Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Aesop's Fable No 2 - The boy who cried wolf

Aesop's Fable No 2 - The boy who cried wolf


Aesop's Fable No 2 - The boy who cried wolf

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 01:53 PM PDT


There once was an ambitious boy who thought of bodeking the boss as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep voters. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, "Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!" "Local elections! Local elections! Lim GE doesn't want local elections!"

The villagers voters came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away cry out for local elections. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf Lim GE actually wanted local elections. The boy quietly laughed at the sight of their angry faces behind their back.

"Don't cry 'wolf', boy," said the villagers voters, "when there's no wolf!" They went grumbling back down the hill.

Later, the boy sang out again, "Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!" To his naughty delight, he watched the villagers run up the hill to help him drive the wolf away.

When the villagers saw no wolf they sternly said, "Save your frightened song for we now know it's really PM Najib who doesn't want local elections! Don't cry 'Lim GE doesn't want it' when it's your BN towkay!"

But the boy just grinned and watched them go grumbling down the hill once more.

Later, he saw a REAL wolf, namely the EC who said it can't hold local elections for Penang and Selangor (aiyah, because Najib oledy said so lah). Whether he was alarmed or not (after all he's a BN minion), he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, "Lim GE doesn't want local elections! Lim GE doesn't want local elections!"

But the villagers voters by now knew he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn't come.

At sunset, everyone in kampung Gelakan wakakaka wondered why the boy hadn't returned to the village with their sheep votes. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.

"There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, "Wolf!" Why didn't you come?"

An old man tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village.

"We'll help you look for the lost sheep votes in the morning year 2023," he said, putting his arm around the youth, "Nobody believes someone who keeps giving bullsh*t alarms ...!"


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PAS Terengganu Ikut Perlembagaan Atau Tidak?

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 02:26 PM PDT

Bersambung dari artikel Tulang Besi "Apabila Lawyer Cabuk Mentafsir Perlembagaan PAS", suka Tulang Besi menarik perhatian kepada PAS Terengganu.

Tulang Besi diserang kiri dan kanan kononnya Tulang Besi tidak mengikut Perlembagaan PAS Pusat kerana mengadu terus kepada SU Agung PAS Pusat.

Di Terengganu, pemilihan kepimpinan di peringkat Kawasan dan Negeri termasuk Dewan-Dewan dilakukan tidak mengikut perlembagaan PAS. Di Terengganu, mereka memilih pemimpin di peringkat Kawasan dan Dewan dengan menggunakan sistem yang serupa dengan DAP.

Mereka panggil sistem ini: Sistem Gugusan.


Secara mudahnya, para perwakilan Kawasan hanya akan memilih sebanyak 13 (atau lebih, saya tak ingat jumlah tepat) Ahli Jawatankuasa Kawasan.

AJK2 yang dipilih ini kemudiannya akan bermesyuarat dan memilih senarai kabinet baru mereka termasuklah YDP kawasan, TYDP Kawasan, NYDP Kawasan, Ketua Penerangan dan Bendahari Kawasan. Selain dari itu, AJK2 ini juga akan melantik AJK2 tambahan ke dalam kabinet mereka.

Ustaz Nasaruddin Tantawi pernah menerangkan sistem ini dalam artikel beliau "Tahniah DPP Negeri Terengganu ." . Artikel tersebut saya bawa di bawah artikel saya ini.

Sesiapa sahaja yang membaca Perlembagaan PAS Pusat akan melihat bahawa jawatan-jawatan YDP, TYDP dan NYDP MESTI DIPERTANDINGKAN. Jawatan Ketua Penerangan, Bendahari dll sahaja yang tidak dipertandingkan dan dilantik oleh YDP dgn persetujuan AJK.

Dari Perlembagaan PAS:


(2) Yang Dipertua, Timbalan Yang Dipertua dan Naib Yang Dipertua dan Ketua Urusan 'Ulamak PAS Kawasan itu hendaklah dipilih dan dilantik tiap-tiap dua tahun sekali daripada ahli-ahli PAS Kawasan itu dalam mesyuarat agung tahunan yang ada pemilihannya.


Jadi, mereka yang marah dengan Tulang Besi kerana, kononnya, tidak mengikut Perlembagaan PAS Pusat, apa komen mereka terhadap PAS Terengganu?
Kalau mengikut Perlembagaan PAS Pusat, KESELURUHAN PEMILIHAN KAWASAN DAN DEWAN di Terengganu adalah TIDAK SAH!!!.

Sistem yang digunakan oleh PAS Terengganu adalah lebih mirip kepada Democratic Action Party (DAP). Ia bukannya sistem yang ditunjuk oleh Perlembagaan PAS Pusat.
Saya tak tau nak kata apa lagi. Bagaimana perlanggaran Perlembagaan PAS Pusat boleh dilakukan oleh sebuah negeri secara terang-terangan sebegini, saya pun tak tau. Apa pun alasannya, oleh kerana kita telah pun berada dalam zaman ini, maka PAS Terengganu WAJIB kembali ke sistem yang ditunjuk oleh Perlembagaan parti.

Kalau tidak, apa gunanya ada Perlembagaan PAS Pusat kalau sesiapa sahaja boleh melanggarnya seperti yang dilakukan oleh PAS Terengganu?

Juga, di mana akhlak PAS Terengganu apabila mereka memilih pemimpin dengan membelakangkan Perlembagaan PAS Pusat?

Seingat saya, sistem ini adalah atas cadangan dari Pemuda PAS Pusat sewaktu tahun 80an dulu. Setahu saya tiada pindaan perlembagaan dibuat ke atas cadangan Pemuda PAS Pusat ini. Mungkin dahulu alasan "trial" boleh digunakan tapi sekarang ini sudah lebih 30 tahun masa berlalu.

KAlau PAS Terengganu mahu kekal sistem "DAP" itu, maka wajiblah Perlembagaan PAS Pusat dipinda. Kalau tidak mahu dipinda, maka wajiblah PAS Terengganu mengubah sistem mengikut Perlembagaan PAS Pusat.

Tulang Besi

p.s. contoh yang diberikan oleh Ustaz Nasarudddin Tantawi adalah berkaitan dengan Dewan Pemuda Negeri. Peruntukan Perlembagaan adalah:

"(2) Ketua, Timbalan Ketua, Naib Ketua dan dua pertiga daripada Ahli-ahli Jawatankuasa yang disebutkan dalam ceraian (1)(g) Fasal ini hendaklah dipilih dan dilantik oleh Muktamar Tahunan Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri daripada pemuda-pemuda ahli PAS dalam negeri itu pada tiap-tiap dua tahun sekali atau pada mana-mana Muktamar Tahunan Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri yang ada pemilihannya."


Bandingkan dengan pernyataan Nasruddin Tantawi dari artikel beliau:

"Setelah disyurakan , Al Fadhil Yb. Ustaz Mohd Nor Hamzah diamanahkan sebagai Ketua Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri Terengganu sementara Timbalannya disandang oleh Al Fadhil Ustaz Wan Shukairi Abdullah dan Naib Ketua ialah al Fadhil Ustaz Ridzuan Hashim ,
Posted by Nasrudin Hassan at Tantawi at 14:01"


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Malaysiakini wins top media brand award

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 09:52 AM PDT

Top news website Malaysiakini was yesterday recognised as one of the country's favourite brands at the inaugural Putra Brand Awards. Malaysiakini was picked as one of Malaysia's top six media brands, alongside TV stations Astro, TV3, 8TV, newspaper The Star and global search engine Google. According to award host the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia (4As), the Putra Brand Awards is unique as Malaysian consumers themselves are the judges. A consumer research polling system involving 6000 people helped select Malaysia's most preferred brands across a spectrum of 18 categories with the top three brands in each category being honoured with a gold, silver and bronze ranking. This is the largest consumer research sampling of its kind nationwide covering both East and West Malaysia. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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KJ openly declares he is not Malay Champion

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 04:02 PM PDT

Sure he is the leader of BN youth but how did he get there?

I am pretty sure that if he was not Umno Youth Chief he would not be BN youth chief....
maybe he is as smart as he thinks he is and can explain how he becomes BN youth chief without first becoming Umno youth Chief

now.. if he is the Umno youth Chief he must understand the meaning of the acronym...I hardly takes a first class degree from OXford to spot that the M in UMNO stands for Malay while the U insists that the party fights for Malay Unity. with unity comes strength and respect.

I guess his degree from Oxford has given him a much deeper insight into the intentions of the founding fathers of Umno and maybe even greater understanding of the mind of the current leader, DS Najib Tun Razak but somehow I doubt it.

Let me take you guys back to the ten steps wrong out of ten steps theory

someone who falls down at every step can only be doing it on purpose, you know like Mr Bean... do it to attract laughter and ridicule... this is the 11th wrong step

I will tell you why

Politics is a game of power, without power all you have are rhetorics and angry words.
Umno must hold on to power in order to serve the people and to do that it must win the game of perception.

at this moment in time Malays are reeling from the bitter aftertaste of DAP power in Perak, Penang and Selangor and they are quite ready to find comfort in a party that will promise to look after their interests...
therefore now Umno must not be seen to be openly declaring that they are abandoning Malay interests.... even if they have the intention they must keep it private

and yet here we have the Youth Chief openly declaring that he cannot be the Malay Champion because he is BN youth chief...

Malay voters who are coalescing around Umno must be looking at him and wondering what is happening

they might have second thoughts now... who gains from this??? Pakatan

with every step it seems that KJ is bent on giving the Opposition the advantage...it is becoming harder and harder to move away from the conclusion that KJ is fighting Anwar's war from within Umno

The usual cybertroopers can feel free to hit back


This is funny

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 09:47 AM PDT

Someone left a comment on the post Fantastic Facts and Funnies. I thought I'd share it with you here in case you're too lazy to click on the comments section to read it. Enjoy!

For the sake of balance and objectivity, let me say this:

"Patrick Teoh! you extreme talentless geriatric old fart. Why are you so extreme and arrogant?! Can't you see all the good things the government has done for you and your extremities? Isn't the grass extremely brown on the other side? So brown in fact, as to blind you to all the goodness and peace and wonderfulness that surrounds you when you go to sleep at night and dream extreme, inappropriate and viridian thoughts about the other side's grass? Your arrogance stems from the pathologically extreme need to hit back at perceived "injustices" (i.e. being referred to parenthetically without proper syntax) inflicted on you, redundantly and for no apparent reason. The Voice of Malaysia has become the Joker indeed, which has caused a lot of people to laugh, as this is what jokers do and get paid for."

Okay, that's it. In response to this, I suggest you post the following separately:

"This is a wonderful country. I am so happy to know that I am safe and can sleep soundly and the grass is green. Losmah Manchor so bootifooo. Yes. Truly.

NIAMAH!!!"


Police Day: To Serve and to Protect

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 09:21 AM PDT

24032010810Vision to be leading enforcement agency integrity competent and committed to work with the community. The royal Malaysian Police forced is commited  to serve and protect the nation and to work in partnership with the community in the maintenance of law and order. Selamat Hari Polis from Dayak Nation


Perlis Speaker: Titi Tinggi rep withdraws quit letter

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 09:00 AM PDT

The state assemblyperson for Titi Tinggi Yip Sun Onn has withdrawn his resignation letter, according to Perlis state legislative assembly speaker Yazid Mat.

According to Yazid, Yip stated his intentions to withdraw the letter through a cellphone text message at about 7pm today.

azlan"He has repented from his action (of resigning) and is now prioritising his party and constituents," Yazid told Malaysiakini.

He assured that Barisan Nasional did not entice him to stay put as a state assemblyperson with any kind of offers or promises.


Zul Nordin's expose could bring PKR and RPK to their knees

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 08:59 AM PDT

Strange innit how PKR and RPK share the same three letters in their name and also were mentioned in the same breath in the explosive expose by firebrand MP and certifiable loose cannon, Zulkifli Nordin.

I do not particularly like Zul Nordin because I think he is a bit too eager to please and therefore that makes him a bit of a lalang or 'survivor' in politics.

Survivor may be a great reality show but in politics it is not an adjective one would wear on one's sleeve

That said, Zul is not someone who minces his word and those large, and sometimes barbed verbal chunks can be hard to swallow.

Today he let out a particularly large chunk, claiming that he was offered a handsome of cash to implicate Datuk Seri Najib and his wife in the Altantuya murder case...

He went on to ridicule the many and violently contradictory Statutory Declarations of PI Bala that purports to implicate the Premier in  a murder case.

This stack of rubber stamped document forms the flimsy backbone of any Opposition ceramah, they quote it as Gospel as they do the now discredit medical report from Pusrawi that claims there was no evidence of penetration on Saiful's anal cavity...

Opposition bloggers have gone particularly quiet on this issue, maybe they are huddled somewhere trying to find a way to discredit both the message and messenger...

Zul Nordin was calm as he debated the Royal Address but the Opposition tried everything they could to block him or at least delay the punchline.

His message of political allegiance was mixed at best but as some BN backbenchers put it, that is just his way of claiming 'true independence' to make it out as if he is the only one who votes with his conscience.

Zul has the distinction of being viewed with the dimmest of suspicion by both sides, we have not seen someone as controversial since Ibrahim Ali.

I happened to be with BN backbenchers just out of the Dewan when Zul started talking and you can see their disgust blended with a complete lack of what to make of the man....

He says he still loves and respects the de-facto leader of PKR but at the same time he swings the double-edged sword of Qazaf at Anwar.

Qazaf is denied if it can be proven that the act did happen since the accuser is the victim....

As such I think that the Syariah court is waiting for guidance on the acceptability of the DNA evidence in Criminal Court.

If the DNA evidence presented by the prosecution in the criminal case stands scrutiny, then it can be acceptable in syariah court... of course this is up to the judge's discretion. - I can just see Anwar already waiting to spin another story out of this...

anyway if it can be proven that the crime did happen, then the charge of Qazaf against Saiful cannot stand... that would put the Opposition leader in a serious bind..

even more serious than the serious bind he is in right now, I'm afraid

Oh and we have not even started to dwell on the implication of a police investigation into who exactly offered Zul Nordin money to falsely accuse the Prime Minister and his wife.. that should be fun

I hope someone will lodge a police report on this matter soon


Saham judi: Ibrahim Ali akan saman

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 07:09 AM PDT

Ahli parlimen Pasir Mas, Datuk Ibrahim Ali melahirkan rasa terperanjat dan menyifatkan kenyataan Setiausaha Agung PKR, Saifuddin Nasution bahawa dia mempunyai saham dalam syarikat judi, Ascot Sports sebagai jahat, biadap dan tidak berakhlak. Dalam SMS yang dihantar hari ini, Ibrahim juga membidas Malaysiakini kerana menyiarkan laporan itu semalam. Saya terperanjat dengan sifat jahat, biadap dan tidak berakhlak langsung tuduhan Saifudin Nasution yang membuat dakwaan saya ada saham saham judi dalam syarikat Ascot Spots kepunyaan Vincent Tan. Kenyataannya terbit dalam Malaysiakini yang ditulis oleh Salhan K Ahmad. Penulis dajal ini wujud atau pun tidak atau guna nama samaran, tulisnya. Menurut Ibrahim kenyataan berkenaan bertujuan memburukkan namanya kerana kelantangan beliau memperjuangkan agenda Melayu.
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KTM records statement on alleged assault

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 03:57 AM PDT

KTM Bhd has recorded a written statement from wheelchair-bound Karuppannan Veeramalai, who alleged that a Komuter train driver had assaulted and verbally abused him earlier this month over a parking incident. Karuppannan met with KTM officials at the central region administration office for commuter services at KL Sentral this afternoon. malaysiakini.com
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Baru Bian Urges MACC To Investigate Failed Projects in Bario-Ba’Kelalan

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 07:16 AM PDT


MCA Donald”7 Wins And Home Free”

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 06:29 AM PDT

Innovative! Creative! Eye Catching and Certainly a  Plus point for Donald Lim to back a Winner. This is what Paul Scholes of Man.united has to say,"The bottom line is that if we win all our matches we'll win the league." Manchester United can win all their remaining seven games to retain their Barclays Premier League crown.
Chelsea,Liverpool and Arsenal MCA voting delegates will need to think twice as Donald Lim is  a big fan of the Manchester United football club. No wonder they always say even now," FOOTBALL EVERYWAY IS CLOSELY LINK TO POLITICS" Do we need to elaborate further.??
Of course politics is serious business but one must know how to carry the message across to win votes. Donald Lims campaign is no different and we hope he does pull it off at this MCA elections on 28th March 2010.  
Donald Lim also said,"I hope leaders from Selangor will be united. But will the Selangor MCA leaders be united just like Manchester Uniteds team players who will need no extra push or incentives as they look forward to an unprecendented 4th title in a row and also overtaking arch rivals Liverpools 18th Title.
Lim is focusing his attention on Selangor because he said the state was very important to Barisan Nasional. "MCA suffered a huge setback by losing many of our state and parliamentary seats in the general election."
All the bests Donald Lim from all of us at audie61.


Sociopolitical Views

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 01:44 AM PDT

Regular commentors are invited to share theirs. I'll begin as an example.

Abortion: Pro-life. Abortion only in health emergencies or rape, incest etc.

American politics: Lean Conservative, not necessarily Republican.

Anthropogenic Global Warming: Skeptic.

Communism: Nice idea that really, really doesn't work in the real world.

Economy: Free market with regulations to prevent unethical practices.

Energy: Fossil fuels now, gradual introduction of better technologies and renewable energy. Pet favourite is

Polywell clean fusion reactor. USA should drill for its own oil, stop buying it from terror-funders.

Environment & Animals: Humans first. Animals should be treated well, but have no rights per se.

Evolution: Middle ground. Transitional fossils meh, DNA link yeh. Still don't see how macro-evolution could work.

Government size: Smaller, leaner government. Privatization is the way to go.

Gun rights: Gun ban in countries with few guns, concealed carry for countries already swimming in guns.

Homosexuality: Neutral on gay marriage. Believe homosexuality is prohibited by JudeoChristianity.

Israel/Palestine: Two state solution. Hamas stops trying to kill Israelis, and Israel reciprocates.

Obama: Think he is inexperienced, egoistic, very very far left, doing a lousy job.

Religion/Philosophy: Protestant Christian.

Torture: Hawkish. Water in your nose is not torture, gouging our eyes as shown in Al Qaeda manuals is.

War on Terror/National Defense: Hawkish. Peace through strength. Military intervention to prevent genocide. Kill terrorists before they kill innocents (including Muslim

civilians).



Study: Last Supper Paintings Supersize The Food - By Marilynn Marchione.

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 05:33 AM PDT

Has even the Last Supper been supersized?

The food in famous paintings of the meal has grown by biblical proportions over the last millennium, researchers report in a medical journal Tuesday.

Using a computer, they compared the size of the food to the size of the heads in 52 paintings of Jesus Christ and his disciples at their final meal before his death.

If art imitates life, we're in trouble, the researchers conclude. The size of the main dish grew 69 percent; the size of the plate, 66 percent, and the bread, 23 percent, between the years 1000 and 2000.

Supersizing is considered a modern phenomenon, but "what we see recently may be just a more noticeable part of a very long trend," said Brian Wansink, a food behavior scientist at Cornell University.

The study was his idea. For biblical context, he sought help from his brother, Craig Wansink, professor of religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Va., and an ordained Presbyterian minister.

The Bible says the Last Supper took place on a Passover evening but gives little detail on specific foods besides bread and wine.

"There's nothing else mentioned. They don't say there's a fruit cup or carrot cake," though other foods such as fish, eel, lamb and even pork have appeared in paintings through the years, Brian Wansink said.

For the study, he used paintings featured in the book "Last Supper," published in 2000 by Phaidon Press. They include perhaps the most famous portrayal of the meal, by Leonardo da Vinci. Computer technology allowed them to scan, rotate and calculate images regardless of their orientation in the paintings.

Details are in the April issue of the International Journal of Obesity.

The study is "not very meaningful science," said Martin Binks, a behavioral health psychologist and a consultant at Duke University Medical Center. "We have real life examples of the increase in portion size — all you have to do is look at what's being sold at fast-food restaurants."

A more contemporary test would be to analyze portion sizes in Super Bowl commercials, he suggested.

"That would be a much more meaningful snapshot of how this society's relationship to food has changed," Binks said.


Courtesy of AP


Pantu News: RE erection of illegal Structure Iron Crossbar (With intent to Block Public Road Access) by Tetangga Akrab (PELITA) Kim Lung Berhad. History Repeats itself, now Simpang Ubah to Rubber Smallholders Scheme at Bilal

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 04:51 AM PDT

Patu/000530/10  Pada 24.03.2010, lebih kurang jam 1000 hrs, saya telah diberitahu oleh pekrja saya bernama Bujang Ak Skinner melalui telefon bahawa sekumpulan penduduk Kampung yang diketuai oleh Robert Asun sedang membina halangan di kawasan Jalan Awam, Simpang Kampung Ubah, Pantu.  sebagai pengguna harian jalan tersebut, saya bagi pihak penduduk Kampung berkenaan tidak bersetuju dengan pembinaan itu.  Laporan dibuat untuk tindakan mana-mana pihak yang berkaitan. This company had been advised to dismantled the iron crossed bar at KM2, Ubah/Tekuyong/Isu/Gayau/Keranggas road in September 2009. Now they RE erect the Iron Crossbar at Simpang Ubah to Bilal, and deprived the RIGHTS to access of Natives people to their Land. Any Comment?


Parliament, where laws are made

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 05:31 AM PDT

Do you know that if you indulge in oral sex you can go to jail for ten years? That is the law. Oral sex is a crime and punishable by a long jail sentence. However, if they implement this law then 80% of Malaysians will go to jail, maybe more. Anal sex too is the same, even if you do it with your own wife.

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin

Since last week the Malaysian Parliament has been 'hot'. Many 'newly-independent' Members of Parliament have taken centre stage to whack their opponents on the 'other side'. The fact that they are supposed to be 'independents' and yet they whack the opposition means they consider the opposition as the 'other side'.

How would this then make them independents? Zulkifli Noordin, in fact, defended Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, which gives an impression that he is now 'Najib's man'.

Now, when Malaysia Today says it is independent that may be almost close to the truth (I said 'almost' because Malaysia Today too takes a stand; so that does not quite make us totally independent). Even Anwar Ibrahim and Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim are not spared.

The pieces I wrote saying that Anwar is better off in jail since he is not addressing the problems of his party and that of the opposition while Khalid should resign as MB and hand over his post to Azmin Ali really hurt the feelings of these two personalities. But, hey, this is a no holds barred column. And that is the nature of the beast, no holds barred.

This current session of Parliament has been reduced to a mud-slinging match where everyone tries to outdo each other in how much shit they can dredge up. It has become so downright personal. It is about how bad a scumbag and slime-ball the 'other side' really is.

Exposes, revelations, shit stirring and mud slinging is the work of Malaysia Today. That not is the work of Parliament. Parliament should be above this gutter politics. Leave that to Malaysia Today. We live in the gutter.

Since Parliament has infringed into Malaysia Today's turf by embarking on exposes and revelations about the indiscretions, wrongdoings, violations, etc., of politicians, Malaysia Today is going to infringe on the work of Parliament. Let Parliament take over the work of Malaysia Today. Malaysia Today will then take over the work of Parliament.

There are 222 Members of the Malaysian Parliament. And Parliament is where laws or Acts are enacted.

Parliamentarians are voted into office by their constituents. So they represent their constituents. Most times, however, the Parliamentarians are not too concerned with what their constituents want. They are more concerned with their own personal needs. That is why Parliament has been reduced to an arena where you make personal attacks on those from the other side of the political divide.

How many of the 222 Members of the Malaysian Parliament meet their constituents before each session of Parliament? This should have been done in early March for this current session of Parliament. Do they conduct regular meet-the-voters sessions or dialogue sessions with the people who voted them into office to get the voters' views and opinions on what they would like to see raised in Parliament?

Ex-Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Malaysia is a country with first-world infrastructure but third-world mentality. Well, maybe not quite first-world infrastructure but certainly third-world mentality.

When you watch the Malaysian Members of Parliament in action you can certainly see that even they have a third-world mentality.

How can the Malaysian Parliament transform itself into a first-world institution when you have third-world Members of Parliament? It is like putting the lunatics in charge of the asylum. I would not consider even 20% of the 222 Members of Parliament as being worthy of their office. And it is even worse when you look at the more than 500 State Assemblypersons. I would not employ some of them to drive my car or tend to my garden let alone represent me in the State Assembly. Takde standard langsung.

Almost two weeks have been wasted and so far nothing good has come out of the current session of Parliament. Is this how we are going to continue until the end of this Parliament session?

I remember back in 1999 when the then opposition coalition, Barisan Alternatif, set up a Shadow Cabinet. Committees were also set up to assist each 'Cabinet Minister' from the opposition. I was in some of those committees. We did research and prepared papers for the opposition Members of Parliament so that they could indulge in quality debates in Parliament.

In 2004, when the opposition was almost wiped out in the general election, this practice was not continued.

Nevertheless, in 2004, I was engaged by a few Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament to help them do research and to prepare questions and identify issues for them to raise in Parliament.

In 1999 we did this free of charge for the opposition. In fact, we spent our own money to fund the activities.

So in that sense it may have been free for the opposition but it certainly cost us quite a bit of money. In 2004, when a few Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament who had heard of our work approached me, I agreed to do it for them -- not because I support Barisan Nasional but because I wanted the peoples' voice to be heard. And since the opposition is not able to do this then I work with anyone else who can, Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament included.

The Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament told me that the 1999-2004 session of Parliament was hell for them. The opposition Members of Parliament gave them a hard time. They were so well prepared and raised some very good issues in Parliament. After the 2004 general election things toned down a lot and it was plain sailing for Barisan Nasional.

Since 2008 I no longer do research or prepare papers for the Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament.

Most of them have been kicked out of Parliament anyway because of the 80 seats that the opposition won. I thought, with 80 seats in Parliament, surely the opposition is well poised to handle matters on their own. It appears, however, this is not so.

Parliament is where laws are made or reviewed. Parliament makes the laws by which we have to live under.

Old laws need to be reviewed as to whether they should be repealed or amended and new laws to address new developments need to be introduced. Is this being done? Are our 222 Parliamentarians even concerned about this?

I do not intend to write a book so it would be impossible for me to cover all the issues. I shall just offer some examples to demonstrate what I am talking about. But this is far from the entire 'shopping list'. There are just so many issues, which I can't cover in a short article.

Let's first talk about the Internal Security Act (ISA). This was a law introduced in 1960 after much debate.

The Deputy Prime Minister cum Home Minister, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, introduced the Bill in Parliament and the Opposition Leader, D.R. Seenivasagam, stood up to question the rationale of a draconian detention without trial law.

Tun Razak explained that there are about 800 Communist Terrorists operating in the Pahang jungles and along the Malaysian-Thai border. The ISA is to address the Communist Insurgency and for no other purpose.

And with that assurance even the opposition supported the introduction of the ISA.

Well, the Emergency is now over and the Communist Party of Malaya signed a Peace Treaty with the government in 1979. So there is no more Emergency or Insurgency. But the ISA is still in force. And it is no longer used against Communist Terrorists but against political dissidents and alleged 'Islamic ' terrorists.

Why aren't the 222 Parliamentarians debating this?

The ISA states that it is supposed to be used against 'a body of persons', which means an organised group, not against individuals. And the ISA is meant 'to combat the Communist Insurgency'. In the first place, is the ISA even legal? Does the ISA breach the Constitution, which says one cannot be detained without first being told of his/her crime, without being allowed access to a lawyer, without being brought before a court of law to be charged, and so on?

So the ISA is clearly being abused. In fact, it may even be unconstitutional. Read the Parliament Hansard of 1960. This is all on record. Is the ISA now a law to cover non-Communist activities as well? In that case this needs to be debated in Parliament and the government needs to clarify this. As it stands now, the ISA is illegally being used against those who should not be detained under the ISA (non-Communist Terrorists). But the 222 Members of Parliament are not concerned one bit.

What about the Petroleum Development Act (PDA)? This law was introduced in 1974. But is this law legal (the same question with regards to the ISA)? Does Parliament have a right to take control of the states' natural resources? When the states agreed to join the Federation it was agreed that natural resources are state matters and do come under the control of the federal government.

The ISA and PDA are not the only laws that Parliament passed, although legal from the point of 'majority vote', which may not quite be legal according to the Constitution.

Okay, the legal eagles would argue that since Parliament passed those laws then they are legal. There are provisions in the Constitution that allow Parliament to pass 'illegal' laws' during an Emergency. And Emergency has been declared in Malaysia. And Emergency has not been undeclared up to now.  So, under the Emergency, laws that violate the Constitution can be passed.

Agreed. And that is why we have the Police Act where they can prevent gatherings of more than four people. And this law is being used against the opposition to the fullest. So it is not illegal for the police to arrest those who assemble in a crowd of more than four people in spite of the fact that the Constitution allows freedom of peaceful assembly.

In short, because we declared an Emergency in Malaysia 50 years or so ago, Parliament can ignore what the Constitution says and can pass laws that sidestep the Constitution.

That may have been the proper course of action 50 years ago. 50 years ago there were bombings and shootings and people were dying. And the culprits were the Communist Terrorists and, later, the Indonesians during the 1962 Konfrontasi. But with the end of the Emergency and Konfrontasi, why is Malaysia still applying emergency laws? And why are the 222 Members of Parliament not debating this?

Enough examples. Let me stop here before this piece gets too long. Suffice to say much needs to be debated and corrected in the event a correction is in order. But the 222 Members of Parliament are not doing this. Instead, they use Parliament as a personal battlefield.

I can easily draw up a list of 100 issues, starting with the ISA, PDA, declaration of the Malayan Emergency, and so on, that parliament needs to address. We have inherited many laws, which at the time the laws were introduced were suitable, but may not be so today.

Do you know that if you indulge in oral sex you can go to jail for ten years? That is the law. Oral sex is a crime and punishable by a long jail sentence. However, if they implement this law then 80% of Malaysians will go to jail, maybe more. Anal sex too is the same, even if you do it with your own wife. Do these laws need to be reviewed? Do they need to be repealed? Are they still applicable, even for Muslims?

Hey, the days when you can have sex with your wife only after obtaining the consent of the English king under the 'Fornication Under Consent of the King' law (F.U.C.K. for short) are long gone. This is the new age.

And the oral and anal sex laws have also gone the way of those other archaic laws. Malaysia too has many laws that are archaic. They may have been appropriate 50 years ago. They may not be so today. And Parliament must address this. But the 222 Members of Parliament are too busy doing other things and do not have time to look into this.

courtesy of malaysia-today.net


916 right but execution wrong, says Zulkifli

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 05:08 AM PDT


Zulkifli says he will not engage in slanderous tactics. — file pic
Zulkifli Noordin has maintained that the planned Pakatan Rakyat (PR) takeover of the federal government on Sept 16, 2008 was not wrong, only that the tactics used were questionable.
The Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP told reporters that any-right minded opposition would have plans to take over the federal government.

"A takeover, there is nothing wrong with that, it's just the method; it should be ethical and honourable," he said.

Last week, Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohd Hashim claimed that Anwar had contacted Barisan Nasional MPs to defect to PR to help the coalition topple the federal government on Malaysia Day in 2008.

Zahrain had named Dr Puad Zarkashi (Batu Pahat), Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh (Kalabakan), Datuk Anifah Aman (Kimanis), Datuk Eric Majimbun (Sepanggar), Tengku Datuk Seri Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar (Jerantut), Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Gua Musang), Datuk Chua Soon Bui (Tawau) and Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (Kinabatangan) as those who were ready to defect.

But Zulkifli stopped short of concurring with Zahrain's so-called list, saying that the information he received back then might not tally.

"The information that I got might be different than Zahrain's (claims). But at this point I do not plan to raise this."

Maintaining that some secrets of the party would remain secret, Zulkifli said he did not want to indulge in slanderous tactics.

"When the time came for fun we had fun; once you are out, you don't tell. At this time I don't want to say anything, no slandering for me. It's dirty," said Zulkifli.

courtesy of Malaysian Insider


Hishammuddin to Lim Kit Siang: Accept reality

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 05:00 AM PDT

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein rebuked veteran DAP leader Lim Kit Siang for exploiting a reported rift between him and inspector-general of police (IGP) Musa Hassan.

"I have already said repeatedly that there is no rift between me and the IGP but Lim is purposely exploiting it for his political purposes. Only yesterday I responded to the allegation and today they still cannot accept the fact and (are) accusing us of acting," said the minister.

Hishammuddin was responding to Lim's accusation that the minister and the IGP are pretending to be on good terms, alluding to the newspaper photos today of the duo greeting each other.

He told reporters at the Parliament lobby that Lim should just accept the truth and reality that there is no "crack" in their relationship.

"They (the opposition) are purposely harping on this issue," said Hishammuddin.

azlanClaims that the duo are at odds were hilighlighted after Musa was interviewed by Malay-language daily Utusan Malaysia's weekend edition Mingguan Malaysia. Musa was quoted as saying that a 'third party' is interfering with the police force.

Musa was vague about whether this third party comprised politicians or other individuals.

Asked to comment, Hishammuddin had said that he was unaware of the situation and urged the authorities to investigate.

He also said Musa was merely responding to a question during the interview and their relationship was still a cordial one.

"I don't know what else to say, people can see for themselves. How else can we expose their lies; that all this is for politics?" he asked.

Lim: Don't bluff

At an earlier press conference, Lim demanded a clarification from Musa as reported in Mingguan Malaysia.

lim kit siang 02"We want a proper explanation from the IGP. He must explain the truth or otherwise, admit that what was reported was wrong."

The DAP veteran said Hishammuddin and Musa should not mislead Malaysians over the issue.

"Do they really expect Malaysians to believe that all is well between them, as if what happened over the past few days and their statements never existed? Hishammuddin and Musa should not cover up the issue," he added.


courtesy of Malaysiakini


'Tekun funds only for Umno-friendly?'

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 04:58 AM PDT

Mohd Hayati Othman (PAS-Pendang) has expressed worry that funds from the Tekun scheme are being channelled only to those 'friendly' to Umno.

"To get the forms, you have to go to Tekun offices located mainly in Umno buildings. To endorse the forms, you need a BN elected representative," he said.

"To apply you need to submit the form again at the office in Umno premises. I wonder if the Tekun funds are only available to certain groups."

Mohd Hayati raised the matter during the question session in Parliament this morning, in a supplementary question to Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Noh Omar.

noh omar statement in paper parliament pc 301105 ignorantNoh (right) refuted that the funds are available only to Umno-friendly individuals.

"Of the 159,587 who have received Tekun funding, can you prove that there are no PAS members among them?" he asked.

He explained that the offices are located in Umno buildings because of logistical expediency and because no - or low - rent is charged.

The opposition had claimed that federal allocations and aid programmes are being hijacked by Umno and BN as a way to only benefit party stalwarts and to influence grassroots support.

The Tekun financing scheme is a fund to provide micro-finance to small bumiputera entrepreneurs. It is administered by the Yayasan Tekun Nasional, an agency under Noh's ministry.


courtesy of Malaysiakini


Sidang Akhbar Permodalan YBK ~ Saman Kerajaan Selangor esok!

Posted: 24 Mar 2010 04:32 AM PDT

SIDANG AKHBAR

Kepada Ketua Editor/Editor Kanan/Editor Berita

Daripada Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif YBK mewakili YBhg Dato' Pengerusi, dan Ahli Lembaga Pemegang Amanah Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan

Tarikh 24 Mac 2010

YBhg Tan Sri/Dato'/Tuan/Puan,

TINDAKAN MENFAILKAN SAMAN & TUNTUTAN GANTI RUGI OLEH PERMODALAN YBK SDN BHD TERHADAP KERAJAAN NEGERI SELANGOR BERTEMPAT DI MAHKAMAH TINGGI MALAYA SHAH ALAM

Sukacita saya merujuk kepada YBhg Tan Sri/Dato'/Tuan/Puan berkenaan perkara di atas.

2) Satu saman akan difailkan oleh Permodalan YBK Sdn Bhd, yang diwakili oleh The Chambers of Kamarul Hisham & Hasnal Rezua terhadap Kerajaan Negeri Selangor yang dijadualkan seperti berikut :-

Pada : 25 Mac 2010

Masa : 9.45 Pagi

Tempat : Mahkamah Tinggi Malaya Shah Alam, Perkarangan

Menara MRCB, No 2 Jalan Majlis 14/10 Seksyen 14,

40000 Shah Alam, Selangor.

YBhg Dato' Pengerusi YBK akan mengadakan kenyataan akhbar sejurus selesai sesi tersebut. Semua media cetak dan media elektronik dijemput hadir membuat liputan.

Sekian, terima kasih.

……………………………………………..

(ZULHAIRY JALALUDDIN)

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif

Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan


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