- WHEN THE FAT LADYROSMMA SINGS IT MEANS END OF THE ROAD FOR MAHATHIR,
- 人民有需求，議員有壓力 蔡細歷：發支持信是慣例
- What Anwar's Trial Really Means - By an American observer.
- People In Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones!
- Ex-estate workers win respite from demolition
- Defence wants Saiful, DPP to take stand
- The Atomic Bombs Saved 35 Million Lives
- We need more than luck and hope
- What's happening to our education system?
- Burn these rapists in the pits of hell
- Ling's predicament reflective of MCA's irrelevance
- Need to resolve income disparity gap
- FINALLY A TV SERIES ABOUT SENIORS
- The realities of our judiciary
- Singapore Malays Have Vantage Point that Utara Can Have a Look?
- A plea: Does Yong Vui Kong deserve to die?
- 14 & 17 yr olds say slapped, wrists dislocated, kicked by cops
Posted: 06 Aug 2010 08:26 AM PDT
RELATED ARTICLE DR MAHATHIR'S PERFACT COSMETIC SURGERY ON KTM
Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat PETALING JAYA (Aug 5, 2010) : Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said today the ministry welcomed an MACC probe into KTMB's RM1.89 billion purchase of electric trains from China as recommended by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). He told theSun the ministry had … Read more
The 67-year old was charged under Section 418 of the Penal Code for misleading the Cabinet between Sept 25 and Nov 6, 2002, into agreeing to buy 999.5 acres of land on Pulau Indah at a price of RM25psf on a deferred payment method for a 15-year period, at a 7.5 percent interest rate.RELATED ARTICLE
WELL SAID DATUK AMBIGA SREENEVASAN, DATUK SERI ABU KASSIM MOHAMEDGO AHEAD GET THE WARRANT TO ARREST TUN MAHATHIR AND NAJIB HERE IS THE CASE
Ok, We Rakyat marked your word. Not long ago, someone subumitted report to MACC on Chief Minister of Sarawak Not long ago, during by election in Hulu Selangor and sibu, the political party submitted report on PM of Malaysia Not too long ago, Elected Adun and MP by Rakyat submitted report on Former Selangor MB …Read more
The charge sheet went on to say the Finance Ministry had already valued the land at RM25psf – inclusive of compounded interest – and this fact was withheld from the Cabinet by the accused. The difference comes up RM720 million. Ling was therefore charged for cheating.RELATED ARTICLE
MAHAHTIR TO BE CHARGED THE GODFATHER MAHAHIR KNEW THE WHOLE CABINET SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH NEGLIGENCE, CONSPIRACY AND GRAND THEFT.
Based on the revelation from Zaharah, the Godfather MAHAHIR knew and was informed of the progress that time. When the central agency disagreed with the vaulation, he backed down for a while to pretend he is concerned and follows the law. Of course at the back, he ordered Tun Ling to proceed with the original … Read more
Yet at last year's high-profile inquiry conducted by the Public Accounts Committee, former secretary-general of the Transport Ministry Zaharah Shaari went on record to say that the land acquisition was done with the full knowledge of the Cabinet.
How can this be? Firstly, the PAC study showed the government would have spent RM442.13 million and saved RM645.87 million if the land for PKFZ was acquired in accordance with the Land Acquisition Act 1960.
Secondly, according to Zaharah, Ling knew about this and agreed with the Treasury secretary-general to buy the land in accordance with the Land Acquisition Act 1960. RELATED ARTICLE
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, flanked by Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Datuk Seri Tony Fernandez (L) and Chairman and chief executive officer of Malaysia's Berjaya Corporation Berhad Tan Sri Vincent Tan, arrives for the Asian Bloggers and Social Media Conference. readmore THE SUN 2 FUCK AROUND TRUTH, IS THE BEST MGG … Read more
Thirdly, the matter was then referred back to the Cabinet and Ling briefed Mahathir about it. Mahathir, who ruled Malaysia with a fist of iron for 22 years, has kept a conspicuous silence on Ling's arrest.So too has his successor, Abdullah Badawi who continued the project after Mahathir resigned in 2003.
"The Cabinet then decided to acquire the land but when the central agency did not agree and gave its views, the Cabinet, if I am not mistaken, told the ministry to delay its decision to buy the land directly from Kuala Dimensi until a different decision was made," was Zaharah's testimony in the PAC verbatim report.
"I think after that the Cabinet agreed to its original decision to buy the land. I think based on that final decision, the ministry went ahead to allow PKA to purchase the land on that decision."
Ultimately, Ling's case will hinge on who is telling the truth and already, Zaharah's testimony casts enough reasonable doubt to have the case thrown out.
Good one , lets sit back and watch the wayang.!
Ring Ring the Phone Rings at the house beside the 18th Hole at the Mines shattering the early morning tranquility! And the conversation goes;
>> PHONE CALL NO .1 (Today Morning)
>> RING RING RING …( Philipino tune)
>> KERLA SNAKE : Aloo….! (with a sleepy voice)
>> Whisky Ling : Aloo….Hic ! Lato Seri !
>> Tiew Na Seng ….Alloo Alloo!…Lato! Hic ! Hic !
>> KERLASNAKE : (Removing the wife's wig away from his mouth..! %$&^%*$%)
>> Ye ye saya ….Who is this! Siapa siapa!
>> Whisky Ling: Hic ! Hic! its me la Lato Seri …Ling la..
>> KERLASNAKE : Ling ?Ling mana ni? Ling Alor Setar ke ? Ling ooohh Lingam ! How are you?
>> Where u! Yena- Auckland or Wellington macha?
>> Whisky Ling : Hic ! Hic ! its me la Dato …..not Lingam la…
>> Ling la….MCA….remember or not! Ling Port..Ling Kapal ..!
>> KERLASNAKE : Ooooooooohh ! Ling ok ok how r u? Ena ? Ur sons?
>> Whisky Ling : Not so good la .! Hic Hic
>> The bastard Najib has hung me dry laa..I'm being charged for the PKZ affair! Hic!
>> How Datuk?
>> KERLASNAKE : Charged you? He asked for a cut?
>> Whisky Ling : No …la Datuk…he has got charges going against me in the court!
>> KERLASNAKE: Court ! Astafillah Al Azim! Apa ni..!
>> WhiSky Ling : Azim?? i think he became judge now..! he is not being charged for >>anything la..
>> Yesterday I had to go Putrajaya Court ! They charge me lor!
>> How like that! I make , Azim make Bintulu F**ker make u also make….how come I get
>> charged? And tiew na seng….how cum u don't no maa?
>> kerlasnake ; Ayooo.! Really aaa! I l sleep very early now days …the Bloody San Migue beer really knock me out la..! Mai san Mizan also has all this Filipino maids running around doing everything …pening la…! (sshhhhhhhhh….I tell u more later la..boss at the side)
>> Whisky Ling : I don care Latuk! Hic Hic! I want to know what happened?
>> You say with this Tun Ship – i become MAHDi or Kebal and nobody can charge me
>> I only make sum sum…mostly when to u UMno buggers ..how come i get charged ..?
>> kerlasnake : Aiya….I also suprising la…we removed Tee Keat when he became to righteous and did not toe the party spirit! We even had MCA elect the bugger who like to F**k like rabbit from Johor! We even got the son on board with some position..apa ye ..lupa la..!And it I think we agreed to sacrifice that cow ..apa nama ..Madam Pang ka apa..ye..
The one who's husband brokered many deals when u were in Transport la..!
>> Whisky Ling : i don't care Latuk! I don't care!
>> kerlasnake: Hmm…this fella Najib is difficult la..ever since he got into trouble with the Mongolian gal he has always managed to create other sensational issues to be in the lime light to take the pressure and attention away from him..I asked him several time already …it's his wife la.. apa nama the GRO cow ….Rosmah from Selemban ..she and the bloody carpet seller and bomoh's she is hanging aroud with..all getting the SPIN Consultants providing them with all this to side track the Mongolian case la..!
>> Whisky Ling : I don't care Latuk ! Gua don't care..! hic Hic!
>> I want to know how we settle this! Hic
>> kerlasnake : No worry…I will call Lingam and see who is hearing this case!
>> I will also call Najib
>> I will call apa nama tu…si Patil
>> I will call apa name tu ..??
>> Whisky Ling.: Ok latuk.! Ok Latuk..i wait for u r call! If not settle I will open other matter also! You and I know – we all carry a lot of dirt laundry!
>> kerlasnake : No worry ..Ling . Where will u be today evening?
>> Whisky Ling : Flannigan Pub la Latuk..!
>> kerlasnake : Which one? Bangsar or Sri Hartamas
>> Whisky Ling : i tell u later la ,,latuk.! I have to start transferring money la…going to the bank now!!
READMORE MahatHIR What makes you think your appearance in court is just as a witness. We can foresee, you will be attending as an ACCUSED. →
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Unlike the lopsided views presented in a write up in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) by sex-addict Gore and two-timing philanderer Wolfowitz about the trial of Anwar Ibrahim, Joshua Trevino's observation should be emulated by all Western media when covering Anwar's trial, that is to be detached, impersonal and focused. It is also refreshing to note that Joshua Trevino actually contradicted both Gore and Wolfowitz summation of Anwar's trial in that over rated WSJ.
The truth of the matter is writers like Joshua Trevino is a bona fide Malaysia watcher, unlike Gore and Wolfowitz. A former Bush admin speechwriter, what Trevino has written in Huffington Post has now becomes a subject of healthy debate in Washington. And in the end, and as usual, truth will always prevail via good level headed writers of the Western media!
Sometimes soon Americans will know the truth and the real character of this little man named Anwar Ibrahim, a anti-American activist at heart, whose claim to fame is to have friends like scary weirdo sex-addict Al Gore and instead-of-gel-but-prefer-to-use-spit-on-hair and two-timing philanderer weirdo named Wolfowitz, who is also a good friend of the prime minister of Turkey! Below is an article by a very impartial American writer on Anwar's trial!
By Joshua Trevino
In Malaysia, criminal prosecutions often seem to have a political taint by dint of history and media. In that vein, it's important to address both in assessing the meaning of the trial of Anwar Ibrahim.
Western media's treatment of Anwar's sodomy trials tends to focus on what strikes Westerners as remarkable: that he is being tried for sodomy, which in itself is no longer a crime (de facto if not always de jure) in Western societies. This is indeed morally unacceptable, and even shocking -- and were this the beginning and the end of the charges against Anwar Ibrahim, the media campaign against his prosecution would be on solid ground.
The truth is somewhat more nuanced. Though Anwar Ibrahim is on trial for violation of Malaysian anti-sodomy law, this is effectively ancillary to his alleged crime: a sexual assault upon one Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. Saiful has told police and prosecutors that the opposition leader, for whom he then worked, coerced him into a sexual encounter in early 2008. It is this nonconsensual activity, not sodomy per se, that is now at the heart of the trial of Anwar Ibrahim.
In the West, prosecutions of this nature are frequently sensational, but rarely controversial. Thankfully, we're mostly past the social stage wherein victims of sexual assault are routinely disbelieved. And we generally understand that leveraging individual power for sexual favor is, if not always outright criminal, at least immoral. This much is uncontroversial, and for a major Western media outlet to suggest otherwise would bring down upon it a well-deserved storm of criticism and protest.
So why is the reporting on Anwar's trial in Malaysia so different? Why is it so frequently assumed that the putative victim in this case is merely a political tool, instead of a person with a right to his day in court? Why this apparent double standard?
The answer lies in the circumstances of Anwar's first trial under the same law -- but not for the same crime. That 1998 prosecution was widely, and with justification, seen as a politically motivated persecution by the government of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Mahathir, a generally disliked figure in the West for his strident Islamist rhetoric and conspiratorial mindset, saw his erstwhile deputy and protégé Anwar as a political threat. The courts were duly mobilized, and Anwar lost.
The immediate effect upon Anwar was jail time, but the long-term political effect was almost wholly beneficial. Having been persecuted by Mahathir, Anwar Ibrahim immediately became the presumptive leader of the political opposition to the Malaysian ruling party. As a direct consequence, he established a fruitful and friendly liaison with Western policymakers and politicians, from Al Gore to Paul Wolfowitz and beyond, most of whom assumed that Anwar was against all the hateful things that Mahathir was for.
Of course, longtime watchers of Malaysia know this isn't the case: Anwar may have been Mahathir's victim, but he remains his persecutor's protégé, as B'nai B'rith acknowledged last month when it urged American policymakers to shun him over a pattern of anti-Semitic statements.
The present case strikes an ill-informed media establishment as more of the same. Once again, they see Anwar Ibrahim prosecuted under Malaysia's sodomy laws. But there are important differences on this go-around that responsible reporting must note. First and foremost, as noted, is the assault angle. Whereas the Mahathir-era prosecution jailed Anwar and his alleged sexual partners, there is no legal pursuit of Saiful Bukhari. The young man alleging Anwar's coercion is treated like any victim of sexual assault in any ordinary, developed country...for more original text click here!
Joshua S. Treviño is the President of Treviño Strategies and Media, and a longtime observer of Malaysian affairs. He served as a speechwriter in the Administration of George W. Bush.
Posted: 06 Aug 2010 02:55 AM PDT
Pathetic little man asking a sex addict and a two-timing philanderer to save him backside! (Pun intended)
By Roy Thinnes (Writing for Malaysia In Focus)
For Malaysia-watchers who saw a recent defence in The Wall Street Journal of Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, penned by the dubious duo of Al Gore (sexual assault investigation underway after accusations against the former vice-president by a massage therapist) and Paul Wolfowitz (forced to resign in disgrace from World Bank after accusations of conflict of interest in promoting girlfriend, who was paid more than Condoleeza Rice to work at Foundation chaired by Anwar Ibrahim), here is some background on the deep ties that link Wolfowitz and Ibrahim.This is the part Paul Wolfowitz would prefer not to highlight when he defends Anwar Ibrahim.
To read the full text please click here:
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If you think that America showed supreme arrogance, disdain for human life, spitefulness and evil in using the atomic bombs against Japan when it was clearly winning the war…
You don't read much history.
Yes, it's true that those earliest nuclear weapons caused horrific death and destruction.
The first atomic bomb, dropped on Hiroshima, killed roughly 70,000 people immediately. Japan refused to surrender. Perhaps they reasoned that America had only one bomb, and could not make more.
The second atomic bomb, dropped on Nagasaki, killed roughly 40,000 to 70,000 people immediately.
Together, the two atomic bombs were responsible for the immediate and over-time deaths of around 140,000 people.
The atomic bomb explodes over Nagasaki
Awed and stunned by this raw power – and perhaps suddenly realizing that the 'soft' Americans were actually willing to use such power – the hard-hearted Japanese leaders were forced to unconditionally surrender.
Compare this to the cost in lives for a conventional military invasion of Japan.
In just the Battle of Okinawa alone, the invasion and securing of the tiny islands cost over 90,000 Japanese military deaths, close to 50,000 Allied deaths, and from 75,000 to 140,000 civilians dead or missing.
That's a total of around 280,000 lives lost to secure just a foothold from which to invade the main Japanese islands.
Victorious (at high cost) troops raise the American flag over Iwo Jima
So in the two atomic bombings, only HALF the number of casualties were incurred as compared to the invasion of Okinawa. An equal number of civilian lives were lost in Okinawa as compared to the maximum estimate for the two atomic bombs. (Yet I don't hear much in the way of anti-conventional warfare protests.)
Okinawa had a pre-invasion population of about 500,000. That means that up to a third of the entire civilian population was killed in the World War II invasion of the islands. Add to that military deaths equal to another one third of Okinawa's civilian population.
Part of the reason for this was the fanatical bushido code of the soldiers, who encouraged or forced civilians to hold out to the death against the Allies – or even commit mass suicide rather than surrender and 'lose face'.
And meanwhile in the homeland of Japan, the Shosango and later Ketsugo war policies were being implemented to encourage every single man, woman and child to fight the Allies to the death… Even if they had only bamboo to use as a weapon. (I, Scott, saw footage of such World War II Japanese women undergoing bamboo spear combat drills.)
Above from Mike Kemble
Above two from Waiting Women
If the main Japanese islands had been invaded, a bloody massacre far more grueling and drawn out than Okinawa could be expected.
In 1945, Japan as a whole had a population of around 52 million… Roughly 100 times as many people as Okinawa had.
If the Japanese had not been forced to surrender by the atomic bombs, a conventional invasion might have incurred a similar casualty ratio as Okinawa had.
That would be roughly 35 million lives lost, half of those being Japanese civilians forced or propagandized into fighting to the death.
I'm not conjecturing out of thin air here – the official Allied plans for invading Japan if it refused to surrender predicted a cost of 1 million American and 10 million Japanese lives. Even after the two bombs were dropped, the military planners were unsure as to whether the stubborn Japanese leaders would keep on fighting tooth and claw.
So it's 140,000 deaths from the two atomic bombs, versus a potential 11 to 35 million deaths from a conventional invasion of Japan.
Do the math. (Here, I'll do it for you – 250 times more deaths would have been incurred had the two atomic bombs not been used.)
And keep in mind the massive civilian and prisoner death toll caused by the brutal Japanese invasions and occupations, such as the Rape of Nanking (300,000) the Death Railway (25,000), and the entire campaign of wiping out the 'inferior races' (10 million total).
Every day that the brutal Japanese bushido masters ruled, would have meant more torture and murder.
Thus IMHO, the atomic bombs were the lesser of evils and even justified to be used to quickly end the war.
See also a modern day calculation and comparison, how Bush Saved 750,000 Iraqi Lives by toppling Saddam and ending the UN embargo.
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 11:56 PM PDT
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 03:30 PM PDT
From Philip, via e-mail
Malaysia needs lawmakers with integrity and wisdom. Sadly, and until the same is forthcoming, the downward spiral will not just continue but accelerated with the abolition of the teaching of Maths/Science in English in 2011.
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 03:29 PM PDT
From Another Frustrated Parent, via e-mail
Students with CGPA 4.0 maximum score were not given medical seats in local varsities. Students majoring in biology and chemistry were given physics-based engineering courses.
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 03:26 PM PDT
From Sugus, via e-mail
Read today's papers... see how many news reports there are on rapes. If everyone asks what justifies taking the lives of these paedophile/rapist monsters, then please abolish the death sentence for drug traffickers.
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 03:23 PM PDT
From Railway Coops Malaysia, via e-mail
It is led by a sexploiter and another band of thieves who are probably not getting much like in the old days of looting and raping the nation.
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 03:19 PM PDT
From SM Mohamed Idris, via e-mail
We have now an aristocracy of wealth where a small group of Malaysians are very rich (22 billionaires at the last count) whilst many others are barely scrapping by.
However in 1990, the Gini coefficient was 0.442, which means that we have hardly made any progress in addressing the problem of income inequality since that time. (Gini coefficient is a measure of inequality ranging from 0 to 1, with 0 representing absolute equality and 1 representing absolute inequality);
The unresolved income disparity gap clearly shows that we have a structural problem. We should stop pursuing the model of economic development imported from the west but instead adopt a model which meets our own needs and beneficial to all sectors of the population.
We recommend the following taxes be used to narrow the income inequality gap:-
a) Inheritance tax/estate duty. Introduce either inheritance tax (which will be paid by the beneficiaries) or estate duty (which is paid by the deceased's estate).
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 10:15 PM PDT
Get ready for this:
Mediacorp (Singapore) will be screening its first ever TV series with the focus on the 50+. Comprising 13 episodes, "Silver Lining" will premiere this August 10 at 8.30pm. A dramedy, the series give viewers a peek at life in the golden years as experienced by two grandfathers and their neighbours. Click here to read more.
Another piece of good news to share. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has announced two new schemes to increase IT training and spur PC ownership among the older segment of the population.
ST file photo
The first, called Silver Gen PC Specials, will offer desktops, notebooks and netbooks to senior citizens at discounted prices. However, purchases must be from IDA-appointed PC vendors.
With their own pc, a whole new world is theirs to discover and explore.
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 12:14 PM PDT
By G Krishnan
Merely days later, we get another unambiguous and ominous illustration of precisely how desperately the country's health is deteriorating.
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 08:28 PM PDT
Another POV from our southern neighbours, courtesy of malaysia-chronicle.blogspot.com:)
Share, share, share; ENJOY even not of listed status! -- YL, Desi
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The Malays in Singapore, no crutch mentality
AUG 5 — It is a fact known to all that Malays in Singapore are a minority. However this minority is quite different from other minorities in the world. Similarly, to some, Singapore is just a red dot in this vast Asian region.
But it is no ordinary red dot. It is a grave mistake to equate size with ability, just as it is wrong to assume that being small and in the minority is to be weak and insignificant.
The recent World Cup proved this. While Spain may be the world champion, it was minnow Switzerland that became the only country in the tournament that was able to defeat Spain.
Forty-five years have passed since Singapore left Malaysia, yet every now and then we still hear non-complimentary comments from across the Causeway about the Malay community here.
The latest came from former Malaysian prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who casually reminded Malaysian Malays not to become like Singaporean Malays.
He did not make it clear what he actually meant, but the comment was made in the context of the possibility of Malaysian Malays losing their power in Malaysia.
Again he did not specify what type of power, but it could safely be interpreted as political power.
Now, what could have happened to the Malays here in the last four decades?
What could have driven Dr Mahathir to voice his concern and to caution the Malaysian Malays?
The Malay community in Singapore, of course, know what has become of us here.
First and foremost, we have become a completely different community from what we were 45 years ago.
We have developed our own identity and philosophy of life that are distinct from our relatives across the Causeway.
We may wear the same clothes, eat the same food, speak the same language and practise the same culture.
However, the similarities end there.
We are now a society that upholds the philosophy of wanting to stand on our own feet, or what is known in Malay as "berdikari" or "berdiri atas kaki sendiri".
We do not believe in being spoon-fed or being too dependent on government help.
In other words, we do not have a crutch mentality. We firmly believe that a community with such a crutch mentality will soon become a "two M" community — the first "M" stands for "manja" (spoilt), and the second for "malas" (lazy).
We definitely do not want to be labelled as a pampered and lazy community.
That is why our Malay community here constantly work hard to raise funds to build our own mosques, madrasahs and other buildings in expensive and land-scarce Singapore.
Over the years we have raised millions of dollars to become proud owners of these buildings.
Through our own efforts and with the help of other organisations, we have also helped the needy not only financially, but also in equipping them with new skills so that they can earn their living.
For Dr Mahathir, however, all that we have done and achieved so far are not good enough.
He takes a negative view of our changed attitudes and different mindset, and has therefore cautioned Malaysian Malays not to be like us.
What about power? For Malays in Singapore, power is not about wielding the keris.
For us, knowledge is power. In fact we believe that knowledge is THE real power.
The constant emphasis by the community on the importance of education and acquiring knowledge has led to the formation of institutions such as Mendaki, Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP), the Prophet Mohamad Birthday Memorial Scholarship Board (LBKM) and many others.
These self-help organisations not only provide financial help to needy students, but also strive to nuture our students to their full potential.
At the same time, these organisations help to tackle various social ills faced by the community.
Again, we do these all on our own. Malay children here attend the same schools as other Singaporeans with a shared aim — to obtain a holistic education and, of course, achieve good examination results.
Yes, it is tough. Like all other children, our Malay students have no choice but to work hard.
It is a reality of life in Singapore that we have come to accept — that there is certainly no short cut to success.
We do not believe in getting any special treatment, because it would only reduce the value of our achievements and lower our dignity.
The meritocratic system that we practise here is, without doubt, a tough system but it helps us to push ourselves and prevent us from becoming "manja" and "malas".
Still, Dr Mahathir and some Malay leaders across the Causeway do not like the way we do things here and have therefore warned Malaysian Malays not to be like us.
On our part, there is certainly no turning back.
Meritocracy has proven to be a good and fair system.
It pushes us to work hard and makes us proud of our achievements.
We can see how it has benefited us by looking at the growing number of doctors, lawyers, magistrates, engineers, corporate leaders and other professionals among us.
It is the successes and achievements of some of these people that Berita Harian wants to highlight and celebrate when we launched this Achiever Award 12 years ago.
Tonight, we have another role model to present to our community.
So, the question is: Shouldn't our friends and relatives across the Causeway be like us — Malays in Singapore?
It is definitely not for us to suggest or decide.
And we too have no intention of asking our own community if we would like to be like them either, because we have already chosen our very own path for the future.
We, the Malays in Singapore, should be proud of our achievements, because we have attained them through hard work.
It is true that what we have achieved so far may not be the best, and that we are still lagging behind the other races.
There are large pockets in our community facing various social problems.
We have achieved so much, and yet there is still a long way to go. But we should not despair.
We can do a lot more on our own if the community stay united and cohesive.
In critical issues, we should speak with one voice.
We need to help and strengthen each other while at the same time reach out to the other communities in multi-racial, multi-religious Singapore. A successful and prosperous Singapore can only mean a successful and prosperous Malay community.
Can we do it? Well, to borrow US President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, "Yes, we can".
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 08:16 PM PDT
Just wanted to put up my article from TMI yesterday. There's been a lot of discussion, and of course we respect all views.
I just hope the focus will be on whether Vui Kong deserves the same second chance (which has been granted to a number of drug offenders in Singapore, contrary to popular belief), due to his personal journey both before and after his arrest.
For all those who want to help, 2ndchance4yong.wordpress.com is a great place to start, thanks!
ps- thank you to all who have helped to spread the article. all continuing efforts to spread awareness are truly appreciated.
AUG 4 — Singapore is entirely within its legal rights to execute Yong Vui Kong.
This young man's only hope for survival is the clemency and mercy of Singapore's PAP government, and I am here to beg for it.
I can't say begging is something that comes particularly naturally, but I do it wholeheartedly and without reservation.
If the Singapore government might be so kind as to hear out some of the possible reasons Vui Kong should be given a second chance, those of us concerned for him would be truly appreciative indeed.
As I understand it, the President of Singapore, SR Nathan, has full discretion to pardon Vui Kong, if he feels he deserves it.
All of us have our stories — a tale of how we got from where we were, to where we are. Here is Vui Kong's.
As disadvantaged a background as can be
Vui Kong was born in a secluded part of Sabah that had no electricity or running water. His father left his mother and his siblings when he was three, after which the family went to live with their grandfather on an oil palm estate.
The grandfather was an abusive man who would beat both Vui Kong and his mum, and force Vui Kong to work on the estate until past midnight.
While his siblings scattered across the country, only Vui Kong stayed with his mother in this small hell, which destroyed what little emotional health the broken family had left to them.
Vui Kong finally left and took what jobs he could find. At one point, he was washing cars for RM3 a day (less than RM100 a month — even if you worked every single day). His mother would eat rice and goreng pisang that cost two sen each.
The rest of us, I'm sure, can barely remember what a one sen coin looks like.
When Vui Kong asked her why she was eating so sparingly, she said she was saving what little she had to give to her children when they got married.
Unable to bear it any longer, Vui Kong moved to KL. "I lived in a place which I am too ashamed to even mention, even now," he said.
He continued to scrape a living together, despite being underpaid and continuing to face regular beatings from employers.
It was not long before Vui Kong found himself amongst the only people who took him in for their own reasons — street criminals and "big brothers." VCD selling led to debt collecting; debt collecting led to package deliveries.
Vui Kong was proud to finally be able to buy his mother a small birthday present, only a few days before package deliveries would lead to an encounter with the Singapore police outside the Meritus Mandarin Hotel in Singapore on June 12, 2007.
As far as Vui Kong knew, he was not doing anything worse than smuggling cigarettes, and was not aware of the enormity of what he faced until much later. When he learnt what was going to happen, he broke down. For many days and nights, he cried not just for himself, but for his mother. His family could not bear to tell their mother, for fear it would shatter her already fragile emotional state.
In prison, Vui Kong — not a hardened criminal to begin with — underwent a transformation. He discovered Buddhism, learnt how to read and write, and began a spiritual journey of coming to terms with his condition.
He has not kept his findings to himself, but has exerted every effort through various letters to his family and others to share religious teachings, gratitude and encouragement to his loved ones to spread goodness and peace amongst themselves and others.
Vui Kong has promised that should he be granted clemency, he will personally produce handwritten copies of the sutras along with anti-drug messages. He aspires to become an advocate for drug-free, clean living, and intends to use his experience as a deterrent to others.
Does Vui Kong deserve to die?
So, we are faced with a simple enough question: Does Vui Kong truly deserve to die?
We can explore this question even just from the perspective of what is good for society: Which course of action will likely result in less drug abuse?
On the one hand, we have a potential crusader against drugs — a young man who has a unique insight and understanding into the lives of the foot soldiers in the drug war; an insight the rest of us are unlikely to ever have. A young man already moved to such repentance even without any certainty of surviving the next few weeks.
On the other, some say executing Vui Kong will serve as a deterrent to future Vui Kongs.
Ironically enough, the biggest problem faced by this argument is demonstrated by Vui Kong himself.
An illiterate boy from the most rural parts of the region is more likely to believe his "big brother" when the latter tells him he is merely doing the equivalent of running cigarettes. How would he even learn of capital punishment? Having so little in life, the desperate will risk just about anything.
There is no way a boy like Vui Kong could have been properly educated about the dangers of drug trafficking — except perhaps via the efforts of the kind of crusader Vui Kong wants to be.
The reality is that no amount of dead Vui Kongs will achieve the same amount of deterring effect as one living Vui Kong.
This, perhaps even more than the inability of death penalty advocates throughout history to provide scientific, empirical evidence that the death penalty truly has an actual deterring effect on society in the long run, is what should most persuade us to stay the hand of vengeance.
None of us want the scourge of drug abuse to continue. Some of us also hope that the considerable resources of law enforcement agencies throughout the region can be directed at capturing the multi-millionaire drug kingpins, in addition to the low level foot soldiers.
Until we arrest the bosses and cripple this ultra-lucrative black market, a death sentence will do nothing to stop the waves of Vui Kongs to come.
What if it were our son?
Questions of crime and public policy aside, I cannot help but keep coming back to the life of this one individual — the paths that he has been forced to walk, the suffering he has endured throughout his life, and the deep journey of redemption he underwent in prison.
I suppose the question all of us should be asking — whether we are the President who takes into consideration the nation's interest, Singaporeans, Malaysians, or any of us lucky enough to walk the world freely — is: If we or one of our own children were born into his circumstances and led his life, would we deserve a second chance?
A second chance to wrong our rights, a second chance to contribute towards society even though one was born into its lowest strata, a second chance to see the sun rise another day, and to love our fellow human beings?
We beg you Mr President, pray consider.
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Posted: 05 Aug 2010 08:06 PM PDT
Another case of police abuse. We don't seem to be doing enough to stop this trend.
I was particularly moved by how this young man was so afraid he would end up like Kugan :(
A 14-year-old boy has claimed that he was repeatedly slapped, kicked, and handcuffed till his wrist was badly injured by a police constable when he was arrested for no apparent reason.
The boy further alleged that during detention on Tuesday night, he was threatened and forced to sign a document to "confess" to his crime– sexually assaulting a young girl.
Recounting his traumatic experience, M Mugelen said he was taking a swim with his friends at a pool at the Pantai Hill Park condominium at about 7pm with four other friends when police approached them.
"Four policemen came up to us and one of them asked us 'who disturbed the girl?' and we answered we did not," he said.
"I did not even know the girl, who is about eight or nine years old. Why didn't they question a group of Malays who were also nearby?" said Mugelen, adding that he suspected the girl's family had lodged a false report to stop him and his friends from swimming at the area.
Mugelen said he was subsequently slapped three times on the left cheek and all five of them, aged between 14 and 17, were brought to the Pantai police station and later the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters.
One of Mugelen's friends, 17-year-old P Thanasegar, alleged that when he was brought there he was handcuffed to a motorcycle and not given any helmet. He was also allegedly kicked in the stomach.
"At the station, my friends were released but I was left alone at about 10pm. A constable, Yani, with the police number 140179 then asked me what was I doing at the pool. When I answered nothing, he slapped and kicked me. He also tightened my cuffs until I was in so much pain," said Mugelen. Doctors later told him that his wrists were dislocated.
"I cried the whole time and I thought about Kugan, and I became so afraid that I would die like him. The same policeman then told me this was 'a little bit pain only, wait till you enter prison'," said Mugelen. (A Kugan, a suspect in the thefts of luxury cars, was found dead while in police custody last year.)
'Investigate the constable'
"I was so scared that I just signed it. They told me if I did not sign I will go to jail," said Mugelen, who stopped schooling since he was 11 as he did not possess a birth certificate then.
Mugelen was relased at 2am the next day after a RM5,000 police bail was paid by his family, but not before he was again kicked by another unknown policeman.
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