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Exquisite Craftsmanship

5 Mar

Storage box for Omega watch collectors (top) and Omega's practical and handsome organiser.
Storage box for Omega watch collectors (top) and Omega’s practical and handsome organiser.

Omega unveils its leather collection at its boutique at Pavilion KL. MEENA SREENIVASAN was there.

The Messenger Bag is sleek and has ample storage capacity to transport your personal belongings in veritable style. The wide, ergonomic strap that has been fitted on the bags bears a satin brushed, anti-allergenic palladium clasp with the Omega logo that actually keeps the strap flat against the body and in place. And for an additional touch of class, the brand name and logo have been sewn in relief along the strap.
The Messenger Bag is sleek and has ample storage capacity to transport your personal belongings in veritable style. The wide, ergonomic strap that has been fitted on the bags bears a satin brushed, anti-allergenic palladium clasp with the Omega logo that actually keeps the strap flat against the body and in place. And for an additional touch of class, the brand name and logo have been sewn in relief along the strap.

The ladies’ purse with its contemporary and stylish external zipper reveals two roomy sections and a zippered safety pocket for valuable items or change. All the wallets in the collection incorporate an exclusive and practical look. It is convenient to store a parking ticket that you don’t want to misplace, a credit card that you need to have on hand, a business card or a hotel room key card. This design feature is also found inside the wallets with their wide and very conspicuous credit card slots unlike credit card slots found on ordinary wallets.
The ladies’ purse with its contemporary and stylish external zipper reveals two roomy sections and a zippered safety pocket for valuable items or change. All the wallets in the collection incorporate an exclusive and practical look. It is convenient to store a parking ticket that you don’t want to misplace, a credit card that you need to have on hand, a business card or a hotel room key card. This design feature is also found inside the wallets with their wide and very conspicuous credit card slots unlike credit card slots found on ordinary wallets.

OMEGA’S watchmaking tradition has found new expression through its sumptuous leather goods collection.

Handcrafted in beautifully supple Italian calfskin, the Fine Leather Goods Collection is a luxurious new atonement for Omega enthusiasts. The products are as beautiful as they are practical, alluring to the eye and pleasing to the touch.

The exacting standards of craftsmanship, design and superior materials that characterise Omega’s watches have been applied to this contemporary collection of leather goods, which allow you to manage your appointments, money, credit cards and personal belongings in classic watchmaking tradition.

As can be expected from a brand renowned for its meticulous attention to detail, the choice of leather was a fundamental consideration and an Italian tannery was selected to provide Omega with finest quality calfskin available in the market. In addition to its warm appealing texture, calf leather is renowned for its suppleness making it the material of choice for high-end leather goods.

The new and sleek leather collection was unveiled for the first time in Southeast Asia during the recent opening of Omega’s second standalone boutique at Pavilion KL. Consistent with all Omega stores, the new boutique at Pavilion showcases a range of excellent timepieces and elegant fine jewellery, together with the fine leather collection.

“After more than a century of crafting some of the finest timepieces, Omega is using this experience as a springboard towards the leather goods market. Although the conceptualisation and development of a leather product differs greatly with that of a watch, we believe that it has the ability to ensure exquisite craftsmanship, precise attention to the smallest detail and superior quality,” said Country Manager of Swatch Group SEA David Ponzo. Present at the celebration was Omega Malaysia brand manager Joseph Boudville and Brand Ambassador Camelia.

He went on to comment: “Omega’s expansion into the leather goods segment creates a whole new perspective for the brand. From the consumer point of view, customers are given more choices and variety when they shop at Omega. From a business standpoint, this expansion paves the way to a wider category of consumers. We hope to infuse Omega into the lifestyle of the modern day professional”.

He said the leather collection has been crafted from top grain or full grain leather taken from the top of the hide.

“Top grain leather has the advantage of revealing the naturally occurring ‘grain’ or ‘flower’ which lesser quality leathers can only achieve by artificially embossing or plastic coating the material”.

Consistent in the collection is the smooth finish of borders, the result of “double edge folding” a tedious and labour intensive technique, which ensures a uniform thickness on the final edge. The process of stitching together the parts is executed entirely by hand and all products bear the “Made in Italy” hallmark.

The collection features wallets, messenger bags, key holders, organisers as well as watch winders and watch storage boxes for enthusiasts. Each product is available in three colours created exclusively for Omega: black and orange; the iconic orange that is instantly associated with Omega’s popular Planet Ocean range of watches. For additional contrast, the black calf skin models feature brown stitching and the brown models have anthracite coloured stitching.

The leather collection is available exclusively at Omega’s international flagship boutiques around the world.

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Artis, Gadis Sertai Kelab Sayangi Pak Lah

4 Mar

BEBERAPA artis bersama puluhan gadis yang bergabung di bawah Kelab Sayangi Pak Lah turut sama berkempen bagi membantu calon Barisan Nasional (BN) di Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Bukit Baru, Bukit Kati, Melaka, semalam.

Kehadiran mereka, yang diketuai penyanyi terkenal Ani Mayuni, telah menarik perhatian ribuan penduduk daripada pelbagai lapisan masyarakat di DUN itu.

Menurut Ani, kehadiran kira-kira 70 ahli Kelab Sayangi Pak Lah itu sebagai tanda sokongan mereka terhadap Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Kelab Sayangi Pak Lah ditubuhkan dua tahun lalu dan sehingga kini mempunyai kira-kira 500 orang ahli, yang kebanyakannya golongan muda dan tidak terikat dengan mana-mana pertubuhan parti politik.

Sementara itu, bekas personaliti televisyen, Datin Seri Normala Shamsudin, turut menyertai kempen suaminya, Menteri Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar, Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid.

Datuk Seri Azmi bertanding mempertahankan kerusi Parlimen Padang Besar, Perlis.

Di Kuching, Sarawak pula, penyanyi, model dan duta pelbagai jenama terkenal, Camelia, 33 tahun, turut turun padang membantu kempen calon Barisan Nasional (BN) di Sarawak dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-12 ini.

Penyanyi kelahiran Sarawak itu, yang nama sebenarnya Dayang Nur Camelia Abang Khalid, menyertai bapanya, Datuk Abang Khalid Tan Sri Marzuki, yang juga Timbalan Ketua Cawangan Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Samariang, berkempen untuk calon BN di Parlimen Petra Jaya, Encik Fadillah Yusof, kelmarin.

‘Awal-awal lagi saya sudah mengosongkan semua aktiviti seni sepanjang tempoh kempen pilihan raya kali ini untuk membantu calon BN di Sarawak secara sukarela,’ ujar Camelia. — BHM, Utusan Malaysia, The Star.

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Camelia Dengan Duda Mana?

2 Mar

Lama rasanya tak dengar khabar mengenai penyanyi Camelia. Maklum sajalah selepas dilantik menjadi duta Omega, bukan mudah nak jumpa dengan dia.

Sibuk khabarnya ulang alik ke luar negara untuk urusan pertunjukan fesyen dan macam-macam aktiviti. Dalam- dalam sibuk itu khabar terbaru mengatakan Camelia sedang diintai oleh seorang duda kaya raya.

Dengar-dengar ceritanya hubungan itu terjalin selepas cinta Camelia dengan seorang anak orang kenamaan dikatakan putus pertengahan jalan selepas beberapa tahun mereka bercinta.

“Aku ada nampak dia dengan lelaki berstatus duda itu. Aku terserempak mereka keluar makan bersama,” cerita pemanggil kring- kring.

Menurut sumber itu juga, hubungan mereka masih lagi baru tetapi ada mata yang menyaksikan mereka memang kerap keluar bersama. Duda itu juga khabarnya kalangan orang yang popular dan ada nama juga.

Tetapi sejauh manakah kebenaran hubungan itu Niezam tak dapat nak pastikan. Kadang-kadang mereka hanya keluar sebagai teman biasa tetapi ada orang yang nampak terus sangka mereka bercinta.

Seandainya benar duda itu cinta baru Camelia, mudah- mudahan hubungan yang baik itu akan kekal dan berkahir sebagai suami isteri. Nak tunggu apa lagi ya.

NIEZAM: Wow ada si dara manja-mana dengan si duda. Emm… bila lagi agaknya?

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FIRST-TIME VOTERS: Amber's All Packed And Ready To Vote

24 Feb

Amber  Chia is not ruling out the possibility of entering politics one day.
Amber Chia is not ruling out the possibility of entering politics one day.

A model will be flying east to cast her vote and so, too, a veteran singer. Meanwhile, three friends in the capital are awaiting the big day. AUDREY VIJAINDREN talks to these first-time voters

Veteran singer Camelia will be voting for the Barisan Nasional on March 8.
Veteran singer Camelia will be voting for the Barisan Nasional on March 8.

EVERY vote counts and Amber Chia Lee Peng, the model and actress, is not taking any chances with the expected last-minute rush at the airport.

“I have already purchased my flight ticket back to Tawau on March 7 and made arrangements for ground transportation,” says Amber, 26.

Voting day in Tawau is a community affair, where people queue up to place their ballots before enjoying their breakfast together with family members and friends, says Amber.

“I will vote for the first time this year and it will be a proud day for me. I have been waiting anxiously for this moment for years.”

Amber, who will be going to the polls with her father and brother, is not ruling out the possibility of entering politics one day.

She believes casting her first vote will be a positive step in that direction.

“In the entertainment industry, there is ample opportunity to rub shoulders with political figures. I am good friends with some of the politicians in the country, which makes it all the more difficult to decide who to vote for.”

Amber says the government should pay attention to the needs of the smaller towns in Sabah.

“Each time my plane lands in Kota Kinabalu, I notice tremendous improvement in the infrastructure. Unfortunately, when I arrive in Tawau, I notice that things have not progressed as quickly,

“Sabah is blessed with beautiful mountains and captivating islands, but there is so much to enjoy in the rural areas as well.

“The dialect, the culture, the food and the traditions vary from one tribe to another and there is an abundance of things to explore.

“Unfortunately, many tourists do not get to experience this side of Sabah. The poor road conditions make it extremely difficult to get around.”

The small-town girl who started her modelling career at 18 has lived in various parts of Asia and the United States.

“Most of my time now is spent in Taiwan where I am modelling, endorsing products and acting.

“But no matter where I go, there is no place like home. The unity we enjoy in Malaysia is something we should all be proud of.”

Next month, Amber will be travelling to various parts of Malaysia to shoot her second movie.

A wedding and the polls for Camelia

IF at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This has been the motto of veteran singer Camelia for the last two general elections.

After consecutive failed attempts to exercise her voting right in Semariang, Sarawak, Camelia, 33, is determined to succeed this time around.

“Four years ago, I eagerly flew back to Sarawak to vote. But I had to return to Kuala Lumpur disappointed. I was informed that I was not registered.

“It was a sad experience as I did not get to exercise my right as a citizen and I missed the opportunity to support my favourite party, Barisan Nasional.

“The same problem occurred at the 1999 election. I don’t understand why it kept happening to me.”

But Camelia is not giving up on Malaysia’s electoral process. She knows that there is bound to be limitations in every system, regardless of government or country.

“Most people lose hope and feel rejected when they are turned away at the polling centre, but the public needs to realise that there is no perfect system.

“If we all gave up after one failed attempt, how would we ever move forward?

“People need to be patient and understand that nothing in life is 100 per cent fail proof.”

Camelia has another reason to be excited about her trip back to Sarawak: she will be organising her sister’s wedding.

“The wedding was planned to run from March 7 to March 9. But since March 8 was chosen as polling day, we decided to keep that day free for voters and continue with the celebrations on March 10.

“We are still sending out ‘correction cards’ to inform the guests of the change.”

Unlike some who are still deciding on their voting preference, Camelia knows who will get her vote. It was a decision she had made way ahead of the general election announcement.

“Voting for the BN coalition has been a family tradition.”

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ELECTION 2008: People not gullible, says Abdullah

ELECTION 2008/Hot seats:Electorate feels Chia has performed well as MP

ELECTION 2008: Rantau Panjang still a ‘cowboy town’ after 25 years

ELECTION 2008: Ad campaign on MIC’s efforts to help Indians

ELECTION 2008/Hot seats: Ismail — Pas’s confidence in Arau win mere political gimmick

ELECTION 2008: MB ‘holds’ Tan’s hand in Gerik

ELECTION 2008: Loh, of video clip fame, won’t be casting vote

ELECTION 2008:Friendship that overcame all odds

ELECTION 2008: Wanting to vote but stuck at work

ELECTION 2008: Pressmen attacked at BN ceramah

ELECTION 2008: How the manifestos measure up

ELECTION 2008: A little colour and design goes a long way

ELECTION 2008: Nor Mohamed: ‘I am not keen on party posts’

ELECTION 2008: Traffic, development concerns in Pulau Tikus

ELECTION 2008: No rest for DAP candidate

ELECTION 2008/Campaign trail diary: Sneakers show Teng is up and running

ELECTION 2008: Putrajaya prize seat, says Pas

ELECTION 2008: Reflexologist hopes to soothe aching hearts of voting public

ELECTION 2008: Negri DAP warns party hoppers

ELECTION 2008: Another ‘free’ seat for BN

ELECTION 2008: PM: Economy doing well

ELECTION 2008: Strongest GDP growth since 2004

ELECTION 2008: Azalina helps MIC man

ELECTION 2008: Fatimah’s uphill battle for BN in ‘croc-infested pond’

ELECTION 2008: ‘Opposition thinks it is so easy’

ELECTION 2008: Three independents pull out of race

ELECTION 2008: Big guns, small fry eye these seats

ELECTION 2008: It’s your duty to vote, says PM

ELECTION 2008: Felda schemes to get 18 open-air courts

ELECTION 2008: Najib: DAP banking on hollow promises

ELECTION 2008: Anwar vows a ‘by-election return’

ELECTION 2008: PKR woos voters with fuel promise

ELECTION 2008: Party comes first for Shariff

ELECTION 2008: BN takes to cyberspace

ELECTION 2008: Keeping in tune with their party songs

ELECTION 2008: RM6,000 bonus part of long-term policy, says DAP

ELECTION 2008: Angkasawan may enter politics

ELECTION 2008: Not in agreement with Pas plan to play Cupid

ELECTION 2008: Nik Aziz won’t waver from his anti-secular mission

ELECTION 2008/Soldiering on: Motivated by his passion to help

ELECTION 2008: ‘Don’t politicise education’

ELECTION 2008: Former singer tests the waters

ELECTION 2008: DAP’s secret ambition or a tall tale?

ELECTION 2008: Swiftlet issue may hold key to victory

ELECTION 2008: Go all out, Samy Vellu tells MIC candidates

ELECTION 2008: Money promises won’t do the trick

EDITORIAL: Manifesto destiny

ELECTION 2008: Don’t underestimate the independents

ELECTION 2008: A costly oversight by would-be candidate

ELECTION 2008: In JB, indie music scene rocks with a pro-govt beat

The Daphne link to Tambunan aspirant

ELECTION 2008: Firebrands whom we will miss

ELECTION 2008: Three DAP members expelled

ELECTION 2008: Grandma goes on campaign trail

Lawyers lead charge

Soldiering on: Fadillah to do more for students

ELECTION 2008: The redemption of elections

A vote on the next 50 years, says Nor Mohamed

ELECTION 2008: It is not about any individual, says Najib

Pak Lah vows to lighten fuel burden

ELECTION 2008: Rivals join forces to fight blaze

PSM cries foul as speech halted

‘I’m no proxy for Shahrizat’

ELECTION 2008: Titiwangsa to see battle of credentials

ELECTION 2008: No-show PKR candidate ‘was in PD with family’

Complaints of bad treatment by police

ELECTION 2008: Uproar over EC rule change

ELECTION 2008: Only flags of candidates allowed

Campaign trail diary: Carol gets to know Seputeh voters

40 years under DAP purview

Kok: I won’t neglect Seputeh

Short takes: PKR loses 500 members

ELECTION 2008: One more day to register as postal voters

Hot seats: DAP candidate may swing Prai votes

Side views: Don’t let emotions get the better of us at the polls

ELECTION 2008: Right mix of young and old to move forward

Election 2008 / Kelantan: Nicknames help get votes

Election 2008 / Kelantan: Near misses and early gift for Pas

Election 2008 / Perlis: A busy birthday for Radzi

Election 2008 / Perlis: One-on-one contests in 17 seats

Election 2008: Shahidan: No deal to limit my term as MB

Election 2008 / Teregganu: No incidents other than shouting

Election 2008: A regular guy he will be

Election 2008: First all-woman tussle

Election 2008 / Negri Sembilan: BN facing mostly straight fights

Election 2008 / Penang: Nor Mohamed touched by Shariff’s gesture

Election 2008 / Penang: Wheelchair no obstacle for Karpal

Election 2008 / Penang: Wan Azizah and Pirdaus slug it out again

Election 2008 / Penang: Independents spice things up

Straight fight in Kepala Batas

Abdullah: Walkovers sign of confidence in BN

Election 2008 / Kedah: Saad is BN candidate for Jitra

Dr M not campaigning

Election 2008 / Kedah: 6 women among 100 candidates

Election 2008: Kepong Gerakan Youth chief takes on Seng Giaw

Election 2008: Zulhasnan versus PKR rookie

Election 2008: Shahrizat: Age won’t count in contest for Lembah Pantai

Election 2008 / Malacca: Perumal determined to fight poverty

Election 2008 / Malacca: All’s well except for war of words, congestion

Election 2008 / Sarawak: Victorious Norah to help other candidates

Election 2008 / Sarawak: DAP-BN tussle in Bandar Kuching

Election 2008 / Sarawak: Barisan Nasional wins four seats unopposed

Election 2008 / Sabah: Kurup assaulted in commotion

Election 2008 / Sabah: Battle of the Kitingans in Keningau

Election 2008 / Sabah: Eight-cornered fights in Tanjung Kapor, Sukau

Short Takes: Independent disqualified

Election 2008 / Johor: DAP’s husband-wife team

Election 2008 / Johor: Ka Ting’s fate left hanging in balance for 15 minutes

Election 2008 / Johor: She wins unopposed again

Election 2008 / Pahang: Najib faces Malacca union officer in Pekan

Election 2008 / Selangor: Shah Alam trio ready to take on opposition

Election 2008: Ong, Syed Shahir in battle for Pandan seat

Election 2008 / Selangor: Added zest to nominations

Maimun, 89, makes it to liston fifth attempt

Election 2008 / Perak: Tense moments for Rafidah

Election 2008 / Federal Territories: Bird’s nest booster for Carol

Election 2008 / Federal Territories: Bukit Bintang rivals have vastly different views

Election 2008 / Federal Territories: Heavyweights dominate in Kuala Lumpur, Labuan

Election 2008: ISA detainee goes for state seat

Riot has long ‘things to do’ list

Election 2008: Six more seats in Selangor vulnerable, says Khir

Election 2008: Work hard but most of all, be humble

Election 2008: When every vote counts, politicians cast a wide Net

Ghani to contest Serom state seat

Puteri chief takes on Pas challenge

Election 2008: ‘No guarantee of cabinet posts’

Election 2008: Voters have a clear choice, says Abdullah

Wives to help get support

BN Kelantan list changes after two withdraw

No brotherly love or support

Election 2008: Tan and Tan to slug it out for Kota Lama

MIC to face Hindraf in Sungkai

DAP fields five new faces in Malacca

Election 2008: Three rookie politicians all set to make waves

City Hall to assist in polls duties

Shouting’s okay, but no abusing opponents

He’s on the list but sister dropped

Election 2008: Ismail is on, then off, now on again for Arau

Rookie Carol out to slay Seputeh veteran Teresa

Goh to take on novice May May

SUPP determined to keep out DAP in Sibu

Election 2008: Rap song to woo young voters

Dr M backs Mukhrizbut won’t campaign

Salleh, Pandikar Amin pledge support for BN candidates

Rain expected in coastal areas

What goes on inside a nomination centre

Upbeat over wife’s candidacy

Election 2008: Expect some ‘old’ surprises today

PKR fields veterans in Sabah

BN ‘never sidelined any community’

Fan club backs the PM

Marang Umno youth chief to take on Hadi Awang

Devamany draws strength from his constituents

Chan has eye on winning party polls

Pas fields 7 new faces

Party No 1, says Umno stalwart

He has his father’s blessings

Veteran to help wife in Temangan

Najib visits family of boy who drowned

‘BN policies pulled in the votes’

Election 2008: Changes and lobbying nothing new, says Abdullah

4 DAP MPs to defend seats in KL

ISA detainee to contest in Kota Alam Shah

Election 2008: Much-hyped Bersih carnival fails to live up to expectations

Abide by Umno rules, warns Najib

No end in sight to opposition feud

‘I want to work for the people’

Election 2008: Not even mountains can stop Sagan

Election 2008: New faces, young candidates aplenty

Election 2008: Day of shocking announcements

ELECTION 2008: MCA Youth’s sporting approach to woo voters

ELECTION 2008: Two ‘reluctant’ candidates in Kelantan BN

Election 2008: KL voters to follow their stomachs and their heads

Election 2008: Perlis folk see the bigger picture

ELECTION 2008: Johor Umno to field 12 new faces

Aziz gets much sought-after Titiwangsa

Election 2008: Po Kuan makes about-turn

Lions may choke on ikan bilis

Election 2008: DAP may exploit Chan’s decision

Election 2008: Nor Mohamed for Tasek Gelugor seat

Pledge to develop all of Subang

DAP candidates sign oaths

Ti leaves with people close to heart

PKR names ‘Anwar critic’ as candidate

Umno’s oldest candidate raring to go

Election brings together ex-teacher and student

Kurup to contest in Pensiangan

Shahidan supporters create a maelstrom

ELECTION 2008/Next Generation: Continuing a political legacy

Tan to contest Grik seat instead

Liew ready to take on Kit Siang

Suhaili: My ailing wife comes first

‘My focus is Rembau people’

Election 2008: Khairy among new faces in Negri line-up

Dompok to return to Penampang

PKR fields lawyer from prominent political family

Election 2008: From Lingam clip key witnesses to candidates

Brave of Awang Adek to contest Pas stronghold

Election 2008: Keeping in step with changing politics

ELECTION 2008/Comment: Fulfilling the nomination process

Pas changes tack to attract voters

Election 2008: Mukhriz among 23 new faces in Kedah

DAP’s Penang dream team

Election 2008: Kong Choy cites health, declines nomination

PM to present progress report for 2004-2007

Election 2008: BN determined to keep DAP out of Malacca this time

‘Mystery’ Tamil CD selling like hot cakes

JOHN TEO: Effendi proves there’s life after politics

Election 2008: 40pc new faces in Selangor BN line-up

Election 2008/Just retired: Si Cheng has no regrets giving way

Election 2008: Pas’s non-Muslim surprise

Election 2008: Retiree cries foul over change of voting centre

Election 2008/ His motto: Work more but talk less

Election 2008: Connect with the people face-to-face, not via blog

EDITORIAL: Transparency at the polls

ELECTION 2008/MIC: Samy Vellu picks 15 new faces in line-up

ELECTION 2008: Activist Zaitun Kasim declines nomination

ELECTION 2008/Soldiering on: ‘I still have the drive’, says Dr Tan

ELECTION 2008: Ibrahim Ali loses his cool

ELECTION 2008: Gurkhas need a caring rep

ELECTION 2008: Their numbers are small but their impact is huge

ELECTION 2008: I am prepared to go even now, says Samy Vellu

ELECTION 2008: Stop lobbying for your choice as CM, says Koh

ELECTION 2008: Best chance to take Kelantan

ELECTION 2008: Easy-going Kelantanese

ELECTION 2008/Comment: Johor springboard for a great political career

ELECTION 2008: 115 Indian NGOs support BN

ELECTION 2008: Putera MIC goes online

ELECTION 2008: Radzi likens himself to genie

ELECTION 2008/Just retired: Reps told not to overstay their welcome

ELECTION 2008: Nik Aziz won’t apologise over remark

ELECTION 2008: Operations room shut down in protest

ELECTION 2008: ‘We won’t touch civil servants if we win’, says Pas

ELECTION 2008: DAP desperately seeking Po Kuan

ELECTION 2008/Just retired: Bentayan’s Lau fumes over talk of ill health

ELECTION 2008: DAP’s Jenice Lee sets her sights on Teratai

ELECTION 2008: Are Penang folk looking for new direction?

ELECTION 2008: Crowded fight seen in Sabah

ELECTION 2008/Side views: Info age creates new breed of voters

ELECTION 2008/Pahang analysis: Politically-staid state will remain BN stronghold

ELECTION 2008: Pas to contest fewer seats

ELECTION 2008: PKR to try for four seats

ELECTION 2008: DAP to focus on eight issues

ELECTION 2008: Cousins set to battle it out in Tendong

ELECTION 2008: Expect a familiar face in Temiang

ELECTION 2008: MB, councillors’ fate uncertain

ELECTION 2008: Size really does matter to some

ELECTION 2008: DAP stalwart’s son sees future in Pas

ELECTION 2008: Pas confident of winning at least 40 seats

ELECTION 2008: Flag wars heat up in Terengganu

ELECTION 2008/Hot seats: Intense lobbying for Kota Baru

ELECTION 2008: DAP settles for fewer seats in Sabah

ELECTION 2008: Disarray plays into BN’s hands

ELECTION 2008: Fong best person for Batu Gajah, says DAP

ELECTION 2008: People ‘need only see MCA track record to decide’

ELECTION 2008: Simple choice – The best or warlords

ELECTION 2008: The young are our assets, says PM

ELECTION 2008: Veteran politicians roped in

ELECTION 2008/Side views: New breed of voters now more discerning

ELECTION 2008: Protests are healthy, says Pas leader

ELECTION 2008/Comment: Will Nik Aziz’s jingle work again?

ELECTION 2008: Pas ‘seizes’ Marang bridge in flag war

ELECTION 2008: Kelantan bus tickets selling fast

ELECTION 2008: Ready for early votes

ELECTION 2008: PRM struggles on in Johor

ELECTION 2008/Soldiering on: Community comes first for Shahrir

ELECTION 2008/Short takes: Division backs Bakar

ELECTION 2008: Nurul Izzah keen to contest

ELECTION 2008: Straight fight likely in Sungai Siput

ELECTION 2008/Hot seats: Kepong may see battle of two Tans

ELECTION 2008: DAP supporters stage protest to retain Lim, Phee

ELECTION 2008: Aid for poor Mara students from next year

ELECTION 2008: DAP not transparent, says Najib

ELECTION 2008: Will pantun sway outstation voters?

ELECTION 2008: DAP eyeing Sabah’s Chinese-majority seats

ELECTION 2008/Sabah Analysis: State BN to repeat 2004 feat

Just retired: Seah to put experience to good use

PO KUAN CRIES OFF: Batu Gajah MP declines nomination

ELECTION 2008/Short takes: Show of support

ELECTION 2008: March 8 polls yet to generate excitement

ELECTION 2008/Hot seats: Incumbent wants to do more for Bahau

ELECTION 2008/Sarawak Analysis: BN determined to maintain Sarawak as its stronghold

ELECTION 2008: MCA targets all 3 seats in Kota Melaka

ELECTION 2008: LDP rookie may contest

Just retired: Asang wants to focus on business, family

ELECTION 2008: Maarat’s absence at meeting suggests he may be dropped

ELECTION 2008/Short takes: Pledge to build circuit

ELECTION 2008/Hot seats: Two chairmen stake claim in Beruas

ELECTION 2008/Comment: Serious challenge from opposition in Penang

ELECTION 2008: ‘Figures prove economy doing well’

ELECTION 2008: New CM will ensure continued growth, says PM Abdullah

ELECTION 2008: We’ll work hard to win Triang, says Adnan

ELECTION 2008: Lots to offer, but where’s the cash going to come from?

ELECTION 2008: PPP names Jason Goh for Kota Alam Shah seat

ELECTION 2008: The buzz about Nor Mohamed

ELECTION 2008: Aziz hints he may call it a day

ELECTION 2008: Changing of the guard for state MCA

Cabinet agrees to ratify Asean Charter

ELECTION 2008: Make your votes count, fishermen told

ELECTION 2008: BN working hard in Kinta Valley

ELECTION 2008: Why MCA dropped half of incumbents

ELECTION 2008: Sports transcend barriers, says Najib

ELECTION 2008: DAP big guns, MCA reps in marketing blitz

ELECTION 2008: Half of Pas candidates new faces

ELECTION 2008: Teresa to go for Kinrara seat as well

ELECTION 2008/Comment: Election fever? Not so in JB

ELECTION 2008: Advice against using govt premises

ELECTION 2008: Umno members are orang utans, declares Nik Aziz

ELECTION 2008: ‘Umno can blame me for seat swap’

ELECTION 2008/Side views: A new age of ‘maturity and possibility’ in politics

Rivalry that helps keep politics robust

MCA out to reclaim 3 seats

Just retired: Undying love for education sees Hew soldiering on

DAP plays the underdog, Pas and PKR swagger

‘We are defined as Malaysians’

Zeal not enough in Kinta Valley

Azmi ‘fed up’, ready to say goodbye to politics

Hadi to contest parliamentary and state seats

PM: Knowledge key to civilisation

Simply outdated

So you want to be a candidate

Senawang rep: I can do it a fourth time

Johor MIC chief says son not on list

It’s time politics is made simple again

Wee makes bid for Bukit Bintang again

40pc of Negri DAP candidates first timers

Illegal immigrants a hot issue

Ghani likely to defend Serom state seat

New faces part of MIC revitalisation

Pros, cons of ‘dropping bomb’ early

Barisan list to be released soon

BN has 15 seats to worry about in Perak

Die-hard supporters can see the obvious changes

‘Do something to redeem good name’

Rafidah: PM to decide my future

Ex-teacher for Bakri seat?

Orang Asli: What a waste if you don’t vote

Krishnan sees need for young blood

Greenhorn out to prove mettle in Bentayan

Najib: BN wants to treat Kelantan for its ills

Use proper channels, MCA members told

Copies of electoral roll on sale

Koh chooses to remain in Penang

Battle of the brothers on the cards

The young want stability and greater opportunities

Independent bodies to keep an eye on things

‘Holier than thou’ sentiment

Hot contests expected for Klang seats

Just retired: Johor MIC supremo to call it a day

Ka Chuan likely to be fielded in Gopeng

Lucky number features in campaign period too

Comment: Enough time to convince voters

Old and new faces in DAP line-up

Side views: From the outside looking in

Najib to lead Barisan charge

No change to BN seat division

Hot seats: Rasah to see stiff fight between BN, DAP

Iskandar a hit with people

It’s a good day for polls

I have done my best, says Zaid

Effendi makes way for new faces

Najib: No group left out, programmes meant for all

New party to challenge PM

A thorn among the roses

All eyes on looming battles in Penang

‘Claims of 3,000 leaving MIC untrue’

Intense lobbying among many MIC aspirants

‘Simply no room to cheat’

A-G’s Chambers to aid cops, ACA

‘Sarawak factor’ points to fewer no-contest seats

Election 2008: Highlights and controversies

Election 2008: Important bills passed by Dewan Rakyat [From 2004 to 2007]

What really matters in an election

Opposition-held Triang a hot battleground

Parking fee resurfaces as an election issue

‘Don’t take opposition lightly’

State leaders ponder their political future

Shah Alam Umno wants local to stand

Short takes: Call to bury the hatchet

‘No such thing as safe seats’

Samy Vellu: Be prepared for some surprises

MCA list ’90pc complete’

DAP: Malay vote still with Pak Lah

Hadi ready to face Abdullah

Working for bigger BN win

Opposition caught off-guard

Campaigning permits will be approved, says Musa

BN sure of ‘surpassing two-thirds majority’

No revolt in DAP over veteran’s outburst

Annuar: Candidate for MB’s post selected

Pamphlet will create disharmony, say politicians

PM to launch road project

EDITORIAL: Back to the polls

Election 2008: Parliament dissolved, paving way for election

BN revives ‘Blue Wave’ battle cry

Out-of-state Kelantan voters courted

Nasharuddin to contest in Kelantan

Poor health will not hinder Nik Aziz

A message for Samy Vellu

No lack of choices for Putrajaya seat

‘Parliament won’t be dissolved today’

Najib challenges Malacca CM to win back state seats

BN confident of getting Chinese, Indian votes

Opinion: Doing the right thing to win the Indian vote

2 MCA state reps to resign

Penang CM’s post ‘not brokered by Umno’

60,000 cops to be on election duty

‘Handyman’ wants to move

She’s a voter in Kelantan, although she’s never registered

Kit Siang and son Guan Eng may contest in Penang

Outside candidates may derail DAP plan

Michael Chong happy to stay away from polls

DAP’s got a ‘lion’ on its side

PKR, Pas agree

BN youth to ‘spy’ on rivals

Votes will no longer be recounted at tallying centres

Muhammad: Impossible to get perfect candidate

ACA report ‘won’t stop Gerakan giving oranges’

DAP, PKR to finalise seats

View to the Polls: Candidates to undergo scrutiny by 4 agencies

View to the Polls: No seat swap in Penang

Election briefs: Radzi will contest ‘anywhere’

View to the Polls: Is this Fong’s last term?

View to the Polls: ‘We will wrest back DAP seats’

Keep momentum going, in Terengganu, says PM

Abdullah: East coast will see more progress

View to the Polls: Opposition looks to national leaders

View to the Polls: DAP chiefs ‘promoted’ sons

View to the Polls: BN may face Pas in Putrajaya

View to the Polls Blind voters want clear rules on who can help them

View to the Polls: MIC aspirants get close to president for seats

Najib: We will do more for Indians

MIC confident of clean sweep in polls

Tearing up polls chief’s picture insolent, says PM

3,000 who quit MIC join PPP

Polls panel: It is not cosmetic, it is about transparency

Group sees stiff contest in 20 east coast seats

School aid not ‘gifts’, says MCA

Reps’ children want to contest

DAP makes stand on seats in Perak

Gerakan ready to meet any challenge in Penang

View to the polls: Should Samy Vellu stay or go?

Najib: ACA to screen BN election candidates

Mukhriz: My father will never support the opposition

Azmi: My image, dignity affected

Elections brief: Tensions with wakil rakyat inevitable

Activists to contest on DAP ticket

Candidates to be picked based on ability not age

Bridge of flags

Wanita wing to brief voters on latest issues

Kayveas: Let PM decide on seats

Tussle for Bukit Bintang hots up

Mukhriz expresses interest in contesting

Independent rep trying hard to join SAPP

Barisan Nasional to counter allegations

DAP admits it can’t topple BN

Remembering a bitter lesson

DAP-PKR deal on seats in 3 states

Arrest dangerous trend and do more, say ex-MIC leaders

MCA Youth to meet PM

Funny things they do to get picked

Umno confident of city seats

Dr M vows to back ‘deserving candidates’

Get ready to face election, ministers told

Party wants Koh to continue leading state

NewsFocus: Emphasis now on raising productivity

NewsFocus: Inflation, crime top issues for voters

Abdullah to be sworn in as prime minister today

BN leaders express support for Abdullah to continue to lead Government

Azizan expected to be sworn in as Kedah MB this afternoon

Guan Eng will be sworn in on Tuesday as Penang Chief Minister

72pc of voters cast their ballots

BN concedes defeat in Perak

ELECTION 2008 RESULTS
BN forms new Government with simple majority of 132

ELECTION 2008 RESULTS: Pas to form new Kedah government after stunning win

ELECTION 2008 RESULTS: Opposition grabs 30 seats in Perak shock win to form next government

ELECTION 2008 RESULTS: Shell-shocked Koh concedes defeat in Penang, didn’t expect huge loss

ELECTION 2008 RESULTS: Selangor falls to opposition, Khalid may be new MB

ELECTION 2008 RESULTS: Defeat a bitter pill for Samy to swallow

ELECTION 2008 RESULTS: Abdullah wins Kepala Batas, urges everyone to accept results

ELECTION 2008 RESULTS:
Pas retains Kelantan Government with bigger win

ELECTION 2008 RESULTS: Lim Guan Eng is next Penang CM, promises fair & just administration

ELECTION 2008 RESULTS: DAP successfully defends Bandar Kuching

Voters attacked, stopped from voting in Hadi’s domain

ELECTION 2008: Polling ends

Bus driver hospitalised after assault by mob

Voting not so great for disabled and elderly

Death, heart attack and diarrhea hits voters

Boat ferrying ballots capsize in Hulu Rajang, voters forced to cast ballots again

Short takes: Behave, EC tells voters

Pas mob stops nine buses ferrying voters

BN workers lose goat to green paint

ELECTION 2008: The other future will bankrupt us

No EC staff at voting area

Mosque officials warned against Friday prayers campaigning

ELECTION 2008/Short takes: Faeces attack on BN shack

ELECTION 2008: An urgent need for 4WD vehicles in Baram constituency

Dr M maintains no guilt over what happened to Anwar

ELECTION 2008: DAP’s success in the past led to greater acceptance of Bangsa Malaysia, says Kit Siang

After ink fiasco, EC chairman finds house splashed with red paint

ELECTION 2008: Karpal hits out at Anwar’s critics

ELECTION 2008: Negri Sembilan BN confident of backing by ‘silent majority’

ELECTION 2008: DAP prepared for ‘uphill battle’ in keeping Kota Laksamana seat

ELECTION 2008: First-time candidate who is no newcomer to campaigns and ceramahs

ELECTION 2008: Promoting the BN manifesto to voters in remote areas

Foundation chief on how Indians have benefited

Short takes: PPP hopes for a seat

PM Club members in ugly shouting match with hecklers

Police probe show indelible ink smuggling could cause fraud, chaos: IGP

ELECTION 2008: Pas warned about hindering voters

ELECTION 2008: Political parties warned not to obstruct voters from casting votes

ELECTION 2008: Kit Siang criticises Johor MB for ignoring opposition views

ELECTION 2008: Perlis all geared up for the vote; security forces personnel set ball rolling

‘Dangerous to use race card’

LATEST!: EC scraps plan to use indelible ink

Don’t stop buses carrying voters, IGP warns political parties

Pas will accept defeat in Kelantan if…

Perak BN chief sees three parliamentary seats as ‘problematic’

Koh denies letter to PM was to ‘bribe’ Motorola

ELECTION 2008: Kepong BN candidate banking on disenchantment of voters on lack of service by DAP

ELECTION 2008: Campaigning a family affair for DAP veteran

ELECTION 2008: Shahrizat’s pledge – Police station for Bangsar

ELECTION 2008: Siti Nurhaliza drums up support for BN, woos army personnel

ELECTION 2008: Pop stars light up campaign trails

ELECTION 2008: Koh won’t name successor until voters decide

ELECTION 2008: BN confident of recapture but Kelantan Pas insists on 29-16 win

ELECTION 2008: ‘Tag-team conspiracy’ claims spices up Stampin seat contest

ELECTION 2008: Tackle poverty, fake ID issue and create more jobs, says Sabah independent candidate

ELECTION 2008: Allegation of opposition candidate appealling for donations

ELECTION 2008: Education aid for schools listed in certificate, says deputy minister

ELECTON 2008: KOH: No decision yet on next Penang CM

ELECTION 2008/Short takes: Cashing in on the polls

ELECTION 2008: BN’s fulfilled promises the envy of Pas in Kelantan: PM

ELECTION 2008: Negri MB dismisses need for opposition check and balance

ELECTION 2008: BN won’t entertain Pas’ demand for public debate

ELECTION 2008/Short takes: Koh still tight-lipped

ELECTION 2008 /Side views: An old car, trusty typewriter and sincere wish to serve

ELECTION 2008: Aljazeera interview with Datuk Seri Najib Razak

ELECTION 2008: Difference between DAP’s rocket and Malaysia’s first spaceman

ELECTION 2008: Experimenting with opposition to rule country will be disastrous: PM

ELECTION 2008: Two 128-year-olds may vote on March 8…but do they exist?

ELECTION 2008/Short takes: State could lose billions

ELECTION 2008: BN wins one more Sabah state seat after PKR withdraws

ELECTION 2008: Hadi exhorts Pas candidates to hurl abuse against BN candidates

ELECTION 2008: Berita Harian reporters assaulted while covering Shahidan Kassim

ELECTION 2008: Najib tells off Kelantan Umno: ‘Stop the sabotage and clannish pride’

ELECTION 2008: The score so far… 10-1

ELECTION 2008: Missing candidate lodges police report

ELECTION 2008: Koding offspring aims to win back seat his father lost

ELECTION 2008: MP with an ‘environmental trademark’

ELECTION 2008/Hot seat: DAP out to win back Bahau

ELECTION 2008: ‘Nerdy’ DAP candidate shakes off his ‘boring’ image

ELECTION 2008: Pas’s ‘gas offer’ if returned to power in Kelantan

ELECTION 2008: Pas dismisses Hadi’s refusal to shake hands with BN candidate as small matter

ELECTION 2008/Short Takes: Pas to file polls petition

ELECTION 2008: BN adds Igan to make it eight

ELECTION 2008: Pas Kelantan, now more media-savvy, confident of staying in power

ELECTION 2008: Preserving the natural environment is part of his manifesto

ELECTION 2008: ‘Imported’ candidate causes division among opposition supporters

ELECTION 2008: BN incumbent strives to prevail in three-cornered fight

ELECTION 2008: BN bringing development to Kelantan, says Tengku Razaleigh

ELECTION 2008: Rain puts a damper on campaign trail

ELECTION 2008/Hot seat: Can Umno rise above infighting this time around to win back Pendang?

ELECTION 2008: The return of ‘Bang Ad’ after seven years outside political scene

ELECTION 2008: A ‘war’ of flags, banners and posters

ELECTION 2008:Three-term incumbent base platform on local issues

ELECTION 2008: ‘Safe’ seats not being taken for granted

ELECTION 2008: PM unveils BN manifesto of security, peace and prosperity

ELECTION 2008: Pas group verbally abuses EC officer

Hadi confident in recapturing Marang seat

Independent candidate ready to make a stand

It’s a gentlemen’s fight in Segambut

Khairy to focus on basic needs

First-timer keen for a ‘cleaner’ Ampang

Lawyers all out to win Serdang seat

ELECTION 2008: Mystery of the vanished PKR Sementa candidate

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Mentua Pisahkan Saya Dengan Suami

18 Jan

SETIAP wanita yang mendirikan rumah tangga mengharapkan kehidupan yang bahagia di dunia dan akhirat. Namun tidak semua impian akan menjadi seperti yang diharapkan. Namun jangan berputus asa, insaf dan berusahalah untuk mengatasi cabaran yang datang agar kebahagiaan ada dipenghujung.

Begitulah yang saya katakan kepada Camelia (bukan nama sebenar) yang ingin berkongsi masalahnya dengan pembaca.

Wanita lulusan universiti tempatan dan pemegang ijazah kelas pertama ini sudah dua tahun menderita diabaikan suami gara-gara sikap mentua.

Camelia diperkenalkan oleh sepupunya yang juga jiran saya. Kata Camelia, dia ikhlas bercerita kerana ingin mengurangkan tekanan yang dihadapinya di samping berharap kisahnya menjadi iktibar kepada mereka yang mungkin mengalami musibah yang sama.

Begini kisah Camelia.

“Semasa di kampus saya pernah bercinta dengan rakan kolej tetapi kami hanya mampu merencanakan masa hadapan untuk hidup bersama, namun takdir Tuhan tiada terduga, cinta kami patah di tengah jalan.

“Mungkin ada hikmah yang tersurat. Saya pasrah dan malas untuk memikirkan soal teman hidup lalu menyerahkan segala urusan tersebut kepada keluarga.

“Dalam menempuh usia yang mencecah 27 tahun, keluarga amat runsing dengan masa depan saya yang masih belum dilamar oleh sesiapa.

“Berpegang kuat pada adat, keluarga telah mengatur majlis pertunangan saya dengan anak seorang kenalan mereka yang tinggal sekampung. Kerana pernah dikecewakan, saya dengan ikhlas hati menerima A seadanya.

“Saya ingin membahagiakan hati kedua-dua ibu bapa, keluarga dan yang paling saya impikan adalah menjadi seorang isteri dan ibu mithali.. Itu janji dan doa saya dan insya-Allah saya akan lakukan yang terbaik.

“Sebulan selepas bernikah kami berpindah untuk tinggal bersama keluarga mentua. Itu kehendak suami dan saya akur. Terasa bertuah mendapat mentua yang baik hati dan suami yang penyayang. Namun hari-hari yang saya lalui amat perit sekali apabila terbukti suami yang saya nikahi adalah anak ‘mak sayang’.

“Makan minum suami emak mentua yang tentukan termasuk pakaian dan tempat tidur kami.

“Dek kerana rumah emak saya berhampiran dengan rumah mentua, saya lebih kerap pulang ke rumah emak kerana bosan dengan sikap mentua dan ipar-duai yang begitu mengongkong suami saya. Sebagai seorang isteri saya juga berhak ke atas suami dalam beberapa perkara.

“Telah berbulan-bulan saya bersabar, namun keadaan semakin teruk. Kami pernah merancang untuk berpindah dan suami setuju dengan cadangan saya, tetapi hajat kami terhalang. Mentua menuduh saya cuba ‘melarikan’ anak kesayangannya.

“Saya tidak pernah cerita masalah ini kepada keluarga kerana tidak mahu emak dan ayah bersedih. Balik rumah mak saya seorang diri.

“Saya membohongi emak dan ayah mengatakan suami tidak datang bersama kerana ada tugasan di luar. Akhirnya mereka tahu juga.

“Saya semakin tertekan, tambahan badan menjadi lemah kerana sedang mengandung anak sulung dan suami langsung tidak mempedulikan masalah kesihatan dan emosi saya.

“Hanya kepada Allah saya bemunajat, semoga segalanya akan kembali ceria. Mungkin ini ujian yang telah ditakdirkan kepada saya.

“Walaupun pernah dihalau kerana pergi ke rumah mentua untuk menemui suami yang ‘dikurung’ saya tebalkan muka dan masih mampu untuk bersalaman dengan emak mertua yang saya anggap seperti ibu kandung.

“Kami tidak dibenarkan untuk tinggal sebumbung namun saya pasrah. Hukuman ini amat tidak adil. Sikap mentua sudah melampau, tapi saya harungi juga sehinggalah saya selamat melahirkan seorang bayi lelaki.

“Di luar dugaan, suami hadir memberi sokongan. Itulah saat saya mendapat perhatian seorang suami. Terasa bahagia menjadi seorang isteri dan ibu kepada bayi comel yang telah saya lahirkan.

“Sayangnya itulah sahaja kegembiraan saya. Sepanjang berpantang, suami tidak langsung ambil kisah. Dimana silap dan salah saya?

“Saya mula membenci emak mertua apabila dia mengatakan anak saya bukan cucunya yang sah. Macam bom nuklear meletup bila saya dituduh curang!

“Suami saya tidak langsung membela atau mempertahankan maruah saya dan dia dihalang untuk memberi perhatian kepada anak kami.

“Kini saya menghabiskan masa di rumah keluarga. Kasihan kepada emak dan ayah kerana turut bersedih dengan nasib malang yang menimpa saya.

“Atas nasihat ayah kami diminta untuk bercerai dan saya menolak dengan penuh hormat cadangan tersebut.

“Saya masih sayangkan rumah tangga yang kami bina dan tidak mahu anak saya yang tidak berdosa menjadi ‘yatim’ walaupun saya mampu untuk memeliharanya.

“Tapi saya sedih kerana tidakkah suami saya merindui anaknya yang masih belum mengerti apa-apa. Saya berdoa siang malam memohon kepada Allah agar rumah tangga saya dapat diselamatkan.

“Menerusi ruangan ini, jika suami terbaca, saya merayu kepadanya, “Abang, maafkan saya jika ada salah, jika ada yang terkurang tolonglah bimbing dan jangan tinggalkan kami seperti musafir yang tidak mempunyai sesiapa di muka bumi ini. Kepada mentua, jangan bersikap kejam terhadap kami, jadilah orang tua yang boleh melindungi anak menantu dan cucu, bukan memusnahkan kebahagiaan mereka!’’ begitu syahdu Camelia menamatkan ceritanya diiringi air mata yang berlinangan di pipi.

Sepuluh minit suasana hening. Kami terkedu. Sebak di hati tidak dapat hendak saya ceritakan. Saya tidak punya kaitan saudara dengan Camelia tapi deritanya dapat saya rasakan.

Saya biarkan dia bercerita dan meluahkan seluruh isi hatinya tanpa sebarang gangguan.

Begitu besar pengorbanan Camelia terhadap rumah tangganya. Taat setianya kepada suami tidak berganjak sedikit pun biar perasaan dan jiwanya tertekan dengan tindakan suami dan mentua.

Sebagai orang tua sepatutnya mentua Camelia menasihati anaknya, Terima hakikat anaknya itu sudah menjadi suami orang. Redakan kehidupan baru mereka. Biarkan tanggungjawab itu diambil alih oleh isterinya. Sebagai orang tua, peranan kita hanya untuk membimbing dan menegur mana yang tidak betul agar rumah tangga mereka aman dan sejahtera selalu.

Pesanan saya kepada Camelia, bersabar dan berdoa agar satu hari nanti suami anda akan sedar kesilapannya dan kembali menjadi ketua keluarga yang dirahmati Allah s.w.t.

Buat sementara sayangi dan jagalah bayi yang dilahirkan itu dengan baik, curah sepenuh perhatian dan kasih sayang kepadanya. Selalulah bisikan di telinganya bahawa dia masih ada ayah yang baik serta penyayang yang satu hari nanti akan kembali memeluknya.

Sambil mengingatkan diri saya dan juga wanita di luar sana, sedikit catatan buat renungan bersama.

“Jika bahagia itu ada pada harta, kita bisa mencarinya. Jika bahagia itu ada dalam perhiasan, kita boleh berusaha mendapatkannya. Namun bukan kebahagiaan itu yang kita cari sebenarnya. Kebahagiaan sebenar adalah keimanan di dalam hati. Dan hati tidak bisa dikuasai melainkan oleh Tuhan. Inilah kebahagiaan sejati. Tidak ada yang merasakannya kecuali orang yang hatinya, jiwanya dan fikirannya mengalirkan cinta kepada Allah. Yang memiliki kebahagiaan sejati adalah Dia Yang Maha Esa, maka mohonlah kebahagiaan dari-Nya dengan ketaatan kerana sebagai wanita, isteri dan ibu, benteng yang paling kuat adalah menjadi wanita solehah.’’

Salam.

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Tidak Cantikkah Wajah Melayu Tulen?

30 Dec

Oleh: WANDA IDRIS

JIKALAU menonton drama-drama Indonesia atau lebih dikenali dengan nama sinetron hari ini, tidak dinafikan begitu ramai wajah-wajah indah pria dan gadisnya. Semakin jarang pula dapat melihat wajah-wajah aslinya kecuali kepada mereka yang memegang watak-watak sampingan umpamanya orang gaji atau sebagai tukang kebun.

Hero dan heroin dalam kebanyakan sinetron yang disiarkan adalah terdiri daripada wajah-wajah kacukan yang pastinya kacak, cantik lagi bergaya. Nama-nama seperti Tamara Bleszynski, Cinta Laura Kiehl, Nicholas Saputra dan Laudya Cynthia Bella umpamanya bukan sahaja menghiasi kebanyakan layar. Malah mereka juga gah sebagai model dan jurucakap produk kecantikan bertaraf antarabangsa.

Ke mana perginya wajah-wajah tulen Indonesia seperti Widyawati atau Rima Melati yang gah pada tahun-tahun 70-an? Tidak dinafikan ramai menganggap wajah pan-Asian satu kelebihan untuk menempatkan diri dalam bidang seni. Sementelah wajah-wajah mereka tidak sahaja cantik tetapi juga unik.

Tidak terkecuali di negara ini. Bukan tidak ada wajah pan-Asian yang hadir ke persada seni tanah air suatu ketika dahulu malah mereka punya pengaruh besar dalam industri.

Lihat sahaja kejayaan nama-nama seperti Sofia Jane, Julia Rais, Deanna Yusuf mahupun Ramona Rahman. Mereka hadir dengan pakej – bakat dan kecantikan.

Hari ini beberapa nama menarik perhatian masyarakat khususnya penggemar drama dan filem tempatan. Angkatan muda generasi pan- Asian yang terjun ke dunia lakonan tempatan termasuklah Maya Karin, Nora Danish, Natasha Hudson, Diana Danielle, Ahsraff Sinclair dan Catriona Ross.

Nyata mereka berjaya mencipta nama apabila drama-drama lakonan mereka mendapat sambutan dan pujian penonton. Lihat sahaja drama bersiri Puteri lakonan Nora Danish yang diminati tidak sahaja golongan muda tetapi juga dewasa.

Malah Catriona Ross pernah menjulang namanya menerusi drama Sephia yang popular suatu ketika dahulu di TV3. Begitu juga dengan penampilan Diana Danielle dalam drama-drama Sembilu, Janji Diana dan Airmata Maria yang kini semakin mendapat perhatian penonton.

Namun tidak dinafikan ada juga yang hadir dengan lakonan ‘kayu’, tidak berkesan dengan sebutan bahasa Melayu yang janggal bunyinya.

Bagi Diana Danielle, tidak kira apa juga wajahnya, untuk terjun ke dalam industri perlulah seiring dengan bakat.

“Dan hari ini semakin ramai penerbit dan pengarah yang memberi peluang kepada anak-anak pan- Asian menunjukkan bakat mereka,” katanya. Namun bagi anak kacukan Melayu-Amerika ini, memiliki wajah pan Asian sepertinya menyekat peluang melakonkan pelbagai watak.

“Bukan tidak boleh berlakon tapi adakalanya tidak sesuai untuk menjadi gadis kampung berbeza dengan mereka berwajah Melayu yang boleh membawakan apa jua watak sedangkan pan-Asian agak stereotaip ,” katanya yang mengakui kehadiran artis berwajah pan Asian dapat menyerikan lagi industri.

Sememangnya melihat kemunculan golongan berdarah kacukan ini yang semakin hari semakin ramai ini tidak mustahil satu hari nanti industri kita juga mengalami senario yang sama dengan Indonesia.

Namun persoalannya apakah wajah Melayu tulen sudah tidak cantik lagi di mata para penggemar dan pembuat drama? Atau apakah nilai komersil wajah pan-Asian ini lebih tinggi berbanding wajah Melayu jati?

Sudah tidak boleh jualkah wajah tulen Melayu, India dan Cina di negara kita? Kita punya wajah Melayu yang berbakat besar dalam dunia lakonan. Umie Aida, Vanidah Imran, Haliza Misbun dan Erra Fazira adalah sebahagian daripadanya.

Mereka pernah mengungguli layar televisyen dan layar perak namun tanpa tidak mustahil suatu hari nanti wajah-wajah seperti mereka tidak lagi menjadi taruhan malah mungkin semakin kurang menghiasi layar sebagai pemegang watak utama.

Nasib wajah tulen baik Melayu, India dan Cina mungkin akan terpinggir atau hanya diberi watak sampingan. Sekarang ini pun, di Malaysia semakin banyak menonjolkan wajah-wajah kacukan dan Inggeris tulen sebagai pelaris untuk dunia pengiklanan.

Bukan tidak ada wajah tulen Melayu yang dipilih malah Fasha Sandha antara artis bertuah menjadi pilihan banyak jenama untuk menjadi duta bertaraf antarabangsa.

Tetapi persoalannya berapa kerat wajah Melayu yang diserlahkan dalam dunia pengiklanan itu sendiri hari ini dan pada masa hadapan?

Dalam dunia lakonan pula, cukupkah kita sekadar mengukur wajah yang cantik tanpa menghiraukan bakat yang ada? Kerana rasanya semakin ramai khalayak yang sudah bijak menilai bakat.

“Kita umpama kebanjiran artis,” demikian kata pelakon Haliza Misbun ketika ditanya mengenai senario ini. Kebanyakan kemunculan mereka kata Haliza, sekadar memeriahkan bukan benar-benar kerana menyintai seni.

“Seni ini satu perjuangan. Jatuh bangun orang seni adalah kerana seninya. Tapi ada kalangan mereka yang hadir dalam industri sekadar dua tiga tahun. Kemudian menghilang. Ada yang kahwin selepas bertemu jodoh dengan golongan berada. Itu jiwa seni yang tak sejati,” ujar Haliza.

Bagaimanapun tegasnya, dia tidak pernah mempersoalkan kredibiliti artis-artis pan-Asian dahulu seperti Sofia Jane, Ramona Rahman dan Julia Rais kerana bagi aktres ini, mereka memang berbakat besar dalam lakonan.

“Malah sehingga kini saya mengagumi Julia Rais,” akuinya. Namun ketaksuban industri itu sendiri terhadap wajah-wajah kacukan sebenarnya menyumbang kepada kebanjiran artis berwajah pan-Asian.

“Tapi kalau orang menghargai muka Melayu maka orang berwajah Melayu juga boleh berjaya. Lihatlah wajah-wajah asli seperti Erra dan Camelia,” katanya. Tanpa memperlecehkan bakat dan pakej yang ada pada seorang pan-Asian namun harapan Haliza, pihak di belakang tabir seperti pengarah dan penerbit haruslah adil memberi peluang sama rata tidak kira kepada orang melayu, Cina, India mahupun pan-Asian.

Malah seeloknya janganlah sampai ada larangan atau peraturan yang menyekat ‘periuk nasi’ mereka berwajah pan-Asian seperti yang pernah berlaku ketika suatu ketika dulu.

Namun jika benar satu hari nanti senario kebanjiran wajah pan-Asian berlaku sehingga mengabaikan pemilih wajah Melayu tulen dan menidakkan bakat dan kecantikan asli yang dimiliki, pasti sahaja kita perlu menilai semula kewajarannya.

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Pembeli Desak Pemaju Segera Siapkan Rumah Terbengkalai

24 Oct

Oleh MUHAMMAD RIZANIZAM ABDUL HAMID

PUCHONG 23 Okt. – Hampir 200 pembeli 814 unit rumah dua tingkat di empat projek perumahan Taman Lestari di sini menggesa pemaju menyiapkan rumah mereka yang terbengkalai sejak tiga tahun lalu.

Empat projek perumahan yang terbengkalai itu ialah Amaryllis yang mengandungi 209 unit rumah teres dua tingkat, De-Elina (244), Artemisia (156) dan Camelia (200).

Mengikut perjanjian jual beli, projek Amaryl dan Artemisia dibeli pada Disember 2003, De-Elina (April 2003) manakala Camelia pada Mei 2005.

Namun sehingga kini ada di antara projek perumahan itu gagal disiapkan langsung, dan selebihnya hanya berjaya disiapkan secara berperingkat-peringkat antara 50 peratus dan 75 peratus.

Dakwa pembeli, mereka telah beberapa kali cuba untuk mengadakan perbincangan bersama pemaju, namun semuanya sia-sia dan pemaju memberikan alasan kontraktor terpaksa ditukar.

Seorang pembeli, Mohd. Syarriman Mohd. Staper, 28, berkata, isu tersebut turut diketahui Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan (KPKT) tetapi mereka hairan mengapa masih tiada sebarang tindakan dikenakan ke atas pemaju.

“Apa yang KPKT bagi tahu, mereka akan buat pemantauan terhadap projek perumahan ini tetapi sekarang sudah hampir setahun berlalu, masih tiada apa-apa tindakan.

“Saya amat berharap, KPKT memandang serius perkara ini dan membela nasib pembeli sehingga ada yang terpaksa membelanjakan hampir lebih RM2,000 sebulan untuk membayar ansuran dan sewa rumah,’’ katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini baru-baru ini.

Seorang lagi pembeli, Cannie Chong, 30, berkata, perjumpaan pernah dibuat dengan pihak pemaju, Ahli Parlimen Puchong, Lau Yeng Peng dan Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ), Jun lalu.

Katanya, selepas perjumpaan itu, pemaju bersetuju menyambung semula kerja-kerja pada awal Julai lalu.

‘‘Namun perkembangannya amat perlahan. Logik atau tidak, untuk sebuah projek taman perumahan hanya empat atau lima orang sahaja bekerja sehari.

‘‘Kami bukan kanak-kanak. Mudah untuk ditipu,’’ katanya.

Beliau yang membeli rumah De-Elina bernilai RM152,900 mendakwa pemaju turut melengah-lengahkan pembayaran denda kerana gagal menyiapkan rumah tersebut.

‘‘Apabila dihubungi mereka kata bulan depan. Bulan depan hubungi balik mereka kata bulan depan satu lagi,’’ katanya sambil menambah surat juga telah dihantar kepada Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.

‘‘Tetapi tiada jawapan,’’ ujarnya yang terpaksa membelanjakan sebanyak RM700 untuk membayar ansuran rumah tersebut.

Sementara itu, seorang pembeli Hafidah Awalludin, 35, berkata, dia terpaksa menggunakan seluruh gaji bulanannya untuk melangsaikan bayaran ansuran dan sewaan dua buah rumah.

“Bayangkan, sejak empat tahun lalu, saya terpaksa menanggung sewaan rumah lain sebanyak RM600 sebulan dan pada masa yang sama saya perlu membayar ansuran rumah yang terbengkalai ini sebanyak RM1,200.

“Saya sangat kesal dengan sikap lepas tangan pemaju tanpa memikirkan nasib pembeli yang menanggung pelbagai hutang lain,’’ katanya yang bekerja sebagai Juru Bahasa Isyarat Persatuan Orang Pekak Malaysia.

Tambahnya, dia amat berharap, pihak berkuasa dapat tampil bagi menyelesaikan masalah tersebut secepat mungkin.

Bagi Leong Kee Poh, 42, pula menyifatkan pemaju tidak serius untuk menyelesaikan masalah perumahan tersebut.

“Pemaju bersetuju untuk meneruskan kerja-kerja pembinaan secepat mungkin, tapi semua itu sekadar ‘hangat-hangat tahi ayam’.

“Selepas beberapa hari, kerja-kerja pembinaan terhenti semula, dan apabila kami persoalkan, pemaju mengatakan ia terpaksa dihentikan kerana penukaran kontraktor,’’ katanya.

Seorang pembeli unit rumah Artemisia, Chai Ching Han, 29, pula berkata, pemaju perlu menghentikan sikap berdolak-dalih dan memberikan pelbagai alasan tidak munasabah kepada pembeli.

“Sekarang ini keutamaan kami ialah kami mahukan rumah yang dijanjikan siap mengikut perjanjian.

“Tentang bayaran pampasan lewat daripada pemaju kepada kami itu mungkin soal ke dua. Sekarang ini, kami perlukan rumah bagi mengurangkan perbelanjaan bulanan untuk menyewa rumah lain,’’ tegasnya.

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