Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Koh barking up the wrong tree on Putrajaya

Koh barking up the wrong tree on Putrajaya


Koh barking up the wrong tree on Putrajaya

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 07:00 AM PDT

By Joe Fernandez

COMMENT Judging from his more recent pronouncements in public, Gerakan president Koh Tsu Khoon continues to indulge in wishful thinking while living on hope. Either he's too comfortable in his current position at the Prime Minister's Department, a misnomer for a hyper ministry, or wants to shamelessly curry favour in public with his political masters in Umno.

Koh is convinced that Pakatan Rakyat, the opposition alliance, will never get its hands on Putrajaya, as if Umno has somehow made a pact with the Devil himself to rule Malaysia forever, if not having a divine mandate. This reminds us of similar stories on Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and the seven bomohs who reportedly help keep him in power.

Not that many days ago, Koh's party raised the "bright" prospects of wresting back the Penang state government from Pakatan. It's not known at this juncture how many in Penang, if not elsewhere in Malaysia, died of laughter after reading Gerakan's latest take on the Pearl of the Orient.

Sure, there are many problems in Penang but never in a million years will the Chinese in Penang hand back the island state to Gerakan at this juncture after having finally given the party and MCA the boot. Many Penangites, especially supporters of Hindraf Makkal Sakthi, are disappointed with the DAP but not to the extent of inviting Koh and his effeminate team back to squat on them again.

This reminds us of the Law of Inertia in Physics: "A body at rest continues to stay at rest unless acted upon by external forces. A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by external forces."

The political situation in Penang is one in which the body is at rest, that is, there's no possibility of a change in the status quo. The various miniscule protests engineered by "sore loser" Penang Umno has only served to harden sentiments among Penangites against the party and the Barisan Nasional (BN). If anything, it's a blessing in disguise as they have served to keep Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on his toes. He has no time to rest on his laurels, be complacent or take anyone for granted.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister II, P Ramasamy, will have to be sacrificed to placate Hindraf unless the bumbling professor makes peace with the ad hoc apolitical human rights movement.

Putrajaya is the Law of Inertia working on a bigger scale but with a difference vis-a-vis Penang.

As surely as the sun will rise in the east tomorrow morning, the BN will not repeat its performance of 2008 in Sabah and Sarawak at the next outing expected by 2013. If the general election were to be held tomorrow, the BN will lose at least a third of the seats in the respective state assemblies and at least 10 parliamentary seats each.

There are no prizes for guessing where the parliamentary seats will fall in Sabah and Sarawak.

The Chinese voters

In Sabah, all Chinese seats will fall to the opposition. Pakatan can also expect some seats from among the Dusuns and local Muslims. Local Muslims continue to suffer the brunt of disenfranchisement with the continuing influx of illegal immigrants who enter the electoral rolls with MyKads issued via the backdoor.

DAP's Lim Kit Siang, increasingly seen as an elder statesman who has withstood the test of time, has emerged as the undisputed leader of the Chinese in Sabah, as in Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia. Lim's continued reliance on the BIC ballpoint pen in his shirt pocket, simple white short-sleeved shirts and ordinary Japanese slippers has won him an endearing image among the grassroots in Malaysian Borneo as in Peninsular Malaysia. No one can point even a finger of impropriety at him or his family.

In Sarawak, the Chinese parliamentary seats will be a repeat of the scenario in Sabah. The Chinese-based Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) is on the verge of entering the dustbin of history.

There are also pockets of discontent among the Bidayuh, Orang Ulu and Malay. The Iban continue to be plagued by low literacy levels and held to ransom by the dependency syndrome foisted on them by their longhouse chiefs, politicians and the BN. There's a small group of Iban intellectuals working on the young voters but these dream in the comfort of the urban areas.

In Peninsular Malaysia, the status quo will remain and Perak will go back to Pakatan.

Given Sodomy II, the external force in the Law of Inertia, there are also prospects of additional opposition gains in Terengganu, Negri Sembilan and Malacca while reinforcing the opposition's strength. In the last two states, as in Penang, Pakatan needs to come to an accommodation with Hindraf.

The opposition philosophy that "it's better to quarrel now than later" has served it well. The washing of dirty linen in public is coming to a end and has strengthened the opposition alliance in the process. This includes PKR, supposedly the weakest link in the opposition alliance.

The Ku Li factor

Anyone with a calculator should get it out now. If the opposition-held parliamentary seats in Peninsular Malaysia are totalled with the expected gains in Sabah and Sarawak, Pakatan is on the threshold of power in Putrajaya with a simple majority.

The Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah faction in Umno can be expected to throw in its lot with Pakatan as well. The faction has been in the cold for quite a spell now and know that the tide has finally turned and for it as well.

Pakatan will be in Putrajaya, come the next general election, whether Koh likes it or not.

One of Pakatan's biggest weapons in its arsenal is a promise that it has made in Sarawak: "To return all land stolen by politicians and the state government from the people back to them."

Another major promise is to get back all the ill-gotten gains salted away overseas by Umno and BN politicians and bring them to reckoning. Only Umno and BN politicians who are willing to declare their assets in public and prove how clean they are will be spared the wrath of the electorate at the next outing and the long arm of the law. This (declaring assets) is a challenge that Taib is unlikely to take up.

The systematic looting of the public treasury under the guise of development cannot go unpunished. This is Pakatan's trump card in the coming general election.

Government procurements and projects are being taken by those in power in Umno and BN through nominees at twice, three times and even up to 10 times what it would actually cost the Chinese Baba contractor in traditional Ali Baba deals. This includes profits and the usual 5% to 15% commission for the Malay Ali who brings in the government jobs for the Chinese Baba. The Chinese community, long tolerant of Ali Baba practices like the Malay, is up in arms against the looting of the public treasury by those in the corridors of power with their fat cats in tow.

Also read:

Pakatan won't capture Putrajaya, says Koh






Nurul’s unanswered challenge to Mahathir and Ibrahim

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 07:00 AM PDT

By Kim Quek

COMMENT Amidst the recent heightening of racial rhetoric, mainly originating from Umno, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad created a minor sensation when he warned that Malays will lose their power and a Chinese or an Indian may become prime minister, if the opposition Pakatan Rakyat were to come to power.

This statement was immediately rebutted by Nurul Izzah, Lembah Pantai MP, and eldest daughter of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

In a hard-hitting statement on Sept 24, Nurul accused Mahathir of playing the race card to incite racial animosities and to perpetuate the "politics of fear". The cornerstone of this age-old, race-centric strategy of Umno was Article 153 of the Federal Constitution, which Nurul said Umno has used as a "political instrument of deceit and despair".

Through mass indoctrination that "degrades, confuses and paralyses the community", Umno has caused the Malays to be "enslaved intellectually and emotionally".  Nurul said the purpose of all this is to maintain political hegemony so that the few ruling elite can continue to enrich themselves "through corruption, abuse of power and undermining the constitution relentlessly".

To counter such politics, Nurul offered the "politics of hope and liberation" which would transform the Malay mind from one of misguided fears to one that would "create a confident and liberated community".  She "humbly offers" to debate with Mahathir to "clarify if his 'fear' for the Malays is really about loss of power or in reality loss of wealth for the chosen few".

Not unexpectedly, Mahathir has maintained his "elegant silence" to her offer.

Malaysia or Malaysaja?

Nurul also suggested an "honest, constructive dialogue" with Ibrahim Ali, head of the Malay right-wing Pekasa, which is under the patronage of Mahathir. Nurul's offer was contained in her article dated Aug 31, titled "The ultimate Malaysian debate: Malaysia or Malaysaja?" (Malaysia or Malays Only?) which was written to counter Perkasa's seemingly endless championing of "Malay rights" which had escalated racial tension and raised political temperature by many notches.

Ibrahim and Mahathir seem hell-bent on stopping Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak from implementing his New Economic Model, which is supposed to liberalise the economy and free it from the clutches of the economically stifling, much corrupted and skewed New Economic Policy that heavily plays on "Malay rights".

Nurul's article is in fact an important document that probes deep into the current Malay dilemma faced by so many Malays, and by extension, the entire country.

In her article, she explores, analyses, as well as answers some of these crucial questions:

  • What exactly are "Malay rights"?  What is the constitutional basis of these rights? What exactly is stated in the famous Article 153 upon which the clamour for all kinds of racial privileges seems to have been built?  What sort of racial preferences are included and what are excluded in Article 153?
  • What is the nature of Malay discontent? What are they unhappy about?
  • What are the true causes of failure to uplift the Malay standard of living despite heavy dosage of the New Economic Policy?
  • What are the real solutions to overcome these predicaments?
  • What are the serious consequences to the country if racial bigotry were to triumph over rational solution and "ketuanan Melayu" (Malay supremacy) advocates win the next general election?


Nurul proposes, in her article, to have an "honest, constructive engagement or dialogue" with Perkasa to reach a better understanding of key issues and to jointly look for real solutions.

Nurul's article is outstanding in that it had accurately dissected Article 153, distinguished facts from myths, analysed ambiguous notions, pin-pointed real causes and solutions, and above all, earnestly and sincerely sought to work out common ground for the benefit of all.

Wanton police acts defamed the nation

But alas, what did she get in return for such gallant effort? Instead of being heaped with accolades and positively reciprocated, she was summoned to a police station where she was subjected to investigation for alleged breach of the Sedition Act based upon a police report lodged by Perkasa accusing Nurul of "questioning" the Federal Constitution in her article!

What a big joke! The one who should be hauled up for questioning should be the complainant, Perkasa representative Zaira Jaafar, for having made an unfounded accusation. Zaira should have been punished or at least warned of the serious consequences of making a false police report and falsely defaming others.

Of late, there has been an alarming increase in the number of cases where police wantonly abused their power to harass opposition members by subjecting them to investigation on frivolous grounds, confiscating their books illegally, and even arresting them arbitrarily.

A most recent case is that of cartoonist Zunar, who was arrested and shuffled around from one police station to another for not less than six times, while all the time the police were unable to make up their mind what law to use to charge him.

By displaying such disgusting political partisanship and lawlessness, the police have defiled the image of the country and further lowered our grade (which has already reached rock bottom) as an investment destination. And needless to say, such fragrant trampling of people's fundamental rights has caused their political masters, the Barisan Nasional, to lose more electoral support than they could ever imagine.

Now, coming to Mahathir and Ibrahim. The hue and cry they have raised over the alleged peril to the Malay race cannot withstand the test of rational scrutiny. They know the truth but are only pretending not to know it. And their refusal to engage in any constructive dialogue with Nurul goes to show they are not prepared to have their masks taken down.


PAS confident of retaining Galas

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 10:30 AM PDT

The party's supreme body is expected to meet this coming Sunday where they may discuss preparations for the by-election campaign. When asked about the fact that the state seat is surrounded by two other BN-controlled state seats under the parliamentary constituency of Gua Musang (also won by a BN candidate in the last general election), vice-president Salahuddin Ayub said that it posed no problems. "It will be a big challenge for us to defend the seat, and I will not underestimate the strength of our opponents, but the party is in a strong position to defend it," he said during a press conference at the party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur this morning. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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100 policemen against 50 Perkasa members!

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 09:31 AM PDT

About 50 people staged a peaceful anti-Namewee demonstration in front of the Chinese Assembly Hall in Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur around 8.30pm last nite.

The demo was a usual one, just like others. However, when some 100 policemen came to disperse them, it turned out to be a farce. 100 against 50! When I organised the demo at the Australian High Commission earlier this year, there were only about 30 policemen against 500 demonstrators.

I guess the presence of Perkasa members sent down shiver, either to the police or those inside the Hall. Namewee, now a 'superstar' in inciting racial disharmony, was inside for his latest album recording (here).

Wira Perkasa Malaysia head Arman Azha Abu Hanifah who headed the gathering tried to enter the building but he was prevented by the police.

I can see that the label 'Perkasa' is getting strong recognition from the non-Malays. Good la...


A Global Movement of Moderates?

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 08:45 AM PDT


By Benjamin Domenech, from an influential American online portal the Real Clear World who wrote this about Malaysia and what Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak said at the United Nations Gemeral Assembly in New York.

rsz_razak.jpgObama and leaders from moderate Muslim countries!


In New York City this past weekend, discussion surrounding the US-ASEAN summit has inevitably turned to the topic of moderate Islam, and what role nations like Malaysia will play in the future as relates to the foreign policy interests of the United States. I've written about this issue before, and it's worth noting the remarks made by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly today, in which he called for a "Global Movement of the Moderates" to reclaim the public square from, as he sees it, radicals and extremists who misrepresent the ramifications of their faiths:

"It is time for moderates of all countries, of all religions to take back the centre, to reclaim the agenda for peace and pragmatism, and to marginalise the extremists.

"This Global Movement of the Moderates will save us from sinking into the abyss of despair and deprivation," he said.

Expressing concern with the increasing trend in some parts of the world to perpetuate or even fuel Islamophobia, the prime minister said it had intensified the divide between the broad Muslim world and the West.

"The real issue is not between Muslims and non-Muslims but between the moderates and extremists of all religions, be it Islam, Christianity or Judaism."

He said all religions had inadvertently allowed "the ugly voices of the periphery to drown out the many voices of reason and common sense".

Najib is staking some progressive ground here in making this call for stability and moderation, and he's one of the few leaders in the Muslim world who can do so. The question that this raises, assuming you agree with his view, is how this public square might be reclaimed without rough tramping over free speech and other individual rights. It is far more appealing for the news cameras, after all, to talk to the lone pastor who wants to burn books than the thousands who do not.

Finding this balance is important. The fact that such a call can be made now - not by the West, but by a key Muslim political leader - is at least a positive sign.

(AP Photo)


'UUCA unconstitutional': No, says High Court

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 08:06 AM PDT

Four Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia students who sought a declaration that the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) is unconstitutional have had their application dismissed by the Kuala Lumpur High Court (Appellate and Special Powers Division). The four had sought the declaration to challenge their university's ruling barring them from engaging in political activities. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Malaysia: Not getting lost in the shuffle!

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 08:18 AM PDT

New York at night!

It's even more crowded than usual here in New York during the United Nations General Assembly—and with the world's leaders bunched together in one city, it's easy for less publicized figures to get lost in the shuffle.

It's also easy to get lost among the myriad voices clamoring for the United States' attention, but Malaysia has been careful to ensure that its message is not overlooked this week in a news cycle normally dominated by larger nations.

In an interview with Malaysia Watcher yesterday in New York, Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Tun Razak, outlined several ways in which Malaysia is uniquely situated to help not only its own people, but also other nations, specifically other Muslim-majority countries and the United States....Read more here!


Adakah UMNO Ikhlas Untuk Menyatupadukan Melayu?

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 07:46 AM PDT










UMNO harus tarik diri daripada pilihan raya tersebut untuk mengelakkan pergesaran politik dengan PAS? supaya menyatupadukan orang Melayu di Galas? UMNO sering kata PKR dan PAS telah memecahbelahkan Melayu jadi adakah UMNO akan membuktikan keikhlasan mereka kali ini?


Aku ada beberapa untuk UMNO tentang pilihnraya kecil N45 Galas:

1) UMNO sering kali menyeru Melayu untuk bersatu dan elak daripada berpecah?

Sekiranya ya, UMNO harus tarik diri daripada pilihan raya tersebut untuk mengelakkan pergesaran politik dengan PAS? supaya menyatupadukan orang Melayu di Galas? UMNO sering kata PKR dan PAS telah memecahbelahkan Melayu jadi adakah UMNO akan membuktikan keikhlasan mereka kali ini?

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2) UMNO kata pilihanraya kecil membazirkan wang?

UMNO sering kata pilihan raya kecil telah membazirkan wang rakyat. Seruan ini sering kali didengar ketika pilihan raya kecil di Permatang Pauh iaitu Wan Azizh meletak jawatan untuk membolehkan Anwar kembali ke Parlimen. Jadi adakah UMNO kali ini akan menyerahkan kerusi tersebut kepada penyadang sebelum ini iaitu PAS? selain itu, projek-projek magi mee di kawasan tersebut juga harus dihentikan untuk menjaga wang rakyat.

3) UMNO sering kata PAS adalah boneka DAP?

Adakah UMNO kali ini akan bertanding sendiri tanpa kerjasama dari parti komponen seperti MCA, MIC, Gerakan?


Saya masih tunggu UMNO untuk mengotakan janji mereka!!!

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Galas: PAS minta BN tak tanding demi perpaduan Melayu

KOTA BARU, 28 Sept – PAS Pusat menyarankan supaya Barisan Nasional (BN) berkompromi dengan menyerahkan kerusi kepada parti PAS pada pilihan raya kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Galas.

Timbalan Setiausaha Agung PAS Pusat Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan berkata langkah itu perlu demi perpaduan Melayu dan mengelakkan pergeseran politik terus berpanjangan antara kedua-dua parti induk orang Melayu itu.

Katanya adalah wajar jika kedua-dua parti itu tidak bertanding pada pilihan raya kecil itu jika ingin melihat perpaduan di kalangan orang Melayu yang menjadi agenda utama negara.

"Bagaimanapun, adalah lebih baik jika kerusi itu diserahkan kepada PAS memandangkan kerusi DUN itu disandang oleh calon daripada parti berkenaan," katanya kepada pemberita ketika ditemui pada sidang media di Pameran Tortura iaitu alat penyeksaan di zaman pertengahan Eropah di Muzium Negeri di sini, hari ini.

Che Hashim Sulaima, 46, daripada PAS, meninggal dunia akibat barah usus semalam.

Pada pilihan raya umum ke-12 pada 2008, Che Hashim memperoleh 4,399 undi mengalahkan calon BN Mohd Saufi Deraman dengan majoriti 646 undi.

Takiyuddin berkata dengan cara demikian juga ia akan dapat menjimatkan perbelanjaan kewangan kedua-dua pihak dalam pilihan raya kecil. – Bernama


Bahrain Tycoon Says Bumi Policy Can Scare Away Investors - By Yow Hong Chieh.

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 07:36 AM PDT

Malaysia risks scaring away foreign investors if it insists on pursuing Bumiputera affirmative action policies, a top official of a major Bahrain conglomerate said today.

"There is one thing Malaysia has to be careful of. You have a 'delightful' law here... where you give the local population certain seats or certain preference or certain licences," Kanoo Group deputy chairman Mishal Hamed Kanoo told reporters at the "Dawn of the New Decade: Alternative Investments in Asia" forum here today.

"If you do that and foreign investors want to come in — they're not used to this idea — you might scare them."

Kanoo Group is one of the biggest independent companies in the Gulf region of the Middle East. It is also a partner with Malaysia's CIMB in the CIMB-Kanoo Islamic Investment Company.

Likening the government's pro-Bumiputera policies to covering one perceived "sin" with another, Kanoo later told The Malaysia Insider that only competition could ensure that the country developed the best products and achieved the best results.

"I don't mean competition as in nasty, killing each other but competition [in the sense] that I want to be there or I am there because I deserve to be there, rather than because somebody has taken my hand or I was born under a certain star," he said.

"These things should be taken away so that the best and the brightest become the best and the brightest... not because they know there's no competition [but] because they know there is competition and that they are better than the competition. That's what drives things."

Drawing parallels between Bumiputera equity quotas and Saudi Arabia's policy of "Saudisation", Kanoo said such requirements were an unnecessary "extra hassle" that only burdened potential foreign investors wanting to do business in Malaysia.

"For a foreign entity coming into this market not knowing these things and then discovering these things, they're not going to be too happy," he said.

However, he pointed out that Malaysia was still regarded highly by the Islamic world, and remained well-positioned to leverage its competitive advantages as the premier Islamic financial centre outside of Bahrain and potential international hub for Islamic food marketing.

Kanoo nonetheless cautioned that Malaysia first needed to address its "internal issues" before it could begin to move forward in the right direction.

"I find it strange. Malaysia is seriously a success story, and I think Malaysia's worst enemies are the Malaysians themselves," he observed.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


CSM for Kim Quek, and he's a dedicated reformist writer...

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 07:23 AM PDT

after Desi'sheART!:)


Nurul Anwar's unanswered challenge to Mahathir and Ibrahim Ali




By Kim Quek




27.09.2010



Amidst the recent heightening of racial rhetoric, mainly originating from the incumbent ruling power Umno, former premier Mahathir Mohamad created a minor sensation when he warned that Malays will lose their power and a Chinese or an Indian may become prime minister, if opposition Pakatan Rakyat were to come to power.




This statement was immediately rebutted by Nurul Izzah Anwar, member of parliament for Lembah Pantai at Kuala Lumpur and eldest daughter of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.



In a hard-hitting statement on Sept 24, Nurul accused Mahathir of playing the race card to incite racial animosities and to perpetuate the "Politics of Fear". The cornerstone of this age-old, race-centric strategy of Umno was Article 153 of the Constitution, which Nurul said Umno has used as a "political instrument of deceit and despair". Through mass indoctrination that constantly plays the victim mentality that "degrades, confuses and paralyses the community", Umno has caused the Malays to be "enslaved intellectually and emotionally". Nurul said the purpose of all this is to maintain political hegemony so that the few ruling elite can continue to enrich themselves "through corruption, abuse of power and undermining the Constitution relentlessly".



To counter such politics, Nurul offered the "Politics of Hope and Liberation" which would transform the Malay mind from misguided fears to one that would "create a confident and liberated community". She then "humbly offer" to debate with Mahathir to "clarify if his 'fear' for the Malays is really about loss of power or in reality loss of wealth for the chosen few".



Not unexpectedly, Mahathir has maintained his 'elegant silence' to this offer.



Malaysia or Malaysaja?



Interesting, shortly before this incident, Nurul also suggested an "honest constructive dialoque" with Ibrahim Ali, head of Umno's ultra racist wing Pekasa which is under the patronage of Mahathir Mohamad. Nurul's offer was contained in her article dated Aug 31, titled "The ultimate Malaysian debate: Malaysia or Malaysaja?" (Malaysia or Malays Only?) which was actually written to quell Perkasa's seemingly endless championing of 'Malay rights' which had escalated racial tension and raised political temperature by many notches. Perkasa's vocal spokesmen Ibrahim and Mahathir seem hell bent – through such vociferous bickering – to stop Prime Minister Najib Razak from implementing his New Economic Model which is supposed to liberalise the economy from the clutches of the economically stifling, much corrupted and skewed New Economic Policy that heavily plays on 'Malay rights'.



Nurul's article of Aug 31 is in fact an important document that probes deep into the current Malay dilemma that has confronted so many Malays, and by extension, the entire country.



In her article, she explores, analyses, as well as answering some of these crucial questions:


* · What exactly are 'Malay rights'? What is the constitutional basis of these rights? What exactly is stated in the famous Article 153 upon which the entire clamour for all kinds of racial privileges seems to have been built? What sort of racial preferences are included and what are excluded in this Article 153?
* · What is the nature of Malay discontent? What are they unhappy about?
* · What are the true causes of failure to uplift the Malay standard of living despite heavy dosage of the New Economic Policy?
* · What are the real solutions to overcome these predicaments?
* · What are the serious consequences to the country if racial bigotry were to triumph over rational solution if 'Ketuanan Melayu' advocates win the next general election?


Nurul proposes, in her article, to have an "honest constructive engagement or dialoque" with Perkasa to reach better understanding on key issues and to jointly look for real solutions.



By all measures, Nurul's article is an outstanding achievement, for having accurately dissected Article 153, distinguished facts from myths, analysed ambiguous notions, pin-pointed real causes and solutions, and above all, shone with earnest sincerity and honesty to work out common ground for the benefit of all.



Wanton police acts defamed the nation



But alas, what did she get in return for such gallant effort? Instead of being heaped with accolades and positively reciprocated, she was summoned to a police station where she was subjected to investigation for alleged breach of the Sedition Act based upon a police report lodged by Perkasa earlier accusing Nurul of 'questioning' the Constitution in her article!



What a great joke! The one who should be hauled up in the police station for questioning should be the complainant, Perkasa representative Zaira Jaafar, for having made such an unfounded accusation. The latter should have been punished or at least warned on the serious consequences of making a false police report and falsely defaming others.



Of late, there has been an alarming increase in police wantonly abusing its power to harass the opposition and dissidents, by subjecting them to investigation on frivolous grounds, confiscating their books illegally, and even arresting them arbitrarily, such as the most recent case of cartoonist Zunar, who were arrested and shuffled around from one police station to another for not less than six times while all the time unable to make up their mind what law to use to charge him.



By such disgusting display of illegitimate political partisanship and lawlessness, the police have defiled the image of the country and further lowered our grade (which has already reached rock bottom) as an investment destination. And needless to say, such fragrant trampling of the people's fundamental rights has caused their political masters BN to lose more electoral support than they could ever imagine.





Now, turning to Mahathir and Ibrahim Ali's shyness to at least make a decent response to the reasoned proposition of Nuruh Izzah Anwar, we can only conclude that the hue and cry they have been making over the alleged peril to the Malay race cannot withstand the test of rational scrutiny. They know the truth but are only pretending not to know it. And their refusal to engage in any public debate or dialogue only means that they are not prepared to have their masks taken down.





Kim Quek


当年收购南洋没做错 蔡细历不道歉

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 07:18 AM PDT

----->蔡细历(右)主持马华会长理事会议后,回应媒体针对「脱售世华媒体3.60%股权」一事发出的连环提问,而在旁的儿子蔡智勇则用手机拍下父亲的神情。中为马华副总会长颜炳寿。

(吉隆坡28日讯)马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历表示,马华9年前收购南洋报业的决定,是对是错,则见仁见智,因此他不会为此向华社道歉。

「对我们而言,道歉的问题并不存在……道歉不能解决事情,因事到如今,道歉也于事无补。」

蔡细历今日在媒体追问下指出,马华将世华媒体的3.60%股权脱售给Asia Assurance Berhad。

马华总财政兼华仁控股董事局主席陈财和上周五发表文告宣布,华仁控股已在今年8月份,以4788万令吉脱售华仁所拥有的所有世华媒体股份。惟,当时未道出买家的身份,新买家的身份引人臆测。

「不清楚」亏多少

当媒体再追问马华在收购南洋报业事件上蒙损多少钱时,蔡细历则以「不清楚」作回应。尽管党内外皆传说,马华投资臂膀华仁控股收购南洋报业至今,最少蒙受1亿令吉的亏损,惟马华至今都不愿透露实际的损亏额。

蔡细历今日在马华总部主持会长理事会会议后,受询及马华是否会对收购南洋报业向华社道歉时,铁定地答道:「不。」

他坦承,他当年赞成马华收购南洋报业,因为他当时认为这是一项对的决定。不过,这9年来,因政治气候的演变导致许多人改变想法,认为当时的收购是错误的决定。

「由于外界的负面印象,当马华的股份变小后,我们便决定逐步脱售南洋报业的股份,于是在今年328马华重选后的首次会长理事会会议,我们决定脱售剩余的少数股份。」

「我只是履行我曾做出的诺言(脱售南洋报业的股权),马华作为一个政党,必须要向前看。」

蔡细历虽在2001年支持林良实收购南洋报业的决定,但在7年后的2008年5月28日「528报殇日7周年」,发表声明坦承,忽视新媒体的崛起和其力量被指为国阵和马华在308大选惨败的主因,马华应检讨对媒体集团的拥有权。

他当时认为,既然马华在南洋报业持有的股权并不多,而南洋报业股份并没有为马华带来可观的收入,却让党背着沉重的政治负担,因此建议马华脱售「南洋报业」。

询及马华是否响应非政府组织的呼吁,脱售旗下所拥有的英文报《星报》及988电台时,蔡细历拒绝给予明确回应,仅表示任何人,包括非政府组织皆可拥有本身的意见,如同马华也有本身的立场。

当媒体表示这是非政府组织的意见后,蔡细历才答说,在民主国家制度下,任何非政府组织都可有自己的意见,诚如政党也有立场一样。

東方新聞網 28-09-2010


Veteran UMNO Keluar Parti Ketika Hadiri Rumah Terbuka Cabang Rembau!!

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 06:43 AM PDT

Dari Blog Edyesdotcom

Berlaku di majlis jamuan hari raya dan rumah terbuka Keadilan Cabang Rembau, seorang veteran UMNO yang pernah menjadi ADO Jempol, bekas s/u sulit Reily Jefry ketika itu Menteri Kerja Raya, juga bekas s/u sulit lim liong sik, bekas pimpinan pemuda UMNO Teluk Kemang dan sekarang ini sebagai usahawan berjaya.

Veteran yang cukup dikenali sebagai kawan rapat Isa Samad (sehingga sekarang), telah terbuka hatinya apabila mendengar pidato Chegubard yang banyak menyentuh isu keselamatan rakyat dan isu gadaian maruah bangsa yang dilakukan oleh UMNO.

Dengan rasa insaf, dengan fikiran terbuka, veteran berumur 62 tahun (yang biasanya takkan berubah dari menyokong UMNO) dengan begitu semangat mengumumkan keluarnya dari parti keparat UMNO!! Dan beliau yakin, ramai lagi rakan-rakannya dalam UMNO akan mengikut jejak langkah beliau.

Beliau adalah Hj Md Noor Daud.

Perkara ini berlaku secara spontan, atas keinsafan seorang insan yang kita selalu jangkakan hidup dan matinya untuk UMNO semata-mata. Tetapi perkiraan politik Malaysia hari sudah sangat berbeza dan telah melalui fasa-fasa perubahan yang menampakkan kesan positif.

Kerana hari ini, bukan hanya anak muda yang berjaya melepaskan diri dari kongkongan 'projek pembodohan rakyat' tajaan kerajaan Barisan Nasional, malah pengundi di saluran yang paling sukar untuk ditembusi, paling sukar untuk dirayu undinya juga boleh direformasikan dengan pendekatan yang menjurus kepada realiti. Percayalah bahawa mereka yang berumur ini tidak berminat dengan frasa-frasa retorik kerana resamnya bagi seorang veteran, mereka terlebih dahulu merasa garam.

Saya berani jamin, ini bukanlah satu kes terpencil. Ramai lagi penerima pencen akan beralih arah kerana tidak lagi mempunyai ikatan berbentuk risiko sekiranya mereka menyebelahi pembangkang. Saya yakin seperti yang disebut oleh Md Noor Daud, bahawasanya ramai lagi rakan-rakannya akan menyonsang arus bagi merentas perubahan demi untuk memastikan kesilapan mereka suatu masa dulu dapat ditebus, walaupun tidak dapat mengembalikan jumlah sebenar tanah rezab melayu yang telah tergadai.

Jika kita sebagai anak muda mempunyai peluang, tarbiyah dan pujuk jika perlu supaya orang-orang terdekat memahami apa yang diperjuangkan oleh Pakatan Rakyat. Supaya mereka melihat komponen-komponen dalam Pakatan Rakyat adalah wadah yang paling sesuai untuk berjuang, tidak kiralah apa lingkungan umurnya. Masih belum terlewat untuk mereka yang biru tegar meninggalkan parti lama dengan politik lama dengan menyertai parti baru dengan politik baru - iaitu memulangkan harta kekayaan negara kepada rakyat.

Masih lagi belum terlambat untuk setiap saudara sekampung kita yang berada di sebelah sana untuk berhijrah, sepertimana pepatah orang putih yang berbunyi 'better late than never'. Ingatlah, mereka yang menyertai Pakatan Rakyat, mereka yang menyertai Parti Keadilan Rakyat, adalah mereka-mereka yang berani!

Sumber : http://edyesdotcom.blogspot.com/2010/09/veteran-umno-keluar-parti.html


RACIAL SLUR..”IT TAKES ALL OF US..??”

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 06:11 AM PDT

 RACIAL SLUR. If you have any friends left or have they started to look at you one kind in the eyes.National Civics Bureau (BTN) deputy director Hamim Husin.

GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE STARTED . HOW COULD YOU..?? Read here:-Why did you need to call Chinese as "si sepet mata" (slitty eyes) and Indians as "kaki botol" (alcoholics).

In the year 2008 May 18th we wrote :- Ugly-Head fighting back
http://audie61.wordpress.com/2008/05/18/ugly-head-fighting-back/

My late journalist friend SC Chan commented "

Thank goodness, those who utter racist remarks belong to a very small group, not even what I would call the minority.They do so ,if they are politics, because they are pushed to a corner or they are so obessed by deep hatred for a certain member(s) of another race after being insulted or because of outsiders' perception of what their kind are like, which is usually not true at all.When you utter a racist remark you will be remembered for a long time. Two individuals did that, one a politician who did that many years ago, and the very people he thought he was championing rejected him so many times at the polls. Blame it on money politics? The other is one of the local politicians who think his kind no longer need other races to help them advance economically. He doesn't know what he is talking about? His politics lacks the finese or touch of touch. There is surely a better word for cultural arrogance. Antho- centurian?

IN 2009 February 18th this happens "Anjing,keling':Student files report" and we said,"Lets Kick Racism out of schools" and emulate the football culture of "Kick Racism Out of Football" Our article http://audie61.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/kick-racism-out-of-schools-malaysiakini/ 

One of our comments had this,"

Last year I commented. I will repost what I wrote here,"Racism should be left deep in the dark waters. But unfortunately it happens everywhere. Yes, I agree it is a matter of educating the generations. It is afterall a vicious cycle & we will never be able to completely banish this disease.
Kudos to the author for daring enough in bringing his thoughts in writing.

Hiro

It seems when Najib is out of the country in his maiden speech at the UN General assembly when he said that moderates must now take centrestage instead of letting the extremists holding the world hostage by their bigotry and bias. Very well said PM Najib but unfortunatedly when you are not in town the SHIT HITS THE FAN.

What happened? Barisan Nasional leaders, minus Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, today condemned yet another racial slur from a high ranking officer on the government payroll.

They also agreed that it had rendered another devastating blow to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's 1Malaysia campaign. Muhyiddin, however, claimed to be in the dark and reserved his comments about the latest controversy.

BY THE WAY how is the investigation work on the school principals who insulted their students with racist remarks.?? Sooner or later if left unchecked it will escalate further and it may take even a different angle. Its time to clam down on this.

RACISM MUST REMAIN IN THE DUNGEONS OR ELSE WE MIGHT JUST BE IN FOR SOMETHING WHICH WE MALAYSIANS NEVER BARGAINED FOR.

Malaysians will know that we must never COMPROMISE ON RACISM. Its ugly,it scars and it hurts where even your heartbeat does not dare to venture.

Racism is not only calling names or marginalisation but it goes beyond that. My better half did comment to me that sometimes subconciously we forget that we are really 'racist". It only needs to be checked and tolerated.

LETS DO THIS TOGETHER SHALL WE AND SAY THIS..

To me racial lines,racial overtones,also racial "spat" and practically a "fist in your face to prove your racial superiority" is a way back in time and the fight back for everyone has just begun

LETS SEND IT BACK TO WHERE IT BELONGS…………

I SWEAR I FEEL THE PAIN…

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Istana type intrigues

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 06:27 AM PDT

The Malaysian Insider - MCA, DAP flay BTN, demand punishment for 'racist' official.

If PM Najib doesn't watch out, by the time he returns, Muhyiddin will be the puppet PM with someone pulling the strings.

While the two school principals might have been indiscreetly spontaneous in their racist outbursts, I doubt the BTN deputy director Hamim Husain would have dared, in the immediate wake of the school scandals, to act so unbelievably racist without a wink and a nod from above.

It's obvious 'someone' is deliberately escalating the racial tension to either create another situation for a possible Ops Lallang 2 and/or perhaps even declare some form of national security emergency to delay the general election and buy time for BN, or to depose Najib off swiftly in the way AAB was deposed.

Once I was discussing Malay politics with a Chinese friend when he exclaimed how the Malay body politics was so full of intrigues, Machiavellian manoeuvrings and, contrary to perrenial Malay proclamations of how much they treasure loyalty, full of treachery.

Notable events would be the history of the Sultanates from early Malacca right down to present day Kelantan – and how Tun Razak conducted a coup d'etat against a broken hearted Tunku.

He then reminded me on how Dr Mahathir, one of the longest serving PMs and probably the most influential voice in Malay politics, was so effectively boycotted and marginalized by AAB's 4th Floor boys and worse, unconscionably betrayed by a host of his erstwhile Kedah sidekicks (Baharum, Aroff, etc) who had benefitted during his reign and from his generous largess.

In other words there is no such thing as loyalty in Malay politics – that value perished together with Hang Jebat in the 15th Century.

He commented on how infantile Chinese body politics in this country is by comparison, and attributed the depth of Machiavellian Malay political manoeuvrings to their history of and experience in palace intrigues.

I protested that Chinese too had their share of palace intrigues, perhaps even of a worse kind, but he pooh-pooh-ed me off, saying the Chinese who migrated to Malaysia were the politically naive Southerners, basically peasants and not the more politically devious Northerners, who dominated royalty, court nobility and palace courtiers.

Chinese Malaysians are children of peasant stock? Wakakaka.

OK, back to Malaysia - I have to admit that for a while I thought Dr M would still hutang budi the late Tun Razak and thus tolerate if not mentor his son Najib to stay on as PM until the latter's time for retirement, but now I wonder?

There's no doubt Dr M doesn't like the way Najib is going. Has he decided to get rid of the PM before the latter's politico-economic policies screw up the future for his son?

If that's the case, how long can Najib hang on?


Sodomy trial a blot on investment radar: DPM

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 04:24 AM PDT

Deputy premier Muhyiddin Yassin has admitted that Anwar Ibrahim's second sodomy trial is a blot on the foreign investment radar that should be wiped clean as soon as possible. "If you ask me, of course, I wouldn't want the case to be in our courts. Without such a high-profile case, Malaysia would do better (with foreign investments). It is best that the case is over as soon as possible" he said. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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No way home for Bakun natives

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 08:54 PM PDT

SPECIAL REPORT Many among the 10000 Orang Ulu who were resettled by the government to Sungai Asap 12 years ago because of the Bakun hydroelectric dam project, are still nostalgic about their old life in the upstream areas of Sungai Balui, which are full of natural resources and good things to eat. Video by Wong Teck Chi Full story here: .www.malaysiakini.com
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Send BTN deputy director for counselling: MCA president Dr Chua

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 04:24 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: National Civics Bureau (BTN) deputy director Hamim Husin is no longer fit to hold his position and should be sent for counselling and retraining, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.

He said Hamim did not understand the concept of democracy when he proclaimed Malay rights as a mandate to rule the country.

"He obviously does not know what democracy is all about. In a country that practises democracy, it is the rakyat who determines who rules the country," he said after the party presidential council meeting at Wisma MCA here Tuesday.

Dr Chua said Hamim, who it was reported on a news portal Monday, allegedly used derogatory terms on the Chinese and Indians, should also be transferred out to a desk job.

On whether the Sedition Act should be used against Hamim, Dr Chua said it was up to the Attorney-General to decide.

THE STAR (September 28, 2010)


WHEN THE SCALES RING A WARNING BELL.....

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 02:04 AM PDT

This could easily be me struggling to zip up my jeans.

The other day I dug up my favourite pair of jeans from the cupboard. It has been months since I last wore them. To my horror, I had to struggle to zip up. What used to be a snug fit was now a tight fit. I knew I was in trouble when the bathroom scales read 56.4 kg.

My ideal weight is 52 kg. Anything beyond that means I haven't been physically active enough. If your daily routine is anything like mine, we sit too much. We may not realize it, but many of our daily activities involve sitting down, often for hours on end: working at the pc, reading, watching TV, listening to music, attending meetings /seminars, marking assignments, chatting with friends over tea, taking meals, driving, waiting... Before we know it, we are several kilos heavier than we would like to be.


Thanks to years of going to the gym, road running and qigong exercises back in the 1980s and 90s, I've managed to keep obesity at bay. But since a major operation two years ago, I've slacked off on my exercises. The kilos have started to pile up, and I can see unwanted flab here and there.

As of 3.18pm today, I've walked 6057 steps. Still half the day left to get the numbers up to 10,000.

Nothing like brisk walking at our age to shed off those extra kilos, and give the heart a good workout at the same time. I've bought a pedometer to keep track of the number of steps I take a day. The good doctor says we should aim for 10,000 steps. Some days I fall short. But I tell myself a few thousand steps is better than a few hundred.

 Source: The Sunday Star 26 Sept 2010. Click on image to enlarge.

The Sunday Star carried an excellent article "A Physical Reminder" about what we can do to keep our weight down. Exercising is one way to beat chronic diseases like diabetes, heart diseases and cancers that plague older people. The others are adopting healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle.

It's a constant struggle to maintain good health. But we owe it to ourselves and our families to take responsibility for our health. I am sure none of us want to spend our retirement years struggling with pain and hefty medical bills.


Tricia Yeoh ... Road to Reform

Posted: 27 Sep 2010 11:24 PM PDT

Tricia Yeoh, researcher at the Selangor Menteri Besar's office introduces the book, The Road to Reform -- Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor which was later launched by MB Khalid Ibrahim.
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5 Ways To Transform The Economy

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 12:31 AM PDT

I think I have been make amends to my previous post by writing what I expect the transformation of the Malaysian economy to be like.

1. External Environment

We have to take cognisance of the external environment - what we expect it to be like until 2020 and how are we going to react to it.

While the United States is still the largest economy in the world, there is a now a formidable global economic force in China and some say India. Europe will remain the centre of luxury products to feed the new rich of Asia. Indonesia may see a sharp transformation of its economy if it manages to lock into China through the new and quite impressive ministerial team.

The opportunities for Malaysia will still be in commodities, with focus now on palm oil and its downstream activities. It is not clever to just be selling the palm oil - we have to go into processing, i.e., palm oil-related industries with focus on research and manufacturing. If our plantation companies are stuck merely at planting and harvesting, then we are stuck in the middle income.

Electrical and electronics I am quite apprehensive. We cannot compete on assembly. We have to go into R&D. We have to beef up our universities - and they say they cannot be KPIed.

2. Domestic Environment

The domestic environment is probably going through its third-level expectational changes. At the first level, the New Economic Policy has created gains for a small section of the Bumiputra community (as a result of piecemeal proactive measures rather than across-the-board policy) which created discontent among the large majority of the Bumiputra community and the whole of the non-Bumiputra community.

At the second level, this discontent leads to lack of confidence in the universal goodness of government policies and consequently voting by feet. Redistribution without serious reinvestment creates a lethargic domestic private sector which therefore is substituted by foreign direct investment.

At the third level, there is now the struggle to keep the New Economic Policy (argued on rights). The challenge is to find new proactive measures which are not unilateral transfers but instead investments in human and social capital so that there will be less intrusive or discouragement to the confidence of the rest of society. In fact, there is a real need to find ways that encourages both the Bumiputra community (those who have benefited and those who had not) and the non-Bumiputra community.

There is a need to spell out a bit more clearly in practical terms the meaning of things for the nation to move forward as one.

3. Research and Innovation

The managing of expectations and the building of confidence in Malaysians in the future of this nation (and not just the confidence for foreign investors to make money off Malaysia and Malaysians) is crucial for Malaysians themselvesto start investing in the future of Malaysia. This involves pouring blood, sweat and tears to projects in Malaysia, using Malaysian resources and for the needs of Malaysians. In this context, indigenous investments must mean investment by Malaysians, Bumiputra or otherwise.

Again, our investments must be in human and social capital, as well as in scientific and commercial enterprises. Malaysians must wake up to the harsh reality that there is such as thing as technical know-how which should, ultimately, be superior to the social know-who to progress - although, admittedly, social networking is vital for individual progress in society.

4. Banking and Finance and the Capital Market

In the current global environment, there are more funds than there are good investment projects. It will be not be clever to pay a high interest rate of 5% say for financial funds. It does not bode well for the nation to guarantee foreign funds a high rate of return for the basis of undertaking some speculative real estate projects at home.

Malaysia's problem is that it has thrown the baby out with the bath water when it solved its banking problem during the financial crisis in the late 1980s. By amalgamating smaller banks into banking giants, ostensibly to ensure sufficient capital support to withstand the bad loans, the solution to the problem of the ratio of non-performing loans to total loans is to expand the loan books. Loans are thought to be more safely given out by lending to (politically-connected) single big borrowers, and the creating of collateral assets (namely, real estate). I agree that there should be a narrow cap on the loans book that goes to the real estate sector.

As a result, big banks are not structured to understand and manage and have a proper relationship with small-scale entrepreneurs. In other, big banks have killed off the small enterprises by their technical incompetence in nurturing small businesses. It is far easier for fresh undergraduates to analysis proforma balance sheets and profit and loan statement, rather than to go to the ground and understanding how the businesses are doing. Much of the paper work with banks are probably unrelated to the reality in the business world.

There is no problem with the capital market, insofar as I can see. The only problem is the lack of good businesses to invest. Businesses, especially small businesses, have discovered that it is far easier to make big bucks by conning the small investors in the stock market with their bogus prospectuses than to go out there to fight in the real business world. The excess liquidity situation does not help to identify good businesses for investment, and Malaysia's lack of competitiveness in the world does not make Malaysian firms to be good vehicles for long-term investment.

Bank officers just have to be properly trained to help grow new firms through strong relationship banking with customers.

5. Rapid Adjustments

The one consequence of a big government sector in the economy is that the economic adjustments tend to be excruciating slow or none at all. No government company has failed. No big companies associated with the government has failed. There are no distress assets to be bought on the cheap by those who have been prudent and are cash rich. The economic game continued to be in the hands of the incompetent few (or many?). Companies making losses have been given a new lease of life by restructuring and the sale of assets and as a result are now completing rundown and are in no position to compete either at home or abroad. Business decisions appear to be made without contingent liabilities to the individual directors whose are recruited from retired senior government servants.

Banks should be forced to pull the rug from under the feet of companies that are not doing well or are inefficient.

Conclusion

I can go on to detail out the need for a good judiciary system to settle industrial and commercial disputes and everything else to do with the business environment in Malaysia. I think I have written enough to give an idea of what I am getting it and that I probably have a legitimate basis for being not entirely happy with the Economic Transformation Programme.

The ETP should be strategic that triggers things off in the right direction. That right direction is the keenness of private domestic investors to invest in Malaysia.


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