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Monday, 29 June 2009

WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN?

SOME of my friends will get busy after reading this piece. You see, my friends (and I mean they are really concerned with what I put here, me being a politician means I should be flexible enough) would rather that I don't touch this kind of stories. But, hey, life is like this. And if we are to take the 1Malaysia slogan very seriously, then, here it goes. Let us be truly 1Malaysia. And I don't mind people believing whatever they choose (or not choose) what to believe. After all belief, as the very word itself insinuates, consists of a person and the person's subject of belief. I mean, why is it that Indonesia allows mixed marriages? I hear you. You said, Malaysia have its own rules and regulations. If you don't like it, leave and go to where ever you want to go outside Malaysia. My question is: Does religion, whatever it is, differ when it is in Malaysia and when it is in other countries? Ya ya ya ya. If it means anything at all, dear friends, I have just said a small prayer for Mohan family. Opps, can a Catholic pray for non-Catholics? Worst, other religion?

WHO WAS MOHAN SINGH?

Jaswant said the hospital is keeping Mohan's body in the non-Muslim section of the mortuary. She cannot understand how Mais can still claim her brother's body if it's being kept in the non-Muslim section.

"We wouldn't mind that he is buried like a Muslim if he really had a Muslim wife and kids, and had to convert because he married a Muslim," Eleena said. But she insisted that there was no Muslim wife or kids, not that the family knew of in any case.

In court, the family is contending that Mohan was not a Muslim at the time of his death because he married a non-Muslim woman in 1997, after his alleged conversion in 1992.

Mohan's lawyer Rajesh Kumar has submitted that the marriage certificate and the birth certificate of Mohan's daughter born in 2000 bore his Punjabi name, and Sikhism as his religion. Mohan and his wife separated in 2002. MORE

SIGN OF HOPE

DEJA VU. I heard news concerning the seminary quite sometime ago. And I smile. Just on Saturday, the Prime Minister spoke about the ethos of missionary schools in the country (I will post it here later today). It connects, I think. My hope is for the SPC qualifications to be fully recognised by the government....

ST PETER'S COLLEGE SEMINARY EXPANSION SIGN OF HOPE

June 26, 2009 KUCHING, Malaysia (UCAN) -- Kuching archdiocese’s major seminary has opened new facilities to accommodate an increase in vocations and in anticipation of more to come. St. Peter’s College now has new buildings that include 30 additional rooms.

The extension was necessary to meet the needs of 31 seminarians from East Malaysia and one from peninsular Malaysia, as well as an anticipated increase in the number of seminarians, said seminary rector Father Richard Ng.

The seminary has so far produced about 70 priests and two bishops -- Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom of Sandakan and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Hii Teck Kwong of Sibu. It has three full-time formators and more than a dozen teaching staff.

Visiting Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino during a June 15 Mass to bless the seminary extension, said, “The expansion of this seminary is a sign of hope.”

The president of the Vatican-based Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace was apostolic delegate to Malaysia from 1980-1986. The cardinal had blessed and opened the students’ block in 1986.

The seminary itself was established in 1980.

“I was a strong advocate for the building of this seminary and I am delighted to see its expansion, which indicates that vocations to the priesthood are increasing, and that, ultimately, the Gospel is being proclaimed to more and more people,” Cardinal Martino said during Mass.

After three years of construction, the seminary has a bigger library, larger kitchen and dining areas, an IT/computer area and staff quarters.

The seminary serves six dioceses in the eastern states of Sarawak and Sabah out of the total nine dioceses in Malaysia.

Joining the opening celebration were Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, the current Bangkok-based apostolic delegate to Malaysia; Archbishop John Ha Tiong Hock of Kuching; retired Archbishop Peter Chung of Kuching; Bishop Cornelius Piong of Keningau, Bishop Dominic Su of Sibu and Bishop Hii.

The next day, Cardinal Martino celebrated Mass at Kuching’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral, after which he spoke on the “Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church” which he said “proclaims charity as the very essence of God.”

He said the Church’s “social doctrine is located wholly within and not at the margins of the Christian proclamation that God is love.”

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace issued the compendium in 2004. It gives a concise and complete overview of the Church's social teaching.

Meanwhile, the seminary organized a refresher course for its alumni June 16-26. The first part of the course covered various aspects of Islam, the dominant religion in Malaysia. The second part saw clergy sharing their experiences in their ministries. Based on these sharings, a pastoral plan was drawn up.

Michael So from Taiwan, secretary of SIGNIS Asia, a Catholic association for professionals involved in audiovisuals, broadcasting and new media, also gave a two-day session on the “Church and Internet.”

Friday, 26 June 2009

LIFE AND DEATH

FARRAH Fawcett, the Charlie's Angels
Michael Jackson "Beat It"
Both gone, leaving legacies of their own
I grew up admiring Fawcett and the Six Million Dollar Man
I was bombarded with MJ musics
Reading about their deaths today
Somehow it reminded me of Sudirman
And life. And death. And memories
I worry. I fear. I want to run
But what is the use?
Let us live the present moment to the full

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

UNITY NO MORE

IN ANY organisation, a good governance is necessary for progress and continued prosperity. A nation is no exception. We all know the result of the 12th General Election in March last year. Thus the rationale, among others, behind the unity government talk. My view? I don't mind who the government is, as long as it is doing its job well and as how it should be. From the people, by the people, for the people... or something like that.

UNITY GOVERNMENT NO MORE

So now the unity talks have been called off. The PR Council of Leaders has reiterated that it will not form a unity government with the BN, and PAS is finally not demurring. Instead, Nik Aziz and Hadi have come out to blame the BN and the traditional media for spinning the news on the unity talks. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has also apparently stopped the talks in their tracks, saying that the BN can go it alone without forming a unity government.

Problem solved? Malaysians can be forgiven for remaining suspicious and even cynical, not only of the BN, but of PAS. Nevertheless, for now, the public can only wait to see if the buried unity talks will be exhumed yet again at a later date, by either the BN or PAS. MORE

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

FIXED DEPOSIT

I KNOW. Politics has this ability to irritate people. Politics. Not to say anything yet about politicians. But am posting this, mainly for file purposes. May come in handy in times to come, especially as bullets when am engaged in serious coffee shop debates. What can I say? Am ready with answers, man! Bring on whoever....

EAST MALAYSIANS THE KING MAKERS
Why are Sabah and Sarawak so important to Malaysia, other than the fact they have plenty of oil and other natural resources which we can plunder? Well, Sabah and Sarawak must at all times hold 25% of the total number of parliament seats. Currently, out of 222 parliament seats, East Malaysia has 56 -- that is 31 from Sarawak and 25 from Sabah.

For all intents and purposes, Sabah and Sarawak hold the key to federal power and are the ‘Kingmakers’. Ever wonder why Barisan Nasional politicians regard Sabah and Sarawak as the ruling coalition’s ‘fixed deposit’? They are not ashamed of this and make no apologies for it. In fact, they brazenly say so openly.

In the last general election on 8 March 2008, the opposition -- meaning DAP here -- won just one parliament seat in Sabah and another in Sarawak. Barisan Nasional retained 54 seats in both states.

Nationwide, Barisan Nasional won 140 seats in total while the opposition won 82. But if we minus the 54 seats from East Malaysia, Barisan Nasional won only 86 seats against the opposition’s 80 (also if we minus the two DAP seats in Sabah and Sarawak). Now, however, since the Kuala Terengganu by-election, it is 85 Barisan Nasional versus 81 Pakatan Rakyat. MORE

Monday, 22 June 2009

ANOTHER KIONSOM BOY

MY HEART was in Sabah on Sunday
With my family because it was Father's Day
I miss my family and dad
Also because, the so-called GK 15
aka Gabungan Keluarga 15 held its Kaamatan do
It is only a gathering of friends
But am sure it was the talk of Kionsom
If it is any consolation
I too was at a Kaamatan event, but in Klang
And I met my kampung-mate
Francisco Lo @ Miming
Since I had one too many Chivas the night before
I had to take an off-day from hard drink
But not to worry
Miming was there, better than me
Cheered on by friends including VIPs
He made Kionsom proud by "bottoms-up" the rice wine
Not in two or three tries. Once and it finished
He was also very involved in the organising committee
See. Kionsom boy doing great. Anywhere. Anytime

(Miming dressed in brown T-shirt)

Sunday, 21 June 2009

TEVEZ LEAVING

RONALDO gone. Tevez gone. None coming in yet. Am not leaving MU though. It will be interesting to see how MU cope in the new session. Sports. Much like politics. It is an art of the impossible....

TEVEZ LEAVING
''Following contact received from Carlos Tevez's advisors last night, in advance of the deadline the club set for concluding negotiations, Manchester United announces that Carlos will not be signing a new contract with the club,'' said a statement released by United on Saturday morning.

''The club agreed to pay the option price of £25.5m and offered Carlos a five year contract which would have made him one of its highest paid players.

''Disappointingly however, his advisors informed the club that, despite the success he has enjoyed during one of the club's most successful periods, he does not wish to continue playing for Manchester United.

''The club would like to thank Carlos for his services over the last two seasons and wishes him good luck for the future.'' MORE

Friday, 19 June 2009

NO PTI? YEAHHHH

YOU mean they (aka Indonesia) can actually stop their citizens from going to Malaysia? Well, well. Now we will be rid of new Indonesians from coming in and hopefully be cleared of stress and what not due to the presence of illegal immigrants (pendatang tanpa izin). But don't get me wrong. I was in Bogor, Indonesia in 1979-1982. In fact ten of my Class 82 buddies came to KK last week. Whatever lah...

INDONESIA TO SUSPEND SENDING MAIDS TO MALAYSIA

JAKARTA, June 19 — The Indonesian government plans to temporarily stop sending domestic helpers to Malaysia after an Indonesian maid was recently tortured, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

"We will likely stop it (dispatch of domestic helpers) temporarily. But we will first invite relevant ministers and parties to a meeting on June 23 to make a preliminary evaluation," Antara quoted Manpower and Transmigration Minister Erman Suparno as saying yesterday.

Among those to be invited to the meeting are the state minister for women's empowerment, the foreign minister, the law and human rights minister, the home affairs minister, the national police chief and the Indonesian ambassador to Malaysia as well as Malaysian representatives, he said.

He said the decision to be taken at the meeting would have a systemic impact and his ministry could not decide any problem related to the dispatch of domestic helpers on its own.

"But I want it (the dispatch of domestic helpers) stopped until there is a response from the Malaysian government on protection of Indonesian migrant workers there," he said.

The plan to temporarily stop the dispatch of domestic helpers was the government's response to a myriad of problems being faced by Indonesian workers in Malaysia.

One of the latest of such problems arose from an incident befalling domestic helper Siti Hajar who came from Limbangan, Garut, West Java.

Suparno had earlier said delegations from the two countries were scheduled to hold talks on July 15 to discuss various problems facing Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia.

At the meeting, the Indonesian delegation would propose reviewing several clauses in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the manpower field both sides signed early this year.

The clauses are among others related to protection of Indonesian migrant workers and their rights as well as improvement of their salaries.

"If no agreement on the protection of Indonesian migrant workers is reached, we will consider putting a temporary stop to the dispatch of domestic helpers," the minister said.

He said he discussed the protection of migrant workers with Malaysian Minister of Human Resources Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam early this month when they attended the 98th International Labour Conference in Geneva. — Bernama

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

HUMAN FOR SALE

WHAT can I say? This is sad. Simply because it is going against the very basic of human rights. Ahhh... don't want to say more

MALAYSIA AMONG WORST OFFENDERS IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING

WASHINGTON, June 17 — The US State Department expanded a blacklist of governments it believes are not doing enough to stop human trafficking to 17, out of 175 countries it monitors in its annual "Trafficking in Persons" report.

Chad, Malaysia, Niger, Mauritania and Zimbabwe were included among the worst offenders, putting them at risk of losing some US aid.

Cuba, Myanmar and North Korea have received the lowest ranking in each year they have been included in the report started nine years ago.

The lowest ranking means the United States could withhold aid that is not humanitarian or trade-related.

Millions of people around the world are living in bondage and the global financial crisis has made many more vulnerable to labour and sex trafficking, the State Department said yesterday.

In its annual report, which tracks "modern slavery" like forced labour and the sex trade, the State Department said growing poverty around the world has sparked an increase in both supply and demand for human trafficking.

"In a time of economic crisis, victims are more vulnerable, affected communities are more vulnerable," Luis de Baca said as he presented the report.

"Persons who are under economic stress are more likely to fall prey to the wiles of the traffickers who often get their victims through promises of a better life, promises of better earnings," he said.

De Baca said human trafficking can be valued at about US$50 billion (RM175 billion) a year. That includes about US$31 billion profit earned by the traffickers plus about US$20 billion in opportunity cost from lost labour of the people who are put into bondage.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged governments to work to eliminate forms of human trafficking.

"This year, there is a new urgency in this call," she wrote in a letter prefacing the report.

"As the ongoing financial crisis takes an increasing toll on many of the world's migrants — who often risk everything for the slim hope of a better future for their families — too often they are ensnared by traffickers who exploit their desperation."

"We recognise their immense suffering and we commit to aiding their rescue and recovery."

According to the International Labour Organisation, about 12.3 million adults and children are in forced labour and sexual servitude at any time in the world. Nearly 1.4 million of those are victims of sex trafficking, ILO figures show.

"They labour in fields and factories, under brutal employers who threaten them with violence if they try to escape," Clinton said at an event to present the report. "They work in homes for families that keep them virtually imprisoned. they are forced to work as prostitutes or to beg in the streets, fearful of the consequences if they fail to earn their daily quota."

"This is modern slavery," she said. "A crime that spans the globe, providing ruthless employers with an endless supply of people to abuse for financial gain." — Reuters

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

BETTER MT?

IS Malaysia Today powerful? Well, it is a good read. But as they said, don't believe everything you said. And if it is powerful, why the need to change? Or expand? Or separate? Whatever. Will be interested to see how that other MT be accepted or otherwise by the readers......

A NEW, MORE POWERFUL MALAYSIA TODAY TO COME?

World Futures http://wfol.tv/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=765&Itemid=9

Riau, 16th June 2009: A new Malaysia Today is being planned by Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK as he is popularly known and this is great news for the Internet media related to Malaysia with a more newsworthy site, World Future Online is able to reveal today.

After the announcement that Raja Petra was not anymore the 'owner' of Malaysia Today, Wfol.tv inquired on the future plans of the 'enfant terrible' of the Malaysian Royalty.

We asked Raja Petra himself by email (we do send articles to MT for publication hence we have its 'Admin' email address like other blogs do have the same) on the reasons that motivated him to 'leave' MT as this was the impression given by the article on MT on Monday 15th June 2009. This is his reply to us, which is a scoop for World Future Online indeed:

"Actually I did not say I was LEAVING Malaysia Today. I said I was handing MT over to a group to manage,' he wrote.

"I plan to split MT into two. The present one would remain as it is and be more Blog-oriented. The new site would be called Malaysia Today Daily and would be a news-based site. That would be managed entirely by the new (professional) group. So the 'old' MT can remain as a 'not so credible whacking everyone' site while the new one would rank alongside Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider," said the citizen media supremo.

The new Malaysia Today Daily will be run by a new company, Wfol.tv was told.

"We are talking to media people and ex-TV personnel to come in and run the Malaysia Today Daily," RPK added.

"I hope it will be a professional outfit, far better than the current MT," he also said.

This should put to rest all the rumors related to MT and RPK.

WHO DOES WHAT

FRANKLY, I don't really understand, yet, what Prof Dr Andrew Harding is saying here. But, it looks good. Of course, I had an interest to read law (when I was much younger). But reading the excerpt below is quite an effort. Am not a reading law type of person then kakakakaka. Still, I post it here for file purposes if not for anything else. Who is the rightful MB? Read the article and debate it till the cow comes home .... all the best

Who then makes decision as to whether MB had confidence Assembly?

Accordingly the issue seems to become, who was empowered to make the judgment as to whether the MB still had the confidence of a majority? The Judge gave a correct answer to this question by saying it is the legislature, not the head of state. That the conditions in Article 16(6) are stated as facts rather than judgments powerfully indicates an interpretation that no judgment is involved, and that the MB ceasing to command the confidence of a majority is simply a matter for the assembly’s decision. Following the assembly’s decision the matter should of course be beyond doubt, but if lack of confidence was expressed in some other manner, for example by the failure of a money bill or other important measure, it would then be for the MB to consider his position on the basis of events in the assembly. In short he must know he has lost the confidence of the majority before he is obliged to resign. Thus even on the view that the issue of confidence arises without the assembly expressing its view, there must be some latitude to the MB to assess his position. And surely this is all the more true if he is not even in possession of all the facts? Must he not have an opportunity to check the facts and consult with his colleagues to ascertain whether he has or has not lost the confidence of the majority? But as the Judge also said, it is in any event clear that the head of state is not given the power under Article 16(6), as he is under Article 16(2)(a), to make a judgment as to matters of confidence.

Public Policy and Conventions

We can conclude that public policy requires that the courts view these ‘constitutional conventions’ in such a way as to implement the democratic principle by letting the people’s representatives decide transparently and after a debate. Any other view not only renders the legislature otiose, but also opens the door to further constitutional crises arising out of behind-doors deals and manipulation which could even engulf the federal government at some juncture as well as making a political football of Malaysia’s ancient monarchies. Hopefully the Federal Court will consider these issues seriously. MORE

Monday, 15 June 2009

OUT YOU GO

POLITICS is never dull. And this is one good example. Right or wrong? Thats subjective. But the Speaker is the chairman of the Dewan Rakyat. And what he says, goes. I actually bumped onto Nizar at the Dewan canteen soon after he was ordered out, his headband still intact. My friend said, why doesn't he take his breakfast at the MP dining hall? I said: In that hall, he is seen only by his fellow MPs. Here, he is seen mainly by people, non-MPs, like you and me. Did it leave an impact on me? So so only....

NIZAR, PAKATAN MPS ORDERED OUT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15, 2009 — Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was thrown out of Parliament moments after he was sworn in this morning as the new Bukit Gantang MP.

He had led Pakatan Rakyat (PR) MPs in chants of “Hidup rakyat (long live the people)” and “Bubar DUN (dissolve the assembly)” as soon as the swearing-in ceremony ended, with some of them seen wearing headbands with the words "Bubar Dun".

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, who was annoyed by the Perak lawmakers, asked Nizar, M. Kulasegaran, Ngeh Koo Ham and Nga Kor Ming to leave the House, after they refused to remove the headbands.

“Please remove the cloths. That is not part of our uniform,” he had said.

As more MPs joined in to protest the action of the Speaker, Datuk Mahfuz Omar (Pokok Sena), N. Gobalakrishnan (Padang Serai), Teo Nie Ching (Serdang), were also asked to leave.

Pandikar later refused to deliver the customary welcoming speech, saying that Nizar had misbehaved.

“Traditionally after an MP is sworn in, the Speaker's job is to welcome the new member, and in the welcoming speech, the Speaker will speak of his hope that the new member will be able to contribute to the House,” Pandikar told the House.

“But this morning I find it difficult to say that, look at the behaviour of the member who was a mentri besar. I don't care how you behave outside the House, but inside the Parliament please watch your behaviour. And because of this I will not deliver my welcoming address,” he added. MORE

1MALAYSIA

LEARNING, they said is a process. Today, the first day of seating in the second session of Parliament, the Prime Minister explain the slogan he introduced when he took office two months ago. Let us read and learn...more importantly make it into reality

1MALAYSIA IS YET ANOTHER WAY TO FOSTER UNITY
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Jun 2009: The 1Malaysia concept, formulated to forge unity among the races, had already been implemented in various forms by the country’s past leaders, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

The only difference was that each leader had had his own method and approach in fostering closer relations among the races, he added.

Najib said 1Malaysia was akin to a formula to help the people achieve the aspirations of Vision 2020 and make Malaysia a fully-developed country.

“If Bangsa Malaysia outlined in Vision 2020 is the final stage of that process, then 1Malaysia is a guide to achieving the result.

“This is because a stable and developed country can only be achieved through people’s unity,” he told Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique (BN-Tenggara) in Parliament on Monday.

This is Najib's first Parliament session as Prime Minister.

Najib said that unlike the idea of a “Malaysian Malaysia” proposed by the Opposition, 1Malaysia did not deviate from the basic ideas and spirit of the Federal Constitution.

“People shouldn’t fear or cast aspersions on the concept because 1Malaysia seeks to ensure that the ethnic identity of each race is respected.

“This means that every race respects each other and understands their unique differences. Only then can unity be achieved,” he added.

Najib said 1Malaysia also sought to ensure that the poorer people were not left out in the Government’s development programmes.

“The people must progress first before the country can achieve development,” he added. THE STAR

Saturday, 13 June 2009

KAAMATAN

I WAS there at both events. And I could not agree with my friend Roy more. Perhaps because he is my buddy, and that we had shared numerous bottles of beer and stout and what not, that made our mind (or better, observation) think alike. Perhaps it would have been better if Roy had "enjoyed" the Upko National Level Kaamatan on May 23 in Ranau. It was pouring, yet the Kaamatan spirit was in abundance, felt and truly appreciated. Well, not to worry, Kaamatan or what is left of it is still being celebrated even now and right up to July. And of course the Mother of all celebration for the natives will be eagerly awaited, yet again, next year... in the true spirit of Huminodun, let us move forward and be better ... (am not drunk, so its not that I don't seem to be able to stop, just that there are too many things on my mind... spinning etc). Kudos to you, Roy abui....

LET EVERYBODY JOIN THE FUN

By ROY GOH, 11 June 2009

ONE was a celebration, the other a show. That was the difference between the state and the national Tadau Kaamatan Festivals which were held a week apart in Sabah.

Both were successful in their own right. But, as far as being people-friendly was concerned, the national do at Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu, on June 7 left much to be desired.

In contrast, the state-level event at the compound of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association building, on May 30 and May 31, focused on programmes which involved the public.

People from all walks of life were welcome to dance, sing and feast at the various exhibition homes provided by the hosts. Merrymaking was the order of the day.

But at Padang Merdeka the visitors were merely onlookers.
The main focus of the national do was on the exhibitions and shows prepared by the organisers, spearheaded by the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry.

Although highly entertaining, those involved in the performances, including the popular artistes, could not bring out the true meaning of the festival.

There was a lot of dancing and singing, but the problem was none of the thousands of visitors, who thronged the venue in the heart of the city, were involved.

It could have been due to concerns about protocol but the people should not have been prevented from having a bit of fun.

At the state-level Kaamatan, straps of leaves called sandai were distributed to the men and a sarong called solindang to the women as an invitation to dance. Some dreaded it, some enjoyed it and others were just curious.

By distributing sandai and solindang, the hosts broke the ice with VIPs, tourists and spectators, and got them to take part in the celebration.

Next year, if all goes well, the national-level Gawai and Kaamatan open houses will be held jointly in Kuala Lumpur so that Malaysians in the peninsula can gain a better understanding of their compatriots in Sabah and Sarawak.

This augurs well for the 1Malaysia concept introduced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

His deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who attended the national Tadau Kaamatan open house, said the 1Malaysia concept was a continuous journey that had no hard and fast rules.

"Our acceptance of our diversity by respecting and understanding each other can strengthen the integration process which is vital to the 1Malaysia approach."

For that to happen, Malay-sians need to take part and not be mere spectators. THE NEW STRAITS TIMES

Thursday, 11 June 2009

ELECTED REPS

I POST this because it spells out quite a bit about a life of a YB. That's a question I have been asked very often. I kind of like this article because taking it at face value, it somewhat portrays the person the constituents voted in during elections. And it is not about money, only, but more about service and sacrifice.... qualities that are over looked much too frequent. Sad.

LITTLE LION SPEAKS OUT
The second aspect is the fact that after the motion was tabled, the charge was read, and I was never given a chance to defend myself. I was fully prepared to defend myself.
I'm a lawyer by profession; I don't make statements without basis. And it was most disappointing when the Speaker of Parliament denied my request to speak. Disappointing because Parliament is supposed to be the seat of democracy.
Parliament is supposed to uphold fundamental rights such as the right to be heard. If you were going to suspend me, to take away my allowances, then it follows as night would day, that I be given my right to speak.
You must hear somebody before you condemn [him/her]. How can you condemn someone unheard? What if [he/she] can defend [him/herself]? What if you have made a mistake?
These are basic tenets of fundamental justice. Having been denied that right in Parliament, it's changed my entire perception of parliamentary democracy in this country. There's no democracy in Parliament. MORE

GONE

CHRISTIANO Ronaldo, an MU no more
He did brilliantly
Chosen even as World Player of the Year
Scored, fell, step-overs, free-kicks
Got Rooney sent off from Euro meet
Ronaldo, we love him, we hate him
Am relieved
Coz why force a person
When the heart is elsewhere
Trust Ferguson, the rise of the Phoenix
MU can only get better

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Wednesday, 10 June 2009

ECONOMIC SPOON

SEDIKIT sedikit lama-lama jadi bukit, literally means few few long long become a hill... kakakaka. A better translation perhaps is, if you could be trusted with small things, you will be on to bigger things. Still don't get it? Alright then, read the following. Me? Am trying, bit by bit to lose weight kakakaka... futile so far. As they said, the spirit is willing but....

Smaller spoons for airlines to cut cost

LONDON, June 10 — Airlines are reducing the size of spoons and dropping in-flight magazines to make planes lighter and save fuel during the recession, according to the International Air Transport Association.

In the United States, Northwest Airlines has excluded spoons from its cutlery pack if the in-flight meal does not require one.

It is not alone, according to Paul Steele, director of the environment at IATA.

Another carrier, JAL of Japan, took everything it loaded from a 747 and put it on the floor of a school gym to see what it really needed.

As a result it shaved a fraction of a centimetre off all its cutlery to cut weight.

"When you are talking about a jumbo jet with 400 people on board, being served two to three meals, this can save a few kilos," he said.

"You work out how much fuel that consumes over a year, and you can be talking about a considerable amount of money".

Other carriers have come up with all sorts of ingenious initiatives to shift the flab off their aircraft.

In-flight magazines are going and carriers are even putting their duty-free catalogues onto the seat-back televisions.

"Airlines are going through what they put on a plane. They are now saying that if we are only carrying 100 passengers, then only load what they need," said Steele.

Catering trolleys are becoming lighter and less water — both bottled and in the tank — is being loaded.

The next generation of aircraft seats are likely to be up to 30 per cent lighter than the current generation, with composite replacing aluminium.

Reinforced carbon fibre is used for the shields for the in-flight televisions, cutting the weight by as much as half.

Many of the initiatives were triggered by the soaring cost of aviation fuel. But are now becoming important for airlines who are coming under pressure to cut their carbon emissions.

In Kuala Lumpur, 226 leading airlines pledged that they would achieve "carbon-neutral growth" by 2020, meaning that their emissions would be capped — even if the number of planes in the sky increased.

At the same time the industry is looking to step up the use of alternative carbon-free bio-fuels, which should account for up to six per cent of the industry total by 2020.

A number of carriers, including Virgin Atlantic, Continental and Air New Zealand, have carried out trials of alternative sources of energy such as algae.

It is anticipated that such fuels, which have appear to have performed as well — if not better — than conventional kerosene, will get safety approval as early as next year.

But, given the high initial cost, they are unlikely to be in widespread commercial use before the middle of the next decade. — Daily Telegraph

Saturday, 6 June 2009

TRIPLE SIX TRAGEDY


I REMEMBER that day. I was in Sebrang Pegalan, Keningau. My aunt cried. And so did a lot of people. Been trying to read about the event. And the investigation. And the finding. Somehow it reminded me of John F Kennedy. Apart from Fuad, often times I wonder what it would have been had we been blessed with more times with Peter Mojuntin. But what is the use of crying for the past? Should we be more focussed on tomorrow? Lest we forget. We pray...


LEST WE FORGET

The Double Six Tragedy, also known as the Double Six Crash, was a plane crash which took place on June 6, 1976 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The plane, operated by Sabah Air, coming from Labuan crashed in the sub-district of Sembulan in Kota Kinabalu upon approaching Kota Kinabalu International Airport. The crash killed everyone on board the flight, including Tun Fuad Stephens, the Chief Minister of Sabah at that time. The other passengers on the flight were State Ministers Datuk Salleh Sulong, Datuk Peter Mojuntin, Chong Thien Vun, and assistant minister Darius Binion. Others who perished were the then Secretary of State for the Ministry of Finance of Sabah Datuk Wahid Peter Andau, Director of Economic Planning Unit of Sabah Dr. Syed Hussein Wafa, Isak Atan (Private Secretary to Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah), Corporal Said Mohammad (bodyguard to Tun Fuad Stephens), Captain Gandhi Nathan (the pilot of the aircraft) leaving tun fuad's son johari alive until today.
The reason behind the crash is uncertain. Immediately after the accident there were allegations of foul play because of the death of the Chief Minister, but no evidence of such has ever been found.
The aircraft was an Australian designed and built
Nomad. WIKIPEDIA


Tun Fuad Stephens
1st
Chief Minister of Sabah
In office 1963 – 1964
Preceded by
None
Succeeded by
Peter Lo Sui Yin

5th Chief Minister of Sabah
In office1976 – 1976
Preceded by
Tun Mustapha
Succeeded by
Harris Salleh

3rd Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Sabah
In office1973 – 1975
Preceded by
Tun Pengiran Ahmad Raffae
Succeeded by
Tun Mohd Hamdan Abdullah


Political party
United National Kadazan Organization, BERJAYA
Spouse
Hajah Rahimah
[1]

Religion
Islam (converted from Christianity)

Friday, 5 June 2009

RECYLCE

AM one who support anything that can help make this earth live longer. The no plastic day or the move to discouraged usage of plastic had been long used in developed countries. I remember Tong Hing in KK launched such campaign several years ago. Lets make tomorrow a better one for the betterment of all. If you use plastic at all, burn it once it is not in used....

PENANG DECLARES MONDAY NO PLASTIC DAY

PENANG, 5 June 2009: The Penang government has declared every Monday as "No plastic day" for the state beginning 1 July.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today the government's ban on using plastic bags marked its commitment towards becoming a green state.

"Following consultation and dialogues with hypermarkets, supermarkets, mini markets, plastic manufacturers and NGOs, the ban on using plastic bags marks our serious commitment towards reducing the use of plastic bags," he told a news conference.

He said that to encourage consumers to bring their own bags and reduce their dependency on plastic bags, consumers would be charged 20 sen per bag on those Mondays.

The proceeds would be donated to the state's hardcore poverty programme.

Lim said a state government survey on six major groups of supermarkets and hypermarkets showed that as much as 25.2 million plastic bags were distributed in 2008. — Bernama

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

THE RICH

LIVE to eat? Eat to live? Or is it live to be rich? While most people work their hearts out just to make ends meet, some individuals were "lucky" or "fated" or whatever you call it - getting money by the billions, literally. Many are in the commodity industries. Well, am in a commodity ministry. There is hope ... kakakaka

ROBERT KUOK THE RICHEST

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 — By now it is no surprise that the rich around the world are getting poorer. Malaysia is no exception: Its 40 wealthiest are worth US$36 billion (RM126 billion), down from US$46 billion a year ago. That loss is largely in line with the 21 per cent drop in the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index and not too bad considering the fact that the ringgit has lost 10 per cent against the US dollar, the currency in which net worths are measured.

Malaysia's billionaires continue to dominate. The country's two richest people, Robert Kuok and Ananda Krishnan, both again No. 1 and No. 2, are worth a combined US$16 billion and account for 44 per cent of the top 40's wealth. They are also the two richest people in Southeast Asia. The country's nine billionaires are worth US$30 billion, or 84 per cent of the total, the biggest wealth disparity among any of Forbes Asia's other rich lists. Vincent Tan is the only Malaysian to have dropped out of the billionaire ranks in the past 12 months as share prices in his companies declined.

There are signs of recovery. The nation's stock market index has been climbing in the past two months. Kuok's fortune is up US$2 billion since March, when he appeared on the world's billionaires list. Five other billionaires have posted a combined US$800 million in gains since then. Kua Sian Kooi grabbed the last spot on the list as a result of a big rally in his insurance firm Kurnia Asia's stock, up 50 per cent since the start of April.

Three newcomers debut, thanks to the discovery of better or new information. They include software executive Goh Peng Ooi, IOI board member Chan Fong Ann and gaming tycoon Chen Lip Keong, who operates a casino in Cambodia and a tourism business in Malaysia.

Four people have returned to the ranks after an absence of a year or more. Among them are Syed Mohd Yusof Syed Nasir and Tan Teong Hean, who cashed out of Southern Bank several years ago and are now making new investments.

Among those who dropped off the list are several tycoons who barely missed the cut, including CIMB Bank's Nazir Razak and OSK finance group's Ong Leong Huat. Malaysian citizen Ong Beng Seng, who has lived in Singapore for decades, is wealthy enough to qualify but stands to be listed among that nation's 40 richest in September, largely due to the fact that he and his wife, Christina, who is a citizen of Singapore, share a number of holdings. MORE

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

LIFE FRAGILE


Flight AF 447 left Rio at 1900 local time (2200 GMT) on Sunday
Airbus A330-200 carrying 216 passengers and 12 crew
Contact lost 0130 GMT
Missed scheduled landing at 1110 local time (0910 GMT) in Paris
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Monday, 1 June 2009

KEY PERFORMANCE INDEX

YOUR opinion is as good as mine
Its subjective
I know him, you too know him
Or perhaps we only claim to know
One thing is sure
He is Prime Minister of Malaysia
1Malaysia, People First
Performance Now
Change is seen, that we cannot deny
More in the pipeline
One man's food is
another man's poison
KPI is what it is
You and I? Be pragmatic, may be

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I SEE YOU

A VISIT to Veterinary Department Keningau
Up close and personal
We human, she a bird
Tall as us. Looks friendly
Crystal clear eyes
I remember that story
When she is scared
All she does is to bury her head in soil or sand
Perhaps its something like
Hear no evil see no wrongs
Doesn't mean imperfection no more
I guess we just have to do what we can
And be happy and don't worry...