Friday, December 25, 2009

Mahathir’s misplaced priorities Malaysian’s misplaced billions

Mahathir’s misplaced priorities Malaysian’s misplaced billions


Mahathir’s misplaced priorities Malaysian’s misplaced billions

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 01:39 PM PST


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Can a thief plead as defence that somebody else steals more and that his victim still has his shirts? Have you read the Unholy Trinity
In the late 90s, the Director-General of the EPU was "caught" with a rather large bundle of cash in his office drawer by the ACA. Again, Mamakthir said "no" to the proposed prosecution.What would be different if the MACC had been in place at those times ?
He also acknowledged that Bank Negara had traded foreign currencies and lost money, but he denied that it was in the amount Wain imputed. MAYBE WE MUST GRILL NOOR MOHAMED
"Altogether I don't think the amount lost added up to RM10 billion even. If we had lost 100 billion ringgit the government would be in deep trouble. But although we did have poor growth during certain years, the government had never failed to meet all financial commitments including the servicing of loans. In fact we had enough money to prepay loans.
"The projects of course cost a lot of money. But the projects can be seen by the people."
Among the projects he cited were the Penang Bridge, Twin Towers, KL Tower, KL International Airport, North Port and West Port in Klang, commuter train, LRT and monorail, the numerous expressways all over the country, electrification and double tracking, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, Langkawi development, Proton, Modenas, the Silterra chip manufacturing plant and cement plants.
what about KTM prime land you and Diam looted ,Totto Malaysia you give away to Berjaya Tan
READ THIS EXCLUSIVE ARTICLE BY THE TAXI DRIVER The Straits Times way of thanking Rosmah FOR helping to grab the KTM BERHAD PRIME LAND IN SINGAPORE FOR SINGAPORE
"However, I don't think Barry Wain was referring to these projects when he said I burnt RM100million of government money," said Dr Mahathir .yes spilled it out Perwaja Steel
Tan Sri Eric Chia, the former managing director of Perwaja Steel, was acquitted after 43 days of trial without his defence being called.
In acquitting the accused, the presiding High Court judge heavily criticised the conduct of the prosecution, especially their failure to call several key witnesses who had obvious knowledge of the material elements of the case.
With reference to particular key witnesses from Japan, the judge questioned whether it was the Japanese witnesses who were "reluctant" to come or "the prosecution was the one reluctant to bring them here".
It is imperative that the Attorney General's wide powers be subject to close scrutiny and not be permitted to be exercised arbitrarily.
If the government is truly serious in wanting to improve and restore public confidence in the administration of justice in this country, it must be prepared to review the presently unfettered powers of the Attorney-General.
Stop your self importance and delusions. Even in this country, your cronies still crow for you only because they want the gravy train to continue. That was the only way you commanded any respect or loyalty from them, certainly not through your "leadership by example or Bersih, Cekap & Amanah" bull. If you are so transparent and clean as you claim, why do you need the ISA, OSA, Sedition Act and all that ? They were not there to counter any threat to the country but any challenge to your ego and megolamania. Looks at Ops Lallang, which one of them arrested was really a threat to national security ? And stop condemning AAB. At least, he gave the rakyat a chance to speak up and voice their opinions without charging them under all the draconian laws. To be still so venomous and spiteful at this age is already so indicative.
there is justifications to say Mahathir squandered bilions and billions of the peoples' money ( period )
"However, I don't think Barry Wain was referring to these projects when he said I burnt RM100million of government money," said Dr Mahathir .yes spilled it out
Yeah. . ., blame the author of the book, blame the tin speculators, blame George Soros. . ., blame everybody except yourself. . !
Tun Kutty you are disgusting. . ., I hope you rot quickly like those ships in Hong Kong bought by "your son also rises"!
We know tun's tricks well. Blames everyone for his misguided corrupt ways. Uses race & religion to fool everyone before someone catches you.
Melayu tak mudah lupa, toon, mereka dah pun pandai, rupa2 nya kaka yang mudah lupa. Datang dari mana? Kerala awaits you.
No one belives you anymore, kaka. Too late to start crying now.
…then he opened his mouth and said: ""Altogether I don't think the amount lost added up to RM10 billion even…."
..the point is you do acknowledge that huge amount of public funds were lost/wasted/corrupted under your tenure. In any responsible form of government, you should be held accountable and punish accordingly. Yet there you are, free as a foreskin from a recently circumcised cock, shooting your foul mouth off and bragging to boot!
Your kind will only receive punishment in the next life, coz in this zone, you are untouchable.
Why don't you go and do some exercise, like playing badminton for example., instead of spending whatever time you have left in this world talking cock, contradicting yourself at the same time, and in effect making an ass out of yourself
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China student cries foul over 8 days in lockup

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 12:55 AM PST

A Chinese national is crying foul over profiling of foreign women by the authorities, following her eight-day detention by the Subang Jaya district police. malaysiakini.com
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COLONIALISM AND MULTIPLE MEANINGS OF MALAYSIAN NATIONALISM

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 08:53 AM PST


When we take a look at the various soap operas as played out by the Barisan National (BN) politicians in the recent past, on the ethnic differences in our nation, we wonder as to what has happened to the spirit of nationalism after 52 years of our nation having had envisioned our Independence.

Generally speaking or thinking out loud, our founding fathers, that is, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tan Cheng Lock and V.T. Sambanthan must have faced ethnic hostility and suspicion when they first embarked on the expedition to unite the various communities to maintain a unified front and to bargain with their colonial masters to pave the way for Independence.

At that stage they must have realized that the British had by their policies kept the various communities apart and such policies had sowed the seeds of distrust and enmity between the ethnic Malays and the ethnic Chinese and Indians.

As such, as man is a gregarious being, he is by nature able to live with his fellows in harmony. In this spirit our founding fathers must have drawn up their conditions for attaining Independence. It would have been in the context of their shared experiences of the prevailing policies of the British. They must have made compromises and come to a consensus so as to present a united front, to attain Independence.

Based on historical records it would be political correct to assert that the British had demonstrated their colonial power in the form of their colonized culture. This was because they kept the various ethnic groups in servitude. The British forged the idea of "White" superiority.

The British segregated the ethnic Malays from the other communities instead of encouraging their full integration into a modern society. On the other hand the ethnic Chinese were in mining zones or commercial agricultural activity and the ethnic Indians were in the European-owned rubber estates.

That is why Emerson, Rupert (1970) {1937} Malaysia: A Study of Direct and Indirect Rule, Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Press, was one of the strongest critics of British policies during the economic depression, viewing them as excellent opportunities for the maxim of "divide and rule."

During their period of rule the British had acquired and opened up the ports of Singapore, Malacca and Penang. Then after the Second World War they wanted to do away with the pre-war administrative structures of the ten government units consisting of the federated Malay states of Perak, Selangor, Pahang and Negri Sembilan and the unfederated Malay states of Johore, Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu and the Straits Settlements comprising of Singapore, Malacca and Penang.

The British wanted to create a centrally controlled state with Singapore as a separate entity. They introduced the Malayan Union Agreement (MUA). The sultans signed away the sovereignty of the Malay states. However the British underestimated the opposition of the ethnic Malay masses.

When the ethnic Malays realized how powerless their sultans were in protecting their rights, status and privileges and as well as maintaining their identity as a race, they reacted swiftly by re-establishing their pre-war state associations and opposed the British and their sultans for signing away the sovereignty of the Malay states.

It has to be noted that, before the war, the British had a pro-Malay policy and it had alienated the non-Malays. But after the Malayan Union Agreement it alienated the Malays by abolishing their rights and by giving unrestricted citizenship rights to the non-Malays. This MUA sowed the seeds of enmity and distrust between the Malays and the non-Malays.

In this ensuing struggle the sultans caved in first. Why?

The sultan of Kedah and Perak objected to the MUA. They were forced to sign the MUA. The other sultans signed because they were merely thinking of their own self-interest or because they had just ascended to their thrones and needed the British confirmation to remain as sultans.

Hence the ethnic Malays and the non-ethnic Malays saw through the deviousness of  the policies of the British. A joint opposition was mounted. They put forward a proposal that the MUA be replaced by the People's Constitutional Proposal (PCP). It should be noted that the "Melayu" nationality that was being proposed did not carry any religious connotations.

The non-ethnic Malays had all along been used to seeing themselves as Malayans, accepted the term melayu as a nationality and wanted the ethnic Malays to accept it and become Malayan too.

The PCP demanded that a fully-elected federal legislative assembly be elected. The framers argued that only a government elected by and responsible to the people would be able to look into the welfare of the people.

Under the Alliance leadership it was decided that in exchange, the non-ethnic Malays will get liberal citizenship requirements, the ethnic Malays would continue with the Malay privileges as provided under the Federation of Malaya Agreement (FMA) such as, Malay reservation land, operation of quotas within the public services, quotas for licenses and permits for certain business and quotas for public scholarship and educational grants will continue.

These privileges were to be incorporated into the provision of Article 157(which is now Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.) The intention of the Alliance and the Reid commission was that Article 153 relating to special privileges should be transitional and the position of the ethnic Malays should be reviewed from time to time, and a "White Paper" was to be tabled in the federal legislative meeting which should include a statement that:

" It is considered in the interest of the country and in the interest of the Malays themselves that the provisions of Article 157 should be reviewed from time to time."

Apart from the above the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) raised strong objections on Article 3 where Islam was to be the official religion of the federation. The Tunku said that he was under pressure as it was important psychologically to the Malays.

The United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) assured that Islam was intended to have only symbolic significance and for ceremonial purpose only and Article 11 provides for the rights of the non-Malays and guarantees the citizen the right to profess, practice and propagate their religion and that the federation would be a "secular state."

Independence was granted on 31st. August 1957. Up to 1969 the Alliance claimed that it was the only component of the parties that was capable of resolving communal claims. Then, came other parties outside the Alliance, such as the Democratic Action Party (DAP), the Gerakan and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS).

In May 1969 we saw the riots. With that a state of emergency was declared. The New Economic Policy (NEP) was introduced. Then along the way Mahathir wrote the book entitled the "Malay dilemma." To Mahathir "Race" had everything to do with social difference in Malaysia and the inferior economic status of the ethnic Malays.

Mahathir helmed the nation for 22 years from 1981 to 2003. To him and many of his generation of nationalists, they held an understanding that Malay culture and ethnic identity was constitutive of the nation. This flawed understanding was in direct contrast to a more politically inclusive nationalism.

However in the March 2008 general elections with the increasingly urbanized and upwardly mobile of the Malay middle class and with the support of the ethnic Chinese and Indians the  notion of Malay supremacy and nationalism was shattered. The barriers of racialism which were institutionalized over the last 30 years are now slowly being dismantled.

Whilst the people in general have had a common nationalist consciousness and have intermingled freely in the marketplace and workplace, it appears that the unschooled politicians from UMNO that evdeavoure to create and play up the racial card to gain political mileage.

With the current stage of political maturation, inter-racial marriages and a recognition that Malay and Malaysian nationalism are linked and that all the citizens are Malaysian nationalist the word "race" may hopefully in the passage of time become "defunct."

There will be light at the end of the tunnel in 2013 with the current "common policy platform." Of the Pakatan Rakyat.  May be, by that time like Massim d'Azeglio who said after Italy had been politically unified: "We have made Italy, now we have to make Italians." So too,  we the people should be able to say " We have Malaysia, now we are all Malaysians."


Dreamers of all lands unite

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 08:00 AM PST


By Pak Bui

To call someone a "dreamer" has become a grave insult in our pragmatic society, only marginally better than to call someone an "idealist".

A close friend mused yesterday that life is empty without dreams. We must all have a dream of our own, to give us hope and meaning in life, my friend told me. I have ruminated over this, and I have decided I agree with this sentiment whole-heartedly.

Dreaming may be the natural state of affairs for human beings, as Zhuangzi, the revered Chinese poet and philosopher, postulated. One night, he dreamt he was a butterfly, flying carefree. When he awoke, he wondered if he was a man dreaming he was a butterfly, or if he was a butterfly who had just begun dreaming he was a man (莊周夢蝶).

Dream sequences have played major roles in religion, art and literature. Dreams played critical roles in the stories of Noah and Moses, common heritage to all three major monotheistic religions. Dreams also play important roles in Buddhism and Hinduism, and in the creation myths of the Ibans , Native Americans and the Australian aboriginal peoples.

If dreams play such a crucial role in creation, perhaps the destruction of humanity will be prefigured by the death of dreams. Our pragmatism, forged in the age of enlightenment and honed in the industrial revolution, has become a double-edged sword.

This modern pragmatism informed the 'can-do' spirit of American and European Calvinists. For them, material progress was seen as a form of worship of God. As modernity overtook religion, material progress seems to have become an object of worship in itself.

Our obsession with economic growth and technology seems now to be overwhelming our small planet, with pollution and violence. Where have our dreams vanished to?

In the children's book Alice Through the Looking Glass, Alice comes across the Red King asleep, and "fit to snore his head off". Alice's companions Tweedledum and Tweedledee warn her not to wake him, saying she is a character in the Red King's dream, or else she would simply "go out – bang! – just like a candle".

Perhaps we have stopped dreaming and our world is expiring, just like a candle.

Our Malaysian Dream

How has our Malaysian dream of nationhood, equitable development, and justice, come to be replaced by the now dominant grey "free market" vocabulary? Such language is spouted most eloquently by wealthy KL and Singaporean folk who have "developed", and left Sarawak behind.

Why is it that agitators for political and economic justice are derided as "idealistic" and "unrealistic"? What calamity could possibly be worse than losing our ideals and dreams?

Personally, I only care to spend time with dreamers. I enjoy reading reflections by people like SKY, Bunga Pakma and Apang. I do not mind if they drift off once in a while, for when they return, they are tremendously invigorating.

I spent a few minutes listening Dr 's famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial, at the climax of a historic civil rights march on August 28, 1963, now streaming into all our homes via youtube.

His words, and the hope and anxiety in the faces in the crowd, black and white, are electrifying, even to this day, when our marginalised Iban and Penan brothers and sisters are robbed, abused and beaten in our own land.

Whenever we feel despondent in our fight for justice in Sarawak, we could do worse than to listen to this brave preacher again.

We shall overcome, indeed. Even if it does not happen in our lifetime, we have a dream.

"This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilising drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

"The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges…

"But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

"We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force…

"I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive…Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

"I have a dream today…

"This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

"And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

Posted in Alternatives, Human rights, philosophy, Politics Tagged: Anak Sarawak Bangsa Malaysia, Pak Bui


Singapore uses defamation suits to kill opposition leader Malaysia uses sodomy to kill opposition leader

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 01:38 AM PST


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2008

END OF A LEGEND WHO NEVER FEARED…….

Singapore opposition figure Jeyaretnam dies at 82

April 28, 2001 file photo of Jeyaretnam waving as he arrives at an extremely rare opposition rally organised to raise money for his campaign in Singapore. — AP pic

UPDATED

SINGAPORE, Sept 30 — Joshua B. Jeyaretnam, Singapore's best known and most dogged opposition leader who fought a lone battle against the powerful ruling establishment despite being driven to bankruptcy, died today. He was 82.

Jeyaretnam, often referred to as J.B.J, died at a local hospital of heart failure, his assistant Ng Teck Sion told The Associated Press.

"It's a great loss for the country. He really believed in democracy and never stopped fighting for Singapore," he said.

In recent years, Jeyaretnam — once a wealthy, flamboyant and high-profile lawyer — had stood on street corners and outside subway stations to pedal his own books about Singapore politics because no retailer would stock them.

Jeyaretnam's one-man street sales were a striking commentary on the iron-fisted control that the ruling People's Action Party wields overSingapore.

The book sales were also meant to raise money to help pay off damages stemming from defamation suits Jeyaretnam lost to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Lee's father and Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime ministers Goh Chok Tong, and others.

"It's a very heavy price I have paid" for taking on the government, Jeyaretnam, the first opposition member to be elected to Parliament, told The Associated Press recently.

The government did not immediately respond to Jeyaretnam's death.

Jeyaretnam served as a MP from 1981 to 1986 and from 1997 to 2001 for the Workers' Party, which he founded. He left the party in 2001 and helped form the Reform Party this year. He was planning to run in the next parliamentary election, due by 2011.

Jeyaretnam, whose thick white whiskers and misty eyes made him instantly recognisable, often faced jeers and catcalls in Parliament from the ruling People's Action Party, whose members have always vastly outnumbered the opposition.

At present, the opposition holds two out of 84 elected seats in Parliament.

The PAP has ruled Singapore since independence from Malaysia in 1965. Although it has provided a high standard of living and prosperity to Singapore's 4.5 million people, the government is often accused of stifling civil liberties, freedom of speech and political space.

A socialist at heart, Jeyaretnam contended that the government's economic policies created a wealthy upper class and an underbelly of poor citizens who have to work twice as hard to survive. He also often railed against what he called the "Lee dynasty," a reference to Lee Kuan Yew and his prime minister son.

Jeyaretnam's views inevitably got him into trouble with the Lees and other government leaders who frequently sued him for defamation. He said he had lost count of how many times he had been sued — and lost.

He estimated that he paid out more than S$1.6 million (RM3.8 million) in damages and court costs over the years.

After losing the last defamation case, Jeyaretnam declared bankruptcy in 2001, unable to pay the fine of about US$367,000 (RM1.2 million) in damages stemming from defamation lawsuits brought by the two Lees and Goh.

He was found guilty of defaming them at a 1997 election rally, when he said a colleague had filed a police report accusing the ruling party leaders of defamation. Jeyaretnam emerged from bankruptcy last year.

"Outside of Singapore … Jeyaretnam's allegedly defamatory words would not have excited comment — let alone prompted actions of this kind," Amnesty International said at the time.

The government argues that such defamation suits are necessary to uphold the integrity of its leaders, saying any aspersions on their character would reduce the respect they command and hence compromise their ability to govern the fragile multiracial society properly.

An Anglican Christian of Sri Lankan Tamil decent, Jeyaretnam attended Saint Andrew's School in Singapore and University College London where he earned a bachelor's degree in law.

His wife Margaret, whom he had met when they were law students in Britain, died of breast cancer a year before he was elected to Parliament in 1981.

Jeyaretnam is survived by two sons, Kenneth and Philip. The funeral will be held later today. — AP

Malaysian constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari sparked a furore lately for likening the state of "lawlessness" in Malaysia to that in Zimbabwe which was echoed by former Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim.

zaidibrahimIn an interview with Malaysiakini, Zaid said:

"Nothing will change unless those who know rise up to expose the vermin (that are) eating and destroying our national institutions and democratic values."

If Abdul Aziz or Zaid , both lawyers by profession, had repeated the same remarks in Singapore, they would probably be sued for defaming the government and disbarred with their careers destroyed.

Besides no former Law Minister in Singapore will ever dare to criticize the system after being "retired" with a plume job in some government-linked companies to keep their mouths shut.

In a way, Singapore bears a closer resemblance to Zimbabwe than Malaysia is under the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) and we are not talking about the economic but the political situation in these two countries.

Of course in terms of economic progress, Singapore is way ahead of Zimbabwe and Malaysia, but our archaic, obsolete and repressive political system is not too far behind Zimbabwe.

In fact, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe should learn from Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on the art of masquerading amugabe dictatorship as a "democracy" without incurring the wrath of the free world.

By and large, Mr Mugabe is shunned by the international community for being a despot. His ruling party is nothing more than a band of thugs who resort to harrassment, intimidation and even murders to silence the opposition.

On the other hand, Lee is no less a despot than Mr Mugabe, but he is welcomed by the international community everywhere he goes. Even President Obama granted him a rare audience at the White House lately though he is officially not the leader of Singapore.

The opposition is allowed to exist in Singapore provided it stays "constructive" (a Singapore euphemism for "doing nothing") most of time and avoid crossing the path of Lee in the event of which they will be fixed, arrested and bankrupted till they "fall on bended knees and beg for mercy."

The effectiveness of both methods is clear for all to see: Mr Mugabe's rule is wobbling towards the end of his reign and he had to share power with his adversary in order to maintain his grip on power.

lkypanoLee does not have to concede any ground to Singapore's non-existent opposition. Still being revered by some as the "founding father" of Singapore, he can win a free and fair election easily hands down anytime.

But Lee is not merely interested in winning elections, he wants an "overwhelming" mandate which means winning all the seats in parliament and if not, losing no more than two in the exising opposition wards.

Lee's ruling PAP has won 10 consecutive elections from 1959 till 2006, a feat not seen or achieved in any other democracies in the world.

Of course one can argue that Singapore isn't a democracy to begin with, but the fact remains that relatively free elections are conducted on a regular basis and though there are rampant gerry-mandering and unscrupulous practices such as the use of the state media to discredit and demolish the opposition, there were few complaints of fraud or vote-buying.

Now back to Malaysia – it may not be as developed as Singapore economically, its GDP per capita is much lower than ours and it ranks a pathetic 56th position by Transparency International compared to Singapore's position as the 3rd least corrupt nation in the world and yet its people enjoy more political freedom than Singaporeans.

The Malaysian Bar Association can criticize the government freely and protest against decisions made by the Chief Justice withoutmalaysianbar any repercussions.

The Singapore Law Society is muzzled by a law which disallows it to comment on legislation and policies unless its opinion is specifically sought after by the government.

Singapore lawyers are expected to toe the official line. Few would dare to go against the Chief Justice or Attorney-General openly. A former Singapore citizen Gopalan Nair questioned a decision made by then Attorney General Tan Boon Teck in the 1980s and was disbarred for two years.

The Malaysian opposition can lambast the Prime Minister openly without being sued for defamation. Democratic Action Party (DAP)'s Tony Pua, who slammed PM Najib recently over his GST proposal would have been bankrupted a long time ago had he been in Singapore.

Another voracious critic Lim Kit Siang, who hammered the government relentlessly would probably be detained under the Internal Security Act by the PAP and exiled elsewhere like Singapore's former Solicitor-General Francis Seow, once Lee's blue-eyed boy who had fallen out with him.

For all his diatribes against Dr Mahathir, Badawi and Najib, Lim should consider himself fortunate that he is still able to speak his mind relatively freely in Malaysia. Lee would never tolerate such public show of dissent against him.

The irony is: DAP was an offshoot of the PAP, regrouped from the Malaysian branch of the PAP after Singapore was booted unceremoniously out of Malaysia in 1965.

The three opposition MPs in Singapore's parliament are largely ineffectual and dare not challenge the ruling party. When asked point-blank by PM Lee last year if Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng should resign over the escape of terrorist Mas Selamat, opposition MP Low Thia Kiang was stunned into silence, earning him the nickname "Silent Low" among netizens.

Low could possibly be more vocal in Malaysia, but not in Singapore where a single wrong word may cause him to lose not only his MP seat, but his entire fortune as well which was what happened to his mentor, the late J.B. Jeyaretnam.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2008

END OF A LEGEND WHO NEVER FEARED…….

Singapore opposition figure Jeyaretnam dies at 82

April 28, 2001 file photo of Jeyaretnam waving as he arrives at an extremely rare opposition rally organised to raise money for his campaign in Singapore. — AP pic

UPDATED

SINGAPORE, Sept 30 — Joshua B. Jeyaretnam, Singapore's best known and most dogged opposition leader who fought a lone battle against the powerful ruling establishment despite being driven to bankruptcy, died today. He was 82.

Jeyaretnam, often referred to as J.B.J, died at a local hospital of heart failure, his assistant Ng Teck Sion told The Associated Press.

"It's a great loss for the country. He really believed in democracy and never stopped fighting for Singapore," he said.

In recent years, Jeyaretnam — once a wealthy, flamboyant and high-profile lawyer — had stood on street corners and outside subway stations to pedal his own books about Singapore politics because no retailer would stock them.

Jeyaretnam's one-man street sales were a striking commentary on the iron-fisted control that the ruling People's Action Party wields overSingapore.

The book sales were also meant to raise money to help pay off damages stemming from defamation suits Jeyaretnam lost to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Lee's father and Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime ministers Goh Chok Tong, and others.

"It's a very heavy price I have paid" for taking on the government, Jeyaretnam, the first opposition member to be elected to Parliament, told The Associated Press recently.

The government did not immediately respond to Jeyaretnam's death.

Jeyaretnam served as a MP from 1981 to 1986 and from 1997 to 2001 for the Workers' Party, which he founded. He left the party in 2001 and helped form the Reform Party this year. He was planning to run in the next parliamentary election, due by 2011.

Jeyaretnam, whose thick white whiskers and misty eyes made him instantly recognisable, often faced jeers and catcalls in Parliament from the ruling People's Action Party, whose members have always vastly outnumbered the opposition.

At present, the opposition holds two out of 84 elected seats in Parliament.

The PAP has ruled Singapore since independence from Malaysia in 1965. Although it has provided a high standard of living and prosperity to Singapore's 4.5 million people, the government is often accused of stifling civil liberties, freedom of speech and political space.

A socialist at heart, Jeyaretnam contended that the government's economic policies created a wealthy upper class and an underbelly of poor citizens who have to work twice as hard to survive. He also often railed against what he called the "Lee dynasty," a reference to Lee Kuan Yew and his prime minister son.

Jeyaretnam's views inevitably got him into trouble with the Lees and other government leaders who frequently sued him for defamation. He said he had lost count of how many times he had been sued — and lost.

He estimated that he paid out more than S$1.6 million (RM3.8 million) in damages and court costs over the years.

After losing the last defamation case, Jeyaretnam declared bankruptcy in 2001, unable to pay the fine of about US$367,000 (RM1.2 million) in damages stemming from defamation lawsuits brought by the two Lees and Goh.

He was found guilty of defaming them at a 1997 election rally, when he said a colleague had filed a police report accusing the ruling party leaders of defamation. Jeyaretnam emerged from bankruptcy last year.

"Outside of Singapore … Jeyaretnam's allegedly defamatory words would not have excited comment — let alone prompted actions of this kind," Amnesty International said at the time.

The government argues that such defamation suits are necessary to uphold the integrity of its leaders, saying any aspersions on their character would reduce the respect they command and hence compromise their ability to govern the fragile multiracial society properly.

An Anglican Christian of Sri Lankan Tamil decent, Jeyaretnam attended Saint Andrew's School in Singapore and University College London where he earned a bachelor's degree in law.

His wife Margaret, whom he had met when they were law students in Britain, died of breast cancer a year before he was elected to Parliament in 1981.

Jeyaretnam is survived by two sons, Kenneth and Philip. The funeral will be held later today. — AP

To be fair, we cannot blame Lee or the PAP completely for the state of political freedom in Singapore. It takes two hands to clap and Singaporeans have to shoulder part of the responsibility as well.

The Barisan Nasional is no less repressive than the PAP, but the Malaysians dare to go against it to express their displeasure publicly.malaysiaisa

The anti-ISA protest held in August this year was supposed to be illegal, yet 30,000 concerned Malaysians still turned up in the streets to show their support which helped raised public awareness of the issue. Did the police arrest all 30,000 "illegal" protestors? They arrested only a few leaders and they are still not charged to this very day.

As a result of public pressure, the Barisan Nasional is forced to "review" the ISA and it will be less inclined to use it on political dissenters and opponents in the future out of fear of incurring the wrath of the people.

singaporeisaA similar "protest" against the ISA in Singapore held at Speaker's Corner in May this year attracted only a motley crowd of less than 30, the same few opposition members and activists. If you ask 100 Singaporeans in the street, probably only two or three are aware of the existence of the ISA.

The political ignorance, apathy and inactivity of Singaporeans is the greatest obstacle to genuine political progress in Singapore.

Most Singaporeans are too obsessed with the pursuit of material possessions and comforts in life that they fail to realize that it is impossible to have economic rights without political rights first.

Singaporeans slog hard day in and out for their entire lives just to earn enough money to pay for inflated public housing after which they are probably left with little money for their retirement.

Worse still, they may find themselves being retrenched and replaced in the prime of their lives by some foreign "talent" who is more "hard-driving" as according to the words of Lee.

Singaporeans have no choice but to live a perpetually stressful life dictated to them by the ruling party because they are not aware of the fact that as citizens, they have certain rights and privileges and if the ruling party cannot safeguard their interests, they can always boot it out of office and find a replacement which is more amendable to their requests.

Without political rights, Singaporeans are like lambs waiting to be slaughtered, forever at the mercy of the dominant PAP which controls every aspect of their lives from cradle to grave.

While it looks increasingly likely that Malaysians will vote out the incumbent by the next election, Singaporeans will probably be stuck with the PAP for the new few decades.

After all, our "forecaster extraordinarie" Lee did make a bold prediction not too long ago that the PAP will remain in power for the next two terms at the very least.

PAP members and supporters reading this article will surely challenge the author to leave for Malaysia if he is so disenchanted with Singapore, but he is a Singaporean by birth and he has every right to demand changes in the way his nation is being governed for the sake of his children's future.

He wants a Singapore where everybody has a stake in, not just one controlled by the ruling party and its close associates or worse, a particular family using the ruling party as a legitimate political vehicle to perpetuate "dynastic" rule.

Some Malaysian Chinese consider themselves as "second class" citizens in their own countries, but true blue Singapore Chinese are becoming "second class" citizens too in Singapore.

In a recent interview with National Geographic magazine, Lee Kuan Yew was quoted saying:

"Over time, Singaporeans have become less hard-driving and hard-striving. This is why it is a good thing that the nation has welcomed so many Chinese immigrants…..If native Singaporeans are falling behind because the spurs are not stuck into the hide, that is their problem,"

As the ruling party continues to embark on its massive PR branding exercise to showcase Singapore as the "Switzerland" of Southeast Asia, the unsavory truth is that it is probably closer to being the "Zimbabwe" of Southeast Asia.

(Myanmar doesn't count as it is officially a military dictatorship while both Singapore and Zimbabwe are still "democracies" in name. Zimbabwe also conducts regular elections which are always won by Mugabe's party by overwhelming majorities like the PAP)

Freedom-loving nations in the world should stop appeasing the Singapore dictatorship and start speaking up against it by exposing its spins, fallacies and hypocrises.

kimdaejungThe late South Korean President Kim Dae Jung once rubbished Lee's "Asian values" as a "lame excuse for dictatorship". The leaders of other democratic nations should emulate him and not be afraid of "calling a spade a spade".

The Singapore system is a menace to the free world, more dangerous than Zimbabwe, Myanmar and North Korea now that the ruling parties of Russia and China are studying its model and adopting some of its undemocratic practices to entrench themselves in power under the guise of democracy, thereby corrupting its good name.

Singapore's one-party state-capitalist autocracy may survive and prosper for a while, but as history has shown, it will seldom outlast the dictator and his successor and will never become a viable alternative to a democratic system based on the rule of law, clear separation of powers between the executive and legislative and power in the hands of the people.

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From Russia With Love

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 01:15 AM PST

First of all, Merry Christmas to everyone!

I was in Moscow day before yesterday (yup, the once enemy territory). The city is so beautiful with its grand architecture (specifically the Red Square) and its Ladas, the car that runs no matter what the weather conditions. On top of all that, all the snow around made the beauty of the city even more impressive.

On the other hand, the people of Moscow are some of the rudest people I have come across. But then, that might have something to do with them being under Communism for such a long time. Where all their lives were dedicated (or supposed to be) to the State and nothing else. All they lived and died for was the State and over a period of less than 3 years, that was gone. All of a sudden these people find themselves in the world of Capitalism (or some form of it) and they have to start all over again.

People in Moscow, as some might assume, weren't really poor at all. I actually saw more Maybachs in one night in Moscow than I have seen in Dubai since I have been here. The streets were filled with expensive cars that I won't (and can't) even dream of buying. People in Moscow are rich and they make sure to spend money wherever they go (they have many monday-thursday 24 hour "night clubs"). They are not happy though. Any store you go, the people behind the counter look at you like the enemy has entered. You speak in English and you are their worst customer. They don't care whether you buy something or not. Well, actually not only if you're a foreigner but they don't even care if their own people buy something or not. They probably still have the old mentality...that people will come and buy no matter how they're treated because the supplies are scarce. Although that is not the case anymore as the stores have regular supplies but the mentality of the people will take time to change!

Another thing, I can actually count on my finger-tips how many people I saw in Moscow actually smiling. Its not like they are ugly people or anything, I think they're very beautiful people but they don't know how to smile. They look depressed. It makes you sad to look at them. A frown and rudeness is a common thing in Moscow it seems...its a way of life.

I also noticed, with the old technology around, that Russians are very intelligent. But because, again, they had been State-focused for such a long time that now that they're somewhat free to think for themselves and on their own, they have no idea what's going on. If you notice their behavior around things that are post 1992 for example, you might think they have never been out of their caves (which of course is not the case). What I think is, that their genius has been constrained, and as a result drained for the time being, by the State that never let them think about anything but the betterment of the "fatherland".

My walk down Moscow's streets left me thinking...if Russia had, from the beginning, concepts of liberty, justice and pursuit of happiness embedded in its constitution--they wouldn't have any problem being as great as the United States is today. And vice versa. If these concepts are taken away from the United States, and the government control is expanded over all facets of American life (the process seems to be underway), it won't be long before I write something similar about the American people...that Americans are very intelligent people but their genius has been drained by the State and I find them to be the most unhappy and rude people on earth.

On a positive note though: While people in Moscow still reminisce about the past and sometimes wish the State control would come back, Americans still are very much in control of their own destiny and the government control is still very limited. We'll see what happens in the coming years though.

(I will put up pictures of Moscow soon).


The malaysian governtment did the unthinkable, Augustine PauL Federal Court judge GOT THIS POSITION TRU corruption

Posted: 24 Dec 2009 11:09 PM PST


S. AUGUSTINE PAUL

S. Augustine PaulS. Augustine Paul

S. Augustine Paul a/l Sinnappen, currently Federal Court judge, subjected himself to be a political whore in 1998. While a Kuala Lumpur high court judge, he participated in the political conspiracy orchestrated by the then prime minister Mahathir Mohamad to bring down the then deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim. He put through a show trial of Anwar and subsequently convicted the latter of sodomy and corruption.

The conviction was clearly riddled with holes. Augustine Paul allowed the prosecution had to change the date of the alleged offence several times after Anwar's lawyers demonstrated conclusively that he could not have been at the place at the date nominated. So crude was the frame-up that in one case the building in which the offence was alleged to have occurred, had not even been constructed.

augustine_paulIn the end, Augustine Paul took the extraordinary step of allowing the prosecution to nominate 7.45 p.m. somewhere between January and March 1993. Even though the defence produced documents to account for Anwar's movements for every day over that period, Augustine Paul ignored the evidence and found Anwar guilty.

By convicting Anwar, Augustine Paul solely relied on the framed up allegations of the witness, Azizan Abu Bakar, who was shown by the defence team to beunreliable.

Augustine Paul was infamously called the "irrelevant judge" for repeatedly refusing submissions of evidence by Anwar's defence team and ruled them 'irrelevant'.

augustineObviously a judicial officer without anyproper talent noteworthy, he had been a sessions court judge, until one week before Anwar's sodomy trial. He was promoted promptly to be a high court judge and took on the case. After serving his part in the political conspiracy, he was summarily promoted to be a judge of Court of Appeal on 1 August 2003, and then on to be a judge of Federal Court, the apex court in Malaysia, on 17 June 2005.

He ruled on Apr 16, 2009 that Perak Assembly Speaker V Sivakumar does not have the power to suspend Mentri Besar Datuk Zambry Abd Kadir and six state executive council members from attending the assembly. It is a decision that was made in blatant defiance of Article 72 (1) of the Federal Constitution which says,"The validity of any proceedings in the Legislative Assembly of any State shall not be questioned in any court".

The judges of the Federal Court have failed the people and the government of this country when they chose to ignore the law of the Constitution of Malaysia. In other words the judges have refused to do justice according to law.

Incidentally, ultra vires does not mean "outside the law". It means "outside one's jurisdiction, beyond the scope of one s power or authority". And we may ask, who is the Federal Court to say what is beyond the jurisdiction of the Speaker when the supreme law of the country says that "the validity of any proceedings in the Legislative Assembly of any State shall not be questioned in any court".

He was born October 12, 1944 in Batu Gajah, Perak. He had his early education at Sultan Yusof School, Batu Gajah and Anderson School, Ipoh. He was called to the Bar of Inner Temple, London in 1971 and obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of London as an external student in 1979. He is married to Dr Mary with two children, Dr Juliana Sharmini and Alan John.

Justice M S Liberhan did not need 17 years and a thousand pages to tell us what has been public knowledge since December 6, 1992. The Babri mosque was not torn down in the dark of night. It was brought down slowly, stone by stone, in Sunday sunlight, before hundreds of journalists, to the cheers of countless thousands of kar sewaks in and around Ayodhya. The mosque was not dynamited in a minute; it was demolished by crowbar and shovel.
The link between corruption and economic reforms was also echoed that corruption had gone up after the liberalization process. It confirmed to me that otherwise-sensible people still do not get it. They do not understand that corruption persists in Malaysia because reforms are incomplete and scams occur in sectorsGood societies do not look to heroes. They quietly reform their institutions Not only economic reforms, we need police reforms to make our investigating agencies autonomous; judicial reforms to speed up justice and deter future AGUSTINE PUALS; administrative reforms to punish rotten bureaucrats and reward good ones and bring accountability; finally, political reforms to prevent criminals from entering politics. Only then will dharma rise in our nation.
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has applauded constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari for speaking out about the rotten state of the rule of law and democracy in Malaysia. "Nothing will change unless those who know rise up to expose the vermin (that are) eating and destroying our national institutions and democratic values," said Zaid, once the de facto law minister.
Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng alluded to imbalances in governance, with the executive able to strong-arm the judiciary and legislature with impunity. He expressed no surprise over the claim that the BN violates the constitution, noting that there have been many instances where the federal government has bypassed the supreme law in making decisions.
Universiti Malaya social sciences lecturer Noor Sulastry Ahmad acknowledged the situation. "This is political hegemony. Most politicians, especially from the ruling coalition manipulate and use (various) institutions to ensure the status quo and to maintain their grip on power," she said. As a case in point, she referred to the sacking of Salleh Abas as Lord President in 1988, which effectively brought judicial independence to an end.
That was what was reported by Malaysiakini today. The long and the short of it is the powers-that-be uses the legal system and the judiciary for political ends. And, according to this report, this has been going on for a long, long time
Now let's take a walk down memory lane to a period ten years back in time. Ten years ago, Anwar Ibrahim faced two trials. The first was for the crime of corruption and the second was for sodomy.
The key 'evidence' in both those trials was the testimony of the Prosecution's 'Star Witness'. There was no other evidence other than the sole testimony of this so-called victim.
But the Prosecution's Star Witness was unreliable. He kept changing his testimony. He said one thing during one trial and another thing in the next trial. In fact, the Prosecution's Star Witness finally admitted three times while under oath that Anwar Ibrahim never sodomised him at all.
Even the trial judge was irritated. He blurted out that the witness is so unreliable. "He says one thing today and another thing tomorrow," said the judge. However, in his written judgement, the judge said that the witness may be inconsistent and may actually even have lied but this does not mean his entire testimony needs to be rejected. He finds the testimony of the witness "as strong as the Rock of Gibraltar".
This judge probably obtained his law degree from the back of a Cornflakes box.
The great thing is that u can't take a time out from your conscience.
The sad thing is that all those involved in the persecution of Ramli, etc. have no conscience.
So, the PR must make sure they get their act together to make sure they sweep the UMNOputras out of Putrajaya and make sure all those scumbags hiding behind the veils are given their just dues
1. the presiding Judge had not resorted to the favourite word "irrelevant' against their interests;
2. neither is the Presiding Judge having any name with the inititals "AP" (because these 2 letters means you are issued passports to instant millions for importation of exotic foreign cars by the ruling Government);
3. the fall guy Morais is inconsistent with his evidence so far that he needs a London break to soak it up in the red light District of Soho;
4. the Prosecution must have earned their law qualifications from the Malaysian local institutions to lead the charge by banging on 'association' as a crucial element to bulid up their cases;
5. Lingam is not around to fix up the role of the Presiding Judge;
6. Tun is no longer the PM to send a dismissal threatening letter to the Presiding Judge by requesting the Agong to institute a Tribunal for misconduct hearing;
Both Ramli and Rosli shall pioneer to bring disrepute on the top brass sitting in Bukit Aman. A long journey always start with a single step. Now, 2 joint steps are taken. Your lead Counsels , their team and the rakyat are all in this together to cast the evil regime unto the swine.
This wouldn't be the first time that the prosecution is clutching at straws. But then there are those in the judiciary who are waiting to throw a lifeline to tip the balance. The maxim that 'justice must not only be done but be seen to be done' carries no meaning to the judiciary. The rot is everywhere and for those who still want to vote for BN the next time around, you deserve all the rottenness.
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Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi’s Moving backward vs Nik Nazmi’s Moving Forward

Posted: 24 Dec 2009 11:04 PM PST


Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi's Moving backward vs Nik Nazmi's Moving Forward

"Bakri Musa on Nik Nazmi's Moving Forward"
This is a good review by Dr. Bakri Musa of Nik Nazmi's book, Moving Forward. It is true that Pakatan Rakyat has a good team of young ad dynamic politicians like Saifuddin Nasution, Sallehuddin Ayub, Dr Ramly Hatta, Dr Zulkefly Ahmad, Cik Fauziah (MP for Kuantan), Nik Nazmi himself, Nurul izzah Anwar, Yusmadi Yusuf, Sim Tze Tzin, Tony Pua, Liew Chin Tong, Jeff Ooi, Malik Kassim, and others. They are committed and idealistic with ideas, views and proposals that are both refreshing and new, but they are also realists.
Politics can be pretty rough for them when they are challenging the current regime led by Najib. They know that it is going to be very hard work, and their intellectual talents and abilities will be put to severe test in the coming few years leading to the next General Elections. They must continue to communicate and interface with their constituents, leaving no gaps for the other side to plug in their messages.
Writing is time consuming and painstaking, but it is an asset to all budding politicians. It can be acquired by practice. Having a diary will help. The foundation in my experience of good writing is reading, especially novels and classical works by great authors in literature, politics, history, economics, sociology, and philosophy. Reading enables one to build a good vocabulary, and develop a personal writing style. Practice round it all up.
I have read Nik Nazmi's book. It is well written and foward thinking. I share many of his ideas. The young generation of Malaysians can easily connect with him.
I have worked with Nik Nazmi when we were both attached to Anwar Ibrahim's Office in 2007 and early 2008. The soft spoken and polite Nik was very efficient and helpful to his boss and colleagues. This King's College trained lawyer is very hardworking, reliable and honest. He faces many challenges as Political Secretary to Tan Sri Khalid Khalid, Mentri Besar of Selangor who has a reformist agenda to implement in the next few years.
Progress has been slow because of resistance at the implementation level from entrenched interests which had benefited from years of Khir Toyo's corrupt rule. But the pace will accelerate with the appointment by Tan Sri Khalid of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Economic Advisor supported by a team of specialists.–Din Merican
Hear Ye! RPK was was sponsored by the Queen of England on the recommendation of RPK's royalty relative here. His mother's relatives in UK also co-sponsored him. Now WTF are you going to do with revelation? Send our submarines to attack UK?
what is so difficult – all the that asshole Musa Hassan has to do is request for rpk's extradition? of course rpk has the right to contest the extradition. so rpk and the najib government can argue it out in a british court.
unless of course, najib is a little anxious about the world hearing about the altantuya case in an independent court room.
you see Rossypussy licking STINKING ASSHOLE Puad Zarkashi now you open
that Pandoro's box you never know what Trojan'orseswill jump out
now RB& RPK ARE IN A PUB IN LONDON PREPARING THEIR FINAL S.D ON
THE REAL STORY U SEE NOW UHAVE PISS AT ROSMANAJIB FACE

! Hear Ye! RPK was was sponsored by the Queen of England on the recommendation of RPK's royalty relative here. His mother's relatives in UK also co-sponsored him. Now WTF are you going to do with revelation? Send our submarines to attack UK?
what is so difficult – all the that asshole Musa Hassan has to do is request for rpk's extradition? of course rpk has the right to contest the extradition. so rpk and the najib government can argue it out in a british court.
unless of course, najib is a little anxious about the world hearing about the altantuya case in an independent court room. you see Rossypussy licking STINKING ASSHOLE Puad Zarkashi now you openthat Pandoro's box you never know what Trojan'orseswill jump out
now RB& RPK ARE IN A PUB IN LONDON PREPARING THEIR FINAL S.D ON THE REAL STORY U SEE NOW UHAVE PISS AT ROSMANAJIB FACE

I am sure the British Govt. will be most pleased to grant political asylum to RPK, as the Malaysian Barisan Najis Govt. is obviously after RPK politically, and that qualifies RPK and his family as political refugees. What more with his ancestry, he should have no problems finding fair-minded people to listen to his, and a Malaysia's plight READ THIS EXCLUSIVE ARTICLE BY THIS TAXIDRIVER pussy licking bastard Gopal Raj Kumar hear thisthe only way to do that without dishonoring his oath of office is to commission a truly independent panel to uncover the truth and account to the nation.

This puad sure know how to lick Rosmah's JUICYPUSSY

How about the one who sponsor Bala to be out of bolehland?

When he mention national security, was he referring to Rosmah Security?.

Alas, certain ministers are idiotic even though they come out with Phds.

When incompetency and idiocy rule then what came out from Puad Zarkashi (Dr?) mouth is irritating indeed. I suppose no UMNO man is as foolish as he. If Najib is man enough then why not come to court? Take the challenge and fight it out as a man. Just can't hide too many skeletons in the wardrobe, you know. It ain't going to work.READ THIS FULL STORY CLICK HERE ROSMANAJIB SLEEPLESS IN PUTRA JAYA

This Puad fler is another no-class no-standard breed of UMNO 'leaders' who only know how to spew shit from his mouth.

Its typical isn't it – Kill the Messenger! Reports about the shenanigans of any amnoputra, INVESTIGASTE THE REPORTS FIRST, NOT THE REPORTER LAH! INVESTIGATE, INVESTIGATE, INVESTIGATE….oops sorry, tak faham kot……SIASAT, SIASAT, SIASAT LAPORAN LAPORAN DULU, BUKAN SIASAT ORANG YANG BUAT LAPORAN – FAHAM TAK? RELATED ARTICLESpirituality is me! not you Rosmah, you snatch him from his first wife you terminated me

What does he mean by undermining national security? What he actually meant was undermining the continuous plundering by UMNO of the country's wealth. It is thrilling to know that the IGP, Megat Najimuddin, Puad Zarkashi and probably the whole government leadership including Najib and Rosmah are still hopping mad with RPK and cracking their heads to catch RPK.READ THIS RELATED ARTICLE Unfair To Drag Wife Into Husband's Politics –Najib his 2nd wife rosmah,murdered Altantuya, because she "knew too much

"It is of national interest to ascertain the motives of the people who sponsored Raja Petra, as he is a controversial writer who is daring in his attack on the government and making claims that could undermine national security," he said…… National Security?!?!?! I thought missing C4 and jet engines are more dangerous!

why dont you expose :READ THIS EXCLUSIVE ARTICLE Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi Flirting gives off the impression THAT NALA Karuppan the mother fucker who together with Shafie Abdullah frame ANWAR

…..the man behind the murder of the mongolian model who was c4ed?

….mahathir for squandering malaysia 100 bln over 20 years?

…..BTN for causing racial divide?

…..the minister for the 100 mln missing jet engines?

…..the culprit who initiate the cowhead protest?

…..the murder of teoh beng hock by macc?

…..the illegal takeover of perak state assembly?

these are of national interest……what is your head thinking about?……what does your PHD stands for….Pile your s h i t Higher and Deeper

What the heck this asal dari Jawa budak diimpot oleh kezaliman umno untuk menggandakan binatang umno Permanent Head Damage guy is saying. It's a threat to national security OR a threat to all your plundering security ? From where did you obtain your PhD from ? Shame on your alma mater.

Batu Pahat MP, it's the Mongolian Government that sponsored RPK's posh living… now please declare war on Mongolia, ask our RMAF to bombard the Mongols… Opppss ! no enjin ! Cannot fly then go should be flying kite

It so happened that RPK*s family originated from UK too;his paternal grandfather who was the first governor of Penang originates from the UK;so its no big deal that he is staying in posh London;correct me if I am wrong;RPK;as the saying goes *to err is human,but to forgive divine*;anyway I have a big amount of Federal Treasury Bonds inherited from my Spanish American grandmother;I will use it to sponsor you should the financial situation of your stay there justifies such assistance!we, the members of MalaysiaToday did sponsor RPK's holiday in London…..so what? Rossypussy licking asshole

I am sure the British Govt. will be most pleased to grant political asylum to RPK, as the Malaysian Barisan Najis Govt. is obviously after RPK politically, and that qualifies RPK and his family as political refugees. What more with his ancestry, he should have no problems finding fair-minded people to listen to his, and a Malaysia's plight

This puad sure know how to lick Rosmah's JUICYPUSSY How about the one who sponsor Bala to be out of bolehland?

When he mention national security, was he referring to Rosmah Security?.Alas, certain ministers are idiotic even though they come out with Phds.

When incompetency and idiocy rule then what came out from Puad Zarkashi (Dr?) mouth is irritating indeed. I suppose no UMNO man is as foolish as he. If Najib is man enough then why not come to court? Take the challenge and fight it out as a man. Just can't hide too many skeletons in the wardrobe, you know. It ain't going to work.This Puad fler is another no-class no-standard breed of UMNO 'leaders' who only know how to spew shit from his mouth.Its typical isn't it – Kill the Messenger! Reports about the shenanigans of any amnoputra, INVESTIGASTE THE REPORTS FIRST, NOT THE REPORTER LAH! INVESTIGATE, INVESTIGATE, INVESTIGATE….oops sorry, tak faham kot……SIASAT, SIASAT, SIASAT LAPORAN LAPORAN DULU, BUKAN SIASAT ORANG YANG BUAT LAPORAN – FAHAM TAK?

What does he mean by undermining national security? What he actually meant was undermining the continuous plundering by UMNO of the country's wealth. It is thrilling to know that the IGP, Megat Najimuddin, Puad Zarkashi and probably the whole government leadership including Najib and Rosmah are still hopping mad with RPK and cracking their heads to catch RPK.

"It is of national interest to ascertain the motives of the people who sponsored Raja Petra, as he is a controversial writer who is daring in his attack on the government and making claims that could undermine national security," he said…… National Security?!?!?! I thought missing C4 and jet engines are more dangerous! why dont you expose : …..the man behind the murder of the mongolian model who was c4ed? ….mahathir for squandering malaysia 100 bln over 20 years? …..BTN for causing racial divide? …..the minister for the 100 mln missing jet engines? …..the culprit who initiate the cowhead protest? …..the murder of teoh beng hock by macc? …..the illegal takeover of perak state assembly? these are of national interest……what is your head thinking about?……what does your PHD stands for….Pile your s h i t Higher and Deeper What the heck this asal dari Jawa budak diimpot oleh kezaliman umno untuk menggandakan binatang umno Permanent Head Damage guy is saying. It's a threat to national security OR a threat to all your plundering security ? From where did you obtain your PhD from ? Shame on your alma mater.

Batu Pahat MP, it's the Mongolian Government that sponsored RPK's posh living… now please declare war on Mongolia, ask our RMAF to bombard the Mongols… Opppss ! no enjin ! Cannot fly then go should be flying kite It so happened that RPK*s family originated from UK too;his paternal grandfather who was the first governor of Penang originates from the UK;so its no big deal that he is staying in posh London;correct me if I am wrong;RPK;as the saying goes *to err is human,but to forgive divine*;anyway I have a big amount of Federal Treasury Bonds inherited from my Spanish American grandmother;I will use it to sponsor you should the financial situation of your stay there justifies such assistance!we, the members of MalaysiaToday did sponsor RPK's holiday in London…..so what? Rossypussy licking asshole

I am sure the British Govt. will be most pleased to grant political asylum to RPK, as the Malaysian Barisan Najis Govt. is obviously after RPK politically, and that qualifies RPK and his family as political refugees. What more with his ancestry, he should have no problems finding fair-minded people to listen to his, and a Malaysia's plight


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! Hear Ye! RPK was was sponsored by the Queen of England on the recommendation of RPK's royalty relative here. His mother's relatives in UK also co-sponsored him. Now WTF are you going to do with revelation? Send our submarines to attack UK?what is so difficult – all the that asshole Musa Hassan has to do is request for rpk's extradition? of course rpk has the right to contest the extradition. so rpk and the najib government can argue it out in a british court.unless of course, najib is a little anxious about the world hearing about the altantuya case in an independent court room.you see Rossypussy licking STINKING ASSHOLE Puad Zarkashi now you openthat Pandoro's box you never know what Trojan'orseswill jump outnow RB& RPK ARE IN A PUB IN LONDON PREPARING THEIR FINAL S.D ONTHE REAL STORY U SEE NOW UHAVE PISS AT ROSMANAJIB FACE

Profound Perspectives From A Promising Politician

by Dr.M. Bakri Musa
Morgan Hill, California

Book Review: Nik Nazmi Ahmad: Moving Forward. Malays for the 21st Century. Marshall Cavendish, Rawang, Selangor, paper back, 136 pages.

One of the least heralded consequences to the 2008 political 'tsunami' was the elections of many new faces. They are mostly young, highly educated, and driven by the old idealism of public service. They also have something else in common; they are all Pakatan candidates. That says something of the coalition, its leadership and mission.

One of them is Nik Nazmi Ahmad, a King's College honors law graduate who readily won Selangor's Seri Setia state constituency. He has now penned this book, his first, Moving Forward. Malays for the 21st Century. It is a slim volume but he covers the major issues confronting Malays specifically and Malaysians generally, the title notwithstanding.

The subtitle may be a yawner to some, tempting them to pass over the book. Yes, the perennial "Malay problem!" A hundred years hence they would still be discussing it, and with the same list of usual culprits to blame: colonialists, immigrants, our culture, and yes, our genes too!

In the 19th Century there was Munshi Abdullah who blamed our culture, specifically our kerajaan (governance) and by implication, our sultans. For daring to suggest that we emulate some of the ways of the English, he was dismissed as a brown Mat Salleh (Englishman). Later there was the scholar Zaaba, pursuing the same theme. They have not "deconstructed" him, probably because they have yet to read his voluminous commentaries.

More recently there was the poet Usman Awang waxing lyrical of our noble ways and values. He lamented that if only we were a wee bit kurang ajar(crude)! Many heeded him and ended more than just a bit kurang ajar; but they remained backward nonetheless. It was a poor bargain.

Nik Nazmi is a refreshing departure. He has some profound observations and perspectives that belie his chronological and political youth. "[T]he future of the Malays," he writes, "cannot be separated from Malaysians in general." That seems obvious, but it is equally obvious that this evident truth escapes our leaders; hence their obsession with such extraneous issues as Ketuanan Melayu. Nik also challenges the prevailing zero-sum mentality of our leaders, and implicit with our race-based political parties.

Many rate politicians by their soaring rhetoric and oratorical flourishes; I base mine on their ideas and powers of persuasion. Nik Nazmi is a promising politician.

At the risk of discomfiting him, I am tempted to compare Nik's book to one written nearly 40 years ago by another not-so-young politician. It is not so much a comparison as a contrast. Where Mahathir's The Malay Dilemma is shrill and emotional, Nik's Moving Forward is cerebral and rational. While Mahathir irritates, Nik Azmi persuades; while Mahathir excoriates, Nik conciliates. Nik beckons us to share his dream of Malaysia.

Apart from the expected territories like NEP and race-based politics, Nik Nazmi covers education, Islam, and family life, and their impact on Malays and non-Malays.

On NEP, Nik Nazmi hews closely to his party's position, and that held by many Malaysians, especially young Malay professionals who are rightly fed up with the gross leakages and obscene abuses that have had such a corrosive effect on our character. These young Malays are disgusted that their genuine achievements are constantly being questioned and tarred by the stigma of special privilegesI am Malay too, but I am neither young nor live in Malaysia, so I am sparred of that terrible burden.

Nik (and Pakatan) would replace NEP with a race-blind, need-based policy. I appreciate this sense of social justice but we must remind ourselves that good intentions alone do not make for effective policies. There are realities to consider.

If it were a choice between eliminating NEP and rioting on the streets, most would make a rational choice: Keep the damn thing! The increasing shrill debates on the issue are a hint of things to come. I am especially nervous when calls for eliminating NEP come from non-Malays, and wrapped in barely concealed sense of racial or cultural superiority. The political reality is that the constitutional provisions for NEP can only be amended with the consent of the super-majority, and that means with most Malays agreeing to it.

The good news, as demonstrated by Nik Nazmi, is that more and more Malays are calling for exactly that. More problematic is that a need-based policy would necessarily entail a massive bureaucracy, with resources diverted to administration. I see this in America. As Nik noted, the Nobel Laureate in Economics Amartya Sen also voiced similar reservations.

A major and valid criticism of the NEP is that, among others, it creates a class of favored Malays, the UMNO-putras. We would be naïve to think that if we were to extend the policy to other races that we would not end up with an even bloated class of economic parasites, with MCA-putras and MIC -putras joining in. Avarice and corruption are not vices peculiar only to Malays.

Those reasons notwithstanding, my reservation has more to do with modern economic insight. While we are aware of the dangers of inequities within a society (vertical inequities), often in a plural society the greater threat is what Oxford economist Frances Stewart refers to as inter-group or horizontal inequities.

Tun Razak grasped this intuitively with his NEP, and at a time long before the concept was even on the consciousness of academic economists. Give him credit for that. Stewart's observation is being validated all too frequently, the latest and most brutal being Sri Lanka. It is also too close geographically and in many other ways to Malaysia.

A more fruitful approach would be first to plug NEP's egregious leakages and flagrant abuses. This is easily achievable and salable as well. In my bookThe Malay Dilemma Revisited I enumerated the many ways this could be done, one being the "one bite at the apple" rule. Anyone who has benefited from special privileges would be banned subsequently from enjoying any of its other provisions. That prohibition would extend to his immediate family.

Then we could exclude those demonstrably affluent groups, beginning with our sultans and members of the royalty, followed by ministers and top civil servants. There is no need for income verification or any administrative structure for we are eliminating a whole class of people, not individuals.

The objective is not to corral as many Malays as possible but to have a critical mass of Malays not dependent on the NEP. Over time, their sense of pride would percolate down such that becoming dependent on special privileges would be viewed disdainfully.

On schools, Nik Nazmi favors a "Unified Stream" with vernacular languages included with the mandatory Malay and English. That is definitely an improvement. To achieve that, he suggests giving incentives to these schools. I agree. Those incentives must be sufficiently generous and be contingent upon demonstrated results, as for example, those schools having an integrated student body.

Even with a unified stream a large swath of Malays would be left out as they have already opted out of national schools for religious ones. It is here where Malay minds are being wasted. What goes on in these schools are nothing more than indoctrination masquerading as education. Any education reform must address this glaring issue. One immediate improvement would be to make Islamic Studies only one subject and not the consuming curriculum. These schools must produce their share of future Malay scientists and entrepreneurs.

The prevailing paranoia and Stewart's thesis notwithstanding, the greater threat facing Malaysia today is not inter-communal rather intra-communal – specifically intra-Malay – conflict. The many cleavages are fast coalescing into a major fault line. We are hopelessly divided on the interpretations of Islam, along political lines and socio-economic class, and by geographic zones. Even on the simple matter of learning English, we are irreconcilably divided between those who consider that as an invaluable asset versus those who deem it an act of national betrayal. These divisions are aggravated as there is no moderate center to act as a buffer.

Schisms among Malays are what Donald Horowitz refers to as "indivisible conflicts." They are over core values, in contrast to the more readily solvable "divisible conflicts" between Malays and non-Malays, which are essentially over the distribution of government bounties. You could negotiate the second, but not the first.

It is a truism that once we are aware of a danger, we reduce its risks. Malaysians are only too aware of inter-racial riots; this awareness reduces the risk. In contrast, intra-Malay conflict is made that much more probable precisely because we are not even aware of its possibility. Malay leaders, young and old, novice and veteran, wise and not so wise egg on their followers towards even more dangerous and acrimonious confrontations, blissfully unaware of the mortal dangers.

History reminds us that civil wars are often the most vicious of conflicts. They are also the most difficult to end, the animosities persisting long after. Both bear reminding.

Nik Nazmi's otherwise thoughtful book skips one major issue: the Sultans. This is surprising as they play such a central role in our lives and culture. How could we urge ordinary Malays to forsake their special privilege-crutches when our Sultans squat at the apex of this huge heap, supported by their golden crutches? To Malays specifically, the Sultans –as individuals and as an institution –remind us that we are still steep in our feudal ways. And feudalism is the antithesis of modernism.

Perhaps this omission is prudent seeing how easily opposition parties' politicians get entangled with the Sultans these days!

I am glad that Nik Nazmi has found time to reflect, write and share with us his thoughts on these major issues. Writing differs from other forms of communications, especially the one most favored by politicians: speeches. When you write you are alone, there are no adoring crowds egging you on. Thus what you write reflects more accurately your inner feelings and convictions.

I wish other politicians would emulate Nik's fine example. That is the best way for us to size up our leaders, and for them to communicate with us.


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"Bakri Musa on Nik Nazmi's Moving Forward"
This is a good review by Dr. Bakri Musa of Nik Nazmi's book, Moving Forward. It is true that Pakatan Rakyat has a good team of young ad dynamic politicians like Saifuddin Nasution, Sallehuddin Ayub, Dr Ramly Hatta, Dr Zulkefly Ahmad, Cik Fauziah (MP for Kuantan), Nik Nazmi himself, Nurul izzah Anwar, Yusmadi Yusuf, Sim Tze Tzin, Tony Pua, Liew Chin Tong, Jeff Ooi, Malik Kassim, and others. They are committed and idealistic with ideas, views and proposals that are both refreshing and new, but they are also realists.
Politics can be pretty rough for them when they are challenging the current regime led by Najib. They know that it is going to be very hard work, and their intellectual talents and abilities will be put to severe test in the coming few years leading to the next General Elections. They must continue to communicate and interface with their constituents, leaving no gaps for the other side to plug in their messages.
Writing is time consuming and painstaking, but it is an asset to all budding politicians. It can be acquired by practice. Having a diary will help. The foundation in my experience of good writing is reading, especially novels and classical works by great authors in literature, politics, history, economics, sociology, and philosophy. Reading enables one to build a good vocabulary, and develop a personal writing style. Practice round it all up.
I have read Nik Nazmi's book. It is well written and foward thinking. I share many of his ideas. The young generation of Malaysians can easily connect with him.
I have worked with Nik Nazmi when we were both attached to Anwar Ibrahim's Office in 2007 and early 2008. The soft spoken and polite Nik was very efficient and helpful to his boss and colleagues. This King's College trained lawyer is very hardworking, reliable and honest. He faces many challenges as Political Secretary to Tan Sri Khalid Khalid, Mentri Besar of Selangor who has a reformist agenda to implement in the next few years.
Progress has been slow because of resistance at the implementation level from entrenched interests which had benefited from years of Khir Toyo's corrupt rule. But the pace will accelerate with the appointment by Tan Sri Khalid of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Economic Advisor supported by a team of specialists.–Din Merican

"Bakri Musa on Nik Nazmi's Moving Forward"
This is a good review by Dr. Bakri Musa of Nik Nazmi's book, Moving Forward. It is true that Pakatan Rakyat has a good team of young ad dynamic politicians like Saifuddin Nasution, Sallehuddin Ayub, Dr Ramly Hatta, Dr Zulkefly Ahmad, Cik Fauziah (MP for Kuantan), Nik Nazmi himself, Nurul izzah Anwar, Yusmadi Yusuf, Sim Tze Tzin, Tony Pua, Liew Chin Tong, Jeff Ooi, Malik Kassim, and others. They are committed and idealistic with ideas, views and proposals that are both refreshing and new, but they are also realists.
Politics can be pretty rough for them when they are challenging the current regime led by Najib. They know that it is going to be very hard work, and their intellectual talents and abilities will be put to severe test in the coming few years leading to the next General Elections. They must continue to communicate and interface with their constituents, leaving no gaps for the other side to plug in their messages.
Writing is time consuming and painstaking, but it is an asset to all budding politicians. It can be acquired by practice. Having a diary will help. The foundation in my experience of good writing is reading, especially novels and classical works by great authors in literature, politics, history, economics, sociology, and philosophy. Reading enables one to build a good vocabulary, and develop a personal writing style. Practice round it all up.
I have read Nik Nazmi's book. It is well written and foward thinking. I share many of his ideas. The young generation of Malaysians can easily connect with him.
I have worked with Nik Nazmi when we were both attached to Anwar Ibrahim's Office in 2007 and early 2008. The soft spoken and polite Nik was very efficient and helpful to his boss and colleagues. This King's College trained lawyer is very hardworking, reliable and honest. He faces many challenges as Political Secretary to Tan Sri Khalid Khalid, Mentri Besar of Selangor who has a reformist agenda to implement in the next few years.
Progress has been slow because of resistance at the implementation level from entrenched interests which had benefited from years of Khir Toyo's corrupt rule. But the pace will accelerate with the appointment by Tan Sri Khalid of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Economic Advisor supported by a team of specialists.–Din Merican

Hear Ye! RPK was was sponsored by the Queen of England on the recommendation of RPK's royalty relative here. His mother's relatives in UK also co-sponsored him. Now WTF are you going to do with revelation? Send our submarines to attack UK?what is so difficult – all the that asshole Musa Hassan has to do is request for rpk's extradition? of course rpk has the right to contest the extradition. so rpk and the najib government can argue it out in a british court.unless of course, najib is a little anxious about the world hearing about the altantuya case in an independent court room.you see Rossypussy licking STINKING ASSHOLE Puad Zarkashi now you openthat Pandoro's box you never know what Trojan'orseswill jump outnow RB& RPK ARE IN A PUB IN LONDON PREPARING THEIR FINAL S.D ONTHE REAL STORY U SEE NOW UHAVE PISS AT ROSMANAJIB FACE


Lindsay Lohan show off her Nip ples

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 12:16 AM PST

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She looks really Ugly .

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> This hot sexy actress is once again using her nipples to boost her
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DEB Gagal Sebab UMNO, Bukan Sebab Orang Cina

Posted: 25 Dec 2009 09:06 AM PST

Faktor utama kegagalan DEB diterangkan sendiri oleh Dr Mahathir bin Muhammad Iskandar Kutty DK dalam salah satu kenyataan beliau:
"The NEP, it must be iterated, was not concerned with making all the bumiputeras earn equally, or share equally, the wealth distributed amongst them. …The intention of the NEP was to create in the bumiputera community the same division of labour and rewards as was found in the non-bumiputera communities, particularly the Chinese. … The equitableness was not to be between individuals, but between communities" (Mahathir Mohamad, 1998, The Way Forward, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.pp. 33-34).

Terjemahan: DEB, dan ini mesti ditekankan, tidak pernah mengambil kesah untuk memastikan kesemua Bumiputera mendapat pendapatan yang setara antara sesame Bumiputera ataupun kekayaan yang dibahagikan dengan adil di kalangan mereka.

Tujuan sebenar DEB adalah untuk mencipta "division of labor and rewards" seperti mana yang terdapat dalam bangsa-bangsa bukan Bumiputra di Malaysia terutamanya berbanding dengan kaum Cina.

Kesaksamaan dari segi pembahagian kekayaan di kalangan orang Melayu bukan jadi tujuan utama DEB tapi, lebih kepada kesaksamaan pembahagian kekayan antara kaum.


Secara mudahnya, Dr Mahathir mengaku dengan ikhlas bahawa DEB bukan program untuk mengkayakan orang Melayu tetapi untuk mengkayakan ELIT MELAYU.

Itulah sebabnya selepas 30 tahun, DEB telah menemui kegagalan yang amat nyata. Segala wang kerajaan yang sepatutnya dibelanjakan untuk menaikkan taraf ekonomi serta pegangan ekuiti orang Melayu hanya berlegar di kalangan UMNOPUTRA dan elit Melayu semata-mata.

Sepatutnya UMNO dihukum atas kegagalan DEB bukannya diberikan lagi kuasa pemerintahan di atas kegagalan mereka. Tapi, nak buat macamana, orang Melayu ni pemaaf tak bertempat.

PENGALAMAN BERBORAK DENGAN DRIVER TEKSI PULAU PINANG

Beberapa bulan yang lepas saya menghadziri perkahwinan adik saya di Pulau Pinang. Dari bandara, saya mengambil teksi ke hotel tempat rombongan lelaki menginap.

Dalam perjalanan saya berborak dengan driver teksi yang kebetulan anak jati Pulau Pinang. Saya bertanyakan berkenaan program tender terbuka untuk kontrak-kontrak kelas F di Pulau Pinang. Kesemua kontrak untuk Kelas F adalah untuk Bumiputra dan di bawah pemerintahan Lim Guan Eng, arahan dikeluarkan untuk semua tender Kelas F dilakukan secara tender terbuka.

Terkejut saya apabila driver teksi itu memberitahu bahawa semenjak polisi baru ini, kawan-kawan driver teksi beliau pertama kali dalam sejarah mendapat kontrak Kelas F dari kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang. Beliau tambah lagi, bahawa kalau dulu, kontrak-kontrak ini akan disapu bersih oleh kroni-kroni UMNO (atau lebih dikenali sebagai kontraktor2 OKU).

Tapi, sekarang ini orang seperti beliau berpeluang untuk mendapat pendapat lebih sekitar RM3k-4k sebulan dengan kontrak-kontrak Kelas F yang terbuka kepada umum.

Bagi saya, inilah dia DEB sebenar dan kita melihat DEB sedang berjalan dengan baik di bawah DAP. Jelas kepada kita, selagi UMNO memerintah, DEB akan terus gagal kerana DEB pada kita tidak serupa dengan DEB yang difahami UMNO

DEFINASI DEB YANG KITA FAHAM BERLAINAN DENGAN DEFINASI DEB YANG DIFAHAMI UMNO

Bagi UMNO, DEB bererti program mengkayakan UMNO Putra dan elit Melayu. Orang kebanyakan di kalangan Melayu sebenarnya tidak berapa layak untuk mendapat DEB.
Bagi orang Melayu biasa, DEB dianggap sebagai program membantu orang Melayu. Namun, tujuan asal dan murni itu sudah tidak wujud lagi. DEB sudah menjadi alat UMNO untuk mengkayakan kepimpinan dan elit-elit mereka.

Kenapa? Kerana DEB adalah sebenarnya hasil dari Kongress Ekonomi Bumiputra 1 dan 2 yang telah diadakan pada tahun 1968. Di dalam Kongress tersebut telah dihadiri oleh melayu dari UMNO, PAS, PSRM, NGO, Akademik, kumpulan agama, kumpulan sekular Melayu dan melayu yang tidak berparti.

DEB bukan projek, dan bukan program yang berasal dari UMNO. UMNO tidak membuahkan idea-idea dan program-program yang terkandung dalam DEB. DEB berasal dari Kongress Ekonomi Bumiputra 1 dan 2 yang diwakili oleh semua orang Melayu.

Dan, sekiranya tidak berlaku penolakan kepada UMNO pada tahun 1969, nescaya UMNO tidak akan mengimplementasi program DEB pun. Sebelum 1969, UMNO telah pun selesa dengan keadaan mereka yang meneruskan dasar ekonomi penjajah.
UMNO melaksanakan DEB demi survival politik mereka sahaja dan bukan bertujuan untuk menyelamatkan orang Melayu dan orang Islam di Malaysia.

Sebab itu kita lihat banyak program2 DEB telah dihapuskan UMNO i.e. biasiswa, Bank Bumiputra dsbnya. Yang tinggal hanyalah program pemilikan ekutiti dan projek kerajaan yang mana program-program ini akan diratah oleh UMNOPUTRA dan elit-elit Melayu meninggalkan ramai orang Melayu kesusahan.

UMNO PARTI FEUDAL BUKAN PARTI MELAYU

Jadi tak heranlah DEB gagal. Ia bukan program UMNO. Ia adalah program yang dipaksa ke atas UMNO semata-mata.

Kerana UMNO terpaksa melaksanakan DEB, maka DEB diubah kepada program mengkayakan UMNOPUTRA dan elit-elit Melayu selaras dengan ideologi feudal UMNO.
Sememangnya UMNO tidak kesah untuk memastikan kekayaan di kalangan orang Melayu dibahagikan dengan setara. Oleh kerana UMNO parti Feudal, maka tujuan asal DEB telah di "feudal" kan.

BAGI UMNO, KORUPSI ITULAH DEB

DEB adalah program yang mulia dan berasal dari pemikiran orang Melayu secara keseluruhan tidak kita fahaman politik dan keturunan.

Ia ikhlas bertujuan membantu orang Melayu untuk menjadi bangsa yang dihormati di tanah sendiri. Maka nya, perlaksanaan DEB mesti dilakukan dengan amanah dan cermat kerana kita harus ingat, bangsa lain juga berkorban untuk DEB ini.
Malangnya, DEB dilaksanakan oleh parti yang berfahaman feudal seperti UMNO yang menganggap tuan-tuan dalam masyarakat Melayu adalah seperti raja dan rakyat jelata Melayu keseluruhannya adalah hamba mereka.

Maka, jadilah program-program DEB dijadikan alat kepada mereka untuk menjadi kaya dan terlampau kaya. Majoriti orang Melayu hanya mendapat sisa-sisa yang dilontar oleh puak2 elit melayu ini.

Oleh sebab itu, walaupun sudah lebih 40 tahun DEB berjalan, majoriti Melayu di Malaysia akan keluar negara sekiranya diberi peluang. Perkara yang biasanya berlaku pada orang Cina dan India, sekarang ini menular kepada orang-orang Melayu.

UMNO masih seperti dulu. Menunggang DEB untuk mengkayakan kroni dan elit UMNO. Mereka berjaya meng "hijack" DEB dan memberikan DEB imej yang sangat buruk dan jijik.
Sedangkan DEB adalah program yang mulia lagi terpuji.

Demi untuk membersihkan nama DEB, maka orang Melayu WAAJIBBB menghumban UMNO dalam Laut CIna Selatan.

Tulang Besi


Malaysia is close to bankruptcy!!!

Posted: 24 Dec 2009 09:10 PM PST



By Admin


PM Najib Razak's wife, Fat Mama Ass Rosmah Mansor declined to comment when asked on an allegation that a sum totaling RM600,000 was wired to her to go shopping in Dubai. She, however, retorted: "I don't gossip. I don't read uninformative articles and I don't indulge in unproductive activities."


If this is true, it appears that the Malaysian Treasury is the Private Domain of Malaysia's de facto Prime Minister.

By Simon Templar


Najib The Ponzi Scheme Master


The government has no more money. 2009 must have been a horrible year with little corporate taxes collected (and
expected to be collected) due to the economic slowdown. Foreign investments have also slowed to a halt.


And yet Najib's government is trying to spend their way out of the economy. Honestly, if carried out well, government
spending is a key component in driving the economy up. But not in Malaysia. The leakages are too large. As a result,
the expected multiplier effects do not maximise. The money disbursed end up in the pockets of those who least deserve it instead.

2009 must go on record as the year with the largest amount of government bonds issued. Amanah Saham this and Amanah
Saham that. I don't have the statistics but I doubt 2009 will be too far off the numero uno spot even if it does not
take the top spot. All sorts of bond were raised and for the first time, take-up quotas drawn along the usual racial lines have been removed.

What does that mean? The government is simply desperate for money. The amount that they could raise from the protected
and preferred Malay race have simply maxed up. That left Najib with no choice but to loan from the desperate Chinese
and Indians on the pretext of equality and sharing of wealth with all in the country. And at lower rates of returns too.

Malaysians are not well read people. And I bet you that most people do not understand what a bond is apart from it
being an investment opportunity that generates interest income higher than that offered by FDs. Bonds are actually
IOUs. It is a loan. When you buy a bond, you are actually lending money to the bond issuer and you get paid back upon
maturity.

Upon maturity, paying back of bond money is an issue should the bond issuer (in this case the government of Malaysia)
has no money to pay. But as the government, this can be solved via a few simple strategies at the expense of the
rakyat.

The government may raise new bonds to pay-off the earlier bonds. And this can be done over and over again. The bet by
the government is that the government's income will improve in the future and one day, these loans from the public can
be paid off. Theoretically, this sounds ideal. But do you genuinely accept that from the government of a nation whose
corruption index ranking have been consistently falling to an embarrassing 57 now? Regardless of how much of the
nations resources are depleted (our oil is running out by the way; palm oil isn't that popular in the world market
unless you are a sucker who believes in Utusan Malaysia; we do not have much rubber; we ran out of tin decades ago),
the profit do not go back to the rakyat but the Swiss private bank accounts of our politicians.


So, the bonds will never get to be paid from the ideal profits. New bonds will be issued to pay off earlier bonds. And
this will go on and on and on. Over time, with larger amount of bonds raised every time to cover for additional '
nation building and development', government debts will only continue to rise. This is what we call a Ponzi scheme.
Read Bernie Madoff. Read cheat. Read con..


The present government is passing it's current problem to the future generation. An irresponsible government indeed.
In developed nations, the people are able to appreciate this problem. Parliaments debate after debate on bond
issuances. In Malaysia, the Prime Minister approves new bonds while he gobbles down his nasi lemak with ayam rendang
and sotong sambal. The future is not his problem anyways. He has his hot seat to protect; lose it or he will get
nagged to his death by the thing who sleeps next to him.


Has anyone actually thought that Najib knows that his days are numbered and he is maximising his personal dough
collection? Think about it. Whatever he takes from the bonds will have to be paid back by the next government.. If he
is not going to be the next government, paying back will not be his problem.


But whatever he does now will still be a problem for the rakyat in the future. If BN continues, it will be BN's
repayment problem. If PR takes over, it will be PR who is faced with the same repayment headache. The only permanent
fixture is that the rakyat is at the losing end.


Some may argue that all the government has to do is to print more money.. Yes, that is true. A learned friend of mine
once said that the government will never run out of money because it can just print more. That is a brilliant
statement. But of course it has it consequences. The amount of paper money in circulation must correspond to the
amount of gold held in reserves.. If paper money exceeds the value of gold - which is what the US is facing right now
- then the said currency's value falls. Purchasing power declines. Inflation rises. And a whole lot of other negative economic terminologies.

So you see, printing money to repay government loans solves the loan issue but it brings the country to a whole new level of economic problems. And yes, you got the message, the rakyat loses.


If you are lucky to live short enough, the problem will not be yours. But your kids? You better leave them enough
money to buy bananas at RM1 million per comb.


Additional note by author: Najib has pledged more and more spending. But with limited funds available, other
government disbursements will have to be reduced. Hence, the proposed (rumoured) removal of subsidies for petrol,
sugar and flour are very real. Expect electricity tariffs to go up too. Rakyat will suffer like never before. Is he
not interested in getting re-elected? Does sound like Najib is taking all he can and abandoning ship.


The malaysian governtment did the unthinkable, Augustine PauL Federal Court judge GOT THIS POSITION TRU corruption

Posted: 24 Dec 2009 06:30 PM PST


S. AUGUSTINE PAUL

S. Augustine PaulS. Augustine Paul

S. Augustine Paul a/l Sinnappen, currently Federal Court judge, subjected himself to be a political whore in 1998. While a Kuala Lumpur high court judge, he participated in the political conspiracy orchestrated by the then prime minister Mahathir Mohamad to bring down the then deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim. He put through a show trial of Anwar and subsequently convicted the latter of sodomy and corruption.

The conviction was clearly riddled with holes. Augustine Paul allowed the prosecution had to change the date of the alleged offence several times after Anwar's lawyers demonstrated conclusively that he could not have been at the place at the date nominated. So crude was the frame-up that in one case the building in which the offence was alleged to have occurred, had not even been constructed.

augustine_paulIn the end, Augustine Paul took the extraordinary step of allowing the prosecution to nominate 7.45 p.m. somewhere between January and March 1993. Even though the defence produced documents to account for Anwar's movements for every day over that period, Augustine Paul ignored the evidence and found Anwar guilty.

By convicting Anwar, Augustine Paul solely relied on the framed up allegations of the witness, Azizan Abu Bakar, who was shown by the defence team to beunreliable.

Augustine Paul was infamously called the "irrelevant judge" for repeatedly refusing submissions of evidence by Anwar's defence team and ruled them 'irrelevant'.

augustineObviously a judicial officer without anyproper talent noteworthy, he had been a sessions court judge, until one week before Anwar's sodomy trial. He was promoted promptly to be a high court judge and took on the case. After serving his part in the political conspiracy, he was summarily promoted to be a judge of Court of Appeal on 1 August 2003, and then on to be a judge of Federal Court, the apex court in Malaysia, on 17 June 2005.

He ruled on Apr 16, 2009 that Perak Assembly Speaker V Sivakumar does not have the power to suspend Mentri Besar Datuk Zambry Abd Kadir and six state executive council members from attending the assembly. It is a decision that was made in blatant defiance of Article 72 (1) of the Federal Constitution which says,"The validity of any proceedings in the Legislative Assembly of any State shall not be questioned in any court".

The judges of the Federal Court have failed the people and the government of this country when they chose to ignore the law of the Constitution of Malaysia. In other words the judges have refused to do justice according to law.

Incidentally, ultra vires does not mean "outside the law". It means "outside one's jurisdiction, beyond the scope of one s power or authority". And we may ask, who is the Federal Court to say what is beyond the jurisdiction of the Speaker when the supreme law of the country says that "the validity of any proceedings in the Legislative Assembly of any State shall not be questioned in any court".

He was born October 12, 1944 in Batu Gajah, Perak. He had his early education at Sultan Yusof School, Batu Gajah and Anderson School, Ipoh. He was called to the Bar of Inner Temple, London in 1971 and obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of London as an external student in 1979. He is married to Dr Mary with two children, Dr Juliana Sharmini and Alan John.

Justice M S Liberhan did not need 17 years and a thousand pages to tell us what has been public knowledge since December 6, 1992. The Babri mosque was not torn down in the dark of night. It was brought down slowly, stone by stone, in Sunday sunlight, before hundreds of journalists, to the cheers of countless thousands of kar sewaks in and around Ayodhya. The mosque was not dynamited in a minute; it was demolished by crowbar and shovel.
The link between corruption and economic reforms was also echoed that corruption had gone up after the liberalization process. It confirmed to me that otherwise-sensible people still do not get it. They do not understand that corruption persists in Malaysia because reforms are incomplete and scams occur in sectorsGood societies do not look to heroes. They quietly reform their institutions Not only economic reforms, we need police reforms to make our investigating agencies autonomous; judicial reforms to speed up justice and deter future AGUSTINE PUALS; administrative reforms to punish rotten bureaucrats and reward good ones and bring accountability; finally, political reforms to prevent criminals from entering politics. Only then will dharma rise in our nation.
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has applauded constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari for speaking out about the rotten state of the rule of law and democracy in Malaysia. "Nothing will change unless those who know rise up to expose the vermin (that are) eating and destroying our national institutions and democratic values," said Zaid, once the de facto law minister.
Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng alluded to imbalances in governance, with the executive able to strong-arm the judiciary and legislature with impunity. He expressed no surprise over the claim that the BN violates the constitution, noting that there have been many instances where the federal government has bypassed the supreme law in making decisions.
Universiti Malaya social sciences lecturer Noor Sulastry Ahmad acknowledged the situation. "This is political hegemony. Most politicians, especially from the ruling coalition manipulate and use (various) institutions to ensure the status quo and to maintain their grip on power," she said. As a case in point, she referred to the sacking of Salleh Abas as Lord President in 1988, which effectively brought judicial independence to an end.
That was what was reported by Malaysiakini today. The long and the short of it is the powers-that-be uses the legal system and the judiciary for political ends. And, according to this report, this has been going on for a long, long time
Now let's take a walk down memory lane to a period ten years back in time. Ten years ago, Anwar Ibrahim faced two trials. The first was for the crime of corruption and the second was for sodomy.
The key 'evidence' in both those trials was the testimony of the Prosecution's 'Star Witness'. There was no other evidence other than the sole testimony of this so-called victim.
But the Prosecution's Star Witness was unreliable. He kept changing his testimony. He said one thing during one trial and another thing in the next trial. In fact, the Prosecution's Star Witness finally admitted three times while under oath that Anwar Ibrahim never sodomised him at all.
Even the trial judge was irritated. He blurted out that the witness is so unreliable. "He says one thing today and another thing tomorrow," said the judge. However, in his written judgement, the judge said that the witness may be inconsistent and may actually even have lied but this does not mean his entire testimony needs to be rejected. He finds the testimony of the witness "as strong as the Rock of Gibraltar".
This judge probably obtained his law degree from the back of a Cornflakes box.
The great thing is that u can't take a time out from your conscience.
The sad thing is that all those involved in the persecution of Ramli, etc. have no conscience.
So, the PR must make sure they get their act together to make sure they sweep the UMNOputras out of Putrajaya and make sure all those scumbags hiding behind the veils are given their just dues
1. the presiding Judge had not resorted to the favourite word "irrelevant' against their interests;
2. neither is the Presiding Judge having any name with the inititals "AP" (because these 2 letters means you are issued passports to instant millions for importation of exotic foreign cars by the ruling Government);
3. the fall guy Morais is inconsistent with his evidence so far that he needs a London break to soak it up in the red light District of Soho;
4. the Prosecution must have earned their law qualifications from the Malaysian local institutions to lead the charge by banging on 'association' as a crucial element to bulid up their cases;
5. Lingam is not around to fix up the role of the Presiding Judge;
6. Tun is no longer the PM to send a dismissal threatening letter to the Presiding Judge by requesting the Agong to institute a Tribunal for misconduct hearing;
Both Ramli and Rosli shall pioneer to bring disrepute on the top brass sitting in Bukit Aman. A long journey always start with a single step. Now, 2 joint steps are taken. Your lead Counsels , their team and the rakyat are all in this together to cast the evil regime unto the swine.
This wouldn't be the first time that the prosecution is clutching at straws. But then there are those in the judiciary who are waiting to throw a lifeline to tip the balance. The maxim that 'justice must not only be done but be seen to be done' carries no meaning to the judiciary. The rot is everywhere and for those who still want to vote for BN the next time around, you deserve all the rottenness.
P


The Sabah PKR Convention

Posted: 24 Dec 2009 05:40 PM PST

Thursday, December 24, 2009

SABAH PKR CONVENTION 2009 : The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Nobleman - adopted from HERE http://pkrcommsab.blogspot.com


"Ini adalah konvensyen terbaik yang pernah diadakan di Sabah"said Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim in his closing address on Sunday at Atlantis Restaurant to the cheering crowd of more than 1500 party leaders.

The State PKR Chairman Saudara Ahmad Thamrin Jaini and Datuk Kong Hong Ming the chairman of the Organizing Committee were beaming. Christina Liew wept uncontrollably but only God knows why, as she has a very poor command of the National Language. So it can't be the speech delivered by Anwar. Newcomer Datuk John Ghani who was seated next to her looked confused. He must be wondering why...!!Keningau Divisional Chief, Gapari @ Jeffrey who was still on sabbatical leave sat impassively without betraying his emotion.

Among the crowd were John Jinus Sibin, Jeffrey Yap, Hj Awang Bakar, Peter Linuk, Adris Taripin, Amirbeck bin Laja and their fellow AJKs from Keningau, Kota Kinabalu, Tenom and Batu Sapi Divisions. The party owes them unspeakable gratitude for holding the forts when the going got tough-all the fanfare of ultimitums. These were the good guys.

" Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan telah membuat keputusan untuk berbuat demikian,saya menghormati keputusan dia,tetapi bukan bererti saya bersetuju dengan tindakan dia. Hak dan kebebasan untuk membuat keputusan adalah di tangan kita sendiri dan perlu di hormati. Keputusan yang saya buat ini adalah atas dasar prinsip moral dan maruah. Sebab itu saya meneruskan perjuangan saya didalam PKR dibawah pimpinan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,John Jinus Sibin Setiausaha Bahagian". That was his sms to Hj Ansari Abdullah on the 5th. November, 2009 at 1.59pm.

On the first day of Ramadhan, while Muslims elsewhere were celebrating Hari Raya to commemorate their victory over human weaknesses and desires, a memorandum was crafted to humiliate Pakatan Rakyat Whip and Party Vice President YB Azmin Ali, the Sabah State PKR Chief. PKR Sabah was tested to the brink as the oncoming drama unfurled. It had to wither it's most bitter and painful storm since it's inception in Sabah in late 1999.

On the day of the convention, PKR Sabah had survived the onslaught by its own so-called leaders because there were those in the Division level who had the guts to stand up and defend the struggles of the Party. To these Borneo warriors, the Party and its objectives are more important than individuals, whoever there are.

John Jinus Sibin and his colleagues in JKC Keningau had prevented the party from being dissolved. "Once Keningau is dissolved, Kota Kinabalu will also be dissolved" so say Christina Liew in Malaysiakini. Earlier she had resigned as a member of the Party's Central Committee on the ground that her mother were ashamed that she was not reappointed as Deputy Chairman of Sabah PKR.

However, when she tabled the motion to the committee members of Kota Kinabalu Division for it to be dissolved, Jeffrey Yap and the other committee members opposed the motion. No other member of the Divisional Committee supported her. For all these transgressions against the Party, she was rewarded with the appointment of Deputy Chairman PKR Sabah. Her partner in crime, Gapari @Jeffrey Kitingan was reinstated as nominated Vice President. Christina's Mother will be celebrating like Santa Claus this Christmas.

Gosibin the acting Chief of Tenom with his "Kadoh Agundung" hairstyle and Datuk Nahalan Damsal were nowhere to be seen. Sylvester was busy carrying his computer, chair and table from the Papar division office as he and Evelyn Gobili had just taken their "sabbatical leave." Daniel John and Moses Iking must be occupied with Parti Cinta Sabah. They were "the bad" guys.

There are other good guys, like members of the Organising Committees for the dialogue, convention and dinner including Dr Roland Chia, Ronnie Klassen, Jonathan Yassin and Datuk Chau Chin Tang the moderators. The eloquent speeches of YB Zuraidah Kamaruddin the Wanita Chief, YB Tian Chua the Director of Strategy and Hj Ansari Abdullah at the Convention and YB Tian Chua and Dato Chua Jui Meng at the Dinner made the Convention a memorable curtain closer for a stormy 2009 for Sabah PKR. The highlight was of course from the ever charistmatic leader of Pakatan Rakyat, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

I leave it to you to decide who are "the ugly" but while doing so, please do not forget "the good" guys like John Jinus Sibin and the rest.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you.


Kiasu Singaporean at JB ~ See how he pumps to the max!

Posted: 24 Dec 2009 06:29 PM PST



Hahahaha!.. I'm sure you have heard of how 'Kiasu' @ 'Afraid of losing out' some Singaporeans can be when it comes to taking advantage of our cheaper petrol here in the Malaysian peninsular?

I just happened to come across this all exposing video of how ' kiasu' Singaporean motorists can really be when I read Husin Lempoyang's blog article here and one of his readers referred this video as an example.

Fuyoo! Really eye popping I must say!

Doing all that shaking and pumping his Singaporean car to make sure that our Malaysian petrol really fills his car's petrol tank to the brim if not overflow!

Malaysians ought to learn to appreciate what we have with us and not to go to such extremes when the petrol prices shoot up again!

Here's another kiasu Singaporean motorist.


I figure that one of these days, Singaporean motorists might even be tempted to modifying their cars to have extra hidden tanks so that our Malaysian petrol can be pumped into every nook and cranny of their high powered Japanese automobiles which might be gas guzzlers and really, really get to save a whole bloody lot by filling it up here at JB!

I saw so many Singapore cars jamming up our Malaysian petrol stations when I was over there in JB last year.

Cheap Malaysian petrol man! Singaporeans really get to save their Singapore dollars by fueling it up to the brim here!

Most Malaysians don't know what they have till its all gone!

All of us better learn to appreciate our country more and don't be bloody ingrates by raising up all unnecessary social and political issues every now and then!

'Hujan emas di negeri orang ; hujan batu di negeri sendiri! Lebih baik di negeri sendiri!'

In the meantime, Kiasu Singaporeans cross over to JB and engorge themselves like hungry locusts daily!

Aiyaa......


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"We Will Burn You..."

Posted: 24 Dec 2009 06:12 PM PST

Religious tolerance, let alone respect, seems to becoming more of a rare phenomenon of late. Here's another reminder of how, Christians in one part of the world are being terrorized from celebrating their most auspicious and festive season of the year.

How terrifying it must be to live in utter fear of one's life - and not have the basic freedom to observe one's religious rituals and season without the threat of being burned or even killed. It is a sad commentary indeed and one that may not be too foreign in our own neck of the woods. Surely many pockets of people belonging to a religious minority in Malaysia can relate to the condition of many Christians in Pakistan. Here too, we've seen the kind of religious bigotry take on an insidious character and has become more commonplace than we'd like to admit.

As a matter of fact, sometimes it feels as if the kind of religious bigotry we see against minorities comes with the government's blatant consent! Why of late, not only does there seem to be tacit consent given for open hostility toward minorities, the desecration of Hindu crematories shows that some religious minorities cannot seem to find peace even in death!

Let's hope our 1Malaysia idea does not go down the same path as the kind of unity and coexistence Pakistani politicians promise their minorities.

G. Krishnan



Merry X'mas To All

Posted: 24 Dec 2009 06:18 PM PST

Dear readers,

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."

I wish you and family for a joyful Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year 2010!



Mahaguru58 wishes all Christians peace and goodwill!

Posted: 24 Dec 2009 05:38 PM PST

Assalamualaikum.

May peace be upon you.

To all Christians of the world, I take this opportunity to wish you well on your festive occasion today.

Those of you who are celebrating today, ought to take extra precautions when being on the roads and highways of our nation.

Take this moment to foster and renew your relations with your loved ones and those who are your friends and acquaintances.

As fellow Malaysians, we ought to come together in the spirit of national unity and strengthen our community with mutual care and compassion towards one another.

We might differ in our religious beliefs but that should not be a hindrance to our coming together as one and ensure that our nation continues to be a melting pot of good natured, God fearing men and women, who have been born and bred in this blessed land.

Malaysia is unique in a sense that we can still live in relative peace and harmony. Our country has survived all these years because many of us choose to look at the positive sides of life although we might at times see slight differences of opinion and standpoints.

At the end of the day, we still need to come to the understanding that God Almighty created us all into various tribes and races not that we may bicker continuously amongst us but to come together as His Servants whom He has blessed with the goodness in our spirits and our hearts.

This natural inborn spirit of goodness exists in all of us and those who lose it along their journeys of life can rediscover it if they make the effort to stop for a moment and ponder upon their choices?

As a Malaysian Muslim, I choose to live in peace and harmony with all of you, my fellow bloggers and fellow Malaysians, be you my fellow Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Orang Asli's, etcetera.

We all have a choice, dear brothers and sisters.

We all originate from Our Father the Prophet Adam (Alaihis Salam ~ may peace be upon him) and Our Mother Sayyidatina Hawwa @ Eve (Radhiallahu Anha ~ upon her be Allah's Blessings).

Just like the various colors of the rose, we differ in the color of our skin, eye color, physical attributes and general make up of our selfs yet we are all technically the same in our being human beings.

I respect and appreciate the spirit of giving that has come to be associated with Christmas. That is a very good act that will foster goodwill amongst mankind.

In order for us to co-exist in peace and harmony as fellow Malaysians and the general Family of Mankind as brothers and sisters in this earthly life, I call upon you, my dear reader to wish each other well and come to understand that Our Lord Almighty wishes us well as per His Revelation here :





Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.
In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

25. Wabashshiri allatheena amanoo waAAamiloo alssalihati anna lahum jannatin tajree min tahtiha al-anharu kullama ruziqoo minha min thamaratin rizqan qaloo hatha allathee ruziqna min qablu waotoo bihi mutashabihan walahum feeha azwajun mutahharatun wahum feeha khalidoona

25. But give glad tidings to those who believe and work righteousness, that their portion is the Gardens (Paradise) beneath which rivers flow. Every time they are fed with fruits therefrom, They say: "Why, this is what we were fed with before," For they are given things in similitude; And they have therein Companions pure (and holy); And they abide therein (for ever).

Surah Al Baqarah. Chapter 2 Verse 25.

82. Latajidanna ashadda alnnasi AAadawatan lillatheena amanoo alyahooda waallatheena ashrakoo walatajidanna aqrabahum mawaddatan lillatheena amanoo allatheena qaloo inna nasara thalika bi-anna minhum qisseeseena waruhbanan waannahum la yastakbiroona

82. Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say, "We are Christians": because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.

Surah Al Ma'idah Chapter 5:82

Similarities between us do exist as shown below here in our main prayers :

Islam
The Muslim Prayer
Christianity
The Christian prayer
The Al-Fateha [The Opening]

The Qur'an 1:1-7

The Lord's Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13
[The New Testament, King James version]

(a) Adoration
Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Compassionate, the Merciful. King of the Day of Reckoning.
(a) Adoration
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
(b) Submission
Thee only do we worship and of Thee only do we ask aid.
(b) Submission
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
(c) Supplication
Guide us unto the right path -
the path of those to whom Thou hast
been gracious,
not the path of those who are the objects
of Thy wrath,
nor of those who have gone astray.
Amen
(c) Supplication
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors [Other translations say: "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."]
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom,
The Power and the Glory.
For ever and ever. Amen

Source : http://muslim-canada.org/islam_christianity.html

Let us try our best to look for things that are common between us and learn to live and let live instead of getting embroiled in unnecessary conflicts between us. We can if we really want to?

You can start by visiting here and read up about it. We can all benefit by learning about each other better.

Knowledge is power and those who are learned will surely stand a better chance of living in God's Way and not be amongst those who are engulfed in Ignorance.

Na'uzubillah! May God Forbid!

Have a joyous day with your loved ones and be safe on the roads.

On behalf of The Muslim Bloggers Alliance, I wish you all well.

May God bless and guide us all.

Ameen.


The Love Of My Life

Posted: 24 Dec 2009 03:21 PM PST

Dedicated to the love of my life--the woman who always keeps me on the right track...


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