Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
THE debate on crime is getting rather "passionate" but the discourse may have missed some wider points and how to make the public feel safer.
Crime is an emotional topic and it's not like an economic issue where you can try to reason using cold statistics, especially with the victims, witnesses, their relatives and friends. Many people have already formed their own perception about crime based on personal experience and those of friends and relatives, and from messages forwarded over the internet. They are not going to change their views quickly with some facts and figures showing an improvement.
They are more interested to know what the law enforcement agencies are doing to assure them that the situation is really under control or improving. They are also keen to know how their personal safety and security will be better taken care of.
The police have been quick to respond to crime in Klang Valley shopping malls, especially the car parks and the press has been reporting on their positive efforts.
The perception of rising violent crime and an increasingly unsafe world is not a local problem but a global one. The spate of gunmen going on a rampage in the US does not mean that safety there is that bad, but the press has a responsibility to play up such incidents to alert the public to be more careful. It is up to the government and law enforcement leaders to figure out ways to respond with constructive measures to assure a fearful public.
No one should tell the press not to play up high profile cases such as those involving kidnapping and murder. All over the world, sex and crime sell, and the press here is only allowed to "sell" crime stories, which is the main stay of their business. It is the moral duty of the press to play up high profile cases and to report accurately. Even during the kidnapping case of a young student in Sri Hartamas, our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made an impassionate public appeal to find this boy. His role here was well received and no one accused him of sensationalising the case.
We should look at crime through the eyes of the victims and their loved ones and friends. Do they care about the statistics? For instance, if there were 1,000 murders the year before but "only" 900 this year, would it make a difference? Would the victims or their loved ones feel better, if they were told that the overall crime statistics show an improvement or that their cases were just the unfortunate ones? They would rather welcome information on effective measures to prevent crime or better ways of catching criminals, and perhaps an improvement of the justice system to ensure that criminals are adequately punished.
There are three main categories of crime – petty crime, organised violent crime, and fraud and corruption. We may need a different approach to deal with each category.
For petty crimes, we should examine the causes and how to address, prevent or minimise them. Poverty, unemployment, an abused childhood and an inadequate social welfare system are often cited by sociologists as common causes. The inability of our society to identify and filter out those who are suffering from mental problems before they cause harm to others, is also another failure of all stakeholders involved. And what about the discovery indicating that many dyslexic and smart youths – who have suffered, been punished unfairly and have dropped out from our educational system – are taking out their frustrations and revenge on our society by getting involved in petty crimes? What can we do to help these youngsters and prevent them from falling into the trap of criminal activities?
The worst types of criminals are the leaders of organised syndicates. Our society should be hard, resolute and even merciless in dealing with such people. Why can't there be a more efficient and just way of dealing with these hardcore criminals than wasting the time and resources of our justice system? Why is our criminal justice system so relatively lenient in treating human traffickers and violent loan sharks compared to drug traffickers?
What is hard to comprehend is why are there not many politicians or lawmakers campaigning for a strong approach to deal with organised crime when the cause to come down hard on such blood thirsty criminals is so popular with the public.
Dealing with fraud and corruption may require a more educated and knowledge-driven approach in prevention, enforcement and prosecution but this category of crime normally does not affect public sentiments on their personal safety and security. But it does not mean it is not an important category to deal with as the victims often suffer huge financial losses and even agony.
No one should blame the internet or social media for the rapid spread of crime stories. Most of these people spread these news or stories to alert their friends and relatives out of genuine concern and there is nothing sinister about it. Many are not comfortable about their safety and would just like to share their experiences. And blaming people who do not bother to report incidents of crime is not helpful either. It would be more helpful to give such people more confidence and better explain to them why they should report any crime either as a victim or witness.
Of course, while the press continues to play up crime stories, the police force or any relevant agency has every right to present positive statistics with the aim of allaying public fears. But in the "sensitive" atmosphere of distrust and fear, it would be wiser to focus more on effective measures to combat crime. It is difficult to change the negative public perception of an emotive issue with just hard statistics.
What is needed is a holistic, long-term and comprehensive approach by all stakeholders to work together and look beyond any narrow mindset in addressing an important social malaise and making the public feel more safe and secure.
The writer is the CEO of a think tank & strategic consultancy firm and believes that it may be necessary to take a stronger approach to deal with all violent crimes. Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday August 30, 2012
The fuzzy side of human perception
MUSING BY MARINA MAHATHIR
We often like to believe what we want to believe, often because the real facts challenge us too much. It is far easier to wallow in our prejudices than to seek out the truth in anything.
LANCE Armstrong is no ordinary cyclist. He has won seven Tour de France trophies after having recovered from testicular cancer.
By all accounts that would make him superhuman. Unless you believe he doped himself with high-performance drugs.
Recently, he gave up the fight against the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to prove his innocence, which meant that although he had already retired from cycling, he was banned from any competitive cycling and stripped of all his titles.
To many, his giving up meant that he was guilty. But as one US columnist pointed out, he had passed 500 dope tests already.
It was only the testimony of 10 people who said they saw him taking the drugs that kept the USADA on his back.
The whole case illustrates how fallible any human endeavour can be.
On the one hand, cycling is a sport riddled with doping scandals. So it is normal to suspect any super-achiever of cheating.
On the other hand, it is also a sport where drug tests are routine.
So either the tests are no good or Armstrong did not cheat. We can't have it both ways.
And sports is a field where the means of testing are extremely rigorous.
The poor Chinese swimmer who won a gold medal at the Olympics and then immediately faced accusations of doping also passed her test. But what really shut people up was when people like Michael Phelps stood up for her.
Either they're all in on it, or she simply was superb.
Human perception can therefore be fuzzy.
We often like to believe what we want to believe, often because the real facts challenge us too much.
It is far easier to wallow in our prejudices than to seek out the truth in anything.
Now imagine a field that is as impossible to subject to empirical testing like politics.
There is probably no field more vulnerable to the vagaries of human foibles and prejudices than politics, except perhaps religion.
And in some cases, the two fields are conflated allowing for even more vulnerabilities.
There are many people who refuse to believe that religion can be subject to human interpretation. They believe that whatever they believe is true.
That is often because they have been told that by someone else whom they believe has some authority.
Therefore, if that person tells them something that is in fact incorrect, they will not verify it. Nor will they believe it could ever be wrong. In this way, myths work their way into beliefs and then are difficult to challenge.
For example, for years many Muslims believed that the recently deceased astronaut Neil Armstrong heard the azan when he was on the moon and that made him convert into Islam.
There has never been proof of either phenomenon and the man himself repeatedly denied it.
But as soon as he died, the myth is repeated all over again.
Similarly, once an E-mail went around with photographs of the graves of the supposed giants that once roamed the earth.
This E-mail circulated among lots of otherwise well-educated people but all it took was a little research into the origins of the photos to show that it was a clever photoshop exercise. But how easily we can be fooled when we so want to believe in something.
Perhaps we are so easily fooled because we are often too lazy to check on anything.
This is why it is so easy for some people to pull the wool over our eyes, or the kepiah to keep things localised.
Someone just needs to have a facility with words, preferably in a foreign language, throwing in some difficult to challenge "facts" and they've got us.
Furthermore, we all like to think of ourselves as objective persons, able to assess everything in a clear rational way.
I can't count how many times men say things about women's issues, without the slightest inkling how insensitive and crass they sound.
One had the gall to attend a women's conference and then talk about how much he loved women.
I guess he assumed we would all smile and be grateful.
Similarly, when talking about politics, everyone thinks they are being absolutely objective and rational.
But with few exceptions, I have to wonder.
Few people spend time with people with different views from them so they rarely get any insights into alternate perspectives.
Sometimes people can even be persuaded to believe in things they used to oppose if someone they believed in persuaded them to.
Which goes to show that just as in cycling, stringent tests dealing with facts mean very little when it comes to politics.
Worse still when one stirs religion into the brew.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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Saturday, 11 August 2012 18:48
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 11, 2012): The ongoing corporate and political battle between Syed Mokhtar Albukhary's Gardenia and the world's sugar king Tan Sri Robert Kuok's Massimo has not only intensified but got dirtier.
It is now a free for all with race, religion and allegations of homicide thrown in.
Yes! This is a free world but that is not a license to malign or defame till kingdom come.
This is a free world, economically that is. So, for Kuok to set up Massimo is just another business venture.
What must have irked Umno's crony, Syed Mokhtar, is when certain quarters started a campaign to promote Massimo in cyberspace.
A call for Malaysians to boycott Gardenia and opt for Massimo is indeed political because the basis for the boycott is to stop supporting the racist Umno and Syed Mokhtar.
Who is behind this campaign is still unclear. Of course Syed Mokhtar and Gardenia would naturally point their fingers at the Opposition Pakatan Rakyat, Kuok and Massimo who have all denied having any hand in the cyberspace campaign that has gone viral and effective.
The power of the internet – via emails and facebook – has been so effective that you can clearly see, from the bread shelves, how Gardenia's bottom line has been slashed.
Unable to counter the freefall in the bottom line, through corporate advertisements to downplay Syed Mokhtar's stake in Gardenia, we now see a downright dirty campaign in cyberspace. Look at the poster:
The translation – MUST READ! Robert Kuok's caption reads: This is Malaysia's richest man who is willing to sell his race for continuous wealth.
The text: Robert Kuok has cheated Malaysians especially the Muslims because his flour enriched with Vitamin B1 is sourced from pigs and laced with poison (Benzoyl Peroxide) used to whiten the flour and causing many Malaysians to be inflicted by various chronic diseases. Massimo bread also uses the flour 'bleach' which is poisonous and also banned in China. Let us not support and buy the following products:
Again, it is only natural for Kuok, Massimo and PR to point their fingers at Syed Mokhtar, Gardenia and Umno for such a seditious campaign. Again, there is no evidence to accuse Syed Mokhtar, Gardenia and Umno.
But, Malaysians in general, are appalled by the outrageously seditious theme of the campaign. The campaign not only insults the intelligence of Malaysians, it is just plain moronic.
If all the allegations against Kuok are true, then why are the products still allowed in the market shelves? Is the government equally moronic? Where are the deaths related to consuming Kuok's flour, bread and cooking oil?
To me, the current attack on Kuok, will just backfire. It needs no further attention or response from Kuok, Massimo or even the Opposition.
What must worry Malaysians is whether the majority, especially the Malays and Muslims, will fall for such dirty and nonsensical campaigns that insult our intelligence.
The seditious elements in the campaign are also no less inflammatory.
A campaign to boycott a product based on political support is part and parcel of a democratic political environment. But a campaign to boycott a product based on race and religion, insensitive and inflaming emotions is just unacceptable to national unity.
What Syed Mokhtar and Gardenia need is imaginative and innovative marketing elements to counter Kuok and Massimo's continuous growth in sales.
Gardenia also needs to honestly review its product quality and ingredients compared with Massimo's. Only then can it check its rot in sales.
Massimo will not sell, no matter what the campaign strategy is, if its product is inferior to Gardenia's. Now, Gardenia and Syed Mokhtar, do you get it?
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
To rectify this problem, he was given a Datukship and now DLCW.....'Don't Let China Win.'
But it's not working because Datuk Lee Can't Win.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
MALAYSIA'S former badminton star Datuk Punch Gunalan died at Subang Jaya Medical Centre, near here this morning after a bout of illness at age 68.
His excellence in the sport of badminton began in the early 60's when he won the men's singles, doubles and mixed doubles in the Negeri Sembilan Badminton Championships (1961-1963).
He also lifted the Asian Youth Badminton Championship title in Kuala Lumpur in 1962.
Gunalan joined the national Thomas Cup squad in 1970 and 1973, and won the gold medal in the men's doubles event at the Asian Games in 1970.
In 1974, he celebrated a double medal haul when he clinched the gold for the men's singles and broze for the doubles during the Commonwelath Games in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Gunalan was named the National Sportsman of The Year in 1969 and 1974.
After his playing career, he took up a coaching role and was the headcoach for the Malaysian Thomas Cup team in 1992.
He played in both the singles and doubles category for the country in the 1970s.
Gunalan, whose given name is Gunalan Panchacharan, was born in Sepang, Selangor during the height of World War II in 1944.
During his heyday in the 70s, Gunalan and partner Ng Boon Bee dominated the world stage, winning a slew of titles that included, among others, the All England as well as the Canadian, Danish and US Open titles.
Gunalan joined the national Thomas Cup squad in 1970 and 1973, and won the gold medal in the men’s doubles event at the Asian Games in 1970.
After his retirement, he went on to guide the next generation of players as the coach of the national team under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), where he helped steer the country to its Thomas Cup triumph in 1992.
He was subsequently made deputy president of the International Badminton Federation (now Badminton World Federation).
In 2004, the former shuttler was honoured with a place in the Olympic Council of Malaysia’s Hall of Fame.
Gunalan had also been named the National Sportsman of the Year in 1969, and again in 1974.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Two special children build a beautiful relationship based on genuine care and understanding. On the eve of Hari Raya, these orphans, Ahmad and Fizi embark on a journey and encounter many challenges along the way. Through their perseverance and determination, they overcome all odds to fulfill their obligation of unconditional love.
Agency: Affinity Worldwide
Production: Reservoir Production
Film Director: Hafiz Ibrahim
Saturday, August 11, 2012
August 11, 2012
We've heard the lies that men tell women and now we think it's about time the ladies came clean too; trust us, they don't exactly come out smelling of roses. From lying about how many sexual partners they've had, to pretending they're a dress size smaller than they actually are, the females have their fair share of fibs. Here's the lowdown:
"I don't know where it is! I haven't touched it!"
Whether you're a man or a woman reading this, you're probably familiar with the scenario where she tidies up and suddenly his possessions go AWOL. On most of these occasions, the missing item mysteriously appears somewhere obscure, such as in her handbag (what could she possibly want with a beard trimming kit?). When questioned again as to how the missing item got there, she suddenly remembers that she put it there because it was making a mess around the house so she wanted to shove it somewhere out of sight. Men can't seem to leave anything anywhere without it being swept up and taken elsewhere. If you're going to move something ladies, at least remember where you moved it to and don't tell the "I haven't touched it!" lie to your man. Men know that they need a little help keeping the place clean every now and then, but what's wrong with putting his things where he can see them? We rest our case. Oh wait, where did that case go? Anyone seen a case?
"No way! I love that too!"
Women have hobbies – granted. Why is it though, that whatever their love interest enjoys doing in his spare time, this is suddenly their favourite hobby too? A man could tell a woman something random like "I enjoy rock climbing with a purple crayon in my rucksack" and she'd say "no way! I love that too!" Ladies like their love interests to think there's some sort of profound, deep-rooted connection that makes you love all the things they love and vice versa; this is more weird than impressive when they take it to the extreme though. Gents, next time a lady blatantly pretends to like something just so she can connect with you on guy level, take her to a boring match and snigger quietly into your chips as she struggles to hold her passionate smile in place for a moment longer.
"I wouldn't change a thing about you"
When a woman says this, her pants are on fire. A woman might think that there's nothing she would change about her man, but that's until she realises his annoying habits and then compiles a dossier of her perfect man in her mind. If they wouldn't change a thing about men then why do they nag their other half to clean up after themselves, have a shave, and stop leaving the toilet seat up? A woman may say that she loves these mannerisms because "that's what makes you, you" (alongside all the other men in the world who share the same habits), but when they're red in the face from yelling at their partner you realise they were just saying that they wouldn't change anything about them out of politeness. Bless women for being so sensitive towards your feelings.
"I've not had many sexual partners"
When it comes to sexual partners, women are notorious for being economical with the truth. In fact, a recent survey published in the Journal of Sex Research states that a massive 68 per cent of women take a few notches off the bed post when asked about their past sexual encounters. Why? Because no matter how much we try to gloss over it, there is still a large amount of social stigma attached to women who have had their fair share of sexual partners and, with the derogatory labels used to define them, it's no surprise that women would rather keep the truth to themselves. There's a general rule of thumb that suggests that when a man says how many women he's slept with, you should take three off to get an accurate number. For women, you add three on. In a society that has advanced as far as it has today, women should perhaps be treated equally to men, yet unfortunately they still feel pressured to tell porkies when this subject arises.
"I won't get mad if you say I don't look good in this dress"
Ahh this is an old classic. Women want the truth so that they know whether they can wear that dress or not, but when they're told they look great, they never believe the poor worried man who just dished out this compliment. The reply is often something along the lines of "Great? I look great? Can you not see my muffin top?" When a man says "maybe you should change into something else", suddenly he becomes the insulting bad guy who hates his other half's body. This is the ultimate trap that most guys fall into at some point during their life. As soon as a man sees his partner changing into a new dress, he should run for the hills. Either that, or women should just say something along the lines of "tell me the truth or tell me a lie, either way I'll be mad at you", to give their partner a chance to hide.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
August 09, 2012
AUG 9 — Kayu Nasi Kandar is a popular eatery that I frequently patronise at SS2 PJ.
I love the fresh ingredients in its food, and the captivating aroma of the spices Kayu generously garnishes. As a matter of fact, the tastiness of nasi kandar depends very much on these two factors.
I also love its massive customer base, a gathering place for Malaysians of different ethnic backgrounds: The Chinese love to come here for dinner while enjoying the football games on TV; the Malays will fill the restaurant during weekends for family outings and Indians flock in after dark for supper and light chats.
Many young people, irrespective of race and religion, would sit at the same table savouring the same food, supporting the same football team and sharing a common topic.
Kayu epitomises the true essence of Malaysian spirit that is hardly felt elsewhere.
Owner Burhan Mohamed is a friendly chap who is very serious about his business. He would ply his trade from table to table to serve his clients despite the multitude of employees he has hired.
Burhan is well aware that his customers do not come from a single ethnic group and therefore his offerings are not ethnic-centric but Malaysian. You can see the Jalur Gemilang fluttering there during Merdeka celebration.
He never specifies in public which party he supports, but everyone knows he supports a united Malaysia.
He declared that if Lee Chong Wei won the first Olympic gold for the nation, a free dinner will be served.
Even after Chong Wei failed to clinch the gold medal, Burhan was not going to shelve his plan of treating Malaysians to free nasi kandar.
He has seen Chong Wei's perseverance and unyielding fighting spirit, and seen the great passion and unity of his customers that evening, the spirit that is truly Malaysian.
It therefore does not matter anymore whether we get a gold, as we have displayed something much more valuable than that.
Burhan not only goes on with his free dinner plan, and has done so in a bigger way by increasing the originally planned 3,000 free portions to 5,000. Based on Kayu's pricing, he has to fork out RM50,000 for his generosity, not to mention the revenue lost for those few hours.
He is a patriot of genuine spirit, not one on the mouth.
Not everyone descending on Kayu SS2 came for the free food, but to show oneness with Lee Chong Wei, and Malaysia. This is the first bunch of eat-free customers I really adore.
Of course people will tend to compare Burhan and DAP's Manoharan, who tweeted that Chong Wei was inferior to China's Lin Dan in skill while proclaiming that an Olympic gold was only possible if Pakatan took over the federal administration.
Manoharan later found himself sidelined by the public, his political allies included.
Lee Chong Wei is more than just a badminton player. Whenever he plays in the badminton court, he represents the country's willpower and capability, something not a gold or silver medal can quantify.
Chong Wei might have missed a gold medal, but he has won the respect of all Malaysians as well as his opponent. This is what people infested with political calculations in their heads fail to visualise.
Non-political Burhan has not only seen this, but has brought this invaluable Malaysian spirit to a higher level. — mysinchew.com
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
but according to this, LKY is alive!!!
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Looks like Daniel and many others who had buried their head in the sand for the last 30 years have now woken up and opened their eyes. Najib is nothing more than a con man, he has no sincerity at all, no honesty.
How can an honest man be against Bersih.3 which is asking for FREE, FAIR and TRANSPARENT ELECTIONS. As PM of the nation he should be the first to want to ensure free, fair and transparent elections, but alas this is not to be.
Look at the way the UMNO MP who called for the hanging of Ambiga, what has she done to deserve this, and what has Najib done about it, nothing, zero, not a word of condemnation, it is as if it was a form of SILENT OK, CARRY ON OLD BOY, WE ARE BEHIND YOU!
As PM he should have charged this moron with sedition and put a STOP to this nonsense and by doing nothing an ominous threat has been made against Ambiga, that hired guns will be taking her life.
What a PM we have? Does the blowing up of Altantuya ring a bell?
DANIEL TAN'S OPEN LETTER TO THE UMNO PRIME MINISTER
I am your average Joe guy in my late 40's, living a comfortable life in a quiet suburban of KL. I call myself a political agnostic with no particular inclination to any political party. You can call me the fence sitter or the middle ground voter. In the last 20 years of my voting life, I have always voted based on issues, swinging my votes between BN and the opposition depending on the hot issues of the day.
I voted BN in 2004, giving your coalition a massive mandate post-Mahathir and the reverberating message of Change espoused by your predecessor. And when the message Change remained a message, 4 years on, I voted for the opposition, and what follows is history.
I understand you are trying very hard to court people like me and I supposed all this alphabet in the soup moniker- ETP, GTP, NEM, etc. are part of your big strategy to win urban voters like me Honestly, I am not sure I am thoroughly convinced. I will let you know why. Deep down in my guts, I am not sure whether your message of Transformation is real or not.
Not so easily swayed or fooled
And even if you are sincere, I am not sure whether your party UMNO is behind you or not. You see, Dato Seri, we bunch of urbanites are a whole lot of skeptic people. I am aware you are trying to change, modify or remove old archaic laws like OSA, Printing Press & Publication law, Assembly law, etc, in time for GE 13.
All that seems good only on paper. Yes, some part of the draconian laws are repealed but it's a half measure efforts at best. Worse, the new revised laws are more harsh with many punitive clauses opening the possibility for abuse.
You see Dato Seri, many of us are educated overseas or have worked outside the country – in short, we are fairly connected to what's happening around the world. Through internet and our network of friends around the world, we know what is the free press, freedom of assembly, rule of law, etc. – so giving the old furniture a veneer shine without removing the termite infested part is not going to excite us very much.
So on Apr 28, I decided to walk for the first time for Bersih. I was never part of Bersih 1.0 and 2.0 as I was not clear what is the message of Bersih in the first place. The last thing I wanted is to be used as pawn by any political parties.
But Bersih 3.0 message was very clear to me. After Bersih 2.0 , I followed closely the development on the demands of Bersih to EC, the formation of PSC, etc. I was stumped over and over again at how your EC brushes off the allegation of dubious voters list, the non-committal response to clean up the voting process – I made my conclusion that EC and your coalition BN are never serious about electoral reform in the first place.
A very big step for Malaysia
To be in Bersih 3.0, is a very big step for me as a political agnostic. I just want to be there, to feel the environment and be part of something good for the country.
Who doesn't want a clean and fair election, let alone you the Prime Minister who has been quoted more than once that you too want a clean election and not want to win by fraud – so how bad can Bersih 3.0 be - although I have friends warning me that violence may happen. How wrong I was. ( or naïve ? ).
The violence I witnessed from 3.00 pm onwards on that day, completely put me off. Never in my mind, I imagine our PDRM can be so cruel and inhuman to attack the rakyat who are there just to be part of the nation's aspiration for a clean election. To witness the beating with my own eyes, makes it even more painful.
I am spared from bodily harm but my heart is hurt. Hurt for thinking we had a caring government and a responsive Prime Minister. All completely vanished under the smoke emitted from the tear gas.
I walked away home with only one resolution – that I will give my vote to the federal opposition and this is one middle ground vote that BN have lost on that fateful day.
To save Malaysia we Malaysian need to vote in the PR (opposition) on the coming GE13 to form the next Federal Goverment.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Last updated on 6 August 2012 - 10:04pm
BUKIT MERTAJAM (Aug 6, 2012): A three-year-old girl was apparently smothered to death by eight people during an exorcism ritual here on Sunday night.
The toddler, identified only as Choy, died after being pinned down by her parents, relatives and the family maid with their bodies during a ritual ostensibly to chase away evil spirits in the family.
The child was already dead when police, responding to a distress call received from the child's uncle, stormed into the master-bedroom on the upper floor of the family house in Taman Bukit Minyak here at about 10pm.
Central Seberang Perai district police chief ACP Azman Abd Lah said the police team found the family members covered underneath a blanket and in the dark.
"At that time, they were performing the ritual by pinning down the little girl with their bodies," he told reporters here today.
Azman said the policemen quickly pulled out the victim who was trapped underneath the relatives.
The child's body was still warm but she was already dead, believed from asphyxia.
Police then detained all eight suspects, aged between 16 and 67, including the victim's parents, her grandmother, uncle and aunt, two cousins and the maid.
Seven of the eight suspects, including the victim's father, said to be an engineer, were sent to the magistrate's court here today morning, where their remand was extended for another seven days.
The victim's mother, a traditional medicine practitioner who is three months' pregnant, was warded in the Bukit Mertajam Hospital for treatment.
The toddler's body was sent to the Seberang Jaya Hospital for a post-mortem.
Azman said the case has for now been classified as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which is punishable by death.
Earlier, Azman said the victim's uncle, the older brother to her father, who visited the house became suspicious as the master-bedroom door was locked and its occupants had refused to open it.
He had earlier in the evening gone to the house to invite them for dinner, but had instead been scolded by the family and told to leave them alone.
He left with his wife but returned later to check on the family, and called police on finding the front doors unlocked but the master-bedroom locked, and the occupants in the room unwilling to respond to him.
The suspects were believed to have locked themselves inside the bedroom without eating the whole day.
Borders wins stay against Jawi over Irshad Manji books
August 06, 2012
PUTRAJAYA, Aug 6 — Berjaya Books Sdn Bhd, the owner of Borders bookstores, and two others obtained an order from the Court of Appeal here today to temporarily stay Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department's (Jawi) further action over the seizure of Irshad Manji's controversial books from one of its outlets.
The interim stay order was unanimously granted by a three-member panel led by Justice Datuk Abdul Malik Ishak, until the disposal of the appeal brought by Berjaya Books and the other two applicants to the Court of Appeal against the High Court's refusal to grant them a stay order.
Abdul Malik also ordered the applicants to expeditiously prepare the record of appeal to secure an early hearing date for their appeal.
Justices Datuk Azahar Mohamed and Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi were the other two judges presiding on the panel.
The stay application was made by Berjaya Books, Borders general manager of operations and merchandising Stephen Fung Wye Keong, and its store manager at The Gardens in Mid Valley City, Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz.
The panel granted them an interim stay on any action by Jawi, including searching and seizing of the publications at their premises, examining their staff and the order for their staff to attend to give evidence under the Syariah Criminal Procedure Act.
They also obtained an interim stay against any action by Jawi relating to the arrest and further action and decision with regard to Nik Raina's prosecution, as well other staff of Berjaya Books.
On June 25, this year, Berjaya Books and its two employees — Fung and Nik Raina — obtained leave from the high court to initiate a judicial review proceeding to challenge Jawi's conduct in seizing the books.
The trio are seeking, among others, a certiorari order to quash the decision by Jawi officers in raiding, searching and seizing Irshad Manji's books, "Allah, Kebebasan dan Cinta" and "Allah, Liberty and Love" on May 23, this year at the Borders bookstore in The Gardens in Mid Valley City.
They also want a certiorari order to quash a decision to prosecute Nik Raina at the Syariah High Court for distributing the books. — Bernama
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Police warns of scams involving web security
Updated 10:29 PM Aug 05, 2012
SINGAPORE - Police have warned the public not to fall prey to phone scams involving web security.
They said there have been 32 reported cases since the start of this year.
A woman, who wants to remain anonymous, said she received a phone call on June 14 from someone claiming to be an employee of a well-known software company.
She was told that some Malaysians were trying to hack into her computer. And to protect it, she had to buy a security licence.
She handed over her credit card details and found out later that over S$1,300 was stolen from her account.
"I asked them to let me talk to my husband, but they said no, I had to make a decision that time, or else my computer would be blacklisted... I gave my credit card number and one-time password. Suddenly the screen went blank and some amount was charged to my account, and it was in euros," she said.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
1) I was informed by puppy owner that this is the Facebook profile of the Somali student who threw the puppy. His name is Mohamed Hassanhttps://www.facebook.com/ mohamed.hassan.50999405
2) The name of the Somali student in black shirt talking to the camera is Ahmed-Subair Abdirahman Mohamoud
3) I was informed that the 3 men involved (3rd guy recording) are hiding at the moment. One of them has an American passport and the other has Swedish passport (possibly Mohamed Hassan)
4) Mostafa Silawy, owner of puppy, went to the police today and cops told him that when they do catch the 3 guys, the guys will have to pay fine RM200 only
5) Somalia Embassy of Malaysia has a Facebook page. Share your thoughts therehttps://www.facebook.com/ pages/ Somali-Embassy-Malaysia/ 360725420665512
7) FreeMalaysiaToday re-uploaded the video above on YouTube http://youtu.be/ EThtbN8RQAk
8) Here is a petition initiated by an American, Chris Wolverton. He wants justice for Kanilla http:// www.thepetitionsite.com/ 967/565/042/ justice-for-dog-thrown-down -manhole/
9) TheStar: Scores vent anger at Somali dog killer http://thestar.com.my/ news/ story.asp?file=%2F2012%2F8% 2F4%2Fnation%2F11797084&se c=nation
For more details please read the article below.
http:// www.freemalaysiatoday.com/ category/nation/2012/08/03/ animal-abuse-act-caught-on- video/
FreeMalaysiaToday: Animal abuse act caught on video
by G Vinod
August 3, 2012
A Somalian student, entrusted by his friend to care for his puppy during his absence, threw the mutt into a manhole with the help of another perpetrator.
PETALING JAYA: Several pictures showing a puppy being thrown into a manhole in Cyberjaya by two foreign nationals is going viral on Facebook.
The pictures are posted on Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) Facebook page. FMT has also viewed a video showing the two foreigners caught in action doing the heinous act in June.
Malaysian Animal Welfare Society (MAWS) president Shenaaz Khan said that the six-month-old puppy named Kanilla belonged to a Jordanian student Mostafa Silawy, who is studying at the Lim Kok Wing University.
"Having left Malaysia in June for a month-long holiday, Mostafa entrusted his Somalian friend Mohamad Hasan to care for Kanilla in his absence.
"On Mostafa's return, Mohamad told the former that Kanilla had gone missing," said Shenaaz.
However, Shenaaz said that another friend of Mostafa had downloaded a video showing Mohamad and another Somalian, Ahmad Subair Addirahman Mohamoud, throwing the docile mutt into a manhole.
The duo are said to be students at the Malaysian Multimedia University (MMU).
Shenaaz said that Mostafa had lodged a police report on the matter at the Cyberjaya police station three days ago.
She urged the authorities to take action against the Somalians and claimed the duo had threatened Mostafa for making the report.
"The duo threatened Mostafa for putting the picture clippings of their heinous act on Facebook," she alleged.
'Take immediate action'
FMT checked the video which runs for 1 minute 50 seconds, showing Subair holding the puppy while Mohamad hurled profanities before throwing the dog.
An unknown cameraman told the duo, "Okay, hurry up. Just do it and then we run like nothing happened."
Later, Mohamad faced the camera and said, "F… this dog. This b…. is dead."
The duo then threw Kanilla into the manhole and ran away while laughing.
The duo's act drew ire from Facebook's users, with many calling for the police to take immediate action against the Somalians.
One user named David Dawei said, "Cancel their student visa and skin them alive before deporting them back to their third world homeland.
Another user Yew Peng said, "No don't send them back yet. Let me beat them first." — with Brian J Chong and Mostafa Silawy in Cyberjaya.
By AUSTIN CAMOENS
KAJANG: Two snatch thieves, who were preying on a woman near Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, had their criminal act stopped when they were rammed by an alert motorist.
The motorist, a 25-year-old factory worker, was passing by an aluminium factory when he noticed the woman struggling with two armed men.
One of the men had a parang, and they were trying to steal the woman's handbag as she walked home from the factory.
Fearing for the woman's safety, the good samaritan rammed into the two men and their motorcycle, stunning both of the suspects.
The man got out of his car and apprehended one of the suspects, but the other individual escaped.
Factory workers, who overheard the commotion, gathered around the suspect and beat him up before a police patrol car came and took him into custody.
Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Ab Rashid Ab Wahab told a press conference yesterday the suspect suffered injuries to the head, hands, ribs and right leg from being rammed by the car and as a result of the beating.
He said investigations revealed that the 32-year-old suspect, who tested positive for opiates, was from Seri Kembangan, had prior records for vehicle theft and was only recently released from prison.
Police seized the suspect's sling bag, which contained a number of foreign currencies, a knife and a mobile phone.
ACP Ab Rashid added that the suspect had confessed to 22 snatch thefts around the Klang Valley. Police are now hunting for a 19-year-old accomplice.
In an unrelated case, police detained four Malaysians and 10 foreign nationals believed to be part of a lorry theft syndicate here.
"We got wind of the syndicate following the theft of a lorry near Pekan Batu 9 early this year," he said, adding that police raided a quarry at around 10pm on Wednesday.
He said police recovered a Mitsubishi Fuso and three Nissan lorries, which were believed to be stolen.
"The chassis and engine number of the lorries were tampered with. Among the four locals arrested was a 64-year-old mechanic who is an expert in such cases," he said.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Last updated on 3 August 2012 - 02:06am
I AM moving to Australia soon," a close friend messaged me out of the blue one day about two years ago.
"Eh? How come you've decided to migrate all of a sudden?" I asked. He then told me he was migrating because his daughter, a doctor, had been offered a job at a children's hospital in Sydney.
The young woman, a specialist at a government hospital in Malaysia, had a week after attending a medical symposium, received a phone call asking if she would like to work in Australia.
"She said she was interested but had an aged father to care for, and was immediately assured it would not be a problem," he said.
They told her the Australian government would extend a dependant's visa for her father if she took the job. She was then told to go with her father to the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur in a week and to take along their passports.
"When we went there the following Monday, there was a sealed envelope waiting for her, containing a letter of offer for employment which outlined the salary and perks," he said.
As soon as she signed her acceptance of the offer, Australian Permanent Residence visas were issued to both of them.
It was that easy! And that fast! In less than a month, the Australian government had facilitated the snapping up of foreign skilled manpower or rather "brainpower" they sought.
The young doctor is now happily practising her area of speciality in Sydney where she earns a good salary and enjoys good perks, drives a new BMW and lives in a nice condo with her father.
Soon after starting work there, she was taught another skill used by the medical staff at the hospital – how to fly a helicopter – and she has since earned her wings.
Nice story ... but let's get real! This is an example of the "brain drain" our country is facing – the departure of hundreds of thousands of highly educated or professional people from Malaysia to seek a better life.
Many leave as students to study at foreign varsities, often with full scholarships offered by foreign governments, and choose not to return, except for vacations and to attend special occasions.
A lawyer friend is proud that all his children hold professional jobs abroad. Another friend, however, has mixed feelings about his two children working in Australia as doctors.
He knows they are there because conditions are more favourable for them but bemoans the fact that they refuse to come back to work in Malaysia after studying there.
"My wife and I have 'lost' our two daughters because they feel it is not conducive to come back to work here," he said, adding, however, that they don't blame their children.
"They just do not want to return and put themselves at the mercy of some health ministry clerk who may decide that they should do their housemanship in 'Ulu Semuatakde'," he said.
"If they had gone for their medical studies on a government scholarship, it would be fair to have them repay society by serving their housemanship wherever the ministry decides.
"They don't mind doing housemanship here, but when they go overseas on 'FaMa' scholarship – father and mama that is – they should at the very least be allowed the choice of where they want to do their housemanship."
The parents' frustration is made worse by the imminence of the Empty Nest Syndrome, as their youngest child will soon be flying the coop following in the footsteps of her two elder siblings.
While some may say those who migrate to work abroad are being disloyal to Malaysia, others say they are just being loyal to their own careers and have every right to emigrate to seek better lives.
It is estimated that the brain drain has cost the country the loss of more than 1.5 million educated and professional Malaysians, mainly to Singapore and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries like the United Kingdom, United States and Australia.
According to the World Bank report last year on the brain drain affecting Malaysia, about 55% went to Singapore, 15% to Australia, 10% to the UK and 10% to the US, with the majority of them being non-Malays.
The major pull factors cited include better educational and career opportunities, and benefits while major push factors include social inequality, corruption and affirmative action policies.
The government is aware of the brain drain and has tried its best to reverse the situation, first through the Brain Gain programme established under the Science and Technology Ministry in 2006, and more recently through the setting up of Talent Corporation to attract highly qualified Malaysians back home.
Sweeteners offered by Talent Corp include:
» flat income tax rate of 15% for five years;
» tax exemption for personal effects brought home; and
» guaranteed permanent residence status for foreign spouses and children who may study at international schools in Malaysia.
So far, despite the government's efforts, the net loss has been greater than the small gains achieved, and even a good number of those they managed to attract back home, have since left again.
It would seem that perhaps these so-called incentives mean nothing to those wooed, as their primary reasons for leaving in the first place involve much bigger issues.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
羅慧娟最後遺言 - Jacqueline Low Wai Quin (罗慧娟) - Hong Kong actress about her trial and tribulations with Pancreatic Cancer in Cantonese with English subtitles
Video clip of Hong Kong actress (Low Wai Quin罗慧娟) - How she faced death
The above are EC's Blogs. "Wow! So many!", I hear you say. I even hear you say, "you have so much free time, eh?", which is a very typical Malaysian response.
I empathize with their ignorance and negative attitude. Majority, not all, Malaysians tend to think and say the negative response as mentioned above.
Funny though, from my 22 years living in Sydney, NSW, Australia, the reaction I received was "wow! How you manage this, mate? You must show me how you do this? I want to know/learn".
The aussies look at me from my perspective and in a positive way whereas the Malaysians tend to look from their own selfish standpoint. They know they can't do it, so how the 'F' this bastard can, so instead of being positive, from their viewpoint, they wonder how in the world one can find so much time to do this ie. manage 12 Blogs, 3 yahoogroups, twitter and FB. So such detractors were implying I don't have any work to do!
The ignorant ones think 1 dimensional work flow. So they imagined, bloody hell, open up 10 Blogs and post 10 times, then log on to the 3 yahoogroups and post 3 times and then log on to twitter and post and then log on to FB and post! Phew! Even I am exhausted now.
EC found a way using mobile technology and I like to repeat it again "EC found a way using mobile technology!".
EC streamlined the blogging process, done through email, postings get published to respective Blogs via email which in turn from the blog automatically posts to respective yahoogroups (which then disseminates the posting to members of yahoogroups). Then via the blogpost itself, when twitted (ie. posted to twitter), my twitter a/c being configured/linked to my FB a/c, the twitted post also gets published to my FB wall. Quite effortless on my part.
Not all my Malaysian friends are negative, I am so glad to know. The 1% who know me inspire and encourages me while the remaining ones have the tendency to be 'selfishly inward' by character. If they can't have or do it, so you shouldn't be able to have or do it too. That's one of the ugly sides of Malaysians (not all), in general. I am NOT angry but pity them.
When I migrated to Sydney in 1988, I did not have much money. After saving for 2 years, I managed to put a down payment for my 1st new car, a Hyundai excel hatchback. Hyundai then was not what Hyundai is today. Hyundai has come a long way and today very successful.
The interior Hyundai Excel Hatch was very plastic-ish. Another Malaysian migrant friend of mine bought the Ford Laser and commented to me that I should have bought what he purchased. I couldn't afford the Ford Laser pricing. He rubbished the Korean-made car. He was only thinking of himself. He did not bother to care why I chose it in the first place. As far as he was concerned I was the 'stupid' one to buy an 'inferior' (in his mind) car. My Aussie friends were the opposite. Regardless if hyundai were their preference or not, they said, 'good on ya, mate, with your new car'.
Guess what, this fidiot who migrated to Australia a year after me, returned to KL the following year after only spending a year or so in the country. He couldn't adjust to Aussie life. He even had the cheek suggested that I sell off the Hyundai and buy his Ford Laser off him. In his dream, I told him. Bastard, when I returned in 2009, he tried to con me to lend him RM10K!!! He even cried and told me a 'sad' story of his life. No, I did not lend him. My gosh, such Malaysians have no values and integrity at all!
If you belong to the 99%, hope you will learn to change your attitude. Don't do it for my sake but for yourself.
If you belong to the 1%, thank you for being my friend.