Friday, April 9, 2010

Hishamuddin Tun Hussein Tak Tahu Yahudi Masuk Bukit Aman. Betul Ke?

Hishamuddin Tun Hussein Tak Tahu Yahudi Masuk Bukit Aman. Betul Ke?


Hishamuddin Tun Hussein Tak Tahu Yahudi Masuk Bukit Aman. Betul Ke?

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 03:30 PM PDT

Hishamuddin Tun hussein dilaporkan berkata:
"Tuduhan yang dibuat oleh Anwar Ibrahim adalah serius. Justeru, kita mesti menyiasat bagi menentukan kesahihannya," katanya.
Mengikut dokumen-dokumen yang didedahkan oleh Raja Petra Kamaruddin dalam blog beliau, Hishamuddin telah pun mendapat laporan penyiasatan terhadap kes ini semenjak 2008 lagi.

Saya membawa dokumen-dokumen tersebut, dengan ehsan Malaysiatoday dari artikel mereka bertajuk "Round 1 of 10: Hishammuddin's bullshit revealed"

Selamat membaca








Siri Menjawab Tohmahan Bodoh: “Usrah Barbican”

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 03:05 PM PDT

Ada seekor blogger bernama "Penembak Babi" telah memberi gelaran "Puak Babrican" kepada sekumpulan bloggers yang beliau benci sangat-sangat. Kebencian beliau berputik dari sikap beberapa blogger yang "Anti-UG".

Beliau merujuk kepada gambar ini:



Oleh kerana beliau bengang sangat, sampai minum Babrican pun nak dijadikan isu. Dia sedar tak Babrican ni dijual hatta di Mekah. Ia adalah produk jualan sebuah syarikat milik warga Saudi bernama Aujan Industries. Aujan Industries ditubuhkan pada 1909 oleh Ahmad Aujan yang berasal dari Bahrain (masa tu Bahrain dgn Saudi ni satu).

Minuman ini dijual di seluruh Saudi Arabia hatta di Mekah dan sekitar Masjidil Haram. Kalau kita beli sebotol, kita boleh bawak minuman Barbican sampai depan Kaabah. Takkan ada orang akan marah dan melarang. Kalau nak tahu lebih lanjut, sila baca kat sini. Tapi tak taulah mamat ni boleh paham sebab laman web Aujan ni takda dalam bahasa Tranung. Yang ada dalam bahasa omputih sama Arab.

Ni nak kata orang bodoh sombong. Dah bodoh, tak boleh diajar. Bahlol dan baghal. Dia kata dia penembak babi, baik dia tembak dia sendiri sebab otak lagi rendah dari babi.
Mamat ni sengaja guna nama "Puak Barbican" sebab nak bagi kiasan kononnya blogger-blogger anti UG ni rapat dengan arak. Ni semua permainan bodoh Penembak Babi yang perangai macam babi.

Dan semua blogger2 Pro UG pun sambut guna perkataan ini. Padanlah dengan mereka menyambut benda ni sebab IQ mereka pun rendah. Mereka tak sedar, BARBICAN ini adalah produk syarikat milik orang Islam yang bermula semenjak 1905.

Ni contoh orang jahil berlagak alim. Last-last diri sendiri yang malu

Tulang Besi



Zaid Ibrahim — Nazri said so because the Cabinet said so, meaning of separation of powers and the independence of Parliament

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 02:54 PM PDT

Before I elaborate, let me first confess of my excitement when Pak Lah first announced integrity as the cornerstone of his administration a few years back. I thought this is what the country sorely needs. However unfortunately, after much fanfare and millions of ringgit gone astray, all we have today is the Institute of Integrity and very little else. Maybe, "Integrity in Governance" is not included within APCO's terms of reference, perhaps that's why? 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.TOTALLY agree with Zaid that the Cabinet has no bloody business to deliberate and decide that Anwar must be referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee. The whole mess was created ENTIRELY due to the inefficiency and 'ignorance' of the concerned Speaker with regards to the Standing Orders. Syabas Zaid for pointing out this very FLAWED descision by the Speaker !What you have been describing regarding the independence, integrity and separation of powers vested in our democratic institutions and leaders long been destroyed and compromised by Mahathir during his 22 years in office. RELATED ARTICLE The story of Mukhayriq, a Rabbi from Medina "He was the best of the Jews"but MAHATHIR worst of the muslims

What is left is just a facade and even then not a very good one. Everything is done on whims and fancy of some one, to please some body or for political expediency. Beneath the thin veneer of a seemingly successful and vibrant democratic country the rot underneath is deep and serious; corruption, cronyism, farcical judiciary, police brutality, racism, religious bigotry, abuse and misuse of laws and powers, etc.RELATED ARTICLE Nurul Izzah Anwar; The sad reality is that these myths are being perpetuated by Umno and Barisan Nasional for their own gain. The fact is that Umno wants to keep the Malay community under its suzerainty forever

What is needed is a change of govt bend on restoring independence and integrity of our democratic institutions with leaders who are held responsible for their actions or inaction by the rakyat. In the good old days, judges were prepared for the sack but remained steadfast and true to their principles and convictions. A certain central bank governor opted to resign rather than suffer the humiliation of having to take orders from politicians. Well friends, those days are long gone and it looks like as if persons of integrity may never hold the reign at any of our state institutions again.

Today if you like to remain in the helm you would have to play politics and do as what the political masters tell you to do, no complications please — integrity seems to be the hardest word.

Nurul Izzah Anwar.

Which explains why the Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speakers have conducted themselves in such fashion last week. The Speakers have lost control of the Dewan. It's absolute mayhem every day. The shouting matches and the wasting of hours of precious debating time is due to their lack of understanding of the role of Parliament and their own position and authority to regulate the proceedings in the House firmly and fairly. Their handling of the issues pertaining to Standing Order 36 (12) violations by MPs is shameful. Yes, members of the Dewan must not make misleading and deliberately untruthful statements. That's the essence of Order 36. Whilst Erskine May correctly states that the rule is applicable to all members of Parliament, in terms of actual parliamentary practice based on proceedings in England and Canada and Australia, the rule not to "misled the House" is meant to ensure compliance by ministers in government to tell the truth and not lie to Parliament. This is what is known as ministerial responsibility to Parliament, and the rule "not to misled" is to ensure ministers not lie in Parliament. We can glean this principle by looking into the cases of John Profumo, John Biffen and the Westland Affair. If we read the British or Canadian Hansard, the reported cases involving the offence of "misleading the House" will always refer to ministers who have lied or misled the House on the facts under their charge. Due to this demand for strict integrity in discharging one's ministerial responsibility and accountability to the Parliament, British and Canadian ministers must exhibit the highest sincerity and honesty while furnishing their replies to parliamentary queries.RELATED ARTICLE Khairy Jamaluddin open the Pandora's Box.to trap Najib,NAZRI GOT CONNED ONE APCO NAJIB..

To translate this context within our legislative process then, as an example — should the defence minister state that the contract for the maintenance of our submarines amounted to RM270 million, and if other parliamentarians can indeed prove that this figure is wrong, then the minister concerned should rightly be referred to the committee for action. Similarly, when at some point the deputy minister of defence states that the commissions for the purchase of some submarines was in the region of RM450 million while on another occasion the minister himself maintains that no such commissions were paid, it suggests to us that someone is possibly lying. These then are some of the prime examples where the radar of the Speakers of the Dewan should bleep loudly. Such inconsistencies in data are what that they should be interested in. related article najib got 600million from the submarine The central aspect of the Westminster system is the ability of Parliament to acquire accurate information about government and about ministers giving truthful and complete answers to Parliament. This is what Order 36 is meant to address. Not to punish any statements by opposition leaders and members of Parliament for statements BN does not agree with or embarrassing to them. Not to punish different interpretations of the same facts or to punish political viewpoints. The Speaker must first rule whether the impugned statement is misleading on the face of it. Only then should he ask for a vote whether to refer or not to refer to the Privileges Committee. He must, on the facts or statements before him, decide independently and fairly whether a member has violated the rule before he takes a vote. So, for instance, if he is satisfied with the explanation from YB Mahfuz that his statement APCO equals Umno is merely an opinion then he should rule accordingly and stop the fracas. The Speaker cannot punish a member for giving an opinion. If he thinks there is some serious factual errors and made deliberately to misled the House, he must give his reasons after getting the explanation from the member. He could ask YB Mahfuz to correct them and apologise, and that would be the end of the matter. Or if he believes there is prima facie basis for the complaints then he can bring the matter to a vote. He cannot let the majority decide whether a wrong has been committed by an opposition member because they majority will always say yes. They always want to refer the opposition member to the Privileges Committee even if no wrong has been done. They always want to suspend an opposition member (better still if an opposition member joins them). If the Speaker is not willing to ensure the independence and impartiality of the Chair, then Parliament will become a dog house where yelling is the order of the day. There will be no time for debate on policies in Parliament. At this rate one wonders why should anyone be interested to be a member of Parliament.. RELATED ARTICLE

So Anwar Ibrahim now has to be referred to the Committee of Privileges and would probably be suspended for saying that there is similarity in the concept of 1 Malaysia and One Israel; and for suggesting the possibility that APCO may be responsible for these ideas? What crime or violation has he done? It is an opinion of an opposition leader. He gave his reasons to support his arguments and they were good, reasonable reasons. Parliament must not and cannot afford to stifle its members and punish them too, just because they have embarrassed the government. Any member is given sufficient latitude to speak on any subject without fear of civil actions by the authorities. That is what parliamentary privileges mean. British politicians over the ages gave their life to secure independence of Parliament from the monarch and other ecclesiastical powers. Unfortunately our own Parliament willingly stifles its own Yang Berhormat.If Anwar had given any factual errors, the Chair could just resolve the matter fairly by asking him to correct them. What were the findings of the Deputy Speaker when he made the decision to refer Anwar to the committee? Was it in his findings that an error was deliberately committed by Anwar to mislead the House? There was no ruling on the facts, only an assertion that the Speaker has the power to do so. But the facts seem to stay with Anwar. We can differ and disagree perhaps only on the conclusions.related article before one puts another in handcuffs and sends that human being to jail, one should have pretty strong solid reasons for doing so

The reason the Speaker has chosen to refer Anwar to the committee was apparently because Nazri had said so. And Nazri said so because the Cabinet said so. In any other civilised country, Nazri and the entire Cabinet would be cited for contempt of Parliament! Parliament has to make its own decision, and not be dictated by the Cabinet. This is the meaning of separation of powers and the independence of Parliament. This is what the Standing Orders are for, this is what the privileges given to Yang Berhormat are for. A Parliament with integrity cannot be seen to be shamelessly directed by the Executive, and the Cabinet ministers. If this is the case, the Deputy Speaker then might as well dispense with the facade of the independence of the Parliament that they had spoken about and defended so vigorously back when they were backbenchers.But you certainly cannot exercise independence and integrity if you build your career by depending on instructions with vested interests or unquestioningly taking orders, from parties with an agenda of their own, at the expense of the rakyat. How lofty positions can change us all.

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Karpal booted out as Apco row escalates

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 08:59 AM PDT

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The story of Mukhayriq, a Rabbi from Medina “He was the best of the Jews”but MAHATHIR worst of the muslims

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 09:45 AM PDT

BY MUQTEDAR KHAN, DECEMBER 28, 2009

Onward, Abrahamic soldiers
NEWARK, DELAWARE

There are many stories that contemporary Imams rarely tell their congregations. The story of Mukhayriq, a Rabbi from Medina is one such story. I have heard the stories about the battle of Uhud, one of prophet Muhammad's major battles with his Meccan enemies, from Imams and Muslim preachers hundreds of times, but not once have I heard the story of Rabbi Mukhayriq who died fighting in that battle against the enemies of Islam.

So, I will tell the story of Rabbi Mukhayriq – the first Jewish martyr of Islam. It is quite apropos as the season of spiritual holidays is here.

Mukhayriq was a wealthy and learned leader of the tribe of Tha'labah. He fought with Prophet Muhammed in the battle of Uhud on March 19, 625 AD and was martyred in it. That day was a Saturday. Rabbi Mukhayriq addressed his people and asked them to go with him to help Muhammed. His tribe's men declined saying that it was the day of Sabbath. Mukhayriq chastised them for not understanding the deeper meaning of Sabath and announced to his people that if he died in the battle his entire wealth should go to Muhammed.

Mukhayriq died in battle against the Meccans. And when Muhammed, who was seriously injured in that battle, was informed about the death of Mukhayriq, Muhammed said, "He was the best of Jews."

Muhammed inherited seven gardens and other forms of wealth from Mukhayriq. Muhammed used this wealth to establish the firstwaqf – a charitable endowment – of Islam. It was from this endowment that the Prophet of Islam helped many poor people in Medina.

When Muhammed migrated form Mecca to Medina in 622 he signed a treaty with the various tribes that lived in and around Medina. Many of these tribes had embraced Islam, some were pagan and others were Jewish. All of them signed the treaty with Muhammed that is referred to by historians as the Constitution of Medina. The first Islamic state, a multi-tribal and multi-religious state, established by Muhammed in Medina was based on this social contract.

According to Article 2 of the Constitution, all tribes who were signatory to the treaty constituted one nation (ummah). Mukhayriq's people too were signatories to this treaty and were obliged to fight with Muhammed in accordance to Article 37 of the Constitution, which says:

The Jews must bear their expenses and the Muslims their expenses. Each must help the other against anyone who attacks the people of this document. They must seek mutual advice and consultation, and loyalty is a protection against treachery. A man is not liable for his ally's misdeeds. The wronged must be helped.

In a way Rabbi Mukhayriq, who was also a well-respected scholar of Jews in Medina, was merely being a good citizen and was fulfilling a social contract. But his story is fantastic, especially for our times when we are struggling to build bridges between various religious communities. Mukhayriq's loyalty, his bravery, his sacrifice and his generosity are inspirational.

Perhaps it is about people like Mukhayriq that the Quran says:

And there are, certainly, among Jews and Christians, those who believe in God, in the revelation to you, and in the revelation to them, bowing in humility to God. They will not sell the Signs of God for a miserable gain! For them is a reward with their Lord (3:199).

Mukhayriq's story is a story of an individual's ability to transcend communal divides and to fight for a more inclusive idea of community. He was a true citizen of the state of Medina and he gave his life in its defense. He was a Jew and he was an Islamic hero and his story must never be forgotten and must be told and retold. When Muslims forget to remember his, and other stories that epitomize interfaith relations they diminish the legacy of Islam and betray the cause of peace.

If Muslim Imams told his story in their congregations in America and elsewhere, I am confident that it will contribute to manifestations of increased tolerance by Muslims towards others. There are many such wonderful examples of brotherhood, tolerance, sacrifice and good citizenship in Islamic traditions that undergird the backbone of Islamic ethics. I wish we told them more often.

Muqtedar Khan is Director of Islamic Studies at the University of Delaware and a fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

Yes, that's right. Malaysia considers Singapore the Israel of the East. And the Israel of the East works closely with the Israel of the Middle East. Yet we hand the job of setting up our security system to our perceived enemies. Is this a wise decision?


Raja Petra Kamarudin

I am against Nazism. I am not against Germans or Germany. I am against Fascism. I am not against Italians or Italy. I am against Imperialism. I am not against Americans or the United States. I am against Autocracy. I am not against Arabs or Saudi Arabia. And the list goes on. In that same spirit, I am against Zionism. I am not against Jews or Israel.

We must differentiate between Zionism (just like Nazism, Fascism, Imperialism, Autocracy and whatnot) and Jews or Israel. Many Jews are opposed to Zionism — as there were Germans who opposed Nazism, Italians who opposed Fascism, Arabs who want free elections and the right to choose their leaders, plus Americans who oppose the foreign policies of the United States, even as far back as the Vietnam War.

The policies of governments and regimes are decided by its leaders, not by its people. Should we hate Malaysia, a nation of 27 million people, because 191 Umno division leaders choose their President who ultimately becomes the Prime Minister of Malaysia? The system sucks but that is the system. 191 Malays decide their party president and we are lumbered with this man as our national leader. I did not choose him and neither did almost all of you reading this. Should we suffer the hate because of the bad system that allows something like this?

The APCO and Asiasoft issues come to mind when we talk about Zionism. I would like to visit Israel if I were allowed to. But I can't do that because Malaysians are banned from travelling to Israel. I oppose this policy. It is not my policy. It is the policy of our government. But I have no choice but to comply with this policy because I hold a Malaysian passport, which clearly states I am not permitted to travel to Israel.

So, being a loyal Malaysian, I follow the rules although there are ways I can travel to Israel if I want to without the government finding out. This is what the Malaysian government has decided. And this is what I am forced to follow whether I like it or not. What business, therefore, does the Malaysian government have in breaking its own rules?

This is the issue. The issue is not that we hate Jews or Israel. In fact, I love Jews. I think the Jews are the most talented people in the world. My favourite singers/entertainers, song writers/composers, actors/actresses, movie producers/directors, writers/authors, thinkers/philosophers, doctors/scientists, and whatnot, are Jews. Hey, almost all the Prophets of the People of the Book were Jews. Abraham, Moses, Jesus and many more were Jews. So how can I hate Jews?

So let us get one thing very clear. It is Malaysia that refuses to recognise Israel and bans Malaysians from travelling to Israel. Malaysia does not have any diplomatic relations with Israel. That is the Malaysian government's choice. So the Malaysian government must live by its own rules.

But now the Malaysian government has violated its own rules. It set the rules and it violated its own rules. This is intolerable. What if I decide to make a trip to Israel? Will I be in violation of Malaysian law? Why can't I also ignore this law that forbids Malaysians from visiting Israel?

The issue here, however, extends beyond the issue of Israel. Bukit Aman has embarked on an estimated RM1 billion computerisation program. But the project was given to one company. And to hide this fact it was parcelled out to a few companies with instructions that all these companies must sub-contract the project to one company.

In essence, only one company got this massive project. And, to cover their tracks, it was disguised to make it appear like a few companies got the project. And, to make it worse, this beneficiary company is linked to the IGP. So there is an element of abuse of power, conflict of interest, and corruption, in the awarding of this contract.

That, in essence, is what it is all about.

Furthermore, the ultimate beneficiary of this project is a company that is based in countries that Malaysia considers 'enemy states', Singapore and Israel. This opens Malaysia to a security risk.

Now, we must remember, most wars are fought between neighbours. History has proven this. Once in awhile we have situations where Britain goes to war with Argentina or the United States invades Iraq, countries halfway across the world. Most times, however, wars are fought between neighbours.

Okay, this matter is seldom talked about openly, but let's talk about it anyway. Malaysia arms itself with fighter jets, armoured cars, gunboats, submarines and whatnot. Why? Who do we wish to attack? Or whom do we wish to defend ourselves against? America? France? Germany? Italy? Great Britain? Russia? China?

Certainly not! If any of the great powers wish to attack Malaysia they need not send in their army, navy or air force. All they need to do is to make a phone call and we will have to open our doors to them without firing a shot. We are arming ourselves to defend ourselves against our neighbours. And one neighbour in particular that we are most worried about is Singapore.

Yes, that's right. Malaysia considers Singapore the Israel of the East. And the Israel of the East works closely with the Israel of the Middle East. Yet we hand the job of setting up our security system to our perceived enemies. Is this a wise decision?

That is the real issue. We arm ourselves because we fear one neighbour in particular. We spend billions on arming ourselves when that money could have instead been used to build more and better hospitals, schools and universities. Then we compromise our security by handing the job of managing our security to 'enemy states'.

In the United States or Britain you need high security clearance before you are entrusted with the job of getting involved in security or defence contracts. In Malaysia any Tom, Dick and Harry can be given the job just as long as they are prepared to pay kickbacks, commission or 'under-the-table' money.

So can we please refocus? The bone of contention is not the Jews or Israel. It is not even Singapore. It is in how we manage our security, and how we manage public spending. Is corruption and kickbacks always the criteria when we do things? Currently it appears so.

On the APCO issue, again, it is not about the Jews. It is about spending RM28 million of the taxpayers' money and using RM2 front companies to disguise the link to the real beneficiaries of the contract. Should the taxpayers be made to pay for something that benefits not the taxpayers but Umno?

The debate appears to be centred on the fact that the Jews are behind APCO and Asiasoft. That is only one issue and is an issue only because Malaysia refuses to recognise Israel and treats Israel as an enemy state. If Malaysia is prepared to recognise Israel and lifts the ban on Malaysians travelling to Israel then that issue can disappear. Is Malaysia prepared to do this? I would agree to that move.

The next thing to focus on would be the implementation process of these projects. Even if the projects were given to our allies from the OIC we still need to look into the manner the projects were implemented. Corruption is still corruption even if it involves 'brother nations'.

The Malaysian government, in particular Umno, is running scared because the 'Israeli connection' has been revealed. They are not concerned about the corruption angle. Malaysia is never concerned about corruption. They are more worried about what the Malay voters would think. And since most seats depend on Malay votes then what the Malay voters think is important. That is what Umno fears most.

The opposition is now able to exploit this issue to the fullest. So Umno has to make it appear like it is no big deal and that the opposition is making a mountain out of a molehill. If the opposition is clever enough in exploiting this issue then Umno is in trouble.

There is nothing wrong in the opposition exploiting this issue. In politics everything is fair game. This is what politics is all about. So go exploit the issue to the maximum and sway the Malays. Show the Malays that Umno is hypocritical and has sold out to Israel.

We must remember: it was Umno that first used the Jewish connection issue. As far back as ten years ago they alleged that Anwar Ibrahim is an American agent and a tool of the Jews (now a tool of the Chinese as well). That is what they threw at Anwar. Now Anwar can throw the same thing back at them.

Hey, you decided the rules of the game. The opposition is just playing by your rules. So why grumble when Anwar now also reveals how Umno works with Israel? I would say good for Anwar and well done. Go for it! What goes around comes around. Those who live by the sword die by the sword.

And what more issues do you want to raise? That Anwar is gay? Hey, wait until I reveal the story about Ahmad Ismail of Penang. I even have some photographs. Want to play the he-is-gay game? I too can play that game. But then I really do not care whether you are straight, gay or bisexual. I am not concerned about who you screw. I am only concerned when you screw Malaysians and the taxpayers.


"He was the best of the Jews"but MAHATHIR worst of the muslims

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As a student I knew of the horrors of the Holocaust and other human tragedies, but merely as a distant thunder: The violation of human rights and crimes against humanity were only an abstract notion.

That was all fated to change with my arrest under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) of Malaysia, which allows for indefinite detention without trial. My crime?

I had known Anwar Ibrahim, the deputy prime minister and finance minister of Malaysia, as a close personal friend for many years. We shared and strove for a vision of life firmly rooted in human dignity. We struggled for building an intellectual and political milieu for free expression. Together, we subscribed to the idea of economic prosperity, gender and racial equality and a civil society.

Alas, the Malaysian dictator, Mahathir, under the growing burden of corruption and cronyism, conspired to halt the march of freedom. In order to build his fraudulent case against Anwar, Mahathir himself ordered my arrest.READ MORE A VULTURE, NAMED MAHATHIR WHAT KIND OF MUSLIM YOU ARE TO DO THIS TO YOUR MUSLIM BROTHER

A VULTURE, NAMED MAHATHIRAs a student I knew of the horrors of the Holocaust and other human tragedies, but merely as a distant thunder: The violation of human rights and crimes against humanity were only an abstract notion.That was all fated to change with my arrest under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) of Malaysia, which allows for indefinite detention without trial. My crime? I had known Anwar Ibrahim, the deputy prime minister and finance minister of Malaysia, as a close personal friend for many years. We shared and strove for a vision of life firmly rooted in human dignity. We struggled for building an intellectual and political milieu for free expression. Together, we subscribed to the idea of economic prosperity, gender and racial equality and a civil society.Alas, the Malaysian dictator, Mahathir, under the growing burden of corruption and cronyism, conspired to halt the march of freedom. In order to build his fraudulent case against Anwar, Mahathir himself ordered my arrest.My kidnapping and detention by the infamous Malaysian Special Branch taught me how it feels to be forcibly separated from one's wife and children. How it feels to be searched and seized, disallowed to make phone calls, handcuffed, blindfolded, stripped naked, driven in an animal cage, shaven bald, endlessly interrogated, humiliated, drugged, deprived of sleep, physically abused. What it's like to be threatened, blackmailed, tormented by police lawyers, brutalized to make a totally false confession, hospitalized for a consequent heart ailment, and treated as a psychiatric patient with symptoms of Stockholm syndrome.Barely surviving on a meager diet of rancid rice and chicken along with 12 medicines a day, I spent nearly four months handcuffed around the clock to my hospital bed, under the watchful eyes of the prison guards.Thereafter, my ability to speak, read and write took a considerable time to show signs of recovery. Short-term memory lapses were frequent. I existed in a fluid state in which suicidal tendencies, depression and despair were punctuated by fits of rage and indignation.Weekly visits of less than an hour by my wife, Nadia, with our young children — Aisha and Omran — were my only contact with the outside world and the only inspiration to live on.In collusion with the lawyer appointed on my behalf by the police, the Malaysian authorities refused the legal assistance of my choice, coercing me not to mount an appeal against the court verdict and threatening me with greater punishment under new charges if I didn't co-operate.Simultaneously, Nadia constantly endured police harassment, wiretapping and disruption of our e-mail and bank accounts. Some of our friends were met with the same fate and were compelled to abandon us when we needed them most.But, in attempting to scare off and alienate my friends, how terribly mistaken were Malaysian autocrats in aping gross Gestapo tactics. How they underestimated the temper of freedom in so many places around the world, above all among friends in the West.Floodgates of human compassion were opened when the futurist author Alvin Toffler, who Mahathir asked to advise him on a pet high-technology project, sent a message of protest to the Malaysian leader within 72 hours of my capture. In a major interview with the Western press, Mahathir even felt it necessary to make assurances — unfulfilled, of course — about my well being.With every passing day, the rising tide of concern for my plight seemed to personify the words of Elie Wiesel: "Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor. Never the victim. Never the tormented."Friends and strangers alike took a stand and support began to mushroom everywhere. Nadia related to me in the hospital how Amnesty International had declared me a "prisoner of conscience," and how Pen International adopted me as a "writer in prison." Against all odds, two prominent Malaysian lawyers, Manjeet Singh Dhillon and Balwant Singh Siddhu, offered their services unconditionally. To top it all, an international coalition — Friends of Dr. Anees — came into existence in defence of my rights. The core group of Naseer Ahmad, Baseer Hai, Safir Rammah, Jamal Mubarak, Anees Ahmad and Naeem Siddiqui mounted a media campaign with phenomenal success.What touched my heart was that the person, Kamal Mubarak, who set up the Web site had never met me in person. From the depths of my confinement, I could see the magic of human compassion had begun to defeat oppression.The pinnacle was reached after my release in the warm hug laced with watery eyes of an Amnesty friend in Toronto, Margaret John, who witnessed a pledge of solidarity between me and Devan Nair, the former president of Singapore, for we had come to share a similar fate.My victimization at the hands of Mahathir's "Asian values" has transformed me in another way. All my adult life, like so many in the Muslim world, I have suspected under every nook and cranny some conspiracy by the West to keep us down. Yet, in this seminal experience of my life, my friends in the West succeeded in saving me, while Mahathir, a Muslim, did everything to destroy me. And he is trying to do the same to Anwar again through his obliging courts on totally fabricated charges.Mahathir has demonstrated that, though a proclaimed Muslim, his heart is blind to compassion. Tyranny is the hallmark of his bankrupt concept of "Asian values."My tragedy, and that of my friend Anwar, ought to make our fellow Muslims think very hard when they ponder the West and its role in the world. As we set out to shape our collective destiny in the 21st century, will the values of Mahathir or Jefferson serve us best? Mahathir himself made that choice for me. Sic semper tyrannis.These are words of Dr. Munawar A. Anees

If Muslim Imams told the story of Rabbi Mukhayriq to their congregations in America and elsewhere, I am confident that it will contribute to manifestations of increased tolerance by Muslims towards others.

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THE NEW GENERATION OF MALAYSIANS WANT A PEACEFUL INTERPRETATION OF HISTORY – ONE THAT WILL NOT CONTINUE TO BLAME THIS OR THAT GROUP FOR THIS OR THAT ENGINEERED AND WELL-CRAFTED CONFLICTS SEEN AS FACTUAL, OBJECTIVE AND OFFICIAL NARRATIONS OF MALAYSIAN HISTORY."MAN HAS NO NATURE… WHAT HE HAS IS HISTORY," WRITES THE SPANISH PHILOSOPHER ORTEGA Y GASSETT.BUT WHOSE HISTORY MUST MAN LEARN? WHOSE CONSTRUCTION OF HISTORY MUST WE CRAFT AS OFFICIAL KNOWLEDGE? WHAT IS THE CONCEPTION OF HUMAN NATURE MUST WE HOLD IN WRITING ABOUT HISTORY? THERE ARE NO HISTORICAL 'FACTS'. THE TERM ITSELF IS AN OXYMORON AND A CONTRADICTION. THERE ARE ONLY SELECTED MEMORIES WE PURSUE OUT OF OUR IDEOLOGICAL BIASES. UNDERLYING THE SELECTION PROCESS LIE THE ACT OF HISTORICISING AND THE BASE AND SUPERSTRUCTURE THAT SHAPE THE MANNER HISTORY IS WRITTEN. THE MODERN STATE – THE 'NECESSARY EVIL'- DICTATES THE IDEOLOGY OF HISTORICISING; THUS THE MAXIM "WINNERS WRITE HISTORY, LOSERS WRITE POETRY OR STUDY ANTHROPOLOGY"-THE MUSLIM786 MALAYSIA

Mahathir was born on 10 July 1925, in Alor Star, the capital of the northern state of Kedah,[8] the youngest of nine children[9] of a schoolteacher and a housewife. His father, Mohamad Iskandar, was of half-Indian origin, being the son of a Malayalee Muslim (who migrated from Kerala) and a Malay mother, while Mahathir's own mother, Wan Tampawan, was Malay
Appears that the former premier need for self-esteem satisfaction is so high and supercedes all other considerations. He cares nothing for the impact of his behavior and actions, on others – everybody else is just collateral and can be damaged if needed (sounds just like Bush).Its all about his success, his reputation, perceptions of him, only he is right etc… – our course at your cost (you are simply collateral)
Voicefrom the streetDo not be misled by mere change in name. Our democracy is modelled along British parliamentsry democracy but we end up with dictatorship /totaitarian system of GUIDED DEMOCRACY as represented by the Mahahir regime and pepectuated by the present government. We try to model our Anti-corruption Agency along the HONGKONG Independent CAC but may end up with a GUIDED Commission that may not be so independent.It can be MODIFIED to suit the POLTITICAL needs and demands and conditions of the RULING ELITE WITH VESTED INTERESTS. A CHANGE IN NAME WITHOUT A CHANGE IN SUSTANCE IS A MERE ILLUSION TO HOODWINK THE RAKYAT. IT MAY BE WELL-PLANNED SYSTEM TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE HIGHLY CORRUPTED LEGALLY USING OUR OWN GUIDED 'SYSTEM OF RULE OF LAW'

CAN MAHATIR BE summon by Supreme Court to appear and defend his USE OF ISA to silence his political opponents Pervez Musharraf wasn't expectingthe summons the summons on Wednesday by Pakistan's Supreme Court to appear later this month and defend his November 2007 imposition of a state of emergency



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Sibu, the swan town - soon 'pesta with a lot of goodies' is coming

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 05:44 AM PDT

WHAT  do you call a resident of Sibu? I have some friends there and one of them said he is a Sibuian. Another, however, claims to be a Siburian.

Ask around and you will hear some townsfolk saying they are Sibunite or Sibuan.

Whatever you call them, the people of Sibu are staunchly proud of their town, which has several 'record breaking' features that sort of compensate for its poor siting on what was marsh land at the time it was founded.

sibu-1There is no escaping the flash floods that occur several times a year (pic).

The population is dominated by the Chinese especially the Foochows. Others include the  indigenous Melanau, Malay and Iban. The population of Sibu district, according to 2009 census, is about 260,000.

Sibu , which I reckon is about the size of Ipoh city, is the main tourist gateway to the upper Sungai Rajang , with its small riverine towns and many Iban and Orang Ulu longhouses.
A frontier town by the river

It's in the news now following the death of Bandar Sibu MP Robert Lau Hoi Chew.

Lau, who died at 66 after a long illness on Thursday, will be remembered as the man who modernised Sibu although its status as the second largest city in Sarawak (after Kuching) has since been overtaken by Miri.

The Sibu district has another parliamentary seat, Lanang. The MP there is Tiong Thai King, the current Sibu Municipal Council chairman.

robert-lau-hoi-chewIt was only once that the DAP had won Bandar Sibu and that was in 1982, albeit a small majority. There are three state seats within the constituency: Bawang Assan, Pelawan and Nangka.

In Lanang, there are two state seats:  Bukit Assek and Dudong.

In the March 2008 general elections, Lau (pic) retained Bandar Sibu  with a 3,235-vote majority in a three-cornered fight with PKR's Lim Chin Chuang  and Sarawak DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng.

Except for Bukit Assek, where Wong is the state assemblyman,  the other state seats in the two parliamentary constituencies are held by the Barisan.

It has been more than 15 years since I stepped into Sibu and I had visited the town and its outskirts at least four times before that.

Several people were my hosts during  my visits there,  taking me to different places by 4WD and express boats and introducing me to the 'wonders' of their town and the longhouses on the outskirts.

I was taken to restaurants selling exotic animal meat - like crocodile and flying fox -  though I was not game enough to try them. And every street in town, I thought, had a girlie barber or some sleazy joint.
The 'first' sides of Sibu

Sibu has a reputation as a rough, frontier town on the riverside. It was the 'New Foochow'  to the immigrants from Fujian who settled in Sibu in the early 20th century at the invitation of 'White Raja' Charles Brooke.

Due to the Rajang  bustling with activity, Sibu served an important role in the Brooke  administration as a trading centre between the coast and the vast upriver hinterland. It continues to fulfill this role today.

There has been tremendous development over the years and I am told that much of the transformation of the town was attributed to Lau.

Sibu now boasts of having the tallest building in Sarawak  - the 28-storey Wisma Sanyan (to be surpassed by a towering building in Kuching soon) and the largest town square in the country.

The Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum is the first medical museum in Malaysia,in honour of one of the oldest hospitals in Sarawak.

Its Central Market is the biggest indoor market in Malaysia and home to thousands of stalls selling fresh vegetables, fruits, live poultry and numerous farm, livestock and forest products.

One of my pals wrote to me in February that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had visited the market during an official trip to Sarawak and had posted pictures of his visit there on his official Facebook page.

When Lau was chairing the Sibu Municipal Council, before making his electoral debut in 2004, he had this grand idea of promoting his town globally and proposed the idea of having a 'Visit Sibu Year.' This, however, was only carried out about five years later.

sibu-2During his council term, Lau adopted the swan as the symbol and mascot of the town.
The swan, the symbol
The bird is actually non-existent in Sibu, except for numerous huge artificial swans and statues.

However, according to the Chinese community there, when the early immigrants arrived in Sibu in the mid 19th century and early 20th century, the Sungai Rajang reminded them of Swan River in Fuzhou, China.

And it is this tale that inspired Lau to take the swan as the town's symbol.

Due to his passion to promote the town he is often called 'Mr Sibu' and  because he actively promoted toilet cleanliness during his stint as Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister (2004 - 2008) he was also known as 'Mr Toilet.'

Lau also promoted tree-planting and green lungs in town and city areas.
River cruise into the deep
His grand design to make Sibu a preferred tourist destination in Sarawak's central region bore fruit when the municipal council launched 'Visit Sibu Year 2009.'

A major attraction introduced during the year was the Pandaw River Cruise, a nine-day crusing up Sungai Rajang, the longest river in the country, deep into the rural areas of Sarawak.

sibu-3Tourists in the cruise enjoy the sceneries of the tropical rainforests as well as visiting traditional and modern long houses.

However, while Lau was the most popular personality from Sibu in recent times, the town's most  illustrious sons is arguably Sarawakian nationalist Rosli Dhoby.

He is remembered for his assassination of Sir Duncan George Stewart, the second governor of colonial Sarawak in 1948.

Rosli was sentenced to death by hanging and was buried at the Kuching Central Prison in 1950. After 46 years of his remains resting in the prison compound, it was moved out from the prison and and re-buried at the Sarawak Heroes Mausoleum near the Sibu Town Mosque on March 2, 1996.
A hero remembered

In honour of his involvement in the anti-colonial movement and his struggle against the British, Rosli and his accomplices in the assassination (Awang Ramli Amit,Bujang Suntong,and Morshidi Sidek) were later given a full state funeral by the Sarawak Government.

Thus, Sibu citizens - by whatever name they call themselves -  certainly have much to tell visitors about their history, heritage and local heroes.

Should there be a by-election arising from Lau's death it would certainly be a great opportunity to bring the 'swan town' into the mainstream of national news to share its wonders with all Malaysians. —Malaysian Mirror


Chew’s resignation puts a spoke in BN campaign wheels

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:34 AM PDT



The Barisan Nasional's preparation to wrest the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat from PKR has hit a snag, following the resignation of MCA women leader Chew Mei Fun.


Chew's resignation from her party post and, by extension, her government appointment positions yesterday, has affected the overall confidence level of Chinese community as a whole and especially in Hulu Selangor, said PKR strategist Tian Chua.

"It shows there's a crisis in the BN leadership, particularly in MCA.

"What has happened in MCA simply shows that there are still unresolved issues in the party and the factions within the party have not united although there is a new president," he said.

He said it was also apparent now that the women and youth wings of the party were not supportive of the new president Dr Chua Soi Lek.

"I see her resignation as significant as the party will now not be able to form a strong team, thus leading to a loss of faith of the Chinese in the party, " the Batu MP said .

Chew, in announcing her resignation yesterday, said the election of Chua as president compromised her core beliefs and mission to uphold human rights.

"If we accept without question leaders who are not good role models, it will send a negative message to the people, especially the children who look up to the leaders as role models, in that our party (MCA) accepts and condones such corruption notwithstanding our wholesome and respectable culture," she said, adding that as a women leader it was her duty and responsibility to uphold gender equality and women's rights.

On March 28, Chua made a dramatic comeback and was elected president of turmoil-ridden MCA, ousting president Ong Tee Keat.

In 2008, Chua, who was then Health Minister and MCA deputy president, resigned from his post after admitting he was in a secretly-filmed sex video which has been widely circulated. His admission left the government red-faced.

Chew, a senator and deputy minister, had on Nov 16 vowed to resign if Chua was elected president.

Yesterday, BN women chief Sharizat Abdul Jalil yesterday denied that preparations for the Aril 25 by-election in Hulu Selangor were affected by Chew's resignation.

In attempting to dismiss rumours of internal turmoil following Chew's departure, deputy MCA president Liow Tiong Lai said: "It just means we have to act fast. We are short of time and must rectify the situation."

by FMT


Different candidate? Najib will not risk it

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:31 AM PDT


There is intense lobbying for the Hulu Selangor seat in the MIC camp, with sources claiming that there are those "jumping over" its president S Samy Vellu.
Many names have cropped up over the past week, with some saying that it would be Hulu Selangor MIC Youth chief V Mugilan or perhaps even the party's information chief P Kamalanathan.

On Wednesday, party sources claimed that MIC deputy president G Palanivel, the party's original nominee, had been dropped because of opposition from various quarters.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak added more coal to the furnace of speculation, when he said that he would decide on the candidate. He, however, confirmed that the seat would be given to MIC.

Should the prime minister, who is also the Barisan Nasional chairman, opt for someone else, it would be a blow for both the president and deputy president of MIC.

Observers told FMT that Najib would not risk shaming the two veterans.

A reminder for Samy Vellu

According to them, the prime minister's remark did not hint that he had another name in mind but rather to drive home the point, especially to Samy Vellu, on who the boss is.

The MIC president had ruffled feathers when he jumped the gun by naming Palanivel as the candidate, when it is the BN chairman who has the final say on this, a day after the Hulu Selangor incumbent Zainal Abidin Ahmad died.

This is a crucial by-election for Najib since he is the Selangor Umno chief, and irking Samy Vellu and Palanivel would be like playing Russian roulette.

"We all know how Samy Vellu is. In political years, he was an adult when Najib was still in his diapers. So he would not take it lying down.

"Even during last year's MIC election, when Najib openly urged the delegates to vote for change, they stuck to the president's line-up," pointed out one insider.

It is an open secret that Najib has increasingly alienated Samy Vellu based on the belief that the further he moves from the MIC president, the closer the Indian community would come to BN.

And it is a known fact that support for MIC and its president of three decades had dwindled in the face of mounting allegations.

'Umno taking over MIC' perception

Agreeing that the prime minister would be treading on thin ice by humiliating Samy Vellu and Palanivel, another insider noted that the 73-year-old MIC president still commands a cult following.

"He is like the Godfather to many in his party. They may grumble in the background and plot his downfall, but at the end of the day, they'll kiss his hand and do his bidding," he said.

"So if Najib names another candidate, there would be protest votes and the MIC machinery would grind to a halt.

"It would open up a pandora's box, with some seeing it as Umno having usurped the leadership role in MIC, the implications of which would reveberate until the next general election," he added.

In view of this, the insider stressed that Palanivel would eventually be named as the BN candidate come April 15.

Furthermore, he noted that Palanivel, given the misgivings of certain quarters, is a well-known figure in the constituency and has his own support base.

He is also said to share a good rapport with Najib and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin.

Palanivel held the seat for four terms until the 2008 general election, when he was defeated by a razor-thin majority of 198 votes.

Election paraphernalia being printed

Meanwhile, an Umno source claimed that the party's local leaders have been informed that Palanivel is the candidate and have been instructed to give their full support.

"As for Mugilan, he is viewed as too young and untested material. The same applies for Kamalanathan, who is not from Hulu Selangor," said the source.

FMT also learnt that printing of election paraphernalia with Palanivel's photograph as the candidate is currently in the works.

The Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat, at one time considered to be a BN stronghold, is a Malay-majority semi-urban seat.

The constituency has about 63,000 voters, with Malays constituting 52.17 percent or 33,961 of them. Chinese make up 26.1 percent or 16,915 voters, Indians (19 percent or 12,549) while others (2.2 percent or 1,437). The seat has about 1,000 Orang Asli voters as well.

by FMT


Perkasa rejects Indian candidate, boycotts BN campaign

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:28 AM PDT


Malay rights pressure group Perkasa has decided to stay away from the Hulu Selangor by-election campaign because Barisan Nasional has decided to let an Indian candidate run.
Perkasa coordinator Zainuddin Salleh said Umno members campaigning in Hulu Selangor "do not act or speak for Perkasa" even if they were also members of the recently-formed NGO.

"Perkasa will not be involved in any campaign in Hulu Selangor," he said.

Perkasa, headed by maverick politician Ibrahim Ali, has been publicly endorsed by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. And in an interview with Al-Jazeera last week, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said the organisation was "not so extreme" and the government could accommodate it.

Najib announced on Wednesday that MIC would be contesting in Hulu Selangor on April 25.

Perkasa, along with some quarters in Umno, had been pressuring Najib not to let MIC represent BN in the contest.

Hulu Selangor was for a long time an MIC seat until incumbent G Palanivel lost it to PKR's Zainal Abidin Ahmad in the 2008 election by 198 votes. Zainal Abidin died of cancer on March 25.

Perkasa claims that 22,400 of the 32,020 Malay voters in Hulu Selangor are its members. There are altogether 64,500 voters in the area. Nineteen percent of them are Indians and 26 percent are Chinese. The rest are Orang Asli and others.

by FMT


Fastest Ferrari Road Car Ever - By Mark Nichol.

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:21 AM PDT

Ferrari has unveiled the 599 GTO, which becomes the fastest road-going car it's ever produced.

Only 599 will be made, each with a 661bhp 6.0-litre V12 capable of pushing the car to 208mph. It goes from 0-62mph in 3.35 seconds and has an automatic gearbox that can shift gears in less than a tenth of a second.

As well as the power boost (from 612bhp in the standard 599 GTB), the car gets aerodynamic improvements, many inspired by F1 knowhow. The front bumper is reshaped, and there's even work done inside the wheels to direct hot air out from the brakes in an aerodynamic way.

It's lighter too, with thinner glass and each component studied and pared back where possible - including the ceramic brakes, body panels, gearbox and exhaust system.

Ferrari says the car is 'based on the 599XX, the advanced experimental track car, and can be considered almost a road-going version.' This will be one of the most hardcore cars ever permitted on the roads.

There's no word on pricing yet, but expect a five-figure increase over the £202,000 of the standard car. Close to £300,000 has been mooted.


Courtesy of Yahoo! News


Dr M gets Matthias Chang to end hunger strike

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:21 AM PDT

Lawyer Matthias Chang today agreed to end his hunger strike following a plea from his ex-boss Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

According to a spokesman from Dr Mahathir's office, the former prime minister, in his appeal to Chang, told the latter that he needed to end his fast as they had a lot of struggles ahead of them.

He said they needed him to continue with his struggle for justice for the Palestinians and Iraqis.

Dr Mahathir, who is currently abroad, also told his former political secretary that he would make every effort to have the unjust law repealed or amended and he needed Chang to advise him on it.

Chang, who went on a hunger strike from April 1, agreed to end the nine-day protest after Dr Mahathir's appeal was relayed to him.

He had refused to take any solid food since his incarceration which took effect on April 1.

His health took a turn for the worst, forcing the Kajang Prison authorities to admit him to the Serdang Hospital on Monday where he was put on drips.

Even then Chang still refused to take any solids.

Chang was discharged from hospital on Wednesday and returned to the Kajang Prison but persisted with his hunger strike.

Meanwhile, friends who were concerned over his health came up with the money to pay the RM20,000 fine on Monday, which was accepted by the court, but an application for a discharge order was rejected by High Court judge Noor Azlan Shaari on grounds that such an application could not be made by a third party.

Noor Azian had earlier cited Chang for contempt and fined him RM20,000 in default one month's jail. He refused to pay the fine and went to jail. — Bernama


Honouring our warriors

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:19 AM PDT

Today I read an excellent piece in The Malaysian Insider written by Hafidz Baharom titled Honouring our warriors.

I want to share it with you, as follows:


APRIL 9 — Answer me this: Since when did warriors have to be totally Islamic in this country?

You have to admit, this is a new low for Jakim. Perhaps they sat about wondering just how else to make people's lives miserable. After butch looking girls and yoga practitioners, it somehow popped in their heads to target army veterans.

The Tugu Negara, which basically portrays dead people and Caucasian looking soldiers raising the Jalur Gemilang, is in itself un-Islamic to begin with, but we kept that, didn't we? Even when the "Communists" damaged it.

The National Monument was built as a symbol to honour the dead, regardless of their religious beliefs. Will the Defence Ministry then go further to list which of the dead soldiers were alcoholics, ate pork, fornicated with women and have their names de-listed in the name of Islam?

Why not? It's the last step by the ministry to finally make the entire Islamic agenda worthwhile.

Next up, the entire non-Muslim soldiery will be disbanded and a Protection Tax goes through Parliament, which is basically applicable only to non-Muslims.

Here comes the dhimmi and jizya concepts!

I'm being cynical. No way would this happen in a Pakatan Rakyat government.

Let us be true to the spirit of the nation, history and multiculturalism here.

Malaysian soldiers of all beliefs died for Malaya during World War II and the Emergency. Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus, Freethinkers and Muslims alike. One of the current aspects of the Warrior's day celebration is to sound the "Last Post" and "The Rouse" on a bugle.

And for the record, there is nothing Christian about "The Last Post"! There are no lyrics to the tune! How the heck is this Christian?!

It's based on a poem by Carol Ann Duffy. Have a read:

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If poetry could tell it backwards, true, begin
that moment shrapnel scythed you to the stinking mud…
but you get up, amazed, watch bled bad blood
run upwards from the slime into its wounds;
see lines and lines of British boys rewind
back to their trenches, kiss the photographs from home-
mothers, sweethearts, sisters, younger brothers
not entering the story now
to die and die and die.
Dulce- No- Decorum- No- Pro patria mori.
You walk away.
You walk away; drop your gun (fixed bayonet)
like all your mates do too-
Harry, Tommy, Wilfred, Edward, Bert-
and light a cigarette.
There's coffee in the square,
warm French bread
and all those thousands dead
are shaking dried mud from their hair
and queuing up for home. Freshly alive,
a lad plays Tipperary to the crowd, released
from History; the glistening, healthy horses fit for heroes, kings.
You lean against a wall,
your several million lives still possible
and crammed with love, work, children, talent, English beer, good food.
You see the poet tuck away his pocket-book and smile.
If poetry could truly tell it backwards,
then it would.

If anything, it truly describes the thoughts of a soldier before going to battle, and perhaps even their rewards after demise. One argument I'd probably have are the English names instead of Ali, Chan, Jugah and Muthu.

Even that Latin line, before anyone jumps to the conclusion that the Pope had something to do with it, states that it is a "sweet and honourable thing to die for one's country". I share the same sentiment, unless it's caused by malfunctioning Nuri helicopters that should no longer be in service.

Following that is the sounding of "The Rouse". This is to commemorate those who died waking up to a better afterlife, while also telling the living soldiers to start their duties once more.

Another aspect of this is the laying of wreaths at the tomb. If this is considered un-Islamic, then allow me to just state this. The next time someone wants to place a garland over any Umno member, he has to be considered as doing something un-Islamic and should have action taken upon him by Jakim, since they have nothing better to do.

Why not carry on with the tradition, bugle, wreath laying and all, and then simply hold a tahlil and doa selamat at the National Mosque, and church sermons, Hindu temple blessings, and even a prayer service at a Buddhist temple in Brickfields after?

[kaytee's note: my uncles and his friends used to do above]

If we truly preach that we are a multicultural nation with Islam as its official religion, which respects other beliefs, then what this government is proposing is unconstitutional because we are imposing our belief system on those who are non-Muslims.

Even worse, they're actually doing it to dead non-Muslim Malaysians, who gave their lives defending this nation without giving a damn that it would one day be labelled Islamic.


'Israel-police link': Hishammuddin concedes and orders probe

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:16 AM PDT

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has conceded that there were problems with a computer firm employed by the police headquarters and that the company's services had been terminated.

NONE"For the record, the contract with the company Asiasoft has been terminated," said Hishammuddin during a press conference in Putrajaya today.

He was responding to allegations by Permatang Pauh MP Anwar Ibrahim, who accused the police of hiring a company which allowed Israeli military intelligence agents to infiltrate the communications server room of the Bukit Aman police headquarters.

He said the home ministry would take a four prong approach towards investigating Anwar's allegation.


MIC sure of getting 70pc of Indian votes

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:14 AM PDT


Hulu Selangor MIC today expressed confidence that about 70 per cent of the 12,453 Indian voters in the parliamentary constituency would support the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the by-election on April 25.

Information chief Raily Muniandy said the MIC division would be able to achieve the target to make up for the dismal performance of the BN component party in the general election in 2008.

"In the last general election, we only had 30 per cent support. This time (in the by-election), we are confident of the support of 70 per cent of the Indian voters to ensure a BN victory," he said when met here.

The Hulu Selangor seat was represented by MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel since 1990. He lost to Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) by 198 votes in the general election in 2008.

The by-election is being held following the death of Zainal Abidin on March 25.

Raily Muniandy said the BN stood a good chance of recapturing the seat, based on the sentiments of the constituents, particularly the Indians, who had previously shied away from the MIC.

The BN has announced that it would nominate a candidate from the MIC to contest the seat.

The candidate is expected to be identified on April 15, two days before nomination for the by-election. — Bernama


Nurul Izzah Anwar; The sad reality is that these myths are being perpetuated by Umno and Barisan Nasional for their own gain. The fact is that Umno wants to keep the Malay community under its suzerainty forever

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 03:42 AM PDT




Nurul Izzah Anwar.


Monday, August 31, 2009

Nurul Izzah AnwarPUTRI REFORMASI MALAYSIA'S FUTURE PRIME MINISTER IN MAKING CAN THEY STOP HER THIS TIME AFTER WHAT DID TO HER FATHER ANWAR IBRAHIM


MP for Lembah Nurul Izzah Anwar

MP for Lembah Nurul Izzah Anwar

by Nurul Izzah Anwar

Malays speaking without fear
Nurul Izzah AnwarPUTRI REFORMASI MALAYSIA'S FUTURE PRIME MINISTER IN MAKING CAN THEY STOP HER THIS TIME AFTER WHAT DID TO HER FATHER ANWAR IBRAHIM
Nurul Izzah Anwar I can't say that I know Datuk Zaid Ibrahim very well. Our past encounters have been limited to a fleeting hello in front of the steps of my alma mater, the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in 2006, another chat during a reception in honour of Datuk Ambiga Sreevanesagan in June and, most recently, at the PKR's recent EGM. It's amazing, but perhaps unsurprising that he has in these three years evolved from an ambiguous reformist in Umno into the conscience of all Malaysians.
I had always been impressed by his outspokenness, and his willingness to fearlessly voice out his views on issues of national importance is nothing short of inspirational. Zaid does not mince his words where many hesitate to call a spade a spade, especially where it matters the most.
An articulate Malay speaking out for a multiracial and progressive Malaysia is terribly important in this current political climate. For our own community, Zaid epitomises how the Malays might redefine ourselves, to re-imagine a world where we do not think that we are inferior or threatened but are rather confident in whom we are.
In reading Zaid's book Saya Pun Melayu, I sense the need for Malays to embrace a new paradigm on what it means to be Malay. Many indeed are doing so and this is a heartening. "Malay" need no longer carry connotations of dependency on the state, insecurity or the crippling feeling alienation and the lack of self-worth.
The word "Malay" can and must eventually mean a call to embrace a broader Malaysian identity, along with a true, inclusive nationalism that is proud of who we are individually but also in what we have accomplished together. We can be sure of our identities and yet still be a part of something greater than all of us — and this is something all the ethnic groups in Malaysia ought to aspire to.
Zaid's book highlights that fact that we need to look beyond the stereotypes and take an objective, albeit positive look at our community's accomplishments. We have made great strides in business, the arts, education and the professions. Our success extends from Lembah Pantai where Malays own vibrant businesses selling products made by Malays to the flourishing nasi lemak stalls in Kota Baru.
We attend leading universities throughout the world, increasingly through our own merit. We can count internationally recognised choreographers, painters, cartoonists, writers, and film directors amongst our numbers.
Beyond these markers, our success can more often that not be seen at home through our everyday acts of compassion and sensitivity to others, which spread to our fellow Malaysians to become a national virtue. The kindness shown towards our children, parents and neighbours is perhaps one of the most important signs of who we Malays are as a community. These are real achievements that no one can or would want to take from us.
I'm not denying that we still have a long way to go in moving our community forward, nor am I unmindful that a lot of our successes would not have been in possible without the NEP and its institutions. However, it has become patently obvious that these structures are now holding the Malays back, and that the world has changed since then.
The Malays and, as a-matter-of-fact, all Malaysians need to change as well if we want to remain relevant in this world. We need to step away from our obsession with all things racial and realise that the project of nation-building is not a zero-sum game. Malaysia can never succeed until and unless its entire people feel like they are truly a part of it.
Why then does the old paradigm of ethnic insecurity persist? Why does suspicion and acrimony towards our fellow Malaysians and they towards us still linger? Why are mainstream newspapers calling for ethnic conflict, accusing minority communities of all sorts of ludicrous plots?
The sad reality is that these myths are being perpetuated by Umno and Barisan Nasional for their own gain. The fact is that Umno wants to keep the Malay community under its suzerainty forever. They do this by focusing on what we have supposedly not achieved, rather than acknowledging our gains and potential.
They claim to want to protect and uplift the Malay community, but all they have been doing for the last few years is playing on their fears and prejudices. The same can be said for the Barisan components with the non-Malays. This glass-half-empty mentality is being used by Umno/BN to protect each other and to ward off challenges to their stranglehold on power.
We've seen from the case of Zaid of how Umno demonises anyone who steps out of the pattern of complete loyalty to the party and who have different ideas on how to improve the livelihoods of Malays and Malaysians. We have also as of late seen their scare tactics in action. They have labelled people as "traitors" for calling for a new path of development for Malaysia. They prefer to protect their interests rather than allow the Malaysian people — especially the Malays — to benefit from reform, less corruption and more inclusion.
Umno also regrettably perpetuates the myth that the Malay community is perpetually under threat from their non-Malay counterparts, and that Umno is the only party that can save them from this supposed "servitude". This, rather than anything else, is why race relations have gotten worse in Malaysia.
You cannot expect harmony in a country where its largest ethnic group is constantly bombarded with the message that the minorities are supposedly out to get them and take away their rights. Yet, they chose to follow this tactic since they believe in the short term this will strengthen Umno and bring Malays back to the party.
They use these "attacking" tactics because they cannot offer anything else. They have shown that they would prefer to entrench those in power rather than allow new ideas and reforms to increase our chances for greater success. There is a real danger that their short-sightedness may cost future generations of Malaysians dearly.
The fact is that Malays have nothing to fear. We are demographically the largest ethnic group in Malaysia and the birth rate is going to keep it that way. Our position in the constitution is enshrined and this isn't going to change either.
That is what Umno and the Malay extremists do not get, and what the community as a whole needs to understand. The non-Malays and Malays who challenge Umno are not seeking to reduce the position of the Malays in anyway, but to defend and uplift all Malaysians. We have to understand that we are all tied together and that we all have a stake in the land. We cannot survive individually as Malays, Chinese or Indians but as Malaysians.
Our non-Malay fellow citizens are not "challenging" our rights or "insulting" or culture and religion — rather they are calling for our nascent nationhood to be allowed to achieve it's full potential than for us to remain stuck in our ethnic and mental ghettos. The liberals and moderates amongst the non-Malays also suffer from the depredations of extremists within their own communities — they deserve our support as well. The wave of reactionary politics that is engulfing us can only be turned back if progressive Malaysians stand firm against their threats and untruths.
While it is true that much more needs to be done to address those who have not benefited — for all Malaysians — the focus on what we don't have rather on what we have accomplished only undermines us. We need to imagine a better future, for Malays and Malaysians — this will incidentally make it easier for all of us to achieve what we might lack.
The Malaysia of tomorrow cannot be one in which we are blinded by fear and negativity. The first step in imagining and defining a better future for all of us is to open our eyes and speak out like Zaid and others like him.Why then does the old paradigm of ethnic insecurity persist? Why does suspicion and acrimony towards our fellow Malaysians and they towards us still linger? Why are mainstream newspapers calling for ethnic conflict, accusing minority communities of all sorts of ludicrous plots?
The sad reality is that these myths are being perpetuated by Umno and Barisan Nasional for their own gain. The fact is that Umno wants to keep the Malay community under its suzerainty forever. They do this by focusing on what we have supposedly not achieved, rather than acknowledging our gains and potential.
They claim to want to protect and uplift the Malay community, but all they have been doing for the last few years is playing on their fears and prejudices. The same can be said for the Barisan components with the non-Malays. This glass-half-empty mentality is being used by Umno/BN to protect each other and to ward off challenges to their stranglehold on power.
We've seen from the case of Zaid of how Umno demonises anyone who steps out of the pattern of complete loyalty to the party and who have different ideas on how to improve the livelihoods of Malays and Malaysians. We have also as of late seen their scare tactics in action. They have labelled people as "traitors" for calling for a new path of development for Malaysia. They prefer to protect their interests rather than allow the Malaysian people — especially the Malays — to benefit from reform, less corruption and more inclusion.
Umno also regrettably perpetuates the myth that the Malay community is perpetually under threat from their non-Malay counterparts, and that Umno is the only party that can save them from this supposed "servitude". This, rather than anything else, is why race relations have gotten worse in Malaysia.
You cannot expect harmony in a country where its largest ethnic group is constantly bombarded with the message that the minorities are supposedly out to get them and take away their rights. Yet, they chose to follow this tactic since they believe in the short term this will strengthen Umno and bring Malays back to the party.
They use these "attacking" tactics because they cannot offer anything else. They have shown that they would prefer to entrench those in power rather than allow new ideas and reforms to increase our chances for greater success. There is a real danger that their short-sightedness may cost future generations of Malaysians dearly.
The fact is that Malays have nothing to fear. We are demographically the largest ethnic group in Malaysia and the birth rate is going to keep it that way. Our position in the constitution is enshrined and this isn't going to change either.
That is what Umno and the Malay extremists do not get, and what the community as a whole needs to understand. The non-Malays and Malays who challenge Umno are not seeking to reduce the position of the Malays in anyway, but to defend and uplift all Malaysians. We have to understand that we are all tied together and that we all have a stake in the land. We cannot survive individually as Malays, Chinese or Indians but as Malaysians.
Our non-Malay fellow citizens are not "challenging" our rights or "insulting" or culture and religion — rather they are calling for our nascent nationhood to be allowed to achieve it's full potential than for us to remain stuck in our ethnic and mental ghettos. The liberals and moderates amongst the non-Malays also suffer from the depredations of extremists within their own communities — they deserve our support as well. The wave of reactionary politics that is engulfing us can only be turned back if progressive Malaysians stand firm against their threats and untruths.
While it is true that much more needs to be done to address those who have not benefited — for all Malaysians — the focus on what we don't have rather on what we have accomplished only undermines us. We need to imagine a better future, for Malays and Malaysians — this will incidentally make it easier for all of us to achieve what we might lack.
The Malaysia of tomorrow cannot be one in which we are blinded by fear and negativity. The first step in imagining and defining a better future for all of us is to open our eyes and speak out like Zaid and others like

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Izzah; ANNWAR is still a threat to Barisan GHANI PATAIL SAYS IS OKAY FOR NAJIB TO ABUSE POWER, WHEN HE SENT THAT SMS,TO MANIPULATE THE SYSTEM


With the mainstream media toeing the establishment line, we have heard the usual spiel about how the recent parliamentary ruckus was yet another Pakatan Rakyat stunt.

The truth however is not so simple. We did not take the decision to dispute the Deputy Speaker's decision to refer the Pokok Sena MP to the Rights and Privileges Committee lightly.

Our political culture has degenerated to such an extent that we felt that it was necessary to do so. This was due to several factors.

Firstly, the work of Malaysian MPs has been frustrated by the lack of accountability in how the Government gets legislation passed. Malaysia's parliamentary system has often been called a rubber stamp due to the fact that bills are almost always passed without amendments, or even sufficient debate for, that matter.

Examples of these include the bill establishing the MACC, the Strategic Trade and Personal Data Protection Acts, all of which have been passed wholesale.

Pakatan MPs often request for Parliamentary Select Committees, so that key legislation, which will affect millions of ordinary Malaysians can be properly scrutinised, and any deficiencies ironed-out. However, this is almost always rejected.

Secondly, we are further hampered by the difficulty in obtaining accurate accounts on government projects, or budget expenditures. Ministers often simply choose not to answer questions related to these, as they have the right to do so.

Then there is also the issue of the Government's touchiness. All of these factors culminated in the uproar on April 7 in the House.

It began with the decision to refer the Leader of the Opposition to the Rights and Privileges Committee for the "offence" of querying the supposed links between a private consulting firm, the State of Israel and the 1 Malaysia slogan.

To have such a low tolerance for honest scrutiny over a deal which is rumoured to have cost RM28 million, and which was never tabled in Parliament does not bode well for Malaysian democracy. But Anwar Ibrahim will still be hauled up. Even this has not staunched speculation on the nature of the relationship between the company and our Government.

I make no comment on the firm's reported ties with the State of Israel. Rather, the question that should have been asked is whether public funds ought to be used to hire a private firm to perform what appears to be essentially party-political work.

Secondly, we must also ask why the Government is so determined to punish MPs who raise this issue.

Parliament is, and must remain, the forum for issues of public interest to be discussed. The rakyat deserves to know about any major expenditure by the executive branch, especially in times of economic downturn.

This is partially why the very concept of parliamentary privilege and immunity exists, in that it allows for a robust system, of checks and balances. This becomes critical particularly in areas where other institutions, such as the judiciary or media have proven to be lacklustre at best.

Sadly, even this fundamental right appears to have been done away with. That is why we stood up to the other side.

Additionally, the unfair treatment meted out to the MP for Pokok Sena merited a response.

A Barisan MP invoked Standing Order 36 (12) on him for supposedly "Confusing the Dewan". A similar Standing Order was also used on the Opposition Leader, although he was given a week to provide a reply.

In this case, the Deputy Speaker almost certainly "inadvertently" assisted the accuser by adding on an Order 26 (1) p, without allowing debate on the validity of the Standing Order. He furthermore decided to call for a vote despite protests from the Pakatan MPs.

After the vote, it was then revealed that the wrong Standing Order was used to punish Mahfuz Omar!

Secondly, the reasoning provided by the BN MP to refer Mahfuz to the Rights & Privilege Committee for uttering a certain phrase in the Dewan is clearly flawed.

If this is allowed to stand, then any utterance, however banal, can be subjected to the Committee without due diligence. This sets a dangerous precedent in a place where Malaysia's representatives are supposed to speak without fear or favour.

The PR MPs fought hard to review the Deputy Speaker's decision. Many MPs would have been left exposed to similar unjust attacks otherwise. On the other hand, certain MPs are, for some reason, never subjected to disciplinary actions despite compulsively making sexist remarks and innuendoes.

One cannot help but wonder if some double standards are at work here.

When all this was going on, the Deputy Speaker repeatedly refused to listen to the arguments offered, triggering constant interruptions from MPs. This then led to a show of solidarity from the Pakatan MPs — we had no other choice.

Yusmadi Yusoff of Balik Pulau courageously offered to face the Committee himself for repeating what Mahfuz Omar had said. In fact, all the PR MPs stood up and offered to do the same.

Thankfully, Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia in his wisdom had the Standing Order withdrawn the next day. Still, it left a bad taste in everyone's mouth, although I think it was ultimately worth it. All we were trying to do was to protect our colleague from being victimised for partisan reasons.

I'm very sorry if anyone felt disgusted or disillusioned with what happened — but it's an extreme example of the challenges any honest MP on either side has to deal with.

Parliamentary democracy is a cause worth fighting for, and that is what we did in the House that day.

* Nurul Izzah Anwar is Lembah Pantai MP.




否认周美芬呈辞再掀党争

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 12:47 AM PDT

马华总会长蔡细历否认,妇女组主席周美芬昨日辞去所有党官职,对他的领导层是一个打击,也不会为该党带来新一轮的党争。 我要感谢她对马华的贡献,我们是一个民主政党,领袖可来可去,但是党还是会继续存在,并继续展开本身的议程。 malaysiakini.com
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Sawarak natives win legal battle to protect their land

Posted: 08 Apr 2010 05:48 AM PDT

MIRI, 31 March – The Kayan community of Long Teran Kanan, Tinjar, Miri Division finally got the justice they deserve after fighting a legal battle at the High Court for more than 12 years for recognition of their native customary rights to their native customary land.


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