Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cameron Highland Fly

We always feel yucks when we see a house fly. Do you feel the same when you see this macro of a fly?

Friday, November 28, 2008

Rude, crude and obnoxious - the BN brand MP

Is this the MP that the people have elected? A disgrace to the Malays and Nation. Did you notice the empty seats at the back. This is BN after election.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 – He is untouchable. He can use swear words with impunity. He can spray sexist comments in the chamber and use sexual innuendo when he sees fit.

Judging by proceedings in Parliament since the March 8 general election, Datuk Tajudin Rahman, the Barisan Nasional MP for Pasir Salak can pretty much do as he pleases.

He is also living proof that some of the lessons of Election 2008 are being ignored and tossed aside by elected representatives. A walking advertisement that, despite being decimated in five states and having its customary two-thirds majority in Parliament taken away, arrogance and pride still courses through the veins of ruling coalition members.

More troubling perhaps for the average Malaysian is that Tajudin Rahman’s boorish behaviour is a reflection of the reality here – that the winds of change ushered in by the events of March 8 have begun to wane and that Malaysia is settling down once again to a state where apathy and fatigue reign.

Where the public feigns outrage at excesses of politicians and the government, then do a collective shrug of their shoulders and put it down to the way of life here.

Politicians from both sides of the divide know the drill. And that is why the likes of Tajudin Rahman and before him, Datuk Badruddin Amiruddin, Bung Mokhtar Radin and Mohd Said Yusof have shamed the House with outrageous remarks with the conviction that they will be untouched by any sanction or rebuke.

Still, it appears that Tajudin is in a class of his own. In this same Parliament session, he has called his nemesis, the DAP MP for Ipoh Barat a “bloody bastard”, introducing colourful language which the House has not heard before.

Granted that M. Kulasegaran has the ability to get under anyone’s skin with his comments, but "bloody bastard" in Parliament?

Tajudin was asked to withdraw his comments and went on his merry way. Yesterday, he scored a hattrick. The skirmish happened when the House was debating a motion by DAP’s Teo Nie Ching to cut the Education Minister’s salary by RM10 for failing to meet his promises on vernacular schools.

Within minutes of the motion, a shouting match ensued between MPs from BN and Pakatan Rakyat.

During the uproar, Tajudin called Kulasegaran “keling’’. Several minutes later, he labelled PKR’s Azmin Ali as a “biol” (dumb).

Azmin said: "This is too much. If it is only once or twice it is forgiveable, but every time he opens his mouth, he has no respect for anyone."

After being directed by Deputy Speaker Ronald Kiandee, Tajudin reluctantly withdrew his remarks.

But he outdid himself later when he attempted to interject while Pas’ Mujahid Rawa was debating on Teo’s motion.

This was the exchange.

Tajudin: Oh, tak masuk lagi?

Kiandee: Dia tak bagi, Yang Berhormat. Tak bagi.

Tajudin: Dia tak masuk lagi? Dah lama tak masuk-masuk. Main tepi saja.

Mujahid: Yang Berhormat Pasir Salak sabarlah.

Tajudin: Bila nak keluar lagi air dia ?

DAP’s Fong Po Kuan evoked Parliament’s Standing Orders against Tajudin for using offensive remarks. In all likelihood, Tajudin will be given a rap on his knuckles by the Speaker. He may be asked to apologise, something he has done a number of times since Parliament was convened.

Will he face any action from Umno or BN leaders? Unlikely. The prevailing view among Umno politicians is that BN needs some “fighters’ in the chamber to keep the resurgent Opposition in check.

Will the BN Whip Datuk Seri Najib Razak haul Tajudin up and read him the riot act? Unlikely. His supporters argue that there is only one way to deal with the likes of Azmin, Kulasegaran and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the loss of two-thirds majority. And that is not by yielding any ground or being cowed by the Opposition.

Will Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi do anything? Unlikely. He is already in retirement mode and only has time for several pieces of reforms which he has to push through before March 2009.

So looks like we will be stuck with the untouchable Tajudin Rahman and his antics for some time.

seals: Next is the total collapse of BN?

Arriving at Cameron Highland at 1 am

It was a last hour trip to get away from the stressful working life....arrived at CH at 1 am via Simpang Pulai. It was a beautiful full moon guidance all along the lonely Simpang Pulai access to Blue Valley. Was not tired as the Full Moon was charging me (it always does). As we arrived we were welcomed with the beautiful lights that is used to warm up the plants.
More photos to come....

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Somewhere In China - Nat Geo

Parliament: Karpal Singh files motion to discuss CJ Zaki

Parliament: Karpal Singh files motion to discuss CJ Zaki

KUALA LUMPUR: With the support of a total of 57 MPs - 56 MPs from Pakatan Rakyat and an independent MP, Karpal Singh (DAP - Bukit Gelugor) filed a motion Wednesday to discuss the conduct of Chief Justice Tan Sri Zaki Azmi in the Dewan Rakyat.

The notice of motion was filed at noon Wednesday to the Dewan Rakyat secretary, which would be printed on Order Paper 14 days later.

Karpal Singh had described that getting the signatures of 57 MPs to support the motion as historic.

“This is the first time that we managed to get the support to move a substantive motion.

“This could not have happenned in the past,” he said.

With 222 MPs in the House now, signatures of 56 MPs or a quarter from the House was required to discuss judges.

A total of 81 MPs are from Pakatan Rakyat and the 56 signatures were collected in half a day.

Section 36(8) of the Standing Orders states that the conduct of judges shall not be referred to except upon a substantive motion moved for that purpose where Article 127 of the Federal Constitution was complied.

Article 127 of the Federal Constitution states that the conduct of a judge shall not be discussed in the House unless one quarter of MPs gave their consent.

The motion also calls upon the Prime Minister to invoke the provisions of Article 125(3) of the Federal Constitution with a view to referring Zaki to a tribunal appointed by the King to remove him as Chief Justice on ground of serious misconduct in having publicly lied.

Karpal Singh, who said Zaki’s clarification was a lie, also called for Zaki to be suspended as Chief Justice pending the outcome of the tribunal.

Seals: Karpal sir, the only way to solve this is for PR to take over the government....

Nazri off the hook

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 25, 2008) : De facto law minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today escaped being referred to the privileges committee after the Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker ruled that he did not intend to mislead the House that six former judges were not sacked in 1998.

However, opposition MP Gobin Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong) wasn't so lucky. He was suspended for two days for accusing deputy speaker Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar of favouring Nazri.

Wan Junaidi said he was satisfied Nazri did not intend to mislead the House when he said on Nov 6 that the judges were not sacked since they had received pensions.

This triggered a protest from Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) and his son Gobind accused Wan Junaidi of defending Nazri. Both had called for Nazri to apologise.

Earlier, Wan Junaidi said he had studied the circumstances, not only by looking at Nazri’s statement but also by referring to other related documents. “I have read the tribunal report and the decision made by the Council of Rulers (in 1988). The letter (from the council) was only privy to the council and judges but I had obtained it as Parliament made the application.

“There was a letter to former Lord President Tun Salleh Abas and another from the chief secretary to the government. I have also read letters from the Pensions Department and journals on the practice, precedent and materials from other countries,” he said.

Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) interrupted to say that Wan Junaidi should just announce his decision than try to be like a judge, making Nazri look like an accused.

Wan Junaidi said he must explain the basis of his decision first. He said in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and India, for an MP to be referred to the committee, there must be an intention on the part of the MP to mislead the House.

“To refer an MP to the Privileges Committee, first, the MP’s statement must have misled the House. Second, the MP must realise the statement he made was incorrect. And third, when making the statement, the MP must have intended to mislead the House. But, since Nazri had corrected himself in an open confession to the press on Nov 13, the second and third conditions have not been met,” he said.

Karpal argued that it was unacceptable for Nazri to make his defence outside the House. Datuk Anifah Aman (BN-Kimanis) stopped him, saying the Speaker’s decision was final. Salahuddin Ayub (PAS-Kubang Kerian) said Nazri must apologise in the name of integrity.

Wan Junaidi: “He does not have to apologise. I don’t need him to. I made the decision based on cases in other Commonwealth countries. I don’t want this Parliament to be a mockery if we make decisions different from other countries.”

Karpal: “The Speaker has made a mockery of this House.”

Wan Junaidi asked him to retract his statement but Karpal continued: "You made a mockery of this House. Don’t play around, Mr Speaker. Being a lawyer yourself, how can you make such a decision? The decision does not stand. The minister must apologise.”

Gobind stood up to accuse Wan Junaidi of defending Nazri and was immediately ordered to leave the Dewan. When Gobind refused to budge, Wan Junaidi said he decided to suspend him because he had objected to the chair’s decision.

Gobind: “He made the mistake and I have to leave? Mr Speaker, you are biased. This is coward. And coward number one is there (pointing to Nazri). Stand up! Stand up and apologise like a man!”

He then left the House accompanied by the Sergeant-at-arms. In the lobby, Gobind said he only wanted to know from Wan Junaidi if enough information had been acquired before he made the ruling.

“If the minister did not apologise or explain inside the House, how can the (Deputy) Speaker know what his defence is? I also wanted to know, if he is prepared to apologise outside, why can’t he apologise to the MPs inside the House?"

In the lobby, Nazri told reporters he did not have to apologise because Wan Junaidi had ruled that there was no prima facie case that he purposely misled the House.

He reiterated that he regretted that what he mentioned in the House two weeks ago had caused “difficulties” to some quarters.

“I had no intention to make a mistake and because the letter (which was written by the King to the chief secretary to the government to give pension to the sacked judges) was not privy to the public. It is clear that even I, as a minister, had no knowledge about the letter.

“For 20 years, no one knew that pension had been paid, so how could I know about the incident?"
Asked if he would explain to the MPs in the House, Nazri said: “I do not do things to pacify the MPs, I do things that should be correct. Whatever is said in the House will be reported, so the most important thing is to clarify to the public."

seals: another BN style judgement, let the guilty go and charge the one who highlighted it.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Regional Muslim intellectuals regret decision to declare yoga as haram

Regional Muslim intellectuals regret decision to declare yoga as haram
by Himanshu Bhatt

GEORGE TOWN (Aug 23, 2008) : Muslim intellectuals from around South-east Asia have expressed reservations and regret on the Fatwa Council of Malaysia decision declaring yoga as haram.

Members of leading Islamic think-tanks and research groups who have converged in Penang said that the decision seems to have infringed on the freedom of Muslim citizens while being based on a narrow viewpoint of yoga.

Liberal Islam Network chairman Luthfi Assyaukanie of Indonesia described the fatwa as “a part of the conservative belief system that we are trying to deal with in the region”.

“Yoga is practised for physical health, not necessarily for religion,” he said when commenting on the National Fatwa Council’s announcement on Saturday of its decision to prohibit Muslims from practising yoga, citing that it is rooted in Hindu elements.

“But the clerics have tried to compress the understanding of yoga to a single perspective. When you live in a plural society you must respect the existence of various disciplines. If you believe in freedom, let them practise their freedom,” he said.

Malaysian Institute for Policy Research executive director Khalid Jaafar questioned the process in which the fatwa was decided, asking whether experts on yoga or Muslims who practised the exercise were consulted.

“To my knowledge there is no preaching of Hindu faith being done. There are no mantras or rituals that are invoked in the practice.”

“The yoga that they practise deal with things like exercises, internal muscles, breathing and control of mind,” he said, adding that the council should allow discourse and discussion on such a matter before making a decision.

Mindanao-based Amina Rasul, a convenor for the Philippines Council for Islam and Democracy, said although Muslims in south Philippines are not used to yoga, they would find such a ruling peculiar.

“To people in Philippines, yoga is about the practice of good health and clearness of thinking. It is hardly equated with religion.”

Jakarta-based Maarif Institute executive director Raja Juli Antoni said one should not generalise what the discipline is about.

He characterised the fatwa as not healthy in contributing to Islamic intellectual practice in the region.

The members were in Penang over the weekend to attend a workshop organised by the Southeast Asian Muslims for Freedom and Enlightenment.

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seals: Had a good laugh reading this ...thanks to the person who forward me the mail

Mixed reactions to yoga ban

PETALING JAYA: Sisters in Islam (SIS) and several yoga practitioners have expressed disappointment with the National Fatwa Council’s edict yesterday prohibiting Muslims from practising yoga.

They maintained that yoga was just a form of exercise.

Other individuals, however, said they would adhere to the edict.

Sisters in Islam (SIS) programme manager Norhayati Kaprawi said many Muslims in Malaysia practised it as a form of exercise to stay healthy.

“I don’t think it has caused any Muslim to convert to Hinduism, neither has it weakened their faith. It’s just an exercise like qigong or taichi which has its roots in Buddhism.

Norhayati said that by issuing the edict, the council had acted as if yoga was a widespread threat to Islam.

“I hope they can focus their attention on bigger and more pressing issues, such as money politics and corruption. Isn’t that more serious?” she asked.

She noted that SIS had been holding weekly yoga classes for their staff for the past year, adding that it had no problems continuing with it.

The council declared that yoga, which involves elements of physical movements, worshipping and chanting as haram in Islam and Muslims are banned from practising it.

Yoga teacher Datin Siti Suheila Merican agreed that while yoga practice should not involve worshipping and chanting, the physical movements were good for improving health.

Siti Suheila, who has been teaching yoga for the past 30 years, said the issue should not be blown out of proportion as many Muslims in the Middle East were doing it without any fuss.

“Worldwide it has been accepted as an exercise for health benefits.

“It is a science of health that is time-tested and proven scientifically to be extremely effective. Many doctors in the West recommend yoga as an alternative therapy to medication,” she said.

M. Revathi, 40, who has been teaching yoga part-time for about 10 years, said some people mistook the names of the asanas (postures) as religious verses as they were in Sanskrit “but there’s nothing religious about the names.”

“As for the meditation part, it’s not religious either. I tell my students to relax and free their minds, and they can meditate in whatever language they like,” she said.

A doctor, who only wanted to be identified as Rafidah, said she had been attending yoga lessons once or twice a week for the past six months but would quit her classes now to adhere to the edict.

“I still don’t feel that it has changed my faith in Islam at all. My faith as a Muslim is the same as before,” the disappointed 27-year-old said.

However, she believed that the council had conducted the necessary research and knew more about Islam than she did.

Another yoga practitioner, who only identified herself as Siti, said she would stop doing yoga.

“I think it’s fine for beginners but as I went for more advanced classes, I did not feel comfortable. I think I’ll take up pilates now instead as it is purely exercise,” she said.

Fatwa Council deems ancient form of exercise from India 'haram' for Muslims

PUTRAJAYA: The National Fatwa Council has declared that yoga is haram (prohibited) in Islam and Muslims are banned from practising it.

Its chairman Datuk Dr Abdul Shukor Husin said yoga had been practised by the Hindu community for thousands of years and incorporated physical movements, religious elements together with chants and worshipping, with the aim of “being one with God”.

“Because of this, we believe that it is inappropriate for Muslims to do yoga. The council is declaring that practising yoga, when it comes together with the three elements, is haram,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

He noted that while merely doing the physical movements of yoga without the worshipping and chanting might not be against religious beliefs, Muslims should avoid practising it altogether as “doing one part of yoga would lead to another”.

Muslims, he said, were discouraged from practising yoga even as a form of exercise as it would ultimately lead to worshipping and chanting, which is against Islam.

“In Islam, a believer must not do things that can erode one’s aqidah or faith. Doing yoga, even just the physical movements, is a step towards erosion of one’s faith in the religion, hence Muslims should avoid it,” he said.

Shukor said that once the fatwa was gazetted, it would be up to the state governments to implement and enforce the ruling as religious affairs come under their purview.

“Malaysia is not the only country which prohibits Muslims from doing yoga. Singapore and Egypt have come out with the same edict,” he pointed out.

The council, he said, came up with an edict on yoga as the matter was referred to it following growing concerns whether it would be against the religion if Muslims continued with the exercise.

Recently, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Islamic Studies Centre lecturer Prof Zakaria Stapa advised Muslims who had taken up yoga to stop practising it for fear that they could deviate from the teachings of Islam.

Shukor said the declaration of yoga as haram was done after serious and in-depth discussions among the council members who met last month.

He said that after studying the matter, including the history and purpose of yoga, the council decided that it was inappropriate for Muslims as it could affect one’s faith.

Asked if the decision would draw flak within the Malaysian community, including the non-Muslims, he said the ruling was only meant for Muslims. The rest were free to practise yoga.

He said Muslims must be careful not to do anything that could erode their faith, adding the religion strongly advocates “prevention is better than cure”.

“There are many other forms of exercise that Muslims can partake in, especially when the religion promotes healthy living and lifestyle. Performing prayers, for example, is a good form of exercise,” he said.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Shah Rukh Khan's Malaysian 'knighthood' postponed: official

Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan has postponed a controversial ceremony to award him a Malaysian "knighthood" because he is too busy, officials said Wednesday.

Khan is to be presented with an award from southern Malacca state which carries the title "Datuk", equivalent to a British knighthood, after a 2001 film set in Malacca boosted its profile as a tourist destination.

The award has proved contentious, with some questioning whether Khan is deserving or whether local artists and celebrities should be recognised instead.

"The ceremony has been postponed for now," a senior Malacca official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"We wanted the ceremony to take place over a weekend but Shah Rukh's schedule was such that we could not agree on a date so we are now working on a new one that will keep everyone happy, but it hasn't been fixed yet," he said.

Since the filming of Khan's 2001 movie, "One 2 Ka 4" at a popular resort in Malacca, the number of tourists coming from India has increased significantly, state officials say.

The 42-year-old heart-throb was to have received his award on November 29, in a ceremony aired live on India's top entertainment channel, Zee TV.

"The postponement of the award shows just how ridiculous it is to give such an award to Shah Rukh as Malaysia and the award most probably does not even picture on his radar," opposition politician Lim Kit Siang told AFP.

Malaysia has become a popular location for Indian films, which have a huge following among ethnic Indians and the majority Muslim-Malays.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

KL Street Photography

Once a "famus" cheap "hotels" that does not provide place to stay but provides "customer satisfaction services".

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bird At Bukit Jalil

(Click on the picture to see about 14 more pictures.)

Some time back I went for a walk at Bukit Jalil lake garden after returning from Pakistan. Saw this bird walking along the lake and I changed to my 200mm lens and took some snaps.
Then I noticed some thing unusual. Hmmm .This bird was actually was collecting the breads and fish food that landed at the side of the lake and throwing it inside the lake.
This is what the visitors of the lake does. They feed the fish and turtles in the lake. And the children gets excited to see lots of fish going after the food.
This bird did the same. Why?
After some attempts, there were many big fish came for the bread. Once a small fish (the size the bird can handle) came for the bread and in split second it caught the fish and it became its dinner.
And I waited, after some time once the fish got settle down in its tiny stomach, it start the hunt again.
Surprised uh? Click on the picture to see about 14 more pictures.

Opposition leaders urged not to belittle security forces

Opposition leaders urged not to belittle security forces

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 18 (Bernama) : Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar today urged the opposition parties not to belittle the security forces because they are the enforcement agencies responsible for safeguuarding peace and security in the country.

He said they should criticise if there were any shortcomings and action would be taken if the criticisms had basis but they shold not politicise the

"I hope that the opposition parties will not simply belittle everyone. I see all sorts of people running us down.

"If something is good, say so. If it's not, criticise and we will rectify it. We admit that not everything is perfect. I accept that. We got problem and we intend to tackle it but please don't condemn all the time," he told reporters after the ministry's monthly gathering here, when asked to comment on the attitude of DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang who is said to be constantly questioning the credibilty of the security ofrces.

Syed Hamid said Lim should act maturely and not condemn the security forces just to become popular.

He did not deny that there were cases which were difficult to solve but said that if this became the focus to belittle the security forces it would not help in confidence building.

"If there are unsolved cases, no police force will rest easy, especially if they are cases involving the kidnapping of small children, and these are case that we would want to solve but sometimes they cannot be solved," he said.

He also said that during a financial crisis the security aspects must be stepped up to ensure that the secret societies and the loan sharks did not capitalise on the situation to fleece the people.

"If people are pressured, they may do things that they don't normally do so we must continue to step up our security," he said. -- BERNAMA

seals: but is is too obvious that when it comes to UMNO no action and when it is opposition it is a stern action. How?

Kit Siang to lodge police report against Pempena

Kit Siang to lodge police report against Pempena

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 18, 2008) : Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) is to lodge a police report tomorrow over the alleged misuse of funds by Pempena Group of Companies, a subsidiary of the Tourism Ministry.

Speaking at the Parliament lobby today, he called for the full brunt of the law to be brought on those guilty of misusing public funds.

Lim quoted excerpts from R. Nadeswaran's column entitled "Let them rot in jail" (Citizen Nades, Monday) which he said prompted him to act.

He also asked if Tourism Minister Datuk Azalina Othman was prepared to table the ministry’s internal audit inquiry into the various financial scandals of Pempena in Parliament.

"The Pempena scandals can be divided into two categories, those which occurred before Azalina became tourism minister for which she does not need to assume personal responsibility, and those committed after the 2008 general election for which Azalina must bear full responsibility and accountability," he said.

"It appears that it is not just incompetence and inaptitude but criminal breach of trust and even corruption are in play in the financial scandals of Pempena, as revealed by the internal audit report," Lim added.

seals: does the politicians has the rights to advice us on how to spend and bla, bla, bla ...when this is their actual color?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Arresting a guy for obstruction after 1 year?

I cannot tell if Malaysia's public prosecutor office is too free or just too busy!!!!

1. Are they so busy that they took 1 whole year before they could charged Selangor state executive councillor Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew with abetment in obstructing a Subang Jaya Municipal Council enforcement officer from closing down a hotel????

2. Or are they soooo free that they have assigned a senior Deputy Public Prosecutor to (handle) this menial case!?!?!

3. Is this case more serious then murder, assault, gang rape, robbery, Mat Rempit, and etc?!?! I think even corruption and racist slander would rank higher than obstruction?!?

4. So does this senior DPP not have something better to do?!? A more serious case to prosecute perhaps?

5.Or why were they so busy that they could not charge Ronnie Liu earlier?!!?

Uncle Lim (Lim Kit Siang) said.....
"I was at the court this morning and met with the deputy public prosecutor (DPP), who was a senior officer. He told me this was a very serious case," he told reporters in Parliament today.

6. If such a "serious case" takes up to a year to prosecute ah..... then the not serious case how?!?!
Die lah!!!?!?

7. So if you are an inteligent Malaysian citizen...... what conclusion would you come up with in relation to this incident?!?!

read more at :

seals: a very interesting question by this blogger.

My Nadaraja: The Cosmic Dancer

Thursday, November 13, 2008

PDRM-Umno link?

PDRM-Umno link?
November 13th, 2008 (3 hours ago) by Teresa

Yesterday afternoon at about 2.15pm, when I was about to enter into the exco meeting room on the 20th floor, suddenly a man came up to me and told me that Ronnie Liu has been arrested by the police at ground floor.

He asked me to inform the Menteri Besar. I then went into the meeting room and told MB and all excos about this. Then all of us took the lift and went down to ground floor, hoping that we can see Ronnie and talk to the police officers.

When we went down, we were told by the officers that Ronnie has been taken away by the police. The guards at our state government building told us that they were unable to stop the police from taking Ronnie Liu away.

Our state legal advisor Dato’ Jauyah then called the Prosecution Head of Shah Alam to find out where Ronnie will be taken to. I then called and sent text messages to Gobind Singh and other party colleagues about his arrest.

We then received confirmation that Ronnie has been taken to the Puchong Jaya police station and waiting to be bailed. We then summoned the YDP of MPSJ to brief the exco on what had happened caused Ronnie Liu to be arrested. Our exco meeting was quite disturbed by this sudden change of events.

Ronnie came back to our exco meeting room at about 5pm and YDP and enforcement officers of MPSJ gave us presentation on what had taken place when they raided the hotel in Puchong in October last year. They told us that the police report was lodged by a MPSJ officer against Ronnie Liu, but they never expected the police take such a sudden action against Ronnie Liu, who is their boss now.

The question now is that, why did the police take such prompt action against Ronnie Liu over such small matter? As Ronnie is now an exco of a state government, the police can always call him or write to him to invite him to be present in the police station and record his statement. Do they need to take such drastic action against him by sending a few police officers to take him away, like “kidnapping” him?

Before this episode, Ronnie was arrested by the police when he went in to the PJ Police Station to visit all the participants of the Bersih rally last Sunday.

For me, this is a clear indication PDRM is working hand in glove with Umno to harass leaders of Pakatan Rakyat.

First they put me under the ISA over unfounded remarks made by Khir Toyo in his blog as well as the article published in Utusan Malaysia. They then reacted against Ronnie Liu as Khir Toyo raised the case of “Ronnie obstructing the raid carried out by MPSJ officers” in the Selangor State Assembly sitting. Besides, they have arrested our PJ DAP ADUNs without giving warning over peaceful assembly that demand free and fair elections (Bersih).

Which Pakatan Rakyat leaders will be their next target?

seals: if you noticed the police report was made in October LAST year.
1. It shows either Police is inefficient that take exactly 12 months to investigate a simple case
2. Or the UMNO is now working hand in hand to look for any simple reason to arrest leaders PR government.

Which is which?

But giving permits to others who would protest anything against PR government. UiTM was given permit in 2 hours and allowed to protest even though they are governed by College and University Act.

What all these indicates? Will the Police say the same when in months to come PR takes over the Federal government, "sorry we did not know you will be our boss ...."?

This is too obvious...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Obama Helped Stranger 20 Years Ago

Oct 05, 2008
The Norwegian newspaper VG has reported a truly amazing story about a newly-wed trying to get to Norway to be with her husband, and the stranger who helped pay an unexpected luggage surcharge.

The blog 'Leisha's Random Thoughts' has translated the story:

It was 1988, and Mary Andersen was in line at the Miami airport checking in for a long flight to Norway to be with her husband. When it was finally Mary's turn, she got the message that would crush her bubbling feeling of happiness.

"You'll have to pay a 103 dollar surcharge if you want to bring both those suitcases to Norway," the man behind the counter said.

Mary had no money. Her new husband had travelled ahead of her to Norway, and she had no one else to call.

"I was completely desperate and tried to think which of my things I could manage without. But I had already made such a careful selection of my most prized possessions," says Mary.As tears streamed down her face, she heard a 'gentle and friendly voice' behind her saying, "That's okay, I'll pay for her."

Mary turned around to see a tall man whom she had never seen before. He had a gentle and kind voice that was still firm and decisive. "The first thing I thought was, Who is this man?"

Although this happened 20 years ago, Mary still remembers the authority that radiated from the man. He was nicely dressed, with brown leather shoes, a cotton shirt open at the throat and khaki pants, says Mary.

She was thrilled to be able to bring both her suitcases to Norway and assured the stranger that he would get his money back. The man wrote his name and address on a piece of paper that he gave to Mary. She thanked him repeatedly. When she finally walked off towards the security checkpoint, he waved goodbye to her.

Who was the man?
Barack Obama.

Twenty years later, she is thrilled that the friendly stranger at the airport may be the next President and has voted for him already and donated 100 dollars to his campaign:"He was my knight in shining armor," says Mary, smiling.

She paid the 103 dollars back to Obama the day after she arrived in Norway. At that time he had just finished his job as a poorly paid community worker in Chicago, and had started his law studies at prestigious Harvard university.

Mary even convinced her parents to vote for him: In the spring of 2006 Mary's parents had heard that Obama was considering a run for president, but that he had still not decided. They chose to write a letter in which they told him that he would receive their votes. At the same time, they thanked Obama for helping their daughter 18 years earlier.

And Obama replied. In a letter to Mary's parents dated May 4th 2006 and stamped "United States Senate, Washington DC' Barack Obama writes:

'I want to thank you for the lovely things you wrote about me and for reminding me of what happened at Miami airport. I'm happy I could help back then, and I'm delighted to hear that your daughter is happy in Norway. Please send her my best wishes. Sincerely, Barack Obama, United States Senator'.

The parents sent the letter on to Mary.

Mary says that when her friends and associates talk about the election, especially when race relations is the heated subject, she relates the story of the kind man who helped out a stranger-in-need over twenty years ago, years before he had even thought about running for high office.
UPDATE: Also, remember this was 1988, when 100 dollars was quite a bit of money, compared to today's value.

Truly a wonderful story, and something that needs to be passed along in the maelstorm of fear-and-smear politics we are being subjected to right now.

Malaysian Bar's Press Release: Respect the Right to Peaceful Assembly

Freedom of assembly and freedom of expression were again dealt a severe blow yesterday with the arrests of 23 citizens – including journalists and activists, a Member of Parliament, State Assemblypersons and a City Councillor – who were participants in a peaceful gathering to commemorate the first anniversary of last year's BERSIH rally.

The Bar Council is alarmed at the disproportionate and heavy-handed approach adopted by the police, who purportedly began dispersing people as early as an hour before the start of the vigil. Needless physical force was allegedly used during the arrests, causing injuries to a number of participants. Such unprovoked intimidation and oppression is unjustifiable as the group was reportedly calm, did not pose any threat to public order and was merely exercising its democratic rights.

While the Bar Council disagrees with the laws curtailing the right to assemble and express dissent, we are concerned that the authorities seem to use these laws selectively to disperse and arrest demonstrators. Several demonstrations against the Pakatan Rakyat government's policies in Penang and Selangor have proceeded without much harassment nor arrests by the police.

This gives rise to the perception that police actions are not based on any objective criteria relating to preservation of public order. Such subjectivity breeds the notion that the authorities act in a biased, or even arbitrary, manner.

We call on the police to protect the rights of speech, expression and assembly of all those who legitimately engage in expressing dissent, fairly and without bias.

Ragunath Kesavan
Malaysian Bar

10 November 2008

seals: Wayang Kulit? Someone plays the game, someone else does the way the other wants and what we get to see is some shadow that mis leads .....

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Parliament: Motion to discuss multilingual signs rejected

Updated: Tuesday November 4, 2008 MYT 2:58:36 PM
Parliament: Motion to discuss multilingual signs rejected

KUALA LUMPUR: The House rejected a motion by Datuk Ibrahim Ali (Independent-Pasir Mas) to discuss the Penang Government’s decision to install roadsigns in various languages.

Ibrahim said the Penang state authorities had contravened Article 152 and 153 of the Constitution by ignoring the status of Bahasa Melayu as the official national language of the country.

“The national language should be used in street names, which reflect the country’s sovereignty.

“The use of many types of languages on roadsigns will create confusion.

“The Penang Government’s actions has insulted the status of the national language as stated in the Constitution and I urge the House to discuss this serious matter,” he added.

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said although the matter was specific and of public interest, he rejected the motion under Article 18(2) of the Standing Orders.

It was reported that the Penang Government would put up roadsigns in different languages at its World Heritage enclaves by December.

seals: how about the usage of Jawi in Selangor and Johor? So UMNO buat semua ok, DAP buat semua salah?

Monday, November 03, 2008

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Seals: do MAXIS allow such promotions on their network?

Saturday, November 01, 2008

The “Yoga” of Islamic Prayer

The “Yoga” of Islamic Prayer

By Karima Burns, MH, ND


Called “one of the oldest systems of personal development encompassing body, mind and spirit” by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, yoga has become one of the fastest growing health trends today. It has been renowned for centuries for its curative powers of movement.

Yoga consists of a number of “asnas,” or body positions, which one retains for a desired length of time while either reciting “mantras” or breathing in a rhythmic manner. Its benefits have been researched by many doctors who now recommend it to their patients, by many medical schools such as Harvard, and by many foundations such as the Menninger Foundation.

In fact, yoga has become so popular that secretaries have developed a simplified sitting version that they can do at their desks. The elderly, pregnant women and athletes also have their own versions.

Interestingly, for the millions of people enrolled in yoga classes, the Islamic form of prayer has provided Muslims for fourteen centuries with some of yoga’s same (and even superior) benefits. This simple form of “yoga” offers physical, mental, and spiritual benefits five times a day as Muslims assume certain positions while reciting Qur’an and athkar (remembrances).

Of course, not all the yoga positions are found in the Islamic prayer. However, hospital researchers have concluded that patients benefit from even a simplified version of yoga, and most hospital yoga programs, such as those at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in Massachusetts, consist of only five to seven positions.

The Muslim prayer has five positions, and they all (as well as the recitations we make while performing the prayer) have a corresponding relationship with our spiritual and mental well being, according to modern scientific research. The benefits of performing specific movements and recitations each day come from the correct rendition of the position or action itself, the length of time the position is held, and from careful and correct recitation techniques.

Each of the five prayer positions has a corresponding yoga position, and the positions together “activate” all seven “chakras” (energy fields) in the body. The idea of activating a chakra may sound linguistically strange, but it is easier to understand once one translates that word into more familiar language.

Eastern healers believe that each of the chakras correlate to major nerve ganglia that branch forth from the spinal column. Thus, the concept of activating these nerve centers is akin to getting a chiropractic adjustment or installing a medical stimulating device on the spine to correct corresponding bodily malfunctions.

In layman’s terms, the idea of chakras can be understood by thinking about how the sense of “feeling” functions. One notices, when touching any part of the body, that that part responds by being more “awake” and aware. Another part of the body that was not touched, but is along the same nerve pathway, may also respond.

When a person is sitting, for instance, they may not be thinking about their legs, which are momentarily at rest; however, if someone touches them, they will again be “aware” of them. Chakras work in much the same way.

Studies have found that varying areas of the body, when activated by touch, movement or thought, evoke specific emotional and physical responses in much the same way that a smile can evoke the feeling of happiness, and actually increase circulation – even if one was feeling sluggish and unhappy before smiling. This is one of the reasons that it is so important to perfectly perform all of the movements of the Islamic prayer, rather than haphazardly rushing through them.

The Takbir and Al Qiyyam together are very similar to the Mountain Pose in yoga, which has been found to improve posture, balance, and self-awareness. This position also normalizes blood pressure and breathing, thus providing many benefits to asthma and heart patients.

The placement of the hands on the chest during the Qiyyam position are said to activate the solar plexus “chakra,” or nerve pathway, which directs our awareness of self in the world and controls the health of the muscular system, skin, intestines, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and eyes. When the hands are held open for du’a, they activate the heart “chakra,” said to be the center of the feelings of love, harmony, and peace, and to control love and compassion. It also governs the health of the heart, lungs, thymus, immune system, and circulatory system.

Muslim researchers have shown that when Muslims recite the Qur’an, old thoughts, feelings, fears and guilt are released or healed, and blood pressure and stress levels are reduced. Virtually all of the sounds of the Arabic language are uttered while reciting Qur’an, creating a balance in all affected areas of the body.

Some specific sounds, in fact, correspond to major organs in the body. In his research and creation of eurhythmy, Rudolph Steiner (founder of the Waldorf Schools), , found that vibrations made when pronouncing the long vowels, 'A', 'E' and 'U,' stimulated the heart, lungs, and the thyroid, pineal, pituitary, and adrenal glands during laboratory tests.

The position of Ruku is very similar to the Forward Bend Position in yoga. Ruku stretches the muscles of the lower back, thighs, legs and calves, and allows blood to be pumped down into the upper torso. It tones the muscles of the stomach, abdomen, and kidneys. Forming a right angle allows the stomach muscles to develop, and prevents flabbiness in the mid-section.

This position also promotes a greater flow of blood into the upper regions of body – particularly to the head, eyes, ears, nose, brain, and lungs – allowing mental toxins to be released. Over time, this improves brain function and ones personality, and is an excellent stance to maintain the proper position of the fetus in pregnant women.

The Sujud is said to activate the “crown chakra,” which is related to a person’s spiritual connection with the universe around them and their enthusiasm for spiritual pursuits. This nerve pathway is also correlated to the health of the brain, nervous system, and pineal gland. Its healthy function balances ones interior and exterior energies.

In Sujud, we also bend; thus activating the “base chakra,” which controls basic human survival instincts and provides essential grounding. This helps to develop levelheaded and positive thinking along with a highly motivated view of life, and maintains the health of the lymph and skeletal systems, the prostate, bladder, and the adrenal glands. We also bend the “sacral chakra” during Sujud, thus benefiting and toning the reproductive organs.

The position of Al Qaadah, (or Julus) is similar to the Thunderbolt Pose in yoga, which firms the toes, knees, thighs, and legs. It is said to be good for those prone to excessive sleep, and those who like to keep long hours. Furthermore, this position assists in speedy digestion, aids the detoxification of the liver, and stimulates peristaltic action in the large intestine.

Last, but not least, the “throat chakra” is activated by turning the head towards first the right and then the left shoulder in the closing of the prayer. This nerve path is linked to the throat, neck, arms, hands, bronchials, and hearing – effecting individual creativity and communication.

It is believed that a person who activates all seven nerve pathways at least once a day can remain well balanced emotionally, physically and spiritually. Since this is the goal of all sincere Muslims, we all should strive to attain the perfection of stance, recitation, and breathing recommended in the Hadith while performing our prayers – the very same techniques of perfection taught in popular yoga, Tai Chi, and many other exercise classes.

Seals: Taken from the link that was provided by one of my reader, published here to read for knowledge.

‘Boot camp’ judge resigns

KUALA LUMPUR: A High Court judge who revealed the existence of a boot camp for judges back in 1997 has tendered his resignation and will leave office on Dec 1.

Datuk Ian Chin wrote a letter to the King on July 16 to resign and went on leave on Aug 21.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department T. Murugiah said this in reply to Tian Chua (PKR - Batu) who asked whether the Government had taken steps to investigate the accusations made by Chin against former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

With Chin’s resignation, there was no need to investigate the matter, said Murugiah.

Earlier, Murugiah told Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir (BN - Jerlun) that the Government did not intend to make representation to the King to put Chin before a tribunal.

On July 15, several MPs, while debating on the Judges Remuneration (Amendment) Bill, criticised Chin in the Dewan Rakyat over his war of words with Dr Mahathir.

Some questioned his revelation, made only after Dr Mahathir had stepped down, and some called for him to be sacked for being “judicially immature”.

It prompted Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to intervene. He asked Karpal Singh to read out Article 127 of the Federal Constitution and Parliament’s Standing Order 36(8) to remind MPs not to debate on judges’ behaviour unless a substantive motion was moved with the consent of 55 MPs.

In June, Chin caused a stir when he claimed that Dr Mahathir had made a thinly veiled threat against judges at the Judges Conference on April 24, 1997.

He claimed Dr Mahathir had threatened to sack judges who failed to deliver judgments to his or the Government’s liking.

Chin had also said that Dr Mahathir was dissatisfied over his unwillingness to award astronomical sums in damages in two libel suits in 1997, and that “errant” judges had been sent to a boot camp in an “attempt to indoctrinate them to hold the view that the Government’s interest was more important than all else”.

Dr Mahathir, in his blog, said the judges were never sent to a boot camp.

Ambiga: Ian Chin's resignation leaves unanswered questions
Thursday, 30 October 2008 06:36pm
©The Malaysian Insider (Used by permission)
by Debra Chong

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 - Bar Council president Datuk S. Ambiga said today it was unfortunate the resignation of High Court judge Ian Chin will leave many unanswered questions.

Expressing surprise at news of Chin's resignation which was announced in Parliament today, she said it was not in the interest of justice that there are question marks surrounding the judge's decision.

Chin dropped a bombshell earlier this year with his explosive claims that former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had threatened judges and send them to a "boot camp" for indoctrination, in an allegation the latter denied ever doing.
Parliament was told today that Chin handed in his resignation to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in a letter dated July 16.

"He will step down from Dec 1. At this time, he has started his leave from Aug 1 until Nov 30,"

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department T. Murugiah told the House.

Murugiah was replying to a question from Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir (BN-Jerlun) who wanted to know whether action would be taken against the judge.

Murugiah said that since Chin had tendered his resignation, there was no need to take any action.

"It is unfortunate that every time a judge is brave enough to speak up, he has to leave or feels he has to leave and nothing is done about those allegations," said Ambiga.

"Again, this leaves a lot of unanswered questions. This is not in the interest of the administration of justice," she emphasised.

Altantuya case: Razak acquitted

Updated: Friday October 31, 2008 MYT 4:42:39 PM
Altantuya case: Razak acquitted

SHAH ALAM: Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda walked out a free man from the High Court here after two years of standing trial for abetment in the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.

The first thing he did after the judge pronounced his freedom was to hug his daughter Rowena and wife Mazlinda Makhzan.

Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin ruled that the exculpatory statements in a tell-all affidavit made by Razak at the outset of the trial had cleared him of the abetment charge.

“In the absence of the rebuttal evidence against them, coupled with the fact that there is no legal onus for him to rebut any statutory presumptions, there is clearly no reason for the statements to be ignored and rejected.

“I agree with the counsel that the exculpatory parts which are corroborated in material particulars (by four witnesses) and other surrounding circumstances have clearly negated and nullified the act of abetment as alleged against the accused,’’ Zaki said while reading out his ruling.

The four witnesses were Razak’s private eye P. Balasubramaniam, Altantuya’s cousin Burmaa Oyunchimeg, an old flame of principal accused C/Insp Azilah Hadri, who is a Special Action Squad (UTK) operative - L/Kpl Rohaniza Roslan and Razak’s secretary Siti Aishah Mohd Azlan.

At the start of the trial, Abdul Razak filed an affidavit saying he had an affair with Altantuya after meeting her in 2004.

The tell-all affidavit said they had trysts in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and France, but broke up in 2005.

The judge’s ruling on Friday came after he had perused about 6,000 pages of notes of proceedings and written submissions.

Justice Zaki said once the essential elements of abetment of the murder was not proven on a prima facie basis, “any other inferences and doubts that may have arisen must be resolved, as is trite, in favour of the accused (Razak)”.

“It is not for the court to call for the defence merely to clear or clarify such doubts. I find there is no prima facie case for him to answer his charge. He is therefore acquitted and discharged forthwith,’’ he said.

The trial began in November 2006, during which 84 prosecution witnesses testified.

Also in the dock for the murder charge is another UTK operative Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 37.

Both C/Insp Azilah and Kpl Sirul Azhar were ordered to enter their defence on Friday against the charge of murdering Altantuya near Shah Alam, Selangor, between 10pm on Oct 19, 2006 and 1am the following day.

They chose to testify under oath. Trial has been set for Nov 10 onwards.