Saturday, April 17, 2010




Posted: 17 Apr 2010 10:54 AM PDT

how can you hold the hand this RSS inspired Hindu leader

you played me out made way for samy vellu 's son you umno are great sodomiser

readmore KERANA MULUT SELUAR TERLONDEH… nak jadi TPM sanggup rosakkan hubungan baik dengan Pak Lah dan tikam kawan tu dari belakang.

readmore this Taxidriver's sources the true story Muhyiddin Yassin call at 2pm Mugilan we need you badly to fixup Zaid,the PM needs you. We hope you help us and we will not forget you'.

this Taxidriver's sources the story'Muhyiddin Yassin call at 2pm Mugilan we need you badly to fixup Zaid,the PM needs you. We hope you help us and we will not forget you'.


Muhyiddin: Unforgivable for Zaid to be at PKR meet

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Zaid Ibrahim's presence at the PKR congress on Saturday in Shah Alam is unforgivable, says an Umno vice-president.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said it did not make sense for the former minister in the Prime Minister's Department to attend an opposition gathering.

"It appears he is lending his moral support to them. To me, this is showing disloyalty to Umno. This is unforgivable," he said.

The International Trade and Industry Minister said this yesterday after a dialogue with members of the Sabah media here yesterday.

Muhyiddin noted that it was not the first time Zaid was perceived as acting against Umno, adding that the controversial politician was issued a show-cause letter last month for his open letter to the Prime Minister and for meeting with MPs on repealing the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Asked whether Zaid's latest move was an attempt to provoke Umno, Muhyiddin said: "He's a small guy … he is just wasting our time."

Zaid, the former Kota Baru Umno chief, was quoted – after attending the opening of the PKR congress – as saying he was still an Umno member but was keeping his options open.

then again,he dont misuse his position to enrich himself

another misuse of 'ketuananMelayu'

The Muhyiddin-Stamford Land Conspiracy Matter

The following are excerpts from various reports about a matter heard in the mid-90s, in which Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and others were sued by property developer Stamford Holdings S/B:

Stamford Holdings Sdn. Bhd. has sued Muhyiddin Yassin, chief minister of the Johor state, and businessmen Yahya Talib and Syed Mokhtar Albukhary for damages for alleged conspiracy in acquiring land in Johor through the Land Acquisition Act, the Bernama national news agency reported Friday.

According to Bernama, Stamford Holdings claimed the three had abused provisions of the Act to acquire its 6,600 acres of land through the Johor State Islamic Economic Development Corporation.

The suit was filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court early this month but was transferred Friday to the Johor Baru High Court, Bernama said.

Stamford Holdings also named the Johor state government as a defendant in the suit, alleging that Muhyiddin and the two businessmen conspired to use the state government's authority to acquire the land.

According to the news report, Stamford Holdings wants the court to declare that the Johor State Islamic Economic Development Corporation was not entitled to invoke provisions of the Land Acquisition Act to acquire a private landed property.
(Malaysia's Stamford Sues Minister, Businessmen – Report
17 February 1995)

The facts of the matter as reported by Murray Hiebert , FEER:

Stamford's court documents insist that the company's relationship with the former chief minister dates back to 1988. Four years earlier, the firm had tried to develop some of its huge land holdings near the state capital of Johor Baru. But Stamford couldn't get approval for its project until its directors met two men who were allegedly Muhyiddin's business partners, Syed Mokhtar Albukhary and Datuk Yahaya Tabib.

The two arranged a meeting in Singapore between the firm's representatives and the former chief minister, the firm's documents allege. Within a year, Stamford and the three men had formed a 70-30 joint venture to develop some 724 hectares of land. When the property was sold in 1994, the Muhyiddin group's initial investment of M$1.8 million ($735,000) had soared to M$83 million.

In the meantime, Muhyiddin's group had become "very avaricious," according to the documents Stamford filed in court, and wanted to form a second joint venture in which they would control 70% of the shares but would pay Stamford only M$74,100 per hectare for its remaining 2,672 hectares, company officials charge.

When Stamford insisted on retaining its original 70% and on being paid M$185,250 per hectare for its property, one of Muhyiddin's associates allegedly warned the company that the land-acquisition papers were on the former chief minister's desk and could be "signed at any time." Muhyiddin himself allegedly threatened Stamford in December 1992 by telling one of its directors that "time is getting short." In July 1994, the state government acquired the land on behalf of the Johor Islamic Economic Development Corp.

(MALAYSIA — The Privileged Few
By Murray Hiebert in Kuala Lumpur
6 July 1995,Far Eastern Economic Review)

The facts of the matter as reported by Raphael Pura , AWSJ :

In 1984, Stamford — which is 90% owned by three families, the Singapore-based Seet family, and the Gan and Wang families from Malaysia — applied to the Johor government for permission to develop a light industrial estate on part of the land. Stamford, in its suit, claims nothing happened until 1988. Then, Stamford directors met businessmen Syed Mokhtar and Datuk Yahaya, who said they were Tan Sri Muhyiddin's "close friends and business associates," according to the Stamford suit.

According to Stamford's court submission, the company in late 1989 agreed with Syed Mokhtar and Datuk Yahaya, "acting for themselves and [Tan Sri Muhyiddin]," to create a joint-venture company to develop 1,766 acres of Stamford's property. The Johor trio, led by Syed Mokhtar, invested 1.8 million ringgit in the joint venture, taking 30% of its equity; Stamford held the remainder. The joint-venture company acquired the property from Stamford and submitted a fresh application to convert it to industrial use. The Johor government then approved the conversion "speedily," Stamford says in its suit in which it also alleges that the Mokhtar group "made a clean profit of 83.2 million."

According to Stamford, the Mokhtar group in 1992 approached Stamford's directors, proposing to develop the remaining 6,520 acres of Stamford's Johor property. This time, Stamford alleges, the group insisted on taking a 70% equity stake in a new joint venture and proposed that Stamford's land be sold to the venture at 30,000 ringgit an acre. Stamford protested that it wanted to hold 70% of the venture and should be paid more than twice that price for the land.

(Malaysian Company Continues Suit Challenging State Acquisition of Land
By Raphael Pura
Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal
16 June 1995,The Wall Street Journal)

The case concluded in an out of court settlement

The land acquisition civil suit filed by a firm against the Johor government and several other parties was settled today for a total of RM405 million.

The High Court ordered Stamford Holdings Sdn Bhd to be paid the amount for the acquisition of 6,544 acres of land belonging to it.

The consent order was given by Justice Zainun Ali in chambers.

Under the settlement, the Johor government is to pay the plaintiff RM313.25 million while Kelana Ventures Sdn Bhd was ordered to pay RM92.12 million.

Datuk V. Sivaparanjothi and Manjit Singh appeared for the plaintiff while Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim appeared for the Johor State Government, Johor Baru Land Administrator and former Mentri Besar Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Roger Tan Kor Mee appeared for Perbadanan Kemajuan Ekonomi Islam Negeri Johor.

The judge further ordered that all the civil suits, civil appeals and miscellaneous civil applications by the plaintiff be settled and disposed of.

The compensation sum of RM313.25 million is to be deposited in the High Court by or on behalf of the Land Administrator to be paid out to Stamford.

The additional sum of RM92.11 million is to be paid to Stamford by Kelana Ventures, which is one of the interveners/defendants in the case.

The payment is to be made in settlement of the compulsory acquisition of the Stamford properties by the Land Administrator on behalf of Kelana Ventures before the expiry of 18 months from the date of the consent order.

The dispute between Stamford and the defendants involved the whole of the Stamford properties in the mukim of Tebrau, Johor Baru District and involved a total of 6,544.4172 acres which were compulsorily acquired.

Johor govt, parties to pay the sum for land compulsorily acquired.

(Land case settled for RM405m.
By JOTHI JEYASINGAM ,7 October 1999
The Sun)

Karpal: Slap in the face for Samy

Posted: 17 Apr 2010 07:55 AM PDT

DAP veteran leader, Karpal Singh says that the preference by Umno for P Kamalanathan over G Palanivel is a slap in the face for MIC chief Samy Vellu.
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Pandemonium hits Hulu Selangor

Posted: 17 Apr 2010 05:20 AM PDT
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Independent: We don't want outsider

Posted: 17 Apr 2010 03:15 AM PDT

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Kamala Scoring Own Goal With Remarks on HINDRAF & PERKASA

Posted: 17 Apr 2010 02:55 AM PDT

By Admin

The MIC candidate for the Hulu Selangor by Election, Kamalanathan @ Kamala @ Kamlan has confirmed what everyone had suspected all along. He is Umno's proxy candidate for Hulu Selangor.

PM Najib Razak choice of giving MIC to contest the seat is just a gimmick to show to the world that he and Umno are not racist. It is just to hoodwink everyone that his 1Malaysia Bullshit (Only people like Bulbir Singh buys it) is real.

MIC and it's leaders and members have no shame at all for being Mandores of racist Umno. First, Kamala slams HINDRAF as not relevant and now he praises racist Perkasa. What a moron. Whatever the case, he has delivered the Chinese, Indian and Orang Asli votes to Pakatan Rakyat.

It's four-cornered fight in Hulu Selangor

Posted: 17 Apr 2010 02:06 AM PDT

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1000 “We’ve Come A Long Way”

Posted: 17 Apr 2010 02:15 AM PDT

audie61 tookoff  to the cyberworld on May 1st 2008. Our very first article was ,"The Birth of Multi Racialism in East Malaysia" audie61 was not planned to be the voice for some or aligned to any political party. It was a blog shared by all on board with Bugi Wijaya reporting from Sabah, Ally and Joey from Peninsula Malaysia while Cindy and Natasha were stationed in Sarawak covering the vasts state of Sarawak. 

We cover what we know bests and looking back we know we have made enough NOISES to be a force to be reckoned with not only in the cyberworld but also rattled some in media world. We sniff a kill as soon as its let out of the cage and amonsgt the earliest scoops were "SAPP Sabah withdrawal from BN" "Takeover by BN from Pakatan in Perak" Our insiders were on spot inside the rooms when it happened and we broke the news instantly. Bugi Wijaya used to say to us at audie61," IT WAS SS"

It not "SS" like the Nazi's" but Oooops a lot of people know what is…We hope though.Phew didn't we knock someones teeth out along the way? Didn't we take a battering from the emails we received and the hate smses? audie61 took all good or bad with a FORGIVING HEART. We have send felicitations,condolences and congratulations to many and we have tried to reach out to all those in need and destitute desperate for help. It is all WORTH THE WHILE and we intend to go towards our next target.  

There is still so much to look forward to. We have the Hulu Selangor and Sibu Parliamentary elections which is right in the news besides that we might just be able to update our friends,readers and alliances on the SPDP separatists and other exciting updates.

Wonder what caught the imagination the mosts from our friends out there? Our Foes might just be happy if we had not stumble upon them and written about them. Its basically been such a roller coaster ride and we all have enjoyed every minute of it and we have toed the line. Our lawyers are always telling us to be responsible and not fall foul into and direct into the hands of the authorities.

Today its all about us and everyone connected with audie61 has every reason to be proud of reaching the magical number of 1000. We hope you will enjoy with us this special song to commemorate our special day.17th of april 2010″THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO KEEP US GOING" .

We've come so far and we've reached so high
And we've looked each day and night in the eye
And we're still so young and we hope for more
But remember this
We're not invincible, we're not invincible – No
We're only people, we're only people
Hey we're not invincible, we're not invincible
So again I'll tell you

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Its a four-cornered fight

Posted: 17 Apr 2010 12:39 AM PDT

From left: Kamalanathan, Johan, Zaid and Chandan

They said about 50,000 party supporters descended the small town of Kuala Kubu Baru this morning on the nomination day for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election. Could be. I didnt manage to find my way into the the town as I got stuck more than two hours in a 3km crawl.

It was only two hours later that I got to the Media Centre next to the Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil and gathered some information.

Its gonna be a four-cornered fight for the seat - BN's P Kamalanathan, Zaid Ibrahim of Pakatan Rakyat and two Independent candidates namely V S Chandran and Johan Mohd Diah.

No untoward incidents were recorded by the police although the BN supporters were overwhelmed by that of the Opposition. The list of candidates was announced by Returning Officer Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan, who is also the Hulu Selangor district officer, at the Hulu Selangor Sports Complex Multipurpose Hall in Kuala Kubu Baharu at 11.15am

Zaid was the first to hand in his papers, at 9.06am, followed by Kamalanathan at 9.30am, Chandran four minutes later and Johan at 9.36am.

The by-election is called following the death of incumbent MP Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad of PKR.

In the March 2008 general election, Dr Zainal defeated BN's Datuk G. Palanivel, who is now the MIC deputy president, with a majority of 198 votes.

The Hulu Selangor constituency, which has 64,500 voters including 799 postal voters and as huge as the size of Melaka, has three state constituencies namely Hulu Bernam, Kuala Kubu Baru and Batang Kali, all of which are BN-controlled areas.

Campaigning starts today and will end at 12 midnight on the eve of polling on Sunday, April 25.

Tiada botol berterbangan dihari penamaan calun

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 11:55 PM PDT

Kuala Kubu Baru Apr 17: Penamaan calun untuk pilihanraya kecil Parlimen p94 Hulu Selangor berjalan dengan lancar.

Walaupun suasana agak tegang, keadaan terkawal dan semua pihak dapat mengawal emosi penyokong masing-masing.

Rahim Ambak, seorang penyokong BN memberitahu tiada botol berterbangan kali ini.

"Cuma rakan-rakan dari UMNO Kelantan ingin sekali lihat kaki botol yang berterbangan," katanya.

Kaki yang dimaksudkan itu kaki judi kasino, main kuda, dan politik wang. Dia pun cakap berbelit-belit dan berubah-ubah pendirian mengikut suka hatinya dan dalam masa terdekat.

Ketika ditanya mengenai botol yang diharapkan terbang, P Kamalanathan, calun Barisan Nasional dari MIC berkata, "Saya tidak ada masaalah kaki botol walaupun ugama saya membenarkan saya minum sedikit. Asal tidak keterlaluan."

"Falsafah saya adalah semua terpulang kepada masing-masing untuk berpegang kepada ugama pilihan masing-masing.

"Yang penting, kita mesti berpegang teguh pada ajaran dan nilai-nilai yang kita pegang. Penganut berlainan agama perlu menghormati dan menerima perbezaan amalan agama masing-masing."

Kamalanathan akan ditentang oleh Dato Zaid Ibrahim (PKR), bekas Naib Pengerusi MIC Hulu Selangor V.S. Chandran dan Johan Mohd Diah.

Hari pemilihan adalah pada April 25hb.

Sementara itu, PAS akan mengadakan majlis sembahyang istiharah hari-hari untuk menunggu petunjuk turun yang memboleh mereka terima untuk meyakinkan perjuangan Zaid itu selari dengan perjuangan PAS.

Ilham tidak boleh dijangka bila akan turun tetapi Dato Naik Aziz akan ke Hulu Selangor pada April 21hb untuk mengumumkan fatwa yang membolehkan Zaid diberi undi. - Agensi Husin Lempoyang

Tiada botol berterbangan

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 11:45 PM PDT

Kuala Kubu Baru Apr 17: Penamaan calun untuk pilihanraya kecil Parlimen p94 Hulu Selangor berjalan dengan lancar.

Walaupun suasana agak tegang, keadaan terkawal dan semua pihak dapat mengawal emosi penyokong masing-masing.

Rahim Ambak, seorang penyokong BN memberitahu tiada botol berterbangan kali ini.

"Cuma rakan-rakan dari UMNO Kelantan ingin sekali kaki botol yang berterbangan," katanya.

Kaki yang dikatakan itu itu juga kaki judi kasino, main kuda, dan kaki politik wang. Dia pun cakap pun berbelit-belit dan berubah-ubah.

Ketika ditanya mengenai botol yang diharapkan terbang, P Kamalanathan, calun Barisan Nasional dari MIC berkata, "Saya tidak ada masaalah kaki botol walaupun ugama saya membenarkan saya minum sedikit. Asal tidak keterlaluan."

"Falsafah saya adalah semua terpulang kepada masing-masing untuk berpegang kepada ugama pilihan masing-masing.

"Yang penting, kita mesti berpegang teguh pada ajaran dan nilai-nilai yang kita pegang. Penganut berlainan agama perlu menghormati dan menerima perbezaan amalan agama masing-masing."

Kamalanathan akan ditentang oleh Dato Zaid Ibrahim (PKR), bekas Naib Pengerusi MIC Hulu Selangor V.S. Chandran dan Johan Mohd Diah. Hari pemilihan adalah pada April 25hb. - Agensi Husin Lempoyang

Hindraf not a factor, says BN man

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 07:55 PM PDT

Those were the words of BN's Hulu Selangor by-election candidate P Kamalanathan when asked for his opinion on whether the well-known Indian rights movement would be able exert its influence among the constituency's Indian electorate.
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Malaysian unity: an illusion? — Delren Douglas

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 09:08 PM PDT

APRIL 15 — Lately, our deputy prime minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been speaking out without thinking through first the consequences of his words.

Gerakan Selangor Youth would like to remind the DPM that being the second highest ranking leader in the government, whatever he says will be scrutinised and taken as the official stand of the federal government. He must not contradict himself or official government decisions by pandering to certain groups.

His first gaffe on stating that he was Malay first and Malaysian second does not bode well for most folks and instead of apologising, he chose to remain silent and had to be "saved" by the prime minister. In comparison, if all Americans were to behave like us and were to put their race first then that country would not be where they are today in regards to race relations.

If Malaysian leaders had the courage to espouse that being a Malaysian first is far more important than ones race, then Malaysia would have been a more dynamic country with all races being truly united.

We were leaders during pre-Independence years when it came to racial unity. When Malayans of differing races were able to sit on busses together, the black Americans were discriminated against and not allowed on same busses with whites.

Long before the black Americans were allowed to join the police or armed forces, we already had such remarkable progress with multi-racial police and soldiers. Similarly in sports, Malayans of all races participated and represented the country together in soccer, cricket, badminton but black Americans were only allowed to slowly to be part of a sports teams beginning the 60s and within two decades were they actually accepted as equals in sports. No doubt some were also representing America in the early 40s but those were the exception and not the norm.

Yet today we have gone backwards. While others have blinded themselves to the colour of a person's skin, we instead have become more racist and bigots in our outlook. Even when a black American can be accepted as president, we in Malaysia have trouble accepting another race as a leader, be it as elected or appointed leaders.

Like it or not, discrimination because of one's skin colour and religion does occur to the extent that questions are raised when the recent inter-faith committee is placed under the jurisdiction of a non Muslim.

It is no wonder that a DAP leader from Johor once even claimed that some of the discrimination is akin to a form of apartheid. This may not necessarily be true or the norm but unless leaders like our DPM lead by example and stop placing importance on one's race, the racial unity we had will continue to slowly disintegrate.

It is hard for Malaysia to unite the races as race still plays an important role in our politics. The politics of race embedded from the start in the pre-Independence Alliance and today's Barisan Nasional will only continue to wreak havoc in race relations, unless the government is brave enough to step out of its cocoon and make bold steps of having a single multiracial political party BN while disbanding and banning all the race related parties.

No doubt a lot of politicians who use the race card to further their political career will be the first to jump and go against this move but ordinary peace-loving citizens will definitely back this bold move. In fact, if the government is unsure, why not call for a nationwide referendum to seek the rakyat's views on this?

The DPM too must not be afraid to make a stand against extreme right wing or racist groups and not succumb to their views or pressure.

When the DPM downplayed the role of the inter-faith committee, he must not have realised the implications of his remarks. In trying to appease a vocal NGO, he indirectly made the committee's task insignificant.

The committee's task of helping with racial and religious unity is an important one and furthermore it is not just any minor committee as purportedly claimed by the DPM but one that was approved by Cabinet. Is the DPM marginalising his own Cabinet decisions in order to appease some extremist?

Isn't it the DPM's duty to support, defend and give credence to the committee's role instead of downplaying it? More so since he is part and parcel of the Cabinet that approved the committee?

With all the talk on racial and religious disunity, then isn't this committee actually being tasked with something great? Does it really matter who heads the committee or under whose jurisdiction it falls under when the objective is to promote greater harmony amongst Malaysians of various races and religions?

Similarly, does it really matter if our 1 Malaysia is copied from One Israel if the objective is for the betterment of race relations in this country? If indeed it is true that One Israel is our source to unite Malaysians, does it matter it comes from the Jewish nation? Isn't the unity we are clamouring for, about accepting one another irrespective of race, even Jews?

Tan Sri Muhyiddin, please be the DPM for all Malaysians and not for specific races or that unity that is being bandied about will only remain an illusion.

* Delren Terrence Douglas is a member of the Gerakan Youth Information Bureau, Selangor

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

A view of Malaysia from across the Causeway

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 09:00 PM PDT

The Lion City, home for so many Malaysians. -

By Sheridan Mahavera

SINGAPORE, April 14 — Alexander Low dives into the files stored in his Blackberry when responding to the question "Do you believe that under the Prime Minister's 1 Malaysia, non-Malays will be fairly treated?"

"Wait ah, wait ah … Here you go. Paragraph 11, page four of the (GTP) Government Transformation Plan," Low says showing me the text message.

The message was from a friend and it was sent during a discussion on the "Malay first, Malaysian second" assertion by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin last week which created quite a stir.

The passage Low's friend was referring to was this:

"The goal of 1 Malaysia is to make Malaysia … ultimately a greater nation: a nation where, it is hoped, every Malaysian perceives himself or herself as Malaysian first, and by race, religion, geographical region or socio-economic background second and where the principles of 1 Malaysia are woven into the economic, political and social fabric of society."

Low draws an obvious conclusion.

"The GTP contradicts what Muhyiddin says about him being Malay first and Malaysian second. So Najib is trying to sell his 1 Malaysia but when his man says something wrong, Najib defends him.

"You tell me. How am I supposed to buy what Najib is saying?"

(The names of those interviewed have been changed as they requested anonymity).

Low's scepticism is such an unsurprising attitude among Malaysians working and living in Singapore that it's almost a cliché.

It's a given that non-Malay Malaysians leave their homeland for the island state because of the exchange rate or because they are sick of not getting an equal place under the Malaysian sun.

And it is this cynicism and a sense of hopelessness that the Najib administration will have to deal with if it wants to attract the nation's best and brightest back from Singapore.

At the heart of it, for Malaysians in the island state and those working but living in Johor Baru, Singapore has given them what successive Malaysian administrations have not and some say, would not.

For them, the New Economic Model (NEM) and 1 Malaysia are just the latest slogans in a political history littered with them.

But in reality, this is nothing new as the growth and social trajectories of both countries are more similar than their leaders and people care to admit.

Rhetoric vs reality

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak did a respectable job of pitching his plans for Malaysia at a dinner with senior Singaporean media personalities on April 6.

The message that he wanted the audience to take away from the speech and the follow-up question-and-answer session was that he "was deeply committed to transforming Malaysia" socially and economically.

To drive home the point, he told them how he had put his political career on the line as he was up against vested interests that have wide political connections to Umno.

Malaysians in Singapore who read about the speech the next day were not too impressed.

"You can't judge a leader by what he says but by what he does. To me, he hasn't done that much. It's sloganeering.

"What ever happened to 'Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang,' 'Islam Hadhari or 'Wawasan 2020'?" asks a former Malaysian civil servant who now calls Singapore home.

The main gripe was the disconnect between the stated aims of 1 Malaysia and the actions of the people who champion it.

"You talk about 1 Malaysia yet you put Hindu extremists in ISA. But Muslim extremists who drag a cow's head through the streets are let off," says the civil servant.

"You talk about equality but people like (Malay supremacist group) Perkasa are let off."

Low, who runs his own business, has doubts whether Najib can pull it all off considering the internal resistance he is facing from his own party.

Muhyiddin's "Malay first, Malaysian second" statement and Najib's defence of it is a clear example of the huge obstacles he faces, Low reasons.

Another hurdle is dismantling the networks of patronage in Umno that thrives on abusing affirmative action under the New Economic Policy to cement the party's hold on the Malay business class.

"There is no clear alignment between Umno's political aspirations and the needs of the economy," says Low, adding that Umno refuses to allow Malays to compete.

"Competition sharpens people. That's why the most successful Malay businessmen and professionals are not in Malaysia."

But not every Malaysian is cynical. Senthil Kumar of Kamala Jewellers was taken in by the pledges to end corruption and cut down crime.

"We are interested in opening a branch in Kuala Lumpur but the crime rate there is worrying.

"If they can reduce the crime rate, definitely more businesses from Singapore will set up shop in Malaysia."

Historically, the Malaysian government has never made good on its most important pledges — to tackle corruption, stamp out crime and nurture unity — and that is why Malaysians in Singapore refuse to believe Najib, concludes Low.

Race still matters

Like Low, Wong was of a generation of non-Malays in the early 90s who grew up disgusted by how they were passed over for university places by schoolmates with worse grades.

"Why should I come home?" he quizzes when asked what he thought of the pledges of equal opportunity under the NEM.

In other words, why should non-Malay Malaysians, especially the Chinese, return when Singapore already gives them the opportunities, acknowledgement and dignity they could not find at home?

The same could be said of Singapore's crime and corruption rate, its education system and its high tech economy. In a way the pledges in the Government Transformation Plan have already been delivered in Singapore.

Wong, for instance, is not holding his breath for the NEM and is already planning to start a family and settle down in Singapore.

But life in the hyper-developed island republic is not all that peachy.

Saravanan, an executive in Singapore, explains that rent or a mortgage and car ownership can really burn through one's monthly salary. Though its schools are some of the best in the region, the academic regiment is torturous.

"I want my kids to actually enjoy their childhood. If I put them through a Singaporean school it will take that away from them," says the father of two who commutes daily to Singapore from Malaysia.

And then there is the unspoken but widely-held perception that non-Malay Malaysians, especially the Chinese, get ahead far more easily in Singapore.

"When I first came to Singapore years ago, they still had job ads in the papers that stated 'non-Chinese need not apply.' It was that clear.

"Even now if you look at the structure of most MNCs and local firms it will be Chinese in senior management and above, Indians in supervisory posts and Malays in administration and clerical.

"There's a running joke that to get ahead in Singapore you must be either Chinese or you must marry one," says Saravanan.

Another former Malaysian civil servant, however, argues that though the perception is there, the Singaporean government is more sincere about racial integration than its Malaysian counterpart.

He points to how important government ministries, agencies and government-linked companies nowadays have more non-Chinese in senior posts such as the ministries of Law and Finance.

He admits that Malays are still under-represented but the level of inter-racial integration is better than Malaysia's civil service.

"In Singapore, if you are good, you go up fast. Not like Malaysia, where they talk of meritocracy and impose ketuanan Melayu," says the former public sector employee.

The explicit and the implicit

The metaphor that Ashok uses to describe Malaysia and Singapore is that of a divorced couple who have remarried and started new and separate lives. But who still cannot put that first failed marriage behind them.

"On the outside they have moved on but inside they are jealous of each other's successes. They compete between themselves for the affections of their shared children and always try to show that they are the better parent," says the former teacher who has taught both in Singapore and Malaysia.

The NEM, he feels, is the latest iteration of that continuous contest to be the best and attract the best on the peninsula. To say that Singapore has so far been winning that contest for the hearts and minds is simplistic.

For example, it is an annual practice for Singaporean colleges and schools to saturate Johor Baru with flyers on scholarships and financial aid when Malaysian kids wait for exams results particularly SPM.

So explicit message is that if you have the grades, want a good tertiary education but can't really afford it, come to Singapore.

"But everyone knows that the implicit message is that if you're non-Malay and you're getting screwed by the Malaysian education system, then we can help.

"It's the same with the private sector, you see it everywhere. Non-Malays will have it better even though they talk of meritocracy," says Ashok.

And it is through this prism of distinguishing between what is explicit and implicit that Malaysians in Singapore are using to judge what Najib is promoting. It's an ability honed in Singapore where the lines between both are often blurred.

So far, the explicit (meritocracy, unity) cannot erase the implicit (race first, nationality second).

"It's the same product. Different packaging," declares Saravanan, who has worked in both Malaysian and Singaporean firms for over 20 years.

"And it's up to the individual to get the best of both worlds, because if you really want to live in one better place, you shouldn't choose between the two. You have to go beyond Singapore and Malaysia."

Khairy Jamaluddin MONKEYING, you played me you umno are great sodomiser PAS dep president Nasharuddin speaks 2 crowd at PKR ops centre KKB, hilangkan deposit MIC!

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 08:57 PM PDT

you played me  you umno are great sodomiser
Message: DAP @cmlimguaneng @limkitsiang expressg full support 4 Zaid Ibrahim as an exemplary candidate 4 all M'sians! #p94

Hulu Selangor by-election tweets: #HS #P94 #BNmenangrakyatsenang
Kat depan kem PR, dia jemput mari, berani? RT @Khairykj: @tonypua @azminali Mana Azmin? Dia takut. #P94

Oiy, @azminali cabar u datang settle! Man 2 man! ;-) RT @Khairykj: Saw @azminali hang out at back of the PKR tent. Look sad & forlorn. #P94

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reamore Anwar did Khairy Jamaluddin open the Pandora's Box. to trap Najib,NAZRI GOT CONNED ONE APCO NAJIB.


Posted by taxi2driver on March 26, 2010

Pakatan Rakyat's (PR) Datuk Zaid Ibrahim will defend the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat against Barisan Nasional's (BN) P. Kamalanathan and two independents — V. Chandran and Johan Md Diah — in the April 25 by-election.

Returning officer Nor Hisham Md Diah confirmed them after no objections were received when the objection period ended at 11am. A fifth hopeful, J. Anuradha, claimed the police and the Election Commission (EC) blocked her from contesting and has now offered her support to PR after opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim spoke to her.

The by-election is Selangor's first but the country's 10th since Election 2008.

PR and BN supporters had crowded the nomination centre in Kuala Kubu Baru since morning to see candidates file their papers for the parliamentary seat that was left vacant on the death of PKR MP Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad, who won by a narrow 198 votes against four-term BN lawmaker Datuk G. Palanivel in 2008.

PKR, DAP and PAS make up the unofficial PR which won an unprecedented four more states and 82 federal seats in Election 2008, denying BN its customary two-thirds parliamentary majority.

PKR had named Zaid to convince Hulu Selangor's 64,500 voters that it should continue returning the party to Parliament to keep the ruling BN in check. He was elected the Kota Baru MP in 2004 but was dropped by Umno in 2008.

"Nomination papers submitted. Will know by 12 noon if everything in order," Zaid wrote in his Twitter microblogging account.

Zaid earlier arrived outside the nomination centre to join Anwar and Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who is the Hulu Selangor election director. He then entered the centre with his proposer and seconder when nominations opened at 9am.

Also with them were PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and other PR leaders.

Their supporters thronged outside the nomination centre and scuffled with police who had cordoned off the entire area. The PR supporters chanted "Reformasi" and "Hancur BN" to the tune of "When The Saints Go Marching In", adding a festive air to the occasion.

However, police later moved their trucks between the PR and BN supporters when the opposing crowds got too near to each other.

Kamalanathan arrived at 9.20am with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Selangor Umno deputy chief Datuk Seri Noh Omar, MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. Others who joined them were Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, MCA vice-president Datuk Ng Yen Yen, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas.

There were some scuffles earlier and MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu injured his leg when he was pushed against some barbed wire. A few other MIC officials also suffered similar injuries.

Palanivel, the MIC deputy president, arrived after the nomination process was over and joined BN leaders at the nomination centre. He was earlier slated to represent BN but fractious negotiations between Umno and MIC saw his name dropped in favour of Kamalanathan.

Both the BN and PR candidates are fresh faces in Selangor and creating history of sorts by chronicling their campaign on the Twitter microblogging website.

"Historic first election in Malaysia w/ both main candidates on Twitter. @PKamalanathan for BN & @zaidibrahim for PKR. Follow them. #P94," tweeted Khairy, himself an avid fan of the service.

Zaid himself described the excitement of the day in a tweet, adding hashtags to add the tweet to trending topics on the site.

"Good morning everyone. Big day today. Let's make it count. Will need your support. Will tweet as often as possible. #fb #p94," the lawyer-turned-politician tweeted.

The 44-year-old Kamalanathan, who leads the rebranding of MIC after its disastrous 2008 electoral outing, was also actively sending out messages using the Blackberry phone, now a standard accessory for politicians.

"Just arrived at KKB BN Centre. Thousands of BN supporters are here. Hidup BN! The first supporter I met came all the way from Sabah!" he tweeted.

The EC said some 37 nomination forms had been purchased ahead of the nomination which began at 9am at the Hulu Selangor Sports and Multipurpose Hall here.

Some 1,000 policemen were on duty to ensure a trouble-free nomination and they also implemented a one-way road system around the town to prevent congestion and to separate supporters of the two coalitions.

The respective delegations later left the nomination centre to begin their campaign until polling day. Both BN and PR are using a combination of personal visits and night-time ceramahs to get their message across to the voters.

readmore Khairy calls the public to assess Najib's's credibility,Malaysian toilet just like Mahathir's politics


Received this in the email from an anonymous source. Even if it is true I just wish them good luck. The authorities still fail to see the honor in a fair fight. Never mind, bring in your imported cyber-troopers and thereby insulting your local-bred troopers who you have already by this action, labeled as impotent! Not nice lah to call your people useless, hai KJ YOURS IS INTACT NO PENETRATION YET SAYS KAMALANATHAN , THE GUY WANTS K.J FOR HIMSELF
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Hulu Selangor: Jadikan Pulai Chondong Sebagai Inspirasi

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 08:45 PM PDT

Syabas diucapkan kepada Pakatan Rakyat dan PKR kerana pemilihan calon yang begitu aman dan tenteram.

Berbanding BN yang riuh pikuk keadaannya semasa memilih calon, PKR dan PR memilih calon dengan begitu professional. Sedari mula lagi kriteria yang diutamakan adalah calon yang boleh menang.

Ertinya, segala perkiraan fraksi, geng atau kumpulan mana yang melobi sudah tidak menjadi perkiraan lagi. Sesiapa yang mahu melobi untuk seseorang calon harus membawa bukti yang calon mereka mampu menang dalam pilihanraya kecil Hulu Selangor.
Dari mula lagi, PAS dan DAP telah bersetuju untuk PKR mengekalkan kerusi Hulu Selangor. Itu sahaja sudah nampak keharmonian dan pengutamaan dari segi mahu memenangi kerusi tersebut.

Dalam sebuk-sebuk berbincang, tiba-tiba wakil rakyat BN Sibu pula meninggal. Terus PR mesyuarat dan menyerahkan kerusi Sibu pada DAP. Ini bererti DAP akan ada masa yang amat lama untuk bersedia bagi PRK Sibu kelak.

Dari maklumat yang saya dapat pun, banyak nama yang dicadangkan bagi bertanding kerusi Hulu Selangor. Namun, oleh kerana kriteria menang diutamakan, maka masing-masing kumpulan takut untuk melobi lebih-lebih.

Ini kerana kalau hendak melobi, maka wajib mereka membawa BUKTI KUKUH dan SAINTIFIK.
Dan apabila keputusan Zaid sebagai calon diumumkan, kita tidak dengar komplen dari mana-mana pihak. Hakikatnya, semua pihak bersetuju dengan pilihan parti kerana pilihan tersebut adalah berdasarkan kajian semata-mata tanpa apa-apa sentiment pun. Mengikut kajian saintifik yang dijalankan oleh PKR, Zaid adalah calon yang terbaik.
Tiada kena mengena dengan lobi atau kehendak mana-mana fraksi dalam parti. Yang penting ialah calon yang mampu memenangi kerusi Hulu Selangor. Itu sahaja.

Ia mengingatkan saya kepada pemilihan calon PAS sewaktu pilihanraya kecil Pulai Chondong sekitar tahun 1997. Sewaktu itu S46 baru sahaja melompat keluar dari APU. Maka, apabila Tok Guru Nik Aziz mengumumkan calon adalah YB Zul, maka semua orang menerima calon tersebut dengan hati terbuka. Di saat itu, Tok Guru berkata, dia sudah tahu yang PAS akan memenangi kerusi Pulai Chondong kerana keikhlasan yang ditunjukkan oleh jentera PAS diperingkat Kawasan dan Cawangan.

Inshaalah ini tanda-tanda kemenangan bagi kita. Tapi, seperti Pulai Chondong, kita kena kerja KERAS. Pulai Chondong sepatutnya menjadi inspirasi kepada jentera Hulu Selangor kerana Pulai Chondong adalah kerusi yang PAS TIDAK PERNAH MENANG semenjak merdeka. Sehinggalah, pilihanraya kecil itu, PAS berjaya merampas kerusi tersebut dari S46/UMNO. Sejarah tercipta pada masa itu.

Kalau Pulai Chondong kita boleh menang, Hulu Selangor sepatutnya mudah sahaja untuk menang. Tapi,wajib kerja keras dan kerja lebih masa untuk menang. Tiada rehat sehingga SPR isytihar kerusi Hulu Selangor milik Pakatan Rakyat.

Tulang Besi

Why Najib paid RM77 million to APCO

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 08:23 PM PDT

Been reading about the APCO issue and my fav has got to be the article by Tunku Abdul Aziz
I tried to cut short the article for simple reading.

Najib Greases His Way To Washington D.C
And so it has finally happened. Najib, the Prime Minister of Malaysia was thrown a few crumbs, a few brief moment to savour, exchanging pleasantries with US President Obama on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.
What irks me about this non-event meeting is that we had to resort to employing a very expensive public relations firm (APCO), for which read grubby Washington lobbyists, for close to 25 million US$ dollars, give or take a million dollars here and there.

Small change I suppose when it is not your hard-earned money.
Maintaining diplomatic missions abroad requires a huge budget, and ours in Washington D.C must cost us an arm and a leg. So Malaysian tax payers have every right to expect to get value for money, especially when we were assured by Prime Minister Najib that his choice of our ambassador to the US was based on the gentleman's credentials, whatever those might be.

One of his qualifications, so we were told, was that he had developed extensive networking, Washington D.C style, into a fine art, and could be reasonably expected to pave the way for getting Malaysia into the inside track.

Our man in D.C. could not, on this occasion, even arrange a fleeting "hello and goodbye" meeting without resorting, in the time honoured Malaysian culture of corruption, to that offensive practice euphemistically referred to as "cheque book diplomacy."
The Prime Minister could not have picked a better candidate for the job, and I wonder if there would ever be an end to the perceived sleaziness, rightly or wrongly, that has come to be associated with Najib. For the all our sakes, the Prime Minister has to be a little more circumspect and open in his dealings.

What has this visit achieved for the money and time expended?
A photo opportunity at most for Najib, but for Malaysia, toeing submissively the American/Israeli policy against Iran. We decried Bush's attack on Iraq because we were not convinced that the claimed weapons of mass destruction really existed.

Why are we so quick of the mark this time to believe the Israeli-inspired conspiracy against Iran? Where is the incontrovertible evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapons? What have we done to urge the Americans to dismantle Israeli nuclear warheads?

Anyone familiar with the workings of the American system on the international policy level will realise that no matter how often you meet Obama, nothing will happen unless the very powerful pro-Jewish Congressional committees want it to happen.
Rather than swimming in circles in the murky Potomac inhabited by totally disreputable money-grabbing grey-suited lobbyists just to pay homage to the White House, it would be easier and a great deal less costly to recognise Israel.
(Malaysia currently does not recognise Isreal and banned all Jewish goods and products....except for APCO Ha! Ha! Ha!)
All this pretence that it does not exist has to make way for a pragmatic new policy. We have to exorcise the ghost of Mahathir's rabid anti-Jewish ghost or we will get nowhere.

I recall in 2006 while serving with the UN in New York I was invited to deliver a talk at a conference in Jerusalem. They wanted to know why Malaysia did not recognise Israel and, yet at the same time our government leaders saw nothing wrong in depositing huge sums of money in Israeli banks.

By all means get close to Washington, Najib, but not at any cost.

Hand of the Morningstar

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 08:26 PM PDT

'Hand of the Morningstar' is an American-style superhero miniseries released in black-and-white tankobon (which is usually the method of Japanese manga).

Created by Brett Burner of Alias Enterprises (which publishes other Christian based comics), I can best describe the series as 'superhero take on the End Times', with references and plot twists that those familiar with the Bible will be able to pick up on if they think a little bit.

The art is by Mike Miller, and bears a resemblance to the first two Ultimates drawn by Bryan Hitch (hence my filing this under Ultimate Marvel Moments, lol).

In particular, HotM's Titan looks like Ultimate Quicksilver at times, and Kami looks like the nameless powersuited enemy flunkies from Ultimates 2. (And Avatar looks like Caucasian Jesus.)

And you've got an expy/tribute/take that of Ultimate Thor in HotM's Tempest – a bearded, weather-powered environmentalist at odds with capitalist-industrial government :p

You can read the comic online here, at least up to the point it's been updated thus far, or buy the several tankobons online.

Thanks Malaysian Today!

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 07:46 PM PDT

Hulu Selangor P94: Nomination day report - 3 locals vs 1 Kelantanese

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 11:29 PM PDT

Four candidates have filed their papers and it looks like the fight will be between three local boys and a Kelantanese...

Pic from Malaysiakini

PKR fielded Zaid Ibrahim, the rumours of a last minute change of heart did not come true while BN was steadfast with P Kamalanathan. Two independent candidates VS Chandran and Johan Nat Diah also got their papers in.
They have an hour to file any objections...

Star Reporters Bag Prizes For, IMHO, Doubtful Stories

Posted: 16 Apr 2010 07:31 PM PDT

Yes, I'm being confrontational. Bring it on!

From The Star 17 April 2010:

Star reporters bag prizes

KUALA LUMPUR: For relating her experience in Gaza and the plight of the people trapped there without aid, The Star journalist Shahanaaz Habib won the MPI Best International Journalism Award.

She and a group of journalists crossed the Rafah checkpoint on the Egypt-Gaza border into the occupied territory where she interviewed people who lived in dire conditions.

Executive Director and Group Chief Editor Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai received the award on her behalf from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Shahanaaz, who is currently in Bangkok to cover the Thai Red Shirt protests, received RM15,000 and a certificate at the MPI-Petronas Journalism Awards held here last night.

The Kajai award was given to Melati Mohd Arif from Bernama who wrote about global warming at Genting Highland resort.

She received RM30,000 in cash, a gold medal and a certificate.

How much are you willing to bet that if Shahanaaz Habib had written about how Hamas spends all the aid money on buying and making thousands of rockets to provoke Israel into retaliating and hitting Hamas' human shields, she wouldn't have won that prize? After all, we know how truthful the media is when reporting about Israel.

And if Melati Mohd Arif covered the various Climategates, Glaciergate, Pachaurigate, Amazongate and the lack of any warming over the past 10 years, do you think he wouldn't have won his prize?

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