- Education without wisdom
- STRONG WARNING TO THE AMERICANS Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that Malaysia practised UMNO democracy and had it own laws and well-managed legal system UMNO style,
- Umno is in deep shit!
- Slogan - walhasil balik asal.
- PKR to PCM..”21months later..”
- Anwar Ibrahim Adalah James Bond Malaysia?
- Program Lawatan Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim ke Pulau Pinang dan Kedah
- Sime after Felda spins, what's next from Najib's regime?
- Guan Eng: 'Arrest me if RM100 payout to senior citizens is corruption'
- BN Perak govt spend RM30,000 to control the mass media!
- From Around The Blogs - The Week of August 2, 2010
- Let 1Malaysia concept thrive, says Chua
- Pemuda UMNO Pejuangkan Diskaun Rumah Untuk Hartawan Melayu??
- Azhar: Will study judgement first before next step
- Hardcore poor in KL
- Banggarma seeking justice in the wrong place
- School gangsterism. Why blame students when parents are also involved
- Allow Christian pilgrimages to Israel
- Withering Umno...
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 07:00 AM PDT
By Stanley Koh
COMMENT The needlessly complex Malaysian education system has been drawing criticism and ridicule for decades. It deserves the bad press, for it produces curricula that bore students, it overworks teachers, it emphasises rote learning and downplays critical thinking, and it is geared towards producing citizens looking for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Still, this is not to say that everything about the system is bad. Perhaps, though, some things that are bad need not actually be.
Some say the system has just been plodding along with few meaningful modifications since it was inherited from the British.
Students are herded into barns masquerading as classrooms and are kept behind their desks for 10 to 15 years, learning what the authorities want them to learn. Little thought is given to dealing with individual needs and perhaps even less to encouraging individual creativity. Students are churned out like factory products to meet manpower needs in the demand and supply equation.
Everyone knows that education deserves all the attention it can get. That is probably why every new education minister wants new reforms and new approaches, as if students are guinea pigs.
The hard-hitting question should be: what good does the system do to our young? Is it enough that it should convert boys and girls into factory and office workers or, if they go through tertiary institutions, into bureaucrats, teachers, doctors, engineers, cyber troopers and other professionals?
Or should the system ensure that education, besides preparing citizens for gainful employment, also enables them to seek and recognise truth in all its manifestations?
Unfortunately that is a tall order.
Drug and chemical abuse, criminal misconduct and sexual irresponsibility have been increasing over the years.
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 03:09 PM PDT
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 11:07 AM PDT
To our leaders, especially in Umno - you dont have to bow to any kind of pressure, including foreigners who try to interfere in Anwar Ibrahim's court case. Dont give it a damn. This is our country and there is nothing wrong with our judicial system.
Similarly, dont also bow to mounting pressure from Umno grassroot members who wish to see major revamp to the party. No need to listen to them because your are the bosses. Just do whatever you think is right and only beneficial to you and your clans. Just sideline the members because they are nothing.
You are proud to make rhetoric statements now and then that 'Tanpa Umno, Siapalah Kita'. May I change that, at least for a point to ponder? Why not this time around we put it as 'Tanpa Ahli, Siapalah Umno' instead?
Who makes up a party and who choose the leadership? Are we denying the fact that Umno wont exist without membership? But the way you people at the top act doesnt reflect your appreciation for what the members had done.
The only thing that Umno leadership does is to keep good contact with Umno state chiefs. Good chiefs are hard to come by these days. Most of them are fighting for their own political survival. Their only concern is winning a general election and that is why they only keep a good rapport with division heads.
Most of this division heads are managing their own political empire. In some cases, an Umno division chief will install his wife as the Wanita head, his daughter as the division Puteri leader while his son leads the Pemuda. What do you call this?
But, please dont blame them. The top leadership has set the precedent. A useless son of a prime minister or a minister would one day become a prime minister and a minister too, no matter how bad his political performance is. No worry. Umno members are Malays. The Malays are well-known for respecting their leaders and will always make way for their sons and daughters to climb up the political ladder without any task.
And so it goes on and on and on. Dont be surprise if the cycle of Malaysian prime minister will be dominated by candidates from Kedah, Johor, Pahang and Penang ONLY. Other states wont have any chance at all. And dont be surprise if Muhyiddin becomes Prime Minister, his deputy would be a Johorian too.
Umno leaders are actually so proud of their rhetoric. When one starts talking about Anwar's issue, the rest will follow as nobody wants to be left behind and be accused of being 'ketinggalan zaman'. So, everybody talks Anwar. So much so, they dont feel comfortable anymore to discuss problems at their respective divisions.
Back home, the ordinary members are getting fed up and blase. Many division heads are the rich ones - getting one project after another, living in bungalows with a fleet of luxury cars park around it, getting snobbish day after day and only allow those they know to meet them.
Many divisions are having serious cracks. Division heads who were not elected to the State Assembly or the Parliament in the previous general election are at odds with their deputies who are now Yang Berhormat. There were cases during PRU12 when this division heads sent out SMS to Umno members not to vote the party candidate as they (the heads) were not selected.
Those with the idea that BN, notably Umno could notch easy wins should we call for a general election now, should swallow their own tongues. Call it now and BN would only win by a majority of less than 10 Parliament seats!
Yes, Umno is in deep shit. Dont ignore it. Bloggers have conveyed lots of message to its top leadership. Unfortunately, it often falls on deaf ears. The proud ones are still at their belief that Umno is in good shape, in perfect form to kick off Pakatan Rakyat from Selangor, Kedah and Penang.
I am writing this in a very simple language. If you dont understand it, its your problem... not mine. Have you forgotten what happened to Japan?
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 11:11 AM PDT
Salah satu dari asas Rukun Negara ialah kesetiaan kepada Negara. Rukun Negara ini memang sudah lama tidak dijadikan fokus oleh yang memerintah, kerana sibuk dengan slogan-slogan yang tidak memberikan apa-apa faedah kepada rakyat.
Kalaulah negara ada pemimpin yang baru yang menggantikan DS Najib ramai yang sudah tidak mengharapkan apa-apa, cuma kalau boleh tidak payahlah memperkenalkan apa-apa slogan kerana terlalu banyak slogan yang satu pun tidak membawa kebaikkan yang diharapkan dengan slogan-slogan tersebut.
Bersih, Cekap dan Amanah yang diperkenalkan oleh seorang PM yang terdahulu misalnya tidak membantu dan tidak adapun Bersihnya, Cekapnya tiada dan jauh sekali untuk melihat sifat amanah terutamanya dikalangan yang berkuasa. Dizaman slogan inilah rasuah dan salah guna kuasa bermula dengan rakusnya dan efeknya kita hadapi sehingga kehari ini.
Slogan pandang ketimur tidak sampai kemana dan kempen 'buy British last' pun mati begitu sahaja. Kalau nampakpun hanyalah slogan dan pencapaian tahun 2020 sahaja yang masih boleh dianggap releven. Sogan ini dianjurkan oleh Dr Mahathir Mohammad dan rakyat sedang menanti kejayaan slogan itu. Hanya tinggal 10 sahaja lagi untuk menjadikan slogan itu sebagai kenyataan.
Apabila Abdullah mengambil alih maka timbul lagi beberapa slogan yang mengashikkan rakyat menyokongnya tanpa hala tuju dan akhirnya slogan itu menjadi sejarah. 'Bekerja dengan saya, jangan berkerja untuk saya' merupakan slogan Pak Lah pada hari pertama beliau mengambil alih kerajaan dari Dr Mahathir.
Akhirnya tidak ada apa-apa kerja yang dilakukan beliau dan beliau dilabel sebagai 'drowsy PM'; tidak boleh kepalanya tersandar kepada apa-apa sekali pun beliau tertidur.
Islam Hadhari merupakan slogan yang menjadi ejekkan oleh semua rakyat tidak kira dari bangsa apa sekali pun dan slogan itu sekarang sudah tidak ada lagi sesiapa yang menyebutnya.
Sekarang pula slogan 1Malaysia yang sehingga hari ini belum diterima rakyat kerana tidak mereka tidak faham dan tidak ada sebaris pun definasi yang diberikan kepada slogan ini.
Lagu 1Malaysia berkumandang dicorong-corong radio dan TV setiap hari. Walaupun lagu itu sedap didengar tetapi masih tidak faham lagi maksud slogan itu. Tun Mahathir sendiri belum faham lagi apa itu 1Malaysia. Jika Tun Mahathir pun belum faham bagaimana saya yang dikatakan 'bodoh' itu nak faham?
Yang saya boleh lakukan ialah meluruskan jari telunjuk saya dan menjeritkan 1Malaysia!!! Sekuat hati saya. Bila anak saudara saya bertanya apa itu 1Malaysia saya bermasalah untuk menjawabnya.
Saya berharap Khairy Jamaluddin boleh memberikan jawapan kerana beliau orang pandai. Saya menunggu bila Pergerakkan Pemuda memberikan kelas bimbingan kepada orang-orang seperti saya untuk memahami slogan 1Malaysia itru.
Khairy orangnya pandai dan tentu mudah untuk beliau nak berhadapan dengan rakyat untuk memberikan penjelasan tentang slogan yang tidak kunyung diterima oleh masyarakat yang ramai ini.
Isu slogan ini patut diselengarakan oleh Pemuda untuk memberikan penerangan jelas terhadap isu besar ini. Kita tidak boleh terus-terusan melaungkan dan menyanyikan lagu 1Malaysia tetapi tidak difahami oleh sesiapa.
Kalau Zainurin Md Dom menyanyikan lagu'Alah mak, kawinkan aku' itu jelas maksudnya, iaitu ia minta dinikahkahkan, tetapi menyanyikan lagu 1Malaysia ini susah hendak difahami.
Sekarang ini banyak wang telah dibelanjakan untuk memperkenalkan slogan ini dan itu merupakan pembaziran kerana masih belum difahami. Kalau slogan boleh memberikan impak negatif saya cadangkan supaya dilupakan sahaja slogan yang agak mengelirukan ini.
Tetapi jika maksudnya ialah sama untuk semua maka ianya berlaga secara 'head on' dengan perjuangan UMNO kerana UMNO ada perjuangan spesifik yang lain, iaitu untuk memperjuangkan hak keistimewaan orang Melayu dan Bumiputra yang lain.
Kita tidak boleh setakat memberitahu rakyat ianya tidak melanggar perlembagaan negara. Kalau perjuangan 1Malaysia samarata untuk semua maka perjuamgam yamg 'equitable' seperti yang disentuh oleh semangat DEB itu sudah hilang dan menghilangkan hak keistimewaan orang Melayu itu adalah bertententangan dengan perlembagaan negara.
Kita perlu insaf yang 1Malaysia ini dipersepsikan oleh orang bukan Melayu sebagai gimik politik seperti yang kita dengar dimana-mana. Orang bukan Melayu sedikit pun tidak dapat dijinakkan untuk mrnyokong BN dengan slogan ini.
Pendeknya slogan ini lebih menambahkan beban kepada rakyat dari mendapat apa-apa kebaikkan darinya. Perlu kita akui bahawa rakyat sudah terlalu 'kenyang' dengan slogan-slogan sehinggakan mereka sudah tidak berselera untuk dihidangkan dengan apa-apa slogan lagi.
Rupa-rupanya slogan hanyalah untuk pemimpin-pemimpin yang serba lemah dan mengharapkan slogan-slogan itu dapat menutupi kelemahan masing-masing.
Slogan tidaka membawa apa-apa kepada negara. Walhasil balek asal. That's it.
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 09:04 AM PDT
N43 Ngemah now is about the hottest seat according to many in the political field. Firstly,it was won by an independant candidate Gabriel Adit formerly of the defunct PBDS then SPDP, moved to PKR and now is the PCM Sarawak Chairman.
PRS is confidently making inroads into this seat which they losts and the aspiring candidates are already quietly claiming within the BN circles that Gabriel Adit will be detrone.
Is it so easy..??
We have to look back at this article in which we posted on November 2008 to have a better understanding of the whole situation. Though the whole political equation has changed we must be reminded of how it all started.
Our November 13th 2008 article
Party Rakyat Sarawak Satok Division Deputy Chairman Tuah Idris Bin Bujang had the looks of a worried man when we first sat down for coffee.He said," Is it true that many of PRS Division members in the Rajang Basin meaning Bawan Assan,Bukit Assek,Ngemah,Pelawan,Katibas are joining enbloc." What is Satok PRS going to do? Tuah is the person instrumental in getting the membership of the 808 Malay majority members of Satok. He said most of his PRS Satok members are caught in the VOGUE WORD"CHANGE." Don't worry I told him,"Lets just monitor closely and we will cross the bridge when the time comes."
Malaysiakini today carried this report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/92986 It is learnt that many members of a Dayak-based state BN component party will also be handing over their application forms to PKR advisor Anwar Ibrahim during a 300-table dinner organised by 'Friends of PKR' in Sibu on Saturday. According to a PKR Senior member in Kuching they have received many enquiries from in and around Kuching and that the Groundswell is indeed encouraging. We are happy that many are embracing to the principles and visions of PKR and we welcome all support.
In a local tabloid Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Sarawak (PBB) deputy President Abang Johari said that Gabriel Adit was an independant and so he had the option to join any party of his choice. On BN's view of independants joining opposition parties he reiterated that they could joinany party saying," if they want to join PKR,let them join PKR then we'll face PKR in the next election. It was understood that Adit decided to join PKR after the State BN somewhat refused him into the fold.
As for James Masing he said that until Adit penned down his siganture to PKR,the news report should not be considered true."By the look of his gerak-geri(behaviour) maybe there could be some truth in the rumours that he willjoin PKR. But for now,we should treat it as rumours and we should not put too much weight on it."
Masing went on to say that he has heard about the PKR gathering on Nov 15th and that they will be crossovers were expected to happen. A PRS lawyer said ,"the fire has been lighted by someone." when pressed further by audie61 he said its not too difficult to say who and we know who is involved. As for the rumours of James being BEING COLD SHOULDERED" by Pehin Taib he said don't read too much into it as it has been sensationalised by James's political enemies and those driven by jeolousy.
Malaysiakini also learnt that Beginda Minda, the ex-publicity chief of PRS president Dr James Masing-led Balleh division who made the news recently with his call on Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu to resign, and his supporters are also expected to join PKR at the function.
Earlier we wrote that "BN ponders,PKR rejoices" and also we said everyone is talking about 'Change or be Changed" Malaysiakini report today has this ,"An opinion poll conducted after the March 2008 general election among the Dayaks in Sarawak indicated that their most popular party is PKR. There are several reasons why this is so, and among the concerns to Dayaks is the way the present Sarawak government handle the Native Customary Rights (NCR) land issue.
This has seen growing conflict on the ground between NCR landowners and plantation and logging companies and the government and increasing cases of litigation brought before the courts in Sarawak. It has been reported to that Adit conceded that there is a limit to what he can do, but by joining PKR he hopes to open the doors for other BN representatives to fight for change which he says looks inevitable, given the growing discontentment among Sarawakians against the state government.
He would not want to say more except that once he is officially in PKR, he will help his colleagues at state and national levels to build up the party's grassroots where it counts most ahead of the state elections." The question ahead of the huge Sibu gathering is after Adit's entry and that of his supporters applying to join the party at the same time, what significant impact will it have especially in the rural areas.
There is no doubt that PKR has more to gain than to lose with more people joining the party and its cause.But PKR Sarawak should not veer from its original stand of wrestling the State and its ultimate objective. The colgate analogy remains the most simplest way of selling the party to the new members and voters. 'Every morning we use Colgate to brush our teeth and we buy it from the same supermarket in the neighboorhood. Suddenly this entrepreneur comes up knocking at our door and sells the same Colgate. Why would we buy..? He says he will DELIVER it to our door as soon as we call no matter what time of the day or night." Are we willing to buy just for a CHANGE. ? Same colgate but different approach.
Will Colgate be flooding the market with more people talking about PKR Groundswell after they have brushed their teeth. What comes out will be,"PKR is FRESH and PKR is Your Choice"or will this come out,"BN will say obviously,"Politics of Development" Whatever it is, the people will determine which slogan they will buy and who they want to administer Sarawak for them after the next State Elections.
PRS/PCM or PKR..YOU REALLY ARE CONFUSED.??
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 08:40 AM PDT
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Posted: 05 Aug 2010 08:19 AM PDT
By the Administrator
Program Lawatan Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim ke Pulau Pinang dan Kedah
7 Ogos 2010 (Sabtu)
I) Pulau Pinang
1) 9.00 Pagi – Perasmian Khalifah Umar Abd Aziz
International Integrity Conference 2010
Lokasi – Eastin Hotel, Bayan Bay, Pulau Pinang
2) 12.00 Tghari – Merai Majlis Sukan Rakyat Seberang Perai
Lokasi – Padang Homestay Mengkuang Titi, Permatang Pauh
1) 1.00 – 2.30 Ptg – Perjumpaan tertutup dengan Ahli Majlis, Ketua Kampong
/Komuniti dan GLC Kedah lantikan Keadilan Kedah
Lokasi : Sungai Petani Inn @ Kelab Cinta Sayang
2) 3.00 – 4.00 Ptg – Majlis Hi-Tea dan Ramah Mesra bersama REFORMIS Kedah
Lokasi : Dewan Orang Ramai Jeniang
3) 4.30 – 6.00 Ptg – Perjumpaan Tertutup Dengan EXCO AMK, WANITA dan
Lokasi : Sungai Petani Inn @ Kelab Cinta Sayang
4) 7.00 – 8.30 Malam – Solat dan Tazkirah Maghrib di Masjid Kuala Ketil
5) 8.30 – 10.00 Malam – Majlis Makan Malam
Lokasi : Dewan Lip Seng Kor, Sungai Petani.
Tetamu Kehormat :
i) YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim
ii) YAB Lim Guan Eng
iii) YB Fakhrol Radzi Zawawi
iv) YB Sivarasa Rasiah
v) YB Tuan Haji Ahmad Kassim
6) 9.00 – 12.00 Malam – Ceramah Perdana – Perkuat Kerajaan PR Kedah
Lokasi : Dewan Orang Ramai Hock Teik Soo, Sungai Lalang, Merbok.
i) YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim
ii) YAB Lim Guan Eng
iii) YB Fakhrol Radzi Zawawi
iv) YB Tuan Haji Ahmad kassim
v) YBhg Sdr Saiful Izham Ramli
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 08:13 AM PDT
Thursday, August 5, 2010
If it can happen at Sime, it can happen at Felda :PKR
Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle
Pointing to news that Sime Darby was poised to report its largest losses ever, perhaps as much as RM2.5 billion, PKR leaders say they feel vindicated and justified in questioning troubled land settlers scheme Felda over the massive depletion in its cash reserves.
"It is a good thing that we persevered and did not allow the government to intimidate us," PKR Youth Chief Shamsul Iskandar Akin told Malaysia Chronicle.
"They can try to close our newspapers like Suara Keadilan and Rocket but we will continue to expose their wrongdoings especially when it involves the lower-income groups like the Felda settlers."
Where is the money?
Felda chairman Mohd Yusof Noor had a day ago insisted that Felda's was financially healthy and lambasted 'irresponsible quarters' of trying to fish for votes by making false claims that Felda was bankrupt.
But pundits were unconvinced. They pointed to the RM964 million cost overruns at Sime Darby that was reported last month. Even there was speculation losses could eventually total between RM2 to 3 billion. Malaysian Insider today reported that Sime was set to report losses that could hit RM2.5 billion next month.
As for Felda, last month, it reported a 67 percent plunge in cash reserves from RM4.08 billion in 2004 to RM1.35 billion in 2009. Although it also said RM2 billion was spent on replanting crops, investments in property here and overseas, including a swanky new RM662 million headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, few were convinced that the worst was over.
"Yusof should not try to talk like a politician. He should just answer the most important question, where is the money?" Shamsul said.
Under Najib's direct care
Of particular concern is the way Felda, which comes under the direct care of Prime Minister Najib Razak, has been spending its hard-earned cash on non-core activities, especially in overseas investments that could prove worthless if market prices plunged.
Those in the agricultural line also say the RM2 billion bill for replanting figure was excessive. Additionally, they questioned the need to spend on such a luxurious headquarters and wondered if the purchase was made because the building was developed by Naza-TTDI, a property firm with close connections to the Umon elite.
"Whether PKR is trying to fish for votes, the problem of misuse of Felda funds is still unanswered. So perhaps Yusof should look at his own backyard before he fires off at others," PKR strategic director Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.
Meanwhile, PKR newspaper Suara Keadilan remains suspended by the Home Ministry over an analysis of Felda's financial situation in an article entitled Felda Bangkrap.
The government has also filed an RM200 million lawsuit against the publication and its owners, bolstering speculation it was trying to bludgeon down any closer look into Felda's books.
Sime Darby to report biggest ever loss
Ahmad reveals tax data to prove Felda healthy, but doubts remain
Getting rid of Musa and the Sime board: What is really happening
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 07:27 AM PDT
By Tan Teik Lye
The DAP led Pakatan Rakyat Government of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng must be doing a great job until BN bloggers have now gone paranoid with all things DAP or Pakatan Rakyat. These poor blokes are actually losing their marbles. Just read the following write up from a pro BN Blog below:
This Cheap Minister thinks he can buy votes with his RM100 gift to senior citizens . This is political corruption or political bribe , isn't it ?
To look at it from a different perpective , all senior citizens above 60 yrs old is entitled to this RM100 bribe , as to qualify for it you must register your name at only DAP service centers .
If this is indeed for everyone who qualify , why must it be only from DAP service centers ? Why not ask the MPPP who is within the state govt control to pay out these RM(political bribe) to everyone above 60 upon registration at the MPPP office ?
Is there any check and balance that these tax payers money is not paid to fictitious names or double payment or to unscrupulous fictitious accounts set up by the DAP govt for their own coffers ? Only they know since you have to register only at DAP offices or service centers for the entitlement to receive the RM100 bribe money .
You know why only at DAP offices or service centers ? They know that BN senior citizens would never go to DAP offices . In other words they are paying to PR senior citizens only .
They think that all senior citizens above 60yrs old are poor , helpless people . They forget that many senior citizens are still working and still able to look after their own welfare .
There are those who are still chauffered , driving around in posh and luxury cars like BMW and Mercedes , having breakfast along Gurney Drive , etc etc .
Then there are the drug addicts who fall into these category . Giving this money to them will allow them to have a few more jabs for their kicks .
Then there are the gamblers , how great the state govt giving them money to gamble to drink until drunk .
And there are those you really need the money are not given at all simply because they are BN supporters .
But what can you do with RM100 these days I wonder to buy enough sweets to sweeten ones mouths .
What this egoistic Cheap Minister should have done is to set up a fund for these senior citizens requiring medical aid to buy certain drugs not available in hospitals or to pay the deposits required by hospitals for medical teatment or admission .
This would have been a better idea or choice , rather than giving political bribe .
Read more of this crap here: http://justice4otk.blogspot.com/2010/08/guan-eng-arrest-me-if-rm100-payout-to.html
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 07:26 AM PDT
In an act of desperation, the BN Perak government has thrown away about RM30,000 of public funds to embarked on a public relations exercise.
Following the contentious one-day legislative assembly sitting to pass a RM80 million supplementary budget bill, which the opposition claims was "rushed", the BN Perak govt took a two full-page advertorials explaining a RM117 million "windfall" for the state government, hence allowing it to come up with a balanced budget, appeared today in Umno-linked NST and Malay daily Sinar Harian.
When contacted on this, one of Zambry's aides refused comment.
- paid advertisement written to look like an article - usually have a phrase to denote that they are merely advertising.
The ones that have been taken up by the BN government are deftly made up to appear as legitimate stories with the term "advertorial" missing.
Additionally, in the case of Sinar Harian, the page-11 article was distinguishable from other articles because the piece was contained within a border.
In the case of NST, the "article" which appeared on page-25 had tell-tale signs which include the omission of any indication whether the page was a home news item, interview, comment or analysis.
Normally, NST would either indicate "prime news" or "nation" on the "strap" at the top of the page. These were all absent.
The NST "article" also carried a quotation from Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir, along with a chart and photo-caption all in the newspaper's standard format.
In fact, the advertorial in NST carried a picture byline of their journalist, uncharacteristic for a paid advertisement.
The daily had also angled their "report", supplemented with quotes by Zambry (right), to state that the Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers staged a walkout in the middle of the assembly sitting when they were "caught with their pants down after the facts and figures on the supplementary budget were revealed".
"I guess they were really embarrassed as they had made numerous allegations against the BN state government on the supplementary budget," said Zambry as quoted by the "article".
Various sources have confirmed that the advertorials were paid for by the state government yesterday, amounting to nearly RM30,000 in total.
WHY ARE THEY WASTING PUBLIC FUNDS!!??
If the BN Perak Govt had not banned the press and recording devices in the state assembly, they wouldn't have to pay a single sen and the entire sitting would be covered by all the press!
It was previously reported that only journalists from national news agency Bernama and Umno-linked TV3 were allowed into the gallery.
The rest had to watch the proceedings through a window from an "observation room" and could only hear speeches through the PA system.
Several Pakatan leaders had their microphones switched off mid-speech when the debate got too heated.
"They probably thought that TV1 and TV3 could satisfy the masses. And when this didn't work, they would fork out money to pay for it.
And you know that the money is not coming out from the MB's pocket," said Nizar (left).
Nizar himself was given marching orders by the speaker when he refused to obey Speaker R Ganesan's instructions to stop debating.
Nizar was allocated 15 minutes to debate on the supplementary bill but continued to speak for a further 15 minutes although his microphone was turned off.
It was only when Nizar finished giving his speech that he walked out, although he claimed that he was pushed out by one of the sergeants-at-arms, triggering a walkout by other Pakatan assemblypersons.
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 07:03 AM PDT
By Joe Fernandez
From around the websites
Salman will probably win given the judges we have
I have never come across even one good comment in malaysiakini about Mahathir. Probably, Mahathir wants to go to court to save Ling. When it suits him he will say that he cannot remember. Otherwise, he will say that Ling has never lied to the Cabinet. This is like the case of Salman Majid the Pakistani who was born in Pakistan & came to Ranau, Sabah, when he was 23 years old. Later he collected a MyKad by claiming that he was born in Ranau. It's only in M'sia that u can be born twice. When the Immigration Dept caught up with him in KL & wanted to deport him, he went to court. Harris Salleh testified on his behalf. He uttered the magic line that Salman had been a loyal voter for the Barisan Nasional. The court declared him a Malaysian & released him. Now, he's suing the Malaysian Gov't & the Immigration Dept for wrongful detention & the latter also for fleecing him of RM one million that he claimed he had in his bank account. He will probably win given the kind of judges we have.
Four emergency ordinances should be repealed
This country is run by four emergency ordinances which have not been repealed. Under these ordinances, the police have a licence to kill. No questions asked. Everything will be excused away on the grounds of "national security". No policeman has been brought to trial & hanged for shooting to kill anyone whether during or off duty. This explains why so many innocent people have been shot dead by the police who later go on to claim that the deceased were criminals planning something. The only inconvenience the police suffer is if a detainee dies in custody. This is what happened with Kugan and Teo Beng Hock (MACC). Even then the courts would be manipulated by the gov't to whitewash the criminals in uniform. The nearest are the extra-judicial killing squads in certain Latin American countries. The NGOs, the Bar Council of Malaya, the Sabah Law Association & the Sarawak Advocates Association should press for the four emergency ordinances to be repealed. Don't just think of business.
Baginda should return the RM 500 million
We can expect Mahathir to flog his theory that politics needs a lot of money. By implication this means it's okay for politicians, whether in gov't or outside, to award themselves gov't projects through nominees under the guise of development. So, gov't projects can ultimately cost twice, triple or even up to ten times the actual contract price charged by the actual contractor down the line from the gravy train. The purchase of the two submarines, which we don't need because our seas are too shallow, is a case in point. RM 500 million vanished into thin air because Najib decided his buddy Baginda (and wife) could be relied on to provide support services for the two submarines. This is simply outright theft from the public treasury by Baginda on behalf of Najib who appointed him as his nominee. No wonder Baginda fled to England, supposedly to study, fearing that the shit is about to hit the ceiling fan. This issue is not going to go away. Baginda should return the RM 500 million.
US dictionary for Ibrahim Ali the Clown
The US Embassy should have given Ibrahim Ali the Clown a copy of an English language dictionary. Ibrahim can then look up the meaning of clown, pitiful, militant, racist, terrorist, freeloader, scrounge, parasite, leech, blood-sucker, fat cat, apartheid, Nazi, illegal immigrant, bogus native, Malay language, affirmative action, out of Africa theory, Islam, ethics, plagiarism, Malayalee, absolute power, abuse, corruption, rentier economy, economic distortions, theft, stealing, robbery, plundering, scoundrel, grabbing, raiding, lying, bullshitting, cheating, scheming, conniving, pathological, congenital, hidden agenda, nouveau riche, living it up, running dogs, police state, ethnic cleansing, criminalization, demonization, dehumanization, isolation, neutralization, marginalisation, elimination, extermination, politics, propaganda, insane, mad, sedition, treason, instigator, agent provocateur, pig, kosher, democracy, freedom, doctrine of separation of powers, checks-and-balances, public accountability, transparency, good governance, label, tag, chop, lunatic fringe self-serving etc etc
No "protection" any longer for the Malay
Is this going to be a self-fulfilling prophecy? It was Sir Frank Swettenham who once wrote: "The Malay is an arrogant creature. Childish. He would not hesitate to injure someone even if it means that he will suffer even more injuries in the process. We have to protect the Malay from himself, from his own stupidity." Well the British are gone. Since independence, it was the leaders of the Indian & Chinese communities who assumed the "protector" role of the British & have been protecting the Malay from himself. This is evident in their willingness to go along with the deviations & distortions in the implementation of the New Economic Policy & wholesale plunder of the public treasury under the guise of development. Now, it seems no longer. Such Indian & Chinese leaders now lack credibility within their own communities -- all the more so given Perkasa -- & hence the demise of MIC, MCA/Gerakan. The younger generation of Indians & Chinese & Malays as well, is the future.
Don't create jobs for foreign workers
High-end investments are okay provided we have the right workforce which doesn't seem to be the case. But it still doesn't explain why the FDI plunged 81 per cent from the previous year's already miserable figure. Where are the high-end investments? Doesn't Mustapha even know how to lie properly? Also, if we are going for high-end investments, we should send home all the low-skilled foreign workers in the country. Instead, even more are coming over especially in Sabah & S'wak. There are already 1.7 million foreigners in Sabah, including illegal immigrants, compared with 1.5 million Sabahans. In S'wak, there are half a million foreigners including 260,000 illegal immigrants. S'wak's total population is 2.5 million including the half a million foreigners. The SCORE region in S'wak plans to attract 600,000 workers including 400, 000 foreign workers. Why create jobs if there are no workers? It's better for businessmen & investors to invest in countries where the labour comes from.
Umno must open its doors to all
These Umno buggers never learnt to count. That's why there are very few Bumiputera businessmen of note today. That's also the reason the FDI has plunged 81 per cent from the already miserable figure last year, the national debt burden is 54 to 70 per cent of the GDP (depends on who is talking) & Umno politicians are taking gov't projects for themselves through nominees at double, triple & even ten times the actual contract figure in order to continue milking the public treasury of the people's money. The award of the contracts for the two submarines, which we don't need because our seas are too shallow, is a case in point. Meanwhile RM 4 billion is missing from Felda. This is the money that Umno will be using during after the next General Elections to buy up votes, members of parliament & state assemblypersons. Umno has already decided that it can't win the next GE unless it resorts to even more dirty tricks. This is Umno's last gasp. Umno is finished unless it opens its doors to all.
Islam out of date
No wonder Nik Aziz said that teaching sex in schools is like teaching someone to steal properly. According to Chapter 3 of the Professional Ethics module used by the Open University of Malaysia, Islam is only applicable to present times if it evolves. This is the stand taken by Muslim scholars who have also noted that Islam is not an evolving religion (that means it's rigid), nor does it talk much about ethics. Neither is Islam a new religion, according to them, but a continuation of the divine revelations from Abraham to Mohd. Professional Ethics is a compulsory university course for all degree programmes in Malaysia.
Mahathir just a conman & scam artist
This is just a load of crap of the kind that u hear at the teh tarik stalls. Mahathir has always been a shallow thinker, given to extremist views & sweeping statements. One does not have to be an expert to take such a line. We must remember that he comes from the lunatic fringe. Anyone with even half a brain as a so-called statesman would not stoop so low as to be petty & hit below the belt. How much wiser are we about blogging after inviting this perpetual crank to spoil the day? At least Anwar had support within Umno unlike Mahathir who parachuted in from the top & hung on to power until he could hang on no more. Mahathir is driven by a self-serving hidden agenda based on capital accumulation -- to drive out the Chinese -- & living it up at the expense of the people. For this, he's prepared to twist & turn every issue into a racial issue in order to play to the gallery & hoodwink the Malay masses into gathering under the Umno flag, under the banner of so-called unity, so that people like him can live like royalty at the expense of the people.
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 06:45 AM PDT
SUNGAI BULOH: The Prime Minister's 1Malaysia concept must be given a chance to flourish to ensure continuous social harmony in the country, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He urged Malaysians to accept differing values among the communities to maintain fairness.
Dr Chua said the Prime Minister had introduced the 1Malaysia concept because it reflected the fact that the rights of all communities, such as access to education and freedom of religion, were protected by the Federal Constitution.
He said it was because of religious and cultural intolerance that terrorism flourished in some parts of the world.
"Learn to accept the concepts of 1Malaysia to ensure fairness and harmony for everyone," he said, at the 29th anniversary gathering of the Choon San Temple here last night. Later, he gave RM10,000 to the temple.
Dr Chua said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's announcement that JPA scholarship was for all students who scored 9A+ in the SPM was a clear example of 1Malaysia at work.
He also warned Malaysians to be wary of those who use religion merely to gain political mileage and support.
"For example, PAS has admitted that it wants to impose Syariah laws if it forms the Government. Can you live in a multi-cultural country with Syariah laws?" he said.
THE STAR (Thursday August 5, 2010)
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 06:14 AM PDT
NOTA EDITOR: Pemuda UMNO Selangor membuat laporan polis bagi pihak hartawan2 Melayu seperti Suyed Mokhtar Al Bukhari, Tajudin Ramli, Daim Zainuddin dsbnya kerana mereka tidak akan dapat diskaun apabila mereka membeli rumah yang berharga jutaan ringgit.
Hmmmmm..... Hartawan pun kita kena perjuangkan hak mereka ye? Kalau dah mampu beli rumah berjuta, kenapa nak diskaun lagi???
Ini lah contoh kebodohan mereka yang berjuang Melayu macam Melayu
Pemuda Umno lapor polis terhadap Tony Pua
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 04:23 AM PDT
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 03:40 AM PDT
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 03:24 AM PDT
Glad that my MP, Lim Lip Eng, is taking up the question of hardcore poor in KL.
There's lots of statistics and differing definitions, etc, but I think anyone who has ever walked the streets of KL knows that there is a real hardcore poor problem – regardless of what list we do or don't appear on.
I can only hope that BN run KL (even though all but one parliamentary constituency voted for Pakatan – and we won the last one, Setiawangsa, if you don't count postal votes) will take the right attitude towards this problem.
We should not be concerned primarily about saving face, or statistics that put us in good or bad light in the eyes of the world.
Our primary concern should be instead any human being forced to suffer immense poverty, even amidst all our mega-towers of plenty.
Posted: 04 Aug 2010 04:43 PM PDT
From Ahyad Mat Nawi, via e-mail
In fact, the court had not really made any decision on her religion but merely maintained the status quo. The point is, the civil court is not the right place for her to forward her application since it is clearly for the Syariah Court to decide. A simple case of going to the wrong place.
Posted: 04 Aug 2010 04:40 PM PDT
From AK Sellan, via e-mail
He also called upon parents and teachers to help the police combat this plague.
Murali was the PIBG chairman and he literally 'ruled the school'. The headmaster was powerless and the teachers either obeyed or were forced to do so. He and his cohorts would walk into any class and berate any teacher in front of the students. No one dared to question him.
Posted: 04 Aug 2010 04:34 PM PDT
From A Malaysian, via e-mail
Freedom of religion is enshrined in our constitution, and the government of the day must allow all religions to practise their faith. Religion must not be politised , or used as a tool to gain political mileage.
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 01:28 AM PDT
Umno has gone offensive again with all their available machinery.
That's about what they have left with to fight for their survival. If you have been following their maneuvers for the past months, you can see endless blatancy in power abuses. Pakatan Rakyat component parties publications has to be banned just to give their controlled mainstream media the advantage of churning and spinning lies in an all out media war.
Lets not go into our kangaroo judiciary, anti-corruption agency and the royal police force in handling certain high profile cases involving Pakatan Rakyat politicians and the people.
What really interest me was the endless propagandizing of Malay rights. They even have to stoop so low in instilling unwarranted fear of chinese dominance, malays losing their rights and land to other races and whatnot, with Perkasa in the foreground issuing seditious threats freely.
What is their underlying reason behind such maneuvers?
Umno does not have the domineering Malays support anymore. That's the main reason behind their recent outcries. Umno is desperately trying to win back the wavering and diminishing malays support and the only way they know how is to stoke racial tension.
Pakatan Rakyat may be a loosely form coalition but on the whole, they have managed to come to terms with one main aim: take over Putrajaya. Don't let the internal component party's politicking distract you..
On the other hand, what is Barisan National now? With MCA and MIC out of relevancy, eye opening revelations of the amassed wealth of Sarawak's chief minister and his family (go find out who owns Socfin Malaysia) and the shaky political situation in Sabah, BN is already dead soulfully.
Umno is still strong in terms of money and machinery. Their safe deposit at East Malaysia is beginning to waver.. The level of awareness among the East Malaysians is picking up strongly. And Najib cant afford to allow that to happen. His only way out is to call for a snap election fast while he still has the fighting chance with his safe deposit before this level of awareness become widespread.
Do expect a snap election within the next 6 months.
As for the people, I would like to believe that most of them have more or less decided on what to do with their votes...
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