Sunday, January 31, 2010

Vegetarian Chicken

Each Friday night after work, Sardar would fire up his outdoor grill and cook a tandoori chicken and some meat kebabs. But, all of his neighbors were strict Catholics ... and since it was Lent, they were forbidden from eating chicken and meat on a Friday.

The delicious aroma from the grilled meats was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to their Priest. The Priest came to visit Sardar and suggested that he become a Catholic. After several classes and much study, Sardar attended Mass... and as the priest sprinkled holy water over him, he said, You were born a Sikh, and raised a Sikh, but now, you are a Catholic."
Sardar's neighbors were greatly relieved, until Friday night arrived. The wonderful aroma of tandoori chicken and meat kebabs filled the neighborhood. The Priest was called immediately by the neighbors and, as he rushed into Sardar's backyard, clutching a rosary and prepared to scold him, he stopped and watched in amazement.
There stood Sardar, holding a small bottle of holy water which he carefully sprinkled over the grilling meats and chanted: "Oye, you were born a chicken, and you were born a lamb, you were raised a chicken and you were raised a lamb but now you are a potato and tomato"

After all,
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

'Housemen not over-worked in hospitals'

The Health Ministry has not received formal complaints from any trainee doctor (housemen) about stressful work conditions in government hospitals, said director-general Dr Ismail Merican.

He countered that, to his knowledge, some hospital wards have too many trainees who end up being under-worked.

"I'm surprised (that there are complaints)... if you go to the surgical ward, there will be 20 housemen floating around, and they will be fighting to do an appendectomy," he said in an interview.

He was asked to comment on an issue frequently raised in the 'Letters' forum of newspapers. These have highlighted work shifts for up to 36 hours if the houseman is on call - and there have been claims that call-duty could go on for 15 days a month.

NONEIsmail conceded, though, that he has received complaints from parents of trainees, describing it as a "problem" that did not exist when he went through the system as a houseman.

"We worked much harder then and we didn't complain to (our) parents...I'm approachable, (the trainees) can e-mail or SMS me or drop by my office, but no one has complained other than the parents," he said.

In Europe, the practice of long shifts has been banned, with doctors allowed to only work a maximum of 12 hours without a break.

Housemen in Malaysia have further claimed that they are affected by bullying and the high-handedness of senior doctors, in a carry-over of treatment they themselves had suffered as trainees.

Interestingly in 2008, Ismail had revealed that many trainees cannot cope with housemanship, succumbing to neuroses (mental disorders) including anxiety, fear and anger, due to the competitive environment.

The long hours and emotional pressure are also a bone of contention, according to some trainees, because of the relatively low pay.

NONETheir counterparts in Singapore earn S$40,000 (approximately RM86,000) a year after tax, which is almost five times more than the pay in Malaysia.

The relatively low pay has also been named as the reason for the number of doctors opting out of public service, a claim that Ismail refuted.

"A lot of government doctors and specialists are staying on because of faster promotions, better career development and perks with the civil service," he said.

In fact, he said, many private general physicians are "complaining" and "accusing (the government) of providing a better deal because (the government pays) RM80 for locum (work)", which can be undertaken in a doctor's free time.

'We won't have too many doctors'

While housemen complain that they are feeling the strain due to a shortage of doctors, Malaysian Medical Association education committee chairperson Dr N Athimulam said the country is headed for a day where doctors will need to "clamour for patients".

johor flood 160107 medical doctor attending to childHe said 1,200 doctors graduate from local institutions annually, with seven more private institutions to offer medical courses in the next few years.

Ismail disagreed to some extent, pointing out that the challenge is that there will not be enough doctors to serve areas in the interior of the country.

"We were thinking that perhaps by 2015 we may reach (a national doctor-patient) ratio of 1:600. But even then, I don't think it will solve the problem because there are states like Sabah, Sarawak and Pahang (which will still face a shortage)," he said.

"In Kuala Lumpur you can get a ratio of 1:300 or 1:400, better than in Britain. But if you go to Sabah, it's about 1:3,000 or 1:2,500. There's a disparity in the doctor-patient ratio," he added.

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/122859


seals: Houseman's out there...you should comment....

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Nine students nabbed over campus polls protest

Nine university students have been detained during a demonstration in downtown Kuala Lumpur to protest alleged dodgy campus elections process.

The arrests were made ahead of campus polls at several public universities slated to take place tomorrow.

The nine detained were among some 200 student protestors who gathered this morning at Menara Tun Razak in Jalan Raja Laut before marching to Sogo shopping complex about half a kilometre away, where they intended to distribute flyers to the public.

student protest 230110When the group arrived at Sogo, they were asked by the police to disperse and present their identification cards. The nine were nabbed after allegedly failing to do so.

The nine detainees are Hilman Idham, Aizat Salleh, Mohammad Za'im Mustapha, Ahmad Shukri Kamarudin, Ahmad Syukri Abdul Razak, Mohammad Idris Yusoff, Fikhri Harun, Syahriul Ismail and Ridhuan Jamil, all of whom are members of students' organisations from universities around the Klang Valley.

The organisations include Kumpulan Aktivis Mahasiswa Independen (Kami), Gabungan Mahasiswa Islam Se-Malaysia (Gamis), Gabungan Mahasiswa Bantah E-Voting (Bantah) and Pro-Mahasiswa.

They were brought to Dang Wangi district police headquarters for questioning.

March cut short


Today's arrests started when the police arrived five minutes after the students began marching from Menara Tun Razak.

The police immediately ordered the students to take down their protest banners and disperse within five minutes.

"Otherwise, we will take action against you. If you gather anywhere else, you will also be arrested," warned the police officer, who identified himself as ASP Akmal.

student protest 230110Despite the warnings, the students continue chanting “hidup mahasiswa" (long live students) and "bangkit mahasiswa" (rise up students).

The students later acceded to the police instructions and began dispersing slowly, while some of their leaders had their personal details recorded by the cops.

But the drama did not end there. The students walked over to Sogo Shopping Complex, where one of the student leaders, Aizat, give a short speech.

He called for more transparency in campus elections at higher learning institutions throughout the country.

"We have sent a memorandum to the Higher Education Ministry and we urged them to bring back campus democracy," he said, before being stopped abruptly by the police.

Banners, leaflets seized

The temperature rose a notch at about 11.20am when 10 police officers attempted to seize the protest banners from the students.

This resulted in a banner-pulling war between the police and the students, but it ended when more police officers stepped in.

"We told you to disperse and you failed to do so. Now hand over your identification cards to us," said one police officers to both Hilman and Aizat.

The duo however refused, insisting that they had agreed to disperse and needed more time to ask others to follow suit, but the police were unconvinced.

The duo were taken to a nearby police truck. Seven other students were arrested shortly after for allegedly provoking the police and for failing to disperse.

About 20 students later gathered in front of the Dang Wangi district police headquarters to press for the released of those detained.

The nine are represented by a lawyer from Legal Aid Centre, Puspawati Rosman.

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/122659

Macro Flower

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Shepherd Story

A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in an Armani suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the shepherd, "If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give me one?"

The shepherd looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing flock and calmly answers, "Sure. Why not?"

The young man parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his AT&T cell phone, surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored

He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with hundreds of complex formulas. He uploads all of this data via an email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the shepherd and says, "You have exactly 1586 sheep."

"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my sheep," says the shepherd. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then the shepherd says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give him back to me?"

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?"

"You're a consultant," says the shepherd.

"Wow! That's correct," says the young man, "but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required," answered the shepherd. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew; to a question I never asked; and you don't know crap about my business.

"Now give me back my DOG."


State gov't questions selective MACC crackdown

The Selangor government today expressed hope that the crackdown by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was not aimed at embarrassing the Pakatan Rakyat administration.

NONEAlthough pledging full support for the eradication of corruption, the state government however warned that it would not compromise with any quarters who deliberately try to destabilise the administration.

In a statement from Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim's office, the state government said the MACC investigations concerning several officers of the state, including the MB, appear to focus on trivial issues.

"This was seen in the manner in which exco Yaakob Sapari's office was raided (yesterday) and the remanding of his aide Hussein Ahmad.

"The state government was also shocked with the latest development where MACC raided Hussein's house without a valid search warrant. We want an explanation for this," said Khalid.

What are MACC's priorities?

Furthermore, he said the MACC investigations concerned a company which was not listed in the awarding of contracts for sand mining.

Khalid also refuted MACC's claim that the expenses for Hussein's visit to China was borne by a contractor.

The menteri besar said it was the state government which forked out RM3,295 for the two-day trip.

"In view of this, the state government has the right to be suspicious of the motive and the integrity of the investigation," he added, calling on MACC officers to spend their time and energy on more pressing issues.

Among others, he cited the allegation of RM1.7 million being spent by Khalid's predecessor Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and his entourage on trips to Disneyland and France.

"So what are MACC's priorities?" he asked.

"The commission should be investigating big cases involving millions of ringgit that belong to the people," he said, adding that MACC should not be seen as being used as a political tool.


source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/122533


seals: "I want Selangor at any cost"

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Testing Fisheye

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Walking in to the NIKON Service center in KL it was a cool place to be when you want to buy any NIKON items. They have almost all, camera, lens, accessories... u can test and if u r satisfied then u can look for a shop to buy. There will be a person there to assist you too. You can send in you camera for service too. But they will not do it there. At least here you can go from 10am - 10 pm, even week ends.

I tested this fisheye .....

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

'Undercover cop' has DAP livid

DAP is seeing red with the police after its security personnel found an alleged special branch officer spying on the party's national convention in Ipoh this evening.

dap convention 170110 sb recorder caughtThe intruder was detected after he was spotted peering through a window, one floor above the hotel ballroom where the proceedings were taking place.

Following this, a group of security personnel rushed up to confront him, only to find out that he had locked himself in another room and refused to reveal himself.

Hotel staff managed to unlock the door later and after some hesitation, the intruder admitted that he was an undercover police personnel.

Security personnel managed to seize the intruder's tape recorder (see photo) and eight audio tapes.

'Perak is a police state'

At a hastily arranged press conference later, Perak DAP chief Ngeh Khoo Ham criticised the police for intruding a private function.

"Perak has become a police state and every law abiding citizen has to live in fear of intimation and harassment from law enforcement officers," he said.

Ngeh said he believed that many DAP leaders also have their mobile phones tapped, and this was another intrusion of privacy by the police.

He added that the party took extra security measures in view of the arson and vandalism attacks against several churches across the country.

At about 6.30pm, Ngeh and security personnel lodged a police report against the intrusion.


source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/122156


seals: wah .... to such extend ?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Macro and Bukit Rimba Damansara

Why zero in on Indian migrants?

'There are a million or more illegal Indonesians living very comfortably in Malaysia, and many have become citizens, some even politicians.'

Indian citizens missing in action?

Dr Jacob George: Why pick on the Indians? A figure of 39,000 has been floated, but what about the hundreds of thousand of Indonesians - maybe millions? Do not forget the Filipinos in Sabah too.

The Indonesians are walking in and out of the country, setting up their colonies, taking over Chow Kit, running supermarkets, dominating construction sites. It's only a matter of time before they ask for political electoral representation.

RR: There are a million or more illegal Indonesians living very comfortably in Malaysia, and many have become citizens, some even politicians.

These stranded Indians don't rob or steal. They work in restaurants or barber shops or in plantations. That is the difference. Go first for the bad ones who are a threat to the nation.

We must also understand that there are thousands of Indian Malaysians born here who are stateless out of ignorance in not registering their births. Rela, Immigration and the police must take note of this.

Artchan: Interestingly, the Immigration director-general was totally silent on Indonesian overstayers and illegals - Chinese, Indonesians, Burmese, Bangladeshis, Africans and the rest.

KSN: Compliments to the author for the brilliant analysis. Indians have been highlighted because they are easy to pick. The Indian government, meanwhile, has no backbone to act on this issue.

Lee Heng Soon: I know the asking price for the release of illegal workers from the immigration detention centres is RM2,000 each. When they are caught, they are cramped inside the detention trucks like sardines, many of them complaining that they can hardly breath.

Temenggong: When you allowed two million Indonesians to settle here between 1945-80, and another 700,000 from Mindanao in Sabah, it is only a matter of time before others do the same with impunity by bribing the Immigration Department. The resulting demographics? The Indians are in carwash and the Chinese are in the foot reflexology industry.


source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/122109

seals: ulterior motives?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Brilliant Interview... Must Read

Some, rather most organizations reject his CV today because he has changed jobs frequently (10 in 14 years). My friend, the ˜job hopper™ (referred here as Mr. JH), does not mind it. well he does not need to mind it at all. Having worked full-time with 10 employer companies in just 14 years gives Mr. JH the relaxing edge that most of the ˜company loyal™ employees are struggling for today. Today, Mr. JH too is laid off like some other 14-15 year experienced guys “ the difference being the latter have just worked in 2-3 organizations in the same number of years. Here are the excerpts of an interview with Mr. JH:

Q: Why have you changed 10 jobs in 14 years?


A: To get financially sound and stable before getting laid off the second time.

Q: So you knew you would be laid off in the year 2009?


A: Well I was laid off first in the year 2002 due to the first global economic slowdown. I had not got a full-time job before January 2003 when the economy started looking up; so I had struggled for almost a year without job and with compromises.

Q: Which number of job was that?

A: That was my third job.

Q: So from Jan 2003 to Jan 2009, in 6 years, you have changed 8 jobs to make the count as 10 jobs in 14 years?


A: I had no other option. In my first 8 years of professional life, I had worked only for 2 organizations thinking that jobs are deserved after lot of hard work and one should stay with an employer company to justify the saying ˜employer loyalty™. But I was an idiot.

Q: Why do you say so?


A: My salary in the first 8 years went up only marginally. I could not save enough and also, I had thought that I had a ˜permanent™ job, so I need not worry about ˜what will I do if I lose my job™. I could never imagine losing a job because of economic slowdown and not because of my performance. That was January 2002.

Q: Can you brief on what happened between January 2003 and 2009.


A: Well, I had learnt my lessons of being ˜company loyal™ and not ˜money earning and saving loyal™. But then you can save enough only when you earn enough. So I shifted my loyalty towards money making and saving “ I changed 8 jobs in 6 years assuring all my interviewers about my stability.

Q: So you lied to your interviewers; you had already planned to change the job for which you were being interviewed on a particular day?


A: Yes, you can change jobs only when the market is up and companies are hiring. You tell me “ can I get a job now because of the slowdown? No. So one should change jobs for higher salaries only when the market is up because that is the only time when companies hire and can afford the expected salaries.

Q: What have you gained by doing such things?


A: That's the question I was waiting for. In Jan 2003, I had a fixed salary (without variables) of say Rs. X p.a. In January 2009, my salary was 8X. So assuming my salary was Rs.3 lakh p.a. in Jan 2003, my last drawn salary in Jan 2009 was Rs.24 lakh p.a. (without variable). I never bothered about variable as I had no intention to stay for 1 year and go through the appraisal process to wait for the company to give me a hike.

Q: So you decided on your own hike?


A: Yes, in 2003, I could see the slowdown coming again in future like it had happened in 2001-02. Though I was not sure by when the next slowdown would come, I was pretty sure I wanted a ˜debt-free™ life before being laid off again. So I planned my hike targets on a yearly basis without waiting for the year to complete.

Q: So are you debt-free now?


A: Yes, I earned so much by virtue of job changes for money and spent so little that today I have a loan free 2 BR flat (1200 sq.. feet) plus a loan free big car without bothering about any EMIs. I am laid off too but I do not complain at all. If I have laid off companies for money, it is OK if a company lays me off because of lack of money.

Q: Who is complaining?


A: All those guys who are not getting a job to pay their EMIs off are complaining. They had made fun of me saying I am a job hopper and do not have any company loyalty. Now I ask them what they gained by their company loyalty; they too are laid off like me and pass comments to me “ why will you bother about us, you are already debt-free. They were still in the bracket of 12-14 lakh p.a. when they were laid off.

Q:
What is your advice to professionals?

A: Like Narayan Murthy had said “ love your job and not your company because you never know when your company will stop loving you. In the same lines, love yourself and your family needs more than the company's needs. Companies can keep coming and going; family will always remain the same. Make money for yourself first and simultaneously make money for the company, not the other way around.

Q: What is your biggest pain point with companies?


A: When a company does well, its CEO will address the entire company saying, ˜well done guys, it is YOUR company, keep up the hard work, I am with you. But when the slowdown happens and the company does not do so well, the same CEO will say, It is MY company and to save the company, I have to take tough decisions including asking people to go. So think about your financial stability first; when you get laid off, your kids will complain to you and not your boss
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Ganesha, ‘lingga yoni’ found at newly discovered site

Slamet Susanto , The Jakarta Post , Yogyakarta | Thu, 12/24/2009 9:26 AM | The Archipelago

Unearthed: An excavation team from the Yogyakarta Prehistoric Legacy Conservation Center examines a Ganesha statue and lingga yoni on Wednesday at the newly discovered site within the Indonesian Islamic University in  Yogyakarta. The site was believed to be part of an ancient Hindu temple.  JP/Tarko SudiarnoUnearthed: An excavation team from the Yogyakarta Prehistoric Legacy Conservation Center examines a Ganesha statue and lingga yoni on Wednesday at the newly discovered site within the Indonesian Islamic University in Yogyakarta. The site was believed to be part of an ancient Hindu temple. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

The Yogyakarta Prehistoric Legacy Conservation Center (BP3) has found a Ganesha statue and lingga- yoni structures at the site of a newly discovered structure believed to be part of an ancient temple.

Head of the center’s protection working group Indung Panca Putra said the findings led the excavation team to conclude that the site, located in the Indonesian Islamic University (UII) campus on Jl. Kaliurang, Yogyakarta, was from a Hindu kingdom.

“We uncovered it Tuesday afternoon,” Indung said, adding that the team was forced to stop excavating shortly after due to fading light and decided to continue Wednesday.

The Ganesha was found facing west with an elevation of 17 degrees from the north. In Hindu mythology, Ganesha is the son of Shiva and is described as having a broken right tusk, a rope on his shoulders, a chain of pearls in his right hand and an axe in his left hand.

As of Wednesday the hands of the Ganesha were not unearthed as part of the body was still buried.
The lingga-yoni structures were found 85 centimeters to the east of the Ganesha.

The team expects to find two more statues on the site, because according to Hindu mythology lingga and yoni always accompany statues of Durga Mahisasura Mardini and Agastya.

“Materials from volcanic eruptions could have buried these two statues,” Indung said. The site is located at the base of Mount Merapi.

The excavation team, which began Saturday and will continue until January 4, have also uncovered 16 pieces of parts of a temple wall. “We will study the findings in order to decide how to proceed on this dig,” Indung said.

Compared to previous discoveries of Hindu temples in the region, this site is considered less elaborate. “The Ganesha, for example, is around 85 centimeters high while Prambanan Temple’s Ganesha is as tall as an adult,” Indung said.

The ornaments, he added, were also simpler. The head of the Ganesha found in Prambanan Temple, for example, has three levels with a crown on it. The one found at the site, however, has no crown and its hair is just tied.

These traits, according to Indung, show that the newly found temple served a smaller area. “If Prambanan Temple served an entire kingdom, for example, then this site would have served a village,” he said.

Indung, however, said his colleagues haven’t been able to estimate the age of the temple structure.

“This could be younger or older than Prambanan,” he said.

He added that based on the existing discovery, the site dated back to the ancient Mataram period between the 9th and 10th centuries. “We can ascertain the age of the site if we find the plaque identifying the year and the king who commissioned the temple,” Indung said.

The complex is closed to the public to secure the site. “If this proves to be an important site the owner will be compensated by BP3,” Indung said.

Construction workers accidentally found the temple structure last Friday while laying a foundation to build a library building at the university compound on Jl. Kaliurang in Umbulmartani subdistrict, Ngemplak district, Sleman regency.

UII Rector Edy Suandi Hamid confirmed his university will relocate the site of the library and is working with the BP3 and the Education Ministry.


Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/12/24/ganesha-%E2%80%98lingga-yoni%E2%80%99-found-newly-discovered-site.html

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Churches attacked in Perak, Malacca and S'wak

More churches have come under attack in Sarawak, Perak and Malacca, revealed the authorities.

Since Friday, at least seven churches have been attacked with petrol bombs.

taiping arson attack all saint church frontIn Taiping, Molotov cocktails were hurled at two churches and the guard post of a school, SM Convent.

Perak police chief Zulkifli Abdullah said there was no damage to the All Saints Church, the oldest Anglican church in the country (left), while the school's guard post suffered only minor damage.

"There were black marks on the wall (at All Saints). We believed there was a small fire earlier but there was no damage as the wall was intact," Zulkifli told AFP.

According to Bernama, he said the church keeper realised the incident at 7.30am and reported the matter to the police.

Police, who went to the scene, found two black spots on the church wall and two broken bottles believed to have been used in the incident, he said when contacted.

taiping arson attack convent secondary schoolOn the incident at SM Convent (right), he said, the school's security guard realised the incident at about 3.30am.

He added that police believed the incidents were perpetrated by opportunist individuals out to take advantage of the current issue.

He said police had stepped up the monitoring of houses of worship in the state.

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has appealed for calm.

"The public need not worry, and they must not be influenced by reports on the Internet or (rumours circulating) through SMS," he added.

Black paint splashed on Melaka church

taiping church arson attack molotov cocktailAccording to Malaysiakini correspondent Humayun Kabir, St Louis Church (below), which sits adjacent to SM Convent was also struck with a bottle containing flammable liquid but with little damage.

In Malacca, Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau sent out a news alert that the police have confirmed that the Melaka Baptist Church in Durian Daun was splashed with black paint.

In Miri, some windows were broken when stones were thrown at the Good Shepherd Church.

Miri OCPD said the police cannot ascertain whether this case is related to those that happened in the peninsular.

Hermen Shastri, secretary-general of the Council of Churches, said officials had stepped up security in the wake of the fresh attacks.

"The attacks show they are more just a prank as it does not appear to be a major (attack), someone is trying to send a signal that they are unhappy," he said.

taiping arson attack st louis churchOver the past two days, four churches in the Klang Valley were hit by petrol bombs.

The Metro Tabernacle Church in Desa Melawati, the Assumption Church and Life Chapel Church, both in Petaling Jaya were attacked by unknown assailants between midnight and the early hours of Friday morning.

Yesterday, it was reported that the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya was also attacked.

The Metro Tabernacle Church was worst hit - the ground floor of its three-storey building was completely gutted, while the other three churches suffered minor damages.

source : http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/121594

seals: what happen to the IGP orders? Is this a political game?

Fourth church hit by arson attack

Another church was firebombed today, police and church officials said, the fourth such attack in two days as a row escalated over the use of the word 'Allah' by non-Muslims.

The police are investigating the arson attempt at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya, which resulted in minor damages.

At about 2pm, church authorities found that Molotov cocktails had been thrown at the windows of the first and second floors of the three-storey building, the church's Bishop Philip Loke told AFP.

"They narrowly missed it, but part of the walls are burnt," he said, adding "we suspect this attack is linked to the other attacks."

The firebombing is believed to linked to the attacks of three churches - the Metro Tabernacle Church in Desa Melawati, the Assumption Church and Life Chapel Church, both in Petaling Jaya.

All three churches were attacked by unknown assailants between midnight and the early hours of the morning yesterday.

The ground floor of the three-storey Metro Tabernacle Church was gutted while the other two churches suffered minor damages.

Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed today's attack.

"We believe this attack is linked to the three other attacks but nobody saw how it happened. There were no eyewitnesses," he told AFP.

NONEHowever, inspector-general of police Musa Hasan said he could not absolutely confirm that this was indeed the fourth attack on churches in the Klang Valley.

Musa, who visited Metro Tabernacle Church this afternoon, also added that he was uncertain regarding the time of this supposed attack.

"The complainant saw glass on the floor outside the church and so he lodged a police report. This is believed to be the fourth incident," he told reporters while accompanying Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in inspecting the damages to Metro Tabernacle.

The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, which is in Jalan Utara, Section 52 in Petaling Jaya Old Town, is located near the Assumption Church.

Top cop get crank calls

Musa also revealed that since making his mobile phone number public yesterday, he had received 900 calls and 800 SMS.

Many of which were well-wishers, concerned citizens and but a few were crank calls.

"There was one person who called and just kept quiet," said the police chief.

On the Metro Tabernacle case, Musa said the police were in the process of determining the nationality of the alleged arsonists.

"A witness is helping us (with the investigation)," he said.

Religious tensions were heightened when a court ruled in favour of the Herald Catholic newspaper in its dispute with the government over the publication's use of the word 'Allah'.

Enraged by the ruling, Muslim groups held protests outside 10 mosques across the nation yesterday.

The Herald, which is printed in four languages, has been using the word 'Allah' as a translation for 'God' in its Malay-language section, but the government argued 'Allah' should be used only by Muslims.

The term 'Allah' is widely used among indigenous Christian tribes in Sabah and Sarawak, most of whom speak Bahasa Malaysia.


source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/121555

Friday, January 08, 2010

Three churches fire-bombed



A church has been fire-bombed in an attack that gutted its ground floor, church officials said, escalating a dispute over the use of the word 'Allah' by non-Muslims.

Al least two other churches are also believed to have been attacked in the last 12 hours in the Klang Valley - the Assumption Church in Jalan Templer, Petaling Jaya and the Life Chapel Church in Section 17, Petaling Jaya.

A fire department official said all stations were on alert for more blazes at religious buildings, ahead of planned nationwide protests today by Muslim groups angry over the use of the word as a translation for 'God' by Christians.

NONEThe three-storey Metro Tabernacle church in Desa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, part of the Assemblies of God movement, was set ablaze in the attack which took place around midnight, said church leader Peter Yeow, 62.

"Witnesses saw four people smash the glass and throw incendiaries into the church building. They came on two motorcycles," he told AFP at the scene as fire department forensic officers picked through the wreckage.

There were no casualties in the attack on the church, which occupies the corner lot of a row of shop houses and which Yeow said draws some 1,500 people weekly.

NONE"The fire destroyed the administrative part of the church. We do not know if the prayer hall on the third floor suffered any damage," he said, warning all other churches to "double their guard" against any attacks.

Anuar Harun, who headed the fire department operation, said that forensic experts were working with the police and a canine unit to probe the blaze.

"We are investigating the cause of fire. We cannot provide any more details. It is a sensitive issue," he said when asked if it was a case of arson.

"We have asked all our fire stations to be on alert for such fires on religious premises," he told AFP.

Meanwhile Kuala Lumpur police chief Sabtu Othman said the police found one spanner and a kerosene container at the scene, along with two scorched helmets.

He said that the police were investigating the matter under Section 436 of the Penal Code which can punish an offender to 20 years' jail and a fine.

Meanwhile the Assumption church, which is located next to the Assunta Hospital, is believed to have come under attack at about 4am today.

Church officials said that homemade firebombs were thrown into the Catholic church but fortunately they did not explode.

A third church, in Section 17, Petaling Jaya, was also attacked last night, causing some damage to the outer building of the Life Chapel Church.

Building erupted into flames

The High Court last week ruled in favour of the Catholic weekly, The Herald newspaper, which has used 'Allah' as a translation for "God" in its Malay-language section. The government has said the word should be used only by Muslims.

The ruling was suspended on Wednesday pending an appeal, after the government argued the decision could cause racial conflict in multicultural Malaysia, where Muslim Malays make up 60 percent of the population.

NONEThe security guard at the Metro Tabernacle church, 65-year-old V Mariappan, said he had just walked away from the main entrance of the building to use the bathroom when the building erupted in flames.

"When I came back, there was a huge fire inside the church building. There was a few loud explosions like bombs exploding," he said, adding he saw two motorcycle helmets lying on the road in flames.

NONEThe Herald's editor Father Lawrence Andrew has warned of a campaign of intimidation including hacker attacks against the weekly's website, protest plans and widespread criticism in the media over last week's ruling.

"We believe these actions (are designed) to create a climate of fear and a perceived threat to national security so as to pressure the court in reversing its decision," he said this week.

The Herald, which is printed in four languages, has been using the word 'Allah' as a translation for 'God' in its Malay-language section, but the government argued 'Allah' should be used only by Muslims.

More than half of Malaysia's Catholics are from indigenous groups, most of whom live in Sabah and Sarawak and who mainly speak Bahasa Malaysia.

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/121435


related:

Anwar (PKR) tells supporters not to join protests (http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/121335)

Najib (Current PM): We can't stop people from protesting (http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/121331)


From above .... can you tell who is the real leader?

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Missing jet engines: Two charged

'The AG wants the rakyat to believe that only these two men were involved? That only these two pocketed RM100 million and took the whole government for a ride?'

Bobby Chin: We have a RM500 million submarine commission paid to a so-and-so company which the government initially denied and multi-billion ringgit navy boat contracts awarded to a local company with experience only in building fishing boats.

Then there was the multi-billion ringgit scandalous helicopter tender for the Nuri replacements which was thrown out after public complaints, and now missing jet engines? What next? Who was the defence minister then? After so many scandals, shall we allow these to go on?

Steven KC Poh: The attorney-general wants the rakyat to believe that only these two men were involved? That only these two pocketed RM100 million, took the government, the air force and the Customs Department for a ride and managed to connect with buyers in Latin America? Please...

SameSame: And another Umno/BN spin on the story. Good lord, why do these people think we are such dumb-dumbs? These two are just the 'ikan bilis'. There are a few big piranhas involved here. These two just happens to be just their 'sacrificial lambs'.

Abil: Even the 'Great Train Robbery' took a dozen men to organise, coordinate and execute. The 'Italian Job', too, took a dozen men to execute. Here in Malaysia, it took only one man to organise, coordinate and execute a massive theft from a high security zone. The other cohort had no business being near the army base as he was a civilian.

A single man could take out two jet engines from a high security region. He is a genius tactician and the whole air force base's security from top to bottom are very real jokers who should be sacked.

The attorney-general is 'brilliant' in his analysis in that a single man could jeopardise the security of a whole air force base - that too a low-ranking non-commissioned foot soldier. At least Malaysians can be proud that we have geniuses in our air force.

Ko Pi Ior: I am completely appalled and confounded by the claim that only a relatively junior army officer was involved in stealing and selling the two jet engines. This is yet again another case where the powers- that- be try to insult the intelligence of the general public.

The strategy is to distance the senior officials as far as possible from the episode as the latter is so close to the leadership for comfort - if one catches fire, the other would certainly also feel the intense heat of the debacle.

Well, if stealing two interceptor jets plane engines are just the work of a few mischievous junior officers, where were their bosses and what were they doing? Are the bosses engrossed with bigger mischief which are yet to be disclosed?

Chipmunk: Does the government take us as idiots who were just born yesterday to believe that only these two were involved? These two must be so damn good that the people at the Defence Ministry, the air force base security, the transporters, the logistics crew, the Customs, the police and all the rest couldn't detect the theft.

Even James Bond must learn from us. Kudos! I really take my hat off for these two gentlemen who without any other help, pulled off this job.

Wira: What fools must Malaysians suffer to think that a sergeant can authorise the movement of parts worth millions out of a warehouse in an air force base? Who is his superior officer? What about the boss of his boss? That guy is just an NCO (non-commissioned officer), much like a clerk or a supervisor in a private company.

Nicholas Lim: Where are all the people who asked us to shut up and let the police and AG investigate? "Give them time to investigate. They won't cover up. Why you all always only like to condemn and condemn before the investigation is finished."

Well, this story will tell you why. A Kugan will tell you why. Teoh Beng Hock will tell you why. Altantuya Shaariibuu will tell you why. I pity the fools who keep on hoping beyond hope that one day we would be proved wrong. Suckers.

Frankie Tan: Outrageous! Simply outrageous. Those moronic spin doctors are spining out of a web. One army sergeant and one outsider can pull off a professional job like this? US Homeland Security officials must be very impressed indeed. Mind-bogging and jaw-dropping.

Joe: Being brilliant is one thing, fooling the Customs with documents and shipping the two engines out of the country is surely adding insult to the effectiveness of our Air Force and the Custom Department .

Roti John: Maybe a scrap metal dealer is the middleman between the seller and buyer. The CIA or Mossad need to learn on how to run the covert operation from our guys - very efficient and go undetected for a long time.

Maybe if the terrorists need the Sukhoi engines, they can contact our scrap metal dealers. They know how to get it from their underground network.

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/121325

seals: Just blame the people for this...

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

New MACC chief 'must prove us wrong'

Kgan: The MACC is still under the Prime Minister's Department. It is under the control of Barisan Nasional politicians. So how can it be independent? This arrangement means any case involving the opposition will be pursued aggressively, while those involving BN politicians will be treated with velvet gloves. It has been happening all along.

I'm not saying that if you put MACC under Pakatan Rakyat, it will be any better. The point is that putting MACC under politicians from whichever side is detrimental to its independence. The MACC must report to Parliament for there to be any real will to fight corruption.

Putting it under the PM is like putting Maxis or Celcom in charge of fighting malpractices in the telco industry. Do you see the absurdity of it?

complete posting : http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/121123

seals: "
The MACC must report to Parliament for there to be any real will to fight corruption." I strongly agree to this .... and the police too !!

Puchong Pigeon

Sunday, January 03, 2010

THIS TOO WILL PASS – A SPIRITUAL DIMENSION

Once a King called upon all of his wise men and asked them "Is there a mantra or suggestion which works in every situation, in every circumstance, in every place and in every time. Something which can help me when none of you are available to advise. Tell me is there any mantra?" All wise men got puzzled by King's question. Is there one answer for all questions? Is there something that works everywhere, in every situation? Is there something that works in joy, sorrow, defeat and victory? They thought for a long time.


After a lengthy discussion, an old man suggested something which appealed to all of them. They went to the king and gave him something written on paper. But the condition was that king was not to see it out of curiosity. Only in extreme danger, when the King finds himself alone and there seems to be no way, only then he'll have to see it. The King put the papers under his Diamond ring.

After a few days, the neighbors attacked the Kingdom. It was a collective surprise attack of the King's enemies. King and his army fought bravely but lost the battle. King had to flee on his horse. The enemies were following him. His horse took him far away in the Jungle. He could hear many troops of horses following him and the noise was coming closer and closer. Suddenly the King found that he was standing at the end of the road - that road was not going anywhere. Underneath there was a rocky valley thousand feet deep. If he jumped into it, he would be finished and he could not return because it was a small road. The sound of enemy's horses was approaching fast. King became restless. There seemed to be no way.


Then suddenly he saw the Diamond in his ring shining in the sun, and he remembered the message hidden in the ring. He opened the diamond and read the message. The message was very small but very great. The message was – "This too will pass." The King read it. Again read it. Suddenly something struck him- Yes! This too will pass. Only a few days ago, I was enjoying my kingdom. I was the mightiest of all the Kings. Yet today, the Kingdom and all his pleasure have gone. I am here trying to escape from enemies. However when those days of luxuries have gone, this day of danger too will pass. Calm come on his face.


He kept standing there. The place where he was standing was full of natural beauty. He had never known that such a beautiful place was also a part of his Kingdom. The revelation of the message had a great effect on him. He relaxed and forgot about those following him.


After a few minutes he realized that the noise of the horses and the enemy coming was receding. They moved into some other part of the mountains and were not on that path. The King was very brave. He reorganized his army and fought again. He defeated the enemy and regained his lost empire. When he returned to his empire after victory, he was received with much fan fare at the door. The whole capital was rejoicing in the victory. Everyone was in a festive mood. Flowers were being thrown on the King from every house, from every corner.


People were dancing and singing. For a moment King said to himself," I am one of the bravest and greatest Kings. It is not easy to defeat Me.: With all the reception and celebration he saw an ego emerging in him. Suddenly the Diamond of his ring flashed in the sunlight and reminded him of the message. He opened it and read it again: "This too will pass" He became silent. His face went through a total change -from the egoist he moved to a state of utter humbleness.


If this too is going to pass, it is not yours. The defeat was not yours, the victory is not yours. You are just a watcher. Everything passes by We are witness of all this. We are the perceiver. Life comes and goes. Happiness comes and goes. Sorrow comes and goes.


Now as you have read this story, just sit silently and evaluate your own life. Think of the moments of joy and victory in your life. Think of the moment of Sorrow and defeat. Are they permanent? They all come and pass away. Life just passes away. There were friends in the past. They have gone. There are friends today. They too will go. There will be new friends tomorrow. They too will go. The same is the case with enemies, wealth, poverty, happiness, sorrow, pain, pleasure and everything else.


There is nothing permanent in this world. Every thing changes except the law of change. Think over it from your own perspective. You have seen all the changes. You have survived all setbacks, all defeats and all sorrows. All have passed away. If there are problems in the present, they too will pass away. It is because nothing remains forever. Joy and sorrow are the two faces of the same coin. They both will pass away.


Who are you in reality? Know your real face. Your face is not your true face. It will change with the time. However, there is something in you, which will not change. It will remain unchanged. What is that unchangeable? It is nothing but your true self. You are just a witness of change.

Experience it. Understand the spiritual dimension behind this.



source: http://siddhas.org/This%20too%20will%20pass.html

A quick glance of the some of the great Siddhas


| A quick glance of the some of the great Siddhas |

Name of the Siddhar

Tamil month of Birth

Tamil Birth Star

Duration of Life

Place of Samadhi

Sri Pathanjali

Panguni

Moolam

5 Yugas 7 Days

Rameswaram

Sri Agasthiar

Markazhi

Aayilyam

4 Yugas 48 Days

Thiruvananthapuram

Sri Kamalamuni

Vaikasi

Poosam

4000 Years 48 Days

Thiruvarur

Sri Thirumoolar

Purattathi

Avittam

3000 Years 13 Days

Chidambaram

Sri Kuthambai

Aadi

Visagam

1800 Years 16 Days

Mayavaram

Sri Korakkar

Karthigai

Aayilyam

880 Years 11 Days

Perur

Sri Thanvandri

Iyppasi

Punarpoosam

800 Years 32 Days

Vaideeswarankoil

Sri Sundaranandar

Aavani

Revathi

800 Years 28 Days

Madurai

Sri Konganar

Chitthirai

Utthiradam

800 Years 16 Days

Titupathi

Sri Sattamuni

Aavani

Mrigasirisham

800 Years 14 Days

Thiruvarangam

Sri Vaanmeegar / Valmiki

Purattasi

Anusham

700 Years 32 Days

Ettukudi

Sri Ramadevar

Masi

Pooram

700 Years 06 Days

Azhagarmalai

Sri Nandeeswarar

Vaikasi

Visagam

700 Years 03 Days

Kasi

Sri Edaikkadar

Purattasi

Thiruvadirai

600 Years 18 Days

Tiruvannamalai

Sri Machamuni

Aadi

Rohini

300 Years 62 Days

Thiruparankundram

Sri Karuvoorar

Chitthirai

Hastham

300 Years 42 Days

Karuvur

Sri Bogar

Vaikasi

Bharani

300 Years 18 Days

Pazhani

Sri Pambatti

Karthigai

Mrigasirisham

123 Years 14 Days

Sankarankoil