Saturday, December 31, 2011

Al Queda and the number '11'. A co-incidence?

Now this might shake you up a little, but read on...................

Read it all!
1) New York City has 11 letters
2) Afghanistan has 
11 letters.
3) Ramsin Yuseb has 
11 letters . (The terrorist who threatened to destroy the Twin Towers in 1993)
4) George W Bush has 
11 letters. 
This could be a mere coincidence, but this gets more interesting:

1) New York is the 11th state.
2) The first plane crashing against the Twin Towers was flight number 11.
3) Flight 11 was carrying 92 passengers. 9 + 2 = 114) Flight 77 which also hit Twin Towers , was carrying 65 
passengers. Therefore, 6+5 = 115) The tragedy was on September 11, or 9/11 as it is now known. 9 + 1+ 1 =116) The date is equal to the US emergency services telephone number 911.

9 + 1 + 1 = 11 
Sheer coincidence..?!  Read on and make up your own mind:
1) The total number of victims inside all the hi-jacked planes was 254. 

2 + 5 + 4 = 11. 
2) September 
11 is day number 254 of the calendar year.

Again 2 + 5 + 4 = 11..

3) The Madrid
 bombing took place on 3/11/2004. 3 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 4 = 11.
4) The tragedy of Madrid happened 911 days after the Twin Towers incident.

Now this is where things get totally eerie: 

The most recognized symbol for the US , after the Stars & Stripes, is the Eagle. The following verse is taken from the Quran, the Islamic holy book: 
'For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced ; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah and there was peace.' 
That verse i number 9.11 of the Quran.
Unconvinced about all of this Still ?! 
Try this and see how you feel afterwards, it made my hair stand on end:
Open Microsoft Word and do the following:

1. Type in capitals Q33 NY. This is the flight number of the first plane to hit one of the Twin Towers ..
2. Highlight the Q33 NY.
3. Change the font size to 48.
4. Change the actual font to the WINGDINGS

What do you think now?!!




This is the result :



Friday, December 30, 2011

The New Year, dream big - THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

"Every single thing you do matters. You have been created as one of a kind. You have been created in order to make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world."
-Andy Andrews
As 2012 begins, you may have big dreams for what you want to accomplish. But, what are your dreams for influencing other people? How will the things you do today affect others tomorrow? 

Just watch the video below and see how your everyday choices could affect millions of lives!

Aziz Bari offers himself as Pakatan candidate for polls

Controversial constitutional law expert Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Bari has offered himself as a potential election candidate for Pakatan Rakyat, saying that he wanted to take part in the country’s political process by serving as a lawmaker.

The outspoken academic said that while he was “not particularly passionate” about being a party member, he felt that a good and effective two-party system was pivotal to allow proper reforms and good governance.
“I mean I wouldn’t for example take part in party elections, I just want to be a lawmaker if they (PR) think I am good enough to be their candidate,” Abdul Aziz (picture) told The Malaysian Insiderin an email interview.
He confirmed that he had received “unofficial” offers from all three opposition parties — PAS, PKR and the DAP — but said that “it was too early to tell” which party he would contest under.
Abdul Aziz said he had no reservations about contesting under any PR party as “all of them are committed to common policies which in turn uphold the constitution and this is crucial for the emergence of a two-party system.”
But the former International Islamic University (UIA) lecturer stated his reservations about getting involved in party politics, and said he was only interested in standing for elections and not as a party man, something he said he does not have the “stamina” for.
“This is the point which those opposed to the idea to bear in mind. Joining politics does not necessarily mean getting involved in party politics.
“In any case politics, like (a) career in academia or (an) NGO, is just a platform for change. Whatever it is I am too old to make politics a career. If I am still in my 40s it is different but I am going to be 53, that is why it is a just a one-off, given the circumstances,” he added.
Abdul Aziz was earlier suspended with pay from UIA for criticising the Selangor Sultan’s intervention in the state’s Islamic Religious Department (Jais) raid on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) as “uncommon and inconsistent”.
He is reportedly eyeing the Sabak Bernam parliamentary seat currently held by Umno’s Abdul Rahman Bakri, who is due to enter his defence in June on nine counts of making false claims.
The controversial lecturer is currently the subject of an ongoing internal probe by UIA over his remarks on the Selangor Sultan.
He is also being investigated by the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
[Source: The MI]

V calls out to fellow Malaysians

Is it over for MCA?

TWO time bombs have exploded in the MCA in the past two days but the mainstream media, especially MCA’s mouthpiece, The Star, has down played the news.
About 1,000 MCA members from Penang and Johor have resigned en bloc and they cite the loss of confidence in the party leadership as their reason for quitting.
The resignations are only the tip of the iceberg and they signal the beginning of the implosion widely predicted for Barisan Nasional’s second largest component party.
Loss of faith in Soi Lek
According to a few of those who quit but did not want to be named, more MCA members nationwide are expected to quit in the run-up to the next general election.
The mainstream media are down playing the news because it is a major blow for the MCA and BN’s preparations for the general election widely expected to be called by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in February or March.
Those who quit say they had lost confidence in the MCA leadership because it is led by a scandal-tainted and immoral president, Dr Chua Soi Lek.
“Whenever he speaks on any issue, it backfires and is a laughing stock of the people or grassroots. This is because Chua is in no position to talk about issues on morality and integrity.
“We cannot continue to be associated with such a leader and his cronies who are only looking after their own interest and positions,” said a former MCA member who is known to this writer.
30% of members to abandon party by polling day
Citing recent events and issues, the former member said: “It is embarrassing to MCA for Chua to talk about freedom of the press and freedom of speech.
“What is he talking about when the first thing he (Chua) did when he won the presidency by fluke was to place The Star directly under the control of the party.
“The paper is now under the overall control of a panel that includes his son (Tee Yong) as a key member. He also appointed his son in government positions.
“The MCA leadership is now led by a man who is morally tainted and one who practices nepotism and cronyism to turn the party into his family’s empire,” he added.
Another former member added: “Just watch how MCA implodes in the run-up to the 13th General Election. At least 30 per cent of its members will eventually abandon the party by polling day.”
Soi Lek-Donald Lim spat
In another development, party insiders say Selangor MCA is in shambles following a fallout between Chua and state MCA chief Donald Lim Siang Chai.
As the state chief, Lim does not even have the say to decide which seat to contest.
Lim is said to be eyeing the Selayang parliamentary seat but Chua already has someone else in mind – possibly a woman candidate.
What is telling is that Lim does not even have the confidence to try and wrest back his former seat - PJ Selatan – where he was beaten by PKR’s Hee Loy Sian by 5,706 votes in 2008.
Party insiders say the backdoor Deputy Finance Minister Senator is now desperate and is manoeuvring to get what he wants.
The insiders say it would be most interesting to see how severely Selangor MCA would be split by the Chua-Lim tussle for control of the state.
[Source: MC]

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Are you ready for this Sunday?

If everything goes as planned, the scene will be akin to something like the video clip posted below, er ... minus the destructive scene of course.  Can you imagine what it will be like when everyone dons on the mask on the halo grounds of Dataran Merdeka and looking at only one direction - the clock tower?  I know it will take anyone's breath away.

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

An Invitation : Be part of the Guy Fawkes gathering this Sunday

If the organisers behind this flashmob get what they want, there will be a sea of people in Guy Fawkes masks at Dataran Merdeka on Sunday, which is New Year's Eve.

In a posting on Facebook, the unnamed organisers of the V for Merdeka flashmob called on Malaysians to don Guy Fawkes masks in symbolic protest to demand "real democracy" in 2012.

v for merdeka flashmob poster 281211"We will stage the final dramatic scene in the film V for Vendetta at Dataran Merdeka to show our common outrage against the many injustices and anti-democratic events that happened in Malaysia in 2011.

"We want to collectively say enough is enough, time for real democracy now in 2012!" the organisers say in their posting.

In the final scene of V for Vendetta, a popular film released by Warner Bros in 2005, the British Houses of Parliament are blown up in a bid to restore freedom and democracy.

The explosion occurs as fireworks go off to ring in the New Year, watched by thousands who don Guy Fawkes masks.

'Governments should be afraid of their people'

"Don't worry, there won't be any bombing! But there will be a symbolic building with a clock tower, fireworks and...V," the posting says, referring to the film's protagonist.

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

Those interested to join are urged to print out cut-outs of the mask posted on the site by the organisers.

"Put on your V masks during the countdown to midnight and watch as the fireworks go off. Our video and photo teams will capture this reenactment and spread it all over the world!" the posting says.

As of late this morning, 154 people have said that they would be attending the event.

The flashmob is linked to the Occupy Dataran movement, which is an independent grassroots youth initiative to "reclaim Dataran Merdeka as an open and democratic space for the people".

[Source: Mkini]

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Where were you, Najib?

For once, it was such a relief that Najib did not turn up for the recent Christmas high tea gathering at the Subang Jaya Full Gospel Tabernacle.  At least, we didn't have to remove crosses, crucifixes or forbidding the choir from singing Christmas hymns.  It was such a different feel compared with the event last year, where everything was a put on to abide by the wishes of the prime minister.  This year, we have the presence of Opposition Leader, Anwar Ibrahim, and one can immediately feel the sincerity of the person when he went around shaking hands with well wishers.  I guess the Christians were glad that they were not once again  humiliated this year had he [Najib] turned up for the event.  Instead, to show the kind of respect of the church, he sent a third rate minister, Koh Tsu Koon, to represent him.  Would it had made any difference had he stayed at home?

[Pix courtesy of Malaysiakini]

Once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

That will be the day, MACC

When I came across the headline "No one will be spared in NFC case, says MACC", in the Malaysia Chronicle, one song immediately came to mind

NOW SHOWING : The NFC Cow Scandal. NEXT CHANGE: The Navy Vessel Scandal

Over the last 10 years, we lost over RM1 trillion through illicit transfer.
To say that the Barisan Nasional government hides a monumental submerged portion of financial excesses and rip offs is an understatement.
In this context the current National Feedlot Corporation fiasco involving RM250 million is just a tip of the iceberg.
We are, in fact, readying ourselves now for the exposure of the next big financial scandal…and the next!
Immediately the next possible source of financial legerdemain, with all the necessary ingredients of manipulations and underhand moves, is certainly the cost of six offshore patrol vessels from Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd at RM1 billion each.
The cost has now increased by an unexplainable RM3 billion. How does Boustead get into the vessel building business?
Now, the history of the Malaysian Navy’s purchase of weaponry is a dismal one.
So, let’s get into a little history lesson.
Contract cost ballooned
The original contractor chosen to build Malaysia’s first generation naval vessels was PSC-Naval Dockyard. It was controlled by Amin Shah Omar Shah and his brothers.
(Amin Shah, 53, was reportedly a high-profile tycoon known for his close ties to former Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin. This was during the era of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
(Under the 1990s privatization programme advocated by Mahathir, Amin Shah was among the few bumiputera entrepreneurs who were able to secure government concessions and contracts. And one of these key contracts was the Naval Dockyard in Lumut.
(In 1995, the government privatised the Naval Dockyard to the then PSC Industries Bhd (PSCI), for RM300 million. Amin Shah had a substantial stake in this and the dockyard was renamed PSC-Naval Dockyard Sdn Bhd.
(In 1998, PSC-Naval Dockyard was awarded a mammoth RM24 billion contract to build 27 offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Malaysian Navy.)
By mid 2006, only two of the 27 offshore vessels (worth RM24 million) were delivered. But both failed to pass the pre-delivery trials.
There were 298 recorded complaints about the two boats, which were also found to have 100 and 383 uncompleted items aboard them respectively.
The original RM5.35 billion contract ballooned to RM6.75 billion by January 2007.

No payment vouchers or documents
The auditor also reported that the Defence Ministry had paid out RM4.26 billion to PSC up to December 2006 although only RM2.87 billion of work had been done, an overpayment of RM1.39 billion, or 48 percent.
In addition, Malaysia’s cabinet waived late penalties of RM214 million.
According to the Auditor General, 14 “progress payments” amounting to RM943 million were paid out to PSC from Dec 1999, but there were no payment vouchers or relevant documents dealing with the payments.
How did the government explain such blatant abuses of financial discipline?
On what authority was the ministry authorized to pay money for jobs not yet completely done or not even done yet?
The Auditor General attributed the failure to serious “financial mismanagement” and “technical incompetence” stemming from the fact that PSC had never built anything but trawlers or police boats before being given the contract.
These terms must be the world’s biggest oversimplification.
“Financial mismanagement” is plain corruption and “technical incompetence” is mental deficiency.
[Source: FMT]

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Will Mahathir ever learn to keep his mouth shut when it does not concern him

This is a letter written by one Siddharthya Swapan Roy based in Maharashtra, India, who was incensed by the uncalled for remarks made by Mahathir about his country. He was in India where he advised that great democracy like India, with a history 8,000 years in the making, to be “less democratic and more dictatorial so that it can be rich like China”. Still, democracy was the best he hastened to add as his Indian listeners glared at him.
He also did not mention his own iron-fisted two decades-long rule which has brought Malaysia to a step away from ruin, but more likely than not, they already knew since his racist reputation precedes him whether he chooses to admit it or not.
Dear Dr Mahathir,
A couple of days back I woke up to newspaper reports which quoted you as saying that India’s democracy is a hindrance to its development and, if we did away with the nuisance of democracy, we will become developed.
Well, sir, it is heartening to see your concern about India’s future, especially now that our own elected government has orphaned us. To read that someone from the outside cares about our development sounds so very nice.
But you see, sir, your (apparently) good intentions notwithstanding, your advice to Indians is, well how should I put it… ill-advised.
I’m not really sure if you know much about the history of our nation. Don’t get me wrong.
Going by facts like the general absence of news from Malaysian newspapers; the absence of anything but song and dance in your electronic media; the absence of bookstores that sell knowledgeable books (for example, ones from which you can learn about history and not how to get rich in six steps); the abundance of malls and the stark absence of libraries; the abundance of coaching centres that can make masseurs, air hostesses and a host of quick-fix technicians and the relative absence of centres of higher learning especially in the social sciences; and, above all, the fact that this insanely consumerist and hedonist Malaysia was made under your tutelage, makes me doubt your knowledge of the history of India or any nation for that matter.
So allow me to apprise you of the story of our independence.
We won independence from colonial rulers waging a long and tortuous battle. A battle that sought to replace a discriminatory, unjust and violent regime that had enslaved huge populations with one which was based on the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity.
India was home then, as is now and as will always be, to an immense diversity of people who spoke different tongues, prayed to different Gods, wore different clothes and had different political beliefs. These diverse people said to each other that – we, despite our differences, will strive to live and flourish together and make a sovereign nation which will be democratic, socialist and secular.
We did not anywhere say that we want to be Malaysia or for that matter China or the US.
In India, no one is above the law
We want to become a nation with a system that treats all its citizens as equal unlike your country that officially accords special rights to Malay Muslims calling them first-class citizens while relegating thousands of people of Tamil, Chinese and other ethnic origins.
Despite the fact that they have known no other land than Malaysia as their own, you denigrate them with the tag of being second-class citizens.
We try to work towards having a system wherein a person will grow according to his merit and hard work earning what she or he has rightfully earned.
You may be surprised to know that here in India making cartels based on identity, even if under the name of a holy cow called “Bumipuetra” or son of the soil is looked down upon by most of us.
Here, promoting the selective interests of one’s self or that of his kin is called corruption and nepotism and not, as you call it, development.
We are in fact fighting tooth and nail to arrest the scourge of corruption and (you’ll be shocked to know) get the guilty punished.
Here in India no one is above the law and many a times powerful public figures go to jail for being corrupt or subverting the law.
Now that we are at it, sir, I’m sure it would be interesting to know what the minorities of your country have to say – especially the jailed and beaten ones – about the development-democracy debate.
In fact, sir, your idea of development is largely at odds with many of us here.

Development is no substitute for values
What you did to the tropical forests and water bodies of Malaysia (that is, raze vast acres of them into oblivion to make way for big-buck oil palm plantations and piggeries and so on) would cause huge outrage among many of us who are looking for sustainable development.
We are yet to be unanimously convinced that making cemented roads – however broad, lining them with buildings, even if glass-covered and glossy, and putting cars on them, however fast – is a substitute for our valued bio-diversity.
Many of us are very convinced that displacing huge populations of native people for useless things like racing tracks is a blot on the word “development”.
There are many of us who find it a shameful and cruel hypocrisy that while your country has abundant and openly advertised sex tourism, it still whips women for being licentious!
Thanks to the culture of reading here, many of us know of your penchant for cruelty in your personal career.
A career during which you enacted despotic and violent acts at times in the name (your contorted version of) Islam and at times in the name of security and national interest.
We could recount how you rose to power annihilating huge numbers of your opponents and stayed there for over two decades, continuing your devious rule using tactics and schemes which are far beyond Machiavelli.
Many of us know about your vile Internal Security Act, which you used to crush political opposition – jailing them and putting in place a frail and near-sham democracy and placing the entire nation under a one-man rule of Umno for over two decades.
You will note that I have used words like “most of us”, “many of us” and have tried to stay away from absolute claims.
Misconstrued understanding of ‘development’
Besides the age-old Indian practice of accommodating different opinions, it is meant to recognise that there are people in this country, too, who think like you and will have applauded you for saying what you did.
They, too, think that roads are all that important and not the humans who walk on them or the ones who sleep beside them.
They have misconstrued the word development as development of personal wealth and that this “development” is a holy cow and everything including the rights and lives of fellow humans is of lesser priority.
Their money power helps them buy a lot of print space and electronic bandwidth so they may appear like the majority, but thankfully the truth is they aren’t.
The majority of us recognise and are willing to admit – and even discuss at length – that there are problems in our nation – including bad roads.
But they’ll quickly add that we intend to solve those not by lessening democracy but by ncreasing it.