Friday, June 25, 2010

That Effing Show: Lamps, Messi and the Curious Case of Nazri Aziz

That Effing Show: Lamps, Messi and the Curious Case of Nazri Aziz

That Effing Show: Lamps, Messi and the Curious Case of Nazri Aziz

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 11:27 AM PDT

As long as we have shows like this, there is still hope for the Nation:

Tiada lesen bagi mu Ascot!

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 09:46 AM PDT

TIADA lesen judi akan dikeluarkan kepada Ascot. Itu kata PM DS Najib Razak dalam sidang akhbarnya selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat Majlis Tertinggi Umno di ibu pejabat Umno Jumaat. Berita ini membawa implikasi yang besar di kalangan masyarakat negara ini. Bagi TS Vincent Tan, peniaga yang mempunyai pelbagai bidang perniagaan dalam dan luar negara, berita ini pasti mengeciwakan. Beliau disebut sebagai sudah menerima surat memaklumkan bahawa lesen berkenaan akan diberi kepadanya untuk memulakan perniagaan judi, termasuk tarohan bola dan apa juga bentuk perjudian yang lain. Isu lesen judi ini menjadi topik hangat di masyarakat, terutama di masyarakat Islam. Menurut mereka yang rapat dengan Vincent, lesen yang seharusnya diberi kepada beliau bukanlah lesen baru. Ia adalah pembaharuan lesen yang digantung. Pengumuman Najib disambut baik dikalangan masyarakat keseluruhannya. Namun, sudah tentu seteru politik beliau akan mengkritiknya dengan kuat. Malah, ada juga yang akan mendabik dada bahawa merekalah yang sebenarnya mempengaruhi keputusan yang diambil. Selain beberapa pemimpin bukan BN, beberapa pemimpin kanan Umno juga menyuarakan pendapat bahawa mereka tidak setuju dengan apa juga usaha untuk menghidupkan semula atau memberi lesen perjudian baru kepada sesiapa sahaja di Malaysia.

CSM: CPI endorses an Internet Declaration...

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 09:27 AM PDT

2010 Asia Declaration on Internet Governance Print E-mail
Non Governmental Organisations
Friday, 25 June 2010 19:07

The Centre for Policy Initiatives endorses this declaration

2010 Asia Declaration on Internet Governance

"[The IGF is] multilateral, multi-stakeholder, democratic, and transparent."

- 2005 Tunis Agenda

"[We call for] a people-centered, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society...full respect and upholding of universal human rights including freedom of opinion and expression; and "The universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelation of all human rights and fundamental freedoms"

- 2003 Declaration of Principles of World Summit on Information Society.

On the occasion of the first Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) Roundtable in Hong Kong on June 15-16, 2010, we, civil society representatives from eight Southeast Asian countries, call on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and its Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) to fully uphold these aforementioned commitments and principles, as mandated by the United Nations Secretary-General.

We applaud the work of the first APrIGF towards building multi-stakeholder discussion on internet governance. In this vein of inclusive dialogue, we offer the following perspectives and recommendations to the MAG meeting in Geneva at the Palais des Nations on June 28-29, as well as for the fifth annual IGF meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania on September 14-17, 2010.

Key Observations of the APrIGF

In response to the first Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) Roundtable in Hong Kong on June 15-16, 2010, we, netizens, journalists, bloggers, IT practitioners and nongovernmental representatives from across Southeast Asia, offer the following observations from the Roundtable:

1. Critical issues of internet governance in Asia should guide future discussions on internet governance policy:


Open access to information is the right of every individual, a right that servers as a fundamental venue for one's knowledge- and capacity-building. Access to information ultimately helps foster creativity and innovation, thus promoting sustainable human and economic development.

Openness is key to a democratic and open society. Restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression online, such as state censorship which blocks Internet intermediaries, is one of the threats to open societies. Intimidation and state censorship facilitate self-censorship, a hazardous social phenomenon that further undermines democracy and openness.


The internet is for everyone; it is a public good. Yet a Digital Divide between those countries and communities with internet access and those without persists, and has not been sufficiently addressed in discussions on internet governance. Proceedings at the APrIGF indicated a higher priority must be placed on addressing not only the global digital divide, but also regional and national ones. While Singapore enjoys high Internet access rates (70% penetration), countries like Burma and Cambodia are at the other end of the spectrum (0.22% and 0.51% penetration, respectively), ranked the lowest of 200 countries studied in the World Bank.

Internet access is fundamental for progress. Various factors, such as political, economic and social development, poverty levels, and technological infrastructure affect whether and how often people can access the internet. Internationally coordinated efforts must be made to address domestic policies that contribute to the digital divide in Southeast Asia and find solutions to bridge the gap.

Cyber Security

Definition of cyber security must include elements that address right to privacy and civil and political freedom.

An individual's right over his/her own privacy, including personal data and information, must not be sacrificed. Information technology, such as IPv6, ZigBee, RFID, when used without transparent and accountable oversight, could pose threats to individual rights.

Today's information society connects personal IT devices directly to the outside world, no longer storing personal data on a single server. Given the involvement of the government and businesses (especially state-owned enterprises) in running such technologies, surveillance and identity theft remain a constant threat against Internet users.

In this regard, any national security policy must not deviate from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all international human rights covenants to which states are parties.

2. Opportunities exist to continue to improve the IGF Process:

Awareness of the IGF in Southeast Asia and at the ASEAN level is presently lacking. Furthermore, Asia-Pacific-wide representation of civil society at the APrIGF Roundtable was incomplete. There exists a need not only to develop awareness about the IGF, but also to provide learning materials to make the IGF accessible to all. Greater access to the IGF would help make it more inclusive with various stakeholders, including those from the least developed nations and marginalized and vulnerable groups in Asia-Pacific.

During the APrIGF Roundtable, an open dialogue and two-way exchange of information and ideas was not fully facilitated. Open space to discuss and articulate criticism and suggest solutions must be guaranteed in all IGF events. Such an effort provides practical benefit to Internet users, both present and future, when the outcome of the APrIGF Roundtable is developed into a roadmap. Clarifying and planning the roles of local, national, regional and international multi-stakeholders, will help promote and protect transparent and democratic Internet governance and hence information society in the region.

Requests to the IGF

The first APrIGF presented a valuable opportunity to analyze both the issues upon which the IGF focuses and the process by which it is governed. With respect to these priority issues and opportunities for improved processes, we therefore recommend the following:

1. Immediately address as an urgent global internet governance issue the increasing implementation of law that suppress and restrict freedom of expression and access to information, especially within developing countries;

2. Fully integrate the universal human rights agenda into IGF program and engage systematically and regularly with the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, in particular the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression and the UN Human Rights Council;

3. Ensure that the IGF policy proposals and recommendations are in line with international human rights principles and standards;

4. Strengthen the IGF's multilateralism and openness in the upcoming fifth annual IGF meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania in September and future national and sub-regional level IGF meetings in Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific;

5. Extend the mandate of IGF for another five years;

6. Conduct wider outreach to civil society actors in Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific and allocate financial resources to encourage and support their participation in the fifth annual meeting and subsequent global IGFs, and organize national and sub-regional level IGFs;

7. Ensure active remote participation in the annual meeting and subsequent IGFs, utilizing digital technologies such as live-streaming webcast, video conference, twitter and other social media tools;

8. Guarantee that technical discussions during IGFs fully accommodates new constituents and stakeholders and incorporate an assessment of policy implications on the rights of Internet users and society;

9. Develop a plan of action in order to facilitate follow-up and monitoring of IGF outcomes; and

10. Conduct an impact study by an independent organization to assess the effectiveness of IGF, in accordance with the principles set out in the 2005 Tunis Agenda and the 2003 Declaration of Principles of the WSIS.

Hereby signed by

Yap Swee Seng

Executive Director

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development


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Urbanscapes 2010

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 06:47 AM PDT

If you're wondering what Urbanscapes is all about, read all about it HERE.

Date: June 26, 2010 (Saturday)
Time: 12.00pm-12.00am
Venue: KLPAC, Sentul

You need tickets to watch the acts but there is a free area too.

I believe there will be voter registration happening, so if you haven't registered to vote (shame on you), I suggest you do so then.

Terrorism Is The Latest Excuse For The ISA

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 06:28 AM PDT

The government is at it again.

It has come to the sinking knowledge that it has collectively lost most of its control over the Malaysian public.

Dictatorship governments severely detest the loss of control.

And thus, they resort to their favourite tactic to regain that control - fear-mongering.

For many years, the Internal Security Act or more popularly known as the ISA, has been bandied about to intimidate political opponents and challengers under the guise of 'national security'.

This time, the threat is Islamic terrorism.

Make no mistake - I am not a fan of terrorists by a long shot. For the most part I believe they are ignorant cowards who are manipulated by those smarter than them.

I am all for putting them away behind bars or deporting them if they have genuine intentions of bringing harm to the public.

But not when they are the collective figment of the government's imagination. And believe you me, this imagination has been spinning on overdrive.

It caught my attention when a report claimed that Middle East, African and local undergrads were 'spreading religious views in campuses'.

In George Town, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said vice-chancellors of all public and private universities and colleges will meet the IGP and Higher Education Ministry officials on the matter.

The meeting would also look into the form of cooperation between police and the universities to curb the unhealthy trend which could affect national security.

"We view Musa's statement seriously. We don't want the matter to escalate into a problem which can threaten national security," he said at a press conference after opening the St George's Girls' School International Students' Conference 2010 at Universiti Sains Malaysia here.

This article, which I obtained from the NST deliberately mentions 'national security' twice for emphasis.

The phrase national security has always been the excuse for maintaining one particular draconian bit of law: the Internal Security Act.

It appears that I am not the only one concerned. Haris Ibrahim of The People's Parliament believes the government has cried wolf (or terrorism, in this case) once too many.

He asks, "The immediate question on my mind is where is all this 'terrorist smear campaigning' leading up to? Are we looking at a foundation being laid for an Ops Lalang repeat?"

Unfortunately, that is exactly what I unhappily anticipate.

First Lady - Najib has been right!

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 05:39 AM PDT

By the way, PM Najib just tweeted he congratulated Julia Gillard on her ascendancy as PM of Australia, the first woman to become PM of that nation.

Julia also jokingly said that she is probably the first redhead to be so. And she indeed is a gorgeous redhead.

To be frank, kaytee always has the hots for her wakakaka but alas, she already has a live-in partner. Can someone please tell that Perak Mufti what's-his-name that the PM of Australia is living with a man she's not married to wakakaka – who knows, maybe he'll have cardiac arrest.

Anyway, the lucky bloke (envy envy envy) is Tim Mathieson, a 53-year old hairdresser cum salesperson (on hair dressing stuff) – bloody lucky bloke!

Incidentally he is now known as Australia's 'First Bloke' (sometimes 'First Man'), implying he is the PM's de facto (not husband - but in Australia both are legally the same).

This brings me to what Najib Razak had said regarding the jeers against Rosmah Mansur and the ad in the USA that she's Malaysia's First Lady. Of course RPK had been in the forefront of those who criticized her severely for daring to usurp a title that's rightfully the Raja Permaisuri Agong's (Queen's).

This is kaytee's view. The title of 'The First Lady' is unique only to the USA. For example, they have The First Lady of country music (at one time Patsy Cline, etc etc then Dolly Parton).

And typical of the American media, they have likewise addressed the wives of foreign presidents as so, for example Carla Bruni as The First Lady of France.

The queen of a nation, for example like in Britain, Holland, Belgium and Denmark, is never referred to as 'The First Lady', but as 'The Queen'.

In Australia Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State whilst her representative is the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, also a sweetie.

If we were to follow RPK's argument then either Prince Philip or Michael Bryce, the hubby of Quentin Bryce, should be called The First Man.

But I have never heard Elizabeth II (or Quentin Bryce) referred to as 'The First Lady'. She is simply the Queen (or respectively the Governor-General).

Thus, Najib has been right in stating that there's nothing wrong in referring to Rosmah Mansur as The First Lady, because the Raja Permaisuri Agong is always the Queen, and never The First lady.

Much as RPK likes to char koay teow where Najib is concerned, I believe it's also appropriate to refer to Rosmah as The First Lady within an American context (during her visit there) because most Yanks wouldn't have a clue what a Prime Minister is, let alone the wife of a Prime Minister.

Of course Rosmah shouldn't use this American style title when not in America.

FELDA Hilang RM8billion, bukan RM2.7 billion

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 04:48 AM PDT

NOTA EDITOR: Minta Ahmad Maslan jawab perkara ni. Hari tu bukan main bangga Ahmad Maslan, siap kata:

""Hari ini detik bersejarah. Saya gembira dapat berdepan dengan Anwar. Kita sudah tidak tahan dengan penyelewengan fakta-fakta oleh pembangkang. Takkanlah Felda, satu agensi terbesar untuk bantu Melayu, nak tipu Melayu…buat apa,,'' katanya kepada umno-online di Dewan Rakyat hari ini.".

Sekarang cuba buktikan kenyataan Dato Husam Musa ini juga satu bentuk penyelewengan fakta. Saya pun pelik mengapa Ahmad Maslan begitu gembira dengan jawapan beliau di PArlimen sedangkan soalan2 yang sebenar tidak berjawab. Misalnya:

1.0 Mengapa belanja tanam semula sampai RM2 billion? Sedangkan gaji peneroka di potong tiap-tiap bulan untuk belanja tanam semula?

2.0 Apa untungnya Menara Felda kepada peneroka Felda keseluruhannya?

3.0 Apa perlunya sebuah lagi bangunan Felda sedangkan Felda sudah ada sebuah bangunan di sekitar Segitiga Emas

4.0 Apa sebab harus membayar keseluruhan RM622 juta untuk Menara Felda padahal bangunan tersebut masih belum siap (soalan dari artikel di bawah)?

Ahmad Maslan gagal mempertahankan rekod Najib. Hakikatnya Felda kehilangan wnag yang cukup banyak semenjak Najib mengambil alih FELDA. Dan alasan2 yang diberikan oleh Ahmad Maslan adalah alasan-alasan yang hanya layak diberikan oleh kanak-kanak tadika.

Menyedari segala penerangan beliau itu tidak bijak, sekarang Ahmad Maslan mahu menyaman Suara Keadilan dan mereka-mereka yang terlibat dalam perbahasan Parlimen. Kalau tidak mahu dipersoalkan, berilah jawapan yang boleh masuk akal, wahai Ahmad Mazlan. Wahai Najib Tun Razak. Felda ini akan hancur selama mana kamu mentadbirnya.


Felda hilang RM8 bilion bukannya RM2.7 bilion

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 Jun: Datuk Husam Musa mendakwa, rezab tunai Felda telah susut sebanyak RM8 bilion sejak diambil alih Datuk Seri Najib Razak bukannya 2.7 bilion sebagaimana didakwa Datuk Ahmad Maslan.

Ini kerana, susut rezab bukannya jumlah yang ada pada tahun 2004 tolak jumlah yang ada sekarang kerana dalam tempoh tersebut Felda mempunyai pendapatan dan ia hilang bersama dengan kemersosotan yang berlaku.

Husam yang juga Exco pembangunan ekonomi Kelantan itu berhujjah:

a. Baki pada akhir 2009 - RM 1.35 billion.
b. Baki pada akhir 2004 - RM 4.08 billion.

"Antara tempoh 2004 sehingga 2009, adakah Felda tidak menerima apa-apa pembayaran? Semua ladang Felda tak ada hasil dalam tempoh lima tahun itu? Satu sen pun tak masuk?" soalnya.

Menurut Husam, kenyataan Ahmad Maslan seakan antara 2005 hingga 2009, Felda langsung tidak menerima sebarang wang dan wang berbaki hanya apa yang dibelanjakan dari rezab terkumpul sehingga 2004 tadi.

"Mustahil!!" kata Husam (gambar) kerana dalam tempoh tersebut, Felda juga menerima hasilnya dan hasil itu turut hilang dan hanya tinggal RM1.35 bilion sahaja pada akhir tahun 2009.

AJK PAS pusat itu berkata, "maklumat tepat yang saya perolehi, antara tempoh 2005 hingga 2009, Felda menerima pendapatan tunai sejumlah RM 5.2 billion lagi!"

Penerimaan tunai Felda adalah seperti berikut;

a. 2005 - RM 682 juta
b. 2006 - RM 697 juta
c. 2007 - RM 1.270 billion
d. 2008 - RM 1.70 billion.
e. 2009 - RM 830 juta

Jumlahnya menghampiri RM 5.2 billlion!

Jumlah ini, kata Husam, perlu dicampur dengan baki 2004. Bila dicampur dengan baki 2004, jumlahnya ialah RM 9.28 billion!

Baki 2004 - 4.08 billion
Masuk 2005 - 2009 - 5.2 billion
Jumlah - 9.28 billion

"Ini bermakna wang yang susut lebih dari RM 2.78 billion kerana jumlah semua rezab tunai Felda bersekali dengan baki 2004 ialah RM 9.28 billion ditolak dengan baki yang tinggal sehingga 2009 ialah RM 1.35 billion (RM 9.28 b tolak RM 1.35 b = RM 7.9 menjadikan jumlah sebenar yang telah susut dalam tempoh lima tahun ini ialah menghampiri RM8 billion!" tegas Husam dalam blognya.

Perbelanjaan Felda

Husam juga mempertikaikan perbelanjaan yang dibuat Felda sebagaimana yang dinyatakan oleh Ahmad Maslan.

"Mengenai perbelanjaan pula, perhatikan semula kenyataan Ahmad Maslan di atas. Senarai perbelanjaan sehingga wang itu susut adalah seperti berikut;

"RM2 billion for replanting crops, RM603 million for interest-free housing loans, RM253 million for the Sabah poverty eradication fund and RM662 million for the new Felda headquarters."

a. RM 2 Billion untuk tanam semula
b. RM 603 juta untuk pinjaman perumahan tanpa faedah
c. RM 253 juta untuk program kemiskinan di Sabah
d. RM 662 juta untuk menara baru ibu pejabat Felda

"Pertama : Menara Felda masih dalam pembinaan. Kenapakah bayaran penuh telah dibuat? Mustahil! Kalau masih berlaku, ia satu perkara yang sangat pelik.

Kedua: RM 2 billion untuk Tanam Semula.

"Kenapa guna rezab tunai Felda?" soal Husam.

Beliau bertanya, bukankah Felda mempunyai Tabung Tanam Semula? Bukankah Felda telah mengutip sebanyak RM4 sebulan seekar dari kesemua 112,000 penerokanya untuk lima tahun? Tabung itu sudah mencecah hampir satu billion dan tanam semula tidak pernah menggunakan rezab tunai Felda.

"Adakah kedua-dua kenyataan ini benar? Atau kedua-duanya salah?" soal beliau lagi.

Sehubungan itu, beliau membuat kesimpulan, kedua-dua kenyataan ini tidak benar adalah lebih menasabah.

"Bermakna, Felda gagal menjelaskan ke mana wang tersebut telah lesap dan Felda juga gagal menjelaskan angka sebenar wang rakyat yang di jaga oleh Felda susut," katanya.

Beliau juga berkata, jumlah yang tidak kecil. Semua perolehan ini adalah dari ladang-ladang getah dan sawit, samada mempunyai peneroka seluas 1.2 juta ekar di seluruh negara mahu pun tanpa peneroka sejumlah 800,000 ekar.

"Jika keuntungan sebesar itu disumbangkan oleh ladang-ladang di Malaysia, apa jaminan pelaburan Felda di luar negara boleh menyaingi apa yang disumbangkan dalam negara?" soalnya lagi.

Husam juga bertanya, bila Datuk Najib memperkenalkan konsep Felda patut mengembangkan sayapnya menjadi pemain global, apa jaminan pengembangan itu akan menyihatkan Felda dan bukan untuk mencabut bulu-bulunya sehingga nanti menjadi burung tanpa bulu?

Setelah Felda melabur di Amerika dan Kanada dalam Twin River Tech masing-masing sebanyak RM300 juta dan RM500 juta, berapakah jumlah keuntungan yang telah dihasilkan?

Secanggih mana teknologi pemprosesan biji bunga matahari dan soya yang ada di kilang ini sehingga pelaburan Felda sedemikian besar? soal Husam.

Dengan RM300 juta yang dibelanjakan dan pegangan 85% dalam TRT itu, mampukah Felda mengawal pengurusannya atau kita sekadar melihat dari jauh sebelum apa-apa terjadi terhadap wang kita sejumlah RM 800 juta itu tadi?

"Jangan jadi seperti kita membeli syarikat motor oleh Proton dulu yang berakhir dengan dijual hanya satu euro!" kata Husam memberikan amaran.

"Tidak semestinya bila Felda mempunyai kilang penapis sawit di sini, pengurusan penapisan bunga matahari nun jauh di Kanada juga kita boleh kuasai.

"Itu pun sebahagian kilang penapis Felda telah pun dijual kepada syarikat dari India untuk membolehkan Felda melabur tak kurang dari RM 688 juta pula dalam penternakan lembu untuk menghasilkan susu dan daging!" katanya.

Beliau juga mempersoalkan, apa istimewanya syarikat pembekal daging lembu (sebenarnya kerbau?) dari India itu tidak dketahui, sehingga selain dapat membeli kilang penapis, dapat pula menikmati diskaun belian minyak sawit mentah sebanyak USD20 per metrik tan sedangkan anak syarikat FELDA sendiri - Felda Vegetable Oil Product cuma diberi subsidi sebanyak RM20 per metrik tan.

Kesimpulannya, kata beliau, semuanya misteri! dan ada "Lubang besar di Felda?" dan "Bagaimana kita rakyat biasa boleh membongkar misteri ini?"

BABI has shown his true colour as a militant way back then!

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 05:59 AM PDT

Para-military training in the desert!

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi said recently the opposition should not manipulate the issue of mass arrest on an Islamic group believed to be linked to the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) group, and possibly directly associated to the Al Qaeda militant terrorist group, as a government ploy to deviate other issues.

Zahid was directly referring to a comment made by leader of the opposition, Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim who said the mass arrest of these suspected terrorists was a ploy by the government to over up "other issues" considered by the opposition to be more serious although the opposition leader did not elaborate what the issues were.

"The esteemed leader of the opposition must also be made reminded and be made aware that the rise and threat of religious militancy in the country were more prevalent when he was the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia," he said recently.

In mid-1980 a group of Umno Youth members, many have since left Umno to join the opposition, and together with Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim made a pilgrimage to the desert of Libya to do some serious para military training and most of the instructors were from Plestinian group PLFP under the late George Habash.

Sources said this group was monitored by the government to see if there was any direct co-relation between the rise of Islamic militancy and its connection with those who went to Libya with Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, for the weapon training.

FELDA bankrupt? Minister bankrupt of knowledge?

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 04:34 AM PDT

Malaysiakini Felda to sue over Suara Keadilan article.

This is an abuse of powers and public money.

By convention, a government ministry, department, agency or officer cannot sue any member of the public who questions its/his/her official financial propriety or official role, responsibilities and actions.

Only if an individual has been libelled in his/her personal capacity may he/she sue.

The only recourse for a government agency is to demonstrate (show evidence) that the public member's accusations, allegations or claims are incorrect.

Obviously Ahmad Maslan the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department has no f* clue as to the government's accountability and responsibility to the Malaysian public, and the limitations of his powers.

He should f* resign.

SNAP “Over-excited Reporting”

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 12:25 AM PDT

SNAP is definitely a VERY HOT ITEM in the political menu this week in Sarawak. Italy's exit from the 2010 World Cup as defending champions did not even lift an eyelid. SNAP is indeed a surprise while Italy had it coming for them and the writings were already crystal clear on the football wall.  

Wow! This must be an over excited journalism GENUINE mistake or Is this the NEW SARAWAK ENGLISH. {too bad for Borneo posts says a reader} We on our part as audie61 do try our bests too to check out the dictionary and on line Wikipedia for spellings but sometimes our grammar does need to be corrected before posting.

We are not PURR FECT….hik hik

By the way before we make any comparisons/single out .. always remember what is a BLOG..?? Do we need to tell ourselves….hmmm

When posed with a question on the matter, Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is state BN chairman, said: "A lot of waters ( water )have gone under the bridge. I have to discuss it with the other component parties because SNAP did not go out just like that.

{ Could CM have said WATERS..? PLURAL?} 

This is FRONT PAGE MATERIAL and if mistakes keeps appearing our children and the future of Malaysia will suffer. Correct us if we are wrong and we know that we use words like " There has been a lot of water…."

Its Friday this is a way of easing our pain," arrivedercci Italia"

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Life Insurance Basic Principles (Part V) - The Building Blocks of Life Insurance - Mortality, Interest, and Expense

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 06:49 AM PDT

The Basic Principles of Life Insurance (Part V)

Mortality, Interest, and Expense

All life insurance products are actuarially created by calculating the relationships of mortality, interest, and expense, and the financial values resulting from each based on time. The assumptions made concerning these three factors will determine the premium at which a policy is sold, the structure of the policy, and over time the performance of the policy and the profitability and solvency of the life insurance company. ALL life insurance policies, regardless of type, are based on these same elements.

Mortality rates project the cost of covering death claims as they occur. Interest earnings reflect the income the company expects from the investment of premiums over time that will be added to the reserves, held aside to pay future claims. Expenses include the cost of creating, offering, and maintaining the product to pay all promised benefits. These factors must also provide profit to the insurer.

Different products handle these factors differently. Term insurance has a pay-as-you-go structure. Premiums increase as mortality increases and the policy does not build cash value. Interest earnings have a smaller impact on the premium than in permanent policies and expenses are largely covered by the policy fee.

In permanent whole life insurance (WL), the policyowner pays premiums in advance, paying a higher, or excess, premium that can be "reserved," so that increases in premium are not required. This higher premium level builds cash value the policyowner can access through loans or cash surrender of the policy. In WL, these factors are "bundled," meaning they are not itemized or disclosed separately.

In universal life (UL), the costs are unbundled, meaning the components of mortality, interest, and expense in the policy are identified and the values and charges for each are itemized in regular reports to policyowners.

Mortality charges are identified as cost of insurance (COI), which are monthly charges based on the insured's issue age, attained age, net amount at risk, gender, and underwriting class. Interest is paid each month on the cash value at the current crediting rate. Administrative expenses are charged monthly. All of these elements have a current rate, and are subject to maximum and minimum guaranteed charges or interest crediting as stated in the policy.

Because of the unbundled nature of policy costs, UL looks like an investment account with term coverage. The mortality charges are similar to those of term, and the interest rates reflect the current market and adjust to changing market conditions. The policyowner accepts more of the investment and mortality risk, with a minimum guaranteed interest crediting rate, and maximum mortality and expense charge guarantees.

Variable universal life (VUL) contains death benefits and cash values that vary with the performance of the subaccounts selected. The death benefit and cash value are not guaranteed, and can fluctuate according to market performance. The life insurance aspect of VUL is essentially the same product as UL with the same features and specifications for the most part.

The main difference between UL and VUL is the variable investment aspects of the VUL product.


To price insurance products, and ensure the adequacy of reserves to pay claims, actuaries use mortality tables to project the number and timing of future insured deaths. They study the incidence of deaths in the recent past, and develop expectations about how these events will change over time and develop an expectation for what the timing and amount of such events will be into the future. A safety margin is built in that increases the mortality rates above what is expected. In participating policies, savings created by these conservative assumptions can be returned as dividends. In nonparticipating policies, the safety margins must be smaller in order for the premium rates to be competitive.

A mortality table shows mortality experience used to estimate longevity and the probability of living or dying at each age, and is used to determine the premium rate. Mortality tables may include the probability of surviving any particular year of age, remaining life expectancy for people at different ages, the proportion of the original birth cohort still alive, and estimates of a group's longevity characteristics. Life mortality tables today are constructed separately for men and women, and are created to distinguish individual characteristics such as smoking status, occupation, health histories, and others.

With significant improvements in mortality over the last 20 years, mortality rates are decreasing. One resulting change is the extension of the life span in the 2001 CSO Mortality Table to attained age 120 (compared with age 100 in the 1980 CSO table). The CSO mortality tables represent the most widely used estimates of expected rates of death in the United States based on 2001 CSO Mortality Table age. The data used for the CSO tables is taken from data developed by the American Academy of Actuaries, and adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The CSO mortality tables are used to calculate reserves and minimum cash values for state regulatory purposes, as well as life insurance premiums. The recent changes will lower the statutory reserves required by state insurance departments on all life products. Larger insurance companies use their own mortality statistics to calculate their pricing of products, based on their own selection and underwriting practices. Since 1980 CSO mortality represents the vast majority of in-force policies, it is, and will be, relevant for years to come, even though newly issued policies will increasingly be using 2001 CSO rates.

The 2001 CSO Mortality Table is currently being introduced and approved for use in the various states. Companies can base product designs on either the 1980 or the 2001 CSO mortality tables. As of January 2009, all new products must use the 2001 CSO table. For term products, this means mortality costs, and consequently premiums, are going down. For cash value products, the 2001 table lowers the amount of premium that can be put into accumulation products and still be considered life insurance, based on IRS rules for defining life insurance. These rules, will allow individuals to pay less premium for the same amount of life insurance. Since the life insurance will be less costly, the allowable cash value must also fall, due to the maximum ratio of cash value to death benefit.


Insurers invest the premiums they receive and accumulate them for future claims and other obligations, such as policy loans and surrenders. Life insurance company portfolios are traditionally long-term and emphasize safety of principal and predictable rates of return, to accommodate their long-term obligations. Typically, two-thirds or more of this capital is invested in bonds and mortgages, which meet the above criteria. A smaller percentage is invested in common stocks, due to their volatility, and these represent less than 10 percent of an insurer's general portfolio.

Since recently issued policies have low claims experience as a whole until years later, there is an adjustment in the calculation of the premium for the time value of money (compound interest). If the investment results exceed the guaranteed minimum, policyowners benefit from either participating dividends or excess interest crediting to the policy's cash value.


Life insurance companies incur acquisition and administrative expenses in the course of doing business. Acquisition expenses include the costs incurred in obtaining business and placing it in force, such as advertising and promotion fees; commissions; underwriting expenses; costs associated with medical exams and attending physicians' statements, inspection report and credit history fees; home office processing costs; and an addition to the insurer's reserve, surplus, and profits. Administrative expenses include the costs associated with collecting premiums and distributing dividends, continuing producer compensation, investment expenses, and home office overhead. Any costs the insurer incurs must be recovered through mortality savings, expense charges, or reduced interest crediting.

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Cuba pulak PLKN

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 12:00 AM PDT

Masuk UMNO dan jadi ketua sayap,
tapi boleh khianat bangsa.

Lalu masuk Wataniah dan dapat kedet terbaik,
masih si tanggang.

Cuba pulak PLKN,
sayangkah dia negara?

Kalau tidak juga,
bolehkah jadi manusia yang setia dengan masuk pengakap?

Jika masih lagi tak ubah,
baik Melayu Liberal ini ikut Zaid Ibrahim.

Life Insurance Basic Principles (Part IV) - The Law of Large Numbers

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 11:27 PM PDT

The Basic Principles of Life Insurance (Part IV)

The Law Of Large Numbers

For a plan of insurance to function, the pricing method needs to measure the risk of loss and determine the amount to be contributed to the pool by each participant. The theory of probability provides such a scientific measurement.

Probabilities for life insurance are represented in a mortality table. The mortality table is very versatile, developing probabilities of dying over the entire life span. Life expectancy at any age is the average number of years of life remaining once a person has attained a specific age. It is the average future lifetime for a representative group of people at any given age. The probable future lifetime of any individual, of course, will depend on his or her state of health, among other things, and may be much longer or shorter than the average.

The statistical group that is observed for purposes of measuring probability must have mass—that is, the sample must be large enough to allow the true underlying probability to emerge. The law of large numbers states that as the size of the sample (insured population) increases, the actual loss experience will more and more closely approximate the true underlying probability. This means that the insurer's statistical group must be large enough to produce reliable results, and that the group actually insured must be large enough to produce results that are consistent with what probability predicts.

Insurance relies on the law of large numbers to minimize the speculative element and reduce volatile fluctuations in year-to-year losses. The greater the number of exposures (lives insured) to a peril (cause of loss/death), the less the observed loss experience (actual results) will deviate from expected loss experience (probabilities). Uncertainty diminishes and predictability increases as the number of exposure units increases. It would be a gamble to insure one life, but insuring 500,000 similar persons will result in death rates that will vary little from the expected.

A peril is a cause of a loss. In life insurance, the event against which protection is granted, death, is uncertain for any one year, but the probability of death increases with age until it becomes a certainty. If a life insurance policy is to protect an insured during his or her entire life, an adequate fund must be accumulated to meet a claim that is certain to occur.

Some people claim that insurance is a gamble. Insurance is actually the opposite of gambling. Gambling creates risk where none existed. Insurance transfers an already existing risk exposure and, through the pooling of similar loss exposures, reduces financial risk.

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Life Insurance Basic Principles (Part III) - Risk Pooling

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 11:16 PM PDT

The Basic Principles of Life Insurance (Part III)

Risk Pooling

Life insurance is based on a mechanism called risk pooling, or a group sharing of losses. People exposed to a risk agree to share losses on an equitable basis. They transfer the economic risk of loss to an insurance company. Insurance collects and pools the premiums of thousands of people, spreading the risk of losses across the entire pool. By carefully calculating the probability of losses that will be sustained by the members of the pool, insurance companies can equitably (fairly) spread the cost of the losses to all the members. The risk of loss is transferred from one to many and shared by all insureds in the pool. Each person pays a premium that is measured to be fair to them and to all based on the risk they impose on the company and the pool (each class of policies should pay its own costs). If all insureds contribute a fair amount to the mortality fund held by the insurance company, there will be sufficient dollars in the fund to pay the death benefits of those insureds that die in the coming year. Individually, we do not know when we will die, but statistically, the insurer can predict with great accuracy the number of individuals that will die in a large group of individuals. The insurance company has taken an uncertainty on any individual's part, and turned it into a certainty on their part.

Illustration of the risk-pooling Concept

The simplest illustration of risk pooling involves providing life insurance for one year, with all members of the group the same age and possessing similar prospects for longevity. The members of this group agree that a specified sum, such as $100,000, will be paid to the beneficiaries of those members who die during the year, the cost of the payments being shared equally by the members of the group. In its simplest form, this arrangement might involve an assessment upon each member in the appropriate amount as each death occurs. In a group of 1,000 persons, each death would produce an assessment of $100 per member. Among a group of 10,000 males aged 35, 21 of them could be expected to die within a year, according to the 1980 Commissioners Standard Ordinary Mortality Table (more on this later). If expenses of operation are ignored, cumulative assessments of $210 per person would provide the funds for payment of $100,000 to the beneficiary of each of the 21 deceased persons. Larger death payments would produce proportionately larger assessments based on the rate of $2.10 per $1,000 of benefit.

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Life Insurance Basic Principles (Part II) - Risk Management

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 11:11 PM PDT

The Basic Principles of Life Insurance (Part II)

Life entails risk, which is the possibility of loss. People generally seek security and avoid uncertainty. The risk of death is unavoidable, and is especially an economic threat if premature, when an individual may be exposed to heavy financial responsibilities, yet has not had the time to accumulate wealth to offset the financial needs of survivors. Life insurance provides a tool for risk management, a process for dealing with the risk of loss of life.

Risk Management & Indemnity

Risk Management. Insurance substitutes certainty for uncertainty through the pooling of groups of people who share the risks to which they are exposed. Uncertain risks of individuals are combined, making the possible loss more certain, and providing a financial solution to the problems created by the loss. Small, certain periodic contributions (premiums) by the individuals in the group provide a fund from which those who suffer a loss are compensated. The certainty of losing the premium replaces the uncertainty of a larger loss. Life insurance thus manages the uncertainty of one party through the transfer of a particular risk (death) to another party (the insurer) who offers a restoration, at least in part, of relatively large economic losses suffered by the insured individual.

Indemnity. The essence of insurance is the principle of indemnity, that the person who suffers a financial loss is placed in the same financial position after the loss as before the loss occurred. He neither profits nor is disadvantaged by the loss. In practice, this is much more difficult to achieve in life insurance than in property insurance. No life insurance company would provide insurance in an amount clearly exceeding the estimated economic value of the covered life. Limiting the amount of life insurance sold to reflect economic value gives recognition to the rule of indemnity. Additionally, only persons exposed to the potential loss i.e. with insurable interest, may legitimately own the insurance covering the insured's life.

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Life Insurance Basic Principles (Part I) - Definition

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 10:57 PM PDT

The Basic Principles of Life Insurance (Part I)

Life Insurance Defined: 4 Different Viewpoints

Economic Viewpoint
- A system for reducing financial risk by transferring it from a policyowner to an insurer.

Social Viewpoint
- The collective bearing of losses through contributions by all members of a group to pay for losses suffered by some group members.

Business Viewpoint
- Achieves the sharing of risk by transferring risks from individuals and businesses to financial institutions specializing in risk. The insurer is not in fact paying for the loss. The insurer writes the claim cheque, but is actually transferring funds from individuals who as part of a pool, paid premiums that created the fund from which the claims are paid.

Legal Viewpoint
- An insurance contract (policy) transfers a risk, for a premium (consideration), from one party (the policyowner) to another party (the insurer). It is a contractual arrangement in which the insurer agrees to pay a predetermined sum to a beneficiary in the event of the insured's death. By virtue of a legally binding contract, the possibility of an unknown large financial loss is exchanged for a comparatively small certain payment. This contract is not a guarantee against a loss occurring, but a method of ensuring that payment is made for a loss that does occur.

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The corruption game cannot last forever

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 01:24 PM PDT

By Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

COMMENT The word "corruption" comes from a Latin word meaning "to break" or "to destroy". Corruption is a cancer that steals from the poor, eats away at governance and moral fibre, and destroys trust.

Although corruption exists in both the private and public sector, the corruption of the public sector is a more fundamental evil. This is because the public sector is the enforcer and arbiter of the rules that hold us together, the custodians of our common resources.

Corruption is the abuse of public office for personal gain. Corruption exacts a huge toll on our economy

In a survey of more than 150 high ranking public officials and top citizens from over 60 developing nations, these officials ranked corruption as the biggest obstacle to development and growth in their countries.

Corruption empties out the public purse, causes massive misallocation of resources, dampens trade and scares away investors

The World Bank estimates that corruption can reduce a country's growth rate by 0.5 to 1 percentage points per year. Where there is a lack of transparency and a weak court system, investors stay away.

Corruption is a form of theft. But it is a form of theft that also damages what is not stolen. This is because corruption involves the capture of decisions involving public funds.

Corrupt decisions mis-allocate public resources and cause tremendous waste in the expenditure of public money. Public money is poured down the drain when projects are selected not because of the value they deliver to the public but because of what can be skimmed from them.

But corruption is more than an economic cost. It is a curse that attacks the root of the tree.

Corruption destroys trust, which is nothing less than the glue holding a society and its institutions together. When it becomes rampant and is conducted with impunity, it also demoralizes even those public servants not involved in it.

The common people's experience with government breeds the expectation that they need to pay before things will move. Small businesses suffer as city hall officials come on their rounds to collect mandatory "donations."

Single biggest threat

It is time we recognise corruption as the single biggest threat to our nation. In our economy, corruption is the root of our inability to make the economic leap that we know we are capable of.

There is no other reason why a country so blessed with natural resources, a favourable climate and such immense talent should not have done a lot better than we have.

In our political system, corruption is the real reason why our political parties refuse to reform. Some people say the party I belong to has debased a once noble nationalism and a concern with the welfare of marginalised people into a rush for the gravy train.

They also said that the economic development we must bring our people is reduced to nothing more than patronage, and patronage is inflated into a right.

Therefore, it appears that the root cause is in our political parties. It is an open secret that tender inflation is standard operating procedure. Within the parties and among politicians, it is already an understood matter that party followers must be 'fed'. Politics is an expensive business, after all.

Where else are we to get the funds? Thus theft of public goods is normalised and socialised among an entire community, and what we had planned to attain by capability is seen by some as something to be attained through politics.

Politicians are the villains in this piece, but they themselves are the villains but they themselves are also trapped. The leadership is trapped because they are beholden to political followers who demand that they are looked after.

They demand patronage, and turn the party's struggle for the welfare of a community into their sense of entitlement to that patronage. So they take their slice of the project.

By the time they and each person down the line all the way down to the contractor takes a lot and there is not enough left to do a decent job, bridges collapse, highways crack, stadiums collapse, hospitals run out of medicine, schoolchildren are cheated in their textbooks. Corruption may look to its perpetrators like a crime without victims, but it leaves a trail of destruction.

No domain seems safe. Some say that the humble school canteen is the domain of party branch chiefs. The golf course becomes a favoured way to pass the cash over. We can place bets for RM5,000 a hole. For some reason one party keeps losing. And there are 18 holes. Money thus obtained is legal. It can be banked.

Expensive military toys

We spend billions on the refurbishment of defence equipment; on fighter jets, frigates and submarines. When a supplier lays on an exorbitant commission to some shadowy middleman, that commission is built into the price the government pays. That money comes from the ordinary Malaysian.

Military toys are very expensive. I remember from my time in the Ministry of Finance. Even then, patrol craft cost about RM280mil each.

We loved Exocet missiles. As minister, I had to sign each time the military fired an Exocet missile for testing. Every time we test fired one of them, RM2mil literally went out with a bang.

When the UK went to war against Argentina, the UK government tried to borrow them from us because outside of the UK we had the most of them in the world. We must have been under some extraordinary military threat which I did not understand.

The list is long: procurement of food and clothing for the military, medicine for hospitals and so on. In all these things the government has been extraordinarily generous. And paid extraordinarily high prices.

Government servants have to face pressure from politicians who expect to be given these contracts because they need money for politics. This corruption is justified because the party's struggle is sacred. The civil servants can either join the game or be bypassed.

For every government job big or small that goes down, someone feels entitled to a slice of the pie, not because they can do the job, not because they have some special talent or service to offer, but because it is their right.

They do not realise that what they demand is the abuse of power for the sake of personal gain, or party gain. They elect those leaders among themselves who are most capable of playing this game.

So we get as our leaders people who have distinguished themselves not by their ability to serve the public but at their long proven ability to be party warlords, which is to say, distributors of patronage.

And that is an euphemistic way of saying that because of corruption the old, stupid and the criminal are elevated to positions of power while young, talented and honest individuals are frozen out.

Corruption destroys national wealth, erodes institutions and undermines character. And it also destroys the process by which a community finds its leaders.

The consequence of this is that the majority are marginalized. Government contracts circulate among a small group of people. Despite all attempts at control and brainwashing, the majority soon catch up to the game.

This game cannot last forever. The longer it is played the more people hate the government and the governing class. They vote against the government, not for the opposition.

They resent the government of the day. In 2008 we saw how the Malaysian people feel about the abuse of power and incompetence caused by corruption.

Reform political funding

Since party funding has become the excuse and the vehicle for wholesale corruption, any measure we take to fight it must include the reform of political funding.

It is time we enact a law regulating donations to political parties. Donations must be capped. No donor is to give more than a specified limit, on pain of prosecution. This is to prevent special interests from dominating parties. Such money is source of corruption.

Let us limit political donations by law. On top of that let the government set up a fund to provide funding to registered political parties for their legitimate operational needs. This money can be distributed based on objective criteria and governed by an independent panel.

This would close off the excuse that the parties need to raise political funding through government contracts.

Another idea is that we should freeze the bank accounts of people who are being investigated for corruption. Public servants and politicians are by law required to be able to demonstrate the sources of their assets.

Those with suspiciously ample asssets should have these assets frozen until they can come up with evidence that they have accumulated them legally.

This may sound harsh, but only because we live in a country in which almost no one ever gets nabbed for corruption. In China, those found guilty are shot.

In Malaysia we read about MACC investigating this and that but there are no convictions. No one has been punished. We are the nation with no consequences. The MACC finds no fault. The courts do not convict. And our newspapers do not have the independence and vigour to follow up.

We have an MACC with no results. It was a good idea to model our anti-corruption agency after one of the most successful in the world, Hong Kong's ICAC. However we have taken just bits and pieces of that model. So really this will be no more than PR exercise unless we adopt the model wholesale.

We should repeal the OSA so that people can go to the MACC and the authorities with documentary information on corrupt practice.

As things stand, any document which might be incriminating to corrupt public officials is stamped an Offical Secret. A whistleblower risks 7 yrs jail for being in possession of such documents.

We need to identify rot eating through our roots as a nation. It is corruption. We cannot expect the corrupt to embrace reform. It is time for our citizens to stand up and call corruption by its name, and demand reform.

Speech by former Umno vice-president Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah at a book launch in Kuala Lumpur on June 19.

Hawker trouble in Brickfields’ Little India

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 09:05 PM PDT

Free Malaysia Today

THU, 24 JUN 2010 14:07

Patrick Lee

VIDEO INSIDE KUALA LUMPUR: Hawkers along Jalan Chan Ah Tong in Brickfields are unhappy over City Hall's decision to give the area a RM35 million 'face-lift' and transform it into a new Little India.

As part of its plan, about 68 hawker stalls will be moved to a temporary site nearby, very much against their wishes, and then will be relocated at a new site which will cater for all hawkers in Brickfields.

While the hawkers could be forced to move out of their present site, they are also facing another problem when it comes to allocation of places at the temporary site.

According to one of the affected hawkers, Selvaraja Pillai (photo), only half of the 68 have been served with the temporary relocation notices thus far. Their fear is that the others would not be given a spot at the temporary site.

He also said the hawkers were not aware of the Little India plan.

"They did not seek our views or opinion," he said. "We had to learn about it from the papers.," he said.

Another hawker, tomyam seller Rosni Zain, said some of them had been trading in Brickfields for 30 to 40 years.

"I don't want to move as my business might suffer as a result."

Memo to PM

Jalan Chan Ah Tong's hawkers have sent a memorandum to the Prime Minister, requesting him to allow them to continue their trade at the present site but they have not received a response thus far.

The temporary site is expected to be complete by July.

Although most of Brickfields falls under the Lembah Pantai contituency, this particular stretch is under the Bukit Bintang constituency, whose MP DAP's Fong Kui Lun has an opposite view to that of the traders.

Fong felt that the relocation was a good idea.

"It's a better place for them," he said. "In fact, it's quite a reasonable deal by DBKL, as the place is more hygenic."

"Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan don't have stalls by the roadside. Only Malaysia does," he said.

Lembah Pantai MP unhappy

Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah said: "At the moment, only DBKL and Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Deputy Minister M Saravanan know the identity of the 68 traders who will be relocated to the temporary site."

"We have asked them for the list, but they are not providing us with the details."

"We've also asked for the blueprints to be displayed about two months ago," Nurul said. "They had it up there (by the new site) on the first day, but it was taken down after a week."

Nurul also questioned the government on how Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) was awarded a direct tender to develop Little India.

When contacted, Saravanan said: "We gave it to MRCB because it is a government-linked-company (GLC), and is already taking care of the [Brickfields] road extension plan."

He was referring to the traffic dispersal plan currently in the works. Developed by MRCB at a cost of RM110 million, the plan includes turning Jalan Tun Sambanthan into a one-way street.

90% of hawkers support the plan

Saravanan also mentioned that Little India's development costs may go beyond the RM35 million as it was dependent on the needs of local residents.

"MRCB is developing Little India plan out of good will. This is a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiative on their part," he added.

Disputing Selvaraja's statement on not meeting with the hawkers and residents, Saravanan said that he not only met with local NGOs but also with Brickfields' traders.

"I have met with business councils and traders," he said. "Ninety percent of the hawkers agreed to development. We're not taking away the lots. We're just renovating them."

When asked what would happen to the temporary site on the upgrade works in Brickfields are completed, Saravanan said, "We are only renting the site from MRCB for two months. The traders will then go back to their stalls at the new site."

"After that, it is up to MRCB to do as they like [with the place]."

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who will in Malaysia in November on an official visit is scheduled to officiate Little India's grand opening.

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Puteri Umno Perlis Nafi 30 Orang Kuatnya Sertai PKR

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 09:27 PM PDT

KANGAR, 24 Jun — Puteri Umno Perlis menafikan dakwaan Ketua Wanita Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Perlis Dr Soraya Sudin kononnya ramai anggota berpengaruh pergerakan itu menyertai parti pembangkang berkenaan.

Ketua Puteri Umno Perlis Asmaiza Ahmad berkata dakwaan yang dibuat itu melalui "Suara Keadilan" keluaran terbaru adalah tidak benar dan merupakan propaganda murahan untuk meraih sokongan pengundi muda.

"Hakikatnya Puteri Umno Perlis semakin bertambah mantap berikutan penambahan cawangannya kepada 245 berbanding 224 cawangan tahun lalu," katanya pada satu sidang akhbar di sini hari Khamis yang turut dihadiri Ketua Puteri Umno Bahagian Kangar, Huzaini Abdul Hamid, Ketua Puteri Umno Bahagian Arau, Amzira Abdullah dan Setiausaha Politik Menteri Besar Perlis, Azali Abas.

Asmaiza, yang juga Ketua Puteri Umno Bahagian Padang Besar, mencabar Soraya supaya membuktikan dakwaan kononnya 30 "orang kuat" Puteri Umno menyertai PKR padahal Puteri Umno Perlis tidak menghadapi sebarang kemelut.

"Saya tak tahu apa tujuan sebenar beliau berkata sedemikian," katanya.


Indonesia Discovers New Papua Tribe Living In Trees.

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 09:12 PM PDT

A tribe of hunter gatherers living in trees in the remote forests of Indonesia's easternmost Papua region has been discovered for the first time by the country's census, an official said yesterday.

The nomadic tribe, called Koroway, numbers about 3,000 people speaking their own language and living off animals and plants in the forest, census officials found during the country's 2010 census survey.

"Their houses are in trees, their life is stone age," said Suntono, head of Indonesia's statistics agency for the Papua region, adding the tribe built ladders to huts in tall trees.

After receiving reports from missionaries, census officials needed to walk for up to two weeks to find the tribe, after travelling by boat from the nearest permanent villages, but still only reached the fringes of their territory.

The nearest city to the swampy southeastern corner of Papua is Merauke, the site of a planned giant food estate attracting interest from investors such as Singapore's Wilmar to grow sugar.

Scientists said last month they had found new species in Papua, including the world's smallest wallaby. The discoveries come as scientists warn of the threat of species loss as the planet warms and forests are destroyed to feed humans.

Suntono said the tribe, naked except for banana leaves to cover their private parts, protected their area from outsiders as they said they depended on it for food, such as deer, wild boar, sago and bananas.

A secessionist movement has smouldered for decades in politically sensitive and resource-rich Papua, with attacks in the past year on workers at Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc's Grasberg mine that has the world's largest gold reserves.

There are more than 2,500 tribes in Papua and all have different languages, Suntono added.

Papua makes up most of the western half of the island of New Guinea. Papua New Guinea, a separate country, occupies the eastern half.

Courtesy of Reuters

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