Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Malaysia's Ambiga Sreenevasan

Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama
12 Mar 2009, 0853 hrs IST



Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama with Ambiga

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama present give away Secretary of State's Award for International Women of Courage to Malaysia's Ambiga Sreenevasan at the State Department in Washington , DC . (AFP)

The shame of it all that we should be so proud (and are) of our own Malaysian receiving an international award like this, but the Malaysian government and press dont see it as important enough to publish it in our local dailies! It was only published by THE SUN but rather small and hidden in the inner pages.

WHY???...SOME HIDDEN REASON? BUT WHEN OTHER DID NOT MAKE IT ALSO CAN GET AWARDS OR CAN BE SECOND TO DO IT CAN BE RECEIVED WITH "HANG TUAH" STYLE AT AIRPORT?


BUT SHE ALSO MADE IT TO THE WORLD MEDIA:

Indian Origin President of Malaysian Bar council, Ambiga Sreenevasan was among the eight recipients of this year’s “International Women of Courage Award”, presented by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Washington.

Sreenevasan was chosen for the prestigious award, established by the US Department of State, for being a forerunner in advancing human rights, the status of women and religious tolerance in Malaysia, ‘Bernama´ news agency reported.

The social organisations in Malaysia have lauded Sreenevasan’s efforts as a strong emerging voice for tolerance and justice, which has a direct impact on judicial reform in Malaysia, contributing to strengthening of the role of women in civil society.

Sreenevasan was present to receive the award at Washington given away this Monday in conjunction with International Women’s Day.

The honorees are recognised for their outstanding contribution on behalf of women and their societies, and for tackling such issues as domestic violence, forced and child marriage, human trafficking, fighting corruption and demanding government transparency, defending access to justice and the rule of law, and safeguarding equal rights and opportunities for women.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=IndiansAbroadSectionPage&id=c1842e7e-1766-4197-87eb-dcbd6129566f&Headline=Ambiga+Sreenevasan+receives+Women+of+Courage+Award

Model Pictures Revisit

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Failure of Nur Amalina (who scored 17As)

I was really shocked and speechless to be informed about Nur Amalina Che Bakri.

Nur Amalina had held briefly the record of most 1As scored in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia. Upon the announcement of results of SPM 2004 on 26 March 2005, she received 17 1As - a record for number of 1As received by a student in the history of Malaysian education back then.[2] She was sponsored by Bank Negara Malaysia to study medicine in the United Kingdom, and did her A-levels in Cheltenham Ladies College in the UK.[3]

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I was informed that she had failed in her second year medical study at the University of Edinburgh.

I really hope this is not true......if it is, what went wrong?

http://1426.blogspot.com/2009/07/failure-of-nur-amalina-who-scored-17as.html

Friday, July 24, 2009

Hannah Yeoh: He will never be forgotten...

Hannah Yeoh: He will never be forgotten...

.....My sister who is indifferent to politics (like many other young people in this country) sent me a text message when I was at Nirvana Memorial Park in Semenyih the day Beng Hock was buried. She said : "Please teach me what to do in the event you are taken in by MACC too. I do not want to learn of it too late". She must have seen the agony of Beng Hock's siblings and realised that it could have been her going through it.

I hope my grandmother isn't watching the news of Beng Hock's death. She would be grieving and crying seeing Beng Hock's mom. I hope this article doesn't reach her. Just like how my family still remembers my late uncle some 19 years later, I know Beng Hock too would be remembered many years to come. Farewell, my friend.....

read more at : http://hannahyeoh.blogspot.com/2009/07/he-will-never-be-forgotten.html

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

KL Orchid Park

Woman stabs hubby for coming home late

Woman stabs hubby for coming home late

A WIFE stabbed her husband in a rage after he came home late from the friendly match between Manchester United and the Malaysian team on Saturday, reported Harian Metro.

The husband had initially promised his wife to be home by around 7pm after the match, but he only came back at 2am.

As soon as he came home, the 20 something couple, began arguing.

It is understood that the wife stabbed her husband in the chest with a vegetable knife after she could no longer control her temper.

However, she panicked on seeing her husband convered in blood and quickly sent him to the hospital.

Police have detained the wife and seized the weapon.

Ampang OCPD Asst Comm Abd Jalil Hassan said the 26-year-old self-employed victim was currently in critical condition.

“The woman claims she was provoked by her husband coming home late,” he said.


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/7/21/nation/4360739&sec=nation


seals: That's why I said SPORTS IS ALSO BAD FOR HEALTH AND LIFE.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Probe by MACC

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Article in the Sun today:

MACC interviews recipients of aid from DAP assemblymen
By Maria J.Dass

SHAH ALAM (July 13, 2009) : The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) seized files on allocations expenditure by seven Selangor state assemblymen from the Petaling District Office two weeks ago and have been questioning recipients of the money since.

Calling it a harrasment of their constituents, the seven assemblymen are planning to lodge a complain with the MACC advisory board member Tun Hamid Mohamed.Those who had their files seized are Teresa Kok (DAP-Kinrara), Elizabeth Wong (PKR-Bukit Lanjan), Edward Lee (DAP-Bukit Gasing), Hannah Yeoh (DAP-Subang Jaya), Dr Cheah Wing Yin (Damansara Utama), Ean Yong Hian Wah (DAP-Seri Kembangan) and Lau Weng San (DAP-Kampung Tunku).

Kok, who led the press conference held on the sidelines of the Selangor state assembly sitting today, said: "The MACC’s actions seem to be politically motivated because they are only targeted at Pakatan Rakyat (PR) elected representatives."

She pointed out that there had been no follow up to reports lodged early last year on some Barisan Nasional assemblymen who had spent their entire RM500,000 allocation for 2008 within the first two months of that year, adding that the MACC seems to be interest more in netting ikan bilis (small fish) compared to bigger cases such as the Port Klang Freetrade Zone.

"We are also wondering why the MACC has targeted only the Chinese assemblymen," Kok queried.

She said the imam and committee members of a mosque in her constituency to which she had donated a set of RM10,000 speakers to had been summoned and questioned by the MACC more than once.

"What is our offence? That we used our allocations to help our constituents? What is their motive?" Kok asked, saying that they did not know about the seizure of the files until the recipients of the funds called to say they were being summoned by MACC.

Wong said she had received a call from an organiser of a Deepavali Carnival in her area saying that he was called up and questioned by the MACC pertaining allocations received."I consider this as harassment and intimidation of my constituents," she said.

Yeoh meanwhile said her assistant received a call from the MACC on Friday inquiring about a RM10,000 allocation for a health clinic.

"We hold this health clinic two to three times a year for those in the lower income group in my constituency which does not have a government health clinic," she said adding that no one from MACC attended the clinic which was held at Indah Court in PJS11 although invited.

"All our expenditure is transparent and available on my blog, I have nothing to hide," she added.

Yeoh said the MACC should concentrate on those who had misused the people’s money instead of harassing and intimidating the public and checking on monies allocated for beneficial programmes for the people.

Kok added MACC should check on the Deputy Prime Minister’s offer to the people of Manek Urai to build a RM7 million bridge if they put BN in power in their area.

"Is this not a bribe?" she asked.

The government’s money is after all from the people’s taxes and the federal government has a duty to use their money for the benefit of the Manek Urai people, thus if the people there need a bridge then the government should build it and not use it as a pawn to garner votes, said Kok.

My thoughts:

Being clean is of utmost importance to me. That's the reason why I entered politics - to fight corruption. We were informed that MACC has gone to the Petaling Land Office to take away all our files on allocation. My special assistant who is in charge of the free health screening programs in Subang Jaya is given RM10,000 a year to organise two to three of such programs yearly. Please click here to view all our previous health screening programs.

When my special assistant received a call from MACC last Friday, he even invited MACC to attend our health screening project planned for Indah Court residents in PJS 11, Bandar Sunway on last Sunday (photos will be posted on my blog soon). We did not see any MACC officer on that day.

I have even blogged about usage of the annual allocation before. We have diligently ensured that the allocation is spent only for the residents/organisations in the Subang Jaya constituency. All funds used for programs organised by my office are accounted for. For those who wish to view the receipts or breakdown of these funds or if you have any query pertaining to the allocation, please make arrangement to view it at our office.

That RM10,000 was used for the residents since the Federal Government has failed to provide a public health clinic/hospital for the people of Subang Jaya. I have complied with the requirement that allocation is purely used for residents/constituents and not used for DAP events. You can ask the residents of Subang Jaya who have benefitted from such allocation.

I believe this probe by MACC is to discredit us and to instill fear in the residents. I believe BN wants the residents to turn to their BN reps for financial assistance and then they can claim that the people still want them and are still turning to them for assistance. I am here to serve and not to steal from the people. I have not used the RM10,000 to pay for my hospital bills or to build myself a mansion. I have used the RM10,000 for my residents who find it hard to afford medical check-ups.

Thank you MACC for your energy and enthusiasm in curbing corruption. I think you are looking in the wrong places.

http://hannahyeoh.blogspot.com/2009/07/probe-by-macc.html

seals: Is it a crime to do better the BN?

Gobind: who complained to MACC?

The MACC should tell us who the complainants are in respect of the investigations against the Selangor Pakatan Assemblymen. It is certainly strange that all of a sudden the MACC is investigating not one or two but 12 Pakatan Assemblymen in one go. Was there a general blanket report which was made which covers all Pakatan leaders only?

How else would the MACC explain the position? The MACC exists to combat corruption. It is a public body and it must be accountable to the public. There have been numerous reports made against certain BN leaders but we don’t see any enthusiasm on part of the MACC to bring these people to book. The MACC must not and cannot abuse its power. It cannot launch blanket investigations against groups of people.

As I understand it, as is the case in other criminal investigations, a report must be lodged before investigations may commence. But reports are almost always directed at certain factual patterns implicating certain individuals they cannot be general reports ‘just so that MACC officials may knock on anyone’s door to check’.

The DAP will through its National Legal Bureau write to the MACC for a copy of the report lodged. We will investigate the bona fides of this ‘investigation’. If there is any wrong revealed, we will not hesitate to sue to put things right.

16 July 2009
GOBIND SINGH DEO

Friday, July 17, 2009

Seven arrested outside Selangor MACC office

Published: Friday July 17, 2009 MYT 11:08:00 AM
Updated: Friday July 17, 2009 MYT 11:14:58 AM

BY EDWARD RAJENDRA

SHAH ALAM: Seven people including Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam and state exco member Dr Xavier Jayakumar, arrested for demonstrating outside Selangor MACC headquarters here Friday.

There were some 150 people demonstrating earlier outside the office at Plaza Masalam, where on Thursday, the body of Teoh Beng Hock, 30, political secretary to Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found at about 1.30pm.

Most of the people have since dispersed.

Both the police and the FRU personnel continued to maintain a heavy presence outside the office.


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/7/17/nation/20090717111031&sec=nation


seals: hmmm

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thursday July 16, 2009

MACC widens Selangor probe

By WANI MUTHIAH, CHRISTINA TAN and LOURDES CHARLES


SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has widen its investigations in Selangor to cover the abuse of constituency development funds.

The office of Selangor exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah in the State Secretariat building here was raided yesterday by the MACC in connection with the investigations.

This could be the first time such a raid has been conducted in a State Secretariat.

Raid; A MACC officer talking to lawyer M. Manoharan (second from right) and Ean Yong (right) at the state secretariat building in Shah Alam Wednesday. Also present was Teoh.

A team comprising MACC officers from Selangor and Putrajaya entered Ean Yong’s office and seized a personal laptop belonging to his political secretary Teoh Beng Hock and a desktop computer which was state government property.

Teoh, 30, was asked to follow the officers back to the Selangor MACC office.

Officers went to Ean Yong’s 15th floor office at 3.45pm when he was downstairs at the assembly.

When Ean Yong reached his office, the officers were already inside. They, however, left when they saw a big group of journalists following Ean Yong.

They returned about 15 minutes later when the journalists were downstairs. The officers left the State Secretariat building at about 6pm.

MACC officers also visited Ean Yong’s service centre in Seri Kembangan as well as the centre belonging to Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San earlier yesterday.

Ean Yong, who is Seri Kembangan assemblyman, is also Selangor DAP chief while Lau is the state secretary.

Lau, during a press conference at the assembly later, said the MACC had asked him questions about the community programmes he organised.

MACC, which confirmed that its officers also visited the offices of two other assemblymen, said the visits were part of investigations into allegations of abuse of constituency development funds.

Seven Pakatan Rakyat-elected representatives from the Petaling District are allegedly being investigated over the matter.

Besides Ean Yong and Lau, the others are Teresa Kok (Kinrara assemblyman), Elizabeth Wong (Bukit Lanjan), Dr Cheah Wing Yin (Damansara Utama), Edward Lee (Bukit Gasing) and Hannah Yeoh (Subang Jaya).

Kok had said told a press conference on Monday that even the recipients of the allocations were also quizzed by the MACC.


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/7/16/nation/4329072&sec=nation

seals: Hmmm surprised....BN used up all the allocation in few months before the last GE and when questioned by Pakatan no action from MACC. The world knows Khir Toyo case, but MACC ....still does not know?


But now .... so busy with PR Selangor government...checking on how they spend? Now MACC is also working for BN? Can someone clarify?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Kit Siang: Malaysia has the craziest education system in the world

By Lee Wei Lian

PETALING JAYA, July 14 — Lim Kit Siang slammed the Cabinet over the decision last week to scrap the use of English to teach mathematics and science starting from 2012. He said students caught by the transition while in Form 4 in 2012 have to flip to Malay for mathematics and science before flopping back to English for the next five or six years of tertiary education,

“I stand by my strong criticism of the Cabinet decision particularly for secondary schools from 2012, when I said that Malaysia will have the world’s most crazy educational system,” said Lim in a statement to the media. “Those who want to impose such an educational system must have their heads examined as to whether they are fit to be in the Cabinet in the first place!”

MCA and Gerakan presidents Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon were singled out by Lim for their comments in the Chinese media.

“It is no use that Ong and even Koh claim that English should continue to be used as a medium of instruction for maths and science in Forms 4 and 5 from 2012, when they were full parties to the Cabinet decision last Wednesday to turn the Malaysian education system into a crazy 9-2-5/6 system, with students going through nine years of the two subjects taught in English, two years in Bahasa Malaysia in Forms 4 and 5 and then reverting to English for five or six years of pre-university and tertiary education in maths and science,” said Lim.

The decision to scrap the use of English in teaching mathematics and science has been met with bouquets and brickbats — the former from Malay and Chinese language champions and the latter from many parents across all ethnic groups who see a strong command of English as essential in today’s world.

It also drew mixed responses from within both the Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat. Some have hailed the decision while other have called for the policy to be retained at either the secondary school level or that parents be given the choice of selecting either Malay, English or mother toungue languages for the teaching of science and mathematics.

Lim called on the Cabinet, which meets tomorrow, to immediately abolish the “one size fits all” approach for schools and adopt a flexible education approach that takes into account the urban-rural gap but with the important principle that advanced students not be held back by others who lag behind academically.

This would include giving the choice back to parents on which language should be used for teaching mathematics and science.

His call is supported by the Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim who has urged the government to make the English option available to schools that want it.

“If the minister is willing to accommodate vernacular schools, he should rightly do the same with schools that wish to maintain status quo, which have benefited from the policy and are confident that the intended objective has been met,” she said. “It appears that this decision will further split the races into their comfort zones. This reversion underestimates our rural children’s ability to learn Mathematics and Science in English, which will impede their access to the vast readily available resources in English.”

The government, however, has tried to assuage fears that English will be neglected by announcing several measures to strengthen English education including increasing time slots for English classes and recruiting retired English teachers locally and English language experts from abroad.


http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/32276-kit-siang-malaysia-has-the-craziest-education-system-in-the-world


sels: Agree from BAKU, then ..then .. then.. flip flop English. There are no vision 2020 in education system. A vision is a key point in education system as this is the main factor that builds the leaders of tomorrow. If every Minister executes a vision for his term only ... we will soon get a flip flop leaders in future.

I am glad Tun Dr M stands by the decision to maintain English.

If you (the teachers) teach the students to learn, please apply the teaching to your self.....please learn English to be a good teacher. If your students has to teach you English please arrange an extra session!

Monday, July 13, 2009

One of the best Shot I have seen

Align Centre
PARTO DE ERIK, originally uploaded by javilar.

Found this at the Flickr site. I think this is one of the best shots that I have seen. I am sure this is not just a posing for a photo but a real situation. And what I admire here is the mother is helping the doctor to deliver her baby...

Cool shot...

Friday, July 10, 2009

THE TEACHING OF MATHS AND SCIENCE

By Dr. Mahathir Mohamad By

I am not surprised over the disappointment and even anger towards the Government's decision on the teaching of Maths and Science.

Seems to me like the Government is not listening to the voice of the people.

Perhaps a blog poll might enlighten the Government as to the opinions of the people.

The question to be answered is whether visitors to my blog support or oppose the decision to teach Maths and Science in Bahasa Malaysia.


If you support just say Yes.

If you don't please say No.

I will then try to let the Government know your opinion.

seals: Please cast your vote at : http://chedet.co.cc/chedetblog/2009/07/the-teaching-of-maths-and-scie.html

We all know Maths and Science subjects in English was a challenge for the teachers and not for the students. Here the teachers has to improve and not the students, as students are already accepting the change. Knowing the challenge is at their side (government) and having the right driver moving out (Hisammuddin) they decide to revert. I believe as much as they push the students to learn, the teachers has to learn to. But all the while I see the ministry always protect themselves even when they set a wrong questions in the exam papers. They give bonus marks, and this is again a self cover up. When the examiners or the Examination Syndicate can make mistake, why not the learning students?

Now is the time to cast your vote specially since TUN is backing us. Lets not make the education that will set the future leaders as a crap. We never had a proper flow of plan.

Every minister has a plan and they change to ESCAPE not manager the situation.

Cast your VOTE, thanks TUN.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

(H1N1): Msia moving from containment to mitigation

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is moving towards from the containment stage to mitigation of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus due to “clustered” local transmission cases, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said the decision was made after 12 workers at a private company in Cyberjaya and six trainees at the Malaysian Maritime Academy in Malacca tested positive for the virus.

Liow said the spread of the virus at the Cyberjaya company started from last Friday, and an investigation showed that it had always been receiving foreign visitors.

“We have to change our strategies and be more proactive in this matter as these clustered cases indicate that the disease is spreading in various communities.

“Members of the public should not panic because most reported cases have been mild,” he told a press conference here Thursday.

However, he warned that if local transmission was not controlled, the virus could spread rapidly and lead to cases with complications, including deaths.

“Therefore, we urge members of the public to cooperate with us.

“If they suffer from any influenza-like illness, they should practise social distancing by reducing outings and gatherings with friends and families,” he said.

He said the transition period from containment to mitigation of the disease was to better prepare the people to be responsible for preventing themselves from contracting the disease.

“We have not completely moved into the mitigation stage yet but we are in a transition period whereby containment measures, including border screening, will still be in place,” he said.

The containment stage is to slow down the spread of the virus from both outside and inside the country. Under the mitigation stage, measures would be taken to slow down the spread of the infection within the country.

Liow said with this decision, mild cases without any complications would be given outpatient treatment.

“Only high-risk groups, including those involving asthma, chronic respiratory illnesses, diabetes, organ failure, obesity and pregnant women will be hospitalised.

“All our public and private hospitals are prepared to conduct tests on suspected cases and provide treatment to patients with influenza-like illnesses,” he said.

He said the triaging of patients would continue to be implemented at medical facilities and those with flu symptoms would be isolated.

“During this stage, home quarantine will only apply to those who show influenza symptoms,” he said.

As of 8am Thursday, there were 61 new A(H1N1) cases in the country - 37 imported and 24 locally transmitted.

“The new cases involve 52 Malaysians and nine foreigners -- five Indonesians and one each from Thailand, Brunei, Singapore and Pakistan,” he said.

He said 472 or 82.2% of the total 574 patients infected with the virus had recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

Currently, he said 102 patients were still receiving treatment at hospitals.

Khir Toyo and his nemesis Ng have ‘tete-a-tete’

Published: Wednesday July 8, 2009 MYT 8:57:00 PM

By EDWARD RAJENDRA

edward@thestar.com.my

SHAH ALAM: DAP Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim mischievously approached Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo Wednesday to ask him for the keys to the former mentri besar’s controversial mansion in Section 7 here.

Ng took the chance to engage Dr Khir at the state secretariat annex building lobby, just after Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim ended his press conference on the launching of the state assembly’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Not losing his composure, Dr Khir calmly told Ng, who was smiling mischievously, that potential buyers must deposit 10% and make the necessary legal arrangements for a sale-and-purchase agreement.

“Once you have that in order, then you are allowed to view the property,” said Dr Khir.

On hearing this, Ng disagreed with a chuckle.

Barisan Nasional Sri Serdang assemblyman Datuk Satim Deman interjected and asked Ng: “Why are you being a busybody? Why do you want to check on people’s lives, what do you want exactly from this non-issue?”

Ng, stern-faced this time, shot back: “Ini hak saya bertanya (it is my right to ask).”

When the Chinese press moved towards Ng for a clarification on the exchange of words, the three assemblymen moved away from each other.

Earlier this week, Ng had brought up the issue of Dr Khir’s purchase of a bungalow in Section 7 near here, at an estimated cost of RM24mil.

He was also alleged to have spent about RM20mil on fixtures as well as furniture imported from Bali.

Dr Khir denied the bungalow cost that much and challenged Ng that if he could sell the mansion for RM24mill, then he (Dr Khir) was willing to give a 50% commission.


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/7/8/nation/20090708205627&sec=nation

seals: have someone check his past tax submission details on the revenue?

MIC wants Indian to head UM dept

Wednesday July 8, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC wants a commitment from Universiti Malaya that an Indian will head its Indian Studies Department following an uproar over the varsity’s decision to appoint a non-Indian.

MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the party wanted an assurance from the university that it would not make the same mistake in the future.

He had expressed shock and dismay over the university’s decision to replace Dr. S. Kumaran with a non-Indian.

Samy Vellu said he was pleased that University Malaya Vice-Chancellor Datuk Ghauth Jasmon had assured Human Resources Minister and MIC secretary-general Datuk Dr. S. Subramaniam on Monday that the matter would be resolved amicably.


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/7/8/nation/4272106&sec=nation

Seals: Did someone just wake up?