PKR Election – What A Comical Situation

31 03 2014
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National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2014

31 03 2014
Photo and caption by Nicholas Roemmelt / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest --- The Wave after a heavy thunderstorm with a small pond granting a perfect mirror for the reflection of the hiker. A calm and solemn place at a perfect day.

Mirrow Wave. Photo and caption by Nicholas Roemmelt / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest — The Wave after a heavy thunderstorm with a small pond granting a perfect mirror for the reflection of the hiker. A calm and solemn place at a perfect day.

The  26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is open until June 30, 2014.

The grand prize winner will receive a National Geographic Expedition to Alaska.

Submit you photos now!

Here are some submissions of the contest…

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Photos: Sidang Media & Majlis Kesyukuran Muslim UPRo

30 03 2014
My photo before the program started.

My photo before the program started.

On March 27, 2014, I attended the Muslim UPRo press conference at the Hotel Putra in Kuala Lumpur.

The speakers were Azril Mohd Amin, Nasharudin Mat Isa and A. Karim Omar.

The Muslim UPRO committee members.

The Muslim UPRO committee members.

Before the program started, I spoke to Uncle Zul Noordin and I asked him a few political questions since he was one of Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyers before he left Anwar.

Uncle Zul answering some of my questions.

Uncle Zul answering some of my questions.

We also talked about current political issues, like PRK Kajang together with Uncle Nasha, Uncle Jinggo and Uncle Sheikh Karim.

The former Director of Criminal Investigation and Commissioner of Police for the Royal Malaysia Police, Tan Sri Zaman Khan was also there and he advised me to eat more vitamins after Uncle Zul told him that I am a blogger.

Discussing about the current political issues with politicians. From left is Uncle Nasharudin Mat Isa, Uncle Sheikh Karim, Uncle Zul Noordin and I

Discussing about the current political issues with politicians. From left is Uncle Nasharudin Mat Isa, Uncle Sheikh Karim, Uncle Zul Noordin and I

Listening to Uncle Azril's briefing on the UPR process that had taken place in Geneva recently.

Listening to Uncle Azril’s briefing on the UPR process that had taken place in Geneva recently.

Listening to the briefing by the Muslim UPRO committee members.

Listening to the briefing by the Muslim UPRO committee members.

Briefing by the Muslim UPRO secretary general.

Briefing by the Muslim UPRO secretary general.

Uncle Nasha briefs us about the UPR process and COMANGO.

Uncle Nasha briefs us about the UPR process and COMANGO.

Uncle Zul sharing ideas with the Muslim UPRO committee members.

Uncle Zul sharing ideas with the Muslim UPRO committee members.





Does ICCPR Protect Human Rights?

29 03 2014

According to state media reports in Egypt, 529 of Morsi’s supporters were sentenced to death in a single hearing by the Minya Criminal Court.

This is a ‘mass capital punishment’.

A question crossed my mind as I heard the news, will United Nations and Human Rights Committee be taking any action as the sentence violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) that has been signed by Egypt?

Article 6(1) and 6(2) of ICCPR:

1. Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.morsi

2. In countries which have not abolished the death penalty, sentence of death may be imposed only for the most serious crimes in accordance with the law in force at the time of the commission of the crime and not contrary to the provisions of the present Covenant and to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This penalty can only be carried out pursuant to a final judgement rendered by a competent court.

Article 14 of the ICCPR, which outlines a fair trial, mandates that anyone accused of a crime must have “adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defense” and “to be tried in his presence.”

Egypt signed the ICCPR on August 4, 1967 and ratified the treaty on January 14, 1982; but it did something worse than countries that have not sign the treaty.

So, what is the use of making countries sign and ratify ICCPR if a country that ratified ICCPR can pass a sentence of ‘mass capital punishment’ to 529 people?





Penyokong Wan Azizah Kecewakan Hannah Yeoh?

28 03 2014

Opposition leaders call UMNO leaders and members racists and boasted that Pakatan leaders and supporters are open minded and against racism.

(Image credit to helenang.wordpress.com)
(Image credit to helenang.wordpress.com)

As we drove around Kajang on the election day of the N25 Kajang, we saw lots of party supporters by the roadside waving their parties’ flags, especially around the voting centers.

The Muslim PKR supporters shouted to my parents that they must vote for PKR’s Wan Azizah because she is a Malay Muslim and must not vote for BN because BN’s candidate is a non-Muslim and a Chinese.

After we put on the BN T-shirts that were given to us by the BN’s team, a lot of PKR supporters shouted bad and foul words because they said that we are supporting a non-Muslim.

Some old men even stuck their tongues out at me, which is very rude.

Will Hannah Yeoh call them racist and tweet about it?

But of course Hannah Yeoh won’t call them racist because they are Pakatan members and supporters!





Photos: Breathtaking World Heritage Sites

26 03 2014

Iguacu Falls

Iguacu Falls. (Photo Credit: Dmitry V. Petrenko/Shutterstock)
Iguacu Falls. (Photo Credit: Dmitry V. Petrenko/Shutterstock)

At 490 feet wide and nearly 3000 feet long, Iguaçu Falls is filled with falls of every size and intensity, most notably Devil’s Throat, where water drops from a height of 270 feet. With the highest flow of water on record, Iguaçu easily topples its equally famous sisters, Victoria and Niagara Falls. Ample viewing opportunities are available: Argentina offers close-up action shots with walkways that lead visitors into the action—feeling the power of the water is unforgettable. Brazil features all-encompassing panoramas and sweeping vistas of the falls’ network, allowing you to appreciate their sheer size.

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands. (Photo credit: sunsinger/Shutterstock)

Galapagos Islands,off the coast of Ecuador.  (Photo credit: sunsinger/Shutterstock)

A utopian universe of 19 volcanic islands comprises the Galápagos archipelago, roughly 1,000 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador, in the Pacific Ocean. Watch your step on islands Isabela and Fernandina, where endemic marine iguanas are protected and thriving, each reaching up to five and a half feet long. Swim with sea lions, sharks, and giant turtles—all playful and curious, having never faced threats from humans. 

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon. (Photo Credit: howamo/Shutterstock)

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Republic of Palau. (Photo Credit: howamo/Shutterstock)

The term “picturesque” must have been coined with Palau in mind. The 200-kilometer chain of islands forms the archipelago, geographically part of Micronesia. Out of eight islands and 250 islets, Palau’s limestone Rock Islands jut out as if positioned on pedestals. Erosion has transformed them into towering umbrella shapes, bases fringed by fronds, reefs, coral walls, caves, and planes and ships—remnants of World War II. With pristine waters, visibility reaches almost 200 feet below the surface. Inhabited for over 4,000 years, the islands are home to ancient burial grounds and drawings.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay. (Photo Credit: John Bill/Shutterstock)

Halong Bay, Vietnam. (Photo Credit: John Bill/Shutterstock)

This iconic group of evolving stone islands casts different shapes and colors, depending on the light and time of day, onto the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. The oldest is 280 million years old. Around half of the 2,000-odd limestone and schist islands are named after the shapes they project, such as Hon Rong (“Dragon Islet”). Halong Bay comprises the southwest islands, where eagles soar around forested peaks. Natural grottoes and caves punctuate the intricate and elaborate mesh of islands.

Meteora

Meteora. (Photo Credit: Gabriela Insuratelu/Shutterstock)

Meteora, Greece.  (Photo Credit: Gabriela Insuratelu/Shutterstock)

Precariously perched atop pinnacles of sandstone, 1300 feet high, Meteora’s six Greek Orthodox monasteries tower over the city of Kalambaka in central Greece. They’re centuries old—dating to the 9th century—from a time when Byzantine hermit monks, who lived in Meteora’s caves, were forced to move to safety at these heights.

Borobudur Temple Compounds

Borobudur Temple Compounds. (Photo Credit: Luciano Mortula/Shutterstock).

Borobudur Temple Compounds, East Java, Indonesia. (Photo Credit: Luciano Mortula/Shutterstock).

Mysticism shrouds dawn in Borobudur. Giant faded pink bell structures cap a giant stupa, representing the micro cosmos, and shimmer through a misty golden sunrise. It’s an ethereal scene that radiates ancient spirituality. The world’s largest Buddhist monument, dated to the 9th century, can be found here. One million tourists pour into Borobudur’s grounds annually to marvel at the balustrades, relief panels, and Buddha statues. The stonework features an interlocking design—an architectural feat for its time.

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre. (Photo Credit: Dudarev Mikhail/Shutterstock).

Cinque Terre,  Italy. (Photo Credit: Dudarev Mikhail/Shutterstock).

Serrated mountains host olive groves and lush terraced vineyards, nestling five vivid villages that are carved into the coastline. Each is crammed with a distinctive ambiance, connected by wildflowers and butterflies, steeples, and a confectionary of colorful buildings. The cliffs of Cinque Terre seemingly slip into the sea—a protected marine area. Villages are reached solely by train, through a series of tunnels along sheer cliffs.

New Stonehenge 

New Stonehenge visitor centre set to open.

New Stonehenge visitor centre set to open.

The English Heritage chief executive, Simon Thurley, says Stonehenge has now got “the exhibition and the museum that it deserves”, as part of the ongoing £27m project to improve facilities at the site.





Malindo Air Plane Catches Fire

26 03 2014
Malindo Air's ATR 72-600 plane’s turboprop engine caught fire.

Malindo Air’s ATR 72-600 plane’s turboprop engine caught fire, Wednesday 26, 2014. Image credit to The Star).

A Malindo Air flight to Kuala Terengganu had to turn back to Subang Airport because the ATR 72-600 plane’s turboprop engine caught fire.

Terengganu midfielder Faiz Subri who was in the flight with the rest of the Terengganu FA team posted a picture of the burning engine.

Everyone on board the 7.30am flight was safe.

The Star reported that according to a statement on the Terengganu FA’s website, the team took a replacement flight back to Kuala Terengganu at 10am.








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