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31 December 2008

Old photos.

I was clearing excess baggage from my smart card when I decided to upload some of them here to be shared among you. Click on to photos to enlarge.


The "kapcai prix" at Likas Sports Complex on 24 August 2008.


The aftermath of the fire which destroyed the Servay Hypermart at Penampang Baru Township.


A freak accident caused this keropok lekor vendor at the Segama overhead bridge to close shop before it even started.


An over loaded trailer at the Tambunan-Kota Kinabalu road.


The old Japanese style bridge at the Prince Philip Park in Tanjung Aru.


The popular Tanjung Aru beach.


30 December 2008

Sufferings at Gaza.


We have witnessed and heard reaction from the international leaders and communities alike on the latest atrocities happening right now in Gaza. As usual it's more on rhetoric rather than concrete recourse to end this madness. While they objects and debates , more civilians will die, injured and maimed for life. In other words more untold human miseries.

Anyway, I was interested to know however whether everyone from the aggressor's side agrees to this latest military ops and I found this article:

Only hatred, bereavement, pain, and desire for revenge will come out of Gaza op. B. Michael. Ynet News. 12.29.2008
That same ceremonial bloodshed that again is being poured into the hot lava that has been leading the entire region to misery for dozens of years now.

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29 December 2008

Must Read - Not A Joke.


Received this e-mail today from a friend. I initially thought this e-mail as genuine and not a joke. But later after I did a google about it on the net, I found out that it is only a hoax. So if you happened to received such e-mail, just ignore it. Read about the hoax here.

Please Be Extremely Careful especially if using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on.

This information arrived this morning direct from both Microsoft and Norton.

Please send it to everybody you know who has access to the Internet.

You may receive an apparently harmless email with a Power Point presentation 'Life is beautiful.'

If you receive it DO NOT OPEN THE FILE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES , and delete it immediately .

If you open this file, a message will appear on your screen saying: 'It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful.'

Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC and the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name, e-mail and password.

This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon.

AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the antivirus software's are not capable of destroying it.

The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself 'life owner.'

PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS EMAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS and ask them to PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY

27 December 2008

Hair Style Dilema.


If this is true then beginning next year, we shall be witnessing all the male students studying in the Penampang district donning the 1,2,3 haircut which is also known as the crew cut. The programme was mooted by the heads of the Penampang district schools' PTAs and the Pegawai Pendidikan Daerah of Penampang, to be will be enforced by the respective schools' headmasters. One of the given reason for this extreme measure was to curb and put to halt the sharp decline in students discipline in the district.

Will be waiting to see if they will really go through with these and will update later.


18 November 2008

Harga Kekal Namun Kerap Kehabisan Bekal.


Berita Harian - SEREMBAN: Harga beras Super Tempatan 15 peratus beras hancur (ST15) tidak akan diturunkan, sebaliknya kekal pada harga RM1.80 sekilogram, kata Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani, Datuk Mustapa Mohamed.

Beliau berkata beras itu, yang harganya tidak pernah berubah sejak 10 tahun lalu mendapat subsidi kerajaan sebanyak RM800 juta setahun, jika tidak ia mungkin berharga lebih RM5 sekilogram.

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Di KK dari pemerhatian saya, setiap kedai runcit akan dibekalkan sebanyak 30 bag sahaja oleh wakil pengedar . Cukup dua buah restoran cekau 15 bag untuk kegunaan masing-masing, maka habislah bekal beras tersebut untuk hari itu. Maka kenalah tunggu dua atau tiga hari lagi si pengguna. Tu pun nasib baik kalau lebih awal dapat dari tukeh-taukeh restoran. Memang tidak adil dan pemantauan oleh pihak berwajib sekadar hangat-hangat taik ayam sahaja.

What's Tasty May Not Be Healthy.


I got this sms from my daughter this morning. It read:

"Dadi beli saya kuih yang ada soseg."

What she meant was by asking me to buy her something similar to the one shown on the photo below. It is quite popular among the kids nowadays besides ice-cream or KFCs. The only problem was the 'inti' of the bun or the sausage at the center, which is a by-product of processed meat.


From what I have read at relevant health and consumers websites about processed meats has been very disturbing so far. All of these websites claimed that studies have shown that processed meat caused cancer as one of the website's posting here.

I am a great fan of sausages but after reading these articles, I have decided it as a responsible move to cut our intake on this delicacy. Our favourite at home is Denmark's Emborg brand which, suspiciously, have been missing from the shelves of the local marts in KK lately. I am not trying to belittle our local producers but theirs are not as tasty.

So, maybe this is a form of a blessing in disguise for us to start our cut down exercise. We shall not be be craving for sausages for the days or even weeks to come.

But only for today, I think I will oblige to my little daughter special request.

14 November 2008

A Strange Tale.


Woman dies after being hit by husband's coffin on the way to cemetery.

By The Associated Press

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Police say a woman has died on the way to a cemetery when a traffic accident hurled her husband's coffin against the back of her neck.


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I guessed they were really meant for each other.

To Make Ends Meet, Single Mums Turn Prostitutes.


It's heartbreaking when reading news article such as this. We have women rights groups and Welfare Department all over the country. Isn't there ways for cases such as this to be detected earlier and assistance be forwarded to them? If such is a daunting task, maybe the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry could do something to assist? I am sure that the two must have reported to the Department when their ex-husbands defaulted in paying their monthly maintenance allowance. Why did they still let this happened? Worst still, I do not believe it is only 2 cases but much more out there.

Come on, stop sleeping already!


Source: The Star Online

13 November 2008

Useful Tips - Must Read!

Another e-mail sent to me that I would like to share it with you. Note that it is quite long but I did not add or alter any of the content. It is a very useful read and may save lives.


FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIKES TO TAKE THE STAIRS RATHER THAN THE LIFT OR ELEVATOR, PLEASE DON'T!!!! NOTE THE DANGER TO TAKING THE STAIRS - THAT'S THE PLACE WHERE RAPISTS AND THIEVES LIKE TO WAIT FOR THEIR VICTIMS!!!

Through a Rapist's Eyes (Not a Joke)

When this was sent to me, I was told to forward it to my lady friends, but I forwarded it to most everyone in my address book. My men friends have female friends and this information is too important to miss someone.

Please pass it along and share it with your loved ones.

A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.

2) The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who's clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.

3) They also look for women on their cell phone, searching through their purse, or doing other activities while walking because they are off-guard and can be easily overpowered.

4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

5) The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store parking lots. The number two: office parking lots/garages. Number three: public restrooms.

6) The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to another location where they don't have to worry about getting caught.

7) Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.

8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn't worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas in their hands, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance. Keys are NOT a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you're not worth it.

10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it?, or make general small talk: 'I can't believe it is so cold out here,' 'We're in for a bad winter.' Now you've seen their face and could identify them in a line-up; you lose appeal as a target.

11) If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and yell STOP! or STAY BACK! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they'd leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

12) If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes), yell I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

13) If someone grabs you, you can't beat them with strength, but you can by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm (between the elbow and armpit) OR in the upper inner thigh VERY VERY HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands - the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it - it hurts.

14) After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN. I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy's parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you'll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble and he's out of there.

15) When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

16) Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can, and if you see any odd behavior, don't dismiss it, go with your instincts!

You may feel a little silly at the time, but you'd feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans : If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc, and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.) DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head, DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Airbag will save you. If the person is in the back seat, they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes, bail out and run. It is better than having them find your corpse in a remote location.

5 A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:

A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.

B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.

C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.

IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will not likely shoot, but even if he does, he will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times. And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, preferably in a zigzag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP! It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy , the serial killer, was a good-looking, well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.'

The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes, thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.

Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby --- This should be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on America's Most Wanted recently when they profiled a serial killer in Louisiana .

You may want to forward this to all the women you know - may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as well.

08 November 2008

Important Must Read.

This is a copy of an e-mail I have received from a friend. Since the content is important to us who frequently surf and do some of our purchase or dealings on line, I thought it would be good to share it with you all.


Subject:
Important Difference between 'http://' and 'https://' [Must Read]

The main difference between http:// and https:// is all about keeping you secure!! HTTP stands for HyperText Transport Protocol, which is just a fancy way of saying it's a protocol (a language, in a manner of speaking) for information to be passed back and forth between web servers and clients

The important thing is the letter 'S' which makes the difference between 'http' and 'https'. The 'S' (big surprise) stands for 'Secure'. If you visit a website or webpage, and look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with the following: http://.

This means that the website is talking to your browser using the
regular 'unsecure' language. In other words, it is possible for someone to 'eavesdrop' on your computer's conversation with the website.

If you fill out a form on the website, someone might see the information you send to that site.This is why you never ever enter your credit card number in an ' http://' website! But if the web address begins with 'https://' that basically means your computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on.You understand why this is so important, right?

If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with 'https://' . If it doesn't, there's no way you're going to enter sensitive information like a credit card number!


Http VS Https
.
I had Check the Tigerair http://www.tigerair ways.com/ home/ and Jetstar airways http://www.jetstar. com/3k/index. html both when come to booking the ticket and keying the personal information they show 'https://' BOOKING; https ://booking.tigerair ways.com/ skylights/cgi-bin/skylight s. cgi and https ://jetstar.com/ skylights/cgi-bin/skylight s.cgi. SO it is safe to do that booking....


Please remember when you buy any thing online make sure passing your information on the website showing 'https://' , I REPEAT don't do anything that is without the 'S' !!!

Disclaimer:'The message and any files attached is intended solely for the use of the person to whom it is addressed and may contain information that is confidential and privileged under applicable laws. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, review, disclosure, copying, printing, distribution or dissemination of this message is prohibited. We take no responsibility of any reliance that you may place on this message and we further take no responsibility for any viruses or other damaging elements that may be contained in this email together with any of its attachments. If you have received this message in error, please notify us by return email and arrangements will be made to retrieve the same from you.'


03 November 2008

From My E-Mail: Photos of Mazda Latest Model.

These are images of what I have received in my e-mail sent by a friend. From what I can tell by the photos is a new model of Mazda futuristic looking car. No other details were given except the photos. Quite impressive. Wonder how much the price tag is.







02 November 2008

On Melamine In Global Food Chain.

A disturbing article indeed in The Jakarta Post on the widespread usage of melamine which it is not a far fetched statement too. Already one of our longtime local biscuit factory is involuntarily involved. I dread to think of the many other food stuff we had in the market already tainted with this chemical substance.

Excerpts from The Jakarta Post:

Rich in nitrogen, melamine gives low-quality food and feed artificially high protein readings.

"Traders can make a lot of profit by doing it," said Jason Yan, the U.S. Grains Council's technical director in Beijing.

Extremely high levels of melamine - as found in the Chinese baby formula - can cause kidney stones and in extreme cases can bring on life-threatening kidney failure...
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Source : The Jakarta Post: Melamine already in global food chain.

On The Recent 'Khalwat Case' of A Well Known Local Actor.


I am not into the business of poking in other peoples private affairs. What they do behind closed doors or "under the blankets" is their business. I have read the recent close proxomity or khalwat bust involving the well known 'Gerak Khas' actor and today's feedback comment from Dr. Asri the Perlis State Mufti on the matter.

Excerpts below are some of his comment from his latest posting on his website:

Amat dukacita bagi masyarakat kita, jika kita sibuk mendedahkan maksiat yang tertutup yang disuruh oleh prinsip Islam agar kita tidak membukanya, dalam masa yang sama kita membiarkan berleluasa maksiat yang terbuka yang dilakukan atas pentas, dalam filem dan dijual dengan harga yang mahal.

Amatlah dukacita jika penguat kuasa agama ada masa yang cukup untuk pergi mengintip, memecah pintu milik peribadi orang lain bagi memastikan maksiat wujud ataupun tidak, namun dalam masa yang sama tiada masa untuk menghenti suami yang zalim memukul isteri yang sudah berulang kali membuat aduan, tidak cukup masa untuk menyelesaikan kes-kes kezaliman rumah tangga dan seumpamanya.

Aduhai dukacita, jika mereka bersemangat sampai sanggup tunggu pukul 2, 3 pagi untuk mengintip pasangan berkhalwat tetapi tiada cukup tenaga untuk membantah majalah-majalah yang terang-terang siang dan malam dijual yang mempamerkan aksi-aksi panas pasangan yang tidak berkahwin. Kita cari yang tersembunyi, kita biarkan yang nyata.

MindaMufti: Bila Nyata Dibiar, Yang Tersembunyi Dicari



Related Article: mStar


On The 20 Sen Reduction Of The Price For Rice. (1)


The price of rice may have gone down by 20 sen in tandem with the reduction in fuel price. Is that the reason then the availability of the subsidized rice which presently being sold at RM18.00 per 10kg pack, is so hard to come by in KK? The intention to make the subsidized rice available was to help the lower income group and understandably, had been manipulated by almost everyone with the biggest culprits so far, the food or restaurant operators. These vendors had taken advantage of the lower price but still maintain their ridiculous prices.




Related article : The Star

01 November 2008

On Introducing Critical Thingking Programmes To Students.


A noble intention indeed but I do think the Government should not be selective when inculcating useful skill such as Critical Thingking Programmes to only MRSM (Maktab Rendah Sains Mara) students. All students had to be involved and why only Critical Thingking? What about Creative Thingking?


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30 October 2008

A crutch for mum.

After my recent return from my Hari Raya holiday, I have been looking for a suitable crutch for my mum in-law. She is suffering from the occasional gout attacks and the more serious arthritis. Due to these ailments, she could no longer walk normally and had to be aided by the use of a prop or a crutch. I have been doing some searching in KK and have decided to choose between these two.






My wife was against the idea of buying her any of these items. Her reasoning was : "Nanti bila dia biasa guna tongkat, ubat pun tak mau makan. Sampai bila baru mau baik?" Good point but anyway I have chosen the one on the left.




Image : thefind.com and kobalsangaji.blogspot.com

27 October 2008

QEH To Be Demolished And Relocated Soon.



It was announced recently in the medias about the main tower block of QEH, which was constructed during the era of the Berjaya Government, will be demolished soon as it was found to be structurally unsafe and not economically viable to be repaired. The State Government will be looking for a new and suitable site to relocate the hospital.

Felt a bit sad to see it go though. To most of us from Sabah, KK especially, will have fond and bitter memories about this place. Fond to those lucky souls who had went there and recuperated fully and for those parents who had one or maybe all of their children born there. This goes for the staff too where some of them had worked there for so many years. They too had fond memories about the place and I am sure that they will feel sad to see this building go.

My own fond memories was when my eldest son who was suffering from a rare disease called myasthenia grawis, had been diagnosed by the doctors there and under their arrangements with IJN, had his thymectomy successfully done although at the Sabah Medical Centre as QEH did not have the facility then. The ward he usually goes for his review has now been shifted to the new specialist block below the present building to be demolished.

My own bitter memories which I would liked to forget is when I lost my father in that hospital too due to cancer. I guessed the feeling is the same for those who had lost the loved ones there.

If they decides to build a new building at another site at a later stage, I hope the Government will not change the old name. It's not about being patriotic or not. It is something that only KK folks will understand or is it only me alone.



23 October 2008

QUOTATION.



“Umno is already over 61 years old and is experiencing penyakit tua (old age sickness) which cannot be remedied by senior citizens but rather the younger generation with new ideas,”

Tun Musa Hitam
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia



Source : The Star

22 October 2008

Mini Putra Jaya to have a facelift.

Block A still under repair.

A completed Block B.

The above photos (please click on photo to enlarge) shows part of the Kompleks Bangunan Gunasama Persekutuan which is also known locally as Mini Putrajaya located in the Likas area just next to the Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

The construction works for the complex was only completed less than three years ago but the external granite wall tiles to the facade and surrounding walls on most buildings in the complex, began falling off one by one. The situation had worsen forcing the contractor to construct temporary safety canopy along walkways, in order to protect the public from wall tiles which may come loose and fall any time without warning.

Presently there is an extensive repair work going on replacing the tiles with poly carbonate wall cladding which I think is more popular nowadays not to mention safer.

I wonder why they did not thought of using this type of material earlier?

21 October 2008

Exclusive Makkah: How it will look like in 2010.

Image credit : Worldfutures.info

Image credit : Worldfutures.info

Two years from now this is how the holy city of Makkah or Mecca is projected to look like.
Read more ...

Source : World futures.info


18 October 2008

The Return of Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek.

Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek

Being out in the political wilderness these few months did not seem to have any affect on his popularity. The scandal, which followed by the personal tribulations thereafter, also did not deter him or his supporters from their belief that he is the sought after leader to strengthen and bring about the much needed reform in MCA.

Congratulation! Welcome back Datuk Seri on being appointed as the MCA deputy president and w
hat a political comeback this is.


P/S : Remember to sweep your room for hidden cameras and microphones next time?

17 October 2008

Malaysia Minister against blocking access to blogs


By WorldFurtures
Friday, 17 October 2008

TRANSPORT Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat said the authorities should not block access to websites and blogs that do not share the same views with those in power in the country, reported Nanyang Siang Pau.

The daily quoted him as saying that there should be no impediment to freedom of speech and information posted on blogs.

“Personally I am against blocking access to blogs, which posted views and articles not in line with those in power.

“To me, the move can be seen as going backward,” he said.

Ong said blogs that had become a new platform for freedom of speech, had even brought in challenges to countries that offer limitation to freedom of speech.

On claims that many Opposition party members were spreading lies via blogs, Ong suggested that whoever felt they have been wronged could respond through a similar platform.

Judging by his statement, it is as if he expound the use of equivalent retaliation or tit for tat between the slandered and slanderer. Then again he may well mean that a wronged party have the right to defend himself/herself and all these may not be necessary if everyone exercises self restraint and draw the fine line between what is facts and fictions.

15 October 2008

Get a load of this.


Hiew : Abolish 15pc GST on 4-D

Daily Express - 14 October 2008) Kota Kinabalu: MP Dr Hiew King Cheu called on the State Government to consider abolishing the 15 per cent Goods and Service Tax (GST) on the purchase of 4-digit lottery tickets in Sabah. According to him, he had received many complaints pertaining to the 15 per cent GST taxation from punters.

"They all feel that they are paying too much and too high a tax," he said, adding that the State Legislative Assembly should discuss the matter at its coming sitting.

According to him, it was rather unfair for the people in Sabah to pay more for the purchase of 4-D lottery because in the peninsula there is no such taxation for it.

"The 15 per cent tax collected last year amounted to almost RM60 million.

We want to know how actually and where this money is used and spent," he said in a statement.

Hiew said that due to the extra 15 per cent tax, punters are encouraged to go for the 'black market' and underground operators, where they only need to pay RM1 for the same set of numbers.

"From the economic point of view, it is better to lift the 15 per cent GST tax. This is especially so during this economy downturn," he said.

A very disappointing and popularity seeking statement coming from the Opposition MP. He could have instead suggested to the authorities to find ways to lower the prices of essential goods i.e. food or petrol.

The public should also be encouraged to save especially in these difficult and unpredictable time. Makes me wonder-what will happen if they are in power?


13 October 2008

At least he saw what's coming. What about the others?


Excerpt from a
Bernama article dated 12th October 2008 :

Malaysia must now put in place preventive measures against the oncoming global financial onslaught due to the US credit crunch.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Datuk Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said he believed no such measures were being taken yet.

"The reason is because our country at the moment is politically unstable.

"We spend too much time politicking and jostling for political positions,"



Source: BERNAMA


(UPDATED 13.10.2008 - 7.40pm: SECOND PERSON TO COMMENT. Read here.)


Source: TheMalaysianInsider

12 October 2008

Datuk SRK.

I am amused by the excitement over the Melaka State Government decision to award the title Datuk to SRK. 

He did in a way promoted Malaysia in his movies. Being not a Hindustan movie nut, I remembered SRK sang and danced acres of Malaysia’s land in his movie One 2 Ka 4 and kicked asses, shoot the daylight out off his enemies, sky dived, parachuted and landed in a Malaysian kampung in his movie Don.

That has indirectly promoted our country to the world and whether that deserved a Datukship is up to the Melaka State Government own prerogative.

And don’t forget, we have in our midst of Datuks, who do not deserved the title given to them and did anybody says anything?

By the rate the title Datuk is awarded annually, it has started to lose its appeal to the public. Just go round to the warung or  coffee shops and see how some of the guys greeted their friends or somebody older: "Hello, datuk !

So what's the fuss?


From 916 to 128.


Anwar has set a new seize power date from his "did not see the light 916 - September 16th" to December 8th which incidentally also happens to be my birthday.

I look forward to have a lot of presents for my coming birthday but "this birthday present" surely is not one of them.



Latest Update(12th October 2008): Now he said he will choose a suitable date and 128 does not necessarily have to be THE day.

09 October 2008

Mooo... Ini Ada Cerita Bodoh.

I thought I have seen and heard all the crazy and out of this world tales there is.

How wrong I was. There will be endless and endless stock of crazy tales to be told. Here is one of them and I pray that we will be spared from becoming like them.

Happy reading ... hahaha.


PETA suggests human-milk ice cream

By JOHN CURRAN Associated Press

Sept. 25, 2008, 9:38PM

WATERBURY, VT. — Mooove over, Holsteins. PETA wants world-famous Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream to tap nursing moms, rather than cows, for the milk used in its ice cream.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking the ice cream maker to begin using breast milk in its products instead of cow's milk, saying it would reduce the suffering of cows and calves and give ice cream lovers a healthier product.

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Source : chron.com/News Bizarre

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Dr Maza's Contract Ends at 1 December 2008.

It is now confirmed that the Perlis State Mufti, Dr. Asri Mohd. Zainul Abidin's contact will end on 1st December 2008. This is according to his latest posting here. Thereafter, he will go on a study leave. His frank and direct comments on some matters must have touched raw nerves somewhere.




Source: Minda Mufti

Puisi PEDAS Dr. Mohd. Asri Zainul Abidin.

(Klik pada gambar untuk bacaan yang lebih jelas.)

Berani, jujur, ikhlas dan tidak perlu bersembunyi di sebalik khiasan bahasa. Itu sahaja yang dapat saya komen tentang puisi terbaru Dr. Asri ini.

Saya amat tertarik pada rangkap kedua di mana alangkah baiknya jikalau terdapat lebih ramai lagi di kalangan para pemimpin kita yang berpendirian setegas beiau ini.

Oh ya! Jika pantun atau puisi dapat dikelaskan melalui deria rasa, maka saya kelaskan hasil karya beliau ini yang tersangat PEDAS.

Source: Minda Mufti

08 October 2008

Kundasang.

While en route to Kota Kinabalu, we made a brief stop at Kundasang town to buy some highland veggies. I needed the respite too after a long drive.

Kundasang is a small town but what made it so popular to the locals and visitors alike are the vegetable stalls located on both sides of the road near the main entrance to the town proper.

Well, they used to sell vegetables previously but now they sell other stuff like flowers, some handuicrafts and local honey produced from cultured bee hives and also from hives of the unlucky wild bees.

Without these stalls I don't think anyone will take notice of this town except maybe for the few chalets and resorts located nearby.There is also a war memorial located nearby to commemorate soldiers killed during WW2.

The content of the yellow capped bottles are honey and bottles with the darker tone are honey from the wild.


Nowadays they sell petai too.


Kundasang and its nearby areas can proudly claim to have the highest number of bored piles retaining walls in the State.

Official Statements by Dr. Asri on his resignation.

Oleh kerana isu perletakan Jawatan Dr. Mohd Asri bin Zainul Abidin sebagai Mufti Perlis telah menjadi polemik, maka dengan ini dikeluarkan beberapa kenyataan rasmi;

  1. Isu ini diharapkan tidak dipanaskan lagi kerana beliau telah membuat keputusan dan surat beliau kepada USM untuk kembali bertugas telah pun dihantar dengan rasminya.
  2. Beliau juga berterima kasih kepada Negeri Perlis yang telah memberi peluang kepadanya sepanjang tempoh yang lepas.
  3. ‘Permainan silap mata politik’ adalah perkara yang biasa berlaku dalam negara ini, namun maksud tersebut tercapai dengan mudah kerana beliau sendiri mempunyai hasrat untuk berhenti.
  4. Terima kasih kepada Kerajaan Perlis yang lepas dan juga Pihak Istana Perlis yang selama ini memberikan ruang yang amat baik.
  5. Tanggungjawab dakwah dan seruan kepada kebenaran akan diteruskan seperti biasa.
  6. Perletakkan ini juga adalah bukti bahawa pandangan, teguran atau sokongan tidak bertujuan mendapat kedudukan dan jawatan.
  7. Beliau kemungkinan akan pergi membuat cuti penyelidikan di luar negara dalam masa yang terdekat.
  8. Ruang dakwah dan memberikan pandangan insyaAllah masih terbuka di masa hadapan dengan apa yang akan Allah permudahkan.
  9. Pandangan yang berpaksi prinsip sentiasa terpaksa membayar harganya, dan ini mungkin sebahagian daripadanya.
  10. Diharapkan mereka yang berjawatan yang sama selepas ini sentiasa memberikan pandangan untuk kebaikan imej Islam, rakyat dan negara.
  11. Beliau berdoa kepada Allah agar dalam tempoh dua tahun yang lepas semasa beliau bertugas sebagai mufti beliau telah berbuat sesuatu dalam pembinaan prinsip dan minda rakyat berasaskan kepada kefahaman dari al-Quran dan al-Sunnah.
  12. Kontrak muftinya akan tamat pada akhir Oktober 2008.
  13. Terima kasih kepada banyak pihak; rakyat dan pemimpin yang telah memberikan sokongan moral dan semngat yang begitu padu selama ini.


** Penjelasan rasmi daripada Mufti Perlis ini disediakan oleh webmaster drmaza.com
** Terima kasih.

Source: Minda Mufti

07 October 2008

Mufti Perlis: UMNO should form its own Religious Council.


UMNO will have to set up its own Religious Council (Majlis Ulama) as suggested by Dr. Asri Mohd. Zainul Abidin, the Perlis State Mufti to free and heal itself from its present situation or as in Dr. Asri's own words, "Satu hakikat yang sukar untuk dinafikan oleh sesiapa pun adalah UMNO pada hari ini begitu tenat dengan berbagai penyakit yang tidak putus mengunjungi tubuh parti itu".

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Source:Minda Mufti

06 October 2008

Datuk Shaffie Apdal's Open House.

Datuk Shafie's Hari Raya open house was conducted on the 3rd of October which was on Friday. I almost gave up going as the road leading to his house was congested with traffics.

Still I was able to reach his house finally and got to wish him a Selamat Hari Raya and left 15 minutes later.


Police officers while controlling the traffic flow still found time to issue summons to offenders. It's Ops Sikap after all.

Section of the crowd on that day.

Datuk Shafie taking group photo with guests and well wishers.

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