Monday, March 29, 2010

PM Najib's "New Economic Model"

PM Najib's "New Economic Model"


PM Najib's "New Economic Model"

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 03:54 PM PDT

The Prime Minister Najib Razak is set to unveil his New Economic Model later today.

In the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference of Hong Kong last week, Najib in his keynote dialoque has indicated that there would be radical reforms, transformation and liberalization of the economy.

Najib has indicated that the New Economic Model will transport Malaysia to a high income economy by 2020 and calls for the dismantling of affirmative actions that favours the so called "bumiputras" although not so clearly stated by Najib but was widely reported by the international media.

This new economic model seems to be in part mooted by his brother Nasir Razak of the CIMB banking group, Nasir is of the belief that affirmative actions are hampering businesses and that reforms are a prerequisite towards economic progress which is a theory shared and accepted by most economist.

However there are doubts that Najib can be steadfast and resolute towards the dismantling of privileges to the bumiputras which forms the malay and mamak political party of umno, the main party of the governing Barisan National which had benefitted from the discriminate policies of the past.

Ooi Kee Beng an expert from the Institute of South East Asian Studies has this to say: "Looking back over the year that Najib has been prime minister his administration has been blowing hot and cold where reforms are concerned, especially where they concern race-based affirmative action."

Najib's New Economic Policy will have to contend with his own party "Warlords", Mahathir and the newly formed party of "Perkasa" lead by another umno warlord of Ibrahim Ali and has the full support of Mahathir (Former Prime Minister).

This new model will also incorporate proposals to end public subsidy and the imposition of Goods and Service Tax which was recently defered. This new economic model is seen as a gamble for Najib and it just can't be seen as to how these reforms can win votes and support from the people and that is to say that if winning the next election is in his mind. Withdrawal of subsidy and imposition of GST will cause economic sufferings to the general populace of low wage earners and should be detered until when there are greater economic stability in place.

Najib bears not the strength and will to bull doze his way and the view is that we will see yet another weak approach where there are a lot of fanfare and PR promotion in trying to garner support and with the expected opposition to his plans,  this so called economic reform will than be defered citing greater feedback, study and public participation. There is still much flip flop with this new administration.

This new economic model will not get far and even if this government is able to put in place some form of change, it will still not be enough or an attraction for the foreign investors, there are much competition today and investors had plentiful choices and Malaysia is stuck in a quandary and not in the sight of investors.

If the Najib administration is serious about bringing progress, they will have to first bring radical change to the democratic process which is widely seen as being seriously flawed and eroding and this will have to be the first step. That is to first put in place the political infrastructure of just, equality, efficeiency and independence of the process of governance.

Sometime it is just mind boggling as to all the wasteful effort that is expanded which will come to naught, we need structural political reform before any economic reform is able to be brought forward.

Sending teams of people all over the world trying to sell a product which is not in place or intact is a waste of time, the funds managers are paying no heed to what we have to offfer and in the first place we had nothing to offer except for making gestures of the future, telling investors that we will be doing this and that sometime in the future.

Just imagine a salesman that comes to your door without a product but promises of a product that is vaque and in the future, what will you think of the salesperson? You must be joking! Stop wasting my time and you might tell him to scoot off!

These umno people will never get it, it is too many years of complacency that has given them a silo mentality.

Just look at some of the pertinent questions that was lightly put forward during the Asian Investment Conference, which i suspect that the Conference was hurriedly slot in by their PR guys as Malaysia was only given a slot on the second day and even that was just a one hour Luncheon Keynote Dialoque with no specific topic or paper being presented. Whatsoever, lets look at some pertinent questions by the participants which is a good reflection of their views and concerns.

  • Stephen Hagger of Credit Suisse: Malaysia is famous for the intertwined of Politics and Business and Cronyism and is Cronyism still alive today? This question was presented to the Malaysian Panel consisting of Tony Fernandez, Azman Mokhtar of Khazanah, Nasir Najib of CIMB and Yeoh Seok Hong of YTL.


  • Question by fund managers to Najib: How important is the independence of the Judiciary in Malaysia?


  • Question by fund manager to Najib: When will Malaysia free up the Ringgit and make it convertible?
All these three questions were not adequately addressed or answered.

These are a general concensus and reflection on the problem Malaysia is facing and are structural in nature and need political reform, without which any economic plan or model can not be delivered and will not interest the investors. And the reverse  applies today where even locally listed companies have moved out and many more planning to move out to be listed in other more vibrant economies.


Watch BBC video report of Malaysia New Economic Model HERE
Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference 2010 website HERE


Siapa Yang Dedahkan Maklumat Keahlian Tulang Besi ???

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 02:46 PM PDT

Pertama sekali, Tulang Besi mengharap benar Setiausaha Agung mengambil tindakan tegas ke atas mereka yang telah mendedahkan maklumat keahlian Tulang Besi. Lawyer Tulang Besi telah memberi nasihat supaya Tulang Besi membuat laporan Polis bagi melindungi diri Tulang Besi. Cumanya, Tulang Besi masih tidak sampai hati untuk membuat laporan polis. Itu sahaja.

KAITAN DENGAN SUHAIMI EMBONG AL MANIRI

Sesiapa yang melihat laporan Muktamar PAS di Shah Alam pasti akan membaca nama Suhaimi Embong (AL Maniri) sebagai Pengarah Unit IT PAS Pusat. Ia bererti Suhaimi Embong bertanggungjawab ke atas infrastuktur IT PAS Pusat. Ia termasuklah "server" yang mengandungi pengkalan data keahlian PAS seluruh Malaysia.

Dari penyiasatan Tulang Besi, Suhami Embong Al Maniri mempunyai "aksess" menyeluruh kepada seluruh infrastruktur serta data yang terkandung dalam pengkalan data PAS Pusat kerana beliau adalah Pengarah IT PAS Pusat.

Suhaimi Embong Al Maniri mengetahui "password" yang membolehkannya mengeluarkan maklumat rahsia dari pengkalan data PAS Pusat. Beliau juga mengetahui setiap kali maklumat rahsia ini diambil dari pengkalan data dan siapa yang mengambilnya.

Sekiranya berlaku kebocoran maklumat dari pengkalan data PAS Pusat, maka Suhaimi Embong Al Manirilah yang bertanggungjawab secara terus. Ini kerana seluruh maklumat dari pengkalan data PAS Pusat berada di bawah pengawasan dan kuasa beliau seluruhnya.

Kalau saya Setiausaha Agung pun, saya akan merujuk kepada Pengarah IT PAS Pusat untuk mendapat maklumat-maklumat rahsia sebegini.

Walaupun SU Agung bertanggungjawab terhadap kerahsian maklumat seperti ini, tetapi tanggungjawab menjaga kerahsian maklumat sebegini terletak di bahu Pengarah IT PAS Pusat.

Tulang Besi



Khairy Jamaluddin open the Pandora’s Box.to trap Najib,NAZRI GOT CONNED ONE APCO NAJIB..

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 11:27 AM PDT

This is the tale of evil older than time itself…
This is the tale of a Box that holds the secrets to unlocking the
Universe, for good or for evil…
Heroic souls are born, resurrected and revealed as beings of Darkness
try to bring all reality crashing down upon us, and divine might clashes all
around them as they race towards their destinies that are all linked
to Pandora's Box…


They're sneaky. They lie. They're evil. They think everyone else is an animal and therefore without souls. They're the most despicable people on the planet to say the least. These evil doers are behind Hollywood, the porn industry, race mixing,the homosexual agenda …. you name it … and they're the ones orchestrating it.


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UMNO Youth Chief, Khairy Jamaluddin (pic) today dared Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibahim (pic) to repeat his statement yesterday in the Dewan Rakyat about 1Malaysia.

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In his statement yesterday, Anwar claimed that APCO played a role in creating the 1Malaysia concept. Anwar also claimed that the 1Malaysia concept is a clone to 1 Israel concept.

"I have asked Anwar to show evidence on his allegation towards the government and APCO but until now he still has not shown any proof. This is a very serious allegation," said Khairy.

"I also asked Anwar to point out evidence whether it is true or not that APCO was appointed by Ehud Barak. But I didn't get any reply from him. In the Dewan Rakyat I've asked Lim Kit Siang the same question but he ignored it. It's clear that they were lying," he added.

"If his allegation is true, I dare him to repeat the same statement outside the Dewan Rakyat with evidence. He should not hide behind the 'Parliamentary Privilege'", he added.

"For now Government cannot take any action towards him because he made that statement inside the Dewan Rakyat. We can only take legal action against him if he repeats it outside the Dewan Rakyat," said Khairy that is also the MP for Rembau.

Meanwhile, in its statement to the media, APCO said that it had no role of any kind in creating the 1Malaysia concept, which was fully formed, and made public prior to APCO's engagement.

"It is also incorrect that APCO represented the Government of Israel or the Israeli Prime Minister as has been alleged in Malaysia's Parliament. The statement in Malaysia's Parliament that APCO was involved in such a campaign is false," according to a press statement released by APCO.

The list of conspiracy theories is a collection of the most popular theories related but not limited to clandestine government plans, elaborate murder plots, suppression of secret technology and knowledge, and other supposed schemes behind certain political, cultural, and historical events.

While a conspiracy is defined by law as an agreement between two or more people to commit a crime, fraud, or other wrongful act,[1] a conspiracy theory attempts to attribute the ultimate cause of an event (usually major political, social, historical, or cultural events), chain of events, or the concealment of causes from public knowledge, to a secret and often deceptive plan by a group of people or organizations. Such theories usually go against a general consensus or cannot be proven using the historical method.

Purposely excluded from this list are proven historical conspiracies, e.g. the conspiracy to assassinate U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and members of his cabinet in 1865.

THE ZIONIST CONSPIRACY


Apco Jewish personality traits

I've interacted with numerous Jews, and their attributes depends largely on the individual. I have noticed that among religious and Zionist Jews, there is a deep seated sense of superiority. They feel that they are the "chosen ones," and by virtue of this fact are inherently superior to Gentiles. On one extreme, this leads to a kind of religious imperialism. They seek to bring Gentiles under the dominion of the Rabbis through the Noachide movement, and certain segments of the Lubavitch Chasidic movement would actually like to use military intervention to overturn religions and cultures they deem offensive.

I've noticed that these kinds of Jews don't mind spreading lies and misinformation when it suits their agenda, even when discussing other movement of Judaism. They have no problem manufacturing "facts," even right on the spot. These Jews have formed activist organizations that have learned that if outlets of information, such as the media (both national and local) are controlled by the power of the purse, it is easier to enforce these manufactured facts on an unwitting population to both aid the Zionist agenda, as well as stifle any free political discussion on that and other "taboo" topics.

They seem to have a predisposition toward cultural subversion, and indeed subversion of any established order. In any reactionary movement, you will find a disproportionate number of Jews, even in two diametrically opposed movements. I've seen Socialist Jews, and Capitalist Jews; Communists, anti-Communists; Zionists, anti-Zionists; Orthodox Judaism, anti-Judaism. Even in Israel, we find small neo-Nazi movements headed by Jews. It is also well-known that most efforts toward "civil rights" and similar misguided movements are headed by Jews.

Then there are the assimilated Jews who care nothing for their heritage, and who don't think of themselves as Jews at all. I've actually come across a good number of truly self-hating, anti-Semite Jews. However, if we were to draw a line in the sand and they had to choose sides, the majority would side with their own. We can see that by the overwhelming Jewish support of Israel, even by non-religious, non-observant Jews.

So, there you have it. The top characteristics I've seen in Jews have been: a sense of moral and intellectual superiority; xenophobia and blatant anti-Gentile racism; cultural imperialism; intellectual dishonesty; the demand for double standards, to their benefit; and a deep seated urge toward subverting established cultures and traditions, at times even their own.

By Adib Zalkapli

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 — Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon (picture)confirmed in Parliament today that the government had engaged Apco Worldwide, an international public affairs and media relations company, to boost its image overseas.

The Malaysian Insider understands that the contract is worth some RM20 million but Koh, in a written reply to a question from DAP's Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching, did not divulge the exact amount.

"Apco Worldwide was tasked with promoting and improving Malaysia's image overseas," said Koh, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

He justified the appointment by asserting that a foreign firm would ensure that the country's communication practice was in line with international standards.

To justify the hefty fees it is charging, The Malaysian Insiderunderstands that Apco Worldwide staff are now generating press releases and conducting media training for the government.

Because of the value of the contract, Apco Worldwide has set up an office for the first time in Malaysia. Its personnel are mainly from the United States, and the main focus of their job remains to improve Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's image.

It is also understood that the government has hired a separate firm in the United States to act as its lobbyist with the Obama administration.

"Appointing an international communication firm is a common practice by governments of other countries," Koh said in his written reply to Parliament today.

He also said that inaccurate reports in foreign media had affected the international community's confidence in the country as a stable investment, trade and tourist destination, resulting in the need to appoint Apco.

"Apart from Apco, the ministry and government agencies also appoint other local and international firms, for short and long term to provide communication services," he said.

"Because the expenses for this service depend on the implementation of the programmes and communication projects planned from time to time according to needs, the total cost cannot be determined for the time being."

The Malaysian Insider had reported in July that Apco was also tasked with promoting Najib's image for his first 100 days in office and later to boost the administration's standing worldwide.

Najib is not the first prime minister, however, to use expensive foreign help to boost his image and that of his administration.

Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi also used a foreign-based public relations firm to help project a positive image of himself as a progressive Muslim leader, and Malaysia as a modern Muslim nation.

The Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad administration had used disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Just exactly who is Jack Abramoff? Interestingly, Wikipedia said:

Jack Abramoff was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey into a wealthy and prominent Jewishfamily[9]. His father, Franklin Abramoff, was president of the Franchises unit of Diners Club.[10]

Ex-Malasian Leader Says He Paid Abramoff

Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday that disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was paid $1.2 million to organize his 2002 meeting with President Bush, but denied the money came from the Malaysian government.

Mahathir told reporters he was aware a payment was made to Abramoff, but he didn't know who made it. He said he had been persuaded by the U.S. think tank Heritage Foundation to meet with Bush at the time.

"It is true that somebody paid but it was not the (Malaysian) government," Mahathir said. "I understood some people paid a sum of money to lobbyists in America but I do not know who these people were and it was not the Malaysian government."

Mahathir said the Heritage Foundation believed he could help "influence (Bush) in some way regarding U.S. policies."

Mahathir visited the White House at a time when this Southeast Asian country had emerged as a key U.S. ally in the war on terror, following Mahathir's crackdown on suspected Islamic militants although he had been consistently critical of Bush's foreign policies.

Abramoff, once among Washington's top lobbyists, pleaded guilty last month to charges that he and a former partner concocted a fake wire transfer to make it appear they were putting a sizable stake of their own money into a 2000 purchase of casinos.

Abramoff also has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an investigation into his ties to members of Congress and to the Bush administration.


Interesting remarks on APCO's appointment in Malaysia to make Najib and pals look good by Ben Bland in theHartal MSMblog. Hartal says Bland is a freelance journalist based in Singapore, reporting for publications such as The Daily Telegraph, The Economist, the FT weekend magazine, Monocle, Asia Sentinel and the British Medical Journal. He was a stock market reporter at The Daily Telegraph and Dow Jones Newswires in London, before leaving the City to Southeast Asia.)

You have to wonder what sort of internal debate went on in APCO before they decided to take on the job. Here'sUnspun's totally fictitious and facetious account of what might have been:

APCO Dove: I don't think we should take the job as there's nothing we can do to change them, and if we can't change them then there's no way to make them look good.

APCO Hawk: Of course we should take it. The money is good and it will give a big boost to our reputation in that part of the world where we haven't been able to make as much headway as in the US.It may even make people forget that we're closing down…I mean scaling down…in Indonesia.

Dove: Yes, but what sort of a reputation will we have if we take this job? Najib and his goons are just in plain denial. No amount of spin we put into this will be effective unless we convince them to change their ways.

Hawk: It doesn't matter. Think of the money we'll get. And the opportunities it will create for us. We'll be plugged in to all the important people in Malaysia from No.1 down. And by the time they realize that the PR is ineffective, we'll have made our money anyway.

Dove: I'm still uneasy about all this. I'm worried our own reputation would suffer if we take them on….

Hawk: Dove, Dove have courage son. We're like lawyers who take the view that even the worst criminal deserves a good defense. We're here merely to tell their story in a good light.

Dove: But there is nothing to tell. There are not good stories to tell because Najib and his boys are morally and intellectually bankrupt…

Hawk: You are too pessimistic. At the end of the day the fees will go toward our bonuses and nobody will remember our sins. Look at Burson Marsteller for instance, until that bitch Rachel Maddow tagged them with the"When Evil needs public relations, Evil has Burson-Marsteller on speed-dial" soundbite everyone had already forgotten all the hopeless causes they championed…and got away with. people never learn from history. That's our saving grace.

PM questions motive for Dr Mohd Asri's arrest

(The Star, 2 Nov 09) KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has questioned the motive behind the arrest of former Perlis Mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin.

Dr Mohd Asri, who was arrested on Sunday night, was released on a police bond Monday without being charged.

Najib said that Dr Mohd Asri was a truthful speaker whose talks were always backed by proof and clear dalil (quaranic and Hadith verses).

"I don't know what is the motive of the arrest. It was done by the state religious agency. It has nothing to do with the Federal Government," he told reporters on Monday after launching a Pasar Tani convention.

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However, in issues that really matter: the billion ringgit PKFZ mega scandal, the TBH possible homicide and the Perak political debacle that he himself created, Najib is absolutely silent.

This is perhaps the most credible evidence that an aggressive PR campaign is on the move, funded by taxpayers money to keep certain parties and leaders in power.

Because real leaders will tackle and at least attempt to resolve the real pressing issues.

A PR campaign will merely create issues that those leaders can easily resolve and respond to because the objective is not to solve problems but to look good.

Amidst all this saccharine sweet hullabaloo, perhaps the most telling statement from Najib (given his penchant for Freudian slips) was during the Gerakan conference, when he declared:

"I am the chairman of BN and I should make the decision for the benefit of BN."

Eh? Not make decisions for the benefit of all the people of Malaysia meh, Mr "PM for all Malaysians"?

Staying Calm Amidst Obama's Betrayal

With a hostile and nasty administration in Washington until either 2013 or 2017, these aren't easy times for Israel and its supporters. That our so-called "leaders" are completely ineffectual adds to a strong sense of frustration.

There is no reason to downplay the damage that Obama has done to Israel. But it's important to keep some things in perspective.

No buses were blown up in Israel during these past two weeks. Israelis have safely gone out to eat, drink, pray and assemble.

During the early days of this blog, there were so many times that I'd post – or start to draft something that I ended up not finishing – about bus bombings, cafe bombings, road shootings.

Then, there was good reason for despair and rage. Mass murder of Israelis was routine. Today, thankfully, it isn't.

A lot of people in this country strongly support Israel. Unfortunately, the president and those in his administration do not. But with resolve, wisdom and the leadership of Prime Minister Netanyahu – and hopefully some help from its supporters here – Israel can get through the difficult times and endless crises that will occur during the course of the Obama administration.

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Netanyahu's Only Response – The Rest Is Commentary

Are we a vassal state of yours? Are we a banana republic? Are we youths of fourteen who, if they don't behave properly, are slapped across the fingers? Let me tell you who this government is composed of. It is composed of people whose lives were spent in resistance, in fighting and in suffering. You will not frighten us with 'punishments.' He who threatens us will find us deaf to his threats. We are only prepared to listen to rational arguments.

-Prime Minister Menachem Begin, December 1981

In a world that has been conditioned to see Israel as the heavy, every Israeli retreat from positions under dispute with the Arabs will naturally be applauded. Israel will be patted on the back and congratulated as long as it continues to make unilateral concessions. But once an Israeli government decides, as it inevitably must, to draw a line beyond which it cannot retreat, the international applause will cease — and pressure will begin again. Hence the test of Israeli diplomacy is not whether it can gain short-term sympathy by sacrificing Israel's vital interests, but whether it can protect these interests while securing international understanding and support. To yield to pressure for the sake of ephemeral international praise is as tempting as it is short-sighted. To be firm about vital matters and to earn the respect of nations for this stance is much more difficult, but ultimately more prudent and responsible. The school of thought that holds that Israel's public relations problem would end with the establishment of a Palestinian state is wrong. In such a case Israel would be faced with an existential threat and a public relations nightmare, as Arab irredentism turns its focus on the Arab population within the remainder of Israel.

-Binyamin Netanyahu, A Durable Peace: Israel and Its Place Among the Nations

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Wisma Putra 'KUAT TIDUR!'

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 11:02 AM PDT

I dont know what is wrong with our Foreign Minister and his diplomats at the Wisma Putra. I am also not sure whether Anifah Aman is fit to be a foreign minister. If he really is the man for the job, he shouldnt let our foreign policy looks so loose and incompetent.

I am not a diplomat but when I was with the Business Times, I had my weekly column 'Diplomatically Writing'. I browsed well with the diplomatic circle in Malaysia and I knew all ambassadors, high commissioners and most of their diplomats. Rockybru was my editor then. I even took some of them to the National Press Club to mingle with our media reps. I remember US Ambassador then Lynn Pascoe (now UN deputy sec-gen for political affairs) calling me 'ambassador at-large' for being so attentive to any world issue. I enjoyed the job as I had the privilege to call them anytime, even after midnight, for comments.

And here we are, having a foreign minister whom I think only acts on advice from his officers. Or does he need to refer to the Prime Minister each time Wisma Putra wants to issue any statement on global issues? Then, may as well we abolish the FM portfolio.

When Israel announced on March 10 that it would build new Jewish settlements in the West Bank, most Islamic countries and others, including the United Nations issued statements objecting and condemning it. I waited and hoped for similar action from our government.

Finally, it came... 20 days later when Anifah issued a statement that Malaysia condemns the Israeli plan. It came when US President Barack Obama avowed his objection to visiting Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week, which soured US-Israel relations for the first time.

I dont understand how our foreign policy comes into effect and how Wisma Putra executes it. We were always late in reacting to any major global issues. Our statement on Israel atrocities on Gaza last year came three days later, and so was our statement on the earthquake in Haiti.

Maybe I understand why yesterday's statement 'had to be issued' - because Rosmah Mansor had earlier in the day announced our medical aids to the Palestinians! Or am I wrong? Or do we need to wait for Najib or Rosmah to comment first before we are allowed to issue an official statement?

Remember when more than 50 Australian MPs protested against Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial? Wisma Putra reacted a few days after I blogged suggesting Malaysians to protest at the Aussie High Commission!

I still have high regards for Tun Dr Mahathir's foreign policy, especially when Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was his foreign minister. We were fast in reacting to any world issue and Malaysia gained respect at the UN for speaking for the developing countries, the Palestinians and others. Our voice was heard! Remember TDM speech at the UN Security Council?

We were once the chairman of the OIC, the champion of the G77 and also the South-South cooperation. What happened after that is history.

Najib should address the weakness at Wisma Putra, notably with regard to boiling and running international issues. We are the friends of many and many are our friends. If our foreign policy is just a set of signatures in the guest book, may as well we close it.


Dengarnya Zaid Ibrahim calun Pakatan Rakyat.

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 10:48 AM PDT

Semalam saya membuat coretan tentang siapa yang akan mewakili BN dalam PRK Ulu Selangor yang akan diadakan tidak lama lagi.

Hari ini saya akan memberikan pandangan tentang isu siapa pula yang akan mewakili Pakatan Rakyat dan apa pula pertimbangan mereka dalam menentukan calun yang akan ditetapkan?

Bagi PKR mereka adalah parti pembangkang dan tugasnya ialah untuk membina barisan pembangkang yang kuat agar parti yang memerintah tidak akan dengan sewenang-wenangnya seperti apa yang berlaku sekian lama.

Maka kali ini PKR dan gabunganya Pakatan Rakyat akan cuba untuk meminta pengundi Ulu Selangor memberikan mereka peluang untuk memberikan perimbangan dengan parti yang berkuasa.

Untuk matlamat itu PKR sedang berusaha untuk mencari calun yang boleh memperkuatkan pemikiran dan kehadziran PKR didalam siasah negara. PKR sedar ianya mesti menunjukkan perbezaan dengan BN.

Dengan perkembangan pemikiran masyarakat awam yang 'sophiscated' PKR berwajib untuk meletakkan calun yang mempunyai karaktor dan bersih dari imej rasuah dan elemen buruk yang berbagai.

Asas untuk meletakkan calun Melayu bagi PKR itu memang kuat dan jelas kerana Allahyarham Zainal adalah seorang Melayu dan telah pun menunjukkan bukti dengan kemenangan walau pun tipis.

Walaupun ada desas desus yang mengatakan Sivarasa sedang berusaha untuk meletakkan calun India untuk mewakili PKR, tetapi ini tidak akan memberikan impak besar untuk parti pembangkang ini.

Dikalangan pimpinan PKR kecenderungan untuk meletakkan Datuk Zaid Ibrahim sebagai calun PKR yang boleh memberikan saingan yang baik kepada calun lawan.

Beliau mempunyai pengalaman sebagai pemimpin UMNO dan pernah menjadi Ahli Parlimen dan sedikit pengalaman mendudukki Jemaah Kabinet Persekutuan sebelum beliau meletakkan jawatan diatas perbezaan fahaman dalam urusan kementerian.

Sebagai yang saya katakan tadi sebagai parti pembangkang calun PKR perlukan kelebihan dari calun parti pemerintah supaya pengundi dapat pilihan yang baik untuk mewakili mereka diParlimen.

Zaid terbukti mampu untuk mengorbankan jawatan yang 'glamorous' semata-mata untuk mempertahankan prinsip yang beliau pegang. Ramai pemimpin dan menteri dalam kerajaan tidak mampu untuk meninggalkan jawatan walau tahu banyak yang berlaku dalam kerajaan yang yang tidak berpatutan.

Jika Zaid benar-benar ditawarkan untuk mewakili PKR ramai berpendapat beliau patut menerimanya. Ianya akan memberikan pilihan yang sebenarnya bagi pengundi-pengundi diUlu Selangor.

Setiap pengundi hanya perlu berfikir dan melaksanakan tanggungjawab sebagai pengundi dengan baik. Yang penting berfikir sedalam-dalamnya dan undi siapa yang difikirkan sesuai dalam pemikiran masing-masing.

Jika Datuk Zaid menerima pencalunan parti PKR maka saingan kepada calun BN akan menjadi sengit apatah lagi PKR merupakan parti yang sudah memberi khidmat kepada kawasan itu.

Secara peribadi Datuk Zaid boleh diterima dengan senang oleh pengundi bukan Melayu dalam mana pengundi kaum Cina mempunyai 24 peratus dan kaum India mengandungi 19 peratus dan selebihnya adalah pengundi Melayu.

PAS juga mempunyai pengaruh yang agak meluas diUlu Selangor dan PKR dari orang Melayu pun agak jelas ternyata.

Bagi rakyat biasa apa yang mereka perlukan ialah perjalanan pilihanraya yang bakal diadakan berjalan dengan baik dan tersusun serta tidak membawa perbalahan yang bukan-bukan.

Saya yakin jika benarlah Datuk Zaid mewakili PR maka persaingan dalam perebutan kawasan Ulu Selangor kali ini akan menjadi satu PRK yang amat 'interesting'.

BN pun sedang meneliti segala aspek nama-nama yang berpotensi untuk mewakili parti dalam PRK yang sangat penting ini.

Dalam pada kita mendapat pengesahan elok kita tidak membuat spekulasi yang liar supaya pilihanraya ini berjalan dalam keadaan 'civility' yang tinggi.


Sekian…………………………………….Aspan Alias


.<br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGEjcBzvP9U<br>.<br>1 April is just

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 09:15 AM PDT

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGEjcBzvP9U
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1 April is just around the corner! Come on, youths of Malaysia! RIse up and be heard!!

This is just a short clip of our official BANGKIT theme song.

And since BANGKIT is all about YOU, we wanna invite YOU to complete the BANGKIT video! All you need to do is:

1. Download the BANGKIT theme song mp3 file (only available from 1 April)

2. Shoot a 20-second video of you and/or your friends singing the song (or ...doing anything else)

3. Email your video clip to us, and include the names of who's in your shot

We'll combine the footages that have been sent in and create the One And ONLY Malaysian Youth Music Video (starring youths from all over Malaysia)!!

So grab your camera and put on your creative caps!


SPDP”It’s SOoo Hot..Drop it..!!!

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 09:13 AM PDT

Its very common for people to use names especially when it rolls out their mouths like candy. Its also very malicious to backstab the innocent ones who unknowingly fall into the category of being "powerful". There are people who would use this method just to be relevant and in the end they will be SMOKED OUT LIKE FARM RATS.  It seems after the weekend spent at the Bidayuh hinterland of Bau word has it that some SPDP leaders have used the names of certain Ministers as a Shield for their own Misadventure. Could they have used the name for someones bigger agenda?  

Even the top man the CM Taib was implicated to be the UNSEEN HAND. Is the CM so naive that he gets himself dirtied to the point of being hated by his own coalition BN partner? Names were used immediatedly as cover up and the next bests thing is to throw out few names and see where it lands.

 We have done our investigative work and found out that the particular Ministerial name was conveniently used. He sounded like what audie61 would write,"Huh! Tak Ada Lah! Mana mahu Campur! Selalu orang pakai nama aku. Jangan dengar khabar angin saja"{ Huh! No way,Why should I interfere? Everytime people use my name .Dont listen to rumours only}

In the Borneo Posts today Mawan SPDP President made a very concerned and right approach as a forgiving guardian to the Separatists 5.He said that the 5 may have "preferred to stay out in the sun while others are inside the houses.but I am treating them as SPDP members no more no less so long as they have not declared themselves as PRS(Party Rakyat Sarawak) members.

According to a BN YB he said to audie61,"SPDP is sailing now on calmer waters and the Separatists 5 will regret not to be on the Cruise." They will have to come to a decision to "helicopter back in to land and make up for losts time." CM is quietly monitoring the situation and their actions of not " COOLING IT" has indeed put a bit of a dampener on to the state elections date. 

A political source said that there are of course some who are seen to be guilty to the point where they have even come out with statements to protect or rebuke Mawans front page statement. They have indeed failed to see that Mawan has meant " THE ONE " who has garnered enough strenght to push for his own personal ascension to the CMs throne. 

Of immediate reference would be the PRS President but its not and he should be thankful to audie61 to have save him from arrows directed at him at this particular fluid political situation. Would he now..? Mawan would at least send his man to say thanks but thats the bests he could and can do for us at audie61 as we have earlier lambasted him for not reading internet blogs.

The CM succesion is one such HOT issue that many are looking over and above Taib. Its SOoo Hot that many are given clear signals to drop their pursuit or face a good many years in cold storage. CM Taibs inner circles have already more or less identified the person for consideration to take over barring any hiccups. They will be those who will still go after the FOOLS GOLD and they will pay the price for being misinformed.

CAUTION:- BE CAREFUL WHOSE NAME YOU THROW AROUND AS THE WALLS HAVE EARS…………  



'Missing' RM52b Bumi Shares: 'Nab The Crooks' - By Rahmah Ghazali.

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 08:56 AM PDT

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng urged the federal government to get to the bottom of the "missing" RM52 billion in Bumiputera shares.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak admitted in June last year that out of RM54 billion shares, only RM2 billion remained in Bumiputera hands.

Speaking to reporters in Parliament today, Lim, the Bagan MP, said: "This is a scandal. It's a betrayal (of the people). The government must catch the crooks who hijacked the shares."

A Bernama report on June 30, 2009, said that RM54 billion shares had been allocated in corporate equity on Bursa Malaysia, but only RM2 billion remained with Bumiputeras.

It quoted Najib as saying that "the total Bumiputera equity was only 19.4 percent, far from the targeted 30 percent, 19 years ago".

Taking a different platform, Lim said the equity would have long hit the 30 percent target or more if the RM54 billion was still in Bumiputera hands.

"I think if the shares were not lost, it would be around 42 to 45 percent. Action must be taken against those who have hijacked or stole the RM52 billion worth of shares," he said.

'Shares with BN cronies'

According to Lim, it is an open secret that the BN cronies held most of the shares and questioned the lack of government effort to take action against them.

"The PM himself made the admission (of the 'missing' shares). Why has no action been taken?" he asked.

Lim was responding to a statement by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who said that the government is conducting a study on the distribution of wealth among Malaysians.

"He is talking about the distribution of wealth - who has got what and who has not. Well, the ones who have got nothing are the rakyat."

The ones who are at the losing end, Lim added, are the people, especially the Malays and Bumiputeras.

"If we are talking about wealth distribution, we would not want the old ways where only certain people get it," he added.

"If the government is truly serious in taking action against those who are not honest, this is the time... we want the government to investigate. Better still, if we have a royal commission to probe the matter," said Lim.


Courtesy of Free Malaysia Today


PM to meet Chua over Cabinet reshuffle

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 05:30 AM PDT

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has not decided on whether to reshuffle his Cabinet, despite the election of a new MCA leadership yesterday. He said no time frame has been set to decide on whether there will be a reshuffle, adding that he still needs to meet newly-minted MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek to discuss the matter. Full story in Malaysiakini.com
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'Trace the missing RM52 bil in bumi shares'

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 03:22 AM PDT

Bagan parliamentarian and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has called for a probe into the admission that RM52 billion worth of bumiputera shares are not in the right hands. "If we look at the RM54 billion worth of shares allocated, only RM2 billion worth remain in bumiputera hands. This means that there is a leakage of RM52 billion. Where has this gone?" he asked at a press conference in the Parliament lobby this morning. Lim was referring to a Bernama report dated June 30, 2009 in which premier Najib Abdul Razak had admitted that the bulk of the allocation is not held by bumiputeras as intended. The news agency had quoted Najib as saying: "Of the RM54 billion in shares allocated, only RM2 billion worth of shares are left in the hands of bumiputeras."
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Why is Haris Ibrahim so keen to run down the Malays and indulge in HATE SPEECH

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 06:09 AM PDT

I have no record of his DNA, nor do I know what his nose looks like in profile and I certainly cannot recall the pigmentation in his skin but from his name I guess Haris Ibrahim may come from the same Nusantara stock as I. He may be embarrassed to admit it though.

Anyway, today this selfless lawyer, who according to his own admission, had not gone on a family holiday for a long time because he is so busy doing charity or pro-bono work or whatever kind of work lawyers do when they want people to think highly of them, took a potshot at Ibrahim Ali for wanting Malays to enjoy 67 per cent of the economic pie.

The title of his posting was: Ibrahim Ali's message to the Malays : No need to work. Go ye forth and make babies.


I categorise that as HATE SPEECH


Now, I heard what Ibrahim Ali said and the text of his speech is probably floating around somewhere and nowhere in that speech did the Perkasa president say that he wanted the Malays to be GIVEN their share.

He said the Malays should have that share,
there is an element of deserving in that speech,
there is element of motivation in that speech,
there was no element of begging or telling others to GIVE

I am sure that as a TOP Human rights lawyer, Haris knows that slander and libel is an encroachment into someone's rights, that is why there is a law against it, so I wonder if he just overlooked the fact

or perhaps he was overzealous in the heat of the moment... Either way it paints a picture of the sort of person that he is.

He wants to project himself as an open minded person, a liberal, an intellectual but somehow he comes through as intolerant in this one.

Intolerant of ideas divergent from his own

Intolerant of ideals different from his own

Ever so ready to run people down and laugh at them as stupid...

Perhaps Haris should take a second look at the New Economic Policy and how it strives to achieve the target of putting 30 per cent of the national wealth of the nation through expansionary policies, by generating new income streams and developing entirely new segments of the economy and allow the Bumiputra to thrive in those areas.

I do wonder why a senior counsel like him has such trouble understanding a relatively simple idea...

If he has any doubt about the desire of the Malays to strive for a better future, for more economic voice in their own homeland, he need only look at the number of struggling Malay businessman, the proliferation of Malay hawkers and petty traders, the existence of a select number of Malay moneyed class that tries to play with the big boys.

I do not know of any Malay family that tells their children that they don't have to study hard or work hard to become somebody.

We all have stories about a Malay boy who walks miles to go to school and now has made something of himself, we have heard the same story involving other natives like Dusun, Kadazan or Murut but we rarely hear the same stories involving the Chinese. Do you know why?

Not because the Chinese are lazy but because most of them live in or near towns, above coffee shops on top of their sundry shop, upstairs from their spare parts wholesale business. The Chinese have the advantage of location and access to education and have always had that.

Haris Iskandar may or may not be Malay and he may or may not be embarrassed to be Malay, I don't now but I think his friends and family should tell him not to run down the Malays because that is part of the HATE SPEECH that he thinks he is so against...

Do you know what a liberal is?

A liberal is someone who wants a lot of slack for who they are but likes to tightly define what others can do because the tighter they bind others, the more slack they can have from the rope.

And you know what happens when you give someone a long enough rope? eventually they will hang themselves.

A liberal like Haris is one who thinks he is an intellectual when he is really a deposit of misunderstood received wisdom.

A true liberal is hard to find and Haris should not be too quick to count himself in their ranks


Siapa calun BN di Ulu Selangor? - Soalan Cupu Mas

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 03:31 AM PDT

Siapakah yang akan dipilih untuk menjadi calun BN diUlu Selangor dalam Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) yang bakal diadakan dalam tempuh 60 hari selepas pemergian Allahyarham Zainal Abidin Ahmad?

Dengan semangat kerjasama dan permuafakatan dalam BN kawasan ini dimenangi oleh MIC sehinggalah BN dikalahkan oleh calun Pakatan Rakyat, Zainal Abidin Ahmad pada pilihanraya Umum yang lepas.

Kedua-dua pihak BN dan Pakatan Rakyat sedang mengadakan persediaan awal untuk menghadapi PRK ini dan sekarang berbagai-bagai andaian dan spekulasi didengari dari kedua-dua belah pihak.

Dipihak BN MIC sedang berusaha mempertahankan quota yang memperuntukkan kepada MIC diUlu Selangor untuk parti itu sejak sekian lama. Samy Velu telah pun membuat kenyataan yang MIClah yang akan meletakkan calun untuk mewakili BN dalam PRK ini.

Sesungguhnya BN sedang menhadapi delima untuk memanjangkan semangat kemuafakatan BN dengan meletakkan calum MIC yang dianggap susah untuk menang atau pun meletakkan calun dari mana-man parti yang difikirkan boleh merampas kembali kerusi itu dari PKR.

Jika diletakkan MIC siapa pula calunnya? Adakah Palanivel yang sudah begitu lama menjadi calun disana dan telah pun mengalami kekalahan dalam pilihanraya yang lepas? Jika diketepikan Palanivel siapa pula muka baru yang MIC hendak letakkan?

Sanggupkah Palanivel yang merupakan Timbalan Presiden MIC memberikan laluan kepada muka baru MIC? Ini semua menjadi masalah yang tidak kecil bagi BN.

Bagaimana pula dengan UMNO? Tidak ramai ahli UMNO dikawasan itu bersedia untuk memberikan kerjasama kerana diatas kertas MIC akan mengulangi kekalahan itu dan tidak ada apa gunanya membuang masa dan tenaga membantu calun dari MIC.

Kalau UMNO pula mengambil tempat MIC adakah itu tindakkan yang betul? Mahu kah kaum India memberikan sokongan kepada calun BN jika UMNO meletakkan calun bagi pihak BN?

Kita mesti ingat ikatan diantara parti-parti dalam BN bukan sekuat dahulu setelah mengalami pengalaman getir dadalam pilihanraya ke12 dahulu.

Kekalahan Palanivel adalah disebabkan penolakkan orang Melayu terhadap MIC dan buktinya nyata yang kerusi-kerusi DUN dalam kawasan parlimen itu kesemuanya dimenangi olh BN termasuk kerusi MCA diKuala Kubu Baru.

UMNO kini lebih cenderung untuk mengambil aleh quota ini kerana orang Melayu mempunyai komposisi penduduk sebayak 57 peratus diULU Selangor dan jika dibanci orang-orang Melayu Ulu Selangor kali ini mahukan calun Melayu untuk mewakili mereka.

Delima ini bertambah sulit apabila ada pihak-pihak yang mahukan bekas Naib Presiden Muhammad Taib untuk diletakkan sebagai calun. Mat Taib adalah anak jati Ulu Selangor yang telah banyak pengalaman mengendalikan pengundi-pengundi disana. Tetapi dalam UMNO sendiri mempertikaikan kenapa Muhammad Taib; tidak adakah orang lain?

Dari dulu hingga sekarang balek-balek dia sahaja seolah-olah Ulu Selangor tidak ada orang yang layak lagi. Lagi pula Muhammad Taib sudah tidak lagi hiraukan parti sejak beliau disisihkan oleh Najib dalam rombakkan kabinet hampir setahun yang lepas.

Sejak itu Mat Taib tidak pernah menyuakan muka didalam program-program dalam mana Najib hadzir kerana menunjukkan protes terhadap Najib yang menyingkirkannya.Barang diingat Najib adalah Pengerusi UMNO perhubungan Selangor.

UMNO Ulu Selangor seperti juga diperingkat pusat dan bahagian-bahagian yang lain selama ini telah tidak berdaya membina barisan kepimpinan yang baik, maka itulah sebabnya UMNO bermasalah dalam memilih pemimpin. Kesemua yang baik diketepikan dan tidak dihiraukan oleh parti dan kepimpinan.

Sekarang ramai yang dewasa masih ingat bagaimana anggkuhnya BN semasa ianya masih kuat; ingat ke tidak yang orang UMNO dan BN selalu berkata 25 tahun dahulu selalu berkata, jika UMNO bertanding letakkan tangkai cangkul atau selipar sebagai calun pun boleh menang.

Sekarang ini boleh kah kita berkata sebegitu angkuh dan sombong lagi? Jawapannya ada dalam diri kita masing-masing.

Dekarang apa pula yang kita dengar disebelah Pakatan Rakyat dalam PRK Ulu Selangor ini? Kita tunggu besok, ya besok…insyallah!



Sekian……………………………Aspan Alias


Haw-T’au-Ngeow-Ch’oo-Boey or Tiger-Head-Mouse-Tail

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 04:20 AM PDT

Once upon a time, in a land once known as the Boelay Kingdom, there lived a mythical creature known as Haw-T'au-Ngeow-Ch'oo-Boey. Translated into English, it means (literally) Tiger-Head-Mouse-Tail, implying the creature was ferocious at one end of its body but timid at the other. In modern political parlance, the creature would 'act tough for show at one end but cringe at the other'.

As we expect with mythological creatures like the dragon, phoenix, unicorns, griffins, etc, they only exist in stories.

But then recently many people spotted a Haw-T'au-Ngeow-Ch'oo-Boey in our local neighbourhood.

Its Tiger-Head made a lot of noise against a hunter named Mahathir but alas, the noise was in Chinese, which means those who don't understand Chinese won't be offended. So Tiger-Head tried to show it was brave but only to those who understood Chinese.

Meanwhile its Mouse-Tail obviously didn't roar but instead made a manja melodious mewing sound (in English) to those Tai-Kohs who didn't join the Perkasa hunting party – it lauded them. Yes, as we know, 'lauded' in English means 'praised' or 'extolled'. Wah, so sweet! Good boy lah!


Unlike its Tiger-Head, it made no mention, let alone criticism, of the hunter named Mahathir.

So it's a clever creature, making two completely different responses on the same incident. Act tough on it to a particular group, but act bodek-ish to another.

That's the Haw-T'au-Ngeow-Ch'oo-Boey for you, or as Chinese would say of its roar-mewing, 'hoe knwa boe hoe cheah' (good to look at, but lousy in taste/substance) wakakaka.

But enough of mythological creatures, go get yourself educated by reading Malaysiakini's Gerakan slams Dr M's 'disgusting' speech at Perkasa AGM.


Meanwhile, over at DAP HQs, when asked what was their reaction to the hunter Mahathir, a DAP man replied 'cheah par boe eng ah?' literally meaning 'having eaten, so busy?'.

In idomatic terms, it implies 'don't we have far better things to do?'.


ANWAR It’s time we had reservations about reservations has won significant support for demands that assistance should be redirected towards poors

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 02:41 AM PDT

However, the proposed bumiputra reforms are trapped in a heated debate between liberal Malays such as Nazir Razak, a business leader, and defenders of Malay interests such as the campaigning group Perkasa, the Malay word for a warrior.

By Kevin Brown in Singapore, Financial Times

Najib Razak, the Malaysian prime minister, will on Tuesday make the most important announcement of his year-long tenure when he reveals how much of the discrimination favouring the country's majority population group he is willing to eradicate.

Ministers have been discussing radical plans for a "new economic model" that would greatly dilute affirmative action in favour of Muslim Malays, who make up 53 per cent of the population. They are also considering rolling back benefits accorded to indigenous people from the two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, who account for about 12 per cent.

However, there are widespread doubts that Mr Najib will take the political risk of dismantling the privileges of the Malay majority, which forms the core of political support for his United Malays National Organisation, the main party in the governing National Front coalition.

"Looking back over the year that Najib has been prime minister his administration has been blowing hot and cold where reforms are concerned, especially where they concern race-based affirmative action," says Ooi Kee Beng, a Malaysia expert at the Institute of South East Asian Studies in Singapore.

The Malay and indigenous groups, collectively known as bumiputra, or sons of the soil, are regarded as economically disadvantaged and have benefited from a range of policies intended to increase their prosperity relative to the ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities, who account for about 34 per cent of the population.

The policies were introduced in part by Malaysia's 1957 independence constitution and in part by the "new economic policy" of 1971, brought in after race riots in a drive to spread wealth more evenly.

Affirmative action programmes include cheaper housing loans, quotas for university places and civil service jobs, and preferential treatment in competitions for government contracts and for permits required to operate businesses. Many companies must set aside 30 per cent of their shares for bumiputra owners.

Mr Najib is expected to press ahead with some economic reforms, including attempts to get Khazanah, the state investment agency, to sell some of its holdings in a wide range of Malaysian companies as part of a drive to increase liquidity on the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange.

There is also likely to be some liberalisation of rules governing foreign direct investment, which has fallen off since the 1997/98 Asian financial crisis, when Malaysia imposed capital controls against advice from the IMF.

However, the proposed bumiputra reforms are trapped in a heated debate between liberal Malays such as Nazir Razak, a business leader, and defenders of Malay interests such as the campaigning group Perkasa, the Malay word for a warrior.

Mr Nazir and others argue that bumiputra preferences are hampering business. But Perkasa says Malays need to make more economic progress before affirmative action can be scrapped.

Many Malays support some degree of reform, not least because the system is regarded as benefiting mainly better-off Malays who know how to exploit it. Anwar Ibrahim, the opposition leader who is on trial for sodomy, has won significant support for demands that assistance should be redirected towards poorer Malaysians of all races.

The floodgates of reservations, already open wide, have just been flung even wider apart. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Andhra Pradesh legislation providing 4 per cent quota in jobs and educational institutions for backward groups among the Muslim community be restored. Earlier, the Andhra high court had struck down such reservations on the grounds that they were unconstitutional. India supposedly being a secular country, the Indian Constitution does not permit the State to discriminate against any citizen on the basis of religion.
However, four states – namely Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Bihar (and a fifth, West Bengal, waiting in the wings) – have religion-based reservations in percentages varying from a high of 12 per cent for Kerala to 3 per cent for Bihar. Interestingly, Uttar Pradesh, which has the highest Muslim population of all states of India does not have minority reservations.
The argument for minority reservations follows the reservations-within-reservations line of reasoning: within the minority communities there are certain social and economically backward groups who need special quotas for their uplift in the same way as SC/STs and OBCs do in the majority community.
However, many feel that this argument is the thin edge of the wedge which would eventually result in religion-based reservations. This fear is most vociferously articulated by the BJP and the sangh parivar. But even those who disagree with the parivar's politics of Hindutva and 'cultural nationalism' might well be uncomfortable with the idea of reservations for religious minorities.
Such a policy is repugnant to the idea of genuine secularism – as distinct from the vote-bank 'secularism' of many political parties whose own interest lies in further ghettoising minorities by offering them the lure of reserved quotas.
Over the years, particularly after the Mandalisation of the Indian polity, caste-based reservations have deepened the many social schisms Indian society is fraught with. Religion-based reservations would lead not just to rifts but to open wounds on the body politic, perhaps with fatal results.
In its recent judgement the SC has left the final decision on minority reservations to a special Constitution Bench which is expected to address the matter later this year, in mid-August.
What is at stake is the fundamental nature of the Indian State: is India truly a secular republic, as it has declared itself to be, or does it – within its secularism – recognise religion as a distinguishing factor among its citizens.
If the Indian State does, officially, give such recognition to religion as a basis for social and economic distinction, then it is no longer a secular republic, but one that pays lip service to a sham secularism.
Reservations for minorities –as the BJP has pointed out – will make a mockery not only of India's secularism but also of its many religions, in that attracted by the lure of quotas people might convert to minority religions not out of faith but for the economic benefits promised by the reservation raj. You don't have to be a BJP supporter, or a saffronite, to find such a prospect highly injurious to society.
Reservations have become like the fabled genie who was let out of the bottle, and continued to grow and grow. Who is going to put the genie back, and how?
That's the question facing not just the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, but all of us as well.



Anwar has the crowd in stitches in Kuala Kubu Bahru

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 01:07 AM PDT

Anwar continues to entertain the 4000 crowd at the Kuala Kubu Bahru mini-stadium for the launch of Pakatan Rakyat's Selamatkan Malaysia campaign. (Producer's note: One of the most funniest speeches Anwar has ever given!)
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Anwar has crowd in stitches

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 12:52 AM PDT

Anwar continues to entertain the 4000 crowd at the Kuala Kubu Bahru mini-stadium for the launch of Pakatan Rakyat's Selamatkan Malaysia campaign. (Producer's note: One of the most funniest speeches Anwar has ever given!)
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Where are RM52 billion Bumi shares, asks Guan Eng

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 02:34 AM PDT


DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng wants the government to investigate why RM52 billion worth of shares in public listed companies allocated for Bumiputeras under affirmative action policies were no longer in their hands.

He told reporters in Parliament today that the fact that the shares were no longer in the hands of Bumiputeras was an act of betrayal.

The Penang Chief Minister suggested a Royal Commission be set up to investigate such leakages.

He said that out of RM54 billion in shares allocated for Bumiputeras, only RM2 billion were still in their hands.

"According to a Bernama report, the Prime Minister had been quoted as saying that of the RM54 billion in shares allocated, only RM2 billion worth of shares were left in the hands of Bumiputeras," said Lim.

"There is a leakage of RM52 billion which is not in the hands of the Bumiputeras. This is a betrayal. The government has to arrest and take action against the people who have hijacked the money," he added.

When asked by a reporter whether Pakatan Rakyat had any ideas or leads as to who now held the shares, Lim smiled and claimed that PR knew who had control of them, and also why there was inaction from the part of the government.

"We in PR know who has the shares, it is held by the cronies of Barisan Nasional, that's why the government have not taken any action. If the government really cares, they need to send a message to show their seriousness in taking action."

"The government should set up a Royal Commission on the Bumi equity. This is an admission from the Prime Minister himself," asserted the Penang CM.

Lim's initial response was towards a newspaper report on which Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had commented on the distribution of wealth among Malaysians.

"He is talking about the distribution of wealth among Malaysians, who has got what and who did not, the ones who have got nothing are the rakyat," said Lim.

The total Bumiputera equity currently stands at 19.4 per cent from its targeted 30 per cent some 19 years ago.

courtesy of Malaysian Insider


Fight racism. Register as a voter, NOW!

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 02:28 AM PDT


Change can't happen by itself. We need to make that change. Racism is Umno's 'secret weapon' and the only way to beat Umno at this race game is to register as a voter and vote racism out of office. So register as a voter, now, and make that change. Only YOU can end racism. Umno understands only ONE language, the power of your one vote. Umno does not fear God. Umno fears losing power.

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Raja Petra Kamarudin

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty. (Universal Declaration of Human Rights).





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RM52 billion worth of MALAYshares in public listed companies allocated for Bumiputeras under affirmative action policies gone with MAHATHIR’S VISION INCO-OPERATED!

Posted: 29 Mar 2010 02:15 AM PDT

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DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng wants the government to investigate why RM52 billion worth of shares in public listed companies allocated for Bumiputeras under affirmative action policies were no longer in their hands.

He told reporters in Parliament today that the fact that the shares were no longer in the hands of Bumiputeras was an act of betrayal.READMORE Bite the bullet. NEM vs NEP is devil vs deep blue sea for Najib. New economic model Najib is waiting for KATAK IBRAHIM'S DRAFT

The Penang Chief Minister suggested a Royal Commission be set up to investigate such leakages.

He said that out of RM54 billion in shares allocated for Bumiputeras, only RM2 billion were still in their hands.READMORE Why some political parties lost the plot Filth of UMNO and Evil MAHATHIR never ever changes – it can hide, camouflage itself, but will never deliver benefits.

"According to a Bernama report, the Prime Minister had been quoted as saying that of the RM54 billion in shares allocated, only RM2 billion worth of shares were left in the hands of Bumiputeras," said Lim.

"There is a leakage of RM52 billion which is not in the hands of the Bumiputeras. This is a betrayal. The government has to arrest and take action against the people who have hijacked the money," he added.

By the time the course ends the Malays would understand that the non-Malays are the enemy and that Umno is the only protection they have against the Chinese, Indians and 'others'. This is what BTN is all about.

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MUAR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin denied claims that courses run by the Biro Tatanegara (BTN) or National Civics Bureau were a form of political indoctrination, saying they were to inculcate nationalism and unity among the people in line with the 1Malaysia concept.

"BTN courses are not for 'converting' participants to Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN). There are no ulterior motives; these courses are well intended," the Deputy Prime Minister told reporters after presenting cows for the Aidiladha in Pagoh, here Thursday.

He said members of the public and employees of private companies should not be stopped from attending courses organised by the government's agency.

He added that the Selangor state government and Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim were given a wrong impression on the courses run by the BTN.

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When asked by a reporter whether Pakatan Rakyat had any ideas or leads as to who now held the shares, Lim smiled and claimed that PR knew who had control of them, and also why there was inaction from the part of the government.

"We in PR know who has the shares, it is held by the cronies of Barisan Nasional, that's why the government have not taken any action. If the government really cares, they need to send a message to show their seriousness in taking action."

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"The government should set up a Royal Commission on the Bumi equity. This is an admission from the Prime Minister himself," asserted the Penang CM.

Lim's initial response was towards a newspaper report on which Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had commented on the distribution of wealth among Malaysians.

"He is talking about the distribution of wealth among Malaysians, who has got what and who did not, the ones who have got nothing are the rakyat," said Lim.

The total Bumiputera equity currently stands at 19.4 per cent from its targeted 30 per cent some 19 years ago.

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