Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Lain yang menjolok, yang lain menyambut buahnya

Lain yang menjolok, yang lain menyambut buahnya


Lain yang menjolok, yang lain menyambut buahnya

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 12:29 PM PDT

Keadaan semakin panas. MCA sedang bergelut dengan kempen yang tidak beretika dalam kempen pemilihan parti pada 28hb Mach ini.

Chua Soi Lek telah tampil dihadapan media mengadu yang kumpulan Ong Ka Ting telah menghantar teks pesanan ringkas (SMS) kepada para perwakilan yang bekas Presiden MCA itu kembali menawarkan diri untuk jawatan Presiden diatas kehendak Dato Seri Najib.

Jika benar perkara ini berlaku ianya merupakan satu tindakkan yang tidak beretika kerana menggunakan serta menjual nama DS Najib untuk mendapatkan sokongan dari perwakilan.

Tindakkan menjual nama Pengerusi BN itu untuk memenangi pertandingan dalam parti yang bergelombang ini menampakkan situasi yang parti itu sudah tidak berkemampuan lagi untuk bersatu.

Jika benar DS Najib mempunyai 'preference' beliau sendiri dalam kepimpinan MCA, saya berpendapat beliau tidak akan melakukan usaha yang sia-sia itu lebih-lebih lagi dalam keadaan parti yang sudah terumbang ambing itu.

Jika kehadziran Ka Ting pada asalnya ialah untuk menyatukan ahli-ahli dan pemimpinnya, dengan timbulnya isu yang tidak 'semenggah' ini Ka Ting sudah menjadi unsur yang lebih membelahkan dan bukannya menyatukan parti yang sudah sedia terbelah itu.

Sebelah petang tadi beberapa rakan saya yang menjadi perwakilan dalam Perhimpunan Khas MCA telah memberitahu saya bahawa Dr Chua Soi Leklah yang bertanggungjawab yang menyebabkan EGM terpaksa diadakan dan sekarang beliau pula yang lantang dengan kembalinya Ka Ting untuk mengambil alih kepimpinan MCA.

Baru sekarang Soi Lek sedar usaha yang meletihkan beliau menjolok buah dipokok , Ka Ting pula yang datang untuk menyambut buah-buah itu.

Soi Lek meletakkan jawatan bersama ahli-ahli CC yang lain ialah untuk membolehkan beliau menandingi Ong Tee Kiat tetapi ada pula pihak lain yang mengambil kesempatan untuk menjadi juara (Ka Ting).

Apa yang akan berlaku seterusnya hanya MCA sahaja yang boleh menentukannya. Sebagai ahli kepada komponen BN kita hanya mampu berharap untuk MCA kembali pulih seperti sediakala.

Perlukah Soi Lek Kembali menyertai kem Ong Tee Kiat untuk menghindarkan Ka Ting dari mengambil kesempatan? Soi Lek sahajalah yang boleh menjawabnya.

Kepada Soi Lek saya berharap beliau mendapat pelajaran dari tindakkan beliau sendiri dan perlu ingat satu hakikat; siapa yang menjolok buah, orang lain yang akan menyambutnya.


Sekian…………………………………………….Aspan Alias


The boy who cried werewolf

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 10:34 AM PDT

I bet all of you still remember the short story about 'The Boy Who Cried Werewolf'. Most of us read it during our childhood days. I did when I was in Standard Five at Masjid Tanah English School.

It was about a boy and his herd of sheep. Lazy and full of tricks but was always lonely. Once, he shouted for help, that some werewolf attacked his sheep. It attracted a lot of people in his neighborhood who came to help... but they found none. He did it again for the second time, and only a few turned up.

At his third attempt when the werewolf really came, nobody came although he shouted at the peak of his voice... and he lost all the sheep.

And that boy grew up to be just like Anwar Ibrahim, our Opposition Leader.

At the Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday, his ex-right hand man Zahrain blasted him for all his lies, about how some Pakatan Rakyat's Members of Parliament went to Taiwan to woo their BN counterparts, about how Anwar claimed victory for his Sept 16 'tookover of Putrajaya' and how they were cheated on so many things.

They were forced to believe that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has consented Anwar as the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia, the lie that managed to suck all PR MPs to believe that their plan has worked well enough.

Even Anwar lied to them that the Chief of Armed Forces was throwing his full support for him to be installed as the new PM.

All this lies has led to Anwar losing one MP after another. His Parti Keadilan Rakyat is now embattled with serious 'level of confidence' about his leadership. Rumors that more PKR MPs are planning to leave or defect, indicates how severe damage his lies has brought to the party and to PR in general.

Zahrain also revealed how Anwar called his partner in PR, Kelantan MB Nik Aziz as a 'terompah', symbolising how low the Tok Guru is in his eyes.

And of course, after he walked out of the Dewan while Zahrain was talking, he told the media that what the Bayan Baru MP (now an Independent) said was 'the job of Umno'.


Asshole Zahrain Hashim if not for Anwar and PKR YOU WILL SELLING YOUR ASSHOLE LIKE SAIFOOL

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 10:02 AM PDT

Asshole Zahrain Hashim if not for Anwar and PKR YOU WILL SELLING YOUR ASSHOLE LIKE SAIFOOL,
Corbyn, Jeremy
That this House recognises Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim's contribution to promoting democracy in Malaysia and peace and understanding between the Muslim world and the West; is deeply concerned at the charges laid against Anwar Ibrahim and that his current trial flouts international standards of fairness and adherence to the rule of law; notes that this trial resembles the one he faced in 1998 in which the conduct of the judiciary was condemned by Malaysians and by the international community; further notes the renewed exhortations by international human rights organisations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and prominent leaders from Commonwealth nations including the Right honourable Paul Martin of Canada and the Right honourable Michael Danby and 59 other elected representatives of Australia for the Malaysian government to drop the charges against Anwar Ibrahim; and calls on the Malaysian authorities to bring an end to the harassment and persecution of members of the political opposition.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (picture) today expounded on weaknesses in the Malaysian economy, blaming it on the government's dependency for pump priming measures, over reliance on petro dollars, the widening public-private investments gap, and capital flight in the country.
The Permatang Pauh MP told Parliament that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's optimism to say the "worst is over" was a stark contrast to the bleakness of the country's present economic status.
The opposition leader pointed out that although the economy seemed on the mend in the fourth quarter of last year, Malaysia still continued to fall behind other nations in terms of competitive edge and attraction of foreign direct investments.
"At the same time, too much pre-occupation has been given to plans to upgrade the economy into a high value economy that we risk putting aside key economic issues concerning social justice; that should always take centre stage in any economic development agenda in Malaysia," he told the House.
The former deputy prime minister also said that the government's efforts to eradicate poverty had borne little fruit, and what was worse, figures from the UN Human Development Report in 2009 showed that Malaysia ranked 66 in terms of economic inequality, behind Singapore (ranked 23), Hong Kong (24), South Korea (26), Brunei (30) and Cuba (51), among others.
He said that despite the government's incessant dependency on pump priming between the years of 2002 and 2004, the poverty rate still rose 12 per cent in the period.
"This should baffle everyone because this is a period of pump priming when a lot of state financial resources were diverted into the economy. Alas, only cronies and connected people benefit while the poor continued to suffer," he said.
Anwar said that the economic gap between the different groups in the country was so bad that the task of leading the economy towards wholesome development was beyond today's administration.
"A gigantic reform and monumental shift in the management of the economy is required if Malaysia is to upgrade itself into a high-value economy and ensure that prosperity is distributed equally to all groups and levels," he said.
The government's pump priming measures, undertaken since 1998, were also criticised, with Anwar saying that such measures should only adopted for short periods to boost the economy.
He said the government, overly-reliant on income from oil and gas, even resorted to "squeezing" Petronas when its profits could no longer support such reliance.
Citing examples, Anwar said that Petronas had to make escalating payments to the government in recent years, beginning with RM32.1 billion for the financial year of 2005, RM47.7 billion in 2006, RM52.3 billion in 2007, RM61.6 billion in 2008, and RM74 billion in 2009.
"In the year ending Dec 31, 2007, and Dec 31, 2008, Petronas contributed to 36.8 per cent and 44.9 per cent to the total government income for the years respectively," he said.
According to Anwar, if income from other oil and gas companies were taken into account, it would mean that the country drew more than half its revenues from non-renewable sources.
"And despite the bumper income from Petronas in 2007 and 2008, the government continued to spend lavishly and registered deficit budgets," he said.
Pump priming, he added, also resulted in the widening gap between public and private investments in Malaysia.
"The massive drop in private investment will continue to threaten any efforts to mould [the] Malaysian economy into a high performing, high-value economy.
"Furthermore, the pattern of public spending is not sustainable at the rate it is growing. Any attempt to re-model the economy must address the skewed nature of public-private investments in Malaysia.
"Pakatan Rakyat has always expounded that the country requires a holistic reform to the economic policy framework, especially so given the nature of lopsidedness of our economy now," he said.
Anwar also claimed that the loss of confidence in Malaysia's economic prospects were due to a spate of poorly managed issues like the "Allah" controversy, and the "disappearance or failure" of government assets such as missing jet engines and the "submarine which does not dive", had eventually been the cause of the "shocking" extent of capital flight in Malaysia last year.
"Jon Anderson, an economist with UBS, shocked the financial market when he disclosed the extent of capital flight in Malaysia, which had reached 44 per cent of the GDP at one stage.
"Despite the alarm raised, the government rubbished concern on the pretext that this was reflective of …  government-linked companies' more daring ventures overseas. At the height of it, an estimated RM355 billion left our country," he said.
Anwar admitted that GLCs had embarked on a more aggressive stance lately by plumping up their overseas investments, but pointed out that the very quantum of the capital outflow suggested that the bulk of it was due to "genuine investment portfolios being pulled out of the country".
He claimed that the GLCs' act of putting more of their cash reserves into foreign investments instead of reinvesting in Malaysia mirrored the fact that their confidence in the country's economy was waning considerably.
"The government must realise that it must combine its approach to the economic problem of capital flight with a political situation. Only with honesty, transparency, fair-mindedness and commitment to reforms that Malaysia can begin to restore confidence in its economy," said Anwar.
The former finance minister also spoke extensively on other economic indicators like the severe drop in new capital investments, which he claims proved the country's economic climate was not as robust as the prime minister had painted it to be.
"These indicators clearly point to an uphill struggle to achieve whatever crafty slogans on high value economy that [the] government has drummed up so far.
"Pakatan Rakyat is consistent that without a holistic reform involving a total fight against corruption, the tightening of the government procurement process, the dismantling of the state-politician business relationship, injecting integrity back into the judiciary and important institutions, and an overhaul of our education system, [then] the efforts to move to high value economy will remain as rhetoric," he said.
IT WAS a great weekend for Malaysian sports when Datuk Lee Chong Wei won the All-England title which had eluded him for years. But while we bask in his glory, we also note that the 1Malaysia Team at the F1 in Bahrain finished 15th and 17th, which the team principal described as a "success". On the home front, the bickering in golf continues. Warring factions have not only sought solace from the Sports Commissioner but at least one party is seeking justice from the courts.
Of course, the money-makers are in town too, all the way from Hongkong and Scandinavia promoting one event or another, albeit with a touch of diplomacy, to add "glamour" to the scheme. At least one national sports association which sold its soul is rubbing its hands in glee, awaiting the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. So are some officials who hope to be given one or two all-expenses paid trips for a holiday disguised as "official trips". Believe it or not, there's the lawatan sambil belajar in sports too and business will be booming for at least one selected money-changer.
Not surprising though that the Kuala Lumpur marathon which was "hijacked" from the Federal Territory AAA is making its second appearance, this time promoted by an events management company instead of a sports organisation. In between, unknown to the public, sports promoters and television networks have been lining up for a slice of the cake. Lunches and cocktails with the children of ministers have become the norm and a channel for peddling influence. It's a place for discussions and commissions to be worked out – being part of an ordinary day's business.
And middlemen have staked their claims under various pretexts. In between, there will be presentations and high-profile pre-launch occasions. Those looking for dough will not be short of godfathers. There are many and for a fee or cut, there're enough intermediaries to act as Mr Fixit.
Suddenly the Sports Ministry and the Tourism Ministry, who seem to be flushed with funds, have become everyone's favourite. Almost every sports event these days has their logos emblazoned on the A-boards. But does anyone talk about Return-on-Investment (ROI)? Shouldn't the Sports Ministry be looking at improving the standard of sports instead of acting as sports impresarios? Haven't enough lessons been learnt from the fiasco of the Champions Youth Cup? Haven't we burnt millions of taxpayers' money on nonsensical events? Haven't the criticism of the actions got through the skins of the people who are entrusted with taking care of people's money?
How long can we go on shouting ourselves hoarse? Is there someone listening to the pleas of Joe Public who sees his money being misused and abused? Is there anyone out there with a conscience? Where are the people who preach integrity? Why are they watching with arms folded as the misuse and abuse continues unabated?
From the hallowed halls of power, money and politics have descended on to our playgrounds. Nothing will move without money. Where's the spirit of volunteerism which many of us grew up with? Where's the motto of "running for the king and country"? For a fee, the name of the country can be replaced with the logo of an isotonic drink.
Last year, I read a letter in The Telegraph entitled: What made the British cyclists succeed? The answer was summed up in one word – Attitude.
The writer went on to say: Don't provide free holidays like they do in swimming and athletics. Take "winners" not competitors. The reason British Cycling employs a full-time psychiatrist is that mentality and attitude are as important in world class sports as training and genetic ability. The embarrassing interviews with swimmers who said they were "happy to make the final" and "had fun" demonstrate everything wrong about British Sport (not just now but in the past too). Don't waste money on those who don't have a hope of medals or progressing. Don't waste funding on sports whose organising has proven again and again that they can't make use of that funding. British Cycling puts an infrastructure in place that promotes success and they encourage the best. That's what the rest of the sports need. Go out and look for talent and promote winning at the expense of everything else. Then you clean up."
Try implementing these in Malaysian sports. They'll try and lynch you but before that, they'll call you racist or anti-national because you are destroying a system that kept many pockets full and supported a system which made all cogs in the wheel happy. Can you imagine if people in the National Sports Council are told that they cannot accompany the Malaysian contingent to the London Olympics or to inspect the accommodation for our athletes? Would anyone dare stop the usual advance party? All hell will break loose, but if you want success, attitudes must change. And change must come from the top. No more free-loaders; no more middlemen; no more personal assistants; no more stipends; no more incentives for non-performers, etc. Can they all carry on with their lives without thick wallets in their pockets?
R. Nadeswaran says the malaise that has afflicted Malaysian sports must be treated with a lethal dose of "intolerance to incompetence and greed". He is editor (special and investigative reporting) at theSun and can be reached at citizen-nades@thesundaily.com .

Asshole Zahrain Hashim if not for Anwar and PKR YOU WILL SELLING YOUR ASSHOLE LIKE SAIFOOL,Corbyn, JeremyThat this House recognises Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim's contribution to promoting democracy in Malaysia and peace and understanding between the Muslim world and the West; is deeply concerned at the charges laid against Anwar Ibrahim and that his current trial flouts international standards of fairness and adherence to the rule of law; notes that this trial resembles the one he faced in 1998 in which the conduct of the judiciary was condemned by Malaysians and by the international community; further notes the renewed exhortations by international human rights organisations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and prominent leaders from Commonwealth nations including the Right honourable Paul Martin of Canada and the Right honourable Michael Danby and 59 other elected representatives of Australia for the Malaysian government to drop the charges against Anwar Ibrahim; and calls on the Malaysian authorities to bring an end to the harassment and persecution of members of the political opposition.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (picture) today expounded on weaknesses in the Malaysian economy, blaming it on the government's dependency for pump priming measures, over reliance on petro dollars, the widening public-private investments gap, and capital flight in the country.
The Permatang Pauh MP told Parliament that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's optimism to say the "worst is over" was a stark contrast to the bleakness of the country's present economic status.
The opposition leader pointed out that although the economy seemed on the mend in the fourth quarter of last year, Malaysia still continued to fall behind other nations in terms of competitive edge and attraction of foreign direct investments.
"At the same time, too much pre-occupation has been given to plans to upgrade the economy into a high value economy that we risk putting aside key economic issues concerning social justice; that should always take centre stage in any economic development agenda in Malaysia," he told the House.
The former deputy prime minister also said that the government's efforts to eradicate poverty had borne little fruit, and what was worse, figures from the UN Human Development Report in 2009 showed that Malaysia ranked 66 in terms of economic inequality, behind Singapore (ranked 23), Hong Kong (24), South Korea (26), Brunei (30) and Cuba (51), among others.
He said that despite the government's incessant dependency on pump priming between the years of 2002 and 2004, the poverty rate still rose 12 per cent in the period.
"This should baffle everyone because this is a period of pump priming when a lot of state financial resources were diverted into the economy. Alas, only cronies and connected people benefit while the poor continued to suffer," he said.
Anwar said that the economic gap between the different groups in the country was so bad that the task of leading the economy towards wholesome development was beyond today's administration.
"A gigantic reform and monumental shift in the management of the economy is required if Malaysia is to upgrade itself into a high-value economy and ensure that prosperity is distributed equally to all groups and levels," he said.
The government's pump priming measures, undertaken since 1998, were also criticised, with Anwar saying that such measures should only adopted for short periods to boost the economy.
He said the government, overly-reliant on income from oil and gas, even resorted to "squeezing" Petronas when its profits could no longer support such reliance.
Citing examples, Anwar said that Petronas had to make escalating payments to the government in recent years, beginning with RM32.1 billion for the financial year of 2005, RM47.7 billion in 2006, RM52.3 billion in 2007, RM61.6 billion in 2008, and RM74 billion in 2009.
"In the year ending Dec 31, 2007, and Dec 31, 2008, Petronas contributed to 36.8 per cent and 44.9 per cent to the total government income for the years respectively," he said.
According to Anwar, if income from other oil and gas companies were taken into account, it would mean that the country drew more than half its revenues from non-renewable sources.
"And despite the bumper income from Petronas in 2007 and 2008, the government continued to spend lavishly and registered deficit budgets," he said.
Pump priming, he added, also resulted in the widening gap between public and private investments in Malaysia.
"The massive drop in private investment will continue to threaten any efforts to mould [the] Malaysian economy into a high performing, high-value economy.
"Furthermore, the pattern of public spending is not sustainable at the rate it is growing. Any attempt to re-model the economy must address the skewed nature of public-private investments in Malaysia.
"Pakatan Rakyat has always expounded that the country requires a holistic reform to the economic policy framework, especially so given the nature of lopsidedness of our economy now," he said.
Anwar also claimed that the loss of confidence in Malaysia's economic prospects were due to a spate of poorly managed issues like the "Allah" controversy, and the "disappearance or failure" of government assets such as missing jet engines and the "submarine which does not dive", had eventually been the cause of the "shocking" extent of capital flight in Malaysia last year.
"Jon Anderson, an economist with UBS, shocked the financial market when he disclosed the extent of capital flight in Malaysia, which had reached 44 per cent of the GDP at one stage.
"Despite the alarm raised, the government rubbished concern on the pretext that this was reflective of …  government-linked companies' more daring ventures overseas. At the height of it, an estimated RM355 billion left our country," he said.
Anwar admitted that GLCs had embarked on a more aggressive stance lately by plumping up their overseas investments, but pointed out that the very quantum of the capital outflow suggested that the bulk of it was due to "genuine investment portfolios being pulled out of the country".
He claimed that the GLCs' act of putting more of their cash reserves into foreign investments instead of reinvesting in Malaysia mirrored the fact that their confidence in the country's economy was waning considerably.
"The government must realise that it must combine its approach to the economic problem of capital flight with a political situation. Only with honesty, transparency, fair-mindedness and commitment to reforms that Malaysia can begin to restore confidence in its economy," said Anwar.
The former finance minister also spoke extensively on other economic indicators like the severe drop in new capital investments, which he claims proved the country's economic climate was not as robust as the prime minister had painted it to be.
"These indicators clearly point to an uphill struggle to achieve whatever crafty slogans on high value economy that [the] government has drummed up so far.
"Pakatan Rakyat is consistent that without a holistic reform involving a total fight against corruption, the tightening of the government procurement process, the dismantling of the state-politician business relationship, injecting integrity back into the judiciary and important institutions, and an overhaul of our education system, [then] the efforts to move to high value economy will remain as rhetoric," he said.

IT WAS a great weekend for Malaysian sports when Datuk Lee Chong Wei won the All-England title which had eluded him for years. But while we bask in his glory, we also note that the 1Malaysia Team at the F1 in Bahrain finished 15th and 17th, which the team principal described as a "success". On the home front, the bickering in golf continues. Warring factions have not only sought solace from the Sports Commissioner but at least one party is seeking justice from the courts.Of course, the money-makers are in town too, all the way from Hongkong and Scandinavia promoting one event or another, albeit with a touch of diplomacy, to add "glamour" to the scheme. At least one national sports association which sold its soul is rubbing its hands in glee, awaiting the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. So are some officials who hope to be given one or two all-expenses paid trips for a holiday disguised as "official trips". Believe it or not, there's the lawatan sambil belajar in sports too and business will be booming for at least one selected money-changer.
Not surprising though that the Kuala Lumpur marathon which was "hijacked" from the Federal Territory AAA is making its second appearance, this time promoted by an events management company instead of a sports organisation. In between, unknown to the public, sports promoters and television networks have been lining up for a slice of the cake. Lunches and cocktails with the children of ministers have become the norm and a channel for peddling influence. It's a place for discussions and commissions to be worked out – being part of an ordinary day's business.
And middlemen have staked their claims under various pretexts. In between, there will be presentations and high-profile pre-launch occasions. Those looking for dough will not be short of godfathers. There are many and for a fee or cut, there're enough intermediaries to act as Mr Fixit.
Suddenly the Sports Ministry and the Tourism Ministry, who seem to be flushed with funds, have become everyone's favourite. Almost every sports event these days has their logos emblazoned on the A-boards. But does anyone talk about Return-on-Investment (ROI)? Shouldn't the Sports Ministry be looking at improving the standard of sports instead of acting as sports impresarios? Haven't enough lessons been learnt from the fiasco of the Champions Youth Cup? Haven't we burnt millions of taxpayers' money on nonsensical events? Haven't the criticism of the actions got through the skins of the people who are entrusted with taking care of people's money?
How long can we go on shouting ourselves hoarse? Is there someone listening to the pleas of Joe Public who sees his money being misused and abused? Is there anyone out there with a conscience? Where are the people who preach integrity? Why are they watching with arms folded as the misuse and abuse continues unabated?
From the hallowed halls of power, money and politics have descended on to our playgrounds. Nothing will move without money. Where's the spirit of volunteerism which many of us grew up with? Where's the motto of "running for the king and country"? For a fee, the name of the country can be replaced with the logo of an isotonic drink.
Last year, I read a letter in The Telegraph entitled: What made the British cyclists succeed? The answer was summed up in one word – Attitude.
The writer went on to say: Don't provide free holidays like they do in swimming and athletics. Take "winners" not competitors. The reason British Cycling employs a full-time psychiatrist is that mentality and attitude are as important in world class sports as training and genetic ability. The embarrassing interviews with swimmers who said they were "happy to make the final" and "had fun" demonstrate everything wrong about British Sport (not just now but in the past too). Don't waste money on those who don't have a hope of medals or progressing. Don't waste funding on sports whose organising has proven again and again that they can't make use of that funding. British Cycling puts an infrastructure in place that promotes success and they encourage the best. That's what the rest of the sports need. Go out and look for talent and promote winning at the expense of everything else. Then you clean up."
Try implementing these in Malaysian sports. They'll try and lynch you but before that, they'll call you racist or anti-national because you are destroying a system that kept many pockets full and supported a system which made all cogs in the wheel happy. Can you imagine if people in the National Sports Council are told that they cannot accompany the Malaysian contingent to the London Olympics or to inspect the accommodation for our athletes? Would anyone dare stop the usual advance party? All hell will break loose, but if you want success, attitudes must change. And change must come from the top. No more free-loaders; no more middlemen; no more personal assistants; no more stipends; no more incentives for non-performers, etc. Can they all carry on with their lives without thick wallets in their pockets?
R. Nadeswaran says the malaise that has afflicted Malaysian sports must be treated with a lethal dose of "intolerance to incompetence and greed". He is editor (special and investigative reporting) at theSun and can be reached at citizen-nades@thesundaily.com .



Orang Asli: We want say on Dewan Negara rep

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 05:19 AM PDT

Shafie, representing Najib, received two separate memoranda, under the watch of about 20 police officers, at the gates of the pm's Department, some 200 metres away from the protestors. The first, by Persatuan Orang Asli Semenanjung president Majid Suhut, demanded that the community have a say over the Orang Asli representative in Dewan Negara. The memorandum was first submitted to prime mnister last December.
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Meeting comes to naught

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 05:01 AM PDT

Former workers of Bukit Jalil estate were not happy with the proposal made by the City Hall in meeting yesterday.
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Cops halt Orang Asli advance on Putrajaya

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 04:58 AM PDT

Police today stopped more than 2000 Orang Asli from marching to the Prime Minister's Department in Putrajaya in a rare protest against what they deem to be the government's unfair land policy. malaysiakini.com
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Barisan Nasional's Cyber Troopers From UMNO and MCA At War With Each Other!

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 08:28 AM PDT

"Wait I forget you (Omar Goh Wei Liang) get your sources for information from Parpukari. Man the money Govt spent on u is a waste - economics u know jack, and politics u rely on Parpi, just stick to the MCA and nobody will bother u."
-Wenger J. Khairy


By Tan Teik Lye

Major faultlines are beginning to appear within the Barisan Nasional Regime of PM Najib Razak. The mainstrean media has been going on hyperdrive to spin that the Pakatan Rakyat Alliance of PKR, PAS and DAP will fall apart. The pro BN Bloggers such as Parpukari, Unspinners, Omar Goh Wei Liang, BigDogCom, Rocky Bru etc. have been busy doing their part to make it look that Pakatan Rakyat is doomed.

Despite all these, it is BN that is doomed! Pro-MCA BN Cyber Trooper Omar Goh Wei Liang (pic above) said that "I foresee MCA to face the same problems as UMNO Youth now."

This brought an immediate angry response from pro-Umno Blogger Wenger J. Khairy who had this to say to Omar Goh Wei Liang:

"What nonsense are you sprouting about the problems in UMNO Youth?? Wait I forget you get your sources for information from Parpukari. Man the money Govt spent on u is a waste - economics u know jack, and politics u rely on Parpi, just stick to the MCA and nobody will bother u.

The case is just that Maha is upset his son was defeated and is taking his anger out on KJ as usual. Its a case between Maha and KJ. "

Not long ago Omar Goh Wei Liang had said, "Siapa makan cili, dia akan rasa pedas." Guess who is feeling PEDAS now! Ka Ka Ka!!!!


Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin washed his hand said the NEM was construed in line with the Najib administration’s all-encompassing catchphrase of 1 Malaysia

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 07:55 AM PDT

We all get swindled day in and day out. But it is one thing to be swindled by a road-side cheat and quite another to be swindled systematically by the Central Governments.In a bid to regain straying non-Malay support, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin said Muhyiddin said the NEM was construed in line with the Najib administration's all-encompassing catchphrase of 1 Malaysia, a slogan designed swindled systematically to a nation frayed by communal politics. the government's New Economic Model (NEM) will provide equal opportunities to all regardless of race.but Nazri said the status and rights of bumiputeras would not be abolished under NEM adding that action would be based on the federal constitution and the law

The Malay Consultative Council (MPM) claims that Malays and Bumiputras, who form the majority group in the country, are being marginalised and amendments need to be made to the New Economic Model (NEM) to remedy that.

Speaking to reporters outside of Parliament today, Datuk Ibrahim Ali(picture), who is the founder and steering committee member of MPM, said these amendments have been sent to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak earlier today.

He stated that MPM wanted to make sure that NEM was balanced and that there were "no more polemics" surrounding its introduction.

"I want to clarify something… people are thinking that MPM is racist, it's not true. We are focusing on the distribution of the country's wealth, based on social justice.

"MPM's proposal is that NEM follows the UN Social Economic Charter for marginalised people," said Ibrahim.

According to the politician, 67 per cent of the country's population is made up of Malays and Bumiputras while 33 percent are non-Malays, which made Malays and Bumiputras the majority race in the country.

"Any country where the majority is marginalised, they should be given priority… with continual affirmative action.

"The UN charter states that the majority group is the national agenda… this is indeed the issue of national agenda, because this is the majority population."

He added that contrary to preconceived notions, Malays have not "received much anyway, these are all misperceptions."

According to Ibrahim, MPM had a roundtable discussion back on March 7 where 75 NGOs and 500 academics had first debated on the proposed amendments to the NEM.

He said that the proposals were designed on the constitutional laws of the country.

"The NEM should include measures that will put a stop to market dominance by a minority, and in turn make it healthier and stable. The positions and rights of the Malays have to be preserved, and distribution has to be balanced," said Ibrahim.

He noted that the Prime Minister's reaction had been positive thus far based on preliminary feedback.

"PM has been very receptive, and says he will look and study the proposal."

The memorandum, titled "meletakkan agenda Melayu dalam ekonomi Melayu" had four main points to offer:

  1. Social justice (no marginalisation of the majority group)
  2. Economic justice and access to market (to stop the practice of cartel and market dominance by the Chinese so that other races can compete competitively)
  3. NEM be based on the spirit of the Constitution
  4. Simultaneous development and distribution

"It must be ensured that all races will have the same role and equal opportunities to nurture their potentials fairly in the economic sector," Muhyiddin said at a dinner held by the Kuala Lumpur Chinese Assembly Hall.
"I believe that when everyone, regardless of race and religion, receives equal rights, real racial harmony can be realised. Therefore the NEM is not just an economic model but a vital instrument to tear down the walls of racism," he added.
Enthusiasm is no substitute for clarity. The flaws are not in the laudable intention but in the clogged delivery. The desire to be politically correct has overtaken the imperative to be politically sensible. Method and order, the favourite weapons of Hercule Poirot, might be usefully employed in analysis. The New Economic Model (NEM) that will be introduced at the end of the month will not abolish bumiputera rights, but will focus on cooperation with non-bumiputeras, parliament was told today.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz (picture) said the form of cooperation would be in politics and business promotions. "We want joint-ventures where both parties, bumiputeras and non-bumiputeras, stand to gain," he said when replying to a question by Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena) in Dewan Rakyat.
Mahfuz had asked about the position of bumiputeras under NEM and measures lined-up to avoid racial problems.
Nazri said the status and rights of bumiputeras would not be abolished under NEM adding that action would be based on the federal constitution and the law.
"We just want bumiputeras and non-bumiputeras to cooperate for mutual benefit," he said.
To a question by Datuk Billy Abit Joo (BN-Hulu Rajang), he said it was unnecessary to streamline laws to define bumiputeras particularly those in Sarawak.
This was because bumiputeras had been streamlined into three categories under the federal constitution namely the Malays, indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak and the Orang Asli.
He claimed that the 1 Malaysia concept, a brainchild of the country's sixth premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak, will not leave behind anyone based on race and religious differences.
But Najib's 1 Malaysia is not selling well, particularly to the non-Malays, say opposition leaders.
His effort to revive the country's once credible moderate image has been marred by ultra-nationalist sentiments from within his own party who, among others, are rejecting his NEM.
Unlike the race-based affirmative action-driven New Economic Policy (NEP), the NEM plans to open up the economy from widespread Malay largesse.readmoreWho the hell wants to invest in MALAYSIA run by thieves.
This spurred the growth of groups like Perkasa, which enjoys the backing of hawks from Najib's own Umno.The strong anti-Chinese sentiments within groups like Perkasa and its Umno link have further alienated support from the country's second biggest race, says the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

Najib himself has attacked the DAP's Middle Malaysia slogan as another version of the Malaysian Malaysia concept that was first aired in the 1960s by the People Action Party's Lee Kuan Yew, who brought Singapore to help form Malaysia and later cried when Kuala Lumpur ejected the island state.
Nazri said the federal constitution clearly states the categories of people recognised as bumiputeras and that it is indisputable.



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Posted: 17 Mar 2010 07:37 AM PDT


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Otak lembu

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 07:39 AM PDT


George Kent got its two contracts of RM16 million each. It also got its Variation Orders of another few million. Pahang transferred the money to Johor so that Johor could pay George Kent. And Umno Johor got its RM1 million, payable in cash in small bills so that it was untraceable.

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Raja Petra Kamarudin

Anuar Shaari also commented on the RM1 million lawsuit against him by former Berita Harian editor Datuk Ahmad Nazri Abdullah.

He said the lawsuit stemmed from his claim in a local Malay daily last December that "an Opposition leader had liquefied his assets overseas".

Anuar urged Ahmad Nazri to clarify his relationship with Anwar Ibrahim as well his assets as claims have surfaced they are estimated to be worth more than RM1 billion.

"Ahmad Nazri needs to come forward to explain whether or not he's Anwar's proxy. Besides that, he is also a former newspaper editor," Anuar said.

Anuar said these were not accusations but merely a plea for Nazri to come forward to clarify the issue.

Anuar was accompanied by Abdul Ghani Haroon of Perkasa. – The Malay Mail

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When that group of Malays dragged the cow head to the Selangor State Secretariat building some months ago after Friday prayers, and stomped on it, they explained that it was not meant to insult the Hindus. When you are stupid the Malays would say: bodoh macam lembu (stupid like a cow), explained the protestors. So the cow head is symbolic of stupidity. And the Selangor government, in particular the Menteri Besar, Khalid Ibrahim, is stupid. Hence the reason for the cow head, they told the media, with the Minister himself present during that particular press conference.

And, also, hence the reason for the title of my piece today: otak lembu (cow brains).

Anuar Shaari wants Ahmad Nazri Abdullah to explain his relationship with Anwar Ibrahim, reported The Malay Mail. And my response to Anuar Shaari is otak lembu; bodoh macam lembu.

The way The Malay Mail spun the story is as if Nazri has committed a crime by having a relationship or association with Anwar. Anuar Shaari did not come right out and allege that Nazi does in fact have an association with Anwar. He wants Nazri to explain whether he does or does not have an association with Anwar.

Okay, say he does. Say Nazri does have a relationship or association with Anwar. Is this a crime, as what The Malay Mail is trying to make it out to be? So what? What is wrong with that? Is having a relationship or association with Anwar a crime? Is it not the right of anyone to have a relationship or association with anyone he or she so chooses?

This is a merely a spin. The Malay Mail is doing some spinning. They raise innuendos and insinuations and leave the rest to the imagination of the reader. When the reader reads this news report it gives an impression that Nazri and Anwar have some sort of 'unholy alliance' and that this is very wrong.

Of course, Anuar Shaari and The Malay Mail did not allege that it is so. They are 'just asking'. But the way they have spun it makes it appear like there is something going on and that whatever is going on is wrong.

Anuar Shaari and The Malay Mail should read the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, the part that guarantees all Malaysians freedom of association. That means all Malaysians have a right to choose whom they wish to associate with. There is nothing wrong with this and no crime has been committed by associating with anyone.

In Malaysia, however, they impose this 'extra-Constitutional law' that makes you guilty by association.

Are they trying to suggest that if Nazri associates with Anwar then he is guilty? In the first place, what is Anwar's crime? And therefore, by extension, because of his association with Anwar, what would Nazri's crime be?

Anwar was alleged to have committed sodomy. So, since I am associated with Anwar, does that also make me guilty of sodomy? I, in turn, am alleged to have defamed the 'First Lady' of Malaysia when she was not yet the 'First Lady but merely the wife of the Deputy Prime Minister. So, since Anwar is associated with me, does that also make him guilty of defaming the 'First Lady'?

Otak lembu sungguh Anuar Shaari!

Actually, the bone of contention is that Anwar Ibrahim is the opposition leader. It is because Anwar is in the opposition that they consider it wrong for Nazri to associate with him. If Anwar was in Umno then it is not wrong to associate with him. And if Anwar leaves PKR to rejoin Umno then it is also not wrong to associate with him. It is only wrong if Anwar remains in the opposition.

Many businessmen, tycoons, millionaires, billionaires, etc., associate with Umno, MCA, MIC, Gerakan and so on. This is okay. This is not wrong. But if they associate with PKR, PAS or DAP, then this is wrong. That is the real issue. You do not really have freedom of association, as guaranteed by our Constitution. This freedom of association is only allowed when you associate with Barisan Nasional, not if you associate with Pakatan Rakyat.

Otak lembu!

Anuar Shaari, you want something to get your teeth into? Okay, I will give you something to get your teeth into. Make a public statement, again, and ask Tan Sri Tan Kay Hock to explain his association with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

Do you remember the story about Tan Kay Hock? He was reported to be Najib's golf buddy. And in case the name is blur to you, as I am sure it must be considering your limited educational background, then read this (http://todayfinancialworld.blogspot.com/2009/01/najib-series-tan-sri-dato-tan-kay-hock.html). You will find all the information about Tan Kay Hock, Najib's golf buddy, in that link.

The Malaysian Insider also wrote about it here: (http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/32354-najibs-inner-circle).

In that report The Malaysian Insider said:

Tan Sri Tan Kay Hock is said to be a golf buddy of the PM. He is the low-profile controlling shareholder of Johan Holdings, a public-listed investment holding company, and said to be a golf buddy of Najib's.

The Financial Times had reported that Tan, 61, was the owner of the 607ha Guiana Island, which is now at the centre of a fraud case brought by the United States authorities against Texan billionaire businessman Allen Stanford.

Is there anything wrong for Tan Kay Hock to be associated with Najib? Not really. But if it is wrong for Nazri to be associated with Anwar then, by this same yardstick, we have to also question Tan Kay Hock's association with Najib.

Anuar Shaari, allow me to reveal a story that the two reports above did not mention.

Tan Kay Hock is the Chairman of Johan Holdings Berhad and George Kent (M) Bhd. Well, so was I back in the 1980s. I was a director of Johan Holdings and the Deputy Chairman of George Kent plus director of 'Special Operations' -- meaning covert operations. So what I am going to reveal is 'insider' information, not something that I heard, but something that I was involved in back in my 'jahiliyah' days.

Najib was then the Menteri Besar of Pahang while the then Menteri Besar of Johor was Ajib. Remember Ajib, Musa Hitam's man? He was the man who called Tun Dr Mahathir a mamak during a Malay Chamber of Commerce meeting and was soon after removed as Menteri Besar and replaced by Muhyiddin Yassin, the present Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. At that time Muhyiddin was the Deputy Minister of Trade.

Anyway, Muhyiddin met Datuk Andrew Leong, one of the Johan Holdings directors and the man associated with Deepak Jaikishan (ah, yes, another 'association' -- remember Deepak, Rosmah's carpetman cum bagman cum toyboy?), in Singapore to plan how to give George Kent a RM32 million ductile iron pipe contract. Muhyiddin was representing MB Ajib, who Andrew had met a day earlier in his office in Johor Baru.

The deal was: Johor would give George Kent the RM32 million contract on condition that George Kent paid Umno Johor RM1 million. Now, this was more than 25 years ago so imagine what RM32 million and RM1 million were worth then? Today, you could probably multiply that by five times or more.

But Johor could not sign a contract for RM32 million because any contract above RM20 million must first obtain the approval of the Minister of Finance. So they broke the contract into two, which was illegal. Each contract would be worth RM16 million. Then, with 'Variation Orders' included, each contract can be inflated to RM19 million, just below RM20 million where the Ministry of Finance would become involved. So it would finally come to RM38 million, but in two contracts. That would bypass the Minister of Finance.

They had one problem, though. Johor had used up its budget for the year and if they requested more money from the federal government then the Ministry of Finance would get to know about the contract.

So they contacted the Menteri Besar of Pahang, Najib, and they were told that Pahang had some unused budget. Pahang did not manage to spend all the money allocated to them for that year (what can they spend it on in Pahang anyway?)

Najib agreed to transfer Pahang's money to Johor, but on the sly of course because this was not legal. Then, the following year, when Johor receives its next budget, it would return the money to Pahang. It was a sort of loan from Pahang to Johor. And the Ministry of Finance would not know about it. It was an MB to MB arrangement.

George Kent got its two contracts of RM16 million each. It also got its Variation Orders of another few million. Pahang transferred the money to Johor so that Johor could pay George Kent. And Umno Johor got its RM1 million, payable in cash in small bills so that it was untraceable.

So, Anuar Shaari, if you want an explanation about the association between businessmen and politicians, get your teeth into that story which I just revealed. This is not an innocent association. This is an association that smacks of corruption, abuse of power, and whatnot. And it involves both the current Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.

Is there a statute of limitation on corruption and abuse of power? Damn, that means Najib and Muhyiddin will be able to get away scot-free.

So please don't talk about the association between businessmen and the opposition politicians. There is no crime in that. But there are many elements of crime in the association between businessmen and those who walk in the corridors of power.

Come on Najib and Muhyiddin. Please deny the story I just told. Call me a liar. Make a police report against me. Say this is not true.

Oh, and before you do, let's play some poker. Do you want to bet that maybe, just maybe, I still do or do not have the contract documents to support my story?

Call my bluff, if you think I am just playing poker.

Okaylah, let me give you a small hint. Ask Tan Kay Hock about the civil suit, George Kent (M) Bhd versus Bumi Kejuruteraan Sdn Bhd.

Aiyah, Anuar Shaari. You are still a novice in this game lah. Budak kecik pergi main jauh-jauh lah. You are not seasoned enough to play this type of game. We can makan you hidup-hidup.

Otak lembu!

courtesy of malaysia-today.net


Man Who 'Married' 11-year Old Girl Likely to Face Four Charges

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 07:33 AM PDT


Shamsuddin Che Deraman or "Sudin Ajaib", who was said to have married an underage girl, is likely to face four charges under the Kelantan Islamic Family Law Enactment 2002.

They are marrying an underage girl without permission from the kadi's office, conducting a forced marriage, solemnising a marriage, and disobeying mufarakah (separation from spouse) order, said Kelantan Islamic Religious Department principal assistant director Mohd Abdul Aziz Mohd Noor.


He said Shamsuddin, who was still at large, could be jailed up to six months, fined up to RM1,000 or both for each offence, if convicted.

Mohd Abdul Aziz said initial investigations showed that Shamsudin's marriage had nothing to do with the practice of a tabligh religious sect led by him but rather an act of obsession of a tabligh member with him.

"Anyway, we will probe on the tabligh sect led by Shamsudin besides the underage marriages when he is arrested," he told Bernama.

Shamsudin was reported to have married an 11-year-old girl in Kuala Krai, Kelantan on Feb 20.

The girl, who was found at Madrasah Al-Ikhwan, Taman Samudera Jaya near Batu Caves at 6.30pm last Friday, is now recuperating at the Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor.

Shamsudin was also reported to have married off his 10-year-old daughter to a man known as "Azhar", said to be a member of a tabligh sect, in a car.

courtesy of Malaysian Digest


MCA - A spanner in the works?

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 07:28 AM PDT

AND the news gets worse. First, it was rumours that a person with a sullied reputation will challenge the incumbent presidency of the MCA.

Then, out of the blue, a former president - with the reputation of leading the party into ignominy in the last general election and who later quit and left the party in shambles - makes the incredulous decision to come back with the equally shocking reason that it would be "selfish if I stayed out."

Reactions from various quarters to the news that Ong Ka Ting was attempting a political return have been mixed, to say the least. Mixed, that is, in the degree of scathing remarks, expletives and fury at the news.

ong-chua-ong-mcaBut one national daily made an exception. It even inferred that his return was akin to 'healing the crisis' in the party.

Unfortunately, the blessing by that daily is as good as kissing his chances goodbye because of its political affiliations.

But the reaction from readers from various web-based news portals weren't too flattering.

"You mean he's coming out to sink the party again? Great! MCA will have no seats left after next GE," was one screamer.

"Irresponsible snake! Left MCA when the going was tough, and now when the party is in turmoil, wants to take advantage of the situation and revive his sunken political fate!

"Snakes will always be snakes!" went another.


And these are some of the more polite ones. I was tempted to put an exclamation mark at the end of the previous sentence, but it would have made it look and sound like an expletive!

Double cross and triple cross

Some political observers see Ka Ting's move as a spanner in the works for former deputy president Dr Chua Soi Lek who
liow-tiong-lai
Liow...his faction created the right environment for Ka Ting's return
resigned from his post after being promised support from former vice-president Liow Tiong Lai and Youth Chief Wee Ka Siong.

But apparently all was not kosher with the deal.

Chua was apparently taken aback that Liow's faction had, in fact, created the right environment for Ka Ting's return, thereby hoping to checkmate the presidential bid of both incumbent Ong Tee Keat and Chua.

That's a stab, and then, be stabbed in the back yourself.

Chua had not figured that Ka Ting would attempt a comeback from what is said to be an "honourable retirement."

This has put paid to his plans and he has now to rethink his strategies while hopping mad that he has to start and revaluate the situation all over again.

One insider believes that Chua needs to re-look his strategies but , given Chua's 'never admits defeat' character, I believe he will still go for the top post.

Tee Keat has sizeable loyalists

One Liow supporter says Chua would not get into a battle that he thinks he will not win.

Well, so thought George Foreman when he took on Muhammad Ali and lost the heavyweight championship...much to his and the world's utter amazement.

While it is said that Chua has strong grassroots support, one observer believes that unless the former deputy is pushed to the wall, he will not face Ka Ting head-on.

But one factor has to be taken into computation. Tee Keat commands about 20% of the 2,300 central delegates.

This is roughly translated into some 500 who are still loyal to him. And as the campaign trail hits the road, the numbers are sure to grow with increasing sympathy for the under siege chief.

And this can be vital if it comes down to a three-horse race at the end of the day.

Was the party's interest considered?

And the question that delegates must ask themselves is: "Shouldn't the incumbent be allowed the time, and grace to finish his task and plans first?"

Shouldn't have Ka Ting consulted with the reigning president, if he really had the party's interest at hand before jumping onto the political band wagon?

Ka Ting had declared on Tuesday that he could have "taken the easy way out" and stayed out because he could be facing a potentially embarrassing situation should he fail to win the presidency.

But, it is more likely, that he has already embarrassed himself by not keeping to his pledge to remain in honourable retirement and ignominy.

The immediate winners may, after all, be the opposition, if Tee Keat loses. - Malaysian Mirror


Senior lawyer elected to International Criminal Bar

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 07:24 AM PDT


Senior lawyer Datuk N. Sivananthan achieved another first for the legal profession in the country when he was elected vice-president responsible for the Asia-Pacific region of the International Criminal Bar (ICB).

The 44-year-old Penang-born is the first Malaysian to hold the post which was decided at the ICB's 14th biennial meeting in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday.

Sivananthan is also the first Malaysian lawyer admitted to ICB in 2007 and has acted as ad-hoc counsel for Radovan Karadzic who is being tried before the International Criminal Tribunal for war crimes.

"It's a rare privilege since I'm not only the first Malaysian to be elected to the post but also the first Asian elected for the Asia-Pacfic region," he told Bernama. He contested the post on the encouragement of other ICB council members.

Sivananthan said he would work hard to raise Malaysia's profile in the ICB community and also aimed to serve the international organisation at much higher positions. He is also chairman of the Criminal Practice Committee of the Kuala Lumpur Bar.

The ICB looks after the interest of criminal lawyers throughout the world and ensures that the rule of law is followed to ensure fair trials. It also acts as the bar for lawyers admitted to the International Criminal Court.

In Barcelona, Luis de Castillo of Spain was elected president, Mohamed Benelmahi of Morocco was elected vice-president for Middle East states and John Kalala Kabamba of Congo, vice-president for African states. — Bernama


Poser over independent caucus

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 07:21 AM PDT


The idea of an independent caucus to pursue the struggle of independent MPs is seen as a test to form a third force in the Dewan Rakyat.

While the caucus will enable independent MPs to speak in one voice, political observers are sceptical whether all seven Independent MPs would take a common stand on controversial issues such as the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Will the members be tied down to the caucus?

The idea, which was tossed by MP for Bayan Baru Zahrain Hashim two days ago, did not get a unanimous support.

Pasir Mas MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali and Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Zulkifli Noordin are said to be more comfortable without having the caucus as it would not reflect the true independence of independent MPs.

"It is no big deal. It (caucus) is not significant in getting two-thirds majority to pass Bills. We are short of four seats," said Ibrahim.

BN has 137 MPs while the DAP-Parti Keadilan Rakyat-PAS alliance has 78 MPs.

Ibrahim, who is also the president of Perkasa, a right-wing organisation, said the caucus would only be relevant on matters that required a simple majority like the 2010 Budget, which was passed by only a three-vote majority.

"It is not easy to take a common stand on certain issues. On the ISA, I want the Act to remain as it is. What are the views of other Independent MPs?"

On the other hand, Zulkifli is adamant in rejecting the ISA which he described as a "draconian law".

He is also said to be against the caucus idea.

For Bagan Serai MP Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri, he liked the idea as he felt that the caucus could harmonise the direction of Independent MPs.

"It means our voice will be stronger when dabbling in certain issues," he added.

Tan Tee Beng (Independent-Nibong Tebal) was also reported to have supported the idea.

Ibrahim stood on a PAS ticket in the 2008 general election while Zahrain, Mohsin and Tee Beng left the PKR. Zulkifli was sacked by the PKR.

Two more Independent MPs are Eric Majimbun (Sepanggar) and Dr Chua Soon Bui (Tawau) from Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), which left the BN government in 2008.

SAPP president Yong Teck Lee has made it clear his two MPs had no dealings with the BN.

Zahrain said the caucus could become a third force and a balancing factor between the Barisan Nasional and the Opposition.

He said, for instance, Independent MPs could take a common stand on justice and corruption.

Political observer Dr Sivamrugan Pandian said the caucus would be relevant when deliberating on issues as Independent MPs were not restricted by any political party.

"They are free to take any side on issues deliberated," he added.

While the caucus idea has generated interest in the media and political area, it is left to be seen whether it will get off the ground.

Another question is, who will lead the independent block?

- Bernama


Don't sensationalise, Hisham warns media

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 07:17 AM PDT


Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein today reminded newspapers which sensationalise any issue to boost sales to be prepared to face the penalty if the report was untrue.

He said the media should verify facts before publishing any report and should assume responsibility for what was reported.

"Although my ministry's relationship with the media has long been established, we do not show favouritism when it comes to false reports and any media which reports untruths will be penalised.

"The media must face up to any situation because they are fully responsible for their reports," he said after chairing a meeting on the Agenda on the Management of Foreigners Encompassing the Issue of Human Trafficking, at Parliament House here.

Hishammuddin's remarks came in the wake of a show-cause letter sent to China

Press over the newspaper's recent report that the Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan would retire before Police Day on March 25 and be replaced by deputy IGP Ismail Omar.

The newspaper had quoted sources as saying that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Hishammuddin had received Musa's resignation letter. Hishammuddin and Musa have dismissed the report as untrue.

Asked to elaborate on the show-cause letter, Hishammuddin said China Press had responded to the letter and the reply was being considered by the ministry and that an announcement on the status of the newspaper would be made soon.

Hishammuddin said his ministry always monitored media reports and viewed

with grave concern reports on sensitive issues.

- Bernama


Indian issues are national issues: Denison

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 07:10 AM PDT

The grievances of the 1.8 million-strong Indian Malaysian community should be viewed as a national concern and addressed in the 10th Malaysia Plan, a socio-economic expert said.

ai police commission forum 150607 denison jayasooriaDr Denison Jayasooria (left), who is the principal research fellow of the Institute of Ethnic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, said there were concerns the community's problems were seen as a 'community' concern, rather than national.

"As most government agencies do not look seriously into issues pertaining to crime, violence, urban poverty, and issues pertaining to quality of life, inadequate infrastructure for Tamil school, low recruitment and promotion opportunities in both public and private sectors.

"Often, both politicians and public servants are calling on political parties and voluntary organisations to address these issues," he told Bernama.

He said, the community strongly felt that socio-economic concerns of all Malaysians should be the concern of the government. Hence, public funds should be utilised to address major concerns beyond the capacity of the voluntary sector.

He said this was one of several grievances put forth by community leaders, non-governmental organisations and political parties at a three-day discussion held late last year to receive input and feedback on the Ninth Malaysia Plan's policies and programmes.

This was aimed at providing input to the 10th Malaysia Plan, which would be tabled in Parliament in mid-year and implemented from 2011.

Urgent need


Denison said the community also wanted the government to scale up programmes for the Indian youth to ensure they reached a larger segment.

"Reaching out to young people only at the post-secondary level does not take into account the comprehensive nature of social problems at the individual, family and community levels," said the former head of MIC 'think-tank' Yayasan Strategik Sosial.

He said, there was a need for government agencies to "build into" programmes, like a mapping project which could document the impact over the next five to 10 years to capture the transformation experience or individuals and families.

"The urgent need in the 10th Malaysia Plan process is to budget for five years and provide adequate funding for operations and programmes.

"In addition, the government should establish a community consultative council to meet on a quarterly basis to review feedback on developments and highlight difficulties encountered at the grassroots, especially at the implementation level," added Denison.

courtesy of Malaysiakini


Anwar paints gloomy outlook for Malaysian economy

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 05:22 AM PDT



Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (picture) today expounded on weaknesses in the Malaysian economy, blaming it on the government's dependency for pump priming measures, over reliance on petro dollars, the widening public-private investments gap, and capital flight in the country.

The Permatang Pauh MP told Parliament that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's optimism to say the "worst is over" was a stark contrast to the bleakness of the country's present economic status.

The opposition leader pointed out that although the economy seemed on the mend in the fourth quarter of last year, Malaysia still continued to fall behind other nations in terms of competitive edge and attraction of foreign direct investments.

"At the same time, too much pre-occupation has been given to plans to upgrade the economy into a high value economy that we risk putting aside key economic issues concerning social justice; that should always take centre stage in any economic development agenda in Malaysia," he told the House.

The former deputy prime minister also said that the government's efforts to eradicate poverty had borne little fruit, and what was worse, figures from the UN Human Development Report in 2009 showed that Malaysia ranked 66 in terms of economic inequality, behind Singapore (ranked 23), Hong Kong (24), South Korea (26), Brunei (30) and Cuba (51), among others.

He said that despite the government's incessant dependency on pump priming between the years of 2002 and 2004, the poverty rate still rose 12 per cent in the period.

"This should baffle everyone because this is a period of pump priming when a lot of state financial resources were diverted into the economy. Alas, only cronies and connected people benefit while the poor continued to suffer," he said.

Anwar said that the economic gap between the different groups in the country was so bad that the task of leading the economy towards wholesome development was beyond today's administration.

"A gigantic reform and monumental shift in the management of the economy is required if Malaysia is to upgrade itself into a high-value economy and ensure that prosperity is distributed equally to all groups and levels," he said.

The government's pump priming measures, undertaken since 1998, were also criticised, with Anwar saying that such measures should only adopted for short periods to boost the economy.

He said the government, overly-reliant on income from oil and gas, even resorted to "squeezing" Petronas when its profits could no longer support such reliance.

Citing examples, Anwar said that Petronas had to make escalating payments to the government in recent years, beginning with RM32.1 billion for the financial year of 2005, RM47.7 billion in 2006, RM52.3 billion in 2007, RM61.6 billion in 2008, and RM74 billion in 2009.

"In the year ending Dec 31, 2007, and Dec 31, 2008, Petronas contributed to 36.8 per cent and 44.9 per cent to the total government income for the years respectively," he said.

According to Anwar, if income from other oil and gas companies were taken into account, it would mean that the country drew more than half its revenues from non-renewable sources.

"And despite the bumper income from Petronas in 2007 and 2008, the government continued to spend lavishly and registered deficit budgets," he said.

Pump priming, he added, also resulted in the widening gap between public and private investments in Malaysia.

"The massive drop in private investment will continue to threaten any efforts to mould [the] Malaysian economy into a high performing, high-value economy.

"Furthermore, the pattern of public spending is not sustainable at the rate it is growing. Any attempt to re-model the economy must address the skewed nature of public-private investments in Malaysia.

"Pakatan Rakyat has always expounded that the country requires a holistic reform to the economic policy framework, especially so given the nature of lopsidedness of our economy now," he said.

Anwar also claimed that the loss of confidence in Malaysia's economic prospects were due to a spate of poorly managed issues like the "Allah" controversy, and the "disappearance or failure" of government assets such as missing jet engines and the "submarine which does not dive", had eventually been the cause of the "shocking" extent of capital flight in Malaysia last year.

"Jon Anderson, an economist with UBS, shocked the financial market when he disclosed the extent of capital flight in Malaysia, which had reached 44 per cent of the GDP at one stage.

"Despite the alarm raised, the government rubbished concern on the pretext that this was reflective of ... government-linked companies' more daring ventures overseas. At the height of it, an estimated RM355 billion left our country," he said.

Anwar admitted that GLCs had embarked on a more aggressive stance lately by plumping up their overseas investments, but pointed out that the very quantum of the capital outflow suggested that the bulk of it was due to "genuine investment portfolios being pulled out of the country".

He claimed that the GLCs' act of putting more of their cash reserves into foreign investments instead of reinvesting in Malaysia mirrored the fact that their confidence in the country's economy was waning considerably.

"The government must realise that it must combine its approach to the economic problem of capital flight with a political situation. Only with honesty, transparency, fair-mindedness and commitment to reforms that Malaysia can begin to restore confidence in its economy," said Anwar.

The former finance minister also spoke extensively on other economic indicators like the severe drop in new capital investments, which he claims proved the country's economic climate was not as robust as the prime minister had painted it to be.

"These indicators clearly point to an uphill struggle to achieve whatever crafty slogans on high value economy that [the] government has drummed up so far.

"Pakatan Rakyat is consistent that without a holistic reform involving a total fight against corruption, the tightening of the government procurement process, the dismantling of the state-politician business relationship, injecting integrity back into the judiciary and important institutions, and an overhaul of our education system, [then] the efforts to move to high value economy will remain as rhetoric," he said.

courtesy of Malaysian Insider


Cops halt Orang Asli advance on Putrajaya

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 05:14 AM PDT


Police today stopped more than 2,000 Orang Asli from marching to the Prime Minister's Department in Putrajaya in a rare protest against what they deem to be the government's unfair land policy.

orang asli protest in putrajaya 170310The protest, dubbed the biggest Orang Asli demonstration in history by Centre for Orang Asli Concerns coordinator Colin Nicholas, was stopped by a contingent of police officers 15 minutes after the march kicked off.

The Orang Asli protesters arrived this afternoon at the country's administrative capital in 40 buses and gathered at the Putrajaya Mosque.

They had planned to march from the mosque to the Prime Minister's Department to hand over a memorandum, signed by 9,071 Orang Asli throughout Peninsular Malaysia, to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

orang asli protest in putrajaya 170310The group, comprising the young, old and even children, held banners declaring 'Tanah kami, maruah kami' (Our land, our dignity), among others.

Some of them were dressed in their traditional attire, complete with loincloths and colourful headgear made of flowers, tree bark and coconut leaves.

Re-routed by police

The police told the protesters not to display their banners and redirected half of the crowd to the nearby Ministry of Rural Development, about 500m away.

They were then met by Rural Development Minister Shafie Afdal who engaged the protesters in dialogue and treated them to lunch.

The Orang Asli were told not to march all the way to the Prime Minister's Department but were allowed to send five representatives to hand over the memorandum.

orang ssli protest at putrajaya 170310 03The protestors eventually agreed to send a five-member delegation to the PM's Department despite the request being initially boo-ed by the crowd.

The rest of the protest group were then made to wait at the sidewalk, and were again barred from raising their banners and chanting slogans.

Shafie, representing Najib, received two separate memoranda, under the watch of about 20 police officers, at the gates of the PM's Department, some 200 metres away from the protestors.

orang asli protest putrajayaThe first, by Persatuan Orang Asli Semenanjung president Majid Suhut, demanded that the community have a say over the Orang Asli representative in Dewan Negara.

The memorandum was first submitted to prime mnister last December.

The second memorandum was handed in by Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Perak (JKOAP) secretary Tijah Yokchopil and pertained to the land ownership policy.

In this memorandum, the Orang Asli cried foul over the lack of consultation and the fact that they will be denied autonomy over their land, which will be instead be managed by developers.

They also object to the fact that the land proposed for their allocation only includes 15 percent of recognised traditional Orang Asli land.

'Reasonable demands'

shafie apdal and mps no defection pc 280808 04Upon receiving the memoranda, Shafie reassured the Orang Asli leaders that their recommendations will be taken into consideration when amendments to the National Land Act are tabled at the next parliamentary sitting.

"We open our ears to whatever grouses the public, in particular the Orang Asli, have. If anyone says we are depriving them, we are neglecting them, that's not true," Shafie (right) told reporters.

He said the protesters today came to Putrajaya to take photos as they have only seen the administrative capital on television.

"Some even took photos with me," he said.

Protestors cheered upon witnessing the handing over of memoranda, and triumphantly chanted 'Hidup Orang Asli' before dispersing at 3pm.

orang ssli protest at putrajaya 170310 02Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, at a press conference in the Parliament lobby, assured that reasonable demands by the Orang Asli would be taken into account.

He said he was not aware of the protest and the community's demands but stressed that the government has always supported the Orang Asli and taken an interest in their welfare.

"If they are unhappy, they can submit their views on it and the department concerned will scrutinise it. If there is any proposition which is reasonable, we will do what is necessary," he said.

Today's protest was organised by the Peninsular Malaysia Orang Asli Association (POASM) and the Network of Orang Asli Villages Perak.

orang asli protest in putrajaya 170310According to coordinator Jenita Engi, representatives of seven states decided to demonstrate after negotiations with the Orang Asli Affairs Department (JHEOA) earlier this month came to a dead end.

Among the complaints were the fact that only six to eight acres of land will be allocated to each household.

"We demand that all the land explored by our ancestors should be handed over to us, and not just these six to eight acres," she told Malaysiakini yesterday.

Activists want Orang Asli claims to their customary land recognised, saying their continual occupation and economic activities establish their ownership.

The Orang Asli community is also demanding that all restrictions be removed to allow them the right to sell their land.

They said the land policy is to be part of a proposed amendment to Act 134 of the National Land Act, which is expected to be tabled in Parliament by June.

It's our land

According to the Orang Asli, the new legislation will give them only 50,000 hectares of the 129,000 they claim.

orang asli slideshow colin nicholas"Who are you to give the land when it is already the Orang Asli's," said Colin Nicholas (right), coordinator for the Centre for Orang Asli Concerns.

Nicholas said the planned amendment to the Aboriginal People's Act would give each family only two to six acres of land.

"Once they get this plot of land, they will lose (their rights to) other plots of land," he said.

Shafie confirmed the proposed amendment would give each each family two to six acres but said the terms were not final.

orang asli protest putrajaya"This is not finalised so that's why we need their views. We are willing to listen," he said.

The Orang Asli make up less than one percent of the country's 28 million population and are generally disadvantaged in terms of income, health, education and living standards.

This is the second street protest by the Orang Asli this year, with the first having taken place in front of the JHEOA hospital in Gombak, Selangor, on Feb 24.


courtesy of Malaysiakini


'PM backs Ka Ting' SMS irresponsible act: Soi Lek

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 05:09 AM PDT


Former MCA deputy president Dr Chua Soi Lek today described as an irresponsible act the wide circulation of an SMS claiming that former president Ong Ka Ting, who is making a comeback, has the blessings and support of the prime minister and deputy prime minister.

"Since yesterday many delegates claimed to have received SMS stating that Ka Ting was contesting the presidency (in the MCA fresh polls on March 28) because he has the blessings of Najib Tun Razak and Muhyiddin Yassin.

"This is not true. I have met Najib and Muhyiddin, and they said they would not interfere in the party elections," Soi Lek told reporters in Alor Star.

Soi Lek was in Kedah overnight and is in Perlis today to meet delegates. He was accompanied by Kedah MCA deputy chairperson Chong Itt Chew, who is a former central committee (CC) member, and other Kedah MCA leaders.

Meanwhile, MCA Youth chief Dr Wee Ka Siong said today he respected Ka Ting's decision to contest the presidency in the party elections.

He said Ka Ting was entitled to contest the post after having considered the views of various quarters, especially veteran delegates who had appealed to him to make a comeback to resolve the party's leadership crisis.

"Come March 28, every delegate has the responsibility to determine the MCA leadership that can unite the party, set a clear direction and bring victory to the party and the BN," he told reporters at the lobby of Parliament.

The deputy education minister said it was a test for the delegates to restore the party's image and credibility following the various events which had challenged the party leadership over the past one year.

"I know that the delegates are mature enough to make a wise decision," he said.

Ungentlemanly act to bar two ex-CC members

On another matter, Wee expressed disappointment over the statement by party secretary-general Wong Foon Meng that two former CC members Wong Mook Leong and Wong Nai Chee were ineligible to contest the elections.

He said this was contrary to the party constitution because Article 41 stated that no one could prohibit the re-election of any former CC member.

"How can we convince young people to join the party when candidates such as Wong (Nai Chee) are sidelined? I feel the decision is most saddening and the political ploy to oust them is not gentlemanly," he said.

Nai Chee and Mook Leong are among the 21 CC members who resigned en bloc this month, forcing the party to hold the elections.

Foon Meng had said in reply to a letter from Nai Chee seeking clarification on their status that they were ineligible to contest in accordance with Article 33 of the party constitution.

The article states that those eligible to contest were CC members, central delegates, elected representatives, state liaison committee chairpersons and divisional chairpersons. Foon Meng said Nai Chee and Mook Leong were not in any of these categories.

- Bernama


Back-stabbing boleh-ness of ex PKR men

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 04:36 AM PDT

We Malaysians all know the story of Hang Tuah, yes, even non Malays do.

I blogged on this in Hang Jebat lives again, but ...!

You can choose whether you support Hang Tuah as the hero, loyal and faithful to the crown regardless, or like Kassim Ahmad, support instead Jebat as the loyal brother-in-arms who was not awed by those who wielded power. Jebat's loyalty was based on what he saw as right or wrong (or the system) rather than the figure of royalty.

Kassim believes Jebat is the true hero, and Tuah the palace sycophant who willingly sells his soul to the sultan to the extent he killed Jebat, the man who defended his honour when he was down and out, on the orders of the Sultan who had earlier ordered Tuah's death.

Of course, the more traditional perception has been Tuah as the faithful and loyal warrior and Jebat the loose cannon traitor.

Today we read more of a Tuah-Jebat saga fast forwarded into the future in the form of Zahrain blasts Anwar, PKR in Parliament.

Hell hath no fury like a Zahrain scorned by PKR wakakaka.

This man claimed to be a close friend of Anwar, as did the Kulim Wonder. And didn't the Kulim Wonder push for Anwar to be removed from his position as the Opposition Leader?

With friends like Zahrain and Zul, Anwar doesn't need enemies at all.

The aim of these two, Zahrain and Zul, is of course to convey the messages to the heartland that Anwar Ibrahim is a stooge of the Chinese dominated DAP. The strategy is to frighten the heartland into voting only UMNO, and not PKR for that would be akin to voting for DAP. So ... can you say UMNO has not been involved?

You know, I have been thinking of directing a stage play of the Tuah-Jebat saga, a rather eternal favourite. And if I want to help UMNO, I'll get Ibrahim Ali to play Tuah, albeit a rather 'prosperous' Hang Tuah wakakaka who likes sub-50 women ;-), and Ridhuan Tee to play Jebat.

Wakakaka, nothing stirs the heartland than to see a Jebat who is a Chinese, no matter how much Ridhuan wants to camouflage himself.

But back to topic, much as I don't take to Anwar Ibrahim, I find Zahrain's and the Kulim Wonder's back stabbing of Anwar revolting, repulsive and repugnant, and in the most treacherous tradition of the Hang Tuah-Jebat tale.

Anyway, PKR needs an enema badly to rid itself of such rottenness so it's better for them to have Zahrain, Kulim Wonder, etc out in the open now rather than 2013.


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