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Saturday, 28 February 2009

I TOLD YOU

I TOLD you so. Now, I am laughing. Hehehehehe hahahaha kakakaka. Arial 16 Bold, the best joke so far this year ..... April fool comes early

SYED HAMID RESCINDS GAZETTTE

KOTA KINABALU, Feb 28 — The Home Ministry has rescinded a government gazette that allowed conditional use of the word "Allah" in Christian publications with immediate effect.

Admitting that there was a mistake in enacting the gazette that resulted in confusion over the word in question, Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the government's decision to ban the use of the word “Allah” in Herald-The Catholic Weekly remained in force until the court decided otherwise.

The government had recently ordered a ban on the Herald's Malay edition until the court makes its decision, as part of conditions for it to be allowed to continue publishing in English, Chinese and Tamil.

"There is a judicial review on the matter and we leave it to the court to decide. I think there was a mistake in enacting the gazette. When we made a mistake I must admit that there is a need look at it thoroughly.

"As there was a mistake... so it is better we make a correction," he told reporters today.

Syed Hamid was commenting on the call by the Malaysian Islamic Da'wah Foundation (Yadim) earlier today, urging the government to withdraw permission for the conditional use of the word "Allah" in Christian publications.

Its chairman Datuk Mohd Nakhaie Ahmad said the government had not acted wisely in allowing the use of the word in Christian publications which he said could anger Muslims not only in the country but also throughout the world.

A government gazette dated Feb 16 has stated that documents and publications relating to Christianity containing the world "Allah" are prohibited unless the words "FOR CHRISTIANITY" was written on their front cover.

The condition was contained in an order entitled “Internal Security (Prohibition on Use of Specific Words on Document and Publication) Order 2009”.

Paragraph 2(1) of the order reads: The printing, publication, sale, issue, circulation and possession of any document and publication relating to Christianity containing the words Allah, Kaabah, Baitullah and solat are prohibited unless on the front cover of the document and publication are written with the words "FOR CHRISTIANITY". — Bernama

Friday, 27 February 2009

ARIAL 16 BOLD

I HAD a good laugh when I first come to know about the latest twist on the word "ALLAH". It is good that the Ministry is so very careful to the extent that they even give instruction such as Arial 16 Bold. I mean, if you do not at least smile with that, I do not know what will. Whatever it is, He who is Allah will guide us somehow.... may be even giving us specific details such as the Arial thing

CHRISTIAN PUBLICATIONS CAN USE ALLAH

PETALING JAYA, 26 Feb 2009: The government has gazetted a ruling that prohibits Christian publications from using the word "Allah", unless they carry the disclaimer "For Christianity" on their front covers.

While the ruling, published in the Government Gazette on 16 Feb, allows publications like the Catholic weekly Herald to continue using the word in its Bahasa Malaysia segment, it also raises other implications. Among them are how this would affect imported Christian publications which have the word "Allah", and publications of other faiths — like Sikhism — which also use the word.

According to the Government Gazette, under the section Internal Security (Prohibition On Use of Specific Words on Document and Publication) Order 2009, the Home Ministry has ordered that "any document and publication relating to Christianity containing the words 'Allah', 'Kaabah', 'Baitullah', and 'Solat' are prohibited".

This is unless the words "For Christianity" are printed on the front cover of the publication "in font type Arial of size 16 in bold". MORE

ALWAYS

TO BE honest
I did not realise it
But my big brother posting
Reminded me of that sad day

No, I did not forget her

Actually, I pray for her blessing
And my children too pray for her blessing
EVERYDAY

That's why, I did not feel bad

Or sad. That today is her day
For she is with me
Then, now, forever

Still....

We love you mum
We miss you

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

HANDS = LEGS?

I WAS looking for a good story just to keep the Perak saga posting active. Then I saw this one. And I like it, simply because, it reminds me that each and everyone of us have a specific role to play. The ideal is for us to function as per our terms and conditions. Problem will arise when we do not know what our tasks are. The hands cannot possibly take over the legs movements. Or the ears becoming the nose, etc etc. Ooppsss... did not mean to preach.

Bar slams police for questioning Perak Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 – The Malaysian Bar Council has denounced the interrogation of the Perak state assembly speaker by the police.

Its president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said yesterday's police questioning was “ill-advised” and “violates the doctrine of the separation of powers in the legislative assemblies”.

“It’s setting a dangerous precedent because the Speaker cannot be interfered with,” she told The Malaysian Insider today.

“He enjoys certain privileges and immunities under the Federal Constitution and certain enactments in Perak,” she added.

Ambiga explained that the implications of the police’s action is very dire, even if the questioning appears to be a routine procedure.

“Once it starts, no legislative assembly is safe anymore. No speaker will have the freedom to carry out his functions and duties as speaker if he is subjected to questioning by outside forces,” she said, noting that V. Sivakumar was called in for questioning in his official capacity.

“Unless respect is given for certain basic, core principles, if anything goes, it will not promote the rule of law,” Ambiga concluded. Malaysian Insider

Monday, 23 February 2009

COST OF DEMOCRACY - LOWER?

NOW am puzzled. May be I do not really understand the story below. Not too long ago, I posted an article which said the PDRM spent RM15million in the Kuala Terengganu by election. Now, the government is saying only half a million was spent in KT. Do know which is which. Whatever it is, there sure is a hell lot of money spent in the name of democracy. Then things like the Perak saga happens.... fancy that

RM123.7 million for March 8, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 (Bernama) -- Some RM123.7 million was spent for the 12th general election held in March last year and another RM989,000 for two parliamentary by-elections held in Penang and Terengganu after that, the Dewan Rakyat was told Monday.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the two by-elections were for the Permatang Pauh seat in Penang and the Kuala Terengganu seat in Terengganu.
The Permatang Pauh by-election, held in August last year, incurred cost of RM409,000, while the by-election for the Kuala Terengganu seat in January this year involved expenditure of RM580,000," he said in response to a question by Azan Ismail (PKR-Indera Mahkota) who wanted to know the government's expenditure for the elections concerned.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Nazri said the Election Commission monitored expenses only of candidates contesting in the elections, where they were not allowed to spend more than RM200,000 each.
"Indeed, under the Election Offences Act, candidates are not allowed to spend more than RM200,000, but if their friends are paying, that cannot be considered as expenses incurred by the candidates.
"What we audit and monitor is expenses borne by the candidates themselves," he added. -- BERNAMA

Sunday, 22 February 2009

THAT'S LIFE



(photo from here)

A man was speeding down the highway, feeling secure in a
gaggle of cars all traveling at the same speed.

However, as they passed a speed trap,

he got nailed with an infrared speed
detector and was pulled over.
The officer handed him the citation, received his signature and
was about to walk away when the man asked,

"Officer, I know I was speeding,

but I don't think it's fair - there were plenty of
other cars around me who were going just as fast,

so why did *I* get the ticket?"
"Ever go fishing?" the policeman suddenly asked the man.
"Ummm, yeah..." the startled man replie.

The officer grinned and added, "Ever catch *all* the fish?"

Friday, 20 February 2009

DOWN MEMORY LANE

WAS in Parliament House this week
Very hectic, especially to look for parking spot
While walking, passed by this monument
Immortalising it, I thought
Heard of Tunku, seen the building on coins
Now, touching and 'working' there
Yet so wide gap
Kuala Lumpur - Kota Kinabalu
Quo Vadis?

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

COST OF DEMOCRACY

THERE are 222 Parliamentary seats in the country. So RM15million multiply by 222 is a hell lot of money. That is only for the police. This, that, what have you. My oh my, it did not dawned on me before how expensive it is, especially for the government to hold elections, all in the name of democracy. We should be proud of our machinery... or as a friend told me today, the ruling party.

PDRM spend RM15m in KT by-election

PARLIAMENT, Wed, 18 Feb 2009 - The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) spent RM15.153 million for deployment of personnel for the recent Kuala Terengganu by-election, the Dewan Rakyat was told Wednesday (18 Feb).

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the cost incurred was higher compared with that spent for the by-election in Permatang Pauh.

He said the expenses incurred for the Kuala Terengganu by-election were for travelling and living allowance (RM2.7 million), communication and utilities (RM50,000), canopy/tents rentals (RM6 million), dried food and beverages (RM65,000), fuel and spare-parts (RM698,000), raw materials and others (RM310,000), maintenance and minor repairs (RM830,000) and food stuff and accommodation (RM4.5 million).

He said a total of 3,376 police personnel from various branches in the PDRM were deployed to maintain order and ensure smooth election of the Kuala Terengganu by-election.

No incident of rioting or other untoward incidents occurred during the by-election, he said in response to a question by Amran Ab.Ghani (PKR-Tanah Merah) who wanted to know the cost incurred by the police for the by-election and on riots that happened during the period.

To a supplementary question from Amran on whether there would be a similar strength of police deployment for the by-elections in Bukit Selambau, Kedah and Bukit Gantang in Perak, Chor said it would depend on the Election Commission (EC).

If there was instruction from the EC that the situation in areas where the by-elections would be held required tighter control so that voters could go out to exercise their rights without fear, then the police would act, he added.

However, he said, the police would analyse the situation in the affected areas first to determine the number of personnel to be deployed for the task.

In response to a supplementary question by Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi (BN-Batu Pahat), Chor agreed that the presence of many police personnel had resulted in a smooth election for the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election. (Bernama)

Malaysia Today EDITOR'S NOTE: The figure reported to parliament above is less than what we were told. For example, the canopy/tents were actually RM10 million and not RM6 million as they reported above. Nevertheless, this is not the first time that the government lied to parliament.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

CHARACTERS




WHEN they were infants
Our lives centred around them
Vice-versa
As they grew older
Each will go their own way
Let us treasure that short time with them
Count our blessings for they are around
It is okay even if they do not heed our voice
We do not want them to be our copy cats
Grow my children
Be the best
And to you little princess
Thank you for listening to my call
And for looking at daddy at the camera
Love your eyes...
(picture taken during the Upko HQ family day
at the Tanjung Aru beach on Feb 7)

BLOG TEST BLOG TEST

Am still trying to figure out this blog
Trial and error
Hope it will be better

Monday, 16 February 2009

MYSTERY

SEVERAL things, mysterious things, happened to me the last few days
First, my starring Ultraman picture in the posting earlier could not be displayed
When I tried reloading it from my laptop, nothing came up.
So I tried bluetooth-ing the pictures all over again from my handphone
Then touched them up using Picasa
Then reloading the pictures here... nothing
May be this blog, a free blog, has run out of memory
Today, I went to Parliament for the opening of the new sitting
The Agong gave his royal address
Since all the elected representatives were around, and diplomats and all
I like many others 'pegawai bertugas' aka officer on duty
Have to park outside the Parliament building some 300 metres away
When I came back to the car, to return to Putrajaya office
I found out the mirror (my, I don't even know what's the name...
but its the one which allows us to see what's at the back)
laying on the passenger seat... in an almost neat way
I immediately searched the pocket compartment where I put my navigator
(the only valuable thing in the car, apart from the car itself)
The navigator still there
But how did the mirror 'get down' to the passenger seat
It is clipped to a mounting on the windscreen
It cannot possibly uplift itself upward then fell nicely onto the seat
My suspicion, somebody could have broken into my car
somehow knocked down the mirror
And abandoned the 'stealing' idea
When that person saw a rosary and a picture of Mother Mary
hanging on the mirror
May be. It is a more assuring explanation. Then nothing...
(Some of the Agong address HERE)

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

EEBOT SCHOOLING

EEBOT the Ultraman
Grew so fast, time flew away

Yesterday 'flying' today studying
Handsome like dad
Brighter surely be
Man though he is

Tears did rolled down
"Mum, don't leave me," he pleaded
At times pleading to be given leave
Been to school only three days of a possible six
Humming now the songs Bintang Kecil and Berus Gigi
Eebot my Ultraman

The pupil
Later the master and beyond


Tuesday, 10 February 2009

WINTER AND SPRING

I HAVE a confession to make. I am often confused with the sequence of the four seasons, winter, spring, autumn and summer. I mean, I am from Kg Kionsom Inanam which is forever alright.... still the heading of this article caught my eyes because simply, it sounds nice. And when I read on, well, this is the kind of language or story that is easy to understand. Like my former boss used to say, telling a complex story in a simple language. So, read on. And don't even bother to read anything between the lines...

WHEN WINTER COMES, CAN SPRING BE FAR BEHIND? - LIM MUN FAH

FEB 10 - I see the regime change in Perak as a boxing competition.

There are two boxers – Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) of equal strength. Pakatan was a nose ahead on points in the fierce bout when BN feinted and PR fell for the ruse.

Pakatan Rakyat fell to the ground after suffering a left hook on the head.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine …

Then, controversy.

PR staggered to his feet up when the referee counted between nine and 10, and PR insisted on continuing the fight although he was clearly shaken.

The referee believed that by the time PR got up, he had already counted to 10. Thus, he adjudged BN as the winner.

But PR was sure that he has fully stood up by the time the referee called out “10”. Therefore, he refused to concede.

Eventually, the final result would have to be decided by the Appeal Board. And the fighting on stage would be suspended before the reveal of the final result.

Meanwhile, the audience were shouting at each other and each of the two boxers proclaimed himself the true winner.

Some may deem it inappropriate to compare the very serious politics as a sparring match but, to me, that is the current situation in Perak.

PR has decided to challenge BN’s Menteri Besar at court next Tuesday (Feb 17), which means that until the court makes a judgement, there would be two state governments in Perak.

It is chaos, a tragedy for democracy.

But if we see it from another perspective, it is also a lesson in Democracy. We should learn from the mistakes, seriously survey our political ecology and think about what kind of political values, politicians and the political route to take in the future.

Democracy is a long journey. Today’s loss does not mean permanent defeat. And today’s victory does not mean victory forever either. Sometimes, we should just let it slide.

After going through all the proper channels, the winner must be magnanimous while the loser must be gracious.

If the final result is that democracy in Perak is destroyed by four political frogs, we must admit that this is a cruel political reality, even if we cannot accept it.

Perhaps, the rules of the game are very unfair and there might be flaws in the Constitution, but we still have to obey the rules and abide by the Constitution.

Political struggle stresses on intelligence instead of savage actions. When it is the time to admit defeat, we must have the courage to admit it; when it is not the time to do so, we must have the spirit not to do it.

To temporarily admit defeat does not mean to forever give up. Never give up is the spirit of not to admit defeat. It is possible to make a comeback as long as one does not give up.

“Let’s wake up the earth from lethargy! When winter comes, can spring be far behind?” – Mysinchew.com

Thursday, 5 February 2009

PRAYERS

Nothing has gone in favour of the Pakatan Rakyat administration of Perak the past 48 hours, with the door being shown to Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin. But try telling that to the many who have gathered late at his residence tonight. The late prayers of the hopeful for a sultan to have a dream, that will lead to a change of heart. — Pic by Choo Choy May (The Malaysian Insider) MORE....

HISTORY LESSON

WELL, I was a sub-editor when that political circus happened. So don't blame me from feeling deja vu, what with the current tussle in Perak. What is the saying? We never learn from history? That will be very sad, isn't it? Back to square one, sort of.....

THE SABAH LESSON RE-LEARNED

Kota Kinabalu: After 15 years, Sabah's political history looks set to be repeated in Perak. Both state governments were thrown into political turmoil after winning elections with a thin margin.

The already tumultuous Perak politics was thrown further into confusions yesterday when Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) assemblymen - Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi of Behrang and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu of Changkat Jering - announced that they were quitting the party to become Independent assemblymen.

With Jelapang assembly member, Hee Yit Foong of DAP, had also quit the party and Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim returning to Umno, the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government is now left with 28 seats, with Barisan Nasional (BN) holding another 28.

However, BN also has the support of the three "BN-friendly Independents" - Jamaluddin, Mohd Osman and Hee, who have given their undertakings to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that they will support the new Menteri Besar to be appointed by the BN.

In what is seen as a change of political tide, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin was Wednesday forced to take a drastic and an unprecedented move by announcing an immediate dissolution of the state legislative assembly, without first obtaining the consent from the Sultan of Perak.

To many people, the Perak political turmoil is Sabah's 1994 power struggle repeating itself all over again.

In the case of Sabah, the then Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) government, under incumbent Chief Minister Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, notched up a narrow 25-23 victory during the state election held about two weeks earlier.

PBS secured 25 seats while BN captured 23 out of 48 seats at stake at that time.

The euphoria was shortlived when days later three PBS assemblymen - Datuk Lajim Ukin, Datuk Rubin Balang and nominated assemblyman Datuk Zaini Isa switched over to the BN.

Further defections followed and it was clear that the PBS government could no longer hold on to power.

Cyril Yansalang, a former public relations secretary to Pairin, said there was a similarity in the events leading to the downfall of PBS and Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak.

"Both state governments could not hold on to their powers because of the power struggle arising from the slim majority in their respective state assemblies," he said.

Sensing that PBS was losing its majority, Pairin announced the dissolution of the state legislative assembly on March 14, 1994.

Unlike in Perak where the dissolution was without prior consent from the Sultan of Perak, Cyril said, during the announcement at the Sri Gaya, here, Pairin showed a declaration purportedly signed by the Yang Dipertua Negeri, consenting to the dissolution.

However, Cyril said, he could still remember vividly that the then Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Mohamad Said Keruak, denied having signed any document. The fourth-term PBS government lasted only two weeks before it was forced out of power.

The snap election it was seeking for did not materialise and the BN, now armed with a comfortable majority, moved in to take over the state's administration.

"Pairin, after taking into consideration the interests of the state and the people, resigned as the Chief Minister and handed over power to his successor, Tun Sakaran Dandai, in a gentlemanly manner.

"They shook hands and smiled during the handing-over ceremony. I was told by Pairin that he did not want the state to turn into chaos.

"Instead, he asked his supporters to stay calm and allow the smooth transition of power," he said, adding that he "really salutes Pairin for his sacrifice at that time."

Cyril said Pairin was clearly a shrewd politician in that "he always places the interest of the state above his own or party interest."

"He took up the challenge to become an opposition leader in the state assembly until PBS rejoined BN in 2002, and now he is holding the post of Deputy Chief Minister," he said. Cyril hoped that Perak would have a stable government soon similar to the stability enjoyed by Sabah. - Bernama

AND IN AMERICA

WHILE we are busy with our domestic problem, let us spare a thought or two for the global economic downturn. Obama is walking his talk. And he is only two-week old as the president of the most powerful nation in the world. More to come, I think...

OBAMA'S SALARY CAP

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 — Assailing out-of-touch corporate pay and perks, US President Barack Obama yesterday slammed a salary cap on top executives from companies that want bailouts — but it's a limit that could end up thinning the wallets of only a small number of people.

Obama's action comes as many Americans, while hanging on for economic life, have watched Wall Street high-flyers receive big-dollar bonuses even as their firms draw public help for survival. The outcry has grown with each report of a bailed-out company that plans to buy a jet or hold a Las Vegas retreat.

The president aimed for a target —extravagant corporate behaviour on the public dime —that fit the mood of the day. His US$500,000 (RM1.8 million) salary limit on executives from a limited number of companies was part of a broader assault on what he called a "reckless culture" that has helped wreck the economy.

"We don't disparage wealth. We don't begrudge anybody for achieving success. And we believe that success should be rewarded," Obama said. "But what gets people upset —and rightfully so —are executives being rewarded for failure, especially when those rewards are subsidised by US taxpayers."

Top business leaders often receive annual packages worth several million dollars, so a US$500,000 compensation cap is striking. MORE

UNCERTAINTIES

MY handphones (notice the 's') had been ringing almost non-stop the last few days mainly due to two issues. The ban by the Home Ministry for non-Muslim to use the word Allah (God) because the word belongs to Muslims.
The other topic is of course the political situation in Perak. As I post this update, there is still uncertainties in the Silver state.
Just for argument sake, I suspect this is going to drag on for days. And I concur with the opinion that a snap election is the best way to resolve it. Let us see what happen....

Sunday, 1 February 2009

FAMILY TREE

I AM posting this from Kg Kionsom
Was here from yesterday (Saturday) with my family
Children had great fun
As they said, there is nothing like home
The Bingkasan family home certainly is
Is a home to me and the future Bingkasans
While having glasses of Chivas Regal
This I obtained.
Bingkasan is the son of Lupih, whose father is Lasag
Originating from somewhere in Tambunan
Bingkasan has at least five siblings
Joseph Ngangang Taim mum,
Mansatur,
Garag,
Kindaham
then Biung.
(Only Bingkasan and Joseph's mum had children,
though Mansatur adopted a son)
Bingkasan got married (I don't know the name yet), thus
Sogoron and Soim Catherine
His wife passed away, so Bingkasan married again
this time with my grandma Gobou from Simbulan up river Tuaran
thus my dad Gulabok Primus and my uncle Gunsud Valentine
Gobou had two children from her earlier marriage
Kogoh Bondili and Salagan Bondili.

From my beloved mother side
Siarah is daughter of Lontou from Nukakatan Garas, Tambunan
Her siblings are
Sinsiu, Yukun, Kiot, Iyang and Gapaya.
I know it is not very easy to follow
Better when I place the names in a family tree proper

Till then, to my relatives who happen to surf this
Do give me more information
Waiting anxiously....