Mesti ramai yang tak tahu Amir Jahari dah bertunang kan? Sebenarnya penyanyi dan komposer ini telah pun mengikat tali pertunangan dengan seorang wanita kelahiran Sarawak pada 1 Januari tahun lepas. Menurut Amir, hubungan mereka sudah [...]
Umum tahu baru-baru ini pelakon dan pengarah muda terkenal, Farid Kamil telah mengalami kemalangan motor ketika sedang menunggang motosikal mini jenis Kawasaki KSR 110 di sebuah litar di Subang Jaya, Selangor. Artikel Berkaitan : Farid Kamil [...]
Kumpulan K-Pop terkenal, 2PM baru-baru ini telah melancarkan album terbaru mereka berjudul ‘Give Me Love’ dan khabarnya muzik mereka mendapat sambutan hangat di Jepun hingga berjaya mengungguli carta-carta di negara matahari terbit itu. Apa yang [...]
Selasa lalu, penyanyi nombor satu negara, Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza difahamkan telah terbang ke Bali, Indonesia bersama suami tercinta, untuk bercuti dan meluangkan masa bersama. Menerusi laman mikro Twitter milik penyanyi itu sendiri bertarikh 4 Jun [...]
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Satu berita yang mengejutkan, Rabu lalu menerusi laman web rasmi Pusat Rawatan Islam Al-Hidayah, Ashraf Muslim dikatakan telah meletak jawatan dan kini bukan lagi Perawat dan Ketua Operasi (COO) di pusat rawatan itu. Menerusi pengumuman [...]
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To rent or not to rent? The answers can be quite straightforward in certain cases but uncertain in others. If you are thinking of staying in one place but not planning on settling down in that place for the long term, renting is a clear choice. Renting offers the advantages of mobility, lower initial costs and lesser responsibilities.
You can move anytime when a new job forces you to relocate. As a renter, you also have fewer responsibilities as you do not worry about maintenance or repairs. If you desperately need a place to live but have limited funds to buy a property, renting makes sense. Later, when you have sufficient funds to own a property, you can switch to becoming a homeowner instead of a renter. There are several factors you need to consider before deciding on a place to rent.
Condition of the place
Well, different people will have different priorities when it comes to choosing a suitable place to rent. If your main concern is the rental costs, you’ll be motivated to look for the cheapest rental you can afford. If what you want is a place near your workplace, you’ll be looking for a place that will save you on transportation costs and presents minimal commuting hassles.
Jacquelyn is the co-author of the books “Teaching Your Kids About Money” and “Top 93 Personal Finance FAQs in Malaysia” with KC Lau. Jacquelyn is the pseudonym used by Amy Sipagal.
Mobile phone colours had always been pretty standard with either black or white body. Not only mobile phones, but other electronic devices too! This makes it unfair for those people who love other colours as they were left with no choice but to choose a pre-standard colour. However, Samsung has always been hearing out customers’ opinion and requests. They’ve recently launched the Samsung Galaxy Note II in Amber Brown colour, specially for those people who seek for strong, elegant yet comforting and down to earth.
Samsung Galaxy Note II has been a pretty hit in stores around the world and definitely it is an impressive phone from Samsung. With such a great phone, it became even greater as it is now available not only in standard colours but with Amber Brown as well. For those who seeks for a serious, organized yet strong and elegant looking phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note II Amber Brown might be the phone you’re looking for.
In conjunction with the new colour, I also made a short video about a guy (Vincent) and a girl (Careen) who had been childhood friends since primary school. The guy’s favourite colour is brown and he likes everything brown. The girl prefers white but instead of despising the guy’s choice of colour, they maintained really good friends (or rather best friends forever if you would call it) even as time goes by from young to teenage and then working adult. Nothing beats a love like friendship.
Sebelum ni kita asyik mendengar lagu nyanyian Noh Salleh dan Aizat Amdan berjudul In Love With You ini di corong-corong radio sahaja. Namun semalam, Noh telah memuatnaik muzik video rasmi lagu In Love With You [...]
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Sempena kehadiran bulan Ramadhan Al-Mubarak Julai akan datang, majalah NONA tmenampilkan dua selebriti jelita iaitu Irma Hasmi dan Ayu Raudhah sebagai penghias muka depan majalah mereka. Apa yang menarik mengenai penghias muka depan kali ini [...]
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Sometime back we went to Genting to chill and to spend the holiday there. Went up in the morning and came back in the evening. Day trip kinda thing lah.
Iz us! First group photo after we arrived.
We didnt take much photos in Genting since most of us have already been there more than once. So we quickly went out to enjoy the cold weather.
At lunch time we had lunch at Oldtown lol
We visited the temple before we went back down to KL in the evening.
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Siapa yang follow Instagram Nana Mahazan mesti tengah seronok tengok gambar-gambar sekitar hari bahagia Nana dan suaminya, Raqeem Brian empat tahun lalu. Bekas peserta rancangan realtiti TV, Akademi Fantasi musim pertama itu nampaknya teruja dan [...]
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6 June 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Malaysia’s Sovereignty Sacrificed for Free Trade?
The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) initiative involving 11 countries and is currently in its 17th round of closed-door negotiations. Malaysia joined the TPP discussions in October 2010. Unfortunately, in keeping with past traditions, Malaysians including their elected representatives have not been informed of the discussions pertaining to the TPP.
This unfortunate exclusion from discussions, debates or any other form of participation let alone the entire process of obtaining a Parliamentary ratification denies the public their right to oversight and scrutiny of international treaties and agreements – be they bilateral or multilateral – which could affect national interests and sovereignty.
Although the Government is allowed to enter into international agreements and treaties without having to obtain Parliamentary approval, the scale and size of the TPP supercedes any other treaties in the world. Consistent with President Barack Obama’s goal to make it the ‘trade treaty’ worthy of the 21st century, TPP far exceeds the authority and quality of the multilateral agreements already agreed at World Trade Organization (WTO). This in itself should have been a red flag for further caution.
Invariably, we are extremely worried that the Government will sign the TPP agreement without first seeking public opinion, or being attentive to the concerns and sentiments of the people of Malaysia.
While KEADILAN in principle supports FTAs if all stakeholders are involved in the process, alongside Parliamentary review and ratification, all FTAs nevertheless must be premised on “fair trade” principles without compromising the socio-economic sphere, environment, cultural domain, labour rights, public safety and national security. On that premise, we call for a parliamentary expert study group on TPP – formed of Malaysian experts and specialists drawn from around the world – to be immediately convened to look into the nuts and bolts of the FTA.
We have justifiable reasons to be concerned. This is because by joining this trade agreement:-
- TPP confers greater legal rights on foreign businesses than those available to domestic businesses through a clause called the “investor-state” dispute settlement (ISDS) resolution. In lieu of this, we question the motives of the Government for entertaining the notion of joining an agreement that empowers foreign corporations to challenge domestic laws and regulations outside of domestic courts without first exhausting local legal measures. This is especially frightening as it allows foreign corporations to circumvent laws and regulations enacted by our Government in public interest such as those pertaining to natural resource, environmental protection, and health policies.
- TPP contains provisions concerning infringements of Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) ranging from basic pharmaceuticals to digital information online. These provisions would result in the increased costs of medicines purchased by our Government, and for the private consumer of medicines. Further, some provisions would hinder privacy, expression and innovation on the Internet as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would be required to monitor the everyday activity of internet users, and are given the authority to act upon them by means of disabling net access or throttling bandwidth, effectively hindering freedom of speech.
Accordingly, even if we accept TPP, we demand that the Malaysian Government ensure certain safeguards to be in place:-
1) Strengthen our environmental laws to that of international standards to prevent any abuse of our diverse ecosystem.
2) Emulate the international best practices to strongly oppose ISDS, and incorporate these best practices in the Trade Policy Statements.
3) Enact laws to protect the interest of domestic internet users and maintaining freedom of information as long as it does not breach existing security laws.
A study has been made by the Peterson Institute, stating that Malaysia stands to gain huge income gains through TPP. However, the projection has made no attempts to determine the impact of this trade deal on income inequality or environmental sustainability. Hence, we see TPP, and especially the processes leading to its ultimate acession, to be fraught with various social, political and economic risks, which could undermine the very integrity of the agreement eventually.
I will move a motion within Parliament strongly demanding a Parliamentary Expert Group on TPP be convened, with the added caveat that the legislature should be duly informed. This is to ensure the protection of the democratic rights of the Malaysian Parliament, especially in relation to the issue of review and ratification of all treaties.
Indeed, subsequent legislative amendments must be restored in light of this upcoming new treaty of TPP. Our concerns are not trivial. We will not accept the blind faith assurances that the Malaysian Government would perform its duties when they have failed miserably to protect our national interest and sovereignty in the past; including instances such as the territorial dispute cases of Pulau Batu Putih (with Singapore) and Block L and M (with Brunei), the Water Agreement (with Singapore) and the Singapore Tanjong Pagar KTM land deal (with Singapore).
I will further prioritise engagement with representatives from the Chinese, Malay, Indian and Chamber’s of Commerce regarding this matter. We take kindly to the invitation of the US Embassy which stated that they have offered give numerous groups from both business and civil society here in Malaysia the opportunity to be a stakeholder in the negotiations. I fully intend to represent the interests of Malaysians during the upcoming round of negotiations that will be held in Malaysia and will be bringing with me representatives from the respective CCM’s to be stakeholders as well.
This TPP may have been in the spirit of ‘Free Trade’, but is it truly a ‘fair trade’ deal for the citizens of our country?
NURUL IZZAH ANWAR
Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai
and Vice-President Parti KEADILAN Rakyat (People’s Justice Party)
Semua pun tahu pelakon yang menjadi kegilaan ramai ini pernah berkahwin dan bercerai dengan bekas suaminya yang juga kini suami kepada Fasha Sandha. Satu-satunya anak mereka, Rayqal dah pun masuk usia empat tahun tapi Nora [...]
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So continuing from the dinner post before this, we exchanged gifts!
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Bagi peminat filem-filem Korea, OHBULAN! pasti anda memang tidak asing lagi dengan aktor terkenal, Lee Byung Hun, 42, dan juga Lee Min Jung, 31. Kedua-duanya pernah muncul dengan beberapa filem dan drama popular mereka sendiri. [...]
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Anak perempuan kepada mendiang Michael Jackson, Paris Jackson difahamkan telah dikejarkan ke hospital kerana cedera akibat percubaan untuk membunuh diri. Sumber mengatakan yang Paris telah mengelar pergelangan tangannya tapi belum ada kepastian atas sebab ada [...]
Pelakon kacak yang pernah popular menerusi drama Setia Hujung Nyawa, Amar Asyraf dikatakan akan mengakhiri zaman bujangnya bersama tunang tersayang, Arna Salleh pada minggu ini. Berita gembira itu telah dikongsikan sendiri oleh Amar menerusi laman Facebooknya yang [...]
Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng and MP for Bagan in Kuala Lumpur on 5 June 2013.
DAP will fight in court for Malaysians overseas whose passports were revoked by the BN Federal government because of political involvement in opposing the corruption and abuse of power of BN. DAP will not stand idly by and watch Malaysians persecuted and victimised merely for exercising their fundamental human rights of expressing their political beliefs.
According to news reports, Immigration Director-General Datuk Alias Ahmad has confirmed that the Immigration Department would revoke the passports of 6,564 Malaysians who have been blacklisted for tarnishing the image of the country overseas, including those who took part in demonstrations overseas. Alias had earlier denied a Malay daily report quoting him as citing Section 8 of the Immigration Act 1959/63 or the Passports Act 1966 to support the decision to cancel the passports of blacklisted Malaysians.
However, by referring to the case of Federal Government vs Loh Wai Kong 1979, he insisted that the government has the right to “issue, not issue, delay the issuance of or revoke a passport”. Alias has also assured that the revocation of the passports will be done “justly”.
This “reassurance” is a mockery of the rights of Malaysians, especially when former Bar Council President and Bersih 2.0 co-chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan has pointed out that the Immigration Department does not have the right to do so, citing a 2009 Federal Court ruling that disapproved of the decision in 1979. In other words any such attempt to revoke Malaysian passports who are overseas is unlawful.
Although Alias has now promised to make further clarifications next week, the DAP demands that Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak immediately make the government’s stand clear and to reassure Malaysians that their rights will not be revoked simply for dissenting peacefully. Such a threat is not only against natural justice, undemocratic and an act of political retribution but also goes against the very grain of national reconciliation that has been proposed by Najib himself.
DAP fully supports Datuk Ambiga in demanding that the Federal government abandons its attempt to frighten and strike fear into overseas Malaysians with threats to revoke their passports for opposing BN. I will direct the head of DAP Legal team headed by DAP MP for Puchong Gobind Singh Deo to get DAP’s lawyers take up cases of any Malaysian whose passports were revoked because of their support for PR or their opposition for BN.
LIM GUAN ENG
无论如何，阿利亚斯还援用1979年联邦政府对Loh Wai Kong的案例，坚持政府拥有“发出、不发出、延后发出或撤销护照”的权力。阿利亚斯还保证可以“正当地”撤销这些护照。