Fever

At times like this,
When you feel so sick,
You’re going to miss,
All your favourite things.

Just rest, and sleep,
And cool yourselves,
But do not weep,
When things turn bad.

You’ll soon feel good,
And happier too,
You’ll be in better mood.

When your fever’ gone,

The White Desert Of Egypt

Rock shapes are seen in the White Desert north of the Farafra Oasis southwest of Cairo May 15, 2015. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Rock shapes are seen in the White Desert north of the Farafra Oasis southwest of Cairo May 15, 2015. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

The White Desert, about 500 km southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo, features limestone and chalk forms strangely shaped by the wind and sand, a terrain that gains in intensity when illuminated by the moon. Slightly to the north lies the Black Desert, given its name by the volcanic rock dolerite, similar to basalt. Four-by-four and trekking trips for tourists include Bedouin music around campfires and nights slept under a breathtaking array of stars. (Reuters)

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‘Telekung Salib’?

telekung salib

(MSTAR) – TAWAU: Menteri Pembangunan Masyarakat dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna Sabah Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid mengingatkan umat Islam supaya berhati-hati dengan “telekung yang mempunyai corak berbentuk salib”.

Beliau berkata Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) dan Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Sabah (JHEAINS) perlu mengambil tindakan sewajarnya dalam perkara ini demi menjaga kesucian agama Islam.

Sambil menyatakan rasa kecewa kerana telekung itu mula dipasarkan di negara ini ketika umat Islam bakal mengerjakan ibadah puasa tidak lama lagi, beliau berkata sejak kebelakangan ini pelbagai taktik digunakan oleh pihak tertentu untuk memesongkan akidah umat Islam.

“Janganlah kita ghairah membeli kerana tertarik dengan warna dan gaya yang cantik tanpa menyedari corak pada telekung itu tidak mengikut syariah,” katanya kepada Bernama pada Isnin ketika diminta mengulas isu itu.

Beliau juga menasihati peniaga supaya meneliti rekaan telekung yang dijual supaya tidak mengundang kegusaran dalam kalangan umat Islam di negara ini.

Telekung mempunyai corak sulaman berbentuk salib di bahagian depan dari paras dagu hingga kelim bawah telekung yang dipercayai dihasilkan di negara jiran kini menjadi viral di laman media sosial.

BANGSAKU SEDANG ME-LAYU – By Uncle Zul Noordin

Uncle Zul sent me this wonderful poem which he wrote on the ERL, on the way to the airport.

I’m touched by the words; it is sad to see how my own race losing our identity, dignity and power in favour to personal material gains and popularity.

I wish I too can write a poem with ‘powerful meaning’ that can touch the hearts of others.

Let me share the poem with all of you…


BANGSAKU SEDANG ME-LAYU 

Bangsaku Melayu
Sejarahnya tidak kaku
Budibahasanya nombor satu
Akhlaknya dicemburu
Tolak ansurnya tak pernah jemu

Dia perjuangkan kemerdekaan
Dia menjadi kerajaan kedaulatan
Dia beri imigran kewarganegaraan
Dia menjadi asykar pertahanan
Dia polis menjaga keamanan
Dia pegawai dasar kenegaraan
Dia kerani melaksanakan
Dia juga cikgu mencerdikkan

Tapi dia bergaduh bercakaran
Menikam merobek menelanjangkan
Amanah pusaka warisan diqorunkan
Bangsa sendiri menjadi sasaran
Kawan dijadikan lawan
Lawan dijadikan kawan
Bangsa lain diselimut bantalkan
Kaum lain disahabat-taulankan
Habis dijual agama & Tuhan

Memang Melayu tak hilang didunia
Tetapi Melayu akan hilang tanahairnya
Harga diri & maruah bangsa
Hanya kerana gilakan kuasa

Melayu akan melayu di Tanah Melayu akhirnya!

Zulkifli Bin Noordin
Rabu
16 Sya’ban 1436
03 Jun 2015

A 6.0 Earthquake Struck Ranau, Sabah

KEADAAN di dalam sebuah premis di Ranau selepas gempa bumi pagi tadi. Satu gempa bumi dengan kekuatan 5.9 pada skala Richter berpusat di 6.1 utara, 116.6 timur, kira-kira 16 kilometer di barat daya Ranau berlaku jam 7.15 pagi tadi. - Foto ihsan pembaca BH
KEADAAN di dalam sebuah premis di Ranau selepas gempa bumi pagi tadi. Satu gempa bumi dengan kekuatan 5.9 pada skala Richter berpusat di 6.1 utara, 116.6 timur, kira-kira 16 kilometer di barat daya Ranau berlaku jam 7.15 pagi tadi. – Foto ihsan pembaca BH

Berita Harian reported that a 6.0 earthquake hit Ranau, Sabah at about 7:15 this morning.

The Star reported that the earthquake struck at a depth of 10km, with its epicentre located 19km from the town of Ranau, and 54km from Kota Kinabalu.  

The tremors were felt around Ranau, Tambunan, Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu, Beaufort and Kota Belud.

Gempa Bumi 6.0 Richter Melanda Ranau, Sabah

KEADAAN di dalam sebuah premis di Ranau selepas gempa bumi pagi tadi. Satu gempa bumi dengan kekuatan 5.9 pada skala Richter berpusat di 6.1 utara, 116.6 timur, kira-kira 16 kilometer di barat daya Ranau berlaku jam 7.15 pagi tadi. - Foto ihsan pembaca BH
KEADAAN di dalam sebuah premis di Ranau selepas gempa bumi pagi tadi. Satu gempa bumi dengan kekuatan 5.9 pada skala Richter berpusat di 6.1 utara, 116.6 timur, kira-kira 16 kilometer di barat daya Ranau berlaku jam 7.15 pagi tadi. – Foto ihsan pembaca BH

(Berita Harian) – KOTA KINABALU: Satu gempa bumi dengan kekuatan 6.0 pada skala Richter berpusat di 6.1 utara, 116.6 timur, kira-kira 16 kilometer di barat daya Ranau berlaku jam 7.15 pagi tadi. Gempa yang dikesan di kedalaman 54 kilometer di bawah tanah itu dirasai di sekitar Ranau, Tambunan, kawasan pedalaman dan pantai barat termasuk Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu, Beaufort dan Kota Belud.
Difahamkan, beberapa premis perniagaan termasuk bank dan pejabat kerajaan mengalami keretakan serta cermin pecah berikutan gegaran kuat berkenaan.
Di Kota Kinabalu, penduduk di apartmen serta kakitangan awam dan swasta di bangunan tinggi diarahkan mengosongkan premis serta-merta.

My View On Waco’s Twin Peaks Shooting

A shootout between rival biker gangs on a Sunday afternoon at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, had killed 9 people and injured 18 others.

Sadly, shootings and violent incidents seems to becoming a norm in once a civilised country. 
The Guardian reported that sergeant Patrick Swanton, a spokesperson for Waco police department, said in a press conference on Monday after the incident that:

Police in Waco have charged 170 people with “organised crime in reference to … capital murder” in what could potentially represent the largest mass arrest on a capital charge in American history. – The Guardian.

The Guardian also reported that sergeant Patrick Swanton as saying:

“What happened here today could have been avoided,” he said. “They [the restaurant management] failed and this is what happened.”- The Guardian.

So, the incident could have been avoided?

He added: “We have been made aware over two months that rival gangs are meeting here and that the potential for violence is increasing.” – The Guardian.

Police were already present at the scene because authorities were aware of the likelihood of trouble between the gangs, Swanton said,”The Guardian.

The police had suspected some violent incident to happen during the meeting between the gangs; so they were there at the scene; but they do not have the rights to interfere before the incident happen because they have no rights to do so!

He said that police had attempted to get the local management to assist but they “would not cooperate”. – The Guardian.

The First Amendment in the American constitution says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

As what I had asked before, is too much freedom good for us?

This shooting could have been avoided if:

  1. The police had the rights to take actions to prevent  the violent incident from happening.

  2. The government of United States does not give the total freedom of owning and carrying guns to their citizens.

In this case, the police had done their job and they were actually there before the shooting started but sadly, their hands were tied.

The police can’t do anything because not like Singapore, the United States does not have laws like the Internal Security Act (ISA) of Singapore (Cap. 143, 1985 Rev. Ed.), where police can take actions to prevent such crime if they have information that it could happen; furthermore carrying guns is legal in the United States.

Innocent people and children could had been killed and the police could not do anything to stop it from happening in the first place.

It is sad that such a violent incident that could had been prevented can’t be stopped.

After all the mass shootings in the United States, is it right for the United States to tell Malaysia to repeal the Sedition Act after the Western powers and the United Nations had forced Malaysia to abolish the ISA?

Without the laws, mass shooting and mass killing like the Sandy Hook shooting incident could be a norm in Malaysia just like in the United States.

I am surprised that the United States had not learnt that too much freedom and the rights to carry guns are part of the reasons that had caused the many incidents of mass shootings and mass killings and expect other country to abolish laws that could prevent such incidents.

Perhaps the government of Singapore can brief the United Nations on why they still keep the ISA.

Is total freedom to do anything they want as demanded by the human rights groups is more important than preserving a peaceful community and the safety  of minors and old people who may not be able to protect themselves?