Saturday, August 28, 2010

Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan.the inplanted trojan horseto destroy PKR

Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan.the inplanted trojan horseto destroy PKR


Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan.the inplanted trojan horseto destroy PKR

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 11:59 AM PDT


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Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim marches in protest of ISA

Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim marches in protest of ISA

Thousands in ISA Protest March

Thousands in ISA Protest March



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Biased people parliament position of Haris and RPK , DESTROYING PKR TIME FOR PKR TO GET OF Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan.

To be Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim needs to tread a fine line between idealism and the pragmatism of political reality. Nobody can get that exactly right. Anwar can only try.

He will struggle to contain PAS and DAP within the confines of Pakatan Rakyat and amidst the close quarters of religion and dogma. With the timing of the general election still to be decided there are already soothsayers who pronounced Sabah already lost. There are those who are certain that Zaid is going for the number Two post, which by inference indicates he is actually aiming for the number one post! There are already question asked if the Malays will accept Lim Guan Eng as Prime Minister, Lim Kit Siang and Karpal as Governor of Penang and Malacca? And was one being mischievous when Jui Meng was suggested as Mentri Besar of Johor?
All this before the year when a general election year is to be called was set – not day or month but the year! Do you wonder sometimes how our Pakatan Rakyat leaders cope?
Yes we know that they need to be prepared for all eventualities….but steadylah! Be confident that within Pakatan Rakyat there is enough wisdom and common sense to meet our aspirations. Our hope, our expectations and our dreams of living a good life in a good country.
So for now hold your tongue. We are family. Discuss our differences, and our misgivings as a family should – within our self and within the four walls that is our home. Do not let others who are not with us interfere in our dealings and with how we run our life. Not all can be trusted to understand our fight. Not all can be depended upon to help us up when we fall. Trust only those who through their actions and deeds understand our cause. Reject those that seek to engage us in discussions where the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the language we talk, the color of our skin and the religion we practice is reason enough for them to call us a friends or an enemy.
Think in depth about the issues that matters to you. Understand your limitations and accentuate your strengths. Commit yourself by your deeds to making a decent future for our children and above all be true to yourself. It will take courage to live the life of our conviction. There will be enough courage and wisdom in the leaders of Pakatan Rakyat to lead us if we falter.
For Anwar and those Pakatan Rakyat leaders in the front lines I take heart from these lines by Robert Jarvik "Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them."
What courage does it take for Anwar, Lim Kit Siang, Karpal, Tok Guru, Zaid, Jui Meng and all those Pakatan Rakyat front liners to go against UMNO and Barisan Nasional? I remember meeting Bahrain – you all know him as Dato' Kamarul Bahrain Abbas: MP Telok Kemang – many years ago when Mahathir was God, UMNO his disciples and Malaysia his Kingdom – and I remembered asking within myself why was Bahrain with Anwar then when Anwar was within the four walls of Sungai Buloh?


You can call it loyalty, you can call it anything you like. But now I know this. Bahrain knew then what we know only now. He knew that there will be a Pakatan Rakyat to do battle with UMNO and Barisan Nasional and that Anwar will lead Pakatan Rakyat into the 13th General Election with a real possibility of forming Government after the elections were over. I now call that hindsight. I knew some people, including me, that called Bahrain a lunatic back then! Sorry brother, forgive me.



Al Fatihah! Legendary Isa Bakar, one of Malaysia's Football Heroes Dies.

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 11:13 AM PDT

Al Fatihah! A legend of Malaysia's Football world has passed away. Isa Abu Bakar @ Isa Bakar passed away yesterday in Penang. He was 58.


I do not know Isa Bakar in person but I am a friend of his elder brother, (Rtd) former Assistant Commissioner of Police Tuan Osman Bakar.


I can only remember how when Isa Bakar had the ball at his feet, the opposing team's goalkeeper would surely be hard pressed to stave off his fiery strikes into the net!


These was in the 60s when legends such as Allahyarham Isa Bakar, Allahyarham Mokhtar Dahari, Namat Abdullah, Dato Soh Chin Aun, Santokh Singh, the late David (Spiderman) Arumugam and many others used to represent Malaysia in our national team and made us as a nation be so proud of them in the world of competitive football back then.


Nothing much to be proud of the Malaysian team lately.


I'd like to express my heartfelt condolences to the family of Arwah Isa Bakar.



Malaysia has lost another precious son of this soil.

May his soul rest in peace.

Ameen.


In this photo: Soh Chin AunMat Shah NorbitMokhtar DahariMohamad BakarHanafiah AliWong Choon WahSantokh SinghWan ZawawiShukor SallehIsa BakarHamzah SaidinHarun Jusoh,R.ArumugamAli BakarUmaparanNamat Abdullah



Merdeka kata orang, Merdeka kata kita - Benarkah kita Merdeka?

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 11:10 AM PDT

Alunan dan teriakkan Merdeka yang saling kita dengar saban tahun amat memberi makna kepada rakyat yang memahami erti kemerdekaan yang sebenar. Hari kemerdekaan yang kita sambut pada 31h Ogos setiap tahun itu hanyalah untuk mengingati hari negara kita berjaya mentadbir negara sendiri dengan pemimpin kita sendiri serta menentukan arah perjalanan negara kita.

Kita telah memilih sistem demokrasi untuk rakyat memilih sesiapa atau pihak mana yang diyakini boleh mentadbir negara mengikut selera dan kemahuan majoriti rakyat. Itulah sebabnya demokrasi didefinasikan sebagai keraajaan yang dipilih rakyat dan untuk rakyat.

Pada 31 Ogos '57 merupakan hari pertama kita mentadbir negara kita sendiri dan kita telah merdeka dari campurtangan pihak kolonial British dalam menentukan segala-gala kehendak rakyat dan negara kita. Kita mempunyai Perdana Menteri sendiri dan dianya tak lain dan tidak bukan adalah YTM Tunku Abd. Rahman Putra Al-haj.

YTM Tunku sangat terkenal dipesada antarabangsa khususnya dikalangan negara-negara Commonwealth. Beliau merupaka seorang yang masyor dan tidak payah mengupah APCO, Satchi & Satchi atau mama-mana agensi antarabangsa untuk menaikkan nama Malaysia atau Malaya sebelum itu dikalangan masyarakat antarabangsa.

Nama pemimpin dan negara kita harum diperingkat antarabangsa tanpa membayar walaupun sepuluh sen untuk agensi antarabangsa kerana nama baik itu adalah 'original' tanpa dibantu untuk dibantu dengan pihak-pihak yang lain. Malaya atau Malaysia selepas itu bukan negara digeruni tetapi disegani oleh pemimpin antarabangsa.

Rakyat yang sudah berumur tentu masih ingat suatu insiden dalam mana TUNKU naik berang dengan pemerintahan Apartheid Afrika Selatan dan mengusulkan negara itu digantung keahliannya sebagai anggota Commonwealth. Usul Tunku itu telah disokong oleh Perdana Menteri British, Harold Macmiland. Persidangan Commonwealth itu akhirnya bersetuju untuk menggantung keahlian Afrika Selatan sebagai anggota Commonwealth.

Imej baik pemimpin kita semasa itu bukannya imej tempelan tetapi imej yang semulajadi dan dihormati oleh masyarakat antarabangsa juga dengan penghormatan semula jadi.

TETAPI adakah perjuangan kemerdekaan itu sudah sampai kepenamatnya? Adakah dengan laungan MEDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA! Pada 31 Ogos '57 itu menandakan tamatnya perjuangan dan sudah tidak ada lagi tekanan terhadap negara dan rakyat?

Sesungguhnya untuk memerdekan negara dari cengkaman penjajah sudah terbukti lebih mudah dari memerdekakan negara dari cengkaman yang datangnya dari dalam negara dan oleh rakyat serta pemimpin kita sendiri. Penjajahan oleh orang dan kaum kita sendiri adalah satu perjuangan yang lebih hebat dan belum ada pun nampak hasilnya walaupun banyak pihak yang sedang bertungkus lumus untuk memerdekakan kita dari cengkaman dari pihak penjajah dalam negara kita sendiri.

Kalau dikaji dan ditelaah jangan halus orang Melayulah yang dijajah selama-lamanya. Jika zaman penjahajan British dahulu orang Melayu dilekakan dengan nilai-nilai yang negatif, dan dibentuk sikap mudah berpuas hati dan tidak mahu bekerja keras, orang Melayu kini sedang menghadapi tekanan untuk menjadi umat yang hanya mengikut dan menghalalkan segala perbuatan mungkar pihak yang memimpin mereka.

Orang-orang Melayu dihidangan juadah rasis yang tidak ada tolok bandingnya, tetapi menuduh pihak yang lain yang memainkan isu rasis ini. Orang Melayu yang tidak puas hati dengan rekod yang buruk partinya untuk terus menyokong kononnya itu sahajalah cara untuk menyelamatkan orang Melayu dari hanyut dinegaranya sendiri.

Tetapi Pemimpin-pemimpin parti in jika terus dibiarkan berkuasa maka harta benda rakyat akan terhakis kerana ketamakkan pemimpin membolotnya dengan menggunakan kuasa yang diberikan oleh orang Melayu dan rakyat keseluruhannya. Orang Melayu masih dijajah oleh pemimpin mereka sendiri yang tidak ada sifat untuk membangunkan rakyat selain dari membangunkan diri individu mereka sendiri.

Orang Melayu masih dalam pencarian dan masih belum berjaya mendapat memerdekan diri mereka dari sikap serba salah dan was-was. Bebarap NGO Melayu telah wujud hasil dari usaha pencarian ini, tetapi mereka yang menyertai NGO ini, seperti PERKASA dihantui oleh pemimpin UMNO, dan yang terakhir diselar hebat oleh Ketu Pemuda UMNO Malaysia. Kalau balik kepangkuan UMNO mereka akan dipergunakan oleh pemimpin parti itu untuk kepentingan pemimpin, isteri dan kroni-kroni yang lain.

Dengan keadaan ini mereka yang masih dengan pemimpin UMNO sudah dianggap lemah oleh bangsa lain khususnya dikalangan BN sendiri. Maka parti komponen seperti MCA sudah menunjukkan sikap tidak percaya kepada UMNO pula. Kenapa keadaan ini berlaku?

Jawapannya mudah; sebabnya ialah sifat serba salah dan perasaan was-was yang tidak menentu dikalangan orang Melayu. Perasaan was-was ini tidak lain dan tidak bukan ialah kerana mereka sentiasa ditakut-takutkan dengan isu rasis yang menebal yang dibaja oleh pihak yang sedang berkuasa.

Pendekknya orang Melayu tidak habis-habis dijajah dan diperkotak katikkan oleh bangsanya sendiri. Ramai yang merasakan yang mereka belum lagi merdeka untuk memilih pimpinan negara. Dua puluh tiga tahun dahulu orang Melayu pernah dihina dengan pembunuhan pertubuhan kebanggaan pejuang-pejuang Melayu kerana membawa kemerdekaan kepada negara. Sekarang pertubuhan itu sudah tiada dan pertubuhan yang menggantikannya yang menggunakan nama yang sama tidak pernah dalam sejarah memerdekakan negara ini.

Pada hakikatnya orang Melayu masih jauh dari menikmati kemerdekaan. Yang menikmati kemerdekaan ialah pemimpin-pemimpin yang bebas dan 'merdeka' untuk menekan pihak-pihak yang mereka rasakan sebagai penghalang kepada mereka untuk terus menjajahi rakyat kursusnya penjahan terhadap orang Melayu. Penjajahan terhadap orang Melayu yang terakhir iala dengan pengenalan kosep 1Malaysia yang mungkin tidak difahami oleh orang yang memperkenalkannya sendiri.

Kepada orang-orang Melayu, perjuangan kita sekarang ialah untuk mencapai kemerdekaan yang hakiki. Entahkan cepat entahkan lama lagi, kita berharap perjuangan ini akan diizin Tuhan untuk berjaya dan berada didalam sepenuh keredhoanNya.


Anti Malaysia Protesters in Jakarta are Ingrates and Enemies of the Ummah!

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 01:42 PM PDT

What else can we categorize the bunch of lunatics who burn our Malaysian flags and desecrate our Embassy in Jakarta with their faeces as?

These scum of humankind obviously are made up of those who are ungrateful that Malaysia as a nation provides employment and trading opportunities for millions of Indonesians who enter our country mostly illegally and only a small portion of them do so legally.

As one who frequents the Chow Kit Wet Market frequently both to buy our groceries and to take photographs of the mostly Indonesian stall helpers and petty traders there, I know how they will suffer like hell if the condescending Government of Malaysia is to unexpectedly take offense and decide that they have had enough of the rudeness of the uncouth masses of Indonesian riff raff who have for countless times gone over the limit in insulting our nation and its flag!

Really! Other countries would have taken action and seen to it that the illegal immigrants who make up more than 3 million in number who have come and settled down in this country get packing back to wherever they came from but not Malaysia!

The Malaysian Government may have their faults and not be the best that there is in terms of economic achievements but if you want to compare us with other no nonsense accepting nations such as the island Republic of Singapore or Australia, then Malaysia truly stands out as a country which is just so forbearing in terms of humanitarian considerations as a government.

The odd cases of some Malaysian employers who abuse their domestic maids are usually made up of Chinese and Indian Malaysians who do not in turn truly represent their race in terms of sadistic heartless abusers.

These animals in human form are to be found in all races or ethnicities. We all know that. Even today, there was a case of a Sri Lankan maid who had nails and needles driven into her body by her sadistic Saudi employers. Does that mean each and every Saudi employer is a demonic entity who is merciless and vile? Surely not!

There are even sickos amongst the Westerners out there who commit all kinds of vile crimes against their own kind or abuse whomsoever they can in countries such as the United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and other European countries.

But this constant Anti Malaysia demonstrating by a bunch of useless scum amongst the masses of Indonesians is just too much for even myself to handle!

They have times and times again behaved so ruthlessly and outrightly are so bloody rude that frankly sometimes I wonder if Allahu Ta'ala is punishing them every now and then through the natural disasters because of these sick weirdos who are so ungrateful to the uncountable accounts of good deeds and help that Malaysia as a neighboring nation has forked out to the Peoples Republic of Indonesia?

Have these lowlifes demonstrating in front of our Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta forgotten who were amongst the first to help the 26th December 2004 Tsunami victims in Acheh, Indonesia?

Which country has been frequently helping their fellow compatriots every time an earthquake destroys and kills hundreds of thousands of their fellow Indonesians?

Have they forgotten how Malaysians just come to the rescue of the earthquake victims in Padang, Sumatera?

Hmmm...sometimes the actions of these group of rude, uncouth mass of idiots embarrassing the rest of Indonesia reminds me of the Malay parable 'Bagaikan melepaskan anjing tersepit!' or ' Kita memberi madu dibalas tuba!'

Maybe Malaysia needs to be a bit more cruel to be kind in the future by just minding our own business the next time disaster strikes others around us?

Perhaps then, those clamoring to 'Sweep Malaysians' out of Jakarta and its suburbs would then wake up to the reality that they ought to really thank Allahu Ta'ala that they have us as their neighbors and be eternally grateful to this nation that those idiots out there in Jakarta wish to annihilate and destroy?

Wishful thinking!

Just see how our Royal Malaysian Police are so quick to stop the burning of the Indonesian flag by our enraged members of the Malaysian citizenry!!

Our police force do not simply standby and watch the national flag of the lowlifes in Jakarta burn and get desecrated.

The world is watching and knows who is more cultured and patient in dealing with scum who deserve no mercy the next time they get whupped by The Almighty?

I just hope that the Government of Indonesia is much more proactive in seeing to it that our Malaysian Embassy, our flag and our citizens currently there in their country are given more protection from the ingrates protesting against us for flimsy reasons and excuses!

If they still allow those rascals to desecrate and threaten our citizens out there, then maybe its time to rethink our diplomacy towards people who do not know how to appreciate our nation's help and assistance to them all these while?


Meanwhile, to those of you my fellow Malaysians who feel like burning a flag, here is a site that allows you to vent your feelings as you please!


Hehehehe...it's not the real thing but just like Counter Strike, it gives you room and space to release that raging anger in your heart, the cyber way! :P


Not like those wackos in the streets before our Embassy in Jakarta!


蔡细历吁反对党 勿利用回教制造课题

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 09:43 AM PDT

(麻坡28日讯)马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历吁请反对党不要利用回教品牌,在不懂回教教义之下,敏感种族课题往往变得更繁复与成为严重问题。

他强调,马华懂得处理这类敏感课题,只有反对党为了争取巫裔支持,而著重在回教教义上,必造成反效果。

蔡细历今日出席马华麻坡市议员协调服务中心"老厝"开幕仪式记者会上,针对雪州沙登议员张念群在祈祷室演说,作出上述发言。

他说,政治人物服务的是全民,而不是单一族群,都有一个共同使命,不要因为一小撮人的"有意",而让土著感受到不被尊重。

"身为领袖,我们要重新考虑这类问题,以确保种族问题不会一再发生。"

蔡氏指出,多年来服务人民并不是为了大选得到选票,马华只希望得到人民认同与支持,并给人民最好的生活环境。

他提及,惟有继续服务人民,才能得到支持,这也是一个终身学习课程,各领袖应尽全力去做。

中国报 28-08-2010


A GoOD Post from steadyaku-steadyaku-husseinhamid.blogspot.com...

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 07:36 AM PDT

I borroweth from the above brother's cyberhome a post I agree with most heartedly -- I yoo have chatted with my PKR State Chief a bit/byte, and I have termed him a gentleman of a giant leader...and stated that Sdr Kamarul wuld not betray DSAI in the former DPM's cause when there were allegations that a groupof dissidents from PKR led by "Brutus" Kamarul were about to stab Sdr Anwar Ibrahim in the back! ~~ Desi




Saturday, August 28, 2010
Cakap cakap....Anwar & Kamarulbahrin.




To be Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim needs to tread a fine line between idealism and the pragmatism of political reality. Nobody can get that exactly right. Anwar can only try.


He will struggle to contain PAS and DAP within the confines of Pakatan Rakyat and amidst the close quarters of religion and dogma. With the timing of the general election still to be decided there are already soothsayers who pronounced Sabah already lost. There are those who are certain that Zaid is going for the number Two post, which by inference indicates he is actually aiming for the number one post! There are already question asked if the Malays will accept Lim Guan Eng as Prime Minister, Lim Kit Siang and Karpal as Governor of Penang and Malacca? And was one being mischievous when Jui Meng was suggested as Mentri Besar of Johor?
All this before the year when a general election year is to be called was set – not day or month but the year! Do you wonder sometimes how our Pakatan Rakyat leaders cope?
Yes we know that they need to be prepared for all eventualities....but steadylah! Be confident that within Pakatan Rakyat there is enough wisdom and common sense to meet our aspirations. Our hope, our expectations and our dreams of living a good life in a good country.
So for now hold your tongue. We are family. Discuss our differences, and our misgivings as a family should – within our self and within the four walls that is our home. Do not let others who are not with us interfere in our dealings and with how we run our life. Not all can be trusted to understand our fight. Not all can be depended upon to help us up when we fall. Trust only those who through their actions and deeds understand our cause. Reject those that seek to engage us in discussions where the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the language we talk, the color of our skin and the religion we practice is reason enough for them to call us a friends or an enemy.
Think in depth about the issues that matters to you. Understand your limitations and accentuate your strengths. Commit yourself by your deeds to making a decent future for our children and above all be true to yourself. It will take courage to live the life of our conviction. There will be enough courage and wisdom in the leaders of Pakatan Rakyat to lead us if we falter.
For Anwar and those Pakatan Rakyat leaders in the front lines I take heart from these lines by Robert Jarvik "Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them."
What courage does it take for Anwar, Lim Kit Siang, Karpal, Tok Guru, Zaid, Jui Meng and all those Pakatan Rakyat front liners to go against UMNO and Barisan Nasional? I remember meeting Bahrain – you all know him as Dato' Kamarul Bahrain Abbas: MP Telok Kemang – many years ago when Mahathir was God, UMNO his disciples and Malaysia his Kingdom – and I remembered asking within myself why was Bahrain with Anwar then when Anwar was within the four walls of Sungai Buloh?



You can call it loyalty, you can call it anything you like. But now I know this. Bahrain knew then what we know only now. He knew that there will be a Pakatan Rakyat to do battle with UMNO and Barisan Nasional and that Anwar will lead Pakatan Rakyat into the 13th General Election with a real possibility of forming Government after the elections were over. I now call that hindsight. I knew some people, including me, that called Bahrain a lunatic back then! Sorry brother, forgive me.


The Man on the Moon is slowly returning to earth

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 06:19 AM PDT

The Rocket is doing its best to keep the man on the moon away from earth, shooting up regular promises of power sharing and telling them no one on earth wants to listen to their plans.

Well over the past few months I have heard calming news from the men on the moon.

That is all I want to say right now
Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device via Vodafone-Celcom Mobile.


Members of Bukit Gelugor Division of PKR will exercise their democratic rights on 3rd October

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 04:07 AM PDT

By the Administrator

The Parti KeADILan Rakyat (PKR) Bukit Gelugor Division will have its nomination of posts for the next official term on 4th September, 2010 (Saturday) from 10am to 4pm at JKKK Taman Brown's Hall.

The Division's Annual General Meeting and Election will be held on 3rd October, 2010(Sunday), also from 10am to 4pm, at the Community Hall on top of the Taman Tun Sardon Market.

Division members are expected to ecercise their democratic rights to choose a new Commiittee to serve their interests best and to promote of the party's goals of struggle.

However, Division members are yet to be notified by way of official Notice as prescribed under the party constitution as at today.


Pengagihan bubur lambuk atas jemputan SYABAS :)

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 01:37 AM PDT

YB Izzah hadir atas jemputan SYABAS untuk pengagihan bubur lambuk kepada orang
ramai pada 25 ogos 2010 di KL Sentral Kuala Lumpur pada pukul 3.30 petang.
Sebanyak 400 bungkus bubur lambuk diedarkan kepada orang ramai yang berada di KL Sentral


9-11 2001. Truth exposed! Watch a missile hit WTC Tower 1 first!

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 02:20 AM PDT


9-11 2001. > 9-11 2010.

It's gonna be another annual witch hunt of Muslims around the globe accused of belonging to the faith of 19 Saudis who allegedly orchestrated the devastation of America's twin World Trade Center towers on that fateful day on September the 11th, 2001.

Watch this video and think for yourself if any planes actually hit the towers?
With the high technology available in the USA, we can never know as to what else they are capable of?

Since 9-11, there has been numerous research and studies to determine the exact causes which led to the destruction of those WTC twin towers?

If anyone out there really cares for the truth, then please do your own studies and investigate the circumstances leading to the death of 3000 over people who can be best described as victims of a major conspiracy that leads many top American experts and even security enforcement and military officials to come forward and declare that 9-11 is nothing but an inside job!


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Bazar ramadhan Kerinchi 24 Ogos :)

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 01:25 AM PDT

YB Izzah sempat melawat Bazar Ramadhan Kerinchi pd 24 ogos 2010 pada pukul 5.30 petang. Kehadiran YB Izzah disambut penuh mesra oleh masyarakat Lembah Pantai khususnya penduduk sekitar bazar Ramadhan Kampung Kerinchi. YB Izzah menghabiskan masa di bazar Ramadhan tersebut dan sempat juga membeli juadah untuk berbuka puasa.


Integrating East And West Malaysia

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 12:37 AM PDT

This was posted last year, but it is still relevant today:

Your Malaysia Isn't My Malaysia

Go and read it in its entirety, but here are some excerpts:

We call ourselves Malaysian but when we come over to West Malaysia, we might as well be aliens in hostile land.

We don't understand your hangups about alcohol.

We don't get why you can't build religious buildings that aren't mosques without hassle.

We don't see why you're always in a hurry to get everywhere and drive as if you're the only one who wants to get home. Why you won't wait for the pedestrian to cross when we do that all the time.

We don't understand you at all. And that's a shame.

Because we don't need National Service to teach our youngsters to hang out with each other. We know that tolerance isn't 'Saya tak kacau kamu, kamu jangan kacau saya' (I don't bother you, you don't bother me)

We're just sorry that you still haven't figured that out after 52 years of so-called independence.

I'm sorry, too. We could have achieved so much, if only we had our priorities right.


In Malaysia, Muslim Zealots Can Come Into Your Home And Circumcise You!

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 11:58 PM PDT


You have to lock up your dick when u're in Bolehland? Mullahs are running the country while the leaders are busy bonking!

By Harcharan Singh

In Malaysia - an organization has the legal right to storm your house and circumcise your foreskin on your penis regardless of your religion???? so you better lock your doors and widows

PARIT BUNTAR: S Banggarma, who was declared "a Muslim" by the Penang High Court on Aug 4, defied the Islamic authorities and demonstrated her Hindu belief by carrying "paal kudam" (pot of milk) at a temple festival here last Friday. The mother of two offered her penance to Hindu goddess Mariamman at Sri Muthu Mariamman Kovil fire-walking festival in Dennis Town Estate in the morning together with hundreds of Hindu devotees.

Judicial Commissioner Yaakob Sam declared in his 40-minute oral judgment that the 28-year-old mother of two was a Muslim and therefore would have to resolve her "unwitting conversion" dispute with the Syariah Court. Banggarma, whose Muslim name is Siti Hasnah Vangarama Abdullah, instantly brushed aside the verdict as "unfair and unrealistic".

Banggarma is married to fisherman S Sockalingam in Tanjung Piandang, Perak, in 2000 and has two children -- Kanagaraj, nine, and Hisyanthini, three.

Banggarma claimed that she was unwittingly converted by the state Islamic religious authorities at the age of seven while she was staying in a welfare home in Kepala Batas, Penang.

However, recently the state Islamic authorities stormed into her house and forcibly circumcised and converted her Hindu husband M Muniandy into Islam. Rani's children, too, are facing the same predicament.


LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 11:48 PM PDT


By Matt Semi Joe

EXACTLY ........ VERY VERY TRUE - LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING
IN FACT ....... IT'S BETTER TO DIE [FOR THOSE BAYIs]. WHAT IS THERE TO LIVE?

THOSE VICTIMS (BABIES or BAYIs) ARE BORNED TO DIE ..... BORNED TO DISCONTINUE LIVING.........BORNED TO BE DEAD TO BE EXACT!

DILAHIRKAN UNTUK DIBUANG ........ DIMATIKAN ......... DILAHIRKAN UNTUK MATI .......... JADI APA GUNA LAGI HIDUP BAGI MEREKA2 YG MENJADI MANGSA INI? HIDUP SUDAH TIADA ERTI LAGI? LEBIH BAIK MEREKA2 INI TIDAK HIDUP ATAU TIDAK TERUS HIDUP DIATAS MUKA BUMI INI (PARTICULARLY - MALAYSIA ...... TAMBAH2 LAGI LIVING AMONG THE GREEDY MALAYS).

LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING AT ALL. IT'S BETTER .... NOT TO BE BORNED.

TENGOK SAJALAH PAPARAN DARI GAMBAR2 FOTO ....... AMAT SEDIH SEKALI.
BAYANGKAN TUBUH2 KECIL BAYI2 DI BUANG SEBEGITU ......... KENAPA BEGITU MALANG DAN SIAL BANGSA MELAYU KITA ....... ?????

AS FOR WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENED ALL THESE WHILE IN THIS SUPPOSE-TO-BE MUSLIM-MAJORITY COUNTRY MALAYSIA IS...... regarding rampant 'baby dumping' or 'buang bayi' yg semakin menjadi2.

IT'S THE CURSE FROM GOD THE ALMIGHTY! ....... NOT ON THOSE VICTIMS ..... NOT ON THOSE DEAD BABIES OR 'BAYIs' ........ BUT IT'S THE CURSE DIRECTLY ON THE MALAYS THEMSELVES i.e. THE MALAY COMMUNITY ON THE WHOLE. (Of couse the Malays (who ada makan cili) won't admit it .... they'll just say no! no! no!).

BUT DON'T WE SEE THAT IT'S THE MALAYS TO BE BLAMED? ....... not the sinful parents of the poor 'bayis' (the victimised babies i.e. the immediate victims).

IT'S THE MALAY COMMUNITY THEMSELVES WHO PRACTISED SUCH A SYSTEM ...... SO-CALLED 'THEIR WAY OF LIFE' ..... SUCH A 'LUXURIOUS LIFE' ....... TOWARDS BECOMING A MORE ADVANCED & 'TRENDY' SOCIETY ..... FOR THE WORLD TO SEE.

AND NOW THE WORLD SEE.
THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD SEE THE RESULTS OF THE AFTER EFFECTS OF THEIR ACTIONS AND THEIR DOINGS ..... AS WHAT SHOULD BE CALLED THEIR MISDEEDS..


Umno also praying that Guan Eng converts to Islam

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 11:42 PM PDT


Pix/Parpukari: Lim Guan Eng caricatured by Umno blogs.

Courtesy of http://Hartalmsm.wordpress.com/

Guan Eng, now do you see what can happen!? Talking about 'rope' and giving your enemies enough of it to hang you with …

Following the path beaten by the Perak mufti, Mahathir (we're using him one name, like 'Madonna') found an easy opening to take a sly dig at LGE while riding on his favourite hobbyhorse of 'Malay unity' and exhorting that "Muslims cannot be weak".

Bernama reported the ex-PM as saying — "The name of the nation's Muslim leader must be mentioned in Friday sermons in mosques because Islam is the official religion of the country" — during the breaking-of-the-fast at a Perkim function on Tuesday. (Icker-Tee, btw, is a Perkim national council member and the two pious men keep each other in good company.)

Going into his usual scaremongering mode, Mahathir continued: "Don't think one day it will not be possible for Friday sermons to be mentioning the name of a non-Muslim leader because they are in power and we [Malays] are weak."

When Utusan frontpaged the story about the mention of Guan Eng's name in the doa in Penang mosques, Lim Kit Siang condemned the article as the "most irresponsible act in the history of Malaysian journalism". Lim Sr demanded that both the newspaper and Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who first to raised the ruckus must apologise.

Penang state exco in charge of religious affairs Abdul Malik Abul Kassim and Anwar Ibrahim quickly came to Guan Eng's defence although Nik Aziz chose to keep mum.

Since then, the Umno has had a field day grinding this grist for the mill.

Insider reported yesterday:

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam accused his Penang counterpart of fanning "communal" politics and challenged Lim Guan Eng to state if he planned to become a Muslim, referring to the continued khatib controversy in the island state.

"I want to ask Lim Guan Eng, (do you) want to embrace Islam? Lim Guan Eng, do you agree with the Penang mosque praying for you to enter Islam?"asked Mohd Ali.

"If yes, I will also pray for you," he told reporters here, straight-faced.

Guan Eng's political opportunism to win the heart — and vote — of the Malay masses has turned into 'senjata makan tuan'. You can bet that Umno will work the ground to rile up the grassroots and the 'citer' (story) will grow in the telling in the Umno-controlled media and blog propaganda.

The Caliph Umar Abdul Aziz wannabe will now need all the firefighting help he can get from his PAS and PKR Muslim counterparts just to contain the flames fanned by Umno.

If the 'amar makruf nahi mungkar' showman did not so overdo his "holier-than-thou" act to begin with, detractors would not be having this fresh prong to attack him on.

LGE is left balancing the tightrope of his own Christian beliefs in private and his very public 'let's go Islamic'. He's really brought it upon himself the risk of being charged a hypocrite.



Time on Malaysia’s New Journey

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 08:42 PM PDT

I am posting a Time magazine post on Malaysia, to be out in the next issue on 6th September 2010.

Malaysia's New Journey

By Michael Schuman / Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is that rare country with an unequivocal national narrative.
It goes something like this: Malaysia's 28 million people, comprising
mainly Malays, Chinese and Indians, make up a moderate and modern
emerging democracy. Unlike members of other multiethnic countries,
they respect one another's beliefs and values and share a commitment
to achieving prosperity. The official religion is Islam, but other
faiths are freely allowed and celebrated. This is one harmonious
place.

Much of that narrative is true — but not all of it. Malaysia's
economic miracle has stalled, and while the nation is, indeed,
somewhat pluralistic, it is no melting pot. Indeed, it is a society
where people define themselves first and foremost by race. (See
pictures of Islam in Asia.)

The country's political leadership has in some respects reinforced
those ethnic identities. For the past 40 years, policymakers have
doled out special privileges — in education and business — to one
community: the majority Malays. The program is one of modern history's
greatest experiments in social engineering and possibly the world's
most extensive attempt at affirmative action. But the policies have
also bred resentment among minorities, distorted the economy and
undermined the concept of a single Malaysian identity.

Now a movement is gaining strength to finally change the system — and
it's coming from the very top. Prime Minister Najib Razak, 57, has
surprised the country by advocating a fundamental reform of the
pro-Malay program first introduced, ironically, by his father, who was
Malaysia's Prime Minister in the 1970s. Though the specifics of the
new policies remain hazy, Najib's intent is not. "I want Malaysia to
be globally competitive," he told TIME in an exclusive interview. "For
that, we need to get every single Malaysian to be together."

Najib's proposals have simultaneously raised hopes, ire and fear. The
mere idea of changing the affirmative-action system has reopened old
wounds in Malaysian society and reactivated the long-running debate on
how best to fuse Malays, Chinese and Indians into one nation. The
direction Malaysia takes, moreover, has repercussions beyond its
shores. The issues raised by Najib's proposals are relevant to any
upwardly mobile developing economy, especially a multicultural one:
how to increase wealth and do so equitably. (Read "Why the Honeymoon
is Over for Malaysia's New PM.")

In confronting these sensitive challenges, Najib is taking enormous
political risks. The primary base of electoral support for Najib's
political party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), is
the Malay community, and altering decades-old perquisites could cause
voters to defect to the opposition. But Najib believes he has little
choice. If Malaysia's economy is to compete with China, India and
other rapidly emerging neighbors, Najib sees no other route but
reform. "The competition is much greater and some would describe it
even as cutthroat," Najib says. "There is a realization that what has
worked in the past may not necessarily work in the future."

The Malay Card
Najib is facing the same dilemma his predecessors have since the
earliest days of Malaysian independence: balancing the perceived needs
of the Malays, both political and economic, with those of the country
as a whole. At the heart of the problem is the reverse-pyramid shape
of the Malaysian economy. Though the Malays and other indigenous
peoples, together known as bumiputra in Malay, make up about 60% of
the population, they have traditionally been poorer than the Chinese
and Indian immigrants, who have long dominated the nation's business
and trade. After Kuala Lumpur was struck by race riots in 1969, a
shaken leadership determined that communal peace was impossible
without economic balance. The result was the New Economic Policy
(NEP), introduced in 1971, which aimed to raise the Malays' share of
the economic pie. Malays were given preferential access to public
contracts and university scholarships. Any company listing on the
stock market had to sell 30% of its shares to bumiputra investors.
Though some measures have been softened or eliminated over the past
two decades, many pro-Malay privileges remain. Certain government
contracts are available only to bumiputra-controlled firms, for
example. Malays even receive special discounts on home purchases. The
affirmative-action program has become so ingrained in the Malaysian
psyche that it is akin to a national ideology.

It is also controversial. Critics contend that the pro-Malay program
too often benefits the connected few over its intended targets: the
poor and struggling. All car-import permits, for example, are awarded
to bumiputra-controlled firms, a policy intended to foster
entrepreneurs in the community. But government audits have revealed
that Malay businessmen with access to the permits sometimes sell them
to minority traders who don't — at an instant profit. (The Ministry of
Trade and Industry, recognizing the problem, says it will phase out
the permit system by 2020.) "Unfortunately, as [the NEP] was
implemented over time, some of the zealots, politicians and
bureaucrats included, tended to become more racial and emphasized more
on the people who have relationships with them," says Razaleigh
Hamzah, an UMNO dignitary and former Finance Minister. "That's where
it went wrong."

Despite four decades of special aid, 3 in 4 of the poorest people in
Malaysia are still bumiputra. Adli Ahmad Ghazi, the Malay co-owner of
Malaysian Defensive Driving & Riding, a 70-employee driving school in
Kuala Lumpur, complains that the pro-Malay policies do little to help
a small businessman like himself. In 2008, Adli tried to get financing
from three agencies tasked with supporting Malay businessmen or small
enterprises, but got rejected. When he has to deal with the
bureaucracy, Adli says, he faces the same red tape as any other
businessman. It took him two years to buy a parcel of land for his
company from the local government. "The [NEP] rules don't really apply
to people on the ground," Adli says. "They say the NEP would help the
Malays, but it only helps a small percentage of the Malays."

Comfort Zone
Affirmative action may not be helping the overall Malaysian economy
either. Though Malaysia has been among the best-performing economies
in the world since World War II and boasts a spectacular record of
improving human welfare — the percentage of the population living in
absolute poverty has plummeted from 50% in 1970 to less than 4% today
— the story is now stuck on the same chapter. Malaysia has fallen into
what is called the "middle-income trap." Having elevated itself to a
comfortable level of income, Malaysia has been unable to take that
next leap into the realm of advanced economies. While growth has
slowed, Malaysians have watched other fast-paced Asian rivals zip by.
In 1970, the gross national income per capita of South Korea, at $260,
was below Malaysia's $380, but by 2009, South Korea's was almost three
times larger, at $19,830 vs. $7,230, according to the World Bank. (See
pictures of Malaysia.)

Malaysia's struggles reflect those facing Southeast Asia as a whole.
The region's economies once seemed among the world's most promising
emerging markets, but in recent years, progress in almost all of them
has been stymied by upheaval and poor governance. Thailand remains
rudderless as its fragile democracy has degenerated into perpetual
factional strife. The promise of the Philippines remains unrealized as
its feeble government has continually failed to enact the tough
reforms needed to turn around the underperforming economy. Indonesia
is only now returning to its place as one of the world's premier
emerging economies after a decade of political uncertainty scared off
foreign investors.

If it is able to change its economic system, Malaysia could show its
neighbors the way forward. Malaysia's essential problem is that its
growth model — export-oriented manufacturing, often by
foreign-invested factories — has become mismatched with its needs.
Malaysia must become more innovative if its rapid development is to
continue. But that's not happening. Private investment has fallen from
a third of GDP in the mid-1990s to only about 10% today,
labor-productivity growth has slowed, and R&D spending remains anemic.
Instead of developing new products with highly skilled technicians,
Malaysia's manufacturing sector still too often assembles goods
designed by others, using imported technology and low-skilled foreign
workers. "There is a growing realization that Malaysia's relative
position compared to other countries that are catching up very quickly
is not improving," says Philip Schellekens, a senior economist at the
World Bank. "Relative to where they want to be, there is still a long
road." (Read "Fortress Asia: Is a Powerful New Trade Bloc Forming?")

Though it would be incorrect to blame the pro-Malay policies for the
economy's woes — Malaysia did, once, achieve remarkable rates of
growth with the perquisites in place — they are nevertheless dampening
business sentiment, scaring off talent, curtailing investment and
stifling domestic competition. Chua Tiam Wee, president of the SMI
Association of Malaysia, a small-enterprise organization, believes
relaxing the NEP preferences would create a more level playing field
on which the most capable firms could advance, making the economy more
merit-based and upgrading Malaysian industry. The affirmative-action
policy is "a source of a lot of distortions to the economic system,"
Chua says. By limiting the opportunities available to minorities, the
NEP is likely contributing to a brain drain, in which some of the
country's most talented people choose to work elsewhere. The
government estimates that more than half of the 350,000 Malaysians
working abroad have a college education. Stéphane Garelli, director of
the World Competitiveness Center at IMD, a business school in
Switzerland, believes that the affirmative-action regulations have
made Malaysia less attractive to foreign investors. Malaysia's
"bargaining power to put such restrictions on foreign investors is not
as big as other nations'," he says.

Chinese and Indian entrepreneurs in Malaysia certainly believe the
pro-Malay policies cap their business opportunities. Pardip Kumar
Kukreja, the Malaysian-Indian chairman of Grand Paradise Holdings, a
Kuala Lumpur — based firm that manages and owns hotels and operates
travel agencies, laments that he can't get access to lucrative
contracts providing travel services to the government due to
regulations that favor Malay-owned enterprises. Removing such
restrictions, he says, can act as an incentive to invest. Kukreja
recently decided to launch an Internet-based business to sell travel
services worldwide because Najib's administration liberalized
affirmative-action rules for the tourism sector last year. "There are
many things we'd like to do, which we hope we'll be able to do in the
near future," he says. "To a small and medium entrepreneur, he wants
to make his own decisions."

New and Untested
Najib is convinced the old ways must go. The centerpiece of his
economic reform program, introduced in March, is called the New
Economic Model (NEM). The plan envisions reducing red tape to
encourage more private investment and internal competition, decreasing
the state role in the economy and improving the education system to
produce more skilled workers. "For us to move up a few notches, we
have to address the structural problems," Najib says. "We cannot be in
denial." Most of all, the NEM also proposes a major reform of
affirmative-action policies to phase out remaining racial quotas and
focus efforts on uplifting the poorest 40% of the population —
irrespective of race. Says Najib: "I don't want anyone to feel that
they've been left out or marginalized."

There are urgent political reasons he feels that way. UMNO, which has
ruled Malaysia in coalition since its independence from Britain in
1957, lost ground to opposition parties in a hotly contested 2008
general election, and Najib is faced with the daunting prospect of
expanding UMNO's political base outside its core Malay constituency.
The NEM is an effort by Najib to turn stodgy UMNO into the party of
change and outmaneuver its rivals. Some powerful voices within UMNO
are egging on Najib to push his reforms. "We have to be bold and brave
to ensure [our] long-term competitiveness," says Khairy Jamaluddin, an
UMNO member of Parliament. (Read "Will Sodomy Charges End Malaysia's
Opposition?")

Yet Najib has also come under pressure from conservative elements in
the Malay community to hold back. "The bumiputra are still lagging
behind," complains Ibrahim Ali, president of Malay nationalist
organization Perkasa. "If the economy is not balanced, then everything
will lead to trouble." As a result, Najib doesn't have full support
from an UMNO worried about scaring off Malay voters. Najib's reform
program "is a tough sell within the party," admits Khairy. "There will
be people who resist the changes."

The split in UMNO reflects the greater divide within the Malay
community over the future of affirmative action. Some Malays believe
that they still don't possess the skills and resources to contend
against Chinese businessmen, making continued affirmative-action
policies indispensable. The program "should stay in place and
improve," says Rizal Faris, president of the Penang Malay Chamber of
Commerce. "What [officials] want to achieve is a level playing field
where all parties are able to compete on their merits, but we need to
ensure that the Malay community has been sufficiently skilled and
pulled up." But others believe the time has come for Malays to step up
and compete on their own, without special government aid. Akmal
Syahirah, a 21-year-old law student at the University of Malaya, says
that affirmative action should be eliminated, even though her family
has greatly benefited from it in the past. Her father acquired land to
produce palm oil through a pro-Malay development scheme, and her three
younger sisters received tuition for extra after-school studies. But
now, "I think we need to change," she says. "We can't just let Malays
stay in their comfort zone."

Balancing Act
Faced with such contending forces, Najib is trying to please
everybody. Affirmative action won't be eliminated entirely under the
NEM, but altered to weed out abusive practices, target money where it
is most needed and support the most worthy Malay businessmen, all the
while trying to open up opportunities for minorities. Najib sees no
contradiction in such a strategy. "Affirmative action remains in
place, but the way it is carried out would be different," he says.
"When it comes to helping the poor and the vulnerable groups, it
should be irrespective of race. But there are certain affirmative
actions which are still necessary, because the bumiputra are still
very much behind and they must be helped. We want to help those
bumiputra who are potential winners."

Even as he faces the daunting task of reforming Malaysia, Najib must
deal with the domestic and international fallout from the divisive
trial of Anwar Ibrahim, the opposition's most prominent leader. In
2008, only months after the opposition's electoral success, Anwar was
charged with sodomy, a serious crime in Malaysia. The trial has a déjà
vu flavor. Anwar was convicted of sodomy in 2000 (and abuse of power a
year earlier), but the ruling was overturned in 2004 and he was freed
after six years in prison. Anwar has pleaded not guilty to the latest
charge and attacked his trial as a politically motivated attempt to
discredit the opposition. The government denies that, saying the
courts have a duty to conduct a fair trial. Yet the case has tainted
Najib's administration. In a joint essay in the Wall Street Journal,
former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and former Deputy Secretary of
Defense Paul Wolfowitz wrote that Anwar's trial threatens "all those
in Malaysia who have struggled for a freer and more democratic
nation."

The biggest test for Najib still awaits. All eyes are watching for the
detailed policy prescriptions of Najib's NEM, which could be released
in October. Some Malaysia experts expect the final package to be
underwhelming. Najib "doesn't have the strength to follow through,
whether politically or personally," says John Malott, a former U.S.
ambassador to Malaysia. "He's not a transformational figure." Najib
insists his critics underestimate him. "I want to transform Malaysia,"
Najib says. "I want Malaysia to be a 21st century nation and I am
determined to do that." Malaysia's future — and new narrative —
depends on it.

Monday, Sep. 06, 201



Most globalised cities

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 06:52 PM PDT

More than half of the world's population now lives in the cities . More people will live in them in future.

Foreign Policy publishes a list of the most global cities. For the 2010 ranking, Kuala Lumpur is on the list, ranked No. 48.  It confirms that we are indeed in the middle income trap. Not a bad ranking, but not in the top either. A position sports people will term it as  " also-run".

The criteria used is not size  alone. Globalisation does mean global competitiveness and how attractive a city is to global businesses. The publisher suys this regading the criteria used:

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So what makes a Global City? Not size alone, that's for sure; many of the world's largest megalopolises, such as Karachi (60), Lagos (59), and Kolkata (63), barely make the list. Instead, the index aims to measure how much sway a city has over what happens beyond its own borders — its influence on and integration with global markets, culture, and innovation. To create this year's rankings, we analyzed 65 cities with more than 1 million people across every region of the globe, using definitive sources to tally everything from a city's business activity, human capital, and information exchange to its cultural experience and political engagement. Data ranged from how many Fortune Global 500 company headquarters were in a city to the size of its capital markets and the flow of goods through its airports and ports, as well as factors such as the number of embassies, think tanks, political organizations, and museums. Taken together, a city's performance on this slate of indicators tells us how worldly — or provincial — it really is.

The seats of traditional political power aren't necessarily the most global. Only four of the top 10 cities are national capitals. Washington comes in at No. 13. Beijing (15) edges out Berlin (16), which trounces Moscow (25). Two of the top 10 global cities are laws unto themselves, operating outside the jurisdiction of a separate national government (Hong Kong and Singapore). The sun set a half-century ago on the British Empire, and yet London continues to shine at No. 2. For now.

Just a sideline. I am fortunate that even though I am not rich, I have been to the top five cities listed, and 13 out of the top 15 ( I have not been to Chicago and Sidney).  Not through any sponsored trips, all from my own travels… Mind you.. No one would sponsor a free trip for someone who is attacking the policies of the government– to be audited twice ( my clinic) in 2 months  is considered good treatment already;  they could have given me worse trouble. To think of it, I think I have lived a fairly good life, as a small man in the street who earns a decent living through my skill.  But I do not gamble, do not smoke, drink occasionally on social functions, and every penny is saved and used for the family. Much more fortunate than a lot of people, and I do donate to charity. So I need to pay back to society to at least speak out for the small people; that is the answer i give to my wife when she sometimes asks me not to risk myself in speaking out.  Also, my late mum always told me to " compare with the less fortunate but do not compare with those who are wealthier than you".. That mentality has made me a very contented person..

Please also note that Bangkok is ranked higher than us using globalisation as well as GDP; Thailand is really catching up with us, and this means that Bangkok citizens actually have a higher per capita income tha KL folks..

Jakarta also ranks higher than us using GDP. I thought we are richer than the indonesians. Maybe I am really behind time. Anyone can shed some views on this?

Rank City Rank by Population Rank by GDP
1 New York 6 2
2 London 28 5
3 Tokyo 1 1
4 Paris 20 6
5 Hong Kong 31 14
6 Chicago 25 4
7 Los Angeles 12 3
8 Singapore 38 23
9 Sydney 43 24
10 Seoul 22 19
11 Brussels 54 48
12 San Francisco 46 16
13 Washington 42 10
14 Toronto 36 20
15 Beijing 13 33
16 Berlin 48 46
17 Madrid 34 22
18 Vienna 55 40
19 Boston 41 11
20 Frankfurt 64 20
20 Shanghai 7 21
22 Buenos Aires 11 12
23 Stockholm 59 52
24 Zurich 61 58
25 Moscow 19 13
26 Barcleona 37 31
27 Dubai 56 49
28 Rome 49 37
29 Amsterdam 63 60
30 Mexico City 5 8
31 Montreal 44 35
32 Geneva 65 61
33 Miami 58 54
33 Munich 35 18
35 Sao Paulo 3 9
36 Bangkok 32 42
37 Copenhagen 60 59
38 Houston 40 17
39 Taipei 53 26
40 Atlanta 39 15
41 Istanbul 21 30
42 Milan 52 39
43 Cairo 17 36
44 Dublin 62 55
45 New Delhi 2 32
46 Mumbai 4 25
47 Osaka 16 7
48 Kuala Lumpur 57 65
49 Rio de Janeiro 14 27
50 Tel Aviv 50 40
51 Manila 15 34
52 Johannesburg 45 43
53 Jakarta 24 47
54 Bogota 29 45
55 Caracas 51 62
56 Nairobi 47 64
57 Guangzhou 27 38
58 Bangalore 30 53
59 Lagos 18 63
60 Karachi 10 50
61 Ho Chi Minh City 33 56
62 Shenzhen 26 28
63 Kolkata 8 44
64 Dhaka 9 50
65 Chongqing 23 57


蔡细历:李志亮为首‧马华设小组处理公民权

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 06:10 PM PDT

---->蔡细历宣布,马华成立特别工作小组,以协助持红登记者申请公民权。左起是蔡智勇、颜炳寿、林祥才及颜中莱。 (图:星洲日报)

(吉隆坡)马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历宣布,马华将成立一个以马华中委兼内政部副部长拿督李志亮为首的特别工作小组,以协助国内的华裔红登记持有者,处理申请公民权的问题。

他表示,根据马华收集到的资料,全国目前仍有2万5751名华裔持红登记。

他周四(8月26日)下午在马华会长理事会议结束后的新闻发布会上强调,马华感谢内政部长这些日子以来加速公民权申请的工作,但目前公民权申请者人数众多,加上许多申请者迟迟未获公民权,导致这成为外界攻击国阵的课题之一。

"马华也建议,年龄超过60岁,同时子女拥有蓝登记或大马公民权者的申请者,可获取公民权。"

他表示,马华会长理事会给予李志亮6个月期限进行上述工作,而他须在限期后向会长理事会汇报进展。

出席会长理事会议的马华领袖包括署理总会长拿督斯里廖中莱、副总会长拿督林祥才、颜炳寿、拿督魏家祥、总秘书拿督斯里江作汉、总财政拿督斯里陈财和、全国组织秘书拿督郑修强及王赛芝等。

办一个大马文化领袖奖

另外,蔡细历透露,马华将举办"一个大马文化领袖奖",不分种族选出一名对文化领域具备高度贡献的领袖。

他强调,此奖项奖金10万令吉,而奖项筹委会将由高等教育部副部长何国忠领导,在1周内全权制定遴选机制、遴选委员会等详情,并在2个月后举行颁奖仪式。

他表示,马华在过去曾颁发上述文化奖项,此次复办主要是展现马华对文化的高度重视。

政府须先了解实况
对付失言校长没过慢

另一方面,针对外界认为,政府在对付近日被指发表种族性言论的两位校长,行动过慢一事,蔡细历强调,他本身并不赞同上述说法,因为政府必须了解确实情况后才采取适当行动,这样对涉及学生和校长也较为公平。

他也认为,大家无需对这类问题过度反应。

谈及回教党与行动党在回教刑事法上无法达致共识,因此难以一起执政一事,蔡细历表示,大马人须认清现实,即回教党绝对不会放弃该党的回教议程。

他呼吁,人民睁大眼睛看清楚,不要投选出一个上台会闹出分歧的政府。

"行动党的哲学是要选民先投他们与民联,等他们执政后再来争执,在这样的过程中,人民自然会受苦。"

邀中小企业参与收集意见
马华914办预算案对话

蔡细历强调,马华将在9月14日上午10时,举办预算案对话会,邀请中小型企业与协会参与,收集资料并听取商人要求,以将有关成果提交给首相兼财政部长拿督斯里纳吉作为参考。

他表示希望上述对话会成果能协助首相纳吉日后提呈亲民预算案,以协助国家各领域的发展。

准备脱售世华媒体股权

蔡细历也说,只要价格适合,马华已做好准备脱售旗下华仁控股所持有的世华媒体股权。

不过,他表示今日的会议并没有谈及脱售世华媒体集团股权的课题。

"据我了解,我们持有的世华媒体集团股权少于5%,而我们认为只要价格是对的,马华很乐意售出有关股权,毕竟这是间挂牌公司,我们不会公开讨论脱售股权一事。"

星洲日报‧2010.08.27


UMNO abusing raja, agama dan bangsa

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 05:19 PM PDT

A couple of days ago I posted UMNO made Chinese vernacular education popular. To continue my series of disproving popular socio-political myths, my new post talks about UMNO, yes, UMNO (and not others) abusing raja, agama dan bangsa.

It has also been published as a letter to Malaysiakini titled less pointedly as 'Agama, bangsa dan negara' - Umno-style.

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A clarion call or a cry to rally the faithful to battle is made particularly so when a group is under siege. For years, UMNO used agama, bangsa dan negara (religion, race and nation) as the battle cry to marshal the Malays to its banner. It was UMNO's polemical postulating that no other factor could be more important than the protection of the Malay's religion, race and nation, which of course could only be assured by UMNO.

But in reality the rousing ethno-religious alarm was exploited more to hide, gloss over or excuse away the UMNO-led government's lack of accountability, poor governance, indiscretion and plain corruption, proving Samuel Johnson's warning in 1774 that false use of the term 'patriotism' would be the last refuge of the scoundrel.

Another word used in recent times by the same people with similar base intention has been 'Malay institute'. The current Facebook support of school principal Siti Inshah Mansor, despite her outrageously vocal bigotry against her pupils, is a prime example of blind defence of a Malay institute.

In this notorious incident, we witness Muhyiddin Yassin's absurd call for a committee to investigate a simple case of clear cut bigotry, so obvious it's best left to the police to resolved (as was the issue of Penang mosque sermons). Additionally, the integrity of the committee has started off tainted when it included the Education Director who had already cleared Siti Inshah of any racist polemics. So don't blame cynical us if we see it as a heel dragging tactic to avoid arriving at the truth that a seditious crime had been committed.

And it's precisely this refusal to act promptly and decisively, or to allow the police to act on it without political interference, that has given rise to the partisan speculations now raging on Facebook, only further inflaming the racist speculations. Even UMNO Youth Chief, Khairy Jamaluddin has mentioned the lack of prompt resolution as the cause of the Facebook war.

Other examples of rallying blindly to the defence of Malay institutions have been the automatic support given by some quarters to the questionable, worrying and indefensible conduct of the police force, MACC and some senior civil servants. The Chief Secretary to the cabinet was instrumental in defending the indefensible in a shameful case involving the last.

Then one day Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin made a stunning statement that required an immediate amendment to UMNO's battle cry. He declared himself a Malay first and a Malaysian only second, which effectively put paid to the relevance of the last component.

Perhaps to retain the nice ring of the tripodal mantra, the silent consent must have been to replace negara with raja. So we have seen lately, perhaps coincidentally perhaps not, a spate of UMNO accusations of lèse majesté against Pakatan-led state governments of Penang, Selangor, and once the Pakatan-ruled Perak. Even Pakatan in Johor was not even spared as the Barisan Nasional must be fearing Chua Jui Meng influencing the Chinese voters in the next election.

Raja, agama dan bangsa!

But if we carefully examine events and facts, the revelation would be that UMNO leaders, past and present, have collectively been the exclusive abuser of royalty, religion and race.

Let's examine the first, raja. One may accuse Karpal Singh of committing lèse majesté against the Perak Sultan but the DAP chairperson did not show any disrespect to the royal person. All he did was to lodge a legal suit based on a constitutional disagreement with the Sultan's action, a legitimate pursuit ironically made possible by Dr Mahathir Mohamed when he was PM.

But what about this one - on 10 December 1992, Dr Affifuddin Omar, an UMNO man from Padang Terap, no doubt given the imprimatur by his party leaders, asked in Parliament:

"How can we continue to uphold rulers who are known to be robbers, adulterers, drunkards and kaki pukul (thugs)?" [...]

"They (the rulers) must be made to realize that they do not own this country. They are not Superman but placed on their thrones by the people. "The real power did not lie with them, but with us - the representatives of the people."

Which 'non' could have said that and got away? None! Only UMNO and UMNO alone could have gotten away with its abuse of the raja whom they claim to defend today. Francis Bacon once said: "
The zeal which begins with hypocrisy must conclude in treachery; at first it deceives, at last it betrays", but obviously UMNO has done it the other way around.

Then we come to agama. Let's not worry too much about corruption and un-Islamic practices over the last three decades. During the current and most holy month of Ramadan, we have already witnessed an astonishing series of lies emanating from some UMNO-linked Malay institutes. There was also a sinister attempt by a Muslim leader allied to UMNO to sell us the lie about a so-called 'new' constitution that will disadvantage the Malay community, a man already notorious for his lying ways. And not too long ago we read of wild boar heads being cast into a mosque to ferment religious conflict. They had to be wild boars because only non-Muslims could openly purchase a pig's head.

And finally on bangsa we have Dr Mahathir, a man who served as PM for more than two decades with one singular aim, to build self esteem and confidence in the Malays to be competent and competitive. His noble obsession has been like the burden of Sinbad when he had the Old Man of the Sea sitting on his shoulders.

Yet in one fell swoop he inexplicably destroyed his life's efforts, when he declared that the 'merito-crats', the 'nons', are racists. Did he realize that his in-your-face message to the 'nons' carried along with it another far more painful and devastating message?

He was essentially saying to the Malays that they weren't up to meritocracy. Was he suggesting they are inferior and cannot compete against non-Malays on a level playing field? Perhaps he has implicitly suggested they ignore the examples of Malays like Razak, Dr Ismail, Hussein Onn, Ghazali Shafie and a host of other Malay giants. I wonder whether he excluded himself.

Yes, the man who would be the Moses of the Malays, leading them from the wilderness into a new Promised Land, he who wanted to remove the psychological 'crutches' from them has changed his mind, no doubt implying to them to hang on to those props.

I am reminded of Marcus Antonius words about Brutus:

For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel.
Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar lov'd him!
This was the most unkindest cut of all;
For when the noble Caesar saw him stab,
Ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms,
Quite vanquish'd him: then burst his mighty heart.

Raja, agama dan bangsa? Yes, the raja had been resoundingly vilified, the tenets of agama totally and disrespectfully ignored, and the hearts of bangsa torn apart with the most unkindest cut of all - all by UMNO!


Pengarah JAIS Menghina Majls Fatwa Kebangsaan

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 04:30 PM PDT

Di dalam usaha Khusrin Munawi (Pengarah JAIS) untuk melacurkan JAIS bagi kepentingan UMNO dan BArisan Nasional, beliau telah sanggup melanggar fatwa Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan yang berbunyi:


Muzakarah Jawatankuasa Fatwa Majlis Kebangsaan Bagi Hal Ehwal Ugama Islam Malaysia Kali Ke-90 yang bersidang pada 1 Mac 2010 telah membincangkan Hukum Pelancong Bukan Islam Memasuki Masjid Dan Ruang Solat Utama Di Dalam Masjid. Muzakarah telah memutuskan bahawa pelancong bukan Islam diharuskan memasuki masjid dan ruang solat dengan syarat mendapat keizinan pihak pengurusan masjid dan perlakuan serta tingkah laku mereka tidak mencemarkan kesucian masjid dan sentiasa terkawal dan beradab. Walaubagaimanapun, perbuatan berdoa atau bertafakur oleh pelancong bukan Islam mengikut cara agama mereka dalam keadaan yang boleh menimbulkan fitnah adalah dilarang.





Khusrin Munawi dilaporkan oleh Utusan Meloya berkata:

"Orang bukan Islam adalah dilarang memasuki ruang solat kerana mereka ini dalam berkeadaan hadas besar apatah lagi berada di bahagian imam dan menyampaikan ucapan kepada umat Islam di dalamnya.

"Oleh itu, kita akan mendapatkan laporan dan penjelasan daripada nazir serta jawatankuasa surau berkenaan mengenai perkara ini. Jika dakwaan ini benar, kita akan memaklumkan kepada pihak Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (MAIS) dan tindakan tegas akan diambil," katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas laporan sebuah laman blog, http://anginperubahan.blogspot.com yang mendakwa Ahli Parlimen Serdang daripada DAP, Teo Nie Ching memasuki ruang solat Surau Al-Huda, Kajang Sentral dalam satu majlis penyampaian bantuan kepada ahli-ahli Pas, Ahad lalu.


Kenyataan Khusrin Munawi jelas menunjukkan beliau melanggar Fatwa MAjlis Fatwa Kebangsaan yang mengizinkan orang bukan Islam masuk ke dalam Masjid.

Ia membuktikan Khusrin telah melacurkan JAIS untuk kepentingan politik murahan UMNO dan beliau tidak layak lagi untuk menjadi Pengarah JAIS.

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