Saturday, January 14, 2012

Please have a show of hand if you agree with Hishamuddin's statement

Came across this BERNAMA report with the heading that read:

The public satisfaction in dealing with police stations has increased to 70.5%, far outstripping the Key Performance Indicators' (KPI) target at 60%.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the outcome was based on a study conducted by TNS International, a custom market research company, on community satisfaction on police duties last year.
He attributed the success to relentless police efforts in introducing various approaches, including creating a customer service ratings and triage rooms in dealing with specific cases.
"The study clearly shows that the public have acknowledged that the police have implemented the tasks entrusted to them and they are confident of the police services," he said in a statement.
Hishammuddin said the public perception of the police as a whole had improved but efforts needed to be focused on creating a more secure environment.
As the TNS International's findings last year showed that 52.9% of respondents had expressed worries that they could become crime victims, he said efforts needed to be intensified to enhance a sense of security among the public.
He said the achievements were presented at the first meeting of the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) Delivery Task Force on crime this year, which was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday.
He said two initiatives would be implemented in this year's NKRA, namely deploying more policemen on the streets to reduce street crimes and stepping up community policing by involving more people in crime prevention activities.
"The overall crime rate last year dropped by 11.1% or 19,629 cases from 2010, exceeding the goal set at 10%," he said, adding that street crimes decreased to 39.7%, nearly reaching the target of 40%.

If what he says is true that the drop in crime rate is attributed to  the police diligence, well, I guess it's time we do away with our G & G services which is costing the residents a "bomb"  How about it, Hisham?

If you are 60 and above, a must read

Life can begin at 60, it is all in your  hands!     
Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 60  years of age, owing to the diminishing importance given to them and their opinions.
But, it need not be so, if only we understand the basic  principles of life and follow them scrupulously.
Here are ten mantras to  age gracefully and make life after retirement pleasant.
1. Never say I am aged' : There are three  ages, chronological, biological, and psychological. The first is  calculated based on our date of birth;
the second is determined by the  health conditions; the third is how old we feel we are. While we don't  have control over the first, we can take care of our
health with good  diet, exercise and a cheerful attitude. A positive attitude and  optimistic thinking can reverse the third age.
2. Health is wealth: If you really love  your kith and kin, taking care of your health should be your priority. Thus, you will not be a burden to them.
Have an annual health check-up and  take the prescribed medicines regularly. Do take health insurance  coverage.
3. Money is important: Money is essential  for meeting the basic necessities of life, keeping good health and earning  family respect and security.
Don't spend beyond your means even for your  children. You have lived for them all through and it is time you enjoyed a harmonious life with your spouse.
If your children are grateful and they  take care of you, you are blessed. But, never take it for granted.
4. Relaxation and recreation: The most  relaxing and recreating forces are a healthy religious attitude, good sleep, music and laughter.
Have faith in God, learn to sleep well, love  good music and see the funny side of life.
5. Time is precious: It is almost like  holding a horses' reins. When they are in your hands, you can control  them. Imagine that every day you are born again.
Yesterday is a cancelled  cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is ready cash - use it  profitably. Live this moment; live it fully, now, in the present  time.
6. Change is the only permanent thing: We should accept change - it is inevitable. The only way to make sense out of  change is to join in the dance.
Change has brought about many pleasant  things. We should be happy that our children are blessed.
7. Enlightened selfishness: All of us are  basically selfish. Whatever we do, we expect something in return.
We  should definitely be grateful to those who stood by us. But, our focus  should be on the internal satisfaction and the happiness we derive by  doing good for others,
without expecting anything in return. Perform a  random act of kindness daily.  
8. Forget and forgive: Don't be bothered  too much about others' mistakes. We are not spiritual enough to show our  other cheek when we are slapped in one.
But for the sake of our own health  and happiness, let us forgive and forget them. Otherwise, we will be only  increasing our blood pressure.
9. Everything has a purpose: Take life as  it comes. Accept yourself as you are and also accept others for what they are. Everybody is unique and is right in his own way.
10. Overcome the fear of death: We all  know that one day we have to leave this world. Still we are afraid of  death. We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand  our loss. But the truth is no one is going to die for you; they may be  depressed for some time. Time heals everything and they will go on.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Chinese New Year "Ang Pow" to Jalan Sultan landowners

The Land and Mines Department has issued an ultimatum to Jalan Sultan landowners - reach an agreement with MRT Corp by Jan 30 or lose your land.

This was revealed by the chairperson of the Committee for the Preservation of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan, Yong Yew Wei yesterday.

NONESpeaking at an urgent briefing with the affected landowners last night, Yong said the letter, dated Jan 4, was sent to his office "only yesterday".

In the letter, the Federal Land and Mines Department director-general (DG) Azemi Kasim warned that the department can invoke the 1960 Land Acquisition Act to acquire land along Jalan Sultan for the MRT project.

NONE"If the 'mutual agreement' is not signed by Jan 30, the department will proceed with the process of land acquisition," the letter reads.

This, Yong (right) said, is a "Chinese New Year gift" for the Jalan Sultan landowners.

"How many days left before the deadline? Chinese New Year is coming soon, and the landowners will have a sleepless Chinese New Year," he lamented.

He has also learnt that the Klang Bus Station, located at Jalan Sultan, will also be demolished during the festive period.

"This is the best time to demolish it - when the people are leaving town."

Raise black protest flags

However, he urged the landowners not to give up and continue to fight even if it needs to be taken to court.

Yong said he will be writing a reply to the Land Department to explain three issues.

NONEOne of which is to ask the department to clear the air over the contradictory statement of MRT Corp earlier, which said that the land at Jalan Sultan will not be acquired.

The briefing was attended by about 50 affected landowners, included those from Jalan Sultan, Jalan Bukit Bintang, TTDI and Gombak.

A representative from Kampung Bandar Dalam in Gombak proposed that all Kuala Lumpur citizens hoist black flags on Federal Territory Day on Feb 1 as a sign of protest against the MRT project.

The suggestion drew a big round of applause from the floor.

"Let us raise black flags in the whole of KL. We can write some protest wordings on the flag - in all languages," said Ishak Surin, who is also the PAS commissioner for the Batu division.

Commenting on this, Yong later told reporters that it was a good idea and the KL citizens should also wear black shirts and shoes on that symbolic day to mark their anger.
He reiterated that the committee is not opposing development or the MRT project, but wish to have another alternative route, which runs underneath Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Jalan Pudu.

He said the alternative route will avoid any demolition of historical and cultural buildings.

Jalan Sultan not for Chinese community alone

Also speaking in the same event, heritage and history researcher Teoh Chee Keong pointed out that the importance of Jalan Sultan is not for the Chinese community alone but also for the nation.

“Jalan Sultan is not only the history of Chinese community and business, but the history of Malaysia...

“I don’t agree with the authority naming the area as Chinatown. Actually there were Malay and Indian communities staying there,” Teoh said.

The committee hopes to meet with people in other affected areas like Gombak, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Petalling Jaya Seksyen 16 and Cheras next week, and form a united coalition with a stronger voice to ask the government to change the MRT route.
[Source: Mikini]


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Can you honestly believe these crap?

I do not buy nor read The Star, The NST, The Malay Mail, Utusan Malaysia nor the Berita Harian.  The following are extracts taken from The Sun paper and you can see how righteous the BN people all turned out to be.  It almost makes you want to throw up.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak
"Today's verdict shows once again that, despite what many have claimed, the Malaysian judiciary is an independent institution where neither politics nor politicians have any influence over the dispensation of justice."

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz - Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
"Unlike them [the Opposition], we respect the decision of the judges.  All this while, they have said our judiciary is not fair but now it is proven that the courts are very independent."

Dr S Subramaniam - President, MIC
"The verdict should put an end to all accusations of a manipulated judiciary."

Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah - Deputy Higher Education Minister
"I have always respected the judiciary institution so there's no question on its independence."

Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim - Information, Communications and Culture Minister
It is noted that Anwar's acquittal proved that the government did not hold sway over the judge's decision.

Chang Ko Youn - Deputy President, Gerakan
Called on Pakatan Rakyat leaders to apologise to the publice for  "the wild and baseless allegations made against the judiciary and the government with regard to the trial."

Abdul Rahman Dahlan - Kota Belud MP
The decision by the judge is a vindication for the judiciary.

Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal
The verdict is a proof that the judiciary is independent and there is no interference from the authorities.

Some questions remain unanswered:
1. As this was a high profile case, why was the verdict delivered orally and not in written form?  Was the judge waiting for last minute instructions from the "top"?
2. There were a number of loopholes in Saiful's statements, but the judge picked only one issue which was the least expected among those presented during the 3-year hearing.
3.  The same judge once said that Saiful was a "credible" witness.  You mean to say, he is now no longer credible, since the last hearing in May 2011?

Therefore, my take is that Anwar is acquitted based on the following scenario.

Whether Anwar goes to jail or acquitted, the backlash will be on UMNO, as much damage has already been done.  UMNO have a choice of the lesser of two evils.  If Anwar goes to jail, he will end up being a 'martyr' and this message will be driven home relentlessly by Pakatan to the rakyat which Najib can ill afford since he has to call for a general election soon. If Anwar is acquitted, there will still be problems for Najib and his coalition, but at least, he has one saving grace.  To show the people that his transformation plan is working and an independent judiciary is just the beginning.

So, now the judiciary is independent.  Alleluia .... but why then  did these same people not protest vehemently when the opposition time and time again publicly stated that the judiciary was beholden to the Executive?  Why only now when one judge started to acquit Anwar, when lo and behold, all and sundry in the BN start to heap praises on a system that has long been under their influence.

Even if the judiciary has been "turned over" into a credible institution, which I am giving it a benefit of a doubt, UMNO must remember, one swallow does not make a summer.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Once again, Ibrahim Ali chickened out

Only about 50 supporters of Saiful Bukhari Mohd Azlan - the complainant in the Sodomy II trial - gathered at the Federal Territory Mosque when the High Court delivered its verdict on de facto PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim today.

The group was led by the right-wing group Pertubuhan Permufakatan Majlis Ayahanda Malaysia (Permas) secretary-general Zulkifly Shariff.

He had earlier pledged a 5,000-strong counter rally against a pro-Anwar 901 rally at Kuala Lumpur court complex.

Malay pressure group Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali had also pledged his NGO’s presence at the rally, but he was nowhere to be seen.

Permas was supposed to lead 15 NGOs for the counter-rally, including Pertubuhan Panel Ayahanda Penasihat Insan Malaysia (Papim), Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM), and Putra Malaysia.

NONEA scuffle occurred between the pro-Saiful and pro-Anwar groups when the former attempted to march towards the court, some 300m away, wearing yellow shirts printed with the slogan “anti free sex 901”.

They also carried banners that, which among others, read “reject Anwar”, “defend the legal system and institution”, and “a sodomite is still a sodomite”.

This drew the ire of hundreds of Anwar supporters nearby, resulting in a shouting match.

Police had previously laid down conditions for both the rallies, including a ban on banners.

A scuffle broke out when Anwar’s supporters attempted to wrestle away the banners, and several people fell to the ground in the confusion.

The melee occurred near a foodcourt, just before the High Court acquitted Anwar at 9.26am.

The Anwar supporters also shouted for their opponents to “go back”, eventually succeeding in getting the pro-Saiful group to retreat into the mosque area.

Police then moved in to shut the mosque’s gates and prevented the pro-Anwar group from shouting slogans.

[Source: Mkini]

Adam Adli [the student who brought down Najib's flag] urging the crowd on.

Justice Pao [Cheng Tian] was there.

The arrival of Karpal Singh

Auntie Ooi was there

Anwar is vindicated

In a surprising twist, Anwar Ibrahim was today acquitted by the Kuala Lumpur High Court of sodomising his former 23-year-old aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

In discharging the 64-year-old PKR de facto leader, Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah cast doubt on the DNA evidence provided by the prosecution.

"After going through the evidence, I cannot be 100 percent certain that the evidence can be accepted as there could have been tampering.
"Hence, the court is reluctant to convict on such corroboration of
evidence from (Saiful) and the accused is acquitted."
NONEOn hearing the surprise verdict, the courtroom exploded in jubilation with shouts of Alhamdulillah (praise be to God) and Allahu Akbar, while those standing at the side embraced one another in joy.
About 75 people were seated in the punlic gallery, and about the same number standing.

Among those present were PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang and his son and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Others present included PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, its vice-president Mahfuz Omar , PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, national laureatte A Samad Said and Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2) president Ambiga Sreenevasan.

Anwar's wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail cried and hugged her elated husband.
A total of 27 prosecution witness and seven defence witness
testified in the trial.
In an immediate reaction, Anwar thanked his lawyers.
"I'm finally vindicated after the smearing of my character. I'm thankful to Wan Azizah and the team of lawyers led by Karpal Singh."
He also thanked the Pakatan Rakyat leaders for their support.

NONE"We want to continue on the reform agenda, fighting corruption and (for) freedom of the press."

Sodomy complainant Saiful tweeted: "If not in this world, in the next. I accept fate, will remain calm and continue praying."
Anwar was represented by a team led by Karpal, while outgoing solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden (right) led the prosecution.

Anwar had been charged, under ection 377B of the Penal Code, with sodomising Saiful at the Desa Damansara condominium between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.
What happened to truthful and credible witness?

While Justice Zabidin took one hour and 50 minutes to call for Anwar’s defence last May 16, his deliver of the verdict today took less than five minutes, with no written grounds given.

In ordering Anwar to enter his defence at the end of the prosecution's case, the judge had described Saiful as a credible and truthful witness.

Anwar had claimed then that Justice Zabidin had, in his lengthy presentation when ordering Anwar to make his defence, had pre-judged him and had gone beyond the facts as to whether there was a prima facie case.

dr brian mcdonald sodomy llSo in the end, the evidence gained from Anwar’s hired specialist forensic pathologist Dr David Wells and DNA specialist Dr Brian McDonald (right) helped raise the doubts that threw out the case against the Pakatan leader.

During the trial, it was reported that the samples were retrieved from Saiful’s anus 56 hours after the alleged sodomy incident, with the complainant testifying he had not defecated for two days after being sodomised.

McDonald described the finding ofpristine semen samples obtained as fairly odd, despite being retrieved from Saiful's anus 56 hours after the alleged sodomy, and despite not being kept in a freezer, as admitted by the three doctors who examined Saiful.

The samples was kept by investigating officer Supt Jude Blacious Pereira, and in his testimony he told the court that he removed the samples and repackaged them.

First of its kind in legal history

Criminal law practitioner, Baljit Singh Sidhu told Malaysiakini that this is an interesting development in criminal legal jurisprudence.

“This, is by virtue of the unsworn testimony by Anwar (in his defence) enabled victory in the case. The weight attached to an unsworn testimony is minimal, compared to a sworn testimony.

“This is the first development of its kind in a case, resulting in an acquittal,” Baljit said.

Anwar in his defence on Aug 22, had testified from the dock, and he denied having sexual relations with Saiful.

The PKR de-facto leader also told the court that the case against home was a political conspiracy against him and come what may, he would not surrender to such tactics.

[Source: Mkini]

Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday Humour

I  was walking down the street when I was accosted  by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking  homeless woman who asked me for a couple of  dollars for dinner.  

I  took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and  asked, 'If I give you this money, will you buy  wine with it instead of dinner?'  

'No,  I had to stop drinking ! years a go', the homeless  woman told me. 

'Will  you use it to go shopping instead of buying  food?' I asked. 

'No,  I don't waste time shopping,' the homeless woman  said.  'I need to spend all my time trying to  stay alive.' 

'Will  you spend this on a beauty salon instead of  food?' I asked. 

'Are  you NUTS!' replied the homeless woman. I haven't  had my hair done in 20

'Well,  I said, 'I'm not going to give you the money..  Instead, I'm going to take you out for dinner  with my husband and me tonight.' 

The  homeless Woman was shocked. 'Won't your husband  be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm  dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.'  

I  said, 'That's okay. It's important for him to  see what a woman looks like after she has given  up shopping, hair appointments, and wine.'

The Original Sin




Q1. In which battle did Napoleon die?
* His last battle
Q2. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
* At the bottom of the page
Q3. River Ravi flows in which state?
 * Liquid
Q4. What is the main reason for divorce?
 * Marriage
Q5. What is the main reason for failure?
 * Exams
Q6. What can you never eat for breakfast?
 * Lunch & dinner
Q7. What looks like half an apple?
 * The other half
Q8. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
* It will simply become wet
Q9. How can a man go eight days without sleeping??
 * No problem, he sleeps at night
Q10. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
 * You will never find an elephant that has only one hand
Q11. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples
 and three oranges in  other hand, what would you have?
 * Very large hands
Q12. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
* No time at all, the wall is already built.
Q13. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
* Concrete floors are very hard to crack.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

What a relief. Hasan Ali sacked from PAS

Islamic party PAS today sacked veteran leader Hasan Ali from the party with immediate effect.
Hasan, a former Selangor PAS chief, is also a senior state exco member.
The decision to sack Hasan was made at a party central leadership meeting today.
A short statement issued by party president Abdul Hadi Awang, posted in the party’s online media portal HarakahDaily, stated that the decision to sack Hasan was made after considering views from all party leaders.
“The decision was made based on Hasan’s activities which went against the party’s policies,” said Hadi.
The relationship between Hasan and the party had been at its weakest point in recent weeks following the former’s open endorsement of forging a relationship with rivals Umno.
He had also been criticial of the party of deviating from its original purpose of forming an Islamic state to promoting a welfare state.
His most recent remarks urging PAS members not to join the rally to support Anwar Ibrahim tomorrow also did not go down well within the party, and among PKR leaders.
PKR deputy president Azmin Ali had openly called for PAS to take an action againts Hasan for discouraging members from joining the rally.
Hasan had also stated that Anwar was not the right prime ministerial candidate for Pakatan, and suggested that either Hadi or PAS spiritual advisor Nik Aziz Nik Mat would be better suited.
[Source: FMT]