Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chua: RM 2b of MCA assets to be managed by… my son :|

Chua: RM 2b of MCA assets to be managed by… my son :|


Chua: RM 2b of MCA assets to be managed by… my son :|

Posted: 25 May 2010 11:40 AM PDT

TMI:

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek today confirmed the party had appointed his son, Chua Tee Yong and former vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn to assist in managing the party's assets, estimated to be worth over RM2 billion.

Dr Chua said the decision had been endorsed by the party's central committee after holding a five-hour meeting at Wisma MCA here.

"The CC today decided that the asset management of MCA should be administered in a more professional manner.

"That is why we believe that the party's assets should be managed by a professional group separate from the MCA so there is separation of power."

O.O

You've *got* to be kidding me.

Only BN could possibly say "I've nominated my son to take care of 2 billion dollars" and "separation of power" in the same sentence.

RM 2 billion of ill gotten gains – and to take care of it all, he nominates… his son.

Nope. Nothing nepotistic there at all. Definitely very professional. Certainly wouldn't raise any eyebrows in any other country or anything.

Maybe Ong Tee Keat wasn't the greatest leader in the world, but at least he spent his time trying to expose corruption and fix what's really wrong with this country.

Soi Lek? Busy making sure his finger is in every pot (heh), and making a big show of begging Umno for money.

Integrity seems to follow dignity out the window :P

Gawai Camel Trophy anybody interested? The Road Sri Aman To Lingga, Batang Lupar, No wonder Rohani Karim visited Her AREA by Helicopter….

Posted: 25 May 2010 09:48 AM PDT

MPPP Councillors Met Chow Kuan Yeow, the Penang Ex-co Member

Posted: 25 May 2010 09:22 AM PDT

By the Administrator

The MPPP Councillors met YB Chow Kuan Yeow, the Penang Ex-co  Member in charge of  Local Government and conducted a heart-to heart talk with one another.

After realising the administration's strength and weakness, efforts will be made to improve further on the performance of the Penang Island Municipal Council.

The OSC or One Stop Center for approval of housing development plans seems to have weaknesses awaiting resolution. Everyone was positive to overcome them with new inputs and suggestions.

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22052010144 The humble but steadfast Chow(above), the man who steers the two local governments in Penang and who is always ready to listen to views of all shades before making a final decision.

The Star Opinion: Turn the Other Cheek Civility

Posted: 25 May 2010 07:22 AM PDT

From The Star Opinion 25 May 2010:

Nothing to gain by being arrogant to others

I WOULD like to comment on the article "Glaring cultural differences," (The Star, May 24).

I have had a totally different experience from Sheila Stanley.

I can attest to the rudeness that is witnessed everywhere you turn. Sadly, it is not for no reason that we joke about having First World amenities with a Third World mentality.

However, I find that "giving face" tends to oil the gears of public interactions rather than gritting them up.

My experience is that a humble attitude, a gentle voice and a grateful smile does wonders for the service received.

Whether it is with shopkeepers, clerks or policemen, an arrogant or confrontational attitude only invites conflicts and unnecessary hurdles, even though you know you are in the right.

This has been especially apparent in government offices.

I have witnessed clients loudly demanding to be served and the staff responding with indifference.

By contrast, I get pleasant smiles and quick service when I act politely and humbly – perhaps because it is such a surprising change from the rudeness the staff encounter on a daily basis.

I suppose my approach is different from what is considered the norm.

I was once a waiter and remember clearly what it felt like to be commended for good service or to be mockingly laughed at for breaking a glass.

Thus I can empathise with those providing services.

I am quite sure many others have gone through similarly humbling experiences.

But once they climb the social ladder, they behave differently.

It results in rudeness and a bullying attitude that mars the image of many Malaysians.

How can we change our prevailing culture for the better?

I suppose we can always pass on the responsibility to the Government for a top-down approach – more campaigns and slogans, anyone?

Or we can shoulder the burden ourselves and change things from the ground up.

The next time you interact with others, try turning the other cheek and see what happens.

We may have to put up with a few metaphorical slaps, but perhaps – just perhaps – we can influence others to try out this unusual custom called civility.

SCOTT THONG YU YUEN,

Ipoh.

I used the phrase 'turn the other cheek' above, and in my last letter used the term 'Good Samaritan'. See the pattern?

The opinion piece that I respond to:

Monday May 24, 2010
Glaring cultural differences
A DIFFERENT SPIN
BY SHEILA STANLEY

Malaysians will never be rude to a Datuk or a Tan Sri because they choose the people to bully.

I arrived back in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 11. I hadn't been too certain whether I would even get on my flight from Dublin on account of record snowfalls (the worst in Europe in 30 years) and icy runways.

Straight back into 30-degree heat in my snow boots, thermal knickers and winter coat was a bit of a shock to my system.

After the initial unpleasant jolt and the necessary adaptation into a more tropic-friendly ensemble, I got straight back into the flow of the climate here.

A lot like the initial culture shock of settling back into life in Malaysia – and in both cases, at times, I find myself in a fractious mood as a result of cultural and climatic differences.

The weather is easy enough to deal with, what with non-stop air-conditioning being the norm here.

As for everything else that annoyed me, I didn't really notice it initially as I was too busy eating my way around Malaysia.

From roti canai in Cameron Highlands to Sarawak laksa in Kuching, I was just far too caught up with stuffing my face to notice much else but the plate of food in front of me.

It was only after my digestive system started giving out about all the food additives I was ingesting that I had to start paying attention to other little details of Malaysian life.

I have a long list of pet hates (which gets longer as the days go by). For a start, we're just a rude nation.

We're rude to family, friends and neighbours. We're rude to maids, security guards and supermarket cashiers.

We are not, however, rude to Datuks, Tan Sris and their spouses. We know our place in the pecking order, you see.

We are rude when we drive, when we park and when we engage with others in commercial transactions.

When it comes to small and medium- sized businesses, there is no such thing as customer service in Malaysia.

Large multinational corporations have the money to send their staff for training and as a result, they're just a lot easier to deal with than small businesses which seem to think that they're doing you a favour by taking your money off you to provide service for you.

I have lost count of the number of times I've handed my money over to people who have just been plain rude.

It was only when one day, as a result of a particularly nasty heat wave, that I snapped at some small business-person and watched as he then did a turnaround and apologised to me, that the realisation struck me about one of the fundamental rules of surviving in Malaysia.

"Don't give face." That's what politeness is viewed as in Malaysia – giving face, as opposed to it being just the norm of social engagement.

Malaysians pick the people they choose to be polite to, as opposed to Europeans, who pick the people they choose to be rude to.

Don't get me wrong. It's not as if I think I'm beyond all this.

I used to be the quintessential rude Malaysian as well. But moving away from Malaysia, I was exposed to a culture where rudeness is not just frowned upon, it verged on the illegal!

God forbid you're rude to the supermarket cashier anywhere in Europe, or you might find them refusing to serve you.

You see, we Malaysians are far too accepting of this rudeness.

I don't know why this is so, but I do know that I don't want to be in a position where my principal form of engagement with my friends, family, neighbours, mamak stall operators, restaurant waiters, supermarket cashiers and petrol station attendants is based on hostility.

I do realise that my visceral reaction to this rudeness (which like all other Malaysians, I used to be pretty blasé about) is all about me and my personal journey of adapting culturally to life in Malaysia again.

Six years ago, when I made the move out of Malaysia, I had a hard time adapting to the cultural differences in Ireland. Returning to Malaysia, I find this cycle repeating.

My experience is actually part of the typical human reaction to cultural adaption. Known as the W curve, it is the theory of anthropologist Kalvero Oberg, who in 1960 coined the term "Culture Shock".

Oberg, who viewed culture shock as an occupational disease that international travellers face, theorised that in a move to another culture, there is an initial 'Honeymoon' period when all is rosy and one's mood is buoyant.

It then heads to a low mood period when one goes through the crisis of culture shock.

After this, there is an upward mood mobility towards recovery and adjustment.

If one were then to return to one's culture of origin, the mood curve repeats itself by beginning with a 'Honeymoon' at home period, followed by a downward dip with another crisis as a result of the shock of re-entering one's home culture.

This low period is then replaced with an upward mood trend of recovery and adjustment at home.

Following Oberg's logic, I am bound for that upward trend of recovery and adjustment at some point in the future.

I'm not prepared to integrate back into Malaysian culture by being rude all the time, and polite some of the time. I'd rather it be the other way around. How about you?

> Sheila Stanley is an ex-journalist and a mother of two children who hopes that they do not pick up the bad habit of being rude.


Is Tan Sri Robert Phang being disloyal for not defending the integrity of MACC when attacked by the DAP?

Posted: 25 May 2010 07:37 AM PDT

Tan Sri Robert Phang

The DAP organized a dinner to commemorate its 44th anniversary last Friday, 21st May, 2010. It was reported at least 1000 people attended. Among the guests was Tan Sri Robert Phang, corruption consultative and advisory panel member of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)
I was alerted by a blogger that Tan Sri Robert also donated RM50,000 towards the DAP dinner. That was not all, apparently the DAP was condemning MACC in front of him and I was told Tan Sri Robert did not even say anything to defend the organisation in which he is still a panel member.
It was reported by a blog site Unspinners that two DAP members of parliament condemned MACC for being pro Barisan Nasional (BN) in front of Tan Sri Robert and yet he did not make an attempt to rebut the condemnation.
My question is: Why did he attended the dinner and why was he appointed as member of the MACC's panel? Can somebody please enlighten me! Read more here...!





Anwar: Defections will stop, for now

Posted: 25 May 2010 05:38 AM PDT

Opposition leader and PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim has a lot on his plate. Defections of the lawmakers, from his party, an average of one for every three months since the general elections in March 2008, have hogged the limelight recently. And then there is his second sodomy trial which is fast becoming a sordid caper, fit for an airport novel, with one lurid detail after another exposed in the open court. People have said that the charismatic leader (right), still dashing at 62 years of age, has lost it, and that he is no longer his fiery self.
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Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menganggap kenyataan anak Samy Vellu baidap

Posted: 25 May 2010 04:46 AM PDT

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menyifatkan kenyataan anak Presiden MIC, Vell Paari menuduh UMNO menggunakan pembunuhan politik untuk memecah-belahkan parti komponen Barisan Nasional (BN), sebagai biadap dan tidak bertanggungjawab.

Timbalan Pengerusi BN itu menegaskan, BN dan parti-parti komponennya terutama UMNO tidak terlibat sama sekali dalam sebarang usaha yang menimbulkan masalah dalam MIC.

"Saya hendak menafikan sekeras-kerasnya tuduhan itu kerana kita, lebih-lebih UMNO tidak pernah terlibat dalam perkara seperti itu.

"Ini adalah (tuduhan) tidak adil, biadap," katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan masjli ramah mesra warga pendidik dan guru-guru Muar di Kompleks Sukan Pagoh di sini hari ini -

Nota:
Kami sempat menghubungi bekas setiausaha kanan Bekas ketua Pemuda MIC, Sdr Kanan, dalam perbualan kami dengan sdr Kanan beliau berkata mereka patut  habiskan Samy Vellu sekarang,"Lebih punya orang". kata nya. Parii pun lebih juga , orang  sudah selamatkan dia sebab ayah nya dia pula mahu tunjuk hebat, Dia tunggu lah orang korek balik kes dia.Orang India masih belum boleh memaafkan Samy Velu dalam kes Maika.~ k Kanan,

Americk Singh is back

Posted: 25 May 2010 04:23 AM PDT

Once I saw a video clip showing Americk Singh, the lawyer for Balasubramaniam of the double Statutory Declarations fame or if you like, notoriety. This was during the early days of Bala's Stat Decs.

Americk Singh assured everyone listening that he was completely 'neutral' in the 'Najib f* Altantuyaa' Stat Dec, and was only acting as the lawyer for Bala.

Then next, in November 2009, I read of his accusation in Malaysiakini Balasubramaniam's lawyer linked Najib to Bala's disappearance - wow!

Four days later Malaysiakini posted Bala's SD - Americk Sidhu clears Anwar Ibrahim from involvement.

Mr Singh stated: "… Anwar had nothing to do with the release of the first SD except to deliver a speech prior to the press conference at the PKR headquarters last July. I have had no communication with Anwar at all, and neither has he or any PKR member tried to contact me."

I then wrote that I was greatly comforted by Americk's assertion.

But what had puzzled me a tad, just a wee tad mind you, was that despite having no communication with Anwar or any PKR member, Americk was able to further assert that "… Many people think Anwar Ibrahim is behind all this. That is absolutely untrue. Anwar has no idea about this whole episode except what he may have read in the blogs and on Malaysiakini."

Well, WTF did/do we non-lawyers know anyway!

Now, Mr 'Neutral' has arranged for a cost-free trip for MACC to fly to London to meet Bala. How kind of Mr Americk Singh! For more, see Malaysiakini MACC gets all-expense paid London date with Bala

Just in case you can't remember who Mr Americk Singh Sidhu is, read my post Saiful sodomized? Bala sodomized!.

I had then written (extracts): He [Bala] was advised by his lawyer to report to the police station, as summoned, but unaccompanied by his own lawyer.

Indeed, where was his lawyer? Why didn't he accompany Bala to the police station?

Yes, this was the guy who allowed his client Balasubramaniam, immediately after making the most damning Stat Dec in Malaysian public history against the powerful DPM of Malaysia, to report to a police station ALONE when every Malaysian knows that the most dangerous place in Malaysia was/has been/is the police station.

Amazing!

Related: Balasubramaniam story - brave broadcast or Ben-Hur-ish bullsh*t

Australian Opposition Leader became stupid for Israel

Posted: 25 May 2010 03:43 AM PDT

Recently the Australian government in an unusual move expelled an Israeli diplomat for the Israeli secret service forging Australian passports to use in the murder of a Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Mabouh in a Dubai hotel room.

I stated 'unusual' because Australia is even more supportive of Israel than the USA. One of the principal reasons for the strong support stems from the powerful Jewish lobby in Australia where, like their counterparts in the USA, they donate generously to both Labour Party and the Coalition (Liberal Party and the National Party).

Some years ago when Julia Irwin, a Labour Party backbencher raised an issue in Parliament supporting the Palestinians, Simon Cream the Labour leader (then opposition leader) rushed down swiftly to Melbourne to apologize (or reassure) the Jewish community that a Labour government would continue to support Israel.

So a Labour govement expelling an Israeli diplomat has to be considered a most monumental political step in Australian politics and international diplomacy.


But on the other hand, in recent times many countries like Australia and European nations have found that the conduct of the Israeli government has deteriorated to totally unpalatable, unacceptable and indeed heinous levels. The Israelis have become no different from the Nazis who massacred their forefathers in Europe during WWII.

Then the Nazis ghetto-rised Jews in European; now the Israelis ghetto-rise Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

Then the Nazis imposed punitive group punishment on Jews; now the Israelis do likewise to Palestinians.

The the Nazis murdered Jewish children; now the Israelis massacre Palestinian babies.

But so powerful is the Israeli lobby in Australia that the federal Deputy Opposition Leader Julia Bishop has become so unbelievably stupid as to defend Israel by ..… [guess what?] … yes, by condemning her own country Australia as equally guilty of forging passports of other nations.

Now consider this - the Australian Opposition is not like the Malaysian one where the ruling party ignores them altogether. In Australia, the Opposition is treated respectfully as the alternative government in waiting and accorded same entitlements and almost similar privileges (short of ruling the country).

So for an Australian deputy opposition leader to condemn her own country so as to defend a foreign nation, it truly boggles the mind.

And for what … yes, for a wicked evil Deutronomic Israel!

Julia Bishop should resign her seat and hang her head in shame. But her gross stupidity bespeaks the staggering power and influence of the Jewish-Israei lobby here in Australia, and also in the USA and throughout the European nations.

For more, see Sydney Morning Herald's Australia forges passports too, says Bishop [news video available]

Are the Chinese ungrateful? Read Sanusi Junid

Posted: 25 May 2010 02:50 AM PDT

Call him a nationalist, a chauvinist or anything. What this former Cabinet minister and Umno veteran wrote here demands us to reconsider our political atmosphere, our unity and of course, our 1Malaysia. Datuk Najib, Muhyiddin, Soi Lek, Samy Vellu, Kit Siang, Anwar and others should read this piece - about next general elections, the future of the Malays and Malaysians and how national unity will be at stake if we take things for granted.

He reminds us about the possible status confrontation we might possibly face during the next PRU, the attitude of the Malaysian Chinese towards the government and how Umno leaders are facing conflict of detente in wooing back the support of the Malays, including its members.

Excerpts:

"...Seorang bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri telah menjanjikan Islam sebagai wadah perjuangan sebelum beliau menjadi Menteri sehingga beliau begitu popular dan dipilih menjadi pemimpin di peringkat atasan. Apabila beliau memegang jawatan sebagai Menteri Kewangan beliau menjanjikan pula kekayaan dan kemewahan kepada penyokong-penyokongnya. Ternyata wang lebih popular dari agama sebagai hadiah untuk mendapat sokongan. Apabila ditakdirkan hilang kuasanya sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri beliau terpaksa merobah janjinya untuk memperjuangkan keadilan untuk rakyat jelata. Keadilan yang mempunyai berbagai wajah ini pula ditafsirkan oleh yang bukan Melayu dan Bumiputra sebagai usaha menghapuskan hak dan keistimewaan orang-orang Melayu dan Islam..."

and

"... Sudah terlalu ramai pula dari kaum China yang bangga dengan ke Chinaannya, tetapi anti sikap 'racist' yang ada pada Melayu, turut marah jika diingatkan sifat imigran yang ada padanya, tetapi lupa untuk berterima kasih kepada pemimpin mereka yang terdahulu seperti Tun Tan Siew Sin dan Tun Sambanthan yang tidak lupa berterima kasih kepada pemimpin Melayu yang dengan rela dan senang hati menerima nenek moyang imigran mereka untuk menjadi rakan senegera dengan pemberian kerakyatan..."

As usual, readers have different comments. one of whom suggested that its time for the Malays to start eating pork in order to advance their status like the Chinese and Japanese.

Excerpt:

"... Maybe as suggested, the malays should copy the Chinese and start eating pork to improve themselves overall. Obviously, not eating pork hasn't helped them to advance.."

Not with any bad intention, I guess. Sanusi was focusing more on the plight of the Malay politics and how their leaders have failed them in so many aspects. I reserve my comment.

Koperal Khalid terima derma RM5000! Syukur Alhamdulillah!

Posted: 25 May 2010 05:02 AM PDT



Syukur Alhamdulillah! Pertama sekali ingin saya merakamkan ribuan terimakasih kepada rakan blogger saya Dato Ahiruddin Atan @ Rocky Bru kerana telah menghubungi saya semalam untuk menerima sumbangan derma RM5000 secara tunai untuk disampaikan kepada Koperal 104747 Khalid bin Che Rus.

Wang sebanyak RM5000 tunai didalam matawang RM100 itu diserahkan kepada saya oleh Dato Ahiruddin Atan @ Rocky Bru diperkarangan Royal Lake Club pada jam 3.30 petang hari Isnin 24hb Mei 2010 dengan pesanan supaya maklumat penderma tidak didedahkan kepada umum.

Saya menerima amanah Dato Ahiruddin Atan @ Rocky Bru dengan nama Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala dan bertekad untuk menyerahkan wang tunai itu pada malam itu juga! Merbahaya memegang duit tunai sebanyak itu lama lama sebab ianya amanah orang. Takut saya tak sempat tunaikan amanah, meninggal ke apa tiba tiba, tak ke naya? :P

Sesudah menerima wang tersebut dan bersalaman dengan Dato Rocky, saya terus menghubungi Tuan ACP Abdul Jalil Hasan, OCPD Ampang Jaya dan OCS Balai Ampang Cif Inspektor Tuan Norazman Zakaria secara sms memaklumkan kedua pegawai tertinggi Koperal Khalid akan penerimaan wang derma RM5000 tunai tersebut dan meminta kedua pegawai tersebut untuk bersama saya menyerahkan amanah derma itu kepada Koperal Khalid pada malam semalam juga!

Tak mahu saya membawa balik wang itu kerumah saya. Tak akan selesa hati saya selagi tak serahkan pada Puan Satona, isteri Koperal Khalid bersaksikan kedua pegawai tersebut di atas.

Alhamdulillah, Tuan OCPD ACP Abdul Jalil Hasan bersetuju untuk hadir ke berek kelamin Koperal Khalid dan kami membuat temujanji untuk bertemu disana pada jam 8.30 malam.

Selepas urusan saya makan malam dengan orang rumah saya selesai, saya terus menuju ke Taman Setiawangsa, Keramat AU untuk menunaikan fardhu maghrib di Masjid Muaz ibn Jabal.

Sesudah solat, saya bergerak ke kediaman Koperal Khalid dan seterusnya tertunailah amanah yang saya pegang dari Dato Ahiruddin Atan @ Rocky Bru sepertimana tuan puan dapat ikuti didalam video diatas.

Syukur Alhamdulillah sekali lagi kepada Allahu Ta'ala diatas kurniaan derma ikhlas dari usahawan yang mahu merahsiakan keterangan dirinya ini dan ribuan terimakasih saya ucapkan kepada Dato Ahiruddin Atan diatas jasa beliau membantu seorang anggota polis yang terlantar sakit sesudah koma sekian lama akibat di langgar lari manusia yang tidak bertanggungjawab setahun sudah.

Semoga Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala membalas jasa jasa para penderma rakyat Malaysia yang sudi membantu Koperal Khalid Che Rus dan keluarganya.

Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.

Corporal Khalid's Case ~ Visit by Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation

Posted: 25 May 2010 12:52 AM PDT

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Dear brothers and sisters, fellow Malaysians.

Thanks to my exposure of Corporal Khalid's plight here in this blog and the following kindhearted fellow bloggers namely :
  1. My blogging mate @ Dato Ahiruddin Atan @ Rockybru for publishing my appeal here in his blog and an earlier report on Corporal Khalid in his newspaper The Malay Mail here.
  2. Blogger Papa Gomo for sharing his views here in his blog about Corporal Khalid's plight.
  3. Blogger Gerakan Anti PKR for sharing the same here in his blog.
  4. The Unspinners for sharing with their readers this appeal here.
  5. MEDIA CYBER for being kind enough to share this appeal with her readers here.
  6. Unit Media Wangsa Maju for sharing the story of Corporal Khalid with their readers here.
  7. MOHD SYAHIR MAKIN who has graciously shared the plight of Corporal Khalid at his blog here.
The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation became aware of the poor corporal's case and visited him last Saturday. The foundation was represented by the following dignitaries who made time to visit Corporal Khalid Che Rus at his humble police barracks :
  1. Vice Chairman I YBhg. Tan Sri Dato' Lee Lam Thye
  2. Vice Chairman III YBhg. Datuk Kamarudin Md. Ali
  3. Y A Bhg. Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar
  4. Y Bhg. Tan Sri Datuk Robert Phang Miow Sin
and two other personalities whom I didn't manage to get their identities but they are featured in the photos I had taken of me and the foundation exco members by asking a photographer present to handle my camera.

The visiting members of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation had donated a total of RM7300 to Corporal Khalid's care out of their own pockets.

Thank you sirs for this humane gesture on your part. May Allah Azza Wa Jalla reward you accordingly.

All praises be to Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala for opening up the hearts of these national police officers to help a fellow policeman who is unfortunate enough to suffer like this.

Let's pray that their generosity will be rewarded by Our Lord Almighty with the best of this world and in the hereafter, Insya Allah.

* Another generous donation care of Dato Ahiruddin Atan @ Blogger Rocky Bru has been surrendered to Corporal Khalid's spouse through myself last night and the video is being processed and uploaded to my You Tube account right now. Will be publishing that article after this.

Tiada Pusat Judi Bola Di Selangor

Posted: 25 May 2010 12:38 AM PDT

Mengikut kenyataan terbaru dari Exco Kerajaan Negeri, Iskandar Samad, tiada kelulusan baru untuk Pusat Judi Bola diluluskan di Selangor. Khabar angin kononnya 10 Pusat Judi Bola diluluskan di I-City adalah fitnah semata-mata dan tidak berasas sama sekali.

Malahan, sekarang ini, kedai2 yang menjual nombor ekor kepada orang Islam sedang diperhatikan dan kemungkinan besar lesen premis mereka tidak akan disambung. Malahan, permohonan untuk memanjangkan waktu operasi arked permainan video juga ditolak oleh Ahli-Ahli Majlis PR/PAS.

MB Selangor juga membuat cadangan supaya kedai-kedai judi yang sedia ada di kawasan majoriti Melayu tidak lagi disambung lesen premis mereka demi menjaga hati orang Melayu dan Islam.

Rakyat Malaysia seperti dipaksa menerima Islam Ala Khawarij amalan UMNO. Yakni, Islam yang menghalalkan perkara yang haram dan mengharamkan perkara yang halal.

Syukur ada PAS yang masih mampu memimpin umat Islam kepada Islam yang sebenar dan bukan Islam Khawarij. Kalau PAS tiada, saya yakin majoriti orang ISlam di Malaysia akan jadi Khawarij, kaki judi, kaki botol, kaki zina dan sbgnya. Segala amalan maksiat dan rosak akidah tajaan UMNO setakat ini berjaya dibendung dengan adanya PAS, alhamdulillah.

Tulang Besi
No World Cup betting outlets in S'gor
Tue, 25 May 2010 11:39


By FMT Staff
SHAH ALAM: Selangor will not allow new gambling outlets to be opened in the state in conjunction with the World Cup. It will also tighten its grip on existing outlets.

Chempaka assemblyman Iskandar Abdul Samad, in denying rumours that the Selangor government had approved 10 gambling licences in I-City, said while the federal government can issue gambling licences, outlet or premises permits came under state jurisdiction.

"I received a call from PAS Selangor secretary Khairuddin Othman saying that an MP had alleged that the state council meeting last month approved 10 gambling licences for I-City near Shah Alam.

"Let me state that no such approvals were made during the council meeting," he said in his blog.

He was alluding to the federal government's recent issuance of gambling licences to Berjaya Corp Group allowing it to carry out related activities in conjunction with the World Cup. The move is expected to earn the federal government RM60 billion in taxes.

Iskandar said the executive council meeting last month had discussed the gambling issue but no approvals for licences were made.

"Even a suggestion to extend the operating hours of entertainment arcades was shot down by PAS councillors, what more the issuance of gambling licences to I-City. It's a malicious rumour by Umno feeders," he said.

Iskandar said during the meeting he had raised the issue of outlets selling numbers which were patronised by Muslims.

He said in regard to this, Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim had suggested that the state hold back on issuing premise licences for such operations in Muslim-majority areas.

He also explained that the only way the state could contain the gambling issue is by barring the opening of new outlets.

"The federal government can give away gambling licences but the state's local councils decide on the licence for premises.

"If all the council members agree not to issue premises licences to operators, then there will be no kedai nombor or kedai kuda in Selangor," he said.

Sultans urged to intervene

Meanwhile, PAS has urged the Council of Rulers to step in and encourage the federal government to rescind its decision to issue gambling licences for the World Cup.

Vice-president Mahfuz Omar said PAS was confident that the council would take the appropriate action.

"The rulers had in the 1960s, after a public outcry, set an example when they told Umno-BN to cancel the Welfare Lottery.

"The late Raja of Perlis was vocal in censuring Umno leaders then. I believe the rulers will be wise in their decision," said Mahfuz, who is also Pokok Sena MP.

The Council of Rulers is scheduled to meet on June 26 and will incidentally be chaired by the Raja of Perlis.


“35 years On…Have we changed..??”

Posted: 24 May 2010 11:55 PM PDT

Fancy this…?? After 35 years I found my long lost friend.Where else..? In the internet in Facebook. Times have changed and in this technological savvy world we have to use whatever resources and ways to STAY AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION. 

This today could be my mosts useless piece I have ever written on audie61 but who cares..!! Even Simon Cowell (American idon Judge) has his dark moods where everything seems a no and a no.

audie61 hasn't got over the fact that yesterday an old friend had a right all go at one of our ministers. It was headline news,'Talking behind lorries with microphone." by the DAP. He said to me 'What if the DAP becomes government and the PBB minister had to do it that way..??" Over 50 years BN has been in power and they are telling people that they should not do this or do that.

Just remember the whole world is changing and people cannot be fooled anymore. The YBs are people representative  and they should be on the ground and not so high in the clouds as if nobody can touch them. It's time to wake up  and BN better take heed.

Even today at breakfast one of my source said," SUPP losts because they were not united and one of the senior Ministers in SUPP openly said that DAP will push the knife further in if we dont wake up.It could be the beginning of the end for once a great party but 50 years down the round they forget who are the grassroots and forget to listen to even the smallest of problem."

In the facebook and thanks to the creators of this wonderful programme that we can make use of this to find our long lost friends. 35 years is not a short period and to absolutedly lost touch and to able to communicate again is JUST WONDERFUL AND FABULOUS. You will be asking me next..Who huh! Must be somebody special.Of course it is and tears just rolled of my cheeks when I saw the photo.Brilliant..!!

BN as the government of the day should look into connecting the world to Malaysia further with access to the rural areas where even the most inaccessible place in Malaysia can enjoy this facility. DAP is right they make use of whatever presents them while it seems the BN has overlooked the tinest details. The heartbeat of the nation is People Power and the people would love to see like what the PM practise walking with the people. Unfortunatedly the majority of the YBs and MPs forget where they come from. No use me knocking them down and its up to PM Najib to sort his troops out.

The frustrations of the people will turn to protests in the ballot boxes and  if BN does not feel the pulse of the nation even FACEBOOK cannot save them. Its a wake up call the Sibu losts to the BN says a youth exco of the ruling BN government. We need to take it by the chin and move on and like a fighter we will not give up easily.     

Its time the elder leaders in BN entrust the youth and harness their potential. By gripping on to power too long will not only see BN losing touch with the people but also eventually be wiped out if we are not careful. 

Governments around the whole has changed dramatically and BN is really lucky that there are examples to follow. We need now to see how we learn from the opposition and do it better and make it happen.

Alright,we have more wrinkles on our faces,maybe less hair and put on a bit of weight but deep down we know that we as Malaysians want our country to progress with change and stay ahead as always like when we use to say," MALAYSIA BOLEH." Its yours Malaysia for you and me  and whoever gets it right be it 35 years on finding another friend be it.1Malaysia in heart and spirit if we are challenged by another country thats for sure..

Have you changed and thought about it..? Oh no,that was rubbish i wrote but this is a blog right..?


Time's up for Pakatan states to act on local polls

Posted: 24 May 2010 02:43 PM PDT

From Tan Keng Liang, via e-mail

About three months ago, the Pakatan Rakyat state government in Penang announced their commitment to fulfill their pledge in the last general election to hold local government elections. This was subsequently echoed by the Pakatan administration in Selangor.

To date, even after the end of two by-elections in Selangor and in Sarawak, there is no indication of whether the pledge by Pakatan to hold local government elections would be fulfilled in all Pakatan states.

Pakatan should be reminded that their pledge in the last general election should be fulfilled by holding local government elections in all Pakatan states.

If Pakatan is sincere in fulfilling their pledge, it is time for Pakatan to announce a definite time frame to hold local government elections in all their states, being Kedah, Penang, Selangor and Kelantan.

Pakatan should not give any more excuses or remain in silence to avoid the implementation of local government elections.

The writer is Kedah Gerakan youth chief.

 

BP Oil Leak Conspiracy Theory

Posted: 24 May 2010 09:01 PM PDT

Given the Dems' opposition to any drilling whatsoever (except by China off America's shores), would it be cynical to wonder if the Obama Administrations horrendously incompetent response to the oil leak is intentional?

I wouldn't be the first to ponder so:

This guy does really not want to be president. He doesn't want to deal with America's problems. He wants to make sure he gets his transformation done. So, we had an oil slick, added benefit… Now we can cancel offshore drilling. – Rush Limbaugh

Maybe they want to prolong this fiasco as long as possible in order to turn public sentiment against drilling for oil – thus benefiting their crony alternative energy plans? (Not that Big Oil aren't their cronies too.)

News flash, it ain't working – 64% of Texans and 54% of Americans still support offshore drilling. It's like they think petroleum is vital to the energy supply or something…

So could Obama please take off the sneakers and drop that nine-iron and start doing his job already? (Not that he wants to carry out any other of his purported responsibilities either.)

In related tactics, Obama probably spent all that money keeping his birth records hidden in order to keep baiting birthers, so that he has an easy-to-reach red herring/ad hominem defense to toss whenever valid criticisms of his performance as President surface.

(But we found it anyway.)

Sarah Palin would already be on the case if she were in charge. Yet another example of how Sarah Palin – or anyone else for that mattercouldn't possibly be a worse President than the Teleprompter Messiah.


Vell Paari, Samy Vellu and 'political assassins'

Posted: 24 May 2010 02:34 PM PDT

From SP Nathan, via e-mail

Free Malaysia Today reported that Vell Paari, son of S Samy Vellu, the once powerful Umno ally, now being nudged to pasture by the same ally, as saying that "political assassins" are being groomed to hasten the departure of the once strong MIC honcho.

He is also quoted as stating that its Umno's policies such as demolition of temples, revocation of scrap metal licenses and the incarceration of Hindraf leaders as the root causes of the loss of support for BN.

My question to Vell Paari is this: what did his father do when Umno was making all these policies during his tenure as minister for 30 odd years? Umno did not wake up one morning and promulgate these policies. Hindraf was not born overnight, it was a final outcome or  a culmination of years of frustration and repression that was brought to the fore.

And can he deny that his father's lack of effective action as an Indian political representative in the Malaysian cabinet that slowly but surely built the emotions that were finally vented on Nov 25, 2007.

MIC failed the Indians and the leadership must accept responsibility. So many policies could have been negotiated and implemented which could have seen more opportunities in education, employment and housing benefiting the deserving Indians but alas this was not done.

It was the political system in MIC, which was structured such, where absolute power was vested in one individual that has led to this abysmal state of affairs for the Indians.

Talented and intelligent Indians stayed away from the MIC political fold. They will not allow themselves to be degraded by the leader who thinks he knows all that is good for the community.

One good example is Vell Paari himself who is the CEO of Maika Holdings and now, a appointed CWC member of MIC. The current state of affairs for Maika Holding is a clear pointer of Vell Paari's qualification as a businessman. And his appointment as CWC member by his father really sums by the dearth in political talent within MIC.

And so, coming back to why I started hitting the key boards, the issue of  "political assasins".

Yes, when you  reflect about it , there were quite a few talented leaders within MIC that were assassinated politically - the immensely talented  and very intelligent K Padmanabhan comes to mind. What sins did this great man do to be sidelined or to use Vell Paari's lingo, "politically assassinated", by his father.

Finally, MIC was involved in two institutions. One being the successful National Land Finance Co-operative Society and the other, of course, Maika Holdings. Maika, now as all knows, is in the process of being given  the 'final rites'.  

NLFCS was the handiwork of the late VT Sambanthan who was the president till ousted in 1973 or shall I say, politically "assassinated ". And guess who was the assassin.

And so Vell Paari, what goes around comes around. Its 1973 all over again.

Read:

Son: Umno using 'political assassin' to kill dad

 

Let's combine forces to topple the BN government

Posted: 24 May 2010 02:26 PM PDT

From Siew Wah,  via e-mail

I refer to your article titled 'Pakatan has 'good chance' to topple BN' by your reporter Teoh El Sen.

I sincerely wish Zaid Ibrahim's statement could come true for there are too many injustices, lies, corruption, cronyism, nepotism in BN to have them remain in power.

Worst of all are the Umno police and Umno judges who are biased in the execution of their duty.

May all the component parties of Pakatan - PKR, DAP and PAS - work together for a common purpose: To topple BN for the good of the nation.

Read:

Pakatan has 'good chance' to topple BN


 

Walk the talk, PKR

Posted: 24 May 2010 02:25 PM PDT

From Phillip Ooi, via e-mail

Ask PKR not to talk so much. All they do is talk talk talk, but talk is cheap. Thus far, they have been hammered left, right and centre.

Ask them to adopt Nike's tag line instead of talking so much.

X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men 1989 Cartoon Loltastic Review

Posted: 25 May 2010 09:40 AM PDT

Can't stop sniggering at the snark and sarc of this review of this classic unclassic cartoon.

It actually isn't all that bad, and I enjoyed it when I saw it as a kid. But you totally wouldn't know that from this amusing but highly inaccurate (for the Rule of Funny of course) review!

From X-Entertainment, with ***** bowdlerization and bolding emphasis for the funniest parts by me:

Pryde of The X-Men – The Original X-Men Cartoon!
Matt – 08/26/00

Since the X-Men movie charmed movie goers everywhere with it's unique blend of kicka$$ action, keen mutant powers, and some really sh*tty lines….seems like everyone's pining to get their hands on more X-Men crap. With that, the Fox cartoon series has become popular again, showing in reruns across the board and quenching everyone's thirst for Marvel's most famous mutant team. But there was another X-Men cartoon put out by Marvel that predated the Fox series by years…

Yes, made strictly for video – it's the Pryde Of The X-Men! You might think this served as a sort of pilot for the cartoon most of us know, but it's really not. This is like the Bizarro world X-Men cartoon. Everybody talks funny. They all seem to be going through personality disorders. And Wolverine sounds like friggin' Zartan from G.I. Joe. I really don't know what year this came out, but it's old. I bought this when I was pretty heavily into comic collecting, and that's a long time ago. And now that I think about it, I think I bought it as a rerelease…it's very old.

When an old lady spills her drink on your new rug, p*sses herself, or talks to you…you find it in your heart to forgive her. Likewise, this being an old cartoon, we'll have to forgive it. It just doesn't know any better.

Off the bat, you'll realize that you're probably in for some trouble. The theme song, which was apparently co-written by a spider-monkey and a duck, is probably the most offensive thing you'll ever hear. "X-Men, X-Men, coming your way …" starts it off. If you can survive the theme song, chances are you would've beaten Evil Rich for the million dollars if given the chance. Before we get into the actual plot, by which point I'll suggest getting coffee and strapping yourself to your seat, let's talk about some of the less…brilliant…parts of the cartoon.

* The campy narration by Stan Lee is found throughout the episode. Now, no offense to Stan, but if you've seen the 80s Hulk show, you'd know that it's really, really difficult to take a single word he says seriously. I guess the narration is supposed to give you feelings of 'awe' and 'inspiration', but two much better terms would be 'worthless' and 'parasitic'. Again, the show was animated, and created for kids. Kids usually have a much deeper appreciation for awful dialog. But it's fun rating this as if it's a legit drama series, so let's just say it sucks.

* The Claremont-era team certainly wasn't as hip and happenin' as the ones we know nowadays. Instead of Gambit and Jean Grey, brace yourselves for Colossus and Dazzler. Colossus has the stereotypical American interpretation of a Russian accent, meaning Colossus' vocabulary is limited to about four words, spoken…very…slowly. Dazzler? Now you see her, now you don't. She's there for a few seconds and then pretty much forgotten for the rest of the episode. Sort of like the plot.

* Weird voices. Wolverine talks like the guy from Crocodile Dundee on helium. Storm sounds like someone who should be reading from a crystal ball. And don't get me started on the bad guys. Juggernaut and the Blob's lines are limited to them repeating their names over and over again like they're f*cking Pokemon.

* A lot of shows either run into problems in the character development department, or the action department. This show, being truly groundbreaking, managed to do both.

* Kitty Pryde. Kitty Pryde's the big problem here. You might know her as 'Shadowcat', but in the cartoon, she's just a whiny idiot. The show is about 20 minutes long. 15 of them consist of Kitty crying. What's worse – she doesn't get punched…not even once. She's the star of our story, so she talks a lot. And her voice – my GOD her voice – will send you down a spiral of insanity faster than you could ever imagine.

Now for the sinister plot.

After the suicide-inducing intro, we find Kitty Pryde wandering around the X-Mansion for the first time. She looks upset, and there's a few reasons. Firstly, she doesn't understand her mutant power to phase through solid objects. Secondly, her outfit is absolutely hideous. She runs into what appears to be…Professor X's ghost! Haha, silly, don't worry. Prof. X isn't dead. That's just a mental projection of himself to conveniently guide Kitty through the mansion. Hmmm…kinda reminds me of the X-Men movie, only here we get Kitty in Rogue's role. Well, Rogue grew on me. Kitty didn't.

Professor X eventually explains to Kitty that yes, she is a mutant, but no, she's not a freak. C'mon. I don't care if you're mutated into the most beautiful person on the planet with perfect lips and the ability to fly…if you're a 'mutant', you're a 'freak'. Just ask Ron Popeil. Kitty meets the rest of the X-Men for the first time:

Cyclops, who at this point didn't get headgear that let his hair out. For all we know, he's bald. But more importantly, he's far less brooding in this cartoon than we'll come to know him as later. I think he got about six lines in the episode.

Dazzler, who can turn sound into powerful bolts of energy. Judging from the fact that you won't see her much after this scene, she must also have the mutant ability to dissapear from career-killing television shows.

Nightcrawler, the mutant who looks scary, but who's got a friendlier disposition than a cat wearing a pink sweater. He has the power of teleportation. He also has a really long tail.

Colossus, the Russian who has the mutant ability to…hm. I guess you can say, he has the ability to turn into a metal version of himself. Unfortunately, even after he does, the bad accent stays.

Storm, who can control the weather. Again, more bad accents. You know how people talk when they try sucking on two Jawbreakers at once? That's where they got their inspiration for Storm's voice.

Wolverine, who can't get through a sentence without using the word 'dingo'. Wolvie fans are not going to be too pleased after seeing this. On a related note, neither will non-Wolvie fans, oxygen fans, or people in general.

Through the cartoon we realize that humans either fear or hate mutants, or both. It doesn't matter if you're a good mutant or an evil, sinister mutant…if you can do something weird, you deserve to be shot.

With help from the White Queen, (yes!) Magneto breaks free from his surrogate prison on an army truck. While the X-Men are away, he and Juggernaut invade the X-Mansion to steal something from Professor X. It doesn't matter what, just figure it's something that'll cause the world to explode or some sh*t. Juggernaut talks like an idiot to Prof. X while Magneto snatches whatever gadget it is that he needs away from Kitty. As an added bonus, the ceiling collapses on both of them. There's the show's highlight, enjoy it.

The X-Men return and revive their fallen friends. Professor X massages his forehead for a few seconds before coming to the stunning conclusion that Magneto's planning to use whatever he stole to redirect a comet towards the Earth. Naturally, this isn't the time for everyone to engage in a game of Scrabble, so the X-Men fly off into space. They tell Kitty she can't go, but she sneaks on-board, because after all, 'this is her planet too.'

Space was a lot different way back then. Breathing devices and spacesuits were optional. Nevertheless, the X-Men infiltrate Magneto's space fortress, but before they get up to him, they'll have to fend off his minions:

Pyro, the villain with the mutant ability to control fire. He wears what would've been a great costume for a themed exterminator.

Toad, but not the Toad like you saw in the movie. This Toad is about 3′ tall and dressed like the Jack of Spades. He can jump around and stuff.

The Blob…his mutant power is the ability to be fat. And say his name. Right.

In any event, people start battling. Eventually, it comes down to Magneto, Nightcrawler, and Kitty. Kitty saves the day, and Nightcrawler has a close call. If Nightcrawler would've died, I could grade this one a little higher. Hey, I've got nothing against him, but I need something to remember about this cartoon besides the fact that it sucked. Everyone accepts Kitty as part of the group now, including Wolverine, who had previously tried to kill her. Well, not really, but he didn't particularly like her. All is well…for now!

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