- Kali - 'berkali-kali' richer!
- DOES NAJIB HAVE CHARACTER
- Keep the subsidies
- Climategate USA
- NAZRI AZIZ - SPEAKS ABOUT ALLAH ISSUE
- Activists protest insult of Karpal Singh's disability
- Fantastic Facts and Funnies
- Mippin feed validation KEY=c0c531f3
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- Steven Gerrard Looks Set To Quit Liverpool.
- “PKR Sarawak Get Real…??”
- Bersedialah Melihat Anak2 Gadis Kita Jadi Pelacur Selagi UMNO Terus Memerintah
- Unmitigated corruptions pull us down
- Do read these with open heart, critical mind :)
- What Should Be The Christian's View Of Government?
- The Malay psyche in the ‘Allah” row
- What a waste of lives!
- The Missing Indian National's:1 million M'sian Indians didn't Matter but 40,000 Matters.
Posted: 18 Jan 2010 07:53 AM PST
Why do some bloggers and the media suddenly show a lot of interest in former media boss Kalimullah? He and me used to be together at NSTP during the 80s... we were buddies (those were the days).
Of late, he took centrestage in media coverage. Bloggers find it a must to at least write a few lines about this tycoon. It draws my interest, too to scribe something about him. If what I write is wrong, then its wrong. If its otherwise, then it is based on informations I have.
The topic - how rich is Kali?
Informations I get shows he is worth RM3 billion. It could be slightly less than that but it is possible for the figure to be more. His stable comprises well-known conglomerates and public-listed companies. He is either the single largest shareholder or the rightful owner of all.
Most fascinating is the news that one of his companies was awarded a RM1 billion worth of contract by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) during the previous regime. As to whether other people enjoy some sidekicks out of it, we dont know (not just yet). However, its obvious that he was not alone.
Some parties have been accusing him of being the 'man behind the scene' for the Malaysian Insider, of which he strongly denied but some people say he simply 'back off' when the matter was revealing.
Then came the news that he (which he also denied in The Star) is harbouring blogger RPK in one of his apartment in London. Also, the denial about his meeting with Anwar Ibrahim in London which was brought up by MP Puad Zarkashi last week.
His flat at 20, Trinity Court in Gloucester Terrace, London comes under a familiar name Helinna Hanum Dadameah and is estimated be worth 450,000 British pound, fully-paid on 17 April 2007. How much is that in our ringgit?
I am not sure whether it is the same apartment RPK is 'taking refuge' now but indications are that Kali does not own only a single property in UK. However, it is his money and business. The only question is how did he manage to shoot up in a short span of time under Pak Lah? Could anybody answer that?
Another burning question is another person who seems to be acting as one of his nominees or an alternate director in some of his companies - Shaik Aqmal bin Shaik Allauddin. Some say that Aqmal is very much related to his wife.
I am envious of him. Unfortunately I dont know how to move around like him, taking opportunity and exploiting circumstances.
P/S Lets read more after this... (I'm actually tired thinking about other peoples' money)
Posted: 18 Jan 2010 07:14 AM PST
As citizens of Malaysia the least that we can expect from our Prime Minister is that he will be a distinguished personality with above average mental and moral qualities. This is what we expect to see at our daily place of work, when it comes to giving respect to our superiors.
Therefore, it is not unnatural to come across people who may project an image that they have some form of leadership potential but they totally lack having a commonly accepted standard of character. Hence any leader in any field who has a good character would have the right setting to grow and nature his position.
So before we condemn Najib and conclude that not only does he significantly lack leadership responsibilities but he does and has not demonstrated to us that he is mentally and morally upright and does have a sound character.
Lets us examine the facts which are in the public domain.
Has Najib a destructive weakness which is generally known to the people?
From Najib's student days in Nottingham University and thereafter when he was planted into the world of politics, after his father's death, he has had the obsession for drinks and women. He had no control over his obsession.
Next, what will Najib do to be liked and to stay in power?
Well let us go back to the mid 1980 when he was the UMNO youth's leader. Like his cousin Hishammuddin his favourite act was to wield the Kris and threaten to bathe Kuala Lumpur with the blood of the ethnic Chinese. To defuse the tense situation Mahathir locked up a large number of opposition leaders.
Now that Najib is the Prime Minister let us see the environment in which he operates?
Before Najib became the Prime Minister he was the Defence Minister. We now have the explosive case of the missing Jet engines and parts. Then, there is the case of C4 explosives that are only available in the Defence Ministry that were used to murder Altantua, and when questioned on the revelations made by PI Bala, Najib states it is "frivolous".
On the other hand before Najib assumed the appointed position of Prime Minister, in February 2009 he diabolically conceived the "Rape" of the Perak State Assembly. Till to date the people of Perak do not have a functional government elected by the people. But the people are patient as it is active and concentrated strength. This strength will be unleashed at the ballot box.
Thereafter, Najib set his eyes on toppling the elected State government of Selangor. Unfortunately, it back fired, with the death of an innocent soul, the late Teoh Beng Hock.
In the meantime, there was a court battle on the use of a generic term "Allah" and the High Court at Kuala Lumpur ruled on December 31, 2009 that the ban by the government against the Catholic Church on the use of the generic term of Allah was unconstitutional.
Did Najib pay attention to the security and well being of the citizens?
Well, Mahathir has openly confirmed that Najib may be a good administrator but not a leader. This is owing to the fact that Najib was planted into the power base, and he does not have the grass root support.
So, when the Allah issue was made public, and some fanatics stated that the generic Arabic term belongs to the Malays, and that they were going to protest after Friday prayers, Najib aided and abetted these fanatics by stating that they cannot be stopped from demonstrating after Friday prayers.
Only a morally defunct leader would state that it is okay for demonstrators to go and pray and there after demonstrate and state that they are going to burn the "Churches of Christians." This in actual fact they did the very same day. Now he calls the destruction or vandalism of churches as an aberration. For Allah's sake please grow up.
Najib has not grown out of the shoes of being a Youth Leader who wanted to bathe Kuala Lumpur with Chinese Blood.
Najib, is not fit to be the Prime Minister of a nation. He has to be constantly mentored by Mahathir or checked by the Pakatan Rakyat.
Najib, has created an environment that threatens generally the sense of the peoples security and their well being. On the other hand he wants to concentrate on creating a situation like his father, so that it will give his the cause for creating an emergency. Sorry, chap, once bitten twice shy.
Najib, does not under any circumstance have the attributes of a leader. He does not have character nor leadership qualities and most of all has no Integrity. He lack's the courage to make tough decisions, like the decisions made by Anwar in the wake of the church fire bombings.
As Winston Churchill said " Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others."
How true is this statement of Najib and of his antics.
Since that is the reality of the political scenario in UMNO, Najib is not in any position to set any standards. The 1Malaysia Concept is a 1Malayu Concept and nothing more. He is not able to think strategically as his character has been tarnished beyond redemption. Hence, Najib will not be able to think and communicate his thoughts with clarity which would be accepted by the masses as forth coming from a leader who is sincere.
When a leader has a deficiency in his character, like the likes of Najib, he will not be able to build and maintain a sustainable coalition. That is why there is so much of disarray within the Barisan National.
It is now clearly apparent that Najib is not in a position to be considered to be of the same class as that of the leaders of the world. It could also be possible that the world leaders view him as a megalomaniac, who does not have much intellect.
Hence, it is important for the voting masses to determine the type of intellect, character, integrity, charisma and educational background our future leaders have before we decide to vote them into office. Regardless, of the colour of their skin, if they can demonstrate that they have the capacity to be at the top of the political scenario in our diverse society, we should give our support for them. If not we may face an inward disintegration within our national boundary.
Hopefully, the future leaders that we choose will be intellectually honest with the votes. They must also above all recognize the impulse of the past and never carry it into the future. They should strive to keep well to the fore in any issues of political, legal or technical innovations that would likely have wide social repercussions.
Power sharing should be arranged in such a way that the people may not once again be able to recover their roots and maintain their faith and traditions in peace.
Posted: 18 Jan 2010 05:14 AM PST
Malaysian Insider today that if the government opted for total removal of subsidies for fuel, gas, flour and sugar it could save the government up to RM50 billion a year. And this huge sum of money saved could be used to provide targeted help for the lower income group and for various government infrastructure projects that would directly stimulate the economy.
Under normal circumstances as a citizen I'd tend to agree. Remove the subsidies and use the RM50 billion a year to eradicate poverty, build infrastructure, schools, hospitals etc. etc. etc.
But don't know why leh? When I read about the subsidies removal debate all I could think of was, "Wah! Baarger! Another RM5o billion for them to siphon off into their Swiss bank accounts ah? No wonder they are thinking about it la!"
Am I crazy to think like that ah? What you think?
Posted: 17 Jan 2010 10:29 PM PST
Posted: 18 Jan 2010 02:57 AM PST
It is widely published today that Minister in the Prime Ministers' Department in charge of the judiciary and Parliament, Datuk Seri Nazri Tan Sri Abdul Aziz that since the matter is already in the Court, the only way the issue could be resolved would be by the Courts. No one is deny this statement but what surprises many Malaysians is, a couple of days ago, the same Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz had stated that to overcome serious problems, it would be best that East Malaysians from Sabah and Sarawak be permitted to use the "Allah" term since they have been using this terms for decades.
There are statement from former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the best avenue to settle this sensitive issue is to have a inter-faith forum and it should be represented by all faiths and a consensus arrived at.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak should actually intervene and find a amicably solution to keep in line with his 1 MALAYSIA Concept and not rely on the Courts since it affects both Muslims and non-Muslims in Malaysia.
Posted: 18 Jan 2010 02:32 AM PST
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Posted: 18 Jan 2010 12:43 AM PST
It's okay they do it. You see it's their custom and culture. Even when they sembahyang they hold their right palms 2.5 inches higher than their left. That way, nobody is confused you see.
But it's different here. Errr...except for KL la.
He's done it again!!!
Nazri Aziz has announced that non-Muslims are allowed to use the word "Allah" in three states — Penang, Sabah and Sarawak — and the Federal Territories. (I am guessing that this includes Kuala Lumpur? - Niamah!!!)
He said this is because other states have enactments on Islam which prohibit the use of the term by non-Muslims.
I have a feeling that this going to be as effective in resolving the ongoing "Allah" issue as the other fler wanting to police the purchase of subsidized items like petrol by embedding a 'smart' chip into our MYKad's? No, actually it is going to be as effective as saying, "Okay ah. You promise ah. You are a poor fler and entitled to the subsidized petrol/sugar/flour/whatever. Promise ya?"
Wait...Nazri also said that he had once gone "incognito" to a church in Sarawak where the word "Allah" was used during service. You mean there are places in Malaysia where Nazri is NOT recognised still? Well, you know what that means, right? It means we can expect more media gems from the man. Yay!!!
See? I also don't know why I posted this la. This country of mine is getting really mind-boggling la.
Posted: 17 Jan 2010 11:09 PM PST
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Posted: 17 Jan 2010 09:41 PM PST
A shortlist of managers to replace Rafael Benitez is reportedly being prepared by Liverpool's owners. Former Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is on it, along with Martin O'Neill, Guus Hiddink and Jose Mourinho.
But Liverpool may also have to start a shortlist on who can replace Steven Gerrard, who is ready to quit the club he joined at age nine two decades ago.
Out with a hamstring injury, Gerrard looked a lonely and dejected figure as he sat in the stands at Stoke City on Saturday and watched his team concede another late goal in a 1-1 Premier League draw.
A top four finish looks more and more unlikely.
Benitez also had to dismiss claims that Gerrard had been involved in a dressing-room row with his assistant Mauricio Pellegrino at half-time during last Wednesday's FA Cup humiliation at the hands of Reading. He said on Saturday: "There was nothing there."
But sources close to the player revealed: "Stevie turns 30 at the end of the season and knows time is running out for him if he wants to win more honours. The big fear is that it will take at least a couple of years before Liverpool can build a team able to challenge again, but to do so, they must invest money and the club are in a financial crisis. He will not play for another team in the Premier League. If he leaves Liverpool, he'll go abroad, perhaps to Milan or Real. The chance to link up with the stars at Real is one that excites him."
The most popular exit from Anfield however, will be that of owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. But the chances of that happening remain remote.
The price of buying out the Americans and bringing Liverpool back to the standard of a world-class club was revealed by The Times to be around £1 billion (RM5.5 billion).
Hicks and Gillett, who are barely on speaking terms themselves, continue to cast around for a new investor to buy a 25 per cent stake in their club, on offer for £100 million. That values Liverpool at £400 million.
In an interview last Wednesday, chief executive Christian Purslow said building a new stadium was "the key" to being able to contend with other top clubs.
The cost of a new stadium is another £400 million. Revamping the squad would easily exceed £100 million.
If any new owner wants to fire Benitez, he will have to pay off the rest of the Spaniard's contract. It is worth £4 million a year and runs till the summer of 2014. He also has at least 20 back-room staff, of whom nine followed him from Spain. They need to be paid off too.
Who is going give fans their wish and run Hicks and Gillett out of town at that price?
"In the current market, finance for football club buyouts is brutally hard to come by," said leading football financial consultant Harry Philp.
"Twenty-five per cent of Liverpool is already on offer but I don't see why anyone would buy that minority stake. You'd pay £100 million for one quarter of a dysfunctional club and your money would go straight to servicing Hicks and Gillett's debt."
Former manager Graeme Souness said: "When I decided to fall on my sword at Liverpool, it was because I'd lost some of the dressing room. Ironically, I resigned after we'd lost a replayed FA Cup tie at home to Bristol City in much the same circumstances that Liverpool lost to Reading on Wednesday. I wasn't improving the team and neither is Rafa. He's spent almost £250million on players over the course of six years and right now, the club are further away from winning the Premier League than the day he walked in."
No one will realise that better than Gerrard.
Courtesy of The Straits Times
Posted: 17 Jan 2010 09:19 PM PST
A PKR member said to audie61 ,"How come very little coverage for us and your news now too focus on Allah issue and previously mostly SPDP..??" Another said do you know who is the new CEO of Sarawak Energy…OooH Man!! A Kwai Loh..Sarawakians Cannot kah..?? These are the two current issues besides the over publicised"Controversial GOD ISSUE being bombarded to us when we the crew of audie61 had brunch.We honestly thought its going to be just ,"Another Monday..but our brain cells are SUDDENLY AWAKEN."
These are the two contrasting statements
Its not about being calling names of Kwai Loh but the salary bracket in which there are/must be capable Sarawakians or even Malaysian able to fill the posts. No wonder the Brains of the country are all being utilised by other countries. Their own country look down on them and only a Foreigner can do the Job. The in-built attitude is already cancerous," THE KWAI LOH WILL PERFORM BETTER THAN A LOCAL.." Oh…Please.." Next we will have voices whispering to us ,"Give him a chance…Too Familiar right……….
This goes back to PKR and judging from Baharuddin Mohksens statement he really is pleading and going down on his knees to Sarawakians on giving PKR/Pakatan a chance and to ensure that they are responsible and capable of administering the state. Politicians always say that before they come to power.
Natasha's cousin who was with us at brunch said,"PKR is hungry and they are capable of doing anything when they wrest power.Are we willing to give them that chance? Fair enough the first term in power they might/will give us a different way of governance but will they not be Corrupt with Absolute Power later on. Who do we trusts and Which is the lesser devil..?"
Don't get me wrong she said but I believe that Pakatan or BN has to change their ways of picking the Peoples Representative -MPs or YBs. Having tons of degree/papers doesnt make someone a good politician but someone who will see to the needs of the constituents and has the right mental political attitude. The person must be well groomed and the criteria has to be vetted in so much that those with extra baggages/outlived their usages must be dropped or replaced for the better good of their respective parties.
DONT BE A BURDEN TO THE PEOPLE AND THE PARTY YOU REPRESENT.THIS IS THE MESSAGE
Go down to the ground and check up carefully with the villages/headman/tua kampung and get the right signals from the people who matter mosts.
So, PKR will you employ a Foreigner to fill the shoes in which a Sarawakian/Malaysian can do at half the price..?? Whats REAL than…??
Posted: 18 Jan 2010 07:39 AM PST
Ramai yang agak marah bila saya kata begitu dalam artikel saya sebelum ini. Tapi, ini bukan saya kata kosong-kosong. Ini adalah berdasarkan pengalaman yang dialami oleh kawan-kawan kita dari negara jiran yang kita panggil Indonesia. Ertinya, ia bukan sekadar teori sahaja tetapi perkara yang berlaku dengan benar dan di depan mata.
Dahulu, Indonesia adalah sebahagian dari negara OPEC, yakni negara pengengkspot minyak terbesar di Asia Tenggara. Sewaktu zaman Suharto memerintah, Indonesia dibanjiri dengan duit minyak yang amat banyak sekali.
Oleh kerana Suharto adalah dictator, maka hampir keseluruhan duit minyak Indonesia telah dirompak oleh beliau dan juga kroni-kroni beliau. Juga, tidak dilupakan yang merompak itu adalah anak-anak dan cucu-cucu Suharto.
Pada waktu yang sama, Suharto telah menurunkan harga beberapa komoditi dan makanan (i.e. beras) untuk menghalang majoriti rakyat Indonesia dari memberontak menentang pemerintahan beliau. Sewaktu Suharto, rakyat Indonesia majoriti tetap miskin tapi tidak merempat kerana ada wnag minyak yang membantu sedikit sebanyak. Pada waktu yang sama, majoriti wang minyak masih dirompak Suharto.
TIBA TIBA WANG MINYAK HABIS
3 tahun sebelum kejatuhan Suharto, PERTAMINA telah pun bangkrap. Wang minyak telah habis dirompak Suharto sekeluarga serta kroni. Apabila jatuh sahaja Suharto, tiba-tiba Indonesia menjadi papa kedana. Segala wang Indonesia telah hilang dan dibawa lari oleh perompak-perompak yang disokong Suharto.
Dengan sekelip mata, segala harga barang menjadi terlampau mahal. Tiada lagi wang yang ada untuk memastikan harga barang kekal murah macam zaman Suharto.
KESILAPAN REFORMASI: Kesilapan besar mereka adalah selepas kejatuhan Suharto, kekayaan Suharto dan sekeluarga tidak diambil balik. Sepatutnya jatuh sahaja Suharto, kesemua ahli keluarganya harus di penjara dan tidak dilepaskan selagi kekayaan mereka tidak dipulangkan sepenuhnya.
Apabila harga barang naik dan ekonomi Indonesia hancur, maka ramailah rakyat Indonesia yang kelaparan. Dalam keadaan sebegitu, maka hampir 1.5 juta gadis di Indonesia diketahui menjadi pelacur sepenuh masa di Indonesia sekarang ini. Dan jumlah ini semakin bertambah bukan berkurang.
Mereka terpaksa melacur demi menanggung keperluan hidup serta kemencari sesuap nasi. Kalau mereka tak melacur, nescaya mereka akan mati kelaparan. Tak heranlah Dr Masyitah dulu dah siap-siap bagi fatwa melacur kerana kesempitan hidup tak salah.
Itu sebenarnya amaran secara tersembunyi dari Dr Masyitah akan masa depan anak-anak gadis Malaysia dalam masa terdekat hasil dari wang minyak kita habis dirompak UMNO dan BN. Kita nanti terpaksa berbuat demikian juga dengan pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO bermula dengan Daim Zainuddin.
GADIS2 INDONESIA JADI PELACUR KESAN WANG MINYAK HABIS DIROMPAK
Di Malaysia, kita masih ada lagi minyak. Namun, saya diberitahu oleh sumber yang berotoriti bahawa hasil minyak Malaysia makin habis. Di waktu yang sama, sepanjang wujudnya Petronas, telah hampir RM460 billion telah diberikan kepada kerajaan Malaysia oleh Petronas
Itu jumlah yang kita ketahui hasil dari Dr. Mahathir menyerang Pak Lah baru-baru ini. Kalau Dr M tidak mengamuk pada Pak Lah, kita pun tak tahu berapa kerajaan dapat dari Petronas.
Kita semua tahu kerajaan Norway menggunakan keuntungan dari hasil Petroleum mereka untuk disimpan ke dalam sebuah tabung bagi menjamin masa depan dan hari tua rakyat Norway.
Soalnya sekarang kemanakah wang minyak Malaysia telah dibelanjakan.
BEBERAPA SOALAN YANG MENJADI PERTANYAAN
Saya bawa kembali dari artikel saya sebelum ini. Cumanya, saya nak tambah sedikit, semalam saya check EPF saya dan saya tak nampak ada apa-apa caruman dari Petronas ke dalam akaun saya.
Saya juga membawa satu komen dari pembaca saya yang menjelaskan keadaan sebenar berkenaan dengan wang minyak kita:
Kena bayar ke Petronas lagi ada bila isi minyak. Petronas nak bagi tandas dia bersih pun tak boleh.
Apa sangat duit Petroleum yang kita nikmati? Kalau nak kata kita dapat jalan, semua highway di Malaysia dikenakan tol yang semakin menaik.
Harga kereta pun mahal. 1/8 gaji tiap2 bulan terpaksa pergi ke kereta kita.
Kalau nak kata harga minyak murah, tak murah jugak. Kalau nak kata harga barang makan makin murah, barang makanan makin mahal dan semakin mahal.
Kalau nak kata gaji kita makin naik, tak naik jugak. Harga rumah pun tak lah murah disebabkan kita banyak duit minyak. Harga rumah tidak murah dan tiada bantuan dari kerajaan pun untuk bantu rakyat Malaysia beli rumah.
Kenapa Petronas tak boleh bagi "Geran Rumah" kepada semua rakyat Malaysia yang baru berkahwin bagi memudahkan pembelian rumah? Negara takda minyak seperti Australia boleh beri? Dalam RM 50k bagi satu famili pun apa salahnya.
Kalau nak ikut Norway, wang minyak akan dimasukkan ke EPF. Tapi, kita tengok takda pun Petronas masukkan duit minyak dalam EPF menyebabkan peratus keuntungan EPF tidak naik-naik.
Dari segi pelajaran pun, kita tak tengok Petronas membantu ramai pelajar-pelajar dari segi pembiayaan pembelajaran. Hanya beberapa kelompok kecil anak-anak serta kaum keluarga pekerja Petronas sahaja.
Dari segi pembiyaaan kesihatan lagi teruk. Sapa yang pergi "Prince Court", harga rawatan separa dengan hospital-hospital swasta yang lain. Takda pun murah. Dari segi tenaga elektrik, kadar makin mahal bukan murah.
Kehidupan rakyat Malaysia makin terhimpit namun tiada nampak ada usaha menggunakan wang minyak Malaysia untuk memudahkan hidup rakyat Malaysia.
Jadi, dimanakah RAKYAT MALAYSIA serta ORANG MELAYU dapat merasai nikmat wang minyak Malaysia?
Saya percaya 99% rakyat Malaysia tak dapat rasa pun nikmat wang minyak Malaysia.
HUJJAH JUAK UMNO DALAM ISU INI DIJAWAB
Ada seorang juak UMNO telah cuba untuk menjawab artikel saya dengan menyenaraikan beberapa program kerajaan Malaysia yang kononnya wang minyak dibelanjakan. Ikutilah jawapan dari Sebatang Kara terhadap percubaan juak UMNO bernama Grand Marquis:
" Sebatang kara said...
Ertinya wang minyak MALAYSIA kekal hilang dan hilang selama-lamanya. Kita sendiri takkan menyesal sampailah nanti anak2 gadis kita terpaksa melacur diri untuk menyara hidup. Nauzubillah min zalik.
SELAGI UMNO TERUS MEMERINTAH, BERSEDIALAH ANAK2 GADIS KITA JADI PELACUR
Itulah dia hakikatnya. Selagi UMNO terus memerintah, selagi itu duit minyak kita terus dirompak oleh puak-puak UMNO ni.
Bodohnya NGO2 Melayu dan Islam berjuang isu Kalimah Allah padahal isu wang minyak ini lebih besar dan bermakna bagi Islam dan bagi menjamin anak2 gadis kita tidak perlu melacurkan diri di masa hadapan untuk mencari sesuap nasik.
Posted: 17 Jan 2010 09:13 PM PST
Corruption is heinous and it is the number one menace to mankind. Corruption has caused tragedy to governments and had thrown numerous numbers of nations and civilizations into oblivion.
Corruption runs in parallel with abuse of power as corruptors can only survive with persons with power and within their close cronies adjoining and surrounding them.
No nation can progress and survive in perpetuity once corruptions and abuse of power manage the system of government and so do for any organization with business entity and social as well as charitable organization of noble intentions.
A corrupted person does not have worthy of human value and that is why a corruptor is looked down especially in advance nations. Over there corruptors would be dishonored for life.
Conversely in Malaysia we can see with our bare and naked eyes that corruptors are bestowed with high and impeccable decorations and recognitions and being respected by the neighborhood and society they live in.
A leader in modern country who is found or just being perceived to be corrupted, will end up their lives in moral destitute and impoverishment, as the whole nation's community will distrust them for life.
As Miguel de Cervantes, a Spanish Novelist, dramatist and poet used to say, "A man dishonored is worse than dead."
Corruption is the main concern of our people here as it has painted an ugly facet of our elected government and this contamination seems to be contagiously spreading like wild fire as if there is no more hope for possible remedy to this pain in our neck.
There are many outstanding cases which are not attended to and being concealed from people by the authority as those involved are personalities with big pips and decorations.
For us here in Malaysia, personality within this kind of category is given exception and they own immunity from any legal address on them. Conviction is only meant for you and me.
Rais Yatim, then the Minister who took charge of Law once told the press that there were 18 high profile cases in the pipe line to be taken action with, but none of those has surfaced so far and it is another sore point of the rakyat.
What happen to all those 18 high profile cases as the tax payers seriously want to know where the taxes money they paid to the government have gone to and it is certain the amount is not small but hefty.
The leadership seems to be afraid of the corruptors than fearing the people agitations for their own political voracity and in the meanwhile tax payer's money is ever draining into the pockets and bank accounts of the corruptors locally and abroad.
They have money changers to remit the loots into their personal account or of the cronies in London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong.
Recently we could hear money being transmitted through Dubai to facilitate shopping spree for some one influential…also trough money changer.
Of late we have been watching the highlights of the MACC almost daily but it has not brought any big corruptor to the court other than the bilis and the kembongs and it is now being apparent that convictions is only meant for the small, trivial and petty corruptors.
With the apprehension of the leadership and authority in settling the 18 high profile cases as admitted by Rais Yatim, it adds to more prove that corrupt practices is the privilege of the big names with high and strong linkages with the power house.
Dr Mahathir once took Abdullah to task for not taking action against few corrupt leaders and that issue became very hot during the 2008 General Election, which almost brought UMNO to sudden death.
Now it is Najib's task to act on these cases and he would be directly accountable if he does not act on them which are already in the knowledge of the public.
Failing to act seriously and swiftly on these cases would only mean that Najib's gigantic and lofty promises to combat corruptions remains a promise and if that is so let us just don't pay attention to him as he is just another spurious and phony leader like his predecessor.
A real and conscientious leader would have to have balls to act on behalf of the people he leads who are in dire need to live under a clean and unsoiled administration.
The people are tired of the wretched conduct of our leaders who are corrupt and non ethical.
An ex-banker who became a leader does not believe in current banking system by sending out money to London through dubious money changer is not taken offence by the ruling party.
If not for ill intended reason he would have sent out the money though proper banking system which he himself has been in it for more than 2 decades. It's absurd isn't it?
In all honesty leadership in UMNO is not serious to change for the better and it does not know how to put the party on track and all of them are no better than my humble self and they are just fit to yarn around with me in mamak stalls and the 'teh tarik' outlets that spread on the side road tables.
Initially people were excited to see Najib with high pitch speeches with lofty promises to clean up the party and the government and do away with offenders that can bring shame to the party.
BUT all those promises remain as promises and the people are just too impatient to see the first fulfilled promise to clean up the nation become apparent and real.
The voting public is still waiting for organic changes and replacing the leaders with baggage is always one of the expectations of the people.
Day in day out all the moral perpetrators is still in the high offices which dampen the people's eagerness and confidence to see the ruling party to be strong again by extricating the party from the corrupt image.
All the people are having dreams of a new political sanitary ambiance, but it's too unfortunate that our leaders are perpetually dreaming.
In short our leadership still believes that UMNO is still a titanic and monumental that nothing can bring it down, and taking all misbehaved leaders to task is not an urgent issue OR non issue at all.
To them it is only the feelings of a few people like me who have too big and smelly mouths to talk about it again and again. They are still in denial. BUT time and nature will tell all.
They believe that the public is a bunch of apathetic and droopy lots who just stand at the sideline watching and approving all the shenanigans and pranks of their leaders.
We have not learned any lesson from past mistakes and misadventures. It seems we are not going to learn anything at all, now and in the foreseeable future.
Posted: 17 Jan 2010 08:26 PM PST
Posted: 17 Jan 2010 08:13 PM PST
Many Malaysian Christians are not comfortable having anything to do with politics of the country - going to the extent of not even voting during elections. The reasons for this behaviour is usually along the lines of (1) Almighty God is in total control, therefore the present form of government is His will, (2) we are an insignificant minority, so we've got to be careful not to step on toes lest we lose what freedoms we have, (3) are you so sure that "your side" is "God's side" as well, or is it just a case of "your will" and not "God's will"? (4) politics is such a dirty business I want to have nothing to do with it at all.
There's more but these are the main ones.
The latest controversy regarding the usage of "Allah" has started me thinking a little deeper about how I should approach the politics of this country as a Christian. The Bible does not prescribe any form of Christian government. Neither is there any reports of any Christian governments being formed.
So what should be a Christian's view of government be? The following verses tell us:
ROMANS Chapter 13:1-6
Submission to the Authorities1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.
4For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing.
7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
It's interesting to note that Romans 13:1-7 was written by Paul during the time of Roman government rule. The Roman government had recently put Jesus Christ to death by crucifixion. Furthermore, the Roman government was known for the viciousness of it's soldiers and Christians were being cruelly and relentlessly persecuted. On top of that, Rome was ruled by an Emperor who was worshipped as a god, which goes against the Christian belief that "for us there is but one God, the Father" (1 Corinthians 8:5-6).
In spite of all this, the Apostle Paul teaches Christians to submit to government because "the authorities that exist have been established by God". In other words, we submit to our government authorities because we recognise that God is the highest authority over all things and He has delegated some of His authority to the present government to represent His justice on earth (He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer-Romans 13:4).
But is EVERYTHING that the government does a reflection of God's justice? Do Christians have to submit to EVERYTHING that the government says and does? What if the present government clearly violates God's standards of justice? Where do Christians draw the line?
Posted: 17 Jan 2010 08:33 PM PST
An excellent analysis by Professor Marranci, Asso Prof of Anthropology, University of Western Sydney and a research fellow at the Asian Research Institute, NUS, Singapore.
I will post some excerpts here. For the whole article, please read this link:
Recently Malaysia has been at the centre of another controversy. After the fatwa against Yoga (in which it was suggested that Muslims were better to abstain from it), the sentence against Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno (who was condemned to strokes of an "Islamic" cane), and the severed cow heads left on an area awaiting the construction of a Hindu temple, today churches, and other non-Muslim places of worship, have been torched over the issue of whether non-Malay Muslims, and in particular Christians, can use the word 'Allah'. The Malay government, controlled by UMNO, clearly supports the opinion that "Allah" is, at least linguistically, a Malay Muslim theo-semiotic possession, despite the word being Arabic. Yet to understand the present situation we need to look at how Muslim Malaysians make sense of their social political identity within the country.
To do so we must refer to Article 160 of the Constitution of Malaysia in which a 'Malay' is described as a Malaysian citizen, born to a Malaysian citizen, who professes to be a Muslim, habitually speaks Bahasa Melayu, adheres to Malay customs, and is domiciled in Malaysia or Singapore. Furthermore, the constitution, in article 152, defines some privileges for Bumiputra, the Muslim ethnic majority of the country.
read more here.
Posted: 17 Jan 2010 06:36 PM PST
The tragedy that happened in Penang yesterday, where a dragon boat on training capsized, could have been averted if people are more safety conscious.
It was reported that of whose were drown and or reported missing, only 1 was wearing a life jacket.
From the view of safety precaution, an open sea is a dangerous hazard, no matter how calm the sea may look.
So applying the principle of safety, it would be best to avoid the hazards; but in this case, since the rowers were taking part in a competition, training in an open sea is a necessity , so they would have no choice but to face this hazard.
But they could have chosen an area where the seas were calmer, to lessen the risk of this hazard.. It was reported that normally trainings were conducted in the calmer areas in Tanjung Bungah or Batu ferringhi, but this group chose to do it in a rougher sea. Any training of this sort must be accompanied by safety rescue boats with powerful motor and trained life gurads, but apparently this was not the case.
Then again, if all wore life jackets, it would have at least provided more buoyancy to the person wearing it, and being brightly coloured, life jackets would be more eye catching and easily for rescuers to see them.
I have swam in open seas before , and if a person goes 2 feet below the surface of sea level, you will never be able to see him clearly even if from a distance of a few feet.
So, never underestimate the power of the sea.
There is a Chinese saying that " you can bully the hills, but never the water", meaning that it would be safer to climb hills than go out in the seas or even playing in the river.
This is yet another case where safety measures as well as procedures were not adopted. This came hardly a few weeks after the explosion of a new mall in Malacca, where safety procedures were again ignored resulting in a huge explosion.
Just a few minutes of observing safety procedures would have saved the lives of so many people,. What a waste !
Posted: 17 Jan 2010 07:55 PM PST
By Hiroshi Yama 6900
The following letter was written by a Malaysian Suluk Bugis from Sabah expressing displeasure in the way the Evil BN/Umno regime has been handling the issue of illegal immigrants being given the MyKad in return for Votes to the Regime. The BN/Umno regime knows that it has lost the support of Malaysian voters and now has to turn to 'imported voters' from China and India just as it has been doing with 'imported voters' from Indonesia and the Philippines all this while to maintain its unholy grip on power. The Writer, wants all Sabahans and Sarawakians to unite and vote out the Evil BN/Umno regime in the next General Election.
PERLUKAH kita Undi lagi Barisan Nasional (BN) pada Pilihanraya Umum Ke-13 nanti kerana selagi BN berkuasa di Malaysia ini selagi itulah Mykad diberikan kepada Pendatang Tanpa Izin (PTI).
Jika melihat kepada statistik pilihanraya lalu, BN sudah kalah di Semenanjung Malaysia dan hanya diselamatkan oleh para pengundi di Sabah dan Sarawak yang tersilap percaya kepada janji muluk pemimpin BN; sehingga Sabah dan Sarawak digelar Fixed Deposit.
Oleh yang sedemikian, rakyat Sabah dan Sarawak harus 'BERSATU' menumbangkan BN kerana setahun lalu 50,000 orang dari negara China disahkan 'HILANG' di Negara Malaysia.
Persoalan yang memeningkan kepala kita, di mana dan ke manakah mereka?
Kelmarin Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib mendedahkan seramai 40,000 orang Warga India hilang di negara ini. Apakah mereka sudah membeli Mykad Malaysia dengan harga RM10,000 setiap satu di JPN Petaling Jaya?
Najib sewajarnya mengarahkan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussien berjaga malam untuk menyelesaikan isu ini melainkan UMNO atau BN terlibat mencipta satu lagi X-Files?
Sekiranya rakyat Sabah tidak bersatu memerangi isu IC Palsu ini, maka Pakatan Rakyat jangan bermimpi di siang hari untuk menawan kawasan parlimen dan dewan undangan negeri di Pantai Timur kerana hampir 90 peratus pengundi di sana adalah 'Pengundi Untuk Disewa' melalui pemberian Mykad; yang tidak mungkin memberikan undi kepada pembangkang!
Mungkin Pakatan Rakyat harus menunggu sehingga Generasi ke 12, barulah mungkin mereka akan memberikan undi kepada Pembangkang.
Salam Hormat daripada,
BUGIS SULUK TEMPATAN
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