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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

English standard on the decline...! Challenge from Desi -- Who's the Culprit?

EVEN several Ministers wouldn't get a credit for the GCE/MCE level English paper we seniors did take in the sixties/seventies (Yeah, Desi's that young!...:) -- But there IS NO EXCUSE IF YOU ARE IN THE CABINET! Of course, if you stick to carpentry making tables and chairs or cabinets, it's okay/ OK with Desi!

But some Public Relations/Advertising Agencies who get paid BIG bucks are sometimes equally guilty of lapses! (Don't they review their product one last/lust time before release?) A KEY MISTAKE which is inexcusable is to breach the Subject-Verb Agreement rule.

Eg: A hoy cries;The boys cry. A child sings; The children sing. ie Singular subject, followed by singular verb; plural subject follwed by plural berb...)

For the past few weeks I have been patiently waiting for the Bosses of a certain ad flagging some superpowerhourTV to CORRECT A JARRING MISTAKE, but it's all silence; CLUE: the event just started today.

The voice-over's grammar was correct, but the TEXT APPEARING on the TV screen a hundred times since its initial airing has this phrase: "....to attract the CUSTOMER(S) who MATTER...". Dear ER, go figure -- pick RED if you see Desi's POV, which is short for Point Of View!~Hope the PR/Ad agency people see Desi's voluntary act to raise English standards ~~~The blardy aSsis missing! OR the company using them should just NOT pay for their half-past six services!

CHICKY PS, Cun?: Maybe I can send a small bill to cover my freelance time as a Journalist to the Company flagging off the ad concerned? Or they are NOT concerned?

Belatedly, I Convey Selayang MP's Challenge to dear ER: Pick Red or Blue Pill?

Like a cowpoy knot from Nsahville, we in PKR/PR always fight for TRUTH and the Underdog, and for JUSTICE! ~~YL, Desi

Will Malaysians choose the Red Pill or the Blue Pill?

Morpheus: It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus:That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.
Morpheus:This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. (The Matrix)
Malaysians have taken the road of racism for 57 years because our minds have been imprisoned. A leader may show us a path to a better tomorrow but we will miss the turning if we cannot liberate ourselves from the prison of our minds. Only by choosing good over evil can we see the true path. The time for choosing has come.
  
After seven days hearing submissions from the defense and the prosecution, the five Federal Court Judges will decide whether to acquit or convict Anwar Ibrahim. If Anwar is convicted, he will be imprisoned for a term that will end his political career. The opposition leader said this is his final sacrifice, his last final service for Malaysians. He will not be silenced. But will Malaysians grasp the opportunity he paid for with his freedom?
Whether there are flying carpets, briyani suits and what happened to the missing KY jelly is for the court to decide. The target audience for the remake of the stage production of Sodomy I, updated by DNA forensic investigation replacing the old fashion mattress prop, is not the court. It is always the Malaysian public especially the Malay Muslims. The impresario, whoever he or she may be, thought Malaysians are either gullible or easily intimidated or both. Now Malaysians will show whether they are indeed a timid and feeble-minded audience or they are bold and resolute judges firmly punishing evil and rewarding the good. Malaysians will have to decide whether to take the red pill or the blue pill.
The red pill and its opposite, the blue pill are popular culture symbols representing the choice between embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (the red pill) and the blissful ignorance of illusion (the blue pill). The term is popularized in the 1999 film, “The Matrix”, where the main character Neo (Keanu Reeves) is offered the choice between a red pill and a blue pill. The blue pill would allow him to remain living in the “ignorance of illusion”, while the red pill would lead to living in the “truth of reality” even though it is a harsher, more difficult life.

Americans chose the red pill when Martin Luther King Jr was shot. The civil rights movement marched on because they knew oppressors would never give up their privileges on their own. President Johnson in his speech before Congress to pass the Voting Rights Bill allowing men and women to vote whatever the colour of their skin said:
“The real hero of this struggle is the American Negro. His actions and protests, his courage to risk safety and even to risk his life, have awakened the conscience of this Nation. His demonstrations have been designed to call attention to injustice, designed to provoke change, designed to stir reform.”
In 2008, America elected a president based not on the colour of his skin but on the content of his character. They had overcome.

South Africans chose the red pill when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. For the 27 years he was in jail, South Africans continued his struggle for freedom and equal opportunity. They fought for the idea, which Nelson Mandela in his statement from the dock said:
“Was one he cherished, he hoped to live for but if needs be which he was prepared to die for.”
Internal resistance to apartheid came from organizations dedicated to peaceful protests, passive resistance and armed insurrections. It came from Steve Biko, Bishop Desmond Tutu, white activists like Harry Schwarz, Joe Slovo and Trevor Huddleston. It came from the Black Sash, an organization of white women against apartheid. It came from students and churches. In 1994 the long walk for freedom was finally over, apartheid ended.
Anwar chose the red pill 16 years ago when he rejected the offer to go away quietly and instead took the path of “reformasi”. It took him from the heights of being the acting Prime Minister to the depth of being the lowest convict. On his release from prison, he crafted the New Economic Agenda for affirmative action based on needs and not on race and to restore the country’s international competitiveness. On his qualification to stand for election, he announced on 15 April 2008 at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman Kampong  Baru, the venue where Malay nationalists gathered to fight for independence, that while the constitutional rights of Malays would be protected, it was time to change from “Ketuanan Melayu” to “Ketuanan Rakyat”, The Eight of March  2008 General Election proved to be the birth of a new era where the mill stone of race and religion which had been Malaysians’ burden to bear was finally shattered and transformed the political landscape of the nation. In 2013, Pakatan Rakyat secured 89 parliament seats and won 52% of the popular vote but was thwarted by gerrymandering, malapportionment and unfair electoral practices from forming the government.     
When Anwar chose to awaken Malaysians to give them hope that there can be another Malaysia, he was fully aware he would be challenging the twin pillars of UMNO politics, the first is Malay unity must be maintained at all costs and the second is that UMNO’s dominant political position must be maintained. Anwar was aware that those who left UMNO would be ostracized and made an outcast of his community. UMNO had accused Dato’ Onn Jaafar, the father of Malay nationalism and founder of UMNO as having sold out Malay rights and his heritage when he formed the multi-racial Independence of Malaya Party (IMP). Dato’ Haji Zainal Abidin bin Haji Abas, who with Dato’ Onn was one of UMNO’s founders and its first General Secretary became another example of UMNO’s punitive deterrence. He left UMNO to join IMP and later became the chairman of the United Democratic Party. He was completely alienated from the community. Aziz Ishak, once out of UMNO was hounded, all kinds of charges were laid against him and he was later arrested under the Internal Security Act. However, nothing prepared Anwar for what they did to him, he was arrested, beaten, imprisoned, ridiculed and denigrated by scurrilous attacks against him and his family, ostracized, made an outcast and labeled a traitor to his own race. The rancorousness of the venom, the ferocity of the hatred and the viciousness of the attacks were at levels never seen before. He is now more prepared mentally but physically he is not as strong and as young as he was one and a half decades ago.   
If you choose the blue pill you will carry on in your blissful ignorance of illusion.
You can choose to ignore and jettison the teachings of your religion, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism or other faith and ignore your conscience not to harm your fellow men or to help him because the “common good” of your race demands that you disregard the needs of those of a different colour or religion. But what are you going to say to Him on the Final Day when he reminded you in the 179th verse of the 7th Chapter:
“And We have certainly created for Hell many of the jinn and mankind. They have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear. Those are like livestock; rather, they are more astray. It is they who the heedless.”
The illusion however, demands that your life as an individual belongs not to you but to the group or society and in this case, to your race of which you are merely a part, that you have no rights and  must sacrifice your rights, your values and goals for the greater good of your race.
The illusion further demands you are not to question why but to do and die. You are not to question what is the greater good for the Malays for one person to control Malakoff Corporation, Gas Malaysia, Aliran Ihsan Resources (water utility), Port of Tanjong Pelepas, Johor Port, Senai Airpor Terminal Services, SMART Tunnel, MMC-Gamuda, Proton Bhd, Edaran Otomobil Nasional, MODENAS, Honda Malaysia, Bank Muamalat, PUSPAKOM, Alam Flora, POS Malaysia, Defence Technologies, Tradewinds (M) Bhd which subsidiary BERNAS has a monopoly of rice importation and distribution, Central Sugar Refinery and smaller stakes in Malaysia Sugar Manufacturing which together holds a monopoly for sugar, hotels and property development companies.    
     
The illusion demands that the individual sacrifice you are called upon to make is for the common good for the greatest number of your race. Your income from 2009 has risen by only 8.1% while your household expenditure increased by 12.1% and 88.6% from 1994. Your household expenditure for housing, water, electricity has gone up by 102% since 1994, transport 94.6%, food and drinks by 60.9% while your household debt has increased by 13%. It is difficult to make ends meet with the increased price of petrol, the higher tolls for privatized highways and bridges, the tariffs for the privatized water and electricity, even your rubbish and sewage collection have been privatized. You have no idea how to pay the increased school bus fares but you will be proud that you have contributed to the many monopolies owned by Syed Mokthar Al-Bukhari, one of you.  
The illusion says your sacrifice in being unable to afford your own home is for the greater good. While you are seeking to rent a house, the rent-seeking elite buys luxury bungalows and condominiums. After payment of the car installments, credit cards, food and other bills you have no money for emergencies much less a holiday while the elites are flying first class and staying in five star hotels.
The illusion says your government has provided your children with a university education but they are not employable. The June 2014 World Bank Malaysian Economic Monitor reports 60% of the unemployed are aged 20-24 and 25% are graduates. Your children hold a university degree but employers find they lack soft skills; 47% inability to work independently, 49% lack problem solving skills, 51% lack analytical skills, 56% lack creative/critical thinking and 81% lack communication skills. According to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 Malaysian students rank 52 out of 65 countries and the bottom one-third among more than 70 countries in international assessments like Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies (TIMMS). The results show the education standard of our 15 year olds are three years behind Singapore, Korea, China, Japan and even Vietnam.    
No matter how you seek to justify you cannot ignore that while a responsible government builds a floor for the weakest students to stand, it encourages the best and the brightest to fly as high as they can. It is wicked to clip their wings because 150 years ago their great grand parents came to work in the estates, railroads, tin mines or to seek a better life.
While all accept that the Malays and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak are disadvantaged and neglected under colonial rule for more than 200 years and ought to be assisted what justification is there to allow Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Indonesians and Filipinos who came yesterday to enjoy these same privileges so the elite can maintain power? 
The blue pill unfortunately, will not be able to provide the answers and will not save you from the rude awakening one day when Malaysia ends up like Rwanda, Serbia, Sri Lanka or Zimbabwe.
If you choose the red pill, you will realize the painful truth that you yourself are part of the oppressed and you must fight for your own freedom and not that of the elites who can hardly claim to be identifiable with you.
Your life as an individual belongs to you and you have an inviolable right to live it as you see fit, to act on your own judgment, to pursue the values of your own choosing. The basic tenet is that each individual has an inalienable right to the pursuit of his own happiness in a society where men and women deal with one another as equals. The only happy society is one of happy individuals. We cannot have a healthy forest made up of rotten trees.
You will recognize that no race holds a monopoly of beauty, of intelligence, of strength and there is more than enough room for all in this country. You will understand what Malcolm X said:
“I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don’t think it will be based on the colour of the skin”      
Anwar has given Malaysians the keys to the door of change, if Malaysians grab hold of them once opened the door cannot be shut but if Malaysians do not use them once shut the door cannot be opened.
What will you choose reality or illusion?

William Leong Jee Keen
Member of Parliament Selayang
12 November 2014

DESIDERATA: PONDER, my dear ESteemedReaders, and come to a GOoD (God in You!) DESIsion. You know Desi the writer wellA, so you see Red in my Face! Cheers, mGf, GodBlesss, YL, DEsi

Thursday, November 13, 2014

China is playing CATCHUP with US technology!

--Ramli burger wit' tomato ketchup, anywan? -- Desi just enjoyed the APEC 2014 gala dinner performance, climaxing wit' a seven-minute firewworks display safely managed with experts from  a Taiwan-based company -- also responsible for similar displays at Olympics 2008 in Beijing -- my mind thinks allowed that CHINA'S DISPLSAY OF HOSPITALITY AND LARGESSE SHOWS ITS ECONOMIC POWER HAS ALSO ENABLED ITS TECHNOLOGY ADVANCE.

Bakc home we are still fighting over Bibles ban just because of the word Allah appearing in the Bahasa Malaysia version! OMG, some Malaysians don't realise we are into a new millenium for 14years now! -- Desi, knottyaSsusual



China shows off new stealth fighter

China's new stealth jet fighter rocketed skywards Wednesday as Beijing puts on an unprecedented display of openness -- and military force -- at the country's premier airshow.
The black J-31 rose in a nearly vertical climb on take-off in Zhuhai before circling back and doing two rolls, in the aircraft's first announced public appearance.
The plane's existence has been the subject of rumour and speculation for years, with photographs appearing increasingly frequently on military websites in recent months.
Defence analysts say the J-31 is China's answer to the United States' F-35, though the Chinese jet lags behind the American one technologically.
The fighter's Chinese name is "Falcon Eagle" and it is manufactured by a unit of Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC), whose defence arm uses the slogan: "We are making the best weapons for guardians of the peace."
The plane's debut comes amid tensions between China and its neighbours over territorial disputes, particularly Japan which has feuded with Beijing over a group of islands in the East China Sea.
China's air force said the display of military might at the airshow showed the intention to build a strong country.
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force "will make unremitting efforts to realise dreams of a strong China and powerful armed forces", read a sign alongside an array of eight warplanes at the airshow.
"The display... demonstrates the strength and confidence of (the) PLA Air Force to fulfil missions and achieve world peace."
China has steadily increased its defence budget for years, with funding projected to rise more than 12 percent to $132 billion in 2014. But the US has accused Beijing of under-reporting its spending by as much as 20 percent in the past.
- 'Huge power' -
Defence analysts said China appears eager to sell the new fifth generation fighter abroad, also putting on display a model with a designation typically used for overseas destinations: FC-31.
"China's defence industry wants to show the potential for export," said Andrew Erickson, associate professor at the China Maritime Studies Institute of the US Naval War College.
Ally Pakistan is a likely first market, he added.
AVIC has already developed another fighter plane, the FC-1, in cooperation with Pakistan which was also on display at the show.
A large military transport plane, the Y-20, also made its debut at the show, flying lumbering turns over the crowd at its public outing on Wednesday.
"Of course, it is an advance in technology," said the announcer as spectators craned their necks to see it against a smoggy sky.
The China National Precision Machinery Import-Export Corp., the firm at the heart of controversy over the supply of a long-range anti-missile system to Turkey in the face of US opposition, also had a presence at the show, but its booth was devoid of product displays.
The firm, which is under US sanctions for selling arms and missile technology to Iran and Syria, declined to provide promotional materials or answer questions when approached by a journalist.
Although billed as an airshow, new sponsor China North Industries Corp (NORINCO) showed off a battle tank, the VT4, which proved a popular backdrop for visitor photos.
Other countries in the Asian region have beefed up military spending in response to China's growing power.
"It's a bit of a dance that happens all over the world," said Briand Greer, president of aerospace for Asia-Pacific at US conglomerate Honeywell.
"Economically everyone is tied to what happens in China," he said. "But at the same time, you’ve got a huge power rising right in your backyard so you don’t want to feel helpless."

Imagine science fiction turned reality -- 10 round years in the creation!

CONGRATS to the European astronomers, land and space scentists ...


European Spacecraft Lands on Comet in Historic Space Feat

 
 
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For the first time in history, a spacecraft from Earth has landed on the face of a comet speeding through deep space.
The European Space Agency's Philae lander on the Rosetta spacecraft made its nail-biting, history-making touchdown on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko today (Nov. 12). Mission controllers are still trying to determine whether Philae's harpoons fired to anchor it to the surface of the comet. The landing ended what some scientists had dubbed "seven hours of terror" - the time it took for Philae to descend from Rosetta as the spacecraft and comet flew through space about 317 million miles (510 million kilometers) from Earth.
People started hugging, cheering and celebrating as soon as mission controllers got confirmation that the lander successfully touched down on the surface of the comet. Officials are now trying to determine whether they need to re-fire the probe's harpoons to be sure it stays in place on the comet. ESA officials confirmed that the spacecraft made its soft landing on the comet at a little bit after 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) today. [See images from the Rosetta mission]

ROLIS Captures Descent of Philae
Comet 67P/CG appears in an image taken by the ROLIS instrument on the Philae lander as it descended from Rosetta spacecraft on Nov. 12, 2014, from a distance of approximately 1.9 miles (3 km) from the surface.
Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR
Diagrams show how lander touches down on a comet nucleus.
The European Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander aims to be the first probe ever to safely land on a comet. Here's how to land on a spinning ice mountain in space.
Credit: By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist
"We see the lander sitting on the road," Andrea Accomazzo, Rosetta flight director said just after landing was confirmed. "We've definitely confirmed that the lander is on the surface."

Unlocking comet mysteries

The Rosetta mission is charged with helping scientists learn more about comets, mysterious, icy wanders that are left over from the dawn of the solar system billions of years ago. Some research also suggests that comets could be responsible for bringing water to Earth early in the planet's history.
Philae's 10 instruments will monitor Comet 67P/C-G from the surface as Rosetta orbits the comet, investigating it from above.
Scientists hope that Philae will continue to collect data about the comet until at least March 2015. The two probes should be able to observe some changes to the comet as it flies closer to the sun. Rosetta is expected to remain with Comet 67P/C-G through December 2015, after it makes its closest flyby to the sun in August 2015.
"Comet impacts are thought to have been one of the principal means by which water was delivered to the early Earth, around 3.6 billion years ago, possibly contributing half the water in our oceans," planetary scientist Stanley Cowley, of the University of Leicester in England, said in a statement.
Philae started its difficult descent to the comet's surface at 3:35 a.m. EST (0835 GMT). The probe separated from Rosetta when they were both flying about 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) from the comet's center. The lander deployed a harpoon into the comet just after touchdown in order to keep itself in place in the comet's low gravity.
Mission controllers ran into a problem with the 220-pound (100 kilograms) lander during earlier checks of the spacecraft's health. As ESA officials found that the probe's "cold gas thruster" could not be activated. The thruster would have been used to help keep the probe from bouncing off into space after touchdown, so instead, ESA officials decided to totally rely on Philae's harpoon to stick the landing.
ESA Scientists Celebrate Philae Landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
ESA staff members at ESA's European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, celebrate the landing of Philae probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Nov. 12, 2014.
Credit: ESA
While Philae's landing marks the first time humans have soft-landed a probe on a comet, this is not the first time a spacecraft has visited one of these icy cosmic wanderers. An ESA spacecraft called Giotto flew past Halley's Comet in 1986, and NASA's Stardust mission returned samples of a different comet to Earth in 2006. Scientists also used a probe to impact Comet Tempel 1 in order to learn more about its structure.

The long road to a comet

It has been a long road to the surface of the comet for Philae. The Rosetta mission launched toward Comet 67P/C-G in 2004 and traveled about 4 billion miles through the solar system before reaching the comet in August. Since then, the two spacecraft have been warming up their instruments and preparing for the landing by learning how to fly in orbit around the oddly-shaped comet.
Comet 67P-GC Over London
This graphic compares the size of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko with the city of London.
Credit: Comet: ESA/Rosetta/Navcam; Map data ©2014 Google, Bluesky
Comet 67P/C-G's nucleus is very different than mission controllers on Earth though would be. While researchers were expecting to find a semi-round, regularly shaped object, they instead found a strange looking comet with a "body," a "head" and a "neck." Philae is currently parked on the head of the comet.
Although the comet seems to be pretty stable right now, it's possible that it could break up as it flies closer to the sun. Comets are extremely unpredictable, and 67P/C-G is no exception, according to Rosetta project scientist Matt Taylor.
"Ultimately, comets only have a limited amount of fuel and a limited lifetime," Taylor said during a webcast before the landing. "We hope and expect that the comet will live up to the end of next year, hopefully, but it may not, it may break up. We don't know. That's part of the mission itself, is to try and understand how a comet works."
Philae, Rosetta and the landing site, Agilkia were all named in a similar, Egyptian theme. Rosetta is named after the Rosetta Stone, a tablet that helped archaeologists translate ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Philae is named for an obelisk found on an island of the same name in the Nile River, and Agilkia is named for another island in the Nile.
Editor's Note: This story was updated to reflect a correction at 11:43 a.m. EST (1643 GMT). Scientists are not yet sure whether the lander's harpoons deployed. 
Follow Miriam Kramer @mirikramer and Google+. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original article on Space.com.

DESIDERATA: And if you are as feee as Desi nowadays dreaming of being the second Malaysian astronaut by watching Ch 554 Astron DISCOVERY on SCIENCE SERIES,focus on a WHOLE month and learn what REAL SCIENTISTS DO, not like ahli Sains -- probedsa pulak!  kangkong  -- hear just mouthing Big words from empty shells! YL, Desi, knottyaSsusual PS: Any tycoon wanna sponSIR desi's trip into outer space? One-way ticket ala Bestles pun bulleh lah!

Monday, November 10, 2014

China in driver's seat to promote THE ASIA-PACIFIC ERA of DREAMS


Xi offers vision of China-driven 'Asia-Pacific dream'

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China's President Xi Jinping speaks on November 9, 2014, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing
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Beijing (AFP) - President Xi Jinping offered the world a vision of a Chinese-driven "Asia-Pacific dream" on Sunday, as Beijing hosts a regional gathering that underlines its growing global clout.
"We have the responsibility to create and realise an Asia-Pacific dream for the people of the region," the Chinese Communist chief told a gathering of business and political leaders that precedes the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' gathering.
The 21-member APEC groups 40 percent of the world's population, almost half its trade and more than half its GDP, and the summit will be attended by leaders including US President Barack Obama, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
It will see Beijing push its preferred Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), while Washington is driving its own Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The TPP is seen as the economic element of the much-touted US "rebalance" to Asia and so far brings together 12 APEC nations including Japan and Australia -- but not China.
Obama left Washington Sunday, with the White House saying he was expected to have "candid and in-depth conversations" with Xi, after Secretary of State John Kerry last week described the two powers' relationship as the "most consequential" in the world.
"For the Asia-Pacific and the world at large, China's development will generate huge opportunities and benefits and hold lasting and infinite promise," Xi said.
He later welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom he has a shared outlook on issues such as trade, investment and geopolitical interests, including a wariness of the United States.
It was "time to gather fruit" from "the tree of Russian-Chinese relations", Xi told Putin, as the two sides signed agreements stepping up their multi-billion-dollar energy and resources cooperation.
- Chinese dream -
Xi told the business meeting his "Asia-Pacific dream" was based on a "shared destiny" of peace, development and mutual benefit in the region.
The comments have echoes of the "Chinese dream" he regularly speaks of, an unspecified but much-discussed term with connotations of national resurgence.
Beijing -- a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council -- is leveraging the decades-long boom that has made it the world's second-largest economy to increase its regional and global heft.
But it stresses a policy of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs -- a stance that has enabled it to do business with leaders seen as pariahs in the West.
Its relationship with the United States has been marred by tensions over trade disputes, cyberspying and human rights issues, while Beijing is embroiled in enduring disputes with Tokyo over islands in the East China Sea, and with rival claimants in the South China Sea.
Under Xi, it has been asserting those claims more firmly.
"China wants to live in harmony with all its neighbours," he said Sunday.
Nonetheless, relations with Japan have plunged in recent years with both sides sending ships and aircraft to the islands, which are controlled by Tokyo and claimed by Beijing, raising fears of clashes.
Hopes of an ice-breaking formal meeting between Xi and Abe on the sidelines of the summit have risen following statements by the two countries agreeing to try to improve ties.
But Japanese officials say the key sentence in their statement was "very carefully written" to avoid Tokyo formally acknowledging that there was a dispute on sovereignty over the islands.
"We did not give in to the Chinese demand," one official said.
- 'Not that scary' -
China's decades-long economic boom has seen it overtake Japan as the world's second-largest economy. But its growth reached a five-year low in the third quarter.
Xi said the risks it faced were "not that scary" and slower expansion was expected as its economy matures.
China currently suffers from a deflating property bubble, a crackdown on corruption blamed for curbing some business, and weak demand from Europe.
Even so it was expected to invest more than $1.25 trillion abroad over the next decade, Xi said, while outbound Chinese tourists would exceed 500 million over the next five years.
As "China's overall national strength grows", he told his audience, it would be able and willing to offer "new initiatives and visions for enhancing regional cooperation".
A draft summit communique seen by AFP calls for a "strategic study" on the Beijing-backed FTAAP. But Michael Froman, the US Trade Representative, told reporters Sunday: "It’s not the launch of a new organisation, it's not the launch of a new FTA."
FTAAP, he said, was a "long-term aspiration" to be achieved only through other existing negotiations such as TPP, which was "clearly" the priority for the world's biggest economy.
The communique refers to "the eventual realisation" of the FTAAP.
But whether the leaders will endorse the so-called "Beijing Roadmap" towards the FTAAP remained unclear.

DESIDERATA: AND TO THOSE NINCOMPOOPS IN BOLEHLAND STILL WITH BLINKERERED EYES WANTING TO CLOSAE DOWN VERNACULAR SCHOOLS, think again!  wE WANT mALAYSIAN YOUTHS TO GLOBALISE THEMSELVES, SO THE more languages they learn, THE BETTER EQUIPPED THEY ARE TO COMPETE IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA! mE, i WISH I WAS y&a AGAIN! YL, dESI, knottyaSSUSUAL

Will the Law be another Ass This Time?

My goOdfriend KimQ has some optimism in forthcoming Verdict facing DS Anwar Ibrahim, potentiual PM of Malaysia:)~~~~

kim quek

Anwar’s final appeal: will Federal Court shine?
By Kim Quek
09.11.2014
The historical 8-day hearing of the final appeal of Anwar Ibrahim at the Federal Court against his sodomy conviction has unexpectedly brightened the prospect of an acquittal.
In contrast with the Court of Appeal which rushed through the entire process of hearing, deliberation, judgment and sentencing (of the 5-year jail term), all in two days, apparently to fulfil a political target, the current court allowed full opportunity to both prosecution and defence to air all their arguments, stretching the hearing to a record 8 days.
During these lengthy submissions, an even clearer picture has emerged that this is decidedly a case heavily tilted in favour of the defence.
This is a case of one man’s words against another’s, with no eyewitnesses. So, corroborative evidence becomes vital.
And the only important corroborative evidence of the prosecution is the DNA evidence.
DNA EVIDENCE THOROUGHLY FLAWED
The defence had already strongly established that such DNA evidence was flawed at the High Court and, again, at the Court of Appeal. And now, it had further strengthened its case by highlighting and emphasising the main flaws.
Central to the DNA issue is the irrefutable evidence of sample tampering,  compounded by the highly implausible finding of pristine samples and the unexplained presence of third party DNA.
Investigating officer Jude Pereira had broken the only tamper-proof seal without justification, and he further kept the DNA samples for 42 hours in his steel cabinet against regulations, thus fatally damaging the integrity of the chain of custody of these samples, as well as exposing them to inevitable contamination.
Despite a lapse of 56 hours before the samples were extracted from complainant Saiful Bukhari Azlan’s rectum and another 42 hours in non-freezing condition before reaching the chemist, the latter’s DNA analysis report miraculously indicated no  degradation in the samples. Such highly implausible phenomenon strongly indicates that the samples analysed by the chemist were not the same as those retrieved from Saiful.
Further, there was the presence of third party DNA in the samples, which the government chemists had hidden in their reports, but was uncovered by defence’s expert witness. The prosecution has given no credible explanation to the presence of such third party DNA.
Worsening the crisis of confidence in the integrity of these DNA findings is defence’s latest revelation that Pereira had in fact been found to be an unreliable witness by none other than lead prosecutor Shafee Abdullah himself in an earlier human rights hearing conducted by Suhakam and chaired by Shafee.
To these damaging submissions by the defence, the prosecution has given no credible rebuttal.
So, what we have is an unreliable investigation officer who had tampered with the samples before delivering the same to the chemist, which samples were later found to be in conditions that were totally incompatible with their history.
Can such a doubt-ridden DNA test report be relied upon as the principal corroborative evidence to convict an accused in any court of law where there is no direct evidence?
The answer is an emphatic no.
COMPLAINANT’S CREDIBILITY IMPAIRED
In an attempt to lend credibility to the story of sodomy, lead prosecutor Shafee went at length to suggest a long-standing intimate relationship between Saiful and Anwar, claiming the latter had given the former a very expensive Brioni suit and generous allowances. But significantly, the scenario constructed by Shafee was completely inferred from the words uttered by Saiful in his narration of the alleged incident – there was no supporting evidence other than Saiful’s words.
The question is: are Saiful’s words good enough for conviction?
Despite Shafee’s claim of Saiful being a completely truthful witness, evidences highlighted by the defence indicate otherwise.
Saiful claimed that he was given the Brioni suit by Anwar, but the suit produced in court showed no label.  Is it credible that the very high-end Brioni product carries no label?
Saiful said he was sodomised in condo unit 1-11-5, on a carpet.  But the police had seized the carpet from unit 2-11-5; there was no carpet in unit 1-2-11-5, and there is no connecting door between the two units.
Saiful said that in the alleged sodomy act, he applied K-Y jelly, which had spilled over the carpet.  But police investigation had found neither evidence of jelly nor any other forensic evidence on the carpet.
Saiful said he had always idolised Anwar, but evidence indicated that he was in fact pro-Barisan Nasional and anti-Anwar from his posting in the Friendster account, and his pal Najwan Haliman had testified that Saiful was not to be trusted.
Saiful attributed his long delay to seek medical examination and make police report to his fear for his safety, but such claim flies in the face of the fact that two days before the alleged incident, he met with then Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak at his residence, had a secret meeting with senior police officer Rodwan Yusof who featured prominently in the fabrication of DNA evidence against Anwar in his 1999 sodomy trial, and had a telephone conversation with then Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan. 
Did such high-level liaison tally up with Saiful’s claim of being a timid victim of sodomy, frightened to make a report to the authorities? Wasm’t it obvious that there was much more to Saiful’s long delay to make a report than his claim of fear?
Shafee’s portrayal of Saiful as an innocent and helpless victim also could not be borne out by the latter’s affair with a female member of the prosecution team Farah Azlina Latif during the trial, from whom Saiful had presumably extracted unauthorised information. Farah was later removed from the team due to this scandal, but neither the High Court nor the Court of Appeal had taken note of the negative impact the defence had submitted over this incident.
With so many yawning gaps between evidence and fact in Saiful’s testimony and in prosecutor’s characterisation of him, it is clear that Saiful is no innocent victim as made out to be, and that his words certainly cannot be accepted as truthful evidence without corroboration.  And lead prosecutor Shafee’s construction of a weak employee sexually harassed by an oppressive employer, based completely on Saiful’s words, is certainly unacceptable.
WILL FEDERAL COURT DELIVER JUSTICE?
Then how can any court convict the accused based on the words of an unreliable complainant, whose only corroborative evidence (the sodomy tests) has proven to be thoroughly flawed?
Indeed, this trial should not even have started, when all the four doctors (in two hospitals) have unanimously found no physical evidence of penetration.  It is a marvel in modern times that such a farcical trial has stretched for six long years, much to the pain of Anwar, his family, and the nation.
Looking back at the many unjust twists and turns that Anwar has suffered in the past six years, the Malaysian law-enforcement authorities and the judiciary have certainly done injustice to Anwar.
At this finality of the trial, without high expectations, the public was hence pleasantly surprised and heartened when the current court showed meticulous attention to details submitted by both sides and allowed full laxity of time for presentation of facts and law, which is in complete contrast to the earlier hearing by the Court of Appeal which had rushed to a verdict in unreasonable time apparently to meet a political dateline.
The public now has high expectations that the panel of five judges headed by Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria, and comprising Justices Raus Sharif, Hamid Embong, Suriyadi Halim Omar and Ramly Ali will give full consideration to the submissions from both protagonists and make their judgments conscientiously in accordance with law, without fear or favour, and free of political influence.

Kim Quek