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George Washington, our first president, and Abraham Lincoln, our 16th, are the twin icons of that office. Their portraits are side by side in our wallets, in our change purses and on classroom walls during Presidents’ Day observances. Yet they represent different visions of an American economic order, differences that persist to this day. Washington stood for a system in which one man enriches himself by skimming off the excess value of his underlings’ work. Lincoln stood for the principle that every worker is entitled to the full value of his own labor. Call it the battle between Washingtonomics and Lincolnomics. From the founding of this country up until the Civil War, Washington’s order was dominant. It’s been dominant in our era, too, ever since Washington’s native South regained control of the federal government in the 1970s.
If you want to understand why the United States has never achieved the same level of economic equality as other industrialized nations, you have to look back at Washington’s life and career. And then you have to look back even further, to Washington’s ancestors, who settled Virginia. You’ll find that inequality was one of this nation’s founding principles.
In his socio-historical study “Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America,” David Hackett Fischer argued that American slavery did not result in a stratified society, but was established in order to create one. The early Virginia settlers were the second and third sons of aristocratic families in the south and west of England, and they intended to enjoy in the New World the lifestyle that primogeniture had denied them on their fathers’ manors in the Old. At first, they tried to enslave the Natives. When that failed, they imported Africans.
“Virginia’s ruling elite … required an underclass that would remain firmly fixed in its condition of subordination,” Fischer wrote. “The culture of the English countryside could not be reproduced in the New World without this rural proletariat.”
From its origins in America’s first colony, this aristocratic system spread throughout the entire South. Its success could be found “in the small and very powerful class of landed gentry, in the large majority of landless tenants and laborers, in the minority status of its middle class, in the general level of wealth inequality (Gini ratios of .60 to .75), in the magnitude of poverty and in the degradation of the poor.”
As a result of the Virginians’ social engineering, the United States became a colonial nation in which a European elite has traditionally dominated a combination of indigenous people and descendants of Africans imported to work as slaves. We’re a first-world country and a third-world country, coexisting within the same borders.
In Denmark — the quintessential European social democracy, whose 5 million ethnically homogenous citizens consider themselves members of a single tribe — the Gini ratio is 24. (TheGini ratio is a measurement of a nation’s wealth distribution, with 0 being perfect equality and 100 being all the money in one man’s hands.) The U.S.’s Gini ratio is 45, putting us in the same league as Mexico (48.3), Venezuela (44.8), and Jamaica (45.5) — other colonial nations where white settlers and planters have lorded it over a darker-skinned workforce.
No one benefited from the top-heavy economic structure of colonial Virginia more than George Washington. Washington was a country squire who rode to hounds, danced at cotillions and ordered china and fashionable breeches from London. By the end of his life, he was master of 277 slaves, on whose backs he built the fortune that enabled him to serve as commander in chief of the Continental Army, and then president. Washington was one of the wealthiest men in the United States, and is still the wealthiest man ever to hold the presidency.
Washington envisioned an end to slavery, and an industrial future for America, but a man with his feudal, agrarian outlook would never have prospered in such a nation.
Abraham Lincoln’s entire life was shaped by disagreements with the Southern planter class, to which Washington and most of our early presidents belonged. When Lincoln was 7 years old, his family moved from Kentucky to Indiana to escape the fate of the small farmer squeezed between planter and slave. Lincoln’s father eventually settled on a 120-acre farm near Charleston, Ill., where he raised corn and chickens. Despite his popular image as the Railsplitter, Lincoln hated the rustic life, and moved to Springfield, where he became a respectable, but not wealthy, lawyer. His two-story house on Eighth Street would not look out of place in a modern suburb.
In Lincoln’s home territory of Central Illinois, many voters hated slavery and African-Americans for the same reason: because both plantation owners and free African-Americans undercut the price of white labor. Lincoln belonged to a middle class of independent professionals and tradesmen that was growing in the North, but was incompatible with the plantation society in the South, and he knew how to appeal to its anxieties.
During his campaigns for the Senate and the presidency, Lincoln argued that African-Americans deserved economic, but not social, equality. In his debates with Sen. Stephen A. Douglas, Lincoln declared that he did not believe African-Americans should be allowed to vote, or serve on juries, or hold office, or marry whites. He did believe that African-Americans had as much right to the fruits of their own labor as whites, that slavery was “a form of theft,” and that a society divided into permanent classes of masters and servants was doomed to medieval stagnation, because workers would have no motivation to better themselves. At the bottom of Lincoln’s moralizing was this message to white voters: If the black man can be made to work for nothing, so can you.
In an 1859 speech to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, Lincoln went beyond condemning masters’ exploitation of their slaves, and criticized the very concept of purchasing another’s labor. To Lincoln, the idea that one man should be in the permanent employ of another — even for wages — was at the root of the justification for slavery. He said:
By some it is assumed that labor is available only in connection with capital–that nobody labors, unless somebody else owning capital, somehow, by the use of it, induces him to do it. Having assumed this, they proceed to consider whether it is best that capital shall hire laborers, and thus induce them to work by their own consent, or buy them, and drive them to it, without their consent. Having proceeded so far, they naturally conclude that all laborers are necessarily either hired laborers, or slaves.
They further assume that whoever is once a hired laborer, is fatally fixed in that condition for life; and thence again, that his condition is as bad as, or worse, than that of a slave. This is the ‘mud-sill’ theory. But another class of reasoners hold the opinion that there is no such relation between capital and labor, as assumed; and that there is no such thing as a freeman being fatally fixed for life, on the condition of a hired laborer, that both these assumptions are false, and all inferences from them groundless. They hold that labor is prior to, and independent of, capital; that, in fact, capital is the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed–that labor can exist without capital, but that capital could never have existed without labor. Hence they hold that labor is the superior–greatly the superior of capital.
As president, Lincoln oversaw a war that destroyed the power of the Southern plantation owners with whom he had so long quarreled. His victory lasted just over 100 years, until the Southern states regained control of the federal government, and began reimposing Washington’s aristocratic way of life on the nation. To understand the difference between Lincolnomics and Washingtonomics, let’s consider two of the most successful businessmen of the 20th century: Henry Ford and Sam Walton. Ford falls into the Lincolnian tradition, Walton into the Washingtonian.
Born in what is now Detroit during the Civil War, Ford understood the value of an economically empowered workforce. He turned traditional economic assumptions upside down by treating laborers not as commodities, but potential customers. Before Ford, planters and industrialists had profited by paying the lowest possible wages and charging the highest possible prices. Ford doubled his employees’ wages, to $5 a day, and used assembly-line efficiencies to produce cars they could afford to buy. His philosophy, which came to be known as Fordism, was fundamental to the development of the modern middle class. And although Ford resisted labor unions, once the United Auto Workers was forced on him by two Lincolnian politicians — President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Michigan Gov. Murray Van Wagoner — he granted it the most generous contract of any automaker, even allowing dues check-offs and the closed shop.
Sam Walton built his business on a plantation model with which Washington would have been familiar. The merchant opened his first Wal-Marts in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, paying wages that were low even for a region accustomed to extremes of wealth. He started his cashiers at 50 cents an hour — half the minimum wage — on the grounds that the law applied only to businesses with 50 employees or more, and each of his stores was more lightly staffed than that. Wal-Mart cashiers got raises only when the Labor Department stepped in. Like Washington’s tobacco plantation, Walton’s stores were labor-intensive operations that could only turn a profit if workers were bargained down to the lowest possible nickel. Walton’s product was low prices, which were possible only if his workers earned low wages. Undistracted by war or politics, Walton did Washington better, becoming the wealthiest man in America, with a fortune of $20 billion — the surplus he skimmed off the labor of 1.1 million employees. Wal-Mart also became the largest employer in the U.S., displacing General Motors, which practiced Fordism on an even larger scale than Ford.
“It is doubtful Wal-Mart would have met similar success in an earlier period of American economic history, or in a different social and political environment,” wrote Jeff Madrick in “Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present.” “Labor laws were increasingly poorly enforced in this era, starting with the Reagan administration. The number of government labor inspectors was not increased even as the nation’s workforce grew vastly in number … Across the nation, a rapidly growing number of workers were illegally fired when they tried to organize fellow workers into unions. Congress also deliberately kept the minimum wage down, raising it rarely, so it fell compared to inflation.”
Actually, the economic deregulation that would help make Sam Walton a multibillionaire began one president earlier, under Jimmy Carter. Carter, the son of a moderately prosperous peanut farmer whose land was worked by sharecroppers, was the first Southerner to win the presidency in his own right since Zachary Taylor. His election began a three-decade period during which every president either hailed from a Southern state or, in Ronald Reagan’s case, was elected with strong Southern support. George Washington’s region had returned to power, and that return brought political support for the stratified society that has existed in the South since the Father of Our Country’s day. As Michael Lind wrote here on Salon, “for generations Southern economic policymakers have sought to secure a lucrative second-tier role for the South in the national and world economies, as a supplier of commodities like cotton and oil and gas and a source of cheap labor for footloose corporations. This strategy of specializing in commodities and cheap labor is intended to enrich the Southern oligarchy. It doesn’t enrich the majority of Southerners, white, black or brown, but it is not intended to. Contrary to what is often said, the ‘original sin’ of the South is not slavery, or even racism. It is cheap, powerless labor.”
For a long time, that was a regional economic strategy, but once the South recaptured the federal government, it attempted to spread that ethos throughout the entire nation — with great success, as evidenced by today’s weak labor laws and lagging minimum wages. Wal-Mart could not have broken out of its cradle in Dixie and become the nation’s dominant retailer without those policies. Even Indiana and Michigan, once-reliable redoubts of free labor, recently became right-to-work states, putting themselves on the same page as every member of the old Confederacy.
The core principle of Lincoln’s political career (as opposed to his presidency) was preventing the spread of slavery into the territories and the Northern states, where it would undermine free labor. If we accept Lind’s argument about low-wage economic policies, we should be as determined as Lincoln to confine them to their native region. Or better yet, stamp them out altogether, as we did slavery. Because they are threatening the existence of a middle class.
The time may be right, too. Barack Obama is the first president elected from a Northern, industrial state since John F. Kennedy. From Lincoln’s own Illinois, in fact. Much has been made of that fact that Obama fulfilled the advances in racial equality that Lincoln began. But Lincoln didn’t free the slaves with the idea that one of them would become president. He gave them their freedom to prevent their unpaid labor from undercutting the middle class. That’s another aspect of Lincoln’s legacy Obama can fulfill.
Bagi anda yang mengikuti perkembangan Akademi Fantasia, pelajar kelahiran Sabah, Faizul Sany atau nama sebenarnya Mohd Faizul Bin Sany baru saja dinobatkan sebagai juara Akademi Fantasia 2013 mengatasi 12 peserta yang lain. Mempertaruhkan genre pop indie, penyanyi […]
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Anwar Ibrahim has lashed out at the government for failing to hold Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail accountable over the loss of Batu Puteh in a territorial dispute at the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
During the budget debate at the committee stage in Parliament today, the opposition leader said he was puzzled that the government did not even seek clarification over the defeat in the high stakes case.
“We lost an island but the attorney-general was never questioned. It was as if there was already an understanding (between the attorney-general and government) or were they both afraid of something, I do not understand.
“Why were they afraid to ask questions so that a proper explanation could be given by the attorney-general?” he asked.
Abdul Gani had led the case for Malaysia at the ICJ in 2008.
It was reported on Nov 7 that former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim had made a statutory declaration claiming that the Malaysian team had submitted fabricated evidence to the ICJ in the Batu Puteh case.
According to him, this was discovered by the ICJ which damaged Malaysia’s credibility and contributed to the country’s defeat in the dispute.
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of “not being brave” enough to reprimand the United States after whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed a global espionage network by the US and Australia that affected Malaysia as well.
He said unlike other countries which had taken drastic action to protest against the alleged spying, Malaysia has been slow to react, sending only a protest note from the Foreign Ministry.
“To date, there is no statement from the prime minister. He is not brave to reprimand the rudeness and unacceptable conduct of the United States,” he said when debating the Budget 2014 which is currently at the committee stage.
Snowden had alleged that the US was running a monitoring station in its Kuala Lumpur embassy to tap telephones and monitor communication networks.
Last month, Australian intelligence sources confirmed that XKeyscore, a top secret intelligence tool revealed by Snowden, had been used to spy on Malaysia and other Asia-Pacific countries.
The latest report on top secret documents leaked by Snowden, who currently has been granted by Russia, revealed that there are 90 electronic surveillance facilities worldwide, including in the US embassies in Jakarta, Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Yangon.
Following the revelations, Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman told Australian counterpart Julie Bishop that spying should not take place among “close friends as it could severely damage existing relations”.
Anwar also raised his concerns over the recent revelation by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the presence of CIA agents in the Attorney General’s Chambers.
“I don’t understand why no one, especially Umno MPs, raised this matter. Since Dr Mahathir had spoken about this, there should be a clear explanation, if they are not CIA agents, then what are they doing in the AG’s Chambers,” he said.
He then trained his guns on the Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, saying that the country lost its case on Pulau Batu Puteh in the International Court of Justice because Gani prepared a photo which showed a wrong location of the island.
The International Court of Justice awarded the island off Johor to Singapore after a legal dispute in 2008.
“He was never questioned about this. I don’t understand, either there seemed to be an understanding or they are afraid to ask him to explain,” Anwar said, adding that the public was entitled to an explanation from Gani on the allegations surrounding him and his office.
Earlier this month, Anwar had said Gani should be suspended immediately in the wake of the allegations which were contained in a statutory declaration by former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim.
It was reported that three months ago, Dr Mahathir, Mat Zain, prominent lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and Federal Commercial Crimes Investigation Department director Datuk Ramli Yusoff held a meeting at the former prime minister’s residence to discuss Gani’s alleged misdeeds.
The meeting was held on August 10, three days after Hari Raya Aidilfitri, and among the topics discussed was the highly publicised case of Pulau Batu Puteh.
It is true that you might be eligible to install a solar panel on your roof, get electricity power generated, then sell it back to TNB at a price that’s higher than you purchase. Therefore, making monthly passive income. How does this work? Watch the video explanation by expert William Lean below:
First, a little bit of history: The parliament of Malaysia created a renewable energy act two years ago. They created the Renewable Energy Fund (RE Fund). The Renewable Energy Fund is basically a tax for everyone who uses more than RM77 a month of electricity.
The tax has taken about 1% from you since December 2011. This 1% will go to Renewable Energy Fund which has about RM300 million per annum and is administered by Tenaga National. Notice, though, the word used is “administered” not “paid.” The money will be paid by the RE fund.
Before we can get in to all the goodies, we first have to apply for a quota. They call it the Feed-in Tariff Quota from SEDA (Sustainable Energy Development Authority), which is a department of the Ministry of Energy. So, we are dealing with government companies here. So, what I hope to do is teach you how to maneuver through the system and get back some of the money which you have put aside for renewable energy.
I mentioned earlier that there is a quota on how much Tenaga can pay out since we’re taxed by about RM300 million per annum. So, everybody has got to apply for the quota from the SEDA. The application is done through the Internet. The application is on a first-come, first-served basis for the Individual Sector which is who we are.
The individuals who have their own roof top at the top of their house. For 2013, they kept it at 20 mW. What is 20 mW? It is the equivalent of 1700 houses of 12 kW. If you go for a size of 4 kW, then we are talking about 3,000-4,000 houses.
But, you might be getting confused. You might be thinking what is Kilowatt? Kilowatt is a measure of the capacity of the solar panel. It’s a bit like a car engine – a car can be 1.5c or a 2.0cc. So, it’s a bit like power plants. What is the kilowatt of your solar power system? Is it a 4 kW? A 4 kW is typical for a linked house. A 6 kW to 8 kW is typical for a semi-detached. A bungalow can fit a 12 kW. This is just a guide to give you a sense of the range.
All Malaysian IC holders can apply for up to 2 x 12 kW. Since you’re coming to the second half of the year, there’s only a quota of about 1.8 mW left, enough for 200 to 400 houses.
A 12 kW system roughly requires 1000 sqft of roof space. So, a lot of you would say, “Hey, I don’t know how big my roof is.” Well, to be fair, most developers do not give, what we call, a roof plan. Ideally, we need to look at the roof plan, so we can calculate how many solar panels you can fit on the roof. But, no worries – if you don’t have the roof plan, one of the installers can come over and provide you a quotation anyway.
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Penyanyi yang popular menerusi lagu Harus Terpisah, Cakra Khan, dijadualkan bakal hadir ke Malaysia pada minggu depan bagi mempromosikan album terbarunya dan sekaligus mengadakan showcase buat para peminatnya di Hard Rock Cafe, Kuala Lumpur. Menurut Cakra […]
Susulan babak ranjang yang dilakonkan oleh pelakon otai, Wan Hanafi Su dan Marsha Milan Londoh menerusi filem terbaru mereka, Laga, akters berketurunan Kadazan-Dusun itu menjelaskan bahawa dia puas kerana dapat merealisasikan watak tersebut dengan baik seperti mana […]
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Selepas Paris dan London, nampaknya pasangan kekasih iaitu Zain Saidin dan Rozita Che Wan kini memilih Bali pula untuk foto pra perkahwinan mereka. Diambil khas oleh jurugambar profesional, Annas Easkey, kedua-dua bakal suami isteri ini […]
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Bagi mereka yang meminati filem animasi seperti Rapunzel : A Tangled Tale dan Wreck-It Ralph, jangan lepaskan peluang untuk menyaksikan sebuah lagi filem animasi terbaru terbitan Walt Disney Animation Studio berjudul Frozen: Anna & Permaisuri Salji. Secara umumnya, […]
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Guests: Belacan Ke, Chhau Tau, Peh Puiⁿ, Eng Koh Tiong, Namsai, Babi Tu & Pu To Ge·.
We always talk about food. So this week and next week, we dedicated 2 full hours of home-cooked meals. Please share your favorites.
The video version of the show will be released when we finish posting part 2 and the bonus episode! Stay tuned.
Also check out more photos. There are more photos in the set. Click on the images below to go to the whole set.
You’ve seen the places we’ve been to in Taipei. Now check out our faces!
With Marcus and Kenson at Xi Men Ding bus stop.
With Sha, Lilian, Janis, Elena, Josh… clubbing at Spark Taipei 101.
With Sarah and the gang playing with sausages in Wulai.
Hipster posing with Steph
Sunny day posing with the rocks. Steph and gang.
Me, before entering the gold mine.
With Caryn and Janis at Shihlin Night Market.
Bila sebut sahaja nama Zara Zya pasti ramai mengaitkan aktres kecil molek ini dengan drama popular Love You Mr Arrogant yang baru sahaja tamat tayangannya baru-baru ini. Walaupun sudah sepuluh tahun berkecimpung di dalam dunia […]
Sabtu lalu telah berlangsungnya konsert istimewa buat peminat setia Ning Baizura bertempat di TM Conversion Centre (TMCC), Kuala Lumpur. Konsert yang berlangsung selama tiga jam tanpa henti itu telah dibanjiri hampir 1500 penonton dan rata-ratanya […]
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13th November, Wednesday, 2013
On behalf of International Crimes Tribunal defence team, Advocate Tajul Islam has signed in a statement where it is mentioned that, International Crimes Tribunal-1 finished the trial of Ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Maulana Motiur Rahman Nizami on crime against humanity without keeping the argument of defence team incomplete and waiting to announce the verdict at a later date. At the same time the Tribunal directed the defence team to submit their written closing argument within five days. For these matter, the defence team says that, in any case it is the right of defendant to present his argument and it is considered as an important part of a case. The Tribunal has been deprived the defendant from justice by depriving him from these right.
The defence lawyers specially the main trial lawyer for these case Advocate Mizanul Islam was unable to came to the Tribunal due to health reason and the honourable Judges usually gives time on this ground. At the same time, some other senior lawyers of defence team also couldn’t come to the Tribunal and High Court to do their official works because of security reason for nationwide strike around the country. It is totally unclear why the Tribunal has closed the case without listening an important thing in this case like argument. Even if on this ground the Tribunal always gives chance to make the argument at later date. The defendant damaged lots because of these.
We also want to say that, the Appellate Division of Honourable Supreme Court fixed time of Allama Delawar Hossain Sayedee’s hearing for last four days. But the hearing was not held because of the nationwide strike. That’s why we want to say clearly that, this order of the Tribunal has made tremendous injustice to the defendant. Moreover, we filed a petition for the review of these order yesterday afternoon which the registrar of the Tribunal did not accept.
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 17.11.2013.
Sarawak Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing has accused young Umno leaders of causing friction between Putrajaya and the Sarawak state government, by adopting the attitude that UMNO are the masters and leaders from Sarawak and Sabah should be subservient to them. This surprising attack against UMNO leaders show that the people of Sabah and Sarawak has begun to realise that they are not being accorded full respect but instead are exploited.
James is wrong in blaming UMNO young leaders for their lack of understanding of the Malaysia Agreement and how the federation was formed, and suggested that UMNO relearn the history of Malaysia and the special autonomy enjoyed by Sabah and Sarawak. Instead, it is UMNO’s racist ideology and extremist policies that entitles UMNO being masters whilst others must be subservient that has caused friction not just between Putrajaya and Sabah/Sarawak but also between ordinary Malaysians especially non-Malays and non-Muslims.
What is interesting is to see James’ frustration at the patronising behaviour of UMNO leaders with his remarks “When they(UMNO) talk to us, they make themselves feel as if they are superior while we in Sarawak, are their coolies. Personally, I get irritated with those leaders who do not treat us from Sarawak as equal partners in the administration of this federation. We in Sarawak and Sabah seemed to be like an appendix to West Malaysia.”
However James is correct to call UMNO arrogant, saying that issues straining state-federal ties include the Home Ministry’s decision to ban the use of the word “Allah” in Christian publications. This had fanned the anger of the 1.6 million Christians in East Malaysia against Putrajaya as it was seen by people in the two states as breaching the very first point of the terms Sabah and Sarawak drew up when Malaysia was formed.
However even though James need a time span of nearly 30 years of his political life before realising the arrogance of UMNO and the master-servant attitude UMNO adopts towards Sabah, Sarawak and Malaysians in general, it is still better late than never. DAP offers to fully co-operate with Sabah and Sarawak state government leaders to check the arrogance of UMNO by ensuring that Sabah and Sarawak’s status as equal partners in the Malaysian Federation is not reduced to a master-servant relationship like the British colonial masters.
DAP is willing to work together with Sabah and Sarawak state governments to demand an increase in the share of oil and gas royalties from the present 5% to 20% as well as end of the cabotage policy. The time has come to return back natural wealth as well as ensure the immediate and full implementation of the “1Malaysia,1 Price” policy that would give a fair deal to all so that Sabahans and Sarawakians are no longer discriminated by having to pay higher prices than those in Peninsular Malaysia.
Lim Guan Eng
—–Mandarin Version —
Semalam telah berlangsung minggu pertama Maharaja Lawak Mega 2013. Paling kelakar bagi Abang Nara ialah Nabil. Nampak gayanya Nabil mengambil langkah yang betul dengan keluar daripada kumpulan Boboi. Minggu ini menyaksikan kumpulan Gerak tersingkir. Apa yang Abang Nara boleh katakan ialah MLM kali ini akan menyaksikan pertarungan antara Nabil, Jambu dan Sepahtu.
Maharaja Lawak Mega 2013 kali ini diserikan lagi dengan kehadiran Nora Danish dan Luna Maya sebagai juri. Menariknya Datuk Yusof Haslam turut sama memberikan ulasan. Nampak gayanya selain daripada menonton lawak-lawak daripada peserta, bolehlah peminat Nora Danish menatap wajah artis kesayangan mereka setiap minggu.
Apa pendapat anda? Siapakah yang anda rasa akan menjuarai Maharaja Lawak Mega 2013? Lagi beberapa keping gambar sekitar MLM 2013 dengan membaca artikel ini sepenuhnya. Kredit gambar Ryaniez Moments Photography.
Wow. Untunglah badan ketak-ketak ada 6 packs. Nak upload kat Facebook pun tak ada rasa malu. Kalau Abang Nara yang buncit ini pasti segan nak tunjuk gambar body. Namun korang jangan salah sangka, Ammar Alfian tunjukkan badannya yang sasa adalah untuk mencari pelanggan kerana dia kini merupakan jurulatih gim peribadi.
Kata Ammar kepada Mstar Online:-
Saya bukannya tunjuk foto lucah pun tetapi foto-foto itu adalah aktiviti saya ketika menjalani latihan di gim dan kemudiannya, kejayaan hasil usaha saya itu, saya wajar kongsi dengan sesiapa sahaja. Diharap orang ramai tidak salah faham dengan foto-foto tersebut
Ini memang satu teknik “marketing” yang bagus daripada Ammar Alfian. Orang akan lebih percaya kepada mereka yang boleh menunjukkan hasil berbanding dengan mereka yang sekadar bercakap kosong. Abang Nara percaya ramai yang mahukan khidmat Ammar. Diharap jangan sampai ada golongan wanita tertentu yang mahukan “khidmat lain” daripada Ammar sudahlah. Hehehe.
Kenyataan Akhbar Oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng Di Komtar, George Town Pada 15.11.2013.
PERBELANJAAN KERAJAAN NEGERI DALAM PENYERTAAN KERAJAAN NEGERI KE MAJLIS PERAYAAN ULANGATAHUN KE 20 BANDARAYA BERKEMBAR XIAMEN-PULAU PINANG DAN MENYERTAI MESYUARAT ANTARABANGSA DALAM 17th INTER-ISLANDS TOURISM POLICY (ITOP) FORUM DI WILAYAH HAINAN, CHINA PADA 4 HINGGA 9 NOVEMBER 2013
21 Orang Ahli-ahli Rombongan :
1. YAB Ketua Menteri & Isteri
2. YB Chow Kon Yeow & isteri
3. YB Chong Eng & suami
4. YB Phee Boon Poh & isteri
5. YB Yap Soo Huey
6. YB Tanasekharan Autherapady
7. Encik Oon Lai Kuan Penolong Setiausaha Kerajaan, Bahagian Kerajaan Tempatan
8. 10 orang penari Kebudayaan Daripada Kerajaan Negeri Ke Xiamen Untuk Persembahan Ulangtahun Ke-20 Status Bandaraya Berkembar Xiamen-Pulau Pinang.(hanya ke Xiamen dan tidak ke Hainan)
Di bawah peraturan kerajaan negeri yang diterima pakai sebelum 2008, semua isteri/suami kepada ahli EXCO dibenarkan menemani ahli EXCO ke luar negeri sekali setahun. Untuk isteri Ketua Menteri, boleh menemani sepanjang masa jika beliau memilih untuk buat demikian.
Jumlah Pembiayaan Untuk 21 Orang Ahli Rombongan: RM93,910.00
Jumlah Wang Yang Dibelanjakan Oleh YAB Ketua Menteri Serta Wakil-Wakilnya Ke Negara Asing Untuk Mempromosi Pelaburan Dan Pelancongan Negeri Pulau Pinang Hanya 35% Daripada Kos Yang Dibelanjakan Oleh Kerajaan BN.
Kalau dibandingkan kos perbelanjaan untuk lawatan ke luar negeri di antara kerajaan negeri BN sebelum 2008 dan kerajaan PR selepas 2008 adalah seperti berikut :
Kerajaan Negeri telah berjaya menarik pelaburan luar negeri atau FDI sebanyak RM24.98 billion hasil daripada lawatan ini iaitu RM5.09 billion bagi tahun 2008, RM1.44 billion bagi tahun 2009, RM10.45 billion bagi tahun 2010, RM7.15 billion bagi tahun 2011. Memang Pulau Pinang mendapat tempat No. 1 di seluruh Negara di antara 2010 dan 2013 dalam menarik FDI.
Syarikat-syarikat pelaburan yang telah membuat pengumuman rasmi untuk membuat pelaburan di Pulau Pinang sejak tahun 2008 adalah seperti berikut :
1. Ibiden Electronis Malaysia Sdn Bhd sebanyak RM1.3 billion
2. Advance Micro devices sebanyak RM768.6 juta
3. Western Digital (M) Sdn Bhd sebanyak RM3.72 billion
4. PMC Sierra International Sdn Bhd sebanyak RM1.3 billion
5. Cakra Biotech Sdn Bhd sebanyak RM8.0 juta
6. UOP Malaysia Sdn Bhd sebanyak RM57.0 juta
7. HIS Inc. sebanyak RM25.44 juta
8. HTC Global Services sebanyak RM1.5 juta
9. Schlumberger Seismic Manufacturing Sdn Bhd sebanyak RM100.0 juta
10. VAT Manufacturing Malaysia Sdn Bhd sebanyak RM75.0 juta
11. Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd sebanyak RM200.0 juta
12. Phison Electronics Corp sebanyak RM3.0 hingga RM9.0 juta
Terdapat juga syarikat yang telah membuat pengumuman rasmi tetapi tidak menyatakan jumlah pelaburan seperti senarai berikut :
1. Jabil Sdn Bhd
2. Plexus Manufacturing Sdn Bhd
3. Mattel (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
4. Gemasis Malaysia Sdn Bhd
5. Philips Lumileds Lighting Company Sdn Bhd
6. Osram Opto Semiconductors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
7. Aark (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
8. Aviatron (M) Sdn Bhd
9. Yuan Xiang Technology (Penang) Sdn Bhd
LIM GUAN ENG
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1. 揖斐电电子(马)有限公司Ibiden Electronis Malaysia Sdn Bhd 13亿令吉
2. 超微Advance Micro devices（AMD） 7亿6860万令吉
3. 西数(马)有限公司Western Digital (M) Sdn Bhd 37亿2000万令吉
4. 新瑞国际有限公司PMC Sierra International Sdn Bhd sebanyak 13亿令吉
5. 查克拉生技有限公司Cakra Biotech Sdn Bhd 800万令吉
6. 霍尼韦尔UOP(马)有限公司 UOP Malaysia Sdn Bhd 5700万令吉
7. HIS Inc. 2544万令吉
8. 宏达环球服务HTC Global Services 150万令吉
9. 斯伦贝谢Schlumberger Seismic Manufacturing Sdn Bhd 1亿令吉
10. VAT Manufacturing Malaysia Sdn Bhd 7500万令吉
11. 文秀本田有限公司Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd 2亿令吉
12. 群联电子Phison Electronics Corp 300万至900万令吉
1. 捷普有限公司Jabil Sdn Bhd
2. Plexus Manufacturing Sdn Bhd
3. 美泰（马）有限公司Mattel (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
4. Gemasis Malaysia Sdn Bhd
5. 飞利浦Philips Lumileds Lighting Company Sdn Bhd
6. 欧司朗半导体(马)有限公司Osram Opto Semiconductors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
7. Aark (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
8. 新加坡航天制造子公司Aviatron (马) 有限公司
9. 远翔科技有限公司Yuan Xiang Technology (Penang) Sdn Bhd
Pembelajaran adalah satu proses yang tidak pernah berhenti. Setiap hari dalam kehidupan, kita akan belajar sesuatu yang baru. Jadi apabila mengetahui Karnival Pembelajaran Sepanjang Hayat My3L akan diadakan hujung minggu ini (16-17 November), Abang Nara memang jadi sangat teruja.
Bertempat di Shah Alam Convention Centre, Karnival Pembelajaran Sepanjang Hayat My3L ini dianjurkan oleh Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia. Tak sabar rasanya nak pergi kerana banyak ilmu baru yang boleh diperolehi menerusi karnival yang bakal dirasmikan oleh Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Yassin yang merupakan Menteri Pendidikan Malaysia.
Abang Nara kalau dapat jumpa Datin Norjuma pun dah cukup puas hati dah. Banyak nak tanya soalan mengenai business tudung bawal beliau. Mesti banyak tips dan teknik yang Datin Norjuma akan kongsikan. Inilah peluang kita semua untuk belajar secara “direct” dengan selebriti-selebriti dan para usahawan yang bakal berada di sana dari jam 9 pagi sehingga 6 petang.
TEMPAT: Shah Alam Convention Centre
TARIKH: 16 & 17 November 2013
MASA: 9 pagi hingga 6 petang
Jadi kepada anda yang kelapangan masa, jangan lupa untuk menyertai Karnival Pembelajaran Sepanjang My3L hujung minggu ini. Bawa sekali ahli keluarga, rakan-rakan dan anak-anak anda. Banyak aktiviti menarik yang bakal dilakukan di sana. Untuk informasi lanjut, LIKE Facebook My3L dan layari laman rasmi Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia.
At the end of October 2013, I was in the U.S. for my bi-annual medical evaluation at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. I had an extensive MRI examination and saw the ENT too. At the end of this three-day protocol visit, I met a neurosurgeon who took over Dr. Asthagiri’s position temprarily.
My scans were evaluated and compared to the previous ones done in April 2013. My existing tumors in the brain and spine have remained unchanged in size. Therefore, this neurosurgeon believed that surgery was unwarranted.
Before returning home to Malaysia last week, I sent a copy of my new MRIs to my previous NIH surgeon now working in the state of Virginia. I also went to see another of my previous surgeons in Los Angeles personally, as I believed that my concern was real and needed to be addressed seriously.
My L.A. surgeon Dr. Lekovic reviewed my new MRI and compared it with old ones that he has in record at House Clinic. He noted that, although my spinal tumors have not grown in size, but the existing tumors at my cervical – upper thoracic spine are causing severe compression to the cord. He believes that this is what causes the instability that I am experiencing.
Here’s a bit of background information. Since the middle of this year, I have started to notice that it was becoming more challenging for me to maintain my entire body’s balance when walking on uneven and soft terrains, descending stairs, adapting to changes in ground elevation and walking in the dark.
I also started to experience difficulty gaining control of my legs when I get up from a sitting position.
I recognize these difficulties as I have experienced them before in my teens. They went away after I had surgery to remove several tumors from my upper thoracic spine in 2002.
Now I am experiencing the same symptoms again as new tumors have grown at this location over the past decade.
NF tumors may grow, and then stop growing after awhile due to biological factors. This is happening right now. These tumors of mine have not grown within the past one year. HOWEVER, the tumors at their current size are causing severe cord compression and symptoms may arise for this reason alone. Tumors do not have to grow larger to cause symptoms.
Anyway, I went to Assunta Hospital near home to get a CT scan of my spinal cord yesterday so that we can see the cervical-thoracic spine tumors clearer. There is a metal artifact in my spine from previous surgery which blocks the view somewhat. CT scan causes less light reflection and allows us to see the area better.
After reviewing the CT scan, we will then have a clearer idea what we need to do in surgery.
Besides the spine tumors, we also evaluated a few tumors in my right thigh which are causing me discomfort. I thought they could be contributing to my balance difficulty. But my L.A. surgeon, after reviewing the MRI of this area, said that they are not growing on a nerve that controls my leg. I can have them removed if I want, but it won’t be a dangerous procedure.
Thank you for all your support and concern for me. I know that all this may sound worrisome initially, especially my cervical spine tumors, but do take comfort in remembering that the Good Lord has blessed me with doctors of great minds. I will be okay.
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UMNO’s Racist Ideology And Extremist Policies That Entitles UMNO Being Masters Whilst Others Must Be Subservient Has Caused Friction Not Just Between Putrajaya And Sabah/Sarawak But Also Between Ordinary Malaysians Especially Non-Malays And Non-Muslims.
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