- Kalakau finally quits BN Government
- What's With The Caning?
- “Disciplinary Action..War of Words..Viral Infections.!”
- Welcoming Najib and Sarawak State Election
- More about Leo & Leo ...
- Pakatan will Prevail- with or without me’ Anwar Ibrahim
- Anwar vs.Najib: The Yinyang Analysis
- The Tiger Wave
- Frogs – are they just parasites?
- Name of 'Pakatan Rakyat Malaysia' smells!
- What are you talking, Guna?
- Be With You.
- Let Us, The Rakyat (People), Take The Fight To The BN/Umno Spinmasters!
- Opposition Hoping for One-on-one Fights in Sabah for Next Election
- Opposition Hoping for One-on-one Fights in Sabah for Next Election
- Kit Siang: Umno is the enemy of 1 Malaysia
- Najib on another whirlwind tour of Sarawak
- Downpour dampens Najib's CNY visit
- Feb 24 demo is on, says Felda NGO
- 2012 Terengganu Dalam Dakapan UMNO
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:37 PM PST
Kalakau quits govt posts and BN
TAMPARULI: Former Deputy Labour Minister Datuk Kalakau Untol said Thursday he has quit Barisan Nasional (BN) and his posts in government-related agencies.
He said he was stepping down from his posts as Chairman of Superpanel (Sabah) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary company of the Sabah Housing and Town Development Authority, and as a member of the Sabah Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.
Kalakau, 55, served as Deputy Labour Minister from 1986 to 1990 and was United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) Youth chief for 12 years from 1985.
He told a news conference that he would be focusing on supporting the policies of the opposition pact.
Kalakau claimed that although former and current Sabah leaders had done their best to defend the State's rights, the country's leadership and a number of Federal leaders appeared to be uncommitted and did not take the suggestions made by the Sabah Government seriously.
To a question, Kalakau said he had not joined any of Pakatan parties, saying "I will look into that, I will tell you when I cross the bridge."
When asked why he chose Pakatan and not local opposition party, the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), he said the views of SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee was similar to those of Pakatan leaders.Kalakau, who is also United Sabah Dusun Association President, had also served as a Senator until December 2005.- Bernama
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 08:37 AM PST
If you're anything like me, you must have wondered why the UMNO government is overzealously portraying itself as one that upholds Islamic values.
After all, UMNO is rife with corruption and debauchery and is notoriously avaricious and profligate (yes, I really couldn't resist all those big words that so aptly describe UMNO).
Yet, UMNO falls over itself to cane those who fall short of Islamic rules.
Interestingly, the victims of their suddenly acquired religious zeal have all been women, and they have been and will be caned for having extramarital sex and drinking beer, respectively.
Now I am aware that most religions frown on these less-than-immaculate activities.
But to be caned for these is a bit extreme, methinks. For one, I believe that these are personal issues to be resolved by the individual, and neither the business of any religious body nor the State.
It is even more shocking perhaps, that it is not PAS (the Islamic party of Malaysia) who is calling for these punishments to be meted out, but UMNO, the organisation that has gained a reputation for elevating those two aforementioned activities into an artform.
Did UMNO suddenly turn religious?
That is about as possible as a zebra losing its stripes. Or Rosmah becoming a submissive wife. But I digress.
I think this whole matter is about Anwar Ibrahim. These shenanigans have been orchestrated since they were hankering to put him behind bars again.
It's a wild shot, but I think UMNO is willing to risk a reputation for being religious fanatics in order to frame Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy, which is probably the worst crime any Muslim can think of.
Not for the first time, it makes me wonder how low they could stoop.
It's already so low that I've lost my bearings.
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 06:55 AM PST
At the time when the SPDP President needs all his working brains some of them are no where to be seen and are hiding in their FOXHOLES expecting not to be involved. One even had the cheek to say,"Forget Politics its too dirty and my rice bowl matters mosts." Joey and Natasha of audie61 were really caught off guard as it seems the Sun Tzu's doctrine of "Double Spies" is coming true.
There are differences in the party and each action taken are bound to have their consequences. The bridge is burnt and with Nansian as the spokesman in this group saying,"The merger was unsuccessful in the first place with PRS was because of certain personalities. "
An ardent Mawan supporter said,"In the first place who is he to represent SPDP. He has no Locus Standi and this will be creating a war of words betwen the two BN parties.
PRS members are non commmital as it will lead to more unnecessary dirty linen being washed in the public. PRS members knows that in order to have a merged entity there must be a proper channel with even an EGM called for. This will create certain tension as the party looks forward to its TDC and with the group parking in PRS its a delicate situation for Masing the President.
A former Political secretary of SPDP was even more optimistic and he said to audie61 through sms," Two more YBs expected to cross over with the group and more divisional and ordinary members." A close aide to Mawan said ,"Every dog has his day and today we let them have the limelight and tomorrow we shall see meaning on ………Monday."
It seems that the next course of action for Mawan is the undreaded Disciplinary Action "show cause letter" and this will ultimatedly mean the end and the party doors are closed to the 5 plus the 3 SC members. It also means that they have created new " Viral Infections" for the State BN as the election date closes in.
The opposition would be able to use all these to exploit it to the fullest. We remember rightly in our earlier article we mentioned that the SC member said the CM Taib did say to them to stay cool and they have caught a COLD….(Atishoo atishoo whose bright idea to go against the boss..??)
A sms from the SPDP privilege source says,"SPDP to send Show cause letter to unhappy 5 and gang." Do we need to elaborate whats next…………??
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 06:24 AM PST
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 07:33 AM PST
Leo and Leo? Definitely yes.
The relations between natives of the same sun sign often have more good parts than bad parts, but the bad ones are almost impossible to get over, because both have the same flaws!
A Leo-Leo relationship can be excellent provided that you don't forget the Leo next to you feels the same need for compliments, admiration and adoration as you do. Therefore, you have to give as much as you expect. It shouldn't be too difficult because just like you, (s)he is passionate and ardent, full of ideas and desirous of living life to the full.
Of all the sun signs of the zodiac, Leo is the most shining. Leo is governed by the Sun, which is in the centre of the system and, most often, deserves his/her name of "king". Everything Leo does is refined, everything Leo buys is stylish, everything Leo thinks is bright. So are you, so is the Leo next to you.
Don't forget that Leo can discern flattery in the others' compliments as well you can: Leo has a sixth sense with which (s)he detects falsity. So, no matter how tempted you are to flatter, be yourself, otherwise you'll walk into your own trap. When you tell him/her (s)he is special, you have to believe it, because, just like you, your Leo doesn't just want to have the throne, but to feel the royal power.
Since Leo is inherently a Sign with a strong and dominating character, this combination would probably not get along so well as others whose Signs are identical. Both partners here are rather inflexible which is almost sure to result in trouble. The male Leo will want to assume the role of leader, but will have to battle with the female Leo for this right since she will also wish to lead. In short, both partners will strive to be the "boss" in this relationship. It will be very difficult for this female to take orders from the male and vice versa. Thus, an already tense situation is certain to be aggravated even further. A career will also be very important to both and this could lead to competition between the pair. Since the male Leo tends to prefer his mate to be rather "girlie," this desire for a career could make him view the Leo female as being slightly unnatural.
Although there is no Sign of the Zodiac as warm-hearted and giving as Leo, these natives will always yearn to be the center of attention...but there can only be one center. Nonetheless, since a Leo individual tends to love with all of his or her heart, this trait could go far in overcoming some of the worse aspects associated with this Leo/Leo combination. The love of "show" will likely result in a home which is akin to a showplace for friends and family to admire, but since these natives generally gamble with life and enterprises, the monetary affairs of this union is apt to be unstable to say the least. Thus, perhaps the desire for both partners to have a career is a necessary component for a successful relationship...one partners standing a chance of continuing to pay the bills in the event the other partners fails.
This Sign is associated with a strong sex drive and thus, both partners here will be compatible. However, this could lead to an overactive sex life which may branch out into somewhat perverse directions...totally devoid of love unless checked and kept within bounds. In short, this combination can result in an intense relationship driven by lifelong love or lifelong hate.
Looks like all is not lost ...
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 07:09 AM PST
Feb 21, 10
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim fired a stern warning to his detractors that the people would vote BN out of Putrajaya in the next polls, whether he is in jail or not.
He said the people were so fed up that they were all geared up to kick out the Umno-dominated federal government and replace it with Pakatan Rakyat.
Speaking today to a large crowd at a Chinese New Year open house in Machang Bubok, Penang, Anwar said BN, Umno, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and even his wife Rosmah Mansor "should not live under false illusions."
"They should not have this wrong perception that the voters would back the ruling coalition if I were to be jailed," said Anwar in reference to the ongoing Sodomy II trial at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
"Let me tell you all, that the people of Malaysia will rise to the occasion against Umno and BN in the next general election - whether I am in jail or not.
'Everywhere we've went, the people (we see) are ready to kick out Umno and BN," he said.
He said the people have long lost their trust on Umno and BN due to corruption that infected the Putrajaya administration to its core.
Due to massive corruption, Anwar said Malaysia had now fallen on the wayside economically even within the Asean region.
"We are now lagging far behind Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and even Vietnam in both economic growth and competitive edge. We are only better than Burma and Zimbabwe," said the Permatang Pauh MP.'What has Umno done for Penang Malays?'
The open house was hosted by PKR's Machang Bubok state assemblyperson and Penang state assembly deputy speaker Tan Hock Leong.
Other PKR notables also present were Deputy Chief Minister I Mansor Othman, executive councillor Law Choo Kiang, assemblypersons Maktar Shapee (Sungai Bakap), Sim Tze Tzin (Pantai Jerejak).
The sole PAS state representative Mohd Salleh Man (Permatang Pasir) was also one of the guests at the openhouse.
Anwar also cast doubts on Umno's moral standing in questioning the current Penang government led by chief minister Lim Guan Eng "for not doing enough for the Penang Malay community."
"What Umno has done for Penang Malays since independence until it lost the last general election?" he asked.
"All the good things done by Umno in Penang were carried out when I was an Umno minister. I am ready to face anyone on this," he challenged.
He said the current Umno leaders in Penang were only interested pocketing riches for themselves at the expense of public interest.
He said PKR would back the state government so long as chief minister Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, continues to deliver the goods for the people.
"Lim is doing a good job here. We are here today to show full support to his government," he said, calling on the crowd to back Pakatan to retain the DAP-led Penang government in the next round.
"Penang is important for Pakatan and for me . . . we must win it again in the next election," said the Penang-born Anwar.
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 07:11 AM PST
Here is some Yinyang analysis for Pig/Snake, Snake/Pig: -
Male Pig with Female Snake
The male Pig is capable of drenching the female Snake in attention that will rattle her coils and soften her cerebral heart immensely. She in turn will lavish upon him the proceeds of her dizzying intellect. The Pig knows his own need for sound advice, and will introduce his partner to the joys of socializing in the hopes that she may raise his peer value among company.
The Snake may consider the Pig to be her cranial inferior, and while he may have a different approach to knowledge and its uses, he won't be fooled for a moment if she attempts to pull a fast one. If these two would-be lovebirds can keep their eyes on the prize long enough to work out the kinks, they should be able to piece out the odds for the duration.
Male Snake with Female Pig
The male Snake enjoys attention, and can convince the female Pig to give him exactly that by judicious use of his store of odd facts to amaze and delight his intended mate. The Pig will, if sufficiently impressed, stay together with the Snake in hopes of sharing in one or two of his dazzling exploits.
The Snake may consider the Pig dim, but she isn't, and she won't be fooled for a second if the Snake attempts to pull the wool over her eyes in order to indulge his wayward passions. What's good for the gander is good for the goose in this case, and the Pig may retaliate in kind with all of the spare time the male Snake leaves her. If these two can keep their attentions from wandering, they might be able to make everything work out O.K.
But the fact is we now have two MALES competing right at the top echelon of the power corridor. So, what does that means? That means it's going to be a lot more hostile than what is being described above, which is meant for couple, romance and things like that ... More analysis to come. Stay tuned.
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 05:23 AM PST
The Tiger Wave was seen in the Phillipines with the overthrow of President Marcos in 1986 and went on to Indonesia in 1998 and saw the collapse of the Suharto Regime. Where next in the neighborhood of South East Asia?
Watch this video made in the Phillipines.
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Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:12 AM PST
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 05:29 AM PST
Equo ne credite, Teucri
Quidquid id est,
timeo Danaos et dona ferentis
Do not trust the Horse, Trojans
Whatever it is,
I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts
- Virgil (Aeneid)
The Malaysian Insider's RoS prefers 'Pakatan Rakyat Malaysia' tells us that the Registrar of Societies (RoS) wants the word 'Malaysia' added to the registration of Pakatan Rakyat, to reflect the national identity.
This is the same RoS who had thwarted the registration of PSM for years and years, but in contrasting action, registered the Makkal Sakthi party in less time than you can spell 'hijacked name'.
This is also the same RoS who is being sued for allegedly allowing someone in Makkal Sakthi to amend the party's constitution to endow the president with extra powers to sack party leaders.
Now it seems RoS wants Pakatan Rakyat to add the word 'Malaysia' in the coalition's name.
According to Saifuddin Nasution, the secretary-general of PKR, "The Ros wants the word 'Malaysia' added to instil the national image onto Pakatan Rakyat."
Wait a ding dong minute, it is not RoS' job to suggest names, unless of course if some other organisation or party already has the name, or the to-be-registered name is forbidden like, for example, 'The Allah's Party'.
If Pakatan Rakyat is registered as Pakatan Rakyat Malaysia, RoS may then require the coalition to carry the abbreviation 'PRM' where/if abbreviation is to be used, perhaps on ballot papers or election campaign posters!
PRM also stands for Parti Rakyat Malaysia, or as most Malaysians know it, the socialist party.
Alas, 'socialism' is a dirty word in the Malay heartland because it also means 'communism', regardless of whether that perception is warranted or not.
Chinese Malaysians call Parti Rakyat Malaysia 'goo t'au tong', meaning the party with the head of a water buffalo as its party symbol. The symbol of 'goo t'au tong' carries the same political association as the one the Malay heartland holds for anything 'socialist', namely 'communist'!
You can bet your bottom RMB, rouble or even rupiah that the BN will exploit this to its hilt – by alleging that Pakatan Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) are closeted communists.
Politically, it's an abbreviation that I trust the Pakatan leaders will studiously avoid.
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 03:39 AM PST
In my Feb 19 posting 'Caning: Non-Muslims should not interfere', I made it clear that the syariah law is only meant for Muslims and not others. However, some people of the non-Muslims still want to make an issue out of it.
I dont know what's the motive behind Star's managing editor P Gunasegaram's article, 'Persuasion, not Compulsion' on the same day, which I personally feel a bit overboard. As an individual, he got every rights to opine but as a journalist whose writings reach millions of readers worldwide, I guess it's very provocative (read h e r e).
With three women already having been caned for illicit sex, the way has been paved for more caning of women in the future. That will not endear Malaysia to Malaysians, let alone foreigners who are inevitably going to equate us with the Taliban. And who can blame them?... This is clear indication that there are laws in our statute books – both syariah as well as civil – which are outdated and need to be revised in keeping with the times and the recognition that individuals have personal rights.
Nope! I am not the right person to condemn him as, from the manner he wrote, he has no knowledge whatsoever about Islam and the syariah law.
I will just leave it to the Star editorial board to look into this matter. From what I know, Muslims who read his article are not feeling easy.
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 03:12 AM PST
This song is dedicated to someone very dear to me throughout these unforgettable years of my life.
Happy Valentine's Day.
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Posted: 21 Feb 2010 02:50 AM PST
The Evil BN/Umno regime through their agents PERKASA, the so-called Malay NGO's and the MSM like Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian, NST, The Star etc. have been trying their level best to discredit the Pakatan Rakyat Government not only in Penang but also in Kedah, Selangor and Kelantan. If this was not enough, we have Bloggers who have Prostituted themselves to the BN/Umno Agenda like Rocky Bru, Parpukari, BigDogCom, Goh Wei Liang and sadly even Noraini Samad who seem to have sold their souls to the Satanic BN/Umno regime of Rosmah-Najib.
It appears whatever lies spun by pro-BN/Umno MSM and Blogs seem to get away from the radar of the Royal Malaysian Police. These are hate mongers. These are evil individuals who call themselves Journalists and Professionals but yet their agenda is the same, to lie and discredit the Pakatan Rakyat at all cost at the expense of the Rakyat (People).
It is time for us, The Rakyat, to take the fight to these individuals. Where ever we see them, let us tell it straight to their faces that we are not buying their spin. Whether we see them at weddings, birthday parties, funerals, in the streets, at the Malls or even in places of worship, lets tell them to repent and speak the Truth and stop their Evil deeds for their Master, Evil BN/Umno. Do this whenever you see Akhiruddin Atan (Rocky Bru), Goh Wei Liang, Wong Chun Wai, Joceline Tan, Baradan Kupusamy, Sivamurugan Pandian etc.. Let's take the fight to the Spinmasters! Enough is enough!!!
By YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
Pakatan Rakyat Penang's greatest legacy to Malaysia and greatest threat to BN's stranglehold on power is to prove that the right policies can make Malays compete and succeed against the best in the world.
Ever since the Pakatan Rakyat Penang state government took power in March 2008, we have made integrity and CAT governance(Competency, Accountability and Transparency) the hallmark of financial administration.
New measures implemented includes competitive and public open tender, payments directly to recipients without going through middle-men, priority given to Penang contractors, e-tender through the internet and a 2 week objection period to ensure that successful contractor no longer need "political cables" but "computer cables".
There is no doubt that competitive open tenders saves costs and improve quality.
Many contractors have been liberated with the implementation of open tenders at all levels. For Class F contractors which is only open to bumis, open tender system has allowed non-UMNO linked contractors in Penang to get contracts for the first time.
In the past contracts are usually reserved for UMNO cronies and those outside the state. Clearly the competitive open tender system of PR is more transparent, accountable and beneficial to the people compared to the negotiated tender system for BN cronies.
What is more surprising is the outcome of the open tender system open to all races. Instead of perception that Malays cannot compete and that the non-Malay contractor would win all open tender contracts, this is not true.
Since the new PR government took over, Penang Development Corporation( PDC) had issued 23 tender awards, of which 7(30%) were won by non-Malay contractors and 16(70%) won by Malay contractors.
Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang(PBAPP) had issued 66 tender awards of which 22(33%) were won by non-Malay contractors as compared to 44(67%) by Malay contractors.
The performance by Malay contractors in an open tender system with non-Malays proves that Malay contractors can compete with others and win tender awards on their own merit. Clearly it is not the race that is an issue but failed policies that encourage dependency especially when it helps BN maintain the status quo and its grip on power.
A good example is China which suffered famine and severe economic distress with wrong policies of eating from 'a single iron pot' no matter how hard or little one worked.
However when China opened up its economy and allow one's hard work and ability to determine one's success and rewards, China transformed itself from being the "Sick Man of Asia" in the 1960s into the second largest world economy by 2011.
BN had instituted policies that stifles initiative, creativity, hard work, drive and productivity which benefited only the few BN cronies at the expense of entire country.
For instance, a 30% quota of publicly listed shares were reserved for Malays but only a few benefited as many ordinary Malays never received shares from the Federal government.
The state government regrets that there are now certain elements within Pakatan Rakyat Penang that is aligned with BN in opposing efforts to implement an open tender system and CAT governance.
We must remain steadfast as we are backed by results. The Penang state government has been able to turn a projected deficit of RM 35 million in 2008 budget to a record surplus of RM 88 million.
A projected deficit of RM 40 million in 2009 Budget has been turned around to record a surplus of RM 77 million. In fact the 2009 budget surplus would have been a record RM 92 million were it not for the payment of RM 14.7 million as a result of the Tang Hak Ju land scam of the previous administration.
Penang is proud to be the first state to hold public open tenders of government projects and procurement contracts and also conducting it through the internet(e-tender) . By sticking to CAT principles, Penang is the first state or federal government in Malaysia to gain praise from Transparency International.
In politics, we want more friends than foes. But we are willing to lose friends and gain foes if we can change the mindset of the people by providing equal opportunity, be confident, self-reliant and attain international benchmarks.
Pakatan Rakyat Penang's greatest legacy to Malaysia and greatest threat to BN's stranglehold on power is to prove that the right policies can make Malays and Malaysians compete and succeed against the best.
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:55 AM PST
Sabah Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is hoping
that opposition parties in the state will be able to provide one-on-one fights
against the Barisan Nasional in the next election.
Ahmad Thamrin Jaini
Sabah PKR chairman Ahmad Thamrin Jaini said the party believed this would be
He told this to reporters after a meeting between Sabah PKR leaders and
Ahmad Thamrin was asked to comment on the collaboration between DAP and PKR
Asked whether the Sabah Progressive Party (Sapp), which left the BN in
news courtesy of Malaysian Digest
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:52 AM PST
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:40 AM PST
The DAP urged Datuk Seri Najib Razak today to stop his Umno party's newspapers from playing the race card if he really wanted the Chinese community to give his administration a chance.
Lim Kit Siang also singled out Umno as the biggest enemy of the prime minister's 1 Malaysia concept of inclusiveness.
"Najib should ask Umno media like Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian and government television and radio channels to give him a chance to prove that he is Prime Minister for all Malaysians by ceasing to play the race and religion card." said party stalwart Lim Kit Siang today.
He cited as an example what he claimed to be the mainstream media's campaign to demonise Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng as anti-Malay.
The Penang CM and the DAP have been portrayed by some of Umno's newspapers as being anti-Malay.
The state administration was alleged to have cancelled its official procession to mark Prophet Muhammad's birthday. This was denied by Guan Eng.
The state's local authorities have also been accused with targeting Malay traders for enforcement action despite statistics showing otherwise.
Lim said it was obvious the race card was being used by Umno newspapers against the DAP.
The Ipoh Timur MP was responding today to the prime minister's appeal to the Chinese community in Malaysia to give the Barisan Nasional government a chance to prove itself, which he made at the national Chinese New Year celebrations at the Pandamaran New Village in Klang, last night.
Lim said Najib seemed oblivious to what was being done by Umno's newspapers and media organisations.
He said the only conclusion that could be reached was that Najib was not serious or fully committed to 1 Malaysia otherwise he would not have allowed the Umno media to continue to exploit race and religion for political gains.
"It's no exaggeration to say that the biggest enemies of Najib's 1 Malaysia come from within Umno and Barisan National (BN)."
He pointed out that even leaders of BN component parties, such as MCA, Gerakan, MIC or the Sabah and Sarawak parties, do not have the political conviction or courage to tell Najib to stop the irresponsible politics of race and religion.
"If Najib cannot even ask the Umno-owned media to stop playing the race card, what positive answer can he get from his request to the Chinese community to give his government a chance to prove itself?"
news courtesy of Malaysian Insider
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:36 AM PST
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will begin a two-day visit to Sarawak tomorrow, yet another of his frequent trips to the East Malaysian state which, along with Sabah, he has pledged to develop to be on par with the states in the peninsula.
This time, he will be travelling again to the Sarawak interior, calling at several remote longhouses. He has kept to his pledge, made when he took over as the prime minister in April last year. He has followed up with his frequent visits to the two states.
"Not only have I visited big towns like Kuching, Miri and Sibu (in Sarawak)but I have also visited the villages," he had said when officiating at the Malaysia Day celebration in Padang Merdeka in Kuching, the Sarawak capital city, last September.
He had also said at that function that he would visit every nook and cranny in Sabah and Sarawak, describing them as places where the 1Malaysia concept was actually conceptualised.
A hectic schedule is awaiting the prime minister in Sarawak over the next two days. A visit has been planned for tomorrow to the remote Iban longhouse, Rumah Juliana, in Kamidan Jaya in Ulu Awik, Saratok, where he is expected to launch a rural electrification project.
He will also call at Rumah Radin, another Iban longhouse, in Lachau Ulu in Sri Aman where he will launch another rural electrification project.
Then, he will move on to Simunjan where he will be briefed on a flood mitigation project in Kampung Nanas and Kalaka. After that, he will go on a walkabout in the town market.
On Tuesday, he will visit Iban resettlements in Nanga Tada, Nanga Ngungun and Nanga Jagau in Kanowit in the central region of Sarawak where there are over 200 longhouses.
The Iban community there was resettled during the communist insurgency in the 1960s and 1970s in Sibu, Kanowit and Kapit in the central region which was placed under the Rejang Area Security Command (Rascom) to protect the people from the communist terrorists.
Penghulu Ugap anak Seribu, 49, leader of the 16 longhouses in Nanga Tada, now 90 minutes by road from Sibu, had never in his wildest dream thought that Najib, as the prime minister, will visit them one day.
Nevertheless, it would not be Najib's first visit to Nanga Tada. He was there on Aug 18, 2000, in his capacity as the defence minister when he called at the Meruan longhouse to convey condolences to Medan Nunying, father of army commando Mathew Medan, 25, who was killed on July 2 of that year in the infamous Al-Ma'unah arms heist and hostage incident in Sauk, Perak.
Ugap said Najib might want to trace the footsteps of his late father Tun Abdul Razak Hussein who, as the country's second prime minister, had visited the Dadom longhouse in Nanga Bugau, Sungai Kajah, in early 1972. Sarawak was then facing the serious threat of the estimated 500 communist terrorists who intimidated, terrorised and even killed the Ibans living scattered in the deep interior as they coerced them into supporting their cause as well as for food supplies.
Ugap, who had then accompanied his late father Penghulu Seribu anak Repong on the visit, distinctively remembered Tun Razak calling on the Ibans to not give any kind of support to the communists and to remain firm behind the government.
Later, on March 25, 1972, Tun Razak announced in Kuching the setting up of Rascom, a bold experiment where, for the first time in the country, a joint civilian, police and military establishment joined forces in combating the communist terrorists.
The Rascom was extended subsequently to three other areas in the then Third Division of Sarawak – Nanga Sekuau, Nanga Ngungun and Nanga Jagau, besides the smaller Nanga Dap and Rantau Panjai.
The longhouse folk deep in the interior were regrouped in new resettlements where the government provided security posts, new longhouses, health clinics and schools. The concept was a huge success for Sarawak and for Malaysia. It was officially called off on Nov 9, 1994.
Now, 38 years hence, the longhouses are occupied by the elders with the youths having moved to the towns and cities all over Sarawak and in Johor and oil rigs overseas in search of a better life.
Nanga Tada, with its 16 longhouses, has a population of about 3,000, Nanga Ngungun has 23 longhouses and 3,364 occupants while Nanga Jagau has 21 longhouses and 1,833 people. Nanga Jagau can only be reached by boat, the trip taking between seven and 12 hours.
Ugap, Penghulu Ambrose Digat of Nanga Ngungun and Penghulu Johnny Masam of Nanga Jagau hope the government could step in to transform their sleeping hollow.
"Perhaps the government can first and foremost provide job-generating economic or land development programmes in order to retain our population," said Johnny, 53.
For him and Ambrose Digat, 62, it is also their big dream for the government to consider building a road linking both Nanga Ngungun and Nanga Jagau to Kanowit town, besides bringing in communications coverage as well.
The three leaders too want the government to consider extending power supply to 24 hours from the present 12 to 18 hours.
Najib is to be accorded a traditional Iban welcome upon his arrival at Ugap's longhouse where 3,000 people are expected to greet him. He will be invited to perform the Iban traditional "miring" (offering/thanksgiving) ceremony. Kanowit Member of Parliament Aaron Dagang said the houses in the 38-year-old resettlement area were now in bad shape.
"Every time I meet the people there, they will ask when we can replace the old roof and electrical wiring. They are mostly farmers who earn barely enough to cover their daily expenses.
"We have been highlighting these problems for some time. We were really delighted when the prime minister said he would visit and see for himself the condition of the longhouses," Dagang said when contacted.
He described Najib's visit as "very significant to those in the rural areas" and expressed the hope that the prime minister could visit Kapit and Belaga as well.
"There are still many rural areas that need attention. We are positive about what the prime minister is doing now as it is in the right direction and very much in line with the 1 Malaysia concept," he said.
From Kanowit, Najib will fly to Sibu for lunch with the Chinese community before visiting the town's central market. This will be Najib's second visit to Sibu as the prime minister. He visited the town in July last year to officiate at the 26th National Chinese Cultural Festival. Then, he had made an unscheduled stop at the night market, much to the delight of the traders and shoppers.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said the frequent visits by Najib showed that he wanted to bring more development to the rural people.
Serian MP Datuk Richard Riot said Najib's first visit as prime minister to the Sarawak interior was to Kampung Pichin, about 75km from Kuching. Coincidentally, Tun Razak had visited the village in 1966 when he was the deputy prime minister.
Riot, who hails from the village, said Najib's frequent visits to the interior would augur well for the rural folk in Sarawak as they still lacked basic infrastructure and facilities such as clean water supply, electricity and roads. – Bernama
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:32 AM PST
It rained cats and dogs on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's Chinese New Year parade, wreaking havoc on the plans carefully laid for the national leader and his entourage.
His security detail, protocol officers and event officials ran around frantically, trying to salvage what they could from what had become the 'wet batik-shirt' washout.
But the rain was not the only dampener in Pandamaran last night,
There was also a lack of enthusiasm from the estimated 20,000 crowd, at least as indicated by their lackluster clapping.
Up to one-fourth of the crowd was made up of event organizers, performers, the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture's media minders - including red-shirted staff from the obscure Department of Special Affairs (Jasa) staff - and the usual coterie of Rela, civil defence, riot and regular police units to control the crowd.
The rest looked like they came to partake of the carnival-like offerings on hand, apparently indifferent to the official agenda and tone of the occasion.
The masters of ceremony seemed hard put to work up the crowd for Najib's finale speech.
Even Information Minister Rais Yatim in his speech tried his hand at it, but his exhortation for the crowd to "dry out their wet clothes" by "clapping till the bulbs burst" did not evoke the desired effect.
Rais also hit out at Pakatan Rakyat figures for predicting that no one would bother to come to the occasion and for trying to "sabotage" the festivity by scheduling an event nearby on the same night.
Dressed down protocol
When his turn came, Najib also lamented that the large billboards depicting him were taken down, allegedly for not having the required permits.
Najib also made much of the supposed dressing down of protocol during the event, talked of being "a PM for 1Malaysia" and how BN leaders are willing to sit 'down there' with the rakyat.
Only the 'inconvenience' of the rain, he said, forced them to relocate to the high stage.
The purportedly reduced protocol directive was belied, however, by Najib's protocol officers who, in preparation for Najib's visit to three 'ordinary families' in Pandamaran, had swarmed their homes, covered some furniture with crispy-clean white sheets, labeled the designated seating arrangements and reiterated the program's sequence of events to ensure the itinerary was strictly followed.
A four-man team of police technicians armed with crowbar, metal detector and torchlights had also swept the homes and questioned their owners at some length.
Nevertheless, the rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of those whose homes were chosen for the premier's visit.
Hoping, surely, that "when the Emperor visits, three generations of luck will come," as one Chinese proverb puts it.
Tan Hock Bin, the owner of the first house graced by Najib's visit, said it was akin to "winning the lottery".
"This PM is good to the people. He never looked down on us. When have we ever had a chance to meet a PM before?" he asked.
After the visit, Tan Hock Bin revealed that PM also made small talk with his 80-year-old mother about her hometown. He said he had hoped, however, to ask Najib to help solve his son's red identity card problem.
His hopes were not realised, as Tan was told not to bring up his son's problems with the PM. He was told to instead contact Najib's political secretary, Oh Ei Sun, in two weeks' time.
Tan Chi, the owner of the second house, said he also was very happy as this is the first premier to visit an "ordinary" Chinese house in 60 years.
"I want my children, grandchildren and future generations to remember Feb 20, 2010, as this the date the PM visited our house," a beaming Tan proudly proclaimed.
The PM also gave 'angpow' to the children containing RM10 each.
Money to burn
Some in the audience however expressed disdain at the elaborate - and wasteful - efforts to contrive the appearance of a government that 'listened', when genuine moves to solve the concrete problems faced by Pandamaran residents would have been more successful.
"It is no use visiting three houses here when only a stone's throws away, 230 houses have been demolished and the land taken away from the home owners," one man in the audience, who declined to be identified, told Malaysiakini.
"Why spend all the money here on this spectacle when you should have compensated those whose houses were destroyed with a mere RM7,000?" he asked.
"We won't be easily swayed, but hey, the men behind this have lots of money," he added, while pointing to an MCA leader on a poster behind him.
Underscoring his words, an impressive 10-minute fireworks display went up to commemorate Najib's Yee Sang with local residents.
How much money had literally gone up in smoke tonight, asked one gentleman, who also grumbled about the disruption of traffic and the distance with which he had to park his car for fear of the traffic summons he would have incurred had he parked any closer.
Pandamaran's state assembly member and Selangor exco Ronnie Liu made a brief cameo appearance at one of the houses visited by Najib, before proceeding on his way for a Pakatan function at the nearby Dong Zen temple.
Just as his Chinese New Year posters were eclipsed by the BN pictures of Najib, Liu also seemed slightly out of place in the occasion.
"I gave the PM a mandarin orange and a letter which contained the wish list of locals to PM," said Liu when met.
Another unexpected visitor was the poster of Port Klang's independent assemblyperson, Badrul Hisham Abdullah which appeared on the wall of one of the houses visited by the Najib.
Aproached after the event, Deputy Information Minister Heng Seai Kie denied that the choice of location was made with any political design.
She said Pandamaran was chosen because "it still retains the special characteristics of a new village while the two other big new villages, Jinjang and Serdang, have evolved into modern townships."
She also pointed to the good turnout of Pandamaran villagers despite the heavy downpour as showing their acceptance of Najib as their premier.
"After the rain, there are still so many people. This proves that the Pandamaran people highly support the PM and his cabinet," said the deputy minister.
news courtesy of Malaysiakini
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:28 AM PST
Anak, the non-governmental body representing second and third generation children of Felda settlers, are going ahead with plans to demonstrate their plight at Suhakam headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Anak president Mazlan Aliman (far right in photo) appealed to the 1,000-odd Felda settlers who attended a one-day national convention, organised by PKR at Jerantut yesterday, to turn up in force for the Feb 24 demonstration.
"The police have discouraged us from taking our plight to Suhakam but we are determined to do so," Mazlan told Malaysiakini on the sidelines of the convention where he presented a paper on 'Felda's new generation: Between dream and reality'.
At the convention, Mazlan called for the abolition of the Group Settlement Act 1960 which he claimed was the chief instrument for the perversion of Felda's original goal of reducing poverty among farmers of small and uneconomic plots by enabling them to clear, plant and gradually own more viable 10-acre plots.
He said the cumulative effects of this perversion have seen up to 80 percent of land originally cleared and cultivated by settlers ending up under the ownership of Felda Plantations.
Felda was set up as a federal agency in 1956, launching its first scheme two years later in Bentong. With the passing of the Group Settlement Act 1960, the agency took a turn away from poverty alleviation towards profit optimisation.
Mazlan said this turn had the effect of converting the settlers into tenant farmers, earning between RM800 to RM1,500 in monthly wages, depending on the prevailing market prices for oil palm or rubber.
"A scheme meant to reduce poverty among small farmers became, in time, one that increased the debt burden on settlers and blighted the prospects of their children and grandchildren of ever getting out of the poverty trap," explained Mazlan.
He said that instead of making the farmers gradual owners of the land they had cleared and cultivated, the corporatisation of Felda - while dangling the prospect of shareholding before settlers - had the effect of turning them into tenant farmers.
Increasing social ills
He cited statistics purporting to show that the bloat in bureaucracy stemming from the corporatisation of Felda only served to underscore the marginalisation of settlers who number 1.3 million, inhabiting 317 schemes.
Mazlan said 800,000 of the 1.3 million original settlers are now second and third generation settlers.
He claimed that of the 23,000 employed by the Felda group of companies, only 5,400 employees were from among the children and grandchildren of settlers and that too, only about 100 occupy upper echelon posts.
"The rest are daily rated labourers and ordinary employees," he said.
Mazlan added that inadequate low-cost housing and poor intake into vocational schools set up to train children of settlers in agriculture and management have contributed to the growing incidence of social ills among Felda citizenry.
Among these ills are drug abuse, gambling, sexual permissiveness, and the mat rempit phenomenon.
"Our problems are multiplying and worsening, so we have to bring them to national attention. We are not prepared to accept our fate passively," he said.
news courtesy of Malaysiakini
Posted: 21 Feb 2010 12:44 AM PST
NOTA EDITOR: Dibawah adalah satu artikel saya ambil dari Laman Tranungkite. Intipati artikel ini adalah menunjukkan bahawa peluang PAS untuk menawan semula Terengganu amat tipis. Mengikut penulis, mohdnoorawang, bilangan kerusi maksima yang boleh dimenangi PAS pilihanraya depan adalah dalam 8-10 kerusi.
Mengikut kajian saya sendiri pun, kemenangan Terengganu banyak dipengaruhi oleh pengundi-pengundi atas pagar yang tidak besar jumlah mereka. Estimasi saya adalah sekitar 10% pengundi sahaja.
Namun, pengundi atas pagar Terengganu ni kumpulan yang pelik kerana:
a. mereka biasa mengundi BN
b. Mereka mengundi mengikut kelompok. Dengan kata lain, pecahan undi mereka amat kecil (biasanya 80%-20%). Ertinya mereka mengundi mengikut blok.
Kita lihat sekali yang PAS menang 1999 adalah lantaran majoriti pengundi atas pagar ini pergi ke PAS atas isu Anwar Ibrahim. Pada 2004, mereka kembali ke UMNO. Mereka ini walaupun terus menerus mengundi BN, namun mereka masih dikira atas pagar kerana mereka boleh berubah, seperti yang ditunjukkan dalam pilihanraya 1999 dan PRK Kuala Terengganu
Pada 2012, harapan PAS untuk menawan pengundi-pengundi atas pagar ini amat tipis kerana PAS Terengganu masih dipimpin oleh mereka-mereka yang telah ditolak dan dibenci oleh pengundi2 atas pagar ini.
Maklumat dari Wisma Darul Imam saya menyatakan pegawai-pegawai kerajaan negeri(yang menjadi kumpulan "core" atas pagar ini) merasa kecewa sangat apabila PJ Terengganu yang ada sekarang dilantik.
Tidak hairanlah Pesuruhjaya PAS Terengganu sekarang ini pernah di "boo" di Kemaman dalam satu ceramah bersama Anwar Ibrahim. Begitulah tidak popular PJ Terengganu yang ada sekarang ini.
Bagaimanakah harapan PAS Terengganu hendak menawan Terengganu sedangkan pegawai-pegawai kerajaan negeri sendiri masing-masing menolak PJ PAS yang ada sekarang ini? Minta Songkok Putih dan orang2 PAS Terengganu tolong jawab. Kalau mereka lantik Yahya Ali jadi PJ ada harapan lagi cerah berbanding sekarang.
Di Terengganu, kumpulan "atas pagar" ini dipacu dan dipimpin oleh pegawai-pegawai kerajaan negeri. Kalau mereka tidak berubah, maka keseluruhan pengundi2 atas pagar tidak akan berubah.
Pada 1999 mereka berubah sepenuhnya, maka UMNO tersungkur dgn hilang 2/3. Begitu juga 2004 bila mereka kembali ke UMNO, PAS tersunggkur dengan hilang 2/3. Di Terengganu, senario menang majoriti mudah itu susah hendak berlaku kerana dengan swing 5% sahaja sudah cukup untuk menghilangkan majoriti 2/3. Dengan kata lain, parti mana menang di Terengganu, mesti dengan 2/3. Susunan pengundi di Terengganu adalah begitu, apa nak buat?
Maka, kalau PAS Terengganu ikhlas hendak menang Terengganu, mesti mula dengan perubahan pimpinan. KAlau saya, ambil Ustaz Wang Hassang DUngun pun dah kira harapan PAS cerah. Setakat hari ini, pegawai-pegawai kerajaan negeri masih kekal hati mereka bersama UMNO.
Ohhh, sebelum saya lupa, ada orang akan tanya bagaimana dengan PRK Kuala Terengganu? Saya jawab, kalau UMNO kelmarin pilih Cikgu Zuber jadi calon, nescaya PAS akan kalah. Dari sebuk-sebuk kacau PAS Pusat lebih baik mereka tumpu bagaimana hendak menang semula Terengganu.
2012 Terengganu dalam dakapan UMNO.
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