Wednesday, September 24, 2008
MELAMINE - ADDED TO FOODSTUFFS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS - CAN BE FATAL...
Melamine - added to foodstuffs can cause serious health problems to children...
Melamine - a chemical proven fatal when added to foodstuffs:
A melamine-resin plateMelamine resin or melamine formaldehyde (also shortened to melamine) is a hard, thermosetting plastic material made from melamine and formaldehyde by polymerization. This plastic is often used in kitchen utensils and plates (such as Melmac) and is the main constituent of high-pressure laminates, such as Formica and Arborite, and of laminate flooring. Melamine-resin tile wall panels can also be used as whiteboards. Melamine resin often is used to saturate decorative papers that are directly laminated onto particle board; the resulting panel is often called melamine and commonly used in ready-to-assemble furniture and inexpensive kitchen cabinets.
A melamine-resin ladleA special form of melamine resin is melamine foam, used mainly as an insulating and soundproofing material and more recently as a cleaning abrasive.
Melamine resin utensils and bowls are not microwave safe, as they absorb the microwave radiation and heat up. As with all thermosetting materials, melamine resin cannot be melted and, therefore, cannot be recycled.
This is the chemical that has been added to foodstuffs and milk products in China. Some food products and childrens sweets have been found in a number of countries in recent times.
Four children have died and well over 40,000, perhaps over 50,000 children have become extremely ill through ingesting this product. Many children have developed kidney stones over an unknown period.
It appears that milk had been watered down and the melamine chemical was added to bring the milk product back up to an acceptable but false reading.
A health notice has been issued by food safety officials in New Zealand warning parents not to let their children consume Chinese made 'White Rabbit Creamy Candies', because they contain an acceptably high levels of melamine.
Melamine may cause health problems such as kidney stones; and the NZ health authorities have warned parents to seek medical advice if they are aware that their children have consumed these and similar products.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
NO HOLDS BARRED
By Raja Petra Kamarudin
If I have learned one thing from my previous interrogations (of course, they call it ‘recording my statement’ and not ‘interrogation’) it is that the police will say one thing and then will do the opposite.
NO HOLDS BARRED
Raja Petra Kamarudin
The government has blocked Malaysia Today. And I mean www.malaysia-today.net, of course. Well, never mind, the server had been shut down and sold off way before the block anyway. So, in that sense, Malaysia Today no longer existed at the time they blocked it. Therefore they could not harm Malaysia Today much since it had already ‘died’ prior to that.
But all is not lost. ‘Friends of Malaysia Today’ in Singapore, Indonesia and the United States had earlier backed up the data from the old Malaysia Today server and have created a few mirror sites all over the world. It is unique the way they have linked all these various servers running on different urls so that when one site is updated all the others get updated as well, although the intervals vary between five to 15 minutes depending on the server.
The ‘Friends of Malaysia Today’ thought that the site is too crucial to be allowed to operate under an individual. So, just before the 8 March 2008 general election, they decided to band together and ‘corporatise’ Malaysia Today. This was of course on condition that the old ‘management’ of Malaysia Today was prepared to relinquish control of the site. Then, said the ‘Friends of Malaysia Today’, they will ensure that the site continues to operate even in the eventuality that I get sent to jail.
Today, I was summoned to Bukit Aman because of Dr Mohamed Osman Abdul Hamid of Pusrawi’s medical report and Statutory Declaration that were published in Malaysia Today. It seems Malaysia Today has committed an act of sedition under Malaysia’s Sedition Act and the police wanted me to admit that I own Malaysia Today, I was in control of the site at all times, and that I was instrumental in publishing both the medical report and the SD.
The police were actually quite upset with my responses. DSP Lee exasperatingly said that he used to have great respect and high regards for me but now has changed his opinion about me due to my wishy-washy and evasive responses. My replies to all their questions were: ‘don’t ask me, ask the owners of Malaysia Today’, ‘that question is not relevant to the issue’, ‘you have no jurisdiction over Malaysia Today since it is outside Malaysia’, ‘prove to me that those documents came from Malaysia Today’, ‘those documents are not from Malaysia Today, they are from another site’, ‘charge me and I will reply in court’, ‘why should I bother to reply since you are determined to charge me anyway’, and so on and so forth. I must admit that even I was irritated by my own cocky and neither here nor there replies.
If I have learned one thing from my previous interrogations (of course, they call it ‘recording my statement’ and not ‘interrogation’) it is that the police will say one thing and then will do the opposite. For example, they interrogated me about the Statutory Declaration that I signed on 18 June 2008 and said that the investigation was about me signing a false declaration. Basically, the police wanted me to prove that what I signed was no lie and that I really did have information from reliable sources. But when I managed to satisfy them with the answers and more or less proved that I had not lied, they turn around and charge me for Criminal Defamation instead. The issue of signing a false declaration never cropped up at all.
And this was in spite of the Section 112 statement clearly stating that my statement was being recorded under the section that covers the crime of making a false declaration. The police trick is simple. Accuse you of lying. Get you to prove you are not lying. And then, after you have offered the proof, they charge you for something else and use this proof to nail your balls to the wall. In other words, your cooperation in satisfying the police with all the right answers becomes the albatross around your neck. You prove you are innocent of one crime and this proof hangs you on another crime. Heads I win, tails you lose. Both ways they win in the end.
The MCMC said that Malaysia Today will remain blocked indefinitely. I really hope so. I would certainly not want them to unblock it for reasons I will not reveal at this stage. Nevertheless, they said that they blocked Malaysia Today because it has insulted Islam and the Prophet.
Actually, there are thousands of sites that more than just insult Islam and the Prophet. But none of these sites are being blocked. Why? Allow me to demonstrate what I mean. I will show you a handful of these sites that have done much worse than what Malaysia Today has been accused of.
Critical Analysis of Islam! (http://debate.org.uk/topics/coolcalm/ )
Samples of Quranic Contradictions, Inconsistencies and Errors. (http://www.faithfreedom.org/Articles/SKM/contradictions.htm )
An Imperfection in the Perfect Quran (http://www.faithfreedom.org/Articles/KimbleSmith.htm )
Qur’anic Language and Grammatical Mistakes (http://answering-islam.org/BehindVeil/btv8.html )
The Contradictions of the Qur’an (http://answering-islam.org/BehindVeil/btv11.html )
Faith Freedom (http://www.faithfreedom.org/index.htm )
The complete list of sites offering an Alternative View on Islam (http://www.primechoice.com/philosophy/listIslam.htm )
As I said, there are thousands of sites that demolish Islam totally. Basically, these sites call Islam, Prophet Muhammad and the Quran fakes. But these sites are not blocked. And although they run down Islam and totally demolish Islam, they are not blocked because they are not anti-Umno or anti-Barisan Nasional. That is the issue.
MCMC and the police will probably argue that these sites are all overseas so there is nothing they can do about them. Well, so is Malaysia Today, but that did not stop them.
TWO MALAYSIAN BLOGGERS ARRESTED UNDER THE INTERNAL SECURITY ACT DURING THE LAST WEEK...
A second Malaysian opposition blogger has been arrested for displaying the national flag upside down, during the last week. The Malaysian Government appears to be coming under even more pressure.
Syed Azidi Syed Aziz, better known as "Kickdefellah" online, is the second blogger arrested in Malaysia during the last week. The arrests have been described as ridiculous.
The Malaysian opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, is reportedly demanding a vote of no confidence in the Malaysian Government. He also claims to have the numbers to bring down the Government of the Prime Minister, Abdullah Badawi.
Mr Syed Aziz, was arrested on Wednesday, under the Internal Security Act for sedition. His website advocated other people flying the flag upside down in protest.
This arrest follows that of the controversial and well published arrest of Raja Petra Kamaruddin last Friday under Malaysia's Internal Security Act, which allows detention without trial. He attacked government figures on his popular website, "Malaysia Today" and was charged with sedition and defamation alleging that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife were linked to the sensational murder of a Mongolian woman. He has reportedly been sent to the Kamunting Detention Centre for two years.
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
THE CHINESE BABY MILK SCANDAL HAS WIDENED AND NOW INVOLVES GLOBAL GIANT SWISS COMPANY NESTLE...
The Chinese baby milk scandal has widened and now involves giant Swiss company, Nestle.
The death toll is now four and the number of ill children exceeds 40,000.
Twelve more people have been arrested and another seventy eight questioned in connection to the scandal.
There have been reports of other milk products being contaminated by melamine in overseas countries, including New Zealand where a number of milk products originating from China have been taken off the shelves after tests have shown they have been contaminated as well, and also in Hong Kong where products have been removed from two supermarket chains.
This scandal has a long way to run, in my opinion, and will continue to harm innocent foreign companies through their association with their guilty Chinese counterparts.
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