满。

 既然国阵联邦政府在过去的53年已无法扭转我国结构上的贫穷问题,那么让我们看看反对党阵线人民联盟又有何妙方。

 长远的不谈,人民联盟已在它的共同纲领中承诺,若在下届大选执政联邦政府它将在100日内,落实以下7项经济政策或措施:-

1)                  通过国家投资信托公司及公积金局等收购大道公司及其资产及废除大道收费制;

2)                  改变津贴私人公司的现有津贴结构来津贴人民;

3)                  为了承认教师对教育人民的贡献,每月拨出RM500 予每位教师;

4)                  将水当作人民的权力之下,把所有管理水的私营计划归还政府;

5)                  为住在城市及接近城市的所有居民提供免费網络(Wi-Fi) 服务;

6)                  废除联邦垦殖区(FELDA)以开放园丘土地予第2及第3代的垦殖民来管理;以及

7)                  提高拨予沙巴、砂劳越、登嘉楼与吉兰丹的石油专利权税至20% (目前只是5%)。

因此,如果人民认为除了巫统/国阵以种族的老方法来分配国家财富已不能挽救"贫者越贫、富者越富"的趋势的话,民联的100日执政方案与承诺则不失为另一种优良选择。


Android: Newly added contacts not showing up in contact list? My solution -

Posted: 17 Jan 2011 10:35 PM PST

I couldn't really think of anywhere to put this, but in the spirit of Android openess, I wanted to put it *somewhere*

So, I've been having this problem where phone numbers that I tried to add as a new contact would not show up in my contact list.

(Very frustrating if you were looking for that number of the pretty girl you just re/met :)

It appears my problem was solveable by:

1) Going to Contacts

2) Going to Display Options

3) Clicking on your main Google account under "Choose Contacts to Display"

Here I had a lot of different checkable boxes, one of which was completely blank for some reason (just above All Other Contacts, in my case). After I checked it, my problems seemed to have gone away. Hope it stays that way!


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