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Student political involvement proposal for Supreme Council
July 28, 2010

PETALING JAYA, July 28 — Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said he will propose that university students be allowed to take part in politics in the upcoming council meeting to ensure their active involvement in the field.

Saifuddin, who is also Deputy Higher Education Minister, said although the Universities and University Colleges Act was amended in 2008 to allow students of local public varsities to take part in political associations with permission from the Vice-Chancellor, it still needs to be reviewed again.

“The act should not distance students from politics, but instead include them in decision making processes,” he said at a news conference to announce 10 finalists for the Fourth Junior Chamber International (JCI) Creative Young Entrepreneur Award, here today.

He said this when asked to comment on the government permitting graduate education service officers (teachers) on grades DG41 to DG48 to engage in politics starting August. (more…)

How poor are we, really?

By Sheridan Mahavera
July 21, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 — The government likes to boast that Malaysia has almost erased poverty. It is the one unchallenged success that is shouted out again and again to show how far we have come since Merdeka.

The line is familiar: “In 1970, 49.7 per cent of households were living in poverty. Now it is only 3.8 per cent.” Or out of 6.2 million households, only 228,400 can be classified as poor.

These 228,400 are households that earn an average of RM800 a month and below.

Is RM800 a fair cut-off point? Because it effectively means that if a household of four earns RM900, RM1,000, or even RM1,500 a month, they cannot be considered poor.

If that is the case, then why are there more and more media reports of families complaining that they cannot make ends meet even when they earn RM2,000? (more…)

Assalamualaikum.

Alhamdulillah, syukur ke hadrat Allah kerana buat ke sekian kalinya diberikan kekuatan untuk menulis. Tempoh praktikal benar-benar menguji imanku. Tiada lagi sahabat untuk mengejutkan diri ini untuk bangun subuh, tiada lagi bacaan ma’thurat beramai-ramai, tiada lagi liqa’ Al-Mulk, tiada lagi Qiamullail Perdana. Pendek kata, segalanya benar-benar atas kemahuan, kemampuan dan usaha sendiri. Tiada lagi dorongan sahabat umpama di kampus dulu. Walau bagaimanapun, kita mesti yakin janji Allah

“Allah tidak membebani seseorang itu melainkan sesuai dengan kesanggupannya.” (Al-Baqarah: 286) (more…)

JULY 16 — Malaysians today woke up to higher prices for fuel and sugar which the government called a “subsidy rationalisation” that will not burden the people but still reduce government expenditure.

Of course, the government is right. Five sen extra for a litre of fuel would also cost RM3 more for a 60-litre fuel tank. And sugar will only cost 50 sen more for every two kilogrammes. Bernama also reported that it will mean an extra 1.25 sen for a cup of teh tarik.

Nothing to get excited about. Except that the Najib administration only finally issued a statement late last night after rumours had swirled for almost the entire day of impending price hikes. (more…)

Sebentar tadi, Perdana Menteri, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak telah mengumumkan kenaikan harga petrol, diesel, gula dan gas selepas merasmikan Mesyuarat Perwakilan Umno bahagian Kuala Kedah di Alor Star. Alasannya mengurangkan subsidi untuk menjimatkn perbelanjaan kerajaan dan mengurangkan defisit fiskal supaya pasaran dunia dan dalaman lebih yakin dengan kekuatan ekonomi negara. Berikut adalah item yang terlibat:

Produk

Kenaikan Harga

Harga Lama

Harga Baru

Petrol RON 95

5 sen/L

RM 1.80/L

RM 1.85/L

Petrol RON 97

5 sen/L

RM 2.05/L

RM 2.10/L

Diesel

5 sen/L

RM 1.70/L

RM 1.75/L

Gula

25 sen/kg

RM 1.45/kg

RM 1.70/kg

Gas LPG

10 sen/kg

RM 1.75/kg

RM 1.85/kg

(more…)

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Melalui software RSS Feed (Really Simple Syndication), beratus-ratus headline berita terkini atau entri-entri blog yang masih panas hanya di hujung jari anda. Anda tidak perlu lagi melayari beratus-ratus website selama berjam-jam semata-mata untuk mencari maklumat yang masih belum pasti terhidang. Platform yang terbaik untuk menggunakan RSS Feed pastinya Google Reader. Boleh diakses dari seluruh dunia asalkan ada internet. (more…)