- From Around The Blogs: The Week Of Feb 22, 2010
- BrooksBowerAsia’s “seminar” IS Another UMNO Hack Job, courtesy of APCO to plug into Saiful Bukhari’s Asshole the lifeline to UMNO
- The White Tiger Part II
- ‘Whats the Deal..??”
- From around the websites -- Fw: [the oRAcLe weblog OrAcLeOrAcLeOrAcLeOrAcLeOrAcLeOrAcLeOrAcLe] M’sians from l...
- Top MCA leaders must go; get fresh faces
- Tulang Besi DIjemput UMNO Protes P. Gunasegaram
- 83% WANT GOVT TO RETAIN CURRENT ELECTRICITY TARIFF
- The argument goes back even further
- Be equal partners in economic transformation, Najib tells Chinese
- On Twitter, two ‘dinosaurs’ engage over oil and Allah
- Putrajaya's argument holds no water, says Husam
- Liow's team wants AGM to vote for fresh polls
- Shahrir: Reality behind 'Ketuanan Melayu'
- More Chinese Zodiac Stuffs
- Frogs – are they just parasites?
- Neo-liberalism and the ‘war on terror’ industry
- “War on undocumented migrants” not the answer
- Moribund forces demonising, destabilising Pakatan
- Whiner, we heard that a zillion times already ...
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 03:41 PM PST
By Joe Fernandez
From around the Blogs
M'sians from local poverty to poverty abroad
Push pull factors are at work in drawing M'sians to leave in droves for "greener pastures" abroad. The push factors have been well articulated. It's the pull factors that should worry us more because it's mostly the scam element at work. Many M'sians are lured by tales that the streets abroad are paved with gold. This is similar to the tales that people smugglers & human traffickers use to lure thousands of unsuspecting Indonesians, Filipinos, Bangladeshis & others to M'sia to work. Their nightmare begins the moment they land in this country & realise that they are being underpaid & overworked. Soon, there's no escape for them because from the little that they get, they can't set aside enough to return home. This is what happened to some Indian waiters at Devi's Corner in Bangsar. To their horror, they discovered that they were earning more in India compared to KL. This is in purchasing power parity terms. Most ex-M'sians merely move from local poverty to poverty abroad & are stranded.
God does not exist in the conventional sense
If there is a God, how can there be more than one? If there is more than one God, it doesn't make sense at all. Also, it must be noted that when Islam as well as the other Abrahamic religions – Judaism & Christianity -- talk about God, they are not talking about a person like us with two hands & two legs. Love, for eg, is considered an attribute of God. Hence, Love is God. Similarly, Mercy is an attribute of God. So, Mercy is God. The list goes on & on to total 1,000 known attributes of God including Allah which means the Most Prominent. By this line of thinking, other religions can be excused if they are led to think that the Abrahamic religions don't believe that a God exists in the conventional sense. In a way, it is true. But again, that's not true if it can be seen rationally that a God cannot really exist in the sense that most primitive people believe i.e. someone like us with two hands & two legs, probably an old man with long white hair, & long beard in flowing white robes.
Why suffer these clowns?
The problem with Perkasa begins with Ibrahim Ali and when you have this person together with Mahathir, then we know that we have arrived at the new headquarters for the Nazi Party and the Apartheid Party combined. Ibrahim Ali is a shrill-voiced, loud-mouthed ultra racist with a very strong sense of proprietorship and entitlement. Ibrahim Ali is a sure way to destroy any organisation. The alternative media should ignore these two fools. They will not be able to make a difference for the better with their self-serving crap. The mainstream media, especially the Malay, thrives on what organisations like Perkasa spew out on a regular basis. If we ignore them and look back ten years hence on what they are saying today, we will realise that these are not only pathological liars but congenital ones too. Mahathir established himself during his 22 years in power by being a pathological and congenital liar. Now, the disease has spread to Ibrahim Ali and those at Perkasa. Why suffer these clowns?
Sabah IC the only way to weed out illegal immigrants
Some progress will be made on this issue once the opposition comes to power in Sabah & Sapp (Sabah Progressive Party) implements its idea of the Sabah state gov't issuing a Sabah identity card. Anyone who does not have the Sabah IC won't be able to work with the state gov't, have any dealings with it or be able to school in Sabah. The high tech Sabah IC is one way of identifying and weeding out the illegal immigrants who have MyKads and are on the electoral rolls. Sabahans know who are Malaysians & who aren't. It seems that only the Federal Gov't, the National Registration Dept, the Police, Umno, the Immigration Dept & the Statistics Dept have a problem differentiating between Malaysians and non-Malaysians in Sabah. Illegal immigrants in Sabah are being listed as Malays by the NRD and the other Federal Gov't departments. So, from a few hundred Malays in Sabah in 1970, today there are thousands of so-called Malays in Sabah. Just look at the latest statistics from the Stats Dept.
Indians not employed at PM's Department
There should be a law against anyone even mentioning the sick idea of ketuanan Melayu which is in the same league as Nazism, the apartheid philosophy and KuKluxKanism. This is an idea used by a tiny minority, often not even Malays, to lord it over the majority in perpetuity so that they can have a licence to raid the public treasury of the people's sweat and get away Scott-free. Mahathir is the Godfather of ketuanan Melayuism. He systematically marginalised the Indian community from the mainstream and denied them their place in the sun. The Indians were easier targets to pick on since they were a labouring class with very few capitalists unlike the Chinese who can always bribe the system to do their bidding. Even then, Mahathir has marginalised the ordinary Chinese too and, as a result, there are very few Chinese in Gov't service today and even fewer Indians. At the Prime Minister's Dept in Putra Jaya, one can't find even one Indian, not even as an office boy or toilet cleaner.
Issues for the forthcoming S'wak state elections
Non-compliance of the 1963 M'sia Agreement by the Federal Gov't; the failure of the M'sian Federation in Sabah & S'wak as evident from the backwardness of these two states vis a vis B'nei & S'pore; massive theft of native land by the BN S'wak state gov't on behalf of their cronies; grinding poverty even after 50 years of M'sia; illiteracy; poor educational performance; appalling public healthcare facilities evident from the high mortality rates; statelessness; lack of M'sian personal documents depriving thousands of S'wakians of a chance to study, vote, work, open bank accounts, do business, or travel outside the state & country, among others; 350, 000 illegal immigrants in S'wak; 300,000 foreigners legally employed under cheap labour policies depriving locals of a chance to work for a living wage; the refusal of the Federal Gov't to pull out from the Sabah, S'wak oil & gas industry & leave it to the respective state gov'ts so that the people can directly benefit in terms of employment opportunities and business contracts; the dependency syndrome creating a culture of corruption & moral depravity to the extent that an elite minority can raid the public treasury of the people's sweat; gerrymandering of electoral boundaries and the imposition of local proxies, stooges and traitors denying the people the democratic right to form a gov't of their choice; while Taib has been steadily getting richer over the years, the people have been getting poorer by the day. Taib should be ashamed of himself and commit hara-kiri.
Cops side Umno and the rich
The cops have a habit of beating people dead either on behalf of Umno or the rich. There was a burglary case during Chinese New Year several years ago involving the safe deposit boxes at a Maybank branch in Pudu, KL. The safe deposit boxes were sited above a monsoon drain running underneath. So, the burglars were able to tunnel in & make off with RM 4 million worth of valuables, all insured. An air-conditioning mechanic was pulled in as a suspect & beaten to death by the police while in their custody. This case is similar to that of Kugan who was suspected to be a luxury car thief. Is a human life worth less than that of a stupid car, no matter how expensive? Why don't the police beat to death all those politicians who are raiding the public treasury of the people's sweat & salting away millions abroad? Why not beat Taib Mahmud of S'wak to death? He has been getting richer & richer over the years while the people have been getting poorer, as stated by Kuching MP Chong in malaysiakini.
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 02:41 PM PST
Center for Strategic and International Studies based in Washington DC will host several representatives of the UMNO ruling party for a "seminar" on Governance and the Rule of Law in Malaysia & Malaysian Legislative Initiatives. The program is as follows according to an email I received from CSIS Senior Advisor for Southeast Asia Ernie Bower (Partner atBrooksBowerAsia).
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 02:14 PM PST
Cycle is defined from a mathematical and scientific viewpoint as a basic permutation that is caused by a force and that all permutations are a product of cycles. There had been an earlier description of cycle in the earlier article of the Year of the Tiger. This is part of a series of articles which is intended to be published here during this period of the Chinese New Year celebrations, which is part of an ongoing research and study over many years.
The ancient sciences are today classified as a branch of physics that studies real occurrences incorporating philosophy, mathematics and astronomy and or astrology and is classified as "Metaphysics".
We are all energy forms and as ancient astrological and other studies are the equivalent of modern study in physics and are synonymous with the physic principles of fundamental forces, the study of fundamental interaction of energy particles in the universe and are similar to the Chinese astrological energy interaction of the elements. The ancient do not use fanciful or scientific names and they use simple things like the animals and common materials or minerals as a relative symbolic representation of description.
The ancient Chinese sages leading back to more than 3000 years (Read King Fisher) are adept students of these sciences and the ancient sages will have a comprehensive knowledge of the sciences to be a qualified strategist so as to be able to design a wholesome strategy and employ masterly tactical permutations in the advancement of their State which include philosophical thoughts and all the sciences.
Due to the modernisation of China today much historical knowledge is once again available and there has been a boom in the study of Chinese metaphysics especially by the West. These ancient sciences are being studied and research by professors and scientist as well as research history students and a many others from a diversified field.
In essence the sages believe that one must understand the energies that are present which have an influences or governs our surrounding and its interaction with our thoughts and freedom of action of which we could control. The exercises of the cause of our free thoughts and movements or action causes an interaction with the energy which is present and are guided to the intended result or objective.
Patterns in the Tiger
Now back to the Tiger Cycle and as presented in the post of the White Tiger which generated a pattern featuring certain events and repeating events. The representation here in the White Tiger is that of Justice or Truth. Upheaval, Chaos and Change and is the third cycle or the interpolating cycle for the nation.
Let us look at the events of the past Tiger cycle, in 1974 when the Petroleum Act was drafted and which was forced upon the other States and that this event of 36 years ago has today gained prominence (In Tiger year) and even being advertised by the UMNO government trying to justify its action of withholding payment of Royalty to these impoverished States. This action being reflected in this cycle shows that the issue are of high impact to the people and that there were in fact unjustified flaws to the initial act of 1974. It will be of no surprise that this issue will be of great publicity and the grievances could result in collective repercussion. (Read Malaysia Today on the Petroleum Act).
In 1962 there was a conflict with Indonesia and in recently there were various divergences resulting in various protest by the Indonesian people and the government on the ill treatment of Indonesian workers in Malaysia. And remember the Mnohara issue with the Malaysian prince who had gained widespread reporting from the Indonesian media and the internet.
And in 1974, 1986 and 1998 prominently featuring Anwar Ibrahim and looks like the pattern will continue with the ongoing Sodomy 2 trial attracting worldwide attention, criticism and condemnation.
This Tiger cycle featuring Anwar Ibrahim is a representation of Justice and Change and is symbolical to his call of "Refomasi" (Reforms) with his Justice party. Either he is the change or he will be the catalyst of change.
And the past three cycles were all economic recession years for Malaysia and again looks like the pattern will continue.
1998 saw the completion of the mega project of the Petronas Twin Towers and the pattern of Mega Projects completion will continue with the completion of the Bakun Hydroelctric Dam which Transparency International has called it a "Monument of Corruption" which will be operational this year.
As you can see there is a continuation of the patterns in this cycles and are all being repeated in this year of the White Tiger of 2010. The events are happening again but the result need not be the same.
The Aftermath of the Tiger
There are three significant cycles for the country of Malaysia and one of them is the Rooster cycle of the Chinese astrological chart and is the Root cycle which saw the birth of the nation. The other cycle is the cycle of the Rabbit which is the "Palace" in opposition and is a part of the mathematical equation of duality, of the Yin and Yang or Male and Female principles. The positions occupied by the symbols (Animal Signs) are known as palaces or houses and the palace in opposition have to be viewed together with the Root cycle.
And the third cycle is the Tiger cycle and as mentioned it is the interpolating cycle which is of significance to the nation. And all major events and events of repeated occurrence can only be found in this three cycles not that there are no event occurring in other years but somehow major events of significant impact are only found in one of this three cycles of Malaysia.
The Rabbit Cycle
The Rabbit cycle has special significance for the nation and the Rabbit is in direct opposition to the astrological sign of Malaysia who is a Rooster and is known as a direct Clash and somehow we find incompatible signs of the Rabbit personality ruling the country and the historical events of the past are presented as follows:
1951 of the Metal Rabbit when Onn Jaafar resigns as President of UMNO and was succeeded by Tunku Abdul Rahman who was born in the year 1903 a Water Rabbit.
1963 of the Water Rabbit saw the assassination of John F. Kennedy the President of the USA and Malaysia was also economically affected.
1963- The formation of Malaysia where the state of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore join the Federation of Malaya and became Malaysia and the Rabbit in opposition with the Rooster shows great difficulty in uniting the states and is quite visible that the East Malaysians had never considered themselves a part of the nation and Singapore parted ways and became a nation state.
1963 – The beginning of the Konfrontasi years when on 27 July, President Suharto declared an all out effort to Crush Malaysia (Ganyang Malaysia).
1963 – The completion and opening of the Parliament building in Lake Garden, Kuala Lumpur
1975 of the Wood Rabbit and Abdul Razak the 2nd Prime Minister died in office and was succeeded by Hussein Onn which also led the way for Najib Razak in a by election of the seat left by his Father in Pekan, Pahang when he got elected and became the youngest MP at the age of 23.
1975 – The Japanese Red Army stormed the AIA building in Jalan Ampang of Kuala Lumpur which housed the embassies of the USA, Sweden, Canadian and Japan and sealed off the buildings taking hostages of the people inside and a settlement was reached with the exchange of 52 hostages for the release of the Red Army members.
1987 the year of the Fire Rabbit and what a Fire it was with sparks flying everywhere and the year when Najib fell in love with another woman and guess who she is.
1987 - Tengku Razaleigh took on Mahathir and made a challenge for the post of President in the UMNO election that resulted in the UMNO crisis and led to the Constitutional Crisis and the sacking of the Lord President.
1987 – The year of the UMNO crisis which saw the death of the original UMNO and UMNO BARU was formed.
1987 – Mahathir initiated "Operation Lalang" to crack down on his dissenters and arrested 106 people under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) and revokes the publishing permit of various media.
1987- Najib Razak was appointed acting head of UMNO youth and retained the seat in the UMNO election.
1987 – Najib saw sparks flying from his heart and fell madly in love with Rosmah than divorced his wife Tengku Puteri Zainah and married Rosmah. Mansor.
1999 - the year of the Earth Rabbit saw another Rabbit in Abdullah Badawi appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and made heir successor.
1999 – The month of March saw an outbreak of the Japanese Encephalitis also known as Pig Flu and some 111 people had died.
1999 – April 13, Anwar Ibrahim was convicted of Sotomee and corruption and sentenced to 6 years in Jail.
1999 – April 4, Wan Azizah announced the formation of the National Justice Party (Party Keadilan Rakyat)
1999 – Mahathir called for General Election on November 11.
1999 – Saw the approval for the Port Klang Free Zone project that became one of the biggest financial fiasco of 12 billion Ringgit.
1999 – Mahathir unveiled another 6 billion ringgit project of the futuristic Cyberjaya (another fiasco?).
1999 – Saw the completion of another multi billion project of PutraJaya.
1999 – The launching of Malaysiakini the first independent internet news site of Malaysia.
2011 – Another General Election?
Read the Tiger Series:
Year of Tiger
Ride the White Tiger
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 07:18 AM PST
Unconfirmed reports has already suggested that the walkout by Entri from SPDP was all staged. It was for something bigger in the horizon and that is to be the Secretary General of the new entity. Hard to believe Oooh Yeah !! Read this from sarawak update.com .
(Our SPDP privilege source is at sixes and sevens with all the major upheavels but still manages to inform us that Mawan is following closely the events unfolding.Let them move on swiftly but the higher ground is with us at the new SPDP headquarters was a remark passed on)
A veteran political analysts has this to say,"It seems that we should not be using our political brains for this analysis as what has been dealt/shuffled is already done and dusted in the little corner rooms and FIGURED OUT."
Entri have to be BETTER THAN THE ONE which he has left behind and working to be the BESTS is no easy deal. Its a dog's world out there and what matters is the END RESULT.(merged entity..??)
Stay tuned in to what is to develop from PRS headquarters and unconfirmed reports have already suggested that the 5 plus 3 will be parking in PRS for the time being. Its a political decision and nothing more than that will come from the Two Top man in the State and the Country.
Sure there will be a lot of dirty linen thrown but as always an Emeritus Professor said,"Nothing will improve until the BETTER GOOD IS ACHIEVED."
So the Deal is…………………………………………after the PC at PRS Headquarters
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 10:59 AM PST
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 09:18 AM PST
SALAM! I asked MCA vice president Liow Tiong Lai if he would quit his party post. I also suggested to him that all top 3 MCA leaders - Ong Tee Keat, Dr Chua Soi Lek and Liow - should also resign from their party posts since they have collectively not been able to resolve the MCA crisis. Since all 3 have continued to be at loggerheads with each other, they have lost the respect of MCA members. And to some extend, even ordinary voters. If they resign, let the members hold fresh elections and elect new leaders. Of course there will be allegations that each of the 3 will "sponsor" their candidates, but that is another matter. As it is, none of the 3 command majority support of MCA members to the point that they are seen to be ineffective in leading the party. Liow said he was prepared to do so, if this would help restore the MCA's credibility. The MCA have their AGM on March 7, and everyone in the party hope that a solution would be found. Whatever it may be. I still think the 3 top leaders should walk away and let the members decide who they want to lead the 61 year old BN component.
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 08:56 AM PST
Seorang aktivis UMNO menghantar email pada saya dalam FB menjemput saya ke majlis membuat laporan polis. Laporan tersebut dibuat terhadap P. Gunasegaram, bekas wartawan The Edge serta sekarang ini wartawan The Star.
Laporan itu adalah kerana salah satu artikel P.Guna yang dikatakan memperlecehkan hukuman sebat dan sistem shariah di Malaysia. Ia merujuk kepada hukuman sebat yang dikenakan terhadap 3 orang perempuan atas kesalahan zina ghiar muhsan di Pahang.
Saya memberitahu beliau saya tak dapat bersetuju kepada laporan polis tersebut. Tetapi, saya akan bersetuju untuk berdebat secara terbuka dengan P. Gunasegaram di atas isu ini hatta di dalam Bahasa Inggeris sekalipun.
Saya menyatakan kesediaan saya untuk berdebat dengan P. Gunasegaram ini secara terbuka. Bagi saya, buat apa kita buat laporan polis pada mereka yang sememangnya jahil dalam agama Islam? Kita hendak bersikap keras kepada mereka-mereka yang tidak mempunyai maklumat yang jelas berkenaan dengan Islam dan sistem shariah Islam? Ertinya kita yang nampak bodoh sebab kita marah pada orang jahil.
Hasil dari tindakan keras kita, mereka tidak akan membuka hati mereka untuk menerima Islam. Mereka kekal di dalam kejahilan mereka dan tiada apa-apa kebaikan yang kita akan dapat sebagai orang Islam di Malaysia.
Kita mesti sedar majoriti orang bukan Islam di Malaysia tidak pernah mendapat maklumat yang betul berkaitan dengan hukum syariah Islam. UMNO juga membantu menyebarkan salah faham dan kekeliruan berkaitan dengan Islam kepada orang bukan Islam.
Sebagai contoh, RAMAIIIIIIIIII orang bukan Islam di Malaysia tidak sedar yang hukum shariah Islam telah wujud secara rasmi dan diwartakan SEBELUM MERDEKA lagi. Rujuk di sini. Mereka ingat mereka akan dikenakan satu sistem yang baru muncul. Padahal sistem ini telah wujud di Malaysia waktu tok nenek mereka berhijrah ke Malaysia lagi.
UMNO MEMBANTU MENGELIRUKAN ORANG BUKAN ISLAM BERKENAAN ISLAM
DI negara-negara Arab, orang2 Krisitan telah sampai ke tahap boleh memakai pakaian seperti orang Islam. Kenapa di Malaysia kita tidak boleh memberi edukasi yang cukup berkenaan dengan Islam kepada orang bukan Islam?
Kita masih ingat sebelum 2004, bagaimana RTM sering kali menyiarkan rakaman Taliban menjalankan hukuman bunuh ke atas pesalah-pesalah shariah di waktu "half time" permainan bola sepak di Afghanistan. Perkara-perkara seperti ini sebenarnya MENJAUHKAN orang bukan Islam dengan Islam. Tapi UMNO tidak kira kerana matlamat menghalalkan cara.
Allah SWT Maha Kaya. Orang yang bertanggungjawab terhadap program-program yang menghina Islam itu, akhirnya tersunggkur menyembah bumi dalam pilihanraya 2008 di Parlimen Merbok. Zainuddin Maidin cuba menawan undi orang bukan Islam dengan memburukkan Islam, akhirnya orang bukan Islam itu sendiri menimbus Zainuddin Maidin. Allah SWT membalas "cash" segala usaha penghinaan terhadap Islam yang telah dilakukan oleh Zainuddin.
Akhirnya, Tulang Besi kata dia setuju untuk jadi panel forum, tapi untuk protes P Guna dengan membuat repot polis, Tulang Besi tidak dapat setuju. Masa sekarang ini adalah untuk berdakwah pada yang bukan Islam kerana mereka jahil dan telah terlalu lama termakan dengan propaganda UMNO/BN yang memberi gambaran buruk tentang Islam kepada mereka.
Malahan, Tulang Besi sedia berdebat atau berforum atau berhujjah dengan sesiapa sahaja dalam isu Islam baik dalam bahasa Inggeris mahupun bahasa Melayu. Tidak jadi masaaalah bagi Tulang Besi, inshaalah.
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 07:37 AM PST
A poll conducted by ntv7 reveals that the Malaysian rakyat wants the Barisan Nasional federal government to retain the current electricity tariffs that is charged to consumers now.
According to the Prime Minister's 1 MALAYSIA concept, the federal government should abide by the demands of the rakyat and voters.
Do you think the BN federal government will listen to the 'poor' rakyat?
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 07:14 AM PST
My contention is that the Petroleum Development Act 1974 should not have even been passed in the first place because, according to the Federation Agreement, 100% of the oil and gas belongs to the states and the federal government should not have stolen it.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Oil royalty – Najib is Razak's son or Mahathir's heir?
I agree with veteran Umno leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah that the federal government's full-page advertisements in Malay weeklies on the oil royalty controversy is an insult to the intelligence of all Malaysians.
The full-page advertisements contain an important omission – the reply 35 years ago in Parliament by the then Prime Minister, Tun Razak to my question whether all states in Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah had signed agreements with Petronas for oil exploration along the coastline and what were the joint profits for the state.
As recorded in the Parliament Hansard of November 12, 1975, this was Tun Razak's reply: "All states in Malaysia, except Sabah and Sarawak, have signed the agreement with Petronas under the Petroleum Development Act 1974. I have been informed that Selangor had agreed to sign the agreement.
"Under the agreement, each state will receive 5 per cent of the value of petroleum found and extracted from each of the states, whether onshore or offshore, that is sold by Petronas or agencies or contractors."
Since I resurrected in Parliament in November last year Tun Razak's categorical undertaking in Parliament 35 years ago on the five per cent oil royalty rights of the states, Cabinet Ministers had conspicuously avoided the subject – just like the full-page federal government advertisement explanations on Sunday.
Is Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the sixth Prime Minister, the son of Razak the second Prime Minister or the heir of Tun Mahathir, the fourth Prime Minister on the oil royalty controversy?
If Tun Razak is alive today, would he have agreed to the gross violation of the states' oil royalty rights in blatant breach of the Petroleum Development Act 1974 as initiated by Mahathir in 2000 to politicize the issue and deny the PAS government of Terengganu its rights to the state oil royalties? Or would he have honoured the agreements he assigned Tengku Razaleigh to sign with all the state governments when he was Prime Minister?
There can be no question that on this issue, Tengku Razaleigh is more to be trusted than Mahathir.
Najib should demonstrate that he is Razak's son or not Mahathir's heir on this issue to restore justice to the states, whose fundamental state rights have suffered insidious erosion in the past few decades. – Lim Kit Siang
Lim Kit Siang takes us back 35 years to 1974 and talks about the Petroleum Development Act 1974 and what Tun Abdul Razak, the Second Prime Minister of Malaysia, and father to current Prime Minister Najib, promised the nation. I want to go back even further and talk about another promise Tun Razak made to the nation.
And this was the promise made by Tun Razak in 1960.
In 1960, Tun Razak presented the bill for the Internal Security Act (ISA) to Parliament. The opposition leader in Parliament then, D. R. Seenivasagam of the PPP, stood up to argue how can the country agree to such a draconian and wide law that allows for detention without trial, which is a violation of the Federal Constitution of Malaya.
Tun Razak explained that the ISA would be used only against the Communist Terrorists (CTs), numbering about 700 or so, operating in the Pahang jungles and along the Malaya-Thai border. This law shall be used only against the CTs and to combat the insurgency and for no other purpose.
And with that assurance by Tun Razak the ISA was passed by Parliament with the support of the opposition as well.
Tun Razak has since died. The Emergency or insurgency has since ended. The Communist Party of Malaya signed a peace treaty with the Malaysian government and laid down its arms in 1979. But the ISA remains and is no longer used against the 700 or so CTs but against political dissenters, opposition politicians, and critics of the government.
Promise Number One by Tun Razak broken.
Now let us talk about what Lim Kit Siang raised: promise Number Two.
Lim Kit Siang talks about Tun Razak's promise in 1974. Sure, the federal government is violating its own law or Act, the Petroleum Development Act 1974. It is even violating the Agreement signed between Petronas and all the states in Malaysia. So these are two violations, the Act and the Agreement.
Okay, now I want to take you back to pre-1957 and talk about the Merdeka Agreement or Federation Agreement.
It was agreed that the 11 states (Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak were not yet included then) would come together to merge under a federation, like the American states did when they merged under the United States. And this federation would be called the Federation of Malaya.
It was further agreed that foreign policy (like power to declare war on other nations), national security, defence, and whatnot, would be federal matters. Land, natural resources, issues of Islam including Islamic laws, and such matters would come under the jurisdiction of the respective states.
That is why Islamic laws differ from state to state while common laws are standardised in all the courts throughout Malaysia. And that is why the states decide on what happens to their land, water, timber, tin, rubber, plantations, gold, and whatsoever resources in the ground, on the ground, and offshore.
Around the late 1970s, all the countries in the world agreed that each country's economic zone would be extended to 200 kilometres from just 12 kilometres. This means anything found within 200 kilometres of the shoreline, including fish in the sea, would belong to that country.
Now, according to the Federation Agreement and the international agreement on the new boundary of the economic zone, anything found within 200 kilometres of that state's shore would belong to that respective state.
We must understand, when the Federation Agreement was drawn up, and when the states agreed to merge to form the Federation of Malaya, no one suspected that one day the Peninsular Malayan states would discover oil -- although oil was already discovered in East Malaysia as far back as 1882. (Extraction started 100 years ago in 1910).
Nevertheless, under the Federation Agreement, oil and gas is a state resource. And since it is within 200 kilometres offshore, it belongs to that state within Malaysia.
And that was why Tun Razak instructed Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to come out with the draft of a new law. Legally, the oil and gas belongs to the states. The only way the federal government can 'steal' this oil and gas would be to come out with a new law that allows them to do so. If not it would be illegal for the federal government to touch the oil and gas. It belonged 100% to the states.
And this new law or Act called the Petroleum Development Act 1974 allowed the federal government to unilaterally (note the word 'unilaterally' and not 'bilaterally') amend the terms of the Federal Agreement. Normally, it requires all the parties to the Agreement to agree to any amendments to that Agreement before it can be amended. In this case, only one party made the changes (unilaterally) and the other parties were forced to remain silent.
Of course, not all parties initially agreed to these new amendments to the Federation Agreement. Some objected and were ousted from office. They were then replaced with a new head of state. Invariably, a 'backroom deal' was hatched prior to the new man being put onto the throne -- which was he would sign the agreement once he is put in office.
Those from the East Malaysian states who already had control of their oil since 1910, and therefore did not see why they should agree to hand over the oil to the federal government 53 years later, mysteriously died in a plane crash that was never explained until today.
Finally, all the states were forced against their will to sign the Agreement with Petronas -- although the Federation Agreement, which was the basis of the states merging into a federation, was being grossly violated.
But the federal government did not steal everything. They stole just 95%. They agreed to leave 5% for the states. And in 1976 a Supplementary Agreement was signed between Petronas and the states stipulating that this 5% will be paid in cash twice a year, in March and September of every year, and that it would be called Royalty.
So that is three Agreements that the federal government broke. First was the Federation Agreement of 1957, which says that the state resources belong to the state (and oil and gas are state resources). Next was the Petroleum Development Act of 1974, which says that Petronas will handle the oil and gas in all the states but it must give 5% back to the states. Third was the Supplementary Agreement of 1976 that says Petronas must pay the states 5%, to be called Royalty, and in the form of cash twice a year every March and September.
So yes, what Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Lim Kit Siang said is very true. But that is only part of the story. And I have filled in the gaps about the history of the whole issue. My argument is not about whether the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (and the 1976 Supplementary Agreement) has been breached or not. My contention is that the Petroleum Development Act 1974 should not have even been passed in the first place because, according to the Federation Agreement, 100% of the oil and gas belongs to the states and the federal government should not have stolen it.
But then Bugis are pirates and their job is to rob and plunder. I should know because I am also Bugis. And so was Tun Razak -- as well as his son Najib of course. So what would you expect from Bugis pirates who robbed and plundered the states' oil and gas and then threw them back 5% to shut them up (or make them disappear in plane crashes if they refuse the 5% and ask for 50%)? And now these pirates want to rob the last 5% from the states and give them back nothing.
If one breaches an agreement, what happens? You can either sue for damages or sue for specific performance. Alternatively, you can terminate the agreement. Hmm…if they terminate the Federation Agreement on grounds of non-compliance to the terms of the agreement would this mean that the Federation of Malaysia will get wound up? And would this mean that states like Kelantan and Terengganu would become independent Sultanates and Sabah and Sarawak would become independent Republics? And would this also mean that 100% of their state's resources would revert to them and Petronas would receive nothing?
Now that is a lovely thought.
news courtesy of Malaysia-today.net and written by Raja Petra Kamaruddin
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 07:03 AM PST
Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants the Chinese community, especially that in Sarawak, to become important partners under the
Barisan Nasional administration to help transform the economy through their entrepreneurial skills.
The prime minister said today that the government would like to harness the strength of each community and there were many entrepreneurs in Sarawak, including Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King of the Sibu-based Rimbunan Hijau Group, who had succeeded in making inroads internationally.
"I would like to make a statement on the importance of us working together as one Malaysia very much like an analogy of the Yee Sang (dish) with its many different ingredients but taste very nice when mixed together," he said at a Chinese New Year luncheon with the Sibu Chinese community here.
"Invest more money in Malaysia," Najib said, adding that he was confident that the local Chinese community would understand the BN government's aspiration which allowed everyone to realise their full potential to succeed.
Earlier, the prime minister did a walkabout at the Sibu Central Market by the bank of the Rajang River, where the reception he received was "overwhelmingly enthusiastic" and he was impressed with the well-planned town centre.
He also announced that the federal government had committed an allocation of RM150 million for the upgrading of the Sibu airport as a promise that he had made to the people of Sibu.
He said work on the project, which would become an iconic landmark for Sibu, was expected to start soon.
Sibu was the last stop in two-day whirlwind visit to Sarawak's interior for Najib, who said that being close to the people should be the fundamental of being a leader.
"I promise the people of Sarawak I want to make a difference and during the last two days I have been to many places, shaken hands with so many people in such a short time but I find gratification from a sense of reward and personal satisfation," he said.
He said it was the little things that touched him most, such as having young children from a longhouse in Nanga Tada, Kanowit, near here getting financial assistance from the 1 Malaysia Foundation from him.
"To be an effective leader, you have to feel the pulse of the people and the nation," the prime minister added. — Bernama
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 06:59 AM PST
Two of Malaysia's oldest lawmakers — Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Lim Kit Siang — engaged in a bipartisan debate this afternoon on micro-blogging site Twitter, backing each other in a campaign to force the federal government to pay oil royalties claimed by Kelantan.
In a series of "Tweets" and "Re-Tweets" between the DAP and Umno man which were followed by thousands, the two men stepped up their campaign for Kelantan's oil royalty claim, and offered up lessons on how to pitch their message to a new generation of voters.
"Why don't I put the PDA up on my blog, YB RT @limkitsiang:@razaleigh should not have to depend solely on memory.
"My fellow dinosaur w/a memory of a better day RT @limkitsiang: Najib: Razak's son or Mahathir's heir?" Tengku Razaleigh twittered today in reference to a statement made earlier today by Lim and the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) which he says backs Kelantan's claims.
(In Twitter code, RT means to Re-Tweet, or send on someone else's original message to their own followers. To preface a message with an @ sign is to reply to a specific person's Tweet)
Lim had accused the Najib administration today of ignoring the promise made 35 years ago by former Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein in denying oil royalty payments to Kelantan.
"The full-page advertisements contain an important omission — the reply 35 years ago in Parliament by the then Prime Minister, Tun Razak to my question whether all states in Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah had signed agreements with Petronas for oil exploration along the coastline and what were the joint profits for the state," said Lim in his statement today.
The DAP man was referring to advertisements placed in Bahasa Malaysia newspapers to justify the federal government's refusal to pay oil royalty to Kelantan.
Quoting the Hansard dated Nov 12, 1975, Lim said Tun Razak had promised that all states "will receive five per cent of the value of petroleum found and extracted from each of the states, whether onshore or offshore, that is sold by Petronas or agencies or contractors."
In Lim's Tweets, the DAP man told Tengku Razaleigh that it would be a good idea to put up the PDA on the latter's blog.
He added that it would be a good idea for the Petronas founder to to set up a new website for all relevant documents on the issue.
"@razaleigh Let's turn royal debate in Parliament in March into major debate on oil royalty," Lim also told the Umno man.
Tengku Razaleigh currently has 1,838 followers while Lim has 5,876 followers.
These numbers are not indicative of the number of people who may have followed their debate, because their respective followers can also Re-Tweet their messages.
The two men carried on their "debates" for quite a few hours this afternoon, with both using the UberTwitter software, which means they were using their mobile phones to talk to each other and thousands of Malaysians on the micro-blogging site.
Besides the oil royalty issue, Lim and Tengku Razaleigh also talked about the "Allah" controversy and the need to revive Tunku Abdul Rahman's legacy of good governance and moderate politics.
To Lim's point that "kalimah Allah controversy would not have arisen if Tunku Abdul Rahman's Inter-Religious Organisation was not scrapped by Mahathir," Tengku Razaleigh replied that "all Malaysians of goodwill support genuine efforts to revive Tunku's legacy and memory... no tokenism."
In what was described as a love-fest by some of those following the conversation, Tengku Razaleigh also agreed with Lim's suggestion that the country must return to the basics of the Merdeka constitution.
"@limkitsiang Agreed. This is beyond politics. We need a movement to save this country."
Local Internet and telecommunications expert Dinesh Nair was one of those who followed the Twitter conversation between Lim and Tengku Razaleigh.
"@limkitsiang @razaleigh I know my tribe's efforts were not wasted when we see two 'dinosaurs' from two opposing parties discussing on Twitter.
"And history being made, as 'dinosaur' @razaleigh discusses PDA with @limkitsiang. Thot u'd never see this? Think again!" Dinesh said in his Twitter message.
news courtesy of Malaysian Insider
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 06:54 AM PST
A Kelantan senior executive councillor has criticised the federal government for arguing that the state is not entitled to oil royalty under the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 1969 as it had been abolished in 1979.
State Economic Planning, Finance and Welfare Committee chairperson Husam Musa said as the ordinance was replaced with the Emergency (Essential Powers) Act 1979, the argument did not hold water.
"It was unbecoming of the federal government to use an ordinance, which had been abolished, in an advertisement in Sunday newspapers on the oil royalty issue," he said at a news conference in Kota Bharu today.
He was commenting on a full-page advertisement placed in the mainstream Malay language newspapers on Sunday by the federal government to explain to the people about the Kelantan oil royalty issue.
Husam said although the federal government would disburse part of the RM20 million compassionate payments to the people of Kelantan next month, it would not deter the state government from claiming the oil royalty from two oil fields off its coast.
Kelantan to decide on court action
He said the state government would decide whether to pursue with a court action against the federal government on the oil royalty's claim next week after meeting former Lord President of the Supreme Court Salleh Abas, who would brief state executive councillors and assembly persons on its legal implications on Sunday.
"We are not in a hurry to make a decision, including whether to pursue a court action, as we respect the law and the federal constitution.
"We will decide the next course of action after meeting Tun Salleh, who was responsible in formulating the Petroleum Development Act 1974 on March 28 (that year)," Husam (right) added, said Bernama.
The federal government maintained that the Kelantan government was only entitled to compassionate payments and not oil royalty because the state's right to oil and gas offshore was up to three nautical miles from the coast.
The gas is extracted in a joint development area managed by Malaysia and Thailand.
Meanwhile, Malaysiakini's Hazlan Zakaria reports that Husam also took a swing at the term 'compassionate fund' being used by the government as "a political label to justify the Mahathir regime's 2000 rescinding of the cash payments to Terengganu when PAS took over the state."
"The term 'compassionate fund' has no legal basis. It does not exist anywhere in the Petroleum Development Act (PDA), the 13 agreements, the 13 deeds of transfer or in any other act," said Husam, calling the term a BN invention.
He pounded the RM20 million BN 'compassionate fund' into a corner as a 'figure pulled out of thin air with no basis in law. "Our actual claim of deferred royalties is in excess of RM2 billion, with an annual payment of RM600 million," he clarified.
Unbecoming of '1Malaysia'
Husam also rapped the federal government's insistence that there exists a separate agreement for Sabah and Sarawak pertaining to their petroleum revenues.
He reasoned: "Until PDA came into effect in Octpber 1974, the basis of law for royalty payments to Sabah and Sarawak were governed by British colonial laws. However, when the act came into force, it became the only governing law for cash payments to Sabah and Sarawak and the rest of the 11 states".
"The two states are in the same boat with Kelantan, Terengganu and the other nine states. Everybody is treated the same under PDA, to avoid discrimination amongst the 13 states," he added, alluding that the conduct of things otherwise would be unbecoming of the '1Malaysia' policy.
Husam ended by praising Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who came out in defence of Kelantan's right to oil royalties and criticising the federal government questionable use of 'compassionate fund' payment.
"As the founding chairman of Petronas, who has managed to coax all 13 states to sign the 13 agreements and deeds of transfer, he is well versed and able to speak on the matter."
"After all, he was the man who was trusted by Malaysia's second premier the late Abdul Razak with being the architect of our national petroleum policy. Who are they to question his opinion on the matter?" asked Husam in conclusion.
news courtesy of Malaysiakini
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 06:50 AM PST
MCA vice-president Liow Tiong Lai's faction is attempting to force a vote during the upcoming national annual general meeting (AGM) on whether fresh polls should be held for the party's central committee.
Liow's (left) faction today submitted four proposed resolutions for the AGM to the party headquarters, the first of which seeks the endorsement of the delegates to force fresh polls.
Liow's faction has been trying to force fresh polls after delegates passed a no-confidence vote against party president Ong Tee Keat during the Oct 10, 2009 extraordinary general meeting.
This is their latest attempt to force a fresh election after many months of futile attempts to convince the central committee to resign en masse.
Ong has refused to resigned, despite promising to do so should he "lose by one vote", prompting Liow's faction to revolt in a bid to 'safeguard the party's integrity'.
Clipping the president's wings
Meanwhile, the remaining three proposed resolutions are aimed at changing the party rules to clip the president's powers.
The second proposed resolution calls on the party leadership to establish a Central Board of Trustees to ensure transparency and professionalism in the management of party assets.
The third proposed resolution aims to limit the president's powers in appointing the presidential council and make compulsory the appointment of all four elected vice-presidents, youth chief, women's wing chief, all Cabinet members and deputy ministers, to the council.
The final proposed resolution seeks the amendment of the party constitution to curb the presidential powers in sacking the secretary-general, treasurer, organising secretary and their deputies.
Sec-gen has final say
The last three resolutions are seen as a reaction to recent events which saw Ong removing Liow's supporters from various key party posts.
Among the most controversial removals were of youth wing chief Wee Ka Siong (right) and women's wing chief Chew Mei Fun from the presidential council.
Liow's faction still faces a potential snag with the proposed resolutions because it is subject to approval by secretary-general Wong Foon Meng who is a staunch support of Ong.
"That is why we want to make the resolutions public. Now the ball is in the secretary-general's court," said Wong Nai Chee, a central committee member aligned to Liow's.
news courtesy of Malaysiakini
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 06:46 AM PST
As someone who has weathered political storms since 1973, Shahrir Samad has not just negotiated the tide of time, but has surfed his way into the digital age.
My younger brother, Khalid, (right) is three siblings removed, a lot younger. At the time when he went to study (in Brighton, UK) it was the time of the Iranian revolution, Islamic fundamentalism…he learnt his Islam and politics in UK, so much so that when he came back to Malaysia he wanted to form an IRP.I went to see him and said, 'You want to form an Islamic R Party. What do you want R to be? Is it to be Republican or Revolutionary? Either ways it is going to be a non-starter'.
I suppose he thought his older brother was wise enough so he abandoned that plan and chose PAS. I think we are reflective of the changes and the generation in which we grew up. But to me, all that is colouring, the overall picture and the flavour, but we basically agree that politics is service, an act of altruism and our choice in life.
Your brother seems to be the poster child of moderate PAS.
Is PAS ever moderate? There's Moderate Umno and there's Moderate PAS…
That may be the way to go if you're looking for more votes today.
Yes, but you have to decide what you are and what you stand for. It may cost you and you may have to pay for it (but) there may be a time when people don't trust people who are moderate.
Once, people didn't want moderation. The more moderate you (were), the less trustworthy you (were seen to) be.
Do you mean that moderate people appear to have no conviction?
Perhaps. But to me, moderation is how life should be and the way of (political) service. Moderation makes you more believable, and it's not easy to be moderate.
It's not easy. Your brother is getting a lot of flak.
He gets a lot of flak but he also has his fan club. So at the end you have to see the sum of it, your personal objective and criteria for success. Whether you want to play to the gallery or do what you think is right. If you are moderate because you are playing to the gallery then you will be found out.
Has your brother toned down since his IRP days?
I won't know, I can't tell the difference. Others quite close to me are surprised at why he seems so moderate, so maybe it's a stance rather than real. There are people in PAS accusing him of a liberal wearing a PAS mask. I say that I am the liberal wearing the Umno mask, so maybe we should switch sides.
In any case…people have found out that things carry on whether or not you care about politics. It is not politics that tells you whether this country is prosperous enough. You have a job, you carry on with your job, and you are not affected by politics.
In fact, if everyone switches off and lets politicians work it out you'll find out that, 'hey…after five years, my business has grown, the market is there, my parents are happy, my in-laws are happy, even when no MP or party hack has come to see me'.
news courtesy of Malaysiakini
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 05:48 AM PST
Having consulted some zodiac references as well as some pretty lengthy astrological analysis on both Anwar Ibrahim and Najib Razak, perhaps you may want to check out the Chinese ancient wisdom even further.
I have prepared a few references for you to check out the Zodiac Almanac Fortune Forecast for 2010 HERE
2010 Forecast @ Roaring Pussy @ Tiger Tent @ Fortune Cookie @ Fengshui Fan @ Fat Cat @ Big Cat @ Tigger @ Spiritual Tigress @ White Tiger
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This is a typical whining by a typical Pendatang @ Illegal Immigrant.
We heard the same stories zillion of times and for ages. If you don't like it here, get out, fcuk off. Go back to where your atok came from ...
Hold on. My atok is Bapak Tun Klika ... He came from Shanvilla, a nice bushy place that no longer exists. So, as much as I despise the Banana Republic of Mamak Boleh, I don't have anywhere else to go. What you talking?
What me talking?
No where else to go? Being pushed to the wall already? Then check the dictionary for "Revolution"to get an idea ...
Non-Malays feel neglected and unwanted
KSN Feb 23, 10
I refer to the Malaysiakini article Malays are their own worst enemies.
The writer should be complemented for her well-argued case – factual, objective and true.
There was no doubt that the Malays and the poorer sections of Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan, and Orang Asli communities needed a conscious push to get started.
Hence, the NEP was formulated. But Umno did not allow the NEP to be implemented without regard to race and religion. Umno sabotaged it.
Probably the Malays needed the help in terms of their numbers more than the others and it was understood by all that the Malays will get 30% of everything. But that was not what happened on the ground when it came to implementation.
Nearly 100% of everything - the bulk of opportunities - went to the Malays. Jobs in the full spectrum of the civil service both at federal and states level, GLC appoitments and contracts, etc. This 'sabotage' by Umno for 40 years (while the MCA, MIC and Gerakan slept through it) had two damaging aspects.
One, the Malays started to expect 100% of all opportunities making them less competitive. Even if Umno wanted to correct the situation now, I doubt they can because once you have mounted a vicious tiger, you cannot dismount unless you are prepared to be risked killed by the tiger.
Umno is neither prepared to be killed and nor does it want to be killed. The second aspect involves the non-Malays who feel justifiably, neglected and unwanted by the doings of their own government.
But to survive, they are forced to fight and compete, making them more competitive while at the same time frustrated and angry. This is what their government is doing to them and that is their feeling.
If only the NEP was implemented the way it meant to be, say 50% (instead of the 30% meant for them) to the Malays and 50% to all the non-Malays, Malaysia would have been a different nationally – peaceful, progressive and harmonious without racial and religious separations.
And internationally respected and competitive, a model for other nations. Considering our resources, it was not necessary to rob Peter to pay Paul to pay Paul if we were managed by a government of educated, competent men of integrity.
But as someone said recently, we have been managed by deranged leaders for 30 years from the time. I just wish the writer's well-meaning attempt to wake up the Malays will not go to waste.
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