Sunday, August 31, 2008

Ramadhan Al-Mubarak

Selamat menyambut Ramadhan dan menjalankan ibadah puasa kepada seluruh umat Islam. Semoga Ramadhan ini memberikan berkat kepada semua.

Waktu Berbuka dan Imsak Seluruh Malaysia

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Merdeka

Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan Semenanjung Tanah Melayu yang ke 51 dan Malaysia ke 45.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Budget 2009

Wonder where Nazri Aziz (MC old boy Class of '71) got the Koleq sampin that he wore today. Can see Koleq crest from 1km away. I want one hehehe

Intipati bajet 2009 'kerajaan prihatin'

Aug 29, 08 4:22pm

Berikut adalah intipati Bajet 2009 yang dibentangkan oleh Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, di Dewan Rakyat hari ini.

Jumlah bajet
  • Bajet 2009 sebanyak RM207.9 bilion - naik 5.1 peratus dari tahun lalu. Dari jumlah itu RM154.2 bilion bagi peruntukan mengurus manakala RM53.7 bilion bagi peruntukan pembangunan.

  • budget 2009 290808 04Peruntukan pengurusan - RM86.3 bilion atau 56.6 peratus (pemberian dan kenaan bayaran tetap); RM38 bilion (emolumen), RM26.5 bilion (perkhidmatan dan bekalan), RM2.4 bilion (pembelian aset) dan RM1 bilion (perbelanjaan lain).

  • Peruntukan pembangunan - RM27.8 bilion (sektor ekonomi - pertanian, perindustrian, perindustrian dan infrastruktur), RM17.8 bilion (sektor sosial - pendidikan, kesihatan dan perumahan), RM4.1 bilion (sektor keselamatan), RM2.1 bilion (pentadbiran) dan RM2 bilion (simpanan luar jangka).

  • Bajet 2009 menumpukan kepada langkah-langkah yang akan memastikan kesejahteraan yang telah dibina selama ini terus terjamin dan untuk itu adalah penting diperkukuhkan daya tahan ekonomi supaya negara berupaya menangani kesan persekitaraan luar yang semakin sukar.

  • Bertemakan Kerajaan Prihatin, Bajet 2009 tertumpu kepada tiga strategi khusus iaitu, menjamin kesejahteraan rakyat, membangun modal insan berkualiti dan memperkukuh daya tahan negara.

  • Kerajaan akan melaksanakan pelbagai langkah bertujuan meringankan beban kos sara hidup, terutamanya ke atas golongan berpendapatan rendah dan yang kurang bernasib baik.
Jaringan keselamatan sosial
  • Kerajaan telah menaikkan tahap kelayakan pendapatan isi rumah bagi pemberian bantuan kebajikan di bawah Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat. Kelayakan pendapatan isi rumah kini ditingkatkan daripada RM400 sebulan kepada RM720 sebulan untuk semenanjung, RM830 sebulan untuk Sarawak dan RM960 untuk Sabah.

  • Menghargai jasa pesara, dan bagi membantu pesara berpendapatan rendah yang menghadapi kesukaran untuk menampung sara hidup harian, pesara kerajaan yang telah berkhidmat sekurang-kurangnya 25 tahun akan menerima pencen tidak kurang daripada RM720 sebulan mulai 1 Januari 2009.

  • Kerajaan akan menubuhkan satu tabung khas berjumlah RM25 juta bagi menyalurkan pemberian kewangan kepada keluarga yang hilang punca punca pendapatan secara mengejut seperti akibat kemalangan.

  • Memandangkan tanggungjawab besar ibu pelihara di Rumah Tunas Harapan, kerajaan telah menaikkan jumlah Elaun Ibu Pelihara daripada RM600 kepada RM1,000 sebulan. Kenaikan ini berkuatkuasa mulai 1 September 2008.
Membasmi kemiskinan
  • Kadar kemiskinan dikurangkan dari 5.7 peratus pada 2004 kepada 3.6 peratus pada tahun 2007.

  • Kerajaan telah menyediakan RM50 juta dibawah Program Bantuan Rumah untuk membina 1,400 rumah baru dan membaikpulih 1,000 buat rumah.

  • Usaha akan terus diambil untuk meningkatkan pendapatan dan kualiti hidup rakyat di Sabah dan Sarawak, terutamanya untuk mempertingkatkan kemudahan asas, seperti bekalan elektrik, air dan jalan luar bandar. Untuk ini, RM580 juta disediakan bagi Sabah dan Rm420 juta untuk Sarawak.
Kecuali bil elektrik RM20
  • Isi rumah yang membayar bil elektrik RM20 dan ke bawah sebulan tidak perlu menbayar bil elektrik berkuatkuasa 1 Oktober 2008 sehingga akhir 2009.

  • Pertumbuhan Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) Malaysia ialah 6.3 peratus bagi suku kedua 2008, menjadikan pertumbuhan setengah tahun pertama tahun ini pada tahap 6.7 peratus.
Cukai pendapatan
  • Rebat cukai pendapatan dinaikkan dari RM350 kepada RM400 bagi pendapatan bercukai RM35,000. Ekoran itu 100,000 pembayar cukai dari golongan berpendapatan rendah, tidak lagi dikenakan cukai.
Barangan pengguna
  • Duti import atas beberapa barangan pengguna - pengisar makanan, periuk nasi, ketuhar gelombang mikro dan cerek elektrik - dikurangkan dari antara 10 hingga 60 peratus kepada 5 hingga 30 peratus.
Cukai jalan
  • Cukai jalan bagi kenderaan penumpang bersendirian berenjin diesel milik individu dan syarikat, dikurangkan mengikut kadar cukai jalan kenderaan berenjin petrol, mulai 1 September 2008.
Orang Kurang Upaya (OKU)
  • Memberi elaun RM150 sebulan kepada Orang Kurang Upaya (OKU).

  • Murid OKU di sekolah pendidikan khas akan ditambah dari RM50 kepada RM150.

  • Bayaran insentif RM200 sebulan untuk pembantu guru di sekolah pendidikan khas.
Kakitangan kerajaan
  • Bayaran bonus sebulan gaji bagi 2008 atau minimum RM1,000 dalam dua bayaran pada September dan Disember ini.

  • Tempoh pinjaman perumahan dilanjutkan dari 25 tahun kepada 30 tahun bagi pinjaman baru

  • Kemudahan pinjaman perumahan bagi kerja ubahsuai rumah yang tidak dibeli melalui pinjaman perumahan kerajaan

  • Buka panel insurans pinjaman perumahan kerajaan kepada semua syarikat insurans yang layak. Pada masa ini ia terhad kepada lima syarikat sahaja.

  • Kelayakan pendapatan isirumah untuk mendapat subsidi yuran Taska bulanan RM180, dinaikkan dari RM2,000 kepada RM3,000 mulai 1 Januari 2009.

  • Kemudahan tambang pergi-balik percuma sekali dalam tempoh dua tahun untuk mengunjungi wilayah asal iaitu antara Semenanjung dan Sabah serta Sarawak ditambah daripada sekali bagi setiap dua tahun, kepada setiap tahun mulai 1 Januari 2009.
Pembangunan Koridor Pertumbuhan
  • Iskandar Malaysia - Peruntukan tambahan RM300 juta di bawah Dana Pelaburan Strategik disediakan bagi melaksanakan projek perkongsian sektor awam dan swasta, seperti pengangkutan, perkhidmatan kesihatan, pendidikan dan industri kreatif.
Pelancongan
  • Kerajaan sedia peruntukan RM50 juta untuk kerja pemuliharaan di Pulau Pinang dan Melaka, yang akan dikendalikan oleh badan bukan kerajaan dan sektor swasta.

  • Pelaburan baru oleh pengusaha hotel bertaraf empat dan lima bintang di Sabah dan Sarawak dikecualikan cukai pendapatan 100 peratus atau elaun cukai pelaburan 100 peratus bagi tempoh lima tahun.

  • Syarikat modal teroka yang melabur sekurang-kurangnya 30 peratus dalam bentuk permulaan dan pembiayaan peringkat awal.
Pasukan Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM)
  • Peruntukan RM5.4 bilion untuk tingkatkan keupayaan PDRM - RM4.8 bilion bagi belanja mengurus dan RM600 juta belanja pembangunan.

  • Peruntukan RM200 juta bagi pembinaan ibupejabat, balai dan pondok polis di seluruh negara.

  • Semua premis perniagaan yang memasang alat kawalan keselamatan di beri Elaun Modal Dipercepatkan yang boleh dituntut sepenuhnya dalam tempoh satu tahun.
Pengangkutan
  • K'jaan sedia kemudahan pinjaman mudah melalui dana pengangkutan awam RM3 bilion di bawah Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad untuk biayai perolehan aset bas dan rel

  • Pengurangan 50 peratus bayarn tol bagi semua bas, kecuali di pintu masuk sempadan iaitu Tambak Johor, Link Kedua dan Bukit Kayu Hitam untuk tempoh du atahun mulai 15 September 2008.

  • Kecekapan pengangkutan awam ditingkatkan melalui perbelanjaan RM35 bilion dari 2009 hingga 2014.
Kesihatan
  • Duti eksais spesifik ke atas rokok dinaikkan sebanyak 3 peratus sebarang - dari 15 sen kepada 18 sen.

  • Dengan ini, cukai untuk sekotak rokok 20 batang kini meningkat sebanyak 60 sen.

  • Kadar bayaran insentif pakar perubatan akan dinaikkan untuk 3,800 pegawai dengan perbelanjaan tambahan RM26 juta.

  • Kadar bayaran insentif pasukan perubatan udara di Sabah dan Sarawak dinaikkan.

  • Bagi pembantu perubatan, kadar bayaran dinaikkan dari RM20 kepada RM30 satu penerbangan pergi balik.

  • Bagi jururawat pula, dari RM15 kepada RM30 satu penerbangan pergi balik.

  • Pengecualian cukai bagi perubatan radisional seperti akupuntur dan ayuvedic.
Nelayan dan petani
  • Peruntukan RM300 juta, yang mana RM180 juta adalah untuk menampung sara hidup nelayan dan pemilik bot perikanan manakala RM120 juta sebagai insentif tangkapan ikan.

  • Elauan pelaburan semula sebanyak 60 peratus bagi tempoh 15 tahun bagi pelaburan tambahan bagi penternak ayam dan itik.

  • Peruntukan RM475 juta bagi bantuan input pertanian, baja dan racun perosak bagi membantu pesawah.

  • Pemansuhan duti import bagi baja dan racun perosak.
Source

*A populist budget from Pak Lah. Goodies all around especially for those in Sabah and Sarawak. Obviously an attempt by The government to appease the people of Sabah and Sawarak and hoping that by giving all those things no MP will crossover to Pakatan Rakyat.

They've Lost A Battle And Starting Another War

Cyberspace crackdown begins

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 — The crackdown against bloggers has started.

A day after The Malaysian Insider reported that the government was going to come down hard on owners of blogs and news portals, all 21 Internet service providers (ISPs) in the country blocked the Malaysia Today website.

The Star reported that the ISPs were acting under a directive of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

The notices were sent out on Tuesday in accordance with Section 263 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.

“This means that MCMC is allowed to block any particular website which has committed acts that contravene the local laws of the country, for example, sedition,” a source told the newspaper.

This move is going to put the government in the firing line. Critics are going to argue that the MCMC’s action contravenes Section 3 of the Act which prohibits any censorship of the Internet.

Also, when the government launched the Multimedia Super Corridor, it promised not to allow any censorship of the Internet.

The Malaysian Insider reported on Tuesday that the need to rein in bloggers was discussed at a high-level meeting involving ministers and senior government officials last week.

The consensus among the government officials was that if nothing was done to counter the gush of accusations and allegations against Barisan Nasional leaders, the ruling coalition will face the real prospect of losing the next general elections.

According to their reasoning, some 400,000 new voters are registered every year. With next general election scheduled for 2013, BN will face two million new voters the next time it seeks a mandate from the Malaysian public.

The bulk of the new voters are in their 20s and their No. 1 source of information is likely to be the Internet. Their opinions about the country and its leaders are going to be shaped by what they read on new websites and blogs.

It is understood that an MCMC official at the meeting pointed out that the authorities had adopted a light touch approach because they were mindful of the government’s guarantee of not censoring the Internet.

But ministers and senior civil servants challenged this view, noting that action can be taken for offences under the Sedition Act and defamation.

That the Malaysia Today website was targeted is not surprising given the running battle between its owner, Raja Petra Kamarudin, and several prominent personalities, including Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and his wife.

Raja Petra has alleged repeatedly that Najib and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were involved in the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, a charge which the DPM and his wife have vehemently denied.

Supporters of Najib have been pushing for tougher action to be taken against Raja Petra and his ilk, arguing that the same rules which bind the mainstream media should be applied on the alternative media.

This view is catching on in a government which is at a loss on how to counter the influence of blogs and websites.

*Source

How to access MT taken from Zorro Unmasked

We are aware that most of you could not get into Malaysia Today. The Government has asked all ISP to block MT.

Arctic Turban one of my regular visitors volunteers this:

For those connected to TM and/or Celcom 2 ways to overcome their blocks :

a. TM uses a simple IP block. To access http://www.malaysia-today.net
change the DNS lookup to OpenDNS.

Those using XP :

* click Start -> Connect To
* Right Click network connection you are using.
* Select Properties
* Click on Network Tab
* Highlight “Internet Protocol”
* Click on Properties at bottom right


* Click “Use the Following DNS server addresses

Preferred DNS Server : 208.67.222.222
Alternate DNS server : 208.67.220.220

Click OK all the way. close connection and start again. If you
type http://www.malaysia-today.net you will arrive at the site.

b. change URL to

mt.harapanmalaysia.com/2008

I hope TMNet don’t block OpenDNS. TMNet’s own DNS server sucks.

AINON@besut contributes: Site is accessible via IP address http://202.75.62.114/2008/ and web address http://mt.harapanmalaysia.com/2008/

*A blatant violation of our own Internet Bills of Rights which among others guarantee no internet censorship in Malaysia. They still don't get it, it's not because of bloggers that BN lost. It's because people are sick with UMNO's racial politics and politics of fear. Hope 16 Sept is not just a dream. We need to topple this government sooner rather than later before Malaysia become a full fledge Police State.

He's Back

Anwar’s back in Parliament
By Shannon Teoh

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim ended his 10-year absence from Parliament when he was sworn in at 10.05am by Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia in the Dewan Rakyat.

He can now drop the "de facto" prefix from his position as opposition leader as Pandikar Amin confirmed the endorsement by Pakatan Rakyat of his leadership immediately after the swearing-in.

"According to Standing Order 4A(3), I wish to inform that from the feedback I have received, I am satisfied that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, MP for Permatang Pauh, has received unanimous support from opposition members to be appointed opposition leader," the speaker told the House to the loud table-thumping by opposition MPs which had soundtracked the entire swearing-in ceremony.

In asking the first question during the Q&A session, the BN's Sepanggar MP Datuk Eric Enchin Majimbun first congratulated "the honourable Permatang Pauh" and this was echoed by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

"I would like to congratulate him on his return to Parliament and also his appointment as opposition leader," he said before answering the question.

Immediately after, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang stood up to ask a supplementary question but prefixed it by proclaiming that the Permatang Pauh by-election was a "second political tsunami" after the March 8 general election and added that "the government will be sunk like the Titanic".

Dressed all in black, including his songkok, as is required for the swearing in of an MP, Anwar later told the press that "everyone wanted me to take an oath, so it's done", a double entendre alluding to earlier calls for him to swear on the Quran to counter sodomy allegations reiterated in a similar oath taken by his accuser Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Saying that he was glad to be back after a decade of "being denied of my rights, although it's been good that Azizah has been holding the fort as MP for Permatang Pauh and opposition leader," referring to his wife and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

"I feel I am vindicated after all these personal attacks just to deny me — at all cost, Anwar must not be allowed to return to Parliament. But the people of Permatang Pauh are wise enough to want to see me in Parliament. All their machination, the might of those in authority, the massive power and billions of dollars cannot alter the minds of Malaysians," he stated.

He also commented on fresh calls for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign, saying that it is up to Umno but "clearly the PM has lost the mandate and the Deputy Prime Minister who spearheaded the campaign has been rejected outright. It's not just them but the entire Umno and their cronies who have amassed billions from the people".

On the other hand, Anwar was evasive about his much-publicised plans to take over the federal government by Sept 16, merely saying it was on track and that details would be dealt with in due time.

"I can assure you, in our stated policy, when Umno is the opposition, they will be given more right than when we were," was his only reference to Sept 16.

Asked about the fact that the "live" broadcast of Parliament today had only begun after his swearing in, he replied: "That's normal for these nasty machinations of the BN government. Even after I have won, they are still in a state of denial. They use their henchmen in the media, RTM and TV3 for example, not just to broadcast malicious and scurrilous attacks but to deny even what is standard procedure.

"Doesn't this sound stupid?" he added.

Nazri, however, insisted that the government had only ever agreed to broadcast the Q&A session and not specifically proceedings from 10am.

Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek echoed this, saying that "We begin the telecast every day from the first question. Even when we swore in 216 MPs we didn't have a live telecast, what more for one person?"

Tomorrow, he wil take his place opposite the man he seeks to depose, Finance and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, for the tabling of the 2009 Budget.

"To me it's about policies," he said of meeting Abdullah in the Dewan Rakyat. "It is nothing personal. I can meet them and be very civil. It's the Umno leadership that has been dirty and personal. We did not bring up any issue about their candidate in the by-election. Shouldn't they feel shameful?"

Anwar left the press conference to be shown his new office as opposition leader by his predecessor, wife and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail but returned to the Dewan Rakyat at 11.55am.

Anwar's first statement in the House was to interject during the debate on the controversial DNA Identification Bill, said by the opposition to be targeted at him.

"The one whose credibility is in question is our corrupt leaders. This government's desire to push the Bill quickly shows they are greedy and disrespectful to the Speaker and the House. They have not given members time to scrutinise the Bill and exercise their responsibility. The government's approval of the Bill only proves they are corrupt as it has been opposed by all experts in the related fields. The government and Cabinet are afraid of people power."

*Source

P44 Permatang Pauh By-Election Result


KEPUTUSAN PILIHANRAYA KECIL PARLIMEN PERMATANG PAUH (P44):

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (KeADILan): 31,195 undi
Hanafi Mamat (AKIM): 92 undi
Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah (BN): 15,524 undi

Jumlah mengundi: 47,258
Peratus keluar mengundi: 81 peratus
Undi rosak: 447 undi
Majoriti: 15,671 undi

*Tahniah Dato' Sri dan tahniah pengundi Permatang Pauh kerana tidak terpedaya dgn tektik kotor BN.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

9:1 Ratio


UTK, Komando 69 kawal Permatang Pauh
Aug 22, 08 6:24pm
Penambahan bilangan anggota Unit Tindakan Khas (UTK) dan Komando 69 ke kawasan pilihanraya kecil Parlimen Permatang Pauh bukan kerana keadaan di sana "panas" dan bahaya tetapi untuk memastikan keselamatan pemimpin dan pengundi menjelang pilihanraya itu Selasa ini.

"Ia hanya untuk langkah berjaga-jaga bagi mengawal keadaan supaya pengundi dapat menjalankan tanggungjawab mereka dengan baik.

"Apabila sesuatu perkara yang melibatkan pemimpin, pemantauan yang lebih rapi dari segi keselamatan adalah amat diperlukan," kata Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Bukit Aman, Datuk Bakri Zinin kepada Bernama.

Polis dilaporkan akan meningkatkan kekuatan pasukannya kepada 6,000 anggota menjelang hujung minggu ini termasuk mengerahkan UTK dan Komando 69 ke Permatang Pauh.

Bakri berkata orang ramai tidak perlu bimbang dengan perkembangan tersebut.

"Ia bukan perkara luar biasa apabila anggota UTK dan Komando ditempatkan untuk sesuatu pilihanraya.

"Komando bukanlah kita gerakkan ke hulu dan ke hilir sesuka hati, jika kita ada waran baru kita gunakan.

"Jadi orang ramai tidak perlu rasa takut kerana ia bagi memastikan keselamatan adalah terjamin," katanya.

Source

*Wah 6000 anggota? Pengundi Permatang Pauh dalam 54 ribu maknanya seorang polis tu ditugaskan untuk mengawal 9 org pengundi. Hmmm terlebih sgt kot. Apa pengundi Permatang Pauh ganas sangat ke sampai nak kena jaga begitu sekali?

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Other Guy


Hanafi has big plans should he win the by-election.
By Adib Zalkapli

SEBERANG JAYA, Aug 22 — Hanafi Mamat. That name will be on the ballot paper for the Permatang Pauh by-election this Aug 26.

He is among the trio of names in a historic by-election that is seen as a walk in a park for opposition icon Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to win and enter Parliament just days shy of a decade of being sacked on corruption and sodomy charges.

Just a week ago, Hanafi was a virtual unknown that even the police had barred him from entering the nomination centre, doubting the authenticity of his identification card issued by the Election Commission.

After much persuasion, he was let in.

When the returning officer announced the list of candidates for the Permatang Pauh by-election, the turbaned and robed Hanafi walked up the stage alone unlike the BN’s Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah and Anwar, who were escorted by dozens of supporters.

A week after nomination, there is still no sign of the three-cornered fight that Hanafi caused with his entry, as his Akim party workers have yet to put up their posters.

But the Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim) president, who split from Pas to set up his party, exuded confidence at his tiny operations centre near Bukit Tengah here.

He was flanked by four national Akim leaders, all unknowns on the political stage from a party that has never won an election, as he spoke of his plans for Permatang Pauh and Malaysia.

Financial prudence seemed uppermost on his mind as Hanafi disclosed he would only spend RM20,000 for the campaign and he was printing posters and other campaign materials in his home state Kelantan as it was cheaper than in Penang.

“It is even cheaper in Thailand, but it was not possible for us to go there,” he added.

The Kelantan factor is strong in his campaign as some 200 of his reportedly 20,000 supporters nationwide, mostly from Kelantan, are campaigning in Permatang Pauh while saving money by staying mostly in relatives’ homes and mosques.

Hanafi, who left Permatang Pauh after the nomination and returned yesterday, expressed confidence in creating an impact in the by-election but hesitated to predict the outcome.

“So far, I think we have managed to attract 35 per cent of the BN voters and 35 per cent from the PKRside,” the soft-spoken Hanafi told The Malaysian Insider in his thick Kelantan dialect

Like Anwar, Permatang Pauh appears to be Hanafi’s stepping stone to bigger things as he spoke about his campaign and view of Malaysian issues.

“I am here to promote national unity. PKR and BN cannot solve the problems. Only Akim can work towards solving the problems as we are not divisive,” he said, continuing the theme when expressing concern with the drifting economy.

“We need leaders who are interested to bring prosperity to the country. I don’t want the country to be in a situation where one side is bringing development to the country while the other is trying to bring the country down.”

But most importantly for Hanafi is spiritual development.

“Other parties just talk about physical development. We are also here to promote spiritual development as well as human capital development.”

He expressed concern about Anwar’s plans to take over Putrajaya. “If the cross over happens the country will be in turmoil. But I personally believe that he will not make it,” he said.

Speaking about Putrajaya, Hanafi said he was not ambitious but was willing to take over if MPs support him.

“If I am forced to definitely I will accept it, although I am not too keen to be the Prime Minister,” he said.

“But should I get elected to represent Permatang Pauh, I will negotiate with other MPs not for positions, but to bring prosperity and unity to this country,” he added.

“Even if Akim is able to, we are not interested to govern the country all by ourselves. We need cooperation from other parties and most importantly the people.”

Most importantly, he promised to move to Permatang Pauh, if elected.

“I will be here to serve the people better. I will let my children to take care of my business in Kelantan,” said Hanafi, who claims to be a property agent.

Source

*Good luck kepada Encik Hanafi. Semoga tak hilang deposit pilihanraya.

Crack In BN?


Soi Lek: Umno-MCA ties like master-servant
By Shannon Teoh

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 - In a bold declaration that is sure to raise more than eyebrows, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek described the current relationship between Umno and MCA as akin to that of a master and servant.

The former MCA vice-president wrote this as part of a three-point reform agenda he insisted is "crucial" on his blog two days ago.

"Chinese cannot accept Malay supremacy, only Malay leadership," he told The Malaysian Insider today.

In the blog post, he stated that in the Barisan Nasional alliance "every component partner should have equal rights, only then can MCA deliver the Chinese vote and stay competitive in the new political landscape."
The political veteran said Malays need not fear as the position of Malay rights and language and Islam are firmly entrenched as well as protected in the Federal Constitution.

"Why should Malays be so worried when they represent 60% of voters?" The former Health Minister added that it was not a matter of whether Umno could accept a new arrangement but that it was a political reality.

"I don't think Umno politicians are unreasonable. I have worked with them before and they are pragmatic enough to see the need for change to survive. If not support from non-Malays will keep going downhill," he explained.

Dr Chua, who had resigned from all political positions after admitting he was the man in a sex DVD, pointed out that "as a multiracial coalition, mixed constituencies should be a stronghold for BN but in the March 8 elections, we lost 30 of 43 such constituencies. If BN claims to be multiracial then this should be its strength, not its Achilles heel."

When asked which MCA leader could lead MCA to such reforms, Dr Chua only indicated that Datuk Ong Tee Keat, the only candidate to declare his intentions to run for the party presidency in the October elections would not be capable.

"He is always regarded as a vocal leader but if it is a controversial issue, he tries to avoid it. During the keris incident, where was he?"

Chua commented, referring to Umno youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein's repeated brandishing of the Malay dagger during Umno general assembly meetings.

Asked specifically if he himself could do it, he refused to answer directly, saying only that "at least I would dare to articulate these concerns."

Dr Chua has been campaigning openly to make a political comeback at the MCA polls but has stopped short of declaring his candidacy for a specific post. However, it is widely accepted that he will run for president and a constant war of words between Dr Chua and Ong has given more weight to this speculation.

Source

*Finally a senior member (although disgraced) of BN dare to speak the obvious. Everybody knows that every other BN component party was treated badly by UMNO. They juat kow towing to UMNO leaders eventhough they neglect their own community.

It's good than someone from MCA finally dare to voice this out.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Projek Hantu?

Projek tidak wujud, dua Exco dianiaya - MB Perak
Alhusseyn dan Johari Jaafar
Thu | Aug 21, 08 | 11:18:10 am MYT

IPOH, 21 Ogos (Hrkh) - Menteri Besar Perak, Dato' Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin menafikan kewujudan projek perumahan bernilai RM180 juta di Seri Iskandar yang didakwa menjadi punca penahanan dua Exco Kerajaan Negeri dan enam yang lain oleh Badan Pencegah Rasuah (BPR).

Sehubungan itu, beliau menegaskan keyakinan bahawa mereka yang terbabit kemungkinan dianiayai.

"Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat menafikan ada meluluskan mana-mana projek perumahan bernilai RM180 juta di Seri Iskandar; projek tersebut tidak wujud, jadi mustahil kedua-dua Exco boleh membantu meluluskan projek itu," katanya dalam satu sidang media di sini, semalam.

"Kami yakin kedua-dua Exco dan rakan-rakannya telah dianiaya; Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat tidak tergugat dan akan terus tadbir dan urus negeri seperti biasa," katanya.

Nizar bagaimanapun menyerahkan kepada BPR untuk melakukan siasatan dan keputusan kes tersebut akan ditentukan melalui proses undang-undang.

Beliau juga berjanji akan mengeluarkan satu kenyataan rasmi berhubung isu itu.

Di masa yang sama, Nizar mengumumkan keputusan Pakatan Rakyat Perak untuk membentuk panel peguam untuk membantu pembelaan dua Exco terbabit.

Dua Exco Perak yang ditahan reman BPR bagi membantu siasatan semalam ialah Exco Pelancongan, Pembangunan Insan dan Badan Bukan Kerajaan (NGO) yang juga Adun Changkat Jering, Kepten (B) Osman Mohd Jailu dan Exco Pembangunan Usahawan, Koperasi, Pertanian dan Perdagangan, yang juga Adun Behrang, Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi.

Selain dua exco kerajaan negeri itu, yang lainnya ialah seorang ahli Majlis Daerah Perak Tengah, seorang juruteknik Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNP) dan dua orang peniaga.

Seorang lagi yang didakwa terlibat ialah bekas Adun Bota, Kepten (B) Usaili Alias.

Difahamkan, dua ahli exco yang ditahan itu, tidak terbabit dalam rasuah seks.

Dalam kenyataannya kepada Malaysiakini, Pengerusi DAP Perak yang juga ahli exco kanan kerajaan negeri, Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham menyifatkan penahanan dua pemimpin Pakatan itu sebagai satu tindakan BN untuk melemahkan kerajaan negeri.

"Ini hanyalah satu percubaan untuk melemahkam Pakatan di Perak, dan satu percubaan untuk menyumbat mereka ke penjara," kata Ngeh, ketika ditemui Malaysiakini di lobi Parlimen, semalam.

Ngeh berkata, perkhidmatan kedua-dua ahli exco itu tidak akan digantung sepanjang penyiasatan dijalankan oleh BPR, sambil menegaskan bahawa mereka telah dianiaya.

"Kami mengesyaki yang mereka telah dianiaya. Jadi, bagaimana perkhidmatan mereka hendak digantung?" tegasnya.

Beliau juga menyentuh tentang 'tindakan pantas" BPR bertindak dalam kes-kes yang membabitkan wakil rakyat Pakatan.

"Apa yang paling mengecewa dalam hal ini, ialah mengapa BPR bertindak pantas sekali dalam mengambil tindakan terhadap kita, sedangkan kita juga telah membuat banyak laporan terhadap BN tentang perbuatan rasuah mereka?" soalnya.

Ngeh, yang juga ahli Parlimen Beruas, mempertahankan pemimpin Pakatan, sambil berkata mereka telah diingatkan supaya jangan terbabit dalam rasuah sebelulm kerajaan negeri ditubuhkan dahulu.

"Kita mahu mengisytiharkan bahawa kita telah memberi penekanan terhadap ketelusan dan penubuhan sebuah kerajaan yang bebas rasuah, sebelum kita menubuhkan kerajaan negeri," tambahnya. - tajdid _

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*So Kerajaan Perak dah keluarkan statement takde pun projek tu. So kalau takde projek macam mana nak bribe untuk luluskan? found this interesting piece "What I’ve heard is that the two PKR exco’s was framed. Apparently, Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu (PKR-Changkat Jering) met a guy in a restaurant and the guy carried with him a suitcase. Suddenly, after two minutes of meeting, the BPR came and arrested them. He didn’t know that the bag carried by the man he was meeting contained money.

But BPR prefers to call this as something “caught in the act”.

Aparrently, both Osman and Jamaluddin had already refused offers up to RM30millions before. What is a RM100k to them? Later in this article I will explain why the offer is so ridiculous."

Read here

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Kata Dulang Paku Serpih



'Seks & duit': 2 exco Perak dicekup BPR
Aug 20, 08 12:19pm

Badan Pencegah Rasuah (BPR) menahan enam orang, termasuk dua exco kerajaan Perak, kerana disyaki terlibat dalam perbuatan rasuah berkaitan satu projek perumahan di Seri Iskandar, Perak.

perak exco aca arrest 200808 mohd osman mohd jailuKedua-duanya adalah Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu (PKR-Changkat Jering) (kanan) - exco pelancongan, modal insan dan NGO - dan Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (PKR-Behrang) - exco pembangunan usahawan, pertanian dan perdagangan.

Lima daripada mereka ditahan jam 6 petang semalam. Mereka berusia antara 45 hingga 57 tahun.

perak exco aca arrest 200808 jamaluddin mohd radziManakala Jamaluddin (fot, kanan sekali) ditahan pada jam 10.30 pagi ketika dia menyerah diri kepada BPR. Dia diteman peguamnya.

Tiga suspek termasuk anggota exco itu ditahan sejurus mereka menerima suapan berjumlah lebih RM100,000 sebagai balasan untuk mempercepatkan proses permohonan projek perumahan bernilai RM180 juta.

Menurut kenyataan BPR, mereka juga disyaki terlibat dengan rasuah seks.

Selain dua exco kerajaan negeri itu, yang lainnya ialah seorang ahli Majlis Daerah Perak Tengah, seorang juruteknik Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNP) dan dua orang peniaga.

Difahamkan, dua ahli exco yang ditahan itu, tidak terbabit dalam rasuah seks.

Sementara itu, mereka dibawa ke Mahkamah Sesyen Ipoh pagi ini untuk ditahan reman.

Seorang daripada mereka dipercayai bekas ahli dewan undangan negeri (Adun) PKR.

Kesemua mereka menutup muka ketika dibawa ke mahkamah.

Manakala Ketua Pengarah BPR, Ahmad Said Hamdan mengesahkan penahanan enam termasuk dua ahli Exco negeri Perak berhubung rasuah kewangan dan skandal seks.

Difahamkan lima daripada mereka ditahan reman selama tiga hari untuk membantu siasatan. Mereka belum lagi didakwa di mahkamah.

Manakala Jamaluddin, yang ditahan untuk disoalsiasat, dijangka dibawa ke mahkamah esok. Sebelum ini, BPR telah memintanya menyerah diri selepas penahanan lima orang lagi pada jam 6 petang semalam.

majoriti di PerakSementara itu, Menteri Besar Perak, Datuk Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin memberitahu pemberitahu bahawa mereka yang ditahan itu tidak bersalah sehinggalah dibuktikan di mahkamah.

Insiden tersebut dijangka menjejaskan kedudukan kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat yang hanya mempunyai kelebihan majoriti tiga kerusi.

'Dakwa dianiaya'

Mengulas mengenainya, Pengerusi DAP Perak yang juga ahli exco kanan kerajaan negeri, Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham menyifatkan penahanan dua pemimpin Pakatan itu sebagai satu tindakan Barisan Nasional untuk melemahkan kerajaan negeri.

"Ini hanyalah satu percubaan untuk melemahkam Pakatan di Perak, dan satu percubaan untuk menyumbat mereka ke penjara," kata Ngeh, ketika ditemui di lobi Parlimen hari ini.

Ngeh berkata, perkhidmatan kedua-dua ahli exco itu tidak akan digantung sepanjang penyiasatan dijalankan oleh BPR, sambil menegaskan bahawa mereka telah dianiaya.

"Kami mengesyaki yang mereka telah dianiaya. Jadi, bagaimana perkhidmatan mereka hendak digantung?" tegasnya.

Beliau juga menyentuh tentang 'tindakan pantas" BPR bertindak dalam kes-kes yang membabitkan wakil rakyat Pakatan.

"Apa yang paling mengecewa dalam hal ini, ialah mengapa BPR bertindak pantas sekali dalam mengambil tindakan terhadap kita, sedangkan kita juga telah membuat banyak laporan terhadap BN tentang perbuatan rasuah mereka?" soalnya.

Ngeh, yang juga ahli Parlimen Beruas, mempertahankan pemimpin Pakatan, sambil berkata mereka telah diingatkan supaya jangan terbabit dalam rasuah sebelulm kerajaan negeri ditubuhkan dahulu.

"Kita mahu mengisytiharkan bahawa kita telah memberi penekanan terhadap ketelusan dan penubuhan sebuah kerajaan yang bebas rasuah, sebelum kita menubuhkan kerajaan negeri," tambahnya.

Bagaimanapun, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Nazri Aziz pula berkata: "Apa yang baru? Mereka telah bercakap mengenainya sepanjang masa. Kita hanya perlu tunggu BPR menyiapkan siasatan mereka tanpa sebarang campurtangan."

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*Baru pegang kuasa tak sampai setahun dah berjinak-jinak ambik rasuah. Dah kantoi cakap ada niat jahat dari Federal Government. Yang korang bodoh gi ambik rasuah at the first place tu sapa suruh? Federal Government memang tunggu je korang ni buat silap. Pas tu dah silap kena highlight la. Sebelum ada power kata orang tu kata orang ni. Dah dapat power gelap mata. Tak leh tahan dengan temptation.

Pirates Of Somalia


Pirates seize Malaysian tanker off Somalia's coast

KUALA LUMPUR: Armed pirates seized a Malaysian tanker with more than 20 crew in the Gulf of Eden off the coast of Somalia, a global maritime watchdog said Wednesday.

Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting centre here told AP that they picked up a distress signal late Tuesday and immediately notified Western naval ships patrolling the area.

An international terrorism task force dispatched a warship to intercept the tanker, which was heading toward Somalia territorial waters, he said.

"We have had no communication with the vessel so far. The distress call was relayed through another ship but the tanker has been confirmed seized by pirates,'' he said.

Choong said the Malaysian tanker was carrying palm oil from Indonesia to Europe when it was attacked but it was unclear when the raid took place.

He said once the ship entered Somali waters, pirates were likely to demand ransom for the release of the vessel and the crew. Choong declined to give further details, citing concern for the crew's security.

Somalia is the world's biggest piracy hotspot, with 24 reported attacks in the first half of this year.

The impoverished country has not had a functioning government since 1991 and foreign vessels are frequently seized for ransom by pirates armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers and automatic weapons, making it difficult and expensive to deliver aid.

In June, the UN Security Council voted to allow international warships to enter Somali waters to combat the problem.

But its 3,025km coastline - the longest in Africa -remains virtually unpoliced.

Ships have been urged to stay more than 200 nautical miles from the Somali coast, Choong said. - AP

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Salah Tektik Ni Dato' Sri

Original image taken from Flickr

Anwar: Name my ‘cronies’


BUTTERWORTH: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has challenged his detractors to name the people who allegedly benefited from his position when he was deputy prime minister and finance minister.

“There was no such thing. If you know of the people who benefited, you should identify them. Do not just make claims,” he said.

The PKR leader, who is contesting the Permatang Pauh by-election, was asked to comment on his involvement in bumiputra policies when he was in the Federal Government and the award of projects without tenders.

Speaking to reporters during a break from his morning campaign yesterday, Anwar said bumiputra youths did not have any problem embracing a multiracial philosophy.

He said the recent issue with Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s proposal to allocate a 10% quota for non-bumiputras in UiTM was a ploy by Umno leaders to make PKR look bad and anti-Malay.
Friendly reception: Seberang Jaya residents welcoming Anwar and his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail during their visit to the Seberang Jaya Food Court in Penang yesterday

“(Tun) Dr Mahathir Mohamad gave the same proposal in 2002. What Umno is doing is manipulating Khalid’s statement,” he said, adding that he did not think Umno could sustain the racial line.

“It is time for the Malays to take the step (towards a multiracial philosophy), but it will not be easy initially,” he said, adding that he himself was amazed how well Malay youths had responded to him championing for the interests of other races.

Declaring he is a leader of all races, Anwar said his main objective was to bring prosperity to all Malaysians.

“Yes, I am an agent for the Malays as well as the Indians and Chinese,” he said yesterday, while hitting out at Barisan leaders for allegedly portraying him as anti-Malay.

He stressed that he would never betray the Malays or sacrifice Islam to achieve his plan of leading Pakatan Rakyat to take over the Federal Government.

He claimed that Barisan Nasional leaders had been using the racial line in their campaign rounds to sway Malay voters away from him in the by-election.

“Playing on the racial line is a very dangerous game. The people are not that stupid now compared to years ago. Umno is a sinking ship and its leaders are holding on to it to stay in power,” he said.

On contesting against his former protege Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah, Anwar said he had nothing personal against the man and that he was a good friend.

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*Apasal la Anwar boleh keluar statement macam tu. I guess the pressure of this by-election is taking its toll on him. Maybe he uttered these words when he is really tired and can't think straight. Anyway untuk aku bila dia cakap macam ni silap lah. Confirm BN boleh guna isu ni untuk jadi bullet untuk by-election ni. Semua orang tau Anwar ada kroni-kroni. In fact all politicians have their own cronies. Anytime je BN boleh produce list company mana yang dpt contract dan project masa Anwar jadi DPM. And of course dalam list tu akan ramai budak-budak koleq yang memang benefit sepanjang Anwar in power. This is a political mistake to say that he doesn't even have a crony. A small blunder to the well oiled PKR election machinery. Pada aku isu ni still tak memberikan kesan pada by-election ni sebab sekarang ni pegundi kat Permatang Pauh dah set dah siapa yang diaorang nak undi minggu depan. Apa pun memang orang nak tolak BN. Anwar will surely win this by-election, it's just a matter by how big is the majority.

KJ A Crossdresser?


Found this pic at Rocky's Bru blog. Hahahaha old pic come back to haunt you eh KJ. Give them some money or contract la so that they will shut up.

Merdeka!






Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt


No to 'too sexy' Avril Lavigne

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — Malaysia today cancelled a concert by Canadian rock singer Avril Lavigne, saying it may taint the Muslim-majority country's Independence day celebrations after the Islamic opposition slammed her show as being "too sexy."

The Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministry said it had decided not to permit Lavigne's show because it was unsuitable to Malaysian culture and could not be held on Aug. 29, two days ahead of Merdeka.

"It is not timely. It's not in the good spirit of our National Day. If we go ahead with the concert, it is contrary to what we are preparing for," said Shukran Ibrahim, a senior official from the culture ministry's department that vets all foreign artistes.

The decision came after the youth wing of a fundamentalist opposition party, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (Pas), called for the show's cancellation.

Kamarulzaman Mohamed, a party youth official, said yesterday that Lavigne's show was "considered too sexy for us" and would promote the wrong values just before Merdeka.

"We don't want our people, our teenagers, influenced by their performance. We want clean artistes, artistes that are good role models," he said.

Lavigne, who became famous with her 2002 debut album "Let's Go," had planned to launch her monthlong Asia tour in Kuala Lumpur.

The show's promoter, Galaxy Group, can request a new date for the concert, which will be considered by the ministry, Shukran said. Galaxy officials couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

Galaxy began advertising the Grammy-nominated rock singer's concert this month even though it had yet to obtain a government permit, which is mandatory for all foreign music shows. It said yesterday about half the concert tickets had been sold.

Last year, R&B singer Beyonce moved her show from Malaysia to Indonesia, and Christina Aguilera skipped the country on an Asian tour after a controversy erupted over a dress code for foreign artistes.

Malaysia requires all performers to wear clothes without obscene or drug-related images and be covered from the chest to the knees. They must also refrain from jumping, shouting, hugging and kissing on stage.

Still, members of Pas and other conservative Muslims often protest against Western and even Malaysian music shows that they deem to be inappropriate.

The local organiser of a Pussycat Dolls concert in 2006 was fined RM10,000) after the US girl group was accused of flouting decency regulations. — AP

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*Aku tak faham betul la diaorang in. Ntah part mana yang sexynya. Maybe diaorang yang tak leh handle nafsu kot tgk awek cun nyanyi kat stage. News ni AP yang published, meaning newspapers around the world will syndicate the news and publish it. Another step backwards for Malaysia image around the world. They must've think that we're living in oppressive Islamic regime.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Mari Mengeja

Baru tgk YouTube pasal liputan Malaysiakini di sekitar Permatang Pauh pada hari pencalonan. Aku tertarik dgn banner dari Pemuda UMNO Kota Raja ni. Melayu Ditindas, Mana Keadillan!!!

Allo brader, kalau ye pun jgn la menindas bahasa melayu. Eja keadillan tu salah, keadilan la patutnya, ada pulak dua L. Cikgu mana ngajar ni?. Bodoh betul. Mungkin kalau dia tulis keadilan nanti orang parti Keadilan jawab, Ye kitaorang ada kat sini! kot.

Patut la UMNO teruk ahli pun tak reti mengeja. Nak membela Melayu konon, bahasa sendiri pun tak dibelanya. Kepada Ketua Pemuda UMNO Kota Raja sila lah hantar ahli-ahli anda ke kelas mengeja di tadika KEMAS

Elven Cloak


A scanning electron microscope image shows a prism made of a new metamaterial—a fishnet array of silver and magnesium fluoride that can bend visible light the "wrong" way in three dimensions.

Such materials are early steps in developing an invisibility cloak that would cause light to "flow" around an object like water around a boulder.

Invisibility-Cloak Materials Bend Light "Backward"
Brian Handwerk
for National Geographic News
August 12, 2008

Invisibility cloaks may be a bit closer to reality, researchers say, thanks to the development of two new materials that are the first to bend visible light the "wrong" way in three dimensions.

The so-called metamaterials are artificial composites designed to manipulate light in ways that natural materials can't—in these cases by refracting it backward.

If their cloaking capabilities are fully realized, metamaterials could make an object invisible by bending light waves so that they curve around the object and then reconnect, seemingly unaltered, on the other side—similar to the way water flows around a boulder.

"Of course cloaking captures everybody's attention, but these papers aren't [just] about cloaking," said Xiang Zhang, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and head of the research teams publishing related papers in two different journals this week.

"[The studies] are about the ability to engineer these material properties that never exist in nature. With that ability one can do many things, and cloaking is only one of them."

Such materials could also boost the power of microchips and antennas and allow the creation of "superlenses" that could image objects smaller than the wavelength of light, the study authors report.

Negative Refraction One new metamaterial, described in Science, is a microscopic arrangement of silver wires—each about 20 times thinner than a human hair—embedded in aluminum oxide.

The other metamaterial, detailed online in Nature, is a layer cake of alternating nanoscale strips of silver and magnesium fluoride that were cut into a fishnet pattern.

Both materials exhibit negative refraction—bending visible light in a different direction than expected in nature.

A pencil sticking out a glass of water, for example, normally appears slightly bent at the point where it meets the water's surface but is still seen submerged. With negative refraction, the pencil would appear to stick back out of the water.

Previous metamaterials have been able to achieve a cloaking effect only in two dimensions in larger microwave wavelengths that are not visible to humans.

In addition to having 3-D negative refraction for a broader visible light spectrum, the new advances help overcome the sticky problem of energy loss.

Previous metamaterials actually absorbed most of the light, rather than bending it away, reducing the "invisible" properties. The new materials were designed to keep energy away from the most absorbent materials.

"It's like when you try to cross a river and keep your feet dry. You may jump across stones and cross without getting your feet wet," study leader Zhang said.

"That's exactly what we did. We tried to engineer these materials such that energy passing through is hopping through [other materials] and not the metal—because in the metal you have a big energy loss."

Scaling Up

David Schurig, a physicist and metamaterial expert at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, called the types of materials discussed by both papers "probably the most exciting metamaterials in existence today."

"Even in their current state, or maybe a few generations [later], they could have applications in optical communications or imaging," added Schurig, who was not involved with the research.

But, he noted, efforts to cloak anything above microscopic size are likely quite a ways off.

"You want to cloak things that are big, otherwise they are already essentially invisible, because they are [microscopic]," Schurig said.

"To cloak a person, you need metamaterial that's on that length scale, and that's much, much bigger than what [these papers] have demonstrated."

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*Hari tu macam 'Minority Reports' ni dah macam 'Lord Of The Rings' pulak. Memang movie banyak menyumbang ke arah kemajuan teknologi. Tengah tunggu teleportation technology bila boleh perfectkan. Lepas tu semua orang dah tak payah pakai kereta. So minyak dah obsolete. Dah takde dah gaduh-gaduh pasal harga minyak naik lah turun lah. Environment pun safe sikit takde polution.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Olympic Day 9 - Dream Ends




Badminton - Olympic Gold dream ends...

Chong Wei obliterated by perfect Lin Dan in gold medal match.

Lin Dan (CHN) bt Lee Chong Wei - 21-12, 21-8

Cycling Men's Sprint

Mohd Azizulhasni Awang qualified for Qtr-Final tomorrow

Petisyen Kepada KeBawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong Berkenaan Pemulihan Badan Kehakiman

Most Influential Person In History

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Olympic Day 8 - He Could Go Faster (New 100 meter World Record 9.69s)



Bolt Is World’s Fastest — by a Mile

BEIJING — Usain Bolt celebrated his coronation as the world’s fastest man 20 meters early, throwing out his arms and thumping his chest. But he still obliterated the world record in the 100 meters Saturday night, turning his Olympic gold medal performance into a show of astounding talent.

Bolt could have run far faster than his 9.69 seconds had he run through the finish line, but he sliced 0.03 off his world record anyway. In the end, it was all about Bolt putting on a show for a crowd that has roared for him every time he steps on the track.

When Bolt was introduced at the start of the final, he struck a pose for the camera and smiled mischievously. He did not disappoint once the gun went off. He started strong and sailed away from the field with astonishing ease.

“I came out to make myself proud, and I did just that,” Bolt said. Of his celebration, he added: “It wasn’t planned. I wasn’t celebrating; I was excited.”

In Bolt’s wake, Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago grabbed the silver, and Walter Dix of the United States took the bronze.

“It was good to be part of history,” Thompson said. “It is great for him and great for me to be right behind him. I don’t think anyone was going to compete with him when he runs like that.”

Asafa Powell, the former world-record holder who Jamaicans hoped would grace the medal podium along with Bolt, faded at the end and came in fifth, another finish far below his expectations. He did not win a medal in the 2004 Olympics, or at last year’s world championships when he held the world record.

“I was very shocked I didn’t get a medal,” Powell said. “I really wanted to medal. If I would have gotten second, I would have been happy.”

Powell said he was happy for Bolt, his fellow Jamaican.

“He’s the best,” Powell said. “There’s no stopping him. He could have been faster.”

Tyson Gay of the United States, the defending world champion in the 100 and 200, did not advance out of the semifinals, finishing fifth in his heat, 0.02 behind another American, Darvis Patton. Though Gay said his injured hamstring felt fine, he clearly seemed to struggle from having missed six weeks of training.

Gay was injured trying to qualify for the 200 in the United States Olympic trials and had not raced since.

“I don’t really have any excuses; I just didn’t make it,” Gay said.

“I’m pretty upset,” he said. “When I get back to the village it’s probably going to set in.”

Gay’s absence took one of the biggest stars out of the final, but that hardly dimmed the excitement.

Bolt had heightened the anticipation with his spectacular march through preliminary races. In the first round, he got off to a terrible start — his usual weakness — but easily caught up and slowed to a jog late in the race. He ran a 9.92 in the second round while looking around for the last half of the race.

He looked equally dominant in the semifinals and pulled ahead at 60 meters after a decent start. From there, he dialed back his effort again, looking around as he crossed the finish line in 9.85 seconds.

In the final, Bolt was clear of everyone by 50 meters, and with 20 meters to go, he threw his arms wide, looked around and even thumped his chest. As he sailed across the finish line, his nearest competitors were two strides behind him.

“I didn’t know I was going to run so fast,” Bolt said. “But I came out to be a champion, and I was.”

Thompson ran a strong race from start to finish, and Dix closed strong. It was the first final in a major international race for Thompson, who reached only the quarterfinals in the world championships in 2007.

Dix just finished his eligibility at Florida State, where he won the N.C.A.A. meet in the 200 meters and was fourth in the 100, when he ran a 10.22. His 9.91 in this race topped his personal best of 9.95 at the Olympic trials. He finished second to Gay in that race and won the 200 after Gay was injured.

Bolt will also attempt the double in the 200, the race he used to run exclusively until he began the 100 last year.

Patton, who finished eighth, said everyone was overwhelmed by Bolt.

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*What a privilege to watch the best 100 meter race ever (6 runners dipped below 10 secs). Just to watch the arrogance of Usain Bolt while finishing about 2-3 meters ahead of his nearest rival was worth it. He slowed it down about 5 meters from finished and obviously he could go faster. It is not impossible for him to run 100 meters in 9.5 secs. What a run, what a race, a worthy winner of Olympic blue ribbon event.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Wanna Read My Mind?


Military wants to study mind-reading

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Here's a mind-bending idea: The U.S. military is paying scientists to study ways to read people's thoughts.

The hope is that the research could someday lead to a gadget capable of translating the thoughts of soldiers who suffered brain injuries in combat or even stroke patients in hospitals. But the research also raises concerns that such mind-reading technology could be used to interrogate the enemy.

Armed with a $4 million grant from the Army, scientists are studying brain signals to try to decipher what a person is thinking and to whom the person wants to direct the message.

The project is a collaboration among researchers at the University of California, Irvine; Carnegie Mellon University; and the University of Maryland.

The scientists use brain wave-reading technology known as electroencephalography, or EEG, which measures the brain's electrical activity through electrodes placed on the scalp.

It works like this: Volunteers wear an electrode cap and are asked to think of a word chosen by the researchers, who then analyze the brain activity.

In the future, scientists hope to develop thought-recognition software that would allow a computer to speak or type out a person's thought.

"To have a person think in a free manner and then figure out what that is, we're years away from that," said lead researcher Michael D'Zmura, who heads UC Irvine's cognitive sciences department.

D'Zmura said such a system would require extensive training by people trying to send a message and dismisses the notion that thoughts can be forced out.

"This will never be used in a way without somebody's real, active cooperation," he said.

John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Virginia-based defense research firm, said the technology is still too nascent to be of practical use for the military.

"They're still in the proof of principle stage," Pike said.

A message left with the Army was not immediately returned Friday

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*We are steadily going towards the world envision by Spielberg in 'Minority Report'. In the future human won't be allowed think anymore. What a world to live in eh...

P44 Permatang Pauh - Nomination Day






Permatang Pauh: It's a three-way fight

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Permatang Pauh by-election campaign kicked off in earnest with four candidates submitting their papers at the nomination centre here on Saturday morning, although one later pulled out.

At 11.45am, returning officer Roslan Yahaya announced there were three candidates contesting the seat: PKR adviser and de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Seberang Jaya MP Datuk Shah Omar Shah and Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim) president Hanafi Hamat.

An independent candidate Dr Mansor Othman, former Penang PKR leader, had also submitted his nomination but later withdrew, losing his RM15,000 deposit in the process.

Anwar Ibrahim submitted his form at about 9.15am, while Arif Shah submitted his about 15 minutes earlier.

Dr Mansor said his nomination was a strategic move by Pakatan in the event Anwar had been disqualified.

Arif Shah, who arrived at the nomination centre at 8.42am, was accompanied by Barisan Nasional leaders Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein, MCA vice-president Datuk Ong Tee Keat, Wanita MCA chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and others.

Also accompanying him were Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, who is also Penang BN chairman, Wanita Umno vice-head Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil and Umno information head Tan Sri Muhammad Muhamad Taib.

Anwar was accompanied by his wife, PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail, and three of their children.

Also with him were Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, PAS vice-president Husam Musa, DAP chairman Karpal Singh and other party leaders.

PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who is reportedly unwell, was also on hand to lend his moral support.

Akim is a PAS splinter party set up in 1995 that claims to have about 10,000 members nationwide. It contested and lost in the Pasir Puteh and Kota Baharu parliamentary constituencies in the 1999 general election.

Over 10,000 Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat supporters accompanied their candidates to the nomination centre at the Tuanku Bainun Teaching Institute in Mengkuang here.

Supporters carrying flags and banners started converging on the place as early as 6am and were allowed into the field near Dewan Aminuddin Baki, the venue for submission of nominations, at 8.15am.

Pakatan supporters were the first to be allowed in, according to Bernama. They assembled in an area reserved for them, shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) and "hidup Anwar" (long live Anwar) and waving banners and symbols of their respective parties.

BN supporters were allowed in at 8.30am together with Arif Shah.

Over 40 policemen in riot gear kept watch over them.

While their candidates filed their nomination papers, Barisan supporters sang patriotic songs while Pakatan's side sang “Allah Selamatkan Anwar, Allah Selamatkan Rakyat Malaysia” (God save Anwar, God save the people of Malaysia) to the Happy Birthday tune. Things got even merrier with Pakatan's lion and Bangra dances.

Many supporters however began to disperse at about 12.30pm when a heavy rainstorm broke.

The Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat was made vacant on July 31 when Dr Wan Azizah resigned as Member of Parliament to make way for Anwar to contest.

Polling day is on Aug 26.

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Huge support for Anwar's poll bid

Up to 30,000 people gathered to support Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's de facto opposition leader, as he launched his bid to return to parliament, in defiance of sodomy allegations made against him by a young male aide.

"I am touched by the support. This is an overwhelming support," Anwar said as he arrived at the nomination centre in the Permatang Pauh constituency on Saturday.

Supporters shouted Anwar's battle cry of "Reformasi" or "Reform", and waved party flags, facing off against 5,000 government supporters, trading taunts and insults.

Anwar said at a rally on Friday night that the sodomy allegations were part of a government conspiracy to prevent him from ousting the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, after March elections handed the opposition alliance a third of parliamentary seats.

"They are afraid of me being an MP and going on to become the opposition leader in parliament," he said.

He was formally charged earlier this month, just after his wife vacated the Permatang Pauh constituency - which she has held since he went to jail - to allow him to return to parliament after a decade-long absence.

Anwar accuser

However, Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, Anwar's accuser who is a 23-year-old former volunteer in the opposition leader's office, visited a mosque on Friday to swear he was telling the truth and challenged Anwar to do the same.

He also said that he was sodomised against his will, although when Anwar was formally accused in court the charge indicated the alleged sex act was consensual.

Anwar was sacked as deputy premier amid previous sodomy allegations [Reuters]

Anwar was deputy premier until he was sacked in 1998 and convicted on sodomy and corruption counts. The sodomy conviction was later overturned.

Sodomy is a serious offence in Malaysia, a conservative and predominantly Muslim nation, and carries a penalty of 20 years imprisonment.

Anwar, representing his Keadilan party, is running against Arif Shah Omar Shah, a veteran member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which leads the the ruling National Front coalition, in the August 26 poll.

"I have known the people here and they know what to expect from me if I am elected. I am after all a two-term assemblyman and I have been doing my work since way back," Arif said.

"I know Anwar well. We have been friends and I look forward to taking him on."

In a racial breakdown that broadly mirrors the national population, more than two-thirds of voters in Permatang Pauh are Muslim Malays, alongside Chinese who make up 26 per cent and Indians at six per cent.

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P44 Permatang Pauh



Good Luck Dato' Sri

Friday, August 15, 2008

So Now What?






Saiful: Saya tidak rela diliwat
Aug 15, 08 6:58pm
kemaskini 7:35pm Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan mendakwa beliau diliwat secara paksa oleh penasihat PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim di kondominium mewah di Damansara.

Dakwaan itu diumumkan di sidang media di sebuah hotel di Kuala Lumpur selepas mengangkat sumpah mengikut syariat Islam untuk membuktikan kebenaran dakwaan dirinya diliwat di Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan, Jalan Duta pada jam 6.30 petang tadi.

Majlis itu disaksikan beberapa pegawai masjid berkenaan dan ahli keluarga Mohd Saiful serta pegawai dari Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (Jawi).

Antara yang hadir ialah Pengarah Jawi, Datuk Che Mat Che Ali.

Mohd Saiful mengangkat sumpah di Dewan Solat Utama dengan menghadap kiblat dan mengucap dua kalimah syahadah.

"Saya Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan dengan nama Allah saya bersumpah saya telah diliwat oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pada 26 Jun 2008 dan pada hari tersebut Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah memasukkan zakarnya ke dalam dubur saya.

"Jika saya berdusta dengan perkara ini, saya berdusta dengan Allah SWT dan akan dilaknat oleh Allah SWT sehingga hari kiamat."

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*How convenient esok hari penamaan calon hari ni la mamat ni nak sumpah. So now dah sumpah dah kira tak salah? Cam mana nak tau sumpah dia betul ke tak? Asal sumpah terus boleh lepas ke? Ni mana punya undang-undang ni. Mamt ni dah hilang credibility lama dah. Lagi nak kecoh-kecoh. Aku memang doakan si Saiful di dilaknat Allah.

Olympic Day 7

Chong Wei vs Lin Dan singles final

BEIJING: Lee Chong Wei has secured at least a silver medal for Malaysia in the Beijing Olympics.

The national one shuttler and second seed for the men's singles event here defeated South Korean Lee Hyun-il 21-18, 13-21, 21-13 in the semi-finals Friday at the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium.

Chong Wei will now take on top seeded Lin Dan from China in the final Sunday.

The Chinese player beat his compatriot Chen Jin 21-12, 21-18 in the other last four men's singles clash.

By booking his place in the final, which will be played on Sunday, the 26-year-old Penangite now stands to pocket at least RM300,000 as an incentive from the Govvernment.

If he manages to win Malaysia's first ever Olympic gold, Chong Wei will pocket a whopping RM1mil.

Malaysia has won a total of three Olympic medals thus far - one silver and two bronze medals - which were all delivered by shuttlers.

Before the last four clash here, the record between Chong Wei and Lee was even for this year.

Chong Wei beat Lee in the Malaysian Open final in three games.

When they next clashed in the Korean Open, Lee whipped Chong Wei in the second round and went on to beat world number one Lin Dan in a three-game thriller for the title.

Chong Wei is the only Malaysian shuttler still in the fray in Bejing. The other Malaysians all failed to shine.

Veterans Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah lost in the men's doubles first round to second ranked Koreans Lee Jae-jin-Hwang Ji-man.

Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong lost in the last eight to Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia.

Wong Mew Choo lost in the quater-finals of the women's singles event 7-21, 27-29 to China's Lu Lan.

Wong Choon Hann lost to Taiwan's Hsieh Yu-hsing 17-21,18-21 in the third round of the men's singles event.

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Archer Cheng outshoots Olympic record holder

In a nail-biting shoot-off at the Beijing Olympics, Malaysia's Cheng Chu Sian struck bull's eye to upset Olympic record holder Lee Chang Hwan to enter the men's individual quarter-final Friday.

Both were tied 105-105 after the regular 12 arrows.

In the shoot-off, both scored a nine with the first arrow and in the second, Lee, shot first and again struck a nine.

Cheng saw his chance. He stepped up and, displaying nerves of steel, hit the centre of the board for the second time in the third-round bout.

The arena erupted into applause while the large crowd of Korean fans, who had come to cheer on the experienced Lee, were left in despair.

"I told myself that I must do my best to make up for the team event. I went to sleep early last night," said the 22-year-old, who is from Penang.

"I have beaten him before but I cannot recall when. Lee has also lost to Wan Khalmizam (Abd Aziz) before and possibly because of this, he is under a lot of pressure when he faces opposition from Malaysia," Cheng added.

Cheng will meet Bair Badenov of Russia at 4.13pm Friday. The Russian advanced by ousting Jay Lyon of Canada 115-110.

This the best achievement yet by a Malaysian archer in Olympic history.

Lee, who was in the South Korean gold winning team in the Beijing Olympics, scored an Olympic record of 117 only two days ago in the first round.

Cheng was one point behind after the second arrow but his consistency prevailed to a 52-50 lead midway as the Korean dropped back with a dismal seven in the third arrow. After nine arrows, both were level at 78-78. Cheng was one behind again after the 10th arrow but he recovered with a perfect 10 in the 11th arrow to make it 96-96 going into the final arrow, where both shot a nine to tie 105-105 to force the shoot-off.

Cheng, who is the highest ranked Malaysian in the world standing at number 13, had fared the worst during the team quarter-finals in teaming up with Wan Khalmizam Abd Aziz and Muhd Marbawi Sulaiman.

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Badminton - 6.30 pm Semi Final : Lee Chong Wei vs Lee Hyunil
Cycling - 4.30 pm Men's Team Sprint Qualifying : Starting Field - Malaysia, USA, Poland, Czech, Greece, China, Japan, Australia, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, France, Netherlands

*Congrats to Chong Wei. Hope he will bring home the first gold medal ever for Malaysia. He's assured to win at least a silver medal in which he will pocket RM 300,000 as promised by the government.

Good Luck Chong Wei

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cities Of Light - The Rise And Fall Of Islamic Spain



"Well lounge beneath the pomegranates,
palm trees, apple trees,
Under every lovely, leafy thing,
and walk among the vines,
Enjoy the splendid faces we will see,
In a lofty palace, built of noble stone"

- Ibn Gabirol, 11th century -

Contradict Himself Again

Image taken from Mob's Crib

This is what he said today


'Anwar should be given copy of police report'
By V.P. SUJATA

PUTRAJAYA: Lawyers of PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who is charged with sodomy should be provided with a copy of the police report lodged by his accuser, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

He said Anwar's lawyers would need to read the police report by Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan to prepare their defence in the trial.

"Under the law, he (Anwar) is entitled to the police report to prepare for his defence. By right it should be given to him," he said, adding that it was the right thing to do, as there was already a charge preferred against Anwar.

He added that it was not necessary to give copies of the investigation papers to his lawyers.

Syed Hamid, however, said he did not know if Saiful's police report had been given to Anwar's lawyers or why it has not been given to them.

"The Ministry of Home Affairs does not interfere in police investigation and the prosecution of cases," he said, adding that the question should be posed to the Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department chief.

Source

Well he used to say this

Investigations will not be dropped, says Syed Hamid
By : Marc Lourdes

KUALA LUMPUR: Investigations into Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan's sodomy allegations against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will not be dropped.
"He has not been charged yet. What are we supposed to drop? This is not a media court," said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

He was commenting on Anwar's call that the sodomy investigations be dropped after a medical report from Hospital Pusrawi surfaced on Monday, stating that Mohd Saiful needed to be re-examined at a government hospital "to rule out" sodomy.

It was revealed that on June 28, the day Mohd Saiful lodged the police report alleging that he had been sodomised by Anwar, he had visited two hospitals.

He went to Hospital Pusrawi where he was checked by Dr Mohamed Osman Abdul Hamid.
Mohd Saiful was referred to a government hospital after the doctor learnt that he planned to lodge a police report.

The full medical report from Hospital Pusrawi was published in two online news portals on Monday, following which, Anwar demanded that the case against him be dropped.

Syed Hamid, however, said investigations had to be completed and the investigation papers handed to the prosecutor before a decision was made whether or not to charge Anwar.

"Evidence is a chain. It is not one single piece upon which you make your decision.

"Why doesn't he (Anwar) go to the police and cooperate?" asked Syed Hamid, referring to Anwar's refusal to give his blood sample for DNA tests.

"If there is a charge, it will be in the court of law. This is due process," said Syed Hamid at a press conference held after delivering the keynote address at the International Conference on the Representation of Islam and Muslims in the Media.

Asked if police had deliberately concealed the report, Syed Hamid countered by asking if there was any country in the world where evidence in an investigation was given to the media before the case went to court.

"How can you ask about something that has not even gone to court yet?

"It should be in perspective. Let the police conduct the investigations and let the Attorney-General's Chambers decide if there is a case.

"If there is, the defence has the right to rebut whatever evidence is brought by the prosecutor."

Syed Hamid also brushed off suggestions that the leaked medical report had increased public support for Anwar and intensified speculation that the case was an attempt to frame the former deputy prime minister.

"I personally feel it would be irrational of the government to create a case of this nature, at this time, against such a person.

"It is an investigation and if there is a complainant, regardless of whether he is a famous person or an ordinary man, his complaint has to be investigated."

He also denied allegations that police were dragging their feet over investigations and said they could not be blamed for being cautious, considering the case involved a prominent person.

Syed Hamid added that Anwar was looking at the political dimensions of the case instead of its legal aspects.

"He is playing to the gallery. He wants to take the first step as it would make us look as if we are in the wrong," he said.

On the leaked medical report, Syed Hamid said the medical fraternity had to take action.

"Otherwise patients will not trust doctors. This is dangerous," the home minister added.

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*Ni lah dia dulu kata tak boleh la ambik report tu pasal tak habis investigate lagi. Sekarang kata patut kasi pulak. Kenapa masa mintak dulu tak kasi? Sebab sekarang dah habis amend dah report tu? Satu lagi projek bahalol kerajaan Barisan Nasional