Tuesday, April 29, 2008

OM MEDITATION



Good for Meditation, beginners might find it not so helpful. But once you have learned to work with vibrations, this might help you.

Ustad Munawar Ali Khan - Meera Bhajan 'paga ghungaroo'



A beautiful one .... a revisit for me after some time. I have many collections at home. One of the best also from Girija Devi. Some time back I used these music for my meditation....

Monday, April 28, 2008

Opposition role: Khir never walked the talk in his time

I THINK former Selangor menteri besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo relishes his new role as the opposition leader in the state.

Lately, he has been trying to score points against the current administration by purporting to oppose issues that, according to him, are not beneficial to the rakyat. He also reminded the new exco members to declare their assets, something his own government never did.

He even suggested that the newly-elected speaker, Teng Chang Khim, should have been made an exco member because of his capabilities and experience.

Ironically, he conveniently forgot that his administration had suspended Teng without pay for 18 months.

Lest he forgets, during his tenure as MB, many "wrong" things were done at the whim of his officers, with or without his blessings, despite opposition by the people.

Notably, local authorities were behaving like warlords with impunity.

His government was deaf to the pleas of the people and on March 8, the people spoke loud and clear.

For a man who declared that he wanted zero opposition in Selangor, he finds himself out of a job and is now the opposition.

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Monday/Letters/2225624/Article/index_html

seals: well said lets say now "Lets go for zero opposition in Selangor".

Visiting Zoo




Monkey business.....



doing business :)
Some pictures that I took at zoo.

Bridal Fair @ Mega Mall 2008

As previous year I walked in with my camera ( I always promote this even in my blog http://selians.blogspot.com/2006/06/indian-wedding-fair-mega-mall.html), I walked around and had a look, I noticed that the fair has shrink to almost half, from what i saw 2 years back. The number of chairs placed in from of the stage was very few, I felt like the chairs was placed for some unexpected visitors who wants to see what was happening. Few chairs was still empty and a demo was going on for a skin care product.


I walked around, It was a Saturday evening and the who place was packed but not this place. There were booths bout was not as crowed as outside in the Mall.


I felt, either the place was not getting its attention or promotion. The J&K tourism booth was unmanned.


Basically, it was not that I saw last 2 years.


The best part was, I took out my DSLR and took 2 photos. First was the Kolam and 2nd was the inside picture. One man who earlier was taking care of the reception booth ran to me and said "NO PHOTOGRAPHY". He was just saying I cannot take photos, only MEDIA is allowed and I have to prove that I am from media. Then another man who is one of the organizer came to me and said "You cannot take photos". Reason was I am using a DSLR and I might use for commercial, claiming that pictures are mine.


Then I asked, "so I cannot take pictures for the bridal fashion show?" He said yes. If I want to take photos I have to register and give my details. After some talk and question why there are no notice that said "NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED", he said he will do it next year and he allows small cameras but not big cameras.


IF they copyright the dress and make up, then they should register with Intellectual Property. I have not seen such thing before. As far as I know the want photographers and promote it.


My comment to the organizer was, it is only at south India places that I get this "NO PHOTOGRAPHY" rejection ..... One at the south Indian temples, as though the pictures will kill the divinity of the temple (North India temples will encourage) and second, here in this Bridal Fair.


5 floors down, there was a MEGA MALL Fashion week was going on. There the organizer provided a area and a stand for the photographers to take pictures.


What a difference......


Here we are not going a LONDON - PARIS - NEW YORK kind of a fashion show, but the same Saree (the Saree was not designed for the show) it is just how to make up and wear as a bride. What is there to be so protective? Is it a million dollars make up design that was done by a world class make up artist?


I think rather then promoting, you are just shutting yourself by doing all these!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Close To Nature - The Butterfly







Have you ever watch a butterfly this close......? Took this pictures in my small garden. Used my 200mm zoom lens. No money to buy macrolens yet. The money I saved, I have to give taxman :(

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

EIGHT LIES OF A MOTHER

This story begins when I was a child:

I was born poor. Often we hadn't enough to eat. Whenever we had some food, Mother often gave me her portion of rice. While she was transferring her rice into my bowl, she would say "Eat this rice, son! I'm not hungry." This was Mother's First Lie.

As I grew, Mother gave up her spare time to fish in a river near our house; she hoped that from the fish she caught, she could give me a little bit more nutritious food for my growth. Once she had caught just two fish, she would make fish soup. While I was eating the soup, mother would sit beside me and eat the what was still left on the bone of the fish I had eaten, My heart was touched when I saw it. Once I gave the other fish to her on my chopstick but she immediately refused it and said, "Eat this fish, son! I don't really like fish." This was Mother's Second Lie.

Then, in order to fund my education, Mother went to a Match Factory to bring home some used matchboxes, which she filled with fresh matchsticks. This helped her get some money to cover our needs. One wintry night I awoke to find Mother filling the matchboxes by candlelight. So I said, "Mother, go to sleep; it's late: you can continue working tomorrow morning." Mother smiled and said "Go to sleep, son! I'm not tired." This was Mother's Third Lie.

When I had to sit my Final Examination, Mother accompanied me. After dawn, Mother waited for me for hours in the heat of the sun. When the bell rang, I ran to meet her.. Mother embraced me and poured me a glass of tea that she had prepared in a thermos. The tea was not as strong as my Mother's love, Seeing Mother covered with perspiration, I at once gave her my glass and asked her to drink too. Mother said "Drink, son! I'm not thirsty!". This was Mother's Fourth Lie.

After Father's death, Mother had to play the role of a single parent. She held on to her former job; she had to fund our needs alone. Our family's life was more complicated. We suffered from starvation. Seeing our family's condition worsening, my kind Uncle who lived near my house came to help us solve our problems big and small. Our other neighbors saw that we were poverty stricken so they often advised my mother to marry again. But Mother refused to remarry saying "I don't need love." This was Mother's Fifth Lie.

After I had finished my studies and gotten a job, it was time for my old Mother to retire but she carried on going to the market every morning just to sell a few vegetables. I kept sending her money but she was steadfast and even sent the money back to me. She said, "I have enough money." That was Mother's Sixth Lie.

I continued my part-time studies for my Master's Degree. Funded by the American Corporation for which I worked, I succeeded in my studies. With a big jump in my salary, I decided to bring Mother to enjoy life in America but Mother didn't want to bother her son; she said to me "I'm not used to high living." That was Mother's Seventh Lie.

In her dotage, Mother was attacked by cancer and had to be hospitalized. Now living far across the ocean, I went home to visit Mother who was bedridden after an operation. Mother tried to smile but I was heartbroken because she was so thin and feeble but Mother said, "Don't cry, son! I'm not in pain." That was Mother's Eighth Lie.

Telling me this, her eighth lie, she died. YES, MOTHER WAS AN ANGEL!

M - O - T - H - E - R

"M" is for the Million things she gave me,
"O" means Only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the Tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her Heart of gold,
"E" is for her Eyes with love-light shining in them,
"R" means Right, and right she'll always be,

Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER" a word that means the world to me.

seals: MOTHER indeed my ANGEL

Why did the Chicken Cross the road?


Opps it was not a chicken this time ...it is a .....
Last week noon I was driving along LDP after Puchong TOLL, suddenly saw a big cat below the divider. I stop and came back to the dead cat. Not because it was a cat but at a fast glance it looked like a Cheetah (Harimau Bintang). With the spot and the shape.....


I crossed the road and had a close look, it was not a baby cheetah ...was glad but still sad this mountain cat (wild cat) is dead. Don't blame the cat for crossing. We humans have trespass to their territory, the Bukit Jalil reserved jungle is being cleared heartlessly....where will these fellows go?
It used to be a 15KM width but now only the (not the GOD) politicians knows.

I am not against development, but plan it and leave green lungs and natures as it is.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

A Kids Expression

A Kids Expression - It is a wonderful thing to see and admire
(click on the picture to see about 23 more pictures)

Friday, April 18, 2008

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - Death sentences and executions in 2007

Table of contents
Table of contents 3
1. Introduction 4
2. How the global totals are calculated 4
3. Key 5
4. Reports of executions in 2007 6
5. Reports of death sentences in 2007 7
6. Considerations on the death penalty figures 8

(Click any link in at the Table of contents to access the AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL report)

Where Malaysia in Mentioned:


1. Introduction
During 2007, at least 1252 people were executed in 24 countries. At least 3347 people were sentenced to death in 51 countries. These were only minimum figures; the true figures were certainly higher.
Many countries carry out executions in secret and refuse to divulge any information on the use of the death penalty. Such countries include China, Singapore, Malaysia and Mongolia. The United Nations has repeatedly called for the death penalty only to be used in an open and transparent manner.

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Amnesty International remains concerned that executions may have taken place in Mongolia and Malaysia. However, due to the secretive nature of the use of the death penalty the organization was unable to obtain reliable information.

5. Reports of death sentences in 2007
Country Death Sentences
CHINA 1860+
PAKISTAN 307+
ALGERIA 271
IRAQ 199+
USA 100+
INDIA 100+
BANGLADESH 93
VIET NAM 83+
MONGOLIA 45
EGYPT 40+
CONGO(Democratic Republic) 24+
SUDAN 23+
JAPAN 23
NIGERIA 20+
JORDAN 17+
MALAYSIA 12
MADAGASCAR 12
INDONESIA 11+
UGANDA 10+
SYRIA 10+
SRI LANKA 10+
ZAMBIA 8
THAILAND 6+
TAIWAN 5
LEBANON 4+
BELARUS 4
PAPUA NEW GUINEA 3+
TUNISIA 3
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 2+
KUWAIT 2+
BAHRAIN 2
GAMBIA 2
SINGAPORE 2
SOUTH KOREA 2
MOROCCO 1
ZIMBABWE 1

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15 April 2008

seals: I have only publish the part where Malaysia is mentioned, please click on the Table of contents to access the full report

pssst, where do we put when the detention center denies medical attention for a diabetic person, providing normal food for a high diabetic person and not extending the medication that was given by the family for him? What do we call this?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Earth's Hum Sounds More Mysterious Than Ever

Charles Q. ChoiSpecial to LiveScienceLiveScience.com Wed Apr 16, 9:11 AM ET

Earth gives off a relentless hum of countless notes completely imperceptible to the human ear, like a giant, exceptionally quiet symphony, but the origin of this sound remains a mystery.

Now unexpected powerful tunes have been discovered in this hum. These new findings could shed light on the source of this enigma.

The planet emanates a constant rumble far below the limits of human hearing, even when the ground isn't shaking from an earthquake. (It does not cause the ringing in the ear linked with tinnitus.) This sound, first discovered a decade ago, is one that only scientific instruments - seismometers - can detect. Researchers call it Earth's hum.

Investigators suspect this murmur could originate from the churning ocean, or perhaps the roiling atmosphere. To find out more, scientists analyzed readings from an exceptionally quiet Earth-listening research station at the Black Forest Observatory in Germany, with supporting data from Japan and China.

Different types
In the past, the oscillations that researchers found made up this hum were "spheroidal" - they basically involved patches of rock moving up and down, albeit near undetectably.
Now oscillations have been discovered making up the hum that, oddly, are shaped roughly like rings. Imagine, if you will, rumbles that twist in circles in rock across the upper echelons of the planet, almost like dozens of lazy hurricanes.

Scientists had actually expected to find these kinds of oscillations, but these new ring-like waves are surprisingly about as powerful as the spheroidal ones are. The expectation was they would be relatively insignificant.

New thinking
This discovery should force researchers to significantly rethink what causes Earth's hum. While the spheroidal oscillations might be caused by forces squeezing down on the planet - say, pressure from ocean or atmospheric waves - the twisting ring-like phenomena might be caused by forces shearing across the world's surface, from the oceans, atmosphere or possibly even the sun.

Future investigations of this part of the hum will prove challenging, as "this is a very small signal that is hard to measure, and the excitation is probably due to multiple interactions in a complex system," said researcher Rudolf Widmer-Schnidrig, a geoscientist at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Still, a better understanding of this sound will shed light on how the land, sea and air all interact, he added.

Researcher Dieter Kurrle and Widmer-Schnidrig detailed their findings March 20 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20080416/sc_livescience/earthshumsoundsmoremysteriousthanever

seals: I guess the scientist has to go back to the Sittars who have research the space and the earth and documented it thousands of years ago. The Hum and the OM and the sound that we hear when we are in the deep superconcious state, could be related to this..... can it be?

Every thing is in a constant movement and the movement creates frictions and that will generate vibrations, have we prepared the self to hear it? If you can hear it and have gone to that level you will understand the ONENESS!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sedition Act can be applied, PM warns MPs

Sedition Act can be applied, PM warns MPs

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi reminded MPs yesterday not to debate issues touching on racial sensitivity in the Dewan Rakyat as the Sedition Act could be enforced in the august house.

“They must ensure that the debate is of quality and, at the same time, remember that issues that can raise racial sensitivity, issues that breach the Sedition Act must be avoided,” he said after a meeting with Barisan Nasional (BN) members of the Dewan Negara, Dewan Rakyat and the state legislative assemblies at Dewan Tun Hussein Onn, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), here yesterday.

“This is because the Sedition Act can be enforced in the Dewan Rakyat. In other words, the Sedition Act is also applicable in the Dewan Rakyat. They are not free to talk on anything thatbreaches the Act.” Abdullah said such issues should be avoided as they could create tension and problems, Bernama reported. He also advised MPs to understand the issues at hand as well as the Standing Orders so that the debates would be effective.“If you don’t know and speak wrongly (in the debate), then there is no meaning, it gives no signifi cance at all.

They (MPs) must be firm and confident to come up with good debates,” he said. On the handful of MPs who used coarse language, he said such words would not have been uttered if they truly understood the Standing Orders.

“Those who utter such words are also admonished by the speaker. Don’t speak as you like, waiting for the speaker to reprimand, don’t speak on matters that will invite a reprimand from the speaker,” he said. “Such words cannot be used in Parliament. It is unparliamentary. That’s why I said they should read the Standing Orders.”

In previous Parliament sessions, MPs have uttered sensitive remarks like calling on certain communities to leave the country if they did not like it here.

http://203.115.192.117/Tuesday/Tue_page3.html

seals: If the MP cant talk matters openly even in Dewan Rakyat, where sensitive matters can be discussed. I am sure this will give allowance to the BN to use this act to stop the Opposition to bring up matters in Parliament

In many cases that we have seen it is the BN MP who call names (like monyet) and use language like (bocor setiap bulan) and the speaker will not speak at that time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBGQADED_Mw (You Tak Suka, You Keluar Dari Malaysia)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArddcjZ9MPk (Parlimen Malaysia - Kayveas Monkey Business - Part 1/2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqnw-q93wyc&feature=related (Two Sexist BN MPs- "Batu Gajah MP tiap-tiap bulan pun bocor")

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iCgZohPSI8&feature=related (Bohong and Bodoh! Nazri shouted "Stupid!" at Kit Siang)

The BN MP's should be given a SO course.

Ong: We oppose K'tan Tengku Mahkota's statement

PETALING JAYA (April 14, 2008): MCA strongly opposes remarks that "it is inappropriate for Non-Malays to request for equal rights".
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said in a statement yesterday that he disagreed with the statement made by the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan Tengku Mohammad Faris Petra that "it is inappropriate for non-Malays to request for equal rights".
"Such a statement will destroy the unity and harmony between the various races and it will not benefit our multi-racial society. For the past 50 years, the various races have worked hard together to attain the goals of nation building, for which they have also contributed vastly to the country’s development. As such, they too have equal rights as enshrined in Constitution."
"Article 153 of the Federal Constitution states the special position of the Malays and the natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak. However, this should be read alongside with Article 153(7) which also reads that 'Nothing in this Article shall operate to deprive or authorise the deprivation of any person of any right, privilege'".
"The statement by Tengku is inconsistent with the Barisan Nasional’s stand on racial unity which stands for fair and equal partnership."

http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=21486

'Non-Malays have equal rights, too'

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan, Tengku Mohammad Faris Petra, was wrong to say that "it is inappropriate for non-Malays to request for equal rights".
"Such statement will destroy the unity and harmony between the various races and will not benefit our multiracial society," he said."Various races contributed to attain the nation's goals for the past 50 years. "They, too, have equal rights as enshrined in the constitution."Tengku Mohammad Faris made the statement at a Malay unity gathering on Saturday.
"Tengku's statement is inconsistent with Barisan National's stand on racial unity, which is for fair and equal partnership," he said.Ong also said MCA would not accept an Islamic state as asserted by Pas leaders, saying it was contrary to the Federal Constitution.

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Tuesday/National/2214032/Article/index_html

seals: hmmmmmm MIC as usual counting eggs?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Future Destroyers....




seals: "Jangan kita leka sehaigga musuh di dalam selimut menikan kita. Jangan disebabkan kita Malaysia jatuh ketangan yang tidak sepatutnya" UM should take the disciplinary action against Afandy for his un-called speech. If thy don't take then we know the UM management are at the same side ... erase the past and generate destroyers.

He calls the Indians, Chinese and others "musuh di dalam selimut" (The enemy within)


A comment taken from a mail that was send to "PM Malaysia"

1) First and foremost, since when did Universiti Malaya became Universiti Melayu?

2) How dare this Indonesian migrant going around and saying that other races are “musuh dalam selimut”?

3) And lastly, did you guys noticed the seal on the right-hand side? It seems that “Hal Ehwal Pelajar & Alumni of UM” had APPROVED the letter, despite the contents of the letter!

If we have this kind of freaks in public universities, then how should we expect the rankings of public universities to go up further? Universiti Malaya was ranked 89th in 2004, and dropped to 169th in 2005 and to make matters worst, it went to 192th position in 2006. In 2007, in conjunction with Malaysia’s 50th Independence anniversary, the rankings had brought a big shame to all of us when UM dropped out of the list of top 200 universities in the world!

I feel threatened with the letter. Our fellow UM students would feel the same too. The author of the letter is a threat to other races in Malaysia and he is inciting racism amongst the students in UM.

He is a bloody racist.

Now, where is the bloody ISA?

RM27m for Selangor burned up in 50 days!

KLANG: The 54 Barisan Nasional assemblymen in the previous administration spent their total annual allocation of RM27mil ringgit for 2008 in just 50 days from the beginning of the year, said Selangor exco member Ronnie Liu.

"There was shock and disbelief when the state executive councillors found out that an annual allocation of RM500,000 each, meant for repairing roads and drains, had been used up by February," he said.

He said the state government would ask all the 36 former Barisan assemblymen and the 18 who retained their seats to explain how the allocations, meant for minor repair works in their constituencies, were used.

Liu, who is State Local Government, Study and Research Committee chairman, was speaking to reporters after a visit to the Klang Municipal Council here on Monday.

He said Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim decided last week to seek an explanation from the asemblymen to ensure accountability.

“All the letters to the assemblymen would be sent out within the week and they must give detailed accounts on how the allocations were used and who the contractors were who carried out the minor projects within their neighborhoods,” Liu said.

“We are not satisfied with the way allocations were used. We want to know how the rate-payers' money was used. But for now, we are not going to speculate on their spending trends. We will wait to see the outcome,” he said.

Ronnie said the assemblymen in the current government were now forced to ask for a fresh RM500,000 to provide the necessary services to their constituencies.
“We are going to come out with a new method where every sen spent will be accounted for. Our aim is to provide transparency, so, that the rakyat can check on the government’s expenditure,” he said.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/4/14/nation/20080414170238&sec=nation

seals: Can we rely on the BN MP's?

Pics that I took yesterday (12th April 2008)

The Rudraksha (rudraksham) tree, I managed to get one after a long search....



Special thing here is the color of the rose....one is red and the other is purple from the same bunch



As the day ends ....the sky was really red and layered... (no editing)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Malaysia Probes DAP Claims of $20 Million Bribes to Cross Over

Malaysia Probes DAP Claims of $20 Million Bribes to Cross Over
By Manirajan Ramasamy and Angus Whitley

April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Malaysia is investigating claims that opposition Democratic Action Party lawmakers were offered at least 65 million ringgit ($20 million) each to join the ruling coalition, which last month had its worst election result.

Police started a probe in the northwestern state of Perak, where the allegations were made, Malaysia's Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan said by phone today. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has no comment, said press secretary Teoh Ai Hua.

Abdullah, facing a leadership challenge within his own ruling party, lost his two thirds parliamentary majority and five of Malaysia's 13 states in the March 8 elections. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who promises to fight corruption and racial preference rules, claims he can woo the 30 coalition crossovers he needs to form a government.

``There are definitely efforts on both sides to win people over,'' said Tricia Yeoh, director of the Centre for Public Policy Studies, an independent research institute in Kuala Lumpur. ``We need to validate the claims, but it shows there seems to be a political free-for-all. It's an open market.''
In Perak state, won by Anwar's People's Alliance of parties, offers to cross to the National Front coalition have climbed as high as 80 million ringgit, said A. Sivasubramaniam, a DAP lawmaker in Perak.

Sivasubramaniam said today he'll file a police report after receiving phone calls and mobile-phone text messages offering him between 10 million ringgit and 80 million ringgit to defect.

`Ridiculous Sum?'

National Front Secretary-General Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor denied the claims, according to the New Straits Times, which reported them earlier today. ``There is no such thing. Even the sum is ridiculous,'' he told the newspaper.

Malaysia's opposition last month rejected allegations it's also attempting to buy lawmakers as it tries to wrest control of parliament from the coalition. Abdullah told CNBC in an interview on March 15 that lawmakers shouldn't be bought.

V. Sivakumar, another DAP Perak lawmaker, said he will meet an officer from Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Agency today after being offered a bribe of as much as 65 million ringgit.
``Initially I thought my friends were trying to pull a fast one and check my integrity by offering 7 million ringgit,'' Sivakumar said by phone today. ``Then when the calls became more frequent, the offer kept going up to 10 million ringgit.''

One person claiming to be from the ruling National Front made what he called a final offer of 65 million ringgit, Sivakumar said. The bribe included an overseas trip for the state legislator and his family, guards at home and a personal minder, he said.

Narrow Majority
The opposition alliance achieved unprecedented election gains on March 8 after vowing to dismantle Malaysia's legalized system of preferences for the Malay majority over ethnic Indians and Chinese. Abdullah's coalition plans to keep the race-based program that aims to redistribute wealth in the Southeast Asian economy.

Opposition parties won 31 of 59 state assembly seats in Perak. The National Front coalition, known in Malaysia as Barisan Nasional, won 28 seats.

In Parliament, Malaysia's opposition is 30 seats short of a majority that would hand it control of Southeast Asia's third- largest economy. The government is considering a law to make switching political allegiance illegal, the New Straits Times reported on March 24.

The opposition People's Alliance groups Anwar's People's Justice Party, the DAP and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, known as PAS.

Demands for Abdullah to quit have intensified since the election. Malaysian prince Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah on April 3 mounted the first public challenge for the leadership of Abdullah's party, the largest in the coalition.

To contact the reporters on this story:
Manirajan Ramasamy in Kuala Lumpur at rmanirajan@bloomberg.net;
Angus Whitley in Kuala Lumpur at awhitley1@bloomberg.net
Last Updated: April 9, 2008 03:05 EDT

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601080&sid=aDeI8CpmPI80&refer=asia

seals: How rich a party can be? So rich to offer this much? Where the money came from?

Save Bkt Gasing and Save Lives


Save Bukit Gasing Family Day Details
Date: Sunday 13th April
Time: Starting 4:00pm
Place: Gasing Indah Playground; Jalan 7/132 ( site of the Nov2006 Protest Rally & NOT the football field beside community hall. See Google Map below )
If this continues, one day the forest and animals and nature will just be part of the Virtual Reality for our grandchildren
The clearing went on even after the high court has granted interim order to stop work.
We should consider to change federal gov. if they still pretend to be deaf.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Kilang arak boleh, ternak babi kenapa tak boleh ?

SHAH ALAM 7 April - Semua tiga Anggota Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri (Exco) Selangor dari parti Pas tidak menghalang pelaksanaan projek ladang penternakan babi bernilai RM100 juta di Sepang.Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pendidikan, Pendidikan Tinggi dan Pembangunan Modal Insan negeri, Dr. Halimah Ali berkata, Pas menyokong projek itu selagi ia tidak mencemarkan alam sekitar.

"Kita tidak ada masalah, kita sokong. Kita orang Islam hanya diharamkan daripada memakan daging babi tetapi orang bukan Islam pula mereka makan babi. Itu hak mereka. Kita sangat rasional untuk kegunaan mereka," katanya.

Beliau yang juga Timbalan Pengerusi Lujnah Perpaduan Nasional Pas Pusat berkata demikian ketika ditemui sewaktu mengiringi pertemuan antara Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim dengan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng di sini hari ini.

Dua lagi Exco Selangor dari Pas ialah Datuk Dr. Hassan Mohamed Ali yang memegang potfolio Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Islam, Adat-Adat Melayu, Infrastruktur dan Kemudahan Awam manakala Iskandar Abdul Samad ialah Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan, Pengurusan Bangunan dan Setinggan.

Menurut Dr. Halimah, pihaknya menyokong semua projek yang baik serta menepati piawaian antarabangsa dan keadaan itu berbeza dengan penternakan babi di Melaka yang mencemarkan alam sekitar.

"Masalahnya sentimen orang Melayu seolah-olah babi lebih besar dosanya daripada rasuah dan jenayah, pada hal kita tidak boleh makan sahaja, pegang pun boleh tetapi nak kena samak," katanya. *1

Selain ini perlu diingatkan bahawa babi adalah makanan bagi orang bukan Islam, Islam juga tidak boleh menganggu cara hidup , makan, minum dan agama bangsa lain.

Persoalannya di Selangor terletaknya kilang arak yang terbesar dirantau ini, itulah peninggalan kerajaan BN yang lalu. Arak juga haram bagi orang Islam tetapi orang Islam masih sanggup meminumnya. Namun begitu kita katakan bahawa haramnya babi tetapi orang melayu dan Islam tidak sanggup memakannya.

Jadi apalah salahnya selagi tidak ada pencemaran dan diselia dengan baik hasrat tersebut mesti diluluskan kerana itu hak bangsa lain yang wajib dihormat.

Termasuklah memelihara binatang yang dihalalkan dalam Islam seperti ayam, lembu dan kambing. kalaulah menyebabkan pencemaran kita pun bantah dan tidak akan menyokong.

http://idhamlim.blogspot.com/2008/04/shah-alam-7-april-semua-tiga-anggota.html

seals: *1 cached my attention.

Idris, Rosol dan Din Adam ditarik gelaran datuk

Written by Siasah Daily
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

KUALA TERENGGANU, 26 Mac: Tiga pemimpin Umno Terengganu, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Datuk Rosol Wahid dan Datuk Din Adam telah ditarik balik gelaran mereka oleh istana Terengganu.Menurut sumber yang rapat dengan istana, penarikan gelaran ketiga-tiga mereka itu berkuatkuasa serta merta.

Dalam pada itu, Datuk Muhamad Awang Tera (Chukai) telah dilantik sebagai Timbalan Menteri Besar Terengganu, satu jawatan yang tidak pernah wujud sebelum ini.Sebuah NGO, Majlis Pemesyuaratan Rakyat Terengganu (Mampat) dan beberapa NGO lagi akan menganjurkan solat hajat di masjid Terapung, Kuala Ibai malam esok untuk memohon kepada Allah untuk keselamatan baginda Sultan Terengganu dan anakanda baginda yang menjadi Pemangku Raja.Ia akan diadakan bermula sembahyang Isya' secara berjemaah di masjid berkenaan dan bakal diimami oleh Iman Masjid Negara, Sheikh Ismail Al Hafiz.

http://edition.globalmediachannel.tv/content/view/1099/60/

seals: I did not see it in main stream media, but suprised to see this in a mail. Not sure how true it is. Hope to see it in media in next few days, if it is true.

PEMBERITAHUAN : ARAH KIBLAT MASJID KRISTAL

PEMBERITAHUAN : ARAH KIBLAT MASJID KRISTAL
Written by Buletin online
Tuesday, 08 April 2008

Pihak Jabatan Ukur dan Pemetaan Terengganu menafikan tohmahan yang mengatakan arah kiblat Masjid Kristal menympang dari arah sebenar. Pihak Jabatan Ukur dan Pemetaan Terengganu telahpun membuat semakan semula pada 21 Februari 2008 bersama-sama kakitangan Pejabat Mufti berserta dengan pihak kontraktor binaan dan telah mengesahkan bahawa arah kiblat Masjid Kristal adalah tepat dan betul.

Kaedah semakan yang digunakan adalah dengan membuat tilikan matahari untuk kawalan bearing kemudian diunjurkan kepada arah saf dalam masjid tersebut adalah 291 20' 10" sebagaimana arah kiblat yang sepatutnya di sekitar Kuala Terengganu. Dengan Penjelasan ini, disahkan bahawa arah kiblat Msjid Kristal adalah tepat dan betul dan tidak menyimpang sebagaimana yang didakwa oleh pihak-pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab.

Pengarah Ukur dan Pemetaan Terengganu
3 Mac 2008

http://edition.globalmediachannel.tv/content/view/1372/57/

Friday, April 04, 2008

More Faces at ToFA Fun Fare - Children

(click on the picture to see about 32 more pictures)

Its is always exciting working on photography with children. Maybe with babies can be tough but the innocent children they express easily and they become very photogenic....the expression and the way they send thoughts .. it is lovely. I regret I did not get her mail address, at least i could send the beautiful photos to her. This was one of my best...hmmm I can't claim "my best" but she did expressed well.
Photos were taken at the "tattoo" booth at the fun fare, I really enjoyed the expression of the children

Beauty is the mind and the way the subject captures ones mind and heart!!!

GOD is the creator and the creation and it is the beauty...there is no such thing as ugly...it is only ones perception!

Punishing non-Muslims for khalwat against Constitution

PETALING JAYA: It is unconstitutional to punish non-Muslims for committing khalwat (close proximity) as there is no provision in law for it, according to the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Taoism.

Its president Datuk A. Vaithilingam said Article 121(A) of the Constitution allowed for separation between the Civil and Syariah courts.

“Khalwat is not recognised (as an offence) under civil law. It is not wrong for non-Muslims. Syariah law is only applicable to Muslims,” he said Thursday.

He was commenting on a proposal made during a seminar on Syariah Law review for non-Muslims who commit khalwat with Muslims to also be held liable.

Syariah Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Mohd Asri Abdullah said the seminar had proposed that non-Muslims committing khalwat with Muslims be likewise sentenced but in the civil courts.
Vaithilingam also said this was tantamount to depriving non-Muslims of their rights.

Federation of Taoist Associations Malaysia president Tan Bon Sin said in a statement it vehemently objected to the proposal, as it was an affront to the Taoist community’s way of life.
“It is an implied way of imposing Syariah law on the non-Muslim communities in Malaysia,” he said.

“Holding hands with, or showing love for, the opposite sex in public is not, and cannot, be a crime. It is a civilised way of telling your loved ones that you care.
seals: some Judge who has forgot the basic LAW and the Constitution ? Send him back in time....

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Proposal to prosecute non-Muslims for khalwat

Proposal to prosecute non-Muslims for khalwat
By IZATUN SHARI

KUALA LUMPUR: A seminar on Syariah Law review wants non-Muslims found committing khalwat (close proximity) with Muslims to also be held liable.

This was among the proposals made at the two-day seminar organised by the Islamic Institute of Understanding Malaysia (Ikim) and the Syariah Judiciary Department Malaysia.
Syariah Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Mohd Asri Abdullah said the seminar had proposed that non-Muslims committing khalwat with Muslims should also be sentenced accordingly, but in the civil courts.

“We don’t have the jurisdiction to sentence non-Muslims committing khalwat with Muslims,” he told reporters after closing the seminar on behalf of department director-general Datuk Ibrahim Lembut at Ikim here today.

“The Muslims can be sentenced in Syariah courts, and the non-Muslim partners can probably be sentenced in the civil courts, to be fair to both parties.”

He said the proposal, contained in a draft resolution at the seminar, would be forwarded to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“It is up to the Attorney-General’s Chambers or the relevant authorities to decide how to create such a law,” he said.

However, he declined to elaborate when the proposal would be forwarded to the Government.
Another proposal is to impose heftier penalties – of up to four times the current penalties – on Muslims caught for khalwat, prostitution, consuming alcohol and involvement in gambling activities.

Mohd Asri said Ikim and the department were proposing that the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Amendment) 1984 be amended to impose stiffer penalties of RM1,000 fine, or five years’ jail or 12 strokes of the rotan for Syariah Lower Courts and RM20,000 fine, or 10 years’ jail or 24 strokes of rotan for Syariah High Courts.

Current limits are a maximum of three years’ jail, or RM5,000 fine, or up to six lashes or any combination of these, and different states provide different penalties for these offences.
“This has not been reviewed since 1984. It has been more than 20 years,” said Mohd Asri.
There was also a proposal for Syariah judges to enforce whipping for these offences.

Another proposal calls for the establishment of a rehabilitation centre for those convicted of offences related to morals and faith such as prostitution and effeminate men, and enforcement of Section 54 of the Syariah Criminal Offences Act (Act 559) to set up such centres.

The seminar also agreed to a suggestion that a new provision be created for apostates.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/4/3/nation/20830111&sec=nation

seals: sitting at a quiet place or in a house together talking, can that be a civil offence? Then this should never be considered. There is no "fair to both parties" matters in LAW, if it not a civil offence it IS A NO NO!!!!!

I see this as trying "quietly" to bring in Syariah Law into Civil Law. If this is successful then next can be others that Syariah LAW could not impose on non-muslims will be done.

Then the Hotels and and PUB and Bar and gambling, Malaysian Airlines and any place that serves should not have Muslims employees/partners/shareholders etc. Please impose this on the civil law.... can you?

Others comments: http://blog.thestar.com.my/permalink.asp?id=13341

Hindraf man raps Samy Vellu

Hindraf man raps Samy Vellu
By WANI MUTHIAH
KLANG: Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) chairman Waythamoorthy has slammed MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu for saying that he would urge Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to release the five Hindraf leaders who were currently detained under the ISA.
Samy Vellu was part of the system that had incarcerated the five, Waythamoorthy said in a statement issued from London.
He said should also apologise to the families of the detainees -- P. Uthayakumar, V. Ganabatirau, M. Manoharan, T. Vasantha Kumar and R. Kengadharan -- for, amongst other reasons, failing to oppose the arrests openly when they occurred last December.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/4/2/nation/20080402101102&sec=nation

Swearing-in request rejected

Swearing-in request rejected
KLANG: The Internal Security Ministry has rejected an application for ISA detainee and Kota Alam Shah state assemblyman M. Manoharan to attend the swearing-in ceremony to take his oath of office.
“No, I will not attend the ceremony because the Internal Security Ministry has rejected my wife’s application for my presence,” he said in a statement.
Manoharan’s wife S. Pushpaneela said she had submitted an application to the Kamunting detention camp director on March 21 to allow her husband to be present at the swearing-in ceremony for Selangor state assemblymen.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/4/2/nation/20818956&sec=nation

Rebuild Umno image first, says Ali

MALACCA: Stop the politicking on the nomination quota and get on with the job of rebuilding Umno’s image, vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said yesterday.
“Focus shouldn’t be on the party elections at the moment. Our main agenda should be on rebuilding the party’s image following the general election,” he said.
“We must go to the ground and meet people and listen to their grouses.
“It is only proper that we put aside any personal interest and strive for the good of the party as how it was in Umno before,” he added.
Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib supported Mohd Ali, saying Umno leaders should focus on work to restore the confidence and spirit of party members.
“People are still surprised with the results of the general election. They did not expect Barisan Nasional to lose several states.
“There is plenty of work to do. We should go back to our respective areas and do our work.”

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/4/2/nation/20820389&sec=nation

seals: I thought you said you don't need anyone and even GOD can't shake UMNO, pls clarify. Or you are one of the contributor to the fall?

Lim: Another scam uncovered

NIBONG TEBAL: A special panel set up by the state government to investigate “land improprieties” in Penang has stumbled upon yet another scam.

This time it involves an RM13mil land deal.

“This is a fresh case. We just uncovered this when the special panel was investigating the other cases,” Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said on Tuesday night.

“We will get to the bottom of the case and find out how it occurred,” he said but declined to reveal details of the case.

Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddi, Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy and state Health, Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh form the special three-member panel.

Lim said that the three were expected to meet tomorrow to discuss further on this matter as well as the other land impropriety cases.

“We will submit the findings on the new case to the police and Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) after gathering the details,” Lim told reporters after opening a new DAP service centre in Taman Tambun Indah in the Batu Kawan parliamentary constituency.

Also present were service centre coordinator M.C. Pitchay and Dr Ramasamy.

Lim, who is also the state Industrial Development and International Trade, and Land Affairs and Land Development Committee chairman, had said that it was strange how certain parties could buy land which came with freehold titles when it was so difficult to acquire even an inch nowadays.

Related Stories:Owners of idle land in Selangor beware
38,000 land titles unclaimed
Selangor government probes multi-million ringgit cheating cases

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/4/3/nation/20823274&sec=nation

seals: I suggest all other BN ruled stats needs a Shadow Exco by Pakatan Rakyat. it looks like BN needs it more then the Pakatan Rakyat

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

More Faces at ToFA Fun Fare







Spiritual Diary 2nd April

O Lord of Compassion, teach me to shed tears of LOVE for all beings. May I behold them as my very own-different expressions of my self.

I easily excuse my own faults; let me therefore quickly forgive the failings of others. Bless me, O Father, that I not inflict on my companions unwelcome criticism. If they ask my advice in trying to correct themselves, may I offer suggestions inspired by THEE

Paramahansa Yogananda - "Whispers from Eternity"

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

DAP man causes scare for Perak govt with resignation letter

DAP man causes scare for Perak govt with resignation letter
By HAH FOONG LIAN and CHRISTINA KOH
IPOH: It was a day of drama for the Perak coalition government when a DAP assemblyman quit from his party, – sending party leaders scrambling – only to retract his resignation six hours later.

The resignation of Buntong assemblyman A. Sivasubramaniam shocked his state chief Ngeh Koo Ham and the rest of the Indian DAP representatives.

Various meetings were convened, including one between Ngeh and Sivasubramaniam and at 6pm, party leaders held a press conference at Wisma DAP and the latter declared he had retracted his resignation.

His resignation would have put the DAP-PAS-PKR coalition government in a precarious position as it would only have 30 of the state assembly’s 59 members, giving it a razor-thin one seat majority in the house. Barisan Nasional has 28 members.

Sivasubramaniam, who is Perak DAP assistant secretary, had faxed a letter to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng stating he was dissatisfied with the Perak DAP leadership.
He said he had lost confidence in the state leaders and claimed that Ngeh had not fulfilled his promise of appointing two Indian assemblymen as a state executive council (exco) member.
He added the Perak DAP leadership had failed to respect “the voice of makkal sakti (People’s Power).”

“The decision was a huge slap for the Indian community and designed to hoodwink the Indian community in Perak,” he said in his letter which was made available to the press.
He also said even if an Indian Perak DAP member were to get an assembly Speaker or Deputy Speaker, it could not “do much for the Indian community.”

An emergency meeting was held with Ngeh and the other Indian elected representatives.
Up until 3pm, efforts by state DAP leaders to contact Sivasubramaniam failed.
At about 5pm, Ngeh managed to have a five-minute discussion with Sivasubramaniam and the matter was put to rest.

An hour later, a press conference was called where Sivasubramaniam, who is also DAP Socialist Youth committee member, retracted his resignation letter.

He said the whole episode was a “mistake and misunderstanding” on his part.
“The matter has been solved. I am satisfied with Ngeh’s explanation that the post of assembly Speaker would be filled by an Indian leader,” he said.

Sivasubramaniam said his ailing mother was the one who convinced him to discuss his resignation with the party leadership, adding that even if he had resigned, he would have stayed independent.

Ngeh said Perak DAP was not sidelining the interest of the Indian community.
Acknowledging that the party had originally planned to have two Indian assemblymen as exco members, he said the party had then, in principle, agreed to have an Indian assemblyman as state assembly Speaker.

He promised that there would be more Indian representation in the state government compared with the previous administration.

“There is a misunderstanding. We have to first wait for the full list of state appointments. Only then will the people know that we did not neglect the Indian community or the fairer sex,” he said.

On whether the resignation had jeopardised the image of a stable state government or had created a bad impression, Ngeh said: “I hope not. This is just a misunderstanding.”
Asked whether a post was offered to Sivasubramaniam for him to retract his resignation, Ngeh said: “No.”

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/4/1/nation/20808201&sec=nation

seals: makkal sakthi is here!

Paper lingerie a 'hot' item

Paper lingerie a 'hot' item
By ONG YEE TING
PENANG: Dressing up in sexy undergarments is not only for the living, it seems, as paper paraphernalia burnt for the dead now include lingerie.
Selling like hot cakes at Choon Ban Heong in Magazine Road here were sets of matching cardboard-made brassieres and panties in various colours and designs.
The colourful brassieres, ranging from simple plain colour ones to sexy leopard prints, were also carefully lined with colourful trimmings and decorated with tiny paper butterflies.
Shop owner Tay Lay Nah said the "intimate clothing" was already in the market last year but had improved a lot in its design and patterns.
“The paper undergarments that we imported from China this year were of much better quality.
“They also came in more creative designs this year, such as the sweet flowery prints and sophisticated monogram designs to cater to different tastes,” she said.
Tay said the underwear sets, selling at RM4 each, received good response from her clients.
“Most customers find them very cute and usually added a few sets to go with other paper clothing and items such as dresses, bags and shoes for their female family members to use in the other world,” she added.
She said many of the popular designs were already sold out earlier although Qing Ming only falls on April 4.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/3/31/nation/20080331170439&sec=nation

Hindraf leader's wife denies seeing Samy Vellu

Hindraf leader's wife denies seeing Samy Vellu
By WANI MUTHIAH
KLANG: ISA detainee and Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M. Manoharan's wife S. Pushpaneela has denied seeking MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu's help for the release of her husband.
"I didn't go and see Samy Vellu," Pushpaneela said.
She was commenting on Samy Vellu's statement on Sunday that she had gone to see him to seek his help.
She added that she did not understand why Samy Vellu wanted to appeal to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for the release of the five Hindraf members detained under the ISA (Internal Security Act) at this juncture.
"Why now, when he could have done it earlier?" said Pushpaneela.
She added that the onus had been on Samy Vellu to advise the Prime Minister not to detain the Hindraf 5 under the ISA.
However she did not dismiss the possibility that their relatives had gone to see Samy Vellu to seek his help.
"We have many relatives who are MIC members and strong supporters of the party," said Pushpaneela.
Manoharan's father M.S. Malayalam is the Kanchong Laut MIC branch chairman while Pushpaneela's sister S. Thangeswari is the Perak MIC Wanita chief.
Pushpaneela also added that if she needed any help she would turn to DAP chairman Karpal Singh.
"Mr Karpal is my pillar of strength, and if I needed anyone's support or help, he would be the one would I turn to."
Meanwhile R. Kenghadaran's wife Dr M. Kalaivani said that she and her husband's family did approach Samy Vellu during the early days of the Hindraf 5's detention.
"It must have been two or three weeks after their detention, and we went to see Samy Vellu in his capacity as the leader of the Indian community," she said.
She said they had gone to see Samy Vellu in the hope of securing Kenghadaran's release.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/3/31/nation/20080331194808&sec=nation

seals: hmmmm