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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ships sent to Bay of Bengal to probe claim of possible MH370 wreckage, says CNN

As the search continues for flight MH370, an Australian company has claimed that there could be possible wreckage in the Bay of Bengal, thousands of miles from the current search area in the southern Indian Ocean. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 1, 2014.As the search continues for flight MH370, an Australian company has claimed that there could be possible wreckage in the Bay of Bengal, thousands of miles from the current search area in the southern Indian Ocean. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 1, 2014.Bangladesh has sent two navy frigates to investigate a claim by an Australian company that it may have found possible wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Bay of Bengal despite search authorities earlier dismissing it as far-fetched, reported CNN.
"As soon as they get there, they will search and verify the information," Commodore Rashed Ali, director of Bangladesh navy intelligence, told CNN in Dhaka.
The Adelaide-based firm GeoResonance had said that electromagnetic fields captured by airborne multispectral images some 190 kilometers off the coast of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal showed evidence of aluminum, titanium, copper and other elements that could have been part of the Boeing 777-200ER, which disappeared from radar on March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
The chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, retired Chief Air Marshal Angus Houston, however had been sceptical of the claim made by GeoResonance.
He had told Sky News International that the search area in the Indian Ocean had been set based on pings believed to have emanated from one or both of the plane's voice and data recorders.
"The advice from the experts is that's probably where the aircraft lost power and, somewhere close to that, it probably entered the water."
Houston's views are supported by CNN aviation expert Miles O'Brien who said that GeoResonance's claims were not supported by experts.
"My blood is boiling," he told CNN's "New Day" programme. "I've talked to the leading experts in satellite imaging capability at NASA, and they know of no technology that is capable of doing this. I am just horrified that a company would use this event to gain attention like this."
He called on company officials to offer "a full explanation" for their assertion, which he said appeared to be based on "magic box" technology.
O'Brien also told CNN that sending investigators to the Bay of Bengal would draw away from the limited resources that are focused in the current search in the southern Indian Ocean when the plane is believed to have crashed.
But that won't stop the search teams from going, he said. "I think they have to," he said. "It's a public relations thing now."
David Gallo, director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, also expressed scepticism over the claim by GeoResonance. "It's so revolutionary, and I don't know anyone that knows of this kind of technology," he told CNN. "And I know most of the people in this business."
Aviation experts, however, said investigators are obligated to check out GeoResonance's claim.
"The investigators are going to be hard-pressed to blow this off," Mary Schiavo, a former inspector general for the US Department of Transportation, told CNN. "I think, at this point, because of the lack of results where they've been searching for six weeks, they're almost stuck. They have to go look."
GeoResonance had said on Tuesday that its findings should be investigated.
"The company is not declaring this is MH370, however it should be investigated," the company had said.
GeoResonance managing director Pavel Kursa, citing intellectual property concerns, would not explain how the imaging works.
The company's director, David Pope, had said that he had not wanted to go public, but did so only after his information was disregarded.
"We're a large group of scientists, and we were being ignored, and we thought we had a moral obligation to get our findings to the authorities," he had told CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday.
GeoResonance's technology was created to search for nuclear, biological and chemical weaponry under the ocean's surface or beneath the earth in bunkers, Pope had said.
The company's news release had said that its search technology was reliable. "In the past, it had been successfully applied to locate submersed structures, ships, munitions and aircraft," it had said.
"In some instances objects that were buried under layers of silt could not be identified by other means."
The company began its search four days after the plane went missing and sent officials initial findings on March 31, Pope had told CNN. It followed up with a full report on April 15, which it would not make public.
"We only send our report to government authorities as it contains the exact coordinates of what we believe to be the wreckage of an aircraft," Pope had said in an email to CNN.
By going public with their conclusion, if not their data, the company had said it hoped that it would spur officials to take its claim seriously.
Pope had also said that Malaysian authorities had contacted GeoResonance on Tuesday and were "very interested, very excited" about the findings.
Inmarsat, the company whose satellite had the last known contact with MH370, remains "very confident" in its analysis that the plane ended up in the southern Indian Ocean, a source close to the MH370 investigation told CNN.
The Inmarsat analysis is "based on testable physics and mathematics," the source said, and has been reviewed by US, British and Malaysian authorities as well as an independent satellite company.
A preliminary report on the plane, submitted last week to the International Civil Aviation Organisation, is expected to be released to the public today, acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had said yesterday.
"The report will be very basic, I assume – most initial, preliminary reports are," Schiavo told CNN. "Just the facts, basic things."
But she predicted it would also lay out what is not known, as well as a blueprint for the path ahead and, as such, could prove helpful to family members of those who were aboard.
Hishammuddin is set to fly to Australia next week to discuss the next phase in the search for flight MH370 and the costs involved.
He had said yesterday that thus far, Australian authorities have not spoken about the economic cost of the search.
"As it will involve deep-sea searching, it is important to discuss the issue of cost," Hishammuddin had told reporters.
"The discussions will involve all the relevant stakeholders and revolve around issues such as where the search will be conducted and what assets will be deployed.
"Another important issue is who is going to supply the assets which will be necessary to carry out the search," Hishammuddin had said.
On Monday, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had said that the next phase in the search for MH370 would be a more intense underwater search.
The underwater operation will involve the use of private contractors and could take months, costing an estimated US$56 million (RM184 million).
Thus far, Bluefin-21, a submersible on contract to the United States Navy, has not been able to locate any sign of the aircraft on the ocean floor.
Further technology, including a number of underwater vehicles, both private and public, could be pressed into service to join the search. 

DAP's Teluk Intan MP dies


DAP's Teluk Intan MP Seah Leong Peng died this morning due to cancer.
 
The 48-year-old's death was announced by the party on its official Twitter account.
 
This paves the way for a sixth by-election since the May 5, 2013 general election.

In the 2013 general election, Seah defeated Gerakan's Mah Siew Keong with 7,313 majority in the last general election. Mah is currently Gerakan president.
 
[More to follow]

Tempat Makan Di Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Tempat makan di Kota Kinabalu

Sudah tentu ada banyak tempat makan di Kota Kinabalu. Tetapi apa yan nak saya ceritakan adalah tempat makan di Kota Kinabalu yang saya kunjungi selama 5 hari 4 malam berada di sana tempoh hari.

Pada hari pertama sampai di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kota Kinabalu, kami terus di bawa makan malam di kawasan gerai-gerai yang banyak bertentangan pemandangan laut. Kebetulan kami sampai di Kota Kinabalu dalam pukul 8.30 malam, dan sepanjang dalam kapal terbang dengan penerbangan Malindo Air tidak menyediakan apa-apa makan malam selain daripada roti mayat, maka perut dah berkeroncong.

Pemandu yang berkhidmat untuk kami sepanjang berada di Kota Kinabalu terus bawa ke kawasan gerai-gerai itu sebelum menghantar kami ke Hotel. Katanya, hotel tempat kami menginap dekat saja dari kawasan gerai-gerai tersebut, jadi selepas ini mudahlah kami nak makan malam sepanjang berada di sana.

Saya masih kabur pada malam pertama berada di sana dan tidak dapat meneka di mana kedudukan kami ketika itu. Yang pastinya ada banyak deretan gerai makan yang menyediakan makanan laut.
Tempat makan di Kota Kinabalu

Deretan Gerai Makanan Laut Di Tempat Makan Kota Kinabalu

Malam pertama itu kami memilih untuk duduk di kedai paling hujung berdekatan dengan sebuah kawasan berehat yang kelihatan seperti sebuah pentas terpacak atas air. Tak jauh dari situ ada sebuah bulatan jalanraya yang terpacak kukuh replika ikan todak di tengahnya. Itulah landmark saya untuk malam itu.

Sebaik saja dapat tempat duduk, sementara kawan-kawan lain tunggu makanan sampai, saya terus capai kamera dan mula berjalan untuk melihat kesemua gerai yang ada. Teringin juga nak tengok apa makanan yang mereka sediakan di situ dan apa keistimewaan tempat itu yang kelihatan sentiasa ramai pengunjung dari berbagai lapisan masyarakat.

Apa yang saya lihat hampir semua menyediakan ruangan memilih makanan laut segar di depan gerai mereka. Ada ikan besar, udang besar, udang galah, udang harimau, udang kapas, rumpai laut dan macam-macam lagi. Patutlah ramai yang datang ke situ, makanan laut yang dipilih akan dimasak segera selepas dipilih dan saya rasa harganya juga tidaklah mahal sangat.
Tempat makan di Kota Kinabalu

Gerai Beruniform Di Tempat Makan Kota Kinabalu

Apa yang paling menarik di situ adalah semua gerai mempunyai uniform masing-masing. Ada gerai yang semua pekerjanya pakai tshirt merah, ada yang kuning, unggu, hijau dan lain-lain warna. Ini dapat membezakan antara satu gerai makan dengan satu gerai yang lain.

Selepas dua tiga kali makan di tempat makan tersebut, baru saya perasa rupa-rupanya uniform mereka bertukar-tukar pada malam-malam yang berbeza. Yang pentingnya semua pekerja akan mengenakan uniform yang sama warna untuk menunjukkan keserataan. Itu satu perkara menarik untuk gerai-gerai di sebelah sini mengikutinya.
Tempat makan di Kota Kinabalu

Sempat juga saya rakamkan beberapa keping gambar sepanjang melilau seorang diri di sepanjang gerai-gerai di situ. Kalau anda ada kesempatan bermalam di Kota Kinabalu, bolehlah pergi ke tempat makan di Kota Kinabalu yang saya ceritakan ini.

Letaknya sebelah dengan pasar di Kota Kinabalu. Pada waktu siang, gerai semuanya hilang tak wujud, hanya ada dereta kereta-kereta yang dilepatkkan di sana. Hanya waktu malam sahaja mereka mula menjalankan perniagaan semula.
Tempat makan di Kota Kinabalu

Mungkin ada lagi tempat makan di Kota Kinabalu yang lebih menarik. Kalau anda ada maklumat boleh kongsikan di sini. Bolehlah saya mencubanya bila ke sana semula nanti. Insyaallah saya akan ke sana lagi selepas ini untuk satu tempoh yang lebih panjang rasanya. Tapi akan berpindah-pindah ke seluruh Sabah dan bukan hanya di sekitar Kota Kinabalu sahaja.




Gambar ikan bakar dan sayur di atas adalah makanan yang saya dan kawan-kawan tempa untuk merasa bagaimana kelazatan ikan bakar buatan orang Sabah di gerai-gerai tempat makan di Kota Kinabalu tersebut. Harganya ikan rata-rata adalah dalam lingkungan RM40 sekilo siap masak. Masakannya boleh tahan dan kami ratah semua ikan itu sampai tinggal tulang saja, fresh dan lazat!

Sekali lagi buat anda yang dah biasa ke Kota Kinabalu atau orang-orang tmpatan di Sabah, kalau anda ada maklumat untuk dikongsikan berkenaan tempat makan di Kota Kinabalu selain daripada yang saya sebutkan di sini, amat dialau-alukan. Tolong berikan maklumatnya di ruang komen di bawah. Terima kasih bah! -pendapatanda.com

Pengerusi Surau Yang Juga Pemimpin Politik Tempatan Hamilkan Gadis 15 Tahun



Bukan sekali dia jadi mangsa, tetapi remaja berusia 14 tahun itu dikatakan menjadi mangsa rogol lelaki hidung belang sehingga dia disahkan hamil.

Tembelang lelaki yang bekerja sebagai pemandu di sebuah pusat kesihatan itu pecah setelah sekali lagi didapati merogol remaja terbabit di sebuah stor di kawasan perindustrian di Hulu Yam pada 14 September lalu.

Menurut sumber, perbuatan terkutuk lelaki berusia 53 tahun itu terbongkar setelah bapa mangsa bersama penduduk kampung dan polis menyerbu stor simpanan peralatan jentera itu kira-kira jam 3.30 pagi hari tersebut.

Lelaki terbabit kini direman di Penjara Sungai Buloh dan sedang menjalani prosiding perbicaraan di mahkamah.

Beberapa sumber daripada penduduk kampung turut memberitahu, suspek yang sudah berumah tangga itu telah merogol remaja terbabit kali pertama pada tahun 2012 dan berterusan tanpa diketahui ahli keluarganya.

Mangsa kini disahkan mengandung antara tiga atau lima bulan.

Malah, lebih mengejutkan apabila suspek didakwa pernah melakukan perbuatan sama terhadap ramai wanita.

Seorang penduduk kampung turut mengakui suspek pernah menunjukkan wajah-wajah wanita yang telah menjadi pemuas nafsunya.

“Seorang wanita yang menjadi mangsanya dan sarat mengandung pernah datang ke rumahnya menuntutnya bertanggungjawab tetapi malangnya dia dihalau begitu saja.

“Selain remaja, anak dara dan janda warga tempatan, dia juga pernah ‘memerangkap’ wanita warga asing,” kata sumber.

Menurut sumber sama, disebabkan sikap buruk suspek yang tidak disenangi rakan-rakan tempatnya bertugas, dia pernah beberapa kali dipindahkan bertugas di tempat berlainan.

Sinar Harian turut mendapat maklumat bahawa suspek juga merupakan pemimpin penting di peringkat bawah sebuah parti politik dan dikatakan masih memegang jawatan itu ketika ini.

Suspek turut menjadi pengerusi sebuah surau, memegang beberapa jawatan penting di peringkat kampung dan taman perumahan, menjaga peti undi parti dan pengerusi sebuah pertubuhan bukan kerajaan.

Risalah Hina Hudud Tersebar Sekitar KL





DAP tak setuju hudud bukan sampai nak buat risalah macam ni. Kepada mereka yang jadi batu api, sila berhenti segera. Kalau tidak balasan dan azab allah akan menimpa.

Himpunan Rakyat Bantah GST 1 MEI 2014 @ 2 PM

One-race rule: Pipe dream or unavoidable reality?

Pauline Wong
Sometime at the beginning of March 2014, the 30 millionth Malaysian was born. In all likelihood, the baby that made history was a Malay boy. The conditions in favour of the Malay boy are just short of overwhelming – boys outnumber girls at birth by a ratio of 107 to 100, and because Malays form the largest segment of the population.
This little fact will have a big impact on our population demographics and, as we will see later, on the politics of this country.
According to the Statistics Department, Malays now make up more than 60% of the population while the ratio of non-Malay population continues to dwindle. This would have seemed impossible when Malaya gained independence in 1957. Then, Malays made up only 45% of the population, and the Chinese were not far behind at 40%.
If the rate of change continues unabated, Malays will likely make up 70% of the population in the next 20 years, and in 30 years perhaps even 80%.
As the proportion of one race rises above all others in the same population, it can be safely assumed that this dominant race will also become more politically influential and more powerful. In Malaysia, the possibility – or some may refer to it as a threat – of an overwhelming or unchallenged Malay political power has not escaped the non-Malays.
The spectre of all political power falling into Malay hands is no longer a what-if, and the numbers lend a lot of credence to this speculation. Already, the Malays are overwhelmingly dominant in one apolitical arm of the government – the civil service. At the end of 2009, they made up 78.2% of the 1.3 million strong civil service. The Chinese and Indians accounted for only 5.8% and 4% respectively – an all-time low since the 1970s.
The military and police force are also overwhelmingly Malay.
If there is one party that will dominate Malaysian politics, it is Umno – the senior partner and most powerful component of the Barisan Nasional, the coalition that has been ruling the country without a break since independence but has seen its strength sapping in the past decade or so.
However, the weakening of the Barisan should be attributed more to the inability of the Chinese-based MCA and Indians-only MIC to garner support from among the communities they claim to represent rather than Umno losing ground among the Malays.
Granted Umno has lost a lot of support among the urban Malay voters but the party continues to wield wide influence in the rural areas, where political power is concentrated.
To keep its power base intact, Umno has become increasingly nationalist, with its members taking the right-wing Malay-Muslim extremist stand on many issues. This has come in the form of attacks against non-Malays – a phenomenon that, sadly, has become more commonplace.
Umno-linked Malay rights groups such as Perkasa are thumping their chest to demand that Malays be declared unimpeachable, their rights unquestioned and their special position unchallenged.
Perkasa founder and leader Datuk Ibrahim Ali has emerged as one of the more divisive characters in Malaysian politics in recent years. He has accused the Chinese, whom he claimed already dominated the nation’s economy, of being greedy.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has also lent his support to Perkasa, by becoming its advisor. Mahathir himself has been accused of being racist, once referring to the Chinese and Indians as “pendatang” or immigrants, a term he was later forced to retract in the midst of strong resentment against him. He has even accused immigrants, again in reference to non-Malay citizens, of trying to take away the special privileges accorded to the Malays.
But Mahathir and Ibrahim are not the only factors that are driving a wedge between the Malays and the non-Malays.
Almost every day, Muslim non-governmental organisations that pop up like mushrooms after a wet day declare that one offence or another has been committed by non-Malays against the Malays. Given that all Malays are Muslims, the alleged slight extends to Islam as well as the Malay rulers.
The attacks have been relentless. There have been protests in front of churches over the use of the word “Allah” by Christians and Molotov cocktails have been hurled into these places of worship. Of course it has not always been a one-sided affair – mosques have also been desecrated with meat believed to be pork.
Are these factors taking us on a one-way route to one-race rule? Views differ according to political af­filiation. Pakatan Rakyat sees it as inevitable if Umno’s rise is not challenged, but Umno has dismissed it as a “stupid argument”.

IT'S THEFT! Woman coolly walks away with laptop left behind by someone else at busy mall

IT'S THEFT! Woman coolly walks away with laptop left behind by someone else at busy mall
A Stomper sent in a CCTV footage showing a woman walking off with her missing laptop at an IMM cafe after pretending to ask for directions to the customer service counter.
According to the Stomper, the woman had approached one of the workers at the cafe saying she would like to return the laptop. However, she never showed up at the counter.
The incident took place at about 3pm yesterday (April 21).
The Stomper said:
"I was having lunch with my family in the afternoon yesterday (April 21) at IMM mall and accidentally left my laptop at a cafe.
"I had placed it on a seat and forgot to take it with me.
"Half an hour later, I rushed back to the cafe to look for it after I realised I had not taken my laptop along.
"My laptop, however, was no longer there."
According to the Stomper, she had lodged a police report and saw the cafe's CCTV footage. She also spoke to the workers at the cafe about the incident.
She said:
"From the CCTV footage, a woman had apparently pretended to ask one of the workers for directions to return my laptop to the customer service counter.
"However, the staff at the customer service counter claimed they have not seen her approaching the counter.
"The CCTV footage clearly shows that this lady had walked away with my laptop.
"I really need my laptop urgently for my studies. I hope that anyone who recognises her can let me know immediately."
-singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg

YOU HAVE SET BACK OUR FREEDOM: Why 52% of Malaysians are angry with YOU - PRESIDENT OBAMA!

YOU HAVE SET BACK OUR FREEDOM: Why 52% of M'sians are angry with YOU - PRESIDENT OBAMA!
Dear President Obama,
It was a very strange presidential election that America had in 2008. Senator McCain got the vote from one section of Americans. You, sir, got the vote of the entire world. There will be few who doubt, particularly in hindsight, that Hillary Clinton would have been a far superior President , and the world would not be looking back at what is little more than eight wasted years of lost opportunities and mediocre management .
Speechmaking is clearly a different proposition from actually running the United States of America, and by extension, the world. You were too young perhaps, and certainly too inexperienced, but America wanted a fairy tale ending. And the world thirsted for this momentous sign that equality and freedom would win over racism and tyranny.
Please get it straight White House, US State Department - THIS is what happens in real life Malaysia
So it was a bitter sight indeed for the majority of us Malaysians to see you cavorting with Najib Razak, the pretender to the first office in Malaysia. Najib’s BN lost the popular vote by a significant percentage despite indulging in the shameless use of phantom voters and gerrymandering. This loss for the BN came despite the complete absence of a free press in Malaysia. Instead we have the NST, a poorly-written propaganda pamphlet, and the toadying Star, owned by Umno’s Uncle Tom for the Chinese, the MCA. The BN maintains power by running a police state and with a judiciary that is mostly under their grimy thumb. The mainstream newspapers and television serve a daily fare of outright lies and unconscionable libeling of opposition figures.
Poor Anwar Ibrahim, who refused, and to his credit, still refuses, to knuckle under to the BN, is to be jailed yet again. His accuser is not a private individual who pursued a case against Mr.Anwar as Najib so blatantly lied at his joint press conference with you. In fact, that person met with Najib at his house shortly before making his accusations and met with a senior police officer multiple times as well. It is the most transparent of plots. The Malaysian Parliament has been turned into a rubber stamp, a leering, mocking, caricature, of its model in Westminster. The vilest creatures slither down the halls of the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan Negara, representing the corruption of the BN. They buy and they sell.
Minorities are denied their rights. Freedom of worship, enshrined in the Malaysian constitution, is under grave threat. The Indians, an economically weak minority has been turned in an underclass in Malaysia. Like the blacks in America, they have turned to crime and to gangsterism. They are regularly beaten to death in unsupervised lockups. Those who do not know enough to register their children at birth, find that their children are denied their citizenship, in some vague racist plan perhaps, to reduce the population of Malaysian Indians! Meanwhile, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are made instant citizens if they will only vote for the BN.
Oppositionists are arrested, charged and generally harassed to make their life difficult. The weaker ones are quickly bought over. Perkasa, a racist and fascist outfit, led by the squat, frog-like figure of Ibrahim Ali, is funded by the state. This would the same as the Federal government funding the Klu Klux Klan. The point of all this is simply to ensure the corrupt BN remains in power, so that they may continue to be corrupt.
Here we are struggling and there you go spouting Lincoln and King but think only of TPPA
It is a pity, Mr.President, that you did not emulate Abraham Lincoln, who stood on principle, or Martin Luther King, who paid with his life for demanding his people’s freedom. It is a shame that you have seen fit to invoke them in your speeches. Your actions have given the nod to the BN to incarcerate Anwar Ibrahim for good. You are become the BN’s grinning enabler.
You started your presidency, sir, by accepting a Nobel prize that you certainly did not, and still do not, deserve. And in Malaysia, in return for the most petty of prizes, some pedestrian trade agreement called the TPPA, you have betrayed Liberty, and you have set back our desperate daily struggle to free our country from the decades-long grip of evil men.  - Malaysia Chronicle

Bigotry in scholarship interviews?

In September last year Joseph Entulu said less than 50% of students in Sarawak and Sabah qualified for seats and scholarships in public university.
StudentKUCHING: The case of 9As SPM student Nigel UnchartJeremaiah being rejected for a scholarship has lent credence to commonly held believe here that scholarships meant for Borneo are being hijacked.
Now it appears that that one of the reasons why Sarawakians and Sabahans are unable to fill the 1,000 federal government allocated seats in public universities is because of the myopic Peninsular Malaysia-driven vetting process.
Nigel’s predicament has brought back into focus federal Minister Joseph Entulu’s shocking disclosure last September that more than 50% of federal scholarships had no takers and were “returned” to the peninsular for students there.
The reasoning was that Sarawak and Sabah students did not attain the necessary qualifications, which incidentally the state opposition has vehemently said “is impossible” because of the number of students with good scores who sought them out for assistance.
Nigel reportedly failed to secure a Universiti Tenaga scholarship to pursue Mechanical Engineering. He is also still waiting to hear from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and the Public Service Department (JPA).
He was also left scrambling recently when interviewers for the Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara)’s Indigenous Trust scholarships threw him off with questions about Islamic practices, hudud and related issues even after he informed the interviewing officer that he was a Christian.
In July last year, Sarawak PKR raised the issue of 17 top scorers failing to secure seats  in public higher learning institutions (IPTA). The students each had CGPA scores of 4 or just below.
In September last year federal Minister Entulu, a Sarawakian, said since 2008, less than 50% of the 1,000 scholarships allocated to Sarawak and Sabah in local universities were filled up.
Nigel’s situation has opened up a gnawing issue here – that of biased attitudes, inequality and unfair treatment on not just education but in all segments of federal-linked activities.
Sarawak with its 2.4 million population is predominantly Christian in Muslim Malaysia and has seen little respect, notably in the Bible issue.
Biased questioning
Sarawak Senior Minister James Masing when contacted said testing Christians or any non-Muslims for that matter, of Islam is “plain wrong”.
Masing, who knew Nigel’s family, described the interview questions as “ridiculous”
““I’m not sure if there is an agenda behind this, but if there is, I will be very mad.
“Why were the questions posed on Islam, when the boy himself is a Christian?”
“He is attending the interview based on merit. To ask him questions based on Islamic matters is plain wrong.
“The question has no relevance to applying for a scholarship for higher-learning, He wants to learn mechanical engineering not become an ustaz” said Masing.
He said based on his results it shouldn’t be difficult for students like Nigel to secure scholarships
“Situations like this should not be happening, especially in Sarawak.
“Students like Nigel should be pursued by institutes of higher learning and not the other way around,” he said, adding that he was aware that the problem was widespread among the rural native students.
He said many straight As students were unable to secure scholarships and places in public universities and ended up taking up random courses in lesser known private institutions.
“It’s a waste. The problem occurred because no offer was made to them. Scholarships are the way to fully harness Malaysia’s human capital,” he said.
Masing said he had already submitted a notice to the Prime Minister’s Office, highlighting the issue of high-achievers in school.
“I asked for better access to scholarships and placements in local higher learning institutes,” he said.

Malaysian universities not among world’s top ‘young’ institutions, global survey shows

Malaysian public universities have once again failed to measure up to higher learning institutions around the world, this time being left out of the latest ranking of the annual Times Higher Education (THE) Top 100 Universities under 50 years old.
Four Asian universities are ranked among the top 10 of the world’s young universities, including South Korea's Pohang University of Science and Technology which took the top spot, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (3), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (4) and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (5).
Malaysia, however, failed to get on the list for the second year running. In the first rankings list in 2012, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) was ranked 98th.
This is despite Putrajaya's claim that Malaysia has one of the best education systems in the world – better than United States, Britain and Germany.
One university each from both the US and the UK were also featured in the top 10 of the latest rankings released today.
Saudi Arabia and Iran are also on the list which comprises 29 countries – one more than last year, with the addition of India, which made it on to the list for the first time.
THE described these young universities (established before the cut-off year of 1964) as rising stars which showed great potential.

"While they may not have had centuries to accumulate wealth and cannot draw on generations of alumni and rich traditions of scholarship to drive their reputations, they are free from the burdens of history: free to be more agile, lean, flexible and risk-taking, giving them an advantage in a rapidly changing global marketplace," THE's rankings editor Phil Baty said of the young universities.
Malaysia was also absent from the Times Higher Education World Reputation rankings list which was released last month, losing out to other Southeast Asian countries.
Malaysia's continuous failure to feature in any university rankings despite a huge education budget every year has not gone down well with the opposition, which has taken Putrajaya to task for the miserable performance.
The Education Ministry received RM38.7 billion in 2013 and has been allocated a total of RM54 billion this year – the biggest allocation yet.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, one of the more vocal critics of Malaysian education standards, had previously warned that local universities were losing ground not only to top universities around the world, but also to less comparable institutions in the region.
DAP lawmaker Zairil Khir Johari described the Top 100 Under 50 rankings as a more level playing field than Times's other lists such as the World University Rankings which includes long-established universities such as Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge.
"The failure of Malaysian universities, all of which are under 50 years old except Universiti Malaya, to get on the list is an embarrassment," he told The Malaysian Insider.
"What makes it worse is the fact that UKM, which was placed in the list in 2012 as 98th in the world, has now dropped out of sight,” he added.
He said the fact that countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and India were making remarkable progress in the education field proved that adverse socio-political and economic situations were no barrier to academic excellence.
"Clearly, Malaysian universities are uncompetitive, and will continue to be so until fundamental problems are addressed, such as the lack of academic freedom, autonomy and the quality of the faculty," the Bukit Bendera MP said.
He said the barring of former Bar Council president and prominent lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan from delivering a talk at a law event in Universiti Malaya last month was an example of these fundamental problems.
"If leading professional figures in our country are barred from speaking to future practitioners, how do we expect our university students to be able to develop critical thinking abilities that are necessary for a competitive economy?
"Clearly, there is political interference at play, which does not bode well for an institution that is meant to cultivate future leaders," he said, adding that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had received a "hero's welcome" at the university prior to that.

Uthaya’s lawyer wants action to be taken on warder


Hindu Rights Action Force leader P Uthayakumar, has alleged that a prison warder had asked a detainee to injure him.

The complaint follows a letter sent by Uthayakumar’s lawyer M Manoharan to Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, dated today, asking the ministry to take action on the warder and others who had threatened to hurt his client.

Manoharan in the letter claims a prisoner by the name of R Vijayakumar had lodged a formal complaint alleging that a prison warder (named only as Ramana) had asked him to injure Uthayakumar badly.

“I met with Vijayakumar on April 23, where he verified that he had been asked by the warder to hurt Uthayakumar. This follows Uthayakumar has raised issues which are detrimental to the Kajang prison authorities including the discrimination and violence on the inmates there,” he said.

“Vijakumar said he had been offered tobacco if he successfully injured Uthayakumar. The warder also told Vijakumar that if he successfully hurt Uthayakumar, and is found guilty and placed in a dark room, he (Vijayakumar) would be given special treatment by the prison authorities.”

Manoharan said Vijayakumar also informed him that threats were also made against him for lodging the formal report.

Manoharan states that they view the threats on Uthayakumar seriously, and wanted the minister to investigate this allegation.

Prior to this, it was reported that Uthayakumar had last week filed a court action to initiate committal proceedings against the Kajang prison director and two warders for not abiding with the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruling to allow lawyers to meet him.

In the application, Uthayakumar claimed he was not separated from other hardcore prisoners in his cell, whereas the court had considered him a political prisoner and should be held isolated from others.

Manoharan further said Uthayakumar told him on April 23 that he had been kept in a dark room, without any reason or being charged with any offence.

“We want the minister to take swift action against the prison warder alleged in the matter before some untoward incident befell my client. The prison authorities should not react in such a manner as this go against the principle of rule of law and natural justice,” he said.

Uthayakumar is serving a two-and-a-half years jail sentence after being found guilty of sedition.

Naughty Tian Chua

From AP 22 Oct 2009:


jaga jaga, he's as wriggly as a snake
what, he IS a snake lah, and he bites

wakakaka

A Malaysian court convicted a prominent opposition lawmaker Thursday of biting a policeman at an illegal protest — a verdict that could cause him to lose his Parliament seat.

Tian Chua was found guilty in the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court on charges of hurting a policeman who tried to stop him from entering Parliament in December 2007 to protest a constitutional amendment.

Chua, a longtime ally of top opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine. The court was expected to sentence him later Thursday.

Legislators who are jailed for a year or fined more than 2,000 ringgit ($600) must vacate their Parliament seat.

Chua, a member of the People’s Justice Party led by Anwar, has denied biting the policeman.

“They fabricate this story,” Chua told reporters Thursday, calling the charge “ridiculous.”

Magistrate’s Court Judge Faizi Che Abu ruled that Chua’s testimony had inconsistencies and was not credible.


Chua’s testimony had inconsistencies and was not credible, wakakaka! Hardly surprising!

Hey, I may be used by Colgate as a model

wakakaka

Recall also the photoshop photograph of an alleged French dinner for three? Guess who was the author, wakakaka!

Now, he has been publicly called a LIAR by Lim Guan Eng for saying that DAP had agreed to PAS implementing hudud in Kelantan and Terengganu - see TMI's Guan Eng calls Tian Chua ‘irresponsible, unethical’ for lying over hudud issue.

TMI reported Lim GE saying: ... DAP leaders were shocked when Tian Chua declared in Chinese newspapers that implementing hudud laws in Kelantan and Terengganu is PR policy because it was agreed to by PR and DAP.

"Tian Chua’s lies were given wide coverage in the mainstream media despite it not being supported by facts or documentation.

"I have personally spoken to opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim conveying the DAP top leadership’s anger at the lies spread by Tian Chua," he said in a statement today.

Anwar had reaffirmed in both his private conversation with me and public statements yesterday that DAP had consistently opposed the implementation of hudud laws on Muslims in Kelantan, he said.

"DAP leaders hope that Tian Chua will stop repeating such lies in view of Anwar publicly reaffirming that DAP had never agreed to the implementation of hudud laws by PAS anywhere," he said.

More interesting would be WHY Tian Chua has lied on the matter?

Aha, he did so in Chinese newspapers' reports?

I suspect he might have wanted to sabo DAP kau kau in the eyes of the Chinese, wakakaka.

Look, there's no love lost between the PKR Chinese faction headed by Tian Chua and DAP for the reason that the PKR Chinese lust after DAP's blue ribbon seats, wakakaka.

The truth about PKR (if we leave out the PRM component) is that it has been KeADILan has been UMNO. It undeniably possesses UMNO genes and characteristics though it claims to be multi-racial, a claim somewhat discredited by Anwar Ibrahim's poor treatment of many of its erstwhile Indian members who left in droves - now, if they hadn't, would Azmin Ali have a chance of becoming party deputy president?


Even Saifuddin Nasution, current candidate for the PKR deputy president post, has very recently confessed that PKR is principally a Malay party, ... and if I may add, with some sprinkling of Chinese and Indian coriander (Bahasa 'penjilang', Penang Hokkien 'uan suoi', Canto 'yimsai') on the PKR soup kambing, wakakaka.

So what has that got to do with Tian Chua?

Now, while the ex-UMNO members represent the power core of PKR and have undeniably dominate party policies and decision making, the nons like Tian Chua and his Chinese coriander dressing, wakakaka, don't. And precisely because of this, he and his 'yim sai' cohorts wakakaka want so desperately to demonstrate their relevance in the party.

it won't help you lah, wakakaka

That's because Tian Chua fears his Heavenly Snake (wakakaka) faction in PKR might not have a role at all, or at best only a token one, if Anwar Ibrahim were to see DAP as the Pakatan component to be given responsibility for Chinese and Indian majority constituencies.

Tian Chua's fear crystallized into reality when Anwar agreed to Uncle Lim standing in Gelang Patah in the 2013 general elections, and our police-biting martyr-wannabe made that issue into a contentious one within PKR, as reported in the Malaysia Chronicle’s MUTINY IN PKR: Anwar under fire for "betraying" members over seats. And someone told me Tian Chua is virtually running the Malaysian Chronicle, wakakaka. 

Anyway, going back into the troubled history of PKR, especially its Chinese section, wakakaka, prior to 2008, in order to prevent such a terrifying Pakatan status quo, that of Anwar accepting DAP as the Pakatan component party to be given responsibility for Chinese and Indian majority constituencies, Tian Chua (together with the Dwarf) had the very naughty, nasty and nauseating habit of making pre-emptive announcements against DAP in seat allocations, by making unilateral media releases of seat allocations for Pakatan (not PKR) which strangely, that is if you believe in coincidences wakakaka, usually favoured PKR.

Of course those 'unilateral' announcements meant that DAP leaders would, after reading the morning news, invariably exclaim 'WTF!' wakakaka. 

alamak, terdengar Tian Chua akan datanglah
jadi, perlu kami Polis berwaspada

wakakaka

Alas, despite all its pre-emptive strikes, the general success (or lack of) by PKR in elections has been noticeably inferior to DAP, even in Sarawak wakakaka, and coupled with the avalanche-like dominance of DAP in the Penang DUN, have dampened their (Chinese) members' confidence severely.

Thus it was hardly surprising these PKR members in Penang had prior to the 2013 general and state elections desperately sought Mansor Othman's assurances that he would not relinquish any of PKR's seats allocated in 2008, even the ones they lost, to DAP. 

A second probable reason could be his intention to compromise DAP as a covert hudud supporter, despite this being very much contrary to the war of words over the past couple of weeks between DAP and PAS, so as to mitigate PKR's eventual declared support for PAS' plans to implement hudud in Kelantan, a la marilah, kita bersama-sama mati lah, wakakaka.

But whichever reason he has in mind, what do you expect from a man who would bite a policeman, wakakaka.