Sunday, 16 December 2012

A-Okay?

Dr M Okay With PM's Performance and Rosmah's Profile.

A Kadir Jasin @ The Scribe A Kadir Jasin


I would not dare claim that I am right all a long, but I have repeatedly said in this blog that the Prime Minister’s wife can have as high a profile as she likes if she ventures into politics and wins a sit.

Now the former Prime Minister, (Tun) Dr Mahathir Mohamad, had said about the same thing. The media quoted him as saying that Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak 's wife, Rosmah Mansor, has the right to have as high a profile as she likes.

"There is no standard format to fill in if you become the wife of the prime minister. You can be as prominent as you like," he said, adding that Rosmah also had the right to rebut allegations made against her in her biography.

Dr Mahathir was asked on whether he thinks Rosmah's profile is too high compared to former prime ministers' wives.

On the same day that he made the comment on Rosmah, he was also quoted as saying that he was not practising double standard by supporting Mohd Najib now and opposing (Tun) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, when the latter was Prime Minister.

"(There's) no double standard. If somebody doesn't perform, I will campaign, against anybody," Dr Mahathir was quoted as saying.

"Whether he's my nominee or somebody else, I will campaign if somebody does not perform and in my view, Pak Lah didn't perform," Dr Mahathir said.

Asked whether his answer meant that he was satisfied with Najib's performance, he responded, "Yes, I'm satisfied."
Being the prime minister's wife already provides her enough prominence. It is not necessary to seek more prominence and definitely not at the expense of the taxpayers' funds.”
Being the prime minister's wife already provides her enough prominence. It is not necessary to seek more prominence and definitely not at the expense of the taxpayers' funds.”



So, in one go, Dr Mahathir reaffirmed his endorsement of the Najib-Rosmah partnership, which, I am sure, will be read differently by different quarters.

Take for instance, what a debater in Malaysiakini’s Yoursay forum, who goes by the pseudonym “Little Giant” had to say:

“Going by protocol, the prime minister's wife has the right to have a high profile. But it is not right of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to say that Rosmah Mansor can enjoy as high a profile "as she likes".

As for me, I still feel that my argument in the posting entitled “Perdana Menteri Wanita: Kenapa Isteri PM Tak Boleh?” on Jan. 16, 2011 is valid and I think the Barisan Nasional should seriously consider putting her up as a candidate in the coming general election.

I am not being cynical. Going by reports and pictures in the media, Rosmah is popular and has her own followers and following. When elected, she has every right to decide and assume whatever profile she desires as long it is within the limit of law and propriety.

As for Dr Mahathir endorsing Mohd Najib, I am not surprised that he is doing it openly and publicly. But what also matters is what he says privately.

If Dr Mahathir does to Mohd Najib what he did to Abdullah in the run-up to the 2008 general election, the consequences would be dire for the Prime Minister, the BN and Umno.

Granted that Mohd Najib is a lot stronger and more capable than Abdullah, he does not, however, enjoy Abdullah’s image as “Mr Clean” and “Mr Nice Guy”. Mohd Najib is more controversial than Abdullah.

Meanwhile, in the eyes of many, including those in the opposition camp, Dr Mahathir is as influential today as he was during the 2008 general election. 

He could still move votes. So Mohd Najib and his retinue of advisers and special officers must be careful not to offend the patriarch and his sympathisers.

It may not be all about altruism though. Dr Mahathir nurtured and protected Mohd Najib because Mohd Najib’s father, (Tun) Abdul Razak Hussein, nurtured and protected him. Now Dr Mahathir has a son, Mukhriz, who is in the political arena and, as the saying goes, one good deed deserves another. Wallahualam.

Friday, 14 December 2012

212012


I would like to share this since the 'Apocalypse 2012' will be nearing soon.

I have watch with astonishment how people in the US took this end of the world presentation by the Mayan calendar over seriously to the extend of building underground facility for friends and family in order to avoid being blasted with the end of the world catastrophe.

As a Muslim, believing in the Al-Quran, I have learnt that there will be signs before the end of the world even begins. Although there had been several minor signs, as stipulated in the teaching, the medium and major ones has yet to arrive.

I would suggest those Apocalypse 2012 believers to at least consider reading or do some researching especially on the part that the sun will rise from the west instead of east because that IS one of the bigger sign of the end of humanity.

Below some excerpt from the holy Quran.

i--Chapter 02:Verse258:- "Abraham said, Verily!Allah causes the sun to rise from east; then cause it to rise from the west"
ii-- Chapter 06:Verse158:- "The day (ie. Portents of the hour e.g., sun rising from the west)that some of the signs of your Lord (Allah) do come, no good will it do to a person to believe then, if he believed not before, nor earned good through his faith"

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Is The Pole Shift Theory Possible?

One of the theories that has not been published in the dialog of Global Warming, is the Mayan Pole Shift Theory in which the north and south pole shift. Albert Einstein agreed that this effect is now going on, and can be responsible for Global Weather change.
The theory if correct would make all other theories moot, because they predict the Poles will shift again in 2012. If this occurs, the catastrophe that will include earthquakes, tsunamis and massive destruction could be the “End of Times”.

The end of the fifth creation of the Maya calendar is on December 23, 2012 of the Current Era (C.E.2).That would be 12-21-12, It has to do with the movement of the earths axis where all of the planets line up. It will change the tides and start massive flooding. Not necessarily the end of the world just major change in “mother nature” that could result in devastating events.

The magnetic field of the Earth has actually switched its direction many many times during Earth’s history. Although this is not completely understood, the leading theory of how it works is that Earth’s magnetic field is caused by the motion of the liquid outer core. The churning of the liquid in the outer core acts as a giant electromagnet, moving electrical charges around, in what is known as the “geomagnetic dynamo.” The rotation of the solid inner core also contributes to the magnetic field.

When a certain combination of inner and outer core motion occurs, the Earth’s magnetic field will quickly reverse. For example, lava that solidified 30,000 years ago shows that the magnetic field was in the opposite direction at that time. Evidence from the geologic record shows that this reversal could take less than 1000 or even less than 100 years. The way these reversals throughout geologic history were discovered was by looking at the seafloor. New ocean floor is created along the mid-ocean ridges. When lava along these ridges cools, its minerals harden in line with the Earth’s magnetic field. This causes the seafloor to have magnetic “stripes,” which can be measured and mapped.

This is very useful for oceanographers and geologists.
One effect that may occur during a magnetic reversal is that the Earth may not be protected from charged particles streaming from the sun. These particles are called the “solar wind“, and could be dangerous to life if they reached the Earth’s surface. However, the interaction between the magnetic field and these particles deflects them around the Earth.

The area around a planet (including Earth) within which the motion of charged particles is affected by the magnetic field is called the magnetosphere. The Earth’s environment extends all the way from the sun to the Earth and beyond? It is not an empty wasteland of space. Instead, near-Earth space is full of streaming particles, electromagnetic radiation, and constantly changing electric and magnetic fields. All of these things make up our magnetosphere (source for this material is from NASA.

We’ve learned that the solar wind travels past the Earth at well over 1,000,000 miles per hour. And thanks to the Earth’s magnetic field, the solar wind is stopped and deflected around the Earth so that most of it does not hit our atmosphere head on.

Sometimes the magnetosphere becomes overloaded with particles. When this happens, some particles escape through the magnetosphere and interact with atoms in the upper atmosphere, making them emit light. This is what creates the northern lights (aurora borealis) and the southern lights (aurora australis). weakened during a reversal, more of these particles will get through to the upper atmosphere. This could be a problem, but most likely the atmosphere is thick enough to protect the Earth’s surface.

Solar wind energy in our magnetosphere can also cause what are known as space plasma storms. These storms can cause communication and science satellites to fail. They can also cause damage to electric power systems on the surface of the Earth. (See picture above of damage)
A large space storm in 1989 made currents on the ground that caused a failure in the Hydro-Quebec electric power system. This prevented 6 million people in Canada and the US from having electricity for over 9 hours. The same storm caused the atmosphere to inflate and dragged the LDEF satellite to a lower orbit earlier than expected.

This phenomenon, can and does have an affect on the Earth and it’s climate. Al Gore’s theory of Global Warming blames man made co2 gases for a decrease in the Polar ice cap, and many other climatology things. He like other hucksters is peddling a disputed scientific theory that will do nothing but slow down the United States economy.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Melayu Oh Melayu.

Melayu oh Melayu kenapa kau macam itu?


Above is the only line I managed to pulled out of my brain, and will continue in 'bahasa penjajah' as some Malays would called it. 
I was stuck for more or less fifteen minutes trying to find nice sentence for my rambling today, and   tried to express it in bahasa melayu, but failed.  
I find it very hard to jot down my simple thought.
I left school decades ago, and letters in working life are mostly done in English unless you're dealing with government agencies.

I know some must find my on and off criticism about my own race is like criticising my self or those surrounding me, and that I am an arrogant or 'berlagak' woman, and behaved like I know everything.

See, the typical problems with Malays--not all but most that I came across with (unfortunately), were those sort that find my thought and my straightforwardness very disturbing to the extend of appalling.
Oh, yes, this world is not big after all-- what more with the presence of world wide web, everything seems so easily reached. 
Informations and bumping into someone blog or ramblings are just so easy and can happen by any chance.

If you must know, the Malays having taught to be obedient, must follow certain rules.
This especially important among young girls and ladies.


But my problem is, I have been taught to have brain of my own.
My parents never set any mind- boundaries on how or what to think.
They never lay down any condition on who or what I have to be-- injecting input like 'oh you must be  a lawyer, or a doctor or engineer (mind you, and admitting it or not-- these are the professions looked upon by my race or maybe other race too) other than that you're nobody. Not smart, which sometimes like minded friends will make this as a joke.
I have a few but will share it some other time. It is on how parents try to slip in their conversation by mentioning the children's profession; if it is of the three above-mentioned.

Coming back to my problems with the Malay attitude about someone character. 
I don't understand why when you're a Malay lady -- you can't be out spoken?
They, (both men and women) will give you a thumb's up if you just keep quiet and keep your opinion to your self, BUT will definitely say you're very critical and having too much questions or a swagger 

 (menunjuk pandai) when you start to ask some things just because you want to get a thorough understanding. 

This is where I find one Malay proverbs-- 'rumah siap pahat berbunyi' -- which carry very simple meaning that when one task or issues has been okay-ed by everyone in a meeting for a project (as an example)  -- and when the project is on its way, suddenly there will be some who is going to criticised, or complain and will out of te blue have opinion, whereby during the period of reaching to that agreement-- none want to say anything and acted like everything is okay and acceptable.
This is very normal in the community.
I'd say maybe in Asian community because I have had the opportunity to work closely with one Texan power generation company for about a year at Tenaga Nasional Kapar Power Station.
These are rugged people.
These are people that will work the clock and delay means money flowing out. And these people wont spare you anything at all -- they hurled at you, they tell you off (again-- i am the only woman there), and being 28, and the youngest among big old giant mat salleh,  I broke down once when one of the fierce one swearing at me because of some work issue,-- BUT, the beauty behind the whole cursing and swearing is -- they will automatically change their hat once the day is over! And we can laughed and make joke after that. 

After few such incidences -- I learnt that this way of working IS the best way of working.
We never keep things under the carpet.

And I will from that day onward never keep things under my carpet -- personally or professionally.

If the Malays learnt to behave in such manner (not the swearing part) Im pretty sure creases shall be ironed out easily.
If the Malays learnt to accept another Malay (I have to bold this because the issue will be different if the opinion came from a non-Malay) trying to share opinion, or maybe criticised on certain things -- that above-mentioned proverbs might not be applicable in the next century of Malay compilations of proverbs.
Im serious.

What I find hard for the Malays to come up to is having a proper discourse, an eye to eye kind of understanding. The whys.
Lay out opinions. Or reasons.
Why it is not accepted.... etcetera, etcetera....

When voicing out opinion were taken as criticising --  then, the Malay problems will never end.
When issues are being brought up, and someone felt that the issue is very disturbing or arrogantly voiced-- and never take the bold step to personally ask 'why it is such' -- but instead attacking by cumulating supporters and start labelling -- the Malay problems shall never come to an end.  

No denying that the Malays holds on to their adat, and mostly to their religion (which sometimes they got confused between the adat and the religion and it becomes rojak ) and hurting people or saying wrong things are forbidden, and that words spoken must be nice and perfect all the time...-- I only got one question -- aren't we human? Or are you an angel?..

Put it this way, for those of you who simply like to judge people you dont know really well -- there are word of wisdom or saying " read between the line"... it has lots of meaning.
So does someone's writing, and opinion.
Not all opinions and people's thoughts must be labeled as arrogant IF it doesn't suit your reading. Or like the Malay say -- terasa.

Personally I do not see any problems with having own opinion and voicing it out, and shall continue doing so.

My last word would be: Siapa makan cili, dia terasa pedasnya. Even if you dont eat the chilli but you still feel the bites-- I's think your paranoia has taken to the next degree.




Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Mental writers.

Creativity 'closely entwined with mental illness'
Virginia WoolfNovelist Virginia Woolf killed herself

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Creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible, according to a study of more than a million people.
Writers had a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse, the Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute found.
They were almost twice as likely as the general population to kill themselves.
The dancers and photographers were also more likely to have bipolar disorder.

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It is important that we do not romanticise people with mental health problems, who are too often portrayed as struggling creative geniuses”
Beth MurphyThe mental health charity Mind
As a group, those in the creative professions were no more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders than other people.
But they were more likely to have a close relative with a disorder, including anorexia and, to some extent, autism, the Journal of Psychiatric Research reports.
Lead researcher Dr Simon Kyaga said the findings suggested disorders should be viewed in a new light and that certain traits might be beneficial or desirable.
For example, the restrictive and intense interests of someone with autism and the manic drive of a person with bipolar disorder might provide the necessary focus and determination for genius and creativity.
Similarly, the disordered thoughts associated with schizophrenia might spark the all-important originality element of a masterpiece.

Dr Kyaga said: "If one takes the view that certain phenomena associated with the patient's illness are beneficial, it opens the way for a new approach to treatment.
"In that case, the doctor and patient must come to an agreement on what is to be treated, and at what cost.
"In psychiatry and medicine generally there has been a tradition to see the disease in black-and-white terms and to endeavour to treat the patient by removing everything regarded as morbid."
Beth Murphy, head of information at Mind, said bipolar disorder personality traits could be beneficial to those in creative professions, but it may also be that people with bipolar disorder are more attracted to professions where they can use their creative skills.
"It is important that we do not romanticise people with mental health problems, who are too often portrayed as struggling creative geniuses.
"We know that one in four people will be diagnosed with a mental    health problem this year and that these individuals will come from a range of different backgrounds, professions and walks of live. Our main concern is that they get the information and support that they need and deserve.

Troubled minds

  • Novelist Virginia Woolf, who wrote A Room of One's Own and To the Lighthouse, had depression and drowned herself
  • Fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid, had depression
  • US author and journalist Ernest Hemingway, who wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls, had depression and killed himself with a shotgun
  • Author and playwright Graham Greene, who wrote the novel Brighton Rock, had bipolar disorder
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Well....it has been quite a while since my last post, and interestingly when this piece of news development  I got while watching BBC World earlier came just in time when I told myself that I must start writing again -- viola, this is a good start again!
See, it is not easy to come across some thought provoking news -- okay, there might be...but perhaps the subject wasn't that catchy enough and doesn't relate much to yours truly -- which, it must be admitted that the essence of one writer, or blogger or rambler whatsoever is the relation of oneself to he story or ramblings he or she must have. Without it one would  not be able to pen down their thoughts, feelings and all other aspect of story telling, which in return will be evident in the out of flow, out of feel story...sans connection I would say.
What invited me to this piece of researched done by the Swedish scientists is it is obviously true. 
Lets take people in the creative industry such as singer or actors -- how many of them got themselves in troubles and some ended up killing themselves by overdosing on drugs, a simple example of emotional disorders. I mean, what else they want in life when they got fame and being idolised and money to get them all the happiness they ever wanted.
As for another type of creative lot I must say artist posses some weird way of relating their feelings. This is my own personal experience and knowing more than one of them confirm my thought about their 'weirdness'. Talking to them is like talking to some poet, who would describe a very straight forward things or feelings in a rather complicated yet flowery way of saying it.
And I guess, writers suffer the most because unlike artists or dancers, writers need to feel the the whole A-Z of the story he write, the characters he created in the story and must emotionally absorb each and every one of his character in order to make them alive in order to make their readers on the other hand believing in the imaginary character (this of course if it is fiction) and mostly pen it down with words that'll filled with a wholesome fullness and passions. Without those, readers will definitely feel the lacklustre and he won't become a good writer.
What say you...   






Friday, 14 September 2012

Good Wine.

Non-alcoholic wine is good for your heart, study finds.


BARCELONA, Sept 11 — While there is research aplenty touting the health benefits of a glass of red wine, a new study suggests that non-alcoholic wine may have even more heart-healthy effects.

First introduced to the marketplace some 20 years ago, non-alcoholic or “de-alcoholised” wine is made using fermented grapes like regular wine, but then most of the alcohol is removed.

Spanish researchers find that non-alcoholic wine may be more effective than regular wine at reducing blood pressure in men who are at risk for heart attack.
Spanish researchers find that non-alcoholic wine may be more effective than regular wine at reducing blood pressure in men who are at risk for heart attack.
According to the research, non-alcoholic red wine was found to be even more effective at lowering blood pressure in men who are at high risk for heart attack. The study findings were published online September 6 in Circulation Research.

University of Barcelona researchers recruited 67 men who had diabetes or three or more heart disease risk factors. The men spent three periods of four weeks each drinking either non-alcoholic red wine, red wine, or gin with their meals, switching to a different beverage at the end of every phase.

During the month they imbibed regular red wine or gin, the men’s blood pressures showed little or no change. But when they switched to non-alcoholic wine, their blood pressure dipped — only a modest amount, but enough to translate into a 14 per cent reduced risk for coronary heart disease and a 20
percent decrease in risk for strokes.

The benefits of red wine are found in its powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, not the alcohol. The alcohol may actually dampen red wine’s blood pressure-reducing effect, suggest the researchers. They also speculate that non-alcoholic wine may increase nitric oxide in the bloodstream, a chemical that relaxes blood vessels.

“The non-alcoholic part of the wine — namely polyphenols — exert a protective effect on the cardiovascular system,” stated researcher Ramon Estruch, MD, PhD. “Polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may be useful to prevent other diseases such as diabetes.”

Other foods high in polyphenols include coffee, tea, chocolate and brightly coloured fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, raspberries, kale, and broccoli. — AFP/Relaxnews

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Good news for those who want to still enjoy fine dining.



Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Saudi Woman Defies Religious Police: It Is None of Your Business If I We...



HAIL SAUDI WOMAN!! More like you should exist to fight this male chauvinism in your country! I SALUTE YOU.

Damn all of you male cauvinistic pigs where ever you are.




 I wonder how the bleedin hell this religious police noticed her nail polish. This simply shows that they actually can't keep the freakin eyes to look at other things except breasts and bottoms. This is yet another incident why my verdict that most muslim males are sexually-inclined lots.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Villagio Doha Fire


DOHA - Firefighters in Qatar told Wednesday how they tried to rescue 13 children trapped by a blaze in a shopping mall nursery but found most already dead, huddled in the arms of two fellow firemen who died in the rescue bid.

All 19 people killed in the inferno at Doha's Villagio mall on Monday were foreigners, including the two fire fighters as well as 13 children and four teachers.

The authorities have ordered that the mall's owner and four of its senior staff be arrested, reports said.

As smoke and flames engulfed the nursery, two of the four teachers sent farewell text messages and made their final calls to family letting them know they would not be coming home.

"I'm dying," one of the three Filipino teachers trapped in the fire told her aunt in a text message before she succumbed, her friend Marilyn Evangelista told the Al-Jazeera satellite news channel.

Another teacher, also from the Philippines, called her husband to tell him that she and the children were "trapped, the smoke is too thick," according to Evangelista, who then broke down in tears.


Abdel Khaleq al-Huwari, one of dozens of firemen who responded to the blaze, told AFP that the rescue teams were not informed of the existence of a nursery in the mall "until half an hour after" they arrived on the scene.


He said that a mall employee eventually told them that there was a nursery on the first floor of the complex.

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I was saddened when reading about this few days ago, and only have opportunity to write about it today. I feel strongly, the need as parents, to make sure this news reached parents anywhere at all.
The place we sent our children for play or nursery are well built and are equipped with extra measures to prepared and minimise the risk of fire and other catastrophe such as this.


I can't help but keep on imagining the frighten, screaming and crying of the 13 young children awaiting to be blanketed by the furious fire... and the parents waiting exasperatedly and praying for miracle outside the building for their kids to be saved from the furious fire.
 As a mother myself , only God knows the feeling of the New Zealander couple who had lost three of their children one go...


May God bless their souls


Nineteen succumbed to their death due to few people negligence and 'don't-care-attitude' and I'm sure those apprehended shall be responsible for the lives lost.
As one of such parents, when back home, I will sometimes drop my child together with friends or cousins to kids play area such as this which had been one of a feature in shopping complexes this past years; I will definitely be more cautious on the place I will sent them next time. And definitely will not leave them more than half an hour unattended.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Just let it go...

(Bernama) - Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) recorded a net loss of RM2.52 billion, on the back of RM13.9 billion in revenue, for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2011.

For the fourth quarter, the national carrier recorded RM1.28 billion in net loss, on a turnover of RM3.68 billion, said group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.
He said the bottom-line group losses for 2011 underscored the imperative need for the airline to immediately adopt strong measures to stop the “bleeding".

“This includes staff redeployment, increasing productivity and efficiency, relentless cost control and making further reviews.

“We are also implementing an aggressive sales and marketing strategy,” he told a press conference here today.

Ahmad Jauhari said the group’s full year performance was severely impacted by a 21% increase in expenditure of RM16.2 billion, from RM13.41 billion in 2010, previously.

He said the higher expenditure was due to a 33% increase in fuel cost of RM5.85 billion and a 15% increase in non-fuel expense of RM10.43 billion.

The rise in non-fuel expense was mainly due to provisions totalling RM1.09 billion made in the fourth quarter for stock obsolescence, redelivery of aircraft and impairment of freighter aircraft.

Ahmad Jauhari said the accounts for the year under review recognised provisions and escalating operational costs which, although painful, provided a holistic snapshot of the organisation and full knowledge of the company’s actual position.

For the full year, Malaysia Airlines saw capacity (available seat per kilometre) increase seven percent, passenger traffic up five percent but lower seat factor reducing to 75%.

He said revenue and average fares across all classes showed improvement throughout the year, particularly in the front-end cabins.
However, there was an overall drop in seat factor as the airline strived for better yields.

On a regional performance basis, the domestic and short-haul, intra-Asean services continued to be key markets for the company, with these segments reporting positive growth on a quarterly, as well as, on a year to-date basis, he added.

Meanwhile, the cargo division suffered in line with an overall slowdown of the industry, globally.
Revenue dropped 14%, capacity decreased nine percent while yield increased two percent.

Ahmad Jauhari also said MASkargo recorded a loss before tax of RM19 million in 2011 compared with a profit of RM141 million in the previous year due to higher fuel costs and impairment of its A330 freighter fleet.



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I cannot remember when was the last time reading about MAS making any profits at all.
Honestly, this national carrier making such a big loss is no more news...it's expected.
MAS making it back in black IS news and would be an event to celebrate by the shareholders.

Idris Jala after being picked and appointed thought he can help solved the company's problems and sold some assets to help the company breath, but nope. It didn't help.


This outfits is unsaveable...that is what I feel.
When such big outfits had been on such a big loss for three years straight, it definitely need a decade to overcome the situation and crawl to the recovery line.


Or perhaps not at all due to all factors and ever increasing expenditures, which is unavoidable.

Let face the fact.


There are huge multinationals that had been controlling the market shares crashed and can't keep up. Which I think MAS should just be dissolved and if Malaysia want to have their own national carrier, make sure it is run by smart and honest people.
Charging very high ticket prices will not promise you good line of passengers.
And blaming it on high fuel prices were just lame.


When passengers are being charged for the fuel prices increment worldwide, you MAS, are not bearing it all 100 percent yourself. The surcharge is not little for paying customers.


To me that excuse was like blaming it on the rain when one can't find anything concrete to put the blame on and refuses to blame the management per se.
And Ahmad Jauhari Yahya -- you are right on one thing.
It's bleeding. And it's bleeding profusely hard.
Internal bleeding was the initial reason, and now it has created major parts crash and bleed out which certainly spell dying...sooner or later.


Bailing out by the government...again? Until when?

Implementing aggressive sales and marketing strategy would not help you much MAS.
Maybe a mere 15% if there is luck and hard persistence sell because you know well that other neighbouring carrier can offer much cheaper rates to same sector, and people rather flew down to neighbouring country to catch a flight to EU.
On the local front, your nemesis is controlling it, and they are doing it well. The airport in Sepang during festive holidays is worst than bus stations packed with people of all kinds.
No doubt you created your own brand of local flight to counter attack , but when the prices of your baby is 15% lesser than what you offer, and much expensive than your nemesis, for people like me, we'd rather pay that 15% and get a better and bigger plane.
Furthermore, your baby is not fiery enough and it didn't cover many small airports in the country.


So why have one?
And why not swallow the fact that MAS can't be saved, and aiding it would only make another hole on another accounts bigger....












Saturday, 14 April 2012

4 year old genius joins Mensa with IQ of 159.

A four-year-old girl has stunned academicians with an IQ of 159, just one point below Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.

Heidi Hankins has become the youngest member to get an entry into the elite IQ club 'Mensa'.
She sat for Mensa test, a mixture of problem-solving puzzles and word games, after nursery staff struggled to find activities to challenge her.
By the age of two, she could count to 40, draw pictures of people, recite poems and read books meant for seven-year-olds.
Within a year, she was adding and subtracting.
Her parents Matthew, 47, a University of Southampton lecturer, and Sophy, 43, an artist, are hoping their daughter can skip a school year when she starts in September.
Heidi sat a Wechsler IQ test, which uses puzzles to measure a child's intellectual potential.
"We always thought Heidi was bright because she was reading early. I was curious about her IQ and the results were off the scale," the Daily Mail quoted Dr Hankins as saying.
"I got her the complete set of the Oxford Reading Tree books when she was two and she read through the whole set of 30 in about an hour. It's what you would expect a seven-year-old to do. She was making noises and trying to talk literally since she was born and by age one her vocabulary was quite good. She was using full sentences almost as soon as she started to speak," he revealed.
Dr Hankins said Heidi was drawing princesses and animals aged 14 months - an age when most children can only mark the page.
And at 18 months the family found her using the computer to teach herself to read.
Heidi is a head taller than her classmates, and at 3ft 10in is closer to an average six year old.
The Hankins, from Winchester, Hampshire, also have a nine-year-old son, Isaac, who is a chorister at Winchester Cathedral.
"Heidi has really flourished quicker than other children - academically, artistically and physically, Dr Hankins said.
"We don't push Heidi at all. She has taken up everything herself and teaches herself.
"She is not precocious, she is just a little girl who likes her Barbies and Lego but then you will find her sitting down and reading a book," Dr Hankins said.
The average adult IQ score is 100 while a 'gifted' score is 130.
"Heidi's parents correctly identified that she shows great potential," John Stevenage, chief executive of British Mensa, added. (ANI)

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Eggs + Urine = Chinese

DONGYANG, China (Reuters) - It's the end of a school day in the eastern Chinese city of Dongyang, and eager parents collect their children after a hectic day of primary school.

But that's just the start of busy times for dozens of egg vendors across the city, deep in coastal Zhejiang province, who ready themselves to cook up a unique springtime snack favored by local residents.
Basins and buckets of boys' urine are collected from primary school toilets. It is the key ingredient in "virgin boy eggs", a local tradition of soaking and cooking eggs in the urine of young boys, preferably below the age of 10.

There is no good explanation for why it has to be boys' urine, just that it has been so for centuries.

The scent of these eggs being cooked in pots of urine is unmistakable as people pass the many street vendors in Dongyang who sell it, claiming it has remarkable health properties.

"If you eat this, you will not get heat stroke. These eggs cooked in urine are fragrant," said Ge Yaohua, 51, who owns one of the more popular "virgin boy eggs" stalls.

"They are good for your health. Our family has them for every meal. In Dongyang, every family likes eating them."

It takes nearly an entire day to make these unique eggs, starting off by soaking and then boiling raw eggs in a pot of urine. After that, the shells of the hard-boiled eggs are cracked and they continue to simmer in urine for hours.

Vendors have to keep pouring urine into the pot and controlling the fire to keep the eggs from being overheated and overcooked.

Ge said he has been making the snack, popular due to its fresh and salty taste, for more than 20 years. Each egg goes for 1.50 yuan ($0.24), a little more than twice the price of the regular eggs he also sells.

Many Dongyang residents, young and old, said they believed in the tradition passed on by their ancestors that the eggs decrease body heat, promote better blood circulation and just generally reinvigorate the body.

"By eating these eggs, we will not have any pain in our waists, legs and joints. Also, you will have more energy when you work," said Li Yangzhen, 59, who bought 20 eggs from Ge.

The eggs are not bought only at street stalls. Local residents are also known to personally collect boys' urine from nearby schools to cook the delicacy in their homes.

The popularity of the treat has led the local government to list the "virgin boy eggs" as an intangible cultural heritage.
But not everyone is a fan. Chinese medical experts gave mixed reviews about the health benefits of the practice, with some warning about sanitary issues surrounding the use of urine to cook the eggs.

Some Dongyang residents also said they hated the eggs.

"We have this tradition in Dongyang that these eggs are good for our health and that it would help prevent things like getting a cold," said Wang Junxing, 38. "I don't believe in all this, so I do not eat them."

(Editing by Elaine Lies and Paul Casciato)


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These Chinese will eat almost everything, no, correction, not almost everything -it's everything- moving on earth and under water, and like not enough of that, they savour human flesh, live monkey brains, drinking blood and urine. It wont be too much to say that Chinese are the most filthiest human race on earth and amazingly they got all the reason behind eating and drinking all the rubbish. It's for health purposes.
All you know they also might be consuming their own stool to stay perpetually young....dduuhhh.

One thing for sure, should there be one time when food are not available to the human race, they will definitely be one race that will survive the earth -- eating everything. 

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Dirty Slimy....politics.

There he goes...Kadir Sheikh Fadzil.
Ex-Umno member after 56years.

There is a very perfect Malay saying for him -- 'Sebab mulut badan binasa', which basically tells us to watch out what comes out of our mouth because saying the wrong thing to someone or to make it public, and in this case it was more politically wrong; will land you on the not so green grass and will obviously need start reaping what he sow.


Because of his controversial statement that hurts the ever sensitive hearts and ears of Umno members, former Information Minister and 30 years MP for Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir  had to resigned as an Umno member after spending that lenght of time being so adamantly loyal to the party.

He allegedly accused the ruling party handing between RM200 and RM1,000 to voters in previous elections in exchange for votes, which of course is not news at all to us who knows. Be it for the general election or some constituency election. 

This once flamboyant and outgoing minister must have been very frustrated with someone or something in the party. On the other hand, I'm not giving it all trust at all. Perhaps it was just another gimmick or wayang kulit played by UMNO in order to create some drama to spiced up the coming 13th GE.

Not being judgemental or trying to sprinkle some slandering ideas but hey, let's admit it. Anything is possible. It's politics. It's dirty. It's slimy. They're the same as those monsters who bomb women and kids for no reason in Palestine, they're the same as those devilish leaders and God-worshipping people in Iran who stoned to death many Iraqi students just because they don Emo haircuts. 

Anything can happen with the General Election just around the corner.
Just like one of the former prime minister who caught few 'scapegoats' after he took office in show of his 'clean and zero-corruption tolerance'.
The unlucky goats had to do it in order to prove that BN is a clean party.

You don't be surprised few months after this, a drama of Malaysia political satire will be aired during prime time on pro-government channels.
Someone will suddenly appear yay-ing the allegations made by Kadir, and Najib's boss will then instruct all party cleaning and investigating the matter, setting up yet another commission (like they always do) and someone -- the  scapegoat-- will be punished for bribing.
Viola !!-- clean and trustworthy UMNO/BN....again.
Hence everyone can start trusting Umno and the coalition party again....
And more votes will come in again...(sure, this is what they're hoping for)
And more katak will start appearing on the tele and newspaper with banner and chants of we love BN again...,

Just like the last one.
And at the end of the whole hoo haas...nothing change.

Duuuhhhhh.....it's politics.



Act of God

Living in the GCC had somehow made me appreciates where I came from.
It definitely made me matured certain aspect of life and know how to thank God for what I have been blessed and accept what's not supposed to be mine.

Honestly, the summer is bearable once our body is accustomed to the temperature but the sand storm is the worst. It will come blowing when spring comes knocking...and get worst during the transition to summer .

It certainly made me wonder how those people hundreds of years ago living and breathing the sand, where in this modern age, staying in house fully closed-up, and curtains drawn still the smell and you can even taste the sand in your lungs. Like I said everytime -- no where to hide and no where to run...and the extensive cleaning begun!


Duuuhhhh......



Gulf sand storm closes schools, disrupts air traffic.

A powerful sandstorm blowing over the Gulf has disrupted air traffic in Yemen, and closed schools and sent hundreds of people to hospital with respiratory problems in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi ministry of education announced on Monday the closure of schools in the north, east and south-west of the desert kingdom, a day after similar measures were taken in the capital Riyadh, the official SPA news agency reported.

In Riyadh, hundreds of people, mostly children with Asthma and allergies, were treated for breathing difficulties triggered by the storm, according to official statistics released late on Saturday.

The storm also affected other Gulf countries, including the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, where national weather centres warned drivers to use extra caution due to poor visibility and strong winds.

In Yemen, the sand storm severely disrupted air traffic in and out of Sanaa's international airport.

At least two flights into the Yemeni capital were cancelled on Monday morning while several others were either delayed or re-routed to the southern port city of Aden, the official SABA news agency reported.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Is it worth it Salleh?....

Salleh pleads not guilty.


RM50M obviously can make people blinded...both in principle and self respect...

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Shahrizat to quit cabinet post

Shahrizat to quit cabinet post

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said Sunday she will step down as Women, Family and Community Development Minister when her term as senator ends on April 8. (guess it is hard for her letting go the power)


However she will remain as Wanita Umno chief. (why?....still hungry for the power?  And you going to claim that there isn't any suitable candidate to be your successor?...)

In a response later Sunday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak expressed his gratitude to Shahrizat for her decision and urged Wanita Umno members to continue giving their full cooperation to their leader. (Najib expressed his gratitude....that's quite a joke. I think he had been waiting for that lady to call it a day right after the discovery of her wrong doings. And Najib damn well knows that this is yet another tarnish to his party....)

He said in Pekan that although there was no proof that Shahrizat did anything wrong, she had made the right decision so as to not burden the Government. (In Malay there is a saying -- Kalau tak ada angin pokok tak akan bergoyang--. and there is no rumour in Malaysia. Ninety nine percent will surely be a real whatnots. Yes, you're not guilty unless proven so, but hey....the obvious?...) 

Shahrizat told reporters: “I want to stress that I made the decision on my own. I love this nation and have the greatest respect for the government and the prime minister.
(Whatever you say Shahrizat, you're one of the worse woman minister besides Zaharah Sulaiman that Malaysia ever have. Mahathir made wrong move selecting you...one of his bad decision besides Khir Toyo)"I have nothing to do with NFC (National Feedlot Corporation). I just happened to be married to the chairman.

“I've been in politics a long time, and it is the right thing to do,” she told reporters at Desa Water Park.
(Yeah.... if you know this, being in politics for so long, you would have known the implications when you know what your husband doings. Surely you and your husband talk about it, and if you're smart you would have declare it earlier, or seek advices from your boss or peers, or just weight the whole scheme yourself....Im sure you know)

Shahrizat, who was surrounded by children and dandling a baby on her lap throughout the press conference, said she felt blessed for having the chance to serve the people.
(Typical of politicians ...they will make use of kids and babies when it comes to garnering supports....yuukkks)
"Serving the targeted groups under the ministry has been a joyful journey for me," she said, adding that it had brought meaning to her life.

The first-term senator's announcement comes after numerous allegations that her family had used an RM250mil federal loan meant for NFC to purchase land, property, and incurred expenses unrelated to cattle farming.

Headed by Shahrizat's husband Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail and their three children, the NFC was meant to rear cattle for the National Feedlot Centre in Gemas, Negri Sembilan.( Obviously this move is for the family own gain....)

However, in 2010 the Auditor-General's Report pointed out that the NFC had missed production goals that lead to a barrage of revelations about NFC that put her family under an unfavourable spotlight.

The former Lembah Pantai MP had maintained that she had nothing to do with the NFC as she was “only the wife” of Salleh. (this is whta I call dying swan act...or in her case dying swan answer. You're thinking as a wife...and manipulating goverment loan for your family good...how noble!)

Since then, the publicly-funded firm has been repeatedly accused by opposition parties of using its government soft loan for purposes unrelated to cattle farming, including the purchase of luxury condominium units in Bangsar and Singapore, and land in Putrajaya.

The police recommended last month that the Attorney-General (AG) charge NFC's directors for criminal breach of trust, but the AG has requested that the police conduct further investigations.

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My verdict?
She is wrong and another obvious showcase of  Malaysian politician trying to make all the money she possibly could before calling it a day and spend time playing with cucus....

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Apple

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's latest iPad sports a crisper display and an array of technology advances that, while less than revolutionary, may prove enough for now to keep rivals like Amazon.com Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd at bay.


While stopping short of vaulting ahead of Motorola and Samsung, the device -- which comes 4G-ready and boasts a quad-core graphics processor -- is capable enough to help safeguard its two-thirds market share. "The screen is a notable feature for non-techie customers, as is the faster connectivity. That's something that mainstream consumers can identify with," said Morningstar analyst Michael Holt. "There's pent-up demand because a new device was widely anticipated. I they've made enough incremental improvements to do well."

Other analysts say the faster processing may begin to draw heavy gamers, encroaching on turf now dominated by gaming-hardware makers such as Microsoft or Sony.


read more here....
 
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Time and technologies....sometimes I'd like to think that they're competing with each another.
Apple has thus far proven to be the godfather of the arena when it comes to launching new things, although in the case of this new i-Pad, not all new but well-improved add ons.
 
This time I'm not so sure whether there'd be people sleeping outside the stores in order to get their hands on the latest iPad.
 
And yeah for its only purpose i.e. gaming, and varieties of art related applications which I especially favour the one that can produced fine art sketches, iPad is surely good for those on transits or killing time waiting. Besides that you can't do much.
 
Hopefully they will come out with ways disabling the loss of batt life after sometime not in use.
 
 
 

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Failure or Success...

Someting worth reading....



The Formula for Failure and Success by Jim Rohn.

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. We do not fail overnight. Failure is the inevitable result of an accumulation of poor thinking and poor choices. To put it more simply, failure is nothing more than a few errors in judgment repeated every day.


Now why would someone make an error in judgment and then be so foolish as to repeat it every day? The answer is because he or she does not think that it matters.

On their own, our daily acts do not seem that important. A minor oversight, a poor decision or a wasted hour generally doesn't result in an instant and measurable impact. More often than not, we escape from any immediate consequences of our deeds.

If we have not bothered to read a single book in the past ninety days, this lack of discipline does not seem to have any immediate impact on our lives. And since nothing drastic happened to us after the first ninety days, we repeat this error in judgment for another ninety days, and on and on it goes. Why? Because it doesn't seem to matter. And herein lies the great danger. Far worse than not reading the books is not even realizing that it matters!

Those who eat too many of the wrong foods are contributing to a future health problem, but the joy of the moment overshadows the consequence of the future. It does not seem to matter. Those who smoke too much or drink too much go on making these poor choices year after year after year... because it doesn't seem to matter. But the pain and regret of these errors in judgment have only been delayed for a future time. Consequences are seldom instant; instead, they accumulate until the inevitable day of reckoning finally arrives and the price must be paid for our poor choices—choices that didn't seem to matter.

Failure's most dangerous attribute is its subtlety. In the short term those little errors don't seem to make any difference. We do not seem to be failing. In fact, sometimes these accumulated errors in judgment occur throughout a period of great joy and prosperity in our lives. Since nothing terrible happens to us, since there are no instant consequences to capture our attention, we simply drift from one day to the next, repeating the errors, thinking the wrong thoughts, listening to the wrong voices and making the wrong choices. The sky did not fall in on us yesterday; therefore the act was probably harmless. Since it seemed to have no measurable consequence, it is probably safe to repeat.

But we must become better educated than that!

If at the end of the day when we made our first error in judgment the sky had fallen in on us, we undoubtedly would have taken immediate steps to ensure that the act would never be repeated. Like the child who places his hand on a hot burner despite his parents' warnings, we would have had an instantaneous experience accompanying our error in judgment.

Unfortunately, failure does not shout out its warnings as our parents once did. This is why it is imperative to refine our philosophy in order to be able to make better choices. With a powerful, personal philosophy guiding our every step, we become more aware of our errors in judgment and more aware that each error really does matter.

Now here is the great news. Just like the formula for failure, the formula for success is easy to follow: It's a few simple disciplines practiced every day.

Now here is an interesting question worth pondering: How can we change the errors in the formula for failure into the disciplines required in the formula for success? The answer is by making the future an important part of our current philosophy.

Both success and failure involve future consequences, namely the inevitable rewards or unavoidable regrets resulting from past activities. If this is true, why don't more people take time to ponder the future? The answer is simple: They are so caught up in the current moment that it doesn't seem to matter. The problems and the rewards of today are so absorbing to some human beings that they never pause long enough to think about tomorrow.

But what if we did develop a new discipline to take just a few minutes every day to look a little further down the road? We would then be able to foresee the impending consequences of our current conduct. Armed with that valuable information, we would be able to take the necessary action to change our errors into new success-oriented disciplines. In other words, by disciplining ourselves to see the future in advance, we would be able to change our thinking, amend our errors and develop new habits to replace the old.

One of the exciting things about the formula for success—a few simple disciplines practiced every day—is that the results are almost immediate. As we voluntarily change daily errors into daily disciplines, we experience positive results in a very short period of time. When we change our diet, our health improves noticeably in just a few weeks. When we start exercising, we feel a new vitality almost immediately. When we begin reading, we experience a growing awareness and a new level of self-confidence. Whatever new discipline we begin to practice daily will produce exciting results that will drive us to become even better at developing new disciplines.

The real magic of new disciplines is that they will cause us to amend our thinking. If we were to start today to read the books, keep a journal, attend the classes, listen more and observe more, then today would be the first day of a new life leading to a better future. If we were to start today to try harder, and in every way make a conscious and consistent effort to change subtle and deadly errors into constructive and rewarding disciplines, we would never again settle for a life of existence—not once we have tasted the fruits of a life of substance!

Sunday, 4 March 2012

I'M LUCKY!!

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It's amazing that they can come out with the idea using Western Union now...

Friday, 2 March 2012

All they do for money....

Naked maids, accountants take (it) off in South Africa.

Maids who buff in the buff and plumbers who strip off more than just the grime in your pipes -- these are the services on offer at a new South African company.


Natural Cleaning Co., which bills itself as "the world's only all-naked service company," was founded a month ago by Jean-Paul Reid after he struggled to find work as an accountant in a country with a 23.9 percent unemployment rate.

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We have people selling soap going getting naked women in public in China, and now in South Africa....how innovative.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Non-Jap ninja assassins...

While there is an increment on wife abusing their husbands in Saudi Arabia, women in Iran are more interested in getting their martial arts enhanced and perhaps it will be useful in any ways deem possible.
With 3,000 female ninja assassins in training, men should watch out even more.

These women thought to use dangerous weapons such as bow, swords, nunchucks and 'shurikens', a small traditional Japanese implements known as 'swords in the hand'.

The master of this centre Sensei Akbar Faraji was the first to introduce ninjutsu to Iran when he set up the club 22 years ago gathering  24,000 members to date.

I would love to trade pilates with this ninja training anytime....

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Damn you facebook...

What have them at facebook done?....
Today I came across another news on the death of some people in the US.
They have created newborn killers, less passionate marriages because husband and wife will be talking less with each another and spending more time 'conversing' and communicating with friends on facebook.
Instead of mending kids and spending time after work, especially when both are working, they'll chuck their children in the hands of their maid and off they'll visit their friends pages and are more interested in knowing statuses and checking photos and whatnots than bonding with the family.

Just like how hand phone and PSP had taken over young children and teenagers.
Urggh...I so so despise looking at boys walking with their eyes on that play gadget.

While on this, I remember a story about one husband allegedly having that 'women's man' personality (or if that's what he believes), when he was caught having a gallavant time at the office party and taking pictures with pretty young colleagues in the range where weak and low-esteemed wife would call it a BAD thing to do.

He was tagged and the wife's friend saw the photos and you know what happened next.

Of course that was before those brilliant monsters at facebook alter and add some features considering 'privacy' is primary in this boundless world.
Just like chat room, it created rooms for cheating hearts, besides the actual rooms to chat. It all depends on the individual.

Nonetheless, not all a bad isn't it Mr Zuckerberg? ....There are some good to it too.
For example. A person like me. Whom had been jailed in this non-towering house and country.
I don't communicate with others except my 5 year old and 8 months daughters, and SO.
Besides that, maybe I'll be communicating with the Indian cashiers and helpers at the nearest mini market. If I ever bumped into some people I might know or those from the same country, I'll offer my 'hi how are you'  bla..bla..bla..a bit and that's about it. 

Indeed I will find facebook quite good in terms of allowing me to communicate with others besides the three souls at home. And you'll be surprised I communicated more with those in my home country and those who actually live here.!!
God.
How ironic would that be?