I was in Kudat several days ago. I make it a point to visit Tanjung Simpang Mengayau or The Tip of Borneo every time I'm in Kudat to see if there is any new things in Tanjung Simpang Mengayau.
This time my trip to the Tip of Borneo was rewarded with a new discovery. I saw there are two new lodges already open for business. I took a couple of pictures to share with you.
Just in case you are thinking about spending a night watching sunset, BBQ and so on accommodation at the Tip of Borneo is no longer an issue nowadays.
The new one is BorneoTip Beach Lodge just opened for business this month. Situated at the very nice spot, with BBQ area, large car parking area, rooms for rent, restaurant and water-sport facilities such as kayaks and surfboard for rent making this lodge is one of the best place stay in Tanjung Simpang Mengayau.
I had my lunch at BorneoTip Beach Lodge when I was there. The price of foods are reasonable, for example, the cost for a fried rice at the BorneoTip Beach Lodge is the same as in Kudat Town which is RM 4.50 - RM 6.00. There are also Pisang goreng and teh tarik available at the lodge.
Picture: BorneoTip Beach Lodge signboard at Tanjung Simpang Mengayau
Picture: BorneoTip Beach Lodge view from the road.
Picture: Simply beautiful! view from BorneoTip Beach Lodge Tanjung Simpang Mengayau.
If you want to know more or for booking, the contact details of BorneoTip Beach Resort is below. Please contact them directly for reservation or further information.
BorneoTip Beach Lodge - Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat.
I was in Kudat several days ago. I make it a point to visit Tanjung Simpang Mengayau or The Tip of Borneo every time I'm in Kudat to see if there is any new things in Tanjung Simpang Mengayau.
I was searching for a picture of a group of Rungus women wears Rungus traditional costumes. Finally, I found it on one of the most popular hang-out portal for Rungus. It was on Rungus FM group on Facebook.
I was like wow.. this is so beautiful and worth sharing to you. A credit must be give to the owner of this photos a well-known Rungus figure Mr. Jelani Hamdan. Mr Jelani Hamdan is also the President of Sabah Momogun Rungus Association (SAMORA).
According to him, he took the photos during Pesta Magahau in Sumangkap Tamu ground. I hope I was there, so that I don't have to steal this photos from him.
For those who hadn't have the opportunity to see how Rungus women traditional costume looks like, this is how it looks like. Enjoy it!
As I type away this blog items, a joget song from Rungus FM a dedicated radio channel for Rungus community is being aired. Honestly, I'm so proud of those who created Rungus FM or RUNGUSFM for the people of Rungus. If you are talking about moving on to a more advance society, having a radio dedicated for Rungus is one of the first thing we should have.
When the Japanese was occupying Sabah, none are allowed to have radio or TV. The reason was, to prevent the people from getting any news or information that may trigger the formation of certain group or movement to go against the Japanese. If the people are constantly being feed by so much information and news they tend to become wiser and will be able to make an informed and calculated decision.
Radio is where we can share information quicker and cheaper. Of course setting up a radio channel will cost you some money but once it is established all you will need is a dedicated individual to run the show. For this I respect Jelani Hamdan or well-known as Tuan JH in Facebook community and his team for all the efforts, time and money spent on making RungusFM a success.
Hopefully through Rungus FM, it will be much easier for the Rungus community to share information to each other, especially information about business opportunities, educations, job etc.
If you are interested to join Rungus FM and interested to further information visit Rungus FM Facebook HERE or listen to RUNGUSFM HERE.
PUTRAJAYA - The public can now apply online for a replacement of their MyKad through the National Registration Department's (NRD) official website (www.jpn.gov.my).
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop said this would also help reduce congestion at the NRD headquarters and its branches.
“There are three different kinds of replacement applications - for damaged chips or cards, normal replacement and replacement of lost MyKad not more than five times,” he told reporters after officiating at the 2010 Excellent Service Awards 2010 presentation to 341 NRD staff here Wednesday.
Abu Seman said online payment for replacement cards could be made using credit cards, while the e-Banking facility would be made available in the future.
He said applications could be made through NRD's portal from 8am to 11pm from Monday to Friday, 8am to 2pm on Saturday and 8am to 9pm on Sunday.
“Applicants can view the status of their MyKad applications online and select where to collect their cards from.”
He said so far, the department had received 15 applications since the trial run on April 15, including one from a Malaysian in Australia.
The time taken to process the online applications is the same as for counter applications, which is 24 hours for those collecting from the Putrajaya NRD, 10 working days from any other NRD office in the peninsula and 30 working days from any NRD branch in Sabah, Sarawak or Labuan.
May be some of you are looking for the information about a Georgian citizen that are currently detained in Penjara Kepayan Kota Kinabalu for drugs trafficking case. The latest information that we have is that the court hearing for this case was postponed because there are no Georgian interpreter.
Georgian interpreter is needed for Babutsa's lawyer to get more details about the case.
Kota Kinabalu high court postponed the court trial into the case of Babutsa Gordadze, 26, one of the 2 Georgian detained women in Malaysia. The new date for the court hearing for this case will be on May 23, - a special reporter of the Georgian Public Broadcasting (GPB) reports.
A special reporter of the Georgian Public Broadcasting (GPB) have managed to shot the video footage of the court trial.
Malaysian lawyer Ronny Cham is defending the positions of the Georgian convict at the hearing.
The trial was postponed because of translation problems. Local government appointed Russian-speaking translator to the detainee, however translation problems have occurred.
The data of the court trial into the case of Darejan Kokhtashvili, 37, the other Georgian woman is yet unknown.
Two Georgian women Babutsa Gordadze and Darejan Kokhtashvili face death penalty in Malaysia. They were detained on October 24, 2010 under charges of transportation of drugs.
The Georgian side is trying its best that the charge is averted. The Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is actively involved in the case.
If you are looking for more things to do you can join Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Kota Kinabalu (SPCA KK). 'Speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves' is the theme of SPCA KK.
SPCA promotes 'The Five Freedoms for the welfare of all animals as follows:-
1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
2. Freedom from fear and distress
3. Freedom from discomfort
4. Freedom from pain, injury and disease
5. Freedom to behave naturally
If you are interested to know more about SPCA KK you can visit their webpage at www.spcakk.org.
I think this is a perfect group you can join to if you loves in doing volunteer works related to animals.
Yesterday I went to Dewan Masyarakat Keningau to visit education carnival organized by ESM Sdn. Bhd. There are so many colleges participated and I had the opportunity to visit most of them.
One of the most interesting college was Geomatika Sabah or Geomatika College Sabah. Geomatika is a college situated in Kuala Lumpur but they have Keningau based student recruitment agency by the name Kembara Quest Sdn. Bhd. I visited their exhibition booth and was given lengthy explanation Geomatika College.
See more on Colleges in Sabah
Geomatika Sabah has been actively recruiting students from Sabah to study in Geomatika College in Kuala Lumpur. Based on the information given I think this particular college is very interesting. I'm not saying they are the best but this conclusion was made based on explanation and pictures about the college shown to me when I was at their exhibition booth.
Anyway, that is all for today. if you are interested to know more about GEOMATIKA SABAH you may visit their student webpage at GEOMATIKA SABAH.
This one stories from the Philippine is very encouraging. In this modern world, many of us think that 'demons' no longer exist. They do exist in many forms and story about mankind battle with demons is still resurfacing from time to time to remind us not to forget about God.
Philippine priest in ancient battle with 'demons'
By Jason Gutierrez Jason Gutierrez
MANILA (AFP) – A blood-curdling scream echoes through the Roman Catholic chapel in Manila as Father Jose Francisco Syquia says a prayer of exorcism over a Satanic cult member believed to be possessed by the devil.
"It's very painful," the woman cries in an unearthly voice, her body contorting in an attempt to break free from the tight grasp of Syquia's assistants. After a few minutes she falls silent, her limp body exhausted.
The case is among hundreds documented on video and kept by Syquia, who heads the Manila Archdiocese's Office of Exorcism -- the only one that exists in the Catholic nation of 94 million people.
"She would have levitated had she not been restrained," Syquia said of the woman in the video, portions of which were shown to AFP during a rare interview at his office in the basement of a seminary in Manila.
Syquia believes he is in the frontline of the battle between good and evil on earth.
"There is a great dramatic increase of possessions right now," said the 44-year-old priest. "More and more the demons are gaining a foothold into this society."
While non-believers often joke about the devil, and demonic possessions are trivialised by Hollywood, Syquia insisted the torment suffered by those he had healed was real.
"I have seen scratches suddenly appearing on their skin, of inverted crosses on the forehead. These persons would be conscious at the time, and they tell me its like razor cutting from the inside of the skin," he said.
Demons could manifest themselves in many ways and could enter the human soul through occult and New Age teachings that were becoming increasingly popular in the general community, Syquia said.
The Catholic Church's exorcism ministry has throughout history tended to operate under a cloud of controversy and secrecy.
Syquia said a conspiracy of silence had permeated the church in the past, with its leaders wary of being branded as mediaeval as modern science tended to classify possessions as medical conditions.
But Pope Benedict XVI had recently issued fresh guidelines encouraging more exorcisms and for the church to be more open about the issue, he said.
There are about 10 Filipino priests authorised to perform exorcisms in the Philippines, but only Syquia has a fully operational office that is backed by a staff of eight, including a lawyer and psychologists.
In his office, a bookshelf is stacked with tomes on the paranormal, while a glass-encased cabinet contains his tools for spiritual warfare -- his vestments, holy water, the crucifix, and a saint's holy relic.
The most potent among his weapons is a copy of the Roman Ritual for Exorcism, a compilation of prayers used by all the saints to expel and defeat demons through generations.
A figurine of St Michael the Archangel trampling Lucifer sits on a shelf, a graphic reminder of his extraordinary job.
Syquia was ordained only 11 years ago, after he had already obtained a degree in psychology at one of the Philippines' leading Catholic universities.
The second of four sons of a former diplomat, he said he left a comfortable life in one of Manila's exclusive, gated communities and employment in a family-owned business after he heard God's call to serve the church.
Growing up in a modern household, he and his four brothers did not believe in possessions -- which were made famous in the 1970s Hollywood film "The Exorcist".
But Syquia said he had always been fascinated by paranormal activities and devoured entire books on the subject.
After he was ordained in 2000, Syquia said he was posted at a Manila church where, outside its premises, occult practitioners -- including spirit mediums, oracles and faith healers -- also thrived.
His first case came when a man singled him out from a group of priests and asked for deliverance after confessing that he had been deep into occult practices.
How the man knew his name was a mystery to Syquia, although he said deep in his heart he knew -- just a week earlier he had begun studying a book on exorcism that he had bought long ago.
Syquia sought guidance from the the local bishop, who promptly granted him the authority to carry out an exorcism guided by his knowledge of psychology.
"I realised God was leading me to this path. I have treated hundreds and hundreds of cases since then," he said.
Syquia recalled an accomplished female doctor who said she was befriended by demons that had appeared to her as benign dwarves that showered her with good luck in the form of financial rewards.
Her troubles began when she decided to return to the Catholic Church and offer all her blessings to God.
Soon after, the demons took over her body for hours at a time, while unexplained paranormal activity began terrorising members of her family, Syquia said.
"When the time came to bless her with holy water a voice that wasn't hers shouted for us to stop," he said.
"What really scared me was that this was the first time that I saw something very alien in her eyes. I was looking at something else. It was totally evil."
The voice taunted Syquia and told him to return to his mansion and rich family, personal details that were unknown to those in the room, he said.
"We will never leave her," the demon said, according to Syquia.
Syquia said a barrage of prayers eventually forced the demon out, with the woman now a good friend and church volunteer.
"With God by your side, you can do no wrong," he said.
You probably well-aware about buses is no longer allowed to operate inside the city centre of Kota Kinabalu. All the buses will have to go to Wawasan Plaza bus terminal. Those buses once inside Wawasan Plaza bus terminal will have to wait for their turn to get passengers.
However there are always some sick-minded people especially some bus drivers who choose not to go in but offloading passangers outside the bus terminal next to the traffic light. Not only that, they will go around and wait for passsangers at the other side of the road also next to the traffic light. They are waiting for passengers that coming out from Wawasan Plaza.
This will cause road congestion and dangerous to the people those who wants to cross the road to get to the bus terminal.
I believe that Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK) and traffic police should to do something about it. Sooner or later if this irresponsible bus drivers continue to do that, something bad will happen such as road accident.
I was driving from my office this afternoon and I saw this thing again. What a disgusting sight to see those irresponsible bus drivers doing that. I believe that many of you have seen it happened there in Wawasan Plaza.
If any of you come across with that one day please take the bus picture and send it to traffic police and DBKK. Sad thing, I didn't bring my camera today. Yeah..may be next time. I'm sure they will do it again and again.
A dreamlike wave found in an Indonesian river is stunning surf world
By: Chris Mauro, GrindTV.com
As discoveries of secret surf spots go, the incredible find by Rip Curl team members during a recent "Search" expedition in the jungles of Indonesia may be unrivaled.
What makes this latest wave discovery so fascinating is that it was made not on a coastline or island shore, but on a remote jungle river that gets pounded by a powerful tidal bore. But unlike other tidal bores that produce relatively small, mushy waves, this remarkable phenomenon pushes swells upstream in dream-like fashion at heights of 8 to 10 feet.
"This was our biggest score in twenty years of exploring," says Tom Curren, a former three-time world surfing champion who has been roaming the world's coastlines scouring for the proverbial perfect wave ever since winning his last world title in 1990. Because the soft-spoken champ has never been one to boast, his stories of this new spot called Seven Ghosts (named after the nearest jungle village) has his fans reeling. Interest surrounding the expedition is hitting a fever pitch as rumors of their score leaked out.
What's so stunning about this find is the wave's coffee-colored walls break from top to bottom, similar to the hollow powerful waves that peel over coral reefs. But the riverbank refraction of the primary wave sends rebound wedges perpendicular across the river, carving the secondary wave into a line of spinning peaks with cookie-cutter perfection. These mirror-reflection spinners appear choreographed, with all the symmetry of a Rockettes' leg kick, the likes of which has never be found in the ocean...at least not yet.
These are some of the first stunning images of this amazing discovery. Rip Curl will surely be releasing more in the days ahead as they ramp up for the 50th Anniversary of the Rip Curl Pro, the world's longest running professional surfing contest, set for later this month.
I was driving around Kota Kinabalu city recently. I noticed that there are so many vacant spaces or sites around the city are being filled up with trees. Tree planting is on going around the city at the moment.
For that we should congratulates our new Kota Kinabalu mayor. Having trees in the city is not only making our city looks green and beautiful but also will improve our health.
When I was in Singapore not so long ago, I was impressed by the amount well-maintained trees in the city in Singapore. That makes Singapore looks like a city in the jungle or forest. So you can walk along the street without get burns by blazing sun. I saw may people walking on the street.
Planting a trees is a very good move and something we the people of Kota Kinabalu city should support. However let us not forget to remind the Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK) to make sure those trees are well-maintained. We must make sure those trees are always healthy and not posing dangers to the people. Poorly maintained trees is dangerous, dead tree branches my falls on your head or car anytime. When I was in Singapore, it was difficult for you to spot any dead tree branches on the tree as they are inspected and remove daily if there is any.
Having trees in the city means we have greener city, better air quality and it provides more job opportunities. Jobs such as to maintain those trees, jobs in a tree nursery and silviculture will become available. I must say, this is a good project by Datuk Abidin M our new Kota Kinabalu mayor
Turning the city of Kota Kinabalu into a forest park is indeed possible. Many thanks to Kota Kinabalu city hall for it. Now I think those taxes paid to them is in a good hand and is being spent for the betterment of the people.
The good news is Liverpool fans in Malaysia are in for a big treat. Coming this July 2011 you will no longer walk alone. Liverpool team is coming to Malaysia and that is confirm.The Reds will be in Kuala Lumpur in July as part of their Asia summer tour.
The good news is posted on their official site: http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/lfc-announce-asia-summer-tour
This is the first time the Reds are here, ahead of their premier league campaign.
"The match will be a piece of football history as this is the first time Liverpool FC will be stepping on Malaysian soil and it has created a lot of excitement," ProEvents said in a press statement.
Liverpool's Asia summer tour will also take the team to Guangzhou (China) and Seoul (South Korea).
In 2009 the English side enjoyed a successful 10-day pre-season tour of Thailand and Singapore.
"I am sure you would want to see this team live in action in Malaysia," Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah tells AFP.
Adds The Reds managing director Ian Ayre, "It will be a historic visit to this beautiful country and we are very pleased to be able to give the huge number of Liverpool supporters in Malaysia the opportunity of seeing their heroes in action."
In his posting, Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard writes: "Whenever we go to Asia, the fans are always amazing. The supporters over there are fanatical about Liverpool and it's great that we can give so many of them a chance to come and watch the team play."
Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the Youth and Sports Ministry tells The Daily Chilli that more details will be announced soon.
Standard Chartered is the main sponsor for The Reds.
Tawau city is growing at an amazing speed. Each time I come here there is always something new and the most recent one is the opening of the two new hotels at Jalan Bunga Tawau. The two hotel is Shervinton Hotel and Prince Hotel Tawau. These two hotels opened for business a couple of months ago and surely looks very fresh and new.
There is bad side and good side from this. The bad side is, other hotels around the area will have to cut down their room rates and extra costumer services to attract more costumers.
The best thing out of it is costumer has more choices on which hotel to choose, receive better services from the hotel and more people coming in to Tawau. This will give more business to the people in Tawau especially in services industry.
Shervinton Hotel room rates start from RM 98.00 for standard single to RM 328.00 for executive suite, while Prince Hotel starts from RM 88.00 for standard twin to RM 138.00 for king suite.
The hotel where I used to stay Dynasty Hotel now launched their promotion rates from RM 65.00 for standard single compared to RM 90.00 before.
Now costumer can get a better hotel deals, better services and more choices to choose from in Tawau. The only thing is the city cleanliness and safety in Tawau has not improved so to say. I was really feeling unsafe walking around in Tawau city especially at night time since the city now feels more like a city for immigrant. The government should do more in safety aspects in Tawau.
Again, I'm in Tawau at the moment. Just arrived 3o minutes ago from Kota Kinabalu with AirAsia. The flight took about 50 minutes only but I managed to get some quick sleep. I'm good in taking opportunity to get some sleep anywhere and anytime.
I was awoken up with the announcement from the pilot about 'We are landing shortly'. From the aircraft I can see down below a vast oil palm plantation.
There are no more forest or jungle. Yes.. the jungle or forest are no more down there and was replaced by oil palm plantation.
The question now is do we need more forest of oil palm plantation in the future. This is a very tough question. Business people definitely will choose oil palm plantation over forest, while the environmentalist group will choose forest over jungle or forest.
Personally, I believe we should have oil palm plantation but at the same time the forest is also important. Yes.. we are facing climate change issues at this very minute and it is time to decide what are our priorities.
Recently there are so many reports about the consequences of extreme climate change, flood, drought, erratic weather, typhoon and many more. Those are environmental impacts related to climate change. I wonder if we human race will ever stop climate change.
So if we can't stop it, at least we should work on reducing the impact or to slow down the climate change process. It is high time now for us to really sit down and think about it. Yeah..what about those greedy people, will they ever think about this issues?
So coming back to our home land, Sabah the land below the wind, what do we need the most now? Forest or oil palm plantation? I hope we have more forest than oil palm plantation. Yeah..I think so.
I was reading one blog. The owner of this blog was bragging about his recent fat pay check from Vibrant Media and that Vibrant Media is a very good money making online as well as a good paymaster. Upon reading his blog post I was so impressed and that without wasting time I was already in Vibrant Media website to get myself registered as one of Vibrant Media publisher.
I found the website and I was ready to sign up, however, I was greeted with a cold hard truth. To be qualifed to join Vibrant Media Publishers your blog must received 500,000 page impression per month, and that killed my eagerness to join Vibrant media instantly. I wonder how many blog has the capacity to get 500,000 page impression per month. It seems tough to me.
So I was wondering how much is my page impression per month. I was looking at my pageviews and it was only 106,220 (accumulated pageviews) up until now. I really don't know what was the different between pageviews and page impression. Perhaps if some of you know something about it please share them here in the comment section. Just in case if pageviews and page impression is actually two different things then my problem would be how to calculate page impression for website of blog. Adsense seems to have a tool to calculate page impression but still, whether or not adsense page impression is applicable or can be use as the basis to calculate page impression.
After searching high and low, I came a cross with ehow.com. Somebody wrote one article about this subject and it seems this article was the more reliable one, at least for the time being. The followings is how to calculate page impression from ehow.com
How to calculate page impression
The act of loading a webpage constitutes one page impression. Page impressions are distinct from hits in that they describe the loading of a URL, whereas a hit describes the loading of each file within that URL (for instance, if there are images within the webpage, each separate file accrues an additional hit). Calculating and tracking page impressions requires the installation of analytics software. There are a wide variety of free and paid analytics applications that can be used to record page impressions and other web traffic data.
Calculating Page Impressions Using Web-based Analytics Software
1. Sign up for the web-based analytics software of your preference (see Resources for options).
3. Access your web-based analytics reporting panel to view page impression data. After installing the software, it should begin recording data immediately. As time passes, the data recorded will become more robust as the number of visits increase, and you will be able to determine average page impressions and other information.
Calculating Page Impressions Using Server-Side Analytics Software
1. Download the server-side analytics software of your preference (see Resources for options).
2. Install the server-side analytics software onto your web server. Many of these packages rely on SQL databases to record data, so there may be a need to configure the software to connect with an additional database on your server.
4. Access your server-side analytics software administrative panel to view page impression data. After installing the software, it should begin recording data immediately. As time passes, the data recorded will become more robust as the number of visits increase, and you will be able to determine average page impressions and other information.
I was walking around Kg Air area in Kota Kinabalu recently and was surprised and impressed with the beautification efforts done by Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK). I saw that the area infront of the Indian restaurant had been beautified. I was happy with it.
I sat on one of the chair waiting for my friend to arrive to pick me up. I believe that this beautification efforts cost money, off course tax payers money.
Around Kampung Air area, I saw so many new hotels. Compared to the last time I went to this area, Kampung Air in Kota Kinabalu now looks much more organize, clean and safe for the people or tourist. I wonder when will a police post will be station there to further ensure the area are safe for everyone all the time.
More hotels in this area means more tourist or travelers coming around Kampung Air area. That translates into many business opportunities for the people especially businesses such as eating outlets, SPAs, Cybercafes, taxi services and many more. More business means more job opportunities for the people.
I took the opportunity to went around one coffee shop by the name Restaurant Fun Sen, where people come here for the Ikan Bakar (BBQ fish) and satay. Next to the restaurant there is a bakery shop. It is not the bakery shop that managed to grab my attention, but the wall outside of this bakery shop was full with business advertisements.
The wall become so dirty and looking ugly with old and new advertisement papers are sticking out around it. With all the money and efforts to make sure Kampung Air area looks beautiful, there are some irresponsible people, thinking only about themselves making the walls looks old, dirty and ugly.
I wonder if those advertisement papers had been given approval to be there by Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK). If it is not, then DBKK should take a drastic and continous action to stop all the ads posting activity on building walls around the city.
To track down the culprit is not that hard. They just need to take note those phone number on the ads, call up those guys and charge them. If there are no such law available for this, they can propose a new by-law or something.
But we can't blame the people who did it 100%. In other countries like Australia and New Zealand, there are public notice board provided for it. I haven't came across such notice board yet in Kota Kinabalu.
Whatever it is, I think DBKK should stop all those posting ads on building wall around Kota Kinabalu as soon as possible.
Look beyond poco-poco, Perak mufti told
By Free Malaysia Today
KUALA LUMPUR: PAS’ Kuala Selangor MP Dzulkefly Ahmad today called upon Perak Mufti Harrussani Zakaria to get his priorities right and focus on bigger issues plaguing the nation.
Referring to the recent Perak Fatwa committee’s decision to declare the ‘poco-poco’ dance as unlawful, Dzulkefly said religious leaders should instead monitor the government to ensure it was steadfast in the path of righteousness.
“I am not defending ‘poco-poco’ but the mufti should instead address issues like good governance, integrity and rule of law. These are very important Islamic values,”said Dzulkefly who is also PAS central committee member.
On Tuesday, Harussani told a Malay daily that the state Fatwa committee decided to ban the dance as it had elements of Christianity and spirit worship.
Calling the dance ban as uncalled for, Dzulkefly said the senior mufti should put things into the right perspective, including objecting to the use of gutter politics by BN politicians, which were un-Islamic.
“This is more important now, not ‘poco-poco’.
“Islam solves the bigger issues. Once you solve the bigger problems, the smaller ones will go away by itself,”he said.
Don’t give Islam bad name
Sharing Dzulkefly’s views, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said the Perak Fatwa committee must understand the spirit of Islam before declaring certain things as ‘haram’ (forbidden).
In Islam, Khalid said, everything is allowed unless there are specific practises within it which rendered it forbidden.
He added that at the end, it depended on the ‘niat’ (intention) of a person in doing the act that rendered a certain act as forbidden.
“For example, in ancient days kings are treated as gods but it is no longer the case now. Just because they were treated as gods in the past does not mean having kings are un-Islamic now.
“The same applies ‘poco-poco’. If a person dances to the tunes with a religious connotation in his heart, then the act can be questioned but if you dance it just for recreation then there is no problem,”said Khalid.
He called upon the state religious committee to dissect an issue thoroughly before issuing an edict to safeguard the good name of Islam.
“If not, people will have a bad impression over Islam. People may think that we cannot accept certain good things,”he said.
Sabah opposition groups step up campaign for RCI
By Michael Kaung - Free Malaysia Today
KOTA KINABALU: A signature campaign is underway in Sabah aimed at convincing Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry on the illegal immigrant issue.
The campaign is jointly led by the four main opposition parties – Sabah Progressive People (SAPP), DAP, PKR and PAS. Leaders of the four parties carried out a public signature campaign at the popular weekly Gaya Street open market here yesterday.
SAPP Youth chief, Edward Dagul, said that the setting up of the RCI was vital as it is a long-term problem faced by all Sabahans and there was no reason why the federal government should smother the issue.
“We believe that Sabahans prefer to have an RCI on the illegal immigrants issue rather than on the sex tape,” he said in reference to calls by pro-government leaders to probe the alleged sex tape involving opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
The signature campaign comes to an end this week and the group plans to present it to Najib in parliament on Tuesday or Wednesday. “If we can’t meet him then, we’ll catch him another time … We want to have a final word from him because the PTI (immigrant) issue in Sabah seems to be an unending issue,” said Dagul.
Home Affairs Minister, Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, has already brushed off a call for a RCI saying it will be useless to have one.
Meanwhile, DAP Api-Api vice-chairman, Henry Shim said they were worried that the surge in the population of Sabah had irreversibly tilted the balance of political power.
“The non Muslim natives and Chinese comprise over 60% of the 500,000 people who agreed to the formation of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963.
“Today, Sabah which registered the highest growth rate of more than five percent during the 70s and 80s saw illegal immigrants systematically legalised and entered into the electoral roll.
“The average growth rate for Malaysia was about 2.5 percent,” he said.
He said Sarawak, which started with more people than Sabah in the 60s, was overtaken by Sabah now with about 3.2 million as compared to Sarawak with under three million people.
He cited that two authors, M D Mutalib in his book ‘Project IC’ and Dr Chong Eng Leong in his ”Lest We Forget’ outlined the alleged modus operandi of the government in legalising illegal immigrants to ensure the non Muslim community in Sabah is less than the Muslim Bumiputeras.
“DAP Sabah has brought up this matter in Parliament. DAP legislators including Lim Kit Siang have raised this matter over and over again, the latest during the March 2011 parliamentary sitting where he moved a motion to establish an RCI on the illegal immigrant and recommended that the commission be headed by former Suhakam vice-chairman and former Sabah state secretary, Simon Sipaun.
“We urge all BN component parties and their leaders to search their conscience on this very important matter. Is it worth winning an election with the help of the new Bumiputeras at the expense of the indigenous people and non Muslim community in Sabah?” asked Henry.
He added that the Pakatan Rakyat’s Orange Book of “Buku Jingga” is very clear on the matter.
“The Pakatan Rakyat government will establish an RCI to investigate the problem and lay out recommendations on solving the problems.
“In other words, we the people of Sabah must first embrace Pakatan Rakyat in the 13th general election so that we can do something about illegal immigrant problem,” he said.
PKR youth chief, Jeffrey Jomion, said that they were hoping for members from the ruling party to join hands with the opposition in addressing the illegal immigrants problems.
“We are not here to condemn Umno. We are here to solve the foreign workers issue and we had hope for a cooperation from the government,” he said.
He added that the foreign workers issue in Sabah was a national issue that needs to be addressed by all parties, including the government.
My 2-cents: We had enough of all this illegal immigrants. We want the government to do something on it. How long more do we Sabahan will have to endure all of the problems created by the increasing number of illegal immigrants in Sabah? If you haven't sign the campaign please do so. It is everyone responsibility.
Sabah Lauds Initiative To Set Up TVi
KOTA KINABALU, April 4 (Bernama) -- TVi, a new channel to be launched on April 10, with 50 per cent of the contents will be on Sabah and Sarawak, will be a platform for the state government to promote its development programmes, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said.
Welcoming the move to set up the channel, Musa said it provided a good opportunity for the state government to inform the public about its activities in developing the state.
"This way the public will understand better what the government has been doing all this while," he told reporters after launching the ground-breaking ceremony of Wisma Bakisa here Monday.
He also thanked the Broadcasting Department and the Information Communication and Culture Ministry for making room for the two states to be featured in the new channel.
Last week, Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the new channel would feature news from both states.
Acting Broadcasting director-general Datuk Norhyati Ismail, in a recent interview with Bernama, said TVi, or TV Interaktif, would be on Astro's channel 180 which currently airs Muzik Aktif.
Rais is expected to launch the channel at Kuching RTM on Sunday.
My 2-cents: Just another tools for the ruling party to win the election in Sabah and Sarawak. This is just like any other TV channels in Malaysia, belong to the government so they have to serve their political master.
I believe many of you are looking for scholarship or student education loan to further your studies. I stumbled upon a webpage with scholarship list today. Thinking about you I think there is nothing wrong sharing it to you here. Who know you may be interested to apply in one of the scholarships listed there in PendidikanMalaysia.com
Just in case, I put down here the image of this webpage so that you know you are in a correct webpage.
Actually there are so many scholarships available out there for you to apply. Most of those scholarships and student education loans listed in PendidikanMalaysia.com is hitting its dateline this month April 2011. Hurry up and get the scholarships application done as soon as possible.
For further information please visit PendidikanMalaysia.com. Good luck!
I've been asked the above question so many times recently. I believe that SPM 2010 students and still thinking about where to go to further their studies. The question that is often being asked is what to choose, STPM, matriculation or college? I don't blame you for this question as this is a very good question.
There are some write-ups and researches was done to shade some light over this issue. After searching high and low all over the internet, I found one that is very good for you to use as your guidelines in order to make the final decision for your life.
As for me I took STPM. I choose STPM last time not because my SPM was poor but because I want to minimise the cost, nearer to my family and because I can't afford to study in a college. So I decided to took up STPM. However we are all not the same. I was raised in a low-income family and that is one of the main reason why I took up STPM and those matriculation was in Peninsular Malaysia and off course will need a lot of money. Back then, PTPTN loan was not yet created and introduced. Compared to now, it was a lot harder last time and competition to get into matriculation is also very tough. Even if you take STPM, you will need 5 Principals (5P) to get a place in the university. You will see those days, STPM student are 'Ulat Buku' and they read a lot of books, researches and discussions to find an answer to certain question.
Anyway, if you are looking for some tips for this topic visit here >>> PENDIDIKAN MALAYSIA. I stumbled upon that news items yesterday and I think this is quite useful to you. Good luck!
Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (PPUM) invites citizens of Malaysia who are interested and qualified with at least Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) to pursuing the diploma program at PPUM 2011.
This is a full time program and will takes 3 years and will be sponsored by our Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (PPUM) Therefore, those who successfully complete the diploma program is required to serve with PPUM of over 5 years.
Programs of study are
* Diploma in Nursing
* Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology
* Diploma in Radiography
General eligibility requirements to apply
* Aged between 18 to 30 years
* Male or female
* Still single
* Healthy physically and mentally
Pass Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or equivalent qualification obtained: -
* A credit in Bahasa Malaysia (including passing the oral exam), English and Mathematics, AND
* For Diploma of Nursing credit in Science subjects or Biology/Chemistry/Physics (priority in Biology)
* For the Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology program must credit in two subjects of Pure Science (ideally in Chemistry and Biology)
* For the Diploma in Radiography obtain credit in two subjects of Pure Science (ideally in the subjects Physics and Biology)
How to Apply
* Applications can be made online only through http://spp.ummc.edu.my
* The applicant must obtain PPUM ID priced at RM5.00 from Bank Simpanan Nasional to make an application (including a service charge of RM1.00 National Savings Bank)
* The applicant or his representative must bring along your new identification card or a copy of the new identity card applicants to get PPUM ID. Payment slip must be kept as a reference and PPUM ID should be kept confidential.
* An online application form must be completed corret correct personal information.
* Application UMMC diploma program will be closed on 10 April 2011.
* Check the interview calls can be made through the PPUM website on April 18, 2011 to 30 April 2011.
* PPUM ID can be used to check the interview.
* Only the short-listed candidates will be called for interview sessions
* This program is expected to begin on July 4, 2011.
* Please refer to the official website of the University Malaya Medical Centre website or webpage Permohonan Program PPUM 2011 for further information.
* If there are any problems during the application please call 03-79492099 / 03-79493210 / 03-79494240 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org '
* If there are any questions about the program, the Diploma of Nursing please contact 03-79492098 / 2099, for the Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology call 03-79493267 / 03-79493305 and for a Diploma in Radiography call 03 -7949 2524.
For more information about it visit website >>> PENDIDIKAN MALAYSIA
Ivory Coast: '800 die in Ivory Coast ethnic violence'
At least 800 people have been killed in the western Ivory Coast city of Duekoue this week, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.
They died in inter-communal violence in one district of the city, it added.
The head of the ICRC delegation in the country said the event was particularly shocking in its scale and brutality.
Fighting has continued in Abidjan between forces loyal to the UN-recognised president Alassane Ouattara and the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo.
Mr Ouattara was internationally recognised as president last year after the electoral commission declared him the winner of a November run-off vote, but Mr Gbagbo also claimed victory and refused to leave office.
'Fearing for their lives'
The ICRC said delegates and volunteers from the Ivorian Red Cross had visited Duekoue on Thursday and Friday to gather evidence of the killings, which are believed to have taken place on Tuesday.
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Dog stew pot found in 2,400-yr-old tomb
Archaeologists have confirmed that the bone soup found in a 2,400-yr-old tomb in China is dog stew pot.
The 37 bones in the soup, containing in a bronze tripod vessel, belonged to a male dog under a year old.
They had all turned greenish, similar in colour to the container, said Liu Daiyun, a researcher with Shaanxi Provincial Archaeological Institute.
Archaeologists made the recovery while cleaning a Warring States Period (475 – 221 BC) tomb in Xi'an of Shaanxi province last November.
"When we opened the 20-cm tall cooking vessel, we were shocked to find bones and soup inside," said Liu.
Cooking vessels were a typical offering Chinese once presented to their deceased ancestors, he said.
The custom became prevalent around the Warring States Period.
Hu Songmei, who did most of the lab work, said further examinations were needed to tell the species of the canine.
"Dogs were domesticated by humans at least 10,000 years ago, but the early species that evolved from wild wolves could be very different."
Besides the dog bones, experts also found a wine-like liquid in another airtight kitchenware from the same tomb.
"Whoever the tomb owner was, he must have loved liquor and meat, so his sons wished he could still enjoy the feast in his grave."
I received many education flyers in my mail box from many colleges in Malaysia. There are also so many offer letters coming in to my mail box recently and I don't know how they got my address and name. Those colleges seems to know even my mobile phone number and now I keep receiving many phone calls and sms.
Now my mail box is always full with education flyers and offer letters and most of the time I will just throw it into the dust bin without giving it a second look.
Out of all those flyers I noticed one flyers that is quite interesting. A picture of beautiful young lady with progammes and courses are listed on her side. There are also a phone number below the women picture. That flyer is belong to KLMU college in Sabah. They sure got many beautiful girls studying there. Haha I don't know but using somebody pictures, a women is certainly not that nice to do. That sometimes gives wrong impression from the public but KLMU college always use women pictures in many of their flyers.
I wonder if it is actually a lady on offer (just joking) if you enrolled yourself into KLMU college in Sabah or something but I admire the creativity of the person who designed the KLMU College flyer.
Anyway, I called up the guy from the number on the flyer and was told KLMU Sabah is having its new student intake this April 2011. So if you are waiting to register with KLMU Sabah college this is time for you. You may register online through their webpage at KLMU SABAH.
For more information visit their webpage here>>> KLMU SABAH
I stumbled upon this news items from PendidikanMalaysia.com, it is a very good news and worth sharing. Since SPM and STPM result was just released, I'm sure there are many SPM and STPM leavers are looking for an opportunity to further their studies. This is very good for those who are looking to further and get a future job in health science. Good luck guys!!!
Partial Medical Training Program (July 2011 intake)-Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia
* Reapplying candidates still within valid registration period do not have to apply apply. Applying again would be considered a new application.
* Training period is for 3 years and is managed by the Malaysian Ministry of Health.
* Graduates will be selected to serve under the Malaysian Ministry of Health.
* Intakes are in January and July every year.
* At least 3 credits and 3 passes including Bahasa Malaysia and Oral Test in SPM level.
* Priority is given to applicants with credits in Bahasa Malaysia, Science, Mathematics and English.
* Diploma in
2. Allied Health Sciences
7. Medical Lab Technology
* Monthly scholarship (Training Program in Diploma level): RM 621.21.
* Annual book allowance: RM 250.00.
* Stationery allowance (given once only): RM 25.00.
* Annual project paper allowance: RM 90.00.
* Accomodation and uniform are provided.
How to apply: Apply online HERE.
* Read the Malaysian Public Service Commisson advertisement.
* For enquiries, contact the Registration Unit at 03-8885 6297 / 6260 / 6268 / 6269 / 6270 / 6294
* Or contact the Partial Medical Unit at03-8885 6254 / 6264 / 6267 / 6295 / 6435 / 6436 / 6278 / 6281
More information and news about universities, colleges and scholarships at >>> PENDIDIKAN MALAYSIA.