According to Mother, I was already old enough to go on errands all by myself, even at night. "The chicken butcher and the green grocer just in front of it, near the castle at the edge of the shopping area, should be open till nine, and I want you to get me a chicken and a package of mushrooms there, I'm sorry you have to go at night like this, but I couldn't say no. "Your older sister" - she had died at age six - "used to take a little wicker basket and go buy the enriched powdered milk she always drank," Father said, laughing good-naturedly; but Mother looked a bit sad. Then I went out into the town, where the last dim twilight had been swallowed up in night."
Oddly enough, our accounts of our memories of the dead begin with the arrival of news of a sudden death. When this call comes, we are dazed, left speechless. Those who were close to the dead person may have the impression of things occurring in a dream whose meaning is out of reach. Like words heard in a dream - or rather, in a dream one was trying to recall while only half-awake..
What was sad, in what words? We have no idea. There are only traces of the raw reality of having been informed of something truly frightening. One's very irritation of being unable to recall the significance of words spoken in a dream feels like something that is happening in yet another dream, a nightmare. Thus, confronted with news of a sudden death, they (I) feel vertigo. Then they start to talk about you, who have already turned into a memory - about their memories of you, which are somehow lacking in reality. They emphasize the fact that you are no longer in this world as they speak of you, so the memories all become beautiful, taking on a tragic tone. Even the most boring memories are enveloped, in this place, in deep, tragic shadows.
When I got home, I found everything just the way it had been when I left, with Mother lying on a rattan chaise-longue in her usual place in the sitting-room, listlessly reading a book with a russet cover. When she saw my face, she looked a bit angry and said, "Where were you off to, young man? I was afraid you'd been kidnapped and would never come back!" I started to open my mouth to explain what I had seen, but I was in the grip of a melancholic fretfulness and couldn't say a word. Then Father spoke: "You were looking at the moon, weren't you?"
I blinked and just said "Unh" in reply. father took the packages of good, saying, "It'll take thirty minutes to cook the chicken, so go take your bath, you're big enough to wash yourself now, but I'll wash your hair for you."
It was after that Mother died, though I don't know if it was a year after, or a month, or a week, or a day.
Watch episode 52 of Techduology as we investigate on a super hero who teleports, being caught on cam.
Plants v Zombies 2 is coming! OMG
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Kalau dikira, tanggal 7 Jun 2013 menyaksikan 4 orang selebriti melangsungkan majlis pernikahan mereka. Ia bermula dengan pelakon, Amar Ashraf, diikuti penyanyi, Zahid (AF) selepas sembahyang Jumaat dan kemudian, pasangan pelakon iaitu Beego & Linda [...]
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When Hamlet bemoans “the oppressor’s wrong…, the law’s delay, the insolence of office”, it is a classic case of art imitating life. Except that in our present condition, the powers that be are seeing it fit that life should imitate art.
So, as last week’s events have shown, in re-arresting Tian Chua, Tamrin Ghafar, and Haris Ibrahim just four days after they were freed by the court, the police plainly displayed ‘the insolence of office’ and showed utter contempt to the magistrate who had ordered their release.
Prosecuting them as well as other activists and opposition leaders for activities linked to the “Blackout 505” rallies therefore adds to ‘the oppressor’s wrong’ and nails the lie on Najib’s ‘reform agenda’ so proudly proclaimed not just to the nation but the world at large.
The custodial murders of Kugan, Dhamendran and others speak for themselves in the brutality and horror of the crimes and the audacity of those responsible for the initial cover-up, notwithstanding that some of the killers are finally charged.
Deporting Nurul Izzah from Sabah as if she were a common felon and placing Lim Kit Siang, Ambiga and me on the persona non grata list are yet other instances of the shameless abuse of power. That the bar was subsequently lifted is immaterial because the damage had already been done since she could not be there in time to celebrate a major cultural event with the people of Sabah.
They may claim some ‘technical right’ to arrest prior to charging suspects, power to interrogate, unfettered power for the Attorney General to prosecute whom he so wishes or some legal provision which allows the powers that be to bar citizens from entering Sabah. But when such a right or power is exercised without regard for human dignity, what more for the sanctity of life, it is not rule of law but tyranny and oppression. More profoundly, these acts and many more that have been committed have demonstrated the chilling and insidious consequences of the arrogance of power.
Under what circumstances are we that a mere presumed legal right can be used to justify dumping innocent people in the lockup to spend the night just to make life easy for the police to have them charged before a court of law?
Some will say this is making a mountain out of a mole-hill. But is it? To my mind, this liberty is inalienable and no words suffice to describe its import to the dignity of the person.
King Lear may tell Cordelia: “Come, let’s away to prison; We two alone will sing like birds in the cage” but that’s on a mystical level. And at that stage, Lear’s already insane. You may get used to the damp wall and the hard bed or even the stale bread but as long as your mind is clear, your spirit will never come to terms with the deprivation of your liberty.
In making the needless arrests, and then using the Sedition Act after having promised the nation it would be repealed, Najib Razak has ridden rough-shod over the urgings of the people – of lawmakers, civil society leaders and other community leaders – and have now in one fell stroke sealed the wall of alienation with the people. He’s also proven once again that he is not an honorable man.
That is why the prosecution of P. Uthayakumar for sedition – as well as the others – is significant in showing up the farcical nature of Najib’s government. That the reality never matches the rhetoric; that the promises are left on the wayside; and that when unchecked the ‘oppressor’s wrong’ can multiply many fold, eroding the foundation of our fundamental rights and tearing the fabric of our dignity as free citizens in a sovereign nation.
No doubt by refusing to continue with his defence, Uthayakumar had chosen to take the moral high ground for the cause he believes in and this has landed him a jail sentence far in excess of the supposed ‘crime’. But it needn’t have gone that far had the Attorney General used his prerogative to issue a nolle prosequi, that is, to discontinue the trial.
But all roads to accountability must lead to the man who wants to be Prime Minister. Indeed, “the oppressor’s wrong…, the law’s delay, the insolence of office”, are symptoms of a deep-seated systemic breakdown of the institution of governance.
So, let me remind not just Najib but Mahathir, Daim, the oppressors, and their co-conspirators, the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Slowly indeed the wheel of karma turns around its axis but those who commit wrongs and injustice will sooner or later be brought to account.
The brazen show of arrogance is matched only by the bias in the handling of real mischief makers, the hate mongers and racist provocateurs. The failure to take action against these criminals speaks one thing and one thing only: that this country has two sets of laws, one favouring UMNO and its cronies and another against law abiding citizens whose only ‘crime’ is to fight for their rights, for justice and for a legitimate government through free and fair elections.
Make no mistake. This arrogance of power will backfire. It will not succeed in dampening the spirit of the people. They can jail us, deport us, intimidate and even humiliate us, but the courage and the will of the people shall never be defeated. That’s because real power resides in the people. As Malcolm X once said, power in defence of freedom and if I might add, of justice and of our dignity, “is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.”
6th June, 2013
Beberapa minit lalu, Shila Amzah telah memuat naik sekeping foto menerusi laman Instagramnya dengan caption berbunyi : Off to gym.. Bye :) #fitnessfreak Namun foto tersebut telah mengundang pelbagai perspektif negatif peminat terhadap Shila sehingga [...]
Hanya sekali lafaz, penyanyi dan penyampai radio Era.Fm, Ahmad Zahid bin Baharuddin atau lebih mesra disapa sebagai Zahid AF, sah bergelar suami kepada gadis pilihannya, Sarah Julifa tepat jam 3.30 petang tadi bertempat di Masjid [...]
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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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Pada 2 Jun lalu, pelakon comel Intan Ladyana telah terbang ke Phuket, Thailand bersama kekasih hatinya, Kamal Adli. Percutian ini khabarnya telah ditaja oleh beberapa badan tertentu dan nampaknya percutian ini bukan sahaja melibatkan Intan [...]
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So continuing from the dinner post before this, we exchanged gifts!
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