Saturday, September 11, 2010

蔡细历:只会在外讨好华社 “某部长内阁里噤声”

蔡细历:只会在外讨好华社 “某部长内阁里噤声”


蔡细历:只会在外讨好华社 “某部长内阁里噤声”

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 11:05 AM PDT

(布城11日讯)马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历与民政党主席丹斯里许子根博士,针对统考生报考师训一事,在周五出席首相官邸举行的开斋节门户开放活动时,同场较劲。

蔡细历以不点名方式,指称某部长在内阁保持沉默,在外对着华社时才敢开口说话,有试图讨好华社的嫌疑。

"一些部长在内阁里没有敢怒敢言,却在外面讲给华社听,让华社听了很爽;他们讲话目的,就是为了得到民心。"

他希望,有关人等应该在内阁敢怒敢言,而不是在内阁外发表谈话,他也强调,他所说的这番话并非是在针对任何人,只有他(被点名早)心中有数。

欢迎政党机构提意见

蔡细历建议,马华、董教总及民政党可以针对统考生进入师训事宜发表意见,也可以向正副首相提出看法。

"马华所提的方案并非最理想,4科及格不是最理想,我们还有很多东西要讨论。"

他说,马华立场是坚持只需要马来文及格,就能申请进入师训,而马华日前与副首相丹斯里慕尤丁会面时,曾讨论有关课题;但他没有透露有关会议结果或内容。

中国报 11-09-2010



Proposal is to attract FDIs, says MCA president

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 10:51 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has told police that his speech at the Chinese Economic Congress was very clear about increasing foreign investment in the country.

He said the congress, organised by the party on Aug 14, was aimed at exploring ways to liberalise the country's economy and make it more competitive to attract foreign direct investments (FDIs).

"It was done in the spirit of 1Malaysia and to improve our country's competitiveness in the world arena.

"We need FDIs and there must be ways to attract the inflow," he stressed.

Dr Chua leaving the police station after giving his statement.

Dr Chua was at the Dang Wangi police station yesterday to give his statement on the congress.

He had proposed a gradual reduction of the 30% bumiputra equity and its replacement with a price preference system.

Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali lodged a police report on Aug 18 claiming that Dr Chua's proposal could incite public anger and unrest, and that he should be investigated under the Sedition Act.

When asked if he stood by what he had said at the congress, Dr Chua said: "It is not a question of standing firm on what I said. I have given my speech to them (police) and my speech is very clear.

"I have no ulterior motive to stir racial issues."

He said he was advocating that bumiputras be given price preferences in certain economic sectors when the economy was liberalised for open tender.

Dr Chua also pointed out that a price preference system was better than the 30% equity if the country wanted to develop its economy through innovation and creativity.

He said although it might be easier to meet the equity for the development of land or factories, this could not apply to innovation- or creativity-based development.

THE STAR (Friday September 10, 2010)


KJ needs a diplomatic lesson

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 10:18 AM PDT

"He may be an intelligent young man but he is not necessarily wise." Foreign Minister Anifah Aman threw this at Pemuda Umno chief Khairy Jamaluddin who asked the government to recall our ambassador to Indonesia if Jakarta fails to quell the anti-Malaysia demonstration in that country (here).

Personally, I dont agree with KJ either. Such a statement is equally diplomatically provocative, or a step closer to severe all ties with the Indonesians.

As there were no more demonstrations in front of the Malaysian Embassy since Tuesday, leaders from both sides are relieved that efforts to put our ties in order again have showed positive signs.

Although KJ got a point that the Indonesian authority was not at their full swing in putting the demos under control, Malaysians and Indonesians are well aware that relations between both countries should be maintained best.

Recalling our ambassador will lead to Jakarta to recall its envoy to KL, too and that, in diplomatic scope, would not stop just there. The end result is always unpleasant for both sides.

So, we are not going to advocate to such an act. As the diplomatic approach is still wide open while the Eid has somehow diffused the tension along our common border, let us observe a good sense of belonging here - that Malaysia and Indonesia are inseparable!


Ibrahim Ali: KJ budak cerdik tapi tak bijak

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 07:44 AM PDT

Refuting Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin that Perkasa's influence is minimal when it comes to the Malay grassroot support for Umno, Ibrahim Ali argued that offering a popular political platform is more important than party allegiance. "Umno claims to have three million members, but how did they lose the 12th general election? "The trend today is that despite being party members, the people vote in response to the national issues affecting them ... The Perkasa chief reminded Khairy that in areas like Gombak and Shah Alam with huge Umno membership, its candidates lost with huge majorities to the opposition. Video editor: Shufiyan Shukur Camera: Shufiyan Shukur
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Nine Years After 9/11

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 08:55 AM PDT

My blogger friend Estrelita Soliano Grosse posted this on Facebook today, "watching the 9/11 commemorations. Sad. Solemn. Where were you that night?"

I commented: "On the computer at home till I saw it as breaking news on one of the news sites. Then turned on CNN on TV and began missing Jeannie who was on assignment in Hong Kong after turning down New York where she would have been at the Marriott next to the two towers!"

What I did not add was that Jeannie decided to quit her travels after 9/11 because she suddenly realized she missed the family too much and her flight cancellations in the subsequent global airlines panic made terrorism too close to home.

She later related that she had turned on the TV just in time to see the plane hit Tower 2 and thought to herself, "What a realistic movie!".

Why am I thinking of Jeannie today? Because 9/11 affected us All.

Postscript: Just read that the moron Pastor Terry Jones has called off his Quran burning plans. I was sure his threat to perpetuate the madness was a publicity stunt. He succeeded. 


Milestones

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 09:20 AM PDT

These past three weeks saw milestones for Krystyn and JJ that would have made Jeannie proud. 21st August was Krystyn's UTAR Convocation where she received her Bachelor of Communication Degree and on 6th September, JJ started work as a sound editor at Addaudio, arguably the most established, largest and best audio production company in Malaysia.

Jeannie had always looked forward to being at Krystyn's graduation and on 21st August, she was. I am sure Krystyn would have preferred Jeannie's physical presence at the convocation but it marvels me to observe the mother and daughter occasion playing out on a spiritual level from the day before, till the day after. Krystyn gives a new meaning to a Degree in Communication!  

Krystyn had always been Jeannie's pride and joy, not only as a daughter that she mentored but also as great friends, especially the last two years of Jeannie's life. There was just no way Jeannie would miss Krystyn's convocation!    

Sound freak, JJ had been at ICOM doing an audio production course and joining Addaudio has been a career defining opportunity for him. All the knowledge he acquired at ICOM and the passion in his heart would not be able to take him further without hands on working experience. Addaudio is the best place for him to cut his teeth. 

Jeannie and JJ. What can I say...the two are so similar in so many ways. She encouraged his interest in music and the two were often dueting on karaoke at home and outside. Jeannie was tough on JJ yet she cared for him the most. She brought him up to be a man and she would be proud that at 20 now he has the makings of a fine man. The values she taught him are intact.   

I would expect that Krystyn and JJ will really come into their own in the next couple of years. There will be more milestones as they progress forth and I know the values Mummy has ingrained in their hearts will remain their beacon.


“Unlikely Meetings For Some…??”

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 06:53 AM PDT

The knives are already drawn and ready to be pushed into and carve out piece by piece into the  Sarawak BN administration. The seemingly quiet groundswell built up by the Pakatan4 group has not help the situation either. BN is not only fighting the opposition who is on the other side of the fence but also from within amongst the component parties. 

Instantaneously, one can point to the open rivalry between the MP for Matu Daro Wahab Dollah and the two ADUNs under him YB N38 Abu Seman (Jemoreng) and YBN36 Mohd Asfia (Semop). He has openly said in so many words and a close confidant of a deputy minister from a component party even said to me," I think I need to use Cotton Buds after hearing and seeing it." I will be called a BULAK (Sarawakian slang for LIAR.) 

DO YOU BELIEVE OR IS THIS A SANDIWARA …?? NO POINT FOR US TO TELL YOU WHAT HAPPEN….U Find out!!

What about the Sibu SUPP unresolved Dudong issue? The SPDP 5 insistent of not budging from their stand? PRS claims on Pelagus still murky?

Its no wonder that the BN Sarawak Chairman needs some "miraculous Panadol" to solve these teething problem. He knows leaving it to the component party to solve their own problems will be a slow process and he needs to get his hands greased or the dirt will continue to pile up on himself. The past few months there has been so many allegations and unsavoury details of his accumulation of wealth and this has created a very "BAD PERCEPTION"

He can do no right at the moment.

The Pakatan group especially PKR and DAP are not spared the lashes from within. There have their set of problems and all is not well inside. The DAP Voon episode has created a bad taste in the mouth  for the DAP faithful. PKR has to deal with so much jostling for positions especially with their National convention in November. 

There will be more juicy articles after the Raya Holidays and we will try to fill you in with more details. Its still holiday and festive cheer and we went together with our journalists friends for some satay and cakes. Hope you like them…


Affirmative action Nurul VS Najib VS Muhyiddin Yassin

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 06:37 AM PDT



MP for Lembah Nurul Izzah Anwar

MP for Lembah Nurul Izzah Anwar

by Nurul Izzah Anwar

Malays speaking without fear
Nurul Izzah AnwarPUTRI REFORMASI MALAYSIA'S FUTURE PRIME MINISTER IN MAKING CAN THEY STOP HER THIS TIME AFTER WHAT DID TO HER FATHER ANWAR IBRAHIM
Nurul Izzah Anwar I can't say that I know Datuk Zaid Ibrahim very well. Our past encounters have been limited to a fleeting hello in front of the steps of my alma mater, the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in 2006, another chat during a reception in honour of Datuk Ambiga Sreevanesagan in June and, most recently, at the PKR's recent EGM. It's amazing, but perhaps unsurprising that he has in these three years evolved from an ambiguous reformist in Umno into the conscience of all Malaysians.
I had always been impressed by his outspokenness, and his willingness to fearlessly voice out his views on issues of national importance is nothing short of inspirational. Zaid does not mince his words where many hesitate to call a spade a spade, especially where it matters the most.
An articulate Malay speaking out for a multiracial and progressive Malaysia is terribly important in this current political climate. For our own community, Zaid epitomises how the Malays might redefine ourselves, to re-imagine a world where we do not think that we are inferior or threatened but are rather confident in whom we are.
In reading Zaid's book Saya Pun Melayu, I sense the need for Malays to embrace a new paradigm on what it means to be Malay. Many indeed are doing so and this is a heartening. "Malay" need no longer carry connotations of dependency on the state, insecurity or the crippling feeling alienation and the lack of self-worth.
The word "Malay" can and must eventually mean a call to embrace a broader Malaysian identity, along with a true, inclusive nationalism that is proud of who we are individually but also in what we have accomplished together. We can be sure of our identities and yet still be a part of something greater than all of us — and this is something all the ethnic groups in Malaysia ought to aspire to.
Zaid's book highlights that fact that we need to look beyond the stereotypes and take an objective, albeit positive look at our community's accomplishments. We have made great strides in business, the arts, education and the professions. Our success extends from Lembah Pantai where Malays own vibrant businesses selling products made by Malays to the flourishing nasi lemak stalls in Kota Baru.
We attend leading universities throughout the world, increasingly through our own merit. We can count internationally recognised choreographers, painters, cartoonists, writers, and film directors amongst our numbers.
Beyond these markers, our success can more often that not be seen at home through our everyday acts of compassion and sensitivity to others, which spread to our fellow Malaysians to become a national virtue. The kindness shown towards our children, parents and neighbours is perhaps one of the most important signs of who we Malays are as a community. These are real achievements that no one can or would want to take from us.
I'm not denying that we still have a long way to go in moving our community forward, nor am I unmindful that a lot of our successes would not have been in possible without the NEP and its institutions. However, it has become patently obvious that these structures are now holding the Malays back, and that the world has changed since then.
The Malays and, as a-matter-of-fact, all Malaysians need to change as well if we want to remain relevant in this world. We need to step away from our obsession with all things racial and realise that the project of nation-building is not a zero-sum game. Malaysia can never succeed until and unless its entire people feel like they are truly a part of it.
Why then does the old paradigm of ethnic insecurity persist? Why does suspicion and acrimony towards our fellow Malaysians and they towards us still linger? Why are mainstream newspapers calling for ethnic conflict, accusing minority communities of all sorts of ludicrous plots?
The sad reality is that these myths are being perpetuated by Umno and Barisan Nasional for their own gain. The fact is that Umno wants to keep the Malay community under its suzerainty forever. They do this by focusing on what we have supposedly not achieved, rather than acknowledging our gains and potential.
They claim to want to protect and uplift the Malay community, but all they have been doing for the last few years is playing on their fears and prejudices. The same can be said for the Barisan components with the non-Malays. This glass-half-empty mentality is being used by Umno/BN to protect each other and to ward off challenges to their stranglehold on power.
We've seen from the case of Zaid of how Umno demonises anyone who steps out of the pattern of complete loyalty to the party and who have different ideas on how to improve the livelihoods of Malays and Malaysians. We have also as of late seen their scare tactics in action. They have labelled people as "traitors" for calling for a new path of development for Malaysia. They prefer to protect their interests rather than allow the Malaysian people — especially the Malays — to benefit from reform, less corruption and more inclusion.
Umno also regrettably perpetuates the myth that the Malay community is perpetually under threat from their non-Malay counterparts, and that Umno is the only party that can save them from this supposed "servitude". This, rather than anything else, is why race relations have gotten worse in Malaysia.
You cannot expect harmony in a country where its largest ethnic group is constantly bombarded with the message that the minorities are supposedly out to get them and take away their rights. Yet, they chose to follow this tactic since they believe in the short term this will strengthen Umno and bring Malays back to the party.
They use these "attacking" tactics because they cannot offer anything else. They have shown that they would prefer to entrench those in power rather than allow new ideas and reforms to increase our chances for greater success. There is a real danger that their short-sightedness may cost future generations of Malaysians dearly.
The fact is that Malays have nothing to fear. We are demographically the largest ethnic group in Malaysia and the birth rate is going to keep it that way. Our position in the constitution is enshrined and this isn't going to change either.
That is what Umno and the Malay extremists do not get, and what the community as a whole needs to understand. The non-Malays and Malays who challenge Umno are not seeking to reduce the position of the Malays in anyway, but to defend and uplift all Malaysians. We have to understand that we are all tied together and that we all have a stake in the land. We cannot survive individually as Malays, Chinese or Indians but as Malaysians.
Our non-Malay fellow citizens are not "challenging" our rights or "insulting" or culture and religion — rather they are calling for our nascent nationhood to be allowed to achieve it's full potential than for us to remain stuck in our ethnic and mental ghettos. The liberals and moderates amongst the non-Malays also suffer from the depredations of extremists within their own communities — they deserve our support as well. The wave of reactionary politics that is engulfing us can only be turned back if progressive Malaysians stand firm against their threats and untruths.
While it is true that much more needs to be done to address those who have not benefited — for all Malaysians — the focus on what we don't have rather on what we have accomplished only undermines us. We need to imagine a better future, for Malays and Malaysians — this will incidentally make it easier for all of us to achieve what we might lack.readmore

TOWARDS A NEW AWAKENING TRUE MALAYSIAN WOMEN AS A POLITICAL FORCE

By Nurul Izzah AnwarCOMMENT A Malay daily recently declared that a civil war would break out in the country. And this war would dwarf the May 13 1969 racial riot – the worst in Malaysia's history. The war, said the newspaper, is a response to a non-existing amended constitution that abolishes the special position of … Read mor

NURUL TO KATAK THROUGH FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS THAT THE PEOPLE CAN DECIDE IF 'KETUANAN MELAYU' OR 'KETUANAN RAKYAT' SHALL DEFINE MALAYSIA.

Paradox and problem intersect in any country; MALAYSAJA and potential make the challenge more complex. We will see whether UMNO has the agility to use power to transfer power to yet another generation. The ultimate success for a ruling party is that delicious bipolar ability to occupy both government and opposition space. The British in … Read more

All factions should focus on struggling for the bigger picture of the country which involves the interest of the nation and its various races, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
He said the government will not compromise with any party including politicians who take up their party struggles or that of their respective organizations to the point of raising discord among the different communities.
"This is important to ensure the well-being of the country which has various races, religion and culture."
He said this to reporters when hosting his Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house, together with his wife, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, at the Seri Pekembar Complex here today.
Other guests included Deputy Education Minister Dr. Mohd Puad Zarkashi; Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Abdul Latif Ahmad; MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek; as well as members of Barisan Nasional (BN) Johor.
affirmative action who is also Pagoh Member Parliament, said the interest of all communities must be made a priority instead of looking out solely for the benefit of one community alone.
"While we need to work for our community, we also need to respect the interest of other communities so that resentment and the feeling of lack of respect will not arise," he said.
He also called on the people to value the positive attributes in the Open House concept which is in line with the 1 Malaysia vision and something that foreigners are also impressed with. – Bernama
Transcript of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's interview on CNBC Asia on Saturday is below
KUALA LUMPUR: The implementation of affirmative action under the New Economic Policy (NEP) is to be reviewed to make it fairer, more transparent and market-friendly.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said what worked in the past, might not work today, and Malaysia would slide backwards and lose its competitiveness without reform or changes.
"We are doing this because we are committed to Vision 2020, which was initiated by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad in 1990," Najib said in an interview with Martin Soong in The CNBC Conversation Saturday.
He stressed that to maintain the status quo was not an option.
However, the commitment in terms of balancing society to make it more equitable, leading to long term stability, still remained.
"So, the essence of the New Economic Model (NEM) is not about changing the macro targets but to ensure that how we do it results in greater success.
"By doing that, I think it would be more acceptable across the board and be seen to be fairer as well," he added.
Najib also said some people were concerned and might fear changel, but he added, this was nothing new.
Malay rights group Perkasa and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad have voiced their defence of the special rights of Malays under the NEP and are against any changes being made to the existing Bumiputera policy.
"They are not against us. They are talking more about Bumiputera rights. But actually, we are not taking anything away from the Bumiputeras, but saying, let us do it differently," he explained.
Najib emphasised that what is important is to achieve better results and a more equitable society.
"At the same time, we want to be fair to the non-Bumiputeras as well. We want to build a 1Malaysia," he highlighted.
Transcript of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's interview on CNBC Asia on Saturday
CNBC: Let's start first by talking about Malaysia's economy, update us if you could. It started out the year 2010 very strongly, 10% in excess of that growth first half. Second half though, fairly obviously things are going to have to slow down because the external environment in the west is still looking fragile and Malaysia is still quite dependent on exports. Six percent GDP growth this year, can Malaysia achieve it?
NAJIB: Yes, I believe we can achieve quite a robust growth this year. As you know, first quarter we achieved 10.1%, second quarter 8.9%. Going forward, second half, yes you are right, we expect growth to taper down. But there is enough momentum domestically, I think domestic demand, domestic consumption is high and I think it will continue to be relatively high this year. And external demand, although there will be some sort of dampening effect, but we do expect it to be fairly strong so we should end up with at least 6% per cent growth.
CNBC: At least 6% growth?
NAJIB: Yes
CNBC: This is what I find interesting, export growth is also decelerating as you would expect, as external demand slows down. The ringgit though, is trading at about the highest it has been in 13 years. Are you comfortable with the ringgit at these levels?
NAJIB: Yes we are, but we are monitoring it in terms of both our fiscal and monetary policy to make sure that the ringgit reflects the fundamentals of the economy and at the moment, we believe it does and the stronger ringgit doesn't seem to have a negative impact on our exports.
CNBC: The ringgit is still not fully tradable offshore though and for several years already, one of the two key things foreign investors wanted to see happen, to see change in Malaysia, in order to make it more attractive for them to invest in the country was one; let's see the ringgit tradable offshore again. Recently, Malaysia has made changes so the ringgit is a little bit more moveable on the capital account. In this kind of environment, economic environment, are any further changes on the ringgit? Do you foresee them?
NAJIB: We are monitoring the situation all the time, very closely. Most investors feel that this is not the key determinant in terms of their investment decisions. Most importantly, there is no restriction in terms of repatriation of dividends and profits, for example, and bringing in currency through the banking system. So it's not really a major factor, but we are open to it. As you know, we are quite adaptive, and if we think that it's going to help the economy, certainly we will review the situation.
CNBC: I'm gonna ask you another unfair question. But because you are the Prime Minister, I'm almost obliged to. We talked about the ringgit. Let's talk about interest rates. In this kind of environment, will it slow down, what economist call "normalisation of rates", that is, raising them.
NAJIB: This is basically the purview of the central bank, and I would like it to be in that context, but we do make adjustments, in terms of interest rates to make sure that the economy is not overheated, for example. Particularly, we don't want a bubble, for example, but we want a steady robust growth.
CNBC: Let me ask you about Malaysia's balance sheet. Debt is running at about 50% of GDP, high but not worrisome and certainly manageable. Several of your own economists based here though have been warning that the situation cannot be allowed to continue lest down the road, 10, 15 years, Malaysia becomes another Greece. What is your priority in terms of reining in that deficit?
NAJIB: We have some options, in the short term and further down the road. For example, we have given this commitment to the market that will bring down our deficit to around 5.6% of GDP this year. And I believe we are still on track. And we have also made an indication that by the end of the 10th (Malaysia) Plan, we hope to bring it down even further to say, around 3%.
There are various options available, one of which is of course to rein in expenditure, which we have done. We have cut back on development and on operating expenditure. So we have a few options, but going forward, I'm talking about maybe several years down the road, we have to look in terms of our tax base because Malaysia's tax base is rather narrow with one per cent growth in GDP, our tax revenue only increases by about 0.8%, or 0.85%. So there is that limited elasticity in terms of tax returns. So some of the structural problems have to be addressed.
CNBC: We'll return to some of these issues in just a bit. But in terms of fund raising, because of still lingering worries about the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, it has made it very difficult for a lot of other countries, which are in nowhere near as bad shape fiscally as many in Europe, to raise funds. It has made it more expensive for one thing. In Malaysia's case?
NAJIB: In Malaysia's case, not the case. We had a global issue recently and it was oversubscribed and we got good rates for it. I think the market has a positive view of Malaysia, provided we deliver with respect to our promises.
CNBC: Prime Minister, earlier on, you made reference to Malaysia's latest five-year plan, this would be the 10th. One of the cornerstones of that is what a lot of economists are calling a rebalancing of our economy, to be less dependent on exports, more on domestic consumption and the local economy. How are things proceeding?
NAJIB: We have done our strategy, basically that is predicated on the new economic model and what is exciting about the new economic model is that we have identified where the new sources of growth are going to come from, including how do we resuscitate the domestic private economy, the private sector.
The private sector has been taking a backstage vis-a-vis the public sector ever since the financial crisis of 1997. So we want the private sector to play a more dominant role. In fact, we have stated very clearly that to achieve our lofty targets, we have to raise RM150bil per year in terms of total investment. So that's a huge undertaking. We have to address some of our concerns with respect to skills, for example.
We must make sure we move up the value chain in terms of skills level, so we have to prime up the human capital development.
We have to look at new sources of growth, and the growth can come from consumption, growth can come from demand, but growth can also come from innovation. If you want to get to 6%, 7%, then innovation will be the key enabler to achieve that.
CNBC: If the private sector is going to play a leading role in this, if services are going to play a leading role on this, one of the thoughts that struck me when I was doing a little bit of research on the controversy over when, how, how much to reduce subsidies, and therefore, help your fiscal position, the government's fiscal position, is the company, corporate Malaysia has benefited predominantly from subsidies, not so much individuals, so if you remove the subsidies from them, will they become potentially less competitive? Would that hobble their ability to be a driver of growth for Malaysia to 2020?
NAJIB: I don't think so. The message, the key message we are delivering to the private sector is that relying on subsidy gives you a false sense of being competitive. You must be competitive because you are more productive. You must be competitive because you are more innovative. You must be competitive because you made the right kind of investment. You have developed the right kind of talent. And those are the key factors, which will enable us to compete globally, not relying on subsidies because relying on subsidies gives you a false sense of security because the day of reckoning will come when subsidies will be removed eventually.
CNBC: So you are saying, force companies to become competitive.
NAJIB: Exactly, that's what they have to do.
CNBC: At the same time though, a very fine balancing act and you referred to this earlier on, politically sensitive, because you want to encourage the private sector to become more competitive but you do not want to disadvantage the poor who probably need the subsidies a lot more.
NAJIB: Yes, that's why part of our New Economic Model, we are focusing on not just eradicating not just absolute poverty, but we are looking at 40% of the population, the more vulnerable group, the groups that are financially stressed at the end of each month and we have to do something for them, for these people. So when we remove subsidies gradually, we have to look in terms of increasing the income level.
We have to look in terms of ensuring a wider social safety net, and so forth. So there are measures, which must be put into place. But where there has been a misallocation of resources, for example, people who own luxury cars should not enjoy subsidies. So those are in a way, reducing subsidies must also be a targeted way of doing it.
CNBC: Let's pull back and look at your 18, coming to 19 months in office. Three months in, you already started making major changes, making Malaysia more open to foreign investment, foreign ownership, etc., fund management companies, 100% foreign owned, that's fine.
There are still a number of people who look at the changes that you've made, or are trying to make, and are saying that is not enough. And they are voting with their feet. Your balance of payments in the 4th quarter, and the 3rd quarter, is negative, and it seems to be growing. How do you intend to stop this outflow of your talent as well as your money? Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, I think, was quoted as saying not too long ago that there needs to be fundamental changes otherwise Malaysia will continue to hemorrhage wealth as well as talent.
NAJIB: Well, there are some early positive indications. The 1st quarter this year, we are seeing more or less even in terms of the wealth flow. So that's a good sign. Probably there is a greater sense of confidence, greater clarity in terms of the direction that the country is heading towards.
There is also an attempt now to attract the Malaysia diaspora. I have announced the creation of a talent cooperation. In fact, we will make some important announcements shortly, with respect to the establishment of the talent cooperation and they would be going around and engaging Malaysians abroad, persuading them to return home.
Secondly, we would have to look at the wage structure in Malaysia. I think we have undervalued human talent in Malaysia. I think human talent has been somewhat undervalued, so we do need to find a mechanism so that we can raise wage levels in Malaysia. Commensurate wage with their true value. And of course stressing on productivity. So these are some of the measures we will do.
CNBC: Prime Minister, since you've taken office one of the biggest initiatives has been to roll back more than 20 years of affirmative action under what used to be known as the New Economic Policy, NEP. The stock market in 18 months since you've been in power has been up about 60%. That's positive, it says something. At home though, I want to ask you, get your reaction to this, there are a number of your citizens, not just the Chinese and Indians, also the Malays who are very nervous about these changes.
They are used to this status quo. The Opposition is also skeptical, as you would probably expect. But even within the party that seems to be not total agreement. Then again, we have got this right-wing splinter group from (former) Prime Minister Mahathir that has come up with Perkasa and they are attacking you from their front as well. How are you dealing with all of this?
NAJIB: Well, first of all, let me explain to you that we are still committed in terms of balancing the society, to get a more equitable society, which will lead to our long-term stability. What I am saying now is that what has worked in the past may not work today. So we are going to review the way we implement affirmative action, not the overall objective but the way we implement it, so that it would be seen to be fairer, should be more transparent, should be market-friendly.
So the whole essence of the New Economic Model is not about changing the macro targets but to make sure that how we do it, ensures greater success. And by doing that, I think it would be more acceptable across the board. And it would be seen to be fairer as well.
Obviously some people are concerned and maybe fear of change as well, but that's nothing new. The other option is to remain status quo, to do business as usual. And we've looked at the numbers, we've looked at the statistics, that is not an option. If we don't make changes, we don't reform, Malaysia would slide backwards, lose its competitive edge. We are convinced about that.
We are doing all this because we are committed to Vision 2020, which was started by Tun Mahathir Mohammad back in 1990. And we want to see that happen. We want to realise Vision 2020.
CNBC: Why is former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and now Perkasa, why are they so upset though?
NAJIB: They are not against us. They are talking more about bumiputra rights. But actually we are not taking anything away from the bumiputra, but we are saying that let us do it differently. Let us get better results. Let us achieve a more equitable society. But at the same time, being fair to the non-bumiputras as well. Because we want to build a One Malaysia.
CNBC: Equity, fairness, redistribution of wealth. We've talked about some of the dissent within the party, the right-wing splinter group, Tun and Perkasa, the opposition. NGOs as well, civil society are saying one of the key elements that may be missing in your reform is Malaysian institution themselves, in terms of making them more efficient, less graft-prone, where there are, let's say, perhaps, unintended misallocation of resources. Former Prime Minister (Abdullah Ahmad) Badawi, his big plan was fighting corruption. How's that going? There doesn't seem to be that much emphasis on it anymore or am I wrong?
NAJIB: No, this is very much a part of our national agenda because as you know, as part of our government transformation programme, reducing corruption is part of the 6 NKRAs, so it is a key result area, one of the key result areas, which we intend to do. So we are committed, we have strengthened MACC, but we need to produce, you know, more results, and more conviction, but it is a process, it is a journey, we are committed to it, we certainly will be focused about how we should go about it.
We have also done other things like reducing government expenditure, most of our procurement now is based on open tender or restricted tender.
There is less direct, very much reduced direct negotiation, so these are a broad range of measures we have instituted.
CNBC: Very quickly, before we let you go. I want to talk to you about politics and elections. You have a window before elections need to be called again. There has been increasing attention on Sabah. Not a lot of people think about it or talk about it, in the foreign investment community. But in terms of votes, in terms of seats that Sabah represents, it's immensely important for the party. There has been increasing negativity and bad press to do with the way that Sabah has been left to run. What are you doing to address these issues ahead of polls? I mean here there are environmental concerns woven in as well.
NAJIB: Actually, if you see the resources we are going to allocate under 10th plan, especially with respect to the government transformation programme, quite a large chunk of our resources will be channelled into Sarawak and Sabah. You know, take for example infrastructure development, rural roads, electricity, water supply, the bulk of the resources will be spent in Sarawak and Sabah. And we are seeing results because I monitor this on a regular basis, so things are actually happening on the ground and we will see the achievements to be much higher as we move forward because we are gaining momentum.
So our commitment is to actually bring a more equitable development, which includes Sabah and Sarawak because one of the cornerstones of our New Economic Model is to be inclusive.
CNBC: And very quickly before we let you go. After we've finished talking to you, one of the items on your agenda is you'll been meeting with US President Barack Obama. What message will you have for him from Malaysia?
NAJIB: The message is that this is an important region and that the United States cannot afford not to have a serious policy toward Asia, a very serious engagement toward Asia, and that should manifest itself in many ways.
First of all, taking Asean seriously, and also for us to be part of the wider regional architecture. For example, the trans-Pacific partnership, Malaysia is keen to be part of that because we think we can add value to it because we are a major trading nation, and America is very positive about Malaysia's involvement in the trans-Pacific partnership and also not to mention the other areas of security, anti-terrorism and so forth.
This is a key area and above all this is the area of growth, so on many fronts the relationship between United States and Asean is a very important relationship. – Bernama


Ibrahim: Who is racist?

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 02:32 AM PDT

"They (Umno) are angry with Perkasa because we are racist... Prove it to me how Perkasa is racist? Have we ever demanded the rights of others to be stripped? We just want to be firm on certain policies which must never be compromised, much like Lee Kuan Yew (former Singapore prime minister). Only then, we can be united."
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Perkasa chief Ibrahim mocks Umno's stand

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 01:00 AM PDT

Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali is bemused over the sudden popularity of his Malay rights NGO and made light of Umno's expressed intention to dissociate the party from his group. Ibrahim, who called a press conference at his home in Hulu Kelang on the second day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, described the statements made by Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Umno minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz as "quite hilarious". Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Hubungan Keruh PERKASA-UMNO Sandiwara??

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 04:17 AM PDT

Siapa tak kenal Berahim Ali? Ku Li dulu panggil dia Berahim Katak. Dia boleh menyerupai apa sahaja. Sekejap boleh jadi musuh sekejap boleh jadi lawan lepas tu jadi musuh balik.

Pada Hari Raya Kedua, Berahim telah ditemuramah pemberita. Malaysiakini melaporkan:

Katanya, beliau agak terkejut mendengar kenyataan setiausaha agung Umno bahawa parti itu tidak mahu mengaitkannya dengan PERKASA.

"Bila kita minta sokongan Umno?" soalnya.

Sehubungan itu, Ibrahim menjelaskan bahawa PERKASA adalah sebuah NGO yang tidak ada kena mengena dengan Umno.

"Hanya kerana mereka tidak akan menyokong kami, itu tidak bermakna kami tidak mempunyai sokongan sama sekali," tambahnya.


Bukankah ini PERKASA yang sama yang telah berkempen menentang calon berbangsa Melayu di Hulu Selangor tempohari?

Dengan kata lain, PERKASA itu sendiri "cakap tak serupa bikin". Bolehkah kita percaya "perbalahan" terbaru UMNO/BN dengan PERKASA?

PERKASA <==> YAYASAN PERDANA <==> VINSETAN


PERKASA mendapat sokongan kuat dan padu dari Dr Mahathir Muhammad. Saya sendiri di dalam FACEBOOK berkali-kali mencabar ARMAND KETUA WIRA PERKASA supaya menafikan PERKASA mendapat pembiayaan dari Yayasan PERDANA. Sehingga hari ini cabaran saya tidak berani dijawab.

Mengapa saya sebut Yayasan Perdana? Ia adalah kerana tokeh judi besar bernama Vinsetan adalah salah seorang dari Ahli Lembaga Amanah (Board of Trustees)Yayasan Perdana.

Ertinya, kemungkinan besar Vinsetan adalah salah seorang dari penyumbang terbesar kepada Yayasan Perdana.

Malahan, bukan Vinsetan sahaja yang menjadi Ahli Lembaga Amanah kepada Yayasan Perdana. Terdapat ramai lagi tokeh-tokeh CIna yang kaya raya menganggotai Ahli LEmbaga Amanah Yayasan Perdana. Misalnya:

i. Tan Sri Dato' Francis Yeoh Sock Ping - YTL Corporation

ii. Tan Sri Dato' Lee Kim Yew - Country Heights

iii. Dato' Seri Lee Oi Hian - Mengikut FORBES, beliau berjumlah RM225
juta

iv. Dato' Sri Kua Sian Kooi - Kurnia Insurans (rujuk Forbes)

v.Tan Sri Datuk Tee Hock Seng - YB Senator

Dengan kata lain, yang menganggotai Ahli Lembaga Amanah Yayasan Perdana adalah hartawan-hartawan Cina yang mampu membiayai aktiviti serta operasi PERKASA seluruh MAlaysia.

Sekali lagi saya ingatkan, saya masih tidak mendapat penafian dari Armand Ketua Wira PERKASA bahawa PERKASA tidak mendapat pembiayaan dari Yayasan PERDANA.

Kesimpulannya, bagi saya, pertembungan BN/UMNO dengan PERKASA adalah sandiwara semata-mata. Tujuannya adalah:

1.0 Mengekalkan kempen menakutkan orang Melayu dengan momokan kononnya Melayu dalam bahaya (melalui PERKASA)

2.0 Pada waktu yang sama, mahu mengekalkan dan menambah sokongan bukan Melayu kepada UMNO dan BN (melalui BN dan UMNO serta kepimpinan Najib Tun Razak).

Cara terbaik bagi Pakatan Rakyat adalah teruskan dengan "service" kepada rakyat serta pendedahan korupsi UMNO dan BN. Jangan termakan dengan agenda Melayu tajaan PERKASA ataupun UMNO.

Tulang Besi




Ucapan raya dari Tun di radio

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 02:24 AM PDT


Penerbit Radio Kotaraya RTM, Fidah sedang mencari ide untuk liputan hari raya. Semasa berbincang dengan staf, salah seorang dari mereka beritahu mereka merindui perutusan Tun Dr Mahathir semasa malam raya.

"Masa Tun dulu, saya tidak miss perutusan Tun. Dia mesti kaitkan Raya dengan kejayaan negara dan pengorbanan. Ada nasihat perlu terus bekerja sungguh," kata Yati Penolong Penerbit

"Betoi la. Takdak la pasai jangan main mercun," Leman Audio Engineer menyampuk.

"Isyy .. kau ni. Jaga mulut siki. Nanti kereta kau dilanggar orang," Fidah berkata.

"Lin boleh temuramah Tun?"

DJ bertugas raya pertama, Lin angguk.

"Baiklah, kita talipon pejabat Tun untuk talipon dia untuk beri ucapan raya tapi macam perutusan raya," Fidah buat keputusan.

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Lepas sembahyang raya dalam pukul 10:00, mereka talipon rumah Tun. Masa itu, anak dan cucunya tengah berkumpul beramai-ramai.

"Itulah lagu Lebaran Aidil Fitri oleh Dato Siti Nurhaliza.

"Pendengar sekelian, seperti mana yang kita janjikan anda akan dapat mengikuti ucapan hari raya dari Mantan Perdana Menteri ke empat kita, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sekejap lagi. Kami sedang menghubunginya.

"Hello Tun. Hello ..."

"Hello ..." suara Dr Mahathir mula kedengaran.

"Hello Tun, assalamualaikum. Saya Leen dari Radio Kotaraya."

"Waalaikum salam," Dr Mahathir jawab.

"Selamat hari raya Tun," ucap Leen.

"Ya ... Selamat hari raya," balas Tun

"Tun, ramai pendengar menalipon kami menyatakan rindu kepada perutusan raya Tun setiap kali menyambut raya. Ianya sungguh membanggakan kami sebagai rakyat Malaysia dan penuh dengan nasihat-nasihat bernas."

"Itu dulu ...," jawab Tun merendah diri.

"Tun ingin memberi ucapan hari raya kepada pendengar kami?"

Fidah berada di belakang cermin mengikuti perbualan Leen dengan Dr Mahathir.

"Selamat hari raya kepada semua pendengar radio ibukota ... koraraya. Semuga bergembira bersama sanak saudara. Sambil kita bersuka ria, jangan lupa pada mereka-mereka yang kurang bernasib baik seperti di Palestin, Afhganistan, Iraq, dan lain-lain tempat. Sentiasa bersykur dengan keamanan dan kedamaian yang kita kecapi di Malaysia. Turut serta saya harap rakyat-rakyat Malaysia dari bukan Islam sama-sama ikut berziarah untuk mengeratkan silatulrahim sesama kita," kata Tun.

"Rasanya Tun, tidak cukup raya Tun tanpa ada kata nasihat untuk anak-anak muda bakal generasi masa depan negara."

"Saya dah pencen. Bukan lagi Perdana Menteri. Cukuplah 22 tahun saya kasi nasihat."

"Sikit saja Tun," pinta Leen.

"Untuk anak-anak muda, khususnya orang Melayu dan Bumiputera, mereka perlu bersungguh-sungguh untuk berusaha mempertingkatkan diri mereka. Samada dalam pelajaran, pekerjaan, perusahaan dan apa bidang sekali yang mereka ambil. Lakukan sesuatu bersungguh-sungguh," ujar Dr Mahathir.

"Ya Tun."

"Orang Melayu ini selalu cuai dan kurang berusaha. Suka ambil jalan senang. Masa saya dulu kasi AP, depa bukan nak guna kemudahan AP untuk membangunkan perniagaan. Mereka guna untuk jual AP dan ambil komnisyen. Dapat duit, mereka habiskan untuk berseronok dan membina mahligai dengan ada helikopter," Tun dah mula panas.

Fidah sudah mula risau. Ini isu-isu yang perit telinga mendengar.

"Orang Melayu patut kejar peluang-peluang yang dibuka kerajaan. Macam-macam telah diberi. Sepatutnya kita berjaya.

"Ya Tun Ya Tun."

"Ada tu kata Melayu sudah boleh berdikari dan juangkan polisi terbuka, liberal dan pasaran bebas. Tapi depa ni semua dok makan gaji dalam GLC. Bukan berniaga atau kerja dalam syarikat MNC. Melalui polisi terbuka, liberal dan pasaran bebas, pihak lain yang akan untung. Orang Melayu dan Bumiputera Sabah dan Sarawak tidak boleh maju tanpa bantuan dan sokongan," Tun sudah mula syok bercakap.

Fidah diluar faham keadaan boleh hilang kawalan. Dia memberi isyarat kepada Leen dan memandang kepada Leman. Audio Engineer tahu mereka kena pura-pura line terputus nanti.

Leen cuba menukar haluan Tun, "Tun ... Tun ... apa perlu anak muda sekarang lakukan untuk mengisi masa santai mereka?"

Macam hilang modal Leen nak cakap. Dia pun sebenarnya gamam dapat bercakap dengan Tun.

"Anak-anak muda kena belajar dan masa lapang lakukan perkara-perkara yang bermanafaat. Kegiatan mereka perlu untuk perkara berguan dan memberi faedah kepada diri sendiri. Budak Melayu ni banyak sangat lalai. Merempit naik motor tengah-tengah malam."

"Macam mana yang pula bagi mereka yang memandu pulang ke kampung dan bermain mercun hingga berlaku kemalangan masa Raya, Tun?" Leen sekali lagi cuba elakkan Tun naik syok bercakap.

"Itu Pak Lah dah nasihatkan lima tahun. kata nak dengar nasihat saya?

"Itulah saya cakap tadi, kita perlu lakukan benda berfaedah dan berfikir apa yang kita lakukan," Tun sambung. Gagal Leen nak lencungkan Tun.

"Tanamkan semangat mahu maju. Kejar peluang. Macam-macam Kerajaan berikan. Semua kemudahan ada. Orang Melayu ini banyak tolak peluang. Sampai benda free tuhan nak kasi pun depa tak mahu cari. Doa saja dah dijamin akan makbul, pun tak dikejar peluang itu."

"Apa itu Tun?" tanya Leen yang sendiri pun nak tahu. Tak dapat lagi husband kaya.

"Lailatulqadar masa sepanjang Ramadhan ..."

Takjub semua dalam studio. Sampai ke situ Tun fikir. Betul pulak tu ...

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Para pembaca, ini semua hanya satira atau parodi. Diminta SKMM dan Gani Patail sporting la sikit, jangan saman. Tak takut saman pun. Boleh lepas. Cuma menyusahkan ...

Tun Dr Mahathir akan mengadakan rumah terbuka esok hari raya ke 3 di 58, Jalan Kuda Emas, The Mines Resort City, Seri Kembangan.

Bagi yang nak pergi, jangan macam orang jakun yang tidak pernah nampak makanan sampai berebut-rebut.


See The Evidence How BN/Umno Robbed Malaysians!

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 01:43 AM PDT

By Admin

The Evil Zionist BN/Umno Regime appear to have resorted to Cyber attacks resulting in YM Raja Petra's Malaysia Website being down. Also down are Free malaysia Today and YB Anwar Ibrahim's Blog. The reason's for this is Malaysia Today, the hard-hitting news website edited by Raja Petra Kamarudin, has been blocked by mysterious technical problems twice in the last 24 hours after publishing damning articles of deep corruption at the top of the Malaysian government. MarGeeMar will not let the Truth from being concealed and have provided the link where you can see the evidence for yourself.

One implicated UMNO, in looting Malaysia Airlines (MAS). A second alleged that a friend of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was attempting to steer RM200 million into the pockets of Najib's family from China Railways Engineering Corporation (CREC), for double-tracking the national railway. Read more and see the evidence here as to how we have been robbed by this Evil Regime
http://malaysiansmustknowthetruth.blogspot.com/


Krishna Singh's Open Letter to the Menteri Besar of Negri Sembilan

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 01:27 AM PDT

KRISHNA M SINGH
908 TAMAN LOOP,
70100, SEREMBAN
TEL 012-6013431

5 SEP 1010

AN OPEN LETTER TO MY MENTRI BESAR

YAB,

Early in your stewardship of Negri Sembilan, I noticed that the towns in this state were usually plastered with billboards, banners and posters with your picture on them. You never missed an opportunity to have these displays be it Hari Raya, Deepavali, Chinese New Year and other national and religious occasions. I wrote to you to say that these displays were extravagant and waste of money. You never replied but continued with the wastage.

Then when Najib became PM last year he spoke out against this practice. I noticed that there was marked reduction in the extravagance.

However, the practice seems to have re-established itself in the last few months and more so since the Merdeka celebrations this year. As I write at this moment the displays are very evident in Seremban.

YAB, there are a lot of poor people in this country and it includes Negri Sembilan, It is apparent to me that you do not appreciate the despair in the lives of poor people. Only early this week I saw a video of Malay lady who cried uncontrollably when her father received RM 1000.00 from the state in Penang – a gift from the Penang government to the senior citizens of the state. I can send you the link if you want to see the video. It is pathetic that we have such poor people in this country.

Instead of wasting money by showing off your well known face to the people to this state, I think the money will be better spent by doling it out to the poor and the needy.

You should learn to embrace modern technology and use emails and SMSs to send the greetings to the people of this state. Another alternative is to have a recording aired over radio Negri with your greetings with much frequency as you want. These methods are more personal and meaningful.

Please stop the wastage. Help the poor and not the contractor who may have already enriched himself with the past contracts.

I take this opportunity to wish you Selamat Hari Raya – the low cost way.


Nine years on and 911 still baffles US policymakers

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 04:18 PM PDT

By David Anandarajoo

COMMENT Today marks nine years since the 911 attacks. In the US, West Asia policy, under Barack Obama, has been mainly, containment and reversing the political damage of the previous administration.

To some extent, he has made some progress. But US policy shifts are notoriously laggard.

And by the time Obama's administration translates the new policies into practical day-to-day diplomacy, he runs the risk of introducing concepts that might have worked during George W Bush's  tenure…10 years ago!

But time, tide and West Asian politics waits for no one. Regional politics, key players, socio-economic and political tectonic plates have changed and are changing virtually daily.

And the pattern hasn't changed for years with the US and its European allies perceiving the region as being static and torpid.

But West Asia evolves faster and far less predictably than the West can possibly picture.

Eventually, US and European governments do come to grips with their mistakes, but by the time their realizations occur, the  policy adjustments end up being hopelessly dated and quite ineffective.

As Arab nationalist movements emerged and took power across West Asia, the US and Europe ignored the challenge they posed and wrongly treated them as Soviet-inspired satellites.

By the time the significance and popularity of these movements were fully appreciated, Europe's power had long since faded, and its reputation in the region was irreparably tarnished by the stain of neo-colonialism in the aftermath of the so called war on terrorism.

Likewise, the US only became fully aware of the jihadist threat in the upshot of 911, after Washington had fuelled its rise by backing Islamic groups in Afghanistan during the 1980s.

And the idea of a Palestinian state was only endorsed by Washington in 2000 -- just when, as a result of developments on the ground and in both the Israeli and the Palestinian polities, the achievement of a two-state solution was becoming increasingly elusive.

The West's tendency to adopt policies that have already outlived their local political shelf lives is repeating itself today.

Despite its attempt to rectify the Bush administration's missteps, the Obama administration is cramped by flawed assumptions about the region's balance of power.

The US and Europe still see West Asia as a neatly divided cut between two camps: a moderate, pro-West camp that ought to be supported and a militant, pro-Iranian one that needs to be contained.

A false assumption that is as far as the East is from West.


David Anandarajoo is a veteran journalist who now teaches journalism.


Time for PM to weed out deviations, distortions

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 02:43 PM PDT

By Joe Fernandez

COMMENT Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is preaching that Malaysians will enjoy national unity and political stability if they avoid discussing two areas. The first is one another's sensitivities and, second, acts that could hurt the feelings of other communities.

We know what he exactly means when touching on sensitivities and feelings. In raising these two issues at a monthly gathering of his department in Putrajaya on Sept 6, he also made reference to the Federal Constitution and in particular the Social Contract.

Each time this issue is flogged to death, the voices of reason and sanity are drowned out by those who consider any debate as questioning Malay rights, special privileges, position or seeking to abolish them.

In fact, these are not the real issues as implied by Najib and others like Ibrahim Ali of Perkasa. The latter is not above twisting-and-turning every issue into a racial issue in order to play to the gallery. The idea is to scare the Malays into circling the wagons and gathering under one platform, that is, Umno.

Pakatan Rakyat co-ordinator Zaid Ibrahim made reference to this late last year in Kota Kinabalu when gathering input for the opposition coalition's Common Policy Framework. "Umno has unilaterally extended the idea of special privileges to every facet of life in Malaysia," Zaid said.

The real issues to be dealt with by the Najib administration are the deviations and distortions that have crept into the implementation of Article 153 of the Federal Constitution and the New Economic Policy (1970-1990). Raising these deviations and distortions should not be seen as sensitive to anyone, questioning anyone's rights or seeking to abolish them.

Quite a number of people have in the recent past attempted to raise these deviations and distortions but failed to elicit any intelligent response from the federal government and Umno. Instead, sections of the mainstream media and Malay NGOs have worked overtime to drown out any debate in a cacophony of voices. As a result, no one can be heard above the din.

Deafening silence


Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar is the latest to point out that the term "special privileges" does not exist in Article 153. She's right. Anyone who doubts this and her sanity as a Malay and Muslim should read the Federal Constitution instead of hurling abuses in her direction. She did right in calling for a debate with Ibrahim but the silence from the NGO has been deafening.

Nurul Izzah even went one step further and raised the issue of Article 153 being restricted to 15 years from the time of independence in 1957.

It's not exactly clear where she got the figure but it's not really something new. Hindraf Makkal Sakthi chair P Waythamoorthy was the first to state this in recent memory. He was roundly condemned by PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim for "questioning Malay rights" and labelled a racist. Anwar made this stand in interviews with the Tamil press in Kuala Lumpur not so long ago and repeated his allegations a week later in London.

Fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin was quick to follow up Anwar's comments in London with a scathing attack in his MalaysiaToday blog on Hindraf for being "racist". Waythamoorthy explained futilely that "a racist is someone who denies other people their rights in the sun". In his case, he pointed out, he was merely fighting for his place in the sun without, in the process, denying others their rights".

Nurul Izzah, like Waythamoorthy, has pointed out that Article 153 not only covers the Malays and Natives but provides for the legitimate aspirations of the non-Malays as well. The King, and not Umno or the federal government, is the guardian of Article 153. Waythamoorthy has previously suggested that Umno has usurped the power of the King over Article 153 during their more than half-century rule.

Briefly, Article 153 covers four areas. It provides for a reasonable proportion, as determined by the King, in the following areas for Malays and Natives: intake into the civil service; intake into government-owned institutions of higher learning and training privileges; award of government scholarships; and opportunities created by the government to do business. In short, this is the special position of the Malays and Natives as provided by Article 153.

Umno, however, has taken the liberty of merging the words "training privileges" and "special position" out of context to come up with the term "special privileges". Again, nowhere does the Federal Constitution contain the term special privileges, as pointed out by Nurul Izzah. This is not a deviant take on the Federal Constitution or re-interpreting it as suggested by extreme right-wing elements. This is bringing us back to the legal reality, if not the political one.

The genie is out

Najib should reckon with the fact that the mainstream media, controlled by the ruling party, no longer determines what Malaysians should read or think. The genie is out of the bottle and it's time to roll back the deviations and distortions of Article 153 and the NEP. Article 153 was never envisaged by the framers of the Federal Constitution as a sapu bersih (clean sweep) policy.

The NEP, which takes its inspiration from Article 153, pledged to eradicate poverty irrespective of race, religion, caste and class. This has not happened so far although there are signs, albeit still faint, that the Umno government has begun to see the light in this area. Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin pledged recently that the government would take a needs-based poverty eradication approach and not use the old race-based mindset.

Having indicated that a colour-blind fresh start will be made with poverty eradication schemes, the Najib administration needs to take another look at one other aspect of the NEP, that is, the elimination of race with economic function and place of residence.

It's no secret that 90% of the intake in the civil service comes from one community although the others form 40% of the population. When questioned about this recently by the media, the Chief Secretary to the Government said with a straight face that the civil service does not follow a quota-based approach and that intake is based purely on merit. The implication here is that Article 153 has been overtaken by events. Even so, it's somewhat telling that the 40% non-Malay population in Malaysia cannot make the grade to enter the civil service under the new quota-free approach.

It would not be out of place either to remind ourselves that Royal Professor Emeritus Ungku Aziz added his voice to the continuing debate as well when he told the media sometime last year that "there's no such thing as a Social Contract". "The only Social Contract that exists is the Federal Constitution," according to Ungku Aziz.


PERKASA atau UMNO? - Kedua-duanya salah

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 11:44 PM PDT

UMNO/BN akhirnya mengambil ketetapan bahawa mereka tidak mahu berkompromi dengan lagak laku PERKASA dalam politik negara kita. Ramai pemimpin UMNO telah membuat kenyataan selari dengan pemimpin BN yang lain dan nampaknya mereka sudah hilang segala kesabaran menghadapi tekanan PERKASA.

Mereka anggap PERKASA telah memerosotkan sokongan rakyat berbilang kaum terhadap coalition parti-parti yang memerintah. Selagi BN tidak mengambil sikap berpisah secara formal terhadap NGO politik Melayu ini selagi itulah UMNO khususnya dan BN amnya akan terjejas dalam menghadapi rakyat dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang.

Dalam hari-hari terakhir ini ramai pemimpin UMNO telah menyelar Ibrahim Ali secara terbuka. Tengku Adnan Mansor, Setiausaha Agung UMNO yang nampaknya sebagai suara yang mewakili BN terang-terang menyatakan bahawa Ibrahim Ali akan menghadapi calon UMNO selain daripada calon PAS di Pasir Mas.

Kerusi yang sekarang diduduki oleh Ibrahim setelah memenangi kerusi tersebut hasil daripada understanding dengan PAS dalam pilihanraya yang lalu. Sekarang Ibrahim Ali sudah meninggalkan rakan yang memberikan beliau tempat di Parlimen dengan banyak alasan yang hanya beliau sendiri yang tahu.

Khairy Jamaluddin dan Nazri Aziz merupakan antara pemimpin UMNO yang merasakan kepahitan dengan wujudnya PERKASA yang dianggap mereka sebagai tempat dan 'syurga' bagi mereka-mereka yang kecewa dalam politik.

MCA terutamanya pemimpin utama mereka Chua Soi Lek dan Ketua Pemudanya dari awal telah menyelar Ibrahim dan PERKASA dan meminta UMNO mengambil sikap yang betul terhadap kehaziran PERKASA dalam politik tanah air.

Tindakkan 'ultra' Melayu PERKASA merupakan elemen yang amat merbahaya bagi BN kerana ianya telah jelas menjauhkan orang bukan Melayu dari memberikan sokongan kepada BN selagi BN tidak menunjukkan sikap penentangan terhadap PERKASA.

Hanya Dr Mahathir yang merupakan penaung kepada pertubuhan PERKASA yang mempertahankan NGO itu kerana Dr Mahathir beranggapan yang UMNO telah gagal membawa penyatuan kepada ahli-ahli UMNO dan kebanyakkan ahli-ahli PERKASA itu adalah terdiri dari Ahli-ahli UMNO yang tidak berpuas hati terhadap parti itu.

Pemimpin pembangkang juga memberikan komen-komen tentang isu perbalahan diantara BN dan PERKASA dan perselisihan faham diantara Melayu PERKASA dan Melayu UMNO. PKR mempersoalkan kenapa Dr Mahathir memberikan sokongan kepada PERKASA sedangkan UMNO menengahnya.

Difahamkan Najib telah membisikkan kepada pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO dan BN supaya menjauhkan diri mereka dari PERKASA kerana PERKASA telah jelas merosotkan sokongan orang Melayu kepada UMNO dan memberikan masalah kepada BN keseluruhannya. Khairy terpaksa menyelitkan dirinya dibawah ketiak Wee Ka Siong untuk dilihat relevan sebagai pemimpin BN dan bukannya pemimpin Pemuda kepada UMNO.

Yang lebih menjadi tanda tanya kenapa Muhyiddin senyap sepi dan ramami telah menganggap beliau sedang menunggu giliran untu menjadi PM jika Najib ter[paksa menuruti tekanan kuat dari beberapa pihak yang mahukan beliau meletakkan jawatan.

Dalam hal ini jangan dipersalahakan kepada Najib seorang kerana segala-galanya adalah kesilapan bersama. Mereka bersama-sama berada didalam kabinet dan Majlis Tertinggi Parti dan keputusan yang diambil mestilah dianggap sebagai keputusan bersama dan semuanya mesti 'accountable' terhadap apa-apa kesalahan yang dilakukan oleh parti dan kerajaan.

Jika Najib terpaksa pergi seluruh kepimpinan yang diatas itu waib pergi kerana segala keputusan parti diputuskan oleh semua yang ada didalam MT itu dan selutuh anggota kabinet.

Selagi tanggungjawab tidak terlaksana 'collective' selagi itulah BN dan UMNO akan hilang pengaruh sedikit demi sedikit dan akhirnya akan hanya menjadi bahan bacaan para sejarawan yang akan datang seperti ramai yang membaca sejarah kewujuddan UMNO sehinggalah parti itu dibiarkan mati oleh Dr Mahathir dahulu.

Soi Lek mengakui bahawa orang-orang Cina telah memilih untuk memberikan sokongan kepada DAP salah sebuah rakan kongsi Pakatan Rakyat. MCA dan GERAKKN hanya mampu untuk meraih sebanyak 20 peratus sokongan orang Cina sekarang ini. Soi Lek menyalahkan PERKASA kerana kemerosotan sokong orang Cina terhadap BN sedangka PERKASA hanya wujud selepas MCA sudah hilang sokongan pada pilihanraya yang lalu.

Salah menyalahkan diantara parti-parti komponen serta PERKASA menyebabkan BN dan Melayu tidak menyokong UMNO seperti yang pernah mereka lakukan dahulu. Lain pulak keadaannya dengan bangsa India. Perpecahan dalam MIC yang begitu teruk telah menambah wakil India dialam Parlimn dan DUN-DUN dibeberapa buah negeri.

Kaum India ada wakilnya dalam banyak parti seperti MIC, PKR, DAP, PPP dan sebagainya. India berpecah tetapi wakilnya didalam Parlimen bertambah, maka orang Melayu merasakan untuk cenderung menyokong PAS dan PKR kerana mereka boleh menam,bah perwakilan Melayu didewan –dewan Lagislatif negara.

DAP juga boleh mengambil kesempatan untuk menurunkan beberapa muka dari kaum Melayu dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang. Jika ini terjadi Melayu juga mampu untuk menambah wakil mereka diParlimen jika mereka merasakan yang UMNO sudah tidak ada moral lagi untuk mewakili Melayu dalam Parlimen.

Bagaimana pula dengan reaksi PERKASA? Bagaimana pula Ibrahim Ali? Bagaimana ahli-ahli PERKASA yang kebanyakkannya adalah ahli-ahli UMNO? Adakah UMNO akan mengambil ahli-ahli PERKASA menjadi calum UMNO jika ada yang layak dan diterima pengundi? Atau adakah PERKASA akan meletakkan calun sebagai calun bebas dan mampukah untuk memenangi sesdikir kwerusi?

Bagaimana pula jika IbrahimAli bertindak bertanding kerusi Parlimen Pasir Mas diatas tiket bebas bersama UMNO dan PAS? Jika PERKASA benar-benar disisihkan oleh UMNO bagaimana pula prestasi UMNO dalam pilihanraya nanti jika PERKASA meletakkan calun sendiri?

Jika PERKASA meletakkan calunnya bagaimana pula pendirian Dr Mahathir? Adakah Mahathir akan menyokong calun PERKASA dan kita mesti ingat yang Mahathir berkemampuan untuk keluar parti jika kehendaknya tidak ditunaikan.

Dr Mahathir tidak boleh menafikan yang beliau mahukan Muhyiddin untuk menjadi PM dan mampukah Muhyiddin menaikki tangga menjadi PM jika Najib ditolak oleh rakyat.

Wajar kita kupas dalam sehari dua lagi.


Now Do You Understand How Things Work?

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 09:08 PM PDT

This is a very interesting Seth Godin perspective:


LKY REFLECTS ON LIFE AND AGEING

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 08:15 PM PDT

In an interview conducted last week with the International Herald Tribune and published today in the global edition, former Singapore PM and now Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew, reflects on life and shares his thoughts on ageing, marriage and politics.

Below are some excerpts from the interview:

On the pains and aches of ageing

"I can feel the gradual decline of energy and vitality. I'm reaching 87, trying to keep fit, presenting a vigorous figure, and it's an effort, and is it worth the effort? I laugh at myself trying to keep a bold front. It's my habit. I just carry on."

On his wife, Kwa Geok Choo, 89, who has been bedridden and unable to speak since suffering a stroke two years ago. She has been his confidante and counselor since their student days in London

"She understands when I talk to her which I do every night. She keeps awake for me; I tell her about my day's work, read her favourite poems. I tell her I would try and keep her company as long as I can. She understands. But I'm not sure who's going first, she or me."

On how he copes with his daily stress

"At night, I calm myself with 20 minutes of meditation, reciting "Ma-Ra-Na-Tha", a mantra taught by a Christian friend. I'm not a believer, but I find the sounds soothing. A certain tranquility settles over you. The day's pressures and worries are pushed out. Then there's less problem sleeping."

On his moment of greatest anguish when he wept in public

"The expulsion of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965."

On his legacy

"I'm not saying that everything I did was right, but everything I did was for an honourable purpose. I had to do some nasty things, locking fellows up without trial. Do not judge a man until his coffin is closed. I may still do something foolish before the lid is closed on me."

LKY combats the decline of age with a regimen of swimming, cycling and massage. He still keeps to an-hour-by-hour daily schedule of meetings, speeches and conferences in Singapore and overseas.

"I know if I rest, I'll slide downhill fast."

Click here to read the full article.


The royal flesh, Which came first chicken or egg, Najib delima UMNO election or national election

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 08:12 PM PDT

In our country, corruption has become mainstream; honesty is a rivulet, which is why the System has developed such sophisticated expertise at deflecting street anger. The game is played out in full public view, and we do not see hypocrisy trapping us in slow motion.
What does the System do when it does not have an answer? It changes the question.
Witness how the rage against corruption in this country has been manoeuvred into a debate on whether they can be held responsible for this in the first place? Even this question has been diverted. reorganized with some sticking plaster, is being reinvented from villain to victim of mysterious forces. We do not know if any race in upcoming election will see a nail-biting finish, but certainly UMNO and BARISAN did not decide to hire treadmills for a few weeks at many times their retail price. Instead of treadmills, we have treadmillionaires.
They are one and the same thing. Racial politicking covers up national plunder. Once you have seen it for what it is, it loses its relevance, therefore national plunder becomes highlighted.
You don't need to summon Agatha Christie to solve the plot.Game or no game, with group A, B or C, it's just their protection tactics against being arrested for siphoning billions of Malay special privileges and taxpayer's coffer.Could be also because Mahathir is doubtful UMNO can retain power. So he is positioning himself to grab it and act ( if Najib is reluctant to use extralegal means) to protect himself being exposed as a thief.

Najib arrest Dr Mahathir before he scalpel on you with surgical precision

Mahathir takes on Najib


Is he thinking?


After engineering the downfall of his handpicked successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi with surgical precision, is former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad now training his scalpel on his protege Najib Tun Razak's jugular?

Those attending a function here this morning must have felt that this was the case based on the 84-year-old's scathing remarks.the medical doctor-turned-politician, suggested that Najib's government should be given the boot if did not convince parents that education was one of its topmost priorities.

"You can change the government if you want to, or if you don't want to change the government, you can change the person. But telling me (the problem), a former prime minister, is not going to help. You must tell the (current) prime minister," he said.

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Najib Tun Razak can only shake his head in dismay as the reports and briefings all paint a very bleak future for the Barisan Nasional.

The message is depressingly the same: in the next polls bout, his ruling coalition stands little chance of regaining the states lost to Pakatan Rakyat. Worse still, the opposition may make new gains in several states.

The prime minister and BN supremo is in a pickle: how to stem the tide? How to rally the disgruntled people to his cause? His pet projects lie virtually in tatters, his party members are ripping each other apart, his coalition partners are tearing into each other, while his political foes are growing stronger by the day.

The situation is so bad that some opposition leaders believe that Najib may resort to extreme measures to stop the deepening rot – exploit every issue, create a climate of fear, push the country to the brink and then invoke the draconian Internal Security Act.

The reasoning is that with all his opponents in Kamunting, he may entertain hopes that he can go to the polls playing the role of a saviour. The bad guys are not around to spoil his party. Only the good guys – him and his fellow dudes – are left and people will have no choice but to play along.

But political observers do not think Najib will turn into a desperado simply because the crude antics may backfire. People may choose to stay home.

Najib is left with one window of opportunity – the Sarawak election. A convincing victory over there will throw a lifeline to his sinking sampan. But the outlook is not so rosy. When Sibu fell in the recent battle, it clouded the prospects of the BN. Then there is Taib Mahmud, the White Rajah of Sarawak.

He fears being hauled up and be asked to account for the billions diverted purportedly to UMNO but kept by individuals who may turn out to be crooks!
The main group is TDM who holds most of the ACES, to charge TAB or Najib and both are force to join his game play.
TDM not only controls the ACES but also controls MACC,AG and the authorities.
Where in the world can you find a greedy & black hearted past PM who not only wanna 'makan' our rakyat's coffers and he also wanna 'tapau' the whole country so all his tracks will be cleaned.
In fact he should be charged in the International Court of Justice, for siphoning billion & billions and causing hatred among the communities.
widening rift between Prime Minister Najib Razak and his predecessor Mahathir Mohamad over ultra-Malay rights group Perkasa, pointing out it was a smokescreen and both men were likely to be more concerned about how to suppress a slew of huge corruption scandals from becoming public.
Mahathir and Tajudin in their glory days
Salahuddin was referring to RM8 billion in losses incurred by national airline MAS, which so far appears to be the biggest financial debacle arising out of the BN's 53-year rule.
Large-scale plunder
Not only is Mahathir and his immediate successor Abdullah Badawi accused of having plundered the airline, Najib has also been caught helping himself to a new mega-project – the double-track national railway.


HALIM SAAD'S REVELATION: NMY'S GAMBIT

NMY: The Godfather of organised GLC corporate crap

Former UEM and Renong Supremo Tan Sri Halim Saad revealed that he was denied the option to MBO and taking it private by then Economic Adviser to Government Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yackop. Instead Nor Mohamed induced Halim to leave the board of both companies, sold his holdings of and eventually both company were acquired by Khazanah Holdings Bhd.



OPEN THAT PANDORA'S BOX



Badawi – 'Mr Clean'

"They are all holding pistols to each other's throat but nobody will be so silly as to pull the trigger because this is within Umno. If it involves Pakatan, that is a different story. But now as it is, they will give into negotiations with money the most important factor and how to settle with everyone more or less happy," a political watcher told Malaysia Chronicle.
"Perkasa, Ibrahim Ali, all these are nonsense. They are just Umno gimmicks. What you can tell though is Mahathir will have to give up more ground because the Malaysian public is no longer with him. He cannot rally enough support to overthrow Najib because he has destroyed his own popularity with his racism and Perkasa's. Najib will get stronger but even so all three PMs will be vulnerable to further revelations of corruption because their deals were all so huge, the public backlash will be fantastic."
Daim
Najib's new cash cow
It does appear that the graft accusations swirling around town have hit a raw nerve. Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the operator the Malaysia Today website, has been at forefront of a series of articles exposing the ramifications behind several huge privatization deals. His website has been blocked and is down for a third straight day.
Not only has he accused Mahathir, Badawi and former finance minister Daim Zainuddin of helping Tajudin pilfer from MAS, Raja Petra also alleged that Najib was now using the national railway company as his new cash cow.
Najib inked a controversial railway deal with S'pore
"A deal to supply coaches worth RM1.4 billion went to a company involving Najib's wife Rosmah and two other women. The coaches were said to be worth only RM300 million and do not function," Raja Petra wrote in a recent article.
On Friday, Mahathir – who is the patron of Perkasa – defended the group after Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan disavowed links with it. His comments generated talk that his rift with Najib might widen as result of this dispute.
"Perkasa members are Umno supporters. It would not help Umno's cause to turn them away," Dr Mahathir told the New Straits Times.


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