Sorry to ruin this, but when you read poetry by Jalal al-Din Rumi or any other Sufi figure’s poems, the wine is not literal, and Layla is not actually a woman. It is quite a depressing realisation to witness great Sufis such as Rumi become reduced to drunkards raving about their current love partners or unable to get over losing their past ones. This is precisely what modern pop culture’s misappropriation of Sufi poetry about love has done.
The reason we love poetry so much is because it is a venue where we let our imaginations soar. The best poets are ones that most people can identify with in some way. Poems that speak to universal meanings can be flexible in their applications to different contexts, thus becoming a place of solace for the readers. However, this activity becomes disingenuous when the poet and the context in which he or she wrote are manipulated to suit one’s own projections. For example, Rumi’s poetry can be summarised in one line that was recorded in pre-Islamic poetry: “Verily, everything other than God is a falsehood.” But it seems that today, Rumi quotes are cited in the context of, “Verily, everything other than my girlfriend or boyfriend, including God, is a falsehood.”
The misuse of Sufi poetry is symptomatic of modern culture’s combination of materialism with self-spirituality. The theme that runs through the New Age movement is about experiencing the “Self” because it is the way to experience the “God” or “Goddess” within. As noted by Peter Pels in his 1998 article ”Religion, Consumerism and the Modernity of the New Age”, the New Age emphasis on self-spirituality is rooted in late 19th or early 20th century occultism.
It is a detraditionalised form of faith that internalises religiosity, turning an individual’s reliance to be on “inner voices”, and in turn rejecting any outside authority. The Self reigns supreme in place of anything external to it. It is therefore ironic that religious Sufi symbolism, which was used to express annihilation of the Self in the presence of the Divine, is now being used to express the elation of the Self in the presence of another’s.
By worshipping the Self, the New Age movement gave rise to a form of neo-paganism, which survives through appropriation and consumption of religious symbolism. Given the individual nature of the consumption process, ultimate meanings intended from religious symbols are exchanged for relative experiences of Self-worship, which ironically render the symbols ultimately meaningless.
Moreover, given the tandem development of the New Age movement in popular culture alongside popular religion, it can be expected that popular misuse of religious symbolism will have an impact upon the religious. As religious symbols are presented outside of contexts they were created to serve within, they begin to lose their significance for the religious in an insidious way that desacralises the Sacred and grants sanctity to the secular.
The misappropriation of Sufi poetry can be seen as resulting of unfamiliarity with how Sufis made their indications. For example, the intoxication of wine refers to the loss of one’s sense of rational self in the sea of Divine Love. The tavern is the experience of being overwhelmed from being surrounded by Divine Presence. Layla is an Arabic female name that linguistically refers to the darkest night of the month, and in Sufi poetry refers to the hidden realm that lies behind outward appearances of this world.
A Sufi line of poetry that talks about becoming intoxicated from a single sip of wine served in the tavern before Layla appearing naked, is not talking about getting drunk and losing one’s mind out of love for a woman before proceeding to fulfil lustful desires after her.
The abundant use of metaphors and various rhetorical devices in Sufi poetry has polarised Muslim theologians ever since they began. Some of their statements taken literally are in direct contradiction with basic foundational beliefs and practises in Islam. This polarisation was exacerbated with Sufi symbolism that would invariably lead to misinterpretations if one were not familiar with it.
Wine, tavern, and Layla are among the recurring symbols that in popular culture are understood at the literal level first before they are taken as metaphors. However, as many Sufi poets and saints have warned, their poetry begins at the metaphoric level to indicate literal meanings other than what first comes to mind, all of which revolve around the Divine. It is interesting to note that out of fear of misappropriating their symbols, various Sufi figures have warned against reading their works without the guidance of a teacher.
It is not uncommon to find within the Sufi tradition phrases like: “We are a people of metaphors, not of literalism,” and “Metaphors for us are what literalism is for others.” For this reason Al-Ghazali (c. 1056-1111 AD) said that no one has attempted to explain the essence of what Sufis talk about except that they fall into explicit error. He also said, “Know that the wonders of the heart are outside of sensory experience.”
Hence, if one seeks to gain a closer understanding about what Rumi and other Sufi poets were talking about, they must suspend their own material and worldly projections and put such poetry in its proper metaphysical context.
In a culture of materialism and illusory appearances, Rumi and other Sufi poets’ works are meant to serve as indications that there is something more than what we experience with our senses. Their poetry was not about escapism through intoxication or loss of self-awareness for the sake of another material being. Rather, their message was to serve as reminders about the Formless Being by which all forms come into existence.
When Rumi speaks about the love of lovers, he refers not only to the love they share between each other, but about the love they both share towards the Being that transcends their beings. In this, the lovers become united as they share a common desire to transcend beyond each other’s sense of Self and Self-worship. Unless this is appreciated, the depths of Rumi’s words will not be realised, as they should, and we risk the complete loss of their significance.
The 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth was marked by a set of Royal Mail stamps, a gala performance by the recently established Royal Shakespeare Company, a new biography by A L Rowse and a rollicking Anthony Burgess novel about his love life. Fifty years on, this seems like a modest commemoration. It was the Beatles and Disney’s Mary Poppins that were making the cultural running in 1964.
This week, by contrast, it is a racing certainty that every major news outlet in the world will have something to say about the Bard of Avon’s 450th birthday, which falls on Wednesday. And this is only prologue to the wall-to-wall programme of celebrations, productions, exhibitions and documentaries being planned for 2016, the quatercentenary of his death. Shakespeare has become a global icon, not merely a local heritage product whose presumed birthday conveniently coincides with St George’s Day.
At the time of his death, he was a much admired dramatist. But Francis Beaumont, who passed away a few weeks before him, was equally admired, on the basis of far fewer plays. The centenary of Shakespeare’s birth fell soon after the theatres reopened with the Restoration of the monarchy, following the period when the Puritans had closed them down for the duration of the Civil War. His plays formed a staple part of the repertoire, but those of Beaumont and John Fletcher were performed more frequently. Shakespeare only pulled ahead of the pack in the Georgian era. It was around his 200th anniversary, under the auspices of the great actor David Garrick, that he took on his status as National Poet and exemplar of artistic genius. He has never fallen out of fashion, but in the past 25 years or so his reputation has become truly stratospheric. In Britain and around the world you can see more Shakespeare than ever before. It may indeed be that his reputation has reached its high-water mark and can only recede.
At the time of the 400th anniversary, which fell in the interim between the closure of the Old Vic and the opening of the new National Theatre, there was only the RSC and regional rep. Now there is the Globe, a plethora of West End productions — Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet and Martin Freeman as Richard III hard on the heels of Jude Law as Henry V and David Tennant as Richard II — and an extraordinary wealth of smaller-scale Shakespeare by Propeller, Cheek by Jowl, The Tobacco Factory, Filter and dozens of other innovative touring companies. In North America, at least two dozen cities have a summer Shakespeare festival. Modern cinema has produced everything from a Samurai Macbeth to several Bollywood Romeo and Juliets.
The success of Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V in 1989 heralded a revival of Shakespeare on screen following a period in the doldrums. But an even more important turning point was the triumph of Shakespeare in Love at both the box office and the Oscars. Tom Stoppard’s brilliant screenplay drew such strong parallels between the Elizabethan theatre and modern Hollywood that the film contrived to turn Shakespeare into a celebrity. It made him our contemporary at precisely the moment when culture was taken over by a rage for the now, a cult of the new.
Our age of novelty and celebrity, of 24/7 entertainment news and ever-renewing digital information, leaves little time for the measured appreciation of Shakespeare’s more demanding contemporaries such as Ben Jonson and John Donne, let alone the epic poetry of other classic authors such as Edmund Spenser and John Milton, who were once as admired as the man from Stratford. It is only Shakespeare whose language and characters have taken on a life of their own, enabling his work constantly to accommodate itself to the new. There is a quotation for every occasion, a character parallel for every figure in public life.
Shakespeare — along with Jane Austen — is becoming the token representative of a cultural past that is otherwise forgotten. The danger is that if we lose the ability to place him in the context of his age, we may cease to understand him. Students struggle with aspects of his language because they no longer share that knowledge of the Bible and classical antiquity which Shakespeare expected of his audiences. When Hamlet says that he is not like Hercules or when Shylock calls Portia “a Daniel come to judgment,” most Elizabethans would have understood the allusion. Soon we will all need a footnote.
On the other hand, the passion for Shakespeare has become a way of opening up his world and keeping it alive. Over the past couple of years, I have had the good fortune of being consultant curator for the British Museum’s 2012 Cultural Olympiad exhibition “Shakespeare Staging the World”, of writing the script for Simon Callow’s one-man show Being Shakespeare, and of presenting a global online course exploring the collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon. In each case, I’ve been amazed by the enthusiasm, the inquiring spirit and the knowledge of thousands of people, from teenagers to octogenarians.
How knowledgeable should we expect our schoolchildren to be about Shakespeare?
During the Government’s recent overhaul of GCSEs, I was asked to join a consultative group advising on the English Literature syllabus. It quickly became clear that the minister wanted to prescribe two Shakespeare plays for every 16-year-old in the land. I argued, to the contrary, that there should be one Shakespeare play and one play by anybody except Shakespeare. It cannot be in Shakespeare’s interest for teenagers to associate him with compulsion, for his plays and his alone to have the dreaded status of set books.
That said, recent years have witnessed great progress in the way in which Shakespeare is taught. Back in 1964, the tendency was to parse the text on the page and pay little attention to the theatrical life of the plays. There was a degree of mutual suspicion between academic critics and theatre professionals.
All this has changed. Much of the best modern scholarship has focused on the practicalities of performance in the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, while the history of Shakespeare on stage and screen has become a thriving sub-discipline in its own right. The education departments of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe are getting into schools and persuading teachers to get pupils on their feet, speaking the lines aloud and fitting the word to the action.
The crucial next step will be the adaptation of Shakespeare to the digitised classroom of the future. By the time the 500th anniversary is celebrated in 2064, textbooks will have been replaced by some version of the tablet computer. There are already exciting initiatives in the creation of Shakespeare apps for the iPad, most notably a project led by Sir Ian McKellen and the director Richard Loncraine, in which the plays can be simultaneously read and seen, with all sorts of contextual and explanatory information reachable at a click.
In a verse preface to the First Folio of the complete plays, his friend and rival Ben Jonson predicted that there would come a time when Shakespeare would be held in as high regard as the great writers of antiquity. “Triumph, my Britain, thou hast one to show,” he wrote, “To whom all Scenes of Europe homage owe.” Shakespeare’s Britain stood on the threshold of the modern world. Britain’s Shakespeare was a creation of the 18th and 19th centuries, an era when the nation and thus the national poet moved on the world stage. There is, wrote Maurice Morgann, one of his 18th-century admirers, “nothing perishable about him … the Apalachian mountains, the banks of the Ohio, and the plains of Sciota , shall resound with his accents … when even the memory of the language in which he has written shall be no more.”
Now it is not just “all scenes of Europe” but almost all countries in the world that pay homage to William Shakespeare. His works are our most enduring cultural export.
Malaysia has yet to decide whether to publicly disclose an initial report submitted to international aviation authorities on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the country’s director-general of civil aviation said on Wednesday.
The Southeast Asian country has filed the preliminary report as required by the International Civil Aviation Organization, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told a news conference. He didn’t specify when it was filed or offer any details of the contents.
“We have issued the preliminary report and we have sent it to ICAO,’’ Mr. Azharuddin said. “We have not make any decision yet whether to release it to the media or public.”
Such reports are usually disclosed, in the public interest, although that isn’t required. Asked whether Malaysia would eventually disclose details of the investigation into the disappearance, Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at the news conference that “with the public interest globally, I think there’s no way that we can avoid making it public.”
Reports to the ICAO, a U.N. body based in Montreal, are required from the country conducting an investigation within 30 days of an accident and would include the sequence of events and other technical aspects.
The Boeing 777-200 disappeared March 8 with 239 people aboard during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and the search is focused on a portion of the Indian Ocean based on analysis of satellite data and possible pings from the flight recorders. No confirmed wreckage has been found.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is convinced he will go to jail for his sodomy conviction, probably for even longer than the five years he was given, as he said the judicial process is staked heavily against him.
The de facto PKR leader, who disclosed that foreign leaders like former US Vice-President Al Gore and Irish President Mary Robinson had advised him during his recent trip to London not to return to Malaysia and be jailed, said the refusal of the Federal Court registry yesterday to allow him an extension of time to file his petition of appeal against the conviction was just the latest legal hurdle he had to overcome.
The deadline for filing the petition is today (Thursday).
“It is definitely harassment and an abuse of process,” he said.
“I’m just waiting. I don’t know how much time I have.
“A month, two months before they send me to jail,” said Anwar, who was in Kuching to speak at the Reformasi 2.0 rally last night.
Anwar also spoke on the harassment he said he had to deal with when his appeal was heard in the Court of Appeal.
He said the courts advanced the hearing of his appeal by a month to “fit in” the dates of the Kajang by-election.
Anwar was to have been Pakatan Rakyat’s candidate in the March 23 by-election in Selangor that was called after the incumbent, Lee Chin Cheh, unexpectedly resigned on January 27.
However, the Court of Appeal’s “swift” decision in overturning a High Court ruling and finding him guilty meant he was not eligible to contest.
His wife Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail replaced him as the PR candidate.
PKR legal bureau head Latheefa Koya yesterday said even with the deadline today, the Federal Court registry asked Anwar to file a formal application, which included a notice of motion, to ask for more time to file the grounds of appeal.
Karpal Singh, who was Anwar’s lead counsel in the case, was to have filed the appeal.
Karpal was killed in a tragic road accident along with his personal aide last Thursday.
Latheefa described the court’s refusal as highly inconsiderate and showing a lack of sympathy and understanding over the tragic death of Karpal.
Anwar, meanwhile, said the refusal meant his new lead counsel Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah did not have enough time “to go through the files and files of notes”.
“It appears the Federal Court is bent on rushing the appeal and this can be seen in their failure to grant an extension of time,” Latheefa added.
Anwar’s latest brush with the court prompted him to warn that other key opposition leaders could suffer the same fate as he did.
He said with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak “manipulating the Attorney-General and judicial system”, opposition leaders like Batu MP Tian Chua, Pandan MP and PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli, Seremban MP Anthony Loke and PAS deputy secretary-general Dr Syed Azman Ahmad Nawawi were “all on the list of people to be charged and jailed”.
Continuing from my previous post on Nokia World in Abu Dhabi…
This was the experience hall whereby we could check out and get hands-on with the new devices announced that day.
CJ and Miriam busy recording their hands-on preview videos
Oh got coffee!
Flipboard CTO was there too! Announcing the app availability for the Lumia 2520 tablet.
Bumped into Tiina, she brought us around the last time we were in Finland.
Good friend Dean, was busy demonstrating Nokia Mixradio to everyone.
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A STRATEGIC “pivot” or “rebalancing” towards Asia and the Pacific is central to American foreign policy under Barack Obama. So it is more than embarrassing that the president has had to cancel trips to the region at short notice—most recently last October, when the partial shutdown of his administration forced him to pull out of two regional summits. This gives added significance to his tour of Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines from April 22nd. It is the chance to reassert America’s military and economic commitment to three treaty allies, one prospective “strategic partner” (Malaysia) and to the region as a whole, as it struggles with the implications of China’s rapid rise.
That reassurance is needed all the more after America’s failure to intervene in Syria and, especially, its failure to contain Russian expansionism in Ukraine. Both episodes feed into a perception of a declining American appetite for keeping the peace, and of a declining ability to do so. Countries such as Japan and the Philippines, facing an assertive Chinese approach to disputed territory, are naturally concerned. If America will do so little for Ukraine, will it risk lives and treasure for uninhabited rocks in the East or South China Sea? In theory, circumstances are so different that America’s Asian allies should have no cause for concern. Unlike the Syrian opposition and Ukraine, the Japanese and Filipinos have mutual security treaties with America.
Indeed, if America did involve itself militarily in another conflict in the Middle East or in eastern Europe, its Asian allies would fret that the “rebalancing” was deemed, as they had feared, a lower American priority than other parts of the world. It is a battle for regional reassurance that America, it seems, simply cannot win.
Other problems complicate things further. One is the poor state of relations between America’s two most important allies, Japan and South Korea. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, seems as unpopular in Seoul as he is in Beijing. His decision last December to visit the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, where war criminals are honoured, confirmed South Koreans in their view of him as an unrepentant historical revisionist, in denial about the atrocities Japan inflicted on their country during its colonisation. So, rather than co-operating with Japan in dealing with an immediate threat from North Korea and a potential longer-term one from China, South Korea prefers to make common cause with China to condemn Japan for its failure to confront the past. It took a big effort to persuade Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s president, to join a trilateral meeting with Mr Obama and Mr Abe at a nuclear summit in the Netherlands last month. Coaxing them to work together when he is not in the room will be even harder.
Another difficulty lies in distinguishing strategic support for a country from political support for its current rulers. America finds much to admire in Mr Abe: his determination to drag the Japanese economy out of its deflationary morass; in particular, his promise to take on domestic lobbies by joining American-led regional trade talks, the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); his desire to see Japan play a bigger role in its own defence. But it also deplores the often revisionist attitude to Japan’s history that, for Mr Abe and his supporters, animates these policies.
Similarly it finds Malaysia a model of moderate Islamic democracy and its prime minister, Najib Razak, the friendliest leader it has had in decades. But Malaysian politics is poisonous. Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the opposition, which won the popular vote at last year’s election, is appealing against a sentence handed down last month of five years in jail for sodomy. Many Malaysians believe the prosecution is politically motivated.
Mr Najib has taken Malaysia, too, into the TPP. Another problem facing the “rebalance” is that this, its most important economic dimension, is in trouble. The impetus of Mr Obama’s tour itself may generate a breakthrough in the shape of agreement between the TPP’s two biggest economies, America and Japan. But ratification of the TPP will face domestic political obstacles in a number of countries, not least America itself. Many in Asia have noticed that Mr Obama seems loth to spend much domestic political capital on this or other aspects of American commitment to the region. Mr Obama may have trouble convincing his friends in Asia that America’s rebalance is genuine.
China, for its part, is keen to cast doubt on America’s regional staying power. Yet, oddly, its own government seems convinced by it. It sees the rebalance as an attempt to encircle China and counter its rise. Some of this resentment emerged in testy exchanges when Chuck Hagel, America’s defence secretary, was in Beijing this month. China blames America for encouraging Japan and the Philippines to confront it over disputed rocks. Its leaders worry that America’s decision to deploy two more Aegis-class destroyers to Japan to counter the threat from North Korea is in fact directed against China. It has noticed that America supports the Philippines in its legal challenge to China’s claim to most of the South China Sea, and has just signed an agreement with it allowing more of its troops into the country. And Congress is likely to authorise the sale of four pensioned-off frigates to Taiwan.
Be careful what you wish for
China’s reaction is perhaps the most fundamental of all the factors making the rebalance so tricky. America insists it is not trying to contain China or thwart its rise. But if that is so, how to convince Asian allies of an unshakable military commitment to the defence of islands, reefs and rocks of no obvious relevance to American security? And if America is in fact trying to stand in the way of China’s rise, then its Asian allies would also take fright at a dangerous confrontation between the region’s two big maritime powers. The rebalance, meant to reassure them without alarming China, risks the opposite: alienating China and scotching promising areas of co-operation, yet leaving its neighbours, America’s friends, more nervous than ever.
Akhirnya Aidil Zafuan dan Zarema Zainal berpeluang juga untuk berbulan madu selepas sudah bergelar suami isteri lebih kurang 2 bulan. Destinasi “honeymoon” mereka tidak lain tidak bukan ialah Krabi, Thailand. Abang Nara pun pernah sampai ke Krabi bersama isteri dan anak tercinta. Memang cantik tempatnya terutama buat mereka yang suka menyelam. Memang terbaik!!!
Seronok Abang Nara melihat pasangan suami isteri ini melakukan aktiviti-aktiviti bersama sepanjang berada di Krabi. Naik motor sesama, tengok Muay Thai, menyelam dan macam-macam lagilah. Pastinya sepanjang bulan madu ini, hubungan mereka lebih rapat dan makin mengenali antara satu sama lain. Semoga ada berita gembira mengenai cahaya mata kelak.
Lagi beberapa gambar bulan madu Aidil dan Zarema dengan membaca artikel ini sepenuhnya. Kredit gambar kepada Instagram Zarema Zainal.
Grumbles and complaints can be heard at every bus stop, LRT station, coffee shop, mamak stall and shopping mall as people talk to each other…”Everything going up!” “Wah, nowadays so expensive..”, “How to survive like this ah?”
Yes, the recent slew of price hikes have hit Malaysian consumers hard. Widespread dissatisfaction has set in. The middle class and poor feel more and more burdened by the price hikes over the existing cost of living.
But friends, many things in our lives are not within our control.
The reasons underlying the price hikes are complex and multi-faceted; and while we can grumble and complain endlessly, ultimately we can change nothing. Why not accept that reality, come to terms with the fact that in almost all countries in the world, people complain about governments and policies and rising costs, and adjust your mindset out of “complaining” mode into “survival” mode.
Understanding the Price Hikes
Let’s instead focus on understanding the price hikes, and then formulating plans to minimize their impact on us, our families and our households. This is definitely a better use of time, than wasting time and energy complaining.
In this article, we will look at the electricity tariff hike.
What does it mean and more importantly, what does it mean for you?
Basically, electricity tariffs have increased between 15%-17% for Peninsula Malaysia and Labuan. The new rates applied since 1.1.14 onwards, but rebates will be in place until the end of the 2014 calendar year for those consumers with very low electricity consumption – that is, less than RM 20 per month.
What does this translate to in ringgit and sen? It means that electricity is projected to go up to 4.99 sen more per kWh or 14.89% for Peninsular Malaysia (the current average rate is 33.54 sen/kWh to 38.53 sen/kWh) whereas for Sabah and Labuan, it is expected to be up 5.0 sen per kWh or 16.9% (the current average rate is 29.52 sen per kWh to 34.52 sen per kWh)
If you are consuming less than 300 kWh, you will not actually see any increase in your bill. On the other hand, if it is between 301 to 400 kWh and 401 to 600 kWh, then yes, you will see an increase in your electricity bill.
Now, based on statistics from various online and offline sources, let’s talk about household appliances and how much they cost you.
Let us say, you use a laptop computer which takes up maybe, 65 watts an hour. In order to hit the 300kWh mark, you’d need to use it for 4,615 hours…that’s quite a lot of Facebook time don’t you think? ?
Jokes aside, obviously, it’s not just a laptop alone – there are other appliances to think of, the use of which could add up to push the consumer into the increased payment bracket. So yes, as consumers, we should be mindful.
So, what’s the best thing for us to do given that our household might be amongst those facing the price hike? Stop complaining about the electricity tariff hike and channel your energy into positive action! ?
Despite 85 pages of rhetoric, the Court of Appeal’s written judgment (the “Judgment”) convicting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy has failed to establish the only corroborative evidence of the charge – the DNA evidence.
This is a case of one man’s word against another, with no eyewitness to the incident.
Without establishing the DNA evidence beyond reasonable doubt, the Court of Appeal has no business to overturn the High Court judgment acquitting Anwar on ground of doubtful integrity of the DNA samples.
The crucial question to ask is: have the samples become vulnerable to tampering after the sealed plastic bag containing individual receptacles holding the samples was cut open by the investigating officer without authority and kept for prolong duration before delivering them to the chemist?
The prosecutor said no, reason being that the individual receptacles were also sealed, hence, the samples were protected.
Sample tampering irrefutable
But the catch is: while the plastic bag which was heat sealed was tamper-proof, the seals to the individual receptacles were not tamper-proof.
Australian forensic pathologist Dr David Wells testified that the seals to the receptacles could be removed and resealed based on the materials used and the manner of sealing, after he had examined them.
Appeal Court judges of Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi, Datuk and Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh, who took the highly unusual step of appending their signatures to one single written document, dismissed Dr Wells’ claim by saying “he merely looked at the containers in court and gave his opinion solely from the manner in which these containers were sealed and the type of material used as seals. That was merely his opinion pure and simple”. (para 121 of the Judgment)
It was, of course, Dr Wells’ opinion. What else could he do other than expressing an opinion? If the seals were not readily removable, why didn’t the prosecution refute his claim? As a matter of fact, according to Anwar, who saw the receptacles in coAziah Aliurt, these seals consisted of only “ordinary and easily removable tapes and easily removable KL Hospital paper seals” as stated in his statement in dock.
Is that the reason Dr Wells’ testimony was not challenged in court? Would he have been let off the hook if in fact the claim was false, knowing the critical importance of the issue?
And why did Jude Pereira take the reckless step of cutting open the permanently sealed plastic bag? He said he wanted to put the receptacles into individual envelopes and re-label them. But that explanation was obviously phoney as rightly pointed out by High Court judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah for the simple reason that each of the receptacles had already been clearly labelled by the hospital doctors and Pereira’s mission was merely to deliver them to the chemist withoMohamad Zabidin Mohd Diahut any input of his own.
Shockingly, despite the opening of the plastic bag had opened the gateway for meddling with the samples in the unsecured receptacles, the judges declared such unauthorised action as not amounting to tampering with the samples, even repeating Pereira’s incredible claim that he was merely following standard operation procedure (para 85).
Talking about SOP, is it also SOP to place the samples in Pereira’s personal steel cabinet for 42 hours instead of the police freezer, which was a beach of police standard practice, as well as defiance of KL Hospital forensic pathologist Dr Siew Sheue Fong’s strict instruction that the samples be kept in freezer?
Why have the judges completely omitted to mention the defence claim that such prolong storage under room temperature would have damaged further the already much degraded samples?
Being a senior police officer familiar with forensic investigation, Pereira must have known that his reckless beach of discipline in his mishandling of the samples could fatally damage the integrity of the chain of custody as well as the quality of the DNA samples, both of which are of vital importance to the prosecution case.
Then why did he still do it? What was it so compelling that he had to take such risks? Why did he keep the samples to himself for 42 hours? If he was not up to something sinister, what was he up to?
Dubious DNA samples
Could that explain the miraculous phenomenon that the these samples were later found to have suffered no degradation at all, despite being retrieved 56 hours after alleged sodomy and stored for another 42 hours under room temperature, something unheard of?
The two Australian experts held the view from their long careers that semen collected 36 hours after ejaculation could hardly be successfully tested for the sperm’s DNA due to degradation.
DNA expert Dr Brian McDonald testified from his observation of test reports handed to him that the profiles of DNA tests for various samples taken from the rectum including those showing DNA of Male Y (which prosecution claims to be those of Anwar) showed no evidence of degradation.
This contradicted with the samples’ history, inferring that they might not be the same samples that were retrieved from complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan’s rectum by the hospital doctors 98 hours earlier.
In addition to such contradictions which cast serious doubt over the credibility of the DNA findings, the two Australian experts also pointed out many discrepancies, deficiencies and flaws of the chemist’s DNA reports and hospital doctors’ examination reports, including the exposure of the puzzling presence of DNA of multiple people extracted from Saiful’s rectum, which the chemist have overlooked, compounding the crisis of confidence in these reports.
These are, of course, serious challenges to the prosecution case, which stands or falls on the DNA evidence.
Slamming of experts childish
But instead of taking these Australian experts’ opinion head on with equally professional counter argument, the judges seem to have found a short cut by resorting to name-calling to devalue the Australians’ testimonies while simultaneously enhancing the status of statements made the government’s professionals.
Thus, the Australians have become “armchair experts” who have no practical experience (false, of course) to lend credibility to their argument, while the government chemists have “impeccable credentials” with competence in both the academic and practical fields.
The judges even went to the extent of concurring with lead prosecutor Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah’s submission that the Australians’ evidence were “speculative and theoretical if not hypothetical, thus lacking in probative value” (para 142).
In contrast, the evidence of the two local chemists was described as factual and based on their own analysis of samples.
Then, using the premise of “lacking in probative value”, the judges in one sweeping stroke, rejected the Australians’ critical testimonies on all the critical issues, which are sample tampering, doubtful DNA reports and penile penetration (para 150).
Presto! Problem solved! The Australians’ unfavourable testimonies are set aside in favour of the affirmative ones submitted by government professionals. The prosecution case is thus saved.
But what is the truth?
Dr Wells, a forensic pathologist, specialises in sexual assault cases. He is head of Clinical Forensic Medicine at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Associate Professor in the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash Unviersity, Member of the Advisory Panel – National Institute of Forensic Science, Member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine.
He has worked with World Health Organisation in establishing medico-legal services for victims of sexual violence in developing countries. He has written several books and articles on sexual violence and awarded the Order of Australia Medal. He has testified in all levels of courts where his testimonies have been accepted.
Dr Bian McDonald, holding a PhD in pathology, is a consultant molecular geneticist. He is a member of the Australian Forensic Science Society, member of the Australian Biomedical Society and served as committee member of the Human Genetics Society, a director of both DNA Consults and Molecular Genetics for the Sonic Clinical Institute. He was also a head geneticist officer in New South Wales. He has written books, papers and articles on the subject of DNA, a list of which fills up five pages.
Clearly, the above credentials speak for themselves, and show how utterly irresponsible is the act of rejecting those expert opinions en bloc with the cavalier and childish comment on those evidence being “mere opinion, speculative and theoretical”, which actually reflects the shallowness of the writer of the Judgment, whoever he is.
On the subject of anal penile penetration, this is another major flaw of the prosecution case. All the four doctors who had examined Saiful had reported no sign of penetration, which contradicted the latter’s testimony that the “fast and furious” act had caused him pain.
Though the three government doctors later changed their tune, however, their revised views were based on the subsequent report issued by the chemist, who claimed the presence of semen of “Male Y” in Saiful’s rectum.
Such revised view had, of course, zero value, as the doctors’ report must be based on their own observations and not on subsequent reports issued by others.
Anwar’s statement in the dock
Was Anwar a coward, scared of being cross-examined in the witness stand as insinuated by the judges, when he chose to give an unsworn statement in dock as his defence?
Anyone who has read his 9,000-word statement which took him an hour and 20 minutes to deliver in court, could not have failed to be moved by the endless series of injustice he has suffered and his cries of despair that he would ever receive justice in the court.
The long litany of unjust treatment he had received at every step of his judicial defence as enumerated by him has proved beyond the slightest doubt that this is political persecution, not a criminal trial, where the verdict is a foregone conclusion.
There is no better testimony to that than the shock with which the world greeted the acquittal of Anwar at the High Court three years ago, as the proceedings of the trial had been so manifestly unfair and vindictive that no one expected an acquittal.
That the prosecutor and the judges did not let go the slightest opportunity to build up the perception of guilt against Anwar is seen in its dishonest inference that Anwar didn’t call alibi witnesses because they couldn’t have substantiated his story of innocence.
This is double injustice to Anwar, because it was the powers that be that had put a spoke to his alibi defence. Anwar said in his statement in dock: “My alibi witnesses made known to the prosecution were in fact included in the prosecution list of witnesses, which was not supplied to my lawyers. They were defence alibi witnesses. I am informed this is the first time this has been done.”
Anwar also gave the example of the owner of the condo where the alleged incidence took place, Hasanuddin Abd Hamid, who was harassed by the police for a total of 30 hours where his statements were video recorded. Another alibi witness, Fitria Dipan the maid, ironically offered by the prosecution, couldn’t even be traced.
Prosecution + defence v defence
A trial judge is supposed to be an umpire, taking a neutral position to weigh without prejudice the merits and demerits of facts and legal arguments presented by the prosecutor and the defence and deliver his decision at the end of the hearing strictly according to facts and relevant law, without fear or favour.
But this is distinctively not the case in the present trial. Reading through the Judgment, one can’t help but get the impression that there is an invisible dividing line separating the prosecutor and judges on one side and the defence on the other. With due respect, it looks like a joint effort to fix the respondent, and let the facts and law be damned.
In fact, the outcome of this trial was already self-evident when Anwar’s request to replace specially invited lead prosecutor Shafee was rejected all the way to the highest court. Being an Umno lawyer and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s confidante, Shafee’s role as prosecutor was to part of a political agenda.
Now that Anwar has appealed to the Federal Court, the nation will hold its breath at what will happen next.
Will it be another saving grace for the judiciary, or will it be another plunge that will trigger off a new phase of bruising conflict that will cause much suffering, but with the prospect of opening up a new era for the nation?
Former Malaysian Bar president Sulaiman Abdullah is slated to replace the late Karpal Singh as Anwar Ibrahim’s lead counsel in the Sodomy II appeal in the Federal Court.
A source familiar with the case confirmed today that Sulaiman has agreed to act for Anwar.
“Ramkarpal, who played a pivotal role during the Sodomy II trial and in the appeal before the Court of Appeal, will also be part of the team,” the source revealed.
Sulaiman, who had played an initial role in the Sodomy II appeal before Karpal’s team took over, had a main role in the Sodomy I trial.
Karpal, 73, died in a car crash on April 17, that also killed his assistant J Michael Cornelius.
Anwar was found guilty by the Court of Appeal on March 7 and sentenced to five years jail for Sodomy II.
The written judgment was made available last Wednesday to Karpal’s firm. Appellants have 10 days to file the petition stating their grounds of appeal.
Extension of time
A source said Anwar’s legal team will seek an extension to file the petition of appeal which is due by Friday.
“Ramkarpal is scheduled to file an extension for the petition of appeal either today or tomorrow,” the source said.
“We are also preparing for any eventuality if this is not allowed and will make arrangements to file it on Friday.”
Anwar was acquitted by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Jan 9, 2012, but the prosecution appealed the decision.
The final appeal will be decided at the Federal Court.
Setelah membuatkan para peminat tertanya-tanya, akhirnya desas-desus mengenai keretakan rumah tangga Adam AF dan Fiza Elite terjawab jua. Menurut laporan Harian Metro, Fiza Elite telah pun memfailkan permohonan cerai terhadap suaminya, Adam AF di Mahkamah Rendah Syariah Shah Alam pada hujung minggu. Kes mereka akan dibicarakan Isnin depan.
Sebelum ini, Adam menafikan sekeras-kerasnya bahawa rumah tangganya sedang bergolak sementara Fiza Elite menerusi akaun Instagramnya telah memberi sedikit bayangan mengenai keretakan perkahwinan mereka. Sama-samalah kita nantikan perbicaraan kes mereka Isnin depan. Semoga jalan penyelesaian yang terbaik akan ditemui oleh pasangan ini.
Ruminah Sidek atau lebih dikenali dengan nama Mak Mah kini telah pun bergelar tunangan orang. Tunangan ibu kepada Adlin Aman Ramli ini dikatakan seorang peneroka Felda. Majlis pertunangan secara ringkas tersebut telah berlangsung pada 20 April yang lalu. Kalau tak silap Abang Nara, umur Mak Mah adalah sekitar 68 tahun.
Daripada info yang Abang Nara, Mak Mah bakal bergelar isteri pada bulan hadapan. Jutaan tahniah diucapkan kepada Mak Mah atas berita gembira ini. Semoga perancangan Mak Mah untuk berkahwin berjalan dengan lancar. Info asal MediaHiburan.
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 22.4.2014.
The Penang state government wishes to assures investors, tourists, the business community and residents unequivocally that the directive of “no water rationing” in Penang is a top priority. Therefore the state government would adopt every measure possible to conserve our water resources, including increasing domestic water tariffs for the first time since 1993, to avoid water rationing.
The statement by Penang Water Supply Corporation(PBAPP) General Manager Jaseni Maidinsa on Sunday that Penang may still face water rationing because of lower than expected rainfall this month is unacceptable. Ir. Jaseni cited three key reasons for this:
· Less rainfall in April 2014 when compared to the past average;
· The level of Sungai Muda and the effective capacities of Penang’s three main dams have not fully “recovered” yet; and
· Penang’s per capita domestic consumption, at 311 l/c/d, is at an all-time high due to the lowest water tariff in Malaysia.
As the state government is willing to “bite the bullet” by allowing water tariffs to rise, Jaseni has been informed that heads will roll if water rationing has still got to be imposed. The state government agrees with Jaseni’s that there is no rationing in Penang because PBAPP has been managing water supply in Penang efficiently with water loss calculated in terms of Non-Revenue Water at 17.6%, the lowest in Malaysia compared to the national average of 36.4%.
Jaseni added that it is not right, nor sustainable, for Penangites to use 311 liters/capita/day when other states are undergoing water rationing. Jaseni is correct because Penang’s water usage is 50% above the national average of 212 l/c/d. Singapore uses 151 whilst the United Nation’s recommendation is 100.
In making conserving water resources a priority, such high water usage in Penang is not sustainable during a prolonged drought and must be reduced through increasing water tariffs. I would like to admit that almost all the genuine NGOs have been criticising the state government since 2008 for not carrying out the water tariff hike earlier.
Finally, I wish to correct the misreporting by the mainstream media of my response to the proposed quantum of domestic water tariff hike by President of Water Watch Penang Prof Chan Ngai Weng of Universiti Sains Malaysia. Professor Chan proposed that the domestic water tariff hike should not touch the first 20 m3 of water consumed, but increase sharply when people use more than this amount (an amount considered adequate for an average family) as follows:-
· 0-20 m3 = 22 sen/m3 (No change in tariff);
· 21-30 m3 = 80 sen/m3 (at production cost);
· 31-40 m3 = RM1.30/m3 (double the cost of production); and thereafter, every additional 10m3 consumption will see tariffs doubling.
I had replied that such a proposed 200-300% water tariff hike by Professor Chan would be too drastic and the state government will disappoint him. The state government will ensure that the new water tariff structure can reduce water usage but will not overburden the poor nor penalise conscientious water users.
In adopting the PBAPP management’s proposals to increase water tariff hike, PBAPP must reciprocate by not even entertaining the possibility of having to impose water rationing. I reiterate that Penang will not have water rationing.
LIM GUAN ENG
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Kenyataan Media Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng di Komtar, George Town Pada 22.4.2014.
PBAPP dimaklumkan bahawa tindakan akan diambil jika catuan air dikenakan di Pulau Pinang, sementara kami tidak bersetuju dengan kenaikan tarif domestik air 200-300% seperti yang dicadangkan oleh NGO.
Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang ingin meyakinkan pelabur, pelancong, komuniti perniagaan dan penduduk bahawa arahan “tiada catuan air” di Pulau Pinang merupakan keutamaan. Oleh itu, kerajaan negeri akan mengambil setiap langkah yang mungkin untuk memelihara sumber air, termasuk meningkatkan tarif air domestik buat kali pertama sejak tahun 1993, untuk mengelakkan catuan air.
Kenyataan Pengurus Besar Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP), Jaseni Maidinsa pada hari Ahad bahawa Pulau Pinang masih berdepan kemungkinan menghadapi catuan air kerana hujan dijangka lebih rendah pada bulan ini tidak boleh diterima. Ir Jaseni menyatakan tiga sebab utama perkara ini:
• Hujan yang kurang pada bulan April 2014 apabila dibandingkan dengan purata sebelumnya;
• Tahap Sungai Muda dan kapasiti efektif tiga empangan utama di Pulau Pinang belum sepenuhnya “pulih” lagi; dan
• Penggunaan domestik per kapita di Pulau Pinang, pada kadar 311 l/k/h, berada di tahap tertinggi akibat tarif air yang terendah di Malaysia.
Oleh kerana kerajaan negeri bersedia untuk menghadapi risiko dengan membenarkan tarif air dinaikkan, Jaseni telah dimaklumkan bahawa tindakan akan diambil jika catuan air masih perlu dikenakan. Kerajaan negeri bersetuju dengan kenyataan Jaseni bahawa tidak ada catuan di Pulau Pinang kerana PBAPP telah menguruskan bekalan air di Pulau Pinang dengan cekap dan kehilangan air dari segi Air Tanpa Hasil atau Non-Revenue Water hanya pada kadar 17.6%, iaitu kadar terendah di Malaysia berbanding dengan purata negara sebanyak 36.4%.
Jaseni menambah bahawa adalah tidak betul dan tidak mampan untuk penduduk Pulau Pinang menggunakan 311 liter/kapita/hari apabila negeri-negeri lain sedang menjalani catuan air. Jaseni adalah betul kerana penggunaan air di Pulau Pinang adalah 50% melebihi purata negara sebanyak 212 l/k/h. Singapura menggunakan 151 manakala Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu mencadangkan kadar 100.
Dalam menjadikan pemumuliharaan sumber air sebagai keutamaan, penggunaan air yang tinggi seperti di Pulau Pinang tidak akan berkekalan semasa kemarau yang berpanjangan dan perlu dikurangkan melalui peningkatan tarif air. Saya mengakui bahawa hampir semua NGO tulen telah mengkritik kerajaan negeri sejak tahun 2008 kerana tidak menjalankan kenaikan tarif air lebih awal.
Akhir sekali, saya ingin membetulkan salah lapor media arus perdana berkenaan jawapan saya kepada cadangan kuantum kenaikan tarif air domestik oleh Presiden Water Watch Penang Prof Chan Ngai Weng dari Universiti Sains Malaysia. Profesor Chan mencadangkan kenaikan tarif air domestik tidak dikenakan atas 20m3 pertama air yang digunakan, tetapi meningkat dengan mendadak apabila orang menggunakan lebih daripada jumlah ini (jumlah yang dianggap mencukupi untuk purata keluarga) seperti berikut:
· 0-20 m3 = 22 sen/m3 (Tiada perubahan tarif);
· 21-30 m3 = 80 sen/m3 (Pada kadar kos);
· 31-40 m3 = RM1.30/m3 (Dua kali ganda kos pengeluaran); dan selepas itu, setiap penggunaan tambahan 10m3 akan melibatkan peningkatan tarif sebanyak dua kali ganda.
Saya telah menjawab bahawa cadangan kenaikan 200-300% tarif air oleh Profesor Chan adalah terlalu drastik dan tidak dipersetujui oleh kerajaan negeri. Kerajaan negeri akan memastikan bahawa struktur tarif air baru boleh mengurangkan penggunaan air tetapi tidak akan membebankan golongan miskin dan tidak menghukum pengguna air yang berhemah.
Dalam menerima pakai cadangan pengurusan PBAPP untuk meningkatkan kenaikan tarif air, PBAPP harus berbalas dengan tidak mempertimbangkan kemungkinan untuk mengenakan catuan air. Saya menegaskan bahawa Pulau Pinang tidak akan mengenakan catuan air.
—–Mandarin Version —–
最后，我想纠正主流媒体错误报导我回应槟城水源监督协会（Penang Water Watch）主席、同时也是马来西亚理科大学的陈艺荣博士关于水费涨幅一事。陈艺荣博士建议，水费调涨不应影响首20立方米的用水量，但是一旦人民用水量超出这个数目（这个被认为足以应对一个一般家庭用水量的数目），则必需大幅度调增如下：
· 0-20 立方米 = 22 仙/ 每立方米（水费保持不变）；
· 21-30 立方米 = 80 仙/ 每立方米 （生产价）；
· 31-40立方米= 1令吉30仙/ 每立方米（生产价的双倍）；然后每额外的10 立方米将会倍数增加收费率。
MTV handed out its golden popcorn trophies Sunday for the 22nd MTV Movie Awards. This year’s awards – hosted by Conan O’Brien – featured male objectification, meme-inspiring animals and a special tribute to a fallen actor. Here are some of my favourite moments from the MTV Movie Awards 2014:
1. Celebrity Galore
Conan O’Brien managed to cram up 50 celebrities (including himself) into an opening video clip for the Movie Awards 2014. Epic? Haha have to say kudos to him, even though some of the celebrities were acting awkwardly towards his confrontation lol.
2. Exclusive opening battle scene for the upcoming movie ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’
3. Nicki Minaj’s bongo… lol
4. Zedd x Ellie Goulding’s performance
(I’m a fan… lol)
5. Taylor Swift’s brief cameo in Conan’s opening clip
(I’m a fan, again… lol)
6. Katy Perry’s brief cameo
(I’m a fan, again and again… lol)
7. twentyonepilots performance
(discovered a new band)
8. Zac Efron naked… I mean, yeah you get what I mean…
(not really a fan of him, but hey this seems like the highlight of almost every girl lol)
There you go. If you haven’t got to know the award winners’ list, check out below to read more:
Kalau sebelum ini dikhabarkan bahawa Fizz Fairuz dan Almy Nadia akan bernikah pada 30 Mei, rupa-rupanya tarikh pernikahan mereka yang sebenar ialah 26 April bersamaan hari Sabtu ini. Almy Nadia telah mengesahkan tarikh ini dan lokasi pernikahan ialah di kampung pengantin perempuan, selepas waktu Asar.
Tahniah diucapkan atas berita baik ini. Makin cepat bergelar suami isteri, makin baguslah. Kata Almy menerusi Utusan Malaysia:-
Kami akan bernikah pada 26 April ini selepas waktu Asar, di kampung saya. Setakat ini, memang tiada apa-apa lagi (yang hendak dilakukan) memandangkan persiapan saya sudah lakukan sejak dari awal.
Belum rasa apa-apa lagi (perasaan nak bergelar isteri), mungkin selepas akad nikah itu saya akan kongsi perasaan saya. Majlis pernikahan ini memang untuk keluarga terdekat dan media sahaja
Tak sabar rasanya nak menatap wajah gembira Fizz Fairuz dan Almy Nadia Sabtu ini. Tahniah diucapkan. Semoga segalanya berjalan lancar.
Minggu lalu, Abang Nara telah terbang ke Jakarta untuk menghadiri majlis pelancaran ASUS Zenfone untuk pasaran Asia Tenggara. Bertempat di Pullman Hotel Central Park, para media Malaysia yang hadir terkejut besar apabila harga untuk ASUS Zenfone ini diumumkan. Mana tidaknya, ia sangat murah dan sangat berbaloi dengan kualiti yang ditawarkan.
Ada tiga jenis ASUS Zenfone yang bakal dijual di Malaysia iaitu Zenfone 4, Zenfone 5 dan Zenfone 6. Angka 4, 5 dan 6 itu adalah untuk kebesaran skrin dalam ukuran inci. Untuk Zenfone 4, harganya ialah RM299, Zenfone 5 RM599 dan Zenfone 6 RM899. Tak sampai RM1,000 pun. Memang mengejutkan sungguh harga yang ditawarkan. Abang Nara terus rasa nak beli masa itu jugak.
Pasti anda terfikir, harga murah kualiti mesti tak berapa bagus. Itu adalah tanggapan yang salah. Dilengkapi dengan antaramuka khas ZenUI, kamera belakang Zenfone 4 kamera belakang 5-megapixel, Zenfone 5 dengan kamera 8-megapixel PixelMaster dan Zenfone 6 dengan kamera 13-megapixel PixelMaster. Apakah itu PixelMaster? PixelMaster adalah teknologi ASUS yang membolehkan penangkapan gambar ataupun video tanpa masalah dalam apa juga keadaan pencahayaan. Kiranya kalau dalam bilik yang kurang cahaya pun gambar confirm keluar cun melecun punya.
Abang Nara sempat mencuba ZenUI yang digunakan sebagai antaramuka di Asus Zenfone ini. Ia amat pantas, lancar dan tidak ada tersekat-sekat. Salah satu ciri kegemaran ZenUi pada Abang Nara ialah “Record Call“. Bolehlah Abang Nara rakam perbualan telefon dengan wife dan anak tercinta. Bila rindu boleh mainkan kembali. Dan satu lagi ciri yang mantap ialah applikasi “Do It Later“. Untuk orang pelupa seperti Abang Nara, ia berfungsi sebagai peringatan untuk tugasan yang hendak dilakukan. Macam “reminder” lah lebih kurang.
Pelancaran Asus Zenfone ini telah dilakukan oleh Pengerusi ASUS Jonney Shih dan juga CEO Jerry Shen. Menurut mereka, ASUS Zenfone ialah sebuah produk dengan kualiti Apple iPhone tetapi pada harga yang mampu milik. Untuk makluman, Zenfone didatangkan dengan 3 warna utama Charcoal Black, Pearl White dan Cherry Red. Warna-warna “special edition” turut sama disediakan untuk mereka yang mahukan kelainan. Tapi bagi Abang Nara, warna Cherry Red dah cukup cantik dah.
Sila tonton video di bawah untuk mengetahui lebih banyak informasi mengenai ASUS Zenfone:-
Jangan lupa untuk LIKE Facebook ASUS Malaysia untuk mengetahui tarikh rasmi kemunculan ASUS Zenfone di Malaysia. Kalau anda berniat nak beli telefon baru, simpan dulu hasrat tersebut. Tunggulah kehadiran Zenfone terlebih dahulu. Anda pasti akan tidak menyesal.
If hudud had been a hot controversial issue in the 13GE, Barisan Nasional would not only have regained two-thirds parliamentary majority to redelineate electoral constituencies at will, Pakatan Rakyat might have lost Selangor and Johore would have reverted as invincible BN “fixed-deposit” state
Standing invitation to Najib and Muhyiddin to the Karpal Singh Memorial service in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow night as it is not a political event but a national occasion to honour a great Malaysian patriot