JOB CUTS: Nakheel has reduced its workforce by 15 percent as it scales back projects.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
JOB CUTS: Nakheel has reduced its workforce by 15 percent as it scales back projects.
Hari ini antara hari paling sedih.
Notis pemberhentian kerja kepada rakan-rakan yang tidak bernasib baik dalam kemelut ekonomi dunia.
Kesemua menangis...dan salah seorang diserang sakit jantung dan pengsan. Dikejarkan ke hospital dengan ambulan.
Lagi di SINI
Saya ingin menyampaikan simpati pada teman-teman ekspatriat Malaysia yang diberhentikan kerja. Semuga banyak bersabar dan didoakan ada rezeki yang lebih baik menanti.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
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Back in 1999 during the then economic crisis, I planned my way (with assistance from a friend) to Saudi Arabia with a dream to find new careers and new life for my young family. Alhamdulillah, my prayers during the hajj in 2000 were answered and I was in Dubai immediately after completing the hajj.
I only knew Dubai through 'Emirates airlines' billboard on Jalan Sultan Ismail. Never knew much about the UAE as well except Dubai was a popular transit airport. It took me for a while to really understand the risks but I told myself, 'what the heck, nothing to lose, if I do not like it, I will return home and start all over again'.
About decade later, I still find Dubai fascinating but things are not as before. And in 2005, I traveled to New Zealand with my family for holidays. Same old country that I left in 1988 and managed to drive all the way from Auckland to my foster family home in Wainuiomata without getting lost. Same roads and same picturesque trip to memory lane.
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New National Government Plans Visa Changes
The newly elected National Party has announced planned changes to the New Zealand migration system. Following on from their election promises to encourage Kiwis working overseas to return home and foreign skilled migrants to move to NZ, Dr Lockwood-Smith, the party’s immigration spokesman, has announced three new visa categories.
The three new categories include a Silver Fern visa, which will be introduced to allow would-be migrants the opportunity to travel to NZ to find employment. They will be allowed to work in temporary jobs whilst they hunt for something permanent and once they have found long term work they will be able to transfer the visa into a two year working visa.
National is also proposing a new 6 month, temporary work visa for anyone who obtains seasonal work and a Retirement visa which will allow wealthy retirees to emigrate to New Zealand with funds to invest.
Ini adalah sebahagian dari langkah memulihkan tanggapan mengenai Muslim sebaik pasca September 11.
Dalam perbincangan itu, Yusuf diperlukan untuk bersama pengambaran dalam 30 hari. Saya teruja juga dengan penglibatan ini kerana sememangnya berminat. Saya juga sepatutnya menjadi sebahagian dari krew.
Walaubagaimanapun, dokumentari itu tidak diteruskan kerana tidak mendapat permit diperlukan dari kerajaan Saudi.
Film follows sacred journey
The first film to capture the experience of being among millions of haji circling the Ka’aba, Islam’s holiest shrine in Mecca, will get its official premiere in Abu Dhabi. Journey to Mecca has been filmed in the ultra-high resolution Imax format and will be shown on a giant screen at the Emirates Palace hotel in January.
Tragically its lead actor, 28-year-old Chems Eddine Zinoun, whose performance anchors the film, will not be present. He died earlier this month in a car accident in his native Morocco. Jonathan Barker, the chief executive of SK Films, said everyone was “heart-broken” that the young actor, who initially auditioned for a bit part but went on to become the lead, will not be there to see his accomplishment.
“I recently had a wonderful dinner with him and asked how he felt about being in a film that would be actively shown for many decades around the world,” he said.
“He said he felt grateful and honoured to be in this film – especially if it meant more understanding of the richness of his culture and more respect between the West and the East, and between Muslims and non-Muslims.”
Imagenation Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC), will host screenings of the 45-minute film, three times a day over three days from Jan 7. ADMC also publishes The National.
Edward Borgerding, the chief executive of ADMC, said it was “tragic” that Zinoun died just as his film career was blooming but the movie in which he starred was “fantastic”.
“It’s a quality movie about a subject we love and care deeply about, which is Mecca,” he said.“As a local Abu Dhabi film company, we’re proud to sponsor this movie. We wanted to show it because it’s a beautiful theme and a beautiful message.”
Zinoun’s character is Ibn Battuta, the 14th century traveller who made five pilgrimages to Mecca during a 30-year journey that took him across the Muslim world. He covered 115,000km, three times as far as the distance covered by the Western explorer, Marco Polo.
Ibn Battuta’s original journey from Tangiers to Mecca for the 1326 haj took him 18 months. It took filmmakers twice as long to receive permission to shoot Imax footage in Mecca for use in the film.
Dominic Cunningham-Reid, the film’s producer, moved to Saudi Arabia and lived there for the two-and-a-half years it took to secure the 85 permits needed to film what became 10 minutes of screen time in Journey to Mecca. He described the process of overcoming suspicion, resistance and inactivity as conciliation via “a million cups of tea”.
The film is the first time cameras using an Imax format have been allowed inside Mecca. Imax, short for Image Maximum, is used for large-format, special venue film presentations on huge screens, measuring 22 metres wide and 16.1 metres high or larger.
Jonathan Barker, another producer on the project, said the difficulties of filming in Mecca during the haj were more demanding than the organising Imax footage shot on the space shuttle.
“It is certainly the most challenging film I’ve ever been involved in,” he said. “This was extraordinarily difficult because we had to have an all-Muslim crew and, to date, there had been very few Muslims with experience in the Imax medium, so we had to train them. “
We were fortunate to find three really wonderful Muslim cinematographers.
”One of them, Afshin Javadi, took the only footage ever shot by one of the faithful circling the Ka’aba, which he said captured the essence and the beauty of the haj. “
The footage was mesmerising and monumental,” he said.
Other scenes were filmed by helicopter from just above, another cinematic first.
Even after completing the footage in Mecca, the filming moved to locations in Morocco, where 4,500 extras were used to depict the Damascus caravan of pilgrims. A team of 15 expert advisers ensured accuracy, from the religious aspects of the 14th century haj, to the clothing of the hajis and the calligraphy used in the credits.
Cunningham-Reid said the genesis of the film had been to promote a better understanding of Islam and go beyond the typical depictions in the western media.
“After September 11, there was a great hunger and a real need for information about Islam in the West,” he said.
Tahir Shah, the screenwriter, went through more than 55 drafts to reach the final script. Of Anglo-Afghan heritage, he said the attacks made him feel responsible, as someone who had a presence in both East and West, to bridge the gap between them by introducing each to the other’s culture.
The stereotyping of Arab actors in western films was underscored by the previous roles of the film’s actors. Hassam Ghancy, who plays the second lead, an ultimately benevolent bandit, in Journey to Mecca, had recently appeared in Traitor, a Hollywood film starring Don Cheadle, as a member of a terrorist group targeted by the CIA.
Nabil Elouahabi, who played Battuta’s best friend, most recently was also in a film about the September 11 attacks.
It is hoped up to 5,000 people will see Journey to Mecca when it is shown at the Emirates Palace hotel. Screenings will alternate between versions in English with Arabic subtitles and in Arabic with English subtitles.If it proves to be well received, Bruce Neibaur, its director, thinks most of the credit should go to Zinoun.
“I knew he was our Ibn Battuta from the moment he first walked in to audition for a different and smaller role,” he said. “If the film is a success, it will be because Chems was our Ibn Battuta.”
Friday, November 28, 2008
We have a lot of these good men and women among our own friends and in our communities. Some times we never realise about their good deeds and most of the times, our media will skip them over for more flattering news on politicians (of ruling parties though corrupt) and artists.
This year CNN Hero of The Year is Liz McCartney, 35. She dedicated to helping New Orleans Katrina survivors rebuild and move back into their homes.
I had spent good five days in New Orleans and enjoyed the city jazzy atmosphere. I stayed along the famous Bourbon street and French Quarter. Had toured the rest of Louisiana, including cruising along Mississippi River.
Liz McCartney, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana: McCartney moved to New Orleans to dedicate herself to helping Hurricane Katrina survivors move back into their homes. Her nonprofit, St. Bernard Project, has rebuilt the homes of more than 120 families for free.
In alphabetical order, the top other CNN Heroes of 2008 as chosen by the blue-ribbon panel are:
Tad Agoglia, Houston, Texas: Agoglia's First Response Team provides immediate help to areas hit by natural disasters. In a little over a year, he and his crew have helped thousands of victims at more than 15 sites across the United States, free of charge.
Yohannes Gebregeorgis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Moved by the lack of children's books and literacy in his native Ethiopia, Gebregeorgis established Ethiopia Reads, bringing free public libraries and literacy programs to thousands of Ethiopian children.
Carolyn LeCroy, Norfolk, Virginia: After serving time in prison, LeCroy started the Messages Project to help children stay connected with their incarcerated parents. She and volunteer camera crews have taped roughly 3,000 messages from inmates to their children.
Anne Mahlum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: On her daily morning jogs, Mahlum used to run past homeless men. Today, she's helping to transform lives by running with them, and others as part of her Back On My Feet program.
Phymean Noun, Toronto, Ontario: Growing up in Cambodia, Noun struggled to complete high school. Today, she offers hundreds of Cambodian children who work in Phnom Penh's trash dump a way out through free schooling and job training.
David Puckett, Savannah, Georgia: Puckett started PIPO Missions to bring ongoing prosthetic and orthotic care to those in need. Since November 2000, he has helped more than 420 people in southeastern Mexico, free of charge.
Maria Ruiz, El Paso, Texas: Several times a week, Ruiz crosses the border into Juarez, Mexico, bringing food, clothing and toys to hundreds of impoverished children and their families.
Marie Da Silva, Los Angeles, California: Having lost 14 family members to AIDS, the nanny funds a school in her native Malawi, where half a million children have been orphaned by the disease.
Viola Vaughn, Kaolack, Senegal: The Detroit, Michigan, native moved to Senegal to retire. Instead, a group of failing schoolchildren asked her to help them pass their classes. Today, her 10,000 Girls program is helping hundreds of girls succeed in school and run their own businesses
Property developers are seeing more defaults by home buyers and property investors, who are caught between declining prices and a shortage of lending by banks, Dubai’s property regulator said today.
Most cannot sell the units they have purchased because buyers are scarce. But they cannot continue to make payments because banks are tightening lending amid the global credit crisis or will not pay because they are concerned the project may never be built. Some are simply walking away and leaving their downpayments. Defaults are particularly high among speculators who bought properties without financing, aiming of re-selling and pocket a quick profit.
The federal government is now moving aggressively to try to reinvigorate mortgage lending, while many developers are adjusting installment plans to accomodate some delay in payments before default. But Mr Ghalita said defaults could climb to the 40 per cent level in the off-plan, secondary market for property “if banks do not provide finance and developers do not change payment plans by the end of the year since payments are due,” Mr Ghalita said.
Precise figures on defaults and overdue payments are not available. But Mr Ghalita said he saw evidence of rising default levels in his department’s monitoring of what is known as the “trust account,” which is controlled by Rera and takes in payments from buyers until a project is completed.
According to Rera statistics, there are 922 residential and commercial property developments in Dubai, of which 479, accounting for 46,000 units, are under construction.
“We would obviously see more downward pressure on real estate prices,” said Robert McKinnon, the managing director of Al Mal Capital, “The closer people get to defaulting, the more they panic. Developers themselves will have to take a lot of these assets, that they recognise as sold back, on their books. You are going to see a hit to their earnings also.”
Buyers tend to fall behind on payments for several reasons. Some cannot afford to keep up payments because they do not have the cash and cannot borrow. Others decide to stop paying out of a lack of confidence in the developer, or because they fear the value of the asset has already dropped below what they agreed to pay for it.
Mr Ghalita said the government has also moved to bolster confidence in projects by barring developers from cancelling sales contracts if construction had not started. The government has also moved to discourage speculators from withdrawing from purchase agreements with a new rule that buyers must forfeit 30 per cent of the property’s value if they default. Buyers had previously forefeited just 30 per cent of what they had already paid, according to lawyers.
Mr Ghalita said the authority was acting as a mediator and was negotiating with developers who have run into financing problems. In the meantime, he said the rise in missed payments underscores the urgency of government efforts to get the flow of mortgage lending going again.“I think finance is important for off-plan market continuity,” he said.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Kali terakhir saya bertemu aruah sewaktu pulang bercuti bulan Julai lalu.
Aruah telah selamat dikebumikan selepas zohor.
Semuga roh aruah ditempatkan bersama orang-orang yang solehah.
Aruah ayah pernah berkahwin lima kali.
Kali pertama di Makkah dan mendapat seorang putera (abang sulung), aruah Haji Lotfi. Dengan isteri yang sama aruah ayah mempunyai 8 orang anak tiri yang semuanya warga Saudi dan menetap di Makkah.
Kemudian dengan isteri kedua, mendapat anak bernama Wajih atau Suhaimi, yang pernah menuntut di New Zealand dan bekerja di USA dalam petroleum. Kini bersara di Trengganu.
Dengan isteri ketiga, mendapat seorang anak perempuan, aruah Humaira yang kami panggil kak Ella pernah menjadi ahli perniagaan makanan yang berjaya.
Dengan aruah Hajah Gayah, adik beradik saya ialah Kamil (Rompin), Kamilah (Muadzam Shah), Fadzel (Seri Putera), Abdul Jalil (Tanah Rata) dan Dr. Faez (Newcastle UK).
Dengan ibu saya, adik beradik kami, Bushra (di Rompin), Najah (Seri Putera), dan kembar saya Fadzilah (Perlis).
You are the middle of lunch when she calls. Then in the jacuzzi, when she calls again. While driving home, she calls another three times.
Now, they won't even answer your calls.
In other words, the message is "don't bank with us in the UAE - we have nothing for you."
Take Mashreq, the UAE's biggest private bank. In many ways, given its exposure to the region, it has most to lose. But have you heard a word about scrapping mortgages and loans? Not a squeak.
Urusan seks tidak diperincikan oleh syara’. Dalilnya: alBaqarah: 223 (Isteri2 kamu adalah ladang tempat kamu bercucuk tanam, maka datangilah ladang kamu itu sebagaimana yg engkau sukai..) Mungkin jika panduan yg terperinci hanyalah petua sahaja dan petua ini mestilah disokong oleh dalil yg qat’iy (putus) untuk sah diterima sebagai syari’at. Myth malam Juma’at adalah suatu metos yg amat popular, di mana disebut sahaja malam Juma’at, semua orang mengaitkan dengan seks. Ini tidak benar. (Ustaz Ali Mahfudz, Sunan wal Mubtadi’at)Manakala kepercayaan jima’ pada malam gerhana atau malam bulan penuh dan kaitan dengan kacacatan janin, maka itu suatu kepercayaan khurafat yg tiada asalnya (Syaikh alGhazali, Laisa minal Islam) Allahu a’alam
Nabi SAW telah bersabda:
“Sesiapa yang membaca surah Al-Kahfi pada hari Jumaat, maka bersinarlah cahaya daripada bawah kakinya hingga ke langit. Untuknya cahaya dihari kiamat dan diampunkannya antara dua jumaat” (HR. Ibnu Katsir)
Daripada Mandzur Ibnu Zaid, Ibnu Khalid Al Juhani dari Ibnu Al Hussein dari bapanya daripada Ali Marfu’an:
“Sesiapa membaca surah Al Kahfi pada hari Jumaat maka dia dihindari daripada segala fitnah selama lapan hari, dan jika Al-dajjal muncul, maka terhindar dia daripadanya” (HR. Ibnu Katsir)
Kesimpulannya, pada hari Jumaat disunatkan untuk umat Islam membaca Surah Al-Kahfi. Banyak kelebihan yang ada apabila kita membacanya.
Rasulullah SAW selalu membaca surah Al-Kahfi pada malam Jumaat. Oleh itu membaca surah Al-Kahfi merupakan salah satu sunnah nabi dan kita digalakkan untuk mengamalkannya. Pada kebiasaanya orang Melayu akan membaca Surah Yassin pada malam Jumaat sebagai adat. Perbuatan ini memang baik dan tidak salah. Sebagai seorang Islam kita mestilah berusaha meningkatkan amalan kita dari semasa ke semasa. Oleh itu cuba kita tukar bacaan dari surah Yassin kepada surah Al-Kahfi pada malam Jumaat. Kerana melakukan amalan sunnah nabi lebih utama daripada melakukan amalan sunat yang lain.
Lalu apabila membaca artikel dalam Utusan Malaysia, ternyata kita masih terlalu kebelakang dengan perkara remeh temeh dan tidak memajukan minda, sebab itulah parti yang sama terus memerintah dengan memperbodohkan bangsa 'ketuanan' sendiri.
Malam Jumaat yang penuh kemuliaan untuk umat Islam semakin dicemari. Daripada momokan mitos, cereka layar panggung hinggalah ke kaca televisyen, sentimen malam Jumaat sering disalah ertikan. Malam barakah yang sepatutnya dihiasi dengan amal ibadah, yasin dan tahlil, tampak lebih mesra di kalangan umat Islam khususnya Melayu sebagai malam yang seram lagi menakutkan.
Bergenerasi lamanya mungkin datuk, nenek kita telah menjadikan cerita-cerita seram berkaitan malam Jumaat ini sebagai mekanisme untuk menakut-nakutkan kita yang nakal semasa kecil dulu. Sedar atau tidak, cerita-cerita ini semakin mengakar dalam hidup orang Melayu, hatta hendak melintas pokok besar pun masih hendak meminta izin pada 'datuk' yang menjaganya.
Syarikat-syarikat produksi filem yang mengeluarkan lambakan cerita-cerita 'hantu' dan seram kepada syarikat televisyen perdana juga menyumbang kepada budaya negatif ini.
Menambahkan lagi perisa dan rencah kepada 'penghayatan' cerita ini, sudah tentu slotnya ditayangkan pada malam Jumaat, malam yang kononnya amat 'misteri' bagi penggemar-penggemar alam mistik. Amat malang sekali apabila malam yang sepatutnya diisi dengan fadilat kebesaran hari Jumaat, siri-siri diskusi ilmiah dan slot-slot tazkirah diganti dengan pengisian mitos dan melalaikan.
Islam tidak pernah menafikan akan kewujudan makhluk halus dan alam ghaib. Islam dari awal lagi telah meletakkan garis yang jelas untuk kita percaya akan kewujudannya dan dalam masa yang sama melarang kita takut kepadanya. Ketakutan kita yang paling hakiki hanyalah mutlak kepada Allah SWT.
Minat yang mendalam kepada perkara ghaib ini jelas berlaku di kelas-kelas agama di sekolah, bila membincangkan tentang bab alam ghaib dan makhluk halus, yang menjadi perhatian pelajar adalah bagaimana rupa bentuk makhluk yang mengerikan itu (khususnya jin dan syaitan) dan bukannya kepada hal-hal yang memberitahu kenapa Allah SWT menjadikan 'mereka' dan perihal bahawa 'mereka' juga wajib beriman kepada-NYA.
Kecenderungan inilah juga yang dipercayai menjadi penyelesaian mudah bagi guru-guru menayangkan 'sajak kematian' kepada pelajar naif semuda 7 tahun di beberapa buah sekolah baru-baru ini.
Kesan langsung akibat pendidikan dan rangka bina kehidupan seseorang yang selama ini diisi dengan elemen-elemen seram dan tahyul, tidak dapat tidak akan melahirkan generasi yang penakut.
'Ketakutan buatan' inilah yang menjadikan generasi muda kita pada hari ini seakan-akan takut mencuba, takut gagal, takut ke depan, hatta mahu memberi cadangan pun takut.
Justeru, budaya memomokkan anak bangsa kita dengan ketakutan wajar dihentikan segera. Ia harus bermula dengan kesedaran ibu bapa yang mendidik anak-anak dengan kasih sayang dan ketegasan dan bukannya dengan momokan ketakutan dan tahyul.
Pihak Kementerian Penerangan juga wajar mengeluarkan arahan tegas agar setiap syarikat televisyen menghentikan menyiarkan tayangan berunsur seram pada setiap malam Jumaat demi menghormati hari yang mulia itu.
Tidak dinafikan 'hit' atau respons penonton muda terhadap rancangan seperti ini memang tinggi, serta slot iklan di celah-celah cerita seram itu juga menyumbang kepada 'pengayaan' dana syarikat televisyen gergasi negara. Sedarlah, setiap satu saat tayangan yang sarat dengan budaya negatif ini akan memberi kesan langsung kepada pembentukan akhlak generasi muda kita.
Oleh Salbiah Ani
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
There is always a dream to drop everything and move somewhere else, a far away and strange place to have a totally different life from the current desert living. I received New Zealand PR invitation three years ago and may take that route again if the current situation becoming worse.....or maybe this time that northern part of America and spend my time writing books...
From a young age we are taught that we should work. We work hard at school to get the best grades to go to university. We work harder at university to get a good job. And we work yet harder at the job to get that promotion. Finally, we work harder still to keep on getting promotions until we retire.
In the meantime, we fail to love our parents for taking care of us. We miss out on being children with time to laugh and play because we so want to be an adult.
We learn to hone our competitive edge to the degree that we forget our humanity sometimes. And as we grow older, we forget what it means to genuinely love unconditionally and the meaning of forgiveness.
As a famous person once said, "you are either with me or with the enemy." This doctrine is not far from the hearts of many people. Perhaps they might not agree with the statement when it comes to politics, but I assure you, look around, and you will see it in abundance in everyday life.
We then bemoan about not having enough time to do all the things we wish we could do. We are more than ready to sacrifice our humanity for money because that is what many of us were taught to focus on. Some of us will work ten, twelve and sometimes fourteen hours a day, not because we need to, but because we have trained ourselves that this is the right way to show that we are dedicated to our work.
Of course there are people who genuinely work because there is no alternative for them to survive. But most of us look at work as a competition that we have to win.
That is the fruition of the learned behavior that we took from our childhood in school. We are graded in school, not to see what subjects we excel at, and thus should focus on - we are graded to see which of us has the ability to learn the system the fastest and thus ensure a better chance of survival in the work environment.
We are even often told that some things naturally present in one person's personality can be taught to others, rather than to celebrate our diversity. The new buzz word in business circles and at universities is ‘entrepreneurship'.
Some people actually believe they can teach this as a skill. What can be taught is the thought process and how to hone the skills by someone who has it in him or her, and gets paid to teach it. What cannot be taught is how to be an entrepreneur. So we learn yet another idea that will encourage us to compete even more for money, and that will ultimately result in us failing to focus on, or care about, humanity.
It is said that money is the root of all evil. I would contend that it is not money but the spirit of greed that money invokes that is the root of evil. Because if we allow acquiring things to be our goal in life, we lose vision of what is truly more important - ourselves.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Memang kadar sewaan di Dubai (dan Abu Dhabi) adalah tinggi hingga menyebabkan ramai keluarga terpaksa berkongsi vila. Ada satu vila berkongsi empat hingga lima keluarga. Malah ada vila yang di diami oleh 20-30 orang bujang.
One Villa, One Family Rule Turns Low-income People into Nomads
DUBAI — Low-income residents in Dubai are being forced to live the life of nomads, in constant search of affordable homes. The ‘One Villa, One Family’ rule has displaced many families in Dubai which are now looking towards the Northern Emirates for accommodation.
Khaleej Times met up with one such family of Pakistanis whose woes seem endless with the pressures of survival in the UAE.
The Municipality’s ‘One Villa, One Family’ campaign kicked off this week with inspectors combing through villas in Al Rashidiya area, an official said.
DUBAI // Dubai Municipality is cutting power and water to as many as 200 villas a week in an attempt to evict people who are sharing homes, but some of the tenants are defying authorities and illegally reconnecting services, a senior official said yesterday.He announced a plan to extend the eviction campaign to other kinds of accommodation, including overcrowded apartments. Omar Mohammed Abdul Rahman, the head of the buildings inspection section at the municipality, said inspectors had identified 4,200 villas that violated the rules and housed shared families.
“We are cutting water and electricity services to at least 150 to 200 villas per week,” he said.
PKR as a growing party reflects the truism that politics tend to revolve around personalities - in this case, de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, 61.
Some consider him the ‘Malaysian Obama’ in terms of charisma, oratory skills and crowd-pulling ability; even detractors find it difficult to dispute the electioneering calibre of the former deputy prime minister.
But I tend to agree as even within his own party - are not so sure Anwar being perceived as the only opposition leader qualified to be the alternative prime minister. A critic contends that Anwar is his own worse enemy.
A PKR insider says that, “Every major decision on party matters seems to need Anwar’s tacit approval and frequently his indecisiveness has stalled or delayed the party’s progress.”
It is Anwar-centric syndrome in decision-making that could be the real stumbling block for PKR to move forward. Anwar is a dictator!
This is not a healthy practice and with the current national leadership, it is time for the party leaders to delegate decision-making to technocrats within PKR to strengthen its organisational structure.
The question is, who are those PKR leaders can be seen as new Obama in waiting?
The real battle will be in the next election when United Malays National Organisation and gangs will make sure the last election fiasco will not be repeated. Otherwise, they will be doomed. Forget 2008 election storm or September 16, move forward for real battle ahead.
Yes, I agree that PKR must diversify its image by creating successful role-models from within its ranks. Success stories of its leaders in community services or building rapport with constituents will help to build its image as a mass movement rather than a bunch of UMNO wannabes.
Malaysia people must look beyond Anwar and Najib.....and we have 23 million people to begin with by excluding all UMNO (hantu) members!
By Salman Dossari
Dubai, Asharq Al-Awsat- Dubai authorities have resorted to a religious decree (Fatwa) to remedy the large number of fatal traffic accidents that occur on a monthly basis among nationals and residents.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Pork Tapeworms a Small, But Growing Trend
"We've got a lot more of cases of this in the United States now," said Raymond Kuhn, professor of biology and an expert on parasites at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. "Upwards of 20 percent of neurology offices in California have seen it."
The pork tapeworm has plagued people for thousands of years. The parasite, known as cysticercosis, lives in pork tissue, and is likely the reason why Jewish and Muslim dietary laws ban pork.
Kuhn said whether you get a tapeworm in the intestine, or a worm burrowing into your brain can depend on how you consumed the parasite.
dibawah pelbagai akta drakonian
dahulu negara kaya raya
sumber alam dan manusia
tetapi akhirnya porak poranda
mugabe si diktator berhati puaka
pembangkang masuk penjara
kritikan dianggap derhaka
mengongkong mahkamah dan media
memperkuda polis dan tentera
rasuah dan penyelewengan berleluasa
politik wang menjadi budaya
keruntuhan moral sudah biasa
AIDS dan wabak sebagai bala
tidak mungkin ke zimbabwe
menjadi pelancung zombie
tetapi sejarah mencetus pengajaran
untuk belajar dari kesilapan
cukuplah menjadi rakyat diperbodohkan
sebelum terlalu lambat untuk diperbetulkan
jangan kita jadi zimbabwe, nauzubillah
malaysia mesti diselamatkan, insyaAllah!
24 Nov 2008
Zimbabwe may soon collapse, say Annan, Carter
By Paul Simao
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zimbabwe could soon collapse due to a political and economic crisis, South Africa's ANC leader Jacob Zuma said on Monday, setting out the opinion of prominent figures including former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
"They believe the situation is very bad. They believe things could collapse in a few months time in Zimbabwe," Zuma told reporters after meeting Annan, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and other prominent figures.
Annan, Carter and human rights champion Graca Machel, who is Nelson Mandela's wife, are part of a group of prominent figures and former statesmen called The Elders. They were barred by Zimbabwe from visiting to assess a humanitarian crisis there this weekend.
DUBAI, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Imagine a merger between two struggling lenders is suddenly brought under government supervision and folded into one federal bank before the group is bundled into another federal entity and given a cash injection.
Imagine all of that happening in the space of 24 hours.
Such moves may be common fare during a global financial crisis, but in Dubai, the government's actions are not called a bailout or even a rescue but "a milestone development" for the country's financial sector and analysts are loathe to use such loaded terms publicly.
"I think this is a bailout. This is a government takeover," said one UAE analyst who declined to give his name, citing the sensitivity of the issue -- another sign of just how politically charged words become in a region where corporate governance is in its infancy.
Transparency can be hard to come by in this glitzy tourism and trade hub which has transformed itself from a sleepy pearl and fishing village into a financial powerhouse in the Gulf Arab region.
Famous for manmade islands in the shape of palm trees and the world map, an indoor ski slope in the desert and a reputation as a shopping haven, Dubai's wings have been clipped recently by the credit crisis.
The city has seen a downturn in its five-year property boom. Banks are restricting lending and job cuts are on the rise.
The transparency issues can make it hard for investors to make bets on markets.
The chief executive of Tamweel TAML.DU, one of the merged lenders whose shares have been suspended, was uncertain about what would happen to the stock.
"It's too early to say, I can't tell you," Wasim Saifi told Reuters on Monday.
And on Sunday the finance ministry said it would take control of a planned merger between mortgage lenders Amlak AMLK.DU and Tamweel and bring them under its Real Estate Bank. The move was aimed at giving the struggling Islamic lenders access to deposits to help finance their obligations.
However, Real Estate Bank, whose website says it takes deposits, is not a licensed bank according to the UAE central bank's website.
Hours later, the government said it would take all three entities and merge them with little-known Emirates Industrial Bank to create Emirates Development Bank.
The director-general of Dubai's Department of Finance said on Monday a new day had dawned in terms of more government and business clarity.
"Today we are facing new realities and we have to be more transparent," said Nasser al-Shaikh, who is also the chairman of Amlak. Continued...
Tulisan kreatif juga mula disiarkan oleh Mingguan Malaysia, Berita Minggu selain Dewan Sastera pada tahun yang sama.
Kembali ke tanahair sebagai penganggur, saya sempat bekerja sambilan di Balai Riong dan Gila-Gila sebelum ditawarkan sebagai kadet wartawan di Utusan. Hanya sebulan sahaja di Utusan, saya berhenti kerana tidak dapat menyesuaikan diri. Masa itu idealisme yang tinggi dan melihat dari suasana 'politik' di Utusan, lebih baik saya bekerja dengan orang Cina.
Saya kembali menulis secara regular tahun 1997 melalui ruangan sastera dan 'Sebuah Rumah Sebuah Komputer'.
Membaca artikel dibawah hari ini, untuk tidak mempupuskan akhbar Melayu, kita semestinya mempunyai lebih banyak akhbar Melayu di pasaran. Bukan akhbar tabloid tetapi akhbar harian yang lebih terbuka dan tidak dimiliki oleh United Malays National Organisation.
Ramai yang tidak membeli mahupun membaca akhbar Melayu kerana Utusan dan Berita terlalu menjadi alat propaganda United Malays National Organisation.
Sekiranya akhbar Melayu benar-benar pupus, maka United Malays National Organisation yang mesti dipertanggungjawabkan. Bahasa Melayu sendiri tidak digunakan untuk pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik!
Lihat edaran akhbar Cina yang terus terbuka dan berani dalam pemberitaan.
Tepuk dada tanya selera, kita tidak mahu terus diperbodohkan oleh akhbar yang tidak telus, tidak tepat serta, menyelewengkan berita.
Akhbar Melayu bakal pupus?
Oleh AHMAD ZAKI ISMAIL
RAYUAN, tuntutan dan saranan bagi menyelamatkan khazanah negara dan waris sejarah perjuangan bangsa berwadah media cetak yakni Kumpulan Utusan sudah jelas menunjukkan bahawa ia dalam tahap kritikal.
Malah isu ini bukan satu pekara yang terpinggir atau sekadar sebahagian daripada rutin dunia perdagangan komersial semata-mata. Tentu ada perkara yang lebih besar agendanya, hebat cabarannya dan buruk impaknya jika tidak kita berikan perhatian yang wajar.
Ini bukan satu gimik atau sinikal tidak juga dengan niat provokasi, tetapi lebih merupakan satu hakikat. Ia mesti dilihat secara serius bukan sahaja oleh golongan pejuang bahasa, pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Melayu atau pemimpin politik kerajaan. Malah ia juga patut diberikan perhatian sewajarnya oleh seluruh masyarakat tanpa mengira bangsa, keturunan dan agama kerana legasi akhbar ini mempunyai pertalian khusus dengan sejarah pembentukan negara Malaysia yang merdeka.
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Sunday, November 23, 2008
ada imejan di permukaan
pandangan yang tersilau
oleh neon perjalanan
ruang yang terlepas dari
musim saujana usia
di permulaan itu
menyusur waktu berlalu
ada wajah-wajah membayang
suara-suara di kejauhan
menembusi fana emosi
dan meroboh setiap tembok
gurun yang menjadi kampung
taman permainan anak-anak
menumpang kehidupan superfisial
dalam merentas sedar
tentang kesementaraan ini
adalah persinggahan minda
kita tidak di sini
tidak juga di sana
sekadar mengapung imaginasi
merantai antara benua
sebagai jambatan ilusi
dalam mengharung realiti
yang semakin berwarna
hitam putih ketakwaan!
A Financial Times study of company announcements, press briefings and union statements over the past five working days reveals the spread and depth of the downturn.
Since Dubai has taken a front seat in the international limelight, we in the UAE have grown used to welcoming journalists from across the world. Recently, though, there has been a slew of reporters coming hoping to uncover a “dark side”. Thankfully, the UAE has largely ignored this negative campaign and has continued with its development, looking towards the future. The truth is that so many visiting journalists have come looking for negative news that I have become apprehensive of their visits.
Among the attendees were dozens of Nobel laureates and one of my own heroes from the financial world, Mohamed El-Erian the current CEO of Pimco, the world’s largest bond investor with $692 billion of assets under management as of 2007, who also used to manage Harvard University’s $35 billion endowment fund. It was a gathering like no other.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Pada tahun ini sempena cuti panjang Hari Nasional UAE dan Hari Raya Haji nanti, kami akan berada di Mesir dari 1 hingga 12 Disember.
Hari ini kami ke City Centre Deira. Faidhi dan Muhaimin menonton 'Open Season 2' manakala Saifullah bermain pool.
Sementara isteri pula shopping dan saya ke Magrudy's, kedai buku popular untuk mencari buku-buku berkenaan Mesir. Kebetulan, tuan punya Magrudy's pernah menjadi sahabat sewaktu saya bersama Yusuf Islam. Anak muda campuran Emirati dan English ini cukup baik orangnya dan begitu kuat bekerja.
Hajatnya di Mesir untuk melawat kesan-kesan sejarah yang selama ini hanya dilihat melalui buku, TV dan filem. Akan berada di Luxor, Aswan, Kahirah dan Alexandaria.
Semuga lawatan ini memberi banyak pengalaman baru.
Hari ini juga sempat ke Carrefour pula untuk membeli barangan rumah. Turut mencari buah Anar, atau nama Melayunya Delima, nama lainnya Pomegranate. Menurut seorang teman yang singgah baru-baru ini, jus buah Anar ini cukup berkhasiat dan berfaedah untuk kesihatan.
Saya baru mencuba dan nampaknya jus Anar yang mahal ini cukup popular di Dubai.
Dan kebetulan Gulf News menyiarkan artikel berkaitan Anar.
Afghans seek image change with anar
Kabul: This ancient land is telling the world that it has a trendy, new replacement for its dreaded poppy crop: sweet, juicy pomegranates.
The country will stamp a logo on all boxes of the pomegranate for export: a drawing of the sliced, red fruit with seeds spilling out and a label that announces, “Anar, Afghan Pomegranate”. Anar is the word for pomegranate in various regional languages.
Afghanistan officials hope the Western-style sales savvy will raise the pomegranate’s cachet and provide its farmers with a lucrative alternative to growing opium poppies.
Even though the Afghan pomegranate is considered one of the best in the world, it has been very much a local delicacy. The fruit is about the size of an apple, with a thick, reddish skin and hundreds of seeds embedded in tough, white pulp. This time of year, the red seed casings are consumed everywhere in Kabul — as juice, spooned straight from the fruit, or piled on a tray and sold by the scoop to picnickers in parks.
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