Friday, July 25, 2014

Victims' Bodies From Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Arrive in Netherlands

Hearses carrying remains en route to Hilversum on Wednesday. Mourners gathered along the three-hour journey from Eindhoven airport. Reuters
After the roar of jet engines faded, trumpets played the "Last Post," followed by a minute of silence in the kind of ceremony accorded fallen warriors.
Forty coffins bearing the first remains of those killed in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 arrived at the military airport in the Dutch city of Eindhoven on Wednesday.
After seven days of chaotic scenes at the crash site in eastern Ukraine, with the bodies of the 298 passengers decomposing in the summer heat, it was the first of many steps toward returning the victims to their loved ones.
Teams of Dutch airmen, soldiers, sailors and marines carried the caskets off two aircraft amid a crowd of relatives and dignitaries on the Netherlands first national day of mourning in 50 years.
The Dutch crowded onto streets, flyovers and highways in the thousands in a moment of grief and relief. The collective outpouring of sadness broke like a storm that had been brewing for days.
At the air base, family members ventured onto the tarmac to greet the aircrews outside their planes. Words and handshakes were exchanged, and nods of thanks were given to the men who had brought loved ones back home.
Across the country, church bells rang shortly after the planes touched ground. On a square next to the Dutch Parliament in The Hague, hundreds of people observed their own minute of silence.
The Netherlands lost 193 of its nationals in the crash a week ago. All 298 people from 10 nations traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur aboard the Boeing jetliner were killed when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine.
Family members of the victims, the Dutch king and queen, the prime minister and dignitaries from countries that lost citizens in the crash broke into short bursts of applause after the hearses left for a military base in Hilversum where the long process of identification will begin.
Nearby stood another crowd of mourners, thousands of ordinary citizens who had come on foot and by bicycle or car throughout the day. Dutch airmen and police had ushered them through the airport gates toward an impromptu memorial, and one by one, many mourners placed flowers, small gifts, handwritten cards and mementos at the foot of a statue of an airplane.
The hearses were saluted by thousands of people standing on overpasses and along roads on the three-hour journey to Hilversum. The entire route was blocked off to traffic.
On the other side of the highway, the cortege drove past hundreds of drivers who slowed to a halt, some getting out of their cars, to see the procession through its journey.
Elsewhere in the country, memorial services were held, windmills were locked at a specific angle as a symbol of mourning and flags flew at half-staff.
Hundreds lined the streets of at Hilversum and clapped and waved and cried as the cortege slowly pulled into the military barracks there.
Family members of the victims aboard Flight 17 wait for hearses carrying remains. Reuters

"It is unbelievable, so many innocent people. It's terrible for the families and friends, it's terrible for all of us too," said Bridget Karwoczik, who drove with her 14-year-old daughter, Rose, from the nearby village of Soest with a bunch of sunflowers. At the gates of the barracks, colorful blossoms, children's toys, stuffed animals and other gifts accumulated amid the flickering of candles. Hilversum, a town of 86,000, lost 13 of its own on Flight 17.
"Our people have been gathering in churches, schools, sports centers. They want to pray and talk about what happened, just to be together," said the town's deputy mayor, Floris Voorink.
Some 40 Dutch experts will start the task of identifying the remains, focusing on dental and DNA identification—the two fastest and most accurate methods—and then fingerprints as a last resort, a spokesman for the forensic team said.
Over the next few days, the remaining bodies held in Kharkiv, Ukraine, will be flown to the Netherlands, officials said.

Malaysia's Risky Talks With Rebels in Ukraine Paid Off

The utmost respect to our PM and his team.

Source

A representative from pro-Russian separatists and Colonel Mohamed Sakri, right, of the Malaysian National Security Council, exchange documents on the handing over of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17's black boxes, in Donetsk this week. REUTERS

As attempts to retrieve the bodies and flight recorders from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 dragged on over the weekend, Prime Minister Najib Razak risked a gambit that European leaders wouldn't: sending officials into a war zone to meet with armed rebels whose government almost no one recognizes.


After a nervy journey through checkpoints that dot eastern Ukraine's conflict zone, the team met separatist leaders in their stronghold of Donetsk, who handed over the flight recorders—known as black boxes—and released the bodies for repatriation via Ukrainian government-held territory.
While European governments wrestled with how to get to the site without legitimizing the rebels or risking security, Mr. Najib put aside diplomatic protocol and safety fears and sent his team.
"What was key to him was the outcome," said a person close to the prime minister's office. "He was looking at people who controlled an area of land. And on that land was our plane, our bodies, our black boxes."
The mission's success delivered a political victory for Mr. Najib's government, still reeling from its missteps after the disappearance of another Malaysia Airlines flight in March with 239 aboard.
But it also handed a gift to the rebels in the form of an accord, signed by the top Malaysian official present in Donetsk, calling the crash site "the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic." That offered a level of apparent recognition that even the rebels' main backer—Russia—has avoided.
"It's a tragic occasion, but we've proven we can be a subject of an intergovernmental agreement," said Sergei Kavtaradze, an aide to rebel leader Alexander Borodai.
That recognition could antagonize Kiev and Washington, which have striven not to give any credibility to the rebels, whose main leaders are Russian citizens with few ties to the area.
State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a briefing Monday that the negotiation "in no way legitimizes" separatists. A Ukrainian government spokesman declined to comment. People close to Mr. Najib's office said the dealings didn't amount to recognition.
Still, Mr. Najib's intervention resolved a diplomatically awkward situation, enabling the bodies to be retrieved and an investigation to be initiated.
When Mr. Najib, 61 years old, received word of Malaysia's second aircraft disaster in less than five months last week, he immediately went to the Kuala Lumpur airport operations center and took charge. There were 43 Malaysian passengers and crew members aboard the plane, making the country's losses second only to the Netherlands. As a predominantly Muslim nation, Malaysians are used to quick burials, and the sight of bodies lying around the crash area was particularly upsetting.
Mr. Najib—who has preserved Malaysia's traditional stance of not taking sides among the U.S., Russia and China—worked the phones with foreign leaders. But he steered clear of joining many Western leaders in blaming the rebels for downing the airliner.
Instead, he quietly began looking for a back channel to speak with the insurgents, said one of the people close to Mr. Najib's office.
Known as a calm and pragmatic mediator, Mr. Najib reached out to Mr. Borodai, a former Moscow PR man, through an unidentified intermediary.
Negotiating with another country's rebels violates an informal rule of diplomatic protocol, and Mr. Najib faced the danger of public embarrassment and offending other nations if his attempt to negotiate a deal fell through and the attempt went public.
"He felt we were at a complete impasse and no one was getting anywhere with this," said a second person close to the prime minister's office. "The prime minister was really aware that there were risks. People could blame him for negotiating with terrorists."
Mr. Najib spoke with Mr. Borodai at least twice by telephone, said the people close to his office, making clear that he wanted three things: the remains, the data recorders and access to the site for investigators.
Mr. Najib, under pressure from the opposition and even some of his own advisers to take a tougher line on the rebels, told almost no one of his initiative.The Malaysians phoned Mr. Borodai from Kharkiv, a city northeast of Donetsk and hundreds of miles inside the government-held territory, and asked the rebels to pick them up. The insurgents refused and met the Malaysians at a town on the front line, from where they drive to Donetsk with an armed convoy.
At first, some rebels said they would investigate the incident themselves, or ship the flight recorders to Moscow. They also demanded a cease-fire, which could have allowed them to consolidate their hold on eastern Ukraine.
As talks progressed, Mr. Najib ordered a 12-person team headed by Col. Mohammad Sakri of the Malaysian National Security Council to head from Kiev to the rebel-held area.
As the dozen Malaysian officials in a convoy of rental cars negotiated their way through checkpoints that dot eastern Ukraine's conflict zone Mr. Najib steeled their nerves in a phone call.
"Tell people it was Malaysia's plane and the team is going through to recover our dead and the plane, and that it is only right," Mr. Najib told Col. Sakri, according to a person familiar with the call.

Prime Minister Najib Razak forged a deal with rebels to hand over the bodies and the black boxes.Reuters
Mr. Kvatardze said the rebels were surprised by the audacity the Malaysians showed in driving through a zone that has been torn by a three-month conflict.
Arriving in the rebel-held regional capital of Donetsk early Monday afternoon, they headed into talks with top insurgents at the seat of their flimsy political organization known as the "Donetsk People's Republic."
The meeting took place on the 11th floor of the regional assembly building that the rebels seized in April, a drab gray structure that used to house the local Communist Party headquarters.
Col. Sakri, a diminutive, bespectacled civil servant, stood in contrast to the burly rebel gunmen who guard the building. The meeting lasted several hours, only breaking when the Malaysians went to pray.
By the end of the discussions, Mr. Borodai said he would pass the bodies and black boxes only to the Malaysia team, said one person close to the prime minister's office. Another call between Mr. Borodai and Mr. Najib sealed the deal.
Just after 1 a.m., Col. Sakri signed an agreement with a top separatist official confirming the handover of the black boxes.
The stamp of the National Security Council of Malaysia is misspelled, "Sekurity," suggesting a hasty effort to fulfill bureaucratic protocol by having the stamp made locally.
Col. Sakri thanked Mr. Borodai, calling him "His Excellency."
"We don't blame anybody, we don't believe anybody, we just want to deliver the bodies as soon as possible," he said.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Down..down..

This month mcm the soi month for me
Kin panas.

Mood now nda menentu.
Sudahla sakit kepala ja.

Bos pun tukar2
tambah pening.

Semua pun nda kena la bulan ni.
Bisuk mau dapat bonus raya pun macam nda hepi.

teda perasaan.

when I am feeling irritated
i eat chocolates.
Lots and lots of them.
Pastu sakit kepala.

Melantak benda manis
apa nda sakit kepala kan.

pastu minum air.
pastu rasa mau p toilet.
Pfftt..

pastu menyesal minum air.
Pastu tepikir, nda la mau minum kalau nda berabis makan cuklat.

Neh, cuklat juga jadi mangsa.
Siapa suru beli?

Bilang mau diet?
diet?
wat's dat?

watever.
I am in a foul mood.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Nephew ku yang aktif

Tajuk apakah itew?
Sungguh la skema.
Kekekek

Anyway,
this is my nephew.
MrJ's sis's son.
15 months now.
And he's gotten so active,
running here and there,
shouting to his heart content.

He's a cheeky lil boy.
He's quite attached to me since 
we all live in the same house.



Everytime balik rumah,
he'll run towards me with a big smile
calling, "atte..atte..." (meaning : aunty in Tamil)
He'll insist I pick him up.

Dia baru dua bulan pandai berjalan
after much coaxing on our part.
Haha.


He's not a crybaby and he gets along 
well with anyone.
He warms up quite quickly to strangers.
You just need to distract him with some chocolates.
Tee hee hee..


And he loves listening to nursery rhymes.
Or should I say WATCHING nursery rhymes
on youtube.
Just comfort him with 
twinkle twinkle little star
and he could sit quietly for hours.
IF he didn't fall asleep, that is :D


He's you friendly little neighbour
and would wave to you 
everytime he sees you passing the house
:)

He's Maveent.

Kegilaan Borneoan - Gardenia

Ala,
bukan la gila apa..
just that di Sabah cuma ada bread Gardenia.
Di Sjung ada macam-macam bun
Gardenia dan yang sewaktu dengannya.

Di Sarawak apatah lagi.
Bayang Gardenia pun tidak jumpa.

Sia terdengar perbualan cashier di
kedai KLIA ni dengan customer dia.

Cust : Kenapa dorang borong roti banyak2 ni?
Cashier : Org Sabah/Swk memang suka borong
roti ni.  Di sini kan fresh.

Um, 
suka saya ingin menjelaskan di sini
bukan sebab fresh ka apa..
tapi di Sabah/Swk memang tidak jual benda-benda ni
so, kalau urang berjual, memang untung la.

Org2 Sbh/Swk yang ada trip
to Sjung suka beli ni 
bagi buah tangan kepada
kawan-kawan/saudara mara di rumah.

Bukan sebab fresh ka apa.
Kekekeke..

Aisle yang sentiasa dipenuhi Borneoan kalau di KLIA

Macam-macam ada
Kalau sia,
sia suka beli Silver Bird Choc Cake.
Atau Choc squiggle.
Kadang-kadang sia beli bun ikan bilis.
Tapi yang fofular is bun coklat 60sen tu.
Mimang sadap tapi I prefer squiggle.
Choc dia...heaven! 
Haha..overrrr

Ba, ok la..
Just mau bagitau ja kegilaan ni apa sebabnya

Roger and OUT!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kenyataan Rasmi YAB PM Mengenai Pelantikan Menteri-menteri dan Timbalan Menteri Persekutuan

PELANTIKAN MENTERI-MENTERI DAN TIMBALAN MENTERI PERSEKUTUAN


1.    Seperti yang kita sedia maklum, selepas berakhirnya Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13, telah menyaksikan buat pertama kalinya tiada wakil masyarakat Cina dari MCA dilantik sebagai Menteri Persekutuan.

2.    Ia sebagai menghormati keputusan parti tersebut pada ketika itu yang tidak mahu wakil mereka dilantik di dalam Kabinet berikutan keputusan pilihanraya yang kurang memberangsangkan.

3.    Namun, keputusan Mesyuarat Agung Luar Biasa MCA yang telah diadakan baru-baru ini yang mahu wakil parti itu dilantik ke dalam Kabinet menyaksikan kerajaan telah mengambil kira hasrat tersebut demi mengukuhkan kembali konsep perkongsian kuasa dalam pentadbiran yang melibatkan semua kaum di negara ini.

4.    Sejajar dengan itu, perubahan perlu dilakukan untuk melonjakkan lagi pendirian Barisan Nasional (BN) yang mendukung prinsip perpaduan, kerjasama dan kesatuan dalam memerintah negara.

5.    Lebih-lebih lagi sejarah negara ini sejak dahulu telah menyaksikan penglibatan pemimpin-pemimpin dari kaum Cina, India dan lain-lain kumpulan minority yang mewakili parti komponen BN yang turut memainkan peranan penting dalam pentadbiran Negara.

6.    Negara kita memiliki kepelbagaian dari segi kaum, agama dan budaya tetapi perbezaan ini dapat kita tangani menjadi kekuatan kepada kita.

7.    Kebolehan kita bertolak ansur, menghormati antara satu sama lain dan berjaya menyelesaikan konflik dengan aman adalah antara teras bangsa kita, sekali gus menjadi antara resepi kejayaan masa depan kita.

8.    Pengumuman pelantikan anggota baru Kabinet pada hari ini sudah tentu berkait rapat dengan hasrat kita untuk membentuk pasukan yang jitu untuk memimpin rakyat dari pelbagai kaum dan ragam dengan jayanya.

9.    Saya merasa gembira kerana wakil dari MCA yang mewakili kaum Cina telah dapat kembali dalam Kabinet. Begitu juga dengan wakil dari parti Gerakan.

10. Sehubungan itu, pada hari ini sukacita saya ingin mengumumkan bahawa selaras dengan perenggan (b) Fasal (2) Perkara 43 Perlembagaan Persekutuan mengenai pelantikan Menteri Persekutuan dan Fasal (1) Perkara 43A mengenai pelantikan Timbalan Menteri Persekutuan, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong telah memperkenankan pelantikan-pelantikan berikut:

    I. YB Dato’ Ser Liow Tiong Lai, Presiden MCA sebagai Menteri Pengangkutan;

   II. YB Dato’ Mah Siew Keong, Presiden GERAKAN sebagai Menteri di Jabatan Perdana
       Menteri.

  III. YB Datuk Ir. Wee Ka Siong, Timbalan Presiden MCA sebagai Menteri di Jabatan Perdana
       Menteri;

 IV. YB Senator Lee Chee Leong, Naib Presiden MCA sebagai Timbalan Menteri
       Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri;

 V. YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Naib Presiden MCA sebagai Timbalan Menteri Kewangan; dan

 VI. YB Senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, Naib Presiden MCA sebagai Timbalan Menteri
      Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat.

 VII. Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong telah memperkenankan pelantikan YB
       Senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun sebagai Ahli Dewan Negara selama 3 tahun mulai
       25 Jun 2014.

11. Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong juga telah memperkenankan Istiadat Mengangkat Sumpah Jawatan dan Setia serta Sumpah Simpan Rahsia sebagai Menteri dan Timbalan Menteri Persekutuan di hadapan Baginda diadakan pada Jumaat, 27 Jun 2014, jam 11.30 pagi di Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur.

12. Saya yakin barisan Kabinet ini merupakan satu pasukan yang mampu menterjemah akujanji kita kepada rakyat seperti yang dilafazkan semasa pilihan raya umum lalu, seterusnya membawa kemajuan yang lebih besar kepada negara.


DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB
PERDANA MENTERI
25 Jun 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rain! At Last!

It rained!
At last!
My christmas trees would be happy!
Haha.
Even for only a few minutes.
At least they won't die on me.

The new house's quite far from my PIL's house
so MrJ and I weren't able to go there
every evening to water the plants 
as much as we wanted to.

And to add to that, we are both working.
A 8am - 5pm routine.
Add in the traffic jam, 
we could barely manage to reach
home at 6.30pm.

And then there's Beto 
whose cage needs to be cleaned every evening
and his diet comprises of boiled chicken
which needs to be cooked daily.
After all that activities, 
I am only free after 8pm.
That is, IF I have no laundry to attend to.
And clothes to fold.

So, taking the journey to the house (about 10 - 12km away)
every evening on a weekday
just to water the plants is quite
impossible.
After all, who waters their plants at night?

That is why 
rain is the best bet we have
and crossing our fingers that
the plants survive another day
while waiting for
the weekend to arrive
when we finally have the time 
to go to the house.

So, I am glad it rained today :)

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