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Mole With The Size Of His Entire Back


LITTLE BOY WITH MOLE THE SIZE OF HIS ENTIRE BACK | Many people are born with birthmarks, moles, and other au naturel markings that are seen as nothing but small but special little evidences of uniqueness. It’s quite normal to have little spot here and there that’s unique only to you, and even many women call their beloved moles “beauty marks.” But sometimes, nature goes a little too far and a little boy is born with a mole on his back so big that it keeps him from living a normal life.

Little Didier Montalvo is a boy from Columbia who was born with a medical disorder known as Congenital Melanocytic Nevus – AKA giant mole disease. In this case, Didier’s mole was so big that it took up his entire back (a back-end view in photographs makes him resemble a ninja turtle just a little) and posed such a health risk that it was either remove the mole or possibly suffer from a multitude of deteriorating health effects. Literally, the mole was taking all his nourishment and feeding itself like a parasitic monster!

Luckily, Didier was able to undergo a special type of surgery that successfully separated him from his giant mole, allowing him to live a normal life, free from physical hindrances.

But the surgery also helped him live a normal life in the eyes of the public. Prior to this surgery, people in his community were afraid to touch or go near Didier because they were afraid that his mole was some kind of a manifestation of an evil spirit. The people of the community also feared that if they touched him, they too would contract whatever he had (an obviously false assumption).

Now, thanks to his surgery, Didier will no longer be hindered or bothered by people’s ignorant superstitions. But Who cares what they think? The cool thing now is that Didier can finally run around and play like a normal little boy.

Offer Reward on Facebook


Family of missing Sabah boy offer reward on Facebook | KOTA KINABALU: Anxiety is growing among the family of missing three-year-old Low Meng Yew (pic) (also known as Liu Mingyou) who was kidnapped during a carjacking early Friday.

There has been no word or calls since he went missing over 24-hours earlier as a special task force continue to investigate his whereabouts while they stepped up checks on all air and sea exit points from Sabah.Kota Kinabalu district police chief Asst Comm Jauteh Jikun said that they have yet to get any breakthrough in the case.

"There has been no calls or any leads on the kidnapper,'' he said when contacted on Saturday.

Meng Yew was taken by a suspected car thief who drove off with his father's (Low Yee Sheng, 31) four-wheel drive vehicle that left with its engine running as he had gone to use the toilet at a petrol kiosk at Kg Air in town here at about 5.50am on Friday.The car was found at the Atkinson Tower parking lot along Signal Hill about 2.5kms from the scene at about 9.30am the same day but the child was missing.

Police had said that Yee Sheng had left his house in Telipok with Meng Yew after a quarrel with his wife at about 5am and headed straight into the city's Kg Air area in town when the incident occurred.Police, who recorded statements of family members, believe that the case is not be related to any family disputes.They now suspect it was a crime of opportunity as the vehicle was left running.

In a Facebook posting family member Michelle Lim said they were offering RM20,000 reward for the return of Meng Yew who was last wearing a green shirt and blue pants.The family who have yet to make any appeals through the mainstream media have been posting and sharing the boy's pictures and making appeals on Facebook urging people with any knowledge of the boy's whereabouts to to call 013 8685336 or 013 8605336.

In her post on her Facebook page, Lim said; "Little Mingyou you've been missing for so many hours, we miss you so badly. I wonder if you're hungry? naughty? crying? You keep appearing in my mind, just can't stop thinking of you. Dear God, can you hear everyone is praying? Please send him back to us, our hearts breaking. I miss your hug your kiss your laugh your manja.''

Dirties Man Has Been Sleeping in Hot Ash for a Year


Guy Dubbed Europe’s Dirties Man Has Been Sleeping in Hot Ash for a Year | 58-year-old Ludvik Dolezal is considered to be the dirtiest man in Europe. He’s homeless, he has no access to a shower, and he’s been sleeping in a pile of hot ash every night for the past year.

Ludvik spends his days  in an abandoned old farmhouse in Novy Bydzov, Czech Republic surrounded only by ashes of what were once his personal belongings. “A year ago I simply decided to quit my job. Since then I’ve been staying here with the fire,” he said. He burnt all his material possessions at the time, even his mattress and duvet, to achieve the perfect mound of ash to sleep in. Now, he just burns whatever he finds to create his ash-bed. “Every night I lay down with hot ash in my clothes and cover myself to keep warm. I look like hell then.”

 “I had everything – jacket, boots, mattresses and even a duvet. But I burnt everything because there was nothing else to keep the fire going,” said Dolezal. “People help me, they bring some old tires here for example and I burn them. I keep the fire going all day and in the evening at 7.30 I go to sleep.” Understandably, he’s covered head to toe in soot – only his eyes and mouth are visible. Even in the dead of winter, he can be seen wearing just a fleece, which is also dyed black from the smoke.

Dolezal’s affinity to fire and ash is quite strange – many believe him to be suffering from a psychological disorder. “I mostly burn wood from bushes that grow around,” he said. “But it has to be dry to glow. When I don’t have enough of it I grab an axe and cut boards from surrounding sheds. I burn even rubber, that’s not a problem. And if I have foam from a mattress I’ll throw it on there as well. The tires are very good, they make good heat. But there is smoke as well so then I need to go out for a while.”

China's Smog Issue


You Know China’s Smog Issue Is Serious When People Line Up to Sample Free Bags of Fresh Air | It’s no secret that China is one of the most polluted countries in the world. But things have gotten so bad that a few cities actually have free ‘fresh air stations’, stocked with individual bags of fresh air that users can breathe out of. These stations have become so popular that they are crowded with visitors lining up for just a whiff of fresh, clean air.

One of the stations is located in Zhengzhou city in central China’s Henan province. According to sources, Zhengzhou is one of the most polluted cities in China, with an AQI (Air Quality Index) of 158. In comparison, Bakersfield (the most polluted city of America) has an AQI of just 45. The air at Zhengzhou’s station is sourced from Laojun Mountain, a scenic spot in Luanchuan County consisting of 80 percent green land. Photographs show large crowds of locals waiting patiently at the station. When it’s their turn, a uniformed air hostess hooks them up to oxygen masks.

Feng Lin, a 75-year-old user, said: “The air is really good, but the time is too short. I had to stop too soon but it was really great until then.”

“I felt my baby move right when I breathed in,” said one pregnant woman. “I would love to walk in the mountain’s forests after my child is born.”

The decision to set up the stations came after only three of China’s 74 cities managed to meet official air quality standards. The dangerously high smog levels in the country have been described as an environmental crisis by the World Health Organization. Since then, the Ministry of Environmental Protection in China is trying hard to address the issue. Before the free air stations were set up, costumed mascots called ‘Oxygen Babies’ gave away free bottles filled with air from the Tianmu Mountain in Zhejiang province. Oxygen Babies have been touring the country promoting the new products which are currently free of charge.

According to product manager Long Peng, “The air in Tianmu Mountain is so fresh that negative oxygen ion is 3,300 per cubic centimeter, much higher than the normal level. The problem is that there are not enough negative ions in daily life. All the modern things have generated an overabundance of positive ions that makes us feel tired, depressed and irritable.” In Laojun, for instance, the average negative oxygen ion is between 30,000 and 50,000 per cubic meter. China’s fresh air crisis was also acknowledged by the country’s president, Xi Jinping, who suggested selling cans in the future. “Air quality is now a deciding factor in people’s perception of happiness,” he declared.

The concept of selling fresh air cans is not a new one – the idea is said to have originated from tourist shops near Mount Fuji in Japan, where cans of fresh air were sold with great success. Last year, Chinese recycling entrepreneur and philanthropist Chen Guangbiao claimed to have sold 10 million cans in just 10 days. The demand for these fresh air products is extremely high, given the ridiculously high levels of pollution. In fact, China’s biggest online travel agency has collaborated with insurance firms to provide better air quality to tourists whose trips are not entirely enjoyable due to high pollution.

Spends $15,000 on Plastic Surgery For Perfect Selfie


Woman Spends $15,000 on Plastic Surgery to Make Herself Look ‘Photoshopped’ | Like millions of Americans, Triana Lavey loves taking selfies. But the 37-year-old television producer from Los Angeles didn’t really like herself in her Facebook photos or during Skype chats. So in 2012, she decided to get plastic surgery to achieve the perfect selfie look. Triana spent a whopping $15,000 to change the shape of her face. And that’s just the discounted price because her plastic surgeon is a family friend.

Triana believes in presenting the best of herself online. “Your social media presence is just as important as your real life presence,” she said. But she was not always happy with the selfie pictures she took. She would use popular iPhone apps with filters that gave her the perfect airbrushed look. But over time, she began to notice flaws in her face that she felt needed more permanent fixing. Changing camera angles didn’t work anymore, so she decided to go under the knife for a nose job and a chin implant.

“Ten years ago, I don’t think I even noticed that I have a weak chin,” Triana had said before her surgery. “That darned chin bugs the living daylights out of me. It’s kind of the first thing I look for in the photos – ‘how does my chin look?’ – which is really weird.” So she had an implant inserted into her chin at  Dr. Richard Ellenbogen’s clinic in Beverly Hills. The doctor didn’t stop with the chin, though. He suggested a few other changes like fat grafting and a nose job. Triana was convinced she needed them too and ended up spending $15,000 on her face.

Changing your face just to look good in pictures might sound extreme, but Triana doesn’t think so. She’s really happy with the way her face turned out. “I now have the face that I always thought I had,” she said. “I look like myself, but Photoshopped.” And she believes that plastic surgery isn’t just about getting an ego-boost. She thinks it’s actually a necessity in today’s world.

 Triana works as a senior talent manager at a firm that specializes in finding the next big online star. She manages the careers of several internet ‘stars’ like makeup guru Nicole Guerriero. Her job has made her realize that you need to look good online in order to be successful. “Today this business is moving at the speed of the internet,” she said. “Your selfie is your head shot so you can reinvent yourself every day with your iPhone. It’s a legitimate form of promoting yourself.”


Almost 90 percent of American teenagers are obsessed with uploading picture-perfect selfies. It seems that all they do day and night is click pictures of themselves. And they have thousands of apps at their disposal to make themselves look great. If they feel they look too fat, they have Skinee Pix that makes them slimmer. For dull skin and blemishes there’s always Facetune. And even if the photograph is a total disaster, that can be fixed too. Pefect365 is an app that allows users to airbrush selfie photos and achieve cover girl perfection.

In spite of so many apps, it’s surprising that Triana would still want to modify her face through surgery. But she said that using these apps didn’t make her feel good about the way she looked in real life. “I think using these apps and filtering all of it, skews our perception of how we should look. I think it’s making us hold ourselves to a higher unrealistic standard,” she said. “When you do see a picture of yourself hanging out, your instinct is, ‘oh I wish I were tanner or not wrinkled’ and this is a natural response due to the culture we are gearing towards.”

“To me, plastic surgery should be a last-ditch effort,” she added. “After you have worked out, after you’ve good discipline in your diet and exercise then you go to surgery.” Triana thinks there is nothing wrong with a little plastic surgery to make you look your best. “Not everyone is born beautiful and if you can get a little help from an app or a nip-tuck then more power to you.”

Man Sues Mother for Breaking Promise to Let Him Marry Her 8-Year-Old Daughter


Man Sues Mother for Breaking Promise to Let Him Marry Her 8-Year-Old Daughter When She Came of Age | A heartbroken Taiwanese man is suing a teenage girl’s mother for breaking a promise she made 11 years ago. The man, a 32-year-old school teacher at the time, had fallen in love with his 8-year-old student. He became so obsessed that he managed to extricate a promise from the child’s mother that he could marry her when she came of age. Believing that the mother would keep her end of the deal, he spent several years supporting the girl’s family financially. And now that she hasn’t, he’s taking the family to court.

Over the years, the man has spent over 900,000 Taiwanese dollars (that’s about US $30,000) on the girl and her family. He completely covered her tuition and living expenses, and took her out on various occasions. He also paid off the mother’s outstanding debts. Some news reports also provided photographs in which the girl and the man appear to be quite close. It looks like he truly considered her to be his future wife (although they looked more like father-and-daughter). But nine years later, when the man checked the 17-year-old’s Facebook profile, he was in for a very rude shock. 


The profile indicated that the girl had married someone else in 2011 and also had a child with him. The man was understandably enraged, and ended up taking the mother to court. Unfortunately, the case didn’t go in his favor. The judge ruled that the initial verbal contract between the man and the mother was against public morals. He declared the entire arrangement void from the beginning. The written contract that was presented in court was made in 2012, after the girl’s marriage, so it was rejected as evidence. The authenticity of the contract was also questioned since the mother doesn’t know how to read or write. The man is now trying to file for an appeal. 

The whole story is so perverse that I can’t figure out who comes out looking worse – the man or the mother. I mean, what kind of guy falls in love with a child? And what kind of mother promises to marry her daughter to a grown man in exchange for money? Internet users have displayed extreme reactions, some blaming the mother more and others cursing the man. “Don’t you think the mother is terrible?” one commenter wrote. “Speaking as a woman, this guy must be a pervert! But I don’t think the mother’s right either,” wrote another.

Some people took a neutral stand on the issue: “I agree that the contract should be nullified, but they should give him the money back.” Others felt that if the man was good-looking, things might have turned out differently.

KLIA2 Has Overshadowed The Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).


KLIA2 has overshadowed LCCT | SEPANG: It would appear that KLIA2 has overshadowed the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

The impression to most first-time visitors to KLIA2 would be its mammoth size. Its 257,000 sq m is four times that of LCCT.

The massive multiple storey parking is a welcome relief here.

More impressive are the retail and dinning choices at Gateway@KLIA2. The airport mall boasts two bookstores – MPH and WHSmith – and there will also be beauty outlets and grocery shops.

There are 180 shops at the mall which are not inclusive of another 40 stores inside the airport and the duty-free shops.

Built not only for passengers but KLIA’s 20,000 workforce Gateway@KLIA provides a variety of restaurants, including fast-food and kopitiam.

There are facilities such as those for nursing mothers.

The disabled on wheelchairs were also seen moving around easily.

Low Tomato Prices Not Attracting Consumers


Low tomato prices not attracting consumers | KUALA LUMPUR: The price of tomatoes may be plummeting due to a supply glut but demand is not going up – simply because it’s a perishable fruit.Produce seller Vege Tan, 41, said consumers were not capitalising on the value-for-money option as it wasn’t a commodity that was usually bought in large quantities.

“That’s because tomatoes can’t be kept at home for more than five days,” said the trader who operates at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail wet market here.Tomatoes, he noted, were selling at RM2 per kg – the lowest price in two years.

“Three months ago, it was RM4 to RM5 per kg,” he added.

However, his profit margin has increased, as suppliers are frantically trying to sell off the excess stock.
Tan, who sells hydroponic tomatoes, said varieties like Roma or Momotaro were still expensive.Another vendor, who declined to be named, said she had been selling tomatoes for between RM3 and RM3.50 a kg.

She, too, agreed with Tan that tomatoes didn’t keep well “unless you’re making paste”.

She said farmers were trying to bring up the price and expected an increase of one or two ringgit in a few weeks.Low Shao-Lyn, of permaculture social enterprise Eats, Shoots and Roots, urged consumers to buck the trend of eating foreign vegetables and opt for what was plentiful.

“People should eat more locally grown varieties,” she said.

Low acknowledged that while it was difficult to know what was in season in Malaysia because of its weather, going to a wet market would quickly reveal what products were bountiful.

“There are always ways to turn produce into something else.

“Tomatoes spoil quickly but they don’t need to be thrown away: you can turn them into sauce.

“You can freeze them or even use them as compost,” she suggested.

Chef Darren Teoh said tomatoes could be dried or used to make salsa, sauces or jams.

“The average person can make a huge batch of sauce at home. It is healthier and more economical. Plus, you can create an endless variety of different combinations,” he added.Tomatoes are known to be one of the world’s healthiest foods, good for a heart-healthy diet and packed with antioxidants.They can also help lower cancer risk and improve bone health.

A Man Tried To Run Down Wife

A Man Tried To Run Down Wife | A SQUABBLE between a married couple turned violent when the husband tried to run down his wife with his car twice before beating her up, reported Harian Metro.

During the 6.30pm incident on Monday, the couple had a misunderstanding outside their house in Taman Melawati, Ampang, leading to the suspect losing his temper.

He then rushed into his car and tried to ram the victim who is in her fifties.

She managed to dodge the vehicle at both of her husband’s attempts to run her down and fled into the house.

A police source told the daily that the suspect followed the victim into the house and started hitting her face and neck.

“The suspect is said to have assaulted the victim relentlessly despite her pleas for help. He left the house without regard for his wife who was in pain,” he said.

The victim, who suffered bruises on her face and body, lodged a police report at the Taman Melawati police station.

 A catering company operator had RM70,000 worth of branded tableware stolen from his bungalow-cum-storehouse on Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, reported Harian Metro.

After two weeks of not inspecting the bungalow, the victim identified only as Is, 43, visited the premises at 4pm on Thursday while the thieves were still inside.

“I felt suspicious when I found the gate open and the refrigerator left outside the house,” he told Harian Metro. He added that he remained in his car to observe.

“Not long after, I saw a male suspect trying to move the fridge. I immediately called the police and gave chase, but the man got away.

“Fortunately I have closed-circuit television recordings of the incident and have lodged a police report,” he said.

A neighbour had spotted two white vans outside the house but thought they were from Is’ catering business as several men carried tableware into the vehicles.

Couple Die 15 Hours Apart After 70 Years Of Marriage


Couple Die 15 Hours Apart After 70 Years Of Marriage | NASHPORT, Ohio (AP) — A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.

Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.

The couple's eight children say the two had been inseparable since meeting as teenagers, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping one night apart, the Zanesville Times Recorder reported (http://ohne.ws/1in7erG).

They remained deeply in love until the very end, even eating breakfast together while holding hands, said their daughter, Linda Cody.

"We knew when one went, the other was going to go," she said.

According to Cody, about 12 hours after Helen died, Kenneth looked at his children and said, "Mom's dead." He quickly began to fade and was surrounded by 24 of his closest family members and friends when he died the next morning.

"He was ready," Cody said. "He just didn't want to leave her here by herself."

Son Dick Felumlee said his parents died of old age, surrounded by family.

"At Dad's bed we were singing his favorite hymns, reading scriptures and praying with him," he told The Associated Press in an email. "It was a going away party, and we know he loved it."

The pair had known each other for several years when they eloped in Newport, Ky., across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, on Feb. 20, 1944. At two days shy of his 21st birthday, Kenneth — who went by Kenny — was too young to marry in Ohio.

"He couldn't wait," son Jim Felumlee said.

Kenneth worked as a railroad car inspector and mechanic before becoming a mail carrier for the Nashport Post Office. He was active in his Nashport-Irville United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher.

Helen stayed at home, not only cooking and cleaning for her own family but also for other families in need in the area. She taught Sunday school, too, but was known more for her greeting card ministry, sending cards for birthdays, sympathy and the holidays to everyone in her community, each with a personal note inside.

"She kept Hallmark in business," daughter-in-law Debbie Felumlee joked.

When Kenneth retired in 1983 and the children began to leave the house, the Felumlees began to explore their love of travel, visiting almost all 50 states by bus.

"He didn't want to fly anywhere because you couldn't see anything as you were going," Jim Felumlee said.

Although both experienced declining health in recent years, Cody said, each tried to stay strong for the other.

"That's what kept them going," she said.

US Not 'Bullying' Malaysia - Obama


US not 'bullying' Malaysia | PUTRAJAYA: US President Barack Obama has denied that Washington is 'bullying' Malaysia in the ongoing negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). 

Instead, he said, he himself was being bullied by his own (Democratic) party on the pact while protests against the agreement was more due to "people being fearful of the future or have invested in the status quo." 

"It is important for everybody to wait and see what is the (final) agreement before they jump into conclusions," he said in response to a question that Washington was bullying Kuala Lumpur in negotiations on the TPPA at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here on Sunday. 

He said it was understandable that there would be objections, protests, accusations of political conspiracies, which is true not only for the US and Malaysia, but for all the negotiating countries. 

In looking ahead towards a conclusion of the TPPA negotiations, he said that "countries and companies must be ready to take the next leap." 

Najib, in earlier comments, expressed confidence that the overall benefits of the TPPA would far outweigh the disadvantages of the pact, which is still being negotiated by 12 Pacific rim economies although there would be some losers and gainers.

He also said that Washington understands Malaysia's domestic sensitivities as evident during his bilateral talks with Obama earlier. 

Obama also said the TPPA would benefit Malaysia in achieving high-income nation status by 2020. 

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said Malaysia was committed to the process of getting the acceptance of people as far as the TPPA was concerned.

“I Have More People To Kill”


“I Have More People To Kill” | Alex Hribal, the 16-year-old suspect in the multiple stabbings at a Pennsylvania high school, reportedly refused to drop his knives after being tackled by the school’s assistant principal, saying, “No, I am not dropping them, my work is not done, I have more people to kill.”

Hribal, who was armed with two 8-inch kitchen knives, went on a stabbing spree at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Penn., on April 9, injuring 20 students and one security guard. He was initially charged with only four counts of attempted homicide but is now being charged with 21 counts of attempted homicide.
A criminal complaint revealed that Hribal could have been planning the attack for days, NBC News reported. Police found a note dated April 6 in Hribal’s school locker that read:

“I can’t wait to see the priceless and helpless looks on the faces of the students of one of the ‘best schools in Pennsylvania’ realize their precious lives are going to be taken by the only one among them that isn’t a plebian.”

Hribal’s lawyer, Patrick Thomassey, said his client’s behavior was “inexplicable” and that he had no history of mental health problems, had not been in trouble with the law, and did not smoke marijuana or drink. He called for a psychiatric evaluation for the teenager.

You Can't Debate Hudud - Raja Petra Kamarudin


You Can't Debate Hudud | I have noticed quite a number of good articles plus some very sensible and logical arguments as to why the Islamic Sharia law of Hudud cannot be accepted, is not suitable for implementation in Malaysia, and what not.
Some have labelled Hudud as barbaric, cruel, outdated, etc. That, of course, is a matter of opinion. Hanging was being practiced long before Hudud. And Malaysia is still hanging people until today. Why are we able to accept hanging, which has a longer history than Hudud, but not accept Hudud?
Hence the argument that we cannot accept Hudud because it is an ancient law is not valid. All our corporal or capital punishment laws are ancient. Hanging is even more ancient. If a Muslim fanatic walks into a church and starts shooting dead Christians in prayer, would you not want to see him hanged? Or would you say Jesus told us to hate the sin but love the sinner so we must love and forgive the shooter and turn the other cheek and let him be free so that he can shoot more people dead in another church next week?
So, you want the government to hang this mass murderer who sent 30 Christians to their graves. You do not mind the death sentence by hanging for this criminal. You do not regard hanging as ancient. But you regard Hudud as ancient, barbaric and outdated that has no place in this modern world.
Actually, murderers do not automatically get put to death under Hudud. The murderer can actually be forgiven if the family of the deceased forgives him or her.
Let us say the murderer is wealthy or at least has some money and the person he murdered was the breadwinner of the family. The deceased has left behind a widow and five children all still at school. Because of this murder, the family is now going to face a very bleak future.
The concern of the family is not about punishing the murderer. It is about how to survive the future with no breadwinner in the family. The murderer can be allowed the option to support the family and compensate the family for its loss of the breadwinner.
Hanging the murderer is not going to put food on the table. The family of the deceased gains nothing other than revenge if the murderer is hanged. What the family needs is some assurance that their future will be looked after. And since this murderer has robbed the family of its livelihood, then the murderer can be allowed the option to look after the welfare of the family, if this is what the family wants. If the family is more concerned with revenge than with food on the table, then they can insist that the murderer be put to death.
Then there are people who argue that if you cut off the hands of thieves and robbers how will they earn a living without any hands? That is exactly the point. They earn a living by using their hands to steal and rob. Hence these hands of theirs should no longer exist. Without hands they can no longer misuse their hands to rob and steal.
What about if you stole because you were hungry? Now that is an interesting question. The thief will be asked as to why he or she stole. And if he or she stole because he or she is too poor to buy food (and, in fact, is homeless and sleeps on the streets) then the authorities would be summoned to court and questioned as to why these people are not on welfare.
The court will have to pardon the thief and the authorities will be ordered to put this person on welfare. If they do not and if the thief steals a second time, then the authorities and not the thief will be punished. No one is supposed to be without the means to buy food. The state is supposed to ensure that everyone is looked after. And if there are still people who are so destitute that they are forced to steal, then the authorities need to answer for that, not the thief.
Anyway, Hudud is not just about cutting off hands. So why use just this one argument about cutting off hands as if Hudud is just about cutting off hands? There are seven crimes that come under Hudud. Robbery is just one of them. Why the fixation on the part of cutting off hands? Is that all there is to Hudud, cutting off hands?
Some argue that there is a danger Hudud might be abused. Of course there is always that possibility. Even non-Hudud laws can be abused. The death sentence of hanging can be abused as well.
If four policemen arrest you and tell the court they found drugs in your car or guns in your home, you can hang. You might argue that the drugs or guns were not yours and that you have never seen them before and that they were planted, but it is your word against four policemen. So you will hang. That is not Hudud. So non-Hudud laws, too, can be abused if they want to abuse them. Why single out Hudud for possible abuse when all laws can be equally abused?
Nevertheless, that is not the main issue here. What I raised above are just some examples on the implementation of Hudud. And it all boils down to that in the end, the implementation.
As I said, I have read some good articles and equally good arguments as to why Hudud should not be accepted for implementation in Malaysia. While these may be good articles and very sensible and logical arguments, that is not the issue here. The issue here is Hudud is not about the legal system but about religion.
If you look at Hudud as merely a legal issue then all these articles and arguments make a lot of sense. They are very logical. But then, as I said, Hudud is not about the law, it is about theology. Muslims believe that Hudud is God’s law and what God wants cannot be debated or argued. In other words, in matters of religion, common sense and logic do not apply because religion itself defies logic.
I mean, is it logical that a snake can talk to Eve? Is it logical that Noah can build a 450-foot boat made from timber in a place where there are no trees? Is it logical that Noah can house 8 million living things for an entire year in this 450-foot boat plus store the food and water required for an entire year with sanitation facilities to get rid of all their waste? Is it logical that Moses can turn a stick into a snake and part the Red Sea? Is it logical that Jesus can bring dead people back to life, walk on water, feed tens of thousands of people with just a loaf of bread, etc?
There are so many so-called miracles in Judeo-Christianity-Islamic beliefs that defy logic and common sense. Yet you believe all this when it comes to religion and argue that logic and common sense do not apply when it comes to religion. So why are you applying logic and common sense to Hudud? Logic and common sense have no place in the debate regarding Hudud. The Muslims believe this is God’s law and what God wants we must do.
So, while you look at this whole issue from the perspective of the legal system and try to sensibly and logically argue why Hudud cannot be implemented in Malaysia, the Muslims reject all these arguments and respond with the argument that this is what God commanded and what God commanded cannot be argued or debated. We just do it…period.
Disputing Hudud would be just like disputing the Trinity or arguing that it is illogical that Jesus was the Son of God or that Jesus died and came back to life three days later. Since when do we use logic to debate religion?

South Korean's Prime Minister Resigns Over Govt Response To Ferry

SEOUL: South Korea’s Prime Minister Chung Hong-Won tendered his resignation today over the sinking of a passenger ferry that left more than 300 people dead or missing.

“I offer my apology for having been unable to prevent this accident from happening and unable to properly respond to it afterwards,” he said.

“I believed I, as the prime minister, certainly had to take responsibility and resign.” The Sewol, a large passenger ferry, capsized with 476 people — many of them schoolchildren — on board when it was en route to the southern resort island of Jeju on April 16.

The confirmed death toll from the tragedy stood  at 187, with 115 unaccounted for.
The government, along with almost all other branches of officialdom, has come in for fierce criticism over the disaster, and the handling of the rescue operation.

“The latest accident left all South Koreans in great shock and sorrow.(Many) days have passed since the accident, but the screams of families of the missing still keep me up at night,” Chung told a nationally-televised press conference.

“Dear South Koreans, this is no time to point fingers at each other but a time to complete rescue operations and properly handle its aftermath. I plead with you to help overcome this difficult situation.

“I sincerely hope that South Koreans and families of the Sewol victims will forgive and understand me for being unable to fulfil my obligations until the end. I beg you once again to rally support (for rescue operations).”

Although all hope of finding survivors has been extinguished, there is still anger and deep frustration among relatives of the missing over the pace of the recovery operation.All 15 surviving crew members responsible for sailing the vessel are now in custody and face charges ranging from criminal negligence to abandoning passengers.

The official probe has focused on a long delay by the ship’s captain in issuing the evacuation order, as well as on the ferry’s overloaded cargo and possible inaccuracies in the passenger headcount.Prosecutors have raided a host of businesses affiliated with the ferry operator, the Chonghaejin Marine Company, as part of an overall probe into corrupt management.

The widening investigation has also seen travel bans put on eight current and former executives of the Korea Register of Shipping — the body responsible for issuing marine safety certificates.“I wanted to resign earlier but handling the situation was the first priority and I thought that it was a responsible act to help before leaving,” said Chung.

“But I’ve decided to resign now not to be any burden on the administration,” he said.--AFP

'Selamat Datang’ from all Malaysians


'Selamat Datang’ from all Malaysians | WHEN Air Force One lands at the RMAF base in Subang this afternoon, it will truly be a historic moment for both the United States and Malaysia.

US President Barack Obama’s trip, originally scheduled for October last year, will be the first by a sitting US President since 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson landed at the same airport on Oct 30.

Interestingly, in his short address at the airport upon arrival, Johnson said: “I feel that I know you because Malaysia, like the United States, is a federation of states which were once colonies of Great Britain … and because Malaysia is, like the United States, a nation of many diverse peoples, different religions and different cultures. Here, as in America, you are working to reduce racial tensions so that all men may live in peace with one another.”

Indeed. It was precisely because of this commitment to live together in harmony that we were able to free ourselves from the shackles of colonialism to join the community of free and independent nations.

Much has changed over the years for both countries. 

Obama will see a very vibrant Malaysia with the physical infrastructure that rivals that of the developed West. 

Like Johnson, he will rejoice in our rich diversity and how Malaysia has always been able to showcase itself as a living, thriving role model founded on the experience of moderation among the people of various races, languages and religions.

But there is still much we can learn from each other in managing such diverse societies, which can also be fragile in certain circumstances.

Obama was barely five years old, and the civil rights movement in the United States was at its peak back then. Few could have imagined then that the day would come when the United States would send an African-American into the White House.

Our country, in its unique way, can claim to be ahead of the United States in this respect. 

We embraced democracy upon Independence in 1957 and all the citizens of different races could already vote and stand for elections from day one.

In a globally-connected world, our governments and our people already know much about one another. But the significance of this visit, when Obama will step on Malaysian soil for the first time, cannot be underplayed.

There are many shared objectives that will be enhanced. The President and our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak have an excellent personal and working relationship.

And Obama is definitely very popular in Malaysia.

Selamat Datang, Mr President

Woman Says She Is Virgin Mary’s Cousin 65 Times Removed


Woman Says She Is Virgin Mary’s Cousin 65 Times Removed | Mary Beth Webb, from Murrysville, Pennsylvania, is making  some tall claims about her ancestry. She considers herself to be the 64th great-granddaughter of Saint Joseph Ben Matthat Arimathaea, who is considered to be Virgin Mary’s paternal uncle. So that makes her the Virgin Mary’s cousin, 65 times removed.

Mary has been looking into her ancestry since 2010, and it has taken her two years to spot her connection to Saint Joseph. Saint Joseph of Arimathaea is credited in the Bible for providing the tomb in which Jesus Christ’s body was placed after his execution on the cross.

The idea to research her ancestry came from her other bizarre ritual – speaking to the dead. When she lost her brother to cancer in 1999, she started communicating with him and also with her dead parents. Mary’s cousin was always the medium for these conversations – she conveyed messages from Mary’s parents that included details she could never have known about. Mary herself admitted that there was no way her cousin could have known some of the stories.

“My cousin and I have always had, like, this intuitiveness of being able to talk to people beyond Earth,” Mary said. She has thousands of notes to back up her story, recording every conversation she has ever had with her dead family. “We would ask questions about heaven, what it was like when you crossed over. I’ve gotten a really detailed account of what happened to my brother when he passed. I always asked them what it was like, and they said it was beautiful. Imagine the most beautiful place that you can, a beautiful garden.”

Mary has written a book about her experiences of talking to people from the great beyond. She said that her objective is not to make money but to help other people who also lost their loved ones. “I know a lot of people are skeptical and want proof and all that. I can only share what happened to me and hope they can learn from it,” she said.

Over time, Mary began to get interested in who her ancestors were and a few years ago she turned to Ancestry.com for answers. After spending a very long time on the website, Mary finally hit upon a page that linked her to Saint Joseph and the Virgin Mary. Excited, she e-mailed her discovery to the website itself. Unfortunately, they weren’t as enthusiastic about the news as she was. “They said, ‘Well, that’s nice, but you probably made a mistake along the way because that’s easy to do.”

Muslim NGOs Hold Protest Against Obama's Visit


Muslim NGOs hold protest against Obama's visit | KUALA LUMPUR: A group of Muslim non-governmental organisations led by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organisation (Mapim) marched from the Tabung Haji building here to the US Embassy Friday to protest President Barack Obama's visit this weekend.

Members of various organisations spoke out against the visit during the protest which started around 2pm, saying Obama's presence in Malaysia would be harmful to the country.

Referring to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) Gamis representative Muhammad Afiq Awang Bakar said signing the agreement would allow the US to sue and rule the economy of Malaysia.

"Countries like Indonesia and Thailand protested against the signing and are now not bound by the agreement, hence we know that it is not compulsory.

"If we commit to this agreement, the cost of living will go up and the lives of Malaysians will be further complicated," he said.

He asked why people were being kept in the dark over TPPA.

"The Government is hiding the truth and we know that once it is signed, we give access to another country to have effective ruling powers over our nation.

"We disapprove of Obama's visit and TPPA as we are an independent nation," he said.

He also said the US had caused the deaths of many Muslims around the world.

"As an Islamic nation, it doesn't do justice to permit him here," he added.

Drunk Passenger Triggers Bali Hijack Alert


Drunk passenger triggers Bali hijack alert | JAKARTA: A drunk passenger sparked a hijacking alert on a Virgin Australia flight heading for the Indonesian resort island of Bali Friday when he attempted to break into the cockpit, officials said.

Security forces rushed to the airport when the 737-800 touched down on the popular resort island, as authorities said they had received information the Brisbane to Bali flight had been hijacked.

However, Virgin Australia said the drunken passenger had sparked the alarm when he slammed on the cockpit door. He was later arrested by Indonesian authorities.

"This is no hijacking, this is a miscommunication," said Heru Sudjatmiko, a Virgin Australia official in Bali. "What happened was there was a drunk person... too much alcohol consumption caused him to act aggressively."

"Based on the report I received, the passenger tried to enter the cockpit, through the cockpit door, by banging on the door but he did not enter the cockpit at all."

He said the individual was stopped by crew and handcuffed and placed in a seat at the back of the plane. After landing he was taken off the plane and put under arrest.

Palani Mohan, a passenger on a Garuda flight that was about to take off from Bali, said that when the drama began the pilot of his plane announced the airport was in lockdown.

"The captain of my plane made an announcement saying we were delayed indefinitely because a hijack was going on in Bali airport, about 150 metres (yards) away from us."

"I saw at least five vehicles including military-style trucks, filled with men in uniform, rushing towards the plane," he said.

"Then the Virgin plane taxied away, followed by the convoy of security forces."

The airport was shut down for a time but after the Virgin plane was taken off the tarmac flights resumed. -  AFP

More Crew Members of Sewol Were Arrested


Four more crew members of sunken S. Korean ferry arrested | JINDO, South Korea, April 21 Four more crew members of the South Korean ferry that capsized and sank off the country's southwestern coast last Wednesday were arrested on Monday over negligence of duty and violation of rescue acts charges.

Prosecutors have arrested four crew members, including two first mates, one second mate and one chief engineer, of the ferry Sewol, which was upturned and sank off Jindo Island, a southwestern tip of South Korea.

After being questioned as witnesses, they were arrested Monday as prosecutors need to hold them in custody for questioning for up to 30 days.

Among those arrested was the first mate surnamed Kang who communicated with the Jindo vessel traffic center at the last minutes before the ship sank.

Communication logs, unveiled Sunday by the pan-government response center, showed the vessel's captain may have escaped from the sinking vessel after handing over the communication duty to the first mate.

Some arrested sailors have reportedly told prosecutors that orders of leaving the vessel were not delivered to passengers, which is contradictory to the captain's testimonies.

The arrest came two days after three crew members, including the captain, were arrested for deserting the ship without making efforts to evacuate passengers.

Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, was arrested Saturday over five charges including negligence of duty and abandonment resulting in death. He ordered passengers to stay put when he and other crew members left the sinking ferry. The captain was among the first to escape from the vessel.

Two sailors, including the third mate and the helmsman, were also arrested for similar charges with Lee. The captain wasn't at the helm when the ship was sinking as the wheel was handed over to the 25-year-old third mate who steered the ship in the rough waters for the first time. The sailor had only six months of experience for the Incheon-Jeju route.

Prosecutors also summoned the ship's regular captain surnamed Shin, who had been on leave when the disaster occurred, as a witness. Shin was known to have told prosecutors that sailing became tough since the sunken ferry had been modified to expand passenger cabins.

Around 40 officials of the ship's operator Chonghaejin Marine have been prevented from leaving South Korea for questioning by prosecutors.

Prosecutors called management officials of the port, from which the ferry departed, to probe into whether the ship was overloaded. Illegal modification and overloading are suspected to have played a role in capsizing the ship. The ferry set sail around two and a half hours later than scheduled due to a heavy fog.

As of Monday morning, the death toll in the accident rose to 64 as divers kept entering inside the hull of the submerged vessel while ships were scouring the waters, with 238 others still missing. The number of the rescued remained unchanged at 174.

The 6,825-ton ferry departed from Incheon Tuesday night for the southern resort island of Jeju, carrying 476 people including 325 high school students and 15 teachers on their way for a four-day field trip.

President Park Geun-hye strongly criticized those responsible for the accident, saying all those responsible will be identified and punished. "What captain and some crew members did was like an act of murder that cannot be acceptable and permissible from a common-sense standpoint," Park said.

Park said that everybody responsible for the disaster "will have to take criminal and civil responsibilities regardless of ranks." Those responsible should be disclosed stage by stage, including those who caused the accident as they violated rules and downplayed safety manuals, those who neglected duty when the ship was sinking and those who acquiesced in irregularities and wrongdoings, she added.

The president has instructed prosecutors to investigate into all processes from how the ship was imported and given a license, to whether the ship was modified, how often safety checks were conducted and how the sailing was approved.

SEWOL FERRY : 3 Bodies of Foreigners Found


3 bodies of foreigners found | JINDO, South Korea, April 21 (Xinhua) -- The bodies of two missing Chinese passengers and another foreign citizen aboard a capsized South Korean ferry were recovered by rescuers on Monday.

Two of the victims were identified as Chinese men according to their identification cards while another male victim's nationality remained unknown. The death toll has risen to 87 after the 6,825- ton "Sewol" sank off South Korea's southwest coast Wednesday.

One of the Chinese victim was found in waters where the ferry sank at 19:10 local time, the other was recovered inside the ship at 17:40 local time, according to South Korea's Coast Guard.

Another male foreign victim was found at 18:10 local time inside the ship. The coast guard described him as a foreign student according to his curly hair, clothes and other traits in outer appearance.

The Chinese embassy has confirmed that four Chinese nationals - two men and two women - were among the missing passengers aboard the ill-fated ship. South Korean Coast Guard confirmed that a Russian student was also among the missing ones.

A total of 87 passengers have been officially listed as dead so far, 174 have been rescued and 215 are still missing.

The passengers aboard the ship included 325 students and 15 teachers from Danwon High School in Ansan, a Seoul suburb, which, according to the Chinese embassy, is home to many Chinese nationals