Friday, August 31, 2007

MALAYSIA KU GEMILANG

MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA!

Malaysia’s independence on Aug 31st 1957, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said, was the result of the sacrifices and struggles made by the rakyat who were united in one spirit.

"The success of our country is built upon our combined efforts. This approach must be practised in overcoming issues that may bring about hardship, confusion and tension among the people," he said.

"The road to success may be tough but it is also filled with opportunities that we must take advantage of to succeed," he said in his speech at Dataran Merdeka yesterday.

A success story 'Made in Malaysia'

There are countries that want to learn from Malaysia, to emulate what it has achieved since its independence in 1957, writes DON McKINNON.

A star of Southeast Asia, one of the region’s most vibrant economies, the product of decades of industrial growth and political stability, Malaysia’s independence is indelible, its achievements acclaimed, its momentum immense.

The Commonwealth joins the rest of the world in saluting Malaysia’s 50 years of nationhood, and in standing alongside it to face the new challenges that might never have seemed possible to an excited — if drenched — crowd, that day half a century ago.

Malaysia’s economic growth is in no small measure due to the foreign investors’ confidence that it is a place that is safe to invest in. It is also due to the endeavour and ingenuity of Malaysian citizens, who have harnessed the power and potential of industry and technology to turn raw materials into compound products for export, and to use human skills to assemble the electronic components that drive so many of the world’s computers. Petroleum and liquefied gas; chemicals and additives; rubber, wood and textile products; disk drives: All bear the reputable stamp, "Made in Malaysia".

The spirit of MALAYSIA BOLEH!


Download beautiful Patriotic Gemilang Songs.


Jalur Gemilang (click to download song)

Merahmu bara semangat waja
Putihmu bersih budi pekerti
Kuning berdaulat payung negara
Biru perpaduan kami semua

Puncak dunia telah kau tawan
Lautan luas telah kau redah
Membawa semangat jiwa merdeka
Semarak jaya kami warganya

Empat belas melintang jalurnya
Semua negeri dalam Malaysia
Satu suara satu semangat
Itu sumpah warga berdaulat

Jalur gemilang... di bawah naunganmu
Jalur gemilang... kami semua bersatu
Perpaduan ...ketaatan
Amalan murni rakyat Malaysia

Jalur gemilang... megah kami terasa
Jalur gemilang... kibarkanlah wawasan
Merah putih ..biru kuning
Jalur semangat kami semua

Berkibarlah
Berkibarlah
Berkibarlah
Jalur gemilang





MALAYSIA KU GEMILANG (Click to download song)

MARILAH KITA SEMUA
ATAS NAMA NEGARABANGSA
DENGAN TEKAD MULIA
MAJU BERWAWASAN
MENCIPTA KEAGUNGAN

BERPADULAH KITA SEMUA
DI DALAM SATU SUARA
DENGAN DEGUPAN MERDEKA
MENJULANG BUDAYA BANGSA
UNTUK MALAYSIA TERCINTA

MALAYSIAKU GEMILANG
MERDEKANYA TERBILANG
BERDAULAT DAN MAKMUR
BERJAYA KAMI SYUKUR

MALAYSIA, KEBEBASAN KEDAMAIAN
MALAYSIA, KEBAHAGIAAN KEBANGGAAN
MALAYSIA, CEMERLANG TERBILANG
MALAYSIA, GAGAH GEMILANG




Eve of Merdeka at exactly 12 midnight - location :Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.



Keranamu Malaysia

Buruh, nelayan dan juga petani
Gaya hidup kini dah berubah
Anak-anak terasuh mindanya
Lahir generasi bijak pandai

Pakar IT, pakar ekonomi
Jaguh sukan dan juga jutawan
Berkereta jenama negara
Megah menyusur di jalan raya

Alam cyber teknologi terkini
Kejayaan semakin hampiri
Biar di kota ataupun desa
Kita semua pasti merasa bangga

Keranamu kami mendakap tuah
Keranamu kami bangsa berjaya
Keranamu kami hidup selesa
Limpah budi kemakmuran negara

Keranamu kami bebas merdeka
Keranamu myawa dipertaruhkan
Keranamu rela kami berjuang
Demi bangsa kedaulatan negara

( ulang dari mula )

Keranamu Negara Malaysia
Malaysia...
Terima kasih Malaysia !





GEMILANG MALAYSIA (Click to download song)




Latest Updates - E-Gold Excange temporarily sieze all operation
Three days ago, i received an email from an e-gold exchange,

We are one of the few exchangers still accepting e-Gold and will temporarily seize all operations with e-Gold .Ltd, in the following week to come due to the pending case [e-Gold vs. US Government], please read below:

[Following a two-and-a-half year investigation, federal prosecutors charged online payment service E-Gold, its parent company Gold & Silver Reserve, and its three owners with four counts of violating the U.S. laws restricting funds transfers and money laundering, according to an indictment unsealed on Friday.] read more at:

UPDATE - Following a two-and-a-half year investigation, federal prosecutors charged online payment service E-Gold, its parent company Gold & Silver Reserve, and its three owners with four counts of violating the U.S. laws restricting funds transfers and money laundering, according to an indictment unsealed on Friday.

The court filing claims that the companies' owners -- Dr. Douglas L. Jackson of Satellite Beach, Fla., Reid A. Jackson of Melbourne, Fla., and Barry K. Downey of Woodbine, Md. -- knowingly allowed criminals to use the service and profited from others' crimes. The indictment further claims that, because the service requires no identity verification outside of an e-mail address, E-Gold became the preferred method of payment for online scammers, identity thieves, and child pornographers.

"Douglas Jackson and his associates operated a sophisticated and widespread international money remitting business, unsupervised and unregulated by any entity in the world, which allowed for anonymous transfers of value at a click of a mouse," Jeffrey Taylor, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, said in a statement. "Not surprisingly, criminals of every stripe gravitated to E-Gold as a place to move their money with impunity."

The digital-cash service denied the charges against the company and its owners and took particular exception to the government's allegations that the E-Gold service knowingly aided child pornographers.

The indictment comes as e-payment companies are increasingly being used by online criminals to transfer the profits of their crimes. Using services such as E-Gold and WebMoney, groups that control malicious bot programs have offered to pay Webmasters and anyone with control of compromised Web sites typically $80 to $85 per 1,000 installs, according to sites advertising such partnerships. A number of groups that appear to be from China and Eastern Europe use the compromised Web sites to host nearly invisible IFRAME tags, which link to the attacker's site and infect visitor's computers.

E-Gold has become a popular way -- and possibly, the most popular way -- for online identity thieves, bot masters and fraudsters to transfer money.

Online criminals have tried to sell stolen bank account credentials, credit-card numbers, denial-of-service attacks, and even the holographic dove stickers needed to make counterfeit credit cards, designating E-Gold as the method of payment, said Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer for antivirus firm F-Secure.

"E-Gold is anonymous and irreversible, which makes it attractive to the the underground as a method of payment," Hyppönen said.

In 2005, the company advertised that in one 24-hour period it transfered more than $6.36 million between E-Gold members accounts, a rate that would add up to more than $2 billion annually.

The company, founded by Dr. Jackson, a board-certified oncologist, and Downey in 1996, was raided in December 2005 by FBI and Secret Service agents. At the time, the U.S. government seized about $800,000 in assets from E-Gold's parent company G&SR, according to Dr. Jackson. On Friday, law enforcement agents seized another $762,000 from E-Gold and $736,000 from G&SR, stated Dr. Jackson in the e-mail statement sent to SecurityFocus.

The indictment filed on Friday names the U.S. Secret Service as the primary investigators on the case with the aid of the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service.
"The advent of new electronic currency systems increases the risk that criminals, and possibly terrorists, will exploit these systems to launder money and transfer funds globally to avoid law enforcement scrutiny and circumvent banking regulations and reporting,” James E. Finch, assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, said in a statement. "The FBI will continue to work closely with the Department of Justice and our federal and international law enforcement partners to aggressively investigate and prosecute any, and all, persons or organizations that use these systems to facilitate child pornography distribution, to support organized crime, and to perpetrate financial crimes.”

E-Gold's parent company, Gold & Silver Reserve, is a Delaware corporation, but the company claims the payment service is based in Nevis, West Indies. In the indictment, investigators stated that all the company's files and assets are based in Melbourne, Fla.

United States authorities have obtained a restraining order against the companies' owners to prevent them from moving their assets as well as warrants enabling law enforcement agents to seize more than 58 accounts.

Federal prosecutors have charged the company and its owners with one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, one count of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business and one count of transmitting money without a license. The money laundering conspiracy charge has a maximum sentence of 20 years, while the three other charges each carry a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.

The charges of conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to transfer money without a license allow the U.S. to seize all assets resulting from the profit of the alleged crime.

UPDATE: The article was updated with comments and information from E-Gold founder and CEO Douglas Jackson, denying the charges against the company and its owners and, in particular, criticizing federal prosecutors for alleging that the company aided child pornographers.

Comments

This doesn't surprise me. What surprises me is that nobody has busted Western Union yet. With regards to fraud, E-Gold is big, but Western Union is much bigger. Does *anyone here* understand what the difference is between a financial service like Western Union, which is registered, licensed and reports its transactions to the relevant jurisdictions, and eGold, which is unlicensed and allows people to move money without any recorded evidence of the activity?

I'll give you a hint: one is much harder for law enforcement to investigate abuses of, and therefore a bigger target for shutdowns. And it's not Western Union.


Comments

Dollar Falls. Gold Raises. E-Gold Targeted.
It was the intention by the secret services to taint e-gold beyond its ability to conduct business. The link to child pornography was clearly designed to terminate the business. A dead giveaway that the powers that be are out for the juggler. I?m surprised they didn?t go further and falsely link e-gold to Osama bin liner though they did falsely link e-gold to terrorism in a round about way. E-gold is subjected to a modern day witch hunt. In a witch hunt its not about who is right and who is wrong. It?s more about right rests with might.

Comments

I've been an e-gold account holder for a long time and in my experience e-gold has always done it's best to prevent it's service from being used for crime. If some criminal payments were made, I highly doubt e-gold had any knowledge of it. Whenever e-gold had reason to believe an account was involved in criminal activity they would freeze it.

Comments

I suspect this case is bullshit and in fact it is the government agents that are committing the crime -- stealing money from a legitimate private business. And the theft is two-fold, first grab was all the taxpayer money used to pay investigators, second grab is the theft from e-gold. The real question is how can we end the current dictatorship and prevent further abuses of government power?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Malaysia Massive US$ 51 Billion Northern Development Plan



Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Monday launched a 51-billion-US-dollar development masterplan to spur economic growth and reduce poverty in northern Peninsula Malaysia.


The Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) is a government initiative to boost the economy and raise income levels in the northern states of Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak over 18 years.

'Projects and programmes to enhance human capital, infrastructure, and competitiveness in the region will involve about 177 billion ringgit public and private sector investments from 2007 to 2025,' a government statement said.


'The focus will be to turn the NCER into a modern food zone of Malaysia, increase the value-add in the manufacturing sector and strengthen tourism,' it said.

Of the 177 billion ringgit, one-third will be spent by the government, with the balance to be undertaken through private finance initiatives and private sector investments, the statement said.

'It will be led and driven by the private sector and market imperatives,' it said, adding that the masterplan aims to create half a million jobs by 2012 and one million by 2018.

The government added that financial incentives will be given to promote agricultural transformation through economies of scale.

Abdullah launched the project in the Kedah state capital, Alor Star.

The masterplan includes key benchmarks, with the agriculture sector expected to increase its exports to 48 billion ringgit by 2012 from 32 billion ringgit in 2005.

For manufacturing, investments are projected to jump to 24.3 billion ringgit by 2012 from 16.5 billion ringgit in 2006, while the tourism sector aims to raise average spending per visitor to 3,034 ringgit by 2012 from 1,890 ringgit currently.

Government-linked conglomerate Sime Darby, which drew up the masterplan for the Northern Corridor, will act as project manager and investor.

The launch of the NCER comes months after the prime minister kicked off the Iskandar Development Region in southern Johor state.

Abdullah, also finance minister, has said Malaysia aims to attract 50 billion ringgit to the IDR in the next five years as part of an initiative to turn the area, 2.5 times the size of neighbouring Singapore, into a new Asian metropolis.

Today the Prime Minister (Abdullah) told the Japanese Premier that Malaysia wants Japanese investors to participate in the IDR," he told reporters after a delegation meeting between Japan and Malaysia here.

"We have launched the Northern Corridor, while the Eastern Corridor as well as the Sabah and Sarawak Corridors, when they are launched, we feel that the Japanese has a very constructive role to play and Malaysia has benefited as a result of economic relations with Japan," he said.

All eyes on eastern corridor

WITH the Iskandar Development Region (formerly the South Johor Economic Region) kicking off rather successfully, the spotlight is now on the Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas)-led Eastern Corridor Economic Region.

The eastern corridor development blueprint, which is expected to be out this quarter at the earliest, is said to be focused on the socio-economic and industrial development of the region involving Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.

The development of the eastern corridor, together with the northern corridor spearheaded by Sime Darby Bhd and southern corridor (Khazanah Nasional Bhd) are part of the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP), which has the objective of spreading economic development throughout the country.

Billions are expected to be poured into the region – RM22.3bil from Government coffers under the 9MP (which is a big 56% jump from the 8MP) and about RM40bil from Petronas' investments in O&G projects there.

“We expect the modus operandi of the eastern corridor development to be similar to the Iskandar Development Region in terms of the setting up of special bodies and institutions akin to the Iskandar Regional Development Authority and South Johor Investment Corp.

“This is to ensure smooth implementation, active engagements and balanced representation among the private and public sectors, Petronas (as the lead agency in the project), the federal and State Governments,” Aseambankers said.

So, what's new that could emerge from the eastern corridor development?
“Setting up a shipyard in Terengganu’s backyard could also lead to greater economic activities, considering that there is a massive need for offshore marine vessels to support the O&G activities there.

“We also foresee further expansion at existing seaports and the centralised tankage facilities in Kertih,” Aseambankers said.

Kelantan offers ample opportunities in terms of new infrastructure requirements to support the increasing activities in the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area and potential O&G discoveries offshore Kelantan.

“We favour the idea of setting up O&G infrastructure (supply base and petrochemical site) in Kelantan similar to that of Terengganu, as it is strategically located and could potentially become a regional base for Malaysia-Thailand-Vietnam O&G activities,” Aseambankers said.

It added that a new cracker plant could be built in the region as well.
The development of the eastern corridor as the country's petrochemical hub is now well underway.

“The challenge would be to spearhead its growth into a leading petrochemical and O&G hub in the region by catalysing an inflow of investments in related industrial, commercial and infrastructure development,” he said.

He believes further expansion and deepening of the petrochemical hub will be the eastern corridor's core economic foundation and strategy for growth and industrial development.

Yeah expects the potential size of the investments, together with Petronas' ongoing capital investment in O&G exploration, development and production activities to rival those in the other corridors.

“Given Petronas' strong profits in recent years, an assumed 10% to 20% re-investment rate of after tax profits would result in an internal financing capacity of RM5bil to RM10bil annually,” he said.

ARABS PUMPING BILLIONS INTO MALAYSIA


Aug 29, 2007. A group of investors from Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon are expected to join Malaysian investors to develop 2,000 to 2,500 acres in the Iskandar Development Region (IDR) into a high-end integrated city.

While the initial investment in the development is projected to be more than RM3bil, the construction cost is estimated to be between US$10bil and US$12bil, according to sources. The massive development, which will be spearheaded by investors that have transformed cities in the Middle East, is projected to be completed no later than 2015.



The Iskandar Development Region (IDR) in Johor, which has attracted a RM4.1bil foreign investment, is a reflection of investor confidence in Malaysia. Four agreements were signed yesterday between South Johor Investment Corporation Berhad (SJIC) and companies from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

Strategic Advantages·

.Located at the crossroads of the East-West trade routes.
·Mid-way between rapidly growing Chinese and Indian Markets
·Accessible by Air, Land or Sea from the rest of Asia
·Supported by world-class ports servicing the world; 2 causeways and railway link into Singapore.
·Almost 3 times the size of Singapore, with vast land banks primed with ready transportation and telecommunications infrastructure
·Enjoys the same standards of living at a much lower cost of living than Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan or Korea
·Populated with a multi-lingual, educated workforce from within Johor and the rest of Malaysia



The Iskandar Development Region (IDR) in Johor, which has attracted a RM4.1bil foreign investment, is a reflection of investor confidence in Malaysia. Four agreements were signed yesterday between South Johor Investment Corporation Berhad (SJIC) and companies from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.



The investing companies are Mubadala Development Company (MDC), Kuwait Finance House (KFH) and Millennium Development International Company (MDIC). Aldar Properties PJSC will be managing the development of the project.



“People always look towards Gulf residents, they have the money, and they are the ones looking for places to invest. So they have decided that Malaysia is the place for investment,” he said.



The Prime Minister said the agreements were proof that investors had confidence in Malaysia. “This big project is a very good birthday present for the country.” The landmark investment will be on an 892ha area at the development region referred to as Node 1.



Aldar Properties chairman Ahmed Ali Al-Sayegh praised the project as “a carefully planned venture that will create job and investment opportunities for this region for a long, long time.”

While the initial investment in the development is projected to be more than RM3bil, the construction cost is estimated to be between US$10bil and US$12bil, according to sources.The massive development, which will be spearheaded by investors that have transformed cities in the Middle East, is projected to be completed no later than 2015.

ALDAR Properties PJSC, which is part of a consortium of Middle Eastern companies that will be investing billions of ringgit in Node 1 of the Iskandar Development Region (IDR), believes the project holds tremendous potential.Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, chairman of ALDAR Properties, which will act as the master planner for the development, said the IDR would be a major world-class development, given its location.

“The vision is very clear. This will be a world-class city, a place for hundreds of thousands of people to work, play and get old, get educated,'' he told a media conference yesterday.

From participating in one of the biggest property boom markets in the world, Al Sayegh feels the IDR has the most important tenet in property. “For real estate, it is location, location, location,'' he said. He said following the requirement from the Malaysian Government, the project would be well planned and “will create a zone not only for working and logistics but for entertainment, education and health that will make the place very liveable”.

“We are pleased to be part of the Government's vision, a clear vision which is important for this thing to take place,'' he said.



As for returns, Al Sayegh said there was no set target for returns from this investment but thought it would be very rewarding in the long term.

“We believe there will be value appreciation of the land and this value will be relevant to our shareholders,'' he said. Al Sayegh added that ALDAR Properties was looking to establish a base in this region and felt the whole region was a compelling growth story. He also said the goal of the project was not just building skyscrapers.



The participation of ALDAR Properties also opens avenues for further investment opportunities with Khazanah Nasional Bhd and it is looking for opportunities in this region.

Why Invest In Malaysia?


Renowned as a stable, well-established financial hub with one of the strongest economies in Asia, Malaysia has much to offer to investors.

Economic Strength
Malaysia is a country on the move. From a country dependent on agriculture and primary commodities in the sixties, Malaysia has today become an export-driven economy spurred on by high technology, knowledge-based and capital-intensive industries.

The structural transformation of Malaysia's economy over the last 40 years has been spectacular. Often dubbed the "lucky country" because of its wealth of mineral resources and fertile soils, Malaysia did not rest on its laurels but took decisive steps to progress from an economy dependent on agriculture and primary commodities to a manufacturing-based, export-driven economy spurred on by high technology, knowledge-based and capital-intensive industries.

Continuous Economic Growth

Malaysia's pragmatic and flexible management approach has enabled the economy to raise its competitivenes and enhance its resilience in facing challenging circumstances. Deliberate measure has been taken to make the economy more diversified and broad-based to ensure sustainable growth. Continuous efforts have been pursuit to enhance the services sector, accelerate value-added of the manufacturing sector as well as boost the agriculture and agro-based sector as the third engine of growth. New sources of growth continue to be promoted and developed such as biotechnology, information and communications technology, halal products and Islamic finance. Indeed Malaysia is developing as a knowledge-based economy, driven by human capital, innovation and ideas.

The global environment remains challenging in 2007, as a result of a persistently high crude oil price, inflationary pressures and monetary tightening, which has resulted in higher interest rates as well as the prospects of slower growth in the second half of the year. However, Malaysia remain confident in facing these challenges to achieve a healthy growth rate for 2007, given the nation more diverse economic structure and strengthened domestic fundamentals.
Malaysia continues to enjoy healthy surplus in the external trade, low unemployment as well as strong international reserves and high national savings.

Supportive Government Policies

Government policies that maintain a business environment with opportunities for growth and profits have made Malaysia an attractive manufacturing and export base in the region. The private sector in Malaysia has become partners with the public sector in achieving the nation's development objectives.
A major factor that has attracted investors to Malaysia is the government's commitment to maintain a business environment that provides companies with the opportunities for growth and profits. This commitment is seen in the government's constant efforts to obtain feedback from the business community through channels of consultation such as regular government-private sector dialogues. These allow the various business communities to air their views and to contribute towards the formulation of government policies which concern them.

Liberal Equity Policy

Generally, foreign investors in Malaysia's manufacturing sector can hold 100% equity in projects which export at least 80% of their production. However, effective from 17 June 2003, 100% foreign equity holding is allowed for all investments in new projects, as well as investments in expansion/diversification projects by existing companies irrespective of their level of exports.

Employment of Expatriates

Foreign companies in the manufacturing sector are allowed to employ expatriates where certain skills not available in Malaysia. A company with foreign paid-up capital of US$2 million and above will be allowed up to 10 expatriate posts, including five key posts, that is, posts that are permanently filled by foreigners.

Attractive Tax Incentives

Malaysia's company tax rate is attractive at 27% and is applicable to both resident and non-resident companies. Malaysia also offers a wide range of tax incentives for manufacturing projects under the Promotion of Investments Act 1986 and the Income Tax Act 1967. The main incentives are the Pioneer Status, Investment Tax Allowance, Reinvestment Allowance, Incentives for High Technology Industries and Incentives for Strategic Projects and Incentives for the Setting-up of International/ Regional

Educated Work Force

Malaysia offers investors a young, educated and productive workforce at very competitive costs. Malaysia's literacy rates are high at more than 94% and school leavers entering the job market have at least 11 years of basic education.
Malaysia offers investors a young, educated and productive workforce at costs competitive with other countries in Asia. Backed by the government's continued support of human resource development in all sectors, the quality of Malaysia's workforce is one of the best in the region. Literacy levels are high at more than 94% and school leavers entering the job market have at least 11 years of basic education. In addition, labour productivity has grown steadily at more than 3.3% per annum over the last few years surpassing that of many developed countries.

High Priority on Education

Education and training are accorded high priority in national development under Malaysia's five-year development plans.
To-date, there are more than 17 public and 20 private universities and colleges, as well as various polytechnics and industrial training institutes that offer courses leading to certificate, diploma, degree and post-graduate degree qualifications. Total enrolment in public institutions of higher learning alone is projected to reach over 300,000 with more than half in the science and technical disciplines.
The private sector has also set up educational institutions to supplement the government's efforts to generate a larger pool of professionals and semi-professionals. Among these are institutions of higher learning set up by large corporations such as Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Petronas which provide degree-level courses. Various private colleges in Malaysia offer degree programmes on a twinning basis with overseas institutions of higher learning, while foreign universities have set up branch campuses in the country.

Industrial Training

In 1993, the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) was launched by the government to encourage training, retraining and skills upgrading in the private sector. Employers, in the manufacturing and service sectors who contribute to this fund are eligible to apply for grants to defray or subsidise the costs incurred in training and retraining their workforce. The National Vocational Training Council under the Ministry of Human Resources coordinates the planning and development of a comprehensive system of vocational and industrial training programmes for all public training agencies. It also develops the National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS) on a continuous basis. To-date, there are more than 700 standards covers certificate, diploma and advanced diploma qualifications. Besides the increasing number of public training institutions such as technical schools, polytechnics, industrial training institutes and skills development centres to meet the growing requirements of the industrial sector, collaborative efforts between the Malaysian government, enterprises and foreign governments have resulted in the establishment of several advanced skills training institutes such as the German-Malaysian Institute, Malaysia France Institute, Japan Malaysia Technical Institute, British Malaysia Institute and Malaysian Spanish Institute.

Harmonious Industrial Relations

Industrial relations in the country are harmonious with minimal trade disputes that result in strikes. Malaysia's labour laws safeguard the interests and spell out the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, thus providing a legal framework for the orderly conduct of industrial relations in the country.

Developed Infrastructure

Malaysia's persistent drive to develop and upgrade its infrastructure has resulted in one of the most well-developed infrastructure among the newly industrialising countries of Asia. The greatest advantage to manufacturers in Malaysia has been the nation's persistent drive to develop and upgrade its infrastructure. Over the years, these investments have paid off and serious bottlenecks have been avoided. Today, Malaysia can boast of having one of the most well-developed infrastructure among the newly industrialising countries of Asia. A landmark event was the completion of Malaysia's newest and biggest airport, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which opened for business in 1998. The following year, Cyberjaya, Malaysia's first intelligent city and the nucleus of the country's Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), became a reality, complete with a multimedia university to provide a pool of knowledge workers for industries. Recently launched is Kuala Lumpur Sentral, a transportation hub integrating all major rail transport networks, including the Express Rail Link to the KLIA and Putrajaya, the government's new administrative centre.

Network of Highways

Peninsular Malaysia's network of well-maintained highways is a boon to industries. These highways link major growth centres to seaports and airports throughout the peninsula and provide an efficient means of transportation for goods. To complement these highways, a Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur containerised service known as the Asean Rail Express (ARX) has been initiated with the aim of expanding it to become the Trans-Asia Rail Link that will include Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar before ending up in Kunming, China.

Efficient Seaports

International trade, especially seaborne trade, has traditionally been the lifeblood of Malaysia. Today, 95% of the country's trade is by sea via Malaysia's seven international ports - Penang Port, Port Klang, Johor Port, Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Kuantan Port and Kemaman Port in Peninsular Malaysia and Bintulu Port in Sarawak. Hong Kong-based Cargonews Asia placed Port Klang and Port of Tanjung Pelepas among Asia's top ten best seaports and top ten best container terminal operators.
Port Klang's central location and the government's emphasis on making the port a national and regional hub has resulted in an increasing volume of cargo.Port Klang recorded 4.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) for 2002, which ranks it the top 11th in the world. Port Klang's Westport has excellent deep water facilities which allow the world's largest ships to dock without any difficulty. Malaysia's newest port, the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), at the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia, commenced operations in late 1999. With the location of Maersk-Sealand's and Evergreen's transhipment facilities at PTP, the port is expected to achieve an annual cargo volume of 2.5 million TEUs in 2003. Another port, Kuantan Port on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, is also undergoing a 30-year expansion to meet increasing throughput from the massive petrochemical complex along the Kertih-Gebeng corridor. Besides the physical infrastructure being in place, the electronic data interchange (EDI) in Port Klang, Penang Port and Johor Port has allowed speedy clearance of cargo with the electronic transfer of documentation.

International Airports

Malaysia's central location in the Asia Pacific region makes her an ideal gateway to Asia. Air cargo facilities are well-developed in the five international airports - the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Penang International Airport and Langkawi International Airport in Peninsular Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu International Airport in Sabah, and Kuching International Airport in Sarawak. Malaysia's biggest airport, the KLIA, located 50 kilometres south of Malaysia's federal capital of Kuala Lumpur, has an initial capacity of 25 million passengers and 650,000 tonnes of cargo per year. Cargo import and export procedures are fully automated at the KLIA to cut down delivery time. Within a short span of two years since its opening, the KLIA was ranked number one for overall business passenger satisfaction* in an International Air Transport Association (AITA) survey.

Developed Industrial Parks

Industries in Malaysia are mainly located in over 200 industrial estates or parks and 13 Free Industrial Zones (FIZs) developed throughout the country. New sites, fully equipped with infrastructure facilities such as roads, electricity and water supplies, and telecommunications, are continuously being developed by state governments as well as private developers to meet demand. FIZs are export processing zones which have been developed to cater to the needs of export-oriented industries. Companies in FIZs are allowed duty free imports of raw materials, components, parts, machinery and equipment directly required in the manufacturing process. In areas where FIZs are not available, companies can set up Licensed Manufacturing Warehouses (LMWs) which are accorded facilities similar to those enjoyed by establishments in FIZs.

Specialised Parks

Specialised parks have been developed in Malaysia to cater to the needs of specific industries. Examples of these parks are the Technology Park Malaysia in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur and the Kulim Hi-Tech Park in the northern state of Kedah which cater to technology-intensive industries and R&D activities. TPM is among the world's most advanced and comprehensive centres for R&D by knowledge based industries. Spanning 300 hectares (750 acres), its first phase comprises 12 state-of-the-art buildings with specific functions. To the North is the sprawling 1,450-hectare (3,580-acre) Kulim Hi-Tech Park, the country’s first, fully-integrated high technology park. Besides providing one of the best infrastructure there is for high technology manufacturing and R&D, the Park’s Masterplan also emphasizes on the quality of life within a self-contained township. Amenities incorporated in the plan include a shopping centre, a hospital, educational institutions and recreational facilities. Phase 1 of its Industrial Zone is fully leased while there are still some limited prime industrial land in Phase 2 to host interested companies.

Under the Equal Access Regime, telephone subscribers in Malaysia can choose from five network service providers for a full range of local, domestic and international services encompassing voice and data facilities.There are also four internet service providers and five cellular service operators providing services nationwide.
Malaysia is linked to the rest of the world through various fibre optics and satellite consortia such as FLAG, SE-MA-WE, APCN, China-US, Japanese-US, Measat and Intelsat. To support the increasing demand for bandwidth, medium and high-end technologies such as IDSL, IP, VPN and ATM are being extensively deployed throughout the country.

High-Tech Telecommunications

Malaysia's telecommunications network has seen impressive expansion and upgrading during the past decade following the successful privatisation of its Telecommunications Department. The latest digital and fibre optics technology is being used to provide high quality telecommunication services at competitive prices.

A Vibrant Business Environment

Malaysia's market-oriented economy, supportive government policies and a large local business community that is ready to do business with international corporations have made Malaysia a highly competitive manufacturing and export base. A market-oriented economy and government policies that provide businesses with the opportunity for growth and profits have made Malaysia a highly competitive manufacturing and export base. In addition, Malaysia's rapid move towards the k-economy allows companies to do business in an environment that is geared towards information technology. One of Malaysia's major pull factors is its large pool of young, educated and trainable workforce. Many of Malaysia's university graduates are trained overseas in fields such as engineering, and accountancy, allowing them to adapt easily to an international corporate environment.

English is widely used in Malaysia, especially in business thus facilitating the investor's communication with local personnel and suppliers. The country's legal and accounting practices derived from the British system are familiar to most international companies.

Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Newcomers to Malaysia's business scene will feel at home with the presence of the various chambers of commerce and trade associations made up of corporations from different countries. These oganisations are invaluable sources for general business information, advice and assistance, and complement the role of government agencies such as MIDA. The major organisations, are the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI), Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM), the Japanese Chamber of Trade and Industry (JACTIM), and American-Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), as well as several trade associations such as the Malaysian-American Electronics Industry (MAEI) Group.

Developed Financial Facilities

A well-developed financial and banking sector has enhanced Malaysia's position as a dynamic export base in Asia. Sophisticated financial facilities are available through domestic and foreign commercial banks and their nationwide network of branches. There are also representative offices of several foreign banks that wish to establish a presence in the region. Besides the commercial banks, merchant banks, finance companies and industrial finance institutions are major sources of credit to the industrial sector in Malaysia. Exporters in Malaysia can also take advantage of the credit facilities offered by the Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Berhad (Exim Bank), while another institution, Malaysia Export Credit Insurance Berhad (MECIB), offers export insurance cover and guarantees. To complement Malaysia's financial system, the government has established an international offshore financial centre (IOFC) on the island of Labuan located off the north-west coast of Borneo. Companies in Labuan enjoy minimal taxes as well as confidentiality. To-date, more than 2,700 offshore companies have started their operations in Labuan. These include offshore banks, trust companies, and insurance and insurance related companies. The Labuan Offshore Financial Services Authority (LOFSA) is the agency which promotes and develops Labuan as an IOFC.

Local Vendors

Over the last three decades, Malaysia has developed a large pool of ancillary and supporting industries that was initiated with the entry of MNCs into the country. These MNCs, especially those which pursued active vendor development programmes, have contributed greatly towards the development of local small-and-medium scale industries (SMIs) that are highly competent and competitive with some even penetrating export markets.

Joint-Venture Partners in Malaysia

Most large Malaysian companies have been involved in trade and industry for generations, and many have excelled in international and regional markets. Thus, foreign investors seeking joint-venture partners in Malaysia will be able to select from a wide range of companies to find one that matches their needs.
MIDA also assists foreign investors in business match-making to start joint-venture projects or to undertake contract manufacturing.

Quality of Life

Malaysia is among the most friendly and hospitable places in the world to work and live in, while Malaysians are warm, friendly people who easily accept foreigners into their circle of friends.

Malaysia is among the most friendly and hospitable places in the world to work and live in. In addition, the country's tropical climate with its uniform temperatures allows light, comfortable clothing throughout the year.Expatriates and their families will enjoy a safe and comfortable living environment with 21st century amenities, good healthcare and medical facilities, excellent educational institutions, and world-class recreational and sports facilities - at costs much lower than in their own countries. One of the country's most distinctive features is its rich diversity of cultures, a heritage derived from its racial mix of some of the world's oldest civilisations - Malay, Chinese and Indian. This potpourri of race and culture has enabled Malaysians to speak at least two, and even three, languages - Malay (the national language), English, and their own mother tongue. Living in such a cosmopolitan environment, Malaysians are warm, friendly people who easily accept foreigners into their circle of friends.

Comfortable Housing

There is a wide selection of comfortable housing in Malaysia. According to a survey on expatriate living costs by the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce & Industry, monthly rentals for accommodation can range from as low as RM2,700 - 8,500 (US$762-2,398) for a furnished 3-bedroom condominium in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur to RM10,000 - 28,000 (US$2,821-7,900) for a luxury bungalow in the posh neighbourhood of Kenny Hills nearer to the city.

International Schools

There are over 30 international schools registered with the Ministry of Education. These schools are located in the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, and in the states of Johor, Kelantan, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Sabah and Sarawak. They include American- and British-style international schools as well as French, German, Japanese and Taiwanese schools that have facilities for pre-school to college education.

Shopping

With the wide range of foodstuffs and consumer products available in the supermarkets and departmental stores, expatriate wives will find Malaysia a home-away-from-home. Establishments in Malaysia cater for every taste and budget and range from shopping malls to hypermarkets to specialty stores. A novelty for expatriates is the pasar malam or night market where hawker stalls sell almost anything - from fresh fruits and vegetables to clothing and shoes. Malaysia is also a treasure chest of artifacts and antiques, and expatriates usually not only take back with them fond memories of their stay but also many a collector's item as well .

An Unsurpassed Lifestyle

Life in Malaysia is an adventure. The year-long warm and sunny climate offers an unsurpassed lifestyle, especially for people who love the outdoors. Families can spend many an exciting weekend at Malaysia's national parks with their magnificent rivers and mountains. Or fly to one of the many island retreats for snorkelling and scuba diving. Or drive for a game of golf in a cool hill resort. For people who prefer to be indoors, they can shop-until-they-drop in ultra-modern shopping complexes that offer the latest in designer fashions, leather goods and electronic items at very competitive prices. A not-to-be-missed attraction in the federal capital of Kuala Lumpur is the Petronas Twin Towers, the world's tallest building, where one can enjoy world-class performances in the acoustically-perfect Petronas Philharmonic Hall.

Di Ambang Kemerdekaan - Mentor Gemilang

Tomorrow will be Malaysia 50th birthday - yes, 50th Independence Day - MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA!





HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALAYSIA!

I would like to take this opportunity to share this two articles in Bahasa Melayu with my fellow Malaysian members.

Sebelum kita bersuka-ria menyambut kemerdekaan,kita seharusnya sedar bahawa hakikatnya....adakah kita sebenarnya memahami maksud kemerdekaan?


BAHAGIAN 1 : Apakah maksud kemerdekaan?

Menurut Kamus Dewan, merdeka membawa maksud bebas, lepas, berdiri sendiri dan tidak bergantung kepada orang lain.

Dalam hal ini, jika kita menelusuri data-data mengenai penglibatan remaja kita dalam masalah sosial sangat membimbangkan.

Adakah ini mencerminkan ciri-ciri remaja dalam sebuah negara merdeka?

Remaja Islam sebenarnya mempunyai tempat yang tinggi dalam masyarakat dan negara.Ini berdasarkan hak yang diberikan oleh Allah s.w.t. kepada setiap diri insan seperti tersebut di dalam al Quran yang bermaksud :

"Sesungguhnya Kami telah memuliakan anak-anak Adam dan Kami angkat mereka di dataran dan lautan, dan Kami beri rezeki mereka dari yang baik-baik dan Kami lebihkan mereka dari kebanyakan makhluk yang Kami ciptakan dengan kelebihan yang sempurna”. (al Isra: ayat 70)

Untuk membincangkan perkara ini dengan lebih lanjut marilah kita renungkan dan hayati isu-isu yang melibatkan golongan remaja kita pada hari ini terutamanya remaja Islam.

Penagihan dadah serta pil Ecstasy

Sebanyak 45 peratus golongan penagih dadah didapati mula terlibat secara tidak aktif sewaktu zaman persekolahan. Ada sesetengah daripada remaja pada hari ini menghidu gam, minum air daun ketum atau dikenali sebagai `air biak', ganja serta menghisap pit.

Manakala pengambilan Pil ecstasy di kalangan remaja juga semakin membimbangkan. Ini berdasarkan kepada siri penangkapan remaja-remaja di pusat hiburan mendapati pil-pil ecstasy boleh didapati dengan mudah di sana.

Seks Bebas

Seks bebas boleh diterjemahkan sebagai perhubungan seks tanpa ikatan nikah yang sah kini menjadi isu serius yang melanda remaja masa kini. Keadaan ini ada kaitannya dengan penyebaran teknologi maklumat yang begitu berleluasa serta ditambah pula dengan iman yang rapuh dalam diri para remaja islam pada hari ini.

Fenomena video lucah, serta bahan-bahan bacaan lucah begitu mudah didapati di pasaran. Selain itu, pengaruh rakan sebaya juga tidak kurang hebatnya. Harus disedari bahawa perlakuan seks bebas merupakan perbuatan yang diharamkan dalam Islam.

Oleh itu, di dalam Islam bagi mereka yang tidak dapat menahan keinginan, Islam menggalakkan umatnya menggunakan saluran lain seperti berkahwin atau berpuasa.

Fenomena seks bebas berlaku di mana-mana negara seluruh dunia. Di Amerika Syarikat misalnya dan juga negara-negara Barat lain, kajian menunjukkan satu daripada lima remaja melibatkan diri dalam hubungan seks sebelum mereka mencapai umur 15 tahun.

Pengaruh persekitaran yang begitu kondusif turut menggalakkan perlakuan seksual seperti itu. Kehidupan anak-anak yang terlalu terkongkong atau tidak rapat dengan ibu bapa atau keluarga, boleh menyebabkan anak-anak ingin meneroka sesuatu yang negatif. Selain itu kurangnya didikan agama juga menjadi punca utama mengapa mereka tidak dapat menahan diri daripada terjebak dalam kancah maksiat seperti ini.

Jenayah

Penglibatan para remaja dalam kegiatan jenayah juga sangat membimbangkan. Hasil kajian yang dibuat oleh Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS) mengenai pembabitan remaja Melayu di ibu kota dalam kejadian jenayah sungguh mengejutkan.

Ini kerana remaja Melayu seakan menjadi jaguh dalam kebanyakan kategori jenayah yang berlaku di ibu negara sama ada yang dilapor atau tidak oleh media massa negara ini.

Kajian itu merumuskan bahawa remaja Melayu begitu lemah dan mudah terpengaruh dengan ajakan rakan-rakan sehingga sanggup melakukan apa sahaja untuk keseronokan. Ini menunjukkan bahawa betapa rapuhnya iman remaja pada hari ini sehingga sanggup melakukan sesuatu di luar batasan kemanusiaan.

Remaja dan Black Metal

Dalam kesibukan negara hendak menjadikan negara ini sebagai pusat pendidikan bertaraf dunia, Malaysia sekali lagi dikejutkan oleh pendedahan wujudnya pengaruh Black Metal di kalangan pelajar sekolah, menengah dan ada diantaranya adalah daripada golongan professional.

Apa yang lebih memeranjatkan banyak pihak, budaya negatif ini bukan sahaja berlaku di sekolah menengah sahaja, malahan ada murid-murid sekolah rendah juga dilaporkan terlibat dengan gejala yang tidak sihat ini.

Kemajuan dalam bidang teknologi maklumat ini bukan sahaja mendatangkan impak yang bermanfaat, malahan turut sama menyebar luaskan unsur-unsur yang tidak sihat seperti pengaruh Black Metal ini.

Perbuatan seperti membakar Al-Quran, kencing atas Al-Quran, meminum darah kambing hitam, tidak sedarkan diri, mendengar muzik dan lagu yang tiada mesej dan bermacam-macam lagi.

Apakah ini bentuk kehidupan remaja Islam kini?

Sehingga sanggup memperlekehkan kemuliaan Al-Quran. Tidak keterlaluan jika dikatakan pengaruh Black Metal lebih dahsyat dari pengaruh budaya rock, punk, hippies, skin head dan banyak lagi yang kesemuanya diimport dari barat.

Di manakah erti kemerdekaan kepada muda-mudi Islam ini jika mereka masih terpengaruh dengan budaya karut marut tersebut.

Remaja dan Lari dari Rumah

Sejak tahun 2003, dilaporkan sebanyak 16,020 orang remaja bawah umu 17 tahun lari dari rumah. Daripada jumlah tersebut sebanyak 9,415 orang telah dijumpai semula.

Kebanyakan gadis-gadis bawah umur ini lari dari rumah atas factor mengikut teman lelaki dan juga tidak mahu dikongkong oleh ibu bapa mereka.

Bagi remaja Melayu faktor utama yang menyebabkan remaja lari dari rumah disebabkan oleh pengaruh rakan manakala remaja Cina disebabkan oleh masalah keluarga.

Remaja dan Idola Popular

Masyarakat Islam selalunya merujuk kepada junjungan mulia Nabi Muhammad s.a.w sebagai rujukan sama ada dari segi amalan, kelakuan atau dikatakan sebagai cara hidup.

Tanpa disedari mereka sebenarnya telah menjadikan junjungan mulia sebagai idola. Manakala kita sebagai masyarakat Islam Malaysia yang hidup dalam sebuah negara merdeka, tidak ramai yang menjadikan tokoh-tokoh pejuang negara sebagai idola.

Mengapakah kita tidak berminat untuk menjadi seperti mereka yang telah berjuang bermati-matian mempertahankan negara sehingga kita dapat melepaskan diri dari belenggu penjajahan.

Apa yang berlaku dalam masyarakat kita khususnya remaja Islam masa kini meminati artis pujaan mereka dan sekaligus menjadikan artis tersebut sebagai idola mereka tanpa mengambil kira apakah sumbangan artis tersebut kepada negara dan agama.

Apakah nilai-nilai murni artis tersebut yang boleh dijadikan tauladan. Apa yang mereka tahu sekadar meminati nyanyian atau lakonan artis sahaja.

Begitu sempit pemikiran remaja Islam pada hari ini. Siapa sebenarnya yang layak menjadi idola kepada remaja-remaja ini? Tokoh korporat, negarawan, sasterawan, ahli sukan atau artis yang berada dalam lingkungan budaya popular?

Dalam hal ini, kita tidak boleh menyalahkan remaja Islam seratus peratus kerana jika diperhatikan sama ada di media cetak atau media elektronik, pendedahan mengenai perjuangan atau peranan cerdik pandai Islam, negarawan, sasterawan atau golongan ahli korporat kurang didedahkan.

Apa yang mendominasi media cetak dan elektronik masa kini adalah kehidupan golongan artis dan cerita-cerita hiburan semasa yang banyak melalaikan remaja dan mempengaruhi remaja untuk hidup dalam dunia glamour sebagai seorang artis.

Antara cara yang paling utama dalam menangani sesuatu masalah yang dianjurkan oleh Islam adalah melalui pengukuhan ikatan akidah. Ikatan akidah menuntut kita supaya meyakini bahawa Tuhan sekalian alam ialah Allah S.W.T yang maha berkuasa ke atas makhluknya.

Segala perintah dan suruhan Tuhan wajib ditaati. Dia yang Maha Mengetahui. Melalui ikatan akidah juga, kita tahu dari mana kita datang, kenapa kita datang ke dunia ini dan ke mana akhirnya hidup ini.

Dengan cara ini, para remaja akan mampu menghadapi segala masalah atau segala cabaran dengan penuh bijaksana dan kesabaran kerana meyakini Allah berkuasa ke atas segala-galanya.

Selain itu, remaja harus sentiasa melakukan kegiatan kerohanian agar sentiasa tenang dan tenteram dalam hatinya. Dengan ini remaja akan sentiasa ingat siapa diri mereka dan apa yang mereka harus lakukan untuk bekalan di masa depan. Dalam hal ini remaja perlu tahu bahawa ilmu keduniaan yang mereka miliki tidak akan menjamin seseorang itu terpelihara daripada anasir-anasir luar.

Pendidikan agama juga perlu seiring supaya perjalanan hidup seseorang individu muslim sentiasa terarah ke jalan yang diredhai Allah sw.t.

Remaja juga harus mencari mereka yang baik akhlaknya serta ilmunya untuk dijadikan model ikutan serta sumber rujukan untuk mendapatkan penyelesaian kepada masalah mereka.

Begitu juga apabila memilih kawan. Kawan sebenarnya memainkan peranan dalam hidup seseorang individu. Ini kerana jika seseorang itu silap memilih kawan, kemungkinan untuk seseorang itu terjerumus ke lembah kehinaan adalah lebih tinggi.

Remaja pada hari ini lebih selesa mengunjungi pusat hiburan daripada mengunjungi majlis agama atau masjid-masjid. Ini kerana mereka merasakan masjid itu hanyalah tempat untuk bersolat sahaja. Mereka tidak mengetahui bahawa masjid merupakan tempat yang paling sesuai untuk bertafakur dan memohon petunjuk daripada Allah dalam menyelesaikan sesuatu masalah.

Hasnah Hussiin ,Pensyarah Pusat Bahasa Moden & Sains Kemanusiaan, Universiti Malaysia Pahang



Bahagian 2 :Apakah maksud kemerdekaan?

Mungkin kita tidak menyedari bahawa nikmat kemerdekaan yang dikurniakan Allah merupakan suatu bentuk ujian kepada kita agar kita tidak terus lalai dengan nikmat yang diberikan tatapi lebih tawaduk dan lebih bersyukur kepada Allah yang Maha Pemurah dan Penyayang.

Mudah-mudahan kita dikurniakan nikmat yang lebih besar.Firman Allah dalam surah Ibrahim ayat 7 yang berbunyi :

Maksudnya : "Dan ingatlah takkala Tuhan kamu memberitahu demi sesungguhnya jika kamu bersyukur nescaya aku akan tambah nikmatku ke atas kamu dan jika kamu kufur sesungguhnya azabKu amatlah pedih".

Janganlah kita memperbanyakkan program yang berbentuk hiburan semata-mata kerana ia tidak mendatangkan sebarang manfaat kepada masyarakat sama ada yang masih hidup ataupun yang telah meninggal.Kita berkewajipan membina diri kita dan umat Islam dari pemikiran yang sempit atau ajaran sesat yang menganggu gugat akidah umat Islam.

Terdapat di kalangan orang Islam masih terikut-ikut dan cenderung kepada kebudayaan dan cara hidup penganut agama lain. Tepatlah sebagaimana yang difirmankan Allah didalam surah al-Baqarah didalam ayat 120 yang berbunyi :

Maksudnya : "Orang-orang yahudi dan nasrani tidak sekali-kali akan bersetuju atau suka kepadamu (wahai Muhammad) sehingga kamu menurut agama mereka (yang telah terpesong itu)".

Kita mesti berubah dengan berusaha meningkatkan daya usaha kita dan seluruh masyarakat di negara kita agar tidak lagi dijajah dari sudut mental mahupun fizikal. Firman Allah didalam surah al-Rad ayat 11 :

Maksudnya : "Sesungguhnya Allah tidak mengubah apa yang ada pada sesuatu kaum sehingga mereka mengubah apa yang ada pada diri mereka sendiri. dan apabila Allah menghendaki untuk menimpakan kepada sesuatu kaum bala bencana (disebabkan kesalahan mereka sendiri), maka tiada sesiapapun yang dapat menolak atau menahan apa yang ditetapkan itu, dan tidak ada sesiapapun yang dapat menolong dan melindungi mereka selain daripadanya".

Oleh yang demikian, perlulah kita menguatkan akidah dan cara hidup berasaskan kepada Islam dan nilai-nilai keislaman yang unggul agar kita bebas dan merdeka daripada sebarang anasir yang memudaratkan dan yang boleh menggugat kemerdekaan tersebut.

Akhirnya, bukan sahaja kita perlu kekuatan dari segi fizikal, pertahanan dan sebagainya, tetapi meliputi juga kekuatan ekonomi. Firman Allah didalam surah al-Anfal ayat 60 yang berbunyi:

Maksudnya : "Dan sediakanlah untuk menentang mereka (musuh) Allah segala jenis kekuatan yang dapat kamu sediakan dan daripada pasukan berkuda yang lengkap tersedia, untuk mengerunkan pihak musuh yang lain dari mereka yang tidak kamu ketahui, sedang Allah mengetahui. dan apa sahaja yang kamu belanjakan pada jalan Allah akan disempurnakan balasannya kepada kamu, dan kamu tidak akan dianiaya".

Monday, August 27, 2007

Kibarkan Jalur Gemilang - Waves The Stripes of Glory

August 31, 2007 commemorates Malaysia's 50th year of independence or 'Merdeka'.

This historic event is celebrated in a joyous mood by Malaysians from all walks of life over a one month period.



Come 2007, Malaysia will celebrate 50 years of independence. The month of August will be filled with a myriad of parades, cultural performances, street shows and carnivals to commemorate the country's Independence or Merdeka Day on 31st August.

It was on 31st August 1957 when history was made as the Union Jack was lowered and the Malaysian flag hoisted, with the first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj leading the people in the famous shouts of Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! (Independence!)

For more than 30 years, Merdeka Day celebrations have been marked by parades involving uniformed personnel, corporate players, school children, cultural dancers, athletes and Malaysians from all walks of life. However, in recent years, the event has grown into a much anticipated and exciting month-long celebration nationwide.




This forthcoming Golden Jubilee celebration marks a significant milestone in the history of the nation. Join the enthusiastic crowd at the Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur on the eve of Merdeka Day for the countdown to this momentous event. Another highlight of the year will be the Citrawarna or Colours and Flavours of Malaysia parade, an annual event showcasing the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the country. This will be the grandest celebration for this event yet.

Malaysia invites all visitors to share in the joy and excitement of this momentous occasion. Come and be mesmerised by a unique multicultural populace celebrating 50 years of nationhood in harmony and peaceful co-existance. You will truly be fascinated.




A host of activities is held in each state including parades, exhibitions of Malaysia's history and fireworks displays, culminating in a grand parade attended by Their Majesties; The King and Queen of Malaysia, Prime Minister, dignitaries and the public

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Shoes Made In Gombak - PETRONAS Ads

August 17, 2007 Updates :-

AGLOCO website is down today! Hopefully Agloco will rectify Members Updates display today-as at 10.00am.

"Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan Indonesia untuk semua ahli Agloco-Indonesia. Wish you all the best".- Mentor Gemilang.

Indonesia.. Merah darahku, Putih Tulangku, Bersatu dalam semangatku. apa arti sebenarnya kemerdekaan buat kita? apakah kita benar-benar sudah merdeka? Hmmm setiap kepala punya jawaban yang berbeda pastinya. .. saya hanya bisa berkata MERDEKA!!!!

"MEREBUT KEMERDEKAAN ITU TIDAK MUDAH AKAN TETAPI MEMPERTAHANKAN DAN MENGISI KEMERDEKAAN ITU TIDAK SEMUDAH MEREBUT KEMERDEKAAN ITU SENDIRI".(click for more info)

FYI, Indonesian are the 2nd largest online community frequenting this blog.

" Kok Kasut?... Bukan nya Sepatu Buatan Gombak dooong"!!!-bilang teman di Indonesia.


15th August Updates

"Apa salahnya kalau kasut saya buatan Gombak ?".
Ini adalah antara kata-kata yang terdapat di iklan Petronas sempena sambutan hari kemerdekaan yang ke 50 tahun ini. Iklan ini bermatlamat untuk menggalakkan rakyat Malaysia berbangga dengan produk keluaran negara.


What's wrong if your shoes is made in Gombak?

Gombak is a district within the state of Selangor, Malaysia. It's well connected to Kuala Lumpur, but buying shoes made in Gombak? Even for Malaysian, we will say..You wanna buy a shoe made in Gombak? Even I doubt if there is any shoe factory there!

Well,it's a TV commercial produced by PETRONAS, in conjuction with Malaysia 50th year of nationhood.

For most Malaysian, when we mentioned PETRONAS, we feel proud...just look at this report by :-




PETROLIAM Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has climbed up 13 notches to occupy the 120th spot in this year's Fortune Global 500 list.

Petronas' advancement in the widely-followed list has a lot to do with the higher revenue of US$44.3 billion (RM163.5 billion) the state-owned oil corporation announced recently.

Fortune also ranked Petronas at number 15 in terms of highest profit gained by a company in the world.

So members, it doesn't matter in which part of the world you are living..be proud of your country and be proud of the products that is produced by your country...this is what Malaysia Boleh is....if Russia and USA plans to send astronauts to Mars...Malaysia would too (if Russia permits).

Malaysia Boleh is, if others could, why can't we too?

It doesn't matter if our population is only 26 million...size does not count, it's the spirit of Malaysia Boleh!

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Celebrating 50 Years of Nationhood

Malaysia is situated seven degrees north of the equator in Southeast Asia. The country consists of 14 states; including three Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. Politically, the three territories formed the 14th state of Malaysia eventhough geographically dispersed. The northern part of Peninsular Malaysia borders Thailand. To the east is the South China Sea, to the south is Singapore and to the west are the Straits of Melaka.


Sabah and Sarawak are on the northern coast of the island of Borneo. Malaysia has a warm and humid climate. The humidity is about 80% all year round and temperatures range from 21 to 32°C.

" About four-fifths of Malaysia is covered by tropical rainforest "

About four-fifths of Malaysia is covered by tropical rainforest, one of the most complex and rich ecosystems in the world. It is home to about 15,000 species of flowering plants and trees, 600 species of birds and 210 species of mammals. The Malaysian government has set aside more than 1.49 million hectares to protect them from development and has enacted legislation to save Malaysia's precious rainforest and its rare wildlife.

Malaysia is richly endowed with natural resources. It has the world's largest tin deposits and extensive reserves of oil and gas. Its forests contain valuable tropical hardwood trees.

Half of the population of Malaysia today are the Malays. The Malays originated from the Malayo-Polynesian group of races. They first reached the Peninsula around 2000bc from Yunnan, China.

Due to many influences from the neighbouring areas like Jawa, Sumatra, the Indian sub-continent, China, the Middle East and the West, the cultures of the peninsula Malays have been shaped and reshaped. This is probably due to the strategic position for trade, in consequence made its custom and social identities vary.

The unifying factors among the Malays then and now is the religion of Islam. Today in Malaysia, almost all Malays are Muslims.

Despite the Islamic dominancy in their daily lives, the animistic and Hindu influence still lingers on, leaving an imprint on their customs and rituals, traditional beliefs and a fusion of cultures which manifests in arts, festival and important ceremonies.

Bahasa Melayu (the Malay language) is the predominant language but English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka, Tamil and Hindi are also widely spoken.

Malaysia has a per capita income of US4,300 approximately for the year 2006, making it one of the highest per capita income group in the region after Singapore.

The country has invested heavily in high end and modern infrastructures such as the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) which is currently the tallest building on earth.

Its Airports, ports and other transportation facilities has been upgraded, or has undergone complete revolution since the late 1990's with the aim at making the country accessible to larger numbers of tourists and businessmen as well as investors from abroad.

Malaysia is already among the top ten of the US's largest trading partners: Malaysia trade comes to US$44 billion, taking more US imports than much larger economies such as India and Indonesia.

Malaysia is an important country for the US in its bid to enter other Muslim markets.

Malaysia is arguably the most developed Muslim-majority country in terms of its manufacturing,infrastructure,standard of living and health- unmatched by any other Muslim-governed nation-state.By 2020, Malaysia may become the first fully developed Muslim nation on earth.

At a time when rage and intolerance are eating away at the Islamic world, Malaysia has stood out as a source of hope. Its Muslims have co-existed peacefully with the 40% non-Muslim population. There has been no major incident of violence committed in the name of Islam on Malaysian soil. It's no wonder Muslim and Western leaders hold Malaysia in high esteem.