Thursday, July 16, 2009



Starring: Ali Larter, Idris Elba, Beyoncé Knowles, Christine Lahti, Bruce McGill, Jerry O'connell

Director: Steve Shill

Genre: Thriller

Why did they make a movie with this premise into such a tame effort that it's just plain dull?

Release Date: 9-Jul-2009


Language: English

Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing International


A successful executive becomes the object of a temp worker's obsession, much to the feral rage of his bootylicious wife.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A (H1N1) - Update

4 Students at UiTM in Lendu, Alor Gajah, Malacca are among the latest cases, says Health Minister/STAR

Influenza A (H1N1) FAQ

Foreign tourists wearing protective masks stand in the main Zocalo plaza in downtown Mexico City, Monday. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

What is the A (H1N1) influenza?

It is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. It regularly causes high flu outbreaks in pigs but with low death rates. There are four main sub-types of the virus, but the most recent isolated influenza viruses from pigs have been H1N1 viruses.

How does it spread?

Influenza A (H1N1) viruses do not typically infect humans though they do occur through close proximity or contact with infected pigs or contaminated areas. Cases of human-to-human spread have been documented.

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What are the symptoms?

The symptoms are similar to those of regular flu:
- Fever
- Lethargy
- Runny nose
- Cough
- Sore throat
- Lack of appetite
- Vomiting and diarrhoea in some cases.

How common is the A (H1N1) flu infection in humans?

In the past reports of about one human A(H1N1) flu virus infection had been received every one to two years in the United States. From December 2005 till February 2009, 12 cases have been reported.

Has this strain of flu been seen before?

No. Flu mutates constantly, so it is common for new strains to emerge. Pigs can also be infected with both human and avian influenza, and the current circulating A (H1N1) flu strain appears to contain genetic elements from all three.

Can the A (H1N1) flu be treated with antiviral drugs and flu vaccine?

The A (H1N1) flu is resistant to two common drugs – Amantadine and Rimantadine. The A (H1N1) flu viruses are very different from human H1N1 viruses. Therefore, vaccines for human seasonal flu would not provide protection. However, a “seed vaccine” has been specifically tailored to this swine flu and will be manufactured if officials deem it necessary.

Can people catch A (H1N1) flu by eating pork?

No. The A (H1N1) influenza viruses are not transmitted by food. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 70ÂșC and above kills the swine flu virus.

How long is someone with the A (H1N1) flu considered contagious?

People with the A (H1N1) influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic; possibly for up to seven days following the onset of the illness. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

What can I do to protect myself from the A (H1N1) flu?

There is no vaccine available right now to protect against the A (H1N1) flu.

However, you can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza by:

- Covering your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or handkerchief when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the waste basket after you use it.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also helpful

- Try to avoid close contact with sick people. - If you get sick with influenza, stay at home and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

- Consult your nearest healthcare facility if you think you have any of the symptoms.

What precautions are in place in Malaysia?

- The Health Ministry’s operations room in Putrajaya has started a 24-hour monitoring of the situation. The public can call 03-8881 0200/300 for enquiries.

- Those returning from Latin American countries and found to have flu-like symptoms will be quarantined.

- Health Ministry officials are conducting health screenings on passengers arriving from the United States.

- Thermal scanners will be placed at international airports to speed up the screening process for A (H1N1) flu.

- Public and private medical practitioners have been instructed to report to the district health office any patient with influenza-like illnesses or severe pneumonia symptoms and who had travelled to the affected countries after April 17.

- Travel Advisory from the foreign ministry

Where can I get more information?

For more information, go to the Health Ministry ( or call the Ministry's hotline at (03) 8881-0200/300.

Useful Links:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
World Health Organization:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Homeland Security Department:
WHO A (H1N1) flu page:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Unauthorised Withdrawals from Banking Accounts

Referring to recent reports in the local media on unauthorised withdrawals from individual bank accounts, a total of 165 complaints on unauthorised withdrawals were received by Bank Negara Malaysia in 2008. Based on investigations, all of these cases were due to customers knowingly or unknowingly divulging their personal information such as personal identification numbers (PIN) and passwords to third parties or fraudulent parties.

In most cases, victims of unauthorised withdrawals had received an unidentified sms (from fraudster) to inform them that they have won a cash prize. To claim the promised cash prize, the victim is informed that they have to open an internet banking account. The victim then contacts the fraudster and the fraudster will provide a step-by-step guide on how to register and activate their internet banking account using the ATM terminal. At point of registration at the ATM terminal, the victim will be given an internet banking personal identification number (PIN). The fraudster will ask the victim for this PIN and use it to create an internet banking account for the victim. The fraudster will then ask the victim to register the fraudster's mobile phone number in order to obtain an Authorisation Code to enable transfer of funds via internet banking. This will result in the Authorisation Code being sent via sms directly to the fraudster's mobile phone. The victim has now unknowingly provided the fraudster with full access to their banking account.

Bank Negara Malaysia would like to emphasise that the infrastructure for ATM and internet banking transactions is secure, with comprehensive security controls and fraud warning systems to detect suspicious transactions established at all banking institutions. This has been reinforced by efforts of the banking industry in posting notices and alerts on their websites and ATM terminals to alert their customers of such scams. Bank Negara Malaysia has been working closely in collaboration with the banking industry, Polis DiRaja Malaysia and relevant government agencies to ensure the robustness of these systems in deterring fraudulent activities.

Members of the public are strongly urged to remain vigilant and not to respond to any sms or emails requesting for personal information such as their personal identification numbers (PIN) and passwords for their banking accounts. Members of the public are reminded that banks will never request for such personal information through emails, sms or phone calls.

For further information, enquiries or complaints, members of the public can contact BNMTELELINK at 1-300-88-5465 or email

Bank Negara Malaysia
5 January 2009

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

MB vs MB

Published: Thursday July 9, 2009 MYT 11:31:00 AM
Updated: Thursday July 9, 2009 MYT 11:32:04 AM

MB vs MB: Nizar granted leave to appeal

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has granted Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin leave to appeal the Court of Appeal’s May 22 ruling that Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir was the rightful mentri besar of Perak.

However, the court rejected Nizar’s application for a stay of execution on the appellate court’s decision, which means Zambry will continue to act as the chief executive of the state.

In a suit filed on Feb 13, Nizar, a PAS member, challenged the legitimacy of Dr Zambry and the new state government.

On May 11, High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim granted a declaratory relief to Nizar that he is still and was the mentri besar at all material times.

However, following an appeal by Dr Zambry, the Court of Appeal’s three-man panel on May 22 unanimously declared Dr Zambry the rightful Perak mentri besar.

Nizar filed the application to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision on June 19, asking for a full bench -- the maximum 11-judge panel -- to hear his application.

However, it was a five-man panel that heard the application on Thursday.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Math and Science back to Bahasa, mother tongues (Update)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet has decided that the medium of instruction for Maths and Science will revert to Bahasa Malaysia in national schools and mother-tongue languages in national-type schools from 2012 onwards.

The reversal of the Teaching of Math and Science in English (PPSMI) policy will be done in stages, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said on Wednesday.

He however added that there will be greater emphasis on learning the English language.

English literature will be re-introduced, as will subjects on grammar and composition.

Beginning 2012, students in Year One and Year Four in primary schools, and Form One and Form Four in secondary schools, will learn Math and Science in Bahasa Malaysia.

The change will not affect those in Form Six and Matriculation.

The two subjects will be taught in two languages until 2014 for other students, he said.

“The gap between rural and urban students has widened since PPSMI started.

“Only 19.2% of secondary teachers and 9.96% of primary teachers were sufficiently proficient in English,” he said, explaining the Government’s decision to revert to the old system.

On efforts to emphasise the learning of English, the number of English teachers would be increased by 13,933 -- retirees would be hired, as well as foreigners if need be.

Primary schools will also increase English classes by 90 minutes a week.

There have been calls from various groups for the policy to revert to before 2003, when the subjects were taught in Bahasa Malaysia in national schools, and either in Chinese or Tamil in national-type schools.

The issue has seen a rare alliance between Malay and Chinese educationists, who are against the switch, although there are also calls by many parents and entrepreneurs for English to be maintained.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Manek Urai by-election: Straight fight between Barisan, PAS

The Election Commission has confirmed that the Manek Urai by-election on July 14 will be a straight fight. Barisan candidate Tuan Aziz Tuan Mat, the 39-year-old Kuala Krai Umno Youth chief, will be going up against Mohd Fauzi Abdullah, the 50-year old PAS treasurer for Kuala Krai and a fish wholesaler by trade.

Barisan Nasional's Tuan Aziz Tuan Mat(left) and PAS candidate Mohd Fauzi Abdullah at nomination centre in SK Sultan Yahya Petra in Kuala Krai Monday.

Barisan Nasional will take on PAS in the Manek Urai by-election on July 14. Only candidates from the two parties filed their papers when nominations closed at 10am Monday.View more

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy Birthday..

Adam is now 4 years old....happy birthday Adam!.