- Hmmmm.... Muhyiddin...
- Another Weekend At Sham's Sanctuary
- Its Ramadan again!
- Stupid Sarawakians
- Selamat menyambut Ramadhan, ya, semua …
- RPK allow me to come to the real issue. that Saiful Bukhari Azlan and Farah Azlina Latif
- N64 Sarawak “A Fiery Battle”
- Sathiya Jalan Pasar ~ Sidewalk Trader with a Golden Heart!
- Selamat Menyambut Ramadhan Al Mubarak
- 组兵团反击反对党 柔马华打网络战
- ‘Cyber war’ to expose lies of the Opposition
- Taking Back Our Politics
- PROTES kenaikan harga barang
- Used Car Dealership Story: The Chinese Chung Brothers
- Teoh's last note - why only 10 months later?
- Hong Kong Shoots 'First' 3D Porn Film.
- Master English, Dr M tells students
- Selamat menyambut Bulan Ramadan
- Lim Guan Eng berated Muhyiddin Yassin, SO G13 FIRST UMNO ELECTION AFTER ELEMINATION NAJIB MUST PREFER TO WORK WITH HISHAMUDDIN AND K.J OUT YOU GO Tan Sri Muhyiddin
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 03:31 PM PDT
Why all of a sudden? Tan Sri Muhyiddin said on Tuesday that his relationship with Datuk Seri Najib remains strong, and that rumours about a rift were unfounded.
Nobody asked him about it. No reporters asked him to comment on the subject at a book launching ceremony yesterday. But why did he?
I dont wish to write any further as I dont want to add anything to the rumours or to spark anything that could lead to more speculations.
Its the start of Ramadan and I dont want to spoil my day. Anyway, 'takda angin, takkan pohon bergoyang...'
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 02:51 PM PDT
This time around we had the irrepressible Sheikh Tawfiq whose non-stop supply of jokes and anecdotes for every occasion kept everyone in stiches. That was before he took out his Yamaha keyboard and began belting out songs of yesteryear for the rest of the day and night! Not bad for a guy who plays by ear. When he finally went to sleep at 3.00 am even the crikets were intimidated into silence; late night at Sham's Sanctuary probably has never been so quiet...apart from the droning orchestra of muffled snores of course.
BBQ on Saturday was again Colonel Mike's show and it was as usual, excellent. This time around he served grilled chicken drumsticks wrapped in beef bacon, mashed potato topped with caviar, relish wrapped boneless NZ lamb, lemon sorbet, grilled Portobello mushrooms, peaches and ice-cream...and more! The lamb was simply scrumptious! Again, Mike was the chef and I was the cook.
Annie returned home that Saturday night with a pot of mutton curry with murungakai and it was not only the first time I had seen mutton curry cooked with "drumsticks", it has to be right up there among the best I have tasted!
Apart from being an analyst with TMB, Tiger Kamarul Shahrin is a talented photographer. He had brought his arsenal of expensive, high-end photographic equipment and I thought we were going to be treated to numerous professionally taken records of the weekend's proceedings. I was right with "professionally taken" but totally wrong with "numerous"! The bugger only took a handful of shots! He says an artist deals in rarity! Shit!!! So if this time around this blogpost contains fewer photos (low quality from the phonecam) it should be compensated by some breath-taking shots by Shahrin (you will know which ones they are by just looking). Hopefully, more pictures can be posted up later if I receive them from the other camera owners present.
...More photos to be added soon
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 10:42 AM PDT
To all Muslims, wherever you are, let's welcome the holy month of Ramadan al-Mubarak wholeheartedly. Fasting is not only an ibadah but practically a good test against all forms of greed and hunger...
Turn to U-Tube to listen to what Barack Obama tells Muslims around the world about Ramadan.
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 10:35 AM PDT
I personally know quite a few Sarawakians. Judging from the limelight Sarawak Chief Minister has been getting about his alleged wealth, this latest from the Sarawak Report makes it no longer "alleged". It also makes Sarawakians who have given Taib Mahmud landslide victories for almost three decades, look STUPID!
Sarawakians, do read how stupid you have been and you continue to let the Penans get screwed (literally and figuratively), amongst other things. Then ask yourselves this; "If Taib Mahmud made so much, what about all the other stars in PBB?"
Having said that, what about Musa Aman in Sabah? Then we look across the South China Sea and we see Daim Zainuddin and the whole Barisan Nasional coterie. Damn it!!! Malaysians ARE Stupid!!!
UNMASKED! TAIB THE GODFATHER
Monday, August 9th, 2010 GMT
Sarawak Report has uncovered devastating documents which prove that Abdul Taib Mahmud, Sarawak's Chief Minister, is the real owner of millions of dollars of property assets held in the name of family members abroad.
260 California Street, San Francisco - Bijou Sakti Office Block
Among documents in its possession Sarawak Report has a copy of one such private agreement (see above) relating to the shares in Sakti International, a company that owns buildings in San Francisco. Sakti is part of a web of companies started in North America by the Taibs, which includes Sakto, a major Ottawa property company, and Wallysons, which owns the Abraham Lincoln Building in Seattle, housing a top secret anti-terrorist facility for the FBI.
The five official shareholders of Sakti International, which is registered in California, are Taib's brothers, Onn Mahmud and Arip Mahmud, along with three of his children, Sulaiman Taib, Mahmud Taib and Jamilah Taib. However, as the document which we have obtained shows, a resolution made soon after the formation of the company has privately ruled that half those shares (a commanding majority) are held in trust for the Chief Minister. The value of these shares amounts to 40 million US dollars for Sakti alone, according to the company's own documents.
Tip of the iceberg?
However, Sakti International, estimated to be worth US $80 million, accounts for just a small proportion of the Taib family wealth. Our previous exposes have revealed a vast portfolio of further international property assets, which are owned by members of Taib Mahmud's immediate family. For example, Taib's own children are the shareholders and directors of numerous companies controlling residential and commercial buildings in Canada, Australia, Britain and the United States together worth hundreds of millions of US dollars. Yet, suspiciously, many of these assets came into their possession when they were in their early 20s and still college students with no visible access to legitimate resources to invest. The inevitable question for Taib Mahmud, therefore, is whether, as in the case of Sakti International, they are also secretly holding these other properties in trust for him? If not, what explanation can there be for these investments?
Golden Wedding Couple - The Godfather and his family
A number of reports have already been made to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) regarding the recent disclosures of the Taib family wealth. These new revelations proving the direct link to the Chief Minister will increase the pressure on the MACC to respond with a proper investigation.
The Sakti International documents in our possession, released as part of the disclosure in a recent court case, provide further extensive evidence of Taib Mahmud's involvement in the company, despite his denials of any business connections. Indeed one of the company's earliest official documents, signed in 1987, even lists him as one of the Directors of Sakti International.
Chief Minister's name in black and white, listed as a Director Of Sakti International
The document in question is a Domestic Stock Corporation Statement for Sakti International, which is required annually by the State of California. In 1987, the year the company was set up, its inaugural statement clearly registers Taib Mahmud, along with his brothers Onn Mahmud and Arip Mahmud, as a Director of the company. The only officer of the company is listed as Mahmud Taib, the Chief Minister's eldest son.
It is well-known that in subsequent Taib family enterprises the Chief Minister has always scrupulously avoided including his own name in any documentation. This early mistake will undermine his constant claims that, in keeping with his role as Chief Minister, he has no direct business interests. It is clear that he in fact set up Sakti International, using the address of his own house in San Francisco.
Subsequently, records show that the structure of the company was altered to make Onn, Arip and Mahmud Taib the three Directors, while Rahman became the only officer of the company. But, as we are now able to exclusively report, Taib Mahmud secretly retained his control through a resolution by the company directors dated April 8th 1988. This resolution (see top) placed 500 of the 1,000 shares issued by the company in trust for him.
43 Presidio, Taib's San Francisco town house and early HQ for Sakti International
The Sakti documents give a fascinating insight into the manipulative methods used by Taib Mahmud to control his family members, who are supposedly the earners and 'businessmen' who have generated the Taibs' legendary wealth. The five relatives who were selected to own shares in Sakti International were each been given a different number of shares. Each then surrendered differing proportions of these shares to be held in trust for the Chief Minister.
Brother Onn Mahmud gets 400 shares, but of them 200 are held for the Chief Minister, whereas brother Arip gets just 200 shares, 100 of which are in trust for Taib. Mahmud Taib has the same arrangement ast Arip. However younger brother, Sulaiman Rahman Taib, who was later made sole Director of Sakti, only gets 100 shares under the agreement and they are all in fact held in trust for his father. Daughter Jamilah also only gets 100 shares, but she gets to hold them all herself.
The system ensures that Taib Mahmud has half of all the shares held in trust for himself, whereas none of the others hold more than 200 shares. In this way he clearly keeps a commanding control over the company he pretends not to own.
Classic Car on Standby - Vintage Ferrari kept ready for Chief Minister's occasional visits to 43 Presidio Avenue. Son Rahman Taib, who shared his father's interest requested a 4,000 square foot garage to house his car collection in the States
Taib in charge
Former employees of Sakti have testified to the controling position the Chief Minister holds over the other members of the family. Rahman, as he was known in the States, was still in college when he became sole Director of Sakti and has been described as being in awe of his father, whom he once had to wait a week to get a meeting with.
"We always considered Taib to be the ultimate boss and decision-maker" one former executive has told Sarawak Report, "It was obvious that he was the source of the money and Rahman was extremely deferential towards him".
Where did the money come from?
The Chief Minister has so far made no comment on the string of recent exposes regarding his wealth. However, this new evidence will increase the widespread demands for him to explain how he and his family accrued the millions necessary to acquire such investments. Taib's personal salary from his numerous concurrent positions still only delivers an official income of just under 50,000 MYR (around US $16,000) a month.
Multi-billionaire? Chief Minister's finances beg immediate scrutiny
In past weeks the existence of Ridgeford Properties in London and Sakto Corporation in Ontario, Canada have also been made public (see previous exposes on Sarawak Report). These companies own and manage numerous office blocks worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Ostensibly the Directors and owners of these concerns are Jamilah Taib and her husband Sean (Hisham) Murray, a Canadian national. However, like Sakti, Sakto was originally set up under the names of Taib family members, not Mr Murray.
Although numerous members of Sean Murray's family now work for Sakto, all the evidence indicates that these are in fact Taib family businesses, ultimately controlled by the Chief Minister of Sarawak.
Surely the weight of evidence is now such that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission will be unable to ignore the deluge of demands requiring thorough investigation into Sarawak's White Haired Raja?
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 09:01 AM PDT
Selamat berpuasa, selamat berterawih, selamat bersahur dan selamat berbuka di bulan yang mulia ini.
Image courtesy from here.
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 09:05 AM PDT
What we need in this time of uncertainty is not more technology, but more human relations, more understanding of different perspectives and working with that to achieve peace and social justice.
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Now that the court has delivered its decision — that Saiful Bukhari Azlan and Farah Azlina Latif would not be called to testify with regards to their sexual relationship — allow me to come to the real issue.
Yes, the sexual escapade between Saiful and Farah is not what I was targeting at. That was actually the Red Herring to draw them out and make them run round in circles in panic. And, boy, did they panic. Putrajaya was so flustered that even an attack on Johor by the Singapore armed forces could not have outdone that.
But now everything has settled down again. Yesterday, everyone, in particular those in Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's office, have breathed a sigh of relief. With the court's ruling blocking Saiful and Farah from testifying with regards to their relationship they feel they are now well protected.
Well, if that was my main target then maybe so. It would mean they are quite secure. But that was not my main target. That was merely a distraction to get them to fluster for awhile and just when they thought it is now safe to go into the water, as they would say in 'Jaws', I spring them with what I was really aiming for.
Before that, do you remember Datuk Syed Abdul Rahman Alhabshi? He is the Mongolian Honorary Consul to Malaysia who escorted Altantuya's family whenever they were in Malaysia and who held a few press conferences condemning the Malaysian government with regards to how it was conducting the Altantuya murder investigation.
Syed Rahman was very vocal. He practically accused the Malaysian police of covering up crucial facts of the murder. He even threatened to take legal action against Malaysia.
Syed Rahman was on a crusade. He was angry and wanted to expose the real culprits behind Altantuya's murder. He met Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Anwar Ibrahim, and many other political leaders to complain about what was going on. He actually mentioned Najib by name and declared that he had in his possession the photograph of Najib, Razak Baginda and Altantuya, which he had handed over to the IGP.
Yes, there was much which Syed Rahman alleged. And in his crusade to bring the real murderers to book he met many people and told them this story over and over again.
I was there together with Datuk Kamal Amir, Aspan Alias and Jaddawi Datuk Ghazali (all Umno people) in the Bangsar Shopping Centre when Syed Rahman spent about an hour briefing us on the entire facts of the murder. In fact, there were about 15 of us there that day, all relishing the 'insider information' that this Honorary Consul was giving us.
Then, during the Permatang Pauh by-election in 2008, Syed Rahman did a u-turn. He went on primetime TV and declared that the allegation of Najib's involvement with Altantuya is a downright lie. And he denied he had told people so.
There are hundreds of people all over Malaysia who can testify to the fact that Syed Rahman did tell them that Najib was involved with Altantuya and that Syed Rahman admitted he had handed the photograph that proves this to the IGP. But all that is now water under the bridge and is old news. What we want to talk about today is the relationship between Najib's office and Saiful.
Do you remember the photograph below of Saiful and Khairil Annas bin Jusoh, Najib's aide, which Malaysia Today published in 2008, mere days after the Sodomy 2 allegation against Anwar Ibrahim surfaced?
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Khairil is a graduate of the International Islamic University (UIA) and all his contemporaries in UIA know about his gay tendencies. A number of his university mates have confirmed this, as have his secondary school mates from Sekolah Alam Shah.
On 30 June 2010, Khairil got married to Syed Rahman's daughter, Syarifah Nabila Sara. Yes, that's right, our Mongolian Honorary Consul to Malaysia is now the father-in-law to Najib's aide, Khairil. However, barely a month later, Syarifah Nabila went home to her father. They are not quite divorced yet but divorce is certainly on the cards.
And why did Syarifah Nabila leave her matrimonial home to return to her parent's home in a huff? Simple. She is not happy that her husband is AC-DC, just like Saiful. For the benefit of the less savvy readers that means bi-sexual.
Yes, Khairil, just like Saiful, likes it both ways. And Syarifah Nabila is very upset that her husband is using their bed for trysts with boys. Having sex with boys is one thing. Bringing them home to your matrimonial bed is another — Khairil's wife can't accept that.
So what do we have here? Najib's aide is married to the Mongolian Honorary Consul's daughter. The daughter wants an end to the marriage after merely a month because her husband likes boys and brings them home to their bed. The gay aide also has links with the gay man who has accused Anwar of sodomising him. And this same 'sodomy victim' also has a sexual relationship with the deputy public prosecutor in Anwar's trial.
Even Peyton Place is not as complicating as this. And do they not say that the truth is even stranger than fiction?
Let's see them wangle out of this one.
Poor Anwar , he had some real scumbags as 'friends' – Ezam & Anuar Shaari.
Disgusting opportunists as well as traitors.
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Further to that, Malaysians will be told about the relationship between Najib's Special Officer, Khairul Anas, and Saiful —
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Posted: 10 Aug 2010 08:46 AM PDT
N64 Sarawak in the next election will see a fiery battle between two known nemesis in Incumbent SUPP YB Andy Chia and DAP Miri Chairman Fong Pau Teck. The above photo speaks for itself and on the gound level it has already sparked some "reactions"
audie61 was also on site in Miri to see the extend of the devastation where Fire broke out on Sunday night and destroyed 46 houses and made 296 people and 59 families homeless.
DAP Fong asked a very provoking question to YB Andy which was overheard by audie61,"Now,What are you going to do..?" YB being his calm self, though a bit more than being mere agitated, he did not create a scene especially with so much sorrow in evidence.
However he just told the press present,"We have taken immediate relief action and we let our actions do the talking."
The quick action on the night in question especially at the height of the Fire has propelled YB Andy's negative rating of 49% by the polls conducted on the ground to a much respectable 53% as an incumbent Yb.
According to many political analysts the DAP candidate has indeed shot himself in the foot eventhough he has been seen to be" championing the cause of the people and being the voice of opposition in PUJUT by checking the BN government."
He has indeed losts a HUGE CHUNK OF HIS GOOD WORK BY THE OUTBREAK OF THE FIRE. He has indeed picked the right time to show..
HIS TRUE COLOURS……???
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 01:46 PM PDT
Dear fellow Malaysians,
Would you believe that in these times, there still exist someone as generous as Sathiya, a sidewalk mobile phone trader, who has been giving away free drinks and food to passersby at Jalan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur's famous shoppers paradise where you can get practically whatever your heart desires especially where the latest gadgets and telecommunication devices are sold at a price that most can afford?
In these End Times when goodnaturedness was said to be on the way out just like many endangered species of flora and fauna, Sathiya's selfless act of giving out drinking water and free food from yesterday has caught many by surprise and gives us a reassurance that there is still some hope for our nation as a country with citizens who still care.
To some his good deed may not be nothing much to crow about but when we come to think of it, despite having hundreds or maybe thousands of millionaires or billionaires living here in the nation's capital city, how often have you come across people as generous as Sathiya giving out for free drinking water and food with no strings attached?
When I asked him why he was being so generous, he replied that it was his gesture of respect to the coming of Ramadhan, Islam's holiest month and that he wanted to do his bit to help Malaysians from all walks of life regardless of creed or color to have a free drink on him!
My heartiest congratulations to Sathiya, a selfless sidewalk mobile phone trader who is willing to fork out more than RM2500 of his own hard earned money just to carry out his wish to give his fellow man a drink, no strings attached!
When we have filthy rich politicians, businessmen, tycoons all flushed with cash yet be so tight fisted when it comes to doing charity works, Sathiya's efforts here outshines each and every one of them!
He is doing what many others who can afford to do more for the poor and the common man have not done?
When we read or hear of the country's top leaders hold open house, this and that, how many of us know that they do not cough out a single sen in holding such events and functions?
The government foots all those bills. From the canopies to the caterers and event management companies costs, its the Treasury that pays all those bills.
The political leaders get their 5 minutes of fame on national tv and bask in the free publicity as if they are the ones footing all such bills?
They ought to be ashamed of golden hearted Malaysians such as Mr. Sathiya here.
He may look like a roughneck rocker but the man stands tall as a towering Malaysian!
We are proud of you!
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Posted: 10 Aug 2010 10:47 AM PDT
Dari pihak Malaysiawaves, saya ingin mengucapkan Selamat berpuasa dan selamat menyambut Ramadhan Al Mubarak kepada seluruh muslimin dan muslimat. Semoga Ramadhan ini menjadi lebih baik dari yang lepas.
Umat Islam mula puasa esok
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 07:32 AM PDT
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 05:09 AM PDT
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 06:27 AM PDT
BATU PAHAT: Johor MCA has gone on the offensive by embarking on a "cyber war" to expose the lies of the Opposition, said party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He said all 26 divisions in the state had been told to counter the "double standard" of the Opposition in preparation for the next general election.
"At the moment, we have to admit that our cyber war efforts are weak.
"Therefore, all divisions in Johor must redouble their efforts in the psychological war against the Opposition via the Internet," he told newsmen after chairing the Johor MCA liaison meeting here yesterday.
Dr Chua, who is the state liaison chairman, said the party would expose the weaknesses of the Opposition.
An example of the Opposition's double standard was in Selangor, where it condemned the Barisan Nasional for issuing support letters but at the same time, it had also issued such letters, he said.
He also told the divisions to inform the rakyat of the empty promises made by the Opposition.
"The Prime Minister has reminded all of us that it is time to go on the offensive.
"Johor, which is known as a Barisan and MCA stronghold, must be ready for this," he said.
Dr Chua said the party would also organise training for its election machinery beginning next month and register more voters.
On the issue of foreign labour, he urged the Cabinet Committee on Foreign Labour, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to review the policy on hiring foreign workers, especially in the agriculture sector in Johor.
"The process of hiring foreign workers is too complicated.
"The agriculture sector in Johor is in need of more foreign workers but the complication in the hiring process had disrupted the sector," he said.
He also announced that Johor MCA has formed the International Affairs Bureau and the Climate Change and Green Technology Bureau.
THE STAR (Tuesday August 10, 2010)
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 06:16 AM PDT
The whole idea of politics was to have someone represent you - basically be your voice in the larger arena.
Most of us were really excited when the tsunami of GE12 showed the impact when people unite and come together with a purpose.
But a few years down the road, we're disillusioned with what we've got.
Frogs who've leaped to the other side upon offers of cash (or threats of exposure).
Troublemakers who can't keep their mouths shut, like Hasan Ali of PAS and Zulkifli Noordin and PKR.
Haris has a plan. And I like it.
His post, Enter the Third Force even had me raising my eyebrows and wondering if it was wise to split the vote at a critical time like this.
But there's more to it.
I'll let Haris walk you through it.
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 05:14 AM PDT
PROTES kenaikan harga barang bertempat di Flat 17 tingkat PKNS pada 9 Ogos bermula pukul 5:00 petang. 3 orang aktivis ditahan polis sebelum pelancaran protes bermula.
Saya bersama YB Dr.Hatta, YB Tian Chua, Arul (PSM), Ketua AMK Shamsul Iskandar, Haji Nahar (Jemaah Islam Malaysia (JIM),SUARAM, Saudara Sani (Ketua Pemuda PAS Kuala Langat), wakil-wakil Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia(SMM), GAMIS,JERIT dan beberapa teman prihatin lain yang turut serta dalam program pelancaran Bantah Pembaziran, Potongan Subsidi Rakyat dalam Usaha Menyelamatkan Wang Negara.
Program tersebut diadakan di pasar malam Kerinchi dan mendapat sambutan yang menggalakkan daripada penjaja, penduduk sekitar serta pengunjung pasar malam.
Walaupun kenaikan harga minyak sebanyak 5 sen, akan tetapi janji kerajaan bahawa penstrukturan semula subsidi akan dilaksanakan, untuk memastikan rakyat termiskin dilindungi tidak dilaksanakan. Program penstrukturan semula yang dirancang dan diberikan kepada Maybank gagal, tetapi potongan subsidi diteruskan jua. Penjana-penjana bebas masih kebal tidak tersentuh. Sila rujuk keratan risalah yang diedar semalam.
Posted: 09 Aug 2010 11:34 PM PDT
Via AoSHQ, a great story, ought to make a film out of it. Excerpts with major plot twist spoiler below:
There are a few streets in Chicago that are affectionately known to the working class locals as "raper's row." These are places one goes to get a used car when one is short on cash, credit, and hope. Places like this are the border towns of the capitalist miracle; where the national character shines most intensely, where regulation is lax, and where everyone seems to either be fleeing to or from something.
I hired on for what I thought at the time was going to be a bookkeeper job; taking inventories, keeping the ledger, and filling out the mountains of paperwork. The staff was more or less typical for the that street: a semi-reformed bar-brawling alcoholic called Fast Eddie, who ran the place; a "deal closer" named George with a whiskey blown James Coburn voice who had once been a very big name in the new-car trade but who had since slid all the way down the mountain to Cicero Avenue on an avalanche of white powder; a washed up ex-professional wrestler who went by the name of "Zeus"; an old debauched jailbird whom we called "Blackie" after he woke up one morning in his apartment following a night of very hard drinking and discovered that the woman he had picked up and brought back, who he could not otherwise remember, had dyed his hair black with something that wouldn't come off before she left; a 22-year-old semi-literate street person who acted as our "gopher" and who was allowed to live in one of the junked cars in the back lot and was known as "Ratso"; and the staff of our body shop one block over on Belmont–three guys known to all as the Chinese Chung Brothers, even though they weren't Chinese, weren't brothers, and weren't really named Chung.
What an interesting moral order this turned out to be.The Chung Brothers were the true heart of the operation (whatever the salesmen thought). Maestros of Bondo and Buffing, they were expert body and fender men whose job it was to reanimate the corpses we dragged in from the auto auctions for sale at the front lot. The Chung Brothers were actually Cambodian refugees, the last survivors of a money making scheme that Fast Eddie and some of his car dealer pals had been involved in several years earlier. At that time, the US Government has found itself with more Cambodian refugees than it knew what to do with. So they had offered a subsidy to schools that would teach them a trade. Fast Eddie and his pals had somehow found out about this and when they saw the size of the subsidy, they had quickly set up an "Auto Body College". The first and only class had fifteen people in it, who worked, ate, and slept in the garage where the Chung Brothers lived now. (How all these people slept there I never knew. The Chung Brothers slept in a Three Stooges style bunk bed they had built later.)
"The school was a great set-up," Fast Eddie later told me. "Fifteen slaves and all paid for by the US Government."
In this laboratory of free enterprise, the Cambodians did, in fact, manage to teach themselves body and fender work. The Cicero Avenue boys had shown them the rudiments of Bondo, spray paint, and buff outs and then turned them loose for a practicum on the junked cars in our weed choked back lot. The moment that any Cambodian gained a minimum amount of confidence in his work and English skills, he would graduate by slipping out the back door one night. In about 18 months, the college was down to the three Chung Brothers. Somehow it didn't surprise me that no one had bothered to learn their real names. We rarely went over to the garage except to drop off a wreck or pick up a debutante. When anyone needed to distinguish between the Brothers, they would just refer to them as Chung One, Chung Two, and Chung Three.
What did surprise me was that the Brothers didn't seem to mind. They were always working and always smiling. Naive in the ways of the free enterprise system, I couldn't understand why the Chung Brothers stuck around. They hardly ever seemed to get paid anything and their work was really, really good. They were so skilled, that had they been physicians they could have botoxed a fifty year old into a high school prom queen.
Was this operation profitable? The basic auction house price for the car plus the Chung Brother's magic was mostly covered by the down payment. Between rolling over the repos and the occasional person who actually made their payments, there was also the occasional person whose credit rating was not so terrible that we couldn't sell the contract at a discount to an "acceptance company". We made a living. The salesmen only ate what they killed. The Chung Brothers were only paid peanuts. The only other salaried people were Ratso, who took in $50 a week for a seven day week plus whatever change we forgot to get back when we sent him out for cheeseburgers, and your truly, the old Professor.
In a way, the whole thing rested on top of the Chung Brothers, who in their dream engineering at least produced something tangible. Given what kind of wrecks we were feeding them (and I knew how wrecked these cars really were, because I had to shepherd many a sick puppy home from the auction house) they seemed to perform cost efficient miracles turning these junkers into sparkling lumps of valuable cubic zirconium. They always seemed to be willing to work any number of hours and to turn out a car no matter how fast we said we needed it. With their perpetual smiles, they were the perfect image of the cheap Third World labor force that just loves to work for substandard wages under appalling conditions.
It was Ratso who turned out to be the weak link in the Chung Brothers' operation and he was the one who brought down the whole house of cards.
As our gopher, Ratso's main job was to fetch car parts, buckets of Bondo, barrels of STP, bags of cheeseburgers, piles of dirty magazines, and all of the other things that a modern used car lot needed to operate. He seemed quite content to be living in the wheeless '63 Pontiac Catalina in the back. And while we didn't particularly trust him, he really did look like a guy who was living on only $50 a week.
But Ratso got busted when a questionable item appeared on a car parts bill. It was a hub cab, something that we would have never under any circumstances purchased new. Ratso was skimming off a portion of what he got on our tab at the car parts dealer and then was selling it at a discount to our competitors. Between the inventory we found in the trunk of the Pontiac and what we could gather from a long overdue audit of all the bills going back several years, we soon got the impression that he was more or less doubling every order and was therefore skimming about 50 percent. He had been doing it so long (and apparently so had his predecessor) that Fast Eddie had long since simply priced it into his overhead and had never really noticed it, since we rightly assumed that all the wrecks we dragged over to the Chung Brothers needed extensive restoration.
But a more shocking truth was revealed when Fast Eddie, George, and Zeus took Ratso out to the back lot for his "exit interview". It turned out that the Chung Brothers were far and away his best customer. They would pay him a flat $100 in cash a week to pick up whatever they ordered, which was double what they actually needed for us. Ratso had actually been skimming off the Chung Brothers, who in fact were running a very profitable body and fender shop in our garage, using our tools and parts. The Chung Brothers had such a good reputation in their community that they had even opened up a satellite garage a few blocks away staffed with Mexican illegal aliens. The fact was, they had learned our ways all too well at the Body Shop College and had turned into even more ruthless businessmen than we were.
The was a very bitter pill for Fast Eddie to swallow. The smiling slave façade had been in fact a cruel hoax. Knowing what I know now about business, the smart thing for Fast Eddie to have done would have been to write off his losses and cut a new deal with the Chung Brothers. But Fast Eddie hadn't gotten to where he was in the world for nothing. He instead fired them on the spot and kicked them out of the garage.
This rash and thoughtless act spelled the beginning of the end for the dealership. New slaves turned out to be rather hard to find, and Fast Eddie had to start paying something much closer to retail for his body work; work that never seemed to rise to Chung Brothers' standards. Our stock began to look as shabby as everyone else's on the street and we began to lose our edge on Cicero Avenue.
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 04:52 AM PDT
There's a very good reason why the police investigator 'found' a note, allegedly a suicide note as asserted by our remarkable world renowned Attorney General (AG), two months after Teoh's mysterious death on the eve of his wedding when he had just a short while prior to his interrogation by MACC and subsequent death, phoned his best man to remind the latter of the important event the following day.
Strange as it may seem, that MACC had correctly claimed Teoh committed suicide immediately following the poor man's death, two months BEFORE the suicide note ('suicide' as alleged by the AG) was fantastically discovered from Teoh's sling bag, probably from a very secret compartment hitherto unbeknownst to police, MACC and even Dan Brown or for that matter, RPK.
We were aware that there had been accusations by MACC and police that Teoh revealed the corruption of his boss, Selangor DAP chief Ean Yong Hian Wah to the MACC, an action apparently so stressful that Teoh forgot about his wedding in order to seek relief in the Netherworld.
And we know that immediately after his death, his belongings, laptop and underwear were all diligently, scrupulously and carefully sifted for evidence of the DAP's wrongdoings, though (perhaps due to the secret compartment in his bag) nothing incriminating was found.
But more significant than the wondrous timely discovery of a suicide note ('suicide' according to the AG) two months after Teoh's had purportedly committed suicide (according to the AG) was the AG withholding such an important piece of evidence from the coroner's court until now, 10 months after it was found.
The AG claimed he wanted to do the job for the coroner, namely in proving the authenticity of the note. Don't we just love the AG for such diligence, always so helpful, so thoughtful, so law abiding that surely we cannot help but scream, screech and shriek out of pride for our No 1 Law Officer. He deserves the Nobel Prize for Chemistry!
10 months after its discovery! Of course we all know that time is important and necessary to 'prepare' proper evidence – ask Colin Powell about the importance of preparation when he as US Secretary of State presented 'evidence' of Saddam Hussein's illicit and dangerous WMD programs to the UN Security Council. He (Gani Patail, not f* Powell) deserves the Nobel Prize for Literature!
Then more gratitude would be due to some for the discovery of this vital piece of now-authenticated (by the wonderful AG) piece of evidence – it had been none other than UMNO Senator Ezam who alerted the authorities to it; he heard it from pro UMNO blogs – it's just marvelous that UMNO bloggers and Senator Ezam had chipped in to support discovery of evidence even before the coroner's court and the lawyer for the Teoh's family had known about it. These are Towering Malaysians.
But in the midst fo accolades and gratitude expressed, I do have a complaint against the journalists who AGAIN misquoted that wonderful man, Mr Abdul Gani Patail, the world renowned Malaysian AG. They incorrectly quoted him saying he was briefed by the investigation officer (IO) that he (Ahmad Nazri the IO) conducted a thorough search after being advised by a psychiatrist that, ordinarily, a note would be left in a suicide case.
There's one observation and one error in that quote:
Observation – "… ordinarily, a note would be left in a suicide case."
I cannot help but applaud the incredibly unerring accuracy and prescience of the IO and psychiatrist that Teoh's death was a 'suicide case', an important advice which then motivated the IO to search more vigorously for a note which would 'ordinarily' be left behind to help police investigation, and indeed it had been such valuable advice that stimulated the IO into (I presume) discovering the secret compartment in Teoh's sling bag which brought forth the note, alleged by the AG as a suicide note.
The note apparently reflected Teoh's grief for revealing his boss' naughtiness to the MACC (as correctly claimed by the MACC one year ago – they have been so accurate that I am going to see them for Empat Ekor forecast) though I am still puzzled why the MACC haven't been all over Ean Yong Hian Wah to finish him off – maybe the MACC officers are compassionate people? Well, they may deserve nomination for the Nobel Prize for Peace!
Noted Error/Misquote – "…after being advised by a psychiatrist that, ordinarily, a note would be left …"
The AG didn't say 'psychiatrist' but 'psychic'. Yes, the IO was advised by a psychic that the late Teoh Beng Hock had left a note in his sling bag for them, two months after he was interred. Bloody journalists should get their facts right and stop misquoting our wonderful AG.
Now what was it I said in my initial sentence in this post?
Oh yes, "There's a very good reason why police investigator 'found' a note, allegedly a suicide note as asserted by our remarkable world renowned Attorney General (AG), two months after Teoh's mysterious death …" and why the AG had hung on to it for ten months.
We have to blame Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand who is due to present her expert testimony this month, that Teoh Beng Hock was subjected to strangulation prior to his death fall.
All this psychic stuff wouldn't have been necessary if that Thai woman wasn't coming or wasn't so expertly and fearlessly truthful.
Note: no link in my post as I am publishing this a la chop chop at an overseas Internet cafe
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 04:16 AM PDT
A group of Hong Kong filmmakers have started shooting what they claim will be the world's first 3D pornographic film, said a report recently.
The US$3.2 million (RM10 million) 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, set for release in May, has already generated interest in a host of Asian film markets, as well as Europe and the US, the Sunday Morning Post reported.
Loosely based on a piece of classical Chinese erotic literature, The Carnal Prayer Mat (picture), the movie will star Japanese adult actresses Yukiko Suo and Saori Hara, the Post said.
The film chronicles the story of a young man who, after being introduced to the erotic world of a duke, realises his ex-wife is the love of his life and features "orgies, swinging and some very graphic sex scenes", the paper said.
Producer Stephen Shiu acknowledged that censors would likely block the movie's screening in mainland China, a key market for Hong Kong filmmakers.
"(But) we are almost closing deals with some markets including Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and some pay TV channels in Hong Kong," Shiu told the paper.Italian director Tinto Brass has announced he would produce a 3D remake of his 1979 erotic film Caligula, while Hustler plans to release a pornographic spoof of 3D science fiction film Avatar, the top-grossing movie of all time which has earned some 2.7 billion US dollars worldwide since its release.
Courtesy of AFP
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