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Posted: 16 Dec 2009 03:45 PM PST
Mahathir Mohammed has fooled Malaysians for 50 Years!
Because my lifelong suspicion that MALAY ARE NOT GENETICALLY INFERIOR has been scientifically proven by Dr. Spencer Wells, a leading population geneticist and director of the Genographic Project of National Geographic/IBM together with genius like Dr. Luca Cavalli-Sforza a.k.a. "Father of Anthropological Genetics" have proven that Malay Are Genetically The Same As Everyone Else On Earth!
I shall tell you Why Malay Are As Intelligent As Everyone Else next (with full video documentary). And if it's true that Malays are generally less intelligent than other mankind, then it must be due to the fact that Mahathir Mohamed has created an environment to render them mentally deficient. Mahathir is the man that amde them stupid, it has nothing to do with their gene because both Wells and Sforza confirmed Malay posses the same tough and progressive gene like everyone else!
In another word, if Malays are stupid, Mahathir Mohamed is culprit ... I am 99.99% convinced that is the case, so do the two world's most distinguished Genetic Guru!
Posted: 16 Dec 2009 09:14 AM PST
Intriguing and interesting. . .!
related article Dr M, you killed democracy in Malaysia'The hallowed halls of the judiciary were stained 20 years ago,WHAT IS ALL WORTH FOR YOU?To blow the adage —misery loves company out of context, UMNO would be a stark example.
Najib's career had a head-start because of his prestigious family name, but as theskeletons in the cupboard appear to pile up, Najib faces ever more challenges. Abdullah's downfall is, of course, in part the work of Najib the prince, the master of palace manoeuvres.
5)He remained silent when the Royalty trampled Perak to the ground and when a Prince tortured his young wife .?6) he is selectively forgetful when it comes to his gains?
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Karpal Singh is on trial for allegedly making a seditious statement against the Sultan of Perak during a press conference at his office on 6 February this year. The trial adjourned today and will resume in March next year.
What most Malaysians do not understand is what constitutes sedition when it comes to comments about the Rulers. One Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Ghafar Baba, already clarified this back in the 1980s when he said that criticising the Rulers is allowed as long as you do not ask that the Monarchy be abolished in favour of a Republic of Malaysia. Then it would become seditious.
In fact, according to Abu Bakar, the First Caliph of Islam, even chopping off the heads of the Rulers is allowed, let alone just criticising with mere words. And Abu Bakar was supposed to be one of the four 'Rightly Guided' Caliphs, rightly guided by God, that is. And are the Malaysian Rulers above the Rightly Guided Caliphs of Islam?
The greatest critic of the Monarchy is Umno and one-time Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. It is no secret that Mahathir feels nothing but contempt for the Rulers. Umno knows this. And the Rulers know this as well. But why is it only when the opposition makes comments about the Monarchy — and mild ones at that too — it is seditious, but not when Umno or the Prime Minister does the same thing — and much worse comments on top of that?
To understand the 'war' between Unmo and the Rulers that resulted in the Rulers getting dragged through the mud in the 1980s, read the piece below that was published in The Star on 20 April 2008.
The Mahathir years
In the second segment of Ruling the Rulers (the link to part 1 below), an analysis of the challenges faced by the Malay Rulers over the years, Wide Angle examines the post-Merdeka period.
By Huzir Sulaiman, The Star
THE 1960s, although a tumultuous decade for many other reasons, was relatively quiet in terms of intervention by the Malay Rulers in matters of administration and politics.
The relationship between the Sultans and the Alliance Government was still benefiting from the effort both parties had been obliged to make to find common ground in the run-up to their negotiations with the British in 1956.
(Eventually, the Rulers had been persuaded to drop their opposition to the granting of citizenship to non-Malays born in Malaya, a provision insisted on by the British, championed, naturally, by the MIC and MCA, and accepted by Umno only with a certain amount of trauma.)
But the honeymoon period of the new constitutional monarchy couldn't last forever.
By 1981, when Dr Mahathir Mohamad succeeded Hussein Onn as Prime Minister of Malaysia, the country was in the giddy throes of a surge in royal activism.
The period from 1977 to 1983 saw several Sultans make their presence felt in the political arena to a far greater degree than had been previously seen.
The close of Hussein Onn's premiership saw conflicts between several Sultans and Mentris Besar erupt into the open.
In 1977, the Sultan of Kelantan attempted to intervene in a crisis caused by the deteriorating relations between PAS and Umno (then in a short-lived alliance).
The Sultan attempted to postpone the dissolution of the State Assembly following a vote of no confidence in the Mentri Besar, in order that a replacement MB could be found from PAS without elections being called.
Unrest followed, which was ample pretext for the Federal Government to declare a State of Emergency in Kelantan. In the subsequent State elections, Umno came to power, a situation that the Sultan had been trying to avoid.
Things were heating up elsewhere, too. In 1977 the Sultan of Perak ostracised his Menteri Besar to the point that he was forced to resign. In 1978, the Sultan of Pahang rejected the Umno nominee for MB and, in 1981, the Sultan of Johor forced his MB to resign after 14 years in office.
We cannot know with any certainty what the new Prime Minister's attitudes were towards the Malay Rulers when he assumed office in 1981 in the midst of this burgeoning atmosphere of royal assertiveness.
However, in Paradoxes of Mahathirism: An Intellectual Biography of Mahathir Mohamad, Khoo Boo Teik argues that "Mahathir was not necessarily an out and out 'anti-royalist'. He found heroes in strong modernising sovereigns such as Peter the Great and the Meiji Emperor but his attitude towards the Malay royalty was less admiring."
Khoo notes that Mahathir's disdain for the Malay rulers had been expressed in oblique criticism before.
"C.H.E. Det (Mahathir's pen name in the late 1940s) had cast the 1949 conflict between the Malay royalty and the nascent Umno leadership as a conflict between 'rulers and rakyats'. Then, C.H.E. Det stood with those who thought that the rulers had either to yield to the wishes of Umno and its supporters or to forfeit the loyalty of the Malays."
What is almost certain is that Dr Mahathir would have been aware that the independent-minded Sultans of Perak and Johor were the two most likely candidates to become the next Agong in 1984.
Indeed, their Highnesses were shortly to demonstrate their autonomy in ways that led to a measure of public distress.
In 1982, the Sultan of Perak, in his capacity as Head of Religion in his State, looked at the two permissible methods used to calculate the timing of Hari Raya Puasa, and chose the one different from that used in the rest of the country.
That year the fasting month ended a day earlier in Perak, disrupting travel plans and inadvertently making it a rather stressful holiday for the Malay community.
The following year, both the Sultans of Perak and Johor used the alternate method, and their two States celebrated Hari Raya a day earlier than the rest of Malaysia.
Some commentators have suggested that the distress of the "variant Hari Raya" prompted Dr Mahathir's subsequent desire to concentrate administrative power in the Federal Government.
But R.S. Milne and Diane K. Mauzy, in Malaysian Politics Under Mahathir, citing interviews with Umno ministers, suggest that what became known as the 1983 constitutional crisis "was precipitated by reports, received by Mahathir, that the Sultan of Johor stated at a gathering that when he was elected Agong he would unilaterally declare a state of emergency, and with the aid of the army, throw out all the politicians."
"Compounding this were stories that the Sultan was close to certain key military men, and that the army chief, General Tan Sri Mohd Zain Hashim, had criticised Mahathir's approach and had questioned where the army's loyalty rested."
Whatever the case may be, on Aug 1, the Government brought the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 1983 before both houses of Parliament, and it was quickly passed.
The bill put forward 22 amendments to the Federal Constitution, including three very significant changes to the position of the Malay Rulers.
First, it removed the need for the Agong to give his Royal Assent to a piece of legislation before it could be gazetted as law. Instead, it stipulated that if the Agong did not give his Assent within 15 days, he was deemed to have done so, and the law could come into effect.
Second, it introduced parallel provisions removing the need for a Sultan to give his Assent to State laws.
Third, it transferred the power to declare an Emergency from the Agong (who was, in any case, supposed to act on the advice of Cabinet in this regard) directly to the Prime Minister, who was not obliged to act on anyone's advice.
The Prime Minister's Department had ordered a press blackout on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 1983 and, so, while the fact of the bill's passing was mentioned, its significance was downplayed, and the debate – including an impassioned speech in opposition to it by DAP's Lim Kit Siang – did not appear in local media.
For the following two months, nothing appeared. But a right royal storm was brewing.
Immediately, the liberal intelligentsia opposed the provision that allowed the Prime Minister to unilaterally declare an Emergency.
On Aug 2, 1983, Aliran issued a statement condemning the Bill, claiming the proposed amendment "opens the way to political abuse. For the Prime Minister is, in the ultimate analysis, a political personality very much involved in the conflicts and compromises of party politics. There is no constitutional mechanism for ensuring that he will not use his emergency powers against his political foes from any quarter."
"It is simply not possible to prevent an ambitious Prime Minister in the future from emerging as a 'supremo' after the proclamation of an emergency."
But, under the strict press blackout, it was not reported.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the public, the Agong, under pressure from his fellow Rulers, refused to give his Assent to the Bill.
The Rulers maintained that the Bill contravened Article 38(4) of the Constitution, which states that "No law directly affecting the privileges, position, honours or dignities of the Rulers shall be passed without the consent of the Conference of Rulers."
The Rulers had also come to understand the full legal implications of removing the need for Royal Assent to legislation. It meant that if Parliament voted to abolish the monarchy, the Rulers would be powerless to stop them.
Tensions continued to build behind the scenes. It was only in October, when Senu Abdul Rahman circulated a letter condemning the amendments, followed by Tunku Abdul Rahman defying the gag order by writing about them in the pages of this newspaper (The Star), that Malaysians woke up to the crisis.
There were also disagreements within Umno — as Gordon P. Means notes in Malaysian Politics: the Second Generation– many in the ruling coalition were distressed by the contents of the amendments and the confrontational style of Dr Mahathir towards the Malay Rulers."
Some establishment figures believed the Prime Minister had far-reaching aims. In a 1988 interview transcribed in K. Das & The Tunku Tapes, Tunku Abdul Rahman and the veteran journalist discuss the constitutional crisis.
If one can look past the bitchy, surat layang (poison pen letter) tone of their stories about Dr Mahathir's children, one can get a snapshot of the groundswell of suspicion.
Tunku: "You see, the Malays have a cause for adat, resam and so on. Tradition, I have a respect for it but he has none. He dislikes it. You see, his whole aim is to upset the constitution and turn this country into a republic. His son was in London talking quite openly amongst the students that his father is going to be the first President of Malaya."
Das: "I heard his daughter was also talking about it here. Apparently she was caught talking about it at a party not knowing that behind her was one of the Tengkus from Negri Sembilan who overheard it. She said that as soon as the constitution amendment is signed, it is finished, we can become a republic."
Against this background of suspicion, the 1983 constitutional crisis spilled out into the open, and the conflict grew even more intense.
In the next instalment of Ruling the Rulers, Wide Angle will look at the propaganda war and the resolution of the crisis. And, the other crises that lay in wait for Dr Mahathir and the Malay Rulers.
Huzir Sulaiman writes for theatre, film, television, and newspapers.
Part 1: Ruling the rulers can be read here (http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2008/4/6/lifefocus/20851393&sec=lifefocus)
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Posted: 16 Dec 2009 08:01 AM PST
By Sim Kwang Yang
Pagar makan padi. That is the old Malay proverbial description of corruption. It translates awkwardly into "rice-eating fences", meaning that the fencing erected to protect the rice field turns around and devours the rice instead.
The Malay language is a colourful tongue in its native form, if you can steer clear from the deadened officialised version. In this case, the old proverb portrays beautifully the concept of betrayal of public trust involved by public officials in enriching themselves.
As a human vice, corruption is as old as prostitution, and yet it has probably wrought much more havoc upon human societies than prostitution, because it can be a curse upon the stability and prosperity of nations.
In China, corruption has been an inseparable feature of government from ancient times to the present. An old Chinese proverb has it that 9 out of 10 public officials are expected to be corrupt. That is what I would call a conservative estimate.
There, entire dynasties have declined and fallen because of widespread corruption within the centralised governing bureaucracy since the time of the Chin Emperor 2,500 years ago. Corruption by senior eunuchs trusted by the Emperors was particularly vicious, as they were the only ones close to the Emperor and his many wives, giving them unlimited access to the royal ears.
The so-called Western liberal democracies nowadays may frown upon corruption as one of the cardinal sins in public life. It has not always been so. In the earlier part of their historical evolution, corruption was as rampant as it is now in developing nations and failed states.
Francis Bacon (1561 -1626) was one of the leading thinkers in the West, and yet he was also prosecuted for taking bribes during his tenure as Lord Chancellor. He pleaded guilty and said that presents never influenced his decision.
Commenting on his fall from grace in public life, Bertrand Russell has this to say in his book History of Western Philosophy," The ethics of the legal profession in those days were somewhat lax. Almost every judge accepted presents, usually from both sides. Nowadays, we think it atrocious for a judge to take bribes, but even more atrocious, after taking them, to decide against the givers of them. In those days, presents were a matter of course, and a judge showed his 'virtue' by not being influenced by them."
Only philosophers will discuss about the rule of ethical behaviour in such an unethical practice as corruption. Corrupt public officials are like thieves who steal from public money in one way or another, directly or indirectly. Apparently, even corrupt people demands honour among thieves.
In our country, our democracy is young, and we are still struggling to build the institutions and mechanism to arrest corruption. Unfortunately, the problem is deeply rooted at the very top political level. The whole election process is terminally polluted by various forms of vote buying. The exchange of votes for cash and other gifts is particularly rampant in Sabah and Sarawak.
Naturally, election candidates who spend a fortune on his campaign expect some returns upon holding offices of various grades. Corruption on such grand and pervasive scale cannot be kept secret. Truths and half truths have been circulated in the grapevine like wild fire.
When state powers hang in the balance, then elected representatives are traded like goats and buffaloes. Such deals are always struck in secrecy, so one can only speculate as to why certain YB would jump party. The first reaction among a cynical electorate is often that the YB has been offered a sweetened fat pig.
Here, I cannot avoid getting a little personal.
I served from 1982 to 1995 as the Member of Parliament for my home town of Bandar Kuching. By some accounts, commentators have remembered me as one of the more effective opposition MPs. I have always tried to be as clean as a whistle.
Even so, there was this lingering suspicion among some voters and my former party members that I was "bought", just because I chose to retire from active politics, or failed to turn up in any election to support the opposition candidate.
That is neither here nor there. What needs telling is that during my tenure as an MP, invariably some very fat offers came my way. I could see how elected representatives of the people can be tempted.
It almost always starts with a middle-man. Recalling the events now, this employment of an agent must be a precaution in case the person being presented with the gargantuan bribe decides to spill the beans. The real person behind the offer can always deny that he knows anything about it.
Such a middle man, a lower ranking official of the ruling Barisan Nasional approached me and suggested a covert meeting. At the appointed hour, in cover of darkness, he laid out the deal from his boss.
If I agreed to the offer, I would be flown first-class to a top hotel in Singapore. There, I would be given a few millions in cash, plus shares from certain very lucrative companies held by a certain political elite in Sarawak. I did not even have to resign from my party or my position. All I had to do was to sign a letter of undertaking, and thenceforth proceed to England to pursue my further studies, and be absent from the political scene until the next general election. It was understood that I should not seek re-election.
I had met this middle-man with the intention of finding out how such buying of YBs works. But having been thus offered, I had a twisted idea. What if I took the offer, donated the money to my party and some charities of my choice, and then refused to be a turn-coat, continuing politically as I had always been – a brazen opposition MP. Would it be ethical to do such a thing? What would be the ramification of such a creative move?
I presented the idea to my then party boss. He told me he had never been offered such a deal, and we discussed the lighter aspect of this dastardly form of political corruption. Then he advised me to just turn it down flat, instead of playing around with it. Such unethical betrayal of a corrupt contract may bring unforeseen circumstances.
I returned to the middle man and told him no. To my surprise, he was glad that I turned down the offer, even if it meant that he would lose out on his 10% commission worth a few hundred thousand Ringgits.
Should I have gone to the ACA? Knowing how that agency works during that period of time, more or less, I would have wasted my time if I did. That does not mean that the ACA cannot be useful now, for tactical purposes even, as recent events have shown. But it is too much to expect the ACA alone, as it is, under the PM's department, to go after the really big shark.
By now, leadership by example has taken roots. Corruption by public officials at the very top level for past decades of independence has spread the cancer of taking bribes in various forms down through the entire body politics. The cancer has not reached the terminal stage of metastasis yet, as has already happened in other countries, especially in Africa and other parts of Asia. But it is certainly one of the most distasteful aspects about living and working in Malaysia.
To eradicate this rampant corruption would require many radical institutional changes, and I am glad some silver linings around the dark clouds of rice-eating have become dimly visible.
A complete change of government would be the most radical but effective way of clearing away the corrupt politicians and their cronies. Unfortunately, I cannot see any sign that the BN will lose its hold on power any time soon, in the next, or in future general elections. Obviously, Malaysian voters are not angry enough about widespread corruption.
Here, I cannot help but lament the hypocritical ethos of our Malaysian society. Informed people generally have a rough idea about how serious corruption is in high places. But they have more or less resigned themselves to a form of fatalistic resignation as if no matter who comes to power, the corruption will continue unabated anyway. They will reject the idea of changing the government, because – according to their perception – the opposition would be equally corrupt when in power anyway.
The most cynical voters, especially businessmen, will also tell you they do not mind corruption, as long as it is not too painful. It is good for business. They will say any political shark can take a bite, as long as it leaves some bones and morsels for those down the ladder in the political food-chain.
It is perverted ethics like that which has spawned ruinous corruption on a large and expansive scale. This sort of corrupt ethics is what makes government officials corrupt!
At the end of the day, widespread corruption by government officials is a mere tell-tale symptom of a much greater moral crisis infecting our entire national soul.
End.Posted in corruption, Politics Tagged: Anak Sarawak Bangsa Malaysia, corruption, Malaysia Politics, Sarawak, Sarawak politics, Sim Kwang Yang, Sky
Posted: 16 Dec 2009 08:07 AM PST
Its all too clear and this report from an english tabloid will just about confirm that SPDP is not on tenterhooks or facing an internal crisis or leadership disapproval. We were earlier informed that there might just be some teething problems and all has ended amicably for SPDP as it prepares for its TGA. Is this for REAL….??
Of course not,as after the nominations closed there seems to be some reactions and political manoevering. Philip Ngo an Orang Ulu Businessman and a former Youth secretary general seems to have thrown down a challenge to Mawans Status quo. He is leading a group to challenge the status quo and he himself is presenting himself as a candidate for the Presidency of SPDP.
Our preferred source will give us more details and the next 48 hours he says will be very crucial as negotiations are underway to prevent a split in the leadership. For now we just read this report and digress what the implications might just be for BN/SPDP…..
The report here a week ago 8th of December 2009:-
KUCHING: Only the posts of Youth and Wanita Chiefs are open for contest by the respective wings of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) during its Triennial General Meeting (TGA) scheduled for December 29-30.
"We are giving both our Youth and Wanita wings to choose their own chiefs. The main body will endorse their appointment," Mawan told the media after chairing the party's Supreme Council Meeting at its headquarters in Jalan Badruddin here yesterday.
Mawan said that under the proposed line-up for its TGA 2009, all the top office bearers would remain status quo.
He said the objective of maintaining the status quo and giving priority to the front-line politicians and providing for an open contest for the rest was to reflect the party that was truly a political party run by politicians.
Mawan, who is also Minister of Social Development and Urbanisation, pointed out that SPDP's honeymoon period was over, and that the party was now consolidating itself to face future challenges.
He also warned that should there be any members wanting to challenge the party's top posts, the 'Status Quo' Team would defend itself as 'one entity' till the end.
He added that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak would open the party's TGA on December 29.
The proposed SPDP Supreme Council line-up for the 2009 TGM are: President – Dato Sri William Mawan; Deputy President – Datuk Peter Nyarok; Senior Vice-President I – Datuk Peter Nansian; Senior Vice-President II – Dato' Jacob Dungau Sagan; Vice- Presidents – Jelaing Mersat, Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe, Nelson Balang Rining, Wong Judat, Rosey Yunus, Youth and Wanita Chiefs; Secretary-General – Sylvster Entri; Deputy Secretary General – Paulus Palu Gumbang; Treasurer-General – Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing; Deputy Treasurer-General – Senator Pau Chiong Ung; Information Chief – Sim Hang Seng; and four ordinary members – Paul Igai, Peter Howell Jilan, Liew Ah Lek, and Banyi Beriak.
Posted: 16 Dec 2009 02:03 AM PST
From The Star 15 Dec 20909:
From The Star 16 Dec 2009:
Like these journalists?
And this blogger?
And these politicians?
Remember what then-PM Badawi said:
Does this apply to Utusan Malaysia and UMNOputras, we wonder?
After all, don't ever forget exactly who is uttering these chiding words.
Above from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters
Posted: 16 Dec 2009 07:35 AM PST
HARI ini sahabat saya di Utusan Malaysia lancar mogok menulis. Zaini Hassan, penolong pengarah Utusan yang banyak pengalaman, ialah kolumis yang menulis seminggu sekali dalam kolumnya "Cuit." Tulisannya minggu lalu (lihat www.utusan.com) mendapat reaksi luar biasa di kalangan sebilangan pembaca. Sudah ada tiga laporan polis terhadap artikel Zaini yang menceritakan perspektif beliau ketika berada di Hyderabad untuk Forum Pengarang Sedunia kira-kira dua minggu lalu. Saya berada dengannya di Forum yang sama. Tulisan Zaini yang berjodol India di India, India di Malaysia rupa-rupanya menjadi hangat dan ditentang sebahagian pembaca keturunan India di sini. Inilah antara cabaran penulis tanahair. Ada sahaja pihak yang tidak senang dengan buah fikiran orang lain. Saya harap Zaini jangan pedulikan sangat pandangan mereka ini dan terus menulis. Jika Zaini tidak menulis, maka bergembiralah mereka yang berusaha melenyapkan suara seorang lagi penulis kita. Soalan saya pada Zaini: mengapa biarkan mereka lenyapkan suara mu yang lantang beb?
Posted: 16 Dec 2009 12:02 PM PST
If you think the "Chick" hypothesis that Malays are originally from Kampong Cham, Cambodia is the closest thing we can possibly get, then here is something guaranteed to rock you like a Hurricane ... I just found the Father of all Malays.
I am serious, I found Him -- The first Malay on Earth!
Absolutely no kidding. It's not a myth, not a legend, but a Scientifically proven Truth.
Ladies and Gentlemen, proudly present ... Your True Atok!
Klika - Founding Father Of All Malays
Klika - Bapak Asal Semua Melayu
Details coming to a blog displayable at your computer ... Hopefully tomorrow.
Posted: 16 Dec 2009 03:54 AM PST
Sumber: Malaysian Today
Penulis: Raja Petra Kamarudin
Terjemah Oleh: Semangat Reformasi '98
Tajuk: Pakatan Rakyat Masih Tidur
Sejak Mac 2008 lagi, saya telah mendesak Pakatan Rakyat untuk memperkenalkan perkhidmatan Internet tanpa wayar secara percuma di negeri-negeri yang mereka kuasai. Namun begitu, keadaan masih di takuk lama. Tidak lama lagi, kita akan merayakan ulang tahun kedua Pilihan Raya Umum ke-12 dan sehingga kini, perkhidmatan Internet tanpa wayar secara percuma masih belum diperkenalkan.....
NO HOLDS BARRED
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Pakatan Rakyat sedang tidur dan mereka fikir bahawa mereka mampu memenangi pilihan raya berikutnya tanpa melakukan apa-apa. Saya dah bosan cuba meyakinkan mereka tentang kepentingan Internet bagi perjuangan pihak pembangkang. Kalau Pakatan Rakyat memang nak cari nahas, biarkanlah si Luncai dengan labu-labunya.
Tontonilah pembentangan video di bawah ini untuk memahami mengapa saya begitu marah dengan Pakatan Rakyat. Yalah, jangan terhantuk baru terngadah. Jangan dah kalah, baru nak berubah. Nah, pada masa tu, saya akan berkata kepada Pakatan Rakyat, "Padan muka dengan kamu semua."
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Pakatan Rakyat nampaknya masih tidak faham-faham bahawa mereka berada di kedudukan yang kurang menguntungkan dalam konteks media arus perdana dan elektronik. Jadi, mereka memerlukan Internet untuk menyampaikan mesej kepada para pengundi. Sepuluh tahun yang lalu, terdapat hanya 280,000 pengguna Internet berbanding dengan lapan juta pengundi. Hari ini, nisbahnya adalah satu ke satu. Pada masa depan, jumlah pengguna Internet akan melebihi jumlah pengundi.
Maka, pihak yang mengawal maklumat di Internet mampu mempengaruhi pemikiran para pengundi. Pada kemuncak Perang Vietnam, empat daripada lima orang rakyat Amerika membeli akhbar. Hari ini, hanya dua daripada lima orang rakyat Amerika yang membelinya kerana kerana mereka dapat memperoleh maklumat dari Internet.
Meskipun jumlah penduduk Indonesia meningkat, bilangan surat khabar yang dijual di Indonesia pada ketika ini adalah separuh dari bilangan yang dijual semasa era Reformasi dahulu - di kemuncak era anti-Soeharto. Ini kerana pada masa kini, rakyat Indonesia juga bergantung pada Internet sebagai sumber berita dan maklumat.
Rupert Murdock meramalkan bahawa menjelang 2030, akhbar cetak akan digantikan sepenuhnya oleh Internet. Jadi, tindakan Pakatan Rakyat mengabaikan Internet hanya mengundang padah pada diri mereka sendiri. Marilah kita sama-sama berharap bahawa pada 19 Disember 2009, delegasi ke Konvensyen Pertama Pakatan Rakyat akan membincangkan mengenai masalah ini dan melakukan sesuatu bagi menanganinya.
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Artikel Asal: malaysia-today.net
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By Beh Kay Hieng
SHAH ALAM: Opposition leaders expect this Saturday's Pakatan Rakyat (PR) national convention to represent a leap forward in strengthening the three-party alliance.
It would show the general public that the parties had overcome their major differences, Datuk Salehuddin Hashim (picture), Parti Keadilan Rakyat's Secretary-General, told FMT in an interview.
"We have learned how to sit down and sort out our differences," he said.
He added, however, that there was no real rush to achieve the target of a permanent coalition.
"PR is in a hurry but not to the point of taking shortcuts and at the expense of certain realities," he said.
Salehuddin cautioned against expecting the convention to solve all outstanding problems, but said the event would be part of "a natural progression towards the ultimate multi-racial party that this country deserves."
However, he does expect the ideas generated during the talks to be passed down to the grassroots. "It is only when all levels understand where we agree and disagree and how important it is to work together will we be able to have a fixed coalition."
He hopes the delegates from across the nation will see the big picture of where PR is and where it is heading and be inspired to form coalitions at the divisional level.
Meanwhile, DAP leaders seem to be all geared up for the convention.
Tony Pua, DAP's National Publicity Secretary, said preparations were moving along smoothly and the parties involved were currently ironing out logistical issues.
Asked to comment on doubts that DAP and Pas could ever realistically cooperate, Pua mentioned the Common Policies Framework, saying it was "of the utmost importance" and would serve as the foundation from which the alliance would move forward.
"We will be guided by this common platform to ensure that the interest of the coalition as well as of the rakyat are prioritised."
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will be the keynote speaker for DAP.
PR leaders have been reluctant to give much detail about the Common Policies Framework, but it has been mentioned that it will cover all the pertinent principles that the three PR parties completely agree on.
Pua said DAP's key objective is to enable PR to move forward as a cohesive entity with "a solid foundation and agreed principles."
"This will enable us to create and develop comprehensive policies for the states we govern and, in future, for the country as a whole when we take over the Federal Government."
Liew Chin Tong, DAP's International Secretary, said the convention would prepare PR for the next general election as a viable opposition coalition, leading ultimately to a change of federal administration
Tanggal 19 Disember ini adalah detik bersejarah. Harapan untuk perubahan umpama sinar matahari yang berada di muka pintu rumah kita saban pagi. Pemimpin akar umbi dari tiga parti—KEADILAN, PAS dan DAP—buat pertama kalinya akan duduk bersama meninjau kemungkinan untuk menjadi sebuah gabungan rasmi yang akan bertentang mata satu lawan satu dengan Barisan Nasional (BN).
Perubahan justeru memerlukan bahasanya. Kita sekian lama telah mendengar slogan demi slogan. Setidak-tidaknya, tiga Pilihanraya Umum yang kita tempoh sejak tercetusnya Reformasi 1998, menjadikan rakyat dan pendokong perjuangan ini mulai mengerti apa maknanya perjuangan dan Politik Baru yang sering kita laungkan.
Antara lain, kita menjunjung tinggi Kedaulatan Rakyat, sepertimana yang termaktud di dalam Perlembagaan. Kita menolak perjuangan politik yang berasaskan kaum, dan saya percaya di atas keinsafan ini, maka kita bergerak ke arah membentuk sebuah gabungan yang menolak faham perkauman sempit, assabiyah dan pergeseran yang tidak perlu antara penganut agama.
Kita mahu jadi kita. Kita mahu menjadi lain daripada UMNO-BN. Seraya itu, sebelum sampai ke dewan Konvensyen, para pemimpin ketiga parti wajar menghayati erti sebenar keadilan dan kebebasan. Ikrar bersama ialah untuk memelihara prinsip-prinsip itu, tak kira bila dan sampai bila-bila.
Lihat bagaimana kuasa politik telah begitu besar dan mencenglam kuasanya sehingga pinggan-mangkuk majlis kahwin di kampung-kampung pun dicop dengan lambang parti politik. Apakah kita apabila berkuasa nanti, akan melaksana method politik yang mengongkong sedemikian rupa? Kalau begitu, sesungguhnya apa bezanya kita dengan UMNO-BN?
Kelainan yang kita cari daripada UMNO-BN, adalah kelainan yang perlu… bukan sekadar untuk menjadi lain dari yang lain. Kerana itu, prinsip keadilan sebagai objektif tertinggi tuntutan politik wajar diberi perhatian, dan tidak boleh digalang-ganti.
Perlulah kita di dalam Pakatan Rakyat menolak cara politik usang UMNO-BN. Antara isu besar yang dideritai dan menjadikan politik Malaysia sukar tumbuh dengan matang, misalnya adalah pembahagian wang peruntukan kepada wakil rakyat yang dipilih. Kita insafi bagaimana kepayahan apabila ada calon Pakatan Rakyat menang di kawasan di sesebuah negeri yang tidak diperintah oleh Pakatan Rakyat, maka wang peruntukan itu tidak diberikan oleh kerajaan Barisan Nasional negeri kepada wakil rakyat kita.
Lalu, adalah wajar kita mengenepikan cara politik tidak yakin diri begini. Kita kata, kita hormat keputusan rakyat. Lalu, apabila diberi kesempatan memerintah di beberapa negeri, kita wajar tonjolkan prinsip keadilan yang sebenar dan apa yang saya sebutkan di atas tadi, sebagai "berbeza daripada UMNO-BN".
Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat haruslah bertekad untuk kembalikan hak rakyat kepada rakyat. Kita harus berjanji bahawa kita akan memberikan peruntukan kepada wakil-wakil rakyat yang bukan di kalangan kita, yang dipilih oleh rakyat kerana ianya hak rakyat, dan kerana itu kita akan hormatinya di atas prinsip kita berpegang kepada makna keadilan yang sebenar. Perjuangan baru memerlukan besar jiwa dan kebijaksanaan.
Begitu juga keluhan kita selama ini tentang tender tertutup yang diamalkan oleh rejim lama. Mengapa tidak, mengapa terlalu sukar untuk Pakatan Rakyat mengamalkan kaedah politik baru bahawa tidak akan ada lagi tender tertutup sepertimana dahulu. Tak usah tunggu untuk sampai ke Putrajaya…
Sekali lagi dengan kuasa di negeri-negeri yang kini dikuasai Pakatan Rakyat, semua projek kerajaan negeri perlu melalui tender terbuka. Tidak kira berapa nilainya. Kecil atau besar. Itulah yang dinamakan ketelusan dan integriti.
Dua contoh ini, paling tidak akan menjadikan rakyat semakin celek. Kita tahu dan kita tidak terlalu naïf melihat gelagat sesetengah pemimpin UMNO-BN, yang tidak akan berubah perlakuan ganas dan bengis politik mereka. Kita tahu mereka akan menggunakan peluang ini dan mereka anggap sebagai 'kelemahan' Pakatan Rakyat. Itu bukan soalnya.
Soalanya sekarang adalah antara kita-dengan-rakyat; antara kita-dengan-amanah. Andai Konvensyen Pertama hujung minggu ini menjadi pertemuan pertama antara tiga parti, ayuhlah jadikan pertemuan ini bukan sekadar seperti acara ritual. Kesempatan ini perlu digunakan untuk sebuah perubahan yang struktural dan konkret dirangka. Saya percaya Pakatan Rakyat serius dan komited dengan agenda Reformasi. Kerana itulah dipilih tema "Memimpin Perubahan, Menjana Kemenangan" sebagai tema pertama pertemuan rasaksa tiga parti ini.
Konvensyen Pakatan Rakyat: Perubahan Konkrit dan Struktural
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Rais Yatim.VS VS Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Rais Yatim.VS1 Malaysia
Datuk Seri Najib Razak's administration will face delays in implementing racial unity and national integration initiatives involving his 1 Malaysia concept after failing to get a consensus from Umno members of his Cabinet.
The failure to reach a consensus has resulted in the Cabinet deciding to postpone the public preview of the 1 Malaysia initiatives which had been scheduled this week along with the display of his other National Key Results Area (NKRA) programmes.
The Malaysian Insider understands the decision to postpone the public display of the 1 Malaysia initiatives was made at a special retreat of ministers here on Sunday.
As a result, the NKRA open days scheduled for tomorrow and Friday at the Sunway Convention Centre in Petaling Jaya will not include the initiatives related to the 1 Malaysia concept.
Good news for Pakatan Rakyat
Monash University Sunway Campus's Prof Dr James Chin tells The Nut Graph that at this time, it is difficult to predict whether the BN can remain in power after the next elections.
"It depends on whether Najib can improve the economy, and this in turn will depend on whether the world economy will recover by the first quarter of 2010," he says in a telephone interview.
Chin cautions that there are many variables to look out for. The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) could be easily defeated if parliamentary Opposition Leader Anwar loses control of his coalition. It also depends on which coalition manages to woo the support of the millions of young, yet-to-be-registered voters.
"Generally speaking, however, the BN is set to lose the next general election," Chin says
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The only element that will be on display will be the general framework of the 1 Malaysia concept.
According to sources, the Cabinet made its decision to ensure a more holistic and complete study because it was felt that many of the initiatives were "too general" and "difficult to accept" because of racial and religious sensitivities.
It is understood that the strongest objections came from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Rais Yatim.
"Some members of the Cabinet feel that it would be better for the ideas that were developed to be put off temporarily so that a more complete study could be done," said one source.
The recent controversy surrounding the Biro Tata Negara (BTN), which had come under heavy fire for propagating racism against non-Malays, had been expected to be a measure to evaluate the effectiveness of Najib's 1 Malaysia laboratories set up by his hand-picked Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Rais Yatim.
But the delay in implementing the 1 Malaysia initiatives will put a crimp on efforts to overhaul the BTN, which had initially been agreed on by the Cabinet, as well other race relation issues.
It is understood that in justifying their decision to delay its implementation, Cabinet members were of the opinion that the 1 Malaysia concept should be expanded to all ministries and not just certain ministries and government departments.
Sources familiar with the matter said that the additional study ordered by the Cabinet will take at least one to two months to complete.
They said that cost was also cited as an excuse for why the initiatives could not be implemented now.
"Immediate implementation would result in additional costs and so many agencies were not ready to start implementing the initiatives," said one source.
"That is why these ideas cannot be displayed this week. Possibly a special display will be organised on the 1 Malaysia concept in the second quarter of next year."
The Malaysian Insider understands that some Cabinet members, particularly those from Umno, also felt that initiatives derived from the 1 Malaysia laboratories could not be equated with the other ideas for the six NKRAs announced by Najib in July.
Besides the six NKRAs — reduction of crime, anti-corruption, better access to affordable and quality education, higher standard of living for the poor, better rural infrastructure and improved public transport — the laboratories under Idris had also formulated an action plan for the 1 Malaysia concept and national unity.
The eight laboratories had started operations on Oct 5 and completed their work in two months.
When met after Sunday's Cabinet retreat, Najib had said he was generally satisfied with the overall results of the six NKRA laboratories.
The prime minister said however that the public could make their own assessment of the reports during this week's open day.
Najib said the move to display the NKRAs was to show the government was committed towards its Government Transformation Programme (GTP) under the tagline of 1 Malaysia, which is "People First, Performance Now."
These programmes are part of measures which will be implemented between 2010 and 2012.
Posted: 16 Dec 2009 03:18 AM PST
500,000 Eligible Voters In Perak Not Registered
IPOH, Dec 16
About 500,000 out of the 2.37 million eligible voters in Perak have not registered with the Election Commission (EC) as at April this year.
Perak EC director Ahmad Adli Abdullah said many of them were still unaware that they could register as voters and could change their addresses at the post-offices.
"They don't have to return to their hometown to discharge their duties as responsible voters if they have moved to other places," he told reporters after presenting the EC promotional banners to Pos Malaysia, here on Wednesday.
He said those who were above the age of 21 and eligible to vote should register as voters to fulfill their responsibilities for the country.
"It is sad when the level of public awareness on the importance of voting is still low because one vote can make a big difference in any election," he said.
Meanwhile, Perak Pos Malaysia general manager Mohd Azizi Mohd Sanusi said Pos Malaysia had always wanted to assist the government in fulfilling its social responsibility.
"Today, for example, Perak Pos Malaysia will help the EC to achieve its objective by offering voters' registration service at 84 post offices statewide," he added.
Hmmm … wonder why I get goose pimples all over …?
Posted: 16 Dec 2009 03:10 AM PST
Extract from Bernama:
10 Naked Men, 15 China Dolls Nabbed At Foot Reflexology Centre
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16
Reflexology centre, my foot!
Foot massage was probably the last thing on the mind of 10 men who were caught with their pants down at a foot reflexology centre here early on Wednesday.
In a raid at the centre in Jalan Kepong Prima, a police team also nabbed 15 China dolls who were employed illegally as massesses [sic].
Initial police investigations revealed that the masseuses, who did not even have passports, were into 'multi-tasking' at the centre which was operating for the past three years.
Foot massage aside, they provided full body massage for RM60; oral sex (RM80) and sexual intercourse (RM150) […]
I wonder how much a toe-suck costs? ;-)
Posted: 16 Dec 2009 12:46 AM PST
This is the controversial article, said to seditious and belittling Indians in general.My comments are in bold Alkisah India di India dan India di Malaysia — Zaini Hassan DEC 11 — Berada di kota raya tua India, Hyderabad selama seminggu minggu lalu amat memberi kesedaran kepada diri ini. Setiap inci persegi tanah di kota-kotanya dihuni oleh ratusan insan. Setiap kilometer persegi dihuni oleh
Posted: 15 Dec 2009 07:28 AM PST
It's quite funny to see Malaysians accusing each other of being racist. This, is from the Ministers right up to the working class ( the cow head group).I think we Malaysians are in denial. We are all racist. I will outline below why I say so..All Malaysian political parties are somewhat race based; this includes those who claim to be multi racial. Multi-racial political parties while claiming to
Posted: 16 Dec 2009 01:29 AM PST
Sarawak was ruled by Brooke family or White Rajah of Sarawak from 1841 until 1946. Under James Brooke the dayak or the natives were treated fairly and the most importantly our most value asset, our NCR lands were recognised and respected by the White Rajah.
But under Taib Mahmud or the White Haired Rajah of Sarawak, who has been reigning Sarawak since year 1981 (According to Malaysia Book of Record, he is the longest serving Chief Minister in Malaysia.WOW!) the dayak/native has been badly marginalised and their NCR lands robbed.
Taib Mahmud the last White haired Rajah of Sarawak, is a Melanau, one of the minority native of Sarawak. Coming from the minority, his capability in marginalisd the dayak the majority and the most successful native in sarawak during head hunter period, is a successed story that cannot be treated lightly by the dayak. Looking at the strategies of the White haired Rajah, lately he has been preparing himself to control Sarawak economy before stepping down. This can be seen clearly at PBB decision to retain him for another three years to lead PBB. But Afraid Jabu is still sleeping and afraid to claim what is his (Remember Ming Court Crisis ? White haired Rajah promised to handover the Chief Minister post to the most senior deputy should he step down ).
If one read any article on Sarawak developments, with the biggest State Assembly building in Malaysia, the biggest and the most number of hidro-electric dam in Malaysia, one may think that Sarawak is one of the most developed state in Malaysia. But despite all these facts , Sarawak in reality is one of the poorest state in Malaysia, with more people living under poverty, more people live without the access road, electricity and cleaned water in Malaysia.
Today I am going to write about Kampong Empaling, one of the longhouse located in Pantu, Sri Aman.
Geographically, Kampong Empaling is located at upper Pantu, and politically it is under P202 Sri Aman and N25 Balai Ringin. Their MP and Assemblyman are YB Masir Kujat and YB Snowdan Lawan respectively.
Let the World See What BN Politic of Development Really Is
TR Ngulu - YB Snowdan and YB Masir Kujat Please listen to our Plights
When talking about the proper access road, TR Ngulu said :-
"We hope the BN politicians that we throw our support to; will help us by providing gravel for our road. We want them to fulfill their promises, especially Tan Sri Jabu and YB Snowdan who had pledged to repair our and give gravel for our road".
Encik Dunggat Pengabang (JKKK)- Pelita must explain to people on the Progress of the JV
In term of the NCR Land issues, according to one of the JKKK met by Bukittunggal, in 2004-2005 without proper explanation, the people of Kampong Empaling were forced to sign a JV agreement with Tetangga Akrab Pelita (Pantu) Sdn Bhd . The JV was to develop their NCR lands, the land that they inherited from their forefathers. The report made in the Edge on 2nd December 2009, the plantation had been in the red for the past three financial years ended June 30, with 2007, 2008 and 2009 losses amounting to RM119,000, RM1.32 million and RM2.6 million, respectively really made them worry.
They hope that the two BN YBs that represent them will help them to get back their lands. But according to one of the participant in the JV , the two YBs have never been visiting them. He further added that the BN politicians will normally visits them or thir longhouse when the election is near.
To another plight, TR Ngulu said:
"Our longhouse is already old, and with the failed oil palm project, it is impossible for us to build the new longhouse without government help. In July 2007, we had submitted the Long house loan application to Perbadanan Pembangunan Perumahan (Housing Development Cooperation), but until now we have not received any feedback from the cooperation. We hope that the government, especially our Prime Minister will look into our problem and approve our application immediately".
What alternative do they have
After 46 years under BN, the people of Kampong Empaling must now realize that they have been neglected and marginalized by Barisan Nasional politicians. Forty six years is a long time. If the BN really sincere to develop the Iban, by now kampong Empaling should already has all the basic amenities. But BN is not sincere and always find excuses for not to bring development to the longhouses.
Sarawak is a democratic state where the government of the day is selected through a democratic process. If BN government still do not listen to the above plights, the people of kampong Empaling must consider seriously whether to vote them in or to vote them out in the coming election.
"Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban"
Posted: 15 Dec 2009 07:11 PM PST
UMNO Ketuanan Melayu....
See this Ketuanan UMNO...
"Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban"
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Posted: 16 Dec 2009 01:01 AM PST
Rosmah and Najib are known to work as a team. — File pic
The Straits Times way of thanking thanking Rosmah FOR helping to grab the
KTM BERHAD PRIME LAND IN SINGAPORE FOR SINGAPORE
never heard her speak nor is she known for her ideas. Is this another one of the public relations stunts that was paid to make her be bigger than she is? "We must stop waiting for opportunities to fall into our laps. We must seize opportunities with our own hard work, ideas and drive," she asserted."…….sound familiar.
Many explanations have been offered for the recent global financial crisis, and yesterday the wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak offered another: MeRELATED ARTICLEpolitical comedy satire THE NAJISROSMAA-THE SAYFOOL STORY THE MALAYSIAN VERSION WATERGATE WHO PUT HIM IN , WHO PUSHED IN MAA MAAMIAH
Speaking at the third Asean Women Leaders Forum in Singapore, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor mused that the crisis might have been averted if women had been in charge.
The feisty speaker, known as a force to be reckoned with in Malaysian politics, made the statement to drive home her point: women should be seated at the tables of power, whether corporate or political.
This is because they possess "intrinsic" leadership qualities, such as the power to persuade and the willingness to rethink arcane rules, that men do not, she argued.
The keynote speaker at the forum, Rosmah took the opportunity to issue a rousing call to arms to the 150-strong audience of mostly women."We must stop waiting for opportunities to fall into our laps. We must seize opportunities with our own hard work, ideas and drive," she asserted.
YES THIS IS HOW I DID IT READ THIS Was rosmah najib's tealady when he was Pahang's MB? Aditya Pancholi was also accussed having consensual sex with his maid, promising her a fruitful career.
The patriarchal institutions and culture of Southeast Asia have not stopped women from "infiltrating" male-dominated governments and corporate arenas, she noted, citing as examples Corazon Aquino and Megawati Sukarnoputri.
The former was president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992, and the latter president of Indonesia from 2001 to 2004.
Even when men control the levers of power, "there will be a woman or two who play pivotal roles in making that male leader excel", said Rosmah, to appreciative laughter.
Najib and his wife are known to work as a team.
Rosmah also noted that while women's leadership abilities come from their role as caregivers, the same responsibilities can also prevent them from taking up the gauntlet of governance.
This was a point emphasised by her fellow keynote speaker, Lim Hwee Hua, Singapore Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance and Transport, who was the first woman to become a full Cabinet minister in Singapore.
Persuading women to enter politics is especially difficult, she said, because "women juggle a whole lot more than men".
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The loss of privacy as a politician is hard to bear for women, she said, more so because the scrutiny women in power are subjected to is often worse than what their male counterparts face.
"You get people asking women leaders questions about (their) children and families that they will never ask the men," she said.
This double standard was also decried by Rosmah.
"If a woman works hard to succeed, she is often said to be pushy and bossy. The same characteristic in a man is determination and drive," she observed.
Both women emphasised the role of policy in smashing glass ceilings for women. Childcare facilities at the workplace and the flexibility to work from home are measures both the Malaysian and Singapore governments have encouraged companies to take up, they noted.
But the ultimate driver of change must be women themselves. Women must "cease and desist" to be one another's worst enemies, said Rosmah.
Instead of competing, women must show solidarity and support one another.
In this spirit, she called for a global summit of First Ladies to be held in Kuala Lumpur in the middle of next year.
No formal invitations have been issued yet, but when she brought up the idea to fellow First Ladies during last month's meeting of Commonwealth heads of government in Trinidad and Tobago, "they were very excited", she said.
Asked if Ho Ching, the wife of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, would be attending, Rosmah said that she had not spoken to Ho at length about the event.
"But knowing her, I'm sure she would be very supportive."
The one-day forum was organised by the Asean Business Forum and the Kuala Lumpur-based Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute.
Among the other speakers were Jannie Tay, executive vice-chairman of luxury watch retailer The Hour Glass, and Singapore's Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Yu-Foo Yee Shoon.
Another speaker was Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, who is also head of Wanita Umno. — The Straits Times
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