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Wong Pei Tty / Chin Eei Hui Runner Up In SCG THAILAND GRAND PRIX GOLD 2008

Monday, June 30th, 2008 4,460 views

Wong Pei Tty and Chin Eei Hui

Malaysia’s top women doubles shuttlers Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui received a timely boost ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games when they powered into the final of the Thailand Open in Bangkok today but their experience and teamwork is still not the best to beat China’s Yang Wei-Zhang Jiewen, whom they have never beaten in nine meetings.

Although in the opening game, Wong Pei Tty / Chin Eei Hui performed very well and beat Yang Wei-Zhang Jiewen 15-21, but it was not their luck to win the 2nd and rubber set in this SCG Thailand Badminton Grand Prix Gold 2008. They lost their confidence and did not perform very well, everyone expect to see a big win by the underdog but they did not make it in the second and rubber game. They lost 21-13 in second game and 21-13 in the rubber game.

Hope they will gain enough experience and knowledge and partnership for their coming game and Olympic which is just 40days away.

In the men’s double and men’s single Malaysia did not qualified for final as we did not send our top players to compete in this Thailand Open.

Final Results
Men’s Single won by China’s Lin Dan 17-21, 21-15, 21-13 against Thailand, Boonsak PONSANA

Women’s Single won by China’s Xie Xingfang 26-24, 21-7 against own team mate, Lu Lan

Men’s Double won by China’s Chai Yun / Fu Haifeng 21-17, Retired against own team mate Guo Zhendong / Xie Zhongbo

Women’s Double won by Yang Wei / Zhang Jiewen 15-21, 21-13, 21-13 against Malaysia’s Wong Pei Tty / Chin Eei Hui

Mix Double won by China’s Xie Zhongbo / Yawen ZHANG 23-25, 21-10, 23-21 against He Hanbin / Yang (F) YU

What I can say is All the title was sapu by China as most of the matches is China vs China. If Malaysia were to sent out all the top players like Lee Chong Wei, Wong Mew Choo, Khoo Kien Kiat / Tan Boon Heong, we should be in final and maybe getting the cup? Malaysia Boleh!

Coach Pang happy with Eei Hui-Pei Tty despite final loss

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty did not win at the Thailand Open yesterday but as far as coach Pang Cheh Chang is concerned, the duo succeeded in their task to forge a better understanding ahead of the Beijing Olympics in August.

A first Open title continued to elude the top Malaysian women’s pair, going down 21-15, 13-21, 13-21 to Zhang Jiewen-Yang Wei of China in a 49-minute final. But they did a creditable job to take the first game off the top seeds.

Despite the defeat, Cheh Chang said that Eei Hui-Pei Tty certainly lifted their spirits ahead of the Beijing Games with their performance in the Thailand Open.

“This was their third back-to-back tournament. They competed but struggled in Singapore and Indonesia,” he said in a telephone interview from Bangkok yesterday.

“The reason we listed them for the Thailand Open was for them to find the missing link in their partnership. They found their rhythm here. Taking one game off the world number one today will give them the confidence to take on the world’s best.”

Eei Hui-Pei Tty will resume work to prepare for the Olympics after a three-day break. Eei Hui will be undergoing treatment for knee pains, which hampered her performance yesterday.

source: TheStar.com.my

Anything or Whatever drink?

Sunday, June 29th, 2008 3,318 views

Have you got friends who care less on what they drink?

Every time you ask them what would they want to drink during your meet up sessions and they would say, “Cincai la”, “Anything” or “Whatever”?

Don’t bother deciding what to give them and just give them what they asked for; Anything or Whatever!

“Anything” is carbonated and is made in six flavours: Cola, Cola with Lemon, Apple, Fizz Up, Cloudy Lemon and Root Beer.

Anything Drink

“Whatever” is non-carbonated and is made in six flavours as iced tea: Ice Lemon Tea, Peach Tea, Jasmine Green Tea, White Grape Tea, Apple Tea and Chrysanthemum Tea.

Whatever Drink

These delicious beverages are so unique in packaging that you’ll have no idea what flavour you are having when you buy one! You’ll only know what you’re having till you are drinking it! That’s the most thrilling part and reward for people who like surprises in life and those who usually have problem picking any particular drink to have.

If you are in for the thrill of drinking Anything or Whatever, they are now available in Jusco and 7-Eleven all across Peninsular Malaysia. I just tried Whatever and what I got was Ice Lemon Tea, LOL =p

Whatever

Whatever

Whatever - Saimatkong

Anything / Whatever drink

Malaysian Government Orders Immediate Torrent Site Blackout

Saturday, June 28th, 2008 3,162 views

Malaysian Government Orders Immediate Torrent Site Blackout

Reports are coming in that the government in Malaysia has ordered the immediate suspension of many BitTorrent trackers hosted in the country. In a shock move, the government – citing the ‘Copyright Act 1987′ – has ordered hosts to suspend servers hosting BitTorrent sites, pending an investigation. Many sites are offline.

When BitTorrent sites get into legal trouble or other pressures force a move to a new location, the speculation begins on the safest place to go.

For instance, would a site bail out of the Netherlands and move to Canada? Is Canada too dangerous now, and would a move to Sweden be more appropriate? What about moving to Ukraine-based hosting like Demonoid or further afield – China or Russia maybe? Inevitably, discussions usually involve ideas of moving sites east, to countries like Malaysia. Fairly high-tech countries like this seem an attractive proposition, particularly given their government’s track-record in failing to do much about piracy.

Given this background, BitTorrent tracker admins with their sites hosted in Malaysia were confronted by a very unpleasant surprise today. An administrator from a well known tracker contacted TorrentFreak this morning with worrying news, he told us: “Malaysia’s government suddenly forced all torrent websites to shut down today until further notice, a complete surprise to torrent admins and the offshore hosting companies in Malaysia.”

The news was given to this and other site admins, via an email from the hosting provider, which indicates the action has been ordered down from a high level. The email informs the admins that their servers have been suspended by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, under the Copyright Act 1987. As the request came from the government, the host makes it clear they had no choice but to shut down the site. Among the affected sites are Extremebits, Rapthe, Superfundo and several others. According to sources, although torrent sites have been taken offline, other sites dealing in pirate material have also been suspended after the government decided to act on mounting copyright-related complaints.

Prominent Malaysian host Shinjiru confirmed the closures, telling TorrentFreak: “We can confirm that this is accurate. We had enforcement officers from MDTCA visiting the office to confirm the closure of BitTorrent sites hosted on our network. We will comply to all shut down instructions from the local authorities or agencies with warrants or documents.”

More on this breaking news as we get it.

source : torrentfreak

So now we cannot download torrent? So we only support original? =)

So You Think You Can Dance II, Ruums KL

Friday, June 27th, 2008 13,474 views

So You Think You Can Dance II

Went to Watch So You Think You Can Dance Season 2 @ Ruums KL on 19 June ( Episode 8 ) and 26 June ( Episode 9 ). It was fantastic!

So You Think You Can Dance Season 2 @ Ruums KL
Ruums KL

So You Think You Can Dance Season 2, Stage
So U Think U Can Dance Stage

So You Think You Can Dance Season 2, Tickets
Tickets

Woei Kang with So U Think U Can Dance Tickets


Opening Dance, Part I (Very Creative Dance)


Opening Dance, Part II (Very Creative Dance)


Sam was kicked out from So You Think You Can Dance II, Episode 9


So You Think You Can Dance II, Episode 9 Grand Finale

Very Chi Kik and all the dancers have own supporters and they shouted like crazy! Yes really crazy =)

So You Think You Can Dance Season 2, Episode 9 Winner

No Credit Card In Petrol Station, Cash Only

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 4,555 views

No Credit Card In Petrol Station, Cash Only

Isn’t this ridiculous? Few weeks back they increase Petrol Price to 2.70 a liter, now they are telling Malaysian Petrol Station only accept Cash but not credit card? It will be a lot burden to the public and trouble cause? I myself use Credit Card to pump petrol because of convenience and want to collect points for the use of Credit Card but now,

Petroleum Dealers Association of Malaysia, had sent out a notice to 3,200 members nationwide advising them to refuse all cards.

So when we need to pump RM100 ++ petrol we have to bring enough cash and if not we have to go thru all the trouble to look for ATM, withdraw money and endanger ourselves after we withdraw the money from the robber? What about after 12am and most of the ATM close? We have to wait till tomorrow? That’s s*ck!

Why is this happening? So many bad things happened to Malaysia? Malaysia Boleh?

Credit card refusal draws ire

GEORGE TOWN: Motorists here are fuming over the sudden move by petrol stations here as well as Kedah and Perlis to refuse payment by credit and fleet cards.

The decision was made following a meeting in Butterworth at 3.30pm yesterday to discuss a circular by the Petroleum Dealers Association of Malaysia, which had sent out a notice to 3,200 members nationwide advising them to refuse all cards.

More than 400 stations in the northern region decided to enforce the move and started refusing the payment from midnight.

In the meeting, Mobil Stations Malaysia deputy president Roslan Jamaludin said petrol station operators could no longer shoulder the burden of the card charges.

“We lose nearly 50% of our profit to card transactions. How are we going to cut costs if everyone uses cards for their purchase?” he asked.

He added that operators agreed to this “business decision” for “long-term survival” and to highlight their plight to the Government.

Motorist Zafran Zakri Mohamad, 37, said the petrol station operators should not be heartless.

“We are struggling to cope with the recent increase in fuel price. We thought we could depend on credit cards when we run out of cash.

“But now we cannot not even use credit cards. And to impose such a ruling at a time of month when most people are running out of cash is really unacceptable,” said an irate Zafran.

Car rental agent Kintan Natasuri Aziz, 40, who uses the fleet card, said the new ruling would pose much inconvenience to him, as he has to travel outstation to send and pick up cars for rental.

“We also do not carry much cash,” he said.

Another motorist, Maisarah Khairul Anuar, 27, said that if petrol station operators were unhappy with the interest imposed by the banks then they should take it up with banks.

“They should not make consumers suffer,” she said.

Ryan Tang, 31, a graphic designer, said it was not right to immediately implement such decision without giving prior notice to customers.

“What if we run out of petrol after midnight when the ATMs are closed and we cannot withdraw money?” said Tang.

source: TheStar

Drivers fume

GEORGE TOWN: Motorists throughout the country were left fuming and confused on Tuesday, all because of the push by petrol station owners to ensure that their profit margins are maintained.

> 400 petrol stations in the northern region decided to stop accepting payments by credit card by today,

> Motorists are angry that they have to pay by cash, especially when they are now paying more for their fuel,

> Chaos broke out in several towns in Sabah and Sarawak as panicked vehicle owners rushed to petrol stations to fill up after receiving irresponsible SMSes that petrol stations were closing for three days,

> Vehicle owners in the peninsula were also worried after receiving similar untrue SMSes of petrol stations closing.
source : TheStar

6.15 Malam Muhibah & Kebudayaan Soka Gakkai Malaysia 2008

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 6,749 views

Finally 6.15 ended with a great success and victory!

Updated

Even New Strait Times reported about this event!

New Strait Times - 6.15 Malam Muhibah & Kebudayaan SGM

Pulsating Soka Gakkai night

Indian Dance
It’s intergrated culture as Soka Gakkai members perform an Indian traditional dance.

KUALA LUMPUR: About 900 young performers, aged seven to 20 years old, captivated the audience at the recent celebrations of Soka Gakkai Malaysia’s 24th anniversary.

GYM, Human Tower
Members of the Soka Gakkai organisation form a human tower.

The “Goodwill and Cultural Night” also marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai culture centre near Taman Kota, Cheras, and the visit by the organisation’s Japanese founder Dr Daisaku Ikeda to the centre 20 years ago.

Soka Gakkai, which means “value-creation society”, was set up to contribute to the well-being of the country and promote friendship, family happiness, racial harmony and peace.

It is based on Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhist philosophy of humanism, compassion and respect for the sanctity of life.

The audience comprised Soka Gakkai members, guests and people who live near the centre.

The show included performances by exponents from Seri Silat Lincah Taman Sri Nanding, hip-hop dancers, a choir, brass-bands and a gymnastic team.

Among the performances were a contemporary dance with a pyrotechnic show and young boys creating human towers.

All the performers joined in a rousing rendition of the High School Musical theme song.

Federation of National Writers Associations of Malaysia president Tan Sri Prof Emeritus Dr Ismail Hussein was among the guests.

source : NST Online

The ‘Malam Muhibah & Kebudayaan Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) 2008′ was officiated by The President of The Federation of National Writer Associations of Malaysia (GAPENA), Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Ismail Hussein at SGM Culture Centre in Cheras on June 14, 2008 (Saturday) at 8.15pm. About 2,500 spectators, including academicians, officials from the National Culture & Arts Department, building consultants, residence from the neighbourhood, members and friends, were entertained with the lively and colourful cultural night staged by the members of SGM. 26 members from Pertubuhan Seri Silat Lincah from Taman Sri Nanding, led by Encik Johari bin Jantan, were guest performers for the night.

The purpose of holding this event is to commemorate the 24th Anniversary of SGM’s Formation, 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of SGM Culture Centre and 20th Anniversary of the first visit of Mr. Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International to Malaysia. SGM also takes this opportunity to extend appreciation to the community and to strengthen the ties of friendship in the neighbourhood.

We had been working very hard for the past few months and a lot of issues / problems / quarrel all happened in the way of running the event, but we manage to sort it out one by one and each and every of the rehearsal and performances was great and achieved victory! I would like to thank all the working committee, SMG PIC and Crews. We made it and create another history. Even the last day was too hectic as it rain on and off till 8.00pm, we had resolved to plan B and those music band and choir was not able to performance that night but all in all it’s back to our gakkai spirit and we had achieve great victory. Thank you everyone!

Thanks to

Co-ordinator

who manage the time and keep the performers calm so that they could perform in without worries, Thanks to

Venue

for arranging all the props, equipments, and the safety and security of performers, Thanks to

Controller

who mange the In and Out flow with clash and delay and make sure the flow is smooth, Thanks to Runner who did all the running for me, Thanks to ASM who assist me, Thanks to … etc etc.

SMG Crews at work!


SMG 6.15 Malam Muhibah & Kebudayaan Soka Gakkai Malaysia 2008

SGM 6.15 Malam Muhibah & Kebudayaan Soka Gakkai Malaysia 2008

6.15 Finale Song

Harmony In Diversity

by Renaissance Choir 2

'Fuel price hike a blessing'

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 3,049 views

‘Fuel price hike a blessing’

Jun 16, 08 10:46am

vox populi big thumbnail‘It will put both businessmen and politicians in their place. For too long, both of them have been shortchanging the Malaysian public.’

On 2,000 play ‘cat and mouse’ with cops

Joe Fernandez: All this is a blessing in disguise. Look for the silver lining in the cloud and count your blessings. Be thankful and grateful and you will have even more reasons to be thankful and grateful for.

I am glad the runaway fuel prices will put Malaysian businessmen, noted crooks and criminals, in their place. Traditionally, they shortchange their workers, the consumers, the government and investors. Now, they are forced to absorb the rising fuel prices and make do with smaller profit margins. If they increase prices for their goods and services, the market will eliminate them.

The runaway fuel prices will also put the politicians in their place. In the past, they were in cahoots with their businessmen friends to create unnecessary government projects to steal indirectly from the treasury.

Dr S Vijayaratnam: In view of the increased cost of fuel, particularly diesel, the government is urged to give priority to the commercial transport sector. The uninterrupted operation of haulage of goods, especially food items, is essential to the well-being of the general public.

We don’t want to see a situation where, due to a slow-down or cessation of this lifeline, wet markets, supermarkets and hypermarkets are devoid of meat, vegetables and grain on their shelves. Such a scenario is frightening, and can lead to social problems and unrest. We can see it building up in Spain and Thailand right now.

It was pointed out in a recent newspaper article that if the food supply chain is hampered for just three or four days, and retail outlets are empty, there is the danger of people becoming desperate, and no telling what they could resort to.

We appreciate that lorry transporters recognise their national responsibility, and are continuing with their operations. However, it is vital that compensation or incentives in some form is given to them, so that daily groceries and edibles from farms, abattoirs, ports and warehouses, most of which are perishable, continue to be delivered.

Among other measures, road tax reduction, exemption of import duties on spare parts and tyres and raising the fleet-card quota for subsidised diesel could be considered.

If we are talking about food security, transportation an essential component. The process cannot be compromised due to high fuel costs. (the writer is vice-president, Gerakan).

JD Lovrenciear: In the wake of the pandemonium resulting from the horrendous fuel price hike, the government recently announced several cost cutting options involving ministers.

Unfortunately the government’s seemingly good intentions has only drawn much flak from the public. Perhaps the government should consider some common sense back-to-basics strategies to gain brownie points and also to address the fuel-price threats effectively.

As any crisis also offers opportunities, the government should think outside the box and table more pragmatic solutions. One such creative solution would be bringing back the humble trishaw to our streets.

Numerous streets in the towns and cities could be turned into trishaw-thoroughfares without much complication.

Bringing the trishaws back also serves as a double bonus. Not only will the demand for fuel be reduced and the street air made more breathable, it also offers many Malaysians an opportunity to earn or save that extra ringgit to help combat the financial squeeze.

Further, if properly nurtured – minus the greedy grabbing hands of politician-businessmen, many of our young and enterprising youths could be well on their way to earning a decent income let alone being more productive.

Surely the rakyat will find the trishaw rides convenient, cost-effective and above all, save the nation’s fuel burning arising from unending traffic jams in main cities and towns.

Hopefully if the government does not take this idea through, the opposition government in the several states could take up the suggestion and show our ruling government the ‘way forward’.

Albert Heng: I don’t believe that ministers ever pay for any entertainment so why should they get an allowance for it at all? In all cases, I believe certain people would rush to pay for any entertainment for a minister, or perhaps be cowed into paying!

Mooshie Mooshie: Will Petronas show us its accounts? No way, not in a million years. It is also known as the ATM (automated teller machine) of the Malaysian government namely Umno’s giant cash kitty.

It will get a lot of people in trouble if Petronas has to show its accounts to the public or parliament. Maybe when the Pakatan government comes to power, then it can be done.

So fellow Malaysians you know what to do lah. And to Pakatan you also keep your promise ya?

Joe: The foreigners are merrily chirping away again, ‘Cheep! Cheep!’ And why not? At RM 2.70, they’re paying about half of what they pay at home!

Why raise the petrol price for locals so heftily and allow the foreigners to enjoy the same ‘cheep’ price? Simple arithmetic will tell you to raise the price for foreigners to a level high enough to offset whatever claimed losses Petronas is suffering but still lower than foreign prices – RM4.50 for example. They will still pay as they still save.

Arthur Chan: Many Malaysians are not aware that the state of Kelantan has not been explored for oil and gas. The BN government didn’t spend any money on this state because it is under PAS rule. The sea area off Kelantan state is just as large as Terenggnau’s.

John Johnson: I am a bit surprised that the royalty are keeping mum over the dissatisfaction of the majority of the rakyat. There are important issues that are causing pain and suffering to the rakyat but not one of them has come out openly to say something to let the people know that they are supportive of the rakyat.

Richard Kamalanathan: The oil price has been rising remarkably in the last six months beyond our meagre expectations and it is not going to recede as much as we would wish it to be. It is has increased our burden of movement via private and public transportation;

The government may not be able to interfere as much as it would wish to. The international and global economy has to confront these rises and adapt its future course in accordance with numerous rises in other sources of energy especially electricity.

The price of steam coal has risen by leaps and bounds now too. The cost of electricity has yet to rise. I do not wish to appear fair to the government but I only wish that most of us would approach our own political parties to which we belong to come out with a clear policy as to how we can overcome the oil prices and help the people who are in dire need of survival.

The survival syndrome in Malaysia is already around the corner and political parties like the DAP, PKR and PAS must explain how they will overcome these increases and promise the people who have elected them a better alternative.

Ikunosan: The government should retract all APs issued, and instead sell the APs to anyone that wants to import a vehicle. This way, the estimated 7000 – 10,000 APs issued a year can generate, at RM40K average price of an AP, an estimated: RM 40,000 x 10,000 AP = RM400,000,000!

This is all about BN mis-management, they giving out APs to help only the few.

Hafiz: Personally, I have no qualms on the right of the people to voice their dissatisfaction on the increase in fuel prices. My view is that such protests should be channeled through proper means.

I personally feel that the organisers should think twice about organising another ‘mega’ protest because it can lead to a waste of resources especially if such an action is planned to be repeated.

Protests on the street can lead to road closures, traffic congestion and a sudden influx of people coming into the city – aren’t these leading to a waste in fuel for the ordinary Joe who is stuck in his car trying to get home but ‘forced’ to join in the rally of people?

Can we think of other means of protests instead of street rallies, please?

On A sustainable public transport system – possible?

Maniam Sankar: Okay, so improvements to public transport will only feature in Budget 2009 says the finance minister. When the last price increase for petrol was announced , there was a promise to improve public transport including adding more coaches to train.

Even a date, October 2008, was mentioned for the additional coaches. And now the minister only wants to include it in the 2009 budget which means we’ll be lucky to see the expansion in early 2009, if at all. In the meantime, dear Malaysians, do be resigned to the ‘sardine tin’ rides

Allow me to suggest immediate improvements to the bus service so that they follow the example of buses in Singapore and most Australian cities. During peak hours (6.30aam to 9am and 4.30pm to 7pm say ) send express buses direct to the residential areas.

Do not let them go from one taman to the next before going to the city or vice versa as that lengthens the commute time. For example, instead of sending buses at 10 minute intervals and going through two or three taman, send one direct bus every 20 minutes from each taman.

After peak hours, stop buses, except those from neighbouring suburbs from coming into the city but use them to ferry commuters to the nearest train station and shopping areas. By this time, the crowd will be latecomers and moms will be doing shopping so this will fill up trains and buses which will be running empty by now.

This system works in the cities aforementioned. Right now, not many bus routes pass the nearest shopping centres or train stations as they are all headed to KL only. There is hardly any intra- taman or neighbourhood bus services.

It is presently easier to get from any suburb to KL than from, say , PJ to PJ or Subang to Suban. Please do the easy fixes first. The grand solution can come later.

On The BN’s or PM’s fatal remedy?

John Lee: I think Dr Dzulkefly has made a mistake in his economic analysis of subsidies. As a general rule, subsidies and indirect taxes are part of the field of micro-economics. A simple microeconomic analysis would actually suggest that subsidies are harmful because they isolate people from the costs of their actions – there is a ‘deadweight loss’, to use some economics jargon.

Of course, the situation is more complicated than that, but ultimately I don’t think subsidies are the best way to aid the poor.

A proper macroeconomic analysis of the situation would treat the subsidies as government spending. As a rule, government spending does boost the economy. Dzulkefly is correct to say that this is ‘beneficial for the rakyat.

However, not all spending is alike. A subsidy primarily benefits people who buy a lot of petrol. Those who buy gas guzzlers and drive over the speed limit benefit more from the subsidies than those who take public transport or drive compact cars. This government injection of money into the economy primarily benefits the rich.

A more appropriate form of spending would be to give people the money directly, perhaps in accordance with their income (so a middle-class family gets a smaller or even no rebate, while the hardcore poor get substantially more).

This would be more efficient than an un-targeted subsidy, and would act as a subsidy for whatever the families decide to spend their money on, rather than just a subsidy for petrol. If I decide I would rather buy a book than fill up my tank, I still benefit.

Unfortunately, the government persists in ill-advised fiscal policies. Petronas’ profits should not be going to prop up foundering cronies’ enterprises or subsidising ministers’ vacations. They should be rebated directly to the Malaysian people, or invested for long-term benefit of the country.

The government’s reduction of the fuel subsidies is a good start, but as long as they spend the new revenues imprudently, our frustration at the government will continue to be justified.

Stephen Chew: In the article, the writer touts the ability of net oil-exporting countries like Venezuela and Iran, to provide highly subsidised fuel for their citizens, implying that surely Malaysia can and should do the same.

Beware the paradise of cheap petrol, as the real picture is not as rosy as depicted. The truth is that the governments of Venezuela and Iran have been trying for years to remove these economically distorting subsidies, but are cowed by vociferous citizens who treat cheap oil as a birthright.

Ever since 1989, when thousands of Venezuelans died in fuel hike protests, reducing fuel subsidies have become politically impossible even for the popular President Chavez (he calls the subsidy ‘disgusting’).

Despite ever rising oil prices, the Venezuelan economy does not benefit as huge amounts of money are drained from the national oil company to pay for subsidies – money that could instead be used for social welfare and development programs. Sounds familiar?

You might think it would be easy to fill up your petrol tank in a country that exports more oil than almost any other country in the world. But as of May 21, 2007, Iranians are no longer free to buy as much subsidised petrol as they want due to a rationing system introduced by the government in Tehran – resulting in riots which destroyed many petrol stations.

Until then, the government of Iran had subsidised gasoline to keep prices down, but the programme has proven exorbitantly expensive in a period when the Iranian economy is struggling.

Can the Iranians really afford to provide cheap petrol for its citizens as the writer asserts?

What is clear is that oil prices in Venezuela and Iran have been kept low despite its devastating economic consequences! Do we really want Malaysia to follow in their footsteps?

On Electricity: C’mon, no one uses less than 200 kW

Soo Ching Pin: Concerned Netizen mentioned that an air-conditioner is in use in the house he/she was talking about. I think that is the culprit for power consumption. My younger brothers have installed air-conditioning in the house that they share with my mother.

Since they did that, their monthly electricity consumption has gone over 200 kW, just as in Concerned Netizen’s house.

On the other hand, I do not have air-conditioning in the rented house where I live. I live alone and my monthly electricity consumption has averaged less than 100 kW so far. Granted, I am not at home at least 10 hours a day as I work outside the home, except for my off days.

But when I am at home, I will usually have at least one light on. I also have the standard household appliances like a refrigerator, TV set, DVD player, a rice cooker, a kettle, etc. Of course, the refrigerator is always on unless I shut it down for defrosting but that will only take an hour or so every two weeks or more.

So I conclude that when the government says that more than half the households in Malaysia use less than 200 kW per month, those are the households that do not have air-conditioning. Can we have some statistics from air-conditioning suppliers as to what percentage of Malaysian households have installed air-conditioning?

Then we can see whether their figures are consistent with what we would expect in view of the government’s figures on the proportion of Malaysian households using less than 200 kW per month.

source from Malaysiakini.com

Is Blogging Addictive? Are you a Blogapathy?

Friday, June 20th, 2008 4,712 views

Blogging Comic
The son is too addictive to blog until he don’t want to do other things like watch tv or eat dinner or study? Will blogging affect a person life?

Blogging Comic
The mother is too addictive to blog until she has no time to cook for the family and the family members have to resolved to instant maggie mee?

Haha some funny comic about blogging… nowadays blogging really change ppl life? How what they do everyday they blog about it? Is blogging addictive? Will it affect a person lifestyle? for me I did say both “Yes” and “No”

woo hooo… I love blogging too but sometimes really too busy and can’t even post a single update =(

DO NOT become Blogapathy!

Blogapathy—a condition caused by excessive blogging leaves little time for keeping up with current events and pop culture. “It’s like—I don’t even care anymore what goes on in the world—unless it affects my blog”—says one individual who’s identity we are protecting for privacy… I’m not! =)

some related article that I googled

Update: Hey Hey … I’ve just noticed that someone dugg my “How To” and so have 6 others. Cool! Click on the image and digg it. I’m a relatively digg newbie … so let’s um “game” this beast and see if this social stuff works. : )

Blogging has made a huge impact in many peoples lives over the past few years – just look at the Technorati numbers to see blogs in the tens of millions, from all corners of the globe and by people of all walks of life.

But there surely must come a time for every blogger at some point, where they start to question themselves and their blogging habits: Am I doing too much blogging? Does my life revolve too much around blogging? Am I, OMG, truly addicted to blogging?

Well fret no more fellow travellers, because here’s my cure for your blogging addiction if you think you’re heading down that path – or maybe … you’re already there!

So here are my 7 steps to curing your blogging addiction…

Step #1 – 11pm Means 11pm … Not 2am
When you say you’ll stop blogging and doing blogging-related things and hit the sack at 11pm then make it 11pm. Don’t catch yourself blogging away at 2am in the morning. Be firm on this. Place a curfew on yourself. And no, don’t just move the curfew to 2am.

Step #2 – No More … Good Morning, Computer
Do not turn the computer on first thing in the morning, a habit that every blogger would surely understand. But there might be something I’m missing you tell yourself – an important email, that post in my rss reader that might spark an idea that could get me digged or stumbled upon. Blah, blah … whatever. The world will still spin. Go and wake up properly, have a coffee and some breakfast – and then head into your “blogging” office at a nice and leisurely pace.

Step #3 – Dear Statistics… We’re Seeing Too Much of Each Other
Blogging and stat checking go hand-in-hand. So … limit the number of times you check your blog stats. Once a week is good enough. And if you miss a week, then so bloody what. Life goes on! And don’t use every stat package known to man that is out there or is released. Pick one and stick to it.

Step #4 – Post Only Once a Day
Yep, you read that right. Try it. Sometimes less is more … unless that is, of course, if you’re really after the quantity that AdSense demands. Okay, so lets say you post 5 posts a day. Try only 3. It doesn’t really matter how much you currently post – just try posting a little less. And gosh damn it, if you miss a day of posting or have nothing to say then so what … the world won’t stop.

Step # 5 – Destroy your RSS Feeds
Yup. Set in alight. Delete everything. And start from scratch. Only subscribe to feeds you actually read. Don’t worry about possibly missing something – it’ll bounce around the echo chamber and reach you soon enough. And keep trimming and pruning your feed list – be ruthless.

Step #6 – Get Out of the House
Yes, there is a world out there. Go for a walk. Smell the roses. Talk to a real person face to face. Go to your local pub/cafe/eatery – whatever you fancy. Leave your laptop/pda/crackberry behind. Make it a ritual: once a week, once a day … whatever, just knowing that you are stepping away from your blogging world will give you some peace of mind.

Step #7 – Dump your Broadband
Finally, if all else fails switch back to dial-up. Dump your broadband connection and you’ll soon get so annoyed with how slow it used to be that you’ll just want to get away from that damn, slow, annoying computer.

And there you go – my 7 step program for curing blog addiction.

read more here

another interesting article…

THE BLOGGING ADDICTION:CAUSES & CURES

If you are not a blog addict,

someone you love is. A son or daughter, perhaps. A close friend. Perhaps it is your lover’s secret sin. No family is immune to the addiction; no relationship is impervious to the personal storms unleased by rampant, out-of-control blogging.

How do you identify a blog addict? Perhaps he says he has other things he’d rather do than watch a movie with you on Friday night. Perhaps she sneaks off to the computer desk once she thinks you’ve fallen asleep. Perhaps he is bleery-eyed and unable to track when you talk to him about plans for next weekend. Perhaps she plays at you again and again with the tips of her fingers, as if trying to see if you are real.

The blogging addiction occurs for a variety of reasons. “I spend all day working at this computer – it’s so lonely,” one might say. “No one listens to me at home. At least someone out there in bloggerland is willing to read what I have to say,” says another. Some may take to blogging simply for the pleasure of it, like recreational sex. For others it may fill a deep-seated need to “be somebody.”

Whatever the cause in a particular case, the enablers are everywhere: Blogspot, Bloglines, Journalspace, and Typepad are a few of the more obvious ones. All of them are readily available at the click of a mouse, and some of them are free. Free like maybe the little bag of free sample your heroin dealer offered you at the beginning of that addiction.

You’ll see that one who is tempted to blog starts by hanging out with bloggers (in a virtual sense) and soon enough gets sucked into the endless cycle of Post-and-Read-and-Post-and-Read. And soon enough, something that started out as an innocent and fun way to pass the time turns dark and ugly and begins to ruin a life – and not just the blogger’s life, but the lives of those around him.

Unlike the heroin addiction, the cure for the blog addict is not necessarily total abstinence. Rather, as with many sexual addictions, the goal is to change the habit and the mind-set, so that the patient gains control of the activity, rather than allowing the activity to control him.

Is it hopeless? Not necessarily. The loved one of a blog addict needs to:

(1) Ensure that the blogger posts no more than once or twice a day.
(2) Aid him in reducing the number of blogs he reads – get it down to no more than fifty per day.
(3) Assist her in lessening the number of comments she leaves on other blogs to no more ten per day maximum.

These seem to be reasonable standards; anything more has the potential to become extreme and to push the addict out of control again.

One who loves a blogger has to practice tough love at the first sign of back-sliding, has to remember Lysistrata and tell the out-of-control blogger: “No more driving my bus til you get this under control, buster! (or babe!, as the case may be).”

“I blog, therefore I am” is a great and dangerous fallacy and the blog addict needs to understand that.

BLOGGING IS NOT LIFE – LIFE IS LIFE

Yes, blogging can be one facet of a fulfilling life, but only when the blogger is in full control. The Blog is a monster which must constantly be subdued, wrestled down like some wild animal, tamed and made subservient to the blogger’s enlightened self-interest. In its proper context, under strict watch, with a blogger who is in full control of his faculties and in control of the activity itself, blogging can become a useful and therapeutic adjunct in the development of one’s emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual life.

When the blogging is out of control, the blogger will end up – well – like you and me.

Mozilla Releases Firefox 3 and Redefines the Web Experience

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 2,994 views

Mozilla firefox 3

Are the Mozilla Firefox user? If yes, do you know about Mozilla Firefox3? I myself a long time Mozilla Firefox user and was using Firefox version 2.0.0.14 and I’m very excited to see what’s the changes and new features of Mozilla Firefox3.

Can a browser really make the Web better? Try Firefox and see for yourself. Learn more.

Major performance enhancements and revolutionary “Awesome Bar” make Firefox 3 the fastest, smartest, most powerful browser Mozilla has ever released

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. – June 17, 2008 – Mozilla today released Firefox® 3, a major update to its popular and acclaimed free, open source Web browser. Firefox 3 is the culmination of three years of efforts from thousands of developers, security experts, localization and support communities, and testers from around the globe.

Available today in approximately 50 languages, Firefox 3 is two to three times faster than its predecessor and offers more than 15,000 improvements, including the revolutionary smart location bar, malware protection, and extensive under the hood work to improve the speed and performance of the browser.

“We’re really proud of Firefox 3 and it just shows what a committed, energized global community can do when they work together,” said John Lilly, CEO of Mozilla.

What’s New in Firefox 3:

The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox 3 sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox 3 provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox 3 smart location bar, affectionately known as the “Awesome Bar,” learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time. The Firefox 3 Library archives browsing history, bookmarks, and tags, where they can be easily searched and organized. One-click bookmarking and tagging make it easy to remember, search and organize Web sites. The new full-page zoom displays any part of a Web page, up close and readable, in seconds.

Performance. Firefox 3 is built on top of the powerful new Gecko 1.9 platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product. Firefox 3 now uses less memory while it’s running, and its redesigned page rendering and layout engine means users see Web pages two to three times faster than Firefox 2.

Security. Firefox 3 raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web. Firefox 3’s one-click site ID information allows users to verify that a site is what it claims to be. Mozilla’s open source process leverages the experience of thousands of security experts around the globe.

Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox 3 lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons. Firefox Add-ons allow users to manage tasks like participating in online auctions, uploading digital photos, seeing the weather forecasts, and listening to music, all from the convenience of the browser. The new Add-ons Manager helps users to find and install add-ons directly from the browser.

For more information about Mozilla Firefox 3 and how it delivers an easier, faster, and safer online experience, visit http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/features.

Mozilla Firefox 3 is available now for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems as a free download from http://www.getfirefox.com.

The release of Firefox 3 kicks off Download Day, the Mozilla community’s grassroots campaign to set a brand new Guinness World Record for the greatest number of software downloads in 24 hours. The worldwide community effort begins the minute Firefox 3 is released and will continue for a full day. For more information, please visit http://www.spreadfirefox.com/worldrecord/.

Mozilla Firefox 3 vs Internet Explorer (IE)

See How We Stack Up

We’ve told you about what makes Firefox great, but how do we compare against Internet Explorer? Check out our handy browser comparison chart to see for yourself.

mozilla firefox 3 vs IE

Download Day is here! Set a Guinness World Record and Enjoy a Better Web

Sounds like a good deal, right? All you have to do to help us set the record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours is get Firefox 3 now – it’s that easy. We’re not asking you to swallow a sword or to balance 30 spoons on your face, although that would be kind of awesome.

Please download Firefox 3 by 11:16 a.m. PDT (18:16 UTC) on June 18, 2008. That’s 11:16 a.m. in Mountain View, 2:16 p.m. in Toronto, 3:16 p.m. in Rio de Janeiro, 8:16 p.m. in Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Rome and Warsaw, 10:16 p.m. in Moscow, and June 19, 2008 at 2:16 a.m. in Beijing and 3:16 a.m. in Tokyo.

Firefox 3

saimatkong urge you to download your copy now! =)

Petronas urges public not to join e-mail campaign? Say no to Petronas?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 667,457 views

Did you receive chain email letter asking you to boycott Petronas so that they will reduce the fule/petrol price? I myself receive a lot in my different-different mail box but I do not forward it and don’t think it will work and it will only affect the economy? The email title “Let’s get those fuel prices down”… If you receive it do not forward!

here’s the content of the email:

Do not buy Petronas Petrol

* Not too sure if this logic really can work or not *

It’s different and successful approach….” Don’t’ buy PETRONAS”
Just DO it!!!!
LET’S JUST DO IT ! ! !

THIS IS NOT THE ‘DON’T BUY’ PETROL FOR ONE DAY, BUT IT WILL SHOW YOU HOW WE CAN GET PETROL BACK DOWN TO RM1.92 PER Litre….
This was originally sent by Phillip Hollsworth, a retired Coca Cola executive.

If you are tired of the gas prices going up AND they will continue to rise this winter, take time to read this, PLEASE.

Phillip offered this good idea.

This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the ‘don’t buy petrol on a certain day’ campaign that was going around last April or May!

It is worth your consideration. Join the resistance!!!!

We are going to hit RM 2.70 a litre and it might go higher!! Want petrol prices to come down?

We need to take some intelligent, united action. The oil companies just laughed at last year’s action because they knew we would not continue to ‘hurt’ ourselves by refusing to buy petrol. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work.
Please read on and join with us!

By now, you’re probably thinking petrol priced at about $1.50 is cheap.
It is currently RM2.70 for regular unleaded.

Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a liter of gas is CHEAP at $1.50, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace…not sellers.

With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action.

The only way we are going to see the price of petrol come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their petrol! And, we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves.

How? Since we all rely on our cars, we can’t just stop buying petrol.

But we CAN have an impact on petrol prices if we all act together to force a price war.

Here’s the idea: For the rest of this year, DON’T purchase ANY petrol from Petronas
the biggest price-up driver company.

If they are not selling any petrol, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit.

But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Petronas petrol buyers. It’s SO simple!
Now, don’t wimp out on me at this point…keep reading and I’ll explain how simple it is to reach millions and even BILLIONS of people!!

I am sending this note to 20 people.
If each of you sends it on to at least twenty more that’s (20 x 20 = 400) ..
And those 400 send it to at least twenty more (400 x 20 = 8000 … and so on,
by the time the message reaches the fifth group of people, we will have reached over SIXTY FOUR MILLION consumers!!!!!
20×20 = 400
400×20 = 8,000
8,000×20 = 160,000
160,000×20 = 3,200,000
3,200,000×20 = 64,000,000
64,000,000×20 = 12,800,000,000
That’s 12.80 Billion people folks, who will have been contacted!!!!!

Unbelievable?? Do the math and see for yourself!
Again, all you have to do is send this to 20 people. That’s all!
I’ll bet you didn’t think we had that much potential, did you!
Acting together we can make a difference..

If this message makes sense to you, then please pass it on.
THEY will LOWER THEIR PRICES TO BELOW THE RM1.92 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN.
THIS CAN REALLY WORK.

It’s simple – send the message along to others and choose to not buy petrol from Petronas.
TWENTY FIVE POINT SIX BILLION people:

Now THAT’s people power.

LET’S
JUST DO IT ! ! !
More power to you friend.

” LIFE – DREAMS = JOBS ”

Today it’s in newspaper asking we do not forward the email… So I urge you, do not forward the email too! If someone send you the email just ignore it. Then it will stop circulating. Thank you.

Petronas urges public not to join e-mail campaign? Say no to Petronas?

KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas has urged the public not to join an e-mail campaign to boycott its products because it will not affect fuel prices.

Its president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican said Petronas was not the largest retailer of fuel in the country as it only has about 800 stations nationwide.

“Any form of boycott will only hurt the station owners, the small and medium-seized enterprises that supply the stations with their products and the shareholders of Petronas Dagangan – many of whom are pensioners,” he said in an interview.

Petronas stations account for about 30% of fuel sold in the country. The largest retail station owner is Shell with over 1,200 stations.

An e-mail has been circulating calling on the public to boycott Petronas stations and its products. The e-mail claimed that a similar boycott was carried out in the United States against another petroleum company and it succeeded in forcing the company to reduce its prices.

Hassan said that Petronas had no say over fuel prices as they were determined by the Government.

He said Petronas as a corporation would not be unduly affected by such a boycott as Petronas Dagangan accounted for less than 5% of its revenue.

Hassan also said the country had to import 80,000 barrels of petrol every day because the refineries in the country did not produce enough.

“We are an exporter of diesel and jet fuel because of the composition of the Tapis sweet light crude that we produce. Any boycott will only benefit the foreign oil companies who operate here.”

It is learnt that some foreign oil companies own the stations directly from overseas even though they have local units here.

Asked why Petronas was not making more money now that the Government had increased the pump prices, Hassan said oil companies always sells fuel at market rate and it was the Government that paid the subsidies to these firms.

“Our profits remain the same and we do not benefit from any increase or reduction of fuel prices.”

source

Today Petronas also say their secret account is all public and will reveal all their earning and publish in their annual report. So there’s no more secret. But in Malaysiakini, Petronas was instructed to reveal all the accounts to the public.

Petronas ‘must bare all’
Rahmah Ghazali | Jun 16, 08 8:12pm
A civil society group today described the government’s decision to reveal the accounts of national oil company Petronas – which has been a well-kept secret for over three decades – as “strange”.

- Reveal all, from 1974 till today
- Khairy takes ‘opportunistic’ stand

source from Malaysiakini

It is also report in TheStar that Petronas Claimed their report is public and there’s no secret. So which and who is true and telling the truth?

Petronas chief: Report is public

KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas has been publishing its annual report for the past 18 years and it is easily available, including on its website, said its president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican.

“We print 5,000 copies of the report every year even though we are legally required to publish only two. We distribute the report to the Parliament library, ministries and even the media,” he said in an interview.

Replying to queries by various quarters that the national petroleum corporation’s accounts were not made public, Hassan said yesterday that this was not true and it was just that certain people “refused to look for iteven though it is easily available.”

”If they cannot find one of the 5,000 copies we’ve printed, then they should have searched our website under the heading ‘Investors Relations’ in the Corporate webpage.

“The accounts from 2002 to last year are listed there.

“We have got nothing to hide. When I joined the corporation in 1990, I told my then boss the late Tan Sri Azizan (Zainul Abidin) that we have to publish an annual report if we are to be a global petroleum player,” he added.

A copy of the 2007 annual report was made available to The Star last April. The 165-page report has 84 pages dedicated to Petronas’ financial statements.

The report not only states the accounts but also gives five-year financial highlights, review of its business and even its corporate sustainability targets, including its role in protecting the environment.

Hassan said the standard of the report surpassed the requirements of the Companies Commission of Malaysia.

“We behave like a public-listed company in publishing our report. I do not understand why people say that our report is not made public.

“By law all companies are required to submit their accounts to the commission and if they cannot get a copy of our report then they should have extracted a copy from the commission,” he added.

Opposition leaders and several Barisan Nasional backbenchers had called for Petronas’ accounts to be made public.

Some, including Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, had claimed that Petronas’ accounts were secret.

The calls were made following the government’s decision to raise the price of petrol by 78 sen to RM2.70 per litre and diesel by RM1 to RM2.58 per litre.

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