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Berapa Ramai Lagi Nyawa Harus Terkorban?

Agaknya telah berapa banyak kes kebakaran di sekolah-seolah agama/tahfiz? Berikut adalah senarai kebakaran yang saya jumpa. Ada sekolah yang kes kebakaran berlaku lebih daripada sekali. Yang bertanda merah adalah kes yang melibatkan kehilangan nyawa.

  1. Madrasah Taufiqiah Al-Khairiah, Guar Chempedak, 1989. Kebakaran asrama perempuan madrasah mengakibatkan 27 orang pelajar maut. Punca kebakaran adalah api dari lilin yang dipasang untuk menerangi bilik asrama.

    Sumber: Astro Awani

  2. Sekolah Menengah Agama Darul Makmur, Pekan, 2007. Kebakaran itu mengakibatkan empat buat kelas, sebuah bilik komputer, bilik guru dan bilik pengetua termasuk wang tunai RM8,500 hangus.

    Sumber: Bernama

  3. Sekolah Pondok Bandar Hilir, Sik, 2007. Kebakaran memusnahkan 40 pondok. Tiada sebarang kecederaan dilaporkan kerana kejadian berlaku pada musim cuti persekolahan.

    Sumber: Bernama

  4. Sekolah Nurul Hidayah Al-Quran Maahad Tahfiz, Pasir Putih, 2007. Sebuah blok asrama hangus. Tiada kemalangan jiwa kerana pelajar-pelajar sedang menghadiri kelas.

    Sumber: Bernama

  5. Sekolah Madrasah Darul Hikmah, Kota Kinabalu, 2009. Kebakaran berlaku di sebuah bangunan dua tingkat menyebabkan kerugian kira-kira RM200,000. Tiada kemalangan jiwa dilaporkan.

    Sumber: Bernama

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Sepiring, The MINES

I haven’t written a food review in a while because I haven’t found a place I really like until I stumbled upon Sepiring at The MINES recently.

The first page of the menu says: Proud of our colourful heritage, our menu carries an exciting variety of recipes from all corners of Malaysia. It is this harmonious blend of flavours that make us all ‘uniquely Malaysian’.

And then, on the next page is a menu of pasta selection. Hmmmmm… am I the only one wondering from which corner of Malaysia pastas are from?

I decided to go for something truly Malaysian, so I ordered Nyonya Nasi Ulam with Ayam Percik and Durian Cendol.

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The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

This is the finale of the Millennium Trilogy. I don’t know how to review this book without revealing the plot, so this review is going to be brief.

This book picks up where “The Girl who Played with Fire” left off. Salander was now in a hospital, where she was treated for her life-threatening injuries. Because she was wanted for a triple murder, she was put under arrest and not allowed contact with anyone except the medical team treating her and her lawyer. Salander had to prepare for her defense while isolated from the rest of the world.

Mikael Blomkvist asked his sister, Annika, to be Salander’s lawyer, which proved to be challenging due to Salander’s policy of not talking to anyone in authority.

People in the Secret Section of Sapo knew that they were in danger. If Salander was not silenced, she would expose their blatant disregard of the law in order to protect Zalachenko.

While doing all they can to help Salander, both Annika’s and Mikael’s lives were threatened. Can they persuade Salander to trust them? The stake was high and important people had much to lose if the truth finally came out.

The plot twists and turns left my head spinning. Of course, I’m going to tell you that you must read this book. Get it from this store or that store.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire

This is the second book in the Millenium Trilogy.

Mikael Blomkvist was working with Mia Johansson (a criminologist) and Dag Svensson (a journalist) to expose a sex trade ring that involved prominent people. Blomkvist found Johansson and Svensson shot dead in their apartment. The police found the murder weapon with Lisbeth Salander’s fingerprints on it. Shortly after, Bjurman, Salander’s guardian was also found dead in his apartment.

Salander was now wanted for three murders and the media was painting her as a psychotic lesbian with a troubled, violent past. The hunt for Salander was on.

People who knew Salander well — Blomkvist, Berger and Armansky — did not believe that Salander was responsible for the murders. While Salander hid at her safe house, they desperately tried to make sense of what happened. It was a race against time — if the police found Salander first, it would not end well.

Unknown to Blomkvist, Salander held the key to a puzzle that Johansson and Svensson was unable to solve. Salander had met with them shortly before they died. The information she shared with them was what led to their death.

The key that Salander held was a man called Zalachenko — the elusive mastermind behind the sex trade ring. The man who shaped Salander’s dark past.

This book is the key to understanding Salander’s past and what made her who she was. Get this book from this store or that store.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Mikael Blomkvist was a disgraced journalist. While he was picking up the pieces of his life, he was approached by Dirch Frode, a lawyer who worked for Henrik Vanger — a rich, influential and retired industrialist. Vanger wanted to hire Blomkvist to write his family biography, but that was only a pretext. His real mission was to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, Henrik’s niece, more than three decades ago.

Blomkvist had no interest in writing a biography and he doubted that he could unravel a three-decade mystery when even the best investigators failed to do so. But then, Henrik Vanger made him an offer he couldn’t resist – if Blomkvist accepted his offer, he would give Blomkvist evidence that can use against his nemesis.

While investigating Harriet’s disappearance, Blomkvist crossed path with Lisbeth Salander, an investigator who Frode hired to do a background check on Blomkvist before Vanger offered him the job. Salander and Blomkvist ended up working together to track down Harriet.

Lisbeth Salander was one of a kind. You can keep no secret from her. She lived by her own moral code. Together with Blomkvist, the pair were unstoppable. The dark secret they discovered about what led to Harriet’s disappearance was a horror beyond their imagination — a secret that if revealed, would destroy the Vanger family.

Even if you’re not into the crime/thriller genre, I highly recommend this novel. You won’t regret it. Get this novel from this store or that store.

The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest