Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tsunami roars across Pacific after massive Chile quake

Tsunami roars across Pacific after massive Chile quake

Tsunami roars across Pacific after massive Chile quake

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 03:56 PM PST

A tsunami roared across the vast Pacific Ocean after a massive killer quake in Chile yesterday, with dozens of nations on alert for destructive waves and thousands of people fleeing their homes.

The ominous sound of evacuation sirens blared in Hawaii, French Polynesia and the South Pacific as a tsunami raced around the "Ring of Fire" after the 8.8-magnitude quake in Chile, which left at least 147 people dead.

About 50 countries and territories along an arc stretching from New Zealand to Japan were braced for powerful waves, five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster that killed more than 220,000 people.

Fifteen hours after the quake, tsunami waves had crashed into the Chilean coast and powered west to pound French Polynesia and the Chatham Islands of New Zealand, where officials warned bigger waves would follow.

ring of fire in face of tsunami threatThe Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, set up by Pacific governments after a tsunami unleashed by a 9.5-magnitude earthquake in Chile in 1960, warned of possible "widespread damage" from waves as high as three metres.

"We could be looking at an all-day event," US National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Lau told AFP, as officials warned that the US and Canadian west coasts could also be hit.

"It will stop once it hits the land masses on the other side of the Pacific, in Asia. The wave is spread out across the entire body of water in the Pacific."

Thousands of people in the US state of Hawaii moved to higher ground, rushing to grocery stores to stock up on food and water and queuing at petrol stations, and authorities warned people not to put themselves in harm's way.

shoppers at supermarket after tsunami threat from chile  earthquake"If you live anywhere in the evacuation zone, you have to evacuate," Oahu Emergency Management Department John Cummings said as tsunami sirens wailed for the first time in 16 years.

"We're going to treat this as a destructive-type tsunami."

US President Barack Obama, who was born in Hawaii, warned that the US western seaboard may see dangerous waves and currents throughout the day.

"In the hours ahead, we'll continue to take every step possible to prepare our shores and protect our citizens," he said.

One tsunami measuring nearly 2.5 metres slammed into Talcahuano, one of about 11 coastal towns in Chile hit by the wave, according to the Pacific centre. There was no immediate word of casualties.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced a partial evacuation of Easter Island, but the island of about 4,000 people, known for its hundreds of monolithic stone statues, received a relatively small onrush of water.

The pan-Pacific tsunami warning applied also to Central America, and authorities as far afield as Russia's Sakhalin island were monitoring the potential for tidal trouble.

Waves of 750km per hour

One expert said the mass of water would be hurtling towards Hawaii at 200 metres a second or 720 kilometres an hour.

"Mid-ocean, the wave is travelling at around the speed of a jet plane," Roger Bilham, a professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado, told AFP.

"The amplitude of the wave is small when it's mid-ocean, but it may rise to five to 10 metres when it reaches Japan or the Philippines."

Tsunamis generally come in waves and the first may not be the largest.

hawaii in face of tsunami threatBut the Pacific Warning Center, which manages a network of early-warning electronic buoys strung across the Pacific Ocean, said local authorities can assume the threat has passed when no major waves have been seen for two hours.

In the island paradise of French Polynesia, waves hit the Marquesas Islands and the Gambier archipelago, but there were no casualties or major damage reported.

Schools across the region were closed, the port in Papeete was evacuated and thousands in Tahiti's hillside areas were taken to safer areas. However many residents along the coast refused to leave for fear of looting.

A half-metre tsunami struck New Zealand's eastern Chatham Islands, with officials warning that the country's entire east coast was at risk from impending waves of up to three metres.

"It is expected that the greatest wave heights will occur between six and 12 hours after the initial arrivals," the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management said.

However, fisherman were still heading out to sea and in Napier on the east coast of the North Island, unperturbed stallholders were setting up their Sunday market.

No tsunami threat to Malaysia

In the South Pacific island nations of Tonga and the Cook Islands, residents were making their way to higher points inland.

Many islanders are still living in makeshift shelters following a terrifying tsunami in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga that trashed entire villages in September, leaving more than 180 people dead.

Despite the early warning system, the September waves came so suddenly that there was little time to flee to higher ground.

The region is in the middle of the 'Ring of Fire', a belt of seismic fury responsible for most of the world's tremors and volcanoes.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre warned of the "possibility of dangerous waves, strong ocean currents and foreshore flooding" along the coast between Sydney and Brisbane.

Authorities in Indonesia and Taiwan said they were monitoring, while Philippine officials started planning for possible evacuations.

Seismic waves could reach the east coast of Japan around noon (11am Malaysian time), the country's meteorological agency said.

Malaysia's Meteorological Department said that there is no tsunami threat to the country.

However, it warned the people living along the coastal areas of Lahad Datu, Semporna, Tawau and Sandakan in Sabah to be alert of high waves and rising sea water from noon today.

news courtesy of Malaysiakini


Posted: 27 Feb 2010 01:54 PM PST

The Watergate scandal was a political scandal in the United States in the 1970s vs the sodomy1&2 an UMNO political Conspiracy

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 11:18 AM PST

"Watergate" redirects here. For other uses, see Watergate (disambiguation).
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The Watergate scandal was a political scandal in the United States in the 1970s, resulting from the break-in into the Democratic National Committeeheadquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. Effects of the scandal ultimately led to the resignation of the United States PresidentRichard Nixon on August 9, 1974. It also resulted in the indictment and conviction of several Nixon administration officials.

The scandal began with the arrest of five men for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972. The subsequent investigation by the FBI connected the men to the 1972Committee to Re-elect the President by a slush fund.[1] [2] As evidence mounted against the president's staff, which included former staff members testifying against them in an investigation conducted by the Senate Watergate Committee, it was

revealed that President Nixon had a tape recording system in his offices and that he had recorded many conversations.[3][4]Recordings from these tapes implicated the president, revealing that he had attempted to cover up the break-in.[2][5] After a series of court battles, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the president had to hand over the tapes; he ultimately complied.

Facing near-certain impeachment in the House of Representatives and a strong possibility of a conviction in the Senate, Nixon resigned the office of the presidency on August 9, 1974.[6][7] His successor, Gerald Ford, would issue a pardon to President Nixon.


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The unraveling of the coverup began in the immediate aftermath of the arrests, the search of the burglars' hotel rooms, and a background investigation of the initial evidence, most prominently thousands of dollars in cash in their possession at the time of arrest. On June 19, 1972 it was publicly revealed that one of the Watergate burglars was a GOP security aide. Former Attorney General John Mitchell, who at the time was the head of the Nixon re-election campaign, denied any involvement with the Watergate break-in or knowing the five burglars. On August 1, a $25,000 cashiers check earmarked for the Nixon re-election campaign, was found in the bank account of one of the Watergate burglars. Further investigation would reveal accounts showing that still more thousands had passed through their bank and credit card accounts, supporting their travel, living expenses, and purchases, in the months leading up to their arrests. Examination of the burglars' accounts showed the link to the 1972 Committee to Re-Elect the President, through its subordinate finance committee.

Several individual donations (totaling $89,000) were made by individuals who thought they were making private donations to the President's re-election committee. The donations were made in the form of cashier's, certified, and personal checks, and all were made payable only to the Committee to Re-Elect the President. Investigative examination of the bank records of a Miami company run by Watergate burglar Bernard Barker revealed that an account controlled by him personally had deposited, and had transferred to it (through the Federal Reserve Check Clearing System) the funds from these financial instruments.

The banks that had originated the checks (especially the certified and cashier's checks) were keen to ensure that the depository institution used by Bernard Barker had acted properly to protect their (the correspondent banks') fiduciary interest in ensuring that the checks had been properly received and endorsed by the check's payee, prior to its acceptance for deposit in Bernard Barker's account. Only in this way would the correspondent banks, which had issued the checks on behalf of the individual donors, not be held liable for the un-authorized and improper release of funds from their customer's accounts into the account of Bernard Barker.

The investigative finding, which cleared Bernard Barker's bank of fiduciary malfeasance, led to the direct implication of members of the Committee to Re-Elect the President, to whom the checks had been delivered. Those individuals were the Committee Bookkeeper and its Treasurer, Hugh Sloan.

The Committee, as an organization, followed normal business accounting standards in allowing only duly authorized individual(s) to accept and endorse on behalf of the Committee any financial instrument created on the Committee's behalf by itself, or by others. Therefore, no financial institution would accept or process a check on behalf of the Committee unless it had been endorsed and verified as endorsed by a duly authorized individual(s). On the checks themselves deposited into Bernard Barker's bank account was the endorsement of Committee Treasurer Hugh Sloan who was duly authorized and designated to endorse such instruments that were prepared (by others) on behalf of the Committee.

But once Sloan had endorsed a check made payable to the Committee, he had a legal and fiduciary responsibility to see that the check was deposited into the account(s) which were named on the check, and for which he had been delegated fiduciary responsibility. Sloan failed to do that. He was confronted and faced the potential charge of federal bank fraud; he revealed that he had given the checks to G. Gordon Liddy and was directed by Committee Deputy Director Jeb Magruder and Finance Director Maurice Stans to do so.

On September 29, 1972 it was revealed that John Mitchell, while serving as Attorney General, controlled a secret Republican fund used to finance intelligence-gathering against the Democrats. On October 10, the FBI reported that the Watergate break-in was part of a massive campaign of political spying and sabotage on behalf of the officials and heads of the Nixon re-election campaign. Despite these revelations, Nixon's re-election campaign was never seriously jeopardized, and on November 7 the President was re-elected in one of the biggest landslides ever in American political history.

Barker had been given the checks by Liddy in an attempt to avoid direct proof that Barker ever had received funds from the organization. Barker had attempted to disguise the origin of the funds by depositing the donor's checks into bank accounts which (though controlled by him), were located in banks outside of the United States. What Barker, Liddy, and Sloan did not know was that the complete record of all such transactions are held, after the funds cleared, for roughly six months. Barker's use of foreign banks to deposit checks and withdraw the funds via cashier's checks and money orders in April and May 1972 guaranteed that the banks would keep the entire transaction record at least until October and November 1972.

The connection between the break-in and the re-election campaign committee was highlighted by media coverage. In particular, investigative coverage by Time, The New York Times, and especially The Washington Post, fueled focus on the event. The coverage dramatically increased publicity and consequent political repercussions. Relying heavily upon anonymous sources, Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovered information suggesting that knowledge of the break-in, and attempts to cover it up, led deep into the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and even the White House. Chief among the Post's anonymous sources was an individual they had nicknamed Deep Throat (who was much later revealed in 2005 to be former Deputy Director of the FBI William Mark Felt, Sr.) It was Deep Throat who met secretly with Woodward, and told him of Howard Hunt's involvement with the Watergate break-in, and that the rest of the White House staff regarded the stake in Watergate extremely high. Deep Throat also warned Woodward that the FBI wanted to know where he and the other reporters were getting the information which was uncovering even a wider web of crimes than first disclosed. In one of their last meetings, all of which took place at an underground parking garage somewhere in Washington DC at 2:00 AM, Deep Throat cautioned Woodward that he might be followed and not to trust their phone conversations.

Rather than ending with the trial and conviction of the burglars, the investigations grew broader; a Senate committee chaired by Senator Sam Ervin was set up to examine Watergate and began issuing subpoenas to White House staff members.

On April 30, 1973, Nixon was forced to ask for the resignation of two of his most influential aides, H. R. Haldemanand John Ehrlichman, both of whom were indicted and ultimately went to prison. He also fired White House Counsel John Dean, who went on to testify before the Senate and become the key witness against President Nixon.

The President announced these resignations in an address to the American people:

"In one of the most difficult decisions of my Presidency, I accepted the resignations of two of my closest associates in the White House, Bob Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, two of the finest public servants it has been my privilege to know. Because Attorney General Kleindienst, though a distinguished public servant, my personal friend for 20 years, with no personal involvement whatever in this matter has been a close personal and professional associate of some of those who are involved in this case, he and I both felt that it was also necessary to name a new Attorney General. The Counsel to the President, John Dean, has also resigned."[12]
Richard Nixon

On the same day, Nixon appointed a new Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, and gave him authority to designate, for the Watergate inquiry, a special counsel who would be independent of the regular Justice Department hierarchy. In May 1973, Richardson named Archibald Cox to the position.

In his inaugural speech, President Obama addressed these Middle Eastern dictatorships. "To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy," he said. "To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

Mahathir's sentiments are a perfect example of why the OIC has been completely irrelevant in performing its stated goal: to improve the condition of the worldwide Muslim community. By making simple-minded comments that shift blame for the Muslim world's ills, Mahathir backtracks on his otherwise good strategy of confronting the problems of the Muslim world and concentrating on what we can change within, rather than complaining about "outside forces" we have no control over. Indeed, even when the OIC can agree on some sort of "action," it is usually in the form of a joint statement that is immediately tossed into the diplomacy dustbin. The trouble with Mahathir in particular is that he had the chance to be remembered as a visionary leader – someone who brought his country to prosperity and spoke boldly on behalf of the Global South. Instead, he will be remembered for stupid acts like jailing his Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges and making blanket statements against "the Jews.

Raja Petra Kamarudin

The following police report was made at 5.45 pm on Saturday, 28 June 2008,
by Mohd Saiful Bukhari Bin Azlan (IC no: 850706-01-5687), who turned 23 last

Saya, Mohd Saiful Bukhari b Azlan, ingin melaporkan bahawa saya telah
diliwat oleh majikan saya. Perkara ini berlaku tanpa kerelaan saya. Kejadian
terakhir berlaku 26/6/08 di Unit 1151, Kondominium Desa Damansara, Jln Setia
Kasih, KL. Oleh itu, tujuan laporan ini dibuat untuk mendapat pembelaan dan
keadilan keatas diri saya. Saya juga berasa bimbang dengan keselamatan diri
dan keluarga saya jika perkara ini tersebar luas di khalayak ramai. Majikan
saya Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim – Ketua Umum PKR.

Yes, that police report was made at 5.45 pm on Saturday, 28 June 2008. By
why did it take that long for Saiful to make his police report? Let us
retrace the steps that led to this police report.

At 2.30pm on Wednesday, 25 June 2008, Saiful met Senior Assistant
Commissioner (SAC) II Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof in room 619 of the Concorde
Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to this secret meeting, Rodwan and Saiful spoke
on the phone at least eight (8) times.

In fact, they can't really remember how many phone calls it was. They say it
was at least eight times although it could have been maybe ten or twelve
times. But who's counting anyway? Eight, ten or twelve doesn't really
matter. The crux of the matter is: they spoke over the phone many times
prior to meeting up in room 619 of the Concorde Hotel — a 'secret' meeting
that can't be very secret if Malaysia Today knows about it.

We must remember one thing. Rodwan is the same police officer who was
involved in fabricating the 1998 sodomy allegation against Anwar. Rodwan was
implicated as the man who illegally took Anwar's specimens, which
subsequently mysteriously reappeared as 'stains' on a mattress. It was so
apparent the mattress was planted as evidence the judge subsequently
rejected the mattress as evidence and ordered that all references of it be
expunged from the court records.

That was all it took. When they realised that the mattress was hurting more
than helping their case, they threw the mattress out of the court and
deleted all records of it ever appearing in court. And, all of a sudden, the
mattress no longer existed. It vanished into thin air. It 'never appeared'
in court although for weeks it was paraded in and out of court for the whole
world to witness.

This is what lawyer and Parliamentarian Sivarasa Rasiah had to say about the

"In 1998-1999 trials, Anwar experienced the phenomenon of fabrication of DNA
evidence. We had SAC Rodwan illegally removing DNA samples from forensic
custody. In cross-examination of the prosecution's witnesses it was exposed
that DNA taken from blood samples was planted on the infamous mattress."

"When confronted with this fact the prosecution amended its charge and
persuaded the judge, Augustine Paul, to expunge the entire DNA evidence from
the record, preventing Anwar's lawyers from responding."

There were, in fact, other so-called 'damaging evidence' that they created
against Anwar to convince the public that he is indeed guilty of sodomy. In
time, Malaysia Today will parade these witnesses and reveal this evidence to
demonstrate to the public that the slime-ball IGP and scumbag AG, plus their
slithery minion, Rodwan, fixed Anwar's ass good and proper (pun intended).

Now, Rodwan met Saiful three days earlier and these two exchanged at least
eight phone calls. Nevertheless, no police report was made until Saiful had
visited two hospitals — three days later. Why engage in eight phone calls
and have a secret meeting with Rodwan in a hotel room, and only after visits
to two hospitals does Saiful make his police report?

Let us look at the timeline again.

1) Saiful and Rodwan speak over the phone at least eight times over a few
2) At 2.30pm on 25 June 2008, Saiful and Rodwan meet in room 619 of the
Concorde Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
3) On 26 June 2008, Saiful's ass allegedly gets 'raped' by Anwar.
4) At 2.00pm on 28 June 2008, Saiful goes to Pusat Rawatan Islam
(Pusrawi, a 'halal' hospital) to complain that he can't ***. He tells the
doctor he can't *** because someone buggered his *** — whereas that
would instead have made it easier for him to ***.
5) The doctor peeps into Saiful's *** and discovers that his ***
is still as virgin as Raja Petra Kamarudin's.
6) The doctor then suggests, for purposes of the police report, he goes
to a government hospital for a second opinion.
7) However, instead of getting a second opinion, Saiful goes to the
pondok polis at the hospital to lodge a police report. Sources in Hospital
Kuala Lumpur (HKL) say that no second medical examination was done whereas
the police say it was. Considering that the police report was made within an
hour or two after Saiful left the first hospital, it is highly likely the
hospital is telling the truth while the police are lying.

It must be noted that Saiful met the police BEFORE the so-called sodomy act
took place. The sodomy was supposed to have happened on 26 June while Saiful
met the police on 25 June. And it was not until 28 June that he went to
hospital and made the police report a couple of hours later. And all this
culminated not only after the secret meeting in the hotel room on 25 June
but after eight phone calls as well.

If Saiful was sodomised, would he not tell Rodwan about it during the secret
meeting in room 619 of the Concorde Hotel on 25 June 2008? And why in the
first place did they meet in secret in room 619 of the Concorde Hotel on 25
June 2008? Should they not be meeting in a police station or in the police
headquarters? And, most important of all, would you not want to meet the
police AFTER instead of before the so-called sodomy took place (never mind
whether the meeting is in secret in a hotel room or conducted the right way,
in a police station)?

Would anyone in his or her right mind believe this latest sodomy allegation?
Okay, I said 'right mind'. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wants the
police to charge Anwar while the Cabinet is against it. The Cabinet feels
there is no evidence, not only to convict Anwar, but even to charge him in
the first place. But Abdullah wants the police to pursue the case and to
charge Anwar. As I said, no one in his right mind would believe the
allegation against Anwar but then Abdullah is not a person known to be in
his right mind.

And why does Abdullah want so much for the police to charge Anwar? Simple:
because his Deputy, Najib Tun Razak, would invariably get dragged into this
whole mess. The police have recorded both Najib's and his wife's statements
under Section 112. So that means Najib and Rosmah would both have to take
the witness stand to testify during the course of the trial. Once that
happens, everything will flow freely like *** through an *** that's
been sodomised.

During the course of Anwar's impending trial, Malaysians will be told of the
link Saiful has with Mumtaz Jaafar. Malaysians will also be told who Mumtaz
Jaafar is and what her 'special' links with Rosmah are. Further to that,
Malaysians will be told about the relationship between Najib's Special
Officer, Khairul Anas, and Saiful — and the less than manly reputation
these two buggers had while still in school. Yes, the excitement and kinky
sex that is going to spill over from this trial will cause Astro to lose a
lot of business.


THE recent challenge by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's defence team against the validity of the Attorney-General's certificate to transfer his sodomy case from the Sessions Court to the High Court has again highlighted the need to seriously examine the role of the Attorney-General.

The Attorney-General, it was argued, was not competent to issue the certificate as a report, which had been made against him for alleged tampering with evidence in Anwar's first sodomy case in 1988, was still being investigated. The Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court ruled last Friday that the certificate was invalid.

The scope of the Attorney-General's powers in Malaysia has long been a subject of debate and controversy. He is the chief legal adviser to the government and is responsible for advising ministers involved in legal proceedings in their official capacity.

But as public prosecutor, he is also entrusted with power, which he uses at his discretion, to start, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence, other than proceedings before a Syariah court, a native court or a court-martial.

His dual role has posed a real problem. A conflict of interest is bound to arise if he has to institute criminal proceedings against members of the government.

The ongoing Altantuya Shaariibuu prosecution, surrounded by rumours involving important political figures, is a case in point.

Some countries in the Commonwealth, such as Australia and Canada, do not have such a problem. There the job of reviewing evidence, and beginning and conducting prosecution of offences, is entrusted to a Director of Public Prosecutions.

Since he is unencumbered by the sort of duties and functions the Attorney-General has, he is kept away from direct government influence and is able to act with impartiality in assessing whether or not to prosecute a case. His decision is based on whether there is a realistic prospect of conviction on the evidence available and whether it is in the public interest for the prosecution to begin.

The Attorney-General in such a system would be a government minister. This would remove the structural defect in the present Malaysian system which constantly invites accusations that the Attorney-General is motivated by bias or is being selective in instituting criminal proceedings.

If he were made a part of the political party in power, the Attorney-General would not need to pretend to be neutral. Though not directly involved in deciding whether to institute criminal prosecutions, he should be responsible for overseeing and superintending the prosecution services of the country and should answer to Parliament for the conduct of the Director of Public Prosecutions and of his department.

There is currently no formal mechanism requiring the Attorney-General to account for his conduct in relation to prosecutions of criminal proceedings. In spite of the wide powers he wields, he has no duty to report to the prime minister, cabinet or Parliament.

There has been no call for him to account for the failure of a number of high-profile prosecutions, which commenced with much fanfare but ended up being a waste of public funds.

Last year, Tan Sri Eric Chia, the former managing director of Perwaja Steel, was acquitted after 43 days of trial without his defence being called.

In acquitting the accused, the presiding High Court judge heavily criticised the conduct of the prosecution, especially their failure to call several key witnesses who had obvious knowledge of the material elements of the case.

With reference to particular key witnesses from Japan, the judge questioned whether it was the Japanese witnesses who were "reluctant" to come or "the prosecution was the one reluctant to bring them here".

The prosecution of Koh Kim Teck, a businessman, and his two bodyguards, who were charged with murdering 14-year-old Chinese national Xu Jian Huang, and who were acquitted in 2005, is another case in point.

After a trial lasting 36 days and with 39 prosecution witnesses having given evidence, the presiding judge found that the prosecution had not brought forward any evidence which could implicate the accused in the murder and that there had been no "prima facie" case made out to warrant the defence being called to answer the charge.

The prosecution had apparently omitted to call material witnesses, including the investigating officer for the case and Koh's driver who had reportedly given a cautioned statement that he had seen both bodyguards throw Xu into the swimming pool where he was eventually found. Two other material witnesses who were present in the house were also not called.

Yet another was the prosecution for the murder of Noritta Samsudin, where the accused was acquitted after 29 days of trial. The prosecution appealed against the acquittal right up to the Federal Court.

In dismissing the appeal, the Federal Court noted that there was a gaping hole in the prosecution's case, where it failed to sufficiently account for the likelihood of there being another person present at Noritta Samsudin's condominium unit who could also have committed the crime. No one else has been charged for the murder.

Any discussion on expensive and long-running criminal trials would not be complete without reference to the Irene Fernandez trial which spanned seven years and took over 300 days to complete.

It is still not over for the Tenaganita director, who was convicted in 2003 of publishing false news about the ill-treatment of detainees in camps for illegal immigrants. Her appeal against this conviction to the High Court has been the subject of numerous delays and has yet to be heard.

The Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial will also go on record as one of the longest trials in Malaysian history.

After more than 150 days, Abdul Razak Baginda was acquitted of abetting the murder and discharged on Oct 31, while the two police officers charged with her murder have been called to enter their defence.

As it is the taxpayers' funds that ultimately pay for all criminal prosecutions, they have a vested interest in knowing how such cases, which appear to be ill-prepared, can be brought to trial.

It is imperative that the Attorney General's wide powers be subject to close scrutiny and not be permitted to be exercised arbitrarily.

If the government is truly serious in wanting to improve and restore public confidence in the administration of justice in this country, it must be prepared to review the presently unfettered powers of the Attorney-General.

**Raja Aziz Addruse is a former Bar Council president and former president of the National Human Rights Society (Hakam). Ding Jo-Ann is a Kuala Lumpur-based lawyer.

The government is well versed in using sex as a political tactic. Malaysia's most famous erotic episode erupted 11 years ago, when a brilliant young politician named Anwar Ibrahim began challenging his boss, Prime MinisterMahathir Mohammad, who had ruled Malaysia with an iron grip since 1981. Enraged that his protégé would dare cross him, Mahathir sacked Anwar. At which point Anwar launched a campaign of street protests against corruption and nepotism that captured the imagination of the nation's younger generation–and the world's press.

How did Mahathir respond? He accused Anwar of sodomy (illegal in this Muslim country), and what ensued was a lurid–disgraceful, actually–court case involving stained mattresses being carried into the courtroom and a young man alleging to have had sex with the rising politician. In a now-famous political misstep, the thuggish chief of police beat up Anwar in prison, and the ousted politician appeared before the press with a black eye. A hero was born. Nonetheless, Anwar–once considered the future of a democratic, modern Malaysia–was convicted. He spent six years in prison.

But here's the punch line: Anwar is back. Out of jail since September 2004, he is once again a member of parliament. The ruling against him has been overturned.

I was only halfway to my hotel by the time my driver told me the people of Malaysia are sick and tired of the old ruling elite's corrupt ways. No matter how many sex scandals the ruling coalition may cook up this time, he said, this time Anwar may have the last laugh.

a criminal lawyer for almost 16 years,his view

I have been practising as a criminal lawyer for almost 16 years. I have considerable experience defending accused persons who were being charged for sexual related crimes. My experience tells me that the prosecution will never charge a person for an offence of rape or sodomy if the medical evidence is not favourable to them. It is almost an accepted rule of practice or a legal norm, as far as the offence of rape or sodomy is concerned, medical evidence operates as oxygen to the prosecution.

It seems to me that such a practice is no longer adhered to in the current ongoing trial of Anwar Ibrahim. When the accused person is Anwar Ibrahim the rule of game is suddenly and drastically changed. When Anwar is charged the prosecution no longer seems to gauge the strengths of its case on the available evidence they have. When Anwar Ibrahim is tried the prosecution will, come what may, happily proceed with the trial regardless whether it has fragile evidence or no evidence at all against him !!

The only crime Anwar committed in this case is for having the name, Anwar Ibrahim.

I believe that if another person by the name of Ibrahim Anwar or any other Ibrahims allegedly sodomised Saiful the prosecution would not charge such a person when provided with the medical report prepared by doctors in Pusat Rawatan Islam ( Pusrawi ) and Kuala Lumpur General Hospital respectively.

Both reports, as I was told by lawyers in Anwar's legal team, contain a very damning evidence against the prosecution in that they unequivocally state that there are no visible signs of penetration of Saiful's anus. As far as the report of the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital is concerned, it was duly signed by three doctors. So what the prosecution have in their possession are the reports certified by four doctors ( one from Pusrawi and three from KLGH ) apparently dismissing the prosecution's theory that Saiful was ever sodomised by Anwar.

People may ask why the AG, despite such a damning evidence against the prosecution, is still adamant, and not withdraw the charge against Anwar?The reason is pretty obvious, that is the accused person is Anwar Ibrahim. When Anwar Ibrahim is tried the prosecution will not care even with the existence of a hundred medical reports exonerating Anwar Ibrahim of any sexual offence.

To the layman, this question may crop in their mind. Is the medical evidence really significant in Anwar's trial ? The answer to that is a resounding yes. As I have indicated earlier the medical evidence is oxygen to the prosecution's case. The prosecution case dies the moment oxygen disappears or malfunctions.

It is a rule of prudence, as the lawyers call it, in any sexual related crimes, the evidence of the complainant per se is legally insufficient . Such evidence must be corroborated by other independent evidence.

Translated into Anwar's trial, Saiful's evidence alone is not sufficient to convict Anwar. His evidence must be corroborated. Of course a corroboration is not needed for all crimes. But in sexual offences, corroboration is highly significant in order to support the factum ( act ) of the alleged sodomy.

Why corroborative evidence is necessary in sexual related cases ? The legal practitioners say such evidence is needed because of the nature of such offences. In any rape or sodomy case it is relatively easy to allege that a crime has been committed by such and such person but it is on the other hand difficult for any person who is being charged to such offences to disprove such an allegation.

We can see clearly even before the court passes any verdict on Anwar, judging from the media coverage which appeared inUtusan and other BN's controlled media, Anwar is as good as being found "guilty" by these so called juries. The media coverage was so vicious that one wonders whether Anwar's, or for that matter, his family's dignity brings any value to this irresponsible media.

The law says if you accuse somebody of committing a sodomy against you the law requires you to furnish corroborative evidence to support your allegation. That is why even in Islamic criminal law if a person is charged for sodomy, the prosecution must bring four witnesses who really see the actual penetration. That shows Islam also takes into account corroborative evidence.

And in Islam the standard of proof in sodomy case is very high indeed that is the prosecution must prove its case beyond any shadow of doubt, and the present standard of proof in civil law which is only beyond reasonable doubt. Thus in Islam any iota of doubt must be ruled in favour of the accused based on the maxim that " the offence of hudud is withdrawn whenever iota of doubt is present " . Islam holds the view that it is much wiser for a judge to err in acquitting 10 guilty persons rather than to err in convicting even one innocent person !!

In sodomy , like a crime of rape, the essential element which needs to be proven by the prosecution is the act of penetration itself. In Islamic law the same element also needs to be established by the prosecution in certainty.

Now how is the prosecution able to prove the element of penetration if they do not produce the medical reports/evidence? And how are the medical reports in Anwar's trial useful to prosecution if they clearly say no visible signs of penetration to Saiful's anus. The medical evidence is supposed to corroborate Saiful's evidence but apparently in this case the same medical reports in fact exonerate Anwar Ibrahim. The rule is so simple : no penetration no prosecution. But the AG seems to hold the view that yes, no penetration but mind you we still have persecution to do!!

It is beyond question if Anwar is tried under the Islamic law, the charge, as it is presently framed against him, will never see the light of the day. Seeing the oral testimony of Saiful so far one cannot avoid to jump to the conclusion that it was a groundless or trumped up charge.

The AG should exhibit a high level of professionalism and integrity in the Anwar's case. Intellectual honesty dictates that the prosecution should withdraw the charge against Anwar Ibrahim. Period. To prosecute a person in the absence of credible evidence is definitely tantamount to a prosecutorial misconduct and wastage of public funds.

The day that AG becomes the tool of the crooked politicians should have passed after the election tsunami in 2008.

Anwar to subpoena Najib, his 2nd wife Rosmah

Filed under: Uncategorized — fawas @ 11:24 pm Edit This

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today he would subpoena the prime minister as his second trial began on what he says are trumped up charges of sodomy.

Speaking outside a packed courtroom and cheered on by 250 supporters shouting "justice for Malaysia, justice for Anwar", the 62-year-old former deputy premier said the presence of so many foreign embassy staff in court showed the "interest, concern and disgust" the new trial was attracting.

Anwar's trial represents a huge political challenge to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who is attempting to rebuild the coalition that has ruled Malaysia for over half a century after record losses in elections in 2008.

An upbeat Anwar told reporters after the court hearing was adjourned until the afternoon that his lawyers intended to subpoena Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, alleging that they were involved in what he said was a conspiracy to jail him.

Earlier, Anwar, accompanied by two of his daughters and his wife, told reporters the prosecution was down to "the machinations of a dirty, corrupt few".

The government insists it is not involved in the trial and no one was immediately available for comment on Anwar's charge.

Najib, who has been premier since April last year, also needs to defuse a religious row that has damaged the government and win back foreign investment that fled Malaysia at a faster rate than almost any other emerging market economy in 2009.

Inside the court, diplomats from the United States, European Union, Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom observed the proceedings and 70 people squashed onto benches in the public gallery, including Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, spiritual adviser to Anwar's Islamic political allies, wearing a white turban and black robe.

The trial itself was adjourned until the afternoon as Anwar's lawyers sought a date to review a higher court ruling, which refused to allow Anwar access to certain prosecution evidence.

Anwar's previous convictions for sodomy and corruption followed his dismissal as deputy prime minister in 1998, and most international observers said at the time the trials were not conducted fairly, an accusation that haunts the current hearing.

"The evidence will have to be overwhelming in order to move beyond the perception that Najib Razak is using the judiciary to remove a political rival in a desperate and mistaken move to shore up his own position," said Bridget Welsh, a Malaysia specialist at Singapore Management University.

If found guilty of the charge of sodomising a young male aide in a country where all homosexual acts are criminal, Anwar, one of Asia's best known politicians, could face 20 years in jail.

That would effectively end his political challenge to Najib and the Barisan Nasional coalition that the prime minister heads and remove a major thorn in the government's side ahead of elections that must be held by 2013 at the latest.

Anwar called for a strong turnout for his first day in court on his Twitter account, while his accuser Saiful Bukhari Azlan also said on Twitter he would be in court.

Outside the court, pamphlets supporting Saiful were scattered on the road, denouncing Anwar for not taking an oath on the Quran and for using appeals to frustrate the courts.

Anwar's lawyers say they cannot defend their client properly without the prosecution's medical evidence and that access has been blocked by a series of court rulings.

"One of my hands is tied and I am going into this boxing ring," lawyer Sankara Nair told reporters outside the court. — Reuters

Happiness Depends Upon Ourselves

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 09:43 AM PST

Happiness depends upon ourselves

Happiness is not a destination.

It is a method of life.

You cannot always have happiness,

But you can always give happiness.

Happiness is not a matter of events;

It depends upon the tides of the mind.

Everything exists in limited quantity - especially happiness.

Action may not always bring happiness;

But there is no happiness without action.

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Happiness is not having what you want.

It is wanting what you have.

Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold,

The feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.

To be happy, we must not be too

Concerned with others.

Some pursue happiness, others create it.

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Happiness is not something

You postpone for the future;

It is something you design

For the present.

Some cause happiness wherever they go;

Others whenever they go.

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy,

They are the charming gardeners

Who make our souls blossom.

Happiness held is the seed.

Happiness shared is the flower.

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

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Parents Of The Year Awards 2010

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 09:42 AM PST

 صباح \ مساء الورد

"غيروا جو شوي" 

Parents Of The Year Awards 2010

ولي على عيونو....شو هاااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااد؟؟ 
أنا برأيي الولد يلي بدو الكمامة مو انتي...لأنو شكلو رح يغط على قلبو
:)  شكلو ناوي يشلف مرتو بالولد  
عشت...شد يا واااااااد....بالفعل هدول بيستاهلو الجائزة
خليه يدخن هلأ قدامهن ولا يدخن بكرة من وراهم...هي الترباية
على هالصفنة اللئيمة هي...أنا بقول شكلو عم يعمل عملة ......نووية

يا شباب هاد مع مين جاي!!!!!!!؟؟؟؟

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Doo Wop Quiz

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 09:42 AM PST

Doo Wop Quiz

Thirty great memories about music that caused our parents and teachers grief!  
Take the quiz and see how you score as a true ''Oldies Fan.''
Write down your answers and check them against the answers at the end.
(Answers  Below)

Don't cheat, now !
1. When did ''Little Suzie''  finally wake up?
(a)    The movie's over, it's 2  o'clock
(b)    The movie's over, it's 3  o'clock
(c)    The movie's over, it's 4  o'clock

2. ''Rock Around The Clock'' was used in what movie?
(a)    Rebel Without A Cause
(b)    Blackboard Jungle
(c)    The Wild Ones

3. What's missing from a Rock & Roll standpoint?   Earth _____
(a)    Angel
(b)    Mother
(c)    Worm

4.  ''I found my thrill .. . ..''  where?
(a)     Kansas City
(b)    Heartbreak Hotel
(c)    Blueberry Hill

5.  ''Please turn on your magic beam, _____ _____ bring me a  dream,'':
(a)    Mr. Sandman
(b)    Earth Angel
(c)    Dream Lover

6.  For which label did Elvis Presley first record?
(a)    Atlantic
(b)    RCA
(c)    Sun

7. He asked, ''Why's everybody always pickin' on me?''  Who was he?
(a)    Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
(b)    Charlie Brown
(c)    Buster Brown

8. In Bobby Darin's ''Mack The Knife,'' the one with the knife, was named:
(a)    MacHeath
(b)    MacCloud
(c)    MacNamara

9. Name the song with ''A-wop bop a-loo bop a-lop bam boom.''
(a)    Good Golly, Miss Molly
(b)    Be-Bop-A-Lula
(c)    Tutti Fruitti

10.  Who is generally given credit for originating the term  ''Rock And Roll''?
(a)     Dick Clark
(b)     Wolfman Jack
(c)     Alan Freed

11.  In 1957, he left the music business  to become a  preacher:
(a)     Little Richard
(b)     Frankie Lymon
(c)     Tony Orlando

12.   Paul Anka's ''Puppy Love'' is written to what star?
(a)     Brenda Lee
(b)     Connie Francis
(c)     Annette Funicello

13.   The Everly Brothers are . . ....
(a)    Pete and Dick
(b)    Don   and Phil
(c)    Bob  and Bill

14.   The Big Bopper's real name was:
(a)    Jiles P. Richardson
(b)    Roy  Harold Scherer Jr.
(c)     Marion Michael Morrison

15.   In 1959, Berry Gordy, Jr., started a small  record company called...
(a)     Decca
(b)     Cameo
(c)     Motown

16.   Edd Brynes had a hit with ''Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb''. What TV show was he on?
(a)     77 Sunset Strip
(b)     Hawaiian Eye
(c)     Surfside Six

17.   In 1960 Bobby Darin married:
(a)     Carol Lynley
(b)     Sandra Dee
(c)     Natalie Wood

18.   They were a one hit wonder with ''Book Of  Love'':
(a)    The  Penguins
(b)    The  Monotones
(c)    The  Moonglows

19.   The Everly Brothers sang a song called ''Till I ______ You.''
(a)     Loved
(b)     Kissed
(c)     Met

20.   Chuck Berry sang ''Oh, ___________, why can't you  be true?''
(a)     Suzie Q
(b)     Peggy Sue
(c)     Maybelline

21.   ''Wooly _______''
(a)     Mammouth

b)     Bully

22.   ''I'm like a one-eyed cat . . . .."
(a)     can't go into town no more
(b)     sleepin' on a cold hard floor
(c)     peepin' in a seafood store

23.   ''Sometimes I wonder what I'm gonna do . . .. . ..''
(a)     cause there ain't no answer for a life without booze
(b)     cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues
(c)     cause my car's gassed up and I'm ready to cruise

24.   ''They often call me Speedo, but my real name is .  .  . . . .''
(a)    Mr. Earl
(b)     Jack ie Pearl
(c)     Milton Berle

25.   ''You're my Fanny and nobody else's .....''
(a)     girl
(b)     butt
(c)     love

26.   ''I want you to play with my . . . ''
(a)     heart
(b)     dreams
(c)    ding a ling

27.   ''Be Bop A Lula ....''
(a)    she's got the rabies
(b)    she's my baby.
(c)    she loves me, maybe

28.   ''Fine Love, Fine Kissing ....''
(a)     right here
(b)     fifty cents
(c)     just for you

29.   ''He wore black denim trousers and . . .''
(a)    a  pink carnation
(b)     pink leotards
(c)     motorcycle boots

30.   ''I got a gal named . . .''
(a)     Jenny Zamboni
(b)     Gerri Mahoney
(c)     Boney Maroney



Scroll Down so you aren't tempted to cheat  (as if cheating were needed here).
* * * * * * * * * * * *
1     (c)    The movie's over,  it's 4 o'clock
2.    (b)    Blackboard Jungle
3.    (a)    Angel
4.    (c)    Blueberry Hill
5.    (a)    Mr. Sandman
6.    (c)    Sun
7.    (b)    Charlie Brown
8.    (a)    Mac Heath
9.    (c)    Tutti Fruitti
10.  (c)    Alan Freed
11.  (a)    Little Richard
12.  (c)    Annette Funicello
13.  (b)    Don and Phil
14.  (a)    Jiles P. Richardson
15.  (c)    Motown
16.  (a)    77 Sunset Strip
17.  (b)    Sandra Dee
18.  (b)    The Monotones
19.  (b)    Kissed
20.  (c)    Maybelline
21.  (b)    Bully
22.  (c)    peepin' in a seafood store
23.  (b)    cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues
24.  (a)    Mr. Earl
25.  (b)    butt
26.  (c)    ding a ling
27.  (b)    she's my baby
28.  (a)    right here
29.  (c)    motorcycle boots
30.  (c)    Boney Maroney

Forward to everyone lucky enough to be teenagers in the Doo Wop era.

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Camel Tropy @ Desert

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 09:41 AM PST

والله ياهو تفل العافيـــه اللي يدف ههههههه




(2) عاد.. ذولا ياويلهم بيتأخرون عن الدوام



(3) هذا اللي جالس فوق لو يدرون عنه كفخوه



(4) والله حالتهم حاله..... لا والسياره بدون باب مخففين بعد



ـــــــــ .......ـــــــــ


الحيـــــن نجي لكـــــل نوعيــــة موتـــر لحــــاله << ياويله


::: البـــــــــــــــــــــــــاترول ::: << الباترول مايغرز بس إنه الحين غرز << خايف


(1) مثولـــث يحبه قلبــكـ




قول اااااااه

(2)الطيـــن مايرحــــم



(3) ياشـــــينه هالحركه

قول اااااااه



(4) يـــدو أحـــد



ــــــــــ ..... ـــــــــ


::: الانـــــد كــــــــــروز ::: << نفس البتاع اللي فوق


(1) وذي بعــد ياشيــــنه



(2) وهــذا يدور أحـــد



(3) وبالثـــــلج كمان



(4) أووووه المثولـــث شي



ــــــــ ..... ــــــــ


::: الــــــــرانجلــــــر ::: << ياويله واجدين ذولا


(1) اللــــــه يعــــينه



  (2) أوووووهـ يالألوان



(3) لاتعلـــــيق  على التعليق



ــــــــ ..... ـــــــ


::: الإكســـــــــتيــرا ::: << الله يفكنا من X_TEERA


(1) والله ياهي نشــــبتـ (ـن) طيبــه



(2) الفزعـــه ياولـــد



ـــــــ ..... ـــــــ


::: الشـــــــــــروكي :::


(1) دفــــ يالحبــــــــيب



(2) وااااااااوووووكـ

بعد اااااهـ



(3) مافيـــه إلا الســحب



ــــــ ..... ــــــ


::: الجـــــــــــمس :::<< ياويله


(1) صبـــــخه

قول اااااااه ياويلي






(3) دراســـة الوضـــع على أرض الــحدث




ـــــــ .... ـــــــ


::: منـــــــــوعــــات تغريـــزيه :::


::: لانـــد روفـــــر ::: << ماعندك أحد



::: الــــــــــهلي :::<< GLX ترى مالك دخل تراه 2003





::: الددســـــن :::<< الله يعين



::: الهمـــــــــر :::



::: البــــاثفنـــدر :::<< وينك مغرز فيه الله يصلحك



::: الفش فش :::<< فشـــــــــــــــــــــفش



::: الإف جــــي :::<< لا احد  يزعل علينا



::: لكــــزس :::



:::مرهـــــم ::: << مشكله تدفع دراهم وآخرته متعلق



::: كابــــــرس :::<< وينك رايح



ــــــ .... ــــــ


::: الحيــــن تغاريـــز ماله طب ولا علاج:::


أف أف أف


كيــــف الحـــال يابو



المـــوت مع الجمـــاعه رحمـــه


من جد أأأأأأأأأه



مغرز في مويه << يسمع بالتغريز

ذول اكيد خبلان ولا كنك تشوف هم



ياحرام سفينه مغرزه << برضو أبو الشباب يسمع بالتغريز

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CHAP GOH MEI - 28.02.2010

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 08:35 AM PST

Wishing all my Chinese relatives, friends & readers



Mohd. Kamal Abdullah

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Of lies and half-truths: what BERNAMA did not report

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 08:21 AM PST

When asked what Johari would say, Malaysia Today was told that he will confirm that his office received a visit from several Chinese underworld figures to seek protection against the threats and intimidation they received from the MACC. The MACC wanted them to retract their statements about Musa Hassan's complicity with the Along.


Raja Petra Kamarudin

I have said this before and I will say it again: there is currently a 'war' going on between the Malaysian government-owned and government-controlled mainstream media and what they call 'the alternative media'. And who is winning this war? I really don't know so you will have to be the judge of that. But I would like to believe that the mainstream media is being utterly overwhelmed by the alternative media.

In fact, you could even say that the alternative media has taken over the role of the mainstream media. Of course, there are those who would say you must not believe everything you read on the Internet. Well, again, you will have to be the judge of that -- but I would dare venture that thus far the government has not been able to rebut a lot of what Blogs such as Malaysia Today have revealed.

The government modus operandi is to deny (that is also what the American presidents are told to do). Deny what the alternative media says without giving the government's side of the story. Just deny. They also distort the news and print half-truths. For example, like in my son's case, they sent Suhakam to the prison and then the mainstream media announced that my son's wound was self-inflicted.

Did I say it was not self-inflicted? Did I say that the guards held him down and shoved the razor blade down his throat? Did I not say that my son slashed his wrist and then swallowed the razor blade, meaning self-inflicted? So why the need to 'confirm' what I had already said, and then spin it as if they are 'correcting' what I said? The way they spun it was as if I said the opposite to what Suhakam found out whereas what Suhakam said was exactly what I said.

Can you see how it works now?

Now, to understand the mainstream media you need to read not what they say but what they DO NOT say. But then how do you read what they DO NOT say if they do not say it? Ah, that is what Malaysia Today is for. Malaysia Today will then reveal what they did not say -- the missing pieces, the gaps in the story -- so that you can see the bigger picture.

And this is why Malaysia Today is very dangerous to those who walk in the corridors of power. And that is why they are offering me a deal. I can come home and everything will be peachy-rosy and honky-dory like it used to be. But the deal is I must stop writing. I will be put on what they call 'police supervision'. I need to report to the police headquarters in Bukit Aman from time to time. And I must surrender my passport over to the government and not stray more than 10 kilometres from my home.

In short, I shall be put under a sort of house arrest, like what happened to Ustaz Badrul Amin back in 2001. I may not write, meet a 'crowd' of more than four people, or give public talks (ceramah). I must stay indoors (in my own home) from 8.00pm to 6.00pm, and all that – just like the terms and conditions they imposed on Ustaz Badul Amin back in 2001.

Okay, enough digressing. Let us cut to the chase and get to the issue I want to talk about today. But before that first read the Bernama report below.


Former commercial crime director's case decision on March 12

The Sessions Court here today set March 12 to rule on former Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Ramli Yusuff who is facing two charges of failing to declare ownership of shares and interests in two properties worth more than RM1 million.

Judge M. Gunalan fixed the date after hearing submissions from deputy public prosecutor Datuk Abdul Razak Musa and Ramli's counsel Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

A total of 35 prosecution witnesses had testified during the trial, including Ramli's two younger sisters Roslina and Rohmah.

Ramli's friend, Datuk Ling Keak Ming, who assisted the former senior police officer sisters in acquiring the two shop-lots at Jalan Yap Kwan Seng here, also testified.

Ramli, 57, was charged with failing to declare the ownership of 20,000 Telekom Malaysia Berhad shares, 154,000 Permaju Industries Berhad shares and interests in two office properties worth RM1,032,840.

The offences were allegedly committed at the office of the ACA deputy public prosecutor in Putrajaya on Sept 17, 2007. — Bernama, 25 February 2010


Read it? Okay, now let's have some fun. Let's tear to pieces this Bernama report and fill in the gaps in their story. Then you will be able to see the bigger picture, which is not contained in the Bernama report.

On Thursday, 25 February 2010, Bernama reported that the decision in the case of Dato' Ramli Yusuff, the former Director of the Commercial Crimes Investigations Department (CCID) of the Malaysian police force (PDRM), will be delivered on 12 March 2010. Bernama also highlighted that a total of 35 prosecution witnesses had testified during Ramli's trial -- which included his two younger sisters as well as his old friend of 30 years, Datuk Ling Keak Ming.

By reporting all this, Bernama made it appear like the MACC had lined up so much evidence and that so many witnesses had testified against Ramli. They are painting the scenario that the evidence against Ramli was so overwhelming that even his own family and friends testified AGAINST him.

That couldn't be further from the truth. That is what is called 'journalistic slant' or 'spin-doctoring', the magician's tool used by journalists and newspapers to paint a certain 'picture' when the facts are not enough to support the story they are carrying.

The truth is Bernama was simply lying and telling half-truths. Utusan Malaysia did the same to lawyer Rosli Dahlan and then later had to profusely apologise for their "untruthful article and regret their conduct and the damage they caused him" (to quote what they printed later). Utusan Malaysia then acknowledged that their "article was written and published in a sensational manner to generate publicity which exceeded the parameters of ethical journalism surrounding the investigation of YDH Dato' Pahlawan Ramli Hj Yusuff" (again to quote them).

Now flashback to 2007: what did the mainstream media sensationalise then?

Malaysians will probably still remember that the mainstream media carried on its front page the story of the 'RM27 million cop'. This story was featured for weeks on end.

This story was calculated to overshadow what Ramli's CCID was about to expose regarding IGP Musa Hassan's complicity with the Chinese underworld Along (loan shark) syndicate. The 'RM27 million cop' story was to camouflage the plot by A-G Gani Patail and IGP Musa Hassan in pressuring the Deputy Home Minister, Dato' Johari Baharom, to release the Along boss, Goh Cheng Poh @ Tengku Goh.

In the end, the criminal was released while six policemen plus the Director of the CCID and lawyer Rosli Dahlan were arrested.

A very chilling story was narrated by Musa Hassan's ADC in his Statutory Declaration that Malaysia Today published at that time. Yet, there was total silence. In military terms – it was 'mission accomplished'. Ramli has been eliminated, and even if he gets acquitted he can never return to the PDRM as he has already reached retirement age.

Back to the charges against Ramli and I quote Bernama: "Ramli, 57, was charged with failing to declare the ownership of 20,000 Telekom Malaysia Berhad shares, 154,000 Permaju Industries Berhad shares and interests in two office properties worth RM1,032,840".

So it was never RM27 million then! Why the newspaper headlines calling him the 'RM27 million cop'?

Now, one very crucial element, which is missing from the Bernama report, is why wasn't the verdict delivered on 25 February 2010? Why did Dato' Razak Musa insist on further 'oral submissions' despite having already filed full written submissions? In short, why delay the verdict until 12 March 2010?

The answer is very simple. If the verdict to acquit Ramli were delivered on 25 February 2010, he would be a few days short of his 58th birthday, and therefore, technically, can still return to the PDRM.

You see, Ramli's 58th birthday is on the 29th of February 2010. Yes, a leap year. And Ramli had signed on to serve until his 58th birthday. Therefore, if the PDRM is really short of successors to take over as IGP, as they claim, then Ramli can return to the police force and be offered a contract to serve two or three years whereby he can then clean up the entire force (which is bad news for the syndicate).

This is not impossible. After all, Christopher Wan was given an extended service by contract and then made the CID Director, regardless that he had never served as a crime officer. IGP Musa Hassan is a very good example of a man who has overstayed his welcome (three-year contract and due to be extended yet again to four years), resulting in all the ills in the police force that we are witnessing today.

Remember Judge Supang Lian's comment that IGP Musa Hassan is an untruthful witness when he acquitted Ramli of another charge in Sabah? Even the judge thinks that IGP Musa Hassan is a scumbag not fit to be the IGP and that Ramli was being fixed up.

So, to make sure that Ramli can never return to the PDRM whereby he will 'haunt' his persecutors, Prosecutor Razak Musa, IGP Musa Hassan and A-G Gani Patail plotted to delay the verdict. That is how much they fear Ramli. They know that Ramli will for sure expose them for what they are. They also know that Ramli would not play ball with these scumbags. Even during the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Anwar's beating, Ramli would not play ball to cover up the black eye incident. And because of that IGP Rahim Noor was forced to resign and was sent to jail.

Ramli also eradicated the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah -- only to get into trouble with the Biro Tata Negara, which had issued Malaysian NRICs to these Indonesians and Filipinos. Do you now get the picture why Sabah and Sarawak are Barisan Nasional's new power-base?

That is why Ramli can never be forgiven nor allowed to return to power.

Malaysia Today had previously related the story of how the MACC charged Ramli purely on the statement of one underworld operator, Moo Sai Chin, a known criminal and a self-confessed briber, murderer, pimp and everything else that an underworld kingpin is. Moo was under IGP Musa Hassan's custody when he was purported to have been overcome by "a sudden wake of conscience" and revealed that he had bribed several police officers to cover up a murder case in Perak.

Moo never named Ramli in any of those reports. Instead, it was the MACC that lodged several cover reports against Ramli. Malaysia Today had tracked the suspicious reports from No. 098/07, which was based on No. 075/2007, which in turn was based on No. 072/2006, which, again, was based on No. 065/2006.

All these point to a conspiracy to eliminate Ramli.

Under cross-examination, DPP Kevin Anthony Morais, the Deputy Director of Prosecutions, MACC, already admitted that 28 out of the 35 witnesses were interviewed AFTER Ramli was charged, thereby confirming that the charges against Ramli were made hastily. The fact that Ramli was arrested and his only statement was recorded on that very morning, just before he was charged, is significant to show that he was fixed up by the MACC. In Dato' Seri Shafee Abdullah's words, that shows the recording of statement process was just a "melepaskan batuk ditangga". It showed that the MACC and A-G Gani Patail have decided to charge Ramli even before they took his statement.

In short, there was no proper or bona fide investigation.

Now, at the closing of the prosecution's case, all that Malaysia Today has been saying since 2007 about the plot to get rid of Ramli Yusuff has been proven true. The same thing will be proven of the things that Malaysia Today said about lawyer Rosli Dahlan. It is already clear that there was no predicated offence to invoke the issuance of the section 32 Notices against either of them. The brutality suffered by Rosli Dahlan is already the subject of the RM50 million legal suit that he has filed.

That is another story altogether, however, and a very interesting story indeed.

With all these happening, Dato' Johari Baharom also "suddenly had a wake of conscience". One of his aides, Nazree, contacted Malaysia Today to say that Johari is very concerned about the six policemen's fate. He added that Johari wants it made known that he is willing to be subpoenaed as a witness in these six police officers' trial.

This is certainly going to be dynamite. Johari was the Deputy Home Minister at the centre of the entire controversy. What he would be saying would surpass a C4 explosion.

When asked what Johari would say, Malaysia Today was told that he will confirm that his office received a visit from several Chinese underworld figures to seek protection against the threats and intimidation they received from the MACC. The MACC wanted them to retract their statements about Musa Hassan's complicity with the Along.

The pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are all now falling into place. Malaysia Today had previously posted the Statutory Declarations of these underworld figures and we were accused of publishing 'lies'.

The question you may be asking is: why is Johari so brave now? Well, the answer is apparently connected to the rumour about the recent raid on Musa Hassan's house that led to the discovery of RM1.5 million in cash! Do they still wish to deny this?

The Malays have a saying: takkan pokok bergoyang jika tiada angin, takkan ada asap jika tiada api….The English too have saying: There is no smoke without fire, London bridge is falling down……

news courtesy of

Liow: Resolutions Should Be Debated

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 08:01 AM PST

MCA Vice-President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong
Lai urged the party's leadership to allow delegates to debate resolutions,
including the proposal to amend party constitution, to be tabled at the party's
Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 7.

He said the delegates had the rights to debate the proposal before the
Central Committee (CC), the party's decision-making body, make its decision.

"The delegates have sent in their resolutions so it should be tabled and
debated at the AGM.

"This is not an amendment to party constitution... it is just a proposal to
amend the party constitution; so it can be debated and then the AGM can decide
on it and the CC can relook into it and make a decision," he told a news
conference after attending the Wangsa Maju Barisan Nasional 1Malaysia Chinese
New Year open house here, today.

Yesterday, a central committee member, Datuk Ti Lian Ker, who is aligned to
MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, urged Liow's faction to withdraw their
resolutions, saying they were unconstitutional.

Among the resolutions were calling for fresh polls and the proposal to amend
party constitution to standardise the appointment and removal of executive
office bearers and their deputies by the president.

Ti claimed that the resolutions were unconstitutional as any proposal to
amend the constitution needed prior referrals from the respective divisions and
the CC.

news courtesy of Malaysian Digest

Sport minister disappointed by 'rude' Indonesian fans

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 07:55 AM PST

Youth and Sports Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek expressed disappointment with the action of Indonesian football fans who showed disrespect to the national anthem (Negaraku) during an AFC Cup futsal match in Jakarta on Monday.

He added that the action by the Indonesian fans who snubbed the Negaraku which was played before the match between Malaysia and Vietnam, can bring about diplomatic implications between both countries.

"However, I do not believe it was done on purpose by the Indonesian FA or the Indonesian government.

"This is the work of a small group who were out to disrupt the cordial relationship between the two countries," he told reporters at a dialogue session for agencies and departments under the Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Ministry in Kemaman today.

Indonesian FA fined

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had fined the Indonesian FA RM17,006 for the action of their fans who did not rise from their seats when Negaraku was played and the compel matters further, they sang the Indonesian national anthem instead.

The Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister had subsequently apologized for the action of the Indonesian football fans.

Ahmad Shabery however, said he would not send a memorandum to his counterpart over the matter as the fine slapped by AFC was sufficient.

- Bernama

No tsunami threat to M'sia in wake of Chile quake

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 07:50 AM PST

The Meteorological Department has confirmed that there is no tsunami threat to Malaysia following a huge, 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Chile this afternoon, triggering waves towards several coastal areas in the country.

However, it warned the people living along the coastal areas of Lahad Datu, Semporna, Tawau and Sandakan in Sabah to be alert of high waves and rising sea water from noon tomorrow.

- Bernama

“STUMBLING BLOCK..Who is it….??

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 06:25 AM PST

The deafening silence which echoed through the FOUR WALLS OF PRS HEADQUARTERS" has woken up the TIGER OF SPDP. We have this copied from Bernama news through Sarawak update .com…..

MIRI, Feb 27 (Bernama) — Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) treasurer-general, Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing had asked the party's senior vice-president Datuk Peter Nansian to name the personality in SPDP who is the stumbling block in the efforts to merge with Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).

In a statement e-mailed to Bernama here on Saturday, Tiong said the group who disagreed with party president Datuk Seri William Mawan Ikom should be bold enough to name the individual rather than making remarks that could only spark speculations.

"I kindly urge Nansian, as well as others with him to immediately stop such comments which is underestimating the intelligence of the majority of the party members," he added.

He issued the challenge following recent news reports carrying Nansian's allegations that Mawan and his deputy, Datuk Peter Nyarok were being controlled by a certain personality in SPDP that led them to be unable to act on the merger process.

The challenge was also directed at PRS president Datuk Seri Dr James Jemut Masing who, Nansian had reportedly said, also knew the personality being referred to.

SPDP and PRS, two of the four Barisan Nasional Sarawak component parties, had been discussing the merging for the last five years but the issue heated up again last week after Nansian, along with four other SPDP elected representatives, wanted it to be done immediately.

The other elected representatives with him are Marudi assemblyman, Sylvester Entrie Muran, Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang, Bekenu assemblywoman Rosey Yunus and Mas Gading Member of Parliament, Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe.

Foreign cahood in Anwar's case

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 06:20 AM PST

Not surprising. Former Canadian prime minister Paul Martin has been Anwar's close aide at the latter's prime time as a DPM and finance minister. This 1995 picture of them shows how strong the bonds are.

Also no surprise. Part of the reasons why Anwar and his Pakatan Rakyat are resorting to delaying tactics in his sodomy case is to gather more international support, hoping for a massive diplomatic and political power that can apply mounting pressure on the Malaysian government to call off the trial and drop all charges against him.

No surprise at all that Anwar and former Australian premier John Howard are buddies. So, it led to more than 50 OZ members of Parliament to conveyed a protest note to our high commissioner in two weeks ago. Similarly, Amnesty International and other human rights organisations - almost all are pro-Western and pro-sodomy - are rallying behind him.

Paul Martin wrote in The Globe and Mail titled Speak Out For Anwar Ibrahim's Sake, writes among others '...If his country is to take its place among the progressive nations of the world, it is crucial that the politically motivated charge against Mr. Anwar be dropped and that he be free to pursue his vision of a democratic Malaysia, properly respectful of human rights and international law.'

This indicates how serious such words of 'political blackmail' are being applied by Anwar's friendly leaders and nations on the government. Nonetheless, there is a possibility of diplomatic constraints between Malaysia and some governments if Anwar is found guilty and re-send to jail.

Wall Street Journal's ''Raising Malaysia's Hackles'' printed a more stern warning, 'International attention may not change the course of Mr. Anwar's trial, but at the very least, it reminds Malaysia's elites that their actions won't go unnoticed—or, perhaps, without consequences.'

And read what Anwar's favourite writer from LA Times Mark Magnier wrote in the daily, 'Malaysian politician's sodomy trial publicises taboo topics' h e r e.

Since the High Court has turned down Anwar's request the lead time to gather more evidence for the case, we can expect more disparaging remarks from all over the world, as that is exactly what the Opposition wants.

However, its is also interesting to read what Sakmongkol writes under The goalposts keep shifting, quoting him as saying '...Here is where I encounter a problem. Anwar Ibrahim deserves justice. That we don't dispute. But his accuser, the alleged victim also deserves justice. Why is justice to Anwar more important than justice to Saiful? We need to know whether this Saiful is a fool and a liar.'

Also read BBC h e r e.... 'Government critics believe it is no accident that the charge against Mr Anwar is sodomy - this is not white collar crime, a funding scandal or a conflict of interest, it is something which cuts to the quick of this Malay politician's identity as a good Muslim.'

When his trial resumes, we better browse the Internet as tonnes of articles supporting him will appear. While Micheal Danby compares Anwar to that of Aung San Suu Kyi, I told some friends that Sungai Buloh is not a house arrest!

If Anwar is clean (I hope he is), there shouldnt be any more delaying tactics. Get it over and done with... and without foreign interference. Read a good analysis by Outsyed The Box h e r e.

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Posted: 27 Feb 2010 09:44 AM PST

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Pantu News: NCR Pelita Pantu Land Scam continues, Anybody Knows Kayah ak Jabon?

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 04:28 AM PST

Adam ak Bara, Bugak ak Bunsi,  Collin ak Jarop, Keai ak Lingi and Bunsam ak Sering of kampung Ubah have extinguished and transferred their Native Customary rights to  Kayah ak Jabon (NRic 750215-13-5918 a bidayuh from Serian. who is Kayah ak Jabon? The NCR land size is about 200 acreas, 71.261 Ha. The pengulu of Pantu is also alleged involved in this Land scam. This NCR land is supposedly outside project boundary area.  Look at the letter from Tetangga Akrab Pelita (Pantu) Sdn Bhd (Kim Lung Berhad) demand upfront payment for Kayah ak Jabon. The landowners were asked to sign statutory declaration. How can this happened? Some of the NCR  Land in these areas are surveyed in 1930's by Brooke Government. Any comment?

Anwar Ibrahim will be jailed 60 years plus 20 rotan

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 04:38 AM PST

In order to nail Anwar Ibrahim down, our gomen even staged such a sandiwara ... a Kuala Lumpur City Hall worker was sentenced to a 60-year jail term and 22 strokes of the rotan as punishment for being convicted under Sections 377A and 377B of the Penal Code. (see below details).

This is Malaysia lah, murder also no need to find $0.01 fine but sucking lollipop have to go to jail for 60 years plus 20 rotan.

Welcome to Sakailand ... Mahathir must be smiling lah.

Oral sex laws need to be repealed
Ng Shu Tsung Feb 23, 10

I am certainly shocked at the recent news report where a Kuala Lumpur City Hall worker was sentenced to a 60-year jail term and 22 strokes of the rotan as punishment for being convicted under Sections 377A and 377B of the Penal Code.

The punishment is excessively severe for infringements committed under Section 377B. For your readers' information, Section 377 of the Penal Code reads as follows:

'377A. Carnal intercourse against the order of nature - Any person who has a sexual connection with another person by the introduction of the penis into the anus or mouth of the other person is said to commit carnal intercourse against the order of nature.'

'377B. Committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature - Whoever voluntarily commits carnal intercourse against the order of nature shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to twenty years, and shall also be liable to whipping.'

It is clear under Section 377A that oral sex is a crime, in addition to being a crime for any male to engage in anal sex. The key word here is 'male' as this section targets only men as it is a man who would put his penis into the mouth or anus of another.

This ancient law may have been enacted as a discrimination against same-sex encounters. However, there are other better ways to deal with the sexual issues of gays, lesbian and transsexuals.

It also seems that the full extent of this Penal Code law has been clearly abused where political matters are concerned.

Can anyone tell me why the de facto leader of the opposition has been charged for sodomy a second time while a Chinese minister of a Barisan Nasional component party clearly caught on tape engaged in oral sex has been let off easily?

There is a big possibility that this section has made most consensual sexual activities illegal between couples regardless whether they are married or not.

Section 377 of the Penal Code is an outdated law and must be repealed.

Malaysia: Jailed 60 Years for Oral Sex!

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 04:28 AM PST

In order to nail Anwar Ibrahim down, our gomen even staged such a sandiwara ... a Kuala Lumpur City Hall worker was sentenced to a 60-year jail term and 22 strokes of the rotan as punishment for being convicted under Sections 377A and 377B of the Penal Code. (see below details).

This is Malaysia lah, murder also no need to find $0.01 fine but sucking lollipop have to go to jail for 60 years plus 20 rotan.

Welcome to Sakailand ... Mahathir must be smiling lah.

Oral sex laws need to be repealed
Ng Shu Tsung Feb 23, 10

I am certainly shocked at the recent news report where a Kuala Lumpur City Hall worker was sentenced to a 60-year jail term and 22 strokes of the rotan as punishment for being convicted under Sections 377A and 377B of the Penal Code.

The punishment is excessively severe for infringements committed under Section 377B. For your readers' information, Section 377 of the Penal Code reads as follows:

'377A. Carnal intercourse against the order of nature - Any person who has a sexual connection with another person by the introduction of the penis into the anus or mouth of the other person is said to commit carnal intercourse against the order of nature.'

'377B. Committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature - Whoever voluntarily commits carnal intercourse against the order of nature shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to twenty years, and shall also be liable to whipping.'

It is clear under Section 377A that oral sex is a crime, in addition to being a crime for any male to engage in anal sex. The key word here is 'male' as this section targets only men as it is a man who would put his penis into the mouth or anus of another.

This ancient law may have been enacted as a discrimination against same-sex encounters. However, there are other better ways to deal with the sexual issues of gays, lesbian and transsexuals.

It also seems that the full extent of this Penal Code law has been clearly abused where political matters are concerned.

Can anyone tell me why the de facto leader of the opposition has been charged for sodomy a second time while a Chinese minister of a Barisan Nasional component party clearly caught on tape engaged in oral sex has been let off easily?

There is a big possibility that this section has made most consensual sexual activities illegal between couples regardless whether they are married or not.

Section 377 of the Penal Code is an outdated law and must be repealed.

“Separatists 5..HAMI PUN ASAI…??”

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 01:46 AM PST

"Hami Pun Asai"{ ANYTHING CAN } says a registered voter and says that the 5 YBS are really putting the whole Sarawak BN equilibrium into a right fixed and jeopardy. The allocation of Seats which has been meticulously put together by the State BN Chairman and his team is in a total disarray. 

Is it really…?? The BN SPDP will be needing 5 new faces for the next State elections and anyone who wishes to be considered are to join in the queue. It appears that the Separatists 5 has not heeded the CMs call for "COOL IT" and they have crossed the line and the price is too heavy to consider coming back.

In the broken shield blog this was written and it was pointed out to audie61,"They have told the Press that they would never come back to SPDP and are seeking a "merger" with PRS in order to remain in the Barisan Nasional

They have use some of the options and now they are finding ways to wriggle out of it.

  •  SG appointment walkout.
  •  Merger SPDP/PRS derailed 
  •  Joining/Parking at  PRS
  •  Attending PRS SC.

Its a road block everywhere and now they are telling the whole politcal world that they are attending a PRS LOGO LAUNCHING AND THEY ARE INVITED. Are they trying to hold Taib Mahmud to a RANSOM…???

 Of course they are using the kind words of Mawan to try to come back. Will they or will they not? Swallowing their pride is the next bests thing and CM will certainly tell them that.

THe BN Stand is clear and precise and does not want to be held with a knife at their necks. There is no room for sentimentality and BN cannot afford to be caught in a battle just before they go to war against the Pakatan.

SO HAMI PUN ASAI justs does not work for the SPDP Separatists and they need to chart a way back HOME.

Who will succeed Taib Mahmud?

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 02:31 AM PST

The triennial delegates conference of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) starting in Kuching on Monday may be a humdrum affair as there is no contest for key positions except for some seats in the party's supreme council.

Still, for political reasons, this conference will generate much interest among political analysts and party members as the long-serving party president and Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud may choose the occasion to indicate his possible successor, at the very least.

Some in the party's inner circle are speculating that Taib will provide some hints on his possible next-in-line as this might be his last term to head PBB, the most powerful political party in Sarawak. But will he really? Many are also doubtful that he will do so at this juncture.

"He should have an exit strategy by now but there's no evidence of this," said Datuk Seri Daniel Tajem, an Iban who served as deputy chief minister to Taib in the early 1980s.

Tajem, who is now an advisor to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak, said Taib should have just taken the bull by the horns and publicly announce that he would quit.

Political analyst Dr Sivamurugan Pandian believes that Taib will relinquish his top party position only after the next state election because if he steps down now, it might trigger be a power struggle within the party. "He has to groom someone to take over. We may see some indication who is likely the person after the PBB convention," he said.

Dr Sivamurugan said from a political strategy perspective, it would not be wise for him to step down before the state election as the party might be focusing more on who is going to be the next chief minister instead of winning and retaining power in the state election.

"Which issue would they want to focus, the state leadership or state election? Taib would not become an election issue if he stay on and lead the campaign in the coming state election. The thinking of the people in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak are all different. That's why, it would be better for Taib to step down only after the state election," he added.

The potential successors are likely to come from those in the party's deputy president position, who are normally being groomed to take over the top leadership. But then again in Sarawak politics, it does not mean that this would happen for sure.

Taib, 74, is believed to be seriously looking for leaders to lead the party. He has helmed PBB since March 26, 1981, a period of about 29 years. What is interesting is that whoever succeeds him as PBB president is going to be the chief minister of Sarawak.

In the past, Taib has eyed a number of PBB leaders who could take over from him, including Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Daud, Datuk Seri Effendi Norwawi, Datuk Bujang Ulis, Datuk Abang Abu Bakar Mustapha and Datuk Seri Adenan Satem.

However, all of them had somewhat disappeared into political oblivion, for a number of reasons. Some were said to be impatient, some just gave up waiting.

PBB was formed following the merger between Parti Bumiputra and Parti Pesaka in January 1973. In the party's history, no one has ever challenged the party president and most of the party's top positions went uncontested, except on two occasions, in 1998 and 2005, but it only involved the deputy president's post.

In 1998, both Adenan and Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg challenged each other for deputy president, which was reserved for the Malay/Melanau section of PBB.

Abang Johari triumphed following strong backing from the Dayak members despite the fact that Adenan was strongly backed by Taib at that time. Adenan, the vanquished, was later appointed by Taib as the party's senior vice-president. Seven years later, Adenan mounted another challenge on Abang Johari, but the delegates conference was postponed when it was reported that some of Adenan's supporters were found to have allegedly duplicated branches in some 40 constituencies.

PBB was later advised by the Registrar of Societies to have the election or risk being de-registered like the now defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS).

Taib hinted in 2006 that he would have one last shot as the chief minister. The term of the current state administration will expire by July next year. But, as early as last year, Taib sent a signal that he was preparing to step down and was reported to be looking for someone regardless of race to be trained to take over from him.

Talk of Taib preparing to pass on the baton picked up momentum in April last year after the demise of his wife, Puan Sri Laila Taib, who had been described as the pillar of support for Taib in his political career.

Thus, the focus of interest will be on the current batch of senior leaders — Deputy President I Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Deputy President II Abang Johari and Senior Vice-President Datuk Seri Awang Tengah Ali Hassan as possible successor.

Alfred Jabu, an agricultural graduate and experienced politician, has been tutored by two of Sarawak's best known politicians — Tun Abdul Rahman Yaakub, the former chief minister and Yang Dipertua Negeri, and later by Taib himself. Since having been elected as state assemblyman for Layar in 1974, he has been appointed to various ministerial posts, including deputy chief minister under Rahman, and since March 1981 under Taib.

Another chief ministerial candidate is Abang Johari, who comes from an illustrious family where his father, Tun Abang Openg, was the first governor of Sarawak. Holding an MBA degree from a British university, he is said to have shown his capability as industrial development minister before being moved to the tourism ministry. In the recent state Cabinet reshuffle, he was tasked to look after the state ministry of housing and urban development.

Taib's son, Datuk Seri Sulaiman who recently resigned as deputy tourism minister, has also been mentioned as another possible candidate as there is speculation that his father wants him to return to Sarawak and be "trained to take over". Political observers who have closely monitored Sarawak politics said although Sulaiman had not offered to contest any position in the party's election, it did not mean that he would not be picked as a candidate in the next state election.

Another aspirant for chief minister is Awang Tengah, the minister of public utilities and the second minister of planning and resource management, which is considered by some as be the most powerful ministerial position after Taib in the state Cabinet.

There is also talk that Taib has also sought the views of people close to him, including some Dayak and Chinese ministers regarding his possible successor.

So, who will succeed Taib? The guessing game continues. — Bernama

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