Thursday, July 22, 2010

Farah Azlina Binti Latif, Attorney-General’s Chambers bedtime stories

Farah Azlina Binti Latif, Attorney-General’s Chambers bedtime stories

Farah Azlina Binti Latif, Attorney-General’s Chambers bedtime stories

Posted: 22 Jul 2010 02:33 PM PDT


Musa Hassan in bedtime stories



    Farah Azlina Binti Latif, one of the Federal Counsels of the Trial Unit of the Attorney-General's Chambers who is on the prosecution team in the Anwar Ibrahim Sodomy 2 trial, is having an affair with Mohd Saiful Bukhari

    Raja Petra Kamarudin

    There was a joke I once told back in 1998, which went as follows:

    Who wanted the Olympics to be held in his country, wanted to build the tallest tower and longest bridge, wanted to build a national car, almost bankrupted his country, quarrelled with the west, hated the Jews, coined the slogan 'kita boleh', and accused his number two of being a sodomite and sacked and jailed him?

    Yes, that right, Adolph Hitler. What did you think I was going to say?

    Anwar Ibrahim went through Sodomy 1 back in 1998. Ten years on, in 2008, he faced Sodomy 2. But while Megat Junid Megat Ayub was the 'team leader' of Sodomy 1, for Sodomy 2 it is Shafee Abdullah, the lawyer notorious for fixing court cases a la Lingam.

    In the article 'Money, power and sex: what motivates man' I wrote as follows:

    Some people are puzzled as to why Shafee Abdullah would go to all that trouble to fix Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges. He is worth RM70 million, they argue, and certainly he does not need the money — whatever amount it may be that they have put aside for the special Black Ops against Anwar. And he has enough women in his life so sex can't be the motivator as well. Okay, so we can rule out money and sex. But what about power? What if he is slated to be the next Attorney-General and whether he gets the job or not depends on how successfully he can neutralise Anwar and remove him as a threat to Umno?

    (Read more here)

    In 'Shafee Abdullah: sodomologist extraordinaire' I said:

    That is why Senior Assistant Commissioner (SAC) II Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof did not meet Saiful in the police station or at the police headquarters. The special police operations centre is not in the police station or at the police headquarters. It is in the meeting room of Umno lawyer Shafee Abdullah's law firm. So it would be dangerous to meet Saiful in this law firm lest someone finds out. That is why Rodwan met Saiful in room 619 of the Concorde Hotel.

    (Read more here)

    In 'The real dalang behind the Anwar sodomy allegation' I wrote:

    Firstly, Saiful met Najib before the so-called sodomy took place. No doubt, at first, Najib denied meeting him and then later admitted meeting him but explained that it was for purposes of career guidance and to help the young man obtain a scholarship. Later on, Najib confessed he met Saiful to discuss the sodomy allegation against Anwar. This flip-flopping and inconsistency — denial and then confessing only when it appeared like he could no longer deny it — makes Najib appear like he is lying and therefore is trying to cover up an evil deed.

    Now, the day after that, Saiful met Najib, he met Rodwan in room 619 of the Kuala Lumpur Concorde. Najib did not know this of course. Prior to that meeting, Rodwan and Saiful spoke over the phone at least eight times. We can only assume that part of this conversation involved asking Saiful to go meet Najib and to make sure that everyone knows about it so that the conspiracy points to Najib. The fact that Saiful brought a friend along only reinforces this assumption, especially when this friend is aligned to Anwar Ibrahim.

    (Read more here)

    Saiful Bukhari and his fiancé, Janna Mohd Zaki

    Okay, those are excerpts from the three articles. And the argument that I am putting forward is that the Sodomy 2 allegation, just like Sodomy 1, is a fabrication and part of a political conspiracy to neutralise Anwar.

    But this is old news, you might say, you want to hear something new.

    Okay, how about this then?

    Farah Azlina Binti Latif, one of the Federal Counsels of the Trial Unit of the Attorney-General's Chambers who is on the prosecution team in the Anwar Ibrahim Sodomy 2 trial, is having an affair with Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

    Yes, that's right, Farah Azlina is bonking Saiful Bukhari. Have you ever heard of any other case anywhere else in the world where one of the prosecutors in bonking the key witness in what can be considered the most important trial in Malaysian political history?

    Just when you thought Sodomy 2 is a most bizarre case it gets even more bizarre. I suppose, to save face, they might now have to say that Farah Azlina, Saiful Bukhari and Anwar Ibrahim were all in it together and that they indulged in group sex or orgies.

    Let's see what happens from hereon. Will Farah Azlina still be retained in the prosecution team? Who she bonks is her business. But since Saiful Bukhari is the man who is going to testify against Anwar, then this would be conflict of interest of the first degree.

Government is the work of saints coveted by fools.

Posted: 22 Jul 2010 08:56 AM PDT

Government is a pain, it is about taking money from people, making the country work and doing it as invisibly as possible. That is the perfect government.

The truth is Government is a complex balancing act that has to take into account the needs and desires of millions, many of which are irreconcilable and mutually exclusive and somehow get them to agree to give up some of the things that they want to do in the name of the others.

While DAP may have had five decades worth of experience shouting from the left side of the Speaker, those years have done nothing to prepare them for the reality of Government.

As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side.

LIm Guan Eng enterd the office of Penang Chief Minister thinking that political will is all it takes to bring to life his idea of a utopian Chinese community in Malaysia. I am not going to mince words here - from where I sit that is what I see.

He thinks his Friday prayers, Chinese reconciliation meeting will allow him to control all aspects of Government.

LGE thinks that by appointing a shadow Chinese officer to mirror every senior Malay officer will give him a perfect picture of what is happening.

LGE forgets that Government is of the people, by the people and by the people and the Malays form a significant portion of the Penang community.

He may think that driving the Malays from the Island will make it easier for him to turn it into another Singapore.

He thinks denying permission for an air force school to open in Penang will keep Federal influence away from his Chinese Utopia

He forgets that Penang is part of a Malay-majority federation.

He forgets that he is only the head of Government and not the head of State.

He forgets that it is called keRAJAan because we are a federated Malay Kingdom.

He forgets that this country has run in peace for the last 50 years on the rails laid down true and straight by Barisan Nasional, even if BN itself may have forgotten what it means to be straight and true

He forgets that the State Development Officer is a civil servant whose job is to serve the country and keep it on an  even keel despite the best efforts of politicians.

He forgets that other people can also see, can also hear, can also remember and can also get angry

He forgets that his Chinese-centric plans are in plain sight now

LGE forgets that he is dealing with a very delicate situation.

I hope he continues to forget...

Fools usually do.

蔡细历:马女郎频被诱骗贩毒 促内阁检讨落地签证

Posted: 22 Jul 2010 05:54 AM PDT

--->■ 马华公共服务及投诉局数名负责人,提呈备忘录予总会长,反映实况。左起为林涌德、李官仁、陈元虎、黄冠文、蔡细历、张天赐、汤木及周连琼。







光华电子新闻 22-07-2010


Posted: 22 Jul 2010 05:40 AM PDT

---->■ 陈友(左8)在明德华小董家协成员见证下,从张秀福(右7)的手中接过15万令吉的模拟支票。








光华电子新闻 20-07-2010

Isu Perpaduan PAS-UMNO: Ayam tak patuk, itik pun tak sudu.

Posted: 22 Jul 2010 06:03 AM PDT

Ada seorang dua menghantar e-mail kepada saya yang bertanya kenapa tulisan saya tidak menampakkan sokongan kepada usaha pihak yang inginkan perpaduan diantara UMNO-PAS.

Sebenarnya tidak ada siapa yang mempunyai semangat Melayu walau sekecil mana pun akan menolak apa-apa usaha untuk menyatukan PAS dan UMNO yang kedua-duanya parti orang Melayu yang sama anutan agamanya.

Saya memang tidak berminat untuk memberikan komen kerana penyatuan itu berpremiskan kepada kesatuan politik kepartian yang sudah pasti tidak akan tahan lama, malahan sebagaimana yang difikirkan oleh ramai orang ianya tidak akan menjadi kenyataan.

Usaha yang sedang disebut-sebut itu tidak mempunyai iltizam yang benar-benar kuat dan ianya timbul kerana ada keadaan 'desperation' disebelah pihak dan cadangan itu semata-mata untuk 'survival' parti dan pihak tertentu sahaja.

Lagi pun ini bukan kali pertama isu ini timbul dan selalunya ia tidak mendatangkan apa-apa kesudahan yang baik untuk kedua-dua belah pihak.

Perasaan tidak ada keyakinan oleh banyak pihak ditambah pula dengan pihak tertentu mengambil 'political positon' apabila isu ini dipaparkan oleh pihak yang saya tidak tahu siapa.

Utusan misalnya mengambil 'position' dengan menggalakkan penyartuan ini dengan keadaan lebih sudu dari kuah. Apabila Nik Aziz memberikan sedikit pandangan yang tidak disukainya akhbar ini melenting dan membelasah pemimpin PAS ini seolah-oleh pemimpin ini tidak ada langsung gunanya kepada masyarakat dan negara sedangkan Nik Aziz adalah pemimpin yang ramai pengikutnya.

Sesungguhnya PAS boleh bertahan dengan kekuatannya sendiri. Yang perlukan sangat kerjasama ini ialah UMNO kita sendiri. Kalau kita perlukan kerjasama itu elemen yang mesti ada kepada kita ialah elemen sabar. Kita yang mahukannya kita pula yang nak mengarah orang lain berbuat mengikut kehendak kita sahaja.

Apabila TGNA memberikan bayangan ada jalan untuk penyatuan 'orang tua' ini dipuji setinggi langit, tetapi jika ada kata-katanya yang agak boleh menyempitkan keadaan mereka yang bersalah TGNA dibelalasah seperti orang memukul ular.

TGNA telah jelaskan yang penyatuan umah yang kekal adalah Islam tetapi Utusan tidak gemar dengan Islam sedangkan itu pun yang digalakkan oleh agama kita.

Jika kita hendak bersatu atau pun bekerjasama pihak kita mestilah ada sedikit sebanyak pengorbanan. Jika agama menjadi penghalang kepada penyatuan ini, ia bermakna ada sebelah pihak yang tidak setuju dengan isu agama ini, dan ianya tidak mungkin datangnya dari PAS.

Kalau hendak bersatu ianya mestilah berdasarkan kepada penyatuan sejagat dan bukannya diatas kepentingan parti masing-masing.

Kita mesti faham PAS bukan parti 'desperate'. Kalah menang adalah biasa bagi mereka. Menang mereka berterima kasi, kalah pun mereka tidak goyah. Mereka lebih disiplin dari kita.

Sebaliknya UMNO bak kata DS Najib UMNO adalah parti yang besar, tetapi saya khuatir dan takut UMNO ibarat orang yang berbadan besar tetapi terlalu banyak penyakit peringkat 'terminal' yang ada didalam tubuhnya yang besar itu.

Tidak guna kita mengadakan 'formula' yang akhirnya tidak dapat dipertahankan apabila datang sedikit konflik pandangan. Buat apa berkahwin kalau hanya untuk mendapatkan kesedapan sekejap dan bercerai kemudiannya?

Lagi pula melalui blog saya ini saya mendapat banyak komentar yang membelasah PAS dengan tidak ada 'mercy'nya. Jadi bagaimana perundingan itu dapat membawa kejayaan.

Bagi saya jika ada keinginan mana-mana pihak untuk mengusahakan rundingan ini, ianya patut dirundingkan secara senyap-senyap dulu dikalangan pemimpin kedua-dua belah pihak.

Ini tidak; sebelum pemimpin-pemimpin bertemu Utusan Malaysia sudah sibuk menyokong dan mengkritik jika ada kenyataan yang tidak digemarinya. Bagi Utusan, akhbar ini mahukan semua pihak mendengar cadangannya.

Saya cadangkan elok kedua belah pihak berunding secara tertutup dahulu dan jika berjaya barulah diminta pandangan ahli masing-masing dan dapatkan reaksinya. Jika ada apa-apa yang perlu dipinda maka kita panda mana-mana yang patut.

Adat perpateh ada menyebut; rundingan dibuat dalam gelap adap terlaksana didalam terang. Makanya runding senyap-senyap dan apabila bertemu persetujuan maka laksanakan secara terang.

Kalau diberitahu Utusan Malaysia dahulu sebelum berunding nescaya semua yang hendak kita lakukan secara baik tidak akan berjaya…percayalah!

Sekarang Utusan sudah memainkan jarumnya, maka elok kita tinggalkan saja 'idea' untuk bersatu itu. Ianya tidak akan membawa sesiapa kemana-mana. Buat apa membazirkan masa untuk berfikir tentang isu penyatuan yang sudah pasti gagal itu?

UMNO mesti meningkatkan kekuatan sendiri, bukannya menunpang pengaruh pihak lain.

Isu pertemuan dengan PAS elok ditangguhkan dahulu. Kita tidak mahu mendengar ada pihak yang mengata kita seperti perbidalan, 'ayam tak patuk, itik tak sudu'. Buat malu aje.

Malay unity or 'UMNO' unity?

Posted: 22 Jul 2010 04:47 AM PDT

Malaysiakini - No action against Penang SDO, says chief sec

Nik Ali Mat Yunus, the SDO based in Penang has DISCREDITED himself as a public servant for daring to (1) hold a press conference at an UMNO gathering to attack Penang CM Lim Guan Eng, and (2) insubordinately mouthing uncouthwords to describe Lim.

What a lamentable specimen of a so-called public servant!

Mohd Sidek Hassan, Chief Secretary to the government, has DISCREDITED himself by condemning Lim GE as being 'excessive' instead of reprimanding Nik Ali's violation of the civil service code of conduct in (1) attending a political gathering as an active participant and (2) for behaving in the worst biadap manner in his brazen use of rude words to publicly attack a people's representative and a state Chief Minister at that.

What a shameful specimen of a so-called public servant!

Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, has DISCREDITED himself by remaining silent in what is Malaysia's worst case of civil service insubordination to an elected people's representative.

What a shameful specimen of a Prime Minister!


Forget about the MCA (Chua Soi Lek, arn chnua ah?) and those BN kutu parties. They are all ball-less where UMNO is involved.

What a shameful hive of gutless politicians!:

Penjaja projek Little India dakwa ditindas

Posted: 22 Jul 2010 04:06 AM PDT

Seramai 68 penjaja sekitar Jalan Tun Sambathan menggesa pihak berkuasa mengambil tindakan segera menyelesaikan isu kekurangan kemudahan infrastruktur di lokasi penempatan sementara. Kebanyakan penjaja berhampiran Pasaraya Sri Kota dan kawasan sekitarnya ke Jalan Chan Ah Tong mendakwa kerja pembinaan dilakukan pihak kontraktor boleh diibaratkan seperti sekadar melepaskan batu ditangga sekali gus menyukarkan mereka untuk meneruskan aktiviti perniagaan. Seorang penjaja, Hu Seng Kim, 63, melahirkan perasaan kecewa apabila melihat keadaan infrastruktur penempatan sementara tidak lengkap. Video oleh Fadzly Esa,
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Posted: 22 Jul 2010 04:03 AM PDT

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Private eye Bala's reply handed to MACC

Posted: 22 Jul 2010 03:01 AM PDT

Private investigator P Balasubramaniam's reply to a list of questions to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has been submitted today, in form of a statutory declaration. Americk Singh Sidhu (far left), who arrived at the commission's headquarters in Putrajaya this afternoon, said they will also be consulting the MACC on whether the information can be divulged to the public. Full story here:
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Bid to seek guarantee of Tharmendran's safety

Posted: 22 Jul 2010 01:31 AM PDT

The Defence Ministry headquarters went into lockdown mode this morning as a group of six people marched towards the gate to demand a guarantee for the safety of former airman N Tharmendran. The group, comprising three MPs, two of Tharmendran's lawyers and his father N Nagarajah, was going to present a letter of demand to Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi but were initially barred entry.
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Posted: 22 Jul 2010 02:06 AM PDT

The public's view of retired middle-income professionals is they have unlimited financial resources to live on for the rest of their golden years. After working a good 30-40 years of our lives, retirees like us should have millions in EPF savings, right? Absolutely not! But that's how investment brokers and mutual fund agents look at us. And that's why we are a popular target for their products.

Healthcare and medical expenses eat up a huge chunk of our retirement funds. Inflation is another $-gobbler. We don't qualify for government aid. So where do we turn to when we need some financial assistance?

Our adult children? They have so many financial commitments of their own, we can consider ourselves lucky they don't borrow money from us! We have to count every penny and think four times before we part with our hard-earned savings.

Source: New Straits Times

Adibah Amin is a case in point. A well-known journalist and former NST editor, she suffered a stroke three years ago and has been running up hefty bills for her medical treatment. Fortunately for her 1Malaysia Development came to her aid with a donation of RM50,000. We wish her a speedy recovery. She is one great lady and much admired.

But what about the less fortunate retirees whom society (and perhaps their own children) has forgotten? I have met many who are in this predicament. Over time, I have seen how some of them have sunk into despair and depression. Their constant lament: "Want to die, also cannot die". They see no hope, no point in living.

It is heartening to know that finally the private sector is sitting up and taking note. Several events are coming up over the next couple of months that seek to address the needs of retirees. For more information on these events, check out the announcements posted on Seniorsaloud.

MP shows proof of minors at new palace building site

Posted: 22 Jul 2010 12:06 AM PDT

Segambut parliamentarian Lim Lip Eng has produced evidence that children are living at the new palace construction site directly contradicting the claim by the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) that there are no minors at the work site. Showing photos taken during his visit to the site on June 21 and 24 with journalists, Lim (left. facing camera)said he had seen two infants and a toddler aged around two years living there with their Indonesian parents who worked on site. "But the workers told us that there are about 10 more babies of a few months age living there too," he told a press conference at his service centre this morning. Full story here:
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Angeh, the Orang Asli in Malaysia

Posted: 22 Jul 2010 12:06 AM PDT

Angeh, however, confirmed that financial incentives were involved in the conversion of Orang Asli. He claimed that Saidon and Sharifudin told him that if he was married, he would receive the RM1,000 allocated for a Muslim couple.

According to his story, Angeh, then 18, agreed to marry his 20-something-year-old bride, Wak Chin. He said they were brought to Tambun, Perak and married together with nine other couples.

His wife had to convert to Islam as well to get married. "Her Muslim name is Aminah," Angeh said.

However, Angeh claimed he and his wife did not receive any money after their wedding.
He further claimed that Saidon had also told him that as a Muslim, he would be able to get a job at the Gombak Hospital. However, this never materialised, and today Angeh works as a grass cutter.


New Chart Proves Obamanomics Creates Jobs

Posted: 21 Jul 2010 11:59 PM PDT

Via Moonbattery from The People's Cube:

For all you racist, birther doubters out there… Here's proof that Obamanomics works!

All these other charts are obviously a lie or Bush's fault.

Bribery or not bribery?

Posted: 21 Jul 2010 11:17 PM PDT

Nah! Just something for your children and family. Not you, tahu.


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Utar is a second MMU

Posted: 21 Jul 2010 02:22 PM PDT

From HJ, via e-mail

Referring to Jansi's letter titled 'Restore integrity and good governance in Utar', I fully agree with her opinion. No doubt Utar is moving towards to research university status, hence , I as an academic staff must work hard towards achieving this goal.

However, it is the management system that I'm complaining about. Since this so-called new management system (from MMU) coming to Utar, all the academic staff are ordered to meet the target marks of the subject that he or she is teaching.

Therefore, if the target marks (average marks of final examination) is not met, the respective lecturer will be 'ordered' by the dean to explain the failure to meet these target marks.

In most cases, the management does not accept the lecturer's point of view and order the respective lecturers to re-write another explanation letter, which is acceptable to president.

Consequently, most academic staff will meet these so-called target average marks by hook or by crook in order to avoid writing these explanation letters.

As an academic staff, I fully support Prof Chuah on conducting research and publishing research papers, after all it also benefits the staff and university.

It is important to note that not all research papers are able to be published within a year, especially those involving experimental works, which may require years to collect data.

Is the number of research papers more important than the quality of research? It is unfortunate that the Utar management is interested on number of papers instead of quality of research papers.

No doubt, Prof Chuah is very capable researcher but bear in mind not all research fields are same.

In addition, all the academic staff are burdened by teaching, administration and consultancy works.

It is true that Chuah and his MMU team will punish those staff especially those old staff if they did not obey Chuah's instruction.

They just 'humiliate' them by saying that they are lousy or incapable of handling a task. I think Utar is not Utar anymore.

It should be called second MMU since all the management skills originated from MMU.


Restore integrity and good governance in Utar

Is Perkasa advocating a communist system?

Posted: 21 Jul 2010 02:20 PM PDT

From Bob Yap, via e-mail

Ibrahim Ali suggesting Malays must have 67 percent wealth in Malaysia because their population is 67 percent is totally illogical and idiotic.

Why can't the Malays have more than 67 percent of wealth? Why must they stay at 67 percent and not be 80 percent? A small kid will understand that wealth is not given but is created.

Perkasa must therefore understand that other races do not snatch or rob any wealth away from the Malays. Wealth is in liquid form where it can change hands, based on one's hardwork, creativity and business mindset.

It means that even it is given to you and if you do not know how to keep it, it will go to someone else's hands who knows how to manage it.

In Malaysia, the government has allocated more than 80 percent of the total opportunity in helping the Malays to create wealth. Most of the government projects are automatically awarded to the Bumis.

Bumis could also easily borrow money from the government to do business. By right, they should have more wealth than any other race in Malaysia.

But why don't they? You should know because wealth stays with those who know how to keep it.

Companies like Genting, YTL, IOI and many other successful Chinese owned companies, etc, all started from private companies that built up their wealth slowly with their own hard work. They did not get any help from the government.

So why can't the Malays do it? Why must the Malays always say the wealth was not allocated fairly? Since when has the government 'allocated' more wealth to the Chinese and Indians? It is actually the other way round.

However, we are all sad to see that most of the wealth allocated to the Malays, ends up in the hand of the Chinese and Indians. Why? What's wrong with the Malays? Isn't this is the bigger issue you should be pondering.

Isn't this is the problem Perkasa should be looking at for the right remedy? Taking away the opportunities from Chinese and Indians can only help the Malays see temporary wealth.

Only when you teach them with the proper way to doing business and enhance creativity and be hardworking, can the weatlh will be long term.

It is useless to suggest that the government keep giving wealth to the Malays if they do not know how to keep it and accumulate it. It starts from the beginning, i.e the right mentality and attitude towards wealth creation.

You jolly well know that the Jews' control on the world's wealth is far greater than any other race who has much larger population than them.

Can we say it is unfair when they accumulate the wealth by their own wisdom? The Jews did not snatch or rob any wealth from anyone but they earned it from the free market. In short, whoever is more capable, whoever can survive and accumulate more wealth. This is the free market system which is different from the communist system.

The Chinese and Indians do not object to the NEP or any affirmative action because they agree that the Bumis should be given necessary assistance to catch up with other races. But after 40 years down the road, the assistance had gone to the drain and a large amount of money has been wasted.

After spending billions on the Malays, they claimed that they are still the poor ones? Why? In view of this, we should continue to spend more money, without realising what's wrong?

Ibrahim Ali would find himself a much useful person if he dedicates his time finding more pragmatic ways to help build up the Malays' ability in creating and managing wealth. It is no shouting for the wealth to be given to the Malays blindly. Wealth can come and go my friend!

Unless Perkasa is suggesting that Malaysia should adopt the communist system and go back to socialism whereby the wealth is being allocated and fixed by the government.

In this way, whatever wealth given to the Malays will stay put and not change hands. I'm sure the Malays will then see 67 percent of wealth allocated to them stay with them forever. Is that what Perkasa is suggesting?

I urge Perkasa to face the reality and take up the real challenge ahead of the globalisation, where China and other countries are catching up very quickly. China and India are already ahead of Malaysia in the economy race. Malaysia may have been dropped out of the race.

So please stop all the nonsense and child's play and please stop making Malaysia a laughing stock again. The important thing is to save Malaysia. If you just want to save certain races, then please prepare to see Malaysia dropping behind in the globalised world.

Self-fulfilling warning on water shortage

Posted: 21 Jul 2010 02:19 PM PDT

From JC Tansen, via e-mail

Let us examine with a cool head the recent warnings of an imminent water shortage in Selangor if the construction of the Langat 2 water treatment plant does not begin immediately.

The works minister claims there will be a shortfall of 299 million litres per day (MLD) by 2012.

Firstly, the water tunnel is only expected to be completed in May 2014. So, if there is a water shortage from 2012 to 2014, it would not have been caused by a delay in construction of Langat 2.

Secondly, there are a number of different ways to address projected increase in demand.

They include limiting the entry of new non-domestic high volume users, reducing non-revenue water (NRW), reducing or slowing growth in demand by means of a water demand management plan, adopting rain-water harvesting widely, or building costly infrastructure such as the Pahang Selangor Raw Water Transfer project.

Between 2005 and 2008, total water demand rose by 282 MLD which was entirely because non-domestic demand grew by 293 MLD.

A curious but predictable thing happened in 2006, the year after the SSP3 mega project was completed. Non-domestic water demand shot up by 216 MLD or 30 percent over 2005.

This was intentional. To take up some of the newly available capacity, a number of very high volume users were allowed to become customers.

We can expect another surge on completion of the current mega project when new high volume water users are intentionally brought in. The minister has more or less assured us of this when he said demand will reach a higher rate in 2015.

In 2009, NRW was 32.5 percent. If there is a commitment to knock it down to 20 percent, it will free up 490 MLD from the existing supply.

A water demand management plan is an excellent means to control demand but despite many calls for its implementation for more than 10 years now, there has been no ministerial interest in it.

Reducing demand by 20 percent would free up 785 MLD of supply.

Widespread adoption of rainwater harvesting not only reduces demand for treated water but also the risk of floods.

Of the many ways to address water demand, what we have is a steadfast commitment to demand to have mega projects indefinitely into the future.

The public could take the initiative by using less treated water – it will help us avert a water shortage, reduce the need for mega projects, disrupt less lives of Orang Asli and be kind to Mother Nature.


Don't blame Selangor for water woes, says Charles

Phang Oo Lang ~ My quarterly journey to my Herbalist

Posted: 21 Jul 2010 10:36 PM PDT

I visited my Herbalist, Sinseh Phang Oo Lang on Monday, the 19th of July, 2010.

My journey started with my wife dropping me off near the walkway to the Salak Selatan LRT station early in the morning.

I was hoping to be able to get to the Bukit Jalil Temporary Express Bus Terminal before 9am and maybe get to catch an early bus to Butterworth and from there take the U601 Rapid Penang bus to Kepala Batas where my herbalist lives.

I reached the Salak Selatan station and paid just a ringgit LRT fare to reach the Bukit Jalil Station. Once I reached the station, I had to walk quite a distance and cross the road to the temporary Express Bus Terminal.

As expected, I was accosted by various ticket touts aggressively asking me about my intended destination but I just kept smiling at each of the pests and doggedly made my way past the obnoxious gauntlet and searched for the MARAliner counter.

I paid RM31.20 for the fare to Butterworth scheduled to depart at 10.30am. I had no choice but to wait at the haphazardly set up temporal food court which had a foul stinking smelly sewer as its neighbor!

For all the hype about Bukit Jalil being our nation's premier sporting complex and whomsoever decided to set up the temporary express bus terminal here, they surely didn't see to it that the standards of top class sporting facilities should also be applied to the temporary bus terminal to balance the infrastructural make up of the area.

From '1st world' Bukit Jalil Stadium standards, we had the temporary bus terminal set up with 3rd world mayhem set ups.

The whole area was looking rough shod and I so wished that my bus will arrive on time and whisk me away from the mess and the din of the bus ticket touts loudly making their voices heard above the din and roar of the noisy express buses arriving and departing from the station.

We can be excused if we thought of ourselves being in Jakarta or Chow Kit for almost each and every stall holder or the workers were Indonesian.

Where are all the locals? Place too smelly and foul for them, huh? Maybe. Can't blame them altogether if they shied away from doing business there on that account?
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When I myself had to practically hold my breath because there were just so many smokers huffing and puffing away as they pleased contaminating and polluting the already stinked up atmosphere there!

If only the smokers could have a look at what they are doing or have done to their lungs from all the needless habit? From a pinkish fresh lively hue, their lungs would now have been corroded and blackened with all the nicotine tar and all other pollutants present in every stick of cigarette that they have and are still smoking? Their choice of committing suicide the slow way.

I didn't like the looks of the roti canai seller. One of those 'mamak' wannabes. So, I opted to play safe and bought myself a packet of nasi lemak and ordered a glass of hot water.

Yes, you read me right. Hot boiled water. Just had to have my Ali Cafe Tongkat Ali Ginseng 5 in 1 perk me up coffee mix!

So, I had my nasi lemak and sipped my coffee as I watched the human drama enfold right before me. There were just so many characters going about here and there as I sat at one of the many round tables set up before each temporary food stall.

There were a few very distinct looking chaps. Wearing sunglasses and quite colorful uniform of the various express bus companies, one of the chaps sat near my table. I asked him if it was okay for me to snap his photo?

He said no problem so yours truly happily grabbed my camera and snapped the following shots :

Didn't wait around much longer than necessary over there at the makeshift foodcourt for obvious reasons. Stinking foul smell emanating from the surroundings.

I wondered what the tourists who had no choice but to take the express buses there thought of our nation after suffering the same like me?

I am sure that their appraisals would be just as bad if not worse from mine over the state of affairs concerning the slipshod setting up of the express buses terminal at the fringe of the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex!

To be continued.

A good philosophy – iphone 4′s salvation

Posted: 21 Jul 2010 10:31 PM PDT

I am very impressed by this video presentation of Steve Jobs for Apple Computers, trying to explain and salvage the antenna problems faced by the new iphone 4 users .

Whether it is a company or a government, it should have the attitude of this man and his company..Make the 'users" (=people) happy..

I am going to post a few pictures taken from this video on his presentations.  The phrases inside the brackets below the pictures are mine,  for  government leaders  (or businessmen or anyone trying to promote a product ) to consider and ponder.

We are not perfect . ( Governments are not perfect)

We are not perfect . Phones aren't perfect.  ( Governments are not perfect. Policies aren't perfect)

We want to make all our users happy. ( We want to make all our citizens happy).

We love our users. We try very hard to surprise and delight them. (We love our citizens. We try very hard to surprise and delight them)

We love our users. Macs, ipods, iphones, ipads, Apple TV, App store…( We love our citizens. Independent MACC, fair judiciary, professional law enforcers, freedom for  press and TVs, job creating stores and factories…)

When we fall short, we try harder. ( When the government leaders fall short, we try harder)….

No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. Whether we try harder to correct our mistakes or just let it be differentiates  success from failure, excellence from mediocrity.

There is normally a great philosophy behind a great company. Similarly, there must be great philisophy behind a good government. I think it all boils down to whether it is "We love our users", or " We try to exploit our users".  The days of the latters are long gone since people now are smarter and cannot be exploited anymore…

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