Friday, November 21, 2008

Mualaf



MJ converts to Islam, says British tabloid


Jackson is due to give evidence on Monday in a £4.7million (RM25 million) lawsuit brought by Prince Abdulla Al-Khalif of Bahrain. — AP pic
LONDON, Nov 21 — Michael Jackson has become a Muslim — and changed his name to Mikaeel. The skint superstar, 50, donned Islamic garb to pledge allegiance to the Quran in a ceremony at a pal’s mansion in Los Angeles.

Jacko sat on the floor wearing a tiny hat after an imam was summoned to officiate — days before the singer is due to appear at London’s High Court where he is being sued by an Arab sheikh.

A source told last night how Jacko, brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness, decided to convert as he used a studio at the home of his chum to record a new album.

The star — whose hits include “The Way You Make Me Feel” — was spotted looking “a bit down” by a producer and a songwriter who had both embraced Islam.

The source said: “They began talking to him about their beliefs, and how they thought they had become better people after they converted. Michael soon began warming to the idea.

“An imam was summoned from the mosque and Michael went through the shahada, which is the Muslim declaration of belief.”

Mikaeel is the name of one of Allah’s angels.

“Jacko rejected an alternative name, Mustafa — meaning ‘the chosen one’”.

British singer Yousef Islam, 60 — who was called Cat Stevens until he famously converted — turned up to help Jacko celebrate.

It was his pals David Wharnsby — a Canadian songwriter — and producer Phillip Bubal who counselled Jacko.

The pair’s new names are Dawud Wharnsby Ali and Idris Phillips.

Jacko now prays to Mecca after the ceremony at the Hollywood Hills home of Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro, 51, who composed music on the singer’s Thriller album.

Jacko, who rarely ventures out without a mask, is due to give evidence on Monday in a £4.7million (RM25 million) lawsuit brought by Prince Abdulla Al-Khalif of Bahrain.

The sheikh claims he bankrolled the singer’s lavish lifestyle in exchange for an exclusive recording contract. The billionaire sent songs for him to record but claims he was blanked.

He told the court yesterday: “Many times he confirmed to me he would pay me back.” — The Sun

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Prince Of Burma

Police display photo of the uncut ruby, known as the "Prince of Burma."

Jewel thieves caught with $4M ruby


VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- A raid on a suspected gang of international jewel thieves has recovered an uncut ruby known as the "Prince of Burma" worth 3.2 million euros ($4.1 million), Austrian authorities said Thursday.

Two men and a woman were arrested in the raid Tuesday afternoon in the southern town of Villach, Austria's federal criminal investigations bureau said.

The three are suspected of stealing the ruby along with diamonds and and other gems recovered in the raid from a German jewelry dealer in Milan, Italy in August.

The dealer, identified only as a man from the German city of Idar-Oberstein, was tricked into going to Milan by the female suspect and was seriously injured by a car during the theft, investigator Gerhard Joszt said.

Police said the stolen jewels are worth an estimated 3.5 million euros ($4.5 million) in total.

The arrests were made in a joint operation with German authorities

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Crystal forest: People clambering through the Cave of Crystals in Mexico wearing suits and backpacks of ice-cool air to cope with the 112F temperature

The giant obelisks are formed from groundwater saturated in calcium sulphate which filtered through the cave system millions of years ago

The Cave of Crystals discovered 1,000ft below a Mexican desert

By Victoria Moore

Until you notice the orange-suited men clambering around, it's hard to grasp the extraordinary scale of this underground crystal forest.

Nearly 1,000ft below the Chihuahua Desert in Mexico, this cave was discovered by two brothers drilling in the Naica lead and silver mine. It is an eerie sight.

Up to 170 giant, luminous obelisks - the biggest is 37.4ft long and the equivalent height of six men - jut across the grotto like tangled pillars of light; and the damp rock of their walls is covered with yet more flawless clusters of blade-sharp crystal.

They are formed from groundwater saturated in calcium sulphate which, warmed by an intrusion of magma about a mile below, began filtering through the cave system millions of years ago.

When, about 600,000 years ago, the magma began to cool, the minerals started to precipitate out of the water, and over the centuries the tiny crystals they formed grew and grew until 1985, when miners unwittingly drained the cave as they lowered the water table with mine pumps.

Because the crystals resemble giant icicles, the picture suggests it must be very cold inside the Cave of Crystals - but appearances can be deceptive.

In fact, the temperature is a sweltering 112F, with a humidity of 90-100 per cent.

This is why cavers wear protective suits and carry backpacks of ice-cooled air.

Such conditions, and the fact that it takes 20 minutes to drive to its entrance through a twisting mine-shaft, haven't deterred would-be looters - one of the crystals bears a deep scar where someone has tried, and failed, to cut through it.

But the cave has now been fitted with a heavy steel door, the better to preserve this beautiful wonder for generations to come.

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*Macam dalam movie set pulak.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Balasungkawa : Samad Lefthanded : Al-Fatihah

Rock band Lefthanded’s guitarist Abdul Samad Mian dies

KUALA LUMPUR: A guitarist with rock band Lefthanded, Abdul Samad Mian, died after collapsing at his brother's office in Ampang here, on Thursday. He was 45.

Samad’s wife, Norliza Sumairi said he collapsed at 12.45pm and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Ampang Hospital.

Samad will be buried at the Hulu Langat Muslim Cemetery later on Thursday.

He is survived by his wife and four children aged between six and 18 years.

Born in Johor Baru, he was a part-time lecturer at the National Arts, Culture and Heritage Academy and was instrumental in Lefthanded winning the best rock album award at the Malaysian Music Industry Awards in 1995. Bernama

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*Al-Fatihah. Semoga roh beliau ditempatkan dikalangan orang-orang beriman.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Easy Caffeine Fix

Hey! Who Put the Caffeine in My Soap?
By JOHN CLOUD John Cloud – Mon Oct 20, 6:35 pm ET

Most adults know how many cups of coffee they can have before they get twitchy. We're a race of well-practiced, high-functioning junkies. After all, regular human consumption of caffeine began at least 2,000 years ago, and until recently there was no reason to think our little global addiction posed any threat.

But recently companies began unleashing a barrage of unfamiliar products packed with extreme amounts of caffeine. The trend started with super-caffeinated energy drinks in the '90s, but more recently scientists and marketers have created caffeinated foods and even personal-hygiene products. In the past five years, according to the market research giant Mintel, firms have launched at least 126 caffeinated food products for sale in the U.S. Twenty-nine such products have been introduced this year alone. The offerings include things like Morning Spark oatmeal, NRG potato chips and - my favorite, if only for the brazen attempt to draw kids into caffeine culture - Jelly Belly's Extreme Sport Beans, which the company calls "Energizing Jelly Beans." You can also now buy caffeinated toiletries like Bath Buzz Caffeinated Lotion.

Public-health officials are worried about the new products for two reasons: first, people might simply add the new products to their typical ration of coffee or tea. That could increase their risk for caffeine intoxication, a condition that causes symptoms like nervousness, insomnia, tachycardia and psychomotor agitation. Caffeine intoxication is not uncommon: according to a 1998 study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 7% of caffeine users have experienced it. The symptoms usually abate quickly when people quit caffeine, but in rare cases the symptoms can lead to death.

The larger problem with the new caffeinated inventions is that their labels don't typically disclose how much caffeine they contain. And yet some of them are crammed with the drug: Sumseeds, a brand of caffeinated sunflower seeds, contain 120 mg of caffeine per packet, 16% more than in a typical 6-oz. serving of coffee. Shower Shock soap is designed to deliver a crackling 200 mg of caffeine when lathered into the skin, twice the amount in that same cup of coffee.

Earlier this month, a Johns Hopkins neuroscience professor named Roland Griffiths, one of the world's leading caffeine experts, sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging it to require specific caffeine labeling in light of all the strange new caffeinated products. Nearly 100 fellow scientists and public-health advocates signed the letter. Griffiths reminded the FDA that it has yet to decide on a 1997 petition filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) requesting caffeine labeling.

The FDA has not yet responded to Griffiths. FDA spokesman Michael Herndon told me in an e-mail that the CSPI petition is still "active and pending." When I asked why it has taken 11 years - so far - to review it, he replied, "Some petitions may take longer depending on agency workload and complexity of the issue."

But caffeine labeling is not a complex issue. Consumers should be able to make informed choices; people should know that a Starbucks venti drip coffee can have as much as 400 mg of caffeine.

Griffiths says there's no good epidemiological data yet to show whether the new caffeinated food and hygiene products are affecting public health. But he does worry about one group that can readily access these products: kids.

Doctors recommend that prepubescent kids not have any caffeine, and yet caffeinated candies and gums and chips have strong appeal for kids. Earlier this year, four middle-school boys in Broward County, Fla., had to go to the hospital after drinking energy drinks. The boys were sweating so much that school officials thought they might be having heart attacks.

That's an extreme but not isolated case. Those boys probably wouldn't have paid much attention even if the drinks' labels did include caffeine content, but the rest of us should be able to calibrate our addictions with more information.

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*Sleepy? Just grab that potato chip laced with caffeine. In the end all of us would be caffeine addict.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Shark Alert

Shark "Virgin Birth" Confirmed
Sara Goudarzi
for National Geographic News
October 10, 2008

A female blacktip shark in Virginia fertilized her own egg without mating with a male shark, new DNA evidence shows.

This is the second time scientists have used DNA testing to verify shark parthenogenesis—the process that allows females of some species to produce offspring without sperm. (Read about the first time.)

The female shark, dubbed Tidbit, died during a routine physical exam before the pregnancy was identified.

A necropsy—an animal autopsy—after her death revealed she was carrying a near-term pup fetus that was about 12 inches (30 centimeters) in length.

Tidbit was caught in the wild when she was very young and reached sexual maturity in a tank at the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach, where she lived for eight years.

"The interesting thing about that was there were no male blacktip sharks in the tank for the entire time of her captivity," said Demian Chapman, a researcher with the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University in New York.

"So the question is, where does this baby come from?" he asked.

Chapman is the lead author of a study on the female blacktip in the latest issue of the Journal of Fish Biology.

DNA fingerprinting

Chapman and his colleagues generated a DNA fingerprint for the mother shark and her pup fetus with a procedure identical to a human paternity test.

Ordinarily, a shark's DNA contains some genetic material from its mother and some from its father. Tidbit's pup, however, was not ordinary.

"Every part of the fingerprint of the embryo comes from the mother," Chapman said. "In other words, there is no genetic material from a father."

"Virgin Births"

All non-mammal vertebrate species are theoretically capable of parthenogenesis, scientists say. Examples have been documented in komodo dragons (read story), pythons, rattlesnakes, chickens, and turkeys.

Parthenogenesis is not possible in humans because if all the genetic material comes from the mother, certain genes will be switched off, and the embryo won't develop.

"For sharks in captivity, [parthenogenesis] has probably occurred more times than has been documented," says Robert Hueter, director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida.

The question then becomes, is parthenogenesis a type of developmental anomaly or a response to the female shark not having a mate in captivity?

"The fact that only one shark embryo was formed may suggest that this is more a case of an egg developmental aberration rather than a physiological response to the lack of a mate," said Hueter, who was not involved with the study.

No Variation

Normally, an embryo is formed when an egg containing half its chromosomes is fertilized by a sperm containing the other half.

When an egg cell is formed, a plant or female animal also produces three other cells called polar bodies. In the type of parthenogenesis observed in sharks, one of those cells behaves like a sperm and fertilizes the egg.

"But that cell is genetically identical to the egg," Chapman said. "So that's where you lose a lot of genetic variation."

Offspring produced by parthenogenesis are not exact clones of their mothers, however, because the genetic material is mixed differently.

Still, researchers believe the risk of congenital defects increases in animals whose DNA lack genetic variation.

"There's an increased risk of having a weakened immune system and there's a risk of reproductive abnormalities," Chapman said. "But in some cases, they'll be able to survive."

The scientists have not ruled out the possibility that increased stress from the abnormal pregnancy contributed to Tidbit's death.

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*Kuasa tuhan. Reminded me of a line in original Jurassic Park movie when a character said, 'Nature will find a way' or something along that line.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Imagine There's No Country

Bruce Springsteen performs during a rally Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, on the campus of Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio. Springsteen was in town to encourage Barack Obama supporters to register and take advantage of Ohio (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

Where Have all the Protest Singers Gone?

by Tony Hicks

One would think the time is ripe for an explosion of protest music.

We're witnessing what pundits are calling a historic presidential race at a time when even the party holding the Oval Office admits that a big dose of change is needed. We've been at war on two fronts for years with no end in sight, while there's less than a month to go in the election. The economy appears to be in free fall. The race is close, and the rhetoric is heating up fast as each side lobs verbal grenades at each other almost daily.

So where are all the protest songs, calling for one brand of change over the other?

Protest music is rare from conservative artists, but even the liberals songwriters seem to be sitting this one out.

"People are overwhelmed by the corruption of our government," says Paul Kantner, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, who just released a new Starship record, "Jefferson's Tree of Liberty. "They don't think their vote counts "... people don't have enough faith."

In other words, even if we have two new candidates promising change from an outgoing and unpopular administration, it might just be that musicians aren't feeling they can make a difference, especially after the outpouring of activism in 2004.

That was the year John Kerry had the support of Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews, among other big-name artists, performing on the "Vote for Change" tour. Linda Ronstandt was grabbing headlines for speaking out in the face of open hostility at many of her shows. It was the year that gave us songs like Ani DiFranco's "Animal," the Beastie Boys' "It Takes Time to Build," and the Roots' "Why (What's Goin' On?)," among others.

Even two years later, just in time for midterm Congressional elections, there was still an echo of the outrage, most notably in Neil Young's "Living With War" record and his passionate summer tour with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Some of the stalwarts are still around, such as Bruce Springsteen, doing benefits for Barack Obama. And bands that are almost always political, like Bad Religion, are still addressing the issues. Punk singer-songwriter Ted Leo just wrote and recorded a four-song EP after witnessing the treatment of protesters at the Republican convention, the timing of which made it only available on his Web site. And people like John Legend and Billy Joel have also appeared at events.

But all in all, the desperation that was apparent among artists willing to sing protest songs four years ago is largely absent at this year's political crunch time.

"There's baggage to becoming a protest singer," says Chris Walla, guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie and an admitted political junkie, whose band has played Obama rallies. "Because of the media portrayal of the protests, nobody wants to be associated with it. I don't think it would work with our audience all that well."

Plus, Walla says, there's a strong perception that, unlike Kerry in 2004, Obama doesn't need the help. And there's no George W. Bush in the race to focus on.

"When your candidate is a rock star on his own, why does he need Death Cab for Cutie?" Walla says. "What Obama needs is 'Rednecks for Obama.'"

Nathan Berg, a professor of economics and sociology at the University of Texas at Dallas, is the singer for the Halliburtons, one of the few bands out there continuously making political music.

"It's noticeably more quiet regarding the musical discourse this year," he says. "I think there are those of us who thought 2004 was important and thought things would change. It's hard to see strong rebuttal for pessimism."

Berg speculates that Kerry's loss deflated musicians. They're getting change one way or another this year, which de-focuses years of targeting President George W. Bush.

"My band played at Dealey Plaza on the anniversary of the Iraq war, but I'm feeling my time is better spent speaking as an economist and social scientist," says Berg, whose band has toured Ireland and Germany. "There's actually much more of an anti-Bush and anti-war scene in Europe." There's also some low-level recorded activism, coming at a lower profile from groups like metal band Testament and bluegrass group the Del McCoury Band, an indication of big names laying low this year. McCoury's new record is called "Moneyland."

Kanter says that with each passing year, technological distractions and a corporate media unwilling to take chances make it more difficult for musicians to make a difference.

"People are overwhelmed by modern times," he says. "There's an overflow of information and they become confused. In the '60s we thought we could change the world - and we did change some of it," he says. "People today don't have that hope."

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*American artiste always play a part in their democratic process. I wonder when will our so called artiste will do the same. I guess never, since our government don't really encourage art. And our so called Karyawan was busy protesting Shah Rukh Khan's Datukship (awarded by State of Malacca), protesting the so called Indonesian bands invasion than concentrating on their arts., which led to the 90:10 quota (what about western artistes? they got more airplay right).The solution is simple, make better music, produce better film and then our own citizens will appreciate you.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Animal Instinct





Leopard savaging a crocodile caught on camera
The Telegraph

The astonishing spectacle of a leopard savaging a crocodile has been captured for the first time on camera.

A series of incredible pictures taken at a South African game reserve document the first known time that a leopard has taken on and defeated one of the fearsome reptiles.

The photographs were taken by Hal Brindley, an American wildlife photographer, who was supposed to be taking pictures of hippos from his car in the Kruger National Park.

The giant cat raced out of cover provided by scrub and bushes to surprise the crocodile, which was swimming nearby.

A terrible and bloody struggle ensued. Eventually, onlookers were amazed to see the leopard drag the crocodile from the water as the reptile fought back.

With the crocodile snapping its powerful jaws furiously, the two animals somersaulted and grappled. Despite the crocodile's huge weight and strength, the leopard had the upper hand catching its prey by the throat.

Eventually the big cat was able to sit on top of the reptile and suffocate it.
In the past, there have been reports of crocodiles killing leopards, but this is believed to the first time that the reverse scenario has been observed.

Mr Brindley said: 'I asked many rangers in South Africa if they had ever heard of anything like this and they all said no.

'It just doesn't make sense. The meat you get out of a crocodile is just not worth the risk it takes a predator to acquire. The whole scene happened in the course of about 5 minutes. Then the leopard was gone.

'I drove away, elated in disbelief. It may have been the most amazing thing I've ever seen.'

Ellie Rose, a reptile keeper at London Zoo, said: 'Normally, crocodiles are well able to defend themselves against attack. I can't think of any examples of this happening before.'

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*I had nightmare about croc the other day. Maybe because i read this article.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Stuff For Sale







Fender Stratocaster MIM (Tortoise Shell Pickguard, Dimarzio Dual Sound Humbucker) - RM2200
BOSS OD-3 Overdrive - RM250
BOSS TM-7 Guitar Monitor - RM200
MXR Dyna Comp - RM280
Gator Deluxe Hardcase - RM200

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Bitter Football Fans


Aku tak faham betul these so called fanatics football fans (MU, Arsenal and Chelsea fans in particular) When my team draw or lose a game (LFC, C'mon You Reds!!), they love to sms me with msg putting down my team, and i'll reply every single sms that i got. But when their team lost or drew a game and I sms them, hmmmm takde pun nak reply balik (yes mirul thats you hahahaha) Apasal tak sporting langsung ni? Time LFC kalah ke seri ke bukan main lagi eh. C'mon la it's just a game apa.

Satu lagi pada pundits kat ESPNStar. Kalau team lain playing badly and won they will say that, the team showed Champions mentality etc etc but when LFC doing the same they will put us down some more (not good enough to be champion etc, etc) Apa yg dengki sangat dengan LFC ni? Aku tau la LFC is the most succesful team in English Football (18 League titles, 5 European Cups, 3 UEFA cups) at least give us some credit la.

Seperti aku cakap kat semua org Jatuh Bangun Bersama Liverpool FC hahahaha

C'mon You Reds!!! You'll Never Walk Alone...

Now It's Glory 'Round The Fields Of Anfield Roads...

Friday, September 26, 2008

18m For A Website??



Cost of Internet TV too high, says Guan Eng

PETALING JAYA: DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng has criticised the Tourism Ministry’s RM18mil move to start Internet TV to attract tourists as being too costly and a waste of public funds.

“All you need is a good video camera. Malaysiakini (news portal) can do their Web TV for RM20,000, why do you need RM18mil?” he said.

Lim said he was also made to understand that the cost took into account 100 documentaries that would be produced about the country.

“Why do you need to produce so many? Do you think the tourists want to see so many?” he said.

On Tuesday, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said an initial RM6mil would be spent mostly on content and the ministry had initially requested for RM36mil for the project.

Lim criticised Malaysia’s drop in ranking on the Transparency Inter-national Malaysia’s Corruption Per­ceptions Index from 43 (out of 179 countries) in 2007 to 47 (180 countries) in 2008.

“It has worsened and is a slap in the face for anti-corruption efforts by the Prime Minister. He must admit that corruption is a serious problem in this country and not be in denial,” he said after introducing two new members of the DAP think tank, Teh Chi-Chang and Leong Joo Ti.

Teh was appointed Lim’s economic adviser, replacing PJ Utara MP Tony Pua, while Leong was appointed to assist Lim in strategy and implementation of policies.

Teh, 37, had previously worked in a string of corporate finance companies and brings with him 15 years of experience in investment appraisal, management and corporate finan-ce.

Pua has been promoted as the party’s national publicity secretary.

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*What?? 18m for website?? Cmon la Azalina, aku dah involve dalam web design and development including video editing, streaming apa semua dah lebih 10 tahun, aku rasa total cost nak buat ni tak sampai 1m pun dengan development, day to day operation, web marketing campaign dengan campur contents acquisition sekali. 18m?? Perghhh ntah berapa juta la masuk poket.

Aku dulu buat Berita e-UMNO (the original UMNO news website back in year 2000, now known as UMNO TV) team 2 orang je, aku dgn Izal (now known as Joe Bleed, lead singer of Pure Vibracion) dengan Boss kitaorang Encik Shariff, hari-hari pun ada content baru ada video and audio interview dgn all the leaders (Nak gi interview Pak Lah kereta boss aku accident terbalik, benjol baek punya kepala aku kena steering, siap concussion lagi). Masa tu siap boleh cover 2 by-election di Sanggang dan di Teluk Kemang, cover Perhimpunan Agung UMNO (An article about our team and Berita e-UMNO was published by Berita Harian for their coverage of Perhimpunan Agung with our picture accompanying the article), hey I was there at Perak MB residence in Ipoh to cover the news for Berita e-UMNO for the one and only UMNO Supreme Council meeting outside PWTC when Tun Dr Mahathir first appointed Azalina to the Supreme Council. We did an interview with you right after that annnoucement remember???

Ni ntah company crony mana la yang propose dan dapat project ni. 18m??? DAMN!!! Gile tak puas hati aku macam ni.

Tangguh Lagi

Pemilihan Umno ditangguh hingga Mac
Jimadie Shah Othman | Sep 26, 08 12:11pm

kemaskini 2:04pm Majlis Tertinggi Umno memutuskan hari ini untuk menangguhkan perhimpunan agung serta pemilihan parti dari Disember ke Mac tahun depan.

Penundaan ini bertujuan memastikan proses peralihan kuasa berjalan lebih awal - yang dilihat sebagai usaha untuk mendesak Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi menyerahkan kuasa kepada Timbalannya, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak lebih awal.

Sebelum, Abdullah - dalam pelan peralihan kuasanya - bersetuju untuk menyerah kuasa kepada Najib pada pertengahan 2010.

Bagaimanapun, pemimpin akar umbi Umno tidak sekata mengenai tarikh tersebut dan ramai yang mendesak supaya tarikh itu dipercepatkan lagi.

Abdullah yang juga presiden Umno bagaimanapun enggan mengulas lanjut tentang peralihan kuasa.

pak lah umno supreme council special meeting 260809 02"Apa juga yang diperlukan, peraturan-peraturan, apa yang hendak saya laksanakan nanti, apa juga, akan diputuskan (bersama) antara saya dan (timbalan presiden) Datuk Seri Najib (Razak),” katanya.

Pemilihan pucuk pimpinan Umno sebelum ini dijadualkan pada 16 hingga 21 Disember depan.

Abdullah turut menafikan mendapat tekanan suapaya peralihan kuasa itu disegerakan, sebaliknya perkara itu, menurutnya, “berkaitan dengan kerjanya” sebagai presiden Umno.

Hubungan baik

“Tidak ada kena mengena dengan semua itu (tekanan). Ia berhubung kait dengan kerja saya. Apabila kerja habis, habislah.”

Perkara itu juga, tambah Abdullah, tidak ditimbulkan dalam mesyuarat tergempar pagi ini.

“Tidak ada apa-apa. Pada hari ini tidak ada langsung (bincang) tentang perkara itu. Mungkin ada dua, tiga orang yang kata begitu. Tetapi tidak ada satu-satu sebab hendak tekan, sebab mereka tahu hubungan saya dengan Najib baik.

“Dalam apa-apa perkara pun, kami mempunyai persefahaman yang baik. Tidak ada masalah patut timbul dalam perkara ini,” katanya.

Bagaimanapun, mesyuarat perwakilan Umno bahagian akan diteruskan seperti yang dijadualkan mulai 9 Oktober hingga 9 November depan.

Perkara itu diputuskan kerana perubahan tarikh mesyuarat di peringkat itu “tidak membawa kepada apa-apa kebaikan tambahan” kepada parti, tegas Abdullah.

Putuskan sebelum 9 Okt

Keputusan itu disifatkan sebagai “bukan sesuatu yang menyusahkan” bahagian dan telah diterima ahli MT.

Abdullah juga berkata, belum memutuskan sama ada akan mempertahankan jawatan presiden.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, beliau akan membuat keputusan mengenainya sebelum mesyuarat bahagian bermula 9 Oktober depan.

“Apa-apa keputusan saya akan buat sebelum mesyuarat bahagian,” katanya.

“Bertanding atau tidak, (itu) keputusan saya. Kamu boleh terus meneka tetapi keputusannya milik saya.”

Abdullah memberitahu demikian dalam sidang akhbar selepas mesyuarat tergempar MT selama sejam di ibu pejabat Umno pagi tadi.

pak lah umno supreme council special meeting 260809 03Sebelum itu, Abdullah mengadakan pertemuan empat mata selama setengah jam dengan timbalannya sebelum mesyuarat MT bermula kira-kira jam 11 pagi tadi.

Mesyuarat MT ini merupakan pertemuan kedua pada bulan ini, selepas mesyuarat bulanannya pada 18 September.

Tidak akan bercuti

Kebiasaannya, mesyuarat MT hari ini juga diadakan pada sebelah petang tetapi kali ini ia diadakan pada sebelah pagi.

Ditanya sama ada beliau akan bercuti, Abdullah menjawab: "Ada banyak kerja nak buat."

Beliau juga tidak berniat meninggalkan Umno dan perkara itu dibuktikan dengan rekodnya bersama parti itu yang "bersih".

“Saya cintakan parti saya. Walaupun pada masa yang sukar saya tidak tinggalkan. Saya tidak pernah menyertai mana-mana parti lain.

"Saya tidak pernah berada atas landasan pembangkang. Tidak ada rekod saya yang menentang parti pun, pada bila-bila masa pun,” katanya ketika ditanya sama ada beliau akan meninggalkan parti itu.

Najib berada di sisi kanan Abdullah sepanjang sidang akhbar tersebut.

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*Masuk ni dah 2 kali ditangguh Pemilihan Agung UMNO, mula-mula kasi alasan nak pilihanraya, kali ni pulak pasal Presiden takut tak dapat cukup pencalonan sebab grass root memang dah tak nak Pak Lah jadi Presiden lagi. Tak tau lah apa reaction ahli-ahli grass root ni. Macam-macam hal dia ni buat pasal nak still pegang kuasa. Najib berhati-hati lah, dari sekarang sampai March tahun depan macam-macam boleh jadi. Ntah-ntah Pak Lah tengah nak cari jalan nak kenakan Najib dgn kes Altantuya so that dia still boleh pegang jawatan Presiden tanpa perlu bertanding sekali pun dengan alasan untuk mengukuhkan parti.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

LRT Berlanggar?


LRT berlanggar, 4 cedera ringan
Sep 24, 08 10:17pm

Kira-kira 300 penumpang terselamat dalam satu insiden pelanggaran yang membabitkan dua tren Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan(LRT Star) kira-kira 200m dari Stesen LRT Bukit Jalil hari ini.

Bagaimanapun, empat penumpang cedera ringan dalam kejadian pukul 6.30 petang itu dan mereka kini dirawat di Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) sebagai pesakit luar.

Ketua Polis Daerah Cheras, ACP Ahmad Amir Mohd Hashim berkata kejadian berlaku apabila sebuah gerabak LRT Star Aliran Ampang dari arah Sungai Besi secara tiba-tiba berhenti 200 meter daripada Stesen LRT Bukit Jalil, sebelum dirempuh sebuah lagi gerabak LRT dari arah belakang dalam trek yang sama., demikian menurut Bernama.

"Kira-kira 300 penumpang berada dalam kedua-dua tren namun kesemua penumpang berjaya dikeluarkan serta tiada kecederaan parah termasuk ke atas kedua-dua pemandu tren, kecuali tiga wanita dan seorang lelaki mengalami kecederaan ringan.

"Punca kejadiannya kita sedang siasat dan kita akan ambil keterangan kedua-dua pemandu LRT berkenaan yang berusia dalam lingkungan 30-an untuk mengetahui punca sebenar kejadian," katanya di tempat kejadian.

Beliau berkata kira-kira 20 anggota polis bersama dua buah ambulans bergegas ke tempat kejadian sejurus menerima maklumat dan menolong mengeluarkan mangsa yang terperangkap di dalam kedua-dua LRT tersebut.

Pegawai Eksekitif RapidKL, Suffian Baharuddin berkata kejadian mungkin berpunca daripada masalah teknikal namun punca sebenar hanya akan diketahui setelah siasatan polis dan pihak RapidKL selesai.

Beliau berkata akibat pelanggaran itu, aliran sistem LRT di kedua-dua hala stesen Star Sungai Besi, Bukit Jalil dan Seri Petaling ditutup untuk malam ini.

"Tren yang berlanggar masih berada di atas landasan dan kami berharap keadaan akan kembali seperti sediakala esok," katanya.

Salah seorang penumpang yang terselamat, Ecoo Abu Samad, 32, seorang pekerja pembinaan berkata ketika kejadian, tren yang dinaikinya secara tiba-tiba berhenti berdekatan stesen LRT Bukit Jalil sebelum dirempuh kuat oleh tren lain dan menyebabkan kesemua penumpang terjatuh.

"Ketika tren tersebut berhenti, saya nampak lampu isyarat di hadapan berwarna merah dan dalam beberapa minit, tren dirempuh dari arah belakang.

"Kejadian berlaku ketika waktu sibuk dan ketika itu penumpang memang ramai. Kami terperangkap di dalam tren kira-kira 25 minit sebelum diselamatkan pekerja stesen LRT tersebut," katanya.

Seorang petugas TNB yang menaiki sebuah lagi tren, R.Perumal, 48, berkata dalam sistem lampu dan penghawa dingin terputus diikuti dengan keadaan riuh-rendah para penumpang dan mereka terpaksa bertindak sendiri dengan membuka pintu tren untuk keluar.

"Ketika keluar dari tren tersebut, saya nampak beberapa yang cedera dibawa masuk ke dalam ambulans. Saya sendiri luka sedikit di bahagian kepala akibat terhantuk di tiang," katanya.

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*Apa la driver LRT tu buat berhenti tak sampai station lagi? Hallucinate kot tak perasan belum sampai.

Lady Of Justice Painted Green... Money Talking

Malaysia is at its most important turning point, says John Malott

September 21, 2008 (via e-mail), By John Malott*

Today Malaysia is at the most important turning point in its history. Ironically, the man who has the opportunity to decide which way Malaysia will go is the man who has been considered an ineffective if not a failed leader – Abdullah Badawi.

Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam said it best in an interview with Malaysiakini:http://www.malaysia kini.com/ news/90022) "If Abdullah lets the democratic process take place and does not stifle the country with arrests and emergency rule, it will be his finest hour, and he will go down in history as the man who liberalised the democratic system in Malaysia. But if he reneges on his word to not invoke the ISA, then he would only be digging his own grave", Ramon said.

Although the attention of the world has turned to the financial crisis in the United States, interest in Malaysia has never been higher. The world is watching. Malaysia can redeem itself in the eyes of the world – or it can become an international pariah – all within the space of the next few weeks.

The Malaysian people should not underestimate the influence and impact that Anwar Ibrahim has overseas. The 18 months that he spent abroad after his release from prison allowed him not only to reestablish his old connections but also to develop new ones. He spoke widely throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and developed a new cadre of admirers. He is without question the most well-known and respected Malaysian in the world.

So when he again faces more sham charges of sodomy and is carried away by a SWAT team, or when he then pulls off one of the most stunning political comebacks ever, the world pays attention. But it is not up to the world to decide who should govern Malaysia, it is up to the Malaysian people.

What the international community does expect is that the contest should be fair. For too long the Malaysian Government and UMNO have relied not on the forces of democracy and persuasion but on the powers of intimidation — the ISA, the sedition laws, the denial of business contracts, spying by the Special Branch, financial "largesse," and propaganda and even outright falsehoods disseminated by government and party controlled media. They too often have ruled by fear. Ten years ago few people dared to speak up. But this time the people are not afraid. They know what is going on in their country, and now they want the right to decide their own future.

After Anwar was sacked from the Government ten years ago, the question was who would replace him. Mahathir had announced that he would be stepping down in the near future, so the new DPM was likely to become Prime Minister. I was having lunch with a newly-arrived High Commissioner from a Commonwealth country. We were speculating who might replace Anwar when I said, "No matter who it is, he will have a hard time. It is always hard to follow a strong, tough leader. Look at Morarji Desai after Indira Gandhi in India, or John Major after Thatcher, or Goh after Lee Kuan Yew."

Since he was newly arrived, I gave him my impressions of Badawi and Najib as potential successors, as I had dealt with both of them. I said that they were not as authoritarian as Mahathir, and they were more "hands off" in their leadership style. Neither of them were men of vision. So we were likely to see a kinder, gentler, but weaker leadership. My colleague told me that he had spent a lot of time in Africa, so don't count on it. Weak leaders are even more likely to rely on the secret police and internal security laws to stay in power, simply because they are weak.

So here we are, 10 years later. Was I right, or was he?

When you look at Badawi's record over the past five years, the verdict of history already seems clear.Race relations are worse than at any point since 1969. The economy is suffering. Corruption and scandals are rampant and even touch the highest offices in the land. The opposition has achieved its greatest electoral victory in history. The BN coalition is breaking apart, and UMNO's unity is shattered. By any measure, history seems ready to record that Abdullah Badawi was a failed leader.

But the Prime Minister still has a chance to turn this around. Tan Sri Ramon has framed Badawi's choice well. Dig your own grave, or turn this into your finest hour. The choice is Badawi's, but the verdict will belong to the Malaysian people – and to history.

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* John Malott, former Ambassador of the United States of America to Malaysia. Since returning to his country some years ago, John continued to take a deep personal interest in political and socio-economic developments of our country. He has many friends in Kuala Lumpur and around ASEAN. It is my privilege to know him, and we do engage in free and frank exchange of views on US-Malaysia relations and other matters of mutual academic interest. The views expressed here are entirely his own.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Anok Kelate

Statement by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
23 September 2008

I write this as a Malaysian, as someone who, over forty seven years of political life, has had the privilege of playing some small part in the formation our country, the building of its institutions, and our achievement of a degree of economic sufficiency. I write out of deep concern about the present state of our country.

In the lives of nations as of individuals, there come moments of profound possibility, when the potential for self-transcendence and for self-destruction are simultaneously present.

As before some critical examination in our youth, we come to the daunting realization that we hold our future in our hands, when how we will fare many years hence, and whether we shall flourish or languish, will depend on how we conduct ourselves now, in this small window of
time.

We are in a political impasse that threatens to metastasize into a Constitutional crisis. Political crises come and go, but the present crisis might well be the beginning of a cascade of failures leading to long-term instability and destruction.

1. Our impasse occurs at a time of heightened economic, political and security challenges. The global economy faces the prospect of a meltdown on a scale last seen in the Great Depression of the last century. As a trading nation, we are strongly exposed to its effects. Meanwhile, while we seem to have slept, the global economy is undergoing an epic transformation that we must either adapt to or are marginalized by.

2. This year's ground-shfiting General Election result signaled a public sentiment that cannot be ignored. Malaysians want fundamental change, and they want it now, whether from within the ruling coalition or from outside it. The Malaysian demographic has changed dramatically over the last fifty years. We have seen the birth of a more sophisticated, demanding electorate that has rightly lost patience with incompetence and dishonesty.

3. The grievances of Sabah and Sarawak, which found only partial expression in the General Elections, remain unaddressed. This risks the very integrity of our Federation.

4. Misunderstandings over race and religion are ripe for political exploitation, with potentially disastrous consequences. Post election promises notwithstanding however, the government now
commands even less confidence than it did post March 8.

The public is in near despair over the prospects for change from within the ruling party. Rather than share the public's sense of urgency, our present office-holders have redoubled efforts to
frustrate renewal, cut off reform, and silence criticism. These efforts only underscore the weakness of the administration and its will to change.

We can no longer deny that in its present form, and under present leadership, the government, led by the party to which I have given my life, is now structurally and inherently incapable of providing the direction and confidence that the country needs, whether over the long or short term. The indications are there for all to see:

1. The government has been unable to respond to the economic crisis with even a basic plan of action. Business confidence has plummeted as capital flees the country. Our economic policy remains as uncoordinated and directionless as it has been in since the beginning of this administration.

2. The recommendations of two Royal Commissions of Inquiry have been ignored or watered down into insignificance.

3. In this context, Umno's constitutional provision for the renewal of its leadership by triennial elections might have been expected to provide some hope of renewal. Instead of embracing this opportunity, however, the leadership of the party has retreated into the fantasy world of a "transition plan" which rides roughshod over the party's constitution and the rights of its members. This risible attempt to treat public office and party trust as a private bequest between two individuals, one of whom wishes to hold office beyond his democratic mandate and the other to ascend without one, and the continuing effort to force feed the country with this notion, fools no one. Instead, and against background of rampant money politics, it kills the public's hope of national renewal via Umno. Behind the babble about a "transition plan" the Prime Minister continues to be subverted by members of his own cabinet and subjected to thinly cloaked power plays to force his resignation.

This resort to a "transition plan" betrays a disturbing failure to grasp the meaning and purpose of public office. In the more mature society into which we aspire to grow, persons who demonstrate and moreover propagate such disregard for constitutional and democratic process would long ago have been disqualified from public life, let alone from national leadership. The news appears not to have sunk in that the public rejects leaders who shun the open light of democratic contest in favour of staged plays and backroom plots.

Given Umno's core role in national politics, this is a dangerous state of affairs. Meanwhile the Opposition has made undeniable gains in the number of parliamentarians it commands. Beyond the hype and inflation, and regardless of whether Pakatan Rakyat now has "the numbers" to
command a majority, what we cannot doubt is that support for the governing majority continues to erode, and that this erosion continues so long as there is no hope of real change in the type of leadership Umno provides. There is now a credible threat that the present government may at some time fall by a vote of no confidence, or by some otherwise constitutionally legitimate demonstration of parliamentary majority. After fifty-one years of rule by a single party, this is not a possibility that is well understood. It is justifiably viewed with trepidation. Neither sheer denial on the one hand, or inflated claims on the other, help the situation.

To all appearances, we are beginning to lose grip of the rule of law. The use of the Internal Security Act and of Sedition Laws to target particular individuals further erodes the credibility of the government. Our actions exacerbate rather than calm the fear that stokes civil and racial strife. In the present context of a leadership struggle within Umno and against a strong Opposition it is impossible to dispel the notion that these extreme measures are calculated to
maintain certain individuals in power rather than to address verifiable threats to national security. Nothing does more to undermine the legitimacy of a government than plainly unjust acts. The ridiculous justifications given for some of these detentions has further undermined public confidence that the awesome powers of state are in safe hands.

We cannot afford to allow these disturbing trends to play out their destructive course while we suffer a de facto leadership vacuum, and while the rule of law is uncertain and the Constitution not upheld.

Against this background I appeal to all parties to come together in humility, beyond party politics, to hold an honest discussion, in the spirit of shared citizenship and with the gravest attitude of common responsibility towards a longsuffering rakyat, about what is happening to our country and how we might agree together on a peaceful way beyond our impasse. We need to come together to find unity and direction out of this dangerous situation. In doing so, we might turn our crisis into an opportunity and renew our unity and sense of direction as Malaysia.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
31 Jalan Langgak Golf
55000 Kuala Lumpur

*Maybe Kelantanese were born to be rebels. This is the only guys in UMNO who i believe can truly reform the party and take it forward. Good luck in the party election Ku Li

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Salam Aidilfitri 2008

Justice For RPK



Petra ditahan 2 tahun di Kamunting
Sep 23, 08 10:36am

Raja Petra Kamaruddin dihantar ke Kem Tahanan Kamunting hari ini untuk menjalani tahanan selama dua tahun bawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA), kata peguamnya.

raja petra and internal security actMenteri Dalam Negeri telah menandatangani perintah tahanannya malam tadi mengikut seksyen 8 akta tersebut, yang membolehkan beliau ditahan tanpa bicara.

Mengikut akta tersebut, perintah tahanan ke atas Raja Petra itu boleh disambung setiap dua tahun.

"Tindakan menteri berkenaan menandatanganinya mengikut seksyen 8 semalam, tidak boleh diterima sama sekali," kata peguam Malik Imtiaz yang mewakili Raja Petra.

Menteri Dalam Negeri mengesahkan pengendali laman web Malaysia Today ditahan selama dua tahun di Taiping.

Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar berkata beliau sendiri menandatangani perintah penahanan Raja Petra untuk tempoh itu, lapor Bernama.

"Semalam, saya telah menandatangani penahanan Raja Petra untuk dua tahun ke Kamunting setelah berpuas hati dengan alasan yang cukup untuk menahannya," beliau dipetik sebagai berkata.

Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur hari ini mendengar permohonan habeas corpus yang difailkan oleh peguam Raja Petra untuk membatalkan penahanan blogger tersebut.

bm version internal security act section 73 bracket 1 and 8 bracket 1 230908Habeas corpus adalah permohonan supaya tahanan di bawah ke mahkamah untuk menentukan sama ada berlaku kecacatan dalam perintah tahanan tersebut, yang menjadikannya tidak sah.

Hakim Suraya Othman meminta peguambela mengemukakan hujah berhubung kes tersebut pada 28 Oktober.

Awal pagi ini, isteri Raja Petra, Marina Abdullah mengesahkan bahawa polis telah memaklumkan kepadanya bahawa perintah tahanan tersebut, telah dikeluarkan oleh menteri berkenaan semalam.

"Polis berkata, suami saya telah dihantar ke Kamunting pagi ini dan beliau akan ditahan di sana selama dua tahun tanpa bicara. Ini adalah berita paling buruk yang saya boleh terima, tetapi kami akan terus berusaha untuk membebaskannya," kata Marina dalam keadaan sebak.

Marina menyifatkannya sebagai satu taktik kotor kerajaan kerana "mereka tahu kami dalam proses untuk mendapatkan pembebasannya di mahkamah, tetapi saya sudah menjangkanya".

Menurut para wartawan yang menunggu di Kamunting, Raja Petra tiba di kem tahanan itu pada jam 11.50 pagi dengan menaiki sebuah van putih yang bercermin gelap.

Bekas menteri turut hadir

Turut hadir di mahkamah pagi ini ialah bekas menteri di jabatan perdana menteri, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim yang duduk di sebelah Marina dalam dewan mahkamah.

raja petra habeas corpus court 230908 03Raja Petra, 58, yang ditahan bersama dua orang lagi minggu lalu, kini ditahan di lokasi yang tidak diketahui.

Dua orang lagi - wartawan kanan Sin Chew Daily, Tan Hoon Cheng, 33, dan exco kerajaan Selangor, Teresa Kok, 43 - telah dibebaskan.

Tan dibebaskan 18 jam selepas dia ditahan, manakala Teresa dibebaskan tujuh hari kemudiannya.

Mengikut peguam J Chandra, Raja Petra ditahan kerana menyiarkan artikel dalam lamanwebnya yang mencemarkan kepimpinan negara dan menghina Islam.

Beliau sebelum ini telahpun dihadapkan ke mahkamah atas tuduhan menghasut dan fitnah selepas mengaitkan Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan isterinya, dengan kes pembunuhan wanita Mongolia, Altantuya Shaariibu.

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*THE EMPIRE STRIKES AGAIN. JUSTICE FOR RPK!

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Man Of Principles

Zaid Ibrahim quits
By SHAILA KOSHY

KUALA LUMPUR: De facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has submitted his resignation letter to the Prime Minister.

However, it is known yet whether Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has accepted Zaid's resignation.

According to sources, the senator tendered his letter of resignation to the Prime Minister's office just before 2pm on Monday.

Zaid could not be reached for confirmation.

The former Kota Baru MP was not fielded to stand in the March 8 general election.

Following the general election, however, Abdullah appointed him a Senator and a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

In announcing his new Cabinet on March 18, Abdullah said that Zaid would be responsible for legal matters and take on the role to reform the judiciary.

It was only last Tuesday that Zaid said he might soon become a full-blown Law Minister with the requisite authority and responsibility to help him effect legal reform.

“In fact, my own position will be reviewed to Minister of Law to give me more authority but that will take time. You can’t have responsibility without authority,” he had said then.

However on Sunday, Zaid broke from rank to say that the use of the Internal Security Act against civilians was wrong, adding that he was prepared to resign over the issue.

Source

*Akhirnya ada jugak orang UMNO yang berpegang kepada prinsip dan bukannya ikut perut. Wish more of them are like Zaid. Syabas Dato'

Sunday, September 14, 2008

He's No Commie!!

Wrong use of ISA: De facto law minister
By IAN McINTYRE

KOTA BARU: The Internal Security Act (ISA) should not be used against civilians, de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said.

The Act should only be used against terrorists or those trying to topple the Government by force, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said at a press conference at his home here on Sunday.

He was commenting on the arrests of three people -- Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kama­rudin and Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng -- under the ISA.

Tan has since been released.

“I will seek a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to have a frank discussion about this issue to seek his views as soon as possible,” he told reporters.

“I know I am breaking rank here ... I am prepared to face the consequences. If I am told to resign, I will do so.

"I am not a trouble maker and I don't want to cause any trouble for the Prime Minister, but I have my principles and will always be a vocal critic of the use of the ISA.

"I joined his administration to make changes and everybody knows, I am also for a more open form of media reporting," he added.

Zaid said it was time for the Federal Government to revert to the original spirit of the ISA, which was enacted to curb Communism and today should be used only on armed terrorists or those out to topple the Government by force.

“I am not calling for a repeal of the ISA, but it should only be use when there is a real threat to national security, such as armed terrorists, and not on civilians,” he said.

He said by using the ISA randomly, the Government was sending out a message that it does not trust the capabilities of its own enforcement agencies, such as the police, in maintaining peace.

There are ample punitive legislations such as the Penal Code, Sedition Act and criminal defamation to take against those who break the law or are involved in activities which may destabilise the Government, without having to invoke the ISA, Zaid said.

He said the use of the ISA also gives the impression of “selective prosecution” as the Government cannot incarcerate everybody.

“In this latest episode, we (the Government) have generated an impression of selective prosecution since no action was taken against the person who allegedly uttered seditious remarks.

“We are saying that we are only acting against those who are disloyal to us.”

“The Government needs to change and Cabinet members need to realise this -- we have to be progressive.”

Asked whether the ISA was likely used because of strained “race relations” which may undermine national stability, Zaid said that while he placed paramount importance on national stability, the role of the Government was to find solutions, not to make matters worse.

“I agree we have many issues and sensitivities to address but for me, racial disharmony is a seasonal thing in Malaysia. We must engage in open dialogues and discussions to resolve these issues,” he said.

On whether the ISA was used because the court process may be too long, Zaid noted that the Government never even attempted to use the court system first -- instead, it simply went ahead with using the ISA first.

“If our court system is too slow, we must ... make it more efficient by hiring more prosecutors, while the police must conduct proper investigation to acquire credible evidence,” he said.

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*Finally ada jugak Minister dari UMNO yang berani bersuara. Tahniah Datuk Zaih. Tapi tunggu lah lepas dia jumpa Pak Lah, tengok lah kalau dia still maintain dengan stand ni.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

UMNO Bodoh Stupid Bagero Nate Bewok... NIAMAH!!!

Sin Chew reporter released
By CHRISTINA CHIN

GEORGE TOWN: Sin Chew Daily News reporter Tan Hoon Cheng has been released. Penang state police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Ayub Yaakub said Tan was sent to her house in Bukit Mertajam at 4.15pm.

She was released Saturday after a one-day detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

On Saturday morning, she was sent to the Bukit Aman Police Headquarters in a black Kia Sorenta vehicle which was escorted by a Proton Waja car.

The journalist, who was arrested under Section 73(1) of the Internal Security Act 1960 at her home in Bukit Mertajam on Friday night, was allowed to see her parents for about 15 minutes Saturday morning.

She told her parents that she was fine and that they need not worry.

Her parents, Tan Booi Siam and Khor Ah Heok, arrived with their son Weng Khian at the headquarters in Penang Road at about 7am.

Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, state PKR chief Datuk Zahrain Mohd Hashim and several state executive councillors arrived soon after.

Also present were the Chinese daily’s management staff.

Only Tan’s father and mother were allowed to see her. They had brought some dumplings for her breakfast.

Khor, who looked calm despite her red, puffy eyes, said she told her 32-year-old daughter that her family, colleagues in the media and society were strongly supporting her.

“I was happy to see her. She told us not to worry and that she had been treated well while under detention.”

Her brother Weng Khian, 35, said his sister was “brave” and that the family would stand by her.

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* Suddenly the stupid gov realized they made a mistake by detaining the jounalist. Shooting the messenger eh? What a stupid move. And they think people will be afraid and keep quiet just because they invoked ISA. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid! What's the point of detaining here under ISA and released her the next day? You stupid government can just call he or remand her or whatever and ask all your stupid questions.

Ops Lalang Part Deux


Sin Chew reporter arrested under the ISA

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 - Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng, the person who first reported on Bukit Bendera MP Ahmad Ismail's racial remarks, was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) tonight.

Tan was picked up from her home in Bukit Mertajam at 8.30 tonight.

Deputy IGP Ismail Omar has confirmed Tan is being detained under ISA. Reporters and activists in Penang are crowding the Penang police contingent headquarters to get details and provide moral support to her.

The arrest tonight comes on the same day as the detention of prominent blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, also under the ISA.
Both arrests followed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi's warning this week that the ISA would be used to calm rising racial tensions in the country.

Three newspapers ~ Suara Keadilan, Sin Chew Daily and The Sun ~ were also issued show cause letters by the Home Ministry today.Racial tensions have been on the rise since Ahmad's controversial comments that the Chinese in Malaysia were squatters, was made during the recent Permatang Pauh by election campaign.

Ahmad's comments and subsequent defiance of his party president Abdullah has also happened amid instability within Umno, with renewed calls for Abdullah to leave office ahead of 2010, the year in which he has promised to hand over power to deputy Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Today's arrests also happened ahead of September 16, the day in which Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says his Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance would topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

Earlier today, Raja Petra was detained under Section 73 (1) of the ISA for being a threat to security, peace and public order.
Under the detention orders, he will be detained for 60 days. The Home Minister can extend the detention order at the end of that period.

Teresa Kok joins ISA list

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 - DAP leader Teresa Kok has been arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA)' tonight, joining Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng and blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin held earlier today.

The Selangor senior executive councillor was arrested some time after Tan was picked up from her home in Bukit Mertajam at 8.30 tonight.

No othee details are available at this point but intelligence sources said more arrests are likely.

Tan was the person who first reported on Bukit Bendera MP Ahmad Ismail's racial remarks, was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) tonight.

Deputy IGP Ismail Omar has confirmed Tan is being detained under ISA. Reporters and activists in Penang are crowding the Penang police contingent headquarters to get details and provide moral support to her.

The arrest tonight comes on the same day as the detention of prominent blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, also under the ISA.

Both arrests followed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi's warning this week that the ISA would be used to calm rising racial tensions in the country.

Three newspapers ~ Suara Keadilan, Sin Chew Daily and The Sun ~ were also issued show cause letters by the Home Ministry today.Racial tensions have been on the rise since Ahmad's controversial comments that the Chinese in Malaysia were squatters, was made during the recent Permatang Pauh by election campaign.

Ahmad's comments and subsequent defiance of his party president Abdullah has also happened amid instability within Umno, with renewed calls for Abdullah to leave office ahead of 2010, the year in which he has promised to hand over power to deputy Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Today's arrests also happened ahead of September 16, the day in which Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says his Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance would topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

Earlier today, Raja Petra was detained under Section 73 (1) of the ISA for being a threat to security and peace of the country

Source 1, Source 2
*Another Ops Lalang in the making. 3 so far, who's next? That racist Ahmad Ismail should' have been the first one to be detained but because his an UMNO fella he got away with just a 3 years suspension from the party. He's the one who started this shit! As usual the government practised double standard when it comes to their own racist kind.

Friday, September 12, 2008

ISA Again

RPK arrested under ISA

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin was arrested Friday afternoon under the Internal Security Act.

Three Malaysian newspapers - Sin Chew Daily, The Sun and Suara Keadilan - were also issued show cause letters by the Home Ministry.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar told The Star Raja Petra was detained under Section 73 (1) of the ISA as he was deemed a threat to security, peace and public order.

He said that under Section 73 (1) Raja Petra would be detained for 60 days.

“The police will do an assessment during this period and if they feel he should be held more than 60 days, the police will then refer to me,” he said.

Syed Hamid also confirmed that Sin Chew Daily, The Sun and Suara Keadilan were issued show cause letters.

"They have been given a week to reply," he added.

Raja Petra's wife Marina Lee Abdullah said the blogger was arrested at 1.10pm at their home in Sg Buloh by a team of 10 police officers.

She told The Star that Raja Petra was taken away from their house by the police about 1.50pm.

"But I don't know where they are taking him," she added.

She said that the police officers also took some tapes and a computer from her room.

PKR Information Chief Tian Chua told The Star before leaving for Taiwan that he was informed of Raja Petra’s arrest by party colleagues.

“RPK’s daughter sent a SMS to say that her father was arrested about 1.10pm (Friday),” he said when contacted before he boarded China Airlines flight CI 0656, which was scheduled to depart KLIA at 2.20pm Friday.

Raja Petra’s arrest comes a day after the Cabinet ordered the Multimedia and Communications Commission (MCMC) to re­instate access to all blocked websites, including the controversial Malaysia Today.

Energy, Water and Com­mu­nications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said on Thursday the order was made because there were other “harsher” laws in the country, under which authorities could take action against the owners of blogs and websites, instead of blocking it.

“The Cabinet has asked the ministry to direct MCMC to reinstate access to any blocked website with immediate effect.

“At the same time, it is asking MCMC to closely cooperate with the police, the Attorney-General’s Office and the Home Minister to monitor any website or blog to ensure that this does not contain seditious, racist or religiously insensitive remarks.

“Instead of blocking access to offensive websites, the Cabinet wants authorities to investigate and act quickly against the owners of these sites,” he said in Putrajaya.

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*ISA again for RPK. Dont worry it wont be long. 16 Sept is less than a week away. Justice for RPK

Mana Hilang Seringgit?

Ada 3 orang member, Anwar, Abdullah dan Najib pegi holiday di Taiwan. Sampai kat tempat holiday diaorang cari la chalet nak duduk kat sana. Sebab Abdullah dgn Najib ni selalu flip-flop buat keputusan, Anwar pun pegi lah tanya tuan punya chalet.

Anwar : Dik berapa sewa chalet ni satu malam?

KJ : Call me KJ. RM30 je bang

Anwar : Boleh lah, kitaorang nak booking untuk satu malam

KJ : Ok jap saya uruskan

Anwar pun pegi la balik jumpa Abdullah dan Najib.

Anwar : Chalet RM30 la. Kita tong-tong la RM10 sorang

Abdullah & Najib : Ok dude

So diaorang pun bayar la sewa chalet tu dan pegi ke chalet yang telah disewa. Lepas diaorang dah blah tu baru KJ tu perasan..

KJ : Alamak hari ni hari Selasa 16 Sept, ada discount RM5 ni. Takpe aku panggil bell boy gi pulang balik duit.

KJ pun panggil bell boy dia.

KJ : Samy, ko tolong kasi ini balance RM5 kat 3 org yg sewa chalet tadi.

Samy : Wokey boss!

Sambil jalan tu Samy terfikir

Samy : Ish itu worang ada 3 worang, macam mana mau bahagi ini duit. Baik aku pau RM2 nanti sinang itu orang mau bahagi-bahagi ini duit

Samy pun pau la dua ringgit.

Sampai di chalet tersebut Samy pun kasi la balik duit kat Najib sebab Anwar dgn Abdullah tgh arm wrestling.

So soalannya. Now Anwar, Abdullah dan Najib end up bayar RM9 sorang untuk chalet tu. selepas discount RM2 Samy dah ambik. So 9 x 3 = 27 + 2 yang samy ambik baru RM29. Bukan tadi diaorang bayar RM30 ke?

MANA HILANG LAGI SERINGGIT??

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Kim Jong il is ill?

North Korea denies Kim is ill

Kim was absent from Tuesday's 60th anniversary celebrations [AFP]

Senior North Korean officials have rejected suggestions that the country's leader, Kim Jong-il, is seriously ill amid mounting international speculation over his health.

Kim has not been seen in public for several weeks and was absent from a key ceremony on Tuesday marking the 60th anniversary of the North Korean state.

His absence has fuelled speculation that the 66-year-old leader is unwell, with senior US officials saying on Tuesday that intelligence reports indicated Kim may have suffered a stroke.

But on Wednesday Japan's Kyodo news agency quoted Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's number two leader, as saying that there was "no problem" with Kim Jong-il.

Kyodo gave no further details although it also quoted Song Il-ho, a senior North Korean diplomat, as saying that any reports Kim was unwell were "not true" and "worthless".

'Conspiracy'

Song, who oversees North Korea's relations with Japan, said such speculation was seen as a "conspiracy plot".

"I believe the aim is to form a public opinion on something that is not true," Kyodo reported him as saying. "Western media have reported falsehood before."

Kim has long been rumoured to suffer from diabetes and heart problems [AFP]
An earlier report by South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted an unnamed South Korean official as saying that Kim appeared to have "collapsed" and was ill, but still alive.

On Wednesday, South Korea's president, Lee Myung-bak, convened an emergency meeting in Seoul with senior aides to discuss the situation.

Tuesday's anniversary celebrations in North Korea had been closely scrutinised for any appearance by the country's reclusive leader following weeks of speculation over his health.

The celebrations included a massive military parade through the centre of Pyongyang – an event usually overseen by Kim, known to North Koreans as the "Dear Leader".

Succession question

Leonid Petrov, a North Korea expert at the Australian National University in Canberra, told Al Jazeera he believed poor health was the most likely explanation

"His health has not been well in recent months," Petrov said, noting that Kim had seemed increasingly unwell during his most recent recorded public appearances.

The question now, he said, was who could take over, whether it might be one of Kim's three sons or a member of the country's powerful armed forces.

Recent rumours, attributed to South Korean diplomats in Beijing, had suggested that Kim may have fallen ill several weeks ago, with a group of Chinese doctors dispatched to Pyongyang to treat him.

The North Korean leader is thought to have suffered for years from diabetes and heart problems.

On Tuesday a US intelligence official said reports indicated that Kim had "suffered a health setback, potentially a stroke".

She said there have been no signs of a change in governing power and that assessing whether Kim was still capable of governing would "call for a lot of speculation".

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*The last of eccentric madman dictator of this world

I Am Immortal


"Being in a rock band is just an excuse not to have a job. We're just trying to postpone mortality just a couple, five minutes, you know?"

-Billy Corgan 1993 -

Netphoria

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Matinya Seorang Patriot

Tan Sri A. Samad Ismail (1925-2008)
Al Fatihah

Monday, September 08, 2008

Once Upon A Time In Malaya





Got the pic from this blog. Hishamudin Hussien and wife once upon a time. It seems like they really like Anchor Beer in those days. Pakaian tahun 80-an gile hahahaha

Open Your Eyes UMNO Youth

Umno Youth questions ‘voices of the people’

KOTA KINABALU: Umno Youth has questioned the “deafening silence” from the Bar Council, NGOs and bloggers over plans by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to woo Barisan Nasional MPs.

Its secretary Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said these groups, which claimed to defend the rights of the people, have remained silent over Anwar’s move to engineer defections, which he described as undemocratic and an act of stealing the mandate of the people.

“Where are the voices of NGOs, Bar Council and bloggers who had voiced loudly the need to protect the rights of people?” he asked here yesterday.

“Why are they not coming out to criticise Anwar and tell him it is morally wrong to grab power? Does their silence mean that they are being used by Anwar?”

Abdul Rahman said he was also surprised at the silence of the United States, which usually trumpeted the importance of democracy in the world.

The Kota Belud MP said the people of Malaysia voted for a two-party system in the last general election.

“Anwar should accept his role as Opposition Leader and carry out his duty of checks and balances,” he said.

“If Sept 16 does occur, it will not be a surprise if Barisan supporters go to the streets to challenge the legitimacy of a government formed through undemocratic means. And all this is because Anwar wants to be Prime Minister.”

In PETALING JAYA, Pasir Salak Umno Youth condemned remarks by former Federal Territory Gerakan chief Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong, asking instead that he apologise to Umno.

Its vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun said Dr Tan’s remarks were uncalled for, provocative and personal in nature.

Dr Tan had, when announcing on Saturday that he was joining Parti Keadilan Rakyat, said Umno was now far removed from its original struggle and had become very proud of showing off material gains.

Khairul Azwan said Dr Tan had no right to criticise the party as he was not from Umno, and added that Dr Tan ought to provide specific evidence to back up his claims.

“We also want him to apologise for accusing Umno of making a rubber stamp of leaders of other component parties. We want him to retract it,” he said.

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*This UMNO fellas really dont learn anyhting. They start threatening people again. Street demo challenging legitimacy of the government? I thought when the opposition have their street demo you guys said it was not our culture bla bla bla. Double standard! The NGO, Bar Council etc are protecting the people from guys like you!! Can't you see it??

Coup D'etat On Sept 16?

It's awful quiet on Anwar's front regarding his Sept 16 plan. As the saying goes, the silence is deafening. Everybody is guessing weather it will happen and a lot of people (and i mean a lot!) wanting it to happen. Even BN is still guessing and have to sent their MP oversea for a suppose 'agriculture trip' to Taiwan and China to ward of the crossover.

I wonder what will happen on Sept 16. Will the BN government collapse and Anwar forming federal government the next day? Will Sept 16 only trigger flow of MP defections and Anwar forming government after Raya? Nobody knows, even some of PR MP is still guessing. What will happen to all the government agencies? Will the police, the AG office, all the DGs in government agencies stay loyal to BN government or the new government since most of them are political appointees?

One way or another it will be Coup de grĂ¢ce for BN and Sept 16 will finished off BN for good.