- Malaysia Should Be Embarassed
- Ringgit Not Wanted!
- Kepenting Melayu Marhein atau kepentingan Melayu korporat?
- Malaysian scholars, be more critical, please!
- Perlis Speaker, stick to the book!
- Tak mahu!
- Malaysia's migrant hell-holes
- Accountability and language: Obfuscation in action
- Contextualising "The Fajar Generation"
- Blues over education system
- “I am not re-writing history. I am writing history.”
- Rising social inequality in Malaysia
- Soi Lek the President, Ka Ting degrades himself.
- Thanks Pete,the evil woman and the Prime Minister of Malaysia considering you need to be a bastard (metaphorically speaking) to be the Prime Minister
- Mahathir officiates launch of Perkasa
- MCA Leads By Ex-Health Minister Who Involved in Sex Scandal
- Those bloody rich Chinese!
- Liow is MCA No 2
- MCA - Who Won?
- Kemenangan CSL adalah kemenangan 1Malaysia
Posted: 28 Mar 2010 01:56 PM PDT
The government of Najib Razak sees Mr Anwar as a threat and has been trying to wreck his political career, using a variety of tactics. Aside from the criminal charges that have been brought against the opposition leader, Mr Anwar has been crudely smeared as a tool of "Jewish" interests. Asked once whether Mr Anwar would make a good prime minister, Mahathir Mohammad, the former prime minister of Malaysia, replied: "He would make a good prime minister of Israel." A modern state should be ashamed of exploiting racism and homophobia to head off a legitimate political challenge.
But it is not just the Malaysian government that deserves to be chastised. Malaysia is an important market and an influential voice in the Islamic world. As a result, western governments that claim to place human rights at the centre of their foreign policy have been very circumspect in their comments on the Anwar trial. Respect for the courts, for national sovereignty and for cultural difference are all worthy ideas. But sometimes, it is important to speak clearly. The trial of Anwar Ibrahim is a disgrace and an embarrassment to Malaysia.
Read the Full Article from the Financtial Times HERE
Posted: 28 Mar 2010 01:33 PM PDT
Prime Minister Najib was posed a question in the recent Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference on the Malaysian Ringgit, on the plans of his government in reconverting the capital control and freeing up the Ringgit. Najib commented that Malaysia was "rather prudent on this issue and was not in a great hurry to make the Ringgit fully convertible".
Under capital control our Ringgit is not accepted out of Malaysia and if you were to travel it is suggestted that you carry enough foreign currencies like the USD or the destination currency of your travel as it will be difficult to convert your Ringgit and foreign banks will not take your Ringgit. And you will have to seek out "street changers" or money changers and will have to find the right one who will take your Ringgit and when you find the right changer, it will be at a very much discounted rate.
Some Malaysians are still unaware that the Ringgit is of no use out of Malaysia and foreign banks will not change your Ringgit, as most will just use their credit cards but there are times when credit cards are no good and when you need cash of the local currency. Thanks to Mahathir capital control was imposed since 1998 which have effectively retarded the Ringgit. And which is reflected in the fall in Foreign Direct Investment since capital control was imposed.
In my last trip to Hong Kong when Najib was attending the Asian Investment Conference, i was attending a meeting in an International Bank and had wanted to find out about the latest exchange rate for the Ringgit which has surprisingly been strenthening but to my utter dissapointment was that not only does the bank not take the Ringgit, they can't even offer me the latest exchange rate for the Ringgit. The reply was that they don't keep track of the Ringgit. In the global scenario, Malaysia is becoming more and more irrelevant and have been disregarded and are out of consideration. Other than our commodities of Oil and Gas and Palm Oil, we are not of primary consideration for other investments.
Under capital control, it is sometime seen to be a form of currency manipualtion and can be manipulated. Capital control as a form of counter measure can be considered in time of crisis but prolonged controls will bear no beneficial economic benefits as it is only a reflection of the weakness of the government fiscal policies.
Posted: 25 Mar 2010 05:51 AM PDT
Posted: 20 Mar 2010 09:00 AM PDT
Posted: 23 Mar 2010 05:23 AM PDT
Posted: 23 Mar 2010 07:58 AM PDT
Posted: 27 Mar 2010 09:00 AM PDT
Posted: 22 Mar 2010 03:10 AM PDT
Posted: 18 Mar 2010 09:00 AM PDT
Posted: 26 Mar 2010 09:00 AM PDT
Posted: 17 Mar 2010 09:00 AM PDT
Posted: 20 Mar 2010 02:58 AM PDT
Posted: 28 Mar 2010 12:06 PM PDT
Chua Soi Lek wins with 906 votes. From today he is the President for MCA until the annual General Assembly when another round of election will be concluded again eleven months from now.
At about 6pm a friend, one of the delegates jokingly sent me SMS message "we chose a good 'performer' as the president" and instantaneously I knew that Soi Lek won the contest.
Whether we like it or not we must congratulate him for being the victor in the intense 3 corner fight with Ong Tee Kiat and Ong Ka Ting.
With his win Dr Chua Soi Lek has made a good calculated move to get the Presidency by resigning from the Deputy President together with sufficient number of CC members to make way for yesterday's EGM and subsequently elected as the President.
His tenacity and endless effort made him the elected President and MCA is going for a big change; not too sure for a good or for a bad change.
Apparently his record of taped sex scandal does not circumvent his aspiration to lead MCA as the delegates accept that issue as normal and treat it as non-issue at all.
BUT what I heard clearly is the reaction of the ordinary public was quite mixed and the heavy loss by the incumbent Ong Tee Kiat was taken as a big surprise.
The public at large were hoping that Tee Kiat to win and defend his position as he is outward and noticeable in his struggle to unveil the truth surrounding the PKFZ issue.
The result simply indicates that the delegates were not interested in wanting to see the PKFZ issue settled in front of naked eyes of the tax payers. The 12 billion ringgit public funds going down the drain is of no consequence the MCA delegates.
The public are some what disappointed as they now feel that the covering up of the PKFZ issue will be expedient and many of those MCA leaders involved both the previous and the current line up will be able to sleep soundly.
"It's the trend set these days that all component parties in the BN are all led by distrusted leaders and don't feel bad bro" said a friend who sat with me when the results were leaked an hour ahead of the announcement.
Another friend said, "biasalah! Kalau korap mesti menang zaman sekarang ni. I knew the moment Tee Kiat expressed his desire to bongkar PKFZ dia akan mati politiknya! Semua serupa dalam BN. One cannot be truthful for political survival lah!"
Ong Ka Ting became the unnecessary victim of circumstances as he is now looked upon as the apparatus of unscrupulous individual in MCA and his (Ka Ting) credibility is crushed and flattened for taking position in the party's squabble and bicker.
His regally and grandly retirement live now is now tainted and soiled. It would take a long while to heal and he would be licking his own wound all alone.
Lim Ah Lek who encouraged him to offer his candidacy won't be around him to console him for his 'unexpected' defeat.
Some commentators perceive him as the real spoiler and the respect for him his certainly falling and dipping to the eyes of the public especially the retiring community.
Ka Ting should be spending his time playing a bit of golf and be active in social and charity works which is more meaningful.
After all some people say, he has loads of money to do that.
Posted: 28 Mar 2010 09:08 AM PDT
"It's a male-dominated society. If I ask my wife, Rabri Devi, to vote for a particular party, do you think she will vote for another party?." Of all the critiques of the Women's Bill this chauvinistic exposition by RJD strongman Lalu Prasad sticks out. Its medieval logic angers more than just feminists, it actually makes the case for adopting the historic legislation stronger. But then at least Lalu cannot be faulted for talking through his political hat. For eight years between 1997 and 2005 Lalu was the power behind the throne in Bihar, ruling by proxy through his wife who was deftly eased into the CM's chair while he was being investigated for corruption. His every wish was Rabri's command. Needless to say no one has ever upheld Rabri's elevation to the CM's post as an advertisement for women empowerment. But the Bill might just be.
It is from all accounts a persuasive argument for delivering women from the clutches of 'entrenched patriarchies'. But while it might free the polity of one aberration it might perpetuate quite another. For, written into the Women's Bill is the worrying impetus towards concentrating greater power in the hands of party bosses – a select coterie of patrons.
According to the Bill, every three elections each constituency will be reserved once for a woman. Political parties will have to find a woman candidate to field from a constituency occupied by a male MP. And the MP who has to surrender his seat may not have a choice in the matter but to obey the party's writ. The only way he can dodge the axe is by fielding his kin from the seat so as to rule by proxy. This is not ideal on two counts. One, power will flow in a closed loop benefiting only those women who are part of the existing political structure and second the party boss who sanctions this cozy arrangement will exercise total discretion. The situation will reverse when it's the turn of women candidates to relinquish a seat in favour of a male MP once the constituency is de-reserved. In the long run MPs, male or female, will be at the mercy of the whims of party high priests.
Of course this is not to say that it is beyond parties to act with a degree of equity when the situation demands. One only has to look to the BJP's recent decision to not issue a whip when the Women's Reservation Bill comes up for vote in the Lok Sabha. By allowing its MPs to vote according to their conscience the BJP has preserved their democratic freedom to act according to their personal conviction. At another level it also signals a welcome departure from the tendency of the party top brass to impose its will upon the party rank and file at the cost of quashing inner party democracy.
this is what that evil huband snatcher did to a pregnant woman which the IGP IS VERY CONCERN
Posted: 28 Mar 2010 01:54 AM PDT
Posted: 28 Mar 2010 06:11 AM PDT
Posted: 28 Mar 2010 05:35 AM PDT
The Malaysian Insider just published an article titled Government will update data on wealth distribution.
It reported that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called for an investigation into wealth distribution in our country following accusations that Malays have been grabbing everything.
DPM Muhyiddin Yassin agreed to that (natch!). He said:
"The data is available, maybe needs to be updated. According to current records, a large portion of the nation's wealth is in the hands of non-Malays."
"We acknowledge this matter, previously under the New Economic Policy we had targeted for Malays to own at least 30 per cent of the nation's wealth but it is has been proven that till today we have not achieved it.
"On the other hand, wealth ownership among the non-Malays increased especially the Chinese. We need to have an approach whereby we do better towards meeting the aspirations of all communities."
Incidentally kaytee has recently completed an informal private study on the same topic, and found the following ethic groups own the respective proportion of national wealth:
Chinese – 97.73% - bastards, Perkasa has been right all along!
Indians – 2.25 % - stop grumbling, Perkasa has been right all along!
Malays – 0.02% - didn't I tell you Perkasa has been right all along?
I told my village neighbour when he came to Selangor for a weekend visit of my findings. He gasped in amazement at the statistics which showed him as among the wealthy Malaysians. He asked me pointedly: "Kaytee, when is Ah Pek going to get in real terms my share of that wonderful percentage that Chinese own?"
As I was about to answer him, I was distracted by the fantastic mansion on my left. It resembles a Bali palace, and it's even bigger than the one in Klang, home of a late satay king. As my Kancil spluttered along the Great Wall of the Bali Palace, a sleek BMW coupe zoomed by me. 'Ere its 4.2 litres engine took it out of my sight, I recognize it as belonging to a Datin whose hubby is one of the directors of a GLC.
I whispered to Ah Pek, "Don't tell anyone, with the exception of Perkasa, but we Chinese will be taking over the country soon, and when we do, you'll then get your share."
"Are you crazy? Perkasa is the last organization we should tell," he glared at me for my seeming gross stupidity.
I told him it was in fact the leader of Perkasa who told us that the Chinese will take over running Malaysia.
He gasped again and exclaimed, "You mean that bloke who was a student activist about to be arrested under the ISA in 1970, and who ran to seek help from then Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang?"
This time it was my turn to gasp, "Really?"
"Yes, that f* lying ingrate! Now he claims that the DAP, which he ran to for help in 1970, was responsible for May 13."
"Karn neen nare, just imagine, one year after May 13, he desperately went to the very man, the leader of the DAP in 1970, for help, and now he accuses the DAP of being May 13 trouble-makers."
He looked despondent after that, realizing he was not about to go on an immediately spending spree in KL for all the wealth kaytee has informed him the Chinese in this country own, and would be still plodding away at his char koay teow stall in Ayer Itam when he returned to Penang.
Then he sighed loudly and conceded, "I guess I ought to be grateful that I'm luckier than my father. He was just a trishaw man, toiling away like a beast of burden everyday, for peanuts, until he eventually died a physically broken man! Kuan Yin has been merciful to me. I hope my grandson will be able to take over my char koay teow stall in 3 years from now, when I am 67."
Posted: 28 Mar 2010 05:26 AM PDT
Congratulations to UMNO! Half a loaf is better than none, and Chua can be ........
Who will be MCA's new president?
Posted: 28 Mar 2010 01:25 PM PDT
Posted: 28 Mar 2010 04:29 AM PDT
Berita sudah keluar.
Chua Soi Lek diumumkan menang untuk jawatan Presiden MCA dengan undi lebih 900. Ong Ka Ting dalam 800 ratus. Manakala Ong Tee Keat hanya dapat 578 undi.
Kemenangan Chua boleh dianggapkan sebagai kemenangan untuk gagasan 1Malaysia.
Rakyat diutamakan. Yang lebih penting, pencapaian atau performance didahulukan.
Tahun depan pemiliahan lagi.
|You are subscribed to email updates from ☪ Journal Sociopolitical Blogs |
To stop receiving these emails, you may unsubscribe now.
|Email delivery powered by Google|
|Google Inc., 20 West Kinzie, Chicago IL USA 60610|