- MAKAN MALAM & PIDATO RAKYAT
- Old Sg Besi Airport - Please build Hyde Park of KL
- Goodbye Fabio...
- Re-introducing Malaysian Immortals to Kadir Jasin
- IN NEED OF A KIDNEY
- Tragic Incident at Brickfields Require Mental Health Reform in the Country
- Aminul's family claims police cover-up
- TanSri Ismail Omar on what ground UK’s Scotland Yard for assistance did RPK MURDERED ROSMA& NAJIB
- Deep in the UMNO jungle lies MALAYSIA’S FRENCH CONNECTION
- Why Complain Now? Should Have Ask For A Recount!
- The writing is already on the wall
- Sarawak N30 “Dr.Wahbi Dreams”
- Caught in the Middle IV & 2 debuts of JuneWow.com :)
- Inquest to hear application for video link on June 11
- Super Mario 64 Speed Run
- Antara politik dan seni.. Forum informal–bolehkah seni menjadi media atau agen perubahan sosial?
- Twilight Fan Thinks Twilight Invented Werewolves
- Water politics evaporating
- How to get Indians out of the social and poverty trap
Posted: 20 May 2010 10:56 AM PDT
Posted: 20 May 2010 03:29 PM PDT
The ensuring manner of managing a nation appropriately has long been forgotten to the extent that nobody understands what that means any longer.
One of the profound and insightful duties of leaders is to ensure the nation's wealth and possessions are securely protected and managed for the good sake of the people and their generation.
For past 3 decades Malaysian have too often been deceived by the pranks and shenanigans of their leaders and government so much so they don't trust anything that their leaders and government do as they are often perceived to be traitors and thieves who only work for money and personal glory.
Almost every leader is professed to seek every opportunity to take advantage for money and personal wealth with anything he does while dispensing their public duties.
The entire amount filched and walked away by political leaders and implementers are huge sum of public funds, and it is costing the people and the nation's future immensely.
The corrupt political leaders and implementers work hand in glove to inflate cost of development projects to in build the sum for corruption exchanges and ultimately make the public pay the cost of a vineyard for a crate of apple and oranges.
The introduction of express projects through negotiated government jobs (project) becomes a contented and expedient means of practicing corruption to the tune of hundreds of million of ringgit for a project.
AND it does not need a genius with elaborate calculating machines to get to the extent of public money snatched by our leaders since these expressed projects were introduced ever since by Dr Mahathir during his administration.
The political leaders and implementers with big power are the biggest 'consultants' and these 'consultants' more often than not are the ones who earn the biggest 'profits'; even bigger than the contractors out of these projects that are paid with public funds.
If we are to look from the angle of moral microscopically, it not hard to learn that these so-called leaders spend their entire time and efforts to unearth new methods of screwing up public funds by introducing low priority developments in the name of propping up nation's image and illustration.
The highly inflated costs of these projects would facilitate the 'consultants' to reap quickie huge profit by assigning and selling the projects to a third party who subsequently sells it to another party who ultimately being paid the real and actual profit.
One awarded project can be treated like a multi-level business and the final contractor who implement the projects still make worthwhile amount of return and proceed after changing hands and ownership.
The preceding owners coldly make good sum without doing anything other than juggling costs and figures that the public ultimately have to pay.
The latest which I heard not long ago is over the old airport land in Sg Besi. The 'consultant' is now doing the wheeling dealing and now is talking the deal with an affluent and influential lady while the third party is waiting to purchase the project.
Somebody or a few of them are going to get a whopping amount of profit when a third party buys from the group and it is expected that the project is going to change hands a few times before the final party implements it.
Now, the question is; do our leaders see that it is going to put the ruling government into real trouble? Do we accept the fact that it is an actual day light robbery if the talk in the market place on this plot is a realty?
The new administration promised that there won't be any negotiated tender anymore in response to the massive complains and huha from the public all these years.
The present government promised that there will be an open tender and the public don't have to have worries anymore.
BUT corruptors have innovative mind. They know how to walk away with part of the project cost as their big part-time money other than the remuneration he officially earns.
The Project Management (PMC) will manage all government contracts and in the process what can stop the leaders to talk to the PMC to decide to whom the project would be awarded to with the inbuilt cost inclusive of the extra prices for sum of kick-backs to the person or persons in authority?
Let us look very tediously and mind-numbingly to the manner the big and gigantic contract jobs and development are awarded to the predetermined companies of cronies behind the appointed 'professional' PMCs.
I passed alongside the Sg Besi old airport almost daily to and fro and I can see that this is the most valuable plot of 500 acres of flat and beautiful land.
Some people with the minds and heart for the generation to come would certainly want to see that kind of valuable land be reserved for a gigantic park and that park can be stretched until the border of Istana Negara.
Why must we just see every stretch of valuable land available is for money-making development? Why can't our national leaders learn from the advance countries they visit year in and year out on how they decide on land of this size and strategically located?
Why can't this stretch of land be turned into green and flowery park like the Hyde Park in London let say.
The Hyde Park of 2000 acres is located right in the middle of Metropolitan City of London, where Londoners and Tourist spend their time resting and walkabout with their families within the parameter of peaceful environment.
Why do we have too much apprehension to give the public opportunity enjoy good part of the city and that is the only good and available spot KL can provide for the purpose.
Can the business society and the self claimed leaders of the nation and people sacrifice for the general public by providing a reasonable opportunity to bring their children and family members a conducive place and facility for weekend retreat?
It is heartache to see every inch of land in the city is meant for money making by businessmen and corrupts at the expense of the people.
To those who are involved in the attempt to put up a commercial development on this plot of land, please be reasonable and give the voting public a chance to see some good decision making by the authority who claim to be balanced in our development strategy for our nation.
I would seek DS Najib to take special attention to ensure that the public at large is the final recipient from this plot of the nation's property which is now so scarcely available not only in KL but also in other major cities of the peninsula.
For those who are familiar with this location, let us imagine how it would ultimate look like if greens and flowers are planted with all facilities for the family retreat are provided on this huge acreage of land in this bustling city.
Than we would not have to go to London or many other major cities in Europe and America to get the feel of staying and enjoying life in a well balanced city.
It is now obligatory on everyone to get this message across to our leaders in Putrajaya.
This is the only chance for people in KL to have the opportunity to live like those in major cities of the world with big acreage of green lungs among the jungles of bricks and solid buildings.
Posted: 20 May 2010 07:33 AM PDT
I lost a friend, a joker and a professional photojournalist on Wednesday. Fabio Polenghi, 48, was shot and killed during a shootouts between the Thai police and the Red Shirts in Bangkok. Another 2 reporters were also injured.
I first met Fabio, an Italian freelance, in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 1997. We stayed at the same hotel but on different mission.
I was covering Dr Mahathir's official visit to Kasane, Botswana for the South African International Dialogue (SAID) while Fabio was looking at angles of the city.
For three days, we had breakfast and dinner together before parting. I remember teaching him a few Malay words like 'saya', 'kau', 'apa khabar' and 'terima kasih'. Few days after I got home, he called, saying he might come to Malaysia. I waited for 2 years but he didnt.
Surprisingly, I bumped into him at the residence of Guissuppe Mariascarpa de Marsellis, the Italian Ambassador to Malaysia in November 1999 and he immediately uttered 'alloooo kawan!'. I took him to NSTP the next day and then he left.
We did exchanged e-mails from time to time, the last was three months ago.
So long, Fabio. Rest in peace...
Posted: 20 May 2010 06:28 AM PDT
The Malaysian Insider - MCA: Between largesse and being intellectual — A. Kadir Jasin.
Apparently MCA President, Chua Soi Lok (CSL), said the Chinese aren't interested in largesse (or campaign bribes) but fair policies. Now, it doesn't require a rocket scientist to make this conclusion, following the post by-elections analyses for Hulu Selangor and Sibu.
Pak Kadir naturally attempted to shoot down CSL, to show that Chinese have benefitted enormously from UMNO's largesse, even more than Malays. He pointed out: From the outset I agree with him on the part about fair implementation of policies Had government policies been implemented fairly and effectively there would not have been the gaping income gaps among the races states and regions.
Par Kadir went on to highlight that official statistics that accompanied the launching of the New Economic Model show that 60 per cent of households earn below RM3,000 a month, and 80 per cent of them are Bumiputera households.
However he remained silent about the scores of NEP created billionaires and the likes of Daim Zainuddin, and not forgetting the (Barry Wain revealed) multi-billion ringgit waste that the UMNO-led government had wrecked upon the Malaysian taxpayers.
Instead he centred on personalities such as Vincent Tan and Ananda Krishnan to show that government largesse have benefitted the Chinese and some Indians as exemplified by the above two tycoons.
He wrote: With one stroke of the pen by the finance minister allowing football betting, tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan is richer by RM525 million. His Ascot Sports sold 70 per cent of the business to his corporate vehicle Berjaya Group. If that's not gargantuan largesse, I don't know what.
Vincent Tan's Berjaya Group took off when it was awarded the privatisation of Sports Toto in the 1980s while Ananda Krishnan became an overnight sensation when he was awarded the super-lucrative privatisation of the Jalan Ampang race course and a series of gaming and telecommunications franchises plus considerable seed capital from state-owned funds.
My dear Pak Kadir, you must be honest and ask yourself whose pals are these two? Or are you saying they're typical representatives of the non-Malay communities? Puhleeeze lah, at least be intellectually honest!
And in the context of CSL's discussion, about the unaccepted pre election campaign of (as an example) RM5 million in Sibu, would you believe me if I declare that Vincent Tan is not really Chinese and Ananda Krishnan not Indian?
They are beyond mere ethnic classification, because they're Immortals, placed on Mount Meru by UMNO bigwigs to live with them.
Though they aren't the only Chinese and Indian Immortals, they most certainly don't represent the average member of the Chinese and Indian communities. OK, if you don't like to use the term Immortals to describe them, then what about Puteras, and of course Puteris for the ladies.
Yes, you can call them the BN-Puteras or BN-connected Puteras.
Thus they're actually Malaysian political or politically connected nobility, not unlike people like Daim Zainuddin, Khir Toyo, Peh Mor (White Hair) and a host of many others, all of whom you would know.
Now, as a matter of interest, who are the important personalities who have just led Sime Darby into a billion ringgit cost overrun in 4 projects? Never mind, yawnnn, after all what's new in Malaysia?
And by the way, any chance of ordinary Malay, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans, etc (qualified ones, mind you) getting on the Board or into the top management of organizations like Sime, MAS, Petronas etc?
Admit it, you have to be a 'chosen' one, a BN-beautified Immortal, to gain access.
When CSL talked about largesse he wasn't referring to the Immortals' type of largesse which runs into several hundreds of millions or billions. CSL was talking about the crude form of pre election (attempted but unsuccessful) bribery, and he has been absolutely correct when he stated: ... the Chinese community is no longer concerned with bread-and-butter issues but with intellectual issues such as fair implementation of policies.
Yes, give us mortals and our children equality in terms of, for example, university entries and appointments, careers in the Malaysian Civil Services, Armed Forces and Police, and please don't put invisible obstacles or limiting stops in the path of the non BN people (not necessarily just opposition but non political Malaysians) in ascending on merits to any one of those top positions like the Chief of the Armed Forces or any of the Armed Services, the IGP, the Civil Service and university VC's.
Make our streets safe again and our public institutions honest, fair and competent.
We in turn would be quite happy to turn over to you any further largesse that UMNO may be planning to give to Vincent Tan, Ananda Krishnan, Khir Toyo, Daim Zainuddin, his erstwhile proteges and all those BN and BN-connected fat cats like Razak Baginda and his astonishing commission in the purchase of submarines.
Posted: 20 May 2010 05:33 AM PDT
Sharad Kumar is a 26 years old Indian boy who lives with his father in Port Dickson. He suffered from a very serious ailment since a very young age where both of his kidneys are dysfunctional. His father tried everything to make him healthy again but to no avail. He had sent Sharad Kumar for treatments not only in Malaysia but also to India.
But Sharad Kumar's condition is getting worse day by day. His father had no choice except going for a kidney transplant, although the cost is high and he might not be able to afford it.
Although he's not like other kid, Sharad Kumar still has friends and one of his best friends is the old neighbor that he knew when he was young. His best friend's mother, who only wants to be known as Kak Nor, treated Sharad Kumar like his own son, When she sees Sharad Kumar's pain and suffering, she feels the need to help. After discussing with her children, she decided to offer one of her kidney to Sharad Kumar.
At first, Sharad Kumar's father didn't take it seriously and think it was a joke but Kak Nor insisted to offer her help.
They went to a private hospital to check whether Kak Nor's kidneys are suitable for Sharad Kumar for the transplant, but to their dismay they can't do it here in Malaysia. According to the hospital, the procedure of the kidney transplant in Malaysia doesn't allow such transplants because they're not related to each other. However, the hospital advised them to do it in another country like Singapore or Indonesia. But the downside is, it's going to cost them hundred thousand dollars.
Sharad Kumar and family seeks help from Andrew Raju, president of Malaysia Public Service Society upon returning from Singapore. Andrew found out that the reason living non-related kidney donation is not allowed in Malaysia is because they do no not want to encourage organ trafficking syndicate.
Andrew feels the government should change this policy. What matters now is this man desperately needs a new kidney, and there's someone who is willing to donate her kidney and they both match. We could choose to save his life now, instead of having to go through strict organ donation bureaucracy - malaysiakini
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Posted: 20 May 2010 05:04 AM PDT
Tragic Incident at Brickfields Require Mental Health Reform in the Country
Early this morning, a pair of husband and wife jumped from their 29th floor condominium at Jalan Tun Sambathan, Brickfields after poisoning their own son. I believe the incident triggered many questions and responses from the public as well as the authorities on what were the underlying reasons for the couple to chose such devastating way in taking their child and their own lives.
I am of the view that such tragic incident requires the authorities to conduct full investigations not only on from the criminalogical aspect but also from socio-economic and physcho-social perspective. I emphatized with the fact that the current harsh living condition of urban poor due to commercially driven development and economic disparities would most of the time be too unbearable for the families or individuals affected that it could cause them to suffer from anxiety, depression and suicidal tendencies.
As a consequence, in addition to in-depth investigation, I also call for a proper diagnose of the incident with the view of coming up with proper plan of action to address mental health issues on the ground. I hope that the government will observe similar incidents in order to ensure that any future development programme will not only be commercially driven and profit-oriented but people-centred as well.
Posted: 20 May 2010 04:08 AM PDT
Posted: 20 May 2010 04:24 AM PDT
(The Malay Mail) – The Malaysian police has been in talks with UK's Scotland Yard for assistance in their bid to nab controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) during his trip to London soon.
"Malaysian police have done whatever they can in their power and the matter is now being dealt with by the Attorney-General Chambers," said Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar at the Bukit Aman staff monthly gathering this morning.
"Raja Petra is alive and free. We have been hunting him for a while now and this is a good opportunity for us to capture him," said Ismail.
"We are in touch with Scotland Yard and they know he is highly wanted in our list. A lot of effort have been put in by all parties concerned. Hopefully, if everything goes to plan, we will have him nabbed soon," said Ismail.
Raja Petra is scheduled to give a discourse in London this Saturday to give an account of his personal experience in campaigning for greater transparency and accountability in Malaysian politics. (More details of the event here).
He will be hosted by the Solicitors International Human Rights Group.
In a flyer promoting Raja Petra's talk, he was described as the only blogger who has been so systematically targeted for speaking out and fighting for greater democratic space, justice and a more inclusive society in Malaysia.
It also said that for his activism, Raja Petra had been detained twice under the Internal Security Act.
Following the talk, Raja Petra will be signing copies of his book The Silent Roar, A decade of change.
On 3 December 2009, Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, the Parti Keadilan Rakyat Youth Leader, lodged a report at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya asking them to investigate private investigator P. Balasubramaniam's latest revelation implicating Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's family in covering up the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu. In response to this report, the MACC asked Shamsul to help locate Bala and to make him available for questioning.
related article click here to read more An unbelievable spectacle took place in the bizarre murder trial of Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaaribuu on June 29. the combined forces of the prosecution and defense blocking the line of questioning.
On 4 December 2009, Bala's lawyer, Americk Sidhu, sent Abdul Rahman Bachok, the investigating officer from the MACC, an e-mail informing him that he is prepared to assist the MACC in securing Bala's attendance at any interview the MACC would like to have with him, but under certain conditions.
On 8 December 2009, lawyer Americk received a phone call from Abdul Rahman Bachok on his mobile phone enquiring whether it was really him who sent that e-mail on 4 December 2009. Americk confirmed that he did and reiterated the contents of the e-mail and suggested that Abdul Rahman respond to it immediately.
However, there was no response from Abdul Rahman, so on 10 December 2009 Americk sent him another email confirming their telephone conversation of 8 December 2009 plus reiterating what he had said in his first e-mail and, again, requested an immediate response.
Until today there is still no response from Abdul Rahman or the MACC and it appears like they are stumped and do not know what to do. To respond would mean that the MACC would have to meet Bala and take his statement, which is clearly something they would not like to do.related article click here to read more Malaysiakini journalists asked Nazim,his deal with Balasubramaniam Nazim replied with a stern "I have nothing to say" WHY MUST WALK AWAY? like he saw the Altantuya ghost!
The MACC was hoping that Shamsul would not be able to contact Bala and this would mean they could conveniently close the file and declare that they can't proceed any further since Bala can't be contacted. But now, since Bala's lawyer Americk has already communicated with them and has offered to arrange a meeting so that they can take Bala's statement, they are not able to close the file and stamp it NFA (no further action).related article click here to read more Nazim, Deepak, Dinesh, Suresh, ASP Muniandy,Ambalabalan should all be charged for conspiracy to withhold information regarding a murder case,
But what do they do? They can't close the file on the excuse that Bala can't be contacted since his lawyer has already got in touch with the MACC. Yet they do not dare meet Bala to take his statement as this will not augur well for the Prime Minister. So now they are running around like headless chickens and are praying hard that the matter will die a natural death and Malaysians will soon enough forget about the whole matter.related article click here to read moreWHY DID RAZAK BAGINDA HAS WAIT FOR THE A.G OFFICE prosecution NOT follow thru with an appeal BEFORE HIS FIRST MEET PRESS? WHAT WAS HIS MESSAGE TO THE MALAYSIANS WHO ARE THE SUCKERS
Posted: 20 May 2010 03:55 AM PDT
french daily reveals grisly details of altantuya's deathmaking the headlines in europe why public interest has stuck stubbornly on the casetoo many unanswered questions over who conspired in her killing, not least why she should be denied the justice of having those guilty brought to the dock and punished.by arnaud dubus
the double faced honorary consul of mongolia: altantuya's father gave all the pictures, notebooks, films, computer files – to the double faced syed rahman
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It has been over a month since Nazri Abdul Aziz announced in Parliament that the MACC had recorded statements from various relevant witnesses in their investigations into the allegations made by PI Bala in the press releases he made in November last year.
What's the relevance of Danby's sexual preference or whether he is pro- or anti Israel to FIGHT FOR NAKED TRUTH?
RELATED ARTICLE our tag line UMNO"S LIFELINE IS SAIFOOL'S ASSHOLE NO MORE KRIS WE HAVE ASSHOLE AS OUR DEFENCE
Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin accused Australian MP Micheal Danby of being "pro-Israel", in relation to a protest note sent to the Malaysian government.
KRISMUDDIN DID I TOLD YOU TO SACK MUSA HASSAN
HA HA HA COUGHT YOU AND YOUR FATHER-INLAW WITH HIS PANTS DOWN
Danby sent the protest note, signed by 50 other MPs, to the Malaysian government regarding the sodomy charge against Pakatan Rakyat leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
CONVINCED THAT BODOWI De Facto recognition of ZIONIST STATE ISREAL
By Manjeet Singh Dhillon, Americk Sidhu
Bala, through his lawyers, has unequivocally offered his cooperation in the investigations being conducted by the MACC and these sentiments have been formally related to them in writing setting out various conditions for the proposed interview. Bala remains ready, willing and able to do so.
The MACC has formally responded by disagreeing to most of the conditions set by Bala and instead insisting that the interview be conducted at the Malaysian High Commission (ostensibly still on Malaysian soil), in Singapore, that Bala would not be given a copy of the recorded statement and that all communications were to be designated 'secret' under the Official Secrets Act.
(Bala is understandably apprehensive about remaining anywhere resembling Malaysian sovereign territory due to past bad experiences.)
We did not agree to those conditions imposed by the MACC and made this known to the MACC in a letter dated 22 January 2010, to which we have yet to receive a response.
It was therefore somewhat of a pleasant surprise to read that the 'Timbalan Ketua Pesuruhjaya (Operasi)', one Datuk Shukri Abdull, in his statement to the press reported by Bernama on the 19 April 2010, has categorically said that the MACC were willing to record Bala's statement 'not only in a Malaysian High Commission overseas but anywhere Bala felt appropriate'. This is indeed rather reassuring.
Datuk Shukri went on further to state that the MACC had no objections to Bala's lawyers being present when his statement was being recorded, which is even more reassuring.
We had anticipated that this announcement would have been presented to us in the form of a written response to our letter dated 22 January but unfortunately this has not happened. We appreciate the fact that there have been two rather important by-elections in the intervening period and that the MACC must have had their hands full as a result.
However, these have now been resolved and instead of waiting for a letter to arrive from the MACC we felt it appropriate to use the same mode of communication chosen by Nazri and the MACC in issuing our response as this appears to be a more effective method in the present circumstances.
Please therefore be informed that Bala would like the interview conducted in London (Icelandic volcano permitting) sometime in July this year. He would also appreciate reimbursement of air fares and hotel accommodation for himself and his lawyers, with a set daily stipend to cover costs of food and subsistence, payable beforehand.
The interview will be audio-visually recorded and Bala is to be given a copy of anything the MACC officers ask him to sign. That is only reasonable.
These conditions are no different from those originally proposed and we see no reason why the MACC should not be able to accept them in the spirit they are offered, especially as it appears sentiments have somewhat mellowed in the past few months.
Early confirmation will ensure all travel and accommodation arrangements can be made in good time.
We look forward to the MACC's immediate response so that this long outstanding matter can be resolved expeditiously.
We are forwarding this letter for publication in the mainstream media as well as in some of the more popular alternative media sites, as shown below.
Manjeet Singh Dhillon
Posted: 20 May 2010 01:20 AM PDT
Posted: 20 May 2010 01:11 AM PDT
YB Loke sent in a 5-point official complaint to Election Commission. Read Here.. This question has been buggering my mind for the past few days. Why didn't BN request for a recount since the majority is so slim? Catch the drift? And the manner EC managed this buy election till the very end is enough to create suspicion of some foul play involved. Excess votes from postal vote, sudden increase in voters turnout than the earlier announced figure, a blackout halfway through counting and whatnot.. Wouldn't it be better for DAP to ask for a recount If they have suspected some foul play within the Election Commission? They could have unearthed some of EC's worms. That buggering thought suddenly brought back memories of Manek Urai buy election. The majority was even slimer then. There were talks of a recount and of course, they didn't materialize for reason/s unknown to us. Maybe it is appropriate for me to suggest for Pakatan Rakyat to make it a point to ask for a recount regardless of a win or loss.. Throw the ball back to EC by daring them to agree to a recount. Darn! Think I am getting myself too involved with politics...
Posted: 20 May 2010 12:27 AM PDT
A foreign journalist called up and chatted with me about the Sibu by election and its impact. He also asked about whether UMNo would move more to the right and be more extreme in view of the fact that they have lost the Chinese votes, and UMNO leaders may strategise that they have to be more extreme to win back even more Malay voters to compensate for the loss of Chinese votes.
I said it would be foolish if they do that since to be more extreme , they would alienate the CHinese more, and by extension, even Indian voters may be put off.
I said that the prevailing perception is that certain leaders in UMNO have outsourced their extremism to Perkasa, and the more Perkasa and the Old Horse behind make more racist remarks, the more BN would lose Chinese votes.
I also told him that even if UMNO decides to go more extreme , they have reached the limits of the Malays votes that they can get.
Looking at past elections, even at best of time, UMNO gets only about 60 or slightly more than 60% of Malay votes. Recent racist tones made by certain UMNO leaders have swung back Malay votes from 50 plus percent to slight over more than 60%, as seen in Ulu Selangor by election, and in my opinion, that is about the most they can get, even if they make more extreme remarks
I said that now the only way forward for UMNo is to really reform, to do away with racist tones and treat everyone fair and equal, to tackle the problem of bad governance, to return independence to judiciary, to enforce laws on all law-breaking citizens irrespective of their background ( and not be seen as practising double standardS), and be more liberal in religious tolerance, i think they can swing back some Non Malays votes.
But is UMNO willing to take such 'bitter' steps? As for Gerakan,and MCA, there are no other ways except to push UMNO for taking such changes, and if changes fail to come, they have to leave immediately and not cling to the coat tail hoping for crumbs to fall into their hands.
Otherwise, the writing is on the wall that there is likely to be a change of government come the next election.
On another point, there is no point trying to 'bribe' the by election voters by showering development projects on their heads. As citizens of this country and as tax payers, the voters have every right to development and to think that their votes can be swayed by using this tactic is archaic and naive.
This last minute attempt at vote buying is futile to the more educated urban voters, and this tactic in fact alienates every more the people staying in towns and suburban areas.
Posted: 19 May 2010 11:57 PM PDT
Dr.Wahbi Junaidi knows he is really under attack. In the last state elections 2006 he barely scrapped through by winning a razor thin majority by 94 votes over the Keadilan candidate."Is it Dr.Wahbi's Way of telling his BN counterparts in so many words a "Wake up call or extraordinary just like what Susan Boyle did in the UK "Youve Got Talent Show"
Is he getting all cooked up and blaming it on DCM Jabu..?His emotions reflects that he is afterall human and he needs his dosage of development funds too or else he too will be wiped out. A political analyst says that there seems to be like a mini revolt against the top leaders who have overstayed in their capacity not only in SUPP but also PBB.
Dr.Wahbi doesn't minced his words and he is really fighting for his dear life as an Assemblyman and if he is still picked to be a candidate in the coming state elections. Dr Wahbi is trying to tell the top leaders that,"If they are sent to war based on irritation or ego instead of solid strategy(Sun Tsu) the whole BN machinery in Saribas will pay the price." He knows that there is a fine line in how much he can take and also seeing that his position is absolutedly precarious and he too will be wiped up.
The PAS machinery has made inroads in the malay kampong areas and with the PR4 (PAS,DAP,PKR and SNAP)in action anything will happen and Saribas will no longer be a safe seat for the BN. Its not about looks like what Susan Boyle has proven to all of us but the mystery behind the voice.
A PBB supporter says PR4 has managed in some way being able to unlock the mindset of the rural folks and their inroads needs to be curbed or slowly,piece by piece they will tear down the framework which BN has solidly built for 50 years. Wake up call..Yes..
What has Dr.Wahbi said which has the DUN Members felt that their hair suddenly stood on ends. This statement" He said people had asked him how it was possible that the government spent RM300mil building a complex "like a mini-Putrajaya" in Betong . In addition, he said the people were also puzzled as to why a 4km road connecting Kampung Mangut and Tuie was still not built despite a request made 10 years ago
Has Dr.Wahbi suddenly woken up especially after BN was beaten in P212 Sibu by DAP/PR. He has taken the initiative and become bold and mosts of all creative again after being suppressed from sharing the development funds. DCM Jabu must be irked that a member/colleague from his party is making noise and not informing him directly.
But Wahbi is so afraid and he has made the right call and at the mosts appropriate time when Jabu was even touted to be a candidate to take over the helm and the CMs chair. BN is now opening up to see where are the areas to be addressed before the CM calls for the State elections.
Goodies given during election time will not sway the voters minds and BN assemblyman are now ensuring their promises are kept and carried out or else they will be shipped up by the flood of People Power. P212 has really given the BN a scarred back and a deflated ego and Dr Wahbi's outburst of the truth is very timely.
BN4 and PR4 will be at odds soon and its the coalitions policies and the calibre candidates which will win over the trusts of the constituents in Sarawak. Are you ready to join in the fray…??
Posted: 19 May 2010 11:05 PM PDT
A warm welcome to the columnsphere to June Low, whose column (a great parody of rempits and cops) makes its first appearance today :) That's the brilliant talent behind Lady Baba and JuneWow.com, who as it happens, had her stage debut just last night :)
My own article also ran today on that very debut :) I rushed it out late at night and tak sempat mention Elaine Wong, who was also quite good – great flattening scene! :)
The show runs this weekend and next (at PJLA all May: 19th-22nd 25th-29th at 8.30pm, 22nd/29th at 3pm 23rd/30th at 5pm. Call 03 7960 0439), and the review is reproduced below :)
No one delivers crap like Mano
Comedy is a great tool to help us bear our nation's many trials and tribulations. The problems with politics, government and everyday annoyances that would otherwise make us tear our hair out in frustration and make us clamour for the first boat out of Malaysia suddenly seem that much more bearable after a few laughs.
"Caught in the Middle IV" — a comedy in exactly that vein — premiered last night, and the title of this article is taken from one of the hilarious lines therein (you'll have to watch it for the context).
Directed by Thor Kah Hoong, the play runs till May 30 and features such luminaries of Malaysian comedy as Mano Maniam, Zaibo, Nell Ng, Chew Kin Wah and Sandra Sodhy as well as a brilliant supporting cast.
A loose storyline based on Petaling Jaya residents and the aftermath of a landslide intercut with random sketches provide the canvas on which the creative team takes a fun-filled swing at government inefficiencies, corrupt politics, crime, local eccentricities, and everything else under the Malaysian sun.
The material seemed to shine particularly when dealing with headaches that seem to beset all of us — cab drivers, lousy Internet, the constant peddlers that come with working-class eateries, and so on.
Among the locations are an apartment, a hospital and a mall that bear no resemblance whatsoever to Gasing Heights, Pantai Hospital or Pertama Complex whatsoever. Also, Jalan 5/53B in PJ, but there is no chance I will reveal the secrets submerged in that particular scene.
The actors remind us that Malaysians want for nothing when it comes to comedic talent. Most of the headliners proved their mettle, with Mano taking by far most of the stage time, Zaibo his usual lovable self, and Nell Ng shining in the game show sketch towards the end.
Of the supporting cast, Nicole Thomas' wheelchair-bound granny proved quite memorable; June Low plays a very young daughter, and I think her height and size caused an amusing conversation I overheard later, discussing whether she was an adult or child actor (the former, for the record — last seen as Lady Baba in Hulu Selangor).
The crew certainly didn't hold back, and worked to earn their 18PL rating — letting loose on shamelessly dirty jokes, poking fun at the powers that be (if Rosmah decides to make a few phone calls, they could be in trouble), and so on. Don't be surprised if you see a porn star make an "appearance."
The play did drag on a bit at times, and the Shakespeare bit — while scoring some points for imagery and originality — really felt out of place, especially after the first minute and definitely after the first three. Scenes featuring a flurry of action, actors and excitement were also immeasurably more enjoyable than some of the two-person conversations that kept on going without much else happening. Perhaps we could have done with a little less a******s (watch to understand!).
An enjoyable aspect of the performance, however, was that the material seems to be developed to evolve over time and adjust to audience response — which means it just gets better and better with time.
One of my favourite aspects of the play were these radio interludes, featuring well-chosen music and brilliant parodies of Malaysian DJs. Done by Chew Kin Wah and outrageously funny at the beginning, they had, by the middle and end of the play, a warm and fuzzy feeling to them, providing a calming glue to the varied show and making us feel somehow connected to a wider Malaysia out there.
This showed as much as anything in this very enjoyable play that although we were clearly caught in the middle of a Malaysia gone mad, we were at least in it together, and able to find relief via sharing a laugh or two along the mad ride.
Posted: 19 May 2010 09:38 PM PDT
Posted: 19 May 2010 10:27 PM PDT
In an overdue continuation of my old post on Super Mario Speed Runs (with Youtube links that still work), here is the awesomeness of an absolute PRO rushing through Mario in 3D!
Click this link for the Youtube speed run of the groundbreaking Super Mario 64 (64 stands for the N64 game console that it was first made for, not that there are 63 earlier Mario games!) from here (note how the player manages to avoid talking to time-wasting Lakitu)…
Thanks to my brother, who sent me the link with the following (very apt) description:
Even better than the Super Mario one. This one has parts that will definitely make you go "?!?!!?!?!???!!!?"
Yes, the player definitely takes advantage of various glitches in the collision detection to pass through the polygons. It must have taken tons of experimentation to find all the necessary ones.
When you hear a 'click' sound like a camera shutter, he is changing the camera mode. Maybe that makes the glitches possible as the angle zooms in? You hear in often enough just before some freaky collision detection happens.
The stuff he does may seem impossible. And trust me, as someone who's played Mario 64 to the finish, IMPOSSIBLE IS PUTTING IT MIDLY!
Most especially at 6 minutes 35 seconds into the video, where he finishes the stage by grotesquely breaking the laws of nature! You don't need to have ever played Mario 64 to have a clue that this is definitely NOT how the game is meant to be won!
The guy runs and leaps throughout the stages blindly, not slowing down or shifting the camera angle to see where Mario is heading. He obviously has the entire layout of every stage mapped out, allowing him to head directly for out-of-view platforms, just barely reaching them! No wasted movement at all! And to save time between paintings, he enters a completed stage and uses the quick-exit command.
After he gets each star, Mario comes out of the painting and text appears describing what mission was just completed. That gives you some clue as to how the game designers meant that particular star to be gotten – which of course the pro player bypassed completely. (The text when Mario jumps into the painting is irrelevant – you're meant to finish the stated mission next, but the player ignores it.)
For example, 'Blast Away The Wall' at 1 minutes 59 seconds into the video ordinarily requires you to launch Mario from a cannon into the brick wall. The impact destroys the wall, allowing you to grab the star encased within. But with some camera angle changing, the player grabs the star by phasing through the wall!
And finally, in the game's ending credits you can see just how many levels the player skipped by taking advantage of the infamous reverse-long-jump butt-slide to skip minimum star requirements for doors.
This is the definition of hardcore pro player. Now, if only there were some way to make money from such l33t single player gaming skills…
Posted: 19 May 2010 09:18 PM PDT
This informal forum will discuss how the medium of art can be an agent of social change. The forum panel includes: Hishamuddin Rais (NGI aka Non-Governmental Individual), Hasmi Hashim (writer and politician), Fared Ayam (theatre practitioner) and Haekal Taleb (musician and former band member of Komplot). Founder of Music Forum and music activist Mazir Ibrahim will moderate the forum.
There will also be acoustic music performances by:
This posting includes an audio/video/photo media file: Download Now
Posted: 19 May 2010 10:29 PM PDT
Lulz from LatinoReview.com, an email from a fan who was incensed over the film The Wolfman which, despite being a remake of the 1941 classic, apparently stole all its ideas about werewolves from Twilight: New Moon – and worse, corrupted them!
Emphasis, paragraphing and researchy links added by me:
Lol, sure thing sherlock! Head to the link for the pics.
PS. Hey Lee, remember that time you opined that the LotR films were copying Warcraft's orcs?
Posted: 19 May 2010 12:52 PM PDT
By Maxwell Coopers
COMMENT Before Malaysia even realizes it Singapore will be looking lesser and lesser towards her for water.
Under the Republic's ambitious self-sufficiency programme the city-state is gearing up to ramp supplies for domestic consumption.
That assurance is not only to assuage anxieties in Singapore but what former prime minister called "to stop the leveraging from Malaysian politicians"
There is no doubt the issue of continued water supplies to the Republic have long hung like the proverbial Sword of Damocles over the city-state's head.
If past incidences are any clue, that became characteristically vivid in the aftermath of the Israeli state president Chaim Herzog's visit in 1986 when angry Malaysian politicians continually harped on the use of water 'gunboat' diplomacy to level with Singapore.
Another 50 years remain before Singapore's last and final treaty with Malaysia lapses in 2011.
And from the looks of all the bile that have creased and periodically strained ties, the self-sufficiency programme is just that bit to give 'meaning to sovereignty'. As after the entire rational behind desalination plants and NEWATER was to tug the Republic away from the pulls that political expediency manifests through the issue of continued water supplies.
It also amounts to what a Republic keen in wanting to call its own soul just has to do. To not do is perhaps to place her at the continued mercy of nations who after clearly understanding her vulnerability just know what to expect through the use of the 'water weapon'.
So it has to be. As with Israel and Turkey, Mexico and the United States or Hong Kong and China - the other nations in the world engaged in the water trade – the time has come for Singapore to strike a compromise.
And that 'compromise', accordingly, is no more than to achieve complete sufficiency.
It is true the Republic lacks what Malaysia has in abundance.
And it is also true that, that dependency though mutually beneficial to both parties in the beginning, will like a tempestuous love affair swing from exuberance to despondency or even sometimes to outright slanging matches.
A real strategic challenge
Just how much a 'sacred commodity' water is, is never graphically illustrated than what the Japanese in their quest to conquer Singapore did in 1942.
By turning off the taps they achieved a rather unique method in modern-day warfare: starve a local population enough to make these hapless people lose the will to fight.
It is unsurprising to the power and 'influence' water wields as a weapon.
And there is also no naysaying that Singapore is constantly vexed by threats and sometimes even of hints, such as that made by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the late 1990s of raising the price of water sold to Singapore despite an existing agreement that it only be retailed for 3 sen per ton.
And so it is to be.
Feelers are already out that Singapore will not renew the remaining water agreement with Malaysia when it expires in 2061.
The city-state has not just built new water desalination and treatment plants. (There are five to date.) Complementing the plants are plans to increase raise water catchments (or reservoirs) to gargantuan scales such that total self-sufficiency is achieved over the next 50 years.
It is not just Malaysia and the need to be self-sufficient that is at the heart of the problem.
Climate change and its attendant effects on water production are causing such a premium that sufficient availability of water resources will over the years pose a real strategic challenge to the nation.
Yet there is no denying that the fervour with which the nation proceeds with developing alternative supplies may possibly turn the entire engineering process to emerge as a new industry by itself!
In other words, the invention born out of the necessity in Singapore may just be what the rest of the world wrestling with scant water resources adopt, perhaps one day even by Malaysia!
Posted: 19 May 2010 12:34 PM PDT
From buah mentega, via e-mail
N Subramaniam's take home pay for the month was not RM33, but RM239 (after deductions of about RM125). This is surely a measly amount, but note that he worked for only 13 days.
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