Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Time perhaps for 'tag-team' style governance

Time perhaps for 'tag-team' style governance


Time perhaps for 'tag-team' style governance

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 07:00 AM PDT

By Suflan Shamsuddin

COMMENT I have been a long-time sceptic of Pakatan Rakyat. But having laboured long and hard over how they might share power, I am now warming up to them. I am beginning to sense that they might actually be a viable alternative to Barisan Nasional (BN), provided they are willing to make some fundamental changes in the way they think about power sharing.

If they can discard the conventional wisdom of operating a federal government, and build a new model suited to Pakatan, then it might just work.

Imagine three fuels -- leaded, unleaded and diesel. These fuels, when mixed together, cannot power any car. But yet each fuel could be used to run a specific kind of car quite effectively. And this is, to me, the key to solving Pakatan's power-sharing impasse.

If Malaysians insist on having Malaysia governed centrally as a single unit (like riding in one big bus with one driver using one fuel), then BN remains the only option.

Pakatan fuels cannot be used for this bus when mixed together. But what if we threw out the "single bus" model and opted for a "tag-team model" instead?

The tag-team model would mean that there would be separate vehicles going forward independently, but yet working together, supporting one another, even competing with each other, and united and bonded by the desire to get everyone to the same destination.

How it works

Let me elaborate.

For illustrative purposes, Malaysia could be divided into three distinct socio-economic zones: the West Coast of the peninsula; the East Coast; and Sabah and Sarawak. Each zone is like a vehicle in this tag-team model.

The tag-team model would have the following governance structure:

Firstly, a "presidential-like" prime minister who would oversee all matters related to holding the federation together and bringing it forward for the sake of all Malaysians. His responsibilities would therefore include all portfolios, but only in so far as they are truly relevant at national level (much like that of a US president).

He would then delegate his executive authority in relation to the administration of federal matters for each zone to an appointed viceroy. The viceroy for each zone would in essence be the driver of the vehicle in the tag team.

The viceroy's federal responsibility for his zone might include finance, trade and industry, education, religion, health, infrastructure and human capital development, tourism, youth and culture, and so on.

The federal Cabinet will ensure that each zone is allocated a fair and equitable share of the federal budget to enable the viceroy to do his job.

The viceroy would be a full member of the Cabinet and would remain answerable to the prime minister.

The viceroy for the West Coast might be from PKR or DAP (or this zone could itself be split into two to make for easier governance). The viceroy for the East Coast might be from PAS. And the viceroy for Sabah and Sarawak might be from a new Pakatan component party representing those states.

The viceroy would be selected by the prime minister in consultation with party leaders. Although he represents the party to which he or she belongs, the viceroy must be independent and be willing to put the interest of the country first before the zone or the party he or she represents.

The prime minister will manage all inter-zone affairs himself in the interest of the country as a whole. But beyond that, each zone will naturally go forward based on the policies of Pakatan to whom its viceroy belongs.

Yet the administration of the zones will be structured to promote and foster collaboration and co-operation, and be subjected to the collective accountability of the Cabinet and be in compliance with the Federal Constitution.

The struggle among Pakatan component parties to secure other Cabinet positions becomes less intense, because via the viceroy they each have effective administrative influence where real change can take place, especially in the zone where they have the greatest support.

Other federal ministries will focus on national policy development but will no longer wield the authority to effect real change on the ground since this is left primarily to the viceroy.

This would be a total departure from the BN governance model of today.

How about state governments?

As for the state governments, they remain as they are. To build state governments into the equation makes it too complex a model to manage. This is especially so if BN remains in control of a large number of state assemblies.

This is only a proposal on how Pakatan could allocate federal responsibility among the parties should they come into power.

The net effect is that we have different parts of the country that will have different federal administrative styles. And as private citizens, we would be quite at liberty to move to the zone that we think most suits our lifestyle, and other people might move in the opposite direction for the very same reason.

So there will no longer be a "one-size-fits-all" model.

I struggle trying to figure out how Pakatan partners can ever run the federal government based on the "bus-one-driver-one fuel" model, given their ideological differences. But if they offer the "tag-team" model, then it might be an interesting proposition to consider.

For sure, if that were the case, it will make it so much easier for me to decide where to cast my vote at the next general election.

This article first appeared on Melayu Samudera blog.



Saiful Bukhari to Pretty Farah this AG is the prime candidate for instant dismissal for failure of duty

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 01:39 PM PDT

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Well En Latif, your daughter's courier tumbling down forever. To make it worse, Saiful may say that your daughter is the one to rape him! just like DSAI case. Be a good dad to do the right thing; make a police report now before your family name tainted. Unless you're as cool as Saifool's dad!my sympathies for Farah … poor girl (woman?) is either a pawn or a love-struck whatever! so, i would not hasten to cast doubts on the DPP's case. but there's nothing to prevent the powers that want DSAI finished throwing all … including "innocent" people. so, DPP, open your eyes, stiffen your spine, tighten your kidneys … and do the right thing.

there's no sodomy, there's only political power abuse. don't increase malaysia's already bad image on the international stage — as if the submarines, the Paris hiltons etc are not enough to make me, at least, feel shame and hesitate if ever asked: ARE YOU MALAYSIAN? Saifool is like a wild male cat during mating season and one who has been caged and hidden for months like criminal ….. (detained in the house of Mumtaz J) at TTDI. So when he is out, he just grabs a

What is most surprising is that the accusations made so far is so general without any specifics. The AG has already blinked his eyes and jumped!!

Does the AG knows more than us the public and it took the allegation for him to jump? Is she going to come out with the statement that she was ordered to do be "Witness Relations Officer" so that the witness does not turn hostile?

Can we expect Chapter 2 and 3 and 4 to come from those who have made the allegations? Is the AG considering withdrawing the case? For if he does not, may be he may also become directly implicated in the affair?

Is this why the PM has decided to take a quick holiday to be far out of Saiful's sight, in case he comes back fro more advice?

All these are quite intriguing for us concerned rakyat. We do not want to see a miscarriage of justice. Perhaps the poor sweet looking DPP girl is also a victim? Who knows? . We are all anxiously waiting for answers!!.



that walked across his path.

The Bar Council president and DSAI's lawyers are discussing this issue only from the point of law ( and ethics.). But what they did not say, which is not within their brief, is whether there is a hidden hand in this "affair between the jr DPP and the complainant".

Someone, may be Najib or it may be his political enemies, who wants this sham trial to end asap. Najib's advisors have probably told him that he may win back some Malay support by chucking out this case. But it has to be done honorably for all, except for the two idiots the DPP and Saiful – they are expendable.

Or it could be Najib's enemies who wants the trial to fail and make Jibby look stupid, not that he isn't looking stupid already. Maybe, the hidden hand is Muhkriz?

An official at the attorney-general's office confirmed his comments to AFP, and said that Farah Azlina would also be transferred to another department. The defence said it had sought an official explanation from the prosecution after a leading Malaysian political blogger said on his website that the lawyer was in a sexual relationship with Saiful, who has a fiancee.

'The implications are serious,' Anwar's lawyer Sankara Nair told AFP on Wednesday. 'There is a perception that Saiful could have been given access to confidential information of the trial and that would compromise the integrity of the prosecution,' he said.

Mr Sankara said the development strengthened claims that there was a conspiracy against Anwar, after Saiful testified that he met with high-profile individuals including Prime Minister Najib Razak before lodging his complaint. The attorney-general however said that Farah Azlina, one of eight prosecutors in the Anwar case, had no access to confidential information. The sodomy trial, which began in February and has been punctuated by lengthy delays, is set to resume on August 2 for a one-month session.

"place their people in the major positions of power in all the areas they need to control to prevent proper investigation or to ensure that any high-profile case that does get to court always fails (see Figure 36). You don't need to control all the policemen to stop an investigation. You just need to control the person who controls the policemen…"

Now Pretty Farah, you save up the underwears used on those nights of bonking.

The dried-up sperms and semen is DNA evidence, which can provide for you many millions of ringgit when you play it right.

You don't have to work again ever for your living, like many other Umnoputeras-puteris.

You don't need to control every social worker, just the people who control the social workers. In other words, you only need to control the very few people who have the power to call off an investigation when necessary. These placemen and women are controlled by the same force and so the cover-up can be carefully coordinated through people who appear, to the outsider, to be unconnected -teachers, social workers, policemen, lawyers, judges, and media…." Unquote.

PBS Frontline Black Money Pt 4 of 6 – 08:36 – PB complaints – PM to AG…Case halted..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…re=related

PBS Frontline Black Money Pt 6 of 6 – 09:16 – FBI Chief justifies…BAE employs 40,000 Americans…One Rule for the Elites & another for the others…Saudi Prince justifies USD400 Billion… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKobqEnSNmI&NR=1



Re: "The Attorney-General's Chambers cannot compromise on any issue that can tarnish the image or credibility of the department and we are looking at such matters very seriously.

… tarnish the image or credibility of the department….
Is this for REAL?
Do these greatest pretenders REALLY believe a word they are saying??
Are they living in some freeze eternity hibernation Pluto, not knowing what the grassroot and the world are saying?
Is this the most incompetent AG and really fit to be junior office-boy runner for a run-down barrister joint located at drug pushing backyard neighbourhood?

This AG is the prime candidate for instant dismissal for failure of duty of care to every rakyat once PR sets foot in poutrajaya. Start preparing our resume, AG.


Men don't typically talk about relationships in the first place, and we got to keep probing them to actually talk and tell us what they're thinking. So what's really going on at the back of their minds? Do they actually ever tell us what they are really thinking? And are men really as nice as they seem or do their thoughts break that nice image you had of them?

We got a few guys to admit what they're REALLY thinking about, even when they've got doting smiles pasted on their faces.

Yes, you do look fat!




Sex is not a sin. Nobody is ever punished or sent to hell for sex. God has given it to you, you are born with it; you have not created it – like the atom bomb, bayonet, sword, money or politics — these are inventions of the ugly human mind. These people will go to hell, certainly. But sex is a God-given gift, and it is a great seed. Once it starts sprouting and finds the right soil, it will become a big tree. Millions of flowers will come to it.
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It is not only a child that is born out of sex; you will be reborn too! Sex is the very source of creativity. Out of sex new life is born. What can be more valuable than life? God has chosen sex as the vehicle for life. Life comes through sex, in sex, out of sex. And those who know, those who have gone beyond say that another life, spiritual life, also comes through it. You will become twice-born through it, you will resurrect out of it. It is life-giving energy.

Politically motivated charges impede his vision of a democratic Malaysia

The presence of so many foreign embassies attending Mr. Anwar's show trial is a clear expression of international concern. This is an issue on which the world must speak out.

By Paul Martin, The Globe and Mail

Anwar Ibrahim is a former deputy prime minister of Malaysia. After having differences of opinion with prime minister Mahathir Mohamad in 1998, he was removed from office, charged with sodomy and corruption – charges condemned worldwide as an attempt to remove him from politics – and imprisoned for six years. After his release in 2004, he became the leader of a coalition of opposition parties that is successfully challenging the ruling coalition's power. Mr. Anwar has now been charged again with sodomy, a charge that has again been condemned worldwide.

I have known Mr. Anwar well since the period when we each served as finance ministers for our respective countries. He is deeply committed to democracy, justice and the rule of law. And I have watched with horror how he has been treated in Malaysia because of that commitment. His initial imprisonment was seen worldwide as politically motivated. Amnesty International regarded him as a prisoner of conscience, jailed for the non-violent expression of his political opinion. After his release in 2004, he redoubled his campaign, attracting thousands to his public rallies, with the result that the historic 2008 election returned an unprecedented number of opposition candidates to Parliament. He now poses a threat to the government in the next national elections, expected in 2013 – the real reason for the latest charge.

His trial, which began Feb. 2, is widely seen as not meeting international standards for a fair trial. The former Anwar political aide who is making the sodomy accusation was reportedly seen with leading ruling coalition figures prior to the filing of the charge;

Mr. Anwar's lawyers have been denied access to vital prosecution documents; and the trial has been transferred to a higher court whose judges are seen as linked to the ruling coalition's main party. It is small wonder that Michael Danby, chair of Australia's parliamentary subcommittee on foreign affairs, has charged that Malaysia's legal system is being manipulated to drive Mr. Anwar out of politics. Mr. Danby has said that Asian democrats were "flabbergasted" by the charges and that "everyone in Malaysia, and everyone in the international legal community, knows that Anwar is innocent of these charges."

The presence of so many foreign embassies attending Mr. Anwar's show trial is a clear expression of international concern. This is an issue on which the world must speak out.

If his country is to take its place among the progressive nations of the world, it is crucial that the politically motivated charge against Mr. Anwar be dropped and that he be free to pursue his vision of a democratic Malaysia, properly respectful of human rights and international law.

Paul Martin is former prime minister of Canada.


Raja Petra Kamarudin

The following police report was made at 5.45 pm on Saturday, 28 June 2008,
by Mohd Saiful Bukhari Bin Azlan (IC no: 850706-01-5687), who turned 23 last
month:

Saya, Mohd Saiful Bukhari b Azlan, ingin melaporkan bahawa saya telah
diliwat oleh majikan saya. Perkara ini berlaku tanpa kerelaan saya. Kejadian
terakhir berlaku 26/6/08 di Unit 1151, Kondominium Desa Damansara, Jln Setia
Kasih, KL. Oleh itu, tujuan laporan ini dibuat untuk mendapat pembelaan dan
keadilan keatas diri saya. Saya juga berasa bimbang dengan keselamatan diri
dan keluarga saya jika perkara ini tersebar luas di khalayak ramai. Majikan
saya Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim – Ketua Umum PKR.

Yes, that police report was made at 5.45 pm on Saturday, 28 June 2008. By
why did it take that long for Saiful to make his police report? Let us
retrace the steps that led to this police report.

At 2.30pm on Wednesday, 25 June 2008, Saiful met Senior Assistant
Commissioner (SAC) II Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof in room 619 of the Concorde
Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to this secret meeting, Rodwan and Saiful spoke
on the phone at least eight (8) times.

In fact, they can't really remember how many phone calls it was. They say it
was at least eight times although it could have been maybe ten or twelve
times. But who's counting anyway? Eight, ten or twelve doesn't really
matter. The crux of the matter is: they spoke over the phone many times
prior to meeting up in room 619 of the Concorde Hotel — a 'secret' meeting
that can't be very secret if Malaysia Today knows about it.

We must remember one thing. Rodwan is the same police officer who was
involved in fabricating the 1998 sodomy allegation against Anwar. Rodwan was
implicated as the man who illegally took Anwar's specimens, which
subsequently mysteriously reappeared as 'stains' on a mattress. It was so
apparent the mattress was planted as evidence the judge subsequently
rejected the mattress as evidence and ordered that all references of it be
expunged from the court records.

That was all it took. When they realised that the mattress was hurting more
than helping their case, they threw the mattress out of the court and
deleted all records of it ever appearing in court. And, all of a sudden, the
mattress no longer existed. It vanished into thin air. It 'never appeared'
in court although for weeks it was paraded in and out of court for the whole
world to witness.

This is what lawyer and Parliamentarian Sivarasa Rasiah had to say about the
matter:

"In 1998-1999 trials, Anwar experienced the phenomenon of fabrication of DNA
evidence. We had SAC Rodwan illegally removing DNA samples from forensic
custody. In cross-examination of the prosecution's witnesses it was exposed
that DNA taken from blood samples was planted on the infamous mattress."

"When confronted with this fact the prosecution amended its charge and
persuaded the judge, Augustine Paul, to expunge the entire DNA evidence from
the record, preventing Anwar's lawyers from responding."

There were, in fact, other so-called 'damaging evidence' that they created
against Anwar to convince the public that he is indeed guilty of sodomy. In
time, Malaysia Today will parade these witnesses and reveal this evidence to
demonstrate to the public that the slime-ball IGP and scumbag AG, plus their
slithery minion, Rodwan, fixed Anwar's ass good and proper (pun intended).

Now, Rodwan met Saiful three days earlier and these two exchanged at least
eight phone calls. Nevertheless, no police report was made until Saiful had
visited two hospitals — three days later. Why engage in eight phone calls
and have a secret meeting with Rodwan in a hotel room, and only after visits
to two hospitals does Saiful make his police report?

Let us look at the timeline again.

1) Saiful and Rodwan speak over the phone at least eight times over a few
days.
2) At 2.30pm on 25 June 2008, Saiful and Rodwan meet in room 619 of the
Concorde Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
3) On 26 June 2008, Saiful's ass allegedly gets 'raped' by Anwar.
4) At 2.00pm on 28 June 2008, Saiful goes to Pusat Rawatan Islam
(Pusrawi, a 'halal' hospital) to complain that he can't ***. He tells the
doctor he can't *** because someone buggered his *** — whereas that
would instead have made it easier for him to ***.
5) The doctor peeps into Saiful's *** and discovers that his ***
is still as virgin as Raja Petra Kamarudin's.
6) The doctor then suggests, for purposes of the police report, he goes
to a government hospital for a second opinion.
7) However, instead of getting a second opinion, Saiful goes to the
pondok polis at the hospital to lodge a police report. Sources in Hospital
Kuala Lumpur (HKL) say that no second medical examination was done whereas
the police say it was. Considering that the police report was made within an
hour or two after Saiful left the first hospital, it is highly likely the
hospital is telling the truth while the police are lying.

It must be noted that Saiful met the police BEFORE the so-called sodomy act
took place. The sodomy was supposed to have happened on 26 June while Saiful
met the police on 25 June. And it was not until 28 June that he went to
hospital and made the police report a couple of hours later. And all this
culminated not only after the secret meeting in the hotel room on 25 June
but after eight phone calls as well.

If Saiful was sodomised, would he not tell Rodwan about it during the secret
meeting in room 619 of the Concorde Hotel on 25 June 2008? And why in the
first place did they meet in secret in room 619 of the Concorde Hotel on 25
June 2008? Should they not be meeting in a police station or in the police
headquarters? And, most important of all, would you not want to meet the
police AFTER instead of before the so-called sodomy took place (never mind
whether the meeting is in secret in a hotel room or conducted the right way,
in a police station)?

Would anyone in his or her right mind believe this latest sodomy allegation?
Okay, I said 'right mind'. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wants the
police to charge Anwar while the Cabinet is against it. The Cabinet feels
there is no evidence, not only to convict Anwar, but even to charge him in
the first place. But Abdullah wants the police to pursue the case and to
charge Anwar. As I said, no one in his right mind would believe the
allegation against Anwar but then Abdullah is not a person known to be in
his right mind.

And why does Abdullah want so much for the police to charge Anwar? Simple:
because his Deputy, Najib Tun Razak, would invariably get dragged into this
whole mess. The police have recorded both Najib's and his wife's statements
under Section 112. So that means Najib and Rosmah would both have to take
the witness stand to testify during the course of the trial. Once that
happens, everything will flow freely like *** through an *** that's
been sodomised.

During the course of Anwar's impending trial, Malaysians will be told of the
link Saiful has with Mumtaz Jaafar. Malaysians will also be told who Mumtaz
Jaafar is and what her 'special' links with Rosmah are. Further to that,
Malaysians will be told about the relationship between Najib's Special
Officer, Khairul Anas, and Saiful — and the less than manly reputation
these two buggers had while still in school. Yes, the excitement and kinky
sex that is going to spill over from this trial will cause Astro to lose a
lot of business.

The Anwar sodomy trial will hurt Najib more than it will hurt Anwar. At the
end of the trial the court will declare that there is not enough evidence to
secure a conviction. It will be a long five or six years but eventually
Anwar will be free. However, during the course of the five- to six-year
trial, Anwar will have to sit in jail because he will be denied bail. Yes,
Anwar will be free in the end, but only after spending five to six years in
jail without bail.

No, this is not a case of Anwar being set up for a fall under false
allegations of sodomy. It is about Najib being dragged into the mess and
being fingered as the dalang behind the conspiracy to set Anwar up. Sure,
Anwar will face a temporary setback. He will spend five to six years in jail
and then will be declared not guilty. But Najib will be sent into retirement
for good. This is not about Anwar. This is about Najib. And Najib has not
awoken to this fact yet. Poor thing.



Open Letter: Robert De Niro, Will you star in my Rosmelda biopic?

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 01:26 PM PDT

This letter was not selected for publication, and I must say I'm a little disappointed – worked quite hard at it, and was really a delight to write :P :) In the off chance you enjoy it, do help spread – mebbe it'll even reach the man's eyes himself :P

Dear Mr. De Niro,

I have a proposal for you good sir.

But first: how exciting to hear that you may have quietly slipped into Malaysia for a visit under an assumed identity this last weekend!

We are told you made this visit at the behest of our self-proclaimed First Lady, Her Excellency Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah Mansor.

She tells us you met in New York, and quotes you as telling her that "You are very progressive, you are very engaging. I would like to come to your country."

I confess, I can't possibly imagine you using such language, and have a hard time believing you would say such things given first, your intelligence, and second, the available facts regarding the person in question and our country's rather abominable record of civil and political rights.

But let's leave all that boring, serious stuff aside; I can't help but be excited that you've been here, and your visit has emboldened me to ask – would you like to star in a movie I'm planning?

I know it's a long shot, but I've read about your willingness to engage in social and political issues, and perhaps you have a newfound interest in Southeast Asia that you might care to indulge.

The heart of my story is a meditation on ambition. I want to explore what motivates people (in politics in particular) to chase the things they do, how they evolve once they get them, and the lengths they will go to preserve what they've obtained.

At the center of this tale is a husband and wife, rising to political power in a fictional Southeast Asian nation. The story begins as the husband finally ascends to the highest political office in the land. We then trace the 'adventures' this couple goes through as a result of this ascension.

Inspiration for these two lead characters are taken from various personae within the region throughout history.

I imagine the husband to be a lacklustre, it not entirely witless, timid man, who has finally managed to occupy the number one seat through a combination of patience, a refusal to stick his neck out, and incessant fuedalistic patronage. With little appetite for blood, his weapon of choice is money (and lots of it) and his primary weakness is the fairer sex.

This however, is hardly reflected in his choice of mate. A second marriage for both, this union is clearly one of political alliance, rather than any form of attraction or affection.

He is the son of a former premier, and she sees him as the perfect raw material to be moulded under her manipulative care. Here, I am thinking of the dynamic between Lady Macbeth and her husband in the early part of the play.

As you may be aware, politicians in my neck of the woods are world famous for kleptocracy of unimaginable scale – we're up there with the worst of African despots. Why, only recently we read of some USD 55 billion mysteriously disappearing over time in shady defence contracts (the husband's previous ministry is Defence, of course).

I think this will be an important part of the movie – we must explore these shady deals, the wheeling and dealing in dimly lit hotel lounges; the suitcases of cash; the beautiful women in elegant red dresses.

All this runs rampant because a great culture of secrecy exists in this fictional nation, where information is controlled meticulously and jealously – not at all unlike the Britain protrayed in "Brazil" (although far less bureaucratic; we don't want to be sued by the Singapore government), where all call out for a Harry Tuttle.

So, our husband and wife have done deal after deal, skimmed more than a little of uncountable tops, and have finally arrived at their goal.

Slowly, both husband and wife start to cut loose. The latter starts daydreaming the recognition that comes from rubbing shoulders with the most glamorous glitterati of the world. We're not talking about faded movie stars or socialites, we're talking Al Pacino, Oprah, Kanye West and the like.

Perhaps the couple will have a wayward son, who goes on champagne buying sprees around the globe with controversial Hollywood starlets.

Meanwhile, our husband starts cavourting with wilder and wilder women – one encounter ending in pregnancy and a rather belligerent young mistress going around threatening to expose everything.

The wife of course is not having any of this – there's no way she would allow some young tart to destroy all that they've worked for.

In a manner that I must stress is not at all in any way, shape or form inspired by true events, the wife then proceeds to arrange for the mistress to be killed, and her body detonated in some far off jungle (death is not enough after all, all traces of the pregnancy must be destroyed).

The fallout is serious, but the couple's tight grip on the media eventually allows them to get their personal bodyguards charged and convicted for the crime (even though those poor fellows had no discernible motive whatsoever), while the only potential witness to the murder is hauled in for questioning by the authorities only to be found having mysteriously fallen to his death from the fourteenth floor of the building in which he was being interrogated.

(No one is charged – the death is passed off as suicide, notwithstanding the fact that the poor fellow was due to get married the following week.)

Anyhow, enough about poor fellows.

So husband and wife are now facing pesky writers on the internet who keep stirring shit and calling attention to issues like these deaths, shady acuqisitions of jet fighters that don't fly, and missing submarine engines, along with a huge scam involving some free zone port.

To battle all this bad press, the couple decides to call in the big guns to repair their image. Having been in politics so long by now, their belief is that all they need to control and change is public perception, rather than anything genuine.

They go for the best money can buy, which in this case is a Washington-based lobbying and public relations firm called OCPA, globally renowned for doing the dirty work of image revamps for dictators, despots and tyrants the world over.

I was wondering if you might be interested in playing a wheeler-dealer from OCPA? After all, the rise to prominence, influence and power of such firms in America is something I imagine you're familiar with, and I think it would be interesting to explore their growing role in third world politics.

I think the perfect reference point for such a character, if you don't mind reprising a role somewhat, is spin doctor Conrad Brean from "Wag the Dog". In fact, I must credit the idea behind that movie as a major influence.

Back to the story. Our couple pays OCPA a huge ton of money, and before long there's a new, feel good OneNation campaign that sweeps the country, our husband starts appearing in major Western newspapers, meets Obama, and so on.

Our wife meanwhile, really starts to party it up, with her new OCPA friends being perfectly trained to cater to all her celebrity fantasies. Lavish parties are arranged for, and all the who's who who may have never heard of our little Southeast Asian nation before are suddenly honoured guests at dinners to fete the awarding of an off-the-shelf award created by an OCPA-like organisation to our thrilled wife.

Perhaps you can even play yourself at such an event? It'd be amazing if we can get Kanye to emcee.

I can't hide much longer though – I think I must reveal one of my major inspirations for this character. There is obviously, after all, the wife of a Southeast Asian leader who fits the bill quite closely.

A lady famed for extravagance and indulgent, "image-boosting" events; a thirst for celebrity hobnobbing that belies at best insecurity, and at worst, shameless pandering; seen by her subjects the same way Marie Antoinette was seen by the French public; a woman with a promiscuous husband whose mistress she wanted to kill; and of course, most of all, the real power behind the throne.

Yes, I'm talking about Imelda Marcos.

Yes, the lady who wrote the book where squandering millions meant for the poor on fluff is concerned. In fact, I confess that this movie is driven by the same questions posed in an article by Lance Morrow, in Time Magazine, back in 1986, when the Marcos empire finally began to unravel (as these things inevitably do) – an attempt to understand the nature of truly excessive high-brow, debauchery.

Imelda apparently had a very close friendship with George Hamilton. Perhaps you might consider playing the role of such a 'celebrity sidekick' as well. Most people wouldn't associate the great Robert De Niro with that kind of flamboyance, but I think your brilliant performance in "Stardust" has put to rest any doubts as to your versatility.

We can't reference her directly of course, but perhaps we can give her a similar sounding name. Rosmelda perhaps? As for Ferdinand, somehow the name Ferdinajib comes to mind, but that probably just sounds too ridiculous.

In any case, if you know of anyone, even if mere recent acquaintances, who might be right for the part, I'm more than happy to take recommendations. In keeping with a sense of realism and for practical purposes, I think we can forego any requirement that the actress look like a former beauty queen.

How does the movie end? I'm toying with the idea of a people power revolution that toppled the real Imelda Marcos, but ironically, I'm not entirely sure how true to life that would be. Not yet, anyway.

Perhaps something more poignant? I confess, "The Mission" is one of my favourite movies – one perhaps that contains subtle hope amidst persistent hopelessness. Perhaps an ending along those lines might hit home a little better; although, I'm not sure whether our characters will go through the same journey of redemption yours did.

In any case, once again Mr. De Niro, a belated welcome to our shores. I'll look forward to your favourable reply!


Champagne Headaches and Hangovers

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 12:56 PM PDT

I have never liked champagne for the fact that it gives me massive headaches. Perhaps my plebeian ways and champagne do not make a good cocktail.

Anyway, obviously some Malaysians love champagne and one even thinks nothing of spending RM9.0 million in St Tropez on champagne alone in a single night of "cock-fighting" with "dip-sticks" to see who had deeper pockets. The twenty-something younger brother of the 28 year old now infamous Low Taek Jho certainly grew up on "Malaysia Boleh" fodder and in the end, Malaysia indeed boleh!

All this at a time when foreigners are finding Malaysia an ugly place to invest their money (must read this by Tony Pua) we have these two brothers contributing millions to the economy of other countries. Well, the stories about the source of Jho's millions and lifestyle abound in both cyberspace and traditional media (especially in the society pages) so I shan't go there except to say that speculated links to Malaysia's self-titled First Family is disturbing.

It certainly looks like the people who will bear the hangover of some peoples' lavish "champage lifestyle" are the sorry sods called the Malaysian public. We are told the government has to cut subsidies to avoid bankrupcy by 2019; I hope we have not ended up subsidizing champagne! This guy Low Taek Jho is hardly a lowly tyke or an ordinary joe but Wharton notwithstanding, it appears he is no financial whizz either. It's more pointing towards cronyism again. Follow the money...read about him HERE and you be the judge.

No need for photos in this blogpost...just follow the hyperlinks herein...there are tons!


Nasib anak-anak Gaza

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 11:21 AM PDT













SALAM! Bagaimana agaknya masa depan anak-anak Gaza ini? Saya sempat merakam gambar-gambar anak Gaza ini dalam lawatan ke Gaza pertengahan Julai ini. Mereka tidak mengetahu apakah nasib dan masa depan mereka. Yang mereka tahu ialah hidup ini satu perjuangan untuk hidup setiap hari (survival). Hidup setiap hari di bawah ancaman tindakan ketenteraan rejim Zionis Israel, anak-anak ini melalui hidup harian dengan keriangan, tanpa menghiraukan nyawa yang boleh hilang dalam sekelip mata.


Thailand Yang Huru Hara Dapat Pelaburan Lebih Tinggi Dari Malaysia

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 10:17 AM PDT


Sedar atau tidak, Thailand yang huru hara dan melalui rampasan kuasa tentera nampaknya berjaya menarik pelaburan asing JAUH LEBIH TINGGI dari Malaysia. Selama ini UMNO kerap memainkan fitnah kononnya pembangkang suka buat huru hara, rupanya Thailand yang huru hara berjaya mengaut pelaburan asing yang lebih tinggi dari Malaysia.

Ini jelas menunjukkan penipuan UMNO selama ini. UMNO kerap mengatakan pelabur asing tidak akan masuk ke MAlaysia sekiranya ada demonstrasi dan tunjuk perasaan berterusan. Hakikatnya, UMNO takut rakyat berdemo memprotes tindakan UMNO mengkayakan kroni dan UMNOPUTRA.

Bayangkan, sepanjang 4-5 tahun lepas, bukan sahaja berlaku demonstrasi, kerajaan Thailand terpaksa mengisytiharkan undang-undang darurat kerana keadaan begitu tidak terkawal. Malahan, IMF telah menganggarkan pertumbuhan ekonomi Thailand mencecah 7% pada tahun 2010, yang mana dalam tahun yang sama berlaku demonstrasi besar-besaran yang menyebabkan Lapangan Terbang Thailand terpaksa ditutup dan kota Bangkok lumpuh.

Para demonstran bukan sahaja menutup Lapangan Terbang Bangkok, mereka juga menyerbu Parlimen Thailand. Jangan kita lupa, kebangkitan rakyat Pattani di Selatan Thailand yang sudah berjalan lebih 5 tahun. Di Haatyaai, pergi ke mana-mana kampung Melayu, semua orang bersenjata. Pakai kain pelikat pun, mereka bawa pistol. Pergi surau pun bawak pistol. tapi, pelaburan di Thailand kedua tertinggi di ASIA Tenggara. Pada enam bulan pertama 2010, pertumbuhan ekonomi Thailand berada pada tahap 10%.

UMNO TAKUT RAKAYT PROTES AMALAN KORUPSI MEREKA

Hakikatnya UMNO takut dengan tindakan rakyat menentang cara mereka menggunakan kekayaan negara untuk mengkayakan kroni dan UMNOPUTRA. Mereka takut jika rakyat turun ke jalanraya, mereka tidak dapat meneruskan aktiviti mereka mengkayakan kroni dan UMNOPUTRA.

Pelabur asing mahu melabur di negara yang membawa keuntungan kepada mereka. Mereka tidak boleh melabur di negara di mana kehakiman negara boleh dipergunakan sewenangnya oleh parti pemerintah untuk memfitnah Anwar Ibrahim dengan tuduhan liwat yang kedua.

Kalau kehakiman dan sistem undang-udnang di Malaysia tidak boleh dipercayai, bagaimana pelabur hendak melabur di Malaysia?

Jelas, selepas 1997, UMNO telah gagal menukar ekonomi Malaysia menjadi lebih berdaya maju dan lebih daya saing. Hasilnya, pelabur asing menarik pelaburan mereka di Malaysia.

Apa yang UMNO buat selepas 1997 hanya menggunakan wang rakyat untuk menyelematkan kroni2 dan UMNOPUTRA yang telah bankrap dan menuju ke dalam gaung. "COntigent Liability" sahaja yang ditanggung oleh rakyat Malaysia selepas MAhafiraun menyelamatkan kroni2 beliau berjumlah RM800 juta (kalau tidak silap saya).

PELABUR ASING BENCI AMALAN KORUPSI UMNO

Pendek kata, perangai UMNO mengkayakan kroni2 ini dilihat oleh para pelabur asing. Melihat perangai UMNO tidak berubah-ubah, maka para pelabur asing membuat keputusan meninggalkan Malaysia.

Bayangkan, sekarang ini, bilangan pelaburan yang keluar dari Malaysia JAUH lebih tinggi berbanding jumlah pelaburan yang masuk.

Mengikut Idris Jala dan juga NEM serta RMK10 Najib, harapan Malaysia untuk keluar dari "middle income economy" kepada "high income economy" adalah bergantung semata-mata kepada pelaburan asing.

Barang diingat, duit minyak kita akan habis sekitar 2011. Pekerja2 di Petronas sekarang ini boleh memberitahu para pembaca bahawa Petronas sudah pun memulakan operasi mengurangkan pekerja.

Ertinya, sekiranya kemasukan pelabur asing terus menjunam sebegini, kemungkinan besar Malaysia akan bangkrap jauh lebih awal dari 2019.

Tiada jalan lain untuk menyelamatkan Malaysia kecuali UMNO dihumban ke Laut Cina Selatan secepat mungkin.

Semoga UMNO dimatikan Allah WT secepat mungkin. AMINNNN!!!!

Tulang Besi


Abolish PMR but retain UPSR, says MCA

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 09:51 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA has proposed that the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) be abolished while the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) be retained with some changes.

Its president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said UPSR should make up only 30% of students' overall grading and the rest should be based on assessment by schools.

"The Education Ministry should introduce a standard procedure to monitor the assessment to be conducted by the schools," he said after chairing the MCA presidential council meeting here yesterday.

Dr Chua said the party came to that conclusion after holding discussions and dialogues with various parties and the public.

On the controversy regarding the setting up of non-Muslim clubs in secondary schools, Dr Chua said a circular on the matter which was issued 10 years ago should be cancelled.

He said the MCA would raise the issue when it meets Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to discuss education matters.

THE STAR (Wednesday July 28, 2010)


Majlis Ulama Indonesia Haramkan Gossip Artis (Infotainment)

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 08:36 AM PDT

Kalau di Indonesia, di setiap rangkaian televisi pasti ada slot yang membincangkan hal ehwal artis termasuk hal-hal pribadi artis2 Indonesia. Dalam bahasa orang dulu-dulu, infotainmen ini adalah rancangan TV berkaitan "hal2 dalam kain" para artis Indonesia.

Kalau di Malaysia, kita biasa panggil "gossip artis". Di Malaysia, gossip2 artis ini juga tidak kurang hebatnya. Sehingga ada majalah2 yang diterbitkan khas membincangkan gossip2 artis. Di televisi Malaysia pun, hal2 berkaitan dalam kain artis juga terus menerus diperbincangkan.

Bagi Tulang Besi, fatwa MUI ini adalah satu tindakan yang sangat baik dan mengharumkan nama Islam. Kalau dahulu, hanya Nahdatul Ulama yang mengharamkan Infotaimen, tapi sekarang ini Majlis Ulama Indonesia (yang mewakili Muhammadiyyah dan Nahdatul Ulama) juga mengharamkan Infotainmen (Gossip Artis).

Sudah tiba masanya, umat Islam di rantau ini berhenti menjadikan para artis sebagai contoh tauladan di dalam menjalani kehidupan kita. Biarlah hal2 dalam kain para artis dibincangkan di kalangan para keluarga mereka sahaja.

Yang saya khuatiri adalah generasi muda kita terutama para belia. Di tahap umur yang begitu muda, mereka sudah tentu sukar membezakan mana yang baik dan buruk. Apabila mereka melihat para artis kehidupan mereka bercerai berai, berskandal, berzina di sana sini, maka kelak contoh ini akan dijadikan tauladan kepada mereka. Maka, biarlah hal dalam kain para artis kekal di dalam kain. Janganlah hal2 dalam kain para artis di bawa keluar.

Tiba masanya, para mufti di Malaysia menyokong fatwa MUI ini dan mengeluarkan fatwa yang serupa. Jangan asyik nak suruh PAS bersatu dengan UMNO sahaja. Pengharaman gossip artis ini lebih penting kepada masa depan umat islam di Malaysia.

Saya menyeru Dewan Ulama PAS Pusat memulakan langkah menyokong fatwa Majlis Ulama Indonesia ini dan membawa fatwa ini, sekurang2nya di kalangan ahli2 dan penyokong PAS. PAda saya, gampang sahaja bagi Dewan Ulama PAS Pusat untuk mengambil fatwa ini.

Wallahualambissawab

Tulang Besi
Fatwa MUI: "Infotainment" Haram!
Rabu, 28 Juli 2010 | 01:15 WIB

KOMPAS ENTERTAINMENT/IRFAN MAULLANA
Para pekerja infotainment sedang berusaha mewawancarai Cut Tari yang sedang keluar dari Bareskrim Mabes Polri.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com — Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) mengeluarkan fatwa haram untuk tayangan infotainment, baik bagi televisi yang menayangkan maupun permisa yang menontonnya.

Fatwa tersebut disahkan dalam pleno MUI dalam musyawarah nasional (munas) di Jakarta, Selasa (27/7/2010), oleh Ketua Komisi Fatwa MUI Ma'ruf Amin.

Menurut ketentuan umum fatwa mengenai infotainment, menceritakan aib, kejelekan gosip, dan hal-hal lain terkait pribadi kepada orang lain dan atau khalayak hukumnya haram.

Dalam rumusan fatwa tersebut juga disebutkan upaya membuat berita yang mengorek dan membeberkan aib, kejelekan gosip juga haram.

Begitu juga dengan mengambil keuntungan dari berita yang berisi tentang aib dan gosip dinyatakan hukumnya haram oleh MUI.

Namun, MUI memperbolehkan dengan pertimbangan yang dibenarkan secara syar'i untuk kepentingan penegakan hukum, memberantas kemungkaran untuk menayangkan dan menyiarkan serta menonton, membaca dan atau mendengarkan berita yang berisi tentang aib.

Terhadap fatwa ini, MUI merekomendasikan perlu dirumuskan aturan untuk mencegah konten tayangan yang bertentangan dengan norma agama, keadaban, kesusilaan, dan nilai luhur kemanusiaan.

Juga direkomendasikan kepada Komisi Penyiaran Indonesia (KPI) diminta untuk meregulasi tayangan infotainment untuk menjamin hak masyarakat memperoleh tayangan bermutu dan melindunginya dari hal-hal negatif.

Lembaga sensor film diminta menjamin langkah proaktif untuk menyensor tayangan infotainment guna menjamin terpenuhinya hak-hak publik dalam menikmati tayangan bermutu.

Menurut Ma'ruf, permasalahan infotainment sebelumnya tidak masuk dalam pembahasan, tetapi karena banyaknya permintaan untuk itu akhirnya diputuskan dibahas.

"Kami memutuskan membahas dan membuat fatwa infotainment karena didasarkan pemberitaan saat ini yang dirasa sudah berlebihan," kata Ma'ruf.


Tun M: HOW TO MUZZLE YOUR CRITIC – SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR bloggers

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 08:08 AM PDT

Look who is talking of ethics ! He has no ethics in anything; he doesn't know the meaning of ethics, fairplay or rules and regulations.

Not all Malays will swallow what Awang says

Not A Scapegoat | Jun 11, 09 4:49pm
Awang Selamat recently wrote 'The Malays have been betrayed' in an article in Utusan Melayu. It is easily accessible on the Internet on Utusan Online and I strongly urge everyone to read it.
He says the non-Malays have become increasingly racist since the last general elections. He says that MCA and MIC leaders promised to respect the special privileges of the Malays in return for citizenship at independence from the British colonial authorities.
He implies the non-Malays have not been grateful enough. He says that the Chinese and Indians have been kicked out of innumerable countries in South East Asia like Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Ceylon but that the Malays have kindly taken them in.
He then complains that there are Malay leaders currently who are encouraging fraternity, brotherhood and solidarity with non-Malays. He thinks such a message is a criminal act of betrayal, and he clearly feels aggrieved, and he thinks the Malays have been too polite and accommodating and tolerant to non-Malays all along.
He then complains that security of the Malays is an issue, and of course, the threat to the Malays, he implies is from the non-Malays. He then says the sacrifices of the Malays have been betrayed by the non-Malays.
Thus ends the article.
I hope everyone studies this carefully crafted article by Awang Selamat, one of the best apologists and spin doctors Umno has to offer us, and reflect on the cynicism, hypocrisy and corruption that opportunists hope might appeal to backwards feudal mentalities so beloved of those who walk the corridors of power in Putrajaya.
Let us examine the article.
When Awang Selamat writes the Malays have been betrayed, then he is keeping very good company indeed. Adolf Hitler repeatedly wrote the Germans have been betrayed by the minority Jews. Karadzan Milosevic repeatedly said the Serbians have been betrayed by the minority Bosnians.
Robert Mugabe repeatedly said the Zimbabweans have been betrayed by the foreign West. The BJP regularly say that the Hindus have been betrayed by the minority Muslims.
Nevertheless I am certain that the Malays nowadays are not as uninformed as Awang Selamat and his political masters in Umno would like to believe.
The fact is, Malaysia is fast becoming another basket case country – and the most important thing if you can't fix the problem or won't fix the problem is that Umno can still make sure they win the next elections by fixing the blame.
There is rampant theft by Umno elites, wholesale corruption by Umno cronies whereby the rich and connected Malays are entitled to rob the poor and everybody else under the guise of 'social justice' via the NEP/NDP, Umno nepotism in the leadership selection process, a 'fixed' judiciary by Umno, a 'fixed' police by Umno and a 'fixed' electoral commissions by Umno.
Why should Umno leaders fix the problem when they are getting richer by the minute via corruption, cronyism and nepotism? Awang Selamat like other Utusan hacks have been hired to do the job for Umno – make sure Umno can fix the blame onto the non-Malays via a good dose of racist rhetoric, scare-mongering, hate-mongering, bigotry and ethnic xenophobia – straight from the serious and weighty editorial section of Utusan Melayu.
They all have been victims – the minority Bosnian Muslims in the former Yugoslavia, minority Jews in Nazi Germany, minority Muslims in BJP's India, minority whites in Zimbabwe (now that their farms have been taken over by Mugabe and his ministers, black Africans are simply starving to death), and of course, the minority non-Malays non-Muslims in Umno's Malaysia.
There are no prizes for guessing who is being prepared for the role of the fall-guy, scapegoat and bogeyman by Umno in Malaysia – it is Hindraf, the Bar Council, Bersih, DAP, PAS (Erdogan faction only, but of course) and PKR.
Adolf Hitler, Karadzan Milosevic, Robert Mugabe, BJP and Umno leaders all have one thing in common – they became obscenely powerful, filthy rich while their countrymen suffered, starved and died for it. All the while their leaders shouted 'traitor this' and 'traitor that' – as if the louder they shouted the more easily their lies could be believed.
Luckily there are a lot of Malay-Muslims in Malaysia who think for themselves, and not swallow everything Utusan tells them to. How stupid do Umno spin doctors think the rakyat have become?
As for rich Umno elites getting contracts and scholarships, and poor bright non-Malay students not even getting a place in our higher institutes of learning, this is Umno's version of social justice – what a joke, what a travesty, what a monstrous lie.
The fact is Umno cannot make enough money to support their mansions, exotic cars, and wives without stealing from you and me – so Umno's version of social justice will always be Umno steals from everybody – you should know by now Umno loves stealing from the poor because the poor are just such easy targets – Malays, Chinese, Indians and 'lain-lain' – 'semua di makan oleh Umno – sedap-nya!'
Awang Selamat appears aggrieved that today's generation of Malay Muslim leaders might actually believe in freedom, equality and fraternity. He might be upset that some Malay Muslim leaders are trying to preach goodwill and compassion to everyone – regardless of race or creed.
I suppose this is a shocking betrayal of Umno's apartheid policies where in Malaysia today you can be threatened, mollycoddled, scapegoat-ed or jailed strictly on the basis of your ethnic origins.
As a word of caution, I am sure the boys at Utusan will mix it up for their readers – sound conciliatory at some times and then sound racist xenophobic at other times – because even the most stupid people will be able to see through their ploy.
So recently when Muhyiddin Yassin ostensibly tells Utusan off in public for being too racist, what he actually means is this – 'You Utusan hacks are fooling nobody so please change tactics for now – later when the climate is more conducive, then you can try being racist again'!
Whether the average Malay thinks Awang Selamat is talking sense or nonsense, it is immaterial to me as I have already emigrated to a country where they insist on equal citizenship, equal opportunity, inter-racial solidarity, freedom of speech, rule of law, and freedom of religion – and they insist you get it for free. .
Although I love my place of birth, and I am used to racial and religious idiocy from people like Awang Selamat, I see no good reason why my children should have to put up with the same institutionalised racism in a rapidly declining Third World basket case like Umno's apartheid Malaysia.
In future, it won't really matter if the next generation become university graduates or not because the Malaysian public universities will be so rotten that the degrees will be just worthless pieces of paper. What future will the kids have then?
The fate of Malaysia will always be in the hands of the Malays. I hope they will choose wisely but then again, it is way too late for me and my family, because I am busy creating a life for myself abroad.
With people like Awang Selamat to lead the way for Umno, in spite of the pain of separation from old friends and family in Malaysia, and loneliness I feel abroad, I smile to myself every time I read Utusan, because I definitely know I made the right decision leaving for a country abroad that actually has a future.
Non-Malays shouldn't worry about Utusan's ranting.
As an observer, I'm trying to make sense of the argument put forward by the writer in his response to the article written by Zaid Ibrahim. Zaid was accusing the Utusan Malaysia of being extreme and stoking racial flames in particular reference to the article entitled 'Melayu Dikhianati' (Malays Betrayed) by Awang Selamat.
The writer agreed with Utusan Malaysia. He is of the opinion that Zaid is Malay from a different class living in a different world. First, I must make it clear I can't be a hundred percent neutral. Secondly, I won't take all the points for discussion but only limit it to a few.
But I'll tell readers this – I'm for democracy and will try to be as democratic as democratic can be. I'm for mind set changes and no looking back and I also believe in the usefulness of rule of law.
Lets ask this question – did people, did multiracial Malaysians in general feel threatened, hurt, uneasy, uncomfortable or even frightened when they read the Utusan article? In as far as Zaid was concerned the answer is 'yes'. But Saad viewed it otherwise.
The writer's argument is that nobody should feel threatened; it's all right for Utusan to make such remarks, because not all the three are driving BMWs. According to Saad, there is because disparity even among a community and he cites the example of some Malays' spending power at the posh shopping malls of Mid Valley and Pavilion.
The fact is, the public is aware that Utusan is the mouthpiece of the main political party that has ruled the nation for last 51 years. That makes Utusan a special and untouchable newspaper. The big question is why did Utusan behave like an opposition political party's organ in wanting to arouse the people's racial sentiments?
Many people are of the opinion that Utusan should have matured enough by now, and therefore they must have certain degree of responsibility instead of behaving like a spoilt child. Times have changed; the younger generation may not be interested in political gimmicks that use race and religion..
When the writer said non-Malays shouldn't worry about Utusan's ranting, what assurance has he got that it doesn't arouse racial sentiments? What if the other newspapers respond to it or behave in the same way?
If ranting doesn't mean anything, why do it? Is this not typical of time-wasting? Anyway, I detest blanket claims – Utusan doesn't represent the voice of Malaysians, in particular not those from Sabah and Sarawak
I don't know Zaid in person but from the looks of him, my first impression is that he can be a pompous or an arrogant Malay. But that is beside the point. Zaid is seen trying not to look down but also 'to go down' to the people and perhaps in doing so he will get the feel of what is it like to be an underprivileged Malaysian.
Since Zaid has been said to be a different class of Malay he is now trying to change himself, and that would be the stark difference between him and the writer. The writer is not yet prepared to see things differently.
I take it that Malays like the writer have a different interpretation of liberalism than some Malaysians; and this is exactly what has happened in the issue of integration. The understanding of what integration of the races is as found in Peninsula Malaysia and that as found in the two Borneo Malaysian states is miles apart.
In the Peninsula, with the domineering attitude of the Malays until today, integration for them means something akin to assimilation – 'I'm the boss and you follow me'. While we all know that the real integration won't change our character.
Whilst in assimilation, everyone else has to conform and be dictated by the upper authority.
With the issue of race, we in Borneo sometimes would like to say it aloud that we want the racial problem in Peninsular to be kept there only.
We have slightly different way of looking at race and religion. The two subjects have never been a real a political issue in Sabah and by the look of it, the people here are happy to maintain that as it is.
That difference also means that we've not come to a stage similar to the people in the Peninsula. For example, we've had no May 13; I therefore pray that it never will happen.
With this, it reminds me of Farish A Noor's recent article where he says the flow of ideas and expertise should be both ways – Peninsular Malaysians have a lot to learn for East Malaysians. Why don't we listen to whomever may teach us a few useful lessons in nation-building?
Not all Malays will swallow what Awang says
Not A Scapegoat | Jun 11, 09 4:49pm
Awang Selamat recently wrote 'The Malays have been betrayed' in an article in Utusan Melayu. It is easily accessible on the Internet on Utusan Online and I strongly urge everyone to read it.
He says the non-Malays have become increasingly racist since the last general elections. He says that MCA and MIC leaders promised to respect the special privileges of the Malays in return for citizenship at independence from the British colonial authorities.
He implies the non-Malays have not been grateful enough. He says that the Chinese and Indians have been kicked out of innumerable countries in South East Asia like Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Ceylon but that the Malays have kindly taken them in.
He then complains that there are Malay leaders currently who are encouraging fraternity, brotherhood and solidarity with non-Malays. He thinks such a message is a criminal act of betrayal, and he clearly feels aggrieved, and he thinks the Malays have been too polite and accommodating and tolerant to non-Malays all along.
He then complains that security of the Malays is an issue, and of course, the threat to the Malays, he implies is from the non-Malays. He then says the sacrifices of the Malays have been betrayed by the non-Malays.
Thus ends the article.
I hope everyone studies this carefully crafted article by Awang Selamat, one of the best apologists and spin doctors Umno has to offer us, and reflect on the cynicism, hypocrisy and corruption that opportunists hope might appeal to backwards feudal mentalities so beloved of those who walk the corridors of power in Putrajaya.
Let us examine the article.
When Awang Selamat writes the Malays have been betrayed, then he is keeping very good company indeed. Adolf Hitler repeatedly wrote the Germans have been betrayed by the minority Jews. Karadzan Milosevic repeatedly said the Serbians have been betrayed by the minority Bosnians.
Robert Mugabe repeatedly said the Zimbabweans have been betrayed by the foreign West. The BJP regularly say that the Hindus have been betrayed by the minority Muslims.
Nevertheless I am certain that the Malays nowadays are not as uninformed as Awang Selamat and his political masters in Umno would like to believe.
The fact is, Malaysia is fast becoming another basket case country – and the most important thing if you can't fix the problem or won't fix the problem is that Umno can still make sure they win the next elections by fixing the blame.
There is rampant theft by Umno elites, wholesale corruption by Umno cronies whereby the rich and connected Malays are entitled to rob the poor and everybody else under the guise of 'social justice' via the NEP/NDP, Umno nepotism in the leadership selection process, a 'fixed' judiciary by Umno, a 'fixed' police by Umno and a 'fixed' electoral commissions by Umno.
Why should Umno leaders fix the problem when they are getting richer by the minute via corruption, cronyism and nepotism? Awang Selamat like other Utusan hacks have been hired to do the job for Umno – make sure Umno can fix the blame onto the non-Malays via a good dose of racist rhetoric, scare-mongering, hate-mongering, bigotry and ethnic xenophobia – straight from the serious and weighty editorial section of Utusan Melayu.
They all have been victims – the minority Bosnian Muslims in the former Yugoslavia, minority Jews in Nazi Germany, minority Muslims in BJP's India, minority whites in Zimbabwe (now that their farms have been taken over by Mugabe and his ministers, black Africans are simply starving to death), and of course, the minority non-Malays non-Muslims in Umno's Malaysia.
There are no prizes for guessing who is being prepared for the role of the fall-guy, scapegoat and bogeyman by Umno in Malaysia – it is Hindraf, the Bar Council, Bersih, DAP, PAS (Erdogan faction only, but of course) and PKR.
Adolf Hitler, Karadzan Milosevic, Robert Mugabe, BJP and Umno leaders all have one thing in common – they became obscenely powerful, filthy rich while their countrymen suffered, starved and died for it. All the while their leaders shouted 'traitor this' and 'traitor that' – as if the louder they shouted the more easily their lies could be believed.
Luckily there are a lot of Malay-Muslims in Malaysia who think for themselves, and not swallow everything Utusan tells them to. How stupid do Umno spin doctors think the rakyat have become?
As for rich Umno elites getting contracts and scholarships, and poor bright non-Malay students not even getting a place in our higher institutes of learning, this is Umno's version of social justice – what a joke, what a travesty, what a monstrous lie.
The fact is Umno cannot make enough money to support their mansions, exotic cars, and wives without stealing from you and me – so Umno's version of social justice will always be Umno steals from everybody – you should know by now Umno loves stealing from the poor because the poor are just such easy targets – Malays, Chinese, Indians and 'lain-lain' – 'semua di makan oleh Umno – sedap-nya!'
Awang Selamat appears aggrieved that today's generation of Malay Muslim leaders might actually believe in freedom, equality and fraternity. He might be upset that some Malay Muslim leaders are trying to preach goodwill and compassion to everyone – regardless of race or creed.
I suppose this is a shocking betrayal of Umno's apartheid policies where in Malaysia today you can be threatened, mollycoddled, scapegoat-ed or jailed strictly on the basis of your ethnic origins.
As a word of caution, I am sure the boys at Utusan will mix it up for their readers – sound conciliatory at some times and then sound racist xenophobic at other times – because even the most stupid people will be able to see through their ploy.
So recently when Muhyiddin Yassin ostensibly tells Utusan off in public for being too racist, what he actually means is this – 'You Utusan hacks are fooling nobody so please change tactics for now – later when the climate is more conducive, then you can try being racist again'!
Whether the average Malay thinks Awang Selamat is talking sense or nonsense, it is immaterial to me as I have already emigrated to a country where they insist on equal citizenship, equal opportunity, inter-racial solidarity, freedom of speech, rule of law, and freedom of religion – and they insist you get it for free. .
Although I love my place of birth, and I am used to racial and religious idiocy from people like Awang Selamat, I see no good reason why my children should have to put up with the same institutionalised racism in a rapidly declining Third World basket case like Umno's apartheid Malaysia.
In future, it won't really matter if the next generation become university graduates or not because the Malaysian public universities will be so rotten that the degrees will be just worthless pieces of paper. What future will the kids have then?
The fate of Malaysia will always be in the hands of the Malays. I hope they will choose wisely but then again, it is way too late for me and my family, because I am busy creating a life for myself abroad.
With people like Awang Selamat to lead the way for Umno, in spite of the pain of separation from old friends and family in Malaysia, and loneliness I feel abroad, I smile to myself every time I read Utusan, because I definitely know I made the right decision leaving for a country abroad that actually has a future.
Non-Malays shouldn't worry about Utusan's ranting.
As an observer, I'm trying to make sense of the argument put forward by the writer in his response to the article written by Zaid Ibrahim. Zaid was accusing the Utusan Malaysia of being extreme and stoking racial flames in particular reference to the article entitled 'Melayu Dikhianati' (Malays Betrayed) by Awang Selamat.
The writer agreed with Utusan Malaysia. He is of the opinion that Zaid is Malay from a different class living in a different world. First, I must make it clear I can't be a hundred percent neutral. Secondly, I won't take all the points for discussion but only limit it to a few.
But I'll tell readers this – I'm for democracy and will try to be as democratic as democratic can be. I'm for mind set changes and no looking back and I also believe in the usefulness of rule of law.
Lets ask this question – did people, did multiracial Malaysians in general feel threatened, hurt, uneasy, uncomfortable or even frightened when they read the Utusan article? In as far as Zaid was concerned the answer is 'yes'. But Saad viewed it otherwise.
The writer's argument is that nobody should feel threatened; it's all right for Utusan to make such remarks, because not all the three are driving BMWs. According to Saad, there is because disparity even among a community and he cites the example of some Malays' spending power at the posh shopping malls of Mid Valley and Pavilion.
The fact is, the public is aware that Utusan is the mouthpiece of the main political party that has ruled the nation for last 51 years. That makes Utusan a special and untouchable newspaper. The big question is why did Utusan behave like an opposition political party's organ in wanting to arouse the people's racial sentiments?
Many people are of the opinion that Utusan should have matured enough by now, and therefore they must have certain degree of responsibility instead of behaving like a spoilt child. Times have changed; the younger generation may not be interested in political gimmicks that use race and religion..
When the writer said non-Malays shouldn't worry about Utusan's ranting, what assurance has he got that it doesn't arouse racial sentiments? What if the other newspapers respond to it or behave in the same way?
If ranting doesn't mean anything, why do it? Is this not typical of time-wasting? Anyway, I detest blanket claims – Utusan doesn't represent the voice of Malaysians, in particular not those from Sabah and Sarawak
I don't know Zaid in person but from the looks of him, my first impression is that he can be a pompous or an arrogant Malay. But that is beside the point. Zaid is seen trying not to look down but also 'to go down' to the people and perhaps in doing so he will get the feel of what is it like to be an underprivileged Malaysian.
Since Zaid has been said to be a different class of Malay he is now trying to change himself, and that would be the stark difference between him and the writer. The writer is not yet prepared to see things differently.
I take it that Malays like the writer have a different interpretation of liberalism than some Malaysians; and this is exactly what has happened in the issue of integration. The understanding of what integration of the races is as found in Peninsula Malaysia and that as found in the two Borneo Malaysian states is miles apart.
In the Peninsula, with the domineering attitude of the Malays until today, integration for them means something akin to assimilation – 'I'm the boss and you follow me'. While we all know that the real integration won't change our character.
Whilst in assimilation, everyone else has to conform and be dictated by the upper authority.
With the issue of race, we in Borneo sometimes would like to say it aloud that we want the racial problem in Peninsular to be kept there only.
We have slightly different way of looking at race and religion. The two subjects have never been a real a political issue in Sabah and by the look of it, the people here are happy to maintain that as it is.
That difference also means that we've not come to a stage similar to the people in the Peninsula. For example, we've had no May 13; I therefore pray that it never will happen.
With this, it reminds me of Farish A Noor's recent article where he says the flow of ideas and expertise should be both ways – Peninsular Malaysians have a lot to learn for East Malaysians. Why don't we listen to whomever may teach us a few useful lessons in nation-building?
"(Bloggers) should not say nasty things or curse people; don't do that because people will get annoyed and they can take action against you," he said, adding that "even if we don't like a person, we should not say things which are not true (about that person)."readmore

Tun M: Code of Ethics Will Make Bloggers More Respected


Not all Malays will swallow what Awang says
Not A Scapegoat |
dream….dream…..dream……….Awang Selamat
In fact he killed the meaning of ethics in the Malaysian society ! What rubbish is he talking about. He has now created a nation of unethical professionals in almost all fields. Leadership by example !related article
Everyday you read of such unethical people;Musa Hassan DPP, AG, ,Senators, MPs etc. The Master Crook talking about ethics Daim's elevation as Senator and, subsequently, Minister of Finance, was part of Mahathir's strategic plan. Mahathir's choice should surprise no one, after all the two were intimate friends from the same kampung in Seberang Perak, Alor Setar. Upon becoming Prime Minister on 16 July, 1981related article
, the first thing on Mahathir's mind was how to sideline his archenemy, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. Daim told everyone he had no interest in politics, but all the while he was confident of getting the Finance Minister's job after a stint with the Senate. A few months after joining the Senate, Daim became Chairman of Fleet, which owned the New Straits Times. In 1984, he finally got his dream job and became the third most important man in the Federal Cabinet, after the Prime Minister and his deputy.readmore Tun Daim Zainuddin a career of shooting poison darts, laying booby traps. and knifing friend or foe in the back

The Malays have been enriched in the past couple of decades but only a select few truly benefits from it. That's because the Chinese have created a 'structure' where the ultimate wealth will flow among the Chinese. Let's take an example of a construction project. The government allocates RM100 million to build a road. The Menteri and his cronies award the project to a Bumi company. The Menteri and his thieves take a 15% cut. The Bumi company keeps 5% of the project value. The project is then ali-baba-ed to some Chinese sub-contractors. (Tun said "Mungkin semua ini disebabkan kesalahan orang Melayu sendiri. Mereka tidak guna peluang yang disediakan bagi mereka".)
The wholesale adoption of neo-liberal policies, such as the privatisation of massive infrastructural projects to cronies; the increasing reliance on indirect taxes, which are regressive, as a source of governmental revenue; and shrinking the role of the state sector as a provider of public goods, has led in part to this rising inequality.relatedarticle
What is worse, and this is my second objection, Mahathir's resort to using very strong ethnic underpinnings in his argument may well lead to further ethnic division and contradictions. I would have thought that as a former Prime Minister of 22 years, he would have made it his utmost priority to promote the core values of socio-economic egalitarianism, inter-ethnic co-operation and communitarian togetherness.
It would seem that this is not the case, which is indeed most disappointing. The Chinese sub-contractors on the other hand no longer sub it down. They share the balance of RM80 million among Chinese businessmen via provision of labour, materials, freight, and what is and what not.
This 'sharing' is made possible because the Chinese have extended their interests in all forms of businesses in this country. And we all know how much the Cina Ah Peks don't trust the Malays in doing jobs for them. Heck, they don't even trust the Malays to deliver ordered raw materials. You can't really blame them when the Malays have such poor track records. So where did the wealth ultimately end up with. You heard me right, the circles of Chinese. And a vicious circle is thus created.
And this is where Tun gets frustrated. The Chinese will not change a system that treats them even better than an open market. Whenever the Malays try to come up with a new system, the Chinese will manipulatively re-invent and send the lazy Malays back to square one. The Chinese will fight to maintain status quo. In no part of the transaction do they lose a single sen. The portion 'retained' by the Malays is not even their profit. It's the public's money, stupid – the project has been awarded at a price much higher than that in a free market. The net profit may also even be higher than that in a free market.
Finally, Mahathir, like many others who take the racial approach, has taken the simplistic and unscientific assumption that all communities are monolithic and homogenous in socio-economic terms, when in fact they are far from so. All the ethnic communities in Malaysia are class stratified.
The Malays, as much as the Chinese and the Indians, are all stratified into different income groups, with the rich making up only a small percentage of the total. The bulk of the Chinese, like the bulk of the Malays and the Indians, are relatively poor. Over the years, these labouring Malaysians have found monetary returns to their labour unable to catch up with the rising cost of living. In real terms, all of them have suffered.
Mahathir's thoughts and efforts should be on how governmental policies can be better designed to alleviate their economic sufferings and not resort to pursuing racist arguments in support of one group of the rich elite. Reorienting his priorities will go a long way towards helping the nation attain equality, social justice and inter-ethnic harmony.the Chinese have no social ethics. Sure they did not ask for grant or subsidy, but they damn well manipulated the system. Too bad that they are too smart!
You just have to give it to them. The Chinese are street smart, hard working, entrepreneurial and most important of all, they are realists.
So yes, the Chinese controls the nation and wealth of the country like what Tun said. He is not senile la. And to proof that even further, lets compare the wealth of Malays and Chinese based on categories; apple to apple.
Tun's super rich sons. What do you expect? Which man do not first enrich himself and his family first? This is human's nature. In which country does this not exist? Look at the US. The elites are always wealthy. Just that they don't to it that obviously. So, maybe Tun was not very subtle with his boys' wealth. But that's how it is. This is the real world. To me, it's a foregone conclusion that the leader(s) will take. But I only hope that they make sure that they do their job in leading the nation. The country must benefit from his leadership. And this I think Tun M did. He built Malaysia. No questions about that. Badawi on the other hand, took way much more in a much shorter time and gave nothing back in return. As to you struggling to make ends meet, your destiny is in your own hands..
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By Dr. Toh Kin Woon is a Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Kyoto and former State Executive Councillor, Penang



“Pakatan Sarawak Realistically….”

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 06:11 AM PDT

Series 7 Project 71 next Wednesday 4th of August 2010 must not be missed. Eagerly waiting will be many amongst the many political analysts and critics from both political divide on what is the political message and mileage from DAP YB Chong ADUN N12 Kota Sentosa.

Word is that after " They call him Justice Bao" which kicked up a storm especially with misinterpretation  this could be another masterpiece from the writer/journalists Si Poh Liang. The 5 series to date can be read at http://tribune.my/project71/ 

 An excerpt from the article,"You must act like Bao Qingtian (the legendary Justice Pao of China's Song Dynasty). So, in politics, they call me Bao Qingtian.

That is the reason why I have a lot of problems. They also call me the "Lion of Justice". I got more problems. I was given two names … these placed a great burden on me, a very heavy burden. I don't know why they nicknamed me like that during the election (campaign).

The insider on this project has indicated that it will surely be a TOP END ARTICLE and the Hidden political message would be….

"REALISTICALLY WHAT IF…………….

Oooh You Just Can't Wait.!!! "



Liberal Media: Fox News Caused Shirley Sherrod to be Fired! (by Covering Story AFTER She Had Been Fired)

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 01:37 AM PDT

Soooooo… Tell me again how Fox News is the most biased, inaccurate, hateful, partisan media around?

Excerpts from AoSHQ and original source johnny dollar.us:

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Fox Haters Week in Review!

On the morning of Monday July 19, Andrew Breitbart posted a video clip of Ms Sherrod. Long story short, it did not provide the complete context of her remarks. That afternoon, Ms Sherrod was called repeatedly by the administration and told she was to resign. At this point, this story had not been reported on FNC, CNN, or MSNBC.

Sherrod resigned, and the news broke on Monday evening. The first mention of the matter on FNC was from Bill O'Reilly. His show was taped about two hours earlier; he played the edited clip, called on her to resign. But by the time it aired, Ms Sherrod had already resigned, and an on-screen graphic noted same. (O'Reilly would later admit his mistake and apologize.)

Along with the LA Times, reports from Mediaite, the Washington Post, and others make one thing clear: nothing that aired on FNC could possibly have caused Ms Sherrod's firing, because FNC aired nothing until after she was already gone. That's not a matter of opinion; it's fact. So now the fun begins, as the haters kick into high gear.

Richard Cohen of The Washington Post:

A clip of that speech made the rounds of right wing blogs and media outlets — Fox News, for instance — and in no time Vilsack ordered the woman canned.

Cenk Yugar of The Huffington Post:

Is there anyone Obama won't fire or throw under the bus if Fox asks him to?… If the firing of Shirley Sherrod was the first time they had done this, then all of the criticism they have received might be a bit much.

Peter Dreier and Christopher R. Martin of The Huffington Post:

Then the right-wing echo chamber — including Fox News and the conservative blogosphere — picked up Breitbart's ball and ran with it. Next, the mainstream media — the daily newspapers and the TV networks — took the false accusations at face value and repeated them without bothering to verify and fact-check, acting more like stenographers than reporters. Finally, liberal groups like the NAACP and liberal politicians (in this case, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the White House), wary of any controversy, jumped the gun and distanced themselves from the target of Breitbart's attacks — by firing Sherrod before she even had an opportunity to explain or they bothered to investigate the accusations.

NBC affiliate KARE:

Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart posted only that part of the speech, to boost his own claim that the NAACP is racist. FOX News commentators ran with the story and demanded Sherrod's resignation from her job as director of rural development in Georgia. That led to USDA administrators to ask for her resignation Monday.

MSNBC's Ed Schultz:

We've got a White House that reacted to a blog story that was reported, promoted and sold on Fox News.

MSNBC's Eric Boehlert:

Look, the first mistake they made, or the Department of Agriculture, or whoever was making the calls, they believed something that Andrew Breitbart put on his Web site. That's mistake one. And then they believed a smear campaign, a character assassination attack that Fox News was peddling.

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough:

Why would Fox News then blame the White House for their overreaction to an incendiary video that was aired on the Fox News Channel?

Charles Kaiser of Newsweek and The New York Times fame:

A completely discredited right-wing blogger posts an edited video which seems to convict a black Agriculture department official of racism. Fox News runs the distorted clip continuously on all of its shows Monday. Before giving Shirley Sherrod a chance to tell her side of the story, the Agriculture department demands and receives the resignation of the head of its rural development office in Georgia.

Funny how this bogus timeline keeps cropping up. Didn't they close journo-list? Clearly Charles Kaiser is either a flagrant liar and making stuff up, or he heard this from somewhere else. That's sounds an awful lot like…an echo chamber.

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Note how in each case, they blame Fox for reporting about Shirley Sherrod's controversy which results in her later firing.

And that's just the more well known pundits. Head to the links for more, much more liberal 'facts & reality-based reporting' from MSM and blogs along with citation links. As well as a flashback to anti-Fox smearanoia on Scooter Libby towards the end of the post.

And for more double standards, note that the same people taking the Right to task for jumping on alleged racism on the faintest of evidence are the same gang accusing Tea Partiers of alleged racism based on NO evidence despite dozens of video cameras on the scene.



Khalid blasts Khir, the 'illegal sand miner'

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 04:12 AM PDT

Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim has hit back at his predecessor and state Opposition Leader Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, calling him a "retired illegal sand miner". Asked at a press conference about the former MB's allegations - that the state-owned Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd (KSSB) has paid the current state government a lot less in royalties compared to that reaped by the previous administration - Khalid found some choice words. Full story here : www.malaysiakini.com
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MB S'gor: Elak surat sokong perniagaan

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 04:09 AM PDT

Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim hari ini menasihati semua pemimpin di negeri ini supaya mengelak daripada mengeluarkan surat sokongan berunsur perniagaan. Beliau berkata hal berkenaan ditujukan kepada semua pemimpin termasuk wakil rakyat, Anggota Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri dan anggota majlis pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) bagi mengelak timbulnya konflik kepentingan serta boleh menjejaskan kepercayaan rakyat terhadap pentadbiran kerajaan negeri. Full story here : www.malaysiakini.com
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Sand Mining Issue!

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 04:30 AM PDT

I dunno much about the sand mining issue but all I will say is that if the corrupt BN federal government and courts had even a sniff of prove that one of the Selangor opposition govt leader were involved in corruption, they (along with the MACC) would have thrown them to jail by now.

Nonetheless the figures below really speak for themselves!


Councillor denies abuse charges, may sue daily

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 03:04 AM PDT

Klang municipal councillor Tee Boon Hock has denied all allegations that he had misused a Selangor exco member's letterhead to secure contracts for his cronies. He was reported to have misused exco member Ronnie Liu's letterhead and seal to obtain contracts worth a total of RM1 million for 20 companies, including one belonging to a family member. More in Malaysiakini.com
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Indira's Lawyers To Hunt Down Husband, Child - By Clara Chooi.

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 03:45 AM PDT

M. Indira Gandhi's lawyers are to track down her Muslim-convert husband in Kota Baru early next month to personally serve him with a four-month-old High Court order compelling him to surrender his youngest child.

Lawyer M. Kulasegaran confirmed with The Malaysian Insider today that he would leave for Kota Baru on August 8 to search for Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah, who is believed to be residing there with the couple's two-year-old toddler, Prasana Diksa.

"We have already written a letter to his lawyers, seeking to fix a date for us to serve a copy of (High Court Justice) Wan Afrah's (Wan Ibrahim) order on their client. We have already served the lawyers a copy but not on him. We are trying to seek an appointment now so if everything goes according to plan, I will personally go to Kota Baru to meet with him," Kulasegaran said.

He said that if Mohd Ridzuan refused to abide by the order served on him, Indira would proceed to take the matter further and cite him for contempt of court.

"We will give him some time to deliver the child over. From there on, if he fails to do so, we will act," he said.

Kulasegaran added that today's decision by High Court Judge Zainal Adzam Abdul Ghani, which granted leave to Indira for a judicial review seeking to quash the conversion certificates for her three children, would make things easier for her to pursue the matter with her husband.

Indira's children — Prasana Diksa, Tevi Darsiny, 13, and Karan Dinish, 12 — were converted to Islam by her husband without her knowledge last April.

"It opens up the avenue for us a little. Now, we will keep pushing for her husband to abide by the custody order," said Kulasegaran.

Indira was granted full custody of her three children by a separate High Court on March 11 this year after a long-drawn battle with her husband, who has kept Prasana with him since a year back.

Despite this, her husband, formerly known as K. Pathmanathan, had chosen to ignore the order despite failing in his attempt to stay the High Court's decision.

He had told The Malaysian Insider recently that his behaviour was not in contempt of court as he also had a similar custody order, granted to him earlier by the Syariah High Court.

Since then, Mohd Ridzuan has refused to reveal the whereabouts of Prasana, claiming that she was in the safe hands of school authorities in Kelantan, where he now resides.

He has also claimed to be capable of caring for the toddler as he owned a bakery and was planning to open up a textile factory soon.

When contacted today, Indira told The Malaysian Insider that she had last spoken to her husband on April 8 this year, the day of Prasana's second birthday.

"I called him because me and my other two children wanted to speak to Prasana but he refused to allow us to. He gave excuses, saying she was asleep and should not be disturbed," she said.

The kindergarten teacher claimed that her husband had not shown any interest in his two older children, who have been living with her since the debacle started last year.

"My kids tried to call him to wish happy birthday to him on May 26, but he never answered the call. What can we do?" she said.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Massive Rally If Subsidies Not Returned, Group Warns - By Debra Chong.

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 03:34 AM PDT

The Coalition Against Price Hike (Protes) wants Putrajaya to restore subsidies on goods to before the July 16 cut, warning they will move another giant street rally against the ruling government by year end if their demands are not met.

The umbrella body for some 21 political and non-government organisations will be launching a nationwide awareness campaign at Kampung Kerinchi, a lower-middle class neighbourhood here, on August 9, said its spokesman, Dr Hatta Ramli.

"The theme for the campaign is 'Protest' and the tagline is 'Selamatkan Rakyat' (Save the People)," Hatta announced at a press conference here, today.

The PAS MP said the road show will run throughout the Muslim month of Syawal, after the Aidil Fitri celebration.

He explained the public was largely ignorant of the facts about subsidies and the group will be working to redress that by publishing and handing out half a million pamphlets detailing the basics, such as "What is subsidy? Who deserves it?"

Hatta explained that the Najib administration's sudden move to cut subsidies without first carrying out its proposed plans to restructure the scheme and protect the low and middle-income groups was unfair and had burdened the working class.

He rubbished the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government's claim that the subsidy cuts were needed to lower the national deficit, noting its priorities were reversed when it put businesses — especially independent power producers — ahead of ordinary citizens.

"The government's step has not made an impact on the national deficit. What's RM750 million compared to billions lost through wastage?" questioned Hatta, who is also PAS treasurer.

Protes is demanding the federal government retracts the latest subsidy cut exercise and instead focus on eliminating wastage in public spending, enforcing a minimum wage for workers, introducing subsidy-restructuring reforms, and restoring petrol and gas prices at the pumps to before the 5 sen hike on July 16.

The group also wants to know what the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government has done to the earlier savings from the subsidy cuts since 2006.

"Where has the money gone?" Hatta quizzed.

The group said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak must reply to their demands by the last day of the next Dewan Rakyat session, scheduled to run from October 14 to December 11, or Protes will carry out another massive street rally to demonstrate their seriousness.

Malaysia was rocked by a massive street protest in 2007 following prices hikes during the Abdullah administration, which led to the BN losing its traditional two-thirds control of the Dewan Rakyat and five states — including Selangor, the nation's wealthiest state — to opposition parties PAS, PKR and DAP.

Hatta was backed today by PKR MP for Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Ibrahim, and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) secretary-general, S. Arutchelvan.

Other representatives present were from various rights groups, including the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC), Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM), Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM), Wakil Pemandu Teksi (Reformis), Budayawan Bertindak (Paksi), Kumpulan Mahasiswa Independent (Kami) and Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim).


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


PKR Penang’s Political Bureau Met Councillors of Penang

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 03:15 AM PDT

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The Political Bureau of PKR Penang met all the PKR Local Councillors of Penang State yesterday.

Dato Mansor Othman, the Penang state PKR Leader, chaired the meeting that was flanked by his Deputy Law Choo Khiang, Vice-Chairman Abdul Malik, Secretary Dato Halim, and Dato Mustafa Kamal, the Election Committee Chairman.

Councillors were instructed to work hard for the state as a whole. Any differences must be quickly resolved to achieve a greater unity and hence greater efficiency, said Dato Mansor, who is also the First Deputy Chief Minister of Penang.

Councillors from the MPPP and MPSP shared their experiences in counteracting different problems of their works, and all wished to see a closer relationship and understanding with the Penang State Government.


Another RMAF Sgt suffers due to injustice of higher ups

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 01:26 AM PDT

Are the upper echelons of our armed forces busy protecting our country, or stealing from it?

Today features the 3rd installment of Malaysiakini's expose on the armed forces.

They also carried a more human story, of yet another RMAF Sgt (after Tharmendran) who has suffered at the hands of his superiors.

Do read this tale of one brave man refusing to be part of an electricity theft scam, and being continually harassed and bullied by his superiors (although I think the term is clearly a misnomer) for refusing to play ball.

All of his family have been harassed and transfered from one end of the nation to the other, and even though he has retired, the RMAF continues to make life difficult for him, his wife, and his six children.

What makes these people think they have the right to beat up on 'lower ranking' Malaysians? What makes them think an institution as important as our armed forces is merely another 'bowl' to plunder money that belongs to the rakyat?

Sigh. I suppose they take leadership by (BN) example a little too seriously.

More on the Malaysiakini expose sometime in the future I hope.


One Piece Manga MSN Group

Posted: 27 Jul 2010 11:39 PM PDT

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For all your One Piece manga reading needs. It has Chapters 1 up til current, though it's a bit of clicking to open each page individually…  http://groups.msn.com/OnePieceMangav-2

For another site with alternative scanlations, visit  http://groups.msn.com/OnePieceMangav-3/homepage.msnw

Or if that doesn't work, just as good can be found at http://www.onemanga.com/One_Piece/.

Or if that doesn't work, try Manga Reader.

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