July 4th, 2014

Wajib menghormati simbol negara

SEBAHAGIAN daripada kita sudah pasti masih ingat perbuatan biadab beberapa aktivis propembangkang yang cuba menukar Jalur Gemilang dengan bendera Sang Saka Malaya.

Mereka dengan bangganya mengibarkan bendera yang menyerupai bendera Indonesia dan Singapura pada malam sambutan hari kemerdekaan di Dataran Merdeka selama dua tahun berturut-turut pada 2012 dan 2013.

Antara alasan yang diberikan oleh kumpulan berkenaan untuk bertindak sedemikian adalah kerana Jalur Gemilang cukup sinonim dengan Barisan Nasional (BN) yang telah memerintah negara sejak merdeka.

Oleh itu, bukan sahaja kerajaan yang perlu ditukar, malah ia juga harus melibatkan bendera walaupun pada hakikatnya Jalur Gemilang telah dipilih majoriti rakyat menerusi satu pertandingan.

Cukup menyedihkan, perbuatan kumpulan terbabit yang mengguris hati banyak pihak terlepas daripada hukuman walaupun terdapat peruntukan di bawah Akta Hasutan 1948 dan Akta Lambang dan Nama (Mencegah Penggunaan Tidak Wajar) 1963 yang boleh digunakan.

Ekoran itu, perlakuan menghina simbol negara terus menjadi-jadi termasuk perbuatan kira-kira 100 pelajar Malaysia di Taiwan berpakaian serba hitam sambil memegang Jalur Gemilang dalam keadaan terbalik.

Apabila kita menghina Jalur Gemilang, ia bererti kita memperlekehkan maksud tersirat yang terdapat pada bendera berkenaan seperti warna biru yang melambangkan perpaduan rakyat, bulan sabit sebagai tanda Islam agama rasmi dan warna kuning yang melambangkan raja-raja Melayu.




SEBAHAGIAN daripada 500 pelajar Sekolah Kebangsaan Laksamana, Kuching, Sarawak mengibarkan Jalur Gemilang dalam satu majlis yang diadakan di sekolah itu. - GAMBAR HIASAN

Sebenarnya, bukan sahaja bendera diperlekehkan, malah ia telah merebak untuk mencaci Malaysia, kaum Melayu, orang Islam dan agama Islam semata-mata kerana marahkan UMNO dan BN.

Perkara itu didedahkan oleh pengendali Malaysia Today, Raja Petra Kamarudin dalam artikel yang dimuat naik dalam portal berkenaan pada 23 Jun lalu.

Hasil pemantauan beliau terhadap komen-komen dan bahan-bahan yang dimuat naik dalam Facebook serta Twitter mendapati jurang antara kaum dan agama kini semakin melebar sehingga ke tahap melampaui batas.

Menurutnya, rakyat Malaysia kini seolah-olah tidak lagi kisah apa yang keluar dari mulut mereka dan sama ada apa yang diperkatakan itu menyinggung atau melukakan perasaan orang lain.

Penganalisis politik dari Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Prof. Datuk Dr. Zainal Kling yang diminta mengulas pandangan Raja Petra itu berkata, apa yang didedahkan bukanlah sesuatu yang baharu kerana komen sedemikian sudah lama berlegar di ruang siber.

Beliau melihat fenomena itu semakin ketara setelah DAP memenangi banyak kerusi di peringkat Parlimen dan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) dalam beberapa siri pilihan raya sebelum ini termasuk berjaya memerintah Pulau Pinang.

"Bagi saya komen-komen yang memburukkan negara, raja, agama Islam dan mengaitkan Malaysia sebagai kerajaan Melayu merupakan agenda tersusun pihak-pihak berkenaan bagi memburukkan BN.

"Yang cukup menyedihkan, terdapat juga segelintir orang Melayu yang terlibat sama dalam perbuatan memburuk-burukkan negara," ujarnya kepada Utusan Malaysia.

Beliau menegaskan, tragedi 13 Mei tidak akan berulang jika kerajaan dapat bertindak terhadap pihak-pihak yang jelas sekali cuba menghasut dan mencetuskan huru-hara.

"Saya melihat pertubuhan Melayu seperti Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) mempunyai tahap kesabaran yang tinggi sehingga tidak melakukan tindak balas yang akan mencetuskan huru-hara.

Pertubuhan-pertubuhan Melayu ini masih meletak harapan kepada kerajaan untuk bertindak termasuk melalui Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM).

"Harapan ini tidak harus disia-siakan. Pihak kerajaan tidak boleh menjadikan faktor Facebook dan Twitter dikendali syarikat asing sebagai alasan untuk tidak menyekat komen-komen sedemikian.

"Walaupun tidak mendapat kerjasama syarikat yang mengurus laman sosial terbabit, kerajaan masih boleh mendapat perintah mahkamah supaya individu terbabit menarik balik komen-komen mereka yang menghina negara," katanya.

Mengulas isu sama, penganalisis politik dari Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Prof. Madya Dr. P. Sivamurugan yakin 13 Mei versi kedua seperti yang diramalkan itu tidak akan berlaku kerana semakin ramai yang mula sedar bahawa komen-komen bercorak sedemikian tidak baik untuk perpaduan kaum.

"Pengguna Internet sudah semakin matang dan saya dapati ramai di kalangan mereka yang tidak bersetuju dengan komen-komen yang menghina orang Melayu, raja dan Islam," katanya.

Kepada segelintir yang masih tidak mahu menggunakan Internet dengan berhemah, beliau bagaimanapun berharap kerajaan agar mengenal pasti dan mengambil tindakan terhadap mereka.

Dalam pada itu, Presiden Perkasa, Datuk Ibrahim Ali berkata, secara peribadi sebagai rakyat Malaysia dan presiden pertubuhan itu, beliau berharap tragedi berkenaan tidak berulang.

Beliau berkata, terdapat tiga faktor yang akan menentukan sama ada tragedi berkenaan akan berulang atau tidak.

Pertamanya, kerajaan tegas dalam mengurus perkara-perkara yang berkaitan dengan undang-undang dan keselamatan.

Kedua, jika rakyat termasuk pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang aktif dan lantang, masih lagi dapat mengawal keadaan dan diri bagi mengelak detik hitam itu daripada berulang.

Bagaimanapun, jelasnya, terdapat faktor ketiga yang dibimbangi boleh mencetuskan huru-hara iaitu ‘nila setitik yang merosakkan susu sebelanga’.

Beliau menarik perhatian keadaan huru-hara yang tercetus di Mesir dan Tunisia semasa Arab Spring, gara-gara provokasi seorang dua yang terlibat dalam perhimpunan haram.

"Perkasa insya-Allah tetap (inginkan keamanan). Selagi mana saya masih menjadi Presiden, saya seboleh mungkin akan mengawal ahli-ahli agar tidak termakan provokasi yang boleh mencetuskan anarki," katanya.

Utusan/Rencana/20140704  NIZAM YATIM nizam.yatim@utusan.com.my

5 Healthy Reasons to Drink Beer

As far as healthy libations go, wine typically gets all of the glory. But it’s time that the humble brewski received some much-deserved credit. Although maligned as a fattening, carb-filled beverage that we chugged with abandon during our college days, beer comes with some surprising health perks. The key, though, is to not overdo too much of a good thing. Going on a beer binge will only cancel out all of its health benefits—not to mention leave you feeling worse-for-wear come morn—so indulge wisely.

When consumed in moderation (one 12-ounce serving for women; two 12-ounce servings for men), beer can be a boon to your health. So if you’re celebrating the long 4th of July weekend, raise a glass to these 5 awesome health benefits of beer.

Good source of micronutrients. You’ve probably heard the hype about the antioxidants in red wine, but did you know that beer is packed with beneficial micronutrients? One 12-ounce regular beer, for example, contributes folate, vitamin B6, niacin, pantothenic acid and riboflavin. In a Dutch study, beer-drinking participants had 30 percent higher levels of vitamin B6 levels in their blood than their non-drinking counterparts, and twice as much as wine drinkers. What’s more, beer contains modest amounts of dietary fiber and protein. Although you shouldn’t rely on beer to fulfill your daily vitamin quota (that’s what fruits and veggies are for, folks!), this gives you another excuse to imbibe in a brew or two.

Builds a stronger skeleton. Got beer? Some types of beer contain a generous amount of dietary silicon, an element that may improve bone mineral density and thereby protect against osteoporosis. To get the biggest bone-boosting bang for your buck, select brews containing high levels of malted barley and hops—these varieties are richer in silicon, researchers at University of California-Davis discovered. Indian Pale Ales boast the most silicon, with an average of 41.2 mg/L.

Prevents blood clots. Downing beer in moderation may deter the formation of blood clots, studies suggest. Drinking one beer a daily was found to have favorable effects on lipids and fibrinogen, a protein implicated in blood clotting.

Lowers heart disease risk. A beer a day keeps the cardiologist away? Although vino has long been lauded as a heart-healthy libation, beer might offer the same—if not more—heart health benefits. A 2011 study published by the American Dietetic Association found that moderate consumption of any beverage—including beer—increases HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol. Additionally, a study by Harvard University reported that moderate beer consumption (one 12-ounce serving a day) was associated with a lower risk of coronary artery disease.

Lowers kidney stone risk. Beer has been linked with a lower risk of developing kidney stones compared to other alcoholic beverages. Researchers hypothesize that this is due to beer’s higher water content and diuretic effects. “Compounds in hops may also slow the release of calcium from bone that is implicated in kidney stones,” said registered dietitian and ADA spokesperson Andrea Giancoli in a news release. rticle by Anna Dickens, from SpryLiving.com USpryLiving.com July 3, 2014 6:00 pm

Rukun Negara the guiding principle

THE next several years will be critical to Malaysia. Several key social targets which had been set by the previous leadership of the country are in for a review.

Have we been able to achieve our various long-term social targets and objectives? Our long-term target of national unity has to be measured in whatever form so as to know whether we are indeed more united than we were before, compartmentalised along location and along economic vocation.

Social scientists and academics may have to develop some indicators whether national unity has indeed enhanced. The mere fact of the absence of squabbles between ethnic groups is no indicator of enhanced national unity.

When Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein announced the New Economic Policy it was meant to attain national unity by implementing a two-pronged strategy, namely eradication of poverty and a restructuring of society so as to eliminate the identification of race along economic function.

A target of the latter involves the Bumiputera community owning and managing at least 30 per cent of the share ownership in the corporate sector.

This latter target, which was deferred from 1990 to 2020, will be the first one that will be examined by 2020 because this is the most conspicuous restructuring target that Malaysia has set, and only found in this country.

The target of eradicating poverty, in particular absolute poverty, as adapted by the government under Tun Abdullah Badawi, is also to be appraised. This policy may be achieved because the poverty percentages are very low now.

This is based on poverty line income developed in the seventies with only price adjustments. If we revisit the contents of the poverty line income to include new elements of basic needs, then the incidence of poverty may rise on account of inclusion of new basic needs. Including new needs is most reasonable.

Later, in the early 1990s, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced Vision 2020, aiming to attain a developed country status by 2020. For this to be achieved, the nation has to overcome nine socio-economic challenges including the competitiveness of the country.

The year 2020 is but six years away and we have to achieve a target income that puts us in the band of developed countries while addressing the nine challenges so as to be a developed country in the fullest sense of the word.

We do not want a country with high per capita income but with glaring inequality and social issues, such as drug addiction, at the same time.

On taking over the administration, Datuk Seri Najib Razak formulated the New Economic Model (NEM) anchored upon the attainment of high income, sustainability and inclusive development.

NEM, therefore, repositioned the Vision 2020 objective in the form of attaining high income status, incorporated the importance of environmental concern so that long-term sustainability is always considered, and adapted the “economic growth and distribution concern” with social inclusion target.

These long-term planning objectives and implementation have, as always, gone through much deliberation among officials and political leadership, and the national legislatures before they become public policies.

They are not mere political slogans but ambitious programmes to reduce the many causes of disunity, while advancing the national economy in the context of a changing global economy.

These efforts, involving so many programmes and projects, have benefited the population and private sector enterprises who have the opportunities to partake in the delivery of projects and services.

In short, all these efforts are part of the bigger planned social engineering process initiated in a humble manner by the late Razak to improve rural development initially and later moving to more persistent efforts to reduce social inequality, and much later reinforced by Dr Mahathir’s administration to modernise the economy with big infrastructure projects.

It is only natural that the nation now be more open and liberal so as to encourage inflow of high quality investments while encouraging more Malaysian enterprises to be global-minded.

We indeed had moved forward but we must also not forget the direction of society as envisioned in the Rukun Negara, which many of us have much forgotten. Rukun Negara has to be our guiding principles always.

Many of us may have forgotten that the Rukun Negara was conceptualised by our social leaders of various communities and walks of life, in the aftermath of an unprecedented social clash in 1969. They wanted this nation to survive and its people united, yet liberal and modern, amid diversity in religion, languages and culture.

The challenges of this demand cannot be belittled and, on the contrary, need to be debated again in the context of our successes and also our shortcomings.

The inspirations of the Rukun Negara which were deliberated with full wisdom and commitment need to be included in both economic and social policy planning of the country again. Failure to appreciate this point would be a big error.   TAN SRI DR. SULAIMAN MAHBOB - NST Columnist 4 JULY 2014 @ 8:04 AM

Promoting goodness and goodwill

HUMAN civilisations have seen the forces of good and evil struggle for dominance. Evil people have evil thoughts. Evil thoughts do harm to others who are perceived as enemies or merely different.

Race, religion, social class and narrow ideology-based leaders and their associations have always been successful in the short-term, in inciting killings, violence and oppression in blatant and subtle ways.

The anatomy of evil has been studied from historical, psychological, political-military and religious perspectives. Evil takes on many guises and evil leaders wear many masks.

Evil acts are those committed by associations such as the Ku Klux Klan, killings and bombings in schools, lone serial killers, such tragedies caused by people like Charles Manson, and inciters of racial riots, religious and civil wars. They even recruit children to commit to their causes and become evil.

They work through legitimate associations and even political parties where they sow and grow ideas of hate which typically begin with arguments of preserving their way of life, survival, then their control and then supremacy.

As racial purists, chauvinists or religious moralists, they use instruments of threat and create fear in others. They often believe they must destroy and kill in order to rebuild, and hence, commit acts of ethnic cleansing, religious inquisitions and begin year zero. The errors they commit include the following:

THEY deny the first instance of right to life, property, liberty, peace and happiness of others;

ASSUMPTION that the world is homogenous in ideology, languages and cultures and, therefore, underestimate resistance, the justness of other causes and the equal emotions, and passions of others;

THEY are really ordinary leaders who may think of themselves as extraordinary.

But, they are neither prophets nor sages and unlike messengers of God, they were not given revealed knowledge and mandate to create havoc in their societies.

Prophets and messengers were given messages of enlightenment and goodwill divinely ordained, unlike those self-proclaimed leaders with personally constructed convoluted messages of human manipulations;

THEY err in forgetting that their active lifetime is limited and evil ideas in the public domain do not last and are not sustained by the next generation and the world at large, which is so diverse;

THEY fail to learn lessons regarding the rise and fall of civilisations and empires and personalities and leaders in the cycle of history;

THEY imagine themselves to be leaders of the masses even when they are not equipped with knowledge, virtue and common sense;

THEY do not understand the meaning of compassion, mercy, grace and restraint; and,

THEY do not practise the straight path of religious teachings or the middle paths of philosophical beliefs.

In all cases recorded in the history of mankind, millions have been and are being killed because of evil people. However, their ends are never achieved because of their first instance errors of leadership ego, greed, and lust for power and quest for recognition as antiheroes.

Revolutions for freedom and struggles against colonialism are not necessarily evil. Leaders of such struggles and their organisations believe in ideals of liberty, fraternity, equality for all and they are against apartheid or other forms of discrimination.

Lately, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had repeatedly expressed concern about the new radicalism in society. Ordinary citizens
have also expressed similar concerns.

Dr Chandra Muzaffar sees the menacing danger of radicalism. People who uphold violent means to reform society will establish connections with others from violent societies and bring new cultures of violence to relatively gentle Malaysians and the region. Such people with access to all kinds of weapons and ideas of radical change can destroy the time honoured peace and order of the region.

Understanding the multicultural and multireligious nature of Britain, the British prime minister gave a Ramadan 1435 speech, respecting the Islamic focus on charity, reflection and community.

For Muslims and non-Muslims, Sunni and Shia, the righteous and ideologues, Ramadan provides the opportunity to reflect, practise restraint, repent, taubah or, at the very least, try to be good people who respect others.

Good civil society leaders, good religious leaders and wise leaders from the silent majority should come to the fore to advise those who have been swayed by the power of publicity and extreme logic to choose paths that will not destroy the Malaysian way of life.

The message of enjoining the good and rejecting evil, to preserve and promote truthfulness, justice and harmony should be clearly clarified and such messages of love and restraint should become the governing reference for society. DATUK DR IBRAHIM AHMAD BAJUNID - NST Columnist 4 JULY 2014 @ 8:04 AM

PBS sistem terbaik nilai prestasi pelajar ~ Juragan

PBS atau Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah adalah sistem terbaik nilai prestasi pelajar kerana kaedah penilaian prestasi pelajar lebih menyeluruh serta tidak lagi dibuat berdasarkan akademik semata-mata - Bekas Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran, Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Don.

Bekas Guru: Sebagai  bekas guru aku bersetuju
Guru le ning: Sistem memang le bagus tapi yang nak melaksanakannya macam mana?
Bekas Guru: Biasa la, yang buat sistem di kerusi empuk berhawa dingin ... mana nak fikir tentang pelaksana berkerusi kayu di bilik hangat berkipas ...
Guru le ning: Bila la dia orang tu nak berubah ...
Guru yang akan jadi guru: ....... ??????????



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Mungkin dia orang kena faham benda-benda di bawah ning ... tapi depa memang tetap tak peduli .... puuiihhh

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