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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
By Syed Akbar Ali
"Following a record sized herd, hundreds of sea lions have suddenly disappeared from San Francisco's Pier 39 and have been gone for a month. "It really was practically overnight," said Sheila Chandor who said she has never seen anything like it in her 24 years as Harbor Master of Pier 39. More than 1,500 sea lions inhabited Pier 39 around the third week of November, setting a new record, Chandor said. But they took off around Thanksgiving without a clue as to where they were going."
Sealions have been found in the winter months in the San Francisco Bay. But the sea lions suddenly moved to Pier 39 in San Francisco (Fisherman's Wharf) in 1989 after the 6.9 Loma Prieta Earthquake of October 17, 1989.
Two weeks ago, after the Mayon Volcano started erupting in the Phillipines I told my wife to look out for strange animal behaviour.
In December 2004, just before the Tsunami - a stray cat jumped into our dining room and meowed loudly and refused to leave the house. At that same time people who jogged around the Dam in Melawati saw squirrels jumping and running all over the place. The Tsunami hit on December 26th 2004.
Animals can detect natural disasters before they happen.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
And here is a picture of the aftermath of this bomb blast.
Here is a picture of the street clashes in Teheran yesterday :
A year ago, the Central Intelligence Agency sent several of its top field operatives with counterterrorism experience to the country, according a former top agency official. At the same time, some of the most secretive Special Operations commandos have begun training Yemeni security forces in counterterrorism tactics, senior military officers said. . . The Pentagon is spending more than $70 million over the next 18 months, and using teams of Special Forces, to train and equip Yemeni military, Interior Ministry and coast guard forces, more than doubling previous military aid levels.
Folks the following may be of interest largely to Muslims.
However even if you think you are not a Muslim (which actually can be subject to much discussion) it may be worth your while to read it. I have lifted this article from the Blog Journey To God - Ke arah Mencari which is written by Jahamy.
You can read the full article here and it is not much longer than this. Here is an excerpt only.
You may comment if you wish but to the religious freaks please keep it in your pants ok. No need to be rude or nasty. I will not entertain even remotely seditious or obviously silly comments.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
"BEIJING (AFP) – China on Saturday unveiled what it billed as the fastest rail link in the world -- a train connecting the modern cities of Guangzhou and Wuhan at an average speed of 350 kilometres (217 miles) an hour. The super-high-speed train reduces the 1,069 kilometre journey to a three hour ride and cuts the previous journey time by more than seven and a half hours, the official Xinhua news agency said. By comparison, the average for high-speed trains in was 243 kilometres per hour while in France it was 277 kilometres per hour. In September, officials said they planned to build 42 high-speed lines by 2012 in a massive system overhaul as part of efforts to spur economic growth amid the global downturn."
I am equally impressed by their train stations. Here are two more pictures:
Friday, December 25, 2009
Well I heard it from ex-journo sources yesterday that in a far away country in the tropics the Press has been told to only print pictures of a certain person from the chest up. No more full length photographs.
Apparently this person's waistline is now approaching the girth of the Great Wall of China. So from now onwards you may only be able to see pictures of this person from the chest up.
I checked with another Editor in the far away country in the tropics who said he does not know of any such thing. He also added that it does not matter to him anyway because his paper never runs any pictures of the certain person.
If the autonomous consumption does not stop or slow down, maybe the Press will soon be told to only print pictures from the chin up.
And if that does not hide the blubber, there is always the Cousin It option - from The Adams Family.
Cousin It from The Adams Family
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
By Syed Akbar Ali
Now two F5E engines are known to have been stolen. And other parts of the plane may also be missing. The Ejection Seat perhaps? But the reports are conflicting. The New Straits Times says this :
Stolen jet engines: Top RMAF man under probe
“The high-ranking officer may give police the lead to bigger players in the case and help recover the stolen engines,” the source told the New Straits Times yesterday.
Senior officials who were in charge when the jet engines went missing and those involved with the perpetrators will not go unpunished.
Meanwhile, Federal Commercial Crime Investigation deputy director I Datuk Nooryah Mat Anvar said they had received the i nve s t i g at i o n paper for the case from the Attor ney-General’s Chamber. . . She said police would comply with the new directives from Tan Sri Gani Patail and conduct a thorough investigation.
But The Star reports Zahid as saying:
Zahid: We’ll get the traitors
“I do not want bloggers to try to distort any facts with all sorts of speculation and analysis on the matter.
I say “Dr” Zahid, I dont think it is the Bloggers who are distorting anything lah. The Star quotes you as saying only low ranking officers, rank of sergeant and below are involved.
The NST says a Top RMAF man is under probe. The NST says ‘biggger players’ may be involved and ‘senior officials’ who are involved will also be punished.
Just for your information, to avoid confusion between low ranking and top ranking, here is the insignia for a sergeant and a Brigadier General.
In most armed services, the sergeants usually have three stripes. A Brigadier General has one star.
But what I find most interesting is the name Datuk Nooryah Anvar. Remember this person? Once upon a time, during the very bad old days of Slumberjack, she was made the Head of the Traffic Police – for a very short time only.
The Mat Rempits came to the fore during her watch. The patron saint of the Mat Rempits in those bad old days was one weird fellow from within the Pemuda who was a crony of the Son In Law. Do you all remember this? The Mat Rempit Boss was going around saying that the Mat Rempits were actually Mat Cemerlang. It was really the Dark Ages.
Luckily Nooryah Anvar would have nothing of that nonsense. She found a provision under the Law whereby the Traffic Cops could confiscate the motorbikes of the Mat Rempits. Soon Police were picking off the Mat Rempit bikes. The Mat Rempits quickly disappeared.
But they did not go quietly. Because soon after that it was Nooryah Anvar who disappeared. For some reason she was removed as Head of the Traffic Cops after just being appointed to the post. The Mat Rempits could thank
Just when she was coming down hard on the Mat Rempits, this no nonsense Policewoman was removed as the Head of the Traffic Cops. Well its good to read that she was appointed “Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Deputy Director I.” Cool. What a mouthful too. Maybe it was a cold storage job but now it looks like she will be investigating this F5E Caper.
I hope she goes after these culprits with even more grit than she did going after the Mat Rempits. I hope this time around there will be no interference in her work from any Mat Rempit Bosses or others.
By Syed Akbar Ali
The many times I have met him, Tun is an extremely good listener.
You'll never know when he will turn the tables on you.
At Yayasan Perdana in Putrajaya
Tun still on top of the world. At his 86th flr. office. There were
clouds outside the window.
See the expression on his face. A penny for your thoughts Tun.
By Syed Akbar Ali
Folks this is from Dr Mahathir's Blog. Way to go Tun. Now lets see the macho-pondans rise to the challenge.
Dr Mahathir has clearly given the green light. He is no more in power. He is just one man. And he has challenged anyone to set up a Royal Commission to investigate his 22 years in power.
And also to investigate what happened to the RM270.0 Billion of Petronas funds that was earned during the regime of Slumberjack. Where did the money go?
I like point No. 12. "Depending upon the result of the commission, I reserve the right to sue Barry Wain, Lim Kit Siang and Malaysiakini.com for libel for a sum to be disclosed later."
To us the die hard Mahathirists, I think Tun Dr Mahathir will come out on top. No worries there.
Mahathir is willing to be scrutinised by a Royal Commission. I have a much more simpler request. Can anyone get Mahaliwat to declare his assets? When is he going to declare his assets? Mana dia dapat duit buat rumah besar, kereta besar, fly here, fly there. Can the macho-pondans go and ask him? We will wait.
Anyway here is Dr Mahathir's statement in full. Hidup Mahathir.
FORM ROYAL PROBE ON DR M'S SQUANDERING
2. Such a commission should not be made up of Government nominees but should have as members impeccable people including foreigners and members of Transparency International.
3. The commission should not confine to one Prime Minister only but to Tun Abdullah Badawi's regime.
5. It should include how much money was lost due to the cancellation of the crooked bridge and the Johore Baru to Padang Besar railway.
6. What is the cost over-run in the construction of the Bakun Hydroelectric project.
7. The financing of the second Penang Bridge and the procedure followed when giving out this contract.
8. I also agree with Lim Kit Siang that the investigation would reflect Najib's commitment to "combating corruption".
9. In order that the enquiry by the commission would be successful, Government must give the undertaking to give full access to the commission of all the documents and accounts of the Government over the period 1981-2009. There should be no cover-up of any kind.
10. Barry Wain must provide documentary proof of any sum that he alleged I had burned.
11. I will co-operate fully with the commission.
12. Depending upon the result of the commission, I reserve the right to sue Barry Wain, Lim Kit Siang and Malaysiakini.com for libel for a sum to be disclosed later.
13. If the Government is witholding the book: "Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times", I would request that the book be released forthwith. I am not in need of Government protection.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
By Syed Akbar Ali
By Syed Akbar Ali
This is the "not incredible story" of the RM50.0 million F5E Tiger jet engine that is believed to have been stolen by RMAF personnel themselves.
Dato Scribe Kadir Jasin is very angry too and has called for a .
Dato Scribe Kadir Jasin is very angry too and has called for a
Before we go any further can the Navy please check if all its ships are in port or on the high seas on patrol? And are all the Army’s T72 Tanks parked safely in the Base. I though I saw a couple hiding behind the Museum in KL recently. Maybe for the Merdeka Day Parade.
What about the Army’s rifles? Are all the rifles in the Armoury? Make sure none are being used for illicit purposes on Bukit Jenalek or some place like that.
Here is the news from Malay Mail (trunc)
PETALING JAYA: The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) possibly ended up buying parts and components from a jet engine that went missing from its base two years ago and was subsequently sold abroad.
Local defence industry sources told The Malay Mail the General Electric J85-GE-21 engine had most likely been dismantled into smaller components when it was reportedly "sold" to a South American arms dealer.
This is balloney. I doubt the engine ever left the country. I doubt there were any “South American” arms dealers too. This sounds like a local job by some clever get rich quick “kampong boy” operation inside the RMAF.
These components, the sources added, could have been sold back to the RMAF by government-appointed panel companies.
. . . the locals involved in stealing the engine would have been paid less than RM1 million for their trouble. . . . the engine would not have been worth more than RM10 million
This is more plausible. Probably the RM1.0 milion was shared by 30 or 40 fellows (looks like the whole squadron probably knew about it or was involved).
The disappearance of the engine, one of two which powers the RMAF F5 fleet, was discovered in late 2007.
If it was discovered in 2007, why is it hitting the fan only now in late 2009, a few days before the year is over ? If the theft had been made public in 2007, wouldn’t it have been easier to track down the bad guys? Now who knows where they are? They have all been given sufficient time to make tracks.
It was discovered missing when RMAF was informed by its service provider that it had not received the engine for a scheduled overhaul.
Service provider? Hmm....Smells fishy too.
Its like this. The engine was stolen. According to the Malay Mail, the engine was then stripped of its parts which were then resold to the RMAF.
Resold by whom? It could not have been resold by Arumugam the Besi Buruk dealer in Sungei Besi. Certainly the RMAF buys aircraft parts only from its panel of registered suppliers. So whoever “resold” these parts to the RMAF from the stolen engine was dealing in stolen goods. Or they themselves were involved in the scam to steal and resell the engine.
There is no rocket science here. Usually military suppliers are big guns. Usually they are politically well connected. So nak tangkap ke tak nak tangkap?
...RMAF personnel told investigators the engine was sent overseas for overhaul and it was quickly found out that the claim was just a ruse to cover for its disappearance. . .
As I said the stolen engine never left the country. Maybe the stolen engine never even left the air base. This appears to be a squadron wide conspiracy. The logistics personnel were instrumental in the cover up. There must have been others also involved.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, said action had been taken against several senior officers as well as junior personnel but declined to say what action was taken.
Senior officers too? So let me correct myself. This was not just a squadron level conspiracy to defraud the Air Force. This seems like an RMAF wide conspiracy. Sounds like there is a well established “spare parts mafia” going on in the RMAF.
The inventory fellow, the logistics guys, the mechanics, the senior officers, the junior officers etc are all in the act. I find it hard to believe that these many “senior officers” and “junior officers” came together for just one act of ‘jom kita curi injin F5E’.
I think this is an old scam going on. There must be a serious audit of the entire Armed Forces. We dont want some clever beggars stealing submarine parts from the Scorpene and reselling it back to the Navy as spare parts.
Ahmad Zahid said there was a strong demand for components and spare parts for first generation supersonic fighter aircraft, especially among countries that were still using it.
I think the last statement by Zahid is balloney. The F5E is outdated. The only country that still flies them operationally is
There is little demand for the F5E engine parts overseas. It is also too small an operation (just one F5E engine) to involve foreign countries. I dont know on what basis Zahid would make such a statement.
I think the cake was baked and eaten here.
Ya ke Dato ? Elok lah tu !