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Diari 31

Posted: April 10, 2008 in Diari Diri Iedashi

Lama dah tak menulis diari ni .. kebelakangan ni aku lebih suka main chatting kat Mirc or main games kat www.2dplay.com ataupun kat www.metacafe.com . Walopon begitu aku masih bukak website aku ni setiap hari cumanya aku seperti hilang penumpuan dan idea pada penulisan ni . Terasa Beku dan bebal pemikiran aku di saat dan ketika ini.

Perlukah aku berjumpa doktor untuk merawat pemikiran aku yang sedikit terganggu ini?

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Last Photo of Titanic

Posted: April 3, 2008 in Titanic

litho07.jpg …. And Signed by a Titanic Passenger

 

This stunning photograph of Titanic is the last known snapshot of the ill-fated liner as she was leaving Queenstown. Snapped by a Titanic passenger, Jack Odell, a young boy who was on holiday with his family that got on board at Southampton and disembarked in Queenstown, Ireland, Titanic’s last port of call. This image was taken while they were on the tender heading back to Queenstown (now Cobh).

Not only is this image the last known picture taken of Titanic but also is signed by Jack Odell, the person who was on board the ship and snapped the photo when he left. A magnificent and amazing collectible. This is not a printed autograph. Each print was signed by hand by the late Mr. Jack Odell. Mr Odell signed these prints especially for the Titanic Historical Society and they were offered for sale for the first time at the Society’s convention in Boston in 1992.

 

 

Pay & Kiss : Anuar Zain

Posted: April 2, 2008 in Dunia Glamor

Petikan daripada akhbar kosmo bertarikh 28 Mac 2008, Anuar dengan jujurnya memberitahu, peluang itu terbuka kepada semua peminatnya termasuklah daripada kalangan wanita. Adakah ini bermakna peminat LELAKI pon boleh cium jugak?

“Mereka boleh lakukan apa yang disukai. Tidak kira bercium atau duduk di atas paha,” kata Anuar dengan perasaan teruja. “Ciuman hanya terbatas di pipi sahaja.

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PEMERGIAN pelakon dan pelawak terkenal Yusni Jaafar di hening 2.30 pagi tadi di Hospital Selayang cukup meninggalkan kesan pada mereka yang sering bersama-samanya semasa hayat, baik ketika senang mahupun susah.

Allahyarhamah sememangnya mempunyai sifat keibuan yang cukup tinggi kerana selain seorang yang peramah, beliau begitu mengambil berat tentang anak-anak, keluarga mahupun kenalan.

Pada awal bulan lepas, arwah Yusni Jaafar ada titipkan pesanan pada penulis yang dia begitu gembira apabila kembali tinggal bersama familinya di Subang Jaya setelah beberapa waktu membawa diri.

Pesanan seperti, “Ibu gembira ayah ada, anak-anak ibu semua ada. Lama ibu tak tidur dengan ayah, Ema, Erna dan cucu-cucu ibu. Lepas ini ibu hendak pergi jauh. Tak payah cakap siapa-siapa. Kalau siapa cari ibu kata ibu happy sangat sekarang…”

Terngiang-ngiang lagi pesanan itu di cuping telinga. Siapa sangka petanda yang akan datang. Kata orang ‘Gabak di hulu tanda akan hujan, cewang di langit tanda akan panas…’

Sepanjang perbualan, suara arwah begitu ceria dan terus berbual dalam bahasa Inggeris. Sesekali, arwah membaca petikan dari surah dalam Al Quran melahirkan betapa ‘rindunya hendak pulang’ dan persiapannya untuk menemui Pencipta.

Penulis masih tidak dapat meneka riak dan rentak lain arwah walaupun berkali-kali diminta berjanji untuk ‘menyimpan segala rahsia’ dan ‘tolong tengok-tengokkan Irna, dia anak yang baik’ serta pesanan pada pelakon Hans Isaac yang sudah dianggap macam anak sendiri. Sehinggalah ketika menerima panggilan pagi tadi, penulis bagai tersentak dan tercari-cari apa lagi amanat terakhir arwah.

Sekembalinya dari tanah suci beberapa tahun yang lalu, tumpuan Allahyarhamah banyak kepada membuat kerja amal dan melakukan ibadah. Sisa-sisa hidupnya dihabiskan untuk membuat keluarganya bahagia dan seringkali mengingatkan para artis muda agar selalu ingat pada Allah.

Jenazah Allahyarhamah telah dibawa ke rumah keluarganya di No 37, Jalan USJ3/20 dan seterusnya ke masjid berdekatan Subang Parade Seksyen 15 untuk urusan pengebumian. Allahyarhamah akan disemadikan di Tanah Perkuburan USJ 20 sebelum Zohor hari ini.

Menurut anaknya, Raja Ema, semua keluarga sempat menatap wajah terakhir ibunya.

Yusni, 62 tahun, telah dimasukkan ke Hospital Selayang pada 12 Mac yang lalu apabila penyakit hati yang dihadapinya bertambah kronik dan kritikal sejak awal minggu lalu.

Yusni yang lebih mesra dengan panggilan Ibu mula mendapat rawatan untuk penyakit hatinya sejak 2005.

Pada awal tahun ini, keadaan kesihatan Yusni tidak begitu stabil dan selalu keluar masuk hospital untuk menerima rawatan susulan penyakit hati yang dihadapinya.

Selain komplikasi hati yang memberi kesan kepada kedua-dua buah pinggangnya, Allahyarhamah juga menghidap penyakit kencing manis dan badannya semakin membengkak.

Menurut adik Allahyarhamah, Sukarni Jaafar, keadaan kakaknya serius sejak tiga bulan lalu apabila kaki dan beberapa bahagian badannya mula membengkak.

“Sejak awal tahun ini, arwah sentiasa keluar masuk hospital dan diwajibkan menjalani rawatan setiap bulan.

“Doktor tahan dia masuk wad apabila keadaannya semakin membimbangkan apabila kedua-dua buah pinggang arwah gagal berfungsi, begitu juga hatinya, menyebabkan badannya membengkak dua kali ganda dari saiz biasa,” kata Sukarni.

Yusni yang mendirikan rumah tangga dengan ahli muzik Raja Ibrahim Raja Mansor meninggalkan lima orang anak iaitu Raja Iskandar, 41; Raja Ema, 39; Raja Izat, 37; Raja Emy, 30, dan Raja Irna, 23 serta sembilan orang cucu.

Yusni yang mengabdikan diri selama 50 tahun dalam dunia seni dan pernah berlakon dalam puluhan filem, antaranya Setinggan, Sikit Punya Gila, Gila-gila Remaja, Hantu Siang, Azura dan yang terbaru Cuci merupakan seorang anak seni yang tulin.

Walaupun tidak kesempatan menerima imbuhan yang menggalakkan seperti kebanyakan artis muda sekarang, Allahyarhamah jarang mengeluh.

“Beginilah hidup anak seni. Bila muda disanjung, dah tua orang tak pandang tapi ini pilihan ibu. Ibu tak menyesal…” itulah yang sering diungkapkan oleh arwah semasa hayatnya.

Begitupun kelembutan dan nalurinya seorang ibu di kalangan penggiat industri hiburan, ada kalanya arwah begitu tegas menyuarakan pendapat dan pendiriannya tentang sesuatu isu atau perkara.

Apa saja yang dirasa tidak adil atau apa saja kemusykilan, arwah tidak akan biarkan begitu saja tanpa mendapat jawapan atau kepastian.

“Walau kita tidak berduit, kita perlu ada maruah diri. Itu saja yang kita ada dan tidak boleh diambil orang. Ingat pesan ibu!,” itulah antara pesanan ibu waktu terakhir berbual dengannya.

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The Yusof family (from left) Iskandar, Farooq Yusof, Sufiah, Zulaika, mother Hamilaton and Aisha in happier times. — PHOTO: NORTHANTS PRESS AGENCY
LONDON – THE report on Sufiah Yusof working as a prostitute was the final straw for Ms Yusof’s mother, Halimahton, a devout Muslim.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Monday that she left the family home in Coventry to arrange her divorce from her husband Farooq Yusof. The couple’s marriage was already under intolerable strain following his guilty plea last week on charges of indecently assaulting two 15-year-old girls while working as a personal tutor.

The Yusof family’s humiliation was complete.

‘We want nothing to do with my dad,’ said Sufiah’s brother Isaac Abraham, 26, speaking on the doorstep. ‘He was so abusive to us. That’s why Sufiah had to get away.’

Ten years ago, Mr Yusof had been lauded as a pioneer in hothousing – the intensive personal tutoring of young children.

The subject of his experiments in education were his five children. Early life for them was a regime of spartan intensity.

The temperature in the family home was always low to ensure their attention, morning prayers were followed by stretching and breathing exercises.

Television, pop music and anything else that might lead to ‘shallow thinking’ was banned. Fresh air, said Mr Yusof, was essential for a fresh mind.

Punching helped as well. ‘It depended on whatever mood he was in,’ said Abraham. ‘He used to wake us up in the middle of the night by punching our faces. It was awful what he put us through.’

Born in Pakistan, and considered a prodigy himself, Mr Farooq basked in the publicity that followed Sufiah’s admission to St Hilda’s College, Oxford at the age of 13 in 1997. Her siblings Iskander, 12 and Aisha, 16, later studied together in the Warwick University, making them the youngest in university at the time.

Those were happier times for the Yusof family who were hailed as the brightest in Britain.

Mr Yusof stressed that his children’s achievements were the result of his teaching rather than their brains.

Still, Sufiah was the star, the only one to reach Oxbridge. The problem for Mr Farooq was that she had not only a fine mind but one of her own.

Although younger than her contemporaries, Sufiah took part in the campaign against tuition fees and joined a number of university societies, even attending the odd meeting of the Socialist Workers Party.

While her father was promising ‘more Sufiahs’, as if his daughter was some kind of production-line model, she was growing up.

In 2000, Sufiah ran away from Oxford where she was studying maths because she could not deal with the ‘intolerable pressure’ put on her by her parents to succeed.

Two weeks later, she was found in Bournemouth but refused to be reunited with her parents. A bitter email to them followed, describing her childhood as a ‘living hell’.

‘I’ve finally had enough of 15 years of physical and emotional abuse,’ she wrote, claiming that she had twice tried to kill herself at the age of 11.

Her anguish had been met with the nickname Crybaby Soo-Fi. ‘Maybe the public will have a different view of you as devoted parents. I’m not Crybaby Soo-Fi any more.’

Mr Yusof had a history of dishonesty. He was jailed for three years for his part in a 1.5 million-pound mortgage swindle.

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Mr Marshall and Ms Yusof on their wedding day at Oxford in 2004. — PHOTO: CHINA PRESS
The former husband of a Malaysian child prodigy said he was shocked and saddened, a day after her life as a prostitute was exposed by a British newspaper.

Speaking of the News of the World’s report on Ms Sufiah Yusof, Mr Jonathan Marshall, 28, said: ‘I am completely shocked. I can’t fathom why she would do it – especially someone in her situation. Despite the problems with her family she had many advantages which other people don’t have.’

The newspaper claimed that Ms Yusof, 23, had posted her services for £130 (S$360) on a hooker’s website, under the name of Shilpa Lee.

Mr Marshall met Ms Yusof at Oxford University – she had won a place there at 13, while he was a law student, reported the Daily Telegraph yesterday.

The couple fell in love and married in 2004 – he was 24 and she was 19. The marriage lasted less than two years. Mr Marshall also converted to Islam before marrying her.

Speaking from Saudi Arabia, where he works for a law firm, Mr Marshall said: ‘The reason we split was that I became more observant and Sufiah became less so.

‘She was confused, really. She didn’t know quite what she wanted. She wasn’t ready to settle down. Basically, she wanted to be a student.

‘She wasn’t a difficult person to live with. We simply had different goals, different ideas of where we wanted to be. There were, to my knowledge, no affairs or anything. I never considered such a thing, simply because of the religious basis of our marriage.’

He said Ms Yusof completed her course but failed to take her final exams because of her health. After Mr Marshall started work at a well-known law firm, the couple moved to London and then, briefly to Singapore.

It was in Singapore in August 2005 that they decided to end their marriage. After she returned to London, Ms Yusof decided to go back to school to read economics at London University.

Mr Marshall supported her for eight months before taking up a job in Saudi Arabia. He has remarried and has two children.

He said that he did not feel that Ms Yusof had been physically abused by her father as a child, but he was not sure about psychological abuse.

But he added that there was a limit on how much one could blame Ms Yusof’s childhood.

‘My view is that people can blame childhood to a certain extent, but there also comes a point where you have to take responsibility for your own actions.

‘She had her advantages: she had someone willing to support her while she was at university. One newspaper told me that it had offered a substantial amount for her story. Personally, I’d rather sell my story than sell myself.’

Mr Marshall said he has no way of contacting Ms Yusof – except through the mobile number posted on the website on which she advertised her services.

‘I really do hope she manages to get her life back together,’ he said. ‘She was obviously very able and it’s sad that she is not able to use that talent.’

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SHE was a child maths genius who won a place at Oxford University aged just 13—but now the only sums Sufiah Yusof is interested in are the ones she earns as a HOOKER.

For sad Sufiah the daily equation she has to solve is simply sex equals £130 as she sells her body to punters over the internet.

The gifted girl with the winning smile had the world at her feet ten years ago and should be a rich woman by now—but last week she was busy subtracting her underwear for our undercover reporter in her dingy back street flat.

“Would you like to start your half hour now?” said Sufiah, 23, as she danced on the bed, displaying her body for examination.

Then she listed all the sleazy plus points she would throw in for our man if he took up her offer.

Calling herself Shilpa Lee, the former child prodigy still juggles with figures on a hookers’ website, describing herself as a “very pretty size 8, 32D bust and 5’5″ tall—available for booking every day from 11am to 8pm.”

She says she is a “sexy, smart student” who prefers “older gentlemen”— but a former pal who has witnessed her downfall told us: “It is all desperately heartbreaking.

“With her amazing brain she should be able to make money any way she wants. But instead her life has spiralled completely out of control.”

Life has never quite added up for Sufiah. Her descent into prostitution in Salford, Manchester, is the latest in a long line of tragedies to have engulfed her since the sunny day when she posed with her university mortar board for the world’s press outside prestigious St Hilda’s College.

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Our shock revelations today come in the week her domineering dad Farooq was jailed for sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls as he home-tutored them in maths.

And he was always at the root of all her troubles— even as she passed the further maths A-Level she needed for entry to Oxford at the age of 12. In those days Sufia was a strict Muslim child who prayed five times a day and was subjected to her father’s famous Accelerated Learning Technique.

Her days involved stretching and breathing exercises in freezing rooms to keep her brain attentive.

Sufiah would then study hard and be forced to play tennis with just as much intensity as fanatical Farooq drove her on. The routine was so effective Sufiah was seeded number eight in the country for under 21s.

But three years into Oxford, the 15-year-old sparked a massive police hunt after running away.

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Abuse

At the time her father bizarrely claimed Sufiah had been kidnapped and brainwashed by an organisation seeking the key to her intelligence.

But Sufiah sent an email to her family describing her life under her father as a “living hell”.

One message to her sister read: “I’ve finally had enough of 15 years of physical and emotional abuse. You know what I am talking about.”

Sufiah was missing for two weeks before being found in an internet café in Bournemouth where she had been working as a hotel waitress.

She refused to go back to her parents and instead was taken into the care of social services.

It was then revealed that Farooq had been jailed for three years in 1992 for his part in a £1.5m mortgage swindle. Before that—at the age of 19—he had been sent to borstal for his role in a conspiracy involving £100,000.

Free from the spell of her father, Sufiah returned to Oxford to complete the final year of her Masters in Maths.

But she was now more concerned with enjoying herself—and failed to finish the course after meeting trainee lawyer Jonathan Marshall.

They were married in 2004 when Sufiah was just 19 and Jonathan 24. But the strains with her family were still there.

Despite being invited, Sufiah’s parents and four brothers and sisters failed to turn up to the wedding.

Her dreams of a happy life with Jonathan were shattered when the couple divorced just a year later.

Now, in her sad little flat, she uses her body to pay the rent. Sufiah met our man, posing as a punter, at the entrance to her building wearing a tiny skirt, leather boots and a tight t-shirt. She was carrying three mobile phones.

She laughed and joked as she led him to her small apartment where a bed was already set out in the lounge.

She told him it was £130 an hour and offered him a glass of water before putting some music on to a cheap portable stereo and nervously stripping down to her red lace bra and knickers.

Sufiah then peeled off her underwear and danced on the bed. She told him she did full sex with a condom and oral sex without protection.

After our man had made his excuses, Sufiah kept him talking by telling him how she was studying for a Masters degree in Economics on a part-time two year course in London.

The former prodigy added: “I’ve got exams coming up and I’m thinking ‘Oh my God!'”

Once described by her parents as “naïve and unstreetwise”, she works alone from her flat without any obvious physical security or protection.

She even admitted to our reporter: “It’s always a surprise who you are going to meet.”

Cheerful Sufiah gave no indication of any sadness at the jailing of her father the previous day. On Wednesday Farooq, 50, was sentenced to 18 months at Coventry Crown Court for touching two 15-year-old girls when he was home tutoring them at maths.