Winners of the 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

A fox smashes into a snowdrift trying to catch its breakfast. (Angela Bohlke/Barcroft Media)
A fox smashes into a snowdrift trying to catch its breakfast. (Angela Bohlke/Barcroft Media) This is the overall winner of the Comedy Photo Award 2016.

The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 featured over 2,200 hilarious entries from around the world.

The awards ceremony took place at the Underdog Gallery in London on November 9, 2016, with winners collecting trophies in five separate categories and an additional 10 highly commended photographers each receiving a certificate.

Angela Bohlke entry, ‘A Tough Day At The Office’ was named as the overall winner of the  Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

Below are some of the award winning photos:

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Shot Dead In Ankara (Video)

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Ambassador Andrey Karlov spoke at the gallery before being shot. Mr. Karlov had been in Ankara as Russia’s ambassador since July 2013. The gallery was at a modern-art center close to Turkish parliament. Burhan Ozbilici/Associated Press

The Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was shot dead in the back at an Ankara art gallery on Monday.

The incident happened as the ambassador was giving a speech at a Russian photography exhibition which was caught on camera.

The Australian reported that:

Images showed Altintas smartly dressed in a suit, tie and white shirt pull out a gun and fire at ambassador Andre Karlov from behind as the envoy opened a Russian photography exhibition in Ankara. – The Australian

The gunman who was identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas is a 22-year-old off-duty Turkish police officer. 

Reports wrote that he was later killed by the police.

The Australian wrote, “Reports said that his mother, father and sister were immediately detained for questioning in their homes in western Turkey.”

The authorities are still investigating the incident, while at the same time, lots of speculations have been made regarding who is behind the attack.

The video of the assassination can be found here: 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/russian-ambassador-to-turkey-andrey-karlov-shot-dead-in-ankara-gallery/news-story/af5ee5469248bc0004c6f8386af946af

G25: “Some Ulama Consider Khalwat Raids Un-Islamic”

In its article, “Khalwat Raids Make Malaysia Tougher Than Saudi Arabia”, Free Malaysia Today (FMT) wrote:

The way Malaysian religious authorities are policing khalwat (close proximity) is beyond anything in Saudi Arabia or other Gulf States today, warns a leading NGO. – FMT

FMT was reporting on comments made by G25 adviser Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Kassim, “in response to the recent death and injuries of two policemen who jumped from buildings to escape raids by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais).”

Birds of a feather flock together, like the G25’s spokesperson Dato Noor Farida Ariffin, Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Kassim is also against khalwat raids.

Below are my answers (in blue) to FMT’s article (in red) regarding this issue.

G25 adviser Mohd Sheriff Kassim points out that even Saudi Arabia, the country which is home to Islam’s holiest site, has issued stern guidelines to limit the powers of the moral police to harass and arrest Muslims.

“The instruction is that the moral police should not take the law into their own hands and instead, it should advise those committing offences under the morality laws to change and repent,” he said In a statement today.

I cannot comment on the laws of Saudi Arabia because

  1. I have not studied the laws of the country
  2. I respect and do not want to interfere with the laws of the land.

But even if it is true that they do not implement such laws, as a sovereign country, we have our own constitutional rights to implement our own laws.

Anyway, if G25 adviser thinks that Saudi Arabia is doing a better job in dealing with Syariah offences, then G25 must fight for our country to follow the laws of Saudi Arabia, which means implementing the Hudud laws in our country.

His comments were in response to the recent death and injuries of two policemen who jumped from buildings to escape raids by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais).

As policemen, they must know the laws and their rights, so if they chose to jump from the building in order to escape, the fault is theirs and it is not JAIS’ fault.

Would G25 blame the police if a burglar chose to jump from a building in order to avoid being arrested by the policemen who are carrying their duties? 

Just two months ago, Jais introduced a mobile phone app, called “Hotline Jais”, for people to report religious offences, including khalwat.

It is a good move by JAIS to use updated technology so that it is easier for the public to report religious offences in order for us to take care of our Muslim community.

Sheriff added that Malays who visited or lived in Arab states have not come across any country where so-called moral police raid private homes.

If we must follow the laws of Saudi Arabia, we must change our Federal Constitution and implement the Hudud laws.

He also pointed out that some ulama consider khalwat raids un-Islamic as it gave the impression that the religion used only punishment to uphold morals.

Khalwat raid is one of the ways to prevent the religious offence of khalwat and the Islamic authorities have their Standard Operating Procedure that must be followed by their enforcement officers when conducting the raids, so only the liberals would declare that our khalwat raids un-Islamic; not the ulama of Ahli As-Sunnah Wa Al-Jamaah.

Khalwat raids also tended to target the lower-income group as the “rich and powerful” had more resources to “get away with bigger sins”. Sheriff noted that khalwat laws could be easily exploited by a person’s enemies to “settle a score”.

G25 adviser has made a very serious allegation which I hope he has the proves to support it, and it is the duty of G25 to make police reports as soon as possible regarding this matter.

“Our authorities should learn from the failed experience of dictatorial regimes which criminalised personal thoughts and behaviour to discourage individualism and promote mass obedience to the state ideology,” he said.

What does khalwat raid have to do with “dictatorial regimes which criminalised personal thoughts and behaviour to discourage individualism and promote mass obedience to the state ideology”?

Islamic matters are not political matters and it is stated clearly in our Federal Constitution that the YDP Agong and the Royal Rulers are the Head of Islam, so the above statement is a malicious distortion of the truth and a humiliation to the Royal Rulers.

Article 3(2) of the Federal Constitution:

In every State other than States not having a Ruler the position of the Ruler as the Head of the religion of Islam in his State in the manner and to the extent acknowledged and declared by the Constitution of that State, and, subject to that Constitution, all rights, privileges, prerogatives and powers enjoyed by him as Head of that religion, are unaffected and unimpaired; but in any acts, observances or ceremonies with respect to which the Conference of Rulers has agreed that they should extend to the Federation as a whole each of the other Rulers shall in his capacity of Head of the religion of Islam authorize the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to represent him.

Article 3(3) of the Federal Constitution:

The Constitution of the States of Malacca, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak shall each make provision for conferring on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong the position of Head of the religion of Islam in that State.

Since G25 wants us to follow Saudi Arabia, G25 members must start fighting for our country to implement Hudud.

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Jadual Gangguan Air KL, K. Langat, Gombak, Klang/Shah Alam, Petaling, Kuala Dan Hulu Selangor

Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (SYABAS) announces that there will be a water disruption in Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Langat, Gombak, Klang/Shah Alam, Petaling, Kuala Selangor and Hulu Selangor.

The disruption will last from the 19th of December to the 20th of December for Klang/Shah Alam, Petaling, Kuala Selangor, and Hulu Selangor; and from the 19th of December to the 24th of December for Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Langat, and Gombak.

Photo taken from SYABAS' website.
Photo taken from SYABAS’ website.

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National Geographic’s Best Images of 2016

The city lights of Taipei burn in multicolour after dark. (Dina Litovsky/National Geographic)
The city lights of Taipei burn in multicolour after dark. (Dina Litovsky/National Geographic)

National Geographic Magazine has selected its most striking and evocative photos from 2016.

From raging storms to glowing cityscapes, the photographs are some of the finest published by the magazine in the last 12 months.

Here are 10 of the very best images, selected from this year’s archive of 2,290,225 photographs taken by 91 photographers for 107 stories.

Please click the photos or larger images:

Banjir Kilat Di Kuala Lumpur, Dis. 17 (Gambar)

KUALA LUMPUR 17 DECEMBER 2016. Hujan lebat menyebabkan banjir kilat di Jalan Bangsar. NSTP/SAIRIEN NAFIS
KUALA LUMPUR 17 DECEMBER 2016. Hujan lebat menyebabkan banjir kilat di Jalan Bangsar. NSTP/SAIRIEN NAFIS

Heavy rain in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon had caused flash floods in many areas across the city including major highways.

NST reported that among the worst hit areas are Jalan Bangsar, particularly near the LRT station and its vicinity.

Jalan Telawi, Jalan Maarof, Jalan Sg Besi, Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar, Jalan Tuanku Abd Halim, Jalan Tun Sambathan, Bulatan Dato’ Onn, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Maharajalela, Jalan Pantai Baharu, Bandar Tun Razak, Jalan Semantan, Jalan Budiman and Jalan Tun Razak were also flooded.

Tsunami Alert After 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea

International Business Times: The US Geological Survey (USGS) says a magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck in the waters off Papua New Guinea.

A tsunami alert was issued after the quake, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC). This earthquake is considered to be a major one. Due to the depth of the tremors, shockwaves will be felt in a very wide radius, according to Earthquake Report. Maximum shaking values are reported as “very strong”, but not considered as anything out of the ordinary for a country like Papua New Guinea and its neighbouring islands.

Strong tsunami waves could affect the coastal areas of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Nauru and other islands in the hours following the quake, the PTWC said.

The quake struck 60 km to the east of Taron, New Ireland, at 8.51 pm local time (1051 GMT) and was originally recorded at 8.0-magititude and then slightly revised down to 7.9. It struck at a depth of some 75 km, according to the USGS.

Federal Court Unanimous Dismisses Anwar’s Sodomy Judicial Review

NST: PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will have to serve out his remaining 16 months of his five-year jail sentence after the Federal Court dismissed his review application to set aside his sodomy conviction today.

In a unanimous decision, a five-man panel chaired by Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin ruled that there was no merit in the application.

“The court finds that there is no merit in this application and that this not a fit and proper case to be heard in this court,” the judge said.

In his review application, Anwar is seeking the court to invoke Rule 137 of the Rules of the Federal Court 1995 and review the decision of the previous five-member panel of the Federal Court, led by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria.

Alternatively, he wants the Federal Court to re-hear his appeal on its merits.

Following the decision today, Anwar who has now served a year and 10 months in jail will have to complete his five-year jail term.

Anwar, 68, filed the review application on April 30 last year after the Federal Court on Feb 10 last year affirmed his guilt for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 31.

The others presiding were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, Federal Court judges, Tan Sri Hasan Lah, Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin and Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim.

Tun M, Janganlah Menghina Nabi S.A.W.

Saya terkejut dan merasa amat sedih dan kecewa membaca kenyataan Dr Mahathir (Tun M) seperti yang disiarkan oleh MalaysiaKini di bawah tajuk, “Dr M: Nabi tak ada RM2.6b, 1MDB”.

Mengulas kenyataan Naib Presiden Umno Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi baru-baru ini kenyataan mengaitkan Najib dengan kehendak Allah serta sikap walak, Dr Mahathir (Tun M) berkata ia seolah-olah menyamakan perdana menteri dengan nabi. – MalaysiaKini

(Sila rujuk minit ke 16:45 dalam video diatas)

Seterusnya MalaysiaKini melaporkan Tun M berkata:

“Tetapi nabi tak ada RM2.6 bilion dalam akaun dia, juga (tak ada) 1MDB,” katanya disambut ketawa orang ramai. – MalaysiaKini.

Dalam laporan sama MalaysiaKini menulis Tun M membuat kenyataan di atas semasa menghadiri Konvensyen Tahunan DAP, sebagai mengulas kenyataan Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi di Perhimpunan Agung UMNO.

MalaysiaKini melaporkan Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi sebagai berkata:

“Takdir Allah SWT mengkehendakinya begitu (Najib menjadi presiden UMNO dan Perdana Menteri Malaysia)”. – MalaysiaKini

Kemudian, Datuk Rizal Mansor telah menulis di dalam Facebooknya:

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Marah dengan kenyataan di atas, Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin telah menjawab kenyataan Datuk Rizal Mansor di blog beliau.

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Komen saya:

  1. Janganlah terlalu berpolitik sampai tidak takut pada Allah S.W.T. dan bercakap sesuka hati, lebih- lebih lagi perkara yang berkait dengan akidah.
  2. TPM tidak menyamakan PM Najib dengan Nabi S.A.W. tetapi itu hanyalah tuduhan dan rekaan Tun M.
  3. Kenapa sampai Tun M sanggup mengaitkan Nabi S.A.W. dalam hal ini?
  4. Bukankah apa yang dikatakan oleh TPM itu adalah betul, kerana sebagai orang Islam, kita wajib percaya bahawa apa sajaja yang berlaku di dunia ini ditentukan oleh Allah S.W.T.?
  5. Bukankah dengan mengatakan, “Tetapi nabi tak ada RM2.6 bilion dalam akaun dia, juga (tak ada) 1MDB,” itu menghina Rasulullah S.A.W., lebih teruk lagi bila ianya disambut ketawa orang ramai?
  6. Sebagai sahabat Tun M, Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin sepatutnya menasihat dan menegur Tun M dan bukannya memperbetulkan yang salah.
  7. Saya tidak faham bagaimana Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin sanggup menulis bahawa, “Rizal percaya bahawa Nabi mempunyai akaun sebenar RM 2.6 Billion, dan mengatakan Nabi tak ada akaun sebesar itu adalah memperlekeh Nabi”, seolah-olah Nabi S.A.W. boleh dipermain-mainkan sesuka hati.
  8. Saya bersetuju apabila Rizal menyebut bahawa Tun M memperlekehkan Nabi kerana Tun M mengaitkan kedudukan PM Najib dengan Nabi S.A.W. dan mengatakan bahawa Nabi tidak ada akaun sebesar 2.6 billion dan 1MDB.
  9. Semoga Tun M sedar akan ketelanjurannya.

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Tun M: “Perdana Menteri Buat Demonstration” (Video)

Many videos of Tun Dr Mahathir’s (Tun M) statements at the 50th DAP National Convention were released, among them by KiniTV.

Watching those videos, I wonder what had happened to Tun M, for those statements made by him were as ridiculous as those made by PAN’s Mohamad Sabu or Mat Sabu.

For example, in the video below, in which he said that a government do not hold demonstrations and a Prime Minister should not be demonstrating.

Tun M was answering questions from a reporter regarding the ‘Himpunan Solidariti Ummah untuk Rohingya’ which was held on the 4th of December at the Titiwangsa Stadium, attended by both UMNO’s and PAS’s president.

Media supporting opposition parties like MalaysiaKini and KiniTV are very excited about Tun M’s government and PM Najib bashing and wrote headlines about the matter.

I agree with MalaysiaKini Stephen Ng’s article, “Only Najib is capable of doing it”, that the video is “worth watching again and again” because it is so funny to see how Tun Dr Mahathir, who had turned into a street demonstrator from a statesman, thinks that other people too are turning into street demonstrators, just like him.

“What mesmerised me yesterday was the way the nonagenarian responded to a question posed by a journalist about Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s participation in the Rohingya solidarity demonstration. The video clip posted by KiniTV is worth watching again and again.” – MalaysiaKini

The question is, when does Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak  participate in a demonstration? 

And since when has a ‘himpunan‘ or an assembly becomes a ‘demonstrasi‘ or a demonstration?

Seriously, how can a smart man like Tun M make such a statement that makes him sounds like a not so smart politician?

Maybe Tun M ‘sudah lupa’ that in his days as a Prime Minister, he too had attended a lot of himpunan or assemblies and the best example is the yearly ‘Perhimpunan Agung UMNO’ or the General Assembly of UMNO which he attended as the president of UMNO.

Is Tun M trying to tell us that he had been leading demonstrations year after year in his long years as the UMNO president and the Prime Minister of Malaysia?

In the same article, MalysiaKini wrote:

“Even at 92, Dr Mahathir’s mind is still very sharp. I can imagine Najib reeling under the force of the punch after Dr Mahathir poked at him: “When you are in the government, what is there to demonstrate about?” “- MalaysiaKini

Are people in MalaysiaKini seriously thinking that the inability to understand the difference between an assembly and a demonstration is the sign that, “Dr Mahathir’s mind is still very sharp”?

Now I wonder if the video is an attempt to ridicule Tun M.

Anyway, watching Tun M speaking in the video, I really pity him, Tun M really has disgraced himself.