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After The Rain – Najwa Mahiaddin feat JUNY (Official Video) HD

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Sep
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May
11

A day in the life of an ordinary Malaysian – By Mariam Mokhtar

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I wake up and retrieve the newspaper lodged in the letter-box. My “Keling paper” has delivered it faithfully, come rain or shine…

I go to the kitchen and make breakfast. Into the toaster goes the bread sent to my home, the previous afternoon, by my “Keling roti”.
It has been made by the local bakers, the FBI — Federal Bakery Ipoh — owned by a mamak.

But if I am out for breakfast, it is usually a roti canai at my local Indian’s. Followed by a char koi snack from “auntie”, a Chinese lady.

Halfway through the morning, the sound of a horn alerts me that Ah Fatt, our “grocer on wheels”, has arrived. He brings me fresh vegetables,
Fish and the usual dried condiments.

Once a month, our local “Keling botol” comes round to collect our empty bottles. Our “Cina paper” too comes to collect the old newspapers.

My neighbour comes round with some pisang grown in her garden. She is Indian, married to a Chinese policeman. I am grateful for his tips on how to
Keep my house secure. When my ubi kayu harvest is plentiful, I’d go round and return her kind gesture.

I have a gardener. His name is Velu. From the name, you can guess he is Indian. He is much adored by my children. If my son is not in his room,
I know where to find him — under the mango tree, in the garden, sharing chapatti, dhall and “tapau” teh tarik with Velu. I told my son off for demolishing
Velu’s packed breakfast, but Velu was happy to share his meal.. Both were sporting toothless grins — Velu has no teeth and can’t afford dentures.
My toddler has just lost his two front teeth.
I’ve no idea what they chat and laugh about. Sometimes not a lot of gardening gets done. But who cares? At least they’re happy. When Velu died,
My son was distraught. He had been with our family for decades and refused to be pensioned off.

My general practitioner for the usual coughs and colds is Chinese.. All women have a gynaecologist — mine is Indian. And my dentist is Chinese..
These people provided services to my parents in the past, and I simply carried on with them.. No complaints. Good service. Reasonable fee.
I did go to a Malay doctor once, but he was more interested in “tackling” my younger sister. I dismissed his lack of professionalism as testosterone driven.
He was still a bachelor then.

And on the second visit, years later, he was fishing for information about other members of my family. One personal question might be excusable.
But twice is too much of a coincidence. I never did return to him. In my eyes, his professional conduct was compromised by these intrusions.
I know I shouldn’t be generalising, but this was my personal experience.

When I had to be admitted to hospital, the surgeon who operated on me was Indian.. The nurses were either Chinese or Indian.

I once had to use the services of a lawyer — an Indian.

The person who supplies me with stationery is a Chinese woman married to an Indian man. She once supplied my father’s business with his office
Stationery needs..

When I once had a leaky water tank, the plumber who successfully mended it was an Indian. He now takes care of all the house’s plumbing repairs. He
Was my parents’ plumber too.

When my house needed new electrical wiring, the electrician was a Chinese person. When I needed outside electrical work to be done, the electrician was
Indian. Both had provided long-term services to the family.

Before Raya, I would go to my Chinese tailor to make my baju kurung. My hair is cut by a Chinese woman. As before, these people once supplied my mother,
All her tailoring and hair-grooming requirements. My father’s barber is an Indian.

Again, before Raya, my mother’s Chinese friends at work would send tins of “love letters”, kueh kapit, for us to enjoy and serve at our open house.
And early on Raya day itself, several plates of pie tee would arrive and my father’s Indian colleagues would send a big pot of chicken curry and putu mayam.
The dining table groans with our rendang and the contributions from our friends, of all races and religions..

For several decades, until my parents were too old and infirm to receive guests, we would have an open house that was a riot of people sporting various
national costumes. A real melting point — a true reflection of Malaysia.

These people once provided my grandparents and my parents essential services. Either that, or they were colleagues at work, or friends from their younger days.
They, who have grown old alongside my grandparents and parents.

And now, people are telling me that these non-Malays whom I have grown up with and who have remained friends, through thick and thin, are second-class citizens..?
That they do not deserve to be Malaysians? That they are far inferior to me?

So am I to believe that should my neighbour’s husband, a Chinese, make the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, that his life is not as valuable as
a Malay policeman’s?

Who are these self-serving, self-righteous bigots kidding?
MARIAM MOKHTAR

Oct
01

Kit Siang : When was the UPSR leak discovered?

| September 26, 2014

A delay in the announcement of the UPSR leaks has aroused suspicion that things might not be what they seem.

PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang questioned the “height of irresponsibility and gross negligence” of the Education Ministry which took 13 days to announce the leak of the UPSR Maths and Tamil papers.

Lim, the MP for Gelang Patah said in a statement, “What boggles the mind is that after the leak of the UPSR Science and English papers on September 10 and 11, which were discovered on the very same day, it took the Examinations Syndicate, the Education Ministry and the Education Minister almost a fortnight to discover that the UPSR Tamil and Maths papers had also been leaked.”

Lim called this “incompetence and lack of professionalism” on the part of the parties involved.

He related that Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had shouted “sabotage” when the Science and English papers were leaked.

“Has Muhyiddin found any evidence that the leak of these two UPSR papers were part of an insidious political conspiracy to attack his integrity and that of his ministry?”

He added, “Muhyiddin’s allegation becomes even more intriguing when a former Umno minister recently blogged on the need to protect Muhyiddin from being forced to resign by a faction in Umno promoting “Queen’s English” to Umno leaders!

“Is Muhyiddin again shouting “sabotage” to undermine his integrity and that of his ministry with the leak of the UPSR Tamil and Maths papers?”

Lim said the public wanted to know why the Education Ministry had taken an unreasonably long time to discover that the UPSR Tamil and Maths papers had also been leaked when it had announced on September 11 that it was investigating a possible leak in the Maths paper.

He said, “There can be no doubt that Muhyiddin has been most remiss in the discharge of his responsibilities as the Education Minister.

“Is he prepared to state publicly when he first learned about the rumours of the leak of the UPSR Maths paper and when he was first informed categorically that the UPSR Maths paper had been leaked?”

Lim stated that the 500,000 Standard Six pupils should not have to resit the Maths and Tamil papers next month as they “should not be made to suffer because of the shocking incompetence and lack of professionalism of the Education Minister, Muhyiddin and his Ministry”.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/09/26/guan-eng-when-was-the-upsr-leak-discovered/

Oct
01
Malaysia, which has been downgraded to Tier 3 for its lack of progress in fighting human trafficking, now has another damning piece of evidence against it in a video documentary on the underage sex trade in the capital.

Trapped — The underage sex trade in Malaysia

Sep
05

Najib outlines three Merdeka messages – Nation | The Star Online// //

Najib outlines three Merdeka messages

KUALA LUMPUR: Leaving behind a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia for future generations was among the three Merdeka points outlined by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) for the continuity of the nation to be competitive on the international arena.

The Prime Minister outlines:

* First Merdeka Message: Strengthen the solidarity of Malaysians, including unity in greif, in the face of challenges and tests.

* Second Merdeka Message: Cultivate confidence that we can achieve any ambitions as a nation if there is unity.

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* Third Merdeka Message: Leaving behind a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia

In his speech at the 57th National Day celebrations at the Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman in the Malaysian Tourism Centre (Matic) here, he said solidarity among the people who united in grief, for instance, was witnessed during the ceremony to honour the victims of the MH17 tragedy, which was the highest honour never before accorded to civilians.

This was the first time Najib gave his National Day message live in front of an audience unlike in previous years, and it was telecast directly by radio and television stations. 

Najib, elaborating the first Merdeka message, said people throughout the country observed a simultaneous minute of silence as a mark of solidarity and spirit of unity in building a nation, 1Malaysia.

“The point is, ladies and gentlemen, we showed our unity during the Day of Mourning throughout the nation, and we will continue this spirit of unity during good times as well as bad, for always,” he said.

In elaborating the second message on fostering the confidence of the people, he said everyone would have a bright future if the people had strong ideas and lived in harmony to achieve a noble objective.

Najib said his administration would continue making the best decisions for the Malaysian people based on the needs, demands and capabilities of the government.

On the third message which is to leave behind a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia, he said: “Whatever the challenges, whatever the tests, we will continue marching ahead, building a peaceful Malaysia for our children’s future.” 

This speech also marks the first time Najib chose to give his Merdeka address live on television.

“Unlike previous years, where Merdeka speeches were pre-recorded and then broadcasted to TV channels, tonight I choose to give my speech live to hundreds of people who are attending this Merdeka eve event to show the spirit of patriotism from eye to eye, heart to heart, especially those who are here tonight,” he said Saturday.

Among those who attended the event were Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/08/30/Najib-Merdeka-massages/

Sep
02

It’s ok. We’re family – Maxis Merdeka 2014

Malaysia. We are family – DiGi Merdeka 2014 .

Aug
03

Please be transparent, PKR!

It was a historic thrashing by the people against BN’s campaign to recapture Selangor. Now, all of sudden, he is a villain?

Mohd Nasri Abdul Rahim

In the last general election, the Pakatan election campaign boasted of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s success in managing Selangor and improving it greatly compared to the previous administration.

Various billboards tell of various successes and that people are greatly happy with such accomplishments. Pakatan was rewarded with 8 extra seats in that election. It was a historic thrashing by the people against BN’s campaign to recapture Selangor. Now, all of sudden, he is a villain?

These are the frequently raised excuses given pertaining to the need to remove Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim:

1. Failure to control both MAIS and JAIS on their Malay/Iban Bible seizure;

2. Cooperating with BN-ruled Federal Government on Langat 2 water treatment plant;

3. Going against the spirit of Pakatan’s Election Manifesto for allowing new tolled highways in Selangor.

The first issue can be resolved if the Selangor State Assembly amends the relevant state laws and enactments related to the issue. MAIS and JAIS is an enforcement agency that simply follows the letters of law laid in the Selangor Non-Islamic Religion Enactment 1988. It is outrageous to blame the MB for “not doing enough” on the matter when the responsible body, the state assembly, did nothing on this matter. Since the law is still valid, it must be enforced. If PKR and DAP is unhappy about it, use the proper legislative process available to them to rectify the issue.

The second issue, I think, is paramount to ensure the security of water supply to Selangorians. It is pathetic to see people suffer from water supply disruption on a frequent basis. With rapid growth in the Klang Valley and an aging water supply infrastructure, I wonder how long the current infrastructure can support the increasing demand for water? I actually don’t see much problem in Selangor’s side since Langat 2 is a Federal Government financed project.

If folks in PKR found any evidence of corruption, report it and expose it to the public like you did on various issues before. Other than blaming the MB for working with the Federal Government on the issue, I haven’t seen any viable alternative solution for the problem offered. I’ve read ideas like procuring water from Sungai Perak and Sungai Selangor estuary, but then, why waste time and resources already spent on the old solution of Langat 2? That project is funded with taxpayers money. Punishing Langat 2 is punishing us taxpayers to pay even more for the delay. Even Lim Guan Eng struck a deal with the Federal Government in Penang to expand the Mengkuang Dam. It is not an issue, right (making a deal with BN)?

The last issue that is frequently highlighted is on the new KIDEX Highway, where the PKR fellas said the MB betrayed the electorates’ trust by approving a toll highway in Selangor against the spirit of the Buku Jingga Manifesto which promises abolition of all toll. Again, Lim Guan Eng did the exact same thing with his undersea tunnel; it is not a big deal too, right?

I think PKR owe us all a decent explanation. If Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is a bad MB for failing to hold a public consultation on the KIDEX project, shouldn’t you, PKR, convince us the public that replacing the current MB is unrelated to PKR’s internal politics and a real necessity for us, the Rakyat? For ordinary people like us, it seems like an internal party problem gone out of control and another excuse to justify nepotism.

To be fair, PKR should list down the problem with the current Menteri Besar publicly and allow him to answer each issue raised. Let us, the people, hear and decide! What is good for PKR is not necessarily good for us, the people. Being transparent would be the best solution for PKR to convince us the public to be with you on this issue.