Why shocked lah but what is new? Anything or anyone going against Umno's stand or 'principle' is bound to have negative or violent reactions!
Has not Umno-led government changed its stand over the many things many times???
Toyota also said it would halt production at plants in the United States and Canada in the first week of February.
In Tokyo shares of Toyota fell 2.7 per cent by midmorning today, compared with a 0.2 per cent fall in the Nikkei average.
“The recall itself won’t be a big problem for Toyota’s earnings, but suspending production and sales could have a big impact depending on how long it lasts,” said Koji Endo, an auto analyst at Advanced Research Japan.
The sales suspension and recall includes Toyota’s top-selling vehicle in North America, the Camry, for model years since 2007.
Also included are the 2009-2010 model year RAV4, Corolla and Matrix, the 2008-2010 model year Sequoia, the 2007-2010 model year Tundra, the 2005-2010 model year Avalon and the 2010 model year Highlander.
Annual combined sales of these models are one million cars in North America, more than half of Toyota’s annual sales there last year, according to Advance Research’s Endo.
Toyota is suspending production of the models for the first week of February at plants in North America. The plants are located in Indiana, Texas, Kentucky, and in Ontario.
Bob Carter, Toyota US group vice-president, said the world’s No.1 automaker is taking the actions to ensure safety and restore confidence in Toyota among consumers.
“This action is necessary until a remedy is finalised,” Carter said in a statement. “We’re making every effort to address this situation for our customers as quickly as possible.”
Toyota said last week it would recall 2.3 million vehicles in the United States to fix potentially faulty accelerator pedals, its second massive recall in four months in the US. — Reuters
Toyota said the defective pedal was not used in any of its cars in Japan, Australia and Asia excluding China.
He described Kelantan Umno chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, also International Trade and Industry Minister, as a sycophant, and party-owned newspaper Utusan Malaysia as reporting fiction.
“Don’t mention those names to me. Mustapa is a sycophant, Utusan is just [reporting] myths,” he retorted.
In other words, Mustapa is an ass-kisser
and Utusan is just talking cock!
Among the key documents sought: 1. The recorded witness statement of Mohd Saiful and the condominium owner Hasanuddin Abdul Hamid 2. The examination notes of Dr Osman Abdul Hamid from Pusrawi Hospital 3. Statements and notes of three doctors from Hospital Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) 4. a chemist's notes and medical reports.
It has been reported that the medical reports indicated that there was no sign of penetration of Saiful's anus.
Anwar also wanted the CCTV footage of the condominium at the alleged time.
On July 16, the High Court judge Justice Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah allowed Anwar to obtain Mohd Saiful's medical report from HKL and CCTV footage but he rejected Anwar's application to obtain the original DNA specimens as they have been packeted and sealed.
Following justice Zabidin's decision, the prosecution filed an appeal, while Anwar filed a cross appeal.
Meanwhile, Anwar has also filed an application to stay his sodomy trial scheduled next week. The High Court will first hear his stay application before the controversial trial can proceed.
KUALA LUMPUR: Three men claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to committing mischief with fire of the Metro Tabernacle Church AG in Desa Melawati, Wangsa Maju on Jan 7.
They are brothers Raja Muhammad Faizal Raja Ibrahim, 24 and Raja Muhammad Idzham Raja Ibrahim, 22, and 23-year-old Azuwan Shah.
Zulkifli Mohamad, the imam who leads prayers at the Al-Imam Al-Tirmizi mosque, called for calm and said Muslim saboteurs could be behind the latest incidents and told reporters that it was the work of some people to stir racial tension in the country and wanted the police to act fast and asked Muslims to be patient. Is it possible that the Muslims are behind the mosque attacks while the Christians are behind the church attacks? It was one of the theories 'espoused' by Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin. Nevertheless, my personal belief is that these attacks are politically motivated. Read 'Motif politik antara 3 teori Asri gereja diserang.'
IN June 2008, three months after his party took over the administration of Selangor, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim had invited the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to set up office in the state government building to pore over stacks of files and volumes of documents to determine if the previous administration or those in its employment had abused the public trust.
Although the agency did not respond to that invitation, it had its work simplified by Abdul Khalid and his team as the new state leaders started producing one evidence after another on the questionable alienation of land; overseas trips on public money to among others Disneyland; the breach of trust of RM10 million by the association of the wives of assemblymen and exorbitant gifts such as a RM160,000 watch for the former mentri besar paid for by taxpayers and a multi-million ringgit house supposedly beyond the means of the former mentri besar.
In the meantime and even before the 2008 elections, this paper had exposed the unlawful alienation of land; the transfer of land meant for public amenities to political parties; dubious deals at local council and state levels concerning outdoor advertising and questionable lawatan sambil belajar and not to mention the numerous shenanigans of a now deceased state assemblyman.
The ACA, however, did not find these revelations – ours and the Pakatan Rakyat government’s – needed immediate attention, ie as cause to launch an investigation. For theSun, apart from two visits by the ACA on an illegal funeral parlour and the billboard scandal, there has been no follow-through.
However, judging by the diligence of the ACA and its new identity the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the last two years, it looks like it should have taken up Abdul Khalid’s offer. After all since the state government changed hands, it has made about a dozen visits to the state government office as well as the service centres of Pakatan Rakyat representatives.
I find this sudden burst of enthusiasm by the MACC in investigating politicians and civil servants a breath of fresh air from its complacent and sluggish response and conduct with regards to the other cases which were not investigated.
Perhaps in its list of priorities, the theft of public land is not as serious as say the theft of sand. Or that state subsidiaries donating cattle to poor Muslims warrant immediate action compared to say a gift of a watch that cost as much as four low-cost houses.
Having said all that, those being investigated should not hide behind the perception that they are being victimised for being on the other side of the political divide. Attacking the MACC’s credibility should not be a façade for covering up their own dubious activities which have also slowly emerged from the woodwork.
I will, however, repeat the comments that I said on air two weeks ago: “The MACC has a golden opportunity to address the public perception under the new leadership of Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed – a decorated civil servant whose strong principles and run-ins with superiors are whispered in the hallowed corridors and pantries of the MACC headquarters.”
If it wants to win the hearts and minds of the public, there is no other choice but to go after the high-profile cases. Anything less will be a disservice to the people as well as to the reputation of the MACC and its new boss who came into office with high approval ratings.
Which is why the support for the MACC, like I said on Bernama TV two Fridays ago; must be from top down, not the other way round.
The people have been doing their bit to help the MACC by providing information and the like, but if the mandate is not given to Abu Kassim and his men to act on them, all the MACC will ever be is old wine in a new bottle.
The MACC has a long way to go to regain the public trust and respect but I am optimistic that the new leadership can help address the negative perception – if only it is allowed to do its job without fear or favour.
Terence says there are crooks on both sides of the divide. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fare ride ... Passengers Nuraisyah Abd Latib and Norisma Ismail sit
in a cab driven by Mohamad Najib Zubri that displays a
"metered taxi" sticker.
"We want the consumers to know their rights and quit the apathetic or lazy habit to complain," he said during the launching of the the public transport consumer rights awareness campaign here.
Mohd Nazri said flyers listing the consumers’ rights will be distributed to raise their awareness.
He said consumers may complain to the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board via hotline (1-800-88-9600), sms (15888), email (email@example.com ), website (www.lpkp.gov.my ) or the Community Development and Consumer Affairs Ministry.
I did once sms to 39900 when a commercial lorry was being driven recklessly somewhere in Melaka. A few days later, I received a call from LPKP informing me that the registration number of the lorry was not found in the system. In short, it was an unregistered vehicle (probably with a false license plate) or what they called a 'lori hantu', my friend said.
A man came home from work and his children ran to him and called out ‘Ayah! Ayah!’.
His neighbor got very upset and said to him, “Can you please tell your children not to call you ‘Ayah’?”
The man asked, “Why?”
The neighbor retorted, “Because my children call me ’Ayah’ too. They might get confused and mistake you to be their father.”
Then the man told his neighbour, are you not ashamed to say that your children do not know who is their 'Ayah'? So you are saying that by using the word 'Ayah' , your children will call me ayah too without knowing who is their father.
The neighbour said "Yes", and only he should be allowed to use the word 'Ayah'.
The man said, "Then there is something wrong in what you are teaching your children. They are not sure and do not know who their 'Ayah' is."
January 20, 2010 14:25 PM
"Money Cannot Replace My Son's Life" - Father Of VictimPENANG, Jan 20 (Bernama) -- "Money cannot replace my son's life because he was an excellent student and took up the German language to continue his studies in Germany after Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) this year," said Yeoh Cheong Hean, the father of Brandon Yeoh who was among six who drowned while practicing for a dragon boat competition here on Sunday.
PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – An elderly woman and a young man were rescued Friday after spending 10 days buried in the rubble of Haiti's quake-hit capital, as the death toll from the disaster soared to more than 110,000.The miracle rescues of 84-year-old Marie Carida Roman and the unnamed 22-year-old man came despite aid workers saying they were winding down efforts to find people trapped in the worst disaster on record to hit the Americas. Read more @ Yahoo! News
A 25-year-old Haitian man rescued after spending 11 days buried in the ruins of a grocer's shop survived on snacks and Coca-Cola, he told AFP in a hospital interview. Read more @ 9NEWS
GEORGE TOWN (Jan 19, 2010) : Inshore fishermen who ply the waters of the Penang Channel where the dragon boat capsize incident occurred on Sunday want the authorities to look into the impact of reclamation on the currents in the channel.
Traditional inshore fisherman Khoo Kay Keat points to this new shallow
shoreline along the reclaimed land in Jelutong where the Bandar Sri Penang
fishermen's jetty is built. Penang held its Pesta dragon boat race here last year.
The accident that took the lives of six people during a dragon-boat training
session on Sunday occurred about a km away from this reclaimed area.
He said the inshore fishermen had seen certain stretches along the coastline becoming shallower about the same time that reclamation work had taken place, while the middle portions of the channel had remained deep.
"Certain parts of the channel are as deep as 40ft," Khoo estimated.
"When you reclaim, a lot of sand is placed in places where the sea once was and the sea water is forced to flow along a more constricted route."
He also noted that the authorities had not placed warning signs or buoys to caution the people, especially those going into the channel for amateur water sports activities.
Khoo spoke to theSun near the Jelutong fisherman’s jetty in Bandar Sri Pinang, where the Penang Pesta Open Dragon Boat Race was held last year.
After the dragon boat, which carried 18 rowers, was hit by waves and capsized, survivors recounted being pulled down into the waters by powerful undercurrents.
Khoo said the authorities should consult the traditional inshore fishermen, who had accumulated knowledge and experience of the waters in the channel.
"Do not underestimate the power of the currents. We fishermen know the currents here and how they are changing," he said.
"We can also gauge winds and calculate directions based on the calendar. We even know how to measure depths.
"The currents here can be very strong. Even with a lifejacket, you could be pulled down."
He said the winds and currents around the island had been particularly strong on Sunday, when the accident occurred.
"I was out in the sea and I felt very strong northerly winds," he said.
Khoo also said the state could look into the feasibility of having dragon boat races at the Pantai Jerejak coastline, shielded on two sides by Pulau Jerejak and the Bayan Lepas coastline, and where the waters were more placid.
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Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat
DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang urged government ministries to get cracking for a total ban on government support letters for those tendering for its projects.
In response to Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat’s statement on the a move by the ministry on Wednesday, Lim had said it was a step in the right direction.
The Ipoh Timor MP said ministries should, instead, replace the questionable support letters with the open tender system.
“The prime minister, PM’s department and other ministries should impose a total ban on support letters and practise open tenders, so questions over the letters would vanish.
“If there are open tenders, then there would be accountability and transparency. They would be open to public scrutiny and all will depend on the merits and demerits of the proposals,” said Lim when contacted.
Anti-graft warriors sleeping on the job?
On Wednesday, the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) had justified support letters, saying no corrupt practices were involved.
However, the English daily New Straits Times reported that it was against the law to issue a support letter to an individual or company in which the issuer or his family or partners had a vested interest.
Despite that Ong said the ministry will impose the ban in order to instill a culture of good governance and as a result of the exchange of ideas at the National Key Result Ares (NKRA) laboratories.
Meanwhile, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) councillor Derek Fernandez told Malaysiakini that the support letters could impact negatively on the image of a particular administration.
According to him, it would still be acceptable if the intent in issuing the letter for endorsement was “in a nature for character reference or legal or administrative purposes.
“However, if the letter is intended to put pressure on the ultimate decision maker directly or indirectly, then that would be improper,” he said.
January 22, 2010 20:09 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 (Bernama) -- A construction worker wanted justice over his son's death.
So, for the past three years, Soy Chew Seng, 54, never missed a day of the trial of Chin Choon Keat -- the man charged with his son's manslaughter.
On Friday, the grieving father can finally look forward to resuming his normal life after the Sessions Court sentenced 32-year-old Choon Keat to 12 years' jail for causing the death of Soy's son, Chaan Wei, in 2006.
When the sentence was pronounced to begin Friday, Soy rushed towards Deputy Public Prosecutor Geethan Ram Vincent to confirm the verdict delivered by the judge, Mohamad Sekeri Mamat.
"I am happy with the court decision. Now, I can go on with my life and take care of my three other children," the long-suffering father told reporters.
On Dec 22, last year, Choon Keat's younger brother, Choon Mun, 30, received a 30-day jail sentence and fined RM1,000 when he pleaded guilty to causing hurt to Chaan Wei.
In his judgement, Mohamad Sekeri said the court found Choon Keat guilty as he had chosen to remain silent and failed to raise any doubt in the prosecution's case.
The judge also did not allow his counsel, Thong Seng Kong, to stay the sentence and told him to file a formal application for the court to consider.
Choon Keat was charged with the manslaughter of Chaan Wei, 27, who was his friend, at 2-6-6 Kondo Prisma Cheras, Taman Midah Cheras, about 3pm on Jan 24, 2006.
According to the facts of the case, the brothers had a misunderstading over some money owed by the victim who worked with his mother in running a transport business.
On the day of incident, the duo had invited the victim to their house and while discussing how to settle the issue, Choon Keat attacked the victim with a torchlight and he died later in the hospital.
In mitigation, Choon Keat's counsel told the court that he had been under remand for nearly 10 months before his bail was posted, and was remorseful over his act.
The court heard that Choon Keat was now living with his mother after he and his wife parted ways.
Geethan submitted that the victim was defenceless during the attack and Choon Keat's action had caused the victim's family to suffer in silence.
In an appraisal meeting they will speak only about your weakness, errors and failures.
In a resignation meeting they will speak only about your strengths, past achievements and success.
During an appraisal you may need to cry and beg for even a 10% pay hike.
In a resignation meeting you can easily demand ( or get more without asking ) more than 50-60% pay-hike !
During an appraisal, they will deny promotion saying that you did not meet the expectation, you don't have leadership qualities, and that you had several drawbacks in reaching objective/goal.
During resignation, they'll say you are the core member of the team; that you are the vision of the company, and so " How can you go ? "; you have to take the project on your shoulders and lead your juniors to success.
There is a 90% chance of not getting any significant incentives after appraisal.
There is a 90% chance of getting an immediate pay-hike after you put in your resignation.
By Jason Burt
Published: 6:30AM GMT 19 Jan 2010
A deal was agreed shortly before 10.30pm after the Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes was unable to secure 100 per cent ownership, something he had desperately fought to achieve, and conceded defeat.
Sullivan has taken a 50 per cent stake with the rest of the club remaining in the control of the Icelandic bank Straumur – something that Fernandes had decided he could not agree to.
In grief ... Relatives of Yi Zhang break down as they identify his body
which was the first to be recovered this morning.
The hopes of family members of four missing students were dashed today when the search and rescue team recovered all four bodies from the waters off Lebuh McCallum Ghaut, bringing the death toll to six.
The body of Goh Yi Zhang, 17, was found floating near the Tanjung City Marina at 8.03am. The body of Brendon Yeoh Yuen Khye, 17, was discovered at noon at the Raja Uda ferry terminal, both about 1km from the point of the tragedy.
At 4.25pm, the bodies of Cheah Zi Jun, 17, and Wan Yong Xiang, 16, were found in waters around the jetty near the Customs Department in Weld Quay.
Authorities who led the operations said none of the four was found with a life jacket.
On Sunday, the SAR team recovered the bodies of Jason Ch'ng, 17, and teacher Chin Aik Siang, 28. Both had life jackets.
The Chung Ling High School teacher, 15 students and two instructors were training for the Penang International Dragon Boat Race scheduled for July in Teluk Bahang when their dragon boat capsized after being hit by a wave.
Jason's father, Ch'ng Chin Teik, 52, plans to take legal action against SMJK Chung Ling, alleging that it was negligent in its duty of ensuring the safety of his son during the training.
He claimed the area where the training was done was a dangerous one and a passage for large boats.
Bernama quoted a fisherman, Aznan Bakar, as saying he was surprised the school dragon boat team chose the area to train.
He said the area was dangerous for small boats as it was where ships unloaded cargo and fishermen stayed clear.
Penang Port has urged people plying the Penang Channel or any point along the state’s coastal waters for purposes of recreation or sports, to notify the police or the marine operations force of their plans.
Its chairman Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said people should learn from the accident and take precautionary measures before embarking on such trips.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the school and the relevant authorities need to provide some explanation for the incident as the grieving parents would expect answers.
Family members broke down in emotional scenes each time a body was brought ashore at the rescue operations centre. The remains were sent to the Penang Hospital for post-mortem before being handed over to the families.
The families of Jason and Yi Zhang wept inconsolably as they held prayers with Taoist priests, for the souls of the two teenagers, while facing the sea.
Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas arrived about noon to offer his condolences and support to the families.
During the search operation, involving some 200 personnel led by State Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Mohd Razam Taja Rahim, one of the relatives lashed out at reporters, demanding privacy and sympathy from the media photographers.
Volunteers from the St John Ambulance helped the anxious and grieving relatives by offering water.
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