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          Menghitung Detik Lazada 11.11 Shopping Festival Dan Secara Langsung Super Show       Cache   Translate Page      
Salam sejahtera kepada semua pembaca setia blog makan Mahamahu dan juga rakan-rakan sekalian. Korang mesti hari-hari tengok kat tv, sosial media dan juga semua platform digital dan media cetak mempromosikan tarikh hebat iaitu Lazada 11.11 Shopping Festival. Jualan satu hari SALE di Malaysia secara besar-besaran hanya di laman web dan aplikasi Lazada.



Lazada 11.11 Shopping Festival Beli-Belah Menarik Satu Hari


Maha sendiri tak sabar untuk menantikan tarikh tersebut kerana waktu itu lah kita dapat membeli belah dengan diskaun sehingga 90%. Ada juga sesetengah barang itu boleh dapat Crazy Flash Sales serendah RM1. Sapa tak nak rebut peluang untuk harga paling murah macam tu dalam satu hari sahaja.


Waktu tu bukan setakat korang boleh beli belah dengan murah tapi sebenarnya korang boleh kolek baucer sehingga RM111 melalui permainan Shake It. Ada waktu tertentu untuk korang standby nak Shake It melalui aplikasi Lazada. Jangan shake laptop lak nanti orang kata gilerr lak hehehe. Juga ada permainan Slash It serendah RM1 yang membawa korang untuk slash dan invite kawan untuk join slash juga.


Korang juga boleh kutip baucar bernilai sehingga RM11,000,000. Masa ini lah nak dapatkan banyak baucer yang boleh guna untuk dapatkan Produk Buy Group dengan harga yang sangat rendah. Semua ni dalam satu hari sahaja 24 jam tau so jangan ketinggalan. Juga banyak lagi ciri-ciri yang menyeronokkan untuk korang dalam aplikasi dan laman web Lazada. Mesti berebut orang nak masuk Lazada tarikh 11.11 tu.

Acara Lazada 11.11 Super Show Secara Langsung


Juga turut akan ada  pre event bersempena akan tiba tarikh 11.11 Shopping Festival ni. Lazada bakal mengadakan acara live countdown mereka seperti detail di bawah :

Tarikh: 10 November 2018
Waktu: 10.00 malam 
Siaran Lansung: Aplikasi Lazada, TV 3 dan NTV 7
Lokasi: Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur


Dalam acara ini akan ada hampir 180 selebriti dari dalam dan luar negara juga turut sama menjayakan program live ini. barisan artis yang akan terlibat seperti KARD, Wany Hasrita, Aiman ​​Tino, Haqiem Rusli, Ayda Jebat, Altimet, Ella, Ziana Zain dan ramai lagi. Korang juga boleh meraikan malam tu dengan sertai peraduan yang dianjurkan dan ada banyak hadiah yang boleh dimenangi bernilai RM11juta



Wow sehari sebelum 11.11 pun dah boleh dapat banyak hadiah apatah lagi tarikh yang di nantikan. Jadi jangan lupa untuk terus menonton rancangan ini kat aplikasi Lazada dan juga secara langsung di TV3 dan NTV7 hanya dirumah. Lepas tonton tu habis jer terus boleh shopping kat Lazada 11.11 Shopping Festival. Memang menarik sangat kat Lazada pada tarikh keramat ini nantikan 11.11.









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           The impact of the Malaysian Grid For Learning (MyGFL) among Malaysians       Cache   Translate Page      
Idris, N. and Loh, S.C. and Mohd Nor, N. and Md. Saad, R. (2008) The impact of the Malaysian Grid For Learning (MyGFL) among Malaysians. In: Conference on Research in Education, 22-23 Dec 2008, Auditorium Perdanasiswa, Universiti Malaya. (Submitted)
           The design and evaluation of the Bahasa Malaysia grammar learning portal for form two students       Cache   Translate Page      
Chin, H.L. (2008) The design and evaluation of the Bahasa Malaysia grammar learning portal for form two students. In: Conference on Research in Education, 22-23 Dec 2008, Auditorium Perdanasiswa, Universiti Malaya. (Submitted)
           Study of educational policy and quality of primary education in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Marzuki, S. and Syed Zamri, S.N.A. and Othman, J. and Borhan, L. (2008) Study of educational policy and quality of primary education in Malaysia. In: Conference on Research in Education, 22-23 Dec 2008, Auditorium Perdanasiswa, Universiti Malaya. (Submitted)
           School-based management: A model of implementation for Malaysian primary schools       Cache   Translate Page      
Idris, A.R. and Abdul Samad, R.S. (2008) School-based management: A model of implementation for Malaysian primary schools. In: Conference on Research in Education, 22-23 Dec 2008, Auditorium Perdanasiswa, Universiti Malaya. (Submitted)
           Rasuah dan pertumbuhan ekonomi: Perbandingan antara Indonesia dan Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Mohamad, M.T. (2008) Rasuah dan pertumbuhan ekonomi: Perbandingan antara Indonesia dan Malaysia. In: International Conference Islamic Economic And Social Justice: Reinforcing Equity For The Common Well-Being, 24-27 July 2008, Kediri, Indonesia. (Submitted)
           Professional development of student affairs pratitioners: A Malaysian perspective       Cache   Translate Page      
Puniamurthy, K. (2008) Professional development of student affairs pratitioners: A Malaysian perspective. In: Asia Pacific Student Service Association Conference, 20-23 Oct 2008, Wuhan, China. (Submitted)
           Performing rice farming rituals by Penampang Kadazan of East Malaysia: Between sacred ritual and secular performance       Cache   Translate Page      
Hussin, H. (2008) Performing rice farming rituals by Penampang Kadazan of East Malaysia: Between sacred ritual and secular performance. In: The PSI Conference Interregnum, 20-24 Aug 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark. (Submitted)
           Peranan wakaf dalam membangunkan ekonomi umat islam: Pengalaman di Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Ab. Rahman, A. (2008) Peranan wakaf dalam membangunkan ekonomi umat islam: Pengalaman di Malaysia. In: International Conference Islamic Economic And Social Justice: Reinforcing Equity For The Common Well-Being, 24-27 Julai 2008, Kediri, Indonesia. (Submitted)
           Pemikiran kritis dan kemahiran penyelesaian masalah di IPTA islam Malaysia: Satu analisis paradigma       Cache   Translate Page      
Ismail, P. and Affandi, R. and Ramil, M.A. and Jamaludin, M.A. (2008) Pemikiran kritis dan kemahiran penyelesaian masalah di IPTA islam Malaysia: Satu analisis paradigma. In: Seminar Kebangsaan Kemahiran Insaniah Dan Kesejahteraan Sosial, 18-19 Ogos 2008, Melaka. (Submitted)
           Mathematics achievement among Malaysian students: What can they learn from Singapore       Cache   Translate Page      
Ismail, N.A. and Awang, H. (2008) Mathematics achievement among Malaysian students: What can they learn from Singapore. In: IEA International Research Conference, 18-20 Sep 2008, Taipei, Taiwan. (Submitted)
           Language policies- impact on language maintenance and teaching focus on Malaysia Singapore and The Philippines       Cache   Translate Page      
David, M.K. (2008) Language policies- impact on language maintenance and teaching focus on Malaysia Singapore and The Philippines. In: Conference on Foundation for Endangered Languages, 24-27 September 2008, Leeuwarden,The Netherlands. (Submitted)
           Household hazardous waste components in Malaysia MSW-The current scenario       Cache   Translate Page      
Fauziah, S.H. and Agamuthu, P. (2008) Household hazardous waste components in Malaysia MSW-The current scenario. In: International Conference On Hazardous Waste Management, 1-3 Oct 2008, Crete, Greece. (Submitted)
           Graduates' characteristics and labour market entry: A study among Malaysian graduates       Cache   Translate Page      
Ismail, N.A. and Daud, F. and Wan Muhd Zain, W.R. and Che Ibrahim, A.A. (2008) Graduates' characteristics and labour market entry: A study among Malaysian graduates. In: International Conference on Educational Economics, 26-31 Aug 2008, Athens, Greece. (Submitted)
           Effective transitional plan from secondary education to employment for individual with special needs: A case study in the Malaysian context       Cache   Translate Page      
Loh, S.C. and Syed Yahya, S.Z. (2008) Effective transitional plan from secondary education to employment for individual with special needs: A case study in the Malaysian context. In: Conference on Research in Education, 22-23 Dec 2008, Auditorium Perdanasiswa, Universiti Malaya. (Submitted)
           Educational opportunities for children with poverty in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Idris, N. and Cheong, L.S. and Darusalam, G. and Ghani, M.F.A. and Md. Saad, R. (2008) Educational opportunities for children with poverty in Malaysia. In: Conference on Research in Education, 22-23 Dec 2008, Auditorium Perdanasiswa, UM. (Submitted)
           A study on identification of significant environmental aspects and impacts of piling and foundation works       Cache   Translate Page      
Tuan Fadzilah, T.S. and Mahmood, N.Z. and Hassan, C.R.C. (2008) A study on identification of significant environmental aspects and impacts of piling and foundation works. Malaysian Journal of Science, 27 (1). pp. 47-59. ISSN 1394-3065
           Characteristics of granitic rock from western and eastern of the Bentong Raub suture, peninsular Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Ghani, A.A. (2008) Characteristics of granitic rock from western and eastern of the Bentong Raub suture, peninsular Malaysia. In: Proceedings of the International Symposia on Geoscience Resources and Environments of Asian Terranes, 24-26 November 2008, Bangkok, Thailand.
           The genesis of the alkaline rock series of the benom complex, central belt of the peninsular Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Umor, M.R. and Abdul Ghani, A. and Mohamad, H. (2008) The genesis of the alkaline rock series of the benom complex, central belt of the peninsular Malaysia. In: Proceedings of the International Symposia on Geoscience Resources and Environments of Asian Terranes, 24-26 November 2008, Bangkok, Thailand.
           Escitalopram in the treatment of Malaysian patients with Obsessive-compulsive disorder       Cache   Translate Page      
Hatim, A. and Gill, J.S. and Jambunathan, S.T. and Yen, T.H. and Ariff, M. and Lemming, O.M. and Azhar, M.Z. (2008) Escitalopram in the treatment of Malaysian patients with Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Hong Kong J Psychiatry, 18. pp. 152-157. ISSN 1026-2121
           Is the export led growth hypothesis valid for Malaysia?       Cache   Translate Page      
Shahrin, A.R. and Shaharudin, R.S. and Abdull Mutalip, M.L (2008) Is the export led growth hypothesis valid for Malaysia? In: International Business Research Conference, 24-26 November 2008, Melbourne, Australia.
           Policy into practice: the challenge for special education in Malaysia.       Cache   Translate Page      
Hussin, S. and Quek, A.H. and Loh, S.C. (2008) Policy into practice: the challenge for special education in Malaysia. In: International Conference on Experiential Learning, 8-12 Dis 2008, Sydney, Australia. (Submitted)
           HRD policy implementation in Malaysian public universities - an investigation of the relationship between organisational factors and implementation.       Cache   Translate Page      
Baharom, A. (2008) HRD policy implementation in Malaysian public universities - an investigation of the relationship between organisational factors and implementation. In: International Borneo Business Conference, 15-17 Dis 2008, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. (Submitted)
           Limited liability partnership: is Malaysia ready?       Cache   Translate Page      
Chan, W.M. and Susela, D.S. and Ng, K.T. and Lee, S.L. (2008) Limited liability partnership: is Malaysia ready? In: International Borneo Business Conference, 15-17 Dis 2008, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. (Submitted)
           Perception on the determinants of success: a case of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) manufacturing firms in Malaysia.       Cache   Translate Page      
Yahya, A.Z. and Mahajar, A.J. and Othman, M.S. (2008) Perception on the determinants of success: a case of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) manufacturing firms in Malaysia. In: International Borneo Business Conference, 15-17 Dis 2008, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. (Submitted)
           Perception on the innovative characteristics of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) manufacturing firms in Peninsular Malaysia.       Cache   Translate Page      
Yahya, A.Z. and Mail, R. and Othman, M.S. and Ibrahim, M.S. (2008) Perception on the innovative characteristics of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) manufacturing firms in Peninsular Malaysia. In: International Borneo Business Conference 2008, 15-17 Dis 2008, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. (Submitted)
           Constructive conflict management in Malaysian secondary schools       Cache   Translate Page      
Quah, C.S. (2008) Constructive conflict management in Malaysian secondary schools. In: Conference on Research in Education, 22-23 Dec 2008, Auditorium Perdanasiswa, Universiti Malaya.
           Astronomy education awareness in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Zainuddin, M.Z. (2008) Astronomy education awareness in Malaysia. In: Asian-Pacific Regional Meeting of The International Astronomical Union, 3-6 Aug 2008, Kunming, China. (Submitted)
           The transfer of care in global capitalism: The feminization of migration as household survival strategy amongst foreign domestic workers in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Thambiah, S. (2008) The transfer of care in global capitalism: The feminization of migration as household survival strategy amongst foreign domestic workers in Malaysia. In: International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, 3-9 July 2008, Madrid, Spain. (Submitted)
           The influence of early Tamil culture in South East Asia       Cache   Translate Page      
Kumaran, S. (2008) The influence of early Tamil culture in South East Asia. In: International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, 18-20 June 2008, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang. (Submitted)
           The implementation of shariah offences in Malaysia: Issues, challenges and the way forward       Cache   Translate Page      
Ismail, S.Z. (2008) The implementation of shariah offences in Malaysia: Issues, challenges and the way forward. In: Asian Law Institute Conference, 22-23 May 2008, Singapore. (Submitted)
           The development of entrepreneurship in Malaysia: State-led initiatives       Cache   Translate Page      
Abdullah, S. and Muhammad, A. (2008) The development of entrepreneurship in Malaysia: State-led initiatives. In: ASIALICS International Conference, 2-4 April 2008, Bangalore, India. (Submitted)
           The concept of Islam hadhari as reflected in Thirukkural       Cache   Translate Page      
Maniam, K. (2008) The concept of Islam hadhari as reflected in Thirukkural. In: Conference on Malaysia Study of Islam 2008, 28-29 June 2008, Lampeter, UK. (Submitted)
           Tenants' acceptance level of current tenancy terms for selected office buildings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Mohd Adnan, Y. and Tey, H.S. (2008) Tenants' acceptance level of current tenancy terms for selected office buildings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In: Asia Real Estate Society Conference, 12-15 July 2008, Shanghai, China. (In Press)
           Local lexical intrusions in english dailies: A comparison of Malaysian, Singaporean and Pakistani newspapers       Cache   Translate Page      
David, M.K. and Kuang, C.H. and Shaikh, Q.A. (2008) Local lexical intrusions in english dailies: A comparison of Malaysian, Singaporean and Pakistani newspapers. In: International Congress of Linguists, 21-26 July 2008, Seoul, Korea. (Submitted)
           Hubungan media dengan puisi di Malaysia: Tunjangan atau pasungan?       Cache   Translate Page      
Rahmad, M.S. (2008) Hubungan media dengan puisi di Malaysia: Tunjangan atau pasungan? In: Seminar International Dalam Rangka Pesta Penyair Nusantara, 1-2 Jul 2008, Kediri, Indonesia. (Submitted)
           Foreign banks and credit stability: Evidence from Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Zakaria, R.H. (2008) Foreign banks and credit stability: Evidence from Malaysia. In: International Conference Business and Economics Societal, 15-19 Jul 2008, Lugano, Switzerland. (Submitted)
           Electronic clustering and technological intensities in Indonesia and Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Rasiah, R. (2008) Electronic clustering and technological intensities in Indonesia and Malaysia. In: ASIALICS International Conference, 2-4 April 2008, Bangalore, India. (Submitted)
           E-government in Malaysia: Barriers and progress       Cache   Translate Page      
Alhabshi, S.M. (2008) E-government in Malaysia: Barriers and progress. In: Hawaii International Conference on Social Science , 29 Mei-1 Jun 2008, Honolulu, Hawaii. (Submitted)
           Effect of a physical fitness intervention program within a physical education class on cardiovascular endurance among Malaysian secondary school boys       Cache   Translate Page      
Shabeshan, R. (2008) Effect of a physical fitness intervention program within a physical education class on cardiovascular endurance among Malaysian secondary school boys. In: ICHPER-SD Anniversary World Congress , 9-12 May 2008, Kagoshima,Japan. (Submitted)
           China and India in world trade: Are the Asia giants a threat to Malaysia?       Cache   Translate Page      
Devadason, E.S. (2008) China and India in world trade: Are the Asia giants a threat to Malaysia? In: International Conference on Applied Economics 2008 , 15-17 Mei 2008, Kastoria, Greece. (Submitted)
           Attracting talent from abroad: Malaysia's experience       Cache   Translate Page      
Thirucelvam, K. and Ahmad, K.Z. and Mat Zin, M. (2008) Attracting talent from abroad: Malaysia's experience. In: ASIALICS International Conference, 2-4 April 2008, Bangalore, India. (Submitted)
           The Filipino language in the Malaysian linguistic space       Cache   Translate Page      
Jubilado, R.C. (2008) The Filipino language in the Malaysian linguistic space. In: International Conference Filipino as a Global Language: Future Directions and Prospects, 17-19 Mar 2008, Honolulu, USA. (Submitted)
           Educating the masses for the middle path strategy and the political action of the Islamic base political parties post Malaysia 12th general election, 2008       Cache   Translate Page      
Othman, M.R. (2008) Educating the masses for the middle path strategy and the political action of the Islamic base political parties post Malaysia 12th general election, 2008. Recent Researches in Educational Technologies. pp. 15-21. ISSN 978-1-61804-021-3
           Practice of multiculturalism among the Malaysian teachers: An issue of competency and contexts       Cache   Translate Page      
Malakolunthu, S. (2008) Practice of multiculturalism among the Malaysian teachers: An issue of competency and contexts. In: Annual American Educational Research Conference, 24-28 Mar 2008, New York, USA. (In Press)
           Creating better sports schools in Malaysia: A curriculum comparison analysis       Cache   Translate Page      
Lam, F.E. and Kumarasamy, J. and Johari, M. and Abdul Rani, A. and Mat Rejab, A.S.N. (2008) Creating better sports schools in Malaysia: A curriculum comparison analysis. In: International Conference on Educational Innovation, 6-8 May 2008, Kuala Lumpur.
           Implementation of staff development program for Malaysian schools       Cache   Translate Page      
Ab Samad, R.S. and Shahdan, A. (2008) Implementation of staff development program for Malaysian schools. In: International Conference on Education Innovation, 6-8 May 2008, Kuala Lumpur.
           School-based management: A model of implementation for Malaysian primary schools       Cache   Translate Page      
Abdul Samad, R.S. and Idris, A.R. (2008) School-based management: A model of implementation for Malaysian primary schools. In: International Conference on Educational Innovation, 6-8 May 2008, Kuala Lumpur.
           Education for poverty eradication: Malaysian government and non-governmental organizations initiatives       Cache   Translate Page      
Md Saad, R. and Idris, N. and Loh, S.C. and Subramiam, S. and Mohd Nor, N. (2008) Education for poverty eradication: Malaysian government and non-governmental organizations initiatives. In: International Conference on Education Innovation, 6-8 May 2008, Kuala Lumpur.
           Pemerkasaan wanita dalam novel-novel Malaysia dan Indonesia: Pertembungan antara tradisi dan modeniti       Cache   Translate Page      
Ab. Rahman, N. (2008) Pemerkasaan wanita dalam novel-novel Malaysia dan Indonesia: Pertembungan antara tradisi dan modeniti. In: Persidangan Antarabangsa Pengajian Melayu 2006, 8-9 November 2006, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
           Content design for e-learning in Malaysia: Visual and performing arts       Cache   Translate Page      
Bujang, R. and Hamidon, N.A. (2008) Content design for e-learning in Malaysia: Visual and performing arts. In: International Conference on Innovations in Learning for the Future , 27-29 Mac 2008, Istanbul, Turkey.
           The formation of Malaysia: An inquiry into the origin of the grand design       Cache   Translate Page      
Fernando, J.M. (2008) The formation of Malaysia: An inquiry into the origin of the grand design. In: 20th International Association of Historians of Asia Conference , 14-17 Nov 2008, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
           Engineering properties of peat soils in peninsular, Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Hashim, R. and Islam, S. (2008) Engineering properties of peat soils in peninsular, Malaysia. Journal of Applied Sciences, 8 (22). pp. 4215-4219. ISSN 18125662
           A new device to measure the changes in blood volume during pulseatile cycle non-invasively       Cache   Translate Page      
Mohamed, A.H. and Moghavvemi, M. and Ibrahim, W.M.A.W. (2008) A new device to measure the changes in blood volume during pulseatile cycle non-invasively. In: 4th Kuala Lumpur International Conference on Biomedical Engineering 2008, Biomed 2008, 25 - 28 June 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
           Measurement of Artery Stiffness Index (ASI) using blood volume pulse       Cache   Translate Page      
Mohamed, A.H. and Moghavvemi, M. and Wan Ibrahim, W.M.A. (2008) Measurement of Artery Stiffness Index (ASI) using blood volume pulse. In: 4th Kuala Lumpur International Conference on Biomedical Engineering 2008, Biomed 2008, 25 - 28 June 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
           Preference for vehicle ownership and use in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Mohamad, J. (2008) Preference for vehicle ownership and use in Malaysia. In: Transportation Research Board 87th Annual Meeting , 2008, Washington DC.
           Travel behaviour of the park and ride users and the factors influencing the demand for the use of the park and ride facility       Cache   Translate Page      
Mohamad, J. (2008) Travel behaviour of the park and ride users and the factors influencing the demand for the use of the park and ride facility. In: ASTS International Symposium on Sustainable Transportation incorporating Malaysian Universities Transport Research ForumConference 2008 (MUTRFC08)., 12-13 August 2008.
           Validation of the English version of the quality of life questionnaire of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis (QUALEFFO) in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Lai, P.S.M. and Chua, S.S. and Chan, S.P. and Low, W.Y. (2008) Validation of the English version of the quality of life questionnaire of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis (QUALEFFO) in Malaysia. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, 11 (4). pp. 421-429. ISSN 1756-1841
           The validity and reliability of the Malaysian osteoporosis knowledge Tool in postmenopausal women       Cache   Translate Page      
Lai, P.S. and Chua, S.S. and Chan, S.P. and Low, W.Y. (2008) The validity and reliability of the Malaysian osteoporosis knowledge Tool in postmenopausal women. Maturitas, 60 (2). pp. 122-30. ISSN 0378-5122
           Relationship between creativity and entrepreneurial qualities among form four Malaysian students       Cache   Translate Page      
Palaniappan, A.K. (2008) Relationship between creativity and entrepreneurial qualities among form four Malaysian students. In: Conference on Research in Education 2008 , 22-23 Dec 2008, Auditorium Perdanasiswa, UM.
           Towards successful transformation into K-Economy: assessing the evolution and contributions of techno-science parks in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Robani, A. (2008) Towards successful transformation into K-Economy: assessing the evolution and contributions of techno-science parks in Malaysia. In: 5th Asialics International Conference , 2-4 April 2008, Bangalore,India.
           Early detection and prevention of domestic violence using the women abuse screening tool (WAST) in primary health care clinics in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Wong, Y.L. and Othman, S. (2008) Early detection and prevention of domestic violence using the women abuse screening tool (WAST) in primary health care clinics in Malaysia. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 20 (2). p. 102. ISSN 1941-2479
           Cervical Cancer screening attitudes and beliefs of Malaysian women who have never had a pap smear: a qualitative study       Cache   Translate Page      
Wong, L.P. and Wong, Y.L. and Low, W.Y. and Khoo, E.M. and Shuib, R. (2008) Cervical Cancer screening attitudes and beliefs of Malaysian women who have never had a pap smear: a qualitative study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 15 (4). pp. 289-292. ISSN 1070-5503
           First report of maggots of family piophilidae recovered from human cadavers in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Nazni, W.A. and Jeffery, J. and Sa'djyah, L. and Noorijuliana, W.M. and Chen, C.D. and Rohayu, S.A. and Hafizam, A.H. and Lee, H.L. (2008) First report of maggots of family piophilidae recovered from human cadavers in Malaysia. Tropical Biomedicine, 25 (2). pp. 173-175. ISSN 0127-5720
           Impact of larviciding with a Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis formulation, vectobac wg®, on dengue mosquito vectors in a dengue endemic site in Selangor state, Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Lee, H.L. and Chen, C.D. and Masri, S.M. and Chiang, Y.F. and Chooi, K.H. and Benjamin, S. (2008) Impact of larviciding with a Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis formulation, vectobac wg®, on dengue mosquito vectors in a dengue endemic site in Selangor state, Malaysia. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 39 (4). pp. 601-609. ISSN 01251562
           A new record of Bengalia emarginata Malloch, 1927 (Diptera: Calliphoridae) from Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Chin, H.C. and Kurahashi, H. and Marwi, M.A. and Jeffery, J. and Dhang, C.C. and Zuha, R.M. and Omar, B. (2008) A new record of Bengalia emarginata Malloch, 1927 (Diptera: Calliphoridae) from Malaysia. Tropical Biomedicine, 25 (3). pp. 262-263. ISSN 0127-5720
           Terrestrial invertebrates on Pulau Jarak and Pulau Lalang, straits of Malacca       Cache   Translate Page      
Hashim, R. and Ramli, R. and Azirun, M.S. and Diah, S.Z.M. and Abdullah, N.A. (2008) Terrestrial invertebrates on Pulau Jarak and Pulau Lalang, straits of Malacca. Malaysian Journal of Science, 27 (3). pp. 119-122. ISSN 13943065
           Bird diversity of three islands in the straits of Malacca       Cache   Translate Page      
Hashim, R. and Azirun, M.S. and Ramli, R. (2008) Bird diversity of three islands in the straits of Malacca. Malaysian Journal of Science, 27 (3). pp. 129-135. ISSN 13943065
           Three new species of legless, wingless scuttle flies (diptera : phoridae) associated with army ants (Hymenoptera : Formicidae) in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Hashim, R. and Disney, R.H.L. and Maruyama, M. (2008) Three new species of legless, wingless scuttle flies (diptera : phoridae) associated with army ants (Hymenoptera : Formicidae) in Malaysia. Sociobiology, 52 (3). pp. 485-496. ISSN 0361-6525
           Geochemical contrast between Beroga (Kuala Kelawang pluton) and Semenyih (Kuala Lumpur pluton) granites in Kuala Kelawang area, Negeri Sembilan       Cache   Translate Page      
Ghani, A.A. and Azirun, M.S. and Ramli, R. and Hashim, R. and Rahman, N.I. and Zainuddin, Z.A. (2008) Geochemical contrast between Beroga (Kuala Kelawang pluton) and Semenyih (Kuala Lumpur pluton) granites in Kuala Kelawang area, Negeri Sembilan. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, 54. pp. 71-74. ISSN 0126-6187
           An update of the general health status in the indigenous populations of Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Jinam, T.A. and Phipps, M.E. and Indran, M. and Kuppusamy, U.R. and Mahmood, A.A. and Hong, L.C. and Edo, J. (2008) An update of the general health status in the indigenous populations of Malaysia. Ethnicity & Health, 13 (3). pp. 277-287. ISSN 1355-7858
           Physiological changes following pollination of Dendrobium Pompadour flowers       Cache   Translate Page      
Zuliana, R. and Yip , Y.K. and Nair, H. and Nasrulhaq Boyce, A. and Chandran, S. (2008) Physiological changes following pollination of Dendrobium Pompadour flowers. Malaysian Journal of Science, 27 (2). pp. 67-74. ISSN 13943065
           Effects of hydrogen and helium dilution on the optical band gap and photoluminescence of DC PECVD hydrogenated amorphous carbon films       Cache   Translate Page      
Awang, R. and Rahman, S.A. (2008) Effects of hydrogen and helium dilution on the optical band gap and photoluminescence of DC PECVD hydrogenated amorphous carbon films. Sains Malaysiana, 37 (3). pp. 265-269. ISSN 0126-6039
           Multisensitive community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Sam, I.C. and Kahar-Bador, M. and Chan, Y.F. and Loong, S.K. and Ghazali, F.M.N. (2008) Multisensitive community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in Malaysia. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, 62 (4). pp. 437-439. ISSN 0732-8893
           Crystallinity and Si-H bonding configuration of nc-Si : H films grown by layer-by-layer (LBL) deposition technique at different RF power       Cache   Translate Page      
Goh, Boon Tong and Gani, Siti Meriam Ab and Rahman, Saadah Abdul (2008) Crystallinity and Si-H bonding configuration of nc-Si : H films grown by layer-by-layer (LBL) deposition technique at different RF power. Sains Malaysiana, 37 (3). pp. 233-237. ISSN 0126-6039
           Use of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and impaired glucose tolerance in the screening of undiagnosed diabetes in the Malaysian population       Cache   Translate Page      
Qvist, R. and Ismail, I.S. and Chinna, K. and Muniandy, S. (2008) Use of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and impaired glucose tolerance in the screening of undiagnosed diabetes in the Malaysian population. Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry, 23 (3). pp. 246-249. ISSN 0970-1915
           Beta-sitosterol induces apoptosis in MCF-7 cells       Cache   Translate Page      
Chai, J.W. and Kuppusamy, U.R. and Kanthimathi, M.S. (2008) Beta-sitosterol induces apoptosis in MCF-7 cells. Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 16 (2). pp. 28-30.
           Comparisons between the antioxidant activities of the extracts of anacardium occidentale and piper betle       Cache   Translate Page      
Mokhtar, Nur Masitah and Kanthimathi, M.S. and Aziz, Azlina Abdul (2008) Comparisons between the antioxidant activities of the extracts of anacardium occidentale and piper betle. Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 16 (1). pp. 16-21.
           Synthesis and characterization of strontium-doped hydroxyapatite powder via sol-gel method       Cache   Translate Page      
Mardziah, C.M. and Sopyan, I. and Hamdi, M. and Ramesh, S. (2008) Synthesis and characterization of strontium-doped hydroxyapatite powder via sol-gel method. The Medical Journal of Malaysia, 63. pp. 79-80. ISSN 0300-5283
           Effect of powder calcination on the sintering of hydroxyapatite       Cache   Translate Page      
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          October 2018 - Yaruzi's Portfolio Update      Cache   Translate Page      
My portfolio turned negative for the first time this year, even after $9,000 fresh fund injection. US market, which was standing strong, finally started to break down. STI dipped below 3000 briefly before recovering and settled above 3000. I have a long shopping list if markets correct further, otherwise I will wait patiently until the time comes. For those who followed my blog, I had been reducing my equity holding and switching into more defensive counters.

Total portfolio value as of end Oct was $684,164.32. Equity allocation was at 31.58%, while bond/cash allocation was at 68.42%. Return YTD was -0.56%, XIRR YTD was -0.69%, and XIRR since inception was 4.45%. I received dividends of $777.59 in October.


DateSecurities NameFCYSGD
8-Oct-2018Greggs PLC (GBP)22.95 41.44
11-Oct-2018PCCW (HKD)433.84 76.10
12-Oct-2018Vanguard FTSE AS (HKD)1,693.00 296.28
17-Oct-2018CNOOC (HKD)1,062.86 185.36
19-Oct-2018Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd (MYR)137.60 45.34
26-Oct-2018CSOP China Ultra Short Term Bond ETF (HKD)148.03 29.21
30-Oct-2018Heineken Malaysia Bhd (MYR)316.12 103.88



Link to Yaruzi's low cost portfolio as of October 2018
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In his re-election campaign’s final hours, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is still deploying a smartphone app created by a software team at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica controversy.

The app, Cruz Crew, was developed by AggregateIQ, a small Canadian data firm that was for years the lead developer used by the infamous data analytics consultancy that made headlines last spring for harvesting user data on millions of unsuspecting Facebook users while working for the Trump campaign. Since that firm’s demise, AggregateIQ has become one focus of an international investigation into alleged data misdeeds during the 2016 Brexit campaign, and is the first company to be targeted by regulators under Europe’s new data privacy law.

The Cruz Crew app’s login screen. The app’s Facebook login was finally removed in June. [Image: Google Play]
Both Cruz Crew as well as an app for Cruz’s presidential campaign in 2016 share an interconnected history of developers and clients linked to Cambridge Analytica, its British affiliate SCL Elections, and architects of the Republican Party’s recent digital efforts. Part of a group of apps presented as walled-garden social networks for political supporters, the software helps campaigns collect voter data and microtarget messages.

In April, Facebook announced it had suspended AggregateIQ over its possible improper access to the data of millions of Facebook users. But over a dozen apps made by AggregateIQ remained connected to Facebook’s platform until May and June, when Facebook belatedly took action against them.

A Facebook spokesperson told Fast Company that it was still investigating AIQ’s possible misuse of data, amid an ongoing investigation by Canadian prosecutors. The Cruz campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

David Carroll, a professor at Parsons School of Design at the New School in New York, who has brought a legal challenge against SCL and Cambridge Analytica for release of his voter data profile, said Cruz’s continued relationships with AggregateIQ highlighted problems with the use of data by a growing ecosystem of partisan election apps and databases. The risks are particularly high, he said, when the vendors are combining data from multiple sources and processing Americans’ data overseas.

“Despite the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, it seems that the Republican data machine is still a shadowy network that includes international operators, tangled up with vendors under intense scrutiny for unlawful conduct in multiple jurisdictions,” he said. “I don’t understand why Republicans don’t insist on working with domestic tech vendors and technologists who are U.S. citizens.”

The Cruz-Cambridge Analytica connection

During the 2016 race, a U.S.-based software firm named Political Social Media, but better known as uCampaign, was credited as developer and publisher for the official “Ted Cruz 2016” presidential primary app. At the time, the app achieved modest notoriety as a somewhat novel data collection tool– appearing alongside Cambridge Analytica under headlines like, “Cruz App Data Collection Helps Campaign Read Minds of Voters”–with the app colloquially referred to in the press as “Cruz Crew.”

As in 2016, the 2018 Cruz re-election campaign relies on constant polling and voter modeling to understand and target mainstream conservatives in Texas. Cruz and his Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, who has repeatedly brought up Cambridge Analytica during the campaign and has refused to use big data analytics, have both heavily invested in social media. The media blitz hasn’t been cheap: According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, the candidates in the 2018 Texas Senate race have set the all-time record for most money spent in any U.S. Senate election.

As part of its digital push, the Cruz campaign rolled out a new app, officially named “Cruz Crew,” which awards points to users for tweeting pro-Cruz messages, volunteering, and taking part in other campaign activities. On the app’s pages in the Google and Apple stores, AggregateIQ is not mentioned, but its name is visible as the developer in the app URL and in internal code. The app’s publisher is listed as the political marketing agency WPA Intelligence, or WPAi.

Chris Wilson, WPAi’s founder and chief executive, is a veteran GOP pollster who previously worked for George W. Bush and Karl Rove. WPAi’s past campaign successes include a trio of high profile Tea Party-cum-Freedom Caucus sympathizer senators: Cruz, Mike Lee (R-UT), and Ron Johnson (R-WI). By far, however, Cruz has been WPA’s biggest political client in the U.S. Between his bids for senator and president, Cruz campaign committees have paid out over $4.3 million to Chris Wilson’s firm since 2011.

As the director of research, analytics and digital strategy for Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign, Wilson oversaw a large data team that included Rebekah Mercer and Steve Bannon’s Cambridge Analytica. Rebekah’s father, Robert Mercer, footed the $5.8 million bill for Cambridge Analytica by doubling that amount in donations.

Wilson and the Cruz team have repeatedly said that Cambridge Analytica represented to the campaign that all of the data it had was legally obtained. They also claimed that Cambridge did not deliver the results expected of them, neither through their much-discussed psychographics work nor through an important piece of software called Ripon.

In schematics, Ripon was drawn up as an all-in-one campaign solution to manage voter data collection, ad targeting, and street canvassing. According to files retrieved by computer security analyst Chris Vickery, Ripon was intended to tap into something called “the Database of Truth.” Documents revealed that the Truth project “integrates, obtains, and normalizes data from disparate sources,” beginning with the Republican National Committee’s Data Trust database, combined “with state voter files, consumer data, third-party data providers, historical WPA survey, and projects and customer data.”

Despite being a deliverable promised by Cambridge Analytica, the work on Ripon was outsourced to AggregateIQ. More recently, WPAi hired the firm to develop and manage the software for Cruz Crew, along with its two other currently available apps: one for Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign, and one for Osnova, a Ukrainian political party dedicated to the long-shot presidential aspirations of its oligarch founder, Serhiy Taruta.

In the 2018 race, WPAi and the Cruz campaign have said Cruz’s effort isn’t using new Cambridge Analytica-style “psychographic” modeling, but it is using social media data for specific targeting, and relying on previous campaign data. “We use social data to ID voter groups in our core universes,” WPA’s Chris Wilson previously told Fast Company. “A lot of those are 2016 voters who we know are persuaded by specific messages.”

Cruz Crew and TedCruz.org currently share a privacy policy has barely changed since late 2015, when Cambridge Analytica and uCampaign were Cruz vendors. In both cases, the policy states that the campaign may “access, collect, and store personal information about other people that is available to us through your contact list,” match the info to data from other sources, and “keep track of your device’s geographic location.”


Related: How Ted Cruz plans to beat Beto O’Rourke: Play it simple


Beyond the existing campaign app, however, AIQ’s current involvement in the Cruz campaign’s data management and software development is unknown. A report by the New York Times last month found that when users shared their friends’ contact information with the Cruz app, that data was still being sent to AggregateIQ domains.

Wilson told the Times that his company, not AggregateIQ, received and controlled app users’ information. Representatives for AggregateIQ did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and WPAi did not respond to questions about the data firm.

Intelligence quotient

AIQ, founded in 2013 in Victoria, British Columbia, is currently under investigation in the U.K. and its homebase of Canada for electoral impropriety during the Brexit Leave campaign. The company’s name has come up repeatedly in parliamentary testimony for its alleged campaign finance and data protection misdeeds in connection with the parent company of Cambridge Analytica.

“Concerns have been raised about the closeness of the two organizations including suggestions that AIQ, [SCL Elections, and Cambridge Analytica] were, in effect, one and the same entity,” stated a recent report by the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office.

In testimony to a U.K. parliamentary committee, former Cambridge Analytica executive Brittany Kaiser said that AggregateIQ was the exclusive digital and data engineering partner of SCL, the British parent affiliate of Analytica.

“They would build our software, such as a platform that we designed for Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign,” she said. “That was meant to collect data for canvassing individuals who would go door-to-door collecting and hygiening data of individuals in those households. We also had no internal digital capacity at the time, so we did not actually undertake any of our digital campaigns. That was done exclusively through AggregateIQ.”

AIQ founders Zack Massingham and Jeff Silvester had been brought into the fold a year prior by their friend Christopher Wylie, then an SCL employee, who blew the whistle on the firm’s practices earlier this year. According to Wylie, the founders registered their company in their hometown of Victoria as a result of an SCL contract, which subsequently led to political work in the Caribbean.

After the two firms first made contact in August 2013, while SCL was performing its first American political work in the Virginia gubernatorial race, AIQ designed solutions for deployment in campaigns under SCL’s supervision in Trinidad and Tobago. Part of the intent, according to records obtained by the Globe and Mail, was to harvest the internet histories of up to 1.3 million civilians in order to more accurately model their psychographics for message targeting.

In December 2013, an SCL employee proposed requesting the data from the country’s internet provider by posing as academic researchers, while seeking to tie internet addresses to billing addresses, without naming customers. In response, AIQ CEO Massingham replied by email that he could use every bit of data they could get. “If the billing addresses are obfuscated, we’ll have a difficult time relating things back to a real person or household,” he wrote. It remains unknown if that data was obtained.


Related: How Cambridge Analytica fueled a shady global passport bonanza


The primary work AIQ performed was to design software that could be used to motivate volunteers, canvassers, and voters. This software concept was repeated for multiple clients, including Petronas, an oil company that sought to influence voters in Malaysia.

Campaign software developed by AIQ was used by Cambridge Analytica in U.S. elections and for clients like the oil giant Petronas. [Image: SCL]

AggregateIQ’s work across the pond

During the U.K.’s Brexit campaign in 2016, Vote Leave hired AIQ to place online ads, with AIQ paying for all 1,034 Facebook ads run by the campaign. AIQ’s services were also retained to develop and administer a piece of software that Vote Leave executives, including chief technology officer and former SCL employee Thomas Borwick, later credited with a large portion of the campaign’s success.

Vote Leave campaign director Dominic Cummings wrote an extensive blog post about the project, called the Voter Intention Collection System (VICS).

“One of our central ideas was that the campaign had to do things in the field of data that have never been done before,” Cummings wrote. “This included a) integrating data from social media, online advertising, websites, apps, canvassing, direct mail, polls, online fundraising, activist feedback . . . and b) having experts in physics and machine learning do proper data science in the way only they can, i.e. far beyond the normal skills applied in political campaigns.”

As the voter-facing front end for the Leave campaign data team, uCampaign was brought in and paid by AIQ to deliver the smartphone apps that helped to gather users’ cell numbers, email addresses, phone book contacts, and Facebook IDs for integration, exactly as it had done during the previous months for the Cruz 2016 campaign. Just as in that case, the app collected voter information for use in AIQ tools.

“We could only do this properly if we had proper canvassing software,” Cummings wrote. “We built it partly in-house and partly using an external engineer who we sat in our office for months.”

AIQ’s Zach Massingham repeatedly flew to the U.K. as his company was paid hundred of thousands of pounds for its Vote Leave work in 2016 after a series of transactions between several campaigns that Canadian officials have questioned as “money laundering” and British authorities are investigating as criminal offenses. Nonetheless, after the referendum, Cummings released an open-source version of VICS code on Github for future micro-targeters to use.

In early 2018, one of Vote Leave and SCL vet Thomas Borwick’s handful of data firms, Kanto, was hired to do canvassing and social media work during the Irish abortion referendum. Anti-abortion activist groups also contracted uCampaign to build two separate apps, which alarmed campaign finance and privacy watchdogs and led to a ban on internet advertising.

As with uCampaign, which has also made apps for the likes of Donald Trump and the NRA, AIQ’s smartphone apps were designed to gather information via Facebook Login, a tool offered by Facebook to streamline user registration across the internet. Though Facebook tightened some restrictions this year as a direct response to the Analytica flare-up, Login has allowed third-party developers to gain access to a wide range of Facebook account information about registered users.

As part of its investigation into Cambridge Analytica and its affiliates, on April 7, Facebook said that it had suspended AIQ, effectively ending its ability to deploy Facebook Login. However, security researcher Chris Vickery discovered that AIQ’s access to the Facebook platform was still active as of May 17. Additionally, he found, AIQ had already collected info on nearly 800,000 Facebook account IDs in a database, with many matched to addresses and phone numbers. Facebook removed more AIQ apps two weeks later, but it was not until June 19 that the Facebook Login feature was removed from the apps for Cruz, Osnova, and Abbott.

In written testimony to Parliament, AIQ chief technology officer Jeff Silvester, who visited British prime minister Theresa May’s office with Massingham in the weeks after the Brexit vote, explained the history of the relationship between SCL and AIQ, which began in late 2013.

After building a “customer relationship management (CRM) tool” for SCL in Trinidad and Tobago, AIQ created “an entirely new CRM tool” for the 2014 U.S. midterm elections. “SCL called the tool Ripon,” Silvester wrote. AIQ was then required to transfer all software rights to SCL before working “with SCL on similar software development, online advertising, and website development” in support of Cambridge Analytica’s work for the Ted Cruz 2016 campaign.

A referral from “an acquaintance who was working with Vote Leave” led to AIQ being hired by Vote Leave in April 2016, the day before the campaign was designated as the official Leave organization.

[Photo: Stock Catalog]
This past May, after questioning the legality of AggregateIQ founder Zach Massingham’s work on British soil while developing VICS, parliamentary committee chair Damian Collins asked Silvester about AIQ’s recent work for WPAi.

Silvester explained, “They sell their software that we create for them to whomever they like, and we just simply support that work.”

In March, WPAi CEO Chris Wilson told Gizmodo that he had almost no knowledge of the controversy surrounding AIQ, despite their work for the Cruz 2016 campaign. “I would never work with a firm that I felt had done something illegal or even unethical,” he said. The firm’s work for WPA was the result of a competitive bidding process, he said, and AIQ “offered us the best capabilities for the best price.”

Leaving the nest

In February 2017, a story on the Politico Pro website announced Archie, WPA Intelligence’s new piece of software for 2018 campaigns. The software goes by a nickname used by Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s political team, referring to Archimedes, the Greek mathematician who said, “Give me a lever and I can move the world.”

A diagram describing Archimedes, WPAi’s new campaign software [Image: WPAi]
“The program allows campaigns to work across all formats and vendors to collect data in one place,” the article said, and campaign staffers “will be able to use the app to generate models, target audiences, cut lists, and produce data visualization tools to make strategic decisions.”

From that description, Archie sounded very much like AIQ’s Ripon and VICS all-in-one campaign solutions. AIQ’s smartphone app for WPAi client Greg Abbott first appeared on Google Play and Apple’s iOS Store three months later, in May 2017.

Archie’s predictive modeling of Texan voters “yielded approximately 4.5 million individual targets for turnout efforts,” according to WPAi. That helped the Abbott campaign win the 2018 Reed award for Best Use of Data Analytics/Machine Learning in Field Program. In attendance at the March ceremony were representatives from Cambridge Analytica, which was nominated for Best Use of Online Targeting for Judicial Campaign.

Three weeks after the Reed awards, Christopher Wylie’s whistleblower account in the Observer were splashed across the world’s front pages. By the following month, SCL and Analytica were claiming bankruptcy, and AIQ’s cofounders were appearing at Canadian Parliament and dealing with its suspension from Facebook as developers.

In June, a week before AIQ’s WPA apps finally removed Facebook Login, Silvester appeared before Canadian Parliament for a second time, where he was admonished by Vice Chair Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, who remarked, “Frankly, the information you have provided is inadequate.” After being threatened with a contempt charge for excusing himself from sworn testimony with a one-line doctor’s note, Massingham later spoke with the committee via audio-only link from his lawyer’s office.

In July, AggregateIQ was served with the U.K.’s first-ever enforcement notice under the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation, known as GDPR. The U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office subjected AIQ to millions in fines if it did not “cease processing any personal data of U.K. or EU citizens obtained from U.K. political organizations or otherwise for the purposes of data analytics, political campaigning, or any other advertising purposes.”

After AIQ appealed the order, it was merely mandated to “erase any personal data of individuals in the U.K.,” though it was found to have “processed personal data in a way that the data subjects were not aware of, for purposes which they would not have expected, and without a lawful basis for that processing.”

As Ted Cruz wraps up his campaign, he continues to outsource part of his voter data harvesting to a foreign firm that has been blacklisted by Facebook and British and European regulators. The total data amassed through apps like Cruz Crew and projects like Ripon and Archimedes remains unknown, but they raise concerns that Cruz acknowledged when he launched his presidential campaign at Liberty University in March 2015. “Instead of a government that seizes your emails and your cell phones,” he said, “imagine a federal government that protected the privacy rights of every American.”


Jesse Witt (@witjest) is an independent researcher, writer, and filmmaker.

With additional reporting by Alex Pasternack.


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Vengadesh, P. and Majid, W.H.A. and Anandan Shanmugam, S. and Low, K.S. (2008) Occurrence of the" Peaking Effect" Corresponding to the" Highest Range of Effective Intensities" exhibited by Bacteriorhodopsin (bR)-Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) Biosensor upon Illumination. Malaysian Journal of Science, 27 (1). pp. 121-127. ISSN 1394-3065
           Electrical Properties of Polyurethane Graphite Composites       Cache   Translate Page      
Abd Majid, W.H. (2008) Electrical Properties of Polyurethane Graphite Composites. Jurnal Fizik Malaysia.
           Bionomics of Anopheles latens in Kapit, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo in relation to the transmission of zoonotic simian malaria parasite Plasmodium knowlesi       Cache   Translate Page      
Tan, C.H. and Vythilingam, I. and Matusop, A. and Chan, S.T. and Singh, B. (2008) Bionomics of Anopheles latens in Kapit, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo in relation to the transmission of zoonotic simian malaria parasite Plasmodium knowlesi. Malaria Journal, 7 (1). p. 52.
           Current status and future trends in Cryptosporidium and Giardia epidemiology in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Lim, Y.A.L. and Ahmad, R.A. and Smith, H.V. (2008) Current status and future trends in Cryptosporidium and Giardia epidemiology in Malaysia. Journal of Water and Health, 6 (2). pp. 239-254. ISSN 1477-8920
           Intestinal parasites in various animals at a zoo in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Lim, Y.A.L. and Ngui, R. and Shukri, J. and Rohela, M. and Naim, H.R.M. (2008) Intestinal parasites in various animals at a zoo in Malaysia. Veterinary Parasitology, 157 (1-2). pp. 154-159. ISSN 0304-4017
           Bacterial meningtis: a five year (2001-2005) retrospective study at University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Erleena Nur, H. and Jamaiah, I. and Rohela, M. and Nissapatorn, V. (2008) Bacterial meningtis: a five year (2001-2005) retrospective study at University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 39. pp. 73-77. ISSN 0125-1562
          Curi Motor Yamaha R6, Pelaku Tinggalkan Pesan: Maaf Bang, Saya Cuma Mau Cicipi Rasanya Naik Motor Balap      Cache   Translate Page      
Satu orang pencuri di Malaysia meninggalkan sepucuk surat untuk korbannya, usai mengambil sepeda mot...
           Lack of association between CD28 IVS3+ 17T/C SNP and the susceptibility to SLE in the Malaysian population       Cache   Translate Page      
Lau, T.P. and Lian, L.H. and Puah, S.M. and Chew, C.H. and Tan, S.Y. and Chua, K.H. (2008) Lack of association between CD28 IVS3+ 17T/C SNP and the susceptibility to SLE in the Malaysian population. AsPac J. Mol. Biol. Biotechno, 16 (3). pp. 85-88.
           PCR-RFLP genotyping of C1q mutations and single nucleotide polymorphisms in Malaysian patients with systemic lupus erythematosus       Cache   Translate Page      
Chew, C.H. and Chua, K.H. and Lian, L.H. and Puah, S.M. and Tan, S.Y. (2008) PCR-RFLP genotyping of C1q mutations and single nucleotide polymorphisms in Malaysian patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Human Biology, 80 (1). pp. 83-93. ISSN 1534-6617
           Genetic polymorphisms of interleukin-4 third intron region in the Malaysian patients with systemic lupus erythematosus       Cache   Translate Page      
Chua, K.H. and Pin, K.B. and Yen, T.S. and Hoong, L.L. (2008) Genetic polymorphisms of interleukin-4 third intron region in the Malaysian patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Journal of Medical Sciences , 8 (4). pp. 437-442. ISSN 1682-4474
           Alpha-thalassaemia in association with beta-thalassaemia patients in Malaysia: a study on the co-inheritance of both disorders       Cache   Translate Page      
Wee, Y.C. and Tan, K.L. and Kuldip, K. and Tai, K.S. and George, E. and Tan, P.C. and Chia, P. and Subramaniam, R. and Yap, S.F. and Tan, J. (2008) Alpha-thalassaemia in association with beta-thalassaemia patients in Malaysia: a study on the co-inheritance of both disorders. Community Genetics, 11 (3). pp. 129-134. ISSN 1422-2795
           Snake venom L-Amino Acid Oxidases and their potential biomedical applications       Cache   Translate Page      
Tan, N.H. and Fung, S.Y. (2008) Snake venom L-Amino Acid Oxidases and their potential biomedical applications. Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology , 16 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1511-2616
           The outcome of pleomorphic sarcoma at University Malaya Medical center - a fifteen - year review       Cache   Translate Page      
Chan, C.Y.W. and Janarthan, N. and Vivek, A.S. and Ortho, M.S. and Jayalakshmi, P. (2008) The outcome of pleomorphic sarcoma at University Malaya Medical center - a fifteen - year review. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 63 (4). p. 311. ISSN 0300-5283
           Varicella-Zoster virus seroprevalence in healthcare workers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Sam, I.C. and Tariman, H. and Chan, Y.F. and Bador, M.K. and Yusof, M.Y.M. and Hassan, Hamimah (2008) Varicella-Zoster virus seroprevalence in healthcare workers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 63 (5). pp. 429-430. ISSN 0300-5283
           Conservative management of calcaneal fractures. a retrospective review of treatment outcome.       Cache   Translate Page      
Wong, H.Y. and Vivek, A.S. and To, B.C.S. (2008) Conservative management of calcaneal fractures. a retrospective review of treatment outcome. Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal, 2 (1). pp. 28-32.
           Distal radius morphometry in the Malaysian population       Cache   Translate Page      
Chan, C.Y.W. and Vivek, A.S. and Leong, W.H. and Rukmanikanthan, S. (2008) Distal radius morphometry in the Malaysian population. Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal, 22 (2). pp. 27-30.
           Unlocked nailing vs. interlocking nailing for winquist type I and II femoral isthmus fractures. is there a difference?       Cache   Translate Page      
Yu, C.K. and Wong, H.Y. and Vivek, A.S. and To, B.C.S. (2008) Unlocked nailing vs. interlocking nailing for winquist type I and II femoral isthmus fractures. is there a difference? Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal, 2 (1). pp. 23-27.
           Information literacy development in Malaysia: a review       Cache   Translate Page      
Edzan, N.N. (2008) Information literacy development in Malaysia: a review. Libri, 58. pp. 265-280. ISSN 0024-2667
           HIV/AIDS-related knowledge among Malaysian young adults: Finding F nationwide survey       Cache   Translate Page      
Wong, L.P. and Chin, C.K.L. and Low, W.Y. and Jaafar, N. (2008) HIV/AIDS-related knowledge among Malaysian young adults: Finding F nationwide survey. MedGenMed Medscape General Medicine, 10 (6). ISSN 1531-0132
           Current prevalence and predictors of protein-energy malnutrition among school children in rural Peninsular Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Al-Mekhlafi, M.S. and Surin, J. and Atiya, A.S. and Ariffin, W.A. and Mahdy, A.K. and Abdullah, H.C. (2008) Current prevalence and predictors of protein-energy malnutrition among school children in rural Peninsular Malaysia. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 39 (5). pp. 922-931. ISSN 0125-1562
           Pattern and predictors of soil-transmitted helminth reinfection among aboriginal schoolchildren in rural Peninsular Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Al-Mekhlafi, M.H. and Surin, J. and Atiya, A.S. and Ariffin, W.A. and Mahdy, A.K.M. and Abdullah, H.C. (2008) Pattern and predictors of soil-transmitted helminth reinfection among aboriginal schoolchildren in rural Peninsular Malaysia. Acta Tropica, 107 (2). pp. 200-204. ISSN 0001-706X
           Anaemia and iron deficiency anaemia among aboriginal schoolchildren in rural Peninsular Malaysia: an update on a continuing problem       Cache   Translate Page      
Al-Mekhlafi, M.H. and Surin, J. and Atiya, A.S. and Ariffin, W.A. and Mahdy, A.K.M. and Abdullah, H.C. (2008) Anaemia and iron deficiency anaemia among aboriginal schoolchildren in rural Peninsular Malaysia: an update on a continuing problem. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 102 (10). pp. 1046-1052. ISSN 0035-9203
           Tubercular synovitis mimicking rheuma toid nodules       Cache   Translate Page      
Teo, S.C. and George, J. and Kamarul, Tunku (2008) Tubercular synovitis mimicking rheuma toid nodules. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 63 (2). pp. 159-161. ISSN 0300-5283
           Descriptive epidemiology of birth defects in Malaysian births: a population-based study       Cache   Translate Page      
Thong, M.K. (2008) Descriptive epidemiology of birth defects in Malaysian births: a population-based study. In: The 4th Congress of Asian Society for Pediatric Research, May 3-6, 2008, Hawaii Convention Center, Honlulu, Hawaii, USA.
           Heroin addiction: the past and future       Cache   Translate Page      
Robson, N. and Hussain, H. and Rusdi, A.R. and Muhammad Muhsin, A.Z. (2008) Heroin addiction: the past and future. Malaysian Journal Psychiatry, 17 (2). ISSN 0300-5283
           Use of radiographic densitometry to predict the bone healing index in distraction osteogenesis       Cache   Translate Page      
Saw, A. and Manimaran, S. and Faizal, S. and Bulgiba, A.M. (2008) Use of radiographic densitometry to predict the bone healing index in distraction osteogenesis. Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal, 2 (1). pp. 44-48.
           The prevalence of enamel opacities in permanent teeth of 11-12 year-old school children in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Yusoff, N. and Jaafar, N. and Razak, I.A. and Chew, Y.Y. and Ismail, N. and Bulgiba, A.M. (2008) The prevalence of enamel opacities in permanent teeth of 11-12 year-old school children in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Community Dental Health, 25 (1). pp. 55-58. ISSN 0265-539X
           A case of cutaneous larva migrans acquired from soiled toilet floors in urban Kuala Lumpur       Cache   Translate Page      
Robson, N.Z. and Othman, S. (2008) A case of cutaneous larva migrans acquired from soiled toilet floors in urban Kuala Lumpur. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 63 (4). pp. 331-332. ISSN 0300-5283
           A fifty-year challenge in managing drug addiction in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Rusdi, Abd Rashid and Robson, Noor Zurani and Muhsin Ahad Zahari, Muhammad and Hussain Habil, Mohamad (2008) A fifty-year challenge in managing drug addiction in Malaysia. Journal of University of Malaya Medical Centre (JUMMEC), 11 (1). pp. 3-6. ISSN 1823-7339 (In Press)
           Heroin addiction: the past and future       Cache   Translate Page      
Robson, N.Z. and Hussain, H. and Rusdi, A.R. and Muhammad Muhsin, A.Z. (2008) Heroin addiction: the past and future. Malaysian Journal Psychiatry, 17 (2). ISSN 0300-5283
           Is there a need for a hospital based smoking cessation programme in Malaysia?       Cache   Translate Page      
Robson, N.Z. and Mohammad Hussain, H. (2008) Is there a need for a hospital based smoking cessation programme in Malaysia? Malaysian Journal Psychiatry, 17 (2). ISSN 2232-0385
           Dupuytren contracture in a patient with congenital camptodactyly and incidental Carpal Tunnel Syndrome       Cache   Translate Page      
Mahendran, H and Paisal, H and Ng, E.S. and Ahmad, T.S. (2008) Dupuytren contracture in a patient with congenital camptodactyly and incidental Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal, 2 (2). pp. 37-39. ISSN 1985-2533
           Splinter removal with the aid of ultrasonography: a case report       Cache   Translate Page      
Lee, C.K. and Ahmad, T.S. and Abdullah, B.J. (2008) Splinter removal with the aid of ultrasonography: a case report. Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal, 2 (2). pp. 47-49. ISSN 1985-2533
           Trust mechanisms: an integrated approach for e-commerce website development process       Cache   Translate Page      
Othman, N.Z. and Hussin, A.R.C. and Rakhmadi, A. (2008) Trust mechanisms: an integrated approach for e-commerce website development process. In: International Symposium on Information Technology, AUG 26-29, 2008 , Univ Kebangsaan, Fac Informat Sci & Technol, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA .
           Resistance factors in the implementation of software process improvement project       Cache   Translate Page      
Nasir, M.H.N.M. and Ahmad, R. and Hassan, N.H. (2008) Resistance factors in the implementation of software process improvement project. In: International Symposium on Information Technology, AUG 26-29, 2008 , Univ Kebangsaan, Fac Informat Sci & Technol, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA .
           E-construction waste exchange in Malaysia: a preliminary study       Cache   Translate Page      
Nasaruddin, F.H.M. and Ramli, N.H.M. and Ravana, S.D. (2008) E-construction waste exchange in Malaysia: a preliminary study. In: International Symposium on Information Technology, AUG 26-29, 2008 , Univ Kebangsaan, Fac Informat Sci & Technol, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA .
           New direction in project management success: base on smart methodology selection       Cache   Translate Page      
Attarzadeh, I. and Ow, S.H. (2008) New direction in project management success: base on smart methodology selection. In: International Symposium on Information Technology, AUG 26-29, 2008 , Univ Kebangsaan, Fac Informat Sci & Technol, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA .
           Integration of heterogeneous relational databases: RDF mapping approach       Cache   Translate Page      
Ismail, M.A. and Yaacob, M. and Kareem, S.A. (2008) Integration of heterogeneous relational databases: RDF mapping approach. In: International Symposium on Information Technology, AUG 26-29, 2008 , Univ Kebangsaan, Fac Informat Sci & Technol, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA .
           Reduction of syntactic video data clustering complexity in processing with compacted dither coding       Cache   Translate Page      
Ranathunga, L. and Zainuddin, R. and Abdullah, N.A. (2008) Reduction of syntactic video data clustering complexity in processing with compacted dither coding. In: International Symposium on Information Technology, AUG 26-29, 2008 , Univ Kebangsaan, Fac Informat Sci & Technol, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA .
           Automatic data warehouse conceptual design       Cache   Translate Page      
Nazri, M.N.M. and Noah, S.A.M. and Hamid, Z. (2008) Automatic data warehouse conceptual design. In: International Symposium on Information Technology, AUG 26-29, 2008 , Univ Kebangsaan, Fac Informat Sci & Technol, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA .
           A framework for faculty memory information system       Cache   Translate Page      
Mokhtar, S. and Abu Bakar, Z. and Husin, W.H.W. (2008) A framework for faculty memory information system. In: 10th International-Business-Information-Management-Association Conference, JUN 30-JUL 01, 2008, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.
           Analysis of mobile users' perception towards SMS voting       Cache   Translate Page      
Sin, N.K. and Sulaiman, A. and Zolait, A.H.S. (2008) Analysis of mobile users' perception towards SMS voting. In: 10th International-Business-Information-Management-Association Conference, JUN 30-JUL 01, 2008, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.
           Modelling consumer adoption of internet shopping       Cache   Translate Page      
Kamarulzaman, Y. (2008) Modelling consumer adoption of internet shopping. In: 10th International-Business-Information-Management-Association Conference, JUN 30-JUL 01, 2008, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.
           Palmprint identification using sequential modified Haar wavelet energy       Cache   Translate Page      
Kanthasamy, K. and Rathinam, A.K. (2008) Palmprint identification using sequential modified Haar wavelet energy. In: 5th International Conference on Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization (CGIV), AUG 26-28, 2008, Penang, MALAYSIA.
           Virtual R&D teams: a sustainable infrastructure for promoting SMEs       Cache   Translate Page      
Ale Ebrahim, N. and Ahmed, S. and Taha , Z. (2008) Virtual R&D teams: a sustainable infrastructure for promoting SMEs. In: 2nd Engineering Conference (EnCon 2008), 18-19 December, Crowne Plaza Riverside Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
           Virtual R&D Teams for NPD in SMEs: Past, Present and Future Trend       Cache   Translate Page      
Ale Ebrahim, N. and Ahmed, S. and Taha , Z. (2008) Virtual R&D Teams for NPD in SMEs: Past, Present and Future Trend. In: APCMOTTE2008 (Asia pacific Conference on Management of Technology and Technology Entrepreneurship) , 29-30 October, Melaka, Malaysia.
           Virtual environments innovation and R&D activities: management challenges       Cache   Translate Page      
Ale Ebrahim, N. and Ahmed, S. and Taha , Z. (2008) Virtual environments innovation and R&D activities: management challenges. In: Proceedings of the International Graduate on Engineering and Science (IGCES'08), 23 - 24 December, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
           Concurrent collaboration in research and development       Cache   Translate Page      
Ale Ebrahim, N. and Ahmed, S. and Taha , Z. (2008) Concurrent collaboration in research and development. In: National Conference on Design and Concurrent Engineering (DECON) 2008, 28-29 October 2008, Melaka, Malaysia.
           A preliminary study on HVAC systems and thermal comfort in a Tropical university building in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Yau, Y.H. and Foo, Y.W. and Mohyi, M.H.H. (2008) A preliminary study on HVAC systems and thermal comfort in a Tropical university building in Malaysia. International Journal of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, 3 (2). pp. 160-175. ISSN 1823-0334
           A preliminary thermal comfort study in tropical buildings Located in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Yau, Y.H. (2008) A preliminary thermal comfort study in tropical buildings Located in Malaysia. International Journal of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, 3 (2). pp. 119-126. ISSN 1823-0334
           Prevalence of Eye Diseases and Visual Impairment In Urban Population - A Study from University of Malaya Medical Centre       Cache   Translate Page      
Reddy, S.C. and Tajunisah, I. and Low, K.P. and Karmila, A.B. (2008) Prevalence of Eye Diseases and Visual Impairment In Urban Population - A Study from University of Malaya Medical Centre. Malaysian Family Physicians, 3 (1). pp. 25-28. ISSN 1985-2274
           Cases of melioidosis in a university teaching hospital in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Raja, N.S. (2008) Cases of melioidosis in a university teaching hospital in Malaysia. Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection, 41 (2). pp. 174-179.
           The Teaching and Learning of Usul al-Fiqh in Public Universities in Malaysia: Reality and Challenges       Cache   Translate Page      
Rahman, N.N.A. and Ali, A.K. and Ramli, R. and Ismail, M.S. (2008) The Teaching and Learning of Usul al-Fiqh in Public Universities in Malaysia: Reality and Challenges. Jurnal Syariah, 16. pp. 523-536. ISSN 0128 - 6730
           Academic development of sports: basis of sports industry in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Megat, A.K.M.D and Wirdati, M.R. and Habib, M.S. and Shahrir, J. and Abdul, I.R. (2008) Academic development of sports: basis of sports industry in Malaysia. Masalah Pendidikan, 31 (1). pp. 103-115. ISSN 0126-5024
           Visibility and Malaysian Scholarly Journals       Cache   Translate Page      
Zainab, A.N. and Nor, B.A. (2008) Visibility and Malaysian Scholarly Journals. In: Workshop on Managing Scholarly Journals, 13‐16 January 2008, Seaview Hotel, Langkawi, Malaysia..
           The Use of Clozapine In An Asian Child With Schizophrenia       Cache   Translate Page      
Amer Siddiq, A.N. and Pillai, S.K. and Hashim, A.H. (2008) The Use of Clozapine In An Asian Child With Schizophrenia. In: CINP Pacific–Asia Regional Meeting, March 2–5, 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Unpublished)
           Knowledge and Practice of Contact Lens Wear and Care among Medical Students of University of Malaya       Cache   Translate Page      
Tajunisah, I. and Reddy, S.C. and Phuah, S.J. (2008) Knowledge and Practice of Contact Lens Wear and Care among Medical Students of University of Malaya. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 63 (3). pp. 207-210. ISSN 0300-5283
           Underutilization of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors among Heart Failure Patients       Cache   Translate Page      
Lean, Q.Y. and Shamsuddin, N. and Wan Ahmad, W.A. (2008) Underutilization of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors among Heart Failure Patients. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 63 (3). pp. 216-221. ISSN 0300-5283
           Citation study of library and information science dissertations for collection development       Cache   Translate Page      
Yeap, C.K. and Kaur, K. (2008) Citation study of library and information science dissertations for collection development. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 13 (2). pp. 29-47. ISSN 1394-6234
           Evaluating user’s level of satisfaction with the Chinese Studies collection held at an academic library       Cache   Translate Page      
Chia, Y.P. and Edzan, N.N. (2008) Evaluating user’s level of satisfaction with the Chinese Studies collection held at an academic library. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 13 (2). pp. 103-119. ISSN 1394-6234
           A review of multiple sclerosis with Asian perspective.       Cache   Translate Page      
Chong, H.T. and Tan, C.T. (2008) A review of multiple sclerosis with Asian perspective. The Medical Journal of Malaysia, 63 (5). pp. 356-61. ISSN 0300-5283
           The Pathology Laboratory Act 2007 explained.       Cache   Translate Page      
Looi, Lai-Meng (2008) The Pathology Laboratory Act 2007 explained. The Malaysian Journal of Pathology, 30 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 0126-8635
           Current status and future trends in Cryptosporidium and Giardia epidemiology in Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Lim, Y.A.L. and Ahmad, R.A. and Smith, H.V. (2008) Current status and future trends in Cryptosporidium and Giardia epidemiology in Malaysia. Journal of water and health, 6 (2). pp. 239-54. ISSN 1477-8920
           Spectrum of inherited metabolic disorders in Malaysia.       Cache   Translate Page      
Thong, M.K. and Yunus, Z.M. (2008) Spectrum of inherited metabolic disorders in Malaysia. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, 37 (12 Sup). pp. 66-5. ISSN 0304-4602
           Survival analysis of Malaysian women with breast cancer: results from the University of Malaya Medical Centre.       Cache   Translate Page      
Mohd Taib, N.A. and Yip, C.H. and Mohamed, I. (2008) Survival analysis of Malaysian women with breast cancer: results from the University of Malaya Medical Centre. Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention : APJCP, 9 (2). pp. 197-202. ISSN 1513-7368
           Molecular characterization of genes encoding the quinolone resistance determining regions of Malaysian Streptococcus pneumoniae strains.       Cache   Translate Page      
Kumari, N. and Subramaniam, G. and Navaratnam, P. and Sekaran, S.D. (2008) Molecular characterization of genes encoding the quinolone resistance determining regions of Malaysian Streptococcus pneumoniae strains. Indian journal of medical microbiology, 26 (2). pp. 148-50. ISSN 0255-0857
           Antimicrobial resistance and serotyping of Streptococcus pneumoniae isolated from patients in University Malaya Medical Centre Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Yusof, M.Y. and Palanisamy, N.K. and Sekaran, S.D. (2008) Antimicrobial resistance and serotyping of Streptococcus pneumoniae isolated from patients in University Malaya Medical Centre Malaysia. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 12. e264-e265. ISSN 12019712
           HIV/AIDS-Related Knowledge Among Malaysian Young Adults: Findings From a Nationwide Survey.       Cache   Translate Page      
Wong, L.P. and Chin, Caroline-Kwong Leng and Low, Wah-Yun and Jaafar, Nasruddin (2008) HIV/AIDS-Related Knowledge Among Malaysian Young Adults: Findings From a Nationwide Survey. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 10 (6). p. 148. ISSN 1758-2652
           HIV/AIDS-Related Knowledge Among Malaysian Young Adults: Findings From a Nationwide Survey       Cache   Translate Page      
Wong, L.P. and Leng Chin, Caroline-Kwong and Low, Wah-Yun and Jaafar, Nasruddin (2008) HIV/AIDS-Related Knowledge Among Malaysian Young Adults: Findings From a Nationwide Survey. Medscape Journal of Medicine, 10 (6). p. 148. ISSN 1934-1997
          Abe: Loan a possibility once joint study on certain sectors concludes      Cache   Translate Page      
MALAYSIA’S request for a yen loan received encouragement from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who said the loan would be a “possibility”, pending a joint study in transportation, education and human resource development.
          Malaysia-Based Nigerian Man Killed In Benin For Suspending Wedding Over Wife's Alleged Infidelity      Cache   Translate Page      
There was tragedy over the weekend for the family of Egom in Benin City as their Malaysia-based son, Olisemeka Egom was shot dead after he was said to have suspended his wedding when he discovered that his would-be wife carries three months old questionable pregnancy.

The 34 years old was shot dead in his family residence at Akugbe Street, Off Okunseri Street, Off Dumez road, Sapele road in the state capital in the presence of his father, would-be wife and their three-year old boy.

He was said to have returned home to marry the girl who had a baby boy for him and has been leaving with his parents since he traveled out last year.

“My son and the girlfriend Judith have not been quarreling before, but when my son arrived last August, he accused the girl of carrying another man’s pregnancy.

“The girl agreed but said my son was responsible. My son said it is impossible because he has not been around, the last time he visited Nigeria was July 2017.

“He said he would not go ahead with the wedding. So this was the issue on ground. 

He further accused the girl of complicity in the brutal murder of his son.

Police said a case of murder was reported and advised the bereaved family to come forth with information.
 
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Event Date: Jul 15, 2019; Event City: Kuala Lumpur, MY

Resilience in architecture is the design and planning of adaptive cities to sustain a life that is suitable to users providing them with an improved quality of life. In a word, Architecture carries the responsibility of making a city more flexible and resilient. For this reason, IEREK has taken the responsibility of highlighting the role of architecture and urbanism in making our cities more resilient and sustainable. This is a summary of the scope of a series of international conferences on Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism RRAU held and organized by IEREK.

This conference is a great opportunity to carry on with the discussion and rather add to research undertaken in the topic. Many of the issues laid out are concerned with efficient resources and urban areas, zero energy buildings, resilient infrastructure, energy and environment, and resilient in human scale to finally form a resilient city. Services, maintenance, recycling, and water management are also topics that fit the scope/theme.

Together, we can lead the discussion to an effective and more useful outcome and reach goals set in the conference's first version held in partnership with Hanze University in Groningen, Netherlands; a city setting an example for resilience. This version is designated to be held in another city similarly characterized by high flexibility and resilience, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia.

IEREK is pleased to invite scholars, researchers, students (undergraduate/postgraduate), organizations, municipalities and all stakeholders to contribute in this initative. Interested companies and individuals are also welcome to identify and exchange recent knowledge on the topic.

The publication of the conference proceedings will be through Springer in a book series titled Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation.

For more information: https://www.ierek.com/events/-resilient-and-responsible-architecture-and-urbanism-rrau-2nd-edition

Contact us: RRAU@ierek.com

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          China's Middle Class Is Again Desperate To Move Its Money Out Of The Country      Cache   Translate Page      

The Chinese middle class is again taking substantial risks to move their money out of China. As a result, Chinese investors are blowing up foreign real estate markets while risking getting ripped off at the same time. 

The South China Morning Post recently highlighted one such example, profiling several Chinese citizens who purchased property in Australia to safeguard their wealth, only to see the well-known Australia-based property agent suddenly shutter its doors in August, leaving behind about $50 million in missing deposits and failed settlements.

This kind of "unexpected" event is just one example of the risks that Chinese mainlanders face while trying to protect themselves by moving assets overseas, especially in light of Beijing's strict capital controls on outbound capital. Many Chinese citizens even seek out citizenship or visas in nearby friendly foreign countries to diversify away from investment options at home.

And in China, this isn't just some basic diversification strategy like it is elsewhere around the globe. Instead, it is a direct response to growing fear that the Chinese quality of life is deteriorating. It's also a result of growing frustration that there are so few opportunities to invest at home. And the government isn’t making it easy: China severely restricts capital flows out of its country, stating that it wants the cash to stay domestic for productivity and development purposes.

It also means that those who accrued their wealth through the country’s real estate "boom" really don’t have a way to feel financially secure, as their proceeds must stay within the country, subject to several additional growing bubbles inevitably waiting to pop in China. And it isn’t just for economic reasons - Chinese citizens are also starting to look abroad as a result of the country's authoritarian political climate, heavy pollution and national food safety and vaccine scandals.

Faced with increasingly draconian capital controls, China's citizens are growing desperate to move their money offshore and doing silly things to achieve it. Take Raymond Zhang who was in his early 40s when he paid to join a real estate investment tour of Australia. He was thinking he would diversify his finances to safeguard them.

“It had been arranged for us to visit a dozen property projects in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, including flats, villas and houses with land packages. I loved Australia as soon as I landed there. The [prices of the] properties and living costs were quite affordable for us, not to mention the good air, legal system and education system for my family,” he told the SCMP.

The company that took them overseas asked for a $29,000 deposit, to be returned to 35 days after the investors returned back to China. Zhang says the money was never returned.

Meanwhile, the door to get money out of the country is closing as Beijing has dramatically increased the way it polices efforts to skirt capital controls and even "names and shames" people involved in this effort in order to warn the country's middle class. The State Administration of Foreign Exchange, or SAFE, told the SCMP that at the end of August, there were 23 such cases outstanding. Five of them involved Chinese individuals trying to buy property overseas, others were using "underground banks" to buy property and move large chunks of money out of the country.

To limit capital flight, Beijing grants every individual a mere $50,000 foreign exchange quota, and buying beyond that amount requires special approval from SAFE. In addition to an annual cap on foreign exchange purchases, Beijing also limits individuals’ overseas withdrawals using a Chinese bank card at 100,000 yuan (US$14,400) per year.

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The effect of China's capital flight isn't confined just to the mainland. Those looking to buy real estate outside of the country have negatively impacted many local economies, sometimes causing housing markets to bubble.

In response, Australia has tried to tighten its foreign investment rules in response to Chinese capital inflows. In 2016, the land Down Under even made it illegal for the country's four major banks to lend to foreign property buyers without domestic incomes. New Zealand went so far as to simply prohibit foreigners from buying property altogether because the demand was driving property prices out of the reach of locals. Canada did something similar, canceling its Canadian Federal Immigrant Investor program because of the huge backlog and bubbly real estate markets in places like Vancouver and Toronto.

Hundreds of Chinese "investors" who had put down deposits or bought homes in Malaysia also found themselves scrambling after new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad stated his country would not allow foreigners to buy residential units in a forthcoming $100 billion real estate project, which is being developed by a Chinese firm.

Laura Zhang, who already bought a home in the project told SCMP: "What Mahathir said has definitely had a negative impact on the demand from and aspirations of middle-class investors from China. We feel we are not welcome here and there is growing uncertainty and risk for our long-stay visas and investments." 

In the United States, the EB-5 investor visa seems to finally have fallen out of favor given how immigration law under President Trump has tightened significantly. Approval for this visa can take up to 10 years and the huge backlog has deterred people from signing up.

None of these developments have quenched Chinese citizens' thirst to move their savings overseas. Raymond Zhang, who lost his nearly $30,000 deposit, concluded by telling the SCMP that even if he cannot get his money back, he still wants to buy property abroad: 

"I’m really worried about the worsening economic situation on the mainland, so that is really my main driver to have another go," he said.

In light of this pent up capital flight, one wonders how long before enterprising Chinese citizens rediscover cryptos and some novel way of bypassing China's firewall, and resume buying and sending cryptocurrencies outside the country. As a reminder, it was Chinese citizens that back in late 2015 first catalyzed the next massive move in bitcoin from $230 all the way up to $20,000 - a move which was subsequently joined by Japan and South Korea - before a global coordinated crackdown was required to halt interest in and purchases of cryptocurrencies.


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          PHẢI CHĂNG SỢ TRUNG QUỐC " HẠ ĐỘC THỦ" TT NGUYỄN XUÂN PHÚC QUAY SANG ỦNG HỘ SÁNG KIẾN ' MỘT VÀNH ĐAI, MỘT CON ĐƯỜNG"...      Cache   Translate Page      
Nếu như sáng kiến “Vành đai và con đường” của Trung Quốc đã gieo rắc nỗi ám ảnh tại nhiều quốc gia mới nổi khi họ nhận ra cái giá phải trả cho các khoản tín dụng ưu đãi từ Trung Quốc là mất đất đai, cảng biển rơi vào tay nước ngoài… thì đâu đó vẫn còn một số quốc gia sẵn sàng tạo mọi điều kiện thuận lợi đảm bảo cho kế hoạch của Trung Quốc thành công, ít nhất là tại Việt Nam.

Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc bắt tay với Tổng Bí thư, Chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình. (Ảnh: VGP)

Theo nguồn tin từ đặc phái viên TTXVN, Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc vừa có cuộc gặp với lãnh đạo tối cao của Chính quyền Bắc Kinh ông Tập Cận Bình nhân chuyến tham dự hội chợ Nhập khẩu quốc tế Trung Quốc CIIE 2018 hôm 4/11.
Tại đây, Thủ tướng đánh giá cao các sáng kiến của Trung Quốc đang “đóng góp cho hòa bình, ổn định và thịnh vượng ở khu vực và trên thế giới”, nguồn tin cho biết.
Đồng thời, ông hoan nghênh sáng kiến “Vành đai và Con đường” của Trung Quốc trong việc thúc đẩy hợp tác cùng có lợi và hỗ trợ các nước đang phát triển trong xây dựng kết cấu hạ tầng.
Bên cạnh đó, Thủ tướng ủng hộ việc kết nối sáng kiến “Vành đai và Con đường” với khuôn khổ hợp tác “Hai hành lang, một vành đai kinh tế Việt – Trung” tại Việt Nam. (1)
Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc khẳng định Việt Nam ủng hộ cơ chế hợp tác Lan Thương – Mekong (2) gắn với khuôn khổ hợp tác tiểu vùng sông Mekong mở rộng (GMS). (3)
Bên cạnh đánh giá cao các sáng kiến và cơ chế hợp tác vùng của Trung Quốc, Thủ tướng nhấn mạnh luôn coi trọng phát triển quan hệ bền vững với Trung Quốc và xem đó là một trong những ưu tiên hàng đầu trong chính sách đối ngoại của Việt Nam, theo nguồn tin TTXVN.Bề vấn đề biển Đông, Thủ tướng tiếp tục hoan nghênh những “kết quả tích cực” đạt được trong đàm phán về bộ Quy tắc ứng xử ở Biển Đông giữa ASEAN và Trung Quốc vừa qua. Đồng thời ông kêu gọi hai bên tôn trọng lợi ích chính đáng, giải quyết tranh chấp bằng biện pháp hòa bình, phù hợp với luật pháp quốc tế.
Trước đó trong buổi tọa đàm với các tập đoàn, doanh nghiệp Trung Quốc, người đứng đầu Chính phủ Việt Nam cũng bày tỏ hoan nghênh các doanh nghiệp Trung Quốc đầu tư vào Việt Nam, và khẳng định Chính phủ sẽ tạo mọi điều kiện thuận lợi để các nhà đầu tư Trung Quốc đầu tư thành công tại Việt Nam.
Trong khi đó, cùng với xu hướng quốc tế mà phát khởi đầu tiên là Mỹ đang xem xét lại các thỏa thuận hợp tác thương mại với ĐCSTQ, nhiều quốc gia mới nổi như Malaysia, Úc, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal… sau khi nếm vị đắng từ các khoản tín dụng cho vay dễ dãi của Trung Quốc – thường gắn liền với quyền tiếp quản dự án cảng biển, đất đai khu vực dự án hay quyền khai thác tài nguyên thiên nhiên các quốc gia đi vay – đã và đang lần lượt hủy bỏ dự án hợp tác với Trung Quốc.
Chẳng hạn, tân thủ tướng Malaysia Mahathir mới đây đã công khai hủy 3 dự án do Trung Quốc tài trợ với tổng trị giá 22 tỷ USD. Trước đó vào tháng Mười Một năm ngoái, chỉ trong vài tuần, cả Pakistan, Nepal và Myanmar đã đồng loạt hủy bỏ dự án thủy điện lớn của các công ty Trung Quốc. Hay như một đồng minh thân cận của Trung Quốc là Philippines – Tổng thống Duterte của quốc gia này mới đây cũng đã không dưới một lần lên án ĐCSTQ, kêu gọi Bắc Kinh “tái định hình” và “hành động ôn hòa” về vấn đề Biển Đông đang gây tranh cãi.
Nếu như sáng kiến “Vành đai và con đường” của Trung Quốc – gieo rắc nỗi ám ảnh và đẩy nhiều quốc gia lún sâu vào bẫy nợ của Bắc Kinh – đã được các nước nhận diện và có biện pháp đề phòng, thì đâu đó vẫn còn một số quốc gia sẵn sàng tạo mọi điều kiện thuận lợi đảm bảo cho kế hoạch của Trung Quốc thành công, ít nhất là tại Việt Nam.
Chú thích:
(1) Hợp tác phát triển hai hành lang một vành đai kinh tế Việt Nam – Trung Quốc bao gồm hành lang kinh tế Côn Minh – Lào Cai – Hà Nội – Hải Phòng, hành lang kinh tế Nam Ninh – Lạng Sơn – Hà Nội – Hải Phòng, và vành đai kinh tế Vịnh Bắc Bộ đã được lãnh đạo cao cấp hai nước thỏa thuận xây dựng.
(2) Cơ chế hợp tác Lan Thương – Mekong (LMC) nhằm thúc đẩy kết nối giữa Trung Quốc với 5 nước Mekong (Campuchia, Lào, Myanmar, Thái Lan và Việt Nam). Kết thúc hội nghị thượng đỉnh LMC lần thứ 2, nhà lãnh đạo các nước đã đồng ý xem xét một loạt các dự án do Trung Quốc tài trợ. Tổng các khoản vay và trợ cấp mà Trung Quốc cam kết là gần 12 tỷ USD cho cho 5 nước Mekong.
(3) Tiểu vùng sông Mekong mở rộng (GMS) là khu vực rộng lớn với số dân 340 triệu người, bao gồm 5 quốc gia Mekong và hai tỉnh Vân Nam, Quảng Tây của Trung Quốc, do Ngân hàng Phát triển châu Á (ADB) khởi xướng. Đây là sự mở rộng của Tiểu vùng sông Mekong vốn không có các tỉnh của Trung Quốc. Hiện, GMS có hơn 222 dự án với trị giá 65 tỷ USD đã được thông qua.
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          MP: Gani duty bound to explain non-prosecution of Musa Aman - Malaysiakini      Cache   Translate Page      

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MP: Gani duty bound to explain non-prosecution of Musa Aman
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Former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail is duty bound to explain why he did not prosecute former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman during his tenure, Pakatan Harapan parliamentarian Lim Lip Eng said. The Kepong MP questioned if Gani - who hails from ...
Ruling may not resolve CM disputeThe Star Online
MP: Gani Patail must say why Musa Aman not charged in 2012Malay Mail
Tension runs high as Musa, Shafie groups set to meet in courtThe Malaysian Insight

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Report: MACC questions ex-Bank Negara governor over RM2b land deal
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Former Bank Negara governor Muhammad Ibrahim has been questioned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). This on a 22.5-hectare plot of government land that the central bank had bought for RM2 billion in January this year, allegedly to ...
Ex-Malaysian central bank governor Muhammad Ibrahim quizzed over controversial $659m land purchaseThe Straits Times
MACC quizzes ex-Bank Negara governor over land purchaseThe Malaysian Insight

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PETALING JAYA: PKR central committee member Latheefa Koya has questioned the visit by party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to Julau, Sarawak, yesterday ahead of the PKR state election this Saturday. Calling the visit “inappropriate and highly ...
PKR – polls messy from start to endThe Star Online
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PKR leader accuses Dr Wan Azizah of impropriety over Sarawak visit ahead of party pollMalay Mail
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The people have been advised to stop making extreme assumptions of Malaysia's intention to ratify the International Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) that can lead to negative perceptions on racial interactions in ...
Time to be bold in addressing ethnicityThe Star Online
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FundMyHome scheme a risk for house buyers, experts say
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PETALING JAYA: Property experts have expressed scepticism and concern over the recently launched FundMyHome scheme for house buyers, saying it is too good to be true. Chartered property surveyor Ernest Cheong said the scheme, which was launched ...
Looking for details in new home-buying schemeThe Star Online

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Mat Redho: Fear Factor champ in Malaysia, a 'ninja' Down Under
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former champion of Fear Factor Malaysia Mohd Redha Rozlan has made Malaysia proud when he emerged as winner at the Ninja Challenge League Finals 2018 (NCL) in Australia, beating 95 other contestants. Fondly known as Mat ...
Malaysian IT expert becomes extreme sports champion in Down UnderMalay Mail

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TOKYO: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be conferred ”The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers” by the Emperor of Japan during his three-day working visit to the “Land of the Rising Sun” beginning tomorrow. Malaysian ambassador ...
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NAK DATANG KL SILA BACA NI DULU OK! Terasa dah bertahun tak pergi bercuti selain balik kampung je la. Tu pun raya je. Kami sekeluarga ni kalau nak pergi bercuti.. Memang percutian kami tak ada la grand sangat. Mesti yang budget budget jer. Kalau nak kurangkan bajet tu harus la survey awal awal sebelum memulakan perjalanan kan? Kalau dah sampai ke destinasi baru nak walk in & survey memang susah la nak bajet.

Tapi memandangkan takde bajet lagi sekarang ni.. Jenjalan sekitar kuala lumpur & selangor je la. Apa ingat kat sini tak ada tempat tempat best ke nak di lawati & beridah. Banyak ok tempat2 best selain shopping complex & klcc tu. Tak semestinya datang sini untuk shopping je tau. Antara tempat menarik korang yang luar KL/Selangor kalau datang sini macam korang boleh pergi ke tempat tempat contoh Taman burung, Pasar Seni, Muzium negara dan banyak lagi tempat menarik.

Kuala Lumpur

Atau kalau nak keluar dari KL sikit.. Ada tempat best yang tak jauh dari KL. Boleh je merasai suasana alam semulajadi, mandi air sungai di Janda Baik. Sebab perjalanan dari KL nak ke janda baik ni tak la jauh mana. Normally saya kalau pergi picnic kat sana memang balik hari ni.

Kat banting, selangor kalau korang nak ber BBQ, nak naik rakit buluh atau berkhemah ada satu tempat ni Tadom Hill. Pun tak jauh sangat dari KL.

Salah satu aktiviti menarik boleh buat di Tadom Hill. Gambar sumber Google

Datang KL selain nak menikmati percutian dalam suasana kotaraya.. Korang tetap boleh rilex - rilex di tempat yang tak jauh dari KL untuk menikmati keindahan alam semulajadi. So, jalan jalan & bercuti di KL pun tak la membosankan sangat.

Nak makan pun tak payah risau.. Semua ada. Banyak port makan best best kat kl ni. Apa jenis makanan pun senang nak cari katanya. Korang memang boleh jalan jalan sambil makan makan juga.

Masa dok survey survey tempat best kat KL terclik kat website traveloka & Terperasan jab traveloka ada ada benda baru. Dah ada pakej combo. Kuala Lumpur Tour Packages. Pakej perjalanan & hotel sekali. Korang tak caya boleh tengok kat sini ➟ Traveloka


Wah senang la kan.. Book flight terus dengan hotel. Sedangkan elok yang berada di luar kuala lumpur yang berhajat nak jalan jalan kat KL ni book untuk pakej combo ni. Antara keistimewaan pakej combo ni yang saya baca..

Selain pakej ni dalam kategori pakej bajet sebab korang boleh tempah tiket penerbangan & hotel sekali. Kalau yang last minute plan nak bercuti tu.. Korang boleh book on the spot. Bukan tu je korang boleh tukar pakej pelancongan yang di tawarkan oleh traveloka mengikut keselesaan anda.

Antara Idea perjalanan percutian ada di Kuala lumpur yang di sediakan oleh traveloka adalah seperti berikut ;

Idea Perjalanan 1 Hari

☻ Tiba di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur. Ambil keretapi KLIA Express ke KL Sentral. Dari sana, naik teksi ke hotel. Daftar masuk dan berehat.

☻ Destinasi pertama yang di cadangkan ialah KL Bird Park. Di sana, anda boleh melihat spesis burung sambil berjalan jalan di dalam taman yang penuh tumbuhan semulajadi.

☻ Anda boleh ke Masjid Negara. Bangunan ini dikenali sebagai simbol penting negara Islam di Malaysia. Tapi nak masuk ke Masjid negara ada etika berpakaian & kena menutup aurat. Untuk yang non muslim ada di sediakan jubah.

☻ Pada waktu malam, Kalau nak menikmati makanan laut segar boleh ke Jalan Alor untuk.

☻ Kembali ke hotel dan rehat.

Idea Perjalanan 2 Hari

☻ Di cadangkan melawat Muzium Negara untuk anda mempelajari perbezaan budaya dan tradisi Malaysia.

☻ Seterusnya, boleh ke Janda Baik untuk menikmati pemandangan alam semulajadi yang menakjubkan di situ. Anda boleh merasai kehidupan & makanan kampung sambil menikmati suasana flora & fauna.

☻ Kembali ke bandar anda boleh melawat KLCC. Boleh menjamu selera makan nasi lemak & bermacam macam lagi aneka makanan. Pada waktu malam juga terdapat air pancut air yang cantik.

☻ Kembali ke hotel dan rehat.

Idea 3 Hari Lawatan

☻ Anda boleh sarapan pagi dengan roti canai yang boleh didapati di hampir setiap gerai yang menghidangkan sarapan pagi di bandar.

☻ Kemudian boleh Pasar  Seni sekiranya nak beli cenderahati untuk di bawa pulang.

☻ Anda juga boleh Pergi ke Pavilion, pusat membeli-belah paling berprestij Di Kuala lumpur, untuk membeli-belah.

☻ Pada waktu malam, anda boleh bersiar-siar di sepanjang Jalan Bukit Bintang untuk menikmati kehidupan malam yang penuh dengan kerlipan lampu berwarna warni.

☻ Kembali ke hotel dan rehat.

Best kan?? Percutian ada pun dah siap di sediakan oleh traveloka so tak payah nak kelam kabut sangat. Tapi kalau korang dah plan perjalanan percutian korang tak semestinya kena ikut idea perjalanan yang traveloka bagi ni. Tu cuma macam cadangan perjalanan saja. Kalau korang nak tau lebih lanjut pasal pakej combo baru dari traveloka ni boleh rujuk kat sini ➟ Kuala Lumpur tour packages

Yang saya tahu setakat ni untuk pakej baru ni hanya boleh  didapati di laman web Traveloka dan aplikasi android. IOS belum lagi tapi akan datang nanti ada la tu kot.

Agak bagus pakej combo Kuala Lumpur Tour Packages yang di sediakan traveloka ni.. Sebab salah satu kelebihan dia of course bajet anda lebih jimat & anda dah tak payah nak nak susah susah cari penginapan lepas book tiket flight. Memang di datangkan dalam bentuk pakej combo.. Tiket flight + Penginapan (Hotel) sekali. Jimat masa.. jimat wang & memudahkan perjalanan percutian korang.
          Kimora Lee Simmons’ Current Husband Pleads Guilty      Cache   Translate Page      
The husband of model-turned-fashion-designer Kimora Lee Simmons has pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to a Malaysian money laundering scandal. According to a wwd.com report: “Tim Leissner was chairman of Goldman Sachs’ Southeast Asia business, but he resigned in 2016 and was subsequently subpoenaed by the U.S. Justice Department as part of a probe into the disappearance of billions of […]
          Top 8 Famous South African Cuisine You Must Eat      Cache   Translate Page      
Try one of these Traditional South African Cuisine when visiting the country for a game or a wildlife adventure.South African cuisine is a unique fusion of many different external cultural influences. These include Dutch, French, Indian and Malaysian flavours and techniques that continue to make their way onto the menus of restaurants and into the […]

          Facts about most popular south african tribes and people      Cache   Translate Page      
Explore the interesting things about ancient tribes and their culture, traditions and history of south africa.The cradle of humanity, Africa is home to some of the world’s great tribal cultures. The multi-cultural population of South Africa has a majority of indigenous people in addition to the people of European, Indian and Malaysian descent and with […]

           ‘SHOP YOUR WAY TO KOREA’ OLEH GUARDIAN MALAYSIA      Cache   Translate Page      
‘SHOP YOUR WAY TO KOREA’ OLEH GUARDIAN MALAYSIA  - Assalamualaikum dan Selamat pagi semua. Sihat ke? Atau sedang cuti panjang tu? Cakap pasal bercuti, korang suka tak kalau dapat bercuti ke KOREA secara PERCUMA? Macamana nak menang? Senang je !


‘SHOP YOUR WAY TO KOREA’ OLEH GUARDIAN MALAYSIA



Untuk menyertai peraduan ‘SHOP YOUR WAY TO KOREA’ OLEH GUARDIAN MALAYSIA, pelanggan hanya perlu berbelanja minimum RM40 termasuk satu jenama yang mengambil bahagian, dalam satu resit. Selepas membuat pembelian, korang perlu mengira bilangan Guardian Jeju Mask yang terdapat di dalam bekas akrilik I Guardian Heart yang berukuran 780mm (lebar), 600mm (tinggi) dan 270mm (diameter). Setiap Jeju Mask pula berukuran 11.4cm x 15.9 cm. 

Seterusnya, pelanggan perlu menulis jawapan dan menghantar penyertaan. Peraduan bermula pada 1 November sehingga 31 Disember 2018. Penyertaan pula boleh dibuat melalui borang fizikal atau melalui atas talian, yang berakhir pada 31 Disember 2018

Sebanyak 38 jenama mengambil bahagian dalam peraduan ini, termasuk lima penaja utama iaitu Dove, L’Oreal, Maybelline, Pantene dan Safi.


Pengalaman Kecantikan dan Kesejahteraan Korea selama 7 hari 5 malam menanti pemenang-pemenang utama 



Guardian Malaysia, menyedari betapa hebatnya pengaruh produk dan trend Korea terhadap gaya hidup dan tabiat berbelanja pengguna setempat, kini menawarkan peluang menarik kepada para pelanggannya untuk “Shop Your Way To Korea”. 

Melalui peraduan “Shop Your Way to Korea” yang dilancarkan hari ini, para pelanggan berpeluang memenangi hadiah utama berupa pakej percutian eksklusif Pengalaman Kecantikan dan Kesejahteraan Korea untuk dua orang, dimana mereka boleh menyelami budaya, trend dan gaya hidup masyarakat Korea. 

Ms Wong Vai Chi, Ketua Pemasaran dan Promosi, Guardian Health And Beauty Sdn Bhd (Guardian Malaysia), berkata di majlis pelancaran itu: “Sebagai peneraju dalam peruncitan kesihatan dan kecantikan, kami telah menyaksikan bagaimana produk penjagaan kulit dan kecantikan Korea dengan cepat menarik minat para pelanggan kami, yang sentiasa mencari variasi, kualiti dan nilai yang lebih hebat.

“Jadi peraduan ini adalah untuk mengiktiraf kehebatan produk-produk Korea dalam mempengaruhi gaya hidup dan tabiat berbelanja, dalam masa yang sama, memberi ganjaran kepada para pelanggan kami,” tambah beliau. 


Jelas Ms Wong lagi, peraduan tersebut juga sejajar dengan polisi Guardian Malaysia yang sentiasa mengutamakan pelanggan. Kami terus berusaha untuk menawarkan pelbagai promosi baru dan inovatif yang memberikan produk bervariasi, berkualiti dan bernilai hebat serta perkhidmatan terbaik untuk pelanggan kami. 

“Kami yakin para pelanggan akan teruja dengan peraduan ini kerana ia sangat mudah dan hadiah-hadiah yang ditawarkan pula sangat menarik! Hadiah Utama adalah Pengalaman Kecantikan dan Kesejahteraan Korea selama 7 hari 5 malam untuk dua orang, bernilai hampir RM36,000! Dan terdapat EMPAT Hadiah Utama! 


Selain itu, terdapat 16 hadiah kedua berupa Samsung Note 9 dan 30 hadiah ketiga berupa baucar Guardian bernilai RM300 untuk setiap pemenang! Jangan lepaskan peluang untuk merebut hadiah-hadiah yang berjumlah lebih RM200,000 ini!

Maklumat lengkap peraduan serta terma dan syarat boleh didapati di: w2korea.guardian.com.my

“Kami menyarankan agar pelanggan menghantar seberapa banyak mungkin penyertaan, agar peluang untuk mereka memenangi hadiah-hadiah menarik ini lebih besar,” tambah Ms Wong.


          KESIMPULAN DARI BELANJAWAN BAJET 2019 MALAYSIA BUAT KELUARGA KAMI      Cache   Translate Page      
KESIMPULAN DARI BELANJAWAN BAJET 2019 MALAYSIA BUAT KELUARGA KAMI -  Semalam merupakan tarikh keramat untuk negara kita Malaysia. Iaitu tarikh di mana pengumuman Belanjawan Bajet 2019. Pertama kali dalam sejarah, parti pembangkang menjadi kerajaan negara kita. Tapi belanjawan bajet 2019 kali ini. Mummy tak nampak sangat bezanya. Seperti biasa...keluarga kami TAK BERAPA NAK BANYAK dapat keistimewaan untuk belanjawan bajet 2019. Erm..tak pelah...yang penting kami kena rajin dan terus rajin mencari rezeki yang halal.

KESIMPULAN DARI BAJET 2019 MALAYSIA BUAT KELUARGA KAMI


Pertama sekali bila belanjawan bajet 2019 di bentangkan. Mummy akan tengok effect pada keluarga kami terlebih dahulu.

Mujur ada Malaysiakini.dari situ mummy check APA KESAN BELANJAWAN 2019 TERHADAP ANDA. Korang boleh klik di https://pages.malaysiakini.com/budget2019/my/quiz/ juga.

KESIMPULAN DARI BELANJAWAN BAJET 2019 MALAYSIA BUAT KELUARGA KAMI

KESIMPULAN DARI BELANJAWAN BAJET 2019 MALAYSIA BUAT KELUARGA KAMI

Memula pilih pendapat isi rumah..isi rumah tau ! Bukan individu (untuk berkahwin terutamanya).

Jawapan kami mestilah paling bawah. Seisi rumah kot !

KESIMPULAN DARI BELANJAWAN BAJET 2019 MALAYSIA BUAT KELUARGA KAMI

Wajiblah kan. Kami suami isteri memang declared every year.

KESIMPULAN DARI BELANJAWAN BAJET 2019 MALAYSIA BUAT KELUARGA KAMI

Dedua bekerja.
Ada 3 anak.
Kerja melibatkan travel juga.
So..dedua jenis kenderaan kami ada. Tak kira atas atau bawah 1.5cc

Rasa- rasa? Apa jawapan dari kesimpulannya??

KESIMPULAN DARI BELANJAWAN BAJET 2019 MALAYSIA BUAT KELUARGA KAMI

Banyak yang tak layak dari layak lerrr jawapannya hehe 

KESIMPULAN DARI BELANJAWAN BAJET 2019 MALAYSIA BUAT KELUARGA KAMI

Untung ler syarikat buat air bergula. Income udah naik hahaha.

Secara positif.. sebenarnya nak elakkan rakyat Malaysia minun minuman bergula .

Elakkan penyakit yang merbahaya...kiranya mencegah sebelum mengubati gituuuu.

Belanjawan bajet ni ni bukan atas persetujuan perseorangan. Ianya mestilah di bincangkan bersama pakar dan barisan yang lebih arif tentang ekonomi Malaysia. 

Kita sebagai rakyat usah merungut banyak. Usaha pertingkatkan ekonomi keluarga sendiri.

Opportunity seperti Kerja part time, full time, business online pun ada banyak di luar sana.

Betul...tak?

Apapun terima kasih pemerintah ! 

          World: Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health Annual Report      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Benin, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia

Animal health emergencies continue to erupt around the world at an ever-increasing pace. Increased global travel, human migration and informal trade of animals and animal products continue to intensify the risk of disease spread. Infectious diseases and other animal health threats have the potential to move rapidly within a country or around the world leading to severe socio-economic and public health consequences. For zoonoses that develop the ability for human to human transmission, an early response to an animal health emergency could prevent the next pandemic. As the demands continue to evolve for effective and efficient management of animal diseases, including emerging diseases and zoonoses, the Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health (EMC-AH) continues to evolve and keep pace with the global demands, adding value to Member States of FAO.

Building on the first eleven years of success, the Centre rebranded its platform in 2018 as EMC-AH, with the full support of the Crisis Management Centre for Animal Health Steering Committee in November 2017. The new name reflects the modernization of the platform and new way of working to better address the needs of the future. Further, the inaugural EMC-AH strategic action plan 2018 2022 released in June 2018 clearly states the vision, mission, and core functions of EMC AH for the coming five years with the aim of reducing the impact of animal health emergencies.

EMC AH’s annual report reflects EMC AH’s new way of working under its strategic action plan and addresses EMC AH performance and actions for the twelve-month period of November 2017-October 2018. During the reporting period, EMC AH contributed to strengthening resilience of livelihoods to animal health-related emergencies and zoonoses through the core pillars of its strategic action plan: preparedness, response, incident coordination, collaboration and resource mobilization. The annual report illustrates EMC-AH’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

FAO’s Member States have an ongoing need for a holistic and sustainable international platform that provides the necessary tools and interventions inclusive of animal health emergency management. EMC-AH strategic action plan requires a substantial commitment of resources to implement the full range of proposed activities, and EMC-AH must maintain key personnel essential to carry out its objectives and components of the 2016-2019 FAO Strategic Framework that addresses increased resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises (Strategic Programme five [SP5]).

As a joint platform of FAO’s Animal Health Service and Emergency Response and Resilience Team, and in close collaboration with related partners and networks, EMC-AH is appropriately positioned to provide renewed leadership, coordination and action for global animal health emergencies.


          Penyebab Rossi Menangis di MotoGP Malaysia       Cache   Translate Page      
Valentino Rossi memang gagal meraih kemenangan pada lomba MotoGP Sepang, Minggu (4/11). Dia kecelakaan dalam kondisi memimpin lomba pada beberapa lap jelang finis. Namun sejatinya Rossi merasakan emosi luar biasa sepanjang MotoGP Sepang. Alasannya sang adik, Luca Marini meraih kemenangan perdana di kelas Moto2.
          Chiến lược mới của Tổng thống Donald Trump chống Trung Quốc      Cache   Translate Page      


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Tại đại hội 19 của đảng CSTQ, Tập Cận Bình tuyên bố: “Đã đến lúc Trung Quốc phải giành vị trí trung tâm trên trường quốc tế”. 

Để thực hiện “Giấc mộng Trung Hoa” (The Chinese Dream), Tập Cận Bình đưa ra chiến lược “Một Vành Đai. Một Con Đường” (Nhất Đới, Nhất Lộ), thành lập ngân hàng với số vốn 124 tỷ USD, cho vay và đầu tư vào các quốc gia nằm trên tuyến đường từ Châu Á, Châu Phi và đến Châu Âu.

Trung Quốc đã lập một vành đai căn cứ quân sự gọi là “Chuỗi Ngọc Trai” (String of Pearls) để bảo vệ vành đai kinh tế. 

Các nhà quan sát nêu nhận xét, Trung Quốc càng phát triển thì mối đe dọa càng cao đối với Hoa Kỳ. 

Tổng thống Donald Trump quyết ăn thua đủ với Tập Cận Bình, ông triển khai chiến lược “Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương Tự do và Mở rộng” làm đối trọng với chiến lược Vành Đai Con Đường của Trung Quốc. 

Về quân sự thì Mỹ tăng ngân sách quốc phòng, bố trí lại sức mạnh số một của Hải Quân Hoa Kỳ để khống chế Trung Quốc. 

Các đồng minh của Mỹ tích cực tham gia bảo vệ tự do hàng hải đi qua Biển Đông. 

Trong khi cuộc chiến thương mại đến hồi căng thẳng, Tổng thống Trump tuyên bố “Trung Quốc sẽ không có một tấc đất nào ở Biển Đông”. Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Trung Quốc, Ngụy Phụng Hòa đáp trả “Trung Quốc sẽ không bao giờ từ bỏ một tấc lãnh thổ dù đó là Đài Loan hay ở Biển Đông” 

Tình hình nóng bỏng như thế có thể gây ra chiến tranh, vì cá tính dám nói dám làm của Tổng thống Trump. “Làm cho nước Mỹ vĩ đại trở lại”. 

2. Sự hình thành của chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương “tự do” và “mở rộng” 

Chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương tự do và mở rộng (The U.S. “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” Strategy. Viết tắt là FOIP) do Tổng thống Donald Trump triển khai để chống lại chiến lược “Một Vành Đai-Một Con Đường” của Tập Cận Bình. 

Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương là khu vực chỉ các quốc gia nằm ven hai đại dương là Ấn Độ Dương và Thái Bình Dương. 

Về kinh tế 

Hiện có 3 quốc gia với nền kinh tế lớn nhất hoàn cầu là Mỹ, Trung Quốc và Nhật Bản. Ngoài ra còn một số quốc gia có tốc độ gia tăng kinh tế rất nhanh. 

Về quốc phòng 

Bảy trên 10 quốc gia tại khu vực nầy có quân đội lớn nhất thế giới là: Hoa Kỳ, Trung Quốc, Nhật Bản, Ấn Độ, Hàn Quốc, Úc và Pakistan. 

Theo đánh giá của các nhà nghiên cứu thì sự ra đời của chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương phát xuất từ hai yếu tố then chốt: 

Một là: Do sự trỗi dậy mạnh mẽ của Trung Quốc, đặc biệt là việc xây dựng và quân sự hóa các đảo nhân tạo làm tiền đồn ở Biển Đông, đe dọa con đường tự do thương mại đi qua vùng biển nầy. 

Hai là: Trung Quốc đẩy mạnh “Sáng kiến Một Vành Đai-Một Con Đường” thách thức vai trò lãnh đạo thế giới của Hoa Kỳ. Trong khi đó khu vực Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương chưa có một cơ chế đa phương, thống nhất hành động để bảo vệ tập thể, mà chỉ có những hiệp định song phương như Hiệp ước an ninh Mỹ-Nhật, Hiệp ước phòng thủ chung Mỹ-Hàn. 

Hoa Kỳ thấy cần phải có một cơ chế, tổng hợp lực lượng của đồng minh, thắt chặt quan hệ hợp tác có cả Ấn Độ để chống lại Bắc Kinh. Những đồng minh của Mỹ là Nhật, Hàn Quốc, Ấn Độ, Úc, Indonesia. 

Đó là chiến lược mà Tổng thống Donald Trump đang cổ xúy. 

2. 1. Vai trò của Ấn Độ 

Thủ tướng Nhật Shinzo Abe và Thủ tướng Ấn Độ Narendra Modi 

Ấn Độ sẽ đóng một vai trò quan trọng mang lợi ích không những cho Hoa Kỳ mà còn cho các quốc gia khác trong khu vực. 

Phó Phụ tá Ngoại trưởng Mỹ đặc trách Đông Á Thái Bình Dương, ông Alex N. Wong nêu nhận xét, Ấn Độ là quốc gia phát triển theo hướng tự do và mở cửa. Hoa Kỳ bảo đảm Ấn Độ sẽ là một quốc gia có tầm ảnh hưởng lớn trong khu vực. Ngoài Ấn Độ ra, các quốc gia có tầm ảnh hưởng lớn như Nhật Bản, Australia, Hàn Quốc cũng đã có vai trò trong khu tích cực trong khu vực. 

Hoa Kỳ chủ trương thương mại tự do, bình đẳng, có qua có lại. 

2. 2. Hai yếu tố quan trọng của chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương 

Ngày 2-4-2018, Phó Phụ tá Ngoại trưởng Mỹ đặc trách Đông Á Thái Bình Dương, ông Alex N. Wong, giải thích hai yếu tố quan trọng của chiến lược là “Tự do” và “Mở rộng”. 

1). Về tự do. 

Các nước trong khu vực được tự do theo đuổi con đường riêng mà không bị ép buộc. Hoa Kỳ mong muốn các quốc gia nầy được hưởng quyền tự do hơn, bao gồm tự do quản lý, quyền hạn căn bản, minh bạch và chống tham nhũng. 

2). Về mở rộng 

Ông Wong cho biết, Mỹ mong muốn khu vực AĐD-TBD được mở rộng hơn nữa, đặc biệt là đường biển và đường hàng không đi qua Ấn Độ Dương và Biển Đông, vì có hơn 50% hàng hóa thương mại đi qua tuyến đường nầy. 

Cơ sở hạ tầng là gì?
Cơ sở hạ tầng 

Chiến lược mới của Tổng thống Trump còn bao gồm mở rộng về cơ sở hạ tầng (Infrastructure) gồm có bến cảng, cầu đường, đường bộ, đường sắt, bịnh viện, trường học… để các quốc gia hội nhập vào khu vực tốt hơn, kinh tế mạnh thêm. 

Mỹ mong muốn các quốc gia trong khu vực phát triển hạ tầng cơ sở để tăng trưởng kinh tế. 

Về thương mại thì được đặt trên cơ sở tự do, công bằng, có qua có lại. 

Tóm lại, với ý niệm mở rộng, các quốc gia trong khu vực AĐD-TBD được hoan nghênh khi vào hợp tác, ngay cả những thành viên của Đối tác xuyên Thái Bình Dương (TPP=Trans-Pacific Partnership) 

3. Mỹ hiện thực hóa chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương 

Chính quyền của Tổng thống Donald Trump đang gia tăng triển khai chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương, nhằm cạnh tranh với chiến lược “Một Vành Đai-Một Con Đường” của Trung Quốc. 

Ngày 30-7-2018, trước chuyến viếng thăm ba nước Singapore, Malaysia và Indonesia, Ngoại trưởng Mike Pompeo phát biểu tại Phòng Thương mại Mỹ, ông cho biết, Mỹ sẽ đầu tư 113 triệu USD vào kinh tế, công nghệ nặng và cơ sở hạ tầng trong khu vực Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương. 

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Ngoại trưởng Pompeo 

Trong 113 triệu có 25 triệu để mở rộng xuất khẩu công nghệ cao của Mỹ sang khu vực. Đồng thời sẽ bổ sung 50 triệu USD để hỗ trợ các nước sản xuất và lưu trữ năng lượng, và thiết lập một mạng lưới hỗ trợ thúc đẩy sự phát triển cơ sở hạ tầng. 

Ông Pompeo nêu rõ, số tiền trên 100 triệu USD chỉ là khoản tiền thanh toán trước về sự đóng góp trong lãnh vực kinh tế của Mỹ để thúc đẩy hòa bình và thịnh vượng của khu vực AĐD-TBD. 

Với chiến lược AĐD-TBD, Tổng thống Donald Trump muốn gởi một thông điệp rằng, mặc dù Mỹ đã rút tên ra khỏi Hiệp định Đối tác xuyên Thái Bình Dương (TPP), nhưng Mỹ vẫn coi trọng và hoan nghênh thành viên của TPP vào việc làm ăn, đầu tư ở AĐD-TBD. Đó là ý nghĩa của hai trụ cột “tự do” và “cởi mở”. 

4. Chiến tranh thương mại giữa Mỹ và Trung Quốc 

4. 1. Tổng thống Donald Trump đánh thuế vào hàng hóa Trung Quốc nhập khẩu vào thị trường Hoa Kỳ 

Tổng thống Donald Trump mở màn cuộc chiến bằng cách đánh thuế hải quan 25% trên 50 tỷ USD hàng hóa Trung Quốc nhập cảng vào Mỹ. Tiến thêm một bước, là đánh thuế 25% lên 200 tỷ USD. Việc đánh thuế nhập cảng nầy có tác động đến kế hoạch phát triển kinh tế của Bắc Kinh. 

Hàng hóa Trung Quốc bị đánh thuế cao nên giá thành trên thị trường Mỹ cũng cao hơn hàng hóa cùng loại của các nước khác, nên khó cạnh tranh. Mỹ cứ tiếp tục tăng thuế cho đến khi nào hàng hóa Trung Quốc không còn con đường sống trên thị trường Hoa Kỳ. 

Trong cuộc chiến nầy, thị trường chứng khoán của Trung Quốc giảm 21%, và tiếp tục tuột dốc hàng ngày. 

Đồng nhân dân tệ mất giá 8% so với đô la Mỹ. Mỹ là thị trường lớn nhất của Trung Quốc, mất thị trường nầy cũng đảo lộn xuất khẩu. 

4. 2. Mỹ chận đứng hai con đường hàng hóa Trung Quốc vào Mỹ 

Ba quốc gia Bắc Mỹ là Canada, Hoa Kỳ và Mexico có hiệp định Thương mại Tự do NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) được ký kết ngày 12-8-1993, cho phép hàng hóa được tự do lưu thông giữa ba nước nầy. 

Để ngăn chặn hàng hóa Trung Quốc vào Mỹ bằng hai con đường từ Canada và Mexico, Tổng thống Trump và hai quốc gia Bắc Mỹ ký một hiệp định mới USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), một trong nội dung là cấm các thành viên của 3 quốc gia nầy ký hiệp ước song phương với các nước “phi kinh tế thị trường tự do”, mục đích cấm hiệp định song phương với Trung Quốc. Nghĩa là không cho phép hàng hóa Trung Quốc đến Canada và Mexico để tự do vào thị trường Hoa Kỳ. 

Nói thêm về “phi kinh tế thị trường tự do” của Trung Quốc. Tổ chức Thương mại Thế giới (World Trade Organization=WTO) là sân chơi của các quốc gia có nền kinh tế thị trường tự do tức là các công ty tư nhân cạnh tranh với tư nhân mới công bằng. Trái lại, các công ty có nguồn vốn nhà nước, quốc doanh, mà cạnh tranh với tư nhân là không công bằng, vì vốn nhà nước luôn luôn to hơn vốn của tư nhân. 

Việt Nam và Trung Quốc còn rất nhiều công ty và tập đoàn quốc doanh cho nên chưa chính thức là thành viên thật sự của WTO, mà phải chờ đến khi nào tư nhân hóa, cổ phần hóa các công ty quốc doanh mới chính thức được công nhận là kinh tế thị trường tự do. Thời gian nầy Trung Quốc ở tình trạng “phi kinh tế thị trường tự do” mà Tổng thống Trump đã nêu trên. Công ty quốc doanh bán giá rẻ trên thị trường quốc tế cũng bị kiện và bị phạt tiền về tội bán phá giá. 

4. 3. Mỹ đe dọa sẽ đánh thuế vào toàn bộ hàng hóa Trung Quốc nếu hội đàm Trump-Tập thất bại 

Ngày 30-10-2018, tờ Bưu Điện Hoa Nam Buổi Sáng (SCMP=South China Morning Post-Hongkong) đưa tin, Mỹ chuẩn bị đánh thuế vào toàn bộ hàng hóa Trung Quốc nếu hội đàm giữa Tổng thống Trump và Tập Cận Bình thất bại. 

Hội đàm giữa hai lãnh đạo nầy sẽ diễn ra bên lề cuộc họp thượng đỉnh G-20 tại Buenos Aires của nước Argentina. 

Toàn bộ hàng hóa nhập vào thị trường Hoa Kỳ trị giá 257 tỷ USD, bao gồm sản phẩm tiêu dùng kể cả điện thoại di động, máy tính, quần áo, giày dép… 

Yêu sách của Tổng thống Trump về việc thay đổi sâu rộng chính sách thương mại công bằng, có qua có lại… 

Đe dọa của Tổng thống Trump cho thấy Mỹ sẵn sàng leo thang chiến tranh thương mại với Trung Quốc. 

Chiến tranh nào cũng gây tổn thất, thiệt hại cho cả hai bên, thế nhưng việc trọng đại của hai quốc gia không có thể giải quyết dứt khoát trong cuộc đàm phán tại Buenos Aires của nước Argentina vào cuối tháng 11 nầy. Có thể hai lãnh đạo nhất trí trên nguyên tắc và sẽ có nhiều cuộc đàm phán sẽ diễn ra giữa hai bên. 

4. 4. Những bí ẩn trong vụ mua bán 100 USD ở Cần Thơ 

Ngày 30-1-2018, công an thành phố Cần Thơ ập vào bắt quả tang vụ mua bán 100 USD của anh thợ điện Nguyễn Cà Rê (38 tuổi) tại tiệm vàng Thảo Lực do ông Lê Hồng Lực làm chủ. 

Việc bắt phạt có nhiều bí ẩn, đó là lịnh xét nhà có một cái gì đó mờ ám. 

Quyết định khám nhà được ký vào ngày 24-1-2018 và bắt quả tang việc mua bán đô la vào ngày 30-1-2018, tức là sau đó 6 ngày. 

Vì sao có việc chậm trễ như vậy? 

Đó là công an rình mò, chờ đợi để bắt quả tang vụ mua bán ngoại tệ như thế. 

Còn có một hành vi mờ ám nữa là việc công bố nội vụ vào tháng 9 năm 2018, tức là hơn nửa năm sau vụ việc xảy ra. 

Anh Nguyễn Cà Rê mất tờ 100USD mà còn bị phạt 90 triệu đồng. Chủ tiệm vàng Thảo Lực bị phạt 295 triệu đồng về tội mua bán ngoại tệ trái phép. Công an Cần Thơ khám nhà để tìm thêm đô la Mỹ, nhưng không có. Bản chất bất lương của công an là tịch thu tài sản cá nhân gồm 20 viên kim cương và đá quý trong két sắt gia đình của ông Lê Hồng Lực ở tầng trên của tiệm vàng, với lý do là không có hóa đơn hay chứng từ về xuất xứ của tài sản cá nhân đó. 

Sự việc không chỉ đơn giản trong vụ mua bán ngoại tệ trái phép bằng tờ 100 USD ở Cần Thơ mà nó còn ẩn chứa một âm mưu ở tầm mức quốc gia, có liên hệ đến đồng nhân dân tệ (Yuan), đồng đô la Mỹ và tiền đồng Việt Nam (VNĐ) 

4. 5. Việt Nam quốc tế hóa đồng nhân dân tệ 

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Sáng kiến Vành đai và Con đường (Belt and Road Initiative – BRI) là một dự án đầu tư khổng lồ được Chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình thúc đẩy, với kỳ vọng sẽ tạo dựng được quyền lực mềm cho quốc gia này. Từ cuối những năm 2013, Bắc Kinh đã rót gần 700 tỷ USD ngân sách vào hơn 60 quốc gia, mà đại đa số trong số đó là những dự án hạ tầng khổng lồ cùng những khoản vay hậu hĩnh ban đầu cho đến khi các chính phủ nhận ra họ đều đang “há miệng mắc quai”. Mục tiêu, cuối cùng, có vẻ chỉ là kéo những quốc gia này lại gần Bắc Kinh hơn trong khi vẫn gia tăng được quyền lực mềm Trung Hoa trên thế giới.

Nhưng điều bất ngờ là Trung Quốc hiện đang phải đối mặt với những phản ứng tiêu cực từ cả trong và ngoài nước đối với đại dự án Vành đai – Con đường. Một bộ phận người Trung Quốc bắt đầu phàn nàn rằng nó chỉ phí phạm tiền của quốc gia. Mặt khác, trên trường quốc tế, các yếu tố địa chính trị khiến càng ngày càng nhiều quốc gia dè chừng ảnh hưởng ngày càng gia tăng của Trung Quốc.

Khác với những chủ nợ phương Tây – vốn yêu cầu bên vay phải đáp ứng những tiêu chuẩn nghiêm ngặt về kiểm soát tham nhũng, về bảo vệ nhân quyền hay kiểm soát thu chi ngân sách để hướng tới tài chính bền vững – Trung Quốc hầu như không đòi hỏi gì cả. Chính sách đầu tư “không ràng buộc” này châm thêm dầu vào ngọn lửa tham nhũng ở nhiều quốc gia, trong khi cho phép những chính phủ này vung tay quá trán với những khoản nợ họ biết rằng mình không thể trả.

Công dân của rất nhiều quốc gia nhận nợ vay đang thể hiện sự tức giận của mình đối với Trung Quốc bằng nhiều cách, và có thể cảm nhận được cơn giận dữ đó trong các cuộc bầu cử gần đây. Thay vì mở rộng quyền lực mềm Trung Quốc, Vành đai và Con đường dường như đang làm những điều hoàn toàn ngược lại.

Cuộc bầu cử ở Malaysia tháng 5 năm 2018 là một minh chứng không thể rõ ràng hơn về sự hoài nghi nói chung dành cho quyền lực mềm Trung Quốc. Cựu Thủ tướng Mahathir Mohamad chiến thắng trước đương kiêm Thủ tướng Najib Razak với một chiến dịch phản đối một cách trực diện ảnh hưởng của Trung Quốc trên quốc gia này. Ông Mahathir khẳng định Thủ tướng Najib đang cố tình chấp thuận những dự án hạ tầng đắt đỏ thuộc BRI để tạo nên một ảo giác tăng trưởng cho dân chúng, trong khi tiếp tục tham ô ngân sách quốc gia vào túi riêng của mình. Nói là làm, ngay sau khi nhậm chức, ông Mahathir đã hủy bỏ thỏa thuận đối với hai dự án lớn nhất của Trung Quốc ở Malaysia – với 20 tỷ USD cho hệ thống đường sắt và 2,3 tỷ USD cho đường ống dẫn dầu, khí – với lý do đất nước ông không có khả năng để trả khoản nợ này trong tương lai.

Thủ tướng Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad (trái) tỏ ra rất cứng rắn với các dự án Vành đai – Con đường của Trung Quốc. Ảnh: The Star.

Nhưng câu chuyện không dừng lại ở đó. Pakistan đã nhận hơn 62 tỷ USD từ Trung Quốc cho các dự án tương tự như đường cao tốc, đường sắt và cảng Gwadar. Quốc gia này thường xuyên được các ngân hàng Trung Quốc bảo lãnh và giải cứu. Sự hào phóng chính trị này dẫn đến bong bóng nợ công Pakistan đạt tới mức gần như không thể kiểm soát, cùng sự trỗi dậy của các nhóm chống BRI nói riêng và chống Trung Quốc nói chung.

Tháng 7 năm nay, chính phủ mới của Thủ tướng Imran Khan, dù không theo phương pháp quyết liệt như của Malaysia, cũng buộc phải cân nhắc lại toàn bộ các phương án trả nợ vay cho Bắc Kinh, bao gồm cả khả năng đơn phương dừng hoặc kéo dài kỳ hạn trả nợ. Và cũng trớ trêu là vì mắc nợ Trung Quốc mà nay Pakistan đang lên kế hoạch đàm phán với Tổ chức Tiền tệ Quốc tế nhằm cấp cứu thanh khoản cho nước này khỏi các khoản nợ vay Trung Quốc, điều mà chính Thủ tướng Khan ban đầu cũng không muốn làm.

Quốc đảo Maldives đến gần đây cũng đang chịu nhiều áp lực phải kiểm tra, giám sát lại các dự án BRI. Chỉ trong tháng 9 vừa qua, cử tri đã loại vị tổng thống võ biền Abdulla Yameen và chọn nhà cải cách dân chủ Ibrahim Solih. Chiến thắng này tạo cơ hội cho các nhóm chuyên gia đánh giá lại chính sách vay nợ Trung Quốc một cách không kiểm soát dưới thời cựu Tổng thống Yameen, vốn được cho là sẽ dẫn đến tham nhũng và lệ thuộc vào Trung Quốc. Tân Tổng thống Solih đã thể hiện rõ quan điểm rằng ông sẽ phải thẩm tra lại tất cả những dự án BRI hiện hành. Dù có vẻ là Maldives không thể cắt đứt những thoả thuận lớn trị giá tới 1,3 tỷ USD với Trung Quốc, trong đó có cả công trình cầu nối sân bay Maldives đến thủ đô nước này, Tổng thống Solih rõ ràng đang đánh giá lại mối quan hệ của nước ông với Bắc Kinh.

Ngay cả khi vài chính phủ may mắn sống sót qua khỏi làn sóng “bài BRI” trong các cuộc bầu cử quốc gia cũng trở nên lo ngại hơn với các khoản vay từ Trung Quốc.

Tháng 8 vừa qua, Kenya bắt đầu chiến dịch bố ráp tham nhũng liên quan đến các dự án BRIs do nhà thầu Trung Quốc xây dựng kết nối hai tỉnh Nairobi và Mombasa. Nhiều quan chức địa phương bị bắt. Một số quốc gia khác, như Uganda hay Zambia, cũng bắt đầu lo lắng.

Vào tháng 6, một học giả người Zambia, ông Trevor Simumba, đã lên tiếng cảnh báo chính phủ nước ông rằng các khoản vay mà Zambia nhận từ Trung Quốc đang dần trở nên không bền vững, mặt khác có quá nhiều điều khoản không rõ ràng, thiếu minh bạch liên quan đến những vấn đề mấu chốt trong hợp đồng vay nợ. Chính phủ Uganda thì bị chỉ trích vì vay nợ Trung Quốc nhưng lại phải thuê lại các công ty Trung Quốc thực hiện dự án với mức vượt quá giá thị trường, trong khi lợi ích mà họ được nhận từ những dự án này thì không hiện hữu một cách rõ ràng.

Tham vọng Vành đai – Con đường của Trung Quốc. Ảnh: Bloomberg.

Chuyện gì đã xảy ra?

Làm sao vụ đầu tư đắt giá để giành được quyền lực mềm của Trung Quốc lại khiến Trung Quốc lạc lõng với chính những quốc gia mà Vành đai và Con đường giúp đỡ?

Một lý do rõ ràng nhất là các quốc gia đã trở nên thông minh hơn khi tiếp cận các điều khoản đính kèm trong BRI.

Ở buổi bình minh của BRI, nhiều người tin rằng tiền từ Trung Quốc sẽ là miễn phí, hoặc chí ít là có phí thấp nhất. Nhưng thực tế, những khoản vay này có giá cao hơn rất nhiều so với các khoản vay phát triển từ các tổ chức thế giới như Ngân hàng Thế giới. Đối với Pakistan, mức lãi suất quốc gia chính thức được ngân hàng trung ương nước này xác định chỉ khoảng 5%, trong khi nhiều khoản vay Trung Quốc bị bắt buộc bảo đảm lãi suất không dưới 30%.

Nhiều quốc nằm trong Vành đai và Con đường cũng ngờ vực cách hành xử của Trung Quốc như là một đối tác đầu tư. Năm 2017, Sri Lanka đã chấp thuận cho Trung Quốc thuê 99 năm một trong những cảng đáng giá nhất của mình để tránh vi phạm các khoản nợ thuộc BRI. Từ đó, nhiều quốc gia bắt đầu lo lắng về viễn cảnh không trả được nợ cho Bắc Kinh, cũng như lo ngại về tính thiếu chuyên nghiệp của chính phủ nước sở tại khi thực hiện đánh giá tác động và sự áp đặt một chiều hầu hết những hợp đồng vay phải đính kèm với việc sử dụng nhà thầu Trung Quốc, với bất lợi bị đẩy hết cho quốc gia nhận khoản vay.

Một điểm yếu chí tử khác của các khoản vay BRI, cũng chính là ưu điểm khiến BRI “cháy hàng” trước đó: Bắc Kinh không đòi hỏi hay yêu cầu cải cách, minh bạch gì từ quốc gia nước nhận.

Các quốc gia đang phát triển thường khó vay tiền từ các định chế tài chính phương Tây như Tổ chức Tiền tệ Quốc tế (IMF), Ngân hàng Thế giới (WB), hay kể cả Cơ quan Phát triển Quốc tế Hoa Kỳ (USAID). Các điều khoản đảm bảo như phát triển bền vững, báo cáo tác động môi trường và cơ chế kiểm soát tham nhũng có thể khiến việc nhận hỗ trợ tài chính rất khó khăn, nhưng nó cũng làm giảm rủi ro thất bại cho các dự án này.

Ngược lại, việc Trung Quốc từ bỏ những hàng rào kiểm soát nói trên khiến đồng tiền Trung Quốc tại những quốc gia tiếp nhận lại dẫn đến tham nhũng, độc tài, nợ công, lạm phát, các dự án thiếu hiệu quả kinh tế và không khả thi, v.v.

Công dân ở nhiều quốc gia đang xem Bắc Kinh vừa là thủ phạm, vừa là người hưởng lợi từ tình trạng tham nhũng tại quốc gia họ. Tại những quốc gia có ít nhất một số cơ chế kiểm soát dân chủ như Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan và Zambia, cử tri đang bắt các lãnh đạo của họ phải chịu trách nhiệm. Các chính phủ may mắn tại vị thì bắt đầu cẩn trọng hơn với các dự án BRI, kiểm tra và đánh giá các dự án, chi phí, mức tổng nợ kỹ càng hơn.

Nếu chủ nợ Trung Quốc muốn không đòi hỏi quốc gia vay nợ phải có trách nhiệm giải trình, cử tri của những quốc gia đó đang làm việc này thay cho họ.

Nền dân chủ Maldives đã đưa Ibrahim Solih lên làm tổng thống, và đây là tin không vui với Bắc Kinh. Ảnh: DNA India.

Học cách yêu dân chủ

Những phản ứng quốc tế không phải là vấn đề duy nhất mà Vành đai – Con đường phải đối mặt. Ngay bên trong Trung Quốc, càng ngày càng nhiều người phàn nàn về kiểu chi tiền hào phóng dành cho các quốc gia thuộc nhóm Vành đai và Con đường. Khi mà Bắc Kinh tiếp tục chào hàng và quảng bá việc chính phủ đang chi tiêu hàng tỷ USD ở nước ngoài, người dân Trung Quốc đang bắt đầu tự hỏi vì sao số tiền này không được sử dụng để giải quyết các vấn đề trong nước như chăm sóc sức khỏe cộng đồng, nhà ở hay giáo dục.

Thật ra, các ngân hàng Trung Quốc đang phải chạy vạy khắp nơi để vay tiền USD cho các dự án BRI, họ không sử dụng dự trữ ngoại tệ quốc gia cho các hoạt động này. Nhưng không thể trách giới phê bình Trung Quốc không hiểu được những yếu tố phức tạp của thị trường vốn toàn cầu khi mà chính phủ nước này cứ tiếp tục đăng tải những thông tin hào nhoáng về các khoản đầu tư ra nước ngoài như thế.

Giới trí thức, như Giáo sư Xu Xangrun của Đại học Luật Thanh Hoa (Tsinghua) tại Trung Quốc, cũng thể hiện sự dè dặt của mình về cách mà Trung Quốc một mặt thúc đẩy tham vọng chi viện trợ ra nước ngoài, mặt khác đánh đổi việc chi tiêu cho các vấn đề trong nước. Số khác như nhà khoa học chính trị Zheng Yongnian thì cảnh báo lối khoa trương thiếu căn cứ xung quanh các dự án BRI sẽ chỉ khiến nhiều quốc gia tin rằng Trung Quốc đang ôm mộng bá quyền. Nhiều nhà phân tích khác thì chỉ trích việc các quốc gia tiếp nhận vốn không có được những tiêu chuẩn căn bản từ tài chính bền vững cho đến tác động môi trường.

Trong bối cảnh hệ thống truyền thông bị kiểm soát chặt chẽ tại Trung Quốc, nhiều người có thể cho rằng những lời phản đối công khai dành cho chính sách và sáng kiến ngoại giao của Tập Cận Bình thật ra chỉ là Chủ tịch Tập đang tự phê phán chính mình mà thôi. Dù sao chăng nữa, chính sách được dự định tăng cường quyền lực mềm Trung Hoa lại dẫn đến mức độ quan ngại cả trong và ngoài nước chưa từng có cho thấy ông Tập rõ ràng không dự trù trước được việc này.

Dù các lãnh đạo Trung Quốc đang đưa ra nhiều quan điểm nhằm cải thiện cái nhìn của các quốc gia đối tác trong chương trình BRI, không có bằng chứng cho thấy họ đang kiểm soát được thực tế tài chính và chính trị trong làn sóng phản đối Vành đai và Con đường. Việc cho vay bằng đồng USD khiến các quốc gia vay nợ buộc phải kiểm soát và tăng cường thặng dư USD, nhưng rõ ràng không phải quốc gia nào cũng đủ năng lực kiểm soát cán cân ngoại tệ. Hầu hết các dự án của BRI đều là các dự án hạ tầng dài hạn, mất nhiều năm để hoàn thành với nhiều lần các ngân hàng Trung Quốc sẽ phải chuyển nợ, đáo nợ. Nhưng Bắc Kinh đã tỏ rõ thái độ hoặc thu tiền đúng hạn, hoặc sử dụng các biện pháp chế tài như họ đã áp dụng tại Sri Lanka.

Điểm cuối cùng là rất nhiều quốc gia thuộc sáng kiến Vành đai và Con đường có mô hình nhà nước cấp tiến, cho phép công dân biểu đạt sự không hài lòng của mình, dù bằng báo chí hay con đường bầu cử. Không quen với hoạt động giám sát và phê bình dân chủ, Trung Quốc đang gặp rất nhiều khó khăn trong việc chào mời món hàng quyền lực mềm Trung Hoa.

Trong thời kỳ bình minh của Vành đai và Con đường, Bắc Kinh bao giờ cũng xem những luận điểm phê bình và chỉ trích dành cho sáng kiến này là việc phương Tây phủ nhận sự trỗi dậy của Trung Quốc, không hơn không kém. Nhưng cho đến nay, mối quan ngại và sự phản đối không đến từ phương Tây, mà từ các quốc gia Châu Phi và Châu Á, nơi mà chính phủ đang tuyệt vọng tìm cách kiểm soát mức nợ tăng cao cùng với những cơn thịnh nộ của công chúng. Nếu thật sự muốn xuất khẩu “mô hình” Trung Hoa, hay chí ít là đánh bóng tên tuổi của mình trên trường quốc tế, Bắc Kinh sẽ phải học làm quen với dân chủ, dù họ có thích nó hay không.
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Lược dịch từ bài Why Democracies Are Turning Against Belt and Road, được đăng trên tờ Foreign Affairs ngày 24-10-2018. Bài được dịch theo phương pháp giữ nguyên ý gốc và diễn đạt lại bằng tiếng Việt nên không nhất thiết phải sát theo lời văn của bản gốc. Tựa đề bản dịch do Luật Khoa đặt. 







           U23 Việt Nam có thể rơi vào bảng rất dễ tại vòng loại U23 châu Á 2020       Cache   Translate Page      
Theo thông báo của Liên đoàn bóng đá châu Á (AFC), buổi lễ bốc thăm chia bảng vòng loại U23 châu Á 2020 sẽ diễn ra vào chiều nay (7/11) tại trụ sở của AFC ở Malaysia. Như vậy, đội tuyển U23 Việt Nam sắp biết được những đối thủ của mình tại vòng loại lần này.
          Genting Malaysia, Genting rebound this morning      Cache   Translate Page      
PETALING JAYA:Genting Malaysia Bhd rebounded this morning, rising as much as 4.43% to RM3.67, after hitting limit down on Monday as a knee-jerk reaction to the Budget 2019 announcements. 

At 11.12am, the stock was trading at RM3.69 with 48.99million shares done. The counter was also the second most active at early trade.

Among the announcement made last Friday, was on the hike in annual casino licence fee to RM150 million, increasing casino duties to up to 35% on gross collection, increasing machine dealer’s license fee from RM10,000 to RM50,000 per annum and raising gaming machine duties from 20% to 30% on gross collection.

Meanwhile, Genting Bhd rose as much as 2.81% or 19sen  to RM6.93 in early trade.

At 11.12am, the stock was trading at RM6.83 with 5.48million shares done.
          Malaysia to replace imports with domestic material      Cache   Translate Page      
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will reduce the import of plastic scrap over time and rely on domestic material. A three-year plan to replace imports with domestic material has been outlined.

The government will impose a complete ban on plastic scrap imports after three years.

Malaysia became to the top importer of US scrap plastic this year after China banned imports of most recyclables beginning this year.

China Scrap Plastics Association Executive Director Steve Wong said the government had decided on a handful of key changes affecting scrap plastic imports.

Permits will be issued for operators that meet the new criteria.

“They did not really have a time frame when they will start to accept the applications of approved permits,” Wong was quoted by Resource Recycling as saying. “The only way people can import will be regrind*, which is imported under a different tariff
code.”

If and when permits are issued again, imports will only be allowed from the US, the European Union and Japan, he added.




*Regrind is a term that applies to plastic components/products, which have been mechanically, reduced in size to particles less than 10mm in diameter.
          Malaysia observing trade war very closely: Dr Mahathir      Cache   Translate Page      
TOKYO: Malaysia is observing very closely what is happening in the world due to the possible trade war between the United States (US) and China and hoping to see opportunities for the country, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

The Prime Minister said one possible effect of the trade war would be the cost of Chinese products in the US could go up and companies related to China could relocate to other countries such as Malaysia which was not subject to sanction by the US.

“While we are hoping that they will move to Malaysia but at the same time we see this trade war has very negative things.

“Trade war does not solve any problem and it creates a lot of problems and undermines the economy not only of the countries concerned but the whole world,” he said during a dialogue at the 36th Japan-Malaysia Economic Association (Jameca)-Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (Majeca) Joint Conference and Malaysian Business Forum here Tuesday.

Dr Mahathir said he would like to see more joint ventures between Malaysian and Japanese small and medium enterprises (SMEs), but he realised that there were some problems faced by both parties.

“Unlike big companies, they are not very familiar with foreign investment. We will ensure if they have problems, we will be able to help them and tackle the problems,” he said.

Dr Mahathir also spoke of the need for Malaysia to encourage its talents to return home.

"We need to reclaim people educated in new knowledge. There will be workers and managers who are familiar with new industries,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said the ASEAN region has tremendous potential and with a total population of 600 million, is the third biggest grouping in the world today in terms of population.

“ASEAN I think can overcome the difficulties in their own countries and to have proper policies so that we can get involved in making full use of the potentials in our countries. Our resources are very big but our governance is more focused on domestic rather than regional operations,” he said.

The Prime Minister also said that having a diverse economy is important to Malaysia and although Malaysia wants to industrialise and go into manufacturing it is not forgetting agriculture and fisheries.

Dr Mahathir is on the second day of his three-day visit to Japan. — Bernama
          UAE catching up with M’sia as centre of global Islamic economy      Cache   Translate Page      
PETALING JAYA: United Arab Emirates (UAE) is fast catching up with Malaysia as the centre of the global Islamic economy, according to new research.

The “State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2018/19” is commissioned by the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) and produced by Thomson Reuters.

The Islamic economy is the Muslim-majority countries that have financial sectors and economies which comply with Islamic law.

“Although Malaysia once again tops the Global Islamic Economy Indicator, the UAE ranks in first place across the remaining five sectors — halal food, halal travel, modest fashion, halal media and recreation, and halal pharmaceuticals and cosmetics — compared to three sectors in 2017/18,” the research said.

The report evaluates the quality of the overall Islamic economy ecosystem, CNBC reported today.

“The Islamic economy sector has grown in importance over the last few years, and the year-on-year growth has been quite significant,” it quoted Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, the CEO of the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, as saying.

The centre aims to make Dubai the global capital for the Islamic economy, and position Dubai as a leading engine of Islamic finance and a solutions provider for the halal industry, the report added.
          Indonesia dan 8 Negara Sepakat Tangkal Terorisme      Cache   Translate Page      
Menteri Koordinator Bidang Politik, Hukum dan Keamanan (Menkopolhukam), Wiranto dan Menteri Dalam Negeri Australia, Petter Dutton memimpin pertemuan Sub Regional Meeting on Counter Terrorism (SRM on CT). SRM on CT diikuti oleh sembilan negara. Di antaranya Indonesia, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Filipina, Malaysia, Myanmar, Selandia Baru, Singapura dan Thailand.
          6 Fakta Menarik Piala AFF: Siapa Top Scorer Sepanjang Masa?      Cache   Translate Page      

Jakarta - Piala AFF 2018 bakal segera dimulai pada Kamis (7/11/2018). Turnamen sepak bola antar negara Asia Tenggara itu akan dimulai dengan dua pertandingan matchday pertama Grup A.

Duel Kamboja versus Malaysia di Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, dan laga Vietnam melawan Laos di New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane, menjadi pembuka Piala AFF 2018.

Sepanjang perjalanan penyelenggaraan Piala AFF sejak 1996, kali pertama bernama Piala Tiger, tentu banyak momen menarik yang terjadi, banyak statistik tercipta, banyak kenangan tak terlupakan yang tak hanya dialami tim peserta melainkan juga kalangan suporter.

Fox Sports Asia merangkum berbagai hal itu jelang Piala AFF 2018. Beberapa di antaranya melibatkan Timnas Indonesia.

Seperti apa serba-serbi menarik Piala AFF itu? Berikut daftarnya.

Stefano Lilipaly dan Manahati Lestusen berpelukan usai kalah dari Thailand pada laga final leg kedua Piala AFF 2016 di Thailand, (17/12/2016). (Bola.com/Vitalis Yogi Trisna)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

1. Tim paling sial - Indonesia

Jika ditanya tim mana yang paling dijauhi keberuntungan sepanjang penyelenggaraan Piala AFF? Jawaban paling masuk akal yang muncul adalah Indonesia. 

Betapa tidak, lima kali tampil di partai final, lima kali pula Timnas Indonesia kalah. Otomatis, Tim Merah-Putih harus puas hanya jadi runner-up.

Periode paling menyesakkan terjadi pada 2000-2004. Timnas Indonesia berhasil melaju ke final secara beruntun hingga tiga edisi Piala AFF, yakni 2000, 2002, dan 2004. Namun, pada tiga edisi itu, Indonesia kalah masing-masing dari Thailand (2000 dan 2002) serta Singapura (2004).

Timnas Indonesia kembali gagal di final saat bersua Malaysia di final Piala AFF 2010 dan Thailand saat menghadapi Thailand di partai puncak Piala AFF 2016.

Tim Paling Sukses

Striker Thailand, Teerasil Dangda, merayakan gol yang dicetaknya ke gawang Timnas Indonesia pada laga final leg pertama Piala AFF 2016 di Stadion Pakansari, Jawa Barat, Rabu (14/12/2016). Indonesia menang 2-1 atas Thailand. (Bola.com/Peksi Cahyo)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Berkebalikan dengan Timnas Indonesia, Thailand menjadi tim paling sukses sepanjang penyelenggaraan Piala AFF. The War Elephants tampil delapan kali di partai final, lima di antaranya berhasil dimenangi.

Thailand merebut gelar pada juara pada Piala AFF edisi 1996, 2000, 2002, 2014, dan 2016. Sementara Thailand finis sebagai runner-up saat tampil di final Piala AFF 2007, 2008, dan 2012.

Thailand mengungguli Singapura, yang sebelum Piala AFF 2018, mengoleksi empat titel juara. Negara lain yang pernah merasakan nikmatnya juara Piala AFF adalah Malaysia (2010) dan Vietnam (2008).

Top Scorer Sepanjang Masa

Pose striker Arema Indonesia asal Singapura Noh Alam Shah atau yang biasa disapa Along.#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Mantan penyerang Timnas Singapura, Noh Alam Shah, menjadi pemain pengoleksi gol terbanyak sepanjang penyelenggaraan Piala AFF. Koleksi 17 gol yang dilesakkannya semasa aktif membela the Lions, hingga sekarang belum terpecahkan pemain lain.

Torehan 17 gol mantan pemain Arema Indonesia di antaranya dihasilkan saat Piala AFF 2004 dan 2007. 

Koleksi gol itu sebenarnya bisa saja dipecahkan pemain lain yang masih aktif saat ini, paling dekat tentu Teerasil Dangda. Striker Timnas Thailand itu berada tepat di bawah Noh Alam Shah dalam daftar top scorer sepanjang masa Piala AFF dengan koleksi 15 gol.

Namun, peluang memecahkan rekor itu di Piala AFF 2018 tak akan jadi kenyataan lantaran Teerasil Dangda absen pada Piala AFF edisi kali ini. 

Teerasil Dangda tak sendirian menduduki posisi runner-up pencetak gol terbanyak Piala AFF, karena ia berbagi status itu bersama seniornya di Timnas Thailand, Worawoot Srimaka, serta penyerang Timnas Vietnam, Lee Chong Vinh.

Di urutan selanjutnya daftar pencetak gol terbanyak, didominasi pemain yang sudah pensiun atau tak lagi memperkuat timnas, semisal Le Huynh Duc (14), Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto (13), Bambang Pamungkas dan Kiatisuk Senamuang (12).

Margin Kemenangan Terbesar

Bambang Pamungkas merayakan gol saat Timnas Indonesia menggulung Filipina 13-1 di Piala AFF 2002. (AFP/Weda)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Untuk rekor satu ini, ada dua tim yang terlibat, yakni Timnas Indonesia dan Filipina. Timnas Indonesia berhasil mencatatkan kemenangan terbesar dengan margin terbesar di Piala AFF yang belum terpecahkan tim lain hingga saat ini.

Catatan itu ditorehkan saat Indonesia berjumpa Filipina pada penyisihan Grup A Piala AFF 2002, 23 Desember 2002. Bermain di Stadion Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Tim Garuda menggulung Filipina dengan skor 13-1.

Dua pemain mencatat quattrick, yakni Bambang Pamungkas dan Zaenal Arief, ditambah dua gol Sugiantoro, dan Imran Nahumarury serta Budi Sudarsono masing-masing satu gol. Indonesia menutup pesta gol dengan gol bunuh diri pemain Filipina, Solomon Licuanan.

Torehan kemenangan dengan skor besar milik Indonesia ini diikuti Singapura, yang pada penyisihan Grup B Piala AFF 2007 mengempaskan Laos dengan skor 11-0.

Pencetak Gol Terbanyak dalam Satu Pertandingan

Mantan pemain tim nasional Singapura, Noh Alam Shah. (AFP/Tengku Bahar)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Noh Alam Shah lagi-lagi masuk daftar. Pria yang kini berusia 38 tahun ini memegang rekor sebagai pemain yang berhasil mencetak gol terbanyak dalam satu pertandingan.

Noh Alam Shah mengukir rekor itu pada Piala AFF 2007 saat Timnas Singapura menggulung Laos 11-0 pada penyisihan Grup A, 15 Januari 2007, di Stadion Nasional, Singapura.

Berapa gol yang dilesakkan Noh Alam Shah pada pertandingan itu? Tujuh gol. Mantan pemain yang pernah pula membela PSS Sleman ini mencetak gol tersebut pada menit ke-11', 24', 61', 72', 76', 88', dan 90+2'.

Pada Piala AFF 2007 itu Noh Alam Shah keluar sebagai top scorer dengan total koleksi gol 10. Hingga sekarang dua torehan itu, pencetak gol terbanyak dalam satu pertandingan serta koleksi gol terbanyak dalam satu edisi Piala AFF, belum terpecahkan pemain lain.

Pemain Paling Sering Dapat Gelar MVP

Pemain tim nasional Thailand, Chanathip Songkrasin (kanan). (AFP/Roslan Rahman)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Jadi Most Valuable Player (MVP) atau Pemain Terbaik dalam sebuah turnamen tentu bukan pencapaian yang mudah diraih. Namun, Chanathip Songkrasin masih meraih gelar itu hingga dua kali.

Lebih hebat lagi, pemain Timnas Thailand itu meraih gelar personal bergengsi itu secara beruntun, yakni pada Piala AFF 2014 dan 2016. Belum ada pemain lain yang mampu melebihi prestasinya itu.

Chanathip Songkrasin masih bisa menambah koleksi gelar MVP-nya itu karena ia baru berusia 25 tahun. Hanya, peluangnya meraih MVP pada Piala AFF 2018 dipastikan tertutup karena ia absen pada penyelenggaraan edisi kali ini.


          Kemenhub: Pesawat Boleh Angkut Durian Asal Sesuai SOP      Cache   Translate Page      

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Pelaksana Tugas Direktur Jenderal Perhubungan Udara, M. Pramintohadi Sukarno, meminta maskapai penerbangan dan pengelola bandara agar mengacu pada SOP yang berlaku untuk penanganan dan pengangkutan kargo atau barang-barang berbau menyengat supaya tidak mengganggu kenyamanan penumpang.

 Hal itu menanggapi pemberitaan Sriwijaya Air yang mengangkut durian dengan rute penerbangan Bengkulu ke Jakarta pada Senin, 5 November 2018.

“Membawa durian, terasi, ikan asin dan barang berbau menyengat ke pesawat memang tidak dilarang, karena durian tidak termasuk kategori dangerous goods. Namun dalam penanganannya ada SOP dan harus mengacu pada SOP tersebut," ujar Pramintohadi kepada wartawan, Rabu (7/11/2018).

Lebih lanjut Pramintohadi menjelaskan, kehadiran bandara di suatu wilayah untuk memudahkan masyarakat membawa/mengangkut hasil bumi dan komoditas di daerah tersebut ke daerah lain menjadi lebih cepat.

Dia mencontohkan, salah satu komoditas dari daerah Bengkulu, durian, sudah sudah diangkut dengan pesawat sejak tahun 2015.

“Boleh saja mengangkut komoditi seperti durian, terasi, ikan asin dan barang lain yang mempunyai bau khas dan menyengat. Namun, yang harus diperhatikan adalah proses pengemasannya sampai dengan loading kargo tersebut ke bagasi pesawat, harus sesuai dengan SOP yang berlaku. Jangan sampai penumpang merasa tidak nyaman dengan bau-bauan yang ditimbulkan," jelas Pramintohadi.

 

Sriwijaya: Bawa Durian Hal Lumrah

Rencananya, 188 turis Malaysia akan didaratkan di Bandara International Hanandjoedin, Belitung dengan maskapai Sriwijaya Air.#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Sebelumnya, manajemen Sriwijaya Air juga telah memanggapi pesawatnya yang mengangkut durian dengan rute penerbangan Bengkulu ke Jakarta. Sriwijaya Air memastikan bahwa hal tersebut merupakan sebuah tindakan yang tidak menyalahi aturan dalam penerbangan.

“Mengangkut durian dalam penerbangan itu merupakan hal yang biasa dilakukan oleh setiap maskapai sejauh dikemas dengan baik dan masuk ke dalam cargo sesuai dengan SOP,” terang Retri Maya, Senior Manager Corporate Communications Sriwijaya Air Group.

Di sisi lain, adanya informasi yang menyebutkan bahwa jumlah durian yang diangkut Sriwijaya Air kemarin sebesar 3 ton, Maya memastikan bahwa itu tidak benar.

“Perlu diketahui bahwa kurang lebih 3 ton adalah jumlah total berat bagasi dan cargo di mana di dalamnya ada durian tersebut. Dan angka itu juga masih jauh dari kapasitas MTOW (maksimum untuk melakukan take off dan landing),” kata Maya.

Sriwijaya Air memastikan bahwa dalam setiap penerbangannya faktor keselamatan dan keamanan menjadi aspek yang sangat diperhatikan.


          Leisure Walk And Burger King At The Beach, Aberdeen      Cache   Translate Page      
LONG LOST FRIEND...

We did not get to meet him in Malaysia, however we were able to meet up here in Aberdeen!  LOL.. Some of you may remember Gab... he "disappeared" after graduating from university, they were good buddies during their uni days, more or less, they were like brothers.  Somehow after that, both of them were separated by thousands of miles.... and we seldom get to see him during these eight years. 

To  our delight, he is now pursuing his studies again, this time in Edinburgh, just three hours drive from Aberdeen.  They are now in contact again, he took a bus ride down to see us one Sunday.  It is good to catch up with him again, nice to see a familiar face here in Scots.  We spent a couple of hours together and there would be more visits after this....

Took him for a stroll along the beautiful stretch of Aberdeen Beach in the evening....
Against the wind, we had a good long walk...
After which we had a light dinner at Burger King...
The other restaurants along the beach was practically full and crowded... 
And Gab had to catch the bus back to Edinburgh at 8pm... 
We settled for some simple fast food.... 
Which I had not have for many years since!
Meeting him again soon.... in Glasgow next!!


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I am not sure. I am not a nutritionist. The label is generated by a program.
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Quick release.
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Hi Brenda, garlic is minced. I just updated the recipe. It was an omission.
          Afghanistan hopes M'sia plays bigger role in its redevelopment, peace processes      Cache   Translate Page      
KUALA LUMPUR: Afghanistan, a landlocked country located within south-central Asia, hopes Malaysia can play a bigger role in the redevelopment and peace processes in the conflict-torn country, says the country’s ambassador to Malaysia, Atiqullah Atifmal.

For starters, he said it was imperative for Malaysia to have an embassy in Kabul to strength bilateral relations and also visa facilitation, especially for businessmen and students who were keen to seek opportunities in the South-East Asian nation.

“My president (Ashraf Ghani) is ready to welcome Malaysia's Prime Minister (Tun) Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) to Afghanistan anytime. We hope some agreements could be signed between the two countries in higher education, trade and business, political and ministries of foreign affairs cooperation, as well as access to fruits,” he told Bernama in an interview recently.

Atifmal said his embassy was trying to arrange a meeting between the Afghanistan president and Dr Mahathir during an international conference or official visit.

He noted it was important for both leaders to meet and discuss bilateral ties, as well as strengthening people-to-people and parliament-to-parliament relations.

Atifmal also suggested the new Malaysian government appoint a non-resident ambassador to Kabul for the first step to boost bilateral cooperation between the two countries, particularly to expand trade and businesses.

“(The) First step is important to convince the leadership in Malaysia that Afghanistan is a peaceful and safe country. We have over 42 embassies and 20 consuls-general, six flights from Dubai and New Delhi per day. This shows embassies functioning there are safe,” he said.

Atifmal said currently, the Afghan people, especially businessmen and students were facing acute issues as Malaysia did not have an embassy in Kabul, adding that they needed to travel to India or Dubai to obtain a visa to Malaysia.

“We currently have 600 Afghan students in Malaysia. If our relations with Malaysia could expand, more students will seek education here because the Afghan people are keen to send their children to study in Malaysia because it is a Muslim-majority country, with common cultures and similarities.

“Besides that, it is also important for us (Afghans) to see how Malaysians of different ideology, ethnicity, race and religion can work together.

“The Afghan people should come and learn how to live together in harmony and friendship,” he added.

On business cooperation, Atifmal said in May last year, the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (MCCM) and Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the Malaysia-Afghanistan Business Council.

He said the council would be a milestone for the future economic cooperation between Afghanistan and Malaysia, adding that Afghanistan was currently in the process of accessing fresh and dried fruits for the Malaysian market.

The ambassador said although there was no direct access between Kuala Lumpur and Kabul, it was possible for his country to export goods to Malaysia. This follows an agreement inked between Iran, India and Afghanistan on Oct 23, on the transit of goods via Iran's southeastern port city of Chabahar.

“There are many possibilities to expand the bilateral relations. We are no longer a landlocked country because we have the Chabahar Port, over which we signed an agreement with Iran and India. Now, many businesses and companies have set up an office for trade,” he added.

Atifmal pointed out that another possibility to engage in trade was through the Lapis Lazuli transport corridor, created in November last year, which was set to connect five countries, namely Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

He said Afghanistan needed manufactured and electronic goods, machinery and halal products, including Islamic banking from Malaysia, while Afghanistan had natural resources where Malaysian companies could come and explore the opportunities.

The ambassador said Afghanistan required expertise in the aggregation system, hotel development and management as well as reconstruction for the development of a new city, for three million Afghans in the future.

“Malaysia has good experience in construction and building, and in Afghanistan, we need the housing system, as millions of people are in dire need of housing. We have a new city for three million Afghans, to be built in the future and in phases with hospitals, roads, schools and hotels. We are in need of investments from foreigners,” he noted.

Atifmal said Afghanistan was blessed with plenty of natural resources and it required experience from Malaysia to go there and help them to develop the industry, adding that the presence of Malaysians in Afghanistan could also help in the peace process in view of its friendly position in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. — Bernama
          Malaysia revises 2020 tourist arrival target      Cache   Translate Page      
PETALING JAYA: Tourism Malaysia has revised its tourist arrival target for 2020 from 33 million to 30 million.

Its chairman Datuk Ahmad Shah Hussein Tambakau said “economic uncertainties” for western travellers surrounding long-haul travel spending had caused the change in outlook.

“We have looked at the last two years and we have had growth but not quite as much as we had anticipated so we made the decision to have a more realistic figure,” he was quoted as saying at the World Travel Market in London.

However, Malaysia is on track to hit its 2019 target of 28 million leading up to the 30 million mark the following year, Ahmad Shah added.

He said one of the main strategies for achieving growth is Malaysia’s long-haul connectivity from Europe with the country currently having direct flights from London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

On Nov 2, Condor Airlines landed in at KLIA1 in its inaugural flight to Kuala Lumpur. It only airline to offer a direct flight between Malaysia and Germany. Its Kuala Lumpur (KUL)-Frankfurt (FRA) route will be three times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The FRA-KUL route will be on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

During WTM London, the government also signed understandings to work more closely with Royal Brunei Airlines and Singapore Airlines.
          SJIIM's third batch of IBDP scholars      Cache   Translate Page      
St. Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia (SJIIM) recently celebrated its third batch of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) scholars.

The Scholarship Awards Ceremony was graced by SJI International Singapore Brother President, Br. Lawrence Humphrey as the guest of honour and notable guests including Tan Chin Tuan and Tan Sri Tan Foundation Council Member, Chew Gek Hiang.

Each of the scholars stood proud as they went on stage to receive their Scholarship Award Certificates while being celebrated by SJIIM’s Board of Governors, principals, invited guests, teachers, parents and students.

In his speech, Humphrey congratulated the scholarship recipients and reiterated that as Lasallian Scholars, the honour should be worn with pride, distinction, responsibility and courage. He asked the scholars to appreciate the opportunity they have been given and challenged them to pass forward the generosity they have received in the future.

As part of an all-round enriching scholarship experience, the IBDP scholars had the opportunity to participate in a Lasallian Leadership Training Camp in the Philippines this year which focused on Lasallian Formation, Leadership Training and Service Work. This helped to prepare the scholars as Senior Lasallian Student Leaders to serve the school’s community and the needy public on their return from the camp.

“We are proud of our latest batch of IBDP scholarship students and look forward to supporting them through their studies. They are already displaying an understanding of our values and expectations, and I am sure they will be positive role models for our younger students,” said SJIIM High School Principal, Dr Nicola Brown.

The SJIIM IBDP Scholarship Programme offers a two-year scholarship and applications are evaluated based on merit and means, hence all applicants are expected to be able to provide evidence of good academic performance and demonstrate active participation and leadership in service and co-curricular activities.

Application is open now for SJIIM’s 2019/20 IBDP intake in August 2019. Interested applicants are encouraged to learn more about the programme by contacting the Scholarship Coordinator at scholarships@sji-international.edu.my
          Stop complaining, MTUC tells MEF      Cache   Translate Page      
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) should take measures to close the country's income gap and stop complaining about the government's decision to review the minimum wage to RM1,100, said Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) secretary-general J. Solomon.

He said MEF's claim that the move would impact the cost of doing business was "comical".

"The employers have been pampered over 61 years, enabling unjust enrichment and accumulation of huge wealth among a few and creating huge income and wealth disparity.

"Therefore, it is time employers act more responsibly in supporting the government in its efforts in regularising the equitable development concept," Solomon said in a statement today.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had, during the Budget 2019 tabling, announced that the minimum wage would be RM1,100 beginning next year, as compared to the previous announcement of RM1,050.

Solomon said the new minimum wage was not restricted to RM1,100, and employers have the prerogative to accord a higher salary where appropriate.

He also took MEF to task over its claim that the matter was not discussed with the National Wage Consultative Council (NWCC) and therefore violated the NWCC Act.

"What right do employers have to sue the government over the budget proposals? If at all, it is the unions which could have done so due to the loss of enhanced wage due to the two-year delay in implementing the review.

"However, the unions are responsible enough not to resort to such low level (action) given the new government's complex status arising out of the previous government's kleptocracy," he said.

On MEF's concern about higher remittances to source countries for foreign workers, Solomon said: "If the employers are seriously concerned about the outflow, they should curtail the intake of foreign workers and accommodate locals."

"The employers need to be responsible to play their role to narrow the ever-increasing income inequality in Malaysia."
          Comment on 5% Hike in Real Property Gain Tax (RPGT) in Malaysia 2019 by Ian Tai      Cache   Translate Page      
Hi Jane ... Thanks for the feedback. Sorry to disappoint. The answer is only not needed if you choose to use your once-in-your-lifetime exemption on the property. However, if you choose not to, then, the computation is: (1) calculate your net chargeable gain, let's say RM 200,000. (2) deduct 10% from it, let's say RM 20,000. As RM 20,000 is higher, so we use RM 20,000. Thus, your final chargeable gain is RM 180,000 (3) If you sell your property on the 6th year onwards, the RPGT applicable is 5% of RM 180,000 which is RM 9,000. Regards, Ian.
          Comment on 5% Hike in Real Property Gain Tax (RPGT) in Malaysia 2019 by KCLau      Cache   Translate Page      
It follows the SPA date
          Comment on 5% Hike in Real Property Gain Tax (RPGT) in Malaysia 2019 by Randeep Singh      Cache   Translate Page      
This impacts property sold after 1/1/2019. But what if, I'm in process of selling 8 year old property now where SPA is dated 2018. In instance that entire process only completes in Jan 2019, am I still be liable for 5%?
          Comment on 5% Hike in Real Property Gain Tax (RPGT) in Malaysia 2019 by Allan      Cache   Translate Page      
Thank you for such a comprehensive article! I'm guessing a lot of property investors will try to sell off their 6+ years by year end then before RPGT kicks in.
          Comment on 5% Hike in Real Property Gain Tax (RPGT) in Malaysia 2019 by Jane      Cache   Translate Page      
Thank you for your sharing in RPGT. Can i say that if i sell my property in the 6th year, my tax payable is not needed. This is because RPGT is 5% of chargeable gain but I also entitle for an exemption of higher of 10k or 10% of my chargeable gain. The exemption of 10% is still higher than 5% tax?
          11/06 Links Pt2: The Future of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre; On Bari Weiss, Franklin Foer and the Values that Sustain Our People; 4,000 college students from 60 nations sing as one in TLV      Cache   Translate Page      
From Ian:

The Future of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre
In America, Jews have always been able to fight back against anti-Semitism freely. Never having received their emancipation as an “award” (which was the case in Europe), Jews have had no fears of losing it. Instead, from the beginning, they made full use of their freedom, especially freedom of speech. As early as 1784, a “Jew Broker,” probably the famed Revolutionary-era Jewish bond dealer, Haym Salomon, responded publicly and forcefully to the anti-Semitic charges of a prominent Quaker lawyer, not hesitating to remind him that his “own religious sectary” could also form ”very proper subjects of criticism and animadversion.” A few years later, Christian missionaries and their supporters faced Jewish polemics no less strident in tone. Where European Jews often prided themselves on their ”forbearance” in the face of attack, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, the great Reform Jewish leader, once boasted that he was a “malicious, biting, pugnacious, challenging, and mocking monster of the pen.” In more recent times, Jewish defense organizations have taken on anyone who maligned Jews, including national heroes like Henry Ford and General George S. Patton, as well as presidents of the United States.

American anti-Semitism has always had to compete with other forms of animus. Racism, nativism, anti-Quakerism, Anglophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Catholicism, anti-Masonry, anti-Mormonism, anti-Orientalism, , anti-Teutonism—these and other waves of hatred have periodically swept over the American landscape, scarring and battering citizens. Americans have long been extraordinarily pluralistic in their hatreds. Precisely because the objects of hatred have been so varied, hatred has generally been diffused. No one outgroup experiences the full brunt of national odium. Furthermore, most Americans retain bitter memories of days past when they or their ancestors were themselves the objects of malevolence. The American strain of anti-Semitism is thus less potent than its European counterpart, and it faces a larger number of natural competitors. To reach epidemic proportions, it must first crowd out a vast number of contending hatreds.

Anti-Semitism is more foreign to American ideals than to European ones. The central documents of the Republic assure Jews of liberty; its first president, in his famous letter to the Jews of Newport, conferred upon them his blessing. The fact that anti-Semitism can properly be branded “un-American,” although no protection in the formal sense—the nation has betrayed its ideals innumerable times including in our own day—still grants Jews a measure of protection. Elsewhere anti-Semites could always claim legitimacy stemming from times past when the Volk ruled and Jews knew their place. Americans could point to nothing even remotely similar to that in their own past.

America’s religious tradition—what has been called “the great tradition of the American churches”—is inhospitable to anti-Semitism. Religious freedom and diversity, church-state separation, denominationalism, and voluntarism, the key components of this tradition, militate against the kinds of us-them dichotomies (“Germans and Jews,” “Poles and Jews,” etc.) so common in Europe. In America, where religious pluralism rules supreme, there has never been a single national church from which Jews stand apart. People speak instead of American Protestants, American Catholics, American Jews, American Muslims, and American Buddhists—implying, at least as an ideal, that all faiths stand equal in the eyes of the law.

American politics resists anti-Semitism. In a two-party system where close elections are the rule, neither party can long afford to alienate any major bloc of voters—another reason why it is so critical that everyone take the time and trouble to actually vote. For the most part, the politics of hatred have been confined to nonvoters like African Americans, until they won the vote, or to nonvoting immigrants, or to noisy third parties like the anti-Catholic Know Nothings in the 19th century, or to single-issue fringe groups. America’s most successful politicians, now and in the past, have more commonly sought support from respectable elements across the political spectrum. Appeals to national unity, even in the era of Donald Trump, win more elections than appeals to narrow provincialism or to bigotry.

Of course, the fact that America has been “exceptional” in relation to Jews should not obscure the sad reality that there has always been anti-Semitism in America, as well as violence directed against other minority faiths. That history, as I read it, gives cause neither for undue celebration nor for undue alarm.

Alan Dershowitz on Trump, Israel, and Antisemitism
I recently spoke with Alan Dershowitz at the ZOA Gala at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan, where he was set to make a prominent speech.

Below is an edited transcript of our conversation.

Hannah Grossman: Mr. Dershowitz, can you give us a little preview of what you will be talking about tonight?

Alan Dershowitz: I’m talking about how important it is to have dialogue among people who may not agree. Mort Klein and I don’t agree about a great many things. He’s way to the right of me, but we talk to each other. We dialogue with each other. And I’m here to promote dialogue between the right, the left, [and] the center — not only within the Jewish community, but the more general political community. It’s a tragedy that we now shout at each other, demonize each other, [and] yell slogans instead of having reasoned discourse. We can learn from each other, and I think we ought to.

HG: Where do you think that changed, between the right and left, where the divide became so extreme that it seems that it is impossible to have some dialogue or commonality?

AD: Well, I think there a lot of contributing factors. I think the movement of the left to the hard left in the Democratic Party. I think the movement of the right to the hard right within the Republican Party. I don’t think President Trump has helped with his choice of language, and I don’t think that some of the Democrats have helped with their choice of language. I crave the old days when my friends Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch could sit together, and when Senator McCain could sit and work together with Joe Biden. Those days seem long gone, and I want to do everything in my power to bring them back.

HG: Bret Stephens said today at a panel that Donald Trump’s rhetoric has an effect on the culture. Can you describe that; what you think that is?

AD: I think that’s right. Look, I think President Trump has a mixed record. I think he’s done some very good things. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem was a terrific thing. I think his tough negotiating stance toward Iran has been very good. I don’t approve of his policies toward immigration. I certainly don’t approve of separating families the way he did early on, but you know, I’ve never agreed with anything any president did 100 percent.

I disagreed with a great deal of what President Obama did and if Hillary Clinton had been elected, I’m sure I would’ve disagreed with a lot of what she would do. But you don’t demonize, and he’s still the president, and you respect the office of the president. I was appalled at the so-called leaders in Pittsburgh who refused to welcome the president. I think everybody should welcome the president when there’s a tragedy and allow him to serve in his role as a mourner or bereaver-in-chief.
Qanta Ahmed: The ECHR’s ruling on defaming Mohammed is bad news for Muslims
In a monumental irony, the ECHR’s agreement with an Austrian court that offensive comments about the Prophet Mohammed were ‘beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate’ has handed a big victory to both Islamists and Islamophobes – while infantilising believing Muslims everywhere.

The case concerns an unnamed Austrian woman who held a number of seminars during which she portrayed the Prophet as a paedophile. After she was convicted by an Austrian court of ‘disparaging religion’ (and fined nearly €500), she appealed to the ECHR claiming the punishment breached her right to free expression. The court disagreed.

As a practising Muslim, I find this notion – that the Prophet was a paedophile – to be as abhorrent and nasty as they come; not to mention completely false. Yet I could not disagree more with the ECHR’s ruling.

For a start, it implies there is somehow a balance to be struck between people’s freedom of expression and the right of Muslims not to be offended. I just don’t understand this: how can the views of another individual possibly affect my faith or beliefs? Her ignorance – or anyone else’s for that matter – does not equate to my persecution.



Ben Shapiro: Voting for Democrats Isn’t Going to Curb Anti-Semitism
Trump is not the source of the true threats to Jews — anti-Semites are more prominent on the left than the right.

Over the weekend, Bari Weiss, a friend who writes for the New York Times, appeared on Bill Maher’s HBO show. Bari was bat mitzvahed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh; she knew many of those who were shot and killed by a white supremacist two weeks ago. Her writing on the subject has been beautiful; she’s obviously both raw and real about the situation.

On Maher’s show, she made a number of good points about anti-Semitism more broadly and its rising threat both in the United States and across the world. But then she concluded with this calculation:

One thing that I think was made stark this week is that there are many Jews, including Jews that I know, who have liked many of Trump’s policies regarding Israel and the Middle East . . . but I hope this week that American Jews have woken up to the price of that bargain. They have traded policies that they like for the values that have sustained the Jewish people and frankly, this country, for forever. Welcoming the stranger, dignity for all human beings, equality under the law, respect for dissent, love of truth, these are the things we are losing under this president, and no policy is worth that price.

I have a number of problems with this statement.

To start, the part with which I agree: There’s no justification for Trump’s callous disregard for the truth, which I’ve criticized routinely. Nor is there justification for Trump’s treatment of the alt-Right from 2015 to 2017.

But Bari is wrong in two areas: First, she suggests that Trump presents a unique threat to Jews and Jewish values that outweighs the threat to Jews from other arenas; second, she links Judaism with her preferred immigration policies.
On Bari Weiss, Franklin Foer and the Values that Sustain Our People
So, for Jews who are appalled by Trump’s incendiary rhetoric but who still appreciate his policies on Israel, what should they do? Tell the president not to bother trying to “woo” us with Israel? That he so violates Jewish values that his favorable actions on Israel just aren’t worth it? That after Pittsburgh, we’re no longer willing to pay the price of that bargain?

And how would that work exactly? Weiss didn’t specify, but Franklin Foer, writing in the Atlantic, did have a suggestion to enhance Jewish security after Pittsburgh:

“Any strategy for enhancing the security of American Jewry should involve shunning Trump’s Jewish enablers. Their money should be refused, their presence in synagogues not welcome. They have placed their community in danger.”

Never mind that after Pittsburgh, the President said: “Anti-Semitism represents one of the ugliest and darkest features of human history. Anti-Semitism must be condemned anywhere and everywhere. There must be no tolerance for it.”

According to Foer, however, any Jew who still supports the president must be ostracized and shunned.

I wonder if Foer would be willing to stand outside a synagogue on Saturday morning with a sign repeating his message: “If you support Trump, your presence is not welcome. You have placed your community in danger.”
Amb. Alan Baker: After the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, It’s Time to Adopt an International Convention on the Crime of Anti-Semitism
This proposal comprises the following unique elements, tailored to deal with anti-Semitism:
  • detailed preambular paragraphs documenting the history of anti-Semitism and recalling references to it in international instruments, in statements by senior international figures, and in relevant resolutions of international bodies;
  • an all-embracing definition of the crime of anti-Semitism and its component elements, based upon the various definitions adopted over the past years by various groups and institutions;
  • criminalization of manifestations of anti-Semitism that result in or are intended to result in violence;
  • action by countries to criminalize anti-Semitism in their own domestic law and to prosecute or extradite perpetrators;
  • international cooperation and exchange information on perpetrators and actions taken;
  • establishment by states of appropriate national educational programs to combat anti-Semitism;
  • establishment of an International Anti-Semitism Monitoring Forum for monitoring and coordinating actions by states and international organizations.
With the evident support of the UN Secretary-General and the challenge he placed before the international community, this proposal should be brought before the appropriate UN legal bodies for consideration, with a view to its being studied, amended, and accepted as an international treaty, criminalizing and punishing anti-Semitism.
It’s the antisemitism, stupid
In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, two things are irrefutable: There are 11 dead innocent Jews and there is one hateful murderer. All else, as they say, is commentary.

The murderer is a classic antisemite of the most despicable sort. Regardless of the political contours of his warped mind, he believes one thing is certain: Jews have no right to live.

Sadly, this horror has brought forth a spate of finger pointing where people are looking to score political points by somehow attributing the deed to those they politically oppose.

This is harmful and wrong. If you want to look behind the curtain, beyond just the actions of the murderer, then you must conclude that the perpetrator here is antisemitism itself – a hatred that enables its adherents to blame anything and everything on Jews, attributing to them all the paranoid delusions that the irrationally hateful suffer from.

I have spent the last two years immersed in American college campuses helping to make the existential case for Israel. I have encountered not just rejection of Israel’s legitimacy, but the most vile Jew-hatred, over and over again, with little pushback from decent people.

There is a big distinction between free speech and moral conduct. I understand and support the right to voice your opinion, no matter how much I might disagree with it. But I also know that free speech cannot be the rationale for not calling out vile and hateful accusations.
An International View of the Pittsburgh Murders
The killing of 11 Jews at an American synagogue has now inserted itself into a sequence of other murders targeting Jews and their institutions in past decades.

Among the list of murders of Jews outside of Israel, the most lethal tragedy took place in South America in 1984. In the bombing of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 85 people were killed. The largest terrorist murder aimed at Jews in Africa was the 2002 bombing of the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel in Mombassa, Kenya, where 13 people were killed. In Europe, two of the most deadly attacks against a Jewish target took place at the Goldenberg restaurant in Paris, where six people were murdered in 1982 — and in a 2012 terrorist attack on a bus transporting Israelis near the Burgas airport in Bulgaria, where another six people were killed.

There is one major difference between the murders of Jews in the US and the three other continents. In Pittsburgh, the murderer was a white supremacist. In the other attacks, the perpetrators were Muslims. Even a superficial look at mega-antisemitism in the world shows that antisemitism coming out of parts of the Muslim world is currently the greatest threat to the Jewish people. Only there does one find heads of state who promote extreme hatred not only against Israel, but also against Jews. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, for instance, has a long record of verbally attacking all Jews. There is nothing similar among heads of state in much of the Western world.

Liberalism and democracy by necessity overlap to a substantial extent. But they are not identical. France and Germany have learned from their pasts. Both limit hate speech. In Germany, one can spend a number of years in jail for insulting a part of the population. Many Europeans understand that the principle of free speech doesn’t mean that hate speech should also be tolerated.
Israel Plays an Important Role in Fighting Antisemitism
Today, everybody agrees that combating “cyber-hate,” including antisemitism and anti-Zionism, is a top priority. Israel’s Justice Ministry even has a department dedicated to the fight against online incitement. And the Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism, now under the auspices of the Israeli foreign affairs and diaspora ministries, is tackling Christian theological antisemitism, Holocaust revisionism, Palestinian denial of Jewish history, campus antisemitism, legislative assaults on Jewish practices like ritual slaughter and circumcision, and even antisemitism in sports.

Some experts warn that, unless the rising tide of hate crimes in the US is turned back, American Jewry will have to undergo a process of adopting European-style security measures. Synagogues and Jewish community centers in the United States may need to be protected from neo-Nazis, just as synagogues and Jewish community centers in Europe are protected from radical Islamists.

This means the adding of multilayered defenses to Jewish sites, including security screening with armed guards, surveillance systems, panic rooms, and sterile zones. If this is the unfortunate fate of American Jewish institutional life (I hope not), Israeli security expertise undoubtedly will prove helpful.

In the meantime, Israeli and Diaspora Jews should band together to draw strength from solidarity, jointly combat hate, and raise the flag of unafraid and vibrant Jewish life everywhere. Keep partisan politics out of it.
Democrats’ Deputy Comms Director Laughs About Rising Anti-Semitism in America
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's deputy communications director laughed about charges of anti-Semitism and the growing racism in America that many observers have pinned on a Democratic Party that is increasingly lurching leftwards.

Patrick Burgwinkle‏, a deputy communications director at the DCCC, responded to a tweet decrying the rise of anti-Semitism in America—which has appeared back on the radar in recent days after controversial National Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan took a trip to Iran and led chants of "Death to America"—by responding, "lol," an acronym for "laughing out loud."

The initial tweet, sent by veteran Congressional staffer Matt Wolking, decried the rise of anti-Semitism and included a link to a Slate article claiming, "The story of the midterms is about how Americans will respond to racism, bigotry, and hate."

"So true," Wolking wrote. "The racism endorsed and tolerated by the Farrakhan Democrats, the bigotry the establishment media exhibits against half the country, and the hatred of Christians, conservatives, and men smeared by the radical left as rubes and rapists."

The DCCC's Burgwinkle, in response to that tweet, wrote, "lol," raising eyebrows among some observers.
Pope Francis: A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite
Pope Francis lamented anti-Semitic attacks and remarked that “a Christian cannot be an anti-Semite” during an audience with Jewish emissaries on Monday.

The pope received four first time delegates of the World Congress of Mountain Jews at the Vatican.

Two weeks after the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 worshipers Francis said in a statement: “Sadly, anti-Semitic attitudes are also present in our own times,” during his meeting with the emissaries of the Mountain Jews, the descendants of Jews who left ancient Persia and settled in the Caucasus.

“A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite; we share the same roots. It would be a contradiction of faith and life. Rather, we are called to commit ourselves to ensure anti-Semitism is banned from the human community,” he said.

The day after the Pittsburgh attack, the head of the Catholic Church said in his weekly prayers that “all of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence.”
Trump yet to appoint traditional envoys amid antisemitism crisis
In the wake of a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, last weekend, White House officials debated who they should send to the grief-stricken town as a representative of the administration.

Their choice was not obvious. The administration has, for two years, declined to appoint traditional envoys to the fight against antisemitism here and around the globe, despite calls from Jewish organizations and a bipartisan group in Congress to do so.

US President Donald Trump has tapped neither a White House Jewish liaison, a post that has been responsible for communicating with the American Jewish community since the 1970s, nor a special envoy at the State Department to monitor and combat antisemitism, a congressionally-mandated position devoted to the fight against antisemitism overseas.

Administration officials instead chose to send Jason Greenblatt, the president's chief envoy for international negotiations, who– while an observant Orthodox Jew and an adviser on Jewish world issues to Trump during the campaign– has neither studied the issue nor spent his time at the White House engaging in outreach with the wider diaspora community.

White House officials tell The Jerusalem Post that in lieu of a formal liaison the president relies on decades-old relationships with Greenblatt and other close advisers, such as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, for guidance on Israel policy and Jewish world concerns.
Why Linda Sarsour’s Denunciation of Pittsburgh Shooter is Meaningless
On the last Saturday in October, Robert Bowers shot and killed eleven members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community, physically injured six other people, including law enforcement officers, and created distress and turmoil for the entire American Jewish community. He’s been indicted in federal court on 44 counts, and may face the death penalty.

Bowers killed eleven Jews solely due to his annihilationist anti-Semitism, which was of the neo-Nazi variety. He provided a political cover – he wrote that he didn’t like the political positions held by some other Jews (not the ones he killed), who support certain immigration policies in this country. But as Alana Newhouse noted in Tablet Magazine, the truth was simply that “he had reached the end point of a brain-eating disease called anti-Semitism.”

One day after these brutal murders, Linda Sarsour once again put herself in the spotlight. She did so while attempting to portray herself as a defender of Jews.

While Sarsour denounced Bowers, she has, in the past, embraced a different unrepentant killer of Jews, Rasmeah Odeh.

Many of us, by now, may have forgotten about Odeh. However, just over a year ago she was deported from the United States, after admitting that she lied on her citizenship application. Odeh also killed two Jews, Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, who were students at Israel’s Hebrew University in 1969. She was convicted in a trial that was observed and deemed fair by the International Committee of the Red Cross.


Shmuley Boteach: No Holds Barred: Will Clinton, Schumer, Booker finally condemn Farrakhan?
Throughout history, antisemites of all stripes have sought to cast the Jews as something utterly worthless yet massively destructive. It was a way of making the act of killing a Jew something that was not only necessary but meaningless. Hitler’s SS troops, therefore, were able to exterminate tens of thousands of Jews in a day. You see, they were killing an infestation, not people.

It may be extreme to compare Farrakhan to Hitler. But he did it himself. During a radio interview, Farrakhan acknowledged the fact. “[T]he Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler.” Instead of rebuffing the comparison, he embraced it. “That’s a good name,” he said, “Hitler was a very great man.” He then reinforced it. “[Hitler] raised Germany up from nothing,” he explained, adding, “In a sense, you could say there’s a similarity in that we are raising our people up from nothing.” He’s also used the Holocaust as a metaphor to describe what awaited the Jews in hell. My late friend Christopher Hitchens personally heard Farrakhan punctuate a tirade against Jews with this: “And don’t you forget, when it’s God who puts you in the ovens, it’s forever!”

The only question that remains is this: how could leading political figures like Bill Clinton have agreed to legitimize such genocidal hate by recently appearing on the same stage as Farrakhan at Aretha Franklin’s funeral? And given the unfortunate association, why didn’t Clinton immediately condemn Farrakhan’s genocidal Jewish reference?

Just days before his “termites” slur, Farrakhan announced the release of a new music album made in collaboration with some of the most powerful men in music, including Stevie Wonder, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg and Common. At least seven members of Congress — including Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Danny Davis, Andre Carson, Gregory Meeks, Al Green and most famously, DNC whip Keith Ellison, have all sat down for personal meetings with Farrakhan while representing the American people in Congress. Farrakhan even attended a 2005 meeting of the Black Congressional Caucus. At that meeting, former president Barack Obama even smiled for a photograph with Farrakhan just three years before becoming president.

American Jews need to draw a line.

It is not only neo-Nazis that need to be condemned by Republicans. It is Farrakhan and his ilk who should be repudiated utterly by Democrats. Never again must mean exactly that: Never Again.
‘Ocasio-Cortez in a Scarf’
He [Denver Riggleman] views this as a big advantage over Cockburn, a former journalist who has treated Virginia's 5th more like a research project, telling The Intercept she spent three months investigating the district before announcing her run.

"I'm Virginian to the core," he said. "She lives in Georgetown and doesn't have a clue what's happening in the 5th district."

He thinks the media have left a lot of ground uncovered on his opponent.

"Her books are used by Stormfront and white anarchist groups to explain why the Jewish people are trying to take over," he said, referencing the anti-Semitic book Cockburn wrote with her British-born husband Andrew Cockburn. "That got less attention than jokes about Big Foot."

Riggleman read her book and said it was shocking. "She really believes that Israel has orchestrated a cabal to control U.S. foreign policy."

He described Cockburn as "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a scarf," saying she's run a far-left campaign calling for "Medicare for all, open borders, forgiveness of student debt, and free college."
PreOccupiedTerritory: J Street Vows Investigation After Endorsed Candidate Makes Pro-Israel Statement (satire)
A progressive political advocacy group calling itself “pro-Israel, pro-peace” promised today to get to the bottom of an emerging scandal, in which a politician the group supports in this week’s elections was recorded agreeing that the Jewish State has an unequivocal right to exist, defend itself, and determine its own character, organization sources reported today.

J Street executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami issued a statement to the organization’s donors and employees Tuesday acknowledging that Mike Rotch, a Democratic Congressional candidate running for office in California, had signed a petition circulating in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings two weekends ago, that called on American public officials to denounce antisemitism, including delegitimization of Israel.

“It has come to our attention that Mike Rotch may support Israel in ways that do not reflect the values of this organization,” the statement began. “We have made it clear on several occasions that our mission requires paying only lip-service to a secure Israel, while in reality pursuing an outcome that effectively destroys Israel as a Jewish State. If the reports of Mr. Rotch’s remarks are accurate, they call into question his suitability as a candidate for the sixty-ninth Congressional District. J Street will conduct a full investigation of Mike Rotch and then make its recommendations.”
Conspiracy theorist selected as Labour candidate in safe ward
It’s pretty shocking that cases like this no longer even seem surprising. But the views of Liam Moore are so outrageous I thought this latest example of Labour’s failure to deal with antisemitism warranted a post. Moore, who is an evangelical vicar (and part-time Phil Collins tribune act) has been selected as the Labour councillor candidate for Norris Green in Liverpool – close to Luciana Berger’s constituency. In 2014 he tweeted that “Rothschilds Zionist run Israel and world governments” and earlier this year compared Zionists – or simply those worried about antisemitism – to Judas:

‘We are seeing a very English right wing Zionist coup mate and sadly the Labour Party is infiltrated by sellouts who would sacrifice a labour government for their 30 pieces of silver.’

Sometimes, when challenged over antisemitism, Labour supporters point out that the number of cases identified reflects only a tiny proportion of the membership. But the real problem isn’t that a few members hold such vile views, but that they are able to spout them without being reported and dealt with by others, and are even, as in this case, thought suitable for elected office.


University investigates professor who claims Israel was behind 9/11 Twin Towers attacks 'with help from Zionists in US government'
Sussex University is investigating a professor after he claimed Israel were behind the September 11 attacks 'with help from Zionists in the US government'.

Professor Kees van der Pijl, the former head of its international relations department, used as his source an article entitled '9-11/Israel did it' by conspiracy theory site Wiki Spooks, which also claims Al-Qaeda is a front for Mossad, the Israeli spy service.

The retired academic, who was responding to an article criticising US sanctions on Iran, was immediately inundated with a storm of mocking tweets, including one that joked, 'Yes, and Bruce Lee was the first man on the moon, damn media!'

Sussex University said it is aware of the post and has not yet decided whether to take further action.

Van der Pijl tweet was posted on November 3 and read: 'Not Saudis, Israelis blew up Twin Towers with help from Zionists in US gov.'
Professor: BDS Panel at University of Michigan Was an ‘Unrelentingly Anti-Israel Propaganda Fete’
A professor at the University of Michigan said a recent panel hosted by the school on the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign was “a totally one-sided propaganda fete.”

Victor Lieberman, who teaches a popular history course on the Arab-Israeli conflict, said he was one of some 70 people who attended last week’s “Teach-In Town Hall,” which was organized by U-M’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) after the university sanctioned a BDS-supporting professor who denied a letter of recommendation to a student who sought to study in Israel.

CMENAS director Samer Mahdy Ali said the event, which was backed financially by multiple U-M departments, would include a “decidedly pro-BDS” panel, followed by a discussion.

Lieberman estimated that less than two dozen undergraduates showed up on Monday morning, two days after a gunman killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh while shouting antisemitic epithets.
Regev demands Spanish minister intervene in water polo BDS fracas
Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev demanded from her Spanish counterpart to move a women’s water polo match between Israel and Spain back to its original venue, after Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists had forced its relocation.

“The BDS movements are clearly antisemitic in nature and operate to harm the State of Israel and its citizens,” Regev wrote. “It is my expectation that the government of Spain will take all the necessary steps in order to reverse the decision of the Municipality of Molins de Rei.”

Planned demonstrations by Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists led the municipality, just outside Barcelona, where the match was scheduled to take place, to move the game to a different venue and bar supporters.

Regev said Israel expected the organizers to “operate in accordance with the International Olympic Charter, [to] enable all sportsmen to compete as equals in the games.”

As of Tuesday noon, it was still unclear where the game would take place, if at all. Some sources reported that the game was canceled, but a PR company working on behalf of the Culture and Sport Ministry said the game was still on, in a new venue, with supporters banned. The ministry was still working to reverse the decision, the company said.

NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based watchdog that analyzes and reports on international NGO activity in regards to Israel, said the decision by the Spanish municipality came as no surprise, as funding of anti-Israel groups by the Catalonian government are no rarity.
Sky News Arabia report on Druze elections in Golan is riddled with distortions and falsehoods
The six falsehoods in the report are as follows:
Falsehood #1: “Israeli elections were forced upon the residents.”

Sky reports without challenge the claim from the Syrian government’s official news service (SANA) that the Israeli government forced elections upon residents of the Druze towns. In fact, the impetus for the elections elections was the effort of group of Druze residents of the Golan who fought in Israeli courts for the change of policy. An article in the Israeli “Walla” website elaborates (CAMERA’s translation):

“During the past eighteen months, six Druze petitions were brought before the supreme court, opposing the way the town council members and heads were appointed [prior to 2018, Israel’s Interior Ministry appointed them], and demanding that open municipal elections be held in their communities as well,” lawyer Fahd Safdi from Mas’adeh tells Walla News. “At the same time we launched letters to the Interior Ministry and applied heavy pressure so it would enable us to exercise our right to vote.”

Falsehood #2: “The voter participation rate ranged from between 0% and 1.5%.”

According to official Israeli statistics (in Hebrew), the participation rate in Majdal Shams was 3.3 percent, and 1.3 percent in ‘Ein Qenya. In Mas’adeh and Buq’atha the participation rate was indeed 0 percent, but, as the report itself points out, this was because the election process was cancelled in advance.

Falsehood #3: Israel has been engaged in “Judaization” in the Golan.

“Judaization” (Tahweed in Arabic) is a vague term among Arabic speakers than can signify any increase of either the physical, metaphorical or imagined presence of Jews in a given place; it is often used in the context of Jerusalem. This includes but is not limited to: Scholars searching for archeological findings in the Old City and its surroundings, visitors walking peacefully around the Temple Mount compound, or even a Christian individual trying to set the Al-Aqsa mosque on fire. The question of what “Judaization attempts” the report is alluding to goes unanswered. In 51 years of Israeli control, the construction of Jewish villages in the Golan Heights has rarely faced Druze opposition of any kind. Moreover, how a democratic process initiated by Druze, in which both the voters and the candidates are Druze, can be labeled “Judaization” is a mystery.
French Police Investigating Violent Assaults on Two Young Jews in Paris in Single Week
Two separate assaults on Jewish teenagers in the Paris area during the last week are being investigated by police as hate crimes, French news outlets reported on Monday.

The first incident occurred last Tuesday in Sarcelles — about ten miles north of the capital. According to news magazine Le Point, a young schoolgirl wearing the uniform of the Jewish school that she attends was approached by an older man who spoke to her in Arabic before punching her hard in the back. The girl told police that her assailant had also mimed the action of shooting a gun at her with his fingers.

Traditionally the home of a large North African Jewish community, tensions have increased markedly in Sarcelles over the last decade between Jews and a growing Muslim population. The neighborhood was the site of a full scale antisemitic riot in July 2014, when 300 mainly Muslims youths looted Jewish-owned shops and attacked a synagogue during a solidarity protest with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

A separate incident the following day was reported in the 19th arrondissement in northeastern Paris. A young man wearing a yarmulke was assaulted by three youths at a bus stop after he noticed that one of them was trying to pickpocket a laptop computer from his bag. After they spotted the young man’s yarmulke, the youths shouted antisemitic insults and pushed him to the ground, punching and kicking him as he fell.

Meanwhile, doctors, nurses, patients and other visitors to the Rothschild Hospital in Paris — named for the illustrious French-Jewish family — were greeted on Sunday morning with a lengthy antisemitic screed scrawled on one of the entrance walls.
Former Nazi SS concentration camp guard, 94, goes on trial in Germany
A 94-year-old former enlisted SS man went on trial Tuesday in Germany, charged with being an accessory to murder for crimes committed during the years he served as a guard at the Nazis’ Stutthof concentration camp.

Johann Rehbogen is accused of working as a guard at the camp east of Danzig, which is today the Polish city of Gdansk, from June 1942 to about the beginning of September 1944.

There is no evidence linking him to a specific crime, but more than 60,000 people were killed at Stutthof and prosecutors argue that as a guard, he was an accessory to at least hundreds of those deaths.

Stutthof prisoners were killed in a gas chamber, with deadly injections of gasoline or phenol directly to their hearts or shot, starved and even forced outside in winter without clothes until they died of exposure, prosecutor Andreas Brendel said.

The former SS Sturmmann, roughly equivalent to the US Army rank of specialist, does not deny serving in the camp during the war but has told investigators he was not aware of the killings and did not participate in them, Brendel said.
Doll that survived Holocaust goes on display at Yad Vashem
A doll called Inge that survived the looting during Kristallnacht in November 1938 was recently handed over to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem by its owner and is now on display there.

Lore Mayerfield Stern, a Holocaust survivor from Kassel, Germany, was just 2 years old when the anti-Jewish riots known as Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass," caused massive destruction to Jewish property in her city and across Nazi Germany and Austria. During the pogrom, which took place on Nov. 9-10, 1938, at least 90 Jews were killed, 30,000 Jewish men were rounded up and sent to concentration camps, almost 300 synagogues were destroyed and thousands of Jewish homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

Inge, along with personal letters Stern had kept from that era, is now part of Yad Vashem's It Came From Within online exhibition, which marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

During Kristallnacht, Stern's father, Markus Stern, was one of the Jewish men arrested and was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. Young Lore and her mother, Kaetchen, were taken in and hidden by neighbors, who kept them safe during the riots.

"Lore, already in pajamas, hid with her mother at the neighbors' house until the pogrom was over. When they returned home, they found that the place had been torn apart and was not habitable," Yad Vashem states on its website.
Hyundai venture arm invests in Israeli computer vision startup allegro.ai
The corporate venture arm of Hyundai Motor Company has made a strategic investment of an undisclosed amount into Israeli startup allegro.ai., a developer of computer vision technologies based on deep learning, the companies said in a joint statement on Monday.

The partnership with allegro.ai will allow Hyundai to “speed up deployment of AI technology in many business areas,” improving the quality of its products and creating “a safer driving environment,” Hyundai CRADLE and allegro.ai said.

Founded in 2016, allegro.ai offers software that simplifies the process of developing and managing solutions and products, such as autonomous vehicles, drones, security and logistics systems, that are powered by artificial intelligence and deep learning. The software also allows customers to update their devices and their learning capabilities while in use, so every device can continue to improve its operations.

“Deep learning computer vision is one of the core technologies that can be applied to autonomous driving to navigate roads and make quick decisions in real-time – and allegro.ai is clearly an innovation leader in that field,” said Ruby Chen, head of Investment at Hyundai CRADLE Tel Aviv.

“Our investment in allego.ai is a further step in enhancing our presence in the Israeli market, a global leader of technological innovation in the fields of automation, artificial intelligence and deep learning,” he said. “This is our fifth investment in an Israeli company and our activities will continue to grow the coming year.”
IsraellyCool: Pharrell Williams at FIDF Gala: “You Guys Show An Incredible Resilience”
A few days ago I posted about the FIDF Gala that saw celebrities help raise $60 million for Israel’s IDF. The incredibly talented Pharrell Williams was the musical act, but what I did not know at the time were the touching words he said about the Jewish people, in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

Providing entertainment was musical guest Pharrell Williams, who took a moment to share a few words about last week’s deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

“Look, what happened in that synagogue was incredibly cruel, it was wrong, and it’s not supposed to be what our nation is,” Williams said. “This group of people have been tested over and over and over again … but you guys show an incredible resilience.”


This makes me happy.
4,000 college students from 60 nations sing as one in TLV
Four thousand college students from 60 countries gathered in Tel Aviv in October for the latest mass singalong sponsored by the social music project, Koolulam.

The event, at Ganei Yehoshua, was attended by GA 2018 participants, graduates of MASA programs, MASA CEO Liran Avisar Ben Horin, Jewish Agency Chairman Yitzchak Herzog, Government Secretary Tzahi Braverman, and Masa Chairman Ilan Cohen.

Koolulam was founded with the goal of strengthening society through mass singing events in which large groups of non-professionals come together to create a collaborative happening.

The organization gathers as many as 12,000 people at a time from a broad spectrum of Israeli life, and then films the joint singing productions to share on social media.

In June this year, Jews, Muslims and Christians joined together at the Jerusalem Tower of David Museum to sing Bob Marley’s “One Love” in three languages as a show of unity from Israel. The video of the event went viral.


After 56 years of searching, IDF finds remains of pilot in Sea of Galilee
The Israeli military recently discovered the remains of a pilot, Lt. Yakir Naveh, who has been missing since his plane crashed into the Sea of Galilee 56 years ago, the army said Tuesday.

The remains were discovered on October 25 on the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, along with pieces of the aircraft.

Once they were found, the remains were sent to a forensic laboratory for identification, the army said.

The military’s Manpower Directorate informed the pilot’s family that his remains had been found, the army said.

His funeral was scheduled for November 13 at 3 p.m. at Tel Aviv’s Kiryat Shaul military cemetery.

On May 6, 1962, Naveh was training a cadet on a Fouga Magister when their plane got too low over the water and the engine cut out. The nose of the plane hit the water, sending them into a fierce spin, wing over wing.

A year later, a search team found the body of the cadet who had been flying the plane, Oded Kouton, but no trace of Naveh.




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Important Current Affairs 11th October 2018
‘Olly’ made Hockey World Cup mascot
Turtle ‘Olly’ has been declared as the official mascot for the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup.Hockey World Cup is scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16, 2018.‘Olly’ represents the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.Olly was also the mascot for Asian Athletics Championships held in 2017.
INS & Aircraft reach for IND-INDO CORPAT
Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kulish and an Indian Dornier (naval maritime time patrol aircraft) from Andaman and Nicobar command entered Belawan harbour, IndonesiaINS Kulish and Indian Dornier will attend the 32nd edition of ‘India – Indonesia coordinated patrol’ (IND-INDO CORPAT).IND-INDO CORPAT began on 11 October 2018 and will end on 27 October 2018.
Pravin appointed as Chief Statistician
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has appointed Pravin Srivastava as Chief Statistician of India, and Secretary of the Statistics Ministry.Before this, he worked as additional director general in the national accounts division of the Statistics Ministry.Pravin Srivastava is the 1983-batch Indian Statistical Service officer.
‘Bioelectronic medicine’ which repair nerves        
Researchers at Washington University have developed the first bioelectronic medicine.The medicine is an implantable, biodegradable wireless device that speeds nerve regeneration and improves the healing of a damaged nerve.The device provides therapy and treatment over a clinically relevant period of time and directly at the site where it’s needed.
Nirmala on a 3-day visit to France
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman began a three-day visit to France on 11 October 2018.Ms Sitharaman will hold wide-ranging talks with her French counterpart Florence Parly on ways to deepen strategic cooperation between the two countries.Ms Sitharaman will also take stock of progress in the supply of 36 Rafale jets by Dassault to the Indian Air Force under a Rs. 58,000 crore deal.
Sundar Singh won silver in javelin throw
Indian javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar won a silver medal in the men’s F46 category of the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.The F46 category of disability covers upper limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement.Gurjar won the silver medal with an effort of 61.33m in his fifth attempt.
32nd conference of WUWM inaugurated
Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Purushottam Rupala inaugurated the 32nd world conference of ‘World Union of Wholesale Markets’ (WUWM).The Conference was held at Gurugram, Haryana on 11 October 2018.The theme of the conference is  ‘The Wholesale Markets in the Digital Era: Challenges and Opportunities’.
Sunil Bhaskaran to head AirAsia India
Sunil Bhaskaran has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of low-cost carrier AirAsia India with effect from November 15, 2018.The AirAsia airline is jointly owned by Tata Sons and Air Asia Bhd.Mr Bhaskaran is currently vice-president, Corporate Services at Tata Steel.AirAsia India has a market share of less than 5% and a fleet of 19 aircraft.
RBI board gets two new directors
The government has appointed Sachin Chaturvedi to the central board of the Reserve Bank of India.Revathy Iyer, a former Indian Audit and Accounts Services officer, was also nominated to the RBI board.Both are appointed for a period of four years with effect from September 19, 2018.With these appointments, RBI will now have 18 members on its central board.
International Day of the Girl Child:11 October
International Day of the Girl is observed on 11 October 2018.The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.The theme for 2018 is ‘With Her: A Skilled Girl Force’.October 11, 2012, was the first International Day of the Girl Child.
Sushma Swaraj to attend SCO meeting
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj participated in the 17th Council of Heads of Government (CHG) meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.The meeting was held in Tajikistan on 11 October 2018.This is the second CHG meeting since India became a full member of SCO in June 2017.In 2017, CHG meeting was held in Sochi, Russia.
Online Assurances Monitoring System inagurated
Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel inaugurated the Online Assurances Monitoring System (OAMS).OAMS has been developed by the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry.This system has made the information regarding assurances given on the floor of the Houses of Parliament paperless and available in digital format.
Cabinet approved the merger of NCVT & NSDA
The Union Cabinet has approved the merger of the regulatory institutions in the skills space – National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA).The new merged will be named as National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET).NCVET will regulate the functioning of entities engaged in vocational education and training.
IWAI launched Ro-Ro service to Majuli Island
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) started Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) facility in collaboration with the Government of Assam for Majuli Island.IWAI has procured a new vessel ‘MV Bhupen Hazarika’ for the new Ro-Ro service.Majuli is one of the biggest riverine islands in the world located on river Brahmaputra in Assam.
Cabinet approves MoC between India and Finland
The government approved an agreement between India and Finland on cooperation in environment protection in both the countries.The agreement is expected to bring in the latest technologies and best practices suited for bringing about better environment protection.The areas of cooperation also includes air and water pollution prevention and purification, remediation of contaminated soils.
Goa Maritime Symposium – 2018
The Indian Navy will host the ‘Goa Maritime Symposium’ on 16 October 2018.The event is a follow-on to the maiden Goa Maritime Conclave held in 2017.The theme for the one day symposium is “Building Stronger Maritime Partnerships in Indian Ocean Region”.The focus of the symposium is on capacity building among Indian Ocean Region navies to tackle emerging maritime threats,
MoU between India and Lebanon approved
The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Lebanon for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.The MoU will promote understanding of best Agricultural practices in the two countries.The MoU will also help in better productivity at farmer fields as well as improved global market.
Tushar Mehta is the new Solicitor General
The Government of India has appointed Tushar Mehta as the Solicitor General of India.At present, Tushar Mehta holds the charge of Additional Solicitor General.He will remain in office till 30th of June, 2020 or till further orders.Solicitor General of India is the second highest ranking law officer of the government.
Saurabh Chaudhary won gold in 10m air pistol      
Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event at the Youth Olympic Games on 10 October 2018.Saurabh also won gold medal in the Asian Games and Junior ISSF World Championship.This is India’s third gold medal in Buenos Aires and the fourth medal overall for the shooting contingent.
Govt sets ‘minimum river flows’ for the Ganga
The government of India had notified the minimum ‘environmental flows’ for Ganga river.Environmental flows are the acceptable flow regimes that are required to maintain a river in the desired environmental state or predetermined state.The upper stretches of the Ganga would have to maintain 20% of the monthly average flow between November and March.

Important Current Affairs 12th October 2018
Centre approved land pooling policy for Delhi
The government of India has approved a land pooling policy for Delhi.The policy was approved by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) under the chairmanship of Lt Governor Anil Baijal in September 2018.Under the policy, agencies will develop infrastructures like roads, schools, hospitals, community centres and stadia on part of the pooled land
Over 900 prisoners get special remission
As part of the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, over 900 prisoners have been released in the first phase of the Government’s scheme for grant of special remission to specific categories of prisoners.The decision was taken by the Union Cabinet on July 18, 2018.The prisoners will be released in three phases- October 2, 2018, April 6, 2019, and October 2, 2019.
Silver Jubilee celebrations of NHRC began
Silver Jubilee celebrations of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) began on 12 October 2018.The Commission will organize a ‘Human Rights Mela’ and ‘Human Rights Street Theatre Festival’.NHRC is an autonomous public body responsible for the protection and promotion of human rights.Retired Justice HL Dattu is the Chairperson of NHRC.
Govt hiked import duty on electronic items
The government has increased basic customs duty on electronic and telecom equipment to 20% from the current 10%.The items that will face customs duty hike include smartwatches, optical transport equipment and voice over internet protocol equipment.The hike will come into effect on 12 October 2018.Restricting imports is a part of the government’s strategy to arrest the rupee’s fall.
World Arthritis Day observed on October 12
World Arthritis Day is observed on the 12th of October every year.The theme of World Arthritis Day 2018 is “It’s in your hands, take action”.World Arthritis Day was launched by the Arthritis Foundation.The objective of the day is to spread awareness about arthritis, and how it affects the lives of those that suffer with it.
India suffered economic loss due to disasters
The report titled ‘Economic Losses, Poverty and Disasters 1998-2017’ was released by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.According to the report, India suffered a $79.5 billion economic loss due to climate-related disasters in the last 20 years.The greatest economic losses have been experienced by the US at $944.8 billion, followed by China, Japan, India and Puerto Rico.
WB to provide $195 million to Nepal
The World Bank (WB) has announced that it will provide around US$195 million concessional loans to Nepal.The loan amount will be used by Nepal to reform the country’s financial and energy sectors.An agreement to this effect was reached during the ongoing annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) at Bali in Indonesia.
Arun Kumar appointed as Bhilai Steel Plant CEO
Arun Kumar Rath took charge as the new CEO of Bhilai Steel plant on 11 October 2018.He succeeds M Ravi who was removed from the post on October 10 after the fire accident at Bhilai Steel Plant.Rath was earlier the CEO of Durgapur Steel Plant.Anirban Dasgupta, CEO of SAIL’s IISCO Steel Plant at Burnpur, takes additional charge of Durgapur Plant.
Centre for 4th Industrial Revolution launched
The World Economic Forum launched its new Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in India.The centre would be based in Maharashtra.It has selected drones, artificial intelligence and blockchain as the first three project areas.The WEF has also entered into partnerships with the Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh governments for the new initiative
Amway hires Milind Pant as first global CEO
Direct selling company Amway has announced Milind Pant as its Chief Executive Officer.Mr. Pant will report directly to Amway’s Board of Directors effective January 2, 2019.Amway has been co-led by Van Andel who has served as Amway Chairman since 1995 and Doug DeVos who has served as Amway’s president since 2002.
BoB CEO P.S. Jayakumar gets one-year extension
The government extended the tenure of Bank of Baroda Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer P.S. Jayakumar by one year.Before joining Bank of Baroda, Jayakumar founded VBHC Value Homes Pvt. Ltd along with Jaithirth Rao and worked with Citigroup bank.Jayakumar is a chartered accountant by qualification.
21% Indian children are under-weight: GHI
According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2018, at least one in five Indian children under the age of five are wasted, which means they have extremely low weight for their height, reflecting acute under-nutrition.Overall, India has been ranked at 103 out of 119 countries in the Index.GHI is a peer-reviewed publication released annually by ‘Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide.
Punjab govt released 3 apps
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh launched three mobile apps aimed at checking crop residue burning.The apps also aim to create awareness about the effects of crop residue burning on the environment and human health.The three Android mobile applications have been developed by Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC).The three apps are i-Khet Machine, e-PEHaL and e-Prevent.
Sushil Modi released book ‘Lalu Leela’
Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi has come out with a nearly 200-page book titled “Lalu Leela”.The book documents “benami” land deals allegedly involving the RJD national president, Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members.The preface has been penned by another Union minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad.
‘Save Ganga’ crusader Agarwal dead
GD Agarwal who devoted his life to the cause of saving river Ganga, died on 11 October 2018.Agarwal was on a fast-unto-death for the last 111 days.He was a former professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur.In 2012, he formally renounced the world and adopted the name Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand.
Malaysia abolishes capital punishment
Malaysia’s cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty and halt pending executions.Capital punishment in Malaysia is currently mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms and drug trafficking, among other crimes.In April 2017, human rights group Amnesty International ranked Malaysia 10th in the use of the death penalty.
Govt package for footwear and leather sector
The Central Government has approved a special package for employment generation in leather and footwear sector.The package involves implementation of Central Sector Scheme – Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme (IFLADP) with an approved expenditure of Rs. 2600 Crore for 2017-20.The scheme aims at development of infrastructure for the leather sector.
Space centre to be set up at Jammu University
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed a MoU with the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) in Jammu for setting up of the Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science in the University.The centre will take care of the emerging geospatial and space technology requirements for the development of the region.Apart from this, the disaster management centre will also be set up.
World Bank’s Human Capital Index released
The World Bank released a Human Capital Index (HCI) as part of the World Development Report 2019.The broader theme of the World Development Report (WDR) 2018 is “The Changing Nature of Work”.India is ranked at 115.The report almost reiterated that Indian children are not learning enough in schools.
AIM & IBM India design Internship Programme
NITI Aayog and IBM India announced a first-of-its-kind internship programme for students selected by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).The Atal Innovation Mission conducted the Atal Tinkering Marathon in 2017.The students will be equipped with the skills in areas like artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things, cybersecurity, cloud computing and blockchain.

Important Current Affairs 13th October 2018
Hurricane Leslie heading to Portugal, Spain
Hurricane Leslie is heading toward Portugal and Spain.The Category 1 storm was about 910 km southwest of Lisbon, Portugal, and about 320 km northwest of Madeira, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.Leslie is moving northeast at 36 mph and it has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.The storm is expected to pass north of Madeira.
Archer Harvinder Singh clinched gold
Archer Harvinder Singh notched up the men’s individual recurve gold, while track-and-field athletes added a silver and a bronze to India’s tally in the Asian Para-Games in Jakarta.Harvinder defeated China’s Zhao Lixue 6-0 in the W2/ST category final to claim the top honours and take India’s gold tally to seven.Monu Ghangas claimed the silver in the men’s discus throw F11 category.
PM Modi to visit Japan for India-Japan Summit
Modi will visit Japan on 28-29 of this month for the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit.This will be the fifth Annual Summit meeting between Modi and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their twelfth meeting overall since 2014.Prime Minister’s visit will reaffirm the traditional bonds of friendship between the two countries and strengthen their multifaceted cooperation in diverse fields
Saurabh clinched gold in 10-m air pistol
Pistol shooter Saurabh Chaudhary bagged the Gold Medal in the 10-metre air pistol event in the ongoing Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.In Buenos Aires, the 16-year old blew the field away in the final as he finished a massive Seven and a half points ahead of his closest rival.It is India’s 3rd gold in the history of Youth Olympic Games and all 3 have come in this edition in Buenos Aires.
Deepa clinched bronze in Asian Para Games
At the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Rio Paralympics medallist Deepa Malik bagged her second medal as she clinched a bronze in the women’s F51/52/53 discus throw event.Deepa produced her best effort in her fourth attempt, a 9.67 metre to claim the third spot.Elnaz Darabian of Iran took home the gold and set a new Asian record with her best throw of 10.71 meters.
ICC launched women’s T20I ranking
In the newly launched ICC global Women’s T20I Team Rankings, India is placed fifth while three-time champions Australia topped the 46-team table.The ICC’s move to launch the women’s T20I rankings follows its decision earlier this year to award international status to all T20 matches.An ICC release in Dubai said all women’s T20 matches between members have international status.
5 gold for India on penultimate day
India grabbed 5 gold medals on the penultimate day of the Asian Para Games at Jakarta.K Jennitha Anto clinched the gold in women’s individual rapid P1 chess event while Kishan Gangolli got the better of Majid Bagheri in the men’s individual event to claim the top spot.In para-badminton, Parul Parmar notched up a victory over Wandee Kamtam to win the gold medal in the women’s singles event.
Cyclone Luban in Oman
Oman has closed schools and ports in the southern part of the country while Yemen’s local authorities prepared health facilities ahead of cyclone Luban.Luban is currently a category one cyclone, which is likely to develop into a Category 2 cyclone within the next 48 hours.\ Luban is travelling northwest, and cloud bands of the cyclone are currently 327 kilometres away from the coast of Oman.
International Day for Disaster Reduction
The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction.It is held every year on 13 October.The 2018 theme continues as part of the “Sendai Seven” campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework.
India-Azerbaijan signed protocol
The 5th meeting of India-Azerbaijan Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic, Science and Technology Cooperation (IA-IGC) was held on 11-12 October 2018 in New Delhi.Both sides agreed to take measures to enhance trade relations and expand business relations.Novruz Mammadov is the PM of Azerbaijan.
Online portal for grant of IEM and IL
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has developed a new online portal for facilitating the filing of online applications for IEM and Industrial Licence (IL) under Arms Act as well as Industries (Development & Regulation)[I(D&R)] Act, 1951 at https://services.dipp.gov.in.This portal will be available for public with effect from 16th October 2018 for filing application.
Word Egg day celebrated
The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries organized “World Egg Day” on 12 October.A booklet on poultry entrepreneurs’ success stories was released.International Egg Commission has declared the second Friday of October every year as World Egg Day.This is a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of eggs.
13th convention of CIC inaugurated
Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 13th Convention of the Central Information Commission in New Delhi.The Convention will deliberate on three specific subjects – Data privacy and Right to Information, Amendment in the RTI Act and Implementation of the RTI Act.The Central Information Commission set up under the Right to Information Act is the authorised body, established in 2005.
SBI signed MoU with Nepal’s NBI
State Bank of India has signed an MoU with Kathmandu-based National Banking Institute (NBI) for the development of human resources of the latter.Under the MoU, the strategic training unit of SBI will impart education, training and development to facilitate transformation of NBI’s HR department.SBI signed the three-year MoU with NBI to establish a mutually beneficial strategic alliance.
India remains polio-free: UNICEF, WHO
The UNICEF and the WHO reiterated India’s status as a polio-free country.This came after some oral polio vaccine vials were found contaminated with the type-2 polio virus last month.India has a high routine immunisation coverage and so the risk of children getting vaccine-derived polio virus was “minimal”, said the two global organisations in a joint statement.
India’s biggest Zika outbreak in Jaipur
Fifty cases of Zika have been confirmed in Jaipur in India’s biggest outbreak of the disease with 11 pregnant women among them.The mosquito-borne virus puts the unborn child at risk of microcephaly, a birth defect where the baby’s head is smaller than normal.The symptoms include high fever, rash, joint and muscle pain, headache and conjunctivitis.
First IIIC Opened in Bengaluru
The country’s first India-Israel Innovation Centre (IIIC), an entrepreneurial technology hub, was launched in Bengaluru.The IIIC is a significant step towards facilitating penetration of Israeli companies in India.It aims to forge local partnerships and joint ventures between companies from the two countries.It will provide an ecosystem to support entrepreneurship.
NSE signed a pact with Uttarakhand
Leading stock exchange NSE has signed a pact with the Uttarakhand government to provide access to capital to MSMEs.This which will fuel the growth of such entities in the state.The bourse will play an active role in nurturing the SMEs and start-ups by increasing awareness.NSE’s SME Platform has currently 182 companies listed, which together raised over Rs 2,850 crore.
India elected to UNHRC
India has been elected to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council with the highest vote among all candidates.It secured 188 votes in the Asia-Pacific category for a period of three years beginning January 1, 2019.In the Asia Pacific category, India got 188 votes followed by Fiji with 187 and Bangladesh 178 votes.
Legendary musician Annapurna Devi passed away
Legendary musician Annapurna Devi has passed away in Mumbai. She was 91.Annapurna Devi was an Indian surbahar player of Hindustani classical music and she was the daughter and disciple of Allauddin Khan.She was married to sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.

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KOTA KINABALU: Polis Sabah akan memperketatkan kawalan di beberapa kawasan di Kota Kinabalu berikutan pendengaran keputusan mahkamah melibatkan saman bekas Ketua Menteri Sabah Tan Sri Musa Aman yang mencabar pelantikan Ketua Menteri Sabah Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal pada 7 Nov ini.

Pesuruhjaya Polis Sabah Datuk Omar Mammah berkata selain sekitar kawasan Kompleks Mahkamah Kota Kinabalu, pihak polis juga meningkatkan kawalan di Pusat Pentadbiran Negeri Sabah (PPNS) dan beberapa kawasan lain, namun enggan mengulas kawasan lain itu.

“Saya ingin menasihatkan agar penyokong kedua-dua pihak (Musa dan Mohd Shafie) supaya menghormati keselamatan dan ketenteraman awam.

“Polis tidak akan teragak-agak untuk menangkap sesiapa sahaja yang cuba menimbulkan gangguan terhadap keselamatan orang lain dan prosiding mahkamah,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas menyaksikan majlis serah terima tugas Timbalan Pesuruhjaya Polis (PJP) Sabah antara Ketua Jabatan Pengurusan Ibu Pejabat Polis Sabah SAC Mohamad Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman, yang memangku Timbalan PJP Negeri, dan bekas Timbalan Pengarah Pengurusan (Pentadbiran) Bukit Aman Datuk Zaini Jass di sini hari ini.

Pada 6 Jun lalu, Musa yang juga Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri Sungai Sibuga, memfailkan saman terhadap Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin dan Mohd Shafie 17 Mei lepas memohon pengisytiharan Musa kekal sebagai ketua menteri Sabah yang sah.

Mengenai kekecohan pada pemilihan PKR di Keningau Sabtu lepas (3 Nov), Omar berkata beliau telah mengarahkan Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Keningau untuk merakamkan keterangan saksi mengenai kejadian itu.

Pemilihan Cabang PKR Keningau kecoh apabila penyokong seorang calon yang bertanding jawatan Ketua Cabang itu bertindak menceroboh pusat pemilihan selepas pusat berkenaan ditutup pada jam 4 petang.

Sementara itu, Omar memberitahu pihak polis telah menyelesaikan siasatan kes rogol seorang remaja perempuan berumur 14 tahun di sebuah pusat tahanan sementara di Papar dan akan menyerahkan kes itu kepada Pejabat Pengarah Pendakwa Raya Sabah untuk tindakan lanjut.
 
Katanya, seorang suspek yang dipercayai bertugas sebagai salah seorang pengawal pusat tahanan itu ditahan polis dan dipercayai mangsa dan suspek saling mengenali satu sama lain.

Mangsa, yang ditahan di pusat itu sejak November tahun lepas dan telah dihantar pulang ke negara asalnya Filipina selepas kejadian, didakwa dirogol di pusat itu pada Mei lepas dan hamil enam bulan.—Bernama


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PUTRAJAYA: Bekas Ketua Menteri Sabah, Tan Sri Musa Aman ditahan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) hari ini untuk menghadapi pendakwaan.

SPRM dalam kenyataan hari ini berkata, pihaknya telah mendapat izin untuk mendakwa Musa, yang ditahan di ibu pejabat suruhanjaya itu di sini pada pukul 10.05 pagi, daripada Pejabat Peguam Negara.

“Susulan itu, Musa akan menghadapi beberapa pertuduhan di bawah Akta Pencegahan Rasuah (APR) 1997,” kata SPRM.

SPRM berkata Musa akan dibawa ke Mahkamah Sesyen Kuala Lumpur pukul 2.00 petang ini untuk pertuduhan itu.


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Fazley menegur tindakan Aliff meletakkan bedak asas dengan menggunakan tangan pada wajah penonton wanita ketika program Gegar Vaganza musim kelima bersiaran secara langsung.


KUALA LUMPUR – Konsert Gegar Vaganza musim kelima (GV5) terus mengundang kontroversi apabila penaja utamanya, Datuk Seri Aliff Syukri mengenakan produk bedak asasnya kepada wajah seorang penonton wanita malam tadi yang dilabelkan ‘pecah rumah’ dengan mendakwa akan menjadi cantik selepas itu.

Tindakan spontan Aliff Syukri ketika segmen promosi penaja yang ketika itu disiarkan secara langsung telah menimbulkan kemarahan netizen termasuk golongan artis.

Salah seorangnya penyanyi Datuk Fazley Yaakob yang meluahkan rasa kesalnya kerana terdapat banyak lagi bentuk pemasaran yang boleh dilakukan Aliff tanpa perlu menggunakan perkataan keterlaluan yang berbaur rasis terhadap warna kulit seseorang.

Fazley turut menegur tindakan Aliff meletakkan produk itu dengan menggunakan tangan pada wajah individu tersebut ketika program itu bersiaran secara langsung.

“Maaf… Terlalu melampau jika sekadar untuk pemasaran. Banyak lagi cara untuk menjual jenama, bukan menggunakan perkataan berbaur perkauman terhadap warna kulit seseorang.

“Melabelkan wajah seseorang sebagai kurang sempurna, apatah lagi meletakkan bedak asas dengan tangan untuk ‘mencantikkan’ seseorang di sebuah program yang begitu ramai pengikutnya,” katanya di laman sosial Instagram miliknya.

Fazley menambah, penonton turut sama ketawa melihat gelagat Aliff itu sebagai memalukan.

Penyanyi lagu Asmara ini juga menyindir, memiliki kekayaan tidak menjamin seseorang itu mempunyai adab dan pemikiran yang bijaksana.

Dia juga meminta Aliff agar membuat permohonan maaf kerana perkara itu melibatkan maruah dan rezeki.

Bagaimanapun, Aliff sudah membuat permohanan maaf ketika konsert itu bersiaran langsung di Auditorium Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA).

Hari ini, isteri beliau, Datin Seri Shahida di Instagramnya menjelaskan wanita itu adalah kakitangan syarikat dan tindakan itu adalah gimik yang telah dirancang.

Namun netizen masih tidak berpuas hati dengan penjelasan Shahida itu dan berlakunya serangan berbalas komen. – MalaysiaGazette



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KUALA LUMPUR – Kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (PH) dituntut menunaikan janji untuk memberikan pendidikan percuma kepada rakyat di negara ini.

Ketua Pemuda Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), Khalid Ismath berkata, parti itu kini dalam proses untuk menggerakkan semua suara dalam memperjuangkan pendidikan percuma kepada rakyat.

“Pemuda PSM kini dalam proses untuk bawa semua suara dari 90an sampai tahun ini yang memperjuangkan pendidikan percuma utk kembalikan laungan mansuh PTPTN seperti mana tahun 2012 sehingga kerajaan BN terpaksa potong kadar bunga dari 4.0 peratus ke 1 peratus.

“Pakatan ketika itu janji mansuh total,” katanya di Twitter beliau.

Sejak 2010, PSM giat memperjuangkan prinsip pendidikan percuma dan menggesa kerajaan supaya segera memansuhkan pinjaman melalui Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) demi memberikan pendidikan percuma kepada pelajar.

Kenyataan yang dibuat Khalid itu menerima sokongan netizen.

Ada di antara mereka mendakwa sudah mual dengan janji-janji yang ditabur PH sebelum Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU14).

“For those yang ikuti perkembangan politik, sejak dulu lagi memang Pakatan janji nak bagi pendidikan percuma. Bila dah menang ni dia punya belit menjilat2 ludah sdr,” respon @citizen14884.Isu PTPTN semakin hangat diperkatakan dan ditempelak banyak pihak.

Antara bekas aktivis pelajar, Adam Adli Abd Halim yang tidak puas hati setelah PH memutuskan peminjam Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) dikenakan membayar balik pinjaman pada gaji RM1,000 sebulan.

Ia berbeza dengan kenyataan Menteri Kewangan, Dr Maszlee Malik pada Mei lalu yang memaklumkan kementeriannya akan memberi tumpuan untuk merealisasikan janji penangguhan bayaran balik pinjaman PTPTN bagi mereka yang berpendapatan di bawah RM4,000. -MalaysiaGazette



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Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali mendahului pencabar tunggalnya Mohd Rafizi Ramli dalam saingan jawatan Timbalan Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) pada pemilihan parti itu yang berlangsung di 10 cabang di Kedah hari ini.



 
KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali kini mendahului Rafizi Ramli dalam Pemilihan PKR di Sabah.

Timbalan Presiden PKR itu kini memenangi 12 daripada 22 cabang. Sabah memiliki 25 cabang kesemuanya.

Keputusan rasmi menunjukkan Azmin memperoleh 9,325 undi manakala pesaingnya mendapat 7,714.

Ini bermakna Azmin memperoleh 1,611 lebih undi berbanding Rafizi.

Penyelaras Ketua Pemilihan PKR Sabah, Rosli Masaliku berkata, berdasarkan maklumat awal dari kepimpinan pusat, Tawau dan Keningau kemungkinan besar akan melihat semula pengundian dalam masa seminggu.

“Pensiangan mungkin meneruskan pengundian sejak hari yang lain, mereka yang telah mendaftar tetapi masih belum mengundi disebabkan kekangan masa akan diminta untuk mengundi. Tetapi tarikh belum ditetapkan,’ katanya ketika dihubungi The Star.

Bagaimanapun, Rosli berkata, ini hanya rancangan awal dan ia akan terpulang kepada jawatankuasa pilihan raya pusat (JPP) untuk memutuskan sama ada atau tidak akan ada pengundian dan kesinambungan pengundian yang dijalankan.

“Mesyuarat masih diadakan,” katanya.

Pengundian semula di kedua-dua kawasan itu perlu dilakukan disebabkan masalah teknikal dan perbalahan di Keningau pada 3 November lalu.

Daripada 22 cabang yang mengisytiharkan keputusan rasmi, Azmin memenangi 12 kerusi – Kudat, Putatan, Papar, Ranau, Tenom, Beluran, Silam, Sepanggar, Beaufort, Libaran, Sandakan dan Kalabakan.

Rafizi menang di Kota Belud, Penampang, Kimanis, Kinabatangan, Semporna, Kota Marudu, Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu, Sipitang dan Batu Sapi. – MalaysiaGazette



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KUALA LUMPUR – Penasihat Media Pertubuhan Pengguna Islam Malaysia menegur Menteri Belia dan Sukan Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman berikutan statusnya di Instagram berhubung anak muda.

Tengku Asmawi Tuan Umar berkata, Syed Saddiq tidak sewajarnya menggunakan pepatah anak muda sebagai tiang agama, bangsa dan negara.

Sebaliknya kata beliau, Ahli Parlimen Muar itu lebih baik mengambil pepatah Arab iaitu “pemuda hari ini adalah pemimpin masa depan” kerana ia adalah lebih sesuai mengikut perkembangan semasa ketika ini.

Menurutnya, solat merupakan tiang agama.

“Ini mungkin sesuai kerana kalau kita sebutkan pemuda itu tiang agama, bangsa dan negara, bolehlah juga tetapi kebanyakan pemuda hari ini ramai “geng patah”, penganut fahaman LGBT sahaja pun katanya melebihi 300,000 ribu orang.

“Ambo (saya) ini bukanlah suka mengomel dan mengomen (mengulas) kenyataan seseorang apatah lagi kenyataan tersebut keluar daripada mulut seorang politisi atau politikus bertahap wazir (menteri),” katanya menerusi satu kenyataan hari ini.

Asmawi mengulas mengenai status yang dimuat naik Syed Saddiq di Twitter minggu lepas berhubung anak muda.

Menerusi laman sosial itu Syed Saddiq menulis, “Percayalah, anak muda adalah tiang agama, bangsa dan negara”.

Bagaimanapun, tidak diketahui tujuan Syed Saddiq menulis status berkenaan bagi merujuk apa-apa perkara.

Dalam pada itu Asmawi turut menimbulkan persoalan sama ada status Syed Saddiq itu bersifat umum bagi menunjukkan bahawa betapa golongan pemuda itu amat penting dalam pembangunan sesebuah negara termasuklah kepada agama dan bangsa.

“Kesimpulannya,jika kita sebagai seorang yang mempunyai pengaruh, kuasa dan maka berhati-hatilah dalam membuat sebarang kenyataan yang boleh mengundang kecaman umum apatah lagi ianya berkait isu-isu keagamaan,” ujarnya. – MalaysiaGazette



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Datin Seri Nur Shahida Mohd Rashid
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KUALA LUMPUR – Isteri Datuk Seri Aliff Syukri Kamarzaman iaitu Datin Seri Nur Shahida Mohd Rashid menasihatkan suaminya supaya tidak menghadiri konsert Gegar Vaganza pada minggu-minggu akan datang.

Kecewa dengan kritikan netizen yang berterusan, Nur Shahida turut mencadangkan kepada suaminya supaya pulang ke kampung untuk membela kambing dan menjaga ayam serta itik.

“I dah cakap dengan you tak perlu keluar TV sebab tak semua faham cara you cakap sebab you suka terlepas @aliffsyukriterlajaklaris.

“Tak pasal banyak betul orang yang ‘sekolahkan’ (kritik) you hari ni, Datuk, Dr lah,chef lah, artis semua adalah.

“Yang kenal taulah, yang tak kenal macam-macam ayat mereka keluar sampai semua perkataan maki hamun dah keluar sampai mereka pun tak tahu nak maki apa dah,” katanya menerusi luahan di laman Instagram miliknya.

Luahan tersebut ditulis Nur Shahida susulan tindakan netizen yang berlarutan mengecam jutawan kosmetik itu kerana terlanjur percakapan ketika mempromosikan produk pemutih gigi semasa siaran langsung konsert GegarVaganza musim kelima Ahad lalu.

Dalam rancangan itu, Aliff telah mengeluarkan perkataan ‘berwajah hodoh dan bomoh’ terhadap seorang penonton yang berada di Auditorium Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA) menyaksikan konsert itu.

Aliff turut mendekati wanita tersebut dan kemudian membuat demonstrasi ke atas penonton itu dengan mengenakan produk yang ada ditangannya ke wajah wanita tersebut.

Meskipun wanita berkenaan dilihat bersikap selamba selepas diperlakukan sedemikian namun, dia kemudian bertindak meninggalkan tempat duduknya.

Isteri usahawan kosmetik terkenal itu juga turut melahirkan rasa kesal terhadap orang ramai yang mengecam suaminya meskipun permohonan maaf telah dilafazkan pada rancangan sama selepas menerima kritikan menerusi Instagram.

Rata-rata netizen menyifatkan, sikap Aliff itu sebagai melampau kerana cuba melariskan produk dengan cara yang keterlaluan. – MalaysiaGazette


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Romansa (kanan) bersama Rafizi pada hari Pemilihan PKR 2018 di Sabah, kelmarin.
Romansa (kanan) bersama Rafizi pada hari Pemilihan PKR 2018 di Sabah, kelmarin.


KUALA LUMPUR – Calon jawatan Ketua Cabang Silam di Sabah, Romansa Lamin kecewa dengan sistem pemilihan PKR yang didakwa meragukan.

Beliau yang tewas kepada pencabarnya, Haris Tupang hanya mendapat 130 undi dalam Pemilihan PKR 2018 Sabah bagi pusingan kedua, semalam.

Dalam pemilihan tujuh penjuru itu, Haris yang mendapat 338 undi mengalahkan enam calon yang lain.

“Saya akur dengan kekalahan ini walaupun kecewa dengan sistem pemilihan yang agak meragukan, tempang, pengendalian yang culas serta persaingan tidak sihat dan tidak bermoral.

“Saya merakamkan ucapan penghargaan dan terima kasih kepada jentera pemilihan, pengundi, pimpinan tertinggi, kenalan dan kaum keluarga yang sentiasa mendoakan dan memberi sokongan penuh kepada saya sepanjang pemilihan berlangsung,” katanya dalam kenyataan yang dimuatnaik menerusi akaun Facebooknya hari ini.

Calon lain yang turut bertanding merebut jawatan Ketua Cabang Silam ialah Kamis Burhan mendapat 288 undi, Dr Abdul Hamid Awong (244 undi), Citra Masadi (120 undi), Mohammad Sailama (53 undi) dan Abdul Raibil Jainullah (satu undi).

Kata Romansa, walaupun kalah, perjuangan reformasi akan tetap diteruskan demi mendokong prinsip dan semangat parti Keadilan.

Katanya, reformasi bukan hanya setakat laungan sahaja, tetapi mesti dizahirkan dalam bentuk tindakan.

Dalam pemilihan dua hari yang berakhir kelmarin, penyandang jawatan Timbalan Presiden, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali mendahului pencabar tunggalnya, Rafizi Ramli di 25 cabang di Sabah.

Bahagian yang mengadakan proses pemilihan itu ialah Kota Kinabalu, Sepanggar, Tuaran, Kota Marudu, Sandakan, Libaran, Batu Sapi, Tawau, Kalabakan, Keningau, Sipitang, Beaufort, Putatan, Penampang, Kimanis, Papar, Tenom, Pensiangan, Kudat, Kota Belud, Ranau, Beluran, Kinabatangan, Silam dan Semporna.

Menurut laman sesawang pemilihan PKR 2018 di www.pemilihankeadilan2018.com, Mohamed Azmin mendahului Rafizi dengan majoriti 1,642 undi. – MalaysiaGazette



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Penipuan Sugar Mummy berleluasa dengan menjerat lelaki yang mahu hidup senang sehingga sanggup menjadi 'anak ikan'.
Penipuan Sugar Mummy berleluasa dengan menjerat lelaki yang mahu hidup senang sehingga sanggup menjadi 'anak ikan'.
 

KUALA LUMPUR – Penipuan Sugar Mummy berleluasa dengan menjerat lelaki yang mahu hidup senang sehingga sanggup menjadi ‘anak ikan’.

Sindiket itu dikatakan bersedia mencari sugar mummy pelbagai kaum termasuk Melayu, India dan Cina berumur antara 30 hingga 55 tahun untuk lelaki yang sanggup melayan nafsu dan kerenah wanita tersebut.

Sindiket itu malahan bersedia menyediakan kumpulan sugar mummy untuk dipilih.

Namun begitu, perkhidmatan itu tidak datang secara percuma, lelaki yang mahu memilih sugar mummy dan hidup senang perlu membayar yuran ejen sebanyak RM2,000.

China Press melaporkan, selepas menjelaskan RM2,000 seperti yang diminta, ejen yang dihubungi akan menghilangkan diri.

Ketua Penolong Pengarah D7 Bukit Aman, Datuk Rohaimi Md. Isa berkata, walaupun polis belum menerima apa-apa aduan, tetapi siasatan akan dilakukan kerana penipuan itu juga membabitkan penawaran perkhidmatan seks secara dalam talian.

Menurutnya, siasatan dalam aspek penipuan pula biasanya dikendalikan oleh Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersial. – MalaysiaGazette



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FAM akan membincangkan keputusan mengejut Subkhiddin Salleh meletak semua jawatannya dalam badan induk itu apabila exco bermesyuarat hujung bulan ini.

Setiausaha Agung FAM, Stuart Michael Ramalingam memaklumkan badan induk itu sudah menerima surat peletakan jawatan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pengadil FAM itu semalam, namun tidak bermakna mereka menerima keputusan tersebut.

"Presiden FAM (Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin) serta barisan exco turut kecewa dengan keputusan Subkhiddin tetapi penerimaan surat tidak bermakna kita terima peletakan jawatan beliau dan sehingga kini, beliau masih lagi exco FAM.

"Terpulang kepada exco menentukan keputusan peletakan jawatan beliau pada mesyuarat exco itu nanti," kata Ramalingam ketika ditemui pemberita selepas majlis Anugerah Bola Sepak Kebangsaan 2018 di Kuala Lumpur, malam tadi.

Mengulas lanjut, Ramalingam berkata beliau telah berjumpa dengan Subkhiddin semalam yang meluahkan rasa kecewa dengan sikap segelintir netizen yang mengecam beliau di laman sosial susulan pengadilan lemah Suresh Jayaraman pada aksi final Piala Malaysia antara Perak dan Terengganu FC pada 27 Okt lalu.

Semalam, Subkhiddin mengambil keputusan mengejut dengan melepaskan semua jawatan dalam FAM selepas dikatakan tidak tahan dengan komen negatif netizen terhadap anggota keluarganya di laman sosial.

Jayaraman membuat beberapa keputusan kontroversi termasuk membatalkan dua gol Perak pada aksi final Piala Malaysia yang dikatakan sebagai jaringan sah.

Perak muncul juara Piala Malaysia 2018 setelah mengatasi Terengganu 4-1 menerusi penentuan sepakan penalti. Kedua-dua pasukan terikat 3-3 pada aksi penuh perlawanan.- Bernama



          Apa sesudah Umno tanpa Tok Pa?      Cache   Translate Page      

 
   

ULASAN | Umno hari ini nampaknya semakin disimbah kecelaruan. Ada kelihatan isyarat bahawa pertubuhan yang padu itu mula mengalami keretakan.

Retak itu pula seolah-olah menanti belah.

Pada sisi lain Umno dilihat masih gah. Dengan keanggotaan yang berjuta orang Umno parti yang disegani. Namun di bawah sedar jumlah itu tidak lebih sekadar buih-buih dari gulungan ombak yang terdampar di pantai.

Dalam beberapa detik ia pecah satu per satu sebagai natijah kekalahan mereka pada pilihan raya umum (PRU) lalu.

Selepas Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed membuat mengumuman menyertai Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU) malam kelmarin, maka gegerlah Umno seantero tanah air.

Ia bukan saja tidak dibayangkan oleh Umno, terutama di Kelantan, malah langkah Tok Pa itu mungkin tidak pernah diigaukan oleh sesiapa pun.

Namun apa yang terjadi pada parti itu kini seperti sedang pasrah menunggu kutukan hukum karma.

Langkah serba tak kena

Dari Bukit Marak, ke Bukit Peraksi kemudian ke Bukit Panau penulis cuba membaca gerak-gerak isyarat yang dihantar dari jauh. Sejauh Bagan Datuk dan Sembrong.

Derap langkah di buka Tok Pa di Jeli seakan-akan bergema merentasi Banjaran Titiwangsa.

Ketika ini, Umno memang sedang kesulitan dan perlukan kebijaksanaan paling tepat untuk memastikan kelangsungan hayat politiknya.

Masalahnya ialah kadang-kadang kebijaksanaan itu menjadi serta tak kena.

Mahu ke kanan, salah. Mahu ke kiri, janggal. Memilih ke depan, segan. Ke belakang juga bimbang diketawakan.

Ketika presidennya, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi diselubungkan dengan lebih 40 tuduhan di mahkamah, timbul pula soseh-soseh yang menyuruhnya bercuti seketika.
Dan - biasalah - untuk menjadikan politik itu terus hidup, kemudian ada pula teriak-teriak yang mahu anggota parlimen Bagan Datuk tersebut terus istiqamah dengan jawatannya.

Isunya ialah: adakah Tok Pa yang terakhir.

Sifir politik Umno ialah, mereka tidak biasa kalah. Kalah bermakna "susah".

Justeru adakah gerak anggota parlimen Umno akan stabil sesudah Tok Pa?

Alkisah isyarat yang dipancarkan di peringkat bawahan bukanlah begitu. Dalam politik Umno yang masih tebal dengan tradisi 'payung-memayung' dan penguasaan warlord kehilangan kuasa akan membawa kepada kesesakan nafas ramai orang.

Rehat atau tidak

Justeru kewujudan kem-kem yang ditambat pada pemimpin tertentu menjadi lebih menonjol dan mengundang spekulasi mendebarkan.

Ketika diakui Ahmad Zahid memiliki kem sendiri, kelompok yang lain itu jangan pula dinafikan kewujudannya. Ia bersifat dinamik - atau jika mahu meminjam istilah PAS, mutaghayyirat.

Pada masa sama jangan sesekali dilupa bahawa sebelum Ahmad Zahid menjadi Ahmad Zahid sekarang, beliau pernah menjadi mulut kepada Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Sangat naif untuk berfikir bahawa hanya Ahmad Zahid yang ada kumpulan dalam Umno dan pengaruh Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad adalah sifar.
Tok Pa menjadi bukti bahawa perdana menteri itu seorang "otai" yang masih berbisa.

Pada masa sama sepak terajang Pakatan Harapan masih penuh dengan intrig dan risiko.

Sehari dua ini, kita lihat bagaimana Ahmad Zahid cuba direhatkan. Setakat ini usaha itu gagal. Atau mungkin lebih daripada itu, ia bukan ditolak, cuma suatu kejayaan yang tertangguh.

Faktor salah seorang bekas naib presiden Umno juga tidak boleh ditolak ketepi, iaitu Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
Ada cakap-cakap mendakwa lebih 20 anggota parlimen dan orang kuat Umno sedang bersiap siaga melakukan penghijrahan dengan untuk bersama Dr Mahathir.

Di Kelantan sendiri sekurang-kurangnya seorang anggota parlimen Umno disebut-sebut akan mengikuti jejak Tok Pa.

Sementara itu, hasil intaian penulis didapati beberapa tokoh utama Umno Terengganu pula bakal menyertai Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH).

Dua orang bekas pemimpin kanan kerajaan negeri dan seorang bekas calon parlimen dari Umno bakal mengumumkan penyertaan mereka ke AMANAH tidak lama lagi.

Pengumuman itu mungkin dibuat seawal 9 Nov ini semasa majlis makan malam Pemuda AMANAH Terengganu. Dikhabarkan borang permohonan ahli akan disambut Timbalan Presiden AMANAH, Datuk Salahuddin Ayub.

Ya, semua itu sekadar gosip. Cakap-cakap mengenainya sekadar serkap jarang atau tembakan peluru penabur. Namun taranum yang berlagu dalam siasah semasa tetap boleh dibaca lenggok hujung pangkalnya.

Dan dalam politik khususnya situasi di Malaysia kini, tiada yang mustahil.

Ada kemungkinan yang agak besar untuk kita menyaksikan acara pertandingan larian tiba-tiba bertukar arah dan permuafakatan yang tidak dijangka.

Difahamkan memang ramai orang Umno akan mengikut jejak langkah Tok Pa terutama mereka yang mengagumi Dr Mahathir.

Justeru, Umno kini berada di persimpangan. Jika mereka gagal menyediakan solusi terbaik, parti itu akan kehilangan ramai pendukung yang selama ini begitu komited memperjuangkan agenda parti.


N FAIZAL GHAZALI ialah wartawan Malaysiakini yang berpangkalan di Kota Bharu, Kelantan.



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Jawatankuasa Kira-kira Wang Negara (PAC) akan meneruskan prosidingnya ke atas 1MDB ekoran penjelasan yang diterima daripada Peguam Negara Tommy Thomas Jumaat lalui.

Timbalan Pengerusi PAC Wong Kah Woh berkata Thomas berpendapat siasatan berkenaan tidak bersifat subjudis terhadap perbicaraan jenayah melibatkan 1MDB.

"Jabatan Peguam Negara bagaimanapun bimbang prosiding PAC mungkin memberi kesan kepada prosidur pendakwaan dalam perbicaraan 1MDB, justeru ia mungkin menjadi prejudis di mahkamah," katanya kepada Malaysiakini.

Asalnya PAC bersidang pada 29 Okt lalu namun ia ditunda atas nasihat jabatan terbabit.

Satu sumber mendakwa langkah tersebut diambil bagi mengelakkan berlaku subjudis terhadap kes-kes yang dibicarakan di mahkamah ketika ini.

Ekoran penangguhan tersebut PAC mendapatkan penjelasan daripada Thomas.

Kata Wong disebabkan laporan audit 1MDB tidak tertakluk kepada perbicaraan mahkamah, PAC berpendapat siasatan berkenaan wajar diteruskan.

Nafi laporan dipinda

Wong yang juga anggota parlimen Ipoh Timur berkata PAC juga akan menentukan kemudian sama ada wujud isu pertindihan prosiding berkenaan dengan perbicaraan mengenai 1MDB.

Pada Ogos lalu Dewan Rakyat meluluskan usul supaya siasatan berhubung skandal 1MDB dibuka semula.

Minggu lalu Pengerusi PAC Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee mengumumkan penangguhan prosiding badan itu atas nasihat Jabatan Peguam Negara.

Bagaimanapun anggota parlimen Beluran itu tidak menyatakan tarikh baru untuk PAC bersidang semula.

Menurut Wong belum ada tarikh baru dipilih dan PAC akan mengadakan mesyuarat dalaman minggu depan untuk membincangkannya.

Katanya PAC juga akan memanggil bekas ketua audit negara Tan Sri Ambrin Buang untuk memberi keterangan sebagai saksi pertama.

Sementara itu sumber yang dekat dengan PAC berkata badan itu akan meneliti dakwaan Wong bahawa laporan audit 1MDB dipinda.

Jika ia berlaku, kata sumber terbabit, PAC akan menyiasat dari mana arahan pindaan laporan tersebut diterima dan apakah kandungan asalnya.

Untuk rekod Ambrin sebelum ini menafikan dakwaan Wong.


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Umno hari ini melancarkan jentera sebagai persediaan bagi menghadapi kemungkinan diadakan Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Rantau.

Presiden Umno Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berkata meskipun petisyen pilihan raya DUN Rantau itu masih belum diputuskan, tetapi pihaknya bersiap-siaga dalam usaha memastikan kelancaran gerak kerja parti di peringkat akar umbi.

“Meskipun setakat ini mahkamah belum ada keputusan terhadap petisyen pilihan raya DUN Rantau, kita bersiap siaga menghadapi sebarang kemungkinan.

“Lagipun rata-rata yang hadir pada hari ini adalah akar umbi parti, jadi pelancaran jentera itu amat sesuai dilakukan hari ini,” katanya dalam sidang akhbar selepas Majlis Bersama Presiden Umno di Seremban, hari ini.

Turut hadir Timbalan Presiden Umno Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan yang juga Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri Rantau, dua Naib Presiden Umno Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob dan Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid dan Anggota Parlimen Rembau Khairy Jamaluddin.


Calon PKR DUN Rantau Dr S. Streram pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14, memfailkan petisyen pada 23 Mei lepas bagi menuntut perintah supaya PRK diadakan setelah mendakwa pemilihan Mohamad selaku pemenang kerusi DUN itu adalah tidak sah dan terbatal.

Beliau menamakan Mohamad sebagai responden pertama; Pegawai Pengurus Pilihan Raya bagi kawasan Parlimen Rembau Amino Agus reponden kedua dan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) responden ketiga.

Sementara itu, Mohamad berkata dijangka mahkamah akan memberikan keputusan terhadap petisyen pilihan raya DUN Rantau itu pada minggu depan.

“Kita bukan mahu dahului mahkamah, kalau tidak ada pilihan raya kecil Alhamdulillah tetapi jentera ini akan digerakkan untuk bangkitkan semula Umno dan saya yakin Umno akan bangkit semula bermula di Negeri Sembilan,” katanya.

Terdahulu dalam ucapannya, Ahmad Zahid berkata Khairy yang juga pengerusi Jawatankuasa Portfolio Kewangan Kabinet Bayangan Barisan Nasional akan membentangkan Belanjawan Alternatif Pembangkang 2019 di Dewan Rakyat, Isnin depan. - Bernama


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"Suara pejuang-pejuang mahasiswa sudah tidak kedengaran. Bayangpun sudah entah ke mana. Saya rindu anda semua".

Demikian sindiran terbaru bekas perdana menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak di laman Facebooknya, sekali lagi mengulas Belanjawan 2019 yang dibentangkan di Dewan Rakyat baru-baru ini.

Kali ini bekas presiden Umno itu memfokuskan pelbagai bantuan pendidikan yang pernah diberikan kerajaan BN tetapi kini dipotong kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (HARAPAN).

"PTPTN kita tak perlu sebutlah, sebab bukan setakat ditipu, lebih sengsara dengan dasar mereka kini," katanya merujuk pemotongan gaji dua hingga 15 peratus terhadap peminjam PTPTN yang berpendapatan RM1,000 ke atas.

Menurut Najib kerajaan HARAPAN sebelum ini menguar-uarkan belanjawan mereka sebagai 'paling besar', namun tidak banyak manfaat diperoleh ibu bapa, pelajar dan guru.

"Mereka (HARAPAN) beria meninggi hidung umumkan Bajet 2019 adalah 'paling besar',"

"Ya, 'paling besar', tapi apa sebenarnya yang ibu bapa, pelajar dan guru dapat?"

"RM250 subsidi pendidikan seperti Baucar Buku 1Malaysia (BB1M) atau KADS1M, tidak disebut.
"Rasanya kini tiada lagi. Kita tunggu menteri buat u-turn," katanya.
'Habis semua dipotong'

Najib turut menyenaraikan beberapa potongan bantuan pendidikan seperti bantuan makanan prasekolah (dipotong sebanyak RM10 juta), bantuan makanan asrama (dipotong RM100 juta), biasiswa kecil persekutuan untuk murid-murid (dipotong RM28 juta), peruntukan biasiswa perguruan persekutuan (dipotong RM6.5 juta) dan bonus penjawat awam daripada RM1,500 kini tinggal RM500.

"Mungkin murid-murid dan guru termasuk golongan 'rakyat Malaysia yang tak patut diberi bantuan dan subsidi sebab malas' seperti kata kerajaan HARAPAN.

"Kerajaan BN dulu merangka bajet berdasarkan keperluan rakyat. Kami ikhlas nak beri dan bantu.
"Sekarang habis semua mereka potong. Bajet 'paling besar' konon," tambahnya.

Untuk rekod, Najib sendiri pernah memotong perbelanjaan untuk beberapa program pada masa lalu.
Dalam Bajet 2017,  beliau memansuhkan Biasiswa Kecil Persekutuan (RM100 juta pada 2016), dan Biasiswa Latihan Perguruan (RM50 juta pada 2016) sebelum membiayai semula program itu dalam Bajet 2018.

Peruntukan untuk program bantuan makanan prasekolah juga dipotong secara beransur-ansur oleh pentadbiran Najib daripada RM92.99 juta pada 2016, kepada RM90 juta pada tahun 2018.

Sementara itu, RM5 juta dipotong daripada program bantuan makanan sekolah asrama pada 2017 kepada RM1.07 bilion, sebelum Najib menambah peruntukan itu kepada RM1.1 bilion pada 2018.

Secara keseluruhannya, bajet Kementerian Pendidikan untuk tahun 2019 adalah sebanyak RM60.23 bilion, berbanding RM59.85 bilion yang diperuntukan Najib kepada Kementerian Pendidikan dan Pengajian Tinggi yang kini telah digabungkan.



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MRCB George Kent Sdn Bhd (MRCB-GK) telah menerima surat pelantikan daripada Prasarana Malaysia Bhd membabitkan cadangan projek Transit Aliran Ringan 3 (LRT 3) dari Bandar Utama ke Johan Setia, dengan kontrak harga tetap sebanyak RM11.856 bilion.

MRCB-GK, yang terdiri daripada rakan pelaksana projek iaitu Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB) dan George Kent (Malaysia) Bhd, dalam satu makluman kepada Bursa Malaysia berkata, kontrak itu merangkumi cadangan reka bentuk, pembinaan, penyiapan, pengujian dan pentauliahan projek.

Jumlah kontrak projek termasuk kontigensi/sementara sebanyak RM400 juta, jika tidak digunakan, akan mengurangkan nilai kontrak tersebut.

Bagaimanapun, rundingan mengenai kontrak harga tetap itu akan beterusan bagi membenarkan kontrak itu dilaksanakan selewat-lewatnya pada 12 Disember ini.

Projek itu dijangka siap pada 28 Februari 2024, melainkan jika mendapat lanjutan yang selaras dengan kontrak berkenaan.

MRCB-GK juga perlu menyediakan bon prestasi bagi amaun setara sebanyak lima peratus daripada jumlah kontrak dalam tempoh 30 hari dari tarikh mereka menerima surat tawaran lantikan pada 2 November lalu.

Sementara itu, MRCB dan George Kent perlu menyediakan Jaminan Korporat Bersekadar kepada Prasarana.

MRCB-GK berkata, projek itu tidak akan memberi apa-apa kesan ketara kepada keuntungan dan aset bersih kumpulan MRCB dan George Kent bagi tahun kewangan berakhir, masing-masing pada 31 Disember 2018 dan 31 Januari 2019.

Bagaimanapun, ia dijangka akan menyumbang secara positif kepada pendapatan masa depan kedua-dua kumpulan.

"Projek berkenaan adalah tertakluk kepada risiko perniagaan biasa seperti peningkatan kos yang disebabkan oleh kos bahan dan terma-terma kontrak.

"Oleh itu, pihak pengurusan akan melaksanakan langkah-langkah kawalan dan prosedur-prosedur operasi bagi mengurangkan kesan jika senario itu berlaku," katanya.

Kontrak harga tetap itu merupakan satu pengurangan kos yang diumumkan oleh Menteri Kewangan Lim Guan Eng pada Julai lepas, di mana kabinet telah meluluskan projek LRT 3 tetapi pada harga yang lebih rendah iaitu sebanyak RM16.63 bilion atau pengurangan 47 peratus.

Unjuran kos projek LRT 3 yang dikemukakan oleh Prasarana pada Mac dahulu, adalah RM31.65 bilion.-Bernama



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Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) mengenakan 35 pertuduhan ke atas bekas ketua menteri Sabah Tan Sri Musa Aman kerana menerima RM263 juta rasuah yang dikatakan berkaitan kontrak pembalakan.

Kesalahan itu didakwa dilakukan Musa di Hong Kong dan Singapura melalui proksi antara 2004 dan 2008.

Kesemua pertuduhan dibuat mengikut Seksyen (11a) Akta Pencegahan Rasuah 1997 yang merujuk kepada kesalahan memberi atau menerima suapan oleh ejen.

Daripada 35 pertuduhan itu, nama salah seorang kenalan Musa, Chia Tien Foh disebutkan 16 kali.

Perbicaraan dijalankan di depan Hakim Mahkamah Sesyen Kuala Lumpur Rozina Ayob. 

Sekiranya didapati bersalah, Musa boleh dipenjara antara 14 hari hingga 20 tahun dan didenda sehingga lima kali ganda jumlah suapan untuk setiap kesalahan.

Musa berdiri selama kira-kira 45 minit sepanjang tempoh tuduhan ke atasnya dibacakan.

Gopal memohon mahkamah menetapkan Musa - yang menggunakan tongkat semasa berjalan - diikat jamin sebanyak RM5 juta dan pasport antarabangsanya dan diplomatinya diserahkan kepada mahkamah.

 Bagaimanapun peguam bela Musa, Amer Hamzah Arshad memohon hakim mengurangkan jumlah ikat jamin.

Alasan yang diberikan, Musa, 67, sebelum ini memberi kerjasama kepada SPRM dan turut pulang ke negara ini dari London untuk membantu siasatan.

"Pada Jumaat lalu beliau menerima notis yang mengarahkannya datang ke SPRM pada hari Isnin dengan menyangka beliau perlu memberi keterangan dan tidak mengetahui akan ditahan.

"Beliau sedia datang dan ditahan sebelum dibawa ke mahkamah.

"Ikat jamin tidak sepatutnya keterlaluan kerana anak guam saya memberikan kerjasama sepanjang tempoh siasatan," kata Amer Hamzah.

Seorang lagi peguam bela Musa, Ridha Abdah Subri, berkata Musa tidak berisiko melarikan diri kerana kerajaan sudah mengenakan sekatan perjalanan ke atasnya.

Rozina kemudian menetapkan ikat jamin RM2 juta dengan dua penjamin.

Separuh daripada bayaran ikat jamin itu perlu diselesaikan hari ini dan selebihnya selewat-lewatnya Rabu.


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Kata dua diberi bekas anggota Majlis Tertinggi Umno Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi kepada Utusan Malaysia diketawakan salah seorang bekas pekerja akhbar itu hari ini.

Kata Pyanhabib, kenyataan diberikan Puad itu memang sangat lucu dan jauh daripada keadaan sebenar.

Malah kata Pyanhabib, Puad juga seakan tidak menyedari apa yang berlaku kepada akhbar itu selama Umno menjadi kerajaan di negara ini.

"Nak boikot Utusan? Kah kah kah!" katanya kepada Malaysiakini selepas diminta mengulas kenyataan dibuat Puad berhubung kecenderungan akhbar berkenaan mengecam Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Pyanhabib yang berkhidmat di akhbar milik Umno itu selama lebih 20 tahun berkata sejak berpuluh tahun lalu anggota parti itulah yang culas membeli dan membaca Utusan Malaysia serta majalah terbitan syarikat itu sehingga ia berdepan dengan masalah pengedaran serta kewangan.

"Setakat apa yang saya tahu sejak puluhan tahun lagi anggota Umno yang seramai tiga juta orang itulah yang malas membaca surat khabar.

"Bagi percuma pun dia orang buat sampah saja," katanya.

Otak segar kalau rajin
 
Terdahulu Puad yang juga bekas anggota parlimen Batu Pahat dan timbalan menteri pendidikan mengecam Utusan Malaysia kerana menyiarkan rencana mengkritik Najib.

Kata Puad akhbar itu mesti memohon maaf kepada Najib kerana mendakwa bekas perdana menteri itu berbohong semasa mengulas isu wang yang didepositkan ke akaun banknya.

Puad berkata, jika Utusan enggan berbuat demikian maka ahli Umno wajar memboikot akhbar yang selama ini menjadi lidah parti Melayu itu kerana membuat kesimpulan awal berhubung perkara tersebut.

Puad juga secara khusus menamakan Pengerusi Eksekutif Kumpulan Utusan Datuk Abdul Aziz Sheik Fadzir sebagai individu di belakang ruangan pojok Awang Selamat dalam Mingguan Malaysia, semalam.

“Aziz perlu meminta maaf kepada Najib kerana terlalu gopoh membuat kesimpulan. Kalau dia enggan maka eloklah ahli Umno memboikot Utusan,” katanya.

Untuk rekod Umno memiliki saham dalam syarikat Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd dan sejak akhir-akhir ini berdepan masalah kewangan ekoran kemerosotan penerimaan pembaca.

Selepas PRU ke-14 berakhir syarikat berkenaan merombak lembaga pengarahnya dengan melantik Abdul Aziz sebagai pengerusi ekskutif.

Abdul Aziz ialah bekas anggota parlimen Kulim - Bandar Baharu.

Utusan juga melantik bekas ketua pengarah penyiaran Datuk Dr Ibrahim Yahaya - yang rapat dengan Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi - sebagai anggota lembaga pengarah mulai Julai lalu.

Utusan juga baru-baru ini dilaporkan mengalami kesukaran untuk membayar gaji pekerja mengikut waktu yang sepatutnya.

Rencana pojok disiarkan Mingguan Malaysia semalam dianggap menarik kerana ia adalah langkah langka diambil akhbar tersebut ke atas Najib. Ia juga dilihat satu gerakan untuk menjarakkan Umno dengan bekas presidennya sendiri.

Menurut Pyanhabib nasib Utusan Malaysia sepatutnya boleh diselamatkan sejak lama dulu jika anggota Umno membeli dan membaca akhbar tersebut.

Selain itu dia yang dikenali sebagai penulis dan pelakon berkata "otak" ahli Umno juga akan sentiasa segar jika mereka rajin membaca.

"Tetapi ahli Umno ini... kamu sambung sendirilah," katanya.



          Pelik apabila Musa tak didakwa lebih awal, kata Gopal      Cache   Translate Page      

 
   
Ketua pendakwaan dalam kes Tan Sri Musa Aman memberitahu Mahkamah Sesyen Kuala Lumpur, mereka mempunyai kes yang kukuh terhadap bekas ketua menteri Sabah itu.

Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram berkata Musa sebelum ini memang sudah disiasat oleh Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM).

Bagaimanapun jelas Gopal kes berkenaan tidak diteruskan atas sebab tertentu.

"Disebabkan alasan yang sangat aneh kes (siasatan SPRM terhadap Musa) diarahkan ditutup," katanya.

Gopal mengepalai pasukan pendakwaan yang bertindak bagi pihak Peguam Negara dalam kes melibatkan Musa.

Bekas pemimpin Umno Sabah itu berdepan 35 tuduhan membabitkan rasuah berkaitan kontrak pembalakan bernilai RM263 juta.

Kesalahan itu didakwa dilakukan Musa di Hong Kong dan Singapura melalui proksinya antara 2004 dan 2008.

Puji SPRM, Thomas
 
Abang kepada anggota parlimen Kimanis Datuk Seri Anifah Aman itu mengaku tidak bersalah dan minta dibicarakan bagi semua tuduhan berkenaan.

Daripada 35 pertuduhan itu, nama salah seorang kenalan Musa, Chia Tien Foh disebutkan 16 kali. 

Hakim kemudian membenarkan Musa dibebaskan dengan ikat jamin sebanyak RM2 juta.

Kata Gopal pihaknya juga akan membawa dua atau tiga orang saksi dari negara luar untuk memberi keterangan dalam perbicaraan tersebut.

Gopal yang sebelum ini pernah berkhidmat sebagai hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan memberitahu urusan untuk mendapatkan bantuan perundangan bagi membawa saksi terbabit akan dilakukan oleh kerajaan.

Sementara itu bercakap kepada Malaysiakini Gopal memberitahu beliau berasa hairan kerana dua
peguam negara terdahulu Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail tidak mengarahkan Musa didakwa di mahkamah.

Katanya pujian wajar diberikan kepada Peguam Negara Tommy Thomas dan pasukan penyiasat SPRM, terutama ketua pesuruhjaya Datuk Seri Mohd Sukri Abdull, timbalannya Datuk Seri Azam Baki dan timbalan pendakwa raya Ahmad Akram Gharib dan Kamal Bahrin Omar.

Tidak ketinggalan, Gopal menamakan Pengarah Siasatan Pengubahan Wang Haram SPRM, Zamri Zainal Abidin serta seorang lagi pegawai agensi itu yang dinamakannya hanya sebagai Hasbullah.
"SPRM dan Thomas berusaha dengan gigih untuk meneruskan kes ini," katanya.

Untuk rekod Musa dan Abdul Ghani ialah dua tokoh kanan negara yang berasal dari Sabah dan mereka didakwa mempunyai hubungan kekeluargaan.

Panel Penilai Operasi SPRM pernah meminta agensi antirasuah berkenaan mengkaji semula kes melibatkan Musa dan Chia.


          KHAIRY ‘PUNCA’ KEKALAHAN BN       Cache   Translate Page      




‘Orang kanan’ Datuk Seri Najib Razak tampil menafikan dakwaan kononnya kekalahan Barisan Nasional (BN) pada PRU14 lalu adalah disebabkan oleh skandal 1MDB.

Sebaliknya, Presiden Sukarelawan Malaysia, Isham Jalil berkata, punca utama kekalahan BN ialah kerana pengundi-pengundi muda tidak menyokong BN.

Beliau berkata, dakwaan bekas Ketua Pemuda BN, Khairy Jamaludin bahawa gabungan itu kalah pada PRU14 lalu berpunca daripada skandal 1MDB adalah satu fakta yang salah.

Katanya, sebenarnya, Khairy antara punca kekalahan BN kerana gagal melaksanakan tanggungjawabnya untuk menarik sokongan anak muda kepada BN.

“BN kalah sebab KJ tidak ‘perform’ untuk menarik pengundi muda.

“Hampir kesemua peti-peti undi di saluran-saluran muda BN kalah di seluruh negara berbanding peti-peti undi di saluran-saluran bagi peringkat-peringkat umur yang lain yang mana keputusannya adalah lebih rawak,” katanya kepada sebuah portal berita.

Isham yang juga mempunyai kelulusan sarjana politik, ekonomi dan undang-undang daripada Universiti Harvard  berkata demikian bagi menempelak kenyataan Khairy yang menjelaskan bahawa BN kalah pada PRU14 lalu berpunca daripada skandal 1MDB.

Beliau yang juga merupakan bekas Pegawai Khas kepada Datuk Seri Najib Razak berkata, ini membuktikan bahawa faktor utama kekalahan BN adalah faktor kegagalan menarik undi muda, dan walaupun faktor-faktor lain memainkan peranan, namun ianya tidaklah signifikan berbanding faktor penolakan pengundi muda ini.


          BUAT JANJI MEMANG MUDAH – MAHATHIR       Cache   Translate Page      



Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mengakui sukar untuk menunaikan janji bagi menyediakan sejuta rumah mampu milik untuk rakyat dalam tempoh 10 tahun kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (PH) memerintah.

Beliau sedar bahawa untuk melafazkan sesuatu janji itu adalah mudah berbanding melaksanakannya selepas berjaya mendapat mandat daripada rakyat.

Bagaimanapun beliau me­ngulangi komitmen kerajaan yang dipimpin untuk menyedia­kan sejuta rumah mampu milik dalam tempoh 10 tahun seperti dijanjikan ketika Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14)

“Buat janji memang mudah, terutama bila pilihan raya, janji apa saja untuk dapat sokongan tapi tunai janji tidak seperti buat janji.

“Sejuta bukan angka kecil untuk rumah, tetapi ini janji kita dan kita akan tunaikan janji untuk bina sejuta rumah dalam jangka masa 10 tahun,” katanya ketika berucap dalam majlis pelancaran FundMyHome.com di Eco Majestic di Kuala Lumpur, pada Isnin.

Mengulas lanjut dalam sidang akhbar, Mahathir berkata, bagi merealisasikan hasrat tersebut, kerajaan mempelawa sektor swasta untuk membantu membina rumah mampu milik kepada rakyat.

“Ada rumah yang akan kerajaan bina tetapi kebanyakan kita pelawa sektor swasta untuk membekalkan rumah mampu milik ini kepada rakyat,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Mahathir yakin usaha EdgeProp Sdn. Bhd. membangunkan skim pembiayaan yang disediakan oleh FundMyHome.com, sebuah platform digital akan membolehkan lebih ramai rakyat Malaysia memiliki rumah pertama mereka.



          Rasuah: Musa Aman dijangka berdepan 35 pertuduhan babitkan wang lebih RM250 juta      Cache   Translate Page      

Musa akan berdepan pertuduhan di bawah Seksyen 11(a) Akta 
Pencegahan Rasuah 1997.
 
KUALA LUMPUR: Bekas ketua menteri Sabah Tan Sri Musa Aman tiba di Mahkamah Jalan Duta, kira-kira 1.25 petang tadi diiringi ketat pegawai polis dan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) untuk menghadapi pertuduhan atas kesalahan rasuah.

Hadir sama mengiringi Musa ialah peguam beliau, Amer Hamzah Arshad dan Ridha Abdah Subri.
Tinjauan FMT mendapat tidak ada penyokong Musa atau ahli Umno berada di pekarangan mahkamah.

Beliau dijangka berdepan 35 pertuduhan rasuah yang membabitkan wang kira-kira RM263 juta atau AS$63 juta.

Awal pagi tadi Musa ditahan SPRM berhubung siasatan rasuah, termasuk suapan untuk meluluskan konsesi balak.

“Kesalahan itu didakwa dilakukan pada 2009,” kata sumber kepada FMT.

Menurut sumber, Musa akan berdepan beberapa pertuduhan di bawah Seksyen 11(a) Akta Pencegahan Rasuah 1997. Jika didapati bersalah, beliau boleh dipenjara dari 14 hari hingga 20 tahun dan didenda tidak kurang 5 kali ganda nilai suapan atau RM10,000, yang mana lebih tinggi.

Menurut sumber itu lagi, salah satu pertuduhan melibatkan pembayaran bernilai RM40 juta yang sepatutnya didepositkan di Hong Kong oleh pembantunya, Michael Chia Tien Foh.

Sebelum ini, bekas perdana menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan bekas timbalannya, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi turut berhadapan tindakan pendakwaan yang sama.

Najib berdepan 38 tuduhan pengubahan wang haram, salah guna kuasa dan pecah amanah melibatkan dana 1MDB dan bekas anak syarikatnya, SRC International.

Sementara itu, Zahid, yang kini merupakan presiden Umno, didakwa dengan 45 pertuduhan berkaitan pecah amanah, pengubahan wang haram dan rasuah.


          Sarawak bentang belanjawan terbesar RM11.9 bilion untuk 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Ketua Menteri, Abang Johari berkata, RM9.073 bilion adalah 
untuk membiayai program di bawah RMK 11, termasuk inisiatif 
sosio-ekonomi dan transformasi luar bandar serta inisiatif 
ekonomi digital. (Gambar Bernama)

KUCHING: Sarawak akan meneruskan belanjawan yang tertumpu kepada pembangunan imbal dan luar bandar bagi merancakkan perkembangan ekonomi daripada jumlah peruntukan belanjawan sebanyak RM11.914 bilion bagi 2019, yang terbesar dalam sejarah negeri ini.

Ketua Menteri, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg berkata, daripada keseluruhan peruntukan belanjawan berjumlah RM9.073 bilion, termasuk dana Persekutuan berjumlah RM0.260 bilion, dicadangkan untuk perbelanjaan pembangunan dan RM2.841 juta untuk perbelanjaan operasi.

Abang Johari, yang juga Menteri Kewangan dan Perancangan Ekonomi negeri berkata, dengan mengambil kira anggaran hasil berjumlah RM10.513 bilion dan jumlah cadangan perbelanjaan biasa RM10.391 bilion, peruntukan belanjawan 2019 dijangka mengalami lebihan RM122 juta.

“Negeri ini akan meneruskan dasar perluasan fiskal dengan 6 strategi utama dan melihat kepada aliran hasil utama yang baru, termasuk 5% cukai jualan produk petroleum mulai 1 Jan,” katanya semasa membentangkan Rang Undang-undang Perbekalan (2019) pada sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak di sini, hari ini.

Beliau berkata, perbelanjaan pembangunan tahun hadapan dijangka mengambil kira projek mempunyai kesan tinggi dan kepentingan rakyat, terutama di kawasan luar bandar, komitmen untuk menyiapkan projek yang sedang berjalan dan keutamaan kepada perbelanjaan yang dikendalikan oleh kerajaan Persekutuan bagi rasionalkan kedudukan fiskalnya.

“Bagi 2019, sejumlah RM9.073 bilion dicadangkan untuk membiayai pelbagai program dan projek di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Ke-11, termasuk inisiatif sosio-ekonomi dan transformasi luar bandar, projek dan inisiatif di bawah ekonomi digital,” kata Abang Johari.

Daripada jumlah peruntukan bagi perbelanjaan pembangunan, beliau berkata, RM8.813 bilion akan dibiayai oleh kerajaan Negeri, manakala RM260 juta oleh kerajaan Persekutuan menerusi pengembalian pinjaman dan bantuan.

Beliau mengulangi bahawa levi cukai jualan ke atas produk petroleum – minyak mentah, gas asli, gas cecair asli, baja kimia dan produk gas hingga cecair – adalah hak kerajaan Negeri seperti termaktub dalam perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Mengenai Belanjawan Persekutuan 2019, beliau berkata peruntukan bagi Sarawak berjumlah RM4.346 bilion hanyalah 7.94% daripada jumlah keseluruhan belanjawan pembangunan berbanding RM4.336 pada 2018.

“Belanjawan Persekutuan 2019, tidak mencerminkan peruntukan yang adil dan saksama kepada Sarawak, meskipun janji oleh Pakatan Harapan negeri ini bagi memastikan Sarawak dan Sabah akan mendapat 30% daripada peruntukan Persekutuan,” tambah beliau.

Bagi 2018, peruntukan berjumlah RM8.2 bilion diumumkan bagi belanjawan negeri ini, merangkumi RM5.745 bilion untuk perbelanjaan pembangunan dan RM2.4816 untuk perbelanjaan operasi.


          Fußspuren aus der Vergangenheit: Fährtenleser helfen Archäologen      Cache   Translate Page      
Seit kurzem helfen indigene Spurenleser aus der Kalahari, aus Australien oder dem Regenwald Malaysias den Archäologen, Fußabdrücke zu finden und zu interpretieren.
          Tasha Shilla seeks treatment for depression Actress has been struggling with the mental illness for two years – The Star Online      Cache   Translate Page      
The Star OnlineDeepavali this year is more meaningful for actress Sangeeta Krishnasamy as this will be the first time her boyfriend is celebrating the auspicious day with her family, reported BH Online. Her partner Richard Bradbury has been staying in Malaysia for … …read more Source:: Actress News By Google News
          Death sentence - Justice or Revenge      Cache   Translate Page      

Reference the Pittsburgh massacre of people praying at a synagogue, mostly elders, extracts from The Washington Post follow:


massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa 


The three-minute phone call with the President jarred Peduto, 54, the popular second-term Democratic mayor of the Steel City, just as he was trying to get his head around what was happening. After offering thoughts and prayers - and pledging anything Peduto needed, including a direct line to the White House - Trump veered directly into policy, Peduto recalled. The President, Peduto said, insisted on discussing harsher death penalty legislation as a way to prevent such atrocities. Peduto was stunned into silence.

"I'm literally standing two blocks from 11 bodies right now. Really?" Peduto said, noting that he was numb and believed that talking about the death penalty wasn't "going to bring them back or deter what had just happened. I ended the conversation pretty quickly after that"
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Though talking about a horrible sad event, Pittsburgh Major Bill Peduto captured succinctly the impracticality of President Trump's ultra-harsh right-ish reaction to the shooting, to wit, insisting on harsher death penalty legislation as if it will be a solution or an effective way of preventing such atrocities.


Criminologist institutes around the world have shown that the death penalty for serious crimes such as murder or drug trafficking has no effect on those serious crime rates. Singapore, despite its ruthless capital punishment for drug traffickers, will find it will have to keep hanging those drug traffickers, whether of the naive or sinister type, because the punishment won't deter the crime.


Naturally people whose love ones had suffered at the hands of evil killers, murderers, drug traffickers or terrorists want to see the caught criminals receive the ultimate punishment. I can understand their wish but they are NOT the best people to ask for advice on capital punishment, given their emotional state of mind.

National (political, social, religious, legal, etc) leaders are the ones to make a sound national decision on whether Malaysia should continue to have such a draconian punishment. I am glad that the Malaysian government has made a merciful decision to join the 'civilised world' by abolishing capital punishment, though the new law is yet to be implemented.

The '30 years' imprisonment in lieu is a separate topic to be discussed in a separate post.



Those advocating death sentences claim it's 'justice' for the dead victims, but let us hear from the dictionary what is meant by 'justice'?

It's defined as:

(a) the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness:to uphold the justice of a cause.


(b) rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason: to complain with justice.

(c) the moral principle determining just conduct.

Is having a law to kill people a moral righteousness or just conduct?

Or is it more of 'revenge'?

Let us see what the dictionary says of 'revenge'.

It's defined as:

(a) to exact punishment or expiation for a wrong on behalf of, especially in a resentful or vindictive spirit: He revenged his murdered brother.

(b) to take vengeance for; inflict punishment for; avenge:He revenged his brother's murder.

It's all about the biblical "An eye for an eye" or "A tooth for a tooth", or the law of retaliation.


That, alas, is the sad principle of capital punishment.

The principle is sometimes referred using the Latin term lex talionis or the law of talion. The English word talion means a retaliation authorized by law.

In other words, as an example, if any of our loved ones has been murdered, our state law allows us to 'murder' that murderer in retaliation, and fCk righteous 'justice'.


Let me append a posting by Brother Haris Ibrahim, an exemplary citizen of righteous calibre, as follows:

Why I am for the abolition of the death penalty

I have written on this previously, and my views remain the same, so I am just going to reproduce excerpts here of what I wrote before.

I want to share my thoughts on why I think the death penalty is wrong, but allow me to first digress for a moment.

Irene is in her 70’s.

One night, as we talked, the subject moved to illness, suffering and death.

We both agreed that we were ready for death, but we did not want to suffer.

Irene then popped this question: if she was terminally ill and in great pain, would I, at her request, end it for her?

I said I would. I then asked if she would do the same for me.

She said she would.

We promised each other that night that if either was in a situation where death was imminent and was suffering great pain and requested to end it all, the other would do the necessary.

The truth, though, is, if confronted with this situation, I do not really know if I’d be able to go through with my promise to Irene.

Taking another’s life in these circumstances is called euthanasia.

Wikipedia explains euthanasia as “a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering“.

Most jurisdictions treat euthanasia as a criminal offence.

A culpable homicide.

Even if carried out to relieve intractable suffering.

Why?

Because life is precious, and no-one, absolutely no-one has the right to take life?

Really?

What of the death penalty then?

The death penalty is the deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to …..

To what?

To give expression to our wrath?

To give expression to our sense of horror?

An eye for an eye?

One life for the many lost to drugs?

To remove a menace from the midst of our loving society?


This loving society will not condone mercy killing because no-one has the right to take life, yet we sanction the deliberate intervention by the hangman undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to give expression to our wrath, our sense of horror? To exact society’s pound of flesh? To keep the rest of us safe?

We condemn the violent deaths inflicted by wars, yet we collectively sanction the violence inflicted on another life by placing the noose round his neck and dropping the trapdoor below his feet, so that the force of the drop will severe the lifeline of his spinal cord?

Is this the society that we are?

I do not support the death penalty because I do not believe we have the right, individually or collectively to end another’s life.

The death penalty, for me, is state-sanctioned violence.

Some proponents of the death penalty, without addressing the prior question whether we have the right to take life, advocate that a more humane intervention, rather than by hanging, be undertaken with the express intention of ending a life.

They advocate death by lethal injection.

Watch the videos below and decide for yourselves.





          IHEU: Negara Iran dan Arab Saudi Tempat Terburuk di Dunia Bagi Ateis      Cache   Translate Page      

BINTANGNEWS.com –Arab Saudi, Iran dan Afghanistan adalah tempat terburuk di dunia bagi seorang ateis atau humanis, demikian laporan yang dirangkum International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) pada hari Senin (29/10) di depan Majelis Umum PBB.
Tahun ini Arab Saudi dipandang tempat terburuk untuk seorang ateis terutama karena undang-undang negara itu yang menyamakan tidak beragama dengan terorisme.

Pada pemeringkatan tahun 2018 ini, Malaysia dan Brunei Darussalam menduduki urutan terburuk ke delapan dan sepuluh sedunia.

Sementara Indonesia masih dianggap buruk walaupun tak ada lagi laporan individual seperti yang terjadi di Sumatra Barat pada 2012, Alexander A'an, PNS yang dihukum karena mengaku dirinya ateis.

"Ini adalah yang pertama di dunia. Untuk pertama kalinya laporan kami memperlihatkan, secara meyakinkan dan tepat, diskriminasi yang dihadapi orang di dunia karena tidak percaya pada agama. Laporan ini memperlihatkan gambaran yang suram, terkait dengan diskriminasi signifikan yang dihadapi teman dan kolega yang tidak beragama di dunia," demikian dikatakan Presiden IHEU, Andrew Copson lewat situsnya.

Dia mengatakan, saat terjadi peningkatan nasionalisme, orang-orang yang cukup berani mengecam pemimpin keagamaan konservatif masih dipandang buruk, tidak patriotik dan subversif.

Meskipun pemeringkatan baru dilakukan pertama kali, keadaan kebebasan berpikir di Indonesia tidak berubah banyak dan dipandang tetap buruk dengan peringkat 183 dari 196 negara yang diteliti IHEU.

"Itu cukup tinggi, cukup buruk terkait dengan angka yang terakumulasi untuk sebuah negara. Dan ini terutama karena masalah kurangnya sekularisme. Terdapat banyak norma dan nilai agama yang ada di dalam ideologi negara. Ini tidak terlalu berubah (jika dibandingkan dengan sebelumnya) untuk negara-negara yang buruk (peringkatnya)," kata Bob Churchill, direktur komunikasi dan kampanye organisasi ini kepada Nuraki Aziz yang melaporkan untuk BBC Indonesia.

Terkait dengan kasus tuduhan ateisme, IHEU memandang tidak terjadi kasus sebesar dialami Alexander Aan, PNS di Sumatera Barat, yang dihukum 2,5 tahun penjara pada tahun 2012 karena terbukti menyebarkan kebencian lewat Facebook.

"Kami sama sekali tidak melihat jumlah kasus individual yang besar di Indonesia. Setahu kami, tidak terdapat lagi kasus individual."

"Tetapi yang perlu ditekankan adalah salah satu alasan tidak ditemukan lagi kasus adalah karena jika Anda diketahui sebagai ateis, Anda dibawa ke pengadilan dan dipenjara selama bertahun-tahun, sehingga ini membungkam orang," kata Churchill yang dilansir BBC Indonesia.

Sementara itu, tempat teratas bagi negara yang paling nyaman bagi ateis atau humanis adalah Taiwan, Belanda dan Belgia.

Para peneliti memandang Taiwan mengakui banyak agama tetapi tetap memberikan jaminan keamanan hak penduduk yang tidak mempercayai agama.

Laporan Kebebasan Berpikir ini membuat peringkat berbagai negara berdasarkan kriteria seperti pendidikan, konstitusi, masyarakat dan ekspresi.

IHEU mengeluarkan laporan tahunan ini untuk menggarisbawahi berbagai bentuk diskriminasi yang dialami penduduk jika mereka tidak beragama.***

.(bin)

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          Demam “Black Friday” Kini Mula Menjangkiti Rakyat Malaysia      Cache   Translate Page      
Kalau dulu, ramai rakyat Malaysia yang tidak mengetahui kewujudan hari “Black Friday” yang begitu popular di Amerika Syarikat. Namun kini, rata-rata rakyat Malaysia yang gilakan “online shopping” ternanti-nanti kehadiran “Black Friday” yang jatuh pada bulan November kerana ia menawarkan pelbagai … Continue reading
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