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Friday, July 31, 2009

'Know your Bible'

Contributed by B. Wong It doesn't hurt to have a little Biblical humor to start the day....
Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth? A. Ruthless. Q. What do they call pastors in Germany? A. German Shepherds. Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible? A. Noah He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation. Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible? A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a Little prophet. Q. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible? A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David's Triumphwas heard throughout the land. Also, probably a Honda, because the apostleswere all in one Accord. Q. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible? A. Samson. He brought the house down. Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in in Eden ? A. Your mother ate us out of house and home. Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible? A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once. Q. Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy? A. The area around Jordan . The banks were always overflowing. Q. Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible? A. David He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep. Q. Which Bible character had no parents? A. Joshua, son of Nun. Q. Why didn't they play cards on the Ark ? A. Because Noah was standing on the deck. PS... Did you know it's a sin for a woman to make coffee?Yup, it's in the Bible. It says . . 'He-brews' KEEP SMILING!!!! GOD LOVES YOU BUNCHES AND! BUNCHES!!!!Friends are God's way of taking care of us.... Faith, Hope & Love -- but the greatest of these is LOVE.1 Corinthians 13:13

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Police and your basic rights

By Sim Kwang Yang

PDRM arrestWhen you are stopped by a policeman by the roadside, or called in for questioning, or arrested for some alleged crimes, do you know all the basic rights? Or are you so scared you just let him do what he wants to do with you?


Another Birth Control Device: Your Television

Here's something the pope should definitely mention in his next encyclical:

Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Health and Family Welfare Minister, has called for the country to redouble its efforts to bring electricity to all of its huge rural population. The introduction of the electric light and television sets to those vast areas that still did not have them would discourage procreation, he argued. “If there is electricity in every village, then people will watch TV till late at night and then fall asleep. They won’t get a chance to produce children,” Mr Azad said. “When there is no electricity there is nothing else to do but produce babies.” He added: “Don’t think that I am saying this in a lighter vein. I am serious. TV will have a great impact. It’s a great medium to tackle the problem . . . 80 per cent of population growth can be reduced through TV.” India’s population has trebled since independence in 1947 to about 1.2 billion after an agricultural revolution, which helped to banish famine, and developmental progress extended life expectancy. The country, whose population is growing by about 1.6 per cent a year, accounts for about 17 per cent of the world’s people but occupies less than 3 per cent of its land area. India’s population is expected to exceed that of China in the next 20 years and experts are warning of violent internal conflicts over resources unless urgent action is taken.

An Insight of a German's View of Islam

This is an email sent to me by Pious Pius. By far this is the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth to read.

The author of this email is said to be Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a well known and well respected psychiatrist.

“A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. 'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.

We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.


The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.

The hard quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous.

War Victims

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?

Silence is sometimes not Golden.

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world wide, read this and think about it, and send it on - before it's too late."

Emanuel Tanay, M.D.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Truth Unrevealed of Teoh Beng Hock's Death

Courtesy from The Might of the Pen.
I have received an email and the following questions have been asked to ascertain the truth of Teo Beng Hocks' death:-
1. Why did MACC not inform Teoh's family immediately when the body was found at 1.30pm on the 16th July?
Teoh has his wallet with him and he could be identified easily. Why did MACC not informed his family immediately which is the normal practice.
2. When did Teoh news break out?
Teoh death was not known until 6pm. What happened between 1.30pm and 6pm at the MACC?
3. When was Teoh release? Or was he ever released?
MACC claimed that Teoh was released at 3.45am on the 16th July. However the fact that MACC still kept his handphone shows that he was never released and was in custody until he was found dead.
4. Did Teoh ever left the MACC Building?
No, he didn't. The CCV recording at the entrance only shows him entering the MACC but there was no recording that he left MACC.
5. Was Teoh a witness or suspect?
MACC claimed Teoh was a witness after he is dead. However they refused to allow a lawyer to accompany Teoh during the interrogation and claimed they have the right to question him for 24 hours without allowing anyone to see him - this clearly shows that Teoh was arrested as a suspect.
6. When was Teoh last seen in MACC building?
He was last seen at 6am in the pantry.
7. When is the time of death of Teoh Beng Hock?
According to the autopsy report, Teoh Beng Hock was dead at around 8 - 9am
8. Why is the MACC door kept closed at 1.35pm?
Malaysiakini reporter Rahmah Ghazali, found out that the MACC door was closed at between 1.25pm and 1.40pm. It was reopen at 1.50pm. Why is it so? MACC should be operating on a 24 hour basis and therefore the door shouldn't be closed. "Coincidently", Teoh's body was found at 1.30pm. What is MACC doing behind closed door?
9. Why is Teoh's body not removed until 9.15pm?
Nobody is allowed to have a glimpse at the body and Teoh's body was not removed until 9.15pm. Why does it take so long to remove the body? Are they trying to hide something?
10. Why is MACC lying about Teoh's handphone?
MACC claimed that all belongings have been returned to Teoh when he was "released" at 3.45am. However the police confirmed that they got Teoh's Handphone from MACC. Why is MACC lying? It is obvious that Teoh's handphone contains important information.
11. Why is the police classifying Teoh's death as a sudden death but not murder?
The questions that the police pose to Teoh families shows that the police already presume that Teoh committed suicide and tries to mislead the family. The police is clearly protecting "someone".
Timeline of the incident
15th July 5.00pm Teoh Beng Hock was brought to MACC hq
16th July 3.45am MACC claimed Teoh was released(cctv shows he never left the building)
6.00am Teoh was last seen in the pantry
8.00am Teoh was dead
1.25pm MACC front door was suspiciously closed
1.30pm Teoh Body was found lying at the fifth floor balcony
6.00pm News about Teoh dead was made to known publicly
9.15pm Teoh's body was removed
Please watch this video

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Killer Lung Cancer: You Don't Have to be a Smoker

by Margo Varadi Jul 28th 2009 2:45AM Of all the cancers, lung cancer is considered the number one killer in terms of mortality, says Dr. Stephen Lam, a Vancouver respirologist and chair of the Lung Tumour Group at the BC Cancer Agency.
According to him, some 23,500 new cases are projected for Canada in 2009. The reason lung cancer is so devastating is because it is often caught too late. That's why the survival rate is currently an abysmal 16%. There are few survivors able to lobby for the cause.
Here Dr. Lam talks about lung cancer, how to identify it and what causes it:
Q: Why aren't we catching lung cancer early enough?
A: When lung cancer is small, it doesn't produce any symptoms. By the time the patient shows symptoms, goes to see their family doctor and gets an x-ray usually the cancer is quite big. That means it's usually spread outside the lung and it's not curable.
More after the jump.
Q: We use mammograms to screen for breast cancer and pap smears to screen for cervical cancer, why aren't we screening earlier for lung cancer?
A: The technology is very good; we can pick up very small cancers. Because the lung is an internal organ, the detection is more extensive in terms of the cost of the CT scan or the bronchoscopy. Also the CT scan is very sensitive so not every nodule or shadow that we see on the CT scan is cancerous. In fact, the majority are not cancerous. So then we have to do a follow up investigation. That's where the time and the cost come into play.
Q: Is there a specific profile for someone who is most likely to get lung cancer?
A: It's usually people in their fifties who have smoked thirty years or more. In Canada about 90% of people with lung cancer are smokers and about 10% have never smoked. Other factors include a family history of lung cancer.
Q: Is there a genetic marker for lung cancer?
A: There are a couple of genes that have been identified. There's a region in chromosomes 6q and 15q that are related to lung cancer. If you have immediate family members who've had lung cancer, the risk of lung cancer is higher.
Q: We know that smoking causes lung cancer but what else causes it?
A: There are other occupational and environmental factors that could cause lung cancer. For example, in Asian women we suspect things like cooking oil particularly grape seed and soybean can result in higher incidence of lung cancer. When you burn them at high temperatures by, say, frying food in a wok, they become carcinogenic. In Asia, 30 to 50 percent of lung cancer cases have never smoked and the majority are women.
Some exposure to minerals like arsenic, cadmium or nickel can also induce cancer. People working in a copper or nickel refinery are at higher risk of lung cancer. Indoor radon gas is known to be a carcinogen. Depending on the geography of where we live, the environmental radon level can be higher or lower. In BC, the interior has a higher radon levels compared to Vancouver.
A: Other than avoiding exposure to tobacco smoke, there's nothing you can do. Second hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer by about 20%.
Q: What are the first signs of lung Cancer that people can look for?
A: Usually a cough is the commonest symptom. Some people who have had a smoker's cough for a long time might not even notice. Coughing up blood, breathing problems and/or chest pain are also possible early signs.
Q: What should people do if they have these symptoms?
A: They should go and see their family doctor to get it checked out. If they have symptoms, they should undergo routine clinical diagnosis.
*This interview has been condensed and edited.

Scholarships For The Needy

Koon Yew Yin has issued the following scholarship offer to 50 poor and needy students for the next academic year at U TAR. This offer was posted here on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 9.15pm which reads as follows: “I wish to offer scholarships to 50 poor students for the next academic year to study finance and accountancy in University TAR, Kampar, Perak on the following conditions:- 1. Each student’s family income should not be more than Rm 2,000 per month. 2. Students will be selected more on the basis of their financial need and not merely on their academic achievement. 3. Each scholarship is worth Rm 20,000 which should be enough for each student to cover the cost for the first year foundation course and the first semester of the degree course in finance and accountancy until he or she secures the PTPTN loan. This Government loan is given to all students irrespective of race and financial position who are doing a recognised degree course. 4. Students who receive my financial aid do not require to pay back the money or work for me after they graduate. But I want them to promise me that they will help other poor students when they have graduated and are financially solvent. UTAR takes in students in January and June every year. Students who are currently doing SPM can submit their applications to U TAR this October with their forecast results to start in January 2010. Needy students who are currently doing SPM or have passed the SPM can submit their applications to me.” Koon Yew Yin, yewyin@gmail.com27, Lengkok Harimau, 31400, Ipoh, Perak

Out of Action

I was out of action for a while because my computer had crashed with a driver problem. I just got it repaired yesterday and am ready to continue blogging but not before I have read all my emails.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In last Sunday’s Gospel reading, our Lord Jesus Christ sent his trusted Twelve Apostles on their mission to teach and preach, to cure the sick, cast out demons and bring the good news to the people. In today’s Gospel, the Twelve Apostles have returned to their master. You can read it in Mark 6:30-34.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 6:30-34.
The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
Commentary of the day :
"He began to teach them many things"
«Tell me, O you whom my soul has loved, where you feed and where you have your couch?' I think that in Psalm 23[22] the prophet likewise is speaking of this place, concerning which the Bride desires of the Bridegroom to learn, set as he is under the same Shepherd. He says: «The Lord is my shepherd and I shall want nothing» (v.1). And because he knew that other shepherds, through sloth or inexperience, assemble their flocks in the drier places, he says about the Lord, this best of shepherds: «In a green place, there he has set me; he has brought me up to the water of refreshment» (v.2), thus making it clear that this Shepherd provides His sheep with water that is not only plentiful but also wholesome and pure and utterly refreshing ...
That first life, the pastoral, was a preparatory one, in order that, being set in a green place, he might be brought up to the water of refreshment. But the things that follow have to do with progress and perfection. And, since we have brought up the subject of pastures and of greenness, it seems fitting to support what we say out of the Gospels also. There, too, I have encountered this Good Shepherd talking about the pastures of the sheep; there is a passage where He styles Himself the Shepherd, and even calls Himself the Door, saying: I am the Door. By me, if anyone enters, he shall be saved; and he shall go in and go out, and shall find pastures» (Jn 10,9). Him, therefore, the Bride now plies with questions... And what she calls 'midday' denotes those secret places of the heart in which the soul pursues the clearer light of knowledge from the Word of God; for midday is the time when the sun is at the zenith of its course. So when Christ, the Sun of Justice (Mal 3,20), shows to his Church the high and lofty secrets of his power, then he will be teaching her where lie His pleasant pastures and his places of repose at noon.
For when she has only begun to learn these things and is receiving from Him the rudiments, so to speak, of knowledge, then the prophet says: «And God will help her in the morning early» (Ps 46[45],6). At this time, however, because she is now seeking things that are more perfect, and desiring higher things, she asks for the noonday light of knowledge.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

iBum chair automatically photocopies your butt

The next time you sit on iBum chair, your butt is automatically scanned and printed - a photo of your backside. So, beware of this new invention.

Since the invention and proliferation of the photocopier, office clowns around the world have been united in a single desire - particularly around Christmas party time. Ignoring the jagged, buttock-splitting hazard of broken glass and the virtual certainty of dismissal should they be discovered, thousands of pranksters annually drop their strides or hike their skirts and enjoy the age-old ritual of photocopying their bums for their innocent co-workers to find in the out tray.

Now, a Japanese designer has facilitated the process by designing a chair that automatically scans and prints a photo of your backside. Call me a traditionalist, but if it's not naughty, a bit dangerous and a blatant abuse of equipment, I can't see why you'd bother photocopying your bum at all. In fact, to me, the iBum chair seems to remove all fun from the act whatsoever. Read More

Shrimp/Prawn Taken With Vitamin ‘C’ Proven Fatal.

In Taiwan, a woman suddenly died unexpectedly with signs of bleeding from her ears, nose, mouth & eyes. After a preliminary autopsy it was diagnosed death due to arsenic poisoning death. Where did the arsenic come from?The police launched an in-depth and extensive investigation.

A medical school professor was invited to come to solve the case. The professor carefully looked at the contents from the deceased's stomach, in less than half an hour, the mystery was solved.

The professor said: 'The deceased did not commit suicide and neither was she murdered, she died of accidental death due to ignorance!'

Everyone was puzzled, why accidental death? The arsenic is of the U.S. Military for carrying rice seedlings H Gao.

The professor said: 'The arsenic is produced in the stomach of the deceased.' The deceased used to take 'Vitamin C' everyday, which in itself is not a problem.

The problem was that she ate a large portion of shrimp/prawn during dinner. Eating shrimp/prawn is not the problem. That's why nothing happened to her family ever though they took the same shrimp/prawn. However at the same time the deceased also took 'vitamin C', that is where the problem is!

Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States, found through experiments, food such as soft-shell shrimp/prawn contains a much higher concentration of - five potassium arsenic compounds. Such fresh food by itself has no toxic effects on the human body!

However, in taking 'vitamin C', due to the chemical reaction, the original non-toxic - five potassium arsenic (As anhydride, also known as arsenic oxide, the chemical formula for As205) changed to a three potassium toxic arsenic (ADB arsenic anhydride), also known as arsenic trioxide, a chemical formula (As203), which is commonly known as arsenic to the public!

Arsenic poisoning have magma role and can cause paralysis to the small blood vessels, "mercapto Jimei"??, inhibits the activity of the liver and fat necrosis change Hepatic Lobules Centre, heart, liver, kidney, intestine congestion, epithelial cell necrosis, telangiectasia. Therefore, a person who dies of arsenic poisoning will shows signs of bleeding from the ears, nose, mouth & eyes.

Therefore, as a precautionary measure, DO NOT take shrimp/prawn when taking 'vitamin C'.

Contributed by Johanna Sybil through email.

LINUNDUS COMMENTS: OneForTheRoad says this is a hoax email. She has this website to share. Thanks Cindy.

Sacrilegious Acts by Unbelieving Spies in Church

By nkw

I have just been asked what I think of the recent event in which two journalists from Al Islam surreptitiously joined a worship service in a Catholic church, supposedly to verify if there are Malay Christians in the church. LINK1 Malaysiakini; LINK2 (Nutgraph);LINK3 (STAR).

In general I have no problem with Muslims coming to churches to spy on us. Indeed, we Christians welcome all visitors and that includes spies who harbor ill feelings and mischievous intent towards us. After all, it is only when people hear the good news being preached that they then realize the need to receive freely God’s healing grace and salvation. Hopefully, even spies may be positively impressed and return the good will that should be evident in an ambience filled with Christian love and fellowship.

We need however, to note that the act in which the two Muslims took communion and spit off the host (bread) is not acceptable to Catholics. Catholics will be offended by such an act of sacrilege (given their doctrine of transubstantiation). Hmm – I wonder whether they managed to spit out the wine served in the communion.

The question is whether these Muslims acted out of ignorance or out of malice. By malice I mean an act intended to belittle or insult Catholic worship or incite prejudice or hatred from their readers. We can make a conclusion on their motive based on how they report it in Al Islam.


Putatan Benefits From KK's Development

KOTA KINABALU, July 16 (Bernama) -- The development of Kota Kinabalu has brought rapid development to Putatan to the point of elevating it to full district status on March 1, 2007.
The location of Putatan, not far from the city centre, also makes it the choice of residents from other districts to live after migrating to work in Kota Kinabalu.
"We are very fortunate as Putatan developed due to development around it, including the building of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport and the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway that crosses the district.
"These contributed to the development planning in terms of the economy, tourism, housing, education and infrastructure to provide amenities to the residents whose numbers are increasing and also to visitors and those who are passing through," the district officer Ag Abd Ghani Pg Yusoff told Bernama.
According to him, Putatan, which was a small town in the district of Penampang, began to expand in 1994 after a local person, Datuk Yahya Hussin, was elected as the Petugas state assemblyman.
Since then, many developers saw the potential of Putatan, which covers an area of 209.247 square kilometres, for residential and commercial projects.
"With the confidence of these developers, the town of Putatan was built. In the beginning there were 22 housing estates, now there are 50 with close to 73,000 residents.
"With the development of the housing and shops, came other infrastructure like schools, roads, tourist spots, drainage and landscaping," he said.
Ag Abd Ghani said the rapid development qualified Putatan for small district status in March 1997 and 10 years later it was given full district status.
He said Putatan was developed at a cost of RM500 million for fast-paced economic activity to prepare it for the full district status.
He said the private sector was very much interested in becoming a part of Putatan's development.
"We have two big supermarkets besides shops selling clothes, car accessories, restaurants and now there is a five-star hotel called One Place.
"Recently six 11-storey apartment blocks 2,012 units were built in the centre of Putatan and are a Putatan landmark," he said.
From the tourism angle, Ag Abd Ghani said Putatan was located near the main gateway to Kota Kinabalu that is the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
He also said the Pan Borneo Highway, used by many people from Labuan, Sarawak and Brunei, also impacted on the tourism industry in the district.
Besides that, he said Putatan also had tourism draws like the Lok Kawi Zoo, the first in Sabah; the Petagas Memorial Monument to remember the victims of the Japanese Occupation; the Tun Mustapha Memorial for the father of Sabah's independence which is located at Bukit Kuda, Kampung Ulu Putatan.
A post used to see the the moon for 1 Ramadhan and 1 Syawal at Tanjung Dumpil which was a tourism draw located by the beach.
"We have planned several projects, among them building another secondary school that is the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Petagas and expanding the Sekolah Kebangsaan Petagas.
"We also have a special education school in Kampung Ketiau," he said.
According to him, Putatan already has two schools SMK Tansau and SMK Putatan. However the two schools were not enough due to a bigger population.
"The district administration needs more schools to fulfill the needs of the parents who want their children here instead of going to Kota Kinabalu, Menggatal or other places.
"Having more schools will also reduce the burden of transportation costs," he said.
There are also plans for flood mitigation, he said.
"Recently we received allocation for flood mitigation and a drainage project is being undertaken in Kampung Petagas and Kampung Pasir Putih.
"In 2003, we received a RM3 million allocation to straighthen out Sungai Putatan for 6km and this had given an effective impact to deal with floods," he said.

Christians Arrested on Conversion Claim in Malaysia

(15 July 09 - RV) Malaysian police have arrested nine Christians accused of trying to convert Muslim university students.
The news comes as Malaysian authorities investigate two Muslims who sparked complaints after they pretended to be Christians and attended a church service to research rumors of Muslims converting to Christianity. Father Lawrence Andrew is the editor of Malaysia’s Catholic Weekly, Herald. He says that religious conversion for Muslims in Malaysia is against the law – a law that Christians are adamant to respect.

Meanwhile, AP reported that Annou Xavier, who is representing the suspects, says they have denied the allegation.

Proselytizing of Muslims by members of other religions is a serious crime punishable by prison in this Muslim-majority country, though the reverse is allowed. Muslims are not legally able to change religion.

Xavier says police detained the nine in a university hostel room near Kuala Lumpur late Tuesday.

Xavier said Wednesday they were visiting friends, but a Muslim student apparently filed a police complaint accusing them of trying to convert Muslims.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper had a private audience and exchanged gifts with Pope Benedict XVI July 11, 2009 at the Vatican.

JULY 15, 2009

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has blamed the controversy of his recent reception of Holy Communion on “people who want to cause embarrassment in religion and drive a wedge between Protestants and Catholics.”

“While I’m not theologically a Catholic, in my judgment, the Catholic Church is a critical bulwark of worldwide Christianity,” Harper added. “The Pope is an important moral and spiritual leader generally and for Christians generally, even though I’m not a Catholic.”

Source: Catholic Culture

It was reported earlier that the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper accepted and ate a communion wafer at a Catholic mass and didn't pocket it as critics have alleged, according to his spokesman.

Harper, a devout Protestant, attended last week's state funeral for Canada's former governor general, Romeo LeBlanc, during which a Catholic priest offered him a communion host. READ HERE

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jacko meets Elvis

elvis michael jackson

Who is the king? Or are both contenders surprisingly similar?

SCOOP! TODAY WE BRING you an exclusive report from The Afterlife.

The scene: a quiet street in a swish suburb of heaven assigned to music stars. A big house is topped with a neon sign which says “The King”.

In the front garden, a chubby man in his early forties is watering his plants and singing to himself: “Since mah baby lef’ me. I found a noo place ta go.”

He looks up as a thin man with lank black hair appears, moonwalking along the pavements.

The newcomer points to the sign with his white-gloved hand. “I see you guys prepared a house for me,” he says.

“Sorry, bud,” says the stocky homeowner. “There’s only room fer one king round here. And that’s me.”

The thin man looks aggrieved. “But I’m the king of pop. I sold hundreds of millions of albums.”

The chubby man replies: “Ah sold a billion.”

The thin man twitches nervously. He thinks about moving on but then looks again at the word “king” in neon letters. He decides to fight for it. Making stabbing motions with his gloved hand, he launches into an argument. “You need more than album sales, you need the full rock star package. That’s what I had. I was totally eccentric and lived in a big mansion filled with bizarre mementoes. And I was as famous for my hot moves as my singing. Now that’s a rock star.” He does a quick moonwalk on the pavement to demonstrate.

Elvis (for it is he) replies: “You’re a mime?”

The other man is furious. “I am not a mime.”

“That ‘dance’ is jes’ lesson one, normal walking, for any mime. And that white face. Ah jes’ thought….”

“I am the total rock star package,” the thin one repeats.

Elvis puts down his watering can. “Ah had all that stuff too. Mah mansion was called Graceland. And mah dancing was so hot they weren’t allowed to show mah hips on TV. So ah think ah’ll jes’ keep mah title if you don’t mind.”

The thin man is determined now, and he isn’t giving up without a fight. “The mansion and the cool moves were just the start. The main thing is that you gotta be baaad, know what I’m saying? I always talked about moral values, but wasted my fortune on junk. I was worth a billion dollars and ended up owing people money. Ah spent four million dollars just on statues.”

Elvis, 42, replies: “Ah did ‘xactly the same thing. Wasted a huge fortune on junk. Maybe me and you is twins.”

The newcomer, 50, is clearly taken aback. “I’m sure I was badder than you,” he insists, although he is starting to sound unsure of himself. “I was addicted to drugs. My favourite was Demerol. When I died, first they said it was a heart attack, and then they said it was probably Demerol.”

Elvis scratches his head. “Now that’s weird. Ah was also addicted to drugs. When Ah died, they said it was a heart attack, and then they blamed Demerol. Ah died jus’ before startin’ a new concert series.”

“So did I,” says the thin man. “But I’m telling you, there was no way you were as bad as I was. I got in trouble over my interest in underage fans. Now that’s really baaaad.”

Elvis shakes his head. “Sorry, mistah, you ain’t badder than me. Ah also liked the young ones. Ask a 14-year-old gal called Priscilla. Check out mah biographies.” The King tilts his head to one side and looks puzzled. “But there’s one thing ah’m suspicious of. Pop stars are usually good lookin’. I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but you are one mighty weird-looking fella.”

The thin man nods sadly. “Yeah. I used to be young and freshfaced and nice-looking. But I lost my looks as I got older. It was my own fault.”

Elvis nods. “Same story with me. Ah had ever’thing in life when ah was alive, ‘xcept for one thing: a buddy.”

The newcomer agrees. “Me too. Wanna drink?”


“Can we get Demerol round here?”

Elvis puts his arm around the thin man’s shoulders. “Buddy, we’re in heaven now. You don’t need it.”


Real-life justice - Election Petitions


What the layman perceives to be fair and what is legally correct can sometimes be two different things.

WHAT may appear to be fair and just viewed in isolation may not necessarily be so when viewed in the context of legal principles as enshrined in statutes.

Those who think that the law equals the individual’s notion of what is generally thought to be fair and just, will be in for a disappointment when such expectations are tested in court against cold legal principles.

This happens in different aspects of life. The reality only dawns when the laws are tested against real-life situations that come before the courts. One example of this can be found in an old case in relation to election petitions.

Where a document in the context of litigation is to be served on an opponent through publication in a gazette, invariably printed by the government printers, one would hardly think that the individual is to blame or have to bear the consequences of delay by the printers.

Yet this is exactly what happened in Chong Thain Vun vs Watson & Anor and related cases which involved a challenge to the person declared elected to deny him victory. Such a challenge is through a petition.

The person who commences the proceedings by filing a petition is called a petitioner. The person whose election is challenged would be the respondent. The relevant legislation provided for a notice of the presentation of a petition to be served on the respondent within 10 days.

It was provided for such service to be affected either by delivering the notice to an advocate appointed by the respondent or by posting the same in a registered letter to the address given.

If no advocate had been appointed, or no such address given, service was to be by a notice published in the gazette stating that such petition had been presented, and that a copy of the same could be obtained.

However, the respondent had neither given his address nor appointed an advocate and solicitor.

This being the case, the only option appeared to be that service would have to be through publication in the gazette, a request for which was duly made.

Printing department

However, the gazette could not be published in time not because the petitioners delayed submitting the notice but because of problems in the printing department. This was explained as attributable to three printing machines not being in order and two others operational but not working properly.

This, according to the witnesses, made it necessary for the magazines to be taken out for cleaning. The upshot of this was that the gazette only appeared later and as a result, the publication of the notice was out of time, pursuant to the Election Petition Rules 1954.

The respondent took objection on the basis that service was out of time. This ground alone would be enough to dismiss the petition.

The eminent advocate of the time, the late Datuk David Marshall, argued that from the circumstances as disclosed by the facts, the petitioners had complied with Rule 15.

On behalf of the petitioners, he sought to rely on the principle of construction that a statutory enactment must be read subject to reasonable possibility of performance. He submitted that the petitioner had done everything possible, and the notices could have been published in time and drew an analogy with Queen vs Justices of London & Anor.

Queen vs Justices of London

Queen vs Justices of London & Anor was a case where the law provided for dealing with appeals against assessment by the local courts. The law provided for all appeals to be determined by March 31 of each year. However, as this could not be done, a challenge was taken to the matter being heard on the basis that it was out of time.

Allowing the appeal to be heard, Lord Esher went on to say that the “Act must be read as all enactments are, subject to their not being made absurd by matters which never could have been within the calculation or consideration of the legislature”.

His lordship went on to add that the glut of business in the court, and the inability of the court to cope with it, is not to be brought into play against the parties, who as far as they are concerned, have obeyed the imperative enactment of the statute by putting down their appeal within time.

However, the court in the Malaysian case rightly distinguished the English case on the ground that the appeal was lodged within time but could not be heard due to the glut of business in court. The fault did not lie with the parties but with the court.

On the question of service, the court also took the view that section 7(2) of the Courts of the Judicature Act 1964 allowed personal service which had not been attempted an interpretation that in itself is not unquestionable.

But the proceedings were clouded further because of the suggestion that the delay was deliberate. This was attributable to the fact that the printing department was under the portfolio of the chief minister who was one of the respondents and that another respondent was the son of the government printer.

In fact, the learned judge seems to have conceded that counsel Datuk David Marshall had quite properly submitted evidence that there was irresistible inference that the printing of the notices was deliberately delayed.

Judge Lee Hun Hoe went on to say that though the facts suggesting this were most unfortunate and embarrassing, it did not necessarily follow that the government printer must give his loyalty to his son and the Chief Minister rather than loyalty to his official duties and obligations.

Of course, the court was not entirely wrong in considering that the government printer was not an officer of the court and its failure would not be the fault of the court.

Of course, another aspect of the matter that would have supported the court’s decision was that there was no attempt to seek an extension of time. However, given such a scenario, the public may be forgiven for having doubts about the fairness of such a situation, legal technicalities notwithstanding.

Source: StarOnline