Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mahathir According To Seth Godin

Mahathir According To Seth Godin


Mahathir According To Seth Godin

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 01:32 PM PDT

This is from Seth Godin:

Senior management

A newly-retired executive takes a job as an adjunct professor and really shakes things up. Both the school and the students are blown away by her fresh thinking and new approaches.

A forty-year old internet executive who has been running his company for decades misses one new trend after another, because he's still living in 1998.

One thing that happens to management when they get senior is that they get stuck. (As we saw with the new professor, senior isn't about old, it's about how long you've been there).

If you've been doing it forever, you discover (but may not realize) that the things that got you this power are no longer dependable.

Reliance on the tried and true can backfire (Rupert keeps missing one opportunity after another, and keeps misunderstanding the medium he works in) or it can (rarely) pay off (Steve Jobs keeps repeating the same business model again and again--it's not an accident that Apple has no real online or social media footprint. Steve believes in beautifully designed objects, closed systems and evangelizing to developers and creatives).

Worth quoting--one of Arthur C. Clarke's lesser known three laws: "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is probably wrong."

The paradox is that by the time you get to be senior, the decisions that matter the most are the ones that would be best made made by people who are junior...

As they say, if the shoe fits...wear it!


Good posture vs. political posturing Enter the Third Force « The People’s Parliament my foot!

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 12:54 PM PDT

Pakatan Rakyat and a great many of the rakyat have one common aspiration : to kick the present corrupt BN government out come the 13th General Election.

Raja Petra and Harris Ibrahim are the

newtemplates of is posturing in those ads, telling voters they stood up to the is posturing because they are up for destroyingp PKR and been accused of being a political lapdog and partisan for MAHATHIR

Some screwballs have been commenting that I am too scared to blog after my date with the Commercial Crime department. Trouble is these cannot understand English. I said that my lawyers have asked me not to blog about the session with the DSP Mafuz. I have let these comments through just to proof the shallowness of these commentators, urged, paid or otherwise. Anway the message above is made simple so that they can understand English. If they still miss the intent of this posting, then I cannot make it simpler for retards. The blast tomorrow at PD sure gonna be a good launching pad for a born-again blogger.Hear from me earliest Sunday…….Friday and Saturday is sacred Scorpion Party with my buddies.READMORE

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Power is the glue of politics. That is why a government is expected to be in array and opposition generally in disarray. Ideology is a fickle custodian of unity in an age of convenience. Its absence has eliminated the difference between single-party rule and coalition government. Both are held together by individual or sectarian self-interest, which is why they last. Ideology is a differentiator; it makes a partnership untenable even if the partners consider it sustainable. Sentiment is irrelevant to any political marriage. This is true of all democracies where coalitions become necessary. Politicians live for power; why would they invite a premature death?

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Malaysian politics, reduced to minimalist, notional ideology, devoid of individual or party accountability, is peculiarly suited to coalitions. If there were accountability, Because there is none, the current coalition will survive without either condemnation or confession. An occasional spot of PR-driven tinkering is all that is needed.

Sometimes alliance parties find it convenient to simulate conflict, but this is public posturing to satisfy populist opinion before an election. Raja Petra and Harris Ibrahim are the new templates of posture-politics.

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The real conflicts in the pakatan era are not inter-party but intra-party. The MALAYSIA TODAY has done signal service to news media over the past year, feeding it with a constant supply of stories about personal bickering The author-MP's return to the party marks a partial restoration of sense but much more reparation is needed on the long road ahead to credibility. Congress, as the main ruling party, should have been happily becalmed.

.Regionalpolitician need their share of headlines and so KITTINGAN discovers ways in which use RPK and harris ibrahim, while no soap opera could ever have the courage to script any serial akin to the inheritance wars of the DMK. It is perfectly logical that a feudal culture should breed feuds. There is calm in the party because its leaders cannot expel themselves. The glue of power melts only in the heat of public anger. Corruption, prices and PKZ have induced a simmer, but [it will need more heat to reach boiling point.



UMNO Buka Kilang Arak Kerana Tunduk Pada Siapa?

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 01:00 PM PDT


NOTA EDITOR: Sememangnya UMNO adalah sebuah parti politik yang munafik. Suka menyebar fitnah dan pembohongan. Sedari mula PR memerintah lagi mereka sudah memainkan fitnah kononnya PAS diperkuda DAP. MAlahan, Dr Hasan Ali pun memainkan fitnah ini dikalangan ahli2 PAS dalaman (saya ada rakaman, jangan takut).

Soalnya sekarang, mengapa tiada siapa menyoal mengapa UMNO sendiri membuka kilang2 arak yang bersepah dan berderet itu? Bagaimana orang Melayu ISlam boleh duduk dalam lembaga pengarah Carlsberg dan Anchor? BAgaimana UMNO boleh izinkan industri arak berkembang di MAlaysia dan menjadi sumber kewangan negara (antaranya) sedangkan negara2 kafir di Scandinavia tidak mengizinkan arak dijual untuk keuntungan. Di Norway, iklan arak pun tidak diizinkan.

Jawabnya adalah UMNO MEMANG MUNAFIK. Contoh lain adalah Dr Mahathir mengisytiharkan MAlaysia sebagai sebuah negera Islam. TIdak berapa lama selepas itu, Dr Mahathir meluluskan lesen judi sukan/bola kepada Vinsetan. Tidak cukup setakat itu, Dr Mahathir lantik Vinsetan sebagai ahli lembaga pengarah Yayasan Perdana.

Hakikat sebenarnya, UMNO adalah agama tersendiri. Hukum halal dan haram tidak menjadi hukum dalam UMNO. UMNO bebas menghalalkan apa sahaja yang haram (i.e. arak, judi, qazaf, zina, fitnah, korupsi dsbnya). Mereka juga bebas mengharam perkara yang dihalalkan dalam Islam (i.e. pengunaan nama Allah oleh bukan ISlam). Dan UMNO juga bebas mengharamkan perkara yang diwajibkan/digalakkan oleh Allah (i.e. hudud dan Qisas, dakwah islamiyyah, ceramah di masjid, perubatan Islam, ).

Dengan kata lain, UMNO mengikut agama mereka sendiri bernama "AGAMA UMNO".

Wallahualam bissawab



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Kilang arak: Umno melutut pada siapa
Nazri Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, 26 Ogos:
Timbalan Pengerusi Umno Selangor, Datuk Seri Noh Omar bagai meludah ke langit, apabila mendakwa PAS takutkan DAP berhubung penutupan kilang arak di Selangor.

Yang Dipertua PAS Shah Alam, Khalid Samad berkata, Noh yang juga Menteri Pertanian tidak sedar bahawa perkara dibangkitkan tersebut seperti meludah ke muka sendiri.

"Saya nak tanya lah, kalau kilang Carlsberg itu tak tutup sebab PAS takutkan DAP, maka Umno waktu buka kilang tu diorang melutut pada siapa?" soalnya yang juga Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam.

Beliau menyoal demikian ketika diminta mengulas kenyataan Noh dalam wawancara dengan Malaysiakini baru-baru ini.

Noh dalam wawancara tersebut secara khusus mengaitkan nama Khalid dalam isu penutupan kilang arak tersebut.

Khalid katanya ada berjanji mahu menutup kilang arak jika Pakatan Rakyat memerintah Selangor, namun belum dibuat.

Khalid bagaimanapun menjelaskan Pakatan Rakyat Selangor masih baru dan dalam fasa memberi kefahaman kepada rakyat negeri itu dan tidak boleh bertindak melulu.

Jelasnya, lawatan ke kilang Carlsberg baru-baru ini kerana mahu bertanya sama ada pengusaha kilang tersebut mempunyai perancangan untuk berpindah tapak atau tidak.

"Berbanding Umno, mereka bangga letak kilang Carlsberg di pintu masuk Shah Alam.

"Seperti didedahkan bekas ahli Umno, Saifudin Nasution di parlimen, pemuda Umno ni 'berenang' dalam arak, sebab itu diorang tak peduli," katanya lagi.

Mengulas isu 'berbeza kitab' antara Selangor dan Kelantan yang dibangkitkan Noh, Khalid berkata bukan kitab yang berbeza tetapi suasana.

"Saya rasa Noh Omar tak mengaji Siasah Syar'iyyah, ini bukan masalah kitab berbeza, tetapi suasana dan realiti itu berbeza," katanya.

PAS Selangor, jelasnya sedang berusaha memberi kefahaman berhubung Syariat Islam termasuk kepada bukan Islam negeri itu.

"Bukan orang bukan Islam je menolak Syariat lslam sebab tidak faham, tetapi orang Islam sendiri yang menyokong Umno pun menolak.

"DAP tak halang kita memberi kefahaman Islam tetapi yang banyak halang kita dulu dan sekarang adalah Umno," katanya lagi.

Mengulas kesan kempen 'Selamatkan Selangor' yang dibuat Umno negeri itu, Khalid berkata beliau yakin rakyat Selangor adalah bijak, bermaklumat dan mampu menilai.

"Kita tak nampak akan menjejaskan kedudukan kita dan kita tidak akan halang kerja mereka," katanya.


Indonesia issues a warning

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 09:50 AM PDT

No discount from the Indonesians! Settle all border and territorial disputes or face a 'hard' action - such are the warnings issued by Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur amidst escalating tension that sours Malaysia-Indonesia diplomatic relation.

"The Malaysian authorities should understand that Indonesian people anger has been accumulated for the continuous border dispute between the two countries," the Indonesian House of Representatives Commission 1 chairman, Mahfudz Siddiq from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told reporters in Jakarta on Thursday.

He also said that the Malaysian government should have acted wiser before issuing a travel warning for its citizens to visit Indonesia. Such a move, he added, was an over-reaction that could deepen the crisis (here).

Back home, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak expressed his disappointment over the incidents at the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Najib had expressed his disappointment at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday after he was given a briefing on what had transpired.

"Of course he was very disappointed. He finds it is wrong for them to do that. But he has faith in the Indonesian authority, he has faith in the President that this matter will be settled," he told reporters after receiving a courtesy call by a delegation from the Duta Belia 2010 Indonesia at Wisma Putra, here Thursday (here).

Now, either Malaysia or Indonesia, what are the leaders doing? Just sit tight and wait and see? Or keep on issuing statements and making new remarks? Until when? Until someone dares to pull the trigger?

So, stop making disparaging statements and go to the round table, instead. As far as our cooperation is concerned, it remains intact. What happened should serve as a lesson to both parties to be more serious in managing whatever dispute between them. Prolonging it will not only make the people 'sick' but will adversely affect their spirit of brotherhood.

here is a comment by blogger Ozz in Jakarta, quite interesting:

As a Malaysian in Jakarta, I view those incidents at our embassy as "pukul anak sindir menantu". BENDERA is a body that was set up under PDIP-Perjuangan lead by Megawati, the opposition. Even their headquarter was once PDIP's office in Menteng. Anything that will hurt SBY will be taken as opportunity to condemn him and Malaysia is the victim. Those demonstrators were just paid opportunist that will just feel satisfied with a pack of rice and some pocket money. Opposition politicians are behind all demonstrations held there. Government to government relations are very strong and not easily can be provoked by some political monkeys. Most of my Indonesian brothers and sisters have more important things to think about. I stick to my opinion as Indonesia's politicians always think they are the big brother of ours and arrogantly couldn't accept if the younger brother is much better and more prosper than them.

read also Previous Flashpoints between Malaysia, Indonesia


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Posted: 26 Aug 2010 08:00 AM PDT

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UMNO made Chinese vernacular education popular

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 08:20 AM PDT

I like Helen Ang very much, indeed as much as I like her articles, though of course I don't always agree with her. Helen has one invincible redeeming quality – she's absolutely fair. Yes, sometimes she's blinded, obsessed or just plain stubborn with an issue but she's always fair, and very scrupulously fair.

Today she has an article in Malaysiakini titled Education and fragmented kin.

It's about racism in schools – well, read that as racist principals. I wonder what factors could have produced such wonders?

It's also about migration to a non racist environment which obviously is important for kids.

And her article talks about the racism that has extended into a call to abolish vernacular education, or to be more specific, Chinese vernacular education.

Perhaps many people aren't aware that the strong support of the Chinese for Chinese education became so because of UMNO. Yup, Chinese educationists should say terima kasih (thanks) to UMNO leaders, especially the past Education Ministers.

Education and the post of Education Minister were then politically hot. In the old days (according to my uncles – hey, Suzheng, don't be overwhelmed by jealousy that I have wonderful uncles wakakaka) Chinese education in Malaya-Malaysia faced extinction, well, at least in Penang.

First to go was a Hokkien language school (can't remember what Unc told me, but I wonder whether it was Shang Teik, somewhere along either Macalister Road or Perak Road).


There was even a Buddhist school for girls called Phor Tay, which taught in some Chinese language (either Hokkien or Mandarin). One of my aunts was a student there. No, she didn't graduate as a nun ;-)

But gradually Chinese parents, being the pragmatists they were/still are, sent their kids to English language schools (unlike blogger Shuzheng who hates banana type Chinese wakakaka). They believed their English-educated kids would stand a better chance in their career progression.

Soon enrolment numbers for Chinese schools started to shrink like the reserves in the kitty of our treasury. Only the prestigious Chung Ling and the Lim Lean Theng-supported Han Chiang withstood the siege from the preferred English medium schools.

Yes, there was a sister school to Chung Ling called Peng Hwa (pronounced in Hokkien). Apparently it started life as a Hokkien school but fortuitously transformed itself into a Mandarin one.

I once knew a sweetie from that school (my neighbor) who was very beautiful. One day she perm-ed her hair. As Penangites would say, ai sooi or she wanted to look pretty, when she's already dead set gorgeous – some people would never be satisfied. Her perm led to her immediate suspension by Peng Hwa who told her to stay suspended until she either straightened out her tresses to look again like an Amoy from the Yangtze basin or shorn them off like some of the nun-teachers from Phor Tay.

Understandably for someone who ai sooi, she refused to go botak (bald) and thus remained suspended for a month as she strove to uncurl her hair. Being a neighbourly sort of bloke I offered to iron them for her and earned myself a glare and a sweet rebuke, like "Lu k'ee see lah, kaytee" (Go and die lah, kaytee) wakakaka.

Anyway, because of UMNO politics, the education system was treated like a football, and a never ending experiment. Unc said that in those days, for an UMNO bloke who aspired to be PM, he (sorry, no Rafidah-like personality yet) must take up the Education Ministry which provided him contacts with Malay teachers. Those teachers were the leaders of the Malay political grassroots. Controlling the teachers ensured power in UMNO (today of course it's controlling the source of easy money).

Obviously, to show oneself as a true Malay nationalist, an important credential to be Education Minister, one has to 'experiment' with education one way or another to demonstrate one as a literary warrior in the likes of Abdullah Munshi, with the end result of a Malaysian education system totally f* up. The next Education Minister piled on the sh*t, and so it went.

Now, as I have often written, education has been and continues to be a central pillar of Chinese culture/society. So what do Chinese parents do when the national education system started to resemble a basket of fish left out too long under the Malaysian sun?

In the meantime, coincidentally, the Chinese educationists were fighting for their survival in the face of parental preference for English education for their kids. Whether they realized or not that at that time that the standard of English education was plummeting as a result of ministerial 'experimentations' they were at least smart enough to jack up their teaching standards.

To cut a story short, they (Chinese educationists and Chinese parents) 'fell in love' with each other. And as they say, the rest is history.

In other words it was UMNO which provided a vital lifeline to Chinese language schools, mind you, not directly but as a consequence of the monumental f* up in our national educational system. Ironical, wasn't it?

But alas, the once-mighty English educational facilities in Penang which attracted thousands of overseas Chinese from Indonesia, Thailand and a few from other nearby countries suffered and gradually faded from the scene. Only Chinese education continued to attract Chinese Indonesians to Han Chiang.

Today the preference or love for Chinese education is not about racist proclivity for things Chinese. It is and always has been about educational standards.


MAAF? DITERIMA TETAPI TINDAKAN PERLU DITERUSKAN...

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 07:59 AM PDT



Budak-Budak Bukan Melayu telah menghina Agama Islam di bulan Ramadhan Al-Mubarak yang mulia ini, janganlah kita mudah lupa!

Orang tidak akan hormat Melayu lagi sekiranya dalam kes ini kita ambil sikap "Biaq Pi lah...Takpa" seperti mana kita orang Melayu ni selalu buat...

Dua Melayu bersaudara kini menjalani hukuman penjara kerana didapati bersalah membakar sebuah tempat kunjungan penganut Kristian dan beberapa lagi Melayu sebelum ini yang dikatakan terbabit dengan kes memijak kepala lembu di Selangor juga sedang dipenjarakan.

Ini adalah kes-kes yang bersifat jenayah keagamaan dan tindakan tegas telah diambil, noktah.

Minggu ini kita dikejutkan dengan kejadian simbahan cat merah di sebuah surau dan pelaku salahnya telahpun ditangkap manakala ibu bapa mereka memohon maaf daripada Umat Melayu "di atas ketelanjuran anak-anak kami" dan dengan bantuan sebuah parti Cina telah mengadakan apa yang dikatakan majlis berbuka puasa untuk kononnya memulihkan keadaan.

Apa yang boleh dikatakan ialah, maaf boleh diterima namun kesalahan ini, malahan jenayah ini tidak boleh dilupakan hanya dengan permintaan maaf dan diterima pula oleh seorang Melayu di kawasan berkenaan yang kita tidak pasti samada beliau mewakili Umat Melayu yang lebih besar jumlahnya yang amat tersinggung dengan kejadian itu.

Untuk berlaku adil kepada Umat Melayu, labih-lebih lagi di bulan Ramadhan Al_Mubarak yang mulia ini, maka tindakan tegas hendaklah diambil biarpun sekali permohonan maaf telah dibuat.

Dayus lah Melayu kalau tindakan tidak diambil...




Buka Puasa of Penang State Government

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 06:26 AM PDT

By the Administrator

On 23rd August, the Penang State Government hosted a 'Buka Puasa' (Opening of fast for Muslims) event at Komtar 5th Floor. Chairing of the event was by Dato Halim, the Speaker of the Penang State Assembly, whereas Lim GuanEng, the Chief Minister, together with his Deputy Dato Mansor Othman delivered their speeches, before the dinner at 7.35pm.

A representative from the Malaysian team which just returned from its visit to Laza gave an eye-witness account of the plight of the Palestinian people in Laza.

The participants were also briefed of the latest unscrupulous tactics by UMNO/BN to use the issue of race, religion, and the Royalty to fan up for their support. The latest twist of their wrong- doings was to smear Guan Eng as allegedly wanting to replace the Yang di Pertuan Agong (the Malaysian King) as headlined in Utusan Malaysia, an UMNO/BN controlled Malay daily, which was nothing but a total falsehood. 

Bdelow are some photographs of the event.

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Dato Mansor hit out at the dirty tactics of UMNO/BN to smear Guan Eng

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Guan Eng siad it was the first time that the Penang state government gave RM400 each to civil servants during the 'Puasa Month', which had now put pressure on the Federal Government to do more, though it was in a tight financial situatiuon.

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About 140 people were invited to the event

 

 

 


Pakatan leadership still non-committal over hudud

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 05:41 AM PDT

Pakatan Rakyat top leaders remain non-committal over the coalition's position on PAS' assertion that hudud law would be implemented should the coalition take over the federal administration. At a press conference after the Pakatan leadership council meeting in Petaling Jaya today, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said that all component parties were free to air their respective party ideologies, but the coalition was guided by its common policy framework (CPF). Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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DPP vs Pornthip video goes online, finally

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 05:27 AM PDT

The Attorney-General's Chambers has finally uploaded the video recording of the Aug 18 session of the inquest proceedings to determine DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock's cause of death. The video clip was uploaded at 3.41pm, more than a week after the lively proceeding that saw renowned Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand taking the stand. Spanning three hours, the video file is a huge 805mb in size. It can be downloaded from the AG's Chambers website..
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New York Muslim Taxi Driver slashed by American Anti Islam College Student

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 07:11 AM PDT

It seems that the situation for Muslims in New York, USA is getting from bad to worse with the latest incident where a hate crime has taken place!


43 year old New York City cab driver Ahmed H.Shariff was brutally slashed by a 21 year old American college student on Tuesday night ~ 24th August 2010 just for being a Muslim!
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Michael Enright, the culprit is apparently a fame seeking documentary maker who had recently sought publicity for his movie that featured American soldiers in Afghanistan. The crazy obviously nerdy faced monster was an honors student at the School of Visual Arts and lives with his parents at Brewster, New York.


Its sad to see this take place when there are many Non Muslim Americans out there in New York who are fighting for the rights of their fellow New Yorkers who happen to be Muslims be allowed to establish their own community center which they plan to build using their own money!


The unnecessary alarming build up of anti Cordoba House sentiments by obviously racists and Islamophobic hate mongers led by losers such as Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin and her likes has given way to this attack and from the looks of it will trigger more similar assaults against our Muslim ummah there in the States.


But one thing for sure, these vermin won't dare cross our Muslim brothers who are there in the Bronx or members of the Nation of Islam fraternity for I hear that those brothers are armed to the teeth!  


Days of lynching that took place back in the 60s are all just in the pages of history. I am pretty sure that if this Michael Enright tried to pull the same thing onto any of those American Muslims, he'd end up dead in the aftermath!


He is surely one of those who only dare to attack unarmed persons like Ahmed H Shariff who is only trying to earn a living driving a cab. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance ought to now protect their own by either installing those plexiglass partitions in their cabs to safeguard their members or arm them with handguns in view of the latest hate wave going on against New York's Muslims!


I hope that when this bastard is thrown into prison, he'll get whacked by those inside to teach him a lesson he'll never forget!


When you play with fire, chances are that you'll get burnt. Its retribution time!


Muslims of New York, remember that these are the Akhirul Zaman and that we have to be on alert to face our common enemies. Protect yourselves and your loved ones from the onslaught of the haters of Islam and be prepared to bite the bullet if you have no other option! 


I am not saying that everyone out there is out to get you but just to safeguard your lives from the devils in human form. We have the right to defend ourselves and if we are forced to, we have the right to kill or risk being killed! 


Ask your local police for protection and learn about your personal rights and get help if you feel you are in danger of being attacked by the Islamophobes out there.


May justice be served in the case of this vicious harami! He's not going to be able to live in peace when he goes into prison. He deserves whatever is coming his way! Let him learn that he will reapeth what he has soweth!


Hilangnya seorang sahabat lama

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 02:33 PM PDT

Pagi ini saya dikejutkan dengan berita yang sangat mengejutkan; iaitu kepulangan kerahmatullah seorang sahabat serperjuangan selama puluhan tahun lamanya, yang baru saya temui 2 minggu yang lepas.

Kamaruddin Awang Teh meninggalkan kami buat selama-lamanya. Kamarudin Awang Teh meninggal dunia jam 6 pagi ini akibat terlibat dalam kemalangan jalanraya di Rawang. Turut bersama meninggalkan kami ialah isteri beliau Nariah Dato Malek.

Kamaruddin merupakan Ketua Pemuda UMNO Bruas pada awal tahun 80-an dan pernah dilantik menjadi Setiausaha Pergerakkan Pemuda UMNO Perak dan merupakan seorang yang berani dan lantang memperjuangkan isu-isu Melayu dan Negara.

Permergian beliau amat saya rasakan kerana saya mengenali beliau dan keluarga beliau dengan begitu rapat dan mengenali hati budinya secara mendalam. Walaupun beliau tidak menempa kejayaan dalam politik dan telah dua dekad tidak bergiat aktif beliau tidak pernah undur dari mengingati rakan-rakan supaya teruskan agenda perjuangan Melayu.

Kali terakhir beliau menghubungi saya ialah pada hari pertama Ramadhan baru-baru ini selepas 2 tahun tidak berhubung. Beliau memanggil saya dengan nama 'orang pencen'.

"Jangan kita berhenti berfikir tentang perjuangan asal parti kita, walaupun kita sudah tidak berada dimana-mana dalam parti. Walaupun UMNO sudah hilang serinya Melayu tetap berseri jika masih ada manusia Melayu yang berdoa dan berfikir tentang bangsanya. Kome jangan berhenti bercakap tentang isu Melayu kita!" Itulah ayat yang keluar dari mulut beliau dalam pertemuan terkhir kami itu. Teringatkan nasihat beliau itu saya tidak tertahan menahan sebak di dada ini.

Semoga roh Kamaruddin dan Nariah sentiasa berada dibarisan roh-roh yang terpilih. Al-fatihah.


DPP vs Pornthip video goes online, finally

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 04:51 AM PDT

The Attorney-General's Chambers has finally uploaded the video recording of the Aug 18 session of the inquest proceedings to determine DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock's cause of death. The video clip was uploaded at 3.41pm, more than a week after the lively proceeding that saw renowned Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand taking the stand. Spanning three hours, the video file is a huge 805mb in size. It can be downloaded from the AG's Chambers website. Full story here malaysiakini.com
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Protest memo against M'sian's death sentence

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 04:19 AM PDT

It seems that the handing over of protest notes to the Singapore High Commission against the death sentence passed on Malaysian Yong Vui Kong has developed into a ritual. Lawyers for Liberty and two MPs handed over the latest protest note today. Teluk Intan MP M Manogaran and Kapar MP S Manickavasagam had sent letters to meet with the Singaporean High Commissioner T Jasudasen, which had been met with silence. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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KENYATAAN BALAS NURUL IZZAH ANWAR TERHADAP MENTERI PERTAHANAN MALAYSIA

Posted: 18 Aug 2010 09:25 PM PDT

19 Ogos 2010

Kenyataan saya dalam temubual bersama KOMPAS adalah berdasarkan jawapan rasmi Menteri Pertahanan pada 17 Mac 2010 bahawa kapal KD Tunku Abdul Rahman tidak dibenarkan menyelam kerana mengalami masalah teknikal.

Justeru, saya sedia disiasat oleh pihak polis dan saya berharap permulaan siasatan ini akan membawa kepada isu-isu berkait lain terutamanya dalam soal pembelian yang diberi kepada syarikat pilihan serta penyelenggaraan kapal selam tersebut dan siasatan yang sedang dilangsungkan oleh pihak perundangan Perancis terhadap kapal selam yang sama.

Menyebut tentang imej dan keselamatan Negara, yang kononnya terjejas daripada kenyataan saya, ingin saya bangkitkan kenyataan Menteri di parlimen pada hari yang sama yang menyatakan bahawa masalah teknikal sebegini juga dihadapi oleh banyak Negara lain di seluruh dunia. Kalau maklumat tentang status selaman mana-mana kapal selam di seluruh dunia dapat diperolehi secara terbuka, di manakah rasionalnya bahawa kenyataan saya menggugat keselamatan Negara?

Pada hemat saya, kenyataan yang menggugat keselamatan Negara adalah kenyataan seperti dibuat pada 6 Ogos 2010 bertajuk Kapal selam sertai latihan terbitan Bernama, di mana diakui bahawa Latihan Kemahiran Laut yang lazimnya dilakukan tiga kali dalam setahun telah dikurangkan kepada hanya sekali setahun bagi menjimatkan perbelanjaan.

Bercakap tentang imej dan keselamatan yang menjadi asas Laporan Polis Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia, apakah mungkin reaksi musuh-musuh Negara apabila diketahui umum bahawa TLDM hanya melakukan latihan sekali setahun atas alasan berjimat cermat? Sedangkan prinsip dasar pertahanan adalah persediaan, dan persediaan ini merangkumi latihan yang mencukupi.

Saya bimbang, sebagai negara yang mempunyai sempadan laut yang luas, Malaysia hanya menjalankan Latihan Kemahiran Laut setahun sekali. Saya percaya kebimbangan saya ini turut dikongsi pegawai-pegawai TLDM khususnya dan juga seluruh pasukan keselamatan.

Di dalam hasrat untuk berjimat cermat, saya desak Kementerian Pertahanan untuk melakukan kajian menyeluruh kepada skop perbelanjaan dan pembelian yang dilakukan oleh Kementerian, seperti lawatan-lawatan ke luar Negara, dan acara-acara dan pembelian-pembelian yang tidak berkaitan dengan latihan diteliti supaya penjimatan sebenar dapat dibuat demi memastikan latihan TLDM, khusunya Latihan Kemahiran Laut tidak dikorbankan.
Bukankah penderhaka sebenar adalah mereka yang menggunakan dana negara untuk membayar kos penyelenggaraan tinggi untuk syarikat anak emas pilihan dan pembelian alatan ataupun kos projek yang berganda demi memenuhi poket-poket mereka yang terpilih? Kalau benar Menteri Pertahanan seorang patriot, kenapa beliau tidak menyokong siasatan SPRM terhadap bayaran komisyen lebih RM500 juta kepada Perimekar Sdn Bhd untuk pembelian kapal selam Scorpene seperti yang dinyatakan oleh Speaker Dewan Rakyat pada 2 Julai lalu?
Nurul Izzah Anwar
Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai


Give Indians a fair shake HRP, join Pakatan

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 07:07 AM PDT

From Jaindian, via e-mail

Dear Uthaya, thank you for highlighting the Tamil schools issue, and the requirement of land for the schools, and thank you also for chiding the Pakatan government as well as Pakatan Indian leaders for kowtowing to the other Pakatan members.

Well said, I know you are full-blooded Indian fighting for the rights of the Indians, but alas even you have fallen victim to your own bickering in Hindraf. Hindraf was everything to the Indians, we loved and nurtured Hindraf and today it is split into many factions, and you are heading one of them HRP.

What do you want to achieve with HRP alone? You will not be in a commanding position to rectify anything, all you will be able to do is to make a lot of noise to be heard which, going by the current mindset of our leaders, will be just a waste because they will not hear you.

My suggestion will be, since you all started the ball rolling in the 12th GE with Hindraf, do it again, this time with Pakatan. Please join Pakatan as a component party and demand your rights , and show them the way to give Indians a fair chance of living in Malaysia.

Since Makkal Shakti Party is with Barisan, you will not be able to join Barisan so your only choice is Pakatan. Yes! you can go it alone, but be practical. Can you win any seats, even Indian majority seats?

No way! All seats have been alienated to suit Barisan with a majority of Malay votes. Going by GE12 you can see the seats won by Pakatan were all urban seats. You will need a catalyst to stand and fight for the rights you profess. The catalyst is Pakatan, you want change, then do it with Pakatan, and we will see you in Putrajaya.


Pathetic to say language requirement in employment is racist

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 07:06 AM PDT

From William Lim, via e-mail

With reference to the article, 'The truth: Racism is rife in Malaysia', while I agree with the overall idea about how racism exists in Malaysia, I still fail to see how language requirement is racist in employment.

It is only racist if a Malay/Indian who speaks fluent Chinese is denied the job.

Why are we connecting race to language? Would any Malaysian feel they are being sidelined if a foreign company requires them to speak German to be employed? I somehow don't think so. It is simply the nature of the job isn't it?

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The truth: Racism is rife in Malaysia


Racist remarks must be done away with forever

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 07:05 AM PDT

From Julian Putra, via e-mail

Good to hear that a 'few' more people are brave enough to chide the DPM's slow and ineffective way of dealing with this issue. I certainly do hope and pray this sort of unacceptable racist remarks are done away with forever.

Collectively, the rational thinking population of Malaysia must be united in this. Would a signature campaign of say, 1 million, signatures help show the government that the rakyat will not swallow these crass and silly statements from a Grade 48 principal of a school no less, and the totally unacceptable statements from the DG and Minister of Education of 'miscommunication'.

In all honesty, I think they are buying time to let tempers cool and to then start making lame excuses over again. BTN have churned out racists for years, and it will be slow and arduous task of correcting the attitudes of these narrow minded people out in the streets of Malaysia.

But it has to start from the grassroots level. All schools should be race free. If we are to actually compete in the real world, attitudes must change.

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Manogaran to Muhyiddin: You are a hypocrite


Mahfuz, I'm with you on the JPJ blacklist issue

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 07:03 AM PDT

From Rudolph Tham Yu Keong, via e-mail

I refer to the article, 'JPJ has no right to bar renewal of road tax'. Well done to Mahfuz Omar, the PAS vice-president for speaking up on the issue.

I'm definitely in agreement with the move. In fact there are more pressing issues than just this in Malaysia which are not known to the rakyat.

On this blacklist issue, I'm also one of those who usually have to go through the touts to get my road tax renewed.

That's encouraging touts and bribery, but then the so-called authorities leave us with no choice.

If in any case, should the Anti-Blacklist Campaign Committee (KASE) need the rakyat to support this action, please count me in.

In fact, like I mentioned earlier, there are many other issues where the rakyat get bullied by these so-called lawmakers cum enforcers who misuse or abuse their powers and authority.

I'm just a ordinary citizen, not into politics and so on, but I am a businessman, who grew up in Singapore and when I returned to Malaysia in 1993, I noticed that Malaysia is not so rakyat-friendly after all.

Sincerely, for the sake of the generations to come, if there's anything I can be of support and lend a hand in making Malaysia a better place to live in, please do count me in.

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'JPJ has no right to bar renewal of road tax'


Brilliant job of capturing Sabahans' sentiments

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 07:02 AM PDT

From Wong Ji Yung, via e-mail

I wish to compliment the author of the article, 'Sabah and the genesis of frog politicos'. As a Sabahan myself, I find that this particular article does a brilliant job in accurately summing up the sentiments of most Sabahans for the past decade and very much so today.

Erna Mahyuni, well done for the fair and concise reporting, keep writing!

As for FMT, I am much impressed with the consistent quality of your articles which carry a degree of professional journalism, which is unfortunately sometimes absent from articles posted on other similiar online news portals. Keep up the great work!

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Sabah and the genesis of frog politicos


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