Bus Crash No More – Sign The Petition

February 5, 2008 at 1:21 am (Justice, Politics) (, , )

When I first read ‘Family mourns loss of beautiful, intelligent go-getter about the tragedy involving a double-decker express bus that killed three passengers, I felt angry and sad.

How could the bus driver who had 13 summonses against him or the driver’s company that had 13 summonses on that bus itself (not sure which is the correct version) be still free to roam on the road?

I hope the answer is not blowin’ in the wind.

If you have not already signed the petition, please do so here.

Lastly, I would like to end with a song below:

(to the tune and lyric of ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ by Bob Dylan)

How many roads must a man travel down
Before death calls him home?
Yes, ‘n’ how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ‘n’ how many roads must the bus drivers ply
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

Bus Crash No More - Sign The Petition

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A new thing: A new job

February 2, 2008 at 10:18 pm (Personal) ()

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Yes, started a new job as of 1 February 2008 on Friday. Position: Professional Services Engineer.

Hope to complete my 3-month probation and become a permanent employee.

God help me.

Thank You.

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On the records: Man enough to face death?

February 2, 2008 at 12:01 pm (Justice, Politics) (, , , )

C/Insp Azilah Hadri, 32, and Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 37, are charged with murdering the 28-year-old Mongolian Altantuya Shariibuu at Bukit Rajah, Selangor between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006. Political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, is charged with abetting them. They face the death penalty, if convicted.

IF the three were man enough to kill, why are they not man enough to face death?

Latest on the trial taken from The Star:


Witness: Azilah contacted Sirul and Razak

SHAH ALAM: A Celcom Bhd employee told the Altantuya Shariibuu murder trial that there had never been any mistake in call records from its transmission stations.

Haizal Hambali, a technician with the telco’s access planning division, said in the eight years that he had been with the company, he had never come across any such error.

Haizal, the prosecution’s 63rd witness in the trial, which entered its 82nd day yesterday, was clarifying the earlier testimonies two witnesses from the company on the calls made by C/Insp Azilah Hadri, the first accused in the case.

Azilah, 32, and Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 37, are charged with murdering the 28-year-old Mongolian at Bukit Rajah, Selangor between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006.

Political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, is charged with abetting them. They face the death penalty, if convicted.

According to records, transactions involving the handphone used by Azilah were traced from Bukit Aman to the surrounding areas of Puncak Alam (the location of the crime) between 8pm and midnight on Oct 19 that year.

The call records also showed that the accused had contacted Sirul Azhar and Abdul Razak in the days preceding the murder.

Continuing with his testimony yesterday, Haizal said the company’s Puncak Alam transmission station’s records showed that Azilah made calls at 10.43pm and 11.16 pm on Oct 19 while a third call was detected by their Bukit Asmara station at 11.26pm.

Asked by DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah during examination-in-chief why the third call was not detected on the Puncak Alam transmission station but the Bukit Asmara one, Haizal said: “When we are in a high place, we will get signals from a station that is far. On top a hill there are no other strong dominant factors, as such, the mobile phone can pick any nearby signal.”

He said after that, the Puncak Perdana station (nearest to the murder scene) detected another call that was made at 11.28pm to L/Kpl Rohaniza Roslan (Azilah’s girlfriend).

Thereafter Azilah’s calls were detected at Section U3 Shah Alam, Section 4 Kota Damansara, Km19 NKVE and Bukit Aman at 12.25am the next day.

“Based on the call transactions, the holder of the phone moved from Bukit Aman to Kampung Melayu, Subang before reaching the hill in Puncak Alam where the murder is said to have taken place, then moved back to Bukit Aman via Section U3, Shah Alam, Section 4 Kota Damansara and the NKVE (North Klang Valley Expressway),” he said.

He said although the Location Area Code might be the same, the actual locations would still be different because the LAC represented a very wide area within which there were many transmission stations, each with its own identity code.

The hearing before Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin resumes on Monday. – Bernama

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How long will this kind of thing go on?

January 26, 2008 at 7:36 pm (Justice, Politics, religion) (, , , , , , )

Gan Eng Gor… Another corpse-snatching by Police & Islamic authorities

JANUARY 19: It was reported by French wire agency AFP, quoting The Star, that Malaysian police have seized the body of Gan Eng Gor, an ethnic Chinese man, in the latest dispute between Islamic authorities and family members over a disputed conversion. Quote:

The dispute comes just days (Jan 18, 2008) after a court ordered a Christian woman’s body be returned to her family after Islamic authorities admitted they were wrong in claiming she had converted. The cases have fed accusations over the growing “Islamisation” of Malaysia, where the population is dominated by Muslim Malays living alongside ethnic Chinese and Indian communities.

The eldest son of the deceased, who died on Sunday aged 74, said his father became a Muslim last July, but his other children reject the claim and insist their father was a Buddhist.

Police reportedly took Gan’s body from a funeral parlour outside Kuala Lumpur after his eldest son, 47, who became a Islam several years ago and renamed Abdul Rahman Gan Abdullah, lodged a report claiming his father had converted and taken a Muslim name.

Even Eng Gor’s widow, Chua Chun, 65, who had been looking after her bedridden husband over the past two years and the couple’s seven other children, denied this.

A legal tussle, with the Syariah Court at the core, ensued.

JANUARY 20: The Syariah Court in Seremban deferred the hearing to determine the religious status Gan Eng Gor to allow his Buddhist family — to appoint a Syariah counsel.

According to The Star, Registrar Abdul Razak Mat Nayan told the dead man’s children that they would also have to submit the names of those who would testify during the hearing as part of the syariah court process.

JANUARY 21: On behalf of the family, Gan Eng Gor’s sixth child, Gan Hock Lim, 40, a supervisor living in Klang, filed a case at the High Court in Seremban, challenging the deceased’s conversion to Islam.

The family was represented by lawyers recommended by the MCA.

JANUARY 24: Seremban Syariah Court judge Mohd Nadzri Abdul Rahman in his ex-parte judgment said Gan Eng Gor, whose Muslim name was Amir Gan Abdullah, was a Muslim based on the testimony by officers from the council and his oldest child Abdul Rahman Gan Abdullah.

The remains of the 74-year-old man, whose widow and seven children had no knowledge of his conversion to Islam, was yesterday released to the state Islamic religious council for burial.

Eng Gor’s widow, Chua Chun, and the couple’s seven other children were not present in court yesterday.

Gan’s next of kin — two of whom are bloggers — contacted me last night.

I was told that the deceased’s family will be going ahead with civil suit against the eldest son for forgery charges as the father, who was paralysed and couldn’t talk due to a stroke, was deemed to be invalid.I was made to understand that evidence of discrepancy on all the documents will be tendered. There would be argument that Gan’s supposed conversion was concealed from the rest of the family until his death last Sunday.The eldest son had apparently lodged a police report, saying that the deceased was a Muslim, and wanted to claim the body, despite his mother having kowtow-ed appealing for compassion.

The family said they “lost” the case in Syariah court as their application for an injunction to stop the Syariah court from proceeding came in way too late.

Read these blogs for insights and feel the torment:
1 ) www.guilostories.com
2 ) http://hsiauchuen.wordpress.com

Meanwhile, Google News is starting the indexing of news and blog items related to Gan Eng Gor, here.

The origin of above post is taken from:
http://www.jeffooi.com/2008/01/gan_eng_gor.php

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Government on His Shoulder

January 23, 2008 at 6:17 pm (Personal, Spiritual) ()

Isaiah 9

6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.

May His government come upon our lives and land.

May His government and peace increase over Malaysia!

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8

January 13, 2008 at 11:10 pm (Personal, Spiritual) (, )

For the first time, I heard a sermon that simply entitled ‘8’.

8 in Hebrew is the letter Chet.

Chet is the Number of New Beginnings
Since Chet represents the number 8, we can see how it represents grace, (chen) and the concept of new beginnings:

  • Brit milah (), the covenant of circumcision, occurs on the 8th day of a boy’s life, marking the beginning of of his life
  • There were 8 souls saved during the mabul hagadol (great flood) of Noah
  • The LORD reaffirmed His covenant to Abraham 8 times
  • David was the 8th son of Jesse
  • Sukkot is an 8 day festival that anticipate the Olam Habah – the world to come
  • Jesus was resurrected on the 1st day of the week, which if we understand the preceding seven days to constitute a complete cycle, is the eighth day

(Source: http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Grammar/Unit_One/Aleph-Bet/Chet/chet.html)

What is my new beginning beginning tomorrow, January 14, 2008?

Hopefully, by God’s grace, I will know tomorrow.

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The World is Watching Us!

January 5, 2008 at 8:12 pm (Politics) (, , , , , , )

Malaysia seems to be making headlines internationally for the past few months.

From the BERSIH and HINDRAF rally in November 2007 to the latest ‘sexposure‘ of the Health Minister, the world is watching us!

Right now as I blog this, a Google search every other minute on ‘sex scandal‘ results in the news related to the former Health Minister sex tape scandal

I wonder what the next international headline will be for Malaysia.

Let’s wait and see! sexscandal1.jpg

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Elijah.Elisha.TheYoungMan

December 30, 2007 at 8:38 pm (Personal, Spiritual) (, )

Don’t mess with the man of God – the prophet.

God backed up every word of Elijah, Elisha and the young man (2 Kings 9:4)

They brought the fear of the Lord upon the land.

In the days of Elijah, Elisha and the young man, the evil structure of the day was destroyed.

May God bring down the Ahab, Jezebel and Baal of our present day.

Ahab – evil ruler

Jezebel – corruption

Baal – false religion

Jesus reigns!

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Forgiveness

December 23, 2007 at 11:01 pm (Personal, Spiritual) (, , )

Forgiveness

So much needs to be done yet so much needs to be undone.

How do we ‘undo‘ offenses? If we are wounded or hurt by someone, we have to forgive.

Not easy but we have to do it. Only then healing and reconciliation will flow.

If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

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Linking Generations

December 16, 2007 at 8:35 pm (Personal, Spiritual)

The Elijah-Elisha-the sons-of-the-prophets linking speaks of the three-generational succession of anointing and ministry.

Elijah, the major prophet of his days, had a follower named Elisha who became his servant.

Later, after Elijah was taken up to heaven, his mantle of leadership fell upon Elisha. ElijaHeaven

Now, as Elijah’s successor, Elisha had the double portion of anointing that he sought for in Elijah.

Elisha, in his lifetime, performed many miracles and raised his own the sons of the prophets.

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