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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Perkahwinan ibu bapa tidak berdaftar, mahkamah perintah remaja diberi MyKad The Malaysian Insider


Mahkamah Tinggi hari ini memerintahkan Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara mengiktiraf kerakyatan dan mengeluarkan MyKad kepada seorang remaja walaupun perkahwinan ibu bapanya  tidak didaftarkan.
Hakim Datuk Hue Siew Kheng berkata Perlembagaan Persekutuan tidak mengambil kira status ibu bapa seseorang yang dilahirkan di dalam negara.
"Kerajaan tidak wajar menghukum anak di atas kesilapan ibu bapa," kata beliau dalam membenarkan kes saman seorang ahli perniagaan, R. Moorthy, yang mahu Putrajaya mengiktiraf kewarganegaraan anaknya Navin.
Hue berkata Putrajaya secara tersirat mengiktiraf kerakyatan Navin ketika meluluskan permohonan paspotnya, kerana dokumen tersebut hanya dikeluarkan kepada warganegara.
Beliau juga memerintahkan Moorthy dibayar kos RM8,000, dan mengarahkan JPN mengeluarkan MyKad kepada Navin, kini 16 tahun, dalam tempoh 16 hari.
Hakim juga memuji Moorthy kerana menjalankan tanggungjawab sebagai ayah tunggal dengan membesarkan dan mendidik anaknya.
Navin menunjukkan prestasi cemerlang dalam ujian UPSR dengan keputusan 5A.
Sejak 2010, Moorthy, yang diwakili peguam Anou Xavier (gambar, kiri), telah dua kali gagal mendapatkan taraf kerakyatan bagi anaknya.

Ini memaksa beliau memilih jalan mahkamah dengan memfailkan samannya tahun lepas.
Kerajaan bertindak cuba membatalkan saman Moorthy dengan alasan Navin seorang anak luar nikah kerana ibu bapanya tidak berkahwin.
Bagaimana pun, Hue menganggap hanya perbicaraan mahkamah dapat meleraikan permasalahan tersebut.
Disember lalu, Moorthy menamakan ketua pengarah JPN, ketua setiausaha Kementerian Dalam Negeri dan kerajaan Malaysia sebagai defendan.
Moorthy sebelum ini diberitahu JPN bahawa anaknya bukan rakyat Malaysia walaupun memiliki sijil kelahiran dan paspot Malaysia.
Dalam afidavitnya, Moorthy berkata anaknya menjadi bahan ejekan rakan-rakannya di sekolah disebabkan taraf kerakyatannya.
"Mereka memanggilnya warga asing," kata Moorthy, yang turut menjalankan ujian DNA bagi membuktikan Navin merupakan anak kandungnya.
Ibu Navin, seorang rakyat Filipina, tidak dapat dikesan.
Dalam suratnya pada Julai tahun lalu, Kementerian Dalam Negeri memaklumkan permohonan kerakyatan Navin ditolak kerana perkahwinan bapanya tidak didaftarkan menurut undang-undang tempatan. –  25 November, 2014.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Safe Sex Conversation

Prevent STDs. Asking a potential sexual partner's sexual history is vital to prevent getting sexual transmitted diseases.
SAFE SEX QUESTIONS

Sometimes called a Safe Sex Discussion, Safe Sex Conversation, or Sexual History there are important questions to ask any potential lover. Here is a list of questions to discuss before you decide to exchange any body fluids with a potential sexual partner:

- When was the last time you had STD tests, which tests did you have and what were the results?

- What STD's do you have currently? Do you have or have you recently had syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HSV (herpes – both oral which is type 1 and genital or type 2), HPV (genital warts) in addition to HIV, trichomoniasis and even scabies and other parasites? It's worth asking about Lyme disease at this point because some researchers are beginning to wonder if it's an STD too.
- How many partners have you had sex with since your last tests? What were the results of your partner's tests?

- Do you have sex with men, women or both? What kind of protection do you use and how consistently?

- Have you had sex with prostitutes, do you take drugs with needles or have unprotected anal sex with homosexuals?

- What boundaries do you have around sex? What is off limits for you?

Once your prospective partner answers these questions, you can get a good sense of their level of integrity, safety and whether or not there is any risk associated with contact. But be warned! In an study in Communication Quarterly, one fifth (20%) of the sexually active students intentionally misrepresented their sexual history to their sexual partners.*
Of course, you should be able to answer all these questions for your partner as well.

Responsible non-monogamy can be as safe as serial monogamy if you and your partners have these safe sex conversations, practice safe sex and keep your tests current.

And don't forget to LOOK at your partner's genitals and the rest of their skin too. If you read my article on herpes, you'll know that a herpes outbreak does not only occur on the mouth or genitals. That pimple on your boyfriend's butt could be herpes.

I know all this stuff is yucky. But you have to be an adult and get informed, get tested and have a sexual history conversation with every partner you consider.
If you want to have sex with someone and they haven't gotten tests, then stick to mutual masturbation or at the least, just kissing and using your hands on each other.

When you put your mouth on their genitals or have genital to genital contact without current STD testing and a sexual history conversation you are putting yourself at significant risk.

You can get a lover off very well just with your hands. Start there and then get tested before proceeding further.

I love you and want you to be safe.

Spread the word about taking a sexual history and the importance of regular STD testing.
Here is a link to which tests you should get. <=== STD Testing Recommendations

Here is a Conscious Safe Sex Guide <=== Follow These Guidelines To Be Responsibly Non-Monogamous or Serially Monogamous

Spread Safe Sex,
Susan

*Communication Quarterly, "Deception in disclosing one's sexual history: Safe‐sex avoidance or ignorance?"
P.S. Watch out for this week's emails:

Thursday
- NEWS: New gender fluidity terms emerging.

Friday
- Circumcision Blowback [VIDEO]

Saturday
- How to recognize what she wants sexually.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

10 Perkara Asas Kembalikan Kekuatan UMNO Terengganu

10 Perkara Asas Kembalikan Kekuatan UMNO Terengganu

AUTHOR:  1 NOVEMBER 2014 6:39 PM0 COMMENTSVIEWS: 58

2 (10)UMNO Terengganu merumuskan 10 perkara  asas yang dijangka mampu mengembalikan kekuatan parti Melayu itu bagi menghadapi Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU14) nanti.
Rumusan berkenaan  diperolehi hasil kesepakatan dan perbincangan menerusi sesi percambahan minda di peringkat akar umbi serta pemimpin UMNO seluruh bahagian.
Ketua Penerangan UMNO negeri,   Wan Abdul Hakim Wan Mokhtar berkata ia memberi tumpuan ke arah merapatkan barisan dalam menghadapi PRU14 di samping mengemas kini daftar pemilih selain meletakkan sasaran empat tahun menerusi asas berdasarkan 4P – Tahun Pemulihan, Tahun Penyatuan, Tahun Pengukuhan dan Tahun Perang.
“Kita perlu menginsafi hakikat bahawa kedudukan UMNO negeri Terengganu adalah amat tenat dan justeru itu ia harus diperkukuhkan di bawah pemerintahan Menteri Besar Dato’ Ahmad Razif Abdl Rahman menerusi Transformasi Terengganu Baharu,” katanya.
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Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada majlis perasmian Konvensyen UMNO  Terengganu, yang disempurnakan Timbalan Perdana Menteri merangkap Timbalan Presiden UMNO Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, di Hotel Primula Beach, Kuala Terengganu, hari ini.
Wan Abdul Hakim yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri kawasan Air Puteh berkata pemilihan calon boleh menang menjadi keutamaan kerana ia adalah faktor besar dalam menentukan kemenangan dalam PRU akan datang dan wajar diterima dengan reda oleh semua pucuk pimpinan akar umbi Umno negeri.
Beliau berkata UMNO juga perlu peka dengan perkembangan semasa terutama isu-isu mencabar kesucian agama Islam, kedudukan orang Melayu, kedaulatan institusi raja dan keluhuran perlembagaan.
“Kriteria pemimpin yang dihormati rakyat sudah pastinya seorang yang cenderung kepada agama, berpendidikan dan bersahsiah baik.
“Selain itu, peranan wanita hendaklah diperkasakan sebagai satu daripada inisiatif meningkatkan perpaduan di kalangan ahli parti di samping Umno juga perlu segera melakukan usaha berbincang dengan golongan muda yang mampu merubah demografi pengundian dalam PRU,” katanya.
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Tambahnya, pendekatan melaksanakan aktiviti parti lebih berkesan sekiranya diadakan berskala kecil-kecilan tetapi berkala dan bukannya berskala besar tapi tiada susulan.

    Monday, June 30, 2014

    Singapore could rejoin Malaysia to dilute Malay rule, Utusan columnist claims


    Ahmad Faris called on the Bumiputera community to unite under Umno and cautioned the Malay youth not to be sold on notions of liberalism espoused by the opposition. — Reuters pic- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/singapore-could-rejoin-malaysia-to-dilute-malay-rule-utusan-columnist-claim#sthash.irChro18.dpuf
    KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 — Bumiputera must unite under Umno to stem the rise of opposition party DAP, an Utusan Malaysia columnist wrote today, warning that Singapore could still possibly re-enter the Federation of Malaysia to dilute the community’s majority among the races.
    Cautioning the Malay youth not to be sold on the notions of liberalism espoused by the opposition, Datuk Ahmad Faris Abdul Halim said the country’s largest ethnic group was not certain to always maintain its numerical superiority over the other races.
    He claimed that Article 2(A) of the Federal Constitution allows the inclusion of new states into the federation with a two-third majority vote in Parliament, which he said could open the door for Singapore to re-join the federation that expelled in 1965.
    “If this happens — bolstered by the recent statement by Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew who repeatedly said it was not impossible for Singapore to re-unite with Malaysia under certain conditions — then imagine the ‘implications’ of Singapore with its 87 parliamentary seats,” he said.
    “Therefore, Singapore’s 87 seats included into our country’s 222 parliamentary seats. What would happen to the Malays?”
    Ahmad Faris said this would be the easiest way for a combination of DAP and Singapore’s ruling PAP to dominate the opposition bench here, given the former party’s existing 38 federal seats.
    He also alluded to the increasing dissent from the country’s non-Bumiputera community towards Article 153 of the Constitution and contention against Islam’s position as the religion of the federation.
    Article 153 specifies preferential quotas for the Bumiputera community in the areas of scholarship, education, and civil service.
    He also alleged that the non-Malay community were so strong in their racial culture that they have managed to control nearly 68 per cent of the country’s riches, but he did not elaborate what he meant by the “riches” nor did he state how culture facilitate this purported domination.
    The self-described current issues analyst then said the entire Bumiputera community should unite together with Umno — even if they did not all share the same religion — to demand for their rights as prescribed under Article 153, saying this would cow others from making claims on these.
    Umno, in turn, must adopt the tough measures introduced under former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and take the lead in defending Islam, the monarchy, and the Malays.
    Singapore joined Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak in 1963 to form what is now known as the Federation of Malaysia, but was expelled in 1965 after a tumultuous period that witnessed large scale race riots in the republic the year before.
    In Election 2013, the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) suffered its worst electoral performance when it managed to win 133 spots in the 222-seat Parliament and lost the popular vote to the opposition Pakatan Rakyat pact.
    Although the rest of BN lost further ground from the previous nadir of Election 2008, Umno grew more dominant as a result of the backing it received from the mostly-Malay rural areas of the country.
    Since then, the party has come under increasing pressure to reward the community and ensure its continued support as the bedrock for the party’s revival or survival in the next general election.
    - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/singapore-could-rejoin-malaysia-to-dilute-malay-rule-utusan-columnist-claim#sthash.irChro18.dpuf

    Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Three Malaysian profs rank among world’s leading scientific minds The Malaysian Insider


    Things may not look as bleak for the Malaysian education system as three of the country's academics are among the world’s leading scientific minds.
    The scholars who made the Thomson Reuters “The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014” are: Prof Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad from Universiti Sains Malaysia’s school of chemical engineering, Prof Dr Ishak Hakim from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s science and technology faculty and Prof Dr Saidur Rahman from University Malaya’s engineering faculty.
    The business information firm said in a press release those in the list had earned their distinction by publishing the highest number of articles that were most frequently cited by fellow researchers.
    Science and innovation are strong drivers of the future – and these people are making that future come to life,” said Basil Moftah, president, Thomson Reuters IP & Science.
    The report is based on two separate studies, both drawing on data and commentary from Thomson Reuters bibliometric experts via InCites Essential Science Indicators, the world’s leading web-based research analytics platform.
    The first analysis, an annual study performed by Thomson Reuters, spotlights the scientific community’s emerging trends and the innovators behind them by ranking the scientists, or hottest researchers, who recently published at least 15 papers with notably higher levels of citations.
    The second, longer-range study updates the world’s most influential researchers listing, also known as the most Highly Cited Researchers.
    Thomson Reuters collaborated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and producer of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, to create the list.
    The local scholars’ inclusion into the Reuters rankings provides a glimmer of hope for varsities struggling to make a dent on the global stage.
    The Malaysian Insider reported on June 19 that Malaysia’s public universities failed to make the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2014, where no local tertiary institution made it to the top 100.
    The failure to even rank among other countries in the region follows Malaysia’s absence in other THE rankings such as the Times Higher Education World Reputation rankings list released in March, losing out to other Southeast Asian countries.
    This despite the Education Ministry received RM38.7 billion in 2013 and has been allocated RM54 billion this year – the biggest allocation yet.
    “The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014” is the third of such a list by Thomson Reuters, with the first published in 2001. – June 26, 2014.

    History and Constitution prove we are a secular state, says interfaith council The Malaysian Insider


    The national interfaith council has weighed in on the debate on whether Malaysia is a secular state and if hudud should be implemented in the country, pointing to historical evidence and provisions in the Constitution which dispel any doubts that the nation’s founding fathers had intended the nation to be a secular, not an Islamic state.
    Citing historical documents such as the Alliance Memorandum submitted to the Reid Commission in 1956, and the white paper issued by the British government in June 1957, the council pointed out there was no historical document to contradict the fact that Malaysia was intended to be a secular state.
    The Alliance Memorandum was jointly submitted by Umno, MCA and MIC to the Reid Commission and specifically stated that they wanted a secular state, although the religion of the state was to be Islam.
    These assertions were made by Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikkhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) president Jagir Singh in response to a recent statement by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom that Malaysia was not a secular state.
    Jamil Khir had also said that the formation of Malaysia was based on the Islamic administration of the Malay sultanates and that the Malay sultans were heads of Islam in their respective states.
    Jagir said that a secular state did not mean that religion and the state were completely separate.
    "For example, countries like Turkey and Indonesia are grounded in Islamic principles but are secular.
    "Therefore Malaysia can be described as a secular country with Islam as the religion of the federation but where Islam does not form the basic laws and where the Constitution is the supreme law," he added.
    According to Jagir, Article 4(1) also made it clear that the Constitution, not shariah law, was the supreme law of the land.
    He added that the words Islamic law and shariah courts were not even found in the 1957 Constitution.
    "The Muslim courts were renamed Shariah courts in 1976 by amending Schedule 9, similarly 'Muslim law' was amended to read 'Islamic law'.”
    As such, Jagir said the interfaith group was against any plan to implement hudud in the country.
    He said the council was concerned that its implementation would undermine the consensus reached between the different communities, as well as the Constitution and fundamental rights, including freedom of religion.
    "It will turn this country from a parliamentary democracy into Islamic theocracy and under this, God's law is supreme, which means the Quran and Sunnah become the reference points, not the Constitution."
    He added that of the 57 Islamic countries in the world, only a dozen have implemented hudud and they did not include the two most populous Muslim nations – Indonesia and Bangladesh.
    "The conditions are not suitable for the implementation of hudud in Malaysia because it would require a pious society that is honest, and because when the punishment is meted out, it is irreversible," he added.
    Federation of Taoist Associations of Malaysia president Daozhang Tan Hoe Chieow said the process of Islamisation began in 1980s as a political response to the inability of the Malay Muslim mind to come to terms with the pains and pitfalls of moderation and hyper modernity.
    "This created the need for fundamentalist Muslims to retreat to a safer zone of religious comfort by calling for the imposition of cultural laws like shariah and its instrument of control, which is hudud," he said.
    Malaysia Hindu Sangam president Datuk R.S. Mohan Shan said that even without hudud, non-Muslims were being oppressed as many institutions were turning a blind eye in cases of conversion of children, child custody cases and the raid by Jais on the Bible Society of Malaysia.
    "Jais's raid on the Bible Society only proves that they are trying to regulate other religions.
    "So even without hudud, there is so much injustice by non-functioning institutions and matters will only worsen if hudud is introduced."
    Mohan said it was not true that hudud would not affect non-Muslims in Malaysia, pointing out that Section 52 of the Kelantan Shariah Criminal Enactment stated that non-Muslims could elect to come under shariah law.
    "This is clearly unconstitutional as jurisdiction is by law. It cannot be obtained by submission or acceptance," he said.
    Council of Churches of Malaysia general-secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri said the hudud issue was an example of intra-Islamic contestation taking place in the political sphere.
    "Those speaking about these issues are trying to increase their Islamic credentials, while Umno and PAS are trying to out-Islamicise each other," he said.
    Hermen said what was more urgently needed in the country was for a fair, transparent and accountable system of governance.
    "We don't even have this in our country," he said.
    PAS had previously announced plans to introduce two private members’ bills in Parliament this month to allow it to enforce hudud in Kelantan.
    However, it postponed the tabling of the bills, explaining that it was to give sufficient time for a joint Putrajaya and Kelantan government committee to study the implementation of the shariah penal code.
    Notwithstanding that, PAS has maintained that it was determined to implement hudud.
    The private members' bills would have allowed the Kelantan government to enforce the Kelantan Shariah Penal Code II, which was passed in 1993 by the state assembly. – June 29, 2014.

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    Remembering my father, Tun Razak The Malaysian Insider


    Thirty-eight years ago today, on January 14, 1976, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein passed away in London from complications wreaked by leukaemia.
    Malaysia lost its prime minister. I lost my father. Malaysia was 19. I was nine.
    The days immediately after were shrouded in personal sorrow and national mourning.
    My four brothers and I sought to comfort our mother, while the public and heartfelt outpouring of grief throughout the country served as a resounding reminder that we were not alone in our time of tragedy.
    I must confess that given my age and my father's hectic schedule, I sometimes lament the fact that he gave so much to the country, leaving too little for his family.
    However, I have never wavered from being enormously proud of his selfless dedication to our young nation.
    I did not get the time to know him. But imprinted in me are the values he imparted, the integrity that he insisted upon, above all. Yes, above all, including his family.
    I recall the time when my brothers and I approached him one evening and asked that a swimming pool be built at Seri Taman, the prime minister's residence where we lived.
    The lawyer that he was, he insisted that we make our case with logical and rational arguments. We did so, and thought we had presented the argument pretty well, until we noticed his face had started to darken, and the eyes flashed with annoyance.
    My father made it abundantly clear that while Seri Taman may be our home, the house belonged to the government and, hence, to the people.
    Anything spent on it would have to come from public funds, and there was no way he was going to allow the state coffers to be depleted on something as frivolous as a swimming pool.
    "What will the people think?" he thundered.
    In my years of growing up, I actively sought to hear from people who knew my father well, including those who had worked with him in government, politics, the Merdeka movement and so on as well as his personal friends.
    It was my only way of getting to know him. What stood out for me was that in almost every conversation I had about him, the qualities they always referenced were his values.
    As the custodian of the nation's coffers, his frugality was legendary.
    "You had to account for every cent, or he would be on your back," one former minister told me.
    Well, I knew that already. Not just from the swimming pool episode, but many anecdotes.
    My elder brothers often talk about one of the rare opportunities they had to accompany him on an official trip to Switzerland.
    He made sure he paid their expenses himself, he was so careful with the cost of the trip to the government that he moved his whole entourage to a cheaper hotel than originally booked, and they dined over and over again at the cheapest restaurant in the vicinity of the hotel.
    And then there was his final trip to Europe in October 1975 for medical treatment. He must have known that it could well be his last trip, yet he did not allow my mother to accompany him to save his own money; probably concerned about her financial situation after his passing.
    She only managed to join him weeks later on the insistence of the cabinet and with a specially approved government budget for her travel.
    His integrity was another trait that came up often in conversations. He was guided by what now seems a somewhat quaint and old-fashioned concept of public service; that a public servant is first and foremost a servant of the people whose trust must never be betrayed.
    The other point that kept being repeated was his stamina.
    Many were later astonished to learn he had been suffering from leukaemia, given that when in office, he was constantly on the move, attending to official duties, immersing himself in the minutiae of policy and, of course, his famous surprise visits to constituencies around the country that allowed him to hear directly from the people about what was happening on the ground.
    Of course, few people forget to recount Tun Razak's dedication to rural development. He was "People First", long before the sound bite.
    But above all, what they unanimously emphasised was Tun Razak's commitment to national unity – towards building a nation where every single one of its citizens could find a place under the Malaysian sun.
    That vision was encapsulated in the two initiatives that my father spearheaded in the wake of the May 13, 1969 tragedy – the formulation of the Rukunegara in 1970 and the New Economic Policy in 1971.
    The Rukunegara reconciled indigenous cultural traditions and heritage with the demands of a modern, secular state.
    The NEP's goal, as outlined in the policy announcement, was the promotion of national unity to be undertaken via a massive experiment in socio-economic engineering through the twin thrusts of eradication of poverty irrespective of race and economic restructuring to eliminate identification of economic function with ethnicity.
    The debate on the NEP rages on today. I myself have publicly remarked that something has gone awry in its implementation.
    The fixation on quotas and the seemingly easy route to unimaginable wealth for a select few have created an intra-ethnic divide in class and status, while fuelling inter-ethnic tensions. Both these developments serve to undermine, if not completely negate, the overarching goal of Tun Razak's NEP, strengthening national unity.
    What went wrong? Some have argued that the fault was affirmative action itself.  For me, it was because its implementation was skewed by the focus on the tactical approach rather than the commitment to the strategic goal.
    The NEP has certainly helped eradicate poverty and reduced economic imbalances by spawning a Malay middle class.
    However, in terms of the larger vision, the best that can be said about the NEP is that it initially helped blunt the edges of racial conflict in the aftermath of May 13.
    Thanks in part to the NEP, Malaysia did not follow Sri Lanka, which became embroiled in decades of strife between the immigrant Tamils and the indigenous Sinhalese.
    That is no small achievement. But the NEP promise of strengthening national unity has not been realised.
    In fact, there are signs that inter-ethnic and intra-ethnic tensions are once again approaching worrying levels.
    What can be done? There is a Malay proverb: "Sesat di Hujung Jalan, Balik ke-Pangkal Jalan." Loosely translated, it means "When one has lost one's way, one should return to the beginning."
    And "the beginning" here, in my view, is the values, commitment, vision and inclusiveness demonstrated and embodied by Tun Razak.
    I have mentioned earlier the remarks about his integrity, commitment to the concept of public service and his vision of a progressive, prosperous and united Malaysia. But let me close here by emphasising two other highlights of his legacy.
    One, he was a true democrat. Two years after running the country as head of the National Operations Council, he disbanded the committee and restored democratic rule.
    He held virtually dictatorial power as the NOC chief, but his worldview and values rested on a foundation of democratic rule, not dictatorship. His decision-making style exemplified this as well: he brought in all who needed to be involved and engaged in a consultative discussion before any major decision was adopted.
    He never excluded those with contrarian views, he encouraged multiplicity of opinions in order to have the best chance of making a right final decision.
    Two, while he was committed to helping improve the material quality of life for the majority Bumiputeras to avert another "May 13", he viewed this as a national prerogative rather than a racial one. That, to me, explains his determination to involve Malaysia's best and brightest in this quest, regardless of their racial or ethnic origin.
    Just check out those who served him and his administration back then. They were and are, Malaysians all, united in their determination to rebuild this nation from the ashes of May 13.
    That was Tun Razak's legacy to Malaysia. We can best honour it by returning to "Pangkal Jalan". – January 14, 2014.
    * Datuk Seri Mohd Nazir Razak is the son of the second prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak, and a brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. He is managing director and chief executive of the CIMB group.

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

    Gaji pekerja mesti dinaikkan berikutan pelaksanaan GST tahun depan The Malaysian Insider

    KPMG Malaysia menggesa sektor awam dan swasta supaya menaikkan gaji pekerja mereka secara berperingkat-peringkat berikutan pelaksanaan cukai barang dan perkhidmatan (GST) April tahun depan.
    Rakan Pengurusan baharu dilantik Johan Idris mencadangkan kenaikan 6% setahun bagi membantu pekerja menangani kos sara hidup yang tinggi di Malaysia.
    "6% adalah permulaan yang baik terutama selepas pelaksanaan GST, tarif baru elektrik, pemotongan subsidi petrol dan kadar baharu tol," katanya kepada pemberita selepas pelancaran edisi kedua penerbitan “Kajian Ke Atas Pengarah Bukan Eksekutif 2013 - Profil dan Gaji”.
    Johan berkata pelaksanaan GST tidak boleh dielakkan kerana Malaysia adalah sebuah negara sedang membangun.
    Sementara itu, KPMG Malaysia dengan kerjasama Institut Jawatankuasa Audit Malaysia hari ini melancarkan laporan “Profil dan Gaji” yang menonjolkan hasil kajian mengenai profil dan ganjaran pengarah bukan eksekutif (NED) syarikat awam.
    Kajian itu mendedahkan ganjaran purata untuk mereka telah meningkat 37% kepada RM122,000 setahun daripada RM89,000 setahun pada 2009, berdasarkan 300 syarikat teratas di Bursa Malaysia pada 30 Jun 2013.
    Kajian itu juga menawarkan informasi mengenai jurang jantina, dengan 11% daripada 1,821 NED yang dikaji terdiri daripada wanita, meningkat daripada hanya 6% pada 2009.
    Peningkatan dalam jumlah NED wanita adalah selaras dengan sasaran kerajaan supaya wanita memegang 30 peratus jawatan tinggi di Malaysia menjelang 2016.
    Johan berkata peningkatan dalam ganjaran sudah dijangka kerana NED mula menduduki jawatan tinggi di syarikat mereka.
    Kajian selama enam bulan ke atas 1,821 NED oleh ACI itu meliputi semua bidang industri. – Bernama, 7 Januari, 2014.

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

    Jasad bayi masih sempurna

    Alor Gajah: Beberapa penduduk terkejut apabila jasad dipercayai seorang bayi perempuan masih sempurna biarpun sudah disemadikan puluhan tahun lalu ketika kerja mengalihkan tujuh pusara lama yang terletak di luar kawasan Tanah Perkuburan Islam Padang Sebang, di sini, pagi kelmarin.
    Difahamkan, jasad bayi berkenaan antara tujuh pusara dipindahkan ke kawasan tanah perkuburan yang diwartakan itu.
    Naib Pengerusi Masjid Al-Syakirin Padang Sebang Rambeli Md Taha, 73, berkata, tujuh pusara lama itu dipindahkan ke kawasan tanah perkuburan kerana ia membabitkan maruah Islam.

    “Saya dan ahli jawatankuasa (AJK) masjid mengambil masa hampir lapan bulan bagi memastikan perpindahan pusara lama ini dapat dilaksanakan dengan sempurna sebelum mendapat persetujuan daripada Mufti Melaka, baru-baru ini.
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    SEORANG penggali kubur Abdul Ghani Ibrahim mengangkat jasad yang ditemui dan dikafankan semula sebelum dipindah serta disemadi.

    “Jika dikenal pasti dan diteliti, masih banyak lagi pusara lama tidak ditempatkan dalam kawasan tanah perkuburan, namun ia memerlukan masa agak panjang untuk dipindahkan kerana prosedur yang ketat,” katanya ketika ditemui, di sini, kelmarin.
    Source: myMetro

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

    Suara Hati Tun Dr Mahathir Terhadap Bangsa Melayu- JANUARY 3, 2014 BY BISWARDI MOHAMAD HASBI

    SAYA sedih. Bukanlah saya berharap kerana kesedihan saya akan menarik simpati sesiapa.
    Tun Mahathir 2
    Hanya saya ingin menyatakan perasaan saya, perasaan apabila melihat kaum bangsa saya, orang Melayu, begitu sekali tidak tahu bersyukur, begitu sekali mudah lupa, begitu sekali mudah dipengaruhi dan diperalat oleh orang lain sehingga sanggup memburukkan bangsa sendiri.
    Bagi generasi yang dilahirkan selepas merdeka tentulah mereka tidak merasai sendiri kehinaan yang dialami oleh orang Melayu semasa mereka dijajah dahulu. Tetapi takkanlah mereka tidak baca sejarah bangsa mereka.
    Jika mereka sudah lupa, jika mereka tidak dapat memahami pahit maung, pedih perit bangsa yang dijajah, izinkan saya yang biasa dengan tiga penjajahan bercerita sedikit berkenaan orang Melayu semasa dijajah.
    Rata-rata mereka miskin, tidak berilmu pengetahuan, tidak memiliki apa-apa kecekapan, tidak terdaya mempertahan negeri-negeri mereka.
    Mereka terpaksa bertuankan orang putih Inggeris yang mereka terima sebagai Tuan mereka di negeri mereka sendiri. Mereka bukan tuan rumah. Mereka sebenarnya hamba rumah yang diduduki orang lain.
    Orang putih, secara terbuka menyatakan orang Melayu adalah bodoh dan malas, tidak mampu menyumbang apa-apa kepada pembangunan negeri-negeri mereka. Mereka hanya layak jadi pemandu kereta dan orderly atau budak pejabat atau kerani.
    Mereka dianggap tidak berkebolehan melaksanakan apa-apa kerja yang dipertanggungjawab kepada mereka. Orang asing dari India dan Cina perlu dibawa masuk untuk mengatasi masalah Melayu malas dan tidak cekap.
    Datang Jepun. Orang Melayu hilang jawatan perkeranian dan jawatan-jawatan rendah yang lain. Mereka terpaksa jadi penjual pisang di tepi jalan – kais pagi makan pagi, kais petang makan petang.
    Jika tidak tunduk serendah mungkin apabila lalu di hadapan askar Jepun, mereka dipaksa tatang ketulan batu yang besar sehingga mereka pening dan jatuh. Mereka diarah panjat pohon kelapa untuk dapat buah kelapa bagi askar Jepun.
    Jika gagal mereka ditempeleng dan terbongkok-bongkok meminta maaf daripada askar Jepun.
    Tanpa bertanya sedikitpun akan pandangan orang Melayu sebagai pemilik negeri-negeri Melayu, Jepun menghadiahkan empat buah negeri Melayu, iaitu Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan dan Terengganu kepada Siam, kerana membalas budi Siam.
    Di bawah pemerintahan Siam, orang Melayu diarah supaya menghormati lagu kebangsaan Siam dan bendera Siam.
    Saya lihat sendiri seorang orang tua Melayu yang tidak turun basikalnya semasa lagu kebangsaan Siam dimainkan, ditendang di kepala oleh askar Siam apabila lagu berhenti dan ia jatuh terlentang di atas jalan.
    Saya dan beberapa Melayu lain tidak berani menolong orang tua yang telah jatuh. Kami bangsa yang dijajah dan boleh ditendang oleh sesiapa yang menjajah bangsa kami. Jangan siapa tolong.
    Kemudian, British kembali dan raja-raja Melayu diugut akan diturunkan dari takhta mereka jika tidak tandatangan perjanjian Mac Michael supaya negeri-negeri Melayu diserah secara langsung kepada British. Dan raja Melayu pun tandatangan dan diturunkan pangkat kepada kadi besar negeri mereka.
    Cadangan Malayan Union British bertujuan menamatkan negeri-negeri Melayu sebagai Tanah Melayu, milik orang Melayu. Ia akan jadi milik siapa sahaja yang mendapat taraf rakyat Malayan Union milik British.
    Dalam keadaan orang Melayu begitu miskin, daif dan tidak berilmu pengetahuan, tidak memiliki apa-apa kecekapan, tidak mempunyai senjata, tidak tahu berniaga, sudah tentu mereka akan menjadi kuli dan hamba kepada orang lain yang lebih pintar, lebih cekap dan lebih kaya daripada mereka.
    Sudah tentu tidak akan ada Tanah Melayu, tanah tumpah darahnya orang Melayu. Mereka akan jadi bangsa yang tidak bernegara, tidak bertanahair. Tidak ada masa depan bagi mereka.
    Alhamdulillah. Di saat itu mereka tiba-tiba sedar. Berkat beberapa kerat di antara mereka yang terpelajar yang tahu akan malapetaka yang menanti bangsa mereka, mereka ketepikan sikap kenegerian mereka dan kesetiaan kepada raja masing-masing atau kepada keturunan mereka.
    Mereka bersatu dan bangun menentang rancangan Malayan Union British. Perpaduan Melayu yang tumpat ini, pendirian mereka yang tidak berbelah-bahagi berkenaan penolakan Malayan Union memaksa British gugurkan rancangan mereka dan kembalikan negeri-negeri Melayu bersama Pulau Pinang dan Melaka yang dimiliki British kepada orang Melayu.
    Maka terselamatlah orang Melayu dan negeri mereka.
    Malangnya sekembalinya sahaja Semenanjung Tanah Melayu ke tangan orang Melayu, maka bermulalah rebutan untuk nikmat yang datang dengan pemerintahan sendiri, khususnya untuk menjadi ahli dalam dewan-dewan negeri dan dewan undangan Persekutuan. Keahlian ini menjanjikan pangkat, elaun dan lain-lain kemudahan.
    Untuk bekerja sebagai budak pejabat memerlukan kelulusan tertentu. Tetapi untuk menjadi Yang Berhormat, menteri, bahkan Perdana Menteri tidak memerlukan apa-apa sijil atau kelulusan.
    Yang kecewa, yang tidak dapat nikmat yang dikejar lupa akan nikmat perpaduan dan mereka tinggalkan UMNO untuk tubuh kesatuan mereka sendiri. Dengan ini mereka akan dapat dicalon oleh parti mereka untuk bertanding dalam pilihan raya yang akan datang.
    Kumpulan pertama yang menubuh parti serpihan terdiri daripada ulama dalam UMNO yang kecewa kerana permintaan mereka supaya 10 daripada mereka dicalonkan oleh Tunku Abdul Rahman ditolak olehnya dan hanya satu sahaja yang diberi kepada kumpulan ini.
    Tetapi Tuhan Maha Kaya. Rata-rata orang Melayu terus menyokong UMNO yang mana ini memberi kemenangan kepada UMNO dan rakan-rakannya.
    Demikianlah besarnya sokongan ini sehingga British terpaksa serah kuasa kepada Perikatan ciptaan UMNO. Jika Parti Islam mendapat lebih daripada satu kerusi, nescaya kemerdekaan tidak tercapai pada 1957.
    Tanpa merampas hak orang lain, pemerintahan yang bertunggak kepada Melayu berjaya membangunkan negara dan memberi kepada bangsa Melayu dan bumiputera lain pelajaran, latihan dan peluang yang tidak pernah dinikmati oleh mereka semasa dijajah.
    Berkat semua ini maka terpulihlah maruah bangsa Melayu. Alhamdulillah.
    Ramalan bahawa pemerintahan yang dipimpin Melayu ini akan merampas hak dan harta kaum lain tidak menjadi kenyataan. Sebaliknya pimpinan yang diterajui Melayu berjaya memajukan negara sehingga dikagumi dunia.
    Semua ini terang dan nyata. Dunia akui kebolehan orang Melayu yang memimpin Malaysia. Tetapi mereka belum sampai ke tahap bersaing dengan kaum lain terutama dalam bidang perniagaan dan perusahaan.
    Malangnya kejayaan yang sedikit ini telah menjadikan mereka bongkak dan tamak. Rebutan kuasa antara mereka terus berlaku dan rebutan yang berpunca kepada ketamakan individu tertentu menyebabkan perpecahan dan serpihan daripada parti utama mereka.
    Mereka yang kecewa kerana gagal merebut tempat menghasut ahli-ahli dan pemimpin kerdil untuk menyertai mereka, untuk menjayakan hasrat sempit mereka merebut kuasa, terutama untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri.
    Untuk ini mereka membohong, menyalahtafsir agama, menyokong orang lain yang tidak suka melihat orang Melayu meraih walaupun sedikit kekayaan, kedudukan dan nikmat yang terdapat di negara ini.
    Hasilnya ialah perpaduan Melayu diganti dengan perpecahan. Orang Melayu yang dahulu digeruni oleh British kerana kukuhnya perpaduan mereka, sekarang berpecah kepada tiga kumpulan kecil yang terpaksa mengemis untuk mendapat sokongan orang lain termasuk mereka yang menentang segala usaha untuk mengimbangkan kedudukan orang Melayu dengan kaum-kaum lain.
    Sokongan orang lain ini tidak diberi secara percuma. Jika mana-mana daripada parti Melayu ini memenangi pilihan raya dan mendirikan Kerajaan, tak dapat tidak Kerajaan ini akan terpaksa mengikuti telunjuk orang lain.
    Melayu tidak lagi akan menjadi tunggak kepada pemerintahan negara yang mereka rela berkongsi dengan orang lain. Mereka akan jadi puak minoriti dalam pakatan yang mereka sertai. Inilah yang akan terjadi hasil perpecahan orang Melayu.
    Siapakah yang membawa malapetaka ini. Tak lain tak bukan malapetaka ini dibawa oleh orang Melayu sendiri – orang Melayu yang tamak, orang Melayu yang kurang pintar, orang Melayu yang mudah dipengaruhi nafsu, yang mudah dikuasai oleh perasaan benci apabila dihasut.
    Orang Melayu sudah lupa akan betapa hinanya mereka semasa dijajah dahulu. Mereka tidak pun mengakui akan nikmat yang banyak yang dinikmati oleh mereka setelah merdeka dan mereka menerajui Kerajaan – Kerajaan Malaysia merdeka.
    Oleh kerana lupa dan tidak bersyukur, mereka rela supaya perpaduan yang memberi kekuatan kepada mereka dimusnahkan. Mereka sanggup dipecah dan dipisah daripada kuasa yang sedikit yang ada pada mereka.
    Sebab inilah yang saya sedih. Bangsa saya jelas tidak dapat menangani kejayaan. Bangsa saya mudah lupa. Bangsa saya tidak tahu bersyukur. Bangsa saya tidak tahu mengambil iktibar daripada nasib yang menimpa kaum sebangsa yang hari ini tinggal di wilayah yang dikuasai orang lain.
    Jangan bersedih dan bersimpati dengan saya. Bersimpatilah dan bersedihlah dengan diri sendiri, dengan anak cucu yang akan alami masa depan yang gelap kerana kita tamak dan begitu benci kepada bangsa dan pemerintahan oleh kita sendiri.