Saturday, September 29, 2012

Malaysia's Budget and the Election

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Prime Minister Najib seeks to deliver the goodies to his core constituencies
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is expected to table a national budget Friday that will be bulging with takeaways for prospective voters in an election that keeps receding into the future. 

It is likely to include relief for first-time homebuyers and some aid for senior citizens, as well as yet more benefits for civil servants, the great preponderance of whom are Malays, Najib’s core constituency, as well as some additional assistance for people in the kampungs, or rural Malay villages. It has been estimated that there are almost no Malay families without a family member either in the civil service or the military.

The election now appears likely to be pushed back to sometime after the Lunar New Year, which begins on Feb. 10. November is unlikely, analysts say, because roughly 30,000 prospective Malay voters will be in Mecca on the hajj. Najib also has said he won’t call elections because the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition has announced that it will not call its own in the states it controls. 

That apparently is because Selangor, the state surrounding the city of Kuala Lumpur, thought to be one of the opposition’s major strongholds, could be in play. The Bersih election reform NGO complains it’s because the Barisan Nasional, or ruling national coalition, has registered tens of thousands of suspicious new voters, some with scores living at the same address. The Barisan says it’s because Parti Keadilan Rakyat, which opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim heads, is badly organized and hasn’t been able to efficiently run the state government it won in 2008.

There may be truth in both claims. But in any case it probably means at least another five months of fevered politicking in a country increasingly exhausted, racially divided and tired of ceaseless maneuvering between the two forces.

The electioneering is taking place in a polarized and difficult political setting that law enforcement officials should be attempting to control and either can’t or don’t. There are growing instances of both opposition and Barisan Nasional partisans burning and stamping and urinating on the pictures of their opponents, in the Barisan’s case pictures of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and his partners from Parti Islam se-Malaysia, or PAS, Nik Aziz Nik Mat and Hadi Awang, and Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng from the Democratic Action Party. 

The respected Economist Corporate Network, the UK-based magazine’s global briefing service for business executives, in August predicted that the Barisan would be returned to power although its majority would be reduced again. In 2008, when the Barisan was returned to power with a dramatically diminished majority, it spelled the end of Abdullah Badawi’s political career.

Would a similar result spell the end of Najib’s political career as well? There has been long-standing speculation that Muhyiddin Yassin, appointed deputy prime minister when Najib took over in 2009, has long coveted the job, and any weakness on Najib’s part would let slip the dogs of internal politics. Last month, unknown people widely distributed posters in Johor and Penang states asking for Najib to step down and make way for Muhyiddin to be prime minister even before the elections are called. No one has taken responsibility for the posters. 

According to a poll taken between Sept. 1-16 poll by the University of Malaya Centre for the Study of Democracy and Politics, Najib’s popularity has fallen from 61 percent to a still-respectable 58 percent since April while that of the Barisan Nasional has fallen from 40 percent to 32 percent during the same period, although the opposition approval figures are far below either of them. 

UMNO continues to be hobbled by a long series of scandals and corruption eruptions. The government has sought to limit the damage not by going after those exposed by various entities as corrupt, but instead by seeking to neutralize and discredit the whistle-blowers. The Companies Commission has brought charges of money laundering against Suaram, the human rights NGO that has been the motive force behind the French investigation of bribery in the 2002 purchase of two submarines and the lease of a third. Cynthia Gabriel, the director of Suaram, was called in for questioning today on the charges.

The leaders of Bersih, the NGO that is demanding election reform, have been sued for RM117,000 for damage to a police car which was overturned in the aftermath of a reform rally in April. The government said the organizers of the rally didn’t adequately protect the police car—an interesting construct, since usually the police are there to protect the crowd.

The most recent to feel the government’s hot breath are Rafizi Ramli, the strategy chief for the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat, and Johan Mohamad, a former Public Bank clerk, for leaking explosive details of an equally embarrassing scandal involving Malaysia’s National Feedlot Corporation, controlled by the husband of Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, the head of the women’s wing of UMNO. The scandal became known as Cowgate, in which more than RM100 million from a government soft loan were allegedly squandered on personal trips, fancy cars, condominiums in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and largely failed in its mission to establish an operation to slaughter tens of thousands of cattle annually following Islamic religious practices.

Chinese voters abandoned
The Barisan seems to have largely abandoned the Chinese vote. Political infighting and scandal have reduced the Malaysian Chinese Association to a shambles. Despite the fact that it remains in the Barisan, the MCA has lost most of its clout. As a result, the Barisan has largely written off the major cities where Chinese votes are concentrated, to concentrate on the kampungs in the belief that since ethnic Malays make up 60.3 percent of the population, they will deliver a national majority for the coalition. In 2008, about 45 per cent of Malays voted for opposition parties. The Chinese percentage of the population has shrunk to 22.9 percent from 45 percent in 1957, partly because of Chinese migration to Singapore, Australia and other countries, and partly because ethnic Malay fertility rates are 40 percent higher than those of ethnic Indians and 56 percent higher than Malay Chinese, whose total fertility rate at 1.8 live births per adult woman, has fallen below replacement.

That has put racial politics at the front and center of the campaign and made for periodic bouts of ugly rhetoric, particularly from the Malay supremacy NGO Perkasa, and its leader, Ibrahim Ali, who has made flame-throwing speeches that come close to inciting violence. The still influential former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is the patron of Perkasa and has backed their inflammatory rhetoric publicly and in his blog. 

UMNO has also sought to exploit the presence of Parti Islam se-Malaysia in the opposition coalition over a long-standing provision in the conservative Islamic party’s platform to institute hudud, or Shariah law, which includes harsh punishment for certain crimes, including theft, adultery, alcohol consumption, fornication and apostasy. The allegations that PAS would institute hudud are designed to impel urban ethnic Malays, who tend to be more liberal, from voting for PAS. The party’s newly elected moderate leaders deny they have any intention of doing any such thing.

The racial and electoral tensions have had a negative effect on investment, with foreign direct investment, a crucial Najib goal, actually falling on an annual basis. Net FDI is forecast to be down 5.8 percent in US dollar terms in 2012. As a percentage of gross domestic product, net FDI is expected to be off by 1.9 percent for 2012. 

There have been reports that top Chinese businessmen have delayed investments until after the election because of concerns about the political climate. That situation continues despite protestations of confidence from the prime minister and UMNO cadres. One particularly alarmist contact – an ethnic Malay businessman – said he and sizeable numbers of others, particularly Chinese ones, intend to book flights out of Kuala Lumpur after voting on the day the election is called because they fear a breakdown in law and order should it appear that the opposition is close to gaining an edge in the 222-member lower house of Parliament

If there were actually to be a hung parliament, chaos could be expected in the Dewan Rakyat, or parliament. Intensive horse-trading would take place in which both sides would resort to pouring money to safeguard or secure the loyalty of the minority parties and lure members away from the other party. In particular, the Barisan-affiliated parties in Sabah and Sarawak are especially thought to be open to swapping sides. The chief ministers of both states have been implicated in massive – a word that is often overused, but in this case may be inadequate – corruption. 

In particular, Abdul Taib Mahmud, the long-serving chief minister of Sarawak, has been implicated in looting the state of billions of dollars from resource extraction and salting the money away in Swiss banks as well as Australian, British, Canadian and US real estate. In Sabah, records show that the chief minister Musa Aman, steered more than US$90 million from timber sales into a Zurich, Switzerland account. If Anwar is close to tipping the balance in the Pakatan Rakyat’s favour, a source said in KL, he will attempt to entice the two to change sides, partly through guarantees of immunity from prosecution and through an increased portion of the oil and other revenues on East Malaysia resources that are now collected by the federal government. The two states get 5 percent of the royalty but have lately been clamouring for up to 20 percent. 

Parti Keadilan remains riven with factions largely stemming from the frustrated opportunists who left UMNO in 2008 and 2009 to join Anwar for a new avenue to power. Anwar continues to be constantly harried by lawsuits and attacks. But at the same time he appears to be manoeuvring deftly to keep the coalition ready for a projected election. 

A lot of money has been lost betting against UMNO. In the 1980s, the party was split among factions backing Musa Hitam, Tunku Razaleigh Hamzah and Mahathir. Going into the 1986 general elections, the party then as now was saddled by major controversy including the Bank Bumi scandal, in which the state-owned bank was forced to recapitalise after having lost US$1 billion through its Hong Kong-based subsidiary, Bumiputra Malaysia Finance. Mahathir himself had been exposed as the architect of a disastrous attempt to corner the tin market, which lost another US$500 million. The Cooperative Central Bank, established to help smallholders, was exposed as nearly insolvent because of nonperforming loans made to 19 UMNO politicians which had not been serviced in years. 

Nonetheless, when the dust settled in the wake of the election, the Barisan Nasional had won a clear and convincing victory and Mahathir was still in charge. UMNO in particular traditionally has had the nuts-and-bolts ability to use government services to get its voters to the polls. There are continuing – and credible – allegations that the Barisan has been registering large numbers of illegal aliens from Indonesia to pad the Malay vote. The party has also always been able to use its coffers to pay for the sandwiches, the buses, the polycarbonate for poverty-stricken voters’ roofs, the little bribes to its rural Malay constituents. There It retains that capability and it will use them. 

That doesn’t put Pakatan Rakyat out of the picture. Sources in the business community say that businessmen, either sensing an opportunity or covering their bets, are opening their wallets to the opposition, giving them for the first time the ability to play the same kind of Moneyball. The opposition won in five of Malaysia’s 13 states in 2008 and with the power of incumbency and ability to dish out projects and contracts, businessmen doing commerce in these states are more willing to open their wallets for the opposition parties this time around. 

On balance, it is inevitable to escape the conclusion that political instability will continue – until the election if the Barisan wins handily, and well afterward if it’s close as the jockeying for power continues on both sides. Over the next few months, politics as it is practiced in Kuala Lumpur will not be for the faint-hearted.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Jikalau Bolasepak Itu Candu, Nikmatnya Ialah Liverpool Kalah

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Kes Liverpool kalah ini sudah basi. Kerap sangat kalah.


Tapi percayalah nikmat kalah itu akan berganda 19x, bila kalah dengan Manchester United.
Lagi geli-geleman kalau kalah dgn beza satu gol.
Tambah seram-sejuk bila Liverpool itu kalah setelah mendahului dgn satu gol.

Paaaaaling stim Lierpool kalah dengan penalti.

Dan paaaaling tak tahan, di Anfield pulak tu. Kahkahkahkah!!!!



Altogether now!
..above us only sky,
...no hell below us,
...below us only QPR and Reading now!
Ha ha ha

Monday, September 24, 2012

Berapa Ramai Umat PAS Masih Mencekik KfC, McD?

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Aku sebut umat PAS. Memang sengaja. Sebab aku pun tergolong dalam umat ini.

Aku tak sebut puak UMNO. Sebab puak UMNO ini, lebih daripada KfC & McD pun dia boleh telan.

Berapa ramai umat PAS ini yg masih tergeli-geli, tergedik-gedik, kembang kempis lubang hidung bila masuk  KfC, McD? 

Kita umat PAS memang champion berdemo, tapi kita belum champion bab boikot memboikot. Amat cantek sekiranya demo didepan kedutaan AS itu disusuli dengan memulau produk AS.

Syukur Alhamdulillah, anak sulong aku tak sekali pun pernah mintak dibawak makan-makan di KFC/McD. Anak kedua aku yg masih dalam stroller itu pun akan aku tarbiahkan dgn tabiat yg sama.

Aku akan pastikan anak-anak aku tak akan melolong guling-guling atas tanah kalau tidak dibawak pergi makan-makan di KFC/McD.  Aku akan pastikan anak-anak aku tak akan jadi jakun bila lalu depan KFC/McD. Aku akan pastikan anak-anak aku  akan berselamba tak ambik pot kalau dijamu sedara-maranya mencekik KFC/McD. Malu aku kalau anak-anak aku  melompat terkinja-kinja seronok sangat dibelanja makan KFC/McD. Aku akan pastikan jugak anak-anak aku tak akan kemaruk pizza, Starbuck, Oldtown dan entah aplancow lagi.

Aku tak mau anak-anak aku makan ayam, makan daging tapi tapi tak ada nasik. Yang makan ayam, makan daging tanpa nasik setahu aku ialah musang, buaya, singa atau harimau.

Kita ini orang Melayu dengan cara hidup dan iklim sebegini bila makan ayam, makan daging ada nasiknya, ada kuah karinya, ada ulamnya dan makan pakai tangan. Bukan terkial-kial makan pakai sudu garpu.

Setahu tekak aku benda-benda segera macam KFC/McD itu tak lah sedap setara mana pun. Aku lebih puas mengadap sate, nasi kandar atau nasi campur. Bakso pun aku bedal. Nasi ayam pun OK. Cumanya benda-benda segera macam KFC/McD nampak 'class' sebab dihidangkan didalam kedai ber’air-cond’ sejuk nyaman, kerusi meja cantik dan paling best, boleh cakap Mat Saleh bila nak order. “I would like to have it spicy please…” kah kah kah!! Lanchow!!

Pooorah! Malu la sikit, sedar la ponggong tu hitam macam ponggong aku jugak.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Pendek Tapi Power

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Sejak  zaman berzaman memang telah diperakui tanpa khilaf, tanpa was-was tanpa syak;

orang pompuan boleh berlari mencanak-canak sambil membawa susu dan tak tumpah,
orang jantan champion berlari sambil bawak telur,

Tapi kini ada species baru.
Species ini boleh berlari sambil membawa susu dan memegang telur.
Species lagi satu pulak dah macam tak ada telur, kahkahkah!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Father Forgets

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Adapted from an article by W. Livingston Larned


Listen, my children; I am saying this as you both lie asleep, one little paw crumpled under your cheek and the  curls stickily wet on your damp forehead. I have stolen into your room alone. Just a few minutes ago, as I sat reading my paper in the library, a stifling wave of remorse swept over me. Guiltily I came to your bedside.

There are things I was thinking, my children: I had been cross to you. I scolded you as you were dressing for school because you gave your face merely a dab with a twoel. I took you to task for not cleaning your shoes. I called out angrily when you threw some of your things on the floor.

At breakfast I found fault, too. You spilled things. You gulped down your food. You put your elbows on the table. You spread butter too thick on your bread. And as you started off to play and I made for my train, you turned and waved a hand and called, "Goodbye, Daddy!" and I frowned, and said in reply, "Hold your shoulders back!"

Then it began all over again in the late afternoon. As I came Up the road, I spied you, down on your knees, playing marbles. There were holes in your stockings. I humiliated you before you friends by marching you ahead of me to the house. Stockings were expensive - and if you had to buy them you would be more careful! Imagine that, my children, form a father!

Do you remember, later, when I was reading in the library, how you came in timidly, with a sort of hurt look in your eyes? When I glanced up over my paper, impatient at the interruption, you hesitated at the door. "What is it you want?" I snapped.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Si Botak... Pergi Tolong Sedara Jual Todi Lagi Baik

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Jangan la bahlol sgt..
Nanti luruh semua 
bulu tau?
Setahu aku orang botak dan orang yg luas dahi, selalunya bijak. Akibat terlalu banyak berfikir, habis luruh rambut.

Tapi botak yg satu ini (sini) lain sikit. Ini botak anak manja bapak tak pernah reti susah. Ini botak terpinga-pinga. Botak yg tak tau apa kejadian sekeliling. Botak ini tak paham-paham bila orang kata, A+B = C. Bukak la Suara Keadilan, baca kolum macamana Budak Jambu  cerita bagaimana pembidaan terbuka (sini) keatas AP akan menurunkan harga kereta.

Bukannya dia nak bengkrapkan syarikat Protong ilham berahi bapak lu pun.

Botak ini bukan pernah sedar, syarikat Protong ilham berahi bapak dia tu sebenarnya wajib bengkrap. Kalau tak kerana campurtangan kerajaan dan duit ringgit penat lelah rakyat, dah lama ghaib kilangnya.

Botak ini nak diangkut jadi PM?

Pergi tolong sedara jual todi (sini) laa encik. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Shit Lookalikes: Arsene Wenger & Very Old Fish From ‘Wizadora’

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Farewell You Gorgeous, Incompatible Genius. Berbarotica!

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You could be forgiven for thinking the man had died, but no, alas, he’s merely leaving for Florence. Fiorentina have offered €5 million in three installments, Manchester United have accepted and Dimitar Berbatov is currently onboard a plane to Tuscany where a three-year contract awaits his signature.
The criticisms were and are ever-present; he doesn’t graft, he’s inefficient, inconsistent, he’s liable to no-show, he saunters around with his hands in his pockets transfixed forlornly on that next gitane; but that was all kind of the point – he plays by different standards; wisping around the pitch like a dislodged cobweb caught in a gentle breeze, all the while… Christ, we better stop before this becomes indecent.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Yes, We Still Don't Have A TV

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Ever since we got married and now with 2 kids in tow, we have yet to acquire our own TV. 

It is not that we have planned early on to not have a TV in our house but, I think ever since those days in the remotest part of Sarawak, we have somewhat come to a conclusion that TV is not that central and important. 

Once an acquaintance has remarked that, I've better be hurry to get a TV because they are making bigger and bigger TV nowadays and maybe one day TV is so big it can't fit in our home!

Our small living room is perfectly normal like any other living room, rugs and all that, some basic furniture and we got toys and lots of toys scattered all over the place but  again, minus the TV.

A TV is such a distraction that I always dread it when visiting a relative with a huge TV set in the living room especially when it is blaring loudly, because we have to raise our voice to speak. Even when you tone it down, it still a nuisance. It takes away your attention because time and again you will be glancing at it.

I myself during my 'single and available' days am an ardent TV fan so to say. The TV is switched on whenever I am awake in the house and switched off only when I go to sleep or I am somewhere else. I’ve never miss a beat of the EPL, Nat Geo, Grand Slams, World Cup games, Euro after Euro... you name it.

And it is quite amazing of how I manage to kick that habit and replacing it with another type of screen. The computer. You see, my soul is painted like the wings of butterfly and I don’t want it to be corrupted by the biased reporting, silly commercials or the reruns and reruns from RTM or TV3. Now I have the internet which is much much cheaper and it has been providing us with the latest news and the latest of everything ever since. Even the diapers for the baby are sourced from the internet.

Some people might ask of what we are doing at home during our spare time. Don’t we need some entertainment like watching movies? Don’t the kids like cartoon? Don’t we like join the conversation at the workplace about who betrays who or who is going to be the next idol?

No.

For us, the kids are our wide enough moving TV screen. They have been steadily providing us with new plot and new twist here and there every day. Switched off only when they are tired and go to sleep.

(libang libu)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sure Naik Mencanak Macam Dulu. Sabar la Sikit Esah…

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Esah, benda–benda saham ini memang sentiasa meningkat . Sekarang saham kita tengah meningkat turun Esah. Isk isk isk… nanti dia mencanak le macam dulu. Moga-moga le.

Isk isk isk.. sabar Esah, sabar. Jgn dikau terpedaya dakyah pembangkang.

Mereka itu, sikit-sikit Janji Dicapati, sikit-sikit Janji Dicapati. Kadangkala dah melampau sangat Esah, ada ke patut diaorang kata Rakyat Dibaulukan, Pencapaian Ntah Kemana?

Paling kelakar, diorang kata sawit dah diniagakan oleh Yahudi pulaaaak… Puak-puak ni tak belajar Ilmu Alam kot, orang sebelah sana makan minyak  zaitun bukan sawit! Jgn percaya cakap diorang Esah.

Sabar Esah.. isk isk isk abang janji bila saham naik mencanak pecah siling nanti, kita pergi melawat Isa Katik. Kita ucap thank you dapat saham walaupun tak sampai satu lot pun. Kita orang kecik Esah.

Banyak2 lot pun nak buat hapa. Kita bukan reti pakai duit.

Isa Katik lain le. Dia orang besar walaupun katik. Dia reti pakai duit, keraknya pun banyak. Kita akan ucap  tahniah kat Isa Katik kerana dapat beratus ribu unit.

Sabar la Esah, kanda akan terus berjuang hingga titisan terakhir. Oooopsss..! titisan susu getah terakhir.

Sabar la Esah, isk isk isk… sabar


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tsunami over FELDA

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If my friend, Pirate of Putrajaya, had been a little bit more patient, he will find his views on the FGV vindicated. Probably he underestimated the will of the government to use GLCs under its control to shore up the FGV price.


Nevertheless, his views will be vindicated soon and I and millions of others hope he will come back into blogosphere to share with us, his rapier sharp analyses.

What Najib is doing right now is just putting out fires. He forgot that it all needed but a single spark to light up the prairie fire.

He has given advance bribe of RM15,000 each to felda family. I hear, full payment hasn’t been given out yet. Perhaps felda will use its gain of RM5.99 billion to pay the balance of what has been promised by Najib. 
Felda pays unto itself using its own money. He has given almost RM43 million as raya bonus. Each family got around RM382. That amount was useful to buy cookies, lemang , fresh meats and maybe new curtains for the missus. 

Malaysian Rare Earth Plant Shoots for October Operation

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As environmentalists, political opposition plan further action, Australian company gets on with it
The Lynas Corporation rare earths processing plant in Malaysia expects to start processing ore in October, according to an email from the Sydney headquarters of the Australia-based company. 

“We look forward to the safe commencement of operations at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant,” the spokesman said.

Barring additional legal action to stop it, and depending on how quickly the plant, in an industrial estate in Gebing near the Pahang state city of Kuantan can gear up to full production, the decision last week to grant the license is expected to make Malaysia a major force in the production of rare earths, minerals used in a long list of high-tech products. Almost all of the ore being produced globally today is exported from China, which has sharply curtailed its production since 2010 because of devastating environmental problems. Chinese 2012 industrial production growth is averaging only 10.5 percent, well below the average growth rate of 14.7 percent annually over the past 10 years. The country exported 3,046 tonnes of rare earth ores, metals and compounds in the first four months of 2012, down 43 percent year-on-year, according to the Lynas quarterly report. However, slackening global industrial activity has kept prices down.

The United States stopped rare earths production two decades ago, although the skyrocketing prices of the minerals has led to plans to reopen mines on the California-Nevada border.

More than 1,300 employees have been working at the Gebing plant, according to Lynas’s second-quarter financial report, without being able to process any ore. Environmentalists, in league with the Pakatan Rakyat political opposition, have vowed to blockade the ships that bring the ore some 4,000 km from Australia’s west coast for processing at the sprawling plant.

The plant has been bitterly opposed by environmentalists and has become a political cause célèbre for the opposition coalition, with rallies all over the country. Approval had been pending for more than a year while it was shuffled from government department to department. Lynas received a temporary operating license on Feb. 1, only to have it appealed, then appealed a second time. 

In the meantime, a mountain of, more than 13,000 dry tonnes of concentrate containing more than 4,800 tonnes of rare earth ores has been building for months at the company’s Mount Weld mining facility in Western Australia, the company said. Construction of Phase 1 of the plant was completed during the second quarter of 2012, with overall progress 64 percent complete at the end of June, according to the company’s second-quarter report, with construction of phase 2 to be completed by early 2012.

The protesters say they fear that Malaysia’s inability to police its environmental laws could end up with the waste byproducts from the plant leaching into the water table or drifting into the atmosphere. 

Lynas previously told Asia Sentinel it has poured nearly A$800 million and seven years into getting approvals for the plant. The issue has become so sensitive because a rare earth plant developed in the 1980s ended up contaminating air and groundwater at Bukit Merah near Ipoh. Several people were treated for various cancers because of the plant and later died. Mitsubishi Chemical Corp, which developed the plant, has spent an estimated US$100 million in the effort to clean up the environmental disaster. 

However, Lynas spokesmen say, there is no danger because the ore being processed doesn’t have anywhere near the radioactivity that the Bukit Merah plant produced.

According to the British Geological Survey, the 17 elements grouped together as “rare earths” have become essential for advanced manufacturing of a wide range of technological items. They include neodymium, used to make magnets for computer drives and loudspeakers, components in wind turbines and hybrid cars; lanthanum, used for carbon lighting applications such as studio lighting as well as camera and telescopic lenses. 

Cerium is used in the manufacture of catalytic converters for car exhausts. Praseodymium is used to strengthen metals in aircraft engines. Gadolinium is Used in X-ray and MRI scanning systems, and also in television screens. Research is also being done into its possible use in developing more efficient refrigeration systems. Yttrium, terbium and europium are important in making televisions and computer screens and other devices that have visual displays. Europium is also used in making control rods in nuclear reactors. 



Dibaling-baling, Dicangkung-cangkung

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Sezalim-zalim Mahafiraun, dia tak bawak keluar tongkat semambu diawal tempoh kekuasaannya. Taring juga disorok baik-baik.  Seawal penggal pertama dia duduk di singgahsana kuasa aku and the mandi-sungai-gang langsung tak ambik pot pasal dia. Tak ada minat nak menyampah menyumpah haramjadah kat dia.

Ketika itu orang tau Mahafiraun dah jadi PM dan rata-rata reaksi rakyat marhaen ialah, “OK lah tu, pandai-pandai la dia buat kerja”, “Hansem la, macam Hindustan” atau “pegi mampus la dia, aku pun ada kerja nak buat” atau pun “Eh? Side-burn panjang tu, Melayu ke?”.

Mahafiraun ini pandai, penggal pertama dan kedua dia tak buat hal. Mahafiraun cuma mula mengapor dan merembat besar-besaran bila dia dah pandai berkawan dengan lawyer, berkawan dengan tauke  ekor dan juga bila anak-anaknya makin besar dan dah kenal botol samsu San Miguel. Itu jam muka Mahafiraun semakin kelat hilang seri dan semakin palat dan mempalat sampai kehari ini.

Dan seingat aku kerja Mahafiraun cuma satu, menyeragamkan waktu Semanjung dengan waktu Sabah Sarawak.

Tapi kini kita rakyat marhaen ini nak tumpang mengekek, nak tumpang pecah perut dan nak tumpang ketawa guling-guling la kalau satu penggal pun blom habis, dah ada org nak tumpang berak atas muka. Perkara berak kencing ini bukan memain wey… Kalau bukan tanda org tak suka, tanda apa Iagi gamaknya?

Kalau dah macam ini, layak duduk diatas singgahsana berpenggal-penggal lagi? Siang malam pagi petang, dari subuh membawa ke subuh jadi bahan cerca bahan lawak.

Kesian bukan tak kesian. Ini bukan sebarang salasilah. Salasilah bagus. Salasilah bangsawan. Salasilah pelaut tersohor di alam Melayu raya.

Tapi itulah dia, kalau Tuhan nak hina, kat dunia pun Dia dah tunjukkan. Bapak dibaling telur, diri nak diberak-berak orang dan anak ntah kemana hilang ghaib bakal lakinya. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Darling, Tunggu Selepas Zohor Ya?

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Ini ialah kisah Abu Qudamah dan seorang pemuda syahid. Kisah ini ditazkirahkan pada malam 10 Ramadhan 1433 di Surau al Falah, Kuala Lumpur. Penazkirahnya ialah seorang imam old-timer, memang best dengan loghat Peraknya yang masih pekat berbaki meskipun telah menetap di Kuala Lumpur buat sekian lama. Kena sangat la dengan aku yg memang thorough and thorough born, bred and bleed Kuale Kangsor. Kahkahkah!!!

Kisah ini aku perolehi secara lisan, jadi sekiranya ada kecacatan sila maklumkan.

(libang libu)

Kisah Abu Qudamah dan Seorang Pemuda Syahid

Abu Qudamah ialah seorang sahabat nabi dan beliau seorang panglima perang.

Pada suatu ketika Abu Qudamah telah bekelana hingga ke utara Iraq mencari dana perang. Didalam perjalanan seumpama ini Abu Qudamah akan menerima apa saja sumbangan samada dalam bentuk wang, peralatan mahu pun tenaga sukarela untuk menyertai perang.

Pada suatu malam semasa  perkelanaannya itu, Abu Qudamah telah didatangi oleh seorang perempuan tua yang mengetuk pintu kediamannya. Perempuan tua itu meminta maaf kerana lambat datang untuk menyampaikan sumbangan. Ini adalah kerana beliau telah mengambil masa yg lama memotong rambutnya yg panjang dan memintal-mintalnya. Perempuan tua itu telah kematian suami dan dia juga miskin. Dia tidak perlukan lagi rambut yang panjang sebagai perhiasan diri memandangkan suaminya telah pun tiada. Hanya rambutnya sahajalah yg dapat disumbangkan kepada Abu Qudamah untuk dibuat tali mengikat unta-unta dan kuda-kuda perang.

Perempuan tua itu menambah lagi bahawa dia akan menyerahkan anak mudanya sebagai sukarela menyertai angkatan perang Abu Qudamah.

Setelah beberapa lama disitu Abu Qudamah pun meneruskan perjalanannya. Pada suatu hari Abu Qudamah mengadakan pemeriksaan pasukan tenteranya. Didapati ada seorang pemuda yg berpakaian menutup litup tubuh badannya hanya menampakkan bahagian mata sahaja. Takut dengan ugutan Abu Qudamah yg akan menyingkirnya sekiranya tetap enggan menunjukkan wajahnya, pemuda itu mengalah. Apabila dibuka, nyata pemuda itu sememangnya amat muda dan masih dalam awal belasan tahun. Maka teringatlah Abu Qudamah kepada perempuan tua yg inginkan anaknya menyertai pasukan Abu Qudamah.

Anak muda itu dibenarkan meneruskan perjalanan bersama pasukan Abu Qudamah. Dia diberikan tugas sebagai seorang tukang masak.

Pada suatu hari, pasukan Abu Qudamah telah kelewatan hidangan makan tengahari. Hidangan yg ditunggu-tunggu tetap tidak muncul. Sebagai ketua, Abu Qudamah lantas kedapur untuk memeriksa situasi. Didapatinya anak muda itu sedang tidur lena.

Abu Qudamah tidak marah sedikit pun, malah beliau segera mengambil alih tugas anak muda itu. Dalam pada itu, Abu Qudamah terus-terusan memandang kearah anak muda yg sedang lena itu. Pada suatu ketika, kelihatan anak muda itu tersenyum.Tidak lama selepas itu dia tersedar dari tidur dan segera memohon maaf dari Abu Qudamah atas kealpaannya. Abu Qudamah sedia memaafkannya, dengan syarat anak muda itu memberitahu kenapa dia tersenyum didalam tidurnya tadi.

Anak muda itu menjawab, “Aku bermimpi telah sampai ke syurga”

Anak muda itu meneruskan bahawa bagaimana didalam mimpinya dia telah berada dikawasan sebuah istana. Didapatinya ramai perempuan-perempuan yg amat cantik disekitar istana tersebut. Namun perempuan-perempuan itu tidak membenarkan anak muda itu mendekati dan menyentuhi mereka kerana mereka hanyalah pembantu atau inang kepada isteri anak muda itu yg berada didalam istana tersebut. Sudah tentulah ianya menghairankan anak muda itu memandangkan usianya masih remaja dan belum lagi berkahwin. Menurut perempuan-perempuan itu lagi, isteri anak muda itu ada didalam istana menunggu kehadiran suaminya.

Anak muda itu pun terus memasuki istana serba mewah dan indah itu untuk menemui isterinya. Didapati sang isteri sedang bersantai-santai diatas katil emas dan tersenyumkearahnya. Anak muda mendekati katil tersebut, menghampiri isterinya dan cuba menyentuhinya. Namun isterinya juga tidak membenarkan anak muda itu berbuat demikian.

Kata isterinya pula, “Tunggulah selepas Zohor”

Menurut anak muda itu, ketika itulah dia terjaga dari tidur dan didapatinya Abu Qudamah sedang memasak didapur.

Maka apabila selesai hidangan makan tengahari dan mengerjakan solat Zohor, pasukan Abu Qudamah pun  meneruskan perjalanan. Ditakdirkan mereka terserempak dengan pasukan musuh dan pertempuran terjadi. Seusai pertempuran, Abu Qudamah memeriksa kembali pasukannya dan memang tepatlah janji isteri anak muda itu kerana Abu Qudamah mendapati anak muda itu telah gugur syahid.

Sebagai tanda kepada ibu anak muda itu, Abu Qudamah menyerahkan baju yg berlumuran darah kepadanya. Ibu anak muda itu bersyukur tidak terkira atas kesyahidan anaknya dan mahukan Abu Qudamah mengucapkan tahniah kepadanya bukan takziah.

Ujar Abu Qudamah, “Tahniah wahai ibu, anak mu telah syahid dan kini berada di syurga”.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Kisah Taat Uwais al Qarni Pada Ibunya

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Ini ialah kisah seorang anak yg amat taat pada ibunya di zaman Umar al Khattab . Aku mendengar kisah ini ditazkirahkankan oleh seorang ustaz (namanya pun aku dah lupa) pada 2 Ramadhan 1433 di Surau al Falah, Kuala Lumpur. Kisah ini akan aku cuba kisahkan semula dengan seterbaik mungkin. Bacalah kisah ini sehingga tamat untuk dibuat renungan dan teladan. Kisah ini aku perolehi secara lisan, jika sekiranya ada kekurangan dari segi ejaan dan naratifnya, maklumkan aku. Okey? 

Kisah Taat Uwais al Qarni Pada Ibunya 

Rasulullah pernah menyatakan akan lahir di Yaman seorang bernama Uwais al Qarni di zaman Umar al Khattab dan baginda telah berpesan kepada Umar dan Ali agar berjumpa dgn Uwais dan meminta Uwais mendoakan keampunan dari Allah bagi pihak mereka. Ini kerana doa Uwais amatlah mustajab. 

Uwais menderita sopak sejak lahir. Hilang ayah sewaktu kecil dan dipelihara ibu sehinggalah dewasa. Uwais amat sayang dan taat pada ibunya yg telah tua dan lumpuh itu. 

Pada suatu hari ibunya menyatakan hasrat untuk menunaikan haji di Mekah. Uwais yg bersopak dan serba kekurangan itu masakan mampu membiayai unta , pembantu dan makan minum untuk perjalanan ibunya itu. Tambahan pula jarak dari Yaman ke Mekah amatlah jauh. Namun Uwais bertekad untuk memenuhi permintaan ibunya. Apakah daya Uwais? 

Langkah pertama yg diambil Uwais dalam merealisasikan cita-citanya untuk membawa ibunya ke Mekah ialah dengan membeli seekor anak lembu. 

Anak lembu tersebut ditempatkan di sebuah pondok yg dibinanya diatas sebuah bukit. Uwais telah dianggap tidak siuman oleh masyarakat setempat kerana saban hari dia akan mendukung anak lembu tersebut turun naik bukit dan kadang kala didukungnya pula mengelilingi bukit itu. 

Pebuatan ini berlanjutan sehinggalah anak lembu itu telah membesar menjadi seekor lembu dewasa yg besar dan sihat. Dan diwaktu yg sama juga Uwais telah berubah menjadi seorang lelaki yg kuat dan tegap tubuh badannya hasil dari perbuatan mendukung anak lembu setiap hari. 

Uwais menyatakan kepada penduduk setempat, mendukung anak lembu itu ialah persediaan untuk membawa ibunya ke Mekah. Dia tidak punya wang untuk membeli unta sebagai kenderaan untuk ibunya tapi kini dia punya kudrat untuk mendukung ibunya dari Yaman hingga ke Mekah.

(Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Uwais mendukung ibunya dari Yaman ke Mekah. Atas padang pasir tu Doooool!)

Uwais berjaya membawa ibunya ke Mekah dan sepanjang masa dia di Mekah doanya hanya satu, “ampunilah segala dosa ibuku, ampunilah segala dosa ibuku, ampunilah segala dosa ibuku” Sehinggalah suatu hari diketahui ibunya bahawa Uwais tidak pernah mendoakan satu apa pun untuk dirinya sendiri, ibunya telah mengarahkan Uwais berdoa untuk dirinya pula. Arahan itu berserta ugutan akan derhakalah Uwais terhadap ibunya jika dia masih tidak mahu mendoakan sesuatu untuk dirinya. 

Maka Uwais pun memohon agar penyakit sopak yg dianggapnya rahmat dari Allah itu sembuh. Pun begitu, Uwais memohon ditinggalkan sedikit kesan sopak itu pada dirinya sebagai peringataan dan kenang-kenangan atas rahmat yg telah dikurniakan. Allah memenuhi permintaan Uwais serta merta dan meninggalkan setompok putih dileher Uwais sepertimana yg diingininya. 

Tompok itulah yg telah digunakan sebagai tanda oleh Umar dan Ali semasa mengesah dan mengenal-pasti Uwais al Qarni dalam pertemuan mereka. Seperti mana yg dipesan oleh nabi, Umar dan Ali meminta Uwais al Qarni memohon kehadrat Allah keampunan atas segala dosa-dosa mereka. 

Moral kisah ini? 

1) Umar dan Ali yg dah kompom masuk syurga pun masih lagi memohon keampunan dari Allah. 
2) Buat baik la dengan mak. Ambik ati mak. Gembirakan mak. Bukan susah pun. Terutamanya orang lelaki, haruslah diingat syurga lelaki bukan terletak dicelah kangkang bininya tapi dibawah telapak kaki ibunya.