25 June 2010

My Holiday is going to end!

It is going to over! Yeah, it is my super long holiday. It was since April until early of July. And I am going back to UNITEN on early of July. The first thing when I reached there is I need to pay the first month of the UNITEN apartment fee. Next to do is settle down my luggage and start to clean my new room. I want to apply a new apartment so I can continue to stay with my previous housemates. ;)

23 June 2010

Pudu Jail should be conserved

Pudu Jail should be conserved. If not all, there should be at least a significant length of the wall should be remained.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/135103 - 21 June
Awang Adek: Pudu jail not something to be proud of
The Pudu jail is not something that Malaysia can be proud of, Deputy Finance Minister Awang Adek Hussin told the Dewan Rakyat today.

He was responding to a supplementary question from Fong Kui Lun (DAP-Bukit Bintang), who had asked if part of the prison wall - with the world's longest mural - would be preserved,

He also asked whether a museum would be built to commemorate the heritage value of the former prison.

Awang Adek explained that the government had looked into the matter and decided that Pudu jail is not a heritage site and will not be made into a heritage site.

"Firstly, this is because Pudu jail is not something that we can be proud of. There are other things that we can be proud of rather than a prison, even if it is old," he said.

"Since we don't consider it a heritage site, there will be no museum."

At the Parliament lobby, Fong told reporters that he had spoken to the Kuala Lumpur mayor and suggested that the wall and the main entrance should be preserved.

"I have asked the mayor to issue a directive to the developer, UDA, to impose a condition for the preservation of the main entrance and the wall facing Jalan Hang Tuah," said Fong (right).

"The mayor seems to have a positive response."

He added that he would collect signatures for a petition to be sent to the mayor as soon as possible.
1-Msia Demolitn Man Najib: our children will curse you for the destructn of Msian history!

Demolition of the wall around Pudu jail is expected to start tonight.

21 June 2010

Demolish UPSR and PMR?

Few days ago, our Education Minister had suggested UPSR and PMR to be demolished. I was shocked when I heard this for first time on a chinese radio station.

Some inexperience party suggest that PMR should be taken off. But for me, it's the most important part for us to overcome and to target for SPM. If the PMR is torn down, then how teachers can select their all potiental students to enroll in a suitable course or known as stream in Form 4 and Form 5? Can each school select students based on their in-school-examination? This is not fair to other schoolas well. Because each school, they have different sets of questions thus lead the difference in the difficulties level. Schools also need not to follow Educational Minister guidelines on how they should set the questions, such as 5-3-2 or 5-2-3.

If PMR still continue, teachers can select which student have potential to be whether in science stream, arts stream or business stream. PMR Students will know they need to fight againts each other, not only in the same school, but the whole country! They will have struggle more to get excellent result. But they should not also miss out the extra-curricular programs that carry about 10% or can be categorized as a voluntary subject.

About UPSR, if the government really want to revise and "save cost" (thanks to our government because our examination is free of charge), UPSR can be removed. The present of UPSR can make our child to become very stressful because every mother wants their child to be number one. Then who is going to be number two and the list goes on? Tuition center for primary pupils are like seperti cendawan tumbuh selepas hujan (a lot in number). Everyday, weekday and weekend are filled, that is going to tuition center.

So what I can hope is government must listen to the rakyat and do something correctly.

16 June 2010

No more funds from Putrajaya for excellent student

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz admitted today that the government did not have the “capacity” to finance the studies of the growing pool of bright students in the country.

The minister in the prime minister’s department said the public would just have to accept the reality of the situation although it was an unpopular decision.

“We have to tell the truth. We just cannot afford it. Just like how a parent cannot afford to send their children abroad to further their studies, the government cannot afford it.

“We do not have the financial capacity that permits us to send every good student abroad,” he told The Malaysian Insider at the MP’s lounge in the Parliament building here this afternoon.

Nazri, who is the minister in charge of the Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships, was explaining the Cabinet’s decision to eventually scrap the 1,500 scholarships offered to students for undergraduate studies overseas.

He said the government spent billions on scholarships annually and could no longer afford to accommodate the growing pool of bright students.

“There are two things here. One, it is financial capacity. Secondly, it is this: however we do it, whether we reclassify the As that the students get to A+, A and A-, the fact remains that in this year alone, the number of students who obtained 9A+ were over 1,200.

“This means that the boys and girls are getting more and more clever and we cannot reduce the number of scholarships we give out by re-grading the As any further,” he explained.

As a result, said Nazri, the Cabinet last week agreed that PSD scholarships given to students applying for courses in foreign universities would only go to those pursuing postgraduate courses and not undergraduate courses.

He noted that the 1,200 of the 1,500 presently offered to the students would slowly be phased out from next year onwards.

The remaining 300, which make up the quota for the Perdana Scholarships, would be retained.

“This is based solely on merit. Like this year, 80 per cent of the 300 scholarships were given to non-Bumiputras,” he said.

The Perdana Scholarships, he noted, would be given out to the cream of the crop and only to those accepted in Ivy League schools.

“For the remaining 1,200, we will phase them out completely over the years. For example, last year, from the PSD, we gave out 2,000 scholarships, including the Perdana Scholarships.

“This year, we reduced the number to 1,500. Next year, we will continue [to reduce this further],” he said.

Nevertheless, Nazri said that the extra funds would be given out as scholarships to students pursuing courses in the local universities.

“Ultimately, the purpose is also to retain our good students here in our local universities. We want our good students to study locally and this is our long-term goal.

“We want our universities to be first-class. We want to retain the money here, so we finance those in local universities — we want the talent here,” he said.

Nazri noted that one of the reasons behind the brain drain problem in the country was that many students pursued their studies in foreign universities.

“And when they are there and they have the connection, they no longer want to return,” he said.

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Nik Aziz, exco pulau Fiesta Kelantan malam ini

Majlis perasmian Fiesta Kelantan 2010 yang sepatutnya dirasmikan Pemangku Raja Kelantan dan dihadiri Datuk Seri Najib Razak di pekarangan Stadium Sultan Mohammed Ke-IV di Kota Bharu, malam ini akan dipulaukan kerana penganjur mungkir janji dengan tidak membenarkan Menteri Besar, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat berucap.

Lihat Kediaman Tuan Guru Dato Nik Aziz Nik Mat di sini.

Menurut Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kerajaan Tempatan, Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan Negeri, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan keputusan memulaukan perasmian itu diambil kerana penganjur bersama - Syarikat Red Carpet juga telah memungkir beberapa perjanjian ketika mesyuarat bersama kerajaan negeri.

Antaranya, mereka telah bersetuju perasmian disempurnakan oleh Pemangku Raja Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra, manakala terdapat dua ucapan akan disampaikan - pertama ucapan aluan dari Nik Aziz selaku tuan rumah dan ucapan dari Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Bagaimanapun, Takiyuddin berkata pada 13 Jun lalu, kerajaan negeri menerima arahan daripada Jabatan Pembangunan Persekutuan (JPP) memaklumkan bahawa pejabat Perdana Menteri "tidak mahu menteri besar berucap".

"Kita tidak tarik diri, tapi mereka yang pinggirkan kita, pinggirkan menteri besar. Ia memalukan MB selaku tuan rumah," katanya ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini lewat petang ini.

Takiyuddin berkata kerajaan negeri dan Syarikat Red Carpet adalah penganjur bersama bagi majlis tersebut yang akan berlangsung selama tiga hari, bermula hari ini.

Menurutnya lagi, dalam publisiti seperti kain rentang telah menguar-uarkan bahawa perdana menteri akan merasmikan majlis tersebut dan bukan Pemangku Raja.

"Jadi telah berlaku percanggahan persefahaman. Pemangku Raja yang sepatutnya merasmikan malam ini, telah digambar seolah-olah bahawa perdana menteri yang akan merasmikan. Kita kesal," katanya

Takiyuddin yang juga pengerusi jawatankuasa induk pesta itu berkata, beliau turut menerima surat daripada pejabat Sultan tengahari tadi yang memaklumkan bahawa Pemangku Sultan tidak akan berangkat pada malam ini atas "alasan-alasan tertentu".

Sehubungan itu, Takiyuddin yang juga ADUN Bunut Payong berkata mesyuarat exco juga memutuskan untuk menarik diri daripada program itu yang berlangsung sehingga 19 Jun ini.

Namun katanya, kerajaan negeri tidak akan menghalang sebarang aktiviti yang dijalankan sepanjang Fiesta Kelantan selama tiga hari itu selagi ia memenuhi syarat yang diluluskan pihak berkuasa tempatan.

"Red Carpet sebagai syarikat swasta kena ikut prosedur dan mematuhi syarat yang ditetapkan. Kena ikut prosedur seperti biasa," katanya.

Ditanya sama ada syarikat tersebut didakwa mempunyai kaitan dengan Umno, Takiyuddin yang juga penolong setiausaha agung PAS berkata "saya tidak pasti".

"Tapi saya nampak ia seolah-olah macam program Umno. Tapi saya tak kisah. Sebagai kerajaan negeri kita bersikap profesional dan bekerjasama dengan dia (Red Carpet)," katanya.

Red Carpet adalah sebuah syarikat swasta yang bertindak sebagai pengurus acara dalam majlis tersebut, tambahnya.

Kelantan State Government Boycott Kelantan Fiesta

KOTA BAHARU, June 16 (Bernama) - The state government will boycott the opening of Kelantan Fiesta 2010 Wednesday night claiming that the organiser had broken its promise to allow Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat to speak.

State Local Government, Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said organiser Red Carpet World Wide Sdn Bhd had contravened terms of the agreement signed with the state government.

The fiesta was to be launched by the Regent of Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra and attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in the compound of Sultan Mohammed IV Stadium.

He said originally, Tengku Faris was to launch the fiesta while Nik Aziz was scheduled to speak, but now the regent would not be launching it while Nik Aziz could not address the audience.

Takiyuddin who is also fiesta committee chairman said the organiser had hurt the feelings of the state government which had been disregarded in many matters.

He said the state government would not stop the three-day fiesta provided it abide by terms approved by local authorities but added activities like '1001 pesilat' and making of the giant drum had been cancelled.


Who is the First Lady in Malaysia?

Wanita Pertama in Bahasa Malaysia is referred to First Lady.

Batu MP Tian Chua question in Parliament about the status of First Lady or Wanita Pertama in Malaysia.

For me, I think there is no such First Lady term can be used in Malaysia. This is because Kamus Dewan does not have the term as well. (Strictly speaking)

But to speak it loosly, which I mean more open minded. There should be a First Lady status in Malaysia.

I found out someone was asking this term in March 2010 in Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka's website in the Pusat Rujukan Persuratan Melayu about term of First Lady. See here

Adakah Malaysia mempunyai First Lady 2. Apa istilah First Laday dalam bahasa Malaysia. 3. Bagaimana kedudukan DYMM Raja Permaisuri Agong
Jawapan: Padanan bahasa Melayu bagi perkataan first lady ialah wanita pertama. Setiap negara mempunyai wanita pertama (first lady), namun untuk mengetahui siapa wanita pertama (first lady) di Malaysia dan kedudukan DYMM Raja Permaisuri Agong, sila hubungi Bahagian Protokol, Jabatan Perdana Menteri.
Istilah 23.03.2010

Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka also require us to clarify with Prime Minister Department because this is related with Article 32(2) Federal Constitution.

Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib replied Tian Chua that Raja Permaisuri Agong is higher than First Lady of Malaysia.

News in Malay Language here

For me, Isteri Perdana Menteri is better to be called as Wife of Prime Minister of Malaysia. This is because Malaysia is not a country with a President. Malaysia is ruled based on Constitutional Monarchy and Parliamentary Democracy.

While, Raja Permaisuri Agong is on the top of everyone. So we must call Permaisuri Yang di-Pertuan Agong(Raja Permaisuri Agong).

Article 32(2) Perlembagaan Persekutuan menyebut; "Permaisuri Yang di-Pertuan Agong (yang digelar Raja Permaisuri Agong) adalah mengambil keutamaan mengatasi segala orang lain dalam Persekutuan selepas Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

15 June 2010

Concern about Agong's safety in new palace

The safety of the monarch is in jeopardy, said Taiping DAP MP Nga Kor Ming, as one of the contractors working on the new palace is the same builder behind the Gong Badak Stadium in Kuala Terengganu which collapsed last year.

Stadium Sultan Mizan Terengganu Gong Badak 030609

The roof structure of the RM300 million Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium gave way, just over a year after its completion in 2008, in time to host the 12th Sukma (Sukan Malaysia) organised by Terengganu.

Nga said that the company which is in charge of constructing a flyover from Jalan Duta to the palace at a cost of RM130 million, was the main contractor behind the building of the stadium, said Nga.

The Works Ministry had informed Parliament yesterday that RM811 million is being spent to build the palace to replace Istana Negara which is currently the royal home.

Deputy Minister Yong Khoon Seng said the cost has doubled from the original estimate of RM400 million in 2006 due to its unique features and additional safety measures.

Yong said that the construction of the main complex was awarded to Maya Maju Sdn Bhd at a sum of RM650 million, while a contract for the flyover from Jalan Duta to the palace was given to Ahmad Zaki Bhd.

The contract for the upgrading of an access road from Jalan Changkat Semantan to Jalan Istana costing RM32.5 million was awarded to Kejuruteraan Kenari Sdn Bhd.

Still not restored

“The stadium which cost RM282 million was used for only 10 months, now it has collapsed and it cannot be restored till now,” said Nga.

“I'm here to ask the Works Minister Shaziman Abu Mansor... why is the same contractor behind the collapsed stadium is working on the symbol of national pride and the King's home.

scah uuca talk 141205 nga kor ming“Contractors who were involved in such scandalous projects should be blacklisted and not chosen for public projects.”

Nga (left) said he fears for the Agong's safety, adding that "one morning His Majesty would be having his breakfast and suddenly the palace (will) collapse... it would be a very unfortunate tragedy for the country”.

He added that the minister has to answer to all the questions relating to this matter, including why the contract was not awarded via an open tender system.

“His deputy (Yong) is not well-versed with this issue. Yesterday when he was pressured by me, he didn't know how to answer,” said Nga.



素肉粽我也尝试过了,当然味道不比原来的香,但是已经让素食者也有机会品尝肉粽。 ^^