Wednesday, July 7, 2010

M'sia needs gambling taxes - Barry Wain

M'sia needs gambling taxes - Barry Wain

M'sia needs gambling taxes - Barry Wain

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 06:28 AM PDT

Malaysia needs gambling tax badly. Otherwise, its economy will find it difficult to sustain. This is what Barry Wain (pic), the author of 'Malaysian Maverick - Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times wrote in the Asian Sentinel.

Throwing his full support for Vincent Tan and his Ascot Sports Sdn Bhd while at the same time lambasting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak for not allowing Tan to run the World Cup betting syndicate, Wain said the PM himself realised how important taxes derived from gambling licenses has helped the government.

"While Najib has pleased many Malaysians by refusing to allow businessman Vincent Tan to expand his gambling empire, the prime minister's image has suffered because of his secretive attempt to revive sports betting..." he said in a bias article titled 'Malaysia's Najib and the Crony Culture'.

Tan, he said was given a gambling license by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir in 1987. When Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was prime minister, he vetoed it.

"By seeming to allow the license to go to Ascot Sports in a non-transparent fashion, Najib drew attention to what looked like his broken promises to be more open. He also appeared to be condoning gambling, which is forbidden in Islam and opposed by many Malays...

"... in reality Najib needed increased gambling tax to help reduce Malaysia's officially projected budget deficit from 7 percent to 3 percent of gross domestic product by 2015. One industry group estimated illegal sports betting turnover at RM20 billion to RM30 billion, and calculated potential government revenue at RM1 billion to RM3 billion."

The writer - known as one of many foreign journalists who support Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, also implied that gambling (although prohibited by Islam) should be open to non-Muslims.

KPPTMB berpiket di hadapan ibu pejabat KTM

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 05:28 AM PDT

Kira-kira 300 orang anggota Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KPPTMB) berpiket di hadapan ibu pejabat Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) berikutan tindakan syarikat itu menubuhkan sebuah anak syarikat sebagai pengendali perkhidmatan tren elektrik (ETS) seliaannya. Anggota kesatuan itu mula berkumpul di stesen komuter Kuala Lumpur pada jam 5.00 petang ini dan kemudiannya berarak mengikut laluan bawah tanah dan berkumpul semula di hadapan ibu pejabat KTMB di Jalan Hishamuddin.
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Kampung jaguh's, global jesters

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 05:23 AM PDT

The following have been a mere 2 examples of Malaysia's f*-up fumbling in the international arena, where its Boleh-ness had been laughed at and disdainfully dismissed:

(1) Our Pasar Malam-ish stand at the World Expo in Shanghai – see Malaysiakini's M'sia puts in 'pasar malam' effort at World Expo.

It didn't even have a Mandarin speaking Malaysian on duty there when it's known that the majority of visitors would be Mandarin speaking Chinese.

I can tell you there are at least 50 Melayu Malaysians who would be fluent in Mandarin, so if the Tourism Ministry doesn't want to use Chinese (Mandarin speaking) Malaysians, then they should have recruited Mandarin speaking Malays.

And the b* joke doesn't stop there. Now Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia is no doubt deciding how to avoid a motion to refer Tourism Minister Ng Yen Yen to the Rights and Privileges Committee for allegedly misleading the House over the cost of the Malaysian pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo. It was RM35 million but she said it was only RM20 million. Maybe she couldn't count?

(2) Losing Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore, where Free Malaysia Today published a damning indictment on the Malaysian legal team at the World Court, where they were ill prepared, had brazenly and shamelessly attempted to mislead the World Court and thus were made mincemeat by the Singapore legal team – read FMT's Pulau Batu Puteh - a tale of miscalculated strategy.

Those clowns in the Tourism and Foreign Minsitries have been a national disgrace. They may be jaguh's in our kampungs but outside in the open world, they have been nothing more than jokers, clowns, jesters.

MPs want Burma suspended from Asean

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 04:19 AM PDT

A petition was launched today in Parliament to suspend Burma from Asean for flouting basic democratic norms. The Malaysian chapter of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus' (AIPMC) petition also urges the Malaysian government not to recognise the military junta's upcoming general election. Full story:
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EC may give election watchdog second chance

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 04:14 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE The Election Commission (EC) may reconsider re-accrediting Malaysians for Free Elections (Mafrel), which was dropped as an official election observer just before the Hulu Selangor by-election. According to the EC, Mafrel's accreditation was revoked over an alleged failure to hand over reports from the past nine by-elections. Full story here:
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Birth certificates and fathers’ details

Posted: 06 Jul 2010 08:17 AM PDT

There would seem to be a difference between what the law states about children born out of wedlock and what is carried out administratively. Might it be a case of administrators punishing those who do not comply with society's apparent moral code of conduct, wonders Ms Batik.

PR highlights serious error in Consumer Protection Bill

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 02:17 AM PDT

Pakatan Rakyat MPs highlighted what they consider to be a serious error in the Consumer Protection Bill (1999) ... It is inappropriate for the error to be brushed off as 'typo' they said.
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Where's the rest of the NEM?

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 01:52 AM PDT

The continued delay in the full release of the New Economic Model (NEM) may leave Malaysia ill-prepared to face another possible global slowdown. DAP's Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said the second part of the NEM remains a 'mystery' that needs to be unravelled, before it is too late for the nation's economy. Full story here:
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Allowances up for speaker and senate president

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 01:39 AM PDT

The government has approved an increase in allowances for the Parliament speaker, senate president and their deputies. It has been 29 years since the last hike and will take effect from May 1 this year, according to a statute paper issued to MPs today. Notable increases include the speaker's and senate president's entertainment allowance, up from RM7,000 to RM9,860. Full story here.
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Sports betting licence: On-off-on again?

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 01:05 AM PDT

Will sports betting be legalised or not in Malaysia? The question has resurfaced in the wake of a parliamentary reply from premier and Finance Minister Najib Abdul Razak that once again leaves the matter wide open. Replying Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena), he said the government has yet to award any licence for betting services tied to the ongoing Fifa World Cup 2010. Full story here:
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“Configuration of The New Sarawak Party”

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 01:37 AM PDT

We Tweeted earlier and BROKE NEWS:- Rumoured New Political Party in Sarawak launching on 7th of July. Elections soon more parties mushrooming.. 5:19 AM Jul 5th.

Mushrooming..?? Disgruntled..?? Open revolt..??

There are so many ways to read the whole political set up of the new party which will be launched on Saturday at the Grand Continental Hotel in Kuching at 9.30am. In 1987 there was the Maju group made up of Permas/PBDS which openly fought a bitter elections against the BN coalition.

 Seems that PERS is the new name for the new political group and the acronym has significance in that stands for Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Bersatu.Moreover PERS says it is willing to talk to PR parties to forge an alliance.

Our  insider source called a  PBB Supreme Council member and an assemblyman when news filtered through and he said,"They are somewhat disgruntled and they are openly revolting and but this is their democratic right. This usually happens as elections are around the corner and these parties which mushrooms will die a natural death when they are severely trounced."

He was non committal though on the PERS Protem Secretarys readiness in contesting in the 71 constituencies in Sarawak. The ultimate reason given by PERS is that they formed this party to fight for the Economic rights of the sarawakians and also to fight for those who have had their land taken away.

A Pakatan Spokesman said to audie61 when asked on the yet to be registered PERS party forging an alliance," The platform is already there for them to join either SNAP,PKR,PAS and DAP. We do not need to complicate matters when we are facing a common enemy in BN. The battle royale will be between BN4 and Pakatan4. Joining forces and using the resources available and togetherness we will achieve more."

No doubt we are open for talks and if need be we are willing to listen, hear and discuss it at the ROUNDTABLE  in front of all our other partners in Pakatan. Until such time we will just monitor their movements. 

A veteran political watcher said that it is 'looking very murky and gloom for the mosts political parties in Sarawak and it will get darker with more courageous people heading for the battlefield."


Anwar Ibrahim menentang 'Negara Islam'. Temubual Mahaguru58 dengan Prof Dato Dr Harun Din

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 01:25 AM PDT

Kekadang agak menghairankan saya bagaimana seseorang yang dahulunya begitu tegar didalam usaha menegakkan Syiar Islam boleh berubah sikap, pusing 360 darjah menentang pula matlamat penubuhan sebuah 'Negara Islam' ditanahair kita sesuai dengan kedudukan kita sebagai ummah Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam?

Apakah dunia ini dengan segala tarikan kuasa dan kedudukan sementara ini begitu hebat boleh mencorakkan semula tekad seorang manusia seperti Anwar Ibrahim membelakangkan wadah perjuangannya sejak ia mulai mengenali Islam dan bersama sama menubuhkan Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia?

Kata katanya menentang penubuhan 'Negara Islam' semasa di Woodrow Wilson Center of Scholars di Washington DC amat menyakitkan hati saya dan saya timbulkan perkara ini semasa bertemu buat kali kedua semalam dengan ulamak yang saya amat hormati yakni Al Fadhil Tuan Guru Professor Dato Dr Harun Din Al Haj di kediaman beliau, Darussyifa, Seksyen 2, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor Darussalam.

Memang terbukti bahawa manusia amat lemah menghadapi godaan duniawi dan sanggup menjadi petualang dan seteru kepada masyarakat seagama dengan ia sendiri sebab gelap mata dengan harta, pangkat dan kedudukan yang bersifat hanya teramat sementara.

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Death in Detention: the Gunasegaran case

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 12:23 AM PDT

Another no work post from me, sorry :( But maybe more on this another time. Thanks to the people at Suaram who have been diligently documenting:

Ahli Forensik Menolak Pendirian Sendiri:

Gunasegaran Kemungkinan Pernah Dipukul Sebelum Mati

1 Julai 2010

Mahkamah Majistret Kuala Lumpur meneruskan siasatan terhadap kes R.Gunasegaran yang mati dalam tahanan polis di Balai Polis Sentul .Saksi yang ke -18 ,ahli forensik yang bernama Nurulhasanah Mustapar .Dr.Nurul telah menolak laporan bedah siasat dan menyatakan Gunasegaran berkemungkinan besar pernah dipukul sebelum mati.

Dalam laporan Dr. Nurul telah menyatakan bahawa faktor Gunasegaran meninggal dunia adalah disebabkan pengambilan dadah yang keterlaluan,dan badannya tidak terdapat apa-apa kesan cedera yang boleh menyebabkan kematiannya.

Namun demikian, selepas beberapa kali pertanyaan peguam kepada ahli keluarga Gunasegaran iaitu M.Visvanathan terhadap Dr.Nurul ,maka dia memberikan pernyataan bahawa kecederaan di bahagian punggung, dada dan lenggan kemungkinan adalah disebabkan oleh pemukulan. Selain itu , bahagian perut Gunasegaran berkembang sedikit dan Dr.Nurul menyatakan kemungkinan si mati pernah ditumbuk di bahagian depan serta belakang dan menyebabkannya berdarah .

Apabila peguam menanya Dr Nurul bahawa sama ada Gunasegaran pernah dijalankan proses 'resuscitation'. Dr Nurul telah menyatakan bahagian dada Gunasegaran terdapat lebam, dan ini menunjukkan dia pernah dijalankan proses 'resuscitation',.Walau bagaimanapun,Dr Nurul tidak mencatatnya ke dalam laporan post-mortem.

Sebelum mahkamah berhenti rehat, Dr.Nurul telah memberi penerangan bahawa sekiranya Gunasegaran tidak menjalankan proses 'resuscitation', maka kemungkinan besar lebam tersebut adalah disebabkan oleh pemukulan.

Apabila mahkamah membicara semula selepas rehat, peguam Visvanathan telah menunjukkan bukti bahawa Gunasegaran tidak pernah dijalankan proses 'resuscitation'. Hal ini menunjukkan kenyataan tersebut bertentangan dengan jawapan yang diberi oleh Dr.Nurul sebelum itu.

Pada masa itu, Dr. Nurul membalaskan bahawa adalah sebab kali pertama dia menghadiri mahkamah sebagai saksi, maka dia telah tersilap dengan memberi keterangan yang salah pada masa awalnya.

Peguam berasa kecewa dan marah terhadap kenyataan Dr Nurul. Peguam memberitahu bahawa adalah tidak logik sekiranya lebam tersebut hanya muncul pada post mortem kali kedua .Peguam memarahi Dr.Nurul membohong dan tidak menghormati mahkamah dengan mengubahkan keterangannya. Tambahan, peguam mensyaki Dr Nurul cuba mengelakkan kemungkinan sebab kematian Gunasegaran adalah dipukul oleh orang lain tanpa mencatatkannya dalam laporan post-mortem.

Dr.Nurul mengakui bahawa adalah kesilapannya tidak menjumpai lebam tersebut pada post mortem kali pertama dan memang dia berasa tertekan apabila menguruskan kes Gunasegaran .Namun demikian, dia mengakui bahawa sekiranya lebam tersebut bukan disebabkan oleh 'resuscitation',kemungkinan besar ia adalah disebabkan oleh pemukulan oleh orang lain.

Dr.Nurul diberitahu oleh polis bahawa Gunasegaran meninggal dunia pada pukul 530pm, namum pada hakikatnya, Gunasegaran meninggal dunia pada pukul 730pm.

Oleh sebab Dr. Nurul menerima laporan ujian urin dan darah daripada Jabatan Kimia pada haribulan 15 September 2009, maka dengan tanpa mengetahui jumlah kandungan dadah cocaine,amphetamine dan moprphine yang terdapat dalam badan Gunasegaran, dia dengan seorang doktor pakar telah membincang dan membuat kesimpulan bahawa punca kematian Gunasegaran adalah disebabkan oleh pengambilan dadah yang berlebihan.

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R.Gunasegaran (31 tahun) didapati mati dalam tahanan di Balai Polis Sentul pada hari bulan 16 Julai 2009 selepas 2 jam dia ditangkap oleh polis dalam satu operasi penangkapan penagihan dadah di sekitar kawasan Sentul.

Namun demikian,kakak Gunasaegaran yang bernama R.Ganga Gowri telah melaporkan kepada polis terhadap sebab tidak setuju kematian adiknya adalah berpunca daripada pengambilan dadah yang berlebihan dan dia mempercayai Gunasegaran pernah dipukul oleh pengawai polis sebelum dia meninggal dunia, dan kenyataan tersebut disetujui oleh beberapa orang saksi yang pada masa itu berada dalam lokap yang sama dengan adiknya, mereka menyatakan Gunasegaran dipukul oleh polis dengan menggunakan hos getah dan juga kayu.

New voters ratio 2:1, not 1:40, says EC chief

Posted: 06 Jul 2010 11:33 PM PDT

The Election Commission (EC) has denied Umno Youth's claim that Malays are outnumbered 40 to 1 among newly-registered voters. In fact, for every two new Malay voters registered, there is only one new non-Malay voter, EC chief Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said today. Full story here: The Election Commission (EC) has denied Umno Youth's claim that Malays are outnumbered 40 to 1 among newly-registered voters. In fact, for every two new Malay voters registered, there is only one new non-Malay voter, EC chief Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said today. Full story here:
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Thunder, Lightning and Slogans

Posted: 06 Jul 2010 11:38 PM PDT

This time we will make it. Just work harder. Tighten your belts. You hear my slogans?

It's a rainy afternoon. Thunder. Lightning. Dark, ominous clouds. And I am sitting in front of my computer. My Tweetdeck tells me that I am over some limit and can't be used for a while. And so I played around with the webcam and came up with a rant. Okay la so this tech-challenged geriatric just covered up the cam and used the audio. Which isn't very good but at least I have a sound track that includes howling winds and thunder. Kind of appropriate actually for what I am ranting about.


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Posted: 06 Jul 2010 10:23 PM PDT

World Cup Quarter-finals: Germany vs Argentina
Germany team leaving the field after their 4-0 win over Argentina

Allow a grandma to indulge a little here. My only grandson returned from two weeks of World Cup excitement in South Africa early this morning. He skipped school to go with his parents. Which little boy would pass over the chance of a lifetime to watch a World Cup live? And which teacher or headmaster would disapprove when in their hearts they probably wished they could be there too.

Max was six when he first saw World Cup action in Germany in 2006. Two years later he was at the Beijing Olympics with his parents. Max was so inspired by 8-gold winner Olympian Michael Phelps that he vowed to be a world-class champ in the pool just like Phelps.

This framed and autographed poster of Michael Phelps occupies pride of place in Max's room. It is his vision chart.
Max's impressive haul of medals, mostly for swimming and triathlon.

Now that Max has seen many of his football heroes in action, he is ready to take his football skills several notches higher. If my grandson maintains that focus and determination, who knows what heights he might reach, what aspirations he might achieve. The least we can do for our children and grandchildren is to give them all the support they need, and not be cynical about their lofty ambitions.

 A little boy can dream of greatness one day, can't he?

On a related note, it must have been heart-breaking for Ghana, the last surviving African team, to bow out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals. It was robbed of a sure goal when Stephen Appiah's shot was by blocked by Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez's 'hand of God'.

Headlines from a copy of South Africa's Sunday Times.
It must have been heart-warming for the Ghanian players to see this double-page spread (above) in the national papers the morning after their loss.

A final note: these little pill-boxes (below) with a football logo on the lid were distributed free in the streets of Capetown. Inside were edible paper-thin wafers each one with a quote from the Bible. Popping one of them in your mouth is like taking communion in church. A rather novel idea for evangelising, I must say.

The only winners are the people smugglers

Posted: 06 Jul 2010 01:30 PM PDT

From Matthew E, Australia, via e-mail

Your comments focus on only the points you wish to raise, not the entire 'facts' of the matter. Australia is more than willing to accept its international 'obligations'. However, it is the 'method' being employed that we object to.

People smugglers are encouraging these 'refugees' to flout the system and bypass the accepted legal prosess by jumping the cue via large sums of money and at great risk to their lives in un-seaworthy boats.

Many are embarking aboard these boats from sovereign nations such as Indoneasia, etc. What message does that send to the 'genuine' refugees in camps awaiting processing? The only winners here are the people smugglers!

The losers are all the genuine refugees, 'playing it by the numbers', those attacked  on the high seas by pirates and lastly, those souls who drowned on a 'leaky boat to Nivana'.

Malaysia is only one third the distance to many boat people have landed on Malaysia's doorstep unanounced this year? (as opposed to over 2,000 on Australia's).

Refugees or asylum seekers have NO legal status in Malaysia whatsoever!

Take a look at Amnesty International and print out its damming report on Malaysia and its conduct towards refugees (Refugees and Migrants, Aug 25, 2004).

Malaysia is not even a party to the 1951 UN convention relating to the status of refugees. Then, try telling the world that Australia is being unfair and racial, simply because we are trying to disuade asylum seekers from using the services of people smugglers!


Lift suspension on asylum claims, Australia urged

Obligation is to taxpayers not bond holders

Posted: 06 Jul 2010 01:26 PM PDT

From Robert Phang, via e-mail

Aiyooo!!!! How can lah? This is highly a ridiculous and unthinkable. The PKFZ issue has been highlighted so many times and the legal dispute between PKFZ and Kuala Dimensi and a decision had been made to freeze accounts involving KBSB and PKA.

Now the government has given the assurance that it will pay what is due to PKFZ bond holders because it says it has a commitment to the bond holders and must fulfill it.

Let me remind the government that it equally has a commitment and obligation to ensure that taxpayers money amounting  RM 1.64b be returned them.
Surely this commitment to the rakyat or taxpayers is far more important than any other consideration and it should supercede other decisions.

I'd like to remind the Prime Minister that PKA's obligation is not towards bond holders, but  to our poor rakyat and taxpayers.

This is a very serious issue and can cause adverse damage to the BN government. Dear YAB Prime Minister, I hope you are able to digest the importance and seriousness of the matter.

The writer is the chairman of Social Care Foundation


'Helpless public pays for govt follies... yet again'

MCA can forget about Selangor Chinese votes

Posted: 06 Jul 2010 01:24 PM PDT

From Siew Wah, via e-mail

I refer to the article 'MCA ready to wrest back Selangor' by Teoh El Sen. Please tell MCA state publicity chief Yap Pian Hon to stop dreaming that they can win back the support of the Selangor Chinese voters.

With the history of how MCA has performed under the coalition of the BN government still fresh in their minds, there is no way MCA can win back their support.

It is better for MCA members who believe in the political manifesto of the opposition to leave BN and apply to join DAP and and they may have a future when the opposition takes over in GE13.


MCA ready to wrest back Selangor

Teacher's day do: What a shocking waste of money

Posted: 06 Jul 2010 01:22 PM PDT

From Suzy, via e-mail

What a shocking waste of money! This event caused traffic jams, disrupted garbage collection services (they were busy clearing up the littered field, I guess) and inconvenienced people going about their daily business. Its an uneducated way of appreciating educators!


Reveal cost for lavish teachers' day bash, MB told

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