Saturday, June 11, 2011

Life after reaching 50+ here in Malaysia. What we can do? Suggestions...

Life after reaching 50+ here in Malaysia. What we can do? Suggestions...


Life after reaching 50+ here in Malaysia. What we can do? Suggestions...

Posted: 11 Jun 2011 10:33 AM PDT

Most 50+ folks whom I meet are often engrossed in the political upheavals of the country and they seem to be oblivious to the other more important aspects of celebrating the remaining moments of their lives.


Living here in Malaysia, one is often overwhelmed with the way the country is being frequently rocked by needless and often unwarranted controversial issues based on ethnic and religious related political schemings provoked usually by the instigating opposition followed by the knee jerk reactions or responses of the ruling governments loudmouthed parliamentarians.


How many of us really contemplate the possibility that we might just go bust in the next few seconds?


I am not being morbid here but just trying to be a realist.


Life is so unpredictable. 


My son called me yesterday to inquire about my state of health because he had a dream that I had passed on and wanted to know how his old man was doing?


I told him that I'm doing fine and if he had bothered to check my blog would have found out that his 52+ father is now into mountain biking and taking care of my general health!


There are just so many things much more precious to me than to waste my time on keeping up with the way our self-centered scheming politicians are always making unnecessary noise about this and that without really contributing to the improvement of our Malaysian lives in general.


Hannah Teo &  Husband Ramachandran Muniandy
Only the other day we had to read about a DAP politician @ Hannah Teo wanting to register her Chindian baby under the 'Anak Malaysia' category and making a media circus out of it!


Many have now suggested that to be able to register a child under that 'Anak Malaysia' category, she would have to be gang raped by almost each and every ethnic member of our Malaysian society. Talk about having Malay, Chinese, Indian, Sikh, Orang Asli, Iban, Kadazan, etcetera blood flowing in such a multi-ethnic conceived child? Hehehehe...absolutely preposterous!!!


Absurd as it may sound, such arguments are valid for just a union between a Chinese like her and her Indian husband definitely doesn't qualify their child to be registered as such?


The term 'Chindian' has always been there since we had many of these inter-marriages take place between those who are Chinese and Indians here in our country.


Why not just go for that and not bother us with such unwarranted demands?


If there is a category for the most nuisance causing political party in the Malaysian Book of Records, I guess the DAP have a very good chance at it?


What has the DAP contributed to the nation, if I may ask apart from making a mountain out of every unnecessary molehill of a myriad of blown out of proportions needless issues over there in our Malaysian Parliament and various State Assemblies?


Damn! Here I go again distracted by the likes of Kit Siang and his gang of rabblerousers!


I'm so itchy to quote Nik Aziz's verbal tirade of 'Celaka! Celaka! Celaka!' against them but I'd leave that kind of rant to the PAS's Supremo. He's proven to be more suited spewing forth such vile remarks. Not for me, thank you. :)


Back to my contention that 50+ Malaysians ought to spend their time on better more well meaning and productive pursuits.


Apart from cycling, senior citizens of Malaysia would do well to indulge in more appropriate activities like spending their spare time in sharing their life experiences with the youngsters and engaging them in more nation building efforts.


We could have more volunteers at the tourist attraction areas such as the Masjid Negara, Masjid Jamek Bandaraya and also Masjid Putra at Putrajaya where there are hundreds and thousands of tourists and visitors thronging such places.


The more experienced senior citizens who can speak and converse in various languages would be an asset to such places and they will stand a chance to spread truthful information about Islam to the visitors.
We could also have our elders volunteer at the museums, libraries and social community centers. Provisions can be made to provide some finances to help them meet their expenses and maybe even let them enjoy some perks in the form of special privileges in using public transportation for free. After all, there aren't that many of such well meaning people in our society, are there?


We have more than our fair share of kiasu kings and queens out there making a nuisance of themselves. Its time we help change those upstarts to be better citizens by channeling their outbursts to more well deserving exploits.
After all, isn't that better than to just drop dead whilst engaging in some God forsaken activity where one's reputation can be sullied if dying whilst being in some not so honorable areas? God forbid!


Man Says Held Three Nights For Not Wearing Seat-Belt - By Boo Su-Lyn.

Posted: 11 Jun 2011 07:17 AM PDT

A bank manager accused the Malacca police today of detaining him for three nights in a lock-up for not wearing a seat-belt while driving.

Edmund Hiew, 26, admitted that he did not wear a seat-belt when arrested while driving four friends in Malacca last month.

He said the police then put him in a lock-up after accusing him of trying to obstruct them from carrying out their duties.

"I asked them what did I do that could be classified as obstructing a civil servant from carrying out his duty, but they did not want to tell," Hiew told reporters today.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, who is a lawyer, said police cannot arrest anyone for failing to wear a seat-belt.

"Until now, he (Hiew) has not been charged. He has been released without condition," said Lim at a joint press conference today with Hiew and DAP publicity chief Tony Pua.

"The only offence he committed was (getting) a traffic summons for not wearing a seat-belt," the lawyer added.

Hiew said he was "shocked" when he found out in the magistrate court on May 29, after spending the night before in the police lock-up, that he was accused of violating section 186 of the Penal Code.

"I was accused...of obstructing a civil servant from carrying out his duties by scolding a police sergeant 'Lu apa kuasa mau ambik gua punya IC dan lesen' (What powers do you have to take my IC and license?)," said Hiew, adding that he was only released on May 31.

The young man today denied saying those words and pointed out that he had given his identity card and driving license to the police.

Lim said the police had abused their powers by not informing Hiew the grounds of his arrest.

"The police (also) has to tell him he has the right to see a lawyer," said the Segambut MP, referring to section 28A of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).

Section 28A(2) states that "a police officer shall, before commencing any form of questioning or recording of any statement from the person arrested, inform the person that he may...communicate or attempt to communicate and consult with a legal practitioner of his choice".

Hiew, who is a DAP member, said he was not beaten up by the police or received threats of physical abuse.

Pua said it was a "clear-cut case of abuse of power".

"An independent body must be set up to ensure such abuse of power doesn't happen anymore," said the Petaling Jaya Utara MP.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Does Milner Know What He's Talking About?

Posted: 11 Jun 2011 06:02 AM PDT

Prof. Anthony Milner, who is with UKM's International Studies department, categorizes Interlok as being "a bit of a historical novel" that provides an insight into the lives of the Chinese and Indian communities and their relationship with the Malay community.

The Australian academic is likely unaware that his proposal is every bit as controversial as Abdullah Hussain's contentious novel. Interlok has elicited the firestorm it did precisely because its sympathy quotient is no more than if a third-rate author were to attempt to copy Alex Haley's acclaimed Roots (about the origins of the African-Americans) but narrating from a white slave owner's supremacist point of view.

An analogy would be if Milner – who incidentally has admitted to reading Interlok only in its truncated English translation – were to put forward the idea of including The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in the German school syllabus as a model to teach sympathetic history.

If one were to take Milner at his word, what would a reader derive from the novel regarding the portrayal of Indian and Chinese immigrants historically?

Read the whole article HERE.


SURAT TERBUKA UNTUK PERDANA MENTERI UMNO A CORRUPT DYNASTY ?

Posted: 11 Jun 2011 05:45 AM PDT

 Mat Zain bin Ibrahim,
10hb.Jun 2011.
Kepada;
YAB Dato Seri Mohd.Najib Tun Abdul Razak,
Perdana Menteri Malaysia,
Jabatan Perdana Menteri,
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan                              Dengan Tangan
62152 Putrajaya,
Wilayah Persekutuan.
Yang Amat Berhormat Dato Seri,
PERANAN PEGUAM NEGARA DALAM SKANDAL MAS.
Assalamualaikum wbt.
1.         Saya muncul kali ini untuk, menarik perhatian YAB kepada pengumuman yang dibuat oleh Tan Sri Dr.Hadenan Abdul Jalil pada 31.5.2011 yang "membersihkan" Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, Peguam Negara sekali lagi, daripada sebarang salah laku jenayah,berkaitan pemergiannya menunaikan Haji di-Mekah, bersama-sama dengan seorang Shahidan Shafie yang dikatakan seorang proxy kepada Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli.
2.         Saya menyatakan bahawa tindakan Tan Sri Hadenan sedemikian itu, adalah tidak teratur serta tidak mengikut peraturan Undang-Undang sedia ada.Ini memandangkan beliau, sama ada secara persendirian atau sebagai sifat Pengerusi Operation Review Panel MACC tidak mempunyai sebarang kuasa atau hak mengikut Perlembagaan atau mana-mana Undang-Undang,untuk menyemak apa-apa keputusan yang dibuat oleh Pendakwa Raya atau SPRM sendiri.
3.         Untuk penekanan yang lebih jelas,saya sertakan salinan surat Lembaga Penasihat Pencegahan Rasuah (LPPR) bertarikh 23.7.2009, menyentuh  bidangkuasa mereka,yang ditanda tangani sendiri oleh YA Bhg.Tun Abdul Hamid bin Haji Mohamad,Pengerusi LPPR dengan maksudnya berpenerangan sendiri.
4.         Sekiranya Jawatankuasa induk LPPR yang diperngerusikan oleh seorang mantan Ketua Hakim Negara, telah mengesahkan bahawa mereka sendiri TIDAK mempunyai kuasa menyemak keputusan yang dibuat oleh Pendakwa Raya atau SPRM,maka persoalannya ialah;darimana pula Tan Sri Hadenan memperolehi kuasa beliau untuk membersihkan Gani Patail.Selain itu Tan Sri Hadenan sendiri dipercayai telah menerima surat rayuan saya bertarikh 15.4.2009 dialamatkan kepada LPPR dan dipercayai juga, telah mengambil pendirian secara kolektif sepertimana jawapan Pengerusi LPPR bertarikh 23.7.2009 tersebut.
5.         Pada pendapat saya persoalan sama ada Tan Sri Hadenan serta Ahli-Ahli jawatankuasa beliau berpuas hati atau sebaliknya, berkaitan siasatan SPRM itu tidak timbul,memandangkan beliau tidak ada kuasa untuk berbuat apa-apa sekalipun beliau tidak berpuas hati.Malahan Tan Sri Hadenan sendiri telah membuat kenyataan umum, bahawa Operations Review Panel (ORP) tidak terlibat didalam sebarang proses penyiasatan SPRM memandangkan ORP bukan sebagai sebahagian organisasi SPRM melainkan sekadar mewakili orang ramai sahaja,sepertimana yang dilaporkan oleh Bernama pada 12.11.2009. Beliau membuat kenyataan ini ketika mengesahkan akan menghantar peromohan ORP kepada Peguam Negara untuk mendapatkan kebenaran bertulis meneliti kes berkaitan V.K.Lingam.Saya sendiri tidak nampak apa yang ORP boleh buat dengan kes berkenaan oleh kerana ORP tidak mempunyai kuasa penyiasatan atau pendakwaan ataupun kuasa dan hak menyemak semula apa apa keputusan yang dibuat oleh SPRM atau Pendakwa Raya.
6.         Seterusnya saya berpendapat bahawa tindakan Tan Sri Hadenan membuat pengumuman berkaitan pemergian Peguam Negara ke-Mekah sedemikian itu, sekadar merupakan suatu eksesais "white-washing" yang tidak teratur dan sia-sia,bertujuan untuk menyelamatkan Gani Patail daripada dikenakan hukuman jenayah, berdasarkan daripada penerangan yang saya berikan diatas dan juga hujah lanjutan dalam perenggan-perenggan yang akan menyusul selepas ini.
7.         Antara dakwaan utama yang dibuat terhadap Gani Patail berkaitan isu pemergiannya ke-Mekah itu,ialah beliau didapati bersekongkol dengan seorang En.Shahidan Shafie yang dikatakan sebagai seorang proxy kepada Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli (TRI) yang sedang menghadapi penyiasatan SPRM berkaitan skandal MAS.Hubungan erat  antara Gani Patail dengan Shahidan seperti ahli keluarga didakwa telah mempengaruhi Gani Patail untuk tidak mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap TRI.
8.         Saya menyatakan bahawa Shahidan bukan sekadar seorangproxy biasa kepada TRI.Malah Shahidan mempunyai liabiliti penjenayahannya yang tersendiri dalam Skandal MAS tersebut, berasingan dengan liabiliti jenayah TRI.Dakwaan ini dapat dilihat dengan jelas dalam laporan kepada SPRM yang dibuat oleh En.Shahari bin Sulaiman Pengarah Urusan MASKargo Sdn Bhd.sebuah anak syarikat MAS pada 20.5.2009.Untuk kemudahan rujukan,saya lampirkan salinan laporan berkenaan yang pernah disiarkan kepada umum oleh blog Malaysia Today sekitar bulan Ogos 2010.readmorehttp://melayukini786.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/surat-terbuka-untuk-perdana-menteri-umno-a-corrupt-dynasty/


CAREGIVERS WHO DON'T CARE A DAMN

Posted: 11 Jun 2011 04:18 AM PDT



This video caused a furore in Singapore when it was first screened on Channel 8 news Thursday night. After conducting an investigation of the nursing home in question, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued an order for the home to stop admitting new residents.

Outraged citizens have expressed shock and disgust at the abusive treatment meted out to the woman in the video. Since the news broke, people with elderly parents at the home have come forward to relate similar incidents. Obviously this is not an isolated case.

Close-circuit cameras at a nursing home to monitor the staff and ensure all's well. (Source: Straits Times 11 June)
Elderly folks can be cranky, obstinate and verbally abusive. It takes a lot of patience to look after them, more so if they are mentally or physically unable to take care of themselves. You have to feed them, bathe them, change their diapers, accompany them to the toilet, give them their medicine and make sure they do not hurt themselves. Not everyone has what it takes to be a caregiver. When caregivers are overworked, the stress can translate into mistreatment of the very people they are supposed to look after.

This is not meant to defend errant caregivers, but rather, to place the onus on nursing home operators to ensure better supervision of their staff. For one, they should adopt MOH's guidelines on staff-resident ratio to ensure that the staff are not overworked and taking it out on the residents. This ratio varies depending on the category of residents:

Category One: physically and mentally independent residents who require less attention. Ratio of staff to residents is 1:30.

Category Two: semi-mobile residents who require some assistance with daily activities. Ratio is 1:8.

Category Three: wheelchair bound or bedridden residents who may have mental sickness. Ratio is 1:4.

Category Four: fully dependent residents who have mental or behavourial problems and are unable to cope with daily living on their own. Ratio is 1:2.

Lunch time at one of the better managed nursing homes I have visited.
I have visited enough nursing homes in the past weeks to know that many of the staff are overworked and underpaid. At one home for the aged in Petaling Jaya, I saw how one of the caregivers was feeding an elderly woman. The latter was still chewing the food when the next spoonful was shoved into her mouth. It's a wonder she didn't throw up. That particular caregiver was in a hurry as she had several other residents to feed. At another home, wheelchair-bound residents were left in front of the TV set where they would sit and stare blankly at the screen for hours.

One of the many privately-run homes in Petaling Jaya.
So before you register your loved one in a nursing home, do all the necessary checks. You can't rely solely on the information contained in promotional brochures or websites. Or even what the staff tells you. Drop in unannounced for a surprise visit, say, during meal time. You will have a better picture of how residents are treated and how well the place is managed. Be prepared for some depressing sights.


Boonaa Mohammed ~ Canadian Muslim Poet, Writer, Spoken Word Performer

Posted: 11 Jun 2011 01:56 AM PDT







Boonaa Mohammed, a 23 year old Canadian born Muslim poet and writer, is an articulate spoken word performer who is fast gaining worldwide recognition for his excellent work in spreading the Message of Islam in his own special way.


I like the way he expresses himself and the way he just lets flow of all that comes rushing to his head. I am sure that many of his listeners start to reflect and think about the message about Islam and its heroes.







Heroes
My heroes never wore tights or appeared on cartoon channels,
They had long beards and kept clothes above the ankles,
No combing the streets, like beasts at night looking for thieves, 
My heroes fought their egos, and narrated Ahadith!


And some of my heroes were once bad guys too
Baby killers and highway robbers, if you only knew what they knew


Cause you gotta know a lie in order to recognize the truth 
And what the point of knowing truth if you can't back it up with proof?


So to prove my heroes were united by a single point of view
Why else would they choose to go against what their fathers used to do?


Unless they knew, that paradise was worth being abused 
The best of views, if only you could walk a mile in their shoes,

Oh what I wouldn't do to kick it with Abdullah Ibn Mas'ood,
Listen to him recite the Quran, sad to go into ruku'


Yeah that would be cool, but me and Hamza, we would kick it old school
Joke about the Jahilliya, silly things they used to do


If I could pick my own crew, Salman Al Farisi would have to be in it,
An honest seeker of truth, may Allah bless his spirit,

Have Tea with Julaibi, cookies with Anas Ibn Malik 
Anything to pick their brains and gain a better understanding 


Could you imagine taking a class with Abdullah Ibn Abbas?
A scholar by the age of 10, just a boy amongst the men


And if I had one friend, it would be Abu Bakar as Siddique
Someone to hold you down and to really represent,


When Sumayya held her chin to her killers, did she think? 
We would name our little girls after her to teach them strength


And who cares about these rappers, we got Hassan Ibn Thabit,
Dude was sick with the flow, can't believe you didn't know,


That Zaid was a slave who became one of praise 
Lived the American dream, when America was Cree

Umar Bin Khattab was a G, held it down for this deen 
A real superman, made the devils cross the street 


And if I ever had beef, I would call up Khalid Bin Walid
He was a ride or die homie, amongst the Salaf as Saliheen,

And if I just close my eyes, man, I could almost see 
Bilal amongst the cold morning breeze, Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar


Cause surely salah is much better than sleep 
Like Abu Sufyan after he embraced the deen


On this earth Talha, was a walking shaheed
And Ja'afar gave his life for our Ummahs victory

May Allah be pleased and grant them all the highest levels of heaven 
Like Uthman ibn Affan, who even the angels were shy in front of


Aisha was a genius, every word was like a thesis
Mother to all believers, pure like that of Isa's


Khadija held the fetus of Fatima, who was the teacher
Of Hassan and Hussein, sons of Ali who were slain


Man you gotta know these names, cause these people paved the way
It's a shame, we know more about them monkeys on BET


This is our history, all the sacrifices that they made for me
Gave to me, a legacy that I could be proud to keep


Said: Be! It was decreed, that at Badr we were only 300 deep
But with the angels on our side, who could even compete?

Although he was a man of peace who preached speech before the sword
He raged a war against error, the worship of fake Lords


Came to restore the deen that Ibrahim laid before 
Extreme in his need to feed miskeen and the poor


Yeah, he was hardcore with his face to the floor
Off praying so long that his feet became sore


Uhhhh, yeah he got down like that


And told all the rich they should pay the zakat 
And make the salah, and spread the salaam

And declare Ashdu-la-ilah, Ha-il-allah
Muhammed
a Rasulullah, Sallau alaihi Wassallam



Like the mailman just delivering a message
Was the difference between Jannah and Jahannam


Who else do you know with a swagger that's blessed?
The best and perfected, corrected the method


Madina state of mind, coming from the hood of Mecca 
Champion companions, homeboys were go-getters


Did it bigger and better, had followers before Twitter 


The leader of leaders, amir to believers 
Enjoined all the good and forbade all the evil


My hero taught people that we were all equal
The best of examples outlined what is legal


Forever I'm grateful for all that he came for
May blessings and peace always reach to my mentor 


My teacher, my brother, my hero, my prophet 
Muhammed, Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam


And that's how it goes, so tell everyone you know
That this party don't stop till the son of Mary come home


I am pleased with my Lord and Islam as my deen,
May we die on these words, Allahuma, Ameen!


© Boonaa Mohammed - 2011 



Green Card
We are the children of hope,
Folks came here floating on a big plane or small boat
From the banana republics and rainforest cafes
Save up their little pay just to see some better days.


I am the first.
Born into this system I navigate with ease,
For my parents sake I will survive by any means
Even if that means Physics, bio, calculus and chemistry
These boring subjects encompass their every single dream
At 15 I translate between the judge and the jury
My teacher says I'm doing bad, I tell my dad not to worry,
Plus I can't translate all the hate that she gives me,
Racist curriculum I'm not dumb and don't need your pity.


Maniacs rule your cities while geniuses drive your cabs 
And I have to work twice as hard for every single thing that I've had
Selling from my stash, trying to make that quick and easy cash
Dead end jobs that can leave you dead on the job


Poverty is like love, it makes you do some crazy things
Like using a fake gun to stick up the stick up kids
Babylon system leaving no options
Get rich or die trying either that or just dying 
So instead we work, and we work and we work for jerks
Bosses who don't see people but see profits
And not the holy kind, I'm talking dollar signs
And I begin to see why poverty like love is blind.


Or maybe just colour blind?
A tiny inconvenient truth about labour groups
And the masses of the working classes,
But some people say that race doesn't even exist.
Tell that to the tress still soar from hanging lynches.
But during this day and age,
We have fresh new waves of semi-paid slaves,
Willing to work for less than our minimal wage
And these foreigners don't understand these foreign concepts
Thought they were Canadian, but slowly dismissed that nonsense
And I hate to say it, but, this is it
This is your land of dreams
Where you can still live 3rd world in a first world country


Love has cupid and poverty has stupid
This is a place where we can grow up to learn nothing about ourselves
A place where they insist that sex should sell
A place where we should want the things we definitely do not need
A place where your kids can become addicted to alcohol and weed
And I bet they didn't tell you this on your immigration application
Because sadly this may still be better than your former location
So if you won't say it, than I guess I'll have to say it for you
Besides I'm used to translating your dreams and hopes too.


Aside from on America's most wanted, we are not wanted, here
Because my colour and last name still spark fear,
The same kind that can easily become violent,
And you can't be protected by studying science,
Because even our nerds aren't good enough for them,
I was born here and I'm screwed, but you have an accent,
You get the same respect as fat kids in gym class,
First to get cut and always picked last
But don't get mad, because you're doing the best that you can
And I love you because you were not afraid to take a chance
So the next time someone tells you to go back to where you came from
Tell them we should all go back, and finally let the natives have some fun,
In Solidarity.



Sometimes, we come across these gems amongst the Muslims of the world. Its important that we recognize them and give them our support and tell them that they are doing right.


We may be hundreds and thousands of miles apart but through the internet, we are just an email away from these young heroes of the ummah.


To Boonaa Mohammed,
All the best to you, young man.


Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam would be pleased with you.


Insya Allah.


Arab Dictators Magnitudes More Brutal Than Israelis

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 08:26 PM PDT

Via AoSHQ via Israel Matvaz, excerpts from gulfnews.com:

Outdoing Israel in brutality

Faisal Al Qasim writes: Zionist crimes pale in comparison with the manner in which some Arab regimes have cracked down on their own people for merely seeking change

The Arab media has, for over half a century or so, strongly condemned Zionist crimes against the Palestinians and other Arab peoples. It has in actual fact provided a hell of a lot of satire on Zionist brutality, which is fair enough. But is the Arab media still able to satirise Israeli barbarism with the same vigour after it has witnessed what Arab dictators have done to their own people? Isn't it a bit silly to bombard the Israelis with criticism and keep quiet about savagery against unarmed demonstrators?

An Israeli journalist remarked cynically about two decades ago that the Arab media can easily see a dust particle in the eyes of Israel, and can hardly see a log in the eyes of Arab regimes. In other words, the journalist wanted to expose Arab media hypocrisy, where it ignores the massacres committed by some Arab rulers.

Funnily enough, comparing the number of Arab people killed during the wars between Israel and Arab countries with the number of Arabs killed locally, one will notice that Arab dictatorships have killed more people.

In fact, the Sudanese regime killed hundreds of thousands of its own people in Darfur. The so-called Janjaweed gangs in Sudan used to annihilate the people of Darfur like flies simply because the latter clamoured for their basic rights. An Arab satirist once commented that an Arab dictator would not accept the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza even as an appetiser!

Other Arab despots are reported to have asked their security forces to aim their guns at protesters' heads. Have you ever seen an Israeli officer torturing a Palestinian civilian to death in the street for everybody to see? Definitely not. Many of us have seen that in some Arab towns lately.

It is true that Israel is forcing an embargo on Gaza, but I do not think that the Israelis are preventing the Palestinians from getting their daily bread, whereas the security services in some Arab countries stopped cars carrying food from entering certain areas. Nor are the Israelis cutting off electricity, telephone and other communication services from houses, hospitals and schools.

It has been reported that the security services stopped nurses and doctors from treating the injured during certain Arab demonstrations as a punishment for rising against the ruling regime. The thugs contracted by the police to help quell protests went even further. They shot at ambulances.

Unlike in some Arab countries, Arabs living inside Israel can organise sit-ins very comfortably. And when the Israeli police intervenes, they never beat demonstrators to death. And if we compare how Israel treats Shaikh Raed Salah with the way some Arab dictators treat their opponents, we will be horribly surprised, as the Israelis are very much less brutal.

It is true that Israel used internationally prohibited ammunition during Operation Cast Lead, but some Arab despots used some chemical stuff to disperse demonstrators.

Israel can always claim it is facing an enemy, whereas Arab dictators are facing their own people. Let us end with a succinct verse from the late poet Omar Abu Risha: ''No one can blame a wolf when it preys on a sheep if the shepherd himself is the enemy of the cattle".

Dr Faisal Al Qasim is a Syrian journalist based in Doha.

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Pekej Ransangan Ekonomi

Posted: 11 Jun 2011 12:30 AM PDT

Ini pun pekej ransangan juga ...

Dulu Husin ceritakan mengenai Pekej Ransangan Ekonomi BN bawah Dato Najib banyak melalui pilihanraya. Maka doalah wakil rakyat anda mati cepat.

Sejak Timbalan Presiden PAS baru, Mat Sabu yang merupakan pakar demo pegang jawatan, baru faham bahawa demo adalah Pekej Ransangan Ekonomi PAS. Baca petikan dari Kuangdiamond berikut:
"Secara rasionalnya, apabila ramai yang hadir menyertai perhimpunan aman BERSIH sudah tentu mereka akan menggunakan perkhidmatan awam, makan, minum, jadi apa isu menjejaskan pendapatan, bukankah ia akan menambah pendapatan peniaga." kata beliau (Mat Sabu).
Adoi ... manalah ana terfikir.

PKR pulak promosi Buku Jingga sebagai Pekej Penjahanam Ekonomi PKR.

DAP tidak kira sangat apa Pekej Ekonomi asal Cina dapat semua.

Wow! Lagi untung jual negara dari jual orang


The Star's METRO WATCH Today:

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 10:14 PM PDT

BLOGGERS' FORUM

THE Bloggers Universe Malaysia 2011 Forum will be held today from 7.45pm at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall auditorium, Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur. Admission is free. For details, visit bum4msia.wordpress.com or call 012-970 2285 (YL Chong)

FROM bum4msia.wordpress.com:)

BUM 2011 forum this Saturday, THAT IS, TODAY!:)

PRESS RELEASE

Bloggers Universe Malaysia (BUM) is belatedly commemorating World Press Freedom Day with a forum by popular speakers.

The 'Bloggers' solidarity with the press?' will feature:

  • Cheam Toon Lee – former editor-in-chief who had served in Sabah/Sarawak,
  • Zunar as Malaysiakini cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque is better known,
  • Ambiga Sreenevasan – Bersih 2.0 chairperson and ex-Bar Council president,
  • Hata Wahari – former National Union of Journalists president until his employer Utusan Malaysia sacked him recently.

Selangor state assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad will give the keynote address on 'Legislating freedom of information act in parliament".

The event is co-organised by a group of bloggers in their individual capacities, the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, and the Centre for PolicyInitiatives.

CPI director Dr Lim Teck Ghee said that with the political environment becoming more hotly contested and the mainstream media working overtime as cheerleader and fear leader for the establishment, it is vital that bloggers and those with integrity in the mass media quickly close ranks and provide Malaysians with truthful, fair and objective news and analysis.

"I hope this forum will serve to galvanise media practitioners and bloggers to reassert their adherence to the norms of journalistic ethics and independent reporting," Lim added.

BUM2011 organising committee chairman YL Chong aka Desiderata said this year's event almost never got off the ground as the Sarawak state elections came in April and interrupted the preparations. The BUM gatherings in previous years were all held in the month of May.

"Nevertheless, I was motivated to press ahead after learning about Hata Wahari's plight. His sacking explains the theme for our fifth BUM outing," he added.

Admission to the forum is free and open to the public.

Date: June 11, 2011
Time: 7.45pm
Venue: Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall auditorium (1, Jalan Maharajalela)

More background and updates on the event are posted at the BUM dedicated website bum4msia.wordpress.com.

Contact person: YL Chong at 012-970 2285.


JPN”Sibu not part of Sarawak now…??”

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 09:12 PM PDT

The English tabloid pick up the story of ADUN Hannah Yeohs attempt of registering her daughter as "Anak Malaysia" but was told by the JPN officers that the system does not allow it. Well,thats another part of the story.  Sarawak and Sabah JPN officers were told to comment on the issue and  this is what they came out with.

1, JPN Sibu- Parents registering their child at birth must strictly follow the paternal race. 2. JPN Sabah- Parents are allowed to choose one of the races for their newborn. 3. JPN Sarawak-Parents were required to fill out a declaration form if they want to choose their preferred race for their child.

No wonder Najib's 1Malaysia is facing problems. It seems the officers in the departments are not checking with or does not know their own departments bylaws and are harping out different tunes. Different set of rules for the Same State… 

Have they suddenly decided,"Sibu is not part of Sarawak..??"

We must thank ADUN Subang Jaya Hannah Yeoh for bringing out the issue or else the JPN Sarawak officers must have forgotten their bearings. Sibu must be spelt CEBU.. 

They failed their Geography by the way



Anwar In Penang, Keah and Perlis, Today

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 08:02 PM PDT

Siri Jelajah Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim ke Pulau Pinang / Kedah / Perlis

11 Jun 2011 (Sabtu)

Program 1 – Pulau Pinang

4.00 – 6.00 ptg – Hi-Tea Bersama Masyarakat Tanjong Tok Kong

Lokasi: Flat Kampong Tanjong Tok Kong, Pulau Pinang

Penceramah:

1. YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim
2. YB Dato' Mansor Othman
3. YB Jason Ong Khan Lee
4. YB Liew Chin Tong

Program 2 – Kedah

8.00 – 11.00 Malam – Jamuan Makan Malam

Lokasi: Dewan Majlis Bandaraya Alor Setar, Pekan Rabu, Kedah

Program 3 – Perlis

9.00 – 12.00 Malam – Ceramah Perdana

Lokasi: Kompleks PAS Perlis, Kangar

Penceramah:

1. YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim
2. YB Ustaz Hashim Jasin
3. YB Dato' Mansor Othman
4. YB Thomas Su Keong Sing
5. YBhg Siti Aisyah Shaik Ismail

Penceramah:

1. YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim

2. YAB Dato' Seri Azizan Abdul Razak

3. YBhg Dato' Seri Chua Jui Meng

4. YB Lee Boon Chye

5. YBhg N Surendran


Who will investigate Gani Patail?

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 06:17 PM PDT

Did AG Abdul Gani Patail really bury all evidence to cover up corruption scandals among ministers and senior government officials involving a hefty RM12 billion between 1994 and 1996? If so, why did he do that and who were the VIPs then?

Looks like Gani has to explain, especially when the allegations came from former senior cop like Mat Zain Ibrahim who used to be Kuala Lumpur criminal investigation chief. And of course, when conglomerates like Mas and Perwaja were brought up, it triggers an alarm. Why? Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was PM at that time.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak yesterday, Mat Zain said Abdul Gani, then a senior public prosecutor heading the prosecution division in 1994, was involved in covering up the roles of "ministers and chief ministers" in scandals such as the RM8 billion and RM4 billion losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Perwaja Steel respectively.

"Between 1994 and 1996, Gani Patail was busy playing his role in closing cases or burying information that linked ministers or chief ministers who could be proven to have abused power or were corrupt. This includes the Perwaja case and also the one related to Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli."

He was referring to MAS's claim that Tajuddin was responsible for RM8 billion in losses during his tenure as executive chairman of the national carrier from 1994 to 2001.

Tajuddin aka TRI, used a similar modus operandi of "signing long-term and lopsided contracts" similarly used by Perwaja Steel as well as Tenaga Nasional Berhad in its power deals with independent power producers (IPP) that is said to cost taxpayers RM20 billion a year.

"There are similarities in the MO used by all three companies. A common factor may be found and we cannot ignore the possibility that the persons involved in all the agreements are the same," said Mat Zain, who headed the 1998 police probe into former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's black-eye case.

He added that the 1994-6 period seemed rife with scandals, including holidays taken by former Chief Justice Tan Sri Eusuff Chin and former Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah with lawyer Datuk VK Lingam, who was implicated in fixing judicial appointments.

read more here...

So, will there be investigations on this? What would be Najib's course of action to answer the allegations or will he just ignore it?

Let's wait and see...but on second thought, who does Mat Zain support now... Najib or Anwar?



PAS terus bergerak, UMNO terus berarak

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 06:12 PM PDT

PAS sudah seminggu menyempurnakan muktamar tahunannya. PAS sedang bergerak untuk melaksanakan segala keputusan yang diputuskan dalam muktamar itu. Kita sedang menjadikan isu kepada hanya satu perkataan iaitu 'negara berkebajikan'. Isu 'negara berkebajikan' itu sedang menjadi gendang untuk pihak BN mengambilnya sebagai isu yang sedang diperdagangkan untuk mendapat sokongan rakyat.

Kita masih lagi mengambil membidas dan memandang usaha pihak lain untuk mendapat sokongan, bukannya dari usaha yang menyedapkan selera rakyat. Di dalam usaha melaksanakan kehendak Islam maka PAS telah memilih jalan untuk menjadikan negara sebagai negara berkebajikan jika mendapat mandate dari rakyat. Kebajikan rakyat merupakan komponan besar di dalam usaha untuk mengaddinkan kehidupan kita kerana Islam itu sendiri adalah cara hidup..

PAS tahu yang ini akan menjadi isu yang akan digembar-gemburkan oleh musuh politiknya tetapi PAS sudah terlalu biasa dengan kutukan serta penghinaan pihak musuhnya itu, jadi isu negara berkebajikan yang dimainkan oleh musuh politiknya merupakan satu lagi isu yang digunakan untuk meraih sokongan sambil berharap rakyat akan menolak PAS di dalam pilihanraya itu. Itu biasa dalam politik dunia ketiga ini.

Tetapi saya merasakan rakyat telah pun membuat keputusan. Yang telah mengambil keputusan menyokong PAS dan sekutunya tetap akan menyokong PR. Kepada mereka yang menyokong kita tetap akan menyokong kita. Keputusan nampaknya 'predictable' tetapi yang akan menentukan pihak yang akan berjaya ialah kumpulan yang Duduk Atas Pagar (DAP), dan kebanyakan di antaranya ialah dari kumpulan pengundi muda terutamanya yang akan mengundi buat kali pertamanya.

'Connectivity' dengan kumpulan ini merupakan usaha yang wajib bagi kedua-dua belah pihak kerana kepada rakyat yang telah mengundi beberapa kali dalam hidup mereka keputusan sudah puan diambil pihak mana yang akan mereka sokong.

BN yang selama ini mendapat sokongan dari pengundi Melayu didesa-desa di pantai Barat semenanjung ini. Bagi pengundi di desa-desa di pantai timur PAS merupakan parti yang lazim mendapat sokongan. Bagi pengundi-pengundi berumur di desa-desa di pantai barat yang lazimnya memberikan sokongan kepada BN kini sudah berkurangan kerana ramai yang telah meninggal dunia dan tidak lagi mengambil tahu untuk mengundi.

Kita terperangkap dengan PAS terang-terangan. PAS sedang berurusan untuk membuat lantikan pemimpin-pemimpin yang perlu dilantik termasuk pesuruhjaya negeri-negeri dan PAS tidak pun mengambil pot terhadap apa yang diperkatakan oleh pihak kita tentang isu negara berkebajikan itu. PAS telah berjaya membuatkan kita tertari-tari mengikut gendang yang dipalu olehnya. PAS kata pusing kebelakang kita pun pusing, dan apabila PAS kata kita melompat kita pun melompat. PAS memainkan muzik kita pun terus menyanyi dan menyanyi.

PAS telah berjaya untuk bertempur di dalan zon luar dari kawasannya dan strategi ini nampaknya memberikan keuntungan besar kepada PAS. Sampai bila pimpinan kita menggunakan isu negara berkebajikan ini tidak siapa yang tahu. Lama-lama kita akan letih menarikan lagu-lagu yang dimainkan oleh PAS. Orang ramai memerhatikan sahaja lonjak dan tari kita sambil tersenyum simpul.

Akhirnya kita tidak terperanjat jika UMNO akan secara tidak sedar berkedudukan defensive sentiasa dan tidak ada masa untuk melakukan tindakan balas ke atas apa yang dilakukan oleh PAS.

Seperkara yang PAS sangat berjaya ialah untuk membawa pemimpin kita untuk kegelanggang mereka untuk bercakap tentang agama. Bercakap tentang agama ini merupakan 'forte' PAS yang kuat dan PAS sangat bergembira untuk membawa Najib bercakap tentang isu agama. Selalunya kita akan terperangkap jika kita memainkan isu ini.

Kita mulai bercakap tentang theori serta topik yang melibatkan hanya isu fardhu ain sedangkan PAS sudah keluar kepada isu addin sebagaimana yang agama kita di asaskan. PAS telah berjaya membawa perkara yang sangat besar di dalam agama, iaitu mengambil isu negara berkebajikan sebagaimana yang di tuntut agama kita. Justru pimpinan kita telah menyatakan yang UMNO memang sudah lama melaksanakan usaha untuk negara berkebajikan. Mahu tidak mahu kita wajar mengakui yang UMNO memang telah lama melaksanakan negara berkebajikan (welfare state) itu.

Tetapi apabila kita begitu 'engross' menjawab isu negara berkebajikan, UMNO tidak mempunyai masa untuk melakukan usaha untuk membuang persepsi sebagai parti yang rasuah dan salah guna kuasa. UMNO boleh mengaku yang selama ini pun konsep welfare state itu memang telah terlaksana oleh UMNO/BN.

Tetapi apa pun yang diakui oleh UMNO/BN ini, untuk membuang persepsi buruk ini bukanlah satu tugas senang, kerana persepsi rasuah itu bukannya melekat kepada parti tetapi melekat kuat kepada individu-individu pemimpin di dalam UMNO itu. Isu pemimpin UMNO yang menuduh PAS telah lari dari perjuangan asalnya tidak menjadi kerana stigma buruk yang terlekat kepada batang tubuh UMNO itu sendiri.

Rakyat mempunyai 'apprehension' yang tinggi untuk memberikan dukongan kuat terhadap UMNO itu maka pengundi tetap memilih welfare state yang baru hendak dilaksanakan oleh PAS dan meninggalkan welfare state anjuran UMNO yang telah disaluti dengan stigma yang negatif yang melekat kepada UMNO itu.

Kalau jatuh UMNO dalam pilihanraya nanti, masalah dan penyebabnya bukan UMNO tetapi kerana manusia yang memimpin dan memandu parti itu. Masalah yang kita hadapi ini ialah masalah kemanusiaan, bukannya masalah parti.

Jika kita anolojikan UMNO sebagai sebuah pesawat, UMNO merupakan engin dan pesawat yang baik serta bermutu. Tetapi kenapa pesawat itu jatuh juga? Jawapannya ialah kerana 'human error'. Pesawat itu jatuh kerana kelemahan dan kesilapan pemandunya yang cuai dan tidak tahu hendak memandu pesawat itu kearah yang betul. Walaupun pesawat itu menggunakan jenama baik yang sama tetapi pesawat ini merupakan pesawat baru yang di daftarkan pada 1988 dahulu. Pesawat ini baru berumur 23 tahun sahaja dan tidak sepatutnya jatuh terhempas.

Pesawat yang masih baru ini jika terhempas juga, terhempasnya ialah kerana 'human error' seperti yang saya nyatakan sebentar tadi. Pemandu yang sepatutnya memandu mengikut 'operating procedure' yang ditetapkan telah memandu dengan mengikut kehendak dan keinginan peribadi sendiri…..ditambah pula dengan penumpang-penumpang yang berada di dalam pesawat itu tidak mengikuti ciri keselamatan yang penting di dalam penerbangn itu.

Lambat laun pesawat itu akan terhempas juga jika di benarkan pemandu yang sama untuk mengendalikan penerbangan it terus-terusan dan dibawa pula penumpang-penumpang yang tidak mengikuti ciri-ciri keselamatan yang betul. Selalunya pemandu-pemandu pesawat yang tidak mengikuti 'operating procedure' yang ketat itu 'will be grounded' untuk mengelakan pesawat itu jatuh terhempas.


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