Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
In the attacks, 51 websites were hit and at least 41 of these sites were disrupted, industry regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission said.
The attacks, which began shortly before midnight yesterday, follow a warning by Internet vigilante group Anonymous, which said it would attack the government's official portal to punish it for censoring WikiLeaks, the website that aims to expose governments and corporations by leaking secret documents.
"Our monitoring of the situation showed that there was a reduced level of attacks by 4am this morning and upon further evaluation, so far, we gauge that there has been little impact on Malaysian users as a result," the communications commission said in a statement.
It did not name the sites which were attacked but targets included the government's online portalwww.malaysia.gov.my, and the webpages of the fire and emergency services department www.bomba. gov.my and the land public transport commissionwww.spad.gov.my.
Inspector-general of police Ismail Omar (left) toldReuters no personal or financial data had so far been stolen but the authorities were trying to determine the extent of the attacks.
It was not immediately clear if the attacks were launched by Anonymous or other hackers.
Anonymous is a grouping of global activists lobbying for Internet freedom who frequently try to shut down the websites of businesses and other organisations that they oppose.
'Blocking amounts to denial of human rights'
The activists gained prominence when they temporarily crippled the websites of MasterCard and Paypal that cut off financial services to WikiLeaks.
A spate of cyber attacks on multinational firms and institutions, from the US Central Intelligence Agency to Citigroup to the International Monetary Fund, has raised concerns that governments and the private sector may struggle to defend themselves against hackers.
In an earlier Internet posting, Anonymous said Malaysia's censorship of films and television shows and its blocking of file-sharing websites amounted to a denial of human rights.
The communication commission last week banned 10 file-sharing sites and ordered Internet service providers such as Telekom Malaysia and Maxis to block access.
The restrictions have outraged ordinary Malaysians, and several people took to Twitter today to express support for the cyber attacks.
"Now to count how many sites have gotten whacked so far," said a tweet posted by Rhyden. "I knew the government's IT defence team was pathetic."
The country has a vibrant Internet culture that has gained a mass following in an environment where the mainstream media is tightly controlled. The government has in the past charged bloggers with sedition, often detaining suspects for long periods without trial.
Last night the hackers, who call themselves Anonymous, published a list of 18 government websites which had been allegedly hit by DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attack or switched off by the website administrator.
A check by Malaysiakini at 7am today found that at least nine websites, including the flagship portal of Malaysia government MyGovernment (www.malaysia.gov.my), were still inaccessible.
Others were Sabah tourism, Asean connect, the Fire and Rescue Department, the Treasury, Parliament, Jobs Malaysia, the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry, and the National Sports Council.
The official website of the Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) was also reported to have been defaced last night.
Acccording to netizens who published a screen capture of the hacked website, the original footer had been replaced with a statement protesting the earlier blockade of websites.
“Greetings, Malaysia, We have seen the censorship taken by the Malaysian government, blocking sites like The Pirate Bay, and WikiLeaks. Malaysia is one of the world's strictest governments, even blocking out movies, and television shows.
“These acts of censorship are inexcusable. You are taking away a basic human right. The Internet is here for freedom, without fear of government interference. Do not think that no one else notices,” read the statement.
It also said that the attack is a “sign, a warning, and an opportunity to listen to ideas above your own” and the hackers “are obligated to act fast and have no mercy”.
However the CIDB website had recovered by 7am.
Last week, the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had announced that 10 websitesincluding Pirate Bay and Megaupload have been blocked as they infringe copyright laws.
Subsequently the hackers uploaded a short clip on video-sharing website YouTube, threatening to attack government websites from today in retaliation over the ban.
Yesterday, Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim said the hackers “had got the wrong end of the stick”.
“They have misunderstood our good intentions. There is no cyber censorship in Malaysia unless crimes have been committed,” he said
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Following is a posting by Syed Akbar Ali :
I just received the following sms from an ultra right wing UMNO Blogger :“Najib dah announce Labu Sendayan utk ganti airport TUDM Sungai Besi.Peninglah. Sat lagi keluar cerita jho loh, 1mdb dan Mubadhala”.With all the turmoil in the Middle East, do they still have their “investment funds”? Halal ke? Jangan pula the “rebels” kick out the Oo of “Oo Ba Doo” from his throneand then the “rebels” send a Truth Commission over here to recover back their money? Wont that be embarrassing?.
This was followed up by a second sms from my friend: “Rakyat takda kerja. Pribumi merintih sendiri”.Anyway, earlier in the day I read this piece of news:.
- “KUALA LUMPUR: Government in talks with investors ..setting up 1Malaysia malls in Vietnam and China.
- Domestic Trade Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said land identified in Ho Chi Minh City
- “Vietnam and China will be the first two countries the 1Malaysia malls will be opened,”
- ..India and Iran had also expressed interest . ..
- 1Malaysia malls, one of the ETP (entry point projects) under the retail National Key Economic Area, would be a private sector initiative. Ismail Sabri said 50% of the products sold would be Malaysian-made.
What is meant by “a plot of land has been identified in Ho Chi Minh City”? Who has identified this land? The Government? Why? Is this taxpayer’s money involved again? Why are we taking our taxpayer’s funds to build shopping malls in other countries?It is bad enough that the DBKL and Raja Nong Chik are using taxpayer’s funds to promote Indonesian ‘warong businessmen’ in Kuala Lumpur. They are helping Indonesians. Now Ismail Sabri is taking our taxpayers funds and investing in Vietnam, India, Iran and China? Whats going on guys?.
Back to the question : who has identified the plot of land in Ho Chi Minh? How much do we have to pay for this plot of land? Market value ke? Over valued ke? Crony punya valuation ke? Siapa bayar duit untuk tanah ni Ismail ? Do you understand what you are saying?If the excuse is that a private sector company is involved, why then is a Government Minister announcing what a private sector company is buying in Vietnam, Germany or Japan? (err Dato, for your information Khazanah, 1MDB, Felda semua tak aci tau. They are not private sector. They are Geee Elllll Ceeee meaning Government Linked Company meaning taxpayer funded)..
I am a little bit puzzled - how can building a shopping mall in Iran, India, Vietnam and China be Entry Point Projects for the Malaysian economy? Please see again the second sms my friend sent me : “Rakyat takda kerja. Pribumi merintih sendiri”So Dato, kalau kita buat shopping mall di Vietnam atau China, agaknya berapa banyak peluang pekerjaan yang dapat kita sediakan untuk anak-anak muda kita yang sedang menganggur dalam Negara kita? Unemployed graduates saja dalam berpuluhan ribu. Unemployed SPM holders in the tens of thousands..
Who will pay for these projects? Somehow I am not convinced that Indians and Iranians will be willing to finance the construction of 1Malaysia Malls inside their countries so that we can go and sell Malaysian products in their countries (and put their factories and manufacturers out of business – these are still emerging economies).Dato boleh faham ke? Cuba fikir Dato, will we allow the Indians to come here and build 1India Shopping Malls in Malaysia so that they can sell 50% (at least) “Made in India” products only? Biar kilang kita semua tutup ke? And will we be so stupid to also provide financing for the Indians to build their 1India Malls here in our country?Kita ini bodoh sangat ke?.
So by the same argument Dato, how can we expect the Indians and Iranians to “invest” their money in 1Malaysia Malls so that we can sell 50% “Made in Malaysia” products in their countries and put their manufacturers out of business? Depa pun bodoh ke?The only way this insane idea will work is if Malaysian taxpayer’s money is used first to buy the land in India, Iran or Vietnam. Then more Malaysian taxpayer’s money is used to build the 1Malaysia Malls. Then more Malaysian taxpayer’s money is used to finance all the shops that are going to be opened in these malls. I think the Malaysian taxpayer is being taken for another ride. Better still, the Indians, Iranians and Vietnamese will insist that they also be appointed the turnkey contractors to build these 1Malaysia Malls – and we finance it with taxpayer’s money. (But there is another real story here isn’t there?).
This scheme is actually a perfect ‘black hole’ – obviously thought up by some scheming con-sultan - to make Malaysian taxpayer’s money disappear. Here is the reason why : Where is Ho Chi Minh City? Where is Hyderabad? Where is Isfahan? Who is going to go and check what is happening in these places where our taxpayer’s funds will be poured into great big holes in the ground? And if there is mismanagement (wanna bet?), cost over runs, corruption (wanna bet?) then NO ONE from Malaysia can investigate.The MACC has no jurisdiction in Iran or Vietnam. If anything goes wrong (it most certainly will, wanna bet?) the Malaysian Police, the Income Tax Department – in fact NO ONE from Malaysia can investigate anything. So isn’t this a perfect scheme to make our taxpayer’s money disappear? The smart beggar who thought up this scheme is real slimy. They are still around..
Now, do we seriously expect to fill up whole shopping malls in Vietnam, Iran, India and China with 50% ‘Made in Malaysia’ goods? Goods jenis apa Dato? Can you name three of them? Just three of them. Please give brand names ok? (keropok lekor not counted). Do you seriously expect our goods to outdo cheap ‘Made in China’ goods that fill all the malls throughout the whole world?Here is the truth ok : walk into any mall in Malaysia (especially the hypermarkets) and then answer this question : how many per cent of the goods sold in our Malaysian shopping malls and shopping complexes are "Made in Malaysia"? I know some hypermarkets where close to 100% of the manufactured goods are "Made In China”. You cannot find 50% of the goods sold in our own shopping complexes that are ‘Made in Malaysia’. No way. Its all ‘Made in China’...
So how do you expect to fill up 1Malaysia shopping malls in China with 50% “Made in Malaysia” goods???
"Made in Malaysia" handbags are going to outsell ‘Made In China’ handbags in China ? Or even in Vietnam. Heloooo? Anyone home up there? Dato Ismail Sabri, why not try and sell 'Made in Malaysia" ice cubes to the Eskimos? (Dato boleh faham ke apa maksudnya 'sell ice cubes to the Eskimos?)Now here is the real funny part. While Ismail Sabri - who knows nuts about business - is suggesting we build 1Malaysia Shopping Malls in Iran, India (those are crazy countries ok) here is another piece of news. This is good news:.
- Tycoon Li Kashing firm buying malls in Malaysia
- PETALING JAYA: Singapore-based ARA Asset Management Ltd, which is linked to Hong Kong tycoon Li Kashing, is in different stages of negotiation to buy between five and 10 malls throughout Malaysia.
- Asia Dragon Fund has a fund size of US$1bil (RM2.9 Billion) to buy Asian assets.
- ARA currently has assets in Singapore, Hong Kong and China exceeding RM44bil in value.
- 1 Mont’Kiara Mall (1MK), which was purchased by the Cheung Kong Group last year for about RM333mil. This will be ARA’s third property, the other two being the AEON Mall in Malacca and Summit in Subang Jaya.
- ARA has 25 malls throughout Asia – 14 in Hong Kong, four each in China and Singapore and three in Malaysia.”
Li Ka Shing is buying shopping malls in Malaysia instead. It appears that Li Ka Shing has more faith in Malaysia than Ismail Sabri. Li Ka Shing will also be creating more employment opportunities for Malaysian workers, including unemployed graduates, unemployed Mat Rempits etc. Here is my suggestion. Just lend some money to Li Ka Shing to enable him to buy even more shopping malls in Malaysia.We will move to a higher income economy much quicker.Folks, note this down – the 1Malaysia Malls overseas are just another disaster in the making.
I told her : Darling never let me live in a vegetative state, totally dependent on machines and liquids from a bottle. If you see me in that state I want you to disconnect all the contraptions that are keeping me alive, I'd much rather die'.
My wife got up from the sofa with this real look of admiration towards me....and proceeded to disconnect the TV, the Cable, the Dish, the DVD, the Computer, the Cell Phone, the iPod, and the Xbox, and then went to the bar and threw away all my whisky, rum, gin, vodka & the beer in the fridge...
I ALMOST DIED!!
1. Think about what you wish for..
2. The female brain works on a different wavelength from the male's.
The 76-year-old woman walked down the hallway of Clearview Addictions Clinic, searching for the right department. She passed signs for the "Heroin Addiction Department (HAD)," the "Smoking Addiction Department (SAD)" and the "Bingo Addiction Department (BAD)." Then she spotted the department she was looking for: "Facebook Addiction Department (FAD)."
It was the busiest department in the clinic, with about three dozen people filling the waiting room, most of them staring blankly into their Blackberries and iPhones. A middle-aged man with unkempt hair was pacing the room, muttering,"I need to milk my cows. I need to milk my cows."
A twenty-something man was prone on the floor, his face buried in his hands, while a curly-haired woman comforted him.
"Don't worry. It'll be all right."
"I just don't understand it. I thought my update was LOL-worthy, but none of my friends even clicked the 'like' button."
"How long has it been?"
"Almost five minutes. That's like five months in the real world."
The 76-year-old woman waited until her name was called, then followed the receptionist into the office of Alfred Zulu, Facebook Addiction Counselor.
"Please have a seat, Edna," he said with a warm smile. "And tell me how it all started."
"Well, it's all my grandson's fault. He sent me an invitation to join Facebook. I had never heard of Facebook before, but I thought it was something for me, because I usually have my face in a book."
"How soon were you hooked?"
"Faster than you can say 'create a profile.' I found myself on Facebook at least eight times each day -- and more times at night. Sometimes I'd wake up in the middle of the night to check it, just in case there was an update from one of my new friends in India . My husband didn't like that. He said that friendship is a precious thing and should never be outsourced."
"What do you like most about Facebook?"
"It makes me feel like I have a life. In the real world, I have only five or six friends, but on Facebook, I have 674. I'm even friends with Juan Carlos Montoya."
"I don't know, but he's got 4,000 friends, so he must be famous."
"Facebook has helped you make some connections, I see."
"Oh yes. I've even connected with some of the gals from high school -- I still call them 'gals.' I hadn't heard from some of them in ages, so it was exciting to look at their profiles and figure out who's retired, who's still working, and who's had some work done. I love browsing their photos and reading their updates. I know where they've been on vacation, which movies they've watched, and whether they hang their toilet paper over or under. I've also been playing a game with some of them."
"Let me guess. Farmville?"
"No, Mafia Wars. I'm a Hitman. No one messes with Edna."
"Wouldn't you rather meet some of your friends in person?"
"No, not really. It's so much easier on Facebook. We don't need to gussy ourselves up. We don't need to take baths or wear perfume or use mouthwash. That's the best thing about Facebook -- you can't smell anyone. Everyone is attractive, because everyone has picked a good profile pic. One of the gals is using a profile pic that was taken, I'm pretty certain, during the Eisenhower Administration. "
"What pic are you using?"
"Well, I spent five hours searching for a profile pic, but couldn't find one I really liked. So I decided to visit the local beauty salon."
"To make yourself look prettier?"
"No, to take a pic of one of the young ladies there. That's what I'm using."
"Didn't your friends notice that you look different?"
"Some of them did, but I just told them I've been doing lots of yoga."
"When did you realize that your Facebooking might be a problem?"
"I realized it last Sunday night, when I was on Facebook and saw a message on my wall from my husband: 'I moved out of the house five days ago. Just thought you should know.'"
"What did you do?"
"What else? I unfriended him of course!"
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Rathika Sitsabaiesan is a Tamil member of Canadian parliament for the New Democratic Party, representing Scarborough—Rouge River. She is the first person of Tamil-origin in the world to be elected to a federal parliament, outside of Sri Lanka or India, and the first female member of parliament ever elected in her constituent.Believe it or not, unlike our Parliament which insists that all speeches and debates are to be held in BM, she made hers in Tamil and was roundly applauded by fellow parliamentarians who are mainly whites. Can we hope to see such a thing happening here where a Chinese or an Indian MP is allowed to deliver his speech in Mandarin or Tamil and to be applauded by UMNO parliamentarians? Naaaah!
It looks like Prime Minister Najib Razak has made his decision. Instead of heeding calls to clean up his act, the scandal-plagued PM is digging in and furiously gathering 'dark' forces within his UMNO party to thwart a massive rally for free and fair elections in the country. He has already started to muster the resources of Utusan, and Ibrahim Ali who said that he and his Perkasa members will also be there on that day to confront Bersih and are ready for any eventuality.
1. Allow automatic voter registration for those at age of 21. YES.
2. Agree to reforms to the postal voting system for out-of-town voters. YES.
3. Use of indelible ink to avoid repeat voting. YES.
4. Access to the msm for opposition parties. YES.
5. Agree to a minimum campaign period of 21 days. YES.
6. Independence of enforcement bodies on election offences. YES.
7. Stamping out electoral graft. YES.
See, the rakyat is not asking for the moon. It is so simple. All that is needed is one magical word to the seven demands, and the act will set him free. With that there is no need for a 'high noon' a'la Gary Cooper on July 9.
If you are a keen follower of the Middle East crisis, this will help to explain why Israel is unable to return to the pre-1967 borders.
In fact, this short video clip will explain why Israel cannot give up the West Bank (of the Jordan River also known as Judea and Samaria in the Gospels) or Golan Heights (known as Bashan in the Bible) which she gained in the Six Day War of 1967.
The Palestinian Authority wants Jerusalem to be its capital. Jerusalem was also retaken in the Six-Day War on 7 June 1967.
Israel have already given back the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in 1973 at Camp David peace accord and Ariel Sharon gave Gaza away in 2003. All these places were captured during the Six Day War and they are all part of the Promised Land borders when the Lord cut a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15:18-21.
It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces.
On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your descendants I have given this land, From the river of Egypt (Nile) as far as the great river, the river Euphrates: the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.
The 1967 borders are only a portion of the actual Promised Land that God promised Abraham!