Sunday, June 6, 2010

Car Prices In Malaysia

Car Prices In Malaysia


Car Prices In Malaysia

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 06:53 PM PDT

Yeah, all this while (since the Old Horse's rule) the garmen has been squeezing the rakyats' balls so they can sell their Potong vehicles for higher margins. It is no secret they are dumping Potong vehicles overseas at unpatriotic prices to them foreigners (refer my previous posts).


Posted by Syed Akbar Ali
Digest this article, after that, you may need to vomit. What is the Malaysian Govt doing all these while. Ripping off our Rakyat for the last 30 yrs with APs designed to benefit a few well connected Bumis, the UMNO/BN have robbed millions of citizens in this fiasco, under the pretext of protecting our local industry. The Govt have forgotten we Malays are the largest customers in the country. What is the NEP policy doing ?? Ripping off the Malays (which forms 65% of the consumer base) to benefit a few UMNO politicians !!!

BMW 535i sells for RM178,000 in the US

In the United States of America (a developed country which we are also aspiring to become by the year 2020) a 2009 model BMW 535i Sedan is selling for about USD50,367.00. This is only RM178,000 - about the price of a Toyota Camry 2..4L here in Malaysia . The same BMW sells in Malaysia for about RM450,000.

BMW 328i sells for RM155,000 in the US

The 2009 model BMW 328i 2 door Convertible sells for USD44,014 or RM155,36900 in the US In Malaysia the same car sells for over
RM460,000. This is an untenable situation.

Audi A4 2.0T Cabriolet Convertible sells for RM142,000 in the US

The 2009 model Audi A4 2 Door 2.0T Cabriolet Convertible sells in the US for USD40,328.00 or RM142,357. In Malaysia the same car would sell for about RM265,000.

VW GTI 2.0T sells for RM85,000 in the US

In the US the 2009 model Volkswagen GTI 2.0T sells for USD 24,039 or RM85,000 only. In China the same car will cost around RM60,000. Over here the same VW car sells for about RM200,000.

And the 2010 model Toyota Camry 2.4L sells in the US for USD 19,659...00 or RM69,396 In Malaysia the 2008 Toyota Camry 2.4L sells for RM170,000. Toyota Camry 2.4L, 2010 model. RM69,000 in the US

Car prices in Malaysia are about three times higher than the prices in the United States . We are a developing nation. Our land and labour costs are so much cheaper than the US . Why are our cars so expensive? It does not make any sense. Tak masuk akal.

Then here are some car prices from our neighbour Indonesia .
The Toyota Altis sells in Indonesia for about RM46,000. The same car sells here for around RM 112,000. Again we are three times more expensive than Indonesia

The Honda Jazz sells here for RM108,000.. In Indonesia the Jazz sells for RM 36,000. Three times more expensive.

We are paying ridiculously high prices (and actually impoverishing the Malays - who are the largest buyers of cars in Malaysia ) to support an out of date, out of touch with reality motor car policy.

We are paying the highest car prices in the world to support the Proton and other locally made cars as well as support a mind boggling AP policy which only benefits a relatively few rich Malays. A disproportionately large number of Malays and other Malaysians are being impoverished to subsidise the wealth of a few inefficient rich.

26 million Malaysians have to pay three times more for their cars just to support Proton and 120,000 people who are directly and indirectly involved in the motor sector in Malaysia and the AP holders. That is a ratio of 216:1.

This ratio of 216:1 is too skewed. 26.0 million happier people can contribute many more votes than 120,000 members of an inefficient motor industry.. 26 million unhappy people can change a Government. (The maths is not really difficult here)

And this outdated policy is impoverishing the Malays more than anyone else.

Here is some news from our DPM Tan Sri Muhyudin Yassin about our car policy. This is truncated:

Muhyiddin assures govt support for automotive parts and component sector

1. KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 - The deputy prime minister said special focus will be given to "facilitate and encourage" the development of the automotive parts and component sector despite the current global and regional economic downturn.

2. "Under the CEPT and Asean Trade in Goods Agreements, Malaysia has agreed to eliminate import duties on all products in the Normal Track on January 1, 2010. This includes motor vehicles, auto parts and components," he said.

3. He pointed out that the motor vehicle sub sector in Malaysia will not be directly impacted because of its heavy dependence on the domestic market.

4. "The Malaysian government recognises the contribution of the domestic automotive industry towards the development of the country."

Para 2 sounds promising but then Para 3 and 4 basically says that the Malaysian motor car industry will continue to be protected. This means we will continue paying the highest car prices in the world for automobiles.

Cuba kita kira : kalau kereta Honda Jazz di jual dengan harga yang sebenarnya (lebih kurang RM36,000 saja) dan bukan pada harga sekarang (RM108,000) maksudnya bayaran bulanan pembeli kereta akan jadi kurang, mungkin sepertiga sahaja daripada bayaran bulanan sekarang.

Jika sekarang orang bayar RM1,500 sebulan untuk beli Honda Jazz, kalau harga kereta lebih menepati harga pasaran dunia, orang kita perlu bayar sekitar RM500 saja sebulan.

Maksudnya tanpa Kerajaan perlu membuat apa pun (merangsang ekonomi, belanja berpuluh billion Ringgit duit rakyat untuk stimulus dan sebagainya) setiap rakyat Malaysia yang membeli kereta yang seharga dengan Honda Jazz akan dapat menjimatkan sehingga RM1,000 sebulan daripada kos sara hidup bulanannya.

This is like giving the car buyer an RM1000 pay rise without incurring any extra costs for the taxpayer, the Government or the economy. It will greatly reduce the cost of living in Malaysia and spur greater economic growth too.

Tapi sekarang, yang menjadi mangsa dulu dan yang menjadi miskin dulu orang Melayu juga. Orang Melayu yang paling ramai sekali menjadi pembeli kereta dalam negara kita. Orang Melayu kebanyakannya makan gaji - tiap bulan dapat gaji tetap. Bila harga kereta naik gila, yang menjadi miskin di saf depan sekali adalah orang Melayu juga.

In absolute numbers, the Malays are suffering the most because they are the most in number among the fixed income people who also buy cars.

Some folks said the other day that Proton has 150 major component suppliers, dealers, distributors and about 500 other parts suppliers too. Of the 150 major component suppliers, about 15 of them are listed companies. In total they employ about 120,000 people. The Proton supply chain is a mix of bumiputras and non bumiputras. But here is a sad fact : none of them are operating at their level best efficiency.

Our motor car policy is forcing Malaysians to subsidise Proton so that Proton can sustain major inefficiencies in the Malaysian economy.. This is not a good thing at all.

We have to unwind this situation. Set a target of 18 months from now to unwind all protection for our motor industry. Remove the impoverishing AP policy also in 18 months. Let Malaysian car prices reflect world market prices for the same makes of cars.

If a BMW 535 sells for RM178,000 in America , it should sell for a little less here in Malaysia (our rentals and salaries are cheaper). Fw: Car Prices In Malaysia

The Ministers continue making pronouncements about the car industry as though nothing has happened. I hope everyone will please wake up. The Government has a real chance of getting thrown out of office in about three years. The people will not accept inept answers anymore.

The ridiculous car prices in Malaysia is an issue that is just beginning to get more attention and publicity. It is going to become a really big issue in the near future. Be forewarned.


Moral angles to a Pakatan “Malay Agenda”

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 04:45 PM PDT

I was encouraged by the initial feedback – both positive and negative – to my article, reproduced below, on why Pakatan may need a Malay agenda.

Allow me to do my first blog post in response to a Twitter conversation, hehe :)

Aisehman 23 hours
dats right RT @bongkersz: @Aisehman @NatAsasi so agree on that note. why play into their hands? why play the game?

bongkersz 23 hours
@Aisehman @NatAsasi so agree on that note. why play into their hands? why play the game?

Aisehman 23 hours
@NatAsasi the day Pakatan unveils its Malay Agenda is the day UMNO kisses your hand in gratitude for handing them GE13 on a silver platter

bongkersz 23 hours
RT @Aisehman: Y Pakatan may need a 'Malay Agenda' http://bit.ly/aqJW2y @NatAsasi bro, dat is taking d defeatist route. An abject surrender.

Aisehman 23 hours
Why Pakatan may need a 'Malay Agenda' http://bit.ly/aqJW2y @NatAsasi bro, dat is taking the defeatist route. An abject surrender.

Eliminating race based politics has perhaps been one of my most consistent and persistent goals – insofar as I have had any since being involved in this line of 'work'.

I view it as one of the biggest cancers that afflicts our nation.

I hate it so much so, that I may be willing to consider options some consider less savoury in order to seek it's longer term elimination.

Of course, this speaks to the question of whether ends justify means.

With regards to the particular case at hand, I have concluded that a "Malay Agenda" for Pakatan can be justifiable – and not a case of sacrificing principles or playing into the enemy's hands.

The primary issue to me is this: is any type of Malay agenda racially exclusive in nature and thus immoral?

To my mind, the answer is no, and for twofold reasons.

Firstly, perhaps a "Malay Agenda" is not really any different from a "Fisherman's Agenda", a "Perakian Agenda", a "Feminist Agenda" or for that matter, a "Malaysian Agenda".

All of these deal with segments of society, merely divided along different lines. Such an agenda is thus perhaps just one of many agendas – agendas which, when put together, are designed to uplift the whole of society.

Secondly, a core question is: what is the content of this Malay Agenda? Is there a difference if it is a supremacist, crutch-centric view, as espoused by Umno – versus say, a revolutionary and remedial one focused on using integrity and justice as the core drivers of non-exclusivist advancement as well as a new approach to interethnic relations?

Some might say that such a move constitutes a compromise fueled by nothing more than political necessity.

I agree that political circumstances inform this idea, as does a need to break Umno's zero-sum politics and pave the way for true multiracialism.

I think if a Malay agenda can be pursued without sacrificing at heart the principles of a just and united society, I'd be all for it.

To me, if that brings us even a day closer to a non-BN government, who knows how many lives may be spared from police brutality, or indefinite detention without trial.

For non-Malays, supporting such an agenda (one notably different from Umno's) could also be a sign of reaching out and bridging the divide that has separated us for too long.

Perhaps all this will be clearer once such an agenda is actually articulated, and perhaps I shall endeavour to do just that come next column :) In the meantime, here's the original. Thanks again for all comments, more welcome :)

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Why Pakatan may need a 'Malay Agenda'

JUNE 5 — Hulu Selangor and Sibu imply new lines of political division for Malaysia, and the signs may not all be good.

A crucial by-product of these by-elections is the manner in which national political dynamics will evolve in response to the voting results.

There is a growing perception — if not one much discussed in the public sphere, understandably — that the majority of the votes for Barisan Nasional (BN) in an election will come from the Malay and rural segments of the population, while Pakatan Rakyat (PR) maintains a strong grip on the Chinese and urban segments.

A growing urban/rural political divide may have colourful repercussions for the nation's political landscape.

Even as it is, a cursory glance at a map of the 2008 general election will show green, red and light blue dominating the urban centres of the nation, and huge swathes of dark blue covering a much larger area of the country.

Should this trend continue in the manner that it has in these last two by-elections, we may enjoy the irony of watching BN become a "Parti Kampung" of sorts, while PR slowly evolves into a "Parti Kota."

All nations have political divides that run along some lines, and I suppose this particular one is not as bad as some others. At worst though, we may have the kind of urban/rural divide that is a large part of the current Thai crisis.

More worrying however, is a perceived deepening political divide along ethnic lines.

Despite Datuk Seri Najib Razak's best efforts at "bribery", the Chinese votes have yet to swing towards BN in any meaningful way whatsoever. It appears that decades of feeling like second-class citizens and the promise of a more just society under PR make for an overwhelming combination.

The trouble begins when politicians and political parties reflect on the by-election results and ponder their futures.

I recall that, in the early aftermath of the by-elections, there were already voices calling out for Umno/BN to stop trying to pander to the Chinese votes, and concentrate instead on their base of Malay votes — perhaps assuming that if they maintained a solid majority of the Malay votes, they can still easily obtain a simple majority in Parliament.

This may not seem particularly palatable, but in terms of pure electoral logic and given the structure of our political system, we cannot expect such reasoning to be dismissed out of hand.

Najib may not be particularly inclined to go down this path, but that may not prevent strong factions within his party from pushing this agenda. Should they succeed, and Umno swings further to the right in response to such electoral realities, who knows what the repercussions may be for the country?

Although my thoughts are still gestating with regards to the long run (enough to fill a book?), in the short run, many have been wondering what Pakatan can do to reverse the Malay voting trend while maintaining their current bases of support.

Speaking as a non-Malay, an idea I had was for Pakatan — and maybe PKR specifically — to come up with something like a "Malay Agenda" of their own.

Yes, it may initially sound like something counter to the line we've been taking, but I think fellow non-Malays should adopt an open mind and explore such possibilities.

In order for Pakatan to take over and implement its truly multiracial vision, it may have to compete with one of Umno's strongest assets: The perception that Umno has Malay interests at heart.

Of course, many Malays — more noticeably in urban areas — realise that this is the furthest thing from Umno's mind. Nonetheless, Pakatan may need to have a viable alternative to this perception to sway the middle ground outside its traditional bases of support.

A Pakatan/PKR "Malay Agenda" need not be exclusivist and supremacist ala Umno, but could perhaps instead focus on fixing the damage done to the Malay community by Umno, by emphasising integrity, independence and fulfilling the true potential of Malays — something Umno has not only failed to do, but actively worked against in order to maintain its political relevance.

I truly believe that without the rent-seeking, cronyism and endemic corruption Umno has put this country through, the natural diligence and talent of both Malays and Malaysians would have brought us all so much further than where we are today.

The articulation of such a vision would serve to allay fears that Pakatan is not "Malay enough" or that Pakatan is synonymous with the weakening of the Malays, while the details of the vision itself will — when scrutinised — show itself to be perfectly consistent with all Pakatan has said before.

Hopefully, non-Malays will understand the context and need for such an agenda, and recognise its role in bringing all of Malaysia closer to a more just society.

Of course, my attempt to email such suggestions to the relevant people weeks ago has yet to find traction, but I've already fleshed it out a bit, so if anyone else out there thinks the idea bears some merit, let's talk!


Jest an adieu, and deja woo2?:)

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 06:03 PM PDT

Thursday, March 24, 2005

It's just adieu

I miss you so, my friend
A daily diet of AM
now is denied me

I miss the invigoration
The quality words
the beautiful lines

I hope AMigo
I'll see your face again
Smiling to greet me at early morn

I drank of your wine, made of
Grapes of soothing rhyme
Songs of knowledge sublime

But you said it's time
To ring down the curtain
As the money has run dry

I wish I could write out
A cheque for a million
To make you AM stay

I pray it's just adieu
And not goodbye.


I reprise here a poem I composed in the first weekend of 2001 to mark a milestone of a fellow traveller's journey which I then wished had not happened. But life's reality can be cruel.

I had logged on to AgendaMalaysia (AM) the previous week daily, hoping it might yet earn some new lease of life despite its editor's posting mid-December 2000 it's calling it a day. Alas, it's not meant to be.

The sentiment of the above poem is similarly dedicated to Aiseh-man and Buaya69, whom I "know" for only a short while, unlike the friendship with AM lasting exactly 365 days. I bid you "Adieu, Adieu"-- to you, and you, and you; reminds you of a song from the Sound of Music, doesn't it? The musical is in town (not Julie Andrews though), go catch it.

DESIDERATA: I will continue wit' this post if time allows me more breaths of live and loving and living. As they say, God willing, or InsyaAllah...Am I breaching any code using IA?
YL, Desi, knottyaSsusual 9.02AM June 7, 2010


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CHINESE VINCENT TAN SODOMISE THE MALAY MUSLIMS FOR DOLLARS NOT PLEASURE WHO THE FUCK YOU ARE?

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 05:47 PM PDT




CHINESE VINCENT TAN SODOMISE THE MALAY MUSLIMS FOR DOLLARS NOT PLEASURE WHO THE FUCK YOU ARE?

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I too, enjoy these capers immensely, But, with a rider, and at the cost of sounding like a fundoo – these have to be cracked by a member of the community and within the own community. So, am I an exception among my easy-going community members, who are so often portrayed as harmless buffoons with generous hearts, in countless Bollywood movies, who get ridiculed in reel after reel, dialogue after dialogue, generation after generation?readmoreThe malaysian governtment did the unthinkable, Augustine PauL Federal Court judge GOT THIS POSITION TRU corruption

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The 'normal' human nature is that no one likes being ridiculed, least of all a community, considered to be a proud, Muslim race which seemed to be doing so well till Mahathir and IbrahimKATAK in the country. Or a community, which has faced genocides and near annihilation MAHATHIR rule when there was a price on every MALAY head,So, why do they still laugh at themselves? Maybe, they do so, because they have realized that feeling sensitive about minor things such as ridicule, in such a fickle life is not worth the effort! But, then, here's another reason, and mind you, I am letting you into a deep secret, told to me by a well-meaning community elder, long, long ago! MALAY probably learnt to laugh at themselves, so that they, being a community, could appear harmless and continue to do well socially and economically without any fear of competition or persecution. After all, who would like to compete with someone who is supposed to have a brain which boils over at 12 noon!

There, I said it! The longest running "I too, enjoy these capers immensely, But, with a rider, and at the cost of sounding like a fundoo – these have to be cracked by a member of the community and within the own community. So, am I an exception among my easy-going community members, who are so often portrayed as harmless buffoons with generous hearts, in countless Bollywood movies, who get ridiculed in reel after reel, dialogue after dialogue, generation after generation?


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The 'normal' human nature is that no one likes being ridiculed, least of all a community, considered to be a proud, Muslim race which seemed to be doing so well till Mahathir and IbrahimKATAK in the country. Or a community, which has faced genocides and near annihilation MAHATHIR rule when there was a price on every MALAY head,

So, why do they still laugh at themselves? Maybe, they do so, because they have realized that feeling sensitive about minor things such as ridicule, in such a fickle life is not worth the effort! But, then, here's another reason, and mind you, I am letting you into a deep secret, told to me by a well-meaning community elder, long, long ago! MALAY probably learnt to laugh at themselves, so that they, being a community, could appear harmless and continue to do well socially and economically without any fear of competition or persecution. After all, who would like to compete with someone who is supposed to have a brain which boils over at 12 noon!

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There, I said it! The longest running " CHINESE VINCENT TAN SODOMISE THE MALAY MUSLIMS FOR DOLLARS NOT PLEASURE WHO THE FUCK YOU ARE? " joke! There is a history behind that joke, but, more on that later!


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But, hey, the sure did fool everyone by playing the fool, and went on to become one of the most prosperous communities in Malaysia WITH LITTLE HELP FROM Vincent Tan,So, here's a poser for everyone who laughed at them! Why can't others also share the same secret of success? Start cracking joke at yourself or your community, and sure enough, everyone would start doing well. Did you notice that CHINESE and HINDUS are also quite prosperous and apparently, they also don't mind being the centre of a joke. Maybe, there is a possibility that cracking jokes at one's self would bring down the stress levels and help people concentrate on their work with light hearts and minds instead of burning with jealousy at your competitor's success! Simple logic!

Coming back to the earlier joke, LET Vincent Tan finishes his samosa, pays up at the counter and walks out! … What? Come on, let Vincent Tan at least eat his samosa in peace. Why do you always have to look for a joke in him.! There is a history behind that joke, but, more on that later!

But, hey, the sure did fool everyone by playing the fool, and went on to become one of the most prosperous communities in Malaysia WITH LITTLE HELP FROM Vincent Tan,So, here's a poser for everyone who laughed at them! Why can't others also share the same secret of success? Start cracking joke at yourself or your community, and sure enough, everyone would start doing well. Did you notice that CHINESE and HINDUS are also quite prosperous and apparently, they also don't mind being the centre of a joke. Maybe, there is a possibility that cracking jokes at one's self would bring down the stress levels and help people concentrate on their work with light hearts and minds instead of burning with jealousy at your competitor's success! Simple logic!

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Coming back to the earlier joke, LET Vincent Tan finishes his samosa, pays up at the counter and walks out! … What? Come on, let Vincent Tan at least eat his samosa in peace. Why do you always have to look for a joke in him.

Relationship with Daim, Chia


Unfortunately that also produced some excesses that the country could take decades to correct. eric chia court case acquittal 260607 thumbs upBy Wain's reckoning, the country wasted as much as RM100 billion (US$40 billion at exchange rates at the time) on grandiose projects such as the Perwaja steel plant, which lost an estimated US$800 million and whose executive director, Eric Chia (right), was charged with embezzling large amounts of money.

Chia, however, was freed by a Malaysian judiciary system that Mahathir had basically gutted and rebuilt to serve the interests of the state.

Wain writes about Mahathir's relationship with Daim Zainuddin (below), the one-time finance minister who dismissed concerns about the commingling of his public and private interests, among a wide range of cronies who ultimately became a rentier class that did huge damage to the country's coffers.

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I too, enjoy these capers immensely, But, with a rider, and at the cost of sounding like a fundoo – these have to be cracked by a member of the community and within the own community. So, am I an exception among my easy-going community members, who are so often portrayed as harmless buffoons with generous hearts, in countless Bollywood movies, who get ridiculed in reel after reel, dialogue after dialogue, generation after generation?

The 'normal' human nature is that no one likes being ridiculed, least of all a community, considered to be a proud, Muslim race which seemed to be doing so well till Mahathir and IbrahimKATAK in the country. Or a community, which has faced genocides and near annihilation MAHATHIR rule when there was a price on every MALAY head, So, why do they still laugh at themselves? Maybe, they do so, because they have realized that feeling sensitive about minor things such as ridicule, in such a fickle life is not worth the effort! But, then, here's another reason, and mind you, I am letting you into a deep secret, told to me by a well-meaning community elder, long, long ago! MALAY probably learnt to laugh at themselves, so that they, being a community, could appear harmless and continue to do well socially and economically without any fear of competition or persecution. After all, who would like to compete with someone who is supposed to have a brain which boils over at 12 noon!

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IT'S ALL IN THE NAME 'MALAYS'. REALITY IS MALAYS SEEM TO BE ENJOYING LIFE STYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS WHITHER APCO?

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There, I said it! The longest running " CHINES SODOMISE THE MALAY FOR MONEY NOT FOR PLEASURE" joke! There is a history behind thI too, enjoy these capers immensely, But, with a rider, and at the cost of sounding like a fundoo – these have to be cracked by a member of the community and within the own community. So, am I an exception among my easy-going community members, who are so often portrayed as harmless buffoons with generous hearts, in countless Bollywood movies, who get ridiculed in reel after reel, dialogue after dialogue, generation after generation?

The 'normal' human nature is that no one likes being ridiculed, least of all a community, considered to be a proud, Muslim race which seemed to be doing so well till Mahathir and IbrahimKATAK in the country. Or a community, which has faced genocides and near annihilation MAHATHIR rule when there was a price on every MALAY head,

So, why do they still laugh at themselves? Maybe, they do so, because they have realized that feeling sensitive about minor things such as ridicule, in such a fickle life is not worth the effort! But, then, here's another reason, and mind you, I am letting you into a deep secret, told to me by a well-meaning community elder, long, long ago! MALAY probably learnt to laugh at themselves, so that they, being a community, could appear harmless and continue to do well socially and economically without any fear of competition or persecution. After all, who would like to compete with someone who is supposed to have a brain which boils over at 12 noon!


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There, I said it! The longest running "12 baj gaye" joke! There is a history behind that joke, but, more on that later!

But, hey, the sure did fool everyone by playing the fool, and went on to become one of the most prosperous communities in Malaysia WITH LITTLE HELP FROM Vincent Tan,So, here's a poser for everyone who laughed at them! Why can't others also share the same secret of success? Start cracking joke at yourself or your community, and sure enough, everyone would start doing well. Did you notice that CHINESE and HINDUS are also quite prosperous and apparently, they also don't mind being the centre of a joke. Maybe, there is a possibility that cracking jokes at one's self would bring down the stress levels and help people concentrate on their work with light hearts and minds instead of burning with jealousy at your competitor's success! Simple logic!

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Coming back to the earlier joke, LET Vincent Tan finishes his samosa, pays up at the counter and walks out! … What? Come on, let Vincent Tan at least eat his samosa in peace. Why do you always have to look for a joke in him.at joke, but, more on that later!

But, hey, the sure did fool everyone by playing the fool, and went on to become one of the most prosperous communities in Malaysia WITH LITTLE HELP FROM Vincent Tan,So, here's a poser for everyone who laughed at them! Why can't others also share the same secret of success? Start cracking joke at yourself or your community, and sure enough, everyone would start doing well. Did you notice that CHINESE and HINDUS are also quite prosperous and apparently, they also don't mind being the centre of a joke. Maybe, there is a possibility that cracking jokes at one's self would bring down the stress levels and help people concentrate on their work with light hearts and minds instead of burning with jealousy at your competitor's success! Simple logic!

Coming back to the earlier joke, LET Vincent Tan finishes his samosa, pays up at the counter and walks out! … What? Come on, let Vincent Tan at least eat his samosa in peace. Why do you always have to look for a joke in him.

The Entertainment Tax imposed on lottery and gaming business is over and above the Income Tax. IOW, these businesses are paying an extra tax – tax meant to fund social welfare works of the government. The Social Welfare Lottery too pays these taxes – these are the additional 'burden' that gaming companies pay as a 'moral compromise'.

Who is Vincent Tan trying to fool? He's offering RM525m for charity (what a paradox). Yet, studies have found that the potential for sports gambling is in the billions PER DAY.

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The stronger media gets, the easier it becomes to manipulate it. For all the screechy aggression, we see particularly on television, it works on some rudimentary principles. Here are some easy ways to use television to your advantage.

1. Use strong language and splutter frequently with contrived rage. This makes for intense television, and gives the audience a vicarious sense of power. Sock it to 'em, vierwers intone with glazed eyes as a panelist rubbishes another. Intemperate language is a must if you want to be on TV. Ask Varun Gandhi. When was he on our screens before or after?

2. Don't worry about the content of what you say, just speak very loudly and be sure to interrupt the moderator. Remember, his or her primary role is to interrupt the other panelist loudly and frequently and this is war. Nobody will remember what you say in any case, they will only remember how noisy you were. If you do not let others be heard, you win. Of course, the moderator will always win.

3. Use twitter. The same thing said on twitter needs fewer words, little knowledge of grammar, no justification and is for some reason, very cool and new age. You will attract many followers and in the event of the mournful demise of your career because of a twitchy twitter finger, you will be hailed as a new age politician or sports administrator. If you are a celebrity, make sure that the twitter-twatter of your messages includes other celebrities. If you do this, media gets two celebrities for the price of one in a headline.

4. Give television channels something to show. Filling up hours of time is not easy and there are only so many film star spats to cover in slow motion. It helps of course if you are attractive, or a celebrity, but if you are not hang out with those who are. In the worst case, do something that can be shot. Break some windows, if no other ideas spring to mind. Conversely, if you are the subject of a controversy, make sure you give channels nothing interesting to show. Dry up visuals and the story will sooner or later, die.

5. Get outraged easily and publicly. Call yourself an organization, give it a righteous sounding name and launch attacks on cricketers, film stars and any new film. You have to do very little to be on all national channels- maybe rough up a few completely innocent people, file a case in an obscure court thirsting to issue warrants to Sania Mirza, Mandira Bedi or Khushboo or announce a boycott, if you cannot rustle up a fatwa. Don't waste your time getting outraged about things that actually matter- nobody wants to cover thousands protesting against lack of drinking water, but four people talking about the insult to bhangra make for better television.

6. Say nothing deep on television. In particular, do not appear as if you are thinking about you are going to say. Blurt out the first thing that comes to your head and make sure to speak continuously without any pauses. Thinking is dangerous and has extremely limited visual appeal. Besides, it takes up too much time.

7. Always blame someone. Focus on people not issues. Television is about people, not things. And it is about blame, not understanding. Who is responsible, the moderator will thunder. Thunder back. When someone attacks you for something wrong you have done, do not attempt to respond. Instead attack them for whatever wrong they have done. If they bring up Gujarat, it is foolish to try and reply. Bring up Delhi 1984 instead. The fun thing about this game is that is can go on endlessly. After all, both sides are hardly likely to run out of ammunition.

8. Deny wrongdoing stoutly. It doesn't matter if you are caught accepting a bribe on camera, or have slapped a junior officer in public, or have described the minority community in inappropriate terms on national television, dismiss it as a conspiracy. Thanks to the rumours about the progress made by digital technology, we no longer believe our eyes or ears. It can all be attributed to technological manipulation. If for some reason, you have to apologise, remember you can get away by saying anything as long as you use the word 'sorry' in the sentence."I am sorry about the way my remarks were misconstrued and I regret the offence caused by any misunderstanding that might have occurred", for instance is a great way of seemingly apologizing while calling everyone else idiots for not understanding what you said.

9. When attacked, do not defend yourself on the substance of the attack. Seek refuge instead in an emotionally resonant collective identity. This is a good time to remember that you are a dalit, a woman in a man's world or a Malayali proud of his heritage. An attack on you is an attack on your collective. It works even better if you can use some local word like manoos or asmita.

10. If everything fails, wait. The media gets bored easily. Either offer them tedious explanations or just lie low. You will be forgotten, and even better be remembered only for being once famous. The more brazen you are, the more you will be respected. In this country everybody gets a second chance. You can be captain of your cricket team, fix matches and still get to be fielded successfully as a candidate for the Parliament. Who could I be talking about? Can't remember

'In a report dated May 26, 2006, Mayban Securities had estimated that the value of daily legal gaming was RM850 million, with illegal gambling estimated at around the same amount. This gives the total size of estimated daily gambling in Malaysia at around RM1.7 billion.

"Assuming that this amount is doubled during the World Cup month, there may be an additional RM1.7 billion being gambled daily," the report had said.'

That would mean Vincent could make at least RM500 million PER DAY during the World Cup. After the World Cup, there's the English Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and many more prestigious football competitions throughout Europe.

I expect Vincent Tan will recoup the RM525 million he plans to donate to a charity body he owns in a blink of an eye. It's only a day's worth of business, Vincent.

So, no, you don't get to fool us again, Vincent Tan. The people already know the role you played in toppling the Perak government. Do you really think the people will be fooled again by another one of Vincent's famous theatricals?

Also, the idea of using 'vice' for charity is paradoxical, isn't it? Charities are meant to spread good to humanity. Vincent plans to spread goodness to humanity by using funds from the vice industry.

So, again, another one of Vincent's theatrical gone bad.

All I know, Vincent is a front man for UMNO. The gambling industry is owned by UMNO and money from the gambling industry flows like a river to PWTC. Vincent is just a face used to hide the real owners — that is UMNO.

READ MORE HERE (http://www.malaysiawaves.com/2010/06/rm525-million-is-pittance-compared-to.html)

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RM525m donation is chickenfeed……compared to the enormous potential market for sports betting

1. The sports betting market is worth anywhere between RM7 billion to RM20 billion annually. So what is a one-off RM525 million donation compared to that?

2. How much is Robin Tan's 30 per cent share in Ascot now worth? Will he sell it to the public and donate the proceeds to charity too?

3. Ascot is likely to be another cash cow for Berjaya Corporation. Even after the sale of his 70 per cent interest in Ascot, Vincent Tan holds a 25 per cent direct interest and a 28 per cent deemed interest in Berjaya Corporation, according to Berjaya Corp's 2009 Annual Report.

4. Vincent and Robin Tan are among the five trustees of the Better Malaysia Foundation.

http://national-express-malaysia.blogspot.com/2010/06/rm525m-donation-is-chicken-feed.html

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According to Vincent Tan, Ascot Sports is projected to make RM125 million in profits per year. The Price Earnings Ratio for gaming counters on the Bursa Malaysia or Malaysian Stock Exchange ranges from 15 to 20 times. This means the RM125 million profits (calculated at RM125 million x 15) would come to a market capitalisation or market worth of RM1.875 billion.

Now, if a factor of 20 were used (RM125 million x 20), then it would come to RM2.5 billion instead. This would mean that the argument in the two articles above, in that RM525 million is pittance, would be credible.

And since Vincent Tan and his family own more than 50% of Berjaya, the gains in their net worth is between RM937.5 million to RM1.25 billion.

That is the real scenario.

The latest edition of Malaysian Business quotes Berjaya as saying that they expect Ascot's profit from the new gaming licence to be higher than the RM125 million that was declared. The actual profit, says Berjaya, would be between RM320 million to RM385 million.

Okay, let us average it at RM350 million per year. Based on a PE Ratio of 15, this would come to RM5.25 billion, and on a PE Ratio of 20 it would come to RM7 billion.

So, again, what is RM525 million? Pittance. What Berjaya is getting in return is many, many more times that. So the 'charity' gesture of RM525 million does not impress me one bit. After all, you need to place a prawn on the hook to catch a big fish, do you not? So, don't look at the prawn on the hook, which Vincent Tan would like us to focus on. Look at the big fish, which this prawn is going to catch, which Vincent Tan would rather we not see.

Furthermore, Vincent Tan's asset worth has been listed as in excess of RM5 billion. Against the backdrop of an asset base of more than RM5 billion, can you now see that RM525 million is a small percentage of what he is worth? And add the billions he is now going to make on his gaming licence — hey, even I would 'donate' half a billion ringgit if that 'donation' can win me a licence that multiplies this multi-fold.

And where would I get that half a billion ringgit? Simple, any towkay would gladly 'upfront' me half a billion ringgit if what I will gain from that gaming licence would run into billions. And are not towkays normally behind the Malay business tycoons anyway?

Look at Vincent Tan's statement again. "By legalising sports betting… the government could earn annual revenue of up to RM3 billion ringgit through taxes."

Okay, if the taxes alone come to RM3 billion per year, how much do you think the profits are going to be? Do your own arithmetic and work it out. I am sure it would be easy enough for most of you. Just multiply that by four. Would that not come to more than RM1 billion per month?

Well, over to you, Vincent — your turn to reply. And be careful how you reply. We are not as stupid as we look.

Vincent has said he will donate the sale of 70% of the shares in Ascots and the proceeds would go to his charity. The main thing we should be looking for is, who will buy this 70% majority control shares? It is *this* person who would be making a killing in the long term.

As a compromise with the sanctimonious rakyat over 'moral issues', we should suggest that Vincent do not sell the 70% shares but donate the shares to a publicly held charity (not his own). So the public charity now becomes the majority shareholder in perpetuity! And they get to keep the supposedly billions they would profit each year.

Sports gaming cannot be banned. If PR states proceeds in attempting to ban it in their states, it would eventually lead to a clash between enforcement officers, and organised crime, who are in cohoots with the police! The police don't take orders from the state governments. Rather they will prevent the enforcement officers from disturbing the legitimate business activities of citizens.


1. Which study proves that cash term football gambling will minimize illegal punters which are mostly on credit terms?

2. Which study proves that legalizing football gambling will not significantly entice more non-gamblers to start gambling?

3. Which study proves that legalizing football gambling will not have an effect on the number of robberies, thieveries and domestic problems?

4. Why is there no open tender for the license? Who the hell is Vincent Tan that only he can get the license?

5. By donating some or even all proceeds to charity does not change the fact that gambling is still gambling.

6. Ascot will not make any losses if it is to only start operation after World Cup 2010. It merely makes less profit. But once the operation starts, money is going to flow in like a fallen Bakun dam.

Being richer doesn't make you any more clever. So please stop taking us as idiots like you and your friends.

If you tell me that the money will be given back to the people in terms of developement and Country building or charity, i think you can forget about it. The People are fed up with all the lies BN is spewing.

Even if you can promised the People that this money will NOT be for buying frogs and killing off the Pakatan Rakyat's struggle to lead a better Nation, I don't think so the majority of us will or can accept it. Unless you say Malaysia is NOT an Islamic Country and those money will NOT be haram to the Muslim People. Don't forget Malaysia is an active member of the OIC too.

May I suggest you go to China with your World Cup license now as the market there is many times bigger then Malaysia. Make the money there and channel back to Malaysia. I'm sure many will agree to this.


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the last statement is so true, Vincent,PM, Cabinet,UMNO, BN and other cronies really think we are fools and they still do so after 0308. Just too bloody bad for them cos we are not as dumb as we look. We are waiting for the next GE and please do not think those in Sabah and Sarawak as as dumb as they look cos they will be withdrawing their deposit sooner than you think.

may the force be with us all Malaysians!

Daulat Tuanku!!! Allah bless us all

A friend forwarded me an email with a selection of photos taken at a recent gala housewarming party hosted by Mukhriz Mahathir. The images were from a local gossip blog and merely revealed without commentary the Gatsbyesque garishness and pompousness of Mukhriz Mahathir's lifestyle preferences…

I decided to turn these images into a blogpost and began editing the photos. When I was ready to upload I discovered my Streamyx connection down again (third time within two weeks!) – this time it was due to a dysfunctional phone line. That happened around 3:00PM Saturday.

It's almost 2:00PM Monday as I type this and Telekom has been unable to get my line working. Each time this happens I think of Mahathir and his privatization program and vow to do everything within my power to prevent Mukhriz Mahathir from establishing a Mahathir dynasty.

We need another dynasty of arrogant mediocrity like we need a great big hole in our wallets!

This blogpost comes to you from the same cybercafe I had to use every day for 3 years, while waiting for Telekom to provide me a land line.

Back in 1975, when I was living at 7 Pesiaran Ampang Hilir, I applied for a phone and was made to wait nearly 3 years. Telekom's monumental lack of enthusiasm over the notion of progress is perhaps a quaint and wonderful cultural trait – but I don't think it does a telco's public image any good.

Looking at the new mansion that Mukhriz Mahathir built, one can't help but speculate about how much it might have cost…

A wild guess might put the overall cost between RM15-20 million.

Apart from shooting his mouth off at every opportunity and coming across as an overconfident moron (the worst type of moron, if you ask me), what DOES Mukhriz Mahathir actually do? Does he have any marketable skills or special talents?

Is he a financial whizkid, for instance? I doubt it. Mutual friends assure me that Mukhriz Mahathir can be quite a charming and affable fellow. Maybe so, but does being "charming and affable" mean you can afford to live in a multi-million ringgit mansion?

I know his elder brother Mirzan is ranked among the richest men in Asia (read somewhere he was worth USD8.5 billion a couple of years ago)… I guess when your daddy is Mahathir or Suharto it's impossible to fail in business, no matter how hard you try.

So how do you suppose Mukhriz amassed his fortune? Surely not on his cabinet minister's salary? Does he have a couple of hit albums on the charts?

I don't have a problem with people who strike it rich by fortuitously stumbling on a cave filled with pirate treasure… or who inherited a fortune from their tycoon fathers… or who invented something the world finds useful – like the personal computer or iPhone or Google…

But Mukhriz Mahathir's dad is a politician. To be precise, he was prime minister for 22 years. He has publicly lashed out against corruption and Umno-style money politics (while privately stashing his store of nuts away in offshore hiding places, no doubt). So did daddy give Mukhriz this mansion as a birthday present, for boldly speaking out against Abdullah Badawi's lameness and making snide remarks about the seriousness of Anwar's sodomy accusations?

Guess we'll never know… unless Marina spills the beans!


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Industri Judi di Malaysia Milik UMNO, bukan Vincent Tan (atau Anandha Krishnan dll).

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 05:53 PM PDT


Pendedahan Raja Petra yang baru menunjukkan bahawa:

1.0 Majoriti dari industry judi di Malaysia adalah milik UMNO
2.0 Orang2 seperti Vinsetan, Anandha Krishnan dsbnya digunakan oleh UMNO sebagai "trustee" (pemegang amanah) sahaja.
3.0 Dengan kata lain, UMNO menggunakan nama-nama bukan Islam ini untuk menjalankan perniagaan judi yang sebenarnya milik UMNO.
4.0 Raja Petra telah menyaksikan pengakuan ini dibuat antara wakil UMNO (Ahmad Sebi) dengan Vincent Tan di pejabat Ahmad Sebi sendiri
5.0 Semua lesen judi di Malaysia dikeluarkan oleh UMNO dan bukan dari parti2 lain
6.0 UMNO tidak pernah berusaha menurunkan kadar judi di negeri2 yang mereka perintah. Malahan, Sarawak di bawah PBB pernah mengharamkan judi sama sekali. Penang di bawah DAP menolak Judi Bola tajaan Najib Tun Razak
7.0 UMNO sejak sebelum merdeka telah memulakan aktiviti ekonomi mereka dengan projek "Loteri UMNO". Tak hairanlah UMNO tidak pernah memberhentikan perangai cintakan judi mereka sejak merdeka.
8.0 Perjanjian Vincent Tan menjadi proksi dan pemegang amanah kepada UMNO dalam industry judi dilakukan antara wakil UMNO, Ahmad Sebi dan Vincent Tan sendiri. Pada waktu yang sama, Daim Zainuddin (Qarun) menjadi Menteri Kewangan Malaysia pada masa itu. Ini menerangkan bagaimana mudahnya Vinsetan mendapat pinjaman bank bagi syarikat Sports Toto beliau. Rupanya, Sports Toto ini pemilik sebenarnya adalah UMNO bukan Vinsetan.
9.0 Pada saya, segala wang yang dibelanjakan sewaktu pilihanraya, sebagaian besarnya datang dari syarikat-syarikat judi dan arak seluruh Malaysia. Patutlah UMNO tidak pernah berusaha mengurangkan aktiviti judi dan arak di Malaysia.
10.0 Syukur kerajaan perpaduan tidak jadi antara PAS dan UMNO. Kalau tidak terpaksalah PAS menyokong usaha judi sukan tajaan Najib Tun Razak ini.
11.0 UMNO telah sebati dengan judi dan arak sejak sebelum merdeka lagi. Jadi, kenapa kita hendak tertipu dengan sandiwara mereka kononnya mereka memperjuangkan Kalimah Allah?
12.0 Najib Tun Razak luluskan judi sukan kerana kajian dari Mayban Securities menunjukkan untung yang boleh diperolehi dari judi sukan berjumlah RM1.7 billion sehari.
13.0 Setakat Vincent Tan derma RM525juta tu, hanya sekadar keuntungan sehari Judi Sukan sewaktu Piala Dunia di Afrika Selatan sahaja.
14.0 Vinsetan juga bertanggungjawab merasuah TImbalan Speaker Perak dengan membayar RM25 juta bagi membolehkannya melompat. Segala aktiviti2 membeli pemimpin PKR dibiayai dengan duit judi ini.
15.0 UMNO adalah penganut madhab Khawarij kerana mereka menghalalkan perkara yang haram serta mengharamkan perkara yang halal.

Kesimpulannya, sekiranya anda penyokong judi dan arak, dipersilakan memberi sokongan kepada UMNO/BN kerana judi dan arak adalah halal untuk UMNO.

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How Vincent Tan became the Gaming King of Malaysia
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Saturday, 05 June 2010 Super Admin

Vincent Tan can deny it all he wants. The bottom line is he is the front man for Umno. He is Umno's nominee. He owns only part of his gambling empire. The rest is owned by Umno but held by him as trustee.

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin

Tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan today said he will appeal to states under Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to rescind the ban on sports betting.
The Selangor, Kedah and Penang governments have already declared that they will disallow sports betting in the states.
"I will appeal to them to be fair minded," said Tan.
Since the BN government awarded a sports betting licence to Tan's Ascot Sports Sdn Bhd last month, the DAP has gone on a crusade against them, accusing the ruling coalition of enriching the tycoon but impoverishing the people. – The Malaysian Insider
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The Berjaya Corp chairman and chief executive officer said this to dispel unsubstantiated claims that the money from the deal would go to the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN).
Tan also lashed out at fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin for raising the allegations.
"The allegations are pure nonsense," he said. – The Malaysian Insider
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First of all, Vincent Tan did pay Hee of Perak millions of ringgit as an inducement for her to jump ship. This was confirmed by three people. One was a senior man from Umno, the second the President of one of the non-Malay political parties in Barisan Nasional, and the third a Chinese Datuk who is also involved in the gambling business. And these three Deep Throats have never before given me false or wrong information.
In fact, these people told me that Perak was going to fall long before the state actually fell. And they also warned me that Kedah and Selangor were next on the list. They warned me that a 'shopping spree' was going to be launched to buy over Pakatan Rakyat Members of Parliament and State Assemblypersons from the Pakatan Rakyat states, Penang included. And they also told me that Vincent Tan was footing the bill.
Today, what I had been told has proven to be true.
Do you know that Vincent Tan does not really own the entire interest in his gambling empire? He owns only part of it. The rest belongs to Umno but held under trust by Vincent Tan. This was the deal struck way back when Ahmad Sebi Abu Bakar, then the CEO of TV3, conjured the scam during the time when Daim Zainuddin was the Finance Minister.
Ahmad Sebi told Vincent Tan that Umno could not park the shares under its own name because, being the so-called largest Muslim party in the world, as Tun Dr Mahathir himself had declared, this would be a sensitive issue. So they needed to hide Umno's interest under a non-Muslim nominee. And Vincent Tan is that non-Muslim nominee.
Now you know how Sports Toto ended up in the hands of Vincent Tan.
Then what about the tens of thousands of 'one-armed bandits' that Vincent Tan is operating all over Malaysia, East Malaysia included (which has the most number of machines per capita)?
Why are the police not raiding these illegal gambling outlets to confiscate the machines and arrest the operators? Well, they do, actually, but the police only raid those outlets not owned by Vincent Tan. Those 'competitors' to Vincent Tan suffer police raids and confiscations. Those owned by Vincent Tan do not.
Speak to any Chinese underworld boss. Go have a Chinese dinner in Jalan Imbi at Sakura or one of those places and talk to the Chinese underworld people. I have. And they will be able to tell you how the scam works and why Vincent Tan has kekebalan (immunity) while the others do not.
Vincent Tan can deny it all he wants. The bottom line is he is the front man for Umno. He is Umno's nominee. He owns only part of his gambling empire. The rest is owned by Umno but held by him as trustee.
How do I know all this?
Let me put it this way. I was there when the deal was struck. Maybe Vincent Tan does not remember me. Well, his Malay directors do because I went to school with some of them and two of them were actually my batch-mates in the Malay College Kuala Kangsar.
Yes, Vincent, I was that Kwailo-looking guy in the bush jacket who was sitting across the table from Ahmad Sebi when you walked into the room without knocking and interrupted our meeting.
Next time knock first before entering. Don't barge in like you are so fond of doing. You barged into the room and interrupted our meeting without giving me any face. You did not even look at me and acted as if I was invisible. Then you started talking about your scam as if I was not there.
And that was your mistake, Vincent. As Julia Roberts said in 'Pretty Woman': big mistake.
So your arrangement with Umno is not something new. It is a very old arrangement since the time when Ahmad Sebi was heading TV3 and when Daim Zainuddin was the Finance Minister. And your one-armed bandits licence was an arrangement since the time when Mohd Farid Ariffin was the Deputy Finance Minister. And when Farid Ariffin tried to end your monopoly of these slot machines, you arranged for his political career to come to an early halt.
But never mind. Farid Ariffin is now heading a more worthy cause. He set up MAKNA (http://www.makna.org.my/) that is helping to fight cancer. You did the nation a great favour by forcing him into retirement for opposing your monopoly on slot machines. Now we have MAKNA (Majlis Kanser Nasional or the National Cancer Council).



Thailand: Well known rghts advocate detained without charge

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 03:59 AM PDT

Thailand's Clean Clothes Campaign is shocked and angered by arrest and detention of well-known Thai labour and human rights advocate Somyot Pruksakasemsuk. No charges have been pressed against him and no proper inquiry held - and now his detention has been extended.


Should religion be centred on power?

Posted: 02 Jun 2010 07:13 AM PDT

The tragedy of a large number of Muslim countries is that the common people have no say in governance. The time has come for the supremacy of the people to be recognised, writes Asghar Ali Engineer.


What Truly Happened With MV Mavi Marmara? Is The Truth With Our Own Witnesses? Is It Out There?

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 11:36 AM PDT

I have seen some horrendous Middle East war footages where civilians are the main victims and do not condone atrocities by both sides. Perhaps the hate is so deep the fine line between right and wrong is forever blurred in the region. There is no longer a who is right and who is wrong. In fact, I am as confused as Anwar and Najib which side of the Israeli/Jew/Zionist line I want to stand with.

With the attack of the Gaza Aid Flotilla, my initial reaction was that whoever the Israeli military hawk who ordered the attack, he should be brought to trial. I thought it was some trigger-happy Israeli commander who caused it but at the back of my mind I knew this was unlikely for the well drilled Israeli armed forces.

Then I read this report in the Malaysian Mirror which quoted a Malaysian witness as saying they had initially captured three Israeli soldiers. Hellloooo...who attacked first ar? Now, somebody better tell the truth before we have to send our "best Oxford brains" to take on Israel and save the world!

My curiosity coupled with some e-mails that began to show up made me do a web search. These are some of the things that are glaring:

This first video tries to show the situation in Gaza. Can someone verify what exactly is going down in Gaza? Are the Palestinians really suffering of hunger, medically, etc., etc?



This next video tries to explain what happened on MV Mavi Marmara that fateful day:



Then there is this little musical clip that is a refreshing new propaganda tool. If only conflicts can be settled not through war but through musicals!


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*Lelaki Gendut Kembali ke PKR – komentari oleh Hishamuddin Rais*

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 09:38 AM PDT

Dari Malaysiakini

Saya telah mengikuti perkembangan Parti Keadilan Nasional (PKN) dari dulu
lagi. Dalam sejarah awalnya, parti ini ditubuhkan di Hotel Renaisance Kuala
Lumpur pada tahun 1998. Pelancaran PKN ini berlangsung disebuah hotel yang
agak *chic *dan mahal.

Saya tidak masuk pun ke dalam dewan hotel itu. Saya hanya berlegar di tepi
jalan di hadapan hotel. Saya ternampak ramai lelaki berperut gendut dan
berbaju batik berlengan panjang keluar masuk dalam hotel. Saya berdiri di
tepi jalan sebagai pemerhati dari jauh.

Babak petama di Hotel Renaissance ini berlangsung ketika ramai penyokong
Anwar Ibrahim menganggap tidak lama lagi Anwar akan menjadi perdana menteri.
Maka mereka pun melabur. Melabur untuk parti politik ini adalah teras
hegemoni budaya Gerombolan United Malays National Organistion.

Dalam pilihan raya tahun 1999 – ramai juga lelaki berperut gendut dan
berbaju batik yang menampil diri dan melabur lagi. Perlaburan mereka jatuh
meleset. Maka berakhirlah zaman *'pink form *Anwar Ibrahim'. Maka bermulalah
zaman realis bahawa kuasa bukan di tangan individu atau kerana retorik
individu tetapi dengan penyusunan ombak rakyat yang kompak untuk mendobrak
kerajaan zalim BN.

Saya datang ke kongres parti hanya untuk melihat. Bukan untuk mendengar
ucapan atau untuk mendengar gebang ahli-ahli politik. Sekali sekala saya
mendengar juga. Tapi ini bukan tujuan asal. Saya menghadirkan diri untuk
memerhatikan apakah yang dipakai oleh orang yang datang ke perhimpunan
tersebut. Atau apa baju dan kasut yang di pakai oleh ahli-ahli parti. Untuk
saya ini lebih penting dari seribu ucapaan.

Ketika Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) dan PKN bercantum pada tahun 2002 – satu
upacara telah di adakan di Dewan Perhimpuan Cina Kuala Lumpur. Ketika itu
saya datang menebeng dan melihat dari jauh. Saya perhatikan dewan besar
tidak penuh – banyak kerusi kosong. Lelaki berperut gendut dan berbaju batik
hampir pupus.

Ada muka-muka baru yang saya lihat ramai – apek China memaki baju-t berkolar
dan berselipar. Ini pendatang baru. Lalu saya mengambil kesimpulan bahawa si
apek yang berselipar ini pastilah datang dari PRM. Yang berkopiah putih
tidak bagitu ramai. Yang berbaju Melayu, bersamping dan bersongkok langsung
tidak kelihatan. Mak cik bertudung labuh pun tidak kelihatan. Anak muda
kelihatan ramai.

*Kongres di tokong amat radikal*

Dari pemerhatian ini saya mengambil kesimpulan bahawa satu budaya baru telah
muncul di dewan perhimpuan Cina ini. Malah satu sejarah terlakar kerana
percantuman dua parti politik yang berasaskan warga Melayu telah diadakan di
dewan perhimpuan Cina dan dihadiri oleh ramai apek Cina dan anak muda.
Selipar Jepun dan baju-t Pagoda telah diterima untuk masuk ke persidangan.

Zaman berarak dan beredar. Satu lagi kongres PKR telah diadakan. Kali ini di
Ipoh. Saya juga datang menumpang untuk melihat siapa yang datang dan apa
pakaian yang akan dipakai. Dalam negara kuku besi seperti Malaysia ini bukan
senang sebuah parti pembangkang untuk mendapat tempat mengadakan
persidangan.

Jika hotel dilamar – hotel ini akan diberi amaran. Dewan milik orang ramai
yang bersepah-sepah tidak mungkin dibenarkan untuk dipakai oleh parti
pembangkang. Puak gerombolan akan menindas dengan pelbagai cara untuk
memastikan kuasa terus di tangan mereka. Akhirnya kongres PKR di Ipoh telah
diadakah di sebuah tokong.

Nah! Ini satu sejarah lagi. Bayangkan kongress PKR diadakan di Tokong Cina.
Rasa kekok orang Melayu di dalam dewan tokong Cina tidak wujud lagi. Ini
satu pembudayan yang amat radikal. Kalau dahulu di dewan perhimpunan Cina -
kali ini di Tokong Cina. Kini PKR telah bergerak jauh dari hegemoni budaya
gerombolan.

Ketika kongres di tokong ini berjalan saya perhatikan lelaki berperut gendut
dan berbaju batik berlengan panjang tidak seramai di Hotel Renaisance
dahulu. Ramai yang datang berpakaian agak lekeh dan sempoi. Untuk saya ini
satu petanda yang amat membanggakan. Selipar dan baju-T pagoda sekali lagi
menjadi trend di Ipoh.

Saya perhatikan yang datang ke tokong itu terdiri dari mak cik dan pak cik
yang datang dengan bas dari Pahang, Kedah, Kelantan dan Terengganu. Memang
dari wilayah yang jauh mereka datang. Mungkin kerana berita telah tersebar
Anwar Ibarahim yang telah bebas akan datang ke kongres di Ipoh.

Saya tidak muncul di kongres Pulau Pinang dan di Seremban. Saya terlupa
sebab apa saya tidak datang. Jadi saya tidak ada catitan jenis pakaian apa
yang terdapat di kongres tersebut. Apa yang saya amat yakin ialah lelaki
berperut gendut dan berbaju batik mula berkumpul kembali. Mereka datang
kerana Anwar Ibrahim telah di bebaskan. Mereka menunjukkan muka sekali lagi.
Ini juga sebagai pelabur saham. Budaya germbolan datang sekali lagi dalam
PKR.

Minggu lepas saya ke Kota Bahru. Saya datang menebeng dan tumpang melihat
kongress ke-6PKR. Kali ini semuanya telah berubah. Kongres kali ini diadalah
sesudah 8 Mac 2008 – ertinya satelah mendapat kemenangan dan wujudnya
Pakatan Rakyat.

*Hilang indentiti*

Kongres Angkatan Muda Keadilan diadakan di satu tempat peranginan di Pantai
Cahaya Bulan. Saya sampai awal pagi. Ketika saya sampai, apa yang saya
dengar hanya desiran ombak. Esoknya saya lihat tempat bersidang yang agak
lumayan berbanding dengan tokong di Ipoh dahulu. Lebih tersusun dan teratur.
Para perwakilan ada bilik dan tempat penginapan. Ini lumayan.

Untuk saya gerakan anak muda ini paling penting. Anak muda adalah nadi
sesebuah organisasi politik. Tanpa tenaga muda tidak mungkin ada parti
politik yang boleh berkembang. Bila saya menjenguk muka ke dalam dewan
persidangan AMK – saya senang hati kerana hampir 400 orang anak-anak PKR
muda sedang berdebat dan berbincang.

Kemudian saya terlihat ramai perwakilan di dalam dewan yang memakai baju
biru. Mungkin ini baju rasmi AMK. Ini satu kesilapan besar. Anak muda yang
berseragam sampai dunia kiamat pun tidak akan dilihat *cool*. Anak muda *
cool *pemecah ruyung tidak akan mengikut arahan bagaimana harus berbaju atau
berseluar. Yang suka berseragam adalah mereka yang suka ditarik hidung.
Pakaian seragam diwujudkan agar individu hilang identiti diri. Saya hanya
tersenyum – bermula dengan berbaju biru dan mungkin akan berakhir dengan
berperut gendut dan berbaju batik berlengan panjang.

Esoknya saya masuk ke Dewan Kelantan Trade Center. Saya pun tidak faham
kenapa bangunan ini dipanggil Kelantan Trade Center. Apakah dengan pengunaan
bahasa Inggeris ini akan membuktikan bahawa kerajaan Kelatan ini hebat dan
berwibawa. Jika ini hujah nya maka ini samalah seperti drama swasta yang
menggunakan "*I" *dan "*You" *untuk membuktikan bahawa para pelakon drama
ini berilmu.

Dalam dewan saya perhatikan bahawa tradisi lelaki berperut gendut dan
memakai baju batik berlengan panjang semakin berkurang. Lelaki berperut
gendut dan memakai baju batik berlengan panjang ini ramai telah keluar dari
PKR. Tetapi jangan silap baca masih ramai lagi lelaki jenis ini menjalar
dalam PKR. Tetapi buat sementara waktu mereka tidak memakai baju batik dan
telah cuba mengempiskan perut.

Kenapa saya memperlekehkan lelaki berperut gendut dan berbaju batik lengan
panjang? Jawabnya cukup senang. Perhatikan muka yang telah lari meninggalan
PKR. Perhatikan perut mereka. Semuanya gendut dan boroi. Mereka juga sering
dilihat memakai baju batik berlengan panjang.

Untuk saya baju batik berlengan panjang muncul dari hegemoni budaya
gerombolan United Malays National Organisation. Saya anggap perkara yang
paling bodoh yang kita lakukan ialah meniru apa yang dilakukan oleh musuh
kita. Menerima apa yang dibudayakan oleh musuh membuktikan kita tidak
memiliki fikrah untuk melakonkan yang baru.

Kita bukan sahaja wajib menolak parti gerombolan. Kita juga wajib menolak
budaya yang disebarkan oleh gerombolan. Berperut gendut dan berbaju batik
lengan panjang adalah budaya gerombolan. Ini wajib dilupuskan. PKR wajib
melahirkan seni dan budaya sendiri. Jangan jadi malas hanya dan menerima
baju batik berlengan panjang sebagai budaya. Kerana malas, maka perut jadi
gendut.


PSM will go with Pakatan against BN in next GE

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 07:22 AM PDT

Extract of the press statement on PSM's 12th Congress: KENYATAAN AKHBAR KONGRES PARTI SOSIALIS MALAYSIA KE 12 6 JUN 2010 Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) Berjaya mengadakan Kongres Parti ke 12 antara 4-6hb. Jun yang dihadiri oleh 250 orang perwakilan dan pemerhati di Dewan perhimpunan Cina, Selangor. Kongres juga membentang tiga kertas kerja mengenai 1)1Malaysia dan Model Ekonomi Baru Najib, 2) Isu transisi kepimpinan dalam PSM dan 3) isu Krisis cuaca dunia dan menyelamatkan Alam Sekitar. Kongres juga telah membincangkan 26 usul yang dibawa oleh cawangan dan fron PSM. 16 usul telah diterima, 5 usul telah ditolak, 3 usul telah ditarik balik dan 2 usul akan dibincang di bahagian Jawatankuasa parti yang lain. Mengenai usul mengenai Pakatan Rakyat (PR), usul ini dibincang panjang lebar dan Kongres dengan majoriti besar memutuskan bahawa PSM buat masa ini tidak mempunyai sebarang hasrat membentuk kuasa ketiga tetapi tegas bahawa musuh utama adalah Barisan Nasional yang telah mencabul hak, demokrasi dan kesejahteraan rakyat Malaysia untuk 53 tahun. Justeru itu PSM akan berkerjasama dengan Pakatan rakyat dan kumpulan-kumpulan progresif lain untuk menamatkan pemerintahan BN. PSM juga akan mengadakan perbincangan susulan dengan PR mengenai kerjasama ini termasuk kerjasama semasa pilihanraya. PSM juga terbuka untuk penggunaan logo bersama dan manifesto bersama untuk pilihanraya akan datang. Selain itu, PSM berpendapat bahawa untuk memenangi pilihanraya akan datang, PR harus <b>...</b>
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Samy Vellu Paper Blames MCA, Soi Lek for GAS - By Baradan Kuppusamy.

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 06:57 AM PDT

Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu's Tamil Nesan newspaper added today the MCA, its The Star newspaper and Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek as forces behind the Anti-Samy Vellu Movement (GAS).

The MCA, its newly-elected president and the daily it controls are the latest to be accused by the newspaper after it also recently blamed Datuk S. Subramaniam and Umno as the "hidden hands" behind GAS.

In a front page story today the Tamil Nesan fired a broadside at the MCA, Dr Chua and The Star as forces behind GAS.

The paper said The Star was previously supportive of the MIC and its programmes but had suddenly switched camps and was now giving undue prominence to the GAS movement.

It also accused Dr Chua of fuelling the GAS movement as a way to turn public attention away from the problems the MCA faced from the Chinese community which is said to have rejected the party.

The Star has been giving prominence to GAS and statements by its founder V. Mugilan, the former MIC deputy youth chief who was promoted as the candidate by Umno for the recent Hulu Selangor by-election in place of former incumbent Datuk G. Palanivel.

Samy Vellu pushed for Palanivel but Umno felt his unpopularity would put off majority Malay voters.

In the end Samy Vellu and Umno compromised in MIC Information Chief P. Kamalanathan who won the seat narrowly, defeating Pakatan Rakyat (PR) big gun Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.

The Malaysian Insider understands the last straw for the Samy Vellu camp was a story in The Star on Saturday in which Mugilan is quoted as questioning the millions of ringgit collected in the name of AIMST University.

The story, played down in other mainstream dailies, received a page-lead treatment in The Star.

Mugilan wanted to know what happened to the money and demanded that Samy Vellu account for the collection.

He also wanted to know how RM330 million in government grants for AIMST University was spent and asked Samy Vellu to provide the answers.

"Pure rubbish," said Mugilan about any connection with the MCA. "They are getting desperate and simply firing away at anything that moves."

The GAS movement was set up to force Samy Vellu, who has announced he would step down next "July or September" to retire on July 10, at the 64th annual general meeting of the MIC which is to be declared open by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

It is understood the Prime Minister is "very reluctant" to do the favour for Samy Vellu and might send a representative unless Samy Vellu agrees to leave soon.

Barisan Nasional (BN) needs him out of the way for the MIC to reform under a new leader and offer new agenda and hope for the Indian community.

"The first step in transformation is for Samy to go," said a senior BN leader. "But he is clinging on for 32 years…it's simply amazing how much he loves power even if the ship is sinking."

By attacking the MCA, The Tamil Nesan, seen as the mouthpiece of Samy Vellu and his family, is giving the wrong signal to the MIC rank and file and the Indian community and further eroding BN's standing among the public.

Samy Vellu's son, Vel Paari who is managing director of Tamil Nesan, would not have allowed the story through without his father's blessing, MIC sources said.

"Clearly they are taking on the MCA, The Star, GAS and even UMNO," an MIC insider said adding the family is throwing caution to the winds by asking MCA to leave BN and dredging up the sex scandal involving Dr Chua.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Malaysia welcomes home "national heroes"

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 06:47 AM PDT

The 12 Malaysian 'activists' who were onboard the jihad flotilla flagship Mavi Marmara arrived home today in Kuala Lumpur to a hero's welcome, greeted by no less a personage than Malaysia's Prime Minister.

(Prime Minister) Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Sunday the 12 Malaysian activists who were on board a Gaza-bound aid ship subjected to a violent and bloody Israeli attack on Monday had achieved a huge moral victory for Malaysia and its people.

The prime minister said the incident involving the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, in which nine Turkish activists were killed, had sparked worldwide awareness of the atrocities of the Israeli regime, leading to global condemnation, including in the United States.

Najib spoke at a homecoming reception at his residence here for the 12 Malaysian activists came home early Sunday.

Notice that this Malaysian newspaper never departs from the official line, uses the term 'Israeli regime' and attempts to delegitimize the democratically-elected Israeli government at every opportunity.

And he calls this a 'moral' victory for Malaysia. What if there was a big pile of Jewish (I mean 'Israeli') bodies on the decks of the Mavi Marmara or at the bottom of the sea, Mr. Prime Minister. Would that be a great military victory for the Malaysian regime?

So I thought it would be pertinent to hear from one of those 'activists' that accompanied those heroic Malaysians. What exactly was on this activist's agenda?



Consider the terms 'Muslim activist' and 'terrorist'. It's a distinction without a difference.


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Egyptian question in the Israeli-Palestine equation

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 05:41 AM PDT

A very relevant question regarding the inhumane Nazi-like blockade of food and much needed material from entering Gaza has been "Why doesn't Malaysia condemn Egypt because it's also complicit in the blockade of Gaza?"

As a matter of fact I came across this question in Walski's latest post Eyeless in Gaza.

Walkski is a great matey of mine and I want to offer one possible answer. The following is an expansion of my comments I left at walski's blog myAsylum

From Day 1 of my amateur blooging, I've always been an advocate for Palestinian freedom from Israeli oppression, and its sovereignty and Statehood.

The Palestinians, especially in Gaza (not that those in West Bank have been let off, no sirree, not at all) have been confined like prisoners in the world's biggest prison, an inhumane act of ethnocentric brutality akin to the WWII ghetto-risation of Polish Jews by the Nazis, no doubt the spiritual kinfolk of today's Israelis.

Forced to live in a ghetto under severely deprived conditions, the Palestinians are effectively oppressed in their own land by a cruel occupying (or imprisonment) force.

All the above Israeli atrocities, brutalities and sheer unaccountable arrogance may be traced to one root cause - America's (religious) blind obedience to Israel. As Goh Keat Peng wrote in his letter to Malaysiakini
So little has been done for Gaza:

The resolve isn't there and one favoured nation is allowed a free hand to do as it pleases without regard to any reasonable sense of proportion. There has been no semblance of fairness or justice.

The failure to address the needs of those who call the Gaza Strip home is a failure of the resolve of the international community to bring to book a belligerent military power in the Middle East.

You cannot be allowed to live and act unchecked as though you are alone in the neighbourhood. As though only you have the right to live and act.

Thus Egypt's complicity may also be traced to the USA's carte blanche imprimatur to Israel - Israel wants Gaza blockaded, USA swiftly passes that requirement to Egypt, and Egypt immediately complies.

As reward for its obedience or if you like, subservience, USA provides Egypt with arms (older and inferior to the ones it gives Israel) and US$2 billion in aid annually. Naturally, Israel gets more than $4 billion each year apart from intelligence, technology and special priority in arms delivery.

To wit, while Palestine is a victim to the Israeli rapist, Egypt is a whore to the USA godfather. So who should we criticise? I would imagine Egypt to be the last on the list.

And don't forget the other whores in the region, Jordan and to a lesser extent but also equally culpable, Saudi Arabia - because all these three Arabian nations fear republican Hamas, which has been modelled after the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt (banned in that country) and Shiite (republican) Hezbollah.

So a combination of US patronage ($$$ for Egypt and Jordan - protection and armed support for the al Sabah family of Saudi) and self interests of the governments of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi has seen the betrayal of the Palestinian people for the last several decades.

That Egypt is now hypocritically opening up the blockade, just as it did after the recent horrendous pulverisation of Gaza by the region's superpower (armed and supported by the USA), has more to do with its apprehension about its own backyard and perhaps even a nudge and a wink from sugar daddy - after all, didn't Hilary Clinton say of the recent Israeli atrocity: "The situation in Gaza is unsustainable and unacceptable".

Unless the USA does something about the Nazi-like ghetto-risation and evil group punishment of Israel, the blockade will soon be reinstated by a compliant complicit compassionless Egypt.


Jeffrey invites Nurul Izzah to woo Sabah youth

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 01:22 AM PDT

Malaysiakini

Joe Fernandez
Jun 6, 10
1:18pm

COMMENT There seems to be some new method at work in Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan's "madness" judging from the unexpected presence of Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar in Kota Kinabalu for the weekend. It was close to midnight on Thursday when invitations for a Tadau Ka'amatan (Harvest Festival) dinner function, the next day in her honour, went out. 

Putatan PKR Division Chief, Awang Ahmad Shah, who made all the dinner arrangements, could not shed any light on the hurried function. All that the longtime Jeffrey ally and political scientist could say was that he was merely "carrying out instructions". 

anwar ibrahim sodomy allegation saiful bukhari azlan first day in court 070808 nurul izzahOfficially, the word is that Nurul (right) was on a brief holiday in Sabah with her husband and two kids and visiting friends. Jeffrey's off-the-cuff speech during the dinner and that of Nurul and several other Pakatan Rakyat leaders told a different story: that politics, as the first German Chancellor Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck remarked on Aug 11, 1867, is all about "the art of the possible". 

The Sabah strongman had evidently invited the Puteri Reformasi (Reformation Princess), in a moment of eureka, to be the new face of the Pakatan Youth in Sabah and Sarawak. Her mission, should she so choose, is to help woo the votes of the young, and perhaps the not so young, to the opposition alliance. This includes an estimated 280,000 unregistered eligible young voters – in Sabah alone – and women. This is a sizeable chunk of the vote bank in East Malaysia. 

The youth factor can be expected to put a dent in Barisan Nasional's perennial boast that Sabah, along with neighbouring Sarawak, are electoral fixed deposits of the ruling coalition. Jeffrey sees BN's bragging as a form of calculated insult to the people of the two states.

East Malaysians not stupid


The boast implies that Malaysians on the other side of the South China Sea are an unthinking lot who will slavishly lap up anything that the ruling coalition throws at them. 

NONEJeffrey's idea is to reverse the Umno propaganda and use the votes of the youth to make BN candidates in East Malaysia lose their fixed deposits at the next general election. This is certainly a tall order for even Jeffrey (right), a seasoned and energetic politician and thinker, who once sent the shivers up the spine of Machiavellian former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He was then a Sabah think tank head. The next big showdown is expected to be anytime between now and 2013. 

The forthcoming Sarawak state election will be a trial run of sorts for the 'BN Lose Deposit' project. This will be an even taller order if the Sarawak polls are delayed and the general election brought forward and both held simultaneously. 

However, Jeffrey may have reckoned correctly that aging and ailing Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud won't be able to match the 'Nurul factor' among the youths in the state. For starters, he (Taib) will not have any ammunition against her. She has an unsullied reputation so far and with the youth, and energy, beauty, intelligence, time and a young family on her side. 

Taib would have preferred that the youths be left out of the political equation, and aging politicians and has-been former BN members now in Pakatan to take centre stage in the electoral stakes. This is the kind who led the recent spate of defections from PKR. Taib is on home ground here.

How the older generation of politicians take Jeffrey's unilateral moves remain to be seen. They can't certainly object to the latest, albeit youthful twist, in the local political theatre. His new emphasis on the young is a reminder that politics is all about the future of the children, grandchildren and the generations unborn. 
Knowing when to go


What will perplex the ever hopeful senior crowd around Jeffrey even more is that he seems to be signaling for the very first time that his days in active politics are numbered. He has finally seen the writing on the wall and has wisely worked out his exit strategy.

bn supreme council mt meeting sapp sabah issue 190608 pairin kitinganIf that is the case, Jeffrey has indeed risen to the occasion and stolen a subtle march on the other Kitingan in politics, Joseph Pairin (left), his elder brother. Pairin, like Taib and MIC President Samy Vellu, finds it extremely difficult to let go and acknowledge that "enough is enough". 

Pairin, after a quarter century as PBS (Parti Bersatu Sabah) leader, shows little signs that he's willing to give way to the young. Pairin would dearly love to have Jeffrey back in the PBS fold but that's about as far as his brotherly love goes. He's reluctant to let his younger brother, and party co-founder, take over as president at least for a term. Jeffrey thinks that this is his right although there may be those in PBS like Maximus Jonity Ongkili, his nephew, who will beg to differ. Maximus doesn't accept that he has a "credibility problem". 

It is not entirely clear what is the entire game plan on the "BN Lose Deposit" project. It appears that Nurul's mission will start with pockets of young intellectuals and professionals in Sabah and Sarawak. She can be expected to interact with them to be opinion leaders among the youth, galvanizing and energizing them to be agents of change. Winning over their elders to the agenda reformasi (reformation agenda) will be one priority of the youth. 

Overcoming political inertia

The reality on the ground is that the older generation suffers from inertia, seemingly content with the legislators that they have long known, and seeing a vote against them as a form of betrayal. If these receive some monetary hand-outs from the powers-that-be in the run-up to voting day, they see it as incumbent upon them to maintain the status quo. They excuse this kind of politics as "hutang budi" (returning a favour). 

sabah native wedding marriage ethnic groups 250509 05The tribal mindset of the older generation eschews too much political thinking and prefers to meekly follow the directives of their elders and chiefs on matters like exercising their 'X' power on polling day. The common refrain is that "the government (BN) is our father and mother and to go against it will be seen as a form of derhaka (treason)". 

The subsidy regime completes the vicious cycle by inducing a dependency syndrome among the electorate and fuelling the BN's politics of corruption and moral depravation. 

This is where the Internet-savvy, text-messaging and social networking young enter to make a difference in re-aligning the politics of Sabah and Sarawak to meet the challenges of the 21st century. 

The strength of the youth is their ability to reach across and brush aside the politics of what divides us and focus on what brings us together as a people and a nation. 

Jeffrey has long tried and failed with the elder generation in the rural heartland of Sabah and Sarawak. He now sees the need to change directions and use the young to get through to the old. The message is that they must not stand in the way of a better future for their children, grandchildren and the generations yet to come.


Green Day’ appeal to Najib: Drop coal plant plan

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 12:50 AM PDT

Free Malaysia Today — SAT, 05 JUN 2010 12:08

By Charles Rudai

KOTA KINABALU: The federal government was today urged to heed public outcry over the controversial coal-powered plant to be built in Lahad Datu, considered an ecological basin.

Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar sent Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak this open plea "to listen to the people" in conjunction with World Environment Day today.

The proposed 300MW coal-powered energy plant met strong criticism in the Sabah State Legislative Assembly, among environmentalists and the local community due to its potential impact on marine life and the surrounding ecology.

Both Tenaga Nasional Bhd and its subsidiary Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd have maintained that alternative energy resources were too expensive to be exploited and will not be able to provide enough energy.

But this view has been strongly disputed by influential leaders such as MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh and former chief minister Harris Salleh, who said it is possible to introduce green technology in Sabah in view of the state's abundant mineral and natural resources.

Said Nurul Izzah: "I hope the federal government will listen to the public and abandon its plans to build the plant.

"The government should tap into the potential and availability of alternative resources for renewable energy in Sabah, such as biomass energy to reduce the state's dependency on non-renewable resources such as coal that is hazardous to the environment and people," she said.

Nurul Izzah also reminded the government of its commitment to protect the environment under the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the Convention on Climate Change.

"By continuing with the plant, the government will be making gross violations of its own commitment under all these conventions.

"I hope the government, stakeholders and people will continue to strive to save our environment while we still can, " she said.


Nurul Izzah: Rakyat Sabah berani tukar kerajaan UMNO/BN

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 12:42 AM PDT

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Oleh Halik Zaman

Kota Kinabalu, Sabtu, Suatu majlis makan malam bersama dua orang Ahli Yang Berhormat, YB Puan Nurul Izzah Anwar, Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Wilayah Persekutuan dan YB Nik Nazmi Ahmad, ADUN Seri Setia, Selangor. Majlis makan malam di anjurkan dengan jayanya oleh PKR Cabang Putatan. Setinggi tahniah di ucapkan kepada Ketua Cabang PKR Putatan Ahmad Sah Datuk Sahari dan jawatankuasa cabangnya.

Dalam ucapannya yang serba ringkas mengalu alukan lawatan 2 orang pemimpin muda PKR ke Sabah dan beliau berharap memoga lawatan yang penuh membawa semangat Pakatan Rakyat ini kerapkali diadakan diSabah kata Ahmad Sah Datuk Sahri.

Mendahului ucapan pada malam itu, YB Nik Nazmi menyatakan bahawa selama ini, PM 1Malaysia dengan bangganya mewar-warkan bahawa Sabah & Sarawak adalah merupakan satu "fixed deposit" buat Barisan Nasional. Menurut andaian PM 1Malaysia, walau tsunami politik hebat bergelora di Semenanjung, namun rakyat Sabah & Sarawak akan tetap berdiri di belakang Barisan Nasional. Namun "tilikan" PM 1Malaysia nampaknya mulai kurang bersinar dengan kekalahan di PRK SIbu baru-baru ini. Padahal Sibu adalah kubu kuat Barisan Nasional yang didakwa sebagai "fixed deposit".

Sikap angkuh UMNO/BN memang merupakan satu tradisi turun – temurun walaupun mereka tahu bahtera UMNO/BN kemegahan mereka sedang meniti hari-hari kiamatnyanya, hanya menunggu hari UMNO/BN akan "lebur terkulai layu" sahaja. Namun untuk menyedapkan hati masing-masing, maka UMNO/BN berusaha gigih mewar-warkan cerita-cerita dongeng yang Pakatan Rakyat sedang pecah-memecah padahal kerosakan dalaman parti BN yang kian condong menyembah bumi.

Dalam ucapan YB Nurul Izzah, beliau ada menyatakan bahawa-ahli ahli Parlimen yang melompat dan meninggalkan Parti Keadilan itu adalah orang orang yang bermasalah dan kecewa, mereka tidak sanggup jatuh bangun bersama perjuangan Keadilan dan mereka juga dari golongan orang orang yang tidak mahu menghormati kepercayaan rakyat terhadap diri mereka untuk mewakili Parti Keadilan. Maka anggap lah ketiadaan mereka dalam PKR sebagai satu hikmah kepada semua ahli ahli PKR yang setia.

"Pada kami di Selangor, Penang dan Kedah, untuk menukar Kerajaan dari UMNO kepada Pakatan Rakyat bukan suatu perkara yang sudah diduga, ia bagi kami adalah suatu yang luar biasa, diluar jangkaan tetapi kerana rakyat di negeri negeri tersebut sudah muak dengan Kerajaan UMNO/BN maka perubahan pun dilakukan oleh rakyat sendiri dalam PRU12 yang lalu". Tegas Nurul.

Katanya, kami belajar dari rakyat sabah, rakyat Sabah mempunyai pengalaman luas untuk menukar Kerajaan daripada Kerajaan USNO/BN kepada Kerajaan BERJAYA/BN dan PBS kini UMNO/BN dan tidak ada sebab mengapa tidak boleh Kerajaan UMNO/BN ditukar kepada Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat di Sabah kerana UMNO/BN di Semenanjung dan Sabah sama sahaja jenamanya?" Sindir Nurul sambil senyum.

Nurul menjelaskan, "Dalam UMNO/BN kini berantakan sama sendiri, mereka sudah saling tidak percaya, wibawa Najib juga sering dipertikaikan oleh ahli ahli UMNO itu sendiri sebab pimpinannya yang tidak dianamik, ekonomi negara menjunam terus, subsidi untuk rakyat bakal dihapuskan, bahananya rakyat akan rasa dalam beberapa bulan lagi. Ketika itu rakyat akan tanya diri sendiri pada siapa yang perlu diundi kalau bukan Pakatan Rakyat?"


Nurul Izzah: Pakatan will treat Sabah as equal

Posted: 06 Jun 2010 12:26 AM PDT

Free Malaysia Today

SAT, 05 JUN 2010 11:04

By Charlie Rudai

KOTA KINABALU: Pakatan Rakyat will treat Sabah as an equal partner unlike the Barisan Nasional which is taking the state for granted as a mere fixed deposit.

Two young guns of PKR — Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Seri Setia Assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad — also assured that despite coming from Peninsular Malaysia, the Pakatan leaders are not here "to order Sabahans around".

Nurul Izzah said Pakatan has so much to learn from the people of Sabah for their ability to live in harmony together although they are of different races and religions.

"We remain in admiration of Sabah's racial integration and we have a lot to learn from Sabah and Sarawak. I think this is something that should not be underestimated.

"People in Sabah are Sabahans first and I think this is something that Malaysians as a whole should emulate," said Nurul Izzah after a dinner gathering with Sabah PKR leaders organised by its Putatan division here last night.

According to Nurul Izzah, she and Nik Nazmi came to Sabah to lend support to PKR Sabah, as they represent the voice of the new generation of PKR leaders who would do their best to ensure the opposition wins in the next general election.

She said they would also be having small-scale meetings with young professionals in Sabah during their stay here.

Also known as Puteri Reformasi (reformation princess), Nurul Izzah said among the issues that PKR would be struggling for the people in Sabah was to ensure the state's own natural resources are used to improve the quality of their life.

"The beauty and richness of the country cannot be plundered by a few robber barons… everyone must join in the fight to save Sabah and ensure the people here take what is rightly theirs," she said.

"This is my first trip to Sabah and it is a learning process for me… I have heard a lot of good things about how Sabah residents could live in harmony much better than we do in the peninsula," said


A mature party

Nik Nazmi, who is also the political secretary to Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim.

He said that PKR viewed Sabah and Sarawak differently because it has much to learn from the people in these two states.

At the same time, he said PKR would want to treat them as genuine partners in nation-building "and not just take them for granted as fixed deposit like the BN does".

Nik Nazmi said PKR was facing many challenges and may have teething problems but it also wanted to show that it is a mature party, with many potential young leaders like Nurul Izzah, the daughter of PKR de facto leader, Anwar Ibrahim.

He added that the record in the peninsula showed that those who continued to remain loyal to the party were the young leaders.

"We want to show this is a party for the future, a party that fights for all, a truly Malaysian party where everyone can be genuine members," he said.

He also said the reason PKR held its national congress, which coincided with the Kaamatan Festival in Sabah and Gawai in Sarawak, was that the party had to fulfil the requirement of its constitution. It must hold its congress within 18 months from the previous one, which was in December 2008.

"We try to find the right time but with so many by-elections and so many different things cropping up, we had to hold it [national congress] on that date available to us," he said.

"It is easy if you are a party representing only one race like Umno – it will avoid holding its general assembly during Hari Raya; likewise, the MCA will not hold its assembly during Chinese New Year. But PKR represents all Malaysians and so we have festivals all-year round… we have Wesak, Gawai and Kaamatan but we had to hold our congress [on that chosen date] because of the requirements of the constitution," he said. (PKR's sixth three-day national congress began on May 28.)

Nurul Izzah said the one lesson that could be learnt from the last general election was that there was no straight fight between Pakatan and BN in Sabah.

"So this is something we must learn to ensure that in any general election only one Pakatan candidate will contest against BN in all constituencies," she said.

PKR vice-president Jeffrey Kitingan, who was also present, said the party was looking at a strategy to get all the opposition parties into Pakatan.

"If we can do that, then we can have a one-to-one [fight with the BN] and I think this is possible," he said.

Cohesive unit

Nurul Izzah said that Pakatan component partners — DAP, PAS and PKR — were becoming a very cohesive unit as shown in the recent Sibu by-election.

"PAS especially went on a house-to-house campaign, which has never been done previously. There has been a level of acceptance of Pakatan as a force, so all we need is to strengthen it to prepare for the next general election," she said.

Earlier, in her speech, Nurul Izzah said it was clear now that PKR through PKR Sabah is a party that fights for all Malaysians.

"Our party was attacked relentlessly… when Anwar was jailed, PKR was accused of fighting only for Anwar and had neglected Sabah and Sarawak," she said.

She also said that PKR should take stock of its position and not keep pointing the fingers at BN for the defection of its MPs.

"It is easy to keep on blaming the BN… we are not 100% perfect ourselves… we must take stock [of our position," she added.

Nonetheless, Nurul Izzah said she had seen with her own eyes in Parliament how (opposition) MPs were being induced with money.

"I say if you want to leave, you can leave... but [looking ahead] we have to close ranks and foster the spirit of togetherness".

Nurul Izzah, who defeated Umno Wanita chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in the last election, said together with Nik Nazmi they believed it was time for the younger generation to take the lead in party.

"We thank the senior leaders for willingly giving way to us because nobody will be able to hold on to power forever, including the BN," she said.

She said it was time for the people in Sabah to know that PKR is party that fights for the rights of all Malaysians.

"There is no question of 'parti semenanjung' [peninsular party]… this is the party that struggles for all the people in Sabah, Sarawak and the Peninsula," she added.

Nurul Izzah said Keadilan members must remain committed in facing the challenges ahead.

She added that there is no place for arrogant leaders who don't care about the views of the rakyat.

Also present at the function were PKR Sabah liaison chief, Ahmad Thamrin Jaini, and PKR Putatan division chief, Awang Ahmad Shah.


A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT ORGANIC FARMING

Posted: 05 Jun 2010 11:47 PM PDT

Early Saturday morning a small group of us, all seniors, headed some 40 minutes north of the city to DQ Farm. Later I realized that day was also World Environmental Day. What a coincidence, and how appropriate that we should spend the day out in the countryside getting acquainted with organic food production and learning about the huge impact conventional farming has on our environment.

Our host and farm owner, HS Wong, is a walking encyclopedia on all things pertaining to sustainable farming. I am awed by this man's unstoppable energy and passion to educate farmers and lay folks like us about sustainable farming and living.

Here's a pictorial account of our visit:

Sitting down to a welcome tea brewed with mulberry leaves. Notice the table cloth of banana leaves.
First, a brief introduction on the operational model of a sustainable micro-farm. Click on image to enlarge.
DQ Farm's model of how to maximize yield per acre.
Anti-bacterial spraying before we begin our walkabout.
Learning about composting. All waste is recycled, including chicken carcasses. The end result is quality humus that is used as fertilizer.
  
The farm rears fish too. DQ farm produces its own fish feed.
Grass-fed, hormone-free chickens. DQ farm takes pride in rearing chickens that have a high DHA of Omega 6: Omega 3 ratio of 4:1
Tonic for the chickens. We had a sip of it too. A potent concoction!
I swear the dragon fruits and the mangoes on the farm are the sweetest and juiciest I've ever eaten. DQ farm is the first to grow organic watermelon. Pity they were all harvested when we were there.
Bananas are a good example of permaculture. They practically thrive on their own. On DQ farm they grow in clumps together with ginger.
Admiring a pumpkin bed. Vegetables like sawi, pegaga and banyam flourish in the chemical-free, nutrient-rich soil.
Some plants (top) are used as natural insect repellants. Vines like the 'patah wali' above have anti-inflammatory properties. I licked a cutting. It left a bitter taste on my tongue that stayed for hours.
Whether it's ants, crickets or worms, all creatures big and small have a role to play in the farm's rich biodiversity. The ants, for example, get rid of termites that attack the fruit trees.
Over 50 species of birds have been spotted on the farm. They build nests anywhere and everywhere undisturbed. Kim, an avid bird-watcher, alerted me to this nest barely a foot away from us.
Great care is taken to ensure that water for the vegetables is free from contamination. Pipes bring the rainwater collected directly to the vegetables.
The farm's initial experiment with Italian bees failed, so now local bees are kept for their honey.
Time for a break. Enjoying the farm fruits all freshly plucked. The 'straw' for the coconut drink is the stem of some plant whose name escapes me now.
Some of the 150 goats. They feed on organically-grown grass. They are moved to fresh fields every week to reduce the risk of diseases and intestinal problems.
Wild jackfruit (top) and durian trees. None ripe enough for us to sample!
Getting ready to leave with our goody bags of fresh vegetables and bananas.
Wong insisted on hosting lunch for us at Bentong. Here we are, waiting to tuck into the first two dishes.
Dinner at home last night included a plate of vegetables from DQ farm. This is one plate of veggies whose story I am personally familiar with!

At the end of the 5-hour outing, everyone in our group agreed that it was truly time well-spent. We learned so much that we could immediately apply on our next shopping trip to the supermarket.

Organic food may not necessarily be nutritionally superior to non-organic food. But conventional farming with its heavy reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides is detrimental to our environment. Ultimately it is up to us to decide whether to opt for non-organic food or the pricier organic alternative.

My choice? Well, I don't have a garden to grow my own organic food. So the next best thing ? I've just signed up with an organic food company offering good discounts on purchases. I hope that's an acceptable compromise.

One of HS Wong's favourite quotes and probably DQ's raison d'etre.


Wrong direction, Petronas

Posted: 05 Jun 2010 09:59 PM PDT

I was surprised to read a news article posted in The Star and The Malaysian Insider 2 days ago.
  1. Petronas keen on home oil fields
  2. Petronas to push ahead with new board, new plans

Now what I didn't understand was Datuk Shamsul's plans (medium to long term?) for Petronas. Quoting from The Star's report,

"Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) will search for more oil and gas reserves in Malaysia at the expense of overseas exploration and has changed its management structure to have its executive vice-presidents in charge of key operations to shoulder more responsibility. Domestic oil exploration would see Petronas drill deeper for oil and gas on the shallow waters of Malaysia but the company is also looking to increase the amount of oil it pumps out from existing wells in Malaysia."


Petronas' operations were mainly focused on Malaysian shores resources - East and West Malaysia - in the initial stages.

Tan Sri Hassan Marican transformed Petronas rapidly into a global company with oil explorations and business joint ventures with overseas partners.

Approximately 49% of Petronas revenue came from overseas operations under Tan Sri Hassan Marican's leadership.

Now, Datuk Shamsul is saying that Petronas will search for more oil and gas reserves in Malaysia at the expense of overseas exploration.

Clearly, what is in Malaysia belongs to the Malaysian Government since we are a sovereign nation.

And based on Malaysian legislation, Petronas is the sole custodian on behalf of the Government for all oil and gas reserves in Malaysia.

No one has a right to take it, unless some smart leader gives or trades the oil field for something else with another country.

When oil and gas head towards scarcity, by the law of economics, oil and gas prices will go up. No practical alternative energy is available at the moment for oil and gas also.

The oil and gas fields in Malaysia remains a "secure revenue" for Petronas and the Malaysian Government in the long run.

So, it makes little sense to search for more oil and gas reserves in Malaysia at the expense of overseas exploration.

Petronas should continue to explore oil and gas fields overseas with the appropriate risk assessments considered.



Revenue should be generated from oil reserves that belong to other countries first as long as it is profitable even though the contractual bids and exploration incur substantial costs.

If the opportunity is there overseas, why not attempt to grab it ? The "secure revenue" at home won't run away and will stay miles under the sea bed.

Rockybru has a brief summary of what Datuk Shamsul Azhar Abbas, the hot man favored by the Prime Minister over Tan Sri Hassan Marican, in his "meet the Editors" session recently.

You can read it here : We won't sell KLCC


RM525 million is Pittance Compared to the Profits You’re Going to Make, Vincent!!!

Posted: 05 Jun 2010 08:51 PM PDT

Who is Vincent Tan trying to fool? He's offering RM525m for charity (what a paradox). Yet, studies have found that the potential for Sports Gambling is in the billions PER DAY.

Allow me to cite from an article writes by Kang Siew Li:

"In a report dated May 26, 2006, Mayban Securities had estimated that the value of daily legal gaming was RM850 million, with illegal gambling estimated at around the same amount. This gives the total size of estimated daily gambling in Malaysia at around RM1.7 billion.

"Assuming that this amount is doubled during the World Cup month, there may be an additional RM1.7 billion being gambled daily," the report had said."
That would mean,Vincent could make at least RM500million PER DAY during the World Cup. After the World Cup, there's Emglish Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and many more prestigious football competition throughout Europe.

I expect Vincent Tan, will recoup the RM500 million he plans to donate to a charity body he owns in a blink of an eye. It's only a day's worth of business, Vincent.

So, no. You don't get to fool us again Vincent Tan. The people already know the role you played in toppling the Perak government. Do you really think the people will be fooled again by another one of Vincent's famous theatricals?

Also, the idea of using "vice" for charity is paradoxical, isn't it? Charities are meant to spread good to humanity. Vincent plans to spread goodness to humanity by using funds from the vice industry.

So, again, another one of Vincent's theatrical gone bad.

All I know, Vincent is a front man for UMNO. The gambling industry is owned by UMNO and money from the gambling industry flows like a river to PWTC. Vincent is just a face used to hide the real owners, that is UMNO.

Tulang Besi

ps Strangely, the article below suddenly disappears from the NST Only archives. Last month, it was still accessible, but now after the sports gambling controversy, it's mysteriously disappeared.

Luckily, I managed to saved the article for the pleasure of Malaysiawaves's readers.

Legal sports betting soon? 2010/03/23 By Kang Siew Li
KUALA LUMPUR: Sports betting may soon be legalised, probably in time for the Fifa World Cup finals in South Africa from June 11 to July 11.

It is understood that the Berjaya Group is seeking approval from the authorities to operate sports betting activities in the country, although it is unclear which betting system will be used.

A spokesman for Berjaya Corp Bhd group corporate communications told the New Straits Times that the company "would like to decline comment on this matter at this point of time".

This is not the first time that Berjaya Group has approached the government to make sports betting legal in the country.

In October 2004, Berjaya Group head Tan Sri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun's privately-owned Ascot Sports Sdn Bhd was reported to have received approval to operate sports betting activities from the Finance Ministry in June 2003, in which it paid RM25 million for a 20-year concession.

However, then prime minister Datuk Seri (now Tun) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi shot down the proposal, saying the government would not give any licence to legalise football betting in the country.

While the Berjaya Group's second attempt is likely to stir protests from certain quarters, others have said that it should be allowed and taxed by the government, seeing that many Malaysians are already betting illegally on sports.

"It will likely divert money from illegal football betting. It will also take some of the gaming market share lost to Singapore with the opening of its first casino recently," said an industry observer.

In a report dated May 26, 2006, Mayban Securities had estimated that the value of daily legal gaming was RM850 million, with illegal gambling estimated at around the same amount. This gives the total size of estimated daily gambling in Malaysia at around RM1.7 billion.

"Assuming that this amount is doubled during the World Cup month, there may be an additional RM1.7 billion being gambled daily," the report had said.

Gaming analysts said Berjaya Sports Toto Bhd (BToto) was most likely to benefit if sports betting was legalised here. BToto is one of the country's three listed numbers forecast operators (NFO), which include Magnum Corp Bhd and Tanjong plc.

While betting on football is illegal in Malaysia, Singapore has legalised it since 1999.

It was reported that Singapore first introduced legalised football betting on S-League games in 1999.

In 2002, sports betting was extended beyond S- League games to include matches played in the World Club 2002.

Sports betting was subsequently further extended to allow for legalised betting on international football matches, the English Premier League and other European and Asian football leagues as well.

Sports betting has today gained widespread acceptance in Singapore.



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