Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Japan: Land of the rising sun set to become the next soccer power nation!!!

June 30, 2010

Japan’s national soccer team head coach Takeshi Okada (R) and goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi shake hands with children as the team leaves South Africa at an airport in Johannesburg June 30, 2010. – Reuters pic
PRETORIA, June 30 – Japan’s most successful World Cup on foreign soil ended in a second-round penalty shootout defeat by Paraguay although that disappointing end for the Blue Samurai should not mask what has been a positive tournament. Had the shootout gone their way, Japan would have reached the last eight for the first time ever and it says much about the changed status of the Asian game that few would have been overly surprised by such an outcome.
“It’s a shame we’ve lost a game like this, because we worked really hard to reach the last 16 and we were on the verge of making history,” said captain Makoto Hasebe.
“Despite the defeat, we’ve shown the world just what Japanese football is about. Of course, I’m disappointed about the result but I’m very proud of our team, which stuck together in the face of every challenge,” he said.
The Japanese have only once previously made it out of the group stage – eight years ago when they co-hosted the tournament with South Korea – and their displays in South Africa illustrate the continued progress they are making.
Four years ago, Japan lost 3-1 to Australia, 4-1 to Brazil and picked up their solitary point in the group stage with a goalless draw against Croatia.
Those results in Germany led many to question whether Japan really were pushing themselves into world soccer’s elite but those doubters have been answered by the displays of Takeshi Okada’s team this time around.
Samuel Eto’o’s Cameroon were beaten 1-0 before Japan lost by the same scoreline to Netherlands and then secured a place in the last 16 with an excellent 3-1 victory over Denmark.
The manner of the win over the Danes was impressive with flowing, attacking football, a strong physical presence in midfield and at the back Japan showed they had cast off their reputation as lightweights with nice touches but no steel.
Hasebe and Daisuke Matsui were dangerous bursting forward from the flanks in that game but less effective, in an attacking sense, in more central roles against Paraguay in a match Japan lost 5-3 on penalties following a 0-0 draw after extra time.
Yasuhito Endo, the 2009 Asian Footballer of the Year, again showed himself to be a fine midfield organiser but most of the plaudits went to stylish forward Keisuke Honda.
He may have benefitted from playing off a more traditional central striker, particularly in tight games like the stalemate with Paraguay, but he made the most of his opportunities.
His superb, dipping freekick opened the scoring against the Danes and then he produced one of the “skill spots” of the tournament with his turn, dribble and pass to set up Shinji Okazaki for the third.
If Japan had produced the same spirited attacks and creative moves against Paraguay instead of retreating into the negativity that left them facing a shootout they may have forced their way into the quarter-finals instead of leaving in tears.
Japan are one of the few emerging soccer nations who do not have most of their players in Europe but with the J-League making steady progress and the country producing interesting new talent, longer runs in future tournaments are on the cards. – Reuters

LAME MACC: MACC cancels London interview with PI Bala

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will not record the statement of private investigaor P Balasubramaniam in London after all. Nevertheless, it will submit questions to his lawyers and request that the witness responds in the form of an affidavit, MACC deputy commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull told a press conference today. Mohd Shukri Abdull
Mohd Shukri Abdull said MACC would write to the witness' lawyers tomorrow to inform them of the decision and to submit the questions.

Rewind to

Published: Wednesday January 13, 2010 MYT 5:54:00 PM

MACC willing to meet PI Bala back home or abroad

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is willing to meet private detective P. Balasubramaniam either in Malaysia or abroad to record his statement pertaining to an alleged offer of RM5mil to retract a statuory declaration (SD) that he had made.
MACC chief commissioner Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed said Balasubramaniam needed to come forward to give his statement as the main witness in order for comprehensive investigations to be carried out.
“We are prepared to meet him anywhere ... there are no problems facilitating the meeting, back home or abroad, we will agree (to the meeting),” he told a press conference here Wednesday.
He was commenting on developments in the investigations into a CD recording in which Balasubramaniam among others had alleged that he was offered RM5mil to retract a SD he made dated July 1,2008; that his family was threatened; that he received RM750,000 and RM800,000 from certain parties on separate occasions and was forced to issue a second SD negating the first.
The issues were allegedly related to the death of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu who was murdered in Shah Alam in October 2006. A political analyst, Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda was acquitted of abetment in her murder on Oct 31, 2008 while two special action unit policemen were found guilty of the crime on April 9, 2009 and sentenced to death.
Bala went missing on July 4, 2008 but resurfaced recently with a CD recording of him making the allegations being posted on the Internet. His present whereabouts are unknown.
Meanwhile, MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull said Balasubramaniam was only a witness and not an accused, and as such, he need not fear assisting the investigations.
“I urge him to come to us, he need not be afraid as he is only a witness and not someone to be charged,” he said at the same press conference.
Asked if the MACC was taking steps to track him down, Shukri said the MACC was making efforts to get a statement from him but no meeting had been arranged between the MACC and him so far. -- Bernama

Mongolia to fund Altantuya family: Altantuya to haunt Malaysian government

KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 — The Mongolian government has remitted RM60,000 as security costs to fund a civil lawsuit against the Malaysian government over the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.
The family of Altantuya, who was killed by two special action squad officers and had her body blown up with explosives in a jungle near here four years ago, is seeking RM100 million in compensation from Putrajaya and her ex-lover, Abdul Razak Baginda, a former political analyst said to be a close friend of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Read more @ The Malaysian Insider

BMW & Mercedes Gangs Robbery: Jln Beringin, Damansara Heights -

This email was sent by my boss. The incident related happened to my boss' sister's boss.

Subject:  BMW & Mercedes Gangs Robbery
My boss almost kena carjacked yesterday. She sent out an email to the entire department telling her story - as a caution to allsingle women drivers. It sounds damn scary. Can not imagine what I'll do if I was in her position. I've pasted her email here in its entirety.

Girls, please be careful and be wary of your surroundings - bad things can happen DAY  OR  NIGHT - bad guys don't CARE anymore.

Here, her email:** **


i was chased and attacked by a group of men in 2 cars trying to hijack my car in the afternoon yesterday.  I was driving my husband's car alone on my way back from mid valley at about 4.30pm and only noticed these 2 cars as I was turning left into jalan beringin, damansara heights.  They came awfully close and fast which I thought strange as it was a residential area and full of road humps.  Then the first car (which was a E class Mercedes) came to my side and the passenger (had a policeman's hat but not in uniform) had a walkie talkie and was gesturing for me to stop.  When I didn't, he overtook and parked in front of me and the second car (which was the new 3 series BMW) was parked right behind me. the guy came up to my window and using his walkie talkie again, was frantically asking me to wind down - it was that split second that I realized that they weren't undercover cops (yes sounds silly now when one is rational!) and I just reversed and drove off.  Both cars were chasing me trying to swerve and corner me.

I was stopped 3 times by them - the second time was the road downhill between SC and the Science Centre and the same guy from the Merc came out - this time with a parang.  I reversed as far as I could -
> these people were definitely professionals and didn't want their cars damaged cos everytime I reversed, the bmw at the back also reversed.  I thought  I'd be safe going onto a public road so I went on the sprint highway – they continued to chase and managed to stop me again- and I was on the fast lane of sprint highway (right between the SC and Bukit Kiara) and there were plenty of traffic - and this time - they parked so close to me - one in front and one at the back and the guy with the parang came out and this time was smashing with full force at my driver's seat window.  Another guy
> came from the black bmw and started hitting on my passenger seat window – there were plenty of cars but no one stopped or honked despite seeing these 2 men smashing my car.  I just reversed not caring if my car got knocked and trying to get some space so that I can drive out and finally managed to.  I lost  them when I turned onto jalan damansara highway.

It is absolutely traumatizing as I, like many, only read about this.. but the audacity and desperation for them to be doing this in broad daylight and at such a public place is unimaginable.  I am so thankful
that I am ok but I have to write this because i know many of us take it for granted that it would not happen to us.. but it has happened and it will happen again. Please please be careful - one can never be vigilant enough. you've read it all:
1. ladies - don't drive home alone at night - they will target women  driving alone - day or night.
2.   don't stop when you're being chased** **
3.   know that they're not the real cops when the proper police cars are not being used

I was given this no. by the inspector  - 2274 4465 - it's the Bilik Gerakan in Brickfields and if you think you're being followed or chased - call this no.  and they will send a mobile team who's nearest to
where you are.
Be careful when you drive.  This is real and from a friend just received.

*Security has reached a level that is alarming.** *
*People today don't help or don't want to interfere.** *
*I hope that by sending this out, it will reach as many as possible to warn of the dangers that surround us. *
*Please do the necessary. Send it to as many as possible.**
*I don't want to scare you but you could be a victim or someone close t you.*
*Have a good day and God Bless. *
*Be careful as this happened very close to us. Even if you need to move your car, get someone to go with you.  PLEASE  DO  NOT GO  ALONE ! **


No by-election in Batu: Justice Ghazali Cha's intention clear and sincere

Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Justice Ghazali Cha has stated in his written judgment that the RM2,000 fine imposed on PKR's Tian Chua will not cause his disqualification as Batu MP. On June 17, he had dismissed Chua's appeal but reduced the sentence, saying he adopted the 1993 Supreme Court decision in Public Prosecutor vs Leong Yin Ming that only a fine of RM2,001 or more would result in automatic disqualification. 

In the 18-page document (A copy of the written judgment has been placed on blog-site loyarburokcom), the judge quoted a passage from Supreme Court judge Justice Gunn Chit Tuan that the phrase “shall not be less than” should mean "more than". Justice Ghazali said that based on this Supreme Court decision, it bound the lower court and was a strong authority which could be adopted by the high court. He was confident that the fine would not result in a by-election being called in Batu. He said his intention and purpose was clear and sincere in giving the judgment and would also like to warn the accused not to repeat such offences in the near future.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bank of America Merril Lynch: Malaysia 'young and poor' by 2030

MCA must make a stand on PKFZ, ignore the issue at your own peril: OTK

EXCLUSIVE The MCA has everything to lose if it chooses to ignore the RM12 billion PKFZ controversy, said former president Ong Tee Keat.

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Ong, whose crusade for the truth in the high-profile case cost him his positions as party president and transport minister, told Malaysiakini that PKFZ was one of the root causes that made MCA as a party, more so as a partner in the ruling (BN) coalition, to be greatly disadvantaged in the past GE such as in Selangor and the Federal Territory. Ong said this very issue was a strong contributor to MCA's whitewash by the opposition in the 12th general election two years ago.

PKFZ scandal far from over: Ong - exclusive interview with Malaysiakini

EXCLUSIVE Ong Tee Keat, the man who exposed the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal, believes the case is far from over.

Despite the arrest and impending trial of former Port Klang Authority (PKA) general manager OC Phang and three others in relation to the scandal, the former transport minister remains convinced there is more left to be uncovered.

In a Malaysiakini exclusive interview, Ong (right), stressed that he had first hand information on those implicated in the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) audit report on the scandal, but declined to go into detail.

Ong said that given the benefit of his position as a minister, he certainly knew several more names mentioned in the report.
Nevertheless, it was not appropriate for him to announce these names because investigations might still be ongoing though Ong himself could not be sure whether those implicated (in the report) were being investigated or not.

Ong, who was ousted as MCA president at the party's March polls and later dropped from the Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's cabinet, said the investigating authorities were taking too long to update on their progress, and the public was getting tired of waitng.

Monday, June 28, 2010

All those who opposed legalising sports betting are 'anti-1Malaysia' - SVT

Today, at The Sun, page 2 - Ascot disappointed with govt's backtracking:

“To all those who supported legalising sports
betting, you are the true embodiment of
1Malaysia. You are rational realists and true
leaders of our multi-cultural and multi-religious
society. You are not a hypocrite nor a humbug nor a
holy pious pretender but a true God-fearing devotee
of a Better Malaysia.” - Vincent Tan

The reverse of the above statements can be loosely translated to:

“To all those who opposed legalising sports
betting, you are the embodiment of
'anti-1Malaysia'. You are irrational idealists and false
leaders of our multi-cultural and multi-religious
society. You are a hypocrite, a humbug, an
unholy impious pretender and a false devotee
of a Better Malaysia.” - Saint Vincent Tan (SVT)

Gerakan leader heckled at Penang Speaker's Square -

The article is 'FREE' I guess, so I am posting it verbatim:
A Kedah Gerakan leader's maiden speech at the Penang Speakers Square yesterday drew brickbats from a group of senior citizens, when he criticised Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for being 'biased' in implementing state policies.
It was uncertain, however, if the hecklers were members or supporters of DAP.
NONEKedah Gerakan secretary Tang Hing Lye lambasted Lim for allocating more state funds to the Malay community.
This caused the group, all men over 50, to jeer loudly in the Hokkien dialect, telling Tang to “keep quiet and go home”.
“This place is for the DAP,” they shouted, but Tang ignored the insults and continued to express his scathing views on Lim, who is also the DAP secretary-general.
Tang claimed that Lim had given better treatment to the Malay community by setting aside RM24 million for the bumiputera (Islamic affairs) welfare fund.
This is triple the sum of RM8 million allocated for non-bumiputera (for Chinese, missionary, religious and Tamil schools in Penang), he said.

NONE“Where is the justice here? He accuses BN of having policies that are unfair to the people. How about his own policies?” asked Tang (left).
He also poured scorn on Lim for whining about the higher toll charge for the planned second Penang bridge. The charge is tagged at RM9.40 or 30 percent more than the current amount.
“When (Minister in the Prime Minister's Department) Koh Tsu Koon was (Penang) chief minister, there were already attempts to increase the toll charges, but Koh did everything in his power to maintain the cost at RM7,” claimed Tang.
“I challenge Lim and ask him: does he have the power to make sure there is no increase in toll charges for the new bridge? (Lim) claims to be smarter than Koh but is he able to do this?”
'No attention to grouses'
Undeterred by the jeers, another Gerakan member Rich Too spoke about maintaining the harmony of a multi-racial Malaysia.
NONEHe slammed politicians who constantly play the race and religion cards for political mileage and blamed them for forgetting how the country first came about.
“There is a lot of talk for a multi-racial Malaysia but all this remains talk. We want the government to implement policies that benefit all races,” added Too (left), who is a Penang Gerakan Youth exco member.
Former state PKR Women's wing chief Aminah Abdullah, who was speaking for the fourth time since the square was launched in May, said she has raised many issues about Jelutong, where she resides, but said that none of the grouses have received official attention.
Not a single person from the state administration under Lim has responded to any of her complaints nor met her to discuss the issues she raised, she claimed.
“The chief minister seems to have started this Square just (for self-gratification or syok sendiri). If this is all the Speakers Square is for, it would be better to close down this platform,” said Aminah, who runs a NGO in her community.
NONEShe also challenged Lim to quit as head of state if he cannot listen to the plight of Penangites, adding that “there are many others who can do the job”.

About 80 people had gathered at the square to hear the speakers, who braved the drizzle and hubbub from the crowd to share their thoughts.

Plainclothes police personnel and special branch officers carrying videocams were seen trying to blend in with the crowd, joining in the laughter when speakers cracked jokes.

Joy in the face of grief: A testimony (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Wednesday June 23, 2010

Daughter puts up brave front in face of grief


NILAI: Goodbye, see you in Heaven. Joy Wee clung to her faith that her grandmother, father and three siblings are now in a better place as she put on a brave front when the five were laid to rest at the Nilai Memorial Park here yesterday.
The five – Roland Wee Seng Hock, 53; his children Joash, 23, Jacinth, 18, and Jelyn, 15; and his mother-in-law Lim Kim Boon, 79, died when their multi-purpose vehicle collided with an oncoming trailer which was overtaking another vehicle at the Kuantan-Segamat road last Thursday. (Click here to read the tragedy).
Wee’s wife, Chew Chin Loi, 54, and their two other children, Jemima, 17, and Josiah, 13, remain warded at a hospital in Kuantan.
Last rites: Relatives and friends of Wee mourning the loss of the five family members at the Nilai memorial park where they were buried yesterday.
Joy, the oldest child, had flown in from the United Kingdom. At the memorial park, the 26-year-old was seen comforting the others despite her own grief.
Scores of family and friends came from across the country and overseas to say their final goodbyes to the five, and many cried.
Wee’s father was seen weeping openly. Lim was buried first followed by Wee and his three children. The four were buried side by side.
As the coffins were lowered, Joy was seen gently touching the displayed pictures of her loved ones as she said her final goodbye.
“My mum also thanks God for loaning my father to her for 29 years, as well as for loaning Joash, (23 years), Jacinth (18 years) and Jelyn (15 years).
“I believe one day when we get to Heaven, they will be there welcoming us,” Joy said.
Joy comforting her grandfather. — AZHAR MAHFOF /The Star
Speaking to reporters later, Joy said she was very proud of her loved ones. She described her grandmother Lim as someone she respected and loved a lot.
On Wee, a senior principal assistant at a Muar secondary school, Joy said her father had touched so many lives – and wished that she could one day be a role model like him.
Joash was a good musician who loved football and tennis, as well as served God with all his heart.
As for Jacinth, Joy said she was a very hardworking person with a big heart who “would not hesitate to buy presents for all of us.”
“I am glad she found out about her Public Service Department pharmacy scholarship before she left,” said Joy.
On youngest sister Jelyn, Joy said both had shared a very close relationship.
Joy, who was supposed to take an exam this Friday in the UK to qualify as a pharmacist, said she would stay back to be with her mother and two siblings.
“My mum is very strong. She taught me to be strong, otherwise I would break down,” she said solemnly.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 15For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. 16For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Azmin replaces Khalid as S'gor PKR head

PKR vice-president Azmin Ali will replace Khalid Ibrahim as the party Selangor chief, in an apparent compromise to make peace between the duo.

Azmin, rumoured to be the leader of the G15 - a group of PKR MPs from various states - who are out to stage a coup to force Khalid, the Selangor menteri besar to step down. Azmin has been at odds with Khalid due to the latter's corporate style which is not accompanied by sufficient political savvy.

So, looks like everything is settled? Semuanya OK?! Azmin looks set to be next MB replacing Khalid if the rakyat returns power to PR in Selangor in the next GE? ;-)

Two big jet engines returned home after two long years

Google Translate from Malay to English. I've 'tweaked' the transalation (: 
F-5E jet engines have brought back the lost (F-5E jet engines brought back to homeland) Kota Bharu: engine fighter, the F-5E, owned by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), which was reported missing two years ago to trigger controversy in this country have been brought back to the homeland. (The F-5E fighter engines owned by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), that were reported missing two years ago and had triggered a controversy in this country, have been brought back to the homeland.) Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, said that the effort to bring home the combat aircraft engines from Uruguay to the country by the government and the Attorney General, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to ensure that the assets of the country remained in Malaysia. (Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, said that the effort to bring home the combat aircraft engines from Uruguay to the country by the government and the Attorney General, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, was to ensure that the assets of the country remained in Malaysia.) - news @ Berita Harian.

If the return of the two jet engines required the involvment of high-ranking officials of the Malaysian government and its counterpart, I am sure the same requirement was needed for them to be smuggled out of the country! If not, how else could two enormous engines be taken out of the 'store room' of RMAF?

Be Thou My Vision - Lyrics - Selah - Original Irish hymn

One of my favourite hymns, 'Be Thou My Vision' is a traditional Christian hymn, which can be traced to Ireland but is now sung in English-speaking churches around the world. Read more @ Wikipedia.
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
naught be all else to me, save that thou art;
Thou my best thought by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, thou my true word,
I ever with thee and thou with me Lord;
Thou my great Father, I thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.
Be thou my battle shield, sword for the fight;
Be thou my dignity, thou my delight;
Thou my soul's shelter, thou my high tower:
Raise thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise:
Thou mine inheritance now and always;
Thou and thou only first in my heart;
High King of Heaven, my treasure thou art.
High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O Bright Heaven's sun!;
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Wain wrote about Mahathir, maybe Anwar. Najib - hum!

Wain's opinion on:
1. Mahathir - "No Malaysian politician could quite come up to Mahathir's standards as the former premier was focused on his vision and "had an idea about everything".
2. Anwar - "I know many are critical about him (Anwar) due to the changes he has gone through in his political career, but I find he has many interesting stories to offer, especially his varied experiences in politics." 
3. Najib - "It is very hard to identify Najib with what he stands for; there is no single idea that can identify him, for example, we have no idea what he is passionate about."

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Jaguh kampung, balik kampung, tanam jagung! s*#^

Excerpts from The Malaysian Insider - 'Ibrahim Ali says proud to be 'jaguh kampung'': Yesterday, Khairy likened Ibrahim to a “village champion politician” who had no right to demand that he, the Rembau MP, quit his post for defending Wee. Khairy, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth chief, said Ibrahim was not qualified to call for his resignation as he was not a voter in the Rembau constituency or even an Umno member. Ibrahim had said that Khairy should step down as MP for “sacrificing his race’s dignity” to defend the MCA Youth chief for allegedly questioning the granting of scholarships to Malays through Mara. Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali defended Ibrahim, saying the Perkasa president was a village champion who was not only respected locally but known internationally as well. Lol! Oh yes, I won't dispute the fact that IA is certainly 'respected' locally and internationally. Locally, he is 'respected' only by his own kind - internationally respected for spewing s*#^ (Read Ibrahim Ali's s*#^ @ broadband speed - STILL ON IBRAHIM ALI'S S*#^ 3x)

Al-Jazeera's 'SHIT CONVERSATION' with 'TAHI' Ibrahim Ali

Najib vs Sultan Johor: Straight bridge? Crooked bridge?

The Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has called on the government to reconsider reviving the bridge project to replace the Johor Causeway. The proposal to build an S-shaped bridge, widely dubbed the 'crooked bridge', was mooted by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad but was scrapped by his successor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2006. (Source: Bernama)

Then, Malaysiakini reported on May 22, 2010, that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak proposed a new 'straight' bridge linking Johor and Singapore in his first official visit to the island state. In less than a month, Malaysiakini reported - 'Sultan torches Najib's '3rd bridge'.

Guess what?! Latest report by Bernama - 'Bridge To Replace Causeway: We'll Look Into It - Najib'. What's the big deal anyway? After all, Pak Lah scrapped it! So, why need to look into it? ;)

Hee Hee...Tak berjayalah, VT. Flip-flop Najib tarik balik lesen judi sukan!!!

Pada 7 Jun lalu, Najib berkata kerajaan belum lagi mengeluarkan atau memberi lesen kepada Ascot Sports untuk menjalankan operasi pertaruhan bookie di Malaysia. Selepas seminggu, Najib berkata, “Kementerian Kewangan telah memberikan kelulusan kepada pengeluaran semula lesen kepada Ascot Sports untuk mengendalikan operasi pertaruhan sukan berdasarkan beberapa syarat dan peraturan.” 
(Bacalah di The Malaysian Insider: Najib bertegas tiada lesen judi kepada Ascot Sports)
Akhirnya, berita terkini (UPDATED @ 12:09:59 AM 26-06-2010) di The Malaysian Insider: 
Najib says no to football betting licence - withdrawal supported by members of the Umno supreme council.


1Malaysia PM concedes public opinion!

Why did he flip-flop in the first place?!

Friday, June 25, 2010


Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen is perplexed that Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, a law graduate and former magistrate, would "stoop so low" as to link his now uncertain political future with the long-discredited concept of BN as a sacred cow.

Chong, who is one of two DAP MPs in Sarawak said that
Taib's statement in Balingian earlier this week was full of flaws and fallacies and it was just so much nonsense to suggest that the people should not destroy the BN just because they didn't like certain personalities.

Chong noted that the BN was only the ruling party for five years, having been given the mandate by the people to spearhead the government but it was the civil service that was a permanent establishment and it would go on even if there was a change of political masters. Thus, the loyalty of the civil service must always be to the government of the day, as mandated by the people.

Chong reiterated that
voting out the BN was not tantamount to destroying it.

Pan-dog, tiger dog, panda dog: Latest craze in China - dyed dogs! WOOF!

@ Mail Online
If this strange creature growled at you, you wouldn't know whether to run from his sharp claws or pat him on the head and give him a biscuit.
From a distance, its striped orange and black coat makes it look like a particularly odd tiger.
But it's actually a retriever, the victim of the latest craze among some dog owners in China to dye their pets to look like other animals.
The Chinese are always quick to embrace bizarre trends, and it is not unusual for owners to take their dogs to grooming parlours where they are not only given a shampoo and trim, but a multi-coloured dye job as well.
Transformation: The dog appears unfazed by its new coat
Bizarre: A pet retriever in China has been dyed by its owner to resemble a tiger

Today the retriever was joined by three furry friends whose dye jobs were much more convincing.
The tiny, fluffy dogs were the spitting image of baby giant pandas thanks to their makeovers.
The animals were pictured after being transferred to Zhenghou from Southwest China's Sichuan province at the weekend.
Confused: Three small dogs were given makeovers to look like panda
Doggy dye job: These small furry dogs look the spitting image of baby panda cubs

Bizarre: A pet retriever in China has been dyed by its owner to 
resemble a tiger
Transformation: The dog appears unfazed by its new coat

Recent figures show money spent on pets across the nation has seen nearly a 500 per cent increase between 1999 and 2008 - but, arguably, at the cost of their pets' dignity.
Quite what the animals might think about it is another matter. 
On parade: The dogs were put on show after being transferred to 
Zhenghou from Southwest China's Sichuan province
On parade: The dogs were put on show after being transferred to Zhenghou from Southwest China's Sichuan province

Confused: While some of the dogs didn't appear to be enjoying 
themselves, they were a hit with locals
Confused: While some of the dogs didn't appear to be enjoying themselves, they were a hit with locals


UPDATED 6.15PM The anti-graft body appears to have thrown up a protective wall around him.

A complaint lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud for alleged misappropriation of state funds was retracted today when the commission refused to provide a copy of the report to the complainants.

MP accuses Najib of misleading the House = misleading the whole nation!

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's claim in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday that no promises of allocations were made during by-elections may land him in hot water. In a written parliamentary reply to Wong Ho Leng (DAP-Sibu), Najib said RM37.7 million in allocations were approved during the Sibu by-election, but stressed that they were not carrots for votes. 

Today, Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Bandar Kuching) responded by attempting to invoke Standing Order 36 (12) to refer Najib for misleading the House and refer him to the parliamentary rights and privileges committee - reason being there was an evidence of him making a speech in Rejang Park on YouTube. In the video, Najib) said: 'You help me, I help you. If you deliver Robert Lau, I will allocate RM5 million.

Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia deferred his decision pending a study on the matter.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Scorpene deal cost up to RM7.3 bil but Mindef says no commissions paid!!

On April 28, French legal team in KL to probe Scorpene deal - Joseph Breham, a member of a French legal team that filed complaints in a Paris court in connection with a potentially explosive scandal over the billion-dollar purchase of French submarines by Malaysia is in Kuala Lumpur today, to seek further information on the case and to speak with their clients, human rights organisation Suaram. The deal was engineered by then-defense minister Najib Razak, now prime minister, in 2002 and resulted in a massive RM3.7 billion commission for one of Najib's closest associates, Abdul Razak Baginda. On July 22, Scorpene deal cost up to RM7.3 bil - The government has paid a whopping 1.341 billion euro (RM6.7 billion) for the two Scorpene submarines, the purchase of which is currently under probe by the French courts for corruption. Today, Mindef says it again - no commissions paid for subs - The Defence Ministry has denied that commissions were paid by any party for the procurement of the Royal Malaysian Navy's two Scorpene submarines. Always deny, always say only. You expect the rakyat to believe you at face value? Will the government or Mindef declassify docs pertaining to the purchase of the Scorpene submarines to prove there was no commission paid for subs?

Gambling, pork not haram for Chinese. Whoring too! Free condoms please!

The government should not have any doubts and go ahead with the issuing of the sports betting license to the Berjaya Group, former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad said today.  Again, Dr M spoke in support the issuance of the sports betting license to the Berjaya Group, saying, "The Chinese always gamble. To them it is not haram (prohibited by religion). Why should we prohibit them? We can't stop them from eating pork because for them it is not haram.
After hosting an education-related event at his Perdana Leadership Foundation office in Putrajaya, Dr M told the media, "If I were the government, I would approve it."

Dr M is dead wrong. The Chinese don't always gamble even though in classical Chinese literature, gambling (du) is considered the worst evil among four vices, the other three being gluttony, drinking and whoring (chi, he and piao). Nowadays, most Chinese do not profess any religion. They believe in themselves. They do as they please. Religion does not stop them from doing or not doing anything.

I'm a Chinese and don't gamble. Chinese are not the only ones who gamble. People regardless of race and faith, gamble - Malay Muslims included. Ok, gambling, 'porking' and drinking are not haram for the Chinese in Malaysia. How about whoring? One ex-Health Minister was caught whoring too! So normal lah. So please legalise whoring for the Chinese too. If Umno-led government cannot legalise whoring, at least give free condoms lah!

Julia Gillard, Australia's first female premier - her partner a hairdresser!!! 8-)

All about Julia Gillard @ Wikipedia
Julia Eileen Gillard (born 29 September 1961) is the 27th and current Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia. She was sworn in as Australia's 27th Prime Minister on 24 June 2010 after a leadership ballot confirmed she had the support of the Australian Labor Party to ascend to the party leadership and hence the Australian premiership. Before her election to leader of her party, Gillard was the Deputy Leader and the 13th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.
On 11 December 2007[2] she became the first woman in Australia's history to assume the prime ministerial role, when she acted as prime minister while Kevin Rudd attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali.[3] She is also the Minister for Education, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Social Inclusion.[4]
Gillard was elected unopposed as Leader of the Australian Labor Party at a special caucus meeting on 24 June 2010, making her the first female leader of the party and the first Australian female Prime Minister.[5]
Gillard has been an ALP member of the House of Representatives since the 1998 federal election. She represents the Division of Lalor in Victoria.
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Julia Gillard and hairdresser partner Tim Mathieson. Picture: Chris Hyde Source: Herald Sun

Juanda and Asri blast UMNO-led government for its 'LIES' and 'SLANDER'

Current and former Perlis muftis Juanda Jaya and Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin have come out to blast the BN-led government for its “lies” and “slander” over claims of links between local religious figures and terror network Jemaah Islamiah.

In a joint statement issued earlier today, Juanda and Asri attacked the federal government and the police for playing up issues of national security “for the interests of certain quarters.”
The religious scholars said, “What has been claimed by many parties, especially the opposition, that the issue of national security involving the threat of terrorists has been played up by the government appears to have strong foundations.”

NONEOn Monday night, sources told Malaysiakini that
in a briefing at a hotel in Sepang, Selangor, Zamihan Mat Zin, a senior official with the government's Islamic Development Department (Jakim), had alleged Asri and Juanda to be linked with the puritan Wahhabi strain of Islamic thought.

Show 1Malaysia spirit: Support N Tharmendran. Public donation welcome!

The expressions of support for air force sergeant N Tharmendran are not lost on his family who have set up a bank account to accept donations to pay for his RM150,000 bail.
Human rights lawyer N Surendran, representing Tharmendran, said that with regards to the donation, the family:
1. Welcomed all the help they could get from the public
2. Was very grateful for the support from Malaysians
3. Was prepared to return any excess funds to donors of large sums
4. Pledged to donate to charity at the end of Tharmendran's trial any balance from the donations

Surendran also said the father was happy because now he felt he could finally see light at the end of the tunnel in getting his son out of remand and the family.

'Scapegoat' and 'beaten like a cow'
(Also read 'Stolen jet engines: Innocent N Tharmendran 'beaten like a cow'')
N Tharmendran: Innocent until proven guilty!
Donations can be made to CIMB Bank account number 0506 0180 005 525, a joint account held by Tharmendran's elder brother Nagarajah Nadeson and a family friend, Vathumalai Appadurai.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Altantuya's kin gets aid from Mongolia gov't

The family of the late Altantuya Shaariibuu may finally be able to see the dawn when their civil suit against the government, political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, and her two convicted murderers, goes to court.

Accoring to Malaysiakini, Altantuya's dad Setev Shaariibuu told has received confirmation from the Mongolian government that they would extend the RM70,000 to settle the security and legal costs needed for the case to be heard. In a statement via his lawyer Munkhsaruul Mijiddorj in Ulaanbaatar, Shaariibuu said,  "I would like to thank the government of Mongolia which has accepted my request and made a humane decision for my family."

Melayu Singapura tak kowtow! Majulah Singapura! Yay

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Jun 17, 2010


In Singapore, we don't kowtow

I READ with concern Tuesday's report, 'Malaysian Malays might kowtow to others if...', in which former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad claims that even though Malay Singaporeans enjoy the benefits of a more developed country, they have to 'terbongkok-bongkok' (kowtow) to others.
Tun Dr Mahathir could have been more sensitive towards the feelings of Singapore Malays.
As a Malay Singaporean living and working peacefully with fellow Singaporeans of all races, I cannot agree with what he said.
Singapore's leaders worked hard for many years to achieve racial harmony, tolerance and understanding among Singaporeans. Today, we live and work together as one family; and we have reaped the rewards of being one of the safest and most developed nations in the world.
While Dr Mahathir's opinion on Malay Singaporeans enjoying the benefits of a developed country is spot-on, we have never kowtowed to others. Singaporeans of all races, including Malays, engage in healthy debate and discussions with our Government. The decisions made by the Government, after hearing feedback from its people, are respected as we trust it is in the best interests of all Singaporeans.
Through community support and hard work, Malay students in Singapore have bettered their results in various national examinations. Such achievements are celebrated by all Singaporeans.
With better education, Malay Singaporeans have achieved a better lifestyle for their families compared with a large percentage of Malays in Malaysia. We worked hard to be where we are today and in no way kowtow to anyone to gain success. Meritocracy remains the benchmark of our society. While this works in Singapore, it may not work in Malaysia.
Having many relatives, friends and business associates of all races in Malaysia requires me to travel frequently across the Causeway. Over the years, I have seen and learnt that for the minority to succeed in Malaysia, they need to kowtow to others.
The irony is that many ordinary Malaysian Malays who have no connections, or fail to share their potential success with the 'right' people, will never have it easy to succeed. Perhaps, favouritism, cronyism and bribery are problems Dr Mahathir may want to address in his country.
As for me, a Malay Singaporean, I would like to say thank you to my Singapore leaders. You have made Singapore the best place to live peacefully in for me and my family.
Mustaffa Othman

'Like others, Malay Singaporeans work hard for the benefits in a meritocratic system.'
MR AHMAD ABU BAKAR: 'I strongly object to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's remarks. Like others, Malay Singaporeans work hard for the benefits in a meritocratic system. They are not born with a crutch of ethnic rights, quotas and 'unfair' opportunities. When Singapore Malays graduate from universities as doctors, engineers and scientists, they can hold their heads as high as the others, because they have done so by their own hard work and merit.'
'The Malays in Singapore stand shoulder to shoulder with other Singaporeans.'
MR NIAZ MOHAMED: 'The prosperity of Singapore is proof enough of its internal stability achieved through excellent inter-racial and inter-religious harmony. A non-Muslim can visit any mosque in Singapore where he will not only be welcomed with hospitality, but also given a guided tour. Similarly, any person may visit any house of worship if he is modestly attired and receive the same hospitality. The Malays in Singapore have made great strides in all areas and stand shoulder to shoulder with other Singaporeans.'
'Singaporeans of all ethnic backgrounds have come a long way since 1965.'
MR JEFFREY LAW: 'Most people will dismiss Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's remarks as merely political rhetoric. Singaporeans of all ethnic backgrounds have come a long way since 1965, having embraced the system of meritocracy in all aspects: education, employment and social standing. Most important, our ability to be a developed country within such a short time is due to the concerted effort and sacrifices of all Singaporeans - Chinese, Malays, Indians and others.'

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

'No hope under Koh'. Koh no hope! Gerakan hopeless!

'No hope under Koh'

Koh Tsu Koon

Tan Kok Ping
KUALA LUMPUR (June 21, 2010):
A former Penang Gerakan leader today lambasted state Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, saying that it will be impossible for the ruling coalition to win back the state if early state elections are called.
Former Penang Gerakan vice chairman Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping told theSun today that it will be "impossible" for BN to regain control of the state, presently run by the opposition, if it continues to rely on the leadership of Koh.
"He (Koh) was the chief minister of Penang for 18 years but while in power, what has he done? He has not delivered his promises to the people in Penang and is an indecisive leader," said Tan.
He said Gerakan has lost its relevance in the state it once controlled for over 39 years after the whirlwind 2008 general election which saw the party losing all the state and parliamentary seats in Penang.
Tan, who is the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce president, said the only way for the ruling coalition to regain control of Penang will be through other BN component parties. He said the Pakatan Rakyat government is doing a good job in running the state and added that it will be difficult for Gerakan to penetrate back into Penang.
"The only reason why Gerakan is still surviving is because it is under the umbrella of BN. Should Gerakan leave BN and stand as an independent party, it will not survive. In fact, any Gerakan candidates who stand for election will have their deposit forfeited."
Tan was commenting on a recent article on online news portal Free Malaysia Today where PAS central committee member Datuk Husam Musa said the four Pakatan Rakyat states should band together and fix a date for early state elections.
Husam said such a move would ensure that all decisions related to the next general elections are discussed within Pakatan.
He added that the federal government will be forced to decide to negotiate with Pakatan or hold parliamentary national polls if the election dates for the four Pakatan states are fixed early.
Husam was commenting on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s statement that the date of the next general elections will be a surprise.
Najib had sought to quash speculation that the general election could be called ahead of time, saying he would not decide so merely based on opinions that he enjoyed popularity of an increasing number of Malaysians.
Recently, the Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research released its survey which indicated that Najib’s approval rating had risen to about 72% from the 69% recorded in April.
Tan, who left Gerakan in 2000, said the party had lost all its good leaders due to Koh’s leadership. He said the present members lack the experience and direction to lead the party compared to its glory days under the tenure of former leaders like Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu and Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik.
Asked to comment on Gerakan’s stand on sports betting, Tan said Koh failed to see the advantages of legalising sports betting.
Last Saturday, Koh said Gerakan is against gambling and betting as it was concerned with the increasing number of gambling activities in society which was affecting students.
"It is right for the government to put on hold the legalisation of sports betting as this might add more avenues for people to gamble. We have to look at what is happening in a society overtaken by gambling and betting, especially in creating family problems," Koh was quoted saying.
Tan, however, said the continuation of illegal sports betting will only lead to more social problems and destroy families.
"People do not realise that those who bet through illegal bookies can land into bigger problems that will jeopardise their families.
"Illegal bookies give credit facilities to those who bet and when the person is unable to repay it, these bookies in turn will introduce them to loan sharks.
"We all know that loan sharks charge very high interest, causing the person to go into bigger debt that can lead them to bankruptcies and the future of their families will be spoiled," said Tan.
He also said that Malaysia is taking heed of international trends on the matter of sports betting.
"For an example, Singapore which is known for its opposition to grant casino licences has discovered after 45 years of self-rule that if regulated appropriately, the gambling industry can potentially contribute greatly to the city state’s economy.
"As a result, Singapore has legalised sports gambling long ago, with its government receiving astonishing RM870 million in annual taxation revenue from sports betting alone," said Tan, adding that many Malaysians head to the neighbouring country to bet as it is legalised there.
He said legalising sports betting is the right way to deter illegal gambling, minimising loss of taxation revenue for the government and controlling the gambling industry.
Tan said while other BN component parties such as MCA, MIC and PPP have backed the government in legalising sports betting, Koh’s contradictory remark was "a political agenda".
"He is trying to gain the support of the Malays because he has lost the support of the Chinese and other races. It’s his political agenda." --theSun

Duty-bound kids: Teach them responsibility from young

Duty-bound kids

> Children should be taught responsibility at a young age to enable them to grow up into conscientious adults

By: by Anna Tham (Tue, 22 Jun 2010)

RESPONSIBILITY is something we need to teach our children. It is not something they can ‘pick up’ along the way as they grow older.
A child will not realise that he needs to tidy up his toys after playing if you don’t teach him to do so. He may not understand that it matters to be punctual for a meeting or a dinner appointment if you don’t model the right example.
Young children learn from mimicking us while the older ones may see through our double standards if we don’t practise what we preach.
Do we leave our things lying around in a messy heap? Do we keep our promises or are we always late for appointments? Do we spend our money carefully? Do we procrastinate or do the important things that have to be done even if we don’t feel like it?
Children as young as three can be taught responsibility, starting with simple chores such as picking up their toys and books and putting them back where they belong.
‘A place for everything, and everything in its place’ is a good mantra for everyone in the family to remember and learn to be responsible for their belongings and keep them in neat and good condition.
School-going children can be tasked with the responsibility of making their own beds, packing their own schoolbags or helping out with simple household chores such as sweeping the floor, feeding a pet or washing the dishes. The important thing is that the task should be age-appropriate and need not be completed perfectly.
Provide them with the tools but let them do the job themselves. Do not criticise if the job is not done well. Instead, encourage and praise them for their effort.
Don’t overwhelm them all of a sudden with too many responsibilities. Setting them up for failure with too many tasks will discourage them. Small successes will motivate them to want to carry out all their responsibilities voluntarily without being nagged to do so.
If they are irresponsible, allow them to face the consequences. We may be tempted to make another trip to school to hand over the book he left behind, or we may want to sit down with him and help him do every bit of his homework, but if we did, we will not be teaching him to be responsible.
Children need to learn to manage the situation and deal with the consequences of their irresponsibility. We need to refrain from rescuing them all the time.
Teach your child to manage money. Let him keep his savings (as long as it’s not too huge a sum) and learn not to spend more than he has. Inculcate in him the habit to save and that it is not good to borrow money if he doesn’t have enough to buy something he wants. Encourage him to save until he has enough money to buy it.
Let him participate in team-related activities, or do volunteer work and part-time jobs when he is old enough. These are activities that require him to be punctual, considerate of others and perform certain tasks even if he does not feel like doing them.
Finally, like with all other things we want to teach our children, we need to exercise love and patience. Just like us, they need time to learn and change.
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Ten unusual buildings in the world - and they are real!!!

10 unusual buildings in the world

"Dancing" building? Twisted-shaped house? Hotels that look like UFOs from afar? As impossible as it may sound, these buildings actually exist!

1. Wozoco Apartments (Amsterdam, Holland)
The Wozoco Apartments was built more than 55 years ago and it consists of 100 homes. It might seem that the extravagant design was pre-planned, but the fact is far from that. The design was actually "accidental". Initially, every unit was promised good natural lighting. However, this was only achievable for 87 units per block. Hence, lies the problem, as the request was for 100 units per block. So how did they add the remaining 13 units? They were protruded from the main structure, as you can see in the picture below.
( Image by Fernando Herrera)

2. The Crooked House (Sopot, Holland)
Crooked House was designed by Polish architect Szotynscy Zaleski. He was inspired by the fairytale illustrations of Jan Marcin Szancer and the drawings of the Swedish artist and Sopot resident Per Dahlberg. The most photographed building in Poland, the 4,000 square meter (approximately 43,000sq ft)  house is located in the Rezydent shopping center in Sopot, Poland. Others call it the "Crazy House".
(Image by Johan Wildenius)

3. Blur Building (Yverdon-les-Bainz, Switzerland)
The Blur Building is an exhibition pavilion built for the Swiss Expo 2002 on Lake Neuchatel in the town of Yverdon-les-Bainz. With an area of 80,000sq ft, the primary building material is water from the lake. Water is pumped from the lake, filtered and shot as fine mist through high-pressure mist nozzles.  
(Image by LucyMay Paro)

4. The Dancing House (Praque, Czech Republic)
The nickname, Dancing House, refers to the Nationale Nederlanden building in Praque. It was designed by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić and Canadian architect Frank Gehry. The building was built on a riverfront plot where the previous building was destroyed during the World War II.
The original name of the building was Fred and Ginger, after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, arguably the most famous dancing duo. Others call it the "Drunk House".
(Image by Nathan Bergeron)

5. Device to Root Out Evil (Vancouver, Canada)
It’s a house! It’s a church! It is actually a sculpture designed by American sculptor Dennis Oppenheim. In year 2004, the bizarre statue was originally proposed to be installed at Stanford University, California. However, according to, the proposal was rejected by the university’s president John L. Hennessy who argued that it might stir up a controversy because the sculpture looked like an inverted church.
Finally in year 2006, the sculpture found its home in Vancouver, Canada, when Oppenheim announced that it was bought over by a private foundation, the Benfic Foundation.
(Image by Kira Oujonkova)

6. Reversible Destiny Lofts (Mitaka, Japan)
This nine-unit Reversible Destiny Lofts at Mitaka was built based on an unusual concept. The architectural concept was created by Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins who made a point that home is a place to trigger one’s senses, instead of a place to relax!
The colourful building was created in memory of Helen Keller, the deaf-blind American author, political activist and lecturer.  
(Image by Renna Okubo)

7. UFO Houses (Sanjhih, Taiwan)
If you drive along the north coast of Taipei between Tamsui and Keelung about a year ago, you would be able to see a group of UFO-look-alike structures that were once supposed to be a holiday resort. According to Taipei Times, the UFO Houses were built in year 1978. However, the developer went bankrupt before the project was completed and it was abandoned halfway.
Since then, there had been rumours that the place was haunted. The UFO Houses were demolished in December 2009.
(Image by hey-gem)
8. Wooden Gagster House (Archangelsk, Russia)
The 13-floor wooden house is said to be the highest wooden building in the world. Built by Nikolai Sutyagin's, a one-time gangster in Archangelsk, some people call it "the eighth wonder of the world".
Unfortunately, Sutyagin was imprisoned in year 1998 for racketeering. "When I went to prison, I was a millionaire," he said. "Now I'm penniless." According to, he is currently living at the bottom of the wooden skyscraper and spends his time taking visitors on tours that involve criss-crossing rotting planking and climbing icy ladders.
(image by slowcatchupkuan)
9. Le Palais Idéal a.k.a. Ideal Palace (Hauterives, France)
The structure was built by postman Ferdinand Cheval in April 1979. He was inspired by a stone he had tripped on and started building the structure, a process that took more than 33 years. Cheval spent the first 20 years building the outer wall of the structure. The palace is a mixture of inspirations from the Bible and Hindu mythology.
Cheval had requested to be buried in the palace, but it was illegal in France, so he built another mausoleum for himself.
(Image by Melisandé)
10. Waldspirale Building (Darmstadt, Germany)
Waldspirale (Forest Spiral) is a 105-unit apartment that comes with a parking garage, a kiosk, a café and a bar (the last two are located at the top of the spiral).
Located at Darmstadt, Germany, the building was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a painter and architect from Austria. Hundertwasser was always fascinated by spirals and called straight lines “the devil’s tools.” The strange building consists of 1,000 windows, with none of them are of same shape.
(Image by Scott Maurer)


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