Thursday, September 27, 2007

Will be away

Hi

All my blog readers and visitors and friends and ......

For next 2 weeks (till 12th Oct 2007) I will be too busy and will not be connected very much to computers and so on.

I will not be (in most case) blogging for the 2 weeks and I will have lots of interesting pictures (surely) when I am back to blogging.

Rgds

Seals

An Interesting View



Saw this as I was going to Lumut

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

An Interesting Conversation

An Interesting Conversation --

Must Read An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty.

He asks one of his new students to stand and.....

Prof: So you believe in God?
Student: Absolutely, sir.

Prof: Is God good?
Student: Sure.

Prof: Is God all-powerful?
Student: Yes.

Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn't. How is this God good then? Hmm?
Student is silent.

Prof: You can't answer, can you?Let's start again, young fellow. Is God good?
Student: Yes.

Prof: Is Satan good?
Student: No.

Prof: Where does Satan come from?
Student: From...God...

Prof: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student: Yes.

Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything. Correct?
Student: Yes.

Prof: So who created evil?
Student does not answer.

Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don't they?
Student: Yes, sir.

Prof: So, who created them?
Student has no answer.

Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son...Have you ever seen God?
Student: No, sir.

Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?
Student: No, sir.

Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?
Student: No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.

Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student: Yes.

Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.

Prof: Yes Faith. And that is the problem science has.
Now the student said can I ask something to you Professor.

Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Prof: Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Prof: Yes.

Student: No sir. There isn't.
(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don't have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn't darkness?

Student: You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light... But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing
and its called darkness, isn't it? In reality, darkness isn't. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?

Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?
Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
(The class is in uproar.)

Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor's brain?

(The class breaks out into laughter.)

Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Prof: I guess you'll have to take them on faith, son.

Student: That is it sir... The link between man & god is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving & alive. .

WANT TO KNOW WHO THAT STUDENT WAS?


DR. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam , President of India .

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Car park shelter to curb loitering

Car park shelter to curb loitering
By PAUL CHOO PETALING JAYA:
The Immigration Department has decided to house foreign workers not picked up by their agents in a shelter at the KL International Airport car park to prevent them from loitering in the airport. Department director-general Datuk Wahid Don said having them everywhere at the airport would create an “unpleasant” situation for other users. “We can’t have them running around the airport and congesting the premises of KLIA,” he said. “This is the main reason they are being placed in the airport’s car park, which has been converted into a temporary shelter,” he said.

Wahid was referring to reports of thousands of foreign workers, mainly Bangladeshis, who have had to literally live in the car park on level three of Block A after arriving in the country while waiting to be picked up by their agents in Malaysia. Some have even spent up to two days making the concrete floor their bed due to miscommunication of their agents in Bangladesh and Malaysia, which has caused the delay in their pick-up.

Wahid, however, explained that the car park was undergoing construction to become a permanent office for foreign worker transitions. “This new office will handle the processing of visas and paperwork for foreign workers by Sept 30,” he said, adding that most of the workers had already been picked up by their respective agents as of yesterday.

A check by The Star on Friday also found that a temporary Immigration counter had been set up to deal with foreign worker agents who came to pick up their workers. When contacted, Home Affairs Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho said he would consider imposing stern action on the agents who have neglected to pick up their foreign workers.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/9/16/nation/18904714&sec=nation

My Comment:

Below, a photo taken outside the Bangladesh Embassy



I was told that the workers paid Rm15,000.00 for job that was promised by the agents. When they arrive here there were no job for them. The workers now demanding something to be done . I am sure it is a saving of their lifetime that they used to come here to hope to earn more. And the practically live in the embassy area.

My question...will the permits issued if there are no verification from a Malaysian company? If "YES" (Malaysia issue without any valid documents then i guess ACA has to look into this.

If "NO" how come the agents are not called up by the government or the Immigration to get then the job or pay back the money and send them back?

Who is at fault? Why are they left stranded?

And it is funny that the government allow/builds shelter then calling up the agents/company and order then to do what they are suppose to do.

What is happening Malaysia? They are human too ...and they are here to earn for living !!!!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Cambodia As I was leaving....

I did not have time to walk around but as i was on the taxi I managed to click some images from the moving taxi. This is the palace area




The favorite transport and convenient....
hmmmm....
more hmmmmm..... 5 on a motorcycle


Why this picture again? ..... note the child is sleeping horizontal now

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Joy That We Fail To See








I was too tired and was having my lunch ..... then i heard the play of these birds and I quickly I grabbed my Camera and caught them in act :)

It made me excited to see these 2 birds enjoying their food

Monday, September 17, 2007

Rukunnegara

Teks

Bahawasanya negara kita Malaysia mendukung cita-cita hendak:

Mencapai perpaduan yang lebih erat di kalangan seluruh masyarakatnya

Memelihara cara hidup demokratik
Mencipta satu masyarakat yang adil di mana kemakmuran negara akan dapat dinikmati secara adil dan saksama
Menjamin satu cara liberal terhadap tradisi-tradisi kebudayaannya yang kaya dan berbagai-bagai corak
Membina satu masyarakat progresif yang akan menggunakan sains dan teknologi moden.

Ikrar

Maka kami rakyat Malaysia berikrar akan menumpukan seluruh tenaga dan usaha kami untuk mencapai cita-cita tersebut berdasarkan atas prinsip-prinsip yang berikut:

Kepercayaan kepada Tuhan
Kesetiaan kepada Raja dan Negara
Keluhuran Perlembagaan
Kedaulatan Undang-undang
Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan

Diperolehi daripada "http://ms.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rukun_Negara"

Friday, September 14, 2007

Treasury says minister gave letter, A-G says no such letter

I saw this poster some time back and published my comments at entry : http://selians.blogspot.com/2006/12/pengguna-bijak.html

Again today I saw another such poster (I will publish it soon) that said compare prices before you buy, buy only what you need and so on .... and the billboard was placed by the government.

To my surprise, it was not the people that need to be reminded about "get the best lowest price", "spend wisely", compare vendors for best price ...and all was to control inflation..as they said.

But the government itself..... look at the news below. It's a international laughing stock ...joke of the month. I can't say "joke of the year" because there has been many such joke s and I expect more.

So who is buying a Rm160.00 item for RM1,146.56? And making reasons and blame the contractors. I would suggest sack the procurement officers and the one who sign the contract. Even a SRP failed person can figure out pen like that will not cost RM1,146.56.

What is the motive behind ? Should we trust them?

We need a strong opposition to have a balanced government...... do you want to hear this for another next 5 years ...(if we last).

Even I remember this was said by Tun Mahatir. Correct me if i am wrong.


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/9/11/nation/18843677&sec=nation

THE Youth and Sports Minister gave a letter of authority to the ministry’s secretary-general to sign eight contracts totalling more than RM449mil, the Treasury said.


This was disclosed in its reply to the points raised in the Auditor-General’s Report 2006.
The Auditor-General said that the secretary-general had signed 11 contracts on behalf of the Government worth between RM7.99mil and RM74.2mil that were related to the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) project.


“The secretary-general only has the authority to sign contracts worth less than RM5mil. Anything larger should be signed by the minister or someone to whom the authority has been given.


“However, during the audit, no such letter giving the authority to the secretary-general presented itself,” the A-G’s report had said.
On the purchase of equipment at higher than the market price, the Treasury said this was due to the different locations of the IKBN, with suppliers also including infrastructure cost in their quotation.


“The cost was still below the ceiling set by the Treasury,” it said.
On the purchase of 3.1 megapixel digital cameras, it said each device came with a tripod, USB cable, video cable, desktop computer and software CD. The A-G’s report had said that the camera was bought for RM8,254, when the market price was RM2,990.


On the 90 sets of Faber Castell technical pens bought for RM103,190.40, with each set costing RM1,146.56, the Treasury replied that each set included a set of spare nibs with a Rotring Vibrator.


The quotation given by A.W. Faber Castell (M) Sdn Bhd for the same model was RM160 per set.


These were part of the equipment bought for eight IKBN projects. The procurement was done in late 2002.


In Kundasang, Sabah, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said said the ministry’s officials had explained the contracts to the A-G’s office.

She said the contracts dated back to 2002, before she was appointed to the post, and were issued following direct negotiations with the contractors concerned.
“If the Public Accounts Committee requests further explanation, we will comply. The ministry must be transparent.


“This matter should have not occurred in the first place. The contractors concerned should explain the prices that were charged to the Government,” she said.

Cultural Show At Matta Fair







I love to take pictures of real cultural attire. Like the Tibetan girls, Himarchal Pradesh girls .... The girls are still wearing the cultural dress, but the man not many ... so sad.

This is from Taiwan

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Cambodia....


As I said everyone has a way to make money ...

The past years influence .....




One of my best pic .....

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Earthquake

All of a sudden at about 7.35pm Kuala Lumpur time i felt my body was shaking with some pressure at the heart center. I tried to stop it but it went on, first I assumed something wrong with me, and I checked my heart beat and it was normal.

At the same time my office mate called me across the room and asked if you are feeling like shaking. The I realised I was OK but something else was wrong and I stand up and saw the curtain strings were swinging a little. I walked to her place and concluded it could be an earthquake. I checked http://www.iris.edu/seismon/ website, at that time it only showed the latest earthquake was in Papua New Guinea. But that is too far for us.

Then I went back to my place and packed to go back. I also informed a friend on my YM that there could be an earth quake.

As i was walking back my office mate called me and it was reported (at that time) as 8.0 magnitude earth quake. We were shocked and called our friends in Indonesia to inform then as it was said there is an Tsunami Alert.

Lucky till now it end at that level......

This was my first experience ........!

Hope the two legged, talking, reading mammals will take care of the earth and heal the earth, so that we will not face disaster that we faced few millions years back that wipe off the flesh of the earth!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

More Cambodia


It felt just like in Vietnam ....lots of motorcycle, people relaxing at park, no helmets :)







Wedding ..... Hindu style?
The Hotel ......at the banks of Mekong river
One thing I respect here is (and In Vietnam) I rarely see a beggar and everyone do something to earn some money for living