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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fiction based on Facts -- Take2

Please dear ER read my immediate PRIOR POST FIRST, there is RELEVANCE. You dare aRsEk where or what? Hey, get the here out of hell!

I will write the FICTION after you digest the following extract from malaysiakini.com via yahoo.new!

Treat the following as 

FACTS

 sourced and attributed:

*****5-starred

4:50PM Jan 15, 2015

Malaysiakini

Meet the killers of Altantuya


At last, almost a decade after the high-profile case of slain Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu, the faces of the two ex-police officers convicted for her murder have been revealed.

Malaysiakini has today obtained a copy of their photographs, courtesy of the Bukit Aman police headquarters.
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DESIDERATA: Thinking Aloud/Allowed still, cun? 
You see now the TWO FACES above -- but how do you KNOW FOR CERTAIN these arethe two sentenced to hang? I don't know, you don't know until you were shown the photos courtesy of mkini, BUT THE Q REMIANS: Why Now after eigfht LONG years? 
OR writers should not ask questions? I remember Amnpour of CNN used to plug their programmes with one line -- paraphrasing here OK!  "We dare to ask the questions that should be asked (for the readers' benefit) -- especially those questions people are not willing to answer..."
FACTS-cum-FICTION that follows:
An alert fellow blogger asked me to read about the "hero" in the "TALE OF TWO CITIES"
by Charles Dickens: how this is relevant to The Takle of Two Malaysian Felons, One in Prison, and One on the Run Down Under, if you believe the Star and the iGP as disclosed in the precedent post.
Please bear with Desi while I google for what is referred above to by my BUMmer friend I fondly call DPP, Cun?
(To be resumed...) 

FROM shmoop.com:~~~~~~

A Tale of Two Cities Summary

How It All Goes Down


It’s 1775. Trouble is a-brewin’ in the French countryside. Apparently, the folks out there don’t like to be starved and taxed to death. Who would’ve guessed it, eh?

As our novel starts, a very businessman-like British gentleman makes his way into the heart of Paris. He’s on a very unsettling mission. In fact, it’s almost enough to make a businessman cry. You see, eighteen years ago, a French doctor was imprisoned without any warning (or any trial). He’s been locked up in the worst prison of all prisons, the Bastille. After almost two decades, he was released – again without any explanation – and he’s currently staying with an old servant of his, Ernst Defarge. Today, Mr. Lorry (that’s our British businessman) is on a mission to the French doctor back to England, where he can live in peace with his daughter.

Dr. Manette may be free, but he’s still a broken man. He spends most of his time cobbling together shoes and pacing up and down in his dark room. Too accustomed to the space of a prison to understand that he can actually leave his room, Dr. Manette seems doomed to live a pitiful life.

Fortunately for Dr. Manette (and for Mr. Lorry, now that we think about it), he happens to have the World’s Perfect Daughter. Lucie, the child he left eighteen years ago, is now a grown-up, smiling, blond, perfect ray of sunshine. Everything she touches seems to turn to gold. Vomit if you’d like, but Lucie is indeed perfect. And she’ll need every ounce of that perfection to restore her father back to health.

Of course, she does manage to bring Dr. Manette back into the everyday world. We never doubted her for a second. Within the space of five years (that’s 1780, for those of you who are counting), Dr. Manette is a new man. He’s a practicing doctor again; he and Lucie live in a small house in Soho. They don’t have much money (Dr. Manette’s cash was all seized in France), but Lucie manages to shine her rays of wonderfulness over their lives. In other words, they’re pretty happy. And they’ve adopted Mr. Lorry as a sort of drop-in uncle.

As we pick up the story in 1780, Dr. Manette and Lucie have been called as witnesses in a treason case. Apparently, a young man named Charles Darnay is accused of providing classified information to the French government. English trials at the time resemble smoke-and-mirror tricks: Dickens takes great delight in mocking the "esteemed" members of the court. Thanks to Lucie’s compassionate testimony and some quick work by a man who looks strangely like Charles Darnay, however, our man Charles is off the hook.

A free man, Charles Darnay immediately realizes just how perfect our perfect Lucie actually is. He sets up shop in the Manette house, coming to visit almost every day. The Charles look-alike, a disreputable (but, let’s face it, really likable) guy called Sydney Carton, also takes a liking to Lucie. If Charles is shiny and good and perfect, Sydney is… not any of those things. He also likes to beat himself up a lot. (In fact, we’re thinking that he could really use one of those twelve-step esteem boosting programs.)

Sydney loves Lucie with all his heart, but he’s convinced that he could never deserve her. What does he do? Well, he tells her precisely why she could never love him. Surprise, surprise: she agrees. She’d like to help him be a better person, but he would rather wallow in his misery. After all, wallowing sounds like so much fun, doesn’t it? Wallow, wallow, wallow. That’s Sydney in a nutshell.

Charles, meanwhile, fares a little bit better. He marries Lucie. On the day of his wedding, he tells Dr. Manette a secret: he’s actually a French nobleman in disguise. A very particular French nobleman, as a matter of fact: the Marquis Evrémonde. Because everything in a Dickens novel has to fit into a neat pattern, it’s no real surprise that the Evrémondes were the evil brothers who locked Dr. Manette up in the first place. The good doctor is a bit shocked, of course, but he eventually realizes that Charles is nothing like his father or his uncle (the evil Evrémondes brothers). Dr. Manette is willing to love Charles for the man he is, not the family he left behind.

Things are going swimmingly in England. Charles moves in with the Manettes, he makes a decent wage as a tutor, and Dr. Manette seems to be as happy as ever. But wait, wasn’t this a tale of two cities? What happened to the other city?

OK, you got us. While everything’s coming up roses in London, everything’s coming up dead in Paris. We only wish we were kidding. People are starving, the noblemen run over little children with their carriages, and everyone is pretty unhappy. In fact, they’re so unhappy that they’re beginning to band together as "citizens" of a new republic. Right now, Ernst Defarge and his wife are at the center of a revolutionary group. We can tell that they’re revolutionary because they’re super-secret. And they also call each other "Jacques." That’s "Jack" in French.

In the village of the Evrémondes, the Marquis has been stabbed in the night. Gasp! The government hangs the killer, but tensions don’t ever really settle down. Finally, the steward of the Evrémonde estate sends a desperate letter to the new Marquis: because folks hated the old Marquis so much, they’re now throwing the steward into prison.

A bunch of fluke accidents conspire to make sure that Charles gets the letter. He’s the Marquis, remember? Even though he’s thrown off his old title and his old lands entirely, he can’t help but feel responsible for the fate of this steward. Without telling his wife or his father-in-law anything about what’s been going on, he secretly sets off for France.

Unfortunately for Charles, he picked a bad time for a summer vacation. By the time he arrives on the shores of France, the revolutionaries have overturned the country. The King is about to be beheaded. The Queen soon follows suit. Murder and vengeance and mob mentality are all boiling over. Immediately detained, Charles soon realizes that he’s made a big, big mistake. By the time he reaches Paris, he’s become a prisoner. New laws dictate that he’s going to be executed by La Guillotine.

Fortunately, Dr. Manette hears about his fate. With Lucie in tow, he rushes to Paris. It turns out that he’s something of a celebrity there: anybody who was falsely arrested under the aristocratic rule of old is now revered as one of the heroes of the new Republic. The doctor shows up at Charles's trial and wows the judges with his heroic plea to save his son-in-law.

Everything seems happy again. Sure, it’s the middle of the French Revolution, but the Manettes and Charles are in the clear. Or at least, that’s how it seems for a few hours. All too quickly, however, Charles is arrested again. This time, the Defarges have accused him of being a member of the nobility and a stain on the country’s name.

Frantic, Doctor Manette tries to intervene. The court case for Charles’s second trial goes very differently from the first one, though. Ernst Defarge produces a letter, written by Dr. Manette himself, which condemns Charles to death.

Wait a second! Dr. Manette? Impossible! Well, not exactly. Long ago, Dr. Manette scribbled down the history of his own imprisonment and secreted it in a wall of the Bastille. The history tells a sordid tale of rape and murder – crimes committed by Charles’s father and brother. Incensed, the jury of French revolutionary "citizens" decides that Charles should pay for the crimes of his father.

Before he can be executed, however, Sydney Carton comes to the rescue. A few good tricks and a couple of disguises later, Charles is a free man. He and his family head back to England in (relative) safety. Sydney, however, doesn’t fare so well. He takes Charles’s place in prison and dies on the guillotine.

Crazy, huh? The novel, however, thinks that his sacrifice is pretty heroic. And we’ve got to say, we agree.

Part Fiction/Part Factual and someting in-betwin:

DESIDERATA: Thinking Aloud/Allowed continues, cun2?

So can the creative in Desi spin a Tale of Two Modernist Countries, along with playing Modernist Sherlock Holmes&Olde DrWhatson?

MSherlock: Dr Whatson, my good companion -- you have a situation here in Malaysia, no?
One blighter Azilah was present in court and sentenced in court for the murder of a Mongolian gal on Malaysian soil who according to reliable immigration records never entered Malayia, how can that be?

Dr Whatson: I think in this Internet age, there is a possibility of the runaway felon being in TWO UNIVERSES; I think Dr Stephen Hawking and some of his weird professors of Nobelity believe this in a phenomenon termed PARALLEL UNIVERSE.

MSherlock: Ah, that's interesting. Arresting in fact -- the Police arrested him in Malaysia, then conveniently he was allowed to cover his face and anatomy top to toe in appearances at the High Court, Appeal Court and lastly/lustily, at the final Federal Court. No wonder the people of Malaysia are relieved to be ablt to see the FACES via PHOTOS published by malaysiakini.com
 (refer to shortest 5-starred extract***** above from the news portal -- this mousey writer called Desi , blarfy h**l!, can't even afford subscribin g to the news portal so we can't learn more like a full APB from CSI or Law&Order episodic American propaganda! Sorry, I digress:)

Dr Whatson: But where is this leading us? WQhat's the connection to the Malaysian court sentence of DEATH to the two blighters?

MSherlock: For that, you my dear Dr Whatson, go to the country named Australia down under. Dopn't take the MAS or AirAsia flight, OK!

Dr Whatson: OK, can I swim over, I have ancestry genes form Mount Olympus, you know?

 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fictional piece based on Facts: I am still Thinking, Therefore I still Exist

FICTION:

I dreamt I struck a Huge lottery, so I bought a first class ticket to fly to Paris. I wanted to show SOLIDARIDAD with my fellow hournalists-satirists-cartoonist who died  at the hands of B**tards that fateful morn whenn they stormed the office of Charlie Hebdo. The only one Malaysian satirst I had on my mind was Zunar, and there he was at the airport with a seat next to Desi's.

We took off. My heart was still bleeding so we did not engage in much conversation. Zunar drant some fresh orange; I drank some whiskey to forget my woes (last 365dies had been full of woes. dddD).


Just as we flew over the French capital, an annoucement came over the PA systrem -- we are turning back to where we started. I startled on hearing the words, I thought I was about to go back to that Blak Holde where I originated -- I just watched the story of Stephen Hawking last week -- you aRsEked whois that blighter? You dare???)

The plane lost direction and we plunged into the .....Ocean, I woke up, Zunar was no longer seated next to DEsi

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FACTS: 

Recently a Desi fan asked me WHY I had not been writing much. I answered that I am not thinking well nowadays, although I still exist. He sms-ed Desi: You think, therefore you are. I replied: Please quote where that came from, replacing "you" with "I"; I added that it's from my recalll from either of the following, all Greek, viz: Socrates, or Aristotle, or Plato. He claimed IGNORANCE, but it's OK, I was wrong on ALL 3 Counts -- on checking 5mins ago, it's from from Descartes:~~

From wikipedia, extracted here:

Cogito ergo sum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cogito ergo sum[a] (/ˈkɡɨt ˈɜrɡ ˈsʊm/, also /ˈkɒɡɨt/, /ˈsʌm/; Classical Latin: [ˈkoːɡitoː ˈɛrɡoː ˈsʊm], "I think, therefore I am", or better "I am thinking, therefore I exist") is a philosophical proposition by René Descartes. The simple meaning of the Latin phrase is that thinking about one’s existence proves—in and of itself—that an "I" exists to do the thinking; or, as Descartes explains, "[W]e cannot doubt of our existence while we doubt … ."
This proposition became a fundamental element of Western philosophy, as it was perceived to form a foundation for all knowledge. While other knowledge could be a figment of imagination, deception or mistake, the very act of doubting one's own existence arguably serves as proof of the reality of one's own existence, or at least of one's thought.
Descartes' original phrase, je pense, donc je suis (French pronunciation: ​[ʒə pɑ̃s dɔ̃k ʒə sɥi]), appeared in his Discourse on the Method (1637), which was written in French rather than Latin to reach a wider audience in his country than scholars.[1] He used the Latin cogito ergo sum in the later Principles of Philosophy (1644).
The argument is popularly known in the English speaking world as "the cogito ergo sum argument" or, more briefly, as "the cogito".


I am today thinking aloud for the first time this year, still allowed to my Blogger sify now MP for Jelutong Jeff Ooi. I was thinking on reading about the "guilty" verdict of the two blighters for unfortunately being charged for muder of a Mopngolian beauty. But the Immjigration Department said there was NO RECORDS of any entry into Malaysia by a girl named Altantuya Shaaribuu. DIGRESSING ONE BYTE, CAN?(You Tanya Siapa, my friend asked. I jawab I tak tnaya siapa, itu Press/loyar burok punya tanya punya!)

So Playing Sherlock Holmes, Desi to prove he's still alive and kicking, thought aloud: How can Altantuya be murdered on Malaysian soil IF THE MALAYSIAN AUTHORITIES STATED A LADY BY THAT NAME NEVER DID ENTER MALYSIA?


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Okay, back to quoting The Star report plus pix, stressing on what the IGP said, the court's decison and reporatge is old stuff, hence not wworth my repeating here. If you don't like reading from here, please get the here out of hell! --YES, 5-starred relevant extract the Star follows!:



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We will track Sirul down, says IGP

Death penalty: Bailiffs escorting Azilah away after the Federal Court verdict in Putrajaya.
Death penalty: Bailiffs escorting Azilah away after the Federal Court verdict in Putrajaya.
PETALING JAYA: Bukit Aman is on the hunt for former police corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, who failed to show up at the Federal Court yesterday to hear the verdict against him for murder.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police would track Sirul down following the arrest warrant issued against him by the court.
“We will use our resources in tracking him down. The law will be upheld without fear or favour,” he said yesterday.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa said his men would be deployed in the search for Sirul.
“We will leave no stone unturned. I trust that my counterparts in other states will do the same,” he said.
Quoting a source, Bernama reported that Sirul is believed to be in Australia and had “no money” to return to Malaysia.
However, according to the source, Sirul knew that the Federal Court would be delivering its judgment yesterday.
“He went abroad two months ago. (The guilty verdict) was not something that can be expected but it was necessary for Sirul Azhar to be overseas,” said the source.
In 2009, the High Court convicted Sirul and former chief inspector Azilah Hadri and sentenced them to death for the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006. The two were commandos in the police force’s Special Action Squad at the time.
In 2013, the Court of Appeal allowed their appeal against the conviction and sentence, which then led to the prosecution to file an appeal to the apex court.
Azilah’s former fiancee said the former police officer had been ready for the Federal Court verdict, no matter the outcome.
Norazila Baharuddin, 37, said Azilah had conveyed this to her in a phone call on Monday, during which he had also sought her forgiveness for their failed relationship.
“He was prepared to face whatever decision the court would take. Bad or good, he would accept it. He did not want to run away from it,” she told Bernama.
Azilah, added Norazila, also told her that he was thankful to his lawyer Datuk Hazman Ahmad for doing his best.

DESIDERATA: The stress in blue (HIGHLIGHTED THUS) above I had written here before asking why every time the accused duo were brough to court from the HIgh Court, to the Court of Appeals and the last, the Fedewral Court, wer allowed to cover their faces; I had NOT sighted any of the two accued by their PHOTOGRAPGH at all. WHY? WHY?? WHY??? the special protection given to these two? Even after the DEATH SENTENCE was handed down, the blighter facing the hangman's noose was obviously given cooperation by the POlice as shown in the Star pic above "to cover up"!

As for the other blighter reported to have allegedly flowbn to Australia, alll the Star had was a non-descript ARTIST'S IMPRESSION of the duo.

Hey, If the IGP was serious in getting the runaway convict, AN APB (ALL POINTS BULLETIN-lah, I learnt after watching those American detective series like Law& Order, CSI and whathaveyous?) should have been issued internationally, won't it? Yes, with the LATEST PHOTOGRAPH of the blighter, NO?

Q1: How do you know if you were to bump iunto Sirul at the Australian airport departure lunge and he was sitting next to you speaking bloken Inggeris he is a WANTED FELON?
Q2: Yeah, maybe based oin the Star artist's impression with SOME writer's imagination, aaa bright young Malaysian girl can ID him and seduce him to report at the nearest police station on landing back at KLIA? You know, some Malaysians are pretty(&)patriotic, I no.

FINAL THINKING ALLOWED: Well, maybe they will do it after a civic conscious Malaysian tycoon offers a RMXmillion reward for his capture? Many Malaysians,  MAY/will certainly take sabbaticat leave to play the Modernist Sherlock Holmes. Maybe out of a sense of patriotism,mybe for some desperado cowboys FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE? For aMore!

QUIZ: If you answer correctly WHO WAS THE WRITER OF THE LAST QUOTE OF THE DAY hear withing the next 24 hours, you may get a copy flee of my next book in the making. Yeah, I am a bookmaker!
"I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death, your right to say it."

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Disquiet on the Midnight Voices' Front...

A fellow blogger had a recent chat with Desi, and he did casually observe and ask: How come you wrote very few posts this year, and appewared quite "quiet".
My answer was that many things happening in our beloved country this year did not send out POSITIVE vibrations; many voices were screaming BUT IT WAS MOSTLY NOISE of the unwelcome kind; hence Desi finds it better to keep quiet then add to the "noisey" decibels.

DISQUIET refers to a heart's condition which feels lots of emotions but it's difficult to pin them down to what is the real ailment. We see many symptoms, but the doctr has run off with the WedNURSEday's Childe, so Desi and the nurse are SILENT.

WQhen morning breaks for a New Year, I'm not optimistic that all the disquiet of 2014 will go away. MH370 vanished; MH17 was allegedly shot down; QZ8501 continues to be a tragic story in progress...ARE THERE SOMEW THREAD to all these incidents involving 3 plane disasters associated with Malaysia?

I leave you with a few unanswered questions --

1. Has Malaysia been hit by Bad Karma because of failed leadership?

2. An English saying quite allied to the concept of Karma mentioned in  (1) is:
What goes around comes around; in its science compendium, it's the Newtonian Law:

To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

3. Does Lord Acton's maxim ring a bell?

Power tends to corrupt; Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Read my immediate previous post.

Dear mGf -- you know who thou art --and ER, Try to have a GOoD YEAR AHEAD!
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PS: Just for the Recrod, It's hopefully just Adieu, Not Goodbye, YL, Desi with a downtime heart:~~~~

From news.com.au, (now it's 16.15PM Malaysian time)

AirAsia flight QZ8501: Plane crash in Java Sea

Indonesian officials begin recovering bodies

http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/external?url=http://content6.video.news.com.au/d2cGRqcjpuSbpHhb3-Dr6ymG0W4StnhA/promo244199682&width=650&api_key=kq7wnrk4eun47vz9c5xuj3mc
STORMS have forced AirAsia search teams to suspend their operations early — just as Indonesian officials revealed sonar equipment had captured footage of the plane resting upside down at the bottom of the Java Sea.
A total of seven bodies have now been recovered, including four males and three females, all completely intact.
National Search and Rescue Agency chief BambangSoelistyo said one of the female victims was wearing a flight attendant uniform.
Indonesian search and rescue team members stretcher a body plucked from the Java Sea.
Indonesian search and rescue team members stretcher a body plucked from the Java Sea. Source: AFP
He said 168 coffins had been prepared — although the official number of people on board Flight QZ 8501 is 162.
Distraught relatives have gathered in Surabaya, where a crisis centre has been set up near the local police station and hospital, to hand over medical records and other documents.
It is here that the bodies will be taken for identification and police say they have taken DNA samples from 30 immediate family members to assist with the identification of bodies.
Among them was Hadi Widjaja, 60, who was preparing a Muslim funeral for his son Andreas and daughter-in-law Enny Wahyuni.
“I am anxious to know if the rescuers have found their bodies. The president has said that they will do the best they can to find them,” Mr Widjaja told AFP.
“But if they really cannot find them, I will scatter flowers in the sea here as a way to say goodbye.”
Relatives pray together inside a holding room at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya
Relatives pray together inside a holding room at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya Source: AFP
Storms forced search teams to suspend their operations early today. Helicopters were later sent out as the weather cleared, but some returned again to the base in Pangkalan Bun, the town with the nearest airstrip to the crash site.
“For the safety reasons, we turned back,” helicopter pilot Tatang Onne Setiawan said.
“Besides the evacuation of the bodies, we also planned to search for bigger parts of the plane.”
Indonesain from the AirAsia flight has been found at the bottom of the Java Sea.
Mr Soelistyo said wreckage from the aircraft had been found using sonar equipment — but did not know yet if the plane is in one piece or broken up.
Earlier, the pilot who discovered the first three bodies from AirAsia flight QZ8501 said the victims were holding hands in the water.
Lieutenant Airman Tri Wobowo, who co-piloted one of the Hercules off the coast of Borneo, today said he saw up to eight bodies.
“There are seven to eight people. Three [of them] again hold hands,” he told Indonesian national newspaper Kompas.
Six bodies have been recovered so far, including a flight attendant.
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A report in London’s Daily Telegraph said an Indonesian fisherman, Mohammed Taha, 38, first spotted metal objects in the water, including ones that were red.
He saw them on Sunday but didn’t return home until the next day. He then learned of the AirAsia disaster.
“The largest was four metres long and two metres wide. They were red coloured with white silver. It looked like the AirAsia colours.”
He told police who then organised an aerial search which confirmed the objects, including a door, were from the plane.
Many local fishermen have helped with the search after being contacted by authorities soon after the plane vanished.
There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots, 4 cabin crew and one engineer.
A family member of passengers onboard the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 reacts after seei
A family member of passengers on-board the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 reacts after seeing an unidentified floating body during a search and rescue mission with Indonesian military over the Java Sea. Source: AFP
An Aerial view of the waters near Bangka Island being searched for debris from AirAsia Fl
An Aerial view of the waters near Bangka Island being searched for debris from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 in a navy fixed wing patrol craft near Bangka Island, Indonesia. Picture: Ed Wray Source: Getty Images
Search area for the missing Air Asia flight QZ8501.
Search area for the missing Air Asia flight QZ8501. Source: Supplied
A backpack, food and children’s shoes has been found in the water by searchers.
AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes said he is experiencing an airline chief executive’s “worst nightmare”.
Speaking in Indonesia’s second-biggest city of Surabaya after meeting with distraught relatives of some of the 162 passengers, Fernandes said he “apologised profusely” for the accident.
“The passengers were on my aircraft and I have to take responsibility for that,” he said, adding that he was focusing on supporting the families.
“It’s an experience I never dreamt of happening and it’s probably an airline CEO’s worst nightmare,” Fernandes said on Tuesday.
Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkala
Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan. Source: AFP
An earlier statement from his company said employees of affiliate AirAsia Indonesia, which operated the crashed plane, had been sent to the site where debris was found and would fully co-operate in the investigation.
“There is at least some closure as opposed to not knowing what’s happened and holding out hope,” Fernandes told reporters.
He said the pilot of the ill-fated plane was “extremely experienced” with 20,000 hours of flying.
“There were some very unique weather conditions and let’s wait for the investigation to be concluded.” Out of the 162 passengers and crew on board, 155 were Indonesian.
“This is a very difficult moment for all of us at AirAsia as we await further developments of the search and rescue operations but our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those on-board QZ8501.”
The search.
Indonesian Navy airmen search the waters near Bangka Island. Photo by Ed Wray/Getty Images Source: Getty Images
Monsoonal weather continues to affect the area of the search site, which has been suspended for the night. Conditions are less than ideal, with thunderstorms in the area creating rough seas, with reports at least six inches of rain are expected to be dumped throughout the night.
“This type of extreme weather can result in catastrophic failure,” aircraft expert Anthony Roma told msnbc.
The plane was flying within a level five thunderstorm, while three other flights successfully traversed the same flight pattern as QZ8501.
“In this area there are storms a great deal of the time, aircraft fly all the time,” said Mr Roma.
A relative of a passenger on AirAsia flight QZ8501 receives medical attention as she coll
A relative of a passenger on AirAsia flight QZ8501 receives medical attention as she collapses at the breaking news of debris and bodies being found. Picture: Robertus Pudyanto Source: Getty Images
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes at the crisis center at Juanda International Airport in
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes at the crisis centre at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya. Picture: Firdia Lisnawati Source: AP
“The passengers were on my aircraft and I have to take responsibility for that,” said Air
“The passengers were on my aircraft and I have to take responsibility for that,” said AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes/ Picture: Manan Vatsyayana Source: AFP
San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson has responded to INdonesia’s request
San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson has responded to INdonesia’s request to support search operations. Source: AFP
After two days of searching, debris from parts of the aircraft, including an emergency exit door, luggage, oxygen tack and a life jacket, were found in the Karimata Straight between Sumatra, Java and Borneo, around 110 nautical miles south west from Pangkalan Bun.
Several corpses were spotted off Borneo island. Search and rescue teams were lowered on ropes from a hovering helicopter to retrieve the corpses, their efforts hindered by 2-meter-high (6-foot-high) waves and strong winds. They were recovered, swollen but intact, and taken to an Indonesian navy ship.
The ‘shadow’ of a plane was spotted on the seabed close to the debris.
Navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir told AFP earlier that, according to naval radio, a warship had recovered more than 40 bodies from the sea. But he later said that report was a miscommunication by his staff. Reports indicate some bodies did not have life jackets on.
The debris was spotted just under 10 kilometres from when the flight was last seen on radar.
“At the present time, search and rescue operations are still in progress and further investigation of the debris found at the location is still underway,” the statement read.
“AirAsia Indonesia employees have been sent to the site and will be fully cooperating with BASARNAS, National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), and relevant authorities on the investigation.”
Commander of 1st Indonesian Air Force Operational Command Rear Marshall Dwi Putranto show
Commander of 1st Indonesian air force Operational Command Rear Marshall Dwi Putranto shows aeroplane parts and a suitcase found floating on the water near the site where AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared. Picture: Dewi Nurcahyani Source: AP
Relatives of passengers of the missing AirAsia Flight 8501 react upon seeing the news on
Relatives of passengers of the missing AirAsia Flight 8501 react upon seeing the news on television. Picture: Trisnadi Source: AP
Indonesian television have been criticised after showing bodies on the waters near the si
Indonesian television have been criticised after showing bodies on the waters near the site where the jetliner disappeared. Picture: Trisnadi Source: AP
Several countries are helping Indonesia retrieve the wreckage and the passengers.
The United States announced it was sending the USS Sampson destroyer, joining at least 30 ships, 15 aircraft and seven helicopters in the search for the jet, said Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo.
A Chinese frigate was also on the way, while Singapore said it was sending two underwater beacon detectors to try to detect pings from the plane’s all-important cockpit voice and flight data recorders. Malaysia, Australia and Thailand also are involved in the search.
An Indonesian air force Puma helicopter takes off during search and rescue operations. Pi
An Indonesian air force Puma helicopter takes off during search and rescue operations. Picture: Bay Ismoyo Source: AFP
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo speaks during press conference at the AirAsia crisis ce
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo speaks during press conference at the AirAsia crisis centre. Picture: Robertus Pudyanto Source: Getty Images
An Indonesian Navy Pilot looks out the cockpit window as he banks to check out an object
An Indonesian Navy Pilot looks out the cockpit window as he banks to check out an object sighted during a search of the waters near Bangka Island. Picture: Ed Wray Source: Getty Images
The tragic news was made worse when Indonesian television footage showed a body floating in the sea during aerial searches for the plane.
Pandemonium broke out at Juanda International Airport, at least two distraught family members were carried out on stretchers from the room where they had been waiting for news in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city and the takeoff point for the aircraft that disappeared during a storm on Sunday.
Many screamed and wailed uncontrollably, breaking down into tears while they squeezed each other. One middle-aged man collapsed and was rushed from the room on a stretcher.
“We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances,” said Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia, in AirAsia’s statement.
“We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ8501. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues.”
Indonesian Air Force personnel carry aeroplane parts recovered from the water near the si
Indonesian air force personnel carry aeroplane parts recovered from the water near the site where AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared, at the air base in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia. Picture: Dewi Nurcahyani Source: AP
This aerial view taken over the Java Sea shows floating debris from AirAsia flight QZ8501
This aerial view taken over the Java Sea shows floating debris from AirAsia flight QZ8501. Picture: Bay Ismoyo Source: Supplied
A family member of passengers gestures while accompanying military personnel on a search
A family member of passengers gestures while accompanying military personnel on a search and rescue (SAR) mission. Picture: Juni Kriswanto Source: AFP
Commander of Indonesian Air Force 1st Operational Command Rear Marshall Dwi Putranto, cen
Commander of Indonesian air force 1st Operational Command Rear Marshall Dwi Putranto, centre, shows the aeroplane parts and a suitcase found floating on the water. Picture: Dewi Nurcahyani Source: AP
In its statement, AirAsia Indonesia said it will be inviting family members to Surabaya, where a “dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met”.
“Counsellors, religious and spiritual personnel have also been invited to the family centre to provide any necessary services,” it read.
Family members of passengers react after watching news reports showing an unidentified bo
Family members of passengers react after watching news reports showing an unidentified body floating in the Java Sea. Picture: Manan Vatsyayana Source: AFP
Floating debris spotted in the same area as other items. Picture: Bay Ismoyo
Floating debris spotted in the same area as other items. Picture: Bay Ismoyo Source: Supplied
A relative receives medical attention as he collapses at the breaking news. Picture: Robe
A relative receives medical attention as he collapses at the breaking news. Picture: Robertus Pudyanto Source: Getty Images
Family members of passengers pray together while waiting for a briefing inside the crisis
Family members of passengers pray together while waiting for a briefing inside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya. Picture: Manan Vatsyayana Source: AFP
Earlier, Indonesia’s director general of civil aviation, Djoko Murjatmodjo, told AFP: “For the time being it can be confirmed that it’s the AirAsia plane and the transport minister will depart soon to Pangkalan Bun.”
“Based on the observation by search and rescue personnel, significant things have been found such as a passenger door and cargo door.
“It’s in the sea, 100 miles (160 kilometres) southwest of Pangkalan Bun,” he said, referring to the town in Central Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo.
A rescuer is lowered on rope from a hovering helicopter near a body in Java Sea waters.
A rescuer is lowered on rope from a hovering helicopter near a body in Java Sea waters. Source: AP
Relatives of passengers break down at the news of debris and bodies being found. Picture:
Relatives of passengers break down at the news of debris and bodies being found. Picture: Robertus Pudyanto Source: Getty Images
An Indonesian Navy airman prays on his plane before searching the waters near Bangka Isla
An Indonesian Navy airman prays on his plane before searching the waters near Bangka Island. Picture: Ed Wray Source: Getty Images
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo speaks during a press conference at the AirAsia crisis
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo speaks during a press conference at the AirAsia crisis centre at Juanda International Airport on December 30. Picture: Robertus Pudyanto Source: Getty Images
A search for the aircraft has been underway since Sunday afternoon when it lost contact with Indonesian air traffic control.
The plane, with 155 passengers and seven crew, was less than an hour into a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore when it is believed to have encountered a violent thunderstorm.
Its pilots requested a change of flight path due to bad weather, just minutes before contact was lost.
Chiara Natasha at right (who was not on the flight) pictured with her mother Indahju Lian
Chiara Natasha at right (who was not on the flight) pictured with her mother Indahju Liangsih. Chiara Natasha lost her parents and two brothers on the flight. Photo: Facebook Source: Supplied
The Herald Sun reports a Melbourne-based student was on-board the plane when it disappeared. Monash University student Kevin Alexander Soetjipto was travelling from Indonesia to Singapore with relatives when the plane vanished over the Java Sea.
Mr Soetjipto is from Malang in Indonesia and it is believed he was in Australia on a student visa.
A spokeswoman for Monash confirmed student Kevin Alexander was among the missing.
A spokeswoman for Monash confirmed student Kevin Alexander was among the missing. Source: Supplied
Kevin Alexander Soetjipto, a student at the Clayton campus of Monash University.
Kevin Alexander Soetjipto, a student at the Clayton campus of Monash University. Source: Supplied
With Rebecca Sullivan, Frank Chung, Debra Killalea, Andrew Koubaridis and Sherine Conyers.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Run away to your MindEscape for a merrier and madder Christmas and New year, be like Kids le!

I have not been having a good year in Malaysia. I believe most Malaysians if true to their hearts would admit to similar sentiments like Desi's (see EXAMPLE *****) -- MAYHAPS I'm wrong so I beg your pardon.

I won't wish people the Traditional Yuletide greAtings; just wish that you exercise your mind more and aMore to escape to a wonderful world of possibilities. Like J K Rowling, via Bernama, viz:~~~





Author J K Rowling Mentions Draco Malfoy In Her New Entry

LONDON, Dec 23 (Bernama) -- Author J K Rowling has written another story for the Christmas week about the most notorious student of Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy and his family in her 'Harry Potter' publishing website Pottermore, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

The 49-year-old author said she failed to understand why many fans fell for a bully like Malfoy which was played by actor Tom Felton who is ironically the "nicest person" one could ever meet, Ace Showbiz reported.

"Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this fictional character," Rowling said.

"Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people.

"All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers' daydreams, as I told them that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice. He and Harry were not destined to end up best friends," she said.

Rowling also wrote about Malfoy's marriage with fellow Slytherin Astoria Greengrass and their son Scorpius and how his parents do not like Greengrass because she is more tolerant to non pure-blood people.

Rowling has been updating the Pottermore website with Harry Potter related stories for the Christmas event since December 12.

-- BERNAMA 
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DESIDERATA: I have lately been literarily visiting or escaping to my mindscape or dreamscape; unfortunately sometimes the landscapes become dark and forbidding, like a Nightmare overwhelming your sweet dreams viz: the dreamer ala Desi is chased by that Hound of Baskerville! If you know not this dog, please do some READING -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would then be willjng to accept thee as a disciple if only Thou Art Willing. I am wilful, so besides trying to play Sherlock Holmes, sometimes I enjoying the dark escapades befitting the state of the world in Malaysia today, or izzit TO DIE?


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Harry Potter author expands on Draco Malfoy






J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.Author J. K. Rowling has written another story for the Christmas week about the most notorious student of Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy and his family in her Harry Potter publishing website Pottermore, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
The 49-year-old author said she failed to understand why many fans fell for a bully like Malfoy which was played by actor Tom Felton, who is ironically the "nicest person" one could ever meet, Ace Showbiz reported.
"Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this fictional character," Rowling said.

"Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people. "All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers' daydreams, as I told them that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice. He and Harry were not destined to end up best friends," she said.
Rowling also wrote about Malfoy's marriage with fellow Slytherin Astoria Greengrass and their son Scorpius and how his parents do not like Greengrass because she is more tolerant to non pure-blood people.
Rowling has been updating the Pottermore website with Harry Potter related stories for the Christmas event since December 12. – Bernama, December 23, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/showbiz/article/harry-potter-author-expands-on-draco-malfoy#sthash.qWo7zX3s.dpuf
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Malaysia ranks No 5 in illicit outflows, GFI

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia lost over US$48.93 billion (RM170.7 billion) in illicit outflows in 2012, making it a cumulative US$394.87 billion during the 10-year period from 2003 through 2012, according to the international anti-corruption group Global Financial Integrity's (GFI) latest report.
In the latest update, GFI reported that a record US$991.2 billion in illicit capital flowed out of developing and emerging economies in 2012 alone, facilitating crime, corruption and tax evasion.
GFI's 2014 annual global update on illicit financial flows pegged cumulative illicit outflows from developing economies at US$6.6 trillion between 2003 and 2012, the latest year for which data is available.
The think-tank said due to Malaysia's downward trend in outflows since 2010, the country is now ranked fifth, switching places with India which climbed a notch to fourth.
GFI measures illicit financial outflows using two sources, outflows due to deliberate trade misinvoicing (Gross Excluding Reversals or GER) and outflows due to leakages in the balance of payments, also known as illicit hot money narrow outflows.
The GER methodology, which draws upon the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS) database in conjunction with its International Financial Statistics (IFS) database, estimates trade misinvoicing by looking for imbalances in reported export and import values between a country of interest and the world.
The vast majority of illicit financial flows – 77.8% in the 10-year period covered in this report – are due to trade misinvoicing.
Last year, Bank Negara Malaysia disputed the GFI figures, saying that the estimates of illicit outflow was overstated as the estimates in the report of trade mispricing had not been taken into consideration.
The central bank said then that the GFI estimates were essentially unrecorded financial flows, which were not necessarily synonymous with illicit financial outflows.
Asia continues to be the region of the developing world with the greatest volume of illicit financial flows, comprising 40.3% of the world total over the ten years of the study.
Titled "Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2003-2012," the report finds that illicit outflows are growing at an inflation-adjusted 9.4% per year or roughly double global gross domestic product (GDP) growth over the same period.
"As this report demonstrates, illicit financial flows are the most damaging economic problem plaguing the world's developing and emerging economies," said GFI president Raymond Baker in a statement.
The outflows, he said, was already greater than the combined sum of all foreign direct investment and official development assistance flowing into those countries and are "sapping roughly a trillion dollars per year from the world's poor and middle-income economies."
"Most troubling, however, is the fact that these outflows are growing at an alarming rate of 9.4% per year – twice as fast as global GDP," Baker added.
He noted that it was simply impossible to achieve sustainable global development unless world leaders agree to address this issue head on.
"That's why it is essential for the United Nations to include a specific target next year to halve all trade-related illicit flows by 2030 as part of post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda," he stressed.

DESI: Note that this latest data makes it a cumulative US$394.87 billion (RM1388.19 billion) during the 10-year period from 2003 through 2012 according to the international anti-corruption group.
The staggering amount puts Malaysia in fifth place for illicit outflows with India, Mexico, Russia and China leading the way in ascending order.

If you divide the absolute figures by the respective countries' populations, MALYSIA WOULD RANK NUMBER ONE! Cos all the other four countries have huge populations!

And our leaders are bickering over Christmas banners and publications using the "allah" term being not allowed, and now -- deserving a mention in world Guinness book of Records? -- some i.dot says it's Wrong for Muslaims to wish Christians "Merry Christmas" during this festive season. What have the God's gited brainsg bequetrhed to these F**King Malaysians have gone to? SDorry, Desi seldoms goes into this territory of using proF...words, but sometimes it's not even strong enough to express one's sentiments.

OK, I willlllrrrrread more Sherlock Holmes for Chhristmas tide, and try to guess the "culprits" before turning the last 13 pages!


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Harry Potter author expands on Draco Malfoy






J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.Author J. K. Rowling has written another story for the Christmas week about the most notorious student of Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy and his family in her Harry Potter publishing website Pottermore, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
The 49-year-old author said she failed to understand why many fans fell for a bully like Malfoy which was played by actor Tom Felton, who is ironically the "nicest person" one could ever meet, Ace Showbiz reported.
"Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this fictional character," Rowling said.

"Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people. "All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers' daydreams, as I told them that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice. He and Harry were not destined to end up best friends," she said.
Rowling also wrote about Malfoy's marriage with fellow Slytherin Astoria Greengrass and their son Scorpius and how his parents do not like Greengrass because she is more tolerant to non pure-blood people.
Rowling has been updating the Pottermore website with Harry Potter related stories for the Christmas event since December 12. – Bernama, December 23, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/showbiz/article/harry-potter-author-expands-on-draco-malfoy#sthash.qWo7zX3s.dpuf


Harry Potter author expands on Draco Malfoy







J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.Author J. K. Rowling has written another story for the Christmas week about the most notorious student of Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy and his family in her Harry Potter publishing website Pottermore, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
The 49-year-old author said she failed to understand why many fans fell for a bully like Malfoy which was played by actor Tom Felton, who is ironically the "nicest person" one could ever meet, Ace Showbiz reported.
"Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this fictional character," Rowling said.
"Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people.
"All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers' daydreams, as I told them that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice. He and Harry were not destined to end up best friends," she said.
Rowling also wrote about Malfoy's marriage with fellow Slytherin Astoria Greengrass and their son Scorpius and how his parents do not like Greengrass because she is more tolerant to non pure-blood people.
Rowling has been updating the Pottermore website with Harry Potter related stories for the Christmas event since December 12. – Bernama, December 23, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/showbiz/article/harry-potter-author-expands-on-draco-malfoy#sthash.iRVLyNDa.dpuf


Harry Potter author expands on Draco Malfoy







J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.Author J. K. Rowling has written another story for the Christmas week about the most notorious student of Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy and his family in her Harry Potter publishing website Pottermore, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
The 49-year-old author said she failed to understand why many fans fell for a bully like Malfoy which was played by actor Tom Felton, who is ironically the "nicest person" one could ever meet, Ace Showbiz reported.
"Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this fictional character," Rowling said.
"Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people.
"All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers' daydreams, as I told them that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice. He and Harry were not destined to end up best friends," she said.
Rowling also wrote about Malfoy's marriage with fellow Slytherin Astoria Greengrass and their son Scorpius and how his parents do not like Greengrass because she is more tolerant to non pure-blood people.
Rowling has been updating the Pottermore website with Harry Potter related stories for the Christmas event since December 12. – Bernama, December 23, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/showbiz/article/harry-potter-author-expands-on-draco-malfoy#sthash.iRVLyNDa.dpuf