Thursday, June 24, 2010

Saudi women use 'breastfeed the driver' fatwa in driving bid

"Do the women have to breastfeed the driver in the presence of their husbands or can they do this alone?"

"Who will protect the wife if the husband entered the house unexpectedly and found his wife breastfeeding the driver?" she asked.



Saudi women plan to turn a controversial fatwa (religious ruling) to their advantage and launch a campaign to achieve their long-standing demand to drive in this conservative kingdom.

If the demand is not met, the women threatened to follow through the fatwa which allows them to breastfeed their drivers and turn them into their sons.

The campaign will be launched under the slogan: "We either be allowed to drive or breastfeed foreigners," a journalist told Gulf News.

Amal Zahid said that their decision follows a fatwa issued by a renowned scholar which said that Saudi women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to become their sons.

"As every Saudi family needs a driver, our campaign will focus on women's right to drive," she said.

The controversial fatwa, which was regarded as both funny and weird, issued recently by Shaikh Abdul Mohsin Bin Nasser Al Obaikan, member of Saudi Council of Senior Scholars and adviser to the king, has sparked a debate in society.

The renowned scholar said Saudi women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to be become their sons and brothers to their daughters.

Under this relationship, foreign drivers can mix freely with all members of the family without breaking the Islamic rule which does not allow mixing of genders.

Breast milk kinship is considered to be as good as a blood relationship in Islam.

"A woman can breastfeed a mature man so that he becomes her son. In this way, he can mix with her and her daughters without violating the teachings of Islam," the scholar said.

‘Ridiculous and weird'

Al Obaikan based his fatwa on a Hadith (saying) of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) which was narrated by Salim, the servant of Abu Huzaifa.

Later, Al Obaikan clarified that his fatwa was being distorted by the local media which ignored the condition that the milk should be drawn out of the woman and given to the man in a cup to drink.

Speaking to Gulf News, a number of Saudi women condemned the fatwa. Fatima Al Shammary was quoted by the local Arabic daily Al Watan as saying the fatwa was "ridiculous and weird".

"This fatwa has become a hot topic of debate among women. Is this is all that is left to us to do: to give our breasts to the foreign drivers?" she said.

Another Saudi woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, questioned: "Does Islam allow me to breastfeed a foreign man and prevent me from driving my own car?

"I have not breastfed my own children. How do you expect me to do this with a foreign man? What is this nonsense?" she said.

Another woman said the fatwa should also apply to the husbands who should be breastfed by housemaids. By doing so, all will be brothers and sisters," she said.

Hamid Al Ali, a journalist for an electronic newspaper, recalled that an Egyptian driver who had a crush on a female teacher he drives to school asked her to breastfeed him. When she retorted angrily, he said: "I want to be your son."

Saudi writer Suzan Al Mashhadi sarcastically asked Al Obaikan: "Do the women have to breastfeed the driver in the presence of their husbands or can they do this alone?"

"Who will protect the wife if the husband entered the house unexpectedly and found his wife breastfeeding the driver?" she asked.


source: http://1426.blogspot.com/2010/06/saudi-women-use-breasfeed-driver-fatwa.html

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pudu jail demolition gets negative public response

When the clock strikes 10pm tomorrow, the 394-metre stretch of Pudu Jail wall fronting Jalan Pudu will be demolished after having served its purpose for the past 100 years.

pudu jail prison 290508Construction on the 4.5 metre wall, also known as Pudu Goal, started in 1891 on Jalan Hang Tuah and it was fully completed in 1895 at a cost of RM15,360.90.

The wall which had once set a record for the longest mural in the world (384 metres) now has no meaning as it stands amidst flourishing development in the Bukit Bintang Golden Triangle.

The prison itself stopped operating in 1996 and prisoners were shifted to the Sungai Buloh Prison, 36km from here, after the building could no longer cater to the high volume of up to 6,550 people at a time since 1985.

The memories linked to the historic landmark will remain part of the country's history even after the wall is torn down, a move proposed by Kuala Lumpur mayor Ahmad Fuad Ismail, which aimed to ease traffic congestion in the area through a road-widening project including the construction of an underpass.

NONEA check by Bernama revealed soil levelling works on the prison premises completed and awaiting demolition of the wall tomorrow night, which has received negative reaction from those who know the building's historical value and uniqueness.

Prabu Munusamy, 32, expressed his disappointment on the move, saying the prison complex could be a valuable tourist attraction.

He said although the building had housed criminals, it should be preserved for its own unique values.

"This prison has even held several prominent convicts and until today the public still come by to see and take photos there," he said.

'Enough with development'

Fifty-two-year-old Chew Chong Huai said he was saddened to know a building with such historical value, which should be made a heritage site, would be torn down.

"In other countries, like China for example, historical buildings would be kept and preserved as tourist attractions," he said.

Irwan Hashim, 32, also disagreed with the move to demolish the prison complex and wall, saying the city was already congested with development.

NONE"Enough with these developments. Kuala Lumpur is packed with buildings, shopping complexes and such, so let's not destroy whatever is left of our heritage," he said.

Meanwhile, a tourist from the Philippines, 49-year-old Farancisco B Lopez said the Pudu Prison should be preserved for tourism purposes like the Alcatraz prison in California, United States.

"It's a waste and pointless. I was told that this building is one of the historical sites in Malaysia because it was built in the 1800s during the British colonial era,” he added.

- Bernama


source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/135044


seals: Another Berjaya thingy?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Dad: Son beaten like a cow, framed for engine theft

The father of Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) sergeant N Tharmendran today alleged that his son was tortured into confessing to the theft of two jet engines while under remand.

“They beat him like a cow,” said N Nagarajah, 71, after lodging a police report on the matter at the Brickfields police headquarters today.

Nagarajah was accompanied by human rights lawyer N Surendran and three PR members of parliament - DAP's M Manogaran (Teluk Intan) and PKR's S Manikavasagam (Kapar) and Low Gwo Burne (Kelana Jaya).

NONENagarajah (left) claimed that two RMAF officers, a Major Azam and a Major Ismail, had beaten and mistreated his son over a period of nearly three weeks from July 2 to 17 last year.

He claimed that Major Ismail made Tharmendran wear a crash helmet, which he then proceeded to hit repeatedly using alternatly a golf club and a cricket bat.

Nagarajah said Major Ismail told his son that he had written the names of all those he had tortured , including Tharmendaran's on the crash helmet

Nagarajah also claimed that his son was stripped to his underwear in a room where the air-conditioning was going full-blast, and that he was not allowed to sleep, with regular interrogations after midnight.

“All the time, they kept asking him to confess he had stolen the two F5E fighter jet engines from Sg Besi TUDM Base.

“Major Ismail also threatened to shoot my son and (co-accused) Rajandran Prasad,” he said in his report.

Nagarajah also alleged that the officers had told Tharmendran, who is currently under remand at the Sungai Buloh prison, to also confess to stealing other airplane spare parts and air force property.

Surendran, acting as lead counsel for Tharmendran and his family, claimed the Attorney-General was fully aware of the torture and yet proceeded to charge him with the theft of the jet engines.

“The fact that he was tortured to confess suggests that he is not guilty. Why is it that an armed forces personnel can be tortured severely on a military base?,” he asked.

'No chance to give his side of story'

Surendran added that the RM150,000 bail set by the Sessions Court is highly questionable as Tharmendran has not had a chance to give his side of the story since the incident made headlines last year.

NONEManogaran said they will demand for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the case, and at the same time present a memorandum to the Inspector-General of Police and raise it in Parliament next week.

“Only through a royal commission can we have a fair investigation. We need to know how many are involved, who is involved, how long it has been going on, who is buying and how much is it all worth.

“Does it go all the way up to the generals? If they can sell spare parts, they can sell information too,” Manogaran said.

Tharmendran and businessman Rajandran were both charged in the Sessions Court in January this year in relation to the stolen jet engines.

Tharmendran was charged with stealing and abetting in the crime while Rajandran faces a charge of handling stolen properties. Both were also charged with conspiring to steal the engines.

Tharmendran was also charged with conspiring in the theft of the two engines with senior serviceman Mohamad Shukri Mohamad Yusop at the material processing shed (Matra 1) of the RMAF base in Sungai Besi.

Tharmendran's and Rajandran's trial has been set for July 19 at the Petaling Jaya sessions court.


source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/134792

seals: the Army is taking the law in their hands? WOW!!!! The other point, this case send a good message to the world how a sergeant in Airforce in Malaysia can remove, transport, handover, without any support from any other higher officers in the AIRFORCE

And how easy it is to ship out such a big engines in Malaysia even without the authorities know it......


This is indeed an insult to Malaysia, if they only put the blame on the sergeant and no other is involved!!!!!


Friday, June 11, 2010

Jui Meng stripped of Johor datuk-ship

Md Imraz Muhammed Ikhbal: What is a 'datukship'? Wasn't it supposed to be an honorific title conferred by the esteemed monarch to those deserving for their noble deeds to the country? Wasn't that the reason why datukships were so sought after as a trophy of pride and honour?

Now let's re-examine and re-evaluate this entire concept and compare it to what we have currently. Today, we witness how the rulers reduced themselves to being no more than a political stooge of the ruling elites. Today, we witness defecting MPs who betray their voters being conferred datukship while those like Chua Jui Meng, who struggle for the cause of the rakyat, being stripped off it.

Rulers who were once objects of reverence are today the subject of ridicule. The palace is today perceived not as a monumental pride but a laden burden to the public. So is there honour still in titles from the royals? Isn't datukship from the palace today a degradation to one's dignified standing in the society?

Chua Jui Meng is actually blessed if only he knew!

EthnicMalaysian: Ah, Mr Chua Jui Meng. Welcome back to the realm of the masses. You should be celebrating the revocation of your datukship. At least now, you won't be mistaken for a triad boss, loan-shark taiko, illegal sports betting kingpin, pimp master, smuggling tycoon, AP rent-seeker, corrupted government official, or a 20-year-old girl who happens to play squash very well.

Suhaimi Said: The datukship is a remnant of feudalism. If you struggle for the rakyat, you care less whether you carry the datukship or otherwise. As far as I am concerned, all Pakatan Rakyat leaders should not use the title Dato, Dato Seri, Datuk or Tan Sri, although they carry the title.

Multi Racial: I would rather the rulers take back all the datukships, Tan Sris and Tuns. Award those who really did something special for the country. Right now, many got their titles for serving in the government services. That should stop - it is their job and they were paid for it.

Malaysians are still surprise how so many out there got their titles. It has to be given only to those who did something exceptional for the country. Otherwise, there is nothing special about the titles. Chua might as well give them back.

Tan Kian Khim: The petty churlishness and blatant partisanship displayed by the Johor palace and its Umno-BN advisors serve only to further devalue the already marginal value of the Malaysian royalty.

I hope Chua Jui Meng will just return the titles and laugh it off like a gentleman. The vast majority of the palace awards are worthless anyway - the simple and unpalatable fact is that the plethora of palace awards are used mainly as palace currency by the various royal houses, instead of their original purpose of honouring upstanding members of society.

These titles are utterly meaningless as an indicator of the quality of an individual. One needs only look at the 'outstanding' quality of the many obnoxious and downright despicable title-bearing characters who populate the ranks of Umno-BN.

Gerald: Titles are superficial and artificial egoism among the rakyat. My late granduncle was conferred a datukship by the Perak royalty. His immediate task upon the title conferment was to settle the debts incurred by the royalty in rest houses in the state.

It was the beginning of being a paymaster for all occasions, including birthdays, child birth, weddings and engagement as well as any celebration among the royalty. Sponsorship is an unwritten rule.

Kumara: The royalty have on numerous occasions shown their true colours, though they preach about being apolitical. Fortunately, it is common knowledge that this so-called honorific title has been sullied by the indiscriminate process of bestowing for monetary remuneration.

Stephanie Yeap: CJM (Chua Jui Meng), I am sure you recognise this Bible passage: 'Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.' So you will not be surprised about this incident. The Bible also tells us what happens to those who persecute others. So continue to live a righteous life.

Ozzie Jo: Perhaps this is the cross you have to carry when you decide to cross over from the dark side. We all have to sacrifice for something we believe in. If you truly believe that you have done the right thing, then gladly give them up, or perhaps give them up before they even asked for them.

Bobby Chang: Learn from Mr Lim Kit Siang. He has served the people consistently since the 60s, arrested under ISA twice and until now in his 60s still strong and well. They can call you all names, whether good or bad. But at the end of the day, truth will prevail.

Geronimo: There is a saying that when you throw a stone, you will end up hitting three datuks. That clearly shows such titles come by dimes and dozens. Don't even bother to ask why they revoked the titles.

Be dignified enough to return to them with your head held high. You may even like to call up the Pahang and Selangor palaces whether they also would like their titles back as I am sure you would not like further surprises to be sprung on you.

Such a callous act on the part of the Johor palace will only drive more Chinese to the opposition. So MCA, the grave has gone another couple of feet deeper for you.
Shanmuganathan: The giving of titles is the prerogative of the sultan. The withdrawal of titles is also his right. We can only postulate on the reason or reasons for the withdrawal. It may not be political.

I have attended a function long ago where Chua Jui Meng (then health minister) openly rebuked the present sultan's father on his conduct at the function. Such was the power of Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the royalty, and such was the arrogance of his ministers. Only Chua and HRH the sultan know best.

Firefly: As Chua Jui Meng has not brought disrepute to his titles, this is the clearest demonstration that our sultans are dispensing the titles and medals as objects of personal and political patronage. For recipients who hungrily lap it all up, these titles are less badges of honour than advertisements for social standing and access to personages and opportunities.

It should be noted that in 1992, it was an incident involving the assault of a hockey coach and the Johor palace that initiated a series of events which culminated in the amendment to the constitution in 1993 with the aim of removing the legal immunity of the royalty, to Dr M's eternal credit.

Perhaps it is appropriate that the Johor palace replays history and initiates a debate on the value and purpose of titles. I would suggest that it is common sense that the dignity of titles is best preserved and maintained when they are not the outcome of partisanship.

Anakswasta: Over the years of my working life as a professional, I have met one or two 'agents' who sell 'datukship' for a price. Way back in the 70s, I was offered datukship for RM130,000. In the 80s, I was again offered datukship, this time it went up to RM250,000. In the 90s, no offer came.

But recently, I was again approached but this time it's a datukship for only RM50,000. What do you make of this? I say, datukships are now cheaper and cheaper as there are less takers.

I am talking from experience and this is no tall story. So to CJM, I say let it go with pleasure, then we can all meet up with you at the mamak stall and watch the World Cup. No decorum needed. Maybe someone in the palace wants to recycle the datukship to make some money.

Singa Pura Pura: Jimmy, just remember what the Prince of Denmark once said: You cannot, sir, take from me anything that I will more willingly part withal.


source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/134226

keyword: "Today, we witness defecting MPs who betray their voters being conferred datukship while those like Chua Jui Meng, who struggle for the cause of the rakyat, being stripped off it."

Thursday, June 10, 2010

PLS TAKE NOTE OF THIS LATEST INFORMATION

PLS TAKE NOTE OF THIS LATEST INFORMATION

You can't clean away smashed eggs on the windscreen with the wiper and sprayed water.
Please take note of this.

If you are driving at night and are attacked with eggs, do not operate
the wiper or spray any water.
You can drive with whatever visibility remaining until you reach a safer place.

Because eggs when mixed with water becomes milky and block your vision up to 92.5%.
Then you are forced to stop at the road side and become a victim of robbers This is a new technique used by robbers in Johor Bahru.
Please inform your friends and relatives.
Please take this seriously.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Selayang councillor, aide beaten up

Selayang municipal councillor Allan Lim Ching How has claimed that he and his assistant Zuhudi Ahmad were beaten up by 20 individuals this morning.

Lim identified them as members of Malay NGOs Perkasa and Pekida, saying they were wearing shirts bearing the Perkasa logo.

The two were injured in the incident which occurred about 11.30am and went to Selayang Hospital to seek treatment.

NONELim's eyelid and lips were torn and his neck was bruised after he was repeatedly kicked, while Zuhudi was kicked at least twice in the stomach.

Relating what took place, Lim said he had gone to the building site a hall for Chinese associations when he heard that a group was tearing down the project signboard at the site in Jalan TIB 1, Taman Bolton in Batu Caves.

Upon arrival, Lim Zuhudi found Perkasa members in the process of demolishing the signboard.

“I asked why they are doing this, but about 20 of them started to beat us up,” he said when contacted.

Although he identified himself as a councillor and tried to prevent them from beating him, they brushed aside his pleas.

“This is Tanah Melayu (Malay land), it is our land, not Tanah orang Cina (Chinese land), we are not afraid,” he quoted his assailants as saying.

Lim claimed that two policemen were at the site to observe the gathering, but that his assailants did not pay any heed to their presence.

“They tried to stop the men but there were too many. At the same time, my assailants challenged the cops,” he said.

“I don't understand why the OCPD only sent two police officers to monitor the situation when they were 50 to 60 Perkasa and Pekida members there. No one was arrested. Why were the cops there - just to show face?”

Lim and Zuhudi have lodged separate police reports at the Batu Caves police station.

Batu Caves assemblyperson Amiruddin Saari, when contacted, confirmed hearing of the incident but said he is in Malacca for the Sukma games.

'Not Perkasa policy'

In an immediate reaction, Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali said he is unaware of any incident involving Perkasa members.

NONE"I am in Parliament (as Pasir Mas MP). I don't know...I shall gather information first on whether it is true or not," he said.

However he stressed that this may have nothing to do with Perkasa.

"This have nothing to do with Perkasa, it is not our policy (to act violently)... Just because they wear Perkasa shirts does not mean they are Perkasa members, " he added.

Selangor Perkasa chief Abdullah Mansor said an investigation is underway to determine if Perkasa members were involved.

"It is understood that those involved are locals who are unhappy with some local issues. There are Perkasa members living in the area, but there are also Umno, PAS, PKR and other NGO members living there," he said in a statement sent via text message.

Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/134082

seals: Will the rakyat never learn..

Monday, June 07, 2010

Malaysia: broadband speed is too slow to compete

Remember Idi AMin? Younger people out there would not know who this man was. But those of us in the 50s and above would know about this person, the dictator in Uganda in the 70s, who did what a dictator in those days would do.
He fled to Saudi after an uprising , and died there in 2003.

Since those days of Idi Amin, we Malaysians have always treated Uganda like a rogue state.

Sub-Sahara Africa is supposed to be backward, and we have always thought of Uganda as a disease-and-poverty-striken country, with children thin like skeletons and bellies big like pregnant ladies.

Now, do not look down on these countries anymore. Many of them have a broadband speed much faster than us, Yes , Malaysia — the country with the multimedia super corridor, the country that once boosted that it wanted to become a silicon valley of the East.

We still wanted to become that, but we simply do not have the means to become that; just like an impotent old man, willing but not able to.

With broadband speed like snail,

how are we going to compete with

other countries?

What is the use of having all the modern buildings when we have a broadband speed placing of 104, according to speednet.com (below). The whole list can be viewed here.

Uganda is ranked 95, Rwanda (yes Rwanda) 65, Ghana 44.

Even the country which exports maids to Malaysia, the Phillipines, is ranked 93. Your maid when she goes back to her home country, can assess info much faster than you. How about that!

Download Speed

1 South Korea 33.91 Mb/s

2 Latvia 24.07 Mb/s

3 Republic of Moldova 21.32 Mb/s

4 Japan 20.43 Mb/s

5 Sweden 19.83 Mb/s

6 Romania 18.69 Mb/s

7 Bulgaria 17.57 Mb/s

8 Netherlands 17.34 Mb/s

9 Andorra 17.06 Mb/s

10 Lithuania 17.04 Mb/s

11 Aland Islands 15.34 Mb/s

12 Portugal 14.71 Mb/s

13 Finland 14.17 Mb/s

14 Iceland 13.61 Mb/s

15 Switzerland 13.52 Mb/s


And Malaysia is at ...................


104 Malaysia 1.94 Mb/s

Nikon SB-900

Nikon SB-900 Tips

Preventing Overheating - 4 explanation and solution videos by Lilkiwiguy87

Part 1 - (view in HQ on YouTube)


Part 2 - (view in HQ on YouTube)



Part 3 - (view in HQ on YouTube)



Part 4 - (view in HQ on YouTube)



What follows is a brief summary of the points raised in the videos.

Overheating is not a design flaw.

Firmware update 5.0.2 does not prevent overheating, since it only tweaks flash intensity during continuous shooting with the SB-900 is in i-TTL mode. See the firmware 5.0.2 update notes for Mac & Windows.

The first factor is the type of batteries used. Rechargeable AA batteries have a voltage of 1.2V (Volts), which is lower than the 1.5V that standard, non-rechargeable batteries have. In other words, rechargeable batteries have a lesser capacity in powering the SB-900 compared to standard batteries. A comparison test was conducted with the SB-900 firing at full power (Manual mode, 1/1) using rechargeable Duracell 1.2V, 1800mAh batteries vs Duracell Coppertop 1.5V, 2200mAh (non-rechargeable) alkaline batteries. The result of that test shows the recycling time to be much shorter with the Coppertop batteries. If the photographer continues to shoot without allowing the batteries to recycle, the batteries will start to overheat.

Recommended standard batteries are Duracell Coppertop (Alkaline), Energizer Ultimate Advanced Formula (Lithium) and Kodak MAX (Alkaline). Do not mix different battery types or brands.

Rechargeable batteries can be used, provided the SB-900 isn't subject to intense, continuous bursts, for instance, when shooting 200 images or more per hour.

The second factor is if the photographer selects Auto Area AF mode on the camera. This triggers the use of all three AF assist illuminators on the SB-900 (the older SB-800 only had a single autofocus assist). This increases the consumption of battery power, and if Autofocus is heavily activated, then overheating of the battery becomes more likely. The solution is to use Single Point AF, or Dynamic Area AF, when shooting in dim lighting conditions.

When the SB-900 is set to any of the automatic modes (TTL-BL, AA, TTL), several pre-flashes are emitted for exposure calculations. This again consumes battery power. Set the flash to manual mode if the lighting conditions is such thatrecalculation of exposure with each shot isn't required.

When more power is needed than can be supplied by the AA batteries, invest in an external battery pack such as the Nikon SD-8A, Nikon SD-9, or Quantum Turbo. This is presented as the final solution for heavy shooting requirements.

Quantum Turbo Battery, Nikon SD-8A and Nikon SD-9

External battery packs contribute both increased battery capacity and voltage (up to 15V with the Nikon SD-8A, and 18V with the Nikon SD-9 or Quantum Turbo). Additionally, recycling time can be cut by 60 ~ 70%. The video then goes into detail on the use of the Nikon SD-8A battery pack. A demonstration effectively shows how much recycling time is shaved off when the SD-8A is used, with the SB-900 firing at full, 1/1 power.

It was also noted that the Nikon SD-9 High Performance Battery Pack is compatible only with the SB-900, while the Quantum is compatible with the SB-800 and SB-900 (but not with the SB-600).

Read a good comparison of the SD-8A vs SD-9.

The SB-900 needs to be kept within operating temperatures of 27°F and 109°F (-3°C to 41°C).

If the batteries become too hot, remove them and allow the batteries to cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the batteries if the SB-900 is not used for two weeks or more.

A Nikon "Water Guard" can be installed to seal the area of contact between the SB-900's foot and the hot shoe mount. The correct model depends on the DSLR you're using, WG-AS1 (Nikon D3), WG-AS2 (D300), and WG-AS3 (D700).

Nikon Water Guard WG-AS1, WG-AS2 and WG-AS3

Other maintenance tips include keeping the SB-900 clean with Formula 409.

Finally, if one really requires high-powered flash units for professional work, the SB-900 might not be the answer. Instead, get the Quantum Qflash T5D or T5D-R.

Quantum QFlash

source: http://links.dpnotes.com/nikonsb900.php

Sunday, June 06, 2010

S'gor takeover: 'Help sought from big-time tycoons'

Speculation is rife that Umno while allegedly enticing Pakatan members with money politics to cross-over, is also now trying to rope in big-time tycoons to help destabilise the Selangor state government.

According to Perak Pakatan Rakyat chief Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, he had heard that a top Umno personality recently had approached a very prominent tycoon to seek his financial help in undermining the Selangor government.

However, the request was rejected as the tycoon does not believe in dirty politics and was prepared for any political repercussions that his non-cooperation might invite.

NONENizar (left) believes the same tactic had been responsible for destabilising his 10-month-old government in Perak last year.

He also said three Umno members had told him that a tycoon of similar status had financially backed the wresting of Perak from the Pakatan.

This particular person had apparently met former DAP Jelapang assemblyperson Hee Yit Foong in Hong Kong before the collapse of the Pakatan government, said Nizar.

If once you fail, try and try again

So, having tasted success in Perak, Umno is now focusing its attention on Selangor, described as the goldmine state.

"Their plans have not borne fruit so far but we do not know what will happen in the near future as Umno may try to contact other tycoons for their political agenda," the PAS leader said.

Nizar was speaking to Malaysiakini after addressing a four-hour political forum titled 'Sibu to Putrajaya' at the Chin Woo Hall in Ipoh last night.

nizar jamaluddin pakatan rally in ipohAround 1,500 people attended the DAP function where top Pakatan leaders, including party supremo Lim Kit Siang, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Perak DAP party chief Ngeh Koo Ham, DAP state secretary Nga Kor Ming, DAP state deputy chief M Kulasegaran and PKR state chief Mustaffa Kamil Ayub spoke on the topic.

Nizar in his speech touched on the steps that Pakatan is now taking to build bridges with the Perak royalty after the relationship turned icy when the state government changed hands.

No official invitation from sultan

The former Pakatan menteri besar said that he had written an official letter on March 31, to Sultan Azlan Shah requesting an audience to explain to him their version of of the politician situation in Perak.

Nizar's argument is that the sultan has only heard one side of the story from the BN, and Pakatan wants to enlighten the ruler on the state's actual political scenario.

In addition, said Nizar, the opposition coalition wants to correct whatever misconceptions the royalty may have over the absence of its politicians at the sultan's birthday celebration in April.

The absence was simply due to the failure of the BN to send Pakatan any official invitation, he explained.

Nizar said that the Raja Muda had replied to his letter in early April stating that he has consented to a royal audience at a date and time to be fixed

He also claimed that the Perak Raja Muda had whispered into his ear during the May 7 assembly sitting, that the political future is bright for Pakatan in the state and that he could work closely with them if they win the next general elections.


source : http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/133710

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Siblings warded after eating soil

By EMBUN MAJID
embun@thestar.com.my


SUNGAI PETANI: Four siblings who allegedly ate soil for a week to stave off hunger are undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of a hospital here.

They had vomited and complained of stomach pain earlier.

The girls, aged seven, eight, nine and 10, were taken to the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital after one of them revealed their condition to Jerai MIC chairman R. Supra­maniam last Friday.

The matter came to light when the eldest girl was taken by her 70-year-old grandfather to a medical camp organised by the division at Kampung Padang Lembu, some 20km from here.

The girl suddenly vomited when the doctor was about to examine her.

Supramaniam said he was about to send the girl to the hospital when she told him her three younger sisters at home were also in pain.

“She told me that they had eaten soil as they were very hungry and there was not enough food for them,” he added.

Supramaniam said he visited their house and found the girls groaning in pain.

“They were weak and could barely move,” he added.

The children’s mother, who had just given birth 10 days ago, and their father were at home then.

Supramaniam said he then took the children to the hospital and they were admitted to the intensive care unit.

“I was told by a doctor who examined them that the children must undergo blood transfusion since they had eaten soil for a week.

“The girls are in stable condition but have to be warded for a week,” he said.

It is learnt that their father, who is in his 30s, was unemployed and the family relied on food donated by neighbours.

However, the amount of food was insufficient to feed the family.

Supramaniam said he would monitor the health condition of the children and assist the family.


source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=%2F2010%2F5%2F31%2Fnation%2F6371638&sec=nation


seals: You may not find this in Africa, and other 3rd world poor country ..... but in Malaysia too and this is how the UMNO can spend millions to pay people and offer projects to buy vote, but let the core poor die eating sand.

Timings of the Four Yugas

Timings of the Four Yugas

By Stephen Knapp


When describing the length of the yugas or ages, and which yuga we are in and how far along we are in it, there is sometimes confusion about how to calculate them. Some people think we are already in the next Satya-yuga, known as the Golden Age. The problem is when the yugas are figured only according to the years in earth’s time, in which case any calculations will never be accurate. They are described in the Vedic literature according to the celestial years, or years of the devas, not according to the time we experience here on earth. This is where we have to make adjustments. Nonetheless, there are specific references in the Vedic texts which make it clear how to calculate them. For starters, the Mahabharata (Shanti Parva, 231.12-20) explains it in detail:

“The rishis, measuring time, have given particular names to particular portions [of time]. Five and ten winks of the eye make what is called a Kastha. Thirty Kasthas make what is called a Kala. Thirty Kalas, with the tenth part of a Kala, make a Muhurta. Thirty Muhurtas make one day and night. Thirty days and nights form a month, and twelve months form a year. Persons well-read in mathematical science say that a year is made up of two solar motions, meaning the northern and southern. The sun makes the day and night for men. The night is for the sleep of all living creatures, and the day is for work. A month of human beings is equal to a day and night of the departed manes [ancestors who have gone on to the subtle worlds]. That division consists in this: the light half of the month is their day which is for work; and the dark fortnight is their night for sleep. A year (of men) is equal to a day and night to the gods [devas or celestials]. This division consists in this: the half year for which the sun travels from the vernal to the autumnal equinox is the day of the gods, and the half year for which the sun moves from the latter to the former is their night. [Thus, an earth year is but a day for the devas.] Calculating by the days and nights of human beings about which I have told you, I shall speak of the day and night of Brahma and his years also. I shall, in their order, tell you the number of years, that are for different purposes calculated differently, in the Krita, the Treta, the Dvapara, and the Kali Yugas. Four thousand celestial years is the duration of the first or Krita age. The morning of that cycle consists of four hundred years and its evening is of four hundred years. [Note: This says celestial years, or years of the demigods on the higher planets. Such years are much longer than those of planet earth. So 4000 celestial years, with the morning or Sandhya of 400 celestial years and the evening or Sandhyansa, or intermediate period, of another 400 years, equals 4800 celestial years or 1,728,000 human years.]

“Regarding the other cycles, the duration of each gradually decreases by a quarter in respect of both the principal period with the minor portion and the conjoining portion itself. These periods always keep up the never-ending and eternal worlds. They who know Brahma, O child, regard this as Immutable Brahma.” (Mb, Shanti Parva, Chap.231, Text 21-22)

This means that as each age appears, from the Krita, Treta, Dvapara to Kali, each yuga decreases by a quarter of the previous yuga, in addition to the conjoining Sandhya and Sandhyansa periods with each yuga. In this way, it is roughly calculated that a whole cycle of the four yugas, namely Krita, Treta, Dvapara and Kali-yuga together, total about 12,000 celestial years in length.

The Mahabharata (Shanti Parva, 231.29-32) continues: “The learned say that these 12,000 celestial years form what is called a cycle. A thousand such cycles form a single day of Brahma. The same is the duration of Brahma's night. With the beginning of Brahma's day the universal entities come into being. During the period of universal dissolution the Creator sleeps in Yoga-meditation. When the period of sleep expires, He awakes. What is Brahma’s day covers a thousand such cycles. His night also covers a thousand similar cycles. They who know this are said to know the day and the night. On the expiry of His night, Brahma, waking up, modifies the indestructible intelligence by causing it to be overlaid with ignorance. He then causes Consciousness to spring up, whence it originates Mind which is at one with the Manifest.”

In calculating the duration of the different yugas, there are a few differences between the Puranas. The Brahmanda Purana (1.2.29.31-34) specifically states that Krita or Satya-yuga is 1,440,000 human years in length, Treta-yuga is 1,080,000 years, Dvapara-yuga is 720,000 years, and Kali-yuga is 360,000 years in length. The Linga Purana (4.24-35) also agrees with this except for Treta-yuga, which it says is 1,800,000 years in length.

However, when explaining the various measurements of time, the Vishnu Purana (Book One, Chapter Three) and the Srimad-Bhagavatam (3.11.19), along with the Bhagavad-gita (8.17) and the Vayu Purana (Chapter 57) and others, such as the Mahabharata as quoted above, all agree on the measurements of the durations of the yugas, as explained below.

In the explanations of the measurements of time found therein, one cycle of the four yugas together is 12,000 years of the demigods, called divine years. Each of these years is composed of 360 days, and each of their days is equal to one human year. So Krita-yuga is 4000 divine years in length, Treta-yuga is 3000 divine years in length, Dvapara-yuga is 2000 divine years in length, and Kali-yuga is 1000 divine years long, with the addition of the conjoining portions of the Sandhya and Sandhyansa.

In this way, each yuga is preceded by a period called a Sandhya, which is as many hundred years in length as there are thousands of years in that particular yuga. Each yuga is also followed by a period of time known as a Sandhyansa, which is also as many hundreds of years in length as there are thousands of years in the yuga. In between these periods of time is the actual yuga. Therefore, we have:

Krita-yuga = 4000 divine years, Sandhya = 400 divine years, Sandhyansa = 400 divine years. Total = 4800 divine years x 360 days = 1,728,000 human years.

Treta-yuga = 3000 divine years, Sandhya = 300 divine years, Sandhyansa = 300 divine years. Total = 3600 divine years x 360 days = 1,296,000 human years.

Dvapara-yuga = 2000 divine years, Sandhya = 200 divine years, Sandhyansa = 200 divine years. Total = 2400 divine years x 360 days = 864,000 human years.

Kali-yuga = 1000 divine years, Sandhya = 100 divine years, Sandhyansa = 100 divine years. Total = 1200 divine years x 360 days = 432,000 human years.

This equals 4,320,000 human years in one cycle of the four yugas together, and 1000 cycles of these yugas equals 12,000 divine years and 4,320,000,000 human years in a day of Brahma.

It is also explained that Kali-yuga began with the disappearance of Lord Krishna from the planet. This has been calculated to be 3102 B.C.. Since Kali-yuga is described as being 432,000 earth years in length, with 5,000 years and more already passed, then the age of Kali-yuga has approximately 426,000 more years to go. I hope this has clarified what is sometimes a confusing issue.


source: http://www.stephen-knapp.com/timings_of_the_four_yugas.htm