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Malaysia Culture : Mosque

30 08 2010

Most Malaysian especially those who are not muslim or not Islam believers, never enter a mosque before.

If you are non-muslim. Before you visit any mosque or surau, please read the following : (some are in in Malay language)

The conclusion is, make sure you get the government ministers (from the ruling parties of Be-eNd) written support before you enter any mosque in Malaysia. There are many standards practised in Malaysia mosque. They treat everyone differently. If you are lucky, you may visit a mosque with a welcome ceremony with red carpet.

Philippines hostage incident in 3D

30 08 2010

On August 23, 2010, Rolando Mendoza hijacked a tourist bus parked near Manila’s Rizal Park. On it were estimated 20-25 passengers, mostly from Hong Kong along with three Filipinos. Mendoza, 55, was honoured by police chiefs in 1986 as one of the top 10 officers in the country. But he was discharged in 2008 for his alleged involvement in drug-related crimes and extortion, according to police.

In February 2009, Rolando Mendoza was one of five Manila police officers ordered dismissed by the Ombudsman. Mendoza was a decorated police officer who faced accusations of chef Christian Kalaw. Kalaw had claimed Mendoza and the other officers had forced him to swallow metamphetaine hydrochloride (shabu). Mendoza has faced loss of his complete retirement benefits and banishment from being able to hold any governmental job.

Now Manila Vice-Mayor Francisco Domagoso, aka Isko Moreno, is quickly meeting with Ombudsman Merceditas Guttierez to determine if Mendoza was right in his dispute over the matter. Guttierez is said to have a letter by Mendoza disputing his accusations.

Idiot Santiago Pascual

30 08 2010

Manila Police Chief Inspector Santiago Pascual (picture above), commander of the SWAT team that stormed a hijacked tourist bus on Monday, testifies at a Philippine Senate hearing Thursday Aug. 26, 2010, in Manila, Philippines. As the Philippines grappled with outrage over its mishandling of the standoff, business was halted in the bustling financial hub of Hong Kong on Thursday in a 3-minute tribute to eight residents killed in the deadly bus hijacking in the Philippines, as locals demanded answers for the tragedy.

‘Super SWAT’ was kept out of the loop 

By DJ Yap  (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines—At the Manila Police District (MPD), there’s a faction within the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit known mockingly as “Super SWAT,” an elite squad composed of veteran marksmen and arms experts.

But Super SWAT was kept out of the loop during the Aug. 23 hostage drama at the Luneta Park that left eight tourists and the hostage-taker dead, much to the frustration of its leader, Senior Insp. Jonathan dela Cruz.

“That’s not the SWAT I know,” he said of the unsure, bumbling unit of men whose assault on the bus taken hostage by former Senior Insp. Rolando Mendoza was captured live by cameras and made the subject of international derision.

“It’s embarrassing. We’re going to be used as an example of what not to do in a hostage situation,” he said Thursday night in an interview with some of his team members in a Manila restaurant.

Dela Cruz was supposed to have taken command of the MPD SWAT on Aug. 23, but a petition by some existing members—those who did not belong to his trusted circle—succeeded in retaining Chief Insp. Santiago Pascual as commander and keeping Dela Cruz and his team out of the action.

Pascual was later relieved with three other SWAT leaders as a result of their handling of the hostage crisis.

“Everybody here knows that it’s Dela Cruz who’s good. It’s a shame he wasn’t in command,” an MPD official not connected with SWAT nor with Dela Cruz said in a separate interview.

“Politics did him in,” said the official, who did not want to be named for lack of clearance to speak on the subject.

Watching in frustration

At the height of the crisis, Dela Cruz said he was relegated to the sidelines, watching in frustration as the events unfolded.

“I kept getting calls from people, from SWAT units in Metro Manila and my SWAT friends in the United States and Australia, and even British reporters, asking me what I was doing. They thought I was in command,” he said.

“I just told them: ‘I’m not there.’”

He said even his young daughters asked him, “Nandon ka (Were you there)?” and he felt embarrassed.

He would do it differently

Dela Cruz, 46, said he was not in any position to criticize and point out mistakes the SWAT members committed during the hostage crisis. However, he said he would have done things differently.

First, with regard to intelligence work, he would work closely with the negotiators and interrogate hostages who had been released to determine the positions of those inside the bus, he said. Once their positions were known, the next step would be to determine the entry point and where to breach the vehicle.

He said he would deploy only three people to storm the bus, but all of them must be fully decked in “Level 4” gear with bullet-proof vests and kneepads, Kevlar helmets, flashlights, M-16 rifles and handguns.

“Then we would decide on what action to take during the worst case scenario. If the worst case scenario is that the hostage-taker starts shooting at the hostages, then we go in,” he said.

Breach the front

Dela Cruz said he would order his men to use a detonating cord to blast the front part of the bus, which, in his opinion, was the ideal place to breach.

The three men would storm the vehicle, with halogen lights in position behind them to momentarily blind the hostage-taker. Their M-16 rifles would be equipped with flashlights to immediately zoom into the suspect and shoot him if necessary.

“The most damage he could have done was to shoot one of us, but he wouldn’t be able to take all three of us down,” he said.

“This would have been a good opportunity for Manila SWAT to show what it’s made of,” he said. “If the operation was successful, and I or one of my men died as a result, it would be worth it,” he said.

Glory days

Dela Cruz was commander of the MPD SWAT from 2007 to 2008, a period his subordinates liked to consider the “glory days” of the unit.

“At that time, we were the ‘Best of the Best SWAT’ in the country, according to the SAF (Special Action Force),” he said.

Super SWAT earned the moniker from its members’ penchant for wearing Level 4 gear all the time—decked out in bullet-proof vests, helmets and kneepads and carrying top-of-the-line M-16 rifles and handguns.

“Some people thought we looked arrogant because we were wearing all our equipment. That’s when they started calling us ‘Super SWAT.’ They said we were elitists,” Dela Cruz said.

One of his men chimed in: “It was not meant to be a compliment.”


But Dela Cruz said: “We would need all that gear and equipment if we’re going to walk into a situation with confidence.”

He said confidence was crucial in dealing with potentially deadly situations, citing one hostage-taking incident when his squad was called in. “When the hostage-taker fired a shot, the men from other units ducked for cover, but we remained standing. Then we walked over to get to the suspect.”

He said his team, composed of less than 20 members, was a tightly knit family bonded together by a common interest in weapons and tactics.

Dela Cruz said a good SWAT unit did not need astronomical funds to be effective. The commander just has to be resourceful in finding equipment for his team, he said. He said this was what he did when he was SWAT commander, constantly on the lookout for new devices and equipment and would improvise based on the resources they had.

“In SWAT you don’t buy your equipment, you make your own,” he said, noting that the MPD SWAT currently uses Kevlar helmets and kneepads that he helped design when he was still commander.

“But more than the equipment and gear, the most important thing in a SWAT unit is the people. These are the people behind you and in front of you. You want men who are skilled and you can trust,” he said.

Trimming the fat

Which was why as SWAT commander, Dela Cruz trimmed the unit’s personnel down from 100 to 25, provoking an outcry from those who did not make the cut.

Dela Cruz said with scarce resources, he did not need 100 men to run a capable and efficient SWAT unit.

“One bullet can give you experience … It’s not about quantity of the manpower. It’s about the knowledge that your men have,” he said.

He said his team was composed of men mostly in their 30s, unlike those deployed during the Luneta hostage crisis. “Those guys looked like they were still courting girls. They didn’t look like men raising families and building a future.”

Floating status

In 2008, Dela Cruz left the MPD SWAT to join the team of his former boss, Roberto Rosales, who was then just recently appointed director of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO). He was assigned to the NCRPO’s Light Reaction Unit. Then early this year, he was recommended to resume duty at the MPD SWAT.

If he had been allowed to re-assume command, he would have trimmed the bloated personnel again. This was probably why the current SWAT members were reluctant to have him on board.

The complaining members sent a petition to Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim asking him to retain Pascual as commander, a request that Lim granted.

“I was put on floating status as a result,” he said.


Sought for a reaction, Lim said he did not know Dela Cruz and was not privy to the internal workings of the MPD SWAT.

Now, Dela Cruz said he had been recommended anew to head the MPD SWAT. But he said he was not confident that he would be reinstated.

“With this interview, I don’t know if I’ll be allowed to go back. But I’m OK with that. I just felt somebody had to say something. Now is the time for everyone to evaluate what went wrong and what should be done,” he said.

A civil engineering graduate of the Technological Institute of the Philippines, Dela Cruz joined the police force in 1987. “I rose from the ranks. I was PO1, PO2 and so on,” he said.

From 1991-1996, he received training in counterterrorism strategy and tactics from specialized police forces in Louisiana, US. The training was sponsored by the US Embassy.

Hostile encounters

As MPD SWAT commander, Dela Cruz had faced a number of hostile encounters with criminal elements, from hostage dramas to hijacking incidents and pursuits of fugitives. But none were of the scale of the Aug. 23 incident at Luneta.

By reputation, Dela Cruz is seen as something of a loose cannon.

He often terrified subordinates by “trying out” bulletproof gear while they were wearing it, that is, he would shoot it to demonstrate that the bullet would not penetrate it.

He also liked to experiment with explosives as a breaching tool. He admitted that a civilian was injured during one such experiment. “I took care of the hospital bills,” he said.

The death of the Sun

29 08 2010

The Sun is about 4.5 billion years old. it has used up about half of its nuclear fuel (hydrogen). In about 5 billion years from now, the sun will begin to die. 

As the Sun grows old, it will expand. As the core runs out of hydrogen and then helium, the core will contact and the outer layers will expand, cool, and become less bright. It will become a red giant star. 

After this phase, the outer layers of the Sun will continue to expand. As this happens, the core will contract; the helium atoms in the core will fuse together, forming carbon atoms and releasing energy. The core will then be stable since the carbon atoms are not further compressible. 

Then the outer layers of the Sun drift off into space, forming a planetary nebula (a planetary nebula has nothing to do with planets), exposing the core. 

Most of its mass will go to the nebula. The remaining Sun will cool and shrink; it will eventually be only a few thousand miles in diameter! 

The star is now a white dwarf, a stable star with no nuclear fuel. It radiates its left-over heat for billions of years. When its heat is all dispersed, it will be a cold, dark black dwarf – essentially a dead star (perhaps replete with diamonds, highly compressed carbon).

Real SWAT vs Philippine SWAT

26 08 2010

The S.W.A.T. should be like the video above.

How about the Philippine S.W.A.T ?

They had a rehearsal in the morning before they stormed the tour bus.

But at night, they are making a lot of stupid mistakes and causing 8 hostages killed.

See the different in standard? 

If that is the SWAT of the Philippine. Then what is the standard of the normal policemen in that country?

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25 08 2010

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