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Ahlan Wa Sahlan - Inside Flight EY11

Ahlan Wa Sahlan – Inside Flight EY11

Ahlan Wa sahlan is derived from an arabic language, which translate loosely to the meaning of ‘welcome’ in english.

For me actually, it was my first time getting on the flight. I’ve never taken Etihad flight before. The flight attendants were very nice to say the least, and the food too.

I didn’t manage to capture the in-flight meals like most travelers do. I was busy eating the lovely food they served us. Especially the nasi goreng or fried rice. I must say, though it is a hawker food back in Malaysia, they sure tasted superb on an airplane. Seriously.

The in-flight entertainment wasn’t bad either. Up-to-date good selection of movies and the flight even cater to video games for kids.

The flight took about six hours and it was already half passed one o’clock in the morning when flight EY411 touched down at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

By the time we reached the terminal transfer hall, I was already half asleep and in need a pick-me-up.

Luckily on the way to the next terminal, I bumped into a fellow Malaysian. Going to Belfast, Ireland for her undergraduate degree, Asmah looked more nervous than I was.

One time when we were going through customs check at the airport, Asmah was detained because the customs needed to do a thorough check on her.

They lady officer took her in a room and I had to wait almost half an hour for her be released because she set the alarm off when she run through the gate.

All is well, we manage to grab coffee and stretch our legs for a couple of hours before our next final departure to London Heathrow Airport, at 2.30am.

– Ends

The Departure - The people that saw me fly. Well, the cousins and the boyfriend that is.

The Departure – The people that saw me fly. Well, the cousins and the boyfriend that is.

It was about seven o’clock on a Sunday morning. it wasn’t the birds chirping outside the house that woke me up. I was awaken I think by my own nervousness.

Yerp. It was D-day for me.

I was scheduled to sail to the land of the ‘Queen’s English’ to study in a field that I am so passionate, Journalism. Masters in F inancial Journalism to be exact.

No one said it is going to be easy but I’m not giving my hopes up for anything.

My boyfriend, Alif sent me off to Kuala Lumpur International Airport and he waited, with other members from my family until I was properly took off.

It was fairly a bittersweet memory.

Dad; the man with less words, just kept quiet. But my little sister, Ain said he actually felt sad that I was going away without him by my side.

My cousins were also amongst those who sent me off.

But for me, it was the feeling that I’ve never felt before. It’s like the first time you ever fell in love, or the first time you fell riding a bike.

I don’t know what’s going to happen next and I don’t know what’s there in store for me in the city of London.

But I do know that I am carrying the hopes and dreams of both my dad and I, along on this ride.

It was 8.30 o’clock at night and flight EY411 to London Heathrow via Abu Dhabi took off from the Malaysian soil.

Until we meet again, Malaysia.

– Ends

To be loved is to loved, and love is to be loved.

It’s not the matter of love alone that makes the humanity special, it is the feeling of humanity and the feeling of indifference towards the world that lead to love being…special.

My Name is Khan, never ceased to oppress the feeling of love in the movie and it captures its intensity when an autism person tries to proof that he’s not a terrorist when the world thinks otherwise.

For a person of such caliber acting, Shah Rukh Khan defies the current perception of the world to autisms, proving that they too can express their love.

It’s not about religion, it’s not about wealth, it’s not about politics, but love alone can withstand the ridicule of a cruel world.

For every reason that it is love isn’t over rated.

Without love there isn’t mankind and without mankind there isn’t any love.

Love, to begin with… is to love.

Truly,
icedlemontea

Comics: (TH)ink 07/21

Posted: July 21, 2009 in Jokes, Malaysia
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(TH)ink

P/S: Makes me wonder all these years what’s going on with our MPs in the Parliament sessions. Talk about renaming the diseases’ name (because of its ‘obscenity’)? heck, there are loads more important issues to be taken into account!

The police should arrange for an independent body to probe the death of a youth while in police custody at the USJ 8 police station in Subang Jaya yesterday, said Kapar Member of Parliament S. Manikavasagam to Berita Nasional Malaysia(BERNAMA).

He said the death of A. Kuhan, 23, while at the police station had raised many questions which demanded an independent probe be conducted.

He told this to reporters after lodging a police report on the youth’s death at the Subang Jaya police headquarters at 4pm today.

The victim’s father, who only wanted to be known as Ananthan and had accompanied Manikavasagam in making the report, said his son’s seven-day remand into a luxury car theft investigation was supposed to have ended today.

‘We believe there was foul play in my son’s death as there were signs of torture on his body. It has been reported he died of asthma but he never suffered from it,’ he said.

Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said police were conducting a thorough probe into Kuhan’s death.

‘A post-mortem is due to be done today. It will be able to tell us the exact cause of his death,’ he said.

Khalid also said he received reports that some youths had barged into the Serdang Hospital mortuary where his body was kept to take photographs.

‘I cannot understand how the hospital could have allowed this before a post-mortem was done,’ he said.

He said the victim was nabbed by police in front of a condominium in Puchong on Jan 15 and a scuffle had taken place between him and policemen when the arrest was made,

‘Following his arrest police recovered 15 luxury cars that had been stolen, two at the condominium and the rest at a warehouse in Puchong,’ he said, adding that police investigations, however, revealed that Kuhan did not have a past criminal record.

He added that police were tracking down an accomplice of Kuhan who managed to escape when Kuhan was being arrested.

Malaysia's Flag -'Jalur Gemilang' The Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry today called on the film industry to venture into films which showcase more on national cultures.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Afdal said the making of such films would inadvertently help introduce and lure the world’s attention on Malaysia’s multi-cultural society.

As reported by BERNAMA, ‘Countries like Japan, South Korea and Iran have been showing off their cultures to the world through their films.

‘We too must increase our effort to introduce our various cultures to the world via our films and plays,’ he said after officiating the pre-launch of epic film entitled ‘Bunian Mahkota Seri Helang’, here, today.

Meanhile, Shafie said the ministry anticipated over 35 films to be produced by the local film makers in the next three years.

The ‘Bunian Mahkota Seri Helang’ film will be produced by composer Adnan Abu Hassan using the Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) techniques to create realistic visual effects.

The shooting for the RM3.5 million film, featuring actor Rusdi Ramli and actress Nasha Aziz, is set to begin next month.

P/S: LOVE Nasha Aziz. Career-minded she somehow sets her life on just working -is she a robot?- and boy she looks good even at the age of around 40!

Catholic paper defies Malaysian government ban on using the word 'Allah'

Catholic paper defies Malaysian government ban on using the word 'Allah'

A Catholic newspaper in Malaysia has defied a ban on using the word ‘Allah’ as a translation for ‘God’, in a row with the government which has threatened to close the weekly publication.

The editor of the Herald newspaper, Father Lawrence Andrew, said this week’s edition uses the banned word and that he intends to continue doing so until the courts rule on the issue next month.

‘We find this restriction on the use of ‘Allah’ unacceptable when we have been using it as a translation for ‘God’ for centuries in Malaysia,’ he told AFP.

Authorities have said the word should only be used by Muslims.

The government last month ordered a ban on the Herald’s Malay edition until the court makes its decision, as part of conditions for it to be allowed to continue printing its editions in English, Chinese and Tamil.

But after the newspaper warned it would take legal action to overturn the ban, the home ministry backed down and said it could continue publishing as long as it did not use the disputed translation.

‘Munshi Abdullah, the father of modern Malay literature, translated the Bible into Malay in 1852 and he also translated ‘God’ as ‘Allah’ so there is strong historical proof of what we have been using for centuries,’ said Andrew.

The Herald, circulated among the country’s 850,000 Catholics, nearly lost its publishing licence last year for using the disputed word.

Religion and language are sensitive issues in Malaysia where 60 percent of the nation’s 27 million people are Muslim Malays.

The rest of the population takes in indigenous tribes as well as ethnic Chinese and Indians, variously practising Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism among others.

P/S: COME ON PEOPLE, we’re human beings who are capable of ‘adopting’ to our surroundings. There’s a Malay saying ‘lain padang, lain belalang’. It means that every place  or country for that matter has its own ways laws and please, when the country is peaceful enough don’t try ruining it by questioning your rights -as your not ‘originally’ from the country itself- have some shame on yourself. Treat others with respect and they will do the same to you.

Don't blindly boycott U.S goods

Don't blindly boycott U.S goods

The people have the rights to boycott American goods although the government may not do so, said principal fellow with the Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Datuk Muhammad Salleh Majid to Berita Nasional Malaysia(Bernama).

He said if the people were to do so, they should know the reasons for the boycott, otherwise it would serve no purpose.

‘They should not do it blindly and they should also be prepared for the consequences. The intention must be firm and clear,’ the former president of the then Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (now Bursa Malaysia) told Bernama today.

Muhammad Salleh said Malaysia was capable of boycotting American products just like in the early 1980s when former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched the “Buy British Last” campaign.

‘Likewise, we can do a similar campaign or stop using the USD and switch to Euro.

More in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;-

‘There are 1.5 billion Muslims around the globe compared to 14 million Jews and we ought to stick together to fight them,’ said Muhammad Salleh.

On the United Nations’ resolution on the Israeli invasion of Gaza, he said, ‘the UN is a lame duck. Too much belong to the Jews… Hollywood, the media… the list goes on and on. We must not touch, buy or use Jewish products.’

Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) secretary-general Datuk Dr Ma’mor Osman said the people should boycott American products although it was their choice.

‘We should detest the dehumanisation and incursion which threaten world peace. Those devoid of human norms do not care the pain inflicted on others,’ he said.

Malaysian should continue develop food chains and products while the people should give preference to local products, he said, adding that Malaysians should emulate South Koreans and Japanese who support local goods.

 

P/S: There are real foods in containers and packets that you can get instantly at vending machines in Japan. Certain foods doesn’t even require you to add any sauce but it tastes as delicious as real ones. Despite our tries on the sandwich vending machines a while back, maybe the aspiring inventors in Malaysia can learn a thing or two from the Japanese to invent something other and attract more people to support Malaysian local products. 

To know more about various kinds of vending machines in Japan, you can click here.

Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Sri. Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak

Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Sri. Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak

The Agence France-Presse(AFP) has reported today that Malaysia’s economy will suffer and the country will break-up if racial unity collapses, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak warned ahead of a key by-election.

‘No unity means no political stability. No political stability means we are all in trouble,’ he was quoted as saying by Bernama news agency late Saturday.

‘The Malays (will be) in trouble, the Chinese (will be) in trouble, the Indians (will) also be in trouble,’ he told a rally.

Najib said foreign investors would pull out their funds if there was political instability.

‘Capital can shift in a blink of an eye. Capital knows no loyalty. If our economy is under pressure, funds will flow (out). That is how sensitive capital movement is in the context of a modern global economy,’ he said.

The ruling National Front coalition, led by the dominant United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), is contesting a critical by-election that will test its popularity since disastrous losses in national polls last year.

Najib, who is UMNO deputy president, is leading the charge for the January 17 vote in northeastern Terengganu state.

Recently there have been growing fears over ‘Islamisation’ of Malaysia and the increasing polarisation of the three main ethnic communities.

About 60 percent of Malaysia’s 27 million people are ethnic Malay Muslims. The country’s minority Chinese and Indians are mostly Buddhists, Hindus or Christians.

Issues related to religion, language and race are sensitive matters in Malaysia, which witnessed deadly riots in 1969.

Malaysia is already tipped for slower growth of up to 3.5 percent for 2009, well down on earlier projections as the global crisis bites into export demand and foreign direct investment inflows.

Najib urged voters to return the Kuala Terengganu seat to UMNO to ensure racial unity and economic growth.

‘If we do make the right decision, our country can disintegrate and we will never be able to pass on this strong Malaysia to our next generation,’ he said.

P/S: We’re learning Ethnic Relations subject even in our higher learning stage, seriously haven’t we learned that racial harmony is the key to our national multiracial integration? Spread the peace people, come on!

One of the banners at the protest, the feelings of a human being towards humanity however doesn't occur on the Israelis.

One of the banners at the protest, the feelings of a human being towards humanity however doesn't occur on the Israelis.

The Associated Press(AP) has reported today that some 3,000 Malaysians protested on Friday against Israel’s invasion of Gaza, burning Israeli flags and effigies of President George W. Bush.

The mainly Muslim protesters, waving Palestinian flags and chanting anti-Israel slogans, marched to the U.S. Embassy in downtown Kuala Lumpur from a nearby mosque after Friday prayers.

They called on the U.S. to use its influence to stop Israel’s military offensive on Gaza, which has left more than 750 people dead -at least half of them civilians, according to Gaza health officials. Thirteen Israelis have died.

Israel has defended its two-week operation, saying it wants to stop rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza into Israeli territory.

‘The killing continues. … We are urging the American government to demand that Israel withdraw from Gaza,’ said Adnan Mohamad Tahir, an activist.

The protesters, who burned two Israeli flags and effigies of Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, dispersed after an hour.

The United States abstained from a U.N. Security Council resolution passed Thursday that called for a cease-fire.

Malaysia’s government, which has no diplomatic ties with Israel, has condemned Israel’s ground offensive as a ‘an act of total war.’ On Thursday, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi called for international sanctions on Israel.

In Hong Kong, several hundred people outside a mosque chanted slogans and held placards reading, ‘Stop the Israeli Attacks on Gaza’ and ‘Stop Killing Children and Innocent.’

P/S:  The protest is still going on today in Selangor, Malaysia at The  Melawati Stadium. FREE PALESTINE!