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Friday, October 24, 2014

WHY more people are learning the Chinese language, WHILE...

in Malaysia some quarters are calling for the vernacular schools -- those using Chinese or Tamil as the main medium of instruction -- to be closed down! Here's from yahoo!news.com:~~

Here’s Why Mark Zuckerberg Studies Chinese Every Day

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is learning Mandarin Chinese.
Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Wednesday.
To the delight and amazement of the crowd, he spoke in Mandarin Chinese.
“I’m very glad to be in Beijing,” he said to the group. “I love this city. My Chinese is really a mess, but I study using Chinese every day.”
Students and faculty cheered, the New York Times reports.
The Facebook CEO was holding court in Beijing because he just signed onto the advisory board of Tsinghua University, which is basically the Yale of China.
In a half hour talk — which you can watch in the video below — Zuckerberg talked about what Facebook is doing in China, his view of Chinese innovation, and why he is studying Chinese.
First off, his wife Priscilla Chan’s family speaks Chinese. Evidently her grandma was “very shocked” when he told her in Chinese that the two of them were getting married.
On the business end, he says that studying Chinese helps him to understand the culture.
Facebook has long sought to break into China and get to its 1.3 billion citizens, 45.8% of whom are currently internet users, a number that’s going to continue increasing. But China keeps Facebook, Twitter, and their peers out of the country for fear of how social networks might spur unrest.
The Times reports that when Zuckerberg was asked what Facebook’s plans for China were, he took two big gulps of water before providing a response.
“We’re already in China,” he said, cracking up the room. “We help Chinese companies increase foreign customers; they use Facebook ads to find more customers.” 
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Zuckerberg says he’s learning Chinese to connect with the family of his wife, Priscilla Chan.
There is one last reason he’s studying Mandarin.
“I like challenges,” he said.
Considering the achievements of the 30-year-old billionaire, this isn’t too surprising and may reflect the psychology behind his success. The fact that Zuckerberg is studying Chinese — a notoriously difficult language to pick up in adulthood — may be an outgrowth of his mindset.
By studying the language every day, he knows that with effort he can improve. That growth mindsetwhere you take effort, rather than talent, to be the driver of your progress — has been identified by developmental psychologist Carol Dweck as a predictor of success in relationships, academics, and business
Here’s the video. 

Read more stories on Business Insider, Malaysian edition of the world’s fastest-growing business and technology news website.

REFERENCE to malaymail.nline report:)~~~~


October 7, 2014


Ti Lian Ker
(Malay Mail Online) – An Umno leader targeted by MCA after calling for the Umno general assembly to discuss abolishing the Chinese vernacular school system, has warned the Chinese party to “mind its own business”.
Petaling Jaya Utara Umno division deputy chief Mohamad Azli Mohemed Saad said that MCA should work to win back Chinese voters, instead of interfering in Barisan Nasional (BN) lynchpin party’s affairs.
“(Ti) Lian Ker (pic) needs to shut his mouth as MCA candidates only win the elections because of Malay voters, not Chinese voters. Lian Ker has no locus standi as the Chinese have rejected MCA,” Mohamed Azli was quoted saying in media reports today.
“There is no need to teach us in Umno as to what can and cannot be debated. No need to be nosy around Umno’s affairs, go and do that with the DAP instead,” he added.
Mohamad Azli then reiterated his claim that Chinese vernacular education was a hotbed of discontent against the establishment that was tapped by opposition parties.
The Umno leader’s remark previously drew rebuke from the MCA religious harmony bureau chairman as well as Ti’s party colleagues.
An MCA leader also lodged a police report accusing Mohamed Azli of sedition.
Ti had previously said that Mohamad Azli’s proposal violated the Federal Constitution and contradicted BN’s policy of allowing Malaysians to study in their mother tongue.
He also reminded Mohamad Azli that the late Sabah Umno MP Datuk Mark Koding was charged with sedition in 1978 for calling for the closure of Chinese and Tamil schools. He was convicted four years later.
On October 5, Mohamad Azli was reported by dailies Mingguan Malaysia and New Sunday Times (NST) as saying that the upcoming annual Umno meeting in November should discuss abolishing the Chinese vernacular school system as it purportedly promotes racism and anti-establishment sentiments.
In the same report, Mohamad Azli was quoted saying that the government should also mull raising the intake of Malay and Indian students and teachers in Chinese schools to 60 per cent.
Vernacular schools continue to grow in popularity here in Malaysia, with an increasing number of non-Malay parents preferring to send their children to Mandarin- and Tamil-language schools over the Malay-language national schools.
Defenders of Bumiputera special privileges regularly target vernacular schools to deflect demands for equal treatment of the country’s races after decades of race-based affirmative

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Malaysian Nightmare Continues for Potential Woman PM...

Just weeks after failing the final hurdle to becoming the first woman Menteri Besar in Malaysia (The Selangor Rule did not accepot her as PKR's sole nominee...), the president of 15-year-old Parti Keadialn Rakyat, was slammed with another hammer.

Bloggers sell their souls. Newshounds too.

I have writ much about the coward and liar hydeing out in London or (woe)Manchester supported by his lovely admirers and legions of fans, so I won't write about this blogger guy who I once believed was pro-Reformasi and PKR. Anyway, he's NO LONGER relevant to the Malaysian scene, so I won't waste precious space on he who thinks he knows best of new and old media.

Let's move onto the fraternity I also belong to called JOURNALISTS. As with any profession, you have the Good, The Bad and the Ugly. If I were Terence Hill or Clint Eastwoood with a damning aim, I would gun down all the bad and ugly with a sex-shooter. But then who am I, just a bloody journo-blogger listed among rockybru's RH Top column of a privileged dirty dozen?

When I read*** a few days ago about PKR prez Dr DS Wan Azizah Wan Ismail being found guilty of "defamation" in a suit against and a few others, for two articles published by Suara Keadialn not favourable to Felda and its subsidiary Felda Global Ventures  Sdn Bhd, what surprised me most was not the guilty verdict. It was that the former editor Zulkarnain Taib who first apologised to the suitors -- the ones who filed the suit OK! - and then, apparently thinking he's free of responsibility of the alleged offence!), stated the two articles were indeed false. Hey, you approved the publication of the alleged false reports, no? WHAT A SELLOUT against his former employer and comrades-in-in-arms.


DESI: ***I won't reproduce the press reports, just my esteemedReaders, google the subject lah! add Malaysian Insider, OK, my staple diet nowadys, as good as Vit C, and if you are lucky,Vit M (lack of)!:(


Felda wins suit against Wan Azizah, writer over defamatory articles – Bernama

The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and its subsidiary, Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd, today won their suit against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and two others over the publication of two defamatory articles in the PKR newspaper, Suara Keadilan.
This followed the admission of liability for the two defamatory articles by the defendants, namely Wan Azizah, Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali, who was then PKR vice-president, and the writer of the said articles, Rusnizam Mahat.
The articles cited are "Felda Bangkrap" (Felda Bankrupt), published on June 22, 2010, and "Kontroversi" (Controversy) and "Bina Bangunan RM662 juta Hanya Libatkan Tiga Individu" (Building RM662 million building only involves three individuals), which were both published in the June 29, 2010 edition.

High Court judge Datuk Wira Kamaludin Md Said, in his ruling, said the court was bound by the decision of the Court of Appeal which held that Felda, as a statutory body, had the right to initiate legal proceeding. He said only Parliament, and not the court, could take away the right of Felda to sue, as provided under Section 15(1) of the Land Development Act 1956.
Kamaludin made the ruling after dismissing the preliminary issue raised by the defendants that Felda, being a statutory body registered under the Land Development Act, did not have the locus standi to file the suit.
He also said Felda was entitled to enter judgment on liability and ordered the quantum of damages to be assessed by the Senior Assistant of Registrar of the High Court.
On August 16, 2010, Felda and Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd filed a RM200 million suit against the three defendants claiming that the articles affected their image.
The plaintiffs contended that the defendants had intentionally published the articles to destroy the trust and confidence of Felda settlers with the agency.
Felda is also applying for an injunction to restrain the defendants from further publishing such words in the print media or the Internet.
The agency also wants a written apology from the defendants to be published in newspapers and magazines to be identified by the plaintiffs and other costs and relief deemed by the court.
On September 30, former editor of Suara Keadilan, Dzulkarnain Taib, who was one of the defendants, had apologised to Felda and its subsidiary over the publication of the two articles, saying that they were false and were published by Suara Keadilan with the intention to disparage the plaintiffs and damage their reputation. – Bernama, October 17, 2014.
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I am not surprised with the decision by a Malaysian Court
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Felda wins suit against Wan Azizah, writer over defamatory articles – Bernama

The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and its subsidiary, Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd, today won their suit against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and two others over the publication of two defamatory articles in the PKR newspaper, Suara Keadilan.
This followed the admission of liability for the two defamatory articles by the defendants, namely Wan Azizah, Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali, who was then PKR vice-president, and the writer of the said articles, Rusnizam Mahat.
The articles cited are "Felda Bangkrap" (Felda Bankrupt), published on June 22, 2010, and "Kontroversi" (Controversy) and "Bina Bangunan RM662 juta Hanya Libatkan Tiga Individu" (Building RM662 million building only involves three individuals), which were both published in the June 29, 2010 edition.

High Court judge Datuk Wira Kamaludin Md Said, in his ruling, said the court was bound by the decision of the Court of Appeal which held that Felda, as a statutory body, had the right to initiate legal proceeding. He said only Parliament, and not the court, could take away the right of Felda to sue, as provided under Section 15(1) of the Land Development Act 1956.
Kamaludin made the ruling after dismissing the preliminary issue raised by the defendants that Felda, being a statutory body registered under the Land Development Act, did not have the locus standi to file the suit.
He also said Felda was entitled to enter judgment on liability and ordered the quantum of damages to be assessed by the Senior Assistant of Registrar of the High Court.
On August 16, 2010, Felda and Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd filed a RM200 million suit against the three defendants claiming that the articles affected their image.
The plaintiffs contended that the defendants had intentionally published the articles to destroy the trust and confidence of Felda settlers with the agency.
Felda is also applying for an injunction to restrain the defendants from further publishing such words in the print media or the Internet.
The agency also wants a written apology from the defendants to be published in newspapers and magazines to be identified by the plaintiffs and other costs and relief deemed by the court.
On September 30, former editor of Suara Keadilan, Dzulkarnain Taib, who was one of the defendants, had apologised to Felda and its subsidiary over the publication of the two articles, saying that they were false and were published by Suara Keadilan with the intention to disparage the plaintiffs and damage their reputation. – Bernama, October 17, 2014.
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I am not surprised with the decision by a Malaysian Court
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Felda wins suit against Wan Azizah, writer over defamatory articles – Bernama


The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and its subsidiary, Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd, today won their suit against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and two others over the publication of two defamatory articles in the PKR newspaper, Suara Keadilan.
This followed the admission of liability for the two defamatory articles by the defendants, namely Wan Azizah, Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali, who was then PKR vice-president, and the writer of the said articles, Rusnizam Mahat.
The articles cited are "Felda Bangkrap" (Felda Bankrupt), published on June 22, 2010, and "Kontroversi" (Controversy) and "Bina Bangunan RM662 juta Hanya Libatkan Tiga Individu" (Building RM662 million building only involves three individuals), which were both published in the June 29, 2010 edition.

High Court judge Datuk Wira Kamaludin Md Said, in his ruling, said the court was bound by the decision of the Court of Appeal which held that Felda, as a statutory body, had the right to initiate legal proceeding. He said only Parliament, and not the court, could take away the right of Felda to sue, as provided under Section 15(1) of the Land Development Act 1956.
Kamaludin made the ruling after dismissing the preliminary issue raised by the defendants that Felda, being a statutory body registered under the Land Development Act, did not have the locus standi to file the suit.
He also said Felda was entitled to enter judgment on liability and ordered the quantum of damages to be assessed by the Senior Assistant of Registrar of the High Court.
On August 16, 2010, Felda and Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd filed a RM200 million suit against the three defendants claiming that the articles affected their image.
The plaintiffs contended that the defendants had intentionally published the articles to destroy the trust and confidence of Felda settlers with the agency.
Felda is also applying for an injunction to restrain the defendants from further publishing such words in the print media or the Internet.
The agency also wants a written apology from the defendants to be published in newspapers and magazines to be identified by the plaintiffs and other costs and relief deemed by the court.
On September 30, former editor of Suara Keadilan, Dzulkarnain Taib, who was one of the defendants, had apologised to Felda and its subsidiary over the publication of the two articles, saying that they were false and were published by Suara Keadilan with the intention to disparage the plaintiffs and damage their reputation. – Bernama, October 17, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/felda-wins-suit-against-wan-azizah-writer-over-defamatory-articles-bernama#sthash.oxX9WGwq.dpuf


Felda wins suit against Wan Azizah, writer over defamatory articles – Bernama


The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and its subsidiary, Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd, today won their suit against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and two others over the publication of two defamatory articles in the PKR newspaper, Suara Keadilan.
This followed the admission of liability for the two defamatory articles by the defendants, namely Wan Azizah, Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali, who was then PKR vice-president, and the writer of the said articles, Rusnizam Mahat.
The articles cited are "Felda Bangkrap" (Felda Bankrupt), published on June 22, 2010, and "Kontroversi" (Controversy) and "Bina Bangunan RM662 juta Hanya Libatkan Tiga Individu" (Building RM662 million building only involves three individuals), which were both published in the June 29, 2010 edition.

High Court judge Datuk Wira Kamaludin Md Said, in his ruling, said the court was bound by the decision of the Court of Appeal which held that Felda, as a statutory body, had the right to initiate legal proceeding. He said only Parliament, and not the court, could take away the right of Felda to sue, as provided under Section 15(1) of the Land Development Act 1956.
Kamaludin made the ruling after dismissing the preliminary issue raised by the defendants that Felda, being a statutory body registered under the Land Development Act, did not have the locus standi to file the suit.
He also said Felda was entitled to enter judgment on liability and ordered the quantum of damages to be assessed by the Senior Assistant of Registrar of the High Court.
On August 16, 2010, Felda and Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd filed a RM200 million suit against the three defendants claiming that the articles affected their image.
The plaintiffs contended that the defendants had intentionally published the articles to destroy the trust and confidence of Felda settlers with the agency.
Felda is also applying for an injunction to restrain the defendants from further publishing such words in the print media or the Internet.
The agency also wants a written apology from the defendants to be published in newspapers and magazines to be identified by the plaintiffs and other costs and relief deemed by the court.
On September 30, former editor of Suara Keadilan, Dzulkarnain Taib, who was one of the defendants, had apologised to Felda and its subsidiary over the publication of the two articles, saying that they were false and were published by Suara Keadilan with the intention to disparage the plaintiffs and damage their reputation. – Bernama, October 17, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/felda-wins-suit-against-wan-azizah-writer-over-defamatory-articles-bernama#sthash.oxX9WGwq.dpuf

Monday, September 29, 2014

Najib is the Emperor Who Wore New/Nude/No (pick one!) Clothes at the U.N.

From my fave news portal online, The MI:

Walk the talk, social media users tell Najib over his UN speech

Barely hours after Datuk Seri Najib Razak condemned the Islamic State militants (Isis) and religious extremism at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, social media users were quick to remind the prime minister to practise what he preached at home.
Twitter user Nash, using the handle @nash_71, did not mince his words when he posted: "@NajibRazak such a pity your words and deeds dont (sic) match where it matters most... at HOME... Malaysia... cld hv (could have) been known a great statesman."
Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen also hit out at the PM's remarks at the UN assembly, by tweeting: "@NajibRazak says the right thing at UN but fails miserably back in Msia – Umno, Isma, Perkasa, Utusan, Jakim, Jais extremism for all to see."
He further posted: "At UN @NajibRazak calls for peace & moderation but no such consideration in Msia – everything is dealt with by the Sedition Act."
This prompted a response from a follower, Peoples Power, using the handle @peoplespowerr, who posted: "He is jaguh dunia BUT not jaguh kampung."
Another Twitter user, Hafiz Noor Shams, using the handle @__earth, appeared to issue a reminder to the PM's earlier presumed admiration for the terror group: "Najib at the UN: WE'RE ANTI ISIS. Najib in an UMNO pow-wow: We should emulate ISIS's courage."
Najib had in June at a dinner to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Cheras Umno branch, called on party members to emulate the exploits of the group, which was then known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as its members were able to defeat an Iraqi force despite being outnumbered.
Many criticised him and questioned him for voicing his support for a militant group.
However, the prime minister's office later claimed that his words had been taken out of context and, instead, said that the militants' actions ran counter to the Islamic faith and culture and humanity.
Human rights lawyer Latheefa Koya also took to Twitter today to say: "Najib urges global community to defeat violent extremism & religious intolerance – hello? ada kenal Isma & perkasa?  (heard of Isma and Perkasa?)", in reference to the two Muslim and Malay rights groups in Malaysia.
Former BN de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim also tweeted using the handle @zaidibrahim: "PM snazzy dresser; spoke well about dangerous ideas permeating Islamic world in New York. When back home will he repeat them in Pekan?"
Najib had earlier told the UN General Assembly that Isis militants had destroyed lives and communities and destabilised fragile nations and threatened regional security.
“We reject this so-called Islamic State. We reject this state defined by extremism. And we condemn the violence being committed in the name of Islam.
“We know that the threat to world peace and security is not Islam, but extremism: intolerant, violent and militant extremism. The actions of these militants are beyond conscience and belief. They violate the teachings of Islam, the example set by the Prophet Muhammad, and the principles of Islamic law.”
Najib also said in his speech that there were key things that the world must do to defeat violent extremism and religious intolerance in Iraq and Syria.
“First, security and statehood must be returned to the people of Syria and Iraq.
“Secondly, we must pursue a different kind of politics... We must break the cycle where one group gains power only to wield it against the other... So we should commit to more inclusive politics." – September 27, 2014.

DESIDERATA: When some people become Chameleons overseas, it's time they stay in the zoo...overseas! Helps promote international toursim. Maybe Home Minister Zahid Hamidi should gather the heads of Izma and  Perkasa to head the Moderates Movement in BullehLand?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dreams Are Made of These...

fRiends who abide with Thee always
in high and low tides
through thick and thin -- especially through your nightmare woements
cherishing tender  times as One
dispersing the aches of a fall
we are All in One and One for More...

you made Desi's counting of fRiends on my two hands' fingers waver
from a lo of 3 to a hi of se7en, my Lucky Number

Thou art One who stays forever
He/she inspires this little poem
'Tho we have sometimes not kept in touch
But words don't do justice enough
to the genuine feelings we both know
that beat Constantly
in o u r heARTs
in waking hours
in less conscious moments
in slumber nice or knot...
we remember
we will never drop the "R"
inour  f R i e n d ship

that's what we have destined ourselves
when we stay in our precious isle

spiriteDEStination