- Dream No 2 – the God spoke, very precisely!
- HRH Prince Cheah
- CSM: Dr Lim Teck Ghee's Latest Statement
- My Face-Off with the "Great" RPK -- Something Awaits...
- Understanding Basic Islamic Principles Course for Non Muslims ~ Introduction
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- Berterus teranglah - Jangan dipencilkan oleh kebenaran.
- Anwar: Impossible to hide RM208b in illicit outflows
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Posted: 23 Jan 2011 03:52 PM PST
Posted: 23 Jan 2011 02:41 PM PST
This morning I was at my desk top in the bedroom, tweaking the FirstLife site and Prince Cheah was comfortably under the table snoozing as he usually does.
Being at the table for more than a few hours I accidentally kicked him lightly a couple of times when I stretched my legs. The third time I did that was the last time today! Prince Cheah bit one of my toes! But that was to be expected of Prince these days. He never used to bite anyone before Jeannie passed on.
However, he is still the same measured old dog who can give you two chances before whacking you. The guy is almost human! How else can one explain the actions of a dog who a couple of years back ago took a full two minutes after I had accidentally kicked him particularly hard (under the table too) before attacking me! Prince's responses are always measured; he is even better than many humans.
So today, this photo blog is about Prince Cheah Ah Kow and the words are from Jeannie. One piece entitled, "More Than A Dream" is a blogpost dated 15th November 2006 that Jeannie adapted from the Net for her blog and another, entitled "My Beloved Prince", also from her blog is dated 27th July, 2006. They say it all.
More Than A Dream
He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being: by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.)
When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another human. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself.
He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.
His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to be with me... whenever... wherever -- in case I need him. And I expect I will -- as I always have. I love my Royal Highness.....The Prince.
My Beloved Prince
A bad migraine is no fun.
Was lying in bed and Prince came up to me,
staring right into my eyes.
Something wrong baby? I asked him.
He looked miserable and disappointed.
I was thinking what is it that he wanted?
Oh yes!...Very quickly I got up and said to him.
Its your birthday Prince, with or without a migraine, mummy is going to bake your favourite walnut/banana bread ok?
His tail was wagging and he seemed pleased.
I went down into the kitchen and started to make his birthday bread(cake)hahhaahha!
He was waiting impatiently while I was taking to him. I was also thinking, baking for a dog?
Well, why not? He is our baby and a member of the family.
A lot of things went through my mind while I was still busy with the ingredients. I am a woman who never liked dogs. No way!
The kids have always wanted a pet and I will always say NO! Now 2 years ago, a friend of my daughter wanted to give up her pet and of course, my daughter had to do her sweetest talk with this mom of hers.
I still say NO!
What changed my mind was, when she came to the part where this little Prince is not being well taken care of by his former owners. Guess they have no time or whatever.
My heart skipped a beat and I said to my daughter. Well, okay. Let's go take a look and see if there is any chemistry between us. One big step.............got into the car and still not sure.
When we arrived at the apartment, I saw for the first time a dog that looked more like a cat.
What kind of species is this? I asked.
Oh..he is a Shih Tzu and his name is Prince.
Got introduced to Prince and I was still deciding.
Shall we or shall we not.
As I sat down, I saw the most beautiful, sparkling pair of eyes staring at me.
I could almost hear him say.......would you please? Awwww........that's it. I said YES! We'll take you home and we'll give you a home.
Prince got settled with us nicely and quickly I must say.
Start grooming that dirty fella was the first thing I said to my kids.
Well, mummy gave him his 1st bath.
My 1st time bathing a dog? Geez.....I must be mad.
I set something like ten thousand rules?
No this and no to that and that.
Today Prince sleeps with me on my bed, eats with me, has his own chair next to mine.
Listening to mantras every morning and meditating with me.
Prince is now mine more than anyone else in the family.
We cannot live without each other, not even for a day.
Ever heard of someone calling her dog while away?
I do that now or he will not do anything.
He will be so miserable, they do not know what to do with him.
My phone calls always set his/my mood back to normal.
I thank the Universe and Masters for they have put this message into me.
That you can do anything even if you do not like it...for the 1st time.
Now I cannot see myself living life without my dear Prince.
His presence is always comforting and loving.
I cannot ask for any other than Prince.
We all adore him and literally made him a King.
Happy Birthday Prince.
You deserve many many more birthdays.
Long Live Prince Cheah.
We are grateful to have Prince and even more so to have him make Jeannie's last few years that much more special. The two were inseparable. Special appreciation to Eva and Andrew for taking care of him in his first three years.
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Posted: 23 Jan 2011 12:31 PM PST
from cpiasia.net, where YL Chong is proud to have served as its inaugural Editor for one year-plus.
Investigate Why Malaysia Has Attained World Ranking in Illicit Outflows
Written by Dr. Lim Teck Ghee
Sunday, 23 January 2011 11:04
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I refer to a report by Washington financial watchdog Global Financial Integrity which found that Malaysia lost US$291 billion or RM889 billion through illicit outflows between 2000-2008.
The report written by GFI economists Karly Curcio and Dev Kar, who is a former senior economist at the International Monetary Fund is deserving of attention from everyone in the country – the Prime Minister to the lowest of our citizenry.
This finding of massive illicit capital outflow for Malaysia is the strongest confirmation of sustained capital flight from the country during the past decade, even if one wants to dispute the definition of "illicit" used. What is especially worrying is that the outflow has tripled in the short period of eight years from 2000-2008
There can be no dispute that a major part of this outflow is due to financial gains accumulated through corruption, kickbacks and other illegal means. How much can be disputed and can only be determined by a thorough investigation such as through the establishment of a Royal Commission to determine the extent and the reasons for the outflow. Without an independent panel or Commission looking into this and having access to banking and other financial data, there will be no end to finger pointing and needless speculation as to who are the parties implicated in these outflows.
No country can afford the outflow that Malaysia is experiencing. It will bankrupt the country, impoverish the general population and lead to social and political instability and chaos.
Should the Government choose to maintain silence on this issue or attempt to spin it in other ways, then it will be a monumental error which will come back to haunt it forever through accelerating the decline - and ultimate downfall - of the country.
Posted: 23 Jan 2011 12:25 PM PST
I was heartened to read the last Comment to my article "Why is RPK acting so out of character?" dated Oct 14, 2010 published by Malaysia Chronicle:
* Comment Link Anon Friday, 14 January 2011 10:47 posted by Anon
Is there going to be an apology from RPK to YL Chong for "revelation of the source of information, denied by YL Chong?
This betrayel of trust to anyone supplying info to RPK wont be forgotton/swept away so easily. it is stil very fresh on my(our?) mind.
We are waiting fo an unconditional apology from RPK....14 Comments
* Comment Link Anon Friday, 14 January 2011 10:47 posted by Anon
Is there going to be an apology from RPK to YL Chong for "revelation of the source of information, denied by YL Chong?
This betrayel of trust to anyone supplying info to RPK wont be forgotton/swept away so easily. it is stil very fresh on my(our?) mind.
We are waiting fo an unconditional apology from RPK....
Your humble host here/hear YL Chong, Desi, promises his esteemed readers here and also at malaysia-chronicle.com that the "great" RPK had not retracted his allegations against me, nor had he tendered any public apology as demanded officially by me of his FALSE ALLEGATIONS, and the deadline had long passed.
NO, THE ISSUE IS NOT FORGOTTEN, I ASSURE MY ER! I urge my ER to exercise some patience: I will follow soon (By coming Friday?...InsyaAllah!:) a final "peAce" tentatively titled "RPK -- You Are a Liar and Coward".
"Anticipate YOUR enjoyment!BestR, YL, Desi"REMEMBER: The fun of undertaking a travel is in enjoying the journey -- breaking away into the byways and nooks and corners -- NOT in arriving at the destination!
Posted: 23 Jan 2011 09:14 AM PST
This means ' peace be upon you!'
In the light of what the recent brouhaha raised by one Chua Soi Lek, the current President of the MCA ~ Malaysian Chinese Association has caused by his referring to the unwillingness of former teacher, Normala Sudirman, a Muslim woman candidate for PAS, the Islamic Party of Malaysia to go around shaking the hands of people, not halal for her to do so has inspired me to start this free basic course with regard to the 'Understanding of Islam for Non Muslims'.
I mean you can't totally blame Chua Soi Lek for failing to understand the right and wrong things to expect from a Muslim such as Cikgu Normala, can we?
Chua Soi Lek surely would not know all these things that we Muslims take seriously except for the likes of the Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman whom I heard has sort of insinuated that those who vote for PAS must be ready to see thieves in Johor get their hands chopped off in such an eventuality?
I can't for the life of me try to figure out just what kind of a Muslim would ever say such a thing?
Did the Johor Menteri Besar really truly say that?
God forbid! That would make the man a bloody hypocrite for the true punishment for purposeful theft by anyone out of greed and not dire necessity in order to survive would truly be the Hadd punishment.
That is what Islamic Syaria calls for?
Anyone who opposes such a law can't be considered a true Muslim and he or she ought to be brought to court and judged accordingly by the Syaria Court.
Until I get hold of a proper report or video recording of the Johor Menteri Besar saying such a thing, I'd reserve my point of views upon such a grievous matter and will in the meantime search for such evidence. Insya Allah!
Those of you who do have such proof, please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Now, back to what I had wanted to do. Share basic understanding of Islam with you my readers, both Muslim and those who are not or yet to be?
Islam is the Arabic word for Peace.
Assalamualaikum is the Islamic greeting which we use to greet anyone whom we meet or come across.
Those who receive such a greeting will reply or answer with ' Wa 'alaikum salam' which means ' And upon you be peace (also / too)!'
Now, isn't that the best kind of greeting that one would wish for?
Such is the kind of wellwishes that we who are Muslims are taught to give and receive by our Noble Messenger of Almighty Allah, the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
Contrary to uninformed Western beliefs, Islam isn't a new form of faith or belief.
Islam is the very faith that God Almighty taught our Father, the Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam, the Father of all Mankind.
Islamic faith rests in the bedrock of belief that 'There is no other god but Allahu Ta'ala!'
That's the very essence of our creed. Only One God.
The prophets and messengers of Allah through the ages emphasized and taught their tribes and people of believing in only One True God!
Through the passage of Time, there came to be a total of 124,000 prophets and messengers of God.
Adam was the first prophet. After him came other prophets who continued his message to his progeny.
The authenticity of this figure can be traced back to this authentic hadith:
As for the exact number of prophets the Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam was asked by Abu Dharr Radhiallahu Anhu, "O Messenger of Allah! What was the total number of prophets?" the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam replied, "124,000 and from amongst them 315 messengers!"
Read more here:
In Surah An Nisa Chapter 4 Verse 164 in the Holy Al Qur'an, Almighty Allah tells us :
TransliterationWarusulan qad qasasnahumAAalayka min qablu warusulan lam naqsushum AAalaykawakallama Allahu moosa takleema
Sahih InternationalAnd [We sent] messengers about whom We have related [their stories] to you before and messengers about whom We have not related to you. And Allah spoke to Moses with [direct] speech.
What does that tell us?
That there are many, many other things that Mankind have yet to learn and discover about our coming into being?
About many other realms of life that we have yet to know of those who lived before us save for what Almighty Allah Chooses to share with us through His countless prophets and messengers?
The Greatest Messenger of Almighty Allah, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam encapsulates all that Allahu Ta'ala wants us Mankind to follow and put to practice in our lives here on Earth in preparation for our next realm of existence.
We learn from the Holy Prophet the names of 25 of these noble prophets and messengers of Allah who are mentioned by name in the Blessed Al Qur'an Al Kareem.
They are :
1. Ādam Alaihi Salam - He was the first human being to be created and is the father of all mankind. Came down to the Earth from Paradise ~ Jannah.
2. Idrīs/Enoch Alaihi Salam - He was the first prophet to whom the angel Jibrā`īl came to with revelation to guide the children of Ādam (as). He came after the Prophet Shīth Alaihi Salam.
3. Nūḥ/Noah Alaihi Salam - He was the first messenger to be sent to the Earth. He ordered his people stop worshipping idols and images and to worship Allah alone. He called them to Allah for 950 years, he was finally ordered to build the ark. Only a handful of people followed him and were saved the rest were drowned by the great flood even Nūḥ's own son.
4. Hūd Alaihi Salam - It is said that Hūd (as) was the first person to speak Arabic. He was sent to the people of ʿĀd in Yemen. His people were giants who lived in palaces with lofty pillars. His people were destroyed by a hurricane with fiercely cold winds.
5. Ṣāliḥ Alaihi Salam - He was sent to the people of Thamūd who lived in Madyan. They came after the people of Ād and were given the ability to carve their homes out of mountains. They killed the she-camel of Ṣāliḥ (as) and as a result were destroyed by an earthquake.
6. Ibrāhīm/Abraham Alaihi Salam - He is known as Khalīl al-Allah (the friend of Allah); the father of the prophets and the father of the three religions, Islām, Judaism and Christianity.
7. Lūṭ/Lot Alaihi Salam - He was the nephew of Ibrāhīm (as). He was sent to the people of Sodom on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Their town was turned upside down due to their shameful ways.
8. Ismāʿīl/ Ishmael Alaihi Salam - Was the son of Ibrāhīm (as) who was ordered to be given in sacrifice. And from his offspring's came the last and final prophet Muḥammad (ṣaw).
9. Isḥāq/Isaac Alaihi Salam - He was also the son of the prophet Ibrāhīm (as) All the prophet after him were from his offspring's except for Muḥammad (ṣaw).
10. Yaʿqūb/Jacob Alaihi Salam - Was the son of Ishāq (as). He is known as Isrā`īl and he had 12 children. The offspring's of these children are called Bani Isrā`īl.
11. Yūsuf/Joseph Alaihi Salam - Was the most beloved son of his father Yaʿqūb. There is a whole sūrah dedicated to his story.
12. Shuʿaib Alaihi Salam - He was sent to the people of the forest in Madyan.
13. Mūsa /Moses Alaihi Salam - Was sent to save the Banī Isrā`īl from Firʿaun. He was given many miracles e.g. splitting of the sea and turning his staff into snake. He was also given the Tawrah.
14. Hārun /Aaron Alaihi Salam - Was sent to the Firʿaun ~ Pharaoh along with his brother as a spokesman.
15. Dāwūd/David Alaihi Salam- He was the person who killed Goliath and then became a ruler and a prophet. He was given the Zabūr/Psalms.
16. Sulaymān/Solomon Alaihi Salam- Was a king who ruled the whole world and had the control of jinns. He was also able to understand the languages of the animals, insects and creatures.
17. Ayyūb/Job Alaihi Salam - Was tested by Allah, he lost all his wealth and children.
18. Dhul Kifl Alaihi Salam: Some mention he was the son of Ayyūb.
19. Yūnus/Jonah Alaihi Salam - The prophet who was swallowed by the whale after leaving his people fearing the punishment of Allah.
20. Ilyās/Elias Alaihi Salam - He was sent to the people of Baalek, West Damascus.
21. Al-Yasaʿ/Elisha Alaihi Salam - It is said that he was the cousin of Ilyās.
22. Zakariyyah/Zechariah Alaihi Salam - He was granted a son at a very old age.
23. Yaḥya/John Alaihi Salam - Was the son of Zakariyyah, and he was killed by his people.
24. ʿ Īsā ibn Maryam/Jesus the son of Mary Alaihi Salam - He was the Messiah sent to the Jews, he was granted many miracles, such as healing the ill, deaf, blind lepers and bringing the dead back to life by Allah's permission.
25. Muḥammad ibni Abdullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam - The Last and Final Prophet and Greatest Messenger of Allah. The leader of all the prophets and the greatest of all creation. The One whom is known to be the Rahmatulil Alamin ~ Mercy of Allah to the entire Creation.
For those of you amongst the entire Mankind who wish to truly learn about what Islam is and all that it has to offer for those who are willing to strive for such knowledge and understanding, then it takes some effort on your part to gain such wisdom and realizations that sets us apart from all other of Allah's Creation.
For those who want to know, please join me in the next session of Understanding Basic Principles of Islam where I will try not to overwhelm you with info that might just rock your world as you have come to know it and discover things that you might have not been told about this faith that is fast being accepted and claimed as the birthright of all Mankind worldwide!
Despite there being hordes of haters and biased deniers of Allah and His Blessed Messenger spreading their venom online and in the real world, we must also acknowledge the billions of human beings who are at the same time, embracing and accepting that there's just no other God but Allah the Almighty and striving against all odds to live the rest of their lives as true Muslims all over the world!
This Caller to Islam invites you to come learn with me about Islam in as simple and as clear a manner that I can possibly muster and help share with you about our birthright to be Muslims. :) Insya Allah! God Willing!
Not to claim that I have come to know and master everything that there is to know about Islam but just wishing to share with you what I myself have come to learn and am still learning about this wondrous world of peace and salvation that many fail to discover as they journey through their temporal lives here on Earth! This is as a result of either circumstances that prohibits them to learn and put to practice what Almighty Allah wants of us or just plain ignorance on their own part?
If you are willing to learn, this Caller to Islam is willing to share all that I have come to discover to be the Truth and nothing but what He wants us to know?
May Allah bless and guide us all.
See you in the next session.
"Allahumma inna nas aluka salamatan fid diin, wal afiyatan fil jasad, waziyadatan fil ilmi, wabarakatan fir rizqi, wataubatan qablal maut, warahmatan indal maut, wamaghfiratan ba'dal maut!"
"O Allah, our God, indeed we appeal to You to protect us in our religion and grant us our physical health, enhance our knowledge and bless us with bounties, give us a chance to repent before we die and bless us while we are about to die and forgive us after we die!"
Ameen. Ya Rabbal Alamin.
Grant us these O Allah, Lord of the Universes.
Posted: 23 Jan 2011 06:54 AM PST
Sidang Khas DUN Selangor pada 24 Januari akan membincangkan cadangan untuk meminda perlembagaan negeri bagi mengembalikan kepada negeri dan sultan, kuasa melantik setiausaha kerajaan negeri, pegawai kewangan dan penasihat undang-undang.
Mesyuarat Dewan Negeri Selangor 24 Januari 2011
Menurut Peraturan 10(3), Peraturan-Peraturan Tetap Dewan Negeri Selangor
Tarikh : 24 Januari 2010 (Isnin)
Masa : 10 pagi
Siaran Langsung di www.tvselangor.com dan Portal Multimedia (Pengguna Rangkaian SUK) atau GoMalaysian.Blogspot.Com
Esok jom kita tengok sidang khas DUN Selangor yang akan membincangkan cadangan untuk meminda perlembagaan negeri bagi mengembalikan kepada negeri dan sultan, kuasa melantik setiausaha kerajaan negeri, pegawai kewangan dan penasihat undang-undang.
GoMalaysian.Blogspot.Com juga akan menyediakan siaran langsung dari DUN Selangor seperti yang tertera di sebelah kanan blog.
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Sekian Terima Kasih
SUK: Sidang khas Dun Selangor 24 Jan
SHAH ALAM, 11 Jan: Dewan Undangan Negeri (Dun) Selangor akan bersidang pada 24 Januari ini untuk meminda Undang-undang Tubuh Negeri Selangor.
Dalam kenyataan pejabat speaker Dun Selangor hari ini, Datuk Teng Chang Khim telah mengarahkan setiausaha DUN supaya memaklumkan perkara itu kepada semua Adun Selangor.
Sidang tersebut diadakan mengikut Peraturan 10(3) Peraturan-peraturan Tetap Dewan Negeri Selangor.
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Menurut kenyataan itu yang dilapor Malaysiakini, speaker memanggil mesyuarat tersebut selepas berpuashati dengan alasan yang dikemukakan oleh Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, bahawa kepentingan awam berkehendakkan mesyuarat tersebut diadakan lebih awal dari tarikh Dun ditangguhkan.
"Urusan perkara mesyuarat dan kertas-kertas mesyuarat berkenaan akan diedarkan kepada Ahli Dewan kemudian selepas ianya ditetapkan oleh menteri besar," tambah kenyataan itu.
Semalam, Khalid dilaporkan berkata, kerajaan negeri sudah melantik pensyarah undang-undang Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, Prof Datuk Abdul Aziz Bari, dan peguam Datuk Param Cumaraswamy, bagi menyediakan draf pindaan Seksyen 52 Undang-undang Tubuh Negeri Selangor.
Ia membabitkan cadangan untuk meminda perlembagaan negeri bagi mengembalikan kepada negeri dan sultan, kuasa melantik setiausaha kerajaan negeri, pegawai kewangan dan penasihat undang-undang.
Posted: 23 Jan 2011 05:38 AM PST
A week before Tenang nomination day (Jan 22), I was talking to blogger Jebat Berkokok about covering the 14th by-election. On the 20th, Merlimau state seat also fell vacant when its assemblyman died, making it (possibly) the 15th by-election in about less than three years.
I told him the government should regulate that all nominees for the general election should undergo a thorough medical test to ensure they are fit to be called State Assemblymen or Members of Parliament.
Of course, our lives are in His hands but we need to ensure our health condition enables us to shoulder such a big responsibility for the rakyat. If we cant attend any meeting or assembly due to health reason, we cannot expedite our duty well to the rakyat who voted for us.
So, when Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said on Saturday that MPs should not only go for annual medical check-ups (here) but should also be trained on stress management, I feel glad. At least, I have similar view.
However, I am of the opinion that the reps should undergo medical test NOT after winning the polls but before contesting. At least, they should get 'a certificate of fitness' to stand in general election of any by-election. Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, leukemia and others should stand as a 'deterrence', depending on its level.
By the way, do you happen to know a rep with epileptic problem? Better find it out yourself!
Anyway, I also did tell Jebat that all potential election candidates should undergo another check-up - IQ test!
Why? Some assemblymen and MPs are only fit to be called 'the dumb and dumber'!
Posted: 23 Jan 2011 06:14 AM PST
Apa yang sedang dan telah berlaku diTunisia merupakan fenomena yang biasa jika kita baca perkembangan sesuatu pemerintahan dan pentadbiran sesebuah negara itu dalam jangka dan tempoh masa yang panjang. Kebaikan sesuatu pemerintahan hari ini akan membawa kebaikan kepada negara, politik, ekonomi dan semua bidang kehidupan manusia dalam sesebuah negara itu dalam jangka waktu yang panjang.
Begitu juga sebaliknya jika pemerintah menggunakan kuasa secara yang bertentangan dengan moral dan kehendak ramai kita akan menghadapi masalah dengan rakyat sesudah satu atau dua dekad selepas itu. Waktu kita menyedari kesalahan itu selalunya sudah terlalu lewat kerana kebencian rakyat yang tidak ditangani dari awal itu telah memuncak dan pemerintah itu sudah hilang keyakinan rakyat yang ditadbirnya.
DiTunisia dalam mana majoriti rakyat nya beragama Islam, mereka telah menahan dan bersabar sebegitu lama dengan sikap dan kelakuan buruk pimpinan Zainal Abidin ben Ali. Akhirnya rakyat bertindak dan berlaku seperti apa yang telah sama-sama kita saksikan dan dengar kerana sudah hilang kesabaran mereka. Revolusi yang berlaku diTunisia itu merupakan revolusi rakyat dan itu merupakan tindakkan yang 'natural' dimana-mana negara serta temaddun didalam rentetan sejarah dunia ini.
Pemusatan kuasa kepada sesuatu puak dan kegiatan rasuah yang terlalu bermaharajalela tidak dapat dikawal oleh pemimpin kerajaan kerana mereka lebih menumpukan kepada pembangunan peribadi masing-masing pemimpin. Pemerintah yang begitu 'oppressive' tidak ada tanda-tanda untuk surut.
Pembentukan kroni dikalangan yang berkuasa tidak ada hadnya. Untuk mengekalkan kuasa pemimpin-pemimpinnya melantik sesiapa sahaja yang sanggup menyokong tanpa menilai kualiti kepimpinan mereka. Yang penting mereka mesti memberikan sokongan yang tidak berbelah bagi terhadap pemimpin yang sedang berkuasa.
Pemimpin Tunisia tidak terfikir yang suatu hari nanti rakyat akan memberontak terhadap kepimpinan dan akan membawa bencana kepada kepimpinan mereka. Mereka asyik dengan kekayaan dan glamour kerana mereka memikirkan yang tidak ada satu kuasa pun yang akan menurunkan mereka dari kekuasaan. Mereka berkelakuan seperti apa yang kita lihat dalam filem 'Titanic' dalam mana nakhoda kapal yang dinakhodakannya itu sangat kuat dan katanya Tuhan pun tidak akan dapat menenggelamkan kapal yang begitu besar dan gagah itu.
Akhirnya kapal itu tenggelam juga dan melemaskan setiap penumpang dan kakitangan kapal tersebut kecuali seorang.Kita boleh mempelajarai dengan apa yang berlaku diTunisia dan apa yang difilemkan didalam cerita 'Titanic' itu tadi. Dalam filem Titanic itu digambarkan betapa takburnya nakhoda kapal tersebut sehinggakan beliau masih bersukaria didalam kapal yang besar itu walaupun kapal tersebut sedang beransur-ansur tenggelam. Dalam keadaan kapal Titanic mula tenggelam nakhodanya masih lagi tidak mempedulikan keadaan itu dan terus menerus bersuka ria dengan musik, arak dan sebagainya.
DiTunisia pemimpin utamanya telah mengelolakan negara seperti negara tersebut adalah negeri kepunyaan beliau dengan isterinya. Isterinya telah mengambil segala peluang perniagaan dan telah terbentuk disekeliling isterinya barisan kroni-kroni yang tamak haloba. Sekarang Zainal Abidin Ali telah lari entah kemana dan negara ditinggalkan kepada orang nombor duanya yang juga mempunyai kelemahan yang sama. Sekarang ini beliau juga sedang menghadapi tekanan dari rakyat untuk meletakkan jawatan dan berundur terus dari menjadi pemimpin mereka.
Semalam seramai lebih kurang 30 orang yang dikenal pasti sebagai ahli keluarga dan kroni yang telah mengambil segala kekayaan negara ditangkap dan akan dibawa kepada pengadilan.Rakyat Tunisia kini terumbang ambing dan puncanya ialah negara dikuasai oleh pemimpin yang tidak berkemampuan. Rakyat akhirnya tidak sanggup menahan keadaan itu lagi. Hasilnya saudara/saudari sekelian telah menyaksikannya dengan mata kepala kita sendiri.
Persoalannya sekarang, apakah ada atau tidak sedikit sebanyak relevannya keadaan diTunisia dan cerita yang difilemkan didalan Titanic tadi kepada kita? Kalau masih tidak mencukupi bukti yang pemimpin dan isteri boleh menghancurkan negara kita ambil contoh dinegara jiran kita Filipina semasa pentadbiran Marcos dan isterinya yang berkuasa dan berpengaruh, Imelda Marcos. Marcos akhirnya telah lari ke Hawaii dimana beliau meninggal dunia.
Seperti diTunisia kita tidak sensitive dengan perasaan orang ramai. Rakyat dari dahulu lagi mahukan pemimpin-pemimpin yang membawa beban diketepikan oleh pucuk pimpinan, tetapi pucuk pimpinan semasa itu dan sekarang memilih untuk mengekalkan mereka kerana mahukan sokongan yang tidak berbelah bagi untuk terus berkuasa.
Sepatutnya dahulu lagi diansur-ansur mengenepikan pemimpin yang tidak berguna ini satu demi satu. Sepatutnya kita lakukan ibarat memakan tabu, busuk seruas dibuang seruas tetapi kini keseluruhan batang tebu itu sudah busuk.
Tidak boleh lagi dibuang seruas lepas seruas tetapi melakukan tanaman semula (replanting) secara besar-besaran. Orang seperti saya tidak mahu melihat keadaan seperti yang berlaku diTunisia berlaku disini.
Kita mesti cari seorang pemimpin Melayu yang berkemampuan untuk menyatukan semua pihak yang bertelagah agar kita segera menyelesaikan masalah yang terlalu rumit untuk diuruskan ini. Semua pihak mesti berikhtiar untuk mencari penyelesaian yang tidak mungkin mampu dilakukan oleh seorang pun yang berada didalam kerajaan pada hari ini.
Rakyat berhak untuk menentukan cara penyelesaiannya jika pemimpin-pemimpin pada hari ini masih beretorik dan menyanyikan lagu-lagu yang lama semata-mata. Pada hakikatnya kita sudah nampak yang rakyat tidak lagi mahu menonjolkan mana-mana parti tetapi sedang mencari pemimpin pengalaman yang mampu menjadi penyelamat kepada keadaan yang menggusarkan ini.
Bagi sesiapa yang berterus terang seperti saya, tekanannya bukannya kecil. Ianya amat memedihkan. Ramai yang bertindak memencilkan saya, tetapi tidak mengapa asalkan saya tidak dipencilkan oleh kebenaran.
Posted: 22 Jan 2011 10:44 PM PST
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Posted: 23 Jan 2011 02:22 AM PST
Hmmm...can survive or not ah on RM3,000 a month?
Here are a couple of funnies to round off a good, relaxing Sunday.
The Star today has a story with this headline...
Malaysia wants orang utans abroad to 'come home'
On reading it I laughed out loud and had this scary thought that someone in the ministry of something or other, Malaysia had gotten the whole thing about the brain drain wrong! But it turned out that Plantation Industries and Commodities minister, Bernard Dompok was just keen to assist in the rescue of displaced orang utan. He said there was no reason for the orang utans to suffer in the cold north European climate as there was ample space for orang utans in the forests of Sabah. I guess the YB also didn't want to outdone by this Talent Corp thing. Bring back Malaysians! Orang apa pun takpe (whatever orang doesn't matter)!
The other funny is also from The Sunday Star. Well this story is funny but the headline is admittedly quite scary also. We are a democracy. Yes? Then how come the deputy prime minister can say something like...
Teachers must support govt of the day
But...but...but...Well, I think what what the DPM wanted to say was that all teachers must be committed towards helping the Government implement policies to improve the country's education system. You understand that statement? You can read the whole Sunday Star report here and make up your own minds.
Enjoy what's left of your weekend.
Posted: 23 Jan 2011 01:54 AM PST
Malaysians or Singaporeans?
First, Dr. M said that Malays in Singapore are marginalised. Then some Singapore Malays shot right back and said they were in fact very happy with their lot down there. Then our Ibrahim Ali jumped in and alleged that the comments from Singapore were not really from the Malays there who dare not speak up for fear of ... well whatever. Then today The Malaysian Insider reports that Dr. M says Singapore gags its citizens against criticism of the government anyway. The old warhorse insists that they have freedom of speech in Singapore where you can say what you like, so long as it is approving of the (PAP) government.
I wonder what Singaporeans, Malays or not, really think of this silly argument. Can talk or not about this?
Posted: 23 Jan 2011 02:12 AM PST
Posted: 23 Jan 2011 01:23 AM PST
Someone,somewhere,somehow must have sold the idea to SNAP that former glory is achievable says a former Emeritus Professor. It was clearly seen that PRS in the Lubok Antu by election used "Sarawak for Sarawakians" which is a strong local propaganda in itself. PKR being a national based party was more or less totality brought to its knees eventhough they had a former 5 term MP as their local candidate.
The propaganda brings in itself a strong attachment and sentimentality that this land Sarawak must only be ruled and taken care by Sarawakians. SNAP through its trials and tribulations is seeking to address a local issue that their dayak leaders in BN component parties are too submissive and have losts their direction in preservation of their land and the ways of governance. This is not a new issue for the dayaks as subconsciously they know that their leaders are promised the highest of the heavens when they are in the BN coalition.
SNAP was in the BN coalition and they know how the BN operates. Pakatan is not too dissimilar as the coalition too is trying to wrestle power and rule the State in their own way. SNAP knows the local terrain very well unlike their Pakatan partners in PKR,DAP and PAS especially in the dayak majority areas.
They are not only beginning to ruffle a few feathers here and there but ACTUALLY INJECTED A NEW VENOM in the BN circles but also their PKR partner. What they are actually saying,"the battleground is big enough to include SNAP in the picture."
The 71 seats available must be justifiable allocated and divided fairly amongst the coalition partners or else they will be dissatisfaction in the rank and file. BN has also faced this baptism of fire but through the years the jigsaw has been fine tuned to accomodate each BN component party.
There are different opinions and different school of thoughts and we will not know how the people will welcome back a second coming of SNAP. Fans of Liverpool football club welcome with open arms and fresh enthusiasm for the second coming of King Kenny "Kenny Dalgish an irreplaceble icon and Liverpool favourite son"
Football too has its strategies and SNAP as a political party will need to rechart,reinvent and reenergise its machinery to be acceptable in the Pakatan coalition with its new members some of them were parked in PKR to remain relevant to the Sarawak political climate.
The Fire will need to be doused before it engulfs further and negotiations within the ranks needs to be stepped up. The earlier the EGOS are thrown out the better it is for the coalition. BN will obviously love to see a breakup in the Pakatan Sarawak coalition as it will see opposition parties at war with each other.
SNAP is in our midst and BN and Pakatan like everyone else in the political playing fields that we must never ever write our enemies off.
TO DO SO WE DO IT AT OUR OWN PERIL.
Posted: 23 Jan 2011 12:46 AM PST
Jumlah pengundi berdaftar di DUN Tenang, Parlimen Labis, Johor Darul Ta'zim dikatakan sebanyak 14,753 orang mengikut statistik SPRM pada tahun 2008.
Dari jumlah ini, sebanyak lebih dari 50% dikatakan pengundi berbangsa Melayu. Itupun terbahagi kepada golongan yang menyokong UMNO, PAS dan PKR.
Saya hairan kenapa setiap kali datang nya pilihanraya baik yang kecil mahupun yang umum, yang kalut kelam kabut sanggup tinggal anak bini, bermusafir dan berkelana ke kampong orang dan beriya iya benar berkempen bagai nak rak, tak kira siang malam, pagi petang, subuh kemana , dzohor ke mana, asar entah sempat ke tidak, maghrib atau pun 'isya lagha sepanjang masa, yang dok lorat ni kebanyakannya orang luar?
Yang sanggup memaki hamun, bertolak tolak, kata mengata, caci cerca dan berentap bagaikan nak berperang bukannya kedua calon terlibat tetapi hanya juak juak bawahan yang entah diupah ataupun tidak?
Sanggup berbunuh bunuhan kalau boleh!
Bilamana setiap media baik yang UMNO mahupun PAS berdegar degar berkokok menyatakan puluhan malah ratusan ribu penyokong mereka turun padang dan memenuhi setiap ceruk dan pelusuk kawasan DUN Tenang demi mahu menunjukkan kekuatan sokongan mereka kepada calon calon yang hendak bertanding?
Yang akan menentukan kalah menangnya calon calon berkenaan bukannya tuan puan! Yang akan memangkah mengundi sipolan itu atau ini bukannya tuan puan yang sudah bersiap siaga berselingsing lengan seolah mahu bertumbuk menunjal dahi masing masing menunjukkan jaguh pada pihak lawan!
Yang akan menentukan siapakah pula dia Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri bagi DUN Tenang adalah para pengundi berdaftar DUN berkenaan sahaja.
Bawa bawalah bersabar dan sedar akan kedudukan diri masing masing. Tak ada faedah pun dari segi duniawi mahupun akhirat akan tuan puan bergaduh bagai nak rak ni! Akaun dosa pahala yang sedia ada ni pun belum 'settle' lagi mahu pula ditambah dosa bertelagah dan bertelingkah sesama saudara seagama?
Apakehalnya ya syeikh dan sayyida?
Calon berkenaan tak ada benda pun yang kalian pula kalut macam nak mampos apa ke halnya yob?
Iyalah kita faham kalau masing masing hidup memang jadi menumpang rezeki pada ahlul politik sahaja? Tetapi takkanlah sampai beratus ribu orang luar yang tak ada kena mengena secara terus dengan proses pilihanraya kecil ni hendak membuang masa, tenaga dan wang ringgit beriya benar pergi menyesak dan menyemakkan kampong halaman orang semata mata mengharapkan upah yang tak seberapa banyak mana pun dari pihak yang bertanding ni?
Apakah maruah kalian sebegitu murah? Tak semena mena ada yang benjol dan lebam biji mata dek kerana terikutkan perasaan dan gejolak nafsu amarah yang memang tak boleh kita nak kekang bila dah kena maki hamun dek orang orang asing yang sememangnya tak kenal mengenal pun diantara satu sama lain?
Tak payahlah jadi soldadu upahan yang tak akan untung tara mana pun dok berhujan berpanas menjadi sochai dan machai pihak pihak berkenaan. Tak berbaloi syeh!
Nanti karang jadi bagaikan 'ayam terlepas ; tangan berbau tahi!'
Yang patut diutamakan adalah kemampuan calon calon ni untuk berkhidmat kepada rakyat.
Tak ada gunanya mengundi calon itu atau ini jika ianya kerap tidak hadirkan diri didalam persidangan DUN dan sentiasa memberi alasan sedang bercuti sakit atau seribu satu alasan tak munasabah nanti?
Tak ada guna juga jika memilih calon yang asyik diam menikus didalam Dewan Perundangan Negeri dan tidak berani bersuara menyatakan yang hak dan menuntut pembangunan bagi kawasan yang diwakilinya!
Tengok sahaja dikawasan kawasan dimana ada nya wakil rakyat tetapi masih ketinggalan dari segi pembangunan dan peluang peluang pekerjaan mahupun perniagaan.
Yang berubah nasib adalah wakil rakyatnya sahaja, rakyat tetap miskin papa kedana.
Apa guna ada wakil rakyat macam tu?
Jadi kepada semua yang terlibat dok turun berkempen bagai nak rak tetapi selepas hari pengundian itu nanti, masih ditokok yang sama, tak ada peningkatan dari apa apa segi pun, bawa bawa berfikir lah!
Siapa yang hendak bertanding dan siapa pula yang akan mengundi?
Tukang kempen ke?
Posted: 23 Jan 2011 12:10 AM PST
Kerajaan sentiasa berkata subsidi akan menyebabkan Malaysia mengalami muflis, tetapi bagaimana pula dengan projek-projek mega yang dilancarkan oleh kerajaan?
Menara setinggi 135m bakal jadi mercu tanda baru Langkawi
LANGKAWI, 22 Jan — Sebuah menara setinggi 135 meter dengan dua ciri istimewa, iaitu menara peninjau dan sebuah restoran, yang dianggar menelan kos lebih RM10 juta akan dibina sebagai mercu tanda baru pulau peranginan ini.
Bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berkata beliau yakin pembinaan menara yang dirancang sejak lebih 20 tahun itu bakal menjadi tarikan baru pelancongan.
"Saya diberi penghormatan menamakan menara itu, tapi belum dapat nama yang sesuai sehingga kini," katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas majlis pecah tanah di tapak pembinaan menara itu di Pantai Kuah hari ini.
Beliau berkata menara itu akan membolehkan lebih 50 pengunjung berada di tingkat atas pada satu-satu masa, dan pelancong dapat melihat pemandangan indah di sekelilingnya, termasuk ketika matahari terbenam.
Selain itu, pengunjung boleh menikmati makanan di sebuah restoran yang akan ditempatkan di menara tersebut.
Sementara itu, Menteri Besar Kedah Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak berkata kerajaan negeri menyokong pembinaan menara tersebut.
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"Kita memberi kemudahan kepada syarikat yang hendak membangunkan menara itu," katanya ketika ditemui pada majlis pecah tanah itu.
Pengerusi Eksekutif Syarikat Blackrock Datuk Abu Hassan Mohamed sebagai pemaju projek itu berkata, tanah seluas 11.33 hektar di pesisir pantai berhampiran Kuah akan ditebus guna pada bulan depan.
Beliau berkata projek pembinaan menara itu akan bermula Mac ini dan dijangka siap dalam tempoh 24 bulan.
Katanya, sebuah pusat sehenti pelancongan dan gerai makanan yang menghidangkan juadah tempatan akan turut dibina di kawasan menara sebagai tarikan.
Selain itu, kawasan nelayan di situ akan dibangunkan untuk manfaat bersama.
Posted: 22 Jan 2011 10:00 PM PST
By Rachel Motte (writing for The New Ledger)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced to reporters on Friday that she had an "excellent meeting" with Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at the State Department. When she told Muhyiddin that Malaysia is "a model nation" that might serve as an example to other developing nations, she underscored a very recent — and revealing — shift in American official perception of that country and its government.
Clinton's last meeting with Malaysian officials late last year, conveyed substantively less enthusiasm for the Southeast Asian nation, at least in the eyes of veteran Malaysia watchers. Although she spoke enthusiastically about the future of U.S.-Malaysia engagement, her carefully choreographed telephone conversation with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim sent a message that America's sympathies were not entirely with the elected government of Prime Minister Najib Razak.
How things have changed in just four months!
Now, the Secretary of State's tone is markedly different — and far more positive toward the Malaysian leadership. She told Muhyiddin that Malaysia stands as an important example to other nations because it is "democratic, effectively governed, and economically sound."
Clinton implicitly acknowledged that Malaysian democracy has come a long way under the current government — and, barring a change in leadership, that it will continue to improve. This, combined with Malaysia's strong financial outlook and its role as a model for Islamic democracy, makes the nation an attractive partner for the United States. Clinton and Muhyiddin went on to discuss the development of a Peace Corps program that would enable Malaysian teachers and schoolchildren to learn English from visiting American students — an initiative Prime Minister Najib suggested to President Obama during their meeting at the ASEAN Summit in New York City last autumn — and agreed that such a program would benefit both nations. They also discussed the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral free trade agreement which Muhyiddin expects will be completed by the end of the year.
Favorable words from the U.S. Secretary of State can go a long way toward boosting one's political standing in Malaysia. So it is good to see Hillary Clinton finally realizing who are the good guys and the bad guys in Malaysia.
When Anwar Ibrahim was a recipient of favorable rhetoric from Hillary Clinton, his supporters were quick to capitalize on the attention. Though Clinton cancelled a face-to-face meeting with Anwar at the last minute during her Malaysian tour this past autumn, opting instead to speak with him by phone, she stated then that the U.S. would continue to advocate for him with Malaysian officials.
Anwar's amply documented anti-Semitic rhetoric and ties to shady organizations that are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and have been investigated by US authorities for alleged terror-finance ties to Al Qaeda, made this a truly puzzling admission.
So what happened to change Clinton's mind about him? In a word, the American Secretary of State seems to have now found out just who Anwar is.
Anwar's own statements make it obvious that, were he to become Prime Minister, we should expect him to continue to encourage the resurgent anti-Semitism he has already led in Malaysia for narrow, cynical, and opportunistic reasons. An Anwar-led administration would likely mark the end of Malaysia's relatively stable religious diversity, and the end of Malaysia's status as the "model nation" Clinton praised. In fact the truth is that if Anwar ever came to power, it could create a positively dangerous situation – for Malaysia.
By contrast, American policymakers have found an increasing amount to like in the policies of Prime Minister Najib. His call for a "Global Movement of Moderates" at the US-ASEAN summit in New York City last fall was well received in D.C. Najib's level of public commitment to religious moderation is not always easy to find in the Muslim world, and this puts him in a unique position to benefit both the U.S. and other Muslim-majority nations. As Muhyiddin pointed out,
Anwar, on the other hand, is an Islamist of the most dangerous sort. His long-time involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood through its American front organization, the International Institute of Islamic Thought, the Herndon, Virginia organization that since 2002 has been investigated by the FBI, IRS and US intelligence agencies for alleged financial assistance to Al Qaeda, now gives smart U.S. policymakers increasing pause. So too do his other terror finance ties and his relationship with the radical Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Islamist cleric who was a major voice in the past decade to speak openly in favor of suicide bombing.
Hillary Clinton has now begun to understand the real face of Anwar Ibrahim, and the real ally the world of moderates has in Najib Razak.
Clinton's meeting last week with Muhyiddin and his colleagues signaled a new support for Malaysia's current administration and its policies. It also signified a newfound wariness of Malaysia's opposition leader. This is now crystal clear.
Observers of Malaysia and its relationship with the United States may be heartened that the Secretary of State is turning away from past attempts at even-handedness between two unequal sides — and toward a perception of Malaysia that is refreshingly reality-based.
On Malaysia, Hillary Clinton seems to be coming around, to the truth.
Posted: 22 Jan 2011 10:47 AM PST
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