Monday, September 27, 2010

Kes Liwat 2 Anwar Sedang Merosakkan Ekonomi Negara

Kes Liwat 2 Anwar Sedang Merosakkan Ekonomi Negara


Kes Liwat 2 Anwar Sedang Merosakkan Ekonomi Negara

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 12:52 PM PDT

RIchard Branson, seorang jutawan dan tokoh korporat antarabangsa, menyatakan antara sebab utama pelabur tidak masuk ke Malaysia sekarang adalah kerana perbicaraan Anwar Ibrahim dalam kes Liwat 2.

Selepas pemberitahuan dari tokoh korporat yang terkenal dan antara terkaya di dunia ini, ayuh kita tunggu tindakan UMNO.

Samada UMNO benar-benar sayang dan menyayangi Malaysia ataupun hanya kepentingan politik sempit mereka semata-mata.

Apa yang saya nampak, sekiranya Anwar didapati bersalah oleh Mahkamah Kangaroo Malaysia, keadaan pelaburan di Malaysia akan bertambah parah dan akan berterusan parah.

Yang akan menderita adalah rakyat Malaysia kerana pemimpin2 dan kroni UMNO akan terus merompak kekayaan negara untuk kepentingan peribadi mereka.

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Branson: Perbicaraan liwat Anwar jejas pelaburan
Sep 27, 10 3:51pm

Kongsi 0Usahawan jutawan Britain Sir Richard Branson berkata perbicaran liwat membabitkan ketua pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yang sedang berlangsung memberi kesan ke atas Malaysia dan mematahkan semangat pelabur untuk menanam modal di negara ini.


"Malaysia mempunyai reputasi yang baik di luar negara. Tetapi apa yang berlaku ke atas Anwar Ibrahim membawa kesan buruk ke atas Malaysia," katanya pada majlis khas forum Invest Asia 2010, anjuran International Herald Tribune di Kuala Lumpur, hari ini.

"Saya fikir ia bukan isu utama tetapi yang pasti ia bagaikan duri dalam daging. Saya berpendapat ini telah berlarutan agak lama. Ini tidak baik di luar negara," katanya .

Bercakap kepada kira-kira 800 pemimpin perniagaan di Kuala Lumpur, Branson berkata, imej negara masih lagi penting kerana ia membolehkan kerajaan untuk menarik para pelabur dan pada masa yang sama, melaksanakan dasar yang lebih baik untuk melengkapinya.

Bekas timbalan perdana menteri itu yang dipecat dan dipenjarakan atas dua tuduhan berasingan membabitkan tuduhan liwat dan rasuah lebih sedekad lalu berkata tuduhan terbaru juga membabitkan liwat dengan pembantunya bertujuan 'membunuh' kerjaya politiknya.


Human Rights Watch menggesa Malaysia menggugurkan tuduhan berkenaan manakala kerajaan Amerika Syarikat pula memberi amaran bahawa ia sedang memerhatikan saga itu dengan dekat.

"Jika Malaysia lebih liberal, lebih ramai orang akan melabur. Jika anda pemimpin yang berani, anda sepatutnya menghapuskan perkara seumpama itu yang merosakkan reputasi negara," kata Branson.

Usahawan Britain itu diminta mengulas sama ada dasar ekonomi dan pelaburan Malaysia pada masa ini akan terus mampan untuk pertumbuhan masa depan jika iklim politik boleh menjejaskan pelaburan.

Beliau juga berkata, iklim politik semasa tidak menjejaskan Malaysia dengan ketara tetapi kerajaan perlu mengambil langkah-langkah berani untuk menangani isu itu.


"Pada umumnya, saya rasa banyak yang boleh kami di barat ini belajar dari Malaysia dan kami sememangnya mahu belajar dari anda," kata Branson yang dilaporkan mempunyai nilai kekayaan bernilai AS$4 bilion.

Pengasas Virgin Group itu mengembangkan perniagaannya kepada dunia muzik, pengembaraan udara, mudah alih, perhotelan, aeroangkasa dan lain-lain dengan sekitar 200 syarikat di lebih 30 negara.

Usahawan berjaya itu meraikan ulangtahunnya yang ke-60 baru-baru ini, turut memaklumkan pentingnya melakukan kerja-kerja kemanusiaan di kalangan usahawan memandangkan mereka mempunyai sumber kewangan dan kemahiran keusahawanan yang cukup untuk membantu mereka yang memerlukan.


"Dengan kekayaan yang berlebihan, ia seiring dengan tanggungjawab. Saya rasa pemimpin perniagaan mempunyai keupayaan dan pengalaman yang ahli politik tiada," katanya.

Sesi khas itu diperantarakan oleh bekas wartawan CNN, Lorraine Hahn.

Forum dua hari yang bertemakan "Dawn of the New Decade" bermula hari ini.

Ia akan menyaksikan perbincangan dari 19 pakar terkemuka antarabangsa, berkongsi pendapat mengenai pilihan pelaburan di Asia dan cara untuk mengukuhkan portfolio pelaburan.


Suspicion of 'saboteurs' in PKR polls

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 12:16 AM PDT

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution has admitted to some cases of "indiscipline" (tak tertib) in the ongoing polls nomination process, following disrupted proceedings in some divisions over the weekend. However, he noted that the majority of divisional annual general meetings and elections have gone on smoothly. He said the results from 159 of the 166 divisions that have held their AGMs since Sept 17 are considered kosher despite facing practical issues, such as insufficient ballot papers. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Xavier: I didn't punch or kick anyone

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 09:18 AM PDT

Met at a book launch in Petaling Jaya earlier, Xavier denied having resorted to violence to solve the fracas during the party's division level election yesterday. "I didn't punch or kick anyone... But what do you when someone barges tries to throw and tear the ballots," he asked. As the division's incumbent chief Xavier said he was compelled to "protect and safeguard" the ballot boxes from any harm. "Tension and frustration were running high and it did get rough but we managed to settle it within minutes," he said. Xavier, contented with the unofficial results citing that he won, said that the members were happy with his performance despite the rumours and accusations that have been going around. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com Camera: Mohd Kamal Ishak Editing: Shufiyan Shukur
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Anwar Sodomy Trial is Fundamentally Wrong

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 09:04 AM PDT


Channel News Asia

Malaysia is wooing British tycoon Sir Richard Branson to be part of the country's multi-billion-dollar economic transformation programme.


The founder of the Virgin Group is positive about Malaysia's investment outlook. But he said the ongoing sodomy trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is damaging the country's reputation.

Sir Richard Branson has a huge following in Malaysia. To many young entrepreneurs, the 60-year-old tycoon is an inspiration, which was why they paid top dollar to attend his session at a conference on alternative investments in Kuala Lumpur.

The Malaysian government, which recently launched its 10-year economic transformation programme, hopes the Virgin empire Sir Richard Branson founded will also look to invest in the country.
Dr Jalilah Baba, director general of Malaysian Investment Development Authority, said: "We would like to work with him on a few programmes to attract investments here, either his direct investments or in terms of funding or in terms of technology."

Already, Sir Richard Branson is talking about opening up hotels in major cities in Asia under the Virgin brand.
He said: "We are going to try to create Virgin city hotels, very much in the spirit of Virgin. I am sure we will be doing some in this region."

The tycoon also called on the Malaysian government to take bold steps to liberalise its economy, with the government cutting back its role in order to stay competitive in the global market.

Sir Richard Branson is also positive about Malaysia's investment outlook. But he added that the sodomy trial of Anwar is doing the country a disservice.
He said: "I hope the case gets dropped. The case is fundamentally wrong and it does not make Malaysia look good in the world map.''

The authorities have downplayed his remark, saying it is his personal opinion. They added that Malaysia is committed to political and economic liberalisation.

Dr Jalilah Baba said: ''In order to comment (on) whether you should drop it (the Anwar case) or not, you should know all the facts of the matter, you should study all the facts of the matter.''


The Manifesto of Team Progresif – for the PKR Bukit Gelugor Division Election 2010

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 08:20 AM PDT

 

 

 
 


The Line-up of Team Progresif – for the PKR Bukit Gelugor Division Election 2010

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 08:16 AM PDT

 

 

 
    


Najib must takeover Home Ministry!

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 07:08 AM PDT

What Cabinet reshuffle? People are talking about it already, that Prime Minister Najib Razak will 'streamline' his Cabinet after Hari Raya. A minor one... and the guessing game makes me quite excited as well.

Some say Pemuda Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin will be given a seat in the minor shakeup. I know many people are against him for 'being the son-in-law' of former premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (ha ha ha...) but its the prerogative rights of the Prime Minister to include KJ if he wants. After all, KJ is said to has done a good job in rallying Pemuda members behind him.

Rumormongers also help Najib, in a way or another, by hitting out at Minister at the PM's Department Nor Mohamed Yakcop, hoping for him to face the axe.

Who else? Nazri Aziz? Hmmm.... that's unlikely. No matter how much controversy he creates, he is a survivor.

However, I dont care. My main focus is the Home Ministry. It is high time for the portfolio to go back to the Prime Minister. That's the tradition we had since Independence.

Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the last premier to hold that important portfolio. When Pak Lah took over, he 'gave it away' and took over the Finance Minister position instead.

Dr Mahathir was forced to hold the Finance portfolio after the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim. I guess at that particular time, nobody else was fit to replace Anwar. However, Pak Lah failed to recognise the importance of such a portfolio to be put under him.

And Najib follow suit. He was more keen to become a Finance Minister at the same time when there is/are candidates suitable for that post. He too fails to identify the significant of holding the Home Minister portfolio while expediting his duty as a Prime Minister.

I dont want to say anything about Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. While many say he is not a performer and doesnt fit well into that position, some quarters say he is doing okay. So, better leave it to Najib's discretion.

Whatever it is, Najib should take care of the Home Ministry!


Pilihan Raya Kecil ke-12, N45 Galas, Kelantan

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 06:13 AM PDT


Pilihan Raya Kecil ke-12, N45 Galas, Kelantan...




Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Galas Che Hashim Sulaima yang menghidap kanser usus meninggal dunia di Hospital Pakar Al Islam Kampung Baru di sini petang ini.Allahyarham Che Hashim, 48, menghembuskan nafas terakhir kira-kira 4.25 petang, kata Naib Yang Dipertua PAS Gua Musang Hussin Embong kepada The Malaysian Insider.

Ia akan membuka ruang kepada pilihan raya kecil yang ke-12 dan kedua di Kelantan sejak pilihan raya umum 2008.

Takziah diucapakan daripada GoMalaysia.

http://undi.info/state/ke/2008/states.html

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Tony may get sued by Proton if he persists using Lotus name

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 04:44 AM PDT

Brash Tony Fernandez may have convinced the Malaysian Government that all his endeavours should be supported as if they were national efforts but if he thinks he can use the Lotus branding without the appproval of brand owner Proton he has another thing coming.

Promoting a low cost airline that screams CHEAP is a very different kettle of fish from building an elite brand that is cultivated to appeal to the select few.

Running a Formula One Team on a shoestring budget is the quickest way to destroy a brand that is synonymous with motor racing, top flight motor racing.

This is why even during the leanest years Ferrari had the biggest budget in F1. When Mercedes-Benz returned to F1 they immediately began spending money like a small island state.

This yearn like in the past few years Ferrrari and Mercedes are spending around US$500 million to stay on the top half of the grid, to ensure their brand is associated with winning or at least doing well.

Tony plans to spend around RM300 millioon over three years on his F1 team so he is working on a shoestring budget.

His team has been doing rather well for a rookie outfit but it is firmly anchored to the bottom half and that is not where a company like Lotus, with its glorious racing history wants to be.

Just finishing a race may be good enough publicity for cut-fare airline Air Asia but it does no favours to a brand like Lotus.

As the Hethel sports car maker is embarking on a multi-billion dollar revival plan, the last thing it needs are sniggers on F1 race weekends.

Tony recently bought a company called Team Lotus Ventures from David Hunt, former racer and brother to former F1 champ, the late James Hunt and based on this transaction, the low-cost airline chief insists that he now owns the right to the Team Lotus name.

Hunt has been insisting that he owns the Team Lotus name based on the purchase of equipment from the former Lotus F1 team but that is like you get the rights to the Rolls Royce brand because you bought the factory.

Volkswagen learnt that lesson the hard way when they bought the Rolls Royce Motor Car Co Ltd only to learn that the Rolls Royce trademark for both cars and aero engines belonged to the Vickers Group which had a friendly relationship with BMW Aero Engines. Guess who got the Rolls Royce brand in the end?

BTW the Rolls Royce Motor Car Co did own the Bentley name and all associated trade marks ans that is why underneath every Bentley is a Volkswagen-Audi Group chassis and engine.

David's claim to the Team Lotus name is unclear at best ad certainly ripe for legal challenge. Unless there is specific and clear assignment of the name Team Lotus for use in F1 and other fields of motor sports, most minds would assume that the Lotus name with regards to motor cars and all related fields, including motor racing would remain vested with the Lotus group, either within Lotus Engineering or Lotus Cars.

Next week Lotus is planning to show as many as five concept cars at the Paris Motor Show, their first move to raise the brand to equal footing with Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin so they are rightly very aware of the importance of associations with successful racing ventures. Tony's team is doing well for a backmarker but that is probably the imagery that Lotus wants the brand to be linked with.

Anyway below is Proton's terse clarification of the situation.

PROTON'S CLARIFICATION ON THE PURCHASE OF "LOTUS" BRAND BY TONY FERNANDES

Kuala Lumpur, 27 September 2010 – There is and always has been only one Lotus, the Lotus started by Colin Chapman. From the beginning Lotus made road cars and raced racing cars.  Until 1994, Group Lotus, the road car manufacturer and Team Lotus, which operated the Formula 1 team, were in common ownership with common directors. In 1994, Team Lotus failed and Lotus has not raced since. Since 1994, David Hunt has claimed to have acquired assets of Team Lotus, including its name, from the liquidator. He has never raced as Lotus. Mr. Hunt's attempt to acquire the name Team Lotus was ineffective. Group Lotus is the owner of all rights in the "Lotus" automotive brand including those relating to Formula 1. 

Last year, Tony Fernandes and 1 Malaysia Racing Team recognised this by taking a licence from Group Lotus to use the "Lotus" brand for the "Lotus Racing" team in the current Formula 1 season.  With PROTON's agreement, Group Lotus has now terminated its licence to 1 Malaysia Racing Team to use the "Lotus Racing" brand in the 2011 and future Formula 1 seasons as a result of the flagrant and persistent breaches of the licence by 1 Malaysia Racing Team, which were damaging to the "Lotus" brand.

 

Following that termination, neither 1 Malaysia Racing Team, nor any other company associated with Mr. Fernandes such as Tune Group Sdn Bhd or Team Lotus Ventures Limited, has the authority of Group Lotus to use any "Lotus" brand in the 2011 Formula 1 season.  This includes the use of the brand "Team Lotus". 

 

Group Lotus understands that Mr. Fernandes intends to rebrand the current "Lotus Racing" Formula 1 team to "Team Lotus" for the 2011 Formula 1 season. Mr. Fernandes indicates that Tune Group has acquired the rights to the name "Team Lotus" from a business formerly owned by David Hunt called Team Lotus Ventures Limited. Group Lotus believes these rights to have no proper legal foundation, a fact of which Mr. Fernandes was well aware when his company purchased them. 

 

PROTON will support Group Lotus in taking all necessary steps to protect its rights in the "Lotus" name, including resisting any attempts by Mr. Fernandes or his companies, or any other unauthorised person, to use the "Lotus" name in the 2011 Formula 1 season.

 

Dato' Sri Mohd. Nadzmi Mohd. Salleh, Chairman of PROTON Holdings Berhad and Group Lotus commented, "We believe the Lotus brand to be one of the most valuable brands in Formula 1 today. We are the owners of this brand, and will take all necessary steps to protect it. Tony Fernandes has no rights to use the Lotus brand in the 2011 Formula 1 season, and we will strongly resist any attempts by him to use our brand without our permission and will withdraw our sponsorship of the Lotus Racing team."

 

"To put it simply, Group Lotus is everything Lotus. The fact that 1 Malaysia Racing Team entered into an agreement with Group Lotus to use the brand means that both Mr. Fernandes and 1 Malaysia Racing Team recognises and acknowledges Group Lotus' rights," he added.


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Bananas 2 - The man who hates bananas

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 02:33 PM PDT

Continuing from my previous post Bananas where I wrote:

The sins of a non-Chinese educated Chinese must be exposed and punished, not unlike what someone (who knows, maybe a kinfolk of the Jiang Qing-ish headmistress) has been doing to Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Hannah Yeo and most of all, Josh Hong wakakaka.

Bananas must have their 'yellow' skins peeled back to expose their 'white' and thus non-Chinese core ........

I narrated how I became a banana when I could have well turned out to be either an amazing Teochew (Chaozhou) opera star, or alternatively I could have become a world renowned Chinese scholar famous for his love poems wakakaka.

And I did also threaten to reveal how a banana-hater woo-ed and stole my banana sweetheart from me. But before I come to that sly sneaky (but sweet to her) dog, maybe I need to share with you my thoughts on what is a banana because there exist several views on this quite common species of Chinese Malaysians.

Yellow on the outside means we're Chinese but white on the inside, implies western (English) education, western values and even western habits. From here, further descriptions begin to vary, where those which blogger Shuzheng has adopted reach outrageous dimensions, alleging that bananas are all too ready to or even have disowned their Chinese heritage.

In a letter to Malaysiakini, Shuzheng accused Lim Kit Siang of wanting to "emasculate the Chinese identity and then subvert it by the replacement, 'Malaysian'" as in DAP's Malaysian First concept. He then condemned Lim as someone who has jiancao chugen.

The Chinese proverb literally translates into 'cut the grass by severing its roots', asserting if one does so, the grass will sprout no more; it means destroying something totally and thoroughly by eliminating any of its potential for comeback.

Shuzheng used the proverb to lambast Lim for turning against his ancestral past.

Does Shuzheng make sense here, or has he allowed his invincible bias against DAP leaders who are Chinese, western educated and Christians, especially those of the sweet gender who have the brazen shame to marry a non-Chinese, and worst of all, if she is at the same time a sweet smart cutie wakakaka, to indulge in such histrionics?

Did he also refer to a Chinese idiom hao hua cha cai niufen shang (= sticking a good/gorgeous bloom on a pile of bovine poo, which means wasted beauty) when he excoriated DAP sweetheart Hannah Yeoh? Wakakaka again - he's just jealous of Hannah's husband.

Let's see where my personal experience as a banana has taken me.

One morning, a few years after I left for good the private Chinese school because of the Jiang Qin-ish headmistress, I met sweet Dimpled Cheeks in Paya Terubong – she was then thirteen, 2 years younger than me. More gorgeous than ever, she was unfortunately accompanied by her parents, obviously a Sunday family outing to the Ayer Itam village market.

I thought her dimpled cheeks grew more rosy, probably flushing on seeing me, the dungu for whom she wrote those sweet innocent words, mind you, just to improve my Mandarin ;-) I suppose she must have regretted her sweet innocent impetuosity.

At that particular moment three short lines from Li Bai's Changgan Song sprang to my mind:

At fifteen, my face lit up
in your company, I was willing
to have my ashes mixed with yours



Li Bai was China's greatest poet and a Godzilla boozer. For years, under the influence of one of my uncles, I tried to imitate Li Bai's lifestyle (the boozing part) until I found out he drowned in a vat of wine. Mind you, it was not a bad way to go wakakaka.

Of course I couldn't read much Chinese save a few words, like those three which Dimpled Cheeks wrote for me ;-), but I could learn/absorb Chinese tradition, culture, myths and folklore and history from my elders. Being banana was never a socio-cultural disadvantage though of course we can always do better.

An uncle was good enough to buy me the English versions of the 300 Poems of Tang Dynasty and various other classics, including the Big Four – Romance of the 3 Kingdoms, Water Margin, Journey to the West and Dreams of the Red Chamber. But damn, Unc refused to let me have a copy of the Plum in the Golden Vase because I was then not yet an adult :(


Dream of the Red Chamber

Though I struggle somewhat with Mandarin, I speak other forms of Chinese, Hokkien and Teochew, and some naughty-saucy Canto words, and gasp occasionally Mandarin too - so, how to 'emasculate' the Chinese identity?

I observe Chinese festivals, and at mum's insistence (just to please her when she was alive) religious or traditional rites.

For example, I celebrate mid Autumn festival, CNY, Chap Goh Meh, and all the festivals that Penangites love, and even (for moi, an atheist) religious ones like 7th Moon (Ghost) festival and its saucy Koe Tai (Ge Dai) wakakaka, the very stern Kew Ong Eah birthday rites and the trek up cheng ji chan (1,200 steps) to the 9-Emperor Gods' temple on the hill, various Tua Peh Kong birthday celebrations in Penang and the inevitable Teochew operas.

When I was in Malaya, I observed (together with my mum while she was alive) Cheng Beng, visiting and cleaning my grandparents' and father's grave. In Penang, one cannot but help know when Cheng Beng arrives because the Angsana blooms would be scattered all along Scotland Road and Western Road. The Angsana trees (Pterocarpus indicus) are known as pokok sena in Malay.




Penangites called the magnificent golden blooms Cheng Beng hua or flowers of Cheng Beng. The name also carries an ominous significance as the blooms on the roads during or after rain had proven to be perilously slippery to motorcyclists, like kaytee in his younger days.

I have no doubt Lim Kit Siang and his son and families (notwithstanding their Christian faith) observe and celebrate at least the non-religious Chinese customs, culture and traditions as well. So how dare Shuzheng make such outrageous MCA-Gerakan-ish claims that Lim Kit Siang has deliberately destroyed his Chinese roots and heritage?

Mind you, I can tell you why he did so. Shuzheng has been fond of putting words (of his slanted choosing and perception) into the mouths of his various Nemesis's. He also does this by grasping on flimsy straws and extrapolating them along the gutter-route of his prejudice. That is his weakness, borne by his illiberality, twisted animosity and lazy scholarship.

He hates Lim and son so much that he has even turned his take on Teoh Beng Hock's so-called 'final note', a document of questionable provenance, into a blame game, of course with Lim Kit Siang as a target – that's his sickness but in doing so, he may have, either unwittingly or deliberately, given the MACC comfort.

I was prepared to accept his bilious eccentricities in attacking Christian Chinese DAP leaders as just a bias, but in exploiting the tragedy of a young man for his own base motives, Shuzheng has crossed the last line of decency. His talent in penmanship has degenerated into vindictive malicious pomposity.

Yes, I know a few Chinese educated may sneer at or look down on bananas, but none has ever shown the degree of hatred and the guttersnipe tactics as Shuzheng has done to Lim KS, GE, Hannah Yeoh and other Christian Chinese DAP leaders, and Josh Hong.

Just wondering, had Josh Hong spurned him?

F* Shuzheng, let's return to someone pleasant, like my memories of sweet Dimpled Cheeks. I thought of her at the market, then a sweet 13. If I could turn the clock back to then, I would dedicate 3 of Du Mu's lines on Parting to her:

Slender, supple, she's just thirteen,
The tip of a cardamom bud
In early spring

In my next posting I'll talk of my banana love, and how Lee Lam Thye (yes, the former DAP pollie whom many of you hate) 'introduced' us, not that Tan Sri Lee even knows about that wakakaka.


Zaid: I say what I think

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 04:18 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE Outspoken politician Zaid Ibrahim takes a straight view of his forthright comments on PKR - that these are necessary to do away with the "unnecessary". " People say I whine, but I'm not whining, I'm just saying what I think. Just call a spade a spade... (party de facto leader) Anwar (Ibrahim) and the other leaders should not beat about the bush," he said. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Why Anwar will not enter the fray in PKR polls

Posted: 26 Sep 2010 11:12 AM PDT

By Joe Fernandez

COMMENT PKR ketua umum (de facto leader) Anwar Ibrahim has received any number of nominations for the presidency of the party, currently held by his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The nominations for Anwar are nowhere near that received by Wan Aziz, but nothing should be read in these numbers. If Anwar had indicated at any time even the slightest interest in the post, his wife would have been the first to announce that she would not be offering herself again.

In the absence of any interest on Anwar's part, the party divisions took the cue that the status quo should continue. Or it could be that they really think that Anwar should stay out for any number of reasons. Either way, it probably doesn't matter as far as Anwar is concerned.

It's not immediately known whether the divisions which nominated Anwar for the presidency are genuinely in favour of him, or just testing the waters or "want to smoke him out".

Again, none of these speculations are likely to figure in Anwar's mind as he keeps reiterating his position on the party's presidency.

The theory that an Anwar candidacy for the presidency would invite a challenge from someone like Zaid Ibrahim doesn't quite merit any comment at all but, anyway, here goes.

The latter, a newcomer in PKR, is a one-man show which is still finding its way. Besides, it was Anwar who invited Zaid to join PKR after he left Umno in an apparent huff over alleged law reforms.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department VK Liew, who continues from where Zaid left off, doesn't seem to be having the newspaper headline-hogging "problems" that Zaid had with the job.

Compelling reason

It would not be the done thing for Zaid to accept the invite to join PKR, only to end up challenging Anwar for the presidency of the party. Zaid would have been seen, at least in Malay eyes, as a man in too much of a hurry and over-ambitious, more for himself rather than the agenda for change and reform.

The most compelling reason why Anwar shouldn't go for the presidency is the little matter of the Sodomy II charges hanging over his head. It would place the party in an extremely tight spot should he be elected president and subsequently be carted off to jail. However, although Sodomy II can be factored in as one possible reason, it's not that one reason that has determined that all other reasons pale in significance.

Those who whine and moan that the post of ketua umum isn't mentioned in the PKR constitution are missing the point. They are not seeing the forest for the trees.

There are much more important factors to reckon with than holding a potentially divisive party post. One needs to look at both sides of the political divide. The job description is written as one goes along without the additional burden of a brand name post. Paracetamol as a pain-reliever (analgesic) and fever-reducer (antipyretic) is no less effective whether it's called by its generic name or goes by a label like Panadol.

Anwar's nemesis, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has carved out a continued role for himself in the politics of the country. He has done this by stealth and cunning trying to emulate the late Deng Ziao Peng of China. Deng, despite having no official post after stepping down as the chairman of the powerful Military Commission, ruled China until his last breath.

Mahathir is of course no Deng who, unlike the former, never engaged in rhetoric after he "retired" and avoided the polemics and newspaper headlines. Deng was not roundly cursed and condemned either and was hardly seen in public. He knew what buttons to push to get the four most powerful men in China – the chairman of the military commission, the president, the prime minister, and the secretary-general of the Communist Party – keeping him in the know about important matters and seeking his guidance and blessing.

Between the Deng and Mahathir approaches, Anwar is seen as the glue that holds PKR, the DAP and PAS together in the Pakatan Rakyat. This is in the words of Wan Azizah herself on her last visit to Kota Kinabalu for a Chinese New Year function. The Sarawak National Party (SNAP) is a Pakatan member as well since recent months.

Hence the glue role sees Anwar naturally cast as the de facto leader of Pakatan, not just PKR. This can be seen in the fact that when Zaid began describing himself as Pakatan chairman, he was quickly reminded by DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Hadi Awang that he was merely the co-ordinator working on the coalition's Common Policy Framework (CPF). The CPF brings together the different manifestos of the opposition alliance in a cohesive manner.

Smooth performer

Anwar has been a smooth performer so far except when it came to Sabah which, in the public eye, continues to confound him. If Sabah continues to be a problem for Anwar, Sarawak remains one as well as both states stand resolutely together when facing any interference from Peninsular Malaysia.

But behind the scenes, Anwar is constantly reading Sabah and Sarawak and walking the tightrope in both states with some degree of success so far. This can be seen in the fact that 8% of the PKR's 400,000-odd membership is drawn from the KadazanDusunMurut and 7.5% from among the Dayaks.

The difference between Peninsular Malaysia on the one hand and Malaysian Borneo on the other is that Anwar can only operate in the latter through someone like Sabah strongman Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan. Anwar is not in a position to appeal directly to the members and electorate in Sabah and Sarawak as in Peninsular Malaysia.

If Jeffrey is edged out of the Sabah and Sarawak equation, Anwar wouldn't have any one formidable figure as a partner in both states in the agenda for change and reform. Anwar has previously tried several times to cut Jeffrey down to size to better promote himself in Sabah and Sarawak but with no success at all. He has been forced to sue for peace even when appearing to flex his muscles. The Kitingan family, the elder Joseph Pairin Kitingan being another factor as Huguan Siou (paramount chief), has sewn up the politics of Sabah and Sarawak between themselves.

Patently, Mahathir and Anwar cannot confine the politics of Malaysia to themselves.

Also, Anwar's take on politics goes beyond Mahathir but that's another story which takes the ketua umum's agenda for change and reform a giant step forward whether he's in or out of jail.

Also read:

Ugly claims of electoral malpractices in Penang PKR polls


Benjamin Stephen ~ Mahaguru58 has lodged a police report against this apostate turned blasphemous Christian preacher

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 06:06 AM PDT

Myself with Tuan Haji Taufik (Retired Police Officer) and Ketua Wira Perkasa Arman Azha and his Deputy 
I lodged a police report against this blasphemous apostate turned Christian preacher Benjamin Stephen today at the Dang Wangi District Police Headquarters at 12:52 PM today.


This case is now being investigated by the Royal Malaysian Police and I will be following up with the report tomorrow at Bukit Aman.


Utusan Malaysia reported about my article here and published this in their edition today.


Don't think that you can get away with blaspheming against our beloved Prophet, Islam and the Muslims!


Be ready to face the consequences of your blasphemy.


I have fulfilled what I promised!


Wallahi! Wabillahi! Wattalahi!


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I went to the Dang Wangi District Police Headquarters this afternoon and was met by Tuan Haji Taufik, a retired police officer and friend of ACP (Rtd) Osman Bakar, who was with me during the lodging of the police report.


Also present as a show of his support was Arman Azha, Ketua Wira Perkasa and his exco members. Arman had lodged a police report against Benjamin Stephen a month earlier but according to him, no action had been taken. So upon learning that I was going to lodge a report against Benjamin, he had turned up to show his support.


I appreciate the effort by Arman and his Wira Perkasa members for being there and call upon all concerned Muslims of Malaysia to take affirmative action according to the law to deal with irresponsible people like this blaspheming apostate turned Christian so called preacher who dares to insult the Greatest Messenger of Almighty Allah and spread his lies and venom within his church.


We who are Muslims do not bother them who are Kaffirs in the matters of their beliefs but it is now getting to be quite unbecoming for halfbaked so called preachers like this Benjamin Stephens to badmouth the Holy Messenger of Allahu Ta'ala.


He is lucky to be living in Malaysia. If he was in the 'Land of the Free and Home of the Brave', chances are that he wouldn't live to see the next day for such an uncouth blasphemer like him would have been taken out promptly.


As a Malaysian Muslim Blogger, I have done my duty and lodged a police report against the apostate turned 'Christian' preacher.


It is now up to the Royal Malaysian Police and the Malaysian Home Ministry to follow up with affirmative action against this @#$%^&*!.


Respect for the law

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 01:45 AM PDT

Oi! Respek sikit ok?

The new Inspector-General of Police, Ismail Omar says that young Malaysians today have no respect for the police.
"We are witnessing the emergence of a new trend, the younger generation are showing disrespect and they could not care less about the law...", he said.

Wah! He really can see the trend la. But my dear IGP, that trend I think has been around for quite a number of years la. No? Okay, let's take these examples...

When a Malaysian drives past a police road block what do you think is the first thing to cross their mind?

Is it "Wah the PDRM flers doing a great job ensuring our safety."

Or is it "Nah! Cari makan again la. Hari Raya/Chinese New Year/Deepavali coming ma."

If you say it's the first reaction then I'd like to meet you and tell you about this wonderful bottle of liquid which can wash black paper into US$. Come la.

Instead of making these silly statements which impress nobody I think the IGP should try and find out why things have gotten this way and how he can rectify the situation.

Oh and En. Ismail I think you should wear your IGP uniform la. Your trying to be casual doesn't work la. Not for me la.

Niamah!!!


We don’t need another Pinocchio

Posted: 26 Sep 2010 11:51 PM PDT

FRI, 24 SEP 2010 10:43

Free Malaysia Today

By Nurul Izzah Anwar

COMMENT As a follow up to my 15 questions on ETP, I have now discovered that the manner of how the GNI annual growth rate presented was misleading.

It was publicly announced that the Economic Transformation Plan (ETP) will only provide 74% or RM1.258 trillion of the estimated RM 1.7 trillion GNI in 2020 against our RM660 billion GNI for 2010 which required the quoted 6% annual growth rate.

However, in reality Malaysia as a whole, when ETP plus non-ETP contributions are calculated for the 10 years needed, it would indicate that it should have been disclosed that we need a 9% per annum growth rate to achieve the RM1.7 trillion GNI in 2020.

Furthermore, at the 21st Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia Implementation Council meeting held on Nov 9, 2009, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced that Malaysia was aiming for a 9% annual GDP growth until 2020.

In his opening speech Prime Minister Najib said:

"We aim to be a developed nation by the year 2020 and we are looking to more than double our per capita gross national income from US$7,000 (RM24,500) to at least US$17,000 by then in order to qualify as a high-income nation according to World Bank classifications.

"This would also mean that Malaysia has to grow its GDP by over nine 9% annually until the year 2020."

However, in what has become the Prime Minister's flip-flop approach to national matters, he had hours later in a press conference denied having said 9%. He said: "I did not say nine percent, I said around six percent as nine is not realistic."

So why hide the whole real number and mislead an entire nation?

Not another Pinocchio

What about other official statistics- CPI, NKRAs, PLI- are they reliable? The rakyat and foreign investors must have confidence in our official data.

Wouldn't any manipulation be seen as fraudulent, misleading and unacceptable?

I call upon the government to set the matter straight and immediately announce if Malaysia actually needs a 9% annual growth rate to achieve the RM 1.7 trillion GNI target in 2020.

How can this be achieved when the world economy and our competitiveness are equally in decline?

How does this indicate on the viability of the ETP just recently announced?

The people deserve to know, especially with the upcoming budget announcement to be made in Parliament in October, so as to not to be seen as misleading that will have a profound negative impact on not only public confidence but also on international confidence on our data integrity in light of our more than 80% decline in FDI.

We need to know the facts and the truth now even if the prime minister is still in New York supposedly to tell the 'truth' to the world on Malaysia's New Economic Model and 1Malaysia concept, witnessed by our 'First Lady'.

I hope that this explosive revelation which could submerge us is proven wrong for the sake of our nation's credibility and world standing, especially in front of the United Nations General Assembly and the US president.

I hope this is an honest mistake not based on APCO's professional communication advice.

We do not need another Pinocchio to lead our ever sinking nation.



Nurul Izzah Anwar is PKR's MP for Lembah Pantai.


DPM's lame excuse only gives rise to anger and disgust

Posted: 26 Sep 2010 01:57 PM PDT

From Marion Tharsis, via e-mail

I just want to pose a simple logical question as to who has more authority, the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) or the Public Services Department which reports to the power-that-be?

It is very obvious he is shirking his responsibility and hiding under someone else's skirt and still try to remain relevant and continue to play the role of a DPM.

This is another clear example and behaviour of a person who believes national pride plays second fiddle to race or religion.

A top leader giving cheap excuses for his own misguided and biased principles, only spreads confusion, suspicion, anger and disgust by making ridiculous and misleading statements.

If at all any respect is to be accorded to the 1Malaysia programme, it is paramount that racists in any form, colour or authority, should not be tolerated in any way.

More so in educational institutions and schools, where the very foundation of racial harmony and well being is to be set and helped to nurture.

If people involved in the teaching profession are not able to undertake the important job of inculcating good and useful values to the children then they should be weeded out.

Racism has made its ugly presence and become more prominent because the Malay ruling party has been given a severe shake up in the last general election by someone who was taken for granted as a has-been with a highly questionable scandal hanging over his head.

This shake-up involves a sizable Malay electorate moving to the opposition after realising that whatever has been promised was mainly benefiting a selected elite, strongly aligned to the power-that-be.

Therefore, it is seen as an indirect desperate effort to cling to power through fear and intimidation.

The two recent cases of 'racist' remarks may just be a tip of iceberg as fear may have prevented others from coming forward to lodge their complaints.

With a lop-sided racial composition of the teaching staff in most national type schools, it may compound this cynical attitude rather than minimise or prevent it.

If leaders who are supposed to show an unbiased and impartial judgment when issues of highly provocative nature is brought to their attention, then it creates a feeling that such leaders only care for their own power and well being and as such, are afraid to make decisions seen to further erode the support base.

If we cannot rely on the leaders to cultivate a feeling of racial harmony and tolerance then parents should play this role more effectively to ensure we create this kind of right attitude in our children rather then they look at each other with disdain.

We are a nation amply blessed with a good weather, hardly any natural disorders and a cross-section of rich cultures and talents that others look with great envy.

Such a gift must be treasured, sustained or given further impetus and not destroyed. If the current leaders who hold power cannot or not willing to change then it is only logical to change them through the ballot box in the forthcoming elections.

Read:

DPM powerless over highly paid 'racist' principals  


Anwar should contest and legitimise his status

Posted: 26 Sep 2010 01:56 PM PDT

From Naragan, via e-mail

I refer to the article 'Anwar needs baptism of legitimacy' in which the writer makes a very serious point.

Why is Anwar  not contesting to be the leader of PKR? From where then does he get his mandate to be the leader of PKR and the de facto leader of the opposition?

If the extra-constitutional approach is what we are looking at, this is exactly a copy of what Umno has been doing all this while - operating beyond the nation's constitution.

All these do not bode well for the future of PR if it is to take over the government.

We will continue to see the kind of behind the scenes maneuvering and all the rest of the nonsense we are all up in arms about and which we want to get rid of .

Anwar must start to show true leadership. Stop working in this informal manner. If he will not work in the spirit of the constitution, can we expect different elsewhere?

Read:

Anwar needs baptism of legitimacy


Zunar's arrest: Don't embarrass us internationally

Posted: 26 Sep 2010 01:52 PM PDT

From Amir Yussof, via e-mail

I completely agree with cartoonist Zunar. The government is weak and insecure.

A government should be a afraid of it's people and not the people afraid of it's government.

This country is in a very immature position compared to what it could be and the reason for this is that the so called "leaders" consider themselves of a much higher intelligence and spiritual development than it's people.

They are afraid of the truth, and they embarrass us all internationally.

Read:

Detained cartoonist Zunar vows to carry on


More government crackdowns to limit freedom of expression

Posted: 26 Sep 2010 01:51 PM PDT

From Hasbeemasputra Abu Bakar, via e-mail

Suaram condemns the arrest of cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque (better known as Zunar), which points to the continuing trend of intimidation to curb freedom of expression in the country.

Ten police officers from the Brickfields police station, led by ASP Arikrishnan Apparau, raided his office premises at 4pm on Sept 24 and seized 66 copies of his latest book, Cartoon-o-phobia, which was due to be launched that night.

Zunar's arrest under the Sedition Act and the banning of his previous three books - 1 Funny Malaysia, Perak Darul Kartun and Isu Dalam Kartun, appears to be the latest of the numerous examples of the government's attempts to intimidate and selectively target certain public personalities to shrink the public space for free expression and discussion, and to silence voices of dissent.

Zunar's critical stance towards the BN government in his books has made him a target for harassment and persecution by the government. As such, Suaram denounces this arrest as yet another form of abuse of power by the police, which appears to be acting at the behest of the government in its ongoing attacks and intimidation on freedom of expression – a fundamental right which is guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

During the arrest, Zunar was moved to multiple police stations, starting from Brickfields, and finally ending up in Sepang. This 'roadshow' was unnecessary since he could've had his statement taken at Brickfields and released on police bail. His lawyer was also not given adequate notice for his remand hearing and the remand order was given without his lawyer being present. This is a clear abuse of power; a denial of Zunar's right to justice; and a contravention of the legal process, where the judiciary is supposed to protect the rights of detainees.

Suaram therefore strongly urges the government to immediately stop its harassment and persecution of those who exercise their constitutional right to hold and express views and opinions, including those critical of the government and its policies.

The clear violations of fundamental human rights in the government's ongoing attacks on freedom of expression brings to question Malaysia's commitment to the very basic and minimal human rights standards which are universally accepted and observed, let alone its obligations as a current elected member of the UN Human Rights Council.

The writer is Suaram's coordinator.


George Chin did a lot for Sabah housing commission

Posted: 26 Sep 2010 01:50 PM PDT

From Leslie Chin, via e-mail

In your article dated April 17, 2010 - 'Sabah CM sacks vocal LDP/BN leader who questioned him' - I would like to point out the following mistake in the report which stated; "LPPB was set up during the Berjaya government in the mid 1970s with Lau Pui Keong as its first chairman. "

Please be informed that LPPB was set up on Sept 1, 1968 and it's CEO was Tengku Dr Zainal Adlin. It was originally known as the Sabah State Housing Commission.

It was later renamed Sabah Housing & Town Development Authority (or LPPB) in 1979 after Berjaya took over the government and the first LPPB chairman was George Chin Kok Min (aka Mingo) and not Lau Pui Keong as reported.

Lau Pui Keong only took over as chairman after George Chin retired.

George Chin is saddened after reading your report that his contribution and dedicated service towards the Sabah state is not being duly recognized and recorded correctly.

Read:

Sabah CM sacks vocal LDP/BN leader who questioned him


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