- Notice: xTalk, xStories & Adult Elements
- "Political Correctness.", definition
- A Seamstress
- Imagine World Without Engineers
- Between the devil and deep blue sea lies 'third force'
- The Best Short Story Ever lol
- 1Malaysia = Bullshit & UMNO = Perkasa
- Putting feet deeper in mouth
- Sivakumar to issue Perak assembly notices next week
- Zul Noordin warns party against ‘act of betrayal’
- Chua is front-runner in race for MCA chief
- PM Datuk Seri Najib will NOT attend disputed MCA AGM
- From here on, I surrender my neutrality ..
- Zaid: PM 'crazy' for two-thirds majority
- Pantu News: In the High Court Sri Aman Civil Suit No 22-1-2006 Tr Masa ak Nangkai and 11 others Against Pelita, Tetangga Akrab (Kim Loong Berhad) Monday 08-03-2010 10am
- Keluar Parti- Fenomena Biasa
- Hunk for Minah
- Half-past-six half-assed legal system
- Zul walks out of PKR disciplinary board
- Hishammuddin backs out-of-court settlement in SIB suit
Posted: 05 Mar 2010 03:49 PM PST
Effective today, xInbox's posting on xTalk and xStories will undergo some changes in order to accommodate Malaysians with different level of conservatism or liberalism.
I received some requests asking me not to post any saucy pictures on xTalk, at the same tome I noticed traffic on xStories actually prefer sexy and humorous stuffs more than news like "Najib is resigning next month!"
Actually, I have been trying very hard to filter out those postings with adult elements even though they are never very pooorn, amorously speaking. I must admit, it's hard or almost impossible because my stuffs came from a variety of sources and many have been pre-posted, but I will try my best to ensure such stuffs do not appear xTalk which is also the source of xBuzz.
In another words, expect clean sociopolitical, fun, odd and strange stuffs on xTalk and my Buzz feed. But xStories will have some saucy staffs along with the same materials as xTalk/xBuzz.
In short, xTalk/xBuzz is for the conservative lot. xStories is for those who doesn't mind some sexy stuffs.
Trust this arrangement will be acceptable to all.
Posted: 05 Mar 2010 03:28 PM PST
> Sometimes you are encouraged about our country's future when you see
> something like this.
> Specifically, there is an annual contest at Texas A&M University calling for
Courtesy of Malaysian Scandal
Posted: 05 Mar 2010 03:26 PM PST
One day,a seamstress was sewing while sitting close to a river, her thimble fell into the river. When she cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "Dear child, why are you crying?' The seamstress replied that her thimble had fallen into the water and that she needed it to help her husband in making a living.
Courtesy of Malaysian Scandal
Posted: 05 Mar 2010 03:24 PM PST
Posted: 05 Mar 2010 03:09 PM PST
Come next Monday, it will be exactly two years since the March 8 tsunami which dramatically altered the Malaysian political landscape. The outcome of that elections left jaws agape on both sides of the political divide, while pundits scratched their heads wondering how their hitherto accurate predictions had veered so far off the mark.
In the opposition camp, a sense of alarm crept in when the initial euphoria subsided and the reality sank in that they had now been given the mandate to govern four additional states, apart from the traditional PAS stronghold of Kelantan. DAP had realised its dream by driving out Gerakan and seizing control of Penang, the pearl of the orient. Neigbhouring Kedah also fell while down south, the unimaginable had happened – Selangor, under the rule of the powerful Umno warlord Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, had been vanquished.
But of the five states, it would be Perak that would later hog the limelight following the political coup de'etat in February 2009, subsequent high-profile courtroom battles and the opposition openly refusing to adhere to the wishes of the state monarch.
Pakatan Rakyat, made up of strange bedfellows comprising Islamists and secularists, had also denied the mighty Barisan Nasional a two-third majority in Parliament in the 12th general election, the first deep gash suffered by the ruling front during its half-a-century reign.
Shell-shocked, Umno and BN leaders searched for a scapegoat, and found one in the form of former premier Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi whom they accused of being incompetent and literally sleeping on the job. But soon they conceded that the problems were bigger than one man and the new prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak vowed to set the house in order.
Many however saw this as next to impossible, arguing that the death knell had sounded for the ruling coalition and there would be no stopping Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his army from laying seige on the administrative capital of Putrajaya in the next elections.
When Anwar revealed his Sept 16 'take over plan' with the help of mass defections, the nation was abuzz with excitement. And while BN leaders publicly dismissed this as a gimmick, privately the panic button was hit.
Altough the threat fizzled out as a false alarm, the mere possibility of the 'prodigal son' helming the country left Anwar's once father figure turned arch-nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad squirming uncomfortably in his chair. The man he had ousted from the corridors of power had returned to haunt him. The octogenarian's former number two had survived a sodomy charge and imprisonment, and had beat all the odds to become opposition leader.
Riddled with infighting and public spats
However, things soon began to change.
Riddled with infighting and public spats, Pakatan Rakyat was fast losing its niche as a ''credible" alternative. On the other hand, Najib, despite being spooked by the spectre of Altantuya Shaariibuu now and then, was seen as pressing all the right buttons.
But the new prime minister too, like his predecessor, is in danger of falling prey to his own spins. Of late, his expensive and expansive "1 Malaysia" campaign was dealt a severe blow when one of his aides (now former aide) purportedly made a series of stinging racist remarks, and even threatened to revoke the citizenship of those who made 'excessive' demands pertainining to mother-tongue education. To make it the irony of all ironies, the aide had been speaking at a "1 Malaysia" seminar.
In the ensuing controversy, which led to the aide resigning after a plethora of police reports were filed, many had asked what is the point of such a campaign to unite the races when the premier's own aides seemed oblivious to it.
While the govenment-controlled media might be abuzz with news of how the opposition coalition is coming apart at its seams, ultimately it is the voters who decide, and given the mood of the last general election, gauging voting trends is now an arduous, if not impossible, task.
As the nation is fixated on the choice between Anwar and Najib, some are looking at the possibility of a third foce, saying 'No' to both the devil and the deep blue sea.
In a bid to explore this issue further, FMT spoke to several academics and politicians.
While those interviewed appeared reluctant to mention names, arguing among others, that it is still too premature, two seasoned politicians however have been touted as possible candidates with the right ingredients to provide Malaysians with a third option. The duo are Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Pakatan's troubleshooter Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.
Both are no strangers to the electorate, with many viewing them as among the most credible and principled leaders. Tengku Razaleigh, an economist and former finance minister, and Zaid, a lawyer and former law minister, have also ruffled feathers in their respective parties with their vocal criticisms. They have not shirked away from speaking their minds whatever the repercussions.
Zaid, a former Umno leader and Kota Bahru MP, was heralded when he chose to resign from his ministerial post after disagreeing with the government's decision to briefly detain three people, including a journalist, opposition MP Teresa Kok and popular blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, under the Internal Security Act in 2008.
Some are of the opinion that these two men possess the leadership and moral qualities to take command of the ship and chart a new course for Malaysia. But only time will tell if this country will witness the birth of a third force.
courtesy of FreeMalaysiaToday
Posted: 05 Mar 2010 03:24 PM PST
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Posted: 05 Mar 2010 03:17 PM PST
If you did not believe earlier that Umno or the government is behind Perkasa then surely you do now. If after this you still do not believe that Perkasa is Umno, then can I suggest you go and buy a gun and put a bullet in your head? You are so stupid you do not deserve to live.
NO HOLDS BARRED
Raja Petra Kamarudin
'Why is Anwar Ibrahim still the opposition leader?' asked Khairy. I suppose that is a fair question. Seeing that PKR now has the lesser number of seats in parliament compared to DAP, the DAP leader should instead take over as the new opposition leader in parliament.
I suppose Anwar can ask the same thing of Khairy: why is he still the Umno Youth leader? Since the Prime Minister does not have confidence in him or support him, the only and noble thing for Khairy to do is to resign as the Umno Youth leader. I would certainly do that if it happens to me. Heck, the Prime Minister won't even give him a Cabinet post, the first time in Umno's history that an Umno Youth leader is being treated in such a manner.
In the past, the Umno Youth leader would tell Umno and the PM what to do. Never would the PM dare ignore the Umno Youth leader. He did so at his own peril. For the Umno Youth leader to be ignored in this manner, as Khairy is, must certainly be a first.
I suggest Anwar and Khairy both make a gentleman's agreement. Anwar will resign as the opposition leader in parliament (and hand over to Lim Kit Siang) at the same time that Khairy resigns as the Umno Youth leader (and hand over to Mukhriz Mahathir). I feel that is a fair deal. If not, then jangan cakap. Pandai suruh orang lain letak jawatan. Sendiri tak mahu letak jawatan.
Perkasa, the recently formed KKK of Malaysia, has just been given its newspaper permit. Do you know how difficult it is to get a newspaper licence? It is easier to get a gun licence and that is already extremely difficult.
If you did not believe earlier that Umno or the government is behind Perkasa then surely you do now. If after this you still do not believe that Perkasa is Umno, then can I suggest you go and buy a gun and put a bullet in your head? You are so stupid you do not deserve to live.
Let me explain how it works. Umno screams, 'up with 1Malaysia'. Perkasa screams, 'down with the Chinese and Indians'. Can you see how one can get his/her cake and eat it too? It is called getting the best of both worlds. And I suppose the Chinese and Indians who receive 'mother-tongue education' and are therefore not too clever will still vote for Barisan Nasional because they are too stupid to see this.
Bodoh punya Cina dan India. Bodoh macam lembu. Maybe we need to drag a few more cow heads onto the streets for the benefit of the Chinese and Indians in Barisan Nasional.
And if these Chinese, Indian and 'lain-lain' from East Malaysia still think Malaysia Today is talking crap, then please explain why the AG is not going to take action against those two Malay arseholes from that Al-Islam publication.
Really, I don't think I even want to talk about this. If I need to talk about it then Malaysians are certainly a gone case. I think Malaysians do not deserve being saved. It may be better for this country to go down the long and slippery slope of a failed state. Tiuniamah!
It looks like it is open season on Datuk Salehuddin Hashim, the one-time Secretary General of PKR. I am all for exposing shamans and fakes, and there are many such people in PKR. But get them in the right manner. Don't make unfounded allegations that prove the opposite in the end.
For example, they say Datuk Saleh wanted the Perangsang CEO job and asked for RM50,000 salary a month. But during PKR's Biro Politik meeting, the matter was discussed and the Biro Politik supported Datuk Saleh for the job. And it was mentioned in the meeting that Datuk Saleh was prepared to accept a salary of RM1 per month.
There were many people in that meeting. Anwar Ibrahim too knows about this although Anwar has remained very silent and has not confirmed which of the two -- Datuk Saleh or Dr Syed Husin Ali -- is telling the truth.
Syed Husin said RM50,000. Datuk Saleh said RM1. One is lying. Which one is lying? Anwar knows. But why does Anwar not tell us which of the two is the arsehole?
Okay, we can fight, we can quarrel, and we can go our separate ways. But if you reveal what we already agreed would remain a secret between you and me, or you lie, then expect for me to come back for your balls.
Datuk Saleh's RM9,000 a month salary was supposed to be a private arrangement between him and Anwar. It is a one-to-one thing. It is a 'between you and me' deal. Now it appears like Anwar did not keep his side of the bargain and he went and told Syed Husin. And now Syed Husin has told the whole world.
Whatever it may be, there must be some honour between gentlemen. If we agreed that a certain thing is between you and me then it remains between you and me. I may not like Datuk Saleh. I may even be relieved that he has left PKR and is no longer the Sec-Gen of the party. But there must be certain ways of doing things. If we shook hands then our word is our bond. In Datuk Saleh's case, Anwar demonstrated a not so gentleman's way of doing things. And Syed Husin had no business revealing a personal arrangement between Anwar and Datuk Saleh.
No, I am not defending Datuk Saleh. I am only scared. I am scared because as Sec-Gen of the party Datuk Saleh knows many secrets. But the honourable thing to do once you leave would be to protect these secrets. You do not kiss and tell.
PKR, however, has laid down new rules. It is okay to kiss and tell. It is okay to shake hands and give your word and then break it later. These are the new rules. This is what they did to Datuk Saleh. So there is no stopping Datuk Saleh from doing the same thing back to them. He can now sing like a canary and reveal PKR's innermost secrets.
What does Datuk Saleh have to lose when you hit him below the belt like you are doing now? Nothing! He's a nobody. What can a nobody lose? But what will PKR lose if Datuk Saleh also uses the same tactics and hits back below the belt? A lot! PKR will lose a lot. And I fear that the next few weeks we are going to see just this.
What more are you going to say about Datuk Saleh? You have said everything already. You have nothing more to say. Datuk Saleh, however, has not even started singing. And by the time he finishes you may wish you had parted as friends rather than telanjang bogel him in public. Now he has nothing to lose. I wish I could say the same for PKR. Mampuslah PKR!
Aiyah, those who live in a glasshouse should not throw stones. How many times must I tell you this?
Khairy: Why is Anwar still Opposition Leader?
Allowing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to stay on as Opposition Leader is an unusual move for Pakatan Rakyat.
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said this was because Parti Keadilan Rakyat no longer held the majority among the Opposition following the defection of several MPs.
He said political convention dictated that the opposition party with the most number of seats in Dewan Rakyat should have the honour of having one of their MPs become the Opposition Leader.
"In this case, it should be a DAP MP who holds the post since it now commands the majority.
"But Anwar has again been given the privilege to become the Opposition Leader.
"Maybe, the opposition parties – in particular PAS – do not have the confidence to make Lim Kit Siang their leader," he told reporters after receiving a courtesy call from PPP Youth members at the Barisan Nasional headquarters here yesterday. – The Star
Perkasa to print biweekly
Malay rights group Perkasa has been given a publication permit to print Suara Perkasa.
Its president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said the publication may turn into a daily if the demand was great.
Thanking the Home Ministry for granting the permit to the non-governmental organisation, Ibrahim said it would kick off as a fortnightly.
"When the readership is higher, we will turn it into a weekly publication.
"When the demand grows greater, we will make it a daily," he said yesterday.
Ibrahim said the group received the letter of approval on Wednesday.
"We have yet to decide on the launch date for the inaugural issue," he said.
Ibrahim, who is independent Pasir Mas MP, said readers would be enlightened to facts.
Chiding certain portals for presenting "selective" facts that did not portray the real picture, Ibrahim said Suara Perkasa aimed at highlighting issues in a responsible manner.
"People are fed-up reading twisted facts," he said.
Ibrahim also said that the NGO had started attracting new members.
"We are receiving membership application forms at a rate of about 200 a day. So far, we have received 50,000 new applications," he said, adding that they had about 5,000 registered members. – The Star
No charges against two magazine reporters: AG
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has decided not to press charges against the two reporters who wrote an article about the church and Islam in a magazine.
He said taking stern action would not be in the interest of justice, peace and harmony at this particular time.
"I have previously decided similarly in other cases where the circumstances were quite similar involving other religions, under those circumstances taking serious action would not be in the interest of justice at that particular time," he said in a statement, here today.
He said a police report was lodged in respect of an article published in Majalah Al-Islam entitled "Tinjauan Al-Islam Dalam Gereja: Mencari Kesahihan Remaja Melayu Murtad" in its May 2009 issue.
"The police commenced investigation and submitted the investigation papers to my Chambers," he said.
Abdul Gani said the investigation revealed that the two reporters went into the Church of St. Anthony at Puduraya to verify allegations that Muslims were converted into Christianity and the use of the word "Allah."
"Their observations showed that such allegations were not true. In the church, they were given the white bread by the Pastor which they subsequently brought back to their office.
"It was further disclosed that they did not know the significance of the white bread. No disturbance was caused in the church. In fact, no one in the church was aware that they were Malays," he said.
Abdul Gani said the actions of the two reporters might have hurt the feelings of the people but he was satisfied that they did not intend to offend anyone and it was an act of sheer ignorance. - Bernama
courtesy of MalaysiaToday
Posted: 05 Mar 2010 03:02 PM PST
Tronoh assemblyman V. Sivakumar, who still claims to be the rightful Perak state speaker, will issue his own notices next week to convene the next state assembly sitting.
The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) speaker's notice is expected to coincide with that of rival speaker Datuk R. Ganesan who called for a March 30 sitting.
His move is to allow Perak PR representatives to attend the sitting, which was already called by Ganesan earlier this week, without actually recognising the latter as the state's rightful Speaker.
Sivakumar confirmed today that he would send out his own assembly notices. after he attended a meeting with PR leaders and elected representatives in Ipoh.
"Next week," he replied to The Malaysian Insider via text message when asked when the notices would be delivered.
To convene a sitting, notices have to be sent out 14 days before its commencement.
The Malaysian Insider understands however that a majority of the Perak state assemblymen had voiced strong disagreement over the decision for the coalition to continue its disregard for Ganesan.
One assemblyman expressed dissatisfaction that a number of top leaders in the coalition still insisted on sticking to this stand despite having made a promise to become a strong opposition.
"I understand that we cannot just go back on our principles, especially when we have been fighting so hard all this time. But something has to be done, we cannot go on playing this game," said the assemblyman.
The assemblyman noted that most of the elected representatives were of the same view.
"We are all tired," he said.
He added that although Sivakumar would be sending out the notices, the assembly would still be presided over by Ganesan.
In light of this, PR representatives would either have to resort to organising another mini-assembly within the House, or adhere to Ganesan's orders.
"Our only problem here now is how to concede to Ganesan without actually conceding to him," he said.
He noted that a decision was yet to be reached but expressed confidence that the leaders would decide on conceding for the sake of the people.
After the Feb 9 ruling in Federal Court that Barisan Nasional's (BN) Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir was the rightful mentri besar instead of PAS' Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, the Perak PR pledged it would cooperate with the government and work as a strong opposition.
It however maintained that Ganesan was not the rightful Speaker for two reasons — his appointment during the tumultuous May 7 assembly last year was made before the Perak Regent had declared the sitting open and that his failure to resign as a practising lawyer three months after his "appointment" was in violation of Article 36A of the Perak Constitution.
When contacted, former senior state executive councillor Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham reiterated this fact and said that if the Perak Sultan gave Ganesan recognition as the Speaker, then a bad precedent had been set.
"Ganesan was voted in before the commencement of the sitting at the time. If this is permitted, then the role of the royal institution has been reduced to a point that it is no longer necessary for it to open an assembly for the sitting to be legal," he said.
courtesy of Malaysian Insider
Posted: 05 Mar 2010 02:59 PM PST
Maverick PKR MP Zulkifli Noordin (picture) said today that he would consider any disciplinary action against him an act of betrayal, even as he continued to maintain he does not intend to leave the party.
Zulkifli told The Malaysian Insider today he was going through a very tough time but the idea of defecting had not crossed his mind. "But even in the face of all this turmoil, with the others defecting, I have stayed on. And I have said nothing to indicate that I want to leave. I have been the most loyal, the most consistent of them all. I have stood my ground and said that I want to fight this out, that I will not leave," he said.
Zulkifli is facing disciplinary action for infringing a party gag order and lodging a police report against Shah Alam PAS MP Khalid Samad over the recent "Allah" controversy. His request for an all-Muslim panel was rejected by the disciplinary committee, and he walked out of a hearing this week because there were non-Muslims on the panel.
The party has said that the reason for the hearing was over his act of ignoring a party order and not for his stand in the "Allah" issue. Party officials say the religious composition of the disciplinary board was irrelevant to the charges faced by Zulkifli. Zulkifli told The Malaysian Insider today that that his breaking point would be if the party's supreme council endorses any recommendations to punish him from the disciplinary board.
"That would be my breaking point. I have been very patient. I have been very consistent. I have stood by (party de facto leader Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim and have been his loyalist from the start. I stood my ground, I went to prison under the Internal Security Act with him. But if they proceed with this, then they have betrayed me and they have betrayed the Muslims," he said.
Zulkifli said that despite this, he had no plans to appeal for help from Anwar. "Why should I? I do not want it to be seen as though I sought for guidance and then people will say that Anwar had interfered in the party's disciplinary process. I do not want to put him in a difficult spot so no, I will fight this on my own," he said.
Zulkifli also questioned the reason given by party president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on why his request for an all-Muslim panel was rejected. Wan Azizah had explained yesterday that the rejection was because Zulkifli's case was a disciplinary matter and not about his stand on the "Allah" controversy.
"I find it surprising that they are blinded by their own charge. The show cause letter states that I had breached a party policy for lodging a report against Khalid over the issue of kalimah Allah.
"I do not doubt this is a disciplinary process but the disciplinary proceeding must be held over an issue and the issue here is lodging a report over the issue of kalimah Allah. You cannot separate the two," he explained. He added that to defend himself and explain his actions, he would have to bring up the reason why he had breached the party's gag order in the first place.
"This means that I have to explain my stand in the kalimah Allah issue. I have to justify my actions and they have to punish me based on whether they feel my actions are justifiable.
"However, if the panellists are non-Muslims, then how would they be able to understand my reasons," he said.
When he appeared before the panel on Monday, Zulkifli had said he was shocked to see that it comprised two Christian activists, one Hindu and only one Muslim.
"I am not questioning their credibility or insulting their religious beliefs. I am only saying that it would only be appropriate for a Muslim to be passing judgement in this case.
"Similarly, even if I were asked to, I would refuse to pass judgment in a case that involves an understanding of Christianity or Hinduism," he said.
Zulkifli compared his case to that of Anwar's Sodomy II trial when the latter applied to the High Court to compel Judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah to recuse himself on grounds that he had been biased in his rulings regarding newspaper reports and a photograph published in a Malay daily on the case.
"It is the same here. I just want a fair trial. Anwar has been going around all over the world, crying for justice but yet here he is, not even giving justice to a fellow party member. I want them to walk the talk," he said.
Despite his disappointment with the party however, Zulkifli insisted that he still had faith in his leaders. As such, he would not commit for now whether or not he would leave the party.
"I will give them the benefit of the doubt. I do not know what recommendations the board is making to the supreme council. I do not want to jump the gun and assume that they are recommending my punishment.
"You never know, maybe they are recommending to recuse themselves from hearing the case so that they can be replaced with an all-Muslim panel," he said.
courtesy of Malaysian Insider
Posted: 05 Mar 2010 02:55 PM PST
Even as the dust has hardly settled following the shocking resignation yesterday of 21 MCA central committee members, power brokers in the second largest BN party are already making deals on who should go for the presidency in the fresh party polls set for March 28.
The resignation of the 21 CC members barely two days to the party's 61st anniversary has forced the fresh polls, required by the party constitution to be held within 30 days should two-thirds of the 31 elected CC members resign.
Party sources said it would be interesting to see how the various political forces in the party work out their strategies over the next few days, primarily in relation to the post of president, a position that will give the elected individual command over vast party resources including financial assets exceeding RM2 billion.
The party is literally divided into at least four political forces.
One group is headed by incumbent president Ong Tee Keat, another by deputy president Dr Chua Soi Lek, and the third by vice-president Liow Tiong Lai while the fourth is linked to former president Ong Ka Ting and his elder brother Ong Ka Chuan.
Puchong MCA division vice-chairman Theng Book said Chua has the biggest support, with at least one third of the party delegates behind him while the other delegates were very much divided.
He rated the level of support as 20 percent for Tee Keat, 30 percent for Liow and 50 percent for Chua, with Ka Chuan throwing his support behind Liow's group.
A party source explained that Chua's decision to resign along with seven other CC members has basically opened up the field, where everybody has a fair chance to contest the presidency.
"No single force can capture or retain the presidency without the support of another group. Therefore, it would be very interesting to see who will work with whom to form a pact in this elections," it said.
"Should Dr Chua decide to go for the presidency, I don't think Ka Chuan's group will support him. Unless, he (Chua) decides to support somebody to be party president. If that is going to be the case, who will that person be?" the source said.
Chua-Liow team likely
It would not come as a surprise if Chua teams up with Liow's group and they back each other for the party presidency or deputy presidency or by fielding a neutral candidate, such as vice-president Dr Ng Yen Yen.
If they decide to back Ng, it will be the first time in the party's history that a woman is nominated for the position, but some party insiders remain cautious on whether the delegates, a majority of whom are men, are ready to accept a woman as party president.
"There is also the possibility that former party president Ong Ka Ting or his elder brother Ong Ka Chuan (the former secretary-general) will be nominated for the party presidency. However, it all depends on how the bargaining and politics of alignment are being worked out," said an insider.
Political analysts believe that Chua's decision to resign was triggered by the fact that he could not work with Tee Keat any more and not because he had secured a pact with Liow.
"It is an open secret that the Ong-Chua combination was very fragile," said political analyst Cheah See Kian.
Another party insider pointed out that signs of a breakup were already there for quite a while. For example, Chua was not visible at some functions and when he was present, he would leave before the function ended. In some cases, he and Tee Keat would not even exchange words.
"The clearest evidence of this was noticed at the MCA Chinese New Year gathering for the media recently. Dr Chua came early and left before Tee Keat arrived. Another indication was when Chua turned down the offer to be chairman of Star Publications," said the insider.
Some media were tipped off last week about the imminent breakup to be announced just before the party's annual general meeting scheduled for March 7.
Posted: 05 Mar 2010 02:53 PM PST
Prime Minister Najib Razak will not be attending the disputed MCA annual general meeting this Sunday. Najib's press aide Tengku Sharifuddin Tengku Ahmad told Malaysiakini this evening that the prime minister will not officially launch the controversial AGM, which is to kick off on Sunday morning at the MCA headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Traditionally, the prime minister is invited to officiate the annual general meetings of Barisan Nasional component parties. The absence of Najib at this weekend's AGM, which has been disputed by the Youth and Wanita wings' along with vice-president Liow Tiong Lai, is the clearest indication yet that party chief Ong Tee Keat has lost the support of the Umno president. This afternoon, the caretaker central committee at a meeting chaired by Ong insisted that the AGM should go ahead as planned despite stringent objections from MCA Youth chief Wee Ka Siong and Wanita chief Chew Mei Fun. The duo subsequently walked out of the meeting in protest.
Fresh polls later this month
The executive council of both wings had held emergency meetings earlier this morning to put off their respective AGMs, which were schedule to be held tomorrow, a day before the parent body's AGM. The caretaker central committee, minus the 21 elected members who had resigned yesterday, has resolved to proceed with the AGM this weekend and ordered both wings to do the same. It is believed that Chua and Liow both want the AGM postponed and instead held in conjunction with fresh leadership polls on March 28.
courtesy of Malaysiakini
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Saya telah dihubungi oleh beberapa orang yang selalu mengikuti tulisan saya yang tidak seberapa ini dan mereka bertanya kenapa saya tidak membuat komen atau memberi pandangan kepada isu 3 orang ahli Parlimen PKR yang telah keluar dari parti mereka .
Saya juga ditanya tentang tindakkan Setiusaha Agung Parti tersebut meninggalkan PKR baru-baru ini dan apa kah 'consequence' yang akan dihadapi oleh Parti tersebut.
Sebelum saya menjawab persoalan itu saya wajar mengakui saya bukan ahli nujum atau seorang yang kasyaf untuk mengatahui apa yang akan berlaku pada PKR dengan tindakkan 3 orang ahli Parlimen yang disertai oleh Setiausaha Agungnya meninggalkan parti tersebut.
Saya akan hanya memberikan pandangan mengikut lazim yang berlaku apabila sesebuah parti ditinggalkan oleh beberapa orang pemimpin mereka.
Sesungguhnya tindakkan keluar parti merupakan satu perkara yang sudah lama berlaku dinegara kita ini dan itu bukan fenomena yang baru.
UMNO (asal) yang ditubuhkan pada 11 Mei 1946 dahulu merupakan parti yang pertama mengalami tindakkan pemimpin meninggalkan parti tersebut.
Oleh kerana tidak sehaluan dengan cara dan kaedah UMNO berjuang beberapa orang yang dianggap ulamak didalam parti itu meninggalkan UMNO dan terus menubuhkan parti yang berlandaskan kepada perjuangan Agama iaitu PAS.
Burhanuddin Helmi dan Zulkifli adalah diantara yang bertindak keluar parti dan menubuhkan PAS dan parti itu terus wujud sampai kehari ini dan menjadi parti yang diminati oleh anak-anak muda dan cerdik pandai negara masa kini.
Presiden UMNO yang pertama Dato Onn Jaafar sendiri bertindak keluar parti dan menubuhkan parti Negara apabila perwakilan UMNO pada tahun 1952 menolak usul untuk menerima keahlian UMNO dari bangsa asing.
Tetapi UMNO tetap berjaya menjadi parti unggul yang berjaya memperjuangkan kemerdekaan negara bersama parti-parti komponen Perikatan pada tahun 1957 yang lalu.
Walaupun parti itu sudah tiada kerana keenganan pemimpinnya semasa itu untuk menghidupkan parti tersebut setelah batalkan pendaftaran oleh mahkamah.
Tetapi ianya telah berjaya memajukan negara dan menyususn semula masyarakat serta melaksanakan 'social and economic engineering' dengan jayanya sehinggalah parti itu dimatikan pada tahun 1998 dahulu.
Dalam sejarah negara kejadian membawa masuk jutaan bekas ahli UMNO kedalam sebuah parti yang baru oleh Dr Mahathir merupakan rekod yang tidak akan mampu ditandingi oleh mana-mana sejarah kerana beliau membawa masuk jutaan bekas ahli UMNO kedalam parti baru dangan pendaftaran baru yang dipanggil UMNO (baru).
PAS pula telah ditinggalkan oleh bekas Presidennya Asri Hj Muda serta Naib Presidennya Uztaz Nakhae Ahmad tetapi parti itu tetap wujud dan menjadi salah satu parti alternatif kepada UMNO baru pada hari ini.
DAP juga tidak terkecuali dari ditinggalkan oleh pemimpinnya seperti Goh Hock Guan, Richard Ho, Lee Lam Thye, Hu Se Pang serta Wee Choo Keong diantara nama-nama yang saya dan ramai lain yang ingat dengan peristiwa mereka meninggalkan parti mereka.
Wee Choo Keong adalah diantara nama yang disebut akan meninggalkan PKR pula walaupun beliau menafikannya apabila saya bertanyakan tentang kesahihan berita itu dari beliau.
Dato Paduka Ibrahim Ali adalah seorang lagi yang meninggalkan parti Berjasa dan menyertai UMNO dan menyertai banyak pertubuhan politik yang lain, sehingakan beliau diberi nama gelaran oleh Mohammad Sabu sebagai "Dato Kaya Parti' suatu ketika dahulu.
Ibrahim Ali walaupun tidak menyertai PAS tetapi beliau telah bertanding diatas simbul PAS pada pilihanraya yang lalu dan kini beliau tidak lagi menyokong PAS dan duduk sebagai ahli Bebas di Parlimen Malaysia kerana tidak ada lagi parti untuk beliau sertai.
PAS tidak juga terjejas walaupun Ibrahim telah kehulu kehilir membelasah PAS seperti beliau membelasah UMNO semasa berceramah diatas tiket Pas pada 2007 sehingga mach 2008 yang lalu.
Tetapi jika Najib meminta beliau menyertai UMNO (baru) ini semula saya yakin Ibrahim akan dengan pantas mengisi borang keahlian UMNO dan sampailah hajatnya untuk melakukan satu lagi penghijrahan politik.
Kali ini mungkin yang terakhir sebelum melompat keparti yang baru jika UMNO ditewaskan oleh parti yang baru memerintah.
Sekarang Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) menghadapi situasi yang sama, tetapi ramai berkeyakinan mereka yang meninggalkan parti itu tidak akan kemana.
Mereka hanyalah menjadi umpan kepada BN dalam usaha menggagalkan usaha PR untuk mengambil alih kuasa kerajaan.
Oleh kerana masalah-masalah peribadi mereka bertindak untuk meninggalkan PKR walaupun mereka hanya akan dijadikan sebagai dahan-dahan bengkok untuk 'kera-kera' liar meniti.
Mengikut perangkaan yang saya dapati PKR telah mendapatkan penyertaan ahli baru seramai 30 ribu orang dalam tempuh sebulan yang lepas.
Bagi PKR penyeberangan 3 atau 4 orang pemimpinya diparlimen digantikan denga 30 ribu ahli baru untuk menambah kekuatan dari segi 'numbers'.
Jika angka itu benar, maka keluarnya beberapa ahli parlimen PKR kepetak bebas dalam parlimen tidak memberikan apa-apa kesan dan kita berharap UMNO tidak akan begitu gembira dengan apa yang berlaku didalam PKR sekarang ini.
Jangan sekali kali mengharapkan kekuatan diatas masalah yang dihadapi oleh parti lawan kerana itu mungkin kesilapan yang paling besar bagi UMNO.
UMNO patut memperkasakan diri dengan meningkatkan keyakinan rakyat melalui dasar-dasar yang menggembirakan rakyat ramai serta berusaha menghilangkan persepsi rakyat yang UMNO itu sinonim dengan rasuah dan salah guna kuasa.
Jika UMNO mampu melakukan ini, maka UMNO akan kembali kuat kerana UMNO ada segala-gala infrastruktor yang meluas.
Jika gagal untuk memulihkan imej ini tiada siapa yang akan dapat membantu UMNO lagi didalam pilihanraya umum yang akan datang.
Akhirnya elok jika kita hanya memerhatikan apa yang berlaku dalam PKR dengan teliti sebelum UMNO mengambil apa-apa tindakkan.
Pastinya ini bukan tugas yang kecil kerana rakyat sudah pandai menilai keupayaan setiap kemampuan parti-parti yang sedang berusaha meraih sokongan mereka.
Posted: 05 Mar 2010 06:15 AM PST
Posted: 05 Mar 2010 05:12 AM PST
When I read Art Harun's article Of sodomy, caning and potato chips in The Malaysian Insider, my blood pressure went ballistic because of the arrogant nonchalance of our Appeal Court judges in casually dismissing an issue of great constitutional importance.
Some months ago, my learned friends Fahri Azzat and Amer Hamzah appeared in the Court of Appeal to argue an appeal. They were representing a man who was found guilty of sodomising a boy. He was sentenced to 60 years' jail and 22 strokes of the rotan although he maintained that the sodomy acts were consensual.
During the appeal, the two lawyers brought up constitutional issues which have never ever been brought up before. As these issues were never brought up before, it follows that there has never been any judicial pronouncement on those constitutional issues. Those issues are:
• the law provision which makes the act of sodomy is unconstitutional as it transgresses the right to privacy, which is a part of our fundamental liberties;
• the act of criminalising and penalising the act of sodomy, when it is consensual, amounts to an act of discrimination and inequality, especially against men with homosexual tendency. As discrimination on the basis of, among others, gender, is prohibited by the Constitution, it follows that the criminalisation of consensual sodomy is unconstitutional;
• the caning sentence is also discriminatory in nature as under the law women cannot be caned.
Now, I am not going to touch on whether the arguments were correct or not. But these arguments were taken up for the very first time in our legal history. Furthermore, they were taken up in the second highest court of the land, namely, the Court of Appeal.
It goes without saying that the Court of Appeal should have seen it fit to hear the arguments in totality. Then it should consider the arguments in depth. Then it should decide on the arguments. After that, it should write proper and well-reasoned grounds for its judgment so that the people know what it was thinking and how it came to such thinking.
That decision would have been one of the most important decisions in our constitutional law. It will serve as a precedent and as a guideline to all of us Malaysians, to the police, the A-G Chambers, to legal practitioners, law lecturers and law students alike.
Guess what happened? Fahri was cut short in the middle of his constitutional issues/points. The learned judge asked him to stop arguing midway through his arguments. He was asked to go to the next point. After hearing the both of them, the Court of Appeal dismissed their case there and then.
Quite obviously, the Court of Appeal did not think much of the various constitutional issues — which touched on people's constitutional rights — which were raised for the first time.
It was reported that one of the learned judges said, "Are you saying that (homosexuality) among consenting adults is legal? In other words, what happens in the bedroom is none of the government's business?" during the hearing.
Needless to say, no written judgment was given until the time I am writing this (March 5).
Art then went on to show how, by Grand Canyon-ish contrast, the Court of Appeal in the UK sat to hear a question on whether the snack product Pringles is similar to a crisp and made from the potato and therefore subject to standard-rate VAT.
After long and laborious arguments, the UK Court of Appeal considered what was branded as an "Aristotelian question" and came up with a judicial pronouncement which is not only well reasoned but also a delight to read.
As Lamar S Smith said: Judicial abuse occurs when judges substitute their own political views for the law.
Most of our judges are political appointees. While that in itself is not a major problem as we also see that in other countries and we would expect the judges to rise above gutter politics, unfortunately our Malaysian version have been and continue to be notoriously partisan or beholden to the ruling party.
On top of their lack of moral courage to act independently without fear and favour, many lack the intellect (don't expect them to be competent on finer points of the law - remember the Adorna Property case?) and lazy (we've read of how some judgements, even those cases which had sentenced the accused to the gallows, have yet to be written - so how could the defence be able to appeal?)
Besides most of our civil servants, judges, MACC and police officers, keep an eye on which way the political wind blows, as exemplified in the current Sodomy II case - hardly a conducive time for the Appeals Court to pontificate on constitutional laws which may (gasp) benefit Anwar Ibrahim.
What should you expect when afterall the nation's leading lawman, the AG, has been resoundingly condemned by the editorial of The Malaysian Insider in The AG is 'not in the interest of justice' — The Malaysian Insider which wrote:
Is it any wonder why Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail can't walk the talk about justice in the country? He put his foot in the mouth again last night when justifying that charging the Al-Islam magazine editors and reporters who offended Catholics in an article would have been "not in the interest of justice".
His statement was outrageous at the very least as he was offering protection to a group of people who have not had the decency to apologise for their actions. And Gani was condoning vigilantism as the reporters had participated in a Catholic rite while investigating an allegation that Muslims were being converted. […]
Simply put, this man by his statement has shown himself to be incapable of protecting the interest of Christians and non-Muslims in the country.
One has to look no further than across the Causeway where bloggers who insulted Islam were sanctioned and a Christian pastor who ridiculed Buddhism and Taoism was warned by Singapore's Internal Security Dept and forced to apologise.
In Malaysia, the AG has the cheek to turn the other cheek and let people who insult a religion get away with it because in his mind, it is "not in the interest of justice". One can only wonder what justice is for the AG, for his actions in the Al-Islam case show he is "not in the interest of justice" in any time or situation.
Read also Malaysiakini's Kit Siang: AG should be censured over Al-Islam decision and Insider's AG's acumen for asinine answers – Martin Jalleh.
The judges' arrogant nonchalance (tidakapathy) in brusquely & blatantly brushing aside an important constitutional issue no doubt stems from their knowledge that the government (ruling party) will not allow them to lose their jobs so long as they, the so-called constitutional umpires, always blow the whistle against the other side.
"A judge must bear in mind that when he tries a case he is himself on trial" - Philo, Special Laws, 1st century
Posted: 04 Mar 2010 08:11 PM PST
Posted: 05 Mar 2010 03:25 AM PST
Datuk Seri Hishamuddin prefers an out-of-court settlement with SIB. - Picture by Jack
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today he was in favour of an out-of-court settlement with the Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) church over the use of the word "Allah" in Christian books.
He told reporters that it would be best if the matter could be settled "within four walls" and out of court, noting that closed-door discussions usually yielded the desired results.
"Any matter that does not go to court would be better.
"So sometimes discussions out of court, within four walls probably get the required results without all the fuss. This is something we have to learn to do, and is something that has been practiced since independence," said Hishammuddin.
The Home Minister's remarks came shortly after the High Court today set an April 30 deadline for the possibility of an out-of-court settlement.
If negotiations to settle the three-year dispute are not successful, the High Court will fix a hearing date for the case.
Judge Aziah Ali made the call in her chambers this morning. Her ruling came just two months after another High Court ruled that the Catholic weekly Herald had a constitutional right to use the word Allah to describe the Christian god.
According to Pastor Jerry Dusing, who heads the Sabah SIB branch, the church had resorted to the courts in December 2007 after failing to get the ministry to lift a ban on Christian books imported from Indonesia.
Earlier that year, Royal Customs and Excise Department officers had confiscated at the KLIA low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) eight religious books brought in by the church for its Sunday school classes for children.
The ministry, which controls the department, had claimed the books contained the word Allah which is barred from use by non-Muslims, and seized them to prevent confusing Muslims.
Dusing said the books were teaching references meant only for Christian consumption and would not be used to preach to Muslims, as the ministry appeared to imply.
He suggested to the ministry for the church to stamp the words "For Christian Use Only" or "Christian Publication" on the front cover of all its religious books so that it would be clear to Muslims who may inadvertently land their hands on such books and be confused after reading them.
But the ministry has yet to reply to the church's idea.
Hishammuddin however affirmed that discussions concerning the matter are already underway.
"I can confirm that we are discussing the matter. If that is the date that has been fixed, either we settle before that date, or we can apply for another date for postponement, or we let the courts decide.
"The channels to resolve all matters outside or within the courts have always been the way I look at matters especially regarding religion and race," he added.
Hishammuddin also lamented that although an out-of-court settlement would be the best move, solutions for an issue like this may not be so easy.
"Yes, that will be the best way, but when emotional issues become public, because of emotions, sensitivities, because of pride and ego, it does not help in finding a solution amicably.
"In a world that is so porous, information flow is so instantaneous, the stakes become higher...this becomes a security issue," explained the Home Minister.
The SIB was set up in 1928 and has grown into one of the biggest Christian denominations in Malaysia.
In Sabah alone, there are 120,000 members. In Sarawak, the biggest state, there are more than 100,000 though Dusing was unsure of the actual figure, and in the peninsula, there are 30,000 SIB members.
courtesy of Malaysian Insider
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