Sunday, December 6, 2009

Who Controls The World?

Who Controls The World?


Who Controls The World?

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 08:47 AM PST

So it turns out, I can't really stay away from blogging. Even though I am not spending any time researching new stuff, I am making videos about things I have observed in the past. Here is another video that deals with some conspiracy theories. Let me know what you think. (Oh by the way, this is our 1500th post!!)

Who Controls The World?


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A VULTURE NAMED MAHATHIR TO ANWAR Don’t mess with National Civics Bureau (BTN) SODOMY training modules as in the current form,

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 08:03 AM PST


Dr M sees nothing wrong with BTN courses
On Anwar's suggestion to have the general election monitored by independent observers from Australia, the former premier takes a swipe at the opposition leader for having more faith in the 'white man' than the Malays.
Dr M: Don't mess with BTN

A.G OFFICE FRAME ANWAR FOR SAYING 'GEDAH ' SENT HIM TO 7YEARS NOW WITH ENOUGH EVIDENCE AND WITNESS TO SENT NAJIB TO JAIL FOR ABUSE OF POWER

No need to revamp BTN, says Dr Mahathir. —
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 — There is no need to revamp National Civics Bureau (BTN) training modules as in the current form, they were fine for instilling the patriotic spirit among Malaysians, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The former prime minister was also of the opinion that the BTN curriculum had helped foster unity as the courses conducted by the agency were attended by Malaysians of all races.
"I do not see any reason why the modules have to be revamped… I think it is better to retain the modules," he told reporters after opening the World Aids Day 2009 here today.
Prior to this, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz had said that BTN training modules would be revamped to better reflect the 1 Malaysia concept introduced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The matter came into the spotlight when Pakatan-ruled Selangor recently prohibited state civil servants and students of higher educational institutions owned by the state from attending BTN courses, claiming that they were an indoctrination process by the Barisan Nasional government and aimed at brainwashing Malaysians to hate opposition parties.
Commenting further, Dr Mahathir said he too had given talks at courses organised by the BTN and among the subjects touched on were Malaysian history.
"Sometimes, people cannot understand the underlying value of BTN courses. I do not see anything bad about it, it explains the nation's history," he said.
Asked on Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's call for independent observers from Australia to monitor the next general election in the country, Dr Mahathir said: "If it is the white man, he will trust. If its Malays, it is otherwise."
On the government's plan to introduce the goods and services tax (GST), he said a comprehensive study must be made on it so as not to burden the people.
However, he said it was needed in the long term as the country had to find alternative sources of revenue and not be overly dependent of the petroleum sector. — Bernama
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Racial politics and Brain Drain

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 08:01 AM PST


( I received this article  on my email.  Since the topic of mass migration of Malaysians overseas has become a hot issue, I though a doctor's perspective would be useful here.  So I take the liberty of reproducing this post on our blog – Sim Kwang Yang ).

By Dr.HSU

The most important asset of a country is not its natural resources, but rather human resources. This is especially true in a knowledge based economy, which of course will be the trend in future if not already the trend in most of the western countries.

My daughter, who is in her final year medicine in Auckland, told me that a team of Singapore recruitment officers have just visited Auckland and talked to the Malaysian students there, offering job and training prospect for the final year students once they graduate. My daughter also told me that over the last few years, quite a lot of her Malaysian seniors, after graduating from medical courses in NZ, have gone to Singapore to work as house-officers and subsequently stayed back in Singapore for their postgraduate training.

Similar teams are sent to Australia and UK for recruiting Malaysians there to work in Singapore.

About a year ago, in one of the articles in Reuters, this was reported:

Malaysia is counting on bright, ambitious people like Tan Chye Ling for its future, to lead it away from manufacturing and into the knowledge age.

But the 32-year-old scientist, a post-graduate in molecular biology, is not counting on Malaysia to look after her future.

'I felt much suppressed in Malaysia,' said Tan, who moved to neighboring Singapore, the region's pace-setter for biotech investment, after a decade of study and research in Malaysia.

'I have benefited from the better research environment and salary scheme here. Things are much smoother,' she said by phone from the National University of Singapore where she is studying dust mites and allergies.
Tan estimates that 60 percent of the research teams she works with in Singapore are from Malaysia, despite her country's efforts over several years to develop a biotech industry.

The Malaysian government unveiled plans last March to spend $553.3 million over five years to boost research, attract foreign investment and build new facilities. But its efforts are wasted unless it can retain more talented people like Tan.  'By the time we have the research environment in place, every other country would have taken a slice of the biotech investment pie,' said Iskandar Mizal, head of the state-run Malaysian Biotech Corporation which oversees the government's strategy.

There is a serious problem facing "Malayia" and that is the problem of Brain Drain. Why are Malaysians overseas not coming back to work?

Well, pay may be part of the reasons but is not the main reason. Singapore recruitment team offered Malaysian students there a salary which is a few times they would expect to get in Malaysia….S$40,000 a yr for houseman after tax (equivalent to RM86000) which is about 5 times the pay of a houseman in Malaysia.

But, as I say, pay is not the main problem. The living expenses Overseas is high. And for a person working overseas, the loneliness and the stress level is also high. So not everyone opts to work overseas because of pay. Many would not mind to work for lesser pay if they can stay near to their loved ones.

Why do people choose to work overseas, away from their loved one?

Malaysia has many state-of-the-art hospitals and research centers, which may even be the envy of many overseas countries. But hardware alone would not attract these experts o come home. In the medical fields, I have so many friends /classmates working overseas, many in world renowned centers.

Why do they do that?

Some of my classmates and friends did come back as specialists. After working a few years ( many lasted a few months) , most get disillusioned and went off. There is really not much prospect of career advancement. How many can hope to become a professor, even when they are an acknowledged expert in their field? On the other hand , lesser beings are being promoted to professorship for doing much less.

How many of them can have any say about how things are to be run? How many of them can blend into the local team where the work attitude is vastly different from that overseas?

There is an unwritten rule that even if the person is very good, the head of the team has to be someone from a certain ethnic group who may not even be half as good as him.

In everyday life, some become disillusioned with the corruption, the red tape and "tidak apa" attitude of the officialdom. For an overseas doctor applying to work home, the application can take up to 6 months to get approved, whereas, Singapore sends teams overseas to recruit them on the spot, giving them forms to fill and offering them jobs immediately as long as they pass their final examination. See the difference?

It is the sense of being wanted and being appreciated that make these people stay overseas. Back here, they are often made to feel that they are of a lower class; they do not feel wanted and they do not feel appreciated…. That is the main reason.

For those with children , the education system puts them off. Even school children can feel being discriminated, one glaring example is the 2 systems in PreUniversity education.

All these make them pack their bags and off they go again, leaving behind their parents perhaps, siblings,friends they grew up together, favouite food that is often not available overseas. No one likes to be like this; circumstances and a sense of being recognised for their worth make them go away…It is really sad.

Parents spend huge amount of money educating them, but the ones who benefit are the Singaporeans, the Americans, the Australian, the British and so on. As long as race politics is not done away with, this problem of brain drain will continue and Malaysia will always lack behind the advanced countries, no matter how many twin towers and Putra Jayas we build.

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Nazri said dont expect us to change you have to change us if want change Business as usual at MACC despite the chief’s early retirement

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 06:49 AM PST


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Ahmad Said is retiring six months ahead of schedule. — file pic

the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) feels that child pornography images peddler are traffice offenders no big deal but if you make report against UMNO you are a criminal.Umno is much more Islamic than PAS said Muhyiddin.

The early retirement of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan will not affect the status of ongoing investigations, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz.

Nazri said investigations carried out by MACC would go on without any hitch because his successor Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed, who was also Ahmad Said's deputy, had been handling numerous cases before.

"No cases will be affected since Abu Kassim has been handling numerous investigation papers," he told reporters at the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah's investiture ceremony at the Istana Abu Bakar in conjunction with the Sultan's 79th birthday celebrations on Oct 24.

Nazri said Ahmad Said had met him two months ago to inform him of his intention to shorten his service contract and allow Abu Kassim to take over.

"Teoh Beng Hock's case is nothing. It is a traffice case. We have mishandled much bigger cases.''

At MACC , you can be sure " he was PUSHED " thats their Motto, any which way is ' Push or be Pushed '.

the credibility of (BN) government The doctrine, which calls for checks and balances between the three estates of government, has been dead in the country's system of political governance since 1998.

Manufacturing Consent: The Propaganda Machine & TEOH AND ANWAR: BATTLE OF PERCEPTION HEATS UP This fact alone might just tilt the scales of justice in this country.

If Muhyuddin and Nazri could not say anything sensible, they should just shut up. There is no need to embarrass the country. Come to think of it, that is good advice for all our leaders. I wonder if Nazri and Muhyuddin have a daughter; how they would feel if she were to be abused by her husband. The ministers' utterances were at best boorish; at worse, reprehensible.

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The lost of one life is a trivial matter to Ahmad Said. This is the kind of third world mentality which equates human life worst than the life of an animal. There are many more in UMNO and MACC with such mentality. Isn't the lost of Altantuya another testimony of how people at the top of UMNO treats life ?

Can this type of people runs a agency to make it the first world standard ? This man should be pursued to his last drop of his breath for all abuses in ACA and MACC.Abu Kasim could only convince the public if he start investigating Khir Toyo and come clean on the TBH case.At MACC , you can be sure " he was PUSHED " thats their Motto, any which way is ' Push or be Pushed '.

So, did he jump, or was he pushed?

Should we feel sorry for Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan, who is leaving ahead of schedule? He had grandiose plans which have come to nought. His equally pompous rhetoric that he would clean up corrupt practices has also proven to be empty promises.

Any intelligent observer will question the official explanation that Ahmad Said retired early; because he wanted to spend more time with his family. What's five months? It's neither here nor there. That argument just doesn't wash.

This has been going on for far too long. The MACC acts like God. They kidnap families and torture those they arrest.

I am sure his family is not going anywhere and that they would be happier to gradually prepare for his permanent presence at home — as any wife of a retired man knows; he, who suddenly finds too much time on his hands, follows the wife around the home like a lapdog, and is more of a nuisance than a help.

Then, there is Malaysia's drastic showing in the ranking of the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index. This has dealt his reputation another severe blow.

LASTEST UPDATE Tengku Razaleigh hit out at the MACC for investigating cows&flags ignoring major submarine &MAS examples of graft. if mere witnesses called in to give evidence to a graft busting agency could be found dead the next day.

There is no doubt as to what is happening. It is a simple case of house-cleaning.Ahmad Said was pushed out of office. Now we have to ask, why?

UMNO'S ENCOUNTER MACHINE misfired Victims of torture by a government commission revealed the "mental and physical" pressure that they underwent

The government's "People First. Performance Now" sound-bite is fast unravelling at the seams. So is he the straw that will break the camel's back through his non-performance? Or is he right to desert this sinking ship, that will further discredit him?

latest edition Should Anwar have Access to the Prosecution's Evidence? The evil plot vs evil plot najib got burnt in the middle THE Ezzam&Toyol's game play MCC'S honesty without the serum Truth or dare! Just the lure of lucre seems to be enough inducement for them to let theirdeepest, darkest secrets come tumbling out

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Clearly Ahmad Said is under a lot of pressure. So many high-profile cases have been swept under the carpet. And several more cases are up for investigation. But will anything come of them? So was he feeling the strain at the overwhelming amount of cases awaiting examination? Intense public scrutiny about how MACC handles these cases sometimes exceeds the interest of the outcome of these investigations themselves.

Khir Toyo insinuates that the DAP is behind Teoh's death.but we in umno need to do the job to stick it on DAP, my blogger is doing a job

Ahmad Said denies leaving because of threats from certain quarters. And I am shocked by his statement "Teoh Beng Hock's case is nothing. It is a very small case. We have handled much bigger cases.''

Has he not heard of the law of Unintended Consequences? There are plenty of reasons to be fearful with the shameful circumstances leading to Teoh's death at the hands of his MACC interrogators. This lack of sensitivity will only alienate more people and not just increase his enemies but also get make more mistrust the MACC.

Furthermore, it was also under his watch that honey traps were used to target errant politicians in an effort to compromise them.

So will Ahmad Said leave with a clear conscience? Did he fail in his noble objectives at the beginning of his tenure because he did not get the support of his superiors? Was his style so objectionable that he was unable to get the cooperation of those under him?

When the ACA morphed into the MACC it is only like changing clothes — the body beneath is still the same. So could he have done more if he had been able to change the mindset of the several thousand people who maintained the original ACA mindset? People are averse to change. But only he can answer those questions.

In a way, I feel more sorry for Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed, the new MACC boss. The court of public opinion has already made up its mind about the MACC and so, Ahmad Said's act is not a difficult one to follow.

Abu Kassim has promised to boost the credibility of MACC, to make plans to improve the public's perception of the organisation, and garner the support of the various NGOs. Sadly, we have heard this all before. Far too many times. So why would this time be any different? We, the Malaysian public, have very low expectations of the MACC, previously the ACA.

Abu Kassim has also said he wants to "make friends with everyone". I would rather he did his job properly and executed his duties with professionalism rather than be everyone's "mate". By wanting to be friends with everyone is enough to make me suspicious.

Of course transparency and consistency have always been a problem. But have any of the big bosses made any real difference. Have the levels of fraud and corruption in our country been reduced?

He talks about working without fear or favour. That is what we fear — that some individuals or groups of people will be favoured.

So can he convince his bosses that he needs freedom to go about his duties? That he makes it clear he needs a certain amount of independence to do his job? That only by maintaining his neutrality can he then perform with integrity? Will they grant him these simple requests?

The new MACC boss should never be doubtful of our cooperation and support, provided he comes up with results. Tangible results.

Thus far, no one has been able to protect the public by reducing the incidence and cost of corruption.

There have been too many instances where justice has not been delivered and the rule of law ignored.

And the public also feels that it is not protected from future criminal conduct.

It is the failure of our leaders to deliver results that has caused the erosion in confidence of the Malaysian business and financial institutions and public. But most of all, can the new MACC boss execute his duties with a clear conscience and so do his duty to serve the ordinary Malaysian citizen?

Mariam Mokhtar is a reader of The Malaysian Insider and contributes her thoughts occasionally.


HAVE WE MISSED THE FOREIGN INVESTMENT BOAT

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 04:27 AM PST


In any nation, people have to work as it is the root of health and it opens the window for the attainment of other social fulfillments of any individual. But in order to have the right conception of goals and purposes and in being able to get well paid jobs it will ultimately depend on the educational policies set by the government and on how the laws that govern investment are implemented and the type of investment climate that prevails in any country.

Having a pool of human capital is not adequate. The available human capital must have the required skills as required by investors, as it is a resource over which the investors can exercise some degree of control to manage the required processes in order to achieve a decent return over investment.

Malaysia, in the 1960's was an agricultural based economy. We exported our rubber, tin and later palm oil from which we received our financial returns which filled our national coffers. Then our political leaders promoted our nation as a low wage country. It brought in investors from the United States of America, Britain, Japan, the Europe Continent and Australia.

The investors, invested in Selangor, Penang and Johore, where the Industrial estates were classified as Free Trade Zones. These investors set up large assembly lines and employed workers by the tens of thousands, who had a bare minimum of educational qualifications, to assemble through a repetitive process mass produced goods, where 100% of the manufactured products were exported.

The wages of these unskilled workers was at the minimum RM 3.00 per day. Their other terms and conditions of employment were governed by the Employment Act 1955. The workers were barred from enlisting or forming a union.

Then by the year 1967 the government promulgated the Industrial Relations Act as more and more workers were faced with employment related disputes with their employers. This act in some way introduced a conciliatory process, to resolve employment related disputes of the mass working pool of unskilled workers.

In the mean time, changes were taking place in the leadership of the political parties that as a coalition formed the government. In 1980 Mahathir, a pseudo Malay, became the Prime Minister. He had a great displeasure for the British. He introduced the Look East Policy and had conveniently forgotten the mass atrocities committed by the Japanese in Malaya during the Second World War.

The Japanese flocked in, in doves and almost every known and unknown named investor, invested not only in the urban industrial free trade zone sectors but further new free trade zone sectors were established like mushrooms, even in the rural areas. The Japanese felt they had economic imperialism as we wanted to learn from them, and they took undue advantage on our willingness to make progress. With them came the semiconductor industry and others.

At about the same time Mahathir changed the education policies. Bahasa Malaysia became the medium of instruction. Racial polarization became the order of the day. All human resource departments had to be headed by a Malay in the multinational corporations. It had become a window dressing or wall flower position, where the  personal manager(s) was basically a  retired police officer or army officer or ex-teacher.

The racial composition of production workers had to be 60% Malays, 25%Chinese, 10% Indians and 5% of other races. But in reality the racial composition was 60% Malays, 20% to 30% Indians who were unskilled workers and the 10% Chinese and a small composition of Indians who were categorized as skilled workers. A large section of the  work force comprised of female workers.

During the period of the years of 1985 to 1997 technological changes were in a state of flux. At the same time we faced various cycles of recession which were caused by the structural change in the economics of the industrialized countries. There was a prolonged period of stagnation, low growth, zero growth or for that matter, negative growth where some nations went into a depression.

Then in July of 1997 we faced the Asian Financial Crisis and the decline in the value of the Ringget. Thereafter with the advancement made in the technologies used in the manufacturing process and with the increase in the wages of the unskilled workers, the Japanese, Taiwanise, and investors from Hong Kong and Singapore moved on to China and other nations where the wages were low for the mass manufacturing processes.

As such we now have a large number of manufacturing operations which have ceased operations. Many factories in a large number of the free trade zones are vacant. On the other hand political events in other countries and the change of policies have changed the face of the world economy. In most countries and in almost all economics sectors unemployment remains on the rise and Malaysia has not been spared.

The days of depending on Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) for the manufacture of goods is receding into the twilight zoon. The world is in the  throes of the knowledge and service based system of operations. Yet our political leaders were unable to fathom or comprehend or for that matter foresee the long term decline in the regenerated manufacturing base.

The educational policies are designed for preferential treatment of the Malays. A Malay student does not have to compete on equal terms with a non-Malay student. As Ahmad Sarji the former Chief Secretary of the Government in his Biography by Lim Chang Moh, entitled "Attaining Eminence at page 218, states:

" Decdaes ago, before preferential entry was introduced, entry into university was strictly on merit. We had to compete on equal terms with the best. This was reflected in the quality of the people employed by the Government during my time," he was quoted as saying in the Graduan magazine in early 2008. "But today, many students can enter local universities  with the minimum of  requirements. Coasting their way through the undergraduate years, passing with the barest of margins, they expect to get good jobs with their low passing marks."…… " What is the point of having highly qualified professionals if they don't have character." Ahmad is now championing the cause of quality education.

If that is the state of our education system, then we have turned our local universities into degree mills. The professionals are mediocre and are a misfit for the knowledge based system of service industries.

A decade or so ago the writing was on the wall. There have been economist and authors, who have written on the paradox in the world wide economy and to name a few, such as, Robert Beckman, John Naisbitt, Kenichi Ohmae, George Gilder and Alvin Toffler. But our political leaders were oblivious to the facts of the changing faces in the world economy.

Since 2008 they have realized that Malaysia's FDI has plummeted. Then they announced that they are going to liberalise their racial policies to attract investors. Now the politicians realize that it is extremely difficult to attract investors. Even investors from Singapore are shying away. It appears that for the first 6 months of 2009 there has only been 4.2 Billion Ringgit of investment, which is pittance compared to the City State of Singapore or Thailand.

We will not be able to attract FDI especially since we have a Judiciary which does not uphold the Rule of Law. Then we have a complete misfit of professionals who are mediocre and cannot contribute effectively in the new knowledge based industry. Further we have an acute shortage of electronic and electrical engineers.

Under these circumstances, we are aware that the attitude of investors rise and fall as their expectations change. To the investor business growth depends on its own expectation and they will first evaluate the policies of government and simultaneously evaluate the skilled availability of the labour market.

Investors make decisions on the basis of an "animal spirit"  and for them "capital" is the morale of work and the rest of the government policies may be considered as elusive as thinking.

It appears that the government has now got to face the reality of its own contradictions and ill conceived and diabolically executed policies which segregated not only the working populace but also the non-Malay business community.


[Sinar Harian] BTN : UMNO Pertahan, Rakan Lain BN Membisu

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 03:50 AM PST

Sumber: Sinar Harian
Penulis: Dr. Aisar Yee Abdullah
Tajuk: BTN : UMNO Pertahan, Rakan Lain BN Membisu



Terdapat begitu banyak tulisan yang datangnya daripada mereka yang mendakwa pernah menghadiri kursus anjuran BTN. Pengalaman hampir sama. Mereka kecewa dengan syarahan diberikan yang menekankan hubungan ketuanan Melayu dan kaum pendatang. Peserta yang membahasakan dirinya, KLeo menulis dalam portal berita sama, mengatakan dia menghadiri kursus pada sesi 2005 dan ramai peserta Melayu dan bukan Melayu 'menyampah' dengan tindak-tanduk para pensyarah.....


BTN: UMNO pertahan, rakan lain BN membisu

DR AISAR YEE ABDULLAH

Sebelum Exco Pendidikan, Pendidikan Tinggi dan Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Modal Insan Selangor, Dr Halimah Ali mengumumkan institusi-institusi milik Kerajaan Negeri dihalang daripada menyertai kursus anjuran BTN berkuat kuasa serta-merta, isu itu sudah lama berbangkit.

Para pengkritik mendakwa, kursus itu bersifat perkauman sungguhpun kerajaan menafikannya. Kritikan terhadap BTN banyak bertaburan di alam maya dalam internet melalui blog perseorangan, laman-laman milik pembangkang, NGO dan komen-komen dimuat dalam portal berita.

Komen yang sering dilemparkan ialah kursus itu berbentuk satu sesi 'membasuh otak' di mana peserta diberitahu 'kaum pendatang' hendaklah diberi kurang 'durian' kerana status mereka dan sememangnya dari awal dulu sudah bersetuju dengan kaedah itu.

Peserta dalam kalangan itu mendakwa mereka sudah diberitahu untuk tidak mengungkit isu itu lagi atau pulang sahaja ke negara asal mereka. Kursus itu, mengikut mereka begitu condong kepada UMNO.

Tuduhan lain yang dikatakan diluah semasa kursus oleh pensyarah ialah Pas parti ajaran sesat, Anwar Ibrahim ejen Yahudi dan DAP kaki barut Singapura.

Dakwaan-dakwaan bahawa peserta kursus telah dipertonton rakaman-rakaman video perhimpunan-perhimpunan anjuran Bersih dan Hindraf yang menekankan kekecohan dan huru-hara akan berlaku jika peserta tidak menyokong BN.

Seorang peserta, C J Maliamauy yang pada tahun 2000 semasa menuntut di Universiti Teknologi Petronas, menulis kepada portal berita Malaysiakini mengesahkan dakwaan seperti di atas. Seorang pensyarah semasa kursus itu menyebut mengenai ancaman-ancaman kepada keselamatan negara yang datangnya daripada 'parti-parti baru'.

Jawahar Hasan, seorang lagi peserta menceritakan pengalamannya menghadiri kursus anjuran BTN juga kepada Malaysiakini. Dia mendakwa, setiap peserta kursus itu dikehendaki menyerahkan semua telefon bimbit dan alat-alat rakaman kepada orang yang bertanggungjawab. Dia bertanyakan motif itu dilakukan dan apa yang mahu disembunyikan.


Kecewa dengan syarahan

Terdapat begitu banyak tulisan yang datangnya daripada mereka yang mendakwa pernah menghadiri kursus anjuran BTN. Pengalaman hampir sama. Mereka kecewa dengan syarahan diberikan yang menekankan hubungan ketuanan Melayu dan kaum pendatang.

Peserta yang membahasakan dirinya, KLeo menulis dalam portal berita sama, mengatakan dia menghadiri kursus pada sesi 2005 dan ramai peserta Melayu dan bukan Melayu 'menyampah' dengan tindak-tanduk para pensyarah.

Kerajaan Selangor mengambil langkah sedemikian kerana melihat kursus itu adalah satu proses indoktrinasi oleh Barisan Nasional (BN) yang ingin mewujudkan satu fenomena perkauman, memecahbelahkan komuniti, menyebabkan kebencian terhadap agama lain dan memprovokasi kebencian terhadap pembangkang.

Lazimnya, kerajaan BN boleh meneguk di air keruh apabila wujudnya suasana seperti itu dan menggembleng komuniti untuk bersatu di bawahnya dengan alasan hanya parti itulah sahaja mampu mengekang suasana dari terus menjadi lebih kronik.

Akhbar-akhbar Melayu, terutama yang di bawah pengaruh UMNO begitu kuat mempertahankan kursus-kursus anjuran BTN dengan memetik kata-kata daripada para pemimpin UMNO mempersendakan pembangkang mempolitikkan kursus yang dianggap mereka membangkit semangat patriotisme. Mereka menganggap mengharamkan menghadiri kursus adalah tindakan tidak patriotik.

Suara paling lantang daripada kalangan mereka mempertahankan program BTN ialah datangnya daripada Timbalan Perdana Menteri (TPM) sendiri, Muhyiddin Yassin, dan beberapa menteri lain dan timbalan menteri seperti Hishammuddin Hussein, Sharizat Abdul Jalil, Noh Omar, Zahid Hamidi, Mukhriz Mahathir dan Ahmad Maslan.

Ahmad, Timbalan Menteri yang bertanggungjawab ke atas BTN malah menegaskan usaha kerajaan Selangor itu akan digagalkannya kerana baginya BTN adalah sebuah agensi yang ingin menanamkan semangat patriotik dan kursus-kursusnya berstruktur tinggi.

Beliau akan terus memastikan pegawai-pegawai Kerajaan Pusat yang bertugas di Selangor, mahasiswa-mahasiswa, belia-belia dan AJK Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung Persekutuan menghadiri kursus anjuran BTN di Selangor.

Bagi Ahmad, kursus anjuran BTN itu amat sesuai dan sejajar dengan konsep 1Malaysia serta tidak memiliki elemen perkauman.


Tidak adil kutuk BTN

Kerajaan Selangor dituduh memperbesarkan isu oleh Sharizat Abdul Jalil. Beliau mendedahkan pernah menghadiri kursus anjuran BTN dan mendapati ia semata-mata berkaitan pemikiran positif dan tidak ada kena-mengenai dengan perkauman.

Beliau mendakwa, kebanyakan yang menghadiri kursus berpuas hati dan suka akannya. Bagi Sharizat adalah tidak adil mengutuk kursus BTN kerana ia berasaskan konsep 1Malaysia yang dicintai ramai.

Rakan sejawatnya dalam Kabinet, Noh Omar membidas Lim Kit Siang kerana menganggap program itu perkauman. Beliau menyamakan Lim sebagai 'orang buta' kerana mengkritik kursus-kursus BTN.

"Sama seperti seorang buta yang tidak tahu apa yang dia tidak tengok. Bagaimana Kit Siang boleh bercakap tentang kursus BTN kalau beliau sendiri tidak pernah menghadirinya?" tanya Noh.

Sungguhpun terdapat usaha keras pemimpin UMNO mempertahankan kursus anjuran BTN yang menjadi panas berikutan tindakan kerajaan Selangor itu semasa ketiadaan Najib di dalam negara kerana menghadiri Persidangan Perdana Menteri Negara Komanwel, isu itu sebenarnya telah pun ditangani oleh kabinet lama sebelum itu.

Satu taklimat telah pun dilakukan untuk Najib yang dihadiri oleh beberapa menteri. Mereka telah diberi penerangan menyeluruh tentang kontroversi berkaitan kursus BTN yang diwajibkan ke atas pegawai kerajaan dan mahasiswa.

Pada penghujung taklimat, Najib dikatakan menyuarakan kebimbangan beliau terhadap kesan negatif dari kursus tersebut kepada mentaliti peserta Melayu. Beliau mahu suasana itu dihentikan dan beliau menyatakan kebimbangan ini di hadapan Khaled Nordin, Nazri Aziz dan Muhyiddin Yassin.

Maklumat diperoleh mendedahkan dalam taklimat yang diuruskan oleh Idris Jala itu, komen daripada Najib dipersetujui mereka yang hadir.

Najib dikatakan menghadapi tekanan kuat untuk memansuhkan BTN kerana ia didapati bertentangan dengan konsep 1Malaysia yang diilhamkannya.

Najib tidak mahu cakap-cakapnya mengenai 1Malaysia dicaci sebagai omongan kosong atau retorik politik. Sudah banyak cakap politik jadi mainan momokan rakyat dan Najib tidak mahu konsep 1Malaysia menjadi macam Islam Hadhari yang hilang bersama langkah terakhir Abdullah daripada Seri Perdana.

Idris Jala yang dipertanggungjawabkan untuk mempromosi konsep 1Malaysia Najib mencadangkan satu semakan menyeluruh BTN untuk menjadikannya lebih terbuka.

Kursus-kursus anjuran BTN didapati oleh Idris Jala sebagai satu galangan menjayakan konsep 1Malaysia. Para menteri yang menghadiri taklimat itu mengangguk tanda bersetuju.

Maka, pelik, semasa ketiadaan Najib, para menterinya, bertindak bangun mempertahankan BTN dan menganggapnya kursus itu sesuatu yang patriotik dan selaras dengan 1Malaysia pula!

Apakah motif sebenar mereka? Masih mahu mempertahankan cara lama di mana turning over dilakukan gaya 90-an dan pra 2008 yang sudah nyata tidak berkesan lagi? Masih percaya bahawa peserta-peserta boleh dijinakkan dengan menghadiri kursus empat hari tiga malam dan didedahkan fakta yang menakutkan lalu meletakkan mereka dalam keadaan constant fear agar mereka mudah dieksploit?


'Turning over' tidak berkesan

Hakikatnya, proses turning over itu tidak lagi berkesan hari ini. Peserta yang menghadiri kursus BTN untuk beberapa hari sahaja apabila keluar dari kem, terus terdedah dengan maklumat bertentangan yang berleluasa di alam Internet!

Malah semasa masih berada dalam kem sendiri pun, mereka sudah mempertikaikan isu ceramah dan lantas memperlekehkan apa yang dikatakan oleh pensyarah sebelumnya. Cumanya mereka takut meluahkannya sebab mereka adalah pegawai kerajaan dan mahasiswa yang tertakluk dengan peraturan.

Mereka lalu menuduh BTN memesong fakta. Apa kesan daripada kursus BTN?

Mantan TPM, Musa Hitam menganggap kursus BTN hari ini memperbodohkan peserta. Kursus seperti itu sudah ketinggalan zaman, katanya. Beliau mengaku banyak menerima aduan mengenai BTN.

Maka, pengumuman Nazri bahawa kerajaan bersetuju mengkaji pengisian kursus BTN ditunggu dengan penuh minat. Sebarang usaha untuk melunakkan sukatan kursus mungkin tidak mencukupi jika Najib serius untuk merealisasikan konsep 1Malaysianya.

Menariknya, pengumuman Nazri itu mengesahkan bahawa satu taklimat diadakan dan kabinet telah pun mengarahkan Ketua Setiausaha Negara untuk membuat rombakan itu.

Lalu ia membuahkan pertanyaan, kalau ia sudah lama dibuat kenapa terdapat beberapa menteri masih mempertahankan konsep BTN yang ada hari ini? Kenapa pahat dan tukul masih berbunyi?

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Pertanyaan lain yang kerap kedengaran ialah, apa pandangan MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PPP dan lain-lain?

Senyap tanda bersetuju dengan apa yang dibuat oleh BTN sekarang atau senyap membantah tetapi tidak berani mengeluarkan suara kerana masih di bawah ketiak kuasa lain?

Parti-parti ini ditolak dalam PRU Mac 2008 ialah kerana peranan mereka dilihat tidak berkesan dalam BN.

Paling menghiburkan ialah Nazri memberi alasan BTN dikaji balik kerana ia bertentangan dengan konsep 1Malaysia, sedangkan para menteri UMNO mempertahankan kursus BTN kerana kononnya ia sesuai dengan konsep 1Malaysia.

Nazri menyifatkan tidaklah perlu pemimpin UMNO berbohong mengenai kursus BTN lagi kerana mantan pemimpin UMNO yang berada dalam barisan pembangkang tahu rahsianya. Beliau menyebut nama Anwar Ibrahim sebagai contohnya.

Beliau mengaku kursus BTN digunakan untuk mempromosi tokoh-tokoh UMNO tertentu.

Apakah mereka yang giat mempertahankan kursus BTN itu adalah tokohnya yang dituduh Nazri itu? Mereka ini menumpang berselindung di bawah tabir konsep 1Malaysia tajaan Najib?

Konsep 1Malaysia itu nampaknya sudah jadi produk yang mengelirukan.

Petikan Asal: http://www.sinarharian.com.my/com/content/story6132535.asp


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DAP Sarawak “Hero or Champion”

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 02:06 AM PST


N11 Assemblyman Voo lee Shan is very much under the spotlight and is the DARLING OF THE MEDIA at the moment. His status ever since his spat with the Backbenchers Chairman Karim Hamzah has propelled him to the status as " Hero or Champion " of the people. Will this lasts? It seems that he is sticking up like a sore nail in DAP's circle and he has taken over as A true "Storm warrior" in reengineering a change in the leadership of Sarawak DAP.

The chinese tabloids are playing up the issue and our innsiders within DAP are seeing a fight which has the makings of the the pasts DAP struggles for Chairmanship in the days of Sim Kwang Yang(SKY). We all know what happen then and we do not want to dwell too much on the pasts. The present is a gift and thats why there is Todays DAP leaders who has made a significant breakthrough in the lasts State elections.

If the words uttered by Voon are anything to go by and usually its very LAZER PRESS FRIENDLY and with these reports on the ground," I am not going against Richard Wong Ho Leng but he is trying to OUST me. Batu Lintang and even Pending Branches  I suppose are together in the same "Menu-Cai Tua-Hockien for a preferred lists in the lineup." Do you think I will just let him OUST me..?? How does one read into these words? Will Ho Leng just brush it aside??

A phone call was made to the Kidurong Assemblyman by an internet blog-Sarawak update and they said that YB Chiew was playing it safe and said that it seems a "status quo' would be the next bests bet for DAP as it prepares itself for the upcoming elections. But the battle sparks have already been set and Voon and Ho Leng are just the preview to the MAIN MOVIE.

The sudden resignationof  Deputy Minister of  Tourism Sulaiman Taib has even been overshadowed by this recent development in DAP. The propaganda machinery in DAP has been stepped up and with PBB having its Annual Convention very soon the word is DAP needs to be ready to lead the charge for more seats in the next elections. This means the HOUSE Needs to be in ORDER FIRST..

SUPP Youth has clearly stated that they want at least 20% representation for the next elections and DAP with an upswing of voters looking at SUPP embroiled in all its troubles will want to capitalise fully on the present political climate.

DAP will need to look towards the STORM Warriors and who amongst them will be the "HERO or Champion for DAP towards the next state elections. There are no 2nd class tickets available in this fight for the Chairman of DAP Sarawak. There are no imaginations in this fight for the posts and when it comes the prsioners will be left to dry and hang out in the unbelievable scorching political  sun.

Voon will use this  time available to him when the BN Backbenchers Chairman is away on a State Economic Business trip overseas to  spearhead his own survival in DAP. He will need all his political wisdom to manouevre through the trenches and traps before him in the DAPs wranglling for party power. He does not want to be left behind and before he is OUSTED he will ensure that he KICKS UP A STORM.

Chiew Chin Seng is playing the cards close to his chest as he is quietly monitoring what Chong Chieng Jen has on his mind. The opposition members in the state are hoping that a compromised solution will be a perfect present for the coalition as it  faces the BN in the impending elections.   

Familiar isn't it….No political prisoners and excess baggage so who is going overboard…..more will follow……….


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Posted: 06 Dec 2009 01:33 AM PST


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Court battle looms over coal plant <br><br>As reported HERE on Sun,

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 10:48 PM PST

Court battle looms over coal plant

As reported HERE on Sun, Dec 6, 2009


Ansari_Abdullah1 KOTA KINABALU: It's supposed to be a clean coal power plant for oil-rich Sabah. However, even before it can get off the ground, more dirt is sticking to it than was envisaged.

A looming court battle threatens to spill even more dirt over federal-state administrative matters that transpired 30 years ago with Kuala Lumpur regarding the land where it will be sited.

The latest salvo fired against the project has come from the Parti Keadilan Rakyat supreme council member Haji Ansari Abdullah (picture) who hopes to regain the land grabbed by Federal Land Development Authority and give it back to poor Sabahans.

Ansari claims the land where the plant is to be sited was originally meant for the poor, but was turned into a commercial plantation by Felda.

"Some 200,000 hectres of state land in Lahad Datu was given to the Felda under an agreement signed on Dec 4, 1979," said Ansari, brandishing the agreement. "It's all here."

According to the agreement the land in Tunku, Lahad was granted for Felda to develop a settlement scheme for some 13,000 poor Sabah families to help wrench them out of poverty.

"But after 30 years, Felda turned it into a commercial plantation. It is now known as Bandar Sahabat. To make matters worse, the government now want to build a coal-fired power plant (there)," Ansari said.

He warned that PKR was prepared to take the matter to the courts to stop the government from building the plant.

PKR Sabah legal bureau chaired by senior Datuk Chau Chin Tang will be holding a meeting here next week to discuss the matter, he added.

Ansari explained that under the agreement signed by the then Chief Minister Datuk Harris Salleh, the State Government indicated that the land was to be used to help the poor as a way to pull them out from abject of poverty.

"But what has happened now is against the letter and spirit of the agreement. As a result (of this) the people for whom it was intended for to be taken as settlers remain poor," he said.

Ansari, who is also a senior practicing lawyer in Sabah, said legal action is being planned against the Sabah Electricity Board Sdn Bhd and Felda. PKR Sabah will be identifying individuals to file the court action.

PKR Sabah's move comes as a boost to the non-governmental organisations' effort to stop the building of the plant.

Several organisations have banned together to pressure the government to scrap the project due to its environmental impact and to keep in sync with global efforts to curb carbon emissions.

Among those opposing the building of the multi-million ringgit plant are the Sabah Environmental Protection Association (Sepa) and Green Surf, who among others claimed that the terms of reference of the Detailed Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) for the plant was filled with pre-determined and conclusive statements without scientific backing or facts and figures.

They also claimed that it is substandard and totally unacceptable as it ignores the long-term impact of the coal plant's emission into the pristine Darval Bay.

The plan has also drawn controversy over the way it was presented. Critics say that it is based on climate conditions in the Tawau district, where it was initially sited. The new site for the proposed RM1.2 billion power plant is in Tungku, some 200 kilometres away.

Darval Bay falls within the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) which Malaysia recently pledged to conserve.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak attended the CTI summit in May and pledged US1million for its protection.

Ansari said that the court action would be PKR Sabah contribution to the effort to stop Sabah turning from `green to black' because of the coal-fired power plant.

Bandar Sahabat, he claimed is now like a State within a state, guarded by its own policemen.

"Should the plant be built, it will destroy Sabah's image as a green and beautiful state which is known worldwide," he said. - http://freemalaysiatoday.com



A Malaysian in the US

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 09:30 PM PST

The following was forwarded to me by email.  I cannot vouch for the veracity of this letter, but it's worth restating here regardless.  It speaks real truth to power, truths that most Malaysians either are only dimly aware of or dare not talk about.


I am a female Chinese Malaysian, living in the Washington DC area in the United States . I have read many of the letters that often talk about foreign countries when the writers have no real knowledge of actually living in those countries.
 

Many draw conclusions about what those countries are like after hearing it from someone else or by reading and hearing about them in the media or after four years in a college town in those countries.

I finished STPM (a standardized Malaysian test taken by all 18 year old Malaysian students- ed) with outstanding results from the prestigious St George's Girls School in Penang . Did I get a university place from the Malaysian government? Nothing. With near perfect scores, I had nothing, while my Malay friends were getting offers to go overseas.

Even those with 2As got into university. I was so depressed. I was my parent's last hope for getting the family out of poverty and at 18, I thought I had failed my parents.

Today, I understand it was the Malaysian Government that had failed me and my family because of its discriminatory policies.

Fortunately, I did not give up and immediately did research at the Malaysian American Commission on Education Exchange (MACEE) to find a university in the US that would accept me and provide all the finances. My family and friends thought I was crazy, being the youngest of nine children of a very poor carpenter. Anything that required a fee was out of our reach.

Based on merit and my extracurricular activities of community service in secondary school, I received full tuition scholarship, work study, and grants to cover the four years at a highly competitive US university.

Often, I took 21 credits each semester, 15 credits each term while working 20 hours each week and maintaining a 3.5 CGPA. A couple of semesters, I also received division scholarships and worked as a TA (teaching assistant) on top of everything else.

For the work study, I worked as a custodian (yes, cleaning toilets), carpet layer, computer lab assistant, grounds keeping, librarian, painter, tour guide, etc. If you understand the US credit system, you will understand this is a heavy load.

Why did I do it? This is because I learnt as a young child from my parents that hard work is an opportunity, to give my best in everything, and to take pride in the work I do. I walked away with a double major and a minor with honours but most of all a great lesson in humility and a great respect for those who are forced to labour in so-called `blue collar' positions.

Those of you who think you know all about Australia , US, or the West, think again. Unless you have really lived in these countries, i.e. paid a mortgage, paid taxes, taken part in elections, you do not understand the level of commitment and hard work it takes to be successful in these countries, not just for immigrants but for people who have lived here for generations.

These people are where they are today because of hard work. (Of course, I am not saying everyone in the US is hardworking.. There is always the lazy lot which lives off of someone else's hard work. Fortunately, they are the minority..)

Every single person, anywhere, should have the opportunity to succeed if they want to put in the effort and be accountable for their own actions. In the end, they should be able to reap what they sow.

It is bearable that opportunities are limited depending on how well-off financially one's family is but when higher education opportunities are race-based, like it is in Malaysia ; it is downright cruel for those who see education as the only way out of poverty.

If you want to say discrimination is here in the US , yes, of course it is.Can you name a country where it doesn't happen? But let me tell you one thing - if you go looking for it, you will find it. But in Malaysia , you don't have to go look for it because it seeks you out, slaps you in your face every which way you turn, and is sanctioned by law!

Here in the US , my children have the same opportunity to go to school and learn just like their black, white, and immigrant friends. At school, they eat the same food, play the same games, are taught the same classes and when they are 18, they will still have the same opportunities. would I want to bring my children back to Malaysia ? So they can suffer the state-sanctioned discrimination as the non-malays have for over 50 years?

The injustice the non-Malay have to suffer in frightening silence is the most damaging problem one has to face throughout one's life. You just have to look at the mighty govt structures which completely favours only one race, the Umno Malay. The Chinese and Indians are treated no better than the illegal Indonesians. Racism and corruption are openly practised by the Malay politicians everywhere, Courts, schools/Uni, police, govt offices, contracts, GLC, NEP, ISA, local govt.

It's so powerful and intimidating that you walk with fear and keep your mouth shut on anything and everything political. Religion is taboo unless you talk good about Islam. As for being a slave in the foreign country, I am a happy 'slave' earning a good income as an IT project manager.

I work five days a week; can talk bad about the president when I want to; argue about politics, race and religion openly; gather with more than 50 friends and family when I want (no permit needed) and I don't worry about the police pulling me over because they say I ran the light when I didn't.

Have we seen the light at the end of the tunnel yet (Anwar Ibrahim)? Or is it the head light of an oncoming Umno train ? Lets hope its the former for the sake of all fair minded Malaysians.

The dream of a Malaysian 'race' in the future is nowhere in sight with the present BN govt. Where is Negara-Ku???


some firms knowingly authorisethe use of staff expenses for entertaining clients in lap dancing and strip clubs, reports The Telegraph.

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 07:13 PM PST


What next: Lap dancing, at workplaces?
Lap dancing has become a part of British working life, a campaign group
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According to The Fawcett Society, which campaigns for women's rights, companies in the UK are turning a blind eye to the use of sex clubs by workers.
The group found that some firms knowingly authorise the use of staff expenses for entertaining clients in lap dancing and strip clubs, reports The Telegraph.
After studying lap dancing clubs' websites and contacting them directly to ask about their work with corporate clients, Fawcett researchers identified more than 300 such clubs in the UK.
Some 41 per cent of UK lap dancing clubs directly target employers through marketing on their websites, the researchers found.
Kat Banyard, the Fawcett Society researcher who wrote the report, described the sex industry as "a major threat to women's equality at work".
She said: "The sex industry is increasingly targeting the corporate market, with lap dancing clubs marketing themselves as ideal venues to host meetings and client entertaining. Yet lap dancing clubs are a form of commercial sexual exploitation and fuel sexist attitudes towards women. Their use in a work context discriminates against female employees and undermines women's status at work.
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some firms knowingly authorisethe use of staff expenses for entertaining clients in lap dancing and strip clubs, reports The Telegraph.


if you need change your black money to white call NOOR MOHAMED MONEY CHANGER MASJID INDIA INC.

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 06:33 PM PST


Sex & scams:: How the Malyasian Democracy has cancer.Barisan government turn a blind eye
REAMS ON GOOD GOVERNANCE, CORRUPTION EATING IN TO ENTRAILS OF THE ANTION ETC. WILL IT MAKE W WEE BIT EFFECT ON THE GOVERNANCE. UNLESS EFFORT IS MADE TO ROOT, OR AT LEAST START EXPOSING, INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY, CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS ALL WILL REMAIN SOWE GET RID OF THESE CANCEROUS ELEMENTS SLOWLY AND SURELY EATING AWAY THE BODY OF DEMOCRATIC MALAYSIA.
WHY ARE NOT MANY EDUCATED AND PATRIOTIC YOUTHS GETTING INTO POLITICS, SO THAT WE CAN OUTNUMBER THE MAHATHIRISM OF MALAYSIANPOLITICS?
A NATIONWIDE CRACKDOWN ON MONEY CHANGERS HAS LIFTED THE VEIL ON THE HUGE AMOUNTS OF CAPITAL FLEEING THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY, WHICH BANKERS ESTIMATE COULD BE IN EXCESS OF SEVERAL BILLION US DOLLARS EACH YEAR. AND THE CULPRITS ARE ALL THE WARLORDS AND THEIR CRONIES.
BNM WILL ISSUE STATEMENT TO SAY IT IS MINIMAL, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE, NFA.
MEANWHILE, THE RINGGIT KEEPS SHRINKING AGAINST ALL OTHER CURRENCIES
AND IS GOING TO BE PEGGED TO THE RUPIAH.
TRUST ME, THE NEARER WE ARE TO THE GE13, THE MORE MONEY WILL GO OUT ILLEGALLY FROM THIS COUNTRY. THE BN KNOWS THEIR DAYS ARE NUMBERED. AS SUCH, THEY WILL NEED TO MOVE OUT WHAT EVER BEEN PLUNDERED INTO SOME SAFE HEAVEN OVERSEA SUCH AS IN BAHAMAS ETC. I PROPOSE FOR PR GOVERNMENT (IF THEY MANAGED TO TAKE OVER THE COUNTRY COME NEXT ELECTION) TO SET UP A SPECIAL TASK FORCE TO TRACK DOWN ALL THIS ILL GOTTEN WEALTH. THIS TASK FORCE NEED TO WORK ALA MOSSAD AND NEED TO GET HOLD OF ALL THE CROOKS BY HOOK OR BY CROOK AND NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES. IF WE ARE UNABLE TO TAKE DOWN THIS CROOK LEGALLY, THEN DO IT ILLEGALLY (IF YOU KNOWS WHAT I MEANT). JUST LIKE WHAT THEY DID TO THE NAZI WAR CRIMINAL. THE SMALLER THIEVES AMONGST THOSE THIEVES, LIARS AND MURDERERS ARE TAKING FLIGHT, AND THAT'S A NO NO.THE JEWS ARE STILL THE ULTIMATE WINNERS IN THIS MAJONG GAME. AS MALAYSIAN CROOKS SEEK SAFE HAVEN IN US AND SWISS BANK A/CS, THE OWNERS ARE STILL THE JEWS AND EUROPEANS. THEIR BANKS CREATE EVEN MORE MONEY FOR THEIR ECONOMIES AND NATIONS, WHILE DEVALUING THEIR PAPER ASSETS.
I SINCERELY HOPE THAT THESE UMNOPUTERAS INVESTED IN US PROPERTIES AND DUBAI PROPERTIES AND FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS. LET THEIR ILL-GOTTEN ASSETS BURN! DEVALUE, BE WORTHLESS!
BANK NEGARA IS SUCH A COWARD, GO AFTER THE BIG FISH, LIKE NAJIB WITH HIS COMPANIES IN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES. DO YOU EXPECT THE MONEY CHANGERS TO SQUEAL ABOUT THEIR VIP CLIENTS?
THIS BIT OF SO-CALLED 'NEWS' HAS BEEN IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN FOR DONKEY YEARS. THE MORE NOTABLE ONE WHICH EVERYBODY KNOWS ABOUT IS OUR EX SELANGOR MB WITH 2 MOHD'S IN HIS NAME WHO GOT CAUGHT RED-HANDED IN AUSTRALIA. AT LEAST THE MONEY TAKEN OUT BY NON-MALAYS WERE MOSTLY HARD-EARNED CASH BUT THE VAST AMOUNT SPIRITED OUT BY THE MALAYS ARE BY UMNOPUTRAS WHO CAME INTO THE MONEY THROUGH CORRUPTION AND BRIBES. THIS IS ANOTHER REASON WHY MALAYSIA IS IN DEEP SHIT ECONOMICALLY. NOT ONLY IS THERE A BRAIN DRAIN BUT THERE IS ALSO PHYSICAL DRAIN OF WEALTH. THIS IS TRULY ANOTHER MALAYSIA BOLEH FEAT THANKS TO OUR KETUANAN-MELAYU UMNOPUTRASSENIOR OFFICERS IN BANK NEGARA ARE INVOLVED WITH THE MONEY CHANGERS. HOW ELSE TO ESCAPE DETECTION BY BNAK NEGARA? NAME THE OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF OVERSEEING MONEY CHANGERS.THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR SOME TIME AS THE UMNO LEADERS WITH THEIR HUGE AMOUNT OF CORRUPTED MONEY FIND IT HASSLE FREE TO TRANSFER OUT THIS ILL GOTTEN MONEY. BANK NEGARA SHOULD NOT ONLY GO ALL OUT FOR THE MONEY CHANGERS BUT MORE FOR THE UMNO LEADERS WHO MAKE USE OF THESE MONEY CHANGERS TO REMIT OUT THE MONEY ILLEGALLY.
WON'T BE SURPRISED THE RICH MALAYS ARE MOSTLY THE POLITICIANS AND THEIR CRONIES
(THE STRAITS TIMES) – A NATIONWIDE CRACKDOWN ON MONEY CHANGERS HAS LIFTED THE VEIL ON THE HUGE AMOUNTS OF CAPITAL FLEEING THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY, WHICH BANKERS ESTIMATE COULD BE IN EXCESS OF SEVERAL BILLION US DOLLARS EACH YEAR.
SINCE EARLY THIS YEAR, THE CENTRAL BANK, BANK NEGARA, HAS CLOSED DOWN 49 MONEY-CHANGING FIRMS AFTER RAIDS BY ITS ENFORCEMENT DIVISION REVEALED THAT MANY OPERATORS WERE ILLEGALLY REMITTING FUNDS TO COUNTRIES SUCH AS SINGAPORE, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE UNITED STATES.
THE CRACKDOWN HAS ATTRACTED FRESH PUBLIC SCRUTINY IN RECENT WEEKS FOLLOWING CLAIMS BY THE COUNTRY'S OPPOSITION THAT SEVERAL HIGH-PROFILE MALAYSIANS, INCLUDING THE MENTRI BESAR OF NEGRI SEMBILAN, DATUK MOHAMAD HASAN, HAD ENGAGED THE SERVICES OF MONEY CHANGERS TO TRANSFER VAST AMOUNTS OF MONEY OVERSEAS.
MOHAMAD, A SENIOR POLITICIAN FROM PRIME MINISTER DATUK SERI NAJIB RAZAK'S RULING
UMNO PARTY, IS ALLEGED TO HAVE TRANSFERRED RM10 MILLION TO LONDON IN THE MIDDLE OF LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FAMILIAR WITH THE CENTRAL BANK CRACKDOWN.
MOHAMAD HAS YET TO COMMENT ON THE ALLEGATIONS, BUT SOURCES CLOSE TO THE POLITICIAN TOLD THE STRAITS TIMES THAT THE MONEY REPRESENTED HIS PERSONAL FUNDS AND WAS MEANT FOR THE PURCHASE OF A PIECE OF PROPERTY IN LONDON.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE RULES STIPULATE THAT THE TRANSFER OF FUNDS OVERSEAS CAN BE CARRIED OUT ONLY BY LICENSED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, SUCH AS BANKS.
BUT MONEY CHANGERS IN MALAYSIA, WHICH LIKE IN MANY ASIAN CITIES ARE RUN BY PEOPLE FROM THE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT, HAVE LONG BEEN A POPULAR CONDUIT BECAUSE THEY OFFER FOREIGN EXCHANGE RATES THAT ARE FAR MORE COMPETITIVE AS WELL AS LOW FEES TO CARRY OUT THE FUND TRANSFERS.
THERE IS ALSO ANOTHER COMPELLING REASON.
"MONEY CHANGERS ARE USED MAINLY BECAUSE THE MONEY IS ILLICIT FUNDS FROM CORRUPTION AND ACTIVITIES SUCH AS DRUG TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION," SAID DATUK PAUL LOW, PRESIDENT OF TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL'S MALAYSIAN CHAPTER.
THE SUMS INVOLVED ARE HUGE. BANKERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAID THAT A SINGLE MONEY CHANGER CAN BOAST A TURNOVER OF ROUGHLY RM300 MILLION EACH MONTH, OR ABOUT RM3.6 BILLION ANNUALLY.
A BANK NEGARA OFFICIAL SAID THAT THE CRACKDOWN WAS PART OF AN "ONGOING SURVEILLANCE" OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COUNTRY'S 875 LICENSED MONEY CHANGERS.
SHE DECLINED TO COMMENT ON WHETHER ACTION WOULD BE TAKEN AGAINST THOSE ENGAGING THE SERVICES OF MONEY CHANGERS.
ECONOMISTS SAID THE CENTRAL BANK'S MOVE TO SHUTTER THE BUSINESSES OF 49 LICENSED MONEY CHANGERS UNDERSCORES A DEEPER MALAISE AFFLICTING THE ECONOMY: THE FLIGHT OF CAPITAL.
MONEY LEAVING THE COUNTRY COMES FROM SEVERAL SOURCES.
APART FROM MALAYSIANS BUILDING A RETIREMENT NEST EGG OR SQUIRRELLING MONEY AWAY TO PAY FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION, BANKERS AND MONEY CHANGERS SAID A BULK OF THE MONEY LEAVING THE COUNTRY COMPRISES FUNDS FROM THE COUNTRY'S SO-CALLED BLACK ECONOMY, WHICH THRIVES ON KICKBACKS FROM LARGE PUBLIC SECTOR CONTRACTS AND ILLEGAL BUSINESSES SUCH AS DRUG TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION.
LAST MONTH, TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL SAID THAT MALAYSIA FELL TO NO. 56, FROM NO. 47 LAST YEAR, IN A LEAGUE TABLE OF 180 COUNTRIES SURVEYED AROUND THE WORLD, AND THAT GRAFT HAD HIT "ALARMING" LEVELS.
BANKERS ALSO SAID THE GROWING NUMBER OF CAPITAL FLIGHT CASES IS A REFLECTION OF THE UNEASE OVER MALAYSIA'S POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC FUTURE, STEMMING FROM RISING CRIME RATES AND THE COUNTRY'S INCREASINGLY CHAOTIC POLITICS.
"AT ONE TIME, THE MAIN PEOPLE TAKING OUT MONEY WERE THE CHINESE. BUT THESE DAYS, A LARGE NUMBER OF THEM ARE THE RICH MALAYS," SAID ONE MONEY CHANGER IN KUALA LUMPUR, WHO ASKED NOT TO BE NAMED.
Our Indian response to a scandalous mess is neat and categorised. Cash and sex are the north and south pole of mass interest, each with a sprawling magnetic field. We divide the hemispheres with the equator of logic. Cash and corruption are the preserve of politics. Sex is the province of glamour. We refuse to recognise any cross-over evidence.
No one wants to know how much black money floats in cinema, although the float might be a flood from dubious sources. Film publications are apathetic to finance. Their cover stories are devoted to who is sleeping with whom, or, more likely, pretending to sleep with whom. Lead stars are sometimes required to manufacture an affair as part of a film's pre-launch publicity even when it is obvious, from body language, that the hero and heroine are heartily sick of each other.
Equally, mainline media shrugs off a politician's private life. This is in sharp contrast to the Anglo-American press and public, who hold a public figure to standards of probity they do not apply to themselves. It seems odd that societies so liberated on Friday nights should turn so puritan over politicians' weekends, but there it is. The French are more honest. They vote for lunch hour frisson.
No journalist worth his or her laptop, therefore, would waste a moment on the private life of Madhu Koda, the 38-year-old Jharkhand politician who worked in a mine in the early '90s but is apparently purchasing Liberian mines today. If CBI leaks are to be believed, then young Koda has enough left over to lubricate the silent wheels of hawala and make a bid for a Rs 4,000 crore SEZ. Think. If this is what Koda can do at 38, what might he have achieved by 76, which is within the age band of our PMs. Think again. If this is the loot from a small state, what could another Koda earn from Maharashtra, Andhra or Karnataka? The BJP government in Bangalore is not coming apart because of a deep and riveting ideological debate on Hindutva. It's the money, honey. If the figures seem insane, just remember that greed spits at limits.
A relevant measure of Indian democracy is the shift in the scale of scandal. V K Krishna Menon was pilloried because he arranged some 50-odd jeeps for the Congress in the first general election in 1952. At the end of the decade, Feroze Gandhi, Mrs Indira Gandhi's husband, commandeered the headlines by exposing a couple of businessmen. Their names are unimportant now. Suffice to say that it was all very secular: one was a Hindu and the other a Muslim. The sums involved were a piffle. No inflation-escalation calculation is going to bring them to Liberian levels.
The connivance of major parties in the Koda scam is the icing on the story. They all helped his upward mobility in one form or the other, with Congress support for his chief ministership being a stunning example of cynicism. Local journalists had reported much of this while he was in power. No one bothered.
The news from the south pole is actually far better. The filmstar scandals of the '50s were often tainted by the communal acrimony of the post-Partition decade. A film paper like 'Mother India' used to go apoplectic when Nargis and Raj Kapoor practised in real life what they preached on-screen. Today, Raj Kapoor's granddaughter lives with a man born a Muslim and no Indian owl cares two hoots. Nor is box office affected. Indians have shed much of the compulsive bitterness in Hindu-Muslim relations.
The north pole, however, is in meltdown, the body politic ravaged by venality beyond the voter's comprehension. What was a nick in Nehru's time, needing a mere Band-Aid, has spread into an incurable cancer.
Patriotism, goes the proverb, is the last refuge of the scoundrel. The first refuge of a man charged with swindling thousands of crores of public wealth is clearly a stomach-ache. The second refuge is high blood pressure. Between the two, you can always smuggle yourself out of the dreary confines of custody, with mere mosquitoes for company, to the more salubrious environment of a hospital, which is where Koda reached at a brisk pace. The stomach-ache is key to this life-enhancing, if not quite life-saving, switch. High blood pressure, regretfully, can be measured and lowered. A stomach can always ache at will, swerving away from the locational probes of a doctor, particularly in a well-nourished stomach.
In any case, time, and a generous bank balance, tends to soften the discomforts of incarceration. If the cash flow is supportive, a prison can even become a health ashram, with badminton thrown in as an optional extra. You never know: with diet control and regular morning walks that stomach might never need to ache again. It is not the health of a robust Koda that should be our concern, but that of a more fragile entity called democracy.
Koda has a stomach-ache. Democracy has cancer.
Posted by TAXIDRIVER

Sex & scams:: How the Malyasian Democracy has cancer.Barisan government turn a blind eye

REAMS ON GOOD GOVERNANCE, CORRUPTION EATING IN TO ENTRAILS OF THE ANTION ETC. WILL IT MAKE W WEE BIT EFFECT ON THE GOVERNANCE. UNLESS EFFORT IS MADE TO ROOT, OR AT LEAST START EXPOSING, INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY, CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS ALL WILL REMAIN SOWE GET RID OF THESE CANCEROUS ELEMENTS SLOWLY AND SURELY EATING AWAY THE BODY OF DEMOCRATIC MALAYSIA.
WHY ARE NOT MANY EDUCATED AND PATRIOTIC YOUTHS GETTING INTO POLITICS, SO THAT WE CAN OUTNUMBER THE MAHATHIRISM OF MALAYSIANPOLITICS?
A NATIONWIDE CRACKDOWN ON MONEY CHANGERS HAS LIFTED THE VEIL ON THE HUGE AMOUNTS OF CAPITAL FLEEING THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY, WHICH BANKERS ESTIMATE COULD BE IN EXCESS OF SEVERAL BILLION US DOLLARS EACH YEAR. AND THE CULPRITS ARE ALL THE WARLORDS AND THEIR CRONIES.
BNM WILL ISSUE STATEMENT TO SAY IT IS MINIMAL, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE, NFA.
MEANWHILE, THE RINGGIT KEEPS SHRINKING AGAINST ALL OTHER CURRENCIES
AND IS GOING TO BE PEGGED TO THE RUPIAH.
TRUST ME, THE NEARER WE ARE TO THE GE13, THE MORE MONEY WILL GO OUT ILLEGALLY FROM THIS COUNTRY. THE BN KNOWS THEIR DAYS ARE NUMBERED. AS SUCH, THEY WILL NEED TO MOVE OUT WHAT EVER BEEN PLUNDERED INTO SOME SAFE HEAVEN OVERSEA SUCH AS IN BAHAMAS ETC. I PROPOSE FOR PR GOVERNMENT (IF THEY MANAGED TO TAKE OVER THE COUNTRY COME NEXT ELECTION) TO SET UP A SPECIAL TASK FORCE TO TRACK DOWN ALL THIS ILL GOTTEN WEALTH. THIS TASK FORCE NEED TO WORK ALA MOSSAD AND NEED TO GET HOLD OF ALL THE CROOKS BY HOOK OR BY CROOK AND NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES. IF WE ARE UNABLE TO TAKE DOWN THIS CROOK LEGALLY, THEN DO IT ILLEGALLY (IF YOU KNOWS WHAT I MEANT). JUST LIKE WHAT THEY DID TO THE NAZI WAR CRIMINAL. THE SMALLER THIEVES AMONGST THOSE THIEVES, LIARS AND MURDERERS ARE TAKING FLIGHT, AND THAT'S A NO NO.THE JEWS ARE STILL THE ULTIMATE WINNERS IN THIS MAJONG GAME. AS MALAYSIAN CROOKS SEEK SAFE HAVEN IN US AND SWISS BANK A/CS, THE OWNERS ARE STILL THE JEWS AND EUROPEANS. THEIR BANKS CREATE EVEN MORE MONEY FOR THEIR ECONOMIES AND NATIONS, WHILE DEVALUING THEIR PAPER ASSETS.
I SINCERELY HOPE THAT THESE UMNOPUTERAS INVESTED IN US PROPERTIES AND DUBAI PROPERTIES AND FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS. LET THEIR ILL-GOTTEN ASSETS BURN! DEVALUE, BE WORTHLESS!
BANK NEGARA IS SUCH A COWARD, GO AFTER THE BIG FISH, LIKE NAJIB WITH HIS COMPANIES IN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES. DO YOU EXPECT THE MONEY CHANGERS TO SQUEAL ABOUT THEIR VIP CLIENTS?
THIS BIT OF SO-CALLED 'NEWS' HAS BEEN IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN FOR DONKEY YEARS. THE MORE NOTABLE ONE WHICH EVERYBODY KNOWS ABOUT IS OUR EX SELANGOR MB WITH 2 MOHD'S IN HIS NAME WHO GOT CAUGHT RED-HANDED IN AUSTRALIA. AT LEAST THE MONEY TAKEN OUT BY NON-MALAYS WERE MOSTLY HARD-EARNED CASH BUT THE VAST AMOUNT SPIRITED OUT BY THE MALAYS ARE BY UMNOPUTRAS WHO CAME INTO THE MONEY THROUGH CORRUPTION AND BRIBES. THIS IS ANOTHER REASON WHY MALAYSIA IS IN DEEP SHIT ECONOMICALLY. NOT ONLY IS THERE A BRAIN DRAIN BUT THERE IS ALSO PHYSICAL DRAIN OF WEALTH. THIS IS TRULY ANOTHER MALAYSIA BOLEH FEAT THANKS TO OUR KETUANAN-MELAYU UMNOPUTRASSENIOR OFFICERS IN BANK NEGARA ARE INVOLVED WITH THE MONEY CHANGERS. HOW ELSE TO ESCAPE DETECTION BY BNAK NEGARA? NAME THE OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF OVERSEEING MONEY CHANGERS.THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR SOME TIME AS THE UMNO LEADERS WITH THEIR HUGE AMOUNT OF CORRUPTED MONEY FIND IT HASSLE FREE TO TRANSFER OUT THIS ILL GOTTEN MONEY. BANK NEGARA SHOULD NOT ONLY GO ALL OUT FOR THE MONEY CHANGERS BUT MORE FOR THE UMNO LEADERS WHO MAKE USE OF THESE MONEY CHANGERS TO REMIT OUT THE MONEY ILLEGALLY.
WON'T BE SURPRISED THE RICH MALAYS ARE MOSTLY THE POLITICIANS AND THEIR CRONIES

(THE STRAITS TIMES) – A NATIONWIDE CRACKDOWN ON MONEY CHANGERS HAS LIFTED THE VEIL ON THE HUGE AMOUNTS OF CAPITAL FLEEING THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY, WHICH BANKERS ESTIMATE COULD BE IN EXCESS OF SEVERAL BILLION US DOLLARS EACH YEAR.
SINCE EARLY THIS YEAR, THE CENTRAL BANK, BANK NEGARA, HAS CLOSED DOWN 49 MONEY-CHANGING FIRMS AFTER RAIDS BY ITS ENFORCEMENT DIVISION REVEALED THAT MANY OPERATORS WERE ILLEGALLY REMITTING FUNDS TO COUNTRIES SUCH AS SINGAPORE, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE UNITED STATES.
THE CRACKDOWN HAS ATTRACTED FRESH PUBLIC SCRUTINY IN RECENT WEEKS FOLLOWING CLAIMS BY THE COUNTRY'S OPPOSITION THAT SEVERAL HIGH-PROFILE MALAYSIANS, INCLUDING THE MENTRI BESAR OF NEGRI SEMBILAN, DATUK MOHAMAD HASAN, HAD ENGAGED THE SERVICES OF MONEY CHANGERS TO TRANSFER VAST AMOUNTS OF MONEY OVERSEAS.
MOHAMAD, A SENIOR POLITICIAN FROM PRIME MINISTER DATUK SERI NAJIB RAZAK'S RULING
UMNO PARTY, IS ALLEGED TO HAVE TRANSFERRED RM10 MILLION TO LONDON IN THE MIDDLE OF LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FAMILIAR WITH THE CENTRAL BANK CRACKDOWN.
MOHAMAD HAS YET TO COMMENT ON THE ALLEGATIONS, BUT SOURCES CLOSE TO THE POLITICIAN TOLD THE STRAITS TIMES THAT THE MONEY REPRESENTED HIS PERSONAL FUNDS AND WAS MEANT FOR THE PURCHASE OF A PIECE OF PROPERTY IN LONDON.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE RULES STIPULATE THAT THE TRANSFER OF FUNDS OVERSEAS CAN BE CARRIED OUT ONLY BY LICENSED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, SUCH AS BANKS.
BUT MONEY CHANGERS IN MALAYSIA, WHICH LIKE IN MANY ASIAN CITIES ARE RUN BY PEOPLE FROM THE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT, HAVE LONG BEEN A POPULAR CONDUIT BECAUSE THEY OFFER FOREIGN EXCHANGE RATES THAT ARE FAR MORE COMPETITIVE AS WELL AS LOW FEES TO CARRY OUT THE FUND TRANSFERS.
THERE IS ALSO ANOTHER COMPELLING REASON.
"MONEY CHANGERS ARE USED MAINLY BECAUSE THE MONEY IS ILLICIT FUNDS FROM CORRUPTION AND ACTIVITIES SUCH AS DRUG TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION," SAID DATUK PAUL LOW, PRESIDENT OF TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL'S MALAYSIAN CHAPTER.
THE SUMS INVOLVED ARE HUGE. BANKERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAID THAT A SINGLE MONEY CHANGER CAN BOAST A TURNOVER OF ROUGHLY RM300 MILLION EACH MONTH, OR ABOUT RM3.6 BILLION ANNUALLY.
A BANK NEGARA OFFICIAL SAID THAT THE CRACKDOWN WAS PART OF AN "ONGOING SURVEILLANCE" OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COUNTRY'S 875 LICENSED MONEY CHANGERS.
SHE DECLINED TO COMMENT ON WHETHER ACTION WOULD BE TAKEN AGAINST THOSE ENGAGING THE SERVICES OF MONEY CHANGERS.
ECONOMISTS SAID THE CENTRAL BANK'S MOVE TO SHUTTER THE BUSINESSES OF 49 LICENSED MONEY CHANGERS UNDERSCORES A DEEPER MALAISE AFFLICTING THE ECONOMY: THE FLIGHT OF CAPITAL.
MONEY LEAVING THE COUNTRY COMES FROM SEVERAL SOURCES.
APART FROM MALAYSIANS BUILDING A RETIREMENT NEST EGG OR SQUIRRELLING MONEY AWAY TO PAY FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION, BANKERS AND MONEY CHANGERS SAID A BULK OF THE MONEY LEAVING THE COUNTRY COMPRISES FUNDS FROM THE COUNTRY'S SO-CALLED BLACK ECONOMY, WHICH THRIVES ON KICKBACKS FROM LARGE PUBLIC SECTOR CONTRACTS AND ILLEGAL BUSINESSES SUCH AS DRUG TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION.
LAST MONTH, TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL SAID THAT MALAYSIA FELL TO NO. 56, FROM NO. 47 LAST YEAR, IN A LEAGUE TABLE OF 180 COUNTRIES SURVEYED AROUND THE WORLD, AND THAT GRAFT HAD HIT "ALARMING" LEVELS.
BANKERS ALSO SAID THE GROWING NUMBER OF CAPITAL FLIGHT CASES IS A REFLECTION OF THE UNEASE OVER MALAYSIA'S POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC FUTURE, STEMMING FROM RISING CRIME RATES AND THE COUNTRY'S INCREASINGLY CHAOTIC POLITICS.
"AT ONE TIME, THE MAIN PEOPLE TAKING OUT MONEY WERE THE CHINESE. BUT THESE DAYS, A LARGE NUMBER OF THEM ARE THE RICH MALAYS," SAID ONE MONEY CHANGER IN KUALA LUMPUR, WHO ASKED NOT TO BE NAMED.Our Indian response to a scandalous mess is neat and categorised. Cash and sex are the north and south pole of mass interest, each with a sprawling magnetic field. We divide the hemispheres with the equator of logic. Cash and corruption are the preserve of politics. Sex is the province of glamour. We refuse to recognise any cross-over evidence.
No one wants to know how much black money floats in cinema, although the float might be a flood from dubious sources. Film publications are apathetic to finance. Their cover stories are devoted to who is sleeping with whom, or, more likely, pretending to sleep with whom. Lead stars are sometimes required to manufacture an affair as part of a film's pre-launch publicity even when it is obvious, from body language, that the hero and heroine are heartily sick of each other.
Equally, mainline media shrugs off a politician's private life. This is in sharp contrast to the Anglo-American press and public, who hold a public figure to standards of probity they do not apply to themselves. It seems odd that societies so liberated on Friday nights should turn so puritan over politicians' weekends, but there it is. The French are more honest. They vote for lunch hour frisson.
No journalist worth his or her laptop, therefore, would waste a moment on the private life of Madhu Koda, the 38-year-old Jharkhand politician who worked in a mine in the early '90s but is apparently purchasing Liberian mines today. If CBI leaks are to be believed, then young Koda has enough left over to lubricate the silent wheels of hawala and make a bid for a Rs 4,000 crore SEZ. Think. If this is what Koda can do at 38, what might he have achieved by 76, which is within the age band of our PMs. Think again. If this is the loot from a small state, what could another Koda earn from Maharashtra, Andhra or Karnataka? The BJP government in Bangalore is not coming apart because of a deep and riveting ideological debate on Hindutva. It's the money, honey. If the figures seem insane, just remember that greed spits at limits.
A relevant measure of Indian democracy is the shift in the scale of scandal. V K Krishna Menon was pilloried because he arranged some 50-odd jeeps for the Congress in the first general election in 1952. At the end of the decade, Feroze Gandhi, Mrs Indira Gandhi's husband, commandeered the headlines by exposing a couple of businessmen. Their names are unimportant now. Suffice to say that it was all very secular: one was a Hindu and the other a Muslim. The sums involved were a piffle. No inflation-escalation calculation is going to bring them to Liberian levels.
The connivance of major parties in the Koda scam is the icing on the story. They all helped his upward mobility in one form or the other, with Congress support for his chief ministership being a stunning example of cynicism. Local journalists had reported much of this while he was in power. No one bothered.
The news from the south pole is actually far better. The filmstar scandals of the '50s were often tainted by the communal acrimony of the post-Partition decade. A film paper like 'Mother India' used to go apoplectic when Nargis and Raj Kapoor practised in real life what they preached on-screen. Today, Raj Kapoor's granddaughter lives with a man born a Muslim and no Indian owl cares two hoots. Nor is box office affected. Indians have shed much of the compulsive bitterness in Hindu-Muslim relations.
The north pole, however, is in meltdown, the body politic ravaged by venality beyond the voter's comprehension. What was a nick in Nehru's time, needing a mere Band-Aid, has spread into an incurable cancer.
Patriotism, goes the proverb, is the last refuge of the scoundrel. The first refuge of a man charged with swindling thousands of crores of public wealth is clearly a stomach-ache. The second refuge is high blood pressure. Between the two, you can always smuggle yourself out of the dreary confines of custody, with mere mosquitoes for company, to the more salubrious environment of a hospital, which is where Koda reached at a brisk pace. The stomach-ache is key to this life-enhancing, if not quite life-saving, switch. High blood pressure, regretfully, can be measured and lowered. A stomach can always ache at will, swerving away from the locational probes of a doctor, particularly in a well-nourished stomach.
In any case, time, and a generous bank balance, tends to soften the discomforts of incarceration. If the cash flow is supportive, a prison can even become a health ashram, with badminton thrown in as an optional extra. You never know: with diet control and regular morning walks that stomach might never need to ache again. It is not the health of a robust Koda that should be our concern, but that of a more fragile entity called democracy.
Koda has a stomach-ache. Democracy has cancer.
Posted by TAXIDRIVER


Spirituality is me! not you Rosmah, you snatch him from his first wife you terminated me

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 06:26 PM PST


piritual break, just delve within. Spirituality is all about creating a better version of ourselves, finds
Spirituality is me
Spirituality is me

PART 1 Najib to anwar you are finish "The judge tried to buttress the evidence.SHAFEE ABDULLAH: FIXING ANWAR IBRAHIM

Anuradha Varma

A Bangalore team leader, who couldn't get along with a 'defiant' colleague, realised after some introspection that it was his own insecurity that fuelled the bad vibes.
A mother considered her younger son worthless, till she realised that she had transferred her own perception of her errant ex-husband on to him

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Their problems were not solved on a psychologist's couch but by acquiring 'spiritual intelligence'. Says Sri Latha, from Oneness University, "Spirituality means coming in touch with your inner truth, becoming conscious of what you truly are. Spiritual intelligence leads to emotional intelligence, which makes you a happier person."

She recommends, "We tend to block and escape emotional disturbances. Pay attention to your discomfort, probe deeper and change your own perception of the world around you."

As spirituality doubles up as pop psychology, in an "I, me, myself" world, we seem to have evolved to seeking a higher self. Says Los Angeles-based yoga guru Bikram Choudhury, "Yes, I'm the most important person for myself. If I die tomorrow, everything ceases to matter. Self-realisation is God-realisation. Spirituality is about creating a road between your mind and your own atma or soul. Spiritualism is all about learning to connect with your own spirit."

WHY NAJIB FALL FOR ROSMAH?WAS IT FOR HER

He adds, "Spirituality and God are two different things. God is a concept, which makes you fear the consequences of your actions. It's your mind that can make you Jesus or Hitler. Control the mind."

A spiritual moment can come from watching a sunset, from a job well done or being part of any creative process. A spiritual person is one who has managed to achieve calm in the face of crisis and chaos, being more accepting and less judgemental about people around. Explains spiritual guru Rudrabhayananda, "Spirituality is a quest for knowing the self as once that is known, it allows one to seek the universal self, which is the pure, eternal truth." As Sri Latha says, "Even an atheist can be spiritual."

Radhanath Swami, author of the book, The Journey Home and an American who came to India as a teen, puts it, "There are different levels of spirituality. Buddha did not refer to God, he stressed on life principles. The soul is indestructible. To understand our eternal essence is to find ourselves."

As for the Bangalore team leader, he learnt that he shot down his collea-gue's ideas in front of his boss as he was afraid of exposing his own shortcomings. The problem, he realised, lay within him. Once he conquered it, the two even became good friends. Even the mother, who constantly found fault with her younger son, did so because she equated him with her husband, and felt he could do nothing right. The realisation changed her attitude.

Spirituality means a search for a better, improved version of ourselves. Says author Chetan Bhagat, "Spiritual intelligence comes from a study of spirituality, and not particular rituals, gurus or listening to feel-good speeches. It's an acute awareness of your inner self, of what truly is important for you and what isn't at a mental and emotional level, irrespective of the outer world. Praying to God is a useful way to do this."

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar considers his mother his "spiritual anchor". He explains, "When I spend time with her, it's as if I connect with the one above. I see God in my daughter's eyes as I ask her random questions and she gives me the answers I seek." He adds, "Spirituality does mean a search for my true self. I'm trying to understand myself and people around me better."

Expresses actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, "Spiritual intelligence means respecting people around me, as there exists a supernatural power in them as it does within me. God is not out there and we must seek him within ourselves."

A spiritual awareness is meant to expand one's capacity to understand ourselves and others without judgement. Its effect can be felt in our personal and working life. Sister Shivani, from the Brahmakumari practice, draws from her connect with God. She explains, "For me, spirituality is not a search for God, it's when the relationship has begun. Spirituality is charging of the battery (soul), but for that I need to be connected to the Power House — God."

As one evolves spiritually, it leads to an understanding that you already have within you what you seek from others — love, happiness, peace. Says Shivani, "You are then free to act and interact without any 'agenda' and to be yourself. You will be at peace with yourself because there is no longer any conflict between the many identities that you had previously created—gender/nationality/profession/possessions, etc. You will contain the world instead of it containing you." Emotional literacy helps us realise that the cause of our feelings is not external events but the self.

How does one achieve a more spiritual self? Remember to pause, don't rush through life! Experts recommend meditation and learning to make more intelligent choices, an ability to disengage from the world outside and your own thoughts for a deeper understanding of oneself, taking 10 minutes daily for self-introspection. It's ultimately all about the self!

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