Friday, 27 November 2009
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 — The nation’s mismanagement of talent could have serious repercussions not only on its ambitions to become a high income economy on par with that of developed nations but could also lead it to fall further behind even its counterparts in the region.
Head of research at Corston-Smith Asset Management, Lim Tze Cheng, recently did a tour of South East Asian countries and came away sufficiently impressed that he feels Malaysia may soon be found lagging behind its neighbours that it was once ahead of.
He cited a recent visit to the Philippines, a current major supplier of maids, where he visited a company, International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) and he drew comparisons to local port champions Westport and Port of Tanjung Pelepas.
He said that ICTS now draws 50 per cent of its revenue from eight profitable ports outside the Philippines, and noted that no Malaysian port company can boast of similar achievements.
“I give it a 70 per cent chance that Malaysia will be exporting maids in 20 years. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens unless we get our act together,” he said.
Lim says that the issues plaguing Malaysia includes its “problematic” education system and distressingly low ability to retain talent.
“Whoever manages to excel in our education system will be courted by Singapore,” he points out.
Lim is not the only one who is worried about Malaysia’s talent issues and there has been warnings from other parties as well including the World Bank and the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF).
MEF executive director Haji Shamsuddin Bardan says that Malaysia is currently a net exporter of talent with outflows exceeding inflows.
According to Haji Shamsuddin, Malaysia has only about 38,000 expatriates as compared with seventy to eighty thousand in the 1990s even while some 785,000 Malaysians are working abroad, two out of three of which are professionals.
“Our ability to attract expatriates is quite challenged,” he said.
If Malaysia falls further behind our neighbours in the next twenty years, it wil be a case of history repeating itself.
Lim points out that Malaysia in the 1970’s was once economically on par with Korea.
“Electronics will be dominated by Thailand and Philippines, plantations by Indonesia, financial services by Singapore and our oil could be depleted in 20 years,” Lim predicts.
“The (Malaysian) economy seems to be caught in a middle-income trap - unable to remain competitive as a high-volume, low-cost producer, yet unable to move up the value chain and achieve rapid growth by breaking into fast growing markets for knowledge and innovation-based products and services,” the World Bank said recently.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak appears aware of the problem and has been stressing the need for the country to embrace innovation to escape the “middle-income trap” as well as attract overseas talent, Malaysian or otherwise.
He noted recently as an anecdote that half of the medical specialists working at the Mt Elizabeth hospital in Singapore were Malaysians and two weeks ago hosted a dinner for about 100 Malaysians in Singapore and told them that the government would make Malaysia a better place to live and work in, to bring back its citizens who are residing overseas and also attract global talent to the country.
“We will create more opportunities, more excitement and more buzz in Malaysia to attract the Malaysian diaspora and expatriates to the country,” said Najib.
Lim says that revamping the education system could take years and one fast way to lure talent was to open the Malaysia My Second Home programme to talented individuals such as scientists and researchers instead of limiting it to just retirees.
Haji Shamsuddin says that the government needs to put in place the right policies and structures to retain local talent.
“Otherwise, we become a training ground for others,” he said.
It just tickles my funny bones, the primier's statement that " Malaysia will create more opportunities, more excitement, and more buzz in Malaysia to attract expats to the country".....
I cant think of what type of attractions he is talking about but i know more and more locals are trying to get away from the country for better life and income outside the country.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
All i can sum out of the person or group who came out with this proposal is pathetic, ridiculously silly and gravely moronic. The free vacation plan offered by this particular state it seems would help save the marriages of couples who are on the brink of divorce!!
They must be kidding when they announced this plan.
I wonder what is their take out of the vacation plan given to 'those pathetic couple ( because they're near to being cheapskate), and whether the two ''free"nights spent at the state's scenic islands or beach resorts could eventually make them fall in love again and all those resentments which lead to their problematic relationships will disappeared after the two special nights.
Black will be Black.
Im not being racist.
But i hate black people who had been swarming Malaysia.
I hate them so much that i wish they'd just go disappear from the face of Malaysia. These are mostly Nigerian and Botswana ''students''. These people were and are still given visa by the Malaysian government, particularly the Ministry of Education to fill in those mushrooming private institute of higher learning in their ''dream'' to become educational hub in Asia.
These morons are very slacking in culture, stupidly snobbish, and thought they can go around Malaysia freely spending their black monies trading drugs.
Besides aliens from countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, and Bangladesh, these blackies had been creating mountainous criminal problems with the love and assistance from ''hungry-for-black sweat and hugs'' Malay girls (whom those days rushing to grab all the Bangla lads working at pump stations), and obliviously ignorant and could care less house owners who'd rented their apartments and houses to them.
For the first half of the year, an estimated six thousand study visas had been accorded to these blackies men and women. And of course -- more to come. Malaysia Boleh!!
Talented Mr Economic Advisor.
The Selangor state government of Malaysia had once again prove their silliness managing the state after appointing Anwar Ibrahim as the economic advisor recently, pocketing an estimated RM1 million a year.
Probably the excited PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) chief had been having bad memory lapsed and forgotten about Anwar's ''achievements'' during the economic crisis while he was the Finance Minister.
And Anwar Ibrahim?....
What else can he do besides sweeping all monies to his own interest?
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
It's silly that this has to happen to the country that supposed to be the closest neighbour and had been handing out help to them, whenever calamity strike their homeland.
This burning of hate or as what they called it 'ganyang Malaysia' had to stop and the government must take a very strict measure to help curb this hate feeling escalate into a more difficult diplomatic level.
One thing for sure was the work of the mighty pen.
All this hate burning would not be widespread should the government know the level of freedom of writing. What I'm trying to emphasise here is the work of their print journalist, which in my own personal opinion are given the freedom to write without boundaries, especially when it come to issue such as bilateral between two countries.
I guess they must have been given the flag to go and write whatever they like without trying to curb their journalist from telling untruthful stories about Malaysia. Perhaps also, this happen because there are no law against them unlike Malaysian journalist whom are required to sign a special act Akta Rahsia Rasmi for both the journalist and the publisher and another act Akta Mesin Cetak for all local print media.
This was one story which will be informed from a senior to another, where there was a case when one writer wrote inside his novel that the Indonesian ate rats, during the confrontational period between the two countries. What he wrote might be his own personal thought, or he must have heard it from somewhere, just like me and perhaps some others whom have heard and be told not to eat satay at any roadside mobile stall in Indonesia. So, back to the writer just now, he was later called to the local ministry KDN and asked to emit all words deem 'hurtful' the Indonesian people.
That is a show of respect. The government of Malaysia are not just very sensitive and trying hard not to create any ill feeling with its neighbouring country(s) but the neighbour(s)they themselves are not taking the same step to take care of their neighbour's feeling.
More intriguing was the non-action by its President because although all sort of provocations created by their nationals (here and there) and the media, i have yet to read any sort of indictment befallen their journalist or publishers who are responsible burning the hatred sentiments towards Malaysia.
Would it be wrong to say that the President is not sensitive towards the feeling of its closest neighbour?
Or perhaps he thought it won't hurt to criticise each another?
Friday, 23 October 2009
It had been a month plus since im back to my country of birth for a short holiday cum touching base with the families, yet i still haven't get to achieve some of the things that me and my the other half intended to do. It is so frustrating.
But, of course, the frustration cannot be compared to driving in Klang Valley during rush hours....mind you -- im not talking about rainy afternoons!
Gosh.... i cannot imagine myself having to go thru the bad traffic anymore. Part feeling lucky that im out of this country and part is not. But when it come to the bad traffic, bad drivers (although where im living right now the drivers are hundred times worst -- but they are skilled and fast!!); i thank God for the life that He granted me now. Ameen.
Just so you know; and having to experience with 'macat' in Jakarta, (i heard Bangkok is worst)while mending an office there; the traffic jams in Kuala Lumpur would come at par with Jakarta already. It used to be an ice-breaker chat by some people when it comes to commenting about Jakarta -- but i am sure it will be the same about Kuala Lumpur now.
The first time i braved thru a bad crawl was when i headed home from Sri Hartamas through the NKVE highway. Thinking that there might be an accident caused by some irritated or careless drivers, i drove patiently but just right after the Subang Jaya exit, i saw the traffic beginning to subsides -- so, that mean ; NO accident.....perhaps one of the heavy traffic days, i told myself.
Then come the second time, the same road and almost the same time -- the same crazy slow traffic right up to the Subang Jaya exit. I know this time that this crawl is a sure permanent thing along this particular highway.
I voiced my frustration about the current traffic situation around Klang Valley and it seems the bad crawl (i mean this is worst compared to just 2 years ago) is a daily dose of driving along any highways around the area. And one can't run away from any traffic jam that used to be hailed gloriously by the Federal Highway.
Malaysia can have the most tolled highways just concentrating around the Klang Valley and driving in and out of one toll booth is nothing new anymore -- the drivers still have to faced bad jams and near stand still traffic during rush hours. The situation will get worst when it pours.
I was greeted with huge shocked when paying the LDP (Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong) and was informed later that the toll charges had been increased again -- just to go to a less than a kilometre area.
Personally i do not know to how much more the government will suck-up to the toll concessionaires request to increase the charges as and when they like. The road is still bad. The traffic got worse. The public transports sucks. The people got tired of protesting by the road side to manifest their frustration towards the unscrupulous decision made by the elected government.
So would it be still home sweet home for me?Nope
On the other hand, perhaps -- but only for the food.
Monday, 7 September 2009
And oh yes, these Indonesian thingy had been capturing my interest of late. Not that i have any concern whatsoever in this particular issue,but, hey, come on maids, i am joining my fellow Malaysian working parents into believing that your demand had 'naik kepala' (stepping one's head in ......) already.
Although i am not working in Malaysia, but i empathised with their predicament.
The latest news that read "Demand for RM800 maid salary not feasible, say groups" is absolutely on spot.
According to the article, Indonesia’s demand that its maids be paid a minimum RM800 was made by its ambassador to Malaysia Da’i Bachtiar which was quoted as saying that the republic is pressing for the minimum wage following cases of maid abuse by Malaysian employers......errrggg...maid abuse?
So, does that mean that when we pay them higher like our Arabs counterpart, we could hit and abuse them as we like and not getting into trouble cause WE PAY FOR IT?
It's quite a remarks.
Could it also be because Indonesia is having some bad vibes with Malaysia.
Could it be because of the Ambalat case, or the Terang Bulan song?
Nevertheless, of course such news is not a good news at all to the average income earners in Malaysia.
I agree with the feedback from one guy saying that not all of Malaysian are getting a 'four-figure pay packet' and suggest that Indonesia 'wait for Malaysian to progress so we Malaysian can consider such request’.
Hopefully, our Malaysian authorities won't back up and materialise the request for them to have minimum RM800 per month cause that, my fellow countrymen, will surely hit their pocket damn hard....already hard in this global economic slowdown.
There are too many factors surrounding this maid issues actually.
It will never come to a win-win situation at all.
The construction industry in Malaysia had once approximately 4-5 years ago faced with difficulties when the government took an action on sweeping all Indonesian workers in Malaysia in order to sift the illegal ones which, if i am not mistaken came to a staggering number of 2 million.
That numbers however, of course the approximate and 'beautiful' one so not to exposed the exact number of them flooding the country illegally.
And taking into consideration of the working couple, the need of a helper at home is vital.
Yes, sending kids to nursery is an option, but frankly, the Malaysian working couple had come to the level of becoming too dependent for a maid help at home to do things from taking care of children to cleaning right up to cooking.
No one can doubt their role as the person who help managed the house, but the real problem faced by an average income earner in Malaysia is that their own earning power . Furthermore RM800 is sometime higher than what a local factory workers might be getting.
A question brought up by one deputy minister whether will the increase in pay lead to better service from the maids was a good one and also suggested that households opt for other alternatives like engaging local or part-time maids to only work on certain days, which in my opinion will be good and healthy for family upbringing rather than depending to some alien with no attachment besides the money.
This issue will relates back a suggestion made by one ministry last time on setting up nurseries at office premises, and building more childcare and daycare centre -- which also had it's own set back with issues such as children being forced to take cough syrup so they'd all go to sleep and won't make much noise during the care.
And then what?.......
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Students as young as 13 are getting high on cannabis, Ecstasy and ketamine, not just outside schools, but under their teachers’ very noses in class.
Even worse, the New Sunday Times found that female students who don’t have the money have sex with the pushers for a free supply of drugs.
Students claim the drugs help them relax and recover from the stress of examinations.
A sizeable number of secondary school students, aged between 13 and 17, are very familiar with both plantbased drugs such as cannabis, and synthetic drugs such as Eramin-5.
How cheap sex can be now.
And how easily acquired it is for those who enjoy frequenting little juvenile.
All you guys need is just hang around a secondary school in Malaysia.
After reading this article, i just can't believe it that some of the parents gave these students up to RM1500 per month as a monthly allowances. That my friend, is better than a peon salary at a small SMIs.
And what is with examinations that they are so stressed out about?
Like the generations previously and all the intellectuals before them in this country needed to take dope for 'releasing the tension'. Is it the dope or the pleasure of having cheap free sex that excite these juvenile?
Im not so sure.
But i am sure when a close family member share her story about some outskirt Felda kids engaging in orgies in some hidden kampung house.
So, again, the questions. Is it the parents fault or just their crave for sex becoming stronger after their parents and the generations of this world consumed too much genetically altered produce and hormones enhanced meats.
I do not know and dare not comment too, cause i have a daughter of my own too.
Come on here.
This is where the government should be more focused on.
Not debating and flip flopping on the Bahasa Malaysia and English as medium for teaching of Science and Mathematics.
The moral of the younger generations had over the years deteriorated.
It had gone worst, especially with monetary assistance from oblivious and ignorant parents who think money could buy everything in life.
I agree. Money could put a student away from peer pressure but i have seen some that survived without being the slave to the God of all Evil.
I had been a student in too.
But of course not in this millennium, so maybe my way of thinking are different.
My way of tackling stresses are different.
My way of choosing friends are different.
Actually sex and money cannot be separated. That is why one of the oldest carrier in the world is to become a prostitutes. It's easy and perhaps enjoyable by some.
There used to be a case in my secondary school where the 16 year-old girl was caught 'selling' herself to get money. She was expelled later.
It is known later, years after that the tittle 'Bohsia'.
But Bohsia don't need money. You can easily get them to have sex with you just with a hamburger and a coke from Mc Donald.
Now, i think the people of Malaysia should find a new name for these dope lovin juveniles.
In my opinion morally -- it's insane.
Religiously -- it's a sin.
Personally -- it's the making of future immoral generations supported by the ever money-loving parents, and couldn't care less teachers, and oblivious government who would not do anything until there'd be too many dead babies found at dump-side or flushed down the school toilets.
Selaku rakyat berbangsa Cina, saya amat berasa bertuah hidup di bumi bertuah
ini. Orang Cina (juga India) bernasib baik kerana kerajaan Malaysia sejak
sebelum dan selepas merdeka, tidak banyak berusaha sama sekali mengasimilasikan mereka walaupun kerajaan berhak melakukannya terhadap mereka yang berhijrah.
Mereka adalah seperti orang Cina seadanya seperti mereka di negeri China.
Bersekolah, berbudaya, bertutur dan semua cara hidup berasaskan keCinaan (atau keIndiaan). Mana ada negara di dunia seperti ini?
Berbanding dengan negara lain, seperti Thailand dan Indonesia serta lain-lain negara dunia, mereka yang berhijrah mesti diasimilasikan dahulu sebelum menjadi warga negara di sana.
Kita lihat di Thailand, pada tahun 1930an semua identiti kaum Cina dihapuskan
termasuk meroboh semua sekolah Cina. Hari ini, orang Cina di Thailand sudah
tidak seperti orang Cina.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
This is also a month where (as witnessed by yours truly) for some who seldom go to the masjid to pray, will mark the masjid on their daily list of thing-to-do, which is good, of course. This is also the month where you'll find parking lots nearby masjid will be congested and obviously pack during Friday prayers.
Besides taking this month as a time for us to conduct an evaluation on what and where we are heading in life, this is also a month of giving. We Muslim must pay our zakat al-Fitri(tithe)so we could share our goodness in life with the poor and unfortunate.
Allah, the Exalted, says:
"O you who believe! the fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious).
(Fasting) for a fixed number of days, but if any
of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days. And as for those who can fast with difficulty, (e.g., an old man), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a Miskin (poor person) (for every day). But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for
And that you fast is better for you if only you
know. The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan, i.e., is present at his home), he must fast that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number (of days which one did not fast must be made up) from other days.''
Here, in this country and like many other middle eastern countries, the holy month of Ramadhan is celebrated with an air of festivities. This is the time where the locals will get together with friends and families after the Terawikh prayers to common places such as the souqs, which will be very crowded with them buying things, spending time sipping coffee or smoking sisha until the around 3am in the morning.
Due to the rules and regulations here, all shops including fast food eatery will only be opened after the Iftar, and that will be at 7pm right up to 1am or later.
Places of attractions such as the Souq Wakif, will have some of their shops opened till 3am to cater to the incoming crowds.
Unlike the scenario in Jakarta ,where during this month, thousand of beggars most of whom women and children will come swarming the city begging from drivers and passengers, running between cars knocking windows asking for few rupiah. I had personally witnessed a crawling-age child being put just at the curb of a roundabout on the way to Kelapa Gading Jakarta, being left alone by the guardian(s) who is rushing to catch a slow moving car in traffic jam.
Whatever and however vast the difference some countries having the same faith, i am sure Ramadhan will be a month of victory for us Muslim.
The Prophet Muhammad (saw)and his Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) passed through approximately nine Ramadhans together after the Hijrah. They were filled with decisive events that took place in Ramadhan and left us a shining example of sacrifice and submission to Allah the Most High in the cause of making His Word the highest.
Among them were the Incident of Masjid al-Dhirar, The Battle of Badr, The Battle at Wadi al-Qura, The Opening of Makkah and the Destruction of the Idols which Ramadhan of 8 A H., the treaty of Hudaibiyah had been broken and the Muslim armies had engaged the Byzantines in the North. Muhammad (saw)felt the need to strike a fatal blow to disbelief in the Arabian Peninsula and conquered the city of Makkah in Ramadhan.
This was one of the most important dates in Islamic history for after it, Islam was firmly entrenched in the Arabian Peninsula. During the same month and year, after smashing the idols of Makkah, detachments were sent to the major centres of polytheism and al-Lat, Manat and Suwa, some of the greatest idols of Arabia, were destroyed.
Such was the month of Ramadhan in the time of the Prophet (saw)and was a time of purification, enjoining the good, forbidding evil and striving hard with one’s life and wealth to make the word of Allah the highest and Islam the dominant Deen.
The cow head issue according to the Home Minister's statement was due to the 'stupidity' (although he didn't mentioned that word)
of the current people leading the state of Selangor.
Friday, 4 September 2009
Hhmmm.....that is quite harsh, taking into consideration that there are more than 2 Million of his countrymen flooded Malaysia illegally and about 1 million legally (as maids and construction workers).
He and his friends must have not thought of the better value Ringgit flowing in to their country helping some of their poor outskirt people buying lands and bulls and survive with their wives, husbands or children working in Malaysia.
Some had even make Malaysia as their own country and behaving worst than the locals especially around the Chow Kit area and Segambut kampungs and squartters.
Of course these silly calls of breaking of diplomatics ties whatnots came from those bird brain students who just got themselves admitted to the local universities and were very eager and excited. This includes those who has got nothing better to do except to carry on streets demonstration as and when they like.
When i was there during of my trips to my Jakarta Selatan office i had witnessed all these demos and of course feeling afraid at uncalled for consequences. And if anyone follow the local news, streets demos there are not news at all.
Nevertheless, what enraged those 30 odd young students to pelt Malaysian embassy with rotten eggs and attempted to raise an Indonesian flag at the gate was spurred by allegations that the Malaysian national anthem Negara Ku had been copied from the Indonesian song Terang Bulan which coincidentally came a day after Malaysia celebrated its 52nd National Day.
Perhaps these youngsters just realised the similarity between the two songs.
This allegation had been shrouding the Negaraku song ever since those days when i started reading newspaper in my teen as far as i can remember, and i am sure it started way back in the 60s or 70s already or perhaps longer. I am not quite sure of this.
The attack was also reportedly triggered by allegations that a Balinese dance had been used to promote a television show about Malaysia, although it was revealed that no Malaysian government agency had a role in the advertisement, and that Discover Channel later apologise for wrongly showing the dance. Further on this can be read at Blame Discovery Channel, Indonesians told --yeah, as the Deputy Premier said -- blame it on Discover Channel!
It seems that this demos which had taken place many time before at the embassy over last few months was especially due to the Ambalat issue. This Ambalat issue was brought to another level after Indonesia claimed that Malaysian warships had entered the Ambalat area in the Sulawesi sea in early June.
Hmmmm....so now i got it.
The Indonesian students, had actually gathered all their eggs of resentment into one basket and started pelting them at Malaysian Embassy. Must be awfully ugly and incite the stench of hatred and hostility.
Thursday, 3 September 2009
I mean-- the name itself . It's woopsy!! It's one of the known name among the list of socialites in the US or Europe.
For those of you who doesn't know who I'm talking about...she is the Kartika Sari Dewi Soekarno, who was born in 1967 raised in Paris and the famous daughter of 1st President of Indonesia, Soekarno and his beautiful Japanese Ratna Sari Dewi Soekarno.
She was married to the Europe Citibank President, Frits Frederik Seegers.
But this particular Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno who is claiming the limelight in both local and international scene is the total opposite of the her namesake.
To add to it, when i first saw her photos; the first thing that came to my mouth was; she's a model of what? Perhaps she is, but those that wear alligator suit sleezing on the catwalk....hahahaha....i've seen that one on the Fashion Channel and its utterly funny!
Okay -- cut my craps. Im bad sometimes....
What made me want to talk about this girl is -- her intentions of seeking limelight -- i mean 'international' lights okay! Now she had gotten all those human-rights humans to champion her and media carrying the news endlessly and in a way, it will undoubtedly affect Islam as the 'mean' religion.
Put it this way -- if she is a Muslim -- she wont become a model ( i still cannot grasp what type of model this woman claimed she is) because in Islam, women are not allowed to parade themselves unless, again, she paraded in an alligator costume on the catwalk....hahahaha....
Secondly -- she said she repented and wanted her canning to be carried out publicly....hmmm she is smart. I never know model can be as smart!...Nevertheless, any smart people surely know that this woman is being manipulated by some group and parties.
Malaysia does not practice the Islamic law "hudud' -- thus public caning or stone to death shall not be applicable. But why this 'glamour-seeker-ugly-woman' desperately wants to be caned in public?
She and her manipulator(s) knows for sure the government wont allow this.
Thus will accordingly, let her go scot -free when the case is being observed closely by the world, which of course would also tarnished the Malaysia's law reputations -- again.
I mean this little self-proclaimed model definitely is hungry to get worldwide coverage.
I guess she is trying to be at par with her namesake.
But girl -- you can dream on!
Consuming alcohol is a religious offense in Malaysia only for Muslims, where offenders are prosecuted in Shariah courts. Most offenders are usually fined, but the law also provides for a three-year prison term and caning.
The punishment is it seems in order to make the accused repent and serves as a lesson to other Muslims, which in my opinion and is a laughing stock cause in real life, hoards of Muslim Malays drinks alcohol.
So, i am not surprise if this self-proclaimed model gets off the caning and start drinking again soon after......
PETALING JAYA: Those responsible for bringing the head of a cow during the Aug 28 protest at the Selangor state secretariat building should be charged in court, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He ordered the police to proceed with further investigation and take stern action against those responsible.
“The police have identified the individuals involved," he said in a statement Thursday.
Affected residents had staged a protest last Friday against the Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor government’s decision to relocate a 150-year-old temple from Section 19 to Section 23 in Shah Alam.
The protest sparked controversy when some of the participants brought along the decapitated head of a cow, then stamped and spat on it. Hindus consider the cow a sacred animal.
One of the protest leaders also threatened bloodshed if the Selangor government went ahead with its plans to relocate the temple.
Although the residents were angry with the state government and had no intention of hurting the feeling of any other race, Hishammuddin said such action could not be tolerated.
“The Home Ministry view seriously all issues that could undermine the harmony, unity, national security and stability of this multiracial country,’’ he said.
The Malaysia Bar Council, in a statement, expressed disappointment at Federal Government leaders who made irresponsible statements including blaming the Selangor government over the temple relocation issue.
“The fact that this is a Muslim-majority area is immaterial and should not, in and of itself, be permitted to serve as adequate basis for rejecting the establishment of a place of worship of any faith,” said Bar Council president Ragunath Kesavan.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said that the police and Attorney-General’s Chambers would decide whether the protestors had violated any laws under the Sedition Act.
The Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan had also said police had identified the main culprits involved and the Attorney-General had directed further investigations-- Staronline.
Monday, 31 August 2009
By NURBAITI HAMDAN and TEH ENG HOCK
KUALA LUMPUR: The newly introduced RON 95 fuel is now priced at RM1.80 - five sen higher than the previous RM1.75.
Meanwhile, RON 97 is upgraded as a premium product and has gone up to RM2.05 from RM1.80.
Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the new prices were decided based on the current method of Automatic Pricing Mechanism (APM).
(what current method of pricing? What type of method you people used when you people decided to hike and lowering it couple of years back?)
“Although the price is now 5 sen higher, the Government is still subsidising 33.81 sen per litre (of RON 95) which is equivalent to RM304mil monthly,” he told reporters after the launch of Primax 95 by Petronas here on Monday.
(i guess this is the best time to let jack came out of his box ain't it Ismail Sabri? And it must be the BEST ever present to the people of Malaysia for the Merdeka Day celebration!)
Currently, the Government is subsidising RON 97 by 42.72 sen per litre.
(So?...it is still expensive than few neighbouring countries oil prices if calculated one to one, furthermore they don't even have they own oil)
The cost for RON 95 went up 102% from USD$ 40.75 per barrel to USD$ 82.30 in December last year and August respectively.
“If there is any changes in the global prices, we would revise it accordingly. It is up to the Economic Council to decide.
(His trying to tell that it is not his decision for the increase...)
“RON 95 also adheres to the EURO2M specification where it can lessen pollution,” said Ismail Sabri, adding that consumers would get quality petroleum at a subsidised price.
With the new pricing, Ismail Sabri added that RON 92 was phased out from the market as the usage was only 5% from total petrol sale in the country.
In April last year, then Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Samad said the Government was considering the use of petrol with higher research octane number (RON) to reduce fuel subsidies without hurting the lower-and-medium income groups.
A higher octane number means higher resistance to engine “knocking”. “Knocking” could possibly damage the engine over time.
(People of Malaysia -- be rest assured, we, the government decided to assist you all during this economic slowdown and hard time by increasing the oil prices so your car engines wont give way too soon and you wont have to fork out so much of money repairing your cars)....does it work that way?.....
Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia president Datuk Hashim Othman said petrol stations could easily recalibrate their pumps to adjust to the new price.
(huh....?...who cares? i guess the Star journalists / editor of this section had nothing better to make this story more compact)
“With technology, all you need to do is push some buttons. It is almost automatic in most stations now, except for a few in the rural areas which are still using the manual system,” he told The Star.
(irrelevant to the actual feeling of the mass majority of Malaysia who will definitely be taken aback by this crude all of a sudden notice)
He added that petrol dealers would make a slight gain with the price increase as they had bought their current stock at the old price.
(irrelevant to the rakyat......)
“It is only a little as the price increase is small,” he said.
(oh yeah mister?....why don't you try being the ordinary income earner in Kuala Lumpur, gotta pay toll at every highway, even for a short 10 km distance, paying for monthly parking, paying for loans and mortgages, feed your family, taking them once a while for nice food and leisure....
go take your calculator and try to count lah!! dumb dumb!)
By Brad Kearns
If your mind is racing and you are having difficulty falling asleep, a few minutes of simple but effective breathing exercises can help calm your nervous system on a chemical level and lead to greater success in hitting the sack.
The awareness and control of breath has been a central component of yoga, martial arts and Taoism for thousands of years. There are dozens of different methods and exercises you can explore through a good teacher or book.
The practice of breath control in yoga is called pranayama. I'll detail a simple pranayama exercise here that is particularly effective for falling asleep called alternate nostril breathing (that's "nadi shodana" for the Sanskrit posse out there).
Alternate nostril breathing is a great way to clear obstructed nostrils, balance the yin and yang energy of the body and focusing the busy mind on the present for a deliberate and calming exercise.
When our nostrils are unobstructed, we involuntarily alternate breathing through one or the other about every two hours. Breathing through your right nostril stimulates the left side of the brain (intellectual, analytical, rational thought) and prepares the body for physical action (yang energy).
Breathing through your left nostril stimulates the right side of the brain (creative, emotional thought) and prepares the body for passive mental activity (yin energy). If both nostrils are not clear, breathing will become imbalanced and so will the energy in your body.
When you are feeling restless at bedtime, head outside (weather permitting obviously, but even in wintertime, you can certainly spend a couple minutes on a balcony or porch in brisk air), sit in a comfortable chair and begin the exercise. You will likely have a really hard time focusing your mind on only the breathing exercise. Establish a rule that whenever your mind wanders away from the breathing exercise to other random thoughts, you have to start over. With practice, you'll develop the esteemed ability to relax and center -- not just to calm the mind for bed but any time the stresses of life are closing in.
Alternate nostril breathing is performed as follows: Take one hand up to your face for blocking nostrils. For example, your right thumb will close off your right nostril while your right index or middle finger will close off your left nostril. Block off the right nostril and inhale fully (notice how your inhale and exhale will be slower since you are only using one nostril).
Pause at the completion of your inhale and switch nostrils by using your finger to block the left nostril and releasing your thumb from the right nostril. Exhale through the right nostril, inhale through the right nostril, then pause and switch to exhale through the left nostril. Thus, you switch nostrils in the middle of the breath cycle.
To complete a cycle of 10 breaths, count each inhale/exhale as one. After your complete your breathing session, you can return to bed with a calm brain and hopefully induce a good night's sleep.
For more information on How to Sleep Better, visit LIVESTRONG.COM.
One that will add up to many other remedies i have up my sleeves.
This, of course i will definitely try soon to counter my everlasting sleeping problems that had been with me ever since I'm a teenager.
What i know is -- i felt utterly envious of my SO who can just doze off easily once he put his head on the pillow thus he can't comprehend why can't i just sleep although i had been running up and about or after a very tiring day.
All i know is -- it's not my body or due to high metabolic rate that I'm having.
It is more of my head is running a marathon on some nights and a cross country on others. Yes, i do have nights where i can sleep easily -- hmmmm...for example, after a long flight, or the earliest like 12 am ( i can count with my fingers...) and ....and....after i didn't sleep the whole night and day!!..
Do that count?
It is an exasperating situation.
It is not doing good to my body.
It is not doing good to my skin no matter how many types of creams from low to high end that i use.
It is not doing good to the eyes....oh gosh.....The eyes! The eye-bags, the raccoon or panda eyes....
Whatever it is, I'm longing for the beauty sleep....and hope it will come to visit me soon...just for couple of days, in which i will be so appreciative cause i know it wont last that long anyway.
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Good memoirs...but as far as i can judge, the country is going backward instead of forward.
Thus the old wine saying shall not be applicable to Malaysia and its current leaders after Mahathir Mohammed.
May the rakyat be more mature in selecting their leaders to come. Hopefully.
LONG TANYIT: After three days of hard work, a team of people managed to bring more than 10 tonnes of food to some 1,500 Penans who are facing acute food shortages in the Kapit Division.
About 10,000kg of rice and other essential foodstuff such as canned food, milk powder, sugar and salt arrived here and the nearby Long Lidem, Long Kajang and Long Abit.
These isolated settlements are more than 12 hours drive along a timber road from Bintulu town.
The food was delivered using a heavy-duty timber truck and a convoy of six four-wheel drives. The team was greeted with smiles, hugs and handshakes.
Long Tanyit chief Salu Ugat said he was grateful to God for answering the people’s prayers.
“Food shortages here are serious. It has happened several times this year already. We waited weeks for this food supply,’’ he said.
Long Lidem chief Naran Pua said the people were surprised that the team managed to make the journey.
“We thought we are being attacked when we suddenly saw the lorry and the 4WDs coming. This is the first time we are getting so much food. We have been facing food problems for six years,” he said.
The Miri Catholic Church, which is coordinating the relief aid collection, had two weeks ago received appeals for aid, saying the Penans had run out of rice and other food items.
Twelve volunteers from the Malaysian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, a non-governmental disaster and relief aid organisation, flew in from Kuala Lumpur after reading about the Penans’ plight.
The team, led by volunteer Captain K. Balasupramaniam, arrived in Bintulu on Wednesday and travelled to the Sungai Asap Resettlement Scheme in Bakun.
He met up with Reverend Father Sylvester Ding, who is coordinating the deployment of the food aid, and a village head Penghulu Saging Bit.
From Bakun, the team sought the help of a timber firm to help send 1,600 bags of rice and hundreds of boxes of dry food. The journey along the timber roads was difficult. The team faced problems like vehicle breakdown, bad weather and delays resulting from permit requirements to enter a logging concession area.
The team will now focus on bringing food supply to the Lusong Laku Penan settlement, SK Lusong Laku and the teachers living there.
The Penans in the Sarawak interior have been cut off from the outside world after a timber giant dismantled an iron bridge across the Sungai Linau because the area was going to be flooded for the Bakun Dam.
It is learnt that the company had placed several pieces of logs across the river for the people in Lusong Laku to use as a temporary bridge. -- Star
If it is true that these people are deprived of basic necessity, then the Najib government better be ready to face all sort of condemnation of the western world soon.
I mean, yeah, when it come international aides, Malaysia will be running hoping to reach the first line in offering helps to any disaster strucked countries.
But when it come to their own people -- they just adapt the 'tidak apa' attitude.
The Bakun Dam -- nothing much can be said about this controversial jinxed project.
......At the same time, pandemic corruption and political authoritarianism have gradually led to a sense of disenchantment with political Islam among many. This erosion in Malay-Islam dominance has led to political bankruptcy, as evidenced by disastrous results for the ruling coalition during March 2008 general elections.
Given these political realities, Malay elites believe they can ill afford to be seen as soft on minority "encroachment," and observers say this need to ingratiate Islamists lies at the root of the tussle over non-Muslim use of the word "Allah."
Arabicization of Malay Language.
The debate over "Allah" follows an effort by the government to promote the Arabicization of the Malay language at the expense of Sanskrit and Malay terms. When a Malaysian student has to refer to a pig in an essay or test, the required term is the Arabic khinzir.
Other Malay terms such as pokok (tree) and bunga (flower), long used to refer to loan principal and interest respectively, have been expunged from school texts in favor of the Arabic kaedah (base) and faedah (benefit).
Some sources indicate that the Arabicization of the Malay language, however, has come with unintended consequences, such as making Christian mission work and translation easier. Since the Malay vocabulary has its limitations, Christians can use time-tested Arabic-derived terms to provide meaningful context.
For a long time, the only Malay Bible available in Malaysia was the Indonesian "Al Kitab," which, included the word "Allah." As Bahasa Malaysia (official name of the Malay language in Malaysia) and Bahasa Indonesia are very similar, the "Al Kitab" can be easily understood by a native speaker of Malay. As a result, the "Al Kitab" was viewed as an unwelcome missionary tool by Malaysian authorities. Its legal status was heatedly contested behind closed doors during the 1981-2003 reign of then-Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad.
Significant Christian indigenous populations in East Malaysia use Bahasa Malaysia as a language of wider communication. The Malay-language content of the Herald reportedly serves just that need: using the national language with universal terms across a multi-lingual Babel of tribal Catholic communities in East Malaysia.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Well, not that your truly is into some sort of new realisation, rather it is some questions i had lingering in my head and i guess it is affecting my daily life more now since im spending time at home with the kid due to the current situation, weather reasons, and some other 'excuses'.....hehehe....
While we might think that indoor air is far better than the outside air, think again.One researcher carried out ‘off-gassing experiments’ on everyday products such as carpets, plastic toys and electric shavers to analyse their toxic gaseous emissions.
Some of the worst offenders include vinyl wallpaper and flooring, laser printers and photocopy machines (the toner dust can be easily inhaled) of course this is applicable in the office, glues, paints and household appliances such as TVs and washing machines.
His verdict? ‘Indoor air is much worse than outdoor air,’ he says. ‘Inside, you have chemicals in a sealed building.
Another report by a BRE specialist in indoor air quality, says indoor concentrations of VOCs are typically 10 times higher than outdoors. To make matters worse, the gases get trapped indoors. Thanks to the airtight and energy efficient nature of many modern buildings, there is less ventilation in the form of drafts. Also trapped can be chemical contaminants from the outside (such as pollutants from exhaust fumes), which can seep through windows or poorly located air intake vents.
At worst, high levels of contamination can cause ‘sick-building syndrome’. Headaches, dizziness, disorientation, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, eye, nose and throat irritations are all symptoms. Newly built or remodelled buildings, in particular, tend to off-gas a higher level of chemicals than older ones.
Thus these are some of the things that we can do.....
•Freshen the air - naturally
Unless you live next to the M25, the cheapest and most effective way to allow fresh air in and toxic air out is to open a window. Ban air ‘fresheners’, a source of VOCs, and use natural odour-eaters such as a bowl of baking soda or naturally fragranced alternatives (see www.natural-house.co.uk). Avoid using perfumes, deodorants or products containing ‘parfum’, a word which hides the identities of as many as 100 potentially persistent or allergenic chemicals.
•Clear out cleaning chemicals
Recent studies have linked cleaning sprays with a new onset of asthma in adults and linked cleaning products, when used by pregnant women, to persistent wheezing in their offspring in early childhood. Use a range based on natural plant ingredients or experiment with simple cleaning solutions made from lemons, vinegar and baking soda.
Dust is just dust, right? Wrong. A 2002 Greenpeace analysis of house-dust samples vacuumed from 100 UK homes showed that hazardous chemicals such as phthalates, brominated flame retardants, alkylphenols and organotins were widespread contaminants. Regular cleaning can help keep levels of breathable particles down along with dust mites, pollen and other allergy-causing agents. Keep humidity to a minimum to discourage the growth of mould which has the potential to cause allergic reactions when inhaled.
Living, green plants can remove toxic chemicals including formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from the air, according to a two-year study by NASA scientists. The following plants are particularly effective: areca palm, lady palm, rubber plant, dragon plant, English ivy, peace lily, gerbera daisy, snake plant, spider plant, weeping fig.
Carpets act as a reservoir for dust, which leads to a build-up of dust-mite allergen, an important trigger for asthma and other allergies. They also trap toxic pollutants. A 2001 Greenpeace UK report, ‘Poisons Underfoot’, found that new carpets contain significant levels of hormone-disrupting, brominated flame retardant BDE-209, the pesticides permethrin and tributyltin (an immune- and reproductive-system toxin) and formaldehyde. Vinyl (PVC) floors, made with phthalates, a hormone-disrupting chemical also linked to asthma and allergies in children, are no better. As a general rule, choose natural fibre carpets and rugs made from organic wool or cotton, coir or jute, instead of synthetic carpets (typically made of nylon or polyester), though check they haven’t been treated with unnecessary chemicals or glues (see www.healthyflooring.org for suppliers). FSC-certified wood flooring is another option. If you do have a carpet, avoid toxic carpet cleaners – use a steam cleaner instead. Take off your shoes to keep dirt and bacteria from the streets at bay.
•What not to paint with
Conventional paints can include acrylic, polyurethanes, PVC and VOCs. When they off-gas, the fumes are likely to include the emissions from VOC solvents. Choose natural and non-toxic water-based or clay-based paints instead. Check that it is ‘solvent-free’.
Ban electrical appliances from the bedroom. A computer, for instance, contains toxic gases, toxic metals (such as cadmium, lead and mercury), acids, plastics, chlorinated and brominated substances. The dust from some printer toner cartridges has been found to contain harmful substances such as nickel and mercury. Greenpeace has an online ‘Guide to Greener Electronics’ which ranks the top manufacturers.
•Protect babies and children
Expecting a child? Go easy when creating a nursery. Often people paint walls and put in new carpets and curtains – so when the baby arrives it ends up in a room full of off-gassing. Myriad Toys (www.myriadonline.co.uk) sells handcrafted natural wooden toys in waterbased colours, finished with natural oil blends.
Cut down on off-gassing in the bedroom – Greenfibres (www.greenfibres.com) sells chemical-free natural latex, coir and wool mattresses and organic cotton bedding. See www.soilassociation.org/textiles for more suppliers.
Friday, 28 August 2009
But this particular subject had remained fresh ever since the wake of it sometime in 2007. To me, this matter was brought over to a level by certain quarters simply trying their luck to just push the button of religious sensitiveness in a country that consist of three main races and where practicing their religious beliefs are allowed freely, although the country claimed to the world that its official religion is Islam.
So the subject that I found most suitable would be the use of the word Allah by a catholic church in Malaysia which ensued them into suing the government for banning them from the word Allah in their weekly bulletin and perhaps sermons too.
According to them fools, the banning of using the word is "the prohibition is unconstitutional and against freedom of religion".
What is a freedom of religion?
Aren't they already given that freedom in Malaysia?
This is not freedom of religion, but rather a freedom for them to misused the word "Allah" which in Arabic means 'the only God'.
And for obvious reason -- to conquer the Malay-Muslim folks by the way of confusing them (those weaklings) to believe that the Christians also pray to Allah, so lets embrace Christianity!
It is known world wide even during the prophets time that that particular word is use by the Muslim to call the God Allah. Even we say it in our prayers. We didn't say the other 98 names.
Thus why suddenly you Christians want to mock us Muslim?
Did it stated in your Bible that Jesus pray to Allah and fought to death in order to use that word to call his God?
Anyway, you Christians must admit that Jesus @ Isa is praying to one God and it is Allah, no matter how you wanna twist and turn your 10 commandments.
And he never fought to use the word ain't it?
He just said that there is one God and it is Allah.
No other missionaries before you, all those ancient period and centuries and decades, who are original Christians by hereditary had asked to name your Christian God in their sermon as "Allah".
And why now suddenly, you Christians, whom mostly in Malaysia are of ethnic Chinese (with Buddhist as your original centuries old belief) or Indian and other pagan whom later seek God in Christianity wanted so hard to name your god Allah?
Do you think t is wrong for me to condemn your religion because you are trying to do the same to mine?
It is my right to condemn you people who support this because there are no other better intentions that you want this to materialised except to confuse and take advantage of the weak believers!
I bet the big guy of Christians missionaries knows 60% of the Malaysian population comprises of Muslim, thus taking this dumb effort trying to tap the market in order to enable them (the missionaries) better credits so they can admit themselves to heaven!
Ain't it right Father?
It is known that this type of issues are considered sensitive and the christians are just pushing their luck.
And it is just so funny that your catholic weekly The Herald, must have a Malay-language section, when you non-Malays had never give any effort at all in learning the Malay language -- you experience and witness this deficiencies among the cabinet Ministers, call centres idiots and cheapskate salesman.
So why would you have a Malay-section?
Was is just because the weak government allowed those Malay-Muslims to convert quietly as per their constituted rights upon reaching the age of 18 year? And you see some way to slither through it?
The smart alec editor, Lawrence Andrew, to me is just a jerk whom had been manipulated to manifest his own confusion towards his religion Christianity. He must be listening to some group of devilish advisers, and persistently want to make this matter as a big issue, in order to gain international support.
The basic of Christianity is Jesus.
You pray and hailed him GREATER than God himself!
You pray for your Holy Spirits and all.
So why bother about changing God's name, whom you Christian always refer to as just -- god?
That Andrew guy also reiterated the paper's stance that Malay-speaking Christians have long used the word, which has roots in Arabic and predates Islam.
Is it not Malay- speaking Christians actually bimbo....it is the Malay converts.
Why not just say it?
And why not i suggest you to just take any of the other 98 names available?
According to him the newspaper does use Allah in quotes from the (Malay-language) Bible and no one can tell them that they cannot quote from the Bible. "That would be a gross violation of our rights," he said....
Again, the Christians are given the freedom to practice in this country.
To build their churches at any precedented area...what kind of right do they expect more from an 'officially' Islamic religion country?
He stand to enlarged the confusion of Christians to the extend of believing that he could be able to get a 'legal endorsement' and its Constitutional right to use "Allah."
On the other hand i wonder why the government of Malaysia, who claimed Islam as official religion of the country -- to ban one Islamic publication those days, yet allowed The Herald to continue circulations? Contradicting moves never fails to amuse me.
A church in Sabah state in eastern Malaysia has separately also sued the government for preventing it from using the word "Allah" in its Malay-language literature. The church says the ban violates the freedom of religion guaranteed by the Constitution.
I wonder whether the Constitution does mention about the use of name of god too.
This confusion created to satisfy the lust to conquer the world's other religion, had somehow succeeded after the weak government of Malaysia in February this year had succumbed YET AGAIN to the need of others into condemning the 'official religion' that seems to be not so special anymore in Malaysia, by allowing the catholic church to use the word Allah " as long as they specify the material is not for Muslims"....hahahaha.....the government can be a joke.
This is not about race but this is JUST about religion.
And they succumbed to it too.
I wonder who Najib the Prime Minister is afraid of...
There you go Islam, and Muslim people.
There goes another failure to hail the religion in a country that claimed the 'official' religion is Islam.
According to the dumb Home Minister, the weekly bulletin that is being published in English, Mandarin, Tamil and Malay with an estimated readership of 50,000 and THE NEED to use the word Allah was for those indigenous pagan are Christian in the eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak.
Home Minister Syed Hamid should just take a long term vacation.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
I saw a report on this matter earlier and this chronic disorder of this skin depigmentation as in patches of skin happened to more or less 3% of population in the US and that it is more noticeable with darker skin complexion.
It is said that this disease is hereditary and easily affecting those susceptible to viral disease and diabetic people. The sufferer tend to blister more and sun burnt easily.
One young lady, who had totally changed to fair or white skin told of her predicament during younger years having to braved all of people's labelling, besides children making fun of her skin conditions which she contracted during the early age of 5 years old.
This disease, for those who are not well verse with it -- is not contagious or life threatening although it will effect them socially.
Vitiligo occurs when the melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin pigmentation which are derived from the neural crest, die or are unable to function, although the precise cause of it is complex and not yet fully understood. There is some evidence suggesting it is caused by a combination of autoimmune, genetic, and environmental factors. It is also common in people with thyroid disorders.
This skin conditions will hurt those people contracted by it and will leave an evident impact on one's appearance. Although Michael Jackson's conditions later resulted in a plus point to him because he eventually became totally white all over, some will just be left with the patches which will be obvious surrounding the face, neck and hand area.
Nevertheless, for those who suffered permanent patches, skin camouflage is the most readily available answer to it.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Nevertheless, i have read, but cannot confirm the truth of it, that the Shiites who lived among the Sunnis here in the Middle East would not break their fast once the call of dusk prayer i.e. Azaan Maghribe performed by the Sunnis muezzin. They would rather take another fifteen minutes to half an hour of grace period before consuming any food or drink.
The Shiites took this measures as they cannot trust the calling of Azaan by the Sunnis muezzin to be acurate.
6. The reason that has been given is that Malays, particularly kampung Malays just could not do well when the two subjects were taught in English. If we follow this kind of argument we should also stop trying to get Malays to do business because they really cannot do well in that field. They are best at working as wage-earners, particularly in Government service. We should encourage them not to try to go into business.
7. If we do this then the current anger over the New Economic Policy on the part of the non-Malays would be reduced.
8. Similarly with learning English. Malays just cannot learn and speak English. We should stop teaching it so that the language would not drag down the Malays in their exams. We should see better results.
Here he goes again......relentlessly.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
And this would be another month granted by God to me and am thanking Him for enabling yours truly to perform the third out of five Rukun Islam (Islamic Pillar/ maxims)required upon all of us Muslim.
The Holy month of Ramadhan here will be celebrated as usual -- with happiness and welcome of the month through advertisements on tv and roadside billboards, and the liveliness in the night because the mass majority will only be out after the iftar; to conduct what is required upon them religiously, or simply getting together for coffee later on and thus normally will be awake till the call of dawn. Daytime will be quieter as people will be at home and most shops will not be open till 5pm.
Personally, when it come to Ramadhan I will always look forward to one of the 'rituals' of the locals back in my home country -- the 'feasting of eyes' as i call it. Walk at any stipulated area for the 'Ramadhan Bazaar' and one will be feasted with abundance of sweet savouries and all types of dishes, and drinks and whatnots besides having to squeezed through throngs of people of all races buying all sort of food; be it for simply 'being gratified' by the looks or perhaps just another one of those who succumbed to the 'lust' of buying compulsively due to the whole day of not eating and drinking....hahahaha.....
Nevertheless, after being here and not having all these bazaar; I'm learning to adjust to not having this particular sort of excitement and watching people hoarding to food bazaar. I also learnt that its much easier to eat out at the hotels and restaurants here as it just run like ordinary days because people here prefer to have their iftar at home or at their relatives and friend's instead of eat out places;- which in my opinion is the best way of breaking the fast.
The one of the thing that i thank God so much during this month now was the fact that i don't have to pull myself to 'entertain' some people and business contacts because in the business world in Malaysia there is an unwritten business acumen and it is 'a must' for business people to seize this time of the year to locate and build up rapport with whomever -- and 90% of the invite will surely have a 'Yes' answer to it!
I who personally enjoyed it initially, came to feeling rather 'stale' about the whole agenda later, years after years. The most dreadful time was when some who doesn't know how to go home early after having completing the iftar and kept on going back and fro to the scrumptious buffet spread.
I dread those time but on the other hand had to do it because of the forever longing of worldly needs and wants.
The only thing that i found missing was the feeling of the coming of the Holy month itself. It has always been with me, as far as i can remember since I'm in my 20s. The feeling was like an aura or vibes of it coming a month earlier or so.
I realised i had been missing that feeling for the past years since i am here. I am trying to rectify this sentiment though.
I am trying to locate whether it was due to being not at the usual environment celebrating the coming of it (which i doubt, as here, the coming of it is celebrated well unlike Msia) or perhaps, as other commitments in life getting greater, I am becoming less contemplative about certain things in life.
I do not know but will surely found the answers soon enough.
Monday, 17 August 2009
There are women’s bathrooms and showers, alongside the men’s. Married couples live together. The base’s clinic treats gynecological problems and has, alongside the equipment needed to treat the trauma of modern warfare, an ultrasound machine.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are the first in which tens of thousands of American military women have lived, worked and fought with men for prolonged periods. Wars without front lines, they have done more than just muddle the rules meant to keep women out of direct enemy contact.
So what is the big deal about their women fighting for the 'make believed wars' when all that they can do is just be back home, work at any of their big corporations or farm (most of them are of deprived families), be with their families and enjoy their weekends together, and watch their kids and husbands play their only true game -- American Football!
The United States, the policeman of the world aka RoboCop who had been wishing and creating and who knows might even have in their secret test area millions of RoboCops which will be sent to all the Gulf and Middle east countries so they can create more trouble -- typical of a big bully who doesn't have any qualms at killing innocent child and women and men that tried hard to defend their countries from being raped by this one-eyed evil so they'd be able to suck all the oil to themselves and their allies...France to name one..).
They had been sending tens of thousands young military men and women and thousands more who had die of an unfortunate cause because they love their rotten country and President
and because of their greed to be the world's No 1 and the only RoboCop in this universe.
This piece of story really tickle my funny bones to the extend that i wanted to puke of disgust as i think it is totally absurd, and not even news worthy, when there are lots of other news or article that would reflect the true grieve they are facing back in Iran or Afghan.
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Farrah Naz Karim
PUTRAJAYA: Accusations of bias, negative public perception and the immense pressure on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has got the better of its investigations chief, Datuk Shukri Abdull.
An exasperated Shukri threw a bombshell yesterday: the MACC will
stop investigating politicians, indefinitely. (these politicians namely the UMNO members was very excited somewhere early this year when they came out with a letter to the body asking to be 'left alone', and that investigations into several party members had in a way affect and 'tarnish' their 'clean image'......funny!)
Shukri, who is also one of the graft-fighting body’s commissioners, said he and his men felt they could not carry out their duties effectively in cases involving politicians as they were being slammed no matter what they did.
(i wonder what will be the PM reaction towards this issue. would he say something 'safe' or would he stand on this body and defend their predicament?.....we shall wait!)
Public scorn, he said, was another reason for the decision.
(Obviously, we the public want to see some idiots being reprimanded for their mistakes and 'bribe-happy' attitude. Of course we wouldn't want to accept any reasons especially when it is ' lack of information or proof'. What is slacking are not those but your integrity and your work attitude.....So, prove us wrong.)
Shukri said although the decision was personal, he had informed his top bosses in the commission. (i wonder how he as the boss can make such decision on a 'personal' platform. It's kinda unprofessional isn't it?....what happen to the rest of the board members or managers ideas or perceptions on this matter?)
However, he added, he would suggest new terms of reference for dealing with politicians next week. The terms of reference will include a separate mechanism for handling corruption cases involving politicians.
"I am frustrated. We will stop probing all politicians, across the political divide, indefinitely. I am dead serious about this. (i bet politicians will be jumping sky high euphorically
with this premature decision)
"We have never asked for acknowledgement but we have been continuously whacked from all sides for doing our job.
"We have been giving it our all, working seven days a week, even during Hari Raya, but the manipulations have affected us so badly that my officers and I just cannot go on like this," Shukri, who has been with the anti-graft agency for 25 years, said.
He even went to the extent of saying he would quit his job if circumstances forced his hand. (hhmmm...he must be dead serious)
His main frustration is over the no-win situation in which the MACC is mired in.
"When we cannot charge anyone due to lack of evidence, they say we are covering up to protect the interests of certain quarters. When we do, they say we have conspired to sabotage. What are we to do?"
(typical accusations from jilted accusers and somehow can't be denied after all, when the transparency and clarity of investigated cases left too much unanswered questions and doubt)
Even before the passing of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, which transformed the Anti-Corruption Agency into the MACC, it had been under siege.
The most recent case involves the death of Teoh Beng Hock, the political aide to Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah of DAP. Teoh's body was found soon after MACC had questioned him, in the same building in which the MACC Selangor headquarters is located.
Many people blame MACC for his death. Following a public outcry, the government initiated an inquest into his death and decided to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to look into the interrogation methods of MACC. (probably this must also be one of his reason to blew up and decided to drop the bomb this time?....)
MACC has also been accused by the opposition of being a tool of Barisan Nasional, claiming that the commission merely went after politicians from the opposition. Such accusations were made despite MACC releasing records showing that the number of opposition-related people probed for alleged graft paled in comparison with those from BN.
Asked about the case of Wong Chuan How, the aide to Selangor executive council member Ronnie Liu, who said that he would present himself at MACC's headquarters here on Aug 20, Shukri said Wong "could just forget about it".
Wong was to have assisted in MACC's probe into alleged abuse of development funds totalling RM500,000 by several assemblymen.
The Sepang municipal councillor was involved in a scuffle with MACC officers on Friday where he injured his leg after allegedly trying to resist arrest.
(how hard some tried to deny their wrongs...why did he entered into such behaviour if he is not guilty?)
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Geneva: No kissing, avoid handshakes, sneeze in the crook of your arm and wash your hands—pandemics have a way of changing everyday life.
The World Health Organisation says that such simple measures are the best way to prevent the spread of even the most virulent virus.
Swine flu, or the A(H1N1) virus, has got a lot of people worried. Sales of hygienic masks have shot up in recent weeks.
But a WHO spokeswoman said: “Take the normal precautions you would do to seasonal flu or the common cold—nothing more drastic than that. It’s based on practical knowledge.”
WHO director general Margaret Chan took exception recently to the traditional Swiss greeting between acquainted men and women, three kisses on each cheek.
“Maybe you don’t do that any more—don’t hold each other and hug their face three times,” Chan explained when announcing a previous rise in the six level pandemic alert to five.
“It’s just an example to say continue with your business but try to pay special attention to personal hygiene,” Chan added. Her staff were duly told to avoid kisses and hugs as well as handshakes.
Good manners nonetheless survive in the form of good “respiratory hygiene.”
“Don’t cough in people’s faces,” suggested WHO’s acting assistant director general Keiji Fukuda. “Cover your mouth using (tissues) or your shirt sleeve to cough in and take a variety of steps like that.”
Washing hands regularly with soap and water during the day can help keep the virus at bay and go some way to prevent transmission.
Touching the mouth should also be avoided.
However, disposable face masks are only recommended for those who are ill, coughing or sneezing, or if you are caring for somebody who is vulnerable. “You don’t have to wear a face mask if you’re not ill,” the WHO spokeswoman said.
The WHO advises anyone feeling ill—fever, coughing, a headache, muscle and joint pain or a sore throat—to avoid work, stay at home and to inform family and friends as well as a doctor.
“If you are sick, if you have something which may be swine flu or any other illness it may be prudent to stay at home until you are better,” said Fukuda.
“This is a way of voluntarily preventing yourself from transmitting infection perhaps to others.”
Even staff at the United Nations in Geneva—where dozens of nationalities rub shoulders and tread its corridors, offices and canteens—were advised to stop shaking hands to reduce the risk of passing flu around.
“That doesn’t apply to meetings of diplomats,” a UN spokeswoman nonetheless qualified. -- AFP
Hmmmm....the spread of pandemics that might alter the culture of some people
especially when the culture of kissing or nose to nose light touch amongst the close knits here in the Gulf.
"6:145-146 Only four kinds of animal products are prohibited: animals that die of themselves, running blood (not trapped within the meat), the meat of pigs, and animals dedicated to other than their Creator. Verse 146 informs us that such prohibitions are very specific; God prohibits either ``the meat'' or ``the fat,'' or both, if He so wills."
In the book of Leviticus, chapter 11, v. 7, it is recorded that God declares the pig to be unclean for believers. Then, in verse 8, God says: “You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you”. This command is repeated in Deuteronomy 14:7-8. Then, in Isaiah 65:2-4, and 66:17, God issues a stern warning against those who eat pork"....
The 2009 flu pandemic is a global outbreak of a new strain of a influenza A virus subtype H1N1, officially named the "new H1N1", first identified in April 2009, and commonly called "Swine flu." It is thought to be a reassortment of four known strains of influenza A virus: one endemic in (normally infecting) humans, one endemic in birds, and two endemic in pigs (swine). Transmission of the new strain is human-to-human, with cooked pork products safe to eat as the virus cannot be transmitted by eating foods.
For all my friends who still believe that pigs are not the cause of this worldwide pandemic, please be rest assure that i am not out to attack you and your love to consume the meat of this deadly flu carrier just because they start calling it H1N1 (commonly the pandemic is still known as 'Swine Flu').
This killer virus which are airborne had caused 1,462 deaths worldwide since its outbreak in April. The total number of positive cases worldwide now stands at 35,025 as the current report as of three days ago. Here in this country i reside it only managed to 'kill' one person and the my birth country to date had 51 death; which is not surprising due to the climate and large-scale pig farming especially around Malaysia's west coast Negri Sembilan.
The influenza H1N1 so far as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) with symptoms which can last up to a week, are similar to those of seasonal flu, and may include fever, sneezes, sore throat, coughs, headache, and muscle or joint pains.
This viral spread must be taken seriously because it is airborne and spreads easily between people, through the air or surface contact and those who get the flu are recommended to stay home from school or work and avoid crowds to avoid spreading the infection further....(now I'm regretting having dinner at one of my fave place last night due to mass crowds there).
In an attempt to slow the spread of the illness, a number of countries, especially in Asia, have quarantined airline passengers with flu symptoms, while some are also pre-screening passengers.
WHO does not expect to have a full vaccine before the end of 2009, and vaccines available sooner may be limited and given first to healthcare workers, pregnant women, and other higher risk groups. Two or three injections will be required for maximum immunity from both the swine flu and seasonal flu. There is also concern if the new virus mutates further, it could become more virulent and less susceptible to any new vaccine.
Okay, for those of you who are oblivious and lack of info on this 'Swine Flu' pandemic; please read following....just to have some tips for your goodself.
What is swine flu?
(Note: U.S. researchers are trying to term 2009 swine flu viruses as H1N1 flu viruses as of April 2009.) Well i guess this must be because they and some other felt 'humiliated' and 'belittled' with people blaming their favourite meat.
Swine flu (swine influenza) is a respiratory disease caused by viruses (influenza viruses) that infect the respiratory tract of pigs and result in nasal secretions, a barking-like cough, decreased appetite, and listless behavior.
Swine flu produces most of the same symptoms in pigs as human flu produces in people. Swine flu can last about one to two weeks in pigs that survive. Swine influenza virus was first isolated from pigs in 1930 in the U.S. and has been recognized by pork producers and veterinarians to cause infections in pigs worldwide. In a number of instances, people have developed the swine flu infection when they are closely associated with pigs (for example, farmers, pork processors), and likewise, pig populations have occasionally been infected with the human flu infection.
In most instances, the cross-species infections (swine virus to man; human flu virus to pigs) have remained in local areas and have not caused national or worldwide infections in either pigs or humans. Unfortunately, this cross-species situation with influenza viruses has had the potential to change. Investigators think the 2009 swine flu strain, first seen in Mexico, should be termed H1N1 flu since it is mainly found infecting people and exhibits two main surface antigens, H1 (hemagglutinin type 1) and N1 (neuraminidase type1).
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By JO TIMBUONG
PETALING JAYA: Online and wire agency reports that the Government is mulling an Internet filtering system similar to China’s controversial “Green Dam” project has got the local online community in a huff, while technology experts questioned the viability of the project.
Online portals and wire agencies reported earlier Thursday that the Government has called for a tender for a system that could block “undesirable websites.”
Information, Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim, whose ministry issued the tender, also plans to secure direct control over the content and monitoring division of Malaysia’s Internet regulator, Reuters quoted a source as saying.
Rais himself said last month that he would introduce measures to “control the bad” elements on the Internet.
Neither Rais, nor any of the government bodies related to technology, were available for comment at press time.
China’s Green Dam project sought to install software filters on all computers sold in the country to block pornography and “other harmful content,” but has been put on the backburner because of technical issues and a rising tide of protest from civil society in and outside China.
The Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (Pikom) was disappointed with what it said was the Malaysian Government’s attempt to censor the Internet.
“It has gone against its word to ensure the medium remains open and uncensored,” Pikom chairman David Wong said.
The MSC Malaysia Bill of Guarantees specifies that the Internet will not be censored to ensure the success of the MSC Malaysia initiative, he noted.
“It will also be difficult to filter ‘harmful content,’ especially that found in blogs, on the Internet as it knows no boundaries,” he said.
Wong said Internet users did not share their thoughts only on blogs, but also through social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, as well as chatrooms and forums.
He said a better and more viable measure would be to educate the public on the consquences of spreading harmful or irresponsible content.
Technology advocate Dinesh Nair said the Government’s efforts might just be in vain.
“They can try to filter the Internet but it won’t work,” he said.
He also believed that if the main reason was to block “undesirable content,” the Government would be better off using the educational approach.
If the Government were to block one “harmful site,” another would just pop up in its place, he added.
Internet users, he said, view online censorship as damaging and will always find ways to circumvent any such barrier.
“It’s better to educate the rakyat (people) to be proactive and identify these sites and exercise good Internet surfing habits, rather than censoring the Internet,” he said.
Artist and new media advocate Muid Latif said Internet censorship would only contribute to the negative growth of the Malaysian information and communications technology sector, especially in the area of creative content.
“This ridiculous restriction will reflect badly on Malaysia and potential investors will think twice about making an investment here,” he said.
Many in the Government have blamed the vibrant and critical Internet culture for Barisan Nasional’s losses in the 12th General Election in March last year, and there has been pressure from some quarters to muzzle the medium.
The Government had previously considered registering bloggers, many of whom are critical of the ruling coalition.
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