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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Today I read two stories online. Both journalists are my favorites. These two have walked right up to the edge…clung on to the edge, often blistered and scared in the process, but they always delivered, when they went down to the pits - “# 9 gold” – their say it as it is stories. They hit the keyboards with heart They have no masters per se. Their masters are their conscience and fidelity to the game. But most important they stuck their necks out despite being maligned and they even put their jobs on the line – DEFENDING THEIR PEERS. If peers had friends like these two, they fear no enemies.
To these two I dedicate this top-charting classic of the mid 50s.
This dedication is also extended to sports journalists/editors who expressly impressed me in those years when I spent more hours on the field than at home; these did not report the game, they READ the game they witnessed, commented and not just report – Fauzi Omar, Lazarus Rokk, George Das, Selva, the late Francis Emmanuel, the late Normal Sieble , Cheryll Dorall, Tony Danker, Tony Francis, Terrence Netto and Maurice Khoo. If I have forgotten some please blame it on a fading memory….but mostly because we have not touched flesh or knocked down a few recently.
WHAT THE HECK, I NEED TO SALUTE YOU HACKS!
WE ARE NOT MALAYS
WE ARE NOT CHINESE
WE ARE NOT INDIANS
WE ARE NOT KADAZANS
WE ARE NOT IBANS
WE ARE NOT OTHERS
WE ARE MALAYSIANS
The Special Bunch
WE ESPOUSE A COMMON CAUSE
freed from racism, bigotry, corruption, oppression, bad governance, tainted judiciary
WE DO NOT & WILL NOT BELONG TO ANY POLITICAL PARTIES.
We are just ordinary people:
Employers, employees, self-employed, pensioners, retirees, housewives, professionals, OKTs (orang kena tahan), Kem Kamunting old boys.
IF YOU BLOG FOR THIS COMMON CAUSE
YOU QUALIFY TO UPLOAD
THE BARISAN RAKYAT BLOGGER LOGO
ONTO YOUR SIDEBAR.
I emailed Yong (Shiok Guy)this morning to get the status of the centre and the fund we set up. This was his reply:
The center has closed down and all the kids are now mostly at home, including my 2 boys. For my boys they still go to special class in the morning and I am teaching them at home at this moment.
All the computer, table, equipment and teaching material from the old center are now stacked in my house. A group ( 4 families) of us are looking for a house to start a center. But frankly we don't really have the budget and I am worried we have to keep coming to the public asking for donation. I don't think it is right.
But we are determined to go ahead with a center for our kids to go to, which may be initially funded by this 4 families and we will be taking turns teaching our kids. Once we are on track, then we will open the door for all the 16 kids from the center. Most of them are not from a well-off families.
Currently we intend to rent a low cost house, around RM700.00 and will be shared among the 4 families first. Since this is a private initiative for a start, I don't feel right to take the donation intended for the old center.
I have collected RM1560, and all the donor are anonymous and I am not sure how to return the money. Can I transfer my RM1560 to you and added to your RM5020. and then you decide which charity to donate it to.
For those who donate the PC and Piano, If they don't mind and I do appreciate to keep them for the new center that we are going to have.
1. Old center decided to close down, we failed to save it
2. 20 kids have no center to go
3. We need to setup a new center, private or NGO.
4. Lack of Time and Fund
5. 4 Families decided to start a center, whatever it is called.
7. Total donation collected = 5020 + 1560 = RM6580
8. But this is for the
9. The New Center might be funded by 4 families.
10. Once we can sustain the cost, open door to the 16 kids
11. Parents are going to be the teacher
12. We are well trained to teach our sons.
13. Status: Looking for a suitable low cost house to rent.
Bernard, what is your advice to me?
I replied that I have not aggressively pursued this effort and told him that we should give it another shot and not to give up.I also ask him to keep whatever is donated.
Bernard, when it comes to my kids and injustice I never give up. I will still go ahead with the center but I might not be able to afford to hired teacher. We the parent will be the one teaching our kids. We will start with 4 families contributing and once we have enough fund, we will extend to others (The remaining 16 kids)
The current fund will help to pay for the renting + deposit of the center. We will still have to find way to earn income to make the center self funded. For the time being the 4 families will fund and also be the teacher. We will try to bring in the 16 others kids too, if time and finance allow.
The most important thing is to make sure the centre can be self funded from fee payable by those parent who can afford.
Yong Yek Ming
YES, THE CENTRE IS LOST
BUT THE CAUSE IS NOT LOST.
LET'S GIVE THIS CAUSE ONE MORE SHOT.
GET YOUR FRIENDS TO GIVE A HELPING HAND.
TO THANK THOSE WHO DONATED THUS FAR.
SHIOK GUY AND I FULLY APPRECIATE
YOUR GENEROSITY. THIS ROUND PROBABLY
YOU COULD ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS
TO GIVE US A HAND.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Desmond of Mahasudi, has, as always put the Blue Blitz at our disposal.
A Benefactor has opened his house in Kota Baru to house us.
I have made contact with Sheih of Kickdefellow to lend some logistic support. We hope to team up with the Perak Express Bloggers.
In the Penanti by-elections a small team was there for the Nomination and only Danny DelCapo made it for polling day. Financial crunch, if you get my drift. The Blue Blitz is not running on water yet and the boys/gals don't live on just sunshine and love (for a new Malaysia).
Terimah Kasih Danny
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Unlike inflammable material, a breach of cyanide salt during transportation is a potential disaster. Grain of cyanide salt can be borne by winds to long distances.
If Yen Yen and Muru still dismiss this as frivolous, there is little we can do, except urge them to continue reading and judge for themselves.
1. SPILLS AND LEAKS
DECEMBER, 2006 Alaska: Cyanide was found seeping this winter from a hillside next to the dam that holds back waste from Alaska's largest gold mine, the Fort Knox Mine near Fairbanks. Read more.
JUNE 18 2006 Ghana: A cyanide spillage at Bogoso Gold Limited (BGL) tailings dam polluted Ajoo stream, killing fish and lobsters A joint on the main tailings returning pipe was disengaged and cyanide-laden tailings poured into the external environment. It has been reported that 30 community members who drank the water or ate the fish and lobsters suffered dizziness, headaches. stomach aches, loss of appetite, itching tongue and skin itches.
JANUARY 2006: Czech cyanide leak kills thousands of fish in Elbe
NOVEMBER 28, 2005, ROMANIA Cyanide Pollution from local mine risks reaching Hungary A cyanide spill from the
OCTOBER 11 and 31, 2005, PHILIPPINES: Lafayette Mining's Rapu Rapu polymetallic project in the Philippines had two spills of process treatment water allegedly causing cyanide contamination of nearby waters with the first causing a small fish kill.
JUNE 20, 2005, LAOS: A cyanide spill occurred at the Phu Bia gold mine in Laos, operated by Australian company Pan Australian Resources. The cyanide killed fish in the nearby rivers and poisoned villagers within at least 3km of the mine site. Numerous sources in
JANUARY 11, 2005, GHANA: Wexford Ghana Limited at Akyempim in the Western Region, a subsidiary of Bogoso Gold Limited and owned by Golden Star Resources spilled cyanide into River Kubekro
OCTOBER 23 2004, GHANA: A cyanide spill occurred from a new tailings dam of Canadian company Bogoso Gold Limited into the river Aprepre, which serves as drinking water for surrounding communities, as well as other rivers including Egya Nsiah, Benya and Manse. Villagers downstream found hundreds of dead fish, crabs, shrimps and other life forms floating on the river. Some members of the community harvested and ate the fish before they received information about the spillage. (Source: www.ghanaweb.com)
OCTOBER 2004 WESTERN AUSTRALIA: A report commissioned by the WA Government into the tailings dams at the Kalgoorlie Gold mine confirmed that the mine has been leaking cyanide into the surrounding groundwater which was contaminated by cyanide and heavy metals. Surrounding community members have been complaining of impacts for over a decade but the company had previously denied the allegations.
JANUARY 30 2004, AUSTRALIA: A report commissioned by the Western Australia Government into the tailings dams at the Kalgoorlie Gold mine confirmed that the mine had been leaking cyanide into the surrounding groundwater. Surrounding community members had been complaining of impacts for over a decade but the company had previously denied the allegations. (Media Release by Robin Chapple,
AUGUST 7 2004 PAPUA NEW
JUNE 25 2004
MARCH 21 2004, GHANA: Villagers near Prestea Sankofa Goldmine, a concession own by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) in the Western Region spotted a cyanide spillage in their river and reported the matter to the mine.
MARCH 24 2004,
MARCH 18 2004,
MAY 29 2003,
JANUARY 14 2003, NICARAGUA: A cyanide solution spill took place at the Canadian gold-mining company HEMCONIC and/or Greenstone in Bonanza, in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region, dumping cyanide into the Bambana river. Health workers from local Indigenous communities reported the deaths of twelve children who are suspected of having been poisoned by drinking water from the
(Source: WRM's bulletin Nº 74, September 2003).
JANUARY 2003, WESTERN HONDURAS: A massive cyanide spill at the San Andrés mine, department of Copán, Western Honduras, contaminated the Lara River, which feeds into the river providing drinking water for the town of Santa Rosa de Copán. Even though local inhabitants reported witnessing company employees hauling away evidence, they managed to amass some 18,000 dead fish, a testament to the environmental destruction caused to the now lifeless river and to the ecosystems it nourishes. The chemicals killed off fish in the
DECEMBER 2nd, 2003
JUNE 18th 2002, GHANA: The residents of Togbekrom, a farming community near Akyempim in the Wassa Mpohor East district of the Western Region, appealed to the Minister of Environment and Science to come to their aid immediately. Due to the closeness of the mine to the village, the cyanide being used by the company in its operations is giving them a lot of health problems.
(Source: Emmanuel Akli, Akyempim Ghanaian Chronicle
JUNE 9 2002, NEVADA, USA: Leaching process solution used at the Denton-Rawhide Mine, located in Mineral County, Nevada, overflowed containment structures from a ruptured pipe triggering the mine’s Emergency Response Plan. Approximately 40,000 gallons of dilute cyanide process solution spilled into the environment. The spill was caused by a failure of a weld on a 16-inch diameter pipeline that was carrying process solution from a lined storage pond to a lined heap leach pad. The process solution is at a concentration of about 140 parts of cyanide per million parts of solution, resulting in a spill of approximately 47 pounds of cyanide.
MAY 16 2002,
OCTOBER, 2001, GHANA - Villages in the Wassa West District of Ghana's western region were hit by the spillage of thousands of cubic metres of mine wastewater contaminated with cyanide and heavy metals when a tailings dam ruptured at a mine operation owned by the South African company, Goldfields.. Virtually all life forms in the River Asuman and its tributaries were decimated, and people's livelihoods are endangered. Scientists fear the cyanide and heavy metal residue from the spill could remain for decades posing a health and environmental threat to the people and wildlife in the area.
JUNE 30 2000, PAPUA NEW
JANUARY, 2000, ROMANIA/HUNGARY - Thousands of tons of fish died in the Tisza and Danube rivers from a cyanide spill last year near Baia Mare in northwestern
DECEMBER, 2000, GUYANA: The Essequibo region of Guyana is again the victim of mine pollution that has caused widespread harm including rashes, diarrhoea, and vomiting among the residents after using the river water. This latest incident comes five years after the August 1995 gold mine disaster at Omai, where 3.2 billion liters of cyanide tainted waste contaminated the
FEBRUARY 7 2007 NT AUSTRALIA Spill of Solid Cyanide from a Road Train See also http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/02/08/1170524210059.html, http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200702/s1842682.htm and http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200702/s1844854.htm
APRIL 5 2003,
Transportation concerns pre-May 2002: http://www.alphacdc.com/treaty/security.html
MARCH, 2000, PAPUA NEW
MAY 20, 1998,
Probably these two will dismiss the above because it will never happen in Malaysia.
We too never expected to be affected by the tsunami, remember?
Malaysian Mirror has THIS story.
BUKIT KOMAN HAS ITS OWN BLOG.
VISIT AND SUPPORT
This here WENGER J KHAIRY (whom I call Herr General from KT by-election days) is something else. Check THIS out.
Fi-sha (Dream a little more dream) makes an astounding discovery – The Nury Institute.
(The Nury Institute could offer and share on education and treatment for special children (Read : Physically and/or Mentally Challenged such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Hyperactive, Autism, Dyslexia amongst others). Read more HERE.
LOYAR BUROK posted a comment by Kevin Y L Tan:
The Sultan has no explicit power to dismiss an MB under the Perak Constitution. Indeed, neither is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong empowered to dismiss a Prime Minister under the Federal Constitution. Originally, the Reid Commission had prepared a draft Article 36(2) which, among other things, gave the Yang di-Pertuan Besar power to remove the Prime Minister from office. However, as the High Court duly noted, the words were changed when the present Article 43(4) was promulgated. This provision is almost word-for-word the same as Article XVI(6) of the Perak Constitution save for the nomenclature used.
Really? Click on LOYAR BUROK then.
The Might of the Pen claims that the Health Sec. Gen delivered a slap on Rais Yatim. We, especially old people like us sometimes forget to engage our brain before we open our mouth. However, the Sec Gen will give in to Rais no doubt.
MOB1900 of Mob’s Crib hints that it is not over with Perak yet…..
Is it coming to anything like this? VIEW it.
When every one focused on MJ, at least Walski of myAsylum, also a Blogger Against ISA, remembered Farah Fawcett, one of Charlie’s Angels after she broke away from the Million Dollar Man. Walski ended his piece beautifully, as he always does: May her soul rest in peace. The world's favorite angel finally gets her wings for real…
Lita of STEEST (another Blogger Against ISA) tells why she is enjoying every bit of her work, even after 17 years……HERE
Pak Bui in Hornbill Unleashed says we won this “
HAVE A PRODUCTIVE WEEK PEOPLE!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Raub MP Ng Yen Yen today said that there is no cause for concern for the villagers of Bukit Koman adding that she had already looked into the matter three years ago.
“I met the residents, I met the committee, I brought up the specialist to see them, everything had been done (three years ago),”
She added that she had maintained her silence on the matter because when “people refuse to listen to scientific facts, one cannot talk reason”.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, T Murugiah, on Thursday had given the green light to RAGM for the usage of cyanide in the mining process.
Ng said that the matter was closed with Murugiah’s statement.
“There were some fish in the area. If there are traces of cyanide, the fish will die first. But the fish were still there.”
When Ng had pointed this out to the residents, they had answered: “(We think) the fish were just placed there (a moment ago), as a gimmick to mislead the residents.”
She said despite her consultation with the residents, “they still went on and on and on”.
They will continue to talk because their lives demand that they get listened to. It may take three years or more.
Three years ago you thought they believed you.
Three years, many things can happen.
Three years ago you thought we did not know you got Australian PR.
Three years ago you in BN did not know what hit you on 080308.
Three years ago Altantuya was still alive.
Three years ago you would not believe that the Star will feature Dottie every day (with pictures).
Three years ago I didn't even start blogging.
Three years ago I did not believe that I would be arrested for wearing black.
IN THREE YEARS TIME, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR RAUB SEAT, NO?
Three years ago, the people of Kampong Bukit Koman, did not believe that that RAGM was going to start operations in February 2009
.....so that is why they said......