Monday, July 5, 2010

不能預測國陣表現 蔡細歷:我手上沒水晶球

不能預測國陣表現 蔡細歷:我手上沒水晶球


不能預測國陣表現 蔡細歷:我手上沒水晶球

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 10:49 AM PDT


蔡细历 马华总会长

蔡细历:国阵及马华在3个月内,未能做好迎接来届大选的准备。马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历医生说,他手上没有可预测国阵政府命运的"水晶球",所以无法预测国阵在下届全国大选的表现。
但他补充,政治局势非一成不变,人民态度有朝一日会改变,人民久而久之,会发现民联其实并不"完美"。
蔡细历于今年3月28日马华重选当选总会长,他于周一配合"上任总会长职100天"接受各报媒体联访时,遭媒体追问此项热门课题时,如此回应。
日前,国阵突然宣布每个国会选区获增50万令吉拨款后,首相将在近期或今年解散国会,举行闪电大选的传言,甚嚣尘上。
不过,蔡细历受询时一脸认真地回应说,马华还没在这几个月内,做好迎接大选的准备。
他也斩钉截铁说,我国肯定不会在来临3个月内,面临全国大选。
整合党最大挑战向前迈进不遭唾弃

"整合党是出任为马华总会长后,面对的最大挑战,不过党内现时已逐步团结及稳定。"
蔡细历坦言,出任总会长后,最大的挑战不外乎整合党,提升党士气,以便更团结,并具备信心扮演好国阵成员党角色。
但他说,党内现时已逐步团结及稳定,包括区会和支会都已向前迈进。如果马华没这么做,则会遭华社唾弃。
他说,马华除了举办更多活动,在会议上也更有效。
"以往,中委会都得开上五六个小时,现在下午1点开会,下午3点就召开记者会。"
蔡细历透露,近期也前往各区会主持代表大会,发现出席人数比往年多,证明党员对党已更有信心。
询及如何为自己上任百天后打分数,他停了一下说:"我自己打分数是不对的,身为社会工作者,应由党员和党外人士打分。"

奉劝988好自为之勿成政客达议程管道

蔡细历促请988电台好自为之,不要成为让政治人物达致个人议程的管道。
当媒体问及如何处马华前总会长拿督斯里翁诗杰,委派亲信入驻988电台一事,蔡细历并未正面回应会否对之撤换。
惟他希望988好自为之,并扮演好角色,不要让政治人物借以达致个人政议程。 。
他也语带双关地说:"这就是为什么,至今我仍未到过988电台。"
蔡氏说,988电台管理层应懂得如何"做人",正如他懂得怎么做人般。
"我清楚自己是受中委代表及党员的委托,自知服务期是有限的。"
他认为,媒体不应沦为政治人物,用以达致个人议程的管道,为此,他出任总会长后,不曾插手英文《星报》编采内容。
提及马华是否干预988电台时,蔡细历也奉劝988电台好自为之,扮演好本身角色。
他强调,至今并未参与《星报》编务,包括该报新董事部,也仅认识其中一人。

马华须改变文宣工作据实揭发民联弊端

蔡细历认为,马华过去在宣传上表现很差,没有适时揭露反对党弊端。
他坦承,国阵作为有历史的政党,对许多课题往往已感到麻木,没提高敏感度。
"马华在文宣战无法媲美民联,也未监督民联执政州属的弊端,因此马华各级必须改变文宣工作。"
蔡细历说,在民联执政州属的马华州级领袖,须根据事实揭发民联弊端,因民联在大选时许下许多美丽的诺言,却在执行时出现矛盾。
他讽刺退党的前民联议员,因许多民联议员在苦等多年后,好不容易在"政治海啸"时期当上国州议员。
"但他们有些当上议员后,却指对领导层没信心而退党,削弱民联势力。
蔡氏也促请人民看清楚民联真面目。

70%选民是年轻人不了解共享政策

蔡细历说,我国有70%选民都是40岁以下,并在1969年513事件后出世,这些年轻人都不了解国阵共享政策的涵意。
他希望国阵政府,体现海纳百川理念,执行"一个马来西亚"政策。
蔡氏说,国阵共享政策仍有改善空间,以反映国家政局的改变。
"我国人民要求越来越高,受高等教育的人民人数越来越多,国家政局已跟以往不同。"
他说,国阵转型进展较慢,但若指在首相领导下的国阵没改变,是不正确及对首相不公平的批评。
"国阵目前的转型步伐并不明显,但人民需要的是明显的转型。"
询及是否认为首相拿督斯里纳吉可能宣布闪电大选时,蔡细历认为,闪电大选可能性不大。
"在政治上,政治一夜很长,不是一成不变,世事无绝对。你问我,我觉得不大可能。"
蔡细历也透露,马华至今都还未鉴定下届大选的候选人名单。

教长指示交5年计划探讨拨10亿发展华小

蔡细历说,副首相兼教育部长丹斯里慕尤丁已指示马华,交出1290多所华小在5年内的发展计划,以针对马华提出拨出10亿令吉作为发展华小经费,作进一步探讨。
在第10大马计划下,马华要求政府拨出10亿令吉援助华小发展,但政府并未拨出这笔款项。
"虽然在短期内,我们没看到(有关要求)的成果,但我相信时间会证明一切。"
蔡细历将在7月8日就任马华总会长职百日,他说,就连马华大厦行政人员也向他大呼吃不消,因为自他上任后这段日子,马华大厦9楼行政部是有史以来最忙碌的。
"行政人员向我投诉说,这是她上班以来,最多工作的一次。"
蔡细历也透露,自上任以来,他积极和首相和副首相会谈,课题包括政经文教,主要是让首相了解与华社息息相关的重要课题,包括争取独中统考文凭、争取华小校地、半津贴水电费课题。
他说,马华已向政府要求承担半津贴学校,包括华淡小及教会学校的水电费。
"感谢正副首相明年落实此措施,但希望政府可在近期落实承担半津贴学校的水电费。"

不适时撤回赌球执照国阵成员党被视屈从

蔡细历认为,撤回赌球执照的做法应在内阁会议定夺,不应在巫统最高理事会议后宣布,如此做法可让人民误以为国阵成员党,屈从在巫统之下。
他说,在巫统最高理事会议后,宣布有关重要政策,而不是由内阁决定,可让人民误以为其他国阵成员党,屈从于巫统之下。
蔡细历受询及外界针对马华屈从巫统的印象问题,主动提及此事,以表明国阵行事作风必须改变。
"我不会完全否认外界确实存有这印象,国阵权力共享模式必须根据时局改变,否则所有国阵成员党都会被视为屈从。"
他举例,合法化赌球这项重要决定,竟在巫统最高理事会议决定,而不是内阁会议。
"这项决定应在内阁会议作出,让其他成员党都能发表意见,巫统最高理事会应只是有权针对党内事务作出决定。"

改变直肠直肚作风

"因为很多人不能接受过于直接表达,因此,我也学会'话到唇边留半句'的说话方式。"
蔡细历笑称,为了让别人更能接受他的批评,他必须改变直肠直肚作风。
甚至,他以"话到唇边留半句",回应妇女组不满官职分配问题,并指只能点到为止。
提及不入阁会否令他在执行总会长职时,所面对的难处时,他表示这情况,并未为他带来问题。
他自认拿得起、放得下,不会讲一套做一套,并履行诺言。
蔡细历坦言出任总会长职首100天,是其政治生涯最忙碌的时期,几乎都在工作。为此,感谢各领袖给予充分配合。
他不否认,当中有小部分未给予合作,但认为在民主国家,只要大多数人认为你是对的,他就应继续努力。

中国报 05-07-2010


IS THE COUNTRY REALLY FACING A MORAL CRISIS?

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 09:22 AM PDT

Working as an anti-vice volunteer must be fun and titillating. You never know what or who you may discover behind locked hotel room doors, behind coconut trees on the beach or inside cars parked at lovers' haunts.

"We go to places identified as hot spots to catch the culprits in the act. We listen for sounds of heavy breathing and kissing. We observe and wait for a while to get evidence for prosecution purposes. Then we move in and aim our torchlights on the young couples who are usually naked," says one such volunteer who reportedly have had enough. He is calling it quits after six years of nabbing 1,200 naked couples doing 'it' on the beaches in Trengganu.

Gee, this is one case of burn-out I never thought I would read about.

So what are the authorities going to do about it? Their plan? "Light up the beaches and intensify patrols at hot areas." Well, good luck in their fight against raging hormones! If years of patrolling the beaches has only resulted in more khalwat cases, it's obvious this approach doesn't work.

According to statistics from The National Registration Department, a total of 257,000 birth certificates issued between 2000 and July 2008 did not bear the names of parents. This translates into 2500 babies born out of wedlock monthly or 84 cases daily. In 2009 alone, Malays top the list with 17,303 such cases. That works out to 1442 cases a month!

What is shocking is not the number of illegitimate babies, but the high incidence of babies abandoned at roadsides or left at dump-sites, often to die. The young mothers have nowhere and no one to turn to. They see no other way out of their predicament.

If the harsh approach of fire and brimstone, imprisonment and social condemnation doesn't seem to work, perhaps what is needed is love, forgiveness and support from the family of young unmarried mothers, and a sense of responsibility from young unmarried fathers.

While our leaders are lamenting the 'moral decline' among our youths, we have laws in our country that allow child marriages. Did you know that the marriage of children below the age of 16 is permitted with the consent of the Syariah Court? When a man old enough to be the father or the grandfather of the child is legally allowed to marry that child, that, in my view, is morally wrong, and bordering on paedophilia.

With the appointment of the first two women Syariah Court judges at the Putrajaya and Federal Territory courts, hopefully there will be greater protection and justice for Muslim women in the country.


Manipulating Anti-Semitic Sentiment

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 08:45 AM PDT

First published in HartalMSM.

The average Malaysian has never met a Jew in person, though he's probably used Michael Dell's computers, installed Bill Gates' Microsoft software and watched Steven Spielberg's movies.

I'm personally guilty of all, and to top that off, I am also a fan of Mel Brooks - he of the History of the World Part I fame.

Dell, Gates and Spielberg are prominent Jews, but the truth is, not all Jews are smart nor are they dumb. Like every other race out there they are people; consisting of a mix of the good and bad.

For some, a Jew is simply an evil tyrant - one of the many who have brought on countless suffering on innocent Palestinian children.

Alas, but the mainstream media is just not considerate enough to drop the bias and perhaps admit that Hamas terrorists provoked attacks or "peace activists" on some aid flotilla may have brandished weapons while dealing with Israeli soldiers, resulting in a return fire.


After all, sensationalism sells and billowing smoke from "yet another Israeli attack" or a profusely bleeding child hovering between life and death makes for righteous anger.

This is not to say that the Israelis are innocent of wrong-doing.

What bothers me is that people are willing to be manipulated with so little information at hand. I have colleagues who spew hatred and venom against the collective race known as the Jews.

Worse are those who manipulate this sentiment to launch an attack against their enemies.

The B'nai B'rith asserts that Anwar Ibrahim spreads anti-Semitic propaganda and anti-Israel slander. Their belief is that Anwar Ibrahim is (in their words), "a purveyor of anti-Jewish hatred".

Given his proximity with key U.S. officials, I hardly think it is so.

But Anwar Ibrahim, in my opinion, is guilty of playing up to the gallery. As anti-Semitism in Malaysia is at an all time high, associating the ruling coalition (Barisan Nasional) with Israeli spies and accusing them of being infiltrated by Israeli intelligence personnel is an impactful move.

The impact is two-fold, nevertheless. Anwar's detractors have always been wary of his links with the U.S. His sudden burst of anti-Semitism isn't necessarily going to warm them to him.

More unfortunate are his unquestioning supporters, who are now increasingly convinced that the Jews are the epitome of all evil known to mankind and beyond.

Those who have till now remained impartial are now introduced to a political leader's nasty side, one that would enable him to spurn his friends to suit his personal ambition.

Given that the odds are indeed stacked against him - he is being accused of a ludicrous crime that isn't a crime but for Malaysian laws, and his political career is in dire straits.

What may be acceptable for a ex-Premier, long past his use-by date but still enthusiastically milking his once glorious popularity, is no longer acceptable for one who aspires to lead a nation in the future.


蔡细历:属于新校 搬迁华小应改名

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 07:24 AM PDT

--->■ IJM董事经理拿督孙兴存(左3)移交东华小学地契;由蔡细历(左4)见证


(芙蓉5日讯)马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历认为,所有搬迁华小不应该被称为"迁校",而是"新校",他同时也向首相建议为搬迁华小更改校名,不再沿用搬迁华小的原名。

他说,把搬迁华小称为"迁校"是不对的,因为除了保留学校原名,学校搬迁后须在新地点重建所有校舍,招揽新学生、新教师,甚至撤换原任校长。

"实际上,搬迁后的华小已经属于一间全新华小。"

因此,他认为"迁校"字眼不应该存在,所有"迁校"应理所当然称为"新校"。

同时,他也不认同华小搬迁后应该继续保留原名,所以已向首相建议为搬迁华小更改校名。

蔡细历周一为从波德申搬迁至芙蓉S2高苑新址的东华小学主持动土仪式时,发表谈话。

他解释,多数搬迁学校都是属于郊外微型华小,学生人数寥寥无几,学校原名甚至可能套有"园丘"字眼。

他说,倘若一间曾经命名为"园丘"字眼的学校迁至繁华城市后,依旧使用学校原名,似乎不符合新校舍的地点身份,城市里的家长也不太愿意把孩子送入拥有"园丘"字眼的学校就读。

有鉴于此,他认为,一间原处郊区的微型华小搬迁城市成为深具规模的华小之后,就属于一间全新华小,不该被称为"迁校"以及继续沿用学校原名。

政府不应在大选补选 对华小发"快熟面"拨款

马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历表示,政府不应对华小发出"快熟面(mee segera)"拨款。

他称,一般上"快熟面"拨款属于大选或补选期间的拨款,实际上政府对迁校或新校应有计划性与策略性拨款,提供长期拨款才属正确,因此,马华将在第十大马计划下要求争取华小的拨款是第九大马计划拨款的3倍。

在第九大马计划下马华所争取的华小拨款是3亿1500万令吉。

他周一为从波德申搬迁芙蓉S2高苑的东华小学主持动土仪式时,这么表示。

他也提到,从明年开始,全国800多间半津华小的水电费将由教育部承担。

在这之前,只有全津华小的水电费由教育部承担,那是因为半津华小不完全属于政府,半津华小拥有各校董事部成员。

"华小迁校问题经常被政治化和种族化,其实迁校问题应改成栽培人才课题。"

简化迁校程序 各州应向柔马华看齐

马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历认为,全国各州马华应向柔州马华看齐,以便简化迁校程序。

他说,柔州马华订下机制,只要有发展商愿意献地,就可以通过州行政议员在州行政议会上将之改为校地用途,以便日后迁校工作更快完成。

"当然,我们也会选择策略性地点,那些位于郊区的地点,我们未必接受。"

此外,马华也要求发展商的献地能建24间教室。

因此,也是柔州马华联委会主席的蔡细历希望森州也有许多发展商向IJM公司看齐,献地做校地用途,并通过森州马华州行政议员要求森州大臣将发展商的献地改为校地用途。

蔡细历也表示,很多人以为迁校很简单,搬迁不成就指责马华当家不当权。

"那些人以为马华只要指一指说要搬迁就可以搬迁,那是因为很多人没有参与迁校工作。"

光华电子新闻 05-07-2010


20100705_100705_Muhyiddin_is_getting_defensive.avi.s.mp4

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 05:22 AM PDT

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Malaysia to assist in Yong's appeal

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 05:11 AM PDT

The government has finally agreed to engage its Singapore counterpart through diplomatic channels to obtain clemency for death row prisoner Yong Vui Kong. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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'EC is not Superman'

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 04:51 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE In the face of criticism that it is not doing enough to ensure free and fair elections, the Election Commission (EC) insists that it is overwhelmed just having to conduct the process. We specialise in it (elections)... if we (were to) take care of everything we (would be) very powerful (but) we can't do everything," EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said, resorting to an analogy to explain the stance. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Pakatan fail usul tergempar permit Suara Keadilan

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 04:34 AM PDT

Pakatan Rakyat akan memfailkan usul tergempar di Parlimen hari ini untuk membahaskan tindakan kementerian dalam negeri tidak memperbaharui permit akhbar Suara Keadilan. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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'Why no action over abuse of detainees?'

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 03:34 AM PDT

Puchong parliamentarian Gobind Singh Deo (below) has demanded immediate government attention to "alleged widespread abuse of detainees", based on claims in a UN Human Rights Working Group report. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Siapa di sebalik kemelut Istana Mahkota Kelantan - Bab 5

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 02:09 AM PDT

Take a close look at the two photos below. Give it a wild guess, where do you think it took place? Without captions, many would suggest this a la ninja and a la Mafia ambush has taken place somewhere in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran or Sicily.

Malaysian security forces, to our knowledge, had never resorted to this tactic. But why not? When the instruction came from the higher athourity, its compulsory for the mission to be accomplished.

The photos are just segments of a video taken on May 4, 2010. It was shocking and insulting.

At about 7.20pm, the entourage of Sultan Kelantan was ambushed by about 25 police (UTK) personnel while he was on his way to the Pengkalan Chepa Airport where a private plane was waiting to fly him back to Singapore.

They hijacked, 'kidnapped' and forced him to Hospital Universiti Sains (HUSM) Kubang Kerian. Under whose directive was it has yet to be ascertained. However, the theory of a conspiracy for him to die soon can never be discounted.

So, this is how they treated a Sultan...


I will U-Tube the video very, very soon


KJ taunts police over Raja Petra

Posted: 04 Jul 2010 11:51 PM PDT

Rembau parliamentarian Khairy Jamaluddin today questioned whether the police are doing their best to apprehend fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who he contends is openly taunting them by blatantly walking the streets of London unharrassed. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Pelagus N54 PRS “Sore Thumb”

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 12:30 AM PDT

Wah! Having been just appointed recently the "so -called Political Secretary to CM" has taken a bold step and have come out speaking against one of CMs prerogative appointed Assistant Ministers.

  • Is This the Sign of the Times..??

  • Taking Advantage of the Situation?

  • OPEN REVOLT..??

Everyone knows that Taib is under utmost pressure not only from the People of Sarawak but also from the UMNO led Federal Government. The Opposition backbenchers have been harping on CM outliving his usage and also the people are turning against him and he will be a thorn/blessing for the Opposition if he leads the Sarawak BN into the next State Elections.

This video

We do not need to elaborate on this subject further but we are disgusted to say the least that during such turbulent times a statement of this sort is forthcoming . A political watcher and a close aide of CM said this should never have even surfaced in the Malaysian Mirror internet portal," 

"The current two-term incumbent Larry Sng Wei Shien is no doubt an assistant minister in the government. He is there because of the party and the voters. But once he has served his term, it is time for him to go because he is now not a party member," he said.

"We have told them we have a candidate to replace Sng. They have also pledged they will only support BN candidate in the coming election," he said.

Don't tell me that he was misquoted and that the internet portal has taken it out of context next..?? This will give the Pakatan opposition extra ammunition to attack the BN Sarawak Government.

"ONE HOLE CLOSES THEY DUG ANOTHER"  

Honestly,Larry Sng remains a Sore Thumb to Parti Rakyat Sarawak(PRS) but the less the party harp on it the better it will be for BN Sarawak. This will be like opening another frontier of attacks when on one hand PRS says they have solved their party problems and the other looking to attack the CM from another angle. Seems that the Political Sec in question  needs to seal his lips accordingly and do more written reports. He must have also made use of what PM Najib said in this article to try to justify himself," http://www.malaysianmirror.com/nationaldetail/6-national/44913-pm-wants-team-players-not-prima-donnas

 I'm sure the CM's office is notified on this matter and he must be extra careful or it will be too full blown to wipe it out.

This statement ,""it is a traditional PRS seat and should belong to it." should be left to the CM to address and  BN Sarawak Coalition knows bests what/who the groundswell favour on the candidates and the area which party represents.

Its not that simple anymore or is the Pol- Sec living in a Different Time Zone from the Other BN Political Secretaries.?? Does he need a POLITICAL GURU to remind him or is MADE TO BARK out instructions from the PRS Party Hierarchy and should we just bluntly tell him my friend,"

POLITICS CHANGES EVERY MINUTE……..



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Teachers are nobody's fools

Posted: 04 Jul 2010 02:26 PM PDT

From Noora Murni, via e-mail

I've been teaching for 20 years. I do not feel appreciated by lavish dinners/celebrations on teacher's day that are held to supposedly show appreciation to teachers. I know many colleagues feel the same way.

The celebration has become a farce. The best teacher's day celebration ever for me was this year's, when a colleague and I had our own quiet and contemplative lunch at a restaurant where we toasted each other.

Please, nobody has to celebrate us, just appreciate us. Also, do not condescend. We are nobody's fools.

Read:

Reveal cost for lavish teachers' day bash, MB told

 


Shameful health care a reason to vote out BN

Posted: 04 Jul 2010 02:24 PM PDT

From Siew Wah, via e-mail

This is in reference to the report by Queville To titled 'Beds on the floor for patients in Sabah hospital'. It is another good reason to vote out the corrupt BN government and get the Opposition to manage the nation. Horrible conditions for the Sabah folks due to the mismanagement of the health care services What a shame!

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Beds on the floor for patients in Sabah hospital


An open Letter to Datuk Shah Rukh Khan

Posted: 04 Jul 2010 02:22 PM PDT

From tansencherian, via e-mail

Dear Datuk Shah Rukh Khan,

First, I like to congratulate you on being awarded the datukship for your role in promoting tourism for Melaka, my home state. And I bow to the governor for rising above turf demarcations to honour you.

Your movies shot in Melaka provide an excellent means for the state to draw in tourists from India and beyond. When well managed, tourism brings economic upliftment to the hosts and bridges communities through a deeper understanding of cultures.

It can also lead to other happy outcomes. Thus, I like to request that some of your Bollywood movies be shot in Sarawak and Sabah to help boost tourism in these states.

This plea is made to you to help arrest the massive deforestation for oil palm plantations, disruptive logging practices, and huge hydro-electric projects now underway, all of which are rapidly impoverishing the lush natural and cultural bounty of the land.

These and other activities have made Malaysia a superpower in habitat destruction, species extinction, greenhouse gas emissions, and dispossession of indigenous people.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature ranks Malaysia third among all countries for her 1,166 species threatened with extinction which include the rhinoceros, orangutan, elephant, clouded leopard, Bornean gibbon, red langur, naked bat, lesser fish eagle, black thigh falcon and many hornbill species unique to Sarawak.

Besides destroying valuable habitats, Sarawak's stripping of peatlands for oil palm will cause enormous emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) that the world can ill-afford.

The authorities say these destructive activities are necessary to generate revenue. Invoking the mantra of development, indigenous people are subject to ill-treatment, injustice and eviction from their ancestral land.

Better means of revenue must be found urgently. At present, tourist arrivals in Sarawak and Sabah is modest although there are wonderful natural and cultural treasures. These states could offer heavenly or haunting backdrops for Bollywood movies.

You will find here a rich play of cultures from Kayan who carve out a boat from one majestic block of belian to Melanau maestro boat builders, meditative Iban weavers, ace Bajau horsemen, fetching Kadazandusun artistes, painstakingly welcoming Bidayuh and the gentle Penan abiding by molong – take only what you need. 

Sabah alone has 54 indigenous languages.

Reforestation must offset the CO2 emissions that tourist travel causes. Also, as a major buyer of palm oil, India has to use less oil in foods to reduce edible oil demand.

Datuk, your talents and goodwill have made you a towering ambassador for all the world, and right now the hapless folks and threatened wildlife of Sarawak and Sabah are in need of your kind consideration.

 


The real solution to renewable energy

Posted: 04 Jul 2010 02:16 PM PDT

From GR Langworth, via e-mail

I refer to David Mahadevan's views in the letter 'Going nuclear: Understand the choices' . The real answer for available and affordable energy (and fresh water) is explained carefully and fully in the video below:

 

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Unfortunately, the amount of energy and capital required for so-called renewable energy alternatives are an order of magnitude higher than those required to realise and deploy the real solution described in the URL above.

To delve into the reasons and facts behind this observation, this link may be helpful:

Read:

Going nuclear: Understand the choices


Going nuclear: Understand the choices accurately

Posted: 04 Jul 2010 02:13 PM PDT

From David Mahadevan, via e-mail

With reference to Hilary Chiew's response 'Going nuclear: It's not mere hot air', may I firstly say thank you for your thoughts. I'm afraid that, while some concerns are quite valid, others are 'hot air'.

So I really do recommend that the choices be understood (see the website suggested earlier, http://www.withouthotair.com/), the better for all of us to come to good decisions... more so for journalists on the issue lest misunderstandings are perpetuated in print. Of course I do not have a monopoly on mistakes - anyone can commit them!

On carbon footprint, nuclear performs very well under the existing plant comparisons, not in any future-case scenario, but now. It too, can improve with time! For us to go to renewable energy, may I suggest first getting as much pumped hydro storage as possible to prepare for the variable input.

Then put in the big solar or whatever. That may be well worth exploring for us at this time.

With regard our rural communities isolated from the costly transmission grids, I would dearly love to see them do as you say, namely use mini hydro, biomass and biogass or even wind, wave, geothermal and solar. But somehow they, and some of our pasar malam operators, seem to often gravitate quite naturally to small portable petrol/diesel generators.

Perhaps they do not have internet access or are poorly advised. Could you or your colleagues in the press kindly do the needful, please?

I am glad you agree our security of fuel supply will not be made worse if we exploit local sources like Thorium... we don't even have to dig a mine since it can be extracted from the coal ash at Kapar power station by the tons and there are barrels of the stuff stored in Perak.

Thorium is more abundant (therefore, cheaper) than Uranium and does not need enrichment to be used as nuclear fuel. Thorium reactors can be made to operate at ambient pressure, higher efficiency and with inherent safety.

As for nuclear waste, compared with the Uranium fuel cycle, the Thorium cycle uses less fuel and so produces less waste. The nature of the waste is different so that Thorium produces almost no Plutonium and the waste is not as 'long-lived' as from Uranium reactors. The burnup of reactor fuel is much more complete so that less spent fuel is left over for storage.

So, with Thorium, there is more fuel available, less fuel is needed per MW output, it is waste from Uranium reactors, making less nuclear waste all around. What's not to like!

But do go and find out what's best for you and your descendants given that we are actually blessed with a tiny supply of Thorium, more than enough for 4,000 years operation of 1 GW power station at 1 tonne per year carbon-free (relatively) consumption. If we choose nuclear, may I suggest using our Thorium.

We need a solution to this issue: How do we get our daily electrical fix? Make no mistake, we are addicts, so either we go into rehab or we get the fix, by normal means, by hook or by crook (wars have been fought), or we (more likely our descendants) are forced to go cold turkey, that is it... plain and simple.

Going nuclear is one solution in a mix of electrical sources. The wonderful thing is you are free to choose your mix and all I'm saying is 'Understand the choices accurately'.

Read:

Rethink going nuclear

Going nuclear: Understand the choices

Going nuclear: It's not mere hot air

 


PM Najib on PMs (Prima Donnas)

Posted: 04 Jul 2010 07:10 PM PDT

From 5 July 2010:

No place for prima donnas in Umno, says Najib
By ROSLINA MOHAMAD

PEKAN: Umno has no place for prima donnas who refuse to work as a team, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

He said that it was dangerous to have prima donnas in a team because "they might attempt to score own goals."

Prima donnas, he said, preferred to dribble the ball alone although a team mate was in the position to score.

Lol:

DraMaMotiv

Prima donna
First lady of the stage!
Your devotees
are on their knees
to implore you!

Can you bow out
when they're shouting
your name?

Think of how they all adore you.



Umno's Pisang Goreng

Posted: 04 Jul 2010 09:52 PM PDT


I cannot help but be struck by the farcical excuse now being given for not having the MACC investigators go to London to pursue leads in what is obviously a highly delicate case that continues to grip the country. Contrast this to the actions of Joseph Breham and the French investigation team that came all the way here to investigate the Scorpene scandal.

Profoundly telling, isn't it, just how our MACC and the police has once again undermined its own credibility in the handling of a high profile scandal? Surely, the presence of the French investigation team here looking into the Scorpene case provides a vivid reminder of just how much our anti-corruption agency leaves to be desired.    

Such are the 'virtues' of the Umno regime. For over two years now, its leadership has repeatedly bombarded us about the need for reform. We routinely hear about how Umno has to change; overcoming corruption, money-politics, complacency, and such must be foremost in reinventing and sanitising the image of Umno.  

Of course, never articulated is what exactly has to change and happen. And beyond that, it leaves one wondering that if reforms are necessary, surely that means there are things that the government is clearly currently failing at. How often in the last two years have we heard the Umno brass say that Umno and Barisan Nasional must deal with shortcomings in its approach to governance? Why is it, then, that nobody in Umno and the government is held accountable for these failures? 

One has to wonder, is this the face of a government committed to leaving no stone unturned to correct failed policies and one also committed to getting to the bottom of the various scandals, including the P.I. Bala affair?

Why is it that, Bala aside, we have not heard of the MACC investigating any of the others implicated in the alleged concoction of the second statutory declaration by Bala? Surely these various individuals also have not conveniently left the country for the MACC to bother with pursuing the investigation?
 
It seems many of our politicians continue to treat us the public with contempt. As I've said before in another context, it sure feels as if Umno is feeding us lots of pisang goreng that looks appetising, but is in fact made from rotten bananas. It is difficult to draw any other reasonable conclusion.

When Joseph Breham and his team arrived to look into the allegations of corruption associated with the sale of the submarines, our government, rather than being forthcoming seemed more intent on political posturing and dismissive of the investigation protocol.

So much for Umno reforming its old ways.
 
Indeed, it doesn't take much to see that on several fronts, Umno's rhetoric and actions do not add up at all, and this is especially so when it comes to getting to the bottom of other scandals, including the Bala affair.

The fact is, whichever government or Umno scandal it may be, we see more stonewalling and dismissive declarations by Umno's politicians than diligence and independence from the investigative bodies concerned.
 
But alas, when it needs to pursue frivolous sedition charges against a political foe, or to tie down the opposition leader in a legal tangle, the police and other investigative bodies can somehow suddenly operate at miraculous speed and efficiency.

And if the above is not enough, we can always expect Umno, as we have seen most recently again, to trumpet the rhetoric of Malay rights – and yes, the fear mongering of how Anwar Ibrahim is a threat to Malay unity.

Is it any wonder then, that the public has grown cynical and sceptical about this government?
  
Despite all the promises to bear better fruit, the Umno banana tree has been diseased for a long time and only produces rotten bananas. It is as true today as it has ever been for several decades, that the so-called guardian of uplifting the common Malay person and supposed protector of plural Malaysia is anything but that.

I am again reminded of the proverb that: jika batang mati, munkin cendawan tumbuh (where there is a dead branch, there's bound to be fungus.)

Surely, you still don't think it's possible to get tasty pisang goreng from rotten bananas?  

G. Krishnan


Fed Court decision ‘suddenly’ goes newest Umno recruit’s way

Posted: 04 Jul 2010 09:32 PM PDT

Can't write much presently, but – TMI:

The Federal Court today granted leave to Islamic clerics Fathul Bari Mat Jahya and Nik Amirul Faiz Yusof to challenge the Negri Sembilan Islamic authorities and state laws that require permits for teaching Islam.

Where have I heard that name? Ah yes, further down the article:

Fathul joined Umno late last month with a group of clerics belonging to the same school of thought.

Ah.

Is it join Umno, get one free Federal Court approval day perhaps? :P


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