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Posted: 01 Mar 2010 09:48 AM PST
The last time Malaysiakini sat down for a chat with Anwar Ibrahim, he was the man of the hour.
Fresh from a string of victories in the 2008 general election, he was then about to leave for Permatang Pauh to make his political comeback.
Rais Yatim whenever this guy opens his mouth…..garbage just starts to spill all over….for heavens' save change your damn mode
SCENE 3: the mother HINI frog from kelanteh
TIME: Circa 2OIO
A Truth Nobody Will Ever Admit Why Mahatir Incarcerated Anwar Does Justice Matter After 11 Years Why Lingamgate Was Buried?
You see Ibrahim shaking hands with Najib? Looks like he's about to join UMNO, for this we have to thank PAS.
Only racist hypocrites and mouthpieces of Barisan Najis like Ibrahim Ali understand and loves the concept of 1Malaysia lies ! !
Owww, you got me, Shane. It's High Noon for me. That sure is frontier justice. Thank you, oh mighty cowboy, for saving me from my savageness…by killing me."
Umno spent the year systematically sabotaging the PR-ruled states by abusing varous institutions of democracy.
The PR was portrayed as weak, wavering and wobbling and Umno as having bounced back stronger to stamp its "supremacy". Najib was back in the saddle (taking the country for a ride) with his slogans!
The PR's successes were downplayed. Umno's scandals were diverted. Federal funds were denied or delayed or distributed discriminately.
PR leaders were demonised and Umno portrayed as the champion of Islam and the Malay race, and the defender of the royalty. Umno was bent on destabilising and destroying PR!
Umno shamelessly labelled the PR chief a "chameleon" (which Umno politician is not?) and a UMNOHigh Court ordered him to stand trial for Fabricated sodomy charges! But Anwar soldiered on.
Corrupt political leadership does not attractive men of outstanding integrity; neither can it be expected to enact effective laws to maintain high integrity in government. That truism has practically reduced our options to only one – a change of political leadership. That is, if we are still serious about restoring the rule of law and the pursuit of excellence for the country.
"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?
Raincoats & Turncoats another Garbage like Chandra Muzaffar – yeah right. Quit PKR and almost immediately got a job with the BN govt as a big bucks consultant.Who is Datuk Sallehudin? He was a former blue eye boy of Tun Daim. So,Garbage like Zaharain and Tan tee Beng should return to where their roots are and that is BN and UMNO the garbage dump…..By this garbage leaving is good for PKR and now PKR has less of these garbage and lesser headache for YB Anwar and PKR. i leave it to you to think of his background Umno selects tainted candicates all the time, and these rubbish continue to plunder the rakyat. Umno don't even bother to apologize to rakyat for this. At least Anwar has apologized for selection of bad candidates and he will be picking better ones for GE13. Rakyat's vote will still go to PR, as PR have shown sincerity in all their actions. BN and Umno are hopeless hypocrites.readmore A Truth Nobody Will Ever Admit Why Mahatir Incarcerated Anwar Does Justice Matter After 11 Years Why Lingamgate Was Buried?
Raincoats & Turncoats These frogs are naive. Do you think UMNO/BN will field you in the next GE? Dream on. UMNO/BN know fully well that rakyat today are not dumb-dumb. What UMNO/BN did was to unstable PR. These frogs are just, toads, or rather pawns.Corrupted ex-PKR politician quits PKR for BN is a proof that BN is corrupted. On the other hand, only clean, strive for rakyat rights ex-BN politician quits BN for PKR (e.g: Zaid Ibrahim, Chua Jui Meng, S Subramaniam). Only idiots still hold their faith in BN.Rose bushes needs pruning ever so often to allow the blossom to fully reach its maturity. PKR was a movement that surpassed itself, most likely astounding its own people of the level of success in the previous election. It was a party restricted by the continued arrest and harassment of its opposition leader and facing a BN machinery that has all the ammo from its 50 odd years as an incumbent and controls mechanisms such as the media, judiciary and police for. It was true that whoever Pakatan picked for election they had a chance to win, a running joke was that if they fielded a stick it would still win, so large was the disillusion with BN. Yet it isn't surprising that there would still be bad apples, most that left were former BN people that were opportunistic as they were sidelined by BN and now their worth to be bought over has increased due to PKR. It is a good time to take stock and clean house, candidates from Pakatan must be of high caliber and can withstand public scrutiny. The people will now judge better of their candidates and all political parties must ensure that candidates are capable of running their office and serving the rakyat. If these party quitters are really truly moralistic they should relinquish their post upon leaving the party as the people voted them based on the ticket they were running.read more The United States And Amnesty International Have Raised Concerns Over The Sodomy1 Charges Against Anwar What Will Be Like This Time?
A year and a half later, however, his Pakatan Rakyat coalition is on the defensive. There is a new and more robust prime minister in charge. Pakatan lost Perak after BN engineered a number of defections.
Anwar himself is facing another controversial sodomy trial. But being an incorrigible optimist, he remains upbeat.
In this first of a four-part interview, he tells Malaysiakini about his battle to clear his reputation in a second sodomy charge leveled against him, which he concedes is a liability in the battle for Malay votes.
But unlike the Sodomy I trial 10 years ago, Anwar is confident of staying out of prison despite all the "dirty machinations" by BN.
He also said that, although Najib is a stronger opponent than his predecessor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (Pak Lah), he does not hold a candle to his other adversary, Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"Mahathir's strength is that he fights things head on. Najib is never known to have the capacity to face up to things," he explained.
Anwar said that Najib's tactics of using Umno mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia and institutions such as the judiciary to smear him is a sign of "cowardice" and "sheer hypocrisy".
"I know their personal lives, I was their friend…. Who is talking about morality here? In Islam – be it sodomy, adultery, drinking or corruption – who can pass the test? Name one person. Can Najib pass the test?" he asked.
Excerpts of the interview follow. The content has been edited for language and brevity.
Malaysiakini: It seems that since Sept 16, 2008 Pakatan has lost momentum and that Najib, notwithstanding the Perak episode, has been coming up with initiatives that are getting media attention, thus giving BN the upper hand. Do you agree?
Anwar Ibrahim: I would say that in the first three months (of Najib's term in office), yes. You have (the global public relations firm Apco Worldwide), fully-financed to craft this liberal image and (they are) temporarily successful.
So you have this façade of this nice guy trying to reform the country, and then you have this hidden agenda and black hand using all these powers – the Special Branch, the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission, the judiciary, (attorney-general) Abdul Gani Patail and the prosecution – to 'beat up' opposition leaders.
It's not just Anwar, it's (Kelantant Menteri Besar) Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, it's (Penang Chief Minister Lim) Guan Eng. I think the more effective you are, the more the beatings. So I think the situation has changed dramatically.
Was he (Najib) successful in Perak? Yes, but only in taking over the government. But (was he) successful in terms of winning the hearts and minds of Perakians? I'm not sure.
(Was he) successful in trying to portray that he is the champion of the Malays, contrary to his public image and persona in his 1Malaysia concept? People know it is sheer hypocrisy, done to please some segments. I don't think he is convincing anyone.
The only issue is now, to me, the battleground is the Malays, because they tend to repeat this in their incessant propaganda and mechanism using instruments like Utusan Malaysia. (This is) clearly racist. The true Umno agenda is in Utusan Malaysia, the façade is Najib's 1Malaysia.
You mean to say that just because the Chinese and the Indians don't read Utusan they are completely ignorant? No. So the battleground is among the Malays, which means we, particularly the Malay leaders … and I've said to (DAP leader Lim) Kit Siang and Guan Eng is that even the Chinese leaders need to go down, not only to court the support of the Malays but to show that here in Pakatan Rakyat we have a breed of Malays who remain committed to the Malay and Malaysian agenda, which we will have to explain.
We have Chinese leaders who say, 'Look, this is the stark reality. We are not here to have a Chinese government'.
Tougher in a sense that he is more vicious and ruthless. You can see it in the case of Perak. You saw that he was prepared to call (the former Perak Pakatan assemblypersons) to his house for days, which is not usual. I mean, he doesn't care that people associate him with dirty machinations, because he thinks he has Apco to cover his international image.
(Najib) would have no qualms … look at the present case. That he could call up the young man, and (sodomy complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan) admit to meeting him before the (police) report….this is not done if you are any decent sort of political player. Stalin, Hitler, I don't know. I have not heard or seen anything like this throughout my experience.
(As for) the judiciary, the (Perak) 5-0 decision in the Federal Court means that they don't care. The way they dismissed the (royal) commission report in the VK Lingam case. You can name it, one after another.
Clearly, we are in for a tougher challenge, which is also a sign of desperation. I'm sure his advisers would tell him, 'Look, we don't have an option. The (BN) component parties are in complete disarray. We have to hold on to Umno, get these Malays, hold the base and threaten the rest'.
Would you put Najib on the same rank as Mahathir, in the way he is using state institutions?
Yes, in some ways, because Mahathir is a very strong influence (on Najib). I don't see much difference, although Mahathir's strength is that he fights things head on. Najib is never known of having the capacity to face up to things.
More subtle in a sense?
I don't consider that subtlety. I consider it cowardice, because he has never in his entire political career had to face up to a challenge.
On one hand, he has 1Malaysia, and on the other he has Utusan. Some argue this is because of a split between him and deputy premier Muhyiddin Yassin, who is seen close to Mahathir. Do you agree?
I don't know, and I am not keen to comment on that. The rationale that Najib is a true Malaysian leader … and then there's Utusan.Utusan is under him! It is totally naïve to think that here is the prime minister and president of Umno and he has no influence over the police, the AG, the judiciary and more so, the media.
The president of Umno has absolute control of the media, but more soUtusan because it is their mouthpiece. That, you can read, is the real Najib.
He wants to make sure to dilute some of the attacks because then he can turn around and say that he didn't say anything. He didn't say it, but Utusan (did and it) is under him. How do you deny it? Probably get some of his boys to say this might be Muhyiddin, that the prime minister has nothing to do with this.
So you think his fingerprints are there.
I am absolutely certain. I have been associated with Umno and I know how the prime minister and the president of the party controls (Utusan). It's absolute.
Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor came up with a statement recently denying that she is the one pulling his strings. Knowing Najib as you do, do you agree?
She may be right. It's not strings, we're talking about ropes. [Laughs]
Rosmah and Najib have also been alleged to be involved in the 'conspiracy' levelled against you in the sodomy charge. How confident are you of winning the case?
I don't know about winning, but they cannot even prefer a charge with compelling medical evidence. If they are determined, they have to fight it out, and it's not easy.
They have to send Abdul Gani of all people, the most discredited AG in the region, to defend the issues of law and governance in Washington DC. They will send him to Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Qatar … so I say, 'Good. You send the AG as the roving ambassador and save the country'.
The Australian MPs are backing you quite strongly.
Not only the Australian MPs. Some to do it quietly. I know of presidents and prime ministers of countries who have written to Najib and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
But based on the Sodomy I trial, it looks like they are hell-bent on getting you. Your bail wasn't granted and you went straight to prison.
(Judge) Augustine Paul is gone, but then the same thing is happening now. You see the change of judges, the issue with the charges … they think they have improvised and are more sophisticated in the charge, but they made enormous blunders too.
In the first charge, no medical evidence was required. In the second charge, they had medical evidence but that has actually forestalled the process. They can smear, and they will continue to do that to my reputation, to my character, they have done that for the past 11 to 12 years. They have done everything. Not that I like it, I am actually sick of this.
It reflects the worst of characters, (those) who claim a moral position. The worst form of hypocrisy. I'm now saying this, this is in public domain. I know their personal lives, I was their friend. Don't forget, I was deputy prime minister and had quite some powers, overseeing the Anti-Corruption Agency, and the Special Branch reported to me.
But what do I do? Do I choose to play their game? No, I don't. They should thank me because I have not been provoked to the extent of opening up the cases that I know of. But that does not stop them.
I remain confident not because I am naïve and unrealistic, but it is a tough sell. Mahathir did so, and he just couldn't be bothered, known to disregard every single rule. Of course, now, everything has been exposed in the Lingam tape. I have redeemed myself, I am vindicated. In fact, the Anwar case, for me, is strong enough.
Now we also have the billionaire list, which includes his son (Mokhzani). I don't need to pick a fight with (Mahathir).
We have Najib, who wants to portray himself as a liberal man, a reformist. He can't have this and at the same time think that Gani, the mediocre AG, will help resolve the problem. He can't.
So I am confident. (DAP adviser) Dr Chen Man Hin, (told me), 'Keep up the good fight'.
You are the central figure for Pakatan and PKR. Can the coalition and party hold it together if you go to prison?
I don't think this is true, because many of the programmes, for example the ones that (DAP secretary-general Lim) Guan Eng and (Penanti state assemblyperson Mansor Othman) organised in Permatang Pauh, they attracted a huge crowd even without me. In Perak, there are huge programmes.
But sometimes they do want to pull slightly larger crowds, (and) so okay, I can do that.
You're confident that, without you, the party will survive?
So far, the programmes in Penang, Kedah, Perak are going on without me. And I'm not going to jail. No way are they sending me to jail. For doing what?
Even if you don't go to jail, hypothetically, will the party be able to survive if you are out of the picture? Because you are a personality cult, people are in it because they support you.
Of course, people talk about it. But I was out of the picture for six years and things were still going on.
People were backing your fight for justice. If we take Anwar out of the equation, will PKR…
Don't give them the idea of me going out of the picture. These guys are nasty. That's why I've stepped up my security. It's a bit annoying and people complain, they say, 'We can't even shake hands with him'. But we have our intelligence and people advise us, so I have my hands tied.
Relating to the sodomy charge, some people say, there is no smoke without fire. How do you react to that? People are saying that 'perhaps…
No, this is tak baik (not right). You accuse the people, then you smear them, which is unprecedented. Nobody in Malaysia, or throughout the world (has done this). Look at history, Chinese history, Indian history, Muslim history, there is nothing…
It just shows how vicious, how dirty the machinations, how desperate these people are. So a (police) report has been made, should I be investigated? Yes. Should a charge be preferred? No.
You ask any legal expert, any Muslim expert, internationally, to look at the charge. The charge says, 'Yes, the doctor said it's conclusive, but we don't think it's conclusive'. What is this? It's a joke.
Medical evidence is medical evidence. This is the first charge in the world that people know of where you can prefer against a person when there is medical examination and findings (against it). That's it. Why this 'smoke and fire' and all that?
My friend, a doctor in Washington told me, 'You can't have pretty girls in your office because your wife will not approve. You cannot have young, handsome men because it will lead to suspicion'.
So I asked, 'Then what happens?'
'Have 70-year-old ladies as your secretaries'. [Laughs]
What Mahathir did was to implant suspicion, and what Najib does is to reinforce this. But do you let these evil forces to succeed? Do you allow these dirty machinations to succeed?
Again, why this hypocrisy on personal lives and morality? Who is talking about morality here? In Islam – be it sodomy, adultery, drinking or corruption – who is talking about it now?
An immoral person cannot lead. But what is immorality in Islam? Who can pass the test? Name one person. Can Najib pass the test?
Speaking of campaigns, you are now being used as the poster boy for gay rights internationally. What do you think of that?
[Laughs] What did I do to them? I have quite a strict moral code myself but I don't impose.
I know some Malay friends who (are known to drink, so) what do I do? Do I not be friends with them? No, but I say, 'Please don't drink in front of me because it will embarrass me and cause problems'. Why this pretentious manner of imposing a moral code?
You can preach nicely. My understanding of Islam is that. There is a clear (understanding) that is not for you to probe, peep and then publicise to humiliate people.
These are the works of rogues who are trying to show as if they are so pious. I mean come on, oh my God … you know these characters, their personal character.
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 07:35 AM PST
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 08:14 AM PST
Malaysiakini's news headlines Tee Beng quits PKR reported:
Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng today formally announced his resignation from PKR and is now an Independent.
However, he refused to confirm if he will be an ally to Barisan Nasional.
But he appealed to the federal government to release federal development allocations for his constituency, so that he can do his job in serving the people.
Asked how he would respond if BN expects his support in Parliament in return for the federal allocations, Tan said "these are two very different things which should not be linked".
I draw two items from the above report:
Firstly, by appealing to the federal government to release federal development allocations for his constituency, he has finally admitted that allocations to MPs (as different from Penang ADUNs) should be from the Federal government and not the Penang State government.
In other words, he has by default also admitted that his accusatory attacks against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for allegedly refusing to provide financial allocations for his Nibong Tebal federal constituency had been a misdirected malicious attack all along, that was, attacking Lim Guan Eng for no other reason that he wanted to attack Lim Guan Eng.
It probably was because Lim is DAP.
Secondly, note he hasn't rejected the idea of joining BN or becoming a so-called 'BN-friendly' MP, like Hee is in the Perak State Assembly. But this post is not about Tan becoming a frog. If he does that, it won't surprise me. After all, his family roots are in Gerakan-BN. His father Tan Ghim Hwa was the former Gerakan State Chairman, and known as the sworn enemy of the DAP.
Lim Kit Siang had in 1991 described Tan Ghim Hwa as a political vulture in a matter where phone threats were made against Lim, allegedly by some Gerakan Party members.
This post is more about Tan Junior's attack against CM Lim GE in particular and the DAP in general.
We can of course speculate that his background could have been a possible factor in his latent hostility towards the DAP and the son of Lim Kit Siang, and eventually brought to the boil after some disagreement with CM Lim. But let us not forget that he came from the Chinese section of PKR, led by (its de facto section leader wakakaka) Tian Chua.
In the lead up to March 2008, Tian Chua had realised that while the Malay (ex UMNO) bloc of PKR would electorally contest against UMNO, his Chinese section would have difficulty staking out 'green pastures' as the DAP had already been grazing on those plots for eons.
So it wasn't strange that Tian Chua targeted the DAP rather than the MCA (or Gerakan) in the earlier days when Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang were talking about PKR and DAP (and PAS) forming a loose pact to defeat the BN. Then PKR's idea of so-called 'negotiations' with DAP had been to make press releases without DAP even knowing about (or agreeing to) the negotiations. Azmin Ali had been a notorious culprit in such media pre-emptive strikes against the DAP.
Given these two factors, I suppose one shouldn't blame Tan Tee Beng for possessing such an invincible bias against the DAP and the Lim family. But one wonders at his political moral values for leaping out of PKR just after two years as an MP elected under the party's banner.
My uncle knows his father quite well. In the days when Dr Lim Chong Eu was wandering (like Moses) in the political wilderness, between his resignation as MCA President until his co-founding of Gerakan Party with people like Dr al-Alatas and Tan Sri Dr Tan Chee Khoon, Tan Ghim Hwa joined Dr Lim in his pre-Gerakan party called UDP (United Democratic Party) in Penang. His political baptism of fire was in my village Ayer Itam but he was defeated by MCA's Lim Kean Siew (formerly of Labour Party).
Tan Ghim Hwa was then a greenhorn pollie, and known as Mr Clean. My uncle was shocked when 25 to 30 years later Lim Kit Siang brought out the issue of alleged phone threats to his (Lim's) safety, and Lim's description of Tan Ghim Hwa as a 'political vulture'.
Remember Tan Ghim Hwa's political allegiance metamorphosed as a member of a Gerakan Party against BN's predecessor (Perikatan or Alliance) to being a member of a Gerakan Party within BN.
Is this going to be a sad case of 'like father, like son'?
But more importantly, the lessons from the actions of PKR people like Tan, Zahrain, Firaus, etc suggest that both federal and state seats in Penang should go to a party whose candidates will be least likely to jump the Pakatan ship.
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 07:06 AM PST
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 05:02 AM PST
Is this the man?
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 06:45 AM PST
Bob can't get an erection so he goes to the doctor.
The doctor tells him the muscles at the base of his Penis are broken down and there's nothing he can Do unless he's willing to try an experimental surgery.
Bob asks what the surgery is and the doctor tells him They take the muscles from the base of a baby elephant's trunk, insert them in the base of his penis, and hope for the best.
Bob says that sounds pretty scary but the thought of never Having sex again is even scarier, so he says ok.
The doctor goes ahead and performs the surgery and about 6 weeks later he gives Bob the go ahead to "try out his new equipment".
Bob takes his wife out to dinner. While at dinner Bob starts Feeling incredible pressure in his pants. It gets unbearable and he figures no one can see him so he undoes his pants.
No sooner does he do this than his penis pops out of his pants, Rolls across the table, grabs an apple from the fruit basket, And disappears back into his pants.
His wife sits in shock for a Few moments, and then gets a sly look On her face.
She says, "That was pretty cool! Can you do that again?" With his eyes watering and a painful look on his face, Bob says, "Probably, but I don't know if I can fit another apple up my ass."
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 06:03 AM PST
An unemployed man is desperate to support his family. His wife
watches TV all day and his three teenage kids have dropped out of
high school to hang around with the local toughs. He applies for
a janitor's job at Microsoft and easily passes an aptitude test.
The human resources manager tells him, "You will be hired at
minimum wage of $5.15 an hour. Let me have your e-mail address so
that we can get you in the loop. Our system will automatically e-
mail you all the forms and advise you when to start and where to
report on your first day."
Taken back, the man protests that he is poor and has neither a
computer nor an e-mail address. To this the manager replies, "You
must understand that to a company like ours that means that you
virtually do not exist. Without an e-mail address you can hardly
expect to be employed by a high-tech firm. Good day."
Stunned, the man leaves. Not knowing where to turn and having $10
in his wallet, he walks past a farmers' market and sees a stand
selling 25lb crates of beautiful red tomatoes. He buys a crate,
carries it to a busy corner and displays the tomatoes. In less
than 2 hours he sells all the tomatoes and makes 100% profit.
Repeating the process several times more that day, he ends up
with almost $100 and arrives home that night with several bags of
groceries for his family.
During the night he decides to repeat the tomato business the
next day. By the end of the week he is getting up early everyday
and working into the night. He multiplies his profits quickly.
Early in the second week he acquires a cart to transport several
boxes of tomatoes at a time, but before a month is up he sells
the cart to buy a broken-down pickup truck.
At the end of a year he owns three old trucks. His two sons have
left their neighborhood gangs to help him with the tomato
business, his wife is buying the wholesale tomatoes, and his
daughter is taking night courses at the community college so she
can keep books for him. By the end of the second year he has a
dozen very nice used trucks and employs fifteen previously
unemployed people, all selling tomatoes. He continues to work
hard. Time passes and at the end of the fifth year he owns a
fleet of nice trucks and a warehouse which his wife supervises,
plus two tomato farms that the boys manage.
The tomato company's payroll has put hundreds of homeless and
jobless people to work. His daughter reports that the business
grossed a million dollars. Planning for the future, he decides to
buy some life insurance.
Consulting with an insurance adviser, he picks an insurance plan
to fit his new circumstances. Then the adviser asks him for his
e-mail address in order to send the final documents
electronically. When the man replies that he doesn't have time to
mess with! A computer and has no e-mail address, the insurance
man is stunned, "What, you don't have e-mail? No computer? No
Internet? Just think where you would be today if you'd had all of
that five years ago!"
"Ha!" snorts the man. "If I'd had e-mail five years ago I would
be sweeping floors at Microsoft and making $5.15 an hour."
Which brings us to the moral: Since you got this story by e-mail,
you're probably closer to being a janitor than a millionaire.
Sadly, I received it too!!!!!!!
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 05:26 AM PST
After a much hectic week of Political manouvering from the Separatists 5 to PRS and the SC meeting of SPDP its now clear that there will be a lot of wasted effort. Its very clear that the 27 SC members and grassroot meembers are STEADFASTLY behind Mawan but still the Separatists 5 are too "STUBBORN" to accept the olive branch and return home.
According to the Mirror article the following words could have broken the heart of even the most forgiving person," William Mawan, did not honour his word of maintaining status quo before the party's triennial general assembly last year."As a result of this, we do not trust him any more; we have no more confidence in him to lead the party," they explained to Tengku Adnan
They also told him that they would never return to SPDP as long as the current leadership was still there and they are now seeking to merge with PRS.
Mawan had earlier met the BN SG and had explained the situation and was willing to take them all back in but they remain defiant and at the end of the day a BN member said,"Stubbornly Selfish and breaking up the equilibrium and BN spirit that the leadership has meticulously sewed together."
This statement by one of the PRS SC member has really put a dampener in working with SPDP,"the meeting had agreed to reject the merger proposal from SPDP."We prefer to have merger with the five elected representatives.
An Emeritus professor questioned the legality of such a move by PRS SC and also is there an ITEM IN THE UPCOMING TDC AGENDA for this? Is PRS trying to tell the SPDP leadership something that they are not aware of? Our inner circle sources told us,"CM is really not too happy over these developments and he has specifically said ,"COOL IT" but still its on the Formula1 Racetrack.
27 Steadfastly behind Mawan while Stubbornly 5 plus 3 are saying that they have losts all hope on Mawan and his leadership and who will come out trumps? It will take a while yet but at the end of the day it will be "SS" Sweet Success for all concerned if differences are patched up and United in BN Spirit.
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 05:26 AM PST
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) politicians and analysts have dismissed a suggestion that the recent defection of two PKR MPs and the threat of more defections would result in the emergence of a bloc of Independent lawmakers in Parliament.
PAS national unity committee chairman Mujahid Yusof Rawa scoffed at the possibility of an Independent bloc in Parliament and said that in Malaysian politics, there was no such thing as a "truly independent" lawmaker. "They are either here (PR) or there (Barisan Nasional)," he told The Malaysian Insider.
The Parit Buntar MP cited the example of the Perak when three PR assemblymen — two from PKR and one from DAP — left their parties to become Independents friendly to BN.
"This is just a political game. They announce that they are leaving now but they will later say they are friendly to Barisan," he said.
Even if the deserters remained as Independents, said Mujahid, he predicted that the bloc would be used as a back-up for the BN government to win votes in Parliament.
Former PKR secretary-general Datuk Salehuddin Hashim, who has also quit his party, predicted today an exodus of PKR lawmakers. This would result in a whole new faction in Parliament — an Independent bloc — which Salehuddin did not discount happening.
DAP's Lim Kit Siang said the defections showed that "painful and agonising though it may be", PR needed to undergo a "self-cleansing process".
Lim told The Malaysian Insider that if PR wanted to regain voter confidence, they needed to clean up house. "It may be painful and agonising but we have to go through it," he said.
Lim did not want to speak on the viability of having an Independent faction in Parliament and merely said: "Let them play up the theatre first and we will see what happens. All I want to say for now is that Pakatan needs to undergo some self-cleansing."
PKR national vice-president Dr Lee Boon Chye said the PKR defectors would find themselves to be fairly restricted in their quest to become truly independent MPs in Parliament.
"Already in the current situation, even as a strong opposition with a third of the seats, we find it difficult to balance the dominance of the Barisan so what more when you are an Independent," he said.
Political scientist Wong Chin Huat agreed with this and echoed Mujahid's views that Malaysian politics did not have room for a "third force". He noted that the independent MPs would not be truly free from influences from either PR or BN. "After all, how many lawmakers do you know are truly aware of their duties? Defecting from their respective parties do not make them better Parliamentarians," he told The Malaysian Insider.
He also pointed out that defectors would have little influence in winning over votes for BN. "The voters have already made up their minds so they do not want a third force. At the end of the day, these 'independent MPs" would have to choose which side they want to be friendly with. "If in the next elections they want to stand in a three-tiered fight, they would lose," he said. "The real damage is if the people think that these defections mean that the PKR is split and that Pakatan is weakening," he said.
In announcing his departure from PKR today, Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng said that he would remain as an independent candidate and would not be "friendly" to either coalitions. "If I am 'friendly' then I am not independent, am I?" he told a press conference this afternoon.
Tan's departure is the latest departure of PKR's federal lawmakers, following Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Hashim's recent decision to also leave PKR.
Former PKR deputy president Dr Chandra Muzaffar said he believes that the existence of more independent lawmakers was a healthy scenario but admitted that the group would have little legislative influence. "If you look at the Malaysian Parliament, the ruling coalition has a comfortable majority to a point that they do not really need these independent legislators to pass bills. Unless of course, they have problems with the attendance of their own MPs," he told The Malaysian Insider tonight.
He noted that he had little confidence that the group of independent MPs would represent a unified voice in the Parliament as they all came from different ethnic backgrounds.
"Tan and (Pasir Mas MP) Ibrahim Ali will not team up, for example. However, if they could stand united on certain issues especially on ethnic issues, then they can play the role of a multi-ethnic bloc. They can become bridge-builders and this would be very good," said Dr Chandra.
At this point however, he said that it was difficult to imagine such a thing happening and noted that truly independent lawmakers were hard to come by, especially if they chose not to vote with their conscience in Parliament and instead began, again, to take sides with either party.
BN currently controls 137 seats in Parliament while PKR and DAP have 28 seats respectively. PAS holds 23 seats with one from Socialist Party of Malaysia. Five others are independents. BN needs 11 seats to retain its two-thirds majority.
news courtesy of Malaysian Insider
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 05:22 AM PST
Works Minister Shaziman Abu Mansor today announced a points system which will enable highway concessionaires to identify accident-prone stretches and rectify flaws for safer driving.
He said six points would be given for an accident involving death on a stretch, four points for serious injury, two points for light injury and one point for vehicle breakdown.
When the points for a stretch exceeded 25, the highway concessionaire would take measures at its own cost to improve the safety features at that stretch or black spot, such as widening a sharp bend, he told reporters after officially opening the Setul and Ampangan interchanges of the Kajang-Seremban Highway (Lekas).
Shaziman said the black spots identified on the North-South Plus Expressway were Km 102.8 (Sungai Petani-Sungai Petani Utara), Km257 and Km256.4 (Kuala Kangsar-Jelapang), Km373 (Slim River-Behrang), Km399.4 (Behrang-Tanjung Malim), Km431.4 (Bukit Beruntung-Rawang), Km6.7 (Sungai Rasau Toll Plaza) and Km17.2 (Damansara Interchange).
The black spots on the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway were at Km71.4 and Km71.5 (Bentong-Karak), he added.
Shaziman also said that the government was considering looking again at the construction of a highway linking Banting in Selangor to Taiping in Perak, which was proposed for implementation as the West Coast Expressway at one time in two phases, from Banting to Sabak Bernam and then on to Taiping.
He said the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) and the Public Private Partnership Unit (UKAS) in the Prime Minister's Department were undertaking a study on the traffic flow between Banting and Taiping.
"The highway would serve as an option for users of the North-South Expressway, enabling them to divert should there be heavy traffic flow on the expressway," he said, adding that Lekas gave expressway users from Seremban and Pahang an option to enter Kuala Lumpur.
Shaziman did not rule out the possibility of the west coast highway only running from Banting to the south if that was deemed more necessary.
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 05:21 AM PST
More than 5,000 people posed naked at the Sydney Opera House today, for the sake of art (read h e r e).
People of all ages, shapes and sizes assembled on the shell-shaped building's steps before dawn for renowned American artist Spencer Tunick, who photographed them with hands raised, lying down and embracing.
The event, titled "The Base", drew double the expected turnout and was timed to coincide with Sydney's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday.So, this is how the OZs appreciate art. I wonder why didnt their prime minister take part.
I also wonder if the 56 Members of Parliament who support Anwar Ibrahim are willing to do this? I think they should as their leader Danby supports homosexuals and lesbians.
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 05:51 AM PST
This is what R Shan meant because Perkasa is Mahathir and Mahathir Perkasa, that Ibrahim Katak is only a whore that anyone can book as long as you are willing pay a few bucks (rumor) ...
Dear Perkasa, go get yourself a life
R Shan Feb 22, 10
The Malays as elucidated by the Perkasa is but a shallow reflection of the mindset of the majority of Malays. It is an agenda to ensure the legacy of Dr Mahathir Mohamad and and his 'kuncu-kuncu'. Mind you, his son is one of the billionaires in Malaysia and no questions are raised? The modern - or shall I say the enlightened Malays - are a different breed by themselves. They are not interested or spellbound by religion, creed or origin but what is real and factual for the society that they live in, meaning our Malaysia.
Why do we see Malays migrating from Malaysia despite all the material benefits that are thrown in their path? Why the Malays when everything and anything is possible for a Malay in Malaysia's Bolehand?
Hindraf, the so-called racist Indian organisation prolongs its battle and is crucified and branded. Nobody seems to be too concerned with this segment of Malaysians as they are just bounced around whether they are with BN or Pakatan Rakyat.
Now looking at Perkasa, the newly-crowned Malay nationalists, it should be stated that all this while, affirmative actions whether in social, religious or economic spheres have been for the Malays with the sacrifice of the non–Malays which the latter endured to create a harmonious society.
Yet Perkasa is stupendous enough to think and shout aloud that they are worried about the affairs of the Malays when for the last 53 years the non-Malays have stood side-by-side with them and allowed the progress of the Malays as part of the society that needs to be uplifted – ie, all Malaysians.
The non-Malays never cried nor questioned the objective that the Malays were as much Malaysians as non-Malays. The non-Malays lent their hand in assisting and ensuring the progress of the Malays in tandem with the rest of of the Malaysians. Today, by sidelining those Malaysians who stood by and made sure our Malay brothers and enhance themselves is hypocrisy which Perkasa portrays.
I think the best bet lies with the Malays because we must trust in our Malay brethren that they will lead the way for us both Malay and non-Malay to live in harmony minus the politics for this is what humanity beckons us to do.
Perkasa is toothless for all the forbearances in our community are not based on race, religion or creed but only on being a Malaysian. The MIC, MCA and the affiliated parties with BN are no better as nothing matters for Malaysians but what serves them individually.
Dear Perkasa go get yourself a life, as being Malaysian is not about being Malay but about being Malaysian irrespective of of our origin so that as human beings we stand a chance to live and thrive in Malaysia.
For 53 years we have survived and today it is up to us as Malaysians. Perkasa, your agenda is bound to fail even amongst the Malays as the non-Malays have faith in the Malays to create a Malaysia for all of us collectively based on a humanity that you will never understand.
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 03:49 AM PST
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 01:59 AM PST
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 05:04 AM PST
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Amongst the many joys that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala grants us is the joy of being in the company of those who are sin free.
By that I mean being in the exclusive privilege of being with those who do not have an iota of sin attributed to them for the sheer reason that they are still babies or infants who have yet to reach the stage of puberty.
It's not always that we get to be in the presence of such innocence. Recently, I was lucky enough to have come across Baby Luqman who was with his mother Siti and uncle from Down Under, TJ!
TJ my dear friends is an acronym for Tajudin according to Baby Luqman's young uncle! :P
Can't blame the fella mate! It's how things are 'Down Under' in Australia. You've got to be pretty tough to stand your ground and project your 'Muslim'ness.
His sister, Baby Luqman's mom told me that Tajudin is going to attend a Tahfiz! Syukur Alhamdulillah! May he get to be a rock solid Hafiz and outstanding Muslim! Outsanding for the right achievements, Insya Allah!
Now, let's get to Baby Luqman, the joy to behold! Almost everyone was going 'goo goo ga ga' over him!
Can we blame them?
Note: To those of you who had clicked on to read this article featuring Baby Luqman and had a page disclaiming its existence , I'd like to apologize for the technical error. Actually, I'm running out of space for my images hosted by Picasa Web Album which is part of Google's Blogger system.
I searched for alternative image hosting services and unwittingly used a service called xs.to. :P Big mistake! Turned out that that service had links to unsavory websites!
Lucky for me that I checked out this webpage first and discovered the hidden links. Thus I unpublished this article, deleted my account with that image hosting service and promptly used the Microsoft Picture Manager to edit and compress Baby Luqman's images used here in the article and hosted it with Uploadingit.com.
I am satisfied with its services and am happy to note that there's no underlying links to places we should not go, visit or even mention after this stumble. :D
Fellow bloggers who are running out of space with their Blogger Picasa Web album, now you have a new place to go and host your photos.
Good luck and do watch out for all such traps in those newfangled image hosting sites.
Its a dangerous world here in cyberspace. That's why I cherish being with Baby Luqman!
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala bless Baby Luqman and all other babies out there with a good, splendid life here on earth and in the hereafter!
Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 03:01 AM PST
For those who don't know who is Shahidan Md Noor, he is the head pathologist of Sg Buloh Hospital in Selangor who was giving his statement in the inquest of the death of Teoh Beng Hock. During the Q&A session by Gobind Singh, Shahidan has finally agreed that the 1st post-mortem performed on Teoh was not prudently done – which mean either it was performed by 2 very INCOMPETANT pathologists who don't know head or tail OR by 2 pathologists who were strictly instructed to do so in order to 'cover-up' something.
The Malaysiakini reported:
Shahidan (left) said that in any death-in-custody case, two procedures have to be observed:
1) Examination for evidence of pressure imposed on the neck, such as signs of strangulation
2) Dissection of limbs and certain muscles would need to be carried out to ascertain whether there were beatings
He agreed with Gobind that if such procedures were not observed in post-mortems into custodial deaths, it could suggest a possible cover-up.
Shahidan also confirmed he had been briefed about Teoh's case. He determined there are three likely causes of death, either:
- Teoh had died in custody; or
- he was thrown out of the window or
- he had jumped out of the window.
Well well well… at least now somebody's talking finally… Somebody from the government side is finally talking sense and is shedding some light of TRUTH on this whole episode. Someone who is maybe (only maybe ok?) has the courage to speak a word of conscience on this HIGHLY controversial case. Somehow, some 'scapegoats' have to be brought in to pay for this horrible acts of violence.
Aiyaaa… no matter how you 'perform' in the sandiwara, I believe the rakyat of Malaysia have already had their verdict in this case. As pointed out by Shahidan just now, either Beng Hock was MURDERED in MACC custody, thrown out of the window of MACC office or jumped out of the window. Judge by yourself reasonably and you'll know which one has the highest probability of them all…
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 03:47 AM PST
Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim today cited what he described as the monopoly of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's family in Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) as one reason for the recent resignation of several members from the party.
One more reason could be the dissatisfaction of these members over the failure of the PKR leadership to formulate and clearly explain the party's policies to the people, he said.
"PKR is seen as being monopolised by one family, that of Permatang Pauh Member of Parliament (Anwar, the advisor), his wife (Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail) as the president and their daughter (Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah) who also plays an important role.
"It (the party) is seen as a family enterprise. The people are not convinced by this (state of affairs)," he told reporters after opening the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (Apricot) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, here.
Dr Rais, who is Information Communication and Culture Minister, was asked to comment on the recent resignations of several members from the PKR.
Nibong Tebal Member of Parliament Tan Tee Beng today announced his resignation from the PKR, one day after the announced departure from the party of former Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, with both citing disappointment with the party leadership for failing to champion the people's cause.
Bayan Baru Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim had announced on Feb 12 his resignation from PKR, citing disappointment with the leadership of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng of the DAP, one of the parties in the PKR-DAP-PAS opposition pact.
Dr Rais said Mohammad Fairus had conveyed to him his disappointment with the monopoly in the PKR when they met about a month ago, adding that such sentiment expressed by a one-time deputy chief minister must have basis to reflect something was not right in the party and that such a trend would continue.
He said the developments in PKR had been expected because the basis of its struggle was not coated with service and struggle clearly defined for the people to understand. — Bernama
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 03:43 AM PST
The Human Rights Party launched its voters' registration campaign in Prai as part of its strategy to create Indian-majority constituencies at the state and Parliament-level.
HRP believes the Prai state legislative assembly constituency could be the launchpad for its political quest to create at least 15 Indian-majority state seats across the country.
Prai, a state seat under the Batu Kawan parliamentary constituency, has 14,175 registered voters of which 5,074, or 36 percent, are Indians.
Penang deputy chief minister II P Ramasamy currently holds both the Prai state and Batu Kawan parliamentary seat.
HRP hopes to register about 4,100 more Indians in order to turn Prai into an Indian majority seat.
'Giving Indians a voice'
The voter registration drive was launched by HRP pro-tem secretary-general P Uthayakumar in Penang yesterday.
He said the Prai state seat was key in the party's plan to kick-start its 'Malaysian Indian Political Empowerment Strategy' to create 15 parliamentary and 38 state seats with an Indian majority.
According to Uthayakumar, the Indian community is plagued with problems because they do not form the majority in any constituency.
"By having Prai as a Indian majority seat, HRP and Indians would have a more say in the state policies.
"We can demand for better treatment for Indians from the state government," he said.
He said HRP outlined its empowerment strategy because Indians could no longer trust any of the elected representatives, regardless of whether they are from Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat.
news courtesy of Malaysiakini
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 03:38 AM PST
All six Kelantan BN assemblypersons have revoked their support for the oil royalty motion in the state assembly today, claiming that it does not match what they had agreed upon.
According to Nenggiri representative Mat Yusof Abdul Ghani, BN - which forms the opposition in the state assembly - had supported the motion to take the matter to court.
However, amendments have since been made to pressure Petronas to make royalty payments to Kelantan as soon as possible.
Mat Yusof said the initial decision to back the motion had been unanimous and that Umno state communications body chairperson and Jeli assemblyperson Mustapa Mohamed had been informed of this.
The motion reads: 'The state assembly hereby gives a mandate to the state executive council (MMK), on behalf of the state government, to take the matter to court, with the intention of obtaining royalty payments, which are the right of the people and government of Kelantan in accordance with the agreement and the handing over of petroleum rights, be it on land or off the shore of Kelantan, signed in 1975.
"This is in adherence to the Petroleum Development Act 1974, and should be exercised at any time deemed fit by the state government.'
Mat Yusof spoke to Malaysiakini today in response to a Harakahdaily report, which claimed that the motion was unanimously passed today after receiving the support of BN assemblypersons.
The online PAS mouthpiece reported that Mat Yusof, state opposition head Mohd Alwi Che Ahmad and Kuala Balah assemblyperson Abdul Aziz Derashid had supported the motion.
It also claimed that Nozula Mat Diah (BN-Paloh) and Adhan Kechik (BN-Bukit Bunga) did not support the motion, while Noorzahidi Omar (BN-Pengkalan Kubur) was absent.
There has been long-standing contention over the payment of the oil royalty to Kelantan, with the federal government claiming that the state is not entitled to it. Instead, it has been offered a 'goodwill payment'.
However, this view has been disputed over the years, with the most recent argument being strongly stated by Umno's Gua Musang MP and former finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
news courtesy of Malaysiakini
Posted: 01 Mar 2010 03:34 AM PST
The government should provide more allocations for state representatives that benefit the rakyat instead of handing out Approved Permits (APs), said Kampung Tunku assemblyperson Lau Weng San.
Lau was responding to a forwarded letter issued to the Selangor State Assembly Secretary, Mohd Yasin Bidin from the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti), announcing that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has agreed to issue an AP to all state assemblypersons.
In a statement, Lau said that if the federal government wanted to improve the benefits of state assemblypersons, it should allocate funds to the state government instead.
"The state government can then issue the payments either directly to the state assemblypersons or into their constituency allocation account, Either way would be very much welcomed," he added.
Lau also questioned the need for an AP as elected representatives are already entitled to buy a duty free vehicle under a Finance Ministry circular.
Assuaging fears of abuse, he said that Selangor Pakatan assemblypersons will meet to discuss what to do with the APs and assured that any decisions would be carried out transparently.
When contacted, opposition leader Mohd Khir Toyo dismissed the AP as "nothing new" stating that a premium still has to be paid for the imported car according to the letter from Miti.
Asked what he would do with his AP, Khir said: "For me, one car is enough".
Based on the present system, a car importer needs to acquire an AP from Miti which is fixed at RM10,000 before bringing in foreign vehicles but the demand for AP in the marketplace can fetch as high as RM40,000.
news courtesy of Malaysiakini
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