- Mahathir launches Malay-rights group Perkasa - Part II
- Who is the ULTRA here...?
- 3,000 MCA DELEGATES & MEMBERS ATTEND 'FINAL' DINNER BEFORE ELECTIONS TOMORROW
- Perkasa lodges police reports on Anwar & PKR sec-gen
- Men love sophisticated partners, a new survey has shown that almost a third of Brits would have sex with anybody for 1 million pounds.
- Perwakilan MCA dihiburkan di KTV
- launching Malay Delima2 Mahathir to Najib without Perkasa you are finish!
- MCA presidential race too close to call
- Mahathir launches Malay-rights group Perkasa
- Perkasa claims Malays deserve 67pc wealth
- Moment of Truth for MCA
- Where have MCA’s young gone?
- part 2 Ezam and Anuar Shaari pocketed George Soros US10million this taxidriver pick frightened Zul Noordin who told the whole truth
- MIC wins fight for Hulu Selangor slot
- Uthayakumar for Hulu Selangor?
- “Bagus lagi masuk hutan”
- How to mend a broken mirror?
- Najib: BN's chances in Hulu Selangor very bright
- Questions for the MCA presidential candidates
- I like Obama - He walked out on Netanyahu because the Israeli leader was wasting his time
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 06:42 AM PDT
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 12:37 PM PDT
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad officiated the Perkasa AGM Saturday, which was attended by about 10,000 people, as grand as any Umno general assembly. TDM is an Umno member while Ibrahim Ali is an ex. The objectives of Perkasa, among which is to uphold the rights of the Malays (including 'ketuanan Melayu' and the role of the Malay Rulers) is not only a challenge to Umno under the presidency of Najib Tun Razak but a rivalry to that of any other similar organisations.
Lim Kit Siang was fast to lament the gathering, calling TDM an ultra-nationalist (read h e r e) and labeling Ibrahim as building Perkasa on stilts of lies when he accused the DAP's 'Malaysian Malaysia' as the main cause for the May 13, 1969 riot.
TDM, according to LKS has come full circle, starting 'as an ultra and back to an ultra-nationalist' for throwing his support for Perkasa.
"Its a lie that DAP and the Malaysian Malaysia slogan were among the main factors that caused the May 13 riots", he said questioning the Pasir Mas MP for taking 41 years after the 1969 riots to make the 'discovery'.
"If DAP and Malaysian Malaysia were the causes of May 13 in 1969, DAP would have been banned long ago and DAP leaders would have languished in jail and unable to participate in Malaysian electoral politics in the past nine general elections. Or is Ibrahim suggesting that the Special Branch and the past five prime ministers had been remiss in their national duties in failing to take action against DAP, which he alleged as a threat to national security and perpetrator of May 13 riots?"
No comment but I believe what Kit Siang was trying to say is, Ibrahim who once sought his help when the latter was under detention, is now turning his back on his 'old friends' in effort to elevate his politics.
And I personally dont label anyone as 'ultra' for reasons like that. Ibrahim formed Perkasa on the ground that Umno is getting weaker (read Rockybru) and was not able to protect the interest of the Malays as it used to be. Is Umno really weak now? Najib got to answer that.
Again, Ibrahim wouldnt have mooted the idea if Umno really is in its original position... or is it anything to do with 'the Malays being deprived under 1Malaysia' ?
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 08:47 AM PDT
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 05:41 AM PDT
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 07:40 AM PDT
Sex with anyone for 1mn pounds
A new survey has shown that almost a third of Brits would have sex with anybody for 1 million pounds.
In the Durex British Sex Survey 2010, 65 per cent said that they would never cheat on their partner.
However, the poll of more than 12,000 people online showed that 45 per cent of have enjoyed phone sex.
"It all makes pretty steamy reading," the Sun quoted Durex spokeswoman Ruth Gresty as saying.
The study also revealed that 14 per cent of Brits secretly think about their ex when they are having sex and five per cent think about a workmate.
The average Brit now has sex three to four times a week and has slept with between two and five people.
A promiscuous two per cent claim to have bedded more than 100 lovers.
In the survey, 22 per cent confessed to never using a condom.
Sex with anyone for 1mn pounds A new survey has shown that almost a third of Brits would have sex with anybody for 1 million pounds.
'We have spent some years together, so now I know how he reacts in a particular situation. Our conversation doesn't go beyond the daily routine and even the pleasure in the bedroom is an alien term'
Such situations are definitely not uncommon. Many people who are in long-term relationships do encounter this phase. So why don't you plan some exotic surprises for your partner? Such that he's taken off guard and left asking for more.
Surprises need not necessarily be really pricey. What matters the most is your attitude, the way you show your concern and express your love towards your mate. Here are some innovative ideas…
Men love it when their ladylove makes an extra effort to seduce their senses. All you need to do is to think out of the box!
Sangeeta Ahlawat, a HR manager says, "My husband always used to complain that I am not comfortable with my body. He said, it also made him conscious in bed. Just to prove him wrong, I planned to steal an idea from a Jennifer Aniston movie, The Break-Up. When my hubby was busy watching a cricket match on television, I took a walk in the living room, naked, to flaunt my newly waxed body. He couldn't believe his eyes and was with me on the bed in a matter of seconds."
It's not just a tattoo…
Men love sophisticated partners, but it does not mean that he does not want to see any wild streak in you. Give it a shot
Ratnika Singh, a marketing executive tells, "I am into a live-in relationship. It was our anniversary and there was nothing that I had not gifted him in three years. On our D-Day, I came back home early, left a trail of my clothes from the drawing room to the den. And on the bed, I laid nude. The surprise package was, his name was tattooed on my cleavage. My man has always seen me clad in formals and being on my best behaviour at all times. I guess he never expected me to do something wild like this. We are getting hitched soon, it really worked for me."
For girls, birthdays are always special
No matter how old your lady love is and how long have you been in a relationship, a girl always expects her beloved to make her birthday memorable.
Rakshit Malhotra, a MBA student reveals, "I thought the most romantic thing I could do for my girl was to wish her at midnight. I spoke to her for nearly two hours, but I felt she expected something more. At 2 in the night, I jumped my hostel gate and took an auto. Luckily, I found chocolates at a chemist shop. I stole a rose from a roadside florist and reached her house. Her room is on the first floor; I climbed up to the window somehow and slipped in the rose and chocolates. She still considers it as her best birthday gift."
A new survey has shown that almost a third of Brits would have sex with anybody for 1 million pounds.In the Durex British Sex Survey 2010, 65 per cent said that they would never cheat on their partner.However, the poll of more than 12,000 people online showed that 45 per cent of have enjoyed phone sex."It all makes pretty steamy reading," the Sun quoted Durex spokeswoman Ruth Gresty as saying.The study also revealed that 14 per cent of Brits secretly think about their ex when they are having sex and five per cent think about a workmate.The average Brit now has sex three to four times a week and has slept with between two and five people.A promiscuous two per cent claim to have bedded more than 100 lovers.In the survey, 22 per cent confessed to never using a condom.
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 07:25 AM PDT
Kempen pemilihan dalam MCA kini bertambah panas. Untuk malam terakhir, ketiga-tiga calun Presiden bersetuju untuk mengurangkan ketegangan dengan mengajak kesemua perwakilan ke sebuah pusat Karaoke.
Ketiga-tiga mereka diminta menyanyi oleh perwakilan-perwakilan. Pertama sekali naik adalah Chua Soi Lek. Dia memilih lagu rock rancak oleh Bon Jovi.
Apabila perwakilan dengar Soi Lek menyanyikan lirik "You give love a bad name", mereka sudah faham. Dia cuba memujuk perwakilan dengan memberitahu seseorang berniat jahat telah merosakkan hubungan cintanya dengan seorang wanita.
Melihat perwakilan berbisik sesama sendiri, Ong Ka Ting sudah boleh rasa perwakilan seolah-olah kasihan pada Soi Lek. Lalu dia minta izin Ong Tee Keat untuk nyanyi dahulu. Sebagai pemegang jawatan, Tee Keat rasa lebih baik dia nyanyi terakhir.
Ka Ting memilih lagu Beattles, "Get back." Setiap kali dia jerit "Get back!" perwakilan ikut serta menyebut "Get back to where you once belong." Suka Ka Ting melihat perwakilan menyanyi bersama. Hatinya bertambah yakin.
Ong Tee Keat punya giliran untuk menyanyi. Mula tadi dia merancang untuk nyanyi lagu Queens, "We are the champion" tapi sudah bertukar fikiran.
Lagu fikirannya adalah lagu Gloria Gaynor "I will survive." Hmmm ... macam tak meyakinkan saja.
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 05:30 AM PDT
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 04:55 AM PDT
Uncertainty continues to reign over who will claim the bitterly-contested MCA presidency, even as the final hours on the campaign clock for tomorrow's party polls tick away.
One thing is for certain, the party's 2,378 delegates are expected to turn out in full force to cast their ballots in an election that will determine the party's survival following the protracted leadership crisis.
Since 3pm today, the MCA party headquarters was crawling with delegates arriving from across the country, all eager to get a head start in registering their names for the second party election in two years.
Tonight, all candidates will get their last swipe at grabbing support for themselves, as party delegates converge for a pre-EGM dinner at the party's headquarters on Jalan Ampang here.
Until this evening, however, there was still no clear indication which of the presidential hopefuls — incumbent Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, former deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek or former president Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting — have garnered the most support in the very close race.
Talk is that Tee Keat is popular with the general public; Dr Chua has the party grassroots support; while Ka Ting is in the lead with many of the party veterans. But their fate lies in the hands of the 2,378 delegates and not those outside the Dewan San Choon polling station.
Over the week, Tee Keat, who was once touted as the underdog in the fight, seemed to have turned things in his favour, with a public poll showing he has support to continue as party president.
The embattled leader, with persistency and consistency in propagating his transformation and change agenda, has gone on a tell-all binge by hinting to the people how he had become a victim of an intricate conspiracy engineered by his predecessor, Ka Ting.
Tee Keat had, however, steered clear of passing judgement on his other rival, Dr Chua, and had chosen instead to expound on his greater plans for the future of MCA.
Dr Chua, however, wasted no time in playing the role of the injured party and lamented how he had been the target of a vicious plan to oust him before his time, in the 2007 sex DVD scandal that prematurely ended his political career.
By pre-empting any moves from his political foes to use the sex scandal to demonise him, it appeared that it was Dr Chua who cleverly used the controversy as his trump card.
His message is clear: "I admitted my mistake but they kicked me out again. Do not use this forever against me. The other two have had the chance to serve as president while I have not. Give me that chance."
Ka Ting, in the meantime, has been on a tireless journey across the country, rounding up support from old friends and colleagues from the grassroots, hoping to revive their belief in him.
His campaign stance is to tell the people, "Forget the other two, they were the cause of this crisis. You know me; I have worked for five years as president. Vote for me, I can unite the factions."
Denying that he wants to be seen as a saviour of the party, Ka Ting told The Malaysian Insider on nomination day that, "I am not here as a faction, I am here to unite the factions."
How much inroads these three candidates have made over the past week will be revealed when the results come out after 7pm tomorrow.
CC candidate Datuk Tan Chin Meng told The Malaysian Insider this evening that the atmosphere at Dewan San Choon was almost palpable this afternoon, charged with excitement and hope.
"People were in good spirits. There was no indication of any tenseness and I think this is because everyone is ready for a good show tomorrow," he said.
He added that it was hard to judge from the events of the past week just how much support any of the three presidential candidates had.
"The turnout at dinners and luncheons during the candidates' campaign trails cannot be any indication of support. Similarly, if a function receives poor response, it does not mean that the delegates are not in support of the candidate.
"Somehow, with the present crisis having extended for so long, it looks as if everyone wants to cast their own votes and not the votes they were told to cast by their divisional leaders," he said.
Tan added that tomorrow's expected mammoth turnout would be reflective of just how concerned the party's delegates were over the state of MCA and how badly they wanted the fresh polls to lead them out of crisis.
Former CC member Wong Nai Chee agreed with Tan and reiterated how crowd size at campaign functions were poor yardsticks to measure support.
"People may greet you with a smile but they may not vote for you. Or they may not attend your luncheon but they could still vote for you. Crowd size, to me, is just a smoke screen.
"We cannot gauge at this point just who has the most support," he said.
CC candidate Gan Ping Sieu agreed that Tee Keat's support lay with the general public and that this may not be translated into votes, since it would be the central delegates who would become kingmakers, not the public.
"But you never know. If everyone truly wants the party out of this crisis, the delegates have to take heed of what the public want from the party because they would be the ones determining our survival in the next party elections," he said.
Until zero hour, however, the air of uncertainty still hangs heavily over the future of MCA.
courtesy of Malaysian Insider
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 02:04 AM PDT
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 04:44 AM PDT
Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali today claimed Bumiputeras should rightly own 67 per cent of the nation's economic wealth, as it was the majority group in Malaysia.
He also insisted the government must include affirmative action in the New Economic Model (NEM), adding that Bumiputeras' economic equity must reach 30 per cent before the country reaches its goal as a developed nation in 2020.
"Malaysia comprises 55 per cent Malays and 12 per cent of other Bumiputeras, which [is] total [of] 67 per cent Bumiputeras. Therefore, the nation's wealth must be 67 per cent for Bumiputeras but we get 30 per cent only," the Malay rights movement president said at the inaugural Perkasa congress here today.
"Therefore it must be explained that in a democracy, the majority is regarded as the national agenda. The country's economy must be divided in accordance with the distribution of the population," added the independent Pasir Mas MP.
Ibrahim stressed that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak must defend the rights of the Malay community even as he tries to reform the country's economy, if he expects to gain their backing.
"If the New Economic Model is based on Articles 152 and 153 of the nation's constitution, then I am confident that Perkasa and Malay Consultative Council (MPM) will give their full support to Datuk Seri Najib Razak as the prime minister of Malaysia and president of Umno.
"Umno is a Malay party and champions the Malay community. Umno must be strong in defending the interests and demands of the Malays, if they want to remain relevant as Malay party and get strong support from the Malays," said the Perkasa founder.
He warned the country's leaders to be sensitive of issues affecting Islam, Malays and Bumiputeras.
"Any decision on policies affecting Islam, Malays and Bumiputera must be carefully considered. The heart and soul of the Muslim community must not be wounded. There can be no political security without the political power of the majority from the Muslim community," he added.
Perkasa has been campaigning that NEM should not sideline the Malays and remains in line with Article 153 and the 10 parts contained within, the first of which makes it incumbent for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak.
Perkasa, which set up the MPM, expressed concern that the NEM would erase affirmative action policies and increase the monopoly of the country's economy by the Chinese community.
Perkasa economic bureau director Dr Zubir Harun has said the movement feared that the NEM would have a Chinese agenda, and warned that the Chinese community would use the next general election to take over the country.
Najib, who is also finance minister, will receive the comprehensive NEM report from the National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC) at the Invest Malaysia forum next Tuesday.
He has said the NEM will be announced in two stages to include public feedback, before being included in the 10th Malaysia Plan being tabled this June.
courtesy of Malaysian Insider
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 04:34 AM PDT
Once again, the moment has arrived for the MCA central delegates to elect a new batch of office-bearers in the party's re-election tomorrow.
The fate of the contesting candidates lies in the hands of 2,378 delegates to determine the party's moment of truth.
For the delegates, this is the third time they are voting since the party election on Oct 18 in 2008.
When they voted the second time on Oct 10, last year, the delegates made dramatic decisions on three resolutions which has led to tomorrow's re-election which will see a record 101 candidates contesting.
This re-election is also a very crowded affair. Except for the deputy president's post, candidates will literally have to elbow one another to stand out and get elected in the very limited seats on offer.
The president's post will see a three-corner fight among incumbent Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, his former deputy, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, and immediate past president Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting.
Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha and Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai are gunning for the number two post, while 10 candidates are vying for the limited four vice-president seats.
The remaining 86 have their sights on being Central Committee (CC) members.
With only a day to go, candidates are pulling all their resources, with their campaign machinery going on overdrive to fish as many votes as possible to enable them to cling to the much sought-after positions.
But their campaign trails appear to be marred by unfortunate incidents, including allegations of vote buying.
Personal attacks, at their most subtle, were also engaged, where some quarters had called on delegates not to elect certain candidates with tainted image or "recycled leaders".
However, will the delegates be swayed by all these "propaganda" and manifestoes of candidates in their quest to save the party?
"Personally, I do not think so. They are smart. But then again, they already know who to vote, so it won't be difficult even though the list may appear to be too crowded," a delegate from Pagoh said.
He also felt that the crowded contest was a sign that democracy in the party was very well alive.
"And why not? Everyone who thinks he or she is capable, they deserve the right and the opportunity to serve the party," he said.
But the situation may not be healthy as former party secretary-general Tan Sri Ting Chew Peh put it:
"They are so many of them (constesting for CC), some of the names, unfortunately, I don't even know who they are."
Meanwhile on the ground, the preparations are almost 100 per cent done, according to secretary-general Datuk Wong Foon Meng.
He told Bernama that the election results would be known, latest by 7 pm.
Will the delegates exercise their right wisely? Or, will they pull another big surprise like they did in the Oct 10 extraordinary general meeting last year?
The answer lies in MCA's 'Clash of the Titans' at Wisma MCA tomorrow.
courtesy of Malaysian Digest
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 04:29 AM PDT
The MCA party elections tomorrow sees a crowded field of 101 candidates vying for 31 posts, with most of them aged over 40 and reflective of the 62-year-old party's inability to attract new blood to its ranks.
Former party president Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting has entered the fray for a grab at his old post, fighting incumbent Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, and former deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek. The two Ongs are 53, while Dr Chua is 63.
Others vying for the top posts are not much younger than those contesting the top post, leading to concerns that the party may not be relevant to the youth, who now form the bulk of the Malaysian electorate. The median age of voters in Election 2008 was 25.
Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng said MCA, the second largest component party in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, is suffering from brain drain because it was still using an old script.
He explained that Chinese party was caught in a time warp because it belonged to the old political, race-based framework with Umno as the dominant party.
"The young will continue to remain not attracted to MCA as long as it is seen as being subservient to Umno," Khoo told The Malaysian Insider
He also pointed out that today's youth also spoke a totally different language from MCA and were rejecting race-based politics.
And unlike parties in developed democracies, where there is survival of the fittest and leaders are easily replaced,
MCA continues to field either tainted leaders or those past their best, such as the three presidential contenders.
Below them is a straight fight for deputy president between Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, 60, and Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, 49.
The 10 contenders for the four vice-president posts are all old hands, including 67-year-old former Serdang MP, Datuk Yap Pian Hon, who is hoping to stage a political come back.
Yap had contested for the same position six times, winning it on three occasions.
Political writer Josh Hong believed MCA's old guard dilemma stems from the long tenure of former MCA president, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, who was helmed the party for over 16 years before he stepped down in 2003.
According to Hong, many — if not most — of Sunday's candidates, including Yap and his fellow vice-president contender Datuk Seri Donald Lim Siang Chai, have been waiting for a long time on the sidelines to rise up in the party ranks.
Ka Ting, who succeeded Ling, made the situation worse by grooming only his own people.
"Many of the current candidates are now using the current MCA leadership crisis to serve their own interests," Hong said.
He believed that MCA cannot attract the best young minds as long as it was seen playing second fiddle to Umno and unable to assert itself, adding the young would rather join the opposition, including DAP and even PKR.
Liau Kok Fah, who is the civil rights committee chairman from the KL-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, concurred with Hong.
He said young people increasingly see MCA as being irrelevant, and neither felt nor believed they would have a future in the party.
courtesy of Malaysian Insider
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 04:26 AM PDT
MAY BE THIS PERSON THE THIRD FORCE?
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 04:24 AM PDT
MIC will be flying Barisan Nasional's colours in the coming Hulu Selangor by-election, after the coalition chose to stick to the status quo despite rumblings from Umno Selangor.
The Malaysian Insider understands that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has expressed a preference to "honour" the arrangements made during Election 2008, after chairing an Umno supreme council meeting yesterday.
"Umno will honour its agreement... Datuk Seri Najib also wants it this way," a member of the supreme council told The Malaysian Insider.
Nevertheless, the council member said the matter was not raised during the meeting last night: "There were no direct discussions (of the matter) but we will honour the agreement from before, which means that MIC will contest (the seat)."
The council member personally felt that MIC should continue to fight for the seat, seeing as how it ran under the BN banner two years ago.
MIC has been contesting the Hulu Selangor seat since the 1980s.
The person quipped that while Umno would continue to back Datuk G. Palanivel, they hoped "there will be a renewed Palanivel."
"Of course there is a difference in opinions, that's normal, but it does not mean we will discard agreements from before," the council member added.
Last night, Najib said he would be meeting with MIC president, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, to discuss the matter of the BN candidate for Hulu Selangor.
"I will have a meeting with the MIC president," he said after chairing an Umno supreme council meeting at the party headquarters.
Najib, who is also chairman of BN, was responding to a statement from Samy Vellu nominating Palanivel as the coalition's candidate for the upcoming by-election.
At the same time, Umno Selangor was also pushing for the seat to be given to the Malay party, and had touted former mentri besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib as a possible runner.
The Hulu Selangor seat fell vacant following the death of Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad two days ago.
Zainal Abidin won the seat in Election 2008, defeating Palanivel by a wafer-thin 198-vote majority.
The Election Commission will announce the date for the by-election this Friday.
courtesy of Malaysian Insider
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 04:26 AM PDT
Malaysiakini - Manoharan urges PKR to field Uthaya.
DAP Manoharan has set the cat among the pigeons.
Putting aside Uthayakumar's political prospects in the Hulu Selangor by-election, Manoharan's proposal if taken up would be a coup, well, at least on the surface. It will bring Hindraf or whatever remains of that once-amazing movement on side with Pakatan, and avoid the vote splitting that Uthayakumar has threatened against Pakatan in a number of crucial seats for the next election.
It will also mollify Uthayakumar as he would feel he has been accepted and acknowledged by Pakatan leaders as not only a peer but a 'mover', a big time pollie, so to speak. That has been his siren cry all the while but alas, he did it in such a nasty petulant manner that no one, least of all the DAP (who had fought for him when he was under ISA detention), wants to have anything to do with such a self-centred person.
Of course if he wins in Hulu Selangor, wow, he will see it as vindication of his god-like personality.
But will Pakatan take up on Manoharan's advice?
If it does, many may feel that Pakatan is kowtowing to an Uthayakumar's threat of a three-corner fight in some crucial seats in the next election. Does one want to go down such a path, succumbing to threats, when it will set a very dangerous precedent?
Many in Pakatan opine that Uthayakumar as a person is so conceited that he can easily become a frog if Pakatan doesn't let him have his way, each and everytime he demands something!
I personally feel that Uthayakumar has burnt his bridges with Pakatan, especially the DAP. He crossed the Rubicon when he made unwarranted petulant attacks against Lim GE and Dr Ramasamy, and in the most outrageously vilifying manner against the latter - as Penangites would describe him for that most lamentable behaviour, 'pehboe boe kar see' (wasn't taught good manners by his parents).
Despite Uthayakumar's potential to lose some seats for Pakatan in the next election I don't believe it is possible or wise to accept this man in as a Pakatan candidate. He isn't a team player, and the space in Pakatan, wide as it is in housing PAS, PKR, PSM and DAP with their ideological difference, is unlikely to, nor ever will accommodate the size of Uthayakumar's head.
But then, politics is the art of making the impossible possible! Regrets come a second.
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 02:53 AM PDT
I attended to an emergency yesterday.
When things were more calm, an old couple came up to me and enquired about a relative's whereabouts.
"Doktor, boleh tanya, di mana si Maziah bt Ahmad (not the patient's real name)?"
I asked a few questions and shortlisted the patient's possible locations.
"Tunggu ah, saya bantu telefon"
I actually found the patient at first attempt.
The achievement was uncannily more uplifting than reviving a corpse.
"Mari, man, ikut saya..Sekarang masuk Hospital Queen macam masuk hutan, susah mau cari saudara kau."
"Bagus lagi masuk hutan, doctor. Sekurang-kurangnya di hutan, saya pandai cari jalan," was his reply.
Sums up the shitty state of healthcare in Sabah doesn't it?
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 01:38 AM PDT
The campaign for the presidency of the second biggest component party is in the last leg.
There are 3 candidates:
1. One candidate says: I can unite the party
2. Another candidate says: I come back to save the party
3. The incumbent says: I can reform the party
But in politics, do not believe what is said. It is just euphmism, as I have mentioned in my post: Euphemism for the political novice. Just ot refresh some of the euphmism posted in that post:
When someone says that " I can unite the party", it simply means that once he wins, he will chop off all those who oppose him.
When someone says" Only I can save the party", it means that he is going to go back to the past, and repeat his mediocre performance.
Polls outside the party has shown that most people wanted the third to win, at least to see whether he can really reform.. But unfortunately those outside who were polled cannot vote , and this party has a tradition of not listening to the very group of people outside that it claims to represent. So if the community wants the third to win, the delegates will probably do the opposite.
Whoever won, it would be an uphill task to win their traditional seats in the next GE, and it would be almost impossible to unite the party.
I can't help but think of the Bee Gee's sound "How to mend a broken Heart"? Only this time it is not broken heart but broken mirror. It is impossible to make a broken mirror whole again, even if they use lots and lots of cellophane tapes or handiplast.
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 01:29 AM PDT
Barisan Nasional's chances of winning back the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat from PKR are very bright, said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak
Najib, who is also Umno president and BN chairman, said he believed the situation in the constituency had changed since the 2008 general election
"BN can win. However, we have to be focused and show commitment to work hard in order to win," said Najib.
The Election Commission will meet next Friday to decide the dates for nomination and polling for the by-election in the constituency.
The Hulu Selangor seat fell vacant following the death of its MP Zainal Abidin Ahmad of PKR due to brain cancer yesterday.
Zainal, 71, who was a former menteri besar of Selangor when he was in the BN and joined PKR in 2005, defeated BN's G Palanivel by a slim majority of 198 votes in the last general.
Palanivel, who is MIC deputy chairman, was also Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister then.
Muhyiddin to lead the BN campaign
Najib said the BN election machinery had been activated with Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin appointed to lead the BN campaign, while Selangor Umno deputy liaison chief Noh Omar would be the election director and assisted by Hulu Selangor Umno chief Idris Bakar.
On MIC's request for its candidate to be fielded for the seat, Najib said he would be discussing it with MIC president S Samy Vellu before making any decision.
The constituency has 63,000 voters – Malays 51 percent, Chinese (26 percent), Indians (19 percent) and about 1,000 Orang Asli.
The three state seats in it -- Hulu Bernam, Batang Kali and Kuala Kubu Baharu -- were all won by the BN in the 2008 general election.
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 01:25 AM PDT
Are you sick of the "Chinese Opera" in the MCA recently? I, for one, am suffering from an overdose of news, articles and opinions about the ongoing debacle in the MCA. It's silly: I should spare myself of such suffering, and just mind my own business and join many others out there who had written off MCA as being irrelevant.
After all, many have dismissed MCA as not representing its original cause, that is, fighting for the majority of the Chinese. So whether they support the party or not, it makes no difference: MCA has not been able to and cannot do much for them.
The easiest way out will be to join in the apathy. However, my idealism tells me not to give up hope just yet in seeing reforms in this 60-plus-year-old party. The fact is that whether we like it or not, the policy-making decisions and actions of some of these leaders can still affect the lives of many ordinary people. Hence, I have to claim my right in wishing that good, righteous leaders be fairly elected and not let the wicked thrive.
I am a typical youth who has been quietly following developments in MCA. I, am, perhaps, just one strange, naïve citizen who still appreciates the things that MCA has done all these years, no matter how little. I do not get paid for writing here and I have no interest in seeing whoever wins in MCA.
I wonder why is it that many writers and reporters have been diligently analysing, debating, even forecasting on the possible outcome of the MCA polls. But why is it that no one bothered to find out how do we, the rakyat, generally feel or think about each candidate running for the top posts in MCA?
Of course, the political savvy will tell me that it does not matter what the rakyat generally think because, after all, it is the MCA delegates who hold the power to decide who gets to lead the party. I accept that but I would like to remind delegates that there is no point electing the wrong people to helm MCA, and see the party wiped out in the next general election.
So, delegates -- why don't you ask the people around you what do they think about each candidate? Find out especially what are the wishes of the younger generation (I try not to be biased here since I am a youth myself but surely, the electoral statistics ought to convince you why you have to adopt such an approach).
So many reports have been written about the ongoing MCA power struggle to the extent that we do not know which one to believe. So I have chosen to write for a more constructive purpose here.
For the benefit of those who do not have the luxury of time to digest much information, allow me to share with you some brief observations and the pros and cons of the three main candidates. I also have some queries for each of them.
I trust that you are all intelligent readers who can figure out who is who even without naming the candidates. I must admit that I may have my own prejudices as I am only human, so please forgive me if there is any mistake.
Candidate A : The saviour, healer or old recycled 'administrator' ?
● A crisis-healer to restore dignity to the party.
● A reluctant saviour who sacrifices his quiet retirement, personal pride and past glory to run for office.
● He can bring stability, peace, and unity to the party.
● He has a good track record as past president and can put in place certain reforms.
● He has the open support of certain veteran party leaders
● MCA lacked talents so this past leader needs to be recycled.
● He is seen as an obvious lackey of certain Big Brothers or tai kors.
● There is fear of recurrence of dynasty.
● Buried issues (for example, "snoop squad", sex tapes) and other "old wounds" likely to be resurrected.
● Some believed it is unfair to let this candidate have a second bite at the cherry after having been in power for five long years.
● Some regarded this candidate as the ultimate trouble-maker, who was responsible for the current MCA leadership crisis by putting in the same people who created the chaos.
● Some observed that during this candidate's tenure as president, there were no noticeable achievements, especially bold political reforms.
● There are allegations of media manipulation and infiltration of Chinese guilds and associations during this candidate's rule.
● Some resented his trademark timidity.
● There are allegations of his links to contenders who have chameleon-like loyalty.
Queries for Candidate A:
Why could you not have done more during your tenure as president (when the length of time was considerably longer than the current incumbent president)?
Why did you not help to negotiate among the warring factions and offer advice and suggestions if you really meant well for party?
Have you been preparing behind the scenes for your return?
If you are such a principled man as some have claimed, why the about-turn? Why go back on your promise not to interfere?
Did you really retire with a "past glory"?
What good can it do for you to be openly supported by certain party veterans who had been involved in power struggles themselves in the past?
Should you win the presidency and the party lose in the next general election, are you going to resign again?
Is your return to helm the MCA meant to protect and appease those who hate reforms?
Will your return really help MCA to woo back rapidly declining Chinese support?
Is there any truth to allegations of your past misuse of power in relation to the change of fire extinguishers in buildings, and awarding money-lending, pawnshop licences and the Indah Water consortium contracts to cronies?
Can you please declare that you have no interest whatsoever in the PKFZ (Port Klang Free Zone) project?
Candidate B: The seasoned politician or a wife betrayer-cum-porn star?
● He is said to be enjoying wide grassroots support going by the frequent media coverage of him shaking hands, patting backs and hosting dinners.
● He is praised as somenone who never admits defeat.
● He achieved an amazing feat for having won previously as deputy president, notwithstanding his admitted infidelity
● This candidate is plagued with a sex scandal, thus, party image will be damaged if such a person is allowed to continue being a leader; voters in the next general election who value faithfulness in relationships may punish MCA for keeping such "baggage"
● There is an allegation that the sex scandal involved acts that are punishable under existing laws.
● The general public perception is that this candidate was hardly remorseful for betraying his family, thus creating serious doubts about his ability to handle party and national affairs faithfully).
● Some perceived this candidate as a sly strategist who was instrumental in calling for the EGM on Oct 10, 2009, and then pushing for fresh polls.
Query for Candidate B:
Can you consider retiring soon and allow your junior to take over (you can still guide him to serve the party well if you really love the party)?
Candidate C: The bold reformist or arrogant tyrant ?
● This candidate is described as dynamic and outspoken.
● He is consistent with his stand to deliver what were promised.
● He had initiated plans to give more voting rights to members, hence signalling his determination to introduce democratic practices.
● His famous quote : "What is truth cannot be false, what is false cannot be truth, what is true cannot be untrue and what is untrue cannot be true."
● He claimed to have the support of the man in the street (but not tycoons).
● His notable efforts to reach out to both English and Mandarin-literate community, and even to non-Chinese communities.
● He is perceived by some as a believer in truth, integrity and equality for all.
● He is best known for his role in revealing the details of the colossal PKFZ fiasco.
● He enjoys the open support of certain distinguished community leaders.
● He lost a "no confidence" vote in the Oct 10, 2009 EGM.
● His internal reshuffling of the party has ruffled too many feathers.
● Is perceived by some to be "foolishly courageous" in stirring the hornets' nest over the PKFZ fiasco.
● Perceived by some to be a lone ranger, with an abrasive personality.
● Regarded as a tyrant who hardly listened to followers and could not stand being challenged or questioned.
● He was repeatedly betrayed by comrades out to destabilise his reforms.
● Some blamed the chaos in the party on his personal vendetta with a scandal-tainted senior party leader.
● An obvious underdog against certain mainstream newspapers (controlled by tycoons and tai kors who disliked him) which have been spewing out negative and lop-sided reports.
● He has no open support of certain party veterans who may have skeletons in the cupboards themselves.
● Has no time to form alliances to garner grassroots support like shaking hands, patting backs, and hosting dinners.
Queries for Candidate C:
Why did you hold on to your post despite having lost a "vote of no-confidence" (many recalled you saying that you will quit even if you lose by one vote)?
How can people be convinced that you should still stay as president after what you have said? Was there any apology or clarification in the media about this?
How else can you convince your delegates that you should be given a chance to realise your true potential and capability as a leader of integrity?
Have you really buried the hatchet with your former deputy or will you forgive your detractors and dissidents and let them off the hook, should you become president again?
There were allegations about your free jet ride from a tycoon who is under MACC investigation and about the RM10 million contribution – was any investigation carried out, and if so, what was the outcome ?
What exactly are your promised "unfinished reforms"?
Should you lose in your MCA presidential bid, will you continue to fight on for the rakyat as an independent MP or will you consider joining Pakatan Rakyat ?
comments of ST Don, a local political observer, hopes that whoever wins the MCA presidental election tomorrow will be able to steer the party to the right track again. Courtesy of Malaysian Insider
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 03:42 AM PDT
However tehre are things he still has to set right...
Chine has published the US's Human Rights track record for 2009... it makes a chilling read
US Prez Barack Obama walks out on Netanyahu because the Israelis refused to stop settlement building... finally someone with kahunas in D.C.
Wonder when our boys will grow a pair
read the full story by The Times
Despite some of the more pro-zionist media's best attempt to make Obama look bad, you have to agree that he still sound like a Hero to millions for nut putting up with Zionist crap
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