Saturday, March 6, 2010

Khalid: Most painful was the cow episode

Khalid: Most painful was the cow episode


Khalid: Most painful was the cow episode

Posted: 05 Mar 2010 11:18 PM PST

"My most painful experience was when NST (New Straits Times) published a front page report alleging me of corruption for donating cows during Raya Haji," he said. He was subsequently investigated and cleared by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Al-Islam case: Church seeks AG's explanation

Posted: 04 Mar 2010 03:33 AM PST

The Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Murphy Pakiam today demanded an explanation from the authorities over their decision not to take action against two Al-Islam journalists alleged to have desecrated a sacred Catholic ritual. malaysiakini.com
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Intriguing and interesting interesting the intoxicated smelly Parayan dog Selwyn Das High Commissioner for Malaysia

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 08:23 AM PST

AUGUSTINE PAUL DIES AT 64

reasdmoreIntriguing and interesting.Dr M, you killed democracy in Malaysia'The hallowed halls of the judiciary were stained 20 years ago, .

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HE WAS THE PRESIDING JUDGE AT ANWARS SODOMY AND CORRUPTION TRIALTHE CURRENT ATTORNEY GENERAL GHANI APPEARED BEFORE HIM AS THE LEAD PROSECUTOR.THE INVESTIGATION OFFICER I BELIEVE WASOUR CURRENT POLICE INSPECTOR GENERAL, YES?ANWAR FACES FRESH SODOMY CHARGES.SHOULD ANYONE FEELS SLIGHTED, IT WAS NOT INTENDED.readmore CAN WE MALAYSIAN STILL TRUST YOU MR FABRICATION SPECIALIST ATTORNEY-GENERAL,MAFIA GANG INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE
Dear Editor,

The Malaysian High Commissioner's attempt (The trial of Anwar Ibrahim, 5 March) to defend the indefensible is clearly at odds with the view of Malaysian and international human rights organizations.

Amnesty International calls the trial a politically motivated "show trial", engineered to remove Anwar Ibrahim from public life and thus maintain the political status quo of a ruling coalition in power for over half a century. The judiciary's handling of the case is a mockery of trial fairness. Specifically, the courts are allowing the prosecutor to withhold evidence which Anwar's lawyers believe could be crucial to his defense. Not only is this contrary to international human rights law, it violates the Malaysian Criminal Code itself.

Anwar's case is rightly raising doubts amongst the international community, including investors, about Malaysia's commitment to justice and the rule of law. If the Malaysian authorities are truly concerned about their reputation, these criminal charges against Anwar need to be dropped at once.

Margaret John

Coordinator for Singapore and Malaysia

Amnesty International Canada


Ahmed Ghailani's lawyers, Peter E. Quijano, Michael K. Bachrach and Gregory Cooper, have moved to have his indictment dismissed because he was denied a speedy trial.His lawyers are arguing that the government held and interrogated Ghailani for 57 months (with two years in a Black Site) before they moved to try him on that indictment that was pending during that entire period of detention. "We respectfully submit that this case presents possibly the most unique and egregious example of a speedy trial violation in American jurisprudence to date," Mr. Ghailani's lawyers said in a document that was heavily censored because of its reliance on classified information.

At the end of the day, certain things appear to be irrefutable: (1) the delay was caused by deliberate Government action which would knowingly deprive Mr. Ghailani of his right to a Speedy Trial; (2) the reason to cause this delay was the Government's desire to interrogate Mr. Ghailani extensively about matters that involved the same entity and co-conspirators that were part of the charged indictment; and (3) by being able to interrogate Mr. Ghailani for as long as they did and in the manner and under the conditions that they did, the Government obtained the information it sought, without having to enter into a voluntary and binding plea agreement that could have allowed the Government to obtain the same information that the Government sought but after he was arraigned and provided counsel in the Southern District of New York.

In short, and in the interests of national security, the Government got what it desired, when it desired, but at the expense of denying Mr. Ghailani his Constitutional right to a Speedy Trial on the pending Indictment.

More at the NYT here and here.

readmoreVeteran lawyer Karpal Singh has answered a call Justice of the powerful The Tiger Bites A Lion MAHATHIR AND LINGAM MUST BE PUNISHED,"SCAR" in the minds of people is still not rubbed out.

Raja Petra Kamarudin

The AG and the Prosecutor did not blackmail Dato Nalla; they just plea bargained

What everyone had been waiting for finally arrived. Yusof Zainal Abidin denied the allegation by a prominent lawyer and one-time Bar Council Chairman, Manjeet Singh Dhillon, that the Attorney-General, Abdul Gani Patail, and Azhar Mohamad, had blackmailed his (Manjeet's) client, Dato Nalla Karuppan, with threats of the death sentence unless he agreed to fabricate evidence against Anwar Ibrahim.

readmoreNazim Razak, the younger brother of Najib.said Rosmah was very happy with me for retracting

It was not blackmail but plea bargaining, explained Yusof to a most amused courtroom.

On 2 August 1998, Manjeet was called by Gani and Azhar where he (Manjeet) was asked to get his client, Dato Nalla, to fabricate evidence against Anwar. If Dato Nalla was to say that he had arranged several women for Anwar, the charge of being in possession of ammunition would be reduced to that of a lesser charge. If not, Dato Nalla would face the death sentence. readmore A.G OFFICE FRAME ANWAR FOR SAYING 'GELEDAH ' SENT HIM TO 7YEARS NOW WITH ENOUGH EVIDENCE AND WITNESS TO SENT NAJIB TO JAIL FOR ABUSE OF POWER

On 12 August 1998, Manjeet signed a Statutory Declaration which he sent to the then AG, Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah, relating the entire incident. He also wrote a letter detailing what happened.

"The meeting of 2 August 1998 is all about plea bargaining," said Yusof.

"Manjeet wanted the charge against his client to be reduced to one under the Arms Act 1960 and it would appear that Dato Gani would only agree if Nalla was prepared to cooperate to give information concerning several women."

readmoreBravoGhani Patail ! Some seriously troubling questions why our A.G closed one eye on rosmah? why bully Universiti Malaya undergraduates?

"It is something which is permissible under the law."

"It would be very wrong to allege that it amounted to a threat to maintain a lawful charge if Nalla was not prepared to cooperate."

Yusof then asked the court, if what the AG had tried to do was so wrong, why did Manjeet agree to talk to Dato Nalla about it instead of protesting?

readmore Malaysiakini journalists ask Nazim Razak: replied with a stern "I have nothing to say" WHY MUST WALK AWAY? like he saw the Altantuys ghost!

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"Yet, when Dato Gani allegedly told him that he wanted the fabricated evidence from Nalla, there was not a trace of anger or disappointment which he demonstrated through his Statutory Declaration or letter?"

"He meekly said, 'If that is your request, I will convey it to my client'," said Yusof.

Yusof added that the Defence never adduced as evidence the tape recording of the conversation alleging that Gani and Azhar had blackmailed Dato Nalla to fabricate evidence against Anwar. In short, the defence had their chance to prove this serious allegation but it goofed.

Fernando, now infuriated, stood up to say that the Defence had told the court about the existence of the tape and they had actually brought the tape to court and offered to play it for them but the Prosecution did not want to hear it.

The Bench then interjected to ask whether this 'offer' was on record to which the Prosecution replied it was not.

"That's the end of the story then," retorted Richard Malanjun.

Fernando was not about to let the judge get away with this and he replied, "That's not the end of the story."

Fernando then informed the court that the exchange did take place but the judge did not record it.

And this is yet another incident of proceedings in the trial missing from the records.

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Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish!

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 06:57 AM PST

Finally Zulkifli Noordin is out!!

I was greatly disturbed by the fact that PKR was keeping its silence over Zulkifli Noordin's highly aberrant behaviour.

So the fact that he has been booted out is good news.

From Malaysiakini:

The supreme council has requested Zulkifli to vacate his parliamentary seat "with immediate effect" but he is unlikely to do so.

However, Saifuddin said he is allowed to appeal the decision within 14 days.

Asked if he does not want to vacate the seat, Saifuddin stressed that PKR members subscribe to an oath to serve the people.

"We feel he has violated the oath with his actions," he said.

Questioned if Zulkifli wants to be an independent MP, the party secretary-general said it would be up to him.

"He is elected under the PKR ticket and he should resign. If he is a man of integrity which he claims he is, he would vacate his post."

I really don't know what makes people like Zulkifli Noordin tick. From his self-serving actions, it is evident that he would fit into BN like a glove.

But for some reason, he opted to run under the PKR ticket and won that parliamentary seat in Bandar Baru Kulim.

I have heard rumours to the effect that he has blackmail fodder on Anwar Ibrahim which is why they have turned a blind eye over his aberrant actions for so long.

I wonder what sort of news we should expect to hear within the next few days. Sodomy and other sexually-related sins are getting old.


Pete you are wrong about about ANWAR .here is a man who can command the respect of world leaders…he has all the attribute

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 06:16 AM PST


Clear,concise,honest,and intelligent answers to the questions…here is a man who can command the respect of world leaders…he has all the attribute Pete you are wrong about about ANWAR


It looks like it is open season on Datuk Salehuddin Hashim, the one-time Secretary General of PKR. I am all for exposing shamans and fakes,His part in in planting"traumatized" Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan story their intention is to convict ANWAR by hook or by crook,


READMORE PETE MAYBE YOU HAVE FORGIVEN THEM FOR ALL WHAT THEY DID JUST TO BE PROTECTED BY MAHATHIR,MACC'S LADY STARTED IT EX DAP PROSTITUTE OPEN HER PUSSY THEN ABDUL RAHMAN THE DE FACTO MENTRI BESAR DELIVERED IT THE BASTARD B.N PERAK GOVERNMENT

and there are many such people in PKR. .What does Datuk Saleh have to gain when you hit him below the belt like you are doing now? alot! He is the new weapon for Rosma? But what will UMNO will lose for using Datuk Salehs' tactics and hits back below the belt? A lot! UMNO will lose a lot. And fear that the next few weeks we are going to see just this. What more are you going to say about Datuk Saleh?. You have nothing more to say. Datuk Saleh, however, has not even started singing. And by the time he finishes you may wish you had parted as friends rather than telanjang bogel him in public. Now he has nothing to lose. I wish I could say the same for UMNO. Mampuslah UMNO

Clear,concise,honest,and intelligent answers to the questions…here is a man who can command the respect of world leaders….he has all the attributes that make a great statesman.
Hey Najib….envious are you?…of course you are…your not fit to lick his boots.

Clear,concise,honest,and intelligent answers to the questions…here is a man who can command the respect of world leaders….he has all the attributes that make a great statesman.
Hey Najib….envious are you?…of course you are…your not fit to lick his boots.

exposure the price that we have to pay for the freedom from UMNO which we are so justly proud? the sympathy of many who do not see themselves is surprising. There does seem to be a return that we are seeing of more primitive passions, as we react with emotion to the slightest provocation, real or imagined in arenas important and trivial. Divisive stances come more naturally to a large section of people and there is little attempt to apply the filter of discrimination. Indeed, is awash in symbolic issues that seem to take up a lot of our time, energy and angst. It seems extraordinarily easy to offend some group or the other on issues that rarely translate into any material consequences.


Clear,concise,honest,and intelligent answers to the questions…here is a man who can command the respect of world leaders….he has all the attributes that make a great statesman.
Hey Najib….envious are you?…of course you are…your not fit to lick his boots.

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is on trial in Kuala Lumpur on sodomy charges for a second time, speaks to journalist Wajahat Ali about the controversy and discusses the country's ethnic and religious conflicts as well as issues facing the Muslim world.

By Wajahat Ali for CNN

Wajahat Ali: Dr. Ibrahim, you are currently facing controversial, criminal charges of sodomy in Kuala Lumpur alleged by an ex-aide. The trial is under way as we speak, and the Malaysian press has dubbed this event "Sodomy 2″ since you were convicted on similar charges in 1998 (which were overturned by the Supreme Court in 2004). You also served six years in solitary confinement after being convicted in '98 for corruption. First, if there was no truth to these allegations then why would the aide under oath swear and testify in graphic detail to such a sordid event and also be subjected to such humiliation, considering sodomy is both illegal and highly disfavored in Malaysia? Second, if these allegations are "trumped up" (by the ruling coalition) and a sham, as you and your followers have said, why?

Anwar Ibrahim: The government today is in survival mode. Sensing its own protracted demise, and bereft of ideas that would enable it to regain popular support, its strategy is to tear down the opposition no matter what the cost. Since our unprecedented victory in the March 2008 polls, there have been relentless attacks to destabilize our state governments, to threaten and intimidate our elected officials and to undermine public confidence in our ability to govern. You name it and it's been hurled at us…. The charges leveled against me have to be seen in this broader context. The fact that the same plot that was hatched in 1998 is being repeated reflects a certain bankruptcy and lack of creativity on their part. They must still believe some segment of the Malay-Muslim electorate, who will likely determine the outcome of the next General Election, will be alienated by these charges. I doubt that is the case. There is polling to prove it and when we go around the country now the crowds of people number sometimes in the tens of thousands. The Malaysian people are much smarter and more aware today and will not easily be fooled.

As for the swearing of oaths in courts and in mosques — these are theatrics that ignore due process and legal principles. In a normal court of law, a verdict would rest on objective, incontrovertible evidence. But in Malaysia, show trials are being used to defame and discredit those who have fallen out of the favor of the establishment. This gives us all the more resolve to fight for reform.

(The Malaysian government has rejected allegations of wrongdoing and all claims that it has tried to silence Anwar and his political party. The Government has also denied any involvement in the sodomy cases against Anwar.)

Wajahat Ali: Malaysia promotes itself as a peaceful, democratic, multi-ethnic, Muslim country. On December 31, a court ruled that non-Muslims, namely Christians, were finally allowed to use the word "Allah" as a term for God, which quickly prompted a government appeal. Following the ruling, nearly 11 churches have been attacked, Christians have been harassed, and even a Sikh temple and several mosques were vandalized. Both the government's appeal and the conduct of several Malays seem to suggest discrimination towards their non-Muslim neighbors. Many in America assume this is due to an innate Muslim antagonism and elitism towards the "other." How would you explain this current phenomenon, and why is the term "Allah" only reserved for Muslims?

Anwar Ibrahim: The handling of the Allah issue sent the wrong message to people around the world about Islam. In the current climate of xenophobia in Europe and the U.S., how can we as Muslims say we are any better when we treat our non-Muslim citizens with disrespect and disdain? It is odd that this issue seems relevant only in Malaysia and not in the Middle East or even Indonesia.

Dialogue and engagement are essential. The mainstream media all controlled by the ruling coalition should present all viewpoints and not just the most extreme views supported by the government. Sensitive issues that touch on religious and ethnic sentiments should be handled delicately. Instead the government allowed the case to be dragged through the courts, sanctioned incendiary public demonstrations and only after the situation exploded in violence did its leaders start to make more measured statements and call for calm. I find this deplorable.

In Malaysia such posturing by Muslim leaders has much more to do with politics than religion and ideology. The ruling government hopes that by taking a hard line it will curry some favor with an increasingly radical right wing upon which its party is increasingly based. The recent caning of individuals for illicit sexual relations is likewise part of an effort to boost the perceived Islamic credentials of the government and portray the opposition as soft on morals and subservient to international pressure.

I understand there are broader concerns about the ability of contemporary Islamic societies to deal with issues of pluralism and diversity. Malaysia's handling of this issue is certainly not helping to abate these fears. But there is a silver lining. We have used this incident as an opportunity to launch a series of interfaith dialogues around the country. And I am very encouraged by statements from Pan Islamic Party of Malaysia, PAS, which has come out strongly in support of the rights of all Malaysian citizens under the Constitution, which guarantees the freedom of conscience and religion.

Wajahat Ali: Following on that question, is there space for Muslims and non-Muslims to live harmoniously in Malaysia? If your party had power, how would it handle the current situation and subsequently implement changes that would minimize ethnic and religious conflicts in the future?

Anwar Ibrahim: Southeast Asian Islam is known for its inclusivistic approach. The religion came to this region via traders from Arabia and by Sufi masters who integrated with the existing cultural and social landscape. While Islam gradually became the dominant civilization this was not done at the expense of the other groups. In fact I recall back in the '90s we convened the first-ever conference on Islam and Confucianism that led to the founding of an entire department at the University of Malaya on this topic. This in my mind represents the vast potential of our multi-ethnic society.

The religious tensions currently on display are a recent phenomenon in that they are largely the result of a political conflict rather than deep-seated religious antagonisms. This is not to ignore the challenges Malaysia faces as a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society. But for the most part these tensions can be alleviated through efforts to promote greater integration and interaction within the society. Politicians unfortunately have found it expedient to exacerbate ethnic and religious tensions as a means of prolonging a political system that benefits the few at the expense of the many. We see deliberate attempts to provoke religious tensions to give a pretext to clamp down on civil liberties and justify the continuation of the same old race-based policies of the past.

The antidote for this behavior is to restore credibility to the institutions of civil society. The media should be free, politicians must be held accountable through free and fair elections and the judiciary must be able to operate without interference from politicians. Economics also factor importantly into the equation. Income inequality in Malaysia is among the worst in the world. Despite decades of an affirmative action policy designed to uplift the poor and marginalized Malays, in Malaysia the rich get richer while the poor stay poor — and that includes poor Malays, Chinese and Indians.

We need to revisit the design of economic policy and how the country allocates welfare and resources. Affirmative action remains essential to ensure that the poor marginalized are not forgotten. But there is no reason to exclude poor Chinese and Indians from the policy, as has been the case for so long. Endemic corruption has led to the enrichment of a few well-connected businessmen and politicians but the vast majority of their wealth never trickles down.

If we can overcome some of the most basic shortcomings in governance and accountability I am quite confident that Malaysia will be on a better footing when it comes to building a peaceful society.

Wajahat Ali: U.S. President Barack Obama was embraced with rapturous applause, standing ovations, and stunning poll numbers by Muslim communities worldwide last year when he gave his historic speech in Cairo. A year later, there has been a significant dip in his polls numbers both domestically and abroad. How confident do Muslims feel about him and America as a "true partner" in 2010 when compared to Bush's administration? What will Obama have to do to regain Muslim trust and achieve a true conciliation between America and Muslims around the world?

Anwar Ibrahim: When he won I shared in the optimism expressed by many that his presidency would usher in a new chapter in relations between America and the Muslim world. I did not expect he alone to solve all the problems. After all he is not the Caliph. He is the President of the United States, and therefore bound by significant constraints. But he is certainly better than his predecessor and we appreciated his Cairo speech, which was a historic and bold statement of friendship between two civilizations.

His pronouncements — such as closing Guantanamo, an end to settlement activity in the West Bank and pushing for a two state-solution, withdrawing from Iraq and searching for diplomatic solutions to dealing with Iran — are the right statements. Unfortunately he has yet to deliver on major initiatives. At this point, few see much difference between his foreign policy and that of the Bush administration. I remain optimistic for now — it is too soon to offer a final verdict.

I believe Muslims are willing to give whoever sits in the White House a chance. Muslims respect America as a democracy and want to see its policies as fair, just and consistent. For there to be a real watershed in the Obama administration's approach he will have to be seen to be acting fairly in resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict and show more compassion (when) it comes to dealing with Afghanistan, where thousands of innocent people are still being killed. Otherwise I fear the good will he has built will be forgotten.

Wajahat Ali: Why does the Israeli occupation of Palestine overwhelmingly dominate the emotions and anger of Muslims worldwide when Muslims are also suffering tremendously in Iraq, Africa, Russia, Afghanistan and so forth? Can Muslims move "beyond" the Palestine issue?

Anwar Ibrahim: It is often forgotten that Jerusalem holds a special, symbolic meaning for Muslims as the site of the Prophet Muhammad's ascent to heaven. In fact, Muslims living during the Prophet's time prayed towards Jerusalem until instructions were later given to switch the direction of the prayer to Mecca. This makes Jerusalem and access to the holy sites very relevant to Muslims around the world.

Certainly there is deep anger over the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. The enduring conflicts in other countries, the imposition of dictatorial regimes and the legacy of colonialism and rampant poverty are all factors which affect the relationship. But the Arab-Israeli conflict has come to symbolize the entire grouse of the Muslim world with the interference of foreign powers in our affairs.

Our frustration with the United States stems entirely from its lopsided handling of the conflict. Consider the result of Palestinian elections which were held democratically and brought Hamas into power. America punished Palestinians for voting (with) their conscience. Or consider (Israel's) blockade on Gaza — another example of collective punishment being used to force a different political outcome. If America is seen to be inconsistent in applying principles of freedom, justice and self-determination in Palestine then Muslims elsewhere are going to have a hard time believing the rhetoric is real.

And the failure to achieve a meaningful peace gives authoritarian Muslim governments an easy opportunity to score political mileage out of the Palestinians' plight. Stoking the flames of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism is a good distraction from the stench in their own backyard, namely rampant corruption, denial of basic human rights, abuse of power and the suppression of civil society.

Wajahat Ali: Do you think it's time for Muslims to readjust their grievances and sources of victimization?

Anwar Ibrahim: When Abu Ghraib happened it was rightly condemned as a terrible injustice and came to symbolize what was wrong about the American invasion and occupation of Iraq. But Muslims have to be consistent. The lack of due process, gruesome prison conditions and corruption in law enforcement agencies are very serious problems in Muslim countries that must also be condemned. So when many Muslim governments attacked the U.S. they were being hypocritical.

Muslims have expressed clear views on this matter. The (Gallup) Muslim World Poll demonstrated that the vast majority of Muslims prefer governments that are more democratic, more accountable and more humane than the ones that exist today. Which means many would be quite supportive of a change in the corrupt and authoritarian governments that exist throughout the Middle East. The frustration that many Muslims have with the West is that America often preaches one thing about democracy but turns a blind eye to some of the worst dictators. So they are squeezed on both sides — their own governments and the so-called savior from the West.

I think oppression and injustice has to be condemned whenever and wherever it exists and Muslims should be at the forefront of this call for justice. Otherwise what is it that we hope to tell the world about our values and ethics?

Wajahat Ali: Do you believe that democracy and Islam are capable of coexistence, especially as a functional system of government in the modern age? Judging by the track record over the past century, it seems Islam and politics make volatile bed fellows.

Anwar Ibrahim: The experience of democracy in the Muslim world has not been entirely negative as the question suggests. Independence movements were often based on political parties which organized around principles of freedom and justice. Freedom fighters didn't expel their colonial master only to want to replace them with ruthless dictators. On the contrary — there were vibrant democracies emerging in places like Indonesia, Iran and even Iraq in the 1950s. The great betrayal happened later, when secular autocrats who, in the name of nationalism, socialism or modernity, hijacked the governments and imposed a level cruelty worse than what existed under colonialism. But let us be clear — these were secular movements which used religion only to buy legitimacy from the people.

It is therefore quite historic to see democracy re-emerging in places like Indonesia and Turkey. The peaceful transformation of Indonesia to the world's largest Muslim democracy is one of the most important developments in the world. Likewise, Turkey has taken its place as a vibrant democracy. And what is more interesting is that in Indonesia in recent elections the more conservative Islamic parties were allowed to campaign openly — and they were handed defeat. This did not require locking them up in prison. On the contrary it was the people themselves who opted for a system that was inclusive, democratic and at the same time cognizant of the country's religious and cultural heritage.

Wajahat Ali: You're an active presence in new media with a popular Facebook profile and a steady stream of tweets from your Twitter account. In fact, you and many of your supporters have been tweeting throughout the trial. Last year, Iranians successfully used Twitter to educate the world about the daily protests against the government crackdowns following the controversial election results. First, what do you hope to achieve by tweeting throughout your trial? Secondly, do you believe new media and the Internet is the transformative vehicle and tool for Muslims in the 21st century to reclaim both their political and religious voices, which have been silenced or hijacked by those claiming legitimacy and power?

Anwar Ibrahim: New media has been a cornerstone of the opposition's communications strategy. The mainstream press in Malaysia is completely controlled by the government, but the Internet has remained free. An attempt last year to introduce an Internet filter was quickly shot down, not surprisingly, by an overwhelming response of Internet users in Malaysia.

The coverage of my trial has been quite favorable in the international media but locally you would be surprised how vicious and despicable the manipulation of facts has already become. We need to be active online and develop innovative ways of reaching out to online and offline constituencies to compensate for this information deficit.

And we also realize there is a new generation of Malaysians who were too young to remember the Reformasi movement that started a decade ago. Reaching out to them will happen in large part through technology.

I never believed technology is a panacea. But it is certainly changing the course of politics and policy around the world. The president of the United States ran an effective online campaign and continues to do so while in office, but so too have extremist groups. Opposition parties in Malaysia are actively courting voters online. Who ultimately benefits from technology will depend on two things — the execution of a coherent strategy and the quality of the message. Information tends to travel quickly by whatever means if there is a demand for the content.

Wajahat Ali is a playwright, journalist, attorney, humorist and consultant. He is a contributor to The Washington Post, The Guardian, Huffington Post, McSweeney's Quarterly Journal, Counterpunch and Chowk. He is an Associate Editor of the American Muslim online magazine Altmuslim.com and Contributing Editor of Illume Magazine. He also produces a blog: "Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground" (goatmilk.wordpress.com).



Zul Noordin Wants UMNO To Sleep With Shim for $1

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 06:11 AM PST

UMNO, quick, just buy ... This one is on firesales, buy while he has no fukcing bargaining power ... Cheap!


I say just make him an offer, say for a token #1 like MV Augusta, and I am sure some one can go around to sell it for $100M.


1Malaysia ... Will Buy Any MP, Ghost or Whore, Dead or Alive!


Zulkifli won't appeal, will stay as MP

By G. Manimaran

KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 - Zulkifli Noordin will not appeal his sacking from PKR, adding he will also not vacate his Kulim-Bandar Baharu seat that he won in Election 2008.


The controversial MP said he will join three other PKR members who quit this year as Independents in the Dewan Rakyat.


"There's no reason why I should appeal ... nor why I should also vacate my seat," Zulkifli told The Malaysian Insider tonight.


The PKR national leadership decided to endorse a disciplinary board ruling to sack him for going against party rules.


MCA - nest of vipers

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 06:04 AM PST

I am neither a member nor a diehard supporter of the DAP but the reason why I have preferred this party over, say, the MCA can be explained by what I have written below.

The MCA is now in turmoil. I guess Ong Tee Keat was in deep trouble when Najib refused to attend the MCA AGM as the traditionally principal guest of honour (in his capacity as Head of the BN coalition) to open the meeting for its ally – see Malaysiakini's Najib will not attend disputed MCA AGM.

Najib's decision is unprecedented and unequivocally, blatantly anti Ong Tee Keat as the president of MCA, as had been his attending the opening of Makkal Sakthi an anti MIC snub.

One way or another, UMNO has and is showing it can control MCA, MIC, especially Gerakan, etc. While there has been bad blood between Ong and Chua as well as Liow, the lamentable observation is there are MCA leaders who are prepared to play to UMNO's tune, to remove Ong Tee Keat.

Why do I say this, because for quite some time now, DPM Muhyiddin has indicated in many ways his displeasure with Ong through his (Muhyiddin's) attempt to galvanise MCA into another/early party election.


It was then obvious that UMNO preferred Liow, who had lovingly described Najib as 'our beloved PM' wakakaka what a Raja Bodek! – see my post Najib and Muhyiddin fighting for Liow Tiong Lai.

Ong has been fairly dexterous in forestalling Muhyiddin's attempted manipulation by coopting Chua SL over to his side against Liow (and surprising everyone). But it's obvious Ong and Chua have a falling out again. One can only wonder whether the long arm of UMNO has been in play since.

Those in MCA who have rejoiced at Ong's current predicament and loss of support are, have been and will be the very people who love bodek-ing UMNO, of course for their own interests.

Ong has been unpopular with UMNO since his deputy ministerial days when he ran foul of Hishamuddin. Ong then had exposed corrupt officials in the Education department which sent Hishamuddin ballistic.

Then DPM, Najib had argued in support of his cousin that the fact of corruption (embezzlement) was beside the matter, and that Ong had not followed proper channels to raise the issue.

Najib had then
stated: "I don't want to talk about facts, that's another issue".

The DPM of the nation didn't want to talk about the facts of embezzlement? Dei man, that's stealing, a crime, an act of sheer corruption and you don't want to talk about it?


And he gave the excuse that form (of cross-ministerial procedure) should have taken precedence over substance (a crime of embezzlement of public money).

What a f* joke of a government!

I had then written in a 2009's post UMNO prefers Ong Tee Keat out?:

Bull! It's everyone's duty to expose corruption, not just Ong's. And in fact, Ong did not air that alleged embezzlement as a racist issue. He merely highlighted corruption. There was no mention of race. That the schools were vernacular in character was never the issue - the missing 90% of the maintenance funds was.

It was Hishamuddin who turned it into an anti-Ong issue because he obviously didn't like the idea of an MCA bloke highlighting alleged corruption in his ministry. His act of political intimidation against Ong could be seen as an act against the exposure of corruption.

Of course we know that had Ong raised the issue through 'proper channels' the issue (of corruption in that embezzlement) won't see daylight ever again wakakaka!


Don't believe me? Then read my Int Sec Ministry gagged Chinese press on alleged embezzlements where I wrote about the Chinese press unearthing similar cases of alleged misuse of the special funds in two other schools - SRJK Mah Hua in Kepala Batas, Penang and SRJK Sin Bin in Klang, Selangor. I had then stated:

... the Internal Security Ministry has instructed the media to stop reporting on the alleged misappropriation of funds earmarked for the repair and maintenance of Chinese primary schools nationwide. The ministry wrote to the editors last Thursday demanding "immediate cooperation" from the media to not highlight the controversy - especially if those contain FACTS.

The expression "Immediate cooperation" can be undertood to carry an unwritten/unstated "Or else"!


Fate and a wee episode on DVD enabled Ong TK to become, oh calamity for UMNO, the President of MCA, and by tradition, the Minister of Transport.

As yet unforgiven by UMNO, loose cannon Ong TK went immediately on the rampage by exposing the PKFZ scandal wakakaka ... no, not to the amusement of some of his MCA colleagues nor Taikoh UMNO.


It was obvious he has to go, and no worries as there would be MCA members to support this.

Even if Ong loses his position as party president and thus his ministership, and surely it will come to it that (maybe to humiliate him, Najib may make him KPI Minister wakakaka), the MCA will not be out of the woods yet, because Chua and Liow have more than a few things to sort out between themselves and their supporters. It may yet be the Hundred Years War for MCA.

Just like MIC and all the mosquito Indian political parties, including Makkal Sakthi and Human Rights Party, have been betraying the Indian Malaysian community, the MCA has shown once again it will continue to betray the Chinese Malaysian community by getting rid of its party president who has the backbone, since Lim Chong Eu, to stand up to UMNO.

Related:
(1) UMNO prefers Ong Tee Keat out?
(2) Najib and Muhyiddin fighting for Liow Tiong Lai
(3)
Najib's facts, principles, goose & gander
(4) Corruption 'Fact' for DPM Najib & Hishamuddin
(5) What the cabinet reprimanded Ong Tee Keat for!
(6) Najib riled with Ong Tee Keat's last laugh!
(7) Int Sec Ministry gagged Chinese press on alleged embezzlements
(8) MCA at a crossroad


Zulkifli Noordin Sacked!

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 05:51 AM PST

Orang Giler Zul depecat ... Happy UMNO ... dapat lagi seekor bangkai



PKR is now set to reap the rewards after cleansing itself of some of those who seek to betray the rakyat's mandate. Its journey to restore the people's faith in the party can now begin with earnest.So PKR finally bit the bullet and sacked Zulkifli Noordin in a move that will go a long way in restoring the party's credibility.

In a way, Zul appeared to be doing his level best to invite this sacking, perhaps because he didn't want to be seen as betraying the rakyat'smandate by quitting. But the people know better.

Maybe he will eventually find his real home in Umno (or Perkasa?) after a stint as a "BN-friendly independent". Who knows. And who really cares.

For many democracy-loving Malaysians, this must be a great day, what with the Penang government calling for local government elections. At least there is something to celebrate on the second anniversary of March 8.

Onwards to the Penang Forum tomorrow!



Pictures of Aborted Fetuses – They Look Human, They ARE Human

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 05:21 AM PST

Abortion sickens me, but 'pro-choice' abortion suppoters who argue that 'the aborted gunk is just blood and mucus' or 'an embryo or a fetus isn't a human' sicken me even more.

Killing a baby in a crib = MURDER

Killing a pregnant woman = DOUBLE MURDER (one for the woman, one for the unborn child)

Killing a baby in the womb = LEGAL ABORTION

WTF???!!!

If you think not-born-yet = not-human, then take a look at the following links. Even at the totally-legal-to-abort First Trimester (0 – 3 months pregnant), you can't deny the explicit humanness of the tiny baby.

They can even survive so well, that 50 babies survive attempted abortions every year in the UK – and then if left to die, is counted as infanticide. So killed in womb = abortion, attempted kill then left to die in clinic = murder.

Take a good, long look. Puke your guts out, then come back and tell me how the following are not considered humans – living and growing, until they were murdered by abortionists.

WARNING – EVERY ONE OF THE IMAGES THROUGH THE LINKS IS HIGHLY DISTURBING – YET THEY SHOW THE REALITY OF THE 1.2 MILLION BABIES MURDERED EVERY YEAR (IN THE USA ALONE) and 1.2 MILLION BABIES MURDERED EVERY MONTH IN THE WORLD

http://amightywind.com/abortion/pleaseno.htm

Google Images

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Meanwhile, thousands of pro-life supporters marched on Washington in protest of the 35th anniversary of Roe vs Wade, which removed the human right to life of unborn babies in favour of the right of irresponsible mothers to not be emotionally annoyed.

And of course, this is how the supremely biased, lie-beral MSM portrays it, via Ryskind:

MarchForLifeMistakenID

It's not like peaceful and dignified Walk for Lifers don't have enough rabid, anarchic opposition already.

More cartoons:

RoeWade35AbortClinic

WishCouldHaveHadABirthday

VictimsOfRoevsWade

RoeWadeCake

NoRSVPRoeWade

BarakObamaOnViolence

AbortionSupportersWereBorn

See also:

Full Uncensored Video Footage of Abortion on Spain TV

Liberal Vampires Would Kill Millions of Stem Cell Babies to Live Longer

SCHIP and Abortion Moonbat Back-to-Square-One Argument

Liberal Definition of A 'Person'

Back to the Future Stem Cells

Are Your Babies Inside Your Parents?

You Reach Your Right Hand In, And Pull The Baby's Brains Out

Hey, Do You Think We Should We Kill Babies?

Are Your Babies Inside Your Parents?

Mommy Why Don't You Love Me


UMNOPutra II ... Malaysia = No. 1 in Baby Murder

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 05:15 AM PST

Untold Story: Malaysia Is An Infanticide Hotspot!

Why bunuh kill beautiful cute baby ... WHY? WHY? WHY?

What is UMNO doing to rectify this SATANIC problem called INFANTICIDE (Bunuh Bayi)?









سادسأ مره اخرى بحقيبه





















سابع عشر ذبح كالخارووف ثم رمي بالغابه


Kalakau - BN loss, PKR gains

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 04:59 AM PST


KOTA KINABALU: Popular Sabah Dusun leader Datuk Kalakau Untol will be unveiled in the
coming days as the latest Barisan Nasional heavyweight to join PKR, bringing with him vast experience and the Dusun support for the party.
Kalakau, a former deputy labour minister in the BN-held state government, had resigned
from the ruling coalition and from all his posts in government-related agencies on Feb 18.

Immediately after his resignation, he had said that he would be focusing on supporting the policies of PKR but did not reveal any immediate plans to join any of the Pakatan parties.

"However, he has decided that he wants to join PKR. He will be officially unveiled as a new PKR man next week in Kuala Lumpur," a party insider told FMT.

"Kalakau's decision to join PKR is also due to his belief in PKR vice-president Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan as someone who can help change the situation in Sabah," added the insider who requested anonymity as the news of the new arrival has not been officially released yet.

Kalakau had submitted his membership form to party adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in gathjering in his village in Tuaran last Sunday.

PKR leaders believe that Kalakau, 55, is a good catch for the party, given the latter's strong standing among the Dusun people. He is currently the president of United Sabah Dusun Association.

"While PKR is hit by the resignations of three elected representatives in the peninsula, the timing of Kalakau's entry into the party in Sabah, which is long considered BN-safe deposit state, is perfect," added the party insider.

The Dusun swing

Until his resignation from BN, Kalakau was the chairman of Superpanel (Sabah) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary company of the Sabah Housing and Town Development Authority, and a member of the Sabah Economic Development Corporation board of directors.

He had served as deputy labour minister from 1986 to 1990 and was United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) Youth chief for 12 years from 1985.

Upon his resignation, former senator Kalakau claimed that state and federal leaders had appeared uncommitted in defending the state's rights.

Kalakau is expected to work closely with Jeffrey in consolidating the Kadazandusun support, especially among the Dusun voters, in the state for PKR. The Dusun voters are in a position to swing the votes in many seats in the state.

"The Dusuns are an important group of people who have long been marginalised by the BN. With Kalakau in PKR, they will have a strong voice in the party to represent their interests," added the party insider.

Kalakau joins a long line of ex-BN leaders to have joined PKR, among whom include Jeffrey, former Umno leader and cabinet member Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and former MCA deputy president Datuk Chua Jui Ming.


KALakU

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 03:29 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: Popular Sabah Dusun leader Datuk Kalakau Untol will be unveiled in the coming days as the latest Barisan Nasional heavyweight to join PKR, bringing with him vast experience and the Dusun support for the party.
Kalakau, a former deputy labour minister in the BN-held state government, had resigned from the ruling coalition and from all his posts in government-related agencies on Feb 18.

Immediately after his resignation, he had said that he would be focusing on supporting the policies of PKR but did not reveal any immediate plans to join any of the Pakatan parties.

"However, he has decided that he wants to join PKR. He will be officially unveiled as a new PKR man next week in Kuala Lumpur," a party insider told FMT.

"Kalakau's decision to join PKR is also due to his belief in PKR vice-president Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan as someone who can help change the situation in Sabah," added the insider who requested anonymity as the news of the new arrival has not been officially released yet.

It is learnt that Kalakau had submitted his membership form to party adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Kota Kinabalu last Sunday.

PKR leaders believe that Kalakau, 55, is a good catch for the party, given the latter's strong standing among the Dusun people. He is currently the president of United Sabah Dusun Association.

"While PKR is hit by the resignations of three elected representatives in the peninsula, the timing of Kalakau's entry into the party in Sabah, which is long considered BN-safe deposit state, is perfect," added the party insider.

The Dusun swing

Until his resignation from BN, Kalakau was the chairman of Superpanel (Sabah) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary company of the Sabah Housing and Town Development Authority, and a member of the Sabah Economic Development Corporation board of directors.

He had served as deputy labour minister from 1986 to 1990 and was United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) Youth chief for 12 years from 1985.

Upon his resignation, former senator Kalakau claimed that state and federal leaders had appeared uncommitted in defending the state's rights.

Kalakau is expected to work closely with Jeffrey in consolidating the Kadazandusun support, especially among the Dusun voters, in the state for PKR. The Dusun voters are in a position to swing the votes in many seats in the state.

"The Dusuns are an important group of people who have long been marginalised by the BN. With Kalakau in PKR, they will have a strong voice in the party to represent their interests," added the party insider.

Kalakau joins a long line of ex-BN leaders to have joined PKR, among whom include Jeffrey, former Umno leader and cabinet member Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and former MCA deputy president Datuk Chua Jui Ming
KUALA LUMPUR: Popular Sabah Dusun leader Datuk Kalakau Untol will be unveiled in the coming days as the latest Barisan Nasional heavyweight to join PKR, bringing with him vast experience and the Dusun support for the party.
Kalakau, a former deputy labour minister in the BN-held state government, had resigned from the ruling coalition and from all his posts in government-related agencies on Feb 18.

Immediately after his resignation, he had said that he would be focusing on supporting the policies of PKR but did not reveal any immediate plans to join any of the Pakatan parties.

"However, he has decided that he wants to join PKR. He will be officially unveiled as a new PKR man next week in Kuala Lumpur," a party insider told FMT.

"Kalakau's decision to join PKR is also due to his belief in PKR vice-president Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan as someone who can help change the situation in Sabah," added the insider who requested anonymity as the news of the new arrival has not been officially released yet.

It is learnt that Kalakau had submitted his membership form to party adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Kota Kinabalu last Sunday.

PKR leaders believe that Kalakau, 55, is a good catch for the party, given the latter's strong standing among the Dusun people. He is currently the president of United Sabah Dusun Association.

"While PKR is hit by the resignations of three elected representatives in the peninsula, the timing of Kalakau's entry into the party in Sabah, which is long considered BN-safe deposit state, is perfect," added the party insider.

The Dusun swing

Until his resignation from BN, Kalakau was the chairman of Superpanel (Sabah) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary company of the Sabah Housing and Town Development Authority, and a member of the Sabah Economic Development Corporation board of directors.

He had served as deputy labour minister from 1986 to 1990 and was United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) Youth chief for 12 years from 1985.

Upon his resignation, former senator Kalakau claimed that state and federal leaders had appeared uncommitted in defending the state's rights.

Kalakau is expected to work closely with Jeffrey in consolidating the Kadazandusun support, especially among the Dusun voters, in the state for PKR. The Dusun voters are in a position to swing the votes in many seats in the state.

"The Dusuns are an important group of people who have long been marginalised by the BN. With Kalakau in PKR, they will have a strong voice in the party to represent their interests," added the party insider.

Kalakau joins a long line of ex-BN leaders to have joined PKR, among whom include Jeffrey, former Umno leader and cabinet member Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and former MCA deputy president Datuk Chua Jui Ming 


Zulkifli is better as independent MP

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 02:49 AM PST

I HAD told PKR MP for Kulim Bandar Baru, Zulkifli Noordin, that it looked like he was waiting to be sacked from his party. The way he was taking them to task for various breaches, it seemed to me that he was baiting his party bosses to give him the kick. Today, he got it. At around 6.00PM today, he called several people saying he's ready to tell all at a Press Conference. I had told him that the sack was bound to come sooner or later. Now that he's sacked, Zulkifli is free to speak against anyone and on anything. Seems to me that he's got few, if any, allies in the party. Perhaps he should focus on being an independent MP and serve his constituents full time, the way the famous Cikgu Jabar did for Batu Laut in Selangor. The late Cikgu Jabar stayed as an independent Wakil Rakyat for several terms in Batu Laut with the voters backing him at every poll. He died many years ago.


Who are the real 'mandores'?

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 02:44 AM PST

I have always suspected the leaders of the so-called Human Rights Party (HRP - fomerly Hindraf) of being stalking horses for UMNO.

Last year, in my post
Deliberate racial tones in Kg Buah Pala polemics? I mentioned how Uthayakumar threatened CM Lim Guan Eng -see Malaysiakini's
Lim given one-week ultimatum to save village.

I then asked:
Who is Uthayakumar to use such threatening language? And with such crude aggression, acrimony and arrogance, do you believe this man really wants the best deal for the villagers, or one who wants to stir up a conflict?

In another post
Uthayakumar - correct person to represent Tamils? I questioned Uthayakumar's motive in attacking Lim Guan Eng and Dr Ramasamy but not even criticising the biggest culprit of all, Koh Tsu Koon.

I was flabbergasted by his vilification of Dr Ramasamy as a 'mandore' – for this inexcusable outrageous rudeness, Penangites would describe Uthayakumar as 'peh-boe boe kah see' (meaning 'he wasn't taught manners by his parents' – the second most humiliating insult to/criticism of his parents).

And dear Uthayakumar remained mute when
Najib washed federal hands of Buah Pala case – yes, despite Indian Malaysians suffering 52 years of marginalization at the hands of BN and a useless MIC, including a BN former CM of Penang, Koh TK 'selling' the Indians of Kampung Buah Pala off, Uthayakumar remained totally (or obsequiously) silent on Najib's brushoff of the Indian problem at High Chaparral.

Instead he attacked an innocent party Lim Guan Eng. I ask,
what motive did Uthayakumar and his brother have?

In another post
Indians - 50 more years of marginalisation? I quoted Hindraf activist V Ganabatirau who asked why:

Waythamoorthy did not condemn RS Thanenthirran for using the title Makkal Sakthi as the name of his new political party, when that title was coined by Ganabatirau and K Vasanthakumar for the Hindraf movement.

Ganabatirau reminded us that Thanenthirran in forming the Makkal Sakthi Party had immediately made overtures to the BN government which then led to the
possibility of Waythamoorthy's return to Malaysia.

And Ganabatirau further questioned Waythamoorthy's motives in blaming Pakatan Rakyat for the Kampung Buah Pala fiasco. Oh yes, while we are on this issue, don't forget his brother Uthayakumar as well - yes, we did wonder about these two brothers attacking the DAP which had supported them when they were in strife.

Ganabatirau sneered:
"Who does he [Waynamoorthy] want to please to ensure his safe return?"

In MIC virus affecting all Indian-based parties? I lamented on the pathetic leadership for the Indian Malaysian community – just as an example, can you all recall a recent statement by Murugiah that if the court doesn't rule in his favour what RoS had ruled for Kayveas regarding the presidency of PPP, he (Murugiah) would take his '200,000' followers out of PPP, ..... presumably to form another party where he can be president – tell me, how would that serve the Indian community?

Anyway, in the above post, I wrote:

But the saddest revelation of all has to be the intention of HRP, led by the two brothers, Waynamoorthy and Uthayakumar.

The party is turning out to be a 'spoiler' (against Pakatan) which obviously can only benefit BN – this was amply demonstrated in the recent state by-election in NS. If we recall, Uthayakumar campaigned for Indians to boycott the ballot box, and who would have benefited from the boycott, and who had won?

Earlier Uthayakumar and his supporters had railed against Lim GE, demanding the State government do the impossible, but hardly touching/mentioning the party responsible in the first place for the Kampung Buah Pala saga, the Gerakan Party.

Why was there the double standard? Why were the grievances lodged only against the DAP?
Why not against the responsible party, Gerakan-BN?

Today we read again the sad story of Uthayakumar's rant against DAP-Pakatan in The Malaysian Insider's
Hindraf set to cut ties with Pakatan in Sunday protest, which reported:

P. Uthayakumar, the founder of the Makkal Sakti movement who has been critical of PR for months now, has decided to break all ties with the federal opposition coalition.

His game plan now is to eventually field Human Rights Party (HRP) candidates in about one dozen parliamentary and state constituencies with a significant Indian electorate in the next general elections.

The move will likely split PR support and benefit the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

What 'ties' are we talking about when we had witnessed unparallel attacks against Lim GE and Dr Ramasamy but hardly a word against the BN by this man who claims to represent Indians?

This is a man who's going all out to split the Pakatan votes in order to benefit the BN in the next general election.

PKR's Suresh Kumar told reporters: …
the PR states had done more for the Indian community than the BN in the past five decades.

"These people who criticise Pakatan are playing into the hands of the Barisan," he said.

"Why don't Uthayakumar and gang demonstrate against the MIC or Samy Vellu, who is accused of trying to hijack MIED and Telecoms shares?," he said.

"Why don't they demonstrate against the Barisan Nasional, which neglected Tamil schools and demolished temples," he said.

"These people are the real mandores ... by their foolish act they are lending themselves to be the mandores to Barisan."


MCA Youth AGM fizzles out 马青总团大会最终宣告流会

Posted: 05 Mar 2010 11:10 PM PST

The MCA Youth Wing annual general meeting (AGM), which is boycotted by the bulk of party delegates, turned out to be a sorry affair with only a handful showing up. 尽管挺翁派积极动员支持者出席,但是今日举行的马青总团代表大会仍无法取得法定人数,最终宣告流会。 在大会报到时间于10点半截止,全场只有87名合法总团代表,无法达到至少200名中央代表的开会法定人数。马青总团总共的代表人数是1742人。因此,秘书处在10点50分宣布马青大会未达法定人数而流会。 malaysiakini.com
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The taste of freedom

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 01:34 AM PST

By JOLEEN LUNJEW
jlunjew@thestar.com.my

From ducks to chickens — Patrick Teoh can't seem to stay away from feathered creatures.

Love him or loathe him, there is no denying that Patrick Teoh is one of Malaysia's most iconic personalities. And why haven't you been hearing him on the radio, you ask?

That is because the 62-year-old is busy rearing poultry — organic free-range ones at that. But wasn't it birds that got him in so much trouble in the first place?

For those old enough to remember, Teoh played an April Fool's joke in 1995 on his radio show when he had his friend call in to complain that her advertising agency was putting ducks on hot plates to make them dance for a commercial.

This upset many people and police reports were lodged before people realised that the "dancing ducks'' were a hoax. To cut a long story short, many were not happy that Teoh used national radio to play pranks and called for his resignation. Teoh was suspended from radio soon after.

Patrick Teoh infront of his new restaurant
You might think that ducks would be a sore topic for Teoh but this plucky guy has no regrets.

"Come to think of it, it's quite a silly matter actually," says Teoh. "The issue was blown out of proportion and even the Ministry of Information got involved. This goes to show that Malaysians can't really take a joke. But never mind that.

"I decided to get involved in the poultry business when Allan Phoon, who is now my partner, ate this delicious chicken in China. The meat was so tasty that he had to ask the restaurant what type of chicken it was."

Phoon, 36, found out that the meat tasted different because the chicken, called cho kai in Chinese, was being fed and reared the organic way.

"We both like chicken but the meat we are used to is mostly from factory chickens, like the ones you get with your Hainanese chicken rice. The meat is always very smooth, tender and succulent-looking but is relatively tasteless. The flavour is all in the soya sauce," points out Teoh.

As Phoon's family is involved in the farming business, he and Teoh decided to rear their own organic chickens and ducks so that Malaysians would be able to enjoy the delectable meat.

So what makes their organic chickens and ducks different from factory birds?

Wild haruan is on the menu of Damansara Village@Imbi.
"Factory chickens take 30 days to mature but ours take 90 days," explains Teoh.

"For the first 60 days, the chickens are allowed to roam freely, fed grains, corn, fruit and vegetable scraps and eating worms they find in the ground. We do not feed them chicken feed and they are not given antibiotics or injected with hormones. This results in their meat being very sweet.

We put them in cages for the last 30 days as we don't want their meat to get too tough. It will be a nice texture. They will continue to eat the same food they have been eating for the past two months."

Their two-acre farm in Sungkai, Perak, rears 60% chickens and 40% ducks, all of which are supplied to their newly opened Damansara Village @ Imbi restaurant.

"We can't produce enough to sell commercially so we are just supplying to our restaurant for now. This makes it exclusive. The organic chicken is available at our Imbi restaurant but the organic duck is not on the menu yet. We will be introducing it in a few months' time. Our other restaurant, Damansara Village Steamboat @ Damansara Jaya, will offer both dishes eventually," says Teoh.

Their ducks are reared in a similar way, too, being allowed to roam freely for 60 days and fed fruit and vegetable scraps. Factory ducks mature in less than a month.

Surprisingly, they steam their ducks.

"Ducks are usually braised or roasted and are not usually steamed because of their strong smell. The only ingredient added to our organic chicken and duck dishes is salt. You get to savour the original taste of the meat as no herbs, MSG or spices are added at all," adds Teoh proudly.

Besides the organic birds, Damansara Village @ Imbi also offers wild haruan or sang yee that is caught fresh from the Perak rivers by the orang asli.

"Most of the haruan you find in Chinese restaurants are farmed. They have a strong 'fishy' smell and a mushy taste. The orang asli catch about 10-12 wild haruan each week for us. The texture and taste of wild haruan are totally different as the flesh is firmer, almost cod fish-like, and there's no muddy smell or taste," explains Teoh.

Damansara Village @ Imbi,
32 & 34, Jalan Utara, off Jalan Imbi
(opposite Pasar Rakyat), Kuala Lumpur.
Non-halal, open from 11.30am-3pm
and 5pm-midnight
Tel: 03-2141-1678.

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Stuff and Toons~5

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 01:30 AM PST


MCA..”Do we need to say more..??”

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 01:11 AM PST

Joey of audie61 received a number of smses and emails and mosts of it refers to "marriage of conveniences and now it's time to break-up. Surely its also to take a dig at (Information.Communications and Culture Federal Minister) Raiz Yatims,"Inter marriages comments." Also some said SPDP/PRS if merged will also lead to a SPLIT so better don't KAHWIN(marry/merge)..

Well we reposts from Malaysiakini the full article for you to read:-

Ong-Chua fatal attraction ends
//
Mar 6, 10 4:12pm
The second-largest BN coalition partner, the 61-year-old MCA is back on the public's radar with a vengeance for all the wrong reasons, as the party is riven by internecine warfare.

NONESome described this week's tactical power play within the MCA leadership has having trapped its embattled president Ong Tee Keat (left) in a politically checkmated position.

His principal rival turned ally under the so-called greater unity plan, his deputy Chua Soi Lek, had ambushed him with his resignation together with seven of his elected central committee supporters, forcing fresh polls for end of this month.

Will the latest scenario be a turning point for the MCA embittered by a hawkish president whose inclination seemed to be engaging in a year -long rivalry with his deputy president with the end result being the party splintering into cliques and factions?

Generally, will the party be able to heal in time to unite and win back Chinese support for the next general elections?

Former MCA's research and planning department chief Stanley Koh talked to Malaysiakini.

Malaysiakini: What's your read on the latest turn of events leading to the resignations of Chua Soi Lek as deputy president and the seven of his central committee supporters? That adds up to 21 resignations, with 13 from the Liow Tiong Lai faction.

Koh: Well, Chua has mentioned or reminded those who were surprised at his latest move that he had in fact said March to be a month when fresh elections could be held.

Despite many of us, including myself, being taken aback, I think the surprising element was either in the timing or that few of us actually believed him. I had doubts that he was committed and would actually contribute to events leading to fresh party polls.

But I must add that he had strategically timed the submission of the all resignations, coming as they did just before the party AGM and anniversary celebration.

So you agree that it may be a strategic move or carefully thought out and staged?

Yes, that is the significance of his move, joining his numbers with that of Liow's 13, and so getting the two-thirds of central committee out of the president's power bloc.

That actually cornered Ong Tee Keat, forcing him to hold fresh elections in the party.

Do you think as speculated or some claim, there was collusion between Chua and Liow? Reportedly, both Chua and Liow had maintained that there was no pre-planned contact or negotiation before the resignations.

If you remember, Ong (Tee Keat) wrote in his blog that he had anticipated the move by Chua. For any shrewd politician desperately hanging clinging to power, I am sure mulling over such a possible scenario is natural.

Let me put it this way, say, if you are leading one of the three factions, wouldn't you ponder the possibility of the other two joining forces to gang up on you? I am not saying it actually happened but the suspicion is always there.

Are you saying that Ong had miscalculated Chua's move?
I think Ong had thought of such a scenario but failed to anticipate the timing, if not , probably miscalculated the timing of Chua's move.

NONE If you had read Chua's (right)press release after chairing some committee on holding fresh party elections it suggested or gave the impression that the numbers required (two-thirds resignation of the central committee) failed to materialise. The conclusion, no fresh elections could take place.

In short, it became a red herring instead of a red alert.

Another indication, I remember a top party official who had phoned on the day of Chua's announcement of the resignation who had described the "event" as a stab in the back (of the president), which made me think that the resignations may have actually caught Ong by surprise.

Or were there any reasons for Chua's sudden move?

Obviously the so-called "Greater Unity Plan" had failed soon after that announcement, the re-shuffling of the guards in the party.

I mean, there have been peace plans before, and never like under this leadership when you drop leaders, some called it sacking, contributing meaningfully to peace within a party. That's common sense.

But then common sense in politics can be uncommon, especially for those apparently lacking wisdom in understanding the essence of a peace plan.

During the Ling (Liong Sik)-Lim (Ah Lek) leadership crisis, no one was sacked or dropped, the status quo was maintained during that peace plan.

Despite all the publicity of the Greater Peace Plan, I gathered from an insider that the working relationship between Ong (president) and his deputy Chua continued to be strained and they had had decision-making or policy differences.

That probably made Chua think twice or even prompted him against continued cooperation.

There is this sensitive question, do you think there is any influence from powerful external sources (i.e. Umno) determining MCA's course of action in resolving its problems?

Let me put it this way. First, by virtue of MCA's position and role to pull in Chinese votes as a BN component, you as big brother, wouldn't you be concerned? I think the answer is obvious.

Day 1 - 59th UMNO general assemblyTwo, there had been statements made by top Umno leaders before, reminding Ong to put his own house in order.

Three, on record, Umno has intervened in MCA crises before, notably the Ling-Lim leadership tussle.

So if you try to convince the man in the street that there is no interference, do you think he will believe you?

At the back of our minds, in fact especially to seasoned political observers, the power brokers had always been Umno.

And I must add that certain quarters had fully exploited the notion that Ong can stand up against external influences or pressures.

Of course, the purpose is to project an image that says "you see, we have a leader who can refuse to listen or pander to the wishes of big brother".

The propaganda agenda of course is to canvas greater backing from within the party's ranks for the president.

Conversely, few of us really know how the person (president) actually behaves or talks to Umno top leaders (in private or on a person-to-person face off).

What I mean is, hypothetically, he could behave like a hero outside but be a "yes" man away from the public eye.

How do you assess the position of the party president at this point following the care-taker's meeting with decisions affecting the youth and women's wings?

Ong's favourite song is "Love Me Tender". I can only put this in a way that the decision or advice to pressure the youth and women's wings to hold their respective AGMs and subject their office-bearers to fresh elections will not endear the president to a large number of delegates from the wings for sure.

I think Ong can also sing, "My Way." If you remember the lyrics: "And now the end is near, and so I face the final curtain…." Yes, Ong is inevitably facing his final leadership days.

Do you think he can still muster public support by playing up the PKFZ (Port Klang Free Trade zone) issue?

It is ironical. What is happening now is not the PKFZ issue which probably will put end to his political career.

It is his poor leadership as party presidentwhich many claim is the root cause of MCA's perpetual instability.

NONE Not forgetting earlier that his political rivals had criticised him for projecting himself a hero on the PKFZ issue to justify the continuation of his tenure in office.

Ong had likened his situation to committing political suicide by tackling the issue head-on which probably antagonised some powerful quarters.

But more and more among the party rank and file actually are convinced that Ong's political career is jeopardised by his own follies within the party and his erratic leadership.

There had been some comments that he is a good leader, with courage and so on and so forth? While others claimed he is a failed leader….?

Any judgement is always subjective. I don't think he can blame anybody for his failed leadership (as claimed) but himself, if only he had evaluated his leadership weaknesses honestly, critically and with humility from the day he was elected in 2008.

I think, the day he backtracked on his own words by not resigning or stepping down following the no-confidence against him was the turning point in his political career.

If only Ong had remembered how the former Ling Liong Sik leadership had treated him when he was youth chairman, he wouldn't have allowed a repeat of the scenario facing the youth and women's wings by throwing the party's constitution at them.

He might be following the letter strictly but has killed the spirit of the constitution.

It is not supposed to be used as a weapon to fight your political rivals or dissenters. Or what is the purpose of singing the party song with lyrics of unity?

Do you think the MCA will have a better future with a change in leadership and be prepared for the next general elections?

Let us face facts. First, I was criticised when I once mentioned that MCA has forever lost its glory. I don't see any glory in the party under Ong Tee Keat's leadership.

Some critics alleged that the president is more interested in "feng shui," believing that the practice could help smoothen his presidency.

Ong had said he did not believe in the 100 days achievement stuff. Yet he praised the prime minister for achieving so much within the first 100 days.

Even if Ong had recorded some achievements, unfortunately his political blunders and bitter row with Chua had overshadowed all else.

If you ask party members and the public what Ong had achieved, most likely the reply will be his open confrontation with Chua.

And of course, PKFZ, Ong's likely favourite claims of transparency and courage in exposing or bringing the culprits to book.

I don't think the PKFZ issue alone can score votes for the party at the next general elections. In fact, the party is likely to lose more seats and to reverse that will be very tough.

Has the political culture in MCA shown any improvement? The reason for this question is that recently Ong has claimed that the DAP has not changed its political culture.

I have been working for the party for 28 years and had served three previous presidents, I have never seen or heard so much "dirty and malicious" campaigns in character assassination.

Some feedback alleged links to cyber-troopers and some leaders setting up unidentified proxy websites as propaganda weapons against anyone perceived to be the president's rivals.

I am not in any way suggesting that the president himself is involved. 

But I have also not heard of any stern reminders from the president's office against such negative political culture within the party.
Ong's leadership suggests approval of the emergence of a new destructive culture of promoting intra-rivalry and in-fighting within the party.

Honestly, with such a leadership record, the party is facing a bleak future. I don't think it can perform better than the March 8, 2008 poll.

As it is for many the MCA has already become irrelevant and the future does not look that rosy.



Your Future, Your Call!

Posted: 06 Mar 2010 12:37 AM PST

Nation's future: It's your call, Malaysians!
Malaysia Horizon
Mar 4, 10


Whatever the reasons that may be offered for the PKR defectors, the inescapable fact remains that the Umno-led BN has been proven to be highly effective in its strategy/tactic to rock Pakatan Rakyat like a 8.8 Richter-scale earthquake.

Umno-led BN's persuasive arguments have caused a seismic shift in the mindset, especially among some PKR representatives who defected to become independents friendly to BN. Like a hungry tiger, it is craving for more!

PKR is seen as the weakest link in the political chain – the party with many political representatives and members who once belonged to Umno in particular and also fellow BN component parties.

It would be more challenging to destabilise the largely principled and disciplined PAS and DAP, albeit they too have suffered a mega setback in Perak recently. One can expect Pakatan Rakyat will take all these political wounds in its stride, regarding them as birth pangs with hope of a beautiful political 'offspring'; thereafter to regroup and respond with a fresh political tsunami - if it can re-create one one more time.

To some quarters, one set lost is not 'game over'. The political tide can yet change, they argue, if new East Malaysian political parties are formed to partner Pakatan in their quest for real political power and change for a 'better Malaysia'.

Or, East Malaysian political parties, supportive of or sympathetic to Pakatan's long-term cause or ideals are prepared to come forth publicly to Pakatan's aid, which will broaden Pakatan's base. Indeed, a strong, healthy and lasting broad-based political partnership with shared concerns and ideals and mutual respect are needed for it to truly represent and govern the nation.

Pakatan is hoping that East Malaysian political parties can see the opportunity is now or never. Pakatan's ongoing and painstaking efforts to woo their East Malaysian counterparts may yet prove to be the winning shot in this titanic battle, although counter-strategies such as Umno's promise not to enter into Sarawak politics are beginning to make their mark.

Significantly, however, Umno's promise not spread its wings to Sarawak comes conditional, ie, 'as long as the state BN backbone, PBB, keeps winning seats for the coalition'.

All things said, the political game is also a matter of perception as much as it is for real, and if one may add, also a dream. Pakatan will surely yearn and pray for Martin Luther Jr's 'I have a dream' to become a reality in Malaysia come the next general election!

All these for a better change, provided Malaysians are prepared to give them '1Chance'. Will they?

Pakatan members and supporters believe it's a resounding 'yes' while Pakatan sympathisers are also rooting for the greatly handicapped underdog to upset the massive political heavyweight that is BN in the way Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Cory Aquino had triumphed against their nemeses all odds.

The Umno-led BN, however, is wishing and hoping for 'business as usual' in its political dominance for another 50 long years. It's your call, Malaysians!


Mahathir going on mega spending spree again ...

Posted: 05 Mar 2010 11:43 PM PST

I cannot say thank you for wasting our money during these hard economic times. May Allah make you pay for it someday ... then we will be very gratified. Insha'Allah.

GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

By Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on March 4, 2010 7:33 PM

1. For the first time Proton takes part in the prestigious motor show in Geneva. It is costly to exhibit there but I was gratified at the interest shown by the foreign and Malaysian journalists and motoring fans in the new Proton concept car - the EMAS (Eco-Mobility Advanced Solution).

2. Malaysians will not be able to buy it for a long time but even though the car was designed for the world market it would first appear on Malaysian roads.

3. It is a small car, designed by Italdesign Giugiaro and Proton designers and engineers in Turin. For a small car it is very spacious and has many innovative features. It can actually seat up to five adults and comes in three versions. There will be three more versions later.

4. The completed car which was the principal attraction has a hybrid engine. But ordinary Internal Combustion Engine can also be installed and would cost less than the hybrid. However, no price has been fixed yet.

5. Malaysian journalists present have already reported on the car. I am just adding for the visitors to my blog.

6. I may be wrong (and as usual many comments will tell me I am wrong) but I think the journalists and the hundreds of motorcar enthusiasts who visited the stand were impressed by the many unique features of the car.

7. If this car proves to be a success it may mark the true recovery of Proton.


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