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Reuters:Israel boards Gaza-bound ships

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12 M’sians on ship attacked and 16 activists killed by Israeli soldiers

12 M’sians on ship attacked and 16 activists killed by Israeli soldiers  

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azlanTwelve Malaysians, including two members of the media, are confirmed on board the Mavi Marmara, the lead vessel of a pro-Palestine flotilla that was attacked by Israeli forces today.  

The two media staff are from Astro Awani have been identified as journalist Ashwad Ismail and cameraman Samsul Kamal Abdul Latip.
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Gaza aid convoy ignores Israel order to turn back

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Brazil lottery winner escapes father’s murder plot

BRASILIA, May 29 — The winner of a US$16 million (RM52.8 million) lottery jackpot in Brazil escaped his own father’s plot to kill him after police caught two contract killers supposedly hired to carry out his murder, local media reported yesterday.

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Amnesty – Stop whipping illegal immigrants

Amnesty International urged Malaysia to stop whipping illegal immigrants as a form of punishment and criticised attempts by the government to muzzle freedom of expression.

In the Malaysia chapter of its 2010 human rights annual report, released Thursday, the London-based group said 34,923 whippings were carried out for immigration offences between 2002 and 2008.

“Degrading methods of punishment such as whipping should be ceased immediately if Malaysia has accepted to uphold the protection of human dignity,” said Nora Murat, Amnesty’s Malaysia executive director yesterday.

Read here Stop whipping illegal immigrants: Amnesty

Foreign worker limit affects locals, says Dr M

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Focus increase in Roti Jala prices

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‘No’ to proposal to up levies on foreign workers

Employers in Sabah are up in arms against federal government proposals to up the existing levies on foreign workers. Instead, they are demanding cuts in levies, standardisation, simplification and more incentives to encourage employers to hire local workers. The incentives, it is suggested, could be in the form of tax rebates. Continue reading

Candidate filter for the future election

“We are trying to formulate this as soon as possible for use in the next general election; a point-system to measure 12 criteria.

  1. Measures for loyalty,
  2. financial capability
    • able to contribute up to RM150,000 to contest a parliamentary seat
    • and RM100,000 for a state seat,
  3. health (‘no life-threatening diseases) and
  4. no ‘skeletons in the closet including
    • legal,
    • moral and
    • criminal scandals’.
  5. should ‘preferably be married’
  6. must also prove his or her leadership abilities by ‘recruiting 8,000 members’ for the party.
  7. Those vying to be MPs must be able to recruit 1,000 people for their election team
  8. while state assembly aspirants must be able to recruit 500 people.
  9. A potential Yang Berhormat must also display humility (by dropping the Yang Berhormat honorific),
  10. have a good posture,
  11. have had three years experience in
    • a NGO
    • or residents association
  12. and be tech-savvy enough
    • to have had a Facebook
  13. and Twitter account for at least two years.

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UTM to use Harvard case studies in teaching

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) will be using case studies from the Harvard Business School in all its academic programmes.

“Case studies have been identified as a teaching innovation to expose undergraduates to actual situations in business and industries related to their fields of study.” “For example, undergraduates studying communication information technology (ICT) will study cases that happened in computer-producing or ICT companies such as Apple, IBM, Google and HTC,” he told a press conference at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur today.

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Corruption: How much is too much?

Dr Goh Keng Swee in FEER: Corruption would add to costs, make national economies less competitive, and erode the moral and intellectual fiber of the civil service that must conceive, implement and monitor development policies. Top civil servants ought to be remunerated at rates that were near to the levels enjoyed by captains of industry and top performers in the professions. His rationale: that was the only way to retain talent in the civil service and prevent a drain to the private sector.

Huntington in ‘Political Order’: In societies that have just begun to modernise, corruption in moderate doses can overcome unresponsive bureaucracy and be an instrument for progress.

Once the hand is inserted in the cookie jar, there’s no telling when a halt can be called to the temptation towards serial behaviour.

Dr Goh Keng Swee served as Singapore’s deputy prime minister between 1973 and 1984. He passed away on May 14, 2010 at the age of 91.

Read all in the _ Corruption: How much is too much? by TERENCE NETTO

Comment: There must be a really INDEPENDENT check and balance authorities with proper and total seperation of powers. Police or ACA must run according to the existing written law without giving favour to anyone but treated fairly and equally on all the citizens regardless of their political affiliation, wealth, background, race, religion, socio-economic background and etc.

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