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Beer Arab HARAM?

Mengejutkan apabila ujian makmal yang dijalankan terhadap minuman yang popular sebagai `bir halal’ di kalangan pengguna Islam dikesan mengandungi alkohol pada kadar melebihi jumlah dibenarkan syariat.

Penemuan kandungan alkohol sebanyak 0.5 peratus itu terbongkar selepas pengguna yang meragui minuman itu membuat aduan kepada Jabatan Agama Johor (JAJ) dengan membawa sendiri ‘bir halal’ itu untuk dianalisis, seterusnya mendapatkan kepastian.

Menurut sumber, JAJ kemudian menghantar sampel minuman ke Jabatan Kimia untuk pengesahan dan hasil ujian makmal yang dijalankan mendapati bir halal diperbuat daripada pelbagai perisa buah-buahan itu mengandungi 0.5 peratus kandungan alkohol.

“Berikutan penemuan itu, JAJ memaklumkan kepada Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) serta Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (KDRM) untuk tindakan selanjutnya.

“JAJ perlu memaklumkan penemuan itu kepada Jakim kerana difahamkan minuman itu (gambar) menjadi kegemaran ramai dan selama ini dianggap halal. KDRM pula perlu mengambil tindakan lanjut kerana minuman itu diimport dari luar negara,” katanya.

Mufti Johor, Datuk Mohd Tahrir Samsudin ketika mengulas perkembangan itu berkata, Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan memutuskan kandungan alkohol dalam makanan serta minuman yang dibenarkan syariat Islam ialah tidak melebihi 0.01 peratus.

“Makanan atau minuman disahkan halal jika terdapat kandungan alkohol tidak melebihi 0.01 peratus. Ulama bersepakat menetapkan jumlah alkohol dengan kuantiti itu kerana ia boleh terhasil dalam makanan dan minuman secara semula jadi.

“Kuantiti itu amat kecil dalam kebanyakan buah-buahan serta tumbuh-tumbuhan. Ia bukan najis dan boleh dimakan atau diminum umat Islam,” katanya.

Sementara itu, sumber Jakim berkata, kebanyakan pengguna Islam yang gemar minum minuman itu mungkin tidak menyangka kewujudan alkohol dalam minuman itu berikutan ia dikilang dan diimport dari negara Islam di Timur Tengah.

Menurutnya, tambah meyakinkan apabila label pada luar produk berkenaan tertera tulisan minuman itu bebas alkohol dan hadir dalam pelbagai jenis perisa buah-buahan.

“Ia mula popular sejak lebih setahun lalu di kalangan masyarakat apabila minuman botol itu mudah diperoleh di kedai runcit, restoran termasuk kafe pada harga antara RM3 hingga RM5 sebotol.

“Persoalan bagaimana alkohol ini wujud dalam minuman ‘halal’ berkenaan masih dalam siasatan berikutan ia berkemungkinan di kilang di dalam bangunan sama dengan minuman keras,” katanya.

Gekko: ini kalau betul, amat memalukan kepada umat Islam

Kejatuhan Hosni Mubarak, Presiden Mesir baru-baru ini merupakan kejadian yang paling menarik untuk permulaan tahun 2011. Begitu juga kejatuhan Presiden Tunisia sebelum itu, juga berlaku pada tahun 2011.

Peristiwa ini sekurang-kurangnya membuka mata para pemimpin dunia yang lain, terutamanya bagi mereka yang dah terlalu lama memerintah. Tentu soalan yang berligar ligat dalam kepala mereka adalah, apakah rakyat mereka sedang berbuat sesuatu untuk menghumban mereka sama seperti pemimpin Tunisia dan juga Mesir.

Siapapun tak sangka yang rakyat Tunisia akan bangun, begitu juga siapa sangka Mubarak akan merudum. Tahun-tahun sebelum ini banyak laporan dari penganalisis politik Amerika menyatakan tak mungkin Mubarak akan jatuh, Mesir berjaya dikawal dengan baik oleh Mubarak. Begitu juga Tunisia, mereka katakan ia sebuah negara yang amat stabil dan cara pemerintahan di sana membuatkan rakyatnya tidak bangun menentang.

Kejatuhan demi kejatuhan pemimpin mereka membuatkan ramai yang berkata sekarang cakap-cakap serta analisis para pakar adalah mengarut dan tak boleh didengar. Ya!, tak ada siapa yang tahu masa depan, itu adalah satu kepastian, jadi jangan percaya pada sesiapa walaupun dia amat pakar.

Mari kita lihat senarai pemimpin yang sudah pasti tak sedap tidur sekarang ini kerana dah terlalu lama duduk di atas singgahsana.

Nama Pemimpin Negara Memerintah sejak

1. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Brunei 1967
2. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi Libya 1969
3. Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said Oman 1970
4. Prime Minister Khalifa ibn Salman Al Khalifa Bahrain 1970
5. President Jos. Angola 1979
6. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo Equatorial Guinea 1979
7. President Paul Biya Cameroon 1982
8. King Mswati III Swaziland 1986
9. President Yoweri Museveni Uganda 1986
10. President Blaise Compaor Burkina Faso 1987
11. President Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe 1987
12. Prince Hans Adam II Liechtenstein 1989
13. Bashir Omar al Sudan 1989
14. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Iran 1989
15. President Ali Abdullah Saleh Yemen 1990
16. President Idriss D Chad 1990
17. President Islam Karimov Uzbekistan 1990
18. President Nursultan Nazarbayev Kazakhstan 1990
19. President Isaias Afewerki Eritrea 1991
20. President Emomalii Rahmon Tajikistan 1992
21. Chairman Kim Jong-il Korea, North 1993
22. President Alexander Lukashenko Belarus 1994
23. President Yahya Jammeh Gambia, 1994
24. Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Qatar 1995
25. Prime Minister Denzil Douglas Saint Kitts and Nevis 1995

Gekko: Nik Aziz pun dah lama sangat dah perintah Kelantan tapi tiada apa yang boleh dibanggakan disana. Kotor dah pasti, mundur selalu… Kalau tidak masakan ramai anak Kelantan di negeri lain cari perkerjaan.

Global stocks plunged, extending a rout that wiped $5.3 trillion off market value this month, on concern Europe will struggle to contain its debt crisis and the U.S. economic recovery is faltering. Commodities slumped and bond risk surged.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 1.9 percent to 111.33 as of 11:04 a.m. in Tokyo, the lowest level since Aug. 21. Crude oil for July delivery dropped as much as 2.1 percent, to $69.31 a barrel. The cost of insuring Asia-Pacific bonds against non- payment soared to the highest in at least six months. The euro rallied from a four-year low, climbing 0.3 percent to $1.2517, on speculation governments will act to halt the currency’s slide.

Global equities are set for the biggest monthly decline in market value since October 2008 as confidence was rocked by Germany’s crackdown on speculation and plans to tighten U.S. finance industry regulation. Jobless claims in the world’s largest economy unexpectedly increased to 471,000 last week and the Conference Board’s index of leading economic indicators posted a surprise drop of 0.1 percent. Continue reading

Investor Marc Faber said China’s economy will slow and possibly “crash” within a year as declines in stock and commodity prices signal the nation’s property bubble is set to burst.

The Shanghai Composite Index has failed to regain its 2009 high while industrial commodities and shares of Australian resource exporters are acting “heavy,” Faber said. The opening of the World Expo in Shanghai last week is “not a particularly good omen,” he said, citing a property bust and depression that followed the 1873 World Exhibition in Vienna.

“The market is telling you that something is not quite right,” Faber, the publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom report, said in a Bloomberg Television interview in Hong Kong today. “The Chinese economy is going to slow down regardless. It is more likely that we will even have a crash sometime in the next nine to 12 months.”

An index tracking Chinese stocks traded in Hong Kong dropped 1.8 percent today, the most in two weeks, after the central bank raised reserve requirements for the third time this year. The Shanghai Composite has slumped 12 percent this year, Asia’s worst performer, as policy makers seek to rein in a lending boom that’s spurred record gains in property prices. China’s markets are shut for a holiday today.

Copper touched a seven-week low and BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s biggest mining company, fell the most since February on concern spending in the world’s third-largest economy will slow and after Australia boosted taxes on commodities producers. Rio Tinto Ltd., the third-largest, slid as much as 6 percent.

Chanos, Rogoff

Faber joins hedge fund manager Jim Chanos and Harvard University’s Kenneth Rogoff in warning of a crash in China.

China is “on a treadmill to hell” because it’s hooked on property development for driving growth, Chanos said in an interview last month. As much as 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product relies on construction, he said. Rogoff said in February a debt-fueled bubble in China may trigger a regional recession within a decade.

The government has banned loans for third homes and raised mortgage rates and down-payment requirements for second-home purchases. Prices rose 11.7 percent across 70 cities in March from a year earlier, the most since data began in 2005.

The government has stopped short of raising interest rates to contain property prices. Within an hour of the central bank announcement on reserve ratios, Finance Minister Xie Xurensaid that officials remained committed to expansionary policies to cement the nation’s recovery.

Stocks ‘Fully Priced’

The nation’s economy grew 11.9 percent in the first quarter, the fastest pace in almost three years. The government projects gross domestic product growth for the year of about 8 percent.

The clampdown on property speculation may prompt investors to turn to the nation’s stock market, Faber said. Still, shares are “fully priced” and Chinese investors may instead become “big buyers” of gold, he said.

BlackRock Inc. is among money managers reducing their holdings on Chinese stocks on expectations that economic growth has peaked. The BlackRock Emerging Markets Fund has widened its “underweight” position for China versus the MSCI Emerging Markets Index to about 7.5 percent from 4.6 percent at the end of March, the fund’s London-based co-manager Dan Tubbs said.

Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., China Construction Bank Corp. and Bank of China Ltd, the nation’s three largest banks, are trading near their lowest valuations on record as rising profits are eclipsed by concern bad loans will increase.

Local Governments

Citigroup Inc. warned in March that in a “worst case scenario,” the non-performing loans of local-government investment vehicles, used to channel money to stimulus projects, could swell to 2.4 trillion yuan by 2011.

Housing prices nationwide may fall as much as 20 percent in the second half of the year on government measures to curb speculation, BNP Paribas said April 23. Under a stress test conducted by the Shanghai branch of the China Banking Regulatory Commission in February, local banks’ ratio of delinquent mortgages would triple should home prices in the country’s commercial center decline 10 percent.

Shanghai is projecting as many as 70 million visitors to the $44 billion World Expo, more than 10 times the number who traveled to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. More than 433,000 people visited the 5.3 square-kilometer (3.3 square-mile) park on its first weekend.

Source: Bloomberg

BN Youth Lab

This is a great way for the youth to voice out their view to the government. JOM join?