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Impressive! Why did we never hear of this before??!!
I've always just run it under the cold water tap. Some time ago I was cooking some corn and stuck my fork in the boiling water to see if the corn was ready. I missed and my hand went into the boiling water. . .

STAR ‘candidate’ charged for cheating

Sabah STAR chief Jeffrey Kitingan’s selection of candidates
 is not going down well with those around him.
KOTA KINABALU: State Reform Party (STAR) chairman Jeffery Kitingan is facing criticism from within his party after a candidate he named for the Klias state constituency seat was charged with cheating.

The candidate, Jismit Japong, was charged in a magistrate court here on Thursday with cheating a man by impersonating as Sekong Umno assemblyman who is also Ko-Nelayan chairman.

The mortifying blow comes just three weeks after Jeffrey announced Jismit as the party’s candidate.

Swiss NGO warns Taib’s London lawyers

KUCHING: An international NGO has challenged Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s British lawyers to explain their statement that the Sarawak government “issues licenses for land under very controlled circumstances”.

The London-based lawyers had, in response to an article published earlier this week in British daily The Independent, linking Taib to the massive deforestation in Sarawak, said: “The government of Sarawak issues licences for land in very controlled circumstances… This is an administrative exercise, not political patronage.

“Our client never demands or accepts bribes for the grant of licences and leases.”

ICJ best forum to settle Sabah, S’wak, S’pore questions

By Joe Fernandez
If the Government in Putrajaya is truly honest with itself, it will confront the fact that there’s very little sympathy in Sabah and Sarawak on the ground for the security forces apparently battling it out in Lahad Datu. It’s 50 years too late. They might as well pack up and go home and instead recall the Sabah Border Scouts and Sarawak Rangers.

At the same time, the continuing statements from one Jamalul Kiram III, the Manila press, the Philippines Government and Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) on Sabah and Sarawak are being viewed in the right perspective.

Filipina jailed for uttering "I'm Suluk and you're dead' to cop

Credit to 1 Suara Sabah Facebook page

SABAHAN sentiasa BerJAGA-JAGA kerana "PTI" sudah menjadi MAJORITI DI SABAH. RAMAI YANG TELAH DI UGUT Tetapi TIDAK Di sampaikan ke PIHAK BERKUASA kerana takut keadaan akan JADI LEBIH BURUK lagi...

p/s: KERANA UMNO-BN Mengatakan "MEREKA INI TIDAK MENJEJASKAN KESELAMATAN NEGARA", sudah cukup untuk membisukan rakyat Sabahan. Tapi lihatlah apa yang sudah terjadi sekarang......

Pope Francis washes youths' feet at detention center

Pope Francis washes the feet of 12 young offenders,
including women and Muslims
(CNN) -- Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen prisoners, including young women, at a youth detention center in Rome as part of a Holy Thursday Mass ahead of Easter.

The pontiff poured water over the young offenders' feet, wiped them with a white towel and kissed them.

The act of foot-washing at the Mass of the Lord's Supper is part of the Christian tradition that mirrors Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet.

New security rules: A blessing, a curse

The new government gazette to manage Sabah’s security
strangely enough does not seek to deter intrusion by
foreigners, or cleanse Sabah of illegal immigrants.
By Luke Rintod of FMT
KOTA KINABALU: The federal government gazette to manage public security in Sabah’s eastern area could be both a blessing and a curse to Sabahans.

The gazette which is officially called “Preservation of Public Security Regulations 2013” was published on March 24 and contains four objectives, with 19 major regulations under five parts.

While it failed to give details on how it will beef up security against foreign intrusions in Sabah’s east, the gazette did touch on a few major issues that are expected to be potentially controversial.

SAPP: Conspiracy not to dissolve?

By Datuk Yong Teck Lee
To the gross disappointment of the people, both the BN and Pakatan governments have refused to dissolve their respective legislatures even though their political five-year term has expired on 8 March 2013. Granted that the law stipulates that the five year term commences on the date of the first sitting of the parliament or Legislative Assembly, politically, the five-year term has expired. The current situation in Malaysia, including in Sabah, whereby the Federal and State governments have stayed on beyond five years is unprecedented.

Mana janji "jelapang padi" kamu di Kota Belud?

Oleh Ezra Haganez 
KOTA BELUD : Lima tahun sudah berlalu namun tiada apa yang hebat berlaku kepada "janji-janji dicapati" BN mahu jadikan Kota Belud "jelapang padi" negeri Sabah.

Peguam terkenal, Peter Marajin, yang buat masa ini bersama SAPP, membidas pimpinan BN Kota Belud kerana gagal tunaikan janji itu selepas lima tahun lagi berlalu.

"Pada awal penggal, gerombolan pemimpin BN dari Kota Belud, Sabah dan juga Persekutuan sibuk mencanang kononnya padi sawah akan diperluas, pengairan di perluas dan hasil padi dinaikkan dari 3.5 tan metrik kepada 10 tan metrik sehektar.

Negri Sembilan Dewan dissolves today, next Pahang and Johore

Come Wednesday night (March 26, 2013), the Negri Sembilan legislative assembly is set to be the first state assembly to be automatically dissolved following the lapse of its five-year tenure since the historic 2008 general election.

This was stated by Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan, who informed that the 36-member assembly would continue to serve in a caretaker capacity until election is called.

He told English daily The Star that its members would, however, not be able to introduce new policies and will cease to function as “wakil rakyat” (the people’s representatives).

Clare Rewcastle launches Radio Free Malaysia to help overthrow UMNO regime

Radio Free Malaysia website under attack
Radio Free Malaysia launched was tonight on MW1359 kHz. However its online site, which was already under enormous pressure owing to widespread interest, came under immediate cyber-attack.

The Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks began around the time the programme went on air and were presumably aiming at preventing people from downloading the online podcasts of the show, the radio station said in a statement tonight.

Anwar’s hand in Lahad Datu isn’t credible theory!

By Joe Fernandez
There is quite a bit of material in the mainstream and alternative media hinting, suggesting and even accusing Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim as the arch villain behind the Lahad Datu intrusion and subsequent standoff.

As the various conspiracy theories go, this is the weakest of them all. We can only await the proposed Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Lahad Datu with bated breaths.

Anwar may have met Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari in Jakarta and Manila, as reported by several sources including Malaysia Today. However, such meetings by themselves tell nothing. Both men were longtime friends. The MNLF Leader may have wanted to catch up with the Opposition Leader because he’s also the Prime Minister in Waiting.

“Ajaran Sesat” oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya

Dalam satu bulan yang lalu, Pengerusi dan Timbalan Pengerusi SPR sering mengatakan tentang “ajaran sesat.Lihat TheBorneoPost 20hb Feb 13 dan TheStar 22hb Mar 13.Ia telah jelasnya menjadi satu corak yang tidak seharusnya ditinggal tanpa dicabar oleh kerana ia seakan-akan mengelirukan orang awam.

Setelah menuduh NGO-NGO tidak bernama mengelirukan orang awam dengan “ajaran sesat”, SPR terus programnya mengelirukan orang awam malah lebih dengan membuat pengumuman awam yang akan retak atas tatapan yang teliti.

“Ajaran Sesat” by the Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya

For the past one month, the EC Chairman and Deputy Chairman have been flogging the meme ‘ajarasesat. See TheBorneoPost 20th Feb 13 and TheStar 22nd Mar 13. It has clearly become a pattern that should not be left unchallenged as it appears designed to mislead the public.

Having accused unnamed NGOs of confusing the public with “ajaransesat”, the SPR continues its program of confusing the public even more by making public pronouncements that come apart upon careful scrutiny.

Malays must avoid being a Broken People

By Joe Fernandez
If Malays want to avoid being a Broken People, they and others as well, should not get into rhetoric and polemics and the politics of disruption and distraction.

The media, in that sense, is doing a great disservice to the people. They should focus on helping make a difference for the better, not run back and forth between Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim to manufacture news. Every fart from Mahathir is in the news.

We should focus on what brings us together as a people.

Rasisme Adalah Jenayah : Amk Sulaman

TUARAN – Angkatan Muda Keadilan N.10 Sulaman telah Berjaya menganjurkan program “Hapuskan Rasisme, Rakyat Bersatu ke arah Negara Sejahtera.” Bermula pada Sabtu lepas, 23hb Mac dengan aktiviti-aktiviti seperti pertandingan futsal,pertandingan autoshow dan Bintang Idola Reformasi dan acara berakhir pada ahad semalam dengan majlis penutupan dan penyampaian hadiah bertempat di Restoran Transit, Lok Batik Tuaran.

“Tujuan program ini diadakan adalah untuk mengajak rakyat bersama-sama untuk menghapuskan isu perkauman serta mengeratkan silaturrahim lagi sesama kita. Disamping itu kita memberikan pemahaman kepada rakyat bahawa ini juga salah satu perjuangan Pakatan Rakyat.” menurut Faizal Derasik, Ketua AMK Sulaman.

Malaysia has an Evil side that bears watching!

By Joe Fernandez
Dr Paraman, as usual, has put together a thought-provoking piece -- Hindraf critics are demonising the victims in -- and no doubt with the help of subject matter experts on several related issues.

No one can deny the arguments being made and which can continue to be made among others by the Indian Nation in Malaysia, the largely stateless underclass in particular.

Wajah Jeneral Perang Dan Menteri Pertahanan Sulu Yang Berjaya Ditangkap

Berikut adalah dua keping gambar yang memperlihatkan wajah Jeneral Perang Dan Menteri Pertahanan Sulu yang dikenali sebagai Datuk Amir Baha@Datuk Bahang.

Insecurity in eastern Sabah raises questions!

By Joe Fernandez
Hoteliers in Sabah are grumbling increasingly loudly that tourists are canceling too many bookings in the wake of the Lahad Datu Standoff and the on-going mopping up operations by security forces. They worry that things may become a whole lot worse for the hospitality industry in the state before turning for the better, if at all, in the near future.

The state has some 25, 000 hotel rooms to help the hospitality industry rake in some RM 5.2 billion last year from nearly three million visitors. The forecast revenue for 2015, according to Sabah Tourism Board chairman Tengku Zainal Adlin, is RM 15 billion on the high side. That amounts to a quarter of the RM 60 billion per annum that Malaysia presently collects from tourism receipts.

Sulu incursion: Hiding from the truth

By FMT Staff  and Luke Rintod
KOTA KINABALU: As the dust settles on the incursion by a group of armed men from the southern Philippines, the question of who will take responsibility remains hanging. Most politicians in the government have resigned themselves to watching from the sidelines.

Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, the younger brother of Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman, appears to be passively muddling through the crisis.

Cracks appearing in Sabah Umno?

By Luke Rintod of FMT
A Sabah NGO - United Suluk Community Organisation (USCO) -
has, strangely enough, decided to move into ‘active’ politics.
KUDAT: Speculation is high that former deputy chief minister under a PBS-plus government, Amir Kahar Mustapha, is about to quit Umno and join an opposition group.

The former Banggi assemblyman, who is the eldest son of ex- Sabah chief minister, the late Tun Mustapha Harun, is said to have been approached by the members of the Suluk community here to represent them in the opposition in the coming election.

Bekas OCPD: Tukar k'jaan, pulihkan wibawa polis

Kerajaan sedia ada perlu ditukar jika rakyat benar-benar serius mahu mengembalikan kewibawaan pasukan polis, kata seorang bekas pegawai kanan polis, malam tadi.

Mantan ketua polis daerah Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Mohd Yousoff Babjee berkata, pasukan polis kini menerima terlalu banyak campur tangan politik sehingga mengganggu tugas-tugas mereka.

"Untuk memulihkannya saya rasa kita tukarlah kerajaan. Saya rasa jangan (ada) masuk campur tangan politik (dalam polis).

Malaysia facing policy 'blowback'

The former head of a Philippine separatist group, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), has told Al Jazeera that despite support from Malaysia in the 1960s, some of his fighters have now turned against the Malaysian government.

According to Nur Misuari, the MNLF fighters have joined the Royal Army of Sulu, which has been fighting for control of Malaysia's eastern Sabah state.

Al Jazeera's Jamela Alindogan reports from the Philippine capital, Manila, on whether Malaysia's foreign policy in the 1960s has backfired.

Watch video here.

Former PBS leader to take on his old party

KOTA KINABALU: Three-term assemblyman Joseph Sitin Saang is attempting to make a comeback in the coming general election, this time contesting on a PKR ticket.
The respected local leader from the interior town of Telupid is returning from the political wilderness by standing for election in the state constituency of Labuk.
He will face incumbent Michael Metah Asang, the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) vice-president whose candidacy was confirmed by party president and Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan last year.
Saang represented Kuamut during the PBS government until he quit to join Parti Demokratik Sabah (now renamed United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation) after the 1994 state election.

Ini Kali Lah, if toothless MACC acts -- Taib Memang Kena!

Taib survived the 1987 elections and at least seven million hectares of timber concessions allegedly came to be controlled subsequently by Taib's family, henchmen and cronies (of which no less than five million hectares came under the domination of the top five robber baron timber lords who had reimbursed the state government money used for the elections). 
Joe Fernandez
The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) has been uncharacteristically quick to say that they will look into video reports apparently implicating long-serving Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud in allegedly shady land deals which, from all accounts, have resulted in considerable lost revenues to the state and Federal coffers while virtually robbing the affected kampung folks of their Native land.

Unusual voter increase in KK

Sabah DAP is "quite sure that someone is making
special arrangements" to increase voter
numbers to ensure a BN win.
KOTA KINABALU: MP Hiew King Cheu is crying foul over the huge increase in the number of voters in the Api-Api state constituency which comes under the Kota Kinabalu parliamentary constituency.
He said he was shocked to see this in the newly released electoral roll where it showed that the number of voters had increased by 4,369 voters between 2011 and 2012.
The polling centres with big voters increase are Kg Air, Jalan Perpaduan, Jalan Masjid Lama, Taman Elok, Jalan Muhibah and Jalan Bandaran. The number of postal votes have also increased from 332 to 844 in the constituency.

‘Najib must act against Taib’

Is he too scared to take action against Taib?
KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has called on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to act against the Sarawak chief minister.
He said action must be taken against Taib Mahmud based on the recent video expose made by an international NGO, Global Witness.
The video showed Taib’s family and his cronies abusing logging licences to enrich themselves, at the expense of ordinary Sarawakians.
An undercover investigator, posing as an investor, went to Sarawak in the pretext of buying land to set up palm oil plantations and was directed to buy licences from those linked to Taib.

‘Sulu army chief – a Malaysian’

Datu Agbimudin Kiram, a former civil servant in
the state who turn into terrorist.
PETALING JAYA: Agbimudin Kiram, leader of the armed intruders in Lahad Datu, used to work as a civil servant in the state, alleged PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli.
Speaking during a press conference held at the party headquarters here, Rafizi said this proved that Agbimudin holds a Malaysian citizenship.
“He used to work as an administrative assistant at the Kudat district office, proving that he is a Malaysian citizen,” said Rafizi.
He later produced the list of Sabah civil servants in 1975, taken from the state archives. [See below]
The list shows Agbimuddin, known as Datu Agbimudin Kiram, employed as state administrative assistant in Kudat, starting Sept 9, 1974 with a salary of RM610.

‘Over 60,000 dubious voters in Sabah’

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sabah electoral roll has 60,673 or 6.3% potentially dubious voters, the DAP said today.
Ong Kian Ming, director of the party’s Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project (Merap), said they arrived at this figure from the proceedings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) probing the issuance of identity cards (IC) to illegal immigrants in Sabah.
“Ruslan Alias, an assistant head in the IC division of Sabah/Sarawak in the National Registration Department [NRD], revealed a list containing 130,459 ‘problematic’ old IC numbers where their records with the NRD were either incomplete or where these cards had been cancelled,” Ong told a press conference at the party’s headquarters here.

Dogs in US Navy SEAL teams

The Dog That Cornered Osama Bin Laden... not your standard K9
Of the commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the super-secret SEAL DevGru unit was identified by name: Cairo, the war dog. Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian Malinois. The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds but smaller and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the 30-kilo range.

How to stake claim over territory

By William M. Esposo

MANILA : Many of the charlatans and overnight Sabah claim experts thought they were patriots fighting for Philippine national interest. They didn’t even realize that the arguments they were mouthing were supporting China’s very claims to our territory in the South China Sea.

Dr. Renato de Castro heads the De La Salle University International Studies Department. Rene was kind enough to share with me an article written by him in 2000 where he probed weaknesses of China’s claims to our Spratly islands.

Sarawak cop, gangsters assault youth

Sarawak DAP wants the IGP to act on 21-year-old
Andrewson Ngalai’s report against a police inspector.
By Joseph Tawie
KUCHING: A police inspector attached to the General Operations Force (GOF) not only aided and abetted a group of gangsters in assaulting a 21-year-old coffeeshop worker, but also took part by slapping the youth in the early hours of March 14.
The inspector’s act was caught on a CCTV camera in a coffeeshop at MJC Batu Kawah where Andrewson Ngalai anak Tandang works.
After Andrewson lodged a report at the MJC Batu Kawah police station on the same day, the man seen in the CCTV was identified as the police inspector attached to the GOF at Batu Kawah by other officers.

Media should not play up Mahathir

By Joe Fernandez 
The way former Prime Mahathir Mohamad has been carrying on since retiring, keeping himself very much in the public eye, it appears that he wants his old job back and this time perhaps until he dies and that could be at 97+. That could be the real reason why the 13th General Election has been unduly delayed.

Mahathir is now 88 years old.

Mahathir's latest visit was to Sabah where he visited the troops in Lahad Datu besides delivering a lecture at UMS on the RCI.

Sabah and the Sulu claims

Rozan Yunos of The Brunei Times

Succeeding Sultans of Brunei have denied that northern Borneo was given to Sulu, and only the
weight of Sulu tradition supports the claim. The weight of Brunei tradition challenges it.Pictures: Courtesy of Rozan Yunos
THE 1968 Programme Book for the Coronation of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Waddaulah as the 29th Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, had two interesting documents inserted inside. The documents were reproduction of two treaties taken from microfilm kept at the Public Record Office in London.

Illegal & Illogical

After having failed his exam in "Logistics and Organization", a student goes and confronts his lecturer about it.

Student: "Sir, do you really understand anything about the subject?" 

Professor: "Surely I must. Otherwise I would not be a professor!" 

Student: "Great, well then I would like to ask you a question. 

‘Najib not sincere over Allah issue’

By Luke Rintod of FMT
Parti Bersatu Sabah must explain why it allowed the Sabah
State Assembly in 1992 to pass an enactment barring use
of the term “Allah” and several related words.
KOTA KINABALU: Pressure is piling on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to speak plainly on his government’s stand on the use of the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims in Sabah and Sarawak.
The word has become so politically loaded in the peninsula that failing to acquiesce to native Christians insistence in the two Borneo states that they be allowed to continue to use it in their worship threatens to strip away any electoral support his Barisan Nasional government may enjoy among them.
His detractors in Sabah were quick to deride the prime minister after he implied on Friday that he opposed the use of the word ‘Allah’ by all non-Muslims.

Farmer slashed by Taib-linked men

Surik Muntai and 300 other landowners from 17 longhouses
from Melikin in Serian district are suing a company linked
to two PBB leaders for encroaching into their NCR land.
KUCHING: A director of an oil palm plantation company, linked to two leaders in Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu has been detained for allegedly assaulting a 67-year-old farmer over a native customary rights land issue.
Serian police confirmed that Andrew Wong, a director in United Teamtrade Sdn Bhd was arrested three days ago and is currently in remand.
Wong together with three other security personal, one allegedly armed with a  parang, had attacked farmer Surik Muntai last Friday while he was waiting to pick up his son from the Sungai Menyan primary school.
He was severely wounded and suffered a broken right arm and legs in the attack. He is now recuperating in the Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching.

‘Agbimuddin will be extradited’

Malaysians in Sabah who wanted security could surely
see that the government had acted speedily in dealing
with the threats, said former prime minister
Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
LAHAD DATU: Malaysia will push for Agbimuddin Kiram, a former Sabah assistant district officer who led the Sulu invasion to allegedly reclaim Sabah, to be extradited from the Philippines.
Agbimuddin is believed to have escaped the tight security dragnet and returned to the Philippines.
Speaking to reporters here yesterday, Sabah police chief Hamza Taib said Malaysia was confident of bring Agbimuddin back to face charges “even if he is there (in the Philippines)”.
“Even if he is there, we won’t face a problem because we have undertaken an investigation under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 against those under detention.

Lahad Datu Stand off: Najib should bear the responsibility

Looking back at my past articles, I don't know whether I should feel vindicated that I had made a correct prediction.

I had joined a media trip to Sabah which took place in mid-August 2008 in conjunction with the visit of the then Deputy Prime Minister cum Defence Minister Najib Razak to Sabah’s forward bases.

During a media briefing session on 10 August 2008, the forward base senior military officer Commander Hanafi, who was the Markas Angkatan Tugas Bersama 2 (MATB 2) Chief of Staff, told the media that there were six external security threats scattered offshore Sabah, namely Abu Sayyaf, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Moro National Liberation Front, Misuari Breakaway Group, ransom-seeking criminal groups and Bangsa Sulu Royal Army (BSRA).

Jeffrey wants Orang Asal, Allies as ‘Force to be Reckoned With’ in mainstream politics

By Joe Fernandez
Activists from Sabah strongman Jeffrey Kitingan's various NGOs are mercilessly bludgeoning both sides of the political divide, even mosquito parties, with sledgehammers of sorts. Apparently, Jeffrey is leaving nothing to chance as the countdown to the 13th General Elections is set to begin after the Christmas and New Year festive cheers. This is politics in the jungle at its best.

Jeffrey's inner circle points out that even if the other Opposition and ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) "did not ask for it", they would be "morally obliged to make mincemeat of all those who are against the Agenda Borneo". The Agenda Borneo, in a nutshell, stands against everything that the "agenda parti parti Malaya in Borneo" or "Agenda Malaya" stands for in Sabah and Sarawak. The Borneon in Jeffrey alleges that the Agenda Malaya is a thinly-disguised policy of internal colonisation in Sabah and Sarawak, waged against the Orang Asal in particular -- Murut and Dusun including Kadazan or urban Dusun in Sabah and Dayak in Sarawak -- and Borneons in general.

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