Sunday, August 27, 2006

Realistic Sculptures by Ron Mueck from Australia

IMPORTANT! Keep these Hotline Numbers (Malaysia)

Key in these hotline numbers (03-22627555/03-22626555) into your mobile phone. They may save your life. Those are the numbers for Bukit Aman's Malaysia Control Centre (MCC), the call centre for all police emergencies.
The police are urging Malaysians to have these numbers in their mobile phone.
Bukit Aman Public Relations Superintendent, Mohamad Daud said motorists may help prevent cases like the recent murder of assistant computer engineer Mohamad Nazri Ismail.
He added that even after the crime has occurred, the police could go to the crime scene in the shortest possible time and it may result in the capture of those responsible.
An MCC spokesman said the public from any parts of Malaysia can call the centre to report an emergency anytime.
"We will direct the call to the nearest police station for the officers there to handle the matter," said the spokesman.
There are now over 15 million mobile phone users in Malaysia. Other CCC phone numbers are Negri Sembilan: 06-7682222, Malacca: 06-2851999, Johor: 07-2254459, Penang: 04-2691999 and for more information call MCC at 03-22626555/22627555.

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Beware Tesco Are Cheating (Malaysia)

I wish to pass the attachment as I have also experienced similar 'problems' at Tesco as well as Giant in Klang.

When I pointed out to the payment counter clerk that the price she 'punched' was not as advertised, she said that it was registered in her code and following a discussion her officer requested me to pay first and make my claim at the 'customer counter'.

I spent about an hour and got my 'change' of about RM42.00!! Eleven out of 24 items were 'overcharged'.

The above was at Tesco Klang and I have spoken to the Manager concerned...... possibly I will resort to some serious action the next time around!

Please observe what is 'punched', because you too cud be taken for a 'ride'.

It is okay with me (as I am a pensoner and have 'all the time in the world', I cud afford to hang around that long at the Supermarket) but please keep an eye at the machine and inform the clerk immediately you find that the price is not correct as displayed.

Regards N. Rajas

Subject: Beware: Tesco are cheats

Hi Friends!

Just wanted to share my experience at the Tesco store today with the hope that all of you do not fall prey to their cheating scam!

My wife and I went to shop for some groceries at the Bukit Tinggi Tesco

just now and it included two Philips 5 watt energy saver bulbs. The shelf price showed RM16.90 each but when we went to pay for the item at the counter, we were billed RM18.

When I enquired about the price difference the cashier told me that she was just following the bar code. I was not satisfied and told her to get someone to verify the actual price.

A male staff then took the bulb from me and took a long time to return. I then went back to the shelf but he was nowhere around however I noticed that the RM16.90 was partly ripped off.

After 15 minutes the Malay chap returned that the price was wrongly displayed and the actual price was RM18 and not RM16.90 as displayed on the shelf.

I was not happy with the explaination and sought verification from a supervisor who told me that one of their staff made a mistake in displaying the correct price tag.

She insisted the correct price was RM18. I told her it is illogical for a 8 watt bulb of similar brand to cost RM17.90 while the lower 5watt bulb should be priced higher at RM18!

At first I insisted on a refund but they said since we used credit card, they can only refund after two weeks. Anyway, I thought it is better for me to keep the receipt and the bulbs as prove for my official complaint with Tesco and the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry and a police report againt the store for cheating.

The amount I lost may not be high but I think the practice of hoodwinking shoppers by having a low price at the display and end up with a higher price at the counter is definitely unacceptable. The reason I am taking the trouble of sending this e-mail to all of you is because I remember getting a complaint from a lady that a similar thing happened at a smaller supermarket in Klang two years ago.

I advised the lady to make a police report but she told she preferred e-mailing her friends about the incident so that people would not shop there anymore. Alas, two years later the supermarket is now closed as more and more people shunned it after coming to know of their dubious practice of deceiving unsuspecting shoppers.

Come to think of it, how many of us take the trouble to stand near the cash register and compare the price listed on the shelf and the price that appears on the bill. We hardly do so because we usually buying a lot of stuff and just cannot wait to come off from the counter.

This is a new price gimmick to make some extra money from the shoppers. I recall several years ago supermarkets would have price tags on each and every item but nowadays they are taking the easy way out by having the price listed on the shelf only thus relying fully on the bar code to show the price.

I think I have said enough, I just hope the other supermarkets are not doing the same thing but I for one can testify that Tesco is doing it. I regret having shopped several thousand ringgit at this place for the last six months or so but I am sure after reading this mail you people would be more careful.

Send this mail to family members and friends so that they are not duped by unscrupulous supermarkets like Tesco.

As consumers we should unite and put stores like this out of business.

Soyabean Milk Drinks

For Your Info......All of us know that soya bean milk drink provides good protein to our body but not many of us know about the technicalities involved, on when to consume and when not to consume soya bean milk drinks.Soya bean milk drinks are best consume on hot sunny days where the sun is burning and glaring. The soya bean milk provide lots of nutrients to the body, as the body is able to absorb the protein well, under this type of weather condition.However, avoid drinking soya bean milk when the weather is cloudy or raining.Drinking soya bean milk under this weather conditions, facts has proven that the body will not be able to absorb in the protein. After a long run, it will result in a disease called "GOUT" or "high acidic urine", which is due to the high protein residue in the body.GOUT will cause you to have pain to both your knee joints & heels, and it can only be controlled when you cut down on your food intake of proteins and aided with medications. The pain is unbearable. And, more often than not,usually, you will not have the slightest clue as to what wud have caused you to have the pain.Over the years of too much of foods intake like soya beans, ikan billis,broccoli, spinach, peanuts, animal organs ( i.e. pork liver) etc, cud result in GOUT, so its best to monitor your diet to help avoid GOUT as acause of prevention.So dear friends, plz pass this on to your family, relatives and frenz to keep an alert of the grain of truth to the pros and cons of soya bean milk,and be cautious at all times as to when it is best taken and when to avoid it.

New Rape Case Tactic (Malaysia)

Hi everyone, I am not sure when did this happen, but it is best to becareful and safety comes first.She was just discharged from the hospital...Today after office hours, I heard from my sister-in-law that there is a new way to rape women It happened to one of our good friends The girlleft the office after working hours and saw a little child crying on the road Feeling pity for the child, she went and ask what happened The child said, "I am lost. Can you take me home please?" Then the child gave her a slip and tell the girl where the address is. And the girl,being an average kind person, didn't suspect anything and took the child there.And there when it arrived the "child's home", she pressed the door bell,yet she was shocked as it the bell was wired with high voltage, and fainted. The next day when she woke up, she found herself in an empty house up in the hills, naked.She has never even get to see the face of the attacker...That's why nowadays crimes are targeted on kind peopleNext time if the same situation occurs, never bring the child to the intended place. If the child insist, then bring the child to the police station. Lost child are best to send to police stations.

The First Men Pregnancy (TRUE STORY)

As an artist who has had solo exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Cleveland Museum of Art, Lee Mingwei explores the evanescent and diurnal cycles of living. His work is based on such basic human activities as cooking, letterwriting, and now child-bearing.

A few weeks ago, writer Janice Versalius of PaperVeins magazine had a long and intimate conversation with Mr. Lee in his Manhattan apartment. An excerpt of the interview appears below. Additional interviews with Mr. Lee will also be included in the upcoming film documentary.
Mr. Lee, as we just discussed, male pregnancy may prove to be an extremely dangerous medical procedure at this point - particularly when your doctors perform your Cesarian operation. Why have you chosen to do this?
Mr. Lee
A lot of people have cast this endeavor as something terribly monstrous - a startling example of how science and medicine have simply gone too far. From my perspective, however, I am simply bringing a child into this world. There is nothing more natural and beautiful on this earth than that. This is something that I've always wanted to do.
But surely you understand why some people find the idea of a pregnant man disturbing?
Mr. Lee
Well, I understand how it may be a shocking concept at first. Biologically, women have always given birth to children, and men have not. Despite the dramatic results of the sexual revolution in the latter half of this century, there are still very distinct and concrete social roles determined by this... until now... undeniable biological fact. Now, it seems, we have several important questions to consider. Why shouldn't men carry children and care for a fetus the same way a women does? Why shouldn't a man bear a burden that women have always carried? On the other hand, why shouldn't a man be able to experience the same joy and excitement that a pregnant woman feels nurturing a child within her own body? Now I think men, as well as women, have more choices, more possibilities, more roles they can assume in their lives.
I can tell you that my father for one would have donated all his internal organs before even entertaining the idea of getting pregnant.
Mr. Lee
Yes, it's interesting that many men feel very threatened by this idea. Men getting pregnant used to be a big joke - a p! oint of ridicule. Someone was telling me about this popular American film where Arnold Schwarzenegger's character became pregnant. The humor was based on the sheer absurdity of such a distinct feminine condition being imposed on someone who represented the ultimate paradigm of Western masculinity. It seems like something rooted in a preoccupation with very traditional gender role assumptions. There was also an episode of The Cosby Show, apparently, where the male characters dreamed they were all pregnant. Now that pregnant men are a reality, no one is laughing anymore!
I was thinking about how a lot of sitcoms, particularly in the 70's and 80's, were always filled with men dressing up women to get l! aughs. But when men in real life actually wanted to dress up as women, they were usually harassed or beaten up.
Mr. Lee
That's a good analogy. Drag was once considered something provocative, bizarre, and unnatural. Now we even have the mayor of New York dressing up as a woman on live television. Did you hear about that?
I remember seeing it last year on Saturday Night Live. I thought I was hallucinating.
Mr. Lee
But, he still did it for laughs. I think many drag queens who were drawn to the subversion of drag - the shock value of it - are somewhat disappointed at how mainstream it has become. And at the same time, I see many transvestites who are still marginalized by both gay and straight people. If you're a man who actually wants to become a woman, without the intent of performing or putting on a show, then you're still considered weird.
How would you respond to people who would consider you a pregnant tra! nsvestite and not a pregnant man?
Mr. Lee
Well, it's not really accurate. I'm still male afterall - biologically and anatomically. It's interesting that some people believe the definition of being a man is so precarious! And unlike the men who feel this strong desire to physically become women, I've never wished for that ... and I haven't done that. I have, however, always wanted to have a much stronger empathy with women. I love my mother and sister very much, and I'm very happy to share in something they have both experienced. Being pregnant is a wonderful feeling. It's something that all human beings - both men and women - should experience before they die. This process has been a spiritual rebirth for me.
I was just reading about one of your art projects - A Hundred Days With Lily. You have also described it as spiritually renewing experience.
Mr. Lee
Yes. I carried a handful of white lilies for three months with me wherever I went. It was in honor of my grandmother who had passed away, to pay respect to her in some small way.
I read that this was something rooted in Ch'an Buddhism. Is that correct?
Mr. Lee
The idea is rooted in Ch'an Buddhism. I had spent many years growing up in a Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. We learned to appreciate the simple, transient, and everyday moments in life.
Well, I must say, a pregnant man isn't something you see everyday.
Mr. Lee
Actually, I see this pregnancy as being very much in keeping with Buddhist philosophical thought. There is a strong connection I feel between myself, the child within my body, and the world around us both. And I think there is a greater awareness and empathy I now share with my mother and sister as a result of my pregnancy. Most of all, there is a level of insight and understanding about being alive - of sharing your life - in ways that I've never realized before.
I've talked with other pregnant peop! le who have also described this sensation. I felt it strongly myself when I had my own daughter a few years ago... One last question, Mr. Lee. Do you have a name for your baby yet?
Mr. Lee
I think I'll only know the name when the child is born. I guess we'll have to wait and see!


Static electricity in Petrol Stations

We want to share the lesson of the day with everyone
Static electricity in Petrol Stations
As a continuation of the video about static electricity in which a girl had a fire accident on getting out of her car and directly touching the nosepiece, we come across a similar case:
With the generalisation of self-service facilities in petrol stations people should be warned about the outbreak of fires resulting from static electricity while they are pouring in petrol.
150 cases of this type of fire have been investigated and the results were very surprising.
Of the 150 cases, more happened to women than men, due to their habit of getting in and out of the vehicle while the petrol is being poured in.
In the majority of cases the people had re-entered their cars when the hose was still pouring petrol out (the danger of the triggers on the nosepieces). When they finished refuelling and got out to remove the hose pistol the fire began, as a result of the static electricity.
The majority of those affected used rubber-soled footwear and clothes of synthetic fibres.
Never use mobile phones when filling up with fuel.
It is well known that it is the vapour that comes from the petrol that burns and causes the fire when it makes contact with static charges.
In twenty-nine of the cases analysed, the people re-entered their vehicles and later touched the pistols during the petrol fuelling process. This happened in cars of different varieties of makes and models.
Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the cap of the petrol tank was removed and before starting to fill up with petrol.
The static charge often results from when a passenger rubs their clothes against the upholstery of the seats on getting in or out of the vehicle. To avoid this, it is recommendable that NOBODY gets in or out of the vehicle while the petrol is being poured in. Movement in or out should only be done BEFORE starting, or when the fuelling is finished and the petrol cap placed.
MAXIMISE THE PRECAUTIONS if the petrol has spilt or splashed onto the ground. Highly inflammable vapours are immediately produced which can be ignited by sparks of static electricity from the turning on of electronic equipment (mobile phones, remote controls, etc.) or by the ignition of the vehicle itself. BEFORE starting up the engine again, the spilt petrol must be gathered or neutralised by the petrol station staff.
IN YOUR VEHICLE: Stop, put the handbrake on and turn off the engine, radio and lights
NEVER: Never return to your vehicle while you are pouring in fuel.
AS A PRECAUTION: Get used to closing the car door on getting out or into the vehicle and in this way the static electricity will be discharged on touching something metallic.
After closing the door TOUCH THE METAL PART OF THE BODYWORK before touching the petrol pump pistol. By doing this the static electricity in your body will be discharged on the metal and not on the pistol.
As mentioned, we undertake this as a daily task, both inside and outside the company. The following bulletin aims to raise public awareness of this danger.
I ask you to send this information to ALL your friends and family, especially those carrying children in the cars when pouring in petrol. Thank you for passing on this information.
Shell is Safety

Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, sweetheart, Dad, Mum etc......

A True story :
This lady has changed her habit on the hand phone after her handbag was stolen.Her handbag which contained her mobile, credit card, purse..etc....wasstolen.20 minutes later when she called her hubby, telling him what had happened,hubby says"I've just received your SMS asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago."When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the moneywas alreadywithdrawn. The pickpocket had actually used the stolen handphone to sms"hubby" in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he hadwithdrawn all the moneyfrom the bank account.Moral of the lesson :Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list.Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, sweetheart, Dad, Mum etc......and very importantly,when sensitive info is being asked thru SMS, CONFIRM by calling back

True Story in Mid Valley (Malaysia)

To the men : warn your loved ones !
To the women : remember this !
About a month ago there was a woman standing by the Mega Mall entrance passing out flyers to all the women going in. The woman had written the flyer herself to tell about an experience she had, so that she might warn other women. The previous day, this woman had finished shopping, went out to her car and discovered that she had a flat. She got the jack out of the trunk and began to change the flat. A nice man dressed in business suit and carrying a briefcase walked up to her and said, "I notice you're changing a flat tire. Would you like me to take care of it for you?" The woman was grateful for his offer and accepted his help. They chatted amiably while the man changed the flat, and then put the flat tire and the jack in the trunk, shut it and dusted his hands off. The woman thanked him profusely, and as she was about to get in her car, the man told her that he left his car around on the other side of the mall, and asked if she would mind giving him a lift to his car. She was a little surprised and asked him why his car was on to her side. He explained that he had seen an old friend in the mall that he hadn't seen for some time and they had a bite to eat and visited for a while; he got turned around in the mall and left through the wrong exit, and now he was running late and his car was clear around on the other side of the mall. The woman hated to tell him "no" because he had just rescued her from having to change her flat tire all by herself, but she felt uneasy. Then she remembered seeing the man put his briefcase in her trunk before shutting it and before he asked her for a ride to his car. She told him that she'd be happy to drive him to his car, but she just remembered one last thing she needed to buy. She said she would only be few minutes; he could sit down in her car and wait for her; she would be as quick as she could be. She hurried into the mall, and told a security guard what had happened; the guard came out to her car with her, but the man had left. They opened the trunk, took out his locked briefcase and took it down to the police station. The police opened it (ostensibly to look for ID so they could return it to the man). What they found was rope, duct tape and knives. When the police checked her "flat" tire, there was nothing wrong with it; the air had simply been let out. It was obvious what the man's motive was, and obvious that he had carefully thought it out in advance. The woman was blessed to have escaped harm. How much worse it would have been had she waited in the car while the man fixed the tire, or if she had a baby strapped into a car seat. Or if she'd gone against her judgment and given him a lift. I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going to send this to the ladies only; but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it on to them, as well. Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it....better than sorry. JUST A WARNING TO ALWAYS BE ALERT!!!

Best Regards, Emma Norimah Gunsilim


Good to take note of... Be sure to read 'Scene 3'
This is a new one. People sure stay busy trying to cheat us, don't they?? A friend went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the locker open, and thought to himself, "Funny, I thought I locked the locker. Hmmmmm."
He dressed and just flipped the wallet to make sure all was in order. Everything looked okay - all cards were in place.
A few weeks later his credit card bill came - a whooping bill of $14,000!
He called the credit card company and started yelling at them, saying that he did not make the transactions. Customer care personnel verified that there was no mistake in the system and asked if his card had been stolen.
"No," he said, but then took out his wallet, pulled out the credit card, and yep - you guessed it – a switch had been made. An expired similar credit card from the same bank was in the wallet. The thief broke into his locker at the gym and switched cards.
Verdict: The credit card issuer said since he did not report the card missing earlier, he would have to pay the amount owed to them. How much did he have to pay for items he did not buy? $9,000! Why were there no calls made to verify the amount swiped? Small amounts rarely trigger a "warning bell" with some credit card companies. It just so happens that all the small amounts added up to big one!
A man at a local restaurant paid for his meal with his credit card. The bill for the meal came, he signed it, and the waitress folded the receipt and passed the credit card along.
Usually, he would just take it and place it in his wallet or pocket. Funny enough, though, he actually took a look at the card and, lo and behold, it was the expired card of another person. He called the waitress and she looked perplexed. She took it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man.
All the waitress did while walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card to the counter cashier, and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card. No exchange of words --- nothing! She took it and came back to the man with an apology.
Verdict: Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are yours. Check the name on the card every time you sign for something and/or the card is taken away for even a short period of time. Many people just take back the credit card without even looking at it, "assuming" that it has to be theirs. FOR YOUR OWN SAKE, DEVELOP THE HABIT OF CHECKING YOUR CREDIT CARD EACH TIME IT IS RETURNED TO YOU AFTER A TRANSACTION!
Yesterday I went into a pizza restaurant to pick up an order that I had called in. I paid by using my Visa Check Card which, of course, is linked directly to my checking account.
The young man behind the counter took my card, swiped it, then laid it on the counter as he waited for the approval, which is pretty standard procedure. While he waited, he picked up his cell phone and started dialing.
I noticed the phone because it is the same model I have, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Then I heard a click that sounded like my phone sounds when I take a picture. He then gave me back my card but kept the phone in his hand as if he was still pressing buttons. Meanwhile, I'm thinking: I wonder what he is taking a picture of, oblivious to what was really going on. It then dawned on me: the only thing there was my credit card, so now I'm paying close attention to what he is doing.
He set his phone on the counter, leaving it open. About five seconds later, I heard the chime that tells you that the picture has been saved.
Now I'm standing there struggling with the fact that this boy just took a picture of my credit card. Yes, he played it off well, because had we not had the same kind of phone, I probably would never have known what happened. Needless to say, I immediately canceled that card as I was walking out of the pizza parlor.
All I am saying is, be aware of your surroundings at all times. Whenever you are using your credit cards, take caution and don't be careless. Notice who is standing near you and what they are doing when you use your card. Be aware of phones because many have a camera phone these days.
When you are in a restaurant and the waiter/waitress brings your card and receipt for you to sign, make sure you scratch the number off. Some restaurants are using only the last four digits, but a lot of them are still putting the whole thing on there. I have already been a victim of credit card fraud and, believe me, it is not fun. The truth is that they can get you even when you are careful, but don't make it easy for them.