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Aktiviti Exco pada 11/05/08: Perasmian Penubuhan Majlis Pemuafakatan Ibu Bapa dan Guru MITIB

In 1 on May 11, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Maahad Integrasi Tahfiz Istana Bandar (MITIB) di Jugra telah melangsungkan penubuhan Majlis Pemuafakan Ibu Bapa dan Guru pada 11/05/08 di Auditorium As Syatibi Jugra Banting Selangor.

Ucapan Perasmi.
Gambar Kenangan bersama kakitangan MITIB dan Ibu Bapa pelajar.

How my cats teach my children vocabulary and motivation

In Having fun with your kids the educational way on May 11, 2008 at 7:51 pm

When my first son was about 7 years old a Siamese cat landed in our home, being abandoned by his owner. We named him Blue-Eye. Then he met a mate named ‘Blotchy’. During my younger days my late mother would have called him ‘Tompok’. Soon, ‘Blendy’ was born.
Since then my house has literally been a semi-welfare home for cats which was abandoned by their owners or which wanted ‘a second home’. They came in and go whenever they like.I was getting very busy running my clinic and I didn’t have much time reading to my kids as i used to. I now have 6 kids and boy!they were very active.
So I thought I better use all these stray or semi-stray cats to teach them a little bit of vocabulary and a dose of motivation.Of course I needed the motivation more than they did. So, here is the list of my cats over the past 20 years or so that come to mind.
Blendy gave birth to Jovial. The rest were from other stock. We had:
Proactive, Imperturbability(Imper), Integrity, Equanimity, Joyful, Adorable, Vision, Mission,Positive, Progressive, Persistence, Synergy, Awesome, Vibrant, Upgrade, Tenacity, Nimble Charming, Sheer Brute, Influential and about two weeks before the Malaysian general election(8/3/08) Charismatic delivered Forward Thinking, Upbeat, Catalyst and SUCCESS!

Besides the cat story, a monitor lizard which frequented my gate, I called her ZEST. She produced a cute little’WIN-WIN’ and both were chased away by the constant stone throwing of the village boys.
We had a pair of hamsters called ‘ Hopeful’ and ‘Forge Ahead’ and a pair of ‘ayam katek’ called ‘Innovative’ and Creative.

So, it’s not that difficult to use whatever time and resources to be creative, cost effective and be a good teacher to your kids.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Selamat Hari Guru!

Aktiviti Exco Pendidikan pada 11/05/08: Mesyuarat Agung PIBG SRA Kg Delek Klang

In 1 on May 11, 2008 at 5:32 pm



Para ibu bapa/ penjaga yang turut memeriahkan majlis
pelajar yang berjaya dalam peperiksaan SPRA

Exco menerima cenderahati dari pihak penganjur.

OSA REMAINS INTACT

In ACA, corruption, OSA on May 11, 2008 at 4:36 pm

The “Official Secret Act” will not be amended or abolished, according to the Minister in the Prime Minister Department.

The Official Secrets Act 1972 (Act 88), also known as the OSA, is a statute in Malaysia prohibiting the dissemination of information classified as an official secret. The legislation is based on the Official Secrets Act of the United Kingdom. After criticism of the act for lacking clarity, it was amended in 1986.[1]

Provisions

The act defines an “official secret” as:

…any document specified in the Schedule and any information and material relating thereto and includes any other official document, information and material as may be classified as ‘Top Secret’, ‘Secret’, ‘Confidential’ or ‘Restricted’, as the case may be, by a Minister, the Menteri Besar or Chief Minister of a State or such public officer [as may be authorised to classify such documents by a Minister, Menteri Besar or Chief Minister].

The Schedule to the Act covers “Cabinet documents, records of decisions and deliberations including those of Cabinet committees”, as well as similar documents for state executive councils. It also includes “documents concerning national security, defence and international relations”.

Malaysia’s Official Secrets Act is a broadly-worded law which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, as well as significant lesser penalties for the actions associated with the wrongful collection, possession or communication of official information. Any public officer can declare any material an official secret — a certification which cannot be questioned in court . The act allows for arrest and detention without a warrant, and substantially reverses the burden of proof. It states that “until the contrary is proven,” any of the activities proscribed under the act will be presumed to have been undertaken “for a purpose prejudicial to the safety or interests of Malaysia.” It is not necessary for the authorities to show that the accused person was guilty of a particular act, and states that even if no act is proved, the accused person may still be convicted on the basis of “the circumstances of the case, his conduct or his known character…”.

Govt won’t amend OSA, says Nazri

The Edge

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has no intention of amending the Official Secrets Act (OSA) as the Cabinet can declassify any document at any time, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said.

He was replying to a supplementary question from Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (Kota Raja-PAS) who asked whether the government intended to draft a freedom of information act to protect whistleblowers and complement the government’s effort to fight corruption.

Without answering whether the government would introduce such a law, he said the Cabinet could meet to declassify any matter from the OSA.

Nazri earlier told parliament that the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) had brought 544 charges against government officials for various offences between 2003 and 2007.

“These involved 436 cases under the Corruption Prevention Act 1997, 67 cases under the Penal Code and other legislations as well as one under the Anti-Money Laundering Act,” he said.

The minister said the ACA would shift its emphasis from enforcement and punitive actions to a focus on internal control by encouraging government departments to work with the agency in various programmes to prevent corruption, misappropriation and the abuse of power.

“This will be implemented through the formation of a Joint Committee to Prevent Corruption, which is an extension of the existing efforts implemented through the Committee for Integrity in Management (CIM),” he added.

The joint committee was linked directly with critical and high-risk agencies, Nazri said. “By focusing on critical agencies, it will have a bigger impact on the effectiveness of corruption prevention efforts in this country.”

Nazri said the ACA would step up its cooperation with the National Audit Department to ensure early action in dealing with government agencies deemed more prone to corruption, abuse of power and impropriety.

The ACA would also pay more attention to “intelligence-based investigation”, particularly those involving syndicated corruption, the minister said. “It will involve the use of intelligence in corruption cases to increase the investigative capability against government departments,” he said.

To a question from Lim Kit Siang (Ipoh Timur-DAP) on whether the government actually had the “political will” to fight corruption considering Malaysia was ranked 43rd on Transparency International’s index, Nazri said the matter was part of Barisan Nasional’s manifesto since 2004.

He said corruption would be difficult to eradicate in a short time and urged the opposition to work alongside the government to stem the practice.

In a press release later, Sivarasa Rasiah (Subang-PKR) said the government must have the “political will” to prevent corruption by drafting a freedom of information act and protect whistleblowers.

“If not, the government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is only making empty promises,” he added.

According to Sivarasa, the government had never declassified any confidential documents of public interests such as the toll concession agreements. “Instead, it is the Selangor state government under Pakatan Rakyat that started to declassify confidential documents as an early measure to improve transparency and governance,” he said.

The PKR vice-president said he had proposed a motion for a freedom of information legislation to be debated in parliament that had been excluded from the current sitting.

Sivarasa’s view was backed by Mohamed Azmin Ali (Gombak-PKR), who highlighted that freedom of information act had been introduced in 55 countries, including Zimbabwe. “The countries that are still behind are Malaysia and possibly Mongolia,” he said when debating the motion of thanks on the royal address yesterday.

Azmin said India had abolished its OSA and enacted a right to information act that allowed every Indian citizen to obtain any information, record or document within 30 days.

On corporate governance, he questioned Malayan Banking Bhd’s (Maybank) purchase of a 100% stake in Bank Internasional Indonesia (BII) at the price of RM8.6 billion.

“The acquisition process has been criticised by the financial community as it did not comply with corporate governance standards.

“Maybank paid 4.65 times the book value (of BII) and set a new benchmark for (the purchase of) a bank in Indonesia,” Azmin said, adding that the highest price paid for a bank in Indonesia was about 2.5 times book value

DR M, RAFIDAH, KIT SIANG AND HISHAM JOIN THE CROWD

In 1 on May 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm

In a new development regarding Karpal Singh statement in Parliament, Dr M has joined the crowd and commented that we must ascertain whether Karpal Singh’s remark tantamount to “sedition” against the royalties.

Karpal Singh still maintains that he did not question the prerogative of the Sultan and has not committed any offence. Karpal Singh quoted a legal case in Pengarah Pelajaran Wilayah Persekutuan & Others vs Loot Ting Yee where the Federal Court had decided that a civil servant did not have a right to be heard as transfer does not amount to dismissal or reduction in rank. He had said the principles in the decision apply equally to state civil servants.

DAP tells federal govt to stop interfering in police probe on Karpal
Humayun Kabir, Kimberly Lau and Llew-Ann Phang
The Sun

TAIPING (May 11, 2008): The federal government should not interfere in police investigations into reports lodged against DAP chairman Karpal Singh for allegedly committing sedition by questioning the powers of the Perak Sultan.

DAP’s Ipoh Timor MP Lim Kit Siang said: “Do not interfere in the legal procedure, let the Attorney-General (A-G) and police investigate the matter.”

Lim urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to withdraw the police report against Karpal Singh as Karpal Singh had spoken purely on a legal point of law. He said Umno should not politicise the issue for its own benefit.”

The DAP strongman spoke in a dialogue with the people to address their problems in the Kwang Tong Association here last night. About 1,000 people attended the dialogue which saw the people voicing their grievances on several issues.

Since last Monday, several police reports were lodged in Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Port Dickson, Muar and George Town, calling for action against Karpal Singh.

Karpal Singh was reported to have said the Perak Sultan did not have the power to reinstate the Perak Religious Department director Datuk Jamry Sury who was transferred by the Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.

He was also reported to have said in Parliament on Monday that state governments had the right to move civil servants without consulting heads of state.

He maintains that he did not question the prerogative of the Sultan and has not committed any offence. Karpal Singh quoted a legal case in Pengarah Pelajaran Wilayah Persekutuan & Others vs Loot Ting Yee where the Federal Court had decided that a civil servant did not have a right to be heard as transfer does not amount to dismissal or reduction in rank. He had said the principles in the decision apply equally to state civil servants.

“I fail to understand why there was such an uproar over what is purely a legal issue backed by the Privy Council in London, which, until 1985, was the highest court in Malaysia,” said Lim.

Karpal Singh has also threatened legal action against those who continued to make defamatory remarks against him regarding the issue.

He also reportedly warned the Prime Minister and his deputy, saying he will not hesitate to take legal action against them if they persist in making defamatory remarks against him.

On Saturday, he was quoted as saying that he fears for his safety after the Prime Minister’s call to the A-G to decide quickly whether to charge him for questioning the powers of the Perak Sultan.

It was also reported that DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Karpal Singh was merely stating a case in law and had done nothing wrong.

Lim also accused Barisan Nasional leaders of taking a selective approach and practising double standards.

Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein said the party will not retreat from defending the rights of royalties.

“Defending the rights of our raja is something we will not compromise. Karpal Singh touched on two things that Malays feel are off-limits. Our religion and the royalties’ rights. What he said angers not only the Malays but also normal people and the royalties.”

Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said Karpal Singh’s statement has caused a lot of misunderstandings.”He must be careful and know how to respect the role of the raja in religious matters.”

Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz felt the Opposition parties’ arrogance was the cause for Karpal Singh’s outburst.

“I regret that the Opposition party feels that they are so big that they can test this right. They feel they have the right to disturb because they won in so many states.”

A court of law must determine if Karpal Singh’s statement is one of sedition, of a crime of “lese majeste (insulting the monarchy), said former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“First you have to know what a seditious statement is and why it is regarded as sedition. You have to get a court of law to determine whether it is seditious or not but if it is seditious, then we should make clear that if you say these things against the King, it is a crime.

“However, Malaysia does not have such a provision,” Mahathir told reporters after his address at a Look East Policy forum today..

How my cats teach my children vocabulary and motivation

In Having fun with your kids the educational way on May 11, 2008 at 11:51 am

When my first son was about 7 years old a Siamese cat landed in our home, being abandoned by his owner. We named him Blue-Eye. Then he met a mate named ‘Blotchy’. During my younger days my late mother would have called him ‘Tompok’. Soon, ‘Blendy’ was born.
Since then my house has literally been a semi-welfare home for cats which was abandoned by their owners or which wanted ‘a second home’. They came in and go whenever they like.I was getting very busy running my clinic and I didn’t have much time reading to my kids as i used to. I now have 6 kids and boy!they were very active.
So I thought I better use all these stray or semi-stray cats to teach them a little bit of vocabulary and a dose of motivation.Of course I needed the motivation more than they did. So, here is the list of my cats over the past 20 years or so that come to mind.
Blendy gave birth to Jovial. The rest were from other stock. We had:
Proactive, Imperturbability(Imper), Integrity, Equanimity, Joyful, Adorable, Vision, Mission,Positive, Progressive, Persistence, Synergy, Awesome, Vibrant, Upgrade, Tenacity, Nimble Charming, Sheer Brute, Influential and about two weeks before the Malaysian general election(8/3/08) Charismatic delivered Forward Thinking, Upbeat, Catalyst and SUCCESS!

Besides the cat story, a monitor lizard which frequented my gate, I called her ZEST. She produced a cute little’WIN-WIN’ and both were chased away by the constant stone throwing of the village boys.
We had a pair of hamsters called ‘ Hopeful’ and ‘Forge Ahead’ and a pair of ‘ayam katek’ called ‘Innovative’ and Creative.

So, it’s not that difficult to use whatever time and resources to be creative, cost effective and be a good teacher to your kids.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Selamat Hari Guru!

21,000 PEMOHON YANG BERJAYA 1760 SAHAJA

In aedes, UNISEL on May 11, 2008 at 3:15 am

Universiti Industri Selangor (Unisel) terpaksa menolak permohonan kira-kira 22,000 orang pelajar pada sesi pengambilan Mei 2008 baru-baru ini dan hanya 1760 orang sahaja yang berpeluang meneruskan pendidikan mereka dan ini termauk seramai 40 pelajar antarabangsa.

Sempena Minggu Apresiasi Siswa/siswi (MAS), Unisel turut menganjurkan Program Khidmat Amal Bakti UNISEL Bantu Cegah Denggi dengan mengadakan gotong royong menghapuskan tempat pembiakan aedes.

21,000 PEMOHON YANG BERJAYA 1760 SAHAJA

In aedes, UNISEL on May 11, 2008 at 3:15 am

Universiti Industri Selangor (Unisel) terpaksa menolak permohonan kira-kira 22,000 orang pelajar pada sesi pengambilan Mei 2008 baru-baru ini dan hanya 1760 orang sahaja yang berpeluang meneruskan pendidikan mereka dan ini termauk seramai 40 pelajar antarabangsa.

Sempena Minggu Apresiasi Siswa/siswi (MAS), Unisel turut menganjurkan Program Khidmat Amal Bakti UNISEL Bantu Cegah Denggi dengan mengadakan gotong royong menghapuskan tempat pembiakan aedes.

21,000 PEMOHON YANG BERJAYA 1760 SAHAJA

In aedes, UNISEL on May 11, 2008 at 3:15 am

Universiti Industri Selangor (Unisel) terpaksa menolak permohonan kira-kira 22,000 orang pelajar pada sesi pengambilan Mei 2008 baru-baru ini dan hanya 1760 orang sahaja yang berpeluang meneruskan pendidikan mereka dan ini termauk seramai 40 pelajar antarabangsa.

Sempena Minggu Apresiasi Siswa/siswi (MAS), Unisel turut menganjurkan Program Khidmat Amal Bakti UNISEL Bantu Cegah Denggi dengan mengadakan gotong royong menghapuskan tempat pembiakan aedes.

SENSITIVE BUT ACT SENSIBLY

In 1 on May 11, 2008 at 2:04 am

The issue of remarks made in Parliament by the the well known lawyer Mr Karpal Singh, MP for Bukit Gelugor is a sensitive one but we must act sensibly, rationally and without traces or hints of racial undertone. This is a test of our maturity as a nation and as a civilised society. It is becoming a common practice nowadays to lodge a police report whenever a statement is made by someone about something not to his or her likings and to invoke the Seditious Act.

O you who believe! be maintainers of justice, bearers of witness of Allah’s sake, though it may be against your own selves or (your) parents or near relatives; if he be rich or poor, Allah is nearer to them both in compassion; therefore do not follow (your) low desires, lest you deviate; and if you swerve or turn aside, then surely Allah is aware of what you do” 4:135

Polis ambil keterangan Karpal Singh

PULAU PINANG 10 Mei – Pengerusi DAP, Karpal Singh hari ini memberi keterangan selama dua jam kepada dua anggota polis dari Ibu Pejabat Polis (IPD) Timur Laut berhubung dua laporan polis yang dibuat di Pasir Mas, Kelantan dan Ipoh, Perak.

Laporan polis yang dibuat di Pasir Mas pada 25 April lalu adalah berhubung kenyataannya bahawa ucapan Tengku Mahkota Kelantan telah menghina kaum bukan Melayu dan boleh dikira sebagai hasutan.

Sementara laporan polis yang dibuat di Ipoh pada 5 Mei lalu pula adalah mengenai kenyataannya bahawa Sultan Perak tidak mempunyai bidang kuasa terhadap pertukaran Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Perak (JAIP), Datuk Jamry Sury.

Dua anggota polis yang terdiri daripada Asisten Supritendan Sidanbaram dan Asisten Supritendan Azri Akmar Ayob tiba di pejabatnya di Jalan Green Hall di sini pada pukul 11.30 pagi dan difahamkan Karpal diambil keterangan mengikut Seksyen 112 Kanun Acara Jenayah.

Ketika ditemui pemberita selepas itu, Karpal yang juga Ahli Parlimen Bukit Gelugor mempertahankan kenyataannya bahawa kerajaan negeri Perak mempunyai hak untuk menukar Pengarah JAIP, manakala sultan tidak ada kuasa dan tidak sepatutnya campur tangan.

Jelasnya, beliau tidak melakukan apa-apa kesalahan mengenai kenyataan itu, justeru terpulang kepada Peguam Negara (AG) untuk membuat keputusan.

Akhbar hari ini melaporkan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi mahu Peguam Negara bertindak segera berhubung kes itu.

Mengulas mengenai kenyataan itu, Karpal berkata, kenyataan berkenaan boleh mempengaruhi AG sedangkan Perdana Menteri sepatutnya berbincang terlebih dahulu dengan Peguam Negara sebelum membuat apa-apa kenyataan.

”Saya hanya boleh dihukum jika didapati bersalah oleh mahkamah, Perdana Menteri tidak boleh keluar kenyataan itu kerana ia menunjukkan bahawa di dalam fikiran beliau telah ada hukuman terhadap saya.

“Beliau sepatutnya berbincang dengan AG sebelum membuat apa-apa kenyataan kerana orang ramai telah pun menganggap saya telah bersalah, jadi sekarang mereka hanya tunggu hukuman sahaja,” katanya.

Justeru, Karpal meminta Perdana Menteri menjelaskan mengenai kenyataannya itu dan beliau juga bercadang untuk membangkitkan perkara itu di Parlimen, Isnin ini

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