Thursday, December 29, 2005

Caught in the Middle

MISSING AMOS
Dad suspects relatives hiding him
by DAWN CHAN (Malay Mail)

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30: There is a double twist to the saga of the 12-year-old who left home on Christmas Eve, presumably out of guilt over bullying Rusmiyati Wiji, the family’s Indonesian maid.
His piano teacher father has lodged a police report on his suspicions that his relatives were hiding him.It is also discovered that the boy, Amos Foong Dean Chang, was sent to a welfare home to shelter him from the relatives!His father, Foong Choo Yun, lodged the report at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail police station on Tuesday at 5.25pm.“All this started after a close female relative complained to the Welfare Department that my wife and I had abused Amos in December last year,” he told The Malay Mail.Foong said they were fearful of Amos getting too close to the relative, especially at a private hospital where he underwent paediatric treatment.“Doctors there advised me to place Amos in a safer place. Based on their recommendations, I approached a shelter (to take Amos).”He said this is the first time that Amos had run away from home.Amos stayed at the shelter in Petaling Jaya for eight months before Foong brought him back to their SS19, Subang Jaya, home on Aug 30.During Amos’s stay there, his father took him to his school in Subang Jaya and back to the shelter at night (see accompanying story).“On Dec 9, the Welfare Department, hospital and shelter declared that there was no proof of any kind of abuse on Amos.”After Amos went missing on Dec 24, he said he made two visits to relatives’ homes in Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Bandar Sri Damansara two days ago to look for him but to no avail. Foong believes Amos has been brought to his other relatives’ houses in the north.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Loss of a Nation


How the heavens wept ...
BY SOO EWE JIN( The Star)Friday October 21, 2005

THE skies opened up over the nation’s capital this morning. And the heavens wept. The announcement that Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, beloved wife of our Prime Minister, had passed away at 7.55am after a long struggle with cancer, affected all of us. And we wept, too.
But the tears that came from cancer patients, cancer survivors, and their caregivers, were special. It was the passing away of a very extraordinary comrade-in-arms.
Endon’s most significant contributions was to put the Big C squarely into the national spotlight. By openly coming out with her own condition, she removed the aura of mystery and uncertainty often associated with cancer.
She did not see cancer patients as victims or survivors but as champions. “I am myself a cancer champ!” she declared.
She galvanised a nation into prayer, not only for her own well-being, but also for other cancer patients. She worked tirelessly for the cause, even when she was not well, and raised millions of ringgit to support the work of cancer groups.

Endon giving Ya Yasmine Wa'adi a hug after presenting a contribution from Yayasan Budi Penyayang to her at the Chinese Maternity Hospital.Because of her passion and the very public display of her condition, others were not afraid to come out into the open. Malaysians had never before seen cancer patients taking to the catwalk, as they did in the highly successful fund-raising effort “Walk with Pride”, an idea by Endon after she attended a similar function in London.
Whenever she went abroad for treatment, the nation paused in prayer and wished her well. We respected her need for privacy and solitude and access to the best treatment that she could possibly get. And each time she returned, how we rejoiced to see her ever-smiling face hitting the front pages of our newspapers.
And in this period of time, we also saw the very public display of love and affection of the Prime Minister and his family whenever Endon’s condition was brought up. We saw how he shed tears when people of all faiths said their prayers for her.
And for all these very public displays, she must have known too that the rest of us, in our prayer time, in our houses of worship, in our care groups at home, were praying for her recovery.
In cancer wards everywhere, she was often the topic of discussion, and perhaps one of the most common remarks I have heard was, “She is such a brave woman. And she is so open about it”.
Yes, Endon touched more people than she probably realised. By coming out in the open, ordinary citizens afflicted by cancer saw hope. They felt a sense of revitalisation because they knew there would be more interest, more support, not just from the Government but also from the private sector.
As we applauded her efforts to not only raise funds, but more importantly to raise awareness of the Big C, we all knew she had set into motion a process that cannot, and must not be turned back.
The efforts of Endon must not be in vain. Those who responded so generously with their money to support cancer research must carry on because that would be her wish. Cancer affects everyone, rich or poor, whatever the race, religion or creed.
Endon knew that early detection is the key. The efforts of NGOs in the urban areas must go hand in hand with the efforts of those working in the rural areas. Companies must take the initiative to have programmes that will allow their staff to go for regular mammograms and pap smear tests.
This is but one of the legacies that Endon will pass on. As a cancer survivor, I weep today. But amidst my tears, I am reminded of Endon’s smile and I am filled with hope. As should all my comrades-in-arms and our families who have either gone through or are going through the journey.
I read once that cancer cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, and it cannot corrode faith.
Endon showed Malaysians and the rest of the world that this is indeed so.
May God bless her soul.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Datin Seri Endon Mahmood Passes Away

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 20 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Endon Mahmood passed away at 7.55 am Thursday at the Prime Minister's official residence Seri Perdana Putrajaya, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told Bernama.


.........................I heard it on the radio a while ago. It's quite sad. I was under the impression that our PM's wife was getting better so this news is rather shocking.When the media reported a few days ago that the PM wanted to spent more quality time with her, I suspected that she was dying.My deepest condolences to Our PM and family. I hope god gives him the strength to carry on and uplift our country in the eyes of world!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Sex Maniac knows no boundaries

School gardener paid girl RM1 for oral sex
KUANTAN: RM1 to perform oral sex. That was what a school gardener paid a 12-year-old girl on two occasions.
Both incidents allegedly took place in the girls' toilet in a school in Raub, said state deputy CID chief Supt Nordin Mustafa.
He said the gardener had on Oct 7 called the victim to go to the toilet at 10.30am.
Inside, the gardener allegedly dropped his pants and asked the girl to perform oral sex. He then gave her RM1.
On Oct 10, the gardener again called the girl into the toilet at 12.30pm.
After each incident, the gardener warned the girl not to tell anyone.
But the girl related the incidents to her teacher, who informed her parents. The gardener was arrested on Oct 14.
In a separate case, police are investigating the case of a 45-day-old baby boy who was referred to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH) in critical condition with internal bleeding in the brain.
Supt Nordin said the baby’s mother had sent the boy to a babysitter on Oct 13 as she had to work at a nearby factory in Felda Jengka 9 in Maran.
When she picked up the boy several days later, the 45-year-old babysitter told her that the boy had fallen and hit his head on the side of a plastic basin as she was bathing him.
The woman said the boy again fell while she was feeding him.
Supt Nordin said the mother took the boy to the Temerloh district hospital when he had difficulty in breathing, and later to KLH.
Doctors found that there had been internal bleeding in the boy’s brain.
Supt Nordin said police would question the babysitter soon

Life As a Teacher In the Interior - About Time !

Hard life for rural educators
PUTRAJAYA: SK Sungai Terah teacher Syed Fazli Syed Zainal Abidin was on his way to the school in Gua Musang two years ago when his motorcycle hit a wild boar.
The story of this 25-year-old, who now walks with a crutch, illustrates the many hardships rural teachers face – and how they rise above the challenges.
After the accident, he stayed only a week in hospital.
“Although the doctor told me to rest, I felt bad about leaving my students without a teacher, so I continued teaching,” said the Kedah-born educator.
Syed Fazli, who has been teaching English at the school for five years, said his biggest reward was increasing his students’ love for the language.

DUE RECOGNITION: Azlee (right) receiving a token of appreciation from Hishammuddin (second from left) and being congratulated by the minister’s wife Datin Tengku Marsila Tengku Abdullah (third from left) and Education Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Ambrin Buang (left).He was one of 35 teachers recognised at a function held by the Education Ministry to honour rural teachers yesterday. There are currently 13,480 teachers posted in rural areas nationwide.
Mathematics and Living Skills teacher Azlee Makibin, 24, from Sandakan, was the subject of a short documentary shown at the function.
Being posted early this year to SK Abuan in Kota Marudu, Sabah, more than 300km inland, and accessible mainly by river, came as a shock to the young man, whose parents were both teachers.
“It is often a very difficult life, but if my mother, who was also posted to rural areas, could do it, then so could I,” he said.
How Siew Guat, 23, is one of just four teachers in SK(C) Poay Chee, Kuala Sangga, Taiping, which has an enrolment of 43.
“We have to drink and cook with rainwater, and we are only allowed to use electricity from 7pm until 7am,” she said, adding that the teachers even had to clean and maintain the school themselves.
The ministry wants to provide rural teachers with free higher education – but only if they pledge to stay in the profession and continue to serve in rural areas.
Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he had been mulling over the idea after learning that many teachers were pursuing Open University Malaysia degrees at discounted fees.
“Why don’t we do away with fees for those who are willing to teach in remote areas?” he asked.
The minister also proposed that rural teachers be placed under a special category within the teaching profession and be provided with insurance coverage.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

RM60Million !! Osu the so called Papar Leader

Osu quits as Papar Umno Chief ----Daily express, Sabah

Kota Kinabalu: Former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Osu Sukam has resigned as Umno Papar Divisional Chief with immediate effect, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
Osu whose gambling's habit shocked the public when he was sued by Ritz Hotel Casino Ltd, London, to settle RM7.14 million in gambling debts would remain as an Umno member.
Musa, who is Sabah Umno chief, said deputy divisional chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail would be taking over as Acting Umno Papar chief, as is normally the case. Abdul Rahim is Sabah Agriculture and Food Industry Minister.
Asked whether there was need for an investigation, especially in view of the millions of ringgit involved, he said it was up to the authorities concerned as it is no longer under Umno. It was reported that he had gambled to the tune of RM60m at the Ritz between February and September 2002, while incurring a debt of some RM28m, of which he was unable to settle RM7.1m.
"I consider the case closed," he said when met by reporters upon arrival from Kuala Lumpur at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) here Tuesday.
Musa said he had at 9.30am met with Prime Minister cum Umno President, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for about 45 minutes to discuss the matter in Putrajaya.
"He (Abdullah) left it to me to make the statement," he said, adding that it was not necessary for him to call for Sabah Umno to hold a meeting to explain the latest development.
After the meeting with the Prime Minister, Musa met Osu, who is also a former Federal Land and Cooperative Development Minister, at the latter's Kuala Lumpur-residence in Damansara at about 11.30am.
He described his 30-minute meeting with Osu as cordial, during which Osu expressed remorse and submitted his resignation letter.
"He told me that he has decided to relinquish his post as the Papar Umno chief and submitted his resignation letter, (I think) which is only fair for him," he said.
"I don't know, its up to him. Everybody knows and as a responsible person he had already made up his mind.
"As I said before he is a veteran in the party and he knows (very well) the party's regulations and constitution that he made the decision," he said.
Musa had on arrival from his week long working visit to Japan said he would be calling on Osu to give his explanation before making a decision and that Sabah Umno stood by Abdullah on the issue.
There were many calls among the Sabah Umno ranks for Osu to step down when his gambling's fling made the headlines.
Osu, who served from 1999 to March 2001, was the fifth among seven State leaders appointed as Chief Minister under the rotation system and the ninth in the State's history.
He was the third leader from Sabah Umno representing the Muslim Bumiputera under the rotation that gave opportunities to the three main ethnic groups in Sabah - the others being Non-Muslim Bumiputera and Chinese - to become CM for a period of two years.
A former Kawang Assemblyman and Papar MP, Osu replaced Tan Sri Bernard Dompok after he led the State Barisan Nasional (BN) to victory in the 1999 general election. After his term ended, he was replaced by Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat who took over on March 27, 2001.
On July 5, the Kota Kinabalu High Court dismissed an application by the casino to have the London High Court judgement registered as a judgement of the High Court here.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Top scorers fail to get scholarships

BY ZARINAH DAUD
BUTTERWORTH: Two months ago, Ng Ee Liang, Desmond Chee and Teoh Wan Ying were feeling on top of the world when they each scored 13 1As and were named Penang’s top SPM scorers.
But all their dreams and hopes came crashing down on Monday after finding out that their applications for Public Services Department (PSD) scholarships had been rejected.
“I logged on to the Internet website five times and each time, the words ‘permohonan ditolak’ appeared. I called my father and a friend to countercheck and they confirmed the bad news.

Ng looking dejected as he stands behind the certificat he received from the Prime Minister and a photograph of him receiving an award from Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, in Penang on Tuesday.“People say boys don’t cry, but yesterday I cried my heart out,” said a dejected Ng, 18, in an interview yesterday.
“I do not know what went wrong. I was active in sports and other extracurricular activities. I studied hard so that I could become a doctor.
“There are 25 top scorers nationwide and I am in 14th position. All of us had lunch with Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and received certificates from both the Prime Minister and Education Minister for our achievements.
“Yet, the certificates do not seem to be able to support my scholarship application,” said the former student of Chung Ling High School, Butterworth.
The boy said one of his schoolmates who scored 9As won a scholarship to South Korea to pursue an engineering course, while another with 10As had the chance to pursue a biotechnology course.
“Besides Chee, Teoh and myself, other top students who were rejected included Pahang’s top student Khaw Chok Tong (who scored 12 1As) and Perlis’s top scorer Chew Ying Dee (who obtained 13 1As),” he said.
Chee, a Form Six student at Penang Free School, also expressed his disappointment, saying he had expected a “favourable reply” from the PSD.
“I’ve always wanted to be a doctor and was hoping to get a PSD scholarship. My father works as a technician and cannot afford to pay the high fees for medical studies,” he said.
Teoh, from Penang Chinese Girls High School, expressed similar sentiments, saying that she had to pinch herself when she saw the PSD rejection.
She said she wanted to take up a course in actuarial science and hoped to study either in Australia or Britain.


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Another replay of last years 129 top scorers who failed to gain to get admission to pursue medicine in public universities. What a sad event for the people in Malaysia. I wonder what has our Education Minster done for those top achievers in future to come for the sake of the country's academic excellence. Way to go malaysia!!!

Friday, March 11, 2005

Student makes the nation proud

PUTRAJAYA: The whole country seems to be beaming with pride over Nur Amalina Che Bakri.
An elated Education Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein commended the SPM student’s record breaking 17 1As – the best ever – as a result of a lot of hard work and determination.
He said her achievement was something the entire country should be proud of, irrespective of race or religion. said MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting had also informed him in a telephone conversation yesterday that he was delighted with the SMK Ulu Tiram student’s achievement and would be writing to her soon to congratulate her.
He, however, cautioned well-wishers wanting to shower the girl with gifts and rewards, not to go overboard.
“Please do not demean her astonishing achievement by offering material rewards. Even if she does not get any rewards, I am sure she will be able to overcome all the challenges that comes her way on her own,” he said. Hishammuddin said he did not want Nur Amalina to suffer the same fate as some athletes who failed to perform after receiving numerous rewards for their achievements.
“In my discussions with Nur Amalina and her family, they made it known that gifts and rewards do not even figure in their consideration,” he said at his office yesterday.
Hishammuddin said what would matter more to this “gem who is so precious to us all” was wishes from the country’s leaders.
“A short letter from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi congratulating her is more precious that the millions we can give her,” Hishammuddin said.
He said he had also advised Nur Amalina to consider all options available before making a decision (on her future),” he added.
“What she decides to do in the future is up to her. We cannot decide for her,” he said

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2005/3/11/nation/10388541&sec=nation

P/s In my point of view she is one of the product of strict inforcement of exam orientated system in or education system. just take a look at so many high achievers in our country today. They were being given the best education but still...in the end they choose to go against the system and joining the opposition... they are good for nothing.... harapkan pagar pagar makan padi