Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
PAS candidate 55-year-old candidate Mohd Salleh polled 9,618 votes while BN's Mohd Rohaizat Othman, 38, garnered 5,067.Voter turnout had also decreased this time around to 73 percent. In the previous election, the turnout was 82.6 percent.
PAS actually maintained its share of the votes. In 2008 it was 66.39% and yesterday it was 65.5%, a drop of a mere 0.89%. That is less than 1%.
- The PAS leadership does some soul-searching to see if their actions of late have put off a segment of the rakyat who have voted for them.
Voted for them in the belief that PAS is part of the agenda for change, change for a fairer, more just, civil and democractic society.
Not a society based on their extremist interpretation of what is good for all Malaysians!!
- With this solid win , the rakyat hope the entire Pakatan Rakyat will work together instead of stabbing each another with racial and religion issues.
PAS , DAP and PKR must remember that it was the Malaysians from all walks of live voted you in.
It was NOT melayu who gave you the win, it was NOT the Chinese ,and definitely NOT the Indians who gave you the win.It was Malaysians who gave you the win.
THIS is also NOT a license to PAS to ban this and that.
We still want the beer, the 4Ds, the massage shops and karaoke.
I go to hell, it is MY problem. Don't worry about me .
Please use religion as a guiding principle and use religion as an example to teach and reach out to the masses.
And yes, congratulations to PR and PAS.
Please work together and discuss problems.
And congratulations to Umno for their consistency in losing.
Kartika Sari Dewi in Indonesian means the ‘goddess of the essence of the star’ (wow). And with such a name perhaps she has been protected by a Higher Being.
Syariah experts have discovered a lacuna in the court’s punishment decree against her, which may possibly prevent the authorities from caning her.
By the way, in case any Utusan reporter is reading this, ‘lacuna’ does not mean any insult to Islam, DPM Muhyiddin or Rais Yatim wakakaka.
According to Terengganu Chief Syariah Judge Datuk Ismail Yahya, and supported by senior civil law lecturer Professor Shad Saleem Faruqi, Kartika was fined RM5,000 and given six lashes by the Pahang Syariah Court for the offence of yamseng-ing on 12 July 12 two years ago at a nightclub in Cherating but no jail sentence.
In Malaysia only the prison department and no one else may cane a prisoner.
As Kartika wasn’t sentenced, she is not a prisoner, thus she needn't go to prison. Therefore how is the authority going to cane her?
Well, according to the Malaysian Insider, Islamic Development Department (Jakim) legal adviser Mohd Zulbahrin Zainuddin unsurprisingly asserted it requires just a warrant to require Kartika to turn up at the prison for sentence to be carried out.
He mumbled unconvincingly: “Kartika will just be detained. The prison is just a place for her to wait. If Kartika wants to object, she has to go to the Syariah High Court and file an appeal. Since she has not done so, it is considered a straightforward case.”
Not so, said Professor Shad Saleem Faruqi, arguing that a detention order (via a warrant to detain) is in fact a second sentencing, i.e, an additional penalty to the caning and RM5,000.
And as Kartika has paid the RM5,000, she can’t be jailed in lieu.
But she can’t be cane unless she is jailed. And she can't be jailed as there's no jail sentence imposed on her - the 'lacuna' that Professor Shad mentioned.
“We’ve got a lacuna, that is the person who is to be whipped must be jailed. According to the law, nobody can be deprived of his life or liberty, except by the law. In this case, the law came to an end when the trial ended.”
“The judge imposed only two punishments[i.e. RM5,000 and caning]. He cannot now turn around and impose a third punishment. This is illegal. It’s almost like double jeopardy.”
Shad also quoted Article 7 of the Federal Constitution which states that if a person has been convicted of an offence, he or she could not be tried again for that offence.
“Kartika was not sentenced to jail initially. It would be unjust for the court to impose a new penalty.”
“Only the Syariah Appeal Court can deal with this matter now. So, the DPP should appeal to have the sentence increased. But the judge of the first instance should not be increasing the sentence himself. That is wrong.”
Shad explained: “There are only two types of detention: remand and prison. It can’t be remand because Kartika was convicted. And it can’t be imprisonment because she was not given a jail sentence.”
Terengganu Chief Syariah Judge Datuk Ismail Yahya warned Jakim that the whipping will beultra vires [any Utusan reporter around? Wakakaka] and opened the authorities to a legal suit.
He advised: “Kartika can sue. This is because her detention, and subsequently the whipping, is illegal.”
For those Utusan reporters and Islamic Development Department (Jakim) legal adviser Mohd Zulbahrin Zainuddin, I say not ‘lacuna’nor 'ultra vires' but:
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
"Edward M. Kennedy - the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply - died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port," Massachusetts, the Kennedy family said in a statement.
"We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all.
"He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it."
The "liberal lion" of the Senate was the youngest of the Kennedy brothers.
President John F Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
Senator Robert Kennedy was shot dead as he campaigned for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination.
Joe Kennedy, a pilot, died in World War Two.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The fence was too high to see over, but I saw a little gap in the planks and looked through to see what was going on.
Some bastard poked me in the eye with a stick.
Then they all started shouting: