- Inikah cara BN pancing undi bukan-Melayu?
- The unmasking of Raja Petra,Harris Ibrahim the third force an enguiry
- The Backstreet Bedouin-boys
- Anti-bloggers minister hosts Raya open house today
- No more bah-kut-teh by order of Shuzheng!
- 蔡细历：马华两个月筹500万 设一个大马医药基金
- New NUJ chief: NUJ to return to original struggles
- Orang Asli gear up for gov't compensation
- Steve Oh: It’s Not About Being Gay, It’s About Hijacking Christianity
- Why I Think
- Some Thursday funnies
- Sosilawati murder: Stop the speculations
- Why can't we be independent?
- Grow up Chua
- Nurul, please save Malaysia
- Zaid's vision for PKR
- Zaini Hassan”Are you a P.U.P..??”
- DESPERATELY SEEKING LOANS
- Malaysia's dark media horizon...WILL OUR LEADERS EVER LEARN?
- Umno’s Fight To Stay In Power Is Threat To Stability, Says Report - By Yow Hong Chieh.
Posted: 30 Sep 2010 07:03 AM PDT
Oleh K Pragalath
KOMEN Dalam kejadian terbaru yang mengganggu-gugat sensitiviti kaum di Malaysia, timbalan pengarah Biro Tata Negara (BTN) Kuala Lumpur Hamim Husin dilaporkan menggambarkan masyarakat Cina sebagai 'si mata sepet' dan masyarakat India sebagai 'kaki botol' di dalam satu perjumpaan dengan ahli Puteri Umno.
Jika laporan ini benar, BTN telah melakukan sesuatu yang bertentangan dengan ajaran Islam yang diwahyukan untuk manusia sejagat
Posted: 30 Sep 2010 01:25 PM PDT
Can democracy come out of the barrel of a gun? That has been the question haunting PKR since the current spiral of agitation the so called the third force and their ring leader Harris Ibrahim
Power is the glue of politics. That is why a government is expected to be in array and opposition generally in disarray. Ideology is a fickle custodian of unity in an age of convenience. Its absence has eliminated the difference between single-party rule and coalition government. Both are held together by individual or sectarian self-interest, which is why they last. Ideology is a differentiator; it makes a partnership untenable even if the partners consider it sustainable. Sentiment is irrelevant to any political marriage. This is true of all democracies where coalitions become necessary. Politicians live for power; why would they invite a premature death?
It would be a natural conclusion for most that the 'moral', since it includes pious beliefs and undocumented matters of conscience, should be inclusive of 'justice'. Morality is learnt as one grows in his philosophy, faith, or religion. Simple derivatives as not to lie, steal, hurt or cheat are basic to all legal thinking. Morality, may further be escalated to include self-imposed restrictions as not to hurt with thought or word, even pray for someone's well-being. Justice gives you no marks for all this. Justice does not differentiate between a common man and a saint. Besides, justice acquits a crime if there be no proof, whereas the gates of heaven are closed for sinners. Why then, should the dome of moral canopy, bend towards justice? In other words, does 'justice', which is a man-made system to dispense law, supersede the value system, abeyance and 'morality' as defined by an ideology or religion? What matters more for peace on this earth, a legal right or a 'moral victory'?
There are different types of leadership. The problem with charismatic leadership is that it does not survive the charismatic leader. The problem with Azmin is that he is more of a charismatic leader. Zaid Ibrahim has none of the charisma but makes up for it in terms of his ability to lead based on pure leadership and organizational skills.I must say I admire you for your courage in resigning from the cabinet on the issue of the Internal Security Act and your efforts at trying to make amends for the judicial crisis in 1987. Congratulations. It is unfortunate that you did not win the Hulu Selangor by-election. I have read your book, I, too, am Malay and am truly inspired.But I have yet to get a satisfactory answer on a few questions. I had been hoping more people to ask these questions but it seems that you are a darling of the liberal media which would not bother you on these issues. But I really hope to get honest answers on these questions.First, the issue of your stand at the beginning of the judicial crisis in 1987. Was it true that you formed the Muslim Lawyers Association upon Dr Mahathir Mohamad's instruction in order to counter the Bar Council's critical stand?Why did you form the association when we all knew that, at least at that point in your life, you led a very liberal lifestyle? While you claimed you did not endorse the sacking of Lord President Salleh Abas, you accepted Hamid Omar to chair the tribunal to try Salleh and distanced yourself from the Bar Council's boycott of Hamid.You continued with your battles with the Bar Council in 1992 when you proposed Justice Minister Syed Hamid Albar to be made president of the Bar Council.Secondly, the growth of Zaid Ibrahim & Co to become Malaysia's biggest legal firm. As much as I would like to think that Zico was a success on its own, many have pointed out that your firm was rewarded with contracts following your support for Mahathir during the judicial crisis and the Umno split.Is it true you benefitted from Umno through the awards of contracts from UEM and Bakun? I remember you were even investigated for insider trading with Bashir Ismail and Bank Bumiputera chairperson and Renong Berhad executive chairperson, Halim Saad.Thirdly, your love-hate relationship with PKR. My friends in Gerakan informed me that you considered joining Gerakan before actually joining PKR. I congratulate you for having that courage.But shortly after being appointed to the Political Bureau, you then expressed your desire to take a six-month leave. Subsequently you returned to the Political Bureau. Yet you continued blogging against the party leadership.Don't get me wrong, I am all for freedom of speech but also there should be collective responsibility. Why, if you are really unhappy with PKR, accept the nomination for Hulu Selangor and subsequently as Wilayah Perseketuan PKR chief?While you have criticised the party at many junctures, I believe to be fair, the party has given you many responsibilities in spite of being new and critical. It would be good once in a while for you to have something good to say to friends who have been in the party much longer than you have.I hope you can answer these questions so that I can truly be assured of your commitment to change and reform.
THE THIRDFORCE CARTEL THINK TANKS HAVE GONE BONKERS.MASTERWORDSMITH-UNPLUGGED'S PARANOID THREAT PRECEPTION
The thirdforce cartel think tanks have gone bonkers.masterwordsmith-unplugged's paranoid threat preception So← PETE MAYBE YOU HAVE FORGIVEN THEM FOR ALL WHAT THEY DID JUST TO BE PROTECTED Sometimes alliance parties find it convenient to simulate conflict, but this is public posturing to satisfy populist opinion before an election. Raja Petra and Harris Ibrahim are the … Read more
Posted: 30 Sep 2010 12:54 PM PDT
They're all the rage in Riyadh.
Posted: 30 Sep 2010 12:45 PM PDT
Posters and buntings about it are all over town, at almost all lamp posts. It looks more like an election campaign. All carries his picture.
Who? It is Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. The posters and buntings were about the ministry's Hari Raya 'Bersama Rakyat' open house which takes place today from 3pm onwards at the Police Training Centre or Pulapol, Jalan Semarak.
Impressive work but foolish at the same time. I dont think Hisham should subscribe to such a method to 'advertise himself and the ministry'. Even Prime Minister Najib's open house in Pekan the other day did not take such an approach.
I am not sure whose idea was it but it must be from one of his irrelevant advisers. They thought it was the best way to promote this 'anti-bloggers minister'.
However, I would like to attend it. Hope bloggers too...
Posted: 30 Sep 2010 03:19 PM PDT
Recently blogger Shuzheng wrote a letter to Malaysiakini titled 'Malaysian First' requires doing a Ridhuan Tee.
Obviously he is against Lim Kit Siang's Malaysian First, going to the extent of accusing Lim of denying his ancestral roots.
He erroneously assumed the consequence of Lim's proposal would be along his very narrow-minded logic, arguing the DAP leader's espoused ideology of Malaysian First requires (his words) "... foremost, the subjugation of an existing culture, an individual identity, after which to be replaced by an indescribable unknown quantity, a closet of rejects all dissimilar in size, fitting nobody, and must be sliced up for stitching into a one-size-fits-all."
Balderdash, and that's an Anglophilic word, old chap.
To him, Malaysian First is a "… 'beyond race' politics … conducted purely by the Chinese groups, DAP most fervently. It is so far the highest political expression to a cultural phenomenon, a whole 'pendatang' group ejecting its ancestry to take up – converting, actually – for another identity label ...".
He likened Lim Kit Siang's effort as similar to the ethnic-religious identity taken up by Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah but a whole lot less successful.
It's hardly surprising and of course unfortunate that Shuzheng didn't stop at his admittance of Lim's Malaysian First as 'beyond race politics' but went on to make a preposterous assumption, driven by his insecure fears that Malaysian First-ers will have to abandon their Chinese ancestral heritage.
Now, where is the evidence or indication to support such a nonsensical claim?
In fact I now quote Lim Kit Siang's media statement on 05 July 2010 (available on his blog) where he responded to a second challenge by DPM Muhyiddin to state whether he is a Chinese or Malaysian first, as follows:
I had already stated in Parliament that I am a Malaysian first and Chinese second. I am proud of my ethnicity but I have always believed that all Malaysians must rise above their ethnic, cultural, religious and geographic differences to seek a common bond with the Malaysian identity transcending all ethnic, cultural, religious and geographic identities.
That's a political vision statement of the highest merit, akin to the "I have a dream" made by Martin Luther King Jr on 28 August 1963 during an era of seemingly impossible struggle for racial equality, and for an end to ethnic discrimination in the USA.
Lim's openly asserted "…I am proud of my ethnicity …" shows either Shuzheng's lazy scholarship or his malicious fabrication in accusing Lim of emasculating his Chinese identity and denying his ancestral roots.
Apart from the shameful lie about Lim Kit Siang, Shuzheng's Taliban-ish obsession with force-feeding northern Chinese culture down the throats of Chinese Malaysians extends to the extreme, even to sneering at non-Mandarin dialects.
For example, in his blog he insisted that Teoh Beng Hock should be accurately addressed as Zhao Mingfu because Chinese names should only be, or would only be accurate in hanyu pinyin and not in what he described as mangled colonial Chinese Manglish. Maybe someone ought to inform Mr and Mrs Teoh, poor Beng Hock's parents, of their effrontery in naming their son in Hokkien without consulting Shuzheng.
He reiterated his anti-southern dialect frenzy when he bemoaned that the surname Ean Hong in Ean Yong Hian Wah is nothing more than a form of heteronym bastardized by the colonial administration, when the correct pronunciation and spelling should be Ouyang, naturally in his prestige dialect of Mandarin and its written form, hanyu pinyin.
With such a lunatic puritanical cultural ideology I wonder whether Shuzheng employs chopsticks as his only cutlery during meals, while refraining from using non-squat WC?
Obviously Shuzheng would prefer that each ethnic group in Malaysia live in their fenced up socio-ethnic ghettoes, where Chinese Malaysians would dress up like Bruce Lee as seen in his film 'The Big Boss', speak only Mandarin and their names sino-nized and Mandarin-ized (or f* else - no more Teresa, Hannah, Helen, Susan or Lucia) and spelt, only where Romanization is required, in hanyu pinyin, use inked brush to write or its electronic form (inked brush wakakaka) to send emails, and …
… where the only religions permitted would be those indigenous to China, namely Taoism and Confucianism, while the foreign Christianity, Buddhism and Islam as well as southern Chinese cuisine such as Teochew char koay teow, Hokkien bah-kut-teh, Hainan chicken rice and kopi-aw-peng, and Canto sar hor fun would be forbidden, let alone Malaysian food such as nasi lemak and roti canai.
Posted: 30 Sep 2010 07:30 AM PDT
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Posted: 30 Sep 2010 01:29 AM PDT
1) When a religious denomination declares that they accept homosexuality, well good for them.
2) But when a religious denomination declares that they are true, loving, rightly guided Christians and that Christianity accepts homosexuality, they are in effect accusing every other Christian denomination of being false, hateful and wrong on Scripture and doctrine for not accepting homosexuality.
Steve Oh sums up my views nicely in this letter in Malaysiakini, specific excerpts:
His points gel with my arguments in Bible Passages That Oppose Homosexuality – Including the Words of Jesus and God Himself (particularly the parts about procreation and recreation within marriage, under 'THE MAN HIMSELF – JESUS CHRIST' section).
The context of his letter is to do with what I debated with Yuki over a long time ago.
On infection rates thru anal sex, see the statistics at Public Health Hazards That Should be Banned: Smoking vs Homosexuality.
And as for my post title, it's inspired by similar themes in Who Is Hijacking Whose Christianity?.
Posted: 30 Sep 2010 12:45 AM PDT
Let me continue with my why-how series from personal experiences. (I must confess that I am extremely uncomfortable doing this series because I feel I am baring too much of my personal self in public - just like taking a shower in a dormitory for the first time.)
I have done Why-How I Blog and Why-How I Work. The next logical one is Why-How I Think and Why-How I Live. (I am getting into deeper and deeper waters.)
I think because I want to be. (This is a poor parody of Descartes.)
I think because I want to be myself. Truly myself.
I think so that I know that what I think, say and do is based on my own reasoned conviction, and not as a result of some accidental historical background conditioning - and I have to add unconsciousness conditioning as opposed to some mindful self-inflicted self-inflicted conditioning when I want form good habits for myself - of which thinking and thinking right are crucial ones.
I think because I am extremely dismayed by the untoward consequences of unthinking whereby ostensibly sensible nice people can suddenly turn into scary monsters when some hidden spots are pressed and an entirely strange new being springs out - like the genii from Aladdin's lamp when rubbed the right (or wrong) way.
I think so that I can be a more stable person when dealing with myself and my loved ones and friends and strangers I meet and strangers I do not meet.
This is important so that I do not constantly surprise myself by the things I think, do and say, and I do not frightened others by them. The unpredictability can be predictable but it is better to be predictably predictable even if it removes some of the excitement out of life.
After all, I find human beings constantly searching for certainty in an uncertain world - the permanent shelter we want to to keep the elements away from us, the field and animals we keep for a constant supply of food, the priests we constantly keep by our sides in case we should quite suddenly have to depart, the cash we keep in our pockets (for transactions and speculation, according to guru Keynes), the many houses and cars and watches and cameras we have just in case we need to reach out and touch them in order to find ourselves, the friend we keep in our circles just in case we need them to do things for us, the insurance that we want when we know that there is no one human being who can vouchsafe for any one of us about what and when of the things that happen in life (most of the times to others but sometimes to us).
I think so that I can face my responsibilities squarely in the face. I can live a much more certain and boring life - by focusing on doing the same things over and over again in order to perfect my craft, the un-excitement of which requires internal resolve and determination and will and energy.
Alternatively, I can make my life as exciting as possible by running away from my parents, my spouse, my girl/boyfriends, the police, the taxman, the taximan, the bosses, the subordinates, the fellow workmates, the traffic jams, the work load, and myself.
I think so that I do not have to press down others so that I can look good.
I think so that I can realise that the world is big enough for every human being and every animal and every plant and every bacteria and every parasite.
Finally, I think so that I can face life squarely in the face. I think, therefore I welcome death as I welcome life.
I think so that I welcome whatever comes my way.
I think so that I can face facts.
I think so that I can submit to the inevitably of life and non-life.
Posted: 30 Sep 2010 12:38 AM PDT
SiSepet and SiBotol when he spoke at a recent function. The Federal Territory assistant bureau director, Hamim Husin was speaking at a Puteri Umno closed-door briefing in Kuala Lumpur when he allegedly made those racist remarks. Of course, when it was reported the shit hit the fan. And so the cabinet in an example of uncharacteristic speed-of-action ordered a probe. And of course, when a probe is ordered by the government some things tend to go awry.
For example, the Human Resource minister, Subramaniam although announcing that the cabinet was 'disappointed' with the remarks attributed to the Hamim fler, hastened to add that "We need not to look at it from a racial point of view.......If it happens to any particular race, the situation would also be the same." (remember now, Subramaniam is a Malaysian cabinet minister and that, of course means he is often out of touch with real-life)
Of course, with every probe ordered there must be a disclaimer. This one is no different. The minister was quick to remind anyone who bothered to listen that Hamim had attended the function as a guest speaker and the views and comments expressed were made in his personal capacity, and not the official views and comments of the bureau and were not with any motive to insult."
See? With just one political-speak styled statement....KAO DIM.
Malaysia Apapun Boleh!!!
Oh yes there is one more laughable statement by the YB Minister of Human Resources. He made sure to tell everybody that reports of the incident only came about because reporters had "slipped" into the closed-door event without permission. Huh? Like errrrr....we're not talking about the same thing here, YB. (full story in The Sun today)
The other funny worth a laugh today is Ng Yen Yen, minister of tourism, who DENIED that the roof of the Malaysian pavilion in the Shanghai World Expo leaked. How does she know that for a fact? She has yet to receive a REPORT on the matter!!! Then she accused all her accusers by saying, " Why don't you visit the pavilion and see for yourself. How would you know if you haven't seen?" How? We learn from you ma, Why Bee. We received a report that it leaked so it's true lor. No meh? Oh ya. The LCD screens also not working hor. But Yen Yen (what a cutesy name) not to be outdone came back with this gem. When she was shown a photo of a bucket used to collected the leakage she retorted, "I think it (leakage) happens when there is heavy rain, water will be coming in." Wah! You don't say. I didn't know that wor. Really meh? Thank you ah. (full story in The Sun today)
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 03:07 PM PDT
From Robert Phang, via e-mail
The public, politicians and especially the media, should refrain from sensationalism and speculations in the murder of Sosilawati and three others.
Enough has been said and the priority should now be to give the police the time and peace of mind to conduct thorough investigations to bring to book the culprits responsible for the slayings.
Let the police complete their investigations fairly and professionally so that the case can be successfully prosecuted.
Sensationalism and speculations will not bring back the dead but justice must be allowed to take its course devoid of influence.Let the police gather all the evidence they need to ensure a credible prosecution of the case.
Attorney-General Sri Abdul Gani Patail is right when he expressed concern over the murder probe blown out of proportion.It is only common sense that statements made by several parties on the case would jeopardise investigations.
The media should especially report only on the facts and refrain from accommodating speculations. Like Gani, I also think everyone should follow IGP Ismail Omar's advice to cool down and down and leave the police do their work.
Last Sunday, Ismail advised the media to stop reporting speculations but to wait for police confirmation on any evidence.
Robert Phang is the chairman of Social Care Foundation and a Panel Advisory Commissioner to MACC.
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 03:06 PM PDT
From Richard Kok, via e-mail
We were forced, so to say, parade at the Rest House to welcome a minister. I thought my future in Malaysia will be much better than the British.
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 03:01 PM PDT
From Patrick Chen, via-email
MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek, when asked about sacked DJ Jamaluddin Ibrahim, said: "He should know the response of the people to his actions".
Chua, who are these people you are referring to? Definitely not the majority of the rakyat.
For goodness sake, read the comments in the alternate news, and see how you and your MCA have been torn to shreds with your action against Jamaluddin.
And what has his ability to speak Chinese got to do with the issue? Grow up man, you are supposed to be leader of MCA.
Chua: Punish those who play the race card
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 03:00 PM PDT
From Siew Wah, via-email
The report 'Nurul's bid has support from all voting blocks' spells optimism and hope for Malaysia.
Pray for Nurul Izzah to be elected and save Malaysia from corruption, cronyism and improve the tarnished image of Malaysia.
From SD Jaya Balan, via e-mail
This is a very good article. We are very proud of Nurul. She is truly a Malaysian. We are waiting for the day Nurul to be come the Prime Minister of our beloved Malaysia. May the almighty god bless Nurul and her family.
Nurul's bid has support from all voting blocks
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 09:54 PM PDT
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 10:38 PM PDT
To dog lovers "PUP" would immediately draw their attention to the little cute and adorable younger dogs. In this context we use the word PUP not to describe Zaini Hassan as out of his league as he wrote in Utusan where he made a " subtle call to Abdul Taib Mahmud today to step down in order to save Sarawak BN, telling him to heed the lesson the Terengganu BN learnt in 1999."
When we mention "P.U.P" we are saying to which category of political masters you belong to. Seriously,for argumentative sake only 3 earthly masters can remove Taib Mahmud and they are categorised into PBB,UMNO and PEOPLE.(you too should know who the other person is….)
PBB (Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu) where Taib is the President he has received unanimously the full support and pledges from his party and that goes without saying Zaini Hassan"CM and BN Sarawak Chairman Taib had just announced he would be leading BN in the next state elections."
PBB has through thick and thin steadfastly stayed together with Barisan National and there are no questions of its loyalty says an Emeritus Professor to audie61. SUPP,SNAP and the defunct PBDS has one time or another been out of BN. Today we have SUPP,PRS,SPDP which makes up BN4 and Zaini should know PBB will stick with one of its own and will not even think of abandoning Taib just before the state Elections. He is in his 29th Year and can BN buy experience Zaini Hassan he asked..??
Secondly,Zaini are you representating someone from UMNO or are you so afraid that BN will lose its fixed deposit to Peninsular Parties in PKR,DAP and PAS. Are you the mouthpiece of UMNO or has someone asked you to spin an EXOCET MISSILE article to remind Taib that if Terenggganu can fall so can Sarawak. You should be driving fear into the opposition parties instead you choose to use this an advantage to show to your political masters that your writing can affect the mindset of the warlords in UMNO. Or you are capitalising on the situation to prove your worth.??
My friend zaini there is a traditional saying,"When chopsticks are binded together no outside force will be able to easily break them." Is the fear of Sarawak CM Taib going down the same road like Terengganu? You wrote,"The fears became a reality when PAS toppled Wan Mokhtar's government and took over Terengganu.
Obviously,there has been one too many many calls for Taib to leave and it was heard clearly especially after the Sibu Parliamentarty by elections.
A close aide and a PBB Political secretary said to audie61,"we have learnt our lesson very well from Sibu and we will leave no stones unturned as we go into this upcoming war. People are free to make their own opinions but we in PBB have not wavered and will continue to be behind our Commander In Chief. If CM Taib is able and willing we will fight and we will win the mandate of the people. Its a collectively decision tell the Utusan editor..
We have covered the two initials P.U. and the third P Zaini is People. The people will know how to choose their leaders and of course there are dissatisfation amongst the people on some of the YBs in the 71 State Assembly. Taib as assemblyman for Balingian N51 is only one of the 71 other peoples representative.
The people of Sarawak will have the right to choose,to elect their own leader in their constituency and God willing will be brave enough to choose the right leaders for their own constituency. Only the people will have the right to remove the leader and Taib like everyone else is subject to the constituents of N51 Balingian if he so chooses to remain in that seat.
The Opposition parties are already so happy that Taib is leading the charge and now the Utusan article is saying Taib should stay out of it and listen to the ground. Its very clear that some Hidden Hands are pushing for Taib to stay out of this elections as there are FEARS that he will be the downfall of BN Sarawak.
Should BN Sarawak be scared?
N1 to N71 if the present YBs have looked and serviced their constituencies there should not be any fears? If the YBs have not gone on the ground or hardly seen they should be worried. There are ground reports from the various agencies/sources and the candidates put up will not be chosen from like plucking fruits from the trees. The political parties will recommend and the candidates will be scrutinised from all angles. BN and PR will not choose unwinnable candidates thats for sure.
Zaini asked" Will the same happen in Sarawak?" We are saying to Zaini," Sarawakians Knows Bests" and many will agree with us as Taib is only one person in a hopeful basket of 71 others.
Even the Annointed CM in Waiting would be pleased to be delivered a handsome mandate from the people.THATS THE BIGGER PICTURE.
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 09:42 PM PDT
RM43b is needed for the proposed MRT
To achieve the above, the government would need investments for the following:
The PM and other VIPs admiring the ambitious, sprawling model of Greater KL.
Who will end up paying for the billions of debt racked up by our government? Will the taxpayers and the good people of Malaysia be called upon to make sacrifices again? Will we have to dig deeper into our pockets to pay higher taxes, higher prices? Will we be asked to tighten our belts? Will we have to make do with less for ourselves and our children?
There must be more transparency in how the government is spending taxpayers money, what plans it has to drive the ETP, and what debts it is incurring in our name. We have a right to know.
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 09:27 PM PDT
Wikipedia founder says Malaysia should ditch censorship
Tue, 28 Sep 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, AFP: A co-founder of online encyclopedia Wikipedia said on a visit to Malaysia today that the country should ditch censorship which is a damper on economic growth.
Jimmy Wales said censorship was counter-productive for Malaysia, which ranked 131 out of 175 nations on the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index because of its tight controls on print and broadcast media.
"This is a country that has a fairly mixed record... there is still some censorship in this country and I think we are beginning to see that it is no longer an effective strategy, certainly not an effective strategy when we think about economic growth," he said.
"When you think about making sure that the people have the information they need, make good decisions in their lives, it's absolutely important that we have a very open flow of information," he told a financial conference.
"I want to write that information (on sites like user-generated Wikipedia) so that my fellow citizens have the knowledge they need so they can't be oppressed."
Prime Minister Najib Razak, who took office in the mainly Muslim country in April last year, promised to promote openness and transparency but has since faced accusations that his administration is trying to silence critics.
Yesterday, British tycoon Richard Branson told a different conference in Kuala Lumpur that the ongoing sodomy trial against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was discouraging investors from coming to Malaysia.
Anwar, a former deputy premier who was sacked and jailed on separate sex and corruption counts a decade ago, has said that the new allegations -- of illicit relations with a young male aide -- have been concocted to end his career.
Major newspapers and broadcasters are closely linked with the ruling coalition, so the Internet has become a lively forum for dissent and debate in Malaysia.
Unlike the mainstream press, the web and online media have remained relatively free, despite occasional raids, bans and government criticism.
Last Friday, police detained political cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque -- better known as Zunar -- over his new comic book, which has a caricature of Najib's wife on the front cover and contains cartoons on numerous controversial issues such as Anwar's sodomy trial and police shootings.
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 09:24 PM PDT
A recent report by The Economist has singled out intrigues within Umno and the ruling party's determination to stay in power at all costs as the biggest threats to political stability in Malaysia.
The Economist Intelligence Unit country report also suggested that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) would make gains, but was "unlikely to garner enough parliamentary seats to form a majority government."
Malaysia's stability over the last five decades has depended on three "steadying factors : Barisan Nasional's (BN) firm hold on power, Umno's tight control of BN and Malay majority support for Umno," said the magazine's Intelligence Report on Malaysia for October.
It noted, however, that all three were no longer a given, as shown by BN's poor showing in Election 2008 and the historic sweep by PR parties of five states and 82 parliamentary seats.
"The March 2008 general election showed that all three influences have weakened. As a result, these forces may prove unable to hold the country's political framework together in 2010-14," the report said.
"Political intrigues within Umno, coupled with its determination to stay in power at all costs, therefore constitute the biggest threats to political stability in Malaysia."
Factions within Umno have been embroiled in a struggle to determine the party's direction in recent months, following attempts by party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak to implement market-friendly reforms.
Najib, who is also the prime minister, has faced considerable opposition from conservative elements within his own party to reforms that are seen to threaten Malay special rights.
He also faces an uphill struggle to sell his New Economic Model (NEM) to the Malay community at large — whose response has been tepid — and has come under attack from increasingly influential Malay pressure groups like Perkasa.
On top of that, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad continues to snipe from the sidelines.
The Economist Intelligent Unit report also predicted that BN would lose more seats in the next general election as Umno could no longer count on the support of "better educated, liberal middle-class Malays", who favoured the opposition.
"The most likely election outcome would seem to be a further loss of seats for the BN, as younger moderate Malay voters — disenchanted by political scandals and Umno's strong promotion of Islamic values — decline to give it their support, and Indian and Chinese voters remain reluctant to return," it said.
Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider
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