Friday, June 18, 2010

Nurul Izzah Desak Ketelusan Dalam Pengambilalihan Pharmaniaga

Nurul Izzah Desak Ketelusan Dalam Pengambilalihan Pharmaniaga


Nurul Izzah Desak Ketelusan Dalam Pengambilalihan Pharmaniaga

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 09:22 AM PDT

Suara-Keadilan

Frederick Luccas

SHAH ALAM 15 Jun – Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar mendesak kerajaan Umno-Barisan Nasional bersikap terbuka dan telus berhubung proses pengambilalihan pembekal ubat-ubatan, Pharmaniaga Bhd oleh Boustead Holdings Bhd dengan harga RM534 juta kerana kedua-dua syarikat itu didakwa mempunyai rekod pengurusan serta perkhidmatan yang mencurigakan.

Pharmaniaga Bhd yang merupakan syarikat pembekal ubat-ubatan kepada semua hospital, klinik dan pusat perubatan kerajaan mendapat konsesi penswastaan Gudang Ubat Kerajaan (GMS) yang diberikan kepada syarikat yang berkaitan Umno, United Engineers (M) Bhd pada tahun 1994.

Pada Mac lalu, lesen Pharmaniaga ditarik balik oleh kerajaan kerana kegagalan audit disalah sebuah kilangnya yang terletak di Bangi.

Syarikat itu juga turut dikesan mengedarkan ubat-ubatan tidak mengikut piawaian yang ditetapkan oleh Kementerian Kesihatan.

Boustead pula, tambah Nurul Izzah mempunyai reputasi yang tercalar akibat beberapa isu berhubung skandal pembeliaan kapal selam Scorpene oleh anak syarikatnya, Perimekar Sdn Bhd, dan juga kontroversi renovasi Zon Bebas Pelabuhan Klang (PKFZ).


Dalam perkembangan terbaru, Boustead telah bertindak menyaman Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang kerana tidak dibenarkan membina hotel setinggi 12 tingkat di tapak warisan dunia.

Kata Nurul Izzah lagi, proses pengambilalihan tersebut melibatkan kos yang begitu tinggi dan kemungkinan besar dana awam akan digunakan oleh Umno-BN memandangkan Boustead sebagai syarikat berkaitan kerajaan.

"Sungguhpun kos memperolehi ubatan serta rawatan kesihatan di hospital kerajaan masih rendah, rakyat harus sedar bahawa kos yang rendah ini tidak ada maknanya jika mutu perkhidmatan diragui rendah serta tidak menepati piawaian serta tidak tertakluk kepada pemantauan pihak berkuasa.

"Saya khuatir proses pengambilalihan ini hanya akan menjejaskan lagi mutu perkhidmatan kesihatan kepada rakyat," Nurul Izzah memberitahu Suara Keadilan.

Tambah beliau, hospital kerajaan kini sedang mengalami krisis kekurangan bekalan ubat-ubatan akibat potongan belanjawan tahun lalu.

"Saya menyeru kerajaan Umno-BN sekiranya serius melaksanakan dasar model ekonomi baru yang bertanggungjawab agar memastikan sebarang usaha pengambilalihan ataupun pembaikpulihan syarikat yang memberikan khidmat kepada rakyat dibuat secara telus dan terbuka.

"Saya amat bimbang sekiranya tindakan sebegini yang pada permukaannya kelihatan seolah-olah positif dan selaras dengan kehendak pasaran pelaburan dan ekonomi negara, rupa-rupanya satu taktik kotor untuk menyelamatkan kepentingan dan keuntungan syarikat serta individu tertentu hingga menjejaskan kesejahteraan sosial rakyat," tegas Nurul Izzah.


JB Thief Who Used Car to Ram Shop Gates Open

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 12:45 AM PDT

He must use some of the spare parts to repair his attack vehicles.

From The Star 18 June 2010:

Thief rams through gates with stolen cars to get loot

JOHOR BARU: A thief here used his car to ram through the front gates of several shops in order to break into the premises.

The 26-year-old man is believed to have struck at nine car spare parts shops in the city over the past one month.

Acting on a tip-off, police finally tracked him down and arrested him in front of a shop in Taman Mawar at 6.30pm on Tuesday.

Seri Alam OCPD Supt Roslan Zainuddin said police found two cars parked by the roadside in Taman Nusa Damai and discovered items that were reported stolen from the shops, including eight new car tyres, nine bottles of engine oil, a car battery and a cheque book.

"The front gates of all the shops involved were rammed open. We believe the man used the vehicles to ram the main gates before escaping with his loot," he said, adding that the cars – a Nissan Sunny and a Honda Civic – were reported stolen in Taman Pelangi and Pasir Gudang.

The man has been remanded until June 23 to facilitate investigations, said Supt Roslan.

In another case, he said police apprehended a chef and an unemployed man, aged 23 and 26 years, after a raid at their home in Taman Mawar on June 14 turned up 39 ATM cards.

"We are investigating if they stole the cards, some of which have been reported missing.

"We found RM1,550 and the ATM cards in a drawer," he said, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 29(1) of the Minor Offences Laws, which carries a maximum RM1,000 fine, one year in jail or both.

Supt Roslan said police had also raided 582 premises suspected of having slot machines, adding that 44 caretakers and 22 gamblers were arrested between January and June.

"We also seized 689 slot machines worth an estimated RM1.2mil," he said.



*<br>The Yes You Can Minister<br><br>*<br>Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 04:48 AM PDT

The Yes You Can Minister

Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, The Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being Minister (have you wondered sometimes at that last bit of his portfolio? What the fuck does it mean?) made a statement about coping with the high cost of living in urban centres yesterday. One pf the things he said was,

"Earning RM3,000 a month should be manageable if folks living in cities cut down on overheads such as Astro and cars." He also said, "...having cars could be a burden owing to the high cost of maintenance."

This prompted at least 1 Malaysian to comment......

"My dear Minister: to some people having a car is not a luxury. Those that live deep inside low-cost-housing areas where buses dont go; they scrimp and save to buy a kancil so they can send their kids to school and eke out a meagre living...This is just ONE of the things that is not quite right with your statement on the cost of living in KL."

You can read the full Star story of this minister who needs a reality check HERE

And if you are a resident of Kuala Lumpur this next bit of ministerial wisdom might tempt you to want to kick him in the balls. Hard.

"This city is liveable for those earning RM3,000 a month, provided they do not live in luxurious places."

Sure you can. If you are single. If you don't need to send money home to support parents and siblings. If you don't need a car because the LRT stops right at your doorstep and your office. If you don't mind living in one of those places that the YB says you can rent for RM124 a month. If you don't need any form of entertainment. Ya you can.


NIAMAH!!!


Building a society through defeatism

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 03:09 AM PDT

There can no be 100 per cent successful policy or state, but being righteous and godly, being fair and just, being honest and incorruptible helps, says a Somali student in Malaysia.


Opportunity to politically finish off Koh Tsu Koon

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 03:35 AM PDT

If Tian Chua is disqualified from his position as representative for the Batu federal constituency, with a by-election in the offings, I'll be more interested in the BN side rather than who will stand as PKR candidate in the by-election.

This is because I read in The Malaysian Insider that Tsu Koon, Si Pin could contest if Batu declared vacant.

Forget about the young chico Si Pin – after all didn't he lose the Batu seat for Gerakan. Tian Chua swamped him by more than 9,000 votes wakakaka.

I hope Koh Tsu Koon will stand so that when (not 'if') he loses kau kau (teruk sangat) I want to see how he will sneak back through the back door into Parliament again.


And don't think it's not possible because those BN people are more than capable of BN-Boleh-ness; look at Tsu Koon as a typical example - didn't he say prior to the 2008 general election that should he lose he won't use the back door to be in Parliament - bay kean siau ay, been p'uoi cheen chnea cheen chnea kau (thick skin ler).


RMK10: Isu adalah pengagihan bukan pertumbuhan!

Posted: 17 Jun 2010 06:13 AM PDT

Jelasnya, RMK10 ini begitu baik untuk syarikat-syarikat swasta di Malaysia yang ada hubungan rapat dengan pihak memerintah. Durian bernilai berjuta-juta ringgit sedia runtuh. Runtuh untuk tangan siapa, tanya Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj.


Reflections on the Sibu by-election

Posted: 17 Jun 2010 06:47 AM PDT

Ngu Ik Tien interviews a couple of Sarawakians on the implications of the Pakatan's upset victory over the BN in the Sibu by-election on 16 May 2010.


"Kill a Turk and rest"

Posted: 16 Jun 2010 04:33 AM PDT

More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson declared that every nation must act with a "decent respect to the opinions of mankind". Israeli leaders have never accepted the wisdom of this maxim, says Israeli rights activist Uri Avnery.


“Ruffling the Eastern Malaysian Leaders..”

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 01:52 AM PDT

THIS IS HOT NEWS….!!

It seems that both the East Malaysia Chief Ministers are in the news for the wrong reasons. Taib with the disclosure of his massive wealth staked overseas while Musa's powerful ' Untouchables " are being hauled up for investigation by the MACC.

A political watcher said to audie61 the answer is very simple and it lies here .

WHO..??? WHY..??? 

Every Sarawakian and Sabahan in every conversation seems to be talking not only about World Cup in South Africa but these two leaders in their respective Eastern Malaysian States"kena tendang bola" {kicked by the ball)

It has ruffled the political equilibrium of the two states and mosts politicians aligned to the ruling party are all tight lipped.Mosts of them are avoiding being dragged into the conversation as they might just be implicated as being a part-player. 

The two states of 31 and 25 Parliamentary seats are considered fixed deposits by the BN Government. Any major shakeup and unwanted publicity should not be interfered but left to the States to handle.

The BN Government knows that Taib and Musa has delivered when called upon. The opposition players are trying to rattle the PM into submission of removing them.

The opposition will use the easiest communication tool ,"spread malicious and unwanted propaganda" and leave the  Top BN hierarchy with no choice but to find a scapegoat or these two leaders walk.

If these two leaders are removed the path will be cleared by the opposition to muster an all out attack on BN.

Najib needs both these two calibre leaders to see him through a fresh mandate in the Next General elections.

WE  SAW YOU AGREEING ………



Dr M putting a spin on Malays in Singapore

Posted: 17 Jun 2010 03:38 PM PDT

From Siew Wah, via e-mail

I refer to your article titled 'Reflect, Dr M warns 'minority' Malays'. Dr M has got his facts wrong when he said: "If they feel they would be treated well even without power, they should look at the fate of the Malays who are the minority in a neighbouring country".

The Malays in Singapore are given opportunities to excel, and if they are found capable they are seconded to government's administration with important high paying positions.

Some are even drafted to stand for elections with the backing of the government, and if they win, they would become junior ministers, rising up the ladder to become full ministers.

In other words, they are promoted based on merit, unlike those in Malaysia. For comments on their merits (if any) please read the many comments in unbiased websites (such as Malaysiakini and FreeMalaysiaToday) that are not controlled by the Malaysian government.

Please remind Dr M to get his facts right before opening his mouth. No wonder a certain Singapore minister once described Dr M as a "spin doctor".

Read:

Reflect, Dr M warns 'minority' Malays


Why do we still need to remain classified?

Posted: 17 Jun 2010 03:27 PM PDT

From P Sivakumar, via email

In reference to the article titled '1Malaysia not bid to assimilate races' in the Star, dated June 16, I would like to say 1Malaysia should be in line with modern society.

In the modern society everyone wants to live a full of dignity. Non-Malays born at the same time with the Malays lose their equality upon birth simply because of colour, race and religion by being classified as non-bumiputeras.

Does it ever occur to Umno politicians that this hurts and continues to hurt. The classification of bumiputeras or non-bumiputeras in the constitution simply reads "safeguarding the special position of the Malays and the legitimate interests of other communities" thus before NEP we were simply Malays ,Chinese and Indians. Why do we remain classified?

It doesn't matter if we have affirmative action  plans for the Malays, Chinese,Indians, Orang Aslis but let the beneficiaries be the poor of all races.

It is not right to have affirmative plans for the rich of any race. We have to look at Malaysia soon as an egalitarian society. The 21st century should slowly bring an end to any form of absolutism.

For 1Malaysia to succeed, our politicians should be open minded and receptive to new ideas or proposals for reforms. The time is ripe for Malaysia to introduce statutory laws prohibiting racial discrimination in any form.

P Sivakumar is the president of the Malaysia Indian Business Association


The Woes of being a journalist

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 12:00 AM PDT

Columnists :: Citizen Nades (R. Nadeswaran ) of The Sun http://www.sun2surf.com
The woes of being a journo


LABELLING of scribes is a common pastime in the Malaysian context, especially when it comes to creating affiliations with politicians and political parties. "Don't waste your time talking to him, he's a diehard so-and-so man," they would say. "He's a good friend of the boss. He won't buy your side of the story," is another often-used description. When a scribe writes something favourable about someone or some party, he or she is labelled as "returning the favour for putting him there".

When this scribe wrote about the wrongs of the previous Selangor administration, the labelling was that "he is anti-government". Even two no-holds barred meetings with the then mentri besar, Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, did not change the perception. Accusations were that I had been pursuing an agenda. "What agenda?" was the question. There was silence. "I did not ask you for land; I did not ask you for licences, so what agenda are you talking about?"

"No, the way you write your stories, you give the impression that you have an agenda against us," came the reply. Doesn't anyone see the need for the media to be the eyes and ears of the people and highlight issues that affect the community? Doesn't anyone accept the fact that some issues are addressed only after the media publicise them? Doesn't anyone understand the role of the media in the democratic system?

For the past two weeks, I have been receiving email and calls from friends on the reports and commentaries on the abuses of the low-cost housing system. Yes, I make no bones about having taken a strong stand that these houses should only be sold to those who deserve them – not council staff, not cronies and hangers-on, not politically-connected people. This view has been the stand from Day One when theSun broke the story on how the director of planning in the Petaling Jaya City Council acquired a unit.

Since then, this story has been under our radar, and at every possible instance, we have pushed for full disclosure, including making public the list of recipients of low-cost housing. So, when questions like "Why are you going after the mentri besar (Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim)" are asked, I can only be amazed. Is it my fault that he shot himself in the foot by saying it "is legally not wrong but morally not right"?

"They have only ruled the state for slightly over two years. You must give them a chance," they would say. Isn't that implying that they have yet to learn how to administer and rule? Even if granted, why make such statements which only reflect the state's stand on issues affecting the rakyat without getting more information on the matter.

I take the view that a wrong is wrong and it does not matter whether it was perpetuated by the past administration or condoned by the present one. There's no place for sentiments when it comes to issues affecting the people, their money and their livelihood. There will be no compromise when it comes to wrongdoers and their fallacies like being able to deduct household expenses to reach the threshold of RM2,500 to qualify for low-cost houses.

Therefore, many (falsely) assume that I am anti-this or anti-that, which is merely a figment of imagination of those who choose to affix such labels. I admit there are shortcomings in some of the issues that are addressed because of the information in hand or the lack of it.

Last week I received a letter (by registered mail) from a reader who was not happy with his investment in shares. The letter was a litany of claims and accusations. He called the following day to ask if I am "working on his letter". The reply was woefully blunt. "I have no clue as to what you are talking and I don't write business," he was told.

"Why can't you write about it? You are supposed to know about it," he said. Patience wore out and I had to scream that I am not the answer to all ills.

I have to admit that I pick and choose my battles. I only take on issues in which I have knowledge or where possible, I am able to get additional information to write an authoritative report.

So, dear readers, please bear with me. I am not the answer to all the ills that afflict this country and its citizens. I am just another voice presenting my thoughts, views and sometimes suggestions on issues that can help create a better quality of life for all Malaysians.
The writer is willing to accept criticism based on facts, not assumptions. Comments: citizen-nades@thesundaily.com


Najib, your wife is a nobody, Period!

Posted: 17 Jun 2010 01:56 PM PDT

From Richard Loh, via e-mail

A Prime Minister's wife is just like any other commoner, just that she is married to a Prime Minister who is elected to serve the public. He is a public servant.

She is not an elected representative hence she has no business whatsoever to be involved in running the country or the power to utilised public funds.

If an employee's wife is called the 'first lady', what should we call the wife of the employer? "First, first lady?"

The wife of the PM is only entitled the courtesy by virtue of being his spouse and nothing more. She has no standing officially.

So, Mr Prime Minister, stop justifying the use of 'first lady' issue. Your wife is just your wife and nobody's 'first lady'.

If you need to treat her as your 'first lady', do so when you are back home and not during your working hours, serving the public.

Read:

Queen is not 'First Lady', says PM


Govt Corruption!

Posted: 17 Jun 2010 11:00 PM PDT

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PAS must remain steadfast to draw non-Malays

Posted: 17 Jun 2010 01:52 PM PDT

From LSF, via e-mail

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has finally realised that Umno is making use of PAS to regain absolute power. Anyone with some good sense could smell it.

What is the use of playing around with the devil when PAS has proclaimed itself a party for all with its principles based on Islam which calls for justice, honesty and sincerity.

Chinese and Indians are rejecting Umno-led BN after 50 years of solid support and even Malays voted against Umno in the 1998 general election.

Enough is enough, it's time we do something to save our country. PAS can depend on non-Malay votes if they remain steadfast in their effort to be different from Umno.

Read:

Hadi ends once-and-for-all talks of Umno-PAS tie


Seeking justice on a level playing field

Posted: 17 Jun 2010 01:50 PM PDT

From Francis YM, via e-mail

Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy said that the movement will have its inaugural convention in August this year. I wish to ask what purpose will it serve and how will it help the Indians?

We have always been treated as third class citizens and now we cannot even compete with the legalised Indonesians, so we are now fourth class in this respect.

The Indian population is about 2.5 million, inclusive of Sikhs and other Indians.

The Tamils make up 80 percent of 2.5 million. The problem now lies with the Tamils, we are the downtrodden lot, right from the estate days of our grandfathers and fathers.

We have been marginalised from the time we set foot in the country first by the British, then by the system and finally by the government itself. Several luminaries fought for independance together with the Malays and Chinese leaders.

The Chinese and Malay leaders had plans for their community, and pursued it by whatever means to safeguard the interest of their communities, and to a great extent suceeded as is evident now.

What about our Tamil luminaries, where was their vision, what did they chart for us at that time when we had a level playing field? Yes, it was a level playing field those crucial years till 1963.

Lee Kuan Yew will testify as to the lengths he went to breakaway from the Federation. MIC was there and still is here, and they charted the course for the Indians to be marginalised. And they will be around till Kingdom Come as long as BN is in power, and we will still be marginalised.

Enter Uthayakumar our hero who fought for justice at police lockups and hospitals, and at places where temples were being demolished. He was everywhere, even when an Indian youth was penalised by Malaysian police force.

We  respected him for having the guts to fight back, we idolised him ....and Hindraf was born.

Enter Waythamoorthy, the brains of the movement and needed a cause to fight for the Indians and came up with a great idea.

Indians were marginalised by the colonial masters, brought here and left in a lurch so why not sue the United Kingdom on behalf of my father and and all the Indians. Yes, pay us X amount or make us citizens of UK.

Let's calculate X amount. Wow! all Indians stood to be millionaires. The buzz started, in cofeeshops, bicycle shops , pasar malams, sundry shops, watering holes, cheers! Amachees, apachees, uncles and aunties - the talk was on everyone's lips.

The fervour was great, anticipation was high, unemployed youths were busily calculating the gross and net income from this venture. How and when? The announcement was to be made on Nov 25, 2007 at the British Embassy in KL  - come one come all and we will submit our memorandum of claims to the British ex colonial masters.

Hindraf was here to stay for the Tamils, a crowd of almost 30,000 was there at the stipulated time.

But the Barisan government had other ideas. These people must be stopped, so off they went with their teargasses and water jets and the rest was history...

BN put their foot in their mouth by arresting  the Hindraf 5 under the ISA. If only on that fateful day they had left the Indians alone to protest at the British Embassy, there will not be a tsunami today.

Waythamoorthy, whether knowingly or unknowningly you have created an awareness among the people to come together to fight for our rights. You have moved all races to a common goal and Hindraf was a catalyst to Pakatan Rakyat Victory.

Now give them a chance to prove themselves , two years vs 50 years is a short time. We need the 13th general election to finish off  Barisan National's rule.

Then we can demand new rights for us on a level playing field, this time we will not yield.


Zahrain Pernah Minta Kontrak Pasir Dari Selangor Sebelum Melompat

Posted: 17 Jun 2010 09:42 PM PDT

Zahrain, Ahli Parlimen Bayan Baru, menjual obat di Parlimen kononnya Anwar mahu memecat Elizabeth Wong. Namun, tahukah anda, Zahrain yang sama pernah berjumpa Tan Sri Khalid untuk meminta kontrak pasir dari KSSB?

Yang hairannya, sudahlah si Zahrain ni tidak bermoral, anak lelaki Zahrain pun hendak diajar budaya korupsi ini. Ini kerana Zahrain telah bertemu Tan Sri MB bersama-sama anak lelaki beliau meminta kontrak pasir dari KSSB.

Tetapi Tan Sri menolak permintaan Zahrain dan anak lelaki beliau ini. Kiranya Tan Sri melayan permintaan Zahrain dan anak lelaki Zahrain ini, nescaya Zahrain tidak akan melompat UMNO seperti sekarang.


Saya juga mencabar Zahrain menafikan kisah ini, kalau dia benar-benar bersih.
Saudara/ri pembaca wajib sedar, Tan Sri diserang kiri dan kanan dalam isu pasir kerana Tan Sri tidak mahu melayan permintaan-permintaan yang datang seperti yang datang dari Zahrain ini.

Sesungguhnya RAMMAAIIII yang datang minta kontrak pasir dengan MB Selangor, tetapi telah ditolak mentah-mentah kerana mereka harus mengikut prosedur KSSB, yakni melalui tender terbuka.

Atas sebab itulah Tan Sri MB Selangor dibenci kerana Tan Sri MB Selangor tidak mahu menjadikan pasir sebagai alat mengkayakan kroni.

Adapun manusia seperti Zahrain ni, beliau manusia talam dua muka, lidah bercabang, hati hitam legam. Tuhan Zahrain ini duit bukan Allah SWT. Beliau akan buat apa sahaja untuk duit termasuk menjual maruah dan harga diri beliau.

Kesilapan Anwar adalah mengambil sampah ini sebagai ahli parlimen. Mari kita ramai-ramai berdoa semoga Allah SWT mencabut nyawa si Zahrain ini supaya boleh diadakan pilihanraya kecil di Bayan Baru. AMINNN!!!.

Adapun kenyataan Zul Nordin pula, kononnya beliau diarah Anwar Ibrahim untuk menyerang Elizabeth Wong, juga satu kenyataan bohong dan tipu. Sebelum ini kita sudah didedahkan akan perangai menipu Zul Noordin. Penyata kewangan pilihanraya pun dia nak tipu.

Tulang Besi

Eli Wong sees red over 'political violence', slams Zahrain
Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:19

By Stephanie Sta Maria
PETALING JAYA: Selangor state executive councillor and Bukit Lanjan rep Elizabeth Wong has called the resurfacing of her sex scandal a 'discrimination and prejudice against women victims'.

"It comes as no surprise that Barisan Nasional continues to subject me to political violence by assaulting and violating my personal life, by continuously victimising victims," said Wong in a statement today.

Wong, whose lewd pictures were made public more than a year ago, was the subject of attack by pro-BN Bayan Baru independent MP Zahrain Mohd Hashim yesterday.
Former PKR parliamentarian Zahrain accused his former boss Anwar Ibrahim of trying to cover up the scandal. He alleged that Anwar had promised to show them a video involving Wong performing oral sex but had yet to do so.

Anwar today denied the allegation and claimed that Zahrain was hired to assasinate his character. [Read: Anwar has not seen exco's 'sex video']
Meanwhile, an incensed Wong said that she wasn't surprised that Barisan Nasional is continuing to subject her to 'political assault'.

"While Zahrain and his team were wallowing in gutter politics yesterday, I was proposing in the Selangor state exco meeting to address a critical national issue, of outstanding students needing our help to further their education," she said.
She pointed out that it has been exactly fourteen months since she returned to work with the Selangor government after taking leave last year.

When the scandal broke, Wong volunteered to resign but Selangor menteri besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim decided to retain her on the basis that the scandal was a personal issue.

"It was the hardest decision I've had to make and it hasn't gotten easier," she said.
"But I also made a decision to continue serving my constituents, my state and country, and to send a message to all victims of criminal intimidation to stand firm and not retreat into silence."

"This is why I returned to office, to show Pakatan Rakyat policies and politics are for a better Malaysia. And I now call upon the people to reject discrimination and prejudice against women victims."

She also said Anwar and other PKR leaders have always been supportive of her, unlike what was claimed by Zahrain.

"Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, Anwar Ibrahim and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail have supported me from the very instance this issue surfaced," she said.
Wong have always maintained that the exposed pictures were taken without her consent.



How to lose an election

Posted: 17 Jun 2010 09:34 PM PDT

This is a list I got from my friend's new blog, its called the How To List... 




  1. Get elected into Federal / State Government.
  2. Hire consultants to jive up your administration with 'an initiative'. Preferably with a catchy slogan and general enough so that no one can really criticize. 
  3. Opposition fails to land a shot because the slogan is successfully vague and politically-correct. 
  4. However, administration also fails to appear 'cutting edge' because the initiative is too grey and remains drifting in the peripheral consciousness of electorate. We get a lot of signages. Leaders begins to believe own spin and thinks the use of logos of the initiative is reflective of majority support (or at least sympathies)
  5. Grassroots blame Leaders for being unresponsive to their complaints.
  6. Leaders blame grassroots for not being responsive to Leaders' initiatives.
  7. Grassroots believe that Leaders are unconnected to the silent majority.
  8. Leaders believe that Grassroots are the one unconnected to the silent majority.
  9. Incumbent party calls for election one year before the end of its 5 year term.
  10. Encumbent party OR opposition party wins. 
  11. Political malaise continues, because even though there is ALWAYS a WINNER, the nation as a whole has lost the election. Again.
  12. Repeat process from step 1.




Thank Peq...


IT’S ALL IN THE NAME ‘MALAYS’. THE GREAT KTM BERHAD ROBBERY

Posted: 17 Jun 2010 09:08 PM PDT

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IT'S ALL IN THE NAME 'MALAYS'.
REALITY IS THAT ONLY A SELECT BREED OF MALAYS SEEM TO BE ENJOYING LIFE STYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS, WHICH FALLS IN THE BRACKET OF 7%.
THE BALANCE 20% OF MALAYS ARE GIVEN A FEW CRUMBS HERE AND THERE TO KEEP THEM SATISFIED. WHILE THE REMAINING MALAYS WILL ALWAYS BE IN THE POORER SECTION THAT IS 73%.
THE LARGER MALAY RACE SHOULD WAKE UP AND REALISE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN FOR A ROYAL RIDE.

Amidst much fanfare, the electric train service (ETS) had a soft launch in December last year. But ETS — the pride of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) – has been "derailed".
According to an industry source, the ETS had run into technical problems.
The ETS costs RM40 million per set (consisting of six coaches). The source said there were only five train sets available.
"They're not ready for the country's railways," the source told FMT.
The Railwaymen's Union of Malaya (RUM) has expressed its disappointment over the delay. Its president Abdul Razak Md Hassan also said that RUM was kept in the dark about developments related to ETS.
He said that during a meeting between RUM and KTMB on June 2, the latter did not shed any light on the KTS. (The meeting with KTMB's top management is held biannually aimed at ironing out major problems faced by the railway sector.)
"When we met on June 2, there wasn't a presentation (about the ETS). There was no discussion at all," said Razak. "We queried Aminuddin Adnan (KTMB president) on several issues, (including ETS) but he either feigned ignorance or stayed silent throughout the whole meeting."
Razak also told FMT that KTMB was planning to create a subsidiary company for ETS.
"Firefly is a subsidiary of MAS, which was formed to challenge (AirAsia). As a subsidiary of KTMB, who is ETS supposed to compete against?"
'Waste of money'
Razak also said KTMB planned to hire a top management team to operate ETS besides hiring non-executive staff. He added that the railway company was also considering installing new ticket barriers for the electric trains. "All this is a waste of money," he said.
Razak also told FMT that the relationship between RUM and Aminuddin was thorny.
"We've had very good communications with previous presidents, so why is he (Aminuddin) so aloof with us?" asked Razak. He said Aminuddin had called RUM a hindrance to KTMB.

KTMB doing the best it can
LAST week, I was taken aback when I saw a photograph of a KTM Komuter Electric Multiple Unit train hitched up behind a diesel locomotive with KTMB managing director Abd Razak Abd Malek smiling and flagging off the train.
I could not imagine why Abd Razak was smiling. KTM Komuter service is effectively regressing.
Going back to diesel locomotives to pull these Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) trains is sad and it should never have happened – but that is what you get with poor planning and a lack of investment from the government.
Before you complain to a KTMB employee about poor service or breakdowns, please remember that KTM Komuter is carrying three times the number of passengers it carried in 1994 – using a fleet that is less than half of the original fleet. On a good day KTM Komuter has 25-30 trains operating.
The fleet is breaking down and it is expected to carry three times more passengers – but where is the investment from the government?
New four-carriage EMU trains will arrive this year but the government only bought 13 train sets.
KTM Komuter needs at least 100 new train sets to offer a decent level of service and higher frequency of 7 minutes – which might encourage more passengers to use it.
KTMB management is very innovative and trying to do more in the situation that it is stuck with.
I recall speaking to KTMB management in mid-2008 during the height of what I described as a "Komuter crisis" and gave a suggestion about running shuttle trains pulled by extra diesel locomotives.
Apparently, the new KTM locomotives bought in 2007 were underpowered so instead of being used to haul freight wagons they are being used to pull passenger carriages.
I presume that KTMB does not have enough passenger carriages to be pulled since the Intercity service is seeing growth, so it is innovating again by making use of the "dead" EMU trains.
KTM also innovated with the "New-Q system" last year – another example of the company trying to make the best of a bad situation – and we hope that it will continue innovating and doing its best.
But it is sad to see that we have reduced KTM Komuter service to: using weak, underpowered diesel locomotives pulling "dead" EMU trains that can no longer move under their own power – just so it can provide a level of service that is way below expectations.
KTMB is listening and innovating and doing the best it can with the few crumbs it has been given – but it is the politicians who really need to hear what is being said.
I salute the employees of KTMB and managing director Abd Razak for putting on a brave face.
Moaz Yusuf Ahmad
Subang Jaya
KTMB doing the best it can
LAST week, I was taken aback when I saw a photograph of a KTM Komuter Electric Multiple Unit train hitched up behind a diesel locomotive with KTMB managing director Abd Razak Abd Malek smiling and flagging off the train.
I could not imagine why Abd Razak was smiling. KTM Komuter service is effectively regressing.
Going back to diesel locomotives to pull these Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) trains is sad and it should never have happened – but that is what you get with poor planning and a lack of investment from the government.
Before you complain to a KTMB employee about poor service or breakdowns, please remember that KTM Komuter is carrying three times the number of passengers it carried in 1994 – using a fleet that is less than half of the original fleet. On a good day KTM Komuter has 25-30 trains operating.
The fleet is breaking down and it is expected to carry three times more passengers – but where is the investment from the government?readmoreANWAR SAYS KETUANAN MELAYU ONLY BENEFITS A MINORITY advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said.
New four-carriage EMU trains will arrive this year but the government only bought 13 train sets.
KTM Komuter needs at least 100 new train sets to offer a decent level of service and higher frequency of 7 minutes – which might encourage more passengers to use it.
KTMB management is very innovative and trying to do more in the situation that it is stuck with.
I recall speaking to KTMB management in mid-2008 during the height of what I described as a "Komuter crisis" and gave a suggestion about running shuttle trains pulled by extra diesel locomotives.
Apparently, the new KTM locomotives bought in 2007 were underpowered so instead of being used to haul freight wagons they are being used to pull passenger carriages.
I presume that KTMB does not have enough passenger carriages to be pulled since the Intercity service is seeing growth, so it is innovating again by making use of the "dead" EMU trains.
KTM also innovated with the "New-Q system" last year – another example of the company trying to make the best of a bad situation – and we hope that it will continue innovating and doing its best.
But it is sad to see that we have reduced KTM Komuter service to: using weak, underpowered diesel locomotives pulling "dead" EMU trains that can no longer move under their own power – just so it can provide a level of service that is way below expectations.
KTMB is listening and innovating and doing the best it can with the few crumbs it has been given – but it is the politicians who really need to hear what is being said.
I salute the employees of KTMB and managing director Abd Razak for putting on a brave face.
Moaz Yusuf Ahmad
Subang Jaya


There are many reasons why he, LKY is here at all. LKY has long term vision, something like 10 to 20 years ahead. In order to safe guard Singapore and to be one step ahead in this region, he wanted to see for himself what PKR might be capable of. This new change in Malaysia might post inevitable danger to the economy and well being of Singapore. LKY already have intelliegence report about Najib and Rosmah to know their weaknesses so that is not the obstacle. But the new group PKR is something he personally must see to. After all Feng Shui Masters and even prediction from the time of Mahathir on the downfall of UMNO is inevitable in the hands of Najib. In private even Mahathir had acknowledge that Najib will be the one to kill the party. SPEAK UP! ::


There are many reasons why he, LKY is here at all. LKY has long term vision, something like 10 to 20 years ahead. In order to safe guard Singapore and to be one step ahead in this region, he wanted to see for himself what PKR might be capable of. This new change in Malaysia might post inevitable danger to the economy and well being of Singapore. LKY already have intelliegence report about Najib and Rosmah to know their weaknesses so that is not the obstacle. But the new group PKR is something he personally must see to. After all Feng Shui Masters and even prediction from the time of Mahathir on the downfall of UMNO is inevitable in the hands of Najib. In private even Mahathir had acknowledge that Najib will be the one to kill the party. SPEAK UP!

PRIVATISATION IS THE LICENSE FOR ELITE MALAYS TO THE EAT the POOR MALAYS, THE MCA GURKA Datuk Liow Tiong Lai WAS ASK TO CLOSE ONE EYE THIS IS HOW THEY RIP OFF THE N ATION'S WEALTH. THIS IS MAHARTIRISM. The postponement comes just a day after Najib revealed that the green light had been given to Sime Darby to acquire a majority stake. The Umno elite appear to be out of touch not only with the masses but also with their They are very impatient before the power take over, why the over confidence? ? Because someone somewhere needs to generate more money in their pockets Will there be another government hand out to Nazir's ideas -not that they are really despicably bad his ideas- but just that we had been told by Najib himself of more transparent transplant of less corruptive values in negotiating government jobs, had we not just recently? Will the Government be building a another new IJN once this IJN is sold off? Where? How many? What is price tag on IJN are we talking about here?Who is funding the take over? As Finance Minister and the chief "fatal" backdoor takeover of Golden Hope and Guthrie Corporation by Sime Darby via Synergy Drive, which was the creation of his brother, Mohd Nazir.Sime Darby was once a diversified and highly regarded company. Today, thanks to the merger and its sudden dependence on palm oil, Sime Darby is suffering. Iam just helping my brother is it crime in our country To help our siblings Could the proposed sale of IJN to Sime Darby be Mohd Najib's way of helping to prop up the (new) Sime Darby, which is essentially the product of his brother's market-making? I beg Mohd Najib to start thinking seriously about the welfare of the masses like his late father did instead of pushing the country towards exclusivity for the sake of profits and short-term gains . Take for example Prince Court Medical Centre (PCMC)which costed Petronas RM770 million in total was built in the view that this is a social obligation by Petronas to serve the public at large. But how many people actually go to PCMC? To be honest, I don't know where PCMC is heading in the healthcare business. I have some specialist friends who are being paid in excess of RM50k a month to do visitation in PCMC and yet come back complaining about lack of patients and procedures to be performed. Well, if you want to have a corporate social responsibility, might as well build a hospital in Sudan, Chad or Somalia. suffer from their actions.there more people can we are poor . THE SUDDENESS with which the news that the National Heart Institute (IJN) may be privatised to Sime Darby appeared in the media suggests that conspiracy of sorts is at work.a promise as "guaranteeing low fees for the poor" is made by no less then the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, himself. How they rip off KTMB RICH LANDBANKand let it bleed to slow death if only could they allow the likes tonny and hisgang to take over whem DIAM proposed it at $2 today We would have the best rail service in Asia butexminister SAMY VAL..HOW ? YOU ALL KNOW ABOUT PERWAJA, ASK PKR's Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim BANK BUMIPUTRA, PKFZ issue was first raised by PKR's Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The public waited patiently for full disclosure. It was slow in coming. But now that Pricewaterhouse Coopers has completed and submitted its report, Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat should come clean and put the matter to rest. PKFZ issue was first raised by PKR's Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The public waited patiently for full disclosure. It was slow in coming. But now that Pricewaterhouse Coopers has completed and submitted its report, Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat should come clean and put the matter to rest.



Making Merry in Maghreb

Posted: 17 Jun 2010 08:17 PM PDT


Earlier this month the city of Fes in Morocco hosted its 16th Annual Festival of World Sacred Music. Yes, you read that correctly – World Sacred Music. I know some of you must be wondering: could a Muslim country actually allow such a thing as a sacred music festival to be held?  

Oh, yes. Not only has the city of Fes been hosting this festival for all these years, you will find a fascinating mixture and range of music genre from a variety of religious and sacred traditions performed during this festival that goes on for about a week.  

This celebration of sacred music brings together under one festive roof artists such as Parvathy Baul from India and Epi from Mongolia. Also gracing the festival was the SamulNori Hanullim Ensemble from South Korea, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia from India, American Gospel singers, Sufi singers from Morocco and North Africa, and the Baghdad-Jerusalem Ensemble, with the latter performing music of the Jewish tradition of Baghdad.

I can't help but contrast what this festival of sacred music in Morocco represents with the religious hang-ups we find in some quarters in this country. Now you would think given how our religious Gestapo acts in this country, that it would just be anathema for Muslims to listen to, let alone collaborate in performing sacred music from other religious traditions. After all, remember the fit some of these supposedly religiously self-righteous people had about yoga?

I wonder what JAWI and the various states' religious police would have to say about such a festival of the world's sacred music hosted here. You don't suppose JAWI would view favourably such a cultural event to celebrate the different sacred traditions of the world, do you?

The openness for Muslims in Morocco to be able to openly celebrate sacred music from different religious traditions sure does put into perspective the fact that we have a deep paranoia about inter-faith celebration in this country – and we could learn a whole lot about religious coexistence from the Moroccans and especially the Sufi-Muslims.

G. Krishnan