Saturday, March 13, 2010

Kerismuddin get so upset when MUSA HASAN showed dossier on Kerismuddin.AND NAJIB

Kerismuddin get so upset when MUSA HASAN showed dossier on Kerismuddin.AND NAJIB

Kerismuddin get so upset when MUSA HASAN showed dossier on Kerismuddin.AND NAJIB

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 01:40 PM PST

Can Hishammuddin explain his double standards which makes him so blind and actionless with regard to the inflammatory and seditious spoutings by certain media, particularly those owned and controlled by Umno,The resignation could have serious consequences for him to behave abnormally. totally reckless and irresponsible in exploiting the "race and religion" card in utter disregard and contempt for Najib's 1Malaysia concept and yet his instant and ferocious reaction to a report like that of the resignation of the Inspector-General of Police – which would be very commonplace in developed countries which Malaysia aspires to become? Why else, first time in history, almost 60-yr old Musa still can get renewed contract to be IGP. Malaysia so poor and lacking in talent readmore Ghani Patail and Musa Hassan will go down well in history as the greatest crook of all time who make a joke out of the judiciary, the law and order and the human rights of Malaysi
The way UMNO twitches is simply incredible…they have this twitching disease every time the pendatangs utter something that connects with their nerve endings. Words like "model", "affair" will make Putrajaya twitch. If you mistakenly report that the AG or the IGP or the CJ resigns, they will twitch too, because something could have happened to UMNO's insurance policy.«
Why should Kerismuddin get so upset with the wrong reporting that IGP had resigned? IGP is not the head of government, and there could not be a run on the bank or an exodus of investers from Malaysia if IGP had in fact resigned. What then cause Kerismuddin to be overly concerned?In this country the Malays are the tuan. So the Malay papers can mock the non-Malays. The Malays can mock the Indians with a cow-head. And Hishammudin will say well done.
But hell will break loose even if a non-Malay mentions an innocuous statement about the Malays.
See how they bully The Star and Gunasegaram and the China Press.

On 27 May 1999, the Defence filed a Notice of Alibi proving that the alleged scene of the crime, Tivoli Villa, had not been completed yet, so it would have been impossible to have sodomised Azizan in that place in May 1992. And Azizan had testified he will never forget, as long as he lives, that it had occurred in the Tivoli Villa.readmore DAY 7 – 8 APRIL 2003 (part 2) (UPDATED with BM Translation)

This is Malay arrogance.
Just say sorry and move on. What's the big deal.

Supposed Anwar is saying the truth and he has the documents, how did he get such clasified documents? Who derived the analysis for the spending? Could it be he was provided by some intelligence organisation friendly to him?so is najib when when he sent the abuse of power liketext message correspondence is between yab dato' sri mohd najib tun abdul razak, deputy prime minister of malaysia, and dato' shafee abdullah"tentative" charge and that "all is not lostis not immune from action under the law. investigation can be made if he had acted beyond the scope of his official duties," macc's legal and prosecution division director datuk abdul razak musa told reporters.

Coming back to Primekar, it is the only third party outsourcing contractor to the submarine program. The detrators of Najib are accusing Najib of receiving commision and without any known contractor and agent available, Primekar is conveniently accused as the conduit to receive some RM500 million commission."the biggest mistake we ever did was to free anwar now is difficult for new president rob the people's money to feed us a foreign defense attaché privately at the time, "i hope to god malaysia never gets into a war. they couldn't get out of their own footprints. corrupt payments can generate a demand for weaponry where none should exist, potentially diverting resources from social needs, including health and development.

By the reaction of Kerismuddin, it would apper that the stability of the government depended on the continued service of the incumbent IGP. It would sound like if the IGP is out, the concern was not that there could be no replacement for him. The issue would be that person and he alone is needed to be the IGP. Do we miss something that only Kerismuddin is privy to know. But as usual his over reaction always let the cat out of the bag.

Everybody appointed to any service is free to resign, though it might not be so to remain. A rumour that the IGP had resigned might have arisen from his own utterance which gave rise to that interpretation. There would not be a change in the morale of the Police on that rumour. Some people in line might be excited for possible upward movement. Is Kerismuddin that cruel to deprive others for wishful thinking in his reaction?

Kerismuddin was just trying to get in the news not be outshined by Mooyudin. As usual these bloody idiots always practise double standards and speak with forked tongues.The arrogant ketuanan champion once again displays his bullying and intimidating tactics against papers like the Star,China Press,Sin Chew and the like but they always keep their blind eyes on garbage papers such as Utusan,Berita Harian and NST.

1 Malaysia Formula 1

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 11:57 AM PST

(Heikki Kovalainen crashes his Lotus into the tyre barrier, Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain, February 18, 2010)

The Formula One Grand Prix 2010 kicks off in Bahrain with the qualifying race on Saturday 13 March, where I had watch some of it on TV here in China. Thats right i am travelling again and will be a bit too buzy to do much writing but will try to do some postings when i can.

The Formula One race will kick off tomorrow on Sunday 14 March and this will be the first time ever that a country had taken up advertising in an F1 GP as with the Lotus Racing Team's car. And it is amusing to watch as the national Petroleum company of Petronas being one of the major sponsor in the Mercedez Team.

Three Malaysian companies are featured as the main sponsors with Petronas the main sponsors for the McLaren Mercedez Team, Naza Group and the Tune Group of companies for the Lotus Team. The Malaysian Lotus Team will use the race engines supplied by Cosworth who will also powered the three new teams including Lotus.

The Qualifying Race on Saturday saw the new teams taking the bottom positions and Lotus is placed at position 20 and 21 out of a total of 24. More HERE.

Ferrari last month slammed the FIA over the standard of teams that have been allowed to enter the sport.

And David Coulthard of McLaren has come out in support saying "Formula One is not a finishing school. Either you come prepared, or prepare to fail. This is the pinnacle of world motorsport."

You can watch the Race live in Malaysia today (Sunday 14 March) on Astro Star Sport at 7 PM, it should be entertaining just to watch the 1 Malaysia Team as some new teams had come under criticism from Ferari last month and you could read more HERE.

Peter Chin Pledges to Reduce Electricity Disruptions in Sabah

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 07:57 AM PST

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui today pledged that electricity interruption in the state will be considerably reduced by year-end.

Electricity supply in Sabah has always been an issue and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had set a System Average Interruption Duration Index (Saidi) target that will track the number of minutes consumers experience power
failure in the state.

Chin assured that Sabah would attain the System Average Interruption Duration Index (Saidi) target of 700 minutes/consumer annually, this year, or resign from office.

Sabah recorded a high rate of 2,870 minute/consumer annually at the end of 2009.

"Because it's my Key Performance Indicator (KPI), so it's up to the Prime Minister. But that (to resign) will be the right thing to do.

"We will work towards achieving the target but we have to wait until Dec 31, 2010 to know if we have succeeded. And, we will be transparent.

"If we fail to reach the target, then, at the time, you can fire me," he told reporters after launching the commercial operations of the first 65 Megawatt gas turbine unit for Ranhill Powertron II here today.

Chin said RM468 million has been allocated for the purpose of achieving the target.

In his speech earlier, Chin sympathised and apologised to all Sabahans who suffered from frequent electricity disruption.

"I don't think its very fair at this juncture to judge us, we are just delivering the first phase of the 65 Megawatt plant for the 190Mw combined cycle power plant project today," he explained.

"People sms me, I feel bad. This is not something we planned for, we don't plan for electricity shortages. But I am very committed to solve the issue, but you have to give me time, that is until the end of this year," he said further.

Demand for electricity supply in Sabah is 750 Megawatts, and with the additional 65 Megawatts launched today, the state's capacity to generate electricity is 800 Megawatts.

However, an extra 20 to 25 per cent of power supply is needed to mantain reliable supply.

courtesy of Malaysian Digest

BN Youth plans 1 Malaysia rally

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 07:47 AM PST

Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth will be organising the 1 Malaysia Rally to enable the younger generation to understand deeper the 1 Malaysia concept.

Its chairman Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also Umno Youth head, said the programme would be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on April 17 at Stadium Negara.

The launching is expected to be attended by about 10,000 people including party members, representatives of non-governmental organisations, professionals and youths.

"Through this programme, BN Youth hopes to use a political approach which can be said to be a middle path that will be acceptable to the younger generation regardless of their race, religion and background," he said after chairing a BN Youth meeting at Wisma MCA, here, today.

He said at the 1 Malaysia Rally launch, the 1 Malaysia nationwide road show would also be launched to further promote the 1 Malaysia concept.

On the government's proposal to implement the goods and services tax (GST), Khairy said BN Youth was prepared to help explain it.

"We suggest that the Information Communication and Culture Ministry carry out a public awareness campaign for the GST to be easily understood."

He was commenting on the statement by Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah today that the tabling of the GST Bill for second reading in the Dewan Rakyat next week would be postponed as the government needed more time to gather public feedback on the matter. — Bernama

Government wants Swede action over Prophet cartoon

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 07:40 AM PST

The Malaysian government today requested the Swedish government to take action against three newspapers in the country for publishing and reprinting a caricature of Prophet Muhammad on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Malaysia strongly denounced the reprinting of the caricature.

"Malaysia is concerned that such despicable acts disregard the sensitivity of the Muslim world in the name of freedom of expression.

"Such irresponsible acts are provocative and offensive in nature and hence, it is totally unacceptable," he said in a statement issued here.

Therefore, he urged the Swedish government to take measures against such publications to prevent the recurrence of such irresponsible acts in the future.

The caricature, which depicted Prophet Muhammad's head on a dog's body, was a creation of Swedish artist Lars Vilks, 63, and was submitted to be displayed as an exhibit at a Swedish cultural heritage centre.

It was rejected on security reasons.

However, a Swedish newspaper later printed the drawing with an editorial defending freedom of expression, which led to protests by Muslim countries and resulted in Vilks receiving numerous death threats.

On Wednesday, three Swedish newspapers reproduced the caricature. — Bernama

PM Najib meets his Facebook fans

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 07:32 AM PST

Singing praises of the Internet, Prime Minister Najib Razak said it has broken down the many walls dividing the people.

"The beauty of the internet is that it breaks down the ethnic, religious and age wall. We are here because we are connected to the Internet," he said at the 1Malaysia hi-tea he hosted for his Internet friends at the prime minister's official residence, Seri Perdana, in Putrajaya today.

Also present were his wife Rosmah Mansor and their two children, Nooryana Najwa and Nor Ashman Razak.

najib announce gdp 240210 01On the broadband initiative, Najib said the government would implement it as widespread as possible to enable more people to be connected and enhance social connectivity.

He said about five million Malaysians were active in social website Facebook, which he described as a good indication that the people used information and communication technology (ICT).

About 300 of the prime minister's Internet friends of various races nationwide attended the event.

Najib said the goverment used the Internet as one of the ways to communicate with the people, such as after he tabled the 2010 budget whereby, he received hundreds of useful suggestions from the people.

"I want all of you to feel that you have the government that is very responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Malaysian people... and we will use the latest technology to get connected and communicate with rakyat Malaysia.

najib facebook account"By doing this, we will get two ways of communication and connectivity between the people and the government.

"Of course, people will send letters, people write claims and so forth, but nothing like using the internet because that is definitely, the most effective way to communicate with one another," he said.

He has 120.000 Facebook friends

On the event, Najib said the meeting enabled him to meet Internet friends who had taken the initiative to include him on Facebook, with the current total of 120,000 friends growing by the day.

He said the first group of 300 friends were selected based on the capacity of the banquet hall in Seri Perdana, with more to be invited to similar occassions in the future.

Of those who turned up, 45 percent were aged between 15 and 29, between 30-39 (35 percent) and over 40 years (20 percent).

Najib, who expressed gratitude to his Internet friends for their responsiveness and apologised for sometimes not replying to comments, said the event was a success.

"This is the first time we met, but I feel the connection. I wish you all much success and please commit to the spirit of 1Malaysia as you are all important players in the nation's development.

"Let us work to make Malaysia a strong, united, and prosperous nation. Please keep in touch on the Internet," he said.

- Bernama

Ku Li: I'm in Umno for life

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 07:29 AM PST

Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah stressed that he would remain in Umno for life, hence dismissing speculation that he would jump to another party.

tengku razaleigh speech 110310 02He refuted claims by certain quarters that he would quit Umno for another party over his explanation on the oil royalty issue on Feb 28 in Kota Bharu which he said had been misconstrued to undermine his position.

He stressed that he would not quit his party division chief post and would remain loyal to the party's struggles although certain quarters hit out at him and questioned his explanation and stand on the oil royalty issue.

"If there are people who want my post, they'll have to wait for me to die," he quipped at a BN leadership function in Bukit Chekati, near Gua Musang, to day.

Hurt by attacks

Razaleigh said he was hurt by the various statements and assumptions made on his position as it was not wrong for him to personally explain the oil royalty issue to the people of Kelantan.

"Furthermore, my explanation was not made on PAS' platform but 52 non-governmental organisations had organised the public talk to enable me to explain the matter and the provisions of the Petroleum Act 1975.

"What have I got to do with the party (PAS), that there were people who even went to the extent of asking me to quit (Umno)? They should consider that I was willing to disband Parti Melayu Semangat 46 which I had helmed to rejoin Umno," he said.

Razaleigh said the matter must be understood clearly because the people became confused following the various allegations made against him.

He said he gave the explanation with good intentions and he wanted to know whether the people of Kelantan supported his stand.

"It was definitely not to go against the Umno leadership," he added.

- Bernama

The long and winding road called the NEP

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 05:17 AM PST

This is a longer article than usual but it is still a short piece for what I need to say. I actually could write a whole book on this issue but instead I have summarised what we had to go through over 40 years since 1970 with regards to the New Economic Policy or NEP. There are many things that Malays may not be aware of and which they should know.


Raja Petra Kamarudin

There are a few good pieces about the New Economic Policy written by Suflan Shamsuddin, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and Khoo Kay Peng, which have been posted on Malaysia Today. These are very good pieces and I really do not need to add anything more to those points raised by these writers. Nevertheless, you know me. I just can't leave things alone without also giving my two cents worth.

I do not wish to contradict or rebut what these writers say. Instead, I wish to reiterate their points and add a bit more on what they had probably missed. You see, being much older than these writers (I will be 60 this September), and the fact that I was involved with the Malay Chamber of Commerce and was a central committee member for a number of years, I am privy to some information that they may not have.

I was already involved with what I would call 'the struggle', for want of a better word, since way back in the 1970s, when some of these writers were still in school. Much was done in the 'backrooms' and hidden from the public eye. So not all of what transpired is public knowledge. Maybe I can reveal some of these things so that the picture becomes clearer.

I read what those 20-year old and 30-year old Umno 'activists' have to say about me -- in that I am a traitor to the Malay race because I uphold the concept of a multi-racial Malaysia and am opposed to Malay rights and privileges plus the NEP. These people were born in the late 1970s (some only in the 1980s) and did not 'enter the market' until the late 1990s or thereabouts. By then the NEP was supposed to have been officially over. It was supposed to have ended in 1970.

So what do they know about 'our struggle'? They were not even born yet then. And even if they were they were mere toddlers or primary school children. We were already on the battleground and fighting in the trenches long before they even realised that such a thing called the NEP existed, or what it meant. And let me tell you that we fought tooth and nail against the powers-that-be, resulting in many of us falling victim to government retaliation. Many of us lost our businesses because the government was determined to bring us down as punishment for being too outspoken and too 'militant'.

Those of my generation would probably remember the Umno Youth convention in Kemaman, Terengganu, back in early 1990. In this convention my name was mentioned and the Menteri Besar, Wan Mokhtar Ahmad, told Umno Youth that I must be brought down. Eventually, Umno Youth infiltrated the Terengganu branch of the Malay Chamber of Commerce and ousted me, and those they considered my 'cronies', from the Chamber. (Anwar Ibrahim can confirm this because Wan Mokhtar spoke to him about it).

During one Chamber committee meeting in Kuala Terengganu, some Umno Youth members gate-crashed the meeting with the aim of starting a fight. It did end up in a fight when I chased three Umno Youth members out of the meeting room and we came to blows. (Yeap, me alone chasing three Umno Youth chaps who ran away in fear). This incident was reported by the Malay mainstream newspapers -- and it was also brought to the attention of the Menteri Besar.

I was then confronted by an Umno Terengganu Member of Parliament who told me to get out of Terengganu. I am not welcome in Terengganu, he told me. Go back to where you came from! I faced so many problems with Umno Terengganu so in 1994 I left the state after spending 20 years of my life there. And that ended my 'career' as a 'fighter' for Malay interests. I then decided to look at the bigger picture, the fight for a better Malaysia.

Anyway, I am digressing too much so allow me to come back to the issue of the day, the fight to improve the implementation of the NEP.

Yes, you read it right: the fight to improve the implementation of the NEP. That was what our fight was all about -- to correct the implementation of the NEP that had gone wrong.

The NEP was an ill-conceived idea that was conjured in a hurry and out of desperation to appease the Malays in the aftermath of the 13 May 1969 race riots. It was an idea agreed by Umno, MCA and MIC, basically the members of the Alliance Party. So it was something that was agreed by the Chinese and Indians as well.

But the NEP was just an aspiration (hasrat). It was not a law. And it was never passed by Parliament. For that matter, it even violated the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. So in that sense it was illegal. But it was done anyway. And MCA and MIC agreed to go along with this 'illegal' aspiration for the sake of appeasing the very disturbed Malays and to prevent further race riots. It was a sort of necessary evil that the Chinese and Indians tolerated for the sake of racial stability.

But the NEP was supposed to run for only 20 years. By 1990 the NEP would end. It was not an open-ended policy that would run forever. And even the Prime Minister then, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad, agreed with this and he reminded the Malays so.

Soon after Dr Mahathir took over as Prime Minister, he invited the members of the Malay and Chinese Chambers of Commerce for dinner at the Equatorial Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. In his speech Dr Mahathir told the Malays that the NEP has less than ten years more to run. Dr Mahathir made it clear that the NEP would end in 1990 as agreed. It will not be extended beyond 1990.

So the Malays had better get their act together, warned Dr Mahathir. Don't grumble and complain when the government terminates the NEP in 1990. The government is giving the Malays ample warning. Get ready. The NEP will end in 1990. So prepare yourselves for it.

It was agreed that the NEP would run for just 20 years, reminded Dr Mahathir. The Chinese and Indians agreed to the NEP because it was not going to be a never-ending policy but something that would be in force for just 20 years. So in 1990 it must end, as agreed. It would be unfair to the Chinese and Indians if it was extended beyond 1990.

The Chinese, in turn, were told that they should work with the Malays and help them in their businesses. Don't just leave it to the government, said Dr Mahathir. It is better that the Chinese and Malays work together rather than the government is forced to introduce measures like the NEP.

It is to the interest of the Chinese that the Malays are successful, argued Dr Mahathir. If the Malays were successful then they would not be jealous of the Chinese. But if the Chinese grab all the wealth of this country while the Malays were left behind then the Malays would become militant and would try to grab what belongs to the Chinese.

This, basically, was Dr Mahathir's message to the Malays and Chinese. To the Malays it was get ready to see the end of the NEP in 1990. To the Chinese it was work with the Malays and take them as your partners. If not they would become your enemies.

It was a good message. Whether it was workable or not is another matter and I do not wish to analyse Dr Mahathir's logic. Sometimes, some things look good in theory but may be hell to put into practice.

A couple of years later, around 1985, the Malay Chamber organised a two-day seminar at the Shangrila Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Dr Mahathir officiated the opening and the Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Gafar Baba, officiated the closing. The purpose of this seminar was to discuss the failure of the NEP and the reasons for its failure -- government inefficiency, corruption, unfair competition from GLCs and Umnoputeras, etc.

At the end of the NEP in 1990, the Third Bumiputera Economic Convention was organised in the PWTC, also in Kuala Lumpur. This Convention was organised together with the government and with the participation of the non-Malays and all the political parties. The purpose of this Convention was to explore what to do now that the NEP had ended. What should replace the NEP? Where do we go from here (1990)?

If I were to go into detail as to what transpired from 1985 to 1990 I would need to write a book. Suffice to say I was involved in the Malay Chamber of Commerce since the 1970s, not long after the implementation of the NEP and even before Dr Mahathir became Prime Minister. Then, soon after Dr Mahathir became Prime Minister and when he warned us that the NEP was going to end in 1990, we sat down to look at what to do. Then, in 1990, after the NEP had officially ended, we again sat down, but this time in a bigger forum over many days, and in 'joint-venture' with the government, the non-Malays and the political parties, to seek a solution to the problems of the Malays.

To summarise what we concluded over those many years, the NEP is not just about the Malays. It is a multi-prong attack (serampang dua mata) to reduce the gap between the haves and the haves-not (regardless of race), to make the distribution of wealth more equitable, and to reduce the disparity between the different races. This was what the NEP was all about. However, along the way, the Malays forgot about this multi-prong attack and thought that the NEP was just about the Malays.

Furthermore, the NEP is not just about business, tenders, contracts and permits. It is also about the racial quotas in the civil service. And it is also about education. Banks were created to help the Malays. But banks were also created to help those who needed help but could not get it from the foreign owned banks whether they are Malays or otherwise. Various funds were also set up to assist businessmen who needed start-up or venture capital, research and development grants, and whatnot. They could even be given marketing grants and grants to travel overseas to open up new markets or participate in trade fairs and what have you. And this was, again, not just for the Malays but for all those who needed help.

So, in short, the NEP was an entire program. It was not just about business. And it was not about just the Malays. It was a total restructuring of society and to help businessmen become more competitive against the onslaught of the global market.

In theory, the NEP is good. Everyone agreed with that. But in practice, it failed. And the Malays became confused and thought that the NEP was just about them. So where did we go wrong?

Many issues were identified. One was the change of direction that was introduced by Dr Mahathir that worked outside of and opposite to the NEP. In short, the NEP was derailed and hijacked.

Dr Mahathir realised that it was impossible to help 15 million (at that time) Malays to become rich. So abandon that idea, which was partly, and I repeat partly, what the NEP was about. Instead, make a few Malays rich. Create a handful of, say, 100 Malay billionaires. Then get these billionaire Malays to hep the rest of the Malays.

That was a noble plan indeed. So Dr Mahathir went and created the super-rich Daim, Tajuddin Ramli, Halim Saad, Shamsuddin Abu Hassan, Ahmad Sebi Abu Bakar, Wan Azmi, and many, many more. These people would be turned into billionaires so that they could then help the other Malays.

That did happen, of course. We did see these new billionaires emerge. But they did not help the other Malays. Instead, they worked with the Chinese and new Chinese billionaires were created because of it. Many Chinese became rich because of their partnership with the Umno cronies or Umnoputeras.

Then there were the GLCs or government-linked companies. What happened was that these GLCs competed with the Malays and it was unfair competition. The GLCs 'stole' all the businesses meant for the Malays. It was not the Chinese and Indians who were the problem. The Chinese and Indians were not killing the Malay businessmen. It was the GLCs that were killing off the Malays.

We in the Malay Chamber coined that new word, Umnoputeras. The Chinese and Indians were not the enemy. The Umnoputeras were. And so were the GLCs. And we told the government this.

In fact, in one seminar in the Ministry of Trade, hosted by the then Minister, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, we in the Malay Chamber told the government that we do not need the NEP. We do not need so-called government help. What we need is for the government to stop the Umnoputeras and GLCs from competing with the Malays and from killing off the Malays.

In 1970, when the NEP was first launched, the Malay share of the economic 'pie' was just 1.5%. By 1985, 15 years later, it was still just 3%. The target was 30% by 1990. How can the Malays catch up in a mere five years when in 15 years it grew from just 1.5% to 3%?

This was the concern we expressed. And we knew it would remain at 3% till 1990 and beyond. There was no way it could reach the target of 30%.

But who is to be blamed? Is it the Chinese and Indians? No! It is the government with their GLCs and Umno with their Umnoputeras. And we told the government this.

Today, it is still 3% as what we predicted 25 years ago in 1985. Of course, if you include the GLCs and 'trust agencies' it will be about 19%. But GLCs and trust agencies do not belong to the Malays. They belong to the nation. They belong to the taxpayers. What belongs to the Malays is what is in their pockets. And that is only 3%.

The Minister of Trade, Rafidah Aziz, blamed the Malays for this. We gave the Malays so much, Rafidah said, but they sold everything and spent all the money. If the Malays had kept what the government gave them then we could have achieved the target of 30%, maybe even exceed it.

You Malays waste what the government gave you, lamented Rafidah. Then you complain when you have finished the money and then you accuse the government of not helping you. How can the government keep giving you forever? The government has done what it is supposed to do. But the Malays are not doing what they are supposed to do. The Malays prefer to buy expensive cars and marry many wives when they get rich. And when they become poor again they go running to the government and expect more help from the government.

Undeniably, the NEP has failed. We in the Malay Chamber of Commerce already said it has failed 25 years ago back in 1985. And the government too said it has failed and that it has failed not because of the Chinese and Indians but because of the Malays themselves. The Malays, however, blame the GLCs and Unmoputeras for that failure. Whatever it may be, both the government and the Malays admit the failure of the NEP though each points to the other as the reason for the failure.

Okay, that may be as far as the corporate scene is concerned. That is only part of what the NEP is about. What about the other sectors?

Malays are not denied an education. If the Malays are capable and qualified they can get to go to university, many to overseas universities on top of that. The heads of the government departments are mostly Malays. The heads of the government agencies, the various branches of the armed forces, police, etc., are all Malays. The Ministers in key ministries are all Malays (finance, trade, etc.). The majority of civil servants are Malays (97%-98% of the voters in Putrajaya are Malays). And so on and so forth.

Malay fishermen and farmers are given aid. They were given free fishing boats, marine engines, fishing nets, fertilizers, tractors, etc. Their fuel is subsidised. In fact, even Chinese fishermen in Penang, Perak, Selangor, Johor, etc., received aid. So it was across the board and not only for the Malays although the majority were Malays -- since there are more Malays than non-Malays in the agriculture and fisheries sector.

The land settlers are all Malays. And many have become millionaires when they sold their land decades later. There are no land settlements for Chinese and Indians.

So where is it that the Malays are left out? Is it because the Malay share of the economic 'pie' is just 3% instead of 30% that you say the Malays are left out?

You must understand, the 30% was calculated in 1970, 40 years ago. Going by 1970 standards the Malays have reached the target of 30%, in fact, even more. But the 'pie' did not remain static. The pie was only 1KG in 1970 and the Malay target was to get 30% of 1KG. But the 'pie' grew over 40 years. Today, the 'pie' is 50KG. So, today, the 3% Malay share of 50KG is much bigger than the target of 30% of 1KG, 40 years ago.

It is a moving target. It is not a static target. So as the target grows bigger your share in percentage may be small but in absolute terms is so much larger.

The Malays did take one step forward as what was planned in 1970. In that sense the NEP has succeeded. But the world took 50 steps forward since 1970. And the Malays are just not able to keep up with the pace that the world is moving. So the Malays are behind not because they stepped backwards or they stopped moving but because everyone is moving at a much more rapid pace, which the Malays just can't keep up with.

Let's not just talk about percentages. If one person was unemployed last year and, today, it is two people who are unemployed, can we say that unemployment has increased 100%? Two Malaysians unemployed from just one last year is not bad. But in percentages it looks bad. It is an increase of 100%.

How many Malays lived in middle-class homes in 1969? How many Malays lived in upmarket homes in 1969? How many Malays went to university in 1969? How many Malays received an overseas education in 1969? How many Malays were employed by the government in 1969? How many Malays drove Mercedes Benzes, BMWs, Ferraris and Porches in 1969? How many Malays could afford RM100,000 motorcycles in 1969? And so on and so forth.

Don't just look at the 3% (or 19% if GLCs and trust agencies are included). Look at what your grandfather was doing in 1969. And look at where you are now 40 years later. That is what the NEP has done for you.

So, yes, in some ways the NEP has failed (although the government blames the Malays themselves for this failure). But in many more ways the NEP has succeeded. And you Malays reading this piece is proof it has succeeded. If not you will be back in the kampong planting padi or following your father to catch fish instead of reading Malaysia Today.

To the Malays, this is my message. Malays are Muslims. So use your 'Islamic head' to think. Islam asks us to shukur (show gratitude to God) for the nikmat (blessings) we receive from Allah. If we do not shukur then we are considered kufur nikmat. And kufur comes for the word kafir or infidel. Yes, Islam asks us to not question what we do not have but to shukur for what we do have. And doing otherwise makes us kufur nikmat.

To say that the Malays still need the NEP is an admission that the Malays are weak. Where is your Malay pride and dignity? You look at what the Chinese and Indians have and complain because you too do not have the same. But you forgot that the Indians and Chinese agreed to give the Malays 20 years to catch up.

And we did catch up. The only problem is the Chinese are Indians did not stand still to wait for the Malays to catch up. They too increased their wealth. And the Malays also increased their wealth. But now we are comparing what the Chinese and Indians have to what we have and we are not happy. We used to take a bus to go to town 40 years ago. Today, we are driving expensive cars. But we have only three cars while the Chinese and Indians have ten. And that is why we are not happy.

Tak malu ke Melayu sungut macam ini?

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'Marriage' of two underage girls in Kelantan sparks debate

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 04:43 AM PST

The 'marriage' of two underage girls in Kelantan recently has opened up debate on the rationale for such marriages.

Surely an 11-year-old girl cannot be expected to clean and cook for a 41-year-old husband.

Although such marriages are recognised by Islam, many question the motive behind them, including Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

He disagreed with such marriages as Islam encourages marriage to raise family as practised by Prophet Muhammad, and not out of lust.

Some quarters may argue that a girl matures at an early age but is she ready psychologically and mentally for such a marriage?

Psychologist Dr Mariani Mansor said such a marriage will affect the girl's growth physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally.

"The marriage can negatively affect the girl who may not become a good wife. The husband will want her to perform functions of a wife but she is still a child.

"The girl will be traumatised as her future has been robbed. She will bypass teenage life and go straight to adulthood because of marriage. At 11 years old, she can only think logically as the cognitive development is still immature.

"A girl at such age does not understand the responsibilities and rationale of being a wife," Mariani told Bernama.

The senior lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia's (UPM) Human Development and Family Studies Department described men who marry underage girls as abnormal.

Statutory rape

Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner Dr Chiam Heng Keng said the public should prevent such marriages as marrying an underage girl is a form of abuse.

She said although girls nowadays reach maturity faster, the law does not allow those under 18 years to marry.

Section 8 of the Muslim Family Law Enactment 2002 states that the minimum marrying age for male is 18 years and for female 16 years except with written permission from the syarie judge.

Under the law, offenders can be fined RM1,000 or jailed six months or both by the Syariah Court.

Chiam said men who marry underage girls can be considered as having committed rape.

"The men had committed offences and the girls' parents will have to explain what happened. An 11-year-old girl is incapable of giving birth."

She had written several books on early development of children including 'Child Development - Preschool Children', 'Understanding Children', 'Bringing Up Children in Troubled Times' and 'Children - Our Heritage'.

courtesy of Malaysiakini

'Marriage' of two underage girls in Kelantan sparks debate

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 04:37 AM PST

The 'marriage' of two underage girls in Kelantan recently has opened up debate on the rationale for such marriages.

Surely an 11-year-old girl cannot be expected to clean and cook for a 41-year-old husband.

Although such marriages are recognised by Islam, many question the motive behind them, including Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

He disagreed with such marriages as Islam encourages marriage to raise family as practised by Prophet Muhammad, and not out of lust.

Some quarters may argue that a girl matures at an early age but is she ready psychologically and mentally for such a marriage?

Psychologist Dr Mariani Mansor said such a marriage will affect the girl's growth physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally.

"The marriage can negatively affect the girl who may not become a good wife. The husband will want her to perform functions of a wife but she is still a child.

"The girl will be traumatised as her future has been robbed. She will bypass teenage life and go straight to adulthood because of marriage. At 11 years old, she can only think logically as the cognitive development is still immature.

"A girl at such age does not understand the responsibilities and rationale of being a wife," Mariani told Bernama.

The senior lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia's (UPM) Human Development and Family Studies Department described men who marry underage girls as abnormal.

Statutory rape

Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner Dr Chiam Heng Keng said the public should prevent such marriages as marrying an underage girl is a form of abuse.

She said although girls nowadays reach maturity faster, the law does not allow those under 18 years to marry.

Section 8 of the Muslim Family Law Enactment 2002 states that the minimum marrying age for male is 18 years and for female 16 years except with written permission from the syarie judge.

Under the law, offenders can be fined RM1,000 or jailed six months or both by the Syariah Court.

Chiam said men who marry underage girls can be considered as having committed rape.

"The men had committed offences and the girls' parents will have to explain what happened. An 11-year-old girl is incapable of giving birth."

She had written several books on early development of children including 'Child Development - Preschool Children', 'Understanding Children', 'Bringing Up Children in Troubled Times' and 'Children - Our Heritage'.

courtesy of Malaysiakini

Deviant website will be investigated, says minister

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 04:33 AM PST

The government will investigate a report on a website which is said to contain elements of deviant teachings, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Jamil Khir Baharom said.

He said the investigations would involve the Home Ministry, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

"We will monitor and investigate the report because we do not want the website to poison the minds of our society," he told reporters after opening a convention on mosque management today.

He said the Prime Minister's Department would also work with other communication and multimedia agencies to monitor the spread of deviationist teachings through the Internet.

Earlier in his speech, Jamil Khir advised mosque committee members to manage their finances well so that they would be able to carry out more activities for the society.

"They should not depend only on the mosque funds, but to collect donations, including from house to house, so that they need not have to depend on others, like the religious department, to carry out activities or improve facilities at their mosques," he added. - Bernama

Lim Ah Lek pines for Ong Ka Ting's return and contest for the President's post in the coming MCA polls

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 04:27 AM PST

Former MCA deputy president Lim Ah Lek today emerged from his political retirement to stir up further the volatile cauldron of MCA politics.

mca agm 2005 opening 200805 lim ah lekIn a rare statement faxed to the media, Lim (right) who retired together with erstwhile rival Dr Ling Liong Sik, expressed his full support for former president Ong Ka Ting and urged the latter to run for party chief in the upcoming MCA elections.

"Ka Ting should seriously consider the call of the members and Chinese community leaders to come forward and lead the party once again for the sake of MCA, Barisan Nasional and the people of the nation," he said.

According to the former MCA deputy president, Ka Ting's leadership is needed to reunite leaders and grassroot members and to "restore democracy and rule of law within the party".

"In fact, I have received numerous appeals from veterans and members of the party as well," claimed Lim, indicating that he was persuaded to release the statement.

Over the past few days, close to 33 MCA divisions have urged Ka Ting to make a political comeback.

ong ka ting interview 140408 06Ironically, Ka Ting (left) is the former protege of Lim's bitter rival, ex-party president Ling.

Ling and Lim were both engaged in a protracted power struggle in MCA 10 years ago, which saw the party splitting into two factions - Team A led Ling and Team B led by Lim.

The Team A-Team B rivalry reached breaking point when MCA took over two Chinese newspapers, a move opposed by Team B and many within the Chinese community.

Eventually, then premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad weighed in and brokered a peace deal which saw both Ling and Lim stepping down in 2003 to be replaced by their respective proteges - Ka Ting and Chan Kong Choy.

Only Ka Ting can 'save' MCA

Lim's unexpected statement today indicates a realignment of forces within MCA with former foes - Team A and Team B - joining forces to form a formidable fourth faction in the embattled party.

The former deputy chief said that the reason for his interjection is his "concern" and "regret" that the crisis in MCA has continued to worsen instead of dissipating after last year's extraordinary general meeting (EGM).

He singled out "top party leaders" as being responsible for the chaos by failing to enforce the EGM decision and nip the crisis in the bud.

Lim told Malaysiakini that only Ka Ting can 'save' the MCA from disaster.

azlanHe said the three existing leaders - Tee Keat, Chua and Liow - have proven their inability to unite the party following the EGM.

He also lambasted both Tee Keat and Chua for not respecting the decisions of the EGM, which is the party's highest decision-making body.

"The EGM had decided - MCA members do not want both of them - but they refused to leave. The situation in the party today is their fault. They cannot blame others for it."

The coming together of Team A and Team B will give Ka Ting and his elder brother, Ka Chuan, more political leverage to deal with the other three factions led respectively by MCA chief Ong Tee Keat, deputy chief Dr Chua Soi Lek and vice-president Liow Tiong Lai.

One solution is the much speculated 'Chua-Liow-Ong brothers' peace formula which could overcome the leadership impasse without the party having to go through a bitter contest.

Whatever the case, this spark from Lim may yet light the tinder of fiercer rivalry in the already blazing MCA leadership tussle.

courtesy of Malaysiakini

MCA Polls - Its Confirmed:that Ong Tee Keat to defend MCA chief's post

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 04:23 AM PST

Ong Tee Keat announced today that he will be defending his post as MCA president at the party leadership elections on March 28.

He made the announcement at the MCA headquarters this evening as a group of his supporters chanted his name.

mca agm 070310 ong tee keat 04They also unfurled a banner which read, 'MCA needs pride, MCA needs tomorrow, we want Ong Tee Keat'.

Ong said he is contesting the post again to pursue his party reform agenda.

Today's announcement came as no surprise as Ong had strongly hinted that he would not be retiring from politics in his speech during the party's controversial annual general meeting last Sunday.

The AGM was boycotted by two key factions in the party, led by deputy president Dr Chua Soi Lek and vice-president Liow Tiong Lai respectively.

Both Chua and Liow, who are both meeting their supporters across the country, have yet to announce which posts they are eyeing in the upcoming party polls.

MCA chief for less than two years

Ong was first elected as president during the party election in October 2008 after defeating Chua Jui Meng. Jui Meng has since resigned from the party and joined PKR last year.

However, MCA became embroiled in a crisis after the election, resulting in an extraordinary general meeting last October after the party's presidential council headed by Tee Keat himself decided to adopt the recommendation of MCA's disciplinary board to sack his deputy Dr Chua Soi Lek following the latter's involvement in a sex DVD scandal.

But the over 2,400 delegates stunned everyone by making dramatic decisions when they approved a vote of no confidence against Ong while at the same time rejected Chua's attempt to be reinstated as deputy president.

Later, both Ong and Chua patched up under MCA's 'Greater Unity Plan' but the crisis continued to simmer as it was rejected by some other leaders.

Last week, Chua, together with 22 central committee members, including four vice-presidents, resigned from their posts to force fresh party polls.

Nominations for the polls will be held on March 22.

courtesy of Malaysiakini

Sama Sama- The SABM Sabah and Sarawak Roadshow

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 03:20 AM PST

Sama-sama - The SABM Sabah and Sarawak Roadshows PDF Print E-mail
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sabm-sabswak3Sabah, Sarawak, Semenanjung (or Malaya). Three components of the Federation of Malaysia - sama-sama - that's what was agreed in the agreement. Didn't quite turn out that way, did it? What happened? And more importantly, where can we go from here?

Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia seeks to lay bare the facts in its coming Roadshows in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching next month. If you're Malaysians in these cities, we'd be happy if you could take time out and give us a listen.

Sama-sama also speaks of camaraderie, togetherness, solidarity. We need this. As big a dose as we can muster. We're in darkness, fear, and apathy. We lose perspective, we think we're alone but we can emerge. There's the promise of  light if we work together, stay together, live together and want the best for each other. Together we can turn the light back on.

Let's. Bersama-sama.


You can register via:

email: events(at)

tel: +603-2095 0435 (Wed to Sun; 12noon-7pm)


Date: March 13, 2010, Saturday

Venue:  Beverly Hotel, Lorong Kemajaun

6.00pm-6.50pm: Registration

7.00pm-7.30pm: Federation of Malaysia 20 point Agreement by Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan

7.30pm-7.40pm: Q  & A

7.45pm-8.15pm: How the Federation has failed Sabahans by Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan

8.20pm-8.40pm: Screening of the "Perak Crisis"

8.45pm-9.00pm: Refreshment break

9.00pm-9.30pm: Are we a nation in distress? Where did we go wrong? by Haris Ibrahim

9.30pm-10.15pm: This is our home. We care. We want to make it better by Dr Chong Eng Leong, Hasbeemasputera and Jayanath Appudurai

10.15-11pm: Q & A


Date: March 14, 2010, Sunday

Venue: Harbourview Hotel, Lorong Temple

1.00pm-2.00pm: Registration

2.00pm-2.30pm: Federation of Malaysia 18 point Agreement by Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan

2.30pm-2.40pm: Q  & A

2.45pm-3.15pm: How the Federation has failed Sarawakians by Encik Baru Bian

3.15pm-3.25pm: Q & A

3.30pm-3.50pm: Screening of the "Perak Crisis"

3.50pm-4.10pm: Refreshment break

4.10pm-4.40pm: Are we a nation in distress? Where did we go wrong? by Haris Ibrahim and Cobbold John

4.40pm-5.25pm: This is our home. We care. We want to make it better by YB Voon Lee Shan, Flora Peter and Jayanath Appudurai

5.30pm-6.15pm: Q & A

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China Press faces suspension...

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 05:03 AM PST

Today, they published news that the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan has tendered his resignation letter. Tomorrow, other newspapers might come up with headlines such as 'Najib resigns!' or 'Anwar screws his driver' or 'Muhyidin asks Najib to step down' or things like that.

Soon, they will get daring enough with headlines 'The King asks Najib to quit' or 'Hisham to challenge Muhyidin in next Umno elections' or 'Malaysia plans to attack Singapore' or 'Maybank to close shop'.

If we allow them to go overboard, the whole country will be upside down. However, when we told them to stop, they said the government is very tolerance and takes up whatever the newspapers published, although it was based on their unfounded evidence.

So, if I am the Home Minister, I will either revoke the China Press printing permit or suspend its publication indefinitely (read h e r e). Why? I wont let such speculative news to jeopardise the dignity of the person, the police force and the government. It will also lead to bad implication among foreign Press that the Malaysian government can hire and fire whoever they wish, anytime, anywhere.

And I personally believe the Home Minister is considering a tough action against the newspaper. He got to set a precedent here as some editors of the local newspapers are finding a 'reporting leeway' under Najib's administration. Remember The Star and Al Islam?

I dont know what has been the China Press motive but of late, the newspaper seems to get more discontented with the government. Maybe they dont like Musa, Najib, Hisham or the government. Whatever it is, its up to its editor-in-chief to answer KDN sec-gen Mahmood Adam.

The Star used to be suspended in the 1980s. I forgot the exact date but it was something about this also laaaa....

Reviving local government elections

Posted: 12 Mar 2010 09:43 PM PST

Until legal reforms are introduced to allow local government elections, we should focus on appointing good people to local government authorities, writes Ch'ng Teng Liang.

Proposed Orang Asli land policy: Whither 1Malaysia?

Posted: 12 Mar 2010 09:29 PM PST

The obvious starting point for Orang Asli empowerment would be their exercise of control over their customary lands. Unfortunately, this is not at all apparent from the government's proposed land policy for the community, observes Yogeswaran Subramaniam.

“Crisis Breeds Opportunities”

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 01:28 AM PST

It seems what goes round comes around and 1987 Ming Court Affair will resurface if its left unchecked. PRS President James Masing has already blown the BUGLE at Kapit in the presence of 18 YBs plus party supporters and it seems these words,","Crisis Breeds Opportunities" at PRS press conference will haunt him. According to a veteran politician he says,' James is very cunning and wily and as an Antropologists plus his political experience he knows how the human minds will react. 

Mawan who has been rather cool especially with his 5 Separatists YBs and 3 SC deserting him at SPDP PC has said,","Politics is about agreement and not disagreement."

It seems the message has really caught on and CM Taib in this Malaysiakini report also echoed it out loud at the Rejang Regatta 2010,"He also reminded them that "there should be more agreements to do more things for the people rather than more disagreements where they will end up quarreling among themselves".

"There is nothing to gain by being divided," he said.

"We should learn from our own experiences since 20 to 30 years ago where the great partnership between our people of different races, religions and backgrounds had yielded much better results for the country," he said.

It clearly reflects that CM is not the Unseen Hand which many has said that he was behind the toppling of Tiong King Sing for his egocentric and powers and not respecting the Chief Minister Taib. If it was taib would not have played this card about disagreements. The persons or "HIDDEN HANDS" are using this opportunity to knock harder as the posts era Taib and also preaching with it Taibs days are closing on him and numbered.

Who has ambition? Who has been harping on future CM will be a dayak? Who seems gullible? The words spoken as they say when it comes out from the tigers mouth is UNRETRACTABLE AND BEYOND SALVATION. CM is not sleeping yet eventhough he has been stabbed once too often and his generals and lieutenants will consolidate and eventually destroy those who uses "Crisis Breeds Opportunities"

One needs to be remind James the PRS President too,' THERE ARE STILL DANGEROUS PEOPLE OUT THERE .THEY ARE NOT KILLED UNLIKE DURING WARS.1987 and 2010 are too different eras and need we say more.…??

WHY ITS CALLED MING COURT AFFAIR 1987 from Broken shield

The Ming Court is a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, where a group of politicians headed by the former Governor of Sarawak, Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub gathered some time in March 1987 and discussed a plan to topple the State government of Sarawak under the leadership of Taib Mahmud, Rahman's nephew. The Ming Court Hotel became the "headquarters" of these politicians who were dissatisfied with Taib's government. Thus, the name of Ming Court Hotel Affair came about.
Are they all still around……Of course..!!! 

Dissatisfaction with Taib's leadership started as early as in 1985, when Bumiputera politicians accused him of neglecting the interests of Bumiputeras – the Malays, Ibans and Bidayuhs and giving so much face to the Chinese. Many big projects, timber concession areas and large tracts of land were given to the Chinese and SUPP. Because of a special relationship between Taib and SUPP leaders, SUPP became very daring in its demand. SUPP even asked the State government to give it a piece of land in each of the seven divisions in the State for the construction of its premises. This request by SUPP angered the Bumiputeras.

Wilfred Nissom, the independent State Assemblyman for Bengoh, was among those who were critical of Taib Mahmud. Nissom accused Taib of being a "weak" Chief Minister who always gave in to demands by SUPP. He said that it was only a weak Chief Minister who tried to make a criminal out of a Bidayuh who had made a private application to join PBB under him.

Zahrain: Can’t make me quit

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 01:05 AM PST

Zahrain said he was not PKR's MP, but the people's MP. — file pic

Bayan Baru Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Seri Mohd Zahrain Hashim has reiterated that he would not relinquish his position as MP.

He said he would not give in to pressure from those calling on him to vacate the seat as he is an elected representative for Bayan Baru.

"I am very clear with my stand and I would like to continue serving the people, especially in Bayan Baru, as an independent MP," he said in an exclusive interview with Bernama at his new office in Bayan Baru, here, today.

He stressed that he did not betray the voters and would continue serving the constituents as he had informed the Parliament Speaker of his status as an independent MP.

"The PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) members should know that I am not an MP for the party; I am an MP for the people. They cannot stop me from continuing to serve the people," he said.

Mohd Zahrain said in the 2008 general election, he received about 27,000 votes from the people of Bayan Baru in order for him to become their MP.

"I believe that not all of them want me to vacate the seat, but only a small group who may be influenced by PKR which wants me to quit.

"I think that in the democratic process, it is my right whether to vacate the seat or not." He said he felt betrayed by the party instead.

"After the major loss in the 2004 general election, I was assigned to the task as the PKR state chairman to rebuild the party."

He said he had sacrificed for the party during its hard times but was eliminated after the party came into power (in Penang).

He added that the problem with PKR was that it was compromising too much with its coalition partner, the DAP.

"I am still all for reformation but succumbing to the DAP, especially to Lim Guan Eng who is Penang Chief Minister, would destroy Pakatan Rakyat," he said, adding that he left PKR because it had gone off-track.

Asked whether any Barisan Nasional (BN) MP had approached him, Mohd Zahrain said none so far but admitted that he had gone on a trip to the United States with several BN MPs and ministers from Feb 20 to 28.

"As far as I am concerned, I have no intention of joining any other party. I will remain an independent. I will stand on my own," he said.

In January, Zahrain had accused Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, of being "a dictator, a chauvinist and communist-minded", setting off a verbal battle in the media among leaders of PKR, DAP and PAS before he quit PKR on Feb 12. — Bernama

GST bill delayed

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 01:03 AM PST

The Najib Administration is to delay introducing legislation to bring in a Goods and Services Tax, that would have generated revenue totalling around RM8.8 billion, in order to first get public feedback.

It had been due to introduce the tax in 2011 to replace an existing sales tax as part of its measures to reduce Malaysia's dependence on oil revenues that currently account for almost half of government revenues.

Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said government needed more time to gather feedback from the rakyat.

"It will not be tabled for second reading in the March/April session (of Parliament) because we need more time to engage with the public.

"We want the public's opinion on GST," Husni told reporters after opening the Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber of Commerce (KLMCC)'s annual general meeting here today.

Malaysia's budget deficit hit a more than 20 year high of 7.4 per cent of gross domestic product in 2009, according to government data.

The opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) had vowed to oppose the tax, saying it will burden more Malaysians in a country that is coming out of recession.

PR had planned to gather at least 2,000 supporters outside Parliament on Monday when the Dewan Rakyat begins sitting.

Police have warned against any such protest.

courtesy of Malaysian Insider

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